December 31, 2010

Monthly News - December 2010

-pic of the month- Formula Eight Thousand Hull

Azimut Benetti Group Barcelona Show Confirms Eco Success

Barcelona welcomed the Azimut Magellano 50 enthusiastically. In a short time, this star of the Genoa Boat Show has become a benchmark for sustainable boating throughout the world. Constructed in line with eco-standards and materials and capable of providing a 13% saving in fuel costs thanks to a hybrid engine and the particular shape of its hull, the Magellano 50 has a green soul. Visitors attending the event in the Catalan city expressed a special interest in the HNOS Berga stand which was showcasing a total of nine yachts from the Azimut and Atlantis range, six of which were being presented for the first time on the Iberian peninsular. Particularly popular was the Azimut 48, which boasts one of the most spacious and well-equipped flybridges in its category, as were the three new Atlantis models: Verve 36, 40 and 48, perfect examples of the grit and dynamism that characterize the most sporty brand in the Group. Ignition sparks at the Barcelona Boat Show indicate ripples of a revival running through the yacht market. A revival that will reward only those companies, like Azimut-Benetti Group, who have chosen to invest in new products, an essential strategy, in order to maintain a competitive and central position on the international horizon.

Bavaria Present New Merchandise Collection

Bavaria has planned a huge portfolio for the 2011 ´boot´ in Düsseldorf: The complete sailing yacht and motorboat fleet will be presented on a new, high-end boat show stand. To round up the large repertoire, the shipyard will launch a brand-new Bavaria Merchandise Collection. The modern collection, which was designed and created by Sportswear Connection in Munich, offers a little bit of everything for the watersport enthusiast: alongside chic T-Shirts, Shirts and Jumpers for Men and Women, there is also a large selection of jackets. In addition, the collection features basic accessories, such as key chains and baseball caps. The entire sample collection will be presented at both Bavaria show stands at Düsseldorf 2011 and first orders can be placed directly at the stand for the first delivery towards the end of March 2011.

Ferretti Group Ranks First in 2011 Orderbook

The Ferretti Group, a world leader in designing, building and marketing of luxury motor-yachts with a unique portfolio of the most prestigious, exclusive brands in the nautical world, ranks first in the 2011 Global Order Book 2011. The 2011 Global Order Book is noted as the most thorough and accurate analysis of the global nautical industry, issued every year by authoritative international nautical magazine ‘Showboats International’, published by Boat International Media. The rating for the Global Order Book is drawn up in the United States each year and lists all of the yachts under construction, measuring 24.38 metres (80 feet) or over, in each shipyard throughout the world as of 1st of September. Now, in its eighteenth year of publishing, it has crowned the Ferretti Group as the top producer of luxury maxi-yachts worldwide. In particular, as of September 1st, the Group can boast an order portfolio of an impressive 76 mega-yachts, with an average length of 104 feet, split between the Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line brands. This brings the overall size of the yachts, currently produced, to a length of 2,401 metres (7,877 feet), thereby setting the Ferretti Group in first place amongst world producers of yachts measuring over 80 feet. Therefore, 2010 comes to a close marking a new milestone for the Ferretti Group, whose leading position is an important acknowledgement for the entire Italian nautical industry and further confirms growth of the Group after over 42 years of successful activity.

Formula Celebrates Hull Number Eight Thousand

Formula Boats celebrated a 1,000-increment milestone Wednesday, November 10, with hull number 8,000. The factory sent off the 350 Sun Sport with a Formula Family goodbye. The entire factory was invited to sign the boat and celebrate to mark the occasion before it left. ith every 10,000 boats Formula produces, the serial number resets. So this boat, with hull number TNRD8000I011, is the 8,000th boat manufactured since the numbers were reset in 2002. Now into model year 2011, reaching this milestone is the perfect reason to celebrate. This particular boat is headed to Missouri. Thomas Edwards, the proud owner of the 350 Sun Sport, resides in St. Louis and plans to enjoy his boat at Lake of the Ozarks with family and friends. Edwards and his son Andrew even came to visit the factory November 1st to monitor the progress on their boat. This 55 mile per hour 350 Sun Sport boasts twin Volvo 8.1 GXi DP EVC engines with a Captain’s Call exhaust system. The Black Imron accents the sleek lines of the boat. With features like air conditioning, a chartplotter, upgraded stereo system with entertainment package, fiberglass arch and a swim platform with vinyl teak decking, the entire Edwards family is sure to enjoy their time on the water in the 350 Sun Sport.

Fountain Revamps Sales Strategies

Amidst renewed interest from marine industry dealers, Fountain Powerboats is implementing new sales strategies and is discontinuing its factory-direct “Fountain Factory Superstore,” the company announced today. Previously, potential retail customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia were offered the option of purchasing boats directly through the factory superstore, via its website and dedicated factory sales staff. Fountain has announced that it will discontinue this practice effective immediately. Since 1979, Fountain Powerboats has established itself as one of the most significant names in offshore powerboats, amassing offshore racing titles, fishing tournament championships, and accolades from boating publications; while building a loyal, worldwide customer base. Virtually all Fountain components are manufactured in-house at a modern 250,000 square-foot facility on the Pamlico River in Eastern North Carolina.

Hatteras and Cabo New Senior Vice President

Hatteras Yachts and CABO Yachts are pleased to announce that John Ward has accepted the position of senior vice president, global sales & marketing. Ward was most recently president of Boston Whaler. Reporting to Ward will be Karl Kempainnen, vice-president of sales and marketing for Hatteras Yachts; Don Smith, vice president of Sales for CABO Yachts; and Luca Brancaleon, director of sales for Hatteras and CABO in Europe and the Middle East. As a senior member of the leadership team, Ward will report directly to Jim Meyer.

Mulder to Build Second Yard

Mulder Shipyard in the Netherlands has announced that construction will soon start on a new yard just ten kilometres from its current facility. This second yard in Zoeterwoude Rijndijk will cover an area of 7000 square metres and focus on the maintenance, refit and new build of yachts between 18 and 40 metres. It should be ready to start operations in 2012, with the first new yacht launching in 2013. The existing facilities in Voorschoten will remain open and be dedicated to yachts under 18 metres. Both Mulder yards are within 20 minutes of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. One of the reasons for this major expansion is the difficulties experienced at the current yard with moving and launching large yachts, which are increasingly in demand from Mulder Shipyard. There is also a shortage of storage space. The construction of a new yard will considerably increase Mulder’s flexibility and product efficiency to accommodate the very healthy order portfolio. It also gives the yacht builder the opportunity to deliver more yachts, and meet the future demand for larger yachts and refit projects. The final permits for the new facilities have been issued and construction will get underway in early 2011. The first hall of the new yard will be equipped with two dry docks of 55m x 13m. The second hall can accommodate the simultaneous construction of four yachts up to 30 metres. The projects in this hall are accessible via three work floors. The ground floor will be used for working on engines, generators, propulsion systems, bowthrusters, sternthrusters, stabilisers and similar equipment, and include a store room. The first floor will facilitate the assembly of the interior, service installations and electrical systems, and house Mulder’s interior department and spraying facilities. The new yard will also include a 100-tonne boat lift and a modern office building. Although the expansion requires a substantial investment, it will eventually lead to major cost synergies. In addition to new builds and refit activities, the new yard will also provide services for the growing Mulder fleet. The Voorschoten location will focus on the construction of the Mulder Favorite and the Bellagio, while also being used for the storage and maintenance of smaller yachts.

Ranger Tugs Rendezvous

Ranger Tugs hosted the second annual Owners Rendezvous event for Ranger Tugs owners and their crew at the Port of Bremerton Marina in Washington. The company welcomed 42 boats in September which was 10 more than last year’s inaugural event. With over 1,000 Ranger Tugs owners in the U.S. and Canada, the Owners Rendezvous is a growing event and a testament to the camaraderie and lifestyle that the trailerable, fuel-efficient boats offer. Based on the popularity of the event, Ranger Tugs is already planning for 2011 and the event will again be in Bremerton, Sept. 9-11, 2011; registration is available on the owners group website. David and Maureen Baker served as the 2010 event’s volunteer organizers and are owners of the Ranger 29 Karma. Ranger Tugs owners and enthusiasts in attendance traveled from across North America and from as far away as Virginia; many brought their boats by trailer, then launched locally for the short cruise to Bremerton. With boats ranging in size from 21 to 29 feet, the event’s Tug Crawl is an open house that allows owners to see models of all sizes, share insights and ideas on equipment, décor or other personalized touches. In addition to the social aspects of the rendezvous, the weekend included several education opportunities. A service seminar presented by Mer Marine, an area MER Yanmar service center, featured a demonstration of fluid and filter changes and the local power squadron from Port Orchard, WA, was also on hand to perform courtesy exams and safety checks. At the close of the rendezvous, the Bakers and Ranger Tugs staff announced that next year’s rendezvous will be held Sept. 9-11, and immediately began booking reservations from several owners in attendance. The 2011 goal is to welcome 75 boats and their owners and crew to the event.

Riviera Asia Pacific Dealer Awards

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder has recognised outstanding achievement in sales and service at the annual Asia Pacific Dealer Conference held this month on the Gold Coast. Premium Nautical was named Riviera Asia Pacific Dealer of the Year. This award recognises overall excellence in dealership operations and performance. Riviera Service Dealer of the Year was presented to Lee Marine in Thailand. This award recognises exceptional after sales customer service. Kingsway Marine in Hong Kong was presented the Riviera Brand Loyalty Award in recognition of their dedication to the Riviera brand in their local market and the in roads they are making in the emerging China market. As Singapore’s exclusive Riviera dealer, Premium Nautical takes pride in offering the highest level of personal and professional service and general manager James Purves said it was an honour to receive the esteemed award. Lee Marine managing director Joshua Lee said they were proud to win the Service Dealer Award. Kingsway Marine general manager Joseph Zhao said the brand loyalty award recognised the team’s dedication and hard work over many years. Riviera CEO John Anderson said all of Riviera’s Asia Pacific dealers had demonstrated fierce loyalty to the Riviera brand and had done a fantastic job over the past 12 months during very challenging times but Premium Nautical, Lee Marine and Kingsway Marine had excelled in all their efforts. The Asia Pacific Dealer Awards have been running for 16 years and were created to recognise outstanding achievement and dedication to Riviera’s loyal owners and brand. Dealers are judge on their ability both to operate with the highest level of integrity, service customer needs and boats, conduct client events and professional representation at boat shows, overall boat sales, co-operation with the factory’s business guidelines and communication with dealer support services, dealership presentation and customer satisfaction.

Riviera Staff Raises for Movember

It was a hairy situation for Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder, when 19 of its production staff entered the best ‘Mo’ competition to raise funds for men’s health during the annual Movember fundraiser. Every year during the month of November thousands of Australian men grow a moustache to raise funds and awareness for men’s health, including prostate cancer and depression in men. Riviera hosted a sausage sizzle to raise funds for Movember and awarded prizes to the best and worst ‘Mo’. About 400 staff and contractors gathered for the barbecue lunch and voted for the best ‘Mo’ via a decibel metre. There were black mos, blonde mos, red mos, brown mos and grey mos, as well as a range of styles including the biker mo, handlebar mo, Hitler/Charlie Chaplin mo, pencil mo, and French mo but the overall prize for best ‘Mo’ went to Bruno Kishtoo while the prize for worst ‘Mo’ was awarded to Peter Davies. Riviera’s general counsel Cherriee Ludemann said the Riviera team raised $3,244 through online donations plus a further $450 was raised at the sausage sizzle held last week.

Riviera New South Australia Adelaide Dealership

R Marine South Australia celebrated the opening of its new Adelaide dealership in Riviera style with an afternoon of fun and festivities at the Holdfast Shores, Glenelg dealership, which was officially opened by long time Riviera owner Rod Rebbeck on November 28. Riviera’s latest model, the spectacular 43 Open Flybridge with IPS was on display at the official opening. R Marine South Australia has one of these best selling new models in stock now and available for delivery. The 43 Open Flybridge with IPS which has taken the Australian boating market by storm was launched at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May this year has already been ordered by 25 lucky owners who have embraced the latest technology and Riviera’s award-winning quality. R Marine South Australia brings together an experienced team of professionals with a wealth of marine industry knowledge. Managing director Ross Almond is a multiple Riviera owner and knows first-hand the pleasures and advantages of owning a Riviera. Dealer principal David Light has extensive experience in the prestigious automotive and aviation industries. Qualified mechanic with 20 years experience, Diego (Dee) Bueti will lead the service department while full-time skipper Tim Arthurson will prove invaluable to Riviera owners as he holds Master 5 and Med 1 qualifications and has spent the past five years working full-time on Riviera boats. Tim is available for maintenance and service advice, owner tuition, and Riviera deliveries anywhere in Australia. R Marine South Australia’s managing director Ross Almond brings with him extensive boating experience and product knowledge. Having created a very successful service focused business in the highly competitive office photocopier industry, Ross is now putting his enormous energy into Riviera and he has not wasted any time in bringing together a team with individual expertise that will give Riviera’s South Australian owners a unique and unrivalled level of care. Riviera owner Rod Rebbeck said it was an honour to officially open Riviera’s new dealership. Rod has owned three Rivieras having bought his first in 1998 and he currently owns a 51 Enclosed Flybridge.

Riviera Melbourne Summer Boat Show

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder will showcase some of its latest designs at the Melbourne International Boat and Lifestyle Festival February 4-6, 2011. Riviera’s Victorian dealer R Marine Jacksons Vic will showcase six of the company’s most popular designs including, never before seen in Melbourne the 5800 and 5000 Sport Yachts. The Melbourne International Boat and Lifestyle Show is the largest outdoor lifestyle event in Victoria sprawling from Docklands’ NewQuay down to the festive piazza at Waterfront City, the event will entertain children and adults with a range of activities such as gourmet food, wine, fashion, sailing and canoeing, boat rides, live music and giveaways. R Marine Jacksons dealer principal Stuart Jackson said Riviera had held a strong presence at the Melbourne International Boat and Lifestyle Festival for the past six years. Riviera Syndication will make their Melbourne debut at the boat show with the launch of a new 5800 syndication. Riviera Syndication will launch sales of 10 shares in the Melbourne based 5800 Sport Yacht at the boat show with shares costing $245,000 each plus ongoing fees. There are only three shares remaining in the Hamilton Island 5800, which will be delivered in September 2011. These shares will also be for sale at the boat show and cost $210,000 per share with 12 shares in this boat. Owners of the Melbourne 5800 will have 33 days usage per year with popular time such as public holidays and weekends shared evenly between owners, while owners of the Hamilton Island 5800 will have four weeks usage per year and can be taken in a combination of the owners choice for instance one week four times per year, two weeks twice a year, three weeks and then one week or four weeks once a year.

Riviera Syndication Boast Sales

Every economic condition produces a positive climate for certain sectors of the market and luxury boat syndication is one of the industries that has actually prospered during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). The Marine Industry is often an accurate indicator of which industries at a given period of time are prospering. The purchase of a luxury boat is generally the reward of a successful business and according to Marine Industry stalwart John Russell of Brisbane’s John Crawford Marine and Riviera Syndication, this has proven to be an accurate guide during 30 odd years of selling boats. Mr Russell said at any given point in time he could report on the industries that were doing well in the marketplace because it was those industries that were buying boats. During the late 1990s and in the early days of syndication, this form of boat ownership was generally associated with time share and was largely overlooked by the market. With the passage of time, the syndication market became more professional and was introduced by major manufacturers such as Riviera. Sophisticated clients began seriously considering the merits of buying an equity share in a luxury boat. Riviera Syndication also have syndicated Rivieras in most major centres around Australia where an owner of a share in a new Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht in Perth can exchange usage with an owner of the same boat in Sydney, Sanctuary Cove or Hamilton Island.

Riviera Jacaranda Experience

A colourful display of dancers and entertainers paraded through Grafton’s tree-lined streets for the 76th annual Jacaranda Festival where 58 Riviera enthusiasts enjoyed the festivities. A fleet of 15 Rivieras ranging in size from 33 feet to 56 feet made the 130 nautical mile journey from the Gold Coast south to Grafton on November 4, for R Marine Queensland’s annual five-day Jacaranda Experience. R Marine Queensland event organiser Melinda Jones said ‘with a decent swell, ocean wind and overcast sky looming around the Gold Coast Seaway walls it was onward bound for day one's destination Yamba. The next morning, the fleet wound their way up the Clarence River, passing under the landmark Harwood Bridge and heading for their final anchorage, Grafton, which is about 42 nautical miles up the Clarence River. The following morning it was time to up anchor and leave Grafton. The fleet returned back down the river to Yamba where they berthed for the night and visited the well known Pacific Hotel for dinner. Riviera CEO John Anderson said Riviera dealers around the world organised these experiences to encourage Riviera owners to explore new waterways, meet new friends and gain confidence in their boats. In 2011 our R Marine dealers in Australia and New Zealand have a full and fun packed calendar of events planned for Riviera owners.

Viking Sea and Truck

Persistent northwest winds draining the Bass River have made navigating to Atlantic City a little more challenging lately, limiting departure times from the factory to full flood tides. Frigid temperatures have created a layer of skim ice most mornings contributing more issues, but nothing could stand in the way today of delivering Norby, hull number 16 in the Viking 82 Convertible series. While 82016 will travel on its own bottom to southern climes, our first 42 Open at the end of the production line awaits its windshield glass, which will be installed in the morning. Upon completion of this task, the 42 Open with its Cummins diesels and Zeus pod drive propulsion system will cruise south at average speeds of 50 knots on a flat-bed truck to the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida, for its tower installation by Palm Beach Towers.

December 30, 2010

New Model: Salpa 30.5 GT

Salpa headed to this years fall Genoa boat show with an important novelty that of the 30.5 GT. The latest Salpa gets a lot of interest first for its today hard to find legendary Renato Sonny Levi hull shape, and second for being another sport cruiser which offers a good mix of a day and cabin boat. Interesting is that many of the Sport Cruiser who are going for this new trend are from Naples, or have the design team which comes from the area. What strikes in the 30.5 GT is the nice glassed hard top which covers the double seat helm station. Outside of the 30.5 Gran Turismo is in fact a full day boat which makes use of all the length with a centre console served by a wet bar behind, a sun pad to fore reached from both sides with a walk around style staircase, and two L-shaped dinettes aft. An extended aft bathing platform reached with a central passageway from the cockpit competes the exterior fit out. Inside is a well laid space which considering the outside is quite spacious offering four berths, an L-shaped galley, and a separate shower head. The sleeping area is in fact a convertible V-shaped dinette to fore, and double berth located to mid ship. Power is for twin 300hp petrol gas engines, or 220hp diesel both with stern drives propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.90 m (32.4ft)
Beam - 3.35 m
Draft - 0.90 m
Displacement - 5500 kg loaded, 4000 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 500 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x 300hp Petrol, 220hp Diesel
Propulsion - stern drive
Construction - vaccumm infused resin
Project - Renato Sonny Levi hull
Certification - CE B

December 29, 2010

Project: Huckins 44 Sportfisherman

The new Huckins 44 Sportfisherman dovetails classic styling with the most modern materials and technology. Huckins have drawn upon 75 plus years of custom yacht building experience to achieve style and comfort without compromising the serious amenities that blue water fishing requires. The 44 Sportfisherman is the first project for this line, but lengths up to 90 feet in a similar line are to be available. The Sportfisherman features a sleek, low-profile flybridge under a half-tower, with panoramic views from the helm maximizing the captain’s ability to spot birds, bait and weed lines. Like all Huckins custom yachts, the Sportfisherman is underpinned by the Quadraconic hull renowned for its ability to overcome rough seas, and high fuel prices while delivering outstanding performance and a smooth, dry ride. Accommodation is a twin cabin lower deck, with owners room to fore, and second guest bunk cabin to port side. A saloon with two sofas, and a practical second day head by the entrance to the cabin area is found on the middle living deck. Power is from twin 380hp engines with speeds estimates being a 30 knots max.

December 28, 2010

New Model: Princess 64

An update of the 62, this is the Princess 64 which got most of its success from big families or the charter friendly four cabin layout. But if this not your take Princess still can change the twin bunk fourth cabin to a private study office. The Princess 64 enlarges all windows of the 62 from those of the main living deck which serve the saloon, to those below in the cabin areas. An extension of the aft bathing platform now with up and down movement for easy tender launching and recovery has also been made. The aft deck has also been made larger and now features two way entrance from the bathing platform, and a central settee served with a teak table. Three engine choices power the 64 from standard 900hp Volvo, or optional Cats 1015hp, and 1150hp. This last option gives a max speed up to 34 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.70 m (64.9ft) Inc pulpit
LOA - 19.45 m ex pulpit
Beam - 5.03 m
Draft - 1.45 m
Displacement - 30000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3409 l
Water Capacity - 909 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp, Cats C18 1015hp, Cats C18 Acert 1150hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 34 knots max with 1150hp Cats

December 27, 2010

Projects: Linssen 430 Range Cruiser Sedan Wheelhouse, Linssen 430 Range Cruiser Sedan Variotop

Linssen presents two projects based on the same hull that of new 430 Range Cruiser. Pictured above is the Sedan Wheel House version which offers a full covered twin level all weather main deck living area. Below accommodation is a two cabins plan, with master stateroom to fore, and two single beds guest room to port side. A shower head is to starboard side. Engine options are a single 120hp, or twin 90hp Steyr engines.
The 430 Sedan Variotop of this cross over traditional cruiser features the praised convertible soft top opening from Linssen. Power is the same as is the lower deck layout of twin accommodation. The 430 Range Cruiser Sedan Variotop is ideally suited for those who cruise mostly in Summer and would like to enjoy the sun more.

December 26, 2010

New Model: Mondomarine 41 Meters Semidisplacement

The new Mondomarine 41 Meters Semidisplacement super yacht which follows as some of the latest projects of the renowned shipyard design by Cor D. Rover for the concept design and exterior styling, Luca Dini for the interior, and Mondomarine for the naval architecture. The interior decor, taste vaguely Art Deco, is characterized, in the common spaces, by the contrast between the dark woods and white tissues while the cabins are made warmer by the presence of leather details as the base and the headboard of the beds. The layout includes the main salon and the Owner’s suite on the main deck, a lounge on the upper deck and four guest’s cabins on the lower deck; the bow and the stern are VIP full beam, while the center are one twins and one double. Twin 2255 hp MTU engines push the 41 meters Semidisplacement RINA classified Mondomarine at a max speed of 19 knots, cruise at 17, and a range of 3000 nautical miles at 12 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 40.5 m (132.9ft)
Waterline Length - 33.80 m
Beam - 8.50 m
Draft - 2.15 m
Displacement - 270 t
Fuel Capacity - 50000 l
Water Capacity - 8500 l
Accommadation - 1 owners room, 4 double guest cabins, 3 double crew room, 1 captains cabin
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V396TE94 2255hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 19 knots max, 17 knots cruise, 12 knots economic
Range - 3000 nm at 12 knots
Project - Cor D.Rover exterior, Luca Dini Interior, Mondomarine naval architecture
Certification - C Hull, Mach YCH MCA Unrestricted

December 24, 2010

New Model: Sessa C48

Sessa presented the new C48 at the Genoa show, which is based on the C46 hull. As is known the C46 launched in 2007 has been one of Sessa's most press praised models being awarded Boat of the Year by British IPC media i.e. Motor Boat and Yachting, and Motor Boats Monthly in January 2008. Considering the success of the C46, Sessa tweaks and upgrades the C48 in numerous departments but still keeps the same successful formula. The changes are a new hard top super structure design from Christian Grande now looking more similar to the new recent models from Sessa, a hydraulic up and down bathing platform aft, larger cockpit aft deck, more spacious tender garage with space for a tender or Jet-Ski up to 2.85 meters in length, and scissor moving forward stateroom which changes the double berth to a two singles format. For the remaining the Sessa builds on the model it replaces with a full beam owners stateroom, two galleys one down and a comfortable one outside, two heads, and power from Volvo IPS600 with twin 435hp engines performance.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.90 m (52.1ft)
Hull Length - 15.8 m
Beam - 5.50 m
Displacement - 18000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1000 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 300 l
Accommodation - four berth in two cabins, plus two convertible berths in saloon
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS600 forward looking dual propeller pods
Project - Christian Grande 
Certification - CE B

December 23, 2010

Project: Sealine SC42

Sealine present the SC42 project due for launch next summer, on what is the Sport Cruiser version of the F42, latest launch from the US Brunswick owned British company. But the SC42 while based on the F42 offers new important perspective on a Sport Cruiser of this size especially for what concerns the main deck layout. Following latest trends the SC42 can be transformed from wind in the hair boating to full protection in a matter of seconds, and the roof will feature a unique full length, soft top convertible system and large opening side windows which let in light and the fresh air. One of the most significant design features of the SC42 is the cockpit layout which makes max use of the full beam width for seating and entertaining. There are four wide forward facing seats at the helm, a fully integrated dashboard, plus a wet bar and pop up TV behind the seats. To the rear the flexible seating and dining arrangement offers comfortable dining for ten either as one large group or on two separate tables. This space can easily be transformed into rear or forward facing sunbathing areas so that those on board can enjoy the sun and sea next to the hi lo private bathing platform, watch films and socialise with others in the cockpit. There is ample storage throughout the boat. Engine options include stern drives with joystick control or IPS pods. The luxurious forward master cabin will have separate shower and toilet compartments, whilst the three berth mid cabin offers five different sleeping options plus an en-suite shower area with a bi fold door separating the toilet. The saloon has space for eight to dine in comfort and the galley, with its full height fridge freezer, has over 2.5 metres of worktop and plenty of storage.

December 22, 2010

New Model: Abati 64 Sessantquatro Fly

Abati Yachts continues to bring bigger traditional lobster looking yachts, and after launching the bigger flybridge 58, presents its much awaited 64 Fly flagship. An expected model from Abati for the logic because it will challenge other mostly Italian builder who merge classic lobster looking lines with those of a modern Mediterranean yacht. Worth to note that Abati has been very clever in this task with the small and successful 46 model. The Abati 64 Fly designed as all the range by architect Carlo Ciuti, takes a lot from the smaller Abati and presents a nice cross over of classic hints as the flared bow, the curved shear line, and modern touches as the sloop stern with tender garage, and the versatile interior. Inside it presents two choices for a three, or four double cabins. In both options the interior is much similar for the only fact that the fourth cabin takes the place of the laundry room located to port side of the lower deck. Power is twin MAN 1100hp engines which give a top 32 knots speed, and a cruise of 26.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.2 m (66.2ft)
Beam - 6.02 m
Displacement - 43 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 4500 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 6 or 8 guest berths, 2 crew
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x MAN V10 1100hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speeds - 32 knots max, 26 knots cruise
Range - 11 hours, 286 nautical miles at 26 knots cruise
Construction - gross reinforced fiberglass plastics
Project - Carlo Ciuti exterior and interior, Antion Ricciarini technical
Certification - CE A, RINA B + F

December 21, 2010

Improve-it = Azimut 62S

Azimut present an improved important world first, using the ZF4000 pod propulsion on its 62S model. This is the third improvement to the 2005 launched 62S which follows the addition of a three cabins layout introduced three years ago. The 4000 is the latest flagship pod drive from ZF with a power receiving output up to 1200hp, making the German company able to propel sizes from sixty to one hundred feet. The Azimut 62S was the first tested boat with the ZF4000 pod, and in this test considerable improvements where shown in speeds, efficiency, and handling versus a same Cats 1015hp powered with V-drive shafts in propeller tunnels. Speed improvement was 2.5 knots at a max 36.5 versus 34 on shafts, with cruising gaining the same digits at 31.5 at the same revolutions per hour on engine. Another data is the less draft of seven centimeters of the ZF pod version. Last but not least is the turning circle data which is reduced considerably, this being done at top speed of 36 knots and using only ninety meters of radius with ZF4000 pods, versus the 205 meters of the shafts at 34 knots. Only negative factor is the weight which increases by 1300kg for a total of 30.8 tons versus 29.5 on shafts at a medium displacement load.

December 20, 2010

News: Nord West December 2010

Nord West has with its new boat sales met its 2010 target, whilst second hand, used boat sales soured with 81 completed sales to a value of 179 million SEK, more then 40 million SEK than last year. A fantastic job done by the Nord West staff and perhaps also due to the investment in the new boat show room at Vindön. If you havn’t allready seen Nord West permanent exhibition of both new and second hand boats we hope you have the chance to do so soon. Nord West Vindon showroom is open all weekdays and the first Saturday of every new month between 10-14, with exception of New Years day when we instead choose to have open on Thursday the 6th and Saturday the 8th of January. Any other times can be booked with any of our sales staff. This fall and winter, sales have been strong of both new and second hand boats. Nord West is also seeing international sales successs. Last week another new Nord West was sold to Japan, which will be the first 370 Flybridge that will be seen in Asia. Home harbour will be in the Osaka area. Russia is another exciting market where we Nord West has sold additional boats this year.
Flexideck Sweden AB and Nord West have begun a partnership. Nord West will from the production year 2011 offer Flexideck for those customers who prefers an alternative to the traditional teak deck on the surfaces that today has traditional teak. Nord West is very excited over the newley started collaboration says Rolf Skånberg CEO at Flexideck Sweden AB. The collaboration shows that Nord West wants to offer its clients the best of what the market has to offer! First out will be a new Nord West 370 Flybridge with a mounted Flexideck on all outer surfaces. This means that the client will have a maintanence free deck all years without losing its new golden colour. Nord West CEO Benny Martinsson believes that it is very important to be able to offer clients different alternatives in the fitting out of each model. Flexiteek has proven to deliver the high quality that Nord West seeks on the boats it produces.
Nord West show which accommdates 25 boats, advises that in recent times over half of the stock has been changed. The new arrivals have all gone through the refurbishing department, before being presented to the general public. So if you are looking for a used boat with new like condition the Nord West showroom is surely worth a visit. Visit the site for models, specifications and picture gallery to each of the boats for sale.

Project: Sunseeker 73 Manhattan

Sunseeker presents the presents the project for a 73 Manhattan, set to be launched in the coming January 2011 London Boat Show. This 73 will take top spot as new flagship of the Manhattan flybridge range and will feature a brand new hull design which allows better use throughout. A spacious interior, both in the main and lower deck levels will includes three ensuite double cabins, including a full beam midships master suite, together with a fourth twin cabin. Crew accommodation is accessed and located aft, ensuring privacy for guests, while the cabin offers accommodation for two with a separate head and shower compartment. The main saloon is situated on one level following right through to the helm position. It includes an adaptable entertainment space, providing ample seating and featuring a separate dining and galley area, and is flooded with light from the superstructure panoramic windows. The aft deck incorporates luxurious seating, including a table with the option to convert into a sunbathing space. Stairs lead to the vast flybridge area which provides great flexibility with two areas offering space to dine outside, or to sit back and enjoy the view. Ample sunbathing forward, wet bar, and full helm station with separate helm and co-pilot seat all contribute to making a very usable and practical flybridge area. The standard hydraulic platform make launch and recovery of a tender extremely easy, with this platform doubling as a fantastic water level deck when lowered. The Sunseeker 73 Manhattan is expected to have max speeds of 32 knots, and cruise at 25 with the larger engine options. For the first time Sunseeker will also be offering a joystick manoeuvring system on shafts to the 73 Manhattan, this providing greater and easier control of the vessel when docking.

December 19, 2010

New Model: Pershing 108

Pershing gives us a teaser of its latest new model the 108, set to launch in the Adriatic sea at the end of January 2011. Second in size to the ultra prized and celebrated 115, the 108 continues architect Fulvio De Simoni design legacy, with Ferretti Advanced Yacht Technology offering some important novelties under the waterline, and follows New Idea concepts introduced in 2007 with the 72 above. The 108 also features Pershing 2010 presented pearl white color. A spacious four stateroom interior layout featuring an owners stateroom located to mid ship, VIP suite to fore, and two other double guest cabins characterizes the luxurious accommodation plan for the 108. A crew lobby with three double rooms, with galley and saloon is located behind the owners room also to midships this also serving as a sound proofing element from the engine room, to the owners and guest cabins area. Power sees a novelty not only for the use of three MTU 2630hp engines with surface drives which top 40 knots, but for a hull study performance which allows a single operating engine and an 11 knots cruise giving an explorer 1070 nautical miles range.
Technical Data:
LOA - 32.90 m (107.9ft)
Hull Length - 32.79 m
Waterline Length - 25.84 m
Beam - 6.70 m
Draft - 1.83 m
Displacement - 95.1 t dry, 109.6 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 12000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - 8 guests, 6 crew berths
Max Persons - 20
Engines - 3 x MTU 16V2000 M94 2630hp
Propulsion - surface drives Speed - 40 knots max, 30 knots cruise, 11 knots economic
Range - 400 nm at 30 knots, 1070 nm at 11 knots
Construction - vacuum infusion for hull, single skin bottom with cored sides, Vinilester resins
Project - Fulvio De Simoni, Ferretti AYT
Certification - Malta Cross Mach Y, MCA Short Range optional

December 18, 2010

Project: Moonen 82 Alu

Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands announce the order for a new 25 metre fast hull, aluminium built super yacht, the 82 Alu. This new Moonen will be capable of reaching 25 knots and have an exceptional range for a fast yacht, being able to cruise much further than vessels of an equivalent size and speed. The fleet of high speed Moonen's has been growing in recent years, with several custom built all aluminium yachts. It was the vision of Moonen to create an aluminium range of yachts called the Alu-series which started with the 94 Alu. As any new Moonen the 82 Alu follows interest and order from a customer. The Moonen 82 Alu will combine a high degree of displacement comfort with an option to go at 25 knots. As the owners are also looking for low fuel consumption, the hull needs to be very efficient at low speeds. The design for the hull is the subject of extensive research work, including line models. A stringent testing programme is also underway as the yard gears up to start building this exciting new project. Launching is scheduled for 2012.

December 17, 2010

New Model: Menorquin Lluat 8.78 mt 44 Toldilla

Menorquin expands its Llaüts range, reintroducing the manufacture of the 44 Toldilla, which becomes the largest model of this entry level range from the Menorcan boat builder. Spacious and very comfortable, this vessel of 8,78 metres in length presents a fantastic interior layout with a capacity of up to five berths. The lower deck is accessed via steps leading down from the wheelhouse. The galley is located on the starboard side, fully equipped with a single gas cooker, sink, fridge and stowage cupboards. On from this, a sofa has been installed which doubles up as a bed. A separate washroom with toilet and washbasin is located on the port side. A convertible double dinette bed is also located on this side. The interior layout is completed by a separate spacious bow cabin, equipped with two bunks in a V-shape. The exterior of the Llaut 44 Toldilla is distinguished by its covered helm, protected from the wind, rain and rough seas during sailing. The wheelhouse, together with the awning which it comes equipped with also provide a magnificent space to enjoy the fresh air whilst keeping off the midday sun. Th Llaüt 44 also stands out because it has a swimming platform, providing easy access to the sea. Power shows also a safety with Menorquin choosing twin power from Yanmar of 75 or optional 110hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 8.78 m (28.8ft)
Beam - 3.03 m
Draft - 0.65 m
Displacement - 3.47 t
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 125 l
Water Capacity - 110 l
Accommodation - 5 berths
Max Persons - 8
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 4JH4-TE 75hp, 4JH4-HTE 110hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Certification - CE B

December 16, 2010

New Model: Tornado 38 Cruising

Tornado Marine present the new 38 Cruising, third model which makes use of this successful hull sold in over five hundred units in a long production run which is still going on. The 38 Cruising adds with the other Sport and Flush Deck versions, and is very different to what concerns the accommodation being the most comfortable of the trio. But outside is also different with Cruising having a shorter forward deck, and longer aft cockpit. H30 the design firm which was commissioned these changes, presented a lower deck now having a two double cabins plan, plus a convertible saloon making overnight possible for six persons. A separate shower head, and galley are also to be found on the lower cabin deck below. The cockpit exterior aft deck has also been changed having an L-shaped settee, sun lounger, and a corridor which leads to the bathing platform uninterrupted. A deep hull is a standard feature on the Tornado 38 Cruising, powered by three Volvo choices from twin 260 up to 370hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.80 m (38.7ft)
Beam - 3.90 m
Draft - 0.90 m
Displacement - 8.72 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 820 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp, D6 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 40 knots max
Construction - fiberglass
Project - H30 Design
Certification - CE 94/25 B

Improve-it = Dellapasqua DC11 SL

Dellapasqua improves the DC11 SL by polishing some exterior details. These new changes concern the window profile now more sports looking, and the radar arch being made of fiberglass. As is expected the Italian, Adriatic sea based builder does not change its deep hull shape, and the spacious well planned interiors. The inside of the DC11 SL, or to say better the lower deck are also a bit on the unique side for a shaft driven motor cruiser measuring twelve meters overall available with a three cabin lower deck option. Although the third cabin bunk is a small affair for kids. A two cabin with lower deck galley is also available. Power is twin diesel engines up to a maximum of 550hp each.

December 15, 2010

New Model: Austin Parker AP42 Sport

Basing itself on the successful Austin Parker 42 Open what is a hard top traditional lobster looking cruiser, designer Fulvio De Simoni and this North Italian builder create the Sport version. This new model while loosing the hard top on the main deck from the original keeps the remaining qualities from the Open version. Both the builder and designer here have to be congratulated as the AP42 Sport is a bit unique keeping its traditional looks, but still having the practicality of the lobster boat. You have the same all around bulwark protected decks, flash single floor cockpit, and the same interior cabin plan. Here you have a single cabin and saloon, or a two cabins plan choice. Power is also the same as the Open, with AP 42 Sport reaching 34 knots max with twin 480hp Yanmar engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.5 m (41.1ft)
Beam - 3.96 m
Displacement - 13 t loaded, 10 t empty
Fuel Capacity - 1400 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 6LY3-EPT 480hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 34 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Range - 300 nm
Project - Fulvio de Simoni
Certification - CE A - B

December 14, 2010

Project: Rodman 20m Navetta

After presenting the Spirit line a couple of months ago, and the Muse range in 2006 Rodman continue its efforts to expand and present a diversity of yacht styles with the new Navetta line. For this new project Rodman Polyships entrusted a Spanish firm with Barcelona Yacht Design tasked for the design of this new line which has a plan of having three models in the near future. So far we are being shown the rendering of the first twenty metre model, but a 24 and a 30 meters are also on plan. These last two models will put Rodman on the Super Yacht map, having at the moment the 74 Muse designed by Fulvio De Simoni as its largest model. The 20m Navetta will have a total length including the very large aft bathing platform of 23 metre and can be handled with a standard yachting licence. An explorer appearance abound in this new model, which is mixed up well with modern thinking thanks to large glassed surfaces on the main deck. But don't be mistaken the 20m Navetta is full of modern yacht flair in and out, and its speed is not slow at all. Inside the 20m Navetta will feature four guest cabins with owners suite to midship, and a VIP to fore. A crew lobby with cabin, small galley and saloon is to be found aft, along with a fourth double guest cabin located to starboard. The main deck is a split level saloon with the standard welcoming relaxing area aft, and dining, galley and helm station to fore. Tender stowage is on the flybridge, although the large bathing platform gives space for a second tender, or to use the fly for large entertainment areas. Twin Man 1360hp engines will power the 20m Navetta with the builder and designer estimating a top speed of 25 knots, and a cruise of 20.

New Model: Sealine F42

One of the most expected end of the year debutant's was the Sealine F42, replacement to the F42/5, and new model which continues the minimal styling as started with SC35 presented in 2007. The SC35 amid criticisms from the brand fans and aficionados has sold over two hundred units so far since its launch, which considering recent times is a huge success. Sealine has followed the eleven meters sports cruiser design theme with the SC47, F46, and now the F42. As is for this new model Sealine follow themes of the F46 in a little smaller package, loads of natural light interior, spacious aft deck, large flybridge, and pod propulsion. The real difference is the lower deck, which moves the owners stateroom to fore, and replaces the full beam mid ship suite with a three berth cabin having a double and a single berth. Power choices are twin Volvo 370 or 435hp choices both with IPS pods propulsion. But Sealine have also said during the Southampton show, that a Cummins ZF pods choice should follow.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.6 m (44.7ft) with extended bathing platform
LOA - 12.9 m without extended bathing platform
Beam - 4.48 m
Draft - 1.15 m
Displacement - 12900 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo IPS500 D6 370hp, IPS600 D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS pods forward looking dual propeller pods

December 13, 2010

Improve-it = Queens Yachts 54

A new version for the 2009 launched Queens Yachts 54 which was presented at the Genoa boat show. This new version is distinctive also from the outside with a new exterior color scheme having a dark red shade, and follows this in the interior having a new fit out. Inside the owner opted for a darkened wengè-wood flooring in the dining area, antique oak, walnut and again the white and dark brown mat lacquered. Designed by Alessandro Inno the Queens 54 is a three cabin fully enclosed hard top sport yacht with aggressive lines. Its interior are a spacious offer having three double cabins two heads plan. Important notes are the owners suite being a full beam mid ship, and that no cabin has a bunk berth. A crew cabin is available to aft. Power is a standard Yanmar 750hp.

Project: Carver 44 Sojourn 2011

Carver starts its new course by updating its most recent model the 2008 presented 44 Sojourn to a new 2011 version. This new Carver 44 Sojourn is set to launch early next year and is based itself on the same hull, but now has a sleeker exterior with the addition of new larger side windows, and more agreesive graphics. A wide variety of hull color choices also characterize the new 44 Sojourn. Inside the same two cabins plan, both with personal heads, and a spacious living main deck is to be found. Power is twin Volvo IPS with petrol gas 385hp, or diesel 370 or 435hp choices.

December 12, 2010

New Model: Benetti 47 meter Imagination FB501

Benetti inaugurated a new semi-displacement line, entirely made of aluminum with the new 47m Imagination hull FB501. The first model FB 501 for this new series has been delivered to her owner in mid July 2010. Imagination should be considered the evolution of the Golden Bay line designed by Stefano Natucci, who also signed the new 47-meter yacht. The interiors, completely customized according to the owner’s needs, have been designed by Francois Zuretti, and feature a six double cabins plan. Surely innovative is the owners room having a private terrace with jacuzzi on the fore peak deck. The yacht has exterior lines that are original both in their conception and in form. Her hull is innovative below the waterline too and can reach speeds up to 24 knots, cruise at 22, and run 3500 nautical miles at an economic 12 knots with twin MTU 3650hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 47 m (154.2ft)
Beam - 8.80 m
Draft - 2.70 m
Displacement - 492 t
Fuel Capacity - 60500 l
Water Capacity - 15000 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in 6 cabins, 9 crew
Engines - 2 x MTU 16v4000 M90 3650hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 24 knots max, 22 knots cruise, 12 knots economic
Range - 3400 nm at 12 knots
Construction - aluminum
Project - Stefano Natucci exterior, Zuretti interior, Benetti technical
Certification - ABS Class, MCA Coded

December 11, 2010

Class 1 - Dubai Grand Prix

Race 1
Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi today underlined why they are triple World Champions with a faultless flag-to-finish win in race 1 of the Emirates/Dubai Duty Free Dubai Grand Prix. The Fazza pairing, who secured the 2010 Class 1 World title two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, produced an effortless performance dominating the race from the start, completing the 12 lap, 50.42Nm race in 34mins 39.78secs at an average speed of 160.53kmh. Today's twentieth career win for Al Zafeen and Bin Hendi, already Victory Team's most successful partnership, makes them the third most successful partnership in the sport behind Steve Curtis and Bjorn Gjelsten. With the Champions out front and heading off into the distance, the race for the podium was fought out between Team Abu Dhabi and GSG Ceramic Design. The battle was eventually won by Team Abu Dhabi's Rashed Al Tayer and John Tomlinson, producing yet another impressive outing, improving on their third place in qualifying to take second place, their second podium in five race starts. After a disastrous morning practice session which saw GSG Ceramic design sidelined after a blown engine, a podium finish for Guido Cappellini and throttleman Giampaolo Montavoci, on his 51st birthday, was more than they had expected.
But their podium celebrations were short lived after GSG Ceramic Design failed post race scrutineering for a technical infringement relating to the restrictor, blow off valve and air box size specifications, and was subsequently disqualified. The post-race ruling elevates Welmax's Kolbjorn Selmer and Jorn Tandberg, who earlier in the day clinched the 2010 Edox Pole Position Championship to third spot, ahead of Negotiator in fourth, with Relekta and Skydive 2010 completing the top six. There was disappointment for MITI/GiorgiOffshore who stopped after three laps.
1. Fazza - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / N Bin Hendi (UAE) 00.34.39,78
2. Team Abu Dhabi - R Al Tayer (UAE) / J Tomlinson (USA) + 00.14,25
3. GSG Ceramic Design - G Cappellini (ITA) / G Montavoci (ITA) + 00.22,79*
4. Welmax - K Selmer (NOR) / J Tandberg (NOR) + 00.46,90
5. Negotiator - L Formilli Fendi (ITA) / G Carpitella (ITA) + 02.27,59
6. Relekta - P Gaiser (BRA) / C Zaborowski (NOR) + 1 lap
7. Skydive 2010 - G Manuzzi (SMR) / A Al Marri (UAE) + 1 lap
8. GiorgiOffshore - T Polli (ITA) / N Giorgi (ITA) dnf * GSG Ceramic Design disqualified after post race engine inspection
Race 2
Arif Al Zafeen and Nader Bin Hendi brought down the curtain on the 2010 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship with their ninth win of the season on a day of mixed emotions at the Emirates/Dubai Duty Free Dubai Grand Prix. On the first anniversary of the tragic loss of powerboat champions Mohammad Al Mehairi and Jean-Marc Sanchez, the Dubai Victory Team's Fazza crew wanted to mark the occasion with a win dedicated to their team-mates. And on a day when Class 1 produced the race of the season, they delivered a fitting tribute to Al Mehairi and Sanchez winning from the front despite a titanic effort by Edox Pole Position Champions Kolbjorn Selmer and Jorn Tandberg in Welmax. The Norwegians pushed the UAE stars all the way losing out by just 3.81s after 67.74Nm of intense competition. Fazza wrapped up the 21st Class 1 win of his career with Al Zafeen at an average speed of 178.38kmph. Win number nine in 2010 also secured the Middle East Class 1 Championship for Fazza to add to the World and European crowns they had in the bag prior to the race. But the victory was never a forgone conclusion with the Welmax crew piling on the pressure throughout the race as they claimed second by just over fifteen seconds from Italians Guido Cappellini and Giampaolo Montavoci in GSG Ceramic Design in third. Behind the two leaders GSG Ceramic Design's Guido Cappellini and Giampaolo Montavoci produced their second impressive performance of the weekend to make it two podiums from six outings together this season. It was a stunning finale to a Class 1 season that has seen Bin Hendi and Al Zafeen win 75% of the races they have started and take the world title by a record 96 points over their nearest rivals. While Fazza and Welmax were having their own private battle at the front of the field, there were other bragging rights being fought over elsewhere. With their closest rivals Talib Al Sayed and Abdullah Al Mehairbi sitting out the final two races of the season after crashing in Abu Dhabi, Italians Giovanni Carpitella and Luca Fendi needed just four points to claim second spot in the World Championship and they grabbed the overall silver medal by claiming fifth in the race in British boat Negotiator. It meant Al Sayed and Al Mehairbi claimed third in the world in SkyDive Dubai. In the Middle East Championship, Team Abu Dhabi's Rashed Al Tayer and John Tomlinson claimed overall second place behind Fazza thanks to a hard-earned sixth place despite starting well behind the field thanks to a propeller problem on the first lap. Third place in the Middle East series goes to Selmer and Tandberg. Fourth place for Skydive 2010 was a marked improvement on yesterday's performance, but there was frustration for MITI/GiorgiOfshore completing just four laps before an engine problem ended their race, with Relekta stopping six laps later with a gearbox problem.
1. Fazza - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / N Bin Hendi (UAE) 00.41.34,50
2. Welmax - K Selmer (NOR) / J Tandberg (NOR) + 00.03,81
3. GSG Ceramic Design - G Cappellini (ITA) / G Montavoci (ITA) + 00.15,29
4. Skydive 2010 - G Manuzzi (SMR) / A Al Marri (UAE) + 1 lap
5. Negotiator - L Formilli Fendi (ITA) / G Carpitella (ITA) + 1 lap
6. Team Abu Dhabi - R Al Tayer (UAE) / J Tomlinson (USA) + 5 laps
7. Relekta - P Gaiser (BRA) / C Zaborowski (NOR) dnf
8. GiorgiOffshore - T Polli (ITA) / N Giorgi (ITA) dnf
1. Fazza - 212pts
2. Negotiator - 116pts
3. Skydive Dubai - 110pts
4. GSG Ceramic Design - 95pts
5. Welmax - 91pts
6. Team Abu Dhabi - 62pts
7. Relekta - 54pts
8. GiorgiOffshore - 42pts
9. Skydive 2010 - 28pts
10. Foresti & Suardi - SCAM - 11pts
11. Welmax Alianza - 10pts
MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP - after race 4 of 4
1. Fazza - 65pts
2. Team Abu Dhabi - 49pts
3. Welmax - 42pts
4= Negotiator - 28pts
4= Skydive 2010 - 28pts
6. Relekta - 26pts
7. GSG Ceramic Design - 19pts
8. GiorgiOffshore - 14pts
9. Skydive Dubai - 0pts

New Model: Gianetti 33 Motor Yacht

Italian family owned company Gianetti continues to expand with the launching of its biggest ever built model, the 33 Motor Yacht. Presented as the 105 project about two years ago, the 33 Motor Yacht is designed by CLM architects which also comes as the builder from the famous yacht city of Viareggio. Construction for the Gianetti two and a half deck flagship is a steel hull, and an alloy super structure. For the 33 Motor Yacht, CLM presented lines which are a good cross over of classic and modern style. You can see hints of the past with flared bow, and modern features as the sloop stern, and radar arch with hard top design. Accommodation is a five double guest cabins plan, with the owners master stateroom located on the fore part of the main deck. Crew cabins are three double located on the fore peak. Power is twin 1000hp Cat engines, and a tank of 35000 liters of fuel gives also a transatlantic range.
Technical Data:
LOA - 32.5 m (106.6ft)
Beam - 7.20 m
Draft - 2.10 m
Displacement - 175 t
Fuel Capacity - 35000 l
Water Capacity - 10000 l
Accommodation - 5 double guest cabins, 3 double crew cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 3412E 1000hp
Propulsion - line shaft Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - steel hull, light alloy super structure
Project - CLM Viareggio
Certification - RINA 100A1 Cross of Malta

December 10, 2010

Web: Linssen Yachts New Web Site

Netherlands's Linssen Yachts presents its new world web virtual showroom. Founded in 1949 by Jac Linssen in Maasbracht who at the time was flourishing with over two hundred war damaged vessels awaiting for repairs. Linssen Senior at the time just finished his training as a shipwright specialized in wood machining which started his first works doing prefabricated teak made wheelhouses, doors, and later to wheels. But as ship business increased, the company required a metal working department, and this line in the business which started as repair facility was the launch of the first Linssen Vletten boats being built; rowing, work, and small flat bottomed all built of steel, a material which will characterized Linssen future onwards from there. The first yacht for Linssen was based on the Vlet, added with a handsome super structure and luxurious fit out. In the seventies Jos Linssen started the second generation of the company, and this marked the registration of Linssen Yachts BV, which was followed very shortly with the launch of the St.Jozef Vletten. the model which inspired today Sturdy models. The eighties also saw the development of other models the SL, SE, and SX series, and in 1995 the first Sturdy designed with Dick Lefeber was launched. Today Linssen has two ranges the Grand Sturdy, and Range Cruiser series which total sixteen models starting from the 25.9 Grand Sturdy, and go to the current 500 Grand Sturdy Variotop Mark II flagship. Linssen new virtual showroom is available in English, Dutch, German, and French languages, and takes you around with the following buttons: Home, Company, New Boats, Used Boats, Sales Representative, and Contacts.

New Model: Chaparral 330 Signature

Spurred by the last year's 310 Signature success, Chaparral took an award winning design and simply made everything bigger and better with the launch of its new 330 Signature. The new 330 Signature combines the comfort of a sport cruiser with the DNA of the world's leading sport boat manufacturer. The end result is a new generation cruiser that showcases Chaparral's passion for innovation, quality and comfort. Space abounds outside with the 330s cockpit having an adjustable captain's bucket and double-wide passenger seat, which complete the cockpit with a U-shaped aft lounge, a high class wet bar and a Power Slide transom seat. A custom hard top is standard and incorporates a central clever walk-thru hatch for easy deck access. Below decks, the 330 sleeps six in total comfort and features a gourmet quality galley and fiberglass inner liner and headliner construction for immaculate fit and finish. Power is six engine choices from Mercruiser and Volvo, with the smallest choice being a twin 200hp diesel, and the largest a double 320hp petrol gas.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.21 (33.6ft)
Beam - 3.20 m
Draft - 1.04 m
Displacement - 5851 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 662 l
Water Capacity - 189 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 5.0L MPI DTS 260hp, 5.7L 350Mag 300hp, Volvo 5.0L GXi 270hp, 5.7L Gi EVC 300hp, 5.7 GXi Ocean X EVC 320hp Petrol, Volvo 2.4L D3 200hp Diesel
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravo 3, Volvo DP dual propeller stern drive
Hull - vee shape 18 degrees deadrise

December 9, 2010

Boat Review: Nord West 420 Flybridge

A total different flybridge cruiser under the waterline, this is how Nord West set to build its 420 Flybridge model launched in the fall of 2005. The start for the launch of this model could not have been better being awarded Boat of the Show at Stockholm, Scandinavia in 2005, and two years later to this taking Motorboat of the Year Flybridge under 50ft for twice in a row in 2007, and 2008. So far no other boat has managed to take the IPC Awards from Motor Boat and Yachting and Motor Boats Monthly twice since they started them in 2000. The revolution of the 420 Flybridge is its accommodation, handling, economy to run, and very good top speed thanks to efficient Volvo stern drive or IPS pods propulsion. Many will tell you that stern drive are not good for flybridge but thanks to its length, good hull efficiencies, and new technologies Nord West managed to over come this obstacle and create a unique model in this size. This uniqueness in the 420's hull which was also the first flybridge boat to be equipped with IPS pods, and thanks to this also created a three cabin interior with all the berths being non bunk. Something still hard to find today and impossible in 2005 for a boat measuring thirteen meters.
Interior comfort is a big selling point to any motor cruiser, and thanks to its propulsion use Nord West creates unique spaces in the lower deck of the 420 Flybridge. But cosiness is predominant in all areas here, is also part of the Nordic nature of the 420 Flybridge. Welcoming you with a huge bathing platform aft where is possible to stow a large tender, two steps up lead you to a very cosy cockpit where an L-shaped settee is to be found to port side. To starboard is an integrated stairway which leads to the extended flybridge which has a central helm station with two co-pilot seats at both sides, and a spacious again cosy U-shaped settee aft. Worth of note is the luxurious unusual wood fitting out found in the exterior with the thick teak railing and toe rails aft being a feature of the Nord West 420 Flybridge.
Going inside into the main deck living area you find the saloon which is entered via a two part stainless steel patio door. Here natural light is abundant thanks to the all around windscreen windows which makes well for interior driving as well to create a nice atmosphere with the rich selected and varnished mahogany wood finishing. A C-shaped dinette to port, galley opposite with hidden wash basin and hob, entertainment area with flat TV on top, and the lower interior fully equipped helm station to starboard makes for the inside plan of the main deck.
A central corridor with three steps leads from the main to the lower deck, this having the three double cabins, and two heads. Forward is the owners suite; which features a central island double berth and personal shower head. Looking to aft and located to mid ship are two identical double cabins; which impress for the size, headroom and comfort. A guest second shower head with cubicle shower which is identical in size to the owners en-suite completes the spacious cabin sleeping area.
A big selling point for the Nord West 420 Flybridge is its performance which is to say the least, efficient, fast, and handles like a dream. This is so thanks to a different propulsion choice for what concerns a flybridge motor cruiser, and a lightly narrower to the usual beam. Two engines, and two propulsion choices characterize the 420 Flybridge. You can have it with Volvo D6 370hp in stern drive or IPS pod drives, or D6 435hp in IPS600 version only. Being a flybridge I would prefer the IPS version versus the stern drive especially for what concerns close quarters marina manoeuvring. Although latest generation modern stern drive which feature joysticks giving independent movement, and a powerful bow thruster will surely make things easier with this configuration, and some gains at the pump. The fastest and most efficient choice is the stern drive twin 370hp which gives a top speed of 36 knots, and a best cruise of 26 knots giving 345 nautical miles of range. My preferred 435hp IPS600 choice with 65hp more horses per engine gives a one digit less 35 knots top speed and a best economy cruise of 24 knots giving a 301 nautical miles range. The IPS500 370hp top speed is still fast giving a 32 knots, and a very efficient best cruise at 26 knots giving 298 nautical miles. Handling of the Nord West 420 Flybridge is impeccable and if you want a sports boat steering on a flybridge its very hard to do better then this.
Performance and Handling
Three cabins interior
Cozy well protected exterior areas like aft deck and flybridge
Fitting out
Surely if I did the review for the Nord West 420 Flybridge in 2006 the list below will be a lot less and will only feature shaft driven cruisers with a third bunk cabin. But in the last two years some builders are following Nord West putting IPS on flybridge models, and this is creating some interesting competition. Criteria here is for a flybridge motor cruiser measuring over all thirteen meters and with three cabins.
Absolute 43 Fly - new in 2010, Med modern minimal looks, fixed hard top on fly
Astondoa 44 Fly - shafts or IPS, spacious main deck, Med looks
Carnevali 130 - shafts, more a two cabin boat, third cabin option is bunk
Dellapasqua DC12 SL - three or two cabin, classic deep Vee hull, feels big
Galeon 440 Fly - shafts or IPS, Tony Castro hull and design, fit out options inside
Intermare 43 - 3 or 2 cabins choice, third cabin bunk, spacious aft deck
Majesty 44 - Middle East offer, bunk third cabin, shafts
Prestige 440 - shafts, two or three cabins, third bunk cabin, Peters hull
Rodman 44 Muse - IPS pods, modern looks by Fulvio De Simoni
Starfisher ST45 Cruiser - flagship from this Portugal builder, IPS
Storebro 435 Commander - 2 or 3 cabin, spacious living, internal stair case, shafts
WILD CARD: Viking 42 Convertible - sportfish, ZF pods, 2 or 3 cabins
When Nord West set the project for the 420 Flybridge a lot of input and research was carried out by the Swedish builder in order to present a top of the class flybridge motor boat. The results are for all to see and the Nord West 420 Flybridge apart scoring points for its handling and accommodation layout with the dedicated press and taking three prizes in this feat, also took great care to offer an economic to run flybridge motor cruiser. Considering its performance which translates in less fuel at the pump and the comforts it offers at less length the 420 Flybridge real winner here is the customer who chooses this very clever Benny Martinsson project.
Technical Data
LOA. 13.5 metres (44.2ft)
Hull Length. 12.8 metres Waterline length. 10.5 metres
Beam. 3.90 metres
Draft. 1.20 metres
Displacement. 13 t
Fuel Capacity. 2 x 600 litres
Water Capacity. 500 litres
Max Persons. 15
Accommodation. 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines. 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion. Volvo DP dual propeller stern drive, IPS 500, and IPS 600 forward looking pods
Speed. 35 knots max, 31 knots cruise with IPS600, 36 knots max with 370hp stern drive
Range. 301 nm at 24 knots with IPS600, 345 nm at 26 knots with 370hp stern drive
Hull Shape. planning Vee shape
Project. Benny Martinsson
Construction. fiberglass sandwich construction with Divinycell core
Certification. CE B
Picture Copyright Nord West. Data Nord West.

December 8, 2010

Class 1 - Dubai Preview

With the 2010 UIM Class 1 World title already decided, teams now turn their attentions on the Edox Pole Position and Middle East Championships in the final qualifying session and two races of the season at this weekend's Emirates/Dubai Duty Free Dubai Grand Prix. Welmax's Kolbjorn Selmer and Jorn Tandberg will be looking to end their season on a high as they bid to become the first ever all-Norwegian pairing to win the Pole Position Championship and the first Norwegians to win a major trophy since Tandberg's European title success in 2008. They go into the final qualifying session of the year in an almost unassailable position with a 15-point lead over World Champions Fazza, knowing sixth place will give them the title. But 'playing it safe' is not written in the Selmer-Tandberg racing manual, with the Norwegians likely to maintain their flamboyant, marauding style as they go after a fifth consecutive win in qualifying and their first 'recorded' race win of the year. Having already secured the 2010 UIM Class 1 World and European Championships, Fazza's Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi now focus their attentions on trying to successfully defend their Middle East title. But to do so they will have to come from behind and overhaul rivals and neighbours Team Abu Dhabi who, after two of four races, lead the Middle East title race by a slender four points. The Fazza pairing has dominated this season, their seven race wins moving them onto 19 career wins a piece, to climb above multiple World Champions Saeed Al Tayer, Ali Nasser and Khalfan Harib to become the most successful partnership in the history of the Victory Team. With the news from Victory Team that they have very sportingly thrown their resources behind helping to repair Negotiator - their main rival in the fight for the runners-up slot in the World Championship - and by doing so confirm that Skydive Dubai, the boat that collided with Negotiator, will not race - the battle for the remaining podium place in the overall World Championship standings looks to be a two-way fight between four Italians. Negotiator's Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella grabbed third place on their debut outing together in race 1 in Abu Dhabi and currently hold third spot, 16 points adrift of Skydive Dubai. Assuming their boat is repaired and ready to race, they should be able to defend their 26-point advantage over Guido Cappellini and Giampaolo Montavoci in GSG Ceramic Design, and look the most likely of the two outfits to finish in the top three, and possibly steal second place from Skydive Dubai. Cappellini and Montavoci, podium finishers in the season-opener in Brazil, will be looking to erase the memory of a torrid and frustrating last Grand Prix beset by technical issues and will be looking to get back on track in Dubai. Whilst a top three finish in the World standings, to add to his second place in the Europeans, would be a remarkable achievement by Carpitella in a season that has seen him team-up with four drivers in two different boats. Zabo Racing go into the last Grand Prix of the season full of confidence and looking to build on their last performance after it all came good for the team in Abu Dhabi. A solid qualifying session and fourth place in race 1 was eclipsed by a simply brilliant drive in race 2 by Paul Gaiser and Christian Zaborowski in Relekta, which gave the Norwegian outfit their first podium of the year, putting them third overall in the Middle East standings. Fresh from their famous first win together in race 1 of the their home Grand Prix, Team Abu Dhabi's Rashed Al Tayer and American race-ace John Tomlinson will be determined to end their season with a flourish and a title. Since teaming-up in Italy they have developed a formidable partnership and will look to cut out the costly errors that lost them podium places in Italy and Abu Dhabi, as they defend their slender lead in the Middle East Championship. After a promising first outing for GiorgiOffshore's Nicola Giorgio with Sandro Sardelli, picking up valuable points in both races in Abu Dhabi, a last minute change of driver sees Tomaso Polli return to partner Giorgi for the second time this season. Mohammed Al Marri and Giorgio Manuzzi enjoyed an eventful first race weekend together in the new Victory design, Victory 2010, grabbing a podium in race 1 and then spectacularly crashing out at the start of race 2 in Abu Dhabi. With the boat fully repaired the Italian-Emirati duo are likely to be up at the front challenging for podium places, but will now run in the colours of the sidelined Skydive Dubai. The action starts with first practice on Thursday afternoon, a second practice on Friday morning is immediately followed by qualifying in the Edox Pole Position and Race 1 - 51.07Nm, 12 laps including one long lap.Ā A final practice on Saturday morning is followed by Race 2 - 68.56Nm, 16 laps, including two long laps.
UIM CLASS 1 WORLD POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP - after round 5 of 6, race 10 of 12
1. Fazza - 172pts
2. Skydive Dubai - 114pts
3. Negotiator - 98pts
4. GSG Ceramic Design - 72pts
5. Welmax - 56pts
6. Relekta - 43pts
7. Team Abu Dhabi - 42pts
8. GiorgiOffshore - 38pts
9. Victory 2010 - 15pts
10. Foresti & Suardi - SCAM - 11pts
11. Welmax Alianza - 10pts
MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP - after round 1 of 2, race 2 of 4
1. Team Abu Dhabi - 29pts
2. Fazza - 25pts
3. Relekta - 21pts
4= Victory 2010 - 15pts
4= Welmax - 15pts
6. GiorgiOffshore - 14pts
7. Negotiator - 12pts
8. Skydive Dubai - 4pts
9. GSG Ceramic Design - 0pts
1. Welmax - 95pts
2. Fazza - 80pts
3. Skydive Dubai - 42pts
4. Negotiator - 35pts
5. Team Abu Dhabi - 24pts
6. Relekta - 23pts
7. GSG Ceramic Design - 19pts
8. GiorgiOffshore - 15pts
9. Victory 2010 - 9pts
10. Welmax Alianza - 7pts
11. Foresti & Suardi SCAM - 5pts

Project: Island Pilot 335

Island Pilot presents the 335 project what will be the entry level for this range. The 335 will be Islands Pilot third model adding to the upcoming 535 flagship launching in 2011, and the successful 435 model. For this new project Island Pilot is promising less is more features with the same high end build quality and outfitting shown with the 435. Accommodation for the 335 will be an owners stateroom to fore, C-shaped galley, separate shower head room, and a convertible saloon. Power will be from twin Volvo pods IPS350 as standard, or 400 as optional.