August 31, 2010

Monthly News - August 2010

-pic of the month- Magnum Refit

Cigarette Name Top Summer Toy

Robb Report the luxury lifestyle magazine, knows a good catch when it sees one and was reeled in by Cigarette Racing Team's Top Fish, naming the 39' center console one of the "Top Ten Toys of Summer" in its August 2010 issue. Robb Report recognizes Cigarette as Top Fish Open synonymous with "fast and tough powerboats," writing that with the Top Fish, the company has ventured beyond its signature racers while staying true to its swift and sturdy heritage. Introduced originally with a cuddy cabin, a second Top Fish model followed last year with an open bow design for additional seating or improved "fishability." Both models feature a stand-up head and shower and plenty of fishing accoutrements. The magazine was particularly impressed with the latest option for the Open version, a retractable foredeck that can rise to serve as a casting platform, sun pad or table. The Top Fish swims in an impressive Top Fish Cuddy Cabin school of Top Toys, which includes the Audi R8 Spyder V10, the Porsche Boxster Spyder and the Richard Mille RM 028 sports watch, but the Cigarette is the only powerboat on the list. According to the Robb Report, in order to be included in the annual Toys of Summer feature, the product must be recently introduced or delivered, manufactured by a company whose standards of quality are consistent with those of the brands regularly included in Robb Report, of relevance to the publication's affluent audience, and readily identifiable as something most appropriately utilized during the summer season. Now in its 34th year, Robb Report describes itself as the international authority on the luxury lifestyle. Each month, the magazine reports on exceptional products and services for the affluent connoisseur.

Coronet Scale Models

Coronet will launch within the next weeks the first scale model of the beautiful and popular Coronet 290 Sport ready for sale. The model is made in scale 1:12 with a length of 70cm, and will be available in the Danish builder’s web shop during the autumn. Expected price for the scale model of the original Coronet 290 Sport will be 1.500 € including Danish VAT (25%).

Coronet Classic Models Brochures

Coronet is currently updating its webshop with more brochures for previous models. And hope you will find this of interest. The latest brochure is a combined presentation of following models: "Coronet 21 Daycruiser, 24 Family, 24 Family Fly, 24 Cabin and 24 Midi". The brochure is in Spanish language including 12 pages with color photos of both interior and exterior of the models. Furthermore the brochure for Coronet 32 Deepsea Sedan is now also available in English, earlier it was only available in Swedish. This brochure also includes color photos of exterior and interior combined with a description of the yacht. The brochures are all available at Coronets website in the category "Coronet Classics" and we hope you will enjoy the wonderful pictures and information on these classic boats.

Grand Banks Turning Heads

The new Grand Banks 72SC will be featured in upcoming issues of Yachts International, Sea Magazine and Passage Maker Magazine. She will also grace the covers of the September issue of Southern Boating and the October issue of Yachting.

Gulf Craft Appoints European PR Agency

Gulf Craft, the UAE's leading boatbuilder, has chosen The Mansell Agency in the UK to handle its PR activities in Europe. Located in Poole, Dorset, The Mansell Agency was chosen to raise the profile and cover all European public relations for Gulf Craft's range of luxury flybridge yachts — Majesty Yachts from 13m-41m (44ft-135ft) and Majesty Superyachts.

Jarrett Bay Wins NC Governor’s Cup Series

The official results are pending a few release forms, but we've been notified that the 67' Jarrett Bay Waste Knot has indeed won the 2010 North Carolina Governor's Cup Series after their strong run at Pirate's Cove last week. This conservation series tallies all billfish catches during the North Carolina tournaments and awards top boats and participants for doing their part in helping to protect our state's valuable billfishing resources. Several other Jarrett Bay boats, including Chainlink, Frequent Flyer, Sensation & Sea Striker were all doing very well in the last official release standings, so we'll be sure to pass along final results once we receive them. In the meantime, be sure to congratulate owners Ven, Scott, and Lonnie Poole along with Captain Pizza, Mate Pete and the entire Waste Knot team on another great accomplishment for our extended Jarrett Bay family!

Jarrett Bay August Tournament Wrap Up

Fishing was pretty darn awesome for the WMO and Pirate's Cove with some really big whites and blues being caught almost daily. The Jarrett Bay family created their fair share of buzz both at the scales and on the release boards, with Waste Knot, Ravaganza, Rameseas & Builder's Choice all doing some really pretty work out there!

Nimbus Teams with Simrad

Simrad Yachting and its Swedish distributor, Sportmanship Marin, have been awarded an exclusive four-year supplier contract with Nimbus Group, Scandinavia's leading manufacturer of cruising and sport leisure boats. As of this summer, Simrad's new NSE system will be fitted as standard to every boat in the Nimbus range, which includes the Nova Series, R-Series, Coupe Cruisers, Commander, Paragon and Storebro. The NSE multifunction displays incorporate "best in class" radar, chartplotter and echo-sounder technology. In choosing the Simrad NSE, Nimbus will be able to offer their customers the option to add additional hardware such as the award winning Broadband Radar, along with a range of other echo sounder and autopilot options.

Magnum Refit

Magnum Marine is offering its outstanding new boat building capability for refit services. That means returning an old boat to a new condition. The renowned mechanical, carpentry, electrical and fiberglass specialists who built the unique Magnum boats will take the best care of your boat and update it to your wishes. This can vary from a reconditioning to upgrading. Magnum welcomes clients at the yard in Aventura Florida to discuss the needs and wishes and obtain an estimate.

Marquis Appoints New Dealer

US boatbuilder Marquis Yachts has chosen Whale Yachts Ltd as its new dealer in Cyprus. The company, which is based in Limassol, serves markets in Russia, Cyprus, Lichtenstein, Israel and Luxembourg. The company is now awaiting delivery of a customised 22m (72ft) Marquis, as well as a custom-built Marquis 15m (50ft) Sport Bridge powered by triple diesel engines and computer controlled pod drives.

Mulder Mobile Web Site

During the end of August the Dutch Mulder shipyard has launched and put online its new mobile website. So now Mulder can be visited on your traveling with this new portal by using your mobile phone or your PDA.

Mulder Live on Radio Station

Mulder Shipyard was interviewed by Paul van Liempt of the BNR News Radio programme ‘Aan de slag’ translated to To work during SAIL Amsterdam last week. We thank BNR News Radio for their interest. You can listen to the interview on the Mulder website.

Palmer Johnson Closes UK Operations

Palmer Johnson said it will be closing its UK operations in Hampshire, with the loss of around 110 jobs. The site in Hythe Marine Park, Southampton, recently saw the launch of the US builder's first UK-built superyacht — the 51m Sport Yacht. The company had also been planning to build a new facility in the former VT shipyard in Woolston, Southampton. The Wisconsin-based builder, which received planning permission to build the yard last month, had forecast the creation of about 800 local jobs. Kelsey said there are currently five yachts under construction at the Sturgeon Bay facility. But Palmer Johnson has not entirely closed the door on building from the UK in the future.

Princess to Implement Goldmine CRM Solution

The UK's Princess Yachts International has decided to implement the GoldMine Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution from Access. The consulting-led business and finance software provider won the contract against Microsoft Dynamics.Princess Yachts is one of the UK's leading boatbuilders, with revenues in excess of £200m. The company employs around 1,900 people and exports account for 90 per cent of all sales. The 25-user system will be implemented within Princess Yachts' sales and aftersales departments. GoldMine from FrontRange Solutions is a world leader in the development of business and CRM software. Over the last 10 years, Access has grown to become one of the largest GoldMine resellers in Europe.

Riva at 5th Edition of Salon Prive in London

Riva participated to the 5th edition of Salon Privé, the exhibition dedicated to luxury and super cars, held in the enchanting frame of the exclusive Hurlingham Club in London, from July 21st until the 23rd. Ventura UK, Riva’s exclusive dealer for United Kingdom and Ireland, attended the show for the third year in a row and exposed a specimen of the model Aquariva in Riva Cream colour, the modern icon of the yard, which stood out among the stands located in open air inside the park.

Riviera Got the X Factor

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder will show Australia it has the X Factor when the iconic boat builder stars in episode one of Channel Seven’s new hit TV talent show ‘The X Factor’ that goes to air on Monday August 30. According to the world’s most discerning boat owners, Riviera has always had the X Factor and proof of this will be seen on Monday night when four of Riviera’s latest models from its spectacular Sport Yacht range grace the nation’s television screens. The sleek, stylish and sophisticated black hulled beauties will be seen escorting the X Factor judges, singer Natalie Imbruglia, former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian, radio host Kyle Sandilands and Irish singer Ronan Keating to the first round of auditions at Sydney’s Luna Park. Riviera’s Director of Brand and Communications Stephen Milne said it was an honour to be invited to star in Channel Seven’s new TV talent show. The first episode of Channel Seven’s ‘The X Factor’ will be screened on Monday, August 30 at 7.30pm EST so tune in to see Riviera’s Sport Yacht range powering up Sydney Harbour.

Riviera Rides Sydney Boat Show High

Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder Riviera, has achieved an amazing result at the Sydney International Boat Show selling 19 new boats over the five days of the show and its subsequent sea trial days immediately following the show and winning an award for Display Excellence at the marina. Riviera’s new boat sales were across the flybridge, sport yacht and offshore express ranges and included multiple sales of the 47 Enclosed Flybridge, 5000 and 5800 Sport Yachts with a total value of AUD $26,246,000. The incredible popularity of the new 43 Open Flybridge continues with four sales achieved at the Sydney International Boat Show. Since its launch in late May several international orders have also been received. Riviera now holds orders for 16 of these exciting new models. The announcement of the new 53 Enclosed Flybridge was extremely well received on day one of the boat show. This new model retains the distinctive Riviera styling but incorporates a new generation of technology and comfort. The 53 combines contemporary thinking with traditional Riviera elements. There is a lot of boat for its length and a great many key design features including an enclosed flybridge, internal staircase, full beam master cabin, a total of three cabins, two bathrooms aft galley and the flexibility of choice with a range of different pod drive and engine plant configurations. This new model has been entirely designed around these proven and efficient drives and is due for release in March 2011. Riviera CEO John Anderson said these results showed the market was falling in love with Riviera’s new designs and new thinking. Riviera’s brand and communications manager Stephen Milne said the sales results were a direct reflection of the factory teams working in partnership with Riviera’s dealers. Shares in Riviera Syndication boats were snapped up by enthusiastic owners in the Sydney based 5800 Sport Yacht which sold out at the show. Four more boats are on order including a second 5800 Sport Yacht for Sydney, a second 5000 Sport Yacht for Sydney which has already sold eight of the 10 shares, a new 5800 Sport Yacht for Hamilton Island and also the 5800 Sport Yacht for Sanctuary Cove. Riviera Syndication managing director John Russell said it was a ‘stunning response at the show’. Riviera’s I Love Riv team greeted more than 300 guests on the Saturday night of the show for the launch party held on Riviera’s floating display. Riviera’s brand and communications manager Stephen Milne said spirits were very high as party-goers celebrated the launch of Riviera’s 43 and 53 flybridges and the company’s strong performance over the past 12 months. Mr Anderson said Riviera started a new production line at its Coomera Gold Coast facility on Monday this week to help meet growing local and international demand.

Riviera Awards Sales and Service Excellence

Riviera’s R Marine Perth has been recognised for excellence in customer service and always going the extra mile at the Australia/New Zealand Dealer of the Year Awards, held this month in Sydney. R Marine Perth has taken the proactive move to offer break-down assistance during the busy Christmas holiday period and they also host regular owner information evenings, trips and fundraisers during the year for the year ending June 2010 to ensure they are constantly educating and listening to their customers. R Marine Perth was awarded overall Dealer of the Year while R Marine Sydney was awarded the dealership award for Sales Excellence. Individual awards went to Peter Devery from R Marine Sydney for Sales Excellence, Tim Wright from R Marine Perth for Service Excellence and Stephen Milne from Riviera for Excellence in Dealer Support. These Dealer Awards have been running consistently for the past 16 years and were created to recognise outstanding achievement and dedication to Riviera’s loyal owners and brand. Dealers are judged on their ability both to service customer needs and boats, conduct client events and professional representation at boat shows, overall boat sales both of new and pre-owned Rivieras, co-operation with the factory’s business guidelines and communication with dealer support services, dealership presentation and customer satisfaction. R Marine Perth dealer principal Brendan Grieve said this was the first time they had won this award. Riviera Chief Executive Officer, John Anderson, said these awards were a credit to the dealerships and he commended the dedication, enthusiasm and positive attitude of the staff who have received Riviera’s highest accolade. Serviceman of the year was awarded to Tim Wright from R Marine Perth, his exceptional customer service. Brendan Grieve said Tim was a real asset to the R Marine Perth team. R Marine Sydney was recognised for its outstanding sales success with the highest number of boats sold during the past 12 months. Peter Devery from R Marine Sydney sold the most new boats for an individual over the past 12 months and was awarded the Salesman of the Year award for this outstanding achievement. R Marine Sydney dealer principal Michael Joyce said it was an honour for his dealership to receive these awards. Riviera’s annual Dealer Awards acknowledge outstanding achievement, professionalism, sales success and work ethic.

Riviera Launches Recruitment Drive

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder is ramping up production to meet the growing demand for its range of luxury and boats is actively recruiting qualified tradesmen to work on its new 10 day production line that officially started this month. The multi award-winning company based on the Gold Coast in Queensland has already re-hired several staff who were made redundant last year, when the full impact of the GFC was felt and has recently recruited eight former Mustang Marine employees. Riviera’s HR manager Deanne Lugton said the company was searching for quality, skilled tradespeople and production employees with a positive and committed attitude. Brothers Jason and Rick Wieland were re-hired earlier this month in Riviera’s lamination department after being made redundant in May last year. Jason began his career with Riviera in 2001 when he worked as a detailer in Fit Out One. The following year his brother, Rick, also started working as a detailer in Fit Out One. When Rick was made redundant last year, he moved his family to Harvey Bay in search of work, while Jason remained on the Gold Coast doing odd jobs repairing boats and servicing pools before being hired by Mustang. Jason said it was great to be back at Riviera with a stable income and he also enjoyed working a four day week so he could pursue his interest in dirt bike riding.

Rybovich Awaits New Yard Plan

It will be early November before US boatbuilder Rybovich Yachts learns whether it will be able to develop a superyacht repair and refit facility at Rivera Beach Marina. The company has developed a plan that could handle yachts of 76m (250ft) and above, which is larger than at its present Palm Beach, Florida facility. Rybovich has been cooperating with Viking Developers, the company that was recently awarded the mandate to create a master plan for the 150-berth marina. There has been a sizeable amount of opposition to the Rybovich plans from local residents. They have produced a petition which, under local laws, means a decision will have to be put to a local vote. This is due to be held on November 2, 2010. Viking will have the task of totally revamping the marina and modernising it. The proposal between Viking and Rybovich is that the latter would lease part of the marina site for a 25-year period to operate it as the yacht refit and repair facility. If it goes ahead it would complement Rybovich's existing Palm Beach yard, which offers berthing for yachts of up to 90m (300ft) but cannot build or repair as its shoreside facilities are limited to 55m (180ft). The Rivera Beach yard would give Rybovich the capacity to cope with the large yachts that are increasingly visiting Florida.

Tiara Goes Facebook

Tiara Yachts has established a presence on Facebook! You will notice the “f” logo on the homepage of Tiara yachts which will allow you to like us and follow us through your Facebook account. We are excited about the new online presence and hope you will “like” the posts including; corporate & dealer event timing & information, new product updates, and customer & dealer stories. Keep up with all the stories, photos, and video and don't hesitate to let us know what you think and what else you want to see.

New Model: Estensi 460 Goldstar C

The Italian Estensi continue with the extension of its successful traditional lobster boat looking Goldstar line with the presentation of the new 460 C. The C here stands for Classic which represents the square shoe stern of this model versus the sloop of the S versions. Based on the previously launched 440 Goldstar S sharing hulls and layout, the 460 Goldstar C gets a bigger aft deck, as well as a squarish patio door. Interior layout is a three double cabins with two shower heads one of which en-suite for the owner. The owners suite is to fore. The main deck offers a C-shaped saloon to port side, covered galley, and it's main helm station to starboard. Unusual for this size the helm station also offers a direct door to the side decks. Power is from twin FPT 450hp propelled by traditional in line shafts.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.95 m (45.7ft)
Hull Length - 13.65 m
Waterline Length - 11.70 m
Beam - 4.25 m
Displacement - 15,233 kg loaded, 12,000 kg empty
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x FPT N67 450hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Certification - CE A

August 30, 2010

Project: American Tug 395

Tomco Marine Group owner and builder of the American Tugs explorer cruiser and yacht line presents its latest project, the 395 set to launch officially in the early part of 2011. The builder from La Conner, Washington USA says the 395 will feature a narrow-body hull with an elongated forward trunk cabin, and a true twin cabin interior arrangement with the companies signature full size en-suite head & shower off the owners cabin. The 395 will have an over all length of 42 feet plus, and be powered by a single 380hp engine by Cummins or Volvo. Construction is for a single skin solid hull laminate for a weight of just short of 11,000 kg or the more US term of 24,000 lbs.

New Model: Airon Marine 4100 T-Top

Airon Marine will head to the fall 2010 boat show season with the new 4100 T-Top model, an evolution of the 400 T-Top presented in 2008.  The new 4100 T-Top features design changes mostly covering the stern area which now has one large massive storage compartment which opens from the middle, and features a telescopic mail-box type passarelle in the passage way to starboard, replacing the previous central location.  The 4100 T-Top will feature a standard five berths single shower head interior, with options for four other lower deck layout choice which go to a two heads and no lower saloon version.  Other changes have also been made to the cockpit deck, which now has a larger exterior galley located to starboard behind the helm station, and a C-shaped settee, which can be ordered as a dinette, or in L-shape with an entertainment unit.  The Airon 4100 T-Top can also be ordered with a patio door splitting the main deck.  The Airon 4100 T-Top is powered from twin Volvo from 300 up to 370hp, in pods or stern drive propulsion choice. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.56 m (41.2ft)
Hull Length - 11.2 m  
Beam - 3.75 m
Displacement - 9200 kg  
Fuel Capacity - 720 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - five berths in two cabins, or four berth in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, D6 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPH stern drive, IPS400 forward dual propeller pod drives
Certification - CE B

August 29, 2010

Project: Sunseeker 40 Metre Yacht

Sunseeker continues its way into bigger sizes presenting the project of the 40 Metre Yacht set to launch in the coming September Southampton boat show. A similar beam suggests that the triple decked 40 Metre Yacht is based on the 38, which Sunseeker has delivered in five units. The 40 Metre Yacht will be built in fiberglass to RINA unrestricted navigation classification, and will weigh at about two hundred tons fully loaded. A spacious accommodation for up to twelve guests in six cabins is available. Crew accommodation is for nine persons. Automatic balconies as seen on the 130 Predator in last year Southampton show can be included as optional in the owners cabin on the main deck, or another part of the yacht. A 24 knots top speed is expected with the bigger total 6362hp engines, and a 10 knots cruise should give a long 1500 nautical miles range.

August 28, 2010

Web: Bluereef Yachts New Web Site

Bluereef Yachts is a new brand co-owned between the Polish catamaran builder Sunreef yachts, and CDR Yachting from France. The company was founded in 2009, and now it follows this with the launching of a complete new website. Important names are behind this new company not only for a successful catamarans builder that is Sunreef, but also from CDR we have important yacht industry signatures as Pierre Couach, Vincent Duchatelet, and Frank Reynaud. So far the company has presented a one Super Yacht model project for an 87 model, set to launch by the end of this year or the earlier part of 2011. The new Bluereef Yachts website takes you around with the following buttons: Home, About Bluereef, News, Shipyard, The Range, Craftsmanship, and Contact Us and is available in French and English language.

New Model: Princess V85-S

The new Princess V85-S is a further development of the V85 model launched in 2008. This model back then was also Princess first Sport Yacht featuring the demanded sporty second helm up top. Flagship of the successful V-class sport cruiser and yacht series from Princess this new update on the V85-S features a lower profile, redesigned main deck layout, and the option of having more powerful 2600hp MTU engines. Other noticeable different features of the V85-S are a more curved shear line aft, and larger lower window on the main deck versus the old version. Power with the MTU 2600hp option reached a 40 knots top speed. The new V85-S was presented in the early part of 2010 in the Dusseldorf show.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.91 m (85ft)
Beam - 6.27 m
Draft - 1.81 m
Displacement - 60 t with standard Cats 1935hp Fuel Capacity - 6000 l
Water Capacity - 1205 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C32 Acert 1925hp, MTU v16 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 36 knots max with 1925hp, 40 knots with MTU 2600hp

August 27, 2010

Project: Azimut 50 Magellano

Azimut was already challenging the market back last year when it launched the first 74 Magellano, announcing that a smaller 48 model is already in the works. A year has passed since the unveiling of this important chapter for Azimut and the Italian builder keeps its promise presenting the two feet extended project of the 50 Magellano set to be unveiled in the coming Genoa boat show. In this new project Azimut embraces green technology not only to the hybrid power which gives a speed of 8 knots, but also in the building of the yacht in infusion resin method, a technology that the Italian builder has been among the first to embrace from the big European builders, the Forest Stewardship Council for the woods used on board, and also for being the smallest boat to get the RINA Green Plus. Interior wise the 50 Magellano is also full of choices, having a four option plan for its lower deck which involves a two or three cabin plan, a studio, sofa area, or laundry room choices. The main deck follows recent demand of an astern galley, and a convivial area by the lower helm. For the tender stowage Azimut takes lessons from its faster boats, making the 50 Magellano the first Explorer yacht to incorporate a tender garage, but further space will be available I think on the bathing platform, and on the flybridge. The hull design follows Bill Dixon advanced Dual Mode semi displacement shape with a deep vee bow, shallow dead rise stern, wide chines, and a distinctive soft middle section. Power will be from twin Cummins 425hp which deliver a 22 knots top speed, an 18 knots cruise, and an economic long range 10 knots giving a 1000 nautical miles before filling back the 3000 litres fuel tank.

INBUILD ~ Galeon 385 HT Part 5 0f 7

A huge step forward has gone into the building process of the 385 HT from the last time when we showed the hull stringers being attached to the hull. The above photo which equals to part five of the series shows hull number two with the deck and hull attached, as are the side railings. Fitting out is being done on deck by three workers and this was end of July. What this photo also shows are wide side decks too. Not bad if one is in his older years. This hull two should be the one to be debuted in Cannes. I also was just fortunate enough to see unedited photos of the completed hull number one which has a bronze colored orange, and I am speechless. This has to be one of Galeon's and Tony Castro best looking boats and should be a show stopper for anyone looking for an eleven or twelve metre size sport cruiser, but also for any passionate boater. Watch this spot to see more before the Cannes show, where you should see the 385 HT in its completed glory before its debut!

August 26, 2010

New Model: Sessa C35 Sports Coupe

Sessa continues to move forward always presenting newer and richer models, and this new C35 Sports Coupe is its next step in a range which becomes always more interesting in looks, fitting out and finishing. Designed as all recent Sessa's by Christian Grande this new sport cruiser represents the next step in a replacement to one of this yard’s greatest achievements and best seller that was the C35, 35 Oyster, or 34 Oyster in its earlier forms delivered to a total of over five hundred models in a ten years run. The C35 Sport Coupe follows recent demanded styles for a hard top and is inspired by the style of the acclaimed C68 flagship, or as I see it similar to the also fall 2009 introduced C38. The clever touch is surely the redistribution of the interior space offered in a clever modular style. The internal layout has been designed to allow the owner a huge freedom of choice. To live in an open space due to a large common area and a single cabin or, by using the partition, to create two equally spacious cabins, one at the bow and the other at the stern, each equipped with private access to both the kitchen and the bathroom. The aft deck also follows recent styles as seen on the 38 but in a smaller size with a single level area offering a C-shaped settee, sun lounger to port, and an outdoor kitchen behind the helm to starboard. Sessa also continues touches of extra luxury on the new medium sized C35 Sport Coupe with the option of having the Design Version which gives a galley fitted out by renowned kitchen specialist Boffi, finished with a rolled steel worktop, and ivory lacquered cabinets. Power is from a standard Volvo twin 220hp or optional 260hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.75 m (35.2ft)
Hull Length - 9.92 m
Beam - 3.45 m
Displacement - 7600kg
Fuel Capacity - 560 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - 4 + 1 berths
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D3 220hp, D4 260hp
Propulsion - Volvo VP stern drive
Project - Christian Grande
Certification - CE B

Projects: Prestige 400 Flybridge, Prestige 350 Flybridge

Prestige will present a huge revamp to its models line with new projects and changes to current boats expected to happen in all the range. Pictured above is the 400 Flybridge which is to my understanding a further development of the 39 introduced in 2009. Such a fast change is surprising considering this is a new model only in its infancy. May be the Prestige 39 did not bring the desired sales, but I am sure that we will never know the real answer to this question. What the 400 surely offers is a more sport, sleek and elegant looks with the side windows being fully integrated and ending to the sides of the flybridge. The 400 designed by Garroni above the waterline, and under shape by acclaimed US architect Michael Peters follows themes of spaces characterized with huge views on the seas. The interior will offer a twin cabin en suited layout below, plus an extra two berths available from converting the upper saloon. Power is from standard twin 330hp, or optional 380hp Cummins. Prestige presents the project for its new entry level model the 350 Flybridge. Designed as all the line by Garroni, with hull by J&J and concept by Premorei, the 350 Flybridge follows a style similar to the 60 flagship and also to the new 400 above. A comfortable flybridge cruiser with a lower deck with two cabins and the always much in demand big view windows. The accommodation plan of the 350 will be an owners double to fore, a two single which converts to a double guest, and a shower head. A C-shaped saloon which also becomes an extra double berth, and a galley on the main deck complete the interior layout. The Prestige will also be powered by stern drive engines, with the builder claims a 30% better economy and for this to be the smallest flybridge motor cruiser. Actually Galeon offer this on the 330 since a few years now, and back in the eighties I also remember the Fairline 31 Corniche, or Gobbi 31 Cabin offering a flybridge with stern drive. Although thanks to new joystick technology I am sure the Prestige 350 Flybridge marina manoeuvring today will be much easier then in those times. Power will be from twin Volvo 220hp diesel engines.

August 25, 2010

New Model: Rio 42 Air 2010

Continuing with its latest redesigns Rio presents the new 42 Air 2010 model. As was the case for the new 42 Art this model is completely different from the old 42 Air, which was a stretched bathing platform extended version of the previous 40 model. The 42 Air 2010 is the hard top version of the Naples 2010 show presented Art. The Rio design team presented a very good looking integrated full of glass hard top, and a bit similar in looks to that of the recent 36 and 46. The 42 Air keeps also important themes like economic fuel efficient stern drive propulsion, full beam mid ship stateroom, and well spaced functional exterior deck. The 42 Air 2010 will also boast just as its open 42 Art sister, the unique feature of high low bathing platform on a stern drive powered sport cruiser. Speed is a 35 knots max, and a 27 cruise with standard twin Volvo 330hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.22 m (43.3ft)
Beam - 4.00 m
Draft - 0.69 m ex props
Fuel Capacity - 1000 l
Water Capacity - 330 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - 4 + 1 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 330hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP stern drive
Speeds - 35 knots max, 27 knots cruise
Certification - CE B

Projects: Hatteras GT54, Hatteras GT63

Hatteras presents the projects of two new models which show the expanding of the new GT line, which will start with the launching of the GT60 this coming fall. Pictured above is the first of these new projects what will be the lightest, smallest of the Hatteras line the GT54. A completely new model versus the 54 Convertible which decreases a couple inches of overall length, but increases beam by over a feet versus the model it replaces. The beam addition adds space to the GT54 having a three double cabins with two heads lower deck. Construction continues Hatteras resin infusion method build which reduces weight and adds strength. The GT54 keeps on its Carolina style with a smooth shear line, dynamic bow flare, and a foredeck carefully balanced with the low super structure. Hull shape is the Hatteras convex bow variable Vee with deep propeller pockets aft. Power is from twin Cat engines with a standard 1150hp or optional 1600hp. This later option giving a 41 knots top speed. Hatteras design project team has been very busy lately and in less of a year time a total of three new models should be presented. The GT63 project pictured above is in my understanding a replacement of the 64 Convertible, although in the press release I received this does not say. If compared with the 64 the GT63 adds sixteen centimetres of more beam, looses the large hull view windows to mid ship, and will feature a standard four cabins three shower heads layout. The looks of the GT63 by the rendering above show also a more classic taste also thanks to the wooden stern, and a more higher bow. Hatteras has always approached a modern global Carolina design but always with a clean distinction like a soft bow flare, and a smooth shear line. Power which is an important part of the new GT series goes again above the forty plus barrier with the large Cats 1900hp option doing 41 knots of max and a 36 cruise. Another strong data of the new GT models is a 400 NM range. Unveiling of the GT63 is set for the 2011 Miami show in February.

August 24, 2010

New Model: Rodman 50 Muse

Rodman have gone a long way since in 2006 they launched the first of there luxury yacht range designed by Italian Fulvio De Simoni the 54 Muse. This was followed by the 74 a year later, then the 44, and latest the fourth 50 model. This one announced in mid 2009, and unit one launched at the end of that same year. Unlike its predecessor the 44, the 50 Muse takes a more conservative approach to its interior with a classic three cabin plan having an owners suite to fore, a guest shower head, and two double cabins to mid ship. I am sure the large circle windows to mid ship of the hull would have made you think that you have a full beam cabin there but so far this is not so. The main deck also is another typical of a Mediterranean yacht with a split level saloon having a C-shaped settee, helm station to starboard, unit, and the C-shaped galley on the raised part to port. Power for the conservative inside, and modern outside 50 Muse is from twin Volvo 670hp, which give a 32 knots max, and a 26 knots cruise delivering a 300 nautical miles range.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.30 m (50.1ft)
Beam - 4.69 m
Draft - 0.87 m
Displacement - 22 t
Fuel Capacity - 2100 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 670hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 32 knots max, 26 knots cruise
Range - 300 nautical miles at 26 knots cruise
Project - Fulvio De Simoni

Project: Mig 43 HT

The Mig 43 HT is a new hard top version for this recent addition to the line for this Rome based Italian builder. The hard top designed by Studio Mignarelli from Ancona is becoming always more requested in boat of all sizes due to its comfort, so Mig Marine which just re branded from the old Marine Yachting name decided to offer this accessory on one of its latest models, the 2006 presented 43. The hard top of the 43 follows classic looks and will have a huge central opening of about ninety per cent of the area. The Mig 43 hard top will also have clear sides in order to allow more air circulation. For the remaining the 43 HT keeps the plans of the standard 43 with huge sun lounger aft, C-shaped settee, helm station outside and a lower deck with a two or three cabins plan. Power is the usual good performance from Mig with the 43 powered by twin Volvo 370hp stern drives giving forty knots max, and 34 knots cruising speed.

August 23, 2010

New Model: Otam 58 Millennium Open

Seems like a totally reinvented model but actually the hull lines of the new 58 Millennium Open come from the 1997 presented 55, which recently became the 58 thanks to a redesign of the hard top. But the 58 Millennium Open is a new boat from what is above the hull, and this includes the interior cabin area, exterior aft deck layout, and the super structure. Surprisingly although newer the 58 Millennium Open lines and windshield do embrace more classic looks then to the older HT version. Below the offer is for two layouts with the standard being two cabins owners room to fore, guest midship, and a crew room. Second choice gives a fore cabin with two french beds, a second guest double to midship, and a crew room which moves to fore. Power is from twin 1650hp Cat engines which gives this 28 tons plus Sport Yacht a well respected 55 knots speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.70 m (61.3ft)
Hull Length - 16.75 m
Beam - 4.68 m
Draft - 1.29 m
Displacement - 28.8 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 450 + 280 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, 1 crew berth
Engines - 2 x Cat C32 1650hp
Propulsion - Arneson Surface Drives ASD14L
Speed - 55 knots max, 50 knots cruise
Construction - Aramat with DSM gel coat
Certification - CE B

Projects: Ferretti 620, Ferretti 500

Ferretti presents two projects set to launch for the fiftieth edition of the Genoa boat show. These motor yachts projects feature two similar aspects, the most important is that they are both a further development of another model, and the second is that for the first time we see Ferretti repeating a model designation. Ferretti in fact produced a 620 from 2000 till 2005, and the 500 from 2003 till 2007. Pictured above is the 620 which replaces and reexamines the 2007 presented 592. We see differences surely in the addition of four extra large windows, an extended aft deck which has a central teak table and a passarelle to port side, a larger crew cabin now being full beam, and the change of the fuel tanks position which serve as insulation for the master stateroom to mid ship. The Ferretti 500 is a further development of the fall 2008 launched 470. Just like the 620 above the new 500 will be extended aft in the cockpit, and be added of more windows in the lower deck. These being a total of four large, two per side horizontal shaped opening port holes. As it is expected Ferretti and Zuccon keep the working successful elements on both these models, like the very sought astern looking galley, which thanks to the swinging window joins the interior with the exterior. For those new comers to the yacht scene Ferretti pioneered the swinging window back in the mid eighties.

August 22, 2010

New Model: Kha Shing 100 Monte Fino RPH

Kha Shing has recently launched hull number one for the new 100 Monte Fino RPH. These last initials standing for raised pilot house. The 100 RPH was actually born as a 96 project and is designed as the latest 76 model of the Monte Fino range by Humphrey's Yacht design who followed Italian European looks and style with a smart, read not looking heavy on the lines integrated raised pilot house. The 100 Monte Fino RPH comes with a standard radar arch hard top integrated as the picture above, but an alternative enclosed bridge is also available. As all Monte Fino this is a semi custom build, meaning any other 100 should only be similar to the outside of any other 100 RPH. In hull one the owner decided for an an owners stateroom on the main deck, with the other guest cabins below. Crew quarters for four persons are located aft behind of the central located engine room. Power is for twin Cats 1622hp engines, which are genuinely small for this size of super yacht, but I think also reflects on the usual semi displacement hull of the Monte Fino range. Speed if for a 16 knots max, 13 knots cruise.
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.34 m (100ft)
Beam - 6.86 m
Draft - 1.66 m
Fuel Capacity - 13620 l
Water Capacity - 2750 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths, 4 crew berths
Engines - 2 x Cat C32 1622hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max, 13 knots cruise
Construction - vinilester resin, solid bottom with foam core for sides and super structure
Project - Humphrey's Yacht Design
Certification - RINA , MCA LY2

August 21, 2010

Project: Azimut Grande 100

Azimut presents the project rendering for the 100 of the new Grande line. This new 100 will be the entry level of this new range which starts at one hundred feet. So far Azimut has given little details, although the exterior line do suggest the usual Stefano Righini contemporary modern evoking lines. As usual with Azimut, windows seems to be getting bigger then to the previous model. I wonder if if the quote from a notable yacht architect in a 2001 Italian magazine that we will have a boat made of complete glass will ever come real. Surely Azimut is always challenging itself in this direction. This new Grande 100 of the flybridge line, adds with the other two projects announced earlier this year being the 126 expected to launch in 2012, and the 120 SL which is planned for the end of this Summer.

Web: Mano Marine New Web Site

The Italian Mano Marine presents us with a new web site which coincides with the launch of its new flagship the M42,50. Founded twenty year ago in 1990 by sea passionate brothers Gennaro and Rosario Colella, Mano is located in Gricignano Di Aversa, close to Caserta on the outskirts of Naples, South of Italy. The yard started with small boats before advancinng to sport cruisers. Today Mano offers five range series; Open, Fishing Cruiser, Cruiser, Sport Cruiser, and Day Cruiser. Mano thirty model range starts with the small 170 from the open series, and the largest is the still in project M48. Mano new website so far available in Italian only, takes you around with the following buttons: Home, Azienda (company), News, Stampa (press), Partners, Dealers, Usato (brokerage), and Info.

August 20, 2010

New Model: Galeon 350 HTC

Another PowerYacht exclusive set to debut in the coming September month Cannes show. This is Galeon's new 350 HTC, the three letters meaning for Hard Top Coupe. Based on an extended hull which comes from the successful 330 series, the new 350 HTC puts the elements we have seen on the bigger Galeon's into a smaller package. Signs of these are evident in the glass hard top similar to what you see on the 700 Raptor and quality fittings in the upholstery, and furniture. Galeon unlike other builders also opted for a complete new super structure tooling for the 350 HTC, showing bigger windows in the side, and a large windshield compared to the also new for 2010 340 Fly unveiled in January. Apart the super structure differences the 350 HTC keeps various successful elements from the 340 Fly with some of these also coming from the 330 series. I like the clever cockpit settee this like the 340, and the inside galley saloon up arrangement permitting a unique three cabin five berths plan below as found on the 330 line. Power is twin Volvo 220hp, up to a faster optional 300hp choice which gives a 35 knots top speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.32 m (37.1ft)
Hull Length - 10.08 m
Beam - 3.46 m
Draft - 0.73 m
Displacement - 7500 kg unloaded, 9300 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 325 l
Water Capacity - 330 l
Accommodation - 5 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 8
Engines - 2 x Volvo D3 220hp, D4 260hp, D4 300hp
Propulsion - stern drive
Speed - 35 knots max estimated Certification - CE B

August 19, 2010

Project: Blu Martin ST52

Blu Martin surprise the market presenting the project of the ST52, which will sit in between the last year launched ST55 and the over sixty delivered 1390 Sea Top models. Measuring at an over all length just above sixteen metres, the latest Blu Martin will offer a three cabin layout, with a full beam owners suite located to mid ship. A single berth crew cabin is located to mid ship behind the owners suite. Standard power will be from twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pods which the yard estimates will give a top speed of 32 knots and a cruise of 27. Alternative more powerful options come from Cummins 600hp engines with ZF pods, or traditional line shaft choice. Launch and completion of hull number one is forecast for the fall of 2010, just in time for an official presentation at the October Genoa show.

New Model: Monte Carlo Yachts MCY76

So much have been the talk about Beneteau Group going into the large motor yacht market. The official news was in 2007 and the fall of 2008 marked the creation of the Monte Carlo Yachts brand. But I think the bells where ringing much before this, when the Prestige models started making success with the 34 and 46 models back in the early part of the second millennium decade. The Monte Carlo MCY76 which launched at the end of July, just a month after showing some rendering details is a challenge to the market not only from a brand perspective, but also from a design point of view. It also represents a huge effort from Beneteau Group who for the new Monte Carlo brand moved everything to Italy where logistics to build this kind of yacht seems to be easier. The Monte Carlo MCY76 is a step forward both from its builders and Venetian designers Nuvolari Lenard and may be here lies the script of its success. For those that did not read the project preview PowerYacht did a month ago, here is a summary. The MCY76 is a three cabin or four cabin motor yacht, with a total of seven choices between lower, main and upper deck. Innovation comes in many forms from the solar powered hard top option, to the layout of the main deck, exterior looks which are a good hybrid mix of explorer and a modern fast yacht, and in the construction method. Power is from twin MAN 1200hp standard or 1400hp optional with ZF pods propulsion which delivers a top speed of 31 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.05 m (75.6ft)
Beam - 5.65 m
Draft - 1.65 m
Displacement - 46 t
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 6/8 berths, 2 crew
Engines - 2 x MAN V8 1200hp, V8 1400hp
Propulsion - ZF pod drives
Speed - 31 knots max, 27 knots cruise
Construction - vinilester resin, carbon fiber, and kevlar
Project - Nuvolari and Lenard design, Seaway engineering

August 18, 2010

Project: Tornado 50

It is very unusual for someone to promote a boat upside down showing what is often called by the experts the living hull part! The Italian boat builder Tornado returns in the so called yacht size of over fifty feet with the 50 project, set to launch this year. The Tornado 50 is a step towards a bigger size from this Italian Rome builder, who wants with this project to put more spaces but keeping in line with the successful elements which its client enjoy, like a classic line and propulsion efficiency. Tornado is in fact promising a lot of features coming from the 38, which this builder so far delivered in over four hundred units. The 50 will surely offer more generous spaces, although cabin numbers or layout have so far not been called for. But what the yard is promising is a deep Vee hull typical of US powerboat derivation with a fine entry and an infamous bell shaped keel aft. Engines and propulsion will be Volvo IPS which guarantee a maximum efficiency and minimum space put to better use for the comfort onboard.

New Model: Nordic Tugs 39

Nordic Tugs has launched the May announced new 39. Successor to the popular Nordic Tug 37, the new 39 is built on the same Lynn Senour designed hull as that of its predecessor, but features a number of significant refinements, many of these in response to suggestions from current owners. The new cruiser made its first sea trials prior to its public debut at the Nordic Tugs rendezvous, on June 10th-13th, in Anacortes, Washington. Nordic Tugs President and CEO Andy Lund described the new vessel as an evolutionary advancement developed to offer a better cruising experience. Most evident among the changes are larger windows at salon and pilot house levels, designed to offer passengers a more expansive view and to improve sight lines from the helm. A look inside the salon reveals a new U-shaped settee with enhanced cushioning and a pull-out berth similar to that of the 37. Facing the settee is an optional overhead-mounted flat-screen HDTV. In the galley, a Force 10 electric cook top, Sharp convection microwave oven and top-loading freezer are now standard. To help improve ventilation, a new Dutch door and two larger sliding windows, all by Diamond Sea-Glaze, are integrated into the salon. In the pilot house, the helm console has been expanded to accommodate large chart plotter and radar display screens. A standard Llebroc captain’s chair has been specified to provide improved comfort, important for proper watch-keeping during lengthy passages. Below, the guest cabin of the new Nordic Tugs 39 offers a pull-out lower berth that serves as a settee during the day, and a wide bunk at night. The re-designed head features a new Tecma toilet, a fully molded shower stall with a bench seat, and an innovative sliding door that glides open and closed on a space-saving curved track. Like all Nordic Tugs models in the company’s 2011 line-up, the new 39 will feature LED lighting, including interior lights from Imtra, selected for their warmer tone compared to the harsher blue cast of earlier fixtures. LED lights, Lund noted, use about one-fifth the electricity required by halogen lamps and produce considerably less heat. LED navigation lights, he added, typically last ten times as long as incandescent bulbs. Other new features for 2011 Nordic Tugs 32 feet and up include a Maretron NMEA 2000 network extending from stem to stern and including the engine room, helm station and signal mast. The network offers plug-and-play installation of electronics, gauges and equipment ranging from chart plotters and rudder angle indicators to ultrasonic tank level indicators, depth sounders and the GPS. The system is compatible with the most popular electronics brands for display on the Maretron monitor at the helm. Standard power is a single 380hp Cummins diesel paired with the Vessel View helm display for continuous monitoring of engine and generator operating status.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.19 m (40ft)
Waterline Length - 11.4 m
Beam - 3.90 m
Draft - 1.3 m
Displacement - 11793 kg loaded, 10273 kg dry
Fuel - 1211 l
Water - 545 l
Accommodation - 5 berths
Engine - 1 x Cummins QSB5.9 380hp
Range - 1000 nm at 8 knots
Project - Lynn Senour

August 17, 2010

Project: Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge

Aussie's Riviera announced the project for the new 53 Enclosed Flybridge on day one of down under largest Sydney boat show, the past end of July. This new project retains the distinctive Riviera enclosed flybridge style of a yacht with sportfish capability and an interior full of the latest amenities incorporating newest generation of technology and comfort. That means that the 53 Enclosed Flybridge combines contemporary thinking with traditional Riviera elements. There should be a lot of boat for its length and a great many key design features including an enclosed flybridge, internal staircase, full beam master cabin, a total of three cabins, two bathrooms aft galley and the flexibility of choice with a range of different pod drive and engine plant configurations. The 53 Enclosed Flybridge will also be among the smallest Sportfish Yacht to offer a full beam owners cabin. As many of the latest Riviera, the 53 project is being entirely designed around pods which goes a long way from the 2007 launched 4400 Sport Yacht this builder first unit with the drives and is due for release in March 2011. Today Riviera offers pods on seven of its models, most being exclusive to this type of propulsion and others an optional choice.

New Model: Abati 58 Eastport

This new Abati 58 Eastport builds on the first model from this Ligurian builder that is the seventeen units delivered 55 Portland and adds a flybridge to its superstructure. Just as the model it is based upon the 58 Eastport keeps the very traditional lobster yacht lines, and also the unique separate entrances cabin arrangement. This means that each cabin has a separate door stairway from the main deck, a very unusual arrangement but very practical especially with guests on board. Apart offering three cabins the 58 Eastport also features a lower saloon and galley. The new flybridge of the 58 Eastport with central mast will also have a center positioned helm station, and two side benches. Not really an entertainment area but a convivial area for few during navigation. Power for the 58 Eastport will be from twin 800hp which gives a top speed of 31 knots, and a cruise of 25.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.90 m (58.7ft)
Beam - 5.32 m
Displacement - 30.5 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3132 l
Water Capacity - 978 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew
Engines - 2 x MAN R6 800hp
Speed - 31 knots max, 25 knots cruise
Construction - reinforced fiberglass with teak deck
Project - Carlo Cuiti hull
Certification - CE A for navigation, RINA B+F

August 16, 2010

Project: Princess 64

Princess present the project of the 64, set to be unveiled in September at the Southampton show and replacing the 62 model. This new project seems based on the 62, with the addition of the hydraulic bathing platform, changes to the flybridge and main deck saloon layout, a larger port hole in the fore VIP cabin, and a more sporty aft looking radar arch. Thankfully Princess kept the good four cabins layout, which gave this model a good sales push considering that very few nineteen, twenty metre motor yachts offer this. This was surely a deal breaker for the 62. Performance estimates have not been announced although I do imagine the standard twin Volvo 900hp to be good for a 31 knots top speed, similar to what the 62 does with twin Cats 865hp.

News: Nord West August 2010

When activated the Dynamic Positioning System maintains your boat´s heading and holds it in position, even in a strong current or in windy conditions. The system uses twin GPS receivers in the special antenna to determine the boat’s position and heading. A perfect feature for waiting at the fuel dock or for a bridge or lock to open. When mooring, the Dynamic Positioning System enables you to “Hold Station” so that your crew can prepare fenders and lines totally stress free. The function is amazing, but it is something which needs to be seen to be fully understood. Nord West therefore show a short video on its website to demonstrate how the system works, but as anything it must be tried to truly appreciate its benefits. You will of course be able to see the function live in the Nord West harbour during the boat show Open Yard at Vindön/Orust on the 27th to 29th of August.
We are now in the middle of the summer season and we hope you are enjoying life on board your boat, making the most of the fine weather and all that is enjoyable in boating. At the Nord West yard production has stopped for four weeks, but sales and service remain open all summer. Nord West is delighted to continue to receive high numbers of existing clients and new visitors to its boat show room throughout the summer. The new Nord West two thousand square meters show room houses both new and pre-owned refurbished boats in a fully covered exhibition area and is open from Monday to Thursday 8.00am till 4.30pm, and Friday 8.00am from 3.00pm. Nord West is also always happy to extend these times by prior arrangement with the sales team.
NEW FOR 2011
In the autumn Nord West will be introducing a number of new upgrades in addition to the DPS and the new Nord West 430 Sport and SportsTop. Amongst other things, all new boats will be built with a black waterline and black covers as standard. You will however still be able to choose marine blue or light grey if you prefer. Nord West will also be introducing an extended choice of exterior fabrics from Anthracite grey, marine blue and cappuccino. Nord West has also extended the standard equipment list with a 7" Volvo Penta colour display at each helm, a LifeSaver rescue boy, additional LED lamps in the cockpit and flybridge plus a heating outlet in the cockpit. Our Flybridge and Coupé models now benefit from a more ergonomic helm position and new instrument layout for your added comfort and ease of use. Nord West is also offering the option of a forward or rear facing convertible helm seat at the forward end of the saloon sofa on other models. This was previously only available on the Nord West 370 Coupe or Flybridge model.
Nord West tells its boat owner to not forget to take the photographic camera when you go cruising this summer. As the Swedish boat builder is looking forward to receive the best Nord West photographs. The 2010 years best photograph will be selected in August and the winner will be announced during the party together with an award. So do not forget to submit your best photographs to the Nord West team as soon as you can.

August 15, 2010

New Model: Palmer Johnson PJ170 Sports Yacht

In mid July Palmer Johnson has launched the awaited PJ170 Sports Yacht. Designed by the renowned Venice Yacht studio of Nuvolari Lenard the PJ170 is a mile stone for being the largest Sport Yacht ever built, beating the 165 Mangusta by just two metres. She was also built in the new Europe UK facility of Palmer Johnson located in Hampshire and opened in 2008. PJ170 started construction in September 2008, and is an alloy construction with bits and pieces of composite used for the super structure, and is built to Lloyd's and MCA class. Her accommodation is five double guest and owners cabin arrangement. Power is from twin MTU 4615hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 52.20 m (171ft)
Beam - 9.50 m
Draft - 2.44 m
Accommodation - 10 guest berths in 5 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16v4000 ADEC M93L 4615hp
Propulsion - 5 blade propellers in shafts
Construction - welded aluminium with composite pieces used for super structure
Project - Nuvolari Lenard
Certification - Lloyd's 100 A1 SSC Yacht Mono LDC HSC G6 LMC, MCA Commercial LY2

August 14, 2010

Project: Ferretti Custom Line 26 Navetta Crescendo

Ferretti Custom Line will present a world premiere at the Cannes show: the 26 Navetta Crescendo, the very first model to be produced in a new semi-displacement line. Crescendo in facts represents a further evolution in Ferretti Custom Line’s semi-displacement line, evoking the universe of classical music within the sphere of Italian made style culture. The new 26 Navetta Crescendo, is a natural development of the previous 26 Navetta in the semi displacement line, and is the result of the close working relationship between Studio Zuccon International Project, the Ferretti Group’s Advanced Yacht Technology naval research and design centre, and the team of architects and designers at the Centro Stile of Ferretti Group. This team has revamped the model most notably in the windows now bigger in all areas, in the sky lounge or raised pilot house which is now extended, and a sun deck which is connected with a stairway up top. This is a first model in the revamped semi-displacement line, specially designed for the owners who prefer slow motion, a cruise in complete silence and comfort. The new model continues with the evolution of the compact semi displacement Super Yacht concept and measures 26 metres in length and almost seven in beam, with classical lines in which innovative solutions of both a formal and functional nature have been developed. In order to increase on-board space, put it to even better use, and make it even more comfortable. Moreover, the new pocket sized super yacht once again confirms the attention that Ferretti pays to the environment, guaranteeing great consumption efficiency and a considerable sailing range. The classical external lines take up the well-known shape of the Navetta line, fully complementing the interior design, and producing a harmonious set of solutions which use space to the advantage of more comfortable living. The light coloured elm wood chosen for this first yacht, and the sand and dove grey colours used for the on-board details create a warm, welcoming environment. Furnishings, fabrics and decor can be personalised according to owners’ preferences who, with the aid of the Centro Stile architects and designers, can choose from the furnishing proposals offered by top Italian and international companies. Ferretti Custom Line 26 Navetta Crescendo can accommodate ten or twelve guests in a five or six cabin layout choice. In both cases, the master suite has been located on the main deck, and a crew area accommodating four is found aft. The 26 Navetta Crescendo is powered with standard twin MAN 900hp which give a top speed of 14 knots, or optional 1100hp delivering plus two knots in wide open throttle.

August 13, 2010

INBUILD ~ Galeon 385 HT Part 4 of 7

Part four of the Galeon new 385HT dedicated Inbuild section. In this photo to tell you with a metaphor you are seeing the rib bones of the 385HT, called in the nautical term as stringers. To compare it to a human body the gel coat is the skin, glass and resin are the blood and meat, and the bones and ribs are the stringers. The ribs are usually put in a strategic place in order to withstand the pressures, and are usually what keeps the boat together in the worst moments. A hull breakage usually starts with a stringer breaking loose. The Galeon 385HT designed by Tony Castro shows a very sound solid structure with ten horizontal and four vertical stringers able to withstand pressures associated for a forty knots top speed this sport cruiser will be able to do with the most powerful engines.

August 12, 2010

Project: Mulder 72 Convertible

After the recent full delivery of the 92 Flybridge to an Egyptian owner in April, Mulder Shipyard was recently commissioned a new 72 Convertible for a German client. The yacht will be based on the 68 Convertible, but in a slightly extended size with a total length of 22 metres. Mulder has already built several 68 foot Convertible projects. Designed by Guido de Groot, the new 72 will be flagship of the Convertible line and will offer an exceptional intelligent layout, with a modern interior meeting the owners requirements. The owners suite will be located to aft while the VIP cabin is situated to foreship, both having private toilets and showers. The yacht also has a crew cabin with head and shower in the aft ship. The exterior will feature a dark blue hull and an off-white superstructure combined with an Estek deck and various stainless steel accessories. A large garage for a 3.5 metre jet propelled tender is situated aft. The yacht’s wheelhouse has a large sliding roof powered by a hydraulic system. The fore part of the superstructure will contain a large skylight over the light and spacious salon. With its elegant lines, the new 72 Convertible has a graceful appearance similar to all Mulder Convertibles. The yard has already started with the construction of the new yacht and delivery is planned for 2011. In two months, the yard is also due to deliver a new 59 Convertible, a 73 Wheelhouse and a 77 Wheelhouse. With its extensive experience in building customised aluminium motor yachts, Mulder has served many international clients over the years. The construction of the 72 Convertible adds another all-aluminium yacht to the Mulder fleet.

August 11, 2010

New Model: Back Cove 30

Back Cove launched the awaited 30 at the start of this season, what is a replacement for the 2003 launched 29. With this new model Back Cove continues a traditional cruiser style representing the Down East lobster boat associated with Maine's proud boat building heritage. The Back Cove 30 is another example of everything that makes the Down East lobster boat a work of art with details as the traditional spoon bow and her gently slopped transom. Below the surface the new Back Cove 30 is modern and contemporary, continuing what we are used to see from this USA builder. A resin infused, with sixteen degrees dead rise Vee hull with prop recess and standard trim tabs offers a quiet and comfortable ride. With her standard 315hp Yanmar diesel the 40 cruises at 20 knots and top out at 25, and with optional higher horsepower, she will cruise at 25 knots. Around the docks, you will appreciate the maneuverability provided by her standard bow thruster and if circumstances require it an optional stern thruster is also available. Her deck hardware is as rugged as the coastline she calls home.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.34 m (33.9ft)
Length Hull - 9.3 m
Beam - 3.4 m
Draft - 0.76 m
Displacement - 5.45 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 600 l
Water Capacity - 150 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Engine - 1 x Yanmar LP 315hp
Propulsion - shaft drive
Speed - 25 knots max, 20 knots cruise with Yanmar 315hp
Hull - Vee shape sixteen degrees dead rise with two spray rails and propeller pocket
Construction - resin infusion
Certification - ISO Category B, NMMA, ABYC, USCG, CE

August 10, 2010

Project: Cerri 70 Sport

Unlike the bigger sister of the 70 which are the 86 delivered in twelve models and the 102 Flying Sport launched in 2009, the Cerri 70 will have a Sport version which will be without the top flybridge deck. Designed by MDS Engineering the 70 Sport offers a distinct hard top which opens on the aft main deck, where two exterior L-shaped settees are located. Another feature which differentiates it from the 70 Flying Sport is the no radar arch form of the coach roof with this coming integrated and streamlined from the upper structure. For the rest and always minus the second helm and sundeck area up top, the 70 Sport is a similar project to the Flying Sport version available in a three or four cabin version, galley up or down, and one or two saloons interior plans. Power will be from twin MAN or MTU engines from 1500 up to 1800hp with surface drives propulsion which should make good for the usual forty knots top speed as the other Cerri models. As the Flying Sport, the 70 Sport version has a build time of around one year and a half depends to the customization which as with any Cerri model is very high. The lucky client who orders hull one gets also a special deal.

August 9, 2010

Class 1 - Sweden Grand Prix

Race 1
Team Abu Dhabi's Giovanni Carpitella and Rashed Al Tayer celebrated their maiden Grand Prix win in a dramatic and incident-filled first race of the Swedish Grand Prix, which saw the race red-flagged twice, with pole-sitters Welmax crashing out on lap 1 and both Relekta and Fazza going-out on lap 1 of the re-start. A third start saw a reduced fleet take the green flag, with Team Abu Dhabi, winning the drag-race to the now infamous first turn buoy, ahead of Skydive Dubai and Primatist. Carpitella and Al Tayer, in their first race together, were able to control the race from the front, to complete the reduced 9-lap race in 21mins 47.98secs at an average speed of 178.35kmh to win by eight seconds. A podium for Skydive Dubai's new pairing of Abdullah Al Mehairbi and Talib Al Sayed, in their first competitive outing in a Class 1 together, was some consolation for them and the team, after seeing their team-mates sidelined on the second restart, with Guido Cappellini and Nicola Giorgi capitalising on the earlier incidents to take a welcome podium spot in third place in Primatist. For pole-sitters and pre-race favourites, Jorn Tandberg and Kolbjorn Selmer, any hopes of converting their win in the Edox Pole Position earlier in the day into a race-win, ended dramatically at the first corner of lap 1, crashing out of the Swedish Grand Prix after taking evasive action to avoid Fazza, with both pilots emerging unscathed from the escape hatch of the upturned Welmax.
The restart saw Team Abu Dhabi lead into the first corner with Relekta's Christian Zaborowski and Paul Gaiser going into the turn in second place after another impressive start, only to hook the boat right into the path of the oncoming World Champions, Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir bin Hendi, who drove into and over the back of the stricken raceboat, launching Fazza skywards. Both teams now face a race against time through the night to see if there is any chance of getting both boats to the start-line for tomorrow's race.
Race 2
Fazza's Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi put yesterday's race-retirement behind them to ease to a comfortable win in race 2 of the Swedish Grand Prix. Rashed Al Tayer and Giovanni Carpitella capped an impressive weekend for Team Abu Dhabi, finishing second, to make it a hat-trick of podium successes in Uddevalla, with Abdullah Al Mehairbi and Talib Al Sayed in Skydive Dubai completing the podium and make it an all U.A.E. affair. The World Champions took no time in bouncing-back from their hair-raising collision with Relekta in race 1 that launched Fazza skywards and put Relekta out of today's race, winnng the three-boat U.A.E. drag race to the first turn, the scene of yesterday's carnage. Once out in front Al Zafeen and Bin Hendi never looked threatened, going on to complete the 16 laps in 39mins 19.29secs at an average speed of 178.99kmh to win by over 20 seconds. Despite today's second place, to compliment a third place in the Edox Pole Position and a first Class 1 win for Rashed Al Tayer and Giovanni Carpitella, the Team Abu Dhabi throttleman was not happy with his rivals on the run to the first turn. Skydive Dubai's Abdullah Al Mehairbi and Talib Al Sayed celebrated their new partnership in Class 1, taking their second podium of the weekend - with Al Sayed giving a masterful solo rendition of the U.A.E. national anthem on the podium when the sound system failed, which was greeted by cheers and rapturous applause from the crowd. A second, consecutive points-haul for Italians Guido Cappellini and Nicola Giorgi, finishing fourth in Primatist, puts them into fourth place in the Championship standings, as they look ahead to their home Grand Prix in October.
But there was bitter frustration for Jorn Tandberg, Kolbjorn Selmer and the Welmax technicians when the boat narrowly failed to make the start, despite their night-long efforts to repair and have the boat ready to race after yesterday's first corner crash. Today's 17th career-win for Al Zafeen and Bin Hendi puts them within one win of the Victory Team record of 18, shared by former multiple Champions, Saeed Al Tayer and Ali Nasser, and also puts the World Champions 22-points clear of their team-mates at the top of the overall Championship standings. Class 1 now heads to Stresa on Lake Maggiore for the Italian Grand Prix and the European Championship decider in October, and what promises to be an interesting showdown between the new team on the block, Team Abu Dhabi, who lead the European points table by two-points from the current World Champions, Fazza.
Update: Team Abu Dhabi will walk away with maximum points from this weekend’s Swedish Grand Prix, after today’s race winners’, Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Nendi, were handed a post-race time penalty for an overtaking infringement on the start-lap. The 27.62secs long-lap time penalty added to the World Champions overall race time gives Rashed Al Tayer and Giovanni Carpitella a second Grand Prix win in two days, and on the weekend that marked the team’s full time entry into the Class 1 World Powerboat Championship. Victory Team general manager, Gianfranco Venturelli, confirmed that the team has lodged a protest against the penalty.
1. Team Abu Dhabi - R Al Tayer (UAE) / G Carpitella (ITA) 00.21.47,98
2. Skydive Dubai - A Al Mehairbi (UAE) / T Al Sayed (UAE) + 00.07,81
3. Primatist - G Cappellini (ITA) / N Giorgi (ITA) + 1 LAP
Welmax - K Selmer (NOR) / J Tandberg (NOR) dnf
Relekta - P Gaiser (BRA) / C Zaborowski (NOR) dnf
Fazza - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / N Bin Hendi (UAE) dnf SWEDISH GRAND PRIX, RACE 2 - results
1. Fazza - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / N Bin Hendi (UAE) 00.39.19,29 (+ 00.00.27,62)*
2. Team Abu Dhabi - R Al Tayer (UAE) / G Carpitella (ITA) + 00.20,99
3. Skydive Dubai - A Al Mehairbi (UAE) / T Al Sayed (UAE) + 00.40,41
4. Primatist - G Cappellini (ITA) / N Giorgi (ITA) + 1 LAP
Welmax - K Selmer (NOR) / J Tandberg (NOR) dns
Relekta - P Gaiser (BRA) / C Zaborowski (NOR) dns
UIM CLASS 1 WORLD POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP - after round 3, race 6 of 12
1. Fazza - 103pts
2. Skydive Dubai - 86pts
3. Team Abu Dhabi - 71pts
4. Primatist - 46pts
5. Welmax - 31pts
6= Foresti & Suardi - SCAM - 11pts
6= Relekta - 11pts
8. Welmax Alianza - 10pts (Championship points include bonus points allocated to teams for running engines for two consecutive Grand Prix)
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP - after round 2, race 4 of 6
1. Team Abu Dhabi - 67pts
2. Fazza - 55pts
3. Skydive Dubai - 48pts
4. Primatist - 21pts
5. Welmax - 15pts
6. Relekta - 7pts

August 8, 2010

Project: Moonen 133

The Dutch Moonen Shipyards has recently signed the contract for its largest super yacht to date, the 133. Engineering has already started on this impressive order by a repeat client who has already owned a Moonen 84 and a 97. When launched in 2012 this will be the smallest luxury yacht ever to carry a submarine for two persons and one hundred metres depth capability. The Moonen 133 can be described as a cross-over, blending rugged adventurous looks with modern super yacht stylishness and classic elements. This elegant explorer Super Yacht has a low profile, excellent sea handling performance and a very long range. The Moonen design team was responsible for the overall design concept, with René van der Velden adding his delicate touch to the styling. The owner has also combined his wish for a larger yacht with a desire to stay within a length that allows access to small places. In doing so, the Moonen 133 remains a family boat that does not need an excessive number of crew, normal number of six, with the option for an one extra member. Thanks to the surprising amount of volume for a forty metre super yacht, there is room for six spacious guest cabins. The Moonen 133 has a high bow and full-beam master suite forward. A large area is set aside on the wheelhouse deck to stow a giant tender, launched by a powerful centre line crane that will allow the crew to deploy the boat over either side. There will also be a submarine stored on deck, which will be launched by a hydraulic ramp. Once the submarine is in the water an immense swim platform opens up to offer maximum water sports entertainment. This concept is supported by the large lazarette, which is ideal for carrying fishing, diving gear and motorbikes. The interior will have an open feeling, with large windows bathing the living spaces with lots of light. Artline will provide the interior styling, the third time this leading Dutch studio has worked with the owner. The Moonen 133 is planned to make its public debut at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show.