May 31, 2010

Monthly News - May 2010

-pic of the month- Bertram Hatteras 30th Shootout

Azimut Benetti Group Brilliant Results

Since the beginning of the year the turnover of Azimut-Benetti Group, for the last forty years one of the leading companies at international level in the luxury nautical market, has resumed a positive growth trend, +20% compared to the same period last year. At the end of March the shipyard workers all came off the wages guarantee fund and returned to full-time work at the various production sites. The optimism at the headquarters in Avigliana is also due to the healthy state of the orders portfolio: at 30th March 2010, i.e. just over halfway through the nautical year (1st September - 31st August), the Group has orders for 90% of its budget, approximately 50% more than at the same date last year. In terms of end customer sales, this translates into approximately 250 yachts sold, as against just over 150 in the same period last year. This is proof that, after a year of stagnation, the nautical market has regained confidence and that customers are buying once again, although only from shipyards that guarantee solidity and product innovation. The company therefore has good reason to be confident about the next few months, which are traditionally decisive for sales, and looks forward to closing the year with turnover and profit margins on the increase. It should also be pointed out that Azimut-Benetti's maximum seasonal negative cash flow is currently around 100 million Euros as against 220 last year. Given the equity of the company, equal to 300 million Euros, the solidity of the Group is evident and, against a background of widespread financial instability in the sector, it confirms its leadership even more forcefully. The Azimut-Benetti anti-recession strategy focused on three main points. Rationalising and increasing the efficiency of the organisation by concentrating production at the company's own sites. Intelligent use of the wages guarantee fund which, in agreement with the trade union representatives, coincided with a process of employee training and professional requalification, via which the company has developed skills within its organisation which were previously outsourced. Continuation and confirmation of all the investments allocated to the development of new products, made possible by the company's great financial solidity. In this regard the Group, which invested over 50 million Euros in this area between 2008 and 2010, confirms its commitment to presenting over 30 new models in the next 3 years, of which approximately half will be longer than 100 feet. This is testified by the recent launch of the new "Azimut Grande" line, a flagship fleet which in addition to the 120 SL - which will be ready in the next few days - will comprise a further 3 models between 100 and 126 feet, and renewal of the Benetti Class line with 7 new models ranging from 90 to 164 feet.

Azimut Teams with Pedetti Yacht Sales

Azimut has given sales dealership rights to Pedetti Yacht Sales for the new Magellano line in the North West Italian Coast. This agreement has just been closed and signed in recent days and comes to full satisfaction of both parties. The Avigliana Viareggio boat building Giant has trusted one of the most renowned shops to what regards ship style yachts, thanks to Giancarlo Pedetti long time experience in this market sector. In past years Pedetti Yacht Sales has been a dealer of choice for those who like to go at a slow displacement speeds in total comfort.

Bertram Takes Thirtieth Shootout

Bertram, a dominant force in the sport-fishing industry and a brand of Ferretti Group, is thrilled to announce winning the 30th anniversary of the Bertram-Hatteras Shootout, taking both the overall title in addition to top boat. The final score was Bertram with 1500 points and Hatteras with 1100 points over the three days of intense fishing. Bertram took home both the manufacturers trophy for the most overall points and the trophy for the overall winning boat, Great White Too, a Bertram 630 Enclosed Bridge owned by Guillermo Belloso. The Great White Too took first place by releasing a blue marlin, a white marlin and a spearfish. The Certifiable, a Bertram 700 Convertible, owned by Syd Sussman was close behind with two white marlins to finish in third place overall. Both of these teams also took first and third place respectively in the winner take all division. Over Budget, a Bertram 510 Convertible, owned by Ricky Sousa also placed with one white marlin. The Bertram team also took the overall title in the new fun fish division with Sharkbait, a Bertram 630 Convertible owned by Paul Cole weighing in a yellow fin tuna at 111 pounds and Certifiable also was on the board with both a yellow fin tuna at 66 pounds and a wahoo at 48 pounds. This year's tournament attracted 12 Bertram yachts and 14 Hatteras yachts to Abaco Beach Resort in the Bahamas. For the past few years, the tournament has strictly been a catch and release tournament for billfish but this year the committee added the fun fish division to give anglers an opportunity to show off their daily catches of tuna, wahoo, and dolphin. The new management of the tournament by Bertram, Allied Marine, Hatteras and their dealer was also well received by all participants with a week full of competitive camaraderie, a historic photo presentation of the past thirty years of the Shootout, and a disco theme party. The new Bertram 800 was also presented for the first time to the Bertram and Hatteras audience on the first night of the Shootout during the welcome cocktail registration on the center dock in front of the main tent. All the Bertram owners and their guests were invited aboard the 800 on the lay day to experience the new yacht in the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. The Bertram 800 headed to the new Baker's Bay resort to meet up with the Hatteras owners for a Bahamian style barbeque and a golf challenge for some more competitive fun. Overall, the event brought together both sides for some friendly competition and the result was a success for both teams.

Cabo Reel Deal Sales Event

For a limited time, Cabo is offering fantastic purchasing incentives on select models. Cabo is also backing these models with an extended 5-Year Limited Warranty, and a 10-Year Limited Structural Hull Warranty. Since its inception in 1991, CABO Yachts has distinguished itself among sportfishing boat builders. Since the introduction of its first boat, Cabo has repeatedly set the bar for quality, innovative design, bluewater performance, and unsurpassed fishability. The result is a fleet that has been often imitated, but not surpassed in its ability to satisfy even the most demanding sportfishing enthusiasts.

Dominator New Drive

Dominator Yachts, the new subsidiary of a well known Investment Group owning a wide variety of international business interests, has officially announced the 100% takeover from the of Dominator S.r.l. of the famous Fano-based Dominator brand, specialised in the construction of 18 to 30 metre, luxury fibreglass yachts. This operation is an important part of the strategic business plan launched by the shipyard (but temporarily suspended in recent months due to the general market crisis), which includes a call for greater focus on the company’s core business in order to further expand medium and large-scale yacht production. Thanks to this takeover the new Dominator Yachts shipyard continues to meet the immediate targets in its industrial plan and within the next 2 months no less than 3 new yachts, a Dominator 29M , Dominator 860 , and a Dominator 680 will be delivered to their owners. In addition to this achievement, the brand will also be launching the new Dominator 720, an operation that will include the craft’s official worldwide unveiling in Cannes at the “Festival de la Plaisance 2010”. These are the key events the shipyard has planned for the next few months. Another major step is the delivery of the brand new, full aluminium Dominator 39M, produced exclusively for Dominator Yachts by the long established Rossi Navi shipyard in Viareggio, designed by T4 Design and surveyed by chief designer Enrico Gobbi personally. This close working relationship between the two shipyards will allow Dominator Yachts to further expand its large yacht sector up to 70 metres and meet the requirements of its wide range of customers even more effectively. But the company’s groundbreaking vision does not stop here, as the brand is also working extremely hard to develop an exciting new concept in yacht design. Destined to revolutionise the entire worldwide yachting market, the feedback from this major new research project and tests conducted in Fano have shown that the shipyard can now achieve a 30% to 80% reduction in fuel and energy consumption thanks to a newly engineered hull and propulsion system concept. In short then, Dominator Yachts is currently conducting a remarkable Coast to Coast programme that will allow the brand to launch craft in both the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Throughout this important takeover operation, Dominator Yachts has been assisted by Federico Santini Esq. of the Rome-based Studio Legale Internazionale d’Ippolito, acting as the buyer’s legal advisor.

Ferretti Group Easea Show

The opening press conference for “easea>show”, the exclusive, permanent showcase of the yachts of Ferretti Group - a world leader within the sphere of the design, construction and sale of motoryachts of the most exclusive brands in the nautical world -was held on 3rd May at Marina Nuova in Cattolica. Devised to further extend the range of excellent services already reserved for Ferretti Group Clients, “easea>show” was inaugurated by Norberto Ferretti, Chairman, Salvatore Basile, CEO,and Lamberto Tacoli, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of the Ferretti Group, in the presence of the press, the local authorities, the international sales network and Clients. Easea shows the privilege of being involved in a unique, tailor-made experience, one which has never before existed on the world nautical scene. Moreover, the “easea>show” project avails itself of important partners par excellence, both locally and nationally, in order to make owners’ visits even more special. It is a permanent boat show, displaying the most important yachts of all Ferretti’s prestigious brands, a truly exclusive, personalized showcase of the Group’s fleet. The display, part of the larger “easea&gt.yachting” services project which commenced at the beginning of 2009, will be a private, permanent boat show. It will enable even the Group’s busiest Clients to visit the yachts any day of the year, and carry out sea trials in total privacy and a relaxed environment. Easea>show thus responds to the requirements of the Group’s most demanding owners who, by booking through the reference dealer or broker for their area, can visit the yachts and try them out at sea privately, accompanied by a dedicated, highly specialised staff, thus doing away with the inconvenience caused by crowding at boat shows. Hence, the display offers Group Clients. A balance of the most important results achieved during the first seven months of the 2009-2010 nautical year was presented during the course of the inaugural press conference. Although the macro economic context is still uncertain, during this period the Ferretti Group has registered the first signs of a recovery. From 1st September 2009 to 31st March 2010, the Group collected around double the orders compared to the same period of the previous year. Moreover, as of today, the Group’s backlog covers around 85% of the budget set for this nautical year. Moreover, during the course of the meeting a world première, the new Ferretti 800, was presented to confirm the new relaunch phase. This yacht is the very latest model to be designed and produced by Ferretti Yachts, the Group’s historical brand, which operates within the sphere of the production of flybridge motoryachts measuring 14 to 27 metres in length.

Formula Hosts Government Family from Guernsey

Staatssekretar of Bavaria, Germany, Markus Sackmann and his family spent their Easter vacation in Florida while visiting Peter Burger, director of Formula's international sales. Vic Spellberg, director of sponsor promotions, escorted the family on the Formula 40 PC to a waterfront lunch and a special tour around Miami. Formula was very pleased to have Mr. Sackmann and his family on board to show them the quality and performance of Formula.

Formula Continues to make 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.

Jarrett Bay Morehead City Boat Show

During May 15th and 16th in Downtown Morehead City for the second annual in-water boat show, Jarrett Bay featured its small express fishermen 32. The North Carolina custom boat builder also attended seminars at the show, with two representations. Jarrett Bay Service Manager Roger Wetherington gave a presentation on the recent service and refit work performed in its Marine Industrial Park, and Jarrett Bay Boatworks' New Construction Foreman Gary Davis showcased the construction of Hull #57, the Jeff Burton Project.

Hatteras Worldwide Sales Event

Hatteras Yachts is offering unprecedented pricing and extended warranties to customers across the globe! For a limited time only, one can take advantage of unprecedented savings on select models in inventory. Hatteras is also backing up this unprecedented buying opportunity with an extended 2-Year Limited Warranty, a 10-Year Limited Structural Hull Warranty, and 5-Year Extended CAT Engine Warranty. Hatteras is known the world over as one of the best built, most luxurious and fully appointed yachts in the marketplace.

Hunt Receives NMMA Innovation Award

The new Hunt 52 from Hunt Yachts commanded attention from consumers and the press when introduced at fall shows in 2009. Since then, this handsome and speedy semi-custom motor yacht has been tested and profiled by many of the most influential marine journalists, who unanimously have noted that she is bristling with useful, clever, innovative and appealing features and details. That assessment was recently confirmed by NMMA, which bestowed one of its prestigious 2010 Innovation Awards on the Hunt 52. Naval architects, C. Raymond Hunt Associates, renowned for the original concept and continuous refinement of the deep-V hull form, strategically designed the Hunt 52 to deliver outstanding performance and comfort under the widest range of sea conditions, classic lines, the livability of an unbroken/single-level main deck from helm to stern seating, the capability to be enjoyed by many yet handled with ease by a single couple. All of these facets in her design have since been proven in use. The 2010 Innovation Award recognizes one in a long list of features, most of which are unique in a yacht of this size. In partnership with Man Ship of Taiwan, several of the furnishings are mechanized to easily convert from cruising to entertaining; this convenience is found is such features as the aft and interior tables which adjust by flick of their switches from cocktail to dining height. The double-wide companion helm seat, also mechanized, drops and reverses to complete a U-shaped settee. Man Ship Machinery and Hardware CO; Ltd. is a well-known and respected manufacturer of chandlery and hardware for the international boatbuilding industry since 1982.

Hunt New Dealership Agreements

To provide the level of local and personal sales attention that Hunt’s semi-custom production yachts warrant, the Company has recently expanded its dealer network with the appointment of Irish Boat Shop (Michigan) and Offshore West (California). Both new dealers are companies with extensive experience in yacht sales and service, reputations for integrity, and a thorough knowledge for helping buyers personalize these top quality motoryachts. Irish Boat Shop has been serving recreational boaters from Harbor Springs (MI) since 1961 and from Charlevoix since 1971. Recognized by Boating Industry as one of the “Top 100 Dealers in North America” this year, Irish sells and services multiple lines of power (rated as Master Dealers for Sea Ray and Boston Whaler) as well as sail boats and engines, operates three separate marinas with more than 300 slips, has three ABYC-certified Master Technicians on staff and is well known in the region for their integrated approach to sales, support, service, and storage to maximize owners’ boating time and enjoyment. Offshore West was established in 1996 to be the exclusive West Coast dealer for Offshore Yachts, whose Crealock-designed offshore cruising yachts first appeared in the 1960’s, most of which (like Hunt Yachts) are semi-custom to suit individual owners’ personal requirements. This family owned and run company has since broadened its responsibilities through a Florida office to represent Offshore’s 52-90 foot motoryachts worldwide in sales and brokerage. With a background in custom and semi-custom buildbuilding, they are familiar and comfortable helping clients achieve complete satisfaction. Hunt Yachts is represented elsewhere in North America by Yachting Solutions (Camden and Rockport, Maine), Prestige Yachts (Stamford and Essex, Connecticut), Ireland Yacht Sales (Sanibel, Florida) and Ed Huck Marine (Rockport, Ontario). The Company intends further appointments in additional territories. Hunt currently delivers Surfhunter, Harrier and Hunt models from 25 to 52 feet and the new 10-foot Hunt Shellback Tender.

Maritimo Strong Growth in New Zealand

Maritimo continues its aggressive international Dealership expansion with the appointment of Orams Marine in New Zealand to represent the company's Aegean and Sport Cabriolet lines. The new Dealership is based at the Orams complex in Beaumont Street, Westhaven in Auckland. Maritimo's Peter Jenkins said that Dealer principal Neven Barbour and his team would work closely with Don Senior at Maritimo New Zealand who will continue to represent the company's Motoryacht and Offshore Convertible lines. Mr Barbour said the Maritimo brand represents exciting opportunities for luxury boating enthusiasts in New Zealand. Mr Barbour said he had first worked with Maritimo CEO Bill Barry-Cotter 10 years ago when Orams began distributing his Mariner brand in New Zealand. According to Peter Jenkins, Neven Barbour and his team will add valuable capabilities to the company's sales program throughout New Zealand. Mr Barbour is renowned throughout New Zealand not only for boating but as an athlete and former national squash champion.

Maritimo Expands Sales Team

SBM Maritimo Sydney has expanded its sales team with the appointment of Brent McKinnon. Dealer Principal Steve Batton said that Brent brings a range of skills to his role in the organisation. He said that the Maritimo brand is growing strongly in the Sydney market, leading to demand for additional resources.

Marlow Awarded the 2010 Green Maritime Company of the Year

Marlow is proud to announce that during the 2010 Asia Boating Awards in Honk Kong they were awarded the Green Maritime Company of the year. It was a great honor to accept this award at the sixth annual Asia Boating Awards in Hong Kong. For the first time in the Asia Boating Awards six years history, the ceremony was held in Honk Kong, at the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club Terrace on May 8. The event coincided with the Hong Kong Gold Coast boat show, and was one of the high lights of the three day show. The Asia Boating Awards is widely known as the regions premier event for recognizing the efforts of boat builders, marinas, clubs, and individuals in creating a diverse and exciting boating community in the region. It has also become a must attend event for Asia jet set. The Asia Boating Awards was also the first event to recognize the efforts of quality yacht builders working in Asia.

Moonen to Complete a 120feet Super Yacht

Moonen Shipyards has been commissioned for a unique project to finish a 120 ft yacht designed by Bill Dixon which was started by Royal Denship in Denmark before bankruptcy. Around a quarter of the semi-displacement motoryacht had been completed when the Danish yard went into administration in June 2009. The owner of the uncompleted vessel contacted Moonen due to the yard's growing reputation in the refit market as well as its fine track record of building new superyachts. The fact that it concerns a motoryacht that yet had to be completed and the fact that composite is not the material that Moonens builds her reputation on, the project needed a "Think different"-approach. The interior styling is in the hands of the owner, and the yard is also partnering with external parties such as composite experts Green Marine, Alewijnse for the electrical installation and De Leeuw Yacht services for the painting. One of the major issues for Moonen is that the yard has never previously built a yacht in GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic). All the GRP parts of the vessel are available except the main deck, with the hull and bridge deck being almost completely assembled. Around 20 percent of the equipment is available, including the main engines, gearboxes and other small components. Moonen has already carried out a complete design and status check, which made clear that the engineering packages were randomly incomplete. After these have been closed, the yard will make a start with building the stern section of the hull while simultaneously completing the technical installation. The yacht is planned for launching in May 2011.

Performance Hosts Classic Boat Race at Porlezza

On the 29th and 30th May Performance held the annual traditional “Trofeo barche d'epoca da corsa città di Porlezza”, which has now reached its 5th edition. This year edition also marked the 80th anniversary from the first race held in Porlezza, which made it a real festive occasion. The arrival of the 17 announced racers, coming from all around the world, was seen for Saturday May 29th and in the evening there was a traditional dinner party. The demonstrations where held during Sunday 30th May.

Riva at the 2010 Oscars of the Music

Riva, thanks to its exclusive dealer for Monaco and France - Monaco Boat Service – took part to the World Music Awards, held in Monaco on Tuesday May 18th 2010. The gotha of the international music system such as Jennifer Lopez, Tiziano Ferro, Kelly Rowlands, David Guetta, Andrea Bocelli among many others, gathered in the enchanting location of the Sporting Club on the occasion of the 21st edition of the Oscars of the Music. The most popular best selling singers were awarded during a just unique and fabulous show. As tradition, the proceeds of the show were devolved to charity for those in need. In particular this year the proceeds will be devolved to the construction of an hospital in Haiti.

Riviera Exceeds Expectations at Sanctuary Cove

It was a triumphant return to the 22nd Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show for Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder, with 19 new boats sold over the four day event, including the sale of nine new 43 Open Flybridges. This remarkable result far exceeds all expectations with a total value of more than $20 million in sales being achieved from across the award winning range. Riviera opened the show with the world release of the much-anticipated 43 Open Flybridge with IPS on day one, followed by a cocktail party for more than 300 guests on the evening of day two on Riviera’s large 2362 square metre floating display. Riviera’s chief executive officer John Anderson said the world release of the new 43 Open Flybridge was a huge success with the first 43 sale being achieved within the first hour of the show opening. Sales were across the board from 36 to 61 feet including multiple sales of 5800 and 5000 Sport Yachts, a number of flybridge models including a 61 Enclosed. Veteran sailor Ian Reynolds who completed his circumnavigation of Australia at the age of 82 in a Riviera 56 Enclosed Flybridge officially launched the new 43 Open Flybridge and was a special guest at Riviera’s floating display during the show. According to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show general manager Barry Jenkins, numbers were ‘softer than previous years’ but it was a tremendous boat show for everyone.

Riviera Ambassadors Shares Experience at the Show

Riviera had a special guest of honour at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show held from May 20-23. Veteran blue water sailor and Melbourne businessman, Ian Reynolds was at the Riviera display with his 56 Enclosed Flybridge, Investigator V, the vessel he used to circumnavigate Australia. Mr Reynolds, at the age of 79 embarked on the challenging task of circumnavigating Australia, some 9,000 miles, clockwise from the Gold Coast returning home in October 2008. But before he could make this dream of circumnavigating Australia by power boat a reality, Mr Reynolds and his crew made the 842 nautical mile voyage from the Gold Coast to Lord Howe Island as a shake down cruise for testing systems and checking fuel and range calculations in his new 56 Enclosed Flybridge. His most recent challenge, aged 81, was the month-long voyage, a total of 1380 nautical miles, to Papua New Guinea for the second annual Louisiades Rally. His next venture will take him to China in search of an Aids cure but this will mean the sale of his beloved Riviera 56 Enclosed Flybridge, Investigator V, which will be on display and offered for sale for the first time at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Mr Reynolds said the opportunity to continue the work into a cure for Aids presented a challenge he could not resist. Riviera CEO John Anderson said it was an honor to have Mr Reynolds at the Riviera display.

Sea Ray Joins Brad Paisley H20 World Tour as Co-Sponsor

Close on the heels of signing Brad Paisley as the headliner of its AquaPalooza 2010 Signature Event, Sea Ray Boats is proud to announce that it will be a co-sponsor on the country music superstar’s upcoming H2O World Tour for the tour’s “Water World Plaza.” The wet and wild traveling show, one of the most highly anticipated concert events of the summer, is scheduled to kick off May 21 in Virginia Beach, Va., and includes more than 40 stops in the U.S., Canada and other international locations through the end of September. The H2O tour will offer a unique Water World Plaza that opens at 4 p.m. on the day of each concert. This area is designed to incorporate display boats, a fishing simulator, dunking booth, swimming pools, radio DJs and a separate stage featuring newer country music acts.

Sunreef at the Korea International Boat Show

Sunreef Yachts will be participating at the forthcoming Korea International Boat Show held in Gyeonggi Bay, Gyeonggi Province from 9 to 13 June 2010. Intensely supported by local government, the Korean boat show grows stronger every year bringing many yachting lovers and potential buyers together to enjoy numerous attractions offered at the Show. Sunreef Yachts debuted at this event a year ago and was greatly satisfied with the positive feedback it received.

Sunseeker Shines During 2010 Asia Boating Awards

Sunseeker Asia was delighted to win an award at the recent Asia Boating Awards 2010 for 'The Best Production Motoryacht 51-80ft category', for the stunning Predator 60.For the fist time in the Asia Boating Awards six year history, the ceremony for the awards was held in Hong Kong, at the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Clubs terrace on May the 8th 2010. The event coincided with the Hong Kong Gold Coast boat show, and was one of the highlights of the three day show. Yacht designers, builders, brokers and industry experts were all at the event which capped a big year in Asian yachting. The Asia Boating awards is widely known as the regions premier event for recognizing the efforts of boat builders, marinas, clubs and individuals in creating a diverse and exciting boating community in the region.

Sunseeker Employees Raise Money for Charity

Several employees from the Sunseeker 30 Metre team participated in the annual Swimarathon at the Poole Dolphin Centre this year. The swimarathon took place locally on the 6th February where the two Sunseeker teams competed against six other teams from the local area to raise money for charity. The two teams, the 'Sunseeker Sharks' and the 'Sunseeker Seals' raised a total of £463.59 which was a fantastic achievement. The money raised was put towards their chosen charities which were the Victoria School, Mosaic, Parkstone Sports and Arts centre, Poole young careers and The purple teardrop.

Sunseeker Honk Kong Boat Show Success

The 2010 Hong Kong boat show (7th - 9th May) proved to be a successful show for Sunseeker Asia. Sunseeker Asia displayed a range of craft including the Superhawk 43, Manhattan 70, Predator 60, Predator 84, Manhattan 52 and 88 Yacht. A fantastic fashion show was held in association with Chloe for the official opening ceremony to the show onboard a black Predator 60, with a spectacular musical performance from Michael Wong. A stunning Aston Martin DBS was displayed on the water by the Sunseeker stand.

Sunseeker West Country Rendezvous

Sunseeker Torquay hosted a weekend of exclusive events oboard Sunseeker Charters 'High Energy' in Torquay last weekend in association with Sunseeker Charters. On Thursday the 20th May, 50 guests joined Sunseeker Torquay from the luxury company property Fine and Country, including the Mayor of Torquay for a special evening onboard 'High Energy'. Berthed adjacent to the Sunseeker Torquay new office in MDLs Torquay Marina, the 90 foot long, £4.5million motoryacht made for an impressive sight. In addition to this fabulous Sunseeker, guests were also presented with a display of luxury cars including two Porsches, an Audi R8, the brand new Audi A8 and three Range Rover Vogues. Those attending were able to enjoy champagne and canapés in the opulent surroundings of 'High Energy' as the sun began to set. The Sunseeker charter motoryacht also played host to 70 guests of the luxury property company Knight Frank on the following day. Attendees enjoyed the early evening sunshine on the vessel's spacious flybridge and foredeck over champagne and canapés. The cars on show on Friday evening included three Audis and a selection of Range Rovers. The weekend's beautiful weather provided the perfect conditions for the Sunseeker West Country Rendezvous to Babbacombe Bay. Twenty privately owned Sunseeker motoryachts gathered together for the special cruise which was headed by 'High Energy'. After anchoring in this beautiful bay, the group of around 70 Sunseeker Torquay clients headed ashore to the Cary Arms. On arrival at the jetty, Taittinger champagne was served. A delicious barbecue lunch followed on the terraces of what is known as the 'Boutique Inn on the Beach', overlooking the bay. Before departing the Cary Arms, a quintessentially English clotted cream Devon tea was enjoyed by all.

Vikings Celebrates 46 Years

Middle age may cause some to pause as they ponder a mid-life crisis, but at the Viking Yacht Company they busy to slow down as April 1, 2010 marks the 46th anniversary of this storied boatbuilder 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.

May 30, 2010

Projects: Van Der Heijden 2400 Superior, Van Der Heijden 3300 Superior

Dutch boat builder Van Der Heijden continues its recent strategy of expanding sizes with two new projects which put it into the Super Yacht World. Pictured above is the 2400 Superior project currently under construction in the Netherlands. This second Superior shows similar looks to the smaller 2000 model, and will be built to the same methods of a steel hull, and an alloy super structure. Project weight is an estimated 48 tons, which is light considering that this is less to a similar sized and powered glass fibre yacht. The 2400 Superior will also feature another distinction offering five guest cabins, and a single two person crew cabin aft. Not bad for a pocket Super Yacht just measuring 24 metres, and thanks to its hull length of less to this can be driven with a standard Yacht Master licence. Distinction is also shown in the second in size VIP cabin located aft. The 2400 Superior follows again the smaller 2000 sister in hull design and engines with a similar hard chine shape below waterline, and twin 825hp of power. Estimated speeds are of 18 knots of max. The project of the 3300 Superior continues Van Der Heijden further size expansion into the Super Yacht market. As it can be seen in the rendering this project continues the modern looks of the Superior range. The 3300 Superior will also feature two and a half decks, featuring a comfortable raised pilot station on top of things, this allowing for an extension of the main deck for entertainment purposes. No speeds, power options, or layout descriptions have been communicated so far.

May 29, 2010

New Model: ISA Yachts 600

ISA Yachts has just put the water the 600, first of the sixty meters series titled M/Y Mary-Jean II. This latest release is the second in size Super Yacht from ISA which follows the recent 630 launched a few weeks ago. Making part of the large Steel series from International Shipyards Ancona, this 600 is an ISA technical department project. Mark Berryman has taken care for the interior details on behalf of the owner who presented a six double cabins layout, to this five decked Super Yacht. Power is from twin Cats 2365hp which give a max speed of 17 knots, and a cruise of 15. Classed by Lloyds to strictest regulations the first ISA 600, has a range of 2700 nm at 14 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 60.50 m (198.4ft)
Waterline Length - 53.90 m
Beam - 12.00 m
Draft - 3.30 m full load
Displacement - 1024 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 134000 l
Water Capacity 24000 l
Accommodation - 12 guest berths in 6 cabins
Engine - 2 x Cats 3512C DITA-SCAC 2365hp
Speed - 17 knots max, 15 knots cruise
Range - 2700 nm at 14 knots
Construction - steel hull, alloy super structure
Project - ISA Technical Department, Mark Berryman interior
Certification - Lloyds 100A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 LMC, UMS, MCA, LY2, unrestricted

May 28, 2010

Improve-it = Hunt 52

Hunt Yachts is adding a new flybridge option to its 2009 introduced 52 flagship model. This option for the 52 will add a second helm station up top, and another entertainment alfresco deck. Access to the fly deck will be from a stair case located on the aft cockpit. For the rest this new option builds on the standard versatile 52 designed by the deep Vee inventor heritage firm C. Raymond Hunt Associates. The 52 offers a varied lower deck plan too which can change and offer a full beam owners cabin with the Volvo IPS900 option. Various power options from twin Cats 705hp up to 1001hp engines are available, this last delivering top speeds of 35 knots.

May 27, 2010

Project: Galeon 350 HT

As it was expected Galeon continues the replacement of the 330 model, and after presenting the 340 Fly in Dusseldorf sets its sight on changing the HT model with the above pictured 350 HT project. This new model is already in the making and expands the 330 hull adding space and running surface aft. This means a larger bathing platform for entertainment, and better tender stowage facilities. The 350 HT will also feature Galeon full profile black window streak, which just as the 340 Fly goes from bow to aft, integrating nicely with the engine air intakes. This rendering also shows an expanded pilot house with large view windows. In perspective this new model keeps and builds on the top selling 330 platform benefits, as the three cabins below, separate shower and head, and a living main deck. A layout which is usually associated in much bigger Sport Cruiser then the ten metres we have here. Power options are not communicated though I expect similar choices as the 340 with twin Volvo 260hp, and optional 300hp engines.

May 26, 2010

New Model: Grand Banks 72 Aleutian SC

Grand Banks has launched the 72 Aleutian SC, a further development of the 72 hull and delivered in fifteen units in its RP layout. This new 72 Aleutian SC takes many similarities from the RP model, although its waterline length is about two feet longer. The main difference is the flash aft deck which replaces the lower fisher style layout to stern of the famed RP model. The above picture shows the second 72 Aleutian SC which was launched in the first quarter of this year, following the making of the first in the fall of 2009. Latest Aleutian series model of raised pilothouse Explorer Yachts, the 72 Aleutian SC joins the RP sharing top flagship status as Grand Banks largest and most luxurious yacht in the fleet. The 72 SC key differences from the RP version is to aft where instead of the open lower cockpit with stairs up to the main deck level, the new flagship aft area extends from the salon to the transom on one level creating a wonderfully large outdoor living covered by the extended flybridge above. In addition, the 72SC will also offer an option of a four guest stateroom layout, in lieu of the standard three cabin version. Two crew berths are located to midship
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.18 m (76.1ft)
Length - 21.93 m
Waterline Length - 20.40 m
Beam - 6.05 m
Draft - 1.63 m
Displacement - 54432 kg
Fuel Capacity - 9937 l
Water Capacity - 1325 l
Accommodation - 6 / 8 guest berths in 3 / 4 cabins, 2 crews berths
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 1015hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 24 knots max, 19 knots cruise
Construction - hand laid fiberglass, solid glass hull with foam core above waterline

Improve-it = Arcoa 44 Mystic

Arcoa has recently launched an improved version for its successful 44 Mystic model which now features a high low bathing platform, and a black colored hull. Titled the Black Line option these improved characteristics to the 44 Mystic adds further comfort, style and versatility. The Arcoa 44 Mystic is a traditional down east looking cruiser with a European influence to its design, characterized by wide beam and a Mediterranean style cockpit. Down below the French builder offers two cabins, with an owners en-suite stateroom to fore, and twin beds guest cabin to starboard. You also get the main galley below. This improvement follows that of last year introduced IPS600 option for this model which increased performance by six knots in wide open throttle mode reaching 37 knots, and doing 30 knots on cruise.

May 25, 2010

Projects: Rhea 67 Trawler, Rhea 57 Trawler

After launching the Rhea 43 Trawler in the fall of 2009, this French boat builder is preparing for making a full range of medium to long Explorer Cruisers and Yachts, which in its completion will feature four models. Pictured above is the project for the 67 Trawler what will be the flagship of Rhea with an overall length of twenty plus metres. The 67 Trawler will feature a three double cabins interior and a crew cabin aft. The owner suite as recent fashion dictates, is a full beam affair. Rhea 67 Trawler apart the name wants also to show its work boat heritage with a trawler’s bow, frigate’s stern, two tone gel coat hull color, Portuguese bridge, and a spacious luxurious wheelhouse. Rhea also promises cruising enthusiasts a first class construction quality, high-spec equipment, and again protected propellers to prevent damage when running aground or hitting submerged objects while on the run. The 67 Trawler will have a semi-displacement hull that provides a range of over one thousand nautical miles with twin 800hp diesel engines, and 10,000 litres of fuel. The 57 Trawler will be the second large in size Rhea. Having an overall length of seventeen plus metres this other Rhea project also offers a three double cabins plus crew interior. The layout here is for a full beam owner suite, VIP to fore, a double bunk cabin to port, and a single crew cabin aft. The main deck is also a standard layout offering contemporary solutions of yachts a saloon upon entrance, an open galley, L-shaped settee, and a central helm station. For the large flybridge the 57 Trawler will also offer two stair cases, from the inside and on the aft deck. As for the 67, and 47 the Rhea 57 Trawler features elements that show work boat heritage like the bow, two tone color and protected propellers. Power for the 57 Trawler will be by twin 500hp engines, which should give a one thousand nautical miles range.

New Model: Bavaria 38 Sport

Bavaria continues its cooperation with exterior design partner BMW Group DesignworksUSA, a subsidiary of the BMW Group, originating its third Sport Cruiser with the new 38 Sport presented in Dusseldorf the past January. The new 38 Sport, follows BMW exterior designs as shown on the 46 Deep Blue, and 28 Sport launched in 2009. This 38 Sport also extends concepts as presented by Bavaria with the 37 introduced in 2007; offering a high free board hull, and aft deck giving the feeling of more size then the provided eleven metres. Here in fact the Bavaria 38 Sport offers a sun lounger, C-shaped dinette, passenger settee, galley, and helm station. Down below is space for two double cabins, L-shaped galley, and C-shaped dinette. Diesel engine options are from twin Volvo 260hp up to 370hp, all with stern drive propulsion. Two petrol gas options from Mercruiser and Volvo are also available but I would stay clear of these on a cruiser of this size.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.80 m (38.7ft)
Hull Length - 11.65 m
Beam - 3.99 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 8500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 720 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, 300hp, D6 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP stern drive
Project - BMW Group DesignworksUSA

May 24, 2010

Project: Rose Island 53 Lobster

In occasion of Rose Island tenth birthday celebration at the Genoa Airport Marina this family owned Italian boat builder makes courage for its future, and presents the 53 Lobster project. During this celebration Rose Island also launched hull number one of the new 43 Lobster which we should present you here in a couple weeks. The 53 Lobster will further complete Rose Island range integrating with the other Traditional lobster styled four sisters from 38 to 65 feet, and the 58 Pathfinder explorer yacht model. For the 53 Lobster yard owner engineer Fabio Rosa set his design team for a traditional yacht which can be handled easily without the need for crew. The project follows present Rose Island models where seamanship and classic looks stay first above all other needs. Down below the project renderings show a three double cabin interior with owners suite to fore, two double guest cabins at midship, and a guest shower head. Below is also space for a crew cabin with personal shower head located to midship and having a separate entrance. The main deck is a three split levels zones, which features a welcoming free aft area which says a bit fisherman. Move more to fore and up one step and you have a central settee for three adults with table. A further step up take you inside to the hard top covered area where to port side is an L-shaped galley, helm station, and to starboard is an L-shaped sofa. This area can also be closed with a patio door as optional. Big uncluttered views and natural light also cover the inside pilot house saloon area. Natural solid hard woods and selected leathers will fill the interior to a clean and classic style. As is usual to Rose Island big study has also been done to offer a good hull without the need of too much horse power but still managing good speeds and efficiency. A target total 700 horse power is so far the basis with options of a direct line shaft or Volvo IPS pod propulsion. With this Fabio Rosa is estimating a thirty knots wide open throttle, and on the plane only eleven knots speed which should give added comfort in rough sea conditions.

May 23, 2010

New Model: Codecasa construction F.71

Viareggio family owned Super Yacht builder Codecasa delivers its latest one off construction with the recently launched 65 metres F.71. Titled M/Y Family Day. F.71 is different to the usual classic lines inspired by Codecasa and presents a modern minimal exterior looks with a long sweeping aft bathing platform. From certain view angles F.71 looks sporty, and from others it is testament to modern squarish building architecture which hide there size and height from a distance. Featuring five levels of luxury and comfort F.71 will have an owners suite on the main deck, and this is followed by additional six guest cabins below. The owners suite will feature an office and a side bulkhead which is as recent latest fashion dictates opens up to the sea and become a view balcony. Crew cabins are nine, accommodating a total of eighteen persons. Power is from twin 2448hp Cat engines which deliver a 17 knots max, and a 12 knots cruise which gives a total range of five thousand nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 65m (213.2ft)
Waterline Length - 56.50 m
Beam - 11.20 m
Draft - 3.70 m
Displacement - 825 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 120000 l
Water Capacity - 30000 l
Accommodation - 7 Guest cabins, 9 crew cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 3516B 2448hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Schaffan 6 fixed blades Class S
Speed - 17 knots max, 12 knots cruise
Range - 5000 nm at 12 knots
Construction - hull high resistance AH36 steel, super structure 5083H111/H321 alloy
Certification - Lloyds Cross of Malta 100A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6, LMC + UMS, MCA

May 22, 2010

Project: Heesen 6500 Fast Displacement Hull Form

Heesen Yachts is pleased to unveil a revolutionary 65 metre all aluminium design based on the Fast Displacement Hull Form, whose tank testing has been completed at the Wolfson Unit in Southampton. Developed by Dutch naval architects Van Oossanen & Associates, the Heesen 6500 Fast Displacement Hull Form is a truly innovative concept that increases the overall performance of the yacht. Tank tests have shown that in comparison with traditional hard chine and round bilge hulls, FDHF improves the efficiency of the vessel by around 30%. The slenderness and special form of the hull result in a very low wave profile over the entire speed range, while also improving its sea-keeping and manoeuvrability. As a consequence, it has a very positive impact on the cost of running the yacht, while also lowering its environmental impact in terms of engine emissions. Speed estimates are for a remarkable 27 knots max, and a 75% engine load 24 knots cruise. The exterior design of this 65-metre vessel is by Dutch designer Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Other leading international designers have also been asked to create alternative proposals for the exterior styling. Omega’s design clearly shows the Heesen bloodline, while invigorating it with the aggressive appearance of a racing car. Notable design features include a touch and go helipad forward and a semi-shaded area surrounding the swimming pool on the main deck. On the lower deck is a vast beach club area, whose design incorporates bar, sauna and hammam. In addition to the large transom platform, there is a side balcony that opens from the hull to the port side to provide the owner and his guests with an even closer connection to the sea. Heesen Yachts will present the innovative 6500 Fast Displacement Hull Form to the yachting community on September at the Monaco Yacht Show.

May 21, 2010

Project: Ritchie Howell 54 Express

Custom Sportfish builder Ritchie Howell and design studio Applied Concepts break the mold with the 54 Express project, not only for its IPS propulsion but for an interior which says more luxury. The 54 Express challenge starts with the outside deck, which is a four steps split level area which joins the free combat low to the water aft deck, to the more entertaining raised part, where in between all this you get today's sport fishing must have of a mezzanine aft looking sofa seat. The unusual here is the modern C-shaped settee on the raised part, which is joined by an exterior galley and a central located three seat helm station. Below deck the similarities with a Sport Yacht go further, having a layout plan for a two cabins, twin en-suite shower heads, galley and L-shaped settee. Don't be mistaken but to think this is a standard plan as the owners master stateroom is a full beam affair with personal office, and the forward cabin is a VIP suite. Ritchie Howell and Applied Concepts also offer a choice to the mid cabin which can be changed for a two by double berths sleeping four adults instead of the owners stateroom plan. The only thing in question in this version is that it is a single room, although being Ritchie Howell a custom builder who builds in cold molding I am sure a compromise could be found for making this a full three cabin layout. Currently in an advanced stage of construction the 54 Express will be powered by Volvo IPS900 twin 700hp engines with forward looking dual propeller pod drives, which the builder estimate should give a 150 litres per hour diesel consumption at 34 knots cruise.

May 20, 2010

Boat Review: Nord West 370 Coupe

Benny Martinsson Nord West has been clever with their designs, and the 370 hull shape available in four model types all suited to different usages is full proof to this. Launched in 2008 first quarter, the Nord West 370 Coupe was the second type model to be presented in this series. But the goods does not stop here as the 370 as all the types in this series is also available with different type of propulsion choice of stern drives, and IPS pods. This last has given Nord West acclaims from all categories receiving awards as one of the best performing IPS hulls. While the terminology in the super structure of the 370 changes dramatically the lower and main deck styles between the Flybridge, Coupe, and the Sport, Sports Top models also deliver huge differences. The 370 Coupe we review is a Sport Cruiser having the comfort of a flybridge without a second helm. That means that the living is on the main deck, and sleeping quarters are located below. This makes the 370 Coupe an all season boat with patio easy to close or open door sport cruiser, a trend which started in bigger yacht sizes and as happens today it is transferred to smaller models. Think as the 370 Coupe with all the Flybridge model features adding benefits of lower air draft and a large electrically operated sunroof over the saloon, at the cost of the flybridge deck and second helm station up top.
If your usage is committed to all year round a hard top patio door type sport cruiser should be on top of your cards. The benefits are endless and Nord West 370 Coupe delivers the best of them, with a clever and practical living up, and sleeping below layout.
The 370 Coupe welcomes you on board with its large extended bathing platform. Two steps up and the opening of the integrated stern door gets you in the aft cockpit deck. Here you find an L-shaped settee with table to port. Two steps to starboard take you to the side walks which lead to the fore deck. A sun awning can also protect the aft deck from sunshine and further side extensions can transform it to an additional all weather living area. A sliding patio door gets you in the living main saloon having a C-shaped dinette with table to port, galley and helm station to starboard. This area is also space for intelligent touches as the co-pilot seat which transforms from the fore part of the C-shaped dinette, and the fridge freezer hidden under the helm chair. The 370 Coupe is also about choices in the galley and one can decide between a classy electric or more practical easy to use gas hob. Adding to this area liveliness are full around view windows, and an electric sunroof up top which opens a third of the roof for natural light and air.
A central stairs with three steps lead to the lower accommodation deck. Here the layout is a forward master stateroom with central island berth, shower head, and two guest cabins to mid ship. This last does make the 370 Coupe stand out again from the competition. The port cabin offers a large double berth, with a relaxing settee upon entrance. While the starboard cabin is a single berth. The well sized fully equipped head, with shower cubicle is located in between the master and guest cabins to starboard.
Finishing in the 370 Coupe is full of timeless wood touches of varnished mahogany inside, and untreated teak floor for all exterior from the bathing platform, aft cockpit, to the side decks. The aft hand rail is also finished in classy mahogany wood, adding to a unique touch of class. Performance
For the Nord West 370 Coupe, Benny Martinsson uses a variable Vee shape hull with a fine entry which closes to a moderate angle aft. This hull has been studied to perform well with both stern drive and IPS pods and is used for all four of the 370 series models. Engines choices are a total of three: Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp, and D6 370hp. Propulsion option are for two Volvo DPH stern drive, and the IPS forward looking dual propeller pods. The model tested featured IPS400 units with pods and Volvo D4 300hp engines. With this choice the 370 Coupe achieves a 32 knots top speed at 3500 rpm, and at 3250 rpm it delivers a 28 knots cruise. This cruise also delivers the best economy giving a range of 247 nautical miles drinking 96 liters per hour. This again shows the Nord West 370 hull efficiency on these speeds delivering very good performance and consumption results. So far we have no figures for the stern drive propulsion but I would expect a similar performance to other Nord West 370 versions with minor difference. That means that the large 370hp DPH stern drive option should be good for close to 40 knots top speeds, which is what the sister Sports Top achieves with this set up. Personally for the 370 Coupe I still suggest the IPS400 as engine propulsion choice, mostly because of the wind effect for the main deck. In the end the IPS still delivers a lively handling just short of a stern drive set up, and easy precise tight space manoeuvring.
Living area on main deck
Three cabins
Propulsion choice
Finishing and fittings
Tight side decks
An expanding market, this how Sport Cruisers with patio door has been in the past years and I am sure it will be more so in the future. In the past 2009 year the market has seen the addition of four new models, and I would think more builders will join in this type of design for its practicality reasons. Some of the competition below just like the Nord West, feature also a flybridge counterpart like Azimut, Galeon, Intermare, Nimbus and Portofino. While other models are primarily Sport Yachts exclusive like the 2009 launched Colombo, or the recently updated Riviera. Criteria is set for eleven to twelve metres sport cruiser, all propulsion types, and patio door.
Azimut 40S - small S, shafts, galley down, large 2 x 480hp
Colombo 37 Alldays - IPS only, 3 berths mid cabin, classy wood finishing outside
Galeon 390 HT - stern drive, shafts, or IPS, large split level saloon, 3 cabins 2 heads
Intermare 36 Cruise - galley down, bunk second cabin, shafts
Nimbus 380 Coupe - galley up, line shaft, double mid ship cabin
Portofino 11 Coupe - IPS pods, bunk second cabin
Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht SII - three berths mid ship cabin, IPS, clever patio door
WILD CARD: Di Donna 38 Serapo Cabin - tradition modern, 2 saloons, IPS or shafts
Very few if any builders offer such a varied choice with one hull shape, and this is what Nord West manages to do with the 370 platform. The Coupe version is one of their most fitting and unique designs, offering not only a patio door but also a much preferred living up sleeping below layout. That means that the day running is all fit on the main deck with the galley, helm, dining, and cockpit, while sleeping is located undisturbed in the three cabins below. Performance is also top notch for the 370 Coupe with the IPS400 choice delivering good thirty knots plus speeds with economy. Still if high performance is your thing and close to forty knots performance are a must you can still choose the twin 370hp stern drive option. Last deal breaker for the 370 Coupe goes for its practical touches like the double co-pilot seat which takes shape from the dinette, and the large freezer hidden under the helm chair. The 370 Coupe keeps also Nord West heritage of excellence from classy fit and finish in all areas, to sound proofing, and work of art electrical and plumping systems.
Technical Data
LOA. 11.80 metres (38.7ft)
Hull Length. 10.4 metres
Waterline length. 9.10 metres
Beam. 3.50 metres
Draft. 1.20 metres
Displacement. 9 tons
Fuel Capacity. 800 litres
Water Capacity. 435 litres
Max Persons. 8
Accommodation. 5 + 2 berths
Engines. 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp
Propulsion. Volvo DP stern drive, Volvo IPS400
Speed. 32 knots max, 28 knots cruise with IPS400
Range. 240 nm at 28 knots cruise
Hull Shape. planning Vee hull
Project. Benny Martinsson, JIB Design for tooling
Construction. NGA Gel coat, vinylester resin, sandwich Divinycell core, cross laminate fabric
Certification. CE B
Picture Copyright Nord West. Data Nord West.

May 19, 2010

Projects: Albatro 60 Tender, Albatro 70

North Italian builder Albatro after launching its 50 Tender Open model back in 2006, and updating it last year as the 50 Tender aims to upgrade its Rib Yacht and Cruiser range with a full line up from 45 to 70 feet. Pictured above is the project for the 60 Tender model which will be available in two different styles. For example you can have the 60 in the HT glass hard top or a Fly version as pictured above. Other options are for the aft deck which is available with a large central sun pad, or two C-shaped settees on the sides. Interior layout have not been communicated, but do accept a performing hull with 40 knots plus of top speeds as Albatro usually delivers this in all its models.
The Albatro 70 will be huge step for this builder which builds its current biggest boat at 50 feet. This 70 aims to put a shorter difference as seen by other boats between what is a rib and a yacht. As all rib over a certain size this term is usually the tubes in the sides and this is usually a full glass fibre boat. Although the tubes do in fact deliver a safety feature not found on a standard solid construction. But apart the nearly full glass fibre construction the above rendering does in fact show many yacht like features with deep side bulwarks, a possibility of C-shaped dinette on the fore deck, and the sports flybridge up top. As for the 60, Albatro has so far not confirmed nothing below but they do show some rendering images which suggest a two large cabins layout. Engine choices are for triple 720hp or quadruple 480hp set up propelled to Italian Jolly surface drives.

New Model: Rio 42 Art

Presented in the end of Winter Naples boat show, the North Italian Rio presents the 2010 new 42 Art model. This Rio is a totally new model being on facts longer and fatter to the 42 Art presented three years ago, which actually was an extended model of the 40 Art launched in 2005. The new 42 Art is also powered with stern drive propulsion versus line shaft of the older model. So as we can see this is not a super structure tweak, but a change of substance from Rio who continue to win the hearts of customers by offering good looking Sport Cruisers which have among the most luxurious spaces in their sizes. The 42 Art has many elements which are uncharted territory for many builders, like its huge and very comfortable open cockpit deck. Here you find an L-shaped settee which occupies the port aft part, a relaxing sun pad to fore on the same side, galley wet bar opposite, and helm station to starboard. Below the spaces continue again the theme of open spaces giving an L-shaped galley, settee being horizontal to the ships side, VIP suite to fore, and a full beam mid-ship located owners master stateroom aft. Power is from twin Volvo 330hp engines, with efficient stern drive propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.22 m (43.3ft)
Beam - 4.00 m
Draft - 0.69 m ex props
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 330 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - 4 + 1 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 330hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP stern drive
Certification - CE B

May 18, 2010

INBUILD ~ Galeon 780 Crystal Part 2 of 9

We continue our journey in the building phases of Galeon 780 Crystal in its dedicated Inbuild section. The Inbuild series shows how Galeon two feet shy from a Super Yacht size flagship is in the making, from the rendering design showed here in the fall of 2009 to its launching in mid late coming Summer. In this second part you are seeing the deck mould of the 780 Crystal. Covered in plastic this first main deck mould is positioned upside down. Those two boxes are in fact the split level interior main saloon, and the forward raised part represents the area with galley, dining table, and helm station. Further aft you can also see a triangle vertical shape which is the tender garage, which looks to be a similar system to that seen on the 700 Raptor.

May 17, 2010

New Model: Mano M42,50

South Italy boat builder Mano presents the launch of the much waited M42,50 model. This new model represents a big step for Mano who crosses the over forty feet barrier with a stylish hard top sport cruiser. Choice is a big element of this new Mano Marine flagship as its is available in two lower deck cabins layouts. In choice one you get a four berths in two cabins layout, which gives the owner a full beam mid ship stateroom. Option two which is more family orientated has a six berths three cabin, with the owners suite moving to fore. Below is also space for a galley, and C-shaped settee which will become of L-shape in the three cabins version and can convert to an extra double berth. Tender stowage is in a garage located under the sun pad aft. Up top you also get a C-shaped settee, and another quite large L-shaped exterior galley. This M42,50 hull number one also featured a small standard sized mid ship cabin windows as outlined in the project scheme about a year ago. Hull shape is a medium Vee eighteen degrees closing dead rise aft, and construction method is for an environmentally clean resin infusion method.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.67 m (44.8ft)
Beam - 4.20 m
Draft - 1.10 m with props
Displacement - 11 t
Fuel Capacity - 1000 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, 6 berths in 3 cabins
Hull Shape - planning vee with 18 degrees dead rise aft
Construction - infusion resin

Project: Sessa C54 Sport-Coupe

Sessa pulls out a new project for a sixteen metres open yacht, the C54 Sport-Coupe. Coming live in the next Cannes Show in September this new model will continue Sessa vocation as a trend-setter, and ever improving quality coming by, reviving and expand its sport yacht range, what will be a challenge in this size. Designer Christian Grande and Sessa set the tones for a Sport Yacht with closed lounge main deck concept as the C68 flagship, and as recent models continue with striking aggressive looks and so called animal features. Sessa objective is to give the C54 Sport-Coupe the C68 amenities, and as it happens this project mirrors the flagship in many ways combining characteristics of a performing and sporty open, to those of a comfortable, elegant yacht. The C54 Sport-Coupe is also Sessa's fourth generation hull developed for IPS, following the C46, C43 and the 54 Fly. Sessa is one of the few to have used IPS so extensively and in my memory only another Italian yard does in fact uses the Volvo forward looking pods more to this, which made possible to take advantage of an experience to optimise this technology to the full and incorporate better use of volumes. This does in fact deliver a lower deck with three double cabins, including a full beam owner stateroom to mid-ship with separate shower head. A spacious galley is also located on the lower deck, entirely freeing the main saloon for entertainment and lounging having here an eight person guest table, bar, convertible settee which transforms into a sun pad, and the separation glass patio door which makes the C54 a summer and winter sport yacht. There will also be a BBQ area behind the cockpit, a hydraulic stern platform, and a crew cabin which is so welcoming that can also be used for guests. The C54 Sport-Coupe shares a similar hull shape, twin Volvo 700hp engines, and second generation larger IPS pods to the 54 Fly which should also mirror the 32 knots top speeds achieved by Sessa first flybridge yacht.

May 16, 2010

New Model: Horizon 120 Elegance RP

Horizon presents the flagship of its Elegance range with the 120 RP. Designed by Spanish architect J.C. Espinosa the 120 is a two and a half deck super yacht. The half deck being the RP for raised pilothouse. Espinosa delivered to Horizon a very contemporary 36 metres design with Italian, Mediterranean looks. Accommodation wise the 120 Elegance RP will have the owners stateroom located to fore of the main deck, two VIP staterooms located to midship below, and two other guest cabins to forward of the lower deck. Crew cabins are located aft with three double bunks, and lobby with galley and dining table for four persons in this area.
Technical Data:
LOA - 36.58 m (120ft)
Waterline Length - 30.11 m
Beam - 7.98 m
Draft - 2.40 m
Displacement - 182 t light
Fuel Capacity - 36300 l
Water Capacity - 4500 l
Accommodation - 5 double guest cabins, 3 crew cabins

May 15, 2010

Project: Bayliss 80 B15

North Carolina's, Wanchese custom Sportfish builder Bayliss celebrated its 8th birthday the past April in style announcing its largest boat to date, with the order for the 80 feet B15. Bayliss new flagship will have a five stateroom lower deck sleeping eleven people, five heads including one on the main deck, and a saloon which sits sixteen adults comfortably. Among other novelties for B15 is also the queen island bed in the VIP cabin which transforms to two single berths, and an owners suite located to fore, which uses this Super Sportfish widest area to deliver unique luxury to the owner. John Bayliss, and Naval Architect Robert Ullberg from Ullberg Yacht Design are responsible for the innovations you are seeing in this unique custom constructed Super Sportfish. B15 will be built with a triple plank cold molded method using epoxy resins. Bulkheads. cabins and bridges are constructed with Okoume plywood and Core Cell A500 foam. Structural bulkheads will be three inches thick, while the ships sides have two inches. Power will be from latest generation twin MTU M94 delivering 2600hp each, suggesting a very fast Super Sportfish indeed.

May 14, 2010

Web: Portofino Marine New Web Site

Italy's Portofino Marine presents its new virtual world wide web showroom. Founded in 1994 by Massimo Brinzo, Portofino has taken a unique place in the heart of motor boaters who love something which is a timeless and unique design. Brinzo idea was to create a luxury medium sized boat which mixes between a sportsfisherman, and the classic Italian Ligurian Gozzo fishing boat styles. With this idea the unique very Made in Italy Portofino Marine brand was born featuring a planning Vee shaped hull, all around deep walking decks, and a lot of wood features inside and outside. Luxury hand made fittings on Portofino boats gives them also a unique hard to find look in there size segment, with a small Super Yacht feel which details like the wooden toe rail, teak decking, and thick highly polished stainless steel deliver. Having its building premises in Salvirola province of Cremona today Portofino builds a max of 25 boats a year offering five models from seven to fourteen metres in length offered in different versions to suite ones personal needs. Offering different styles for each model is also another reason for Portofino's success and these can vary a lot from Cabin, Coupe, Fisherman, Fly, Spider and Walk Around. Smallest Portofino is the 750 Walk Around, largest is the three cabin 47, and newest is the fall 2009 launched 11 Fisherman. Portofino Marine new website is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons: About Us, Models, Second Hand, News & Events, Press Room, and Contacts.

New Launch: Spencer Yachts 49 IPS Express hull.70

North Carolina's custom Wanchese boat builder Spencer Yachts shows its new 49 IPS Express model. This sleek 49 foot boat Express style Sportfish Cruiser as the title says is powered by twin Volvo IPS900 700hp engines. As the first benefit of this configuration will be a generous floor plan down below which benefits from a galley, a dinette table for four, two staterooms and two bathrooms. Cabins are an owners double served by a personal en-suite to fore, and twin singles berth in the aft looking room. Its exterior is a mix up between a centre console mostly in the triple seated central helm station, and that of an inboard express. The reverse shear line of the 49 IPS Express continues Spencer soft approach to what a Carolina build will be normally. Launched during the Miami Show the 49 IPS Express headed after this to the West End Bahamas to fish in its first tournament.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.93 m (49ft)
Beam - 5.02 m  
Fuel Capacity - 3274 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 700hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS900 forward looking pod drives with dual propellers
Speed - 34 knots max  
Construction - jig cold moulded, glass over wood with epoxy coating inside and outside
Project - Paul Spencer

May 13, 2010

Improve-it = Donzi 27 ZR

Donzi revamps and improves the 27 ZR with a new cabin, revamped external layout, and further detailing enhancements. The smallest model of the fast ZR line follows this legendary builder never ending upgrades. The 27 ZR has been improved with a new engine hatch treatment featuring integrated scoops with stainless steel grills and new "ZR" sun pad, streamlined cockpit upholstery featuring contoured aft seat with low profile backrest, restyled helm seats and coaming pads with more generous application of accent colors, upgraded helm now features carbon fiber dash panels and improved ergonomics thanks to new location for throttles, and upgraded driver/passengers footrest. Down below the 27 ZR continues the improvements with a greatly expanded cabin which adds seven inches of headroom. Here the layout is for a forward vee-berth, porta-pottie, starboard love seat and large, port side removable cooler. New color themes have also been added to the 27 ZR with titanium metallic silver hull sides, pearl black Modena red boot stripe, and stainless steel Donzi logos on the foredeck. Power options start from a standard single Mercruiser 375hp up to 525hp max.

New Model: Estensi 440 Goldstar S

During the recent Estensi Open days this boat builder presented a much waited new model with the official launch of the 440 Goldstar S. This new Estensi traditional lobster looking cruiser continues this boat builder philosophy of joining two thoughts in one putting sea keeping and classic lines associated with this design together to a good level of comfort and performance. The 440 Goldstar S offers on facts an impressive three double cabin interior with two shower heads. An owner spacious stateroom is located to the fore part of the lower deck and its en-suite shower head also features a bidet. The interior main deck offers the helm station, a C-shaped dinette, and galley. This area is separated from the aft deck with an all weather use easy to close two part glass framed patio door. The aft deck is an open plan layout with the stern being the usual modern sloop design of the Goldstar S range. Power is from twin FPT 450hp shaft propelled engines which give a 31 knots top speed, a 24 knots cruise, and go on the plane with no trim tabs help at only 11 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.95 m (45.7ft)
Hull Length - 13.65 m
Waterline Length - 11.70 m
Beam - 4.25 m
Displacement - 15233 loaded, 12000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x FPT N67 450 hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots, 24 knots cruise
Certification - CE A

May 12, 2010

Project: Alaska 60 Pilothouse Yachtfisher

Based on its recently launched flagship Alaska 57 Pilothouse model, this down under boat builder presents the project of the 60 Pilothouse Yachtfisher. This new flagship is all based to the 57 featuring an extended hull in length which offers more aft deck space for those who enjoy fishing or scuba diving and features a fully moulded Yacht Fisher style cockpit with additional storage, kill tanks, and rope lockers. Like the 57, the 60 shares a hull which is computer scaled off the 46 series. Her classic and elegant looks combine with a generous five metres plus of beam gives you unparalleled live able spaces on board. Some key design features of the 60 pilothouse are; walk-around decks, three cabin configuration, full beam master stateroom with king-size bed, dual en-suites, laundry, fibreglass hardtop over cockpit and side decks, and tender storage deck aft of flybridge. Like the 57, the 60 Pilothouse Yachtfisher is standard powered with twin Cummins 670hp, or optional 710hp units. The Alaska 60 Pilothouse Yachtfisher variable dead-rise hull ensures an economical cruising speed of 9 knots, or a faster cruise at 18 knots, with top speeds being in the region of 22 knots.

New Model: Chaparral 310 Signature

US boat builder Chaparral presents the new 310 Signature model. This model is the first follow up to the 400 Premiere flagship launched in 2008, and takes full advantage of Chaparral patented Wide Tech technology. The 310 Signature gives style, more storage space, higher cabin headroom, and further performance. Chaparral says that everywhere you look from the helm, transom area, even the galley you see innovation. On the topside, the new 310's standard fiberglass open hard top provides all weather protection and is reminiscent of cruisers ten feet longer and twice as expensive. In the cockpit, you get a feeling of total security wrapped in unmatched luxury. Two cockpit seating options meet every need. The 310 also features a new cabin door, carefree single level cockpit, redefined helm seating and the fine workmanship. Below decks, the 310 Signature offers space efficiency, with sleeping capacity for six. The aft cabin has considerably more headroom than previous offerings and a clever optional air mattress system in the salon eliminates old-fashioned filler cushions on a boat that introduces a space saving power ease forward berth that retracts at the flip of a switch. Showcasing a super clean look, the cabin is built with a fiberglass inner liner that even includes a ceiling liner. An over sized LCD television is mounted on a swivel bracket for viewing in both the salon and forward berth. Fittings are in lighter wood tones of Chaparral's River Cherry cabinetry. Clever touches abound in the 310 Signature use of space like the filler cushion for the aft cabin which is part of the backrest, and the side mount cabin table stows in its own space under the dinette seat. Various power options power the nine metre plus ling 310 Signature sport cruiser from standard twin Mercruiser 220hp to Volvo's 270hp, and a 190hp diesel engines choice.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.45 m (31ft)
Beam - 3.00 m
Draft - 0.99 m
Displacement - 4808 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 473 l
Water Capacity - 151 l
Accommodation - 6 berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 4.3L MPI 220hp, 5.0L MPI 260hp, Volvo 4.3L GXI MPI 220hp, 5.0L GXI MPI 27-hp, D3 2.4L 190hp
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravo Three, Volvo DP
Hull Shape - vee with 19 degrees deadrise

May 11, 2010

Project: Rhea 47 Trawler

After the presentation of the Rhea 43 Trawler this French builder continues its proposal of a medium range Explorer Cruisers with the project of a 47 Trawler. Measuring an overall fourteen metres plus of length, the 47 Trawler will offer a lower deck accommodation with two double cabins, both served with personal shower heads. The 47 Trawler will have more classic features versus its four feet smaller sister not only for the trawler’s bow, or frigate stern and a two tone gel coat hull color, but mostly for its Portuguese bridge, its immense wheelhouse fit for a yacht, and its very large flybridge. But serious cruising and safety has been the thinking at Rhea for the 47 Trawler this shown with the protected propellers to prevent damage when running aground or hitting dangerous submersed objects. Designed as the Rhea 43 Trawler by Bertrand Danglade the 47 Trawler has a semi displacement hull rated to a CE A category standard with a one thousand nautical miles plus of range. Power is from twin 350hp engines.

News: Nord West May 2010

Due to the extreme winter with lots of snow, many postponed their deliveries earlier this spring. Almost everyone wants their boat delivered for the upcoming Ascension Day, which puts a lot of pressure on Nord West delivery team here on Vindön this year. During a number of weeks Nord West has launched and delivered fifteen boats each seven days, educating new owners on their boat and all the equipments on board in the process. Most of the customers spend at least one night on board their boats in Nord West delivery harbour and always have a few questions the next day or wishes a shorter repetition in either some equipments or about maneuvering. In the last week's deliveries Nord West also enjoyed an extra celebration to mark the delivery of the 100th 420. As can be expected it was smiles all around as salesman, Martin Waktel handed over the new boat to Kristofer Reiten and Per Olav Mevold from Molde, Norway. After cruising the five hundred nautical miles to Molde, it is still high spirits from the happy owners despite experiencing rough and tricky seas when crossing.
As of this coming weekend Nord West will have all the exhibition, show room open for all Saturdays except midsummer opening hours: 10.00 - 14.00. You are welcome to visit and look at new and second hand refurbished Nord West boats in the permanent exhibition, showroom at Vindön. This show room is two thousand square meters in size filled with motorboats of all sizes. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 8-16:30, Friday 8-15:00 and Saturdays 10-14:00 with the exception for the 26 of June or after booking with our sales staff on other times.
The latest boat show attended was in Moscow where dealer Jonacor Marine exhibited a Nord West 370 Sports Top. Due to the volcano eruption the trip home for Public Relations Manager Jessica Stenlund was a little longer then expected, she had to hitch a ride home in a car, and take the ferry across from Finland.
The new Nord West jackets are from Pelle Pettersson design and are available in white and ashgrey. Available in sizes from XS-XXL. The model is called PP1053 Hood Jacket if you would like to try one out at a any shop that sells the Pelle Pettersson collection. The Nord West logo is printed on the right hand side on the chest and on the one side under the arm. Delivery time from order is between one to two weeks.