March 31, 2011

Monthly News - March 2011

- pic of the month - Sunreef Fuel Economy

Azimut Benetti Group Triples Orders in UAE

At the Dubai International Boat Show, the most exclusive and luxurious date on the season's boating schedule, the Group will be exhibiting 16 yachts at a 600-m2 booth.  The Azimut Benetti Group will land at the Dubai International Boat Show, which is open in the pearl of the UAE until 5 March, with the objective of seizing the opportunities presented by a market that is proving to be particularly vibrant. For the Company, headed by Paolo Vitelli, the UAE and, in general, the countries of the Middle East have expressed the capacity of economic recovery that is more significant than in the Group's other traditional markets. In this regard, it's worth noting that in this very area, Azimut Yachts has nearly tripled its order portfolio in the last six months, while for Benetti, which operates in a sector where sales are distributed over greater time spans, the Middle East market today represents about 20% of total sales, vs. 8% just two years ago.  The recent path that brought Benetti to this brilliant performance consists of the delivery of three mega yachts in the past 12 months, a record that no other yacht builder has succeeded in matching in this area.

Back Cove Debut in Australia

The new Back Cove 30 motor yacht is set to make its Australasian boat show debut at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 19-22 May 2011. Emarine Australia, exclusive Australian importer of Back Cove Yachts, will have both the Back Cove 30 and Back Cove 37 on show and the company is looking forward to a positive event. Emarine principal Jed Elderkin said he had seen an encouraging start to the year so far.

Cigarette and Pier 57 Have Fun and Awards at Islamorada

Cigarette Racing Team's Skip Braver believes that the word "Team" includes his strong dealer network--both internationally and domestically. At last week's Florida Powerboat Club's 16th Annual Miami Boat Show Poker Run to Islamorada, several Cigarette dealers participated with gusto! David Woods from Pier 57 in Tennessee, representing both Cigarette and Marine Technology Inc. (MTI), took several boats and the group earned four awards: Best V Bottom - Ron Harrison, 46 Cigarette, Mercury Racing 1350, Best Paint & Graphics - Albert Haynesworth, 48 MTI - Terminator, Mercury Racing 1350 Most Outrageous Boat - Derek Wachob, 48 MTI - ZR-48, over-the-top customization (also owner of a Cigarette Top Fish with quad 350 Verado engines).  Phil Lipschutz of Lip Ship Performance, Cigarette's long-time Miami dealer, was also at the Poker Run with his brand new Cigarette SS 50' Marauder that just made its debut at the Miami Boat Show. The first 50' built for the US with Mercury Racing 1350's tore up the waters, showing the acceleration and smooth speed that make this powerboat the most amazing Cigarette seen in 40 years. He will use the new 50 as his Bastian Breuer, Cigarette's German dealer from Maranello Marine also made the Poker Run and found it the perfect way to wrap up his trip to Miami. Over 65 boats, 9 were Cigarettes, including the pace boat, the 46 Cigarette "Merrittorious," piloted by brothers Michael and Keith Merritt, from Ohio competed in the Poker Run. This "one-off" Cigarette was documented as the fastest Cigarette at 172+ mph in a kilo run in 2006; it was completely transformed into a recreational powerboat and makes many events on the poker run circuit.

Cruisers Awarded Best Interior

Cruisers Yachts, one of the world’s premier manufacturer of luxury yachts, has been awarded a Best of the Year award by MotorBoating in the category of Interior Design for its 48 Cantius Sports Coupe. The new model couples the elegance of a mega-yacht with the practicality of an express hull and marks the beginning of a new era for Cruisers Yachts. Each February MotorBoating selects an exclusive group of boats, electronics, engines and gear that enhance and change the landscape of the boating industry. The 48 Cantius is the first of a new line of models and Cruiser Yachts is pleased to announce renderings for a 41 foot model will be introduced in July 2011. The company has seen an increase in sales at both the wholesale and retail level since the debut of the new yacht.  The award, presented at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show, was accepted by Pedersen, Stock and Jon Viestenz, product manager of Cruisers Yachts. In addition to the MotorBoating award, the 48 Cantius was named “Queen” of the 81st Annual Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show held Jan. 12-16 and was featured in national publications including Boating, Power & Motoryacht, Southern Boating and Yachting.

Ferretti Group Seventh Convrgance

The latest edition of the meeting, which involved 130 participants from all over the world, ended on 18th March at the Kempinski Palace Hotel in Portoroz, Slovenia  Once again captains of yachts and ships of Ferretti Group, a world leader in designing, building and marketing luxury motoryachts with a unique portfolio of the most prestigious and exclusive brands in the nautical world, were protagonists at “Convergence”. This professional master features training and refresher courses, and was held from 15th to 18th March at the Kempinski Palace Hotel in Portoroz, Slovenia.  Now at its seventh edition, “Convergence” welcomed 130 participants from all over the world.. The meeting comprises an intense schedule of both classroom sessions and outdoor activities, and participants take part in refresher courses organised in collaboration with Ferretti Group Sales, After Sales and Communication Divisions, as well as its Product Development Division, one of the most advanced naval research and design centres in the world. Technical seminars were held by a number of speakers from the Group’s most important technological partners, amongst which MTU, ZF, Besenzoni, Condaria, Gianneschi, Idromar, Naviop, Rina, Rolla and Videoworks; companies which have always worked with the Product Development Division, and especially with AYT (Advanced Yacht Technology), to further and consistently innovate Ferretti Group yachts. Other seminars pertaining specifically to the role of the captains and their professional sphere regarding international rules, certifications and class for pleasure yachts, professional maritime qualifications, fuelling for private yachts and cruising suggestions in the Croatian area were also held during this four-day meeting.  During the sessions, Group technicians and engineers, together with the lecturers, made an in-depth study of the main issues connected to the daily management of motoryachts. Expressly requested by the captains, one-to-one meetings were also held in dedicated areas with the managers of the After Sales & Service Division. To complete the technical activities, the captains were involved in exciting team challenges, making the climate of positive collaboration even stronger and also an important moment to meet and spend time with Ferretti Group.

Ferretti Yachts in Copenhagen

Ferretti Yachts, historical Ferretti Group brand which produces flybridge motoryachts measuring 15 to 27 meters, took part at the Copenhagen boat show “Bade I Bella” from 11th to 20th March 2011, through dealer Dreamline Yachts. Over the past few years, the Copenhagen appointment has registered a consistent increase in both shipyard and visitor numbers, setting it up as a new, promising, showcase for the nautical sector in northern and central Europe. This year, Ferretti Yachts showed its yachts at Bade I Bella, confirming its interest in this strategic market area. The latest model to be produced in the 50’ range, the Ferretti 500, is being presented to the Scandinavian market for the first time, but was originally displayed at the last international boat show in Genoa. In Copenhagen clients and visitors where able to go on-board the 500, evolution of the well-known 470, a bestseller in the Ferretti Yachts entry level range.

Formula Ears Top Race Awards

The 2010 racing circuit was in full swing again this year—and Formula was definitely making waves. The #P400 382 FAS3Tech did an outstanding job during the 2010 season with one first-place, two seconds, a third and a fourth-place title before the world races.

Formula Wins Excellence in Design Awards

The Formula 290 FX4 earned the Trailer Boats Excellence in Design Award in Styling for 2011. This boat was featured in the January 2011 issue of Trailer Boats magazine.

Gulf Announces New Supply with Quick Srl

Luxury motor yacht builder Gulf Craft, based in the United Arab Emirates, announced at the Dubai Boat Show a new partnership deal with Italian equipment manufacturer Quick Srl. Under the agreement, Quick will be the supplier of equipment for Gulf Craft’s new 95ft Gulf 95 EXP motor yacht with the concept of ‘comfortable living on the water’ at its heart. The Quick products on board include a twin anchor handling system, hydraulic bow and stern thrusters – complete with a specially developed central control system – Quick SS 316 water heaters with a calorifier option, and a recently developed, full pop-up LED lighting system for the foredeck seating area. When not in use, these lights are retracted to leave an unobstructed deck area. Gulf Craft and Quick worked closely together on the development of the unique central, synchronized, combined joystick controller for the double anchor inch and both bow and stern thrusters. The arrangement of the bow and stern hydraulic thrusters, controlled from a single position on the bridge, will make it particularly easy to handle the Gulf 95 EXP when maneuvering in or out of marina berths and compliments the Gulf 95 EXP ‘art de vivre’. Quick Srl is headquartered in Italy where the company has been designing and manufacturing top quality marine equipment and accessories since 1983. The company has built up a strong presence in American quality boatbuilding, but is also distributed throughout the world. Quick’s navigation, anchor and general lighting division has devoted much of its research and design attention to the use of LEDs for lighting, either on their own or seamlessly integrated with conventional light sources. Quick manufactures all of its products at its own premises within Italy.

Hunt Yachts Expand Agent Network in Florida and New York

Hunt Yachts has further extended their agent network with two new appointments: Ross Yacht Sales and Hampton Watercraft & Marine. Ross, founded in 1962, has twelve brokers in three new boat and brokerage offices in Florida, Tampa Bay, Ft. Myers and Naples; they will be Hunt’s exclusive representatives for the West Coast of Florida. Hampton, founded in 1990, will be Hunt’s exclusive agent for Long Island; they combine a full-service marina on the Shinnecock Canal with a showroom on the Montauk Highway in Westhampton Beach. The latest appointments bring to seven the number of independent Hunt agents in North America; the Company also has a sales office at their factory in Rhode Island and a recently launched satellite office in Annapolis, Maryland. Hampton Watercraft ranks #13 among Boating Industry’s Top-100 Boating Agents. They are certified as Master, Premier or Platinum level performers by other brands they sell and service. When a group of very experienced Tampa-based yacht brokers found they were all interested in the same concept, Ross Yacht Sales was established. “Owner contact” was the focus of their concept, and this has resulted in one of Florida’s most successful yacht brokerage companies. Looking for a brand of new powerboats that fit this approach led to Hunt Yachts.

Hunt Yachts Expands with New Chesapeake Office

Hunt Yachts announces the opening of a sales office in Annapolis, Maryland. Located across Severn Creek from the Annapolis Yacht Club, Hunt Yachts Chesapeake will support the burgeoning number of Hunt Yacht owners in this region and serve the market’s growing interest in this iconic brand, renowned for its deep-V powerboats and motoryachts. Heading the new Annapolis office are Todd Taylor, one the region’s most experienced yacht brokers and dealers who has been associated with Hunt since 2003, and Bob Price, a successful businessman and experienced Hunt owner. Taylor brings nearly 20 years’ experience in yacht sales and brokerage including responsibility for many of Hunt Yachts’ sales in the Mid-Atlantic states. He is a long-standing member of the Yacht Brokerage Association of America (YBAA) and has served two terms on their Board of Directors. Todd was among the first yacht brokers to earn that organization’s “Certified Yacht Broker” designation. Todd has been around boats his entire life, had enough sea time to earn his first USCG Masters License at age 18, and held a 100-ton Masters License for many years while working as a professional captain and crew. Price, an experienced Hunt owner, is a practicing attorney and lifelong resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Bob has been an informal member of the Hunt team on the boatshow circuit for the past several years. After years of sailing and racing one-designs, he moved to power but remains active in the sailing community: he is past Commodore of both Tred Avon and Corsica River Yacht Clubs as well as Rear Commodore of Cruising Club of America, Chesapeake Station. Hunt Yachts Chesapeake is located at 222 Severn Avenue, Annapolis.

Jarrett Bay Final Thank You

On March 9th veteran NASCAR driver Jeff Burton paid a visit to thank all the Jarrett Bay Marine Park associates who had a hand in his recently completed sportfishing boat. Jeff signed autographs and spoke with the nearly 130 employees of various companies during the barbecue lunch & meet-and-greet.

Nordic Tugs Plug Into Shore Power

Nordic Tugs started the trend of a tug as a family pleasure cruiser. Keeping up with that same level of innovation, the boat builder now installs SmartPlug 30 amp boatside shore power systems, making electrical connections safer and easier. The SmartPlug 30 amp plug and inlet protects against the leading causes of fire and electrocution, loose connections and overheating. The unique sleeve configuration nests the plug and inlet together, making aligning the pins a snap. Any pressure or force is absorbed by the assembly's body, not the electrical pins. SmartPlug is effortless to orient and connect, even in the dark.

Maritimo Record Sales at Miami

According to Maritimo USA President Dave Northrop Maritimo registered record sales at Miami Boat which came from every geographic region of the USA as well as the Caribbean and South America. The result follows on from a strong showing at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in October last year. Mr Northrop said the company had approached the show “with cautious optimism”. Apart nice weather at the show Maritimo recently added HMY and Galati Yacht Sales to its team also played an important role. A great display, with two models being shown for the first time outside Australia, a 440 Offshore Convertible and C50 Sports Cabriolet hepled. Maritimo also showed a M56 Cruising Motoryacht - which sold at the show – and a 550 Offshore Convertible. He said the Maritimo stand had seen a 30 percent increase in registered visitor numbers over the previous year.

Moonen Refits Launch

Following the success of last year's inaugural event, Moonen is pleased to present the second Moonen Refits Lunch during the upcoming Antibes Yacht Show. A select group of captains, brokers, superintendents, yacht managers, owner's representatives and senior members of the press will gather on Friday 8 April from 13.00 to 14.00 in the restaurant tent at the heart of the Antibes show. There will be some delicious food and drinks available and the chance to network with your industry peers. In addition, Moonen Managing Director Emile Bilterijst will give a short presentation and will host a discussion on the subject of project management during refits. Together we will look at issues such as planning, financial transparency, deadlines, and the need for clear communication and teamwork. Plenty of food for thought in other words - and input will be more than welcome! As you may know, Moonen opened a second yard several years ago, which has allowed it to carry out a much wider range of refit work.

Numarine New Marketing Agency

Leading Midlands marketing communications agency, Connect Group, has been appointed by Numarine to reposition its brand. Istanbul-based Numarine has appointed Connect to develop a full communications strategy. The Wolverhampton-based agency’s work will encompass new brand guidelines, digital communications, dealer advertising and support materials, PR and exhibition collateral. Numarine was established in 2002, by Omer Malaz. The company has invested heavily in new plant and technology, and today makes some of the most technologically advanced and luxurious boats on the market. There are currently eight models in the range from 55ft to 102ft. A 130ft model is currently under development. The appointment of Connect comes on the back of a new CEO being appointed by Numarine - Patrik von Sydow.

Ocean Alexander Open 4th China Location

Alexander Marine, the manufacturer of Ocean Alexander yachts, is proud to announce the opening of the newest retail location in Sanya, China. The Chinese boating industry is rapidly growing and Chinese citizens are now enjoying the yachting experience and pursuing a yachting lifestyle. John Chueh, owner of Alexander Marine, recognized that developing luxury market and made investments to expand retail locations in China. With a total of four locations in Shanghai, Xiamen, Guangzhou and now Sanya – Ocean Alexander is the largest retail network in China under one ownership. To accommodate the growing clientele, the retail locations are authorized to sell Ocean Alexander, Luhrs and Marquis yachts. Since entering the Chinese market in April of 2010, Ocean Alexander became the fastest growing brand in 2010, in terms of units sold, revenue growth and number of retail locations.

Palm Beach Wins Best of the Year in Miami

The Palm Beach 50, built by Palm Beach Motor Yachts in Australia, has been awarded Motor Boating magazines Best of the Year for 2011 at the Miami International Boat Show in Florida USA. Following on from being awarded Best New Power Boat in Show at the 2010 Newport International Boat Show in Rhode Island USA, this second award in less than six months has heralded the arrival of the Palm Beach Motor Yacht range of boats in the USA.

Princess Ultimate Show Experience

Alan Paterson and the team from Princess Yachts Australia will be offering their owners and invited guests a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience during the 2011 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Guests will be treated to a valet shuttle service from the Hope Island Resort Marina head office direct to the show. On arrival at the stand, guests will be welcomed into the stunning cafĂ© style corporate facility offering food and beverages throughout the duration of the show. The Princess Bespoke Chef will be on hand preparing delicacies featuring premium local produce, while guests can sit back and relax in the casual dining environment surrounded by the immaculately presented range of the latest releases from the UK’s leading luxury boat builder. The 1500 square metre on-water display will feature a range of the most recent releases from Princess, all offering the latest design innovations and contemporary styling this prestigious brand is famous for. The V Series will be represented by the stylish and sporty V52 who will be making her Australian debut, the V62 which was awarded the 2010 European Motor Boat of the Year and both sitting alongside the truly awesome V85-S. The ultra sleek and stylish Princess flybridge range will be represented by the very latest Princess 64 and the amazing 72 Motor Yacht. Princess will also host an exclusive function for their owners and invited guests on the Saturday evening of the show. Princess is partnering with Calleija Jewellers to present an extensive range of their latest exquisite jewelry creations, set to the backdrop of the stunning Princess range. A presentation of the Calleija Princess White and Princess Pink diamonds will be a highlight of the evening.

Riviera Miami Show 2011 Results

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder has recorded the best international boat show results in the past two years achieving eleven new boat sales and exceeding conservative expectations at the 23rd annual Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show. Director of Riviera Yachts Chris McCafferty said Riviera's new models had impressed the American market. Riviera entertained about 350 Riviera owners and enthusiasts at its floating display on Collins Avenue over two fun-filled nights. Live music, great food and plenty of cool cocktails set the scene for two nights of great entertainment and good company with the Riviera family. Riviera sales at Miami were two 43 Open Flybridges, two 5800 Sport Yachts, two 4400 Sport Yachts, one 5000 Sport Yacht and several flybridge models ranging 51 to 38 feet. These boats are bound for diverse boating destinations including, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Miami, Lake Michigan, Seattle, Canada and Bermuda.

Riviera Fiesta in Sydney

As the sounds of a Spanish guitar and maracas filled the air, Ron Mussalli joined 40 Riviera owners on board ‘The Island’ for a Riviera Fiesta. Hosted by R Marine Sydney, the Spanish Riviera Raft Up was held at Athol Bay earlier this month. It was a hot, humid Summer’s day and as the temperature soared above 40 degrees, revellers enjoyed a dip in the inflatable pool. R Marine Sydney dealer principal Michael Joyce said the vision for the day was to create a relaxed, simple and easy flowing day where everyone could put their feet up and get into the Spanish theme. For Ron and his family, this was the first time they had attended a Riviera event and he said he looks forward to the next.  Ron, a McDonald’s franchisee, owns a 51 Enclosed Flybridge which he named Fry Girl.  He bought Fry Girl in August 2010 and said his family enjoyed boating adventures around Sydney, Darling Harbour and up the Hawkesbury River. Michael said R Marine Sydney’s Raft Up events always proved popular with Riviera owners who enjoyed the chance to socialise and catch up with other boat owners.

Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder has teamed up with Riviera owner Peter Teakle for the annual Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic. The two day fishing event has already attracted teams from interstate and abroad and with a limit of 20 boats in the tournament, organisers are encouraging early nominations. Event organiser Peter Teakle said schools of Southern Bluefin Tuna have already been sighted in the competition area. Port Lincoln has some of the best game fishing and cruising grounds in Australia and is home to the Southern Bluefin Tuna. With its close proximity to the Spencer Gulf and the Great Australian Bight, Port Lincoln is a prime location for the annual Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic. A fleet of Rivieras travelling in convoy for R Marine South Australia’s Port Lincoln Owner Experience will depart Adelaide on April 21 bound for Port Lincoln. R Marine South Australia will host events such as a welcome dinner, beach party, sight-seeing helicopter rides, Harley-Davidson motorbike rides, and barbecue breakfasts before the fleet returns on April 25. However, keen anglers among the fleet may choose to stay on for the annual Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic which starts a few days later and therefore a second date of May 2 will apply. There will be a range of trophies including one for the heaviest Southern Bluefin Tuna, highest point scoring boat, highest point scoring trailer boat, highest point scoring male angler, lady angler and junior angler. This year’s tournament is the beginning of a new era for this event where the aspect is on family fun, education and sustainable fishing. An event not to be missed by keen anglers, Peter Teakle is urging competitors to get their nominations in early to avoid disappointment. Entries must be received by April 21 to ensure participation in the Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic 2011. A welcome night at the Marina Tavern will held on April 29 followed by the two day tournament on April 30 and May 1. The Presentation Dinner will be held on May 1 at the Marina Hotel and bookings are essential.

Riviera Perth Variety Splash

Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody, on board a new 43 Open Flybridge aptly named ‘Bullseye’, led the fleet of 28 Rivieras as they completed the formal sail past, which marked the beginning of the annual R Marine Perth Variety Splash. In its second year, R Marine Perth’s annual Variety Splash has grown significantly with 131 adults and 30 children participating in this year’s event, raising about $150,000. R Marine Perth dealer principal Brendon Grieve said the Variety Splash had become one of their biggest calendar events. Jennifer and Greg Ferguson chose ‘Beverley Hillbillies’ as their theme.  R Marine Perth’s annual Variety Splash began with the formal sail past and leading the fleet out of the harbour was the Fremantle Port Authorities Fire and Rescue on board Response. The fleet celebrated the first night with a cocktail party at Dolphin Quay in Mandurah before heading further south to the Margaret River region where they were treated to the Michael Buble concert at Sandalford Winery. Variety WA began in 1980 and has since raised more than $20 million to enrich the lives of children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

Riviera Owners Raft Up Annual Kooringal Experience

The weather was perfect and the scenery spectacular on the 18th of February as Frank Newnham dropped anchor for the first time at Kooringal, a tranquil spot on the southern tip of Queensland’s Moreton Island. Listed on the Australian Heritage Register, Moreton Island is located 35 kilometres off the coast of Brisbane and is renowned for its crystal clear water, white sandy beaches, and marine life such as green turtles, humpback whales and dugongs. This is the second annual Kooringal Experience hosted by R Marine Queensland and it has quickly become ‘a trip not to be missed’ by Riviera owners. R Marine Queensland dealer principal Randall Jones said a fleet of 23 Rivieras with 60 adults and 12 children on board made the 60 nautical mile round journey from the Gold Coast to Moreton Island. For Frank Newnham and his partner Di, it was the first time they had been to Kooringal. Frank bought his Riviera 40 Flybridge two-and-a-half years ago and said he enjoyed cruising around the Broadwater with his family. Frank and his partner Di look forward to the Fraser Island Experience which will be held later this year.  R Marine Queensland hosted a party on the beach where Riviera owners were treated to fresh local oysters and fresh prawns. The children enjoyed playing beach cricket, building sandcastles and swimming while the adults lazed around in the water with a few drinks. The three day event included a tender exploration and a walk around the southern tip of Moreton Island. R Marine Queensland’s next event is a Ladies Skipper Day in March

San Lorenzo Heads to Asia

Confirmed the presence of the Italian Shipyard at the Hainan RendezVous and at the Singapore Yacht Show Sanlorenzo, the prestigious Italian Shipyard that from over 50 years produces tailor made motor yachts matching the style and requirements of each owner, confirms its strategy of expansion in the Asian markets, characterized by an impressive economic growth. After the recent participation at the PIMEX of Phuket, in Thailand (Phuket International Marine Exhibition), center and crossroads of the Asian South East yachting with a strong presence of harbors and infrastructures able to welcome medium to large yacht sizes as the Sanlorenzo yachts are, the Italian shipyard will attend the next two main events of the Asian area: Hainan in China and Singapore in the Malayan peninsula: Hainan Rendez Vous (April 1st – 4th ): it is Asia’s first and only exhibition dedicated not exclusively to large yachts, business jets and luxury lifestyle, and will take place in the Sanya island, tourist destination of the Chinese upper class for its typical sceneries of tropical island. Singapore Yacht Show (April 8th – 10th ): it is the only Asia’ show exclusively dedicated to super yachts (+30 meters) that takes place in Singapore, financial economic center of the South East region, that has one of the most operative and well travelled harbor in the world and neuralgic center of the Oriental commerce. Sanlorenzo continues to export the top level tailor made yachting in Asia, aiming at the growing number of admirers keen about Italian products as at the best expression of the luxury “Made in Italy”.

Sealine at La Ciotat

One of the largest boat shows in France starts this weekend and our Sealine Cote d’Azur team will be showing the Sealine 35 Sport and the award winning SC35. The La Ciotat boat show is running for 9 days from this Saturday until Sunday 20th March. A popular, inclusive event, the La Ciotat boat show is the showcase for everything nautical in the Marseille Provence MĂ©tropole region. It is the leading springtime in-water boat show in France and the Mediterranean. A showcase for the latest technologies and good practices in eco-friendly sailing, marine environmental protection and sustainable development, this show offers something to anyone that loves the sea.

Sunreef Power Breaks Fuel Economy Record

Launched in June 2008, the 70 Sunreef Power JAMBO is a rare example of a luxury medium-sized power yacht 60-80 feet with extremely low fuel consumption, trans-Pacific range and top speeds reaching 20+ knots. This exceptional yacht was conceived by Sunreef Yachts with the help and advice from Laurent Bourgnon, a famous sailor with a wealth of experience in catamaran regattas. This expedition power catamaran JAMBO was designed to undertake round-the-world trip in the most comfortable conditions and using the lowest amount of fuel possible. The yacht is currently cruising around Raiatea, French Polynesia, where the Bourgnon family has been settled for a while and enjoys the relaxed local lifestyle. The fuel consumption was originally 13 litres/ hour/ engine at 10 knots at 2,300 RPM. Following structural and technical modifications made by Sunreef Yachts (installation of water bulbs of 5.5m, and additional aft swimming platforms, increasing the JAMBO’s LOA to 85feet) and other companies (remapping of the engines for optimal use, and new sustainable and smooth antifouling), these numbers have been significantly reduced. The consumption now is 7.5 litres/ hour/ engine at 10 knots at 1,500 RPM, or 15 litres /hour!

Tecnomar at Mumbai

Tecnomar attended the 4th Mumbai International Boat Show cementing the company's permanent presence in India and setting its expansion plans in Asia. In the most admired exhibition stand, Tecnomar unveiled the brand new NADARA 45-metre full beam, the world’s largest and fastest tri-deck planing yacht currently under construction at the Tecnomar premises in Massa-Tuscany. This stunning super yacht combines comfort, state-of-the-art technologies, high performance and elegance to create something unique and exclusive. Tecnomar Shipyard was established in 1987 and, over the years, it has become one of the top Italian players in luxury yacht building field, selling over 270 vessels. Since January 2009, Giovanni Costantino is the Chairman & CEO, who implemented an intensive corporate and structural restructure plan. Today, in its 15,000 sq. metre production plant located in Massa, Tuscany (Italy), the company produces custom made luxury yachts ranging from 60 feet up to 60 metres, fully personalized according to the Shipowner’s tastes and requirements. These are the topics of the new fleet by Tecnomar: 19 models, 3 lines in steel & aluminium, 2 lines in composite material and a brand new sailing line. Design & trademark of models and product lines are regularly registered.

Sunseeker Open Weekend Success

Sunseeker Poole LTD and Sunseeker London LTD hosted their annual Sunseeker Open Weekend at their facilities at Sunseeker Poole, located opposite the Sunseeker factory in Poole, Dorset. The gloriously sunny weekend was a hive of activity; with clients arriving to view an extensive range of new and used Sunseeker boats on display plus an extravagant showcase of Ferrari and Maserati cars from Meridien. Champagne and good cheer was shared amongst the guests in attendance plus Sunseeker factory tours, exclusively available throughout the weekend. Partners to the Sunseeker Open Weekend included MTU engines, Meridien, Peters and May, Taittinger Champagne, Marine Electronics, Williams tenders and Dawsons - Bang and Oulfsen

Sunseeker New Site Security Contract

Sunseeker International Ltd have over the last few months been tendering our security contract for all nine sites across Dorset and Hampshire. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Eagle Hoburne Security Services Ltd who will take over the contract on 26th March 2011. The Eagle Hoburne bid team led by Rick Ashton (Managing Director) proved professional and pro-active through out the tendering process and demonstrated their ability to meet the complex and difficult requirements of our production sites. The appointment will improve the level of security service provided and ensure that security is clearly evident across all our sites.

Sunseeker Students Visit

A group of 18 children from K3 at Phuket International Academy (PIA) recently visited Ao Po Grand Marina along with their teachers, to take a tour of a Sunseeker Manhattan 60 motor yacht. Hosted by Craig and Supranee Murphy, the Managing Directors of Sunseeker Thailand, the children took time away from school to not only step onboard this beautiful yacht, but to also learn about boats and how they work from a very experienced boat builder and Master Mariner. Teachers from PIA, Sutarsinee Suanplee and Mida Abdul sent thanks to Sunseeker Thailand for the opportunity to visit such a beautiful Yacht, the content of the day and the hospitality both they and the children received.

Sunseeker Dealers Join Forces

Sunseeker Middle East LLC & Sunseeker Seychelles Ltd are proud to announce their marketing & sales alliance for the Islands of Seychelles. At the recent 19th Dubai International Boat Show both companies jointly introduced the Seychelles to clients of the Gulf region. In the past year, clients from this area have already detected the Seychelles as a "paradise for yachting" that can be reached within 4 hours and 20 minutes by air, either through Emirates Airlines from Dubai, or with Qatar Airways from Doha, offering daily services into Seychelles. Sunseeker clients can own a lifestyle in Seychelles at the new Eden Island Marina and enjoy cruising the turquoise waters around Seychelles' 115 islands. The granitic and coralline islands offer spectacular views and the ocean's abundance make great yachting and diving experiences.

Sunseeker Scotish Victory

Around 400 rally fans gathered around the Bournemouth Pier Approach on Saturday the 26th of Feb to witness winners David Bogie and Kevin Rae from Scotland celebrate their podium victory with the traditional champagne spray. They came 21.8 seconds ahead of Tom Cave and Craig Parry in the JRM Mitsubishi. The annual race contributes an estimated £680,000 to the local economy with 11 stages around Ringwood, Wareham and Verwood. About 6,000 fans also saw the Opening Ceremony parade at Poole Quay on Friday night, which showcased High Energy, a stunning 88 Yacht, courtesy of Sunseeker Charters. Selected VIP and Sponsor partners got the opportunity to go onboard and have an exclusive guided tour of the spectacular yacht. At just under 90ft, this brand new £4.5 million vessel is the largest and by far the most luxurious vessel of its kind available to charter in the UK. On the race day on Saturday, cars reached more than 100mph on fast stretches like the newly redesigned Somerley Park stage, but morning rain and mud made conditions difficult. Bournemouth's Mayor Barry Goldbart, a rally enthusiast who used to race as a young man, welcomed drivers at the finish ramp by the Bournemouth Pier Approach from 5.30pm onwards.

Tiara Selects Garmin

Tiara Yachts, a division of S2 Yachts Inc., has selected Garmin to be an OEM electronics supplier to outfit its line of luxury fishing and cruising yachts. Tiara Yachts, a division of S2 Yachts Inc., has selected Garmin to be an OEM electronics supplier to outfit its line of luxury fishing and cruising yachts. Tiara’s debut of the Garmin electronics package on three yachts at the 2011 Miami Boat Show was met with overwhelming enthusiasm from customers and dealers. Garmin’s user-friendly navigational systems deliver confidence in high definition. By providing important reliable data quickly, yacht owners will be able to interpret the information for safer navigation on the go. Tiara Yachts will offer Garmin’s GPSMAP 5000 and 7000 series MFDs; high-definition 6kW GMR™ xHD open-array radar scanners; GSD 22 digital sonar; VHF 300 marine radio; GHP™ 10 autopilot system; as well as the GMI™ 10 marine instrument display, which makes it easy to monitor navigation, heading and environmental data. The partnership with Garmin is a natural step in Tiara Yachts’ ongoing quest to lead the industry with innovative features, comforts and state-of-the-art technology.

Wider Preview in Rapallo

Wider 42’ World Wide Preview will take place on April 14th at 11.00 a.m. at Porto Carlo Riva in Rapallo (near Genoa, Italy). Tilli Antonelli will tell you about the development of this project and display a day-cruiser which conveys the concept of space and stability as never seen before. After a brief Press Conference at the Yacht Club Rapallo, inside the Carlo Riva Harbour Wider will serve a light lunch and delight you with Wider 42 sea trials.

Windy Forces New Generation Interiors

Windy Boats of Norway is co-operating with renowned yacht and private jet interior designers, Eidsgaard Design (EDL), on a stunning new interior vision for its latest generation of boats. Starting with the all-new Windy 31 Zonda weekender, the 40 Maestro highperformance family cruiser and the award-winning 44 Chinook hard-top sports cruiser, EDL have been charged with creating a distinctive new Windy interior aesthetic which combines contemporary design and fine craftsmanship with clean lines and luxurious detailing. The design concepts for the new interiors combine clean, neutral backgrounds with rich textiles accents, walnut floors and finishes, and signature stainless steel details. The first Windy 31 Zonda with EDL interiors will be available from April. The new look Windy 40 Maestro and Windy 44 Chinook will be available autumn 2011. Plans are also underway to transform the Windy 48 Triton, 52 Xanthos and 53 Balios.

March 30, 2011

Projects: O.B.P. S55 Granturismo, O.B.P. S55 HT Granturismo

OBP Sport Fisherman Yacht from Rome, Italy continue to present new projects set to increase its range, which so far has only one model in the water. But company has a total of eight models in design rendering project stages with the 55 being one of them. The 55 will be available in three versions and here we present the more sport yacht orientated S55 Granturismo. The lines of the 55 continue the inspiration we saw on the 35 with a very flared bow and an aggressive reverse shear line making part of the unusual but catchy looks. Inside the S55 Granturismo will have a choice of two layouts; four cabins with three heads, or three cabins with a galley and saloon located below. Outside is a spacious twin level area with the lower aft part having two C-shaped settees, and the three steps raised part which also hard top covered having an a galley, large C-shaped settee,and three seats helm station. Power will be for up to twin 1200hp engines, with the AX-BOW-EVO hull giving very solid sea keeping characteristics. The O.B.P. S55 HT Granturismo follows the design of the standard S55, with the advantage of having a fully enclosed hard top main deck. The more forward raised area is closed by a patio door, this giving an all weather seasonal use to the S55 HT Grantusimo. Power and interior layouts are all the same; with a three or four cabins interior choice, and engine power up to twin 1200hp.

March 29, 2011

New Model: Sea Ray 450 Sedan Bridge

Sea Ray present the new 450 Sedan Bridge, the latest addition to its flybridge motor cruiser fleet. Engineered with the most advanced robotics and computer-integrated manufacturing in the business, the 450 Sedan Bridge continues Sea Ray introduction of ZF pod powered models. The 450 Sedan Bridge will have a two cabins heads sleeping layout, with a spacious galley also located below. While the main deck will be dedicated to the living with a split level saloon offering a lounging area with entertainment center, and dining table to fore. On standard the 450 Sedan Bridge does not have a lower helm, but this is an optional feature of which one will loose the dinette located to port side. Other important options are up and down hydraulic moving bathing platform, and an electric sunroof on the standard flybridge hard top. Power is twin Cummins 480hp standard, or optional 600hp, both units propelled by ZF Zeus aft looking pods.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.9 m (45.6ft)
Beam - 4.30 m
Draft - 1.22 m
Displacement - 16602 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1418 l
Water Capacity - 492 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 480hp, Cummins QSC 600hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pods
Hull - moderate Vee with 17 degrees dead rise
Certification - CE, NMMA, ABYC standards

March 28, 2011

Salvatore Basile 1952 - 2011

Ferretti Group CEO Salvatore Basile suddenly passed away on 27 March after suffering a heart attack. He was 58.  The entire Ferretti Group team, Chairman Norberto Ferretti, the Board of Directors and the Executive committee, deeply shaken by his premature death, share the sorrow that Mrs Basile and family bear. He will always be remembered for the great love he had for his work, his strategic vision and strong, sensitive personality, qualities he managed to convey instantly to all Group employees, with enthusiasm, motivation and strength.  Salvatore Basile began his career in the late 70s working for CM-Carlo Miazzo, and going on to cover roles of increasing responsibility in the groups ZF, Saeco, Demm SpA, De Longhi and Baxi SpA. Lastly, in 2009 he was appointed CEO at Ferretti Group, where he superbly managed its reorganization and relaunch project.

News: Galeon March 2011

The Galeon 385 has received the prize of Best in Show at Warsaw exhibition. This follows the nominee for Powerboat of the Year by Boote Magazine in Dusseldorf again for the 385 model. The 385 HTS was World premiered in Cannes 2010, and the sister 385 Open version was first shown in Dusseldorf the just passed January 2011. The Galeon 385 measures 40 feet over all excluding the bathing platform and features a two cabins, with en-suite heads interior. Various exterior hull color choices are available, and other interesting features are an up and down hydraulic bathing platform available as optional. This being a rare choice on a stern drive powered boat. Six diesel engine choices are available from Volkswagen and Volvo.
Galeon 325 HTS has one the prize for Yacht of the Year in Poland. The Galeon 325 is a sport cruiser with a two separate cabin interior which measures 35 feet over all with the extended bathing platform option. The 325 is available as HTS i.e. hard top sports, or as Open version with forward looking radar arch.
The renowned social network is now part of all the lives of the people, and Galeon marketing team has recently established its page. In the Facebook page Galeon will be showing its latest pictures and also show some exclusive pictures. So if you are one of the many Galeon owners, or a fan of the brand you can follow what is happening in Strazyn Poland on Facebook too. So go on the Galeon website and from there you can follow the Facebook link and join the community.

Project: Ocean Yachts 37 Express

Ocean Yachts present the project for the 37 Express which is scheduled to launch for the coming Summer. Based on a hull which comes from the well received Billfish model the 37 Express will be an open style sportfish cruiser. Her interior will be of an open plan layout, which feature a double berth to fore, dinette, galley, and separate shower head. A split level aft cockpit deck with the aft being a game fisherman place with central fighting chair, and above having helm and two L-shaped settees relaxation lounging area. A center console style helm is to be featured. Power is three engine choices of twin Yanmar or Cummins from 480 up to 530hp. Interestingly pod drives are not offered as option, although this choice is available as optional for the Billfish.

March 27, 2011

Web: Chaparral New Web Site

Chaparral boats from the US presents a new virtual World wide web showroom. Chaparral boats was founded in 1965 by Buck Pegg, at the time named Fiberglass Fabricators and producing a tri-hull speed boat costing 675US$. Time passes by and in 1976 the company moves to Georgia, in Nashville and changes its names to Chaparral. Since then Chaparral has produced over a quarter of a million boats, satisfying the same number of clients, and receiving a total of forty awards from CSI three, Boat of the Year ten, and 27 for Product Excellence. Chaparral current line up has twenty eight models divided in seven different ranges; SSI sportboats, SSI/SSX cuddy cabins, SSX sportboats, Sunesta sportdecks, Xtreme tow boats, Signature cruisers, and Premiere sport yachts. Its entry level smallest model is the 186 SSi, and the flagship is the 420 Premiere. Chaparral new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Inside Chaparral, Customer Support, Chaparral Gear, Contact Us, and Dealer.

March 26, 2011

Project: Codecasa Construction C.116

Codecasa continues to build unique custom made super yachts, and Construction C.116 is its latest to date 51 meters project set to launch for this year. This three deck super yacht continues Codecasa over two decade trends with a high bow, being a prerogative of its design features. Accommodation will offers five guest cabins all located on the lower deck, and an owners apartment style stateroom located to fore of the main deck. Power for this 565 tons with a semi displacement style hull is twin Cats 2447hp engines which give a max of 17 knots, and cruise of 13 delivering 4000 nautical miles of range.

March 25, 2011

New Model: Absolute 50 Fly

After making a good name in the sport cruiser and yacht market in a very short time, Italian Absolute presented its first flybridge project in early 2010 marking the entry in this type of yacht. The Absolute 50 is the first of a two model flybridge range named Fly. In the 50 Fly, Absolute continues its desire of innovation with huge glassed surfaces and IPS propulsion being a predominant feature of all its models since this Italian boat builder appeared in the market. The Absolute 50 Fly will also offer a distinctive feature for this size and coming from a European builder, being offered with a hard top over the flybridge. The interior layout of the 50 Fly will offer a two or three cabin choice with two heads layout. In the two cabins choice the owners stateroom or largest cabin will move to mid ship, while on three cabins this is located to fore peak. Power is a twin or triple engine choice from Volvo 370 up to 435hp each.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.55 m (53.4ft)
Beam - 4.65 m
Draft - 1.30 m
Displacement - 24500 kg with 3 x IPS600
Fuel Capacity - 1700 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 6 + 1 crew berths, 4 + 1 crew berths
Max Persons - 12 Engines - 2 x Volvo IPS500 370hp, IPS600 435hp, 3 x Volvo IPS600 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS dual propeller forward looking pods
Speed - 36 knots max, 28 knots cruise with 3 x IPS600
Project - Absolute Research and Development Lab
Certification - CE B

March 24, 2011

Project: Viking 66 Convertible

After presenting four new models for the 2011 year, Viking shows again its way ahead with the presentation of the 66 Convertible project. This model is set to launch in the end of the coming Summer with a World showcasing target for the 2011 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. Sharing the sleek, aggressive stance of its new generation siblings, the profile of Viking 66 Convertible bespeaks power, speed and grace. The yacht’s interior is an expansive display of hand finished teak joinery with beyond custom quality workmanship including natural veneers that reveal warmth of beauty and detail rich in opulence. In the salon, your senses are delighted with a spacious layout that is both luxurious and practical for tournament campaign living, as well as cruising for a month at a time, or longer. Space is conveniently appropriated for dining, cooking and relaxing with generous accommodations for all. Viking benchmarks abound including a granite-topped island with 360 degrees, bar stools and under counter refrigeration in the galley opposite a roomy dinette. Aft, an L-shaped sofa with abundant stowage below is strategically placed to enjoy the sights and surround sound details from the 40-inch flat screen television that rises from the teak cabinetry. Special touches include a galley pantry forward with standing headroom, deep-pull-out drawers in the galley, and a day head aft conveniently placed immediately inside the electric opening fiberglass salon door. Below, four staterooms, each with its own head and fiberglass shower stall team with restful space with large, comfortable spring mattress berths for comfort and privacy. The master suite with its queen plus size berth flanked with end tables, and his and her maple-lined hanging lockers is particularly inviting. Cleverly designed crew quarters include private access to and from the engineroom. Note, too, that the offset companionway is thoughtfully designed to maximize traffic flow to the staterooms and laundry center, which includes a nearby linen closet. The flying bridge is a proven tournament design featuring a center console helm with electronic controls, superb visibility, plus amenities that include Murray Products teak ladder back helm seats, port, starboard, and forward lounge seating, refrigeration, and an Atlantic Marine Electronics’ navigation and communication package. Viking’s winning ways on the tournament circuit also are incorporated in the 174 square-foot cockpit with an observation mezzanine protected from wind and spray by the flying bridge overhang, refrigeration and freezer space, tackle and gear stowage, insulated wells for fish and bait, a transom door with lift gate, rounded coamings, under gunwale stowage, and a nonslip fiberglass sole. The 66 Convertible also benefits from advanced engineering and construction materials that deliver better performance, increased strength and reduced weight. The hull bottom is vacuumed-bagged end grain balsa skinned with high-tech knitted fiberglass laminates. Composite main engine room and forward bulkheads also are vacuumed-bagged. The molded fiberglass salon floor, engine room ceiling is foam cored to provide thermal and acoustical insulation. Interior teak cabinetry doors are cored for weight savings and stiffness. Mechanically, the 66 Convertible is equipped to live large in the wild. Viking’s proprietary VIPER power-assisted hydraulic steering features programmable independent rudders. At flank speeds the 66 Convertible will turn in two boat lengths with your fingertips on the wheel. The Delta-T engine room ventilation system uses thermostatically controlled supply and discharge fans for proper air circulation and water intrusion suppression. Pneumatically controlled air intake dampeners are integrated with the fire suppression system for added safety. A Moritz Octoplex touch screen power distribution system controls all AC/DC requirements at the salon main panel and at the helm on the flying bridge. Manually operated back-up systems are conveniently located throughout the yacht. When combined with optional MTU 2001hp engines, the new 66 Convertible will provide 40 knots performance with horsepower to spare for better efficiencies and longer range than its competitors. Standard power is MAN 1550hp.

March 23, 2011

New Model: Metamarine TNT 48 Replica

Metamarine new model has long since been announced as a project, but finally the TNT 48 Replica made its debut in the fall of 2010. The TNT 48 Replica has benefited of a high level research and design, that is much often unseen in power boat building today. Although the first Metamarine represents an evolution of stepped deep Vee hull, the improvement which this has undergone from the competing 46 Corsa sister is unique. Worth to remember is that the 46 Corsa has since 2005 participated in the top Evolution class of the UIM Endurance championship, and won the World title last year in 2010 a month before the presentation of this model. Metamarine also won the production Supersport class in 2004. Metamarine unique research has benefited into everything being done with thinking from engines which have always been diesel in the racing boats, Sollevamax trim tabs, and Variante surface drive propulsion. The TNT 48 Replica will also boast the usual powerboat style interior accommodation, sleeping four, and featuring a galley, and separate shower head. The power choice is also unique for these type of boats, as most of the competition which comes the USA has usually petrol gas power, with the 48 Replica featuring twin diesel engines from Isotta Fraschini or SeaTek which start at 850 and go up to 950hp. Propulsion comes also from inside with the Metamarine designed and build unique Variante surface drive system, which joins a trimming moving shaft with a rudder capability. Top speed is a safety limited of 85 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.7 m (48.2ft)
Beam - 2.80 m
Displacement - 7800 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1150 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2
Max Persons - 8
Engines - 2 x Isotta Fraschini 850hp, SeaTek 850hp, 950hp
Speed - 85 knots limited max, 47 knots cruise
Range - 7 hours on cruise speed
Propulsion - Metamarine Variante surface drives
Construction - Vinilester resins, Kevlar, fiberglass
Certification - CE B

March 22, 2011

Project: Prestige 500 Flybridge

Prestige present the project for the 500 Flybridge project which based on the same hull lines as the 500 Express model. The 500 Flybridge will replace the 510 Flybridge and shares similar lines and Volvo IPS pods propulsion set up to the Express version. The design of the 500 Flybridge is entrusted to Garroni, Prestige Engineering department, J. de Premmorel for the concept, and J & J. Similar in all aspects minus the second helm up the 500 Flybridge offers a nice below sleeping are where we have a three double cabin layout with an owners suites being a silent at night mid ship full beam affair. To aft is a single crew cabin with heads. The saloon is also very interesting offering the nice galley astern layout with dining and lounging areas located to fore. The flybridge which is the novelty has an L-shaped settee to aft, sun pad to starboard side, and helm station to port.

March 21, 2011

New Model: Cigarette 42X Ducati

Cigarette Racing Team and Ducati presented the new 42X Ducati at the Miami International Boat Show; launching a collaboration between two legends of marine and motorcycle performance. The 42X Ducati is is the second collaboration in a one year period from Cigarette following what was done with the 46 AMG last year. The two performance icons have chosen to unveil the new model on Cigarette Racing Team's home turf in Florida; and the 42X Ducati edition delivers everything aficionados have come to expect from the performance brands. With literally dozens of championships between the two companies, the 42X Ducati comes from an unmatched performance heritage. The 42X Ducati will feature a massive 2,200hp rating, although the largest engine is the Mercury Racing SCI Dry Sump of 1075hp. Top speed is in the region of 104 knots or as it is referred in high performance boat 120 mph. The livery of the model is pure Ducati, in white with a red racing stripe representing the iconic Italian made motor cycle colors. A white interior boasting red accents features a specially designed stereo from JL Audio. Accommodation is for four berths.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.64 m (41.6ft) ex optional bathing platform
Beam - 2.44 m
Draft - 0.91 m
Weight - 4898 kg
Fuel Capacity - 932 l
Accommodation - 4 berths
Engines - 2 x Mercury Racing SCI 700hp, SCI 850hp, SCI Dry Sump 1075hp
Propulsion - Mercury NXT stern drives
Speed - 104 knots

March 20, 2011

Projects: Benetti Sail Division 160 Logica, Benetti Sail Division 147 Logica, Benetti Sail Division 115 Logica

Benetti Sail Division from Viareggio presents the new Logica range of super yachts which will start at 98 and go up to 160 feet. This range will have six models and all will have a semi displacement hull, and be designed by Italian naval architect Luca Brenta. Three decks and bow coming from early twenty century design is a symbol of all the Logica designs. Pictured above is the rendering of the 160 Logica, the biggest in the current Benetti Sail Division offers. This super yacht will have a six double guest cabin interior, with an owners stateroom located on the main deck. Crew space is for nine members. Interesting are the running with a power of only two 1319hp Cat engines giving a 15 knots max, 14 of cruise, and a 10 economic speed. This last giving a range of 5700 nautical miles. The Benetti Sail Division 147 Logica project is the second in size project from this Viareggio Italy builder. Luca Brenta again present similar lines to the other Logica models, and an interior which offers the same sleeping capacity as the bigger sister. The 147 Logica in fact sleeps 12 guest in six suite. Crew space is also for nine persons. Power is just like the big sister from twin 1319hp Cat engines which interesting offer the same speeds; 15 knots max, 14 cruise and a 10 knots economic. The range at economic speed is a 4700 nautical miles, one thousand less to the bigger model but this happens because of less fuel tank capacity. The 115 Logica project sits at a very popular size from Benetti Sail Division. Again to a design of Luca Brenta the 115 Logica is a three deck super yacht with a twelve berths, six double suites interior. The owners room will be on the main deck. Crew space is for seven persons. Power is from twin MAN 1000hp which give a top speed of 14 knots, 13 of cruise, and 10 on economic run to the semi displacement hull. At economic 10 knots the range is 4100 nautical miles, before needing to refuel.

March 19, 2011

New Model: Sunseeker 115 Predator

Sunseeker presented the new 115 Predator at the January 2011 London show. This new model builds on the success of her award winning big sister, the 130 Predator. Although smaller in length, the 115 Predator retains many of the stunning characteristics that have made the 130 so successful. She has the exterior deck space of a Yacht but remains Predator in her look with an exemplary level of onboard luxury and, taking inspiration from the 34 Metre Yacht's accommodation plan, can comfortably accommodate a party of up to ten guests in five cabins, with a crew of five. An expansive aft cockpit, flybridge and foredeck social areas provide endless entertainment opportunities. For relaxation, the spacious flybridge features a large sunpad including spa tub, a large wet bar with stools, as well as generous seating area and tables for that perfect alfresco dining experience. By specifying the optional hard top, which supplies shade in the sun and beautiful down lighting for evening use, this area can be enjoyed at any time of the day. The helm on the forward starboard side of the flybridge provides an option for the vessel to be operated from outside rather than from the raised wheelhouse, while the main deck boasts a large aft cockpit including spacious lounge seating plus table and, if specified, a bar for drinks service. The saloon can include a long or short arrangement layout, dependent on the client's preference for additional inside or outside space. If the long saloon option is specified, the drinks service is moved from the aft cockpit and located on the aft starboard side, just forward of the main entrance doors. The full beam master stateroom is a stunning feature, more often seen on yachts much larger in size. Thanks to its considered layout, the owner enjoys maximum space and privacy. A further four guest cabins are incorporated on the lower deck - two doubles and two twins, each featuring the large panoramic trademark portlights which provide a wealth of natural light. There is an option for balconies on either side of the main deck saloon consisting of sliding patio doors and hinge-out bulwark sections, which open up magnificent seascapes and bring in more natural light, promoting the outside/inside feel so popular in design today. The Predator 115 has been built to RINA pleasure craft classifications with optional MCA LY2 short range yacht charter classification and the accommodation layout assures future-proof compliance with the latest crew cabin legislation. The vessel also accommodates a large aft tender garage for two jet bikes, and a tender up to five and a half metres plus launched from a hydraulic rise-and-fall transom platform. Power is from twin MTU 2640hp which drive an in line shaft in tunnel drives propulsion system. Speed is for a max of 26 knots, a cruise of 20, and an economic long range of 10 knots. Interestingly the 115 Predator can also be ordered with a long range about 25% extra fuel capacity package.
Technical Data:
LOA - 34.53 m (113.3ft)
Beam - 7.39 m
Draft - 2.38 m
Displacement - 135300 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 14210 l or 19260 l optional long range
Water Capacity - 5050 l or 3000 l in optional long range
Accommodation - 10 guest berths in 4 cabins, 5 crew
Engines - 2 x MTU 2640hp
Propulsion - line shaft in semi tunnels, and fixed pitch propellers
Speed - 26 knots max, 20 knots, economic 10 knots
Range - 1250 nautical miles at 10 knots
Certification - RINA Pleasure, optional RINA Charter / MCA LY2 Short Range

March 18, 2011

Projects: Aguti 10m, Aguti 12m

Aguti Yachts from Germany follow the high acclaim its 20m sport yacht received for being first which combines traditional wooden shipbuilding techniques with high-tech composite technology. Following the success of its first model, Aguti present a smaller 10m sport day cruiser project. Again Aguti merge modern classic appearance and high end interior with the use of modern materials and ingenious details making the 10m a virtue. Intelligent solutions continue to come from Aguti with the flip extended bathing platform which doubles the swimming area, and the Bimini which comes as in magic from the windshield being ingenious features. Accommodation will be for a cockpit with sun lounge, C-shaped settee with central table, and helm station outside. A two berth interior is to be expected inside.
Andreas Grieger continues to increase the Aguti Yachts Family and has planned with his team a 12m. This project follows similar lines to the acclaimed 20m model, and again we see a classic of nostalgic past lines combined with modern ingenuity. So can be said for the flush deck and the bow flair which speaks tradition, and the hard top or the integrated hatches on the deck calling the future. The interior will offer a two plus two berth configuration with a forward double berth, and a mid ship cabin. Outside area offers two sunbeds with central passageway, two settees and galley. Power is by twin 370hp Volvo the 12m will reach a 40 knots max speed.

March 17, 2011

Improve-it = Menorquin MY100

Coming from its latest uplifting in the exterior looks, and new interior layout solution Menorquin again proposes the more affordable version of the 10 metre model from the MY100, which is distinguished by a standard equipment suited for those starting out to enjoy the sea, and which is being launched on the market at an even more competitive price. The effort Menorquin has invested in the optimization of the manufacturing processes is what has enabled them to offer this opportunity to start enjoying Slow Yachting with the entry level of its Yachts range. This is a model which maintains the quality exclusive to the brand, which we see reflected both in the materials and the care taken in the handcrafted finishes. The MY 100 called as Basic version takes noting from the new 2011 edition which offers a redefined interior offering six berths with two of these being fixed and the other four convertible, and has a maximum capacity for up to ten people on board. Its length of over ten metres takes full advantage of to achieve extraordinary habitability for this size of traditional cruiser. To achieve this, the galley and the dinette have been transferred to the wheelhouse, to form a shared space. The doors which provide access to the cabin open out completely to give way to the cockpit and fully connect the two areas.The lower deck is accessed via convenient stairs which lead in to a spacious central area, around which have been located: a separate washroom preceded by a handy wardrobe; a sofa which is convertible to a double bed port side; and the master cabin in the bow with a double bed, wardrobes and reading lights. As stated the MY 100 2011 edition new model write up a few weeks back got also renovated in the exterior design, renovated in keeping with the trend Menorquin is following, which gives expression to a more stylized hardtop shape. The attractive new features of the MY 100 2011 Basic version together with the Menorquin values and its attractive price, make it a very good option for Slow Yachting enthusiasts.

March 16, 2011

Propulsion: Flexitab FlexiDrive

A new concept of semi-submerged propulsion system composed by three typologies. The target of Flexitab engineers, in the field of pleasure craft, is aimed to improve the safety and the efficiency of the navigation, with all kind of boats. Flexidrive is an innovative propulsion system composed by a “body”, made of composite material: all the hydraulic components are enclosed inside and all the mechanical parts are connected to. Flexidrive is based on semi-submerged propellers concept, created and developed to increase the performances of the boat and its manouvrability; to help the installation and to enhance the efficiency. The research program called Flexidrive is built up from the cooperation among Flexitab, Victory Design and the University of Genoa and Naples. Developed specifically for pleasure craft, Flexidrive has been tested on the Dart, a 46 mono-hull totally designed by Victory Design. This boat, with two 600hp diesel engines, reached a maximum speed around 10 knots more than any other boat of equal displacement propelled by immersed propellers and a minimum planing speed of 12 knots. Flexidrive assured also an incredible manouvrability in port, same as traditional propulsion systems. Flexidrive has been designed using the Finite Element Method which allows for optimization of structures in terms of maximum resistance and minimum weight. The Flexidrive body is made of composite materials; the propeller axis case is made of light aluminium alloy with anti-corrosional surface treatment. Flexidrive has three range of products. Energy for working boats, super yachts and high-displacement fisherman. This family has fixed drive and is designed to reach the maximum performance at medium-low speed usual for this kind of boats. It is available in 6 models, with an indicative power range from 300hp to 2800hp. Power for planing pleasure and high-speed working boats, such as contemporary open and fast guard-ship. This family has a trimmable drive to improve the performance of the hull and to reach the best result during all kind of navigation. Flexitab engineers worked to obtain the maximum manouvrability, quick planing and tacking. It is available in 5 models, with an indicative power range from 500hp to 2800hp. Speed created for light displacement and very fast boats (like, for example, the offshore and the fast-commuter), single and multi-hull. Like the Power models, also Speed family has trimmable drive and the external steering system is made of light aluminium alloy with a special high-tensile stainless steel rudder. It is available in 2 models, with an indicative power range from 500hp to 1500hp. Power and Speed models have the trimmable drive. In this way the driver has always the control of the boat, correcting the trim during the navigation in every sea state. The advantages are many: better cruising comfort, less fuel consumption and better performances. As all the Flexitab components, also the Flexidrive has been designed to facilitate the shipyard work: the installation is fast and easy and doesn’t require any compromise for the hull design.

March 15, 2011

New Launch: Spencer Yachts 66 hull.67

Spencer Yachts continues to improve itself with each new custom launch representing a way forward from its previous build. The 66 is one of the latest constructed sportfish yachts from the North Carolina located Spencer and is a fully custom build, constructed in traditional cold molding method, with modern technology being used in the form of a foam core by the name of Corecell used above the water line. Interior accommodation offers four cabins sleeping a total of seven. Owners stateroom which features an en-suite shower head is located to mid ship port side. The interior of the first 66 was finished in light oak finish, with Wenge wood inserts in the lower deck. Power for the 66 is twin Cats 1825hp which give a cruise speed of 33 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.1 m (66ft)
Beam - 5.63 m
Draft - 1.98 m
Displacement - 30844 kg
Fuel Capacity - 7760 l
Water Capacity - 1135 l
Accommodation - 7 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acerts 1825hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 33 knots cruise
Hull - modified Vee with 9 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - cold moulded wood with fiberglass, epoxy. Corecell core used above waterline.
Project - Paul Spencer

March 14, 2011

INBUILD ~ Galeon 780 Crystal Part 4 of 9

Galeon's new 780 Crystal flagship continues its completion journey, with a possible launch date for hull one now being calculated for the coming Summer. After showing you the internal lower deck bulkheads being prepared, now we follow this with another important step for the completion of this 24 meter long motor yacht. As you can see in the above picture the main deck which we also showed you in preparation phase, is being fitted to the hull, making for another important phase in the Galeon 780 Crystal completion. More updates to come very soon from Sraszyn in Poland for the 780 Crystal coming very soon.

March 13, 2011

New Model: Bilgin 123 Sky-Lounge

Bilgin 123 Sky-Lounge continues the family owned Turkish builder into custom super yacht building. The 123 Sky-Lounge designed by the Italian Hot Lab studio was followed by a similar launch but having a flybridge version with a more open top deck. The 123 Sky-Lounge is infact a three deck vessel, with the enclosed skylounge providing another entairtainment area up top behind the pilot station. Accommodation is for five double guest cabins with the owners stateroom located on the main deck, and VIP suite taking full beam space. Crew rooms is for three cabins. Power is from twin MTU 2400hp, which give a max speed of 21 knots and a cruise of 16.
Technical Data:
LOA - 37.50 m (123ft)
Waterline Length - 32 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 16v2000 M93 2400hp
Propulsion - line shaft Speed - 21 knots, 16 knots cruise
Construction - cold molded, wood fiberglass and epoxy resins
Project - Hot Lab Studio
Certification - RINA Charter Class C + Hull = Mach Ych + MMA LY2 (Valletta)

March 11, 2011

New Model: Rizzardi 50 Incredible

Rizzardi finally presented the 50 Incredible during the 2010 Genoa show and with it the central Italy builder hopes to follow the success obtained by the 2004 launched 45 now sold in over fifty units, and the 55 delivered in over ten since launched in 2008. The Rizzardi 50 Incredible shares some features from both the smaller and bigger Rizzardi Incredible models; as the layout and internal plan similar to the 45 but more spacious, and design of the hard top which shows a lot of the elements seen in the 55. The 50 Incredible also continues the use of the unique Technema hull lines, a feature presented on the Rizzardi's since the advent of the 63 Top Line model in 2002, which was followed in the 73, 63 HardTop, and all the Incredible models. Previously the Rizzardi's used to have a more flared bow as can be seen in the still in production 50 Top Line, or stopped 53 or the old 40, 45 and 50 Open models. Inside the plan of the 50 Incredible follows a similar three double cabins two head layout as that of the 45 with everything being more spacious. From the galley, saloon, shower heads, and cabins. The cockpit is another area which features more space, and adds a relaxing lounger to port side of the pilot station, and a bigger wet bar exterior galley. It is incredible what four extra centimeters in beam, and 1.25 meters in length can do. Performance always synonymous with the Rizzardi brand who also won the Endurance P1 championship in the top Evolution class both in 2002 and 03, is a top speed of 44 knots and a 37 of cruise with power coming from not so big MAN 730hp engines, and Italian made Top System surface drives. Considering the weight that is a good result showing good study of the hull lines and propulsion system.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.05 m (52.6ft)
Beam - 4.44 m
Draft - 1.02 m including props
Displacement - 21 t loaded, 18 t empty
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 550 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x MAN R6 730hp
Propulsion - Top System TS65 surface drives
Speed - 44 knots max, 37 knots cruise
Range - 300 nautical miles at cruise speed
Hull Shape - variable deep Vee with 15 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - E Glass with Vinilester resins, RINA certified
Design - Corrado Rizzardi
Certification - CE A

March 10, 2011

Project: Hinckley T55 Talaria Mk.II

Hinckley presents the project for its power traditional looking boat power range, with the T55 Talaria Mk.II. This new T55 will feature some important enhancements as new interior layout providing luxurious accommodations for both owner and guests. Guest cabin is significantly larger than previously and includes en suite head and shower. Guest cabin can be customized numerous ways for friends and families; queen bunk, two single bunks, convertible with three single bunks. Hinckley also improved the open air features of large electric sliding side windows and over sized electric overhead hatches providing a feeling of openness and airiness not experienced in other pilothouse yachts. All pilothouse windows are larger providing exceptional all around visibility and their frame less appearance enhances the beauty of the boat's profile. In addition to the fixed JetStick at the helm station, an innovative wireless handheld JetStick allows owners to precisely maneuver the yacht from any position on deck. This technology furthers the Hinckley commitment to making docking safe and simple, even with only one other person aboard. Improved cockpit layout with luxurious built-in settee. Power for the Hinckley T55 Talaria is for twin Cats 1000hp which give a 36 knots max, and a 28 knots cruise.