September 30, 2008

Monthly News - September 2008

pic of the month - Couach first 5000 hull removed from its form

Beneteau Group Reports Outstanding 2008

French boating and mobile home group Beneteau has reported an 'outstanding' 2008 so far, with sales expected to meet targets set before the onset of the global financial crisis. The group expects sales for the financial year 2007/08 to hit €1,087 million, representing like-for-like growth of 8 per cent. Beneteau says that the predicted results represent the success of its 'dynamic strategy in the pleasure cruising sector'. The group attributes its growth to three main strategies — 20 new sailing and motor models a year, reduced costs from high volume production, and targeting new markets such as India and China. Future plans include increasing the group's offering of Fly and Express models to cover lengths of 15m-25m (49ft-82ft). The first units will appear on the market by 2010. Excluding sales in the group's Microcar activity, boats have generated 80 per cent of Beneteau's 2007/08 sales, with the remaining 20 per cent coming from mobile homes. Sailboats represent 66 per cent of the group's boat sales, with powerboats generating the remainder. Beneteau has 24 production sites, and 400 points of sale for boats in 40 countries.

Bertram Goes Green

Bertram Yacht, Inc. announced that it has effectively eliminated the use of acetone from its manufacturing processes. This measure is a major step in Bertram’s ongoing implementation of green initiatives, and reinforces the company’s commitment to improve upon health, safety, and environmental practices in the manufacturing plant. Acetone is typically used by many boat manufacturers in their production process for the cleaning of fiberglass, tools, and equipment. Although it is a very effective cleaning agent and the use of it is completely legal, it does pose certain health, safety, and environmental concerns. The act of eliminating this material has introduced a large number of benefits for both the environment and the employees of Bertram Yacht. In addition to eliminating the hazardous waste and atmospheric pollutants generated by acetone, the risk of fire is largely reduced with the alternative materials now in use. The alternative non-hazardous and citrus based materials now used as cleaning agents are non flammable, recyclable, and do not possess the same irritating qualities as acetone. Additionally these new materials do not release any toxic emissions into the environment. Aside from the removal of acetone, Bertram has undertaken other environmentally friendly measures. The leading yacht manufacturer is successfully disposing of contaminated materials, and is making strides in its recycling efforts. The company has lowered the amount of styrene in the resin and gel coat that is used in production and employs a special dust collection system, which effectively collects the workshop dusts and filters it into a sealed container. This filter then captures the very fine dust and allows for perfectly clean air to be exhausted back into the factory. The plant also recycles a range of materials including copper, copper wire, steel, aluminum scraps and fluorescent and steel tubes, in which the company incurs a large cost three times a year to have a recycle safely, reclaim the mercury out of the tubes and recycle the metal ends. These measures reinforce the fact that Bertram Yacht is committed to ensuring the overall safety and quality in production. Mike Myers, COO and President of Bertram Yacht states In order to continue producing the finest product and remain as a leading force in the marine industry, Bertram recognizes the significance of upholding nothing short of the highest quality standards in all levels of production processes. I will strive to oversee every measure set forth at the manufacturing plant in order to exceed the current standards that are in place.

Couach Technological Prowess

Great success at Couach last July 15th: The first 50-meter hull removed from its form. The French brand thus takes its first steps in the building of its new flagship. The next stage is the installation of all technical equipment before the hull and deck assembly scheduled in October, which will be the other mains construction step of this Couach 5000 Fly Mega-Yacht. The construction of this two-third infusion hull is a big first in Europe for a yacht of this size. In 1970 Couach already built the first yacht in Aramat a fibre glass/Kevlar complex elaborated in collaboration with Du Pont de Nemours. Today, its avant-garde audacity Couach comes back into the spotlight with this Mega-Yacht born of the infusion technology that the builder is mastering from several years now in the manufacture of less important parts. For the realization of this 5000 Fly the shipyard has designed a new deep V-shaped hull and a new transom which will enable her to easily attain 30 knots. Hull tests made it possible to optimize the power necessary to reach the various stages and to minimize consumption. This hull tests revealed autonomy of 4200 miles at 12 knots, with consumption at 170 litres per hour and the obvious hydrodynamic qualities for which Couach is famous. One of these strong points will be its very short radius of gyration thanks to its designed rudder blades. A 4 000 squared meters and 18 meters high building was specially erected to accommodate the hull and assembly this Mega-Yacht. The hull is now placed in the central nave, cushioned on cradles which will accompany her until the day the doors of the hangar open to release this splendid ship and to watch her part to discover new horizons. As for the mold, it has been readjusted in preparation of the forthcoming hull for the second 50 meters Couach Mega-Yacht whose delivery is scheduled for 2010.

Fairline Cuts 90 Jobs

When Fairline launched its latest luxury yacht, the Squadron 55, at the Southampton boat show, Chief Executive Derek Carter said that the company already had 35 orders for the £800,000 boat. After the show, Fairline’s James Robinson said that they had successfully sold 30 Fairline boats amounting to UK £26 million. Given that the company has also announced its intention of expanding into the Far East and recently opened a new Oundle factory to provide additional capacity, workers were shocked after being told that 90 jobs, mainly on the shop floor, are to go in both the Oundle and Weldon factories.

Ferretti Triumph at Cannes

Saturday 13th September: the Cannes Festival de la Plaisance - the first appointment in the nautical season 2008-2009 offered a truly special evening for celebrities, media and owners from all over the world. During the gala event the stretch of water in front of Carlton Hotel became the setting for a parade of the most exclusive craft currently available on the world market. The event also saw the award of the "World Yachts Trophies 2008", the seventh edition of the prize created by the Luxmediagroup organization, an international network of specialist nautical publications including "Yachts France" and "Yachts Italia". After a long, careful selection process from a group of "flybridge under 24 metre" yachts introduced between July 2007 and July 2008, an expert jury awarded the "Trophée de la Fonctionnalité 2008" to the Ferretti 592. The avant-garde design solutions featured by the Ferretti 592 inspired by the well-established synergy between the Studio Zuccon International Project and AYT, Ferretti's Advanced Yacht Technology - have attracted critical acclaim since their presentation at the 2007 Genoa Yacht Show and today at the Cannes Festival de la Plaisance di Cannes they received an official accolade. The 18.33 metre craft offers two guest cabins with en suite bathrooms, a full-beam owner’s cabin with open view window onto the sea and an aft galley. A swing window creates a single open space with the cockpit and living area, optimising the comfort and practicality of on board spaces. The concepts behind the exterior and interior layout were particularly appreciated by the jury, which awarded this prize in recognition of the combination of form and function that has always been a fundamental characteristic of Ferretti yachts. The gala evening concluded with the Yachts Parade, starring the new arrivals displayed at the Cannes boat Show that will take part in the next edition of the trophy.

Ferretti and Mochi on Show with La Perla and Bulgari

At the Cannes Festival de la Plaisance 2008 the refined lines of the Ferretti Yachts and Mochi Craft yachts created the backdrop to an evening event entitled "The Italian Excellence - Shooting on board" organised by the Forlì-based yard in collaboration with the La Perla and Bulgari. Owners, media and international guests took part in a unique fashion show where elegant models wore the very latest La Perla "Prêt-à-porter" and "Beachwear" collections, together with prestigious Bulgari jewels, on board the yachts present, including the Ferretti Altura 840 and Dolphin 54 Fly Mochi Craft, given their international début at Cannes. The free, imaginative interpretations of La Perla couture, Bulgari’s timeless style and Ferretti Yachts and Mochi Craft elegance - Cannes provided a wonderful opportunity for the ambassadors of Made in Italy quality and flair to light up this nautical soirée!

Grand Banks Appoints New Quality Assurance Manager

Grand Banks Yachts today announced the appointment of Matthew Wroblewski as the company's new Quality Assurance Manager. His hiring reflects the strong commitment of Grand Banks to uphold the highest standards of quality for every yacht built and delivered to owners around the world. As a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Manufacturing Expert, Mr. Wroblewski adds to the industry-leading production expertise at Grand Banks Yachts. He also brings a proven track record of success as the former Quality Assurance Manager at Sea Ray Boats, where he has worked since 2003. Mr. Wroblewski is responsible for ensuring that all new yachts meet the Company's exacting standards for construction, craftsmanship and performance. He will also add his experience as a teacher and practitioner of Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing to production growth and efficiency initiatives at Grand Banks Yachts. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Wroblewski holds a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and received his Bachelor of Science degree while studying operations management at Miami University of Ohio.

Maritimo Wins White Marlin Open

It’s been hailed as the world’s largest bill fish tournament, but this year the prestigious White Marlin Open had a distinctly Australian touch with CGI Finance, a major sponsor of the event, campaigning with a Maritimo 550 Convertible. More than 300 vessels and 1500 anglers entered for the event, with competitors fishing out of Ocean City, Maryland and the area from Norfolk, Virginia, down to the Wilmington canyons. The tournament offered in excess of US$2.2 million in prize money! Although named the White Marlin Open, other fish were targeted, including tuna, wahoo and blue marlin. One fortunate angler, Robert Lockwood, of New Jersey, landed the second largest blue ever caught, a 935.5lbs (425kg) fish. The CGI crew, headed by Herve Bonnet, president and CEO of CGI Finance, performed very well indeed, holding a spot on the leader board for four of the five days of the tournament. Maritimo’s 550 Convertible, which has established itself as a ‘top gun’ on the Australian tournament scene, performed as expected. The CGI crew held first place at one stage, thanks to a fighting 71lb (32kg) white landed on the opening day. White marlin roamed the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, generally averaging about 30kg, with females usually slightly larger. CGI Finance is acting as the primary financier for Maritimo USA and was a ‘Diamond Sponsor’ of the tournament.

Numarine Appoints General Manager and Marketing Director

Luxury motoryacht builder Numarine, of Istanbul, Turkey, has appointed Rob Billington to the position of general manager and Andre Esposito to the position of sales and marketing director. Billington previously worked as head of production at Princess Yachts and as an engineering manager with car manufacturer Nissan. Esposito has worked with Quick (Italy) and Glomex. His most recent assignment was as a market development manager at Sealine. Founded in 2002, Numarine builds yachts from 55ft-102ft (17m-31m) in length. Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Capital recently acquired a 50 per cent stake in the firm.

Pershing New AdmCom Campaign

Only the greatest ideas come true is the headline that launches the new Pershing campaign created by the integrated communications agency, AdmCom. The concept is a natural continuation from the “Moving idea” theme that were so successful last year. Power, speed, innovation. A vision that focuses on the new, the unexplored, the yet to come and the need to improve and put oneself constantly to the test. Pershing is all this. Because ideas only become great when they are transformed into concrete actions and when they prove their brilliance by facing reality. Draped in a light, shining veil of silver, the beautiful goddess “Idea” is a symbol of pure energy embodied in a perfect, dynamic human form. The star of last year’s video is back, then, with even greater majesty, to face the future with confidence and look for new horizons and ways to stay ahead of the times. She moves in an undefined liquid environment where everything flows at a higher speed and new ideas and metamorphoses are produced constantly. Idea as the inspiration behind Pershing philosophy and identity is also the theme for the corporate press campaign designed specifically for non-European contexts, such as America, Australia and Asia. The same liquid environment is portrayed, but in a more representational style to celebrate the classic image of luxury yachting in a dynamic, modern key. Great ideas never remain just ideas is the new headline and the spirit that guides these craft, in the shape of a sleek, silver-draped goddess. The new press campaign has been created by AdmCom thanks to the Creative Direction of Maurizio Cinti, and the Art Direction of Manuel Dall’Olio, with Copywriting by Silva Fedrigo and Massimiliano Pancaldi and Production Management by Alessandra Bigatti.

Riva Wins Award in Cannes

The protagonist is the SportRiva 56’. This model, launched in 2007 and immediately achieving a huge success got the prestigious World Yachts Trophy in the “best design fly” under 80 feet category. The desired “Y” was assigned by a specialized jury selected by the international editorial group LuxMediaGroup. With the SportRiva 56’ Riva set itself a new challenge: to design a yacht with a completely new concept, something never seen before. The result is the SportRiva 56’ sportfly, a yacht which integrates the flybridge concept with the sporty lines of an Open, whilst still maintaining Riva’s inimitable style, designed by the skilful hand of Mauro Micheli together with the team at Officina Italiana Design. A yacht following a unique, sports glamour philosophy. This model is the first in a new line called SportRiva, whose models will be defined by their length. The SportRiva collection has been studied to satisfy the demands of owners who, while not wishing to renounce to the lines of an Open, prefer the convenience of a closed, air-conditioned upper salon, ideal for countries with a tropical clime. A philosophy and a new concept that are evidently a winning formula! The award was proudly collected by the Riva CEO, Ferruccio Rossi, and the VP Sales&Marketing, Francesco Frediani.

Riviera Expands with New $3.6 Million Aftermarket Centre

Riviera has officially opened its new $3.6 million Aftermarket Centre on the southern side of the company’s headquarters in Coomera, south-east Queensland. Lloyd and Liz Hillman, from the Queensland town of Toowoomba, who have owned 12 Rivieras over the past 23 years, unveiled a plaque to officially open the centre that has been designed to offer a wide range of services to luxury boat owners. The Hillmans bought their first Riviera in 1985 and recently took delivery of number 12, a 4400 Sport Yacht. Introducing the Hillmans, Riviera’s newly-appointed Director of Operations Michael Burke said the new Aftermarket Centre was yet another example of the company’s ongoing commitment to the wide family of Riviera owners. Aftermarket Manager Michael Swain said the new waterfront building, with 1,450 square metres of floor space, will offer boat owners a full on-site customizations, servicing, refurbishing and maintenance service. The facility is also a centre for a number of other Riviera business units, R Electronics providing a full installation and upgrade service and R Interiors offers interior and soft furnishing additions, upgrades and refurbishment. Craft Coverings also operates a full exterior awning and furniture covering service from the Centre. The Aftermarket and Service Centre can accommodate up to six boats under cover. A further 2,500 square metres of hard stand can take a further six boats. A second building includes two separated bays for two-pack spray painting and antifouling. The facility also includes a 75-tonne mobile boat travel-lift capable of handling vessels up to 6.5 metres in beam and around 26 metres (approximately 85 feet) in length. A 13- berth marina arm is located adjacent to the new facility. More than $250,000 has also been spent on water efficiency in the new facility including a state-of-the-art water treatment plant which re-cycles 99 percent of the water used. There are also massive underground water storage tanks and rainwater diversion systems to harvest run-off from the large roofed areas.

Riviera Retains Bloodislow Cup

Staff at Riviera struck a rich vein of form to retain the Australian Red Cross Blood Service’s ‘Bloodislow Cup’ – the Bledisloe for blood donors. The philanthropic initiative pits major employers on the south-east Queensland Gold Coast in competition to find which workplace boasts the most generous blood donors in the city. Riviera recently took out the competition for the second year in a row, with staff making 434 donations over 12 months, adding up to 217 litres to the much needed blood bank supplies. With three people benefiting from each donation, the Riviera team has potentially saved the lives of 1,302 people. The Riviera team beat other employers including Gold Coast City Council, Main Roads, Bartercard, Roamfree, Centrelink, Bunnings and Billabong in the challenge. Riviera and other Gold Coast employers give staff time off work to donate blood. CEO John Anderson said the ‘Bloodislow Cup’ represented a proud social achievement for the company and it took pride of place in Riviera’s trophy room stacked with industry accolades achieved over the years. Riviera Trade Training Manager Tony Schmid organises the blood donation program on behalf of the company. Zoe Bargh, ARCBS marketing liaison officer, congratulated Riviera on its support of the program.

San Lorenzo Celebrates 50 Years

Sanlorenzo, the timeless expression of the most luxurious yachts in the yachting industry, has celebrated its 50th anniversary (1958-2008) with a gala evening organised at the Yacht Club de Monaco, the renowned international yachting venue, which has for the last five years hosted Sanlorenzo’s gatherings, an exclusive event for 250 international selected guests. H.S.H. Prince Albert II, President of the Yacht Club de Monaco, attended this event and welcomed Mr Massimo Perotti, Sanlorenzo CEO, who presented the renovation of the Cantieri Navali di Ameglia (Italy), which in harmony with Sanlorenzo’s production area will forward their plans to protect the environment. To celebrate this anniversary, Sanlorenzo’s guests enjoyed an exceptional party, organised at the YCM’s Club House, entirely re-decorated for this special occasion. An exceptional menu was fancied by Arrigo Cipriani, owner of the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice, and the son of the creator of the “Bellini” cocktail and the Carpaccio. At the end of the evening, the guests were able to benefit from a courtesy car service organised by Lancia, official partner to the Yacht Club de Monaco, which ran all evening with a fleet of 10 Lancia Delta cars. Highlight of the evening was a private concert by Paolo Conte, who played his most famous songs to the guests. To display its beautiful yachts, Sanlorenzo gathered in front of the YCM four boats from its range: two yachts part of their semi-displacement line, the SD92 and SD122 (which will be presented in a preview showing at the Genova Boat Show in October), as well as the SL88 and SL108 model ranges. Fifty years of history that confirms the quality and the unique characteristics of each vessel, always custom built, never in series production, tailored to the demands and requirements of each individual customer. To highlight the custom approach of Sanlorenzo, it was pointed out that many shipyards in series production build in one year more yachts that Sanlorenzo has crafted in 50 years. Paolo Conte summarized the evening with his famous song: “it’s wonderful, its’ wonderful!”

San Lorenzo Wins World Yacht Trophy 2008

An important acknowledgement to the historical yacht builder, San Lorenzo Yachts and designer Francesco Paszkowski. Francesco Paszkowski, leading yacht designer on the international scene, designed the general concept, the layout and the interior of Sanlorenzo 40 Alloy, which won the “Innovation Trophy” and the “Best design Trophy” in the “Flybridge over 24 metres” category, awarded to the planning 40 meters yacht of the historical shipyard based in Viareggio at World Yacht Trophies 2008. The ceremony took place on 13th September at Carlton Hotel in Cannes on the occasion of the usual gala evening organized by LuxMedia Group during the Festival de la Plaisance.

Sunseeker Presents Gold Award to CJR Propulsion

CJR Propulsion, a leading manufacturer and designer of propellers and sterngear systems, has won a Gold Supplier of the Year Award from Sunseeker. Sunseeker’s CEO, Robert Braithwaite presented Marek Skrzynski and Phil Silva from CJR with the award in recognition of the company’s excellent quality of service over the past 12 months. In addition, Sunseeker has been particularly impressed with the accuracy in the design and engineering of CJR’s products achieved directly as a result of new CNC machined propellers. A global leader in the design and build of luxury motoryachts, Sunseeker International holds a pre-eminent position in the marine market. CJR Propulsion is a major supplier to Sunseekerr. With over 75 years experience in the industry, CJR has gained a world wide reputation for exceptional quality and reliability, exporting its products to over 60 countries, covering four continents. CJR has the range of skills, design software, tooling and equipment to manufacture high performance, quality engineered propeller and sterngear systems to satisfy any pleasure boat builders requirements.

Tiara Announces Certified Pre Owned Program Launch

Tiara Yachts has announced the launch of its widely anticipated Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program. It is one of the first to be offered by a manufacturer in the yachting industry. Tiara Yachts’ CPO program has been in the development process for the past two years. Many aspects of the program were modeled around similar programs for premium luxury brands including BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. Tiara Yachts’ Marine Industry Certified and Platinum Customer Service rated dealers will be the exclusive agents for this program. Tiara will roll out the various marketing and operations components of this program to their qualifying dealers during the next few weeks with the objective of providing opportunities for pre-owned buyers to find out more about this new program.

September 29, 2008

Project: Carnvevali 180

The Carnevali line of stylish flybridge cruisers, welcomes the addition of the new 180 motor yacht filling the gap in the line between the 160 and 68 models. The project of the new Carnevali has been trusted again to architect Ceccarelli, who designed a modern looking stylish flybridge yacht to the Italian builder. Ceccarelli and Carnevali presents us with an 18 metre motor yacht with an aggressive sporty profile for the upper coach roof, wide side decks for a safe passage way forward and a deep vee shaped variable geometry bottom for comfortable navigation comfort in rough sea conditions. Another area of high importance for the builder in this new project was it's weight distribution, with the location of the engines and fuel tanks in a central position, guaranteeing perfect balance with full or light loaded tanks. Accommodation is a 3 double cabin interior, with all cabins featuring there own private head. While Carnevali says the new 180 can be single handled a double fully equipped crew cabin is located aft.

Powerboat P1 - Portugal Grand Prix, Fountain World Wide Claim Title Again

Rain may have brought an early end to proceedings in this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix of the Sea, but nobody could damped the spirits of this year’s Evolution and SuperSport title winners as they were officially crowned and awarded with their championship trophies at the final podium ceremony of the season. Throttleman Angelo Tedeschi and pilot Aaron Ciantar have brought new meaning to the word ‘dominance’ in the SuperSport class, taking victory in all but one race in their Racing Project-run 44 Conam Yachts boat. The Mercury-powered Chaudron hull has proved unbeatable and unbreakable in the production-based series, and Tedeschi’s second title and Ciantar’s first are undoubtedly well deserved – especially with a astounding points tally of 1150 points. The 07 Microlink PC team were confirmed as the second-place championship finishers, narrowly pipping the 38 Baia High Performance team with a tally of 670 points to the Italian outfit’s 650 points. The increased competition in the Evolution class this year meant that pilot James Sheppard and throttleman Craig Wilson were set for a tough job to defend their title from an astonishing rookie season in 2007, but no-one predicted just how hard they’d have to work. After four wins in the first two events of the year, they’ve had to fight to maintain their points lead as they bid to retain their crown in the Imor-powered 99 Fountain Worldwide entry. But, fight they did and third place in yesterday’s Portuguese Grand Prix of the Sea means they’re the first team to successfully score back-to-back Evolution class titles with a grand total of 780 points. The 60 GFN Gibellato team have been confirmed as second-place finishers in the championship chase with 630 points to 88 Kiton Outerlimits’ 580 points. The bronze and cherry-wood sculptures that both teams were awarded at the ceremony are the work of celebrated Italian artist Andreas Perathoner, whose sculptures feature in a number of private collections throughout Europe. Perathoner has also created trophies for a variety of other sports, including the Superbike motorcycle world championship. Each trophy consists of two pieces: an elegant bronze powerboat and a cherry-wood base carved to represent the sea. Perathoner sculpted the original boat designs in wood, which were then sent to a leading Italian foundry in Bologna, where they were cast in bronze. After the champions were awarded their trophies, all the teams in both the SuperSport and Evolution classes – who are the true lifeblood of the championship were invited onto the stage to join the festivities. Then the end-of-season celebrations could really begin!
Evolution Class Sprint Results
1 88 Kiton Outerlimits 54m14.28s
2 10 The Fantastic 1 56m15.02s
3 99 Fountain Worldwide 56m35.52s
4 60 GFN Gibellato 58m59.55s
5 66 Cranefields Wine 58m35.05s - 1 lap
6 57 Centaurian Yachts 57m37.78s - 2 laps
7 53 Pignolo 53 56m49.89s - 3 laps
8 77 Lucas Oil RET
9 76 Italcraft RET
10 69 RET
SuperSport Class Sprint Results
1 44 Conam Yachts 47m25.08s
2 38 Baia High Performance 47m37.97s
3 07 Microlink PC 47m43.56s
4 26 Team Konrad 48m03.25s - 1 lap
5 46 The Spirit of Portomaso 48m46.66s - 1 lap
6 17 Going Lean 47m31.12s - 2 laps
7 08 Phoenix TV 47m31.12s - 2 laps
8 22 The Big Sergio RET
9 47 Silverline Buzzi Bullet DNS
2008 Final Standings
SuperSport Championship
1 44 CONAM Yachts, 1150 pts
2 07 MicroLink PC, 670 pts
3 38 Baia High Performance, 650 pts
4 47 Silverline Buzzi Bullet, 310 pts
5 08 Phoenix 8, 210 pts
6 46 The Spirit of Portomaso, 200 pts
7 22 Big Sergio, 200 pts
8 11 Sunseeker Challenge, 170 pts
9 59 SAHO, 140 pts
Evolution Championship
1 99 Fountain Worlwide, 780 pts
2 60 NSG Gibellato, 630 pts
3 88 Kiton Outerlimits, 580 pts
4 53 Pignollo 53, 480 pts
5 10 Fantastic 1, 440 pts
6 77 Lucas Oil , 270 pts
7 66 Cranefield Wine, 270 pts
8 57 Centaurian Yachts, 260 pts
9 69, 220 pts
10 76 Italcraft, 110 pts

September 28, 2008

New Model: Cantieri di Pisa 108 Akhir

The new Akhir 108, as the other upcoming new models in the new range from this legendary motor yacht builder, has been reinterpreted by architect Carlo Galeazzi, who worked his way developing the historical Cantieri Di Pisa lines, as designed thirty years ago by designer Pierluigi Spadolini. The new redeveloped Akhir line is born with the combination of tradition joining force with technological and design innovation. The interiors are realized by the interior studio of the same shipyard. Carlo Paladini and his team have realized an elegant decoration, which play with warm tone colors and natural teak. The 8 guest berths are located in 4 separate cabins positioned in the lower deck. 2 cabins with sister berths, 1 VIP cabin and 1 full beam master stateroom. On the main deck there is the owners office, with a private head, which can be transformed in a fifth cabin to welcome additional guests. Of particular note is the high quality of the 18 rectangular port holes, which deliver natural light to all the cabins. The new 108 Aknir has a top speed of 29 knots, while an economic long range cruising speed of 12 knots gives a range of 1510 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 32.96 m (108ft)
Beam - 7.15 m
Draft - 1.27 m (under keel)
Displacement - 113 t
Fuel Capacity - 16500 l
Water Capacity - 3000 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000M93
Speed - max 29 knots
Range - 1510 nautical miles at 12 knots
Certification - ABS A1 Yachting service AMS

September 27, 2008

New Model: Sunseeker 84 Predator

Surprising all in the yachting biz, it's brand fans and passionate friends, Sunseeker gave a surprise preview during the Southampton Boat Show of the new 84 Predator, literally just a few days after announcing this project on it's website. This new twenty six metre over all length model, joins the successful Predator range, following where the new just launched 92 Sport left, with a similar concept in design and features but in a slightly smaller length. In fact as the 92 Predator Sport the new 84 Predator features the demanded upper sport deck, with the optional second helm station available for those who want a head in the air driving experience. The new 84 Predator is also considerably larger on the waterline length and beam to the 82 Predator it will eventually replace, allowing for a spaciously greater 4 double cabin interior volume, with a mid ship crew quarters allowing for 3 berths. Performance for the new 84 Predator does not disappoint the speed lover, with top speeds of 42 knots reachable with Arneson Surface Drives and double engines totalling 4868 hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.48 m (86.9ft)
Length Waterline - 19.86 m
Beam - 6.34 m
Draft - 1.70 m full load and includes props
Displacement - 59700 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 7500 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Engines - twins 4868 hp total
Propulsion - shaft drive in tunnels, Arneson Surface Drives
Speeds - max 42 knots, cruising 30 knots surface drives version
Range - 300 nautical miles
Design - Don Shead, Sunseeker

September 26, 2008

New Model: Atlantis 54

Atlantis announced this project a few days ago, and as promised by the Tuscany builder, launching of the new 54 model was not much of a waiting for. The new Atlantis 54 is developed on the 50 model hull lines, with main differences being the increase in the cockpit space now featuring over ten squared metres of main deck all in a flush one level area, and adding aft a retractable high and low extended bathing platform for tender stowage. The World wide presentation of the new Atlantis 54 was in the Cannes Boat Show and second premier happened in Malta during the Azimut Benetti Gala and the second edition of the Valletta boat show. Inside accommodation of the new Atlantis 54 is a spacious affair, with three high volume cabins, well spaced heads, l-shaped saloon and a galley. Worth noting is the engine room which is also of generous space and well laid out. The new Atlantis 54 will capture the attention for those looking the most spacious and natural light filled exterior, and a spacious main deck for an open hard top of sixteen metres in length.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.68 m (54.7ft)
Beam - 4.5 m
Fuel Capacity - 1900 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Berths - six berths in three cabins
Max People - fourteen
Engines - 2 x Volvo Penta D12-800 775hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Certification - CE B

September 24, 2008

New Model: Menorquin 100 GT Largo

The Menorquin shipyard stands out in the runabout market with the launch of Largo, a new product range with the objective of uniting emotions, technology and performance. This new boat, was presented during the Cannes Boat Show, a product line based on the classic runabouts, whilst maintaining the quality and performance characteristic to the Menorcan builder. Menorquin’s new design project has been inaugurated with the first model the Largo 100 GT. As well as the exterior elegant sports design which makes it especially suited for day trips the new 100 GT Largo also incorporates inside habitability featuring 2 over night berths, a characteristic feature of the shipyards traditional cruisers line. The Largo range couples technology and exclusivity necessary to create a unique and timeless boat, which joined with the shipyard’s pure passion for sailing has been the drive behind the design of this new boat. Powered by twin Yanmar Diesels the 100 GT Largo has top speeds of 48 knots, while a more powerful twin 420 hp Mercruiser can give up to 54 knots maximum. The new Menorquin 100 GT Largo competes in a difficult market sector, but will stand out for its practical functionality and great habitability, features that are characteristic of the renowned Spanish brand.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.03 m (32.9ft)
Beam - 2.73 m
Draft - 0.85 m
Displacement - 4200 kg
Fuel Capacity - 600 l
Water Capacity - 90 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 8.1S HO 420hp Petrol, Yanmar 6LPA-STP 315hp Diesel
Speed - 36 knots cruising, 48 knots max with Yanmar Diesels
Certification - CE B

Powerboat P1 - Portimao, Portugal Preview

The final way point of the 2008 Powerboat P1 championship, follows the 2007 schedule in Portimao, Portugal. This was an unannounced ending to the championship, replacing the final race of Bahrain, as of from August when P1 management advised the cancellation to the Gulf stop, moving it to 2009. An unhappy move especially to the teams still fighting for the championship.
In Supersport Class the title is already decided by 2007 winner 44 Conam Yachts, what will be the usual unstoppable run from the Italian Maltese team, but fighting will for sure be seen in the battle for second place between 7 Microlink PC and 38 Baia High Performance lying in third.
In the prime Evolution class, the title is still undecided, with 2007 winners Fountain World Wide being a second away for repeating there success, with the Italians of 88 Kiton Outerlimits and 60 GFN Gibellato for sure trying to spoil the party for the English USA boat. Surprise for the title contenders can come from 53 Pignolo lying in fourth place, with a big chance of stealing a third and if lucky even a second place in the final run. Another announced change of script in the Evolution race are the pending appeals of 10 Fantastic 1 regarding last race in Vigo and 60 GFN Gibellato race in Marseilles, France, which can affect the title closing dramatically.
Racing in 2008 has been fantastic, but from here we send the message that the P1 organisation machine can improve. The thinking of the 2008 season is that the first six races starting in a 6 week period effected dramatically the outcome of the championship favoring the teams with the older boats. The Bahrain cancellation also shortened the title fight, especially in the Evolution Class where the contenders mainly 60 GFN Gibellato and 88 Kiton Outerlimits where showing there best after the race in Malta. The racing was nice and fast, but the title winning which in P1 tradition has always been decided in the final run was a bit less enthusiastic compared to previous years, so from here we hope for a longer, more viewable challenge and better competition for the 2009 season.

September 23, 2008

New Model: Maritimo C 60 Sports Cabriolet

The new Maritimo C 60 Sports Cabriolet was unveiled during the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Maritimo revealed a classically European styled sports cruiser, creating an unprecedented interest for a company which had built its reputation with flying bridge cruisers, the C60 Sports Cabriolet represents a radical change in direction for the Aussie yard. Innovative and very different, the stylish sports yacht does have something in common with its flying bridge colleagues; it is also a luxury long-range motor yacht, capable of superb performance while offering its owner and guests total comfort and luxury aboard. Clever design has produced a vessel with so much space aboard, that it astonishes you with it's sixty feet length, featuring an unusual four staterooms layout providing sleeping accommodation for eight and including a spacious full beam master cabin. The luxurious accommodation continues on the main deck with the magnificent saloon, well equipped galley and a starboard side helm with dual aircraft-style seating are the notable features of the boats interior plan. Aft, a hydraulically raised transom reveals a garage able to accommodate a three metre tender, while below in a beautifully planned engine room her dual Caterpillar C-12 diesels of 715hp each ensure the C60 Sports Cabriolet goes every bit as good as it looks.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.8 m (61.7ft)
Beam - 5.3 m
Draft - 1.4 m
Fuel Capacity - 5600 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Weight - 27 t
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 2 heads
Engines - 2 x Caterpillar C12 715hp
Speed - 25 knots cruising

Project: Apreamare 44

The close cooperation between Victory design and Apreamare goes on, following the success of the previous models and the enthusiasm in meeting ever-changing challenges, without ever forgetting the classical tradition of the Apreamare shipyard. Functionality and easiness of use, two of the key factors for success of the very much appreciated range of boats, are an asset of the latest born Apreamare 44. The outline of the deck shapes the external space, providing the boat with a sober elegance and great functionality. Moving around the boat is made easy by the wide side deck, while the comfortable sofa in the bow area and the large sundeck offer a chance of relax at all times, including sailing. The cockpit is furnished in an original manner, with a comfortable sofa that, when needed, can be turned into a sundeck by means of a pantograph support mechanism in the back. In the bow area below deck there is a large owner’s cabin, designed to meet the needs of owners who love comfort onboard, offering wide wardrobes along the walls and a constant relationship with the sea through the wide panoramic windows. Bathrooms in the central part of the boat have separated, large shower cabins, which can be accessed from the cabins. The bathroom of the guests’ cabin also serves as a day bath thanks to the additional door on the corridor. The innovative layout of the area below deck also includes the galley and guests’ cabin in the stern. The guests’ cabin, provided with all the necessary stowage spaces, has a single bed and a French bed. The L-shaped kitchen is fully equipped, including a sink, refrigerator which is larger than the average on this category and burner stove. Spacious wall cupboards, chests of drawers and shelves provide ample stowage room. While the functionality of the galley is an important element, the prevailing characteristic is its direct relationship with the living area provided by a wide opening in the deck that also guarantees excellent and pleasant lighting. The layout of the deck includes the living room, with a C-shaped sofa that can be transformed into a comfortable bed by means of the adjustable height table. Behind the captain’s seat is a large L-shaped container which integrates the rich interior of the deck. In spite of its small size, Apreamare 44 provides a comfortable sailor’s cabin that can be accessed from the settee in the cockpit. This boat will be equipped with twin Cummins 480hp motors enabling a maximum speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 27 knots.

September 22, 2008

New Model: Absolute 70

The much waited flagship of Absolute yachts the new 70, was finally unveiled during the Cannes Show. This was much an awaited debut from the competition, press and passionate people alike, due to some important technical and design innovations. The new 70 makes the talk with never seen ideas for a 21 metre Sport Yacht: extended hard top with the aft part opening up electrically to uncover the aft deck if you are a sun worshipper, forward sunpads for three persons all adjustable electrically, interior saloon and galley being among the most spacious of the category and all cabins featuring big full view windows. The innovation on the technical side comes from the quadruple IPS 600 engine installation the second boat offering this type of propulsion, and the digital integrated control by wire system. Sleeping accommodation offers a 3 double cabin interior all featuring fully private en-suite heads, with full beam owners cabin being very spacious for the size of boat. Crew cabin is a double accommodation, featuring a crew lobby, also unusual for a Sport Yacht of 21 metre. Credit has to be given to Absolute, who with the new flagship continues the philosophy shown with the smaller models creating a flagship full of innovative features. PowerYacht thanks Absolute UK dealer Ocean Nautic for his assistance in this exclusive preview.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.50 m (70.5ft)
Beam - 5.45 m
Weight - 35.000 kg estimated
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 2 berth crew cabin
Engines - 4 x Volvo Penta D6 IPS600 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forward looking duoprop pods
Speed - 31 knots max, 26 knots cruising
Design - Absolute Development Lab
Certification - CE B

September 20, 2008

New Model: Sunseeker 86 Yacht

With a broad beam and superb accommodation for up to eight people, the 86 Yacht is typical of Sunseeker’s trademark look and proven deep ‘V’ hull design, a craft of exceptional beauty. The exterior enjoys a sleek profile and extremely elegant lines, suggesting both power and grace. Forward of the large saloon is a dining area, fully equipped galley and stairs leading to the lower deck and guest accommodation. The main deck also features the main helm position and access to the forward VIP stateroom with en suite and walk-in wardrobe. Alternative layout options allow for a total of up to three full beam staterooms or a third smaller stateroom and additional fourth pullman cabin. With a choice of powerful twin diesel engine options, this new yacht is capable of speeds in excess of 30 knots. Inside, Sunseeker’s team of interior designers and stylists excel with their imaginative use of space, particularly the inspired layout that allows the crew to move freely between the fully equipped enclosed galley and their self-contained quarters without disturbing guests. The crew quarters are situated at the stern and include a crew mess, shower/WC, captain’s double berth cabin and a twin pullman crew cabin. With an optional GRP hard-top bimini, the flybridge provides ample seating and sunbathing space with a fully equipped wetbar and teak dining table and the area can also be customised to include a hot tub, crane and jet ski.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.4 m (86.9ft)
Length Waterline - 20.4 m
Beam - 6.40 m
Draft - 1.96 m
Displacement - 69.100 kg @ half load
Fuel Capacity - 7500 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accoumdation - eight guests in four cabins, four crew in two cabins  
Engines - twin diesel up to a total of 3650 hp
Speed - 30 knots max, 23 knots cruising
Range - 350 nautical miles
Project - Don Shead hull, Sunseeker Design Exterior and Interior

September 19, 2008

Project: Sea Ray 43 / 475 Sundancer

The new Sea Ray 43 Sundancer, badged 475 Sundancer for the european market is the first model from renowned USA builder to come standard with the revolutionary Zeus propulsion system and intuitive helm joystick, which means that docking is as easy as it can be. All the driver has to do is move the joystick in the direction he or she wants to go, or twist it to turn the boat in its own length. Nothing could be easier. The 43 Sundancer comes standard with twin Cummins MerCruiser QSB 425 hp diesels mated to Zeus pods drives, offering 15 percent better fuel economy and 15 percent faster top speeds than regular inboards. Plus, the Zeus-equipped 43 Sundancer provides a more comfortable ride because gear noise and vibration are significantly reduced. Optional power includes twin Cummins MerCruiser QSB 480 hp diesels also with Zeus Pod drives. Above the waterline, the new 43 Sundancer is a stylish cruiser starting with the trademark reverse sheer line, two oversize hull windows and 10 portlights. A hardtop integrates seamlessly with the windshield for the ultimate in weather protection, yet you can still let the sun shine in thanks to two retractable skylights. The cockpit features a double captain bolster seat with armrests, which can be ajusted as one wishes thanks to its sliding adjustment, to portside there is a guests lounger big L-shaped bench, further aft a U-shaped lounge flanking a convenient fiberglass table, a wet bar opposite features a solid-surface countertop, sink and icemaker or opting up to the removable flatscreen TV, stainless-steel barbecue grill and refrigerator. Below deck, the 43 Sundancer features a functional double split stateroom plan. The forward master cabin features an island-style berth, with its own flatscreen TV with remote DVD player and innovative individual head and shower compartments, port and starboard, both with tile flooring. The mid-stateroom has two twin beds that converts to a queen also with its own private head and shower compartment. In between the two staterooms, the salon and galley have all the modern indulgences of a refined seaside condominium. The galley is designed to make life as easy as possible for the onboard chef, with a plenty designated storage. Full stainless-steel appliances add more than a touch of luxury. At its heart, the new 43 / 475 Sundancer is a boat that will make owners feel comfortable in any situation, whether it be driving, docking, entertaining, or cruising with friends and family.

September 18, 2008

New Model: Hatteras 56 Motor Yacht

Presented as a project a year ago legendary yacht builder Hatteras launched the latest member to its fleet, the new 56 Motor Yacht during it's own Yacht Expo held in the end of May in New Bern. Smallest in size of it's motor yacht range, this new Hatteras incorporates an original design, spacious interior and intuitive features that make this an ideal boat for the owner-operator representing a new entry-level product for the thousands of boat owners who aspire to own a Hatteras. Boaters the world over appreciate the advanced design and robust construction that sets Hatteras apart from the fleet. Like all Hatteras models, the 56 features a solid fiberglass hull bottom that includes beefy support for key areas such as the tunnels, shaft log and strut locations. Divinycell coring is infused into the hull sides, decks and superstructure to add stiffness and reduce weight. And the hull benefits from an advanced variable-deadrise design that utilizes large propeller tunnels to reduce draft and increase efficiency. The 56 Motor Yacht standard power is a pair of 705 hp Cummins QSM11s, installed in a V-drive configuration with the gearbox forward. This positions the engine room as far aft as possible and allows for more living space below. Combined with the boat's 18-foot 2-inch beam, this configuration gives the 56MY as much interior volume as many yachts in the mid-60-foot range. Powered by its standard engines, the 56 Motor Yacht is expected to achieve a cruising speed of 18 knots and top end of 21 knots. With her fuel tanks full, that provides a usable range of approximately 300 nautical miles. Optional 1,000-hp CAT C18s will push the 56 to a cruise of 26 knots and a top end of 29 knots. The 56MY features a three-stateroom, two-head arrangement that includes a 130 square-foot full-beam master stateroom amid ship, a VIP stateroom forward, and guest bunks to port. An optional arrangement provides for a private crew quarters with discreet access, in lieu of the third guest stateroom. Thanks to its impressive interior, innovative features and solid Hatteras-worthy construction, the 56 Motor Yacht stands ready to introduce a whole new group of boaters to the benefits of becoming a member of the Hatteras family.
Technical Data:
Length - 17.28 m (56.8ft)
Beam - 5.53 m
Draft - 1.37 m
Displacement - 38,555 kg
Fuel Capacity- 3406 l
Water Capacity - 946 l
Accommodation - 3 cabins with 2 heads
Engines - 2 x Cummins CMD QSM-11 705hp, CAT C18 1000hp
Speed - 29 knots max, 26 knots cruising

September 17, 2008

Project: Princess V42

The Princess V42 has become one of the best known sports cruiser in production today, with a legendary combination of style, pace and agility at sea. Now a brand new V42 will adopt the mantle to reinvent the benchmark of modern sports cruisers. With the option of an electric hardtop which incorporates a large opening sunroof, the flexibility afforded by the latest in V Class design can be enjoyed on the smaller of the range. Yet the new V42, now in it's third version possesses one of the most dynamic and sleek profiles in her class. That a hardtop can be incorporated into a superstructure without interrupting the beautiful lines is a testament to the years of experience within the renowned British builder development team, and both the logical layout and standard of accommodation are equally impressive. The cockpit benefits from two separate seating areas and enjoys the convenience of a wetbar and top-loading cool box, plus the option of a barbecue for al fresco entertaining. The aft deck incorporates a sunbed and dinghy garage as standard, for a level of comfort and convenience that makes life aboard effortless and relaxing. For an extended stay there are two cabins, with the owner’s accommodation forward and a guest cabin amidships. Unlike previous V42, both cabins benefit the luxury of en-suite shower heads. Interior furnishing follows Princess luxurious gloss or satin finish timber furniture and the finest fabrics and upholstery. The saloon and galley provide a haven for relaxation below decks, with the latest in modern appliances and a high specification of standard equipment, plus the flexibility of a convertible saloon table for additional overnight guests. This new model incorporates all the essential ingredients of the latest V Class sports yacht, with dynamic style and thrilling performance to match, set to redefine a successful model in production for over 8 years.

September 16, 2008

New Model: Sessa C43

If you had to ask me the question which of the main builders have improved dramatically in recent times, my answer would surely include Sessa as on top of the list. The Italian builder has upgraded the class, standard and quality of it's boats, not only in it's recent bigger boats but also in the smaller ones of it's range. The new C43 announced as a project in Summer continues Sessa improvement in quality and style, creating an elegant design which leaves nothing to chance, with bands and stops underlining the structure contour and revealing the outer strength of the hull. Inside, each detail is finely crafted to create an atmosphere which is both modern and uncluttered but also mellow and welcoming. A successful choice of materials and colours provides a play on contrast and allows the boat’s inside to be visualised in a different manner, reinventing marine interior design, giving each view a 3D dimension. In this spirit, the lounge and galley present a play of colours and materials creating a unique, modern atmosphere: textured leathers on black lacquered wood or walnut, as well as velvet partitions enhanced by fetching steel pieces. Power is entrusted to double Volvo 370hp available in IPS pod propulsion or stern drives, with the later giving better performance and the former easy tight manoeuvring. Designed by architect Christian Grande, new Sessa C43 follows the style and philosophy of the much praised C46 introduced last year, but in a more compact thirteen meter length. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.20 m (43.3ft)
Length - 12.90 m
Waterline Length - 10.35 m
Draft - 0.73 m excluding props
Weight - 12.000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 450 l
Water Capacity - 320 l
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp 
Propulsion - Volvo IPS Pod forward looking pods, DPX stern drive
Design - Christian Grande, Sessa Marine Certification - CE A

September 15, 2008

Powerboat P1 - Spain Grand Prix, Conam Takes Title in Advance, Honey Party Win

A strange weekend of challenges and surprices had to be the Vigo, P1 Grand Prix of Spain. This was the first ever stop of P1 in Spain and calm conditions showed a different results to what we have been used so far this season, especially to what regards the Evolution races. As expected by the many 44 Conam yachts Italian Maltese pairing took the 2008 title, a first for Maltese hero Aaron Chiantar and the second for Tedeschi and the Maltese build 41 feet Chaudron built boat. Meanwhile in the Evolution the also 2007 champions and currect class leaders of Fountain Worldwide will still have the battle there way in Portugal to see who will be crowned champion for the 2008 season, in the big class.
There was heartbreak for the 38 Baia High Performance team and huge joy for the 44 Conam Yachts outfit in the aftermath of Saturday’s Vigo Grand Prix of the Sea Sprint race, as a six-minute penalty for exceeding the 85mph maximum speed limit denied the OSG Racing-run outfit their first win of the year. The 38 Baia High Performance team had briefly been the only team to have beaten the defending champion 44 Conam Yachts outfit on the water this year, but 12 timing infringements over the duration of the race netted them a six-minute penalty that puts 44 Conam Yachts on the top step and knocked 38 Baia High Performance down to fifth place in the race results. The 22 Big Sergio outfit is now second in the race results, while the 26 Team Konrad Wild Card entry secures the final podium spot as part of an impressive debut outing. The 44 Conam Yachts team continued their dominance of Powerboat P1’s SuperSport class in Sunday’s final Endurance race of the Vigo Grand Prix of the Sea weekend. The aspiring double champions beat off the 38 Baia High Performance and 47 Silverline Buzzi Bullet teams in the 11-lap race off the coast of Playa de Samil. It was another lights-to-flag victory for team boss and throttleman Angelo Tedeschi and pilot Aaron Ciantar, who now secure their second SuperSport crown in a row. The closest team to them in the championship points the 07 Microlink PC outfit could only manage fourth today, pretty much eliminating it from the 2008 title chase. Rounding out the finishers were the 46 Spirit of Portomaso boat, the 26 Team Konrad Wild Card entry, the 22 Big Sergio Al & Al team and the 05 Team Tullio Abate Wild Card. The 08 Phoenix boat failed to start the race after picking up debris in the engine bay. 44 Conam Yachts' double victory also gives them the overall Grand Prix of the Sea win from the 38 Baia High Performance crew and the 22 Big Sergio Al & Al team.
44 Conam Yachts team boss and throttleman Angelo Tedeschi and pilot Aaron Ciantar have expressed their delight at securing this year’s SuperSport championship with a double win in the Vigo Grand Prix of the Sea. This is the second SuperSport title in a row for Tedeschi and his Italian-based Racing Project outfit after winning the 2007 crown. The 44 Conam Yachts outfit have managed to combine blinding speed with impressive reliability in the quest to defend their championship. Tedschi and Ciantar have dominated every race this year in their Mercury-powered Chaudron, losing only one victory to the 07 Microlink PC team after picking up a penalty for a jump start.
The 69 team finally put an end to their almost season-long run of misfortune, by scoring their first win of their debut Powerboat P1 season in Saturday’s Vigo Grand Prix of the Sea Evolution class Sprint race. The British-based team were never headed in the event, comfortably building up an early lead over the 99 Fountain Worldwide team in the opening laps and extending it as the race went on. Finishing in third were the Belgian 57 Centaurian Yachts team who showed a new-found blinding pace after bogging down at the start and dropping to the back of the pack by racing through the field to a podium finish. Second place for the 99 Fountain Worldwide team has put the defending title winners within striking distance of scoring their second consecutive crown. The closest teams to them in the points standings the 60 GFN Gibellato and 88 Kiton Outerlimits boats both suffered lacklustre races, finishing fifth and seventh positions respectively, and now must hope for bad luck for 99 Fountain Worldwide and good luck for themselves in Sunday’s Endurance class race. The 53 Pignolo 53 team scored another solid fourth-place finish ahead of the 60 GFN Gibellato boat, while the 10 Fantastic 1 Cigarette Racing Team Europe and the 77 Lucas Oil boats limped round despite technical problems to finish the event either side of 88 Kiton Outerlimits in sixth and eighth places respectively. The 66 Cranfields Wine crew failed to start the event after suffering a broken camshaft.
The 53 Pignolo 53 team secured their first Powerboat P1 win after a chaotic and incident packed Evolution Endurance race that brought the weekend’s hugely successful first Vigo Grand Prix of the Sea to a dramatic close. A number of boats missed a marker buoy on the final turn of the course, throwing the subject of who had won wide open as the boats arrived back in the marina. The budding double champion 99 Fountain Worldwide team led the early stages of the race from their main title rivals, 88 Kiton Outerlimits, until a fuel problem dropped them down the order before their eventual retirement on the 11th lap. That gave 88 Kiton Outerlimits the lead until they, too, started struggling with a variety of mechanics gremlins and dropped back, making the 10 Fantastic 1 Cigarette Racing Team Europe boat the new race leaders. Then, on lap 11, all hell broke lose at the final turn as the 10 Fantastic 1 boat missed one of the key buoy markers and the 60 GFN Gibellato, 88 Kiton Outerlimits, 57 Centaurian Yachts all followed suit. On the next lap, 10 Fantastic 1 and 60 GFN Gibellato missed the mark again. Each team picked up a four minute penalty for each infringement, meaning that the 53 Pignolo 53 crew emerged as the ultimate first-time victors of the race, following the lead of fellow Evolution debutant winners 69 in Saturday’s Sprint race. The 77 Lucas Oil team secured their best finish of the year with second place, while the 69 team followed up their first ever win with a third place this time out. That gave the 69 team the overall victory in the Vigo Grand Prix of the Sea stakes, from 53 Pignolo 53 and 57 Centaurian Yachts.
SuperSport Class Sprint Results
1 44 Conam Yachts 42m58.16s
2 22 The Big Sergio 44m43.50s
3 26 Team Konrad 44m49.00s
4 46 The Spirit of Portomaso 45m19.61s
5 38 Baia High Performance 42m54.11s + 6min Penalty
6 05 Special Team Guido Abbate 43m17.05s - 1 lap
7 08 Phoenix TV RET
8 07 Microlink PC RET
9 47 Silverline Buzzi Bullet
Supersport Class Endurance Results
1 44 Conam Yachts
2 38 Baia High Performance
3 47 Silverline Buzzi Bullet
4 07 Microlink PC
5 46 The Spirit of Portomaso
6 26 Team Konrad
7 22 The Big Sergio
8 05 Special Team Guido Abbate
9 08 Phoenix TV RET
Evolution Class Sprint Results
1 69 39m03.32s
2 99 Fountain Worldwide 40m25.58s
3 57 Centaurian Yachts 41m11.00s
4 53 Pignolo 53 41m40.73s
5 60 GFN Gibellato 41m44.86s
6 10 The Fantastic 1 40m45.98s - 1 lap
7 88 Kiton Outerlimits 43m24.20s - 1 lap
8 77 Lucas Oil RET
9 66 Cranefields Wine DNS
Evolution Class Endurance Results
1 53 Pignolo 53 1h02m58.99s
2 77 Lucas Oil 1h03m08.59s
3 69 1h03m53.22s
4 88 Kiton Outerlimits 1h06m18.97s + 4min penalty
5 57 Centaurian Yachts 1h06m37.65s + 4min penalty
6 10 The Fantastic 1 1h09m25.20s + 8min penalty
7 60 GFN Gibellato 1h09m33.84s + 8min penalty
8 66 Cranefields Wine 1h32m45.13s + 4min penalty
9 99 Fountain Worldwide RET

September 13, 2008

Project: Atlantis 54

Following the recent much awaited launch of the Atlantis 50x4, the Tuscany builder part of the Azimut Benetti Group follows it with a bigger model project, the Atlantis 54 which apparently is to be launched very soon. The new 54 has a sporty yet elegant profile, following the hard top lines as introduced by this brand with the 55 in 2004, and then followed with the 50 and recent 50x4 model. New 54 will also follows these models with the much praised crystallized hard top. While little details are so far available, the plans show for a very spacious upper deck living area, an up and down bathing platform for tender stowage, sun pad aft and spacious c-shaped settee with wet bar opposite featuring a high low plasma TV. The engines have also not been announced, so it is also interesting to see if Atlantis will opt for IPS or a conventional shaft configuration.

September 12, 2008

New Model: Riviera 43 Offshore Express

The Riviera 43 Offshore Express is the second in a new line of models from the Australian builder joining the 48 launched during the 2007 Fort Lauderdale boat show. As the 48 the new 43 is a sport utility vessel, that is equally at home as a game fishing machine or a family entertainer. The Riviera 43 Offshore Express is the first in this line to utilise Volvo Penta efficient and responsive IPS propulsion. Purpose-built for this system, the 43 Offshore Express has a spacious interior which includes a full-beam aft cabin, as well as a double master stateroom forward and a single bathroom. The boat has a rugged sophistication while maintaining the luxurious and functional interior typical of all Rivieras. The hydrodynamics are exceptional, with running surface and chines optimised for a soft, dry ride. The helm deck features skipper and companion chairs, an L-shaped lounge with GRP hi-low table and an aft-facing mezzanine seat. This boat is also the first Riviera equipped with a cutting edge digital switching system. Based on industry proven CAN network technology, this system offers DC switching and over-current protection to 100 milliamps accuracy. Full systems monitoring and alarms includes AC voltage, current, frequency and kilowatts, DC voltage, current and battery capacity remaining, along with tank levels and systems in operation indications. The 43 Offshore Express is offered in three distinct configurations. First option is an Open boat without a targa or coverings to the helm and deck area suited to an after-market fishing tower. Second version is a stylish, forward-raked radar arch with removable bimini creating an open boat feel for great entertaining under the Sun, with the addition protection from the weather thanks to clears on the sides and rearm with aft storm curtain are included. The last third option and also our favorite, the three-sided hardtop with a rear curtain to enclose the helm deck forward of the mezzanine.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.4 m (49.4ft)
Length Hull - 13.7 m
Beam - 4.72 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Weight - 12.500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 460 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo IPS500 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forward looking duo prop pods

September 11, 2008

New Model: XL Marine 51

A young shipyard XL marine founded in 2005, by people who used to be part of the Itama design team before the Ferretti take over. While the good period of the sector brings many new companies forming out nowadays, PowerYacht selects those who show a vision for the future and we think XL Marine is one of these. It presented it first model the 43 in 2006, which as beginning 2008 was delivered in nine hulls and now last July in Naples it presented to its clients and friends this new 51 model. The 51 is an interesting offshore sport yacht, based as all XL Marines on a deep vee hull with 22 degrees aft and pure classic timeless lines which never get out of fashion. Another interesting feature of the XL marine is the accommodation, which is really impressive considering the lines outside offering a two cabin two head plus crew with head interior as was for hull number one, or a three cabin two head option, with the third cabin replacing the crew cabin. Performance by twin 800hp MAN engines is a 38 knots top speed, with a 32 knots cruising. An alternative more powerful 900hp units are available, but data for this option is so far not available. XL marine sold two from design renderings of the 51, being a young company this is an impressive result. The 51 has also a hard top available as optional, completing it with this extra as a stylish all weather boat.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.54 m (50.9ft)
Hull Length - 14.35 m
Beam - 4.50 m
Draft - 1.45 m
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Displacement - 18 t
Accommodation - 2 cabins with 2 heads plus crew cabin with head, 3 cabins with 3 heads
Engines - 2 x MAN V6 Crm 800hp, V8 Cr 900hp
Propulsion - integrated Vee drive line shaft
Speeds - 38 knot max, 32 knots cruising with Man 800hp
Hull Shape - deep vee with spray rails 22 degrees dead rise aft
Design - Antonio di Mennato
Certification - CE A for 12 persons

September 10, 2008

Powerboat P1 - Vigo, Spain Preview

The 2008 Powerboat P1 championship is gearing up for a thrilling climax as teams head to the west coast of the European continent for the Vigo Grand Prix of the Sea in northern Spain on the southern Mediterranean coast. In the Evolution class, the reigning champion 99 Fountain Worldwide team have a strong 220 point lead in the standings, but struggled to return to their early-season winning ways in the last two rounds in Malta and Tunisia. A couple of poor results, allied to wins for the 88 Kiton Outerlimits and 60 GFN Gibellato teams, could dramatically turn the balance of the title tide in the closing rounds. There’s an incredibly close battle for fourth place to seventh place, with the 53 Pignolo 53, 10 Fantastic 1, 66 Cranfields Wine and 77 Lucas Oil crews all looking for a solid finish to the end of the year. The 57 Centaurian Yachts, 76 Italcraft and 69 teams will also be looking to end their year on a high. In the SuperSport class, the reigning champion 44 Conam Yachts Racing Project team have a healthy 190 point lead, but just like in Evolution a sudden bad run of form could hand the advantage to the perfectly poised 07 team. The 38 Baia High Performance crew, who are 120 points further back, look set to take at least third place in the standings, but the 47 Silverline Buzzi Bullet team will have to work hard to defend their 60-point lead over the 08 Phoenix TV crew. The 59 Saho squad will be looking to take sixth place in the standings in the absence of the 11 Sunseeker Challenger crew, while the 22 Big Sergio and 46 Spirit of Portomaso teams will be looking to end their year on a high. The Vigo Grand Prix of the Sea will takes place this weekend of September 12-14. As ever we’ll have all the inside news and analysis direct from the dry pit, with live race coverage on Virtual Spectator and P1 Radio.

September 8, 2008

New Model: Numarine 78 Fly

Numarine, the yacht builder from Istanbul delivered its new model, the 78 Fly in August. The yacht, essentially a family oriented model that is also muscular and luxurious, has been built with state of the art technology and cutting edge design that has become trademarks of Numarine. Designed by Can Yalman, Tommaso Spadolini and Numarine’s in-house Design Team, a sharp profile defines the 78 Fly. Her stability, resistance and hydrodynamics are by Umberto Tagliavini. Structural engineering is carried out by High Modulus. The yacht has been built at Numarine’s 35,000 sq meter large production facility that has a capacity of producing 50 yachts per year between 55 and 102 feet. The 78 Fly’s most prominent feature is the row of elliptical portholes that are punctuated with a three up configuration. Each porthole opens up to bring in light as well as cool breezes. It’s expansive flying bridge is also among the striking features making it a joyful place, with it's sunbathing cushions, a full size dining table, wetbar, icemaker and barbeque, it is no wonder that the helmsman finds himself in delightful company during the cruise. Innovative design solutions made it also possible to place an additional dining area on the foredeck. This feature combined with the sunbathing cushions creates a completely new area to spend time or entertain small groups in. The radically modern interior reflects the contemporary design principles that make the 78 Fly a far cry from its peers. The living quarters are awash with natural light. The large windows bring the light in as well as connecting the inside with the surroundings. Uninterrupted spaces from the living past the galley and dining area leads all the way to the helm. The abundant natural light, the open space and the light colours make the 78 Fly a yacht feeling much larger than its actual size.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.98 m (78.6ft)
Hull Length - 21.66 m
Beam - 5.80 m
Draft - 1.61 m
Displacement - 45 t full load, 37 t light
Fuel Capacity - 5000 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Engines - 2 MAN V12 1224hp
Speed - max 32 knots, cruising 25 knots
Range - 400 nautical miles
Design - Can Yalman, Tommaso Spadolini and Numarine Design Team

September 6, 2008

New Model: CNL Admiral 40

The morning of 13 August, the new planing 40 metre Admiral flagship, M/Y 'Aqua' put out to sea. No official ceremony, but an emotional transfer between the entire CNL Management, in the person of Annamaria Jaselli Ceccarelli, president, Laura Ceccarelli, vice-president and Francesco Ceccarelli, managing director and the ship-owner, who then left on board her 'dream'. This yacht represents an important goal for the shipyard, as it is the biggest built to date but this limit will shortly be overtaken: in fact, in less than a month a 42 metre will be launched, and a 44 metre which represents the top of the range of production, will follow by the end of the year. Another two 42 metre yachts are at present being built for 2009. Now the Admiral production is heading in the direction of yachts above 40 metres, a success for the brand and a confirmation of the process of growth of the Lavagna Shipyards. Peculiarities of the Admiral 40, the distinctive characteristics for the 42 and 44 metres too, are the stern hatch which opens as a platform onto the sea, the garage that hosts the tender on one side and the central instrument carrying mast which increases the space on the sun deck.This planing 39.75 metre maxi-yacht built in light 5083 aluminium, distinguishes itself for its clean and elegant lines, for its performance, 31 knots maximum speed thanks to two 3,650hp MTU, and for a layout which has the signature of Luca Dini, rich in innovative solutions. The arrangement of the interior foresee a main deck with its spacious and luminous saloon and dining-room, the central kitchen and the ship-owner’s suite; a lower deck with the stern which, thanks to the hydraulic-opening hatch, becomes a bathing platform with a sitting-room over the sea, the side garage, the engine room, the four guest cabins and the seven person crew quarters; an upper deck with the bridge and a huge sun deck with a spacious relaxation area. The yacht was built under the surveillance of the American Bureau of Shipping to obtain the 'Maltese Cross A1 Yachting Service, AMS' certification.
Technical Data:
LOA - 39.25 m (128.7ft)
Beam - 8 m
Draft - 2.8 m
Displacement - 174 t
Fuel Capacity - 30000 l
Water Capacity - 5000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, six crew berths in three plus captains cabin
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V4000 3650hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max, 28 knots cruising
Range - 800 nautical miles at 28 knots cruising
Designer - Luca Dini with CNL Tech Dept Engineering
Construction Material - Aluminium Alloy 5083 for hull and superstructure
Certification - ABS Maltese Cross A1 CYS AMS

September 5, 2008

Projects: Sarnico 43 Spider Perla, Sarnico 60 Gran Turismo

To round off the success of the Spider, Cantieri di Sarnico presents a new “PERLA” version at the Genova Boat Show characterised by a provocative livery and exotic furnishings. The model is complete with an unprecedented white body but as with true pearls, the value is not merely measured by how bright they are, but by the shape, the lustre and the many translucent layers. In order to highlight the sporting nature of the boat, it's sides are complete with a dark brown line realised with a very special painting. The same dark and brilliant tones are used for the upholstery on deck and illustrate the exclusivity of the boat and the modernity of its styling. The light and the colours give the boat its lines as much as the fiberglass structure does, adding great value to the shape designed by Nuvolari and Lenard. In addition, the colour of the accessories, furniture and bridge are painted in order to give a chromatic contrast. The cockpit deck of the "Perla" is realised with large and impressive teak strips separated with white lines. The layout of the lower deck is the same as the original version but uses carefully selected bamboo in order to distinguish it from the standard version. Other stylistic changes include polished ebony wood in the kitchen, leather floor and white polished overhead lockers. The hull is conceived by Victory Design considering all their racing experience making the boat agile and extremely light to optimize its trim without any need for corrections by the pilot. With twin Volvo Penta D6 Turbosiesel Common Rail 435 hp engines, the maximum speed is nearly 40 Knots and because of the new Joystick system the Spider is very easy to moor regardless of the conditions. The Genoa Boat Show will also see the arrival of an upgraded Sarnico 60 “Gran Turismo” dedicated to those clients who want to use a boat in all seasons. The new model is closed at the rear of the cockpit with a central glass overlapping door, which can be fixed in the open position to allow access to the main deck. Closing the rear of the boat allows for the cockpit to be heated or cooled according to the external temperature and the requirements of the owner. The living area has been decked out in bleached oak with a leather floor and the dark brown pilot chairs up front catch the eye as does the bronze underside of the hard top. The ample table, long sofas and the 40'' LCD TV and Bose stereo system were created so the space could be used to look after guests in the finest surroundings which is principally what led to the changes to the internal layout. The below deck has been dedicated to an ample kitchen, in order that the owner can cater for a large numbers of guests and the galley top means guests can enjoy the experience altogether. The kitchen is equipped with a 244 l fridge, a 101 l freezer and there is a wine cellar in order to keep precious bottles safely. In addition there is four burner electric hob, a large oven and a double sink which would not be out of place at home. The sleeping arrangements include the owners cabin which is centrally positioned and a completely separate guest cabin at the rear and the sleeping quarters for the staff which complete the cabins aboard the vessel. The style and class of the furniture and finishing are clear examples of the workmanship of skilled artisans and an indelible imprint of their care and attention to detail. The care and craftsmanship is present in every aspect of the boat, from all its hidden parts to every detail and component. Propelled by twin turbo diesel Man common rail engines of 1100 HP, the Sarnico 60 can reach maximum speeds of 39 knots and achieve high cruising speeds even in the choppiest of waters. This is thanks to its extraordinary adaptable hull and the central positioning of the engines which grant great stability to the boat. This new version breaths life into the Sarnico 60 as a grand cruiser of the seas, able to match the performance of the original in perfect comfort.

September 4, 2008

New Model: Aicon 58 Flybridge

Presented as a surprise in begining July, during the Aicon dealer meeting, the new 58 Flybridge is the new symbol for luxury and elegance from the Sicilian yacht builder. The Messina company, planed the new 58 to be the new top seller of it's range, and to become an important and successful motor yacht under 18 metres, following the success, the first Aicon launched model the 56 enjoyed in over 6 years of production. Based on the 56 Flybridge, which the new 58 will go on and replace the new Aicon is a motor yacht of style, elegance and refinement, making it extremely livable and comfortable. Aicon say the new 58 Flybridge was planned like a small Super Yacht, applying huge spaces and luxury in a flybridge yacht measuring less then 18 meters, with an important space organization creating great fluidity between outside and inside. Of extreme elegance and comfort is the flybridge area, with a spacious C-shaped settee located aft of the fly, and the saloon area with a luxurious open space feel joining itself with the aft deck. Other important design notes for the 58 is the big windshield, and the Aicon trademark rounded center big port hole view windows for the master cabin, which unlike similar design also open up to allow air. An other important selling note which was also part of the 56 success, is the 3 cabin 3 head layout, making the Aicon the only yacht of under 18 metres with a full beam owner cabin offering an en-suite head for all three cabins. Double Caterpillar C15 of 800 hp, power the 58, giving top speeds of 29 knots, and a 25 knots continues cruising, but as is the case with the 56 I believe bigger double 1000 hp engines for higher speeds lovers will be made available as optional.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.61 m (57.7ft)
Length - 17.40 m
Beam - 4.80 m
Draft - 1.38 m
Displacement - 31 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2670 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins with 3 heads, optional single crew cabin with head
Engines - 2 x CAT C15 800hp
Speed - 29 knots max, 25 knots cruising
Construction Material - GRP Fiberglass
Design - Aicon Style Center
Hull - vee shape with 17 degrees deadrise aft
Certification - CE A