April 13, 2021

Project: Lazzara LSX 67

Lazzara presented this project as a 65 in 2019 and now it has modified it to become the LSX 67.  The most apparent changes comes from the hard-top which is a bit more extended.  The Lazzara LSX 67 will feature a fold away extendable aft deck, which when opened up at anchor becomes a beach club.  The LSX 67 will offer a three double cabins layout with a master suite at midships and direct access from the beach club.  A single berth cabin for a crew is located to port side.  The Lazzara LSX 67 is to be powered with Volvo 900hp or optional 1000hp with IPS pod drives, with top speeds estimates up to forty knots.  A Lazzara LSX 67 is under construction and is planned to be launched in Summer.

April 11, 2021

New Model: Ferretti 1000

Ferretti launch the much awaited new 1000 model in Cattolica, with this first unit ordered by a French customer.  The 1000 supersedes the 960 as the largest yacht ever built by Ferretti, outside and excluding the semi-custom Customline brand.  The launch represents the culmination of a design process driven by the quest for perfection: extraordinary investments in Research and Development, thousands of hours of naval design, long-term mould prototyping at the Plug and Mould factory in Forlì, and the equally long and delicate construction phase at the Cattolica shipyard. The result is a remarkable new flagship made up of talent and technology, the ability to innovate and craftsmanship.  Majestic, versatile and suited to all markets, Ferretti Yachts 1000 reshapes space and changes the whole approach to life on board with unprecedented design solutions and an interior mood in Classic style, featuring soft, balanced colour tones and subtle contrasts. At the heart of the project is the idea of unparalleled comfort and wellbeing in both outdoor and indoor areas, where quintessential ‘Made in Italy’ taste prevails. The suavely understated design, featuring clean lines and sophisticated materials, conveys a sense of refined luxury and is the ideal interpretation of the values expressed by the “Just Like Home” claim: comfort, Italian style, timeless design and craftsmanship.  While only just unveiled, Ferretti Yacht s 1000 looks set to be a huge success and the first three units have already been sold.  Ferretti Yachts 1000 is the result of collaboration between the Product Strategy Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari, the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, architect Filippo Salvetti for the exteriors and Ideaeitalia for the new interior concept.
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.13 m (98.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.98 m
Beam - 6.81 m
Draft - 2.28 m
Displacement - 102000 kg unloaded, 118000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l
Water Capacity - 1320 l
Max Persons - 20 
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M86 2000hp, 16V2000 M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 24 knots max 20 knots cruise with 2000hp, 28 knots max 24 knots cruise with 2600hp
Project - Filippo Salvetti exterior, IdeaeItalia interior
Certification - CE A, classification B+F+Aa RINA 

April 9, 2021

Project: Baglietto 41m Superfast

Baglietto announces the signature of a new order for a 41m Superfact yacht designed by Francesco Paszkowski.  Superfast 41 will be Baglietto's hull no. 10242, who can celebrate yet another achievement, just after the sale of the second DOM 133, revealed recently.  41n Superfast will be an aluminium build fast open super sport yacht, with both interiors and exteriors designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design.  The yacht features a bold, streamlined profile, with the champagne shade of the hull making her beauty even more striking. All cabins have been arranged on the lower deck: the master cabin is located amidships, the VIP cabin also a double can be found forward, while the two guest cabins have single beds that can easily slide and be converted into double beds. On the same deck, closer to the stern, are the crew quarters. Located beside the engine room and conveniently accessible directly from the main deck, they include the captain’s cabin and two double cabins for the crew, as well as the galley with dinette. The aft garage, which opens on one side, is used to store a tender.  The main deck has been devised in such a way as to ensure a harmonious continuum between interior and exterior areas. Two sliding doors, one located aft and the other on a side, provide access to the dining area and to the conversation area of the main salon. The latter is brightened by the natural light flowing through two ceiling-high windows, which also ensure a wonderfully close contact with the sea even when living indoors. The pilot station can be found forward of the main salon. The outdoor aft cockpit hosts a lounge area, while the sunbathing area on the aft swimming platform is perfect to relax by the sea. Another sunbathing area and a second conversation area have been set up at the extreme bow of this modern, impressively functional yacht.  A second pilot station, with a pleasant relaxation area just behind it, can be found on the fly bridge.  Fitted with three MTU engines, 41m Superfast will reach an impressive maximum speed of 33 knots and a cruising speed of 28.  She will be classified with ABS and is expected to be delivered in 2023. 

April 8, 2021

Out-News = Crew Abandons Heavy Lift Ship Cargo Vessel

On Monday fifth April at around 1500 hours local time sixty miles West of Alesund, Norway eight crew members out of twelve abandoned the heavy lift ship cargo vessel M/V Eemslift Hendrika after stormy seas caused part of its cargo to shift, making it lift heavily to starboard and very difficult to manovre, and in danger of capsizing.  On the following day the remaining captain and three crew also abandoned the vessel, leaving it unattended.  One of the ships being carried, has also been reported being discharged into the sea.  Eemslift Hendrika departed Bremerhaven, Germany and was bound Kolvereid, Norway.  On eight April two tug boats and crew onboard managed to secure, and tow the vessel to Alesund harbour in Norway.
MV Eemslif Hendrika is a ship cargo veseel build in 2015 often used to carry yachts.  In this case the vessel had only two pleasure yachts a racing sloop and a Windy 58 Zephyros.  
The Windy 58 Zephyros was launched in the fall of 2003 to a design of Hans Jorgen Johnsen.  The 58 Zephyros was Windy's flaghship for a long time  and was produced until 2012. It offered accommodation with a fully enclosed hard-top main deck and three guest cabins sleeping six below deck.  The Windy 58 Zephyros is powered by twin Man or Caterpillar 800hp giving her top speeds up to 38 knots.  As of today she is still the largest Windy every build but the currently under construction SLR/SR 60 will change this.

April 7, 2021

New Model: Mimi Libeccio 9.5 WA

Mimi present the new Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround, designed by Valerio Rivellini this is a youthful yet elegant traditional Gozzo cruiser featuring some unusual new solutions in boats of this type.  Such as the hard top with arms mounted on the front part of the console and the wet-bar unit in lacquered mahogany, which under the fold-away seat can also feature a galley.  As accommodation the Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround offers a stern sofa that can be turned into a sun-pad and or a table for six, while the interiors feature a spacious dinette and a double bed, a second queen-size bed and a bathroom.  The Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround is powered by twin 200hp diesel engines or single 250hp engine version.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.50 m (31.1ft)
Hull Length - 8.3 m 
Beam - 3 m
Displacement - 5000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 400 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Max Persons - ten
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x 200hp, 1 x 250hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 32 knots max
Project - Valerio Rivellini
Certification - CE B

April 5, 2021

Project: Custom Yacht Senses 07

Custom Yacht is the new brand of Mauro Corviseri.  The Senses 07 seems to be the first official project of the brand, and is a boat designed by Giovanni Ceccarelli.  With the Senses 07 the famous Italian yacht designer, who is more known for his sailing projects then motor boat, presents an interesting parallel in looks and lines to that of a sailing boat.  Apart this the Senses 07 comes across as a big walk-round with full use of its main deck covered by a large and original central T-top and usable from fore to aft.  Down below, the Senses 07 offers a three double cabins lower deck, with a two berth crew cabin forward.  Living and galley area all located at aft.  The Senses 07 which will measure about 21 meters will be powered by twin Volvo 600hp engines with IPS pod drives which will allow her to reach speeds up to 24 knots.     

April 3, 2021

New Model: Ocean Alexander 36L

Ocean Alexander presents its new flagship model the 36L.  Designed by long time Ocean Alexander collaborator Evan K. Marshall the 36L is a triple deck 36 meter super yacht developed on the previous 112 model platform.  Filled with natural light thanks to larger windows the 36L offers a five double guest cabins layout, with an owners stateroom on the main deck.  The Ocean Alexander 36L comes standard powered by twin Man 1900hp engines 
Technical Data:  
LOA - 36.7 m (120.4ft)
Hull Length - 35.9 m
Waterline Length - 30.1 m
Beam - 7.47 m
Draft - 1.91 m
Displacement - 147,500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 20818 l
Water Capacity - 4012 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp, MTU 16V200 M94 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 23 knots max, 18 knots cruise with optional MTU 2600hp
Project - Evan K. Marshall

April 1, 2021

blogger - What a Virtual Launch

The all virtual launch for the new Azimut 53 is something to admire and compliment.  It was so good that in a World after Covid-19 I hope to see more of this in the future, and this includes the pre-launch three chapters; Instinct, Flair, and Creativity detailing the project.  

To be true to history this is not the first time Azimut did a launch like this, with the known Italian marquee doing something similar, in two other important new launches, that of the Magellano 74 in 2009, and in 2012 for the 55S.  Both of which where also excellent and represented a turn around for the company.  But this new 53 had something better to the other two ground breaking models, which was in my opinion the Official Digital Unveil, which tops in quality, visuals, and description of the product.  The presenter Justin Ratcliffe and the location for the launch help not little to make all this a surreal experience. 

Other competitive builders should take note, and while we have seen similar quality launches in the past from the likes of the Ferretti Group, and Princess, I think the perfection of execution that was made for the Azimut 53 is something to take notes of.

March 31, 2021

Monthly News - March 2021

-pic of the month- Riviera Owners Support Team NZ in Cup Defence

Alva Builds Global Dealer Network

The German based manufacturer of electric yachts and floating solutions has signed contracts with environmentally conscious yachting dealers from across the world. Alva Yachts has seen strong interest from dealer partners in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and ASIA. However North America is particularly strong. This is driven by incredibly strong consumer demand for luxury solar powered catamarans.  “We are very proud to announce our global network and look forward to further grow as a company with the new gained partners all over the world”, Says Mathias May, Alva Yachts co-founder and managing director.  Alva Yachts, a German manufacturer of electric catamarans and yachts, and floating villas, has established their road map for 2021.  Alva Yachts has implemented a network expansion strategy that is underlined by the strong mutual partnership with top industry distributors and dealers.  Yacht Sales International from Fort Lauderdale, with offices also in Cape Coral (Florida), Annapolis (Maryland) and Chicago (Illinois) will be the exclusive distributor for North America.  Arctic Cruise in Norway (ACIN) from Tromsø will be the distributor for Norway and dealer in Sweden, Finland and the Baltic area.  Sunpower Yachts Australia, based in Queensland, is the new dealer for Australia and, thanks to their office network, also for New Zealand, Cyprus and the Ukraine.  MBC Yachts from Dubai, UAE will become Alva Yachts Distributor in the Emirates and the whole Gulf Cooperation Council area (Kuwait, Bahrein, Qatar, Oman).  Alva Yachts is currently in talks with potential Distributors for the ASIA region. This is a key market for the Company, as there's high interest by customers for sustainable and luxurious yachting.  Dennis de Roos (Alva Yacht’s Interim Commercial Director) says; “The main focus is on the growth of the Company and the network expansion, with the implementation of a strong dealer structure around the world. To support this mission, the Alva management has established very important partnerships with distributors and dealers in the key yachting areas of the world, where electric and emission-free sea travel has become a key requirement.”

Azimut Rule the Waves with Volvo Assisted Dock System

The Assisted Docking system gives the captain better control when docking a boat by automating his or her intentions, compensating for some dynamic variables, such as wind and current, and helping the vessel stay on its intended course. Azimut Yachts, one of its first adopters, gives its in-depth insight into this innovative technology. Azimut Yachts was the first of Volvo Penta’s European customers to test the new Volvo Penta Assisted technology. Innovation technology is a focal point for Azimut Yachts: the company has a specific and constantly evolving innovation program that aims to make the customer experience the best possible. Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking fits perfectly within this framework – enabling Azimut Yachts to provide its owners an enhanced cruising experience, making life easier on board and much more intuitive. The two companies have worked together to install the new Assisted Docking technology into an Azimut Atlantis 45 and the system was tested by the Azimut team in Florida.  “I was blown away by the Assisted Docking system,” says Federico Ferrante, President Azimut | Benetti Americas. “Azimut Yachts is a company that’s extremely receptive to innovation. We’re always aiming to change the status quo, to think out of the box. For us Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking was a no-brainer, it’s a game-changer for easy docking. Assisted Docking is just another step towards a better product, a better experience for our customer.”  

Azimut-Benetti Group Sustainable Development

The Azimut|Benetti Research and Development Office took part in the European Project “Paint-it A new environment-friendly manufacturing approach for marine antifouling coating” (LIFE15 ENV/IT/000417 PAINT-IT), a major international research effort co-financed by the European Union through the LIFE Programme in the area of antifouling coatings for hulls, confirming its intention to contribute to a yachting industry that is respectful of the marine ecosystem. With growing enthusiasm and awareness, Azimut|Benetti Group has for years been a leading force in efforts to improve the sustainability of the yacht industry on an ongoing basis. Through its Research and Development Office, the company supports and plays an active role each year in numerous research projects addressed to reducing the environmental impact of the yacht industry.  The latest important initiative to which Azimut|Benetti has made a vital contribution is the Paint-it Project, an interesting research effort led by an international working group with funding from the European Union. The project, supported by several leading industrial players, including not only Azimut|Benetti but also Colorobbia Consulting (Sovigliana-Vinci in the province of Florence) with its Colorobbia Research Centre, and the Rome-based universities of Tor Vergata – Department of Business Engineering (a point of excellence in this sector) and “Niccolò Cusano” – Department of Engineering, has led to the development of several innovative non-toxic antifouling coatings for marine applications featuring a high level of environmental sustainability, because no biocides harmful to aquatic species are released into the marine environment, unlike traditional antifouling coatings, which leach biocides based on the toxic action of copper compounds and other similar organic/metallic substances. As well as eliminating biocides, these coatings also have a significant environmental impact in terms of lower energy use, greenhouse gas generation and waste production, by reducing the need for hull maintenance, and of greatly reduced CO2 emissions.  The scope of this project isn’t limited to the yachting industry. In addition to the marine sector, the formula tested can be used in civil engineering, in wastewater treatment plants and, more generally, in plants that use water systems in various industrial production processes.  The Research and Development Office’s support for this project forms part of a broader strategy adopted by the entire Azimut|Benetti Group, which has always had a special focus on the sustainability of the production cycle by concentrating on a series of factors, including close control of the supply chain, the application of the best technological solutions (in terms of hull shape evolution, propulsion systems and the choice of materials, including Carbon Tech), the study of yacht disposal processes, and sponsorship of various associations with a mission to control and reduce the impact of the industry on the environment, including the Blue Marine Foundation and the Water Revolution Foundation.  This commitment not only represents a fundamental pillar of the corporate culture, but is also a response to the latest market trends driven by the new generation of owners, who are increasingly determined to enjoy their relationship with the marine environment in a more respectful, caring and aware way.

Beneteau Roadshow

With spring on its way, Beneteau is launching a Beneteau Roadshow, a big tour of key European ports to meet up with boating enthusiasts. From 23 April to 20 June 2021, Beneteau and its dealer network will organize visits and private sea trials to help you plan your boating programme. During the roadshow, our new models from our sailing yacht and motorboat ranges will be on show ashore and afloat. Depending on the port, sea trials may be available. These require an appointment and the observation of local health and safety guidelines. Mark the dates in your diaries! You will find us in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie from 30 April to 2 May, then in Marseille from 12 to 16 May, followed by Lorient from 28 to 30 May, in France. Also in Bruinisse, the Netherlands, from 23 to 25 April, in Rome, Italy, from 7 to 9 May, in Oslo, Norway from 28 to 31 May, Stockholm, Sweden 4 to 7 June and in Hamble, in the United Kingdom, from 18 to 20 June 2021. The roadshow will end in Heiligenhafen, Germany, from 1 to 3 and from 8 to 10 October.

Formula Earns Customer Satisfaction Awards 2020

Formula is pleased to announce it has once again been recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction in NMMA’s 2020 Customer Satisfaction Index program in the categories of: Fiberglass Outboard Boats, Sterndrive Bowrider Boats and Sterndrive Cuddy & Express Boats. Congratulations to the Formula Team for building a superior product and providing excellent customer service!  The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. Award recipients have achieved and maintained an independently-measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction over the past year, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine.

Mimi Signs Agreement with Dutch Dealer

Confirming its growing success on the North European market, Gozzi Mimì has signed a partnership with the Dutch dealer Watersport Paradise: the company, based in Helmond (Eindhoven), will distribute the shipyard’s entire range in the Netherlands and Germany. Gozzi Mimì and Watersport Paradise have signed an important collaboration agreement which confirms the fast-growing success of the Napoli based shipyard in Northern Europe. The dealer, based in southern Netherlands, where it has a large showroom and a 5,000 square metre workshop, will distribute Gozzi Mimì boats in the Netherlands and Germany.  Gozzi Mimì’s boats have always been highly appreciated in this geographical area with its solid nautical tradition, which finds in these models the great building skills and appeal of Made in Italy. Thanks to its high level of reliability and the appeal of its traditional yet innovative design, the hallmark of designer Valerio Rivellini, the shipyard’s entire range is perfectly suited to navigating the river canals of the Netherlands and other North European countries.  Watersport Paradise is a well-known Netherlands company which has been providing various services, as well as sales, assistance and maintenance for the past three decades: this agreement therefore marks a new step forward in Gozzi Mimì’s internationalisation strategy, which envisages the signing of other partnerships in the coming months.

MJM New High-Tech Facility

MJM are excited to announce that the new, high-tech manufacturing facility in Washington, NC is now up and running.  The whole new factory features 200,000 square feet of size, and addresses the companies current production needs.  MJM where up till this day build at Boston Boatworks.

MonteCarlo Yachts Strengthens its Customer Orientated Approach

In this atypical year, Monte Carlo Yachts continues to strengthen its customer oriented approach and is about to deliver different customized MCY models on International markets, including the first MCY 105 unit reaching Australia. A distinctive tailor-made attitude aimed at an enhanced customer experience has always been Monte Carlo Yachts’ hallmark. In the next months, the Italian shipyard will be delivering several MCY models, which fully address the needs and the desires of each owner and are distinguished by high levels of comfort and safety on board. The custom-made yachts cover various sizes of the MCY Collection and are destined to different markets around the world: from the Mediterranean area, to the Great Lakes area in North America, reaching also the Asian Market, thanks to the MCY 70 Skylounge unit recently sold in Hong Kong. Each model presents distinctive customization options both in the exterior and interior arrangements as well as in the decor, according to the owners’ preferences and personal way of enjoying life onboard. Furthermore, the second part of the year will see a brand new MCY 105 unit reaching Australia, early enough for the start of the season in the southern hemisphere. The unit will find home in the exclusive setting of Rose Bay Marina, a fascinating, high-end location in between the iconic Sydney harbor and the world-renowned Bondi Beach. “The Company is excited about this quite unique event, as it is the first time that the Monte Carlo Yachts flagship reaches Australia”, explains Sergio Loiacono, MCY’ Sales and Marketing Director. “The shipyard has been able to accomplish this ambitious goal thanks to a proven capability to constantly meet the customers’ expectations in terms of levels of customization and delivery time.” The possibility to respect the parameter set by the client, which consisted in a short delivery time without renouncing to fulfil each and every dream of the customer, has been crucial to close the deal. Indeed, the owner had a very clear idea of the customization process he wished to experience and at the same time he needed to have the yacht delivered in time for the start of the Australian season. Thanks to an innovative Naval Architecture and a leading-edge Production Process, Monte Carlo Yachts offers to all sea-lovers the opportunity to create the yacht of their dreams without having to compromise on quality and on delivery time. Once again, the Italian shipyard demonstrates its proactive and dynamic nature, as well as the loyalty to its values that always put the owners and their satisfaction at the center of each project.

Riviera Owners Support Team NZ in Cup Defence

A flotilla of 90 Riviera luxury motor yachts and more than 600 Riviera family members and their guests made a spectacular sight as they cruised through Auckland Harbour last weekend in support of Emirates Team New Zealand.  The impressive armada of enthusiastic Riviera owners, one of the largest ever assembled in the 41-year history of Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder, was organised by New Zealand representative R Marine Flagship.  The flotilla featured Riviera motor yachts from 34 feet to 72 feet in length cruising from the Auckland Harbour Bridge on Saturday morning (March 13) heading to prime vantage points for the much-anticipated day’s racing in front of North Head and Rangitoto Island.  The motor yachts headed in a two-by-two configuration creating two separate convoy lines more than 2km long. Each line was led by Riviera’s flagship 72 Sports Motor Yachts, with another two at the end of the convoy.  Dealer principal of R Marine Flagship Dean Horgan said the impressive line of motor yachts heralded the start of a weekend of camaraderie and enjoyment by the Riviera family as the Cup racing took place.  “It was a wonderful opportunity for Riviera owners to share such a great event with their friends and the Riviera family while watching the fast-paced action unfold,” said Mr Horgan.  “We had an overwhelming response to this special outing for our Riviera motor yacht owners with 90 yacht enthusiastically attending on the day. The support and passion for this exclusive event was incredible.”  “In fact, this was the largest gathering of Riviera’s since our record-breaking raft-up in February last year.”  That raft-up in February marked the start of celebrations in 2020 for Riviera’s 40 years of evolution with a record flotilla of 106 Riviera luxury motor yachts joined together at Awaawaroa Bay, Waiheke Island, to create a massive circle measuring 234-metre in diameter.  Leading the Auckland Harbour flotilla on their Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht Auspicious were Peter Baker and Jacci Serville. Mr Baker and Ms Serville said the organisation and support from the R Marine Flagship team ensured a memorable experience for everyone.  For Mike and Jolene Kennedy on their Riviera 51 Enclosed Flybridge Koenig, the event was a surreal experience.  Bringing up the rear of the convoy on their Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht Slainte were Phil and Colleen Kenny.  Riviera has a very strong following in New Zealand with more than 600 motor yachts now cruising local waters since the arrival of the first Riviera in 1984.

Riviera Escape to Ladbroke Island

R Marine Crawley of Runaway Bay in Queensland, representing Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder Riviera, recently led an impressive fleet of 31 Riviera motor yachts on a long weekend making their way to a sheltered anchorage on North Stradbroke Island for ‘the most relaxing’ long weekend escape.  The sun sparkled silver on the Gold Coast’s Broadwater as most of the group gathered north of Sovereign Islands on the Saturday morning. Greeted by Ben Crawley and idyllic conditions, they were led north for a leisurely morning’s cruise to Deanbilla Bay on ‘North Straddie’.  On arrival, Lyn and Stewart relaxed into their anchorage near Dunwich while the Crawley team set up barbecue facilities on a nearby secluded beach.  The weekend’s company was also a pleasure for Lyn. Aboard the 31 Riviera motor yachts were nearly 100 people who had the opportunity to relish the weekend affair.  For Jenny and Russell Paul on their third Riviera, a 6000 Sport Yacht named Opal, the weekend’s socialising was also a drawcard, on top of the seafood!  Held annually, this year’s Seafood Spectacular boasted fresh prawns direct from the trawler and freshly shucked oysters among other mouth-watering delights, accompanied by live music.  The Pauls have owned Riviera motor yachts for a decade and experience trips organised by R Marine Crawley have become a big part of their boating life.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst commended the team at R Marine Crawley for organising another memorable weekend escape for motor yacht owners, their family and friends.

Viking Triple Crown Champ

Team Galati was named back-to-back winners of the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Series last weekend. Captain Tony Carrizosa (shown above right, with Carmine Galati Sr. left and Viking’s Pat Healey center) was at the helm of the Viking 58 for all three legs of the 2021 season and also the Viking 62 for the 2020 event. The team really turned up the heat in Leg III with the crew releasing two marlin and an amazing 54 sailfish to win the final leg and clinch the series championship – for the second year in a row! Right on their heels was Eight Eights, a Viking 72, claiming 2nd Place in Leg III with five marlin and 25 sails.

Viking Ladies at Los Suenos

Congrats to Team Galati on their 2nd Place finish in Leg III of the Los Sueños Triple Crown Ladies Only Tournament. Led by Captain Tony Carrizosa, anglers Sharyn Craig, Jane Galati and Debbie McDowell released 18 sailfish for a solid finish and awesome day.

Viking Returning Client

We all followed along as Frank and Mary Ellen Rodriguez built their 92 Enclosed Bridge as it went viral on the Fa La Me’s Facebook page. Then we watched the fun-loving crew having a blast fishing the boat all over the world. Now they are building a Valhalla 41 and sharing the process again. The high-performance center console sports a Kingston Grey hull with a Haze Grey bottom and is powered by quad Mercury Verado 400s.

Wajer Record Breaking Sales in the US

Despite the difficult travel circumstances due to Covid, sales in the US increased tremendously over the past few months. New and Approved Wajers have been sold in Nantucket (Massachusetts), Lake Minnetonka (Minnesota), The Hamptons (New York) and Miami (Florida). Over the upcoming months, we will deliver a Wajer 38 to Portsmouth (New Hampshire) and a Wajer 55HT to the Bahamas. We’re excited to expand more and more overseas and hopefully we are able to visit these great sailing area’s again next summer.

Wajer Nominated International Design and Innovation Awards

We are proud to announce that the Wajer 38|2 has been nominated as a finalist for the International Design & Innovation Awards 2021 in the category 'Best Tender'. The winner, as determined by a panel of distinguished judges, will be unveiled on the 15th of July in Milan, Italy. The award show is organized by Boat International, the most renowned media platform in the international super yachting industry.

March 29, 2021

New Model: Absolute Navetta 64

The already-complete Navetta range has expanded with a tangible expression of generous and open-minded engineering. All of Absolute’s best features have been implemented as well as some amazing onboard innovations. The Navetta 64, The Absolute Pathfinder, like her siblings has the Navetta DNA and it easy to see why. The wide and uninterrupted side-glass window, which runs from the aft mirror to the windshield, outlines her exterior shapes. These are characterized by the significant enlargement of the bow windows and the opening of the side gunwales in the cockpit in the Beach Club version, the transom can be turned from a large storage space into an actual double cabin at the water’s surface sealed tight with a fully-glazed, certified watertight access door. Beach Club by day and VIP cabin with an en-suite head by night: this alchemy is made possible thanks to the placing of the crew cabin, with two berths directly accessible from the second starboard-side door.  Aboard the Navetta 64, all spaces are designed to offer the maximum enjoyment of each cabin, always panoramic and bright, thanks to unprecedented-sized windows. In addition, the spaces are furnished and refined with everything you need to feel just like at home, without any sacrifices. The flybridge has a far greater width than found on any other nineteen meter yacht. On the main deck, the salon is surrounded by frameless glass windows, offering breath-taking panoramas. The comfortable sofas, the large table, the entertainment area, and the galley easily connect to the cockpit. The entire main deck is overlooked by a raised helm and a massive windshield of over three meters, curved and frameless for absolute visibility. Below deck, the master cabin is placed in the bow with a king-size berth, large side windows, and a full-beam head. The VIP suite really stands out: its liveability is astounding and the materials selected are simply exquisite. Furthermore, the third cabin is a double stateroom with single beds. Absolute Navetta 64 is powered by twin Volvo 900hp and or optional 1000hp engines, with IPS pod drives.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.63 m (64.4ft)
Beam - 5.53 m
Draft - 1.78 m loaded and including propellers
Displacement -  49.4 t loaded 
Fuel Capacity - 3600 l
Water Capacity - 910 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, one crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp, D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS1200/1350 pod drives
Speed - 27 knots max 21 knots cruise with Volvo 1000hp
Range - 275 nm at 21 knots
Project - Absolute Research Lab
Certification - CE B

March 27, 2021

Project: Cheoy Lee 118 Tradition

Cheoy Lee is going into 2021 with full confidence and some interesting new projects.  One of the recent projects presented is the Overing designed new 118 Tradition.  The triple decked Cheoy Lee 118 Tradition offers a very conservative exterior calling out to some of the late nineties design.  The interior designed by Westhoff offers accommodation for ten guests in five cabins, including an owners stateroom on the main deck.  Located in the forward part of the lower deck will be the crew accommodation for six persons in three cabins, and a lobby with galley and saloon. Another crew cabin with two bunk berths is to be located aft by the beach area.  The Cheoy Lee 118 Tradition is to be powered by twin Cats 1600hp engines which will allow for top speeds up to 26 knots.

March 25, 2021

New Model: Princess S62

Princess present the new S62, a powerful yet elegant sport yacht with sport bridge.  The S62 sleek exterior styling presents a dynamic, agile stance, while an optimised hull form powered by twin Man 1200hp engines will manage speeds up to 38 knots. The S62 also features an electro-hydraulic bathing platform which offers a convenient launch system for tenders, a jet ski, or simply a secluded swimming platform. The Princess S62 offers a galley aft arrangement and an open-plan dining area with sliding doors and a fully opening window leading out to the cockpit. Below deck, six guests are comfortably accommodated across an en-suite full-beam owner’s stateroom and two further guest cabins with the option of an additional crew cabin aft.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.17 m (62.9ft) with pulpit
LOA - 18.9 m
Beam - 4.87 m
Draft - 1.46 m
Displacement - 28857 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 3250 l
Water Capacity - 603 l
Accommodation - six guest berths in three cabins, optional one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 38 knots max
Project - Olesinski

March 23, 2021

Project: Nordhavn N625

Nordhavn Pacific Asian Enterprises, is excited to announce a new model addition in its line-up of passage-making yachts. The Nordhavn 625 will be a twist on the current Nordhavn 60 hull. What helps keep Nordhavn at the top of its game is the continual push to move its designs forward. We have seen this in the past with the N52 from the N47, the N60 and 63 from the N55, the N68 from the N64, the N76 from the N72, and the N96 from the 86. By refreshing existing hulls, it allows the company to efficiently introduce updated, modern offerings. The N625 will be a combination of what’s working incredibly well for Nordhavn right now: the new model is based on the very popular Nordhavn 60 and will employ some of the same bulk production techniques being used with the N41 and 51 builds. Despite a number of Nordhavn 60 orders on the books, Nordhavn co-owner and Chief of Design Jeff Leishman saw an opportunity to further improvise the model’s proven hull. It has sustained extraordinary success beginning with the Nordhavn 55, and is also used as the basis of the Nordhavn 63. More than 100 of the hull’s three iterations combined have been sold.  The result is a fresh, modern exterior that’s in keeping with the sleeker feel Leishman has been injecting into his latest models. The Nordhavn 625 will maintain the same footprint as the N60, but will also feel entirely different, said Leishman. As a result of his “cleaning up the lines”, the flybridge is slightly bigger, the windows in the cabins will be bigger, and some seating has been added to the foredeck. Like the N60 and N63 before her, the N625 will have three cabins, two below and one behind the wheelhouse. The N625 also takes a nod from the Turkish built N41 and N51 designs, utilizing a production boat-approach to ordering. She will have more equipment and features as standard which equates to a more resourceful buy. The spec won’t be as strict as her smaller sisters but certainly the boat won’t be as customizable as the 60 and 63. The boat will be built by Nordhavn’s partner factory, South Coast, at their brand new Taiwanese facility. South Coast, which also builds the N60, ventured into Taiwan in part to combat the Chinese tariff. The N625 will lay up in May, the first boat to be built at the Taiwan location. It is expected to complete by the end of 2021. Current availability is for hull number three. 

March 21, 2021

Web: Tornado New Web Site

Italian Rome boat builder Tornado presents it's new World wide web showroom.  Tornado was founded by Carlo Marchiolo in 1968 building his 35 feet powerboat inspired to the US Cigarette's design. This boat will take Marchiolo to a Class 3 title just a few months later in 1969, and is followed with more Tornado wins in the seventies, of which the most significant is the Wills Trophy with Italian driver Vincenzo Balestrieri on the helm. The success on the race circuits makes Tornado produce boats for those desiring good sea handling, high performance, and comfort combined with a classic no frills lines. In 1977 during the Genoa boat show Marchiolo meets with renowned designer Tom Fexas, to whom Tornado commissions six new projects. The Fexas design works for Tornado are a 35 for the racing circuits, 36 Hawk, 39 Hawk, Eleven, 44 Express, and the 45. The nineties are followed by more winning success for Tornado, with famous offshore driver Adrianno Panatta taking the 1991 Venezia Monte Carlo with the 38, and again in 1997 with a 45. In 2007 after competition from various bank institutions, and three months of negotiations Michele Prestipino takes over Tornado. Prestipino era is marked by comfort improvements to the top selling 38 and the launch of a 50 model, and a 60 project which has not seen the light. In 2016 Tornado finds a new ownership with Daniele Parisi, three generations boat builder, and founder of the Parisi yard as the new owner. The ownership change continues the Tornado natural evolution of the brand and style and its over four hundred delivered boats. Today's current Tornado line offers five models from 38, to the upcoming 54.  Tornado latest model is the T-Rib 48 launched in the fall of 2020.  The new Tornado web site is available only in Italian language and takes you around with the following buttons; About Us, Models, Services, Tornado Club, Partners, and Contacts.  Tornado is also present in social media with a link at the bottom of the page taking you to its YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Linkedin pages.

March 19, 2021

Project: Raffaelli Shamal 40 HT

Raffaelli present the project for the Shamal 40 HT.  This is the third version of the Shamal which was born in year 2000, in 2006 the model was updated into the Evo version with a new two cabins two head interior cabin layout, and a revised cockpit deck with a spacious exterior galley to port side.  The Evo version also featured FPT 370hp engines, the most powerful engines on the model so far which allowed her to reach top speeds up to 33 knots.  The new Shamal HT will keep the same interior of the Shamal Evo, with the changes coming for a hard top and new large vertical panoramic window in the cabin area.  The Raffaelli Shamal following its launch has been a success story in the Italian used boat market in recent years, due to it being one of the few sport cruisers of twelve meters in length with shaft drive propulsion and a CE A certification.

March 17, 2021

New Model: Palm Beach GT60

Palm Beach Motor Yachts launched their next flagship, the high-performance, high-tech GT60. This new second Palm Beach GT series comes from the mind of yacht designer and CEO Mark Richards, which follows the GT50 in offering a high performance sport yacht platform with high efficiency.  In the first sea trials near the company’s U.S. headquarters in Stuart, Florida, the new GT60 reached speeds exceeding 40 knots at wide open throttle on its twin Volvo 1000hp IPS propulsion engines. Where the GT60 truly shines is in fuel efficiency which allows for a calculated range to travel from Miami to Nassau, Bahamas, in just over 5 hours, burning less than 42% of the total fuel reserves.  The material choices, and their placement in the GT60’s construction means that the boat has a naturally low centre of gravity to aid performance, while the warped semi-displacement hull design takes cues from racing yachts to deliver a soft and stable ride at all speeds. Palm Beach then takes engineering several steps further to ensure perfect balance, running carbon fiber jackshafts from the pods to the mid-mounted engines, ensuring the bulk weight of the blocks are cantered and low.  The GT60 features an enormous single-piece curved glass windshield, large electric side and aft windows in the salon, and full-beam entertaining spaces in both the salon and cockpit. The layouts are practical and modern, while still retaining the true nautical feel of a cruising yacht.  As with all Palm Beach Motor Yachts, customers can expect to enjoy the ability to customize the layouts and available options to ensure their high-performance GT60 is perfectly tailored to their individual needs and desires
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.5 m (64ft)
Hull Length - 17.4 m
Beam - 5.2 m
Draft - 1.14 m
Displacement - 21500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3200 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation -  four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS950m or IPS1350 forward looking pod drives
Speed - forty knots 35 cruise with Volvo 1000hp, 31 knots cruise with 725hp
Hull Shape - warped semi displacement
Construction - resin infusion with Vinilester resin, and Carbon Fiber reinforcements
Project - Mark Richards

March 15, 2021

Project: Back Cove 372

Introducing the updated Back Cove 372.  The Back Cove 37 was launched in 2009 and has enjoyed an eleven-plus-year uninterrupted run resulting in more than two hundred hulls. When the production moulds for the Back Cove 37 finally gave out in 2020 due to boatbuilding wear-and-tear, the design team seized the opportunity to re-examine the 37 with over a decade of owner feedback and recent design advancements in mind. The result was a boat full of fresh details that earned its own designation, enter the newly redesigned Back Cove 372.  The Back Cove 372 is full of fresh details that are tailored to today’s cruising and boating lifestyles, yet it retains the classic character and heart of a proven winner. The highlights include: a more efficient 24V DC electrical system with less copper weight, resulting in both a lighter boat and increased run time on the bow and optional stern thrusters.  Cummins 600hp diesel engine as standard and a Volvo an option. This adjustment is the direct result of owner preference, with more than 95% of Back Cove 37 owners opting for a larger-than-standard engine since 2009.  Black windshield liner and an upholstered helm pod reduce dangerous and distracting glare at the helm. Further updates to the helm pod include new materials for better durability and stain resistance, increased space for navigation electronics.  Fixed-glazed pilothouse windows replace difficult-to-operate sliding windows, offer enhanced sightlines, and are complemented by a center-opening windshield with opening appliances for smoother operation.  A new aft-facing cockpit seat to starboard, complete with a folding armrest and drink holder, paired with a new salon door to port with a bi-fold window to starboard (above the aft-facing seat). A reconfigured head with expanded medicine cabinet, sizeable over-sink mirror, and redesigned shower stall.

March 13, 2021

New Model: Rossinavi 70m Polaris

Italian shipyard Rossinavi has presented in their facility of Viareggio its latest superyacht, Polaris, a 70-metre vessel, the largest built by the yard and able to navigate in extreme ice conditions, including the polar areas. Commissioned by a private client and previously known as Project King Shark, Polaris is a 1,542GT motor yacht developed with an emphasis on yachting lifestyle, able to move from the warm waters of the Caribbean to the sub-zero conditions. Venice-based architecture and design practice Enrico Gobbi – Team for Design, a longstanding collaborator of Rossinavi’s, is responsible for the interior styling and exterior design of Polaris. Key design specifications include: owner’s deck with a private terrace crowned by a surrounding waterfall, which gives zen vibes, six meter long infinity pool located aft on the main deck,equipped with a whirlpool system, ample storage space that can accommodate up to six jet skis and two tenders including a ten meter full-custom limousine tender in-house built by Rossinavi, indoor waterfall that flows over a back-lighted onyx wall in the main salon, soundproof cinema room in the main deck surrounded by wall dividers covered with precious crystal staves, and a wellness centre which includes a fully equipped gym, sauna, hammam, massage room, and a yoga area. It is highly unusual for boats in the Ice Class category to have an elegant exterior appearance. With this in mind, Polaris is positioned advantageously to favour the exploration of unusual and exciting natural environments, such as Polar Regions, without sacrificing sophisticated design or comfort. Polaris also features the latest diesel-electric propulsion. This is of note because the onboard power management allows to valorise the fuel consumptions, giving advantages in terms of performance and emissions. Another worth-mentioning onboard technology is the Satellite Dynamic System that allows the positioning for ‘dynamic anchoring’ wherever needed, even in extreme weather scenarios. The interior design, developed in collaboration with Carlo Lionetti, co-director of Team for Design, is contemporary and enriched by eclectic hints inspired by the client’s personal taste, which include precious coating materials that characterise all areas, along with refined details, prestigious textiles and loose furniture items sourced from high end international brands, bestowing on the whole interior a luxurious and distinctive, yet warm and welcoming, atmosphere.
Technical Data:
LOA - 70.20 m (230.4ft)
Beam - 12.70 m
Draft - 3.35 m
Displacement - 1542 GT
Fuel Capacity - 
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, twenty crew in ten cabins
Engines - 2 x Marelli Motors 1866 kww
Propulsion - Rolls Royce Azipul AZP085 FP pod drives 
Speed - 17 knots max 15 knots cruise
Range - 6000 nm 
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Arrabito naval architecture, Enrico Gobbi Team for Design exterior and interior
Certification - RINA and Lloyds Ice Class

March 12, 2021

Out-News = Azimut Super Yacht Suffers Engine Failure Outside of Genova

The Italian coast guard informed of this incident which happed on the late afternoon of March 11. An Azimut super yacht of 31 meters in length with British Virgin Islands flag called for a May Day assistance to the Italian Livorno Coast Guard reporting that it was without engine power, drifting some 56 nautical miles away from the Genova Harbour in rough seas condition.  The Italian coast guard first deployed a helicopter from the Sarzana base in La Spezia, and after confirming that all the crew was in good health started to organize towage operation.  The towing of the Azimut super yacht was completed on the evening of twelfth March with the yacht arrival in La Spezia.
The Azimut 105 was produced from 2005 till 2010, to an exterior design of Stefano Righini who has collaborated with the well known Italian name from the early nineties till his retirement in 2018.  The Azimut 105 is  a semi raised pilot house two deck and a half super yacht and offered accommodation in two layouts; ten guests in five cabins with an owners stateroom on the main deck, or the option with a larger living on the main deck and eight guest berths on the lower deck.  Crew accommodation in the Azimut 105 was for five crew in three cabins, two forward one aft.  The Azimut 105 is powered by twin MTU 2400hp engines which give a top speed up to 28 knots.

March 11, 2021

Project: Riva 76 Perseo Super

Improving a masterpiece with an incredible and long-lasting record of success is a challenge that only Riva can accept and win, thanks to an aesthetic and technological development effort that achieves a perfect balance of past, present and future.  Riva 76’ Perseo Super is the exciting natural evolution of the 76 Perseo, which in recent years has become one of the sport-fly yachts best loved by owners around the world.  The first unit has already been sold and will sail with its owner during Summer 2021.  The result of collaboration between the Product Strategy Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari, designer Mauro Micheli the founder of Officina Italiana Design with Sergio Beretta, and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, she has a length overall of 76 feet.  Riva 76 Perseo has a sleek profile with over 40 square metres of glazed surfaces in the hull and superstructure. The exterior styling reprises and enhances the sporty look of the 76 Perseo, with the introduction of new style elements.  Worthy of note is the mahogany and polished stainless steel detailing, a technical and design feature that forms part of the Sarnico-based shipyard’s legacy and pays tribute here to the Riva tradition. One of the main functional design features on this fantastic boat is the glass roof with an opening forward section positioned over the lounge, letting light and fresh air into the space below.

March 9, 2021

New Model: Fairline Targa 45 GT

Fairline Yachts, expands its product range, with the global launch of the new Targa 45 GT. The Targa 45 GT is the evolution of the 45 Open which was introduced as the 43 in 2018.  The 45 GT differs for having a twin saloon on the main deck, and a fully enclosed patio door main deck.  Since launching in mid 2020, the Fairline Targa 45 GT has quickly become one of the most popular models to date thanks to its stunning good looks, innovative design and spacious interior. Another novelty in the Targa 45 GT is the choice of a three cabins and two heads layout.  The Targa 45 GT can be further personalised to have either a mid or forward master cabin, depending on preference. In addition to the adaptable interior layout, the cockpit has been designed with multiple uses in mind, from spending time relaxing in the sun to entertaining friends and family.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.5 m (47.6ft)
Beam - 4.32 m
Draft - 1.15 m 
Displacement - 12.8 t
Fuel Capacity - 1300 l
Water Capacity - 438 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 440hp, d6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS600 and IPS650 pod drives
Speed - 32 knots max with Volvo 440hp, 34 knots with Volvo 480hp
Construction - resin infusion
Project - Alberto Mancini
Certification - CE B

March 7, 2021

Project: Austin Parker 85 Ibiza

In the rebranding process, which began in 2020, Austin Parker Yachts, after the launch and sale of Ibiza 44 WA, 52 WA and Mahon 54 MY models, started the production of a superior class yacht, the Ibiza 85. This project flagship of Austin Parker is a 27-meter sporty style yacht, that encompasses class, distinctive style and innovative solutions with a fully custom design and technological proposals never used before on a boat of this size.  The yacht, of which the first unit has been sold, is in an advanced stage of construction, with launch scheduled for next June.  The close partnership with the Fulvio De Simoni Yacht Design, who designs the entire Austin Parker line, has created a yacht that encompasses both the wishes of the owner and the requests of the Shipyard, proposing an out of the ordinary layout, not only for the design and partitioning of spaces but also for the technical solutions adopted on board.  The layout suggested by the design lines is streamlined, elegant and sporty and does not let you imagine the enormous spaces that have been created in the cockpit, deckhouse and above all below deck.  Unlike other sports yachts, dedicated exclusively to young customers, the Ibiza 85, thanks to the technical solutions adopted on board, is also the ideal boat for more mature owners.  The first striking feature is the possibility of transforming the freedom created by the total opening of the saloon, in continuity with the huge cockpit that measures 15 meters in length, between the helm station and the bathing platform, into a "sedan", simply operating with electric controls and hydraulic movement: two side windows and the large glass door at the stern that closes and protects the saloon, emerging from the "retractable" position.  The cockpit is equipped with a sundeck, under which there is the hangar that houses the tender and other accessories, as well as a dining area with a central table and ten seats.  Under the streamlined hard-top, sofas and furniture equipped to serve the dining area and equipped with refrigerators and freezers.  The helm station, as befits a yacht of these high standards, has two pairs of seats, all independent, to accommodate the pilot, co-pilot and two guests in comfort and safety, considering the acceleration and performance that are achieved.  The bow is accessed through comfortable and safe protected passages, walk-arounds, on the same floor as the saloon, to best access a large area equipped with a "U" shaped sofa, two convertible tables, sundecks and four facing chaise lounges.  A beam of 7 meters, combined with a length of over-all of 27 meters of the super sport yacht, made it possible to satisfy the owner's requests to obtain five independent cabins; three double, two twins, each equipped with bathroom and shower, a large kitchen and three crew quarters, completely separate and equipped with independent services, enhancing endless possibilities of the custom construction.  As a true super sport yacht, the Ibiza 85 is equipped with two latest generation 2000hp P Man engines and Arneson surface transmissions which gives an estimated cruising speed between 38 and 40 knots with a maximum of 45.

March 5, 2021

New Model: Horizon E81

A new model for the popular Horizon E Series has made its debut on the U.S. market. Recently launched, the brand new E81 incorporates the sleek E Series superstructure design atop a beamy hull. As is the case with many of Horizon’s new yacht models, the custom E81 was born from the requests of her experienced owners, who were looking to move up from their current yacht and approached Horizon to design a spacious vessel that suited their cruising lifestyle. Currently under construction, Hull Two will feature an enclosed bridge design and is on schedule to deliver to her American owners in the late Fall of 2021.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.78 m (84.7ft)
Waterline Length - 22.2 m
Beam - 6.25 m
Draft - 1.82 m
Displacement - 69.8 t
Fuel Capacity - 8706 l
Water Capacity - 1135 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Cat C32 1600hp
Propulsion - line shaft

March 3, 2021

Project: Azimut Magellano 66

With the recent debut of the 25Metri, followed by the announcement of the arrival of the 30Metri, the Magellano collection is enjoying an extended moment in the spotlight. They say good things come in threes, and indeed, the first unit of the New Magellano 66 will touch the water in Spring, and happily, that is just around the corner.  Like its bigger siblings, the New Magellano 66 manages to combine timelessness with modernity, and belongs to the carbon tech generation, but just what is it that makes this Navetta so special? If we had to choose just one element, it would most definitely be the internal layout, which, thanks to the boat’s generous dimensions, offers an extraordinary level of comfort and versatility.  The spacious day zone is designed to optimise onboard living, distributed over a single level, with vast windows creating an airy, light-filled environment.  Owners wanting to clearly delineate crew and guest areas can do so, no mean feat in a 66-footer. A sliding door separates the pilot station and galley from the salon, while access from the Main Deck to owner and guest accommodation is via a decentralised stairway, ensuring total independence and privacy.  On the lower deck, in addition to the owner’s suite and two guest cabins, there is a fourth cabin which can be fitted out as a storage area or with bunk beds.  Outside, there is also no shortage of space, and there is no better example of this than the impressively large flybridge, with a stern lounge area that can also incorporate an American bar.  Versatility is again to the fore with the cockpit, where the dining zone can be transformed into a spacious relaxation zone where the owner and guests can stretch out in the shade, just a few tantalising metres above the water.  The second-generation Dual Mode hulls delivers smooth cruising even in moderate seas, and outstanding stability whether you’re in displacement mode or steaming along at the maximum speed of 23 knots.  The Magellano 66 is powered by a pair of Man 850hp engines, is EC category class A and comes with an HTS declaration, attesting that it was designed to and meets rigorous High Technical Standards.

March 1, 2021

blogger - Americas Cup Classic

The 36th Americas Cup is in full swing, with the Prada Cup ending on Sunday 21st February and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team winning over Ineos Team UK, with a convincing 7 - 1.  This is the third time an Italian team and boat will be in the final of the Americas Cup, following the first of Il Moro di Venezia in 1992 in San Diego, and Prada Luna Rossa in 2000 in New Zealand.  The Italian Luna Rossa has been very consistent and has since 1997 never stopped competing in the Americas Cup, making it also in the Challengers final in 2007. 

As is with everything in current times even the Americas Cup had Covid-19 as it's protagonist, with the postponing of day three, which was supposed to happen on 17th February creating quite an issue due to a Tier Three lock down being enforced in New Zealand.  Interestingly the defender Emirates Team New Zealand also sided with Ineos Team UK, who wanted race to be postponed till the situation gets back to normal, going against written protocols to race with closed doors.  Ultimately Luna Rossa gave an ultimatum and racing reassumed on Saturday 20th.  

Now the Americas Cup challenge between Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team and Emirates Team New Zealand is scheduled for the 6th March, with two rounds of racing expected on the opening and another two the following day.  Luna Rossa has shown good speed in the challenger series.  Can she keep up with the defender? For that answer we will have to wait six days.

February 28, 2021

Monthly News - February 2021

-pic of the month- Mimi Invests in New Infrastructures

Arcadia Yachts Full Steam Ahead

Arcadia Yachts started the year in full swing: the Italian shipyard is proud to announce the sale of the fifth unit of the A115 flagship and the delivery of the eleventh unit of the iconic Sherpa in Owner Suite configuration. Two very important news confirming the financial stability of the Italian shipyard and its health.

Azimut Presents A-Room

Azimut Yachts presents A-Room, a virtual showroom created specifically to offer the brand’s customers and fans previews of all its new models.  The initiative is driven by the desire to further open up to digital technology, recognising it as a system that can engage powerfully with owners, customers and yachting enthusiasts, also on an emotional level: an additional communication opportunity that will go alongside the traditional channels.  Visitors to the A-Room will connect to a 3-D virtual space designed to look like an Azimut Yachts stand, which they can move around in complete freedom, interacting with the content. Split into themed areas, including a theatre for presentations, corners dedicated to individual Collections, and mega screens with videos of the latest models, the main aim of the virtual showroom is to be the new stage on which the shipyard’s latest novelties are presented.  The A-Room will showcase the brand’s latest models, upcoming news and novelties in the world of Azimut Yachts. Users will be offered live streamed events organised for new yacht launches, previews of innovative content and other initiatives designed to engage with the audience of customers and fans.  Making the first “digital” debut on the platform will be the new arrival in the Flybridge Collection, Azimut 53 Flybridge, which stands out for her flowing lines that hide spaces ideal for families, introducing a new dimension to the yachting experience never seen before in this size category. A series of teasers and visual content are already online and other unpublished material will be added soon in the lead up to the unveiling event planned for March.  This initiative confirms therefore the Shipyard’s desire to engage in an ongoing conversation with its customers, experimenting with new forms of interaction at a time when digitalization represents a fundamental and inevitable step towards a better customer experience. Azimut Yachts has already made a name for itself in this field and was the first yacht company to implement a digital space, which it did in record time last spring with the launch of the Virtual Lounge, a platform that provides a range of content (videos, technical data sheets, analysis) and was also used to organise a three-day e-boat show, resulting in the first online sale in the Shipyard’s history an Azimut S6.

Benetti 21st Yachtmaster Phygital Edition

The Yachtmaster, the event organised by Benetti for captains, crews and all yacht industry professionals involved in the life cycle of a superyacht, now in its 21st year, was held on February 18 and 19 in a phygital edition: more than 250 people connected to a specially created virtual platform in collaboration with Live Forum, to follow the online meetings, seminars and workshops planned. The new interactive format was a huge success and the Virtual Trade Show allowed Yachtmaster partner companies to showcase their products and communicate in real time with guests. The participants were able to set, after the end of the Yachtmaster and before February 23, appointments with managers of different companies.  The theme running through this edition, moderated by well-known influencer David Seal, was Next Generation Yachtscharacterised by advanced technology and design excellence.  The event got underway with a welcome speech by Azimut|Benetti Group vice president Giovanna Vitelli, who emphasised the importance in the yacht world of an event like the Yachtmaster, which opens up a communication channel between yacht industry professionals and the shipyard. The resulting conversation drives an ongoing quest for excellence in the finest Benetti tradition, as well as closer ties with owners, of whom 80% are loyal to the brand. Azimut|Benetti Marketing Director Benedetta Moreno then spoke from the Benetti Museum Lounge about the Shipyard’s history, which stretches back over a century, touching on the most important milestones and presenting some of the historical relics on show in the shipyard. Among the most significant item is the fame achieved by Benetti in the 1960s, when they became a symbol of the Made in Italy elegance and refinement and were used by the most important European royal families, such as the Rainer of Monaco, but also by movie and music stars such as David Bowie.  After a brief introduction of the novelties in the Benetti fleet by Benetti Area Sales Manager Toby Walker, the meeting entitled “The impact of IMO TIER III on the Benetti fleet” saw Benetti R&D department Project Manager Gilberto Francescini and Premier Chemicals Sales Director Stephen Lyons, together with partner representatives Giorgio Gallo (RINA Head of Italy & South France Yachting Excellence Center), Ivan Goldstaub (CGT Power System Account Manager) and Carlo Bertoglio (Head of Hug Engineering Italy), discuss the subject of international regulation IMO TIER III on the reduction of pollutant emissions in the yachting industry, which has been extended as of 2021 to yachts with a gross tonnage under 500 GT in Emission Control Areas (currently North American and Caribbean seas plus the Baltic and the North Sea, and soon the Mediterranean and seas in the Far East).  Marco Valle, Azimut|Benetti Group CEO, made an appearance at the end of the meeting to celebrate the live launch of a new 65-metre Benetti custom yacht, as well as to present his own personal viewpoint on developments in a world of yachting that is increasingly sensitive to sustainability-related issues.  Guests then turned their attention to the Virtual Trade Show, discovering the initiative’s partners and the products and technologies they showcased on the virtual platform. After which it was time for the eagerly awaited Owner’s Team Perspective, which featured 63-metre Benetti custom yacht M/Y Metis and her Captain Frank Hesse, talking online from the yacht’s bridge about his experiences, career milestones, and life on board, seen through the lens of sustainability. The live stream then moved to the galley on M/Y Metis, where award-winning chef Italo Bassi delighted guests with an outstanding demonstration of show cooking, during which he prepared traditional Tuscan pici with a special truffle and anchovy sauce.  In the afternoon, two workshops led by Benetti, with partners CGT Power System, HUG Engineering, Lusben and Rina and superyacht captain Dario Savino, looked in depth at retrofit-related issues, with a special focus on SCR and DPF filters and the certification of toxic materials on board yachts. A third workshop with partner Seastema illustrated improvements in navigation systems and helm stations with the contribution of panelist Team Italia, which showcased the results obtained on board several of Benetti’s most famous yachts, including 108-metre giga yacht IJE and the 69-metre Spectre.  In parallel, two workshops for stewardesses discussed onboard hospitality and the relaxing effects of tea, with a tasting organised by ‘tea sommelier’ Domenico Gradia, as well as the well-being associated with 100% ecological products made in Tuscany.  The first day’s proceedings were brought to an end by a closing speech and a second slot devoted to partners and networking in the framework of the Virtual Trade Show.  The morning of the 19th got under way with a yoga session streamed live from the main Deck of “Luminosity”, the 108-metre giga yacht which is the largest hybrid in the world built in Italy by a private shipyard. Sebastiano Fanizza, Benetti Chief Commercial Officer, together with Michele Bechelli, Benetti Project Manger, revealed some of the many secrets of the hybrid propulsion system in a live link from the bridge and the engine room.  The other protagonist of the morning session, joining “Luminosity”, was the Benetti B.Yond, a new generation of Expedition yacht designed to have a reduced environmental impact and fitted with a hybrid propulsion system developed by Siemens for Azimut|Benetti. Federico Lantero, Azimut|Benetti Product Marketing and Communication Director,accompanied guests on a tour of the Benetti B.Yond 37M now under construction in Livorno thus introducing the “Yacht Propulsion Systems: Present & Future” meeting mediated by David Seal during which Marco Coiatelli, Benetti Custom Basic & Executive Design Manager, presented an analysis of the pros and cons of the two yachts’ propulsion systems: traditional, diesel-electric, hybrid, electric. Contributing to the discussion were partner representatives Antonio Spadoni, Seastema BU Systems and Foreign Market, and Antonio Lucci, Rina Decarbonization Group Business Manager, alongside Thomas Hackman, ABB Marine & Ports Business Development Manager, Norberto Barlocco, SiemensSolution Engineering Manager, and Robert Van Tol, Water Revolution Foundation Executive Director.  The focus then returned to the Virtual Trade Show and the Owner’s Team Perspective, with guest Clinton White, captain of M/Y “Masquenada”, the yacht currently undergoing a refit at Lusben’s facilities in Livorno, where work is proceeding to extend the main and upper decks, to cut and extend the stern, and to refurbish the interiors.  In the afternoon, the programme had the same structure as the previous day, involving two workshops with Awlgrip, Boero, Hempel, Jotun and Lusben that introduced the subject of low environmental impact refits and antifouling coatings, focusing on the standpoint of producers. After the workshop on antifouling coatings, Azimut|Benetti R&D department engineer Iacopo Senarega demonstrated the Group’s continuing desire to contribute to a yachting industry that is respectful of the marine ecosystem, presenting the results of the European Project “Paint-it – A new environment-friendly manufacturing approach for marine antifouling coating” (LIFE15 ENV/IT/000417 PAINT-IT), a major international research effort co-financed by the European Union through the LIFE Programme, in the area of antifouling coatings for hulls  In parallel, as was the case during the first day, two workshops were dedicated to crews and taking care of the owner and their guests, including an in-depth look at onboard well-being in relation to a healthy lifestyle and yoga.  The event was brought to an end with a closing speech by Benedetta Moreno and David Seal, and a live comedy show with Jim Jefferies, the comedian, actor and writer originally from Australia who, in his unmistakable style, commented ironically on everyday life, interacting with online participants.

Codecasa Finalist for Boat and International Awards 2021

Codecasa Shipyards are proud to announce that the m.y. Framura, Codecasa of 55 meters of length, is selected as one of the finalists of the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2021 in Best Naval Architecture Displacement Motor Yacht category.  The winner will be announced in the month of June.

Evo Yachts Blue Emme New Plan for Investment 

After a 2020 of unexpected obstacles, the Mercuri brothers’ Blu Emme Yachts shipyard, based in Naples where Evo Yachts are built, has rapidly bounced backed and organized itself for 2021 with new enthusiasm and a growth plan based on major investments and a broader offering. Despite the lockdown restrictions and mobility problems, Blu Emme Yachts closed its financial year with turnover up 300%, repeating the success of the previous year. And thanks to a thorough re-organization of work spaces and procedures, the Yard managed to keep its launch plan on schedule and deliver four new yachts when production activity was resumed. Another three were delivered later in the year. Blu Emme Yachts Sales Manager Maurizio Cozzani has spoken about the Yard’s response to the new challenges, which involved some creative solutions: “We’re adapting to new needs, meaning that on one hand we’re finding new ways to interact with clients, studying new solutions with them to ensure they get the full experience of choosing and buying, and on the other we’re investing heavily in infrastructure, equipment and human resources to achieve even more effective management of production processes and control procedures”. In the first few weeks of the year, the Yard has been expanding (from 1,500 to 4,000 square metres) and increasing the capacity of its production facility, with a new painting station and a new after-sales area. But there have been significant new developments in its offering too. A new model is currently being designed to extend the R range, while the T line of fully customizable tenders will also be growing. But above all, the next few months will see the launch of the first Velar 78, an innovative 24 metre yacht, set to be the Yard’s new flagship. From what little has so far been disclosed about it, it seems certain that the yacht will “make a big impact with its alternative design, a departure from previous models, and the numerous technological innovations featured on board”. Blu Emme Yachts’ growth strategy also provides for a strengthening of its international dealership network with new partners and service centres. It has always been the Yard’s policy to prioritize owners’ needs by offering full and immediate after-sales service, which is why partnerships have been formed with service centres in all the areas where Blu Emme Yachts navigate. So, in addition to those already operating in the Balearic Islands, Portugal, USA, Greece and Russia, new agreements will be reached in the coming months to open centres serving the coasts of Croatia and Slovenia in the Adriatic.

Fairline Appoints New Dealer in Mediterranean Coast

Luxury British boatbuilder, Fairline Yachts, announces the appointment of Port d’Hiver Yachting as its latest addition to their dealer network, covering the Mediterranean coast from Cavalaire to Marseille. They will be known as Fairline Port d’Hiver. Port d’Hiver Yachting is a premium yacht distributor in France offering sales, aftercare, servicing and maintenance, as well as being a Volvo Penta dealer and offering prestigious pre-owned boat sales and berthing along the French Riviera. Established since 2001, the distributor also represents Rand Boats, Pardo Yachts, Sacs and Fanale, and is known for importing Fjord boats in France. Alexandre Boussin from Port d’Hiver Yachting, comments, “Fairline Yachts is the perfect addition to our portfolio – offering a desirable extension to our current range of boats and giving our customers an exciting, new brand to experience. We have sold Fairline yachts in the past, so we are confident our customers will be attracted to its offering, especially with the new F//Line 33 model and look forward to the next chapter with Fairline.”  Port d’Hiver Yachting will work in collaboration with Fairline Cote d’Azur. For more information about Port d’Hiver Yachting,

Ferretti Group Receives Six Awards in Asia

Ferretti Group triumphed once again at the Oceanway China Yacht Annual Awards, held in Zhuhai, China on December 11 in the presence of well-known experts in the sector. Four yachts received major awards for outstanding design, technological solutions and style.  Ferretti Yachts 500 was victorious in the “Best Exterior Design (50ft-80ft)” category thanks to its sleek aerodynamic lines, while Riva 50 Metri was acclaimed in the “Best Yacht of the Year (40-70m)” category as a masterpiece of marine engineering in steel and aluminium. Another magnificent winner was Riva Dolceriva, the innovative open yacht from the famed Sarnico shipyard, judged “Best Yacht of the Year (30ft-50ft)”, while the CRN Mimtee, a 79 m full-custom megayacht, took the “Best Exterior Design (over 70m)” award for the softly sleek and well-defined lines of the hull.  Further satisfaction came from the Robb Report China, which on December 25 in Beijing judged Riva 88’ Folgore to be “Best of the Best” in the “Yacht of the Year 2020 (below 100ft)” category. The new Riva sport-fly was seen as an exciting synthesis of innovative vision and the stylistic traits of the Riva legend, an exceptional yacht that has conquered the hearts of owners all over the world. Promoted by the Chinese edition of the exclusive lifestyle magazine and arbiter of excellence in the international luxury market, each year this awards system selects the best products in 12 different categories in the luxury sector.  Lastly, for the eighth year in a row, Ferretti Yachts was acclaimed “Best Luxury Yacht Brand 2021” during the prize-giving ceremony at the 17th Hurun Best of the Best Awards, held in Shanghai on January 28. The awards are made on the results of the Hurun China Luxury Consumer Survey 2021 conducted by Hurun Research Institute, the authoritative organization run by the famous business and lifestyle magazine that’s been ranking China’s richest since 1999. Specifically, Ferretti Yachts was chosen in 2020 by a male public that was 4.9% up on 2019. Further, the brand found the strongest consensus among the 31 to 45 and over-45 age brackets, endorsing yet again the Group’s successful branding and sales strategies in China.  In a particularly fraught year, Ferretti Group continued to stand out with exclusive craft that have significantly influenced the yachting world. Its successes have augmented the Group’s already dominant status in an increasingly competitive and strategic market like Asia.

Ferretti Group High Altitude Emotions

Ferretti Group takes its brands to new heights and increasingly dominates the world of yachting, even in the snow-covered Monte Bianco landscape. Thanks to renewed partnerships with Jaguar Land Rover Italia and Skyway Monte Bianco, the yacht building art of Custom Line and the heritage of Riva will be on show at high altitude until spring. The goal of the initiative is to offer visitors to the mountain a memorable experience in the world of yachting.  Taking advantage of the reopening of the Jaguar Land Rover Lounge at Chalet de l’Ange in Courmayeur, visitors will have the opportunity for the second year running to appreciate the excellence and exclusiveness embodied by Ferretti Group in an exhibition showcasing a series of highly evocative scale models of Custom Line yachts. The creative installation tells the story of the brand’s unbreakable bond with contemporary yacht design. Also calling at Courmayeur is the Shipyard’s most recently launched yacht, the captivating Navetta 30, presented here in the form of a scale model, a painting and an evocative video. Navetta 30, a distillation of yachting tradition interpreted through a contemporary lens, has exterior styling by naval architect Filippo Salvetti and interiors by architecture and design firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel.  In addition, testifying to the deep and heart-felt bond between Riva and Cinema, the exhibition entitled Riva In The Movie will also be staged in the Jaguar Land Rover Lounge. Through extraordinary images, it tells the story of the many films in which Riva yachts have played a leading role alongside movie stars from around the world.  The Custom Line project is also joined by the collection of Riva Brand Experience products. From home decor design objects and clothing to high-tech accessories and the legendary mahogany toys, they all have a timeless elegance, conveying both tactile and visual sensations and featuring the characteristic attention to detail and typical style of Riva yachts.  The Riva experience knows no boundaries and accompanies visitors to even higher altitudes on the Skyway Monte Bianco, which takes them up to Pavillon The Mountain at 2,173 m where the exhibition Riva In The Movie continues. In this breath-taking venue, all the images in the exhibition will have a QR code that visitors can scan to see a clip of the film starring Riva. The Cinema delle Alpi inside the Pavillion will also be showing Riva In The Movie, the short film in which Pierfrancesco Favino gives a masterful performance, celebrating the films that feature Riva’s iconic yachts and promoting Italy’s undisputed creative flair and maritime tradition. Visitors who want to take home a tangible memory of this exclusive experience can continue up to the Punta Helbronner The Sky station at 3,466 m, where in Feltrinelli In Quota, Europe’s highest bookshop, the book of the same name, Riva In The Movie, is on sale: an exquisite publication containing hundreds of magnificent on-set and backstage photographs, original posters and interesting anecdotes that interweaves the history of cinema with the world of international yachting from the 1950s to the present day.  It is a wonderful location, permeated by luxury, elegance, style and innovation, in which to enjoy the fascination of the sea against the splendid backdrop of the Western Alps. There could be no better place for a journey to discover the beauty of Riva and its legendary story

Ferretti Group and Sanlorenzo Form Joint Venture to Save Perini Navi

Through the NewCo, world leading players of Italian yachting excellence Ferretti Group and Sanlorenzo have expressed their interest in making an offer to acquire the trademarks, assets and Italian operations of Perini Navi, if necessary with a business unit lease agreement, in order to ensure a swift recovery of production activities and the maintenance of employment levels.  “This is an important day for the Italian yachting industry, for the employees of Perini Navi and for their families, ensuring in this way that their passion, experience and unique skills will continue to be protected. As will the Perini Navi supply chain, which is made up of numerous suppliers who will be reassured and whose peace of mind will be restored by today’s safeguards,” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “At Ferretti Group we are always on the lookout for excellence and capabilities to integrate with our own. And often we find them in Italy, as is the case today. We are confident our commitment will translate into further growth that benefits the local area and raises the profile of the Italian yacht industry still further. I would also like to emphasise the historical importance of the alliance with Sanlorenzo, reflecting the new spirit of collaboration sweeping through Italy: a positive broadening of our horizons that will let us seize even more opportunities and deliver even more success”.  “I began my professional career in the yacht industry in Viareggio, in the same place and year in which Perini Navi was starting life a short distance away,” said Sanlorenzo Executive Chairman Massimo Perotti. “That was back in 1983 and since then I’ve always had great admiration for the business model adopted by this remarkable brand: boats with outstanding qualities, built exclusively to order for a limited number of expert owners and connoisseurs. These are the same unique features I found years later in Sanlorenzo. Because of these similarities and with a strong determination to rescue an Italian brand with an unparalleled history, in the interests of the local area, all stakeholders and first and foremost employees and suppliers, I have from the outset confirmed the willingness of Sanlorenzo to contribute to the brand’s relaunch. Today I am pleased to be able to do so jointly with Ferretti Group. It is an alliance of historic importance for our industry, one which I am convinced will continue to develop and set an example for other initiatives aimed at strengthening our world leadership in this sector”.

Frauscher Now in Canada

The Frauscher Shipyard is represented with immediate effect also in Canada. Pride Marine Group is excited to represent Frauscher boats in Ontario and Eastern Canada. A Frauscher 858 Fantom and a 1017 GT are going to be available for test rides this summer! Paul Nickel, Pride Marine: "Our companies align by both being family owned and operated, providing high quality - unique and well-crafted boats - and always seeking to offer innovative and bespoke solutions for boaters in Ontario, Canada. Here we are met by the unique boats from Frauscher." Stefan Frauscher, Frauscher shipyard: “We are very much looking forward to be working with Pride. Being positioned in the top segment, we are constantly challenged with a high level of expectations and request from our clients. In this respect, Paul Nickel has turned out to be an ideal representative for Frauscher. Him and his team are market experts and have always being able to adapt to outperform the industry.”  Pride Marine Group has decided that Frauscher boats will complement the existing boat brand portfolio and fill a gap in the market for ultra luxury boats. The Frauscher shipyard demonstrated that they are willing to carve the wave for the future of boating by introducing new innovations, revolutionary technology while honouring a state of the art design that turns heads. Both companies are family owned and operated, which creates a personal touch and special relationship with their boat owners.  The Frauscher shipyard has a vision of engineering emotions, Pride Marine Group has a vision of creating personalized watercraft experiences. Together both of their visions are accomplished.

Heesen New CCO Appointment

Heesen appointed a new Chief Commercial Officer, Friso Visser, who has a wide-ranging knowledge of the international shipbuilding industry.  Friso will lead the sales and marketing team and take responsibility for maintaining the company's global position as a leading Dutch yacht builder. He spent 18 years as International Sales Director at Damen Shipyards Group and brings a wealth of experience in the international maritime industry. He will be supported at Heesen by Robert Drontmann.  "I am honoured to join the team at Heesen Yachts," commented Friso.  "The company is a distinctive and competitive player in the market, and with its combination of full-custom and speculative production, it brings a unique approach to building the finest and most exclusive superyachts in the world. I look forward to working with such a dedicated and innovative team."  Mark Cavendish, who has worked at the shipyard for 12 years, eight of them as CCO, now takes on the role of Executive Commercial Officer, supporting Friso and focusing on developing Heesen's commercial presence in new markets. Mark will also be responsible for developing the brokerage community network and will head up custom projects.  Arthur Brouwer, Heesen's CEO, said: "We are delighted to welcome Friso on board at Heesen, and look forward to working together on increasing our market share and bringing our brand to new heights."  Heesen's order book currently consists of 15 yachts under construction, from 50m up to 80m, with deliveries through 2024. These include both semi-custom and full-custom yachts.

Heesen Yacht Talk

The seventh episode of Heesen’s YachtTalk kicked off 2021 by divulging some of the secrets behind creating the ultimate onboard experience for superyacht owners and guests. The topics include quality crew training, recruiting with diversity and how to create inviting environments to entice Millennials to step aboard. On the panel were Edouard de Maillé of the yacht management agency Edmar International, Erik Smit, trainer with Luxury Hospitality Management, and experienced chief stewardess Deborah Viger.

Horizon FD Series Book Now Online

Now available to read online, the 2021 FD Series Order Book tracks the stories and designs behind each of the FD Series yachts launched or in build to date and dives into the details of each model so you can get inspired and get ready to Define Your Horizon!

Invictus and Yamaha Join Forces

The power and performance of a trusted brand of excellence and the new platinum standard of sleek Italian yacht design meet as Yamaha and Invictus Yacht forge a new European partnership.  Yamaha’s choice to partner with Invictus is a client-first decision to provide an already decerning clientele with the innovation and reliability they deserve. Yamaha’s dedication to technical revolution is unrivalled in the industry providing many exciting world-first engineering developments that optimise performance.

Jarrett Bay Gets TBF Top Honours

It is with great pride that Jarrett Bay share the news of Captain Brent Gaskill & owner/angler Harris Huddle being recognized by The Billfish Foundation (TBF) as 2020's Top Captain and Top Angler, both for White Marlin Releases. Aboard Hull 59, Builder's Choice these two bested a field of thousands of anglers and captains across the globe, and we couldn't be more honoured to have them represent the Jarrett Bay family in the name of conservation.

Marlow Spring Rendezvous 2021 Postponed

Every year we look forward to coming together and spending a wonderful four days with our Marlow Family. In view of the exceptional times we are all faced with, Marlow will be postponing this year's Spring Rendezvous.  After much planning and scheduling Marlow has decided is best for everyone, that they will not be able to host you and your families at this time. However, the health and safety of everyone involved in the event is of utmost importance to Marlow. Mark your calendars, the 2021 Spring Rendezvous has been rescheduled for May 5th - May 8th, 2022 at the Ocean Reef Club.

Mimi Invests in New Infrastructures

The recent years’ growth trend of the Neapolitan shipyard was confirmed once again in this past 2020, so much that Gozzi Mimì decided to expand its production site adding a new 1.000 square meters shed, that will be dedicated to the models’ display, and new offices. This is the beginning of an unprecedented chapter in the brand’s history, one that will also include the expansion into new foreign markets. In the beginning of 2021 Gozzi Mimì unveiled a new 1.000 square meters space in Naples in response to the recent months’ growing demand, coming mostly from foreign markets and for larger yachts. The space is intended for the display of boats and a new office building. This expansion confirms the will of development of a shipyard that, since its foundation 50 years ago, has always been able to create a perfect balance between technological innovation and respect for the traditions.  As confirmed by Gozzi Mimì’s CEO Domenico Senese: “This growth is a natural progression of the path undertaken so far, initiated in 1975 by my father Salvatore in a limited space of 500 square meters. In the following years we kept growing and collecting more and more approvals: thanks to this positive trend in 2020 we have increased our turnover by 30% and by the first weeks of 2021 we already received a considerable amount of requests. The focus is now shifting towards larger models – the best selling boat at the moment is the Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround – and we have received many requests from foreign customers. We are therefore planning our expansion strategy towards foreign markets”.  Gozzi Mimì is a family-run company that crossed the national borders without ever changing ownership, the founder is often seen seen working in the shipyard alongside his two sons. Nowadays the brand is well known throughout Europe and in several Asian Countries for his planing gozzi, meeting point between past and future: the design recalls the fascinating tradition of the shipwights from Sorrento (the recent Libeccio 8.5 Classic offers even the tiller steering) but hides a hyper-modern and technological heart, that allows a navigation at surprising speeds and very low consumption.  Innovation plays a vital role in the shipyards’ production line: the models are designed and engineered in 3D and realized using seven-axis NC milling machines and the hulls are made through vacuum infusion, a process that, besides offering many advantages regarding safety and emission, it allows to create a performing composite, with a reduced weight, a correct resin / fiber ratio and a constant thickness. This technique is always updated and improved, thanks to the results of continuous research in which Valerio Rivellini, designer of all the latest models of the shipyard, and the Federico II University of Naples also participate.

Riviera Expands Automation

Riviera, Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder, is currently expanding the digital capabilities of its Gold Coast manufacturing facility through the extension of in-house computer-aided design (CAD) technology and the enhancement of robotic varnishing equipment.  The very latest CAD technology is being applied to new equipment employed in the digital cutting and kitting process, while the robotic varnisher will complement the fine hand-crafting techniques that deliver the mirror finishes of the cabinetry and woodwork so highly praised on Riviera motor yachts.  Digital cutting and kitting are important preliminary steps in building world-class motor yachts at Riviera. It requires a specialist team to precision cut, number and package the materials required to create the structural composite for each motor yacht.  These components are deployed in kit form to Riviera’s master craftspeople across the manufacturing process.  The CAD technology creates digital templates to facilitate the precision cutting of a wide range of high-grade materials, including multiple densities of thermoplastic injection moulding and the fibreglass matting required to form the hull, decks, bulkheads and flybridges. The templates and the nesting of these to suit individual material sizes allow for the perfect replication of components in materials such as carpets, acrylics and fine timbers, including teak, walnut and cherry wood with minimal waste.  Riviera now has more than 8,000 digital templates that have been crafted by its marine engineers to cater for 22 models in the current range. As each new model is introduced, a new series of templates is required to be designed.  Darren Cadman, Riviera’s Digital Kitting Manager, oversees the operation which he says represents world’s best practice for the luxury boatbuilding industry.  “The expansion of our digital kitting and cutting capabilities elevates our efficiency in this area,” Mr Cadman said. “It also enhances sustainability as digital cutting allows us to maximise the resources we already use and minimise any waste.”  Riviera’s robotic varnisher has been optimised with the latest software and is coating surfaces such as doors, bulkheads and cabinet faces to provide a superior finish. Up to eight coats of varnish are applied robotically with hand sanding between coats, then cured in a humidified drying room.  Robotic varnishing is employed by Riviera to complement the existing hand-crafting of cabinetry and woodwork installations for the company’s luxury motor yachts, including the intricate mouldings and the highly detailed furnishings and helm stations.  Over 40 years of evolution, Riviera has produced more than 5650 motor yachts with today’s Rivieras enjoying an international reputation for quality with the most advanced design, engineering, smooth and efficient performance, and the most luxurious of interiors.  “Our investment in new technology, skills training and advanced procedures over many years has the Riviera yachts of today being the best ever created,” says Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “This investment, alongside our ongoing expansion to Riviera’s Gold Coast manufacturing facility and in the continual training of our staff in the latest techniques and technology, is supported by our award-winning apprenticeship program.  “We’re immensely proud of the superb motor yachts we are creating today.”

Riviera Celebrates Fifteen Years of Easy Boating

Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder Riviera has reached a milestone with Volvo Penta’s Inboard Performance System (IPS), reflecting the global popularity of this innovative marine drive option among motor yacht owners.  Since the launch of IPS in 2005, Volvo Penta has delivered more than 30,000 units to the international marine industry.  After embracing the innovation of IPS in 2006 and adopting the market-leading technology for the company’s luxury motor yachts, Riviera has installed its 2,200th IPS unit that today are available on selected models from the Flybridge, Sport Yacht and SUV collection. IPS is also available on the new 50 Sports Motor yacht.  This represents a significant number of the units produced by Volvo Penta, affirming the strength of the partnership with Riviera.  The benefits of Volvo Penta IPS for Riviera motor yachts are extended cruising range, higher cruise speed, lower fuel consumption, lower noise levels, the Dynamic Positioning System that maintains a yacht’s location at idle and the convenience of joystick docking which has made boating so much easier, particularly manoeuvring in close quarters.  One-hand joystick operation reduces the need for bow thrusters and the more complicated shift, throttle and steering wheel combinations when docking. There is also improved performance including a tighter turning circle.  Volvo Penta IPS comprises twin counter-rotating propellers that face forward in order to optimise performance by cutting through undisturbed water. The propellers are positioned well under the hull to eliminate the risk of air intrusion and cavitation, even in sharp turns and under full acceleration.  The propeller thrust is parallel with the hull to provide powerful and smooth acceleration and cruising performance.  Steerable pods point the entire thrust in the desired direction. This provides a course-stable power and tight turning capabilities with perfect grip and predictable handling across the speed range.

Silent Yachts Sell Three Units of New Flagship

Silent Yachts has confirmed the sale of the first three units of the shipyard's most spacious solar electric catamaran to date. The Silent 80 Tri-Deck is an advanced version of the company's flagship with a sky lounge on the top deck (closed version) or a huge 90 m² fly deck (open version), which can be designed as an “owner´s deck” with a vast private suite and 360-degree view and a terrace.

Wajer in the Fox News 

We are proud to share that the success of Wajer has not gone unnoticed in the US. The highlight was a series of international (news) publications in the past week. After winning the Super Bowl with the Buccaneers, America's greatest quarterback of all time Tom Brady showed up in style at the championship boat parade in Tampa (Florida). With his Wajer 55 S, he certainly stood out among the rest of the boats. As a result, Wajer was featured in some major US media outlets. Including an interview with Dries Wajer for Fox 13 News.

Viking at 58th Buccaneer Cup

Catch 23 hung seven sailfish flags to win the 58th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament. With captain Stetson Turney at the wheel, the Viking 80 also claimed 1st Place Live Bait team. Catch 23 angler Jimmy David released two sails to win 3rd Place Angler.  Second Place Dead Bait went to the Viking 70 Pipe Dreamer and Touch of Gray, a Viking 68, was 3rd Place in that category.

Viking at Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown

Leg #2 of the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown starts next week with a hungry fleet of boats looking for a spot in the Winner’s Circle. Last year Leg #2 was an intense fight to the finish but saw the Viking 62 Team Galati (above) victorious. The crew released a total of five marlin and 25 sailfish. A handful of Viking Yachts are already pre-fishing for Leg #2, which kicks off February 24, 2021.

Viking VIP Show 2021 Review

The 2021 Viking and Valhalla VIP Show was a smashing success with 20 yachts from 33 to 80 feet showcased at the Viking Yacht Service Center, drawing over 1,000 guests, dealers and vendors. Sales activity was brisk with seven Vikings and 14 Valhallas sold during the event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. “We thank everyone who came and made this year’s VIP such a wonderful event,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “The enthusiasm and atmosphere was tremendous.” For this year only, the annual RSVP event was expanded to three days. “Our VIP has historically been a preview – a warm-up to the Miami Boat Show,” said Pat. “Without the 2021 Miami show, we decided to give people more opportunity to come to our VIP and see a tremendous lineup of yachts in a friendly, safe, boat show setting. With the extra day, our attendance was spread out over a longer period, which helped with social distancing. Next year, we will return to the two-day format.” The Valhalla 46, the new flagship of the Valhalla Boatworks V Series, made its world premiere at the VIP. Media, dealers and show attendees were simply blown away, enamored by the V-46’s great size, beautiful lines and Viking-quality construction, and fit and finish. The award-winning 54 Convertible was extremely popular as well, with attendees eager to tour and sea trial this exciting model that debuted at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Subsidiaries Palm Beach Towers, Atlantic Marine Electronics and over 50 Viking and Valhalla vendors displayed their products in a boat-show-style setting at the Service Center. Mother Nature cooperated for the most part. Skies were sunny but the temperatures were a bit chilly (for Florida) on days two and three. Sales activity after the VIP continues to be strong, with a handful of deals in progress. “Despite the cancellation of this year’s Miami boat shows, we’re fortunate to have the same level of sales during this boat show season as in previous years,” said Pat.