March 31, 2010

Monthly News - March 2010

-pic of the month- Rose Island Party in Genoa

Aicon Group in Full Showdown at Nauta Show

Aicon will be present with the strength of its Group at the Mediterranean Boat Show, exposing both the Aicon Yachts and Morgan Yachts range. The XV edition of the Nauta Boat Show, to be held in Catania, 20th - 28th March 2010, will be the debut at a boat show of the Morgan 33 Dinghy, the first daily cruiser of the Group. The range will also be represented by the Morgan 44, the small jewel of the lobster boat range of the Group. Along with the Morgan models, in the harbor of Catania will be exposed the Aicon 52 Fly, a yacht below 60 ft which expresses the key concepts of the Aicon style, sixteen meters of style, elegance and refinement that make the boat extremely livable and comfortable; and the Aicon 62 Open, a concentrate of technology and design recognizable from the well-defined external lines and the classic round porthole. After the success obtained at the official presentation in the autumn of 2009 in Rome, the Morgan 33 Dinghy will debut for the first time in a boat show. Aicon has chosen the Nauta of Catania, one of the major exhibitions in Italy, to pay homage to its homeland with a model that is the extraordinary result of union between the quality and the technology that distinguish Morgan, and the culture and the style of the Made in Sicily. The Morgan 33 Dinghy is an open, almost 10 meters in length, which inaugurates a new range of yachts called Dinghies and will be present alongside the now well-known Morgan Lobster Boats and the Fast Commuters.

Apreamare Bought Back by Founding Aprea and Pollio Familes

The Ferretti Group, announces that it has signed an agreement to sell 100% of Apreamare S.p.A. to the Aprea and Pollio families, the founders of the historical Sorrento brand. The deal is set to be closed by the end of March 2010. The sale will include the nautical pole in Torre Annunziata (Naples), which boasts 125,000 m² of total floor space, including 53,000 m² of indoor space, and a private wet dock with about 100 mooring spaces. This deal will allow the Ferretti Group to continue to pursue the Strategic Plan implemented in recent months with the aim of focusing on its core business. The Apreamare shipyards have been operating since 1849 in the production and artisan building of the typical Gozzo Sorrentino, reinterpreted in a modern light. Part of the Ferretti Group since 2001, Apreamare’s current products range includes two lines of crafts: the classic line of Gozzo vessels ranging from 28 to 64 feet and the Maestro line of yachts featuring sophisticated, original designs and ranging from 51 to 82 feet.

Aquador Awarded in Norway

Aquador 23 DC was awarded as the "Exhibition Boat" of the year 2010 at Sjoen For Alle 2010 -boatshow in Lillestrøm, Norway. Top features of this speedy and well-appointed daycruiser were appreciated by the exhibition visitors, but also by the professional jury. Aquador 23 DC beat its competitors in size class of five to eight meter boats.

Azimut Presents Grande

Four new yachts of over 30 metres and a design philosophy entirely at the service of the megayacht owner. With a special equipe of designers who provide services directly at Customer's home, anywhere in the world. All this is Grande, or better, Azimut Grande. The new family encompasses the entire Azimut Yachts offer in the over 100 feet segment and gives a characteristically Italian name to the approach that Azimut has always taken to customer relations: an approach that has made it the favourite shipyard of Megayacht owners throughout the world since twelve years. Grande will have an exceptional portfolio of Megayachts, which by 2013 will have expanded to include four new models. Over the next few months, work on the Azimut 120 SL will be complete, while the 100ft Raised Pilot House, the 110ft Widebody, and last but not least the 126ft with two and a half decks will be launched in the next three years. Grande is the listening capacity of a shipyard which provides a Personal Design Equipe entirely at the service of its customers. This is one of the new elements of the new Azimut flagship project: a special team to transform dreams into fully operational designs. The Personal Design Equipe is happy to meet the owner anywhere in the world, to discuss his needs, discover his wishes and - in no time at all - present him with a proposal that will transform his dreams into reality. The direct relationship with the customer and the ability to customise a vessel to the maximum is one of the great strengths of Azimut's approach that have always made it stand out, as shown by the experiences of Philip Rinaldi, owner of “Vivere” an Azimut 116. Grande is a new adventure in entrepreneurial, design and cultural terms. A grand adventure in ideas and investments, that only Azimut could launch, strengthened by its position as international leader in Megayacht production.

Azimut New Managing Director

Paolo Vitelli, Chairman of the Azimut-Benetti Group, has appointed Gianni Cucco to run the Azimut Yachts Division in his capacity as CEO, at the same time assigning him supervision of the Atlantis Division, which continues to be headed by Alessandro Furfaro. Cucco replaces Federico Martini who, after four and a half years of collaboration, is leaving the company by mutual agreement. The ownership wishes to thank Federico Martini for his contribution to the company and wishes him all the best for his future career. Gianni Cucco, who had occupied a top position in Azimut Yachts between 1987 and 1997, returned to the company in 2008, after a period as General Manager and CEO with Corcos Industriale (Freudenberg Group). Due to his many years of experience in the Azimut-Benetti Group, Gianni Cucco can today boast an in-depth understanding of the sector, in addition to an insider's knowledge of the products and the people; above all, however, he shares the passion which over time has determined the success of the company. With these distinguishing characteristics, he will be able to make the most of the recovery opportunities offered by the market, with the objective of confirming the Group's international leadership.

Bertram New President

Bertram is pleased to announce that Alton Herndon will join the Bertram team as President of Bertram Yachts. Herndon is a leading marine industry executive with more than 35 years of executive management experience. His extensive background, valued reputation and strong team-building skills will surely lead the Bertram brand to continue on its path of building the highest quality luxury sport-fishing boats in the industry. Mike Myers announced recently that he has decided to leave the company to pursue a new professional career path. Herndon has quite an extensive background which has lead him to become a nationally recognized leader in the marine industry today. He was President of Hatteras Yachts from 1985 to 1996. Herndon also held various roles in executive management positions with top brands such as Palmer Johnson, Inc., Tiara Yachts, KCS International and most recently Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Southport Boat Works. He has also served on numerous boards and committees, including his position as Chairman of the National Association of Boat Manufacturers and past member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Herndon studied business at High Point College and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Executive Program. He served as Battery Commander in the Army National Guard's 113th Artillery Division.

Ferretti Group Sixth Convergence

The sixth “Convergence”, master course specially organised for captains of Ferretti Group yachts, came to a close on Friday 5th March. From 2nd to 5th March, the Grand Hotel in Rimini and CRN shipyard in Ancona welcomed 150 captains from all over the world who took part in classroom sessions, visits to shipyards, sea trials and team building activities. Opening the event, first held in 2004, were Salvatore Basile, and Lamberto Tacoli, Ferretti Group CEO and Vice President of Sales and Marketing. As in previous years, Convergence liaised with Sales Management, After Sales, Communications and the AYT (Advanced Yacht Technology), one of the most advanced naval research and design centres in the world, as well as the Ferretti Group’s Style Centre. After a speech by Rimini Harbour Master, Aniello Raiola, expert on the pleasure boating code, and a presentation by Rina, Ente Registro Italiano Navale (Italian naval registry organisation), the course continued with technical seminars held by speakers from the Group’s most important technological partners, amongst which MAN, MTU, ZF, Cat, Rolla, Idromar, NAVIOP and Besenzoni. These companies have always liaised with the AYT, working on the constant development of the innovations which characterise Ferretti Group yachts. Moreover, during these meetings, technicians and engineers both from the Group and technological partners made an in-depth study of the main topics pertaining to the daily management of motoryachts. A round table was held on Friday, 5th March, to study the technical problems which emerged during the lessons, and the topics linked to the most recent solutions and innovations in terms of interior design. Moreover, special areas were set up everyday which aroused great interest in both participants and partners. Individual meetings were organised in these areas, with technicians from top technological partners (MAN, MTU, ZF) and the After Sales Managers of each brand. One eagerly awaited, and indeed important day was Wednesday 3rd March, during which the 150 Captains visited the Ferretti Group brand CRN shipyard in Ancona. The Captains had the opportunity to visit some of the pleasure yachts currently being built, amongst which the 72 metre and 80 metre models, one of the largest megayachts ever to be built in Italy. Moreover, CRN megayachts, “Clarena 2” 72m, “Romance” 57m, and two Navette 43 measuring 43 metres were moored at the large CRN wharf for the occasion, flanking 5 other Ferretti Group brand yachts (Ferretti 560, Ferretti 631, Long Range 23 Mochi Craft, Custom Line Navetta 33, Pershing 80), chosen especially to reinforce what the captains had learnt during the classroom sessions with technical demonstrations and the practical sessions at sea. The simulations of systems and equipment on dry land were also a huge success

Ferretti Enhances Presence in China

Ferretti Yachts, a brand of Ferretti Group producing flybridge yachts ranging from 47 to 88 feet, enlarges its sales network with a new dealership signed with Speedo Marine for Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian and Hainan regions and adding a new area Guangdong to Kingsway Marine territory. Speedo Marine is a company specialized in yacht and boat industry with 10 years of solid experience in marine engines and boats market, with a professional sales and after sales team able to guarantee maintenance and maritime training. In order to reinforce the presence inside the territory of reference, Speedo Marine is opening three new Sales Offices by the end of the year in Hainan, Xiamen and Shanghai. Speedo Marine is already dealer of Itama, another brand of the Ferretti Group. Kingsway Marine, established in 1980, is the historical dealer of Ferretti Yachts and the most successful in the Asia territory. Responsible for Hong Kong and Macau regions, Kingsway will also take care of the Guangdong area. It recently opened a Sales office in Shenzhen. The new agreements will be officialised at the upcoming China International Boat Show in Shanghai, during the Ferretti Group press conference which will be held in the opening day of the show. Speedo Marine will also participate to Hainan Rendez Vous together with Ferretti Yachts, Riva and Itama brands of the Ferretti Group.

Formula Makes International News

Formula has recently been recognized on the covers of several international marine publications. Each issue goes into great detail about the featured Formulas and their unmatched craftsmanship. Formula has long been recognized internationally as the finest boat from the U.S.

Formula Demo Ride

Formula is excited to announce the 2010 demo season is underway in South Florida. The Formula models available for demo rides are the 45 Yacht, 40 PC and 37 PC. A Formula dealer will accompany qualified customers to the demo sight for their personal examination. This is a great opportunity for an up-close and personal look at the Formula Difference.

Itama Selected for ADI Design Index 2009

Associazione per il Disegno Industriale - a non-profit organization that supports the development of design culture – selected Itama SeventyFive so to be published on ADI Design Index 2009. The selection has been operated by a large and qualified network, formed by 140 specialists. ADI Design Index 2009 will be published on July 2010, representing the second step during the three years path preparing the next edition of ADI award Compasso D’Oro. This award – 2010 will be the 22nd edition - involves goods, services and systems and it is regarded as one of the most competent, concerning production standard and design projects. In this way, over the past fifty years, the biggest Historical Design Collection has been built. Further, starting from 2009, ADI Design Index is not only the necessary step to Compasso D’oro award, but also selection step to Premio dei Premi, where ADI participates together with Confindustria and Cnr. This important award will be assigned considering the innovation carried out by the project, chosen among the goods, services and systems described on ADI Design Index.

Jarrett Bay for Nascar Driver

Jarrett Bay is excited to publicly announce details of a new 46' Sportfisherman project quietly started in January 2010 for one of NASCAR's most notable and respected drivers, Jeff Burton. Plans are to deliver this landmark build to the Burton Family in under a year, and thanks to a media partnership with Marlin Magazine, families will be able to follow along with the construction through weekly photo updates, time lapse video pods, and even a blog about the custom build by Jeff himself. After 13 years supporting NASCAR, and the second season as the primary sponsor of Jeff's No. 31 Caterpillar Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, it was a natural choice for Burton - an avid sportfisherman - to power his boat with CAT engines.

Jarrett Bay New Salesmen

The Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales family of sales professionals continues to grow with the addition of Phil Stoegerer in Charleston, South Carolina and Doug Curtiss in Ocean City, Maryland. Both have over 20 years of sales experience, and a lifetime of avid boating experience to help provide our customers with the professionalism and knowledge our team's standout reputation is built on.

Maritimo Bolsters Sales Team

Maritimo Queensland dealer Ormonde Britton has strengthened his team with the appointment of sales support specialist Tony Jones. Tony (seen right, below with Ormonde Britton) has more than 15 years of experience in the marine industry and is a qualified Marine Engineer. He owned and operated a marine maintenance and service business on the Gold Coast for four years before working for two years as the European Service Manager for a large boat builder. Since returning to Australia in 2007, Tony has been working in sales on the Gold Coast. Ormonde and his team are based at the Maritimo factory in Hope Harbour. They work closely with Noel Leigh-Smith's sales organisation on the Gold Coast to provide complete coverage of Queensland for the company.

Maritimo Strengths Network with Industry Veteran

Maritimo has further strengthened the Dealer network with the appointment of one of Australia's best-known names in leisure marine, Noel Leigh-Smith, in Queensland. The move follows recent appointments in Sydney and in the US where super-dealer Galati Yacht Sales now represents Maritimo in the south-east. Noel Leigh-Smith and his team will be based at Runaway Bay and at Marina Mirage at the southern end of the Gold Coast Broadwater. He began working in the industry as an outboard engine mechanic in 1964 when he was still in his mid-teens. He began his sales career in 1972, selling early Mariner models for Bill Barry-Cotter.

Meridian Best Selling Flybridge Brand for Fouth Year

While 2009 brought a sea of change for much of the marine industry, Meridian Yachts’ position as the top builder of bridge boats in the U.S. remained unchanged. According to the latest results by Statistical Surveys Incorporated, using reported state vessel registration data, Meridian Yachts was the best-selling brand of bridge boats in the country for the fourth consecutive year in 2009. In fact, 2009 marked the highest market share ever for Meridian in the 35-60-foot bridge boat category, as the brand captured nearly 20 percent of the market. Brunswick Corporation’s other major brand in the segment, Sea Ray, had the second-highest bridge boat market share. In the category, sales of Meridian and Sea Ray together exceeded the U.S. sales of the next nine brands combined. The gap between Brunswick’s offerings and the competition also grew, as Meridian alone sold nearly three times as many boats in 2009 as the Number 3 competitor in the category.

Morgan Boat of the Year in Croatia

Morgan Yachts, the brand of Aicon Group specialized in the design, construction and marketing of yachts in the Dinghy, Lobster Boats and Fast Commuters segments, has won the “Croatian Boat of the Year 2010” with its model Morgan 44 Lobster Boat in the category Motor Boat 41-45 ft. The award, at its eighth edition, was organized by the online boating magazine NauCat and saw the participation of the leading worldwide boat builders represented in the Croatian area. The prize “Croatian Boat of the Year” is considered particularly renowned and trusted due to the fact that the boats nominated in the various categories are voted by the shipyards themselves. Morgan Yachts is represented in Croatia by the Ambassador Barke Bonom, authentic interpreter of the Morgan philosophy in the Northern Adriatic area and in Eastern Europe and part of the strong and exclusive network of partners all over the world, that are ambassadors of Morgan in their countries. The Morgan 44 Lobster Boat has won in its category, which included a total of five vessels, confirming the success obtained not only by ship owners and enthusiasts of the Morgan brand but also by the operators themselves of the marine industry. The Morgan 44, the first Morgan Lobster Boat, is a yacht which recaptures the design of the lobster boats which dominated the waters of New England during the 1950’s. The Besozzi-Selvetti Firm, which has been responsible for the design of the hull, combines the essence of the Maine lobster boats with the most modern technology in order to create a 44 footer of great effect. It is a boat whose valuable details, precious lively-colored fabrics and skilled use of solid wood create an unforgettable atmosphere on board. The exceptional style and attention to detail distinguishes this yacht, where passion for the sea is embodied in the irresistible appeal of a timeless boat.

Mustang Appoints Voluntary Administrators

The Directors of Mustang Marine announce that they have placed Mustang Marine Australia Services, the principal manufacturing entity of Mustang Marine group in Voluntary Administration effective Friday 19 March 2010. Cliff Sanderson and Alan Topp of Restructuring Works were appointed Voluntary Administrators. Over the last 2 years, the company has spent significant sums on redesigning production, new product development and restructuring sales and marketing. The proof of the success of this is in the reception from the media and public to the new models, and the resulting sales. However the after effects of the global economic events of the last 18 months have continued to weigh on sentiment and sales lead conversion has therefore been slower than expected. Business was further hampered by a fire at a critical supplier causing significant delays in new product releases. The principal lender to the business decided it was unable to support the next stage of growth in the business. Without the certainty of continued funding the Directors have taken the prudent course of entering Voluntary Administration whilst a new investor is found. By taking the Voluntary Administration route, the company has time to source new investment as well as restructure the business to be better equipped to meet the current market conditions. This process has been commenced by the Administrators. The Directors understand that the Administrators have terminated non essential staff on Friday 19 March 2010. The company Dealerships throughout the country and internationally are still operating. The Directors intend to formulate a Deed of Company Arrangement. It is the Directors’ intention that boats currently sold and in production will be completed and delivered. The company will be contacting owners to discuss specifics. It is also the Directors intention to continue the research and development plans for new models. The company will still offer a presence at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May 2010 by showcasing their current range of models.

Nimbus Expands in Stockholm

Nimbus Boats are expanding operations in Stockholm by entering a partnership with Nimbus Maxi Center, one of Nimbus’ biggest dealers. The new company, Nimbus Boats Stockholm AB, will include all personnel from Nimbus Maxi Center. The new company will be expanding operations by establishing a base at the Lidingö island yards, planned for the spring of 2010. The company will now offer interesting total solutions for customers through their future long-term plans for the Lidingö operation. The purpose of the partnership is to strengthen their market leading position in the region and increase accessibility and service quality for customers.

Nordhavn Takes Best of 2010 and Peoples Choice

Nordhavn gets recognized for its merits honored with two awards this past month: a “Best of 2010” award from Motorboating magazine and the “People’s Choice” prize at last week’s San Diego Trawler Fest. The prestigious “Best of” award was presented at the Miami International Boat Show February 10 in front of a huge crowd of marine industry movers and shakers. Motorboating editor-in-chief Peter Janssen said the company had been chosen because Nordhavn creates the culture and allows their owners to do whatever it is they want to do, and to go wherever they want to go. Meanwhile in San Diego, hundreds of trawler owners gathered for the annual southwest trawler “symposium” known as Trawler Fest, presented by Passagemaker magazine. Dozens of different trawler brands were on show, but the overwhelming favorite was the Nordhavn 64 Sweet Hope, which took the Peoples Choice award. Nordhavn stated that its customers have made them who they are. Without them, Nordhavn is just a company with a bunch of stellar boats. Nordhavm also said that the way the owners use and enjoy their vessels have made them favorites of the Explorer Yacht builders map.

Pershing Chairman Resignation

The Board of Directors of Ferretti S.p.A. announces it has refused the purchase offer received on 3rd February for its controlled company Pershing S.p.A.. This decision was made after considering the brand’s strategic importance, the significance of the Mondolfo production facility and the technical and human value of the people working there, in order to achieve the aims set down in the Industrial Plan for relaunching the Group. The Chairman of Pershing S.p.A., Attilio Antonelli, not in agreement with this choice, has decided to hand in his resignation. The Ferretti S.p.A. and Pershing S.p.A. Boards of Directors have regretfully accepted his decision.

Princess Reveals Plans for South Yard

Plymouth-based luxury yacht builder Princess Yachts International, today presented plans for the newly occupied South Yard site at a consultation with Devonport Regeneration Community partnership (DRC). The plans represent a significant contribution to the local economic regeneration and outline a £15m investment programme for the yard leading to the creation of 200 new jobs at the company. The 15 acre site, which is within the historic naval dock yard of Devonport, was acquired by the company last year for the purpose of building a new line of 100 feet+ vessels and the build of the first of these new M Class yachts has already begun at the yard. These new development plans are essential to ensure the correct infrastructure is in place for the long term manufacture and development of these and other future Princess models at the site. The redevelopment will consist of significant modifications and enhancements to the current yard including a new impressive production ‘hangar’, which will develop in size over three phases to produce a vast, world class manufacturing facility. The plans also include the covering and development of the existing ‘shallow dock’, structural changes to the existing number 3 slipway to make this more suitable for the craft it will ultimately launch, and many associated external works around the site. Princess Yachts is one of the largest employers in the region. The new South Yard facility is additional production capacity to the five existing sites the company already operates in the area. Production of the company’s other world leading and award winning craft will continue in the existing facilities. Following the DRC consultation, formal planning applications for adaptation of the site will be submitted.

Princess New Distributor for Finland

Princess Yachts has appointed Motor Yacht Finland Oy as the exclusive distributor of Princess yachts for Finland with immediate effect. Operating under the trading name of Princess Finland, this company will be run by owners Mikko Alanen, Managing Director and Mats Carlson, Technical Director, both of whom are current Princess owners and experienced yachtsmen with many years experience in the marine industry. Princess Finland will operate from their waterside offices in Helsinki with the support of their experienced Sales Manager Pancho Marjak and his team.

Riva Celebrates New China Dealership

Riva, the world’s oldest boat yard, has signed an exclusive Chinese territory dealership contract with the marine division of Jebsen & Co, furthering the iconic brand’s presence in Asia. Jebsen & Co, chosen to represent the historical brand famous for its unique style of yachts, was founded in 1895 and is one of the most important dealerships in Hong Kong. What started over a hundred years ago as a general trading company has now evolved into a focussed marketing and distribution organisation, deeply embedded in the industries and markets it serves. With a unique long established presence in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Korea, the Jebsen Group offers local market access with a high degree of specialisation and knowledge to companies from around the world. From a broad spectrum of consumer, industrial, beverage and luxury products, Jebsen is responsible for bringing unparalleled quality to the regional markets, adapting to the rapidly changing business landscape in East Asia. Outside the region, the Jebsen Group enjoys close ties with sister companies in Australia, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Denmark, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and the United States. This luxury market experience combined with its deep knowledge of the local market, were the reasons why Riva formed the partnership (the collaboration between the two started in 2008 for the sole area of Hong Kong). With the assistance of Jebsen Marine, Riva aims to position the brand as an industry leader, emulating its already established reputation in Europe and USA. The appointment will be made official during the Asia Boat Show to be held from April 8th 2010 in Shanghai, where Riva will be present together with the other brands of the Ferretti Group. Thanks to the support of the dealer Jebsen Marine, Riva will participate in the inaugural luxury event Hainan Rendez-Vous, to be held on the island of Hainan, a soon-to-be famous tourism destination in the South of China. The event will take place from 2 – 4 April 2010 and will host yachts, private jets and helicopters produced by the world’s most famous brands; Riva will display SportRiva 56’, a symbol of Italian design and craftsmanship.

Riviera Success at Auckland Show

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder proudly showcased two of its latest models for the first time in New Zealand at the Auckland International Boat Show which finished last Sunday and attracted thousands of boating enthusiasts from around the pacific basin. The exciting new 5800 Sport Yacht with IPS and Riviera's new flagship model, the brilliant 70 Enclosed Flybridge made their New Zealand debut at this year’s show and was among nine boats displayed by R Marine New Zealand of the award-winning Riviera range. Boasting the single largest brand display at the show, Riviera showcased from the Flybridge collection; the 70 Enclosed, 51 Enclosed, 47 Enclosed, 45 Open, and 41 Open; from the Sport Yacht collection; the 5800 and 4400; and from the Offshore Express collection; the 43 and 48. R Marine New Zealand’s dealer principal Bruce McGill said there was a strong level of inquiry from the New Zealand market. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said Riviera was clearly the brand of choice for many New Zealanders with more than 350 Rivieras afloat in their beautiful waterways. R Marine New Zealand and Riviera hosted a cocktail party at the floating display on Friday, March 12 for more than 100 owners and once again the ‘I Luv Riv’ team where on hand to welcome show goers to Riviera’s display. Nearly 3000 ‘I Luv Riv’ stickers were requested by boating enthusiasts over the four days of the show.

Riviera Expands in Puerto Rico

Australia’s largest luxury pleasure boat manufacturer, Riviera, has continued to expand its dealer network with the appointment of Wally Castro Marine in Puerto Rico. Wally Castro Marine has taken over the Puerto Rican market from long-serving Viso Marine and has just confirmed an order for several of Riviera’s newest models. Riviera’s latest innovative design and technology will be brought to the Puerto Rican market this year with the exciting new 43 Open Flybridge, 45 Open Flybridge, 5800 Sport Yacht and 61 Enclosed Flybridge. Dealer Principal Wally Castro brings with him 12 years experience in luxury power boat and motor yacht sales. Mr Castro said he was honoured to represent the prestigious Riviera brand in Puerto Rico. Wally Castro Marine was founded in Puerto Rico and is proudly owned and operated by Wally Castro and Gabriel Coll. Wally Castro is the current president. The dealership has been dedicated to the boating industry with new boats, brokerage, warranty and maintenance services and the promotion and awareness of boating in the Puerto Rico and the Caribbean markets. Wally Castro Marine’s philosophy has always been a solid commitment to service. No matter where boat owners are located within Puerto Rico or the Caribbean, the dealership offers support by land, sea and air services. After more than 30 years in the boating community, Wally Castro Marine has built an excellent reputation providing the best after sales and service in the boating industry in Puerto Rico.

Riviera Welcomes New Salesman

Riviera’s R Marine Sydney will strengthen its brokerage operations following the appointment of new sales executive, Andrew Bettini. Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge to the company, coupled with more than 10 years experience working on Sydney Harbour, seven years as a boat broker and experience in running a successful marine detailing and management business. R Marine Sydney dealer principal Michael Joyce said Andrew was an asset to the team and was appointed to strengthen R Marine’s brokerage operations through his extensive knowledge of the Riviera brand. Andrew said a life-long passion for boating and a decade of industry experience puts him in good stead to take on this challenging new role. R Marine Sydney is focused on providing the most professional advice and owner care for Riviera enthusiasts. The dealership has more than 100 combined years of Riviera knowledge and experience.

Riviera Merges Dealer Network

Riviera, builder has moved to consolidate its Queensland dealer network to operate under the R Marine Queensland banner offering Riviera owners more than 49 years of combined Riviera knowledge. R Marine Coomera and R Marine Runaway Bay dealerships have merged with R Marine Queensland to provide Riviera owners with one point of contact in Queensland for sales, service and the best Riviera owner care, 7 days a week. R Marine Queensland, which has been located at Riviera’s manufacturing facility at Coomera is a multiple recipient of the annual ‘Riviera Service’ award. The dealership offers the full Riviera line including Flybridges, Sport Yachts, Offshore Express and the new Motor Yacht Collection and also offers two mobile service and warranty vans providing fast and efficient back-up under the expertise of the team. Further north of the Gold Coast, Riviera offers the services of Casey Dent based at Airlie Beach providing owners with service and warranty coverage in the popular Whitsunday’s region, so no matter where your boating takes you in Australia, you are never far from Riviera’s industry leading support service through the R Marine network. R Marine Queensland will continue to handle sales from both dealerships. Service and warranty work will be coordinated from the Coomera dealership. R Marine Queensland’s Randall and Melinda Jones have been associated with the Riviera brand for the past 10 years and are supported by an impressive team. Randall welcomed the merger and looks forward to hosting a range of boating and other events in 2010 for new and existing members of the Riviera family. R Marine Queensland will host a range of exciting events for Riviera owners including the Kooringal Weekend in March, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May, the much-anticipated Canaipa Passage Weekend in July, the Great Sandy Straits Experience in September, the Jacaranda Festival Experience in November and finally the R Marine Queensland Christmas Beach Party in December.

Rose Island Day in May

Ten years after its first model début, Rose Island wants to thank the owners and the friends involved in the success of the brand. In this occasion Rose Island will present hull one of the new 43 Lobster model, and will also show for the first time the project renderings of the upcoming 53 Lobster. Present in this occasion will also be all the range from Rose Island, ready for clients to visit and sea trial. Rosa Islands tenth birthday celebration will happen in the recently opened Marina Genova Aeroporto, a perfect decoration to tell the story of a success which started with a trademark deposit for the Lobster name. Rose Island today is the holder of this commonly used name, showing they truly believe in what they do with the traditional cruisers and yachts range which are far away from a fashionable product, and have looks with classic lines which last forever. When Fabio Rosa founded this company his aim was to build a yacht to distinct demanding owners and to keep them happy. In this birthday party at the Genoa Airport Marina will be also the car racing drives who wore the Rose Island ensign during important Global races like the Daytona 24 hours, Le Mans 24 hours, Spa 24 hours, and the 1000km Monza challenge.

Sea Ray Announces AquaPalozza 2010

Sea Ray Boats announced today that the date of its highly anticipated AquaPalooza 2010 Signature Event has been changed to July 10, 2010. The move was made to accommodate the schedule of a major musical act, which will be announced in the near future. This year’s Signature Event will take place on Lake Travis, a short drive from both Austin and San Antonio, Texas. Lake Travis the gem among Texas lakes will host host the 2010 event, with approximately 19,000 acres of crystal clear water and 250 miles of shoreline with countless unspoiled coves and creeks to explore. The lake offers 15 marinas and 11 public boat ramps, as well as numerous powerboat, houseboat and PWC rental facilities. The Signature Event will be held at The Reserve at Lake Travis, a new waterfront resort between the Pace Bend and Point Venture areas of the lake. It will be a free event where your boat is your ticket having the location choosen no land access to the event. The Reserve encompasses one of the nicest and most pristine points of land on Lake Travis, which will be perfect for an on-water event of this magnitude. When completed, the Reserve’s facilities will include a world-class marina restaurant and equestrian center, making it one of the premier home and boating resort areas in the Southwest. For those who can’t make it to Lake Travis, Sea Ray dealerships around the world will transform more than 100 additional locations into official AquaPalooza event sites, making it easy for boaters to both get to, and to enjoy the family fun. Most of the events will take place during the last two weekends in July. In 2009, the fourth annual AquaPalooza attracted approximately 15,000 boats and 84,000 guests to 123 events from New York to California, and from Austria to Australia. Since its inception in 2006, the multi-location celebration has grown bigger each year.

Sunseeker Impressive Dubai Boat Show

Sunseeker Middle East had an impressive start to the Dubai International Boat Show (9th - 13th March) as the Sunseeker 38 Metre special edition was purchased by a buyer from the GCC on the first morning of the show. The company is delighted to have sold five craft in total throughout the show. Sunseeker Middle East LLC was one of the leaders at the show and displayed eight boats in total including the 82 Yacht, Manhattan 70, Manhattan 60, Manhattan 52, Predator 62, Portofino 47 and Superhawk 43.

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