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

November 20, 2007

Project: Jeanneau 38 Prestige S

Whilst it will only be launched officially at the beginning of 2008, Jeanneau have unveiled the unpublished designs for the new Prestige 38 S. Although announced as far back as September 2007, no information had been made available about the new Prestige, which slots in between the Prestige 34 S and the completely new Prestige 42 S. The real novelty comes from the dual cockpit on board, a feature up until now reserved for open models over 40 feet long. The first cockpit, structured around a table, is traditionally located forward beneath the sport top, while the second, the real innovation on this boat, is located on the after deck, and can be converted to a sun pad or a comfortable settee around a second table. Another decided advantage for an open of under 40 feet is the tender garage, hidden beneath the cockpit. Fitted with a galley and extended by a huge bathing platform, the Sport Top with it's electric roof dully open becomes a particular outside/inside space. In particular, information on the interior layout reveals 2 cabins, a very large saloon and a spacious dressing room. Designed by the Italian office of Garroni Designers, the Prestige 38 S benefits from a hull developed by the well-known American designer, Michael Peters, who has already designed the hulls of the Prestige 42 and the recent Prestige 42 S for Jeanneau. The twin engines are the new Cummins QSD 4.2-320HP with stern-drive transmission. The yard is actively working on the launch of this Prestige 38 S, for which the stakes are high, since of course its arrival completes a 30 to 50 feet range of new Prestige Fly and Open power boats.

November 19, 2007

New Model: Raffaelli 47 Calima

Introduced to fill the range between the bigger Compass Rose and smaller Levante models is the new Raffaelli Calima. The Calima is a very spacious flybridge cruiser featuring a 3 double cabins, 2 heads accommodation finished in very warm light colored oak finish with chromed grey and silver metals additions. Based on the variable Deep Vee hull of Raffaelli, it offers a very good performance level of 30 knots with only twin 400hp Iveco Aifo engines on shaft drives, a comfortable speed considering the 18 tons of loaded weight for this cruiser. This horsepower speed configure should give superior fuel consumption levels. The new Calima continues the Raffaelli guarantee of a superior CE A Category standard, something not found much in this size of craft plus a 6 year Osmosis and structural warranty.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.99 m (45.8ft)
Waterline Length - 11.99 m
Beam - 4.30 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Weight - 18.45 t loaded, 13.40 t empty
Max Persons - 12, safeties for 10
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 2 heads
Max Weight - 1200 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1450 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Engines - 2 x 400 HP Iveco Aifo
Speed - 30 knots Max
Certification - CE A

November 18, 2007

Class 1 - Victory 77 wins in Doha

Victory 77 took a giant step towards the coveted Class 1 world title after producing a championship winning performance to take their fourth win of the season in today’s Qatar Grand Prix, round 6 of the WPPA Class1 World Powerboat Championship, and now lead the title race by 22 points, with the final two rounds in Dubai in two weeks. Qatar 96 keep the title hopes alive, bringing home a second place, taking their sixth podium of the season, with Negotiator 50 producing the best performance of the year to grab it's first podium, taking a well deserved third place. But for the defending World Champions, Spirit of Norway, who started today’s race from pole position, there was bitter disappointment, retiring on lap 15 with a broken engine, and their title aspirations in tatters and the hopes of a sixth world title now beyond their reach.
The race was all but decided on the opening lap, with Victory 77 producing a spectacular lap to move from fourth place on the start line to lead at the end of lap one, with Spirit of Norway second, followed by Qatar 96 and Negotiator. With the three title rivals holding station and opening up a lead, Negotiator came under increasing pressure from a hard charging Jotun, who grabbed fourth place on lap four, but Negotiator responded immediately to regain the position a lap later and two laps later a technical problem ended Jotun’s race. Negotiator then held of a challenge from Qatar 95, who in turn had Victory 7, who dropped from second at the start to eighth after hooking the boat at the first corner, breathing down their necks. Over the course of the next six laps the leading trio exchanged long laps. Qatar 96 went first, followed by Spirit of Norway and the race leaders. By lap 13, with both long laps taken, Spirit of Norway had reduced the gap to Victory 77 from 12 to four seconds, but two laps later the defending champions were out, a broken engine destroying their title bid. Now in an unassailable position Victory 77 were able to cruise home and take the chequered flag and the win, with Qatar 96 crossing the line over a minute behind them. For Chris Parsonage and Bard Eker, the first podium of the year for Negotiator was a rich reward for the team. Qatar 95 were able to stave of the persistent challenge of Victory 7, with Spirit of Norway 20 taking their third top six finish of the season with Foresti & Suardi finishing in the points in Seventh, with SeveneleveN retiring early in the race. Class 1 now heads to Dubai for the Mina Seyahi Grand Prix on Saturday, 1 December, the first of two races in a week. The title race is now between two – Victory 77 and Qatar 96.
1. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen (UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR)
2. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) + 01.17,73
3. Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) + 01.57,97
4. Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) + 02.19,67
5. Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N B Hendi (UAE) + 2.29,41
6. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) + 1 lap
7. Foresti & Suardi 8 – K Selmer (NOR)/G Montavoci (ITA) + 2 laps
8. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB) + 5 laps
Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) dnf
SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) dnf
1. Victory 77 – A Al Zafeen (UAE)/JM Sanchez (FR) – 116pts
2. Qatar 96 – H Al Thani (QAT)/M Nicolini (ITA) – 94pts
3. Spirit of Norway 10 – B Gjelsten (NOR)/S Curtis (GB) – 76pts
4. Victory 7 – T Al Sayed (UAE)/N B Hendi (UAE) – 53pts
5. Qatar 95 – A Al Sulaiti (QAT)/L Nicolini (ITA) – 49pts
6. Negotiator 50 – B Eker (NOR)/C Parsonage (GB) – 37pts
7. Foresti & Suardi 8 – M Pennesi (ITA)/G Montavoci (ITA) – 35pts
8. Spirit of Norway 20 – T Barry-Cotter (AUS)/P Nilsen (NOR) – 29pts
9. SeveneleveN 18 – T Polli (ITA)/N Giorgi (ITA) – 14pts
10. Jotun 90 – C Zaborowski (NOR)/J Tandberg (NOR) - 12pts
11. Fainplast 2 – K Selmer (NOR)/M Esperto (ITA) – 5pts

November 17, 2007

Project: Couach 5000 Fly

The project of the new Couach 5000 Fly represents the biggest Yacht to be ever built by the prestigious French builder. With a lot of important ideas which will capture exclusive clients in this very competitive market segment, Couach is promising an innovative Super Yacht which stands out for it's 30 knots top speed performance, something very rare in a 50 metre Motor Yacht but of most importance this performance does not effect the range with a capability of Trans-Atlantis crossing in 10 days. Constructed in strong Kevlar resins the new 5000 Fly as all Couach Yachts is a fully custom project. Other important design notes for the new French builder flagship are the superior private upper deck arrangement and the garage which when opened becomes a really live beach front. Interior accommodation is for 5 or a 6 cabins layout.

November 16, 2007

New Model: Uniesse 65 Sport

The Uniesse 65 Sport is the new model for the modern Sport range from this prestigious Italian builder. Continuing the evolution of a modern futuristic hard top design, Uniesse offers a splendid coupe Sport Yacht of classic contemporary Italian lines that always stands out, whether berthed at the marina or sailing off at sea. The new 65 Sport has the Uniesse family feeling outside but also down below, thanks to a superior hull design from American Fred Hudson which gives this North Italian builder the rightful fame for a superior comfortable ride in the tough weather situations. The accommodation for this new model is also equally spacious offering 3 separate spacious double cabins all with there own heads and that includes the large full beam owners cabin and the L-shaped galley down below. Crew accommodation is for 1 person with a complete cabin located aft. As it is expected from Uniesse the performance for this new model is also very good considering the not so big 900hp MAN engines giving a top speed of 34 knots, when making the sums of a 65 feet Yacht weighing at 30 Tons plus it is very impressive indeed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.98 m (68.6ft)
Length - 18.78 m
Beam - 5.00 m
Draft - 1.49 m
Displacement - 27.000 kg unloaded, 32.500 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3800 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x MAN 900hp
Speed - 34 knots max estimated
Certification - CE A

November 15, 2007

Class 1 - Doha Qatar Preview

Home team Qatar 96 second in the charts will try to win the all important home GP

With three races remaining in the 2007 WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, the race for the title is reaching fever pitch. Fuelled by an intense rivalry, the sports three heavyweights, Victory 77, Qatar 96 and Spirit of Norway 10, remain locked in an unforgiving three-way battle for championship honours, with no quarter asked and none given. The fast and flowing circuit around Palm Tree Island on Doha Bay has seen some spectacular racing action and dramatic incidents in recent years, and this year’s Qatar Grand Prix, round 6 of the WPPA Class 1 World Powerboat Championship, could well prove pivotal in the outcome of title race. Victory 77 led the championship standings from round one in Athens, and with the luxury of an 18 points advantage, hold the whip-hand in the title race, and although they would clearly like to try and wrap things up sooner than later, with points in hand do not need to take risks or push for the race win in Doha. But they are being stalked with a ferocious intent by Qatar 96 and the defending World Champions in Spirit of Norway, both outfits posting notice last time out at the Egyptian Grand Prix in Porto Marina, that neither is in any mood to concede the title without a monumental fight, and both finishing ahead of the current leaders after a memorable race – Spirit grabbing their second win of the season, with Qatar 96 second and Victory 77, third. The title battle is intriguing – Qatar 96 and Spirit of Norway must win - at least finish ahead of Victory 77 in Doha and in the remaining races – but that still may not be enough, so will be looking to team-mates, Qatar 95 or in Spirit of Norway’s case, the likes of Jotun and Negotiator, to join the fight for podium places and points and shut out the leaders, whilst Victory 77 will look to their team-mates in Victory 7 to get ahead of or between them and their championship rivals. After impressive performances in Egypt, where both challenged strongly for podium finishes before technical problems ended their hopes, Qatar 95 and Jotun – both running the Mercury V8s - look likely challengers to cause the top three problems, and will be hoping for trouble free runs to give themselves the chance to capitalise on their pace. Negotiator could also be up there in the mix, now that they have found reliability with the Sterling V8s and will be looking to improve on their fourth place in Egypt. The first action takes place today, with the first official practice session, giving the teams the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the revised course around Palm Tree Island on Doha Bay. Second practice on Friday is followed by the fifth Edox Pole Position of the season in the afternoon, with the final practice session and the 20 lap, 92.88Nm Qatar Grand Prix on Saturday, 17 November. Of the leading protagonists, Spirit of Norway has by far the best record in Doha winning five times since the first Qatar Grand Prix was held in 2002. Victory 77 grabbed their only win here in 2005 and last year the Qatar Camp took their first win on home waters, with Qatar 95 stealing the headlines from Qatar 96 – but this weekend it just might be their turn to take the race win.

November 14, 2007

New Model: Arno Leopard 31

The new Cantiere Navale Arno Leopard 31 is a design evolution of the legendary Leopard 27, one the first hard top super yachts introduced in the early nineties but still part of the production from this famous builder. The new Leopard 31 does in fact captures the timeless Paolo Caliari design of the Leopard 27 super structure but adds new meaning thanks to the extra 4 metres in length which makes the new 31 a very important model for the Arno Leopard range of sport yachts. The new Leopard 31 has one of the most spacious interior saloons for a Hard Top Sports Yacht of 31 metres. Interior accommodation consists of 4 spacious cabins for 8 guest berths and 4 crew berths. Performance which is very important for people choosing a Sport Super Yacht of this size and looks is a 40 knot top speed with Water Jet Propulsion and MAN engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.98 m (101.6ft)
Length - 30.50 m
Beam - 6.95 m
Draft - 1.22 m
Weight - 95 T loaded
Fuel Capacity - 10.000 l
Water Capacity - 2.000 l
Engines - 3 x MTU 12V2000 M93 1800hp
Propulsion - 2 x KaMeWa Type 63 SII + 1 KaMeWa Booster 50BII
Speed - 40 knots top

November 13, 2007

Project: Cantieri di Pisa 135 Akhir

Taken over by the Camuzzi Group in 2004, the new Cantieri Di Pisa 135 Akhir is the first project by the new management in order to put the World famous yacht builder and its range of motor and super yachts back on track. Showing up in the market 30 years ago, the Akhir range of motor yachts was instantly a success, thanks to the innovative design of Pierluigi Spadolini who created an all time classic modern line for this spectacular series of yachts. The new 135 Akhir is designed by Carlo Galeazzi who takes the difficult task of continuing the Cantieri di Pisa traditional value, but with the desire to renew this project and the rendering picture clearly shows this new cultural revision of a line that has made history in the nautical world. With an overall length of 41 metres the new 135 Akhir will boast an interior guest accommodation for 8 or 10 person and a crew service of 7 or 8 members as the owner would desire. Performance estimates show a 29 knots top speed performance, with a cruising speed of 25 knots giving a range of 600 nautical miles. A superior 2740 nautical mile range can be obtained by cruising at an economical 12 knots. The new 135 Akhir will be the first of the Cantieri Di Pisa generation of flybridge motor and super yachts which will be comprised of 5 models from 86 up to 153 feet in length.

November 12, 2007

New Model: Beneteau 52 Swift Trawler

Beneteau continues to upgrade its Swift Trawler range with the introduction of the new 52 model, forming the perfect link between the joy of sailing and the comfort and performance of a powerboat. The new 52 Swift Trawler, flagship of the Beneteau Power range is fully fitted out for offshore cruising inviting you and your guests to sail away in absolute comfort with a few interesting bonuses over current trawler live aboard style yachts like a high end cruising speed of 18 knots, a very spacious interior accommodation and a saloon which looks like coming from a much bigger yacht.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.00 m (55.7ft)
Length - 15.24 m
Beam - 4.92 m
Draft - 1.30 m
Displacement - 20.000 kg empty, 28.000 kg loaded
Accommodation - 6 cabin berths + 4 additional convertible berths, 3 + 1 cabins
Fuel Capacity - 4.000 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Engines - 2 x Volvo D9 575hp
Speed - 23 knots maximum, 18 knots cruising
Design - Joubert, Nivelt & Beneteau exterior, Pierre Frutshi interior
Category - CE B12, C16

November 10, 2007

Project: Rodman 44 Muse

The new Rodman Muse 44 is based on two principles, powerful performance and elegant modern lines. Each item of this new model from the famous Spanish constructor responds to a need, and noting is left to chance on board. The new Rodman is optimized for the best use of space and designer Fulvio De Simoni did the best in providing a superior spacious thirteen metre flybridge cruiser with an incredibly spacious 3 double cabin accommodation. This incredible interior space is the result of the use of Volvo's innovative IPS propulsion, which the new 44 Muse can be credited as being one of the very first few flybridge cruisers build and projected around this system. Apart from the extra accommodation the new IPS will give the new Rodman a superior performance and economy, which should make it as the top choice for those looking for a medium to large flybridge cruiser.

November 9, 2007

New Model: Sarnico 65 Special

The flagship of the range, forerunner of the coupè fleet, is proposed in a new “Special” version. The interiors of the boat have been completely reshaped in order to offer an even more comfortable and pleasant owner suite. The owner’s cabin covers a wider surface, in correspondence to the centre of the hull, where the boat is more steady. The open space is made even larger by the new side window, that changes the look of the sides and allows a spectacular panoramic view. The furniture is built in order to increase the wardrobe volume. The suite is completed by a true bathroom, provided with a broad shower box. Of course the other characteristics and the whole quality remain unchanged. The guests may comfortably stay in the VIP bow cabin or in the stern one, with independent access from the cockpit and completely isolated from the saloon, for a better privacy. Both cabins have direct access to their bathroom, each one provided with shower box. The salon maintains enough space to host a living space with a table and a fully equipped galley. The crew cabin and a hallway with all household appliances complete the under deck layout. Key elements of the success remain the sharp line and the hard top, whose frontal opening, starting from the upper side of the windshield, enables to air the cockpit and fully appreciate the speed sensation from the piloting position. Although sporty, the Sarnico 65 always shows a clear elegance which makes it standing out from the other boats of similar typology. Despite the dimensions and the displacement, it reaches 39 knots with two 1360hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.55 m (64.1ft)
Length - 19.12 m
Beam - 4.86 m
Draft - 1.45 m
Displacement - 26 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 2760 l
Water Capacity - 660 l
Max People - 14
Accommodation - 6 + 1 crew
Engines - 2 x MAN 1100hp, 1360hp
Speed - 39 knots top, 34 knots cruising
Range - 330 NM, approx 11 hours

November 8, 2007

Project: Arturo Stabile 50 Stama

Announced as a project in the beginning of this year, the new 50 Stama aims to capture the clients of the 37 Stama to remain in the Arturo Stabile family. Little information is as yet available of the new model, apart from the fact that it is designed by top renowned yacht architect Tommaso Spadolini. This is the first design picture from the Italian, Sicilian shipyard and shows a stylish modern hard top sports cruiser.

November 7, 2007

New Model: Sanlorenzo 40 Alloy

Biggest Motor Yacht ever build from the prestigious Sanlorenzo shipyard from Viareggio, Italy, the new 40 Alloy reflects the classic element which have given the title to this builder as being the Rolls Royce of the sea, but also shows a look at the future with innovative design touches. The 40 Alloy is a modern classic lines innovative motor super yacht thanks to the ingenious opening side balconies, which open from the side deck giving something extremely unique and special to the guests on board. Considered by many as being the show stopper from the new boats presented in the fall of 2007, it offers interior accommodation for 10 guests in 5 separate cabins with crew accommodation for 7 members in 4 cabins. Designed with a planning hull it offers top speeds of 28 knots with cruising of 25 powered by twin MTU 2775hp engines.
Technical Data:
Length - 38.50 m (126.3ft)
Beam - 7.60 m
Draft - 2.85 m
Displacement - 156 t
Accommodation - 5 cabins for 10 guests, 7 crew berths in 4 cabins
Fuel Capacity - 30.000 l
Water Capacity - 6.000 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V4000M90 2775hp
Speed - 28 knots maximum, 25 knots cruising
Construction Material - alloy

November 6, 2007

Projects: Blu Martin S.T. 62, Blu Martin S.T. 55

Following Sun Top 13.50 success, Blu Martin introduces its new flagship project, the Blu Martin S.T. 62'. This 18.70 metres sports yacht comes to light by developing the already successful concepts so greatly appreciated like practicality, extremely high quality materials and important standard equipment which are the shipyard's unique characteristics. The project revolves around the idea of creating a yacht that makes life on board simple with the rear closing and total opening of the cockpit, creating a unique space revolving around the dinette, at the same time offering an area of full weather protection. On her exterior, the Family feel has been maintained, though not renouncing to innovative solutions such as the opening Lexan covering and large piezoelectric liquid crystal obscuring glazed back. Blumartin presents the new Blu Martin S.T. 55', created to continue its project and to enable its devoted customers to grow together with the shipyard. Following the success of the Sun Top 13.50 and Sea Top 13.90 models there was need for a bigger model to enable the more demanding customers to plough the sea with a bigger more prestigious yacht. Developing the winning concepts which has enabled the Blumartin brand to make a reputation for itself in so little time and to be appreciated in every port, we have created the new Blu Martin S.T. 55', a sport yacht standing in between the big S.T. 62 and Sea Top 1390. The Blu Martin S.T. 55' brings together the stylistic experiences and solutions of the previous models: so here is the distinct division between the sleeping area and the living area. Below, the large cabins with two bathrooms and a nice galley, outside the cockpit living area, with a large leather sofa, a comfortable table and an equipped cupboard, enclosed by a back glass wall which shelters completely from the atmospheric elements and enables you to enjoy the ship in every season and in every weather condition. A large and safe side passage enables the guests to enjoy the entire 16 metres length of the ship easily, moving safely from the large stern sundeck to the comfortable bow cushions. Finally a nice garage contains a tender of 2,80 mts with rigid keel. The standard interior layout, contains a forward VIP double cabin, with direct access to the bathroom, a guest cabin with two single beds which can be turned into a king size bed and a full beam owner's cabin, midships with own private bathroom. Standard engine is the new Volvo IPS800 or as an optional, shaft driven engines Volvo Penta 670hp or Caterpillar 715hp.

November 5, 2007

New Model: Prinz 54 Coupe

Presented as a project a few years ago, the Prinz 54 Coupe is finally available in it's real form, to huge expectation from the general public and boating enthusiasts.  Flagship of the Belgian company range, the Prinz 54 looks a very interesting hard top design offer in the highly competitive 16 metre open-sport yacht market segment.  The big Prinz seems to want to compete with new technology being built in a light weight epoxy vacuum infused construction weighing at just under eighteen tons loaded and last but not least by using Volvo's IPS forward looking duo prop pod system.  Apart all this technology the Prinz offers plenty of nice features like a full around deck, patio door separated saloon and very clever exterior design.  The interior is a spacious three double cabins six berths two heads offer with an optional crew cabin if desired and finished in light coloured woods and furnishings.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.97 m (55.6ft)
Length - 15.21 m
Beam - 4.47 m
Draft - 1.11 m
Displacement - 13800 kg empty, 17800 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Max Persons - fourteen
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, optional crew cabin with one berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 38 knots maximum, 32 knots cruising
Construction - vacuum infused with epoxy resin
Category - B Offshore CE IMCI

November 4, 2007

Project: Fjord 36 Cruiser

After presenting the new Fjord 40 Cruiser the legendary Norwegian builder continues to upgrade it's line with the offer of a smaller similar sister boat, the new 36 Cruiser. Scheduled to be launched in the 2008 season, the new Fjord follows the lines from Fjord's latest new boat the 40 Cruiser. The same designers Patrick Beanfield and Jim Wilshire from Allseas Design follow the exterior minimal modern design of the 40 feet model. Inside designer Mark Tucker offers a spacious 2 cabin, 1 head arrangement with a living area located on the main deck. Engine power is for a maximum of twin 315hp which should push the Epoxy build six tons displacement to a maximum estimated speed of 37 knots.

November 3, 2007

New Model: Mondomarine 50 MT

Biggest Yacht ever built by Mondomarine, is the new 50 metre full displacement expedition style Super Yacht, latest launch from the Savona Custom Builder and named M/Y Tribu. She is from a certain point of view quite unique being one of the few Expedition Super Yachts built in Italy but also designed by Italians, in this case Luca Dini and Massimo Vignelli. The Italian Design Team worked for a modern looking, clean lined Expedition Yacht something a bit different to what we are used to from this kind of Yachts. Interior space for this four deck yacht is for an owner stateroom which includes a personal gym and four double guest cabins. Crew accommodation is for six double cabins plus a separate double captain's cabin.
Technical Data:
LOA - 50.50 m (165.6ft)
Length - 46.00 m
Beam - 9.80 m
Draft - 3.00 m
Displacement - 620t loaded
Fuel Tanks - 100.000 l
Water Tanks - 20.000 l
Engines - 2 x Deutz TBD620V8 1250hp
Speed - 15 knots maximum, 13 knots cruising
Range - 3200 nm @ 12 knots
Construction Material - steel hull, aluminium superstructure
Project - Luca Dini & Massimo Vignelli, Studio Lissoni interior, Mondomarine SYDAC hull
Classification - RINA C Hull Mac Y Charter Class SBL PAI Green Star

November 1, 2007

New Model: Beneteau 32 Monte Carlo Open

French Boat Builder Beneteau continues to enrich it's sport cruiser Monte Carlo range with a very interesting new 10 meter offer presented during the Cannes Show. Designed by P. Andreani the new 32 Monte Carlo Open continues to follow the lines introduced for the bigger 37, but the French builder does not stop there as it also features the innovative Technologie Air Step system which gives better performance and a more solid ride in the bad conditions. The new Monte Carlo 32 is a very enjoyable boat with a 2 cabin, 4 berth interior that includes a private aft cabin and separate shower head. It also boasts an exterior cockpit of enjoyable space considering the dimensions of the new Beneteau 32 Monte Carlo Open.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.10 m (33.1ft)
Length - 9.31 m
Beam - 3.30 m
Draft - 0.90 m
Weight - 4.980 kg
Fuel Capacity - 490 l
Water Capacity - 160 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D3 190hp Diesel, Volvo 5.7 270hp Petrol
Project - P. Andreani
Certification - CE B