July 27, 2021

Out-News = Flybridge Cruiser on Fire Near Elba Island

A fourteen meter Raffaelli motor cruiser with three guests onboard went on fire some nine miles from Isola Elba and nineteen miles from Pianosa island on the morning of Friday 16 July at around 0700 hours.  As reported the Raffaelli flybridge cruiser which had departed from Scarlino Marlino in the early hours of the morning, had the fire start out from the engine room.  A VHF call was made to the coast guard, with the Porto Ferrario, Isola Elba section responding immediately to the call and saving the three passengers, who in the mean time led themselves to safety onboard the tender. A fire fighting squad was deployed to save the Raffaelli flybridge cruiser, unfortunately with no success, which dominated by the fire ended in sinking.  
The flybridge motor cruiser in the fire is a Raffaelli Storm S,  a 14.50 meter flybridge cruiser presented in 1990 and produced till 1996.  The Storm S was an evolution of the Storm model launched in 1986, adding fifty centimetres in length and with this expanding the main cabin for more space in the saloon and aft deck, and now featuring a sloop stern.  The Storm S was a popular flybridge cruiser for the most part in the Italian market and a discreet success also coming in France, thanks to its three cabins layout and its seakeeping qualities, this being a Raffaelli trade mark.  The Raffaelli Storm S was powered with Cat engines; 380hp at first and newer units having the 440hp engines.  Top speed was 28 with the lower powered engines and 31 with the 440 units.  The Storm and Storm S sold over sixty units in a ten year production run, and are still popular used boats and a common sight in most Italian marinas.  Raffaelli has always been famous for producing honest boats with seakeeping and strong construction qualities, and till the entering of the CE rules in 1998 built its boats to A1 Class Nippon design standards, something rare in sub 24 meter plus yachts in that time. 

New Model: Maritimo S55

Leading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer Maritimo, has unveiled the brand new S55 Sedan Motor Yacht at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. The new S55 is the latest addition to the esteemed sedan motor yacht series, renowned for long range adventuring, offshore cruising, and ocean tested stability and performance, features which form the foundation of Maritimo’s building ethos. Maritimo S55 has been designed to meet the lifestyle expectations for sport yacht enthusiasts seeking space, comfort, and luxury with a focal emphasis on long range offshore cruising and adventuring. Plans of the highly anticipated new model were revealed late in 2020, and has since seen the S55 Sedan already capture the attention of current Maritimo owners, and other boaters from around the globe, with orders placed prior to the official debut more than any Maritimo S-Series predecessor.  The new S55 hull is an advanced evolution of Maritimo’s longstanding experience in long range cruising design, with a variable deadrise hull with deep keel, sharp bow entry and flattened progression aft focusing on offshore cruising performance, comfort and stability. The foundations of the new S55’s hull design and engineering is focused on direct shaft drive technology. Maritimo has continually developed hull and engineering design specifically for shaft technology. This focus and dedication to the development of shaft driven technology has positioned Maritimo as world leaders in shaft driven performance and long range cruising design. The direct shaft drives will be powered by standard twin Volvo 670hp, with options taking power from Volvo, Scania or CAT up to 1000hp. The displayed S55-01 featured optional Volvo Penta 800hp, reaching top speeds up to thirty knots. The S55 also shines in its long-range capabilities with the 4550 litres fuel capacity and highly efficient performance enabling a range up to 488 nautical miles at a cruise of twenty knots. The Maritimo S-Series sedan motor yacht has long been renowned for catering to a practical single level boating lifestyle, and the S55 has encompassed the successful idea of a practical deck space with its new adventure deck lower cockpit design. The adventure deck creates an incredible water-sports with practical proximity to the water. It incorporates the option to be opened with electric actuators to unveil a fully lined tender garage with 250kg davit for owners looking to conceal tenders away from the rear platform. The adventure deck lower cockpit can also be integrated with an optional extended platform to create a mammoth deck space with endless practical applications. One step up from the lower cockpit, is the upper cockpit alfresco deck space, with easy access to deep walkthrough side decks. The upper cockpit is fully sheltered by the extended hardtop headliner, providing complete cover for the alfresco area. Adding further cover is the option for roll down breezeway or clears which provide complete 360 degree protection for the deck space. The design also conveniently conceals the clears with moulded headliner recesses when stored. The amount of floor space offered in the upper cockpit alfresco deck leads the market in the mid 50 foot category, with standard rear U-shape lounging and dining table and further option of opposing lounging flanking each side of the area. Maritimo is renowned for breaking the status quo, and the S55 is no exception. The expanded cockpit hardtop coverage has amplified the amount of area above, on the often-inaccessible sedan hardtop.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.27 m (56.8ft)
Hull Length - 17.1 m
Beam - 5.23 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 29000 kg dru
Fuel Capacity - 4550 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 670hp, D13 800hp, D13 1000hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max, 26 knots cruise, 20 knots long range with Volvo 800hp
Range - 488 nautical miles at twenty knots
Hull Shape - modified Vee shape

July 26, 2021

Project: Zeelander 5

Dutch yacht builder Zeelander have revealed the first image of a brand-new project set for launch in early 2022, the striking Zeelander 5, which proudly succeeds the yard’s award-winning Z44 model, naturally features the brand’s famous flowing lines. The Zeelander 5 is named like this for its length just under fifty feet, will showcase a new level of interior design and volume throughout. She is the second model of the new generation following the Z72 that was launched in 2019. Zeelander has decided to change its naming convention for this new generation of yachts, so the Z72 will later be rebranded the Zeelander 7.   Zeelander founder and owner Sietse Koopmans promises a sensational new yacht, for people who want to differentiate themselves. The Zeelander 5 builds on the achievements of its predecessors, harnessing the exceptional quality and attention to detail for which Dutch yards are famous. It means that Zeelander’s iconic exterior lines are instantly recognisable in the voluptuous form of the new yacht.  Like its bigger sister, the Zeelander 5 bristles with innovative thinking and rich features to improve your yachting life. The Zeelander 5 with pack up to three Volvo engines with IPS propulsion, and is one of the first to feature Volvo state-of-the-art Assisted Docking feature, delivering stress-free joystick docking. The interior is no less impressive, offering custom possibilities for discerning clients and a finish that is second-to-none.  The first Zeelander 5 will be launched in early 2022 at the Groot-Ammers yard. Zeelander will reveal more details over the coming months.

July 25, 2021

Web: Bertram New Web Site

Legendary boat builder Bertram founded in 1961 updates its website to a new platform. The story of Bertram starts in 1960 when the 31 Moppie is launched and raced by Richard Bertram during the Miami Nassau winning the event in one of the worst sea conditions in the race history and setting a new record of under four minutes to the previous one.  It is a year later to this that Richard Bertram presents the fiberglass build 31 Moppie a production run of the racing prototype 1960 model which was build of wood.  After the launch Bertram becomes a division of Nautec, a change of ownership follows in 1968 becoming part of the Whittaker Corporation, in 1985 Investcorp buy 45% share interests and finalizes a full purchase in 1987, in 1989 New York investment company G.L Ohrstorm buys the brand, 1992 sees Gruppo Varasi take over, Intek buys the company in 1997, and then Ferretti Group take over in 1998 till 2015.  Gavio the new owners purchase Bertram without its Miami facility in 2015, and since then bought a new Tampa Florida location, and design complete new models starting with a 35 designed by Michael Peters, a model which reminisces the legendary 31.  Apart from the 1960 legendary start win Bertram has had many highlights in its years from winning races; 1962 Miami Nassau, 1964 Viareggio Bastia, 1965 Cowes Torquay and Miami Key West, all these with Richard on the helm who retires in 1966 but returns for a small stint in the 1969 Miami Nassau.  Other Bertram highlights are the numbers of its construction building its thousand hull in 1971.  Bertram has also had important flagships in its run from the 58 Convertible launched in 1977 with an aluminium super structure, the 72 Convertible in 1989, and the 800 in 2010.  Bertram has also presented some models which are the benchmarks from the 1960 31 which was the model of the brand and produced for sixteen years to 1860 units, to the 28 launched in 1971 built in 2200 units, to the 1981 launched 54 which sets a bench mark in 50 plus feet sportfish yachts.  Currently Bertram has six models staring with the 2021 launched 28 CC, to the 61 flagship launched in 2018.  Bertram latest model is the 28 CC, which follows the the 39 CC and sees the famed builder enter the outboard centre console market. Bertram new website takes you around with the following buttons; Models, News and Events, Request Info, Find a Dealer, Contact Us, and Shop.  Bertram web site also features links to its social medias hubs; Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, located at the right bottom corner of the page.

July 24, 2021

New Model: Codecasa 56 F78

Codecasa Shipyards are pleased to announce the launching of the new 56 meter Hull F78 which took place, with a private ceremony, at their production facility of Viareggio.  F78 is a 56 metres, totally custom-made full displacement Yacht, with steel hull and aluminium superstructure, with her four decks the Super Yacht features elegant large windows that naturally brighten the interiors and refined and eye-catching exteriors with a large swimming pool on the Sun Deck surrounded by a huge sunbathing area.  With her large and comfortable spaces, Hull F78 can accommodate ten Guests and thirteen crew members and ensure the best comfort and privacy to the Owner, his Guests and his Staff.  With her clean and rigorous profile, typical of the Yard style, this Yacht features high quality technical standards. Equipped with twin Caterpillar 3512E engines, she reaches a maximum speed of seventeen knots at light displacement condition and she has a range of 5,000 miles at twelve knots.  The Codecasa Technical Team developped the Yacht and her exterior lines and has been working in cooperation with Mr.Tommaso Spadolini’s Design Studio, who designed the Interiors of the Yacht in a classic style using mahogany wood and mahogany plume.  The building of the Yacht has been also followed up by the Team of the English Company TWWYM on behalf of the Owning Company.
Technical Data:
LOA - 55.75 m (182.9ft)
Beam - 10.2 m
Draft - 3.2 m
Displacement - 740 t
Fuel Capacity - 140,000 l
Water Capacity - 25000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, thirteen crew in seven cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 3512E 2375hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Class S five blade propllers
Speed - 17 knots max 12 knots cruise
Range - 5000 nm at twelve knots
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel hull AH 36, aluminium super structure 5083 H111/H321
Project - Codecasa exterior, Spadolini interior
Certification - Lloyds EMEA, 100 A1, SSC, Yacht Mono G6 LMC UMS, LY3

July 23, 2021

Project: Sanlorenzo SL120 Asymetric

Sanlorenzo present the project for the SL120 Asymetric. Designed by Zuccon the SL120 Asymetric will represent a new flagship in its traditional SL line overcoming the 118 as the current largest model in the range. The SL120 comes from a design of Zuccon and like the other two previous Asymetric models will feature a full beam use to port side this increasing space in the living main deck area. The starboard side will feature a traditional side deck.  Standard accommodation layout in the SL120 Asymetric will be for five double guest cabins, including an owners stateroom on the full beam forward part of the main deck. Creww accommodation is for six crew in four cabins.  The Sanlorenzo SL120 will be powered by Cats 2400hp or MTU 2637hp engines, reaching top speeds up to 27 knots.

July 22, 2021

New Model: Riva 76 Perseo Super

The most loved sport-fly is now even more desirable, with the improvement coming with the new Riva 76 Perseo Super, heir to and evolution of the award-winning 2015 launched 76 Perseo, which exceeds  expectations in terms of design, aesthetics, functionality, on-board liveability and performance.  The 76 Perseo Super was launched on Thursday May 27 in La Spezia, where the Riva models from 22 to 40 meters production facility is located.  With an overall length of just over 23, the new Riva sport-fly is the result of collaboration of the Product Strategy Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari, designer Mauro Micheli, the founder of Officina Italiana Design with Sergio Beretta, and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department.  Over forty square metres of glazed surfaces on the hull and in the superstructure characterise the yacht’s sleek profile and enhance the sporty look of the exterior styling. The mahogany and polished stainless steel detailing, which has both technical and design functions, pays stylistic tribute to the authentic Riva tradition.  In the cockpit, designed for maximum conviviality, the dining area can easily become a spacious sun pad when needed, by lowering the table for eight and covering it with cushions.  Perfectly integrated into the yacht’s aerodynamic lines, the sun deck offers a place both to relax in total privacy and to pilot the boat from a privileged position, with a generous central sun pad of about four square metres, while forward, the central section of the second helm station is flanked by sofas on both the port and starboard sides. The refined combination of sand-coloured oak and light or dark lacquer is a distinctive feature of the entire main deck, as well as of the yacht’s interiors as a whole. The owner can also opt for rosewood as an alternative.  In the standard layout, Riva 76 Perseo Super accommodates guests on the lower deck in three cabins, all with en-suite bathrooms, but the owner can also request a fourth cabin, configured as always to ensure optimum comfort and liveability. Completing the lower deck are a small lounge and a separate galley.  The entire area is designed to ensure the best possible acoustic insulation, with supplementary soundproofing in all the forward and aft walls of the owner’s suite.  Already sold out for 2021 and available production entering well into 2022, Riva 76 Perseo Super will be officially presented at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.25 m (76.6ft)
Hull Length - 22.7 m
Waterline Length - 19 m 
Beam - 5.75 m 
Draft - 1.9 m incl props
Displacement - 45,800 kg unloaded, 53,500 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 5600 l
Water Capacity - 840 l
Max Persons - sixteen
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1550hp, 1800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 32 knots max 28 knots cruise, 37 knots max 32 knots cruise
Project - Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta Officina Italiana exterior and interior, Ferretti Group engineering for naval architecture

July 21, 2021

Out-News = Fairline Sport Cruiser Sinking in Poole

A Fairline Targa sport cruiser named Hayley with a couple onboard was recued in Poole, Sandbanks in the South of England while it started to take on water and sinking on the 21st July.  The circumstances of the accident are yet unknown, but rumours are calling for a stern drive failure.  The couple where rescued by the British RNLI coast guard, who after recusing the two persons and taking them to safety at the nearby Parkstone Yacht Club, cleared the sport cruiser from eventual pollution.  This same Fairline Targa apparently also hit the Weymouth Town Bridge in 2020 with a video showing the accident going viral on social media.
The Targa 40 is a popular sport cruiser model from Fairline produced from 2000 till 2007 in 299 units, making it the second most sold Targa model.  Designed as all Fairline's from the mid eighties till 2012 by Bernard Olesinski she was at the time of lunch one of the few sport cruisers to have a tender garage layout in a twelve meter size. The Targa 40 offered an interior with two double cabins, and convertible dinette and galley.  The Targa 40 was first released with twin Volvo 260hp year 2000, with engines which eventually became bigger as Volvo offered more powerful diesel stern drives.  Largest engine choice was for late 2006 and 07 models offered with twin 370hp taking speeds just over forty knots.  The Targa 40 was based on the hull of the 1993 launched Targa 38/39, and was replaced with the 2006 launched Targa 38 which also used the same hull.

Project: Viking 64C

Driven by its mantra to build a better boat every day, Viking’s commitment to develop fresh new models continues to be a primary reason for its industry-leading position in the Sportfish Yacht segment from fifteen to 25 meters in size. On the heels of the award-winning 54 Convertible, Viking is proud to announce the all-new 64 Convertible, the second-generation of this model that will make its world premiere at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. This four-stateroom, three-head fishing battlewagon is poised to become another best-in-class superstar on the tournament circuit and the new standard in luxury, accommodations and comfort.  The 54 Convertible reaffirmed Viking’s dominance in the 50- to 59-foot sportfish yacht market, and the Viking 64 follows suit with its own proclamation of expertise in the 60- to 70-foot genre. In the past 20 years, Viking has come to the market with eight different models; 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66, 68 and 70, delivering a combined 550 yachts. The 64’s unbroken S-shaped sheer flows gracefully from bow to stern. The swept-back black-masked windshield, pronounced hull and deckhouse feature lines and distinctive hull-side vents give the 64 an unmistakably Viking profile that is recognizable and revered around the world.  The Viking 64 Convertible is standard powered by twin Man 1550hp, with power options ranging from twin 1900hp to 2025hp also by Man. Hull No. 1 of the 64 Convertible currently under construction is to be powered by twin MTU 2002hp engines.

July 20, 2021

New Model: Cranchi A46 Luxury Tender

When a new brand and model surface and sell one hundred units in the first few months, it is understandable that a lot will look with interest and over time try to capture that market.  This is how we are seeing a lot of brands coming with an offer for a modern looking European design centre console, and Cranchi with its designer Christian Grande enters the market with the forward thinking A46 Luxury Tender.  Fourteen meters in length the A46 has a lot going for it outside, from its opening aft side bulwarks which increase the size of the aft deck by about 20%, to the triple settee centre console, forward settee and sun-pad arrangement.  Inside the Cranchi A46 offers an open cabin arrangement sleeping two or four in a double berth forward, and twin berths to midships.  In between the cabins is a shower head to starboard.   The Cranchi A46 Luxury Tender is powered by twin Volvo 480hp with IPS pod drives which allows for top speeds up to 35 knots, and a cruise of 25.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.25 m (46.9ft)
Hull Length - 12.01 m
Beam - 4.33 m
Draft - 1.17 m incl props
Displacement - 13500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Max Persons - fourteen
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS650 pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max 25 knots cruise
Range - 340 nautical mile at cruise
Project - Christian Grande exterior and art direction, Aldo Cranchi hull
Certification - CE B