October 31, 2021

Monthly News - October 2021

- pic of the month - Horizon Next Level Construction and Testing


Azimut Selected for Compasso D'Oro Award

Magellano 25 Metri has been included in the ADI Design Index, the coveted annual list of the world’s best products that will be candidates for the Compasso D’Oro Award.  The yacht born from the collaboration between the shipyard, Ken Freivokh and Vincenzo De Cotiis is therefore a candidate for this most prestigious of international awards, created in 1954 by Gio Ponti, together with the most fascinating projects in every sector.  Confirming the unique features of a product that has set a new benchmark for design and is the first crossover in the yachting world, Magellano 25 Metri by Azimut Yachts will compete for the upcoming Compasso d’Oro, the long-running design award whose Historical Collection has been recognised as of exceptional artistic and historical interest by the Italian Ministry of Culture and included in the national heritage. The yacht’s inclusion in the ADI Design Index, the list of the year’s best creations selected by the storied association, is the first step in competing for the award.  The ADI’s Permanent Observatory - a panel of experts, designers, critics, historians and journalists - has recognised the original feature of the project, expressed by the union of chic and timeless lines designed by Ken Freivokh, a point of reference in the yachting world and the creator of a Collection that has revolutionised the sector, and the interiors created by world famous architect and important exponent of collectible art Vincenzo De Cotiis.  The two protagonists behind Magellano 25 Metri, innovators by nature in their respective fields, have created a unique yacht, a work of seagoing art that stands out for a singular perception of spatial depth and continuous visual contact with the sea. An unusual feature of the design is the widespread use of “artistic fibreglass”, created with an elaborate artisanal process, which is given a new lease of life here and becomes an aesthetic feature, paired with materials and woods like brushed Verde Alpi marble, dark walnut wood, carpet, polished brass, and lacquered or ribbed wood.  The furnishings have flowing designs and seamless curving lines, the fabrics on board are by Loro Piana Interiors, and the hull is an original burnished petrol blue colour with a mustard beauty stripe.


Bayliss on the Tuna in Nantucket Bluefin Blast

Congratulations to the crew on Singularis for placing third in the Nantucket Bluefin Blast on September 19th! 590 tuna were released in the tournament, and Singularis ended the day with 31 bluefin releases to secure third place. Singularis made the most of their time fishing up north; the crew scored big with a 700 pound catch just a few days after the tournament. The bluefin tuna was 108 inches long and put up a 2.5 hour fight.


Bering Teams Up with Trasco Bremen

Bering Yachts and Trasco Bremen, the world’s leading commercial builder of armoured vehicles with over 35 years of experience, are proud to announce a collaboration for protecting specific areas aboard Bering explorer yachts. The aim of the partnership is to provide discerning owners with comfort and autonomy combined with added on-board safety so they and their families can cruise remote locations with complete peace of mind. Steel-hulled Bering yachts are already renowned for their rugged construction, but shielding the most critical areas with bullet proof materials– such as the wheelhouse or engine room, as well as vital machinery or the navigational, communication and alarm systems – offers ultimate protection against unwanted intrusion.


Evo Yachts Boat Builder Award Finalist

At the 2021 Boat Builder Awards Evo Yacht and Besenzoni make to the final thanks to an amazing teamwork. The two Italian Companies are among the finalists at the 2021 Boat Builder Awards, in the category "Collaborative Solutions between Boat or Superyacht Builder and its Supply Chain Partner".  The jury was favorably impressed by the result of this collaboration that led, on board the new Evo V8, to the development of new tailor-made solutions that are both aestetically pleasant and incredibly effective.  Starting from already existing product offered by Besenzoni, shipyard and designer Valerio Rivellini managed to create new solutions, and event customize some of the products, to adapt them to the yacht’s peculiar design.  Winners will be announced on November 17th, during the Amsterdam METS 2021, but for the two Companies this final is already an incredible recognition, celebrating the amazing results that can be achieved when two nautical excellences come together to collaborate.


Feadship Refit Services Busy Winter Ahead

In a huge milestone for the Refit and Services programme that Feadship officially began offering in 2018, at least ten yachts are arriving in the Netherlands for a winter season of refurbishments, upgrades and renovations at the four Feadship yards. To most of the yachts originally built by Feadship, it will be a homecoming, as wherever practical the yachts will return to the yards of their launch.  Some vessels are yachts from other northern European yards whose owners are also Feadship clients, according to Pier Posthuma de Boer, Refit & Services Director. These projects will bring updates to yachts as new as the well-traveled 2018 Sherpa and the hard-working Gallant Lady launched in 1996. Work booked ranges from routine service and warranty work or class-required surveys to major refits to systems and interiors, says Posthuma de Boer. 


Ferretti Group Record Breaking September

Ferretti Group’s incredible 2021 continues with a record-breaking September and an order intake in the first three quarters of the year exceeding 900 million euros, of which over 220 million in September alone. Strong growth is reported in steel and aluminium superyachts, built at the Ancona Superyacht Yard, rewarding the Riva and Pershing superyacht projects and confirming CRN as one of the most active players in the segment.  Ferretti Group delivered over 160 boats from January to September 2021, including the spectacular Riva Fifty. 50 metres long, M/Y “Fifty” was developed by the Riva Superyacht Division to offer an outstanding cruising experience defined by comfort, attention to detail and an evolved vision of life at sea: values that have made Riva a legendary name in international yachting for the last 179 years.  “2021 for Ferretti Group is like one of those wonderful films that make you dream from beginning to end,” commented Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “It got off to a great start and is continuing to deliver spectacular results, with great plot twists like this outstanding performance put in by steel and aluminium superyachts. But the excitement isn’t over yet, with a few more months of nice surprises ahead and what is bound to be a grand finale.”


Frauscher Representation in Ibiza

The Frauscher shipyard has a new partner in Ibiza. Haller Experiences specialises in rental and sale of day cruiser and water toys. From spring 2022, Haller Experiences will expand its exclusive charter fleet with a Frauscher 1212 Ghost and two Frauscher 1414 Demon Air. Johannes Haller, founder and managing director of Haller Experiences: "We offer individual and unique experiences in Ibiza and Formentera. With Frauscher boats, our portfolio takes on a new quality in terms of elegance and comfort that our customers will appreciate." Stefan Frauscher, Frauscher shipyard: "In Haller Experiences we have found a perfect partner who is, just like Frauscher, committed to innovation. Our mission is to set standards in international boat building. To achieve this, our engineers regularly fuse new technologies with contemporary design and living craftsmanship traditions." The young team around Johannes Haller turns charter trips into an experience. The cooperation with Frauscher was therefore a logical step, as unforgettable experiences are also the goal of the "engineers of emotions". With the 1414 Demon Air, they impressively prove it: on deck, the 14-metre long offshore yacht has an inviting lounge area with bar and a spacious bathing platform. Inside the yacht there is a large seating area with a kitchenette, a bathroom and a cabin in which up to four people can stay overnight.

Frauscher Comes to Denmark

The Frauscher Shipyard is pleased to announce it has an agent in Ishøj, Denmark. As of now, the experienced yacht broker Tempo Bådsalg will include the Frauscher brand in its product range. Starting next season, test drives of the 858 Fantom Air will be possible for any Danes who are interested.  Stewart Moeliker-Twigg, Tempo Bådsalg: "Our goal has always been to sell top quality products combined with fantastic performance. When the Frauscher Shipyard came knocking at our door, a collaboration was obvious to us - especially since we already have a Frauscher 1017 GT and a 1017 GT Air on site."  Stefan Frauscher, Frauscher Shipyard: "We are proud to have found a professional partner in Northern Europe with Tempo Bådsalg, who also supports our philosophy. This is an important step in the expansion of our distribution network."  Tempo Bådsalg is one of Denmark's leading yacht dealers. The dedicated service and experienced sales team working alongside managing directors Stewart Moeliker-Twigg, Gert Sørensen and Henrik Jørgensen have been fulfilling customers' nautical dreams for over thirty years. The company's infrastructure includes its own harbour with 120 berths, a crane, 2,000 m2 of exhibition space and a winter storage facility.  The addition of Frauscher to their portfolio was a logical step towards continuing to meet the highest of customer needs in the future. After all, the mission of the Frauscher Shipyard is to set standards in international boatbuilding at an international level. In order to achieve this the engineers at the family-run Austrian boat manufacturer regularly blend new technologies with contemporary design and living traditions in craftsmanship. 


Horizon Next Level Construction and Testing

The Horizon Group continues to pioneer the evolution of advanced composite yacht construction as the world’s first and only yacht builder to implement a variety of Non-Destructive-Testing (NDT) methods. For two decades, Horizon has been pioneering the advancement of composite yacht construction through the efforts of its subsidiary Atech Composites. Founded in 2000, Atech specializes in advanced composites, producing not only the hull, decks and superstructure of every Horizon yacht, but also providing Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP) components across multiple industries in Asia and beyond.  Atech has been behind such notable achievements as the world-record infusion of a 140ft yacht hull in a single shot and many award-winning cross-industry composite components from wind turbine blades to high-speed rail cars. In 2004, Atech developed an improved 3D resin infusion technology that transforms the original 2D resin flow on surfaces to 3D flow, which climbs up and down internal stiffeners, enabling the build of far larger structures than previously possible.  


Maritimo Awards Apprentice of the Year

A can-do attitude and ability to problem solve combined with hard work has seen luxury motor yacht manufacturer Maritimo’ s Zoe De Pryck recognised for her talents with her being named the Boating Industry Association’s 2021 Queensland Apprentice of the Year.  A well-deserved win it came as no surprise to those who work with her and know her and follows an impressive awards’ lead up with an outstanding performance in Queensland TAFE.  The now fully qualified cabinet maker was the winner of the first-year apprentice awards for cabinet making in her first year, the second-place getter in her second year and the first-place getter in her third year. She has now topped it all off in her final year.  She was also a finalist in the South East Queensland Training Awards in all trades last year.  Maritimo’s general manager, Phil Candler, said Zoe was an outstanding employee.  “She is an extremely hard worker and has a great eye for detail,” he said.  “Zoe is a very talented young lady.”  Zoe joined Maritimo on 2017 having contacted the company direct to see if there were any positions vacant and seeking an apprenticeship. She had emigrated from Belgium only a few short years earlier.  Maritimo Production Manager, Kym Fleet, who works closely with Zoe said one of her key strengths is that nothing is too hard or difficult for her to tackle.  “We are all very proud of her.”  As for her future Zoe says she is keen to take on a leadership role at Maritimo and in the boating industry generally. She says she also wants to encourage more females into the industry.  “We have an impressive line-up of apprentices at Maritimo and the win by Zoe is really a recognition not only of her skills and work ethos, but also that of all our young people, “ said Candler.  “They are the future of our industry and I can honestly say we feel it could not be in better hands.”


MJM New Dealer in Northern Michigan

“Walstrom Marine is thrilled to announce the addition of MJM Yachts to our best in class line up of new boats in Northern Michigan. MJM has an outstanding reputation in the marine industry which can be seen in the quality of their product that we know for certain our clients will appreciate and love. As Walstrom Marine celebrates 75 years of service this year, we couldn’t be more excited to partner with a family-owned company with the same values and standards that have been pillars of our brand for the better part of a century,” said Tom Ervin, President of Walstrom Marine.  "As a family owned business, the team at MJM values our direct connection with our owners.  We can think of no better partner in the western Great Lakes than the team at Walstrom Marine.  Their dedication to personalized caring service and there love of the boating lifestyle is a prefect match for the MJM values" said Peter Johnstone, Chairman of MJM Yachts.

MJM New Dealer in Maine

"MJM Yachts has enjoyed a particular popularity in Maine and New Hampshire thanks to the epic beauty of the region and incredible cruising destinations loved by owners. As the MJM family grows, we knew we wanted DiMillo’s to be a part of our family!" said Peter Johnstone, 2nd Gen. Chairman of MJM Yachts. "DiMillo's takes exceptional care of their customers and demonstrates the lifelong dedication to the boating lifestyle that makes them a perfect match with MJM" added Johnstone. “MJM’s Carolina Downeast design exemplifies the high-quality offerings that clients have come to expect from DiMillo’s Yacht Sales. The attention to performance, comfort, lifestyle and a superior customer experience make the partnership between MJM and DiMillo’s one of clear direction. We look forward to providing the ‘DiMillo’s Experience’ before, during and after the sale, said Chris DiMillo.


Pardo Nominated European Powerboat of the Year

Pardo is are happy to announce that the E60 has been nominated for the European Powerboat Of The Year 2022 award, in the Up to 20m category. The competition, one of the most prestigious and eagerly awaited in the industry, is organized by the German magazine Boote. The winners will be announced in January 2022. 


Riviera Awarded Queensland Export Awards 2021

Australia’s luxury motor yacht builder Riviera has been honoured for outstanding international success in manufacturing at the Premier of Queensland Export Awards 2021, the state’s most prestigious industry awards.  Riviera was named winner of the Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Award category at a gala presentation in Brisbane this week.  The category recognises and acknowledges the growing popularity of Riviera motor yachts which are acclaimed globally for their innovative design, premium luxury, superior engineering and performance.  Riviera exports more than 60 per cent of the 120 motor yachts it builds each year from the company’s state-of-the-art Gold Coast facility. The motor yachts are designed and built by a specialist team of more than 850 master craftspeople on site at the largest facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere.  This latest government award exemplifies what has been a year of stellar achievements for Riviera, including the company’s largest shipment ever to the United States which is currently under way. The shipment, comprising seven luxury motor yachts valued at more than $20 million, will land in the US on October 20 with five of the motor yachts destined for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Riviera will present its largest international showcase of 2021 at Fort Lauderdale with 10 yachts on display.  “On behalf of our exceptional team at Riviera, we are delighted to have been honoured in this year’s Queensland Exporter of the Year Awards,” said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “We are fiercely proud to be an Australian company, creating motor yachts that are today truly world-class in terms of their design, technology, performance and luxury finishes.  “2021 has been a year of challenges and achievement for Riviera and this award is recognition of the magnificent work by our team to create and deliver the outstanding Riviera motor yachts of today, the best we have ever built.”  Riviera has a 38-year history of exporting motor yachts to the world, starting with the first shipment to the United States in 1983 and followed by the first shipment to Europe a year later.  The company, which was founded in 1980, has built more than 5,750 motor yachts over the past 41 years with many of these motor yachts now cruising the Mediterranean, Pacific, Caribbean and the Great Lakes and coastal waters of North and South America.  The Riviera range spans 39 to 78 feet with 24 models from six distinctive Riviera model collections. This year, Riviera announced a new flagship of the fleet, the 78 Motor Yacht, the first of which is currently being built in preparation for her world premiere in early 2022.  Riviera was among 36 Queensland companies selected as a finalist from 160 entries received for this year’s Premier of Queensland Export Awards.  As a winner of one of 13 award categories, Riviera is now a finalist for the Australian Export and Investment Awards, held by Austrade on November 25.

Riviera New Representative in Panama

Australia’s luxury motor yacht builder Riviera has expanded its presence in the Americas with the appointment of AlphaBlue Marine as the company’s representative in Panama. AlphaBlue, led by Gerald Gomez, has established a new office and team for AlphaBlue Marine in Panama City’s newest and most exclusive marina complex, the Ocean Reef Island Marina which will become a focal point for Riviera motor yacht sales and services in Central America. The marina is located within an enclave of two premium residential islands in the heart of Panama City.  “We are delighted to be joining the global Riviera network and to be caring for current and new Riviera owners in the best marina location in Panama City,” said Mr Gomez.  “The marina is home to some of the most luxurious motor yachts in the country, offering beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the Panama City skyline – the perfect location to showcase Riviera’s luxury motor yachts.” AlphaBlue Marine will draw on Mr Gomez’s extensive experience in Panama working with a broad range of luxury marques.  “Our vision is to become a leader in the luxury business and lifestyle sector for premium quality automobiles, motorbikes, yachting and aviation, and we are thrilled to be appointed to the Riviera motor yachts partnership.”  “A partnership combining the excellence of Riviera motor yachts with our knowledge and focus on the luxury market in Panama through AlphaBlue Marine will provide a boating experience with a new level of care and support.”  Since 2016, Mr Gomez has successfully launched and represented Maserati in Panama and is the authorised importer for Lamborghini and McLaren. He also represents Italian furniture icons B&B Italia and Maxalto. Mr Gomez says Riviera aligns perfectly with this vision.  “Riviera is a company that is in constant evolution, continually refining and launching new models, all with a clear vision and objective to be the best in the world,” said Mr Gomez. “Our existing clients appreciate everything that Riviera has to offer and they are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our first new motor yacht into Panama.”  The AlphaBlue team is supported by Mr Gomez’s wealth of personal experience gained through a 37-year career with Procter & Gamble, most recently as Senior Regional Vice President of Latin America.  AlphaBlue Marine clients will be supported by a service team supervised by an AlphaBlue technical director. Further support will be provided by the group’s existing team and systems.  Panama, a country that straddles the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, offers some of the best leisure boating and fishing destinations in Central America, making it perfectly suited to Riviera’s expansive range of 24 models in six individual collections, from the 39 Open Flybridge to the new 78 Motor Yacht.  “From Panama, you are within easy reach of many beautiful boating destinations, including island resorts, where you can enjoy pleasure boating, fishing or simply entertaining aboard, and that’s where Riviera really excels,” said Mr Gomez.  “You can cruise to so many places and, with Costa Rica and other parts of Central America so close, more people are now starting to enjoy this kind of extended boating. Panama is increasingly becoming more like Puerto Rico, and we will see that evolve considerably in the coming years.”  The opening of the new AlphaBlue office has been set to meet the Panamanian summer season which lasts from November through to May. “We are opening at the best time for the Panama boating season,” said Mr Gomez.  AlphaBlue plans to host exclusive high-end events for Riviera owners throughout the year.  “We look forward to meeting current Riviera owners,” said Mr Gomez. “Events are very popular here, and after the lockdowns and restrictions we have been experiencing, there will be many people looking forward to getting out and boating.”  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst welcomed Mr Gomez and the AlphaBlue team to Riviera’s global representative network.  “We look forward to working with AlphaBlue to bring the Riviera luxury motor yacht experience to Panama,” said Mr Longhurst.  “Gerald brings a passion to our network that aligns with our desire to provide superior service and support and create the ultimate boating experience for Riviera owners around the world.  “With more Riviera motor yachts now cruising the Americas, AlphaBlue will further strengthen the support for our current owners while welcoming new yacht owners to the Riviera family.”


Sirena New CEO

Çağın Genç, formerly Chief Operating Officer at Sirena Marine in Turkey has been promoted to the post of Chief Executive Officer. Ms İpek Kıraç, the outgoing CEO who is also Chairwoman, becomes President of the company.  “Çağın joined the group in 2008 and brings huge experience to his new role,” says Ms İpek Kıraç. “He was production manager, plant director and marine director before becoming COO in 2019, so he understands the Sirena brands inside out. I’m confident they can grow together to become a point of reference in the yachting market”  “Now Sirena Yachts has reached a stage where we want to be able to offer our clients more choice. ”says Çağın Genç. “They will be able to select between our Sirena Yachts line and a new Superyachts line. In fact, we will have three new semi-custom models between around 30 and 50 metres in length and below 500 GT that will retain the design DNA of our existing fleet, which we’re also looking to expand with two new models, one between the 68 and 88 and another entry-level offering. We’ve just completed our internal briefing for the superyacht range and the next stage will be to ask our favourite designers to come up with concept proposals. We are prepared to build the first hull on spec”, continues Çağın Genç. “The two biggest models will likely be in metal and the smallest in fibreglass, but this has yet to be finalised. Either way, we will be ready to present the Sirena superyacht range in Monaco next year!”  Based in Istanbul, Sirena Marine produces award-winning sailboats under the Azuree and Euphoria brands, and luxury motoryachts under the Sirena Yachts brand. Sirena Yachts recently delivered hulls #3 and #4 in its flagship 88-foot series and the Sirena 68, the latest addition to the fleet, made her international debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021.  20 units of the all-new model have already been sold.


Sunreef for Fernando Alonso

Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso commissioned a custom 60 Sunreef Power Eco catamaran with Sunreef Yachts. The build contract was signed on September 1st at the Yacht Club de Monaco by Fernando Alonso and Sunreef Yachts’ Founder and President Francis Lapp.  Combining avant-gardist green tech and sustainable design, the Sunreef Yachts Eco range offers the industry’s most advanced solutions for a responsible cruising experience, including ultramodern, energy-efficient electric motoryachts.

Sunreef Wins Two World Yacht Trophies

With five luxury catamarans on display including two exclusive premieres, Sunreef Yachts hosted an exceptional showcase at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival. The company came back from Cannes with five new build contracts and two prestigious awards.  On the night of September 11th, the team celebrated a double victory at the World Yachts Trophies with the 70 Sunreef Power voted as Best Motor Catamaran and the Sunreef Yachts Eco Range winning the Green Yacht Trophy. For more information about the shipyard’s award-winning models, feel free to contact the team.


Tecnorib Pirelli Shortlisted for Best of of Boats Award

The Pirelli 35 rib walkaround built by TecnoRib and designed by Mannerfelt Design Team, is among the finalists of the BOB - Best of Boats Award in the Best for Fun category. The award celebrates the best boats launched in the last 12 months. It is the first time in the nearly 10 years of BOB history that a rib is shortlisted and therefore is a source of great pride for TecnoRib, licensee of trademarks Pirelli and P. for Speedboats. The winners will be announced on 11 November 2021 in Berlin after the decision of the 15 jury members from all over Europe, Russia and the USA.  Designed for those who want stable and safe navigation but also exciting and adrenaline-pumping, Pirelli 35 is a gritty RIB of 11 meters with double step hull available in outboard and sterndrive versions. Its modern design features great attention to on-board accessories, and various elements can be customised.


VanDutch Awarded European Powerboat of the Year 2022

VanDutch are proud to announce that the 32 has been nominated European Powerboat of the Year 2022, UP TO 10M category.  The competition is organized by BOOTE, a German magazine leader in the industry, and is one of the most prestigious and eagerly awaited. Winners will be announced in 2022. Stay tuned!


Viking at Second Annual Mongo Offshore Challenge

A combination of Vikings dominated the 2nd Annual Mongo Offshore Challenge with 1st Place finishes in the Blue Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna and Mahi divisions. It Just Takes Time weighed the heaviest blue marlin with a 793-pound fish cranked in by Nick Pratt on his Viking 72. The Viking 92 High Cotton took 3rd Place Blue with a 681-pounder. Fleur de Lis, a Viking 80, won the Swordfish category with Zac Taylor’s 271.9-pound sword during a three-day fun fishing trip focused on white marlin – which switched over to swords at night. The 3rd Place Swordfish was awarded to the Viking 64 Titan Up with their 254.1-pound target. A 231.1-pound yellowfin won the Viking 70 Quick Time 1st Place Tuna. C-Student, a Viking 66, claimed 1st Place Mahi with a 44.6-pound fish. The 132-boat fleet represented all five Gulf Coast states with more than 2,000 anglers. Teams competed as often as desired for five months with weights collected from 20 official weigh stations and approved big game tournaments throughout the Gulf. This event is challenging because the minimum size limits are set high. For example, a blue marlin must be a minimum of 118”, this makes the weighed fish huMONGOus.

Viking Dealer Expands Further

Galati is excited to announce they have assumed the Viking Yacht and Valhalla Boatworks brands from Stan Miller Yachts. This acquisition expands Galati’s operation to 15 locations serving the Gulf of Mexico to the Western United States, including the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. “Over the years, we have worked with Galati Yacht Sales to develop an unparalleled ability to provide our customers with the pinnacle of product and support,” said Viking President and CEO and Pat Healey. “We not only work together, but we fish tournaments together, which provides Carmine Galati and I the opportunity to share our views on continually improving our marketing reach, distribution and most of all, perfecting our boats and service."

October 30, 2021

New Model: Nordhavn 80

The first Nordhavn 80 has been delivered to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale in August 2021. Designed by Vripack the N80 is the first of the new generation Northavn's to be launched, distinguishable by her sleek lines and contemporary feel. There is a definitive difference in the mood of the N80 compared to the other Nordhavns. Chief of Design Jeff Leishman has deliberately injected a modern sensibility into the latest collection of designs as we enter a new decade of yachting, which is realized in the exterior styling, the interior detailing and the on-board conveniences of the N80. Hull #1 will be available for inspection at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, October 27-31 2021.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.1 (82.3ft) with bow plank
Hull Length - 24.5 m
Waterline Length - 22.2 m
Beam - 7.11 m
Draft - 2.02 m
Displacement - 127.44 t
Fuel Capacity - 17677 l
Water Capacity - 2555 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two/four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x John Deere 6090SFM85 375hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF gearbox and ZF four bladed propellers
Construction - solid fiberglass hull with cored topsides for hull, vacuum placed core, Vinilester resin for hull, isothalic for super structure
Project - Vripack

October 29, 2021

Project: Benetti B.Now 66m Oasis

Benetti present the B.Now 66m Oasis project. The Oasis deck has been adapted into the new B.Now 66M Oasis, the ultimate expression of Oasis Life. As you board the yacht and walk across the platform, you are immediately in contact with the whole space, which includes the huge swimming pool, the extensive fixed sun pads, the full complement of social seating, the upper terrace, the exterior dining and bar, and even the main saloon with an internal cocktail bar. Nearly 50% of the Main Deck is dedicated to the Oasis Life. 

October 28, 2021

New Model: Viking 64 Convertible

Just ahead of the 2021 Fort Lauderdale boat show, Viking has launched its new 64 Convertible, a sportfish yacht just short of twenty meters in length, following the latest evolution and the New Jersey builder dominance in the sportfish yacht segment upward of fifteen meters in size.  Particularly in this size of sixty footers, Viking has in the past twenty years presented eight models and delivered 550 yachts.  Those are some impressive numbers to behold by any yacht builder, let alone a segment which has its core market located for the most part in North America. The 64 Convertible brings comfort and a turnkey sportfishing yacht, with an internal layout offering four cabins three shower heads, and two versions to choose from.  The main difference being the choice to have a VIP cabin forward with central double berth, or a three berths cabin with a double French berth to port and a single to starboard.  The Viking 64 Convertible is standard powered by twin Man 1550hp with five other options taking power up to twin 2025hp Cat engines.  Hull number one is powered by the twin MTU 2002hp.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.46 m (63.9ft)
Beam - 5.77 m
Draft - 1.70 m
Displacement - 45240 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 8332 l
Water Capacity - 1143 l
Accommodation - seven or eight or nine berths in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 Crm 1550hp, 1900hp, 2000hp, Cat C32A 1925hp, C32B 2025hp, MTU 12V2000 M96x 2002hp
Propulsion - line shaft
 

October 27, 2021

Out-News = Cranchi Cruiser Burns in Malta

A Cranchi sport cruiser of eight meters in length, had a fire onboard while in its mooring at Msida Creek marina in Malta at around 2100 hours of 26 October.  The Maltese Civil Protection and fire fighting squad along with the marina personal of Creek marina immediately moved the sport cruiser to avoid further damage to neighbour boats.  Due to the quick response the fire was controlled and avoided the Cranchi sport cruiser from total burning and sinking.  
The Cranchi in the accident is a Perla 25 model, produced from 1999 till 2002 and designed by Andreani. A sport cruiser of eight meters in size, the Cranchi Perla offered accommodation of four berths, including a shower head and galley, and was powered by twin Volvo 225hp gas petrol engines with stern drives or diesel in single 230hp or twin 110hp power.  The Cranchi Perla 25 was in 2003 with the addition of an extended bathing platform renamed as Zaffiro 28 and produced till 2009.   

Project: Giupex 36X Walkaround

Giupex is a new boat builder located in the South of Italy, who starting with a seventeen footer in 2016, is now presenting bigger models and projects for 2022 and beyond.  This new 36X Walkaround is one of the fresh new projects and surprises for the spacious and large exterior main deck which uses over half of the boats total length.  The main deck layout covered for over half the size with the T-top will feature a central aft sun-pad, two L-shaped settee, L-shaped exterior galley to port side, and a helm station to starboard.  Down below the 36X Walkaround continues its surprises by offering a two cabins layout, with an L-shaped saloon to port side, and a spacious shower head to starboard.  The Giupex 36X Walkaround will be powered by outboards up to twin Mercury 450hp, and stern drives petrol or diesel. 

October 26, 2021

New Model: Pershing 6X

Can you improve perfection?  Definitely yes, and this is what Pershing has done with the new 6X, the fifth model to come of the X-series which arrived in 2016, and fourth generation of a hull which is over fifteen years old.  Yes the Pershing 6X, is an evolution of what was born as the 56 in 2005, then evolving in the 58 in 2011, becoming the 62 in 2013 and now in this new 2021 version becomes the 6X.  Designed by Fulvio de Simoni, the Pershing 6X is the least X of the fives, missing the wings which characterize all other four models.  She is in fact a soft design evolution of the 62, with changes coming in the hard-top design now extended further aft, and the top sides windows having a tad different and larger profile.  Other improvements happen in both the sun-pad and social areas, with the fore deck now extended to use more space, including the edition of two chaise lounges further forward.  Other aesthetic changes is the edition of large glaze windows on hull sides now larger and same to the other X-models design.  For the remaining the 6X keeps the same interior layout as the 62 with the choice of two or three cabins in the lower deck, with changes in details and colours.  Performance as is Pershing since over thirty years is fast, with the 6X reaching top speeds up to 48 knots with twin Man 1550hp engines couple to Top System surface drives.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.94 m (62.2ft)
Hull Length - 18.4 m
Waterline Length - 14.6 m
Beam - 4.80m
Draft - 1.45 m
Displacement - 34000 kg unloaded, 40000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3200 l
Water Capacity - 740 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1550hp
Propulsion - Top System surface drives
Speed - 48 knots max 42 knots cruise
Range - 280 nautical miles at cruise
Project - Fulvio de Simoni, Ferretti Group engineering naval architecture

October 25, 2021

Project: Absolute 56 Fly

The result of engineering innovation, Italian design and a passion for details, enters the latest project by Absolute the Piacenza-based shipyard is called 56 Fly.  Featuring a strong, confident personality, 56 Fly was created to be noticed and to fascinate boat owners with a proven mix of comfort and fine design, but also innovation, functionality and on-board convenience.  “Charisma” encapsulates the essence of Absolute’s new craft, which brings together and builds on the most successful features of previous boats. With 56 Fly, Absolute has undertaken intense Research and Design work to enhance those hallmarks, including the revolution of the Flybridge Generation 2022 that began with the 60 Fly launched in 2021, which introduced a new construction approach developed to ensure freedom of movement, ultimate versatility and liveability.  Along with a relaxing bow area with sun loungers and sofa, the outer aft areas are free of fixed elements, so they can be easily furnished as desired. To meet all needs, Absolute provides modular, versatile décor solutions for the entire range.  The visual boundaries between the boat and the sea vanish thanks to a transparent parapet in the cockpit, the open gunwales and the large windows with electric winder in the lounge area.  The magnetic personality of 56 FLY is also expressed in its interiors, featuring comfortable, modern spaces, inspired by Absolute’s signature focus on ease of use.  Liveability culminates in a full beam owner’s cabin at the bow, designed to provide ultimate privacy and comfort, but also an outstanding view through panoramic windows; its interiors are embellished with sophisticated design, transparent details between cabin and bathroom and textural contrasts. As spacious as a second owner’s cabin, the VIP cabin is also full beam. The sleeping area is completed by a third full-feature cabin with single beds, complete with every comfort and with the same ceiling height as the other cabins.  Freedom of movement is the common thread throughout the interiors, connected by sliding doors and enhanced by surprisingly large windows for breath-taking morning views, with plenty of natural light flooding into the cabins.  There are numerous stowage areas to improve comfort in the sleeping area as in the living area, which also features a contemporary kitchen.  No power details are given for the Absolute 56 Fly as yet.

October 24, 2021

Victor B Porter 1931 - 2021

Victor B. Porter, Chairman Emeritus of Formula Boats/Thunderbird Products, Decatur, Indiana, passed away Sunday, October 24, 2021. He was born February 3, 1931, and on June 1, 1950, he married Kristine Striker, his bride of 71 years. Vic Porter spent over sixty years in the boating industry. From small-town beginnings to larger-than-life reality, Vic’s story is truly the American dream.  Vic Porter’s early career ventures included mobile homes sales, real estate, and his own business, Vic’s Frozen Food Center and Center Ice Cream. An entrepreneur at heart, Vic felt the urge to start down a new path, and in 1958, that decision led him to his place in the marine industry today. Interesting developments followed each move Vic made throughout the past 60-plus years.  In 1958, Vic started a boat company, Duo, Inc., to manufacture fiberglass boats in his converted ice cream plant with three employees. His first model, the Volare, was a catamaran equipped with two outboard motors. In 1959, the hundredth boat was built, and the Hepcat, a trimaran, was introduced. Vic was president, and also doubled as sales manager. The following three years, Vic developed the Catfish and monohull runabout design X-Series and F-Series boats. By 1962, Duo Inc. was booming. Vic now had 30 employees who built 20 boats per week. Business continued to expand in a new 18,000-square-foot facility with plans to double capacity. In 1962, Vic developed a V-hull boat series for a better ride. 1964 marked Vic’s first million-dollar year, and in 1965 the plant grew to 100,000 square feet and employed 185 people. 1966 was a whirlwind year and Vic travelled nonstop for a month, visiting 21 cities and numerous dealers to promote and sell his product. Duo, Inc. caught the eye of Starcraft Corporation, a larger, regional boat company, and in 1966 Vic sold Duo, remaining for a time as president. Vic’s entrepreneurial urge surfaced again, and he decided to captain a new ship in 1970.  Signa Corporation was the next step in Vic’s developing career. Manufacturing tri-hull boats in a 20,000-square-foot facility with 50 employees, it wasn’t long before Vic’s second successful boat company attracted the attention of investors. In 1973, Fuqua Industries purchased Signa Corporation. Fuqua had previously purchased Thunderbird Products and Formula Boats in 1969. Vic was named chairman of the small boat group, with $3 million in sales reported that year. Fuqua Industries manufactured the three small boat lines, including both Signa tri-hulls and Formula deep-V hull boats, through 1975.  Once again, Vic felt the need to head up a company all his own, and took advantage of the opportunity created by an energy crisis. In 1976, Vic purchased the small boat group from Fuqua Industries. Vic continued the company as Thunderbird Products, manufacturing the Signa and Formula boat lines. In 1979, Signa tri-hull production was ended, as market advancement indicated heavy preference for the deep-V hull Formula boats. The same year marked Thunderbird Products’ introduction of the Formula 302, a special edition offshore performance boat. In every direction, Vic led the company, creativity prevailed and successful innovation followed.  Vic made it a point during his boating career to be involved in the best interests of the industry. He was active in the BIA when it merged with the NAEBM to become the NMMA (National Marine Manufacturers Association) in 1979. During his years at Signa and at Thunderbird/Formula, Vic served both the BIA and the NMMA in various board positions.  In 1980, integrated, continuous cockpit liners improved both structure and design flow. 1982 marked Formula’s first use of Imron® hull graphics. In 1984, as an industry first, Thunderbird Products innovated and installed curved, tempered glass windshields. Also that year, the Silent Thunder exhaust system was introduced. In 1988, a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility was completed — 345,000 square feet to manufacture the highest quality powerboats possible with a dedicated workforce of 600 employees. From facility additions to the development of new boat lines – Sun Sports in 1994, FAS³Techs in 1997, Super Sports in 1999, Yachts in 2002, Crossovers in 2012, and the Flagship of the Formula lineup, the 500 Super Sport Crossover in 2021 Vic led the company with imagination and integrity into a model business manufacturing today’s prestigious Formula Boats. Vic was often seen in the manufacturing area and in the office. Vic’s entrepreneurial spirit took him, his family and his business to places he only imagined.  Vic remained happily married to his wife of 71 years, Kristine. Together they have six children, five of whom are actively involved in the Formula Boats business. Vic and Kris have 17 grandchildren, and over the years have seen interest in the company flow into the third generation; six grandchildren full time and a fourth generation employed as summer help. Vic and Kris have also been blessed with 19 great-grandchildren.  Vic appreciated the support of his community, family and employees throughout his life, and responded with personal involvement. Over the years he served with a number of organizations in various capacities such as the local Chamber of Commerce, including serving as president, in many areas with his church, area Boy Scouts, and helping spearhead the development and funding of Decatur’s Industrial Park. Vic was Adams County’s Republican Party chairman from 1973-1975, and was on the board of directors of the county hospital. In earlier years he was a volunteer fireman and helped coordinate a high school drug awareness program. He also served on the board of directors of Indiana Central College, the Cole Foundation Board and on various committees of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The Porter Family Foundation provides philanthropic funding to local schools, churches and charities and provided the seed money for the formation of Woodcrest, a local not-for-profit retirement community. The Foundation donated the land for the new hospital in Decatur, as well as aiding substantially in funding an oncology center. He and Kristine also established an ongoing fund through the Adams County Community Foundation to benefit community projects. Over the years, Vic Porter’s service and entrepreneurial spirit gained recognition. In 1964, Vic received the Outstanding Young Businessman Award from the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, and in 1990, Vic was a finalist for the Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was that year’s recipient of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award, recognizing his outstanding involvement and contributions in his community and state. In 1994, the board of directors of Woodcrest chose the Porter name for the auditorium there, and in 1997, Vic was awarded the Stephen Decatur Community Service Award. In 2000, Thunderbird earned the Large Business of the Year Award. In 2012, Vic was inducted into Junior Achievement's Greater Fort Wayne Business Hall of Fame.  2016 marked the celebration of Indiana's 200th birthday. Vic was honored for his community involvement and contributions and was asked to participate in the monumental event. He was chosen to be a torchbearer for the Indiana Bicentenial Torch Relay, was held from September 9 through October 15. 2,200 torchbearers represented all 92 Indiana counties. Vic carried the torch by boat for 1/3 mile through Decatur.  October 16, 2016 marked Vic's induction to the NMMA Hall of Fame. The National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame was established in 1988 to recognize and honor individuals who have made or continue to make substantial contributions towards the advancement of the marine Industry. One has to be nominated and meet criteria that take many decades of dedication, effort and passion for the industry. Vic had clearly demonstrated a lifetime love for boating and striving to advance the industry.  As gratifying as all this is, his greatest satisfaction surely was that his family is carrying on in full accord with his example of living and giving, as well as continuing the business with the same values and goals he established.   His goal was to build a viable, Decatur-based, boat manufacturing company, and from the looks of it, mission accomplished. From small-town beginnings to the personally fulfilling present, Vic spent his time well, as proven by his business success and family following.

Web: Princess New Web Site

World famous British brand Princess, which is currently the top production motor yacht builder in the United Kingdom updates it's global virtual showroom to a new version. Princess was founded in 1965 at the time named Marine Projects and launching a 31 feet motor cruiser. From the early seventies and for thirty years Marine Projects also owned sailing boat builder Moody, in this period developing forty models and selling over four thousand units.  In 1981 Princess will make an important move hiring Bernard Olesinski to design the 30DS model, who since then has designed all Princess models hull shape.  Interesting to note that the 30DS will be one of Princesses best selling models, with over five hundred units sold in a ten year production which also includes the flybridge version released in 1987. In 1983 Princess enters the open sport cruiser market with the Riviera line, first is the 286 model, followed by a 36, with the larger being the 46, and smallest the 266, with seven Riviera models being made from Princess till 1994.  Following from the Riviera in 1995 Princess present the V series line of open sport cruisers and yachts.  The V series is distinctive and modern with its Italian design inspired integrated windshield radar arch and straight lines, and starts with the V39 and V52 models. The V series expands into integrated hard-top design first with the V65 launched in 2000, and its largest model to date is the not still produced 2010 launched V85-S.  Currently the V-series offers six models from the V40 to the V78.  In 1996 Princess launched the Metre line of flagship motor yachts, first with the 20 Metre, then 22 Metre.  In 2001 Princess enters the 24 meters plus super yacht size with the 25 Metre, flagship model and largest build of the time. Another important Metre model will be the best selling 23 model. In 2011 Princess pushes more into super yacht launching the M class line, first with 32M, which is followed in 2012 by the largest Princess to date and composite boat ever build in the UK the 40M. The M series which had a total of four models including the 35M and 30M, this smaller M being the newer and last model in the line, was dropped in 2020.  Princess is since 2008 owned by giant French investing company Mot Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Group Arnault, previous to this it was owned by Renwick Group from South Africa, owners of the British boat builder from 1981 till 2008. The Princess current line up offers 21 models in six different lines; X Class, Y Class, F Class, S Class, V Class, and R Class. The current entry level model is the R35 while the flagship is the X95. Princess new web site takes you around with the following buttons: Home, Our Craft, Experience, About Us, Contact, Store, and Careers.  Princess is also on social media; Facebook, Twitter. LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube with a link at left bottom of the entry page.

October 23, 2021

Project: Amels 60

Amels present the project for the 60 model, a semi custom super yacht platform with exterior designed by Espen Oino, and fully custom for the interior by Indigo, and naval architecture by Amels parent company Damen.  Amels is calling the 60 the super yacht of the future.  On the technical side of things the Amels 60 will be good for a top speed of fifteen knots, and a cruise of thirteen which allows for a range of 4500 nautical miles.  Five hulls have been sold of the Amels 60, with hull number one well under construction with delivery to their owners scheduled for 2022.  Next build slot is for the fall of 2024.

October 22, 2021

Out-News = Super Sport Yacht Burns and Sinks in Siniscola Sardinia

A Maori 24 meter super sport yacht went ablaze and later at around 2045 hours of Thursday 21 October sank near Capo Comino province of Siniscula to the East of the Sardinia island.  The 24 meter super sport yacht with four persons onboard was on a trip from Olbia to Arbatax when at around 1900 hours it launched the May-Day for an onboard fire.  The call was received from the Olbia station who immediately launched a patrol boat from the Caletta Siniscula marina for assistance.  When arriving on the scene the patrol boat found the yacht in flames with the four crew already in safety on a life raft.  After taking the crew to safety the patrol boat returned to the scene with four fighting men in order to control the fire, but found the yacht ablaze and in the process of sinking.  The morning after of the accident the Olbia Coast Guard returned to the scene to asses pollution, and program the recovery of the yacht from the sea bottom.
The super sport yacht in this fire is M/Y Mama G, hull number one of the Maori 80ft delivered in August 2021 and powered by twin MTU 2000hp with JDM surface drive propellers able to reach a top speed of fifty knots.  Designed by Marco Ciampa the Maori 80 was a further development of the 78 model launched in 2013.  Maori is a young company started up in 2007 first with a 50ft model, and later advancing to smaller cruisers and bigger sport yachts, with this 80ft being the current largest build to date. This particular Maiori 80ft was World premiered at the Cannes 2021 boat show.

New Model: Sunreef Power 100

Launched at Sunreef Yachts new construction facilities in Gdansk, Poland, the 100 Sunreef Power superyacht is currently undergoing finishing works and getting ready for a series of sea trials and technical tests in the Baltic Sea. Equipped with twin 1300hp engines, the transatlantic luxury catamaran features an aft garage for two jet skis and a selection of water toys as well as a large hydraulic platform. The yacht’s thirteen meter plus beam creates vast relaxation areas which include a full-beam bow terrace with a sunken lounging area and an immense flybridge with a spa pool. The power  bespoke interiors include vast accommodation for up to ten guests, a fitness area and a custom-designed drinks bar. The twin-hull superyacht also stands out with a rose gold superstructure and bimini as well as a grey metallic hull.
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.95 m (98.2ft)
Length - 28.6 m 
Beam - 13.5 m
Fuel Capacity - 20000 l
Water Capacity - 2400 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, six crew in six cabins 
Engines - 2 x Man 1300hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Sunreef design and naval architecture
Construction - composite

October 21, 2021

Project: Jeanneau DB/43

Having had a success in the European centre console market with its Cap Camarat range, Jeanneau decides to present a new flagship, enters the high performance project named DB/43.  Designed by Camillo Garroni for exterior and interior, and Michael Peters responsible for the hull, the DB/43 unlike the Cap Camarat range features high performance modern sophisticated looks.  No interior details are yet provided for the DB/43 but Jeanneau says the model will offer good internal accommodation and spacious fore to aft exterior deck day boat usage.  What we can see in this rendering is that the DB/43 will have opening aft bulkheads, while its hard-top will be pretty extended.  Power has also not been announced, with Jeanneau saying that the DB/43 will be both available with outboard and inboards.

October 20, 2021

New Model: Sirena 68


Sirena present the new 68, built on a hull that seamlessly marries efficiency and performance thanks to the innovative semi-displacement hull lines by German Frers that delivers comfortable cruising and world-class range at displacement speeds.  The salon welcomes those entering from the aft deck where a dining area and open-concept galley awaits them. Immediately noticeable is the play of light in this bright and dynamic space from the large windows that draw the eye to the ever-changing views.  Forward of the galley is a large U-shaped sofa where family and friends can congregate while sharing their time with an owner-operator who does not feel excluded from the company on board.  On the lower deck the master stateroom is amidships to take advantage of the full beam of almost six metres. Again, large hull windows admit plenty of natural light and the stateroom is served by a His-and-Hers head arrangement. The guest accommodation is completed with a twin single guest cabin and a VIP cabin in the bow, both with ensuite bathrooms.  On deck, the forward area has been arranged for sunbathing and a relaxed life at sea.  There is also an enclosed version of the ample bridge deck available for colder climates with direct access to the main saloon below.  Not forgetting the generous fly deck that is set up for relaxing and dining under the protective shade of the hard top. The interior design by Cor D Rover is available in three colour and material combinations.  The first unit is based on light honey-coloured wood and soft semi-gloss lacquer that together with the large windows for panoramic views provide a serene and elegant ambience. The bold dark wood and anthracite lacquer create a very masculine and energetic look. The finest white leathers and fabrics result in an interior that feels stylish, fresh and contemporary.  The general style of the new Sirena 68 is elegant and purposeful, the engineering platform is well tested, and hull form is sea kindly. The unprecedented sale of 20 units since the new model was announced is proof positive that Sirena’s customised approach to production boat building continues to be a hit with owners in the market for mid-size motor cruisers.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.4 m (70ft)
Hull Length - 19.9 m
Waterline Length - 19.8 m
Beam - 5.9 m
Draft - 1.3 m full load
Displacement - 47 t full load, 39.5 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 5250 l
Water Capacity - 1400 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or 8 berths in 4 cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp, D13 1000hp
Propulion - V-drive line shaft
Speed - 28 knots max 16 knots cruise ten knots economic long range with 1000hp
Range - 1200 nm at ten knots
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - fiberglass with carbon fibre reinforcements
Project - German Frers exterior styling and hull, Cor D. Rover interior
Certification - CE A

October 19, 2021

Project: Robertson and Caine Leopard 46 Powercat

The Robertson and Caine Leopard 46 Powercat was designed with one goal in mind, to provide pure comfort and performance compared to the best of its competitors. The Leopard 46 Powercat stands proudly as the second in a new range of power catamarans that have benefited from almost thirty years of accumulated design experience, as well as an injection of new thinking following the footsteps of the award-winning 53 Powercat. The new Leopard 46 Powercat brings you all the style, luxury, outdoor living spaces, and home-away-from-home accommodations and comfort of her big sister. Accommodations have been enhanced to make you feel at-home with new soft furnishings, very comfortable beds and great use of space.  The Leopard 46 Powercat is available with two layouts; offering three or four cabins lower deck layouts.  The three cabins layout offers a master stateroom on the starboard hull, while the four cabins version offers identical cabins in both hulls.  The Leopard 46 Powercat is to be powered by standard twin 205hp engines, with options going up to 370hp. Estimate speeds with the optional twin engines choice of 370hp is up to 25 knots.

October 18, 2021

New Model: Steeler 57 S Performance

Steeler has in Summer 2021 launched its new 57 S Performance model.  Measuring at seventeen meters in length this new Steeler 57 S Performance is built in aluminium and was build for an Austrian customer, with the yacht set to reside in Lake Bodensee.  The 57 S Performance features a fully enclosed hard-top which fully opens up thanks to a pivoting window with entrance door clearance, and hard top.  Powered by twin Volvo 600hp the Steeler 57 S Performance reached cruising speeds of 27 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.20 m (56.4ft)
Beam - 4.95 m
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 30 knots max 27 knots cruise
Hull Shape - Steeler performance S-line
Construction - aluminium 
Certification - CE A

October 17, 2021

Web: VZ Yachts New Web Site

Italian motor yacht builder VZ presents its new virtual web showroom. VZ is founded by Gianni Vizianello who in the mid fifties starts to get his naval work experience for many of the boat building and repair shops around Venice. In the early seventies Gianni Vizianello builds around seventy boats from eleven to fifteen meters in length for IAG Nautica in Venice.  After this experience Vizianello decides to open on his own and founds VZ in the mid seventies, in the start it is with wooden built boats, before moving its production to fibreglass technology in the eighties. When VZ changes to fibreglass construction it was never about a fully automated production method, but more a way to increase quality, building by hand and to order in a semi custom approach. In the nineties VZ is sold to a group of investors who expand the name till the recession of 2009 hits home and bankrupts the company in 2012.  VZ reopens in 2018 with a group of investors from Veneto. A turning point in VZ history was in 1993 when launching the sixty feet plus flagship 18 model, one of the first designs by Venice architects duo Nuvolari Lenard who with this model created a success, not made bigger only cause of the waiting list and limited production numbers of three to five boats a year VZ could produce at the time. Stopped in production in 2006 the semi-custom VZ 18 is today considered a classic in its size and style for Mediterranean flybridge Motor Yacht types.  Currently VZ offers a three model line up; 56, 64, and the 68 flagship model.  A custom line 72 model is reported under construction. Previous to its closure in 2012 VZ had in 2011 launched a new 65 evolution of the 18 and 64, and presented a 58 model project in replacement to the 56. VZ new website is only available in Italian and takes you around with the following buttons; Chi Siamo (about us), Il Cantiere (the boat yard), Servizi (services), Le Barche (our boats), Il Nosto Usato (our used boats), Custom Line, and Contatti (Contacts).

October 16, 2021

New Model: Van Der Valk 28.50m Explorer

Following on from the 25-metre Dutch Falcon and the 37-metre Santa Maria T, Van der Valk launch this third yacht in the Explorer range, a 28-metre super yacht with a raised pilothouse.  A project of Guido de Groot for exterior styling, and Ginton responsible for naval architecture the Van der Valk 28.50m Explorer is built entirely in strong lightweight aluminium and sporting a fast displacement hull, her twin Man 1650hp engines give a top speed up to 21 knots. At the same time, a Veem VG145 zero-speed gyroscopic stabiliser system and two 32 kW Northern Lights generators ensure onboard comfort at all times for owners and guests.  Van der Valk 28m Explorer features five guest cabins layout including an owners stateroom on the main deck.  Crew space located aft will include a mess with small galley and two cabins with heads sleeping four.
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.50 m (93.5ft)
Waterline Length - 26.1 m
Beam - 7.20 m
Draft - 1.8 m
Displacement - 144 t
Fuel Capacity - 22000 l
Water Capacity - 4000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, four guests in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1650hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Veemstar five blade propellers
Speed - 20 knots max 17 knots cruise
Hull Shape - round bilge fast displacement
Construction - aluminium 4.5mn H321 for hull, H111 for super structure
Project - Guido de Groot interior and exterior, Ginton for naval arhitecture
Certification - Rina Cross of Malta, Mach Y class 

October 15, 2021

Project: Dynamiq GTT 160

Dynamiq presents the revolutionary GTT 160 project, designed by Van Ossannen responsible for naval architecture and interior by Claudio Pironi.  The avant-garde, all-aluminium 49.5-metre super sport yacht represents what Dynamiq thinks is essential for modern superyachts; cool looking, efficient, and focused on a healthy lifestyle. The GTT 160 is aimed at today’s active owners who can’t imagine their holidays without gourmet cuisine, sport, and well-being. It’s a yacht for owners who like to spend most of their time on deck, in the open air and close to the water, as well as those who want to experience different destinations or cross the Atlantic quickly to enjoy endless summers in the Med and Caribbean on a more manageable and economical size of yacht. The GTT 160 minimalist interiors by Claudio Pironi, will offer a six stateroom layout, with four crew cabins sleeping eight.  Standard power comes from twin Man 730hp, with the optional S version taking power up to twin Man 1800hp.  Standard power speed is seventeen knots, while the optional power choice takes this up to 23 knots. 

October 14, 2021

New Model: Riva 68 Diable

Riva present the new 68 Diable a twenty meter open sport yacht based on the hull lines of the 66 Ribelle, with a distinctive style only the Lake Iseo builder knows how to put pen to paper to fiberglass and extreme high detailing. After a pause of thirty years the Diable is back, the original 50 Diable was released in 1984 and for a year it was Riva sport boat yacht flagship surpassed by the 60 Black Corsair in 1985.  Produced till 1989 31 Riva 50 Diable were made in a production run spanning five years, with the model replaced and developing in the 51 Turbo Rosso in 1989.  The new 68 Diable comes again from a design of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta of Officina Italiana, Riva designers since 1991 with Ferretti Group taking care of engineering and naval architecture.  Micheli presented a unique sport yacht with top deck details showing similar larger 76 Bahamas and 88 Florida looks, with the hull lines taking ques from the 2019 launched DolceRiva.  The Riva 68 Diable is an open sport yacht with a fixed carbon fibre hardtop, unfortunately the mechanism of it becoming fully open like bigger Bahamas and Florida models is not available here.  What is available as an optional though is a opening part of the hard-top with a dual mechanism moving backwards and forward. Another option on the main deck is also the Powered Bimini system which covers the aft part shading the sun-pad.  A unique feature of the Riva 68 Diable is its use of all the main deck, with two fore and aft sun bathing areas, and a two lounge areas to fore deck and under the hard-top.  Lower deck accommodation considering the sweet lines of the 68 Diable are also impressive with a three double cabins three head layout, with an owners stateroom located to midships, and a galley and an L-shaped dinette located in between the cabins.  A crew cabin is located aft to starboard side, with a garage to port side.  The Riva 68 Diable is standard powered by twin Man 1550hp and optional 1650hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.67 m (67.8ft)
Hull Length - 20 m
Waterline Length - 16.97 m
Beam - 5.29 m
Draft - 1.78 m
Displacement - 38000 kg unloaded, 45000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3800 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Max Persons - sixteen
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1650hp, V12 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 40 knots max 34 knots Man 1650hp, 37 knots max 33 cruise Man 1550hp
Project - Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta Officina Italiana exterior, Ferretti Group engineering

October 13, 2021

Project: Mimi Libeccio 8.5 Walkaround

Mimi present the project for a new Libeccio 8.5 Walkaround.  Completely redesigned by Valerio Rivellini the new generation 8.5 Walkaround project follows design themes as showed with the 9.5 Walkaround model presented in 2020.  In the Libeccio 8.5 Walkaround, Rivellini redesigns the centre console now added with a modern central T-Top, and inside space, which have been expanded to feature a separate shower head.  The Libeccio 8.5 Walkaround is to be powered by single Yanmar engine of 195hp or optional 250hp with speeds going up to thirty knots with the optional unit.

October 12, 2021

New Model: VanDutch 32

In July 2021 on Lake Garda VanDutch launched its new entry level baby 32 model.  Keeping with the family feeling of the bigger 40, 48 and 55 models, the 32 is a VanDutch inside and out, minimalist clean and uncluttered.  The 32 like all other VanDutch is all about outside, offering an exterior with aft sun-pad, L-shaped settee, and double seat looking forward. Down below the VanDutch 32 offers twin berths and a shower head located forward.  The VanDutch 32 is standard powered by a Volvo 430hp gas petrol engine, with optional engines going to twin 280hp gas petrol, single diesel 380hp, or twin 300hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.81 m (32ft)
Beam - 2.90 m
Draft - 0.91 m
Displacement - 4.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 400 l
Water Capacity - 76 l
Max Persons - eight
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 1 x Volvo V48 430hp*, Volvo D6 480hp, 2 x Volvo V6 280hp*, D4 300hp *petrol gas
Propulsion - Volvo sterndrive, DPI duo-propeller stern drive for diesel engine 
Construction - composite vacuum infused Vinilester resin

October 11, 2021

Project: BlueGame BG54

 

BlueGame present the project for a new BG54 project set to launch in 2022.  The BG54 continues the redesign and technical evolution, set in motion with the BGX and the just launched BG72 flagship model.  So in the BG54, the traditional centre console BlueGame line presents improved stern and bow areas in both ergonomics and functionality. The large spaces of the stern offer the possibility of a transformer that can be used both as a launching and hauling system, and as an immersed area. The bow, which is designed to be a unique and extraordinary space for this type of sport yacht, is here perfected with a dinette that converts from a dining to a lounge area.  The cockpit is open all around to offer views, and with Stataglass shielding becomes a protected area in bad weather. The hardtop is equipped with an easier and safer ladder, while the wheelhouse with its reverse windshield offers maximum visibility.  The lower deck in the BG54 will be available in two or three cabins version, main choice of having an owners stateroom at midships or forward, and two cabins at midships.  A single berth crew cabin is located at midships in between the engine-room and the cabin deck.  Bluegame BG54 is to be standard powered by twin Volvo 625hp, and or optional 725hp engines.  Top speed with the large engine option is 36 knots with a fast cruise up to 30 knots.

October 10, 2021

Improve-it = Horizon E81

Horizon presents hull two for its E81 model featuring a lightly modified exterior profile, enclosed bridge, and custom three stateroom layout.  With a four-stateroom configuration as standard, hull no. two for the E81 has been customized with three staterooms including a full-beam master suite, an office/library, and also features an enclosed sky-lounge configuration. The yacht’s open-plan layout accommodates an expansive salon with a galley and country kitchen outfitted in two-toned white/silver oak with light quartz surfaces and contemporary accents. The spacious deck areas offer two bars with dining, with additional entertaining and lounging on the foredeck.  The second hull of the E81 also features design changes to hull. one, with side winglets dropping from the fly to the main deck, modified glazing on the main deck, and a lower shearline which moves further forward and goes up again aft, this made in order to have better views from the saloon.