October 31, 2011

Monthly News - October 2011

-pic of the month- Gulf Craft in Doha

Azimut Wins Nautical Design Awards

Thursday, October 20, in Milan – capital of design and Made in Italy – the official ceremonies were held for the 2011 Nautical Design Awards, the most important and preeminent recognition devoted to boating design. Azimut Yachts was the star of the evening with Magellano 50, the secure and sophisticated long-range 50-footer that had its public premier one year ago. The panel of judges, which consisted of experts from the boating and design sectors coordinated by ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale – Association for Industrial Design) in collaboration with Yacht & Sail, recognised the Magellano 50, holder of the most awards in the category “Boats with Low Environmental Impact”, for its innovative capacity and extensive technological features in the service of the environment and the owner. Of the main characteristics, particularly noteworthy are the exclusive “Dual Mode” hull, a newly conceived semi-displacement hull that enables extremely smooth transition between displacement and planing modes, guaranteeing both optimal stability and comfort while underway and superior response and efficiency of the hull in both modes. With Magellano 50, Azimut Yachts offers not merely a new design but moreover new functions and a new yachting dimension, once again demonstrating its great innovative abilities and design and building expertise that puts it at the very top of the world boating industry. With the Nautical Design Award, the two yachts automatically gain access to another important triennial selection – open to all categories of products – the ADI Design INDEX, which brings with it the possibility of being awarded the Golden Compass, for more than 50 years the most coveted recognition for Italian design.

Azimut Wins Barca Dell'Anno 2011

The Azimut 45 has won the coveted 2011 Boat of the Year award from the magazine Vela e Motore, which was presented during the gala ceremony in Genoa on the evening of October 5. For ten years, this award has been given to the stars of the new boating season, conferring internationally important recognition on the winners. Once again, the Azimut brand, a part of the Azimut Benetti Group, has proven to be the market leader through the innovative spirit and unique design distinguishing its boats. In particular, the Azimut 45 model stood out for its functionality and design creativity; indeed, the most striking of these aspects are the modular flybridge, the offer of 2- or 3-cabin versions, the extraordinary galley with a length of 3.2 linear metres, and a VIP cabin amidships, whose size and the inclusion of a magnificent panoramic window make it a veritable second master cabin.

Azimut Earns Occupational Health and Safety System Certification

Azimut-Benetti SpA has obtained certification of its Occupational Health and Safety Management System, BS OHSAS 18001:2007. It is the first marine group specialized in luxury pleasure craft to obtain this certification for multiple production facilities. The certification was granted by the international body RINA and involved more than 14,000 hours of training to over 2,000 employees. While for the moment it regards the Avigliana and Savona works of Azimut Yachts and the Viareggio facility of the Benetti Class, extension of the certification to the Group’s other branches is already in the study and implementation phase.

Bavaria New Series

Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH announces at the Boat Show in Istanbul that it will be to adding a whole new series to their product range. In cooperation with Too Design, the renowned Italian design agency from Rome, the first model of the new luxury series is being developed at the moment and will be released in spring 2012. The team consisting of five designers and architects around Marco Casali already made a name for themselves within architecture, industrial and exhibition design. With its first model of this extraordinary design series Bavaria a will be entering a whole new segment.

Beneteau Group Communication

On Tuesday October 4th a broker passed on misleading comments to a certain number of investors, combining information released by the Group during the evening of Thursday September 29th with anonymous opinions from four dealers and unfounded rumors. Since then, many boat dealers have come forward to say that the claims do not reflect their business at the start of this season in any way at all. The Group would like to remind you that it will be communication on its vision of the market for 2011-12 season following the Autumn Shows as it does each year. However, it would like to clarify three points as of now. The Cannes and La Rochelle shows went well for the Group’s brands, with a level of activity that was virtually the same as last year. This indicator for the French market does not make it possible to draw any conclusions concerning changes in the overall market. Stocks of boats across the dealer networks are at normal levels for the start of this season. No Short-time working measures are planned or being looked into. Giving credence to this rumour can do nothing but undermine the qualty of labour relations established with the company. We are of course on hand should you require any further clarification or information following the communication.

Brunswick Higher Third Quarter Revenues

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) today reported results for the third quarter of 2011: Net sales of $876.7 million, up 8 percent versus third quarter 2010. Operating earnings improved by $10.4 million from third quarter 2010. Net earnings of $0.05 per diluted share versus net loss of $0.08 per diluted share in the prior year. Excluding restructuring charges, loss on early extinguishment of debt and special tax items in 2011 and 2010, net earnings were $0.33 per diluted share and $0.07 per diluted share, respectively. Cash and marketable securities of $546.7 million; debt reduced by $84 million during the third quarter of 2011. For the third quarter of 2011, the Company reported net sales of $876.7 million, up from $815.4 million a year earlier. For the quarter, the Company reported operating earnings of $35.6 million, which included restructuring and exit charges of $13.2 million. In the third quarter of 2010, the Company had operating earnings of $25.2 million, which included $12.2 million of restructuring, exit and impairment charges.  For the third quarter of 2011, Brunswick reported net earnings of $4.7 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $7.2 million, or $0.08 loss per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2010. The diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2011 included restructuring and exit charges of $0.14 per diluted share, loss on early extinguishment of debt of $0.13 per diluted share and a $0.01 per diluted share expense from special tax items. The earnings per diluted share for the third quarter of 2010 included $0.14 per diluted share of restructuring, exit and impairment charges and a $0.01 per diluted share loss on early extinguishment of debt.

Cigarette Named Readers Choice Again

Powerboat Magazine announced Cigarette Racing Team as the "Favorite V-Bottom" Manufacturer, for the second consecutive time, in its annual Readers' Choice Awards. The awards announcement was made in Powerboat's new internet magazine, in advance of the hard-copy December issue to be circulated at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 27-31 and provides insights into the psyche of performance boaters. Cigarette will display its newest model, which it predicts is the "next generation of performance," at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, floating dock H-I. The model line currently includes deep-V hulls of 38-50', both the iconic traditional in-board and the popular out-board center consoles. Since 1969, the company has been built upon creating the perfect powerboat and as Braver goes into his 10th model year as Cigarette's owner, he has built a team that is intent on continuing to raise the bar of the performance industry.

CRN and Riva with Christian Jankowski at Frieze Art Fair London 2011

CRN and Riva, two luxury yachting brands of the Ferretti Group, will play a central role in an installation by Berlin-based artist Christian Jankowski, at this year’s Frieze Art Fair 2011. Curated by Sarah McCrory, The Finest Art on Water will be part of Frieze Projects, a series of special commissions which offer viewpoints that will elicit a shift in the viewer’s perception as they move through the fair. Jankowski has collaborated with yacht builders CRN, featuring the project of a 68 metre vessel, whose exteriors and interiors lines are designed by the designers of Officina Italiana Design, and will be produced by the shipyard in the contemporary artwork. The Aquariva Cento, a limited edition boat, also designed by Officina Italiana Design, that is available as a tender for CRN superyachts and embodies the modern Riva style and elegance, will be sculpturally displayed as part of the installation, simultaneously challenging an art audience and yacht lovers. Jankowski aims to engage directly with the idea of sales and exchange and the value of luxury goods. The Finest Art on Water is not only a yacht but also an art work; an exclusive, ready-made art piece that implicates, involves and engages the spectator. Visitors to the installation will play the part of prospective buyers, as they view the interior and listen to the description of the boat. Jankowski’s work encompasses film, video and performance in which, consciously or subconsciously, viewers become active participants. CRN specializes in the construction of fully customised mega yachts in steel and aluminum from 44 to 85 metres and has recently launched a revolutionary range of custom pleasure ships ‘Dislopen’, combining the aesthetics of open boats with the comfort of displacement vessels. The Aquariva Cento, designed by Officina Italiana Design, which will be displayed sculpturally at Frieze, is the ultimate in elegance and luxury and was commissioned as a special edition to celebrate the hundredth unit of the original Aquariva. The soft, elegant lines of the 33 foot Aquariva Cento exude tradition, whilst still managing to be highly innovative. The valuable, skilfully carpentered woods of the deck are mahogany with maple inlay and the innovative, electronically-controlled, two speed gearbox brings out all the passion and power of the two 380 horsepower Yanmar engines, resulting in an exceptional performance. Founded in 1842 in Sarnico, Riva is the oldest shipyard in the world never to have interrupted production and is protected by the Italian Fine Arts Society. The original quality and artisan care have been maintained over the years, to which innovation, elegance, style and design have been added. The history of CRN is a story full of successes, which have been accumulating right from the beginning. Set up by Sanzio Nicolini in 1963, the shipyard immediately established itself in a market which targeted a very selected clientele. This has been the guiding principle behind CRN right from the outset and has earned it a position among the top world builders of luxury mega yachts in association with important designers who helped establish the brand internationally. Riva and CRN have a strong history of working together, dating back more than 40 years. Now the two brands have a collaboration to produce a new line of megayachts measuring more than 50 metres.

Fairline Offers AwlGrip Hull Color Options

Fairline Boats, a luxury motor yacht manufacturer, is offering customers a variety of Awgrip hull colour options for the 2012 Fairline model range. In addition to the existing Fairline factory gelcoat colour options, owners will also have the choice of a wide selection of Awlgrip colours as an option when purchasing a new Fairline from the Squadron flybridge and Targa express cruiser ranges. Offering high resistance to UV, a deep shine and gloss, Awlgrip coatings are available in a range of colours, including fast-drying metallic, pearls and special effect coatings. The first Targa 58 Gran Turismo to feature a metallic silver hull was achieved using Awlcraft SE, a high performance, high gloss and robust topcoat system from Awlgrip. The paint work on this latest Targa 58 Gran Turismo was shown to prospects during the award-winning express cruiser’s recent tour of the western Mediterranean. The 2012 Fairline range includes the Targa 38, Targa 38 Gran Turismo, Targa 44 Open, Targa 44 Gran Turismo, Targa 50 Gran Turismo, Targa 58 Gran Turismo, Squadron 42, Squadron 50, Squadron 65, and the Squadron 78 Custom.

Ferretti Group to Restructure Captital

The Board of Directors of Ferretti S.p.A., with the aim to maximize the value of the Group, also in light of an order portfolio that to date comprises approximately 465 million euros, an increase of around 44% compared to the 322 million euros on the same date in 2010, and also in consideration of the current financial market conditions, deliberated to start a consensual process to restructure its capital structure through a significant reduction in debt position and by raising new money. To this end, the Ferretti Group has already started talking to its main lenders, who have expressed their willingness to assess the possibility of such restructuring process. With regard to the offer by Shandong Heavy Industry Group (“SHIG”), the Board of Directors of the Ferretti Group, while confirming the industrial validity of a possible deal with the Chinese Company, deems that to date it still contains a number of elements of uncertainty, which therefore require further evaluation. The Ferretti Group therefore confirms its intention to continue to pursue discussions with counterparties with the aim to evaluate all opportunities. In terms of its business, despite the phase of contraction that the entire nautical sector is currently witnessing, the Ferretti Group continues to operate with the usual dynamism, taking part with its prestigious brands to all the main international nautical trade shows. After the Autumn shows in Cannes, Monaco and Genoa, the group today is present at the 52nd Boat Show in Ft. Lauderdale, with an impressive fleet of 15 models, of which 5 are exclusive debuts for the American market. In a bid to best satisfy the demands from the American markets, the Ferretti Group has presented in Ft. Lauderdale: the highly anticipated Ferretti Custom Line 100’ of the Ferretti Custom Line brand, the new Pershing 92’ of the Pershing brand, the Riva 86’ Domino of the Riva brand, the Ferretti 720 of the Ferretti Yachts brand and the Bertram 64’ of the Bertram brand. The Ferretti Group therefore confirms, also in this way, its objective of anticipating the trends of the nautical market in terms of quality and product innovation bringing forth the plans for its 8 brands that represent a prestigious example of the Made in Italy style around the world.

Ferretti Group Presents Ten iPad Apps

The Ferretti Group, one of the world's leaders in the design, construction and sale of motor yachts, is proud to present ten new applications designed exclusively for the Apple iPad. They are available free in the iPad App Store on iTunes, easily accessible by clicking on the icons above. The new apps allow users to get to know the history and current range of Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Riva, Mochi Craft and Ferretti Custom Line. Included are detail photos of both the interior and exterior of each yacht in the entire range in addition to deck by deck layouts to help you plan your next yacht. In addition to the full range application, single model applications have been developed for the Ferretti 720, Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 33 Crescendo, Pershing 74 and Itama 45. The Autumn 2011 edition of Protagonist, the exclusive magazine for Ferretti Group owners, is available as a free download in the iPad App Store. Published quarterly, Protagonist features the latest news from the Ferretti Group including the latest product launches, news & events. As you cruise into the end of the year, browse through the latest issue of iProtagonist. We are pleased to announce that the new Riva Iseo recently launched in Italy and is making its US debut later this year. Also enjoy some editor's picks highlighting the innovative Pershing 74 along with the announcement of the new Ferretti 690 and 870. Entrench yourself a little bit more in Ferretti Group's elegant lifestyle and make sure to take a minute to enjoy your time on the water this autumn.

Formula Boat Grabs National and World Championships

Offshore Team Formulaboats.com grabs National and World Championship. A Formula 382 Fastech has won the 2011 Amsoil Powerboat Series Class 4 National Championship Title! Ted Porter’s successful Precision Performance Engineering unlimited race team began working with TnT Racing to campaign the Formula 382 in the spring of 2010.

Gulf Craft Docks in Doha

Gulf Craft Inc., the leading manufacturer of fiberglass boat and yachts in the Middle East and Asia, docked at The Pearl, Qatar from October 27-29 as the host of its unique ‘Yachting Lifestyle Show’. Clients, media and the public were given the opportunity to view a range of luxury super yachts and yachts, sport cruisers and leisure boats from Gulf Craft’s Majesty Yachts, Oryx and Silvercraft brands at the Yachting Lifestyle Show, which was held in association with Gulf Craft’s Doha agents, Aurora Yachts and Speed Marine, as well as luxury lifestyle brand Tanagra. The Majesty 101 was the largest super yacht on display. Qatar has significant waterfront projects in various stages of development. For example, Lusail City, with a number of marinas and as many as 1,500 new berthing slots under development, is expected to become a busy maritime hub and waterfront destination when completed. In the meantime existing luxury lifestyle destinations such as The Pearl Qatar along the coast of Doha's prime West Bay district, already have berthing facilities available with more marina facilities planned, which are set to further boost the growth of the country’s marine leisure lifestyle. The country’s concentration of HNWIs and UHNWIs is another draw card. According to a recent report by Credit Suisse Research Institute, Qatar has the wealthiest people in the Middle East and North Africa region, with the average wealth per adult standing at $146,623 – a six-fold wealth increase since 2000.

Heesen Awarded the Prix du Design and two World Yacht Trophies.

Heesen Yachts, the Dutch shipyard and world leader in the construction of luxury superyachts, is proud to announce that MY Satori has recently been awarded two World Yacht Trophies in Cannes and the prestigious Prix du Design in Monaco. Satori is the first of Heesen’s new 50m aluminium class. Delivered last May and officially christened during the Monaco Grand Prix, has been cruising extensively in the Mediterranean. The World Yacht Trophies ceremony took place at the Carlton Beach, Cannes in mid-September. Satori was competing in the category Custom Yachts under 50m and she won both the Best Design and Best Layout and Decoration awards. Fabio Ermetto, Sales and Marketing Director at Heesen Yachts, collected the prizes and commented. The Prix du Design ceremony took place on board MY Satori herself whilst docked at Quai des Etats Unis during the XXI Monaco Yacht Show. HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, Gaëlle Tallarida – GM of the show – and Anna Becker from Nymphenburg, presented Satori’s Owner with the Prix du Design. The stunning trophy, the Volute Bowl, is a unique piece of ceramic designed by Ted Muheling and entirely hand crafted at the Nymphenburg atelier in Munich. Currently, eleven yachts, whose combined lengths total some 534 metres, will be delivered to their owners up to 2015 by Heesen Yachts. With designs driven by the latest technology, Heesen continues to epitomise state-of-the-art yacht-building.

Horizon Sign Second Mega Yacht Order for China

Horizon is pleased to announce a new mega yacht contract for a Horizon RP120 destined for the Chinese market – this is the second mega yacht order above 100 feet for China. The first, a 110ft Raised Pilothouse motoryacht, was recently completed and successfully sea tried in Kaohsiung Taiwan in August of this year. During the past few years, Horizon has expanded its home market of Asia, which now includes China and its growing demand for high quality super yachts. The Horizon RP120, in length of 120ft, will be the first yacht for its new owner, a successful business man from Shanghai, China who researched the Horizon RP120 against similarly-sized and styled yachts from all over the world. After a thorough evaluation of the quality, build flexibility and customer service offered by Horizon, the RP120 was the new owner’s choice for his first yacht. In the last 20 years, the Horizon Group has elevated Horizon to its current status as a global yacht brand and gained the largest market share for mega yachts 90 ft and above in neighboring markets such as Japan and Australia. Horizon endeavors to continue this trail of success and include the China super yacht market as one of the largest target markets.

Jarrett Bay Hull#56 Back Under Construction

Jarrett Bay is excited to announce that custom hull #56 has new owners and construction is officially back underway. Blank Check will be the largest build to date for Jarrett Bay Boatworks, and feature Twin MTU 16-V2000s at 2,600 hp each with conventional propulsion. With an anticipated launch date of Spring 2013, you'll be sure to hear a lot more about this build over the next year.

Linssen and Victorinox Share Vision

The new marketing concept of the renowned Maasbracht boatyard is a total success. During the HISWA in-water boat show in September, a new campaign was launched and new catalogues were issued. The show also featured the presentation of the first yacht resulting from the cross-marketing arrangement with Victorinox, the manufacturers of the Swiss Army Knife. The enthusiastic response was very satisfying for Yvonne Linssen, the third generation Linssen family member responsible for marketing and sales. The 30.9 Sedan Victorinox Edition is the first product that encapsulates the brand philosophy of both family firms in a entirely new dimension. The legendary quality and reliability of Victorinox knives applies in equal measure to the boats built in Maasbracht. Victorinox and Linssen are particularly proud of the fact that their shared vision and spontaneous cooperation (during the opening of the Victorinox Flagship Store along the Königsallee in Düsseldorf in February) quickly resulted in collaborative measures that both companies are skilfully exploiting and which extend far into 2012. The Victorinox Swiss Edition of Linssen Yachts is available as a 30.9 Sedan or in the AC version. As you would expect from a Linssen, this yacht is very complete and enhanced by the addition of Victorinox insignias (the famous cross and shield trademark). It goes without saying that the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife is also included. The striking red coating and the white superstructure clearly reflect this splendid product. Both versions are provided with very economical Volvo Penta diesel engines that guarantee efficient fuel use, low noise levels and environmentally-friendly operation. These characteristics have been very important to both companies for years as they have always placed great emphasis on sustainable energy use and respect for the environment! The 30.9 Victorinox with hull no. 2948 named "Emilia" did not feature long in the showroom as it was soon sold. The proud owner – who has been a convinced Victorinox Swiss Army Knife enthusiast since the age of 14 – is delighted with his new yacht. A series of 20 yachts in the Victorinox Swiss Edition has been planned. The second boat in this exclusive series is now under construction and is expected to be delivered to its owner in Switzerland in May 2012.

Maritimo New Interior Styling

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show was the first opportunity for US boating enthusiasts to view Maritimo's new interior styling by internationally awarded designer David Stewart. The new interior styling has already been a big success on the Australian boating scene since it was first launched in May this year and Maritimo extend an invitation for your own private viewing. The new interiors can be seen on the long range M48 Cruising Motoryacht and the 440 Offshore Convertible. Also on display was the C50 Sports Cabriolet, the 500 Offshore Convertible, the M56 Cruising Motoryacht and in conjunction with Twin Disc the C60 Sports Cabriolet featuring Twin Disc's EJS (Express Joystick System).

Overmarine Docks in Brazil

Overmarine Group’s development of new markets continues through the signing a new agreement for Brazil with Le Mon Group do Brazil. Le’Mon Group do Brasil today has become an uncontested reference in the world of luxury yachting in Brazil. The Le’Mon Group team relies on many decades of global experience in the entire yachting arena, private yachting, charter or fleet management, providing clients with an added value to purchasing decisions. Le’Mon Group is a network which encompasses technical experts including financial and fiscal advisors guarantying Brazilian clients an optimized service for the purchase and management of yacht as well as potential charter operations. The official agreement between Overmarine Group and Le’Mon Group was launched at the Sao Paolo Boat Show (13th-18th October 2011) with a Mangusta 130 scale model and images of the performing Maxi Open on display during a press conference with all the local media.

Overmarine New Communication Strategy

As anticipated at Cannes, Overmarine Group has embarked on a new communication strategy with a new advertising campaign and communication tools including a new website along with a new business strategy with the selection of strategic partners. As part of the new strategy, the Overmarine Group is developing the industrial area with a particular focus of the new structures in Pisa that will allow the Group to soon enter a new market segment: custom-built yachts in steel and aluminum. The facilities in the new boating area of Pisa cover an area of 20,000 square meters, of which 9,000 are covered with a height of 20 meters. These spaces allow the construction of yachts over 60 meters. The facilities will be opened early next year and in the meantime the project of the Mangusta 205 will be finalized and production will begin as soon as the premises will be available. The Mangusta range has also been renovated, while maintaining the timeless design, through the introduction of new technical and aesthetic improvements.

Palm Beach Takes Best Powerboat Trophy

The Australian designed and built Palm Beach 55 motor yacht has, for the second consecutive year, been awarded the prestigious ‘Best Powerboat’ trophy for its category at the Newport International Boat Show in America. The Palm Beach 55 Express was recognized by the judges as being superior to many of the world’s best-known brands in motor yachts. It is the first time in the 41-year history of this highly regarded show that the same company has won this award two years in a row. The Newport International Boat Show, which is staged on the historic waterfront of Newport, Rhode Island, is the official venue for the debut of the best new boats and boating products for America’s 2012 season. It is one of the largest in-water boat shows in the country. Richards, who is well known in international sailing circles as the skipper of Sydney Hobart race record holder and five-time line honours winner, Wild Oats XI, said that apart from impressing the judges, the Palm Beach 55 proved to be a ‘show-stopper’ with boating enthusiasts in Newport. They were most impressed by the Palm Beach 55’s styling, sensible accommodation plan, standard of finish and performance. A New York businessman ordered a Palm Beach 50 on the spot during the Newport show, and subsequently a Florida couple ordered a Palm Beach 55. Richards is expecting more orders to be confirmed within weeks. The company has four models in its range – the Palm Beach 45, 50, 55 and 65.

Riviera at Full Throttle

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded pleasure boat builder is powering forward into the southern hemisphere summer with 32 new boats with a retail value of $50 million currently under construction and all scheduled for pre-Christmas completion and delivery. The 32 boats currently under construction are destined for owners around Australia and around the world including Dubai, Seattle, New Zealand, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Russia. Riviera’s chief operating officer Paul Lyons said production staff were on track to complete the full compliment of boats before Christmas. Riviera has received a lot of positive feedback at these recent major boat shows and there has been strong interest in Riviera’s latest models, the new 53 Enclosed Flybridge which has sold 17 since its launch in May 2011, 61 Series II Enclosed Flybridge which has sold 8 since its launch in May 2011 and 43 Open Flybridge which has sold 30 since its launch in May 2010. This continued strong support for the brand and improved exchange rates is positive news for Riviera’s exports. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said there was growing international demand for Riviera’s luxury cruisers. Riviera looks forward to 2012 and the continued growth of export sales and is actively searching for quality, skilled tradespeople and production employees with a positive and committed attitude who want to work for a world-class company, building high quality, prestigious boats for domestic and international clients. In Riviera’s 30 year history, the company has produced more than 4,800 boats, 60 different models and currently employs more than 400 staff at its state-of-the-art 14 hectare facility in Coomera, Queensland, Australia.

Riviera Congratulates its Graduating Apprentices

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded pleasure boat builder has congratulated nine of its apprentices who through hard work and dedication are now qualified tradesmen. Human Resources manager Deanne Lugton said it was pleasing to see apprentices graduating from all realms of the boat building industry. Graduating apprentices Scott Salmon (Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction), Stuart Tilsley (Certificate III in Marine Craft Construction), Rhys Phillips (Certificate III in Plastics Composites), Robert Geddes (Certificate III in Engineering Electrical/Electronics), Mitchell Seaward (Certificate III in Furniture Making/Cabinet Making), Bradley Herselman (Certificate III in Furniture Making/Wood Machining), Luke Hawkins (Certificate III in Furniture Making/Cabinet Making), Jai Schmitt (Certificate III in Furniture Making/Cabinet Making) and Jayden Anderson (Certificate Marine Craft Construction) were elated to be recognized for their achievement. Riviera hosted a special lunch to congratulate its newest tradesmen where Riviera’s chief operating officer Paul Lyons commended all nine apprentices on completing their apprenticeships. In Paul’s address at the lunch he said Riviera had a history of more than 15 years in training and helping to develop the company’s apprentices.

Sanlorenzo Awarded Best Boat of the Year

The new Sanlorenzo yacht has been awarded as best superyacht at the 51st Genoa International Boat Show. The jury of the Award, created by the well affirmed magazine Vela&Motore (Edisport Publishing), now at its 10th edition, gave the recognition to the SL94 as Best Boat of the Year 2011 for the superyacht cathegory exhibited at the 51st International Boat Show. The reasons of the jury composed of University professors, yacht designers and experts of the yachting world are the following: An innovative yacht produced by a Shipyard that get us used to the beauty without exaggerations, to the plain elegance applied in a hull of 28.60 meters but rich of innovations also regarding the onboard way of lining. A yacht to enjoy the sea faultlessly and the most strict elegance, with solutions offering more comfort and privacy to the owner and his guests. A praise to the brave entrepreneurial soul and to the interior designer, Francesco Paszkowski at his best creative effort in trend with the tailor made tradition of the Shipyard.

Sunreef CEO Meets France Prime Minister

Sunreef’s CEO Francis Lapp, had a pleasure to meet in person the Prime Minister of France, Mr. François Fillon, visiting Poland on the occasion of the Eastern Partnership Summit held in between 29 and 30 September 2011 in Warsaw. On 29 September, a meeting with French community living in Poland was organized in French Embassy in Warsaw. Gathering most successful French entrepreneurs operating in Poland, the meeting was oriented towards emphasizing common historical and political bonds and discussing business cooperation between both countries. Francis Lapp had a chance to exchange a few words with Mr. Fillon who congratulated Sunreef’s founder on his innovating ideas and international success with the Sunreef brand.

Sunreef Establishes US Office

Globally renowned for its luxury custom-made catamaran yachts, Sunreef Yachts keeps spreading its wings and has been speeding up the promotion process within the Americas. The Poland-based shipyard has now established its first US office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the new centrally-located office on SE 17th Street, a short walking distance to the Pier 66 Marina. The US office has been operating since 2009 as the American base for Sunreef Yachts Charter, and is now expanding to sales and brokerage. Sales operations will be led by Martha Lukasik, President of Sunreef Yachts Charter and recently named Sunreef Sales Director for the Americas. Martha has been with Sunreef Yachts for more than 7 years and she has all the knowledge and contacts to reinforce the brand through a consistent brokerage network and direct client relations. The US team also participated the Fort Lauderdale boat show.

Sunreef TV New Videos

Filmed partly in Gdansk, Poland and partly in Cannes, after the Festival de la Plaisance 2011, our recent videos feature new yachts launched in May 2011: Sunreef 58 IN THE WIND and the 70 Sunreef Power Damrak II. Both yachts will attend the upcoming Antigua Charter Show in December 2011 displayed by Sunreef Yachts Charter.

Sunseeker Go Around the Globe with Peters and May

Peters & May, the global leader in boat shipping and logistics, recently shipped two Sunseeker yachts to Hong Kong from the yacht builder's shipyard in Poole, UK. As an independent shipping company, without ties to any particular carrier, Peters & May can devise a variety of shipping options to suit a client's budget, time-table and destination. The Sunseeker Predator 115 has a raised wheel house and full fly-bridge, which adds to the challenge of shipping such a sizable, tall boat. This Predator became the largest boat to be transported under-deck on a container vessel which helped to ensure its safety and protection from the elements in transit. Floating cranes were used to load the 135-ton yacht from the water to the container vessel enroute to Hong Kong. The second yacht, a Sunseeker Predator 130, was shipped directly to Hong Kong on a general cargo ship, or break bulk vessel to reduce its transit time and protect it from other cargo onboard. The 145-ton Sunseeker yacht was loaded onto a Peters & May custom-made cradle, lifted by the ship's own gear and shipped to Hong Kong, where it was discharged directly into the water.

Sunseeker Supplier Awards 2011

Sunseeker International's Supplier of the Year Awards 2011 were hosted by Andrew Macdonald - Director of Procurement at the PSP Southampton Boat Show on Tuesday 20th September on the Sunseeker stand. The awards were presented by President Robert Braithwaite at a morning reception for the award winners. The awards are presented to suppliers and partners who have been recognized for their outstanding performance in meeting the organizations most demanding requirements. Following the reception all guests were able to visit the boats on display and see how their products or services contribute to the finished product. This year's winners were: MSA Manufacturing Ltd who received the Award for Production Support; Amber Composites Ltd who received the Award for Technical Innovation; Marine Concepts Ltd who received the Award for Quality; The Electric Center who received the Award for Value Improvement; Key Industrial Equipment Ltd who received the Award for Outstanding Service; Andrew Rice from Elite Fabrications and Welding Ltd who received the Award for Outstanding Individual Service; Mploy Staffing Solutions Ltd who received the Award for Indirect Supplier; Candido Hermida who received the Award for Best New Supplier; Trend Marine Ltd who received the Award for Business Improvement; Sunseeker International Mouldings Ltd who received the Award for Best Internal Supplier.

Sunseeker Accepts RINA Green Plus Certification

Sunseeker International accepted the prestigious Rina Green Plus Certification at the Green Yacht Plus Awards that were held on the opening night at the recent Monaco Yacht Show which welcomed HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. The Green Plus Certification is granted by RINA as further recognition to those companies that will go that one step further with investing in environmental excellence to achieve the highest level of certification. To attain Green Plus Certification, Sunseeker International was put through a stringent and in-depth testing process where RINA evaluated ten different pollution sources from engine requirements through to environmental control procedures. All Sunseeker craft throughout the range have attained recognition for incorporating the highest possible standard of environmental performance and energy efficiency, whilst making a significant investment with design solutions, onboard equipment and operational procedures; which all contribute to an improvement in environmental performance beyond the levels required by international regulation on environmental protection. RINA is one of the oldest classification societies and certification companies in the world. Today the company spans the globe as a multi-faceted company, sharing its knowledge and experience through a wide range of services which help industries and the community to improve their business quality of life. The company is committed to continuous improvements in its environmental practices.

New Model: Absolute 53 Fly

Absolute presents the new 53 Fly which is a further development of the 50 model of the same line.  The Absolute 53 Fly main modifications versus the 50 are quite a few and are to be found in all areas from increased cabin height, larger opening side windows, different more aggressive looking bathing platform, larger aft crew cabin with large view window, more extended larger flybridge in length by seventy centimeters, galley reconfiguration with additional cabinet, modified saloon settee with increased seating capabilities, and internal helm redesign now offering better ergonomics with better all around view. Some options seem also to have vanished from the Absolute 53 Fly technical data of the official website versus the 50 model, like the option of the two cabin layout with owners stateroom moving to midships, and the choice of only twin or triple Volvo 435hp engines with IPS pods propulsion, removing the small 370hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.55 m (54.3ft)
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
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, 3 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS600 dual propeller forward looking pods
Speed - 36 knots max, 28 knots cruise with 3 x 435hp
Project - Absolute Research and Development Lab
Certification - CE B

October 29, 2011

Project: Ferretti 870

Ferretti presents the 870 project, a model which is set to be launched coming Spring 2012 and will replaces the 830.  Designed again by long time since 1990 Ferretti collaborator architect Giovanni Zuccon and the Italian Group Advanced Yacht Technology department the 870 follows a lot of the new looks present by the 2010 launched 800.  The exterior line in fact can make you think for this model to be a two and half deck, which on actual facts it is not.  The 870 will offer a four cabin lower deck layout with a full beam owners stateroom, two VIP suites, and a fourth guest cabin. A crew cabin sleeping from three to four persons is located aft.  The main deck continues Ferretti pure Italian layout of a dining entertainment relaxing lounging area, separate galley, day head, and a door divided pilot house to fore.  The aft deck surprises for its wet bar located to port side.  Power will be from twin MTU 1948hp which give an estimated project top speed of 30 knots to this seventy plus tons motor yacht.

October 28, 2011

New Model: Atlantis 58

Atlantis presented in Cannes its new flagship the 58 which makes itself the biggest model of the range ever built by the Piacenza, Italy based builder.  Before to this the biggest Atlantis build was the Stefano Righini designed 55 which started production in 2004, and was stopped in 2009. The 58 model which measures over 61 feet takes also place of the 54 as the biggest model of the current Altantis line up, and follows the new lines as started last year by NeoDesign of Salvetti and Biaggi with the 48.  The 58 also continues the We Are Open Atlantis philosophy for a very fresh exterior aft deck, although since then the builder part of the Azimut Benetti Group is also now showing rendering for an option of a four part patio door dividing the cockpit area.  The lower cabin plan apart having a C-shaped saloon, and galley in standard form offers three double cabins, with a full beam owners suite.  But the option exists here too for a replacement to the third cabin, with an office, or a gym.  Very original idea and rare to find for an open sport yacht of this dimensions I must add.  Power options are twin MAN engines of considerable power for the size of the Altantis 58 with standard being twin MAN 1000 or optional 1200hp.  Hull one which is powered by the bigger option has since its maiden voyage in early September from Savona to Cannes, and Genoa done recently a long trip up to Turkey which in its first sea trials delivered three extra digits to the predicted top speed of 38 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.89 m (61.9ft)
Hull Length - 17.17 m
Beam - 4.89 m
Draft - 1.4 m fully loaded
Displacement - 22t unloaded, 27 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth aft
Engines - 2 x MAN 1000hp, 1200hp
Propulsion - straight line shaft with Vee Drive
Speed - 38 knots max, 34 knots cruise with Mans 1200hp, 36 knots max with MAN 1000hp
Hull Type - modified Vee with 17 degrees dead rise aft
Project - NeoDesign, Filippo Salvetti and Marco Biaggi
Certification - CE B

News: Galeon October 2011

Galeon has been nominated for the European Powerboat of the Year in two major categories, under 25 feet, and under 45 feet.  The jury from German magazine Boote recognised the quality and innovative design of the two new models; Galeon 420 Fly, and Galia 670 Middle Cabin. 
Galeon Yachts presents it new iPad application available at the Apple App Store.  Galeon encourages to test this new media application.  The Galeon Yachts application contains comprehensive information about the Polish company, completed model range, a dealer locator, and a virtual sampler of the colors and fabrics used on the eighteen cruisers and yachts from 26 to 78 feet.  The Galeon Yachts App is suited to Apple iPad, and iPad 2 devises and can be found at the Apple App Store under name 'Galeon Yachts'.  The Galeon Yachts App is free. 

Improve-it = Cabo 36 Express

Launched in 2009, Cabo 36 Express comes into the 2011 season with a new engine propulsion set up featuring ZF famous pod drives unit.  This will result in the 36 Express having easier marina handling, better mileage to the liter, and also better performance.  Power for the new set up will be from twin Cat engines delivering 460hp each.  So far the Cabo design team did renovate or modify the interior and cockpit plans with this new engine propulsion set up.  That means that the lower deck is still the same layout plan sleeping five in a three berths plus two coming from the convertible C-shaped saloon.  The 36 Express is the second Cabo to receive the pod treatment after a standard shaft propulsion set up, having the US builder also added this option on the 40 Express.

October 27, 2011

New Model: Beneteau 44 Flyer Gran Turismo

Based on nearly everything on the 42 Montecarlo, Beneteau's 44 Flyer Gran Turismo has been one of the  new models from the famous World know French boat building giant for the fall of 2011. The 44 Flyer Gran Turismo renovates the 42, with a more extended bathing platform, and large view windows now also serving the VIP suite to fore.  For the rest this model builds on the plus of the previous replacement with the spacious L-shaped galley and its full size fridge freezer, and midships owners stateroom standing out as the most characteristics. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.5 m (44.3ft)
Hull Length - 13.2 m
Beam - 3.93 m
Draft - 0.70 m ex props
Displacement - 8900 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 400 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 200 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPS dual prop stern drive
Hull Type - Beneteau Air Step
Project - P.Andreanni Design
Certification - CE B12

News: Nord West October 2011

The Scandinavian Boat Show is the only indoor show in Scandinavia in the fall of this year between 9th to 13th November, a show especially aiming to represent powerboats and sailing boats over 7 meters. In the Nord West Najad stand AMD:05 the whole sales team of the Swedish boat builder will welcome you, and onboard the exhibits Nord West 370 Flybrige, Nord West 430 Sports Top, Najad 440CC and Najad 355. The show is the most exclusive indoor boat show and whether you have a boat or not you will find many exciting accessories like new marine fashion clothing and cozy and pleasant environments to spend your time in, like the popular Yacht Club. Stockholm City also offers many fun and exciting activities and also joining the boat show two more shows open up their doors on 10th-13th November: Allt för hälsan (All about your health) and Det goda köket (The Good Kitchen), which means there is something for everyone!
On the 29th of October Hanseboot 2011 will commence and will continue up until the 6th of November. Nordwest will be present with a 370 Coupe, 370 Sports Top, and a Najad 440 CC.  Magnus Lundgren, Staffan Asp, Patricia Bornfleth, Johan Stübner and Birgitta Andersson look forward in meeting with you at the Nord West stands in Hall B6 Stand A111 where the 370 Coupe and Sports Top will be exhibited.  If you would like to know more about any of the Nord West models or perhaps would like a specification prepared according to your own wishes of how you would like your boat equipped, please don’t hesitate to contact the five staff personnel to make your visit as efficient as possible.
A consortium consisting of the boat manufacturer Nord West and Orust Yacht Service has acquired Najadvarvet, which went into liquidation on 9 August. The acquisition applies to the entire operation in Henån on the Swedish island of Orust, with production, winter storage and service. During the last fiscal year, Najadvarvet produced 25 high-quality sailing yachts and also had a significant level of service activity at the facilities in Henån on Orust. North West operates on nearby Vindön and last year they manufactured 37 high-quality motor boats.  Nord West foresees significant synergies resulting from the merger. The companies have the same industrial base and have grown out of the craftsmanship and maritime expertise established in Orust over generations.  Benny Martinsson founder and owner of Nord West said he is very pleased of this acquisition, and also advised he intends to continued the expansion of Najad line of sail boats from 35 to 57 feet.  Najad’s harbour facility has been managed by Claes Samuelsson for many years and he will now work with entrepreneur Bertil Karlsson to make an even greater effort in the areas of winter storage, servicing and insurance repairs in Henån in order to meet customers wishes for a comprehensive solution for boat users. Najadvarvet was founded in 1971 and has manufactured over 2,000 yachts. The company became bankrupt after a vigorous expansion in 2005-07, during which the company’s product development, investments and sales doubled. After the peak year of 2007, when sales exceeded SEK 300 million, the company was hit by the financial crisis in 2008, when sales fell sharply. Despite significant capacity reductions, the company was forced to file for bankruptcy in early August 2011.  The new owners wish to sincerely thank the lawyer Jan Save from the law firm Hammer, lawyer Lars Zetterberg and his colleagues at the consultancy Ackordscentralen and also Najadvarvet’s previous owner, Animatrix Capital, for their professional work to close the deal, thereby safeguarding Najad’s long-term future and the possibility of regain its position as one of the world’s leading yacht manufacturers along with Nord West.  Nord West was founded in 1985 by Benny Martinsson and has 130 employees. Sales last year amounted to about SEK 360 million. The company is family owned and consists of boat building and maintenance at Vindön/Orust, as well as a facility in Lysekil for hull construction and plastic fittings. Today the boatyard is one of the most modern in Sweden and sells boats around the world.  According to Claes, the work of winter storage has already started and, if you have not yet decided where to service your boat this winter, both motor boats and yachts are welcome at Orust Yacht Service. Benny explains that new boat production will begin shortly, and the team looks forward to re-launching Najad at the autumn boat shows in Hamburg and Stockholm.

Project: Sessa 40 Fly

Sessa presents its last project for the 2011 year, the 40 Fly which is set to be presented World wide in the upcoming Barcelona boat show.  The 40 Fly a creation from Sessa sole architect Christian Grande presents a  design with similar looks to the mid Summer launched 45, and the 54 models of the same line.  She is Sessa second in size flybridge boat after the much appreciated 36 Dorado of the fishing line.  The 40, just as the two other bigger Fly models is about offering open spaces in a sport profile.  Considering the dimensions here the spaces look good in all areas from the flybridge to the aft deck, interior saloon, and the two cabins located in the lower deck.  A well sized L-shaped galley is located below.  Power options have not been announced but the picture above does show bits of the IPS pod drives, which come in with Volvo diesel engines.

October 26, 2011

New Model: Hinckley T44 Mk.II Flybridge

Hinckley presents the Talaria 44 Mk.II Flybridge.  The flybridge version is a new addition to the Talaria 44 which in the new mark two version gets updated with larger engines, and more open air features in the pilot house.  The flybridge upper deck of the T44 Mk.II features a  helm console located to starboard, a C-shaped settee to port, and central mast radar arch to central aft.  Access to the fly deck is from a staircase located to starboard.  The interior features a main deck saloon with two L-shaped settees, and lower helm to starboard.  The pilot house also becomes very much a fresh air opening area thanks to sliding side windows, and removable glasses. The lower cabin deck features an owners suite to fore,  separate head and shower room, C-shaped saloon, and L-shaped galley to port side.  Performance is a 33 knots max from twin Cummins 550hp and the renowned Jet Drive low draft propulsion from Hinckley.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.41 m (44ft)
Waterline Length - 12.49 m
Beam - 4.11 m
Draft - 0.71 m
Displacement - 14061 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1892 l
Water Capacity - 378 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 8.3m 550hp
Propulsion - Hamilton 322 Jet Drives
Speed - 33 knots max, 28 knots cruise
Hull Type - modified Vee with sixteen degrees deadrise aft
Construction - Scrimp DualGuard, Kevlar and Carbon E-Glass composite hull with Vinylester resin. E-glass deck

Improve-it = Tiara 4300 Open

Tiara Yachts announces the installation of ZF Zeus pods in it's 4300 Open model. This addition to the 4300 Open defines this sportfish cruiser express in the marketplace today, and will be the first Tiara, powered by Cummins MerCruiser Diesel with ZF Zeus propulsion combination.  The first 4300 Open fitted with this propulsion system is now under construction and will make its debut later this month at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. The 4300 Open is equipped with twin ZF Zeus 3000 series pods coupled to Cummins 600hp engines. It uses the intuitive joystick for docking and other slow speed maneuvers, fundamentally changing the ability to control the large power vessel with protection and confidence in the most challenging conditions. The system also offers more speed and economy to the 4300 Open.  Tiara Yachts is no stranger to pod technology, being one of the first to have used Volvo IPS, and also to fix a triple pods installation on its 5800 Sovran flagship. 

October 25, 2011

New Model: Unica 50

It's been a long time coming for the Naples, Italian based builder Unica to presents its second model the 50, and now finally in 2011 it has arrived.  The new big Unica, just as the smaller 42 is a design of the famous Brunello Acampora's Victory studio who for the 50 presented a hull of open boat inspiration but without forgetting pure cruiser roots both inside and outside.  The Unica 50 surprises for many aspects of its construction, from the spaces above and below decks, and a high technological Kevlar construction.  The standard interior plan offers a three cabins layout, with an owners suite to fore, C-shaped saloon, L-shaped galley, and a second guest head.  An important is that the interior can all but be personalized as it features no structural moulds, meaning that in the construction process the Unica team have quite a big liberty to modify the layout of same.  Power for the Unica 50 comes from standard Volvo 435hp in IPS pods which give a 36 knots max speed, and 30 knots not only thanks to the efficiency of the propulsion, but also the high tech construction which weighs the Unica at just fourteen tons with these engines.  Alternative is for a high performance twin MAN 800hp engines, with the Award winning Flexidrive surface drives being available.      
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.33 m (50.2ft)
Hull Length - 14.00 m
Beam - 4.30 m
Draft - 0.90 m ex props
Displacement - 14 t
Fuel Capacity - 1450 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo IPS600 D6 435hp, MAN 800hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual prop IPS pods, Flexidrive surface drives
Speed - 36 knots max, 30 knots cruise with Volvo 435hp
Construction - Kevlar composite
Project - Victory Design

October 24, 2011

Project: Estensi 360 Goldstar S

Following the launch of its new flagship the 640 Maine, Estensi shipyard from Italy returns to concentrate on its traditional down east looking Goldstar line, and presents the project for the 360 S.  This model will be the entry level of the Goldstar Sport line which will now feature five cruisers and yachts from 36 up to 54 feet, and is planned for launch in the coming Spring of 2012.  The Sport line represents a more modern take on the lobster boat looks with designer Zuccheri presenting a sloop stern, and sleeker upper structure pilothouse.  Contrary to what one would believe the 360 Goldstar S will also feature a different hull to what the Classic version offers, with a wider beam by ten centimeters, and longer waterline length.  Her interior will offer a lower accommodation deck with a two double cabins plan, and L-shaped galley.  The main deck saloon will offer the living daily relaxing area with a C-shaped saloon, opposite entertainment unit, and the helm station to starboard.  Power to the Vee shaped planning hull will be from standard FPT engines 270hp or optional 380 in traditional line shaft propulsion.

New Model: Apreamare 66 Maestro

Launched the past Spring the Apreamare 66 Maestro represented a lot of first from this Naples, Italian company.  Important novelties came from the 66 Maestro, being it is the first new model of Apreamare since this is being owned again by the Aprea family, and second is that is also hull one to be powered by pods.  Fast forward six months later, and today Apreamare features already three new models with pod propulsion.  Born as a redesign of the 65 Maestro, the 66 and the use of Volvo IPS pods, features a new hull shape, and structures to suit the Volvo propulsion system needs.  This resulted with designer Zuccon redesigning the interior of the 66 Maestro, which now has bigger cabins, and the bonus of a fourth room.  Most important is also a full beam owners stateroom located to midships, being much more spacious. Crew quarters located to midships behind the owners room have also gained volume and also feature an utility room, and now two cabins.  Power data from the twin Volvo 900hp is excellent delivering 32 knots max speed, and a 27 of cruise. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.3 m (69.9ft)
Hull Length - 20.9 m
Waterline Length - 17.1 m
Beam - 5.70 m
Draft - 1.80 m
Displacement - 36 t unloaded, 42 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 4300 l
Water Capacity - 820 l
Accommodation - 7 berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew berths
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x Volvo D12 800hp, D12 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS3 1050 or 1200 pod drives with forward looking dual propeller
Speed - 32 knots max 27 cruise with 900hp, 30 knots max 26 cruise with 800hp
Range - 410 nm at 27 knots cruise, 700 nm at 12 knots with Volvo 900hp
Hull Type - modified Vee with spray rails and 16 degrees dead rise aft 
Project - Zuccon International for lines and interior, Umberto Tagliavarini hull shape
Certification - CE 2003/44 A, certification modules R.I.Na. B

October 23, 2011

New Model: Gulf Craft 95 Nomad

Gulf Craft presents the 95 Exp, which returns the United Arab Emirates builder to reuse its name after a certain time.  Today Gulf Craft has rebranded itself with three brands; Majesty, Oryx, and Silvercraft.  Will this new model mean a return to a range with the Gulf Craft name only time or the builder itself can answer this question.  The 95 Exp features hybrid European and US looks with wrap-around main windows, incredibly spacious living areas and staterooms, evoke a feeling of being in an exclusive loft on the water. Whether you choose for the optional balcony folding out over the water or not, the immense fly-bridge space and bow area seating arrangement are already providing you with an unrivalled al-fresco lifestyle experience.  The interior features a forward part with four guest staterooms, while to aft we have a crew lobby with two cabins and direct access to the engine room. The Gulf 95 Exp with this last term meaning Explorer presents itself with a long range cruising capability, gyro stabilization, an excellent helm and a construction optimized for durability and safety at sea. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.13 m (95.5ft)
Waterline Length - 23.51 m
Beam - 7.10 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 93 t
Fuel Capacity - 17035 l
Water Capacity - 1662 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew cabins sleeping 4
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1925hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 25 knots max

October 22, 2011

Web: Innovazioni Progetti New Web Site

Innovazioni Progetti presents its new World wide web global virtual showroom.  Located on the Adriatic Sea Innovazioni an Progetti is an Italian boat builder founded in 1994 and 1998 presents its range of open sports cruisers the Mira and Alena, the first offering stern drive power and the second shaft in line propulsion. Innovazioni Progetti is a company headlined by three persons; Michele Carnevale designer, Danniela Fabri manager, and Mariano Giglio president with its main focus always being based on family comfortable cruisers and yachts, with luxury interiors fitted out in natural wood. The company has grown as to offer today a range of twelve sports cruisers and yachts, divided into three ranges; Mira four models, Alena five, and IP three. The line up starts from the ten metres of the 34 Mira up to the 72 Elena. The new Innovazioni Progetti website takes you around in the following pages: Home, Flotta, Usato, Asistenza, Valutazione Usato, Partners, Communicazioni, Lavora Con Noi, Dove Siamo, and Contatti.  The website has also like buttons for social networks as facebook, Tweeter, Linkledin, and Live. Again as the previous website version one of the drawbacks is that it so far only available in Italian, and again from here we hope for an English version.

Project: Moonen 100 Explorer

Moonen presents the project for the 100 Explorer.  This new super yacht is designed by Vripack who presents a two decks with looks reminiscent of a trawler explorer, but without forgetting a sleek profile.  Construction will be for a steel hull in grade A, and an aluminium super structure, finished off with an AWL Grip exterior paint.  The general arrangement of the 100 Explorer will present three double guest cabins, with a full beam owners stateroom located to midships.  Crew accommodation will be located to fore offering a lobby with an L-shaped settee, along with two guest cabin one double for the captain, and a singles for two other persons.  The crew area also features direct access to the pilot station. The main deck level is split in two areas, the lower entry area offering relaxing and dining, and the raised part having galley, and the interior helm station.  The flying bridge is also a split level area offering a forward part dedicated for a relaxing area during navigation and features a sun pad along the helm station, while to aft is the tender stowage, a central jacuzzi pool, and a free area with wet bar.  Power for the Moonen 100 Explorer will be from twin Cats 609hp engines which give a top speed of 13 knots, 12 of cruise, and 10 of economic which gives a 5000 nautical miles range before needing to refuel over 30000 liters of fuel.      

October 21, 2011

New Model: Rodman 31 Spirit Open

Rodman presents the 31 Spirit Open. a hard top less version of this model launched a year ago in September 2010.  Thanks to this configuration and the 31 Spirit Open moving circular aft settee, this model gives impressive space outdoors for a sport cruiser measuring just over nine meters.  The catch here is that with the open version one looses the convertible double berth coming from the L-shaped settee on the main deck, and an all year sun or rain possible usage.  But if you are planning a more day use or cruise as a small family and mostly in Summer this should suit just as well ones needs, as below decks there is still accommodation for three berths in two areas, and a separate shower head.  Power for the Fulvio De Simoni designed Rodman 31 Spirit Open is from a single or twin 220hp, with various engine choices in between.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.48 m (31.9ft)
Hull Length - 7.95 m
Beam - 3.36 m
Draft - 0.62 m
Displacement - 5900 kg single engine, 6300 kg twin engines
Fuel Capacity - 450 l
Water Capacity - 110 l
Max Persons - 8
Accommodation - 3 berths
Engines - 1 x Nanni T4 220hp, Volvo D4 225hp, D4 300hp, Cummins QSD4.2 320hp  
2 x Volvo D3 170hp, D3 220hp, Yanmar 4BY2 180hp
Project - Fulvio de Simoni
Certification - CE B

News: Tropicalboat Charters October 2011

In length of 72.40m yacht RM Elegant is ranked amongst the most elite charter yachts, in a dynamic, futuristic and unmistakable profile. RM Elegant offers accommodation for up to 30 guests in 15 Suites with en suite facilities, 13 of these Suites converted to Kings or Twins. With a capacity for 100 guests while at anchor and 150 guests when berthed she is undoubtedly and exceptional venue! The RM Elegant is the perfect setting for a special occasion and thus with good reason she has become known as ‘The Party Boat’. Few charters occur without a party on board be this a birthday or some other special event. Many famous singers and bands are now regular entertainers. From MIPIM to the Grand Prix our attention to detail will ensure that your corporate event will be the talk of the show whether this is a one night event or a continuous stream of lunches, dinners and cocktails. Launching a film or product, raising money for charity the exclusivity of the RM Elegant lends you the prestige often required. Of course, upon a special license issuance, the yacht may facilitate over 30 guests for a coastal cruising. RM Elegant is a great yacht with an extensive range of entertainment capabilities and water toys, in commands of a highly qualified Master and crew (31 members). The yacht is capable of cruising in the Mediterranean and worldwide destinations in grace, safety and excellent performance. Classed as a "Passenger Vessel", is complying with SOLAS (category: "Passenger Ship") and USCG, as well as USPH regulations, making her unique in a worldwide cruising. The yacht is lying in Cap Ferrat during summer and in St.Marteen during winter.

New Model: Monte Carlo Yachts MCY65

A year after launching its first model Monte Carlo yachts the head lining motor yacht brand of Beneteau Group, presents the second of the range with MCY65.  Designed again by Italian firm from Venice Nuvolari and Lenard, the MCY65 continues the family feeling both inside and outside presented with the first Monte Carlo Yachts model the MCY76.  Again the Italian designers presented very hybrid external looks with what is a bit explorer, traditional, and ends its result as one of the most contemporary yachts in the market today.  A spacious three cabins lower deck, plus double crew cabin aft serves the MCY65.  The living deck is a split level saloon, with the MCY65 also featuring the much appreciated astern galley which also serves the cockpit and becomes a convivial area.  There is also an innovative office desk behind the helm to starboard side.  The flybridge continues the feel of space and a light weight carbon made hard top covered area which is practicable, and most of all looks stylish.  Impressive the performance not for its speed but for the not so big power 1000hp MAN engines which give a 31 knots max.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.68 m (64.5ft)
Hull Length - 18.28 m
Beam - 5.20 m
Displacement - 28 t dry, 33 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Engines - 2 x MAN V8 1000hp
Speed - 31 knots max, 27 knots cruise
Project - Nuvolari Lenard
Certification - CE A

October 20, 2011

Project: Mochi 64 Dolphin Cruiser

Mochi tweaks its third largest model with the presentation of the 64 Dolphin Cruiser project.  This model as all the traditional looking down East lobster Dolphin range from Mochi is a design of Brunello Acampora, from Victory Studios in Naples, Italy, collaborating with Ferretti Advanced Yacht Technologies department.  The new Cruiser of the 64 Dolphin is easily recognizable thanks to its larger more Mediterranean super structure which also features an extended flybridge which covers all of the aft deck.  But while at it the Mochi and Ferretti design teams have also rethought some selected areas from the interior.  The owners room located to midships has been revisited, and the main deck now also features a separate galley, a rethought helm station, and a PC desk area.  Furnishing have also been revisited now having lighter colored solid woods being used. Power is from standard MAN 1100 or optional 1224hp engines.

New Model: Grand Banks 76 Aleutian RP

Grand Banks presented the new 76 Aleutian RP in Italy at one of the largest World shows Genoa, its new two and a half deck flagship which extends this renowned builder size by four feet.  The 76 Aleutian RP is in fact based on the previous largest Grand Banks, the 72 of the same range, which now features six models starting at 53 feet.  Large spacious area characterize the new Grand Banks flagship with a split level saloon, separating dining and relaxing, from the pilot house and galley located on the raised half deck part.  Below is space for the cabin area, featuring four guest rooms, including the spacious full beam owners stateroom to midships.  There is also a choice of having the fourth cabin replaced by an office for the owner.  For the 76 Aleutian RP, Grand Banks also offers a wide variety of six engine choices from Cat and MTU, starting at 836 till 1723hp.  For those who like to go that extra faster the obvious choice would be the big Cats of 1723hp which give a top speed of 31 knots and a cruise of 25.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.62 m (77.6ft)
Waterline Length - 20.4 m
Beam - 6.05 m
Draft - 1.63 m
Displacement - 47174 kg empty, 54432 kg half load, 58968 kg full load
Fuel Capacity - 10769 l
Water Capacity - 1325 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 Acert 1015hp, 1150hp, C32 Acert 1723hp,  MTU S60 836hp, 2000 8v 1267hp, 2000 10v 1620hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 21 knots max with MTU 836hp, 31 knots with Cats 1723hp
Range - 571 nm at 25 knots cruise with 1723hp
Hull Type - Full Length Keel
Construction - Epoxy barrier coat, gel coat finish, hand laid fiberglass with solid bottom and cored from waterline above, Hydrex resin skin coat in lamination
Certification - CE

October 19, 2011

Engine: John Deere PowerTech 6068SFM75 400hp

John Deere Power Systems is pleased to announce a redesigned PowerTech 6068SFM75 marine diesel engine that offers a power range of 249 up to 400 hp. The redesigned PowerTech 6068SFM75 joins the PowerTech 6090SFM75 550hp and 6135SFM75 at 750 hp to complete the John Deere high horsepower marine engine lineup. The new 6.8L marine engine represents John Deere's continued commitment to offer customers a complete lineup of marine engines rated for commercial fishing and high-speed recreational craft. John Deere's redesigned 6.8L marine engine is 229 mm narrower than the previous 6068SFM75 design, which offers a more compact engine for vessels with reduced clearances in the engine room. The 6.8L propulsion engine is due to hit the water in the fall of 2011, while the generator drive ratings will be available in 2012. The newly redesigned engine meets Environmental Protection Agency Marine Tier 2 European Union emissions requirements and is MARPOL Annex VI compliant.  The PowerTech 6068SFM75 in its M5 series has 6.8L of displacement and offers 400hp at 2800 rpm, in a 6-cylinder, electronically controlled, turbocharged and air-to-seawater after cooled marine engine.

Project: Sea Ray 410 Sundancer

Sea Ray presents the project for the 410 Sundancer, set to be presented World wide at the coming Fort Lauderdale boat show.  The 410 Sundancer, is a hard top sports cruiser which continues this famous US builder trade mark design, and moves it to new heights, see large view window to the sides.  The lower deck accommodation plan offers two options.  The standard layout is that for a more US open layout with two saloons, one of which an entertainment area replacing the second midships cabin in the more European optional plan.  There is also a large owners stateroom to fore with en-suite head, large guest shower head to aft, and a spacious L-shaped galley.  Power will be from twin 480hp Cummins engines, powered with in line shafts, or ZF Zeus pods.