September 29, 2020

New Model: Maxi Dolphin Tender Nauta 48

Maxi Dolphin Tender Nauta 48 is a one off custom build, unique in its genre for looks to serve as a chase boat for a super yacht.  Designed by Nauta Design, the Tender Nauta 48 design brief was for a chase boat with usage going from scouting anchorages, entering in harbours restricting the bigger vessel by draft, and last for occasional cruises by the owner. The coolness of the Maxi Dolpin Tender Nauta 48 is the exterior, looking as a chase boat of the coast guard.  Look into detail and the luxury pedigree will show up.  Still this is a sport cruiser full of thought out design details such as the minimum draft of less to one meter thanks to jet drives, and a spacious cockpit designed for entertaining, a rubber fender all around to make.  Interior accommodation is for a master cabin, with a cabins cabin, and a spacious galley utility room.  The forte of the Tender Nauta 48 is the spacious exterior cockpit with two aft looking sunpads, and two C-shaped dinette.  Maxi Dolphin Tender Nauta is powered by twin Cummins 600hp which allow her to reach top speeds up 38 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.62 m (47.9ft)
Beam - 4.38 m
Draft - 0.83 m
Displacement - 16 t
Fuel Capacity - 2100 l
Water Capacity - 510 l
Accommodation - two berths, one crew cabin
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC8.3 600hp
Propulsion - KaMeWa S32-3 jet drives
Speed - 38 knots max
Project - Nauta Design, Maxi Dolphin for naval architecture

September 28, 2020

Project: Mimi Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround

Mimi a Neapolitan boat builder founded in 1975 is attacking the market in 2020 with three new models set to present themselves in October at the Genoa boat show. Here at PowerYacht we present the project for the Mimi Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround, designed by Valerio Rivellini and the third version to complete the line of the 9.5 model series. Libeccio is Mimi's traditional Gozzo cruiser inspired range which starts at six meters and ends at thirteen with the yards flagship. The 9.5 Walkaround is traditional Gozzo Cruiser at its best, adapted for the future; see forward flush deck, and centre console with T-Top. The 9.5 Walkaround offers an interior accommodation with a convertible dinette, and a double Vee berth forward, which can be replaced with a larger double berth. The Mimi Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround is to be powered by a single 150hp engine as standard, or twin 200hp engines with speeds up to 32 knots with the large engine option.

September 27, 2020

New Model: Horizon FD92

A new model has joined Horizon rapidly expanding Fast Displacement FD Series of high-volume, high-performance motor and super yachts. Recently launched, the brand new FD92 is the Series first ever tri-deck design, and features both an interior pilothouse and an open flybridge. The design was born out of an experienced owner’s request for a configuration change to the FD87 layout that would incorporate both a protected interior helm station and the option for al fresco navigation. Horizon’s engineers accommodated the request by designing a hull form that accommodated a lightweight carbon fiber flybridge without compromising performance. Perched atop the proven High-Performance Piercing Bow and hull design, the FD92 maintains a wide seven meters beam and the voluminous interior that defines the Cor D. Rover-designed FD Series. Maximizing all of the coveted features of the FD Series, such as a spacious interior and expansive windows, the new FD92 features a five-stateroom layout with an on-deck master, crew quarters and a beach club. The FD92’s tri-deck design allows for a helm, L-shaped seating, sunpad and a bar equipped with a fridge and icemaker to be positioned on the uppermost deck, which can be shaded with a bimini top. Another inviting exterior area has been designed for the foredeck, which features a six-person Jacuzzi, curved seating area, sun-pads, fridge/icemaker and plenty of storage. This area, too, can be protected with a custom fore-deck shade system. Aft of the enclosed skylounge which houses the helm station, lounge seating and a day-head the boat deck features a custom entertainment arrangement with a dinette and fully equipped bar. The tender is comfortably stowed furthest aft while underway and the entire area can be cooled by a custom shade system. Intended for entertaining, the aft deck has been designed to accommodate formal dining for ten with a wet bar on the starboard side and a large built-in sofa with storage aft. The superstructure design led to a proportionate hull modification giving this yacht an extended length augmenting the already spacious beach club and hi/lo swim platform and water sports area. Powered by twin Caterpillar engines of 1900hp each, this first FD92 will provide her owners with a smooth ride and island-friendly draft for cruising throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas.
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.69 m (94ft)
Waterline Length - 24.6 m
Beam - 7.09 m
Draft - 1.83 m
Displacement - 107 t
Fuel Capacity - 15140 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins, 5/6 crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 1600hp, Cats C32 Acert 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Cor D.Rover

September 26, 2020

Project: Sunseeker 88 Yacht

Sunseeker has revealed further details of its all new luxurious 88 Yacht. Set to launch later this year, this stunning new yacht perfectly showcases the company’s design and technological excellence, creating an innovative, class-leading model that has been considered in meticulous detail and exudes a style and elegance that is distinctively Sunseeker.  Combining a superyacht feel with all the practical advantages of a yacht in this size category, the 88 Yacht has impressive, and new to the brand, exterior lines and a sleek hardtop roof with optional central opening canopy. This yacht will stand out in any marina around the world. Powered by twin MTU 1950 as standard, she accommodates eight guests and four crew in complete luxury and comfort and is capable of reaching speeds of up to 28 knots.  The 88 Yacht features Sunseeker’s industry-leading ‘Beach Club’ concept which is accessed by dual teak staircases featuring recessed LED lighting. The ‘Beach Club’ transforms the area into a private outdoor sanctuary complete with innovative X-Tend sunbed that converts under an optional parasol. Beneath, is an overhead rain shower and plentiful stowage including dedicated lockers for two Seabobs with charging points. The extended bathing platform is perfect for carrying a tender and there is also an option of a flybridge crane for a jet ski or similar. The vast flybridge on the 88 Yacht enjoys a superb layout with beautifully appointed furniture on the spacious aft deck and the option of an infinity spa bath with sun pad. It’s a fantastic space for entertaining with plentiful places to sit and relax thanks to shaped companion seating adjacent to the helm, and extended U-shaped seating opposite a feature wet bar with ice maker, grill and two fridges or optional drawer-refrigeration. Customers can also opt for fixed stools to turn this into a sociable bar area. The teak foredeck features another private, social space with a Portuguese bridge, large sunbathing area and comfortable lounge seating which is complemented by premium teak side decks as standard.  The main deck is nothing short of spectacular. Inside, there is a large forward galley helping to maximize the open-plan entertaining space. It gives owners and crew an amazing amount of practical storage space, as well as a dedicated fixed breakfast bar unit with two stools, creating an additional informal dining space. The galley has a full height premium fridge freezer and dishwasher as standard and can be specified with optional wine coolers. There is also the ability to fully close off the galley, allowing crew to move around the yacht unnoticed with access from the lower helm on the starboard side that gives owners the chance to enjoy complete privacy. The yacht has a large storage spaces as standard set behind the helm station or alternatively, customers can opt for a day head.  The helm features independent seating and a glass bridge with flush screens incorporating the new Simrad range. With double the power of previous screens, owners will enjoy a cleaner console look with a simplified and intuitive user interface that see controls moved to navigation screens. Owners will also have access to mySunseeker, a new app that allows customers to control multiple systems from an onboard iPad or from their phone.  Midship sits a grand fixed table for eight guests with low profile stowage alongside the sofa and an additional mid-height storage area with shelving, that doubles up as a bar area and display unit. Floor to ceiling glazing floods the yacht with natural daylight, complemented by optional sliding doors to starboard.  The saloon offers a variety of seating configurations and an opulent feel throughout thanks to beautiful new fabrics and leathers. Central is a coffee table with push touch panels giving access to storage within, and owners can enjoy a 55” TV as standard with even more stowage underneath. The uninterrupted view continues through the saloon lobby to the main staircase which leads to all lower accommodation.  The interior has a real feeling of opulence and clever design cues throughout that really make the yacht stand out, including diagonal stainless detailing on cabinetry and doors. The layering of textural elements and the mix of furnishings and fabrics feels timeless with a modern twist that oozes style and elegance with a range of plush colours and finishes available.  To maximise space, Sunseeker has located the opulent master stateroom central to the yacht, making the most of her substantial beam. There is a real feeling of ‘luxe’ with beautiful leathers, fabrics and splashes of mirrored bronze featured throughout. The master stateroom with its 55” TV as standard, enjoys a spacious dressing area with double wardrobe and adjacent in the en suite featuring exquisite surfaces throughout are double sinks, an overhead rain shower and plentiful stowage.  The yacht also features a luxurious VIP forward cabin with wardrobe and en suite on a par with the master stateroom, as well as two further double cabins with dedicated en-suites. There is an option for two single fixed beds, twin sliding single beds or a fixed full double in each guest room. Each cabin enjoys full height wardrobes and extended glazing with new window profiles, with all guests sleeping in the same luxury afforded to the master cabin.  For the charter market, an optional fifth cabin is even possible in lieu of the standard master stateroom. The crew cabin, with capacity for four or five, benefits from a kitchenette, crew mess, en-suite and the provision of two appliances.

September 25, 2020

New Model: Columbus Classic 80

Columbus presents the Classic 80 titled as M/Y Dragon, and built in just 27 months, it represents an Italian excellence of timeless elegance and constructive craftsmanship.  Dragon joins the Columbus Yachts brand’s stellar fleet namely comprising: the award-winning Sport Hybrid 40 metre M/Y Divine and M/Y Eleonora 3, the 54 metre M/Y Prima, the 57 metre M/Y Taiba. Dragon stems from the advanced naval engineering of Hydro Tec Studio, responsible also for the exterior design. The interiors are by Francesco Guida.  Columbus Classic 80 is a superyacht that combines contemporary elements with proportions creating an elegant design that never goes out of style. The external lines are clean and without sharp traits, with few fixed elements to allow for sizeable and flexible areas.  The super yacht develops over six decks, five of which are served by an elevator to ensure maximum comfort on board.  Her luxurious and yet sober interior has been designed to create a warm, sophisticated and at the same time modern atmosphere. The essences of the wall light wood and the bronze/ satin gold inserts combine masterfully with the natural colours of fabrics and furniture generating harmonious and delicate environments. The lower deck houses the crew area with 10 cabins, dinette, steel kitchen, gym, technical rooms including a garage for the two main tenders of 7 and 9.5 metres, the large one built directly by the yard; the lobby with elevator and a guest cabin. This teak bridge is completed by the large 200 square meter beach club which includes a bar, a sauna and a Turkish bath, several relaxation areas and a chaise lounge. Of particular artistic importance are the 3 backlit panels made of blue agate.  To welcome guests entering the large living room, a classic design Chelini table creates a harmonious play of styles with the two large lounge areas, with C-shaped seats and a contemporary Provencal look. The dining area includes a custom-made 14 seater table by Giorgetti with a Roman travertine top, maple edges and leather legs. Unique in its kind are the six large windows, four of which are 5 metre long by 2 metre high, allowing for natural light to flood the space and create a bright and comfortable environment. Continuing towards the bow, the four guest cabins and the large panoramic Vip cabin are encountered.  All cabins have a private Roman travertine-clad bathroom. The fourth deck, exclusively reserved to the Owner, includes a 110 square metre cabin, with large windows for a 180 degree view of the private foredeck, Roman travertine-clad bathroom and sauna, separate wardrobe and vanity. On the same deck, a pantry serves both the sleeping area and the large living with also a dedicated bar. The aft cockpit has a 14 seater dining table and a relaxation area with sofas and chaise lounges. At the bow, a second living area provides access to the helicopter platform. On the bridge-deck, the 50 sqm wellness area is equipped with Tecnogym and is complemented by a beauty and massage parlour. This deck is completed by the wheelhouse and the captain’s cabin located at the bow. Pushing button 5 of the lift, made of hand-painted cast steel with a cast bronze effect, you reach the sun-deck which includes chaise lounges at the bow and a 7-meter pool at the stern. A blade waterfall divides the pool from the whirlpool and makes this area truly exclusive with a breath taking view from about 12 metres above sea level.  With its 80 metre length and 13 metre maximum beam, Dragon can count on an internal volume of almost 2,300 GT.  In addition to the two tenders positioned on the lower deck, it has 3 jet skis housed under the helicopter landing platform.  The laundry together with several storage rooms and cold rooms are located on the under-lower deck.  The twin MTU engines, delivering 3138hp each, allow a maximum speed of 17 knots and a range of over 6200 nautical miles at the eco-speed of 12 knots.  The home automation and entertainment system was designed by Videoworks, while to ensure maximum safety on board, the dashboard was engineered by the technical department of Palumbo Superyachts in collaboration with Team Italia, the international leader in integrated navigation systems.
Technical Data:
LOA - 79.9 m (262.2ft)
Beam - 13.4 m
Draft - 3.7 m
Displacement - 2250 gross tonnage
Fuel Capacity - 219000 l
Water Capacity - 53000 l
Accommodation - fourteen guests in seven cabins, 21 crew in 11 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12 4000 M63L 3138hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 17 knots max 14 knots fast cruise 12 knots cruise
Range - 6200 nm at 12 knots cruise
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Sergio Cutolo Hydro Tec exterior and naval architecture, Francesco Guida interior

September 24, 2020

Out-News = Hurricane Sally

Hurricane Sally is the seventh hurricane of 2020, and the eighteenth named storm.  Sally formed as a Tropical storm on the Bahamas on September 10, and on September 14 it was classified as a Category One hurricane and in the evening reached Category Two, only to be declassified back to C1 a few hours later.  On September 16 and upon reaching Alabama state Sally surprisingly reached again Category Two.  Sally destructive power was cantered between the areas of Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida. With Orange County just in the middle of this area it was one of the most hit area damaging hundred of all types of boats and yachts.  Hurricane Sally killed two persons with one missing, and the damages caused are estimated to be of at least five billion US$.  Sally is the first hurricane to have arrived in Alabama, since Ivan in 2004.  Sally landing coincided exactly sixteen years later on the same day.  Hurricane Sally ended on 18 September.

Project: Solaris Power 44 Open

Solaris continue to extend the Power series with the project of the 44 Open set to launch in November 2020.  Designed as all the range by Brunello Acampora the Power 44 Open follows the family feeling as introduced with the 55/57 Lobster in early 2020, and then followed with the 48 Open a few months later.  The Solaris Power 44 Open is indeed a smaller sibling to the 48, with similar characteristics for a full walk around deck and entertainment area from bow to stern all revolving around the centre of the boat.  Below the Solaris is offered in two versions both sleeping four persons.  The standard layout A offers a forward double island berth, with two single berths at midships.  Layout B offers a V-shaped dinette forward, with a double french style berth at midships.  The Solaris Power 44 Open will be standard powered by twin Volvo 370hp with IPS pod propulsion, good for top speeds up to 33 knots. Optional engines are bigger Volvo 440hp or 480hp engines.

September 23, 2020

New Model: Rizzardi InFive

Following the success of the 2019 presented InSix, Rizzardi follow it fast with a smaller InFive model, a sport yacht of sixteen meters which features both comfortable accommodation and high performance as its main attraction, a trait which has always been synonymous with the South of Rome boat builder. The In series by Rizzardi is an evolution of the Incredible range which launched with the best selling 45 in 2004, and was followed with the 55, and 50.  Rizzardi is calling the new InFive the Rule Breaker, for its customisation options and high performance.  Choice and customisation have always been important for Rizzardi and InFive continues the tradition with a total of 95 variations possible.  The two important choices so far presented are two, that for an enclosed with patio door upper saloon, and that of two different available layouts below deck.  Both the lower deck layouts presented offer three cabins, with a version offering a second VIP double berth to port-side midships which also extends in size, and the third cabin becoming a single berth.  A crew cabin berth is located aft.  The Rizzardi InFive is powered by twin Man 800hp engines with Top System surface drives which will make her reach top speeds up to 44 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.03 m (53ft)
Hull Length - 16 m
Waterline Length - 12.4 m
Beam - 4.44 m  
Draft - 1.20 m including drives and propellers
Displacement - 19.7 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 550 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or five berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man I6 800hp
Propulsion - Top System surface drives
Speed - 44 knots max 38 knots cruise
Certification - CE A

September 22, 2020

Project: Absolute 50 Fly

Absolute present the project for a new 50 Fly, a model which stands rather close in between the 47 and 52 Fly model. The 50 Fly is similar to the 52 in form, function and layout with everything being that bit smaller, and comes from the brain storming of the Absolute Research Lab.  The 50 Fly offers three spacious cabins and two heads, plus one crew cabin aft accommodation layout. Owners room is a midships full beam affair, while forward we have one VIP suite, and a third guest cabin with two inline berths to starboard. The main deck will feature an L-shape stern galley layout, while the flybridge as in Absolute fashion is one of the most spacious in its size. The Absolute 52 Fly will be powered by twin Volvo 480hp engines located centrally but still with IPS pod drives as propulsion. Volvo IPS propulsion has been used in all the Absolute range since 2012, with the company starting with the technology on the 56 STC in 2006 in both double and triple power configurations.  Let say that since then they have been sold. 

September 21, 2020

New Model: Itama 62S

Ferretti Group give a little love to the Itama brand by presenting the new 62S. The Itama 62 was presented in 2011 as evolution of the FiftFive model which was launched in 2006. The S in the Itama 62 stands for the updated windshield which is now centrally opening and serves two functions. Function one will be that to allow more air circulation in the cockpit, second usage is that to serve as a passage to go on the fore-deck. Here the engineers build retractable steps and another step moulded forward. The opening windshield is not new in the Itama's as this detail was introduced by Mario Amati in the 46 model in 1995 and later on evolved in all the other models. The Amati version was not fully open and only served as a window to fresh the cockpit deck under way or on anchor.  Even though this was a simple gadget, everyone appreciated this detail, as it really made the cockpit deck fresh in Summer.  For example to this day I am still surprised how this solution is not used more in hard-top boats, which do become hot in the peak Summer season.  A couple hard-top boats did use this solution in the early 2000's as the Tiara Sovran and Cayman 43 WA models, but I am not aware of any particular new hard tops which have used it today or in the recent past. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.03 m (52.5ft)
Hull Length - 17.2 m
Waterline Length - 15.4 m
Beam - 4.75 m
Draft - 1.70 m incl props
Displacement - 25920 kg unloaded, 31500 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3250 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, optional one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 40 knots max 37 knots cruise
Range - 255 nm at fast cruise
Project - Marco Casali

September 20, 2020

Out-News = Flybridge Cruiser on the Rocks in Favignana

A flybridge cruiser of about fourteen meters in length ended on the rocks in the Egadi island of Favignana, on the late morning of Sunday 20th September. The accident happened in Cala Previto on the South-West part. No injuries where reported with passengers being rescued by nearby boats, and the Piantoni flybridge boat was salvaged there after and led to safety. The accident is reported that the Piantoni flybridge cruiser was running when it hit an unmarked submerged reef, and then there after was beached in order to avoid total sinking.  One of three and the largest Egadi islands in the archipelago, located on the Western part of Sicily, Favignana is also the closest, distancing less to four nautical miles from the main land of the largest island in the Mediterranean. 
The Piantoni in the accident is the popular 45 Fantasy model which had much success when it launched in 1985 up until stop production in 1992 due to the bankruptcy of the company.  The Piantoni 45 Fantasy was popular for being a flybridge cruiser sub fourteen meters in length with three double guest cabins and two heads.  The Piantoni 45 Fantasy was powered by Cats 375hp and 420hp for later models.  The model is still researched nowadays for having very good seakeeping qualities and a strong construction. With the company re-opening its doors in around mid nineties to then close again before the end of the decade, the 45 Fantasy eventually evolved to a 48 Fly produced 93 to 95, with modified extended stern and a crew cabin aft.  Piantoni started life in the sixties founded by Pietro Piantoni and sons first building boats of wood, and then making the switch to fiberglass.  The company then became the Piantoni Brothers until it bankrupted in 1992/93.  Eventually the company opened again as Lombardi shipyard in 1999/2000 with a life span which lasted only some years. 

Project: Ocea Commuter 50

Since 2003 when Ocea launched the Commuter 130 as designed by Michel Joubert, the French yacht builder became the name for these super yachts inspired to the early 20th century sleek boats owned by New York’s billionaire class, designed to ferry them across the East River to Manhattan with speed, elegance and maximum class. Since then Ocea has launched six more Commuter super yacht and now it presents the project for a Commuter 50 model, designed in-house and featuring a triple deck layout.  The Ocea Commuter 50 which goes further in size to the 155 launched in 2011, will feature a six guests cabin interior sleeping twelve guests, with an owner stateroom on the main deck.  Crew space is for ten persons in five cabins. Ocea Commuter 50 is to be powered by twin 1700hp engines which allow her to reach top speeds up to nineteen knots, a cruise of sixteen and a range of 5000 nautical miles at eleven knots.

September 19, 2020

New Model: Cantiere Delle Marche Flexplorer 40m

Cantiere delle Marche has launched its first Flexplorer 40m, titled M/Y Aurelia this is an explorer super yacht designed by Sergio Cutolo and as the title says with flexibility of usage in mind.  In ten years time Cantiere delle Marche from an unknown new name, shaped itself as the shop for custom explorer super yachts.  What is a fact is that the Cantiere delle Marche success was widely imagined by its management and how it evolved the type explorer super yacht into various versions starting with the rugged looking Darwin, and into the first evolution that is the Nauta Air without forgetting the sea-ability and toughness in each yacht build.  This new Flexplorer 40m characterises itself for the novelty of the A-frame crane which when not in use hides itself into the deck.  But the other novelty for Cantiere delle Marche Flexplorer 40m is the collapsing bulwarks which increase deck space to 115 square meters.  The interior designed by Francesco Paszkowski and as per owner wishes is of a four double cabins layout, with an owner apartment style stateroom forward on the main deck, and three guest cabins on the main deck.  Crew accommodation is for six persons in three cabins.  Flexplorer 50 m is power by twin Caterpillar 1000hp engines which allow for top speeds up 14 knots, and a cruise speed of 10 knots which allows for a range over 5000 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 39.37 m (129.1ft)
Waterline Length - 38.2 m
Beam - 8.60 m
Draft - 2.60 m at full load
Displacement - 392 t approx
Fuel Capacity - 60,000 l
Water Capacity - 8500 l
Accommodation - nine guests in four cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1000hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF gearboxes
Speed - 14 knots max 10 knots cruise
Range - 5000 nm at 10 knots
Hull Shape - displacement with bulbous bow
Project - Sergio Cutolo Hydro Tec exterior and naval architecture, Francesco Paszkowski

September 18, 2020

Project: Wim Van Der Valk 26M Pilot

Wim Van der Valk shipyard announces the addition of a new concept to its existing line of premium Dutch motoryachts. The Pilot range combines the rugged exterior evocative of an explorer vessel with the superlative comfort, quality and equipment of the very latest contemporary yachts. Designed by Cor D Rover this 26-metre crossover yacht combines a rugged explorer-like exterior with the comfort, quality and equipment of a premium contemporary super yacht, with lots of outdoor space as well as plenty of interior volume.  Interior design has been awarded to Italian firm Hot Lab which created two style revolving around turquoise and yellow colours.  The 26M Pilot blends a modern overall appearance with subtle classic touches. The raised pilothouse layout means the wheelhouse is elevated and the forward main deck area set free for other purposes. There’s lots of space particularly on the aft deck for sunbathing as well as the storage of tenders, Jet Skis and other toys.  A wide range of adaptations are possible to the highly versatile design. The 26M Pilot feature two accommodation plan choices of four or five guest cabins, both with owners suite forward on the main deck, and this depending on whether you want a crew lobby or just cabins.  On the main deck is also two options which revolves a more traditional layout with central dinning table for eight, and a more social version with bar style galley.   The Wim Van Der Valk will be powered by triple Volvo 800hp engines with IPS pod drives which will give her top speeds up to 21 knots and a cruise of 17 knots.  A smaller 23 meter unit is also on plan, and this might be another range for the ever expanding custom Van Der Valk.

September 17, 2020

Out-News = Sea Ray Sport Cruiser Lost to Fire in Porto Pozzo, Sardinia

 A Sea Ray sport cruiser was lost to fire on the afternoon of sixteen September, just outside Porto Pozzo in the North East of Sardinia.  The fire was turned off by the marina crew of Porto Pozzo harbour with an assistance from a jet ski water bike. No one was injured in the accident, tough the Sea Ray sport cruiser was totally lost to the fire, with only the hull remaining afloat.   
The boat in the fire is a Sea Ray 250 DA Sundancer 1989 to 1992 model.  The Sea Ray 250 DA Sundancer offered a four berth accommodation in an open cabin layout, with a galley and shower head opposite.  Sea Ray 250 DA Sundancer are powered by single Mercruiser 200hp, but twin engine options also existed.  The unit in the fire was powered by twin engines.  

New Model: Riviera 50 Sports Motor Yacht

On the Friday evening of September 4 Australia’s Riviera hosted a spectacular online launch for the world premiere of its new 50 Sports Motor Yacht.  The Riviera 50 Sports Motor Yacht is the latest addition to Riviera’s growing Sports Motor Yacht collection following the popular 64 Sports Motor Yacht which premiered in June this year.  For the well being of guests, dealer representatives and staff, Riviera unveiled online on all its platforms the new 50 SMY to a worldwide audience, live from its Gold Coast production facility.  Hosted by Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst, the live launch will be among the many highlights of the company’s forty years of evolution in 2020 that have driven the superior design and engineering refinements of today’s Riviera’s motor yachts.  The 50 SMY takes her cues from her highly acclaimed and popular sister ships the 72, 68 and 64 Sports Motor Yachts which are now cruising the waters of the world. The 50 is a spacious motor yacht with extensive water sports capabilities and designed for extended coastal passages or weekend escapes that can easily serve as a luxurious family, entertainer or adventure yacht.  The launch featured the very first reveal of the motor yacht followed by a tour of the 50 SMY. Part two of the premiere was streamed on Saturday, September 5, demonstrating the performance and sporting pedigree of this outstanding new model.  Accessed from a generous, optional hydraulic swim platform via dual transom doors, the rear cockpit boasts 6.5 square metres of outdoor living space and accommodates a barbecue/wet bar and fridge/freezer compartment, along with ample storage.  Wide and deep walk-around side-decks safely connect the fore-deck, which in turn offers both an entertainment and lounging zone and can transform to carry a tender. A walkway beneath the windscreen allows easy washing or attaching covers.  The bowsprit integrated into the flared hull enhances functionality and reflects a contemporary design.  In the fully covered alfresco deck are two comfortable day lounges either side – the starboard lounge can also convert to a sunbed. There is simply no better place to relax, enjoy a meal, take in the view or all the cockpit action.  Convenient access to the engine room is via a large hatch in the alfresco floor with a stainless-steel ladder beneath.  Joining the alfresco deck with the galley and saloon are a tinted glass sliding door and servery window set in a superior stainless-steel frame. A gourmet galley resides immediately to port, while the internal staircase to starboard, incorporating beneath a large freezer, liquor cabinet and glass storage.  As one of five luxury living zones, the saloon also offers two opposing lounge areas that can seat six to eight guests in total comfort.  4D Designs, in collaboration with the Riviera design team, has also excelled with the accommodation plan with a full-beam master suite bathed in natural light from large hull windows, a queen-sized island berth, chaise lounge, walk-in robe and ensuite. Guests are afforded a VIP stateroom with ensuite/day head forward and twin bunk cabin, all in exceptional luxury.  The three-sided enclosed flybridge offers superb all-round visibility and indulges its occupants in complete comfort. There is a supremely comfortable lounge opposite the main helm to starboard, perfect to stretch out, relax and chat to the skipper whilst underway. With an extended awning, the Flybridge is open at the rear and strata glass clears can then fully seal this area. An optional aft helm is available for convenience when fishing or docking.  The main helm station offers twin pedestal-mounted leather seats and places controls, screens and switches close to hand and in clear view.  From here, the captain can command the choice of two highly efficient power and drive options, being twin diesel Volvo 725hp, or Man 800hp.   With Man 800hp the Riviera 50 Sports Motor Yacht delivers over 30 knots at wide open throttle, and  has a range of 336nm at 22 knots with 10 per cent reserve fuel.  The official launch of the 50 Sports Motor Yacht will be followed by her world premiere tour which will include Australia and the United States. The first 50 SMY is now being shipped to the US.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.01 m (55.9ft)
Hull Length - 15.43 m
Beam - 4.96 m
Draft - 1.71 m incl props
Displacement - 25500kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 3300 l
Water Capacity - 460 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, Man I6 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 30 knots max 22 knots cruise
Range - 336 nm at 22 knots
Project - 4D Designs
Certification - ISO8666 for dimensions

September 16, 2020

Out-News = Classic Benetti on Fire in La Spezia Boat Yard

A classic Benetti super yacht went on fire on the morning of September 15, in La Spezia. the Benetti super yacht was dry docked at the Muggiano shipyard. The cause of the blaze is unknown, and the fire fighting squad was quick to intervene to control and turn off the fire. No spread to nearby yachts was reported.  Muggiano Shipyard is located at the East part of the large La Spezia basin bordering with Lerici, founded in 1883, and since 2004 owned by Fincantieri shipyard.
The Benetti in the fire is the 34 meter super yacht Hidalgo, which was custom built in Viareggio in 1968 to an in house design and naval architecture.  This Benetti 34 meter offers accommodation for eleven guests in five cabins, with five crew berths.  Power comes from twin GM 590hp which give top speeds up to 14 knots and a cruise of eleven knots for a range of four thousand nautical miles.  Hidalgo was last refitted in 2008.

Project: Garlington 71 Flybridge

Garlington present the project for a 71 Flybridge, its largest model in the current line up which features five models from 44 upwards.  Hull one of the Garlington 71 which is sold and has an owner waiting is nearing completion.  The Garlington 71 is designed by Applied Concepts Unleashed, a popular name among the custom sportfish aficionados.  The 71 Flybridge features a traditional sportfish layout of a living main deck with galley, saloon and dinette, with a lower deck offering four double cabins three heads layout; master cabin to port side at midships, a forward berth with three berths, and two double bunks berths to starboard for the fishing buddies.  

September 15, 2020

Out-News = Super Yacht Runs Into Breakwater in Portisco Sardinia

A Cantieri di Pisa 43 meter super yacht ended on the break water of the entrance of Portisco marina in Sardinia, on the night of fourteenth September.  The super yacht damaged the hull port side bow area in the accident.  The cause of the accident are unknown, though a technical mishap for a professional managed yacht would be a first thought.  Portisco Marina is located on the popular World famous North East Costa Esmerlda cruising ground, to the North of Olbia. 
The Cantieri di Pisa in the accident is the Akhir 145 model build 2006 and titled M/Y Cap de Quers.  The Akhir 145 was engineered and designed in house and is fully fiberglass build, offering an accommodation for sixteen guests in eight cabins and nine crew in five cabins.  Cantieri di Pisa Akhir 145 is powered by twin MTU 3700hp which give her top speeds up to 28 knots and a cruise of 23 knots. 

New Model: Pearl 62

British Pearl Yachts has really evolved in recent years, from a cultist of the Britsh aft cabin cruiser in the late nineties early second millennium, the company has since entered into larger sizes with the 75 model in 2010 and proving a hit, set sights into the standard motor yacht design.  Designed by Bill Dixon the Pearl 62 is a really sweet modern looking motor yacht and packs a lot of accommodation in just eighteen meters, offering a four double cabins layout, with a separate entrance master cabin at midships.  A plus point in the Pearl 62 is that it has no bunk berths which is what most four cabins eighteen meters motor yacht offer.  The Pearl 62 also comes with the option for the main deck with a choice coming to starboard which replaces the four person dinette to a larger one further forward.  The Pearl 62 is standard powered by Volvo 725hp or optional 800hp and 900hp engines with Volvo IPS pod drives.  Standard engines allow max speeds up to 27 knots while the optional largest option give 33 knots top end.      
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.61 m (61ft)
Hull Length - 17.4 m
Beam - 5.30 m 
Draft - 1.59 m
Displacement - 32 t light
Fuel Capacity - 2750 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x D11 725hp, D13 800hp, D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 27 knots with Volvo 725hp, 33 knots with Volvo 900hp
Range - 250 nm at cruise
Project - Bill Dixon exterior and hull, Kelly Hopen interior

September 14, 2020

Project: Cranchi A42

Since launching the Sessantotto 24 meter flagship earlier this year, Cranchi has found new fresh energy for innovative design which go out of the spectrum it got us used in the last forty years.  That is not to say this is something new for Cranchi, as for example the company was faster then most to enter the explorer segment with the Trawler line in 2013, and the T36 Crossover is another unique product in the boating World.  Designed as all latest models by Christian Grande with the A42 Luxury Tender, Cranchi is following the pack in the rise of the walk around day cruiser.  The A42 offers full exterior deck use from bow to stern, while below it offers a four berth accommodation; convertible dinette and large cabin, with a spacious head featuring a shower stall.  The Cranchi A42 shall be powered by twin Volvo with pod drives, no engine data is given but I imagine it will be the new pumped up Volvo 480hp.  Due to the success of this kind of boat in the North American market Cranchi has declared that they are working on an outboard version, surely with three possibly optional four engines.  World launch is set for early 2021 in Dusseldorf.

September 13, 2020

Web: Maxi Dolphin New Web Site

Maxi Dolphin is an Italian custom yacht builder which presents its new updated Internet web showroom. Founded in 1987 in Brescia Italy, it started by building one off racing sailing yachts for high demanding clients. Its first launch was Carmen Di Bellavista, a 73 feet maxi sailing yacht designed by Bruce Farr to race in the ICAYA circuit. In 2007 came the presentation of its power sport yacht range with the introduction of the beautiful Studio Starkel designed MD51 Power.  The MD51 is followed by the MD53 Power, what is a sloop stern version of the 51.  Projects of the MD65 have followed, but an MD70 Power is reported under construction with a delivery for Summer 2021. Maxi Dolphin has so far delivered a total of over three hundred boats designed by World Class designers Bruce Farr, German Frers, Luca Brenta, Roberto Starkel, Bill Tripp, Ettore Santarelli, and Jean Marie Finot. The following buttons guide you through the site: Sailing Yachts, Motor Yachts, Shipyard, Brokerage, News, and Contacts.  Maxi Doplhin also features its social media pages Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube with link buttons located on the top of the page.

September 12, 2020

New Model: Benetti 107.6 m FB272

Benetti FB272 M/Y Luminosity is not an ordinary super yacht. The most advanced technology ever seen in the yacht industry matches the most pleasing results. Diesel-electric power, Azipod propulsion and advanced high-tech battery technology for covering 8,000 nm at 10 knots reveal a truly hybrid world cruiser. A floating dream not over yet. Her pioneering spirit is always monitoring the development of the future improvements and opportunities. The engine room is an impressive example of advanced technology. An advanced system for the minimum level of vibration and noises. A 3 megawatt/h Lithium Polymer battery bank for 12 hours of power with switched-off generators and no emissions. The Power Management System assures the best use of every ounce of energy. Appliances and systems on board operate with the maximum efficiency anywhere in the world. From an unrivalled audio-video system to a cutting-edge super-fast connection never used before on a yacht of this size and fingerprint recognition systems to access the more private areas. Preventive measures ensure safety in any situation. From sand filters and retractable stabilizer fins to a medical centre with an air sanitation system. So much more than just a practical purpose. Energy and technology bring to life some modern works of art on board. Over 370 meters of interactive panels show powerful images of nature letting them come alive and the 264 white magnolia flowers on the Main Saloon wall, silently open and close as a person passes through, miming the ever-evolving perfection of Nature.  FB272 embraces art in an extraordinary way. Beauty in its purest form blends with comfort and onboard needs. Every single detail tells a story. Every creation evokes masterpieces of artists who have left a mark on the history of art. Damien Hirst’s famous coloured circles find new expression on the French limestone floor in the Main Deck Lobby. As for Man Ray, an extraordinary eye-shaped construction at the base of the 18-meter-high stairwell winks at his magnificent work. The hymn to life of Matisse’s collages inspires the intriguing shapes throughout the yacht’s Main Saloon and Lounge. Among them, a sinuous configuration of hand-forged steel polished to a mirror that encloses a thousand Bohemian crystal bulbs illuminates the main lounge.  Other enchanting stories adorn this space: the beginning of Melville’s Moby Dick is gently engraved on the crafted pillars. The adventures of the world’s great sea faring explorers enrich the refined Portuguese Majolica tiles by Boca do Lobo on the cabinetry. An ensemble of highly polished concave and convex dishes flood the Master Deck Office with light. A great tribute to the Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor. Another eyecatcher on this deck is the Master Stateroom full custom Culligan hydromassage, crafted from one single block of the same marble used by Michelangelo to sculpt his outstanding David in Florence. The changing lunar phases in a single piece of Iranian onyx cut with surgical precision. A dreamy Moon Light shines upon the Upper Deck VIP suite. Endless details catch the eye without having to compete for the attention.
Technical Data:
LOA - 107.60 m (353ft)
Beam - 17 m
Draft - 4.55 m
Displacement - 5844 t
Fuel Capacity - 400,000 l
Water Capacity - 80,000 l
Accommodation - 27 guests in twelve cabins, 37 crew in 22 cabins
Engines - 6 x Cats C32 Acert 1803hp
Propulsion - Azipod pod drives
Speed - 16 knots max ten knots cruise
Range - 8000 nm at 10 knots
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Hugo van Wieringen, Raymond Lengton, Giorgio M.Cassetta, Zaniz interior and exterior

September 11, 2020

Project: Columbus Classic 50

The Columbus Classic 50 is a brand-new displacement motor yacht of fifty meters with steel hull and aluminium superstructure that fall into the less than 500 Gross Tons category.  Designed by Sergio Cutolo of Hydrotec this fifty super yachts features a classic modern feel, with the superstructures  designed to allow large windows to always maintain contact with the sea and the external environment.  The hull, characterised by flared and slender bow shapes, is designed to obtain very low levels of drag together with excellent qualities of manoeuvrability and seaworthiness.  The large outdoor spaces are spread over three levels and allow different configurations that include lounge, bar with dining area, swimming pool and large sunbathing areas.  The interiors are characterised by the arrangement that allows to have four guest cabins, a VIP cabin and an owner’s cabin, the latter arranged on the deck.  The two lounges, one on the main deck and the other on the upper deck, offer multiple combinations for the arrangement of guests’ common living areas.  The main tender is housed in a garage below deck while, at the far stern, a large beach club has been created with a cantilevered hydraulic platform.  The Columbus 50 Classic cruising speed will be around 14 knots with a range exceeding 4,000 nautical miles. The Columbus Classic Line comprises also the 80M, 100M and a 120M megayachts.

September 10, 2020

Improve-It = Otam 65 HT

The second of three new Otam's for 2020, this unique 65 HT has been delivered. The iconic exterior has been adapted to meet the specific demands of a deeply passionate and brave owner, driven by the desire to create a brand new design, a true one-off in Otam style. At the customer’s request, the Francesco Guida Design firm designed the styling and details of the internal layout and of the external cockpit, giving the yacht even more personality and translating the specific requests of the customer with a high attention to detail.  The interiors have been inspired to that of a private with raw carbon being visible in some areas to underline the performance aspect of the sport yacht.  This Otam 65 HT also sets itself apart from previous 65 units for having extensive use of carbon fibre in the build process, and also for being equipped with twin 2000hp MTU engines.  These engines set a new record for Otam's 65th anniversary, making it the fastest build ever by reaching top speeds up to sixty knots and a cruise of fifty knots.  Considering that most Otams reach fifty knots max this is a huge achievement and may 65 feet plus 65 years does indeed equal sixty knots.

September 9, 2020

Project: Dale Classic 36

Out of the new platform of the Dale 35, the British boat builder is presenting three platforms all inspired to traditional British pilot boat design.  The Dale Classic 36 is the third and largest of these three models, and the most inspired and similar to the Classic 45 model.  The Dale Classic 36 will feature as the two other models three lower deck arrangements, standard is for a single forward and galley down arrangement.  The optional versions moves the galley to the wheelhouse and use the space to starboard for another second cabin, or a larger queen island berth cabin below.  The new Dale 35/36 series can be powered by single Volvo 270hp or optional 400hp engine, and or twin 170hp or 270hp choices.  All powers are stern drive propulsion.  

September 8, 2020

New Model: Uniesse Exuma HTC5

When speaking of the just launched Uniesse Exuma HTC5 we have to look back at the past.  Uniesse always got me excited, for two reasons, because it managed to marry a sportfishing design with that of the Mediterranean cruiser in looks and purpose.  The Uniesse 48 and 57 Opens, launched in 96 and 97 respectively married this concept to perfection, and where a huge success from the end nineties till the first decade of the first millennium for the North Italian boat builder.  The Uniesse Exuma Hard-Top Coupe HTC5 is the evolution of the 48, re-imagined for the future.  We have two important changes in  the first HTC5 which launched this Summer, and that is a fully enclosed hard-top with patio door, and the profile window on the hull, stretching the whole cabin area, with added port holes on the fore deck.  The interior of the Exuma HTC5 is a two cabin two heads layout with forward owners stateroom, and a guest cabin with two in line berths to port side.  To starboard is a galley and an L-shaped dinette in standard version, with an option existing to have a large gourmet size kitchen.  The Uniesse Exuma HTC5 is available in five engine choices from Cummins 600hp up to Man 800hp, with standard propulsion being line shaft and IPS pod drives coming with the Volvo engines.  Hull one of the Exuma HTC5 is currently on its way to the USA and should be presented Covid-19 permitting at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale boat show at the end of October.  The Exuma HTC5 is Uniesse second new model after the company launched the SS 6, presented as 56 SS two years ago in the Summer of 2018.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.64 m (54.7ft)
Beam - 4.62 m
Draft - 1.16 m
Displacement - 15,300 kg light, 19100 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2649 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 600hp, QSM11 700hp, Man I6 800hp, Volvo D11 625hp, D11 725hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo forward looking dual propeller pod drives (with Volvo engines)
Speed - up to 40 knots max with large engine options

September 7, 2020

Out-News = Fairline On the Rocks in Black Sea

A Fairline Squadron 58 ended on the rocks in Cape Takil, on the Northern part of the Black Sea in Ukraine Crimea area on the 7th September.  The boat is reported to have hull damage and was taking on water aft.  Cape Takil is located on the Northern part of the black sea just before the entrance to the Sea of Azov.  No information on how the accident happened.
The Squadron 58 was a huge hit for well known British boat builder Fairline selling in just over two hundred units for a production which lasted six years from 2003 up to 2009. Little modifications have been made to the Squadron 58 with the most noticeable being the hull windows shape change in late 2006 from eye to square, and wood finish options inside beyond cherry wood in the last two years.  The Squadron 58 featured a three double cabins interior with a crew cabin, and was standard powered by twin Volvo 715hp, and or optional 775hp or Cat 800hp engines.  Top speed was up to 32 knots.

Project: X-Power 33C

Some things you think of never seeing in a life time, and this is one of them, X-Yachts making a motor boat.  The tell signals showed when the Danish yacht builder acquired HOC Yachts in 2019, and indeed the X-Yachts 33C is moulded from the HOC Cruiser 33.  Onward with some bits from the official press release. With more than forty years of experience in high performance sailing boats, X-Yachts is now introducing a new initiative, based on some of the experience they have, a ten meter open powerboat sport cruiser for quality-conscious boaters, with exactly the same overall strategy. Fast and safe on the water, superior pleasure with ownership, innovative development and design. The powerboat is planned for launch in January 2021, and the important milestones are reached by close supervision of designers, boat builders, engineers and technicians.  X-Yachts celebrated their forty years anniversary in 2019, and one of the anniversary presents was the chance offered, also to start-up powerboat production.  X-Yachts is confident that the new powerboat range will seem like a gift for the discerning sailor. The first model the 33C is produced with an inboard engine, a patented Petestep® designed hull making the driving experience smooth and elegant. X-Yachts is promising that the operation will be an intuitive experience, eliminating the need for a user manual, enabling everyone to run the boat feeling fully secure. The driving panel will be a light experience with integrated navigation and operation system.  The first X-Power model will be launched in January 2021, the second being a closed model is planned for launch in September 2021, and finally for now, the yard has planned yet another X-Power launch in January 2023.  The X-Power 33C will be powered by a single Yanmar engine from 320hp, and two other more powerful choices of 350hp and 370hp.  Propulsion will be line shaft, and so far the let down especially for a company which does blue water cruising sailing yachts is the CE C design category, meaning coastal waters, rivers and lakes.

September 6, 2020

Web: Zeelander New Web Site

Zeelander from the Netherlands presents its new World wide web virtual showroom. Zeelander was founded in 2002 by passionate yachtsman Sietse Koopmans in Zeeland, a province located in the South West of the Netherlands. In 2008 Zeelander launched its first model the Z44 designed by renowned Dutch designer Cor D.Rover. Zeelander first started to build its models at the S2 Tiara factory in Holland Michigan, United States of America, but in 2017 it has transferred to its own premises in Groot-Ammers on the river La Lek in Holland. Currently Zeelander has a line up of four models; Z44, Z55, Z55 Corniche, and Z72. Zeelander new web showroom takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About, Models, Zeelender Collection Preowned and New, Events, Video, Career, Press, and Contact. Zeelander also features its social media pages; Pinterest, Youtube, Linkedin, Instagram, and Facebook with link buttons located at the right bottom corner of the page. 

September 5, 2020

New Model: Rossinavi 49.70m

Italian shipyard Rossinavi is proud to announce the delivery, after two years under construction, of the 49.70m M/Y Lel. Developed by Kurt Lehmann, Chairman of Yacht Moments, this new Rossinavi fifty meter is the perfect balance between sporty exterior lines and contemporary interiors. Designed by renowned design firm Luca Dini Design and Architecture, which was responsible for both the exterior and interior styling, a first collaboration between Rossinavi and the Florence-based studio. Completely built in aluminium, the new Rossinavi is a celebration of fluid forms, thanks to a dynamic silhouette that harmonically culminate into both decks and hull. The generous size of the main common areas makes her one of a kind in the segment of superyachts with similar gross tonnage, giving her a substantial competitive advantage.  The Rossinavi 50m boasts a rather large beach club that allows for a dynamic and natural interaction with the surrounding environment. When the side and stern doors are lowered, interiors and exteriors organically merge into one vast and comfortable entertaining space featuring an indoor bar area where the tender can also be accommodated. The beach club is therefore an adjustable area of the yacht also including a garage which can be isolated and managed separately by closing the automatic door on the staircase that leads to the main deck. Here, the cockpit provides a double usage thanks to its raised panoramic area that overlooks the second bar ensuring maximum privacy without sacrificing entertainment space when the staircase is closed off. The upper deck features a tranquil dining area which can be transformed into a private and protected environment with a removable veranda. This innovation features outdoor heating lights and a room air conditioning system which allows for the boat to be enjoyed throughout the year and in different weather conditions. At the top is the sundeck fitted with sunbathing and relax areas by the pool pointing towards horizon and equipped with a dedicated bar station.  Indoor, the main saloon features refined luxury interiors, which combine a contemporary design furniture, elegant textiles, precious leathers and bespoke finishes for a tactile perception of timeless elegance. The owner’s suite is located forward on the main deck and is of generous size. In order to increase the comfort of this area, a large walk-in-closet has been installed and the cabin also features a private balcony directly suspended on the sea. Adjacent to this suite is located a VIP stateroom. On the lower deck, four guest cabins are all well-equipped with the latest comforts and merry the character. This new Rossinavi 50m  is powered by two MTU 3459hp diesel engines, which give her a top speed of 25 knots and a cruise of 21.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.70 m (163.1ft)
Beam - 9 m
Draft - 2.60 m
Accommodation - eleven plus two guests in 5 cabins, nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 4000 M93L 3459hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 25 knots max 21 knots cruise
Range - up to 4000 nautical miles
Hull Shape - fast displacement
Construction - aluminium
Project - Luca Dini exterior and interior, Arrabito naval architecture and hull design

September 4, 2020

Out-News = Sport Cruiser on the Rocks in Malta

In the morning of fourth September 2020, at Bahar ic-Caghaq located in the North West coast of Malta found itself in the same position it did in 20th June.  Following over night and morning North East strong winds a sport cruiser of about eight meters in length broke its swing mooring and finished on the rocks. This part of the island is open to the Easterly winds which do become more common and strong in September and the Autumn period on the island.  Other smaller boats where involved in similar incidents around the Northern part of the Maltese island, while a Bavaria sailing yacht of about twelve meters in length also finish grounded in sand at Mellieha bay.
The boat in this accident is a Seawings 277 sport cruiser produced in England by Hardy.  Seawings was the sport cruiser planning hull range of Hardy, more famous for its semi displacement medium size pilot cabin boats, and the 277 produced in around the mid nineties although offering a typical British line of the mid nineties was interesting for offering a three part hard-top in just over eight meters of size.  The Seawings 277 offered a two plus two accommodation below deck, with a comfortable cockpit deck offering a C-shaped dinette and opposite wet-bar.  The Seawings 277 was powered by a single diesel or twin petrol gas engines with stern drive propulsion.  

Project: Dynamiq GTT 165

Dynamiq is proud to present the renewed GTT 165, the flagship model in the Dynamiq range. The latest updates made to the GTT 165 follow the successful unveiling of the renewed GTT 160 model in March this year, bringing the GTT range in line with Dynamiq’s signature lines and unique design language.  With modern technology and unique design at her core, the GTT 165 is an innovative 50-metre superyacht. Designed for those seeking ultimate relaxation she comfortably accommodates twelve guests across six luxurious staterooms including an impressive owner’s suite. The two side structural balconies are a particular highlight, providing the owner with private moments on board, while a desk, seating area and large ensuite bathroom with a freestanding bathtub complete the space.  The GTT 165 boasts a unique interior style with an exclusive selection of furnishings and accessories from renowned Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta. The chic interior is designed in a relaxed Maldivian style, utilising a calm palette as well as natural woods and stone.  From indulging in a day of relaxation in the onboard spa to enjoying cosy family meals by the open galley, the GTT 165 is a superyacht that has it all. Large sliding doors on the upper deck allow guests to transform the area from a spacious indoor-outdoor space to a sophisticated dining area, with the upper salon fireplace creating the perfect intimate ambience. In addition to flexible dining and entertainment spaces, the aft sundeck is dedicated to wellness, featuring 360-degree views from the gym as well as plenty of space for a tranquil yoga setup. The state-of-the-art spa centre is found on the lower deck with direct access to the water.   Engineered in the Netherlands by the experts at Van Oossanen Naval Architects, the GTT 165 has a robust, fast-displacement hull built from an aluminium alloy, making her a super-efficient ocean-going yacht. She is capable of a maximum speed of 19 knots, or up to 23 knots with the Sport package, and a long-distance autonomous range of 4,000 nm resulting in the ability to undertake multiple cruising seasons. At the owner’s request, a hybrid propulsion system can be chosen for ultimate efficiency and silent operation.

September 3, 2020

New Model: Fraucher 1212 Ghost

While most Ghosts stay invisible the new Frauscher 1212 Ghost has shed its shroud in Summer 2020 with an evolution of the Austrian boat builder design language that is both bold and beautiful. Along with other Frauscher models the 1212 Ghost features distinctive elements like the huge teak deck, frameless and tinted windscreen as well a straight bow design. The side air intakes, first featured on the 747 Mirage and then on the 1414 Demon are further developed and give the side profile a very distinctive look. The back features a swooping design framing the generous teak bathing platform in spectacular fashion.  Frauscher also sets new standards in the handling department: the driver sits exactly in the centre line of the boat for a perfect view around the boat. The ergonomic helm design features a bow thruster as standard and an optional Joystick operation system. The displays and instruments are recessed to give a better view even in direct sunlight. The deep-V hull is a development of the innovations used on the 1414 Demon and the 858 Fantom, two boats known for their sensational handling and rough water abilities and features two distinctive steps to push the boat onto plane faster and to accommodate a smooth and dry ride. Powered by twin Mercruiser  430hp petrol engines and or optional Volvo 440hp diesels with stern drive propulsion the Ghost 1212 offers a range of up to 300 miles.  Other Fraucher technical details in the 1212 Ghost are a standard fold-out anchor system which gives the captain complete control and view of the anchoring process without the need to leave the helm station. A warm water boiler, AC for the cabin, Diesel generator, high JL-Audio sound and ice maker are optional whereas a foldable Bimini top, full teak decking and fridges are standard. The three teak tables, two in the cockpit and one in the cabin are all retractable and convert into beds. The cabin features a surprisingly spacious bathroom with sink, toilet and shower as well as a unique interior design with lots of indirect lighting.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.99 m (39.3ft)
Beam - 3.50 m
Displacement - 8000 kg with standard engines
Fuel Capacity - 850 l
Accommodation - two berths
Max Persons - ten
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser V8 8.2l 430hp petrol gas, Volvo D6 440hp diesel
Propulsion - dual propeller stern drives
Range - 300 nautical miles at cruise
Hull Shape - deep Vee with two steps 

September 2, 2020

Project: Monte Carlo Yacht MCY76 Skylounge

After the success Monte Carlo Yachts received with the MCY70 Skylounge, the Italian based French Beneteau Group owned boat builder immediately followed it with the project of the two meter larger MCY76.  Skylounge or Enclosed-Bridge yachts are popular in North America, and down under Australian continents for two reasons, first they create another all weather climate controlled environment, second they free space in the main deck.  The solution is most popular with sportfish yachts above twenty meters, but in recent years thanks to the Aussie builders we are seeing the idea going in lower sizes and in more cruising dedicated motor yachts.  Hence we have seen the Beneteau Group with its headlining Monte Carlo Yachts motor yachting brand make attention and in less to a year present two models with this set up.  The MCY76 Skylounge will be accessed from an internal stair case to starboard, and will feature a central helm station with two by two forward settees.  To aft of the station is an L-shaped relax lounger with sofa opposite, while the open part aft will offer a free space.  Below the MCY76 Skylounge will benefit from two options replacing the lower helm station area, that for a large C-shaped galley, and or a large C-shaped lounger with galley aft layout.  

September 1, 2020

blogger - Respecting Your Roots

With many boat builders having thirty, forty, fifty years or more behind them I see little of them respecting there past.  Yet without it would they have arrived where they are now.  Your brand was actually created by that first model you made, and what followed after that and how each model represented a step in an evolution to improve boating for you and your clients.  
Some months ago in a video interview of Norberto Ferretti it was nice to see him say the story of how the first 38 model came into existence, and that the mould and boat was actually designed by Fabio Buzzi, for legendary multi winning Italian performance boat builder Cigala and Bertinetti, who competed for a Military boat contract which did they not get.  This 38 was Ferretti first production motor boat made in three variants over the years, and now I can understand why in the eighties the North Adriatic boat builder did get a fame for a solid sea-keeping boat, considering who was behind there first boat design and for what it was created. 
Fast forward to today and I actually like to see what Riviera who will celebrate forty years in 2021 is doing on its Facebook social media platform, with a brief story to come on each model it launched so far.  This posting started on 22 August with its first 38 Mark 1 model which launched Riviera and sold in 36 units in a six year production run before it evolved into the Mk.2.  Following this I would suggest Riviera to do a page on its website about all its previous models with some basic technical information and production run and numbers sold.  I would actually suggest this to all boat builders.  For those that follow Riviera, the Australian boat builder was already giving random historical model information on its monthly newsletter, which was my favourite peace of literature in the e-mail.  
This is not the first time a boat builder does this, Riva and Italcraft had similar data on past website versions, which unfortunately is not there anymore.  I think in the case of the above two, it is a double let down since both builders represent an important core of motor boating story and evolution both from the design and technical point of view.  While Ferretti did something similar during its fifty years anniversary some ten years ago, which unfortuntatly was removed.  Sunseeker does also give a short history which starts in 1999 on the website, but in reality the boat launched its first model in 1969 with the 17 Soverign under the Poole Powerboats badge.  True story in the official website Sunseeker also has a wrong photo of the 1999 to 2001 Predator 60, shown as the 2009 to 13 shall we call it Mk.2 produced version.  Then we have Princess which while not offering anything about its history directly, it largest dealer does offer a history of all the models most with a picture and some technical detail of what it produced since its founding in 1965.