January 31, 2010

Monthly News - January 2010

-pic of the month- Princess Fashion Show in London

Aicon Group New CFO

Luxury motorboat builder the Aicon Group in Sicily, Italy has named Antonio Sorrentino as its new CFO. Sorrentino has held management positions with various Italian companies, including the Fincom, Barbera and Ursino groups. Sorrentino is currently president and managing director of Sharing & Improving, a company specialising in start-ups and restructurings. To take up the position, Sorrentino has stepped down from the board of Aicon SpA, which he joined in March 2009 as independent director. Giulio Azzaretto has been co-opted as independent director. The Aicon Group builds motoryachts under the Aicon and Morgan brands. For the year ending August 31, 2009 the group registered revenues of €33.8m.

Cigarette Prepare for Battle

For 40 years, Cigarette, the icon for all go-fast boats has built its reputation on quality, performance and visual appeal. From boats to it’s sometimes risqué advertising, the allure of a Cigarette has been sex appeal and a commanding appearance. However, as the country's defense market grew supporting the Homeland Security, military and law enforcement segments, Cigarette prepared to serve its country. The company developed a "Military" version of its 39 Top Fish center console, providing a utilitarian, no-frills approach to changing a custom fishing boat into a sturdy, top-quality work boat. The cockpit was designed with an all-digital console including GPS and navigation. The arrangement of the dash wraps around the cluster of instruments for ideal visibility. Throttles and trim tabs are practically located for ease of operation; the custom hard-top and support mechanisms remain as in all Cigarette center console models. The custom seating is notable, utilizing Stidd Systems, a leading manufacturer of ergonomic marine seats. The model used was originally developed for the US Navy Seals' boats and was modified exclusively for Cigarette to provide the proper center of gravity for the passengers and boat. The shock-mitigating seats are uncoated aluminum, with high-tenacity polyester upholstery, covering a proprietary foam base, providing safety for long duration and open water transit. Cigarette's construction team also created a custom support for the seats to provide optimal comfort, strength and durability in rough seas. The boat is Mercury powered, as with all Cigarettes, and for its Top Fish, Cigarette prefers either triple or quadruple Verado 6-cylinder engines. The Military boat is equipped with triple 300's-providing smooth acceleration, reliability and fuel-efficient power.

Fairline Wins Motorboat of the Year Award

Fairline Boats has been awarded the prestigious accolade of the 'Motor Boat of the Year' Award 2010 in the 'Flybridges over 50ft' category for the new Fairline Squadron 65. Hosted at a gala dinner at The Langham, London in January, winners of the Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2010 were announced to an audience of marine industry VIPs and guests. The Motor Boat of the Year Awards are judged by a panel of boat testers from UK marine titles Motor Boats Monthly and Motor Boat and Yachting. The Award was accepted by Derek Carter, CEO, Fairline Boats and Adam Greenwood, Technical Director. The Fairline Squadron 65 is highly specified and offers owners sophisticated, spacious living areas to relax and entertain. The next model in the Squadron range, a 40-footer, will be launched in the summer.

Grand Banks Best of the Year

The Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU powered by Zeus pods and Cummins diesel engines was named "Best of the Year" by Motor Boating magazine for redefining the traditional trawler-style motor yacht with new style and innovation.

Maritimo Stalwarts Cast Off

Kendal Barry-Cotter has announced his retirement to staff at luxury boat builder Maritimo. Younger brother of Maritimo founder and CEO Bill Barry-Cotter, Kendal has worked with his brother since 1986 and played a vital role at the company in financial administration. According to Bill Barry-Cotter, Kendal's role was critical in keeping Maritimo profitable, particularly during the past two years. Kendal said he cherished the opportunity to work alongside Bill as Maritimo grew from lines on a piece of paper to an award-winning first model. Kendal had his own sail-making business in northern Sydney and successfully raced sail boats before joining Bill. Bill Barry-Cotter also announced the retirement of long-time media consultant Brian Harrower.

Mochi Awarded Motor Boat of the Year 2010

Mochi Crafts ground breaking hybrid propulsion explorer yacht continues to attract favorable critics from around the world. 2010 starts with a new goal for Mochi 23 Long Range rewarded this time at the Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2010 prestigious event organized by the respected British IPC media titles Motor Boats Monthly, and Motor Boat & Yachting. Reference points for enthusiasts who select the winners among the boats tested by them in the past 2009 year. At the evening ceremony held at the Langham in London, Alessandro Tirelli, Mochi’s brand manager received the prize in the category Custom Yacht, announcing great satisfaction for the prestigious award.

Mochi Shows Luxury Hybrid Yacht in Fort Lauderdale

Mochi will showcase the 23M Long Range the first luxury hybrid yacht to its U.S. customers. It is the only boat in the world to obtain the most rigorous certification standard that can be applied to a pleasure craft: RINA Green Star Clean Energy and Clean Propulsion certification. Ferretti Group US partner Allied Marine will be displaying the yacht at this season’s Trawler Fest, which will take place at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center on Friday, January 29-30th, 2010. Guests from the Trawler Fest as well as selected Allied Marine customers will gain access to this noteworthy new yacht for a special one of a kind sea trial experience with the key note speaker Mr. Andrea Frabetti from Ferretti Advanced Yacht Technologies who is behind its technological features, and makes this an environmentally friendly model. Guests will have a chance to experience the yacht in total silence as it cruises through Fort Lauderdale. The Mochi 23 Long Range was also featured on MSNBC and NBC recently.

Mustang Celebrates Launch

On Wednesday January 20, Gold Coast Australia, Carl and Debbie Kellett at Mustang Marine Queensland hosted the launch of the new 2850 Sports Cruiser in appropriate fashion. Over ninety Mustang owners and media joined Carl and Debbie in the revelry to get the first glimpse of the all new 2850 Sports Cruiser. The summer heat encouraged the consumption of the ice cold beverages at the cocktail party and excitement to see the 2850 was evident. The 2850 sat on the hard stand for viewing with Mustang Marine management and staff available for questions. Mustang designed and developed the 2850 as an entry level to boating. It is for anyone considering getting into boating or for those many loyal Mustang owners. Being under 8 meters in length the 2850 offers a cruiser with the ability to get where you are going quickly especially if you are faced with 8 meter speed restrictions, so you can have an enjoyable day or weekend out on the water. The 2850 will continue travelling around the Country and internationally over the next couple of weeks with the next stop being New South Wales for the Mustang Marine Australia Day festivities on Botany Bay.

Ocean Alexander Exclusive Selection by Shanghai Expo Committee

Ocean Alexander yachts, has been exclusively selected by the Shanghai Expo Committee to deliver two boats for VIP transportation and sight seeing uses. For this prestigious event, Ocean Alexander provided a use of a 74 feet Motor Yacht, a highly popular model in the United States as well as the 52 Sedan. The selection process included over twenty international luxury yacht brands and final selection came down to build quality, international reputation and engineering excellence. Given that over sixty heads of state and over 200 global business, sport and entertainment titans have all indicated their plan to visit Shanghai Expo, Ocean Alexander was uniquely qualified to provide a luxurious platform that best suited the needs for exploring Shanghai by sea.

Outerlimits Powerboat P1 Awards in Miami

Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats will be presented with hull honors during the Miami Boat Show on 12th February, for the Evolution Class Championship won by Italian race team 88 SNAV OSG. Giancarlo Cangiano, Hannes Bohinc and Giovanni Carpitella raced the SV 43-foot Outerlimits, powered by twin Mercury Racing 750 HP engines, earning a total of 877 series points in what was a season long battle that came down to the final race for the title. This is the first Powerboat P1 World Championship title for Outerlimits.

Pershing Yachting Cup Cortina

Everything is in place for sea lovers’ most eagerly-awaited winter appointment. The 2010 Ski Yachting Team Cup, the combined sailing-skiing challenge organised by Yacht Club Cortina d'Ampezzo, will be held from 29th to 31st January. This year, changes have been made to the organisation of the event. The trophy will lead to nomination of the team which best demonstrates its skill both on the snow, between the gates of a huge slalom, and in the water, amongst the buoys of a regatta course. Sponsor par excellence for the second year running will be Stardom, exclusive distributor of the Pershing brand for Italy, which has renewed its commitment to support an event which awards the most authentic of sporting values. The reliability trial will be the highlight of the event on Saturday, 30th January, during which each team will aim to repeat the times of each of the two rounds held on the same routes. The two best times will be noted down. Consequently, this is not a true race of speed, but rather a testing bench, where technical skill and strategy are the decisive elements for drawing up the rating of the skiing stage. The second part of the event, on the other hand, will take place this summer, on occasion of the main stages of the Melges 20, Melges 24 and Melges 32 regatta circuits, the most widespread, competitive sailing classes. An original, and indeed unique idea, the aim of which is to strengthen the close ties uniting the worlds of skiing and sailing, which have the same essential values: speed, a competitive spirit and a passion for new challenges. Lastly, when the alpine stage of the event comes to a close, an exclusive party will be held at the Cristallo Palace Hotel, seat of the YCCA clubhouse and an important reference point for all Stardom clients, present all year round with its own area. This will be the opportunity to award those members of the Yacht Club who distinguished themselves during the year, and present the Pershing Trophy to the top positions in the three ratings. Team work, an extraordinary performance and passion make Pershing and Stardom ideal partners, placing the very best of technology, total reliability and constant innovation at the service of sport.

Prestige Elected Powerboat of the Year

During the Düsseldorf Boat Show 2010 the first model from Prestige in its new large yachts segment the 60 was elected European Powerboat of the Year. Launched in the fall of 2009 and presented first during the Cannes Boat Show, the Prestige 60 has been a huge admiration in the seventeen meter motor yacht segment, thanks to its IPS propulsion, large three cabins, and innovative comfort solutions.

Princess Receive Boat of the Year Award

Princess Yachts International enjoyed another successful evening at the annual Motor Boat of the Year Awards where, the already highly acclaimed Princess V62 picked up the coveted title of ‘Boat of the Year’ for the Sports Cruiser category. The Princess V62 was said to be the ‘unanimous choice’ of the judges and, while her spacious accommodation, remarkably quiet operation, blistering performance and agile handling all received special mention. Her achievement was neatly summed up as the V62 is as close to Sports Cruiser heaven as you can expect. This is the second year running that Princess have collected the award in the Sports Cruisers category emphasizing the Company’s strength in the performance motor yacht sector and Managing Director Chris Gates was delighted with the accolade. The Princess V62 is just one of 12 Princess craft on display at the London International Boat Show including the brand new Princess 72 Motor Yacht who received her world premier at the show.

Princess Evening of Sophistication

Bringing together some of the world’s most luxurious labels, Princess Yachts International is collaborating with Italian fashion house Fendi and De Beers Diamond Jewellers, its associate luxury brands from within the LVMH family. In celebration of the worldwide première of the new Princess 72 Motor Yacht at the London International Boat Show, the three luxury brands blend timeless, elegant design and exquisite craftsmanship in an evening of sophistication and glamour. As part of the glamorous partnership VIP guests were treated to a taste of sophistication onboard Princess’ flagship luxury sports and prestigious motor yachts. Guests viewed exclusive pieces from the new Fendi spring summer 2010 ready-to-wear collections, alongside soft furnishings from the Fendi Casa stylish interiors range. An incredible display of De Beers Diamond Jewellery, featuring a 22.22 carat D Colour, Internally Flawless pear shaped diamond and collections such as Lea and Dragonfly showcased De Beers unrivalled expertise and impeccable craftsmanship. The partnership between the three prestigious brands recognises the increasing desire for fashion and design in luxury yachts. Princess, Fendi and De Beers each has global appeal and a reputation for excellence in design. From the technical artistry and hand-crafting that goes into the Fendi collections; to the De Beers expertise in diamond selection, setting and jewellery craftsmanship, to the blending of cutting-edge technology and design with traditional British craftsmanship in every Princess; each offers enduring style and luxury designed to be enjoyed.

Riviera Creditors Meeting

At a meeting held today in Brisbane the creditors of Riviera, Australia’s largest luxury boat builder, voted in favour of a Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA) that will see all current and former employees receive their full entitlements and a dividend paid to unsecured creditors. During the receivership the operations of Riviera have been restructured to achieve greater efficiency and continued production of high quality Riviera vessels. The DOCA is a further step in restructuring Riviera and enabling it to trade in its own right, outside of formal administration processes. In effect, completion of the terms of the DOCA will bring to an end the official appointment of Voluntary Administrators to Riviera. This will allow the receivers and Riviera management to continue to improve and grow the Riviera business. This significant agreement was reached with overwhelming support from creditors for the DOCA covering five trading entities within the Riviera Group of companies. The DOCA covers the current Riviera trading entities; Riviera Marine (INT.) Pty Limited, R Marine Pittwater Pty Limited, Riviera Runaway Bay Pty Limited, Riviera Coomera Pty Limited and Riviera Marine (MFG) Pty Limited. The eight remaining, non trading entities of the Riviera Group are no longer required given the corporate rationalisation and restructuring of the group and so are not included in the DOCA. Under the terms of the DOCA, former employees of the Riviera DOCA companies will receive all of their unpaid wages, superannuation, annual leave and any relevant redundancy payment. Current Riviera employee’s entitlements will continue to accrue and be available to those employees in the ordinary course of business. Creditors will also benefit from the terms of the DOCA with a dividend being paid to unsecured creditors. Under the terms of the DOCA, former employees entitlements will be paid by the Receivers and Managers by April 30, 2010 and funds will be paid to the Administrators by 30 June 2010 to enable a dividend to be paid to unsecured creditors. This will result in the Riviera DOCA companies coming out of administration.

Riviera Reward Employee Excellence

Leading by example and taking a proactive and positive attitude has earned Cassandra Meyers and Bruno Kishtoo Riviera’s esteemed award of the Star Performer and WHS&E Star Performer of the Year award for 2009. The awards have been running for more than 10 years and recognise outstanding employment contribution each quarter as nominated by each department head with the overall winners announced at the end of the year. Executive Assistant Cassandra Meyers was awarded the Star Performer award for the 3rd quarter for her dedication to organising various events on Riviera’s domestic calendar, including national and international boat shows. Team leader Bruno Kishtoo was awarded the Workplace, Health, Safety and Environment Star Performer award for the 4th quarter for his leadership qualities and attention to detail when it comes to safety issues. Both Cassandra and Bruno outshone Riviera’s 300 staff when they were named overall Star Performer and WHS and E Star Performer of the year at a special lunch held this month at Riviera’s Coomera facility. Riviera’s WHS and E manager Cherriee Ludemann said it was Cassandra and Bruno’s ‘can do’ attitude that earned them the prestigious award. Both will have the chance to experience the excitement at one of the annual boat shows with Cassandra travelling to the Auckland International Boat show in March and Bruno heading off to the Melbourne Summer Show in February. Cassandra said the win took her by surprise but it was great to be recognised. Bruno said the competition was tough and he was overwhelmed when his name was announced as the overall winner. Bruno will go to the Melbourne Summer Boat Show in February as reward for his hard work and commitment to health and safety. The nominations for Star Performer for 2009 were: Patsy Johnson, Erin Cook, Sue Kelly, Cassandra Meyers and Kris Hanney. The nominations for Workplace Health and Safety and Environment Star Performer for 2009 were: Jesse Paler, Brad Weigel, Sean Drysdale, and Bruno Kishtoo.

Sessa Kicks Off Year with Success

Sessa kicks off the New Year with a huge success. Their C38 wins the award for best sport cruiser, in the less than 45 foot category. After the C68 victory at the Festival de la Plaisance di Cannes 2009, Sessa Marine reaffirms their position as one of the most active and award winning boat builders in the world. In the past few years, Sessa has created a number of unique and dynamic sport cruisers that combine style with quality to offer the best value for money in their price range. Riccardo Radice, co-owner of Sessa Marine said that to win such an award in London, and to have three boats from the range all nominated, is both immensely satisfying and motivating for the shipyard, it’s dealers and specially for the project team, led by Christian Grande and Massimo Radice. Sessa also won this category in England two years ago with the C46.

Sunseeker Recognized as Product of Civilization

Sunseeker International, the world's largest privately owned yacht builder, has been credited within a recent article in The Times newspaper as the manufacturer of a product 'of importance in civilization'. The article by Stephen Bayley, titled 'Britain should be a workshop, not a casino' and published on 11th January, suggested that since 1980 just three British companies, one of which is Sunseeker, could be considered suitable for such an accolade. He endorses the entrepreneurial spirit of the UK manufacturing industry and recognises the process of "making real products" is "far superior" to business, which sets out to maximise financial return without designing or building anything. Sunseeker International is this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of Friars Cliff Marine Limited, the company from which Sunseeker International was developed from a dinghy and outboard sales company, to one of the world's leading luxury motoryacht brands. In a difficult market Sunseeker has maintained its status as the UK's largest production boat builder and last year reported a turnover of £310 million.

Sunseeker Hosts Swing at London Boat Show

During the late-night open evening at the London International Boat Show on Thursday 14th January at Excel, Sunseeker International, the world's largest privately owned yacht builder, hosted a special program of entertainment on its stand (S040), including performances from musical ensemble, the Rat Pack, and performance troupe, the Hollywood Hoppers. The Rat Pack is a nine-piece band with vocals who will play a wide selection of music including swing, jive, Latin and retro pop tracks. Dancing with the Rat Pack was the Hollywood Hoppers, an authentic Lindy Hop performance troupe. The Hoppers are an enthusiastic group of professional and semi-professional dancers who specialize in re-creating the dances from the roaring '20s, through the swinging '30s and '40s, to the rock & roll 1950s. They are choreographed by UK Champions, Robert and Claire Austin, who base their routines on moves from original footage to create a dynamic and exciting show. Joining them was the Adagio Statues, two 'marble' statuesque figures set on a classical white podium who very slowly come to life through a mesmerizing fusion of strength, grace and fluid movement.

Uniesse Targets North American Market

Uniesse Yachts has chosen a new importer and distributor in North America in preparation for the launch of the Uniesse 101 Motoryacht its largest model to date. Uniesse Americas Inc will serve as the company's sole importer and distributor from its base in Miami Beach Marina, Florida. The office is located in the heart of South Beach, not far from the Miami boat show and international airport. All warranty service for Uniesse yachts in North America and the Caribbean will now be managed by Uniesse Americas.

January 30, 2010

Project: Ferretti 800

Ferretti present the project of a new 800 model. Designed as all the range by Giovanni Zuccon with the technical side covered by Ferretti's AYT department, the 800 at eighty feet stands at the super yacht category entrance, and will be of a flybridge two deck style. The rendering does give a bit the idea for it to be a two and a half decked yacht, but actually it is not. The 800 will have an innovative plan layout with the galley moved to the furthest fore part of the interior main deck, and the two crew cabins located at the tip of the bow below. The crew quarters and galley are actually connected together. This solution is often seen on yachts close to fifty metres and is used because it easily separates the crew from running around the guests when not needed. It also gives more space to the lower deck by moving the engines further aft, and adds length to the main saloon because of the galley now moved to fore. The owner and guest accommodation is for a four cabin layout all with en-suite heads, with what is a standard plan configuration for this size. Full beam owners suite to midship, VIP to fore, double cabin to port, and twin L-shaped to starboard. Finishing inside will be with elm wood, leather and melange fabrics all toned to a light beige color to give a natural light feel thanks to the big view windows located in every part of the Super Yacht. The 800 will also offer a C-shaped settee to fore. Ferretti where among the first to offer an exterior fore settee on deck with the 690 Altura back in 2005, but never actually showed this on its standard line as before this 800 project. Performance is an estimated top speed of 31 knots from twin 1800hp MAN, which so far seems the only power option for the 800.

January 29, 2010

New Model: Galeon 340 Fly

PowerYacht made you follow the making of Galeon's new 340 Fly, from its project design released in October, to the INBUILD four part story. So now it is fitting to show exclusive pictures of the finished flybridge Motor Cruiser, especially for those who could not make to its first World preview in Dusseldorf during the current week. The 340 Fly will be a big challenge for Galeon as it targets to beat its best sold model, that is the 330 Fly delivered in over two hundred examples till the past Summer. Surely the 340 Fly has all the making to challenge the 330 records with its modern exterior which is very similar to Galeon's 640 flybridge flagship, luxurious fittings, and a unique three cabin interior. This last feature very unheard in flybridge boats under thirteen metres. Still for the fans of the 330 Fly, Galeon so far has decided to keep it in production along the 340 for at least the 2010 season. None the less the 340 Fly is built on the success that is the 330 and builds on its bases to present a better more modern flybridge motor cruiser, with the addition in length giving further cockpit space, bigger flybridge, and an extended bathing platform. Hull number one was fitted with wenge wood fittings, but a light colored oak veneer choice is also available. Power will be from twin Volvo's up to 300hp, with stern drive as propulsion, which give estimated top speeds up to 35 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.57 m (34.6ft)
Beam - 3.46 m
Draft - 0.73 m
Displacement - 9500 kg loaded, 7800 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 325 l
Water Capacity - 330 l
Accommodation - 5 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 8
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp
Propulsion - sterndrive
Speed - 35 knots max estimated
Certification - CE B www.galeon.pl

January 28, 2010

Improve-it = Kadey-Krogen 48 North Sea

Kadey-Krogen has been building the 48 North Sea since 1996 and over the years, like all the models, it has evolved and changed as a result of owner feedback and advancements in technology. The 48 North Sea remains one of the most popular models and today’s new improved version is the embodiment of the company’s competencies. Owner feedback was the driving force in changes made to the 48 North Sea all of which enhance the live ability of the boat. The centerpiece of the improved 48 North Sea is the newly enlarged galley which now features a four-burner Viking range, household sized refrigeration as standard, and there is room for a trash compactor and dishwasher as optionals. Stainless steel is standard on the appliances although traditional finishes are available. Kadey-Krogen also completely re engineered the flybridge. Instead of a center line helm flanked by settees running fore and aft, the flybridge piloting station is now off to starboard with an L-shaped settee to port that extends the entertainment space of the boat and makes cruising on the flybridge more comfortable for guests. The flybridge also has a summer kitchen, a feature that contributes to the boat’s self-sufficient capabilities and is popular with owners who entertain on the hook. The second reinvented and improved 48 North Sea is underway to the East Coast for owners Will and Sue Parry who believe this boat will bring them full circle in their fifth Kadey-Krogen experience, and the first arrived in Seattle last fall.

Project: Pearl 75

British Pearl Yachts presents the project of a new flagship, with the renderings showcasing a 75 model. Surprising its fan and competitors this new flagship project abandons the very British aft cabin design as seen on the previous Pearl models. The Pearl 75 brings together large spaces with luxurious styling and outstanding levels of comfort, added with easy manoeuvrability, a rather large flybridge, jet ski garage, and a hydraulic bathing platform. Vast areas of glass surfaces maximise natural light in the saloon, galley and internal helm areas creating bright, open spaces. While large rectangular bonded glass port lights flood the cabins with sunlight by day, and moonlight by night. The Pearl 75 boasts a standard four cabin eight berth guest interior where multiple layout and styling options ensure each yacht is created to meet personal requirements. Power options are still under confirmation but quadruple pod units are under huge consideration, although this is still to be confirmed. If that will be case this will be the first European build flybridge motor yacht to be powered in this manner. Estimated speeds are for a max of 32 knots, a cruise of 25 knots, and a medium range of 350 nautical miles.

January 27, 2010

New Model: Beneteau 34 Swift Trawler S

As has been from Beneteau in recent times, the 1884 founded French builder innovates and offers different versions to its models. This is the case with the 34 Swift Trawler S, which is a 34 Swift Trawler but without the second helm flybridge up top. Yes as the above pictures shows you still have ladder to go up top, but that is because the 34 Swift Trawler S has made space use above for storage space, or a sun bathing one. The 34 Swift Trawler S thanks to its lower height can also be an ideal inland water ways canal explorer cruiser. For the remaining of it the 34 Swift Trawler S is the same as the standard fall of 2009 introduced flybridge version, offering four berths in two cabins below, additional extra two berths in the saloon, and 21 knots top speed with a single engine.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.14 m (36.5ft)
Hull Length - 9.99 m
Beam - 4.00 m
Draft - 1.00 m
Displacement - 7273 kg
Fuel Capacity - 800 l
Water Capacity - 320 l
Max Persons - 8
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engine - 1 x Cummins QSB5.9I 330hp, 425hp
Propulsion - direct line shaft
Speed - 21 knots max, 18 knots cruising
Construction - polyester resin with balsa core
Project - M.Joubert and B.Nivelt, Beneteau Power
Certification - CE B8, C10, D11

Project: Pacific S 185

Pacific Shipyards from Holland continue to upgrade its S model line up with a new 185 currently in project. The S is one of four of the Pacific range, the other being the P, Allure and Pearl each of these having its own characteristics. Pacific are build in steel or alloy material. The Pacific S line has currently two models, the 175 and 205 and with this new 185 the Dutch builder intends to build on them to enrich the range. The accommodation of the 185 will offer four double cabins and heads. Pretty impressive for an eighteen metre motor yacht. The large owners suite will be located aft, to fore is a VIP suite, a double guest cabin, and the smaller double bunk berth. The living and pilot house is located on the main deck, and features a relaxing saloon upon entrance, and dining table in its fore part. Weighing at 43 tons the Prestige S 185 will be certified to CE A standards.

January 26, 2010

New Model: Viking 76 Enclosed Bridge

Hot on the heels of the success of the new 76 Convertible, which premiered at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show the fall of 2009, Viking has launched the first 76 Enclosed Bridge. This new enclosed flying bridge for the 76 Convertible offers a raised control station forward and a second pod style helm on the aft deck for docking. A Stidd helm seat at the forward interior station is flanked with companion seats port and starboard. Creating what is essentially a second salon, the expansive area abaft the helm includes an L-shaped lounge with a cocktail table on a raised platform for enhanced visibility, a 32-inch flat screen television, which rises out of the teak cabinetry, an audio system, a refrigerator with built-in icemaker, plush carpeting and a baby ostrich headliner. A weatherproof lockable door leads to the aft deck with additional seating, quartz lighting molded into the aft overhang and powder coated aluminum railing on the aft deck and flying bridge ladder from the cockpit mezzanine. A teak stairway from the salon provides all weather access to the enclosed helm area. The new 76 Enclosed Bridge is slated to be introduced during a private showing at the fourteenth Annual Viking VIP Miami Boat Show Preview in Riviera Beach, Florida, at the Viking Yacht Service Center at the end of Januray, and after this it will have its World premiere at the Miami Boat Show in mid February. Featuring five staterooms, including a full-beam master suite, this first launch of the 76 Enclosed Bridge is powered with a pair of 2,400hp MTU 16V Series 2000 M93 diesels, which deliver a mid 30 knot cruise and a top end approaching 40 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.58 m (80.8ft) with pulpit
Hull Length - 23.21 m
Beam - 6.17 m
Draft - 1.67 m
Displacement - 61779 kg
Fuel Capacity - 9641 l, 12014 l with optional tank
Water Capacity - 1608 l
Accommodation - 10/12 berths in 5 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32A 1825hp, MTU 2000 V16M91 2030hp, MTU 2000 V16M93 2400hp, MTU 2000 M94 2600hp
Propulsion - direct in line shafts
Speed - 40 knots max, 31 knots economic cruise with MTU 2400hp
Range - 593 nm at 31 knots cruise
Hull Shape - convex variable vee with 11.7 degrees deadrise aft
Certification - ABYC, RINA

Project: Absolute 50 Fly

Italian Absolute continue its New Wave thinking and surprise its competitors and clients by presenting a flybridge motor yacht project with the 50 Fly. This new model will also be the initiative of a new Fly line from Absolute, so expect more to come from the North Italian builder and be assured that after this one is launched during the coming fall, it will soon be followed by a full line of flybridge boats in a couple of years. The interior layout is for a living on the main deck with galley, saloon, and three double cabins below. The layout is surprising for the fact that the owners suite is to fore. I am sure that seeing the big view windows to midship you would have thought otherwise. A VIP stateroom, the double cabin to midship, and a guest head complete the lower deck layout. Absolute is also thinking for extra comfort in its first motor yacht by offering a hard top on the flybridge, crew cabin, and a hydraulic up and down platform as standard. As expected from Absolute the 50 Fly will be powered by Volvo IPS600 in a standard twin version, or a more performing triple engine choice. The North Italian Absolute has huge experience with the use of Volvo IPS pods, being one of the early users and the first to put a triple engine set up on its 56. Today IPS pods drive seven out of eight in its current line up, all this being well promising for the performance of this flybridge motor yacht project.

January 25, 2010

New Model: Mustang 2850 Sport Cruiser

Mustang Marine embark on 2010 with great panache by officially launching their new 2850 Sports Cruiser. A much expected model the 2850 Sports Cruiser is based on the popular 2800 Sports Cruiser, and captures a review of the Australian boat builder entry level sport cruiser market offer. The 2850 will make its way around Australia and New Zealand in the coming weeks. Mustang says the 2850 Sport Cruiser takes all that was good in the 2800 and adds a range of the latest innovations, with extra living and entertaining space. The 2850 Sport Cruiser now has more beam to provide extra room in the cockpit area, and below decks. The galley has been moved from below deck to the cockpit deck, providing more comfort, access when entertaining with your family and friends. Down below is a full standing head room even in the separate shower toilet. As seen on other Mustang models, even on its entry level model the Aussie builder integrates latest technology features as the touch screen electrical control panel, Finscan fingerprint starting technology, Smart Craft gauges, electric engine room access, and latest entertainment systems. Steps leading to the foredeck, boarding ladder to stern will ensure safe easy access whilst on the boat in and out of the water. For anyone considering getting into boating, the 2850 Sports Cruiser should be well inspected as it offers a lot although to make it work in Europe I do suggest Mustang to put a diesel engine option, as well as bigger fuel tanks. A more sportier version of the 2850 named Super Sports is also on the works.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.16 m (30ft)
Hull Length - 7.99 m
Beam - 3.09 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Displacement - 2753 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 300 l
Water Capacity - 185 l
Accommodation - 4 berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 5.7 EFI 260hp, Volvo 5.7 ltr GXI 320hp
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravo III, Volvo MPI Duo Prop
Construction - moulded fiberglass hull and deck, with plywood fiber glassed stringers

January 23, 2010

Project: Jet Tern Selene 86 Ocean Explorer

Jet Tern Marine is continues its expansion of the ocean trawlers line presenting the project and designs for the new Selene 86 Ocean Explorer. The new design is the result of an international collaboration of designers and architects under Howard Chen’s team leadership. Working closely with renowned Dutch naval architect Guido de Groot and other international consultants, Jet Tern Marine has developed a contemporary take on the long range yacht. The Selene 86 is the largest design in the fleet and is part of the Ocean Explorer series. The new 86 will be built with solid reinforced fiberglass construction applied with vacuum resin infusion, and will have ocean going capability, low fuel consumption, and extensive range. The Ocean Explorer models also have a high level of luxury and super yacht styling. The Selene 86 resembles her sister ships in that the design features a raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge, and bulbous bow. However, this new flagship from Jet Tern has more contemporary exterior lines as well as the addition of large side windows in the hull, and stainless steel anchor pockets which is a departure from other Selene models. The blend of the traditional full displacement hull with modern design details and interior appointments qualify the new Selene 86 Ocean Explorer as a true luxury long range yacht. Inside, the Selene 86 boasts four staterooms each with an en suite head. Though this boat could be handled by a couple thanks to sophisticated systems, crew quarters are integral to the design. Jet Tern anticipates that the 86 Ocean Explorer will appeal to existing Selene owners who have expressed interest in a larger Selene model with more of a luxury yacht feel. The Selene 86 Ocean Explorer is designed to carry 15,000 litres of fuel and cruise comfortably at 10 knots with a top speed of 13 knots. Tank tests are under way and Jet Tern describes the boat as very fuel efficient for her class. Standard power will be supplied by twin Cummins 610hp engines and sophisticated fuel polishing and fuel monitoring systems are also standard features. Molds for the Selene 86 are under construction and hull number one is expected to launch in time to debut at the fall of 2011.

January 22, 2010

New Model: Colombo 26 Bellagio

Colombo present the first boat of the new sport line, and second to be presented by new owners Sarnico Group after the launch of the 37 Alldays. Launched in the fall of 2009 the new 26 Bellagio is a big little boat because it offers everything you may desire in a limited space to spend pleasant time on board. As any Colombo this new model is a real luxury product, unmatchable for the original and delicate preciousness of the carving wood and the varnishing, skilfully combined in a mix of materials and colours that arouses wonder. The stern is closed by an electric door that transforms into a swimming platform that becomes a convenient gangway to the dock. On the deck there are a sofa, a wet bar and a refrigerator. The seat next to the pilot’s is provided with an adjustable backrest that permits to sit counter march to practice water skiing sport. The aft sun pad is perfectly made, so that the cushions contribute to make the livery of the motorboat magnificent. Under the bow deck is a cabin with a king size double berth with bathroom which at seven metres makes this small sport cruiser rather unique. Teak and mahogany adorn the deck and gunwales, while a painted line decorates the sides of the hull which with their cream colour give a noble elegance to the model. The 26 Bellagio is not simply elegant but it possesses all the seaworthiness of Giacomo Colombo boats. The new hull offers the excitement of a sport car: nimble, fast, easy to drive, capable of breathtaking turns and very smooth on the waves to provide maximum comfort to its passengers. With twin Volvo Penta 5.0 GXI 270hp engines it runs over 40 knots and maintains a cruising speed of 36 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 7.48 m (24.5ft)
Beam - 2.47 m
Displacement - 2150 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 265 l
Water Capacity - 70 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Max Persons - 8
Engines - 2 x Volvo 5.0 GXi 270hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP stern drive
Speed - 40 knots max, 36 knots cruise
Construction - fiberglass with varnished teak and mahogany decorations
Design - Nuvolari Lenard
Certification - CE B

Project: Dyna 52

Taiwan's Dyna present the project of a new 52 model. Being second in size this project of a flybridge motor yacht style will be at the starting end of Dyna's seven model range, and incorporates the Taiwan's builder modern European design with quality certified to ABYC class. The 52 interior style gives a three cabin with the must have full beam owners suite, and two heads. Living will be located on the main deck which is of split level style, having the entertainment relaxing area on the lower part upon entrance, and galley to fore. Extensive optionals are listed as standard with choices in the interior furnishing ranging from timber finishes, flooring, bench tops and soft materials. The Dyna 52 will be powered by twin Volvo D6 435hp propelled to IPS forward looking dual propeller pod drives.

January 21, 2010

INBUILD ~ Galeon 340 Fly Part 4 of 4

Finally the Galeon design and building team after over six months of hard work in the yard have arrived in the final stages of the finishing of the new 340 Fly. These photos are from last week before the first unit of the 340 Fly goes on its debut during the coming Dusseldorf boat show. As you can see here the interior fittings of the 340 Fly are ready, while the engineer outside is actually putting the railings around the sun pad to fore. The side railings have been fitted and just need to be removed from there protective plastic. Hull number one has been fitted with a hard to find in this size modern Wenge interior wood, and white leather furnishings. For those not attending the German boat show in about a weeks time we will show you the 340 Fly completely ready with an exterior and interior picture.

January 20, 2010

Engine: Volvo Penta D3 220hp

The new Volvo Penta D3 super diesel sterndrive is here compact and filled with ultramodern engine technology. The new D3, in four power classes from 140 to 220 horsepower, is faster, more powerful, cleaner and quieter than its predecessor. And now it is also available with a joystick. The new D3 is a completely new engine. Like its predecessor, the basic engine comes from the Volvo Car Corporation and is based on a 2.4 liter, five cylinder aluminum engine block with the very latest in engine technology. The new D3 has a common rail fuel injection system with a pressure of 1,800 bar and piezoelectric injectors, which make possible multiple injections per working cycle and thus even more precise fuel quantities. Advanced and highly efficient cross-flow cooling maintains an even engine temperature. A variable geometry turbocharger gives the engine effective supercharging from even very low rpm up to maximum rpm. This results in a powerful torque for rapid acceleration up to planing speed and a higher top speed. Everything is monitored and controlled electronically, now with even greater precision. All in all, this gives the new D3 impressive sports performance compared with its predecessor, which was already the best in its class. Output has been increased from 190 to 220 hp at the same time as fuel consumption is lower, as is sound and emissions. The new D3's emissions are in line with the very stringent US EPA Tier 3 regulations, which come into force in 2012.

Project: Menorquin MCY 200 Custom Yacht

Traditional looks with great habitability, harmonious distribution of the interior space, outstanding comfort and versatility are all features which define the MCY 200, new project from Spanish yacht builder Menorquin. The MCY 200 Custom Yacht is developed in collaboration with the prestigious designer Fulvio de Simoni. A 21 metre traditional yacht from the new Menorquin Custom Yachts range. The other vessel in this range which is still in project stages is the Menorquin MCY 240 Custom Yacht. Now the Menorca boat builder further completes its range with the 200. Both the MCY 240 and the MCY 200 are manufactured to order only, this provides the customer the opportunity of participating in the configuration of the interior, choosing the materials and achieves a yacht which is in total harmony with their personal tastes. Very habitable in there dimensions the MCY 200 uses its 21 metres overall length to present a configuration which enhances its habitability. Furthermore the beam of over six metres is fully usable thanks to the semi displacement hull shape which is a characteristic of Menorquin vessels. A notable example are the lateral folding balconies which accentuate the spaciousness of the upper deck.This super yacht has three levels the main deck, the lower and the flybridge; within these it offers three distinct living areas; two on the main deck, which are saloon and cockpit living and a third on the flybridge. It is also possible to install side doors to the saloon and it offers the convenience of two pilot stations one inside and the other on the flybridge, and two solarium's located at the bow and on the flybridge. The interior of the MCY 200 is made to measure, the options for the interior layout are as exclusive as the individual tastes of each customer. For example in a model designed to have 3 cabins, these may all be located in the lower deck together with the galley, whilst in a version with 4 cabins the galley could be transferred to the main deck. Whatever the final layout of the interior there will always be outstanding comfort and a fantastic sense of space both in the master cabin and the VIP cabin, which are as wide as the boat’s beam. The guest cabins are also totally independent and equally comfortable with en suite washrooms. A further satisfying design detail is the crew cabin which in this yacht has been located aft in the lower deck, and accommodates two people in total independence with its there own washroom. In addition to all this attributes of a MCY 200 are those aspects which contribute to its magnificent performance; such as the advantage of a low fuel consumption whilst maintaining a cruising speed of between 15 and 17 knots. Designer Fulvio de Simoni who co-designed both the 200 and 240 models which stand at the top of Menorquin's range has ensured the unmistakable style of the vessels is maintained. He has found a way of combining to perfection the traditional character and elegance that define this company with the most innovative techniques that are applied during the manufacture of these recreational vessels.

January 19, 2010

New Model: Maxi Dolphin MD51 Cruiser

Maxi Dolphin MD 51 Cruiser is a new version which complements the first sport yacht from this normally custom sailing boat builder. With the MD 51 Cruiser, Maxi Dolphin integrates and completes the layout of the boat. The MD 51 Cruiser builds on the formula of the Power version but is designed with more thought to offer better comfort and a live ability at sea. This version has in fact two large cabins instead of one, a crew cabin, absent in the tender version, and two bathrooms. The dinette is very spacious with contrasting combinations in carbon, floor-boards, leather and teak. Moreover, in the cockpit seats can convert into a spacious sundeck, with possible optional internal housing for a tender which was not possible to include in the original layout. The MD51 is also available with hard top as pictured above, this option also available on the standard Power version. Obviously the new MD51 Cruiser keeps on the unique build quality of its more aggressive sister with a carbon Kevlar fiberglass construction which gives superior strength and lightness.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.42 m (50.5ft)
Beam - 4.26 m
Displacement - 10500kg
Fuel Capacity - 1250 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - 4 berths + 1 crew
Engines - 2 x Volvo IPS600 D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forward looking pods with dual propellers
Speed - 38 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Construction - carbon Kevlar with fiberglass baked at high temperatures
Certification - CE B

January 18, 2010

Project: Rio 54 Air

Rio Yachts presents the project for a new flagship with the 54 Air, which is planned to be launched in the coming fall. The North West Italy builder comes from a period of success presenting three new models in the past year, reinventing its line progressively to latest design trends, and to the need of its buyers. After being absent over the fifteen metre size since the early nineties with the 16.90, Rio returns again to a similar dimension with the 54 Air albeit a different concept to the old flagship. Designed by Rio technical department with Engineer Marcello Sposito, and Architect Marco Alfani the 54 Air will be a hard top sport yacht, having similar familiar looks to its recent new models. For the 54 Air, Rio project team is aiming for the following targets of a 35 knots performance, three cabin plus crew interior, and easy handling in all situations thanks to the Axius joystick. Propulsion and engine choices have so far not been advised. The 54 Air will also offer choices to the buyer for what regards the main deck, with a choice to have the area enclosed with patio door and settee aft, or fully open sun pad style deck. Construction wise the 54 Air will be built with the latest technology having a balsa cored hull, water proof vinilester resins, and stringers made with the use of carbon material. Rio also notes that in 2010 it will also present another model in addition to this new flagship with a 42 in planning stages, and for 2011 in relation to its fiftieth anniversary should launch a further bigger sized sport yacht.

January 17, 2010

Web: Ladenstein New Web Site

Austrian company but building its boats in Thailand Ladenstein, presents its new virtual web showroom. Ladenstein Luxury Motoryachts is quite renowned in the larger yachts panorama thanks to the exquisite modern looks of its Motor Yachts. Founded in 1985 Ladenstein has since its inception focused itself on European looking flybridge boats. Today Ladenstein has its design and marketing office in Austria, while the building premises of its boats is in Thailand. The Asian choice is not just a combination, but was made in order to give quality with a more competitive edge to actual price listings. Ladenstein current range is compromised of four models starting from the 68 and going up to the 85 flagship, which is still in project status. Ladenstein new website is available in German and English language and takes you around with the following buttons: Home, Yachts, Ladenstein Group, Service, News, Preowned Yacht, and Contact.

January 16, 2010

Improve-it = Sunseeker 108 Predator

Sunseeker have released a rather different improved 108 Predator for the current London boat show. This so called improved special edition version is distinctive because of its bronze color, and its aft garage which instead of the usual rib hosted a nice very exclusive Caterham Se7en sports car. Apart these truly inspirational features which makes you see a Super Sport Yacht with a rather large excitement, with this new format the British largest motor boat builder obviously shows flexibility to its building and design. Obviously while improving on the standard 108 Predator to extreme, this new version keeps the rakish, minimal superstructure arrow head foredeck, its luxurious eight guest berths in four luxury cabins interior, and a 45 knots performance achieved with the total of 7300hp, triple Arneson surface drive option.

Project: Mulder 92 Flybridge

Mulder Shipyard is currently in the process of completing a new all aluminium 92 Flybridge. This new project which is actually in its final stages of construction has been ordered by an Egyptian client, and will be so far as at today the Dutch builders current biggest construction. The 92 Flybridge just comes on the heels of a just delivered 68 Convertible for a Spaniard, these recent orders confirm the Dutch yard’s global attraction and identity to connoisseurs of quality. As the younger and larger sister of the renowned Mulder 88 Flybridge, the new 92 Flybridge will again be blessed with classic Mulder lines. This new flagship of the Mulder fleet will have a modern interior, finished in premium quality mahogany wood with a wealth of light tints. The Mulder 92 Flybridge is designed with a round bilged, semi planing underwater hull section. Two 1015 hp Caterpillar engines should give the new Mulder Super Yacht a top speed of 18 knots and an all time cruise at 16. A slim nose and sweeping hull lines ensure an exceptional sailing performance in all weather conditions.

January 15, 2010

Propulsion: Konrad PRSIII

The Konrad PRSIII is an alternative for aging Mercruiser Speedmaster III series drives. It has greatly simplified the conversion process of the SSMIII, with just a few easy steps. Most conversions can be completed in a matter of just a few hours. Konrad PRSIII has a high performance duty classification with a use of 100 hours per year for high performance applications at highly intermittent operation. Gross weight to horsepower is less than 12.2 kg per hp. The PRSIII is fitted with roller bearings spaced for optimum load carrying shaft supports capabilities, highly manufactured castings heat treated aluminum, high strength alloy steel gears utilizing performance marine technology, shafts made of alloy steel, and U-joints made from industry leading size for increased load carrying capacity and extended life. The Konrad PRSIII stern drive comes fitted with the following standard equipment: 540 HD upper housing assembly, 540 HP lower housing assembly, HD bell housing with bellows, and external steering back cover. The following options are available from Konrad: X-Factor lower housing assembly, drive extension spacer kits, HP upper gear set, tie bars, propellers, 42 oz. HP oil reservoir, and stern drive lifting bracket.

Improve-it = Broom 395

Presented over a year ago, British boat builder Broom present a new improved galley to the 395. This galley has been proposed by an owner and shows flexibility from Broom to accommodate owners requests and model improvement to the standard version as pictured above. Launched in the Summer of 2008 the 395 is the latest model introduced by Broom, famous for its pure British looking aft cabin motor cruisers. Second entry model in its range the 395 is a two cabin two head boat, having unbeatable spaces, and owners suite to aft which can be compared to that of a fifteen metre yacht. The 395 can be powered by a single engine this choice more adaptable for river coastal use, or having a twin for planning speeds and superb performance.

January 14, 2010

New Model: Ocean Alexander 60 Trawler Series

Ocean Alexander present the 60 Trawler Series, second new model in this new line of explorer yachts presented in the just past year. The 60 Trawler is actually an extended version of the slightly smaller 54 with the same beam, and draft, but having a longer hull which gives a larger flybridge and more spacious aft deck. The flybridge will give extra space for your tender toys, while the aft deck grants more area for Al Fresco entertainment. It's interior layout is also the same as the smaller 54 with the split level saloon welcoming you on the main deck featuring an L-shaped settee, galley, and dinette with dual seated helm station to fore. Below is two generous cabins, with a mid ship located stateroom for the owner, and a VIP guest suite to fore. There is also a rather large utility room. Although not communicated the rather large 5300 litres and single 300hp Deere engine should give a rather long range, of which I imagine enough to do trans Atlantic crossing. An optional of twin 455hp Caterpillar which should give faster 14 knots top speed but less range is also available. The design is of the Ocean Alexander 60 Trawler Line is at the hands of Evan Marshall, Ed Monk, and Desty Darr.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.14 m (59.6ft)
Hull Length - 15.39 m
Beam - 5.10 m
Draft - 1.39 m
Displacement - 33566 kg
Fuel Capacity - 5300 l
Water Capacity - 1134 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engine - 1 x John Deere 6081AFM M2 300hp, 2 x Cats C7 455hp
Speed - 14 knots max (2 x Cats 455hp)
Propulsion - shaft line
Design - Evan Marshall, Ed Monk, Desty Darr

Project: Sealine F42

Sealine have released plans of their new F42 flybridge cruiser, due for launch at the 2010 Southampton show. The new F42 offers unrivalled space for entertaining throughout the craft, whilst building on the practical cruising capabilities of the hugely successful F42/5. The F42 has a significantly larger flybridge due to the extended design similar to that on the F46 launched the past September. There is space for six to dine in comfort around the large dining table, plus the ability to create a large sun bed aft by simply folding down the backrest on the rear seats. There is a central double helm, two further forward facing seats, a large cool box and spacious storage locker. The single level deck has a three part sliding door joining the cockpit to the saloon, providing excellent connectivity. In the saloon, a comfortable L-shaped seating area is on the starboard side with further seating on the port side. The seating area can easily be converted into an occasional double berth. The open plan galley is located forward. The feeling of space and light is created with the large wrap around windscreen which also provides some stunning panoramic views. In the cockpit there is an L-shaped seating area with a large lazerette underneath. The cockpit is large enough for entertaining and has an optional fridge and grill to add to the enjoyment of alfresco dining. As with the F46 there are wide side decks and high pulpit rails for added safety. There are two cabins, offering five berths as standard with the luxurious master cabin located forward. A bonded skylight above the bed provides extra light and a wonderful feeling of space. This cabin offers full length hanging storage as well as plenty of general storage capacity. The forward cabin has separate ensuite shower and toilet compartments. To provide additional space and privacy the F42 offers a second cabin amidships, that can be configured either as a triple, twin or double. The second cabin also offers an ensuite shower and separate toilet with a skylight. As with the master cabin there is full hanging space and plenty of storage. Bonded cabin windows provide extra light as well as waterside views. There will be the option to have additional storage in the mid cabin in lieu of the third berth. The spacious interior is characterised by the hand crafted furniture used throughout which has been finished in washed walnut with solid walnut accents. The colour palette for the soft furnishings is earthy with fruit overtones. There will be even more storage on the new F42 than on the F42/5 with the new boat building on the strengths of its forerunner. All the benefits from the F42/5 have been incorporated and expanded upon with the new design, from storage to seating areas, to large entertaining spaces in the cockpit, saloon and on the flybridge. The new hull is based on the proven design concept developed for the SC47 and F46. Power will be from twin Volvo Penta IPS500 370hp or IPS600 435hp. Being Sealine a Brunswick owned company I am surprised for not seeing a Zeus Cummins option.

January 13, 2010

New Model: Fairline 58 Targa GT

Fairline's new 58 Targa Gran Turismo was one of the most expected premieres to happen for the start of this year. Announced as a project the past Summer the new 58 Targa Gran Turismo takes a leap forward in this range from the British boat builder. In this new model Fairline shows design features that will make its own boats and those of its direct competitors look old. You have an expandable electric sunroof to the aft deck, option of a patio door which opens all bringing the interior saloon to the deck, lower deck reserved for the accommodation with galley living area up top, three cabins all with personal head for each, owners suite to fore but still being full beam, and an innovative tender launch retrieval system. As you can guess this new Fairline Targa model is full of surprises which while none of these are really world first, when put all together in a single boat they surely present an innovative package. The 58 Targa GT has also good performance numbers giving 31 knots max with the small Volvo 800hp, up to a top speed of 38 knots from the bigger MAN 1200hp optional. Ironically on some other aspects of the 58 Targa GT, Fairline has remained pretty traditional building a solid fiberglass hull, and unlike some other European builders decided to stay to the use of line shafts propulsion and not jump on the IPS band wagon.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.80 m (58.5ft) inc gunwale
Hull Length - 17.7 m
Beam - 5.04 m
Draft - 1.10 m unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 2500 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, + 1 crew
Engines - 2 x Volvo D12-800 EVC 775hp, D13-900 EVC 900hp, MAN V8 1200hp
Propulsion - line shafts in tunnel drives
Speeds - 38 knots max with MAN 1200hp
Hull Shape - vee with 17 degrees dead rise aft
Design - Bernard Olsenski, Fairline
Construction - hand laid isophtalic gel coat and resin with powder mat, polyurethane core deck

January 12, 2010

Projects: Salpa 43.5, Salpa 39.5

Sapla presents two new projects which will fill the bigger sizes gap left empty with the introduction of the 50.5 flagship in the fall of 2008. The new projects both of Sport Cruiser style as all of the Naples builder models, are the 43.5 which is rather similar to the flagship, and the 39.5 which is a further evolution of the 38.5. The 43.5 pictured above will be the second in size Salpa, and apart looking similar to the 50.5 by the looks of its super structure and its integrated hardtop, gets close to its bigger sister also into its practical solutions. For example the 43.5 will offer a fully enclosed hard top thanks to patio doors, and just as the flagship is powered by Volvo forward looking IPS pods. Below the 43.5 will offer a three double cabins, six berth layout, with two heads. Here is also the galley, and a C-shaped saloon which can convert to an additional double berth, making the total beds for eight persons. Thanks to the sliding door and bulkheads, it is also possible to unite the owners suite and the main living below into an open plan layout. This system also seen on the Salpa 38.5 in 2002 and is rather unusual for a European boat, and apart increasing the real space, gives also better air circulation to the lower deck. The 43.5 again as the 50.5 will also have an additional but smaller galley on the main deck, and a second dinette under the hard top. Salpa is also promising similar fittings to what was seen on the appreciated 50.5 with hard and veneer woods, matched to chromed furnishing in its interior. As those familiar with the Salpa range notice the project of the 39.5 is a reworking of the 38.5, adding seventeen centimetres to the overall length aft in the bathing platform, and an open style hard top. For the rest the 39.5 keeps the much appreciated and difficult to find for a twelve metre sport cruiser three double cabins six berth interior accommodation layout. The 39.5 can be powered by various engine options but rather interesting is the 34 knots maximum, 27 knots cruise with twin Volvo 260hp. Rather optimistic this top speed I might add, but these figures come from the very similar 38.5, although I do think they represent a rather empty boat. The new 39.5 as all Salpa models from the 32.5 upwards will be certified to CE category A certification.

New Model: Beneteau 42 Antares

French boat building giant Beneteau continue with the update of its Antares range, presenting the replacement of the 12 model, with the new 42 launched during the Paris boat show the past December. Designed by Sarazin care taking architect of all the Antares, the 42 captures the looks of previous models from this range offering a more modern curved profile with sumptuous classic looks. Measuring an over all of over 45 feet the new 42 Antares offers twin double cabins below: with owners en-suite to fore, guest cabin to starboard, and a second shower head. There is also an additional double berth in the convertible C-shaped saloon, on the single floor living main deck, which also features a galley and the lower helm station. The flybridge up top while not being the larger of the category offers intelligent use of space, with a C-shaped settee, helm station, and a sun pad looking aft. Power for the 42 Antares comes from twin Yanmar 380hp, propelled with reliable old school line shafts in tunnel drives, with the Vee shaped hull also offering a small keel for better directional stability.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.99 m (45.8ft)
Hull Length - 12.80 m
Beam - 4.09 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 9900 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 600 l
Water Capacity - 320 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 6LY3 380hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - sandwich polyester resin with balsa core
Project - Sarazin Design, Beneteau
Certification - CE B10, C12

January 11, 2010

Project: Windy 39 Sport Cruiser

Norway's Windy Boats has announced an elegant new addition to its popular Scandinavian Sports Cruiser series, with the project for the Windy 39 Sport Cruiser. The 39 will be a two-cabin, high performance, Pan-European cruiser with a huge, sociable cockpit and a practical but sleek all-weather hardtop. It will be unveiled at this years major boat shows coming September. Combining the rakish good looks of Windy’s award-winning sports boats, with the comfort, flexibility and sea-keeping credentials of the 44 Chinook and 48 Triton, the 39 Sport Cruiser will appeal to the experienced cruising yachtsman who does not want to go too big. Great emphasis has been placed on the size and flexibility of the cockpit, which is optimised for relaxing and entertaining, while still providing secure seating for family and guests while under way. The hardtop offers protection from the sun or the rain without any of the hassles of a canopy, and features a sliding sunroof. Down below, there’s a compact, private saloon amidships with a sofa, table and a spacious galley opposite. Guests are accommodated in the double-berth mid cabin, while the owner’s cabin, with semi en suite access to the heads and shower compartment, occupies the bows. The standard interior finish is in Matt-lacquered light oak, with a wide range of upholstery choices. The hull colour standard is in white or champagne, but there is also a custom option, with a variety available to choose from. Like other new-generation Windy models, the new boat will be constructed using weight-saving, environmentally sensitive, vacuum injection moulding technology. Designed by Windy's own design team to perform with both Volvo’s forward facing IPS drive system and stern drives, the 39 Sport Cruiser will be offered with three different power options. Windy is estimating rather high top speeds of up to 44 knots with the stern drive D6 370hp option.

New Model: Solemar 37 Oceanic

Launched during the latest Genoa boat show, is the new 37 Oceanic from Solemar. A renowned Italian rib builder, Solemar has always concentrated on the bigger sizes in the ribs panorama and with the 37 Oceanic present the second large in size in its twenty model line up, which start from a six metre and goes up to the 14 metre 44 Oceanic flagship. The new 37 Oceanic wants to be a leader in this size and type of craft presenting a rather comfortable interior with two separate cabins, shower head, an L-shaped saloon, and galley below. Not bad for a ten metre rib cruiser, which puts it also in competition with a full sold material type boat. The 37 Oceanic can also be offered in a variety of unique versions like a Soft Top version, or a Hard Top as pictured above. Another bonus compared to Rib Cruisers of similar size, which joins the elite features of the new Oceanic along with the comfortable interior.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.91 m (39ft)
Length Hull - 10.58 m
Beam - 4.19 m
Displacement - 6650 kg Fuel Capacity - 2 x 450 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp
Project - Solemar R & D Department
Certification - CE B

January 10, 2010

Project: Horizon 106 Elegance RP

Horizon introduces the project of the 106 Elegance RP. The new 106 design order is to enrich this specific model line, as customers become more aware of Horizon’s new line of Raised Pilothouse models. Designer, J.C. Espinosa, implemented similar style to the 120 RP and gives the 106 Elegance RP a sophisticated, and streamlined look with impressive interior volume and the luxury of numerous accommodation options. Standard layout is offered with three guest cabins in the lower deck, owners suite on the main, and a crew lobby with two cabins, and four beds located mid ship. The 106 RP shares the same luxurious interior finishes and weight reducing, construction techniques of all new Horizon yachts. The most notable design change on the 106 RP is her advanced hull shape resulting in exceptional comfort and enjoyment of high speed cruising. In order to meet the high-speed requirement, Horizon collaborated with Donald L. Blount and Associates, an internationally recognized naval architecture marine engineering firm, which specializes in fast hull designs, structure calculations and stability evaluation. The goal was to create a comfortable, efficient, and innovative double chine hull providing great performance in both low and high speed ranges.

January 8, 2010

Project: Colombo 36 Bellagio

Colombo present the 36 Bellagio project, second model of the new Colombo sports boat range, and third to come since Sarnico Group took ownership in 2007. The 36 Bellagio emphasizes, through a modern style, the values of quality and exclusivity of the brand Colombo. The deck has got a contemporary design that Nuvolari and Lenard have created for this new generation Colombo, while the famous naval architecture firm Victory Design by Brunello Acampora has designed the hull. Colombo's aim now owned by the Sarnico Group is very clear: to build a boat that distinguishes its owner, a product who now has a modern charm today, and a never ending beauty for tomorrow. In a classic and simple layout, the cockpit with its large sundeck and rich furnishings, shows its natural and timeless functionality. Its exclusivity depends on the design, the choice of materials and the infinite care of construction, a pedigree of Colombo boats since its name has been written on the ship side of its models. A novelty but seen on the just launched 26 Bellagio is the stern which turns into a gangway and beach, creating a distinctive feature unknown for its competitors. The bow with its flare and teak design, shows off the spectacular art of the master builders and the heritage of the Colombo shipyard. Below, the accommodation space is entirely devoted to the owner's suite with large bathroom and spacious wardrobe. A cabin crew is also available on request. The 36 Bellagio will be powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS400 D4 300hp.

Engine: Cat C18 ACERT 1150hp

For pleasure craft customers, it’s all about the power. That’s why Caterpillar Marine Power Systems is building off the success of its Cat C-series, electronically-controlled, high-speed marine engines with the addition of new high-performance ratings for pleasure craft applications. In the past twelve months, Caterpillar has released three new EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency Tier 2-compliant E-ratings to better meet customer needs for power density, acceleration and performance. The Cat C18 ACERT is an in-line, 6-cylinder, 4-stroke marine engine with 145 mm bore and 183 mm stroke displacing total 18.1 liters. With its new EPA Tier 2-compliant E-rating, this engine provides 1150hp (847kW) at 2,300 rpm. Manufactured at the state-of-the-art Marine Center of Excellence (MCOE) in Greenville, South Carolina, USA, the Cat C18 ACERT engine is built and tested to the highest quality levels because the facility is focused on pleasure craft engines. Improved performance from advanced Cat C-series engines not only means more power overall, but also better acceleration, more reserve power and rated power available at a wider speed range.

January 7, 2010

Project: Egemar 57 Liberty

Turkish boat builder Egemar founded in 1983, introduces to the market the project of the new 57 Liberty. With particular attention to current market conditions, which sees many new owners following a trend of downsizing in size, Egemar presents a project of medium large size Traditional lobster Yacht type design featuring big spaces. The 57 Liberty will be the second largest in the current eight model Egemar fleet, and offers a choice of three different interior layouts in two, three or four cabins formats. Major difference in this choice comes from the positioning of the galley with the option of a lower deck location, in replacement to it being above in the saloon. Other choices are also for the owners suite to fore as for the three cabin version instead of being to mid ship. The Egemar 57 Liberty will be powered by twin MAN 900hp, which will give the seventeen metre twenty five tons Traditional Yacht speeds up to 32 knots.

New Model: Jet Tern 46 Artemis

Jet Tern Marine, the builder of Selene Ocean Trawlers has introduced a new line of motor cruisers and yachts designed by Howard Chen, the founder and president of the Chinese boat yacht builder. This new line is named the Artemis after the Greek goddess often identified with Selene and will be built at the Jet Tern facility in Zhu-Hai, China. The Artemis line was developed in response to consistent and strong market demand for performance yachts built by Jet Tern. Eventually, models from 36 to 66 feet will be developed. The first model in the Artemis series is a 46 footer that splashed in November and is the result of months of design, development, and tooling by Howard Chen and his team. The Artemis 46 is a two stateroom, two-head yacht ideal for cruisers seeking quality construction as well as speed. The Artemis 46 has a beam over four meters, walkaround decks, and extended flybridge which covers the aft cockpit. A stylish sliding door opens to the saloon with a contemporary design and built-in settees with seating for four around an adjustable table. The interior layout is open with the helm station to starboard and the galley down two steps to port. Hull 4602 is equipped with twin Yanmar 380hp engines and is designed to cruise at 23 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.88 m (45.6ft)
Hull Length - 13.5 m
Waterline Length - 11.8 m
Beam - 4.37 m
Draft - 1.15 m
Displacement - 16 t
Fuel Capacity - 1514 l
Water Capacity - 378 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 6LY3-UTP 380hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 26 knots max, 20 knots cruise estimates
Project - Howard Chen

January 6, 2010

Project: Cigarette 42 AMG

Two legendary performance brands, Mercedes and Cigarette Racing Team have joined forces to create a custom boat that will be unveiled, along with its inspiration, the SLS AMG, during the Miami International Boat Show. While each brand's playground is as different as asphalt and water, both AMG and Cigarette use their racing expertise and heritage to develop high performance machines for passionate enthusiasts. Taking direct inspiration from the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG super sports car, the new Cigarette AMG offshore powerboat will feature more than hundred innovations included in the design, development and rigging of the boat. To maximize performance, safety and efficiency, innovative building techniques were employed to ensure the hull is as strong and light as possible. Cigarette Racing has also incorporated lessons learned from its Mercury Racing powered 170+ MPH speed record boat into the hull design to offer a fast and smooth ride in the most demanding conditions. Revolutionary technology will be on display in the AMG inspired 42 foot Cigarette powerboat. From the paint to its electronics to its power plants, every component of this boat has been chosen specifically to enhance the power boating experience. With a lightweight design and special attention being paid to aerodynamics and power plants, this boat will be among the most efficient ever produced in its class.

January 5, 2010

Improve-it = Sunseeker 52 Predator

A recent test with a standard Predator 52 fitted with the first production supply of Volvo's IPS 900 propulsion system proved a resounding success. The boat was put through its paces and trials resulted in improved handling, performance, noise reduction, fuel saving and comfort. The standard Predator 52 has proved a very successful model for Sunseeker and provides customers with a very versatile boat offering a high level of performance matched by luxury appointed accommodation to make cruising a very comfortable and enjoyable experience. The recent tests with the new IPS installation will provide customers with even greater choice and versatility. The new Volvo Penta 900 system installed provided impressive results across the cruising range: at 2000rpm and 26 knots performance was increased by 10%; at 2200rpm and 31 knots by 30%, and at the maximum 2300rpm by 10% reaching 35knots. The Predator tested weighed approx 25 tonnes, with full fuel and water tanks, a crew of four with medium to rough sea conditions and a 4 foot swell. The boat handled well with a comfortable heeling angle and a turning radius much less than that of a conventional shaft and rudder version. Noise level too was greatly reduced showing lower than normal readings across the entire performance range. One major benefit to owners is the comparable fuel saving on the model tested. This was up to 30% of that of the standard shaft and engine installation.