January 21, 2021

Project: Nordhavn 51

Pacific Asian Enterprises, is excited to announce a brand new design, the Nordhavn 51, which will follow closely in the wake of its smaller sister-ship, the N41. Inspired by the N41’s resounding success, the brand new Nordhavn 51 will mimic the same production-like structure, which places emphasis on a set, streamlined build order instead of individual customization.  The two-stateroom, two-head passage maker answers the calls from customers who are drawn to the N41 design but want more room, an additional head and a flybridge. The Nordhavn 51 will more closely resemble other long range cruising Nordhavns with her separated pilothouse, but her interior will mirror the finishes of the N41. She will be produced as a complete boat that includes stabilizers, bow thruster, and davit among other items as standard.  Powered by twin John Deere 160hp engines, the Nordhavn 51 will be a modern passagemaker to usher in the new decade with state-of-the-art technology at the engineering level and a contemporary design scheme. As is the case with the N41, the Nordhavn 51 will be CE Certified Category A for the most serious offshore use. Tooling for the N51 is underway and the first hull is expected to lay up in March. She will be built alongside the Nordhavn 41 at our partner factory in Turkey. Currently the first seven hulls have been reserved for purchase. Hull #1 is expected to finish in about 18 months. 

January 19, 2021

New Model: Alva Ocean Eco 60 Explorer

Alva Yachts, the German designer and manufacturer of electric floating solutions, has just revealed the new electric catamaran Ocean Eco 60 Explorer.  The Alva Ocean Eco 60 Explorer stands out for it enclosed upper deck which drastically increase the space on board, as it creates a climate-controlled and protected area which can be enjoyed all over the year, even in cold conditions and bad weather.  The layout of Ocean Eco 60 Explorer features large spaces, flooded in light thanks to the glazing and the light hues of the interiors.  The main deck has two wide cockpits outside, one to aft and one in the foredeck. Inside, the large saloon features the galley on the port side, completed by a separate island with bar and stools. In the center there's the dining table for eight, while to starboard a couch complete the layout. The front part is taken by the large L-shaped sofa and freestanding tea table and armchair. A TV pops up from a center cabinet and behind its a round staircase takes to the flybridge, while two side companionways lead to the lower decks.  The Ocean Eco 60 Explorer can be chosen in two different layouts, one sporting three staterooms, with the owner's one taking the whole starboard hull, and one for a charter use, with four cabins. The crew can be accommodated in two or three cabins, for a total of four members in three cabins.  The flybridge can be reached by the mentioned, rounded staircase or by a second one, outside, which connects the cockpit to the upper balcony and the side decks.  Inside, the space is taken by a comfortable double cabin with exceptional view, and by the helm station to fore.  The technical part is shared with the traditional Ocean Eco 60 and features two electric motors and a large battery pack. The batteries are powered by solar panels and by an auxiliary generator, which can be replaced by a hydrogen fuel cell for a completely emission-free yacht. In any case, the battery packs grant enough range for exploring recessed and protected areas without emitting any noise and exhausts. The Explorer versions can also be operated with Hydrogen Cells instead of a fuel generator.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.40 m (60.3ft)
Waterline Length - 17.8 m
Beam - 8.75 m
Draft - 1.2 m
Displacement - 28000 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 800 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, up to four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x 134hp up to 470hp
Propulsion - shaft line
Certification - CE, Swiss Lloyd

January 18, 2021

Cataldo Aprea 1949 - 2021

On Friday January 15, Cataldo Aprea of the boat builder Fratelli Aprea from Sorrento left for the better World.  Aged 71 years, Cataldo Aprea was a family born shipwright and is another of the nautical industry pillars to succumb to the Covid-19 virus.  The news of Cataldo's death was announced on the Fratelli Aprea Facebook page on Friday January 15 at 1200 hours.  Cataldo was the elder brother of six Aprea's; Giovanni, Gaetano, Antonio, Anna, and Lucia, representing the fourth generation of a boat building family which was founded in 1890.  Cataldo managed and run the Fratelli Aprea shipyard from Sorrento with his brothers which builds traditional Sorrento Gozzo from seven to fifteen meters in size.

January 17, 2021

Web: Fleming New Web Site

Fleming presents its new World wide web showroom. Fleming was founded in 1985, by Tony Fleming and business partner Anton Emmerton. Previous to this Tony Fleming served as American Marine Grand Banks technical director from 1961 to 1983. Fleming has from 1985 onward always subcontracted its builds to the Tung Hwa boat yard in Taiwan with super vision by Tony Fleming and his staff. The first Fleming was the 50, designed by Larry Drake of San Diego and will launch in 1986.  The Fleming 50 will be the blue print of all future models and will hull extend to become the 53 in 1986 onward from hull number 9, and then the 55. Up until 2019 250 Fleming 55 have been build, with the total of yachts delivered being 340. Tony Fleming has also have been an ambassador for his brand cruising extensively around the globe with his Fleming 65 hull number one titled Venture onward from 2005 which was followed by a more updated unit in 2010.  Fleming currently offers five models from the long standing 55, to the upcoming new 85 flagship. Fleming new website takes you around with the following buttons; Yachts, About Tony, News, About, Store, Dealers, and Contact. Fleming is also on social media with a right bottom button taking you to its Facebook and Youtube pages.

January 15, 2021

Project: Heesen 55m Project Gemini YN 19755

Heesen is delighted to introduce to the market the latest in the 55-metre Steel class, YN 19755 Project Gemini, which follows the mythical Dioscuri Castor now Solemates, and Pollux.  For the successor to the twin half-brothers, Heesen appointed Italian design firm Luca Dini for its first collaboration with the Dutch shipyard. The Italian studio created a sophisticated interior décor that celebrates the light and the indoor-outdoor connection. These elements characterise the design of this super yacht, which is approximately 760 gross tons and over 400 square meters of luxury areas for the owners and their guests.  Frank Laupman of Omega Architects penned the muscular exterior lines of this successful series and worked closely with Heesen’s in-house engineers to create an evolutionary design.  A geometric linear design, with horizontal and vertical clean lines, is the leitmotiv throughout the interior of Project Gemini. Warm, full gloss, Tay wood and natural stone are matched with marine leather wall-panels and doors, and fabric-lined ceilings. The overall atmosphere is Zen and elegantly calm.  Twelve guests are accommodated in six staterooms. The impressive 83 square metres Owner’s apartment is located on the main deck forward and stretches full beam. Floor-to-ceiling windows are draped with cotton and linen curtains that harmonise the geometric design and add a relaxing touch to the room. Forward, his and hers walk-in wardrobes give access to the master bathroom. Here, a freestanding black bathtub takes centre stage and is glorified by the recessed light fixture on the ceiling that mirrors its shape. On the starboard side, a large shower stall with rain shower completes the space and adds practicality to the room. Two twin and two double suites are on the lower deck, while the VIP cabin is located on the bridge deck.  Guests will be amazed when entering the main saloon. Two large bronze-mirrored ceiling panels reflect light and space around the room, maximising the already generous layout and making the best out of the large vertical windows. A cosy lounge area with large sofas takes the centre of the main saloon and is adjacent to the formal dining area located amidships and set for twelve. The full-beam sky lounge is the pièce de résistance and offers the finest panoramic views. Ideal for lounging, relaxing watching TV or sipping cocktails at the bar, this space will become one of the most enjoyed onboard Gemini.  With toys and tenders conveniently stored on the foredeck, a fully-fledged wellness area in the beach club offers the ideal haven for relaxation after a day at sea.  The layout of the spacious outdoor areas has been carefully thought through and offers the owners and their guests plenty of alternatives for enjoying life outdoor. The expansive 110 square metre sundeck comprises a Jacuzzi surrounded by large sun pads, a central bar for servicing all areas with ease, an oval dining table on port side, and opposite, a built-in sofa. Reclining loungers face aft and are ideal underway to watch the world go by. The bridge deck aft terrace is equipped for al fresco dining and lounging, while the main deck aft terrace is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails.  Thanks to two MTU 1341hp engines combined with her ultra-efficient Fast Displacement steel hull, Project Gemini will reach a top speed of fifteen knots and have a transatlantic range of 4,500 nautical miles at thirteen.  Project Gemini is currently under construction and her hull and superstructure will be joined at our facility in Oss in March 2021.

January 13, 2021

Improve-it = Zeelander Z72

The renowned Dutch shipyard Zeelander has just launched a new unit of the flagship Z72 model. The yacht has many new exciting features compared to the hull number one delivered last year.  The new Z72, indeed, received several updates and options that made her, arguably, the most technologically advanced Zeelander build to date. This Z72 is equipped with a forward-looking sonar, an underwater camera and camera system in the front and aft. The aft and side windows on the main deck have privacy glass and can be tinted with a simple click on a button. From the outside, she keeps this timeless with a wide stern and curvy exterior lines developed in collaboration with Cor D. Rover.  The yacht has three suits on the lower deck, a spacious main deck saloon with huge windows and panoramic views, and a pair of alfresco social areas. A 10 square meter beach club is another strong highlight of this model.  This Z72 is also geared up for adventures and ready to explore. Four rod holders are installed in the stern between side boarding and swim platform. There are extra chargers and brackets for jet surf boards in the tender garage. Other extras include a diving plank on the bow, which is an amazing feature for everyone who likes some action. The Z72 tender garage is large enough to carry a 3.5-meter Williams tender.   The performance of the yacht is very sporty thanks to the triple 1000hp Volvo engines with IPS1350 pod drives. The Z72 reaches 40 knots and benefits from the Volvo Penta integrated joystick system for excellent manoeuvrability.   

January 11, 2021

Project: Prestige 690


Prestige present the 690, flagship of its F-Line of flybridge motor yachts which starts with the 420 model and offers seven models, including the 680 which this model will replace. The Prestige 690 F-Line is designed as all the line by Garroni and offers incredible spaces with French boat builder boasting of the model for having the largest flybridge in the 21 meter size. The Prestige 690 is offered in four or three cabins option. Unlike many models the master stateroom of the Prestige 690 is located forward in a mid raised level between the lower and main deck and with a separate entrance. The Prestige will be powered by twin Volvo 900hp as standard or optional 1000hp engines, both with IPS pod propulsion set up. 

January 9, 2021

New Model: Dynamiq GT 135

After 24 months of engineering and construction, the very first 41-metre Dynamiq GTT 135 Stefania is ready for launch at the company’s shipyard in Massa, Tuscany.  The full-aluminium superyacht features a Fast Displacement hull by leading Dutch naval architects Van Oossanen and exterior design by Monaco-based studio Dobroserdov Design. The sophisticated exterior design is modern and elegant and based on an exclusive colour palette of metallic gold and dark brown.  Stefania’s efficient hull has a round-bilge shape for remarkably low resistance and low fuel consumption while still being capable of high speeds. She is equipped with twin Man 1650hp engines for a maximum speed of 20 knots with an ocean-going range of 3,500 miles at cruising speed, which means owners have the opportunity to enjoy two seasons during the year, Mediterranean and Caribbean and greater freedom when navigating remote locations with no bunkering infrastructure.  The yacht also has a shallow draft of 1.8 metres for cruising the remote cays and shoal waters of the Bahamas, for example. The oversized sundeck of 120m2 divided into two different zones includes a jacuzzi forward and two 75-inch TV screens and a bar unit for enjoying the panoramic views in style.  The oversized main deck aft pool has a capacity of 4,500 litres and together with the open-air beach club area with a second bar allows owners and guests to enjoy the en plein air lifestyle close to the sea. Another important luxury is the 2.2-metre ceiling heights throughout the interior. The spacious 5-cabin layout on the lower deck ensures motion comfort on board for all the guests.  Among other stand-out design features is the real fireplace in the main salon, a centrepiece that adds a cosy touch when cruising early or later in the season when the evenings can be a bit chilly. Dynamiq also joined forces with German VIP car outfitter Klassen to develop the special “Wheelhouse by Klassen", which comes with the same quality and style of Klassen VIP shuttle vans with sporty trim and high-end finishes.   Dynamiq GTT 135 is safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly in accordance with the strictest RINA Commercial Class standards, prestigious Comfort and Green Star Plus notations, and regulatory compliance and manning standards.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 41 m (135ft)
Beam - 8.2 m
Draft - 1.8 m
Displacement - 299 gross tonnage
Fuel Capacity - 29600 l
Water Capacity - 9500 l
Accommodation - 10 guests in five cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1650hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 21 knots max 19 knots fast cruse 12 knots long range
Range - 3000 nm at long range cruise
Construction - 5083 aluminium
Hull Shape - round bilge fast displacement
Project - Van Oossanen naval architect, Dobroerdov exterior, Giuseppina Arena interior
Certification - RINA comercial with Comfort Class and Green Star extras

January 7, 2021

Project: Tecnorib Pirelli 35

The Swedish studio Mannerfelt Design Team, specialist competition hull designers, partnered with TecnoRib, the Pirelli brand licensee for inflatable boats, to create the new 35. Born out of the success of the Pirelli 42, the new model has more compact dimensions but features the same characteristics, namely, those of a sporty walkaround with rugged, streamlined lines, and the same totally modern and immediately captivating look.  Following the initial presentation of the scale model during the Genoa Boat Show 2020, the project is currently undergoing prototype sea trials which start at the end of November. The Tecnorib Pirelli 35 offers ample space around the perimeter walkway creating a very comfortable walkaround shape for a craft of this size, while the layout assures the outdoor environment can be enjoyed to the full, thanks to the large sundecks at both the bow and stern, where a convenient table also makes it possible to enjoy open-air dining.  The Pirelli 35 heralds the start of a new journey that embodies and further enhances the DNA of this iconic and distinctive brand. The craft affirms the desire to enhance the level of elegance of this product category.  The Tecnorib Pirelli 35 can be powered from 600 to a maximum of 700 horsepower in the petrol version, and from a minimum of 600 to a maximum of 640 in the diesel version. The first prototype model is equipped with 2x300hp sterndrive petrol engines.

January 5, 2021

New Model: Vicem 50 IPS Classic

Following the success of the 46 IPS Classic, Vicem has announced its latest custom built entry, the Vicem 50 IPS Classic, which will premiere live at the 2021 Palm Beach Boat Show.  Like the 46, the 50 Classic breaks new ground in the line up utilizing production type infused fiberglass composite construction to reduce build time compared to the rest of the Vicem fleet of custom crafted vinylester encapsulated cold moulded mahogany built yachts up to to 28 meters.  Like all Vicem yachts, the 50 Classic sports a profile with a bow to stern traditional sheer line and tempting deckhouse curves and luxurious style. Complemented with its signature hand finished mahogany interior, which allows Vicem to fully customize each yacht to her owner’s needs, the 50 Classic has been designed by the Turkish builder in-house team of shipwrights offering an expansive aft deck with an L-shape lounge and a transom door to the teak swim platform. A magnificent mahogany and glass triple slide door opens the spacious and sociable climate controlled salon to the cockpit doubling the entertainment area. The sprawling salon with various layouts optimizes conversation opportunities, as well as upper galley or lower atrium style galley choices selected by the owner. The starboard command station houses navigation and communication equipment in custom built mahogany cabinetry and provides the operator with excellent visibility. Below deck, multiple layouts with one, two or three staterooms and two ensuite heads create desirable choices for family cruising, or a very personalized yacht without sacrificing privacy or comfort for all aboard.  Power is provided by twin Volvo 435hp diesels with IPS pod propulsion which allow for top speed up to 28 knots with a comfortable 24 knot cruise. Straight shaft propulsion systems is also available on the 50 Classic, as well as factory installed gyro stabilizers and other optional equipment.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.85 m (52ft)
Beam - 4.41 m
Draft - 1.12 m
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 757 l
Max Persons - 8
Accommodation - four persons in two cabins, custom three or single cabin versions available
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS600 pod drives, shafts available
Speed - 28 knots max 24 knots cruise
Construction - Vinilester resin infused in PVC core sandwich 
Project - Vicem Yacht Design Team

January 3, 2021

Web: Austin Parker New Web Site

Austin Parker from Italy presents its new World wide web virtual showroom. Austin Parker was founded in 1998 with current owner Sebastiano Gravagno directing the entry of the brand, which was among the first in Italy to concentrate on building traditional down East lobster looking cruisers. This formula has been a success for the brand in its early years. Ten years after its founding and in 2008 Austin Parker gets purchased by a group of Italian businessman all with a long standing interest and experience in the pleasure boating sector, with Gravagno returning as sales director.  This new venture takes Austin Parker to present a new more forward looking strategy focusing to a cross over style of a traditional down East lobster boat to that of the Italian Mediterranean cruiser and bringing onboard renowned Italian marine designer Fulvio De Simoni, who will design all the second generation models from 2009 onward.  In 2018 Sebastiano Gravagno takes over Austin Parker and starts the third phase which sees the now twenty year old boat builder enter into the sport cruiser yacht segment with the Ibiza Walk-Around models.  Austin Parker currently offers eight models which start with the just launched 38 Ibiza WA and go up to the AL 86 Fly.  Austin Parker new website takes you around with the following buttons: Brand, Yachts, Projects, Shipyard, Sales Network, and Contacts. Austin Parker is also found on social media hubs; Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube with button links located on the left bottom corner.

January 1, 2021

blogger - The Year Just Passed

The year 2020 has ended and here we are at the start of 2021.  2020 was a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, something which humanity has not seen like since a hundred years.  The last pandemic of such a scale was the Spanish Flu which started February 1918 and ended April 1920, leaving up to one hundred million deaths in its 26 months.

Considering all Covid-19 was not as bad to yachting as some might have thought.  Brokerage used boat sales seem to have been the most beneficiary of all this, possibly due to the social distance boating has as its main merit.  As Covid-19 first wave started to get under control at the end of Spring boats starting to sell really strong especially at the lower budget side of things sub 200,000 Euros.  

This left a positive result as the sale of used boats always helps the industry. it is the best catalyst of it all.  Even when the nautical industry had the booming leasing years of 2004-8 it suffered after this of five to ten years in cleaning stock of used boats, which unfortunately yards and dealers tend to over price to move new boats and later on some of them also abandon.

Looking at 2021 it will be all about consolidation.  As expected new boat sales did not grow in 2020 but have been kept stable with sales being similar to those of 2019.  For boat builders if performance for 2021 is as good as 2019 and the year before that many will be happy.  24 meters plus size is looking healthy with most yards having over 50% of order book year 2021 sold.  Sub to this it will be very much seasonal, with sales in the Western World picking up in late Spring more so this year with most fall and Winter boat shows having been cancelled or postponed.  

Onward 2021, hoping that with the rolling of the vaccines which started in December Covid-19 will be a thing of the past and part of our History.