February 28, 2021

Monthly News = February 2021

Ferretti Group and Sanlorenzo Form Joint Venture to Save Perini Navi

Through the NewCo, world leading players of Italian yachting excellence Ferretti Group and Sanlorenzo have expressed their interest in making an offer to acquire the trademarks, assets and Italian operations of Perini Navi, if necessary with a business unit lease agreement, in order to ensure a swift recovery of production activities and the maintenance of employment levels.  “This is an important day for the Italian yachting industry, for the employees of Perini Navi and for their families, ensuring in this way that their passion, experience and unique skills will continue to be protected. As will the Perini Navi supply chain, which is made up of numerous suppliers who will be reassured and whose peace of mind will be restored by today’s safeguards,” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “At Ferretti Group we are always on the lookout for excellence and capabilities to integrate with our own. And often we find them in Italy, as is the case today. We are confident our commitment will translate into further growth that benefits the local area and raises the profile of the Italian yacht industry still further. I would also like to emphasise the historical importance of the alliance with Sanlorenzo, reflecting the new spirit of collaboration sweeping through Italy: a positive broadening of our horizons that will let us seize even more opportunities and deliver even more success”.  “I began my professional career in the yacht industry in Viareggio, in the same place and year in which Perini Navi was starting life a short distance away,” said Sanlorenzo Executive Chairman Massimo Perotti. “That was back in 1983 and since then I’ve always had great admiration for the business model adopted by this remarkable brand: boats with outstanding qualities, built exclusively to order for a limited number of expert owners and connoisseurs. These are the same unique features I found years later in Sanlorenzo. Because of these similarities and with a strong determination to rescue an Italian brand with an unparalleled history, in the interests of the local area, all stakeholders and first and foremost employees and suppliers, I have from the outset confirmed the willingness of Sanlorenzo to contribute to the brand’s relaunch. Today I am pleased to be able to do so jointly with Ferretti Group. It is an alliance of historic importance for our industry, one which I am convinced will continue to develop and set an example for other initiatives aimed at strengthening our world leadership in this sector”.

Mimi Invests in New Infrastructures

The recent years’ growth trend of the Neapolitan shipyard was confirmed once again in this past 2020, so much that Gozzi Mimì decided to expand its production site adding a new 1.000 square meters shed, that will be dedicated to the models’ display, and new offices. This is the beginning of an unprecedented chapter in the brand’s history, one that will also include the expansion into new foreign markets. In the beginning of 2021 Gozzi Mimì unveiled a new 1.000 square meters space in Naples in response to the recent months’ growing demand, coming mostly from foreign markets and for larger yachts. The space is intended for the display of boats and a new office building. This expansion confirms the will of development of a shipyard that, since its foundation 50 years ago, has always been able to create a perfect balance between technological innovation and respect for the traditions.  As confirmed by Gozzi Mimì’s CEO Domenico Senese: “This growth is a natural progression of the path undertaken so far, initiated in 1975 by my father Salvatore in a limited space of 500 square meters. In the following years we kept growing and collecting more and more approvals: thanks to this positive trend in 2020 we have increased our turnover by 30% and by the first weeks of 2021 we already received a considerable amount of requests. The focus is now shifting towards larger models – the best selling boat at the moment is the Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround – and we have received many requests from foreign customers. We are therefore planning our expansion strategy towards foreign markets”.  Gozzi Mimì is a family-run company that crossed the national borders without ever changing ownership, the founder is often seen seen working in the shipyard alongside his two sons. Nowadays the brand is well known throughout Europe and in several Asian Countries for his planing gozzi, meeting point between past and future: the design recalls the fascinating tradition of the shipwights from Sorrento (the recent Libeccio 8.5 Classic offers even the tiller steering) but hides a hyper-modern and technological heart, that allows a navigation at surprising speeds and very low consumption.  Innovation plays a vital role in the shipyards’ production line: the models are designed and engineered in 3D and realized using seven-axis NC milling machines and the hulls are made through vacuum infusion, a process that, besides offering many advantages regarding safety and emission, it allows to create a performing composite, with a reduced weight, a correct resin / fiber ratio and a constant thickness. This technique is always updated and improved, thanks to the results of continuous research in which Valerio Rivellini, designer of all the latest models of the shipyard, and the Federico II University of Naples also participate.

Viking at 58th Buccaneer Cup

Catch 23 hung seven sailfish flags to win the 58th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament. With captain Stetson Turney at the wheel, the Viking 80 also claimed 1st Place Live Bait team. Catch 23 angler Jimmy David released two sails to win 3rd Place Angler.  Second Place Dead Bait went to the Viking 70 Pipe Dreamer and Touch of Gray, a Viking 68, was 3rd Place in that category.

February 27, 2021

Project: Numarine 37XP

Numarine, the motor and super yacht shipyard headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey continues to expand its fleet of explorer yachts with its latest addition to the XP series: the 37XP. Conceived and built according to parameters that have kept the Numarine brand at the forefront of innovation and technology, the new 37XP combines a refined, but easily recognizable aesthetic with an ambitiously conceived functionality to deliver another first-class experience. This 37-meter superyacht carries the same DNA of the series with enormous angular windows and strong and powerful look, which is recognizable from the first sight. What definitely stands out is that the use of glass on the 37XP is even more impressive than on previous models. The collaboration behind the design remains the same with the shipyard’s long-time partners, Umberto Tagliavini is responsible for the naval architecture and Can Yalman is in charge of the exterior. The interior decoration of the first 37XP is by Hot Lab. This is the second Numarine project with the Milan-based studio. The 37XP is as efficient as it gets, with twin 800hp capable of reaching 14 knots maximum speed and has a transatlantic capability with RINA unrestricted navigation certificate and range of 6000 nm at 8 knots, which is on par with the world’s best expedition yachts in this class. The yacht has a spacious interior with several social areas. The main deck saloon and cabins benefit from large windows and are filled with sunlight. The aft beach club features a bathing platform and an inside lounge literally sitting on the water level. Wide outside spaces are another major advantage of the new model. The wide body flybridge is almost ten meters long and it turns into 80 squared meters of space. The 37XP hosts six guest cabins on board. The master suite is on the main bow and there are four guest cabins and a nanny cabin on the lower deck.  The first unit of the 37XP has already entered the final stages of construction at the Numarine shipyard. The launch and delivery are scheduled for summer 2021. The company has two other hulls of the 37XP under construction on spec.

February 26, 2021

Out-News = Motor Yacht Totalled to Fire in Compass Marina

A Marquis 72 was totalled and lost to fire in Compass Cay, in the Exumas, on seventeen February, 2021. The boat started burning at Compass Marina and was then towed away to Compass Cay.  Some photos are running in social media showing the sank debris.  The boat was unattended at the time of the fire, which according to some reports lasted for over three hours before the boat was totalled. No further fire to neighbouring boats or yachts occurred, and no one was hurt in the accident.
The Marquis 720 was launched in 2008 and is a further evolution of the 690 model and produced until 2016.  Designed by Nuvalari Lenard the 720 offered a four double cabins interior, and was also offered in an enclosed bridge Tri-Deck called version.  The Marquis was powered by twin standard 1200hp with optional engines taking power up to 1676hp.  Marquis has in the last years changed direction and at the moment is only offering the M42 center console sport cruiser, which is a bit a pity as some of the models it produced, from the 420 Sport Coupe, to the 690 and 720 where very beautiful boats and have taken the test of time really well.

February 25, 2021

Improve-it = Mazu 42 Walk-Around

Mazu Yachts announces a modified version of its 42 Walk-Around model devised for more comfortable overnight cruising.  Mazu already produces the 42ST variant with an interior layout designed for use as a superyacht tender. The latest version is based on the same sporty platform as the standard WA model with the identical hull lines and performance. The difference is that the forward sofa seating and dinette have been replaced with a raised sunbed to provide more volume in the bow section below deck.  The result is a comfortable, full-height double cabin ideal for weekend or overnight cruising.  Other signature features of the 42WA remain unchanged, from the side companionways for ease of movement and Gaggenau-equipped galley to the carbon epoxy construction and high-performance Volvo Penta IPS propulsion , which with twin Volvo 480hp makes her reach 45 knots, one of the fastest IPS boats.  A total of six units in the Mazu 42 series have been sold since its debut at the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival. There are also three Mazu 53 units and one Mazu 62 currently in build at the brand’s high-tech facility in Yalova, Turkey.

February 23, 2021

Project: Fountaine Pajot MY4.S

Fountain Pajot present a new entry level model to its Motor Yachts range, with MY4.S project allowing a greater number of motor catamaran enthusiasts to become owners of the known French cat brand. Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts is the only brand to offer Motor Yachts of this size, in this category of multihulls and a size of just eleven meters. For the to go further in the pleasure of living on board, Fountaine Pajot have with the help of designers Daniel Andrieu and Pierangelo Andreani redesigned the interior and exterior spaces, optimized storage, revised the aft cockpit with a sunbathing area and a dining area, such as the living room, redesigned the kitchen area, all this in favour of an incredible space saving. The MY4.S presents itself with elegant lines, and a hard top with  a sunroof opening.  The Fountaine Pajot MY4.S is to be powered by standard twin Yanmar 150hp engines, and or optional twin 250hp units.  Estimated range will be an impressive up to one thousand nautical miles.

February 21, 2021

Web: Ocean Alexander New Web Site

Ocean Alexander from Taipei, Taiwan presents its new World wide web showroom. The Ocean Alexander story starts in 1973, when Alex Chueh lends money to a friend, and this ends in a boat yard ownership. A few years pass and it is 1977 and after a meeting with naval architect Ed Monk Junior, Alex Chueh founds Ocean Alexander. After this meeting and a year later the first Ocean Alexander yacht is launched and this is the 50 Classic Mark I. Since then its history and Ocean Alexander has in the last fifteen years been managed by Alex's son Johnny Chueh. Today Ocean Alexnader offers four series; Divergence, Revolution, Explorer, and Legend divided into six models which start with the outboard powered centre console 45 Divergence, and goes up to the 36 Legend. Ocean Alexander new website is available in English,  Spanish and Chinese languages and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Series, OA Advantage, Media and Events, Dealers, Shop, and Contact. Ocean Alexander is also on social media with buttons at the button of the page taking you to the; Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube pages.

February 19, 2021

Project: Baglietto Superfast42

Italian boat builder Baglietto has revealed the first renderings of its latest 42m project, a planning hull aluminium yacht pencilled by Francesco Paszkowski for a European Owner. The La Spezia based shipyard is thus going back to its origins, reinterpreting its iconic planning line with an eye to the future.  This new 42m yacht is indeed characterised by a slender hull and a modern, aggressive design, further enhanced by the extensive use of multi-level glazed surfaces, resulting in a very contemporary exterior look.  The highly performing, brand-new hull, designed by Plana Design, can reach a remarkable maximum speed of 28 knots thanks to three MTU 2600hp engines with traditional shaft line external drives and a VOITH linear jet central drive.  The limited draught of just over two meters also deserves mention, as it allows to easily and comfortably cruise even in very shallow waters. The compact Hard Top superstructure, limited in height, makes a significant contribution to this yacht’s charming, stylish look. The stern, too, features innovative design solutions, with the transom door opening downwards to create a pleasant swimming platform on the sea featuring a lounge area furnished with sofas and a bar, while a side door makes launching and hauling the tender fast and easy.  Impressive volumes characterise this vessel, which has been mainly conceived to enjoy wonderful sunny day at sea and outdoor activities with friends. Inside, the layout is a traditional one, with the full-beam master stateroom located forward on the main deck and fitted with a large ensuite bathroom and a spacious walk-in wardrobe. A conversation area welcomes guests as they board the yacht on this deck, where the dining area and the galley can also be found.  The night guest area, situated on the lower deck, includes four guest cabins: 2 double VIP cabins and 2 twin cabins with an additional Pullman bed. On the same deck, at the bow, are the crew quarters, with the Captain’s cabin, a dinette, and 3 cabins with bunk beds.  The wheelhouse is on the upper deck and is directly connected to the large sky lounge, where guests will be able to enjoy a conversation area and a cinema room. The dining table is outside. Moving towards the stern, the sunbathing area can be reached, furnished with loungers and seats. Another sunbathing area is available at the bow, also on this deck.  Baglietto Superfast42 will be classified with Rina and is scheduled to be delivered by summer 2022.

February 18, 2021

Out-News = Explorer Yacht gets Caught Into Electrical Cables

A new Sundeck 700 explorer yacht gets caught in an electrical cables while on road delivery on Tuesday 29 December in Fano at around 1130 hours.  The accident short circuited some of the electrical systems of the Sundeck explorer yacht resulting in a principle for a fire hazard, immediately controlled by the fire fighting squad.  No one was injured, but parts of the neighbourhood surrounding the area of the accident had no electricity for some hours.  
The Sundeck 700 is a new model by the Italian yacht builder, designed as all the line by Zuccheri.  Currently the 700 is the largest model build to date by Sundeck, though the shipyard has a project for an 850 in the works.  The Sundeck 700 is a semi custom build and is offered in four or five guest cabins layouts, with two crew cabins. Standard power for the Sundeck 700 is by twin Man or Cats 850hp engines, with optional 1000hp units being available.   

February 17, 2021

Improve-it = Evo R6

A new unit was recently launched of the Evo R6, the 18-metre yacht that epitomises the long-term vision of the Blu Emme Yachts yard. Compared to her two sisters, this custom EVO R6 features new layouts, both externally and internally, and alternative furnishing solutions developed together with the German owner, who envisaged a boat with a more aggressive look perfect for celebrations and parties. The exterior layout has been modified to create a bar with a linear and functional design behind the stern sun-pad. The brushed stainless steel structure and apparently suspended teak counter are seamlessly integrated with the unit containing a fridge, freezer and icemaker unit. The spacious sun-pad sofa is a small masterpiece of design. Technological, transformable and extendable, it encapsulates all the brand’s distinctive characteristics. Guests can use this feature to revolutionise the layout of the area in seconds: the backrest can be adjusted manually and transformed into seating for the bar, while the sun-pad can be extended in width using an electric mechanism to form a C-shaped sofa overlooking the water. Even the smallest details have been designed with the greatest care: the sofa seems to hang in the air thanks to its clever structure and, unlike the previous two units in which the sun-pad has a 2.8-metre tender housed beneath it, there’s a special hatch to gain access to the jet boards. The lateral Xtension bulwarks, on the other hand, contain two Seabobs, with a sliding system for ease of use.  In the cockpit, the kitchen unit is in the same style as the bar and has been redesigned to accommodate a bigger grill. Also transformable are the new hanging pilot’s seat, the cockpit sofa with a backrest that can be used as an extra seat, and the cockpit table, which has an electric “up and down” mechanism and can be used either for lunch or drinks. The windscreen has two openings at the bottom to allow fresh air to circulate and make the cockpit even more comfortable.  The forward sun-pad and sofa have also been revolutionised in this new version of the Evo R6 by adding mobile backrests.  Below deck, the interior design is in a Northern European minimalist style, with clean, simple and squared off lines combined with a palette of pale colours. The owner has chosen a layout with three cabins plus a spacious dinette that can be turned into a fourth cabin. Once again, the Yard and designer Valerio Rivellini have shown their ability to customise the layout of a 58-footer and translate the owner’s needs into a masterpiece of functionality and design. First presented with two cabins plus crew and then revisited in a three-cabin version on the Open model, this third version of the Evo R6 offers four guest cabins and three bathrooms.

February 15, 2021

Project: Absolute 48 Coupe

Absolute 48 Coupé inaugurates a new range for the North Italian boat builder, and sees the shipyard in Podenzano return to a sport cruiser offer sub fifteen meters, which is how the Italian builder offer actually started in 2002 and 3 when it was founded.  The main novelty of the 48 Coupe aim at a new concept of life aboard, with solutions to reduce the energy consumption and stimulating new levels of comfort and liveability, thanks to the use of solar panels on the coach roof.  Outside in the above rendering the Absolute 48 Coupe seems to be very much based on the 47 Fly model, with identical hull windows and featuring new stern design.  Super structure is also completely new with everything again as per rendering above looking leaner.  The Absolute 48 Coupe is to be powered by twin Volvo 480hp with IPS pod drive propulsion, which will give top speeds up to thirty knots and a cruise of 25.