April 30, 2010

Monthly News - April 2010

-picture of the month- Moonen Historic Passage

Azimut R and D Experience Day

There's a reason why many of the innovations developed at the Azimut Research and Development Center have the word "easy" in their names. To discover what's behind it, all you have to do is try the technological systems available on Azimut boats. That's what numerous specialized journalists from France, Germany, England, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy were able to do thanks to their invitation to the first Azimut R&D Experience Day. During the tests they were able to see how Azimut's exclusive technological devices make navigation simpler and more comfortable and how the onboard experience can become more laid-back and relaxed. "Made in Azimut" technology always places itself at the service of owners' safety and comfort.

Azimut New Partnership in Brazil

In Brazil the luxury market is growing and Azimut Yachts strengthens its presence in this South American country, importing yachts produced in Italy and strengthening its sales network. Azimut Yachts, world leader in the luxury yacht sector, confirms its role as the leading player in yachting also in Brazil. The Italian Shipyard has decided to focus on maximum product quality, offering an efficient comprehensive sales and technical support network consolidated in over twenty years of experience. With the advantage of established and important brand awareness on the Brazilian market after working for many years with a local production partner, Azimut Yachts has made its offering in this country even more attractive. As from today, the vessels produced directly at the Azimut works will also be available overseas; the company factory uses some of the most modern and efficient production processes in the world, while tried and tested personnel training procedures and thorough control policies ensure exceptional quality standards. To ensure optimal distribution of its products in the South American country, Azimut Yachts has formed a new partnership with Yacht Brasil. Operating since 1990 with an extremely well-organised network, Yacht Brasil has been chosen as importer for Brazil. Coverage of the territory is ensured by eighteen sales outlets and eight dedicated service points. In these locations every Customer can discover the Azimut experience. The pleasure of owning an Azimut vessel begins with purchase and continues throughout the life of the product, due to a delivery, technical support and after-sale programme that eliminates all worries, leaving the Customer free to enjoy his yacht to the full. A business model Azimut has consolidated practically all over the world, from Europe to the USA, Russia, the Middle East, China and now also Brazil.

Bayliner Expands Marketing Team

Michelle Borja has joined the marketing department at Bayliner in the US as director of consumer marketing. Based in the group's corporate headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee, Borja will be responsible for Bayliner's consumer engagement activities. She reports to Betsy Lazzara, vice president and brand manager for Bayliner. Bryan Clark has also joined the Bayliner staff as marketing analyst. In his new role, Clark will be responsible for market share analysis and other metrics to measure return on investment of Bayliner's marketing expenditures. He reports to Jeff Hull, Bayliner's director of dealer development.

Brunswick Stays with September Model Year Change Over

Andy Graves, president of the Brunswick Boat Group, said the company would keep September 1 as the model-year changeover date for its 2011 models. Brunswick's boat companies, with the exception of Hatteras and Cabo, last year moved their model-year changeovers from July 1 to September.

Chaparral and Robalo New Vice President

Chaparral and Robalo Boats have announced the promotion of Ann Baldree to vice president. Baldree's career has spanned almost three decades with the company. Her responsibilities include managing the company's worldwide sales network, which includes eight regional sales managers, 159 domestic dealers and 30 international dealers. Baldree is the 2008 winner of the Darlene Briggs Marine Industry Women of the Year award. She is also a member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Boat Board of Directors.

Grand Banks Rendez Vous Season is Here

The 2010 rendezvous season gets underway next month! With many active GB Owners Associations around the world, this is a special time of the year for owners to come together and celebrate their vessels.

Grand Banks Newest Spray Magazine

The newest edition of Spray Magazine is now available online. Features include the revival one of the most famous wooden Grand Banks ever built; helpful information about DSC-equipped VHF radios; and recent sea trials in Istanbul of the first 46 Eastbay SX. Grand Banks President and CEO Rob Livingston offers his thoughts on how the company and the industry have weathered this "unique" time in its history and as always, new Grand Banks owners are featured from around the world, including one couples adventures exploring the East Coast of the U.S. in their 46EU.

Ferretti Group Easea Show

The Ferretti Group presents the Ferretti Group Days, from April 30th to May 2nd: an exclusive three day event dedicated to clients and dealers of all Ferretti Group Brands at the Marina in Cattolica. On May 1st the easea>show, the permanent exhibition of the boats of the Group’s brands, will be officially inaugurated.

Ferretti Group Creates Ferretti Group Brazil

The Ferretti Group, a world leader within the sphere of the design, construction and sale of motoryachts encompassing a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive brands in the nautical world, has signed an agreement with Spirit, a Brazilian company based in Sao Paolo, operating within the production and sale of new and pre-owned yachts. The agreement was announced, during the Rio Boat Show 2010, at which the Ferretti Group was present from 8th to 14th April with 6 yachts displayed on a prestigious stand set out over an impressive 210 m². The agreement provides that the sale and after sales assistance of all Ferretti Group brand yachts on the Brazilian market will now be managed by Marcio Latorre Christiansen, founder and CEO of Spirit, under the new brand name Ferrettigroup Brasil, thus strengthening the network of services offered to clients. Hence, Ferrettigroup Brasil will be a platform for developing the distribution and services supporting Ferretti Group yachts on the Brazilian market, thus contributing to the further expansion of the Group’s business in this country. In particular, Ferrettigroup Brasil has significant strategic value, in that it will be able to count on the consolidated skills of the Ferretti Group within the sphere of designing and producing motoryachts on the one hand, and on Spirit’s specific know-how regarding production, sales and after sales services in Brazil, on the other. Moreover, this working relationship also provides for the opening, by Ferrettigroup Brasil, of a prestigious showroom by the end of June 2010. Set out over more than 1000m² at the exclusive, luxury mall in Sao Paolo, ‘Shopping Center Cidade Jardim’, it will display both Ferretti Group yachts and a fine selection of luxury items, such as cars, helicopters and watches produced by some of the most prestigious brands in the world. The agreement between the two Groups, which have been working together since 1989, confirms the Ferretti Group’s interest in this country. Indeed, it is one of the most important markets in the world, with excellent potential and also a continuous incentive and natural outlet, full of prospects for development.

Jarrett Bay Humanity Fund Raiser

The Jarrett Bay family recently held a barbecue lunch fundraiser benefiting the Joy Gaskill Memorial House, being built by the Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity. Around 250 people in the community participated in the luncheon fundraiser last week. As a long-time Jarrett Bay employee, Joy started this endeavor shortly before being tragically killed in a car accident two years ago. A location for the home has been selected in Newport, NC. It costs about $50,000 to build a Habitat for Humanity home, and donations are still very much needed.

Marlow Yachts Ocean Challenge

The Ocean Challenge is open to all production yacht builders representing their products as long-distance passage makers. Marlow Yachts challenges any production builder in an epic voyage in the summer of 2010, from West Palm Beach, Florida, to Reykjavik, Iceland, non-stop, using only the advertised standard fuel capacity of currently offered vessels. Dependent upon chosen course, this voyage is as much as 3,500 miles offshore. Alternatively, the challengers may opt for a shorter voyage from West Palm Beach, Florida, to Gibraltar. No stops in Bermuda or Azores are permitted. This voyage, dependent upon route, is around 2,700 miles offshore. The first to arrive is the winner; though it can be clearly stated that all capable of either voyage are winners as well.

Moonen Makes Historic Passage

Etoile d'Azur, the seventh in the highly successful Moonen 84 series, crossed the Atlantic Ocean last December, from Gibraltar to Sint Maarten, via the Azores (3.350 nm). Delivered to her owner in May 2007, she is the first Moonen 84 to do so since the series was initiated in 2002, proving that this "pocket-size superyacht" has the range and reliability worthy of the name. Etoile left her homeport Monaco end of October 2009, stopping in Palma, Mallorca (350 nm), for two weeks for some work, then laid over in Gibraltar (450 nm) for fuelling (taking on extra portable tanks to extend her capacity, which turned out not to be needed). On the first, 1.000-nautical-mile, leg to the Azores Etoile encountered heavy weather, including 12 hours with occasional seas breaking over her. Her captain, Guillaume Bourhis, reported that she behaved well despite the seas. On the leg to Sint Maarten she had smoother seas and cruised the 2.350 nautical miles in 10 days. Overall, Etoile's performance and economy are impressive. On the first leg, with her engines purring at 1.320 rpm for 4 ½ days at an averages speed of 9.26 knots, she consumed 7.500 litres, or 7,5 litres/nautical mile (or 69,4 litres per hour). On the second leg, throttled back to 1.280 rpm for 10,5 days, she averaged 9,33 knots over 2.350 nautical miles, consuming 15.000 litres for an average of 6,4 litres/nautical mile (or 59,5 litres/hour). When she arrived in Sint Maarten, she still had 4.000 litres in her boat tanks and the spare tanks were still full.

Moonen Refits Launch

The inaugural Moonen Refits Lunch at the recent Antibes boat show attracted an impressive number of yachting influentials. Well over thirty captains, brokers, superintendents, yacht managers, owner’s reps and senior members of the press enjoyed a tasty selection of food and drinks as Moonen provided an overview of its competencies and ambitions in the refit arena. The case studies presented showed what can be achieved when a yacht is placed in the right hands for a refit explains Mark Vermeulen, director operations at the Dutch Moonen Shipyards. Vermeulen also explained the capacity to rebuild both Moonen yachts and other premium quality superyachts was appreciated by all the attendees.

Mustang Muster Support

Mustang Owners rallied over the weekend in support of the iconic Australian Boat Builder, Mustang Marine. Twenty-five Mustang boats moored at the Sanctuary Cove Marina bringing life and a lot of activity to the hub of the Marina. An overwhelming amount of backing was shown for Mustang with over eighty people participating in the Saturday night festivities. The muster demonstrated the support and loyalty the Mustang owners have for their manufacturer. Quayside Cocktail Bar at Sanctuary Cove hosted an event on the Saturday night staging live music, canapés and drinks for all Mustang owners, their families and friends. Staff of Mustang Marine, including CEO, Chris Heaton, and Queensland Dealer Principal, Carl Kellett, joined in the fun. Mustang boat owners, Charles Phillis and Dave Hatton, organised the weekend to reignite the passion boating brings to so many families and to reinforce the dedication Mustang owners have to the brand. Mustang Marine is currently going through the motions of securing a new investor and restructuring the business to be better equipped to meet the current market conditions. Mustang will be back at Sanctuary Cove next month for the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

Riviera Officially Withdrawn from Sale

Australia’s pleasure boat builder, Riviera has today announced that the company’s bankers have officially closed the sale process of the business. Over the past six months a number of domestic and international parties have been in discussions with the Receivers and Managers regarding the possible purchase of Riviera. After extensive consideration, the secured debt holders have elected to formerly withdraw the business from the sale process electing over the medium term to continue to rebuild the business.

Riviera 35% Growth in First Quarter

Riviera, Australia’s pleasure boat builder has recorded the best sales results in 15 months after a strong first quarter signals returning confidence to the luxury boat market. The iconic boat builder has sold 36 new boats over the three month period 1st January to 31st March 2010, valued at over (AUD) $38 million. Riviera CEO John Anderson said these results were gratifying and demonstrated that the Riviera brand was as strong as ever in the current market.

Riviera New Zealand Game Fishing Tournament

Riviera, Australia’s largest luxury pleasure boat builder, teamed up last month for the 9th annual Riviera/Sime Darby Invitational Game Fishing Tournament held in New Zealand’s north island. A fleet of 16 Rivieras ranging in size from 37 to 70 feet cruised 140 nautical miles from Auckland to New Zealand’s Marlin capital in Whangaroa, north of the Bay of Islands, for the three day game fishing tournament hosted by the Whangaroa Big Game Fishing Club. The event held in late March concluded with a total of four fish tagged and released, coming equal first with one fish tagged each were, Limited Edition, Riviera 30 Open Flybridge - Striped Marlin, Lady Janine - Striped Marlin, Osibisa, Riviera 37 Open Flybridge - Striped Marlin, Aurora, Riviera 51 Enclosed Flybridge - Blue Marlin. The cash prize of $15,000 was shared among the four teams with the trophy presented to Limited Edition for being the first to tag and release a fish. Kay Beck on board Aquaniche, Riviera 47 Enclosed Flybridge Series II, won the tournament for the heaviest weighed Marlin, a 239.2kg Blue Marlin, while John Beck won the $11,650 Calcutta Prize as he purchased his own boat in the Calcutta auction prior to the start of the tournament. R Marine New Zealand’s dealer principal Bruce McGill said there was plenty of action for game fishing enthusiasts with more than 20 hook ups over the three-day event, down on last year’s event, which recorded more than 100 hook ups. The weather on the first day was fine and windy with a north easterly 10-25 knots, but on day two and three of the competition the wind died down to east/north-easterly 5-15 knots. Despite the inclement weather conditions and fewer hook ups than last year’s tournament, a good time was had by all. The first night was registration and the Calcutta auction before the fleet set out the following day for the first day of fishing where they could stay overnight at an anchorage of their choice. On the second day of fishing, teams returned to base for the dock party. After the third day of fishing the event concluded with the formal function and prize giving. Owner of Limited Edition, Craig Park said it was the first time he had entered the Riviera/Sime fishing tournament and he was thrilled to come equal first in the tag and release section.

Riviera Full Model Line Dealer in New Zealand

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder has appointed R Marine New Zealand as a full line Riviera dealer. Effective immediately, R Marine New Zealand will now be the sole retail arm for Riviera in New Zealand. With this appointment, R Marine New Zealand will now formerly offer the exciting and growing Riviera Sport Yacht range from 36 to 58 feet together with the existing Flybridge, Offshore Express and Motor Yacht ranges. This will bring R Marine New Zealand’s offering to 20 individual Riviera models from 36 to 85 feet in length. The news of this full Riviera line dealership appointment follows the recent staging of the annual R Marine New Zealand Fishing Tournament held last weekend in Whangaroa north of the Bay of Islands, some 270 nm north of Auckland, where a total of 18 boats and over 80 participants enjoyed 3 days of camaraderie and fishing in challenging weather conditions.

Riviera Kooringal Experience

A fleet of 21 Rivieras recently embarked on the 70 nautical mile round journey from the Gold Coast north to Moreton Island via Canaipa Passage, as part of R Marine Queensland’s first voyage to Kooringal. Randall Jones and the team from R Marine Queensland led 57 Riviera owners and their families to Kooringal, which is a small township located at the southern tip of Moreton Island. On Saturday morning, the group set off in their tenders for a day exploring Days Gutter, a shallow waterway with an abundance of marine life including stingrays, shovel nose sharks, soft coral and fish. Greg and Denise Hansford owners of Riviera M370 said the Kooringal Experience was one of the best and most enjoyable Riviera cruises they had ever embarked on. Despite the average weather conditions, everyone had a great time and made the most of the trip. On Sunday afternoon it was time to head back to the Gold Coast but as the sun set and the weekend came to an end; the memories lingered, the friendships lasted, and the Kooringal Experience is now part of R Marine Queensland’s extensive annual calendar of owner events.

Sealine Sponsor the Big Splash Event

Finally an event that celebrates all things power that the whole family can get excited about. This summer marks the first ever Big Splash event, held at Cowes Yacht Haven on the Isle of Wight, and you can get a 10% discount from the ticket price if you book before the end of May. This summer marks the first ever Big Splash event, held at Cowes Yacht Haven on the Isle of Wight. The three-day extravaganza, over the weekend of 13-15 August, will have something for all the family. Sponsored by Sealine, Motor Boats Monthly, Raymarine, Volvo Penta, Henri Lloyd, Nautica Watches and Volvo Cars, there will be navigation tuition as well as plenty of non-boating entertainment. The Big Splash will kick off at 3pm on Friday 13 August when guests will begin arriving and the weekend is sure to get off to a raucous start with a Mardi Gras fancy dress Caribbean barbecue with a steel band and face-painting for the kids (or any game adults). The following morning anyone that's fit for purpose can take advantage of the huge itinerary of events, from cookery demonstrations, to a circus skills workshop, to an on-the-water treasure quest, to a tour of Cowes, which includes lunch at the Island Sailing Club and wine-tasting in Kendall's Fine Art gallery. And if you still have energy after all that there will be a second Mardi Gras party on the Saturday evening – this time a masked ball with a Caribbean dance performance. Tickets cost £160 for boats under 40ft; £190 for boats between 40ft and 50ft, and £225 for boats over 51ft. Ticket price includes two nights berthing in the marina, plus access to event activities but you will need to buy separate tickets for meals.

Sea Ray Choose Paisley for AquaPalozza 2010 Signature Event

Sea Ray Boats announced today that country music superstar Brad Paisley will headline the AquaPalooza 2010 Signature Event, which is scheduled for July 10 at The Reserve at Lake Travis near Austin, Texas. The event, hosted by Sea Ray and its local dealer Sail & Ski Center, will have Paisley performing in front of a crowd of thousands of concert-goers on boats. With a current single titled Water and a new tour called the H2O World Tour, it makes sense that Paisley should headline this year’s AquaPalooza Signature Event. Paisley is a consummate singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, which has earned him three Grammy Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and 13 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. He has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums and has accumulated sales of more than 10 million units. His most recent album, American Saturday Night, was ranked as Time magazine’s No. 1 album of 2009 in any music genre. Paisley’s most recent single, American Saturday Night, was his 16th No. 1 the last 12 of which were consecutive. Paisley’s innovative and entertaining tours have consistently placed in the Top 5 in Pollstar for attendance, and his 2009 American Saturday Night tour played to nearly 1.2 million fans in eight months. Currently, Paisley is nominated for four ACM awards: Entertainer, Male, Album (American Saturday Night) and Video (“Welcome to the Future”).

Sea Ray Launch Pet and Water Safety Program

Most dogs and cats are more than pets. They are members of the family. This means they’re not only a part of life’s daily routines, but also those special moments that bring a family closer, like adventures aboard your boat. That’s why Sea Ray Boats created its Pet and Water Safety (PAWS) program, to help boaters keep their pets healthy and happy on the water. In a recent survey of its customers, the company found that more than 60% of Sea Ray owners had dogs and cats, and nearly two-thirds of them take their pets, primarily dogs on their boats between five and fifteen times a season. Sea Ray recently launched a PAWS website with the help of lead partner Nestlé Purina PetCare, the official pet food sponsor for the program. The site currently includes feature articles, guidelines, safety tips, contests, gear, and special offers from PAWS sponsors. Sea Ray is also pleased to announce that outdoor gear manufacturer Onyx has signed on as the PFD sponsor. Sea Ray hopes to attract more sponsors in the near future, in order to further spread the reach of PAWS.

Sunseeker Provides Top Quality Training for Crew

Sunseeker Asia hosted a training school for their current crew last month in China, Shenzhen Marina. Attendance levels were high and more than 60 crew attended the fantastic training day provided by Sunseeker Asia. Training classes will continue to be run at Sunseeker Asia annually to ensure crew are updated and fully trained at all times. There are now over 75 Sunseeker craft in Hong Kong and China ranging from 50ft to 130ft.

Sunseeker Cyprus Dealer Businessman of the Year

Charalambos Walker, Char Pilakoutas Group who represents Sunseeker in Cyprus, is voted 'Businessman of the year for 2009.' Managing Director of the Char Pilakoutas Group, was named '2009 Businessman of the year' last week at the Johnnie Walker MAN of the year awards. The event was heavily publicised and televised nationally with many politicians and the business elite of the community in attendance. This is the third time that Charalambos has been voted businessman of the year since the beginning of the awards in Cyprus in 2004.

Viking Celebrates 46 Years

Middle age may cause some to pause as they ponder a mid-life crisis, but at the Viking Yacht Company we’re too busy to slow down as April 1, 2010 marks the 46th anniversary of this storied boat builder on the Bass River. It was on this day in 1964 when brothers Bill and Bob Healey opened the doors at the Viking Yacht Company in sleepy New Gretna, New Jersey, 20 minutes north of Atlantic City. What began over four and a half decades ago with a handful of wooden cruisers has evolved into the largest manufacturer in the world of luxury convertible sportfishing yachts. With an incredible fleet that ranges from 42 to 82 feet, and a bevy of new models in development, Viking reigns supreme with no plans other than to continue leading the charge in the marine industry by building a better boat everyday.

April 29, 2010

Improve-it = BWA 40 WL

BWA presents an updated improved version of the 40 WL now featuring a more sporty aggressive profile and larger sunbathing areas. BWA has been able to put additional two sun pads on the deck house to the fore deck. At the aft improvements are seen too with the recreational area having a larger size thanks to the extension of the deck above the bathing platform. The stern beach i.e bathing platform is just on the water surface and thus is perfect for fresh sunbathing and to get on board easily. At the helm position there are two anatomical seats and all the passengers are well protected in the aft sofa. The attractive top is used for antennas and navigation lights and the roll bar is also useful as handrail. The streamlined silhouette, presents a very open feature with rib cruiser characteristics, which almost hides the cabin below deck. Accommodation here is a double king size berth, a sofa, table, storage area, and a separate shower head. The cabin also offers the latest in modern furnishings with fine glossy lacquer coatings, and total comfort with air conditioning, hot water, ice maker, LCD television, DVD, Hi-Fi, and led lights with chromo-therapy effect. Construction wise the BWA 40 WL has a very strong Kevlar reinforced fiberglass built, with the additional support of the over seven stages tubes at over two feet in width. Twin Fiat Powertrain Technologies 400hp with Jolly surface drives power the latest 40 WL and deliver a 45 knots cruise with a cruise of 35 knots. At cruise you get a range of about 400 nautical miles. This set up also offers ideal low planning speed with the 40 WL going on the plane at just 10 knots. A very handful feature if the going gets tough.

April 28, 2010

Project: Casa 68 HT

The Casa 68 HT is a further expansion in size of the 64 HT project presented in early 2008. For it the South of Rome boat builder expanded all areas resulting in more comfort features in the now only four cabins 68 HT plan. There is also other noticeable differences outside like big large view windows in the fore cabin, and a larger glassed hard top. For a Sport Yacht above twenty metres the Casa 68 HT will be a unique example for offering four cabins plus a separate crew cabin with galley and lobby to mid ship aft. All four cabins of the 68 HT will have there own en-suite shower head. Power will be from twin MAN 1360hp, or optional 1550hp engines with Arneson surface drives propulsion. The big MAN engine choice should deliver estimated top speeds of 53 knots.

New Model: Alaska 57 Pilothouse

Alaska yachts from down under Australia present its new 57 Pilothouse model. Following the smaller 54 sister, the hull of the new 57 Pilothouse was computer scaled from the successful 46 series with the latest CAD software. The 57 pilothouse simply offers you the best configuration for high end luxury cruising. Her classic and elegant looks combined with her generous sixteen feet plus of beam give an unparalleled Explorer Yacht with a myriad of living spaces on board. The 57 Pilothouse is a cross over motor explorer yacht design trying to give the best of both worlds outside, inside and during navigation. The Australia builder notes had some key design features for the 57 Pilothouse which included walk-around decks, three double cabin configuration, full-beam master stateroom having a king-size double berth, dual en suites, laundry, fibreglass hardtop over cockpit, and tender storage deck on aft flybridge. The 57 Pilothouse features Alaska's variable hull design which can cruise at an economical 9 knots, or a normal 18 knots. Top speed is 22 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.98 m (59ft)
Hull Length - 17.37 m
Beam - 5.10 m
Draft - 1.22 m
Displacement - 30000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3800 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM11 670hp, 710hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 22 knots max, 18 knots cruise, 9 knots economic

April 27, 2010

Improve-it = Nimbus 250 R

The Nimbus 250 R, a classic representative of the Swedish builder image, has been given a serious face lift for 2010. Part of the popular Nimbus R series, the 250 R was introduced in 2001, and since it was greeted with enthusiasm for its innovative design with round stern and its slightly “pugnacious” look. The boat won the “Utmärkt Svensk Form” industrial design award, and has been a leading star product for Nimbus ever since. Hundred boats of the 250 R have been delivered to satisfied customers on the west coast of Sweden, Oslo and Stockholm; places that feature among the boat’s best markets, owing to the R series innovative design, and seaworthiness. The Nimbus 250 R has been given an overall face lift for 2010 and many properties of this already highly competent boat have been further improved. The major changes are a new larger helm with longer sides to protect both helmsman and passengers, an entirely new helmsman’s environment, space for fourteen inch navigation equipment, teak cabin door replaced by an elegant sliding door in smoked glass that slides in beneath the instrument panel, a new windscreen that matches the design giving better protection, more stowage space under the floor, batteries reposition for better use of space under the aft sofa, and a custom DLS audio developed specifically for the 250 R.

New Model: Meridian 541 Sedan

Premiered during the 2010 Miami show Meridian presented its much waited new 541 Sedan model. Part of the Brunswick Group, Meridian has been best selling flybridge boat in recent years in the US and this new second in size model in its line up aims to consolidate its leading position between the forty to sixty feet sizes. The new Meridian 541 takes a leap into the future with very modern exterior looks, and technological advances. Its accommodation offers a three stateroom layout and sleeping capacity for six persons. As many recent fifteen metre plus motor yacht the 541 will feature the must have full wide beam owners suite, and a main deck of respectable comfort which also has recent client demanded trends as the aft galley. You also get to choose between a lower helm station or a full uncluttered sofa in the raised fore part of the saloon. The Meridian 541 Sedan also gets to be the first flybridge motor yacht in the world using a ZF Zeus pod drives with twin 610 hp Cummins combination. If one wants more speed a more powerful twin Cummins 715hp with larger ZF Zeus pods is available. This option also being another industry first.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.40 (53.9ft)
Beam - 4.72 m
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - Cummins QSC8.3 600hp, QSM11 715hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus, ZF Zorro aft looking dual propeller pods
Construction - vinylester resin, hand laid fiberglass
Certification - NMMA

April 26, 2010

Project: Albatro 45

After presenting its first rib cruiser in 2006, with the Albatro 50 and updating this same model in 2009, this North Italian builder presents a project for a 45 rib cruiser model. This Albatro 45 project looks set to follow this yard tradition of a fast hull, and in it still conserving a reasonable comfortable accommodation for two in a lower cabin deck. Here the layout offering a double berth to fore, L-shaped settee, and separate shower head. Power to the Albatro 45 will be offered in many diesel or petrol gas variables and outboards, stern drives, and surface drive propulsion options. Smallest choice is twin Mercury 300hp up to twin 560hp FPT diesels. Estimated speeds so far advice for a maximum of 43 knots.

April 25, 2010

New Model: Affinity 90 Sportfisherman

Affinity Yachts 90 Sportfisherman is the first of a new range of semi custom Super Sportfish yachts. For its first build this US company sub contracted the renowned Cheoy Lee builder for the construction, and architect Apollonio for the designs. Affinity and builder Cheoy Lee took also great measures to create a light and strong construction for the 90 Sportfisherman with Gurit USA helping out in the structural engineering. Gurit and Cheoy Lee went for a construction with the infusion method using vinylester resins, Corecell foam core hull deck, sold glass keel, and reinforced chines. Accommodation for the 90 Sportfisherman offers four staterooms all with personal showers heads, and a full beam owners suite. The 90 Sportfisherman also features two additional days heads one on the main deck saloon, and a second for the raised pilot house. You also get a choice for the forward VIP cabin with the standard three berths two beds version replaced by a single central queen island double. Crew accommodation is for four persons in two cabins, sharing a single shower head. Power is from twin 2400hp MTU with traditional shaft line in propeller pockets delivering a top speed of 33 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.4 m (90ft)
Beam - 7.00 m
Draft - 1.50 m
Displacement - 79378 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 18927 l
Water Capacity - 1514 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 2400hp
Propulsion - line shaft with propeller pockets
Speed - 33 knots max
Project - Howard Apollonio
Construction - vinylester resin, infusion moulded, Corecell foam core, solid keel and chines
Certification - ABS Guidelines

April 24, 2010

Project: Sunseeker 115 Predator

Following a design similar to the recently released current Sunseeker flagship the 130 Predator, the Poole based British boat builder presents the project of a slightly smaller 115 Predator. Similar to its bigger sister the 115 Predator will have a two and half deck plan, of what looks a hybrid between a flybridge and a more sport yacht. Again just as the 130, the 115 theme is about the main deck which gets to be very sleek and hardly noticeable outside. The 115 also features a wide full body forward deck, this enabling to use this space for a luxurious owner suite. Below accommodation will include other four double guest cabins, with two VIP suites located to midship, and crew quarters to fore for five persons. To aft the 115 will have a very large garage which can accommodate a large five metre tender, and two jet bikes. Estimated speed for the 115 Predator is for a max of thirty knots with twin engines totalling 5280hp. Range will be 1250 nautical miles at a 10 knots cruise.

April 23, 2010

INBUILD ~ Galeon 780 Crystal Part 1 of 9

After the positive comments we received for the first Inbuild section dedicated to the new Galeon 340 Fly, the Polish builder gives us the drift again showing us the building phase for its upcoming flagship the 780 Crystal. Galeon has been constantly growing up in sizes in recent years from the 530 launched in 2006, to the 640 for 2008, and the 700 Raptor as the fall of 2009. This is a growth in size of 25 feet in five years, which shows a huge development resolute from Galeon. While this going larger plan shows five years in the making this surely has started much before to the 2006 period. A company needs huge investments to go over the fifteen metres size, such as bigger building premises and also a much higher quality control which a more expensive boat usually demands. The 780 Crystal will be designed by British architect Tony Castro who since 2005 has been a household name at Straszyn, Poland. The above picture shows the construction of the model of the hull mould for the 780 Crystal and was taken in September 2009. This picture shows some things which will feature in the 780 like the big windows for the midship cabin, propeller tunnels, and Tony Castro warped shaped hull which will close to a medium Vee aft. From this the original hull mould will be made and then the first fiberglass unit of the 780 can be made.

April 22, 2010

Improve-it = Sunreef 70 Power

After the success of the first fossil fuel engined catamaran, Polish builder Sunreef continue to deliver new 70 Power models which follow the wake of hull number one named Jambo. This latest 70 Power is hull five of the series and is named Ondin. It was ordered by Chilean owners who made their first appearance at the Cannes International Boat Show in 2008, coinciding with the premiere of the 70 Power. The Chilean owners had many reasons in choosing a power catamaran but the most important was the seven thousand nautical miles long range in 21 metres, low fuel consumption, and Sunreef custom finish philosophy. The latest 70 Power has been purpose built for long travelling around Southern America, especially Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. This 70 Power accommodation will have a home feeling furnishing, offering a total of eight guest and two crew berths on the lower deck. It also features a first for this model thanks to a partially three sides covered flybridge. Ondin just as hull one will also feature underwater bulbs which are one of the differences between a standard 70 Power and the expedition version, making her a comfortable cruising and explorer vessel. Power is from twin Volvo 265hp, which give a 7000 nautical miles at 10 knots and the full consumption of the total 16000 litres fuel capacity. The latest 70 Power will now cruise straight towards Central America and cross the Panama Channel from where she will cruise down to her home in Chile.

News: Menorquin April 2010

From the 24th of April until the 2nd of May all the professionals and amateurs visiting the Palma International Boat Show have an inevitable appointment with Menorquin’s boats. The shipyard’s team will be available to attend visitors during the whole week of the show, which has become one of the most important national Boat Shows. Because of its special link with the Balearic’s nautical culture, Menorquin are inspired by the emblematic Llaüts and the shipyard’s headquarters are located in Menorca, a full support to the Palma Boat Show is given. Menorquin has opted to transfer three models from its cruising yachts range to the Palma Show: the MY 145, MY 120, and MY 100 all true icons of the Slowyachting sailing philosophy. As well as exhibiting these three models, Menorquin will be providing information to those interested in other Yacht models, or details about boats from any of their other three product ranges: Lläuts, Custom Yachts and Largo. The shipyard’s complete range of services will also be on display at the Palma Boat Show: Menorquin Charter; Menorquin Brokerage; Menorquin Share; and Menorquin Services, which this year has broadened the range of services it provides. In addition to the reparation, restoration and maintenance services, it now also offers services for the installation of equipment, supply of spare parts and accessories, moorings, logistics, insurance, and administration.
Menorquin commences April with an intense burst of activity in its Boat Show programme. In the International sphere and almost in parallel, the Spanish shipyard will be participating at the 12th Croatia Boat Show, which takes place from the 10th to the 18th of April; and at the 18th Moscow International Boat & Yacht Show, from the 15th to the 18th of the same month. Menorquin will be represented in Split, the Croatian city which hosts the first of these Boat Shows by its distributor for the Adriatic, Brik Nautika. Menorquin will exhibit one of its longest models from its cruising yachts range, Menorquin Yachts 160. An offshore traditional yacht with all the features of larger vessels which the Shipyard combines to perfection with its own particular classic style. Menorquin is conscious that the Croatia boat show has become an important platform for the recreational sailing business and a reference point for enthusiasts who sail mainly in the Adriatic Sea. The characteristics of this central European coastline bear a great resemblance to those of our Mediterranean coast, a factor which is in tune with the classic style of the Menorquin boats and a propensity for peaceful sailing which identify the Shipyard: sailing at your own pace, enjoying sea life to the full, or in one word Slowyachting. Menorquin will also participate at the Moscow International Boat & Yacht Show to attend customers from the Russian market and promote boats through its distributor for this area, Concept Marine. The nautical market in Russia has experienced spectacular growth in the last five years, the number of imported boats increased considerably in 2009 and the number of Russian luxury yacht buyers has also risen, according to the Boat Show’s organizing body. With these market figures Russia stands out amongst the emerging countries where the development of the recreational sailing industry presents magnificent prospects for the future. Therefore Menorquin has included this destination in its programme of International Boat Shows for this season.

New Model: Outerlimits 52 SL

Outerlimits presents the 52 SL, new flagship of the US performance boat builder and successor to the 51 Sport Yacht. The 52 SL features Outerlimits latest five step hull design which bases itself on the 2009 Powerboat P1 season champion SV43 shape. Taking this into account it is fair to say that the stepped deep vee shape on the 52 SL will surely deliver among the best performances and soft ride which Outerlimits is renowned for. Exterior wise the 52 SL continues the Super Leggera themes thanks to sleek lines and aggressive design lines. But the 52 SL is not only this, as the super light Outerlimits flagship also offers a comfortable luxury interior with full stand up head room, sleeping berths for four persons, fully equipped galley, and a shower head. The lower deck comes also equipped with full amenities as custom leather, bleached bird's eye maple, flat screen TV, DVD, stereo system and air conditioning. The 52 SL standard power is twin Mercury 1075hp gas petrol engines which deliver a 100 knots top speed. But if this is not enough for you a triple faster engine package is also available.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.39 m (50.6ft)
Beam - 2.81 m
Displacement - 6577 kg 
Fuel Capacity - 1192 l 
Accommodation - 4 berths 
Engines - 2 x Mercury 1075hp petrol gas fuel 
Propulsion - Mercury dry sump six stern drive 
Speed - 100 knots (115mph) 
Construction - Epoxy post cured E-glass, vacuum bagged foam cored

April 21, 2010

Powerboat GPS - 2010 Season

Following the news that Powerboat P1 Management Ltd cancelled the 2010 Season, we finally have some more information about this after the 12th April meeting between the parties in Villa Malpensa, Milan, Italy. The bad news is that Powerboat P1 Management will not promote this years season. The good one is that the UIM takes over as promoter of this superb competition and races will be business as usual. So far we have a full calendar in order with three Grand Prix of the Seas fully confirmed, and an other two just waiting full confirmation. If all these will be confirmed that means a total of ten races, as each Grand Prix delivers two events, the longer Endurance and the shorter Sprint, and five Powerpoles. That is the same as the very good 2009 season. In this new calendar here is also showing the return of the Malta Grand Prix which after six consecutive seasons looked like to be cancelled from the previous calendar. Now this is set up again, although other news sources are saying this to be in September, which makes a bit of sense considering the below provisional calendar looks more expensive with various up and down trips on the European continent.
Powerboat P1 2010 Calendar
7-9 May UKRAINE Yalta
11-13 June MALTA Valletta
16-18 July ITALY To be confirmed
6-8 August SWEDEN To be confirmed
17-19 September ITALY, Sicily Siracusa

Project: Mirage 45 Flybridge Sport Fish

Mirage present the 45 Flybridge Sport Fish project. This future flagship in Mirage Sportfish range is being designed too similar timeless looks as those of its smaller siblings, like the 21 and 32 models. As usual to this Florida, USA builder its design team headed in this case by renowned architect Lou Codega set with nine important key objectives. Among these you will find fuel efficiency which with twin Volvo IPS diesels should deliver an estimated four litres per hour at a 25 knots cruise, easy single person operation, dual stations, fish ability of an express, comfort of a flybridge, low operating costs, fully cored construction, stunning looks with Palm Beach line, Carolina flared bow, and an offshore performance ride. The Mirage 45 Flybridge Sport Fish will also offer live aboard accommodations for four people in an extended cruise.

April 20, 2010

New Model: Van Der Heijden 2000 Superior

Van Der Heijden presents the new 2000 Superior which is also the first in a new range, adding to the other four within this Dutch builder. The Superior will be an interesting challenge from Holland to other med looking yachts, and the 2000 is the first twenty metre model putting this challenge. Van Der Heijden should follow it soon with other Superior models and a 2400 is already in construction, and will be followed later on by a 27 and a 33 meters which are waiting for a unique owner on the drawing board. The new Superior series meets also the growing demand outside of Holland for a steel yacht with flybridge, and a hard chine hull. Impressive numbers are a constant feature in the 2000 Superior from its low weight for a steel construction of 38 tons, and a good performance achieving a top speed of 30 knots with twin 825hp Iveco engines. The 2000 as expected from a steel construction is also a custom built and hull one had a four double cabin with three shower heads layout. The owner cabin is located to aft. Galley is on the main deck looking to aft, and here you also have a large C-shaped relaxing sofa, and dining C-shaped table to fore. The flybridge also shows Mediterranean or sunny climates thinking thanks to its extended design.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.30 m (63.3ft)
Hull Length - 18.90 m
Beam - 5.60 m
Draft - 1.45 m
Displacement - 38 t
Fuel Capacity - 4200 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Iveco 825hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max
Construction - grade 42 steel hull, sea water resistant aluminium super structure 5mm
Hull Shape - hard chine

Project: Huckins 36 Sportsman

Huckins is a legendary US boat builder from Florida founded in 1928, which presents it lastest 36 Sportsman project. This stunning addition to the Huckins line is definitely new, but it’s not so much an introduction as it is a re-introduction. Huckins, refer to this latest retro design as the 36-36 because the original 36 Sportsman was created by the company’s founder, Frank Pembroke Huckins, in 1936. Now, following a meticulous 21st century makeover, the Sportsman triumphantly re-emerges sporting a more accommodating interior, with headroom averaging a lofty over six feet, and is ready to be custom fitted to ones specifications. Standard layout is for a owners bedroom to fore, a separate shower head, and an L-shaped settee. Alternatively the settee can be replaced by an interior galley replacing the one outside. As with all Huckins custom yachts, the new 36 Sportsman features high-performance, fuel-friendly Quadraconic hull and is available with conventional twin V-drive propulsion or highly efficient jets. Construction will be with top quality core cell, E-glass, and vinilester resins. Power is from twin Yanmar 315hp with an expected top speed of 30 knots plus.

April 19, 2010

New Model: Cigarette 49 Grand Sport II

Finally we can show you some pictures of the Cigarette 49 Grand Sport II. A new model is always big announcement especially when it is presented by a legendary company that is Cigarette in the fast power boating industry. As the title says the mark II of the 49 Grand Sport features some important new updates like a raised fore deck, redesigned cockpit, better and richer quality fittings, and new windshield design which says more traditional Cigarette to the previous wrap around design. With all these changes you can actually say for half of it the Cigarette is a new boat. Inside the 49 Grand Sport keeps the plush and comfortable experience of a full berth with a shower head, and all the creature comforts in the detailed cabin with six feet of head room. The 49 Gran Sport II unlikes its gas petrol guzzling sisters will be powered with a diesel and surface drives combination option only. In this case the power comes from twin Cummins 710hp, which also supports the Mercury SmartCraft controls.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.93 m (49ft)
Beam - 3.04 m
Draft - 0.91 m
Displacement - 9752 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1892 l
Water Capacity - 189 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Cummins 715hp
Propulsion - Arneson surface drives ASD11

April 18, 2010

New Model: Bertram 800

On 27th March the two years plus of waiting since the project was announced where over as Bertram finally launched its new 800 flagship model. Bertram's new 800 is not just the current biggest model, but takes title as the all time flagship from the builder who delivered the first deep vee hull designed by Ray Hunt to the world in 1960. The 800 does in fact go eight feet bigger to the late eighties Bertram 72 delivered in only five examples. Designed by Italian Zuccon, designer for all Bertram's since 1999, the 800 has a family feeling to the rest of the range although all the other sisters do indeed look smaller. The 800 is also presented with a full wrap around windshield, but so far no lower helm station is shown in the plans. It also looks so far to be available only with enclosed bridge. Accommodation plan in the 800 offers a four cabins all en-suite layout, which features a full beam mid-ship located master stateroom. Here you also get to choose between staterooms A and B plans, with a choice of a VIP suite or a three bunks berth to fore. The 800 also features two crew cabins with one located on below to midships aft, and the other on the main deck to fore of the galley. Power for the 800 is from twin MTU 2000hp standard, or optional 2400hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.2 m (82.8ft) with bow pulpit
Hull Length - 23.4 m
Beam - 6.70 m
Draft - 1.70 m
Displacement - 84 t
Fuel Capacity - 11355 l
Water Capacity - 1515 l
Accommodation - 8, 9 berths in 4 cabins. 2 crew cabin.
Engines - 2 x MTU 16v Series 2000 2000hp, 2400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Zuccon International Project, Bertram and Ferretti AYT engineering

April 17, 2010

Improve-it = ISA Yachts 500

ISA Yachts announces the sale of a 50 metre displacement motor yacht, which be built on the 500 model platform designed by Andrea Vallicelli. This ISA reflects the companies philosophy and is a totally custom project, with modern lines designed according to the client’s style, input from designer Andrea Vallicelli, and the marketing and technical teams of the yard. The ISA 500.2 is a steel hull with an aluminium superstructure construction. This hull two of the 500 model series will differ from the first hull in the aft featuring a transom stairway style as on the succesful 47 metre series. This combines the new dynamic, streamlined and elegant outline of the 500 with the transom stairways of the 47 metre series, resulting in a modern Super Yacht with an elegant stern. In addition to the familiar stairways the 500.2 is enriched by a versatile beach area accessed from the swim platform by two wide curved glass doors. ISA Yachts 500 hull two will also have an interior designed by Francesco Paszkowski, this being his first job with ISA. The cutting of the steel for 500 hull two is already in process and the super yacht will be delivered in the Summer of 2011.

April 16, 2010

New Model: Bayliss 68 B11

Launched during the past month of March, custom sportfish yacht builder from Carolina Bayliss presents its 68 feet B11. Titled Uno Mas, B11 stands for the latest hull number to be completed by Bayliss. She is also a build commissioned by a repeated customer, who had his first Bayliss back in 2003 with the 60 feet B2. B11 is also a sistership to the smaller engine powered and three double cabins 2007 launched B8. This latest Bayliss designed by Robert Ullberg offers a four cabin interior with three shower heads. Her main deck is a modern flush deck affair offering an L-shaped saloon settee, a C-shaped dinette, and a galley with two fixed bar stools to outward. The cockpit layout is a true fisherman delight and is of recent mezzanine style. It features a stainless steel grill, freezer, tackle storage, bait box, in-deck ice bin, air-condition, tuna tubes, and three live wells. The flybridge is a center console layout with three helm chairs and a wrap-around seating forward. The bridge also features first class amenities with freezer, refrigerated drink box, grill, and an air-condition. Power is from twin Cats 1925hp. So far we do not have any numbers for the performance reached although the above image does suggest that the Bayliss 68 B11 is fast.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.72 m (68ft)
Beam - 5.86 m
Draft - 1.57 m
Displacement - 38555 kg
Fuel Capacity - 9842 l
Water Capacity - 1703 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32A 1925hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Robert Ullberg, Ullberg Yacht Designs
Construction - cold molding with jig method

April 15, 2010

Boat Review: Galeon 700 Raptor

Flagships have always been the pinnacle of all the yacht brands, by which the smaller models are usually judged. While the big boat of the brand is only afforded by a small niche of persons it is very often an inspiration to buyers who choose a smaller model of the same brand. New bigger flagships also represent an improvement in quality which is afterwards transmitted to the rest of the fleet. When Galeon presented its new flagship the 700 Raptor in the Genoa show of 2009, it was surely a demonstration that the Polish builder and designer Tony Castro where pushing more modern looks which from followers a decade before today it makes them to be in line with the Western competition. Developed on an extended 640 Fly hull, Tony Castro presented an aggressive looking seventy one feet length over all sport yacht featuring all the latest comfort solutions. In some parts the 700 Raptor also exceeds the competition like its very clever single handed tender launch system, and the choice of a galley up or down, three or four cabin layout.
Choice is important in any fifteen metre plus yacht and Galeon gives two important layout options for both the lower and main deck. Choices give real freedom to customers and here the liberty is between three or four cabins below, and a galley up or down solution.
The 700 Raptor welcomes you aft with a two way entrance to the cockpit. In the middle aft deck and just away from the extended hard top is a central located two person sunpad. Underneath it is a tender garage which can be operated single handed. In the aft deck are also two L-shaped settees, for relaxing to port side with a low position table and for dining to starboard. Moving around the 700 Raptor is easy and a single step leads from the aft to the side decks. The side decks are extremely safe with the protection of moulded side bulwarks complemented by safety railings. To foredeck you get a two single person sunpads to both sides with an adjustable head rest. On the bow tip is the central positioned anchor winch with visible chain, and two hatches which open up to a well sized locker.
From the central of the main deck, going up two steps and into an innovative fully opening patio doors you enter the internal saloon living area. Here you have a galley bar combination to port side with three stools looking to the cockpit on the aft part. Opposite to this is a C-shaped settee complimented with a TV entertainment center. To fore part of the saloon you get the well designed helm station which features two luxury race car style adjustable bucket seats. With the three cabin, galley down choice this area actually changes the position of a larger C-shaped sofa to port, and a bar area with stools opposite. The saloon roof is for the major a tinted glass solid surface combination, which opens up for half its size.
Going down the central stairway leads you to the lower accommodation deck having a three or a hard to find for a sport yacht four cabin layout. The master stateroom is to midship with a queen sized double berth looking to the ships starboard side, a large en-suite shower head to aft, and a relaxing chaise lounge with breakfast table to port. To fore is the VIP cabin having a central located queen berth and en-suite shower head to port. The third cabin located to starboard comes with two single berths. This also features its own en-suite head. A fourth guest cabin with two L-shaped bunk berths is located to port side. The fourth cabin can be replaced with a more private galley down in the three cabins version of the 700 Raptor. An optional crew cabin for two with shower head can be located aft.
For the Galeon 700 Raptor, designer Tony Castro based himself on the 640 Fly underwater shape extending and warping it to a sixteen degrees medium Vee deadrise aft. The Galeon technical department also added the Humphree Interceptor System for easy to use trim. Powered by the large twin 1550hp MAN the 700 Raptor reaches a 40 knots top speed, while 1360hp engine give 36 knots max, and 1224hp deliver 34 knots. This is a remarkable high speed considering that here we are speaking of a standard line shaft propulsion system with props located in semi tunnels aft. Range is for a 380 nautical miles with speed at 24 knots from the MANs 1360hp engines revving at 1600 rpm.
Single handed tender launch system
Aft deck layout
Three or four cabins choice
Forty knots performance
Small galley
You might be surprised that just as with the 640 Fly reviewed here a couple months back, Galeon manages again to find two things for the 700 Raptor to make it stand out. First of these is the four cabins option in a 21 metre sport yacht, and second is the saloon patio door which can open or close all. The models which offer the four cabins are the Baia also being the only other with a fully opening patio door, the versatile Rizzardi, and the long range Couach Yacht. If you are looking for three cabins the competition is wider with all builders excelling in a different department to the other. Criteria was for an integrated hard top sport yacht twenty one metres in size, three or four cabins, with patio door.
Azimut 68S - reinvented sport yachts in 2003, 3 cabins + crew
Baia 70 Italia - surface drives = 52 knots, clever patio door, 4th crew or guest cabin
Couach 2100 Open - super range, 3 or 4 cabins, patio door
Fashion 68 - fat beam, 41 knots max with surface drives, 3 cabins
Rizzardi 73 HT - classic modern, patio door option, 3 or 4 cabins + crew for 2
Queens 72 - 3 cabins plus crew aft, living on main deck
Sessa C68 - new 2009 model, big view windows all over, 3 cabins
WILD CARD: Pacific P210 - steel built, semi displacement hull but sporty looks
A decade ago a sport yacht of this size would have been chosen mostly for its exterior looks. Today in 2010 it has to be a full package offering sporty exteriors, practical solutions, high performance, and a comfortable interior which can also compete with that of a flybridge motor yacht. The Galeon 700 Raptor which is the Polish Strazyn builder current flagship scores in all these departments and is a point of reference not only to compete with similar sized Sport Yachts from other renowned builders, but also to the smaller models of the fleet. The 700 Raptor has also the important element of choice which not only involves materials like wood types or colors, but goes into the planning of ones dream like that of a three or four cabins, and a galley up or down layout.
Technical Data
LOA. 21.74 metres (71.3ft)
Hull Length. 19.72 m
Waterline length. 17.20 metres
Beam. 5.25 metres
Draft. 1.16 metres
Displacement. 36650 kg light
Fuel Capacity. 2 x 1750 litres
Water Capacity. 1000 litres
Max Persons. 16
Accommodation. 6 or 8 guest berths, 3 heads
Engines. 2 x Man V10 1100hp, V12 1224hp, V12 1360hp, V12 1550hp
Propulsion. line shaft
Speed. 40 knots max with 1550hp, 36 knots with 1360hp, 34 knot 1224hp
Range. 380 nm at 24 knots economic cruise with 1360hp engines
Hull Shape. vee hull with sixteen degrees deadrise aft
Project. Tony Castro
Construction. hand laminated polyester resin, infusion used for some parts
Certification. CE 94/25 B
Picture Copyright Galeon. Data Galeon.

April 14, 2010

New Model: Faeton 380 HT Cruiser

Following the launch of the 360 Fly, Faeton continues the more modern design direction as taken on by owners Astondoa Group. The new 380 HT is the second model to come from the Cruiser line, and is based on a similar but longer hull to the 360 Fly. The 380 HT features some impressive features for a boat eleven metres in size like a settee and sunbed on the foredeck. This fore deck entertainment area also features a built in retractable bimini. The interior finishing and plan is a modern affair of minimal design finishing with wenge and oak woods. Layout is a usual Sport Cruiser plan offering a two double cabins, galley and separate shower head. The 380 HT can be powered by twin Volvo 300hp, or Cummins 320hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.50 m (37.7ft)
Beam - 3.75 m
Draft - 0.74 m ex props
Displacement - 8200 kg
Fuel Capacity - 800 l
Water Capacity - 210 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - 4 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, Cummins QSD 320hp

Project: Hinckley T44 Mk.II

Hinckley launched the original T44 Express in 2000 and it quickly became one of its most successful models, evolving over the years to include both Flybridge and Motoryacht versions. A decade later Hinckley introduce the T44 MK II. This new updated 44 bases itself on a hull featuring a shoal draft which has more then proven itself capable in handling rough offshore conditions. The T44 MK.II is a project of evolution which embraces the latest technological advances from new Cummins 550hp common rail fully electronic engines to a redesigned pilothouse which offers incredible sight lines and 360 degree visibility for both the helmsman and guests. Options include both one and two sleeping cabin layouts. Hinckley also offers unique open air features like fully powered sliding side windows and overhead hatches to bring in plenty of light and fresh air. Hinckley's legendary patented JetStick steering and control system is also incorporated in the T44 Mk.II. The Jetstick is fully integrated with a powerful hydraulic bow thruster that allows even an inexperienced helms person to move the vessel sideways. Jet propulsion give also the advantage of no underwater appendages such as props, pods, struts or rudders, which results in better security at night without the fear of fouling fishing gear or damage from submerged logs.

April 13, 2010

New Model: Albatro 50 Tender

Albatro is an Italian builder renowned for fast performing hulls. The company located in the Northern tip of Italy has been known since the eighties for its fast competitive hulls, which also gave it a second place in the 2006 P1 championship. The 50 Tender presented in 2009 is the second of a rib line, following the launch of the 50 Tender Open in 2005. In the future the Rib Tender line will include three more models from 45 to 70 feet. The 50 Tender is also Albatro current flagship in a line of ten models which starts at six metres. This new model gets a redesigned exterior and interior which now offers two cabins versus the single of the 50 Open version. The accommodation layout of the 50 Tender offers four berths in two cabins, and a single shower head. Power option are various with the smallest being a twin FPT 440hp up to an optional triple 560hp high speed format. Propulsion is the Italian made Jolly surface drives. The Albatro 50 Tender being testimony to its high performance heritage can reach speeds up to 57 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.30 m (50.1ft)
Beam - 4.71 m includes tubes
Displacement - 13300 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - 4 berths
Engines - Diesel 2 x FPT 450hp, 560hp, Yanmar 530hp, 3 x Yanmar 440hp, FPT 560hp
Gas Petrol 2 x Mercuriser 662hp
Propulsion - Jolly surface drives
Speed - 57 knots max, 45 knots cruise
Range - 300 nm
Certification - CE B

Improve-it = Airon Marine 388

Airon Marine is offering a new lower deck plan to its successful 388 model. In the new plans for the 388 the Lake Como boat builder has given the possibility to order a twin shower head version. The space of the second guest shower head is taken by advancing the aft cabin bulkhead, and from the dinette settee which in this version looses a bit of seating space and changes to an L-shaped versus a C-shaped of the standard lower deck plan. With this version you still get the much appreciated three berth mid-ship cabin. The twin head option has been long advanced by many customers who value privacy of utmost importance, and as usual to the Airon philosophy the Lake Como boat builder made its clients requests and wishes come true.

April 12, 2010

New Model: Gamefisherman 42 Express

Custom boat builder from Stuart, Florida Gamefisherman continues to present new models and starts the 2010 year with the launching of the 42 Express. As usual to Gamefisherman the 42 Express is a custom built Sportfish Cruiser with traditional looks as shown by the straight shear line which gives a very masculine profile outside. The 42 Express is built as all Gamefisherman with the glass over wood cold molding construction method. The hull is painted with top brand Awlgrip paint, with a mahogany trim for the toe rail, and a teak laid cockpit deck. The helm of the 42 Express gives the feel of a center console boat, thanks to its unique central position. Her experienced owner also choose top quality rigging like Bauch tower, Rupp riggers, and Murray Brothers chairs. Inside the 42 Express offers a galley, separate shower head, a convertible dinette, and a settee which converts to two bunk berths. Power is from twin 575hp Cat engines which deliver a top speed of 38 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.80 m (42ft)
Beam - 4.03 m
Draft - 1.06 m
Displacement - 8618 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1514 l
Water Capacity - 189 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Cats 575hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 38 knots max, 33 knots cruise
Construction - cold molded with Awlgrip paint and mahogany trim

Project: Palm Beach 65 Flybridge

Palm Beach motor yachts from Australia present the project of the 65 Flybridge. The 65 Flybridge takes everything from the recently launched 65 Sedan traditional lobster yacht looking sister, adding to it an additional top deck, with second helm station. Here the 65 Flybridge will feature a central helm station with two co-pilot seats, L-shaped dinette with table, and an aft looking bench seat. The aft part of the flybridge will be left free with a possible use for a sunbathing area. For the rest the 65 Flybridge copies the hard top Sedan version with three double cabins below, and flush main deck interior. Power options start from the small 700hp Yanmar, which may look small but considering the very light 18000 kg displacement announced may give adequate speeds.

April 11, 2010

New Model: Heesen 49.80m YN 14750

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce that hull number 14750, a 49.80 metre full-displacement motor yacht, was launched from the Oss shipyard, Holland in the presence of her owners, who christened her Sky. The latest Heesen is a fully customized super yacht with an approx 650 gross tonnage of displacement, whose naval architecture has been conceived by Heesen’s in-house naval architects, while the exterior styling was drawn by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. The yacht’s contemporary and masculine interior, decorated predominantly with Makassar cabinetry and featuring carbon-fibre and stainless steel detailing, was designed by the New York-based interior designers Mojo-Stumer Associates. Twelve guests will be accommodated in four Guest cabins and one Owner’s suite. The owner’s suite, located forward on the main deck, features a bathroom equipped with a custom made steam shower. The two twin-bedded guest cabins are located amidships on the lower deck, aft of the two VIP double cabins. All cabins are equipped with private ensuite shower rooms. Guests can enjoy a fully equipped fitness area located on the sundeck, where the custom made octagonal spa pool occupies the forward element of this partially sheltered deck area. The Heesen 49.80 metres hull number 14750 is powered by twin 3646hp MTU which deliver a top 23 knots speed, and can cruise at 12 knots for 3200nm before needing another refuel of 68000 litres. The delivery of Sky is scheduled for this month, after intensive sea trials in the North Sea.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.80 m (163.4ft)
Beam - 9.00 m
Draft - 2.50 m
Displacement - 295 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 68894 l
Water Capacity - 16277 l
Accommodation - 12 guest berths
Engines - 2 x MTU 16v 4000 M90 3646hp
Speed - 23 knots max
Range - 3200 nm at 12 knots
Project - Omega Architects, Mojo-Stummer Associates interior
Certification - Lloyds 100A1 SSC Yacht, LMCMS Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 MCA

April 10, 2010

Project: Azimut Grande 120SL

As announced last month Azimut presents a new philosophy for its over one hundred feet Super Yacht models titled Grande. The current over one hundred feet range from Azimut features four models: 100 Leonardo, 103SL, 105, and 116. The 120SL is the first of four Grande new models announced, and will be the flagship of the Azimut S sport series taking top spot from the 103SL. A big super sport yacht, the 120SL follows the lines of the current S line flagship showing the Righini design touch and should launch in before the end of 2010. It will be the beginning of more bigger Grande Azimut's from the 100 with raised pilothouse, to a 110 having a widebody, and a 126 with two a half decks. Until the launch of the Azimut 126, the 120SL will be Azimut's biggest ever built yacht taking top spot from the much famed early nineties launched 118 Penthouse model. Azmiut's Grande philosophy also aims to distinct itself from its smaller builds and most importantly from other builders offering a Personal Design Equipe to the owner so to make a unique highly semi-custom yacht.

April 9, 2010

Web: Filippetti New Web Site

Filippetti Yacht presents the new website which also means the relaunching of a Group which joins the Evo, Daemon, and the newly launched Navetta brands under one company. Founded by Fausto Filippetti in 2009 there is more history to the Filippetti Yacht trademark then meets the eye. Filippetti started his nautical career in 1967 where he first started to work as an apprentice and later on as a wood master craftsman with boat builders of the Fano, Adriatic sea region. In 1985 with two other friends he is co founder of the Pershing brand building the first 45 model. The Pershing marriage is a long one full of success for Filippetti and from 1998 till 2008 he is the exclusive Italian dealer for the brand. In 2003 Filippetti founds the Dreaming Group which apart from being the Italian dealership of Pershing starts to build boats of its own. First with the Evo Marine flybridge motor yacht range, and later on in 2008 he introduces the Daemon sport yacht series. The Dreaming adventure concludes in 2009 and from this the new Filippetti Yacht brand is born. Filippetti builds seven yacht models from seventy feet to thirty metres in three ranges Evo flybridge motor super yacht, Daemon sport yacht, and Navetta displacement super yacht. The new Filipetti Yachts website takes you around with the following buttons: Filippetti Yacht, Yachts, Service, Second-Hand, Press, and Contacts.

Project: Maritimo 440 Offshore Convertible

Maritimo's boss Bill Barry-Cotter announced the release of his revolutionary new 440 Offshore Convertible project. This entry level into the Maritimo range and the Offshore Convertible line will come complete with many big boat features like internal staircase, an enclosed flybridge and a three cabin layout. The 440 Offshore Convertible will be launched at the Sydney International Show this year. It offers an extraordinary level of space and comfort in a 44 foot convertible Sportfish Cruiser, including a revolutionary aft bulkhead design featuring bi-fold doors that tuck away to open the saloon out to the aft cockpit. It will also offer a vast array of features only previously seen on much larger boats. These include a three-side enclosed flybridge, internal teak-tread staircase, aft galley, bi-fold doors opening the saloon to the cockpit, three cabin two bathroom accommodation, and Volvo Penta IPS propulsion. Adaptable for big game sportfishing, family weekends away or long-distance cruising, the 440 Offshore Convertible will comfortable sleep five in three separate cabins. Further interior amenities include a fully equipped aft galley with four-burner electric cook top, convection microwave and standing refrigerator/freezer built into a space under the flybridge stairs. The spacious saloon to forward, offers an L-shape leather lounge to starboard with an L-shape dinette to port. The enclosed flybridge is reached via an aft-facing teak tread moulded staircase in the port aft corner of the saloon. It features an aft helm position so the skipper has great visibility both forward and aft. A deck immediately behind the helm is a great viewing platform for game fish action of for simply soaking up the sun. Seating for guests is forward of the helm. Fuel capacity is of 2,000 litres, and twin Volvo IPS600 power should give the 440 Offshore Convertible Maritimo fame of medium long range capability.

April 8, 2010

New Model: Nimbus 43 Nova

Nimbus presents the new 43 Nova, successor to the successful 42 Nova. The focus for the new flagship of the Sweden boat builder is for a modern design and innovative, functional solutions in combination with a comfortable, low-resistance hull providing performance and excellent manoeuvring ability. This boat was revealed for the first time in Sweden at the Långedrag boat show in 2010. The roomy saloon is light and modern but also snug and stylish, with elegant materials in cushions and upholstery setting off the beautiful joinery in saloon and cockpit. The helm and instruments are designed to meet modern demands for high functionality and the surfaces to reduce reflection together with perfectly matched ergonomic design. The remarkable properties of the craft include a number of innovative solutions, including a raised walkway to provide more space in the fore-cabin. Glass roof in the fore-cabin. Lots of stowage space and a layout providing large amounts of space for socializing, suitable for the whole family or for getting together with friends and acquaintances. The generously proportioned fore-cabin holds a luxurious double berth, plenty of drawers, a wardrobe and several conveniently placed stowage lockers and shelves. Two guest cabins, one to starboard the other to port, each fitted with large double berth, seating and good-sized wardrobe. There is a large head with separate shower adjacent to the fore cabin. The cockpit features the galley with its spacious work and serving tops, plenty of drawers, a specially designed wine and glasses cabinet and a practically sized stainless steel fridge. The boat can be boarded from either side via large doors leading directly to the helm and the passenger sofa. Behind the galley, and tucked well out of the way when not in use, is an electrically folding television set. The boat is available with the unique Volvo Penta docking system with joystick control. A very large and hydraulically operated bathing platform is attached to the enormous after deck. In the lowered position the platform lies about 40cm beneath the surface, allowing for the easy loading of a personal water craft. Power is from twin Volvo 370hp engines with line shaft propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.10 m (42.9ft)
Beam - 3.90 m
Displacement - 8800 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 500 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Certification - CE B

News: Galeon April 2010

Polish boat builder Galeon as part of its World wide expansion strategy have launched an official dealership in North America. Galeon models will now be available for viewing, testing, and purchase from Galeon of North America LLC in Texas. David W. Craig is the president of the new Galeon challenge in the North American continent, while Lance Lage will be sales representative for the Mexico and North Caribbean areas.