May 11, 2021

Project: Sirena 68

Sirena Yachts is proud to announce their all-new addition to the fleet, the Sirena 68 that will make her public debut at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival. The 68 is the direct result of Sirena’s response to its customers’ requests. The hull shape encapsulates a cavernous volume of space, allowing everyone onboard to get comfortable, but still be together. Like all Sirena’s, the 68 incorporates the innovative German Frers hull design which delivers world-class range by allowing displacement speeds for extended cruising. The saloon welcomes those entering from the aft deck where a dining area and open-concept galley awaits them. One will notice the play of light in this expansive space, as enormous panes of glass draw the eye to ever-changing views. On the lower deck the Sirena 68 offers three double cabins with a midships master stateroom stretches across the full beam, where a king-size berth welcomes the owner, a floating sensation is provided thanks to the unique inventive lighting design and to the large hull side windows admit natural light.  The Sirena 68 is standard powered by twin Volvo 900hp, with optional 1000hp and line shaft V-drive propulsion.  Top speed is 26 knots with standard power and two more knots with the optional units.  Range is up to 1200 nautical miles at a ten knots cruise.

May 9, 2021

Web: Falcon New Web Site

Falcon Yachts present its new World wide web virtual showroom.  This new website coincides with the relaunching of the brand, with a new ownership, T-Quest Holdings taking over the name in 2019.  Falcon Yachts was founded by Edoardo Spreafico in 1988, when he opens his boat yard in Viaraggio and with it launches the Falcon Yachts brand.  But Spreafico entrance into luxury yachting starts in 1968 when he opens the CTM Cielo Terra Mare luxury goods shop in Milan.  In 1970 the Milan office is followed by a new one in Viareggio dedicated to yachting and becoming Versilcraft official dealer.  In 1988 the Canteiri Navali Versilcraft in Viareggio is opened by Spreafico and with it the Falcon Yachts brand is launched.  The idea here is to build the Falcon Yachts brands in that segment from sixteen to 23 meters, leaving the yachts above this size for the Versilcraft brand.  Following increase in demand another establishment is opened in Viareggio in 1992, called Falcon Yachts, while the Versilcraft shipyard is renamed to Cantieri Navali Falcon, this is also marking the separation of the two brands. Falcon Yachts had an incredible success in the nineties and first decade of the new millennium with various semi production super yachts; 82, 86/90, 91/92 series, and 100 models being hot sellers. Falcon Yachts will close its doors in 2015, but in 2019 T-Quest Holdings will buy the brand and a new facility in Pisa to cater for production. Falcon Yachts new website takes you around in Italian, English, and Spanish language. 

May 7, 2021

New Model: Grand Banks 85

In March 2021 Grand Banks launched its new flagship, the much awaited 85 model.  This new Grand Banks flagship enters the famous brand into the Super Yacht beyond eighty feet, with the previous largest model being the 76 launched in 2011.  With Mark Richards taking over Grand Banks in 2015 the famous brand has changed dramatically in recent years becoming from a traditional trawler inspired product with a semi planning hull to an innovative one characterized of a light weight stiff strong construction, and a planning V-warp planning hull shape design for maximum efficiency.  The Grand Banks 60 first model of the new management launched in 2017, showed the new direction of this important name in production pleasure boating.  Considering Mark Richards CV of Americas Cup and his Palm Beach brand we are looking at impressive performance details from weight saving which is about 30% less to most of the competition in the same size without losing any technical attributes, to the design of the V-Warp hull form which moves little to less water and provides maximum efficiency.  Both these details have been always present in the Palm Beach brand, putting them in the Grand Banks without losing the identity of a brand build on the opposite is not easy.  I personally like what Richards is producing with Grand Banks, it is interesting to see what the brand followers and long standing fans think of this.  Sales are definitely complimenting what Richards is doing with the 60 arriving to twenty hulls up until the start of 2021, even though she is among the most expensive nineteen meters production boats in the market.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.91 m (85ft)
Hull Length - 24 m
Waterline Length - 22.7 m
Beam - 6.71 m
Displacement - 49 t light
Fuel Capacity - 10031 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - nine guests in four cabins, three crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 30 knots max 27 knots fast cruiser 21 knots cruise
Range - 1000 nm at 21 knots
Hull Shape - V-warp hull
Construction - vacuum infused cored Corecell with E-cell, Carbon fibre in structural areas  
Project - Grand Banks Mark Richards, Grand Banks Dovell for naval architecture

May 5, 2021

Improve-it = Fairline F//Line 33

Fairline stylish F//Line 33 now offers a new cockpit layout, which provides both sunbathing and seating options simultaneously. Additional improvements include a larger helm, a sleek hard top and a below deck galley all of which expand the thrilling possibilities onboard the F//Line 33.  Fairline’s sleek and sporty dayboat, the F//Line 33, has taken the market by storm since launching in September 2019, winning awards across the industry. A collaboration between Fairline and Italian designer Alberto Mancini, the F//Line 33 has been highly praised for its breath-taking design and impressive performance achieving speeds of 48 knots and comfortable 30 plus cruising. The new cockpit features ‘C’ shaped seating to the starboard side with the aft backrest doubling up as a headrest for the two-person sunbed. The cockpit will comfortably seat four to six people around a fixed height teak-top table. There is also an optional cantilever pedestal, which neatly stows the table behind the seat cushions when not in use. A wet bar to the port side includes a fitted sink and folding tap as standard, which can be upgraded to include a fridge and electric griddle, with a drawer icemaker in the seat base opposite. The new option to add an electric hob and sink below deck as well, means customers can enjoy their F//Line 33 during an even longer boating season and the more spacious helm allows for up to two large Garmin touchscreen displays.  The F//Line 33 interior features an immaculate design, which is complimented with a refined neutral palette, modern pops of colour and luxurious veneer finishes, all paired with technologically advanced daylight panels and a mirror TV to add light and space.

May 3, 2021

New Model: Azimut 53

There was a lot of interest for the launch of the Azimut 53, from the brand fans, competition, and self generated by the largest privately owned yacht and super-yacht builder. The self generated interest was very well thought with three pre-launch information Youtube video series, and official digital unveil of the model on 13 March.  The 53 continues and expands Alberto Mancini story with Azimut, which started in 2018, and with it is in his second model for the Flybridge line following the 78 launched in 2019.  This new Azimut 53 changes how the medium sized flybridge yachts sub twenty meter from the Italian builder look by not little, and here we see a motor yacht with a very low sporty upper structure.  The Azimut 53 following the 78 is also the second flybridge model to be powered by Volvo IPS propulsion, this choice being made to increase space, allow better performance and also make owner operation easier thanks to the systems joystick.  Contrary to the 78 and the sports S series models onwards from 2011, the 53 features a traditional dual propulsion set up. Azimut was one of the first to join the IPS revolution in 2006 with the 43S, and then in 2008 it followed this with the sister Atlantis brand and its 50X model.  But putting the IPS into the flybridge line has been a long research process from Azimut even though back in the IPS initial sea trials from 2005 the company was rumoured to have done extensive testing on flybridge boats with both the 50 and 55 models from that era.  The results of that testing seems to have brought us here to this new Azimut 53, which possibly has been in the making especially below the waterline much longer then we think.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.78 (55.1ft)
Hull Length - 15.8 m
Beam - 4.95 m
Displacement - 30 t at full load
Fuel Capacity - 2400 l
Water Capacity - 590 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS950 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 31 knots max 26 knots cruise
Project - Alberto Mancini exterior, Azimut for interior and naval architecture
Certification - CE, UNI ISO 8666 for data

May 2, 2021

Out-News = Riviera Beached at Lakes Entrance

A Rivera fourteen meter sportfish cruiser was beached on a sand bank following an engine failure, at the entrance of Lakes Entrance in the South East of Australia on the evening of 27th April.  The Riviera was a day later on the 28th towed away and brought to safety by the local Coast Guard and Water Police. The boat suffered minimal damage.  This particular Riviera 48 Enclosed is doing a rather long trip of half Australia from Newcastle to Perth.  This accident will slow the journey a couple of weeks for repairs.
The Riviera 48 Open Flybridge and Enclosed model was launched in 1993 and was produced till 2004, produced in 169 units in that eleven year production run.  The Riviera 48 was the first model from the World known down under boat builder to offer open or enclosed flybridge option up top, and offered two lower deck layouts but all with three cabins and two heads.  The Rivera 48 was called a true and capable blue water cruiser, and  was initially powered by Cats 435hp, with optional GM Detroit's 600 and 625hp units. Late nineties units where powered by twin Cats 660hp which gave her a top speed up to thirty knots.  Like most Riviera's from that time the 48 was a fishing capable flybridge motor cruiser.

May 1, 2021

blogger - Leonardo da Vinci DNA

Sometimes I wonder if it was not for the Italians where would yachting be.  The Italians have been pushing the envelope in design and engineering in boats since pleasure boating started, and they seem to never stop.  Actually when you think they can't go any further here comes the next break through and again it is from the shoe shaped peninsula.

For the past months we have seen again the Italians push the envelope again, and while some of these may get the stick for being too different they do bring something fresh to yachting design.

The first break through comes from the Cetera 60, a new brand founded by Fiart entering into explorer and live aboard segment.  This explorer motor yacht, reinvents cabin space by putting all three cabins on the main deck.  With the top deck serving as lounge dining area.  

The other break though comes from Bimax who present a forward looking shaft drive system on an eight and a ten meter sport cruiser.  This system called Eco Drive System apart improving efficiency, also reduces bow angle at lower speeds.  

Sure some reviewer sometimes calls the Italians to much design focused, but really yachting has a big thank you to give to Italy and all the inventions they brought of a lot of stuff which today we take fore granted.   

Extended bathing platform and tender garage by Ferretti in the mid eighties, surface drives and propeller tunnels by Italcraft along with the variable deep Vee hull, full beam midship cabin by Versilcraft in the seventies repicked by Azimut in the late nineties, large windows in cabins by Azimut in late nineties, astern galley again by Ferretti in 2005, integrated windscreen by Pershing in early nineties, and Baia also being the first to use Arnesons trimmable surface drives on a production motor boat. 

April 30, 2021

Monthly News - April 2021

-pic of the month- Feadship Finds Mira

Back Cove and Sabre Changes in Sales Marketing Duties

The end of March brought a big change at Sabre and Back Cove: after almost 30 years, Bentley Collins will complete his retirement, and, while remaining on our Management Committee, will relinquish his day-to-day sales and marketing responsibilities to Lynn Beaudoin at Sabre Yachts and Jamie Blomquist at Back Cove Yachts and Jamie Governale.

Benetti Leads Italian Yachting Surge 

Under the present Covid 19 restrictions, the nautical market has enjoyed a busy season, originating from the widespread desire for escape, freedom and safety, which can be enjoyed at sea. Benetti has seized this market moment with a wide range of new generation models to consolidate the boom in sales.  This success results as much from the strong numbers in the composite megayacht division from 29 to 44 meters, as from the custom steel division, which has sold 15 yachts with a concentration in the 50-70 meter range.  Particularly impressive are the successes of the Benetti Oasis 40M, a yacht in such demand that it was necessary to double the number of molds and that soon will be followed by a sistership a little bit smaller in size. Other standout models include the Benetti Motopanfilo 37M, which evokes of the lines of the iconic 1950s Benetti Gabbiano, as well as the Benetti B.Yond 37 meter, a 4-deck explorer under construction that will be the most eco-sustainable yacht available in this market segment.  The Oasis line, which heralded a new concept of life on board, with a stern that can be completely opened to the sea and infinity pool, also serves as an example of the success of many of the custom steel yachts that will carry the Benetti stylistic signature, one for all the B.Now 50M.  Giovanna Vitelli, Executive Vice President of Azimut Benetti Group, said: “We are deeply grateful for the diligent collaboration between the management, the workers and all the representatives of the supply chain, who have dependably supported us. I am proud that the Azimut Benetti Group represents through the tangible sign of its results an excellence, an outpost of that new Italian Renaissance that we all hope.”  Marco Valle, CEO of the Group, added: “Now that we’ve triumphed over the challenging international markets, we must keep our attention focused and continue to pursue the equally demanding work at hand: production continuity in full respect of the health and safety of those who work with us, which has so far been successfully. To all those who work every day to make it possible, I send my heartfelt thanks”.

Feadship Finds Mira

The rich multi-generation-spanning history of Feadship underpins everything we do today as a world leader in high-tech superyacht building. While today’s Feadships are literally and figurately giants of the global fleet, the company also take good care to preserve its heritage whenever possible. Imagine then how much they enjoyed welcoming the 12-metre Mira to the Makkum yard in February, a Feadship with a story or two to tell. Mira is a so-called Express Cruiser, one of a series of 25 mini-Feadships built in the early 1950s as part of the successful brand launch onto the US market. The original build was for a Dutch owner who agreed to let his yacht be exhibited at the New York Motor Boat Show in 1952 as long as we built a new one for him. With her steel hull and mahogany superstructure, this ‘second’ Mira was given the build number 904 and launched in 1953. The boat was found last year on the Dutch equivalent of eBay by Sieger van Kampen, project leader at one of the Feadship training schools. Sieger is always on the lookout for early Feadships as they offer a fantastic way for students and staff alike to hone their refit skills on a yacht that will hold intrinsic brand value. As he looked at the images online the big question of course was whether she actually was a Feadship. Jumping in his car to visit the seller, Sieger found a stripped boat with parts spread all over the place, even in the hayloft. “The owner, who had been unaware that he potentially had a Feadship on his hands, allowed myself and a colleague to search his premises for clues,” remembers Sieger. “There were boxes everywhere, but the big breakthrough came when we found the build number plate 904. We then dived into the archives at Feadship with the help of in-house historian Huib de Vries. Eventually, we found photographs of the boat including the name of the owner and the magic number 904. It was so exciting to be able to confirm that we had tracked down another Feadship.” The students at the Feadship Makkum training school are now giving Mira a complete facelift, including her hull, superstructure, floors and technical aspects. We will share the results in due course but for now the moral of this tale is to keep an eye out when you come across classic boats… You never know where you might find a Feadship!

Feadship Yeti Footprint Break Through

Promising developments have been seen recently with a measurement tool designed to allow the entire superyacht industry to objectively assess the environmental credentials of existing yachts and new concepts. Initiated by Feadship’s Bram Jongepier, the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI) has been taken to the next level over the past two years under the auspices of the Water Revolution. The ultimate goal of stimulating technologies which reduce energy demand and enhance system efficiency is now much closer.

Feadship Virtual Yacht World

The global travel restrictions have led to a surge in the number of potential owners wishing to see their ideas for a yacht in digital form. Feadship has therefore teamed up with SuperYacht Times, other top yards and leading designers to offer a virtual world solution to this very real-world challenge.

Ferretti Group Strong Growth in First Quarter

Ferretti Group ends the first quarter of 2021 reporting a powerful growth on both economic and industrial fronts. Compared with the same period in 2020, first quarter revenues rose 40%, from EUR 133 million to EUR 186 million. Geographically speaking, Europe and the Middle East confirmed their strategic importance for the Group, accounting for more than half of revenues.  First quarter EBITDA stands at EUR 18 million - vs EUR 5.5 million in the same period the previous year - and new orders, as of today, total over EUR 300 million, a value that represents 56% of the entire 2020 order intake. This last figure in particular points to an extremely positive trend in 2021.  From an industrial perspective, Ferretti Group reported a record number of launches: 56 yachts and superyachts launched in three months against 43 in 2020. Almost all the Group’s shipyards and main brands contributed to this record with iconic models in the world of international yachting like Riva 50 METRI - MY “Fifty”, the new Ferretti Yacht 1000 and Navetta 30 Custom Line.  The first quarter of 2021 also saw the sale of the forty-eighth Wally full custom sailing superyacht, the first unit sold since the brand became part of Ferretti Group.  Over 30 metres long, the yacht has a sail area of 630 square metres and is built entirely from carbon fibre. Wally 101 represents excellence in terms of naval architecture, performance and comfort, presenting itself as a new icon in the world of sailing yachts and confirming the company’s considerable contribution to advances in design and technological innovation in the field of sailing.  “Record-breaking first-quarter EBITDA and equally extraordinary new order growth - including an extremely significant order for a large Wally sailing yacht -, tell the story of a Ferretti Group with the wind in its sails and everything points to a very positive 2021”, said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “The launches are like the dates of a successful show, because this record number in just three months attests to the huge appreciation our boats enjoy and the strength of our production strategies. After excellent performance in 2019 and a basically stable 2020, we were expecting to grow, but this fantastic acceleration has beaten all our forecasts and gives everyone who works in Ferretti Group twice the satisfaction and energy”.

Formula Celebrates 45 Years with Porter Family

April 2021 Marks 45th Anniversary of Formula Ownership by Porters.  Victor Porter purchased Thunderbird/Formula/Signa on April 20, 1976, from Fuqua Industries.  Porter, Formula and Thunderbird offers an intriguing history and fascinating timeline of achievements!

Jarrett Bay Administers Nearly 400 Vaccines

Jarrett Bay Boatworks held a one-day clinic to deliver 395 COVID-19 vaccines for our team members and immediate family, along with other marine businesses in the Jarrett Bay Marine Park and Beaufort and Morehead City area. Twenty healthcare workers from Vidant Health arrived at the Marine Park the morning of Thursday, March 11, 2021, to administer the vaccines.  Jarrett Bay Human Resources Director, Stacie Johnson took the helm of the opportunity after Vidant Health reached out to Jarrett Bay President Randy Ramsey. Working together with Eric Johnson of Vidant Health, Stacie was able to secure 400 vaccines – more than enough for Jarrett Bay’s employees and their immediate family members. With a surplus calculated, Stacie and other Jarrett Bay management team members contacted local businesses within the Marine Park and in the local area to offer their employees the vaccine as well.

Mimi Extends Dealer Network Further

The Gozzi Mimì network continues to grow thanks to the agreement with Navis Marine, a Croatian company which has been operating for some years in the sales, brokerage and consultancy sectors. The boats of the shipyard founded in 1975, which are fast gaining in popularity thanks to their combination of modernity and the flavour of Italian and Neapolitan-made products, have thus gone to join the fleets of the numerous Italian brands already imported by Navis Marine, such as Azimut Yachts, Benetti and Pirelli.  This new partnership represents another step forward in Gozzi Mimì’s internationalisation strategy, which speeded up considerably in the early months of 2021, after a 2020 marked by strong growth and positive economic performance.  Domenico Senese, director of the Campania-based shipyard, commented: “We are acquiring new dealers because we expect a further increase in sales, with the summer season approaching and the ongoing unusual world situation which is favouring the growth of the sector, linked to a demand for safe holidays away from crowded places”.  Gordan Zadro, head of Navis Marine said he was satisfied and proud to add Mimì among the brands that his company represents.

Pearl Announces New Strap Line and Online Configurator

British shipyard Pearl Yachts is beginning a new chapter, building on the unique identity the brand has built over the past 23 years. The new strap line: Boutique Yacht Builder since 1998, is consolidating Pearl’s reputation for attention to detail and the individual customer care, which mass producers cannot match. With no plans to mass produce, the masterful match of Bill Dixon’s coveted exterior designs with living area and cabin detailing by the incomparable Kelly Hoppen MBE places Pearl Yachts as the rarest of the industry stars.  Atelier yacht producers, such as Pearl, find themselves in the privileged position to offer innovative features ahead of the industry. The new Configurator allows online visitors to customise their own Pearl 62 as she takes shape before their very eyes. Interested parties can find this exciting tool on the Pearl 62, which offers a wide range of customisations such as: engines; colours; interiors; electronics and other details and upgrades. When the client is satisfied, the brochure for this unique, custom creation can be easily downloaded, with all the details and images to consider and share with friends & family.  The range of Pearl Yachts currently features three award-winning Flybridge models from 62 to 95 feet: the new Pearl 62, launched just last year with an unprecedented fourth cabin and the choice of garage or crew cabin, the Pearl 80 and the Pearl 95. This streamlined selection is backed by another industry first: Pearl’s 5-year warrantee. Along with build quality, the total result is a brand image that stands among the leading players in the industry, with unparalleled resale value, and the very finest customer support.

Pearl Launches The Atelier Factory Video

The new video invites us into the oyster, the state-of-the-art production facility that houses the entire supply chain behind each Pearl. The narrator describes Pearl Yachts' unique strengths as an Atelier Shipyard, while a thorough montage takes us through the tooling, joinery, furniture, stainless steel, painting and finally the sea trialing.

Pearl Starts 2021 with Strong Orders and Deliveries

The first three months of 2021 have been ultra-busy for British luxury motoryacht builder Pearl Yachts. Baxter Marine, Pearl’s longest-serving dealer and the US dealer, Atlantic Yacht & Ship Co, have demonstrated the growing international demand for Pearl’s line-up. No fewer than four new-boat contracts have been signed since the new year: A Pearl 95, two Pearl 80s, and a Pearl 62. A similar number of brand-new boats have been handed over to their eager owners: Another Pearl 95 and 4 more Pearl 62s. The slowdowns in global supply chains and new safety restrictions are little match for the experienced Pearl team. Baxter Marine, Pearl Yachts’ longest-serving dealer, has just handed over the third Pearl 95 to her owner in Palma, Mallorca, and Pearl’s US dealer, Atlantic Yacht & Ship Co, has now completed the sale of another Pearl 95 to an American client. The latter boat will be based in Miami, Florida. The next-available Pearl 95 will be ready for delivery towards the end of this year.  Two Pearl 80s – the seventh and ninth of this increasingly popular mid-size model – have been sold to clients intending to keep their boats in Palma, Mallorca, and Montenegro respectively. Again, these sales were handled by Baxter Marine and both handover in May. The eighth unit of Pearl 80 is already in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is available immediately and the 10th will be ready for delivery towards the end of this year.  Moreover, the year-old Pearl 62 has proved a tremendous success since her world premiere launch at Düsseldorf 2020. The fourth and fifth units are being shipped imminently to France and the USA, the 6th and 7th have British owners and will hand over in the UK this summer and autumn, and the eighth will be exhibited at the Dusseldorf boat show in January 2022. “Despite the pandemic, Pearl Yachts has never been busier,” says Managing Director Iain Smallridge. “There are several reasons why we are experiencing record sales. First and foremost, our model range and designs are so strong, thanks to Bill Dixon’s immensely experience studio, which is responsible for all the exterior lines, naval architecture and space planning, and our stunning and award-winning Kelly Hoppen interiors. In addition, every Pearl model has several unique features, which makes them really stand out from the crowd. Pearl’s high build-quality and keen pricing means we make most owners shortlists and, last but by no means least, we now have an impressive dealer network in the Mediterranean and the USA that not only makes the brand more accessible, but also delivers exceptional after-sales service.”

Riviera Invests in Yacht Transporter

The care and efficiency of moving luxury motor yachts on site at Riviera’s 16.8-hectare Gold Coast boatbuilding facility has been enhanced with the commissioning of a new self-propelled transporter. The Marine Travelift TM100 has capacity to move with ease motor yachts of up to 100 tonnes, or 50 per cent more than the weight of Riviera’s flagship 72 Sports Motor Yacht. This is the latest high-technology enhancement for Riviera as the company prepares for the next phase of a $10 million expansion of the facility this year to meet growing demand.  The 16-wheel loader is managed by a single operator to efficiently manoeuvre large motor yachts in Riviera’s model range across the company’s expansive boatbuilding site. In the past, Riviera’s team would move motor yachts using cradles that were specifically designed for each hull. “The new transporter enables our team to consolidate our workflow, creating greater efficiencies in the process of building luxury motor yachts,” says Riviera’s Supply, Planning and Production director Kyle Davison. “It provides a lot more manoeuvrability, enabling better access to existing and new facilities and, by employing this state-of-the-art technology, the team can take advantage of improved efficiencies and safety on site.” The first stage of Riviera’s expansion last year involved an enlargement of the final fitout building to accommodate larger yachts and the new transporter system. Operated through a remote panel, the Italian-made TM100 offers complete control to easily transport Riviera motor yachts, that can weigh as much as 68 metric tons, from one location to the next at each stage of the boatbuilding process. The open-ended design of the transporter allows the operator to position the device under a parked boat or around a cradle to lift it. This is done after the placement of pads on either side of the hull using hydraulic cylinders which safely stabilises the motor yacht once in position. “The commissioning of the new marine transporter is part of our ongoing investment in new technology to enhance our overall boatbuilding operations,” says Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “Plans are currently under way for the next phase of expanding our boatbuilding facilities on the Gold Coast, and this is an important step in this program as we continue to create bigger, more advanced and sophisticated luxury motor yachts.”  Riviera builds over 100 luxury motor yachts a year from its facility on the Gold Coast, the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Riviera Expands Team Through Training Initiative

Australia’s largest builder of luxury motor yachts, Riviera, has expanded its recruitment program for 2021 through a new initiative with the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) that will employ 30 additional craftspeople for its boatbuilding team on the Gold Coast.  In a first for the marine industry, the collaboration uses the combined resources of DESBT and the Federal Government’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment to help trainees fast-track their careers in boatbuilding.  More than 200 potential marine craftspeople have expressed interest in participating in the Riviera-led program which is aimed at enhancing the company’s capabilities to train new professionals in the essential skills needed for building world-class luxury motor yachts.  “This is an important step in ensuring that Riviera has access to the best possible talent to fill the opportunities we currently have available,” said Riviera’s Safety and Training Manager Adam Houlahan.  “Through this collaboration we have been able to secure a shortlist of quality people with varied work experience, some of them mature-aged who can be trained in the skillsets that we require.”  Riviera plans to immediately employ 30 new trade assistants from the program with these new craftspeople participating in a newly created practical training course at TAFE Queensland, which is administered by DESBT.  “This program will allow trainees to develop the skills they need in a timely manner to take up various trade assistants’ roles at Riviera,” said Adam Chanter, the Maritime Senior Project Officer, a position co-funded by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.  “The trainees will undertake a non-accredited training program that focuses on developing practical skills to meet the needs of both Riviera and the industry.  “From a broader perspective, this collaboration is a model example of multiple government departments working together to achieve positive employment outcomes for all concerned.”  The latest recruitment initiative coincides with Riviera’s expansion program to meet the largest forward orders for luxury motor yachts in the company’s 41-year history.  “Our long-term commitment to training plays an integral role in our ability to create motor yachts that are admired globally for their innovative design, engineering and the most luxurious of interiors,” said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “We are proud of our ongoing collaboration with DESBT and, in conjunction with our on-site training initiatives, Riviera is not only enhancing the skills excellence of our team, we are also creating the master craftspeople of the future for our industry.”  Riviera is ready to commence the next stage of a $10 million expansion of the company’s Gold Coast boatbuilding facility. This follows the welcoming earlier this year of a record 41 new apprentices into Riviera’s award-winning training program to continue enhancing the skills of the company’s 600-strong team.

Riviera Escape to Moreton Island

R Marine Jones, representative for Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder Riviera, recently led a flotilla of 34 Riviera yachts on an extended long weekend of fun and adventure to the natural wonders of Moreton Island.  With challenging access and a deluxe reputation, the Riviera motor yacht owners jumped at the chance to join the veteran R Marine Jones crew for their annual Kooringal Experience.  At 6am on January 28, the fleet set off from the Gold Coast Broadwater, led by Randall and Melinda Jones with their son Jack at the helm.  Tucked in the south-west tip of Moreton Island, Kooringal is a couple of hours from the Gold Coast and yet it may as well be another world away.  Shifting sandbars fringe the tiny town and make a permanent channel marker system impossible. For those who dare navigate the half mile between the end of the Island’s buoyage system and safe anchorage, the rewards are plentiful: total serenity, abundant wildlife, a rustic beachside bar and freshly shucked oysters from the local farm.  For their first Experience event, Bret and Leasa Lashmar joined the flotilla in Moreton Bay at Peel Island, having cruised south from the Sunshine Coast on their recently acquired Riviera 395 SUV, Protector.  “Kooringal isn’t the easiest place to get into, which is part of its allure,” said Mr Lashmar. “The trip there with the team was great and we learned a lot including some of the better anchoring techniques.”  By 10am, all 34 Riviera luxury motor yachts had entered the passage on high tide, guided by markers laid out by the R Marine Jones team. While the arrival of over 100 Riviera adventurers more than tripled Kooringal’s resident population (45 in the 2016 census), the sheltered anchorage offered plenty of space for everyone.

Viking Key West Challenge

Eight minutes after lines in was called, Rosalie Apostoleres released a sailfish on the Viking 50 Roenick. One minute later, Captain Casey Hunt reported a sail for her husband Nick. And team Roenick never relented, dominating the 7th Annual Viking Key West Challenge from start to finish. Roenick covered the leader board and took home both Top Boat and Top Angler (also Top Lady Angler, Top Sailfish Boat, 3rd Place Angler and 1st and 3rd Sailfish Angler), with Rosalie hanging 18 flags and Nick adding six over the two fishing days. In addition to their hardware, they also walked off with a Spot Zero mobile unit and Switlik Coastal Passage Raft.  Game Changer, Robert Boyce’s Viking 80, had a strong Day 2 with 10 releases, sealing their 2nd Place spot in the Sailfish Release category with a total of 15 fish. Matthew Boyce claimed five of those sails and accepted the Top Junior Angler honours. Jack Sheehan and his team on the Viking 72 Manna Ray rounded out the sailfish category in 3rd Place with 11 sails.  A 52.6-pound wahoo, caught by Chad Moss on Bob Moss’ Viking 72 Sandbob, took 1st in both the angler and boat categories. David Raisbeck’s Viking 92, Raiser’s Edge, was the Top Tuna Boat, and Bill Raisbeck took Top Tuna Angler with a 24-pounder recorded at the ASEA Weigh Station. The Viking Key West Challenge, presented by Christi Insurance and Spot Zero, saw records both on the leaderboard and with a 50-boat fleet which included four Valhalla center consoles. Keeping with the “More Than Just Fishing” theme, participants enjoyed a festive Captains’ Meeting cocktail party, Welcome Dinner under the stars, lay day barbecue pool party, kid’s dock tournament, bar crawl poker run (with no cheating!), al fresco awards dinner with a sunset view and – oh yeah – two days of awesome fishing fun. “I’ve never seen so many smiling faces and happy people,” said Viking President and CEO Patrick Healey.

Viking Advance in Marlin Madness

Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s…they’ve advanced in Marlin magazine’s Marlin Madness. The Salt’s gang is battling in the Florida bracket, while the Viking 60, Hubris, is seated in the East Coast Bracket. The 74 Draggin’ Up and Walk West, a Viking 55, are still holding strong in the Gulf Coast Bracket.

April 29, 2021

Out-News = Azimut Super Yacht Partially Sinks Near Marco Island

A 26 meter Azimut super yacht partially sank near Marco Island to the South of Fort Myers beach in Florida on eleventh February, when it hit a sandbar in the area.  According to the locals the sandbars in the area tend to move and make the markers put by the coast guard the previous days practically useless.  Locals have been asking local authorities to dredge the channel, as with the sand bars increasing the channel is always becoming smaller.  No one was injured in the accident but the Azimut super yacht was still seeking assistance to re-float two days after the accident. 
The Azimut in the accident is a 2001 85 Ultimate powered by twin Cats 1350hp engines.  The 85 Ultimate which was build from 2000 up till 2005 and came from a project of Stefano Righini, Azimut lead designer from the early nineties till 2017.  The Azimut 85 Ultimate features a four double cabins interior, with two crew cabins and was usually powered by twin Cat, Man or MTU engines of 1350hp giving her a top speed up to 29 knots. 

New Model: Bimax 28 Alchimia

Just when you thought you have seen it all, here comes Bimax a shipyard from Latina to the South of Rome in Italy, and its new revolution the 28 Alchimia.  So what's new with the Bimax 28 Alchimia is that this walkaround sport cruiser of just over eight meters in length is powered by a single shaft drive inboard engine with what the company calls its Eco Drive System.  The Eco Drive System has a pull propulsion shaft system looking forward and only seven degrees shaft angle.  The result is that with this you do not get the bow high of the traditional shaft drive especially in transition or early planning phases with Bimax claiming a bow rise of only one degrees.  While consumption is only at one litre per nautical mile or twenty litres per hour at fast cruise.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 8.48 m (28ft)
Beam - 2.93 m
Displacement - 3200 kg
Fuel Capacity - 200 l
Water Capacity - 80 l
Max Persons - eight
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 1 x VM 270hp
Propulsion - Eco Drive System forward looking with seven degrees shaft angle
Project - Massimo Buonomo
Certification - CE B