July 31, 2020

Monthly News - July 2020

-pic of the month- Fairline Backed by RiverRock Fund

Fairline Backed by RiverRock Fund

Luxury British motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, announces the RiverRock European Opportunities Fund II has acquired a majority stake in the business.  Following a successful partnership over the past 11 months, RiverRock has demonstrated its ongoing support and confidence in Fairline by committing to a significant capital investment program that secures the boat builder’s financial future following the turbulence created by the global Corona Virus pandemic. Messrs Glyanenko and Volov welcome the investment from RiverRock and whilst maintaining a financial interest in Fairline, will be focusing on their core businesses which have been substantially impacted by both the Covid-19 pandemic and the oil price shock of recent months. Chief Operating Officer of Fairline Yachts, Peter McNulty, says, “By taking a majority stake in the business, RiverRock is demonstrating its continued support and confidence in Fairline. The investment secures our financial future and ensures we can continue the roll-out of our long-term strategic plan for the brand.  “As announced previously, the company has made some tough decisions to right-size the business as a result of the current extremely challenging market conditions. This has better positioned the company and aligns it more closely with our strategic plans both in terms of product and regional growth. The new investment from RiverRock provides us with the capital and execution ability we needed to fulfil these long-term growth plans.”  Peter continues, “The Corona Virus pandemic has put additional pressure on all businesses and RiverRock’s investment means we can continue our exciting and highly innovative new product development program, which is critical for the sustained growth of the business and to meet our discerning buyers’ requirements.”  Jason Carley, Senior Portfolio Manager at RiverRock, adds, “We are pleased to take the next step on our partnership journey with Fairline Yachts. We firmly believe in the team at the helm and the strength of the brand. We appreciate Alex and Igor’s significant investment over the last four years and our additional investment will now support Fairline to grow and will enable the company to keep doing what it does best – building exquisitely designed, hand crafted boats made in Great Britain.”  With this new investment, the future is clear for Fairline Yachts to strengthen its position in the global marketplace and retain its place as a leading British boat manufacturer.


Feadship Upgrade Youtube Channel

Visited the dedicated Feadship channel on YouTube recently? If not, prepare to be impressed at the revamped set-up, all designed to make browsing even easier. All the Inside Feadship vlogs are now in one place and the library of fleet films has been organised, history movies, interviews and news items into a logical order for instant identification along with playlists. There’s even a cool new selection of videos from Friends of Feadship.

Feadship Refit Better Then New

'Better Then New' this quote from the owner of the 57.60-metre W ex. Larisa captures his delight at the way our craftsmen and engineers renewed his pride and joy Feadship over a ten-month project. With major modifications to the interior layout, all key technical systems dialed back to zero, and a fabulous new exterior livery, W looks and feels better than new. 


Ferretti Custom Line Launches Eleven Super Yachts

Custom Line continues to win more and more yacht owners and admirers, as production continues in full swing. Testament to this are the 19 launches planned for 2020: 11 have already taken place, and the next 8 are scheduled before the end of the year at the Ancona shipyard.  The yachts launched since January are: Custom Line 106' #03 “Falcon CA”, Navetta 33 #11 “4Leon”, Navetta 33 #12 “Acqua”, Custom Line 106' #05, Navetta 37 #09 “Telli”, Custom Line 120' #04, Navetta 33 #14 “Penelope”, Navetta 42 #04 “Horizon”, Custom Line 120' #05 and Custom Line 106' #06.  With a total of 386 metres launched, these masterpieces of naval art further confirm the constant commitment, meticulous attention and masterly expertise that Custom Line puts into delivering its yachts to their owners on time. Custom Line customers can thus enjoy their sea voyages and family cruises in the utmost comfort and total privacy.  The Custom Line yard, with its 5 dedicated work sheds, is part of the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona, a world-class naval hub spanning 80,000+ sqm with a private marina that extends over 23,000 sqm of water. The yachts undergo their final fitting-out and completion work at the Custom Line docks, followed by testing and sea trials.  Each customer and their team receive personal attention throughout all phases of the project, from production and launch to delivery – and beyond, with ongoing after-sales support. The yard also provides dedicated offices and facilities at the disposal of captains and crew.  Custom Line currently has 21 yachts under construction – 13 in the sheds and 8 at the completion and dock testing stage prior to delivery to their owners.  In addition to constructing the entire Custom Line fleet, the Ancona shipyard also builds the steel and aluminium mega yachts for the CRN, Riva and Pershing brands.

Ferreti Group YourPrivateIsland Advertising Campaign

Spending the summer on a boat, in total privacy, experiencing maximum freedom while relaxing and socialising, inspired by an island of serenity and beauty. That’s the creative concept behind the Ferretti Group's campaign proposing a wonderful escape to the many limitations in place on dry land at present, with the ethos underpinned by a high-impact hashtag: “#YourPrivateIsland”. The digital advertising campaign, which will run throughout the summer on lifestyle and trade media channels, was created in collaboration with Ars Media of Turin, under the creative direction of Silvia Amici and her team, as well as the website project, later developed by Prose. In the text accompanying the campaign, the “WHAT IF” concept explores the possibility of doing something out of the ordinary, with fewer limitations and more freedom – as our new normal continues to change and evolve on a daily basis. The #YourPrivateIsland hashtag provides the perfect answer, positioning the Ferretti Group’s yachts as private islands – only better. The visuals feature evocative images and focus on enticing shots of nature, alluding to an immersive experience of relaxation and conviviality. Meanwhile, completing the campaign is a website which delves deeper into these values and looks at the unique experiences to be had on board. The stars of the “#YourPrivateIsland” campaign are the eight brands in the Group – Wally, Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN, Custom Line – and of course the stunning yachts, which provide a way to enjoy the summer exactly the way you want to, free from restrictions, on board your own “private island”. It promises to be a fruitful investment in personal well being and safety The key concepts of the campaign include intimacy and conviviality, unrestricted freedom on board inimitable icons of Italian design and the unique opportunity to explore breath-taking scenery. It serves as an invitation to imagine a dream lifestyle – one that can become a reality thanks to these masterpieces of yacht design. Each model featured in the campaign conveys the values and stunning creativity of the brands of the Ferretti Group, a world leader in the international yacht industry which works tirelessly to make dreams come true for shipowners and enthusiasts.

Ferretti Group Lights the Mediterranean Coast

Ferretti Group destinations are dream locations dedicated to the good life, adding extra magic to the summer of anyone passionate about navigating the Mediterranean Sea. Under the banner of the new #YourPrivateIsland campaign, recently launched as an invitation to enjoy a summer of privacy and well-being aboard the magnificent boats produced by the brands belonging to the Group, these spaces welcome shipowners and visitors in idyllic, convivial settings where the star of the show is quintessentially Italian nautical design. Take Waterfront Costa Smeralda, for example, where Ferretti Group has created a seafront VIP Lounge, perfect for relaxing for a few hours, and the Riva temporary store, a haven of high-end shopping. Shipowners can access exclusive benefits and bespoke experiences courtesy of some truly exceptional partners, such as You Marina gourmet sushi, the Phi Beach Club – which has an exclusive partnership with the Wally brand for the nautical sector – and the British automobile manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover, which offers a convenient test drive and courtesy car service, as well as the chance to enjoy a refined tasting experience at its Defender Privée. The Ferretti Group VIP Lounge and the Riva temporary store will be open until Sunday 6 September, every day from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am. Another unmissable destination is the Ibiza Pershing Yacht Terrace, a unique cocktail bar located in the heart of the luxurious, five-star 7Pines Kempinski Ibiza. Created by Pershing architects and designers in accordance with the style and values that make the range unique, the terrace is the perfect place to relax and sip on fabulous cocktails as you enjoy the views of the magical rocky island of Es Vedrà. The stunning Riva Lounge on the terrace of The Gritti Palace in Venice is a place renowned for its exceptional hospitality and breath-taking beauty. The use of Riva furniture creates a unique atmosphere, while the views of the Grand Canal and the beautiful Santa Maria della Salute Cathedral complete the experience. Guests have access to an Aquariva Super boat, “Il Doge”, which is moored outside the building, making the Riva Brand Experience in Venice all the more exclusive. The crystal-clear water of the Croatian coast provides the perfect backdrop for the Riva Lounge and Privée in Opatija, creating a sophisticated setting for relaxing or enjoying a drink while taking in the breath-taking views. The Ikador Hotel also offers an exclusive private boat service featuring a magnificent Aquariva Super model. For those mooring up in Formentera, there can be no better place to go than the Riva Privée at the “Molo 47” restaurant. It is a sophisticated and elegant space, where light becomes the star of the show thanks to the gorgeous shadows created by the curtains, while the interior design features unique nautical detailing: the use of aquamarine cushions, chrome, steel and lacquered mahogany evoke images of the iconic yachts and 1950s style synonymous with La Dolce Vita, instantly transporting guests into the magical world of Riva.


Fraucher Gets Three Figures

A big milestone for the Frauscher shipyard from Ohlsdorf, Austria: The hull number 100 of the 1017 GT left the modern shipyard at the lake Traunsee.  It’s in order to offer its buyer on Majorca in the future all that is needed for a day on the sea: Style, performance, clean and tidy layout combined with high-quality materials and functions. The 1017 GT enjoys great popularity among Frauscher customers. And rightly so: with a top speed up to 60 knots, a modern deep V hull with steps and plenty of sunpad and seating for tanning, the 1017 GT is the perfect boat for every occasion. Customers also enjoy the stylish and easy-to-use bimini top, the generous cooling facilities for drinks and snacks and the high-end audio system of the 1017 GT. The approximately 10 meter long Gentlemen's Racer is the heart of the Austrian shipyard and was first built in 2011 by Thomas Gerzer, the head of product development at Frauscher. Since then, it has been providing customers from all over the world with unlimited fun on the water with its classic design. Over the years this model has been continuously improved and optimized by the engineering team and remains today the best day cruiser in its class. Thomas Gerzer commented: "There are individual design elements that catch my eye somewhere. Other people often don't see these details at all, but they sense that it looks cool. Often it's all about little things or changing the proportions. It's a tedious process that starts with hundreds of sketches, which are then used to create the perfect model.“ This milestone makes the 1017 GT by far the most successful boat in its class. In addition to the sales success of the 1017 GT, Frauscher can also celebrate 200 unit sold for the 650 Alassio electric model. This makes the Frauscher 650 Alassio the best electric boat in their range.


Gulf Craft Announces Dual Majesty Deliveries

Emirates luxury yacht manufacturer, Gulf Craft, has announced the successful delivery of two Majesty 100s today. En route to Europe, these two superyachts will be handed over to their owner’s representatives in Italy where they will cruise the Mediterranean this summer season. Gulf Craft has taken every measure to ensure the safe delivery of both yachts through its smart management systems. Given the current travel restrictions, Gulf Craft introduced a virtual handover procedure that allowed the crew to efficiently review all the systems onboard together with shipyard experts and officials. Each of the two 31.7m Majesty 100 was designed and built to cater to their owner’s specific requests. Gulf Craft’s in-house design studio was responsible for the exterior and interior design of the superyachts. Following a project brief by each client, the team worked to echo their desires into each build and created a harmonious gem that merged seamlessly with the yacht’s timeless exterior design.


Heesen Biggest Assembly to Date

Light, long, fast and strong. Cosmos, the 80-metre, tri-decked yacht with four engines and more than 19,000 horsepower is a boat like no other. Her design combines the world’s most advanced naval architecture with Heesen’s unparalleled engineering know-how. She will be capable of reaching close to 30 knots once delivered and have an efficient cruising speed of 20+ knots.  A project of this scale is like a large and complex puzzle. Following the aluminium construction of our largest hull to date, we joined the hull and superstructure and installed the engines. The size of the project – 80 metres at 1,700GT – and the logistics involved are unprecedented. Thanks to the pristine Dutch organisation that characterizes all of Heesen’s works, not to mention the smart logistics management, the operations ran smoothly.  After 15 months of skilled welding, the 80-metre low-drag latest iteration of the Fast Displacement Hull Form, which sports Heesen’s patented “backbone” for longitudinal strength, left the aluminium workshop in shed six. After the weighing process, Cosmos’ hull was gently driven onto a barge by two remote-controlled multi-wheelers. This is a delicate process that once started cannot be stopped. To ensure perfect stability during this precise balancing act, the barge was carefully ballasted to ensure a seamless transition when transferring the weight of the hull.  The barge was then towed across the canal to a quay large enough to carry out the lifting operations. It took four of the Netherlands’ largest telescopic cranes to lift the hull from the barge and place it in the water.  During the same operation, we installed Cosmos’ unique propulsion system. Four engines and two gearboxes, which will interact with variable-pitch propellers and the ultra-innovative Promas rudders, were placed in the hull.  A build of such magnitude requires an epic collaboration with our trusted suppliers: long-lasting relationships built on many years of loyal teamwork and operating at the highest standards resulted in Cosmos, a project of cosmic proportions.  Cosmos’ sleek profile, penned by renowned British studio Winch Design, can, at last, be admired for the first time in its bare aluminium beauty. The yacht will now undergo the outfitting process in the run-up to the launch in 2021.


Horizon Announces Five New Power Catamaran Sales

Horizon continues to see strong sales in its PowerCat models, with three PC60 and two PC52 models currently in build for U.S. clients. Due to launch imminently, the PC60 Quintessence is the third Horizon Power Catamaran for her experienced owners, who previously owned another PC60 as well as a PC52. As they did in their previous PC60, the owners customised their layout and elected to eschew the standard on-deck master suite to create an entirely open floor plan on the main deck. The owners added a Hi/Lo swim platform, upgraded to two generators and incorporated the Lithium ion battery package to accommodate their extensive cruising. Quintessence is on schedule to be delivered in June 2020. Also scheduled to deliver in 2020 is the PC60 Homarus, which is the second Horizon yacht for the American owners, who are moving up from their PC52. The clients have added a head and shower to the flybridge as well as a Hi/Lo swim platform. A third PC60 is in build as a stock boat for U.S. owner.  The PC52 model remains one of the most popular Horizon PowerCat models, thanks to its efficient layout and entry-level appeal. Featuring a 22’ beam, the PC52 offers comfortable living spaces, a functional three-stateroom layout with a large galley and spacious salon, as well as all of the necessary amenities for extended cruising. The PC52 Magic is currently in build for two-time Horizon PowerCat owners, while yet another PC52 is in build for new Horizon owners. These owners made the switch to a Horizon PowerCat from their 60ft Hatteras mono-hull yacht. Upon taking delivery in early 2021, the owners plan to take their PowerCat to cruise the Great Lakes.


Jarrett Bay New Aloha Collection

Jarrett Bay present Aloha the new tropical trucker hats and hang loose where ever you may sport this performance snapback. Made from Tritech, this lightweight hat will help you look and stay cool on blazing hot days. For extra comfort, they also feature a performance mesh sweatband and dark under brim to reduce glare.


Maritimo Blog Live

Maritimo invites fans and boat enthusiasts to delve deeper into the world of Luxury Boating with its new blog. The Maritimo Blog will be covering topics from design and manufacturing, motor yacht engineering advancements, the motor yacht industry, to owners interviews and everything in between.


Monte Carlo Yachts 2020 Dealer Meeting

With the new season approaching, Monte Carlo Yachts has had the pleasure to hold online webinars with official dealers and partners from Asia, America, Europe and GCC area, which took place from July 21 to July 24. Given the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 situation, the Company decided to prioritize the well-being of its guests, owners and partners by offering an alternative and unique tailor-made approach to reach the different markets. Monte Carlo Yachts has always been designing and crafting timeless luxury yachts distinguished by high levels of comfort and safety on board. Dan Lenard, who gave precious contributes to the webinar sessions, underlined the importance of MCY Collection’s elegant and sophisticated design - signed Nuvolari Lenard Design Studio - in delivering Future Classic yachts. The webinar days have been a concrete opportunity to present the brand strategy for the Nautical Season 2020-2021 to the stakeholders. Segio Loiacono, newly appointed as Monte Carlo Yachts’ Sales and Marketing Director, presented the new strategy and tools that will guide and support MCY’ international dealers’ network.


Princess Industry First

Princess Yachts are thrilled to announce a truly unique industry first, as they launched the eagerly anticipated slot 1 of the new X95 via a Facebook Live on 27 July.  As the first X95 reaches completion in the Plymouth based manufacturing facility, and unable to launch this flagship yacht through more traditional methods due to the current climate and associated restrictions, Princess have thought outside the box and taken the bold move to host a live event, open to everyone, through their Facebook page on the 27th July 2020.  The event ran for a couple of hours and will provide the viewers with a never before opportunity to experience an exclusive tour of this class defying yacht, both inside and out. In addition, there will be a panel of speakers, made up of Princess Yachts' executive board members, who will talk through the different areas of the yacht's development. From discussing the striking new design language, to the manufacturing and development, through to the X95's position in the market place, the panel presented just what sets this innovative new yacht apart from the pack.


Riviera Expands to Meet Demand

Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, is expanding its 14-hectare production facility to meet international and domestic demand and the company’s growing number of new motor yacht models.  The multimillion-dollar new development works currently under way include extension of the factory’s final fitout capability by increasing the facility’s volume by more than 20 per cent.  Once this stage of the expansion program is completed, the works will allow Riviera to bring the majority of its final fitout under one roof, further enhancing quality, lead times and annual volume.  Over the past year, the company produced more than 100 motor yachts from across the 20-model range, more than half of which have been exported. These latest works will expand capacity as further new additions to Riviera’s model range are released.  Forty years of evolution are expressed in Riviera’s growing range of Flybridge, SUV and Sport Yacht range, and more recently the addition of the larger Sports Motor Yacht collection.  Riviera’s flagship Sports Motor Yacht design was launched in 2018 and the company in June this year celebrated a milestone with the completion of the magnificent Alberlee, Hull 20 of the Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht for a new owner in Western Australia.  The current facility expansion also includes a new location for Riviera’s New Model Development team of over 35 craftspeople and 13 designers, engineers, naval architects, draftsmen and master boatbuilders, bringing them together in a large and dedicated facility.  “These latest development works represent a substantial investment in meeting the needs of our yacht owners,” said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “Our current expansion program allows us to further enhance the design and luxury of today’s Riviera motor yachts and prepare for our future demand as exceptional new models are introduced to the Riviera model line-up.”

Riviera Celebrates 20th Sports Motor Yacht

The 72 and 68 Sports Motor yachts, the flagships of the luxurious Riviera collection, have reached a significant milestone in production with the completion of Hull 20 following the new designs being launched in 2018. Sports Motor Yachts have received accolades from owners and the marine industry by setting the standard that defines 40 years of evolution by Riviera.  Since their launch, Riviera 72 and 68 SMYs are now cruising the waters of Australia, New Zealand, The Caribbean, Vanuatu, Indonesia, The Mediterranean and Thailand, and further yachts are now being completed for the United States.  Alberlee, the 20th Sports Motor Yacht, is heading to Riviera dealer representative R Marine Perth for delivery to new owner Mike Albert, a Singapore-based director of Apple Inc’s customer care for the Asia Pacific region.


Riva Legend in Paris

The collection of Riva Destinations, the most sought-after locations by international yachting enthusiasts, among others, has been complemented by a new destination in Europe’s chicest capital: the inauguration of the first Riva Privée in Paris, in partnership with Splash Bistro at Port Van Gogh on the Seine. An absolute must for those looking for an exclusive experience. The Riva Privée offers Splash guests the opportunity to visit the French capital by cruising up the river comfortably aboard an Aquariva Super, and to discover glimpses of rare beauty in one of the most romantic cities in the world.  The Riva Privée at Splash Bistro, Port Van Gogh, is one of a kind: the bohemian charm typical of Île-de-France meets the class and heritage of Riva to give guests an unprecedented Riva Brand Experience. In line with the concept of all the Riva Destinations, the interior design reflects the style and the legendary details of the iconic yachts: from aquamarine cushions to chrome, steel details and lacquered mahogany tables, all customized with the Riva logo.  Outside is a stylish beach area, again customized with Riva furniture, offering maximum relaxation. The culinary offering is also first class, provided by Thomas Balland, resident chef at Splash.  The Riva Privée at Splash is part of the Riva Destinations project, created to offer yacht owners and others unique experiences and sophisticated locales, the so-called “places to be”, that are all about timeless class and elegance, with a relaxed and informal style that fosters conviviality. Riva Lounges, Privées and Decks are present in exclusive locations worldwide, including Venice, Monte Carlo, Formentera, Opatija, Mykonos, and Palm Beach.


Viking Takes Triple Crown

The newest Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish champ is Joe Rahman's Viking 80 Auspicious. Joe and his team fished nine days during three tournaments which include the Billfish Blast, Big Game Classic and Sea Horse Anglers Club tournaments. Auspicious started strong, placing second in the Billfish Blast with three blue marlin releases. They followed up by dominating the Big Game Classic with four blues to win the tournament and lead the Triple Crown.  The Sea Horse tournament was competitive with challengers eating into their lead. But Auspicious put five blue marlin on the board for a 2nd Place finish. This sealed the Triple Crown series win for the team.  Congratulations to Joe, Captain Edward "Cookie" Murray, mate Carl Copeland and teammates Kevin Stafford, Lynda Murray, Amy Laird and David Soares.

Viking Wins at 2020 Blue Marlin Grand Championship

After a three-hour battle the Viking 48 Pearl weighed in a 642.4-pound marlin to earn the top honours in the 2020 Blue Marlin Grand Championship. With the 1st Place finish the team captured the 2020 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship. The boat is owned by Andy Yarborough and was run by Captain Bo Keough. Aaron Prosser hooked the fish using 120-class Shimano big-game tackle. Pearl started the season with the 1st Place Blue Marlin in the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, a 603.2-pound entry. The team also earned participation points in the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic and the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. "It was a very special moment for Pearl to win the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship," Pearl owner Andy said. "I would like to extend sincere thanks, gratitude and love to all the people who've helped make this possible for our team this season." Dana and Lisa Foster's Viking 72, Born2Run, racked up points throughout the six-tournament Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship series to claim 2nd Place Overall. Other Viking finishes in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship, the final tournament in the series, include 3rd Place Blue Marlin. Owner/angler Robert Burroughs weighed a 575.2-pound fish caught on his Viking 70, Quick Time. Nathan Neames weighed in the 2nd Place tuna at 146.6 pounds, aboard the Viking 76 Reel Fire. Briar Patch, a Viking 68, took 1st Place Dolphin with angler Jarret Johnson's 35.4-pound catch. The Viking 58 Rising Sons claimed the 3rd Place Dolphin.

Viking Takes Stone Harbor Marlin Tournament

With barely a chance to settle into her new slip, the Viking 80 Krazy Salt's won the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor Marlin Tournament. Having just taken delivery of the boat days earlier, the team on the Anderson family's boat released six white marlin for the win. Keith Greenberg, at the helm of Krazy Salt's, claimed the Walt Hendee Captain's Award. Third Place Boat went to the Viking 56 Insure with five white marlin.

Viking Breaks Two Records

Keith and Ginger Myers had a wild weekend fishing their Viking 72 Fleur de Lis with captain Scooter Porto and mates Zachary Taylor and Jake Glass. Competing in the Mongo Offshore Challenge, Ginger set not one but two records with a 851.9-pound blue marlin, which was weighed in front of a cheering crowd at the Orange Beach Marina in Alabama. Ginger now holds the Alabama Blue Marlin state record as well as the Gulf of Mexico's lady angler with the heaviest blue. Way to kill two birds with one stone Ginger! The tournament runs through October 15.  The current Alabama Blue Marlin state record is held by Chris Ferrera. Chris earned the title while fishing his Viking 60 Reel Fire at the 2013 Blue Marlin Grand Championship. His six-plus-hour fight resulted in a fish weighing 845 pounds.

Viking at 2020 Gulf Cup

Jon Gonsoulin's Viking 70 Done Deal did it again - winning the 2020 Gulf Cup, a single-day winner-take-all marlin tournament. Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, captain Jason Buck put Wilks Hammock on a 120" fish that weighed 667.2 pounds. That fish also earned the team the optional jackpot category, Big Blue Challenge, at the World Cup Blue Marlin Championship.  Done Deal won the Blue Marlin Cup back in 2017 with Wilks hooking a 600-pound fish. This is the only big-game tournament allowing teams to fish anywhere in the world for eight hours in their time zone with just one targeted species and one winner. 

Viking at Orange Beach Open

A fleet of 23 boats fired up for the Orange Beach Open, a trolling-only event with live baiting prohibited. Matt McDonald's Viking 72 Breathe Easy with Captain Pat Ivie at the helm, took top honors in the Release Division with three white marlin. Quick Time, a Viking 70, released a blue for 2nd Place Release team.  At the inaugural Orange Beach Open in 2019, the Viking 64 Team Galati was the only boat to record a Grand Slam by weighing in a tuna, dolphin, wahoo and releasing a white marlin. This year, Quick Time claimed 1st Place in the Grand Slam category and Breathe Easy (in under three hours of fishing) claimed 2nd.  With just one tournament remaining in the prestigious Gulf Coast Triple Crown, the standings are tight. Born2Run, Dana and Lisa Foster's Viking 72, is currently leading with another seven Vikings in the top ten. They include Restless, Breathe Easy, It Just Takes Time, Pearl, Crawgator, Fleur de Lis and Quick Time.


Zeelander Live DJ Performance

World's No. 1 DJ performs live on a Zeelander.  Martin Garrix, who has consistently been ranked as the World's number 1 DJ, recorded his latest set on a Zeelander Z44, live from Dutch waters.

July 30, 2020

New Model: Dyna 63 Flybridge

Dyna Yachts from Taiwan, is pleased to bring you the new 63 Flybridge.  With elegant lines and graceful performance, every area of the 63 Flybridge was built with enjoyment in mind.  Designed by Cor D. Rover, the Dyna 63 Flybridge is full of open space, an abundance of light, spectacular fit-and-finish, and an individuality unseen in the nineteen meter motor yacht category today. The Dyna 63 Flybridge offers a three stateroom, two head layout with a luxurious full-beam master suite, as well as a spacious two berth crew quarters with head aft.  The Dyna 63 Flybridge is standard powered with twin Cat 650hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.46 m (63.9ft)
Beam - 4.98 m
Draft - 1.57 m
Displacement - 28000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2650 l
Water Capacity - 681 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two crew berths in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Cats C12.9 850hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Cor.D Rover

July 29, 2020

Project: Wally 43 Wallytender

Ferretti Group has announced the latest addition to its growing offering of fast, fun and stylish luxury tenders from Wally, the 43 Wallytender. On this exciting thirteen meter model, the newly created “center cockpit” design provides all the protection of a cockpit with the practicality and access of a walk-around. Those onboard can enjoy the feeling of being in the open air with the added security and comfort usually experienced on a more enclosed yacht.  Drawing on the highlights of earlier Wallytender models, the 43 Wallytender displays an abundance of design features that make it the ultimate multipurpose performer. The result is a very fast, robust and practical runabout that is designed to be pure, simple and magnificently seaworthy, suiting uses as diverse as family day boat, superyacht tender, resort shuttle and sailing yacht support vessel. The 43 Wallytender has the capacity to carry up to twelve people at speeds in excess of 40 knots.  When creating the new model, Wally’s design team extensively consulted owners of its existing tender fleet to understand how the vessels’ various features have benefited day-to-day use. The new boat consequently fills a niche that will strike a chord with yacht owners the world over, delivering a sheltered passenger and driver experience, excellent handling, high-speed performance, generous bathroom facilities with standing headroom and separate shower compartment, a cabin with bed, and a range of deck configurations. Staying true to Wally’s distinctive style and spirit, the 43 Wallytender simultaneously drives the company’s offering in a new direction while taking inspiration from the design heritage of its best loved models of the past two decades. In particular, the similarities to early generations of Wally tenders including the Wallytender, WallyOne and 47 Wallypower are most evident. The 43 Wallytender also draws on Wally’s sailing heritage through the laminated sail mounted across the T-top’s carbon fiber superstructure. This brand’s signature solves the problem of simultaneously delivering the sensation of open-air living and providing shelter from the sun. Made from laminated sail cloth, the chic, contemporary “Wally” look of the T-top is highly practical, being lighter to reduce displacement of the vessel, and semi-transparent to allow plenty of light shining on those in the shade underneath. Developed by Wally and Ferretti Group’s technical engineering department, the 43 Wallytender is constructed in advanced composite with carbon fiber at Wally’s brand-new facilities in Forlì, Italy. As with all the brand’s tenders, the 43 Wallytender will be available in a range of head-turning colors that cannot be found elsewhere. The first unit, which is currently in production and due for completion in August 2020, has a striking iridescent green hull. The color has been dubbed “Gator Green”, in honor of the company’s first sailing yacht, Wallygator, which was also green; as the landmark yacht that initiated Wally’s illustrious history, with 2021 marking the 30th anniversary of her launch. The jewel in the 43 Wallytender’s crown is its unique “center cockpit” layout, which provides the driver and passengers with supreme protection from the elements, especially at top speeds. The wraparound glass windshield cocoons those onboard from three sides while the T-top offers shelter from above. Remarkably, the cockpit windshield’s front section has an angular bend of the single pane of glass, achieved without use of a central strut. This enhances visibility from the wheel station, with the added benefit of advancing the aesthetic of the tender reflecting the brand’s DNA to be twenty years ahead.  Alongside the protective benefits of the sheltered cockpit, thanks to the flanking walkways, passengers can enjoy convenient and safe access to the bow as well as the large sunpad on the foredeck.  Today’s yacht owners are more demanding than ever before, expecting vessels to perform a range of tasks and uses, adapting from season to season or even more frequently. The ability of the 43 Wallytender to change deck configurations as its owner’s needs vary will surely be one of its strongest appeals.  The flush, open deck space behind the cockpit coupled with the standard wings provides the ideal platform to accommodate many guests or to transport sails for a racing superyacht during a busy regatta season. The addition of a fold-out dining table, seating and raised sunbed converts the tender into a perfect family day boat, resort shuttle or yacht tender. Further storage in an optional aft sunbed creates the ultimate platform for watersports activities, with space to stow SeaBobs, wake boards, scuba diving tanks and other small water-toys. Instead of committing to a single configuration and purpose for the tender at the time of purchase, as is traditionally expected, owners of the 43 Wallytender have a full armory of accessories and features at their disposal which can be stored when not in use and then swapped in at a shipyard between seasons in just a day or two. As would be expected on a Wally yacht, the 43 Wallytender comes with a wide range of premium equipment as standard, including the carbon T-top, LED deck lighting, concealed hydraulic push-button anchor system, side-opening bulwark wings to extend the deck space, teak decking and the classic Wally wraparound fender system. Twin Volvo diesel 380hp stern drive engines with joystick control are an advantage for storage on a lift at a waterside home and give the added benefit of a shallower draft for exploration in remote areas. There is an option to upgrade to twin 440hp engines for predicted top speeds of over 40 knots.  Naturally, a number of elements on the 43 Wallytender can be customized to the owner’s needs. For instance, the carbon T-top comes as standard to offer protection from the elements but it can be eliminated should the vessel need to be stowed in a tender garage without sufficient clearance. The cockpit features bench-style seating to promote a more social environment. The yacht features a fridge and an insulated ice box locker as standard, as well as a carbon fiber swimming ladder. A second, larger fridge and ice maker are available as optional, as well as a diesel generator, air conditioning both inside and outside in the cockpit area, SeaKeeper stabilizer system and automated retractable swimming ladder/passerelle.  The all-new 43 Wallytender will be unveiled at the Cannes 2020 boat show in September.

July 28, 2020

Bob Roscioli 1942 - 2020

Bob Roscioli owner of one of South Florida's most well-known shipyards, died Monday 27 July 2020 from Covid-19 complications.  Bob Roscioli was 78 years old, founder of namesake Fort Lauderdale boating businesses Roscioli Yachting Center and Roscioli Donzi Yachts which produces custom sportfish yachts from 58 to 92 feet in an offer of thirteen models.  Bob Roscioli was hospitalized for more than a week before his death. He was a decades-long presence in the marine industry after launching his career as an apprentice in 1962.  Roscioli was known to offer opportunities to anyone ready for hard work, and would often hire veterans and former prisoners.  Roscioli began his career as a painter, using brushes to painstakingly color entire vessels before developing a novel spray-painting technique. When he was 20, he was fired for asking his employer for a raise, but this was a catalyst for his career and instead of quitting the marine business, he kept working on his own and eventually secured a few big clients. Eventually, he brokered a deal to lease space for his own business.  Bob Roscioli is survived by Sharon, his wife of 51 years; his children, Robert and Heather; and three grandchildren.

New Model: Bayliss 78 B24

A product of over 71,000 man hours and nearly thirty months of labor, Bayliss 78 B24, Blue View is the second custom build ordered to Wanchese North Carolina builder.  Bayliss B24 is powered with twin MTU 2600hp, giving her a top speed of 44 knots at completion and a 37 knot cruise. The engine room also contains two 38kw Northern Lights generators, an Imtra hydraulic bow thruster and windlass, and emergency pump out valving. The air-conditioned pump room contains a Dometic dual-chilled water A/C, dual FCI water makers with dockside purification capabilities, and our new Bayliss Boatworks freshwater cooling system for all mechanical components; yes, ALL systems including refrigeration, ice maker and the gyro. For stabilization, it features a Seakeeper 30SHD.  This new Bayliss 78 is outfitted in a full natural teak package; hand-selected teak boards make up her transom, cockpit bulkhead, half round, toe rail, salon door, helm pod, and raised teak flybridge deck. Her windshield is black and she is equipped with a full tower supplied by Palm Beach Towers.  B24 flybridge is a custom Bayliss Boatworks center console layout with a three-sided enclosure. Gear and rod lockers are plentiful on the flybridge, within both bench seats. The forward bench houses two custom stainless-steel refrigerated boxes. Bayliss 78 cockpit is designed to be clean and simple, but also elegant and efficient. The mezzanine area features custom freezer and refrigerated boxes, a drink box, a large ice bin, and copious amounts of tackle storage space. There is a grill housed within the upper mezzanine, as well as a built-in live well supply in the transom fish box. There are few things better than catching a marlin while there’s a steak on the grill.  Within the interior, as with each Bayliss build, one large teak log was utilized for all veneers in order to ensure grain consistency. Among her interior features, the salon contains two custom Bayliss air actuated television lifts and a custom U-shaped sofa. The striking leather-finish “Persian Caramel” granite installed throughout the upper and lower levels easily compliments the teak veneers on the surrounding cabinetry.  The galley features two SubZero refrigerators, one SubZero freezer, a Miele speed oven and cook-top, and a Hoshizaki ice maker. The walk-in pantry and day head on the upper level provide convenience for owners who enjoy entertaining family; the day head also contains a washer and dryer, concealed by teak cabinetry.  Upon entering the lower level, a spacious tackle room sits just off the companionway. Sleek, accessible reel and LP storage showcase the equipment above teak cabinetry.  Focal points in both the VIP and master staterooms are stunning olive ash burl headboards, which pop against the teak-veneered walls. The walls in each of these rooms conceal custom fabricated Bayliss Boatworks air-actuated Pullman bunks for optimal guest accommodation.  The guest stateroom contains two bunks, with cabbies containing drink holders and USB charging ports, as well as a hanging locker a private head. Just off of the main companionway, a teak spiral staircase leads down to the crew stateroom and head, and also provides access to the pump room and engine room.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.77 m (78ft)
Beam - 6.60 m
Draft - 1.77 m
Displacement - 68038 kg
Fuel Capacity - 10220 l
Water Capacity - 1703 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU M96L 16V 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 44 knots max 37 knots cruise

July 27, 2020

Project: Tecnomar Lamborghini 63

Famous automaker Lamborghini and The Italian Sea Group present the project of Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63, the Tecnomar fleet’s new sport yacht available in a limited edition in reference to Lamborghini’s 1963 foundation. Performance, driving pleasure, attention to quality and details, emotion: these are the emotive features combined within the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63, thanks to innovative engineering solutions and a distinct design unique to shared Italian style and tradition. This sport yacht project, developed by The Italian Sea Group, started with several collaborative sessions with the contribution of Lamborghini’s Centro Stile and inspiration from the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37: the hybrid super sports car incorporating bench marking new super capacitor and materials science technologies, that anticipates the future with an unmistakable design and complete customization to color and details.  The Tecnomar Lamborghini 63 will be available in three interior layouts; Lounge, One Cabin, and Two Cabin versions.  The Lounge version will feature a full single open space below deck, while the one cabin version splits the cabin area into two parts one for a large double berth owners suite.  The two cabin version offers a forward owners suite, and twin berth guest cabin which can be transformed into a double for guests.  The Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 is to be powered by twin Man 2000hp which will allow for speeds up to sixty knots, and a cruise of forty knots.

July 26, 2020

Web: Outerlimits New Web Site

Outerlimits presents its new World wide web showroom.  Founded in 1993 by Mike Fiore, with help coming from father Paul and mother Joyce, Outerlimits was created to create one of the most desired powerboats, and in order to set new standards in mono hull speed.  This aim was made successful twice, first in 2009 with an SV43 winning the Evolution offshore class championship, and again in 2014 for setting a mono-hull speed record of 180 mph again with an SV-43.  Today Outerlimits builds eleven models, into four series; SV, SL, SC, and SX, with the range starting from the SV-29 to the SL-52.  Outerlimits new website takes you around with the following buttons; Main, About, World Records, Models, Gallery, Service, Gear-Shop, and Contact. Outerlimits is also in social media with a link at the bottom of page taking you to its Facebook, and Instagram pages.

July 25, 2020

New Model: Codecasa 55 C123

Codecasa Shipyards are delighted to announce the launching of the new 55m Hull C123. The launching took place on July 18, 2020 at 11.30 am, at the Codecasa production facility in the Darsena of Viareggio, with a private ceremony.  The new Hull C123 is a 55 meters, four decks fully custom and displacement Yacht featuring high technical and quality standards, clean and elegant exterior lines and the top technology.  The technical project has been totally developed by the yard in-house team, while the Interiors have been designed by the owning company’s interior designer in co-operation with the yard style department. The result is a Yacht with a simple and elegant yet eye-catching design.  The Codecasa 55 meter C123 is powered with two Caterpillar 2365hp main engines and is able to reach a top speed of 17 knots in light displacement conditions as well as a range of 5000 nautical miles at the cruising speed of 12 knots. The comfort on board is ensured by the generous volumes available and the presence of a lift, which connects all decks of the Yacht.  The Codecasa Family and the whole Yard Team have proudly managed to complete yacht construction on schedule despite the lock-down period and they would like to wish the owners many moments of pleasant use of their wonderful super yacht.
Technical Data:
LOA - 55 m (180.4ft)
Draft - 3.20 m
Displacement - 720 t
Fuel Capacity - 140000 l 
Water Capacity - 25000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, thirteen crew in seven cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 3512C 2365hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five fixed blade S class propellers
Speed - 17 knots max 12 knots cruise
Range - 5000 nm at cruise
Construction - high tensile AH36 steel
Project - Codecasa Design Department
Certification - Llods EMEA A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6, LMC + UMC Malta commercial yacht code 2015 full compliance

July 24, 2020

Project: Princess X80

Following in the wake of the successful launch of the X95, Princess announce a new addition to the X-range. Due to take to the water next year, the X80 becomes the second member of the X Class ‘Superfly’ family. The Princess X80, follows the X95 concept defined by large, adaptable spaces offering flexible accommodation. Yet again, Princess is boldly re-writing the rules of yacht design and architecture by incorporating the concept of a ‘super flybridge’ featuring extensive outdoor space, offering the owner and guests a real al fresco living opportunity. The X80 has been painstakingly designed to offer the most versatile and accommodating experience, while keeping design and style at the forefront.  Princess long-standing partner, Olesinski, has again partnered with Italian design heavyweights Pininfarina to create the ultimate in yacht design.  Following the sophisticated sculpted surfaces and long flowing lines of the X95, the X80 represents a striking design concept whilst at the same time maintaining the well respected and internationally recognized classic Princess design language.  Over recent years there has been a quiet revolution in the methods used to design a Princess hull. Years of experience building fast and seaworthy hulls are now complemented by cutting edge simulation techniques . For the X80, this approach has led to efficiencies across the speed range whilst ensuring the high levels of sea-keeping and predictable handling. Fitted with twin Man 1900hp the X80 will reach speeds up to thirty knots.  The stature of the X80 profile is defined through the increased height of the bulwarks, topsides and enclosed wheelhouse.  Her ‘S’ shaped canopy flows into the flybridge deck to balance the visual weight and disguise the volume of the expansive sky lounge. The X80 brings the outside in through the maximization of glazing which flows along the entire length of the main deck encasing the saloon, galley and forward dining area.  The use of light and innovative design continues below decks where 8 guests are accommodated across four cabins, a full beam master stateroom located amidships, a forward guest stateroom, a double guest to starboard and a twin cabin to port. Located aft of the main accommodation is the crew quarters which can accommodate three crew with the standard layout.  

July 23, 2020

New Model: Franchini Mia 63

On 22 June Franchini launched its Mia 63 model.  The efficient, modern, and semi-custom sport yacht was baptized by Mia Franchini, daughter of Massimo who not only gave the name to the model but was the catalyst of this project from start to finish.  The Franchini Mia 63 will avail itself of a platform for all, and beside the standard launched model is available in four other exterior versions; Open, T-Top, Hardtop, and SportFly. Below deck the Mia 63 is also available in four versions, from two to three cabins, a crew cabin, and galley down or up choices.  As performance numbers during the first sea trials with sixteen persons onboard and the small engine choice of twin Volvo 725hp, Mia planned at fifteen knots, reached a top speed of just above 27 knots, and cruised 22 knots consuming a total of 138 liters per hour, which would translate to a consumption of about 6.3 liters per nautical mile.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.20 m (63ft)
Hull Length - 18.2 m
Beam - 5.24 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 23000 kg light, 29000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or six berths in three cabins, optional crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, D11 800hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS 950 or 1050 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 28 knots top speed 24 cruise with Volvo 725hp, 31 knots top 26 cruise with Volvo 800hp
Project - Massimo Franchini ext lines, hull by Naos of Roberto Prever

July 22, 2020

Project: Galeon 405 HTS

Galeon present the project for the 405 HTS, a new thirteen meter hardtop sport cruiser.  Designed by Galeon long standing design collaboration with British Tony Castro, the 405 HTS has been created and built to be a perfect day cruiser. Her exterior styling and interior arrangement reveal Galeon’s classic profile with a modern twist. The yacht’s interior has been designed to be bright and welcoming with a functionality and balanced layout. Materials include carefully selected veneers, Corians, high quality fabrics and matte or mirror-gloss finished wood.  Large windows add natural light to the saloon, galley and guest cabins. A vast saloon on the main deck is sure to be a popular gathering area for family and friends, with starboard side bar giving an open feeling. The helm benefit from large windows and a single pane windshield that provide all around panoramas. Accommodation space on the lower deck features a full sized galley and two staterooms with separate bathrooms. The owner’s suite is located midships and occupies the whole width allowing for an incredible amount of volume and storage space.  The extended roof over the cockpit area provides additional protection from the sun. The cockpit space with outdoor kitchen, dining table and sunbed conversions gives extra space for gatherings. The 405 HTS offers the extended bathing platform with an easy access to garage storage for the toys. An interesting feature of the 405 HTS is a tarpaulin roof that swiftly morphs into the wide opening sunroof over the helm station. The Galeon 405 HTS can be powered by twin Volvo 225hp up to 430hp engines choice, with stern drive propulsion.

July 21, 2020

New Model: Apreamare Gozzo 35

On seventh July Apreamare launched its new creation, the new 35 Gozzo, an evolution of the traditional Italian fishing boat which brought success and World fame to the South Italian boat builder from the nineties onward.  Much waited the 35 Gozzo is in part an evolution of the much publicized eleven meter Gozzo model launched in 2017, but also the next step on how to take the traditional Italian fishing boat into the future, as in the 35 Gozzo we see a lot of center console design, and a tendency to offer a cruiser full of day accommodation and comfort.  The 35 Gozzo is also not just an evolution of the 2017 Gozzo model, and besides important design changes; as a full walk-around deck, a fully protected stern, and an integrated t-top it also features a new hull which is wider and longer. Other technical changes will be the choice of propulsion from stern drives, and or traditional line shaft.  The Apreamare 35 Gozzo is powered by twin Volvo 230hp with stern drives, or 270hp with shafts with both engine choice and propulsion choices giving identical performance numbers of thirty knots top speed and 25 cruise.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.14 m (36.7ft)
Hull Length - 9.95 m
Waterline Length - 9.64 m
Beam - 3.48 m
Draft - 0.95 m
Displacement - 7 t dry, 9 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 700 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 230hp, D4 270hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPS stern drive with 230hp engines, line shaft with 270hp
Speed - 30 knots max 25 knots cruise
Hull Shape - modified planning Vee with spray rails
Project - Marco Casali, Cataldo Aprea
Certification - RINA module A1 CE-B

July 20, 2020

Project: Invictus TT460

Invictus keeps growing and presents the new TT460, a fourteen meter sport cruiser designed by Chistian Grande which is to be the Italian shipyard’s new flagship and will be launched this summer. The taut, essential lines are typical of Invictus hulls, in which style and attention to performance are combined: the new TT460 is equipped with twin Volvo 480hp couple to IPS650 forward looking pod propulsion.  The characterizing element of the new Invictus TT460 is the elegant style of the windscreen, from the bow to amidships, which blends seamlessly with the carbon hardtop and further enhances the size of this center console sport cruiser.  The deck, which includes a comfortable walkway on its perimeter, has a large sundeck in the bow with a flush-seat at the edge. Amidships, the dinette tables can be folded back to make room for a second sundeck, shaded by the hardtop. In the same position, the topsides can be equipped with two fold-able platforms, which increase the living space onboard.  Teak wood can be laid on the stern swim platform and on the whole deck. A hydraulic moving device can be added to help swimmers climb back aboard and to manage the tender, which is an unusual feature on this type of yacht.  Invictus has given owners plenty of opportunities to customize the interiors, ranging from an open-space solution with a transformable double bed in the stern and a lounge area in the bow, to the inclusion of partitions to divide areas and increase privacy.  “Personalization” is the keyword when focusing on finishes and details: there are plenty of colours and types of upholstery to choose from the Atelier Invictus, so owners can configure their boat to satisfy their needs and according to their personal taste.  The Atelier Invictus also offers its customers a network of specialized craftsmen and highly qualified suppliers. Customers are therefore followed from the early stages of purchase and guided through a true virtual laboratory, in which the boat is designed with individual material inserts and equipment. This allows to customize an industrially produced boat, so that it expresses the owner’s personality, style and tastes.

July 19, 2020

Web: Tecnorib Pirelli New Website

Tecnorib presents its new World wide web showroom.  Tecnorib was founded in 2005, with a mission to build and design Pirelli branded ribs.  For this purpose an agreement was signed with Pirelli Group to use the trademark of the famous tire maker.  In May 2006 during the Pirelli Regatta in Santa Margherita Ligure, Tecnorib debuted its first 770 model.  Over the years the Tecnorib Pirelli line will be extended with sizes reaching fourteen meters with the 1400 model in 2016, and a line of tenders introduced in 2015.  In 2017 Tecnorib enters a new agreement with Pirelli Design, and in the same year a new flagship 1900 model is introduced.  Today Tecnorib Pirelli offers nine models from 4.5 to 19 meters in two Tender and Speedboat lines.  Tecnorib Pirelli entry level model is the T45 from the Tender line, the flagship is the 1900 from the Speedboat line, while the latest news is the 42 introduced in early 2020.  Tecnorib Pirelli website takes you around with the following buttons; Home Page, About Us, Tender, Speedboat, Dealer, News, Press, Download, Video, and Contacts. Tecnorib Pirelli also features its Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube social media pages with link buttons located at the bottom of the page.

July 18, 2020

New Model: Fipa Maiora 35 Exuma

Following the great rewarded success of the Maiora 36 Harmony and 30 Walkaround, Gruppo Fipa presents a brand-new 2020 model: the 35 Exuma.   This new 35 meters super yacht features impressive and innovative solutions in order to provide all the guests with an unforgettable cruising and living experience on board.  Refreshing light that embraces all spaces harmoniously, excellent maneuverability, amazing low draft for shallow waters, smooth cruising, as well as total privacy guaranteed for everyone: this is what you find on board 35 Exuma.  In this unique work, Fipa Maiora meets the demanding and challenging requirements of the client and the result is a super personal motor yacht with a helm station located at the bow of the main deck: this is an exclusive area for the Captain that can be easily reached from his accommodation. You will find the other helm station, completely redundant, on the well-designed flybridge. The Maiora 35 Exuma is designed for an experienced seaman who loves the sea-life and cruising for long journey. This perfect solution allows the owner to leave the control-station whenever he wants to, just to take some time for himself and enjoy the beautifully-sized saloon located on the upper convertible flybridge. The huge drop down windows, as well as the stern door which totally opens up and “disappears”, turn a closed space, where you can comfortably have lunch, into a completely open area where you can enjoy a cocktail at the golden hour or have dinner with family and guests under the stars, thanks to the sliding “moon-roof”.  The interiors of Maiora 35 Exuma are sober and elegant, in order to reflect the style of her Owner: wengè, walnut, oak wood meet with their different shades to create an incisive and intense contrast. You will experience a sophisticated atmosphere also thanks to the glossy grey and absolute black laquer that feature the galley; while matt darker laquer of grey stone tones are used for both crew and master heads.  The wide main salon is largely enriched by a unique piece of furniture: it is a superb slate cellar placed at the entrance and aimed to preserve bottles of wine and the owner’s precious tequila collection. This really gives a touch of uniqueness.  The outside areas are featured by Paola Lenti furniture that harmonically come together with the open-air spaces and al-fresco aft cockpit.  Maiora 35 Exuma can accommodate up to eleven guests: the master stateroom is on the main deck and is featured by a floor-to-ceiling wide window. Four cabins are located on the lower deck, including another shipowner’s cabin placed longitudinally to enjoy the sight at its best. To finish the lower deck layout, two double bed cabins and a double cabin with pullman berth: all these cabins are equipped with TV which comfortably fold down from the ceilings and all the beds are strategically placed to offer the best sight of the sea, thanks to the large windows inside the cabins. Finally, the crew quarters can accommodate up to five members.   Maiora 35 Exuma is powered by two MJP waterjets and a central booster jet, powered by three Caterpillar 1925hp engines. The combination of the waterjet propulsion and the innovative design of the hull allow to reach a top speed of 35 knots in total comfort and with no vibrations on board.  Cruising is extremely efficient up to 28-30 knots, while at the economical speed of 10 knots, the 35 Exuma has an impressive range of about 1600 nautical miles, with a fuel capacity of 22,000 litres. Despite the great performances, absolute comfort is always guaranteed by two Seakeeper 35 gyroscopic stabilizers, designed to reduce the rolling of the ship up to 95%, both underway and at anchor.  In addition, the owner asked to extend the concept of comfort also to the toys: placing the garage on one side makes extremely easy the launch of a six meter tender.  It is unusual to find a big tender on a 35 meter super yacht. The Owner, in this way, can easily reach exclusive beaches or take his guests to the harbor without any problem. The crew has a dedicated four meter tender for their own service.  The Maiora 35 Exuma resembles the super yacht for those who want to enjoy the sun and the on-board life in long distance cruises, have fun, discover wonderful places and hidden landscapes. Thanks to a draft of less then two meters she is ideal to explore the waters and beaches of Cat Island, Abacos, Paradise Island and, indeed, Exumas.  Maiora 35 Exuma has just been launched this July 2020, and will first cruise the Mediterranean, before heading to the Bahamas.
Technical Data:
LOA - 35.10 m (119.2ft)
Beam - 7.80 m
Draft - 1.80 m (full load)
Displacement - 160 t
Fuel Capacity - 22000 l
Water Capacity - 3200 l
Accommodation - eleven guests in five cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 3 x Cats C32A 1925hp
Propulsion - 2 x MJP water jets, plus central booster
Speed - 35 knots max, 30 knots ctuise, 10 knots long range
Range - 1600 nautical miles at ten knots
Construction - fiberglass with carbon fiber, kevlar
Project - Centrostile Gruppo Fipa with Quartostile

July 17, 2020

Project: Horizon FD92

Horizon present the project for a first tri-deck FD Series, the FD92 satisfying the owner who desires both an enclosed skylounge and an open flybridge. This five-stateroom super yacht offers a full-beam, on-deck master and four additional staterooms on the lower deck along with crew quarters for three. The uppermost deck comes equipped with a helm, seating and small bar while a six-person Jacuzzi, seating, sunpads and fridge/icemaker comprise the lounging area on the fore-deck. The Horizon FD92 features a fully equipped beach club and a Hi/Lo swim platform with a “transformer” stair section to facilitate easy water access.  The Horizon FD92 will be powered by twin MTU 1600hp engines.

July 16, 2020

New Model: Beneteau Gran Turismo 36

Beneteau presents the new Gran Turismo 36 model. A project of Andreani, the Gran Turismo 36 is an evolution of a size range and type of boat, the sport cruiser which has shown the French boat building giant grow not little in recent years.  This growth by Beneteau was not by chance, but happened thanks to an evolution of looks and design which has always acted quickly.  In the Gran Turismo 36 we see this quick thinking, from the squared off bow, single level main deck, option of larger bathing platform, and the choice of outboard propulsion.  This last has taken the motor boating World sub twelve meters by storm in recent years.  The Beneteau Gran Turismo 36 has a two cabins lower deck; with a forward owners cabins with full walk around double berth, and guest cabin with double berth to midships.  In between two cabins is an L-shaped saloon to port side, with opposite galley, and head with enclosed shower stall.  Outside the Gran Turismo 36 shines with an aft sun-pad, C-shaped settee, and two forward facing settees one of which is the helm station to starboard.  The Beneteau Gran Turismo 36 is powered by standard twin Volvo 270hp and or optional 300hp engines, with the outboard version powered by Mercury 300hp or optional 350hp units.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.42 (40.9ft) with ext bathing platform
LOA - 11.56 
Hull Length - 11.28 m
Beam - 3.51 m
Draft - 1.09 m
Displacement - 7306 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 408 l
Water Capacity - 150 l
Max Persons - eight
Accommodation - six berths in two cabins plus convertible dinette
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 270hp, D4 300hp 
Propulsion - Volvo DPS stern drives or Mercury outboards
Speed - 35 knots max
Project - Andreani, Beneteau Power naval architecture
Certification - CE B8, C10

July 15, 2020

Out-News = Fairline Sport Cruiser Partially Sinks in Majorca

A rather new, possibly just about one year old Fairline Targa 45 sport cruiser partially sank the morning of 15th July while moored in its berth in Puerto Portals marina, Palma de Mallorca, Majorca the large island of the Spanish Balearic islands archipelago.  The reason of the accident is still unknown, the vessel is reported as unattended when it started to take in water.
The Targa 45 Open was launched by Fairline in the fall of 2018, first presented as a 43 model, and then updated as 45 a few months later.  Second model fully designed by Alberto Mancini, it is also the second all new model of the new ownership which followed the 2015 bankruptcy.  The Fairline Targa 45 features a two cabins interior with four or five berths, and is powered by Volvo 435hp engines with IPS pod drives which enable it to reach 32 knots top speeds.

Project: Evo Velar 78

In December 2019, designer Valerio Rivellini launched a new concept for a stunningly innovative 70 foot yacht that also incorporates the strengths of a sailboat. This concept has been transformed into a working project through synergy between the designer’s desire to break free of convention and the strategic vision and construction capabilities of Evo Yachts, the Blue Emme Yachts brand that has built a reputation on the market both for its range of open yachts with “XTension” bulwarks and for its tenders. In partnership, they developed Rivellini’s Velar 70 concept and transformed it into the Velar 78, with content and dimensions that make it a better fit for the shipyard’s development plans. Velar 78 is a 24 meter explorer motor yacht with a refined, minimalist design created for a leisurely and relaxed lifestyle at sea. It is a yacht that defies classification, combining the strengths of both motor yachts and sailboats.  Velar 78 goes beyond the expected. The big yacht wheel gives the owner the sensation of captaining a sailboat, while the helm station in the deck house offers a protected alternative out of the elements, equipped with a joystick drive that is perfect for complicated maneuvering or in rough seas and replaces the wheel, like on an aircraft. The glazed surfaces in the deck house are designed to disappear completely out of view, turning the boat into a pure open with T-top.  Velar 78 is a yacht for owners who want to experience the thrill of travel in a new but yet traditional way, mindful of reduced consumption and eco-sustainability. The keywords are contemplation, sharing and convenience. This model therefore represents the first step in a new direction of innovation and real progress, as well as a confirmation of the successful partnership between the shipyard and the designer. Evo Yachts and Valerio Rivellini are back at work together after creating high profile models like the multiple award winning R4, R6, and T2 tender.  With the Velar 78, on which construction work recently began and will be completed in early 2021, Evo Yachts adds a new series, the Velar line, to expand the existing range: the R-Line, with the R4, R4WA and R6 models, and the T-line with the T2 and, coming soon, the T3 model.

July 14, 2020

Out-News = Sport Yacht Fire in Gouvia Marina Corfu

A sport yacht of about sixteen meters in length caught fire in Gouvia Marina on the Greek island of Corfu, on the evening of thirteen July.  Fire fighters from both the pier and the sea tried to turn off and slow the fire, with moderate success.  The sixteen meter sport yacht eventually partially sank, and no injuries are reported from the fire since the boat is reported as unattended at the moment of the fire.  The sport yacht was later fully floated.
The sixteen meter sport yacht of the fire is a Prinz 54 Coupe, and is powered by twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pod drives. The Prinz 54 Coupe offers a three double cabins interior layout.  Prinz was a Belgium brand which was founded in 2001 and had good success with its 31 to 40 models in open and fly version in the first decade of the second millennium.  The 54 Coupe was the largest model ever made by Prinz, and sold rather well as it was one of the first IPS propelled boats above fifteen meters in size when it launched in 2006. 
Update 27 July and thanks to reader Vedran, we can report that Prinz closed its doors in around 2008 and then a couple of years one of the employees in its Croatian factory bought the molds and re-branded the company as Pearlsea Yachts.  So if anyone is interested in any of the Prinz designs you can find a link to the Pearlsea Yachts website in the comments below. 

New Model: Nordhavn 41

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. announces the launch of the first Nordhavn 41. Hull #1 splashed in the Aegean Sea last week and will commence with seatrials this week. She will undergo other testing before being prepared to ship in mid-July. The first hull will be delivered to her buyer in the northeast U.S.  Currently 14 the of the first 20 hulls have been reserved, sight unseen, pointing to the design’s broad appeal. What’s more, the boat is drawing on a truly international base with buyers coming from all over the globe including America, Turkey, Denmark, South Africa and Australia. Additionally, of the first five hulls completed, two will cruise right out of Turkey, taking advantage of Nordhavn’s offer to allow buyers to spend time cruising the Mediterranean before shipping the boat to their home port, with Nordhavn handling shipping logistics.  Upon the Nordhavn’s 41 arrival to the East coast, the Nordhavn’s vice president Jim Leishman and Chief of Design Jeff Leishman, will fly from CA to inspect her.  The Nordhavn 41 is the smallest boat in ocean-crossing line-up. She has a range of three thousand nautical miles and an anticipated cruise speed of around seven knots. She succeeds the N40, Nordhavn’s previous smallest couple’s passage maker, of which 69 hulls were built. The Nordhavn 40 is celebrated for setting the world record for fastest circumnavigation made by a production power boat. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.60 m (41.4ft)
Waterline Length - 12.1 m
Beam - 4.24 m
Draft - 1.38 m
Displacement - 19.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 3407 l
Water Capacity - 1136 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or two berths in cabins
Engines - 2 x Betamarine 85T Kubota V3307 83hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 9 knots max, 8 knots cruise, 6 knots long range
Range - 3130 nm at eight knots, 6750 nm at six knots
Construction -  resin infusion with Metyx brand multiaxial fiberglass and Vinilester resin
Project - Vripack
Certification - CE A

July 13, 2020

Project: Wim Van Der Valk BeachClub 660 Convertible

Wim Van der Valk ride the wave of success of its BeachClub range, which was launched in 2019 with the 600 and 660 models, and now reveal the Convertible project for the range.  The BeachClub concept, which has received lots of great press over the past year as well as several awards, come from the idea of freeing up living space.  This has clearly struck a chord with motor yacht fans the world over with a BeachClub 600 Hard Top already delivered to Lake Michigan and a BeachClub 660 Fly to Palma. Now, with several other models under construction, Van der Valk is increasing its options by unveiling an all-new design for a BeachClub 660 Convertible. Seriously, there’s nothing else like this on the market today. This exciting addition to the BeachClub fleet is a unique concept for a number of reasons. For a start, it has easily the most spacious interior available in her class. Moreover, as the BeachClub 660 Convertible will be built in super-flexible aluminium, you have an unrivaled range of options for the design, from a fully closed-off wheelhouse to the number of accommodations. For instance, you can choose to have three or four cabins, with six to eight berths and two or three bathrooms.  Other interior highlights include a crew cabin, a large galley with an American fridge and a day head for guests.  Apart all this the BeachClub 660 Convertible features an incredible amount of outdoor deck space too. Living very much up to its name, the beach club and aft terrace are extraordinary and you have the option to have a garage for a five-person tender. Another area to lay out according to your wishes is the fabulous fore-deck. Depending on choice the Wim Van der Valk BeachClub 660 can have top speeds up to 37 knots, this reached with twin Volvo 1000hp engines couple to forward looking IPS pod drives. The special patented hull shape makes the BeachClub 660 Convertible a seaworthy yacht with superior levels of comfort even in four meter high waves.  

July 12, 2020

Web: Ferretti New Web Site

Ferretti Yachts presents its new World wide web virtual showroom.  Ferretti started up in 1968 with brothers Norberto and Alessandro expanding their car dealership company into boat and yacht selling, with Chris Craft, Italcraft, and San Lorenzo brands.  Three years after this in 1971 Ferretti build their first boat a ten meter motor sailor designed by Franchini, and build of wood.  In 1979 they build the first motor boat, the Altura 38 model with design coming from Fabio Buzzi, and later coming out in various variants from Estate the open version to Fly for flybridge.  After a total of twelve models from the nine meter Meneghino to the nineteen meter Altura 61 the last Ferretti sail boat was build in 1988, and showed the innovation with the company being a pioneer in the raised saloon style, and today having a following in the used brokerage market.  After a total switch from sail to power the scope of the marque for innovation, quality and bigger boats takes a new step and in 1987 Ferretti builds its first boat over fifty feet with the 52 Altura model, and in 1997 also presents its first super yacht over eighty feet with the 80 model.  An important step for Ferretti was also made in 1990 when Rome designer Giovanni Zuccon takes over from Pusceddu, his first design being the 54 model later renamed to 175 Fly and 60 produced till 1997.  From there onward Ferretti and Zuccon worked together non stop since 2017 with all the new models of the Forli company designed by the renowned Italian designer.  From 2018 onward the new Ferretti designer is Filippo Salvetti who has designed the latest new four models; 670, 720, 500 and 1000.  In 1996 Ferretti founded Ferretti Custom Line, as a line with its aim of building bigger super yachts outside the Forli and Cattolica factories, with the first model the 94 launching in 1998.  The largest Ferretti build will be the 1000, to be launched this year, while under the Ferretti Custom Line the flagship is the Navetta 42. The Ferretti Custom Line was the catalyst for the company to form Ferretti Group from 1998 onward which today features eight very important and signature buy distinctive Italian brands.  Ferretti innovative spirit has always been part of its DNA and over the years the Italian brand has made important World firsts which have changed motor boating not only to the Italian company but also to all the boating World.  One of the most important strike of genius was the extended integrated bathing platform idle for tender storage first shown in 1985 on the 49 Altura, before this it was the folding up patio door window system which fully connected exterior and interior main decks, then we have the Anti Rolling Gyro developed in collaboration with Mitsubishi in 2004, and in 2005 Ferretti also pioneered the astern galley in the 630 model a feature which everyone cannot stop on copying today.  Ferretti also competed in offshore racing winning the top Class One tier World championship in 1994 and 1997, and European title in 1995 and 1997 with Norberto Ferretti at the helm.  Ferretti currently produces nine models from the entry level new 500, with the flagship being the soon to launch 1000 thirty meter super yacht.  Ferretti new web site is available in American, Italian, and Chinese language and takes you around with the following buttons; Fleet, Philosophy, News and Events, Customer Care, Dealer and Service Network, Contacts, and Pre-Owned.  Ferretti is also on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Youtube, Pintrest, and Twitter with a link to these available at the bottom of the page.