May 28, 2024

New Model: Airon Marine AmX 35 Sport Top

Airon Marine is always very mindful of market trends and this Spring 2024 it debuted the new AmX 35 Sport Top.  The AmX 35 Sport Top adds a protective T-Top covering over half of the cockpit to the standard AmX 35.  The Airon Marine AmX 35 debuted in 2023, an evolution of the AmX 34 which launched in 2017, with a complete redesign of the cockpit deck, improvement to the lower deck, and addition of an extended bathing platform.  The Airon Marine AmX 35 Sport Top offers sleeping accommodation for five in a convertible V-berth forward, and a midships cabin with three berths.  Power options start from twin 230hp diesel and go up to 300hp again in diesel, and or 380hp petrol gas units.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.67 m (35ft)
Hull Length - 9.96 m
Beam - 3.30 m
Displacement - 6000 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 410 l
Water Capacity - 154 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - five berths
Engines - 2 x 230hp up to 300hp diesel, 2 x 250hp up 380hp petrol gas
Propulsion - stern drives standard or duo propellers
Certification - CE B

May 27, 2024

Azimut Boat Fire in Bosphurus River Turkey

A thirteen meter Azimut flybridge cruiser went ablaze in the Bosphurus River, Istanbul, Turkey on the afternoon of Saturday twentieth July, 2019.  People onboard the flybridge cruiser where seen wearing there life jackets and jumping off-board as the fire expanded onboard, with these being collected by nearby boaters.  The flybridge cruiser was then seen being carried to the shore by the wind and sea current, before a fire-fighting boat turned to the scene and extinguished the fire.  No injuries were reported, with the cause of the fire not being reported.
The Azimut in this fire is a 43 as designed by Righini for exterior and interior by Galeazzi and produced from 2006 to 2009.  First released in 2005 as a 40, a stern modification and longer bathing platform will evolve it to the 43, with Azimut also producing a hard-top 43S variant on the same platform powered by Volvo IPS instead of the Cummins shaft drives.  The Azimut 43 came out as a replacement to the 39 and 42, and was replaced by the smaller 38.

Project: Santasevera 52

Santasevera is a new brand coming from Italy, currently offering three projects with this 52 set to debut during the Cannes boat show 2024.  The Santasevera 52 is designed by Francesca Guida, who presents a very original design.  If you ask me, she looks like a lobster boat coming from the future, also thanks to the hard-top structure located further forward, and the going lower to the stern shear line, giving the Santasevera 52 a unique look.  Accommodation wise the Santasevera is mostly about outside and conceived as an open, with a cockpit which spans stern to about two-thirds of length forward; offering a central aft sun-pad, aft looking sun-lounger to starboard, C-shaped dinette with wet-bar galley opposite, and dual seat helm station to starboard.  The lower deck accommodation offers two cabins, with a forward master cabin central double berth, and twin berths at midships served by a spacious shower head to starboard, with an L-shaped lounger opposite.  The Santasevera 52 is to be powered by twin modestly powered Volvo 480hp with direct line shaft propulsion for top speeds up to thirty knots. 

May 26, 2024

Whitehaven New Web Site

Down-under company Whitehaven presents its new virtual web show room.  Whitehaven is a new company founded in 2014 by Keith Hanson and son Ryan, who are partnered by entrepreneur Bruce Scott.  Whitehaven are built in Taiwan, at the New Ocean Yachts shipyard, with the design of the product dedicated to the down under market.  The company debuted in 2014 with the release of the 6000 Flybridge, followed soon after by the 6000 Coupe in early 2015.  The current Whitehaven range offers a total of seventeen models, divided into the six series; Sports Yacht, Flybridge, Sports Flybridge, Coupe, Sunbridge, and Harbour Classic.  Whitehaven entry level model is the Harbour Classic 40 and goes up to the 8300 Sports Yacht.  At some point Whitehaven also offered a 950 Super Yacht project but this was never build.  Whitehaven new website takes you around with the following buttons; About Whitehaven, Our Range, Our Family, News and Events, and Contact Us.  Whitehaven is also on social media with bottom page buttons taking you to its Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram pages.
Production History;
6000 Flybridge 2014-
6000 Coupe 2015-18
6000 Sunbridge 2015-
7000 Flybridge 2016-
7500 Sports Yacht 2017-
6100 Coupe 2019-
Harbour Classic 40 2020- (10
7000 Sport Yacht 2022- *6800 Sport Yacht project

May 25, 2024

Two People Rescued from Sinking Sunseeker 80 Predator

Two people where rescued when a 24 meter Sunseeker sport yacht tilted m/y Atlantis started to take on water three nautical miles off St Augustine Beach, Jacksonville, Florida on 11:37 morning of Saturday 25 May.  US Coast Guard sector Jacksonville responded to the distress call from Atlantis on channel sixteen, with assistance also coming from St. Johns Sherriff Office, St. Augustine Police Department, and St. Johns County Fire and Rescue who also transported one of the persons onboard to the Vilano Boat Ramp and then to a local hospital for minor injuries treatment. The causes of the sinking are under investigation though it is reported that the yacht struck a dredge pipe piling when under way, breaching its hull in the lower bow area with the collision and started to sink.  A navigational warning has been issued as the yacht is apparently still floating submerged, and currently a hazard with the owner instructed to organize a salvage.
M/y Atlantis is a 1999 Sunseeker 80 Predator as designed by Don Shead and John Braithwaite and produced from 1996 to 1999 in 21 units.  When released and for a year the 80 Predator was the Poole builder flagship model, and the largest production yacht build in the United Kingdom.  Sunseeker will replace the 80 Predator with the bit smaller 75 Predator in 1999.

Project: ISA Yachts Viper 120

ISA Yachts presents the new Viper line that renews the Ancona super yacht yard’s over twenty years of experience in the production of fiber glass build super sport yachts, which made the brand famous worldwide, and perfects it through new stylistic elements, excellent performance and flexible solutions to optimize the interior spaces. A new concept that once again accentuates the innate identity of ISA models by creating even sleeker and more defined lines though maintaining a fresh and contemporary style.  The ISA Yachts Viper line debuts the first collaboration with Fulvio De Simoni entrusted in the development of both the exterior and interior design, with naval engineering  carried out by ISA Yachts. The Viper line is to offer three models of 100, 120 and 140 feet, all made of composite with carbon reinforcements.  The first project presented here and just starting construction for a delivery n 2026, is the 38-metre 120 Viper.  The ISA Yachts 120 Viper will feature a reduced draft of under two meters suitable for shallow waters like the Caribbean Sea, and is to be fitted with triple MAN or MTU engines, for maximum speeds up to 33 knots and cruising at 26.  Laid out into three distinct zones, the cockpit is certainly the most representative area of 120 Viper, where at sea level, the stern beach club is equipped with a multifunctional ‘transformer’ bathing step ladder and gangway; climbing two side steps a large sun pad faces towards the aft and a lounge furnished with sofas and a coffee table. The two opening side balconies lend an extraordinary livability to this area. The third zone is dominated by an outdoor table which can seat up to eight people. The combined aft galley and bar is unmissable and the up/down tinted glass partition makes it suitable for both formal and informal occasions like show cooking and cocktail parties, as well as enclosed kitchen guaranteeing maximum screening from guests. To the left of the bar there is a staircase leading to the sun deck.  To maximize interior space, just one port-side walkway to the bow is provided on the port side, and amidships, close to the salon, another opening balcony allows to marvel at the view even from the indoor sofas.  At the bow there is a circular pool with sun loungers and sofas.  Entering, we are welcomed by a second combined bar-galley unit before reaching the bright salon, with opening floor-to-ceiling windows to fully enjoy the scenic views and furnished with semi-circular sofas and armchairs. A second ten-seater circular table completes the set-up.  The wheelhouse is located on the main deck forward, and to its left we find the staircase leading to the lower deck housing four double cabins with private bathroom and the owner’s cabin with double bathroom. The later comes with two different options: amidships to make the most of the full beam or in the bow with a large walk-in closet.  The sun deck, with carbon hard top, includes the second helm station as well as providing a private and versatile space for guests. Its layout features two large sun pads at the stern, a lounge area with sofas, an L-shaped bar and a twelve seater table.  The entrance to the crew quarters, which include three cabins with private bathrooms for four crew members and the captain, has been positioned near the galley to ensure maximum privacy and separation from guests.  The garage for the 5-metre tender is placed on the starboard side.

May 24, 2024

Classic Trawler Burns Down Near San Juan Islands

A classic eleven meter trawler explorer cruiser with two persons onboard went ablaze near San Juan Islands, Washington on the morning of Saturday 24th June 2023.  After making a distress call the two boaters where assisted and off boarded to safety by a nearby boater, with the trawler left to burn, that is until Cascade Pacific Sea Scouts heard the VHF call and turned on the scene with SSS Propeller to control the blaze on the boat.  The Cascade Pacific Sea Scouts controlled the blaze until a fire boat from Seattle arrived to the scene and continued fire fighting operations.  The SSS Propeller had just departed into a ten day trip Summer event, when they heard the VHF distress call, and turned on the scene 35 minutes later.
The explorer cruiser in this fire is a hard to decipher Grand Banks 36 similar unit.  The first call in this would be an Island Gypsy 36 but it has different straight shear line, and then a Monk 36 Classic, but here again we have a different railing and windows serving the aft cabin.

New Launch: Van Der Valk Pilot 34m Hull no. WV0140

Wim Van Der Valk continue to launch interesting and innovative custom super yachts in thirty meters plus sizes build of alloy. This latest launched super yacht hull number WV0140 comes in a 34 meter size, for for a new custom-series called Pilot. Designed by Cor D. Rover, this contemporary explorer has an exceptional for its size 294 Gross Tonnage of volume. The client for this bespoke build extended the length to maximize interior space and create something unique in her size. Blending robust and masculine proportions with an abundance of curves, this three-deck superyacht has a self-contained pilothouse and raked bridge windows reminiscent of a commercial vessel. Together with the car-inspired air grills, this first Pilot is a tribute to the skill of Van der Valk’s alumimium shapers and welders.  Large windows and a glass ‘eye’ on the bridge deck are united with partitions and black-painted superstructure surfaces that look like glass. The rest of the livery is in a castle tan and stark white palette chosen by the owner. Van der Valk talented exterior paint crew ensured perfect straight lines on a perfect curved shape on the first vessel we’ve delivered under American Bureau of Shipping rules. Note too the large balconies for the main deck master and lower deck VIP. The aft platform also has two foldout balconies that double the area close to the water and make it into a nice beach club. A transformer platform and full aft lazarette for a Williams tender and three-person wave runner will boost the watersport fun.  This Van der Valk custom Pilot 34m offers an abundance of outside deck space. The aft deck features a large dining table and circular seating, each easily accommodating ten people. A large wet bar with BBQ is located on the bridge deck aft, with sacrificial air conditioning installed for use in the hottest climates. Twin MTU 1946hp give the Pilot 34m a top speed of 21 knots, with a fast cruise up to nineteen knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 34.04 m (111.6ft)
Waterline Length - 33.3 m
Beam - 7.62 m
Draft - 2 m
Displacement - 294 gross tonnage *volume
Fuel Capacity - 25,000 l
Water Capacity - 2600 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000 M99L 1946hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five bladed fixed pitch propellers
Speed - 21 knots max, nineteen knots cruise
Hull Shape - fast displacement round bilge
Construction - H321 alumimium 4.5mn for hull and super structure
Project - Cor D. Rover exterior and interior, Ginton and Diana for naval architecture
Certification - ABS A1 yachting service, AMS  

May 23, 2024

Project: Galeon 435 GTI

Following the North American success of the 435 GTO, Galeon presents the 435 GTI version, the I instead of the O meaning for inboard power, targeting the same platform for the European market where diesel power are for the most part what buyers usually choose above eleven meters in size.  So far Galeon is not very detailed on specifics, but rumor is it will be powered by twin Volvo 480hp with IPS pod drivers.  So if speed is your thing, then the GTI is going to be slower to the GTO, which is powered by twin 600hp up to quadruple 500hp Mercury outboards, but consuming much less fuel on the cruising side of things.  The Galeon 435 GTO debuted at the start of this 2024 year in the Miami boat show, a hard-top sport cruiser walk-around hybrid with useable all around features thanks to the uniqueness of a fully enclosed hard top which can open all during entertainment time and be closed during not so nice weather.  The Galeon 435 GTI should offer the same sleep four lower deck with a forward cabin, and a full beam midships cabin with double bed to port side, with large shower head to starboard and furniture unit in between the two cabins.  

May 22, 2024

Ten People Rescued from Sinking Sport Cruiser in Traverse Bay

Ten people where rescued from a nine meter Maxum sports cruiser which started sinking in North Michigan Grand Traverse Bay just before 14:30 hours of Friday nineteen June, 2020. The US Coast Guard turned to the scene with a helicopter and a rescue boat, with a Coast Guard man jumping to the water from the helicopter and helping the shocked boaters swim to a near good boater in a larger sport cruiser assisting and transporting the ten distressed crew before the Maxum cruiser sank in 76 meters of water.  The cause of the sinking is not reported, with the sank sport cruiser recovered by a hobby diver Dusty Kilfman in the first week of September.
The Maxum sport cruiser in this sinking is a 2800 SCR as produced from 1997 to 2000.  The 2800 SCR, replaced the bit larger and wider 2700 SCR, and was renamed as the 2900 SCR and then 2900 SE with minor cosmetic changes involving the radar arch, produced a total in all three versions for nine years.
The saving sport cruiser is a Cruisers 4270 Esprit as produced from 1997 to 2003.  The 4270 Esprit/Express came out as a flagship of Cruiser's Esprit sport cruiser line and as a replacement to the different 4285 Express Bridge, replaced in 2003 by the 440 Express.