November 30, 2010

Monthly News - November 2010

-pic of the month- Jarret Bay for Vineyard Vines

Arcadia Success during European Shows

Back from the excellent success met during latest European Boat Shows, here we resume some news from Arcadia through the 2010-2011 season opening. Two units Arcadia 85 sold to North European buyers are under construction for delivery spring 2011, with works in progress for three more 85s to be delivered within next summer. Arcadia is in advanced negotiation with prospective buyers coming from previous experiences as owners of different typology of yachts, classic flybridge rather than more sportive fast-commuters. That confirms the market cross-trend to welcome up-to-date Arcadia’s philosophy for living new style-life experiences on board. Meanwhile, lamination of hull and superstructure of the first 115 has been completed and fitting out of interior layout and decoration has started following France owner choices, elaborated and worked out by our technical department. Fresh important news is the experience of Maurizio Baldoni, one of the most qualified manager in International yachting market who recently joined Arcadia as Sales and Marketing Director of the Company.

Beneteau Group Improve Profits in 2010

Outlook for growth in 2011 confirmed. 2010 earnings: Income from ordinary operations totaled €45.2 million for FY 2009-10, significantly higher than the €37.5 million initially estimated. This performance has been achieved primarily thanks to the Boat business turning its profitability around more quickly than forecast, while in the Housing business; residential housing launch costs have been higher than planned. The Boat business recorded €32.5 million in income from ordinary operations, with an operating margin of 5.7%, compared with the 3.4% forecast. More specifically, this significant improvement in profitability reflects the success of the new models released. It has been achieved after €3 million in financing, corresponding to the costs for launching the large powerboat business. The Housing business generated €12.7 million in operating income over the financial year, with €18.5 million contributed through the improvement in profitability on the leisure homes business, which posted an operating margin of 9.5%, compared with 8.5% last year. In addition, its financing for residential housing launch costs represents €5.8 million. Net income came to €31.4 million, compared with a €10.4 million loss last year. The Group has achieved strong growth in its net cash position, up from €114.2 million at August 31st, 2009 to €207.1 million, including €58.1 million in treasury stock. In view of these results, a proposal will be submitted at the General Meeting on January 28th, 2011 to pay out a dividend of €0.12 per share. Outlook for 2011. The Boat business, buoyed by the Group's brands holding up well, in addition to the growth drivers from the 2015 development plan, is confirming its ability to achieve 20% sales growth. It is benefiting from the positive results from the autumn shows. However, it will be necessary to wait until the end of the winter shows to gauge the extent of the upturn on the various markets more accurately. For the Housing division, the Group is able to confirm the level of business forecast, coming in at around €230 million. This target is based on the good level seen on the outdoor accommodation market, this division's main activity, in addition to the promising outlook for the residential housing division. Indeed, the residential housing business, currently in a launch phase, is expected to continue to have an impact - although to a lesser extent - on the division's profitability.

Cigarette Bring Your Own Party
Pier 57, the Tennessee-based dealer for Cigarette Racing Team and Marine Technology rolled into the Florida Powerboat Club Poker Run Village on a new set of wheels. A custom-built, custom-wrapped 50' trailer, pulled by a customized International rig caught people's attention, but when the two sides opened and the wing-span revealed a deluxe, gleaming, glowing and pulsing hospitality lounge, jaws dropped. It's like a rocking, rolling nightclub. He purchased the transporter, then transformed it into a uniquely designed and constructed venue to entertain friends, customers, and prospective customers. The traveling party has a custom-built 15' stainless steel table at its center, backlit and surrounded by "diner"-style bar stools, accessed by stairs on both sides. The air conditioned space is brilliantly lit with neon accents and has stainless Viking appliances to accommodate food service. Hot dog and popcorn machines provide snacks, while a 65" flat screen, other TVs and surround sound provide exciting entertainment for guests. LED lighting creates ambience and mood-an added design feature--on portable tables that change color and extend the footprint of the robust venue. A rear "work shop" area is anticipated to become a Mercury Racing dispensary for emergency parts. Two Pier 57 service technicians are part of the traveling crew; they will be on hand to provide mobile assistance and a problem-free powerboating experience. Full service will still be done at the dealership. A front lounge features tan cow hide recliner couches, white ostrich leather covered walls, a full entertainment center, a Viking wine cooker and pull-out refrigerators and freezers for other beverages. While the trailer was totally renovated, with walls removed and raised doors installed, the truck was customized by the noted Chrome Shop Mafia. The trailer wrap features the brands of Pier 57, Cigarette Racing Team and MIT and draws on Pier 57's racing history when its trailer was used as a race support shop. Legendary racer, Art Lilly, Woods' former throttleman, came to Key West for the trailer unveiling, reliving memories of racing days at the APBA World Championships. The trailer is planned to travel to key Poker Run and boating events across the country as part of Pier 57's national tour.

Clipper Opens New Sydney Office

Australian boatbuilder Clipper Motor Yachts has opened a new street-front office in the Mosman area of Sydney, Australia. The boatbuilder will share the space with Matthew Willett Marine (MWM). The new location within Ferguson's Marina has on-water space for up to four Clippers. A full boat slip service will also be offered at the dealership.

Donzi Changes Underway

Liberty Associates and American Marine Holdings Chairman Bill Gates is proud to make the following announcement regarding significant changes to the operations of Liberty's recreational fiberglass powerboat brands Donzi Marine, Pro-Line Boats, Baja Marine, and Fountain Powerboats. Liberty, owner of Fountain Powerboats and Baja; and American Marine Holdings, owner of Donzi Marine and Pro-Line; announced today that manufacturing operations for Donzi and Pro-Line are being relocated from production facilities in Sarasota and Crystal River, Florida; to Liberty's 250,000 square foot, 66-acre waterfront facility in Washington, North Carolina, long known as the home of Fountain Powerboats. Production for both brands is expected to commence by late November. North Carolina officials, lead by Governor Beverly Perdue, were instrumental in working with Liberty and AMH to offer state and county economic grants as incentives to make this project a reality. Donzi is currently enjoying strong sales and increased market share in the high performance powerboat segment, where the its upscale models typically sell for more than $200,000. The company has reported retail sales of nearly 160 units in the past 15 months, while at the same time seeing a nearly complete elimination of existing field inventory. Meanwhile, sales at Pro-Line have been seen a boost following the recent introduction of several new models, including a 35-foot center console. Liberty has also announced plans to re-launch Baja as a stand-alone brand. According to Walker, centralizing production in North Carolina is a strategic move that will provide significant advantages to Liberty's brands.

Fairline Asian Dealer Conference

Fairline Boats' first-ever business conference for regional dealers of Fairline Boats Asia was held at the One15 Marina Club in Singapore last week. The event on Monday, November 8, was attended by 16 people, representing every dealer in the region.Since opening its dedicated regional office in late 2008, Fairline has seen substantial and continuing growth in both the number of dealers appointed and the volume of retail sales achieved.

Fairline 91 Day Boat Show Tour

A world leader in the provision of marine logistics, Peters & May has completed a major project covering four countries over three months for luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats. Peters & May handled the entire transportation of the Targa 50 Gran Turismo and Squadron 50 scale models throughout their latest boat show tour in advance of their world launch in 2011. Peters & May Air Freight Export Specialist, Stuart Chalcraft has been shipping scale Fairline models for several years and headed up the project. In addition to the transportation of the Fairline models to global events, Peters & May regularly ships the full-size versions throughout the world for Fairline Boats and its authorised dealers. Some of the shipments being managed by Peters & May this month include a Squadron 55 being transported from Southampton to Sydney, a Phantom 48 being shipped from Felixstowe to Singapore, and a Squadron 78 CUSTOM from Antwerp to Istanbul. Located at Peters & May's UK Head Office, the Marine Air Freight Team manages the transportation of marine cargo such as scale boat models, yacht sails, rigging and spars, engine spares, warranty equipment, general supplies, paint and gel coats as well as hazardous cargo including medical supplies by air.

Ferretti Custom Line Success in China

The Ferretti Group, a world leader within the sphere of the design, construction and sale of motoryachts which encompasses a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive brands in the nautical world, has achieved further success in China. Indeed, through its brand, Ferretti Custom Line, the Group has signed an important sales contract with real estate company Xanadu South China Sea for Ferretti Custom Line 112’ Next a 34 metres super yacht. The reason this agreement is such an important success for the Ferretti Group is that 112 Next is one of the largest yachts ever to be sold in the country. The order was confirmed with a ceremony-cum-event celebrated in Sanya, Southern China, on the Island of Hainan. Ferretti Group’s top management attended, as well as dealer Speedo Marine, Xanadu South China Sea and a number of prestigious guests, including the Italian Consul in Guangzhou. 112’ NEXT will be one of the most exclusive luxury services available to guests of the sumptuous real estate and tourist complex of Xanadu South China Sea currently being built on the island of Hainan. She is also one of the largest motoryachts of a European shipyard ever to sail through Chinese waters. The yacht will, therefore, play a primary role in guaranteeing true added value to the structure, which will be one of the most important resorts in Southern China, consisting in a 5 star hotel, many beautiful villas, a spa, conference centre, landing pad for helicopters and private marina. Today, the new elite of Chinese High Net Worth Individuals considers the island of Hainan, with its luxuriant, uncontaminated nature, the best tourist resort in China. This significant result for both Ferretti Custom Line and the entire Ferretti Group was made possible both through the Group’s significant commitment to developing China’s nautical culture over the past few years, and the strategy which singled China out as one of the markets with highest potential.

Foutaine Pajot Teams Up with TradeWinds

French boatbuilder Fountaine Pajot has delivered its first two cruising catamarans to Magnus Lewin, CEO of fractional sailing firm the TradeWinds Group. The Galathea, renamed the Fountaine Pajot TradeWinds 70, and the Cumberland 46 will be operated by the TradeWinds Group in Guadeloupe. The Fountaine Pajot TradeWinds 70 has been customized to include special pulpit chairs and teak aft dive platforms, along with a new lounge deck flybridge. The Cumberland 46, delivered alongside the TradeWinds 70, will initiate TradeWinds powercat multi-hull operations. The two companies have also announced the launch of their partnership in a new fractional ownership programme, TradeWinds Fractionals. Based in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, TradeWinds currently owns and operates a fleet of 22 catamaran yachts in 10 locations throughout the world. Its partnership with Fountaine Pajot will introduce new customers to the French catamaran brand.

Grand Banks Magazine to Relaunch in 2011

Grand Bank’s Spray magazine will re-launch in 2011 as an annual print edition. The new series will be packed with more stories and photos than ever. To receive it you must complete a subscription form at the company’s web site to confirm your correct mailing address on file.

Gulf Craft Majesty Wins Gulf Yachting Award

UAE boatbuilder Gulf Craft has won an Arabian Gulf Yachting Award for its flagship Majesty 125 superyacht. The yacht is a semi-custom fibreglass triple deck fly-bridge yacht, powered by twin MTU 2400hp engines. It made its global debut at Cannes earlier this year, followed by appearances at Monaco and Genoa.

Heesen Receives Two Gold Neptunes

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce that on October 26th in Palm Beach Florida the yachts Blind Date and Jems were each awarded with a Gold Neptune trophy, the highest recognition in yacht design. The 47-metre Heesen Blind Date takes the prize for Bespoke Furniture for the expanding dining table. The judges considered the expanding burl elm table, designed by Keech Green, the most serious piece of furniture shortlisted for this award and a true work of art. The design itself was inspired by the original 19th century Robert Juple table, but its 21st century incarnation impressed the judges with its intricate artistry, hand craftsmanship, and ingenious engineering that allow the table to expand to seat 12 by turning the top through 90 degrees. The 44-metre Heesen Jems takes the prize for Exterior Recreational Area. The judges appreciate the multi-use sundeck area comprising two spaces with numerous family and entertaining permutations centered around the bar and the spa pool. The judges lauded the innovation of the design of Eric Benqué. By making use of a few cleverly designed, space-saving furniture pieces – switchable table tops that raise or lower, seating that transform from bar stools into dining chairs, sun pad cushions that convert into multiple seating and lounging arrangements, plus a retractable outdoor movie screen guests can adapt the space to various activities or needs.

Jarret Bay for Vineyard Vines

Keeping true to their New England boating ties, the founding partners, CEOs and brothers behind the colorful tie and preppy apparel mega-retailer vineyard vines, Shep & Ian Murray, commissioned Jarrett Bay Boatworks to build a scale custom sportfish display for their newest store in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Installed this week at The Gardens Mall store on PGA Boulevard opening this November, the Jarrett Bay custom cockpit & tower showcase fixture will serve as the central checkout counter and the visual reinforcement of the brand's representation of the finer places and things life has to offer. Making quality products and offering the best customer service, while having fun along the way is a shared philosophy between vineyard vines and Jarrett Bay; one that is very apparent in the new store and will be expressed in grand fashion to a new consumer market.

Mainship Customer Loyalty Program

Mainship wants to reward it loyal owners with a new special program. If you now own or have ever owned a Mainship, you can save a ten percent discount on a new 2011 Mainship boat with factory-installed options. This offer for a new 2011 Mainship is valid between November 19, 2010 and February 19, 2011 to get your discount.

Marquis Yachts New Dealer

Erik Nelson, Vice President of Marquis Yachts, LLC has introduced La Jolla Yacht Group as a newly authorized Marquis dealer for California and Arizona. La Jolla Yacht Group is headquartered in San Diego, California and is led by industry veterans Steve Sillman and Daren Barone. The yacht dealership maintains Sales and Service offices in San Diego and Newport Beach, California. Marquis Yachts, LLC has recently announced very aggressive marketing plans for the Marquis brand. These plans include the introduction of several new models throughout the 2011 model year. La Jolla Yacht Group will be taking delivery of several new Marquis yachts in the coming weeks and months.

Moonen Wins Best Power Award

Moonen Shipyards is delighted to announce that the Moonen 124 Northlander has won the category Best Power 24-40 m at the ISS (International Superyacht Society) 2010 Design & Leadership Awards. The award was immediately placed prominently on display onboard the yacht, on display at the Fort Lauderdale boat show. Recognised as a benchmark for superlative achievement, the awards were presented on 28 October at the 20th Anniversary of ISS's Awards Gala in Fort Lauderdale. Northlander had made her first Atlantic crossing to take part in FLIBS, and her captain Peter Davey reported that the first Moonen 124 handled the very challenging seas and weather conditions exceptionally well. Styled by René van der Velden, Northlander has a gracefully balanced bow and stern, eye-catching fashion plates and a low superstructure profile. She offers the comfort, elegance and class of a 38-metre superyacht, while still retaining the intimate details that set a Moonen apart. Naval architect Stolk Marimecs was responsible for the smooth lines below the waterline, which ensure both comfort at sea and low fuel consumption levels. Northlander‘s interior was designed by Art-Line and makes full use of her significant volume. With countless features attractive to owners, guests, captains and crew, the Moonen 124 is ideal for charter and private use. The yard is currently building an even larger yacht for a repeat owner: The first Moonen 133, complete with her own submarine, is scheduled for delivery in 2012.

Outer Reef Delivered Down Under

The first Outer Reef 70 to Australia hit the shores this past week after an uneventful journey from Taiwan and a flawless offload in Port Kembla, Australia. Aroona, the Outer Reef 70 was built to Queensland Commercial Survey by her owners Andrew and Linda Prentice and will be put into pleasure cruising, fishing and diving charters on the Great Barrier Reef. All hands and her owners were up early on delivery day anxiously awaiting the go ahead from the Port Authority to see Aroona in the flesh since her voyage from Taiwan, akin to the likes of Christmas morning. Aroona was blessed with an excellent placement on deck which shielded her from the ravages of the open ocean. M/V Diamantgracht, the carrier vessel dodged a couple of typhoons on her way to the Southern Hemisphere and bucked some very high winds and nasty seas on her final leg of the journey. Considering the weather she encountered along the way, Aroona was remarkably clean and ready to show off her stuff to her new owners. After an uneventful 10 hour journey in 2-3 meter seas from Port Kembla, with pods of whales breaching and numerous dolphins riding the bow wave of Aroona, seemingly guiding her home, she arrived safe and sound at Outer Reefs docks and offices in Sydney. Aroona will be in Outer Reef’s ”Try Before you Buy” charter program, in which potential customers can spend a week or 2 aboard, fishing and diving in some of the most pristine waters in the world. If the perspective client decides to purchase an Outer Reef, their charter fees will be reimbursed. The Outer Reef 70 will go through the final commissioning process which will take about 2 weeks and once completed, she will head North to Cairns, where she will call this port her home base.

Riviera Success at Major Shows

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder has achieved multiple sales across its growing range at the recent Fort Lauderdale and Genoa International Boat Shows. The Americas release of the new Riviera 43 Open Flybridge, the 5000 and 5800 Sport Yachts at Fort Lauderdale were extremely well received by the market with significant sales being achieved from both the Sport Yacht and Flybridge lines. The Riviera floating display showcased six of company’s latest designs and once again the ‘I Luv Riv’ team greeted loyal Americas and international Riviera owners and boating enthusiasts. In the evening of day two of the show, Riviera hosted a cocktail party on its floating display for more than 250 VIP guests to mark the Americas release of the three new models. Guests were entertained by live music while enjoying champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a balmy Florida evening. Riviera Yachts USA Inc director Chris McCafferty said the new 43 Open Flybridge and Sport Yacht models with their efficient pod drive propulsion systems had impressed the American market with strong interest and firm sales being achieved over the five day show. The 51st annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and 50th annual Genoa International Boat Show are the largest and most esteemed boat shows for the Americas and Europe, and Riviera’s recent success at these two boat shows reaffirms people’s belief in Riviera and the brands long term integrity. Riviera’s director of sales and marketing for Europe, Africa and the Middle East David Taylor said this was Riviera’s 21st year at the Genoa International Boat Show, which is not only the largest show in Europe but the largest show in the world.

Riviera Down Under Summer Show Case

Australia’s largest luxury cruiser dealer network, R Marine, is hosting its annual Summer Showcase this month and what better way to cruise out of 2010 and leave all the woes of the world behind you as you propel forward into 2011 on board your very own luxurious Riviera. This could be your last chance to secure your dream boat and spend the festive season exploring some of Australia and New Zealand’s unspoiled waterways. In seven locations across Australia and New Zealand, Riviera’s R Marine Network will showcase millions of dollars of pure luxury in the form of brand new and pre-loved Riviera’s in selected models from across the Flybridge, Offshore Express and Sport Yacht ranges. All boats on display can be delivered before Christmas, don’t put off that life-changing decision any longer, spoil yourself this festive season with some great purchasing opportunities. Escape the rat-race and enjoy a relaxed Christmas and New Year on board your new five-star waterfront home. Relax and enjoy your boating more with the confidence of R Marine’s totally experienced and seasoned team, industry leading after sales advice and care, a full boating events calendar, nationwide support network, and a fleet of mobile service vans to assist you. Last year this event was a huge success with hundreds of boating enthusiasts from Whangarei in northern New Zealand to Fremantle in Western Australia inspecting both new and pre-loved models. Summer Showcase now is tipped to be one of Riviera’s largest sales events and will be held from November 19 to December 20 inclusively.

Riviera Casino Night

Dressed in black bow ties and tiaras, 80 Riviera owners approached their target by tender for a mission only Riviera agents could handle, a mission hosted by Riviera’s R Marine Pittwater. Among the Riviera owners were Peter and Denise Haig and Miles and Cathy Fink who boarded Refuge Bay’s first ever floating casino - Casino Riviera. Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder gave each participant $250,000 in Riviera cash to be gambled on the tables in a night packed with fun, live entertainment, fine wine and food, followed by an auction at the end of the night where Riviera owners used their winnings to bid on a selected range of Riviera items. For instance, a Riviera cap went under the hammer for $250,000 and $2 million was the highest bid for a Royal Motor Yacht Club Newport boat owner’s annual membership subscription. R Marine Pittwater dealer Principal Bruce Mitchell said Riviera organized for a mobile cappuccino boat to visit the 30 plus boats that were moored in the bay.

Sanlorenzo Join SYBAss

Italian superyacht builder Sanlorenzo has joined the Superyacht Builder Association (SYBAss). This year Sanlorenzo launched the 46 Steel, a semi-widebody, three-deck bulbous bow superyacht of 499GT, and the largest yacht ever built by Sanlorenzo. Membership to SYBAss requires a builder to have delivered at least three motor or sail boats over 40m in the last 10 years and current members include Dutch yard Royal Huisman and US builder Trinity Yachts. Sanlorenzo has three 46 Steel hulls to be delivered in 2011 for their owners and three more hulls are under negotiation for the 2012 season. The principal activity areas of the SYBAss are to: improve the members' representation in the biggest events; cooperate with the authorities in order to guarantee regulations take care of the needs and challenges of the yachting world; ensure to align the professional level with the present superyacht requirements.

Sealine New Dealer

Sealine has announced the appointment of Vendée Plaisance as its new dealer for Brittany and the Atlantic coast of France. With more than 40 years' experience in the leisure marine sector, Vendée Plaisance will provide a full range of sales and aftersales services for both new and existing Sealine owners living in or visiting Brittany and the Atlantic coast. Vendée Plaisance, which started trading in 1969, is a leading operator in the sale of new and used motorboats while also providing a full range of support services for customers. The company now has three dealerships with the main offices located in Saint Gilles Croix de Vie and the other outlets located in Saint Jean de Monts and Noirmoutier.

Sunseeker Wins Connoisseur Award

The Galadari group was delighted to win the Sunseeker award for ‘the ultimate style statement’ at the Connoisseur’s night 2010 that was held in Dubai on 3 November 2010. Gulf Connoisseur, the Gulf’s leading luxury lifestyle magazine, hosted ‘a night of excellence’ in splendor at the Armani Hotel in Dubai. 350 discerning guests attended to celebrate the first ‘Connoisseurs’ Night’ that saw the key players in luxury vying for the ‘Connoisseur Award.’ This award has been established as a celebration of ultimate achievement in luxury. The awards are given to congratulate the key players in the luxury spectrum, who have taken that extra step to represent the highest form of craftsmanship & exceptional service offering, differentiating themselves from others. The awards were chosen by a panel of six judges, who are connoisseurs themselves in different fields and who set out to recognise the very best in the latest, outstanding luxury products. The panel consisted of Jay Mehta, Mishal Kanoo, Paul Griffiths, Ian Gorsuch, Queenie Singh Dhody and Ali Mimar. The panel chose from a small group of nominations in each of the various categories, which range from jewelry and fashion to private jets and exotic destinations. Other winners at the awards night included Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Vertu, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

Sunseeker Wins Showboats Design Award

Sunseeker is delighted to announce that the Predator 130, Evil Zana, has recently won the Naval Architecture: MotorYacht award at the ShowBoats Design Awards 2010. The event took place on 26 October at the exclusive Mar A Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. Following a two-day Superyacht Design Symposium, 350 guests gathered for an evening of cocktails, a gala dinner and Awards ceremony honouring the superyacht industry’s creative talents; the architects, designers, stylists, craftsmen, and innovators in yacht technologies. The jury compromised four superyacht owners specifically chosen for their interest in design issues; two naval architects, a senior yacht captain, an experienced yacht chef, and six design professionals with no links to the superyacht industry. With more than 200 nominations for The Showboat Design Awards 2010, it was an incredibly tough task for the experienced panel.

November 29, 2010

New Model: Beneteau 38 Flyer Gran Turismo

Beneteau present the 38 Flyer Gran Turismo the first model of two for this new range for this world distributed brand. The 38 Flyer Gran Turismo is a hard top Sport Cruiser, which is basically a remake up of the replaced 37 Montecarlo HT model. Same hull, interior, and cockpit plan but new super structure looks, and more large windows in the mid ship located guest cabin. Just as the 37, the 38 Flyer Gran Turismo is also designed by Andreani, and also feature the patent Air Step hull by Jeantet, Tableau, and Tronquez. Beneteau launched this patent design for its Monte Carlo series about six years ago, and so far this has featured in ten models. For the 38 Flyer Gran Turismo Andreani offers a more extended hard top versus the old 37 MonteCarlo with larger side windows. Power is from twin stern drive Volvo engines from standard 260hp, or optional 300hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.10 m (39.6ft)
Hull Length - 11.31 m
Beam - 3.77 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 7470 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 650 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Max Persons 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo duo prop stern drive
Hull - Vee shape with patent AirStep
Construction - Glass fiber polyester resin with balsa core, monolithic bottom
Project - Andeani, Beneteau Power Boats
Certification - CE B 10, C 10

November 28, 2010

Project: Majesty 135

Majesty yachts, which is the head line builder of the Gulf Craft Group three ranges continues to aim higher, and after launching the 125 model in the middle of this year, presents the project for a 135. As recent press release told hull number one of this model has been sold, and continues Majesty super yacht line and now of three deck yachts becoming larger. Built of fiberglass the 135 will have a five double guest accommodation with owners suite located on the fore part of the main deck in a full wide body area. Crew space will be for seven members located in the bow, aft, and a captains room on the third deck by the pilot house. Power will be a choice of twin MTU 3400hp, or Cats 3000hp.

November 27, 2010

New Model: Benetti Class 105 Tradition

The second chapter in Benetti's new Class range is the 105 Tradition, which is a re make up to the 30 M Tradition model. For this new Super Yacht the Benetti designers and architect Stefano Righini redesigned all the window profiles now also added with a new darker color, which give the 105 Tradition a more sporty modern look. New large view windows have also been added in the lower deck to all the guest cabin area. The interior of the new 105 Tradition builds on its predecessor with an owners suite on the fore part of the main deck, and four double guest cabins two of which are VIPs located to mid ship. Crew quarters offers five cabins and a lobby with sofa and galley on the forward main part. Power is from twin 1001hp Cats which give a max of 15 knots, cruise at 14, and an economic 12 knots delivering a range just short of 2000 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 31.75 m (104.2ft)
Beam - 7.15 m
Draft - 1.91 m
Displacement - 160 t
Fuel Capacity - 21000 l
Water Capacity - 3780 l
Accommodation - 10 guest in 5 cabins, 5 crew
Engines - 2 x Cat C18 Acert 1001hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 15 knots max, 14 knots cruise, 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 1950 nm at 12 knots cruise
Construction - fiberglass gross reinforce plastic
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Francois Zuretti interior
Certification - RINA C Hull Mach Y MCA Compliance

November 26, 2010

Class 1 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Race 1
Team Abu Dhabi's Rashed Al Tayer and John Tomlinson are celebrating a famous victory after winning race 1 of their home Grand Prix, ahead of Victory 2010's Mohammed Al Marri and Giorgio Manuzzi, with Giovanni Carpitella and Class 1 debutant Luca Fendi completing the podium in Negotiator. But there was disappointment for World Champions Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi in Fazza, who, having led from the first corner saw their race lead disappear on lap 10 after pulling off the course with an electrical problem. For Al Tayer and Tomlinson their first win together was rich reward for pushing the World Champions hard from the start, narrowly failing to overhaul them to lead at the end of lap one. After taking all their long-laps early and trading places with Skydive Dubai and Victory 2010 they moved back into second place on lap seven, taking the lead on lap 10 and going on to take the victory, completing the 12 lap, 53.29Nm course in 31mins 44.59secs at an average speed of 179.19kmh.
Second place for Mohammed Al Marri and Giorgio Manuzzi in their first race together and in the new Victory designed boat on its first competitive outing, was some consolation for the team, after seeing Skydive Dubai's Abdullah Al Mehairbi and Talib Al Sayed retire on lap 7 with engine problems and a race win disappear three laps later. There was also an impressive performance by Class 1 newcomer Luca Fendi, racing alongside fellow-Italian Giovanni Carpitella, making-up four places from their start position to bring Negotiator home in third place.
Relekta's Paul Gaiser and Christian Zaborowski produced their best result of the season, improving on their sixth position in qualifying, to take fourth place to finish ahead of Nicola Giorgi and another Class 1 newcomer, Sandro Sardelli, in GiorgiOffshore. Fazza and Skydive Dubai were classified in seventh and eighth places, with GSG Ceramic Design failing to make the start of the race due to engine problems. Any hopes of a possible pole and race win double for pole-sitters Kolbjorn Selmer and Jorn Tandberg, who briefly led the race from the start flag, ended early on lap 2, retiring with oil pressure problems after all but turning Welmax over on the run to the first corner.
1. Team Abu Dhabi - R Al Tayer (UAE) / J Tomlinson (USA) 00.31.44,59
2. Victory 2010 - G Manuzzi (SMR) / A Al Marri (UAE) + 00.37,94
3. Negotiator - L Formilli Fendi (ITA) / G Carpitella (ITA) + 01.07,41
4. Relekta - P Gaiser (BRA) / C Zaborowski (NOR) + 01.57,48
5. GiorgiOffshore - S Sardelli (ITA) / N Giorgi (ITA) + 1 lap
6. Fazza - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / N Bin Hendi (UAE) + 2 laps
7. Skydive Dubai - A Al Mehairbi (UAE) / T Al Sayed (UAE) + 5 laps
8. Welmax - K Selmer (NOR) / J Tandberg (NOR) dnf
9. GSG Ceramic Design - G Cappellini (ITA) / G Montavoci (ITA) dns
Race 2
Defending World Champions Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi produced a Championship winning drive to clinch a tenth World title for Dubai's Victory Team, winning a dramatic and incident filled race 2 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with two separate incidents involving Victory 2010 and a collision between Skydive Dubai and Negotiator, forcing race officials to immediately red flag the race and call for a restart. Second place went to Welmax's Kolbjorn Selmer and Jorn Tandberg after a titanic battle for podium honours with their Norwegian rivals Relekta, with Paul Gaiser and Christian Zaborowski producing an outstanding performance to take their first podium of the year. The drama unfolded at the first corner when race leader's Mohammed Al Marri and Giorgio Manuzzi spun-out and then rolled Victory 2010, with both pilots emerging unscathed from the upturned hull.
The high-impact coming together between Abdullah Al Meharibi and Talib Al Sayed in Skydive Dubai and Italians Luca Fendi and Giovanii Carpitella in Negotiator, that sidelined both boats, happened almost immediately. From the restart the World Champions were in a class of their own, emerging from the outside start-leg with Fazza out front and comfortably clear of the chasing pack, with Al Zafeen and Bin Hendi going on to take their 19th career wins, completing the shortened 12-lap race in 30mins 26.42secs.
Behind the race leader's a titanic three-way race-long fight for the remaining two podium places was played out with just seconds separating Relekta, Team Abu Dhabi and Welmax, with Welmax coming through to take second place from Relekta on the penultimate-lap. Relekta's first podium of the season was the result of an outstanding drive by Paul Gaiser and Christian Zaborowski who heroically held off their challengers for ten laps before finally conceding second spot. For race 1 winner's, Team Abu Dhabi, it was a case of the podium that got away from them after Rahed Al Tayer and John Tomlinson were given a penalty long-lap for missing a turn buoy at the end of lap six, dropping them to fourth place, with GiorgiOffshore's Sandro Sardelli and Nicola Giorgi completing a solid points scoring weekend finishing fifth, whilst an already frustrating weekend for Guido Cappellini and Giampaolo Montavoci in GSG Ceramic Design ended with them stopping just minutes after the restart. With their third World titles already secured Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi will now turn their attentions to trying to overhaul Team Abu Dhabi in the battle for the Middle East Championship in the final Grand Prix of the season in Dubai, 9-11 December.
1. Fazza - A Al Zafeen (UAE) / N Bin Hendi (UAE) 00.30.26,42
2. Welmax - K Selmer (NOR) / J Tandberg (NOR) + 00.24,62
3. Relekta - P Gaiser (BRA) / C Zaborowski (NOR) + 00.43,72
4. Team Abu Dhabi - R Al Tayer (UAE) / J Tomlinson (USA) + 00.54,48
5. GiorgiOffshore - S Sardelli (ITA) / N Giorgi (ITA) + 01.47,45
6. GSG Ceramic Design - G Cappellini (ITA) / G Montavoci (ITA) dnf
Skydive Dubai - A Al Mehairbi (UAE) / T Al Sayed (UAE) dns
Victory 2010 - G Manuzzi (SMR) / A Al Marri (UAE) dns
Negotiator - L Formilli Fendi (ITA) / G Carpitella (ITA) dns
1. Fazza - 172pts
2. Skydive Dubai - 114pts
3. Negotiator - 98pts
4. GSG Ceramic Design - 72pts
5. Welmax - 56pts
6. Relekta - 43pts
7. Team Abu Dhabi - 42pts
8. GiorgiOffshore - 38pts
9. Victory 2010 - 15pts
10. Foresti & Suardi - SCAM - 11pts
11. Welmax Alianza - 10pts
MIDDLE EAST CHAMPIONSHIP - after race 2 of 4
1. Team Abu Dhabi - 29pts
2. Fazza - 25pts
3. Relekta - 21pts
4= Victory 2010 - 15pts
4= Welmax - 15pts
6. GiorgiOffshore - 14pts
7. Negotiator - 12pts
8. Skydive Dubai - 4pts
9. GSG Ceramic Design - 0pts

Improve-it = Itama Forty

Itama chose the most important boat show in Italy, and one of the greatest global platforms to unveil a limited edition of its great classic, the Forty. This version is born to celebrate the one hundred delivery of this unique timeless sport cruiser, with the intention to go over the brand history. The Itama Forty was the first of the new Ferretti Group models entrusted to Rome designer Marco Casali. Today the range has five models starting from the Forty up till the 2008 launched Seventy Five flagship. Restyling of Itama Forty no. 100 proposes style features typical of the earlier eighties and nineties Amati models: lacquered interiors, an even cleaner and clearer design, with white as prevalent colour, and the typical nautical style. Moreover, interiors include stylish furnishing items for the bathroom and kitchen from the prestigious JVstore di Jannelli&Volpi, not to mention the important partnership with Brionvega which, together with yacht designer Marco Casali, designed a Cubo Itama Edition radio, produced in a limited number of models that will embellish the new yacht. The rest stays the same for the successful Itama Forty from the very sea worthy deep Vee 22 degrees dead rise hull, a two interior plan choice for a single or twin cabin, 35 knots performance with twin 450hp engines, and the choice for an aft sun lounger or U-shaped settee.

November 25, 2010

New Model: Luhrs 30 Open

Luhrs presents the new Thirty Open an entry level Sportfish Cruiser, able to offer good performance and comfortable accommodations for its size. Fishing amenities are shown in the wide beam offering stability, the Carolina flare which keeps water away, and a raised bridge deck with sunshade giving optimal visibility. Luhrs also present the 30 Open with a long list of standards, that in this size are usually optional, of which surely the most surprising item is the custom welded aluminum tower with hardtop. Smart design coming from bigger boats also make the 30 Open stand out, like a good deck moving capability, and easy access to all service points, this including the engine room. Below is also a modern interior combining comfort, versatility and durability into one very livable package. You'll appreciate the common sense layout V-shaped settee to fore, galley and shower head on entrance. Finishing is vertical grain for the cabinetry and Grey Corian counter tops. The V-shaped saloon dual settee converts easily into four individual berths to provide plenty of sleep space. Inside is also a six large rods and reels store. Power is from twin Yanmar 260hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.70 m (31.9ft)
Length Less Pulpit - 9.09 m
Beam - 3.51 m
Draft - 0.81 m
Displacement - 4540 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1136 l
Water Capacity - 208 l
Accommodation - 4 berths
Engines - 2 x Yamnar 6BY2 260hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Hull Shape - Vee with nineteen degrees dead rise
Construction - Vinilester skin coat resin, with solid fiber glass bottom and cored hull sides

Project: Sunreef 70 Power Sport Fish

Sunreef Yachts presents a new innovative project which is based on the 70 Power platform, the 70 Power Sport Fish. This new 70 Power Sport Fish project is designed to combine performance, great stability, safety and fish ability with style and comfort. The modifications here will include a new stern layout with extended aft deck where to put two fighting chairs, and a tower on top of the enclosed bridge with outriggers. This new model will be another bonus to the 70 Power already available in various formats; Enclosed or open bridge, and six interior layout plans. The 70 is also available in Expedition hull format with two underwater bulbs, and long range capability which can make it a unique global fish finder for an owner and his guests.

November 24, 2010

Improve-it = Haines 35 Offshore

One of the popular Haines models, the 35 Offshore gets added with new choices which shows versatility from this family run company. During the past September in the Southampton show Haines presented a new walnut interior fit out, which now sits as an alternative to the standard cherry wood finishing to the 35 Offshore. This new choice adds to the popularity of the 35 Offshore, who has received various consensus from customers and media alike for its layout plan having an owners suite shower located below, comfortable living area on the main deck saloon, and twin diesel power which give speeds up to 18 knots to the semi displacement hull.

New Model: Cranchi Fifty 6 Soft Top

Cranchi present its second new model for the 2010 season with the Fifty 6 Soft Top launched in Genoa. This new model is third in Cranchi's 2009 launched upper size Yacht Class range, but also number three for using Volvo IPS drive in the family of this Italian builder. Cranchi's Fifty 6 Soft Top, follows recent sport yacht trends for a hard top with a very open feel on the main living cockpit deck. This means a fully opening soft top, and sides opened up to allow fresh air. Measuring an overall length of sixty feet this new Cranchi makes the exterior a very spacious one with the usual layout, C-shaped settee, sunpad aft and an unusal central helm station with two bucket seats. Down below is space for two large cabins, mid ship for the owner, to fore for the VIP guests, and a medium sized third L-shaped bunk for guests, which are joined here by a C-shaped saloon, and galley. Power is from twin Volvo 600 or 700hp engines propelled to the forward looking IPS pods, with both choices giving over 30 knots wide open throttle speeds.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.52 m (60.8ft)
Hull Length - 16.59 m
Beam - 4.85 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 22.5 t loaded, 19 t empty
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 540 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo EVC 600hp, EVC 700hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS800 or 900 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 33 knots max, 27 knots cruise with Volvo 700hp engines
Range - 320 nm at cruise speed
Certification - CE B

November 23, 2010

Project: Fairline 58 Squadron

Fairline decide to update and redesign the award winning 55 Squadron to create the 58 Squadron, scheduled for launch at the London show coming January 2011. The new 58 Squadron incorporates key design trends and ongoing signature Fairline styling as seen on the latest generation models. The key change here will be the longer length hull which sees the introduction of an extended cockpit seating area. The extended aft deck also brings greater headroom above the bed in the fourth-crew cabin. Panoramic windows feature throughout the boat. The new length also allows for a larger master cabin. To help make the most of the time on the water, the innovative, patent-pending concealed mechanised Fairline Tender Launch, for either a Williams 325 Jet RIB or a Valiant Dynamic 2.7m, is fitted as standard. Following the Squadron 65, the latest model features an overhead lift-up transom shower. A two-stage, sliding patio door allows the area leading from the cockpit to the saloon to be opened up. Giving further space to these living areas, the high level lockers have been relocated from both sides of the saloon and cleverly designed storage has been positioned in the saloon sofa; simply lift the top cushion to reveal. Another change are newly designed mid-level lockers in the starboard guest cabin which are now twice as wide.

Class 1 - Abu Dhabi Preview

Nine boats will line up for this week's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and a repeat of last year's race win-double by World Champions Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi will seal the Emirati duo their third World titles.
The Fazza pairing already has one trophy under their belts after clinching the 2010 European Championship at the Italian Grand Prix in Stresa in October, taking six wins from a possible eight this season, and head into the penultimate Grand Prix of the season carrying a 33-point advantage over their teammates in Spirit of Dubai. And, barring any kind of technical meltdown are on course to give Victory Team a tenth World crown.
For the Spirit of Dubai crew the title may be beyond their reach but they know they can cover off the 2010 Champions elect from an unlikely but still mathematically possible title challenge from either Negotiator or GSG Ceramic Design, and will be looking to defend their second place in the points standings by adding to their tally of four podium finishes since teaming-up in Sweden.
Three teams field new pairings this week; Italian outfit GiorgiOffshore bring in Italian motor racing driver Sandro Sardelli to take the driver's seat in the Lamborghini-SCAM powered GiorgiOffshore to make his Class 1 debut alongside experienced throttleman Nicola Giorgi.
Giorgi makes his 73rd Grand Prix start in Abu Dhabi and will be looking to try to repeat his podium success in the Edox Pole Position last year, and to consolidate on this season's performances, which saw him start strongly to finish fifth and fourth in Brazil, grab a podium in race 1 in Sweden and finish sixth in race 2 in the Italian Grand Prix.
UK based Chris Parsonage Racing field an all-Italian driver line up, with Giovanni Carpitella who raced with team owner Parsonage last time out in Italy joined in the Lamborghini V12-powered Negotiator by Class 1 debutant, Luca Formilli Fendi, who has competed in XCAT and Class 3 and for the last three years in P1, lifting the European Championship in 2008.
Carpitella, who made his Class 1 debut in 2002, will not be fazed by a seventh driver change in 30 race starts. In 2009 he guided Al Hameli to a podium on his Class 1 race debut in Abu Dhabi and this season powered two of his drivers to podium successes and race wins, Manuzzi in Norway and Al Tayer in Sweden, on his way to finishing second overall in this season's European Championship.
Looking to build on an already impressive debut season in Class 1 with four podium finishes and currently lying in fourth place in the overall points table GSG Ceramic Design's Guido Cappellini reforms his partnership with fellow Italian Giampaolo Montavoci, who earlier this year won the GPS (P1) World title.
The pair raced together at the season-opener in Brazil, finishing fourth and third, with Montavoci, who last year achieved his best-ever finish in the overall World Championship standings in his twelve years of racing, finishing fourth, looking to continue his extraordinary run of consecutive points-finishes, which began back in Arendal in 2007, and now extends to 22 Grands Prix and 26 races.
Denied their first race win together in race 1 in Italy after being handed a post-race penalty-lap, Welmax's all-Norwegian partnership of Kolbjorn Selmer and Jorn Tandberg has, on occasion this season, looked the crew most likely to upset Fazza's dominance and although out of the running in the race for the World title, a run of three consecutive wins in qualifying puts them at the top of the Edox Pole Position Championship standings, ten points clear of their arch rivals. A fourth win this weekend would all but secure the title barring any major mishaps.
Relekta's relatively new Norwegian-Brazilian pairing, who came together at the Norwegian Grand, will be aiming to up the pace this weekend and to build on their fifth place finish last time out, as more time on the water gives Christian Zaborowski and Paul Gaiser the opportunity to fine tune and develop their partnership.
Team Abu Dhabi will line up for the first time in their home Grand Prix and in front of a partisan crowd, double race winner, Rashed Al Tayer, and American John Tomlinson will be confident that they have the credentials to target a podium finish after narrowly missing out on their debut outing together in Italy.
After taking podiums in Brazil and Norway, then stepping back from race duties in Sweden, Victory Team's double World Champion Mohammed Al Marri returns to the cockpit to make his 70th Grand Prix appearance in the team's third boat, Victory 2010, teaming up with Italian Giorgio Manuzzi, also returning to racing after double podium success in Norway.
The action starts with first practice on tommorow Wednesday afternoon, a second practice on Thursday morning followed by qualifying in the Edox Pole Position and Race 1 - 53.29Nm, 12 laps including three long laps. A final practice on Friday morning is followed by Race 2 - 71.39Nm, 16 laps, including five long laps.
UIM CLASS 1 WORLD POWERBOAT CHAMPIONSHIP - after round 4 of 6, race 8 of 12
1. Fazza - 143pts
2. Skydive Dubai - 110pts
3. Negotiator - 82pts
4. GSG Ceramic Design - 72pts
5. Welmax - 41pts
6. GiorgiOffshore - 24pts
7. Relekta 20pts
8. Foresti & Suardi - SCAM - 11pts
9. Welmax Alianza - 10pts
10. Team Abu Dhabi - 9pts
1. Welmax - 75pts
2. Fazza - 65pts
3. Skydive Dubai - 35pts
4. Negotiator - 31pts
5. GSC Ceramic Design - 19pts
6. Relekta - 18pts
7= Team Abu Dhabi - 12pts
7= GiorgiOffshore - 12pts
9. Welmax Alianza - 7pts
10. Foresti & Suardi SCAM - 5pts

November 22, 2010

News: Galeon November 2010

After recently launching its new World wide computer dedicated website, Polish Galeon follows this with a showroom for mobile users. The Galeon mobile website is purely dedicated for cell phone graphics and screen sizes, making browsing and loading faster on these systems. The mobile site will also be updated together with the normal computer version, making the following of Galeon easy and versatile and possible everywhere is a cell phone with internet connection.

New Model: Hinckley 36 Picnic Boat Mk.III

Hinckley presents its new Mark three version for its 36 feet Picnic Boat. A redesign of this successful traditional Cruiser from Hinckley which has a range of innovations from twin diesel engines, an open-deck design, a raised pilothouse, and a hull capable of providing stability and comfort under a wide range of conditions. In this new version the power of twin 300hp Volvo diesel engines, which is coupled to twin Hamilton water jet propulsion and controlled by the patented Hinckley JetStick add panache to the Picnic Boat Mk.III unique features. The engines have also been made to stay in the lower part of the hull freeing more space on the deck. The Hinckley Picnic Boat Mk.III continues this down east builder unique modified Vee shaped hull which drafts a little over two feet, and this builder unique construction method.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.25 m (36.9ft)
Beam - 3.42 m
Draft - 0.63 m
Displacement - 7711 kg
Fuel Capacity - 832 l
Water Capacity - 151 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp
Propulsion - Hamilton 374 Jet Drives
Speed - 31 knots max, 27 knots cruising
Construction - Dual Guard Kevlar, E-Glass outer skin, aircraft grade, carbon fiber inner skin

November 20, 2010

New Model: Pershing 92

Pershing 92 is the latest model which continues the new idea course as set with the 72 in 2007, and later on followed by the 80, and 64. Continuing its never ending relationship with renowned designed Fulvio De Simoni, the Italian architect and Ferretti AYT based themselves on the hull of the 90 model and present a totally new looking Super Sport Yacht from the exterior. New window profiles, larger aft deck, more spacious interior, and a sport flybridge helm up top which makes more of this unseen area are the novelties for the 92 to the replaced 90 model. Below is a choice for the owner of a four double cabin plan, or three with this choice giving an added bonus of a lower saloon. The galley of the 92 is located to mid ship, next to the crew cabins and lobby. A day head is also found by the stairs on the arrival to the lower deck. Performance which is a high selling point for the Pershing brand gets to the usual forty knots plus, with the 92 having a wide open throttle 41 knots speed, and an all time 38 cruise with twin 2638hp MTU engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.96 m (91.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.98 m
Waterline Length - 21.04 m
Beam - 6.23 m
Draft - 1.65 m
Displacement - 81400 kg loaded, 69000 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins
Max Persons - 20
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000M94 2638hp
Propulsion - Surface Drives
Speed - 41 knots max, 38 knots cruising
Range - 385 nm at cruise
Construction - Vacuum resin infusion with single skin solid glass botton, cored sandwich sideds
Project - Fulvio De Simoni, Ferretti AYT Hull
Certification - CE A

Project: Baia 24.5 Sevolution

So far this new style of new generation hybrid hulled Explorer style yachts seems to have mostly involved only the large groups as Ferretti or Azimut, so seeing Baia a family yard which produces about thirty boats a year coming with the 24.5 Sevolution innovative project is a reply to all these excuses from some other builders. This is not the first time that Baia thinks out of the box as the South Italian Neapolitan builder has also in the past launched other innovations. Indeed Baia was the first company to use the now famous Arneson surface drives commercially on the B50 in the early eighties, and to invent a removable hard top system for its 48 Flash in 1998. 24.5 Sevolution thinks further featuring an other innovative unedited hybrid hull shape coming from Italy which joins displacement, semi-displacement and planning characteristics all in one. To create this Baia collaborated with the Federico II university of Naples. Not sure if 24.5 is the size here, as Baia on its website article talks for for two yachts of 26 and 29 metres with project speeds of 22 knots max, 18 cruise, and best economy at 16 knots. Various options will also concern to the fitting out from the fore deck, to the flybridge which can be used as entertainment or to stow up to two large private water craft tenders. Baia also speaks of a novelty to what concerns the interior volume where a house style fitting out should be possible. Power to this one deck explorer Super Yacht will be a diverse solution of diesel engines, electrical power, and solar panels with pod propulsion from ZF or the Volvo IPS system to be used. Now the bad news in this very interesting project is that Baia says it will concentrate the 24.5 Sevolution line to only bigger super sizes of 24 metres plus, which considering the recent success the other Italian builder has had with a new fifteen metre model will surely be a lost chance to them.

November 19, 2010

New Model: Azimut 50 Magellano

One of the most expected models to be presented in Genoa, this was the Azimut 50 Magellano which generated a success to its builder beyond all forecasts as reports say production is sold till well into the 2012 year. There is many references to which this success is given from the dual mode hull by Bill Dixon, Green Plus Rina Certification, Hybrid optional choice with the addition of two electric motors, and to the four choices of the lower deck. As one can see versatility and an Explorer yacht which does not miss many beats from anywhere you look at it is key. The 50 Magellano seems to reply to current yachtsman demands for an economic to run yacht which is not slow as the 18 knots cruise speed says, but is also comfortable at slower speeds. Here Azimut was wise as it applied the concept of last years presented 74 in a more popular size, and this trend is to continue next year when the known Italian builder will present a smaller 40 Magellano with the same concept of ecological boating, dual mode hull, and comforts which come from its faster range of boats but are applied for the first time in this type of yacht.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.64 m (51.4ft)
Hull Length - 14.98 m
Beam - 4.65 m
Draft - 1.33 m
Displacement - 25 t
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, or 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB5.9 425hp, optional hyrid 2 x Auxilia 23kw
Propulsion - line shaft Vee drive
Speed - 22 knots max, 18 knots cruise planning, 8 knots displacement cruise
Project - Cor D Rover lines and interior, Bill Dixon for Dual mode hull
Certification - CE Class A, RINA Green Plus

November 18, 2010

Projects: Bavaria 43 Sport, Bavaria 43 Sport HT

Bavaria presents the project for a new 43 Sport series to be available in both open and hard top versions, a model which will replace the long standing 42. These new models follow Bavaria revamp of the line as started with the current motor boat flagship the 46 Deep Blue, and continues the collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA. The 43 Sport open version will only differ from the HT model for the hard top. The interior will be a three cabins six berths, or two cabins four berths choice, and following recent Bavaria trends a huge size cockpit with what looks an up and down hydraulic platform for tender stowage is to be found. Power will be a choice of Volvo's from 370 up 435hp with selection of stern drive or IPS forward looking pods propulsion. The Bavaria 43 Sport HT hard top version continues the large window area theme as seen on the BMW Group designed Bavaria's offering a technical and functional design. Here as it is visible, a lot is coming from the little sister the 38 Sport HT, with advantage of bigger sizes everywhere. The large sunroof can be opened with an integrated manual soft-top, which is also available to operate electrically. Thanks to the low rim in combination with the optional fold-out pedestal, the driver can look outside the windscreen whilst driving without any obstructions. The front wind screen, and side hard top windows can also be chosen to be heated. For the rest this hard top version is identical to the open 43 Sport, with advantage that a more comfortable use can be made during Winter time.

New Model: Hatteras GT60

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was the the place where Hatteras presented its new GT60. The first installment in the Hatteras GT Series, the 60 is the fore runner of an exciting family of tournament class convertibles designed for serious anglers. Two further projects a 54, and a 63 are scheduled to launch in beginning of the coming 2011 year. Hatteras says that the GT60 is the culmination of fifty years in convertible design and propulsion development, combined with the latest technological advances in materials and methods utilized in fiberglass construction. The new Hatteras GT60 takes its exterior design cues from the current 60, but a newly redesigned cockpit and a touch of panache added to the overall looks give it a unique style of her own. The interior accommodations found in the GT60 are not only more open, but are designed with a level of sophistication not often found in a convertible. Hatteras also offers the option of three lower deck layouts one of which is a four double cabin plan, galley down choice, and an enclosed bridge option. Larger window framing allows for better views, and beautifully combined wall coverings and exotic woods create a more open layout while continuing to provide a warm and luxurious environment. But what is most noticeable about the GT60 is its performance, and as promised by Hatteras this is a forty knot boat as was the special GT Series Edition of the now replaced 60 Convertible model. In fact with the large twin Cats 1900hp power this is the speed of the new GT60 a fast forty knots, which goes down to four nautical miles in all time cruise mode.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.95 m (62.2ft) with pulpit
LOA - 18.2 m
Waterline Length - 15.0 m
Beam - 5.78 m
Draft - 1.44 m
Displacement - 40596 kg
Fuel Capacity - 5678 l
Water Capacity - 757 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 32a 1600hp, 1800hp, 1900hp
Propulsion - direct line shaft in semi tunnels
Speeds - 40 knots max, 36 knots cruise, 20 knots economic cruise with Cats 1900hp
Range - 503 nm miles at 26 knots, 571 nm miles at 20 knots
Construction - resin infused with solid fiberglass bottom, PVC cored sides and top deck, Isophtalic gel coat with polyurethane paint exterior skin, and vinilester resin

November 17, 2010

Project: Maritimo M48 Cruising Motoryacht Series II

Maritimo is celebrating the one hundred boat milestone for its most popular 48 Cruising Motoryacht with the launch of the Series II model. The M48 Series II takes on a number of the design concepts first seen with the new generation M56 and newly launched M53 Cruising Motoryachts. The hallmark wings over the side decks have been deleted, giving the superstructure a more streamlined look. The hull now sports a large port light on the port side to flood the master stateroom with natural light. Continuing the smoother look, the designers have also deleted the skipper's door to starboard forward in the saloon and extended the starboard lounge forward to the bulkhead. This offers more seating to relax in the spacious saloon. The galley has not been overlooked, with full height refrigerator and full-height swing-out pantry included. Access between the galley and aft cockpit is dramatically improved with bi-fold doors that tuck away to open the entire saloon. Of course the designers have maintained the most popular elements of the original craft first launched in 2007. The new M48 has the hallmark walk-around decks and internal staircase, three cabin two bathroom accommodation, spacious saloon and large flybridge. In fact the flybridge has been slightly extended and a sunroof is now standard. The Maritimo M48 Cruising Motoryacht Series II will be launched in the beginning of 2011.

Propulsion: ZF Pod 2800

ZF Marine Group introduces a revolutionary new approach to Pod drive and joystick control technology in small pleasure craft applications, which extends its availability to a larger segment of the pleasure boat market. In conjunction with SeaVee boats, ZF Marine has developed a complete propulsion system solution around a center console sport fishing application that will offer joystick control and maneuverability while employing the pleasure craft industry’s first single Pod drive line. The heart of the propulsion package from ZF Marine incorporates 3 main components. The ZF 2800 Series Pod drive rated at 480hp. This Pod has been redesigned to offer 180 degrees of total movement, 90 degrees of rotation to both port and starboard from the cent reline. The ZF 185 AC Thruster that introduced to the market at last year’s Fort Lauderdale show. The ZF 185 Thruster is designed to offer proportional thrust, 30 minute continuous duty cycle, and smooth, quiet operation thanks to a patented thruster tube design. ZF Marine’s proven SmartCommand controls with Joystick. The joystick system is engaged when the Easidock feature is activated via a button touch on the SmartCommand control head. During normal at sea operation the 2800 Pod drive is restricted to 30 degrees of movement in either direction from center. This restriction of movement is released in Easidock mode and the POD now has full 180 degree movement. The ZF 185 AC Thruster is also brought online at this time. As the vessel operator directs the joystick in any direction or combination of directions the joystick system incorporates POD thrust and varying amounts of thrust from the bow thruster. Proportional control of the thruster means smooth engagement, and only as much thrust as needed to move the vessel in the desired direction. Proportional thrust, combined with an electronic compass tied to the main JMS control unit means there is no vessel yaw during sideways movement. ZF Marine’s patented iAnchor station keeping functionality is also included in the Single Pod System. With the press of a button, iAnchor will compensate for wind and current holding the vessel’s position to as little as a 3 foot radius.

November 16, 2010

Project: Salpa 30.5 Gran Turismo

Salpa presents the project of the 30.5 Gran Turismo which continues the trend of hybrid concepts coming from Italy like the Altantis Verve to the new Mano Gran Sport models. That is joining a walk around functionality with that of a cabin boat. The Salpa 30.5 Gran Turismo exterior will use all its deck to offer an aft with two L-shaped settees, central console helm with glassed hard top, fully equipped galley, and a sun lounger on the fore peak. Down below the 30.5 Gran Turismo can sleep four persons in two beds one coming from converting the U-shaped settee to fore, and double coming from mid ship. The head room surprises for space and a separate shower stall. Hull is to a design of legendary Renato Sonny Levi, although I do not know if this comes from the old 30 Laver or is a complete new concept. Whatever the case the roots of this legendary designer are there so if Salpa did good work in its research and design departments the 30.5 Gran Turismo should be one of the best riding boats in this size. Power is a standard of twin stern drives Volvo 200hp diesels.

New Model: Mulder 76 Wheelhouse

A launching of a new Mulder is always interesting news and this very versatile dutch builder presents its new 76 Wheelhouse model. This new model now heads the the Wheelhouse range which starts at sixty feet. The Mulder 76 Wheelhouse is a streamlined motor yacht with a round bilged steel hull, aluminium superstructure, large wheelhouse and partially covered aft deck. Her intelligent and inventive interior layout features an open connection between the wheelhouse and the lower saloon, giving the yacht an exceptionally spacious feel. The wheelhouse has a large seating area featuring a table and luxury TV cabinet with built-in refrigerator and sink unit. The steering position provides excellent views over both the bow and the saloon one deck lower. Stairs next to the helm lead to the galley, which is equipped with a granite-topped working surface, induction cooker, ventilation system, dishwasher, sinks, a large fridge-freezer, plenty of storage, and a small bar with two stools. The saloon is furnished with a large sofa, saloon table and leather recliners. A special cabinet contains a built-in plasma TV that moves up and down at the click of a switch. Forward are two twin cabins with a bathroom. The owner’s suite situated aft has a large bathroom. Also aft is an extra space for a washing machine, dryer and linen storage. The entire interior is finished in mahogany panelling. With an entrance in the foredeck, the engine room has a practical and well thought-out layout. A hydraulically operated stern door opens to reveal a lazarette which stows a twelve feet tender that can be launched by means of a hydraulic crane. Power is from twin economic choice Volvo's 425hp which give a top speed of 12 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.40 m (76.7ft)
Beam - 5.90 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 70 t
Fuel Capacity - 7500 l
Water Capacity - 2500 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D9 425hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 12 knots max
Hull - round bilged shape
Construction - steel hull, aluminium super struture

November 15, 2010

Project: Horizon 46 SC

Horizon presents the project of the 46 SunCat. A very interesting proposal for the fact that this is a one hundred per cent clean energy moving craft, which follows what Horizon showcased in the small 23SC about a year ago. But being fair to Horizon here the Sun Cat project is much complicated for the larger size, and more weight which totals 21 tons. The 46 SC is also supported with efficient batteries which totals 48 kWh these being used for propulsion, mooring, and other boating activities. Accommodation is also interesting having a very spacious main deck layout with a saloon having two sofas, an L-shaped galley, and a central helm station. Down below is space for the owners spacious room located in the middle and two shower heads. One of which is for the guests and has a separate entrance.

New Model: Sunseeker 54 Predator

Officially presented about a year ago Sunseeker have been very slow in promoting the 54 Predator. This model is basically a redesign of the 2005 53 Portofino model which it now replaces. Rumour has it that the slow promotion is due to the fact that there is some 53 Portofino Mk.II unsold models around the globe, so this model has been kept a little bit under warps since launched a year ago, even tough in my opinion it is one of the most valid recent Sunseeker's. The hard top design follows a very open feel, and the cockpit just as the bigger 60 feels quite large. The 54 Predator can also accommodate two personal water craft, from a rib in the stern garage to a jet bike on the hydraulic up and down bathing platform. Accommodation is a three double cabin interior with a layout identical to the replaced 53 Portofino. Owners stateroom to fore, and two double cabins to mid ship. Obviously furnishings and living areas as the galley and saloon have been redesigned now feeling more spacious. Hull one of the 54 Predator had a very cool white oak with black wood trimming fit out. Power is a max up to twin 865hp Cat engines with shafts which should give a top speed of up to 33 knots. Future options should also include pod drives which Sunseeker seems to have embraced fully in recent times, but so far there is no speed data for this choice.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.76 m (58.3ft)
Waterline Length - 13.19 m
Beam - 4.54 m
Draft - 1.38 m
Displacement - 25400kg full load
Fuel Capacity - 2140 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x 865hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or pod drives
Speed - 33 knots max, 27 knots cruise
Construction - hand laid GRP with vinilester resin, balsa cored hull
Project - Don Shead, Sunseeker design
Certification - CE B

November 14, 2010

Project: Intermarine 85

Intermarine 85 is the fourth project set by this Brazilian boat builder new course, and unlike the other models here design is entrusted to designer Luiz de Basto who is also responsible for the ten feet smaller 75. So for its four models from 55 to 85 feet coming up in 2011 Intermarine has used three different designers. Measuring 88 feet overall the 85 flagship will launch last of the new four models and is set to be in the water for the fall of the coming 2011 year. Just as in the smaller 75 Luiz de Basto takes a very European approach in the looks with a very sporty low profile lines. Surprising elements are the jacuzzi on the fly which is still hard to find under one hundred feet, the large glassed windscreens which reaches up to the flybridge deck, and very large bathing platform. Inside new ideas continue to come up and interesting is the compact L-shaped settee by the helm station good for the guest to entertain during trips or for the captain to make his charts course, spacious crew room aft, large full beam owners stateroom, and two heads VIP suite. Down below is space for four double cabins all with private shower heads, but the owners room really surprises for having two bathrooms one of which the one to port-side having a bidet and full bath, and a full walk in wardrobe. Power will be from twin MTU 1800hp engines with speeds estimates being a fast 34 knots for this sixty ton yacht.

November 13, 2010

New Model: Benetti Class 93 Delfino

The new 93 Delfino by Benetti, which starts in size this years introduced semi custom Class range concept builds on the 2007 introduced 85 Legend model with modification to the upper deck and most of the window profile and design. These changes makes the two decks and a half 93 Delfino look totally different with architect Stefano Righini taking a more classic approach in the exterior, and considering that the name comes from a past Benetti model it does have to be like this. Interior is a spacious five double cabins for guests with the owners suite on the main deck. The living main deck is a three split area having in the entrance the relaxing and dining area, a middle part with day head and galley, and the fore peak reserved for the owners suite. Tender stowage is located to aft in a garage housing a Rib, and jet bike. Power is two choices, standard being the Cats at 1001hp each which give a 14 knots max, and 13 knots cruise.
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.5 m (93.6ft)
Beam - 7.03 m
Draft - 1.81 m
Displacement - 121 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 16000 l
Water Capacity - 2600 l
Accommodation - 10 guest berths, 3 + 1 crew
Engines - 2 x CAT C18 Acert 1001hp, MTU 8v2000 M72 965hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 14 knots max, 13 knots cruising, 12 knots economic
Range - 1500 nm at 12 knots
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Carlo Galeazzi interior
Certification - RINA Class of Malta Hull, Mach Y, MCA Compliance

Web: Haines New Web Site

Haines Marine from the United Kingdom presents its new virtual online showroom. This UK builder is at the moment a bit unique in its country for a few reasons. Most important is that it is still owned by its founders Bob and Mary Haines who established the company in 1980. But other important reasons are that Haines is one of the few British builders who designs its boats around British weather, and also has an inland waterways or offshore hull choice for some of the models making its cruisers ideally suited for river cruising. In its successful history Haines has also received the prestigious Motor Boat Monthly Customer Service Award. Located in Norfolk on the East Coast of Britain, today Haines builds a total of six models which start from the 31 Sedan, and end up with the just introduced 400 flagship. Haines new website takes you around with the following buttons; About Us, The Range, The Experience, Stock Boats, News, Owners, and Contact Us.

November 12, 2010

New Model: Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge

Cranchi basing itself on the hull of the first model of the new Yacht Class the Sixty 4 HT presents a new flagship with the Sixty 6 Flybridge. As usual to Cranchi good engineering and well planned interior and technical areas make the difference in its models. Unusual characteristics for a flybridge but found in the Sixty 6 are the wet bar galley in the aft deck, the sunpad settee conversion to stern, and the jockey style raised helm station inside. Accommodation is a three double cabins plan plus a single berth crew cabin aft, and as the large window suggests there is a spacious full beam owners stateroom at mid ship. The galley is located below, and although the layout plan shows it being a bit enclosed I still think an option for a main deck choice should be included in this size. The interior main deck saloon looks also a bit less in size versus the competition but large windows and a lot of natural light will give the impression that it is actually bigger, although you do get a larger aft deck for this. The flybridge is again smallish for a twenty meter yacht but then again you have a free area aft which can be used how you want it. Some details also leave me confused in the new Cranchi Sixty 6 Flybridge like the stainless steel radar arch or the support pillars for the overhang of the extended fly. Nothing wrong in these but from a certain point of view they do look a bit economic, and less clean to the lines of the Sixty 6 Flybridge. Power is from twin MAN 1400hp which give wide open throttle speeds of 33 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.85 m (68.4ft)
Hull Length - 18.65 m
Beam - 5.10 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 38.3 t loaded, 33.5 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 3600 l
Water Capacity - 770 l
Accommodation - 7 berths
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x MAN D2862 V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 33 knots max, 29 knots cruise, 24 knots economic
Range - 295 nm at 24 knots economic cruise
Certification - CE A

Project: Gamma 16

Launching the first Gamma 20 model the past Summer this Italian boat builder follows it with the project of the similar but smaller 16. An interesting challenge for Gamma and designer Vripack to themselves and to the market. So it will interesting to see how the Italian Mediterranean market reacts to a 16 metre explorer yacht build of steel. Measuring an overall length of 62 feet which comes in actual fact over eighteen meters the Gamma 16 will offer a three double cabin interior with full beam owners stateroom, VIP suite to fore, and twin bunk guest third cabin. A crew room for two is to be located aft. Power is a not so large twin Volvo 575hp engines which should give a top speed of 16 knots, and a range of about 1200 nautical miles at an economic cruise. Bigger engines can add the top speed to another 2 knots. Considering the estimates of a heavy 44 tons half displacement weight these look good estimate numbers.