March 31, 2022

Monthly News - March 2022

-pic of the month- Sirena New Official Store

Cheoy Lee CL Yachts Exciting 2022 Results

Cheoy Lee CL Yachts is riding high in the beginning of 2022, as the Miami International Boat Show proved to be a successful one for the builder, and gave them great momentum heading into the spring shows, most notably, the Palm Beach International Boat Show.  In Miami, CL Yachts concluded two contracts with American clients for CLB72. Debuted at 2018, CLB72 has proven to be a popular model. CL Yachts continues the refinement on CLB72 for discerning boaters in the market for a seaworthy boat with a level of onboard luxury unseen anywhere else in its class.  Panu Virtanen, vice president of sales for CL Yachts in Fort Lauderdale, had this to say about the company’s recent successes and its hopes for the future: “The Miami Show proved both the increasing strength of the yacht market and growing brand recognition of CL Yachts, with many active and qualified buyers coming to look for us at our stand. Two direct sales resulted from this show, and the future looks promising for further contracts that will result from this event, We look forward to an even more fruitful Palm Beach Show, especially with the growing excitement around the new models arriving this year.  Along with CLB72, CL Yachts is also excited about its latest efforts, including CLB65 and CLX96 (SAV), which will debut this fall. Indeed, thanks to an exceptionally strong product line and a level of craftsmanship and service that is unrivaled, all signs point to an exciting and productive 2022 for CL Yachts.

Feadship YouTube Channel Adds Content

A smart series of short animated movies has been launched on the Feadship YouTube channel explaining the unprecedented suite of services now available to Feadship owners and captains. The six films cover the Feadship Service Network, the dedicated support provided by My Feadship Assistant, the ways in which a Certificate of Authenticity proves that a Feadship stays a Feadship, the warranty options to secure long-term value, the preventive maintenance assets of Polestar Remote Monitoring and the bespoke training course offered by the Feadship Crew Academy.

Formula Earns Top Ten Spot as Most Popular Boat

Power and Motoryacht reviewed the most popular content of 2021, and the Formula 50-foot, 60-knot crossover powered by quad 600-hp Mercury Verado outboards ranked as the sixth most popular boat and ninth most popular story overall!

Frauscher Sustainability

Extra-special decor: the Frauscher shipyard is henceforth offering exclusive recycled textiles from Christian Fischbacher for all models over ten metres with cabin. As always, ultimate comfort and high-quality materials remain part of the Frauscher philosophy. In the future, seating areas inside the cabin can be fitted with a special fabric: Benu® Talent FR from Swiss textile brand Christian Fischbacher. This is a novelty that not only meets the highest demands in terms of practicality but also brings sustainability on board too.  70 percent of this new fabric is made from recycled PET bottles. The durable velour is weather-resistant and colourfast, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The extremely flame-retardant fabric is available in 30 colours and, last but not least, impresses with its soft, velvety feel. For a year and a half, the workshop has been working on developing a lighter, softer material from recycled PET yarn. With success. The latest accolade: the Red Dot Award for Product Design. Stefan Frauscher, Managing Director of the Frauscher shipyard, on the new decor: "We're always on the lookout for innovation and this here is a match made in heaven. This is precisely what the new fabric combines: innovation with a sustainable experience, just like the boats from the Frauscher shipyard."  Camilla Fischbacher, Creative Director at Christian Fischbacher: "We have always believed in high-quality recycled products and continue to do so today. The successful use in these boats is yet further proof of the fabric's future viability."

Gulf Craft Celebrating Fortieth Anniversary

Gulf Craft is celebrating its legendary 40-year voyage from the UAEs pioneering boat builder to a leading global brand. At this year’s edition of Dubai International Boat Show, Gulf Craft is again present at the show with the largest fleet of boats and yachts ranging from 34 to 120 feet.  Kicking off its participation at the show Gulf Craft’s Chairman Mohamed Alshaali hosted a press conference to mark 4 decades of persistence, innovation and excellence. The conference was attended by His Excellency Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, in addition to representatives from Dubai World Trade Centre, media and VIP guests.  Gulf Craft Chairman, Mohammed Alshaali, said: “The Dubai International Boat Show is an event that celebrates the UAE’s fast-growing yachting sector but also pays tribute to our region’s rich maritime heritage. This year, we are highlighting the growth of our company as well as showcasing a series of new models all manufactured from our integrated facility in the UAE. The event is even more special this year as it coincides with our 40th anniversary. Over the past four decades, we have evolved from a regional boatbuilding pioneer to a global brand. We are honored to have contributed to the region’s yachting sector and will continue to build on our legacy to elevate the nation’s reputation as an outstanding yachting destination.”  Gulf Craft has ramped up its customer-first commitment with the recent opening of a new luxury hub in Dubai’s Port Rashid. The Gulf Craft Experience Centre brings the brand closer to its international clientele as it continues on a significant path of global expansion. In 2022 The company expects to see strengthened presence in the USA, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Mimi Record Sales

Gozzi Mimì reports a significant acceleration in growth and a new sales record. The brand’s innovative collection of gozzo boats designed by Valerio Rivellini - following tradition but with contemporary style - is in increasing demand not only in Italy but also in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Croatia and France.  Following its success at Nauticsud, where it signed various new contracts and aroused the interest of many visitors, Gozzi Mimì’s sales have reached a new record, both in Italy and abroad. Production planned for 2022, equal to about 100 units, in fact, is up 30% on last year, with 60% of it for the international market.  A key role in the brand’s international expansion is being played by partnerships with major foreign dealers: Navis Marine, which distributes the Gozzi Mimì range in Croatia, Water Sport Paradise, operating in the Netherlands and Germany, Nàutica Palamós in Spain, and Euromar in France. 

Nordhavn 2022 Film Festival

After the enormous success of the inaugural Nordhavn Film Festival back in 2019, Pacific Asian Enterprises is pleased to announce the second installment of the Nordhavn Film Festival will be happening in October 2022. Nordhavn owners and non-owners alike are eligible to participate in the event, which aims to showcase the video talents of all who have a passion for showcasing Nordhavns on film.  “We couldn’t have been more thrilled with the level of quality and enthusiasm behind each of the videos from the first Nordhavn Film Festival,” said Nordhavn’s vice president Jim Leishman. “I suspect the creativity and effort that go into the video submissions for the next film fest will match or even surpass what we saw in 2019.”

Nordhavn Announces Partnership in Cubar 2022 Event

The legacy of Nordhavn lies within the extended cruising adventures that are the hallmark of the company’s purpose-built power yachts and their intrepid owners. It is tied to the brand’s many en masse voyages including the Great Siberian Sushi Run and perhaps most notable, the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally, an 18-boat trans-oceanic group crossing. In the spirit of this tradition, Nordhavn is pleased to announce its collaboration with the San Diego Yacht Club on the 2022 Cubar Odyssey, a multi-motoryacht cruise of the Baja Peninsula happening October 30 through November 13. Nordhavn will be the key sponsor of this year’s Cubar event, partnering with SDYC on kick-off festivities and event promotions. The Cubar Odyssey is a bi-annual power boat rally that emphasizes camaraderie, organized excursions and safety in numbers. An acronym for Cruise Underway to Baja Rally, Cubar boats follow a course from San Diego to La Paz, Mexico, with stops at some of Baja’s beloved coastal spots along the way. Originally conceived in 2007 under the name Fubar, the current iteration has been produced and hosted by SDYC since 2015. Participation in Cubar is limited to powerboats with a minimum range of 450 nm and has consistently been a big draw for Nordhavns. This year, the brand is represented by eight of 50 participating boats. “We are very excited to partner with SDYC on the 2022 CUBAR,” said Nordhavn vice-president Jim Leishman. “It has the essence of a Nordhavn event and aligns with our mission to promote safe, enjoyable cruising. It’s the perfect vehicle for anyone looking to baby-step their way into grand adventure.” Leishman knows from experience, having personally participated in the original Fubar back in 2007 aboard a client’s Nordhavn 55. There are three warmup events happening throughout the year, culminating with a kick-off dinner at Nordhavn headquarters in Dana Point two weeks prior to departure.

Pearl Healthy Order Book

Pearl has established a reputation as the Atelier of Yachting, offering clients an exclusive experience and personal attention. The shipyard’s commitment has been tested by growing demand in the market boom. As of now, 20 units of the new Pearl 62 have been sold along with six units of the new Pearl 72 ahead of its launch, scheduled for the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.  On the topic, Managing Director Iain Smallridge remarked, “Last year wasn’t without its challenges. One might think Pearl is just riding the wave of renewed interest in yachting, but it’s really been a balancing act. We wanted to take maximum advantage of the momentum, without letting that wave wash away what makes our brand unique. That’s why we’ve channeled the success of this year to improve all aspects of our business. Expanding the network and bringing in new talent is paramount, especially as we prepare to launch several new models over the next three years. As with the Pearl 62 and the 72, each design is going to bring something new to the market. We can barely wait to share them with our clients, stakeholders and friends.”

Pearl Opens Office in Swanwick

The sales and service network is expanding, following the appointment of Jeff Brown Yachts as the Official Pearl West Americas dealer, based in San Diego. Pearl is building up its internal structure to better support the network, with a flurry of new appointments to key team positions coming just ahead of the new Swanwick sales office opening in April. Ongoing talks around the world mean that fans of the brand in presently unserved regions likely don’t have long to wait.

Riviera R Marine Perth New Chapter

R Marine Perth is commencing a new era with the recent appointment of Ryan Lloyd as dealer principal of Western Australia’s exclusive representative for Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder Riviera.  Mr Lloyd, who joined Riviera after a highly experienced career as general manager of The Haines Group, brings a fresh energy to R Marine Perth enhancing owner care and boating enjoyment of Riviera owners. Mr Lloyd is personally invested in R Marine Perth with a clear vision for the future of the dealership.  Mr Lloyd and the R Marine Perth team hosted the first event of 2022 for the dealership, a raft-up on the Swan River with the city skyline as the backdrop.  The raft-up at Matilda Bay comprised 33 motor yachts ranging from classic Rivieras to the latest models up to 60-foot, as owners took advantage of a fabulous summer’s day. It was the first on-water event hosted by R Marine Perth in almost two years.  The R Marine Perth event was enjoyed by 400 Riviera owners, their families and friends, some of whom were on their first ever raft-up experience.  Attending her first Riviera event on her 6000 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition, Argyle, was Paula Harry who appreciated the raft-up being held on a Friday while the children were at school. Paula and her husband Adam often spend weekends with their children on their yacht on the Swan River or offshore at Rottnest Island.  A musical trio and a roving saxophonist added to the day’s celebrations, while one motor yacht provided a slippery dip for all to enjoy.  Aaron McNally, owner of Riviera 51 Flybridge, Longshot, enjoyed being on the water again with the Riviera family.  It was such a great day that Aaron didn’t leave until 11pm that night, well after the last of the motor yachts headed home.  New Riviera owner Aidan Jenkins, aboard his 4800 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition, Ocean’s 8, spent the afternoon entertaining four couples aboard.  Aidan describes his 4800 Sport Yacht as perfect for his family’s style of boating in Perth.  Stephen Marley’s 5400 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition, Nangeenan, is his third Riviera motor yacht and the raft-up is one event he says owners look forward to each year.  The R Marine Perth team is looking forward to hosting future events for motor yacht owners, taking advantage of prime boating conditions in Perth throughout the year.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst congratulated the R Marine Perth team for a magnificent raft-up.

Riva Renews Ferrari Formula One Partnership

Riva renews its partnership with Scuderia Ferrari, joining forces in the name of Italy and a passion for excellence to engage and exhilarate millions of fans. Riva is Official Sponsor of Scuderia Ferrari in the Formula 1™ World Championship, now in its 73rd year. The Riva logo appears on the magnificent Ferrari F1-75 and the helmets of Scuderia Ferrari’s two drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr., sealing a partnership that promises another season of spectacle and excitement. “Riva and Ferrari have a lot in common, from their legendary history and planetary success to leadership responsibility in their respective industries. You don’t say: ‘I have a boat, or I have a car,’ but ‘I have a Riva, I have a Ferrari’ - said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. - Formula 1™ also combines competitive spirit, innovative research and peerless appeal, the same world navigated by our boats and owners. It therefore gives us immense pleasure to associate our brand with the names of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr., two highly talented drivers who are perfectly aligned with our values.”  The world’s most famous yacht brand and motorsport team will have a joint presence starting with the Bahrain Grand Prix, the season’s first event scheduled for March 18 to 20, and continuing through to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the last stage of the Formula 1™ 2022 World Championship held from November 18 to 20 in the United Arab Emirates.

Sirena New Official Store

The success of a brand is evident when it goes beyond its own boundaries, creating a real style. This is confirmed by the birth of the new exclusive Sirena Yachts Official Store.  The Turkish shipyard has created a collection for yachting passionates, which ranges from the ideal technical clothing for sailing to the casual outfit perfect for strolling on the quay. The collection is the work of a young designer, Senem Kula, who has also thought of a line dedicated to the little ones. But the Sirena Yachts store is also full of accessories, all linked to the theme of travel and life in the open air… without forgetting man's best friend! Raincoats, sweatshirts and collars for dogs of all sizes are also available. The “Art of Sirena” section of the store also deserves special mention. Here, the shipyard combines the passion for art with the desire to directly support artists. The project aims to present a new protagonist to a wider audience every year. The first artist chosen is Ada Tuncer, who is presenting a special selection of her work dedicated to the historical sites and artistic heritage of Istanbul, represented in a collection of 900 numbered cups.

Viking Lightning Protection

The Viking subsidiary Atlantic Marine Electronics (AME) has become the exclusive marine distributor in the United States, Mexico and Costa Rica of a comprehensive system that helps protect boats against the devastating effects of lightning strikes. “As ship systems become more sophisticated and interconnected, lightning strikes are having a greater impact,” said AME General Manager Todd Tally. “We believe we have found a system that will be a game-changer in our industry.”  AME has partnered with Dinnteco International – a family business based in Spain with more than two decades of experience in lightning protection  to offer its DDCE (Electromagnetic Charge Compensation Device) lightning protection technology. AME made the announcement at the Palm Beach International Boat Show last week.  Dinnteco DDCE innovative lightning suppressor protects structures from lightning strikes by slowly and continuously neutralizing electric charges. “The device is constantly collecting the ions from the atmosphere and bringing them to ground while avoiding the creation of an ‘upward leader,’ which would result in a lightning strike,” said Todd.  For sportfish yacht applications, the DDCE will be mounted on a custom carbon fiber pole on top of the tuna tower.  A second lightning suppressor called the Dineol will be necessary on yachts with outriggers. Both the DDCE and the Dineol guard against direct lightning strikes. A third element, a Dinfil, protects the boat against indirect strikes. “Most of your larger yachts will have two Dinfils, which will be connected to the grounding system of the boat,” said Tally.  AME spent over a year researching the topic of lightning protection and has the utmost confidence in the Dinnteco technology. The next Viking demonstrator boat, an 80 Convertible, will be outfitted with the system. In addition, owners of a 68 and a 72 on the Viking production line have requested the DDCE package for their vessels due to lightning incidents with their previous boats.  AME will be installing the system on new Vikings in its role as master dealer, but “we’re also interested in facilitating relationships with other companies so they can become dealers,” said Todd. “For instance, we have already partnered with ComMar Sales, LLC marine manufacturers’ representatives.” 

Viking Veteran Retired

After a 26-year stint, Keith Cranmer retired from the Viking Yacht Company as Warehouse Foreman. “Keith is the hardest worker I know,” said Pat Klevinsky, Warehouse Department Manager. “Thank you for all you've done for Viking. We admire your dedication and energy to this department and everything you do.” After Keith purges all the part numbers from his head, he's looking forward to spending time with his family – especially his grandchildren.      

Viking Marina Casa de Campo Top Honors

Mike Cannon’s Viking 76 Blackhawk took top honors in the 2022 Marina Casa de Campo Open, which made a strong return after a one-year hiatus. The team went eight for nine on blue marlin and two for two on whites to claim the championship trophy. Captain Joe Lyall and crew also boated a 37-pound dorado which won the Game Fish division. This is a repeat win for Blackhawk at the Open. They took the title in 2020 as well.

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