November 30, 2011

Monthly News - November 2011

-pic of the month- Belize Australian Launch

Azimut Benetti Group China Awards 2011

Giovanna Vitelli withdraws the China Awards for Azimut Benetti Group in the category "value creators"! Azimut Benetti Group achieved the China Awards for the category "Creatori di Valore", Creators of Values. The award, during the gala dinner and charity, in Milan on November 24, rewards the Italian companies have been able to seize the opportunities of the Chinese market and Chinese similar realities regarding the Italian market. Since 1984 Azimut yachts are sold in China through Hong Kong Dealer Simpson Marine, and since 2008 has opened the first company of the Group, Azimut China. In its sixth year, the China Awards are organized by the China Foundation Italy China and MF - Milan Finance under the patronage of the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Italian and Italian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. During the dinner Gala was also present CEO Adriano Galliani of AC Milan won the Italian Super Cup against Inter played this year in Beijing, the CEO of the Class Group, and Cesare Rominti, Paolo Panerai, President of the Italy- China Foundation.

Belize Celebrates Australian Launch

Belize Motoryachts, the new Australian owned-and-designed luxury marque, has just celebrated this month the much-anticipated arrival of its limited edition, semi custom Belize 52 with two intimate launch events in Queensland and New South Wales. Both events – the first held at a private home on the Sovereign Islands in Queensland, the second at the newly opened offices of dealer LDM (LuxuryDesign Motoryachts) at The Spit in Mosman, Sydney – were Caribbean themed, reflecting the origins of the Central American Belize brand name. While the weather unfortunately overplayed its hand, conjuring up a Caribbean-like tempest on Sovereign Island, the launches were well patronized by an exclusive gathering of boat owners and boating aficionados, including the proud new owners of two Belize 52s, who claimed the boat far exceeding of expectations. First unveiled at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May, the Belize 52 is the realization of a dream started by respected Australian boat builder, Wes Moxey and partner Lee Dillon, who in 2010 embraced their combined total of 60 years experience in luxury boating to create a flawless, elegant 52 feet cruiser that delivers on quality, finish, design, performance and internal volume. Constructed via artisanal means by the Taiwanese ISO certified ship-builder, Kha Shing, the limited edition Belize 52 (a total of nine boats are scheduled to be built by the end of 2012) comes in two variations: a single-level, sports yacht style Hardtop, and split-level open Day Bridge. Though inspired by the old world luxury details and timeless style of the automotive and boating industries of the 1920s and 1930s, the Belize 52 is thoroughly modern in performance: twin Cummins 600hp diesel engines deliver a speed of 30 knots, with a cruising range of approximately400nm. The Belize 52 is carving out a new niche for itself and has been received this month with rave reviews by experienced boating media and existing owners alike. The response has been “overwhelming”, according to Belize Motoryachts managing partner, Wes Moxey. Moxey and Dillon are quickly discovering the Belize 52 is appealing to a different segment of the luxury boating market enthusiasts that have owned various other boats from production to traditional. Even sailboat owners that now want to move into power boating for all of its convenience, but want something different and bespoke to reflect their individual tastes, as well as the latest modern technology have expressed an interest. Belize Motoryachts are currently in the midst of finalizing two more private sales of the 52, and there is considerable interest from dealers in Europe and the United States.

Formula Fans Holiday Competition

Grab those photos of you, your family and friends boating on your Formula and send them to the builder. Formula would like to include your photo in this year's online Formula holiday greeting. The winner of the Formula Holiday Greeting contest will receive four free Formula koozies and a soft side cooler. Formula cannot wait to see all your fun, Formula adventures!

Formula Grabs National and World Championship Now on US TV

A Formula 382 FASTECH recently won the 2011 Amsoil Powerboat Series Class 4 National Championship Title! You can catch this exciting event now on the Versus NBC TV channel. The event will be broadcasted on Thursdays at 4 p.m. December 1, 8 and 15.

Formula Authorized Service Center

Formula Authorized Service Centers represent service only relationships that have been established to provide quality service alternatives for Formula owners in areas devoid of a traditional Formula Dealer (sales and service) and/or where supplemental service is otherwise deemed desirable. As with full-fledged Formula Dealers (click here to locate your nearest Formula Dealer), our 90 Formula Authorized Service Centers receive direct factory support and are authorized to perform warranty work on Formula boats. Authorized Service Centers are held to the same standards as Dealers with regard to customer service and general professionalism and must maintain the same level of education and technical training. By extending the factory-supported service network well beyond the traditional dealer base, the Formula Authorized Service Center program provides Formula owners peace of mind, knowing that should they encounter a problem with their boat, a factory-authorized service provider is probably close by.

Grand Banks 2011 Dealer Awards

Grand Banks Yachts announced its 2011 Authorized Dealer Sales Awards at a ceremony on the eve of the world's largest boat show, Fort Lauderdale. The event took place at the conclusion of the company's worldwide dealer meeting, in which top executives from Grand Banks briefed dealers and met together to exchange insights on markets and customers around the world. The evening's big winner was Paolo Murzi, who operates GB France in Cannes and GB Italia in the Italian coastal city of Orbitello. Mr. Murzi was recognized for his outstanding sales success in both markets during the 2011 model year. Boatworks Yacht Sales, with offices in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, took second place for its annual sales performance, while newcomer Grand Banks Northwest, based in Seattle, was close behind in third place. The dinner and recognition event was co-sponsored by Cummins MerCruiser Diesel, who also gave a special award to the top seller of Grand Banks equipped with CMD Zeus drives. GB Nederlands, from Heeg in Holland, took that honor based on their sales of the Grand Banks 41 Heritage EU.

Horizon Delivers and Receives Order at Fort Lauderdale Show

Following the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Horizon has delivered an E88 motoryacht to new owners in Florida as well as received an order for the newly-debuted PC58 power catamaran, both boats were on display at this year's show and received much attention from visitors from around the world. The E88 was the first of her model on the U.S. East Coast, where the E series has been highly popular through the years, and the yacht's new owners plan to enjoy her for the next few weeks in the Florida Keys. The PC58 was unveiled for the first time at FLIBS during a Friday night cocktail event on the Horizon display, where guests were taken on private tours of the yacht and treated to live music, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Hunt Chosen by Americas Cup Race Management

America’s Cup Race Management in San Diego used HBI 30 RIBs as their VIP Guest Experience spectator boats when the AC 45 catamarans raced there this month (America’s Cup World Series San Diego, November 16-20, will be the first America’s Cup World Series event to be hosted in the United States.). The HBI 30 is designed and built by Hunt Yachts Portsmouth, RI to be a luxury tender and sport boat for use in demanding conditions, precisely what is found when serving as a spectator boat for the astonishingly fast AC 45 catamarans. Hard Bottom Inflatables of Noank, CT, is providing the HBI 30’s, continuing a tradition they established in 1992 of America’s Cup service when their craft supported America3. Featuring the unique ‘wide body’ stance of every Hunt-designed HBI, the 30 has enough interior room to accommodate a much larger number of passengers in great comfort than the typical RIB. The classic Hunt Deep-V hull gives the boat a smoother and drier ride, making the VIP experience more satisfying for the passengers.

Jarrett New Office at Charleston

On Wednesday, JBYS staff from Beaufort & Charleston put the finishing touches on a new Charleston office location, now at Ashley Marina. The Charleston staff have experienced significant growth over the last year, and this new office space will help accomodate the six brokers now representing Jarrett Bay in the area. Ashley Marina boasts 230 wet slips and offers an ideal location in the heart of Charleston's boating community.

Jarrett Bay Saddle Debut

Since its debut in Fort Lauderdale, there’s been a lot of buzz about Release Marines "Battle Saddle." This hybrid fighting chair / leaning post was actually developed directly with NASCAR driver Jeff Burton for his Jarrett Bay 46'. Remember you saw it on a Jarrett Bay first!

Jarrett Bay Made Holiday Gifts

Jarrett Bay is giving chance to commission a custom work of art from the legendary Carolina craftsmen! Jarrett Bay is now offering expanded woodworking services for domestic use, in addition to its traditional marine creations.

Mulder New Flagship Construction Underway

Mulder Shipyard in the Netherlands has started construction of the new Mulder 98 Flybridge, the contracts for which were signed earlier this year. The yacht has been designed by Guido de Groot with Jaron Ginton in charge of the naval architecture. The Mulder 98 Flybridge is being built for a client from Russia, and will be delivered in the second quarter of 2013. The hull will be built in accordance with Lloyd’s classification. The new Mulder 98 Flybridge will be the first yacht to be launched from the new Mulder Shipyard yard. This second facility situated ten kilometres from the current Mulder yard will cover an area of 7000 square metres and focus on the maintenance, refit and new build of yachts between 18 and 40 metres. The Flybridge yachts have been a major international success. Another Mulder 92 Flybridge was delivered to an Egyptian client in 2010 and the yard recently sold a Mulder 73 Flybridge to an Australian client who had seen the New Zealand-owned Mulder 76 Flybridge Dutchess at the Auckland yacht show. Several other boats have been built for owners from Russia, Spain, Germany and Italy.

Overmarine New Dealers In Baleric Islands

The Overmarine Group network is expanding reaching also the Balearic Islands allowing the Group to grant a presence in the locations most visited by the owners. Michl Marine is the new Overmarine Group sales representative that will promote and support the Group in the promotion of the Mangusta Maxi Open yachts in the Balearic Islands. Michl Marine Ibiza s.l. was founded 1997 by Mr. Manfred Michl starting with the maintenance service of boats based all year round in Ibiza. With the time, the company got represented several name of shipyards until succeeding in representing Overmarine Group Mangusta. After 14 years of experience in Ibiza, Michl Marine Ibiza s.l. is able to provide an excellent and quick 7 day service to existing and new clients. The office is located in the new luxury Harbor of Ibiza: Marina Ibiza, offering excellent berth facilities and concierge services being the most exclusive location of the Balearic islands.

Overmarine Sell Hull Seven

Overmarine Group is very proud to announce the sale of Hull#07 of Mangusta 165, the fastest Maxi Open Yacht ever built in the world. Besides the market situation, Overmarine’s research and development have never stopped in terms of high quality, performances, state of the art yachts, innovation & technology, craftsmanship, comfort on board, and interiors made to measure; as well as investments in some new premises in Pisa that will shortly allow them to enter a new market segment: i.e. the custom built yachts in steel and aluminum. The Mangusta 165 represents the maximum expression of the nautical technology combining high performances to use flexibility and comfort for the Owner. Construction number 7 of the series realized in cooperation with Architect Stefano Righini, is characterized by the interiors signed by Overmarine Shipyard’s technical and décor departments. Special care will be given to the comfort of the Owner either during the navigation, through a wide use of acoustic insulation systems, or at open berth and at mooring quay.

Princess Receives Government Support for New Facility

Plymouth based Princess Yachts International has won financial backing from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) for a major investment in Plymouth’s Devonport dockyard. Plans to create a world leading boat building facility at the company’s South Yard site were approved by Plymouth City Council last year, following which the company sought a Government contribution to help secure approval for this major investment from its French parent company. The new production site will be used to build Princess M Class yachts, a range of 100-foot plus vessels developed to meet the growing global demand for craft of this size. The new facility is planned to be operational by early 2013 and will create or secure over 1,000 jobs both directly and indirectly in the wider Plymouth economy. Princess Yachts exports 90 per cent of its production and has built a global reputation for quality and craftsmanship. It is already Plymouth’s second largest private sector employer, with just under 2,000 employees, and supports several hundred supply chain jobs. Last month Princess Yachts completed the purchase from Defence Estates of a freehold interest in the 18-acre South Yard site within the historic Devonport Naval Base.

Ranger Tugs New Dealer

Seagate Marine Sales, Inc. in Stuart, FL, is a new dealer for Ranger Tugs in Southern Florida. Seagate specializes in trailerable boats and Ranger Tugs is their first line of trawlers which will complement their Edgewater and Parker powerboat lines traditionally used for fishing and high speed cruising. Boaters along the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches now have a convenient location to sea trial and purchase the full line of Ranger Tugs: the R-21, R-25SC, R-27 and R-29 models. Seagate Marine is a family owned business that’s been in operation since 1993 and has a loyal base of customers who rely on their sales team for personal customer service as well as trailer service and post-purchase service. Seagate is also a certified 5-star Yamaha dealer and buyers will find reliable and knowledgeable service from the Seagate team. Ranger Tugs offer a fuel-efficient, maneuverable, seaworthy and well-equipped design from the 21-footer ideal for day cruising to the 29-footer comfortable enough for extended passages. All boats are equipped with a reliable diesel engine, Garmin electronics, Diamond/Sea-Glaze windows and bow and stern thrusters for ease of operation and maneuverability. Part of Seagate Marine’s dedication to customer service is ensuring the boat is also equipped with all requisite Coast Guard equipment, dock lines, fenders and life jackets. Seagate will be exhibiting the Ranger Tugs at the Stuart Boat Show, Ft. Lauderdale Trawler Fest and Miami and Palm Beach winter boat shows in 2012.

Rinker Offers Refinancing

For a limited time Rinker is offering to its Owners Club Members refinance to their boat at an Extremely Low Rate of 4.74% APR. This initiative helps Rinker owners to create room in their budget, taking advantage of this special introductory refinance rate on your there boat. This offers is being done in collaboration with Essex Credit. If one is not a Rinker Owners Club Member, the US builder is offering competitive rates to join, which result in an effortless loan approval and extended terms.

Riviera Biggest Hull Release

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder has recorded its biggest hull release this month and called in two high capacity cranes to lift the new 75 Enclosed Flybridge hull from the mold to allow it to move into the next stage of production, Fit Out One. Riviera’s 75 Flybridge project manager Paul Wrench said the boat hulls were usually lifted from the mold using Riviera’s onsite overhead gantry cranes but because of the height restrictions within the building, the 75 was lifted out of the mold using a 30 tonne and 50 tonne crane. Paul said it was great to see the finished hull after months of planning and mold modifications which began in August. The interior on this boat is teak as opposed to the popular cherry and the owner has had custom lounges made for the saloon. Paul said the New Zealand owners had made several trips to Riviera’s state-of-the-art Coomera facility and were very impressed with the build progress. Paul began his career in the marine industry 34 years ago as a Shipwright for McConaghy Boats in Sydney where he spent 17 years building America’s Cup yachts. Paul is now Riviera’s large boat project manager having worked on the six 70 Flybridges previously built and now the company’s new flagship model, the 75 Flybridge.

Riviera Rewards Supernovas

A constellation of high achievers have been presented with Riviera’s esteemed Star Performer award in recognition of their outstanding work ethic, dedication and leadership qualities. The awards have been running for more than 12 years and acknowledge exceptional employment contribution each quarter as nominated by each department head, with the overall winners announced at the end of the year. Riviera’s human resources advisor Megan Dennis said all staff had put in a tremendous effort this quarter. Star Performer award recipients Robert Miller, Rhys Phillips and Bryce Goding all have a positive attitude and exceptional attention to detail. Riviera’s general counsel Cherriee Ludemann said there were five nominees for the Occupational, Health, Safety and Environment award. Nominations for the Star Performer third quarter award:Drummond Johnson from Fitout 2. Simon Larner from Maintenance. Scott Pearce from Lamination.  Clinton Rickard from Shed 21. Jason Tocco from Aftermarket. Blake Whittaker from Fitout 1. Nominations for the Occupational Health, Safety and Environment third quarter award:Damien Bailey from Timber. Lee Shields from Lamination. Doug Wilson from Waterfront Detail. Rob Vidovic from Maintenance. Human Resource manager Deanne Lugton said all the award recipients were great ambassadors for Riviera.

Riviera Event for Family and Friends

As the sun set on the final day of the annual R Marine Queensland Great Sandy Straits Experience, some 45 Riviera owners enjoyed tapas and drinks under the Pandanus tree at King Fisher Bay, Fraser Island. In its 5th year the Great Sandy Straits Experience has become a highlight on R Marine Queensland’s calendar of events. A fleet of 11 Rivieras ranging in size from 36 to 51 feet set off from Sovereign Islands on the Gold Coast and embarked on a 408 nautical mile round trip north to Great Sandy Straits and back again. R Marine Queensland dealer principal Randall Jones said every year they chose a marine theme to give them safe travel and this year it was the crab. This was the first R Marine Experience for Margaret and Barry Hill who purchased a 3600 Sport Yacht earlier this year. Barry who was an avid yachty since the early 60s said the Great Sandy Straits journey was a whole new experience for him. Riviera 47 Flybridge owners Dale and Kathy Cash have been on several R Marine Queensland Experiences. Randall said the five night experience included a mixture of planned activities and leisure time such as lunch at Tangalooma on day one followed by dinner at Mooloolaba where they anchored for the first night. The next day they left Mooloolaba bound for Tin Can Bay where they crossed the Wide Bay Bar with the assistance of the Coastguard. The next day the fleet moved south to Gary’s Anchorage which is well protected from the weather. They anchored overnight and spent most of Friday exploring the local area. R Marine Queensland’s next event is their Christmas Party on December 4 at Jumpinpin.

Sea Ray Lead Industry Magazine Top 100

According to a ranking by a leading marine trade publication, four out of the five top boat dealers in North America are Sea Ray dealers, including the number one dealer, Prince William Marine Sales, which earned the top ranking for the second consecutive year. In addition, Sea Ray dealers make up nine of the top 20 dealer rankings and 29 of the top 100, and Sea Ray dealer MarineMax Inc. remains the first dealership inducted into the Top 100 Dealers Hall of Fame, an honor worthy of the company’s continued dedication to maximizing its customers' enjoyment on the water.

Sunseeker Online Community

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Vicem Yachts and Kempinski Hotel Barbaros

Vicem Yacht Turkish shipyard of production and timeless design boats and super yachts - and Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay of Bodrum - selected amongst "World's 25 Best Hotels and "Condé Nast Traveller Reader's Spa Awards 2010" are now together in a unique international marketing initiative which is also a five stars travel opportunity: a number of Vicem's yachts will be available for the high selected clientele of Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay in the most exciting Turkish location, Bodrum. Together offering to an high selected clientele the pleasure of a private vacation inside the exclusivity. The privileged guests of Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay will enjoy the secluded bays, the eternal sunshine, and the gorgeous nights ornamented with millions of starts in blissful Bodrum, where history meets legends. And they will even enjoy private cruises with Vicem, with the 92, Vintage Line range yacht with its 4 cabins and 3 decks; or the 78 Cruiser, one of the latest born of the yard with its flying-bridge enriched by a 4 people Jacuzzi and Bisazza Mosaiques in every toilet. Or choose the Vicem 75 Fly, the 2011 new boat. If someone prefers day cruising Vicem gives the chance to sail on board the 40' or the 36', smallest of this series.

Windy Shortlisted for European Powerboat of the Year

Scandinavian boat builder Windy Boats has been shortlisted for a ‘2011 European Powerboat of the Year Award’ for the Windy 31 Zonda, a stunning fast weekender which harks back to the glory days of the deep-vee hull. The winner will be announced in January at the Düsseldorf International Boat Show in January 2012. Launched to rave reviews last Spring, the Zonda is described by Windy CEO Knut Heiberg-Andersen as sleek, functional and seductive – a low profile weekender concept with no hard-top, no radar arch, just a great hull and plenty of horsepower. Exhilarating and uncompromising performance lie at the heart of the Zonda’s appeal. Designed by renowned naval architect Hans Jorgen Johnsen, the hull is capable of sustained highspeed cruising, combining fearsome wave-tackling abilities with superb handling and control. One leading UK yachting title has described it as the best hull tested. Focused on a deep, secure cockpit and performance-oriented helm position, the Zonda’s elegant accommodation is designed around the needs of an overnighting couple. The interior vision was conceived by acclaimed yacht and private jet interior designers, Eidsgaard Design (EDL), and the quality in the construction and fittings is self evident, from the luxurious finish in the double berth cabin and galley area to the folding cockpit canopy which is designed to be as effortless as possible to put up, and unobtrusive when stowed.  Windy has a strong track record in the prestigious European Powerboat of the Year Awards. In 2009 its 44 Chinook hard-top sports cruiser was named ‘European Powerboat of the Year’ in the under 50ft category, while in 2006 the Windy 32 Grand Tornado took top honours in the under 40ft category.

November 29, 2011

New Model: Absolute 43 STY

In a very difficult economic year the Italian builder Absolute showed great courage presenting five new models for the fall of 2011.  One of the new models is the 43 STY which is based on the hull lines of the 43 Fly presented in the fall of 2010.  The new Absolute apart this follows different characteristics of a fully enclosed all year using sport cruiser with fully opening patio doors, side doors, and sun roof.  The Absolute 43 STY which stands for sport yacht will also offer a distinctive three double cabins lower deck layout.  A two cabin layout is also available.  In the standard three cabin format the owners cabin is located to fore.  Power will be from twin Volvo 370 or 435hp with propulsion following the use of IPS pods also in the new Absolute.  IPS are used or available in thirteen Absolutes, that is all the Italian builder models minus the entry level 40 STC.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.65 m (44.7ft)
Beam - 4.15 m
Fuel Capacity - 1100 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 4 berths in 2 cabins
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS500, or IPS600 dual propeller forward looking pods
Project - Absolute Research and Development Lab
Certification - CE B

Project: Belize 52 Flybridge

Belize follows its first release of the 52 Hardtop, with that of a 52 Flybridge project.  The 52 Flybridge follows the same three cabins layout, of the more sleek sister plus the added bonus of a second helm, and extra entertainment area up top.  The flybridge is reached via a semi-moulded stair case to starboard in the cockpit.  Up top is a central helm seat with full controls in front, L-shaped settee to port side, and a wet bar to starboard.  A central mast radar arch allows for various navigation system antennas to be installed neatly.  Power is again trusted to twin 600hp Cummins engines, with ZF Zeus pod drives.

November 28, 2011

New Model: Cranchi Fifty8 Fly

Cranchi's Fifty8 Fly is the largest of four new models presented in the fall of 2011, for the 2012 year.  This model is also the fourth member of Cranchi Yacht Class presented two years ago by the known Italian builder with the Sixty4 HT. The Cranchi Fifty8 Fly is a very sleek looking flybridge motor yacht which should receive good response from customers in this size.  The model is based on the hull lines of the 2010 presented Fifty6 ST, but apart this topsides above are all new.  The model features impressive accommodations sleeping six guests in three spacious cabins one of which is the owners full beam stateroom located to midships.  The galley is located on the main deck, and is an astern layout by the patio door.  There is also a single berth crew cabin with head located to port side midships with entrance from the cockpit.  Power is from efficient Volvo IPS pods of 600 or optional 700hp with top speeds of 32 knots with the large choice. Range is a whisker short of three hundred nautical miles at a 21 knots cruise and total consumption of 150 liters per hour.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.52m (60.7ft)
Hull Length - 16.59 m
Beam - 4.85 m
Draft - 1.32 m
Displacement - 23.3 t unloaded, 26.9 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 540 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 600hp, D12 700hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS800 or 900 dual propeller forward looking pods
Speed - 32 knots max, 23 knots cruise with 700hp engines
Range -  295 nautical miles at 21 knots cruise
Certification - CE B

November 27, 2011

New Model: Arcadia 115

On 14th November an important step was done by Italian boat builder Arcadia, who launched its second model the awaited 115 sold to a French client and titled M'Dream.  The Naples boat builder follows similar lines to the first 85 model, although size requirements determined a three deck configuration versus the more sleek looks of the smaller sister.  Still the lines are similar, as is the concept of modernity and innovation.  But the Arcadia's although being a futuristic based design have that retro tug touch to them which I do like.  The top third deck is a full entertainment area plus the pilot house to fore, while the forward part of the main deck features the owners stateroom to fore.  The other area of the main deck features the relax lounging and dining areas, and a very spacious galley with a dinette.  The lower deck offers three or four guest cabins choice, all located in the middle ship area.  The forward part features the crew area; with lobby, L-shaped settee and four double cabins.  Power is from twin MAN 1224hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 35.0 m (114.8ft)
Hull Length - 32.55 m
Beam - 8.10 m
Draft - 2.10 m
Displacement - 150 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 15000 l
Water Capacity - 4000 l
Accommodation - 4 guest cabins sleeping 8, or 5 guest cabins sleeping 10, 4 crew cabins sleeping 8
Engines - 2 x MAN V12 1224hp
Propulsion - line shafts with ZF gearboxes
Speed - 18 knots max
Hull Type - semi planning NPL shape
Project - Arcadia Technical Department

November 26, 2011

Improve-it = Riva 115 Athena

Hull number eight of the 115 Athena, semi-custom super yacht and flagship of the Riva fleet, was launched the past mid summer at the Ferretti Group shipyard in La Spezia.  The owner of the Riva 115 Athena hull number eight, opted for a five cabins layout which including an extension of the master cabin at bow choosing Canaletto walnut combined with naturally coloured and dark brown leather inserts. This yacht also has an important innovation. Besides developing a number of personalised technical features, Ferretti Group Advanced Yacht Technology naval research and design centre, took this opportunity to make changes to the functionality of the bow garage and swim platform of the 115 Athena series. This is, in fact, the first Athena with a stern helm position which provides for the raise-lower system. This mechanism makes it possible to lower the tender into the water easily and means guests can enjoy contact with the sea by means of the stern swim platform.  The 115 Athena is powered by twin MTU 2775hp engines which give a top speed of 27 knots and a cruise speed of 23.

November 25, 2011

New Model: Fiart 33 Sea Walker

A strong showing from Fiart in this year Genoa boat show where the Italian, Naples based company presented two important new models at the edges of its complete range; the much awaited flagship the 58 Epica which we already showed you, and an entry level the 33 Sea Walker.  The new medium sized easy to use 33 Sea Walker represents a new challenge from Fiart that of walk around sport cruiser with plenty open exterior spaces and adequate interior comfort sleeping four in two areas and open environment having a galley and separate shower head.  This model also sets its sight to other Italian similar competitors like Atlantis, or neighboring Mano and Salpa.  Power is a very varied choice all coming by Volvo diesel and petrol format and in six engine choices from a single 260 up to twin 240hp.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.09 m (33.1ft)
Hull Length - 9.98 m
Beam - 3.72 m
Displacement - 4700 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 590 l
Water Capacity - 230 l
Accommodation - 4 berths
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 1 x Volvo D4-EVC 260hp, D4-EVC 300hp, 2 x D3-EVC 220hp Diesel
1 x Volvo 5.0 GXi 285hp, 8.1 GXi 435hp, 2 x 4.3 GXi 240hp Petrol gas
Certification - CE B

Project: Carnevali C170

Carnevali presents its new C170 project.  A flybridge motor yacht which will sit nicely between the 2010 launched C180, and the long standing 160 an evolution of the 155 launched in the fall of 1999.  So far little details are being shown of this model but exterior looks are similar to the just presented 142 model.  The 170 is to be designed by designer Davide Cipriani from Centro Stile.  The 170 will also offer an innovative stern aft deck layout which opens and transforms to make the aft become one part with the bathing platform and a terrace on the sea.     

November 24, 2011

New Model: Fairline Targa 50 Gran Turismo

Launched earlier this year at the 2011 London show, the Fairline Targa 50 Gran Turismo replaces the 52 model of the same range after an important eight years production run.  The Targa 50 Gran Turismo take a lot of design stints from the previous new launched 58, a model which represents a different way of presenting the large sport series from Fairline.  This new thinking comes from larger sun roofs, full opening patio doors, and bigger glassed surfaces on both the main and lower deck.  Other new design instincts comes from the fact that both the latest large Targa's, this 50 and the 58 offer a living with galley on the main deck, and lower plan fully dedicated to the cabins.  The Targa 50 Gran Turismo also stays away in following recent trends and offers the owners stateroom to fore.   But don't be written off as this has been made in way to compete with a midships cabin layout. Power is a three engine choices from Volvo and Cats from 575 up to 710hp which take speeds up to 33 knots with the larger option.  Design of hull and engineering for the 50 Targa Gran Turismo is again trusted to long time since the eighties Fairline collaborator Bernard Olesinski who again as for the completely new 41 Squadron goes for a flat medium Vee aft of only twelve degrees.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.44 m (50.8ft) incl pulipt
Hull Length - 14.96 m
Beam - 4.47 m
Draft - 0.94 m
Displacement - 16.24 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 2300 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth aft
Engines - 2 x Volvo D9 575hp, D11 670hp, Cats C12 710hp
Speed - 33 knots max with Cats 710hp, 30 knots with Volvo 575hp
Propulsion - shaft line
Hull Type - modified Vee with 12.5 degrees dead rise aft
Construction - Isophthalic gel coat, resin-rich powder-bound glass mat, unidirectional, biaxial and woven rovings, deck with polyurethane foam cores
Project - Bernard Olesinski, Fairline Design Team 

Improve-it = Bavaria 38 Sport

Bavaria presents a limited edition High Line version for the 38 Sport model, and will be limited to fifteen units only.  For the Sport 38 High Line, Bavaria developed an individual and distinctive design as well as new unique features. The silk-grey exterior and the classic navy cushions have been exclusively combined for this special limited release and bestow an exquisite overall look upon this sport cruiser. High gloss kitchen units and the luxurious carpet in the cabin add to the elegance of the yacht. The high quality audio package with speakers in the cockpit as well as the salon will be standard for the High Line what is usually available  at extra cost.  Presented in 2010 and designed by BMW Group DesignWorks USA the 38 Sport will feature the usual Bavaria attributes of a competitive package, and five engine choices from Mercruiser and Volvo. 

November 23, 2011

New Model: Beneteau 49 Flyer Gran Turismo Fly

A new model the Beneteau 49 Flyer Gran Turismo Fly which comes from the rethinking of the 47 Monte Carlo Fly.  The main differences here come from the addition of an extended up and down moving bathing platform and new larger view windows serving the cabins below.  Accommodation below keeps the standard setting of  two cabins, with the owners room located to midships and being full beam.  In between the cabins is an L-shaped galley, and C-shaped saloon settee. The old 47 Monte Carlo used to have a choice for a third cabin bunk in replacement of the saloon, but this so far is not shown in the plans of the 49.  The 49 Flyer Gran Turismo Fly also features a tender garage.  Power is from twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pod drives. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.6 m (51.2ft)
Hull Length - 14.0 m
Beam - 4.30 m
Draft - 1.09 m including props
Displacement - 12,500 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 650 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 320 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS600 forward looking dual propeller pods
Project - Andreani Design, Beneteau Power Boats
Certification - CE B14, C16 

Project: Bruno Abbate B41 Primatist Aerotop Pininfarina

Spy photo of a prototype or rendering?  I will let your imagination decide this.  But the Bruno Abbate B41 Primatist Aerotop Pininfarina is the replacement model to one of the recent best sellers of the Como boat builder the G41 Aerotop Evolution in production from 2002 till the early part of this year 2011.  The B41 Primatist Aerotop Prininfarina is again a design of the famous Italian firm, renowned for legendary automobiles and also some yachts.  With this project Bruno Abbate now unites all its model under the Pininfarina design a collaboration which started with the current flagship G70, and continued with the G46, G53, and recently presented B62.  Power will be a three engine choice from Volvo starting at 330 up to 400hp all stern drive propulsion.  A top speed of 40 knots is estimated with the large twin 400hp option.

November 22, 2011

New Model: Ocean Yachts 37 Express

Ocean Yachts finally debuts its new 37 Express a new open sportfish cruiser type built using the popular and proven hull of the Billfish model. The new design includes a new cabin arrangement, an express helm deck with engine room access and mezzanine seating with storage in the cockpit. The cabin boasts upper and lower bunks, a sofa with rod storage, a well-equipped galley and a full head with enclosed shower. The 37 Express features a helmsman’s seat, companion seating, molded-in electronics boxes and “plug-and-play” lounge seating so customers who order have the ability to customize their layout. The cockpit features all the amenities you would expect to find in an offshore sport fisherman including a rigging station, tackle storage, bait freezer, large fish boxes and transom door. The 37’ Express is offered with hard top or full tower packages.  Power is from standard twin Yanmars 480hp or optional Cummins with the same horse, or more powerful 530 Yanmar's.  Speed numbers have not been announced but I do expect mid thirty numbers as Billfish model.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.48 m (37.8ft)
Beam - 4.22 m
Draft - 0.76 m
Displacement - 10,205 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1892 l
Water Capacity - 283 l
Accommodation - 3+1 berths
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 6LY3-ETP 480hp, CX 530hp, Cummins QSB 5.9 480hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Hull Type - Modified Vee with 32.5 degrees fore, and 12.8 deadrise to fore
Certification - NMMA

November 21, 2011

Engine: John Deere PowerTech 6068SFM75 249hp

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 M1 series has 6.8L of displacement and offers 249hp at 2400rpm, in a 6-cylinder, electronically controlled, turbocharged and air-to-seawater after cooled marine engine.

New Model: Broom 370

Its been an important 2011 year for Broom, not only because this British builder has fully restarted production, but because it showed that there is an important project coming up which says good things for the years to come.  The new Broom 370 steals hull shape and some layout similarities with the replacing 365, but the story with this old model ends there.  Helped by designer Graham Warren the new 370 shows panache in both interiors and exterior with innovative modern use of space, and quality luxury finishing which can challenge the best of them.  Tricks and some clever touches are also used to increase natural light inside; read sunroof glass, aft view window for the owners aft cabin room, and a comfortable chaise lounge inside.  As is usual to Broom the 370 offers acres of space especially if you compare this design to more Mediterranean orientated aft cockpit designs, and the two large cabins one aft for the owner, and a guest to fore are just testimony to this.  To fore is also a choice from a french style berth resting to starboard to a Vee shape twin layout.  Power is from twin 330hp Volvo engines which give a top speed of 30 knots.  For the more inland owner there is also a choice of more economic to run and keep single 370hp Volvo, and a hybrid electric diesel option is also available.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.28 m (37ft)
Hull Length - 10.25 m
Waterline Length - 8.75 m
Beam - 3.78 m
Draft - 1.02 m
Displacement - 8 t approx
Fuel Capacity - 1108 l
Water Capacity - 375 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 330hp, 1 x Volvo D6 370hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 30 knots max with twin 330hp
Hull Type - medium Vee planning hull with shallow skeg
Construction - hand laid chopped strand mat, woven rovings, orthophthalic resin, isophthalic gel coat
Project - Andrew Wolstenholme hull, Graham Warren of 500 Design Interior 
Certification - Lloyds Approved 

November 19, 2011

New Model: Ferretti Custom Line 124

One of the most waited Ferretti Custom Line model is the new flagship 124.  Hull one for this model was launched in 2010, but photos where hard to come by as this was apparently owned by a known important Italian businessman.  The Custom Line 124 replaces the 128 as the Super Yacht Ferretti line flagship.  Zuccon presented innovative lines, which look sleek, and sports even though the Custom Line 124 features three decks here.  The interior offers a five guest cabins plan with the owners stateroom located on the main deck.  Power is from standard twin MTU 3184hp which give a 25 knots max, add 400hp plus to each unit and you increase this by 2 knots.  A 22 knots cruise gives you about 400 nautical miles range, but if you slow to an economic 12 nautical miles per hour you get 1250 nautical miles and over twenty thousand liters of diesel fuel to fill.
Technical Data:
LOA - 37.82 m (124.1ft)
Hull Length - 37.66 m
Waterline Length - 31.38 m
Beam - 7.35 m
Draft - 2.34 m
Displacement - 195 t loaded, 169 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 21640 l
Water Capacity - 3040 l
Accommodation - 10 owners and guest berths in 5 cabins, 7 crew berths in 4 cabins
Max Persons - 20
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 4000 M93 3184hp, M93L 3510hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 25 knots max 22 cruse with MTU 3184hp, 27 knots max with 3510hp, 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 405 nm at 22 knots, 1250 nm at 12 knots economic cruise
Hull Type - Planning warped Vee with 12 degrees dead rise aft
Project - Zuccon International line and interior, Ferretti AYT hull shape and engineering
Certification - RINA + Hul, MACH Y, Unrestricted Navigation

November 18, 2011

Project: Galeon 380 Fly

Galeon 380 Fly is a third generation flybridge motor cruiser coming from this famous Polish builder, who in the last years has taken the yachting world by storm thanks to the innovation and quality of its models.  The 380 Fly is a successor to the tried and tested 390 Fly.  The lines share similarities to the just launched four feet bigger 420 Fly and the new 780 Crystal flagship and yet it still is fresh and recognizable.  The sporty and dynamic silhouette quickly catches the eye with its hull-length windows, aggressive lines and welcoming flybridge. Major focus was put on making the interior as bright and specious as possible. The arched stainless steel doors slide to the side reveal a cozy salon flushed with natural light thanks to the drop down windows on both sides and a slightly tilted windshield made from a single sheet of glass for perfect visibility. Outside the transformable settee with adjustable lumbar support folds out to an aft facing sundeck and has built in laminate doors to neatly close off the cockpit. The bow sundeck has conveniently placed cup holders and regulated headrest so it can be put in the upright position to create back support and become settee. Wide side decks and generously placed hand railings are great for crew while mooring and at rough sea. Another good thinking especially for Northern European buyers is the foldable radar arch and mast, which allows for an easier passage under bridges and other obstacles.  The main deck will feature a comfortable dinette, helmsman station and a galley that can be moved down below in the two cabin version. Numerous interior design options with a choice of high quality natural woods allow to fully customize the yacht to suit all needs. Below deck is a choice of a three or two cabins versions, plus a separated shower cabin and head. The bow owners cabin is well lit thanks to the skylight with an integrated hatch and has numerous compartments for storage.  Shaft and stern drives with joystick propulsion are available along with numerous diesel engine options.

New Model: Belize 52 Hardtop

Launched in the end of the past Summer 2011, is the Belize 52 Hardtop.  The first model of this Australian company, designed by Wes Moxey and Lee Dillon and contracted to built by known Taiwan firm builder Kha Shing.  A Flybridge version second model should follow, and Belize says it has contract for nine 52 builds.  The interior offers a modern plan, of living and galley by the helm up top, and three double cabins below.  Owners stateroom is a full beam midships, and the third cabin features two bunk berths and is located to starboard.  The VIP cabin is located to fore.  Power is from twin Cummins 600hp with ZF pods propulsion which give a max speed of 30 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.10 m (52.9ft)
Beam - 5.03 m
Draft - 1.07 m
Displacement - 18500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2400 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 600hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 30 knots, 26 cruise
Construction - hand laid moulded fiberglass, solid bottom keel and chines.
Project - Wes Moxey, Lee Dillon

November 17, 2011

Project: Marquis 690 Fly Bridge

Marquis presents the project for a new 690 Fly Bridge model.  So far the 690 Fly Bridge model seems an update of the current 690 with new circle shape port holes, and different more aggressive big view windows serving the owner full beam stateroom.  Another different design seems also the hard covering the flybridge.  The new tweaks of the 690 should make it more online and similar looking to the current flagship of the Marquis line the 720. If this model will offer a different layout below to the current three stateroom plan, and a different engine power propulsion package we still don't know.

November 16, 2011

New Model: Apreamare 45 Smeraldo

Apreamare presented the 45 Smeraldo at the Cannes show the past September.  The 45 Smeraldo is a return to a name used by Apreamare in the nineties, and is a design of architect Spadolini for exterior lines plus interior, and Umberto Tagliavini for hull shape.  Measuring 45 feet overall the new Smeraldo keeps the traditional Italian Gozzo fishing boat lines, but gives a further touch of modernity compared to the other current Apreamare models, although surprisingly there is no in fashion big view windows in the lower deck cabin area.  The latest Apreamare traditional 48, and 64 models have in fact featured these to midships. The interior lower deck offers a two cabins plan with owners suite to fore.  A crew cabin is located to port side behind the well sized galley.  Power is from twin Volvo 370 or optional 435hp engines with IPS pods propulsion.  The 45 Smeraldo is the second Aprea which goes the pod drives propulsion route following the use of these by the 66 Maestro launched the past Spring. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.9 m (45.7ft)
Hull Length - 13.78 m
Waterline Length - 12.25 m
Beam - 4.46 m
Draft - 1.02 m
Displacement - 16,4 t full load, 13,4 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 1700 l
Water Capacity - 330 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, 1 crew berth cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo Penta D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS pod propulsion forward looking propellers
Speed - 32 knots, 27 knots cruise with 435hp
Range - 390 nm on cruise
Hull Type - 16 degrees variable geometry
Project - Tommaso Spadolini exterior interior, Umberto Tagliavini hull shape
Certification - CE 2003/44 B, RINA B modules 

Project: Lazzara LMY64

Lazzara presents the project of the LMY64.  This new project will share hull with another model currently in the works for this US builder the LSX64, with a different super structure which adds a flybridge, and new very spacious four stateroom lower deck layout.  This last at this size being one of the greatest attributes of this upcoming Lazzara model.  The four stateroom plan also offers three very spacious cabins; full beam midships owner stateroom, two VIP suites, and a fourth cabin with twin L-shaped bunk berth.  This last being a bit sacrificed but four cabins are very rare indeed in this size. Power for the LMY64, will be from twin Volvo 900hp with pod being the chosen propulsion.  Worth to note that pods has powered nearly all new recent Lazzara of the last years, which currently has four new model projects, three of which will be powered by the innovative efficient drive systems.

November 15, 2011

New Model: Italcraft 38 Sarima S3

Italcraft a legendary name to what concerns technical aspects of boat design, especially for the hull shapes it pioneered, presents a new important model the 38 Sarima S3.  The new Italcraft Sarima S3 is based on the hull lines of the 38 Sarima launched in 1998, but features a total update in all the layout; both outside in the cockpit, and inside for the cabin area.  Down side to this is only stern drive propulsion, with the replaced model used to have also shafts, IPS pods, and surface drive as other choices. The signal S3 is also fully deserved here, as this is the third generation Sarima, which follows on the success of the first wood built 25 feet series delivered in seven hundred units in the nineteen sixties and seventies, and today being a collectors item.  The difference from the second generation in the new S3 is definitely more space everywhere, and that is saying something considering that the 1998 design was spacious, and that was already impressive being it was born from a hull of military patrol use derivation.  That is unlike most of today designs the Sarima is built around the sea, and not a spacious cabin.  The cockpit layout of the new S3 is a flush deck, fully open plan, with an L-shaped settee, galley,  fore sun pad to port side, and helm station to starboard.  Below is a spacious affair with a layout offering two cabins; shower head, L-shaped settee, galley, and second guest shower cubicle.  The guest mid-ships cabin has also the option of being offered in an optional three sleeping berths configuration.  Power choice is for Volvo engines; from twin 220 up 300hp which give speeds up to a max of 40 knots with the bigger option.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.85 m (38.9ft)
Hull Length - 9.97 m
Waterline Length - 9.85 m
Beam - 3.60 m
Draft - 0.95 m loaded
Displacement - 8 t medium load
Fuel Capacity - 800 l
Water Capacity - 225 l
Accommodation - 4 + 1 berths in 2 cabins, 5 + 1 berths optional layout
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D3 220hp, D4 260hp, D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPH, DPS or DPR dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 35 knots max 30 cruse with 220hp, 40 knots max 34 cruise with 300hp
Project - Gianluca Caputi
Certification - CE B

Project: MJM 36z Express

Presenting its 36z model in its Downeast version, MJM now presents the more sports looking Express project.  Similar down East hull lines capture this new 36z Express which feature more aggressive looks up top, mostly coming in the design of the hard top and the windshield protecting the helm and the cockpit from the elements.  The rest is all coming from MJM hull with a good fuel efficient shape below waterline, and a high technology low weight construction.  The internal layout has the same options of Vee shaped berth to fore, or double berth plus separate head, and galley.  Power choices are for twin Volvo stern drives with standard being 170hp, and 220 or 300hp units offered as option.

November 14, 2011

New Model: Azimut 40 Flybridge

Launched in early Summer 2011, and presented officially in Cannes the Azimut 40 Flybridge is a further evolution of the 38 model launched in 2009.  The Azimut 40 is the baby entry level of the vast range of this very famous Italian boat builder.  The major changes in the 40 which differentiate it from the 38 model happen at the stern with the hydraulic telescopic gangway now moved to starboard side instead of central this offering larger tender stowage space, the settee aft being now moved central and not divided, and a larger high low bathing platform. In the project press release of August Azimut also promised a sun roof glass opening from the flybridge to the saloon, but so far I cannot spot this feature. The interior of the 40 remains the same well used layout of the 38 offering unseen space and a good balance of comfort in a two cabins head layout.  The owners suite is to fore, and the second guest cabin having two large view windows is located to starboard midships.  Power is from twin Cummins 355hp which give a top speed of 31 knots, and a cruise of 26.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.24 m (40.2ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 11.58 m
Beam - 3.86 m
Draft - 1.15 m
Displacement - 12.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 1100 l
Water Capacity - 390 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 5.9 355hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max, 25 cruise
Hull Type - Vee shape with 17.9 degrees dead rise aft
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Carlo Galeazzi interior
Certification - Regulations UNI ISO8666, CE

Project: Tiara 3600 Coronet

Tiara Yachts proudly announces the introduction of a new project the 3600 Coronet. The second and large Coronet in this Tiara series, the 3600 is a completely new sports cruiser, reflecting the design, engineering and construction heritage of this US builder, and offering outstanding standard features and optional equipment.  Complementing the beautiful styling, fit, finish, features and detailing, the 3600 Coronet also offers two drive choices, either Inboard or ZF Pod Drive. And a choice of power: twin Mercury 375hp gas, or Cummins 380 diesels.  The standard hull and deck color is Fresh White, with Carbon color boot line and helm console/dash but other optional choices are available. Standards include a Tiara custom composite windshield frame with tempered safety glass and opening center vent, radar arch, swim platform with built-in ladder, molded-in fiberglass bow pulpit, Tiara custom diamond pattern non-skid and 2-tone exterior vinyl. The command station features the Tiara EZ Tilt-Away helm console, stainless steel tilt steering wheel and port side navigation center.  The over sized upper lower cockpit gives ample seating, including a double-wide helm seat, curved companion lounge, and twin port starboard aft-facing mezzanine seats. An entertainment center with sink and drawer refrigerator is aft of the helm seat.  Additional options include: hardtop with standard sunroof or canvas soft top, and exterior teak accent package, upper lower cockpit carpet, premium stereo system upgrade, and Garmin electronics package.  Below deck, the 3600 Coronet offers a large comfortable retreat, featuring a teak or optional maple wood finished interior, and solid hardwood floor.  The layout offers a private forward master stateroom, full galley, aft cabin settee converting to two person sleeper, and full fiberglass head with shower.

November 13, 2011

New Model: Kha Shing 112 Monte Fino Tri

Kha Shing Enterprise Co. Ltd. presents the 122 Monte Fino Tri.  Build to custom requests the 122 Monte Fino Tri is the biggest and first Tri-Deck Kha Shing ever built.  The 122 Monte Fino Tri features a semi displacement underwater shape with composite built hull and superstructure. The exterior profile is designed with the involvement of Ed Dubois, structure, propulsion and system engineering by Kha Shing in house engineering team. The interior design is based on the preliminary design from Dick Young Designs with customization from the owner and his crews need as well as experiences of their first Monte Fino yacht.  The main deck level contains a master stateroom forward, large galley with lounge area for owner, a dining  area and a large salon with living lounging zone upon entrance. Below decks are four large en suite guest staterooms access from the interior spiral stairway and an independent stairway for accessing captain, crew cabins, lobby and enclosed laundry room from main deck galley. From this galley, captain and crew members can also access the pilot house and exterior deck from an exterior stairway without interrupting guests on board. Guests can access the yacht from the automatic sliding door at aft deck or the starboard foyer foyer. The upper deck includes the pilot house forward and a large sky lounge with bar, and a movie room. A large Jacuzzi tub with sun bed and seats are incorporated forward of pilot house.  The engine room houses two Cats 1700hp engines, providing top speeds of 17 knots. Some other key feature of this yacht include noise vibration and insulation engineered by Van Cappallen Consultancy, stabilization at anchor, hidden anchor pocket, customized hydraulic swimming ladder, tender garage with independent hydraulic access door and many more.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.18 m (122ft)
Beam - 7.32 m
Draft - 1.85 m
Fuel Capacity - 22975 l
Water Capacity - 5110 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in 5 cabins, 7 crew in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32Acert 1700hp
Speed - 17 knots max
Project - Ed Dubois exterior, Dick Young interior, Van Cappallen engineering, Monte Fino
Construction - fiberglass reinforced plastics hull, and upper structure
Certification - Bureau Veritas class, Australian NSW Maritime USL Code

November 12, 2011

Web: Giorgi New Web Site

Giorgi is an Italian boat company who presents its new World wide virtual showroom.  Giorgi was founded in 1954 on the Adriatic sea, in Pesaro.  It first started as a company repairing boats and yachts, which it later moved on to producing cruisers in the seventies.  In the eighties Giorgi fame grew thanks to the solid construction of its builds; and models such as the X10, and the 39 and 46 designed by Fulvio De Simoni.  These last two models apart being good sellers at the time are still very much sought after today in the used boat market. In 2004 after a period of stop production, the boat building brand has since then been sold and now has moved to a new establishment in Bergamo, North Italy.  The current Giorgi line up features eleven models all of sport design from the 45 Open, to the 80 Hard Top.  The four large models from the 55 to the 80 Hard Top are still in project stages.  Giorgi new web site available in Italian takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Company, Fleet, Dealers, Used, News, and Contacts.   

November 11, 2011

New Model: Cranchi M35 ST

Cranchi presents the M35 ST, a medium sized hard top sport cruiser based on the hull lines of the 36 Zaffiro.  The M35 ST has been a much waited model from Cranchi, and in fact a hard top 36 Zaffiro was announced a few months after the standard open radar arch model was launched in 2008.  Considering how the demand for this size with hard top has increased Cranchi is late in this regard.  The Cranchi design team while in the works of this new model, also presented a new cockpit design to this model which improves the layout from the 36 Zaffiro.  The entrance to the aft deck on the M35 ST is now moved to port side, and the C-shaped settee is to the opposite and larger. Inside the layout is a copy of the 36 sleeping four plus two in two cabins plus a convertible saloon, with a galley and shower head in the middle.  New large view windows have also been added to the hull side serving the guest cabin to midships.  Power is from twin Volvo 300hp which give a max speed of 34 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.71 m (38.5ft)
Hull Length - 9.96 m
Waterline Length - 8.20 m
Beam - 3.88 m
Draft - 1.00 m
Displacement - 7400 kg
Fuel Capacity - 600 l
Water Capacity - 190 l
Max Persons - 12 / 1200kg
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP dual prop stern drives
Speed - 34 knots max, 27 knots cruise
Project - Aldo Cranchi hull, Centro Studi Richerche Cranchi
Certification - CE B

Project: Grand Banks 54 Heritage EU

Grand Banks Yachts marked the opening of the world's biggest boat show with an announcement of the newest and biggest model in its iconic Heritage Series lineup, the  54 Heritage EU, a "Europa-style" trawler motoryacht with a powerful blend of luxury, seaworthiness and fine craftsmanship.  This new project will launch in spring of 2012. Like other "new-generation" Heritage models, the 54EU features a modified-V hull designed to achieve better performance at higher speeds, while still delivering solid fuel economy, stable cruising comfort and longer range at displacement speeds.  An expansive main deck provides a very generous amount of living and entertaining space that flows smoothly on one level from its helm back through the galley, dining area and salon, then out to a large cockpit that extends the living area outdoors with its built-in settee and teak dining table.  Up top, an extended flybridge deck boasts plenty of room for family enjoyment, with two settees facing a teak dining table, an optional sun pad with adjustable reclining backs, and plenty of built-in storage with options for a wet bar, ice maker and BBQ. A standard Stidd helm seat sits on the center line before a large flybridge helm console, with a second optional Stidd to starboard. Space aft can hold a four meter tender and the standard davit. A flybridge hardtop is optional.  Down below, the standard lower-deck layout features three staterooms, all generously sized for a 54-foot vessel. The forward VIP cabin with queen-size berth has en-suite access to a head with shower, while a second guest cabin sits to port. The large master stateroom sits amidships with a queen-size berth, abundant closet and drawer storage, and a head with twin sinks and separate shower.  Even more storage plus room for a separate washer, dryer and other optional features can be found in the utility room that sits just aft of the master cabin and forward of the well-designed engine room. This space can, at the owner's option, also be configured as quarters for a crew of two.  On the main deck, dual settees in the salon provide ample seating for lounging or viewing the standard LED television. A well-equipped galley sits comfortably behind the helm and across from an efficient L-shaped dinette, well situated for dining together even when underway.  New for the Heritage Series, the 54EU foredeck features built-in seating around a teak cocktail table, adding yet another gathering space or comfortable hideaway for taking in the sun and air.  The new 54EU is built on the same Grand Banks designed hull as the 53 Aleutian RP, which has garnered worldwide acclaim for its dry and stable handling in rough seas and across a wide range of speeds. Standard twin Cummins 600hp diesel engines can power the 54 Heritage EU to a top speed of over 18 knots, or can cruise at a sedate 8 knots for well over 1100 nautical miles on a single tank of fuel.

November 10, 2011

New Model: Absolute 40 Fly

Absolute presents the 40 Fly, the entry level model of its flybridge line which was launched last year with the 50 and 43, and so far already features four models.  The Absolute 40 Fly is a very interesting flybridge cruiser featuring a very airy main deck with opening side door, fully open aft patio doors joining the interior saloon to the aft cockpit, and a spacious flybridge which can make bigger boats jealous.  The flybridge motor cruiser also has an up and down hydraulic bathing platform with quite a wide space for a tender.  A note here that there is very few flybridge boats which offer it in this size.  The new Galeon 400 and Azimut 40 come to mind. Below is space for a two cabins both with en-suite, and a galley.  The owners room is to fore, with large view windows to both sides. Power for the Absolute 40 Fly is twin Volvo from 300 up to 370hp in IPS or stern drive propulsion.  For a flybridge I suggest IPS all the way, because if the joystick goes bust it surely would be easier to manoeuvre then with stern drive.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.05 (39.5ft) 
Hull Length - 9.57 m
Beam - 4.05 m
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 400 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, D6 330hp, D6 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo DP stern drive, Volvo IPS400 and IPS500 dual propeller pods
Project - Absolute Research and Development Lab
Certification - CE B