June 30, 2008

Monthly News - June 2008

-pic of the month- Cabo 6th Kids Tournament

Beneteau Rises Turnover

French boatbuilder and leisure group Beneteau has reported a rise in turnover of 9.1 per cent on last year for the first three quarters of 2007/2008, and is in discussions for the sale of its high performance sailboat company Wauquiez International SAS. From September 1, 2007 to May 31, 2008 the group's turnover amounted to €799.9m, compared to €732.9m for the same period the year before. Boats accounted for €628.0m of the overall turnover, up from €576.1m the year before and representing over 95 per cent of the year's projected boat turnover. The rise of 9.0 per cent on 2006/2007 exceeded the projected turnover growth of 7.3 per cent. Beneteau confirmed its annual group target of €1,057.1m in turnover for 2007/2008. The group also announced that it has entered exclusive discussions with Verdoso Industry for the sale of sailboat brand Wauquiez, which represents less than one per cent of the group's boat turnover. Beneteau says that the sales of Wauquiez and its automotive brand Microcar will allow the group the concentrate on growing two new markets: motorboats from 15m-25m (50ft-82ft) and residences. The group has expressed intentions to grow the mobile home sector of its business to include residential housing. Turnover for Beneteau's mobile home activity was up 35.9 per cent on last year for the first three quarters of 2007/2008. Mobile homes accounted for 15.2 per cent of the group's business in 2006/2007, compared to 78.8 per cent represented by boats. Based on France's Atlantic coast, Beneteau has 24 production sites and employs 6,000 people. It has a presence in more than 50 countries.

Cabo Yachts to hold Sixth Annual Cabo Kids Tournament

Promoting family participation and the great adventures of sportfishing, Cabo Yachts is proud to announce the commencement of the Sixth Annual Cabo Kids Tournament. Designed for kids between the ages of five and sixteen, anglers must be fishing aboard a Cabo Yacht to be eligible for the following cash prizes and awards: Grand Prize — $2,500 Scholarship, and a rod and reel, First-Place Prize — $500, and a rod and reel (within each age category), Second-Place Prize — rod and reel (within each age category), Age categories are as follows – ages 5-8, 9-13, and 14-16. The tournament runs from May 1, through Aug. 31, 2008, and all entry forms must be received by Sept. 1, 2008. Winners will be announced in October.

Cabo New Director of Sales

Cabo Yachts, one of the world’s top builders of sportfishing boats, announced today the appointment of Don Smith as Director of Sales, effective immediately. Smith will report to Austin Rothbard the President of CABO Yachts. With more than 23 years of proven marine industry experience, he will be responsible for managing the entire Cabo Dealer Network. Prior to taking on this role, Smith was a sales manager at Cabo, covering the East coast of the United States. Before joining the company, he was the Cabo brand manager for Marine Max, Cabo’s dealer in Florida. During his six-year tenure with Marine Max, Smith earned numerous dealership achievement awards as a store manager and was responsible for the integration of Cabo Yachts into the dealership.

Itama Power Circle Goes on Tour

The Itama Power Circle is a company initiative specifically created to offer guests a full-immersion experience of the brand's timeless style, enhanced by sophisticated, sun-kissed locations that are always in perfect harmony with the distinctive sea spirit of Itama yachts. Ideal settings in which to savour the wide range of sensations that these open yachts offer their owners through their direct sea contact design. Significantly the very first Itama Power Circle was held on the magnificent island of Capri in 2006, after which it continued its elegant voyage with an edition in Venice in 2007. This year, the event celebrates its third anniversary with another spectacular surprise that sees it become nothing less than a 3-stage tour. This format aims to expand still further the glamour and magic created in the past by stopping in three splendid Mediterranean locations that are world-famous for their natural beauty and prestige. Between June and July then, the Itama team will be presenting the worldwide preview of its brand new 75 footer at the marinas of Porto Rotondo, Porto Cervo and Sitges, Barcelona. The third edition of the Itama Power Circle, an exclusive event devoted to the international press, dealers, customers and Itama enthusiasts, is therefore an ideal opportunity at which to unveil the blue and white flagship that has aroused considerable interest in both markets and sector experts ever since the first news of its launch was released. This model is an achievement the shipyard is rightfully proud of, as this craft boasts amazing performance, a new stylish profile with extraordinary technical advantages thanks to its record-breaking new carbon fibre windshield and avantop, spectacular standards of refined elegance and impeccable interior furnishings and design details. The new SeventyFive is a craft that takes Itama's class and exuberant sporting spirit to unprecedented heights, in a new and seductive interpretation of the typically sleek, streamlined style of these unique yachts. The Itama Power Circle, therefore, offers the shipyard's dealers and professional staff a concrete chance to construct a greater level of interaction between individual markets. In line with Itama's business strategy, which over the past few seasons has succeeded in steadily extending its distribution network towards new overseas contexts, this year the Itama Power Circle has a distinctly international flavour. But above all, the Itama Power Circle is a unique event specially organized by the company to offer all Itama fans the chance to really get to know the shipyard and its craft in truly spectacular settings. With its three splendid Mediterranean locations, a flagship ready to enchant the public with its extraordinary qualities, three unmistakably stylish models, and last but not least, an infinity of exclusive sensations that brand enthusiasts can take home with them, the 2008 Itama Power Circle is guaranteed to take a decisive step towards making this event the annual happening for real open yacht lovers.

Pershing and Luca Ferrari: A Passion for Speed

Luca Ferrari's love of racing is something of a family affair. It's the kind of love that begins when you're a child and then continues to grow until you just can't leave it behind. Being Alessandro and Norberto Ferretti's nephew, it is also a passion that Luca has inherited from a family that used to own an exclusive car showroom in Bologna, featuring prestigious names such as Lancia and Lamborghini. Today, racing continues to be his main hobby even if in the meantime he has become an official test pilot for Ferretti Group boats. After taking a break from racing for a few years, Luca is now ready to compete again, this time in the Carrera Cup, the prestigious Porsche motorsport championship that is organized by Porsche Italia. Motorsport, the purest expression of the Porsche identity, is a competition that no race lover would dream of missing. Something that Luca knows only too well, as this year he will be competing himself with the legendary 997 GT3 Cup, better known as the 997. Other competitors include the well-known Massimo Monti and a series of other professional and non-professional drivers, all with considerable experience at the wheel of a racing car. A number of young Formula circuit drivers will also be taking part, which will make the event thrilling, unique and a highly competitive racing, as Luca puts it. The Carrera Cup Italia is, in fact, a top level monobrand championship in which only experienced drivers battle for victory on prestigious circuits at the wheel of the Porsche 997. There are 8 meetings and two races at every meeting, making a total of 16 races per season with a single qualification session. Besides Luca, the other big star of the Carrera Cup this year will be Pershing, who have sponsored the car he is driving. For some time now, in fact, Porsche and Pershing have enjoyed a close and solid working relationship, especially during events where a passion for high speed is the name of the day! But let's return for a moment to the star of the show and establish the roots of this great love. Luca regards racing as both a hobby and a job! He has always competed in all kinds of races from go karts to racing cars and even vintage rallies. At a certain point in his life, however, he moved from the road to a new sports context, the sea. A decision that provided him with extraordinary opportunities to put himself to the test. Between 1989 and 1997 he raced in innumerable regattas, including winning the Offshore Class 1 world title in 1994 with Norberto Ferretti at his side. After a well-earned rest, Luca is now raring to compete again, this time for the Carrera Cup, which besides being GT enthusiasts' favourite event, is also another benchmark test for Luca who has never raced in GT circles before.

Princess Yachts Owership Change

L Capital 2 FCPR, an investment group sponsored by LVMH – Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Groupe Arnault, has signed on Friday, May 30th a definitive agreement to proceed with the acquisition of Princess Yachts International, subject only to appropriate anti-trust approvals. L Capital controls over 70% of the voting rights company and has been supported by its co-investors including the Belgian investment group Cobepa. Calyon Bank provided an element of funding for the transaction. Princess Yachts International is delighted to team up with one of the leading investment funds in luxury and aspirational brands, where the strengths built over the last 40 years can be combined with a company which has a track record of growing global brands.

Sea Ray AquaPalooza Rregistration Gets Higher

It’s clear that boaters aren’t going to let these stressful economic times keep them landlocked this summer. At least that seems to be the case if early registration numbers for Sea Ray’s third annual AquaPalooza are any indication. As of the end of the day on June 8, the multi-location marine extravaganza had achieved an astounding 352-percent increase in boat registration and a 395-percent increase in guest registration over last year’s numbers. Here’s a bottom-line breakdown of the actual figures: In 2006, there were 442 boat and 1,785 guest registrations by June 8.In 2007, there were 1,048 boat and 4,732 guest registrations by June 8.In 2008, there were 4,502 boat and 22,277 guest registrations by June 8. Last summer, AquaPalooza attracted more than 10,000 boats and 30,000 guests to 120 events around the world. This year, The World’s Largest Boating Party was expecting to draw a more than 50,00 guests this year to 150 events on lakes, rivers, bays and harbors from New York to California, Egypt to Australia. Most of this year’s festivities will take place during the last two weekends in July, but other events are planned both before and after these dates. Sea Ray and its dealers will kick off AquaPalooza stateside from July 18 to 20 at the Signature Event at Coconuts at the Lake, at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. Hosted by MarineMax Lake Ozark, MarineMax Osage Beach and MarineMax Laurie, this massive heartland jam will feature food, drinks, music, games, giveaways and much more. For those who cannot make it to Lake of the Ozarks, Sea Ray dealerships around the world will transform 150 additional locations into official AquaPalooza party sites, making it easy for boaters to get in on the action.

Sessa Marine Opens a line of Showrooms

Since April, the Italian group has been inaugurating its Italian showrooms in Taglio di Po, Tropea and Porto Cervo, Denia in Spain and La Napoule in France. Before the end of the year, four new outlets representing the Italian brand will see the day: three in Italy and one in Croatia. These past few years, Sessa Marine has worked fervently on the development of a consistent brand image, built on the sum of its communication vectors, from advertising to trade shows, including all promotion-type documents for its boats. Today, the aim is to complement this action plan by involving the franchise holders in the project, creating a Sessa Marine universe, all the way through to the outlets. The layout of the Sessa showrooms, where white and light predominate, was entrusted to the young designer from the Christian Grande brand. And these choices were not made by chance, as light, glass-panelled surfaces and mirrors are also the structural elements which constitute the personality of the new Sessa yacht range; to be revealed in 2009 with the first C65. Finally, presentation of future projects is represented by videos, with lounge music in the background, to give shape to heavenly crafts which remain, for the moment, beyond reality.

Sessa Marine President Honored Cavaliere Dell Lavoro

The President of Sessa Marine, has been honored on Saturday, the 31st of May, with the appointment of "Cavaliere del lavoro", a reward comparable to the British Order of Merit, for distinguished service in the job's world and given by the Italian President.

Sunseeker to appear in latest James Bond Film

British luxury yacht brand Sunseeker International will feature in the latest James Bond film Quantum of Solace, making its fourth consecutive appearance in the action film franchise. Five Sunseeker models have appeared in the previous three James Bond movies. Casino Royale (2006) featured the 108 Predator with appearances from the XS 2000 and Sportsfish 37; Halle Berry climbed onboard a Superhawk 48 in Die Another Day (2002); and The World is Not Enough (1999), in which a Superhawk 34 sped down London's River Thames at more than 60mph.

Wally and Hermes Joins Forces

Monaco-based boatbuilder Wally Yachts has entered into a joint venture partnership with French high-fashion house Hermès. According to the statement release, the two companies will combine their creativity and know-how to conceive and develop innovative projects in the yachting world. Hermès and Wally will closely work together in the design, development and construction of products based on state-of-the-art technologies in the nautical and luxury industries, the statement continues. The content of these projects will be unveiled during the course of 2009. Founded by Luca Bassani in 1994, Wally offers a range of high-end sail and motoryachts that are built at its WallyEurope facility in Fano, Italy. Hermès is a French high fashion house specialising in leather, lifestyle accessories, perfume and other luxury goods.

June 29, 2008

New Model: Ferretti Custom Line 33 Navetta

Presented during the Ferretti Privilege days, celebrating 40 years for the World renowned yacht builder is the new Ferretti Custom Line 33 Navetta. Flagship of the Navetta line, the semi displacement offer from Ferretti Custom Line, the new 33 follows the modern ship lines of the range with it's imposing three decks and chimney like radar arch, a trademark and always part of the Navetta Heritage. As the 26 introduced a year ago the new 33 follows the big windows in lower deck cabins area, allowing for fantastic views and maximum natural light to flow in the cabins. Standard layout accommodation is for a 5 cabin version with owners cabin on the main deck, an alternative layout B is available allowing for a bigger galley area and spacious separate dining area on the main deck in replacement of the main cabin. Performance for the 33 Navetta with the big MAN 1550hp engines option is a comfortable 19 knots maximum and all time cruising speed of 16 knots cruising giving an unstoppable range of 780 nautical miles. 
Technical Data: 
LOA - 32.62 m (107ft) 
Waterline Length - 27.40 m 
Beam - 7.00 m 
Draft - 2.30 m 
Displacement - 125 t 
Fuel Capacity - 15000 l 
Water Capacity - 3000 l 
Max Persons - 14 
Engines - 2 x MAN V12 CRM 1360hp, V12 CRM 1550hp 
Speed - 19.5 knots max, 16.5 knots cruising 1550hp option 
Range - 780 nautical miles @ cruising speed with 1550hp 
Hull Shape - semi displacement 
Construction - fiberglass
Project - Zuccon design Ferretti Engineering 
Certification - RINA 100-A-1.1Y

June 26, 2008

Project: Cabo 36 Express

Projected for debut the coming fall, is the new 36 Express, a sport fisherman express cruiser from renowned USA builder Cabo, part of the World biggest boat group Brunswick and sister company to Hatteras. The new mid size Cabo will replace the 35 Express and aims in improving the living of two nautical themes, that of an express cruiser and that of a sport fishing machine. Improved styling and a more comfortable accommodation is the theme for Cabos new model, with added advantages for the angler and cruiser alike. Interior accommodation is a spacious 5 berths, and a host of new features like a hiding table and a single piece windshield are other important stylistic improvements announced. Standard power comes from 440hp Cummins.

June 25, 2008

Boat Review: Sogica 55 Openbridge

This months review is on the Sogica 55 Openbridge, a very modern boat presented in early 2007 and making most of the competition in this size segment take a new look at the future. The Sogica 55 Openbridge takes on a competitive size of the market formed mostly of renowned and World famous builders, but this Sports Yacht shows it has a lot to offer and that it is not just about a trendy design spin, but also a very comfortable boat with an accommodating upper and lower deck arrangement offering 3 spacious cabins in high comfort. The other expected bonus, which is launched by the exterior sport curves calling speed, is the 50 knot performance with superb handling thanks to the water jets propulsion which if desired will make her 26 tons plus spin on its own size.
The 55 Openbridge put a lot of priority to the comfortable side and once on board this feeling is transmitted immediately. The welcoming upper deck is reserved for pure entertainment thanks to a big central located sunpad, 2 spacious L-shaped settees in separate areas outside and inside under the hardtop, and a central located modern design helm station.
The lower deck is fully dedicated to the two or three cabins and a spacious galley. At mid-ship we find the owners cabin, forward is the VIP and to starboard we find a double guest cabin. An alternative layout offering a single crew cabin with private head in replacement of the guest cabin is available. The entrance for the crew cabin is from the galley, allowing for maximum privacy. In the crew cabin option the owners cabin gets also the addition of more space with a more spacious head and a breakfast table with sea view to port.Performance
If you want the best handling on the water, jet propulsion should be on the top of your list, offering unbeatable turns and stop and go manoeuvres unthinkable with other drive systems. Jet drives also offer the advantage of high efficiency at the topper end of the speeds usually associated with this type of boats. The 55 Openbridge top speed is of 50 knots with the big engine option of 2 x 1360 hp MAN. Go for the lower engine option and still you have respected speeds of about 45 knots. Cruising speeds are 45 knots with the MAN 1360 hp engines and 40 knots for the smaller 1100 hp standard version.
Patio door on upper deck
Spacious cabins with 3 heads
Jet Propulsion giving great handling
Not much in free space on upper deck
Crew cabin option takes space for third cabin
Surprising enough the 55 Openbridge competition is hard to find and to be honest it is a bit of a wild card in its own right. Think of the the following bonuses for a 17 metre sport yacht: 40 knots plus performance, patio door upper deck and full beam owners cabin and the competition is decreased to near nothing. Here is what to have a look for:
AB 58 - likewise jets give 50 knots, great handling, no patio door owners cabin forward
Baia 54 Aqua - surface 40+ knots speeds, no patio door owners cabin forward
Rizzardi 55 Incredible - clever guest cabins transformation, no patio door, surface option
Pershing 56 - full beam owners cabin, surface drives 48 knots, no patio door
Prinz 54 Coupe - patio door, declared speeds of 38 knots with little IPS hp, competitive
Sunseeker 55 Predator - surface version of Portofino giving 46 knots, small third cabin
Tiara 5800 Sovran - US take, slower 33 knots max with 3 IPS, patio door full beam cabin
WILD CARD: Itama FiftyFive - timeless classic, no HT, 3 cabins spacious galley
The Sogica 55 Openbridge is really taking it to heads with respected builders, competing with companies who have changed how the boats in this size look, gaining a great fame and reputation over the years, offering a high quality product. The Sogica is on the higher price bracket in this size, still it manages to have its unique distinctive features in a very competitive segment which manages to set her apart in her size. If you are looking for a 17 metre sport yacht with great performance but don't want to sacrifice your interior space the Sogica 55 Openbridge should be among the first of the list.
Technical Data
LOA. 17.80 metres (58.4ft)
Hull Length. 16.90 metres
Beam. 4.50 metres
Displacement. 26 t loaded
Fuel Capacity. 3200 litres
Water Capacity. 500 litres
Max Persons. 14
Accommodation. 3 cabins with 3 heads
Engines. 2 x MAN 1100hp, 1360hp
Propulsion. 2 x Water Jets Kamewa FF50S
Speed. 50 knots max, 40 knots cruising with bigger MAN engine option
Project. Quarto Stile, Sogica
Certification. CE with standard safeties for 8 persons
Picture Copyright Sogica. Data Sogica.

June 23, 2008

New Model: Riviera 61 Enclosed Flybridge

The Riviera 61 Flybridge brings many new and exciting innovations to Riviera’s flybridge range, especially a magnificently crafted unobtrusive internal staircase that leads you from the saloon door up to the flybridge level. As well as providing dry, safe and easy access to the flybridge, this design also affords the luxury of incorporating a hinge-up awning window in the saloon aft bulkhead, opening the saloon up to the cockpit. On this model, the awning window concept is further extended to include the same format on the flybridge level, opening up the already expansive flybridge to include the aft-facing lounge. The Riviera 61 Flybridge is a four cabin, three bathroom boat with the master stateroom amidships, a second stateroom forward and two cabins to starboard. An alternative accommodation design of three cabins includes a lounge area below decks. The running surface and chines, designed in consultation with internationally renowned naval architect and superyacht designer Frank Mulder, have been optimised for a soft and dry ride. Tunnels incorporated into the aft running surface provide reduced draft and propeller shaft angle for better performance and efficiency while an underwater exhaust system helps to reduce fumes and engine noise. The engine room air vents in the hull are fully integrated into the hull sides for a smooth, clean look while also reducing routine maintenance. Exterior styling has been significantly enhanced with new deck and flybridge style lines. An angler-friendly cockpit includes a new non-skid dot pattern on the floor, innovative recessed toe-kicks, and optional live bait well. A large removable storage bin is fitted into the cockpit floor for ice, fish or storage. This is insulated and includes pump-out ability. A second matching storage bin can be added to the cockpit floor if desired. Other features here include a mezzanine level with an aft-facing lounge with built in drink holders. Built in under the mezzanine lounge is a eutectic freezer and concealed engine room access. Another insulated ice box can be found under a hatch by the entrance to the saloon. The cockpit also includes a garbage bin, sink with faucet and cover and a hand held cockpit shower (hot and cold). The huge engine room houses all of the systems on board, including tankage, water heater, air conditioning handlers and compressors, bilge pumps, filtration and pumps, genset, battery chargers, inverter and fresh water system manifolds. In the fully enclosed and lockable flybridge, a new ergonomically designed, lowered helm station has been fitted to provide maximum forward visibility. The enclosed flybridge provides seating up to six adults on a sweeping L-shaped lounge to port, upholstered in luxurious leather. The skipper and companion are seated on two high quality Pompanette helm chairs. Both chairs swivel to improve communication with guests in the flybridge. The skipper’s chair is electrically adjustable. A folding wooden table, conveniently located stainless steel grab rails, a wet-bar, a refrigeration drawer, an aft-facing external lounge with ice-box capabilities, overhead feature panels and a sliding sun-roof add the final touches of elegance and practicality. Standard engines are two Caterpillar C18s rated at 1015hp .
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.63 m (64.5ft)
Length Hull - 18.60 m
Beam - 5.40 m
Draft - 1.58 m
Weight - 30.500 kg (dry)
Fuel Capacity - 6550 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 7 berths
Engines - 2 x CAT C18 1015hp
Project - Riviera, Frank Mulder hull

June 22, 2008

Project: Cerri 102 Flyingsport

A year to go, for the launch of the new big Cerri 102 Flyingsport, which follows the success obtained by the 86 Flyingsport delivered in 10 examples in a 4 year production period. Announced about 2 years ago, the project for the new 102 was followed with great curiosity by the people in the business and passionate people alike, due to the great innovations launched by the 86, which still manage to surprise you as at today. The 102 Flyingsport renews the 86 model innovations and customization but in higher spacious environment. The plan for the interior shows a spacious main deck with a big entertainment zone and a dining area with a table for 10 people. The lower deck has a standard plan of 4 spacious cabins, with 2 similar sized VIP cabins, a 2 single berths guest cabin and very spacious full beam owners cabin. There is also a small saloon for socializing on the lower deck. Crew accommodation is for 4 total berths, with 3 berths forward and 1 berth midship next to the galley and crew entertainment area midship. Performance is an estimated 40 knots top speed, thanks to the latest 2 x 2400 hp MTU engines and surface drives propulsion pushing the 80 tonnes of the 31 metre superyacht.

June 20, 2008

Projects: Astondoa 116 Steel Explorer, Astondoa 185 Steel

The renowned Spanish builder enters the Steel building Super Yacht market with a line dedicated for this type of vessels with 3 different sized models of which one just launched. This project of a 35 metre displacement 116 Steel Explorer model will feature three decks, offering luxurious accommodation for 10 or 12 guests in 5 or 6 cabins. She will be powered by twin 650hp Caterpillar engines, which Astondoa is estimating will give top speeds of 14 knots and a cruising of about 13. Very good is the range which will be 4000 nautical miles at a relaxing pace of 10 knots. The biggest super yacht project from Astondoa resumes what the new steel line of this builder wants to offer. Standing at 185 feet or 56 meters the four deck 185 Steel, will be the biggest super yacht ever build from Astondoa. She will have the best luxurious accommodation for 12 guests. Crew accommodation is for 12 or 13. Propulsion power is provided by twin MTU 2035hp which will give maximum speeds of about 15 knots and cruising of 13. Range is estimated around the 4000 nautical miles.

June 17, 2008

Interview - Marco Pennesi from Powerboat Endurance Team Metamarine Corse Veneta Marina Racing

PowerYacht presents a special about the Powerboat P1 2008 season interviewing the racers and protagonist of the series in both classes. As a start to these special interviews we talk with Metamarine Corse Veneta Marina Racing, interviewing team boss and driver Marco Pennesi. Metamarine after the third round and sixth race of Malta is in third place in the Evolution Class at 330 points, 100 points away from current class leader and 2007 Champion Fountain Worldwide. The 60 GFN Gibellato boat is also one of the two Evolution boats with diesel power.
Questions PY. PowerYacht, Reply MP - Marco Pennesi

PY. A strong preparation from your side for this season, are you satisfied with the results achieved so far?
MP - Yes we're very satisfied with our boat, we've to tweak it better but we have dominated three Poles, and that's a great satisfaction.

PY. As you point out, you have dominated so far every Power Pole and won a race on the table in Italy, what is missing for the 60 GFN Gibellato to win a race? Is it really as the rumors say a fuel weight problem?
MP - We have no fuel problem rather we noticed a low fuel consumption on our boat. The bad start was caused by a not well working engine.

PY. Yes the bad starts have also been a characteristic of Gibellato so far, with some people arguing the fact that if boat 60 goes up well at the start it can win the race. Are these rumors correct? When one notes that you have the opportunity to choose your lane as Power Pole winners, giving another advantage. What is has been the problem at the start?
MP - We have no problem with the start, we won every pole position so our boat can win every race. Our boat just need an engine tweak cause we're the only one using such kind of Seatek engine, and there's some work to do in order to fix the sx turbo-charged engine.

PY. Rumor has it that 60 GFN Gibellato prefers the rough sea thanks to the diesel power, 46 feet size and extra weight. But once the race gets going it seems not to be much difference as was the case in Italy with not much of waves in there. What type of weather suits best to the boat and what is your preference?
MP - The 60 GFN Gibellato doesn't have a preferred sea or weather, it's racing very well in every G.P., and we haven't got any hull damage since now as many of the other team had. I personally prefer rough sea, it's more enjoyable for a pilot!

PY. Fountain Worldwide won the 2007 season in the final race. When one notes that you Metamarine had an improved package and OSG a new outfit, did you think to find the English USA team so much a step ahead in the first part of the P1 2008 season?
MP - We don't think Fountain is unbeatable, furthermore considering that the capability of a boat is expressed well during the pole position, with open sea and clear way, and we won all the 3 Pole Position. We just need to tweak our boat in order to beat Fountain

PY. Which of the new teams will give the biggest competition for the title? (Italcraft, Cigarette, and Honeyparty) Any why do you think they are tough to beat?
MP - I dunno which may be more competitive for us, we won all the pole and we're third in the P1 standing. We'll see what happen in the next G.P. Of Tunisia

PY. We saw a great comeback in Malta from the OSG Racing Team. After Malta they seem the team to beat at least in the racing. Do you think that the rough seas could have been to there advantage or the OSG package is complete?
MP - Yes, OSG for sure found a perfect sea and weather for their boat, and they did a nice race.

PY. Petrol vs Diesel! You are so far one of two teams gambling on diesel in Evolution, with the heavy fuel last winning the P1 championship in 2005 with Wettpunkt.com. Analyzing the races now after the third race would you make the same choice? Do you still think diesel can beat petrol?
MP - Diesel Engine is clearly better than Petrol, we've 3 time the torque than a Petrol engine and that allow us to move faster from a buoy, furthermore the three Pole win state our boat concrete superiority.

PY. In the real nautical World most boats over 10 meters are sold with Diesel power. I think P1 is pushing more for Petrol power due to the bigger show thanks to the noise that they make, but if competitions should be used to push technology forward in the real World, they would do the opposite. What is your idea about this?
MP - Petrol Engine make for sure more “show and noise”, but as u said diesel motor is the most used power system in the real world; furthermore considering the low consumption, the great torque power. We think that Diesel engine are the future, we work totally on diesel engine and we're looking to introduce the Metamarine way of boat construction.

PY. In your opinion are the rules from the P1 between diesel and petrol engines fair? Would you change improve some things?
MP - P1 rule are fair. The organization just need to check better the boat, in all it's part, looking for water tank or some other device prohibited by the rule.

PY. Was the calendar start for the 2008 season with 3 races going on 2 weeks after each other too close? Did it affect if anything your preparation.
MP - It affected a lot my preparation due to the low time we had to prepare and tweak the boat, considering also the work I have constantly to do in my shipyard and workshop.

PY. You have won the 2004 Supersport Championship. Did you find the transition from Supersport to Evolution difficult?
MP - It wasn't difficult, we found it more gratifying and enjoyable for our team.

PY. The standards from 2007 to 2008 in Evolution seem to have made a big leap forward, are you satisfied with the improvements?
MP - I'm not completely satisfied, looking to the future there's a lot of work to do.

PY. Rules change with no speed limits ensure the superiority of the Evolution Class, but also a race separation is also good. It was said that after winning in Cowes and disqualified cause of the speed limit you where among the first who raised this issue. How much is there truth in this rumor?
MP - We got a disqualification from a UIM judge, and the judgment was clearly unfair. We constantly work in order to improve the rule for a more safe and enjoyable Championship.

PY. What would you like to see P1 improve in?
MP - P1 is doing a nice job, and we always try to help as much as possible in order to improve the rule, the championship and the whole organization.

PY. You have raced in Class One, fast offshore catamarans last year. What is your idea about Class1 and how does it compare to P1?
MP - Class One is the most gratifying sport. No other sport give u the adrenaline and the fun u can have from a Class One race, and it's not comparable to P1 race.

PY. Will we see you racing in Class One again?
MP - If the rule change I will be the first in line! The actual rule doesn't allow me to race fairly.

PY. Managing also a boatyard and building the Metamarine 46 TNT Replica which is based on the 46 Corsa racing boat used in the P1, do you think that competition like P1 helps technology move forward?
MP - For sure! We race in P1 championship for passion and in order to improve the advanced technology of our boat, evolving our TNT 46 Corsa in a perfect pleasure craft, the TNT 46 Replica. We are very proud of our technological boat solution.

Thanks for your time and acceptance of the PowerYacht interview. Best of luck for the 2008 season and all your future racing success.

June 15, 2008

Projects: Horizon 160 Premier, Horizon 115-125 Yacht, Hoizon 68 Elegance

The soon to come new flagship of the Hoizon line, the project of the 160 Premier follows the launching this company did with the 130 Premier model. Little information is as yet available! But so far we know that it will be an imposing three deck super yacht, will have from 6 to 9 guest cabins, 5 crew cabins and will be powered by 2 Caterpillar 2680 hp engines. This new Yacht line will replace the Dynasty line offer by Elegance of the same size. The new Yacht line will be a European styled yacht offering an aggressive profile with two and half decks. As was the case for the Dynasty yachts it will be offered with the same hull in three different lengths of 115, 120 and 125 feet, with the main difference in the stern area, with a wide variety of options, going from a big bathing platform to a huge garage option for various usage and stowage of different type of watercraft from tenders to water toys. A nice edition to the Horizon Elegance line will be the new 68, standing at 20 metres it stands in the middle of the offers of this renowned company. The new Elegance 68 will be offered in a 3 or 5 cabin version of which 1 for crew. The 68 will also boast a tender garage as standard, a much sought feature in the smaller of the Elegance yachts, which is much appreciated, as it leaves the use of the outside areas reserved for pure entertainment.

June 12, 2008

Project: Fiart 4Seven Genius

The project of new Fiart 4Seven Genius, follows the Italian builder philosophy of offering conservative but innovative designed boats, updating the current line with each new model presented. New 4Seven Genius will use modern trends as the hard top similar to the flagship 50 Genius Top Style also build with carbon fibre. The new Fiart will follow the current elements which have given the Genius Sports Cruiser line the desired success in a much competitive market as: excellent interior space with 7 berths, flexible spacious exterior spaces, sea worthy balanced hull, excellent power to weight ratio, infusion building technique and the use of Volvo IPS propulsion as used on the 50 Genius.

June 10, 2008

New Model: Galeon 530 HT

Based on the hull of the current Galeon flagship the 530 Fly, the new 530 HT model adds versatility to the Polish builder offer. The new 530 HT retains all the other elements which characterize the fly version minus the second helm flying bridge up top, which is replaced with a stylish glass hard top. Upon entering inside we find the dual raised saloon, with the c-shaped settee welcoming guests upon entering from the patio door, a galley on the raised area and a second C-shaped settee. On the lower deck, reserved all for accommodation we find the three forward cabins, with full beam owners suite, VIP forward and a 2 berth bunk cabin. Aft is an extra spacious crew cabin which can also be used for the guests, thanks to its extra space. Performance wise the Galeon 530 HT, can reach speeds of a maximum of 32 knots with 2 x 800 hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.20 m (53.1ft)
Beam - 4.70 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Weight - 26.400 kg loaded, 21.700 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1000 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x 615hp, 2 x 800hp
Speeds - 32 knots max with 800hp

June 8, 2008

Powerboat P1 - Malta Grand Prix, Kiton Outerlimits Conam Yachts Take All

It was a weekend of great racing in Malta and having watched the races and Powerpole live, it was an experience to see and remeber. So it the circus is close by go and have a look! The most thing that strikes is how the P1 circus is growing its professionalism with the teams looking as good as it gets. Think about the top motor sports like Formula One and there it goes. This is no surprise having various top powerboat builders like Cigarette, Fountain, Outerlimirs, Skater, Metamarine and Italcraft Inrizzardi competing on official basis. The racing was fantastic with 44 Chaudron Conam Yachts still dominating the Supersport class, but a nice turn around in the Evolution with a double win from OSG Kiton Outerlimits, and chart leaders Fountain worldwide taking second overall. Now it will be a month of break which I am sure will serve some teams to upgrade there package when the next race happens in Tunisia.
After four races of domination by the reigning champion 99 Fountain Worldwide 1st4boats.com team, the tide of the Evolution class title fight took a dramatic turn in Saturday’s Evolution class Endurance race of the Malta Grand Prix of the Sea.
The 88 Kiton Outerlimits pairing of 2006 Evolution class champion Giancarlo Cangiano and Joe Sgro dominated the Endurance event in incredibly rough conditions, ultimately taking the chequered flag with a four-minute lead over the second-place 60 GFN Gibellato boat. The heavy diesel-powered 60 GFN Gibellato boat had proved a revelation in the smooth conditions of the season-opener in San Benedetto del Tronto in Italy, and as expected was even more ideally suited to pushing through today’s rougher waves off the coast of host city Valletta. A poor start that left the team trailing the competition and having to fight their way through the field was perhaps all that prevented the team from scoring its second win of the season. In third were the 69 Honeyparty.com entry, scoring their first points of the year after impressive pace, but poor reliability in the first two rounds. The Chief-powered Skater boat was a consistent frontrunner throughout the course of today’s race, despite as a smaller boat being less favoured in the rough conditions. In fact, so rough were the conditions, that battle damage cracks could clearly be seen on the 69 Honeyparty.com’s hull. The 77 Lucas Oil boat had been in the early fight for the top three podium positions, but was forced out of the battle by a broken engine mount. That was a big help to the 99 Fountain Worldwide 1st4boats.com team, who moved back through the field after dropping back at the start. Sadly, for the Evolution class championship leaders, a suspected electrical problem meant they lost engine power and ultimately had to settle for fourth place. The 66 Cranfields Wine boat and the 57 Centaurian Yachts boats rounded out the race finishers, with the 53 Pignolo 53 and 76 Italcraft entries both retiring with technical problems in the rough conditions.
The 88 Kiton Outerlimits OSG racing crew of Giancarlo Cangiano and Joe Sgro took their second Evolution class win of the Malta Grand Prix of the Sea weekend in Sunday’s Sprint event, securing the overall Grand Prix of the Sea victory and moving into second place in the Evolution class championship standings. It was another dominant performance from 2006 champion Cangiano and Sgro in the Mercury-powered Outerlimits boat. Finishing in second place were the reigning title winners and current championship leaders, the 99 Fountain Worldwide 1st4boats.com entry. Although the pair were clearly settled for second after dropping back at the start, a solid weekend and a pair of points finishes mean they’ve continued to enhance their lead at the top of the standings. The 10 Fantastic 1 Cigarette Racing Team Europe entry rounded out the podium finishers, despite slowing rapidly in the second half of the race with an engine problem. The 66 Cranfields Wine and 60 GFN Gibellato boat rounded out the top five finishers, while Italian Max Ferrari limped his 53 Pignolo 53 entry home after his canopy came loose midway through the race, severely hampering the handling of his boat. The 69 Honeyparty.com team were forced to pull in halfway through the race with a split hull, leaving the British-based outfit with a sour aftertaste to yesterday’s podium glory. It was also a bad day for the 77 Lucas Oil crew, failing to even start the race after delays leaving the harbour, a consequence of repairing the damage from Saturday's engine bolt failure.
Local Maltese hero Aaron Ciantar, driving the 44 Conam Yachts entry, piloted his team to victory in Saturday’s SuperSport Endurance event, the first race of the Malta Grand Prix of the Sea weekend.
Ciantar and reigning SuperSport champion throttleman Angelo Tedeschi led the race from start to finish in their locally-built, Mercury-powered Chaudron boat. The SuperSport championship-leading team were untouchable as they attacked the rough seas off the coast of host city Valletta, securing their second success of the weekend after yesterday’s PowerPole win. With two boats the 08 Phoenix 8 and the 46 Spirit of Portomaso, forced out at the start of the race due to mechanical problems, the remaining teams took to the start line as the wind increased . As the seas got rougher, attrition was bound to be a factor and, by the fourth lap, the 22 Big Sergio entry had retired with mechanical difficulties, while the 59 Saho boat suffered a broken water pump. Drive of the day came from the 07 VoomVoom.com crew, who came from the back of the field to take a dramatic second place from the 38 Baia High Performance boat in the closing stages. Despite choosing the wrong propellers for the conditions, 47 Buzzi Bullet continued its fight to the finish.
The 44 Conam Yachts crew of reigning SuperSport champion Angelo Tedeschi and local Maltese hero Aaron Ciantar took their second win of the weekend and their fifth win of the year in Sunday’s SuperSport Sprint race to secure overall victory in the Malta Grand Prix of the Sea event. The duo in their Mercury-powered Chaudron hull, built in Malta by Ciantar's family business were never headed from the start of the race, and romped home to another dominant and unchallenged victory. The 38 Baia High Performance boat finished second after a ding-dong, three-way battle for the remaining podium places with the 07 VoomVoom.com boat and the 47 Silverline Buzzi Bullet crew. 07 VoomVoom.com pairing looked like they’d blown it as they spun out two laps from the end, but were able to mount a late charge to push the 38 Baia High Performance crew of Stefano Acanfora and Renato Guidi right to the chequered flag, ensuring they retain their second place in the SuperSport championship standings. The 07 VoomVoom.com’s recovery was helped by technical problems in the 47 Silverline Buzzi Bullet that caused them to drop back to fourth in the closing stages of the race. The 46 Spirit of Portomaso boat and the 22 Big Sergio crew rounded out the finishers, while 59 Saho was forced to turn back to port before the race even started and 08 Phoenix 8 missed the first Powerboat P1 SuperSport race in three years a legacy of the engine problems that blighted the team’s race on Saturday.
Evolution Class Sprint Results
1 88 Kiton Outerlimits 36m17.46s
2 99 Fountain Worldwide 1st4boats.com 37m13.50s
3 10 The Fantastic 1 36m19.45s - 1 lap
4 66 Cranefields Wine 36m43.59s - 1 lap
5 60 GFN Gibellato 37m22.75s - 1 lap
6 76 Italcraft 38m46.08s - 1 lap
7 53 Pignolo 53 47m21.38s - 2 laps
8 69 honeyparty.com RET
9 57 Centaurian Yachts RET
10 77 Lucas Oil DNS
Evolution Class Endurance Results
1 88 Kiton Outerlimits 1h03m22.66s
2 60 GFN Gibellato 1h07m38.59s
3 69 honeyparty.com 1h08m02.99s
4 99 Fountain Worldwide 1st4boats.com 1h07m56.59s - 1 lap
5 66 Cranefields Wine 1h08m64.96s - 1 lap
6 57 Centaurian Yachts 1h07m40.00s - 2 laps
7 53 Pignolo 53 RET 8 77 Lucas Oil RET
9 76 Italcraft RET 10
10 The Fantastic 1 DNS
SuperSport Class Sprint Results
1 44 Conam Yachts 40m28.07s
2 38 Baia High Performance 42m02.68s
3 07 VoomVoom.com 42m04.51s
4 47 Silverline Buzzi Bullet 42m19.93s
5 46 The Spirit of Portomaso 45m09.51s + 4m penalty
6 22 The Big Sergio RET
7 08 Phoenix TV DNS
8 59 Saho DNS
SuperSport Class Endurance Results
1 44 Conam Yachts 1h36m02.33s
2 07 VoomVoom.com 1h37m29.03s
3 38 Baia High Performance 1h39m45.55s
4 47 Silverline Buzzi Bullet 1h38m57.95s - 1 lap
5 22 The Big Sergio RET
6 59 Saho RET
7 08 Phoenix TV DNS
8 46 The Spirit of Portomaso DNS

June 5, 2008

Project: Fairline 65 Squadron

Fairline is set to add another model to the Squadron range, it's popular top line segment with the new 65 Squadron standing in the middle of the range between the 68 and 58 models. The new 65 Squadron, keeps the large yacht feeling with a stylish elegance taking a lot from the exterior design of the soon to be launched 55 model. Among the original amenities of the new model is a long central window running the full length of the sunpad on the foredeck, which not only floods the forward cabin with light, but adds a unique look to the exterior. Up top, the huge flybridge follows what has been the strong piece of recent Squadrons, with abundance of space filled with entertainment facilities and two large and luxurious sunbathing areas. A spacious single level saloon, with 2 c-shaped settees and an open plan c-shaped galley arrangement makes up the main living area of the yacht. The lower deck is all reserved for the cabins with a big dilemma for any owner whether to use the master stateroom or the forward cabin, such is the attractions of both, with their airy, light-filled atmosphere, spacious open-plan en suite layouts, floating central bed designs, massive wardrobe and storage space. The panoramic windows and sheer luxury of the full beam mid-ship master en suite may make the choice easier though. There is also a 2 singles berth starboard cabin and a double crew cabin aft, which is fitted out and finished to the same impeccable specification as the guests. The new 65 Squadron represents a true motor yacht in every sense, and a fine example of British marine engineering and craftsmanship.

June 4, 2008

New Model: Tecnomar 36 Velvet

The first model of the Velvet 36 line was launched last May 10th. Four years after the official debut of the Velvet 35, the yacht that confirmed Tecnomar's leading position in the "open yacht" sector, the Viareggio-based shipyard is back with a new generation of "maxi" open yachts. Besides more overall length, the Velvet 36 line also introduces a number of new design features created by architect and designer Luca Dini. Starting from the hull, among the differences compared to the previous model we find a new windowing scheme. The typical flush portholes with stainless steel framing have been replaced with the more sporty and modern looking rectangular embedded portholes that can be easily opened to give even more light and air to all the cabins. The second saloon/dining area presents triple side windows to offer a breathtaking panorama view from both sides of the boat, giving all guests on board an unprecedented view of the sea and the feeling of being on a raised platform just above sea level. For safety reasons, the panoramic side windows cannot be opened and are made of armored, bullet-proof and break-resistant glass. As for the hull, the side rubbing strips have been replaced by more resistant "embedded" moldings running along the entire side of the boat that subtly integrates an air suction grille in the aft area to provide ventilation in the engine room. As we ascend to the deck, we find more changes in the superstructure. The first and most significant of these features is the new front glass windshield. The glass surface is now twice as wide, giving the boat an even more sophisticated look and also filling the interiors with a "cathedral style" light. Even the side windows in the superstructure have been broadened. Though the boat has not changed much of its external appearance, in the inside, the paneling has been further reduced to make the most out of the glass surfaces. The deckhouse has been restyled and like the Velvet 100 models, instead of the usual sundeck, it now features a complete "Combo" living area, where guests can talk, have lunch or just relax under the sun. The Living zone in the main deck has been further broadened reducing the need of creating extra open-air spaces in the saloon. This is why the new Velvet 36 was conceived with an additional "sun bridge", a rather isolated private area on the hard top, in the place of the full-open roof characterizing the previous model. However, for those who are nostalgic for the traditional Tecnomar "open" boats, it is possible to install the roof instead of the sun bridge. Interiors are, as usual, left to the purchaser's discretion, who will decide upon subdivision layout and furniture, as in Tecnomar's tradition.
Technical Data:
LOA - 36 m (118.1ft)
Beam - 7.40 m
Fuel Capacity - 11100 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - 4 guest cabins for 8 total berths, 3 crew cabins for 5 total berths
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V396 TE94 2920hp
Gearboxes - ZF7550 V-Drive
Speeds - 35 knots max, 32 knots cruising
Construction Material - fiberglass GRP
Certification - RINA 100 1.1.Y

June 2, 2008

Powerboat P1 - Valletta, Malta Preview

Fifth edition of the Malta Grand Prix, what has been the opener of the season in previous editions, the Powerboat P1 Malta race is now a classic of the circus. This year it is even more so thanks to the strong position of 44 Coman Yachts, a boat built locally by Chaudron Powerboats adding with the competition of Chaudron Portomaso also in Supersport class. Classic or not, this is a very delicate race for the season, seeing the superiority the 2007 winners are showing in both Evolution and Supersport Class.
In Evolution class 99 Fountian Worldwide 1st4boats.com seem unstoppable and have won all four races of the season, with a penalty for non dyno rating in the second race in Italy. Some teams are showing some potential to stop the English crewed American boat, of which 60 GFN Gibellato would be my preferred choice, followed by 10 The Fantastic 1, Cigarette boat which have also hired new talent with renowned US racer Tomlinson as part of the crew. Other potential title contenders are Kiton Outerlimits needing to resolve continuation problems along with some extra speed, with the same story for the 69 Honeyparty.com team who after sinking in testing before the season started seem to lack the pace but looks the speed is there having started a few of the races in front. The 77 Lucas Oil Skater boat, also shows good potential finishing second and third in the opening races in Italy, but the red boat needs to find that extra knot in order to be competitive for the winning.
In Supersport the 44 Conam Yachts dominion looks more big, as I see very few teams able to challenge the Maltese Italian team. 7 VoomVoom.com as second in the standings would be my first choice, followed by the Donzi 38 Baia High Performance of the OSG team which seem to be growing in confidence. 47 Buzzi Bullet who had to be the Coman Yachts menace seem to lack the right pace as yet, but if we would have some more rough weather the diesel powerboat could give a few surprises.

June 1, 2008

Project: Toy 110

The apex of the Toy design philosophy, the Toy 110 features the elegance of the classic motoryachts of the 60’s. These soft and sober lines have been carefully revisited by Nauta design, that adapted it to the actual retro modern lines of the smaller yachts in the Toy Marine range. The hull is built in steel while the deck house is in aluminium for a total approximate weight of 200 Tons. The project has been developed to feature both traditional diesel propulsion with inline propellers as well as diesel-electric propulsion featuring electric motors with rotating pods. This last option has been thought in order to give maximum range, as well as lowest vibrations and sound levels. The interiors are completely adaptable to the owner’s tastes, it will feature 1 Master cabin, 2 guest and 1 VIP cabin; while it will accommodate 5 crew members. Its exterior surfaces reflect the Toy philosophy, allowing large open teak surfaces that leave its configuration to the owner’s imagination.