June 4, 2023

Project: Horizon E88 Sport Yacht

Horizon Yacht Australia has been busy during the 2023 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, with the signing of an order for a new build E88 Sport Yacht. This will be the fifth Horizon and fourth new-build for the experienced owner, whose most recent yacht is the Horizon E75. For his new yacht, the owner desired a single-level sport yacht with a four-stateroom layout and the capability for owner operation. Renown Dutch designer Cor D. Rover has been commissioned to design the new yacht, which will feature a unique pilothouse helm station, an integrated outdoor BBQ kitchen and the largest galley in its class. This model will feature a tender garage and the capacity to carry up to 12,000L of fuel.

June 3, 2023

New Model: Majesty 111

During the 2023 edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, Majesty unveiled its new 111 model second in size of its Superyacht collection which starts with the 100 and goes up to the 160, and a replacement to the 110 model presented in 2016 and delivered in two units. The new 111 follows recent design trends for a semi-wide body and horizontal lines precedent for all future Majesty models, offering more than ever before in terms in engineering, architecture, and technical features. A strong aesthetic flair courtesy of Dutch studio Phathom, the 34 meter super yacht will feature plenty of natural light and a relaxed refined interior.  Measuring over 33 meters in length, with 230 GT of interior volume, and with six staterooms, accommodating up to twelve guests, and three crew cabins for six.  A feature of the Majesty 111 is the perfect balance of indoor-outdoor spaces across the generously sized two-and-a-half decks.  The Majesty 111 is powered by twin Man 1100hp with line shaft propulsion for a top speed of twenty knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 34.10 m (110.9ft)
Beam - 7.22 m
Draft - 1.72 m
Displacement - 140 t approx., 240 GT *volume
Fuel Capacity - 20190 l
Water Capacity - 6170 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed -  twenty knots max
Project -Phatom Netherlands

June 2, 2023

Improve-it = Otam 80HT

Otam continue to evolve its 80HT and with this new unit confirmed sold and started construction in March has now arrived in its seventh hull, in twenty years and all fully custom units.  This new hull #007 as Otam likes to call is the most customized yet, although we should have gotten used to the Genoa based builder where each unit is more customized to the previous and an evolution of the species.  Calling it an Improvement is also wrong as each Otam even the smaller ones are all mostly bespoke creations and very-custom units with even the shell changing and evolving.  For example this Otam 80HT will be fully build in a Kevlar Carbon construction and will feature bigger windows, with this giving a lighter feel to the hard-top structure looking similar to that of the 58 more then the other previous six 80s.  Unchanged are the engines with the Otam 80HT powered by twin MTU 2600hp and Arneson surface drives good for a top speed up to 48 knots, as is the naval architecture by Umberto Tagliavini, with the basis coming from the Fabio Buzzi designed 80 Record from 2001 which eventually became the Otam 80HT hull number one when this unit was transformed to a pleasure super sport yacht.       

June 1, 2023

Motor Yacht Beached in Birdie Beach

A seventeen meter Trader motor yacht finished beached on Birdie beach, to the North West of Sydney in Australia in between the night and early morning of Saturday 27 May.  The yacht was being towed after it developed problems to its engines South East of Birdie Island.  Ultimately because of the damage sustained, and problems in salvaging the yacht, reports are coming in that she will be chopped and wrecked.
The yacht in this beaching is a Tarquin Trader 575 Sunliner, an evolution extended in length of the 535 presented in 1997.  The Tarquin Trader 575 Sunliner was produced from 2000 to 2008 and offered an interior with three double cabins, and was powered by twin Cats 450hp which give 22 knots top speeds.  The 575 was replaced by the slightly longer 585 Sunliner in 2008.  Tarquin Trader was a British company with boats produced in Taiwan.

Marine to the Max

MarineMax, the World's largest boat and yacht dealer for value and volume expands its dynamics when in July 2021 they acquired sport cruiser and yacht builder Cruisers.  It will be interesting how MarineMax will develop Cruisers into the future.  MarineMax knows a few things about product and how to sell it.  The US brokerage and dealer house has been Azimut's largest dealership, representing the famous Italian name in North America for over a decade, and was also instrumental in putting Galeon at the top of the sphere in the US. 

Founded in 1956 Cruisers was one of the mass produced cabin and sport cruiser brands which had an important growth in the eighties and nighties in that twenty to forty feet plus size.  Other USA boat builders fuelling this express sport cruiser growth and change of boating life style in those times were Carver, Chris-Craft, RegalSea Ray, Trojan, and Wellcraft.  

So far MarineMax has not changed any dynamics of the Cruisers brand. But it will be interesting what the future will bring, being that in recent years it was the name resisting and competing with the Euro-imports in the sport cruiser and yacht segment from twelve to eighteen meters in size.

May 31, 2023

Monthly News - May 2023

-pic of the month- Wajer Start of 2023 Season

Bayliss Wins at Destin Flathead Classic

Congratulations to the owner, captain and crew on m/y Lucky Dog Bayliss 57 for their win in the Destin Flathead Classic this past weekend. 31 boats and 9 pier fishermen competed in the tournament out of Destin, FL with $108,000 on the line. Lucky Dog found the top of the leader-board bringing in the only qualifying cobia over 45 lbs., with a 47.5 lb. fish caught by Miller Phillips on the last day of fishing.  Lucky Dog recently left the Bayliss Boatyard after she was repowered, upgraded to MAN V12-1550CR engines with Twin Disc controls. During that time she also received a new Furuno Omni Sonar, new teak coverboards and coaming, as well as interior modifications.

Benetti Triumphs in Yachting Oscars

The award-winning Oasis 34M establishes a connection with the water and nature through the Oasis Deck®, an extraordinary area that redefines the human relationship with the sea. The 18th BOAT International World Superyacht Awards held in Istanbul on May 20th were a triumph for Benetti Oasis 34M “UNKNOWN”, which won best motor yacht in the category “Displacement motor yachts 499gt and below, 30m to 39.99m” for being a “was a well-built, ground-breaking yacht that fits extraordinary features into its compact size”. The judges admired the open beach sensation created in the aft deck, feeling that no other yacht could match this highly desirable deck. Unknown is, in the judges’ opinion, a yacht that makes an excellent connection with the ocean and the open air.

Bering with Nautistyles

Bering are excited to announce that we are joining forces with yachting industry professionals, captains, and founders of the worlds' most watched yacht walkthrough YouTube channel, Rico Stoll & Victoria Chalaya of NautiStyles.  The YachtTubing power couple recently started a new channel NautiGuys to document their journey as they build their own charter capable Bering 75. Now, they are thrilled to represent Bering Yachts as they oversee operations for the Bering Team in North & South America as well as the Caribbean.

Cranchi Cares Program Sardinia

Technical support is a key part of Cranchi Yachts’ offering. The entire network of Cranchi dealers, present around the world, provides support through specialised centres and personnel. The Shipyard also offers services for check-ups on and refitting of yachts directly through the two facilities of its Marine Division: the Darsena Bellagio in the upper Adriatic, and the new Cranchi Cares Sardinia, near Olbia and the Costa Smeralda.  Teams of technicians trained by the Shipyard work at the two facilities, making use of ultra-modern equipment including travel lifts rated to over 100 tonnes and special trolleys for handling and moving the boats.  Both centres are served by excellent transport infrastructure, with ports and airports nearby.

Feadship Wins Three Prizes at Boat International SuperYacht Awards

Feadship won three prestigious prizes at the 2023 BOAT International World Superyacht Awards (WSA) on Saturday 20 May. Callisto outshone her rivals in a fiercely competitive category to take home the Neptune award for ‘best semi-displacement motoryacht 42m and above’, while Shinkai received a Neptune to denote a Judges’ Special Award. And Feadship’s third nomination was also awarded with a prize: Juice received a Judges’ Commendation.  “Nowadays Feadship is known for large custom yachts of the finest quality but the two Neptunes and the Judges’ Commendation at this year’s World Superyacht Awards gala show that it is not always about size,” said Bas Nederpelt, Feadship Sales Director, who attended the 18th annual edition of the BOAT International World Superyacht Awards took place from 19-20 May 2023 in Istanbul, Turkey. The World Superyachts Awards recognise the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the most remarkable luxury yachts from across the world.

Ferretti Group Wins Legal Management of the Year Award

Ferretti Group, world leader in the design and construction of motor yachts and pleasure boats, has for the second year running won the “Legal Management of the Year” prize in the Fashion and Luxury category at the Top Legal Corporate Counsel Awards, the highly regarded event created to celebrate excellence among the previous year’s stand-out corporate teams. The criteria used to evaluate the corporate professionals are the principles of innovation and sustainable business development.  The award ceremony took place during a gala evening held last May 18th at the Principe di Savoia hotel in Milan, and in addition to the “Legal Management of the Year” award, several members of the Group’s team were 2023 finalists in in the following categories: Niccolò Pallesi as General Counsel, Roberto Ramilli as Tax Director, Andrea Brasini, as an HR Director and Veronica Martoni as Chief Compliance Officer.

Ferretti Group Privilege Days in Shenzen

The Ferretti Group Privilege Day and Ferretti Yachts 1000 China Premiere Ceremony was held at the Shenzhen Bay Marina Club and the Sea World Culture and Arts Center. As a world leader in the luxury yacht industry, Ferretti Group displayed six luxury yachts delivered to Shenzhen, China in recent years, including Ferretti Yachts 1000, Ferretti Yachts 920, Ferretti Yachts 780, Ferretti Yachts 670, Riva 110’ Dolcevita and Riva 90’ Argo. As the new flagship of the Ferretti Yachts brand, Ferretti Yachts 1000 made her China premiere at this feast above the sea where the Group brings together the most superyacht models in mainland China in its history.  A Chinese old saying tells that it is such a delight to have friends coming from afar. Taking the pun of “Yue” which means both joy and music in Chinese, a grand ceremony dubbed “Joy Above the Sea” began in the evening in the melodious and grand symphony of the Shenzhen City Philharmonic Orchestra.  Yacht owners and VIP guests attended the ceremony to appreciate the manufacturing art of the world's top yachts and enjoy the elegant and extraordinary Italian luxury nautical lifestyle.  At the gala, a fleet of drones rose into the air, producing stunning forms above the Ferretti yachts fleet, finally forming the major attraction of the event - the magnificent “Ferretti Yachts 1000”. The new flagship of the Ferretti Yachts brand offers owners and guests unmatched nautical enjoyment with its exceptional performance, flawless fusion of modern technology and traditional skills, distinctive exterior design, and spacious, opulent interiors.  Top management of Ferretti Group and Speedo Marine, the Group’s exclusive dealer in mainland China, welcomed yacht owners onto the stage during the acknowledgment session to present them with exquisite customized presents in appreciation for their love and support to Ferretti Group brands over the years.  “This is a fantastic moment for Ferretti Group and its seven brands. The Chinese market is experiencing rapid growth and more and more owners are choosing the beauty, heritage and innovation of our magnificent boats. This spectacular event is an extraordinary debut for our flagship Ferretti Yachts 1000, consolidating the fame and success of our comprehensive and inimitable range.” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi.  In 2022, Ferretti Group was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which was not only the first yacht manufacturer to list its shares in Hong Kong, but also the only Italian company listed in Hong Kong in the last decade. Looking ahead, Ferretti Group is prepared to embrace new development opportunities in the fast-growing luxury yacht market by leveraging its far-leading industry position and unique Italian yachting essence to unleash the full potential of its world-class brands - Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, CRN, Custom Line and Wally. Through auxiliary services including yacht brokerage, lease, after sale, and refit, together with a one-stop strategic upgrade program, Ferretti Group will further reinforce its growing momentum. The Group will keep delivering yachts with “authentic Italian luxury” to owners all around the world, creating greater value for its shareholders.  At the gala, Ferretti Group was joined by both Italian and international luxury partners to display the supreme and comfortable Italian premium lifestyle: Magnificat was one of them, adding radiance to the yachts on display together with some high-end Italian furniture, lighting and bedding brands including Rugiano, Elie Saab, Agresti, Contardi, Bluemarine Home, and its partner, Fuli Carpet. LOCHERBER, an Italian luxury fragrance brand, offered exclusive and customized Venetian sea-toned fragrance on board. MHD’s Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Kaluga Queen, and top Italian coffee brand Lavazza brought exquisite food and drink experiences to this event.

Ferretti Group Approves 31 March 2023 Results

The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Ferretti SpA today reviewed and approved the Group’s consolidated financial results for the first quarter of 2023. Order intake of €307.5 million in the first three months of 2023.  Revenue of €280.3 million, an increase of 9.3% when compared to Q1 2022.  Adjusted EBITDA of €40.0 million in Q1 2023, representing an increase of 26.6% when compared to Q1 2022 and with a margin equivalent to 14.3%, representing an increase of 130 basis points when compared to Q1 2022.  Net profit of €18.6 million.  Net Financial Position equivalent to €301 million of net cash.  “The luxury yacht market continues to see strong expansion and, once again, Ferretti Group shows vision and foresight, as witnessed by the important acquisition of Cantiere San Vitale, in Ravenna, the cornerstone of a future-looking growth strategy. The huge interest shown by the financial community after the Group’s first Capital Markets Day, and the very positive financial results reported in Q1 2023, are another demonstration of our solidity and confirm once again that our shareholders and our customers were right to place their confidence in us,” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi.  Order intake: €307.5 million in Q1 2023.  Order backlog: €1,496.3 million as of 31 March 2023, representing an increase of approximately 15.4% when compared to 31 December 2022 (€1,295.6 million) as a result of strong demand on international markets.  Order Backlog by Segment:  Composite yachts reached €489.9 million as of 31 March 2023, which is equivalent to approximately 32.7% of total backlog as of 31 March 2023.  Made-to-measure yachts reached €549.1 million as of 31 March 2023, which is equivalent to approximately 36.7% of total backlog as of 31 March 2023.  Super yachts reached €384.6 million as of 31 March 2023, which is equivalent to approximately 25.7% of total backlog as of 31 March 2023.  Other businesses[1] reached €72.7 million, which is equivalent to approximately 4.9% of total backlog as of 31 March 2023.  Revenue: €280.3 million in Q1 2023, representing an increase of 9.3% when compared to Q1 2022 (€256.4 million) attributable to the strong order backlog built in 2022.  Composite yachts reached €147.3 million, which is equivalent to approximately 52.6% of the total revenue in Q1 2023 (from €109.8 million, which is equivalent to approximately 42.8% of the total revenue in Q1 2022).  Made-to-measure yachts reached €99.9 million, which is equivalent to approximately 35.6% of the total revenue in Q1 2023 (from €96.1 million, which is equivalent to approximately 37.5% of the total revenue in Q1 2022).  Super yachts reached €18.1 million, which is equivalent to approximately 6.4% of the total revenue in Q1 2023 (from €24.7 million, which is equivalent to approximately 9.6% of the total revenue in Q1 2022)  Other businesses[2]  reached €15.0 million, which is equivalent to approximately 5.4% of the total revenue in Q1 2023 (from €25.8 million, which is equivalent to approximately 10.1% of the total revenue in Q1 2022).  Revenue by Geographical Region[3]: North America, Central America and South America region (“AMAS”) reached €80.0 million, which is equivalent to approximately 28.6% of the total revenue in Q1 2023 (from €70.1 million which is equivalent to approximately 27.3% of the total revenue in Q1 2022).  Europe, Middle East and Africa region (“EMEA”) reached €135.2 million, which is equivalent to approximately 48.2% of the total revenue in Q1 2023 (from €120.3 million, which is equivalent to approximately 46.9% of the total revenue in Q1 2022).  Asia-Pacific region (“APAC”) reached €32.0 million, which is equivalent to approximately 11.4% of the total revenue in Q1 2023 (from €15.6 million, which is equivalent to approximately 6.1% of the total revenue in Q1 2022).  Other and Super yachts[4] reached €33.1 million, which is equivalent to approximately 11.8% of the total revenue in Q1 2023 (from €50.5 million, which is equivalent to approximately 19.7% of the total revenue in Q1 2022).  Adjusted EBITDA[5]: €40.0 million in Q1 2023, representing an increase of 26.6% when compared to Q1 2022 (€31.6 million) and with a margin[6]  equivalent to 14.3% in Q1 2023, representing an increase of 130 basis points when compared to Q1 2022 (13.0%).  This remarkable improvement is linked to three main reasons: Commercial: a longer waiting list thanks to the high order backlog, reflecting a higher pricing power.  Strategic positioning: a larger presence in the most profitable segment, such as made-to-measure.  Industrial: economy of scale in purchasing and a more efficient fixed costs absorption.  Net Profit: €18.6 million in Q1 2023, representing an increase of 42.0% from Q1 2022 (€13.1 million) and with a margin[7] equivalent to 6.6% in Q1 2023, representing an increase of 120 basis points when compared to Q1 2022 (5.4%).  Capex: €59.0 million, of which approximately €40.0 million for the acquisition of Cantiere San Vitale in Ravenna, leading to an additional capacity of approximately 20% at fully operating status.  Net Financial Position: €301 million of net cash from €365 million of net cash as of 31 December 2022.

Horizon Orders New 3D Printing and 5-Axis CNC Machine

Following on its commitment to continuous innovation and investment in new technology, and introduced in tandem with the company’s recent $15M facilities expansion, the Horizon Group has incorporated Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing into its manufacturing process and upgraded its PaR Systems 5-Axis CNC Machine.  The new SLA 3D printing facility is intended to create scale models of a client’s yacht, as well as custom seating areas, storage and deck sections for individual yachts in build. The 5-Axis CNC machine can operate 24/7 at high speeds with autonomous positioning and wireless spindle head adjustment, which helps accelerate production and increases the capabilities for precision processing technology and innovative applications.

Kadey-Krogen Group Acquires American Tugs

The Kadey-Krogen Group, builder of the world class series of Krogen trawlers and the performance cruising brand Summit Motoryachts, announced today that it has acquired LaConner, Washington, based American Tugs.  American Tugs was founded in 1999 by marine industry veterans who recognized the need for high-quality, U.S. built coastal cruisers. The company achieved instant success and benefits from a loyal customer base in North Amercian and Europe. Today, American Tugs builds five models ranging from 36 to 48 feet, and has delivered more than 250 cruising boats to date, as well as five commercial vessels, from its 28,000 square foot facility in LaConner.  “It’s really an exciting opportunity for us to acquire such a successful boatbuilder, led by a team that we’ll be collaborating with on day one,” says Tucker West, Kadey-Krogen Group President. “They have a healthy backorder of boats, a great reputation in this market, and most importantly a customer base that really loves their American Tugs. We immediately identified how our companies will complement each other and, most importantly, how the customers will benefit. This includes expanded distribution for American Tugs through Kadey-Krogen’s sales offices in Portsmouth, R.I.; Annapolis, Md.; Seattle, Wash., and Stuart, Fla. We are also working with American Tugs leadership to expand service and refit offerings for Krogen and Summit customers at their LaConner facility and leverage their west coast sales.” Additionally, the company will explore leveraging the opportunities for sales in the Great Lakes region through their existing relationship with Mid-West-based yacht broker Schwartz & Co. Yacht Sales.  The acquisition will not affect production of either the American Tugs, Krogen, or Summit brands, and The Kadey-Krogen Group plans to continue to market each brand separately. “We are certainly looking at ways of combining forces on the production side where it makes sense,” said Fran Morey, Kadey-Krogen Group Production Manager. “Initially we see opportunities through purchasing, and even on tooling on new models. American Tugs has a worldclass team of engineers and builders, and we’re looking forward to working with them to create some incredible boats. It’s a win-win.”  American Tugs co-founder and current CEO, Kurt Dilworth, will remain on the team, as will Jeff Calvert, who currently manages sales. “This is an incredible opportunity to complete the marriage of two companies that strive to be best in class and together have more than 71 years of boatbuilding experience,” says Kurt. “That’s tough to beat.”  American Tugs was advised by Anchors Aweigh Capital, led by Skip Sorenson.

Karnic Thirty Year Anniversary

It is exactly 30 years ago on 24 May 1993 since Karnic Powerboats Ltd began operations as a company specialising in the design and building of powerboats.  It is a three decade voyage through calm as well as wavy waters that enabled us to develop as professionals, meet people, form relationships, fulfil dreams.  An enjoyable voyage empowered by our passion to design, innovate, manufacture, study and compete.  We would like to thank every single dealer or distributor for their belief, trust and continuing support over the years which enabled us to grow our brand and enhance our presence in so many parts of the world. We also express our sincere thanks to our suppliers for listening, supporting and providing solutions in good as well as difficult times.  Of course, a big ʹthank youʹ and respect is owed to all individuals who honoured us by purchasing a Karnic thus providing solid contribution in the evolvement of our company.  Equally, we thank all Karnic enthusiasts for believing and indirectly assisting the establishment of our brand.  

MJM Adds Build Your Boat Tool

MJM have added all the specs and pricing for each MJM model on the website. With the Build-A-Yacht tool one can select colours and  options, see a pricing quote, and download a rendering of the MJM he created.

Nordhavn Does One More Ocean Crossing

Spirit of Ulysses, an ocean-crossing 2007 Nordhavn 76, just transited the Panama Canal on its way from Fort Lauderdale to Australia.  The Nordhavn’s latest trip will take two months and cover almost 9,900 nm before it reaches its newest home in Perth. It left Fort Lauderdale on May 2, stopped in Key West and then cruised on to Panama. Next stops: The Galapagos, Samoa, Fiji, and then Brisbane.  Hull number eight of the 76 series, Spirit of Ulysses has already cruised the Pacific from Alaska to New Zealand, transited the Panama Canal to the Atlantic and then made a transatlantic run to Spain. In early 2021, Mike Ridgway, a New Zealand software executive, bought it (it was the first boat he ever owned), and then, with a veteran crew, crossed the Atlantic to Barbados that December.  As it turned out, Kris Townend, an Australian and a veteran boat owner, had been following Ridgway’s videos of his journey. He and his wife Amy started boating with a 21-foot bow rider when they were married in 2011. Over the years, their family grew to include five children, and they moved up to a 35-foot Maxum and a 48-foot Sea Ray.  But an ocean-crossing cruiser, particularly a Nordhavn, was always on the horizon. Last year, Townend sold his business; this February he bought Spirit of  Ulysses in Fort Lauderdale. He wanted it for its seaworthiness, long range and luxurious accommodations.  The original idea was the Townend would stay on board for the entire trip (he hired a professional captain) and he and his son Liam, 10, were on board all the way from the start through the Panama Canal.  But then Townend  faced a sudden business problem and they had to fly home; Townend will rejoin the boat in Fiji.  Once Spirit of Ulysses gets to Perth, the whole family will move on board. Their plans are to explore the waters around Australia for a while, particularly the Whitsunday Islands, and then move on to Asia. 

Princess Spring Owners Holiday 

From April 20th to 24th, Princess Yachts America hosted their annual Princess Spring Owners Holiday in magnificent Harbour Island at the beautiful Valentines Resort and Marina. The event marked the 20th Owners Holiday since Princess Yachts America began hosting them. It was the largest gathering to date, with 50 Princess Yachts, 60 Princess owners and a total of over 400 attendees.  The festivities kicked off with a Welcome In celebration on the dock featuring a private fireworks showcase over the marina. Throughout five days, a full agenda of events was enjoyed by all, highlighted by the inaugural “Knot So Grand” Prix poker run/golf cart decorating, a perfect beach day, competitive pickleball tournament and a capstone celebration dinner featuring a traditional Bahamian junkanoo parade. Look for the Princess Yachts America fleet of owners this summer as they head to Provincetown, Massachusetts, for the Princess Summer Owners Holiday from July 20th to 23rd!

Sirena Delivers Thirtieth 58 to USA

Istanbul-based shipyard Sirena Yachts has announced that the latest unit of its Sirena 58 yacht will shortly be delivered to the US. Ordered in 2022, this is the 30th Sirena 58 to arrive in the USA out of a total of 58 units built so far, representing just over 50% of the model’s production. Recently arriving from Turkey, the Sirena 58 will soon be loaded onto a ship and head towards her final destination of California.  With another seven Sirena 58s currently on order for the USA, the model has proven to be a major hit in the USA, attracting North American owners for many different reasons. Sporting naval architecture and exterior styling by German Frers and interior design by renowned Italian designer Tommaso Spadolini, the Sirena 58 is available in three different layout options, to meet the needs and preferences of discerning owners. 

Sunreef Wins German Innovation Award

Sunreef Yachts is delighted to inform that the Sunreef 80 Eco has won the German Innovation Award 2023. As an outstanding innovation achievement, the luxury eco-catamaran received an award in the Excellence in Business 2 Consumer category. The German Innovation Award is an annual award that recognizes and honors innovative products, services, and business models across various industries worldwide.

Sunreef Appoints Two New Dealers

Sunreef Yachts announces the signing of 2 important dealers which reflects the growing popularity of the company’s catamaran model range across the globe.  A new agency agreement with Apollo Yachts LLC was signed for the territory of South America, Central America, and Canada. This agreement will see Apollo Yachts become the exclusive sales representative for Sunreef Yachts in these regions. Apollo Yachts is a well-established yacht brokerage with a strong track record in the sale and marketing of luxury yachts. The company has a team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to providing their clients with the best possible service.  AJ Blackmon, CEO of Apollo Yachts commented: Sunreef is a leading manufacturer of luxury catamarans, known for their innovative design and construction. The company's yachts are popular with discerning owners who appreciate their spaciousness, comfort, and performance. This new agency agreement is of significant importance for Apollo Yachts. It will allow Apollo Yachts to offer its clients a wider range of luxury catamarans, while also providing Sunreef with a strong presence in key markets.  Sunreef Yachts has appointed Alina Yachts as exclusive dealer in Serbia. The company was founded by serial entrepreneurs Alex Alpert and Nina Pelicic and has deep ties to the region. They have a background in building technology companies which they plan to leverage to reach this expanding market. They have turned their focus to yachting and helping people fulfill their dreams of living on the water.  Nina Pelicic, managing director of Alina Yachts, commented: The demand for luxury products has been growing significantly in Serbia and now is the perfect time to introduce the Balkans to Sunreef Yachts. Growing up on the water, I realized that people were missing a truly customized luxury experience. Sunreef’s combination of luxury and custom designs allows people to spend more time on the water and create their dream yacht. Following the two dealer appointments, Francis Lapp, CEO of Sunreef Yachts, commented: We take great pride in welcoming Apollo Yachts LLC and Alina Yachts to the Sunreef Yachts family, and we anticipate a fruitful and enduring partnership with them. With the increasing interest in yachting and our catamaran models, it was essential to collaborate with seasoned partners who can assist us in delivering a comprehensive customer experience.

Van Der Valk Wins 2023 Boat International World Superyacht Award

“A very pleasant all-rounder that certainly met the owner’s challenge,” was how the judges of this year’s World Superyacht Awards described Blue Jeans. Despite being up against four other superb nominations in the ‘Semi-displacement or planing motoryacht 30 to 34.99m’ category, Van der Valk’s fully custom entry won by a significant margin in a secret ballot of the independent panel of 23 current and former superyacht owners. You can see from the photos what it meant to the team behind this 34-metre beauty as they stood on the stage to accept the coveted Neptune trophy in Istanbul on Saturday 20 May.  Winning this award is a testimony to the yard, Guido de Groot’s design team, the naval architects Diana Yacht Designand above all the vision of the owners of Blue Jeans. They came to Van der Valk seeking a fast vessel with a high level of seaworthiness, stability and manoeuvrability, challenging us to surprise them with what we could do. The results certainly impressed the judges, as their report makes clear. “They admired her striking appearance, her comfortable cruising speed of 25 knots, her spacious maintenance-friendly engine room, high-quality build and optimum layout.”

Viking Soundings Trade Only

Gary Reich, editor-in-chief of Soundings Trade Only, recently spent time at the Viking manufacturing plant speaking with women boatbuilders for an upcoming article. Women have always had a strong presence in Viking’s workforce. The COVID crisis saw an increase in the female population since women who were in the hospitality industry lost jobs – but still wanted to work. Viking’s Human Resources Department appealed to those women to “Come join our team, we will teach you a skill and provide a career.” 

Viking Takes First Place in First Tournament

Norman Sabga’s Afunday won the Marlin Madness International Billfish Tournament (based out of Charlotteville, Tobago) with five blue marlin, 14 sails and a pair of dolphin. Norman took delivery of his Viking 80 in early spring, and this was the first tournament he fished on the new yacht. “The boat performed beautifully,” Norman said. “I was very pleased with how she fished and also the accommodations. And she ran great – we comfortably cruised home at 35+ knots.” He added, “On our pre-fishing day we released eight sailfish.”

Viking at Salt Life Blue Water Tournament

Team Half-A-Buc won the Salt Life Bluewater Tournament for the third time in a row. Angler Dominic Shaw, fishing on Daniel Brown’s Viking 64, released a pair of blue marlin for the win. “It was the first blue marlin I’ve ever reeled in, so it felt good,” said Dominic. "The team’s really excited, we did great and are happy with our win.”  George Robinson’s Viking 64 Polarizer got the party started with the first blue marlin release of the tournament – which landed them in 2nd Place. The Salt Life Bluewater Tournament is part of the Sport Fishing Championship.

Viking Fights Another New Ten Knots Restriction

Viking and the entire marine industry ramped up their efforts in the Nation’s Capital last week to stop the federal government’s proposed 10-knot restriction along the Eastern Seaboard, while also alerting Congress to a new petition for a similar speed limit in the Gulf of Mexico. Above: Viking Director of Government Affairs and Sustainability, John DePersenaire – speaking to boating and fishing leaders, members of Congress and the media – presented an in-depth report about NOAA Fisheries’ changes to the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule, which would call for a 10-knot speed limit from Massachusetts to Florida. John also provided an update on the progress of the Whale and Vessel Safety (WAVS) Task Force, a Viking initiative consisting of a panel of experts committed to finding technology-based solutions to track marine mammals, particularly the right whale. Finally, he explained that a petition for rulemaking put forth by several environmental groups through NOAA proposes a year-round, 10-knot restriction for all boats in a large region off the of coast Alabama and the Florida panhandle (the core habitat of the Rice’s whale).  “We made significant strides in Washington, making policymakers aware of our plight and that we want to be part of a more reasonable, science-based solution,” said John. “But now we have two battles on our hands that call for action from all facets of the boating and fishing community.”  These rules, which deny access to the ocean and raise serious safety, privacy and economic impact concerns, are certainly one of the greatest threats recreational boating and fishing has ever faced. Reacting to the Rice’s Whale restriction, Viking President and CEO Pat Healey said: “We’re faced with another speed restriction put forth without our input. It’s craziness. We all have to work together for a solution to help the right whale and Rice’s whale.”  Viking and hundreds of marine industry leaders united in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill for the industry’s premier advocacy event – the American Boating Congress (ABC).  Along with John, Viking’s Justin Healey was in the thick of it all, even spending an extra day on Capitol Hill speaking to members of Congress, raising their awareness to the catastrophic impact the speed restrictions would have.  

Wajer Start of 2023 Season

On April 16th, Wajer traditional Start of the Season event took place. Wajer couldn’t have wished for a better start, when at the yard in Heeg we christened 20 brand new Wajers before taking off with a fleet of nearly 50 Wajers to the Amstel Hotel in Amsterdam. 

Wajer Care Hub in Spain

The Wajer fleet is growing, not only on the Balearic Islands but also along the Spanish mainland. Therefore an official Wajer Care hub was started for the Dénia/Moraira region. A permanent Care team will be there during the sailing season to maintain the Wajers and ensure Wajer owners can enjoy their yacht Without a Worry, or, as they say in Spain: 'sin preocupaciones'.   

Wajer Bay Marina

Wajer recently opened its Wajer Bay Marina office at one of Miami’s most desirable spots; former Bentley Bay - Miami South Beach (520 West Avenue). Wajer Bay  Marina  consists of 16 private slips with boatlifts, all under supervision of a professional dockmaster. The slips and boatlifts are suited for yachts up to 60ft (56.000 lbs). 

May 30, 2023

Formula Sport Cruiser Beaches and Sinks in Lake Ozarks

An eleven meter Formula sport cruiser with two persons onboard ended on top of the underwater reefs near Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozarks on the late afternoon of Friday May 27.  The Formula sport cruiser for an unknown reason ended on top the well marked with two markers dangerous reef.  Unfortunately some hours later the sport cruiser sank, and in the morning turned upside down first near a marina and later driven by the current in a nearby beach, where it was secured to not remain a semi-sinking navigational hazard.
The Formula in this accident is a 35 PC model, produced from 1986 to 1989 to a design of John Adams, Formula head designer since 1971.  The 35 PC has an interior sleeping six in an open plan layout with a double berth forward and two convertible areas, and was standard powered by twin Mercuiser 340hp on V-drive shafts which gave top speeds up to thirty knots.  The Formula 35 PC was replaced by the 36 PC in 1990.

Project: Wajer 44

Wajer present the project for a new 44 model, sitting in between its famous 38 and 55 models.  The Wajer 44 at thirteen meters in length is more voluminous than the 38, yet  more compact than the 55. The Wajer 44 is in short words a spacious day boat that can become a cruiser for two persons. Designed by the usual Wajer team of Sinot for the exterior and Van Oossanen for naval architecture there’s no mistaking, that the 44 is closely related to the 38, 55 and 77 with the classic lines of runabouts of the fifties and sixties again reinterpreted into the 21st century.  This is shown in the swing-over anchor arm which retracts neatly into the anchor hatch, and the cleats seamlessly incorporated into the rub rail, for that characteristically sleek clean high-end look. In addition the Wajer 44 also features the Smart Boating concept, Wajer Owners App to connect to his 44 remotely. With this one can check the anchor position of the yacht during lunch on the beach, the air conditioning and hydraulically operated swimming ladder can also be easily operated via the app to ensure everything is ready when you step on board.  The Wajer 44 offers an interior sleeping two, with a shower head forward and a galley to port side with opposite C-shaped dinette and or double berth to starboard.  Power is from standard twin Volvo 380hp up to 480hp and IPS pod drives propulsion, with speeds estimates up to forty knots from the larger engine option.

May 29, 2023

New Model: Galeon 560 Fly

During the 2023 Miami boat show Galeon presented the World premier for the 560 Fly model.  A seventeen meters flybridge motor yacht, the 560 Fly is designed by British Tony Castro, Galeon's main designer for the last twenty or so years.  The 560 Fly replaces the 550 after ten years of production into that highly competitive segment of the market, especially in between European builders.  As is usual to Galeon the 560 Fly comes as a unique offer, and although its not a novelty as it was once, Galeon opening side bulkheads as presented on the 500 Fly in 2015 are still unique, especially if onboard entertaining with friends is ones priority. These drop down bulkheads apart expanding beam by two meters are unique and with the opening sliding glazed surfaces in the galley and the other side, they join the inside with outside in a unique manner which surprisingly has not yet been copied in the market today.  The Galeon 560 Fly also features some hard to find features in its size, like the side door by the helm station to starboard and the single peace forward windshield serving the lower helm.  The 560 Fly is part of what Galeon calls its fourth generation series which debuted with the 640 Fly in 2018 and to the swing extendable bulkheads adds more glazed surfaces, the Heptagon bow which increases space below moving beam further forward and on deck. The Galeon 560 Fly is standard powered by twin Volvo 725hp with line shafts propulsion and an option for twin 900hp units available.  Top speed is up to 29 knots with the standard power.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.82 m (58.6ft)
Hull Length - 16.2 m
Beam - 4.82 m
Draft - 1.05 m (ex propellers), 1.40 meters with propellers
Displacement - 27621 kg unloaded, plus 5.4 tons loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1100 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Max Persons - fourteen
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, D13 900hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 29 knots max 23 knots cruise
Range - 223 nm at cruise
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE B

May 28, 2023

Web: CRN New Web Site

CRN presents its new virtual global World wide web showroom. Founded by Sanzio Nicolini in Ancona Italy in 1963, CRN is the acronym for Costruzioni e Riparazioni Navali and since 1999 has been owned by the Ferretti Group. Up until Ferretti Group ownership CRN build both commercial and yacht vessels, with the yachts becoming a bigger part of its builds more into time.  In 1964 CRN delivers its first build with the 9.6 meter Galatea, made of steel and aluminium and still to date the smallest boat made.  Galatea was followed by a larger 12.5m Delfino II in the same year, with the sixties being marked by a total of 27 builds with the 34,4 meter Begheera launched in 1969 being the largest.  CRN starts the seventies with the launch of the 23 metre Super Conero, and eight commissioned builds for Riva; six 21,61 Marco Polo and two 30m Vespucci one of which will be Carlo Riva's personal yacht. In 1978 CRN goes again a step bigger and above forty meters in size with the 47,2m Fath Al Kahr, followed by the slightly bigger 48m Santa Maria a year later. The eighties start with a larger build with the 54m TR Brennero, followed by the 32,80m F100 build for Gianni Agnelli to a design of Gerhard Gilgenast.  In total seven builds above fifty meters are made in the eighties including of which will be the 61m m/y Il Vagabundo.  The nineties continue to lead CRN to bigger and larger builds, and in 1991 celebrates its construction no.100 to another new largest build to date with Awal II a 65,30 meters super yacht, its largest build till 2010.  This is followed with more custom super yachts two of which over fifty meters, and in 1999 concedes with the change of ownership and CRN becoming part of the Ferretti Group. The new millennium starts with the delivery of the 61m m/y Nvmptia, the last craft directed by the Nicolini, designed by Scanu and featuring a rounded canoe stern. With CRN the Ferretti Group strategies to re-enter into semi-custom builds with the 43 and 46 meter super yacht series, and also enters composite building first because of the Ferretti Custom Line 128 which was build in Ancona and gets rebranded as CRN of which six units will be build from 2004 to 2011, and again followed by the Navetta 43 produced from 2007 to 13 in eight units.  Under Ferretti Group, CRN continues its push into bigger sizes, with three custom 60 meters launched from 2006 to 2009, and builds its largest build to date in 2013 hull #129 m.y Chopi Chopi designed by Giovanni Zuccon. Five more builds above seventy meters are made in between 2010 and 2023, including the 2019 launched 79m Zuccon designed hull #135. CRN new website is available in English, Italian, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, French, Portuguese, Japanese, and German language and takes you around with the following buttons; Our Philosophy, CRN Heritage, CRN Megayachts, New Builds and Design, Services and Refit, and Our News and Events.  CRN is also on social media with lower page buttons taking you to its; Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tweeter, Linkedin, and YouTube pages.