February 28, 2011

Monthly News - February 2011

-pic of the month- Overmarine Group Makes US News in Miami

Azimut Benetti Group New International Records Setting Standards

For the seventh year in a row, Showboats International, the prestigious journal that hosts the Global Order Book, has named Benetti world leader in the construction of custom yachts over 80 feet (24 meters) in length. The Italian brand - producer of the Class range of composite megayachts (93 to 164 feet) and the Custom range of steel and aluminium megayachts (over 45 meters) - climbs onto the podium, first among the world's top 20 builders of custom megayachts. Indeed, with 30 projects currently underway, the company has confirmed its leading role on all international reference markets. Additional confirmation comes from Miami where the judges of the prestigious Nautical Design Award for Italian nautical excellence - jointly organized by Yacht & Sail and ADI, the Industrial Design Association - bestowed recognition on the Azimut Magellano Collection. The award ceremony, held at the recently concluded Miami International Boat Show, saw the Magellano Collection assert itself for its extraordinary eco-compatibility. Just one year after the launch of the Magellano 74, progenitor of the line, the Magellano 50 has distinguished itself in its market sector for its "green" properties. This eco-friendly yacht boasts a perfect blend of materials used and low environmental impact solutions; moreover the design facilitates the use of the Easy Hybrid drive system, an exclusive Azimut-Benetti R & D project that enables cruise speeds of up to 8 knots using electric motors, the utmost in silence and simplicity. The recognition achieved by the Magellano Collection underscores the great innovative skill, design expertise and productive capacity that have set Azimut-Benetti at the forefront of the world nautical industry.

Azimut Benetti Group Leading in China

During the first four months of the current nautical year, 12 Azimut Yachts boats from 12 to 35 metres have been sold in China. The current orders portfolio includes prestigious models such as the new Azimut 88 (a lucky number in China) and an Azimut Grande 116, flagship of the Italian shipyard: the latter will be one of the largest planning yachts ever sold to a Chinese shipowner. The popularity of the boats proposed by the Group in China has been recently highlighted in the latest number of China Boating, the most authoritative nautical magazine in China: its list of the top 30 luxury yachts comprises 10 boats by Azimut Yachts, defined as the top player in the country. In fact, the orders recorded in Asia during the last 5 months are equivalent to 96% of the total turnover for the previous season with a 200% growth forecast for the current year.

Azimut Benetti Group New Buisness Lines

The Italian Company has chosen the Miami boat show to present its new advanced organizational solutions, following a business model which, in the wake of profound changes in the boating industry, puts the client and his expectations in the center of the process. The new organisation calls for activities to be divided into 3 main lines of business: Yachts (boats up to 30 metres), Megayachts (boats over 30 metres), and Yachtique (strategic services for the owner). The main change concerns the Azimut Grande Collection of planning boats over 30 meters with a wide possibility of customization introduced in US last year at the Miami show, the range of products that sees in the American market its natural positioning. Thanks to the experience of Vincenzo Poerio, long-time manager of the Company, CEO of Benetti for the past 18 years, now called to head the Megayacths Business Line, Azimut Grande Collection will apply the business model already in use at Benetti (Italian-style relationship management and custom solutions) to reinforce the tailor-made approach that typifies boats of this size. The new organization gives full expression to the company's desire to continue to keep its leading position in all key markets, as strengthened by its track record of financial stability. In fact the Azimut Benetti Group is the company in the nautical industry having the strongest leadership in the emerging markets: this is demonstrated by the success collected in China, as recently highlighted in the latest number of China Boating, the most authoritative Chinese nautical magazine, defining Azimut as the first player of the country. Lastly the creation of an important nautical pole in Brazil, opened last June 2010, which, once at full capacity, will be the biggest covered yard at worldwide level.

Cigarette the Menage of Motorsports

While the Mercedes AMG and Cigarette Racing Team alliance began based on the dedication to performance and perfection of these two luxury brands share, that synergy has now extended to another stellar performance brand, Ducati. "The Ménage of Motorsports," a dynamic display of performance boats and two and four-wheeled vehicles, was be seen at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show, in Cigarette's Booth B-23. The Ménage of Motorsports-the three luxury brands of Cigarette, Mercedes AMG and Ducati, are also partners on the AMG for members only "Private Lounge" website. In the motorcycle industry, the name Ducati means performance and is one of the most sought-after name brands. As Germany is respected for its fine automobiles, Italy has earned admiration for creating the ultimate motorcycle for leisure and racing. Several Ducati bikes will be on display, including a Diavel, the 1198 SP, Multistrada and the Monster 1100 EVO. The Ducati brand completes the motorsports trifecta, adding two-wheeled power to the winning performance mix. The new Cigarette 42X Ducati Edition, customized with Ducati's signature white with a bold red stripe, is on display at the Cigarette booth and will feature another new addition to the Penchant for Performance. Mercury Racing has again added an engine to its line to accommodate every performance boater's need-and selected Cigarette to make the debut. In addition to the Cigarette array of powerboats and Ducati bikes, a special feature, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT-3 Race Car was flown in from Germany to supplement Cigarette's salute to motorsports. This racing version of the SLS AMG gull-wing was created specifically for motorsports--for customers who compete in sprint or long-distance races. Its aerodynamic design lines and a 6-speed racing transmission with shift paddles provide the performance and success on the track that verifies AMG's commitment to motorsports since its introduction in 1967.

Cigarette Gets Social

Cigarette Racing Team the iconic luxury performance boat builder is inviting its friends, fans and customers to join the newly launched official company Facebook page. The page will often be the first source for new product information, and fans can vicariously visit boat shows, poker runs and other events from around the world, beginning with the recently completed Dusseldorf and Miami International Boat Shows. Cigarette Racing Team will be offering its fans special Facebook only promotions and offers through the year and links to Cigarette's YouTube videos.

Cigarette 20 to 50 feet.

Cigarette's long-time Miami dealer, Phil Lipschutz of Lip-ship Performance, will display two boats depicting his particular Penchant for Performance, with the "Long and Short of it" a matching, restored nostalgic 20' and a new 50' Marauder model. The Marauder is the largest Cigarette in the model line and though the 20' is no longer built, it represents the smallest of the line to date and has created a "club following" of enthusiasts who are renovating the older models to complement their big Cigarettes.

Fairline Experience Days in May

Essex Boatyards, the UK’s leading boat sales centre, has developed and is hosting ‘Fairline Experience Days’ to offer a series of demonstration days in Southampton, Essex and Wales for prospects to view and trial a selection of models from the Fairline range. The new 50 Targa Gran Turismo, Squadron 58, Squadron 42, and the entry-level Targa 38 will be amongst the models available at selected Fairline Experience Days. Dates and locations of the Fairline Experience Days: Friday 6th – Monday 9th May 2011 – Fairline Essex (Wallasea Island), Friday 20th – Monday 23rd May – Fairline Southampton (Swanwick), Friday 27th – Monday 30th May – Fairline Wales (Pwllheli).

Ferretti Group Miami Show With Significant Results

The Miami Yacht and Brokerage boat show marked another important milestone for the Ferretti Group, the world leader in the designing, building and marketing of luxury motor-yachts. As the Group continues to enhance its presence in the Americas it closed this year’s Miami boat show with a strong sales performance. Marking the most new models introduced at the Miami show with a groundbreaking showcase of 22 models, with 4 exclusive debuts for the Americas, Ferretti Group’s impressive in-water display proved to be extremely successful. The Ferretti Group is deeply committed to the development of the North American market and continues to place a strong emphasis on the growth and progress of this region. 2011 is poised to be a dynamic year for the Group, which is increasing its efforts in the U.S to further establish a targeted distribution network and broaden the expansion of the Ferretti Group brands throughout North America. With a strong order book and range of new Ferretti Group products making entry into the U.S., the Group is well positioned to make head way. Ferretti Group is noted as one of the leading luxury yacht manufacturers worldwide. We recognize that it is essential to continue to penetrate these key markets with our leading brands and support these efforts with strong sales and marketing initiatives to broaden our reach. This year is marked by the debut of several groundbreaking models, which were unveiled at Miami’s major Yacht & Brokerage Show. Ferretti Yachts has introduced a range of new models including the new Ferretti 800, which was sold, in addition to a Ferretti 750 and Ferretti 620, featuring several advancements and modifications for the American market. Elegance, innovation and engineering integrity are a hallmark of Ferretti Yachts and novel features combined with the classical-contemporary design characteristics have launched this new series as a vanguard of yacht design that will surely establish future trends in the fly-bridge segment. Another notable debut and unique design collaboration that was prominently displayed right off Collins Avenue, was the new “Aquariva Gucci” vessel, an exclusive made to order model customized by Gucci’s Creative Director Frida Giannini along with Riva’s exclusive designers of Officina Italiana Design. This new “Made in Italy” icon is the product of a unique partnership between the two of Italy’s most renowned design houses, Riva and Gucci and drummed up a considerable amount of excitement from spectators alike. For the first time on display at the Miami Boat show, the Group also showcased the new pearl white Pershing 80’ and the new hard top version of the Riva 75’ Venere. Ferretti Group has several other new models to announce including the new Pershing 92’, the new restyled Pershing 50.1 and Pershing 58’, which were recently launched in Europe as well as the new Pershing 108’ that is planned to launch by February of 2011. Ferretti Yachts will introduce the new Ferretti 720, a project with unmistakable Ferretti style, coupled with revolutionary lines and space. The iconic Riva brand has also recently announced the creation of a new 27’ ft. day cruiser called Riva Iseo. A unique size for a Riva vessel, the Iseo will be extremely coveted and will be well suited for boating in either a lake or the open sea. Ferretti Custom Line has also announced the first Custom Line 100’, which is planned to make its global debut in the spring of 2011 and will make its American debut at the 2011 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. The new model takes the traditional concept of a fly-bridge motor-yacht to incredible heights and impressive proportions. The new Custom Line is avant-garde in every aspect of design for a conventional motor-yacht. 2011 also marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary sport-fishing brand, Bertram Yacht. Celebrating 50 years of marine excellence, Bertram is noted for its world-renowned high-performance deep-V hulls. Bertram’s passionate owners and enthusiasts will gather for a large-scale 50th Anniversary “Blast to the Past” event, which will take place April 29th - 30th 2011 at the Marriott on Biscayne Bay. The Group has underscored its commitment to further advance and develop the Bertram brand and is currently in the process of investing in the tooling and design for a series of new models, which will be introduced between 2011 and 2012.

Fiart Enviromental Benefit

The UIM, with this special mention, wanted to acknowledge the successful effort of Fiart to develop technologies and processes to reduce emissions and consumptions during the FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) making process. Fiart is also involved in the ELB -- end of life boats project by "UCINA" regarding sustainable dismissing (discharge) of boats and stamps in FRP. This project, so far unequalled, had the goal of developing, through the employment of suitable technologies, the complete recycling of each single unit or nautical equipment, especially for FRP materials resulting from the disassembling of manufactured products. The main purpose of the project became the production of new thermoplastic, yet not thermosetting, unlimitedly recyclable times products.

Heesen Commercial Success Signing Two Contracts

The sale of the first of these, YN 16551, a 51-metre, full-displacement vessel was completed in December 2010 to create an enviable total of 7 vessels sold during that year. The first sale of 2011 – YN 15850, a 50-metre, all-aluminium semi-displacement vessel – was completed in January 2011. The contract has been signed thanks to a fruitful collaboration with Burgess. Heesen’s order book now consists of fifteen yachts currently in construction, all of which will be delivered to their owners by the end of 2014. These figures confirm the strength and financial reliability of this world-renowned company.

Heesen Lays Keel of 65 Meters

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce the keel laying of a 65-metre Fast Displacement motor yacht, the ceremony for which took place in shed 6 – the metalwork shop - at Heesen’s shipyard in Oss, the Netherlands. This hull, started last December and due for completion in January 2012, exhibits some interesting new techniques in the construction of its decks, bulkheads and part of the superstructure plating. Extruded aluminium plates of 300mm wide are welded together using a ‘friction-stir’ technique to form huge plates of 2,5 metres x 12 metres. In simple words the plates are welded together without adding welding material. This method, developed by NASA, has the enormous benefit of creating less heat during the welding process. The result is a large plate with uniform mechanical properties and much fairer and smoother construction. The famously high quality Heesen building process is always begun at the very first rung of construction. When combined with sophisticated naval architecture, this improved construction technique results in a vessel that is 30% more efficient than a round-bilge motor yacht. This vessel’s advanced design combines narrow beam and a special hull form to result in a very low wave profile over the entire speed range, while also improving its sea-keeping and manoeuvrability. This provides a very positive impact on the cost of running the yacht, as well as the lowering of its environmental footprint due to lower engine emissions. The Owner appointed the award-winning design studio, Bannenberg and Rowell to create the interior of this radical superyacht.

ISA Yachts Announce JLT Agency Partnership

ISA – International Shipyards Ancona and JLT Yacht Agency have announced a partnership agreement today naming JLT as the preferred partner of ISA to provide marine and VIP concierge services to all ISA clients. As a result of the agreement, JLT will be able to provide special promotions to their clients who decide to berth in Ank’s Marina, which is managed directly by ISA’s After Sales and Refit division and is available for maintenance and refit projects. The new marina boasts 10 berths for yachts up to 90 metres LOA (5 metres draft). The first half of Ank’s Marina started its operation in 2010 and by the beginning of summer 2011, the second half will be completed and fully operational. Just a few minutes away from Ancona’s International Airport, Ank’s Marina is an excellent base for charters in Croatia, or for a crew stop and can provide a full range of high quality technical assistance including haul out up to 400 tons. Alfa Nero, Carinthia VII, Talitha, Haida G, Cloud 9, Force Blue, Addiction, Esense and Silvana are just some of the yachts that have already stayed at Ank’s Marina.

Jarrett Bay 25th Anniversary VIP Honorees

As part of Jarrett Bay's 25th Anniversary celebrations, President Randy Ramsey will reflect each month on the most influential people to contribute to the company’s success over the last 25 years. The first two individuals being honored on the website are: VIP 1 Cab Ramsey, and VIP 2 Ommie Tillet.

Jarrett Bay Cover Shot

Hopefully by now you've all seen Marc Montocchio's amazing photo of the 67' Jarrett Bay, Waste Knot gracing the cover of the February issue of Marlin magazine, and the Jarrett Bay newsletter. Understandably, we've fielded plenty of questions as to how this shot was achieved, and while Dave Ferrell's write-up in the issue touches on the basics, Marc has offered up more details on the logistics and the support team it took to pull this one off shot after the jump.

Mochi UIM Enviromental Award

Mochi Craft Long Range 23, the most innovative large pleasure boat with hybrid propulsion, is the winner of the second edition of the UIM Environmental Award 2011, awarded by the Union Internationale Motonautique, world governing body for all powerboating activities, based in the Principality of Monaco. The prestigious award, that will be conferred during a Gala dinner on February 26 in the Principality of Monaco, has been awarded to Long Range 23 Mochi Craft, a Ferretti Group brand producing fiberglass motoryachts ranging from 13 to 23 meters, in acknowledgement of the research and development activities carried out by Ferretti Group’s AYT (Advanced Yacht Technology), the Group’s naval research and design centre, that contributed to the project and development of this yacht: a first-class example of an environment-friendly motoryacht, focusing on fuel-consumption, emission and noise reduction.

Moonen Two New Award Nominations

Fresh from winning the Best Power 24-40 m prize at the ISS Design & Leadership Awards, the Moonen 124 Northlander has also now been nominated as a finalist in the Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2011. And with the nomination of the Moonen 97 Livia as a finalist in the Best Displacement Motor Yacht of below 500GT category at the Boat International World Superyacht Awards, it is clear that Moonen Shipyards is on a roll. The annual Motor Boat of the Year Awards by the magazines Motor Boat & Yachting and Motor Boats Monthly celebrate the very best in boat design and construction. Northlander is a finalist in the custom yacht category.

Moonen Complete Refit of 1988 Built Yacht

Having already enjoyed both the experiences and results of an earlier refit at the yard, the owner decided to return Trojan to Moonen for a wide range of work. One of the highlights of the refit is an alteration to the steering that means the owner can now sail Trojan himself. The navigation system has also been upgraded, making it possible to operate the engine by remote control. At the same time more space has been created on the flybridge by replacing the former deck crane with a davit installed on the swimming platform. Adding railings and fitting a new bimini on the aft deck, both produced by Inoferro, has changed the outline of Trojan. The interiors of the main and lower deck have also been refurbished, including new floors, ceilings and blinds, plus a dining table.

Overmarine Group Makes US News in Miami

Based in Viareggio Italy, the Capital of the semi custom built yachts, Overmarine offers today a range of 8 Large Open: from 72’ up to 165’ with a project well underway for an Open of 205. Overmarine has developed over the last years 25 years one of the most advanced technology for fast boats. Single skin hulls are designed in house and tested in the major European test tank in cooperation with the finest companies in the fluid dynamic field. All lamination is done in house using the best materials available in the market (bi axial fiberglass vinylester resin f.i. ) and the most advanced production processes (infusion). Needless to say that craftsmanship and carpentry are also at the highest standard and that customization is a must to accomplish any kind of requirement of the most demanding Owner. In order to expand its product range, Overmarine Group decided to start growing by acquisition and today, Overmarine is proud to announce, for the first time in front of the Press the Acquisition of Baglietto Group. Baglietto Group includes two of the most renowned Italian Brands in the marine industry: Baglietto and Cantieri di Pisa. Baglietto, founded in 1854 by Pietro Baglietto, has always been the Shipyard of records and has introduced highly advanced technologies and production systems employing the latest materials. In addition to technology, Baglietto’s style has influenced the expressive language and design of motor yachts during the last fifty years. Today, Balglietto’s range of product, is composed by Planning aluminum hull of 30-44 meters length (either fly or open style) and Semi-Displacement Displacement steel yachts of 42-60 meters length. Cantieri di Pisa, was founded in 1945 in Limite sull’Arno, original place of a powerful shipwrights’ tradition. 1972, the production of the Akhir line was first presented. Akhir line is considered a milestone in the nautical production and through its stylistic innovation has made cantieri di Pisa famous for style and utmost quality. Today, Cantieri di Pisa produces the new Akhir line that consists of five models of different length from 27 metres of the Akhir 90’ to the 47 meters of the Akhir 153’ all built in fibreglass. Overmarine Group, thanks to the acquisition of Baglietto Group is today able to offer full range of products covering all segments in the high end market: Mangusta Large Open, Cantieri di Pisa motor yachts flying bridge and Baglietto aluminum/steel planning and displacement motor yachts. Such a big step in the Product range, had to be done together with a complete new distribution and marketing approach. While for many years Overmarine has been essentially a Boat builder committing itself in developing the best quality available in the market, in the future Overmarine will be also committed to marketing its Product range directly, through its subsidiary offices, and through a selected number of Sales Representative in markets that are considered strategic for our future growth. Today, Overmarine can announce they have entered into a new agreement with MarineMax the world’s largest boat dealer (listed on the New York Stock Exchange symbol HZO). Overmarine Group and MarineMax are starting a new business model that meets the demanding needs of our clients. The Group will be able to strengthen its presence and visibility in the American market with a reliable partner situated in 55 strategic locations providing a clear and direct link with the shipyard. At the Miami International Boat Show Overmarine Group debuts in the US market with the new version of Mangusta 130 featuring a new hull designed with hydrodynamic sea-keeping performance; new engines MTU 16V4000 m93L (2x3440 Kw) for a maximum speed in excess of 40 knots; and Kamewa water jets type 71 S3. Lay out is 4 cabins with Master stateroom at stern, including a private gym for the Owner, VIP at bow and two guests cabin with twin beds. Crew accommodation is for five. As any other Mangusta model, Mangusta 130 is characterized by a huge outdoor space with dining area, with automatic (hydraulic) bimini top, sunpad area forward and rear. Sea toys are 2 jetski, in a dedicated garage space, and a Castoldi 16’ jet tender stored in the main garage.

Pershing Best of Best 2011 Award

Hurun Report, an important Chinese finance and lifestyle magazine, has awarded the Pershing 92, the latest design of the Pershing fleet, a Ferretti Group brand among the world’s leading manufacturers of high performance open motor yachts from 15 to 35 metres, as one of the “Best of the Best 2011 Awards”. Since 2005 it has awarded prizes for excellence and the most representative international brands based on an annual survey involving more than 400 Chinese millionaires. Pershing 92, which is at the top of the New Arrival Award, dedicated to the new brands launched in China last year, has been awarded another important prize which highlights the stylistic features of this vessel, among the avant-garde of boats 80 to 100 feet. Created by the Designer Fulvio De Simoni, in collaboration with Norberto Ferretti, and the support of the AYT (Advanced Yacht Technology) and the Centro Stile of the Ferretti Group, Pershing 92 - a maxi yacht of almost 28 metres with 4 cabins – is characterised by a slim and aggressive external profile, as well as extraordinary performance. The absolute novelty is the choice of the hull colour: white pearl, a distinctive feature of the new Pershing range that always anticipates the aesthetic canons and establishes trends of international sailing. The use of the highest quality materials is essential but this exclusivity goes beyond this and is aimed at performance and on board living. For this reason, to allow the owner to sail comfortably and to have the same luxury on board that he has at home, the interior elegance has been entrusted to two historical Italian brands: Poltrona Frau and Ernestomeda.

Ranger Tugs Grows Global Dealer Network

Ranger Tugs, builder of the trailerable line of trawlers ranging in size from 21 to 29 feet, is expanding its dealer network with an invitation for qualified dealers to join the international division of the company. Designer and builder, Dave Livingston, has created thousands of products for various manufacturers and is considered one of the most accomplished boat designers in the world. He brought his talents to Ranger Tugs in 1999 when he and his son, John, bought the company which remains their family business. They have grown the Ranger Tugs product line based on what works in today’s market. The company was ranked eighth in market share in 2009 for fiberglass inboard boats 24 feet and larger and ranked fifth in the same category in 2010. There are over 1,000 Ranger Tugs owners in North America and its line of shallow draft, fuel-efficient boats is well positioned to grow internationally. Ranger Tugs are an ideal complement to existing dealer inventory and will satisfy dealers looking to expand their product line or diversify their offering to boaters around the world. Dealers will find that Ranger Tugs generate a quick consumer following and opportunity for sales growth. The international sales division of Ranger Tugs, based in Austin, Texas, is led by Mark Belisle and Pam Hoppe. Interested dealers are invited to contact them directly. Various Ranger Tugs models will be displayed at the Miami International Boat Show, February 17-21, 2011, and interested dealers are invited to visit Ranger Tugs at the show.

Sanlorenzo Awarded Nautical Design Award

In occasion of the 23rd edition of the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show 2011, the Italian Trade Commission, in collaboration with UCINA (Italian Marine Industry Association) awarded Sanlorenzo with the Nautical Design Award, a recognition of the Italian shipyard distinguished itself by its efforts in promoting the “Made in Italy” brand in the USA. Mr. Massimo Perotti, President Sanlorenzo, received the award because he has developed foreign markets and in particular the American one by founding Sanlorenzo of the Americas, with three locations promoting the “Made in Italy” brand. The Nautical Design Awards is instituted by ADI (Association for the Industrial Design) which has a leading role in the development of the industrial design as a cultural and economic phenomenon.

Seaway Group Greenline Special Mention for Economic Feasibility

The SeaWay group developed a project that preserves boating comfort, reduces running costs and reduces the carbon emissions footprint of a "boating family". The Greenline 33 Hybrid is capable of collecting, storing and using power from the sun. Equipped with solar roof and Lithium-Polymer battery in electric mode, the Greenline 33 Hybrid is completely emissions-free using a 7 kilowatt electric motor. With the protected Super-displacement hull the Greenline 33 Hybrid's can use less fuel, generate lower CO2 emissions and produce fewer wakes. All these technical solutions were very well accepted by the market and 135 units have been sold and delivered worldwide since production started in January 2010. This success is a clear demonstration of the economic feasibility of the project.

Sunreef Yachts Americas Cup

Sunreef Yachts has been given official accreditation to follow the AMERICAS CUP, the most prestigious race in the world and with the longest tradition. It will be celebrating its 34th edition in 2013. The time has come for giant catamarans to show their full potential!

Sunseeker Sponsors MacMillan Dorset Bike Ride 2011

Sunseeker International is delighted to be sponsoring the Macmillan Dorset Bike Ride, which will take place on Sunday 3rd July. This year will be the 5th year that Sunseeker's very own employees will be taking part in effort to raise as much money as possible that will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support. All money raised will in turn improve the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. This year's organiser Peter Smith-Nicholls is encouraging everyone to go the extra mile for Macmillan's 100th year, by targeting 1000 riders and at least £100,000. That may mean cycling further than usual, perhaps 100 miles, or making an extra effort in raising money.

Sunseeker 2011 Rallye

Sunseeker International, the world's largest privately owned yacht builder, will be continuing its long standing commitment to the National Rally Championship as official title sponsor for the 12th year running. The prestigious Rallye Sunseeker took place once again this year on the 25th and 26th of February in Dorset. The Rallye sees some of the world's motorsport elite in action and kicked off at Poole quay, home to Sunseeker's headquarters. An exciting and spectacular parade marked the official opening of the rally. Expected to attract up to 10,000 spectators, Rallye Sunseeker 2011 had its ceremonial start at Poole Quay from 6.30pm on Friday 25th of February, in the presence of the Mayor of Poole. A stunning Sunseeker 88 Yacht was moored up on Poole Quay to celebrate the launch. The action continued on Saturday the 26th of February with special stages in Ringwood, Uddens and Wareham Forest and Somerley Park. Somerley Park also hosted the exciting Speed Festival. The ceremonial finish took place at 5.30pm on Saturday the 26th in the presence of the Mayor of Bournemouth, at the Bournemouth Pier Approach.

Wider New Sales and Marketing Manager

Stefano Roda has been nominated Sales & Marketing Manager at nautical company Wider, established in March 2010. Tilli Antonelli’s entrepreneurial challenge experiments with a brand new yacht concept which is a far cry from the long exploited stereotypes and aims to create new sailing formulas, proposing bold, original solutions. Stefano Roda graduated in Electronic Engineering at Bologna University, perfecting his knowledge by attaining a Master in Business Administration at the Alma Graduate School, Bologna University. Roda began his career building up experience at Marposs S.p.a, the SCM Group and Wegaplast S.p.a., subsequently taking on the position of Sales Manager at Ferretti S.p.a. in 2001, where he dealt successfully with the company’s sales management. In 2004, he became the Marketing Manager for the Ferretti, Custom Line and Mochi Craft brands, managing the Marketing Area and focussing strongly on sales and investment returns, whilst also dealing with market analysis and developing tools and IT systems for the sales network. Stefano Roda joins Wider within the sphere of a company expansion plan which aims to develop its dealer network on a par with its marketing work, concentrating on international sales. He will flank Tilli Antonelli, Paolo Favilla and Vincenzo Sulpizi in managing the brand.

Windy Makes Its Marks in Dusseldorf

Leading Scandinavian boat builder Windy Boats is busy following up sales and enquiries after an exceptional week at Boot Düsseldorf (22-30 January 2011). With over 250,000 visitors from 60 countries, Europe’s biggest boat show provided the ideal platform to present the new Windy 40 Maestro high performance family cruiser, alongside the Windy 44 Chinook hard top sports cruiser and Windy 28 Ghibli day cruiser. A scale model and video of Windy’s stunning new 16.10 metre Super Tender – the Windy Dubois SR52 – also drew the crowds.

New Model: Dyna 52

Dyna presents its new 52 model, presented as a project in 2008. Evolving from the 51, the Dyna 52 apart featuring a new super structure deck design also has an extension of the hull of eighteen inches, and a propulsion change now having Volvo IPS pods instead of traditional line shaft. The propulsion change makes it indeed possible for the 52 to feature the much appreciated mid ship full beam master cabin with larger full view windows. The standard lower deck plan of the 52, is a three double cabin layout with two shower heads. Something smart here is the separate shower and head in the master suite, with a beauty desk in between. Main deck saloon is a split level layout with the lower area having two settees, and three step up raised part having galley, L-shaped cabinet, and helm station to starboard. The flybridge accessible from the aft deck features a C-shaped settee to aft, wet bar, sun pad, and helm station. Power comes from twin Volvo 435hp, or optional 700hp both propelled with IPS forward looking pods from Sweden.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.55 m (51ft) Waterline Length - 12.77 m
Beam - 4.45 m
Draft - 1.27 m incl props
Displacement - 17500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1892 l
Water Capacity - 454 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo IPS600 435hp, IPS800 700hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forward looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 30 knots max estimate with IPS800 700hp

February 27, 2011

Web: Adagio New Web Site

Adagio presents a new World wide web showroom, showcasing its range of trawler explorer cruisers and yachts. Adagio Yachts is a brand born between the collaboration of yacht broker Koejac Yachting from France, and 1990 China founded boat builder Fuzhou Allegro Yacht Company. Today Fuzhou Allegro produces only the Adagio Yachts brand with distribution handled over by Koejac. Adagio current range of fiberglass built explorer cruisers and yachts has a total of twelve models, divided into a two range line up; Sundeck and Europa. Four of the models are also as yet in project stages; 40 Sundeck LBC, 44 Sundeck, 58 Europa, and 67 Europa. Entry level model for Adagio Yachts is the 40 Sundeck, and the flagship is the still in project 67 Europa. Adagio new web site is available in French, English, German, and Italian language. It takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Prices, Distributors, Partners, Used Boats, Press, and Contact. A Visit Boats cursor showing all twelve models is available on the left of the screen.

February 26, 2011

New Model: Benetti Class 121 Classic

The first model of the new Benetti Class 121 Classic, was launched last 15 December in Viareggio. The latest restyling of the Classic, this being the third after the first 35 presented in 1999, to the second 120 series, has thoroughly renewed the internal layout by making major changes on the main and lower decks, along the exterior lines which now feature different window profiles all around. But don't be mistaken design duties are as the same as previous two series with Stefano Righini taking care of the outside, and Francois Zuretti the interiors. Much of the first 121 Classic remains top secret, from the name to the interior design. Marked with hull number BC125, it is distinguished by light shades of cream both indoors as well as outdoors, where the elegant and refined owner’s style emerges from the delicate shade of cream chosen for the hull. Delivery is expected at the beginning of April 2011. The standard arrangement for the 121 Classic offers four double guest cabins, and an owners stateroom on the main deck. Crew accommodation has three double cabins, plus a captains room on the upper deck by the pilot house. Performance is up to 15 knots top speed, from twin MTU 1501hp engines. Range which in this size and semi displacement style hull is always very important is 3500 nautical miles at 12 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 36.90 m (121.6ft)
Beam - 8.18 m
Draft - 2.26 m
Displacement - 259 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 42500 l
Water Capacity - 7700 l
Accommodation - 10 guests in 5 cabins, 7 crew in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 2000M91 1501hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Benetti design propellers
Speed - 15 knots max, 14 knots cruise, 12 knots economic
Range - 3500 nautical miles at 12 knots
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Francois Zuretti interior
Construction - Gross Reinforced fiberglass plastic
Certification - ABS A1 Yachting Service AMS, MCA Compliance

February 25, 2011

INBUILD ~ Galeon 780 Crystal Part 3 of 9

We continue the process of showing the building stages of hull number one of Galeon's upcoming soon to be launched flagship, the Tony Castro designed 780 Crystal. In the last of this dedicated in build series shown in the middle of 2010, we showed the main deck mould being prepared. Now its time to show the lower deck preparation with the bulkheads here showing designated cabin areas. Where there is that temporally ladder will be the engine room where two big diesel engines from 1500 up to 1900hp will power the 780 Crystal, while the place where those Galeon workers are located is to be the owners stateroom which will be a full beam mid ship affair with large view windows. The windows has also received an extension in size since the outlining of the project in 2008. In front of the owners cabin divided so far by one partition for the port side wall will be two guest cabins, and to fore will the VIP suite.

February 24, 2011

New Launch: Jarrett Bay 46 Sportfisherman Hull #57

Jarrett Bay launched its most ever forward thinking construction, with Hull number 57, the highly publicized 46 built for renowned US car racer Jeff Burton. This new fully custom cold molded construction features a few firsts for the Carolina builder; as the use of ZF pods, forward windshield, and a lower helm station. Interestingly hull 57 was also built in a rather fast period of one year showing a challenge to production and other custom builders. As we can see today this challenge and promise was kept! Jarrett Bay 46 Hull 57 was commissioned with a two stateroom layout lower deck; owners room to fore having a personal en-suite shower head, a second shower, and a C-shaped galley all located below. The main saloon which includes the unusual for a custom sportfish lower helm features a C-shaped saloon, L-shaped stowage entertainment drawer opposite, and an L-shaped settee looking to port side opposite the helm. Power is from twin Cats 575hp with ZF dual propeller pods which give a 35 knots max, and a 30 cruise.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.22 m (46.8ft)
Beam - 4.67 m
Draft - 1.32 m
Displacement - 16782 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2346 l
Water Capacity - 189 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C9 Acert 575hp
Propulsion - ZF pods aft looking dual propellers in semi tunnels
Speed - 35 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Construction - cold molded, epoxy with wood and fiberglass

February 23, 2011

Project: Sacs 17.11m Strider Zeta R

The project of the new Sacs 17.11 m Strider Zeta R is an evolution of the Strider Z PowerYacht presented back in the past Summer 2010. As is to many Sacs designs this project comes from the hands of architect Christian Grande who presents a modern looking Rib Yacht with its striking feature being the two long windows in the hull sides, an optional hard top, and a hull design with a low centre of gravity, wide beam, and big tubes which will deliver excellent stability, and good sea keeping qualities. The new Sacs Strider Zeta R will surprise for large spaces and being the flagship of the range it has to be so. Welcoming you aboard will be ten meters square of sun pad, a large beach at stern, and two dining tables. The standard interior plan for the seventeen meter plus Strider Zeta R offers a dining room with sofa and table, and two double cabins with en-suite bathrooms sleeping four people in comfort. Standard interior fittings will be trendy modern materials as travertine in the baths and leather on the floor, but owners are allowed to choose and change in materials of there preference. Performance is synonymous with Sacs, and the seventeen meter Strider Zeta R will deliver as much from Man engines from 800 up to 1200hp combined with Arneson surface drives. With the most powerful choice the Sacs Strider Zeta R will reach a top speed of 52 knots.

New Model: Fairline 58 Squadron

Presented officially the past January at the London show, the new Fairline 58 Squadron is an evolution of the 55 of the same range presented in the fall of 2008. Being extended in length the 58 Squadron evolution centers on the outside with recognizable items being a larger aft deck, new hull side windows especially those in the owners full beam cabin, more spacious crew cabin aft with large aft view window, and the added feature of Fairline's patented Tender Launch System as presented for the first time in January 2010 on the 58 Targa GT. Another not seen feature is also the extension of the hull by near to two feet aft, which benefit in performance and for giving lower planning speeds. For the rest this model builds on the features of the 2008 55 Squadron with a three double cabin interior plan; sleeping six, owners full beam stateroom, and the choice of an optional single crew cabin aft. Power is twin Volvo and Cat engine choices, from 800 up to 900hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.86 m (58.7ft) inc gun wale
Hull Length - 17.44 m
Beam - 4.80 m
Draft - 1.37 m unloaded
Displacement - 26.97 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 2460 l
Water Capacity - 1050 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 optional crew berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp, D13 EVC 900hp, Cats C15 Acert 865hp
Propulsion - line shaft in semi tunnel props
Speed - 32 knots max with Volvo 900hp
Hull Shape - modified medium Vee with 18 degrees dead rise aft
Construction - Isophtalic gel coat and resin all hand laid with biaxial and woven roving's, Polyurethane foam cores for deck.
Project - Fairline Design Team by Bernard Olesinski

February 22, 2011

Engine: Yanmar 8LV 370hp

Yanmar has developed a new 4.46 litre twin-turbo V8 diesel engine, coupled to a stern drive or gearbox; the 8LV 370hp. The engine is EPA Tier 3 compliant, and was shown to the public for the first time at the 2011 Düsseldorf Boat Show. The compact 8LV diesel can be installed in single or twin configuration, with the new, hydrodynamic Yanmar ZT370 dual propeller stern drive or KMH50 series transmission, down angle or V-drive. It has a twin turbocharger and common rail fuel injection for superior performance in terms of fuel economics and acceleration. There are four valves per cylinder. In the Yanmar tradition of high power from low weight, dry engine weight is just 450 kg. This is the first engine to use Yanmar’s own, newly developed CAN-bus vessel control system, the Yanmar VCS. It can be ordered with the new joystick, facilitating 360º turn, sideways and diagonal movement. A key feature of the high torque 8LV is its wide power band. It idles at 550 rpm, capable of crawling speed in the marina, aided further by a hydraulic clutch, with both stern drive and gear configurations. Maximum engine speed is 3,800 rpm, well ahead of other engines in this segment. Further benefits are exceptionally low noise levels and minimised vibration, ease of installation and servicing, and the advantage of a powerful 12V / 180A alternator.The 8LV is expected to attract a wide variety of boat builders producing craft up to 45 feet for applications ranging from water skiing to cruising. Additionally, the engine will be used for re powering, offering the advantages of diesel over similar-sized V8 gasoline units.

New Model: Menorquin MY100

Menorquin presents the new for the 2011 MY100, old model designation but as the Spain Menorcan Island builder does in recent times tweaks the design from the outside lines, and a redefined interior space thanks to some clever solutions. The MY100 is the smallest model of the Menorquin Yachts range and here we see a complete reconfiguration of the interior spaces, most prominently in the wheelhouse, to which the galley and the dinette have been relocated on the main deck. The exterior of the new MY100 also presents a renovated design, which is distinguished by the more stylized shape of the hardtop, which is shorter than in other models of this range and complemented by the awning the shipyard includes in its standard equipment. The MY100 2011 edition is over ten meters long and can sleep up to six, divided in a two plus four layout. Maximum capacity during navigation is for up to ten people as certified by CE rules. Power is for twin engines from Volvo, Cummins and Yanmar, in traditional line shaft propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.45 m (34.2ft)
Beam - 3.70 m
Draft - 0.75 m
Displacement - 9.38 t
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 320 l
Water Capacity - 320 l
Accommodation - 2 + 4 berths
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 225hp, Yanmar 6BY 220hp, Cummins QSD2.8 217hp
Propulsion - line shaft with four blade propellers
Hull - semi displacement
Certification - CE

February 21, 2011

Project: Tiara 3100 Coronet

Tiara Yachts is proud to introduce the project of the 3100 Coronet. This new sport cruiser is derived from the successful 2900 Coronet in look and design terms. But don't be mistaken, the 3100 Coronet will incorporate a new hull and deck design that enhances day boating, with a comfortable cabin for short term overnight for two. The cabin finished in teak will also feature a small separate shower head, and medium sized L-shaped galley. Standard model features will be a fresh white gel coat hull and deck, Imron Platinum boot line, Tiara custom composite windshield frame with tempered safety glass and center vent, fiberglass radar arch, swim platform with built-in ladder, molded-in fiberglass bow pulpit, Tiara custom diamond pattern non-skid, and two tone exterior vinyl with Coronet embroidery stitch. The over sized cockpit for a boat measuring ten meters overall, follows latest trends of a single level from helm to transom, with ample seating, including double wide helm seat, curved companion lounge, two aft-facing seats, and port and starboard aft L-lounges. An entertainment center with TV jack, electric grill, sink and drawer refrigerator is immediately aft of the helm seat. The 3100 Coronet also features some unique options; canvas soft top, fiber glass hardtop, and a teak accent package. One can also customize the color of his 3100 Coronet from the hull, boot line, dash, and three choices in interior fabrics. Power is the only negative part of the 3100 Coronet project available only with twin line shaft propulsion Crusader 375hp petrol gas engines which give a 35 knots top speed, and a 30 knots cruise. Here's hoping that a diesel choice will be available, what will make the 3100 Coronet more interesting for the European market, but also for those who cruise further to the usual in the USA. www.tiarayachts.com

February 20, 2011

New Model: Bilgin 123 Fly-Bridge

Bilgin is a family run shipyard which has been building yacht and super yachts for over 75 years. The 123 Fly-Bridge is the second of this hull series, and is different from hull one for having a flybridge instead of a sky lounge. Built in epoxy wood cold molding technique method, the 123 series is among the largest yacht to be built in this technique and is also constructed to Italian RINA class standards. Fully custom built the 123 Fly-Bridge offers a five guest cabin interior, with owners room on the main deck. Three crew cabins complete the sleeping arrangement. Power is from twin MTU 2400hp engines, which give a 21 knots top speed, and a 16 of cruise.
Technical Data:
LOA - 37.5 m (123ft)
Waterline Length - 32.0 m
Beam - 7.50 m
Draft - 1.90 m
Displacement - 190 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 32000 l
Water Capacity - 3200 l
Accommodation - 5 double guest cabins, 3 crew cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16v 2000 M93 2400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 21 knots max, 16 knots cruise
Construction - wood cold molding construction
Project - Hot Lab Design Studio
Certification - RINA Charter Class C + Hull, Mach YCH, MCA LY2

February 19, 2011

Web: Cutwater New Web Site

Newly founded company Cutwater presents its new global virtual showroom i.e. web site. Founded in the end of 2010 Cutwater is a new brand from Fluid Motion LLC, owners of the 1958 originated Ranger Tugs. This new brand located in Monroe, WA, USA has presented two projects at the end of 2010, with both being launched officially at the start of 2011. Both the two new models, 26 and 28 offer a similar concept to each other and also take some ideas from the sister Ranger Tugs brand, as trail ability, and the inboard with shafts power of its models. But Cutwater brings also some new ideas not only to the company itself but to the global nautical World as the patented underwater shapes of its models. The Cutwater underwater features the following advances which summed all together make a revolution; Keel Steeped Hull bottom with tapered intake tunnels, keep pad, substantial skeg keel, rounded shoulder, and raked stem. Cutwater new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Cutwater, Our Boats, Cutwater Features, Hull Design, Dealers, Dealers, Contact, Boat Shows, and News/Links/Articles.

February 18, 2011

New Model: Nord West 430 Sport

Thanks again to Nord West we are again proud to present the exclusive preview of the 430 Sport. This new model was presented together with the 430 SportsTop at the Gothenburg boat show, and as with the smaller 370 of the same designation we see Nord West again challenging itself to a more Mediterranean type design, which is also very much appreciated up North in colder climates. The 430 Sport is identical minus the hard top to the SportsTop version, same choices of three different layouts below which can sleep from four up to six in two or three cabins, and stern drive or IPS pod propulsion. An owner choosing the Nord West 430 has a total of eight choices including the important between an open environment which can be closed with a canopy, or a more enclosed hard top choice which makes it easier to use all year round even when the weather doest not look good. To be honest if I had this choice in my hands I would still be confused between the two new Nord West 430 as both look awesomely beautiful with the open version looking that extra bit sexy and sportier. Powering the 430 Sport which has the Benny Martinsson multi prized series four hull as used for the 420 Flybridge is Volvo Swedish engines with a standard twin 370hp stern drive propulsion, and going up to an optional 435hp and IPS pods.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.5 m (44.2ft)
Beam - 3.90 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Displacement - 12 t
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 575 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths in 2 cabins, 6 + 2 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP Stern drive, Volvo IPS pod drive
Project - Benny Martinsson, JIB Design Tooling
Certification - CE B

February 17, 2011

Project: Austin Parker AP54 Fly

After returning back to the market in 2009, and showing more strength in 2010 with the presentation of three new models Austin Parker opens 2011 with the presentation of the AP54 Fly project. This traditional yacht if these two words actually can describe any Austin Parker is based on the latest new model of the 2010 season, the AP52 Open. As all Austin Parker's the AP54 Fly is designed by Fulvio De Simoni Italproject team who presents traditional down East lobster lines, but with a modern Italian take on the overall concept. I am sure that in no history photos of a down East lobster boat you will find any large glassed windows in the cabins, or a bathing platform for that manner. But for a yacht giving panache and class the lobster touch surely makes everything look elegant with the appreciated timeless attitude and this is basically the success that characterizes these type of yachts. Inside of the AP54 Fly we see the layout of the 52 Open offering three double cabins with two bathrooms, large lounge, separate galley, crew cabin with head, and tender garage aft. The owners room while located to fore gives a space similar to that of a mid ship layout as in fact the AP54 has its maximum beam in this area. Performance is a top speed of 34 knots max coming from twin 900hp MAN engines.

February 16, 2011

New Model: Hatteras GT54

Hatteras continues to present its new line of convertibles with the fall 2010 baptized GT60. Now the Carolina boat builder follows it with a second model the new GT54 which will launch officially today at the Miami show. The new GT54 is based on the hull lines of the 54 Convertible which was already rated as one of the most seaworthy sport fish in her size, but a lot has changed from the water line above in this new model, which also has a new shear line and modified super structure design. Inside the new GT54 also offers more room with two interior plan choices, sleeping six or seven berths in a three cabins with two heads lower deck. The changes here occur in the VIP cabin to fore offered in a standard queen double bed, or optional three berth; two plus one layout. Worth to note is also the saloon on the main deck, which is now a flush floor plan offering two L-shaped sofas, and galley. Power for the Hatteras GT54 is a standard of two Cats 1150hp, or optional 1600hp. This last choice delivers a fast 41 knots top speed, which also makes the GT54 the fastest and most nimble performer in this new Hatteras line.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.43 m (57.2ft) with bow pulpit
LOA - 16.18 m
Waterline Length - 14.53 m
Beam - 5.26 m
Draft - 1.28 m
Displacement - 34019 kg
Fuel Capacity - 4542 l
Water Capacity - 681 l
Accommodation - 6, 7 berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C18A 1150hp, C32A 1600hp
Propulsion - line shaft in semi tunnel props
Speed - 41 knots max, 37 knots cruise with 1600hp engines
Construction - Isophtalic gel coat, Vinilester resin, fiberglass stringers with steel in key locations

February 15, 2011

Project: Vicem 45 Vanguard

Vicem Yachts from Turkey opens 2011 with the presentation of a new worldwide debut of its third line of yachts: the Vanguard Line. This new line has important features to it and will start up with the above rendering shown 45 Vanguard project, which is set to launch this year. A 33 Vanguard will follow the 45. As has been shown by Vicem in the past, the 45 Vanguard features blend of timeless elegance, performing naval architecture and state of the art production technology. The Vanguard is indeed designed by Vicem own design department styling for the exterior and the interior, while the hull and naval architecture were developed by legendary naval architect Michael Peters who here presents a twenty degrees deep Vee dead rise hull. An aggressive yet clean lined design that combines wood elements that typify the classic Vicem style with new color palettes of grey, silver and blue. Accommodation for the 45 Vanguard is still very much comfortable both inside and outside. The interior offers two cabins; one forward and second to midships, head, separate shower room, and a comfortable galley. The comfortable med style exterior offers an large aft sun pad, L-shaped settee, L-shaped lounger, and helm station. An extraordinarily daring design but intimately tied to incomparably high quality hull construction, thanks to the use of infused epoxy resins. SP Systems and Hi Modulus; B3 Smart Pac were chosen by Vicem Yachts to develop a production package using six different kinds of cores for each hull. Standard power package of the 45 Vanguard is Volvo IPS 600 which give 34 knots of top speed. In alternative is a more powerful choice of twin MAN 800hp engines coupled with Arneson Surface Drive transmissions, which sets speeds at over 50 knots.

February 13, 2011

Project: Ferretti Custom Line 33 Navetta Crescendo

Ferretti Custom Line presents its latest project, the 33 Navetta Crescendo. Rising as is Crescendo in English is the new evolution of Ferretti Custom Line’s semi-displacement range, and evokes the universe of classical music, entering the sphere of Italian culture and style. Quality, artisan features, sophisticated harmony, elegance and balance are the basic values of Crescendo, which is a natural evolution of the previous 33 Navetta of the semi-displacement line. As is common in the Ferretti Custom Line range, 33 Navetta Crescendo is the result of the close working relationship between Studio Zuccon International Project, Advanced Yacht Technology the Ferretti Group’s naval research and design centre, and the team of architects and designers of Centro Stile, who here present classical external lines which blend harmoniously with the contemporary interior design which can be personalised entirely according to the owner’s choices. On 33 Navetta Crescendo, as indeed on the entire Ferretti Custom Line range, all details which are not structural like, for example, furnishings, fabrics and décor, can be customized according to owners’ preferences. Aided by the Centro Stile architects and designers, they can develop their own, tailor-made yacht, choosing from a selection of proposals by top Italian and international companies. Natural light which filters through large windows illuminates the spacious interiors of the 33 Navetta Crescendo which also stands out in this segment for her three full decks, which are integrated into the line of the yacht. One new feature, compared with the previous model, is also a large sundeck. There is also a number of important design solutions; more direct contact with the sea, large salon on the main deck which features a dining area, reduction of visual physical barriers blocking the view of the sea to a minimum, owner suite in a privileged position at bow on the main deck, separation of the guest and crew flows through dedicated crew area from the galley, four spacious guest cabins on the lower deck all with large open view windows overlooking the sea with the opportunity to separate the beds which turns a double room into a twin, large highly versatile upper deck thanks to the system of circular sliding doors with a dining area in a position of complete privacy, and a new sundeck which features a small swimming-pool and sunbathing area.

February 11, 2011

New Model: Cobalt 243 Cuddy

Cobalt present the 243 Cuddy a very interesting entry level sport cruiser from this North American boat builder renowned for quality and good looking models. Renowned for its quality the 243 Cuddy is a very interesting offer in this size presenting itself with a very spacious exterior, and a comfortable two berth cuddy cabin below idle for over night stays. This model is also the entry level of the Cobalt cabin fleet, which four models up to 37 feet. The exterior cockpit deck of the 243 Cuddy is spacious; offering a aft sun lounger which extends in size with the move of the back rest, uncluttered side passage way, L-shaped settee, and two forward looking driver and passenger seats. Down below is a head with sink, and Vee berth which sleeps two. Power is a nine choices from Mercruiser and Volvo which start at 300hp and go up to 430hp. This last delivers fast top speed estimates of 51 knots or 59 mph.
Technical Data:
LOA - 7.90 m (25.9ft) with bathing platform
LOA - 7.29 m without platform
Beam - 2.59 m
Draft - 0.94 m
Displacement - 2087 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 189 l
Water Capacity - 38 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Max Persons - 13 US certification
Engines - 1 x Mercruiser 350 Mag MPI 300hp, 377 Mag MPI 320hp, 8.2 Mag 380hp, 8.2 Mag HO 430hp, Volvo 5.7 GIC 300hp, 5.7 GXIC 320hp, 8.1 GI 375hp, 8.1 GIC 400hp, 8.1 GXI 420hp
Propulsion - stern drive dual prop Mercruiser Bravo 3, Volvo DP
Speed - 51 knots with Mercruiser 430hp estimate
Hull - Vee shape with 21 degrees dead rise
Construction - 8 layer of hand laid fiberglass, Kevlar reinforcements

February 10, 2011

Project: Aquastar 75

Following the success of the Aquastar 74, which has been in production for ten years the Jersey company releases details of a new replacement 75 model project. The new Aquastar 75 is styled by Design Unlimited and shows, strength and integrity with contemporary looks. Aquastar boats are known for all round sea keeping ability and this new luxury vessel retains all of those qualities which have been proven over many years on commercial boats. A further benefit is a very comfortable hull in a head sea that will not suffer pounding of a planing hull driven at speed. Owners can sleep in comfort on passage and enjoy arriving at their destination fully refreshed. With the latest technology built in at every stage, it goes without saying she will be fitted with full stabilization that also works at anchor. The Aquastar can also be easily handled by two people, being fitted with remotely controlled hydraulic bow and stern thrusters. The bathing deck platform is hydraulically operated which gives easy access to the water and makes the launching of a tender simple. The interior has an imaginative layout and offers a custom accommodation pla with an efficient helm station. Power for the Aquastar 75 is twin Cats 1150hp shaft drive as the standard fit which has an estimated project top speed of 24 knots, and a smaller 860hp is available as option.

February 9, 2011

New Model: Formula 310 FX5

Formula launch the 310 FX5, with official presentation coming in February at the Miami show. This new model is the second in the upmarket FX range, which is based on the three models of the Sun Sport line. The 310 FX5 is in fact a 310 Sun Sport dressed in more luxurious clothes, and more powerful engines. Everything in the FX5 is in fact up market from the spray outside here in hull one being in silver grey, to the cockpit upholstery, helm station, and the interior of the cabin. Power is also an only choice of the top unit of the 310 being twin Mercruiser Petrol gas of 380hp each.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.45 m (31ft)
Beam - 2.90 m
Draft - 0.94 m
Displacement - 4423 kg
Fuel Capacity - 492 l
Water Capacity - 110 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 8.2 Mag EC
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravo Three X dual propeller stern drive
Hull Shape - deep Vee 22 degrees dead rise
Certification - NMMA

February 8, 2011

Engine: MerCruiser 4.3 MPI ECT 220hp

MerCruiser present the new 4.3 MPI ECT Emissions Control Technology engine, the latest in a comprehensive lineup of catalyzed engines ranging from 135 to 430hp. Just released the 4.3 MPI ECT is rated at 220hp and is designed to power everything from family runabouts to cruisers and houseboats. The catalyzed engine provides clean power that meets EPA and California Air Resources Board emissions regulations, ensuring the engine can be registered without limitations. The 4.3 MPI ECT complete with new fresh styling, joins six other catalyzed engines in the MerCruiser stern drive lineup, including the 3.0 MPI ECT, 5.0 MPI ECT, 350 MAG ECT, 377 MAG ECT, 8.2 MAG ECT and 8.2 MAG H.O. ECT. Like the popular non-catalyzed version, the 4.3 MPI ECT is built with a reliable V6 GM cast iron base engine, offering the exclusive Engine Guardian Protective system and is compatible with Alpha and Bravo drives. The Mercury Marine engineering team has developed an engine that not only performs on-par with the non-catalyzed version, but also is quieter and more fuel efficient. In recent tests, the 4.3 MPI ECT proved to be 5 to 10 percent better in fuel efficiency at cruising speeds and 5 percent quieter in pass by noise measurements. Boat builders and service technicians will appreciate the simplified installation process and increased serviceability of this engine, which includes an easy-to-reach hot stud location, an easy to access oil cap, improved dipstick, color coded service points and easy maintenance features. The 4.3 MPI ECT is available with MerCruiser’s exclusive SeaCore System with corrosion protection and SmartCraft Integrated Marine Technology. 

February 7, 2011

New Model: Nord West 430 SportsTop

A very anticipated and expected debut from Sweden's Nord West which present the 430 model in both its forms; SportsTop with hard top and Sport open at the Gothenburg, Swedish boat show. Here at PowerYacht we show you the exclusive first pictures of the 430 SportsTop which as is usual to Nord West will challenge its other European competitors for the versatility of this sport cruiser, and the choice it gives to the owner. This starts from propulsion in stern drive or IPS pod, to a two or three double cabin interior choice. The choice of the interior of the 430 is also impressive offering three choices. From the standard two en-suited cabins layout, three cabins with cabin three being a single berth with personal head ideally suited if you carry a crew, and last a three double choice with a single shower head. For the exterior looks of the 430, designer but also company owner Benny Martinsson took a lot from the successful 370 SportsTop model with everything being bigger and more spacious. The hull is also same as the multi prized Nord West 420 Flybridge which has been acclaimed as one of the best handling IPS propelled boats around. The 430 SportsTop is powered by twin Volvo 370 or 435hp engines, this last available only with IPS600 pods, with the standard smaller unit available as both stern drive and IPS500.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.5 m (44.2ft)
Beam - 3.90 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Displacement - 12 t
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 575 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths in 2 cabins, 6 + 2 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP Stern drive, Volvo IPS pod drive
Project - Benny Martinsson, JIB Design Tooling
Certification - CE B

February 6, 2011

Improve-it = Heesen 47m YN 15147

Heesen Yachts has recently launched the sixth vessel in the 47 Metre displacement class. The 47.00 meter is a design that results from the close collaboration of Heesen in house naval architects and Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, who conceived her stream-lined exterior design with its pelican beak bow. The 47 Metre displacement class is renowned for its fine entry at the bow, which incorporates an efficient bulb, its notable top speed of 15,5 Knots and an excellent range of 4.000 Nm at 12 knots. The yacht’s elegant superstructure combined with the sloped wheelhouse windows give M/Y Air a particularly sleek appearance. YN 15147, M/Y Air is sister ship to YN 12247, M/Y Yalla (2004), YN 13147, M/Y Let it Be (2006), YN 13547 M/Y Mon Plaisir (2007), YN 14047 M/Y Elandess (2008), and YN 14347, M/Y Blind Date (2009). Three further 47-metre yachts are currently in build: YN 15347 scheduled for delivery in 2011, YN 15747 and YN 16347 for delivery in 2012. YN 15147 interior has been designed by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, who created a classic contemporary style that makes use of ultra-modern loose furniture to create a cosy environment. The décor incorporates details in leather, brushed stainless steel and burl to make the atmosphere even warmer. For strategic wood finishes, Laupman chose Japanese elm (Sen) veneer, an exotic pale timber whose strong veins have been brushed and lacquered in satin gloss, and skilfully positioned these adjacent to a darker American walnut to create a sophisticated and at the same time natural atmosphere. M/Y Air accommodates the owner and ten guests in five cabins, four of these on the lower deck, and an owner’s suite traditionally located on the forward part of the main deck. Like the owner’s suite, one of the two VIP cabins that extend across the yacht’s full-beam offers a full bathroom, while all the other guests cabins have en suite shower rooms. The remaining two guest cabins are located on either side of a central passageway, with the cabin on the port side being a double, while to starboard is a twin cabin fitted with additional pullman beds that descend from the deck head. For added versatility, the two single beds in this latter cabin can be easily transformed into a double.The yacht’s eight crew members are accommodated in four cabins, all provided with ensuite shower rooms, while the captain’s cabin is located on the upper deck with direct access to the bridge.The main saloon is divided into three areas, a lobby, lounge, and a formal dining area where all twelve guests are able to be seated around a rectangular table finished in Matt wengé. Perhaps the most striking feature of M/Y Air’s interior is the theatre room located on the upper deck. This incorporates a Panasonic 103" HD Plasma Screen, one of the biggest currently available on the market complemented by a full 7.1 Steinway Lyngdorf Audio System. This unique audio installation, designed specifically for M/Y Air, includes two flagship Model D speakers standing nearly 7 feet tall on either side of the plasma screen. These speakers, together with the center and four surround speakers, are hand-finished in the same high-gloss black piano finish famously used on Steinway & Sons pianos and accented with 24k gold. To complete the system, are five Dual Woofers, three located below the plasma screen and two custom-built woofers in the deck head to the rear. The system uses 6.400 Watts of power to provide flawless reproduction of music and movie sound tracks. A Custom iPad controls the whole system with both Crestron and Cisco.

February 5, 2011

Web: O.B.P. New Web Site

Italian OBP updates its new global virtual web showroom to a new platform. Founded in 2007, the story of OPB is of a small boat yard located in Rome, Italy which launched its first model the S35 in 2008. The yard has now in project other models a 45, 55 and 65 models which will be separated in two ranges both dedicated to the Sportfisherman; that of the hard top Gran Turismo, or the open Altura. The total line up will include nine models from 35 to 65 feet. OBP new website is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Models, Yard, Services, and Contacts.

February 4, 2011

New Model: Galeon 385 Open

Galeon continue the presentation of the 385 series model, first presented as HTS i.e hard top sports in Cannes 2010, and now premiering the 385 Open in gold color at Dusseldorf, Germany. As was the case for the HTS, the 385 Open designed by Tony Castro shows impressive good looks which are complemented by very spacious spaces inside, and outside. But apart the forward looking radar arch design which cater for more hands in the air experience, hull one of the 385 Open also offered the novelty for having a hydraulic up and down bathing platform which gives the benefit and possibility of carrying a second and larger tender aft. The extended platform also increases length by 120 centimeters to the standard 385 bringing the length overall to 44 feet, and also makes it one of the first stern drive powered boats to offer this option. For the rest the 385 Open continues its grand spaces everywhere. The outside impresses for its single floor layout which offers a C-shaped settee, chaise lounge to port, and helm station, galley to starboard. Here the impressive area is the settee which underneath just like magic you also have a well spaced tender garage which can stow a 2.60 meter in length water craft. Down below the space is for two cabins both with en suite heads; owners stateroom to fore, double or two single scissor movement bed to aft, C-shaped dinette, and L-shaped galley. Power for the 385 Open is over seven engine choices from Volvo and Volkswagen which start from twin 225hp up to 370hp. This last option gives a top speed of 40 knots max. Start up base engine is a twin Volvo 270hp petrol which gives a competitive price, especially if you consider the high quality the 385 shows in all areas, which comes complete the renowned Tony Castro design both above and below the waterline.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.46 m (44.1ft) with extended bathing platform
LOA - 12.26 m without optional platform
Hull Length - 11.99 m
Beam - 3.84 m
Draft - 0.79 m
Displacement - 10460 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 950 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 225hp, D4 300hp, D6 330hp, D6 370hp, Volkswagen TDI 225hp, TDI 265hp, Petrol 2 x Volvo GXIE 270hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPH stern drive
Speed - 40 knots max with D6 370hp
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE B

February 3, 2011

Project: Apreamare 66 Maestro

Apreamare presents the project of the 66 Maestro, evolution of the 65 which launched this innovative styled motor yacht range from Naples South Italy builder five years ago. Designed as all the Apreamare Maestro range by Zuccon International Project, the 66 will improve all the areas over the previous 65 model, thanks to the use of Volvo IPS forward looking pod propulsion. Thanks to the use of the 2005 presented innovative Volvo propulsion the Apreamare 66 Maestro will have a larger full beam mid ship owners cabin, and a more spacious crew room with direct access to the engine room. While on the task of evolving this model Apreamare also improved other areas; the dinette on the main deck, aft deck now with a fixed table and settee, flybridge which is now larger thanks to a further extension, and the choice of having an open fly with mast or a new alternative hard top version. The standard power of the 66 Maestro will be twin Volvo 756hp engines, with IPS-3 1050 forward looking dual propeller pods propulsion with speeds estimates being of a 30 knots max, and 26 cruise speed.

February 2, 2011

New Model: Beneteau 34 Flyer Gran Turismo

Presented at the fall of 2010, the Flyer Gran Turismo range from Beneteau replaces and reedits the small Monte Carlos. The 34 Flyer Gran Turismo launched at the Paris show completes the so far two model line up of this new range from Beneteau. As was the case for the 38 launched in September which reedited the 37 Monte Carlo, the 34 Flyer Gran Turismo builds its foundations of hull and layout both inside and outside on the 32 Monte Carlo. For this new model designer Andreani updates the hard top super structure looks, now with more windows and having an extended roof cover better the aft part of the cockpit. Interior accommodation offers a four berth layout; convertible Vee-berth to fore, double cabin at mid ship, separate shower head, and galley. Power is from two choices of twin Volvo petrol 300hp, or diesel 200hp with dual propeller stern drives, and the patented Air Step delivering better efficiency.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.0 m (32.8ft)
Hull Length - 9.67 m
Beam - 3.35 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 5380 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 490 l
Water Capacity - 100 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 8 persons
Engines - 2 x Volvo 5.7 GIP 300hp Petrol, Volvo D3 200hp Diesel
Propulsion - Volvo DPS or ZD dual propeller stern drive
Hull Shape - modified Vee with Air Step
Project - Andreani Design, Beneteau Power Boats
Construction - sandwich balsa core, polyester resin and glass fiber
Certification - CE B and C

February 1, 2011

Substance Versus Looks

The title of my monthly blogger is not about a recent boat show visit, but more about the web sites of some of the major boat and yacht builders. Having made the previous 1998 till 2008 in growth, the website of some boat builders do in fact look impressive, and extraordinary with some of them even out classing those of much bigger industries as is the car or fashion related brands industry.
So what's wrong with this one might tell me, being a luxury industry a yacht brand web showroom has to look and impress. The problem is that in recent times these websites do not see a lot of updates, and the more flashy they look the less it happens. Sometimes a new model photos, or project rendering do really take a lot to come by. We can say you are even lucky if they ever do. The reason here is cost cutting, as a flashy high profile website is also very expensive to run and maintain. Surely not informing of what's happening about your company and brand in this time and moment is not good, as being not active can mean to some buyers that things are not running well at the moment, or that you are in big trouble. Today having a well updated website does mean as much as attending to a major boat show.
A lesson to learn here is given by some US boat builders who actually have a blog to keep its customers, and brand followers on the loop of whats happening in the company. One such blog is that of Back Cove which is always updated and really follows whats happening inside the yard. You have posts from a weekly or monthly basis which shows the yard and new model renderings, and updates shown and discussed online. Without having a Back Cove by visiting there Blog you feel part of there family, which is always a good feeling if you are interested to purchase in a brand.
So if you are a boat builder I actually suggest to reduce the costly flashy stuff at the moment, and show to customers how a boat is build from project renderings to actual building stages and improvements. I think communicating that building a boat is totally different then producing a car would be important in the future to move forward for the yachting industry, showing the more natural man work process of construction that a yacht has, being it a ten or thirty meter plus super yacht.