December 31, 2007

Monthly News - December 2007

- pic of the month - Tecnomar at Bologna Motorshow

Aicon Group Adds 2 New Managers

Aicon, an Italian Group based in Messina specializing in the design, construction and sale of luxury motoryachts and megayachts, would like to announce the presence of two new managers on its team: Maurizio Grasso, Sales Director and Pietro Quattropani, Purchasing and Acquisitions Director.

Azimut Benetti Group Best Performer

Azimut-Benetti Group was awarded Best Performer at an awards ceremony organised by the Confederation of Italian Industry for the "Champions of Growth" on December 3, 2007. Eleven medium-sized Italian manufacturing firms with an annual growth rate of higher than 15 per cent between 2001 and 2006 were picked by industry body Confindustria for the accolade "Champions of Growth".Azimut-Benetti was selected Best Performer within this group because of its compound annual growth rate of more than 26 per cent and annual profitability at over 15 per cent.The group registered a value of production in excess of €800 million in 2007 while its order portfolio as of August 31, 2007 was worth more than €1.5 billion.

Azimut obtains ISO 14001 Environmental Certificate

Italian luxury yacht firm Azimut Yachts has obtained the environmental certification UNI EN ISO 14001 from RINA (Registro Navale Italiano) for the company's Avigliana production site in northwest Italy, which builds yachts from 39ft-68ft (12m-21m).Extending over some 90,000 sqm, the certified site has been put under an environmental management system that involves complex production processes, including lamination, bodywork, fit out and testing, operating to the criteria of minimising damage to the environment. Azimut claims to be the first yacht company in the world to adopt the infusion system in yacht making, whereby fibreglass is handled in a vacuum with absorption and disposal of the emissions handled by a specially designed system.

Baia CEO Receives Price

Antonio Capasso received a price for the important contribution Cantieri di Baia has given to the Campania Region in many years, giving a huge return of development and professionalism to the nautical sector. The price was delivered during the night Yacht In Naples 2007 organized in the prestigious Reale Yacht Club Canottieri Savoia at Luise & Sons club.

Bertram President Resigns

Bertram Yacht has announced that Joe Bubenzer will resign as president of the Miami, USA based sport-fish manufacturer at the end of this year, after five years at the helm. Bertram Yacht, part of Italy's Ferretti Group, will announce a new president in the coming weeks.

Fairline Sponsor Main Stage at London Boat Show

Fairline Boats has announced it will be the title sponsor of the exciting new Main Stage feature at the 2008 Collins Stewart London Boat Show. 'The Main Stage, Powered by Fairline' will be the focal point of the Show and promises to be packed with events and attractions including catwalk fashion shows, empowering talks from legendary boating heroes, and a dazzling aerial Sea Queen Stage Show. Located in the centre of the North Hall, the 35m Main Stage is set to be a hive of activity and will constantly transform during the 10-day event. Visitors will be entertained by special guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the industry; choreographed catwalk fashion shows from leading clothing brands including Fat Face, Henri Lloyd and; and astounding aerial displays performed by a host of dynamic circus dancers and daring stilt-walkers.

Ferretti Group Convergance 2008

The Ferretti Group will host 'Convergence', an event bringing together captains of the group's yachts and superyachts for seminars and workshops, in Rome from February 26-29, 2008. Incorporating 'Convergence' and 'Convergence Navi' for the first time, the four-day course will feature distinct and separate training courses for captains of Ferretti's yachts up to 24m (79ft) and captains of the marque's superyachts. The training on offer at 'Convergence' will include technical seminars, presentations by component and onboard-systems experts, updates regarding medical and legal issues, and workshops on the daily management of luxury motoryachts and superyachts. Team activities for the participants have also been planned. MTU will be the official sponsor of the event, which will also provide captains with the opportunity to exchange information and develop an invaluable social network.

Pershing and Itama Present Awards for Creativity

Three special awards were presented to the Fashion and Costume History student winners of the Pershing and Itama employee outfit design project. These two prestigious companies, both members of the famous Ferretti Group, play a prominent role on the worldwide luxury yacht stage. And Fabio Fraternale, the CEO of the two companies, presented the awards in person to the three students, Bianca Maria Evangelisti, Sharon Fulvi and Sara Pasini, judged as displaying particular talent in the Sea of Fashion project. This initiative, created from the close relationship between the Pesaro Art Institute and Pershing and Itama, both based in the Marches, has given students firsthand experience of the working world following an invitation to visit the company where they were able to observe real professional situations and dynamics. Pershing and Itama welcomed school visits to their offices and construction yards in order to give students the chance to conduct real on-site research into the brands and their market position. This opportunity enabled the teenagers to gain a real insight into Pershing and Itama company philosophy and to interpret it in their employee work clothing designs.

Tecnomar at Bologna Motor Show

Tecnomar was present at the Italians major Motor Show as main sponsor to a Subaru Impreza STI rally car of the team Subaru Italia Tecnica Bertino. Driven by Italian champion Luca Baldini, it participated at the Subaru Impreza Rally Cup 2007 that happened during the Bologna Motor Show 2007.

December 23, 2007

New Model: Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht

The new 72 Motor Yacht from Hatteras Yachts features traditional exterior lines with subtle contemporary styling for an overall effect that fits into today's marketplace while easily standing the test of time. This new model features a wider salon than comparable motor yachts on the market, yet it still retains side-deck access that makes the 72 Motor Yacht perfect for the owner operator. Down below, the 72 boasts a full-beam master stateroom with a his-and-hers head option, along with two luxurious guest rooms with a third available as an option. A clever aft compartment can be equipped as either a crew area or as a VIP guest room, creating a truly unique vessel in its size range. Built in Hatteras main facility in New Bern, N.C., the 72 Motor Yacht features a resin-infused hull, rather than one built up of layers of hand-laid fiberglass. The automated resin-infusion process produces a more uniform hull thickness from one hull to the next, as well as the most ideal glass-to-resin ratio. This one-two punch produces a boat that weighs significantly less because of the lowered resin content, while providing a more precise fit of bulkheads, stringers and other components for increased strength and durability. The solid fiberglass hull bottom includes beefy support for key areas such as the tunnels, shaft log and strut locations. Divinycell coring is infused into the hull sides, decks and superstructure to add stiffness and reduce weight. Wherever possible in the vessel's interior, lightweight components and materials are used to increase performance without sacrificing the structural integrity and soft ride that have been the hallmarks of Hatteras Yachts for more than 45 years. Because of this continued dedication to quality, the Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht will retain the five-year hull warranty that protects all Hatteras Yachts.
Technical Data:
Length - 20.89 m (72ft)
Beam - 6.57 m
Draft - 1.63 m
Displacement - 63.503 kg
Fuel Capacity - 8403 l
Water Capacity - 1135 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 1500hp, 1550hp, 1800hp, CAT 1550hp, CAT 1650hp, CAT 800hp

December 22, 2007

Boat Review: Ferretti 510

Making it's first official presentation debut during the Cannes Boat Show of 2007, the new Ferretti 510 evolves the Zuccon designed line to new ambitions. Following on the exterior lines of the much praised 630 model, the new 510 has the difficult task of replacing two Ferretti models in one, the 500 and Ferretti's most successful model to date the 53-530 which has been in production for 10 years, and sold over one hundred units.
The 510 follows much of the innovation the 630 model offered, not only outside in the window design but also inside. The saloon of the 510 features the much praised aft looking galley which becomes part of a spacious entertaining area thanks to Ferretti's renowned folding window system. Another important news and much asked feature is the full beam owner's cabin which surely feels of a much bigger yacht then the sixteen metres we have here. It also does not compromise space in the other cabins, with no bunk or squeezed in third cabin and VIP cabin forward, which is also a spacious offer.
Outside the 510 continues on the huge spaces which this builder has got us used to, like a spacious cockpit but also one of the most spacious flybridge area which is not disturbed by any radar arch as this is located aft at the tip of the fly area, in order to make the best use of space up top.
Ferretti Yachts have always what I call a better performing quality ride which is among the best in its size and style of yacht. It's variable deep vee of 14.6 degrees aft is Ferretti evolving hull design giving the best cruising speeds at 25 knots plus, a target which most owners found satisfactory, especially for the long one hundred nautical miles plus trips. She is also one of the heaviest boat in this size, with a loaded weight of 28 tons but still performs well with not so big MAN engines giving a top speed of 32 knots and cruising speeds of 28 knots. Rather good considering the twin Man 800 HP and the weight of this flybridge motor yacht.
Master Cabin
Flybridge layout
Interior dining area
Ferretti have always been up on top, of the wish list for most buyers in this size and I am sure the new 510 will continue this tradition. When choosing the competition, in this highly competitive size and type of flybridge fifteen to sixteen metres yacht, we added the full beam owners cabin, which is becoming so much sought for in this size of craft. This is the competition you should have a look for:
Astondoa A 52 GLX - modern design, bunk third cabin, sleek flybridge
Horizon 54 Elegance - third cabin aft, feels spacious outside, semi-planning hull
Intermare 50 - hybrid fly open model, small fly and bunk third cabin
Princess 50 mk.3 - revamped with full beam cabin, galley down and dining area forward
Rodman 54 Muse - no bunk, spacious yacht but is also a bit bigger
Sealine T 50 - as all Sealine it feels and is big, bunk third cabin
Sunseeker 52 Manhattan - new model, galley down for more saloon space
Uniesse 53 MY - quality construction ride, two layouts full beam owners suite or no
WILD CARD: Riva 54 SportRiva - hybrid sport fly, 3 cabins no mid-ship full beam
The Ferretti 510 does score where it is needed and as most models from the Forli located Italian shipyard does tend to become a class leader in it's size dimension. You will definitely like the Ferretti for it's light inside, thanks to the huge windows but also for the use of light coloured oak wood. Feretti's have in our opinion one of the best quality standards at this size with a spotless caring design of form and function which does feel reassuring as it is not just stylish, it works perfect and in harmony.
Technical Data
LOA. 16.02 metres (52.7ft)
Length. 15.67 metres
LWL. 13.73 metres
Beam. 4.94 metres
Draft. 1.44 metre (full load)
Displacement. 28 t loaded, 23.4 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity. 2040 litres
Water Capacity. 710 litres
Person Capacity. 14 persons
Accommodation. 3 cabins 6 berths, 1 crew cabin aft (optional)
Engines: 2 x MAN R6CR 730hp, R6CR 800hp
Speed. 32 knots max, 28 knots cruising with bigger MAN 800hp
Construction. Mulitglass Fiberglass
Designer. Zuccon Internatioal Project
Certification. CE Category A
Picture Copyright Ferretti. Data Ferretti.

December 21, 2007

New Model: Viking 60 Convertible

The new Viking 60 Convertible, premiered at the 2007 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, represents an earth shaking milestone in Viking’s relentless pursuit of excellence. With an advanced hull form that provides 40 + knot speed, dramatic sheer and window lines that create a modern new profile that is aggressive and chic, along with composite construction materials for strength and stiffness and other weight saving procedures for improved engine efficiencies and performance. Combine this ground breaking design, engineering and construction prowess with a fresh, lush interior featuring a choice of gloss or satin finishes and the Viking 60 will easily take the top slot as the boat of the decade. The new 60 Convertible is an in-depth study of a tournament achiever, a subject well-known by Viking. At the 2007 Miami International Boat Show, Viking was awarded the World Billfish Series President’s Cup for the third consecutive year. The sprawling cockpit features 170 square feet of usable space, which includes an observation mezzanine. A popular feature on Vikings, the mezzanine allows guests to remain out of the way of the angler and crew when a fish nears the boat, yet watch and stay close to the action in the lower cockpit. Standard power is a pair of MAN CRM 1,550 hp common rail diesels, which will provide a 32.5 knot cruise and a top end of 37 knots. Twin 1,825 hp Caterpillar C32A diesels also are available and these engines will deliver a mid-30 knot cruise and maximum velocity exceeding 40 knots depending upon load, engines and sea conditions.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.49 m (60.8ft)
Beam - 5.72 m
Draft - 1.55 m
Weight - 41413 kg Gross
Fuel Capacity - 6132 l
Water Capacity - 1136 l
Accommodation - 3 cabin 6 berths, 4 cabins 8 berths
Engines - 2 x MAN CRM 1550hp, Caterpillar C32A 1825hp

December 20, 2007

Project: Posillipo 90 Technema

The legendary Posillipo which is among the most respected and historical Italian yacht building companies, continues to upgrade it's range with the introduction of the new 90 Technema model. Standing between the latest introduced 85 and 95 Technema models, the design for the new 90 follows the family feeling shown for the Posillipo flybridge yachts, developing the distinctive Technema winged hull and joining it to a very aggressive but classic contemporary super structure. The interior layout is available with an eight or ten berths option. Crew accommodation is a three cabin arrangement with 2 heads. Power for this model is provided by the latest MTU engines at 2000hp in standard form, with a faster 2400hp option available for the owners seeking more speed. The new 90 Technema is build under pleasure yacht Class rules with the restrictive Cross of Malta construction standard and as all Posillipo models the interior is custom build to order as owner desires.

December 19, 2007

New Model: Grand Banks 55 Eastbay SX

The all new Grand Banks 55 Eastbay SX expands the classic fast yacht range from this famous builder. The accommodation for this updated model include two cabins, each featuring a queen berth and en-suite head with full shower. Space on the helm deck is equally generous, with more room and light that spills in from a power sunroof. Stylish décor is accented by curved glass and an aft salon window that disappears with the touch of a button, while the standing seated helm station with sliding Stidd chair is new as well. As large and roomy as she feels inside, the new 55 Eastbay SX was also designed for single-handling when needed. With a down-galley, dishwasher, and washer/dryer combo, the 55SX is equally brilliant as a weekender or long-term cruising yacht. The optional layout provides an additional third stateroom, office combination. Up on deck, the teak-decked cockpit is larger than ever, with an optional aft settee that ingeniously hides a powerful davit. The 55SX is truly unrivaled in her class with countless of attributes that add to the reputation of the Grand Banks Eastbay family and confirm it as one of the most reliable, high-quality yachts designed and built for cruising.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.24 m (59.1ft)
Length - 16.79 m
Length Water Line - 15.49 m
Beam - 4.88 m
Draft - 1.32 m
Displacement - 28.713 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3.785 l
Water Capacity - 681 l
Engines - 2 x 1000hp
Speed - 34 knots maximum

December 18, 2007

Project: Itama 75 SeventyFive

Announced recently is the new project from the legendary Itama, the new 75 SeventyFive model. The new management of this prestigious boat builder which is now part of the Ferretti Group, continues to upgrade the new range for this timeless sport yachts and cruiser line with architect Marco Casali, responsible for the design of the new Itama yachts. This new yacht adds particular value to the Itama range as it carries into a new, and even more luxurious and sophisticated dimension, the well-known formula with which these yachts have always combined perfect harmony, sporting spirit, class and direct, intense contact with the sea. The new SeventyFive is a name that will soon be the talk of all the forthcoming international yachting events, offering a spectacular example of the company’s steady growth and faithful continuity of the Itama construction philosophy and the pleasure of power.

December 17, 2007

New Model: Tiara 5800 Sovran

The all-new 5800 Sovran is the luxurious flagship from Tiara Yachts and it's largest yacht. With its wide-open upper level salon and well-planned tri-level floor plan, the 5800 opens new possibilities for enjoyment and entertaining, both dockside or during extended cruising. The advanced helm station and versatile companion seating make everyone feel pampered while underway. For even greater spaciousness, the aft wall of glass "evaporates" to create a wide-open space that flows freely to the transom and the enormous swim platform. This salon-helm area can also open up to sunlight and fresh air, thanks to a large retractable sunroof and opening side glass. The well appointed galley is located in the center of the tri-level floor plan for convenient access from the salon or the dinette below. The forward stateroom features a queen-size berth and abundant storage, while the full-beam master stateroom adds hullside windows for natural light, as well as many other amenities. Everywhere you look on the 5800 Sovran you see the fit and finish that have become hallmarks of Tiara Yachts. Everything works together to create the ultimate in seaworthiness, quality and lasting value. The 5800 Sovran is elegant proof of Tiara Yachts culture of quality.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.52 m (60.7ft) with pulpit
Beam - 4.85 m
Draft - 1.06 m
Weight - 19.731 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2460 l
Water Capacity - 757 l
Accommodation - 5 berths, addition berth with optional third stateroom
Engines - 3 x Volvo Penta IPS600 435hp
Hull - V shape with 14.4 degrees aft

December 15, 2007

New Model: Bertram 700

Bertram Yacht, the legendary builder of high-performance sportfishing yachts, unveiled the new 700 Convertible, the flagship of the Bertram fleet, at the 2007 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. Responding to an increased industry and customer demand for yachts in the 67’-74’ category, Bertram Yacht created the largest Bertram model with performance, luxury and comfort in mind. It features as an option, the exclusive ARG (Anti-rolling Gyro) technology, which suppresses rolling motion and reduces rolling angle by up to 50 percent. The 700 is a battlewagon in all types of weather conditions. The deep-V hull, which set the standard for offshore excellence more than 40 years ago, coupled with the modification of the hull strakes to reduce impact at the bow of the boat, combine for a smoother ride and increased performance. With optional power, the Bertram 700 Convertible has projected cruising speeds of 35 knots. Zuccon International Project, the designers of the superstructure and interiors, developed a variety of innovative elements for the 700. The new Bertram shear line profile showcasing a smooth curve sets the 700 apart, attracting appreciative stares at marinas across the globe. Additionally, the 700 is the first model to have the mezzanine come standard. The first Bertram Yacht model to use African mahogany for furniture, the 700 also features a new salon layout built with with the goal of maximizing space without compromising luxury or comfort. The master stateroom is full beam of the boat, a layout which offers choices for a desk/vanity or additional storage. Additionally, new to the sportfishing segment, the 700 offers innovative and luxuriously designed windows on the port and starboard sides of the master stateroom, products of the sophisticated design and glass technology of the Advanced Yacht Technology department at Ferretti Group. Vigorously tested to hold up in Bertram-worthy weather conditions, sportfishermen can be certain the windows aren’t just aesthetically appealing, but also provide the superior strength needed in an offshore sportfish yacht.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.6 m (74.2ft) with bow pulpit
Length - 21.45 m
Beam - 5.70 m
Draft - 1.82 m
Displacement - 52.8 t
Fuel Capacity - 7600 l
Water Capacity - 1323 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 1825hp, 16V 2200hp
Project - Zuccon International Project exterior, Marty A. Lowe Inc interior

December 14, 2007

Project: Marquis 500 SC

This new project the Marquis 500 SC follows the success of the just launched 420 SC model. Italians Nuvolari Lenard follow the design style especially for the exterior they showed for the smaller Marquis member. The interior for the new Sports Coupe will be a spacious double 3 cabin 2 head layout with the en-suite master cabin located forward. The USA company gave little information regarding the type of propulsion the 500 SC will feature but accept to see the Volvo innovative IPS drive units for the best in manoeuvrability, performance and consumption.

December 13, 2007

New Model: Ferretti 592

The new Ferretti 592 is an 18-metre flybridge yacht intended to replace the 591. It introduces a series of significant modifications that will revolutionise the quality of on board life. First of all, the window area has been expanded to form an almost continuous coverage. The 360 degree visibility allows passengers to enjoy interior spaces bathed in natural light. The location of the aft galley is another radical intervention that enhances not only the optimisation of the layout but also comfort and functionality. The tilt window makes it possible to create a single sweep of open space where cockpit, galley and living area blend in a friendly, hospitable design unity. The sleeping area has also been completely remodelled, with the creation of a full beam owner’s suite with two open view windows and chaise longue, comparable to the accommodation on a much larger yacht, with the addition of a forward VIP cabin and guest cabin with twin beds, all with private bathroom.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.33 m (60.2ft)
Hull Length - 17.86 m
Waterline Length - 15.62 m
Beam - 5.25 m
Draft - 1.58 m
Displacement - 28.3 t empty, 33.8 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3.700 l
Water Capacity - 660 l
Max Persons - 18
Cabins - 3 + 1 crew
Engines - 2 x MAN V8CR 800hp, V10CR 1100hp
Speed - 33.5 knots maximum, 30 knots cruising with MAN 1100hp
Hull - Warped Hull with 13 degrees deadrise and spray rails
Project - Ferretti Engineering, Zuccon International Project exterior and lines
Category - CE A

December 12, 2007

Projects: Sunseeker 86 Yacht, Sunseeker 34M Yacht

The new Sunseeker 86 Yacht has a broad beam and superb accommodation for up to eight people. Forward of the large saloon is a dining area, fully equipped galley and stairs leading to the lower deck and guest accommodation. The main deck also features the main helm position and access to the forward VIP stateroom with en suite and walk-in wardrobe. Alternative layout options allow for a total of up to three full beam staterooms or a third smaller stateroom and additional fourth pullman cabin. The crew quarters are situated at the stern and include a crew mess, shower/WC, captain’s double berth cabin and a twin pullman crew cabin. With an optional GRP hard-top bimini, the flybridge provides ample seating and sunbathing space with a fully equipped wetbar and teak dining table and the area can also be customised to include a hot tub, crane and jet ski. With a choice of powerful twin diesel engine options, this new yacht is capable of speeds in excess of 32 knots. Inside, this new Sunseeker model excels with the imaginative use of space, particularly the inspired layout that allows the crew to move freely between the fully equipped enclosed galley and their self-contained quarters without disturbing guests. The much awaited new Sunseeker 34 Metre Yacht boasts a broad beam and one of the most spacious and sophisticated interiors to date. Providing luxurious accommodation for up to ten people plus crew, the open plan living areas include a large saloon and dining area adjacent to a fully equipped galley and servery including crew mess which form a natural divide from the forward master stateroom, raised wheelhouse and crew quarters. The lower deck includes two generous double VIP cabins and two twin cabins, all offering en-suite facilities and individual entertainment systems. The spacious main deck master stateroom is a duplex design which gives 180-degree visibility with a walk-in wardrobe on the main deck. Stairs then lead forward to a private toilet room and then down to an open plan en-suite with twin wash basins, bath and separate shower cubicle. The flybridge affords plenty of seating and sunbathing space with a fully equipped wetbar and the option of a large spa tub, and depending on the owner’s requirement, the stern garage offers enough space for a tender. To achieve optimum performance, the 34 Metre Yacht is based on Sunseeker’s deep ‘V’ hull design. A choice of powerful twin diesel engines provides up to 4800hp, enabling this yacht to achieve speeds in excess of 25 knots. Performance is complemented by leading-edge technology throughout, such as computerised engine management systems and the very latest navigation and communication equipment, making island hopping or extended cruising equally effortless. There is also the option of fitting TRAC-STAR, a system that provides optimum stabilisation while at rest and when underway. The 34 Metre Yacht will be built to meet the requirements of regulating authorities including the Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) dependent on owners’ specifications.

December 11, 2007

New Model: Riviera 47 Enclosed Flybridge Series II

First there was the Riviera 47 Open Flybridge, now the largest of the Australian Builders have expanded on that ideal with an Enclosed Flybridge model. The 47’s huge international appeal reflects a host of exceptional features, outstanding craftsmanship and unparalleled value. Confidence in the seaworthiness of your vessel is the basis of Riviera's boating pleasure, therefore today’s model accounts for fatigue, corrosion and ease of access for inspection and maintenance. The sixteen metres plus or 53ft overall Riviera 47 Enclosed Flybridge model caters not only to those with a penchant for comfort and relaxed entertaining, but also to the serious long-range cruiser. With everything from the bow thruster, Bose audio system, to luxuries such as the soft leather upholstery, fine American Cherrywood timberwork and quality hardware and fittings, this is undoubtedly one of the best equipped Sport Fisherman Crusier vessels. With sensible engine options ranging from standard twin 660hp diesels up to 825hp diesels, the ride can also be as exhilarating as you like. The standard fuel capacity of 2,700 litres provides an unparalleled cruising range.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.17 m (53.1ft)
Length - 15.19 m Beam - 4.89 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Weight - 19600 kg dry, approx depending engines and options
Fuel Capacity - 2.700 l
Water Capacity - 820 l
Accommodation - 6 + 2
Engines - 2 x Cummins 660hp

December 10, 2007

Project: Bavaria 30 SportHT

Bavaria is pleased to introduce the new motorboat of the sport series, the Bavaria 30 SportHT. The new hardtop model will be available as of January 2008 and comes with the extensive Bavaria standards, such as a bow thruster, an anchor winch with anchor and chain, radio/CD – player, refrigerator, 2-flame cooker, warm water boiler and shower in the head, holding tank, AC shore power, battery charger and stainless steel clamps. The new and expanded cockpit layout offers a large settee, a comfortable sun pad, as well as a functional wetbar and an improved helm position. The smoothly integrated hardtop fits into the sporty and elegant design, featuring a standing height of approx. 1,85 m. The redesigned layout with interiors in light mahogany and a modern furniture design provides a pleasant and comfortable feeling, creating a spacious salon that is unusual for this size of boat. The functional galley as well as the u-shaped settee, that can be converted into a bed and plenty of storage space testifies the high standard and the good quality interior of the Bavaria 30 SportHT. The separate and generous aft cabin with a double berth, lockers and bench and a good dimensioned head with shower, round up the positive overall picture of the interior.

December 9, 2007

New Model: Codecasa construction F.69

The new Codecasa 41 metre Hull F.69 continues the evolution of the 34 mt Codecasa open hard top super yacht, it presented in the 2004 season and of which 2 models where constructed. This Viareggio custom yacht builder which builds an average of 2 yachts a year, of important dimensions from about 30 to 60 metres in length and strictly of custom construction, both outside and inside. This new Hull F.69 follows the exterior design of the 34.50 metre, but with bigger important dimensions and with the same alloy construction, to have a light weight but strong hull and still giving an important top speed of 34 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 41 m (134.5ft)
Length Waterline - 34.50 m
Beam - 8.00 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 160 tons light, 175 tons full
Fuel Capacity - 20.000 l
Water Capacity - 3.000 l
Accommodation - 4 guest cabins, 3 crew cabins
Engines - 3 x MTU 16V2000 M93 2400hp
Speed - 34 knots maximum, 30 knots cruising (light displacement)
Construction Material - Aluminium 5083 H 321
Certification - ABS Maltese Cross A1 Yachting Service AMS

December 8, 2007

Class 1 - Spirit of Norway Wins Dubai Grand Prix and Middle East Championship

Spirit of Norway’s Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis completed the Dubai-double to take their fourth win of the season in today’s Dubai Grand Prix, the final race of the 2007 WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship to clinch the WPPA Class 1 Middle East Championship. The newly crowned WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Champions, Victory 77’s Arif Saif Al Zafeen and Jean-Marc Sanchez finished second, with Sheikh Hassan Bin Jabor Al-Thani and Matteo Nicolini coming home in third place in Qatar 96.With the first race start aborted and red-flagged by officials, it was Spirit of Norway who seized the immediate advantage at the restart to lead after the first lap from Victory 77 and Qatar 96. Victory 7 made up ground on lap one, moving into fourth place ahead of Qatar 95 and Negotiator, who dropped from fourth at the start to seventh.Spirit of Norway held the lead until they took their long laps, dropping them to second on lap 8 behind Victory 77, but ahead of Qatar 96. The lead trio held station until Victory 77 was forced to take their long laps, with Spirit moving back into the lead on lap 15, and going on to win the 21-lap, 94.18Nm, Dubai Grand Prix by 31 seconds.Victory 7 finished fourth ahead of Qatar 95, with Foresti & Suardi completing the list of finishers in sixth. Spirit of Norway 20 hit trouble and retired on the opening lap, with Jotun’s miserable season of bad luck continuing when they stopped on lap 3 along with Fainplast. Negotiator went five laps later followed by SeveneleveN, out on lap 11.
1. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB)
2. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen(UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) + 00.31,62
3. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) + 01.16,79
4. Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N Hendi (UAE) + 01.50,51
5. Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) + 02.13,15
6. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/G Montavoci (ITA) + 2 laps
SeveneleveN 18 – Giorgio Manuzzi (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) – dnf
Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) - dnf
Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) - dnf
Fainplast 2 – K Selmer (NOR)/M Esperto (ITA) – dnf
Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) – dnf
1. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen(UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) – 144pts
2. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB) – 118pts
3. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) – 112pts
4. Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) – 75pts
5. Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N Hendi (UAE) – 71pts
6. Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) – 51pts
7. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/G Montavoci (ITA) – 48pts
8. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) – 38pts
9. SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) – 19pts
10. Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) 14pts
11. Fainplast 2 – K Selmer (NOR)/M Esperto (ITA) – 12pts

December 7, 2007

New Model: Fashion 68

The new Fashion Yachts 68 continues the design trend shown by the first 55 feet model. This young builder, Fashion Yachts offers a new model with more important, larger dimensions in length but also in height in order to make a pleasant exterior sportive line. Fashion Yachts builds its yacht by using the latest core lamination technologies in order to create a stronger light weight structure. The extended hardtop of the new 68 is also a superior product, finished in temporized crystal glass and following the evolution of the whole boat with the innovative curved shape profile, it is constructed in high technology used as it is produced by computer and cut with laser machines for a perfect fit and finish. Other important features of the Fashion 68 is the wide side decks, which are among the widest for an open of this size but also the cleats which can be made invisible, leaving the deck clean and uncluttered. The new Fashion 68 is powered by twin 1500hp MTU's which give a top speed of 38 knots and a cruising speed of 33 knots. The interior is a 3 double cabin 3 head interior with the most important full beam mid-ship owners cabin, dual galley a day up top and a full galley located down and a single berth crew cabin forward.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.80 m (71.5ft)
Hull Length - 19.10 m
Beam - 5.45 m
Displacement - 32 t (full load)
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 1100 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 1500hp, MAN 1500hp
Speed - max 38 knots, 33 knots cruising
Propulsion - Arneson Drive, Direct Shaft Drive

December 6, 2007

Class 1 - Dubai Grand Prix Preview

With the outcome of the 2007 WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship already decided and the title back in Dubai after a five-year absence, Victory 77 and Spirit of Norway now go head-to-head in this weekend’s Dubai Grand Prix, the final race of the season, in a winner take all clash to decide the outcome of the WPPA Class 1 Middle East Championship, with the outgoing World and European Champions, Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis looking to deprive the new champions, Jean-Marc Sanchez and Arif Al Zafeen of a win on home waters, and from adding the Middle East title to the 2007 World and European titles already in their possession. Spirit of Norway go into the final race on 43 points and lead the Middle East Championship by two points from Victory 77, but Negotiator’s Chris Parsonage and Bard Eker - ten points off the lead - and Qatar 96, lying in fourth, are both in with a shot at the title should either of the two front runners hit trouble. Spirit of Norway and Qatar 96 will also be vying for the runners-up slot in the overall world championship standings and are currently tied on 96 points. Outside of the top three in the world standings, Abdullah Al–Sulaiti and Luca Nicolini in Qatar 95 will be looking to repeat their second place in the last race, to end the season as the strongest of the outfits running V8s and the best of the chasing pack, ahead of Victory 7 and Negotiator.

December 5, 2007

New Model: Amer 92

The new Amer 92 is the natural evolution of the Amer 86 design, inheriting and developing those features that made Amer 86 such a success. The boat’s performance, its handling qualities and its sea worthiness are an essential part of the hull’s performance. It should also be noted that the boat is fully equipped, underlying the shipyard’s flexibility in making boats that are highly personalized and custom based, paying attention to the smallest detail. The styling of Amer 92 is in harmony with the design of its popular sister yacht. This establishes a feeling of stylistic continuity, but does not prevent its features being improved, in particular by prolonging and harmonizing its surfaces. The boat’s outline has benefited from the increased length, resulting in a more attractive and streamlined design. The yacht’s larger size has favoured its standard layout – if one can speak of standards about a shipyard that has made of the custom-based approach its key to success. There have been major improvements in each area, from the boat’s stern to the bow. Changes have not only been made to the crew cabin, the VIP and the twin berth guest cabins, but above all to the master cabin. All the accommodation area space has been revised, extended and optimized. The new window design also guarantees better lighting of the day area. The main deck layout has also been redesigned to enhance its functionality: the dining area is independent from the saloon and a single staircase leads to the lower deck. Rather than enlarging the already functional galley and wheelhouse, the cockpit has been transformed into a vital living area. In defining the project’s objectives the possible options afforded by the boat’s increased dimensions have been taken into consideration, as well as the new demands of a constantly changing market. The size and dimensions of the Amer 92 have enabled the construction of an aft garage for the tender’s storage and further optimization of the space allow the shipyard to offer the customer a 5 cabin option. The space previously employed for the tender on the Amer 86 has been replaced by a wider flybridge, where a Jacuzzi and a large sun bed can now be found. The most recent market trends and new customer demands show a growing awareness of environmental factors. In terms of the boat design this has meant focusing on ever-increased efficiency. The demand for an eco-friendly product will be as important in the future as the search for increased power once was. Customers will no longer be satisfied with a more powerful horse-power, but will insist on assessing the yacht’s true efficiency. The Amer team has made of these concepts their guiding principles, deciding to concentrate on two essential features: energy conservation and respect for the environment. The boat has been made lighter and more resistant by using new materials and by adjusting the weight distribution. These arrangements together with the excellent hull qualities and an optimization of the propulsion system ensure that Amer 92 has the best consumption rates in its category. Tests on the Amer 86 have shown that in displacement navigation, using one single engine, during long voyages, the consumption rate can be compared to that of a small displaced ship. These arrangements are the basis of the new project and will enable the boat to face long voyages with very low consumption rates. The interior plan of the yacht has also been modified with a view to conserving energy: from the lighting to the electrical system to the air conditioning system and the internal insulation. The result is a boat that can, just to give one example, under the same external environmental conditions, in terms of temperature and humidity, stay at anchor employing only a part of the power needed by the generators if compared to other boats of similar classification. These modifications have reduced sound levels, thus achieving greater comfort on board. The employment of a system treating all sewage on board enable the yacht to moor in port or stay at anchor without being subject to rules which are going to be made more restrictive in the future.
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.00 m (91.8ft)
Waterline Length - 23.96 m
Beam - 6.30 m
Draft - 2.00 m
Fuel Capacity - 8000 l
Water Capacity - 2200 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 1825hp
Speed - 30 knots top, 28 knots cruising
Range - 500 miles
Styling - Massimo Verme, Verme Yacht Projects
Building Material - fiberglass
Category - CE A

December 4, 2007

Project: Sealine 35 Sport

This new project from Sealine the 35 Sport, is based on the lines of latest launched model the SC 35, but is a more Sport or call it extreme version showing the versatility the British manufacturer has put into this design. Promoting it as the perfect day and weekend cruiser, the new 35 Sport has a complete wrap around sport windscreen with a distinctive stainless steel frame. The clean sophisticated lines of the totally open deck layout together with the low screen emphasise the fact that this is a boat that has been build for a true sports driving, wind in the hair navigation experience. The new Sealine 35 Sport will be presented next January at the top boat shows.

December 3, 2007

New Model: Cayman 50 Fly

The new Cayman 50 Fly is the new model of this highly respected boat builder situated in the North Tirrenian Sea, West Italian coast. Founded in the nineties by an experienced entrepreneur with much experience in the boating sector, the Cayman Yachts philosophy is to offer boats with the Italian touch of design, flair and hand building experience together with an American Sport Fisherman boat influence. Other design touches which makes the Cayman stand out is the walk around comfort of there decks which is featured in all the models from the smallest 38 ft up to the big open hard top models. The new Cayman 50 Fly as all the models of this prestigious builder, is designed by World Famous Venetian Nuvolari Lenard architects. Her interior have a classic approach offering a comfortable 3 cabin 2 head interior accommodation, with the master cabin forward and 2 guest cabins located mid ship. Other important features is the spaciousness of the cockpit and how it integrates with the saloon area but also the attention of the upper helm for having a good manoeuvring visibility. The 50 Fly has also very good performance, with the builder estimating 33 knots of maximum and a 29 knots of cruising with the not so big D9 Volvo's of 2 x 575 HP.
Technical Data:
Length - 15.00 m (49.2ft)
Beam - 4.50 m
Draft - 0.95 m
Displacement - 16.000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Max People on board - 12
Accommodation - 6 + 2 + optional crew
Engines - 2 x Volvo Penta D9 575hp
Speed - 33 knots maximum, 29 knots cruising
Range - 12 hours
Certification - CE A

December 2, 2007

Class 1 - Spirit of Norway wins Dubai Mina Seyahi Grand Prix, Victory 77 Takes Title

Spirit of Norway’s Bjorn Gjelsten and Steve Curtis took their third win of the season in today’s drama-filled Mina Seyahi Grand Prix, but it was Arif Saif Al Zafeen and Jean Marc-Sanchez, who, despite receiving a penalty long-lap for a jump start, grabbed the glory and the headlines, bringing Victory 77 home in fourth place to clinch the 2007 WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.
Abdullah Al-Sulaiti and Luca Nicolini produced their best result of the season finishing second in Qatar 95, some consolation for the team after Qatar 96 saw their title challenge end on lap 12 when mechanical problems reduced them to a crawl, with Sheikh Hassan and Matteo Nicolini eventually finishing down in ninth place. And there was more podium success for Negotiator’s Chris Parsonage and Bard Eker, finishing third for the second time in as many races. But not for the first time this season, there was drama right from the start, resulting in penalty long laps being issued to Victory 7 and 77 later in the race.
Victory 77 made a spectacular start moving from sixth place on the start line to lead by over seven seconds at the end of lap one, from Negotiator who moved up from fifth, with the pole sitters Spirit of Norway down to third place. Victory 7 also made up places moving into fourth ahead of both Qatar boats, with Jotun the biggest loser on the opening lap, dropping from second down to eighth place.Victory 77 stayed out front for the next six laps as the chasing pack exchanged long-laps and positions. On lap 8, Qatar 95 hit the front, only to concede to Spirit of Norway two laps later, with Victory 77 now third, ahead of Qatar 96 and Negotiator. By lap 13 Negotiator was up to third, with Victory paying the price of the penalty lap and down to fourth. The front runners would hold station for the remainder of the race, with Spirit of Norway taking the win and the lead in the Middle East Championship.Behind the front runners Victory 7 and Spirit of Norway fought over the remaining top six positions, with Victory 7 grabbing the advantage on lap 15.
Behind them Foresti&Suardi was battling with steering problems, but came in, in seventh ahead of Fainplast and an ailing Qatar 96 and SeveneleveN. Jotun’s disappointment continued, retiring on lap 7.With the world title decided, the focus now switches to the Middle East Championship and the final race of the season in Dubai next week. Spirit of Norway’s win puts them two points ahead of Victory 77, with Negotiator now in third place, one point ahead of Qatar 96.
1. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB)
2. Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) + 00.08,26
3. Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) + 00.34,86
4. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen (UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) + 01.38,78
5. Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N B Hendi (UAE) + 2.17,56
6. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) + 1 lap
7. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/G Montavoci (ITA) + 1 lap
8. Fainplast 2 – K Selmer (NOR)/G Carpitella (ITA) + 3 laps
9. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) + 4 laps
10. SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) + 4 laps
Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) dnf
1. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen (UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) – 127pts
2= Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) – 96pts
2= Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB) – 96pts
4. Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) – 64pts
5. Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N B Hendi (UAE) – 62pts
6. Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) – 49pts
7. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/G Montavoci (ITA) – 39pts
8. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) – 34pts
9. SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) – 17pts
10. Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) - 14pts
11. Fainplast 2 – K Selmer (NOR)/G Carpitella (ITA) – 8pts
1. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB) – 43pts
2. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen (UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) – 41pts
3. Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) – 33pts
4. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) – 32pts
5. Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) – 24pts
6. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/G Montavoci (ITA) – 15pts
7. Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N B Hendi (UAE) – 14pts
8. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) – 10pts
9. Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) - 5pts
10. Fainplast 2 – K Selmer (NOR)/G Carpitella (ITA) – 3pts
11. SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) – 1pts

December 1, 2007

New Model: Uniesse 75 Open HT

Uniesse had an amazing fall 2007 boat show year presenting four new models between 65 feet to the latest 75 feet flagship, the new 75 Open HT model. This is a very important new boat for the Shipyard as it's represent the Uniesse design philosophy, that of producing American Sport Fisherman style boats but with an Italian Mediterranean heritage of maximum onboard comfort status. Uniesse calls the 75 Open HT as the classic from the future, and how can you not agree with this statement. The biggest boat ever produced by this shipyard represents two important aspects, tradition which is represented by the external lines and innovation shown in the liveable space and state of the art technology. The new flagship from this prestigious shipyard has a unique exterior design which is completed inside with the best in onboard comfort, design innovation and the superb sea keeping Uniesse is renowned for. Interior accommodation is for a 4 double cabins all with private bathroom, a double fully equipped crew cabin is located mid-ships and a separate spacious galley is located next to the crew quarters at mid-ships that makes for the best of inside privacy.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.83 m (78.2ft)
Beam - 5.6 m
Draft - 1.72 m
Weight - 55.000 kg empty, 64.000 kg loaded
Max Persons - 16
Fuel Capacity - 6730 l
Water Capacity - 1350 l
Engines - 2 x Cat 1670hp
Speed - 36 knots estimated
Category - CE A

November 30, 2007

Monthly News - November 2007

- pic of the month - Alicante Doma & Porsche

Alicante Doma and Porsche all about Passion

With such a suggestive title, last 26 to 28th of October, was celebrated in Marina Alicante an exclusive presentation of Doma and Porsche. This event had a great attendance with a selective participation of clients, press and recognized personalities of the business and culture ambit of the east of Spain. Astilleros de Alicante presented Doma 3 Avante, just before its first worldwide appearance at the Barcelona International Boat Show. This new model of Doma showed its spectacular design and its improvements in the interior functionality. Likewise one brand new unit of Doma 5 was also presented, a model with an attractive interior and exterior re-styling. Porsche, represented by Centro Porsche Alicante, showed the complete range of their selective range and a spectacular unit of the limited edition Carrera GT. Furthermore, three additional models, 911 4S, Cayman S and Cayenne S, were ready for an exciting driving test around the city of Alicante. This relationship between these two prestigious brands has been inspired by the shared passion in producing an exclusive product where the highest quality and the care on every detail are combined with a purely sport touch. This has not being an isolated experience and actually the next event is currently being studied, a signal of the great success of this first appointment.

Azimut Capture the Dream

A press conference was held at the Yacht Club Milano to present a new advertising campaign for Azimut Yachts, by JWT Italia. The new campaign comprises two corporate and 20 product ads and has been on air since the beginning of October in ten countries, notably including, outside Europe, the USA, India and China. It will be extended to a total of 30 countries by the end of this year. The “Capture the Dream” campaign is designed to arouse the instinct and reasoning of Azimut’s target – a mindset that is a complex weave of realism and imaginativeness.

Azimut Enviromental Policy

Azimut has defined an Environment Policy which represents the guidelines that intends to follow. This policy must represent a boost to promote a sustainable industrial development through the management of production cycles, on the basis of advanced environment protection criteria.

Fulvio Dodich Leaves Ferretti Group

Fulvio Dodich, currently in charge of Ferretti Yachts, Mochi Craft and Custom Line, has decided to leave Ferretti Group in order to follow a different professional career path outside the company. Ferretti Group C.E.O. Vincenzo Cannatelli will immediately take temporary charge as Manager of the Ferretti Yachts, Mochi Craft and Custom Line brands. The members of the Board of Directors wish to thank Fulvio Dodich, who will leave his position as of today, on behalf of Ferretti Group for the efficient, invaluable work he has carried out during over eleven years activity in the Group and the very best of luck for his future success.

Ferretti Yachts and Alcantara Important Co-branding Action

As expression of the most exclusive and sophisticated "made in Italy", Ferretti Yachts will be present in the current issue of "Panorama", "Espresso" and the German magazine "Stern" through "A'bout", a publication created for the most important activities of Alcantara, partner for the realization of the interior decoration of our yachts. The main objective of "A'bout" is to celebrate both the exceptionality of a material with extraordinary features and the partners that choose Alcantara to enrich their creations.The fifth issue of "A'bout" focuses on three subjects: Design & Comfort - with Ferretti Yachts, Elegance&Performance - with Porsche and Audi and Moda&Glamour with Canali. This communication action will reach more than 2.450.000 qualified contacts in Italy and Germany and will contribute towards improving the awareness of Ferretti Yachts and the brand reputation & consideration.

Grand Banks on Wave of Strong Sales

Grand Banks Yachts ends the 2007 season riding a strong wave of sales that has helped the company fill the production schedule for its 2008 models, and launch the 2009 model year with a solid start. The news follows several consecutive years of record sales for Grand Banks.

Hatteras reports on Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Hatteras Yachts enjoyed a solid Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show despite the potential effect on buyers’ enthusiasm from continuing high fuel prices, a slow economy, threatening storms and reduced foot traffic. Thanks to a strong international market, the debut of the new 72 Motor Yacht, and the continuing success of its proven line of sports fishing convertibles, Hatteras secured a significant increase in retail sales and stock orders from its authorized dealer network. This combination of retail and stock orders represented the second most units sold at a Ft. Lauderdale show in more than 15 years, and the highest retail value over that same time frame.

Horizon Demand Require A-Tech Expansion

Atech Composites, a professional FRP parts manufacturer of Horizon Group, is trying to cope with the increase in demand from each shipyard while only limited storage areas are available for the completed hulls and parts to remain before their delivery dates. Felix Lee, the production manager of Atech, points out that there is not sufficient space for storing the parts. Felix mentioned that Research and Development on improving the production procedure in order to shorten production time is becoming essential to meet the rapidly increasing demand.

Riviera Improves Manufacturing Process

Australia’s largest luxury boat builder, Riviera, has embarked on a $6.35 million expansion program at its Coomera headquarters, adding approximately 3,640 square metres of additional factory space. The total factory floor space of the Riviera manufacturing facility will then be more than 40,000 square metres, the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and one of the largest in the world. The works currently underway involve the expansion of the lamination facilities, providing an additional 2,190 square metres and also the construction of a new after-market service centre on a waterfront site to the south of the existing Riviera buildings. The new waterfront building, with 1,450 square metres of floor space, will offer boat owners a full on-site customisation, servicing, refurbishing and maintenance service. The after market and service centre will include a 75-tonne mobile boat hoist capable of handling vessels up to 6.5 metres in beam and around 26 metres (approximately 85 feet) in length.

Riviera new Director of Sales in Europe

Dave M. Taylor has joined Riviera Yachts of the Americas as Director of Sales for Europe, Africa and the Middle East (EAME). Dave Taylor most recently was Director of Sales and Marketing for Luhrs Sportfishing boats worldwide and prior to that directed the sales and marketing efforts for Wellcraft Marine in America. Prior to that, he was with Detroit Diesel, Yamaha and Evinrude in marketing and dealer development. He has been in the marine industry since 1972. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, the University of Michigan Business School (Executive Management) and Texas A & M University (Management Development and Equipment Distributors). Riviera Yachts of the Americas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Riviera, Australia’s largest luxury boat builder. The company is one of the most active yacht builders in the world, introducing a new boat about every 90 days.

Sunseeker Signs Contract for Sea-Fire Systems

Sea-Fire Europe, a recognized leader in fire suppression technology, has signed a new, 3-year contract with Sunseeker International. Sea-Fire managing director Ernie Ellis made the announcement. Sea-Fire fire suppression, shutdown and alarm systems will be standard on all Sunseeker builds. New Sea-Fire monitoring equipment, featuring FireStop technology, will be fitted on larger craft. Approved and listed by agencies worldwide, Sea-Fire products allow Sunseeker's yachts to comply with fire suppression regulations internationally. Providing peace of mind, Sea-Fire supplies FM-200 engineered and pre-engineered fire suppression systems and accessories. Fast and effective, FM-200 is safe for people and environmentally responsible.

Tecnomar Expands

Demonstration of the great expansion happening for Tecnomar Yachts, following the request of more but also bigger boats and having the desire to effect a full production cycle in one single yard, Paolo and Faliero Sarti have managed to agree in an expansion plan in Farmoplant Zone next to the current yard. The works have already started and will add 3000 squared metres to the existent establishment in the first quarter of 2008. The new structure will be added to the existent structure and will transfer to Massa the interior yacht assembly, leaving to the Viareggio yard only the finishing completion touches to the Yachts.

Viking Wins 27th Annual Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament

Days before the start of the tournament, Hurricane Kiko was headed towards Los Cabos. Fortunately, the storm changed path but not before churning up the water and bringing plenty of fish. Captain Mike Powell, on board the Viking 53 Missing Lenk, clinched the title of Second Place Boat thanks to a 591 pound blue marlin. Missing Lenk also took Second Place Top Captain. Over 150 teams released more than 200 billfish.

November 29, 2007

New Model: Mochi 54 Dolphin

Mochi Craft the renowned Italian builder continues to update it's range of Lobster yachts with the introduction of the new 54 Dolphin model. The Italian company describes this new model as a meeting of futuristic design ideas with the past traditional, historical legacy that a Lobster boat has to offer. This new latest Dolphin model reinterprets the past of the Lobster boat and Italian design philosophy with a unique blend of style, sophistication, color, passion and personality. The Italian design touch can be seen in the exterior lines with the feature of huge side windows on the hull side, sun pad forward, innovative additional sun pad on top of the coach roof, but also hidden design touches like the tender garage or the bathing platform which can be extended for increased sea enjoyment space. Other important aspects for the new 54 Dolphin is the spacious interior which can compete with similar sized craft, featuring an important three double cabins, 2 head layout but also an additional crew cabin with personal head located mid ship. Performance forecast is for a 32 knots top speed with twin MAN 800hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.65 m (54.8ft)
Length - 16.46 mt
Waterline Length - 15 m
Beam - 4.90 m
Draft - 1.42 m
Displacement - 21.50 t unloaded, 26.90 t loaded
Max Persons - 12
Fuel Capacity - 2550 l
Water Capacity - 710 l
Engines - 2 x MAN R6 CR6L 800hp
Performance - 32 knots top, 28 knots cruising
Project - Victory Design Brunello Acampora
Category - CE A

November 28, 2007

Class 1 - Dubai U.A.E. Mina Seyahi Preview

After an enthralling and compelling season, where spectacular racing has been matched by intense rivalries on and off the water, the final throws of the dice to decide the 2007 WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship will unfold with two races in a week in Dubai, and the stage is set for yet another nail-biting finale, as the two remaining title challengers go head-to-head after a gruelling, season-long tussle. Victory 77 will line up for next weekend’s Mina Seyahi Grand Prix, round 7 of the WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, tantalisingly close to lifting their first World title and a record seventh for the mighty Dubai-based, Victory Team. If they finish ahead of their title rivals, the championship is theirs. It has been a stellar season for Sanchez and Al Zafeen, racing together for the first time. They won the season opener in Athens, with Al Zafeen becoming the first rookie to win on his Class 1 debut and two wins later, in Romania, became the first rookie, and Sanchez the first Frenchman, to win the Class 1 European Championship. Their fourth win of the season last time out at the Qatar Grand Prix in Doha means they head into the penultimate race of the season with a 22-point advantage over their nearest rivals in the overall race for honours and a slender two point lead in the Middle East Championship. Standing between Victory 77 and the title that they are so desperate to bring home, is Qatar 96, who simply have to finish ahead of Victory 77 and by a margin of three points or more if they are to take the battle for the World Championship down to the final race of the season, the Dubai Grand Prix on Saturday, 8 December. Sheikh Hassan and Nicolini are enjoying their best season to date, and with six podiums on the bounce are sure to keep the pressure on the leaders until the very last lap. Spirit of Norway’s tenure as World Champions effectively ended in Qatar, when they limped out of the race on lap 15 with engine problems, but could still add the Middle East Championship to the Edox Pole Position Championship - which they clinched in Doha with their fifth consecutive win in qualifying - by winning the final two races. Outside of the lead trio, just 24 points separate the next five boats and the scramble for points and to be the best-of-the-rest may well become an unwelcome headache for Victory 77 and Qatar 96 as they fight it out for the title. Victory 7 lead the chasing pack, and are undoubtedly quick, but have lacked the consistency seen in the opening two rounds, but if they pull it all together on race day, they will certainly be amongst the front runners. Currently lying fifth is Qatar 95, are the pick of those running V8s, and fourth place in Arendal, a podium in Romania and fourth again in Qatar confirm their credentials. The most improved outfit over the last three races is Negotiator, the only outfit in the championship running Sterling V8s, taking fifth, fourth and a podium last time out, and sees them on a hard-charge and climbing up the championship standings. Just two points behind them is Foresti & Suardi, who, after competing in the last two races in his second boat, is expected to be back in his favoured raceboat. Tom Barry-Cotter and Pal Nilsen will be trying to repeat the performances that have produced three top six finishes in their first season together, and will be aiming to add another, with Nicola Giorgi and Tomaso Polli hoping to see out the season in the Cougar with some solid points finishes. Whilst Jotun will simply be wondering when the run of bad luck that has blighted their season, will end, and will be praying that they have a trouble-free race to realise their pace and potential. The race weekend kicks off with official practice on Thursday, 29 November and the first opportunity for the teams to familiarise themselves with a revised course. A second practice session on Friday morning is followed by the Edox Pole Position in the afternoon and a final practice session on Saturday morning, followed by the Mina Seyahi Grand Prix.

November 27, 2007

New Model: Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht

The new Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht is a boat really rich in innovations that the designers of this World famous Aussie company wanted as the other Sport Yachts in the range, to make the difference in a highly competitive market sector. The third boat for the innovate range, the 4400 included a number of firsts that included resin infusion, joint Volvo and Riviera design thinking, and IPS drive technology! The commitment Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht expresses is that of truly ingenious boat with a serious of important updates that where unthinkable in a boat of this size a few years ago! One of the bonus for the new4400 is the spacious interior boasting two large cabins for a 5 berth accommodation. The queen-size master stateroom is in the bow and thanks to the space savings of Volvo IPS, aft and under the cabin sole you will find a magnificent full-width stateroom with a queen and a single berth. As already stated the new Riviera uses Volvo's innovative IPS drive with the twin 370hp or optional 435hp giving startling performance levels and a 30% less fuel consumption. The Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht continues with the other appreciated ideas this range offers: like the galley up layout, pillar less patio door, that joins the interior saloon, pilot house, galley area with the exterior cockpit making the whole place become one entertaining area.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.12 m (49.7ft)
Length - 13.91 m
Beam - 4.58 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Weight - 12.500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1.500 l
Water Capacity - 460 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - standard 2 x Volvo IPS500 370hp, IPS600 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forward looking dual propeller pods

November 26, 2007

Project: Fairline 55 Squadron

The new Fairline 55 Squadron project is a highly expectation project from this famous British builder. The design for this project shows a sporty modern med flybridge motor yacht and an innovative use of space. Sleek lines and beautiful external shapes are the visiting ticket, to what Fairline is promising a modern natural light with plenty of space interior layout. The new 55 Squadron follows the trend in this size category, offering a full beam owners cabin which includes an electro opaque walled bathroom transformation, something seen on the other bigger Fairline models. Interior accommodation is for a three double cabins, two heads and a single crew berth aft. The interior plans show the much requested minimal design approach especially in the upper saloon area but also demonstrate what will be one of the most spacious flybridge areas in this size category. The new Squadron 55 model will have the difficult task to follow the success of the old Squadron 55, produced from 1996 till 2003 and has been the most sold model in this highly demanded Motor Yacht range from the British builder. The challenge is encouraging!

November 25, 2007

New Model: Dalla Pieta DP 50 HT

Innovative is perhaps the most correct term to use when defining the DP 50 HT, even though it does not derive from a brand new concept, but is a successful restyling of the 48', presented at the Genoa boat show in 1997. Particular importance was given to the deck house and the stern area, with the extension of the garage that can now hold a 2.70-metre tender, while the driver's position can boast a lower deck with contemporary lines as one of the most distinctive parts of the new décor. The interior design has also been fully refreshed, with a complete change in the style of the décor, while keeping the exact same layout and leaving lots of room for custom solutions in terms of choice of timbers and wood varieties. One of the most important changes that stands out is also the possibility to turn one of the guest cabins into crew quarters, complete with bathroom, with separate access directly from the deckhouse. The powerful and reliable duo of 715 horsepower each Caterpillar engines is confirmed. The capacity of the tanks has increased from 1650 to 1900 litres. Lastly, the standard fittings have been supplemented with certain accessories that were optional in the 48'. Some of these include the automatic pilot, television and stereo in the living area, effluent containers and electronic remote control. The DP 50 HT expands the Dalla Pietà Yachts fleet with a boat that has nothing to envy bigger boats in terms of fittings and prestige.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.30 m (53.5ft)
Length - 15.73 m
Beam - 4.29 m
Draft - 1.14 m
Displacement - 17.14 t unladed, 21.32 t laden
Fuel Capacity - 1900 l
Water Capacity - 490 l
Max Passengers - 12
Accommodation - 6 berths, 2 heads
Engines - 2 x Cat C12 715hp
Speed - 36 knots maximum, 30 knots cruising
Range - 280 NM @ 28 knots cruising
Construction Material - GRP
Category - CE B

November 24, 2007

Project: Alicante Doma 7

Astilleros de Alicante is ready to launch the construction of Doma 7. The design and project definition is already finished and to do so, Astilleros de Alicante has joined prestigious companies, such as Anders Design for the styling and Barracuda Yachts for the naval architecture. Doma 7, a 22 meters motorboat, a new model which is presented by an avant-garde design and a complete study of the internal functionality. As result, the saloon will have two independent relax areas, also the space downstairs is remarkable, particularly in the galley and in the master cabin, were we can see dimensions typically used in bigger yachts. The exterior design of Doma 7 offers three independent areas. The first of them is the solarium forward. Secondly, the cockpit with hydraulic platform provides habitability and comfort to have pleasant journeys. Finally, the solarium on the hard-top clearly identifies the innovative proposals from Doma 7. Talking about Doma 7 is synonymous of talking about internal design with the highest personalization capability. To properly tailor its Doma 7, every owner will find a comprehensive set with the finest materials for his selection. Astilleros de Alicante with Doma 7 makes another step toward representing a new line of motorboats clearly differentiated from the design point of view and able to be tailored to match the desires of its owner.

November 23, 2007

New Model: Azimut 58

Azimut continues in the updating of its motor yacht range with the introduction of the new 58. A much expected model from this World famous manufacturer which sits in between the long standing 55 Evolution and 62 Evolution models. The new Azimut 58 has many bonuses on yachts of this size dimension but most interesting is the use of minimal style to create open spaces on board, especially on the flybridge and in the saloon. As for the other solutions Azimut continue this new model with the development of huge side windows not only for the master cabin, now in three rectangle form fitted to the side in flash form but also for the VIP cabin forward. It also presents on this flybridge model the squarish bow solution we saw introduced in 2004 with the introduction of the 40/43 model. The interior spaces is for a 3 cabin 2 head layout with a crew cabin aft. The VIP cabin forward has an innovative solution with a scissor movement making the possibility of transformation to two singles. Something very useful for high numbered families. Technical Data:
LOA - 17.88 m (58.8ft)
Beam - 4.95 m
Draft - 1.37 m
Displacement - 28.8 t (full load)
Fuel Capacity - 2.800 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Accommodation - 3 cabins + crew, 6 berths + crew, 2 heads + crew
Engines - 2 x MAN R6 800hp
Speed - 32 knots maximum, 28 knots cruising @ half load
Design - Stefano Righini exterior, Carlo Galeazzi interior
Hull - vee shape with 23.5 degrees deadrise midship, 15.5 aft
Building Material - GRP

November 22, 2007

Projects: Magnum 50, Magnum 70

Magnum is working on the prototype of the new Luiz De Basto designed Magnum 50. This new 50 replaces the "Bestia" model that came before it. The new, as yet unnamed model, will be offered with either the MTU V10 or with the MAN V12 and will run approximately 70mph. The Magnum 50 will be the fastest model produced by the company with the exception of the much anticipated 27.
Presently under construction, for completion in early 2008, is a new Magnum 70 model on order for one of Magnum's VIP clients. Designed by Pininfarina and equipped with twin 2400 MTU diesels coupled to Arneson ASD15 surface drives, this new incredibly fast and maneuverable performance yacht is expected to reach top speeds over 60mph in any sea condition. This model is also available to government agencies as a Patrol Craft.

November 21, 2007

New Model: Overmarine Mangusta 80 Hard Top

One of the trademark and most successful big open boats ever built, the Mangusta 80 receives the update renovation to the Hard Top treatment in an esthetically pleasing design. The new Overmarine Mangusta 80 Hard Top continues the 40 knots plus performance of the Open model but has a redesigned exterior design thanks to the new superstructure, but also an update in the cockpit and interior layout spaces. The spaces of the 80 Hard Top feature a spacious 3 cabin offer in standard form but also a dual saloon, one on the upper deck and a more private one on the lower deck. The new Hard Top version boasts also exceptional performance of 45 knots top speed thanks to the latest MTU Common Rail engines. As is expected from this respected Viareggio builder, Overmarine the construction standard but also fit and finish are second to none.
Technical Data:
Length - 25.07 m (82.25ft)
Beam - 6.00 m
Draft - 1.15 m to 1.65 m Weight - 58 T loaded
Fuel Capacity - 6.000 l
Water Capacity - 1.300 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M93 Common Rail 2400hp
Propulsion - Arneson Surface Drives
Speed - 45 knots max