February 29, 2012

Monthy News - February 2012

-pic of the month- Ranger Tugs R-29 One Hundred

Azimut Group Awarded at MIBS 2012

At the conclusion the Miami International Boat Show, Azimut Yachts and Atlantis confirm “best seller” leadership in the Americas, with strong sales in the U.S., Central and South America. Direct sales at boat shows are growing stronger. This is clearly evident after the 24th Miami International Boat Show, which saw Azimut Yachts solidify its position at the No. 1 European importer in this market. Highly satisfied was the first on-the-spot comment by Marco Valle, Sales Director for Azimut Yachts and Atlantis, who returned to headquarters with 23 signed contracts, foremost among these the sale of an Azimut Yachts 95. Also meeting with great satisfaction was Atlantis, the specialist for opens, which was in attendance in Miami with its entire line, including two new models – the 38 and the 58. Likewise noteworthy are the recent sales and service agreements concluded with MarineMax and with a broad network of Azimut dealers in Central and South America, with the company achieving good sales success and making new contacts. At the halfway point of the 2011/12 boating season, Azimut has reached

Bayliner Name Preferred Freight Forwarder

As the two companies prepare for boat sales and shipping at the Miami International Boat Show, Peters & May USA has been awarded the contract to manage the freight forwarding and boat transport for the Brunswick Boat Group (BBG) brands of Bayliner and Trophy boats. During a comprehensive selection process, BBG approached several freight forwarders and specialist boat transport companies before choosing Peters & May for its commitment to delivering a first class service, while maintaining a competitive pricing structure. International Bayliner and Trophy dealers will be able to discuss shipments directly with a dedicated Account Handler and also use our Webtrack system to track and trace their shipments online. Peters & May's network of offices, including those in the UK, Asia, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Turkey and the UAE, will assist with the imports, while the USA office will handle all the exports from the USA.

Bavaria Dream Start at Boot 2012

Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH presented its comprehensive portfolio of sailing and motor yachts at boot 2012 in Düsseldorf. The trade fair was a spectacular success with two world premieres, numerous innovations and excellent sales results. The world premieres for the Sport 39 and Vision 46 were particular highlights at the show. Both of these new models from the Giebelstadt shipyard correspond exactly to the Zeitgeist and current customer tastes – something confirmed by the amount of interest and trade show orders. The presentation of the new, sporty B/One, a 23-foot sailing yacht, available from April 2012 aroused a considerable amount of surprise and interest and proved to be a media coup. The B/One is Bavaria's first ever model for the day sailer segment. Its easy handling, excellent performance and modest entry pricing will certainly appeal to its young target group. The B/One was presented to around 25 journalists and numerous customers – the event became a boot 2012 highlight and caused great commotion. On the Bavaria stand, there were also exclusive images and film footage of the new, luxury Bavaria motorboat range, which is available from spring 2012. The first model in the series, a 42-foot flybridge motorboat, impressed visitors and experts alike with its innovative features and luxurious finish. Following its keenly-awaited launch this spring, this new range will contribute to Bavaria’s international sales and further strengthen the brand’s growth.

Brunswick Chairman and CEO to Present Conferences

Brunswick Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan E. McCoy will present at several events for the financial community in late February and early March. These events are as follows: KeyBanc Consumer Conference, Feb. 29, at the Intercontinental New York Barclay in New York City, RBC Capital Markets Restaurant & Leisure Investor Day, March 1, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah, and Raymond James and Associate's 33rd Annual Investor Conference, March 6, at J. W. Marriott in Orlando, Fla. Mr. McCoy will participate in the first two conferences, and will give a formal presentation at the Raymond James event in Orlando.

Cigarette with Myco Tilt Trailer

While tilt trailers are nothing new to fans of high-performance catamarans, V-bottom hull enthusiasts who visited the Miami International Boat Show February 16-20 where in for an eye-popping surprise from MYCO Trailers --the world's first V-bottom display trailer designed to show off the inside of a boat while it sits on dry land. Firsts are nothing new for the Bradenton, Florida-based manufacturer, so when Cigarette Racing Team wanted to showcase the interior of its new 39' Top Gun Open at the Florida Powerboat Club's November 2011 Key West Poker Run Village, the two companies put into development an idea they had been kicking around for several years. The results are even more impressive than they sound. The trailer's debut at Key West provided an additional Wow! factor reports Cigarette CEO & President Skip Braver. The MYCO V-bottom Tilt Trailer will be displaying another impressive Cigarette offering at the Miami Boat Show in booth B-23, and based on the reaction from other boat builders, the trailer will soon be available to OEMs and dealers of all boat brands. The tilt trailer was originally developed to tow catamarans through the narrow streets of Europe and on U.S. highways to avoid "wide load" restrictions. Tweedie hints that the next logical step for the V-bottom trailer will be a version suitable for towing in the tilt position, which will require some additional engineering and design.

Cruisers Miami VIP Party

A team of top personnel representing Cruisers Yachts was be on hand to answer all of your questions and give a personalized tour of the yachts. As if the exclusive attention wasn't enough, VIP guests attending the party where offered some of the biggest buying incentives in the company's history...up to $80,000 on select models. A one-time offer only available during the "Miami After Hours" party. Miami cuisine and a taste of select wines where available while clients explore two of the most revolutionary yachts in the boating industry: the newly launched 41 Cantius and last year's belle of the ball...the 48 Cantius. The newly designed 430 Coupe, 540 Coupe, 350 Express and 380 Express yachts where also available in this event.

Ferretti Custom Line 100 Wins Motorboat of the Year Award 2012

London the Ferretti Custom Line 100’ was awarded the prestigious Motor Boat of The Year 2012 prize in the “Custom Yacht Award” category. The prize was awarded by the publishing group IPC Media, an authoritative point of reference for the international nautical industry. The Motor Boat of the Year award, annually elects boats with the most exclusive designs, with excellent performance and the latest technological innovations. The winners were selected by a committee of experts made up of journalists from Motor Boats Monthly and Motor Boat&Yachting. This is the second prize awarded within a few months to this new model of the Ferretti Custom Line is: at the Cannes Nautical Boat Show, in September 2011, the Custom Line 100’ was awarded the Best Layout in the Flying Bridge category over 24 metres. Created from the close collaboration of Studio Zuccon International Project, the AYT - Advanced Yacht Technology, the naval research and design centre of the Ferretti Group, and the team of architects and designers from Centro Stile Ferretti Group, Ferretti Custom Line 100’ embodies the construction and project design experience of the Shipyard which, on the one hand combines sporty design and technology, and on the other hand combines innovative design solutions and comfort, striking a perfect balance. Ferretti Custom Line 100’ is part of the Custom Line, alongside the 124’, 112’ NEXT and 97’ models.

Formula Calls Music Makers

Do you love making music? Want to be part of future Formula videos? Now is the time! Formula Boats is now editing footage for your viewing pleasure and we want you to help make the music that ties it all together. Send us your favorite original two- to four-minute instrumental song or songs that you think would be perfect for our Formula videos. Make the song model-specific, or for any Formula model—we just want to hear what you can do! If your music is chosen, you will be credited at the end of the video. Get your instruments and your computer ready and get us your music today!

Grand Banks Busy Days

As Grand Banks head further into 2012 and over the new season of boat shows in Miami, Palm Beach, Vancouver, Istanbul, production teams at the factory continue to ramp up work on new Heritage, Eastbay and Aleutian yachts for upcoming deliveries. These include the 54EU, new flagship of the Heritage Series and the most spacious, best-equipped motoryacht in her class. And another Heritage model, the 47EU, marked an exciting milestone when hull #100 recently went into production. Across the yard, another new 53 Aleutian RP has just been through the last series of QC checks and a final management inspection prior to shipping. It's a long and rigorous process, but one that every GB must undergo to ensure to meets the proven standards for quality and craftsmanship of this renowned brand.

Heesen Team Synergy Places Third

Heesen Yachts, world leader in design, engineering and construction of luxury superyachts, is thrilled to announce that Team Synergy won third place in the match races at the RC44 – Puerto Calero Cup, held in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) from February 8 to 12. Fourteen teams returned to Puerto Calero to start the 2012 RC44 Championship Tour, three months after the final of the RC44 World Championships. The battle for the Puerto Calero Cup, the first leg in this year’s circuit, was waged in open waters. The challenging racing course makes Lanzarote one of the best sea sailing venues in Southern Europe. A wide range of sailing conditions gave the teams a great challenge at their first appearance after the winter break. Team Synergy, led by America’s Cup sailor Ed Baird won five out of six match races, placing third in the overall ranking. The team was less fortunate in the fleet races, where they ranked 13th due to a series of major break-downs.

Heesen Sponsor Synergy RC44 Team

Heesen Yachts, world leader in design, engineering and construction of luxury superyachts, is thrilled to announce the main sponsorship of the Synergy team for the 2012 RC44 Championship, founded by America’s Cup skipper Russell Coutts back in 2007. With a mix of amateurs and professionals in the crew line-up, the class attracts some of the world’s leading business minds as their owner-drivers along with many of the world’s top international sailors. The RC44 is established as one of the world’s leading yacht racing circuits. This year’s tour offers the competitors 25 days of diverse and challenging match and fleet racing at some very different venues across Europe: 8 – 12 February; Puerto Calero – Lanzarote, 28 March – 1 April; Cascais – Portugal, 30 May – 3 June; Gmunden – Austria, 18 – 22 July; Marstrand – Sweden, 3 – 7 October; Rovinj – Croatia. Synergy Russian Sailing Team (RUS 13) races on hull number 24, launched in 2010. Boat Owners and helmsmen Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev together with American tactician Ed Baird will lead the team Synergy, which won 15 match races last year and finished 12th overall both in 2010 and 2011 seasons. Having also run successful TP52 and Louis Vuitton Trophy campaigns, Synergy’s goal is to develop top level yacht racing in Russia by creating professional crew to compete against the world’s best sailors. RC44 is a light-displacement, high performance, one design racing yacht conceived to be fast downwind and powerful upwind. Co-designed by four-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts with naval architect Andrej Justin, the class endeavours to keep competition as fair as possible by ensuring the boats are strictly identical in terms of construction, shape of hull, appendages and weight/weight distribution as well as deck layout, equipment and sail plan. With everything, from the keel to the tip of the mast, made entirely from carbon, and with a powerful sail plan, the RC44 is rapid downwind, commanding upwind and performs exceptionally in both light winds and heavier breezes. Hull, deck and stern scoop are built in sandwich construction of epoxy resin and exclusively carbon unidirectional and biaxial fabrics, while the twill carbon woven rowing is used to give a smooth, clear, carbon look finish on all external surfaces. The keel is built of carbon pre-preg material in carbon moulds post cured at high temperature and pressure in an autoclave. A weed cutter is fitted in the keel leading edge. The trim tab is built in carbon with RTM technology. The lead-antimony bulb is cast in CNC machined steel mould for high precision and faired with epoxy compound. The rudder and tapered rectangular section rudder shaft are one piece carbon built with RTM technology in a high precision female mould. The rudder shaft structure is FEM optimised and dimensioned according to ABS loads for speed of over 26 knots.

Horizon Announce TYIA and MIASF Association

Horizon is pleased to assist in a press conference announcing a partnership between the Taiwan Yacht Industry Association (TYIA) and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) at the Horizon display during the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show on Saturday, February 18th from 10AM – 12PM. During the event, John Lu, Horizon CEO and President of the TYIA, and Kristina Hebert, President of the MIASF, will sign a letter of intent to establish a mutually beneficial relationship for the advancement of the global yacht industry. During the conference, the TYIA will also announce plans for a 2014 Taiwan International Boat Show located in Kaohsiung City, and the event will close with tours of Taiwan-built yachts on display at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, including the Horizon V74 and PC58. The TYIA and MIASF are both dedicated to progressing the yacht industry in their respective areas, and through a close working relationship, the two associations will endeavor to bring growth and development to the industry as a whole.

Horizon at Hainan Rendez Vous

Horizon announces their participation in the Hainan Rendezvous, held from April 5th – 8th, 2012, where they will showcase three luxury yachts: RP120 MUSES, CC110 Lady Gaga, and a new E54. According to the rendezvous organizer, the RP120 MUSES and CC110 Lady Gaga are among the top five largest megayachts attending. The Hainan Rendezvous is the ultimate luxury lifestyle show in the Chinese Riviera Hainan. During the 4-day event, Horizon will host a series of activities, including invitation-only parties on Lady Gaga and sea trials on the E54. Detailed tours of MUSES will also be offered, as the RP120 has been selected as a finalist in the “2012 World Superyacht Awards” and is currently the largest new megayacht on the Chinese yacht market. Horizon’s new office in Hainan is expected to be finished before the start of the rendezvous, the office will serve as a sales and support center for clients in the Chinese market.

Moonen Two Refits

Having recently completed the build-off of a Dixon 120 and the refitting of a custom Heesen motoryacht, Moonen Refits has now embarked on two new projects. The Moonen 72 SJS is being comprehensively upgraded technically and aesthetically while the Moonen 84 Aurora is being given a brand-new paint system. SJS was launched as Lady Jalinka in 2001, an impressive example of the Moonen 72 displacement range and the first yacht designed in a successful partnership with Rene van der Velden. Her new owners brought SJS back home to Moonen following their first cruise in Scandinavia last summer in order to customise her to their requirements. The exhaust system has been redesigned to bring the sound levels below even Moonen's renowned high standards. A complete new dashboard is being fitted along with a new navigation system, while new upholstery and leather for the sofa will ensure that the wheelhouse looks as good as she operates. The main lounge is being given a new ceiling, TV + lift and settees, while the three lower deck suites are being given a fresh individual colour scheme. Meanwhile, the owners of the Moonen 84 Aurora have brought their dark-blue beauty - originally launched in 2004 - back to the yard for a complete new paint job. As often, the Moonen Refits team is partnering with the acclaimed Dutch experts from Klaver Yachtpainting for this type of specialised work.

Ranger Tugs Deliver 100 T-29

Ranger Tugs is pleased to announce the delivery of the 100th Ranger Tug 29 to her new owners. The 100th boat was sold by Marc Grove, owner of Wefings Marine, the Apalachicola, Florida-based Ranger Tugs dealer. Marc was also responsible for the sale of the first R29 in 2009 which was also Wefings Marine's 100th anniversary year. The R29 was introduced in 2009 and has remained a popular model of the trailerable trawlers since her debut. Marc sold the 100th hull at the 2011 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show to new owners, Ruth and Wally Naset, who will take delivery in Sumerland Key, FL and plan to cruise their home waters in the Florida Keys and beyond. Wefings Marine has also committed to purchasing the first R31 and will have boats available at the Miami, Jacksonville and Baypoint Boat Shows this year.

Riva Carlo Birthday

Everything is ready in Sarnico to celebrate Carlo Riva, the globally renowned and esteemed entrepreneur whose unique ingenuity has left an indelible mark in the history of pleasure boating and who, over the years, was capable of turning the Riva brand and the Sarnico boatyard (which have been part of the Ferretti Group since the year 2000) into a reference for the entire Italian and global boating sector. I have always cruised towards Riva as one would cruise towards a longed-for horizon, and I have always considered Carlo Riva as a master a owe a lot to, from both a professional and a personal standpoint. This is why I am delighted to be able to give him my best wishes for this extraordinary moment in his outstanding life - says Ferretti Group’s Chairman Norberto Ferretti. Carlo Riva was born in 1922, he is an engineer and was appointed “Pionere della Nautica” by UCINA (the Italian Marine Industry Association) in 1988 and “Personnalité de la Mer” by Albert II of Monaco in 2005; today, on 24th February, he blows out 90 candles. Born into a family of boat builders, he had an immense passion for boats and boat building since his early years and was then the Master who, in the 1950s, turned this brand into a synonym of style, status and perfection, also thanks to models like Ariston and Tritone, Sebino and Florida, all the way to Aquarama, which was launched in 1962. All crafts which have made Riva a symbol of Made in Italy creations all over the world and were the object of desire for noble people, actors, sports champions, businessmen and celebrities. Among them, it is enought to mention Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Liz Taylor, Sean Connery and Jean Paul Belmondo, Richard Burton and Jackie Stewart. But there were also royalties, princes and sheikhs from all over the world. The motor boat Aquarama, whose 50th anniversary is being celebrated this year, embodied the triumph of Carlo Riva’s production philosophy, becoming the symbol of the shipyard and of the Riva brand everywhere in the world. However, celebrations will not end with Carlo Riva's birthday and the anniversary of his legendary Aquarama: these important occasions will indeed usher in a long series of events that will unravel throughout the year and will culminate in the celebrations, in June, of the brand’s 170th anniversary.  On that occasion, a special website will be created, featuring in-depth, interesting information about the 170 fantastic years of this business adventure, characterised by inexhaustible passion for innovation, design, and the constant improvement of the boats' quality and safety, all aspects which have turned Riva into a true icon in the world of luxury and international boating.

Riva Special Guest at Arte Fiera Bologna

Riva, a brand by Ferretti Group, took part with the Aquariva by Marc Newson at Arte Fiera, the contemporary art exhibition that took place at the venue of BolognaFiere form 27th to 30th January 2012. The Aquariva by Marc Newson was the special guest of Arte Fiera, the annual event that celebrated its 36th edition, making Bologna the Italian centre for modern and contemporary art during the last week end. The Aquariva project by Marc Newson is the result of the partnership of two of the greatest representatives of International design: Officina Italiana Design – the studio which has been designing for 20 years the style of the crafts by Riva, manufactured in the glorious shipyards funded by Pietro Riva in 1842 – and Marc Newson - the famous Australian designer who is the protagonist with his works of many collections, even permanent ones, in the greatest museums and art galleries in the world. This artistic union led to the review of the historic 33-foot model featuring smooth and elegant lines, through which Newson expressed its personal view of nautical design. The result is the creation of an exclusive Aquariva model, a timeless classic, connecting the past with the present, tradition and innovation. The Aquariva by Newson is an extraordinary match of style and functionality, a glance to the period of the Dolce Vita of the 50’s and 60’s which looks towards the future, in line with the latest trends of nautical design. This result has also been achieved thanks to the special materials chosen by the Australian designer: the wood-like textile-based laminate (a phenol composite, the forerunner of fiberglass), used for the deck area and the helm station; the anodized aluminum instead of steel and chrome brass, an unusual choice in the nautical sector which allowed giving a high-tech touch to the classic and elegant flair of Riva, a myth of the sector, a synonym for the exclusivity and luxury of the Italian style. The exclusive Aquariva by Newson was launched last year as limited edition, 22 hulls only, and is distributed all over the world through the Riva dealers’ network.

Riviera Launches Ultimate Event in May

For the first time in Riviera’s 32-year history, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder will host its biggest and most unique owner experience. Almost 5,000 Riviera owners from all over the world will be invited to participate in the inaugural festival which will celebrate Riviera’s rich history, the global Riviera family of boat owners and the joys of boating with a raft of 63 individual owners only educational and social events over four days. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said the Riviera Festival will be a truly unique boating experience and will be Riviera’s most ambitious project to date. Riviera owners will have exclusive access to a full calendar of events held over the four days of the festival from educational seminars and hands-on workshops through to fun, social and vibrant activities. There will be pod drive comparisons where people can sea trial a Zeus or IPS pod driver boats alongside each other to better understand each systems individual capabilities and performance. Riviera will also host factory tours for owners and the general public and there will be free parking on site at Coomera. Riviera owners are encouraged to contact their local Riviera dealer to register their interest in receiving The Festival’s full program details.

Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic Gains International Interest

A new international standard for light tackle deep sea sport fishing was created at last year’s Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic when 5,000 kilograms of Southern Bluefin Tuna were caught and released at the annual event. Following on from this success Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded pleasure boat builder is once again sponsoring the game fishing event. The brain-child of philanthropist and passionate Riviera owner Peter Teakle, the Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic has become a much-anticipated event in Australia’s tuna capital. Mr Teakle said last year’s results were sensational. Riviera’s Director of Brand and Communications Stephen Milne said the Port Lincoln Tuna Classic was a unique event as it was open to boats of all sizes, including trailer boats. The 2012 Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic will be held just after Easter on April 14 and 15. Entries must be received by Tuesday March 13.

Riviera Strong Sales in Miami

Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder has recorded strong sales at the Miami International Yacht and Brokerage Show which closed on Monday evening this week with six new boat sales totalling USD$10.4 million and further sales are expected following sea trials. In Miami, Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said he was very grateful to the US team for their great commitment and passion they have shown towards displaying Riviera at the show. Among the sales were two 63 Enclosed Flybridges, two 53 Enclosed Flybridges, one 43 Open Flybridge and one 5000 Sport Yacht. Riviera Yachts USA director Chris McCafferty said the five day show was a huge success for Riviera and he congratulated the effort made by all the dealers and their representatives. On the Sunday night of the show, Riviera’s exclusive Miami dealer, Yachting Experts, hosted a pre-Mardi Gras VIP cocktail party for some 200 guests. Betty De Varona from Yachting Experts said the Riviera display turned into the French Quarter with vibrant music, aromatic foods, masks and plenty of colourful costumes. Mr McCafferty said the Miami Yacht and Brokerage show was regarded as one of the world’s leading boat shows and it was pleasing to see the positive response to the Riviera brand.

Sunseeker Prince of Wales Apprentice Medal

Sunseeker's Manhattan 63 Marine Engineer, Chris Schreiber, has been awarded a Queens Medal by HRH Prince of Wales for being one of the best Marine Engineering Apprentices in the UK. The event took place at St James's Palace in London, on Thursday 16th February 2012 and was attended by over 300 guests, consisting of prominent figures from the UK maritime industry, including Sunseeker's Director of Engineering Jonathan Goldie and Training Manager Alex Bowman. The annual Queens Silver Medal competition is hosted by a London Livery Company, the Right Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, of which the Prince of Wales is now the Prime Warden. It currently operates as a charity supporting and promoting education for young people within the maritime sector. During the competition Chris had to spend a gruelling five days in the hills of Northumberland with 18 other marine engineers taking part in various leadership, team and problem solving challenges including technical presentations. The top six candidates then had to attend a stringent panel interview at Ironmongers Hall in Central London with senior Shipwrights.

Sunseeker Prepares for Rallye 2012

Rallye Sunseeker, the largest Motorsport event in the south of England's sporting calendar, is taking place over the 24th and 25th of February 2012. Organised by Southern Car Club Ltd, Sunseeker will be the official title sponsor for the 14th year running.  Rallye Sunseeker is the current 'Rally of the Year 2011', having scooped the award at the British Rally Championship Awards last November, this will be its 2nd year in the BRC. The rally will kick off at Poole Quay, home to Sunseeker's headquarters and is expected to attract up to 10,000 spectators. The event will officially open with a ceremonial start at Poole Quay from 6.30pm on Friday 25th of February, in the presence of the Mayor of Poole. Barbados Tourism Authority has joined forces with the event to Co-Host the Scrutiny and Documentation Show held at the Bournemouth International Centre on Friday 24th February. Scrutiny in previous years has always attracted lots of spectators and the use of the Purbeck Hall will be of massive benefit to all those who attend this year's event, where Screens2Go will have their large TV screen in the hall to provide rally features and interviews. The rally action continues on Saturday the 25th of February with special stages in Ringwood, Uddens & Wareham Forest and Somerley Park. Each special stage has its own dedicated car park providing access to the designated viewing areas. This year, Somerley Park will not only be hosting two special stages of the rally, but will also host the adrenaline packed Vale Motors Somerley Extravaganza. All venues are open to public, featuring live commentary, toilets, catering, hospitality, classic car display and a rally stimulator. The ceremonial finish is anticipated to take place at 5.30pm on Saturday the 25th in the presence of the Mayor of Bournemouth, at the Bournemouth Pier Approach.

Sunseeker Sponsors Golf Charity Event

Sunseeker International, Sunseeker Middle East and Sunseeker Seychelles were delighted to be premier partners at the recent Emirates Airline Invitational charity pro-am golf event held at the Kyle Phillips designed Yas Links Golf Course, Abu Dhabi. Hosted by Abdullah Al Naboodah, additional premier partners to the event included Landrover and Hawker Beechcraft. Sunseeker proudly displayed a stunning 30 Metre Yacht in the Yas Marine, adjacent to the official host Hotel, the Yas Viceroy. Now in its sixth year this corporate event has evolved into one of the most exclusive and prestigious one-day pro-am golf tournaments in the world. Players at the 2012 tournament included Graeme McDowell 2010 US open champion, Simon Dyson, Sergio Garcia, Colin Montgomerie, and Ross Fisher, to sports personalities such as ex-Dutch International footballer Ruud Gullit. The 2012 Emirates Airline Invitational, a tournament officially sanctioned by the European Tour and one that held Ryder Cup points for tour players proved a fantastic stage on which to promote the Sunseeker product to a global audience. Richie Ramsay shot a course record 10 under par 62 to finish two shots ahead of Denmark’sThorborn Olesen and England’s Richard Finch, and was crowned champion of the 2012 Emirates Airline Invitational, receiving the top prize of $100,000, half of which will be donated to a charity of his choice.

Tiara Announces Internet Partner

Tiara Yachts, a Subsidiary of S2 Yachts, Inc., one of the oldest privately-held boat manufacturers in the United States, is pleased to announce the movement of all the company’s digital services to Tampa Web design, Web development and interactive marketing agency, Bayshore Solutions, as its select Internet partner. Tiara Yachts’ embraces a dynamic quest to be the best, not as measured against others, but focused on the ultimate goal of perfection. The family-led and privately owned professionally managed company’s core values center on integrity and delivering an exceptional boating experience to customers. When the firm set out to find the right digital partner to achieve success in today’s market, it was apparent that well over 90% of the prospective candidates could not fit the bill. In seeking the digital partner the company would entrust its 55 year history-strong brand, Tiara Yachts insisted on a firm with the qualities of presenting data-driven solutions, coupled with passion for continuously achieving exceptional results, fueled by a core value of doing the right thing – even when no one is looking. In evaluating Bayshore Solutions, Tiara Yachts recognized not only a dead match for their own philosophy, but a proven track record of delivering creative, functional and integrated excellence in digital marketing.

Vicem New Model Names

Vicem Yachts top Turkish shipyard leader in the production of timeless design luxury motoryachts, lobster boats and superyachts announces the modification of all models names in the range. From February 2012 Vicem decided to name every model using the LOA; Length Over All, instead of LH Length of Hull.

February 28, 2012

Project: Bering 50

Bering is a fairly young US builder, who builds Explorer yachts from fifty up to 78 feet.  So far the company has launched two models, a prototype, and the 55.  The looks are based from the Norwegian fishing boat, with a modern minimal touch.  Unlike many competitors in this segment Bering has decided to stick to steel for building its yachts with a declared 3/8 of an inch thickness used for the bottom.  The Bering 50 will be the entry level model with a two deck layout and a flybridge.  Huge customization is a big factor in any Bering, and the plans presented show four interior choices; of two or three cabins. A huge difference in the interior plans is also a choice where to fit the engine, with a midships, or aft location option for this.  Single or twin engine choices are available as is hybrid by Regen Nautic.  Cruising speed is 8 knots, which should a good range even with the standard five thousand liters fuel tank, and more so with the ten thousand optional choice. 

February 27, 2012

New Model: Nimbus 34 Nova HT

It’s premier for the Nimbus 34 Nova HT at the Göteborg Boat show this February. The hardtop is of an entirely new design and can be fitted with an electric canvas canopy, and a door facing aft or an electric glass sunroof and fixed sliding doors.  The electric canopy maximises the roof opening, both width and lengthwise, providing extra light and airiness on sunny days. The hood features a laminated rail along the leading edge that makes for a particularly elegant and secure closing function. The cover door facing aft contributes to giving you as much open air feeling as possible and results in an entirely “open” layout. The hardtop, fitted with the electric glass sunroof, features heavy stainless glazed sliding doors facing aft. The sunroof is the same model as in the Nimbus 365 Coupé, recently chosen as the “European Motorboat of the Year 2012” in Düsseldorf.  Other new features include integrated spots in the right places for good, functional lighting. For example, the spotlight illuminating the dining table is so positioned as not to dazzle. To provide a more comfortable and finished feeling, the ceiling is covered with textile panels. Heavy duty stainless steel cover on the D-post and background lighting of the Nimbus emblem provides an elegant and high quality impression.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.49 m (37.6ft)
Beam - 3.32 m
Displacement - 5650 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 600 l
Water Capacity - 120 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 1 x Volvo D6 370hp, 2 x Volvo D4 260hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive 
Certification - CE B

February 26, 2012

Project: ISA Yachts 41m Classic

Designed by Andrea Vallicelli, this new ISA Yachts 41 meter is developed from the 39 meter platform what is a three-deck displacement motor yacht that caught the owner's attention for her modern design and clever use of the space. This sale of the 41m Classic is also very important for ISA coming from a repeatable customer, with a delivery schedule date for 2013. ISA is a yard that sticks to provide owners with large innovative super yachts that express personality and luxury, and this 41 meter Classic is the result of the yard's desire to propose its own changes, without the restrictions of the current trends. The design of this steel hull aluminium upper structure super yacht is based on three fundamental elements: the visual centre back on the stern, an aggressive streamlined bow and the lines linking the stern and the roll bar continued by the two spoilers connecting the main deck with the upper deck. The final result of these apparently contrasting elements offer an extremely balanced appearance and a compact lightweight feel. The interior design will be executed by ISA.  Powered by two CAT 1001hp engines the 41m Classic will reach a max speed of 14 knots. The owner went more for a guest layout; with one master and four guest cabins, it can accommodate ten guests in luxury and comfort. 

February 25, 2012

Web: Faeton New Web Site

Faeton boats from Spain, since 2008 part of the Astondoa Group presents its new virtual World wide web Showroom.  Faeton was founded in 1980, in Spain. In this period the Greek god named Spanish company has built over three thousand boats from 23 to forty feet.  In the early nineties Faeton was the first of the Spanish boat builders to produce an open deck bow rider day boat.  In 1995 Faeton created another bench mark for itself with the presentation of the 780 Moraga, a shaft propulsion fishing cruiser which sold over eight hundred units since its introduction.  This success also set a stage for Faeton using famous US hull designer David L.Napier for its boats.  In 1997 Faeton starts an expansion plan which leads to 2000 when the company buys a new yard with 100.000 squared meters of land, forty thousand of which covered.  In 2005 Faeton started a restructuring plan in order to improve the design of its models into a new age.  The Spanish Almeria located builder currently offers four Series; Cruiser, Moraga, Scape, and Formentera which present a total of sixteen models.  The entry level model is the F-26 Scape, and the flagship is the F-380 Cruiser.  Faeton new web site is available in Spanish, English, Italian, French, and Portughese language.  The new web show room takes you around with the following buttons; Range, Company, News, and Contact.

February 24, 2012

Project: Hunt 36 Surfhunter Hardtop Coupe

New for 2012, Hunt Yachts shows the project of the 36 Surfhunter Hardtop Coupe to its line.   The 36 Surfhunter Hardtop Coupe builds on the already proven hull of Hunt’s 36 Harrier to offer more accommodation for extended cruising.  This will include separate stall shower, well-equipped galley, additional. storage and larger decks.  Three different interior layout choice will also be available for the 36 Surfhunter Hardtop Coupe. This is the eleventh model in production by this iconic American brand, all designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates.  In keeping with earlier Hunt models, the Surfhunter 36 Hardtop Coupe is offered with multiple power options including IPS, inboard or waterjet; standard power is a 480 HP Cummins diesel with the pod drive which will deliver 28 knots cruise and 34 at full throttle.

February 23, 2012

New Model: Cabo 40 Hardtop Express

Preparing itself for the upcoming Miami boat show, Cabo has just a couple of weeks ago launched hull number one of the new 40 Hardtop Express.  This new Cabo shares hull with the famed 40 Flybridge, and follows design footsteps of the latest one year ago presented 44 Hardtop Express model, showing the same concept in a smaller size.  The 40 Hardtop Express will also in my opinion be a competitor to the bigger model, thanks to its versatility of two choices below; single cabin with saloon, or two cabins.  In both formats owners room remains to fore, with the twin bunk berths second cabin replacing the L-shaped settee to starboard.  Outside is all Cabo with a huge cockpit offering all what any fisherman wants, thanks to the wide beam.  But Cabo makes also comfort for guests a must, with a nice mezzanine on the aft deck, and L-shaped lounger behind the center console helm.  Power is from twin Cummins 600hp these with ZF Zeus pods, or 715hp Cummins or Cats with line shaft propulsion.  With the option of Cats and shafts the Cabo 40 Hardtop Express reached 36 knots in its first tests.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.05 m (42.9ft) with pulpit
Hull Length - 12.2 m
Beam - 4.80 m
Draft - 1.04 m
Displacement - 14061 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2081 l
Water Capacity - 359 l 
Accommodation - 4 berths
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 8.3 600hp, QSM 11-M 715hp, Cats C12 ACERT 715hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pods, line shafts
Speed - 36 knots max with Cats 715hp
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 16.5 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - molded fiberglass construction using premium resins, biaxial stitched fabric reinforcement; solid fiberglass bottom construction; core construction from chine to sheer; ISO/NPG gelcoat finish
Project - Michael Peters

February 22, 2012

Project: Casa 38 HT

Starting up with a 54, and 46 feet models, Casa now looks to a smaller 38 model, and after presenting the Open version project now shows the 38 HT.  A model which represents more the philosophy of the central Italy, South of Rome located boat builder, who so far has always built hard top cruisers and yachts.  The 38 HT copies in all but the hard top the open version, with the well laid interior appearing again.  This making the best use of the spaces offered, presenting itself with two cabins, two shower heads, galley, and an L-shaped saloon.  The aft deck is all for the sun lovers, with sun pad to aft, and C-shaped settee in front, with the helm, and wet bar located opposite to starboard.  Casa seems also resolute on plans to show a well laid engine room with easy to reach secondary items.  Power is from twin Volvo 300hp with estimated speeds being a max of 38 knots. 

February 21, 2012

Improve-it = Clipper 52 Cordova

Clipper has launched a pilothouse layout for its popular 52 Cordova Series II.  The pilothouse is a new option for the internal layout, offering the crew a dedicated navigation station forward, beside the helm. The navigation station includes a wide, upholstered bench seat, fold-up working table and space to spread paper charts. To accommodate the navigation station, the Clipper design team moved the galley aft, and redesigned the saloon to offer a U-shape lounge with a multi-purpose dinette table. The dinette table slides out for easier access and is mounted on a gas strut pedestal. The table can be lowered to create a coffee table effect or to operate as the base for a cushion that turns the lounge into a generous double bed. Of course, the Clipper 52 Cordova with the pilothouse option maintains all the classic Clipper features including the three double cabins, walk-around decks, side and aft boarding doors, stainless steel sliding aft saloon doors and air conditioning throughout.

February 20, 2012

New Model: Atlantis 38

It was one of the most awaited models from Atlantis, which continues the We Are Open philosophy as started with the 48 in end Summer 2010.  Now the Atlantis range coming from the four hands of Salvetti and Biaggi of NeoDesign already features four models, including the new 58 flagship also launched in the fall of 2011.  The new Atlantis 38 follows the family feeling, and modern touched other NeoDesign models; 48, 44 and 58 with a very open layout, and the latest features to become important characteristics in boats this size.  Hardtop which keep air circulating, good sized bathing platform, flush deck cockpit, and an unexpected clever comfortable interior.  The owners room in the Atlantis 38 is to fore, with a midships cabin sleeping two having the option to be a twin or a double.  In the middle of the cabin area is the galley, and an L-shaped saloon.  Power is from twin Volvo, standard 260 or optional 300hp with stern drive propulsion. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.62 m (38.1ft)
Hull Length - 11.02 m
Beam - 3.55 m
Draft - 0.95 m
Displacement - 7.85 t unloaded, 9.95 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 760 l
Water Capacity - 185 l
Accommodaiton - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive
Project - NeoDesign of Filippo Salvetti and Marco Biaggi 
Certification - CE B

February 19, 2012

Project: Fairline 80 Squadron Custom

It's been rumoured for a long time, since 2004 for sure, of Fairline going over the eighty feet barrier, and finally the British builder presents officially the rendering of an upcoming new 80 Squadron Custom, which will replace the current 78 born 74 flagship.  The 80 Squadron Custom looks distinctively Fairline outside following design patterns the yard has embraced since the late nineties.  A style which started from the medium sales lucky 52 and 62 Squadron series.  So far Fairline is showing great flexibility in this new flagship with a choice of four lower deck plans; offering from three suites, two four room choices, and one very hard to find in this size and more charter friendly five cabins plan.  One of the four cabins plan, also offers the distinct feature of having an owners room forward, this in this size being always located to midships. The main deck looks also innovative on plan with a standing high pilot house.  Two cabins, plus lobby for crew are located to aft.  So far no performance and engine numbers are given, but I do accept the usual Fairline around 30 knots performance.

February 18, 2012

Web: Lazzara New Web Site

Lazzara, updates its world wide web showroom to a new version. Officially founded in 1990, though in reality Lazzara roots in boat building go much more before this, being the Lazzara family in its third generation of boat builders. The family Lazzara boat building experience starts in 1955, when Vince Lazzara construct the biggest GRP boat of the time, a forty feet sailing yacht for himself. After this in 1960 he starts Columbia Yachts which in 1967 sells, and a few years later moving to Florida in the early seventies creates Gulfstar Yachts. Eventually the Lazzara brothers Dick and Brad sold there stakes in Gulfstar in 1989, next step being to start building motor yachts with there surname Lazzara brand launching the first 76 model in 1992. The rest as they say is history! The new Lazzara Yachts wed site takes you in a modern Internet showroom, with a high focus on the eight models of the current range from the LSX 64 to the LSX 120. The latest model is the 76 Brezze, while project models currently in construction are three; LSX 64, LMY 64, and the new LSX 120 flagship. Lazzara new website takes you around with the following buttons; About, Sales, New Build, Service, Parts, Lazzara Blog, and Contact Us.  Below of the entrance main page is also a social media link taking you to the; facebook, twitter, and You Tube pages of Lazzara.

February 17, 2012

Project: Mulder 16.10 m Bellagio

Bellagio is a new sport yacht currently under construction with a length of 16 meter, designed by the famous Dutch naval architect Vripack and build at Mulder.  The yacht is standard equipped with three cabins; one big owners cabin, a comfortable double guest cabin and even a crew cabin. The owners cabin has an ensuite bathroom, complete with shower and toilet. In the wheelhouse the yacht has four pilot seats, upholstered with the finest leather. The side windows of the wheelhouse can be lowered for a more open feeling and the rooftop can be tilted a few inches to feel a natural breeze over the front windows. It will give you an extraordinary sailing experience. Bellagio is standard driven by 2 Volvo 435hp engines with IPS pod drives, resulting in a top speed of approximately 30 knots.  For the real speed freaks it is optional to add another Volvo 435hp engine in between. With this triple Volvo IPS pods installation, the 16.10 m Bellagio will reach top speeds of 40 knots.

February 16, 2012

New Model: Cranchi 30 Endurance

An important new Cranchi the 30 Endurance, which presents itself as the second small, following the 29 Zaffiro of an eighteen model range which goes up to 66 feet.  The 30 is the baby of the Endurance fleet by Cranchi, the other models being the 35 and long standing 41.  With the 30 Endurance, in house designer Aldo Cranchi, and the research studies developed this model to a semi walk around sport cruiser with huge spaces outside, and a center console set up.  This has paid up for Cranchi and the 30 Endurance which recently won European Powerboat of the Year 2012.   Inside the 30 Endurance offers overnight accommodation sleeping four in a convertible Vee shaped settee, and double berth to midships.  There is also a separate shower head, with a small galley located outside. The pocket cruiser capabilities are featured in the 30 Endurance, although the fuel capacity of only 320 liters does not help much to cover some extra miles. Five engine choices are offered petrol gas or diesel and start from a single 270hp up to two twin 225.  Speeds are 32 knots max, and 26 of cruise with a single 320hp petrol gas set up.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.50 m (31.2ft)
Hull Length - 8.88 m
Waterline Length - 6.70 m
Beam - 2.98 m
Draft - 0.90 m
Displacement - 3300 kg with engines
Fuel Capacity - 326 l
Water Capacity - 70 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2
Max Persons - 8
Engines - 1 x Volvo V8 5.0 GXi 270hp, V8 5.7 GXi 320hp, 2 x Volvo V6 4.3 EVC EC/GXI 225hp petrol
1 x Volvo D4 EVC 300hp, 2 x Volvo D3 EVC 200hp    
Propulsion - single or twin Volvo dual propeller stern drive DP-S or DP- H drive
Speed - 32 knots max, 26 cruise with single Volvo 320hp
Project - Aldo Cranchi hull, Centro Studi Ricerche Cranchi
Certification - CE B

February 15, 2012

Project: Absolute 72 Fly

The Absolute wave never stops, and the Italian brand headed by Angelo Gobbi shows its next project, one of important relevance for a new flagship, the 72 Fly.  This model takes over the mantle as biggest Absolute from the 70 STY launched in 2008, going two feet larger,and expands the flybridge range as introduced in 2010, and today having four models from 40 to 53 feet.   As shown in smaller models, Absolute head of design Sergio Maggi also on the 72 Fly, concentrates on modern Italian looks using huge window surfaces to make the owner and guest having a touch feeling with the exterior environment.  Down below a four double cabins with three heads interior plan is offered.  Power will be from Volvo engines, with IPS pods propulsion, and I imagine here a twin IPS1200 with 900hp engines set up.  Absolute having among the best experience with the Volvo IPS pods being one of the first users, starting in 2006 and powering nearly all other models minus the entry level 40 SC.

February 14, 2012

New Model: Airon Marine 4500 T-Top

Airon Marine presents its new 4500 T-Top, a new second in size model which sits in between the 2009 introduced 4800 and the successful 4300 T-Tops.  The 4500 T-Top is a new design from Airon offering new comforts, sharing but shorter in length with that of the 4800 model.  The Airon 4500 T-Top living is all concentrated on the main deck protected by the fully enclosed hard top, which when desired opens all from the patio door, sunroof, and side windows.  Down below the 4500 T-Top is offered in two options.  The first is a two cabins layout with full beam midships owners room, VIP suite to fore, and lower L-shaped relaxing settee.  The other choice is a more family orientated layout, offering three double cabins two heads, and an L-shaped galley to starboard.  The owners room in this case is moved to fore.  Power is from twin Volvo 400 or 435hp.  The lower power unit is offered only in stern drive with the second with Volvo's IPS forward looking dual propeller pods.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.8 m (45.2ft)
Beam - 4.3 m
Displacement - 14000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 960 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins plus one in dinette, or four berths in two cabins
Max Persons - fourteen
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 EVC 400hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller DPS stern drive, or IPS forward looking props 
Certification - CE B

February 13, 2012

New Model: Marquis 640 Sport Yacht

Marquis is pleased to unveil the new and exciting 630 Sport Yacht, which boasts a design pedigree developed from the creative minds of the Nuvolari-Lenard design team.  Designers of nearly all the Marquis range of cruisers and yachts. The 630 Sport Yacht continues the heritage started with the 2006 unveiled 420 presenting at the time a distinctive profile and integrated interior layout, two years later followed with the 500.  Entertaining is all forward-thinking design, thanks to an integrated main deck featuring lower helm station, galley, salon, cockpit, and swim deck.  Down below the 630 Sport Yacht offers four double cabins with a full beam owners stateroom. A single crew cabin berth is located aft.   The 630 Sport Yacht offers also choice to the buyer with three different layout for the flybridge, two for the main deck, and two for the lower cabin area. The flybridge choice differs in seating, while in the main deck one has a choice to move the galley below, in sacrifice of the fourth bunk cabin. The hull form has been designed specifically for the 630 Sport Yacht in conjunction with twin Volvo IPS pods propulsion.  Power is from twin Volvo 900hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20 m (65.8ft)
Beam - 5.23 m
Draft - 1.37 m
Displacement - 32,432 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3899 l
Water Capacity - 965 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, or 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS1200 forward looking dual propeller pods
Construction - solid fiberglass bottom with Kyntex substrates, vinilester barrier, foam high density core sides
Project - Nuvolari Lenard

February 12, 2012

Web: Arcoa New Web Site

Arcoa Yachts from France presents its new World wide web virtual showroom.  Arcoa was founded in 1947 by a big trademark name of French boat building, the family Couach. Arcoa immediately struck the eye, and in the fifties and sixties build some successful models; 460, 560, 700, 860, 960,1060, and the Arcoa-Crai. After this success Couach separated itself from Arcoa in 1967.  Since then the brand has featured many changed ownership, moved from wood to fiberglass and created another success with the 1080 Fishing model.  Today Arcoa is located in French Britany, Lorient, and builds five models from the 32 Canot to the 62 Yacht.  Arcoa new web site is available in French and English and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, The Brand, The Service, Retailers, and Contact Us.  There is also a separate button for each of the five models, located on the bottom of the page. 

February 11, 2012

Project: ISA Yachts 66m Gran Turismo

One of three sales which occurred in the last months this the ISA 66m Gran Turismo.  Developed from the 65m GT platform, this full displacement custom yacht is the first model of the newly launched GT range. It's a hard to see four decks super sport yacht with aluminium superstructure and steel hull which architectural structure is based on a strong contrast between the harmonious and curvaceous lines of the decks and the rigorous and diamond-like geometry of the transom and of the sundeck. Powered by twin CAT engines, this 66M designed by Andrea Vallicelli, can reach 18 knots max and cruises at 16 knots. Her interior offers five cabins plus the master, accommodating twelve guests.  Thanks to a spectacular stern and an aggressive plum bow, this outstanding 66 meters is destined to become a trademark in its segment. The delivery of the ISA 66m GT is scheduled in early Summer 2014.

February 10, 2012

New Model: Hunt 44 Express Cruiser

Hunt has recently launched hull number one of the much awaited 44, with construction two also in near to completed status.  A smaller version of the well received 52, the 44 is as is expected designed by C. Raymond Hunt associates, the firm which carries the heritage of the deep Vee inventor.  The 44 features a pure deep Vee shape with twenty degrees deadrise confirming the status of the brand and the design team. The Hunt 44 Express Cruiser features a two cabin interior with an owners room to fore, twin bunk cabin to starboard.  Two head, one of which en-suite, and an L-shaped galley complete the lower deck layout.  Engines choices are four choices which start with the standard Cats 457hp up to Cummins 600, in traditional line shafts.  A more efficient and easier to handle Volvo IPS 435hp engines option also exists.  Speed is a max of 27 knots with the Cats 457hp. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 14 m (45.9ft)
Hull Length - 13.49 m
Waterline Length - 12.62 m
Beam - 4.42 m
Draft - 1.22 m
Displacement - 18.1 t loaded, 15.9 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 1700 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C7 Acert 455hp, C9 Acert 567hp, Cummins QSC 8.3 600hp, Volvo IPS600 D6 435hp
Propulsion - line shafts, or IPS600 forward looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 27 knots max 23 crusie with Cats 455hp
Hull Type - Vee shape with deep 20 degrees dead rise aft
Construction - Vinilester resin infused foam PVC construction, above and below waterline
Project - C.Raymond Hunt Associates

February 9, 2012

Project: Sunseeker 40 Portofino

PowerYacht announced a smaller Sunseeker a year ago when at the Southampton show 2010 the British builder was showing renderings for a new small 38 Portofino.  Now Sunseeker officially presents this project, renamed as 40 Portofino which will compete against other British and European builder in this very competitive size and market segment.  Recently the British seem to have recaptured this size; see new Princess, just improved Fairline 38 Targa now with hardtop option and three berth midships cabin, and future upcoming offers also coming from rejuvinated Broom.  The 40 Portofino sees Sunseeker go to just forty feet in some years now. Smallest model was for a certain time the more performance orientated 43 Superhawk stopped in production in 2010.  The 40 Portofino is more a cabin hard top sport cruiser, with what looks on plan a spacious well laid two cabin sleeping five layout.  The aft cabin will feature a three berths cabin.  In between is a saloon and galley, with a head to starboard serving guest and owners with an en-suite door from the owners stateroom. Propulsion which was my question mark for this model will be efficient to run stern drives.

February 8, 2012

New Model: Intermarine 53

Another important step for Intermarine which with the new 53 designed by Fernando de Almeida attacks a very important size in the market.  The 53 was presented by Intermarine at the final 2011 Soa Poalo boat show, along with another important novelty the 65.  Including the 53, Intermarine in a space of one year has launched five models of the new line, the others being; 42, 60, 65, and 75.  A 55, and the 85 flagship are currently in the making. Designed by architect Fernando de Almeida, the 53 continues Intermarine evolution of modern European lines outside, with original large view windows in both the main and lower decks. As is expected Intermarine 53 pursues the usual features of the Brazilian company, larger to the usual in similar size bathing platform, aft deck, and no mullions windshield.  Inside the architect went for a modern, yet sober layout with a single step only split level saloon separating relaxing areas in the welcoming settee, and small day galley, and helm in the forward part.  Surprisingly below we have another more spacious L-shaped galley, located in between the three double cabins, and two shower heads.  The owners room is located to fore and features an en-suite bathroom.  A single bed crew cabin with shower head is located to aft.   Power is from twin Volvos 670hp with top speeds up to 31 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.95 m (55.6ft)
Hull Length - 16.6 m
Beam - 4.7 m
Draft - 1.30 m
Displacement - 26 t loaded, 22.5 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 19
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 670hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 31 knots max, 27 cruise
Hull Type - modified Vee with 17 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Fernando de Almeida 
Certification - ISO 8666

February 7, 2012

Project: San Juan SJ 60

A project for San Juan, the SJ 60 which will represent the flagship of its eight model line up which starts at thirty feet.  As all San Juan the new 60 feet flagship will be a traditional down East lobster boat inspired yacht.  As the picture above shows this model will be a flybridge based.  Although I do imagine a hard top choice variant to follow this version in the future when this will be launched.  San Juan has in the past also shown design for a very similar to this 75 model, which was never launched.  We hope that the 60 brings better luck to this builder.  I once viewed an SJ 48 and the quality was very impressive, followed by a not easy on the pocket price tag.

New Model: Innovazioni Progetti IP 58 SF

A first for Innovazioni Progetti which with IP 58 SF presents if first flybridge motor yacht.  So far the North Adriatic sea based builder has always concentrated on the sport open style of boat.  The IP is also a new range for Innovazioni Progetti introduced in the last year and already having three models,. This new line joins the long standing Mira, and Alena.  Architect Michele Carnevale for the 58 SF, opted for a Sport Fly design, which is confirmed with the sunpad, and a double seat helm station layout.  Inside is a three cabins interior all having independent bathrooms. Power choice is a standard of Volvo 800hp, or optional MAN, and triple Volvo 435hp with IPS pod drives.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.53 m (57.5ft)
Beam - 4.65 m
Displacement - 18700 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 900 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 335 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x Volvo D12 800hp, MAN R6 800hp, 3 x Volvo IPS600 D6 435hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or triple IPS forward looking dual propeller pods
Project - Michele Carnevale
Certification - CE A

February 6, 2012

Project: Mulder 75 Wheelhouse

Following a custom order Mulder has recently started building a new 75 Wheelhouse which will be delivered in 2013.  This new Mulder will be the largest model of the always growing and sober looking Wheelhouse fleet, which currently features three models 63, 70, and 73.  The 75 Wheelhouse will measures over 23 meters with a beam of over five and a half. The yacht will have a round bilged hull and a maximum speed of around 20 knots via twin Caterpillar C12 engines of 715 hp each. Her sophisticated lines, dark blue hull, white superstructure, and solid teak decks and gunwale will make for a highly elegant appearance. The interior will be spacious and well thought through, with an owner's stateroom, a VIP suite and two guest cabins. A tender storage space and crew cabin will be installed aft.

New Model: Princess V39

Princess definitely show a stunner in the looks department with the V39, a model which is the new entry ticket into the line up of Britain's second largest boat builder.  Presented early last month at the London show, Princess have high hopes in the new V39 and the good reviews all show a bright future coming up.  The V39 presents itself as a traditional two cabin sport cruiser; owner room to fore, and twins or double convertible guest cabin to midships.  The aft deck is a split level area with a small step dividing the dinette aft, from the helm and and a lounging settee with a wet bar to starboard.  Huge glass surfaces in the midships cabins and on the fore deck are the revolution in this model, as I think in many areas it is still a bit old.  See step split exterior cockpit deck, and interior layout does not bring any news.  Many in this size today offer two shower heads, or a cabin with three berths to say the least.  Considering a length of 41 feet plus that is not much. Power is twin Volvo 330hp which should give top speeds around of 38 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.98 m (42.6ft) incl pulpit
LOA - 12.65 m excl pulpit
Beam - 3.81 m
Draft - 0.56 m excluding props and drives
Displacement - 9100 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 700 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 330hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 38 knots max

February 4, 2012

New Model: Azimut 100

The Azimut 100 was presented by surprise at the Genoa show, where it was finished just in time for this important fall season event.  This new super yacht model carries some weight on its shoulders, because it is officially the first Grande model launched within this new Azimut over 100 feet concept.  The 100 so far does not replace the 105, but by the looks, it might take a customer or two. Designed as all Azimut's minus the explorer Magellano line up by Stefano Righini, the 100 is a two and a half deck super yacht, with as tradition or inventor is full of huge view windows in all areas, and carries the traditional form follows function layout of the North Italian boat builder.  The standard accommodation plan features four guest cabins, with owners stateroom located to midships. The fore part which on many competitors this size features the owners room has a secondary relaxing lounge.  A crew area sleeping four in three cabins, with two heads is located to aft.  Power is from twin MTU 2200hp with traditional line shaft propulsion which reach a max speed of 26 knots.       
Technical Data:
LOA - 31.04 m (101.8ft)
Beam - 6.98 m
Displacement - 115 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 14,800 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 4 crew in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M84 2200hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 26 knots max, 22 cruise
Project - Stefano Righini exterior lines

February 3, 2012

Improve-it = Viking 50 Convertible

Following its success with the 42 series launched in fall 2010, Viking has build a prototype 50 Convertible with the new big ZF4000 pods units.  For creating the new modified bottom of the 2008 launched 50 Convertible, Viking used its one million dollars five axis pro filer.   The new hull now consists of propeller pockets, where to accommodate the ZF pods, and a redesign of the transom to accommodate the Humphree Interceptor trim tabs.  The 50 Convertible with ZF4000 also needed structural modification as the big pod units weigh over 900 kg each and fit directly to the hull, mounted to a dedicated stringer system capped with aluminum reinforcement.  Performance wise the Viking 50 Convertible with ZF4000 pods and Cats 1150hp delivered over 39 knots of top speed, 2 nautical miles per hour more to the standard shaft version.  A cruise speed of 32 knots also gave over 20 liters per hours less of consumption for the ZF4000 Viking 50. Needless to say the ZF4000 50 Convertible provides easy side manoeuvring thanks to the pods and the joystick system. So far the Viking is not offering the 50 Convertible to the market, due to the extra costs involved in the making.  Although the US New Jersey company is willing to build one if a client desires it and is reluctant to pay the extra costs involved for this version, so far delivered only as prototype for ZF.     

February 2, 2012

INBUILD ~ Galeon 430 HTC Part 1 of 5

Thanks to Galeon we show you again a new journey in the building of hull one of the upcoming 420 HTC.  In this photo we are seeing the development of the tooling for the super structure of this enclosed hard top sport cruiser.  The 420 HTC like most of the Galeon's from 2004 onwards is designed by renowned British designer Tony Castro, and will share hull with the October Genoa presented 400, now renamed as 420 Fly.  One interesting feature of the 420 HTC will be the transformation feature of the aft deck, which can develop in various forms; single large sunpad, two chaise relaxing lounges, or in a settee for dining.  Another winning feature of this upcoming model, and also as the 420 Fly; will be the three double cabins featured in the lower deck. 

February 1, 2012

New Model: Greenline GL 40 Hybrid

Greenline 40 Hybrid is a development of her smaller sister, the 33 Hybrid. Introduced in September 2009 the Greenline 33 found over two hundred owners throughout the world in the first eighteen months of production. She has won numerous awards, has been highly acclaimed by the boating community and professional press, and is the world’s best seller in the ten meters size for two consecutive years. Greenline 40 Hybrid was designed by J and J as a larger explorer cruiser with the same philosophy, a low-drag energy saving superdisplacement hull coupled with three way hybrid; diesel, electric, and solar technology brings user efficiency in use of natural resources.  Inside the GL 40 Hybrid offers sleeping space for six in two double cabins plus convertible saloon.  The living is on the main deck with astern galley, and a nice L-shaped saloon.  Power is from twin Volkswagen 225hp diesel engines which can reach 22 knots max, and 18 of cruise. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.99 m (39.3ft)
Beam - 4.25 m
Draft - 0.85 m
Displacement - 8000 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 720 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volkswagen TDI 225hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speeds - 22 knots max, 18 knots cruise
Hull Type - Super Displacement hybrid
Project - J and J Design, Seaway
Certification - CE B