April 30, 2012

Monthly News - April 2012

- pic of the month - Heesen RC44 First and Third

Azimut Benetti Group Company Safety Award
Azimut-Benetti Group: The Paolo Vitelli company was named the recipient of the «Company Award for Safety» by Confindustria and INAIL, as endorsed by the President of the Republic.  After recently obtaining the BS OHSAS 18001 certification for Occupational Health and Safety, the company continues to pursue the development of safety and liability measures. On 24 April, Azimut-Benetti Group became the world’ s first private boating company to receive the «Company Award for Safety» in the High Risk category, a great honour awarded to companies with 250 or more employees. The announcement of the winners took place in Rome during «the Safety is always worthwhile» conference organised by Confindustria in collaboration with INAIL, with Labour Minister Elsa Fornero, Confindustria President Emma Marcegaglia, and trade union associations attending.  It was the first edition of the «Company Award for Safety» a recognition created by Confindustria and INAIL - and endorsed by the President of the Republic - which represents a major contribution to spreading a culture of safety throughout the entire Italian manufacturing industry.

Azimut Benetti Group at Hainan Rendez Vous
Azimut-Benetti Group: the Italian Company synonymous worldwide with luxury yachts unveils many new offerings at the Hainan Rendez-Vous. Azimut-Benetti Group – the prestigious high-end pleasure yacht company – pulls out all the stops at Hainan Rendez-Vous confirming its leadership in China and around the world.  At its 400-m2 booth (the largest in the entire exhibition) customers and visitors can admire seven different models.  At the forefront are three models premiering in China: Azimut 64, Azimut 88 and Delfino 93’ Benetti.  To be noted that all the fleet in display at Hainan Rendez-Vous has already been sold, confirming the leadership position of the Company also from the sales point of view.  The Azimut 64, is going to be officially delivered to its owner during the course of this year’s Hainan Rendez-Vous. This boat had been purchased off-plan during last year’s edition when the boat owner was captured by its design.  The exponential growth in awareness seen by the Azimut brand during the last yearand half is attributable to its presence in China since 2007.

Azimut Behind The Quality
Behind the Quality is a guide for both professionals and the public alike that offers a unique insight into our technology. We'e proud of the fact that we research, develop, design, build and test our boats down to the minutest details and we're proud to be open and transparent about this. The entire process may take place in Avigliana in Italy but we are keen for the whole world to know about it! We have no secrets and are happy to be open about our technological achievements. Azimut Yachts is known for its continual flow of new, ground-breaking innovations, both in terms of design and construction methods. Many of these have been copied by our competitors. This only serves to strengthen our position as the leaders in the field as we continue to evolve, develop and advance.

Bertram Yachts New Era
Bertram is taking its hardcore sport fishing machines and fifty years of experience to a new state of the art boat building facility.  For this event the status symbol production boat builder is inviting owners and friends to experience the new era of Bertram history, and celebrate with the team which made the past, present, and this future move possible.

Ferretti Group at Rio Boat Show
The Ferretti Group, one of the world leaders in the construction of motor yachts, with a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive, prestigious brands in the nautical world lands at the fifteenth edition of the Rio Boat Show, taking place in Brazil from 12th to 18th April 2012 in the new evocative location of Pier Mauà, inside the port of Rio de Janeiro, with seven of the most beautiful crafts by Ferretti Yachts and Pershing on display.  The Group, represented by Ferrettigroup Brasil, will take part in the show with one of the largest stands on display, and six models of the historic brand Ferretti Yachts: 530, 620, 660, 750, 830 and the flagship 881, showing the great variety of the range offered to the Brazilian market. The Pershing 64, one of the most successful models of Pershing, completes this sampling of sea pearls.  This enchanting fleet confirms the leadership of Ferretti Group on the Brazilian market, due to its 20 years of activity in the country, characterized by the utmost quality. A role which further consolidated in June 2011, thanks to the official inauguration of the Ferrettigroup Brasil plant, close to São Paulo, with more than 600 employees and a production capability up to 120 yachts - measuring up to 83 foot - per year. Furthermore, the Ferretti Group, is strongly committed in increasing its presence all over Latin America, in the key markets of Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Colombia, and Dominican Republic. At the same time, the Group is developing a strong marketing action aiming at setting new commercial relationships in other countries where the interest towards luxury yachts in rapidly growing, such as Peru, Uruguay, and Argentina.

Ferretti Group at Asian Boat Shows
Phuket International Boat Show, held from 29thMarch to 1st April, where the Ferretti Group presented two premieres for the Asia Pacific area: the Pershing 92’ and the Ferretti 720. HainanRendez-Vous, from 5th to 8th April. Ferretti Group presented the Pershing 92’,the Ferretti 720, the Ferretti 550 and the Ferretti 660.  China Int.l Boat Show (Shanghai), from 19th to 22nd April. The Ferretti Group will show the Pershing 92’. QingdaoInt.l Boat Show, from 25th to 27th May.

Formula Earns Praise from Boating World
When Formula sets out to build a boat, the only mission is to build the best possible boat, shares Boating World's quote from their recent boat test review on the 270 Bowrider. The exciting review, specs, performance and video of the Formula 270 BR can be found online at boatingworld. Check it out!

Grand Banks Factory Update
Driven by a continued increase in sales activity including two orders for the new 54 Heritage EU before production even started, teams across the yard work full throttle to craft each new yacht for delivery. On one line the first 55 Eastbay FB shows off a gleaming blue hull and new flybridge hardtop, awaiting its move from the inspection shed out to finishing and factory sea trials (click here for photos).  Meanwhile, the deckhouse of 54EU-001 was just joined to its hull following meticulous installation of equipment and systems in the engine room. Another notable milestone last week was the decking of 47EU-100 the hundredth of this popular Heritage model will ship this summer to her new owner in Europe, a testament to its continuing worldwide appeal.

Grand Banks Spray Print Magazine
A new Spray magazine is in the works, launching this fall. In this new edition Grand would like to see more of owner stories and photos! Grand Banks would love to hear from owners and enthusiasts, whether it's a cruising story, or simply a photo of a boat moored in your favorite bay.

Hatteras Cabo Yacht Center
Hatteras and CABO Yachts are pleased to announce the creation of the new “Hatteras CABO Yacht Center" in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to better support the dealer network of each brand. Hatteras will display factory inventory at the yacht center to offer its dealers the widest possible line-up of motor yachts and convertibles for customer presentations and sea trials.  The Hatteras CABO Yacht Center will be established at Billfish Marina, the current home of the CABO Support Center. CABO will continue to support its dealers from this location with delivery preparations and final commissioning activities, when necessary. The yacht center is also convenient to partners that support both brands, such as High Seas Technologies and Pipewelders Marine. In addition to the current office space, a new Hatteras display area, to supplement dealer showrooms, will be added adjacent to the marina. Hatteras and CABO will also use the yacht center to host events and conduct training sessions with dealers on new models, features, construction processes and technologies. Plans and designs for the center have been approved, and construction and renovation work will begin shortly. The Hatteras CABO Yacht Center is scheduled to open in early September, and will host a VIP event in the fall in support of dealer efforts around the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Hatteras Fishing Team Back in Action
Hatteras Yachts is pleased to announce the re-launch of its Hatterascal factory demonstration boat program. The new Hatterascal is a Hatteras GT63, the largest platform in the vaunted GT Series. Equipped with twin CAT C-32 ACERTs @ 1900hp, she has a top speed of 42 knots and a range of more than 400nm. The Hatteras team christened her during a ceremony on April 12 at Hatteras Yachts’ home in New Bern, N.C. She will now travel to the Bahamas for her tournament debut on leg one of the Bahamas Billfish Champions in Guana Cay.  The Hatterascal will have Capt. Jeff Donahue and Capt. Doug Covin at the helm during competition. Donahue, a tournament veteran and former private captain, also serves as Hatteras Yachts domestic sales manager. The launch of this season’s Hatterascal marks the renewal of a long-standing Hatteras tradition. Hatteras launched its first factory demonstrator early in its history. First christened in the mid-1960’s, she represented Hatteras at fishing tournaments, boat shows, owners’ rendezvous and special events for more than 40 years.

Heesen Participates at Singapore Boat Show
Heesen Yachts is proud to announce its participation at the Singapore Yacht Show April 27-29, 2012.  In order to strengthen its brand recognition in this market, Heesen recently exhibited for the second time at the Hainan Rendezvous and for the third time at the Shanghai International Boat Show. Heesen’s presence in Greater China is ensured by its Chinese representative based in Shanghai.  The attendance at the second edition of the Singapore Yacht Show is a new addition to the company marketing strategy to enhance the brand presence in South Asia. In this region the Dutch shipyard is working closely with Oh Kean Shen, Heesen authorized agent for South East Asia. The Singapore show is quickly becoming one of the premiere yacht and luxury shows in the region by doubling in size this year and showcasing the most prestigious yacht builders.  As the number of wealthy individuals grows so does the number of them embracing the luxury yachting lifestyle. In order to fulfill the needs of this growing community, Heesen Yachts is proud to offer its innovative, custom-built superyachts, which are all hand-crafted in Europe.                       

Heesen RC44 First and Third Place
Heesen Yachts, world leader in the design, engineering and construction of luxury superyachts, is thrilled to announce that team Synergy/Heesen won first place in the match race and third place overall at the RC44 – Cascais Cup, that was just held in Cascais, Portugal from 28th March to 1st April. Fifteen teams – team Aegir UK joined so there was one more racing yacht in the fleet than in Puerto Calero raced over five days in a range of differing weather conditions; from a potentially boat-breaking situation with gusts of 28 knots, to light breezes and sun, followed by a storm and a couple of hours of torrential rain!  Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev’s team Synergy was led by America’s Cup skipper Ed Baird, their new tactician for the 2012 circuit. This is the first time the team have gained a place on the podium in the fleet race since they joined the RC44 back in 2010. The races at Cascais were the second event for the team’s new tactician, who had already led Synergy team to bronze in the match race at the Puerto Calero Cup in February.  The next stop in the 2012 RC44 Championship Tour is the RC44 Austria Cup on Lake Traunsee from 30th May to 2nd of June.  After that the races move on across Europe: 18th – 22nd July Marstrand – Sweden, and 3rd – 7th 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 led team Synergy to 12th place overall in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Having also run successful TP52 and Louis Vuitton Series campaigns, Synergy’s goal is to develop top level yacht racing in Russia by creating professional crew capable of competing against the world’s best sailors.

Jarrett Bay Remembers Employee
Jarrett Bay Boatworks and Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity  invite the boating community's support for the celebration of a former Jarrett Bay employee with the construction of an H4H home. The home sponsored by the Jarrett Bay Boatworks staff, customers, family and friends is being built for the Simons family in the memory of a long-time Jarrett Bay employee, Joy Gaskill, whose life was taken tragically in April of 2008 by a driver who was under the influence.  Prior to her untimely passing, Joy had been working with Crystal Coast Habitat to plan a special build to help a local family with her co-workers and friends at Jarrett Bay Boatworks. Over the past few years since Joy's passing, donations have continued to come in to build a home in her memory. The Simons family was selected over the 2011 Christmas season, and they have been working through their "sweat equity" hours and homeowners education to prepare for the start of their home. The search was on for a lot to build the home. Finally, through the on-going fund-raising efforts and generosity of Jarrett Bay's employees and owner Randy Ramsey, a donation was made to purchase a lot in Carteret County. In addition, local contractor Michael Tickle of Superior Structures and his father Billy, have agreed to volunteer their time to supervise the construction phase. They personally knew the family of Joy Gaskill and wanted to help build the home in her memory.

Jarrett Bay Boat House Grand Reopening
The Boathouse retail store on Front St. was under renovation for much of early 2012, and re-opened on April 6th. If you haven't seen it yet, it's a must-see!  Jarrett Bay merchandise including the much looked for bar are present, along with other nautical amenities.

Moonen Sells Fourth 97
Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has announced the sale of the fourth yacht in its award-winning range of steel-hulled displacement cruisers. Built by the yard on spec, the Moonen 97 has been snapped up by owners who recognise the yacht's distinctive blend of premium Dutch quality, the latest technologies, exceptional comfort and an industry-leading price/performance ratio.  This vote of confidence from experienced sailors speaks volumes about the tasteful interior Moonen created in partnership with the designers Art-Line. And the sale of this semi-custom yacht also highlights the sheer diversity of superyachts available from Moonen, which is currently building the fully custom 42-metre motoryacht Sofia, a 25.20-metre aluminum fast displacement vessel and an all-new Moonen 100 Explorer. Add in the two refit projects currently underway and it is clear that the inherent excellence of the workforce at Moonen Shipyards continues to make the difference in a changing industry.

Overmarine at Second Edition of YARE
Also this year, Overmarine Group participated at the Yare from 26 till 29 April 2012 , the Yachting, After Sales and Refit Exhibition.  The event, in its second edition, takes place in the Italian capital for the construction of Mega-Yachts, also hometown of the Maxi Open Yacht Mangusta,Overmarine Group flagship. Overmarine Group has always been active in the refit of Yachts,specializing in the overhaul of high performance Yachts, mainly Mangusta, butalso offering all different types of revisions provided by the shippingregisters. Within Overmarine’s shipyards, three areas are dedicated to refitaccording to the size of the Yacht: 1. Viareggio - with 70.000square meters of which 7.500 are covered and a dock area with 7.000 square meters covered and 4000 square meters uncovered. 2. Massarosa – 52.000 squaremeters of which 23500 square meters covered.  3. Pisa - 13000 square meterscovered and 15000 square meters uncovered with a travel lift of 670 tons,offering services for steel and / or aluminum Yachts up to 60 meters.  In the three areas Overmarine Group offers the following services: carpentry, upholstery, mechanical, electronic and entertainment equipments. The engineering and the Style & Design Departments are at client’s disposal and can offer their advice for changes, amendments and proposals for innovative solutions. Overmarine Group, since ever an international brand, now distributes directly and through a network of selected partners worldwide; present in France, the United States and Canada, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan, Balearic Islands, Russia, Brazil and Turkey providing sales & after sales services.  In particular, in the United States its subsidiary Overmarine USA is present in Fort Lauderdale - at Harbour Marina Towner. Overmarine USA also offers towage and wintering indoors, with supply fuel dock, travel lift up to 88 tons, painting services, carpentry, mechanical, electrical and electronic parts. The Group's presence at an exhibition like Yare confirms the interest inoffering high quality services, which has always been an added value ​​of the brand and part of Overmarine Group | Mangusta philosophy

Princess New Distribution in China
Princess Yachts International plc have announced the formation of a new Distributor in China, trading as 'Princess Yachts Southern China'.   Princess Yachts Southern China is a new company formed by a group of long standing and respected industry names and a high level investment group linked to the Cheng Family who own Chow Tai Fook, one of Asia's leading jewellery businesses, and who also manage multi-brand car dealerships such as Ferrari and Maserati in China. The company will be spearheaded by Leo Wong of Kingsway Marine, a long-standing industry figure and also the exclusive dealer for Lamborghini cars in Hong Kong and Guangzhou in South China, and Iain Lawrie, a veteran yacht broker with decades of industry experience throughout the USA, Middle East and Asia with both custom superyachts and leading production builders. Among other brands, they have both previously represented leading luxury yacht manufacturers from Italy for a number of years. The management team of Zheng He Marine Limited will drive the company's development of world-class yacht services for Princess owners throughout the region, including sales and customer support centres along the South China coast and as far north as Fujian province. Princess Yachts Southern China will be joined by representatives from the Plymouth, UK shipyard at the Hainan Rendezvous in early April.

Ribbon Nominated for Showboats Design Award
The Ribbon 45 SC is the ultimate man boat with a great combination between aggressive power and natural beauty. A ship inspired by modern aeronautics and the most agile airplanes in the word. She is priced with sharp edges, short round corners leading to precise lines and a clean surfaces. Additionally to that, she has been nominated as a finalist for the ShowBoats Design Awards of 2012! The ShowBoats Design Awards honour the industry’s creative talents, bringing the specialist design skills of the industry’s most talented teams into the spotlight. The Ribbon 45 SC has been nominated as a finalist in the category ‘Tender Design Awards’. This award is presented to the designer of a sports, general service or limousine motorized tender. The judges of the Tender Design Awards will give consideration to her appearance, cockpit design, mechanical installation, functionality for her purpose, and the performance in respect of her task. An international audience of Super yacht owners, designers and industry leaders will come together at the prize giving ceremony, to be held at the Monaco Opera House During the Rendezvous in Monaco and of course Ribbon Yachts and Vripack will be present.

Riviera New Flagship to Debut in May
Riviera’s newest flagship model, the 75 Enclosed Flybridge will make her world debut at the Riviera Festival and Boat Show where Australia’s largest and most awarded boat builder will display an impressive line-up of new boats valued at AUD$15 million. In a first for the company, Riviera will host its very own Festival and Boat Show over four days from May 24 to 27 at Riviera’s world-class manufacturing facility at Coomera.  There will be a range of interactive displays, exclusive educational and social events for Riviera owners, factory tours, and a Premium Brokerage Showcase featuring a wide range of selected pre-loved Riviera models. Riviera’s director of brand and sales Stephen Milne said the inaugural Riviera Festival and Boat Show was one of the company’s most ambitious endeavours in its 32 year history. There will be a range of interactive and informative displays from Riviera partners including an extensive display from R Electronics featuring the latest in marine electronics and navigation, an Aftermarket and Service display providing tips and advice on maintaining or restoring your vessel, an R Style exhibit where Riviera’s interior consultant Vivienne Sales will give you some expert tips on choosing co-ordinating soft furnishings for your vessel, and the team from Riviera Syndication  will showcase one of their newest luxury sport yachts and explain the benefits of owning a boat through syndication. The new 75 was built for a New Zealand owner who wants to undertake extensive cruising and game fishing expeditions.

Riviera Achieves Twelve Sales in Thirty Days
Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder has achieved 12 sales in the past month immediately following the purchase of the company on March 8 by Longhurst Marine Holdings Pty Ltd. Riviera’s Director of Brand and Sales Stephen Milne said this was a very encouraging sign for Riviera. Free of Receivership constraints, Riviera has set its course and is looking forward to a positive future as the company prepares for a round of upcoming boat shows, including the inaugural Riviera Festival and Boat Show in May.  Riviera CEO and veteran of 26 years with the company, Wes Moxey, said the strong sales result was a sign of confidence in Riviera.  Riviera is leaving the GFC in its wake with renewed vigour, a clear direction and this immediate recent sales success totalling AUD$21 million augers well for the return of Australia’s favourite boating brand.  The sales include six 53 Enclosed Flybridges, three 5000 Sport Yachts, one 63 Enclosed Flybridge, one 43 Open Flybridge and one 5800 Sport Yacht bound for destinations around Australia and the globe including America, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Sydney and Perth.  Mr Milne said Riviera was firmly focused on the future and dedicated to creating a boat company of unrivalled passion and spirit.

Sunseeker Represent UK at Science Museum
Sunseeker International has been selected to take part in an exhibition demonstrating the very best of British manufacturing this summer. Beating competition from hundreds of UK companies, Sunseeker based in Poole, Dorset will feature in the Government's Make it in Great Britain exhibition at the Science Museum during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  There, Sunseeker will showcase their design and manufacturing techniques to help educate visitors about the value of manufacturing to UK business.  The exhibition is the culmination of the Make it in Great Britain campaign - an initiative launched last year by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which aims to challenge outdated opinions and transform the image of modern manufacturing.  Designed and built on the South Coast in Poole, Dorset, Sunseeker prides itself on being quintessentially British in both design and manufacture, having recently celebrated its 51st birthday.  From modest beginnings in a small shed, today Sunseeker has a work force of 2,300 fully trained staff, and eight modern, state of the art, shipyards including a world beating technology centre.   A brand with enormous global strength, part of its success lies in the commitment to constantly set new standards. Creating a range of craft, from 40ft to 155ft across 22 different models, Sunseeker prides itself in the key areas of  design, innovation and style.  The opportunity to showcase in the exhibition was open to manufacturing companies nationwide, with organisers keen to raise awareness about the dynamic, advanced and innovative industry that exists in the UK today.

Sunseeker Historic Day
Sunseeker International, manufacturer of the world's finest luxury motoryachts, today reached another landmark in its illustrious history when founder Robert Braithwaite laid the first gelcoat on the mould of the new Sunseeker 155 Yacht, due for completion in December 2013. The Sunseeker 155 Yacht is the largest build to date undertaken by the Poole Shipyard which can now soundly lay claim to being the only production boat builder in the world to be manufacturing a range of composite boats from 40 to 155 feet in length.  With a 4,500 nautical mile range, accommodation for up to 12 guests and 10 crew members whilst sliding in at just below a colossal 500 gross tonnes, the 155 Yacht is set to make a statement. The new flagship Yacht will incorporate innovative inset ship's balconies, transverse garaging of tenders and toys, including a very private megayacht beach club with lower deck dayroom, folding platform and tender docking.  Robert Braithwaite paid particular tribute to the design and engineering teams at Sunseeker who's hard work over the last 3 years have produced a stunning example to top the Sunseeker range.

Sunseeker Finalist for World Superyacht Awards
The Predator 130 'Never Say Never' has been entered into the World Superyacht Awards for Interior Design. To date, the boat has been shortlisted as a finalist from an extensive list of nominations by Boat International's expert team of editors.  The outstanding selection of yachts were scrutinised by the panel of judges at their meeting near Milan, held on 29th and 30th March, whereby decisions were made on which yachts will receive a prized Neptune trophy at the gala evening in Istanbul on May 5th this year. This year's finalists are an eclectic mix of sail and motor yachts delivered in 2011, where superyacht design and construction has been steered by the vision of their passionate owners.

Tiara Yachts Selects Marketing Agency
Tiara Yachts, a division of S2 Yachts Inc., has selected Tampa’s United Landmark Associates as agency of record for all Tiara Yachts’ marketing needs including strategic marketing, advertising and promotional campaigns, web-marketing, social media, dealer relations, public relations and more.  Tiara Yachts selected United Landmark based on the agency’s successful track record and depth of experience in the yachting industry. “ULA’s award-winning marketing strategies and expertise in marketing luxury brands and companies will assist Tiara in playing a more global role. With a distinguished 55-year history, Tiara Yachts’ brand has become synonymous with delivering an exceptional boating experience. Tiara’s attention to detail and commitment to top quality are paramount in each of the product lines, which range from 30 to 60 feet including the Coronet™, Open, Sovran™, and Convertible series. Tiaras are known for graceful lines and effective combination of luxury live-aboard features with serious offshore capabilities.  ULA’s expertise in the marine industry is well suited to power Tiara’s marketing program to the next level.

April 29, 2012

Project: ISA Yachts 43 M Granturismo

After about a month from the announcement of the three new sales, ISA is enthusiastic to announce the fourth! This time its for a brand new 43 M Granturismo, which follows on the design of the bigger 66m of the same series, and is the second model of this new range. ISA 43 M Granturismo is a two decks steel/aluminium displacement motor yacht which main features are very eye-catching design, excellent performance and very good range and extreme comfort.  This 43 M Granturismo draws the attention for her strong and sporty lines and very elegant personality. The sleek hull features a plumb bow which allows to make the most of the yacht’s length.  Designed by Andea Vallicelli, it can accommodated ten guests in four cabins plus an owners stateroom.  Top speed for the 43 M Granturismo is 17 knots max and cruise is at 15 knots. 

April 28, 2012

Web: Crownline New Web Site

Crownline boats from US updates its new virtual web show room.  Crownline was founded in 1991 at West Frankfurt, Illinois, and its first model was the 182 Bowrider.  Only two years after its founding Crownline featured eight models up to the 250 CR.  In 1995 Crownline will reach an important miles stone, building as much as ten thousand boats in a span of just over four years, which in 1998 will make it the fifth, and in 2007 move up to third World largest stern drive boat builder.  Today Crownline offers twenty five models, divided into four ranges; Bowriders, Eclipse, Cuddies, and Cruisers.  The range starts from the 18 SS Bowrider, up to the 350 CR Cruiser flagship.  Crownline new website takes you around with the following buttons; Boat Shows, New Products, Video Galley, Image Gallery, Mailing List, and Contact Us.  Crownline new web site also offers a tab for each of the four range available, and digital catalog link.  Crownline has also its social link on; twitter, facebook, and YouTube.    

April 27, 2012

News: Nord West April 2012

At the factory in Vindön there is full activity in the harbor as the many families are taking delivery of their new boat. Despite a little setback with the weather, which took a turn to a little colder temperatures, Nord West and Najad have already delivered over 50 boats, which means they have more than half still left to deliver. As a client this is a great opportunity for a factory visit if you are interested in the many different Nord West models with different layouts and engine configurations. It is at this time of year all models and layouts can best be viewed and if you are curious please don’t hesitate to make an appointment and Nord West will look forward in welcoming you and showing around.
Nord West advise that the show room is open every Saturday from 10-14 during the spring! Here you can view many of there new models and the refurbished second hand boats available at the time. Exception is midsummer 23 June where showroom will be closed.
On certain places around the world Nord West & Najad have a specific amount of selected representatives which functions as an extension to its sales and service team. The local representative can give interested clients a smoother contact point for those who feel more comfortable speaking with a native and its language. However, Nord West advises that all clients are welcome to phone us directly if they wish to do so.
During the acquisition of Najad the Maxi brand was included in the purchase. As the production of Maxi did not suit production facilities, Nord West took the decision to find a new harbor and owner for Maxi.
On the 26-29th of April Nord West exhibits a 430 Sport Top and a Najad 440CC on Tjuvholmen in the central Oslo right next to Aker brygge. Jimmie, Staffan and Benny will welcome you onboard, and explain or there is to know of these models! 
On the 25 to the 27th of May Nord West will exhibit a 370 Sport and a Nord West 430 Sports Top at the floating boat show taking place in Kalmars guest harbor.  Patricia, Johan, and Peter welcome you onboard and look forward in meeting with you all and explaining these two successful Nord West Models.
On the first on the  third June Nord West will exhibit a 430 Sports Top and a Najad 570 and perhaps a Najad 440CC depending on availability in Ancora Marina in Neustadt/Germany. Patricia, Staffan, Magnus and Johan all welcome you on board.
During the end of summer and after the summer Nord West will participate in a number of floating shows in Råå, Helsinki, Egå marina, Open yard Vindön, Gustavsberg Stockholm, HISWA, Sandvika Oslo and Southampton. Please contact regarding the models Nord West will exhibit at the many different shows.                                                                                   

Project: Rivera 63 Enclosed Flybrige

Riviera is proud to announce the launch of its new 63 Enclosed Flybridge which is a project based on its predecessor, the 2008 Frank Mulder designed 61 recently updated to Mk.II and now developed into this upcoming model. Now  featuring more important design changes, the 63 offers a whole lot more capability, offshore and at anchor.  Riviera 63 also adds cues from the currently under construction upcoming flagship the 75.  The new 63 features a galley positioned central astern to the party, a cockpit that is an extension of the live-aboard space inside, a master stateroom that is bathed in light and fresh air, an enclosed flybridge that serves as a sky lounge and refinements to the hull that further enhance performance and sea keeping ability.  The new galley is positioned aft, adjacent to the saloon bulkhead, and separated from the large sociable cockpit space by a hinged awning window and full tinted glass door. The result is an extension of light and space from outside in, with guests easily able to converse with whoever is in the galley.  Cabin layouts are a standard of four guests room with three heads, An option three en-suite rooms, with a larger VIP layout us also offered.  The hull is a modified Vee design, with architect Alan Down tweaking some areas and reducing weight in non structural areas.  Deadrise is a medium Vee of 12.5 degrees aft, while construction is all hand laminated. 

April 26, 2012

New Model: Hinckley T48 Talaria Motor Yacht

Hinckley unveiled its new T48 Talaria 48 Motor Yacht in February at the Miami show, and continues the expansion of this range joining the first family of American yachting, with roots in Maine work boats and branches as distinguished as the Bermuda 40 and the Picnic Boat.  With its state-of-the art vacuum Scrimp construction, classic styling above the waterline, and innovative design below, jet propulsion and patented JetStick control, this stunning T48 Talaria Motor Yacht yacht is already earning her place in the Hinckley family.  In preliminary sea trials, targeted boat speeds of 30 knots at cruise and 35 knots top were easily met on the motoryacht version of the boat with standard twin Cummins 715hp and jet drives. In heavy seas and breeze, the boat rode very comfortably, with T48 Talaria featuring a fuller bow with convex sections that reduce the rise and fall motion gives the boat a softer ride.  Accommodation is two cabin plans with owners room with en-suite bathroom located to fore, and a double guest cabins to starboard.  A galley is located below decks to port side, with a luxurious welcoming saloon on the main deck, behind the dual seat helm station. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.6 m (51,6ft)
Warterline Length - 13.6 m
Beam - 4.69 m
Draft - 0.78 m
Displacement - 17349 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2649 l
Water Capacity - 567 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM11 715hp
Propulsion - Hamilton HJ634 jet drives
Speed - 35 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Hull Type - modified Vee with 19 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - Dual Guard Scrimp, Kevlar Carbon E-glass composite hull with Vinilester resin.  E-glass deck,

April 25, 2012

Project: Four Winns V275

Four Winns bolster its important medium size range with the modern looking project of the V275.  This new Four Winns features a nice mix of sport low profile lines, but at the same time offering spacious accommodation for the dimensions on offer here.  Big view windows on the side and top of the deck show the take of modern of this model,  The V275 will have a choice of five colors for hull and the color band. Inside accommodation will be for four in two areas, with a midships cabin divided by curtain.  Power choices are five petrol gas engine all single from Mercruiser and Volvo starting at 300 up to 380hp.  

April 24, 2012

New Launch: Spencer Yachts 70 Volvo hull.76

Showing the impact of custom sportfish boat builders, the Spencer 70 Volvo was actually commissioned by the Swedish engine manufacturer and its maiden name is indeed Penta.  Spencer have always been among the most innovators of the Eastern North American custom builders, looking to the future and bringing ideas especially in this new model which come more from the pleasure world of yachting.  Those big windows to midships, central wind shield view to fore, and the pods says a lot of things how Spencer can innovate into the classic lines of his Carolina sport fisherman, if a client desires so.  The Spencer 70 Volvo presents a lower deck with three double cabins, having a full beam owners stateroom to midships.  A crew cabin is located to midships behind the owners room.  The Spencer 70 Volvo is powered by triple Volvo 900hp with forward looking IPS pods which tops a 38 knots max speed.  Interesting is that with this combination the Spencer carries almost half the horse power most sportfish of this size usually have. But to be honest this performance comes also on how weight conscious the Spencer 70 Volvo has been build.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 21,4 m (70.6ft)
Beam - 6.19 m
Draft - 11.54 m including props
Displacement - 37648 kg
Fuel Capacity - 5223 l
Water Capacity - 832 l
Accommodation - six guest berths in three cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engine - 3 x Volvo D12 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS1200 forward looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 38 knots max, 30 cruise, 25 knots economic
Hull Shape - modified Vee with twelve degrees deadrise aft  
Construction - cold moulded, with Kevlar, solid glass in all through hulls, foam composite core
Project - Steve French

April 23, 2012

Project: Trader 48 Signature

Trader shows project for an upcoming 48 Signature model, which will fill the gap between the 42 of the same range, and the fifty plus Sunliner series.  The 48 Signature will offer both low air draft and flybridge versions, while giving extended cruising potential with a whopping three thousand liters fuel capacity. No information on the interior is presented by Trader, but you can expect a lot of comforts thanks to a fifteen feet plus of beam, and an aft cabin owners room.

April 21, 2012

Project: Hatteras 95 Raised Pilothouse

Hatteras Yachts is proud to announce plans for a new 95 Raised Pilothouse model set to debut in 2013.  The 95 Raised Pilot House will also be Hatteras new flagship.  The new 95 Raised Pilothouse brings styling cues from her classic lineage into the 21st century, and is designed to set the standard for Hatteras next generation of motor yachts.  To say it more frankly there is a bit more Europe in this new Hatteras flagship especially in the lines of the super structure, but also the windows for lower cabin area suggest bring this design influence.  The 95 Raised Pilothouse is available in four or five guest cabins, depending if one chooses a main stateroom on the main deck or as standard below to midships.  Crew accommodation is located aft, with two cabins sleeping four.  Factory layout alternatives are available for the main deck, and the flybridge.  Power for the 95 Raised Pilothouse will be twin Cats 1900hp as standard which will give a max speed of 25 knots, or optional MTU 2600hp which increase wide open throttle by 4 knots.

April 20, 2012

INBUILD ~ Galeon 430 HTC Part 2 of 5

We continue the journey into the construction phase of the Galeon 420 HTC.  Again this construction showcase of hull one of the Tony Castro designed 420 HTC shows the upper structure which will be the major difference along with the aft deck of this model to the 420 Fly. While last time we showed the preparation of the tooling, today we present the release and the finalization of the first mold.  The 420 HTC will be a fully enclosed sport  cruiser or as the initials say a hard top coupe.  At aft it will have a patio door which opens or closes all as the weather permits, or the owner desires.  At top it will have an opening electric sunroof.  Its main living area will be on the main deck, with all sleeping accommodation located below. Tony Castro and the Galeon team made the 420 HTC to share look and have a quality feel as a  baby version of the much acclaimed 700 Raptor model, the ex Polish builder flagship from a couple of years ago.

April 19, 2012

New Model: Prestige 550 Flybridge

Following on the very nice looks of the 500 series models, Prestige 550 Flybridge is similar in many respects to its smaller 500 sister, from the looks to the layout.  Basicaly on the 550 everything is just bigger.  Designed again by Prestige trio of designer companies; Garroni, J and J, and  JP the 550 presents itself as a practical good looking flybridge motor yacht with its wrap around all view windshield playing again a distinctive characteristic.  Prestige did also to stick on the layout of the 500 on the 550 offering some exquisite details which are quite hard to find at this size; like the separate entrance to the owners midships full beam stateroom, and the much appreciated very socializing astern galley on the main deck saloon.   Power and more so propulsion makes the difference in the 550 Flybridge, with twin Cummins 600hp and ZF Pods against the Volvo units of the 500.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.92 m (58.9ft)
Hull Length - 16.06 m
Beam - 4.79 m
Draft - 1.17 m
Displacement - 17700 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1930 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 8.3 600hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 30 knots max 24 cruise
Range - 240 nm at cruise speed
Hull Type - Vee shape with 16 degrees dead rise aft
Project - J and J, Garroni, JP Design
Certification - CE B-12, C-14

April 18, 2012

Project: F&S 50 Hull 19

In recent years FandS from Denver has been one of the most busy custom Sportfisherman builders.  The reasons of this are many; but the variable Vee shaped hull, fast performances, and a bit of a modern take on the Carolina hull stand out.  Hull number nineteen for FandS will be a 50 footer to be named Triple F.  This new FandS 50 first presented as a 48 plan, is designed by Matthews Yacht Design who presented a three double cabins lower deck plan with owners room to fore, a single shower head, and the third cabin being a bunk double to port side. The engines although Volvo pods will still be positioned to midships.  FandS has still not given any numbers but most of its models have always been in the forty knots max speed range.  Can we imagine the same here? 

April 17, 2012

New Model: Steeler NG43

Always in the lime light in the bigger super sizes, in recent times Dutch builders have also gathered attention in the smaller sub fifty feet sizes.  Steeler is one of the builders coming from Holland who makes part of the resurgence in the smaller cruiser sizes.  Steeler as the name of the Steenwijk located builder suggests builds of steel and the NG43 is its most recent model.  A hard top sport cruiser in looks, the NG 43 offers a semi displacement hull suitable for inland waterways and sea navigation.  The accommodation is a traditional four plus two layout. Two guest cabins below sleeping four and a convertible C-shaped settee in the saloon.  The Steeler SG43 is standard powered by a single Yanmar 110hp, but a twin Steyr 250hp diesel engine has been the choice of hull number two.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.92 m (42.3ft)
Beam - 4.30 m
Draft - 1.09 m
Displacement - 16 tons
Fuel Capacity - 550 l
Water Capacity - 480 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 1 x Yanmar 110hp, 2 x Steyr 250hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Project - Martin Bekebrebe Yacht Design
Certification - CE B

April 16, 2012

Project: Kadey-Krogen 44 AE

Kadey-Krogen Yachts proudly announces a new model in the company's Advanced Ergonomics series, the Krogen 44 AE.  Building on and inspired by the success of the Krogen 48 AE which was introduced last year, the 44 AE is highlighted by a new galley layout and an even more generously sized flybridge.  The new Krogen 44 AE replaces the 44, which had 26 hulls launched.  The new 44 AE is a result of a collaborative effort between owners, prospective owners and the Kadey-Krogen in-house design team lead by naval architect Dave Glasco. There are more than fifty ergonomic and technical changes that differentiate the 44 AE from her predecessor. New, advanced ergonomic highlights include a full walk-thru cockpit boarding doors, walk-in engine room access, a companion seat next to the helm chair on the flybridge plus corner bench seating with a table perfect for entertaining, and the galley's repositioned starboard-side four-burner Viking range and an eighteen cubic foot refrigerator that opens to port for the chef's convenience. LED lighting and a new engine room ventilation system utilizing intake and exhaust axial fans headline a substantial list of technical upgrades.  Owners choose from several spacious guest stateroom layouts: a den/office arrangement, a dedicated queen berth suite, or "Jack and Jill" berths for the grand kids. Kadey-Krogen provides flexible options for the guest stateroom so owners may configure the space to best fit their lifestyle and cruising plans.

April 15, 2012

New Model: Marlow 97 E Explorer

Marlow presents its largest build to date, with the launch of the 97 E Explorer in the fall of 2011.  Marlow's flagship has already seen the hands for two owners, with hull number two delivered shorty after one.  The 97 E Explorer continues Marlow philosophy of classic US looks,  semi displacement efficient hulls, and spacious interior volume.  Accommodation is for a standard seven double cabins layout, with three crew rooms sleeping six members.  But the US company does make custom modifications as requested by clients on smaller models, so I imagine changes on the 97 are possible.  The Marlow 97 E Explorer is powered by twin Cats 1760hp engines which thanks to a rather narrow beam hull at this size it can achieve a respectable 29 knots top speed.  A cruise of 23 knots is possible with a range of 950 nautical miles, while a slow displacement speed of 9 knots gives a transatlantic 4000 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.7 m (100.9ft)
Waterline Length - 28 m
Beam - 6.40 m
Draft - 1.67 m
Displacement - 66680 kg
Fuel Capacity - 18927 l
Water Capacity - 2271 l
Accommodation - 6 double guest cabins, 3 crew cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1720hp
Propulsion - line shafts 
Speed - 29 knots max, 23 knots cruise, 9 knots long range
Range - 950 nautical miles at 23 knots, 4000 nautical miles at 9 knots 
Construction - Full Stack Infusion
Certification - Bureau Veritas Unrestricted

April 13, 2012

Improve-it = Tiara 3900 Convertible

Tiara adds an important new option for its 3900 Convertible model, the much appreciated mezzanine feature in the aft deck.  The mezzanine is one of the most sought features in today's convertibles creating a relaxing support area to the guests, or a rest zone for the fisherman.  Seeing this Tiara did well to add to the small of its two model Convertible flybridge models this option.  The 4800 Convertible already features this option.  The Tiara 3900 Convertible with this makes it also one of the smallest production sportfish flybridge to have the mezzanine.  The Tiara 3900 Convertible is an appreciated entry level flybridge sportfish cruiser with a well laid out two stateroom layout with an owners room located to fore.  The 3900 Convertible is also among the few sportfish cruiser to have a forward view on its main deck, thanks to a third part of its windshield being glassed.

April 12, 2012

Project: Grand Banks 43 Heritage Europa

Grand Banks announce a new addition to its Heritage Series.  The 43 Heritage EU follows in the footsteps of the extremely successful 2007 launched 41 EU, a groundbreaking model that introduced pod drive propulsion to the trawler yacht category. It is infact its evolution in many terms with enhancements being made to the 41 to making it become the new 43, which is set for launch in 2013. The 43 EU features a larger cockpit with increased storage, and the addition of a second head to its two-stateroom layout.  The new 43 will also have a larger master cabin, bigger flybridge and a number of other enhancements both inside and out.  There is also the addition of new vertical shaped view windows to midships.  Grand Banks have not announced engines for the 43, but the 41 is powered by a twin 380hp Cummins power with ZF pods, so I would imagine a similar set up.

April 11, 2012

Boat Show - Croatia 2012 Preview

In its 14th edition, Croatia Boat Show offers a lot of new stuff and among the rest it will contain three fairs in one: the Croatia Boat Show, Nauticus Show, and Split Auto Show. The biggest nautical event in the region will present the newest models of yachts and sailing boats, but also the variety of boat equipment and engines, boosting the recovery of the nautical business. Nauticus Show is news in this event and it will contain charter companies, brokers, used boats, marinas, services, wine producers, nautical restaurants, giving them all additional benefits through natural synergy of their activities. So far there is no announcement of a new model previous but rest sure, the some of the yacht preview in the fall 2011, and start 2012 shows will be shown here in their natural sea element.

April 10, 2012

Project: Aquastar 42

Aquastar shows up the project for a new 42 model, which will fill the gap between its top selling 38 and 48 models.  The 42 will feature Aquastar much appreciated semi displacement hull, with pure British looks to what regards outside and the interior layout this having the much appreciated aft cabin.  British also in the sense of being a superb hybrid of inland waterways, and open sea boat. The air draft with mast folded down of the 42 is 3.5 meters. Inside the Aquastar 42 is also offered in two plans, lower helm, and forward VIP suite or two singles berth are some of the important choices one do on order.  Engines are twin 370hp diesels.

April 9, 2012

Engine: Steyr SE236E40 231hp

Steyr Motors has successfully redesigned its 6-cylinder generation and to present it to us. The renown Austrian Diesel engine manufacturer Steyr Motors keeps track with its own slogan “Innovation with lightness” and has successfully redesigned its 6-cylinder series during the last 18 month. After an intensive test period the production started in January 2012 and MO became SE.  Compared to the MO-series the new SE 6-cylinder series appeals not only due to its stylish appearance!  The all new SE-series is based on there inforced Monoblock-design which is more than ever the key for a robust and durable operation under highest load conditions. The Monoblock received redesigned intake channels and this together with the upgraded high-pressure multifuel Unit Injector results in a significant improvement of the efficiency, in some models and load conditions up to 30 %.  The SE Series will be available in five units from 120 up to 231hp.  The above unit is the SE236E40,  delivering 231hp at 4100 rpm.

April 8, 2012

Project: ISA Yachts 54 Meters Project Panorama

ISA presents this current in build and sold 54 Meter Project Panorama super yacht coming from a sales coperation with Camper and Nicholsons. The 54 Meter Project Panorama is a custom five decks steel and aluminium displacement motor yacht designed by Horacio Bozzo. Interior design was commissioned to Studio Massari. The designer choose modern exterior lines and a double-curvature stem hull. The owner's deck features a private balcony with access from their stateroom, a wide panoramic office and a large aft deck terrace. The flybridge shares its space with a seven square meter pool, a large dinner table, bar and a forward sun pads relax area. Forward on main deck there is a clever and unusual formal dining area and salon plenty of natural light from generous size hull windows. Aft on main deck there is a salon with full height doors that opens into exterior foldable bulwarks for undisturbed views of the outside. All guest decks including the flybridge are connected by a glass elevator with a rounded stair case around it. A spacious beach club with large foldable stern and side platforms ideal for water toys and tenders docking give also facilitated access to the water by an automatic and gentle-angled submerged stairs. The crew area is connected to the engine room through a corridor in the tank deck giving easy access at all technical areas of the vessel. The main garage is located forward on main deck carrying an 8.3 meter Riva Iseo tender and a 5.5 meter crew tender. The rescue boat and jet skis are located on the foredeck. She will cruise at a speed of 14 knots with trans-pacific range. The delivery of this 54m is scheduled in Summer 2014.

April 6, 2012

Project: Toy 44 Tender

Toy shows the very interesting project for a 44 feet model called the Tender.  The North Italian Toy says this 44 project represents a hybrid between a down East lobster boat in looks, and day boat tender practicality which can be used for a Villa or a large super yacht.  Designed by Nauta the line of the 44 is indeed an all lobster boat, but the unusualy big rub rail, flash fore deck, and open aft deck do suggest a very daily fast use of the new Toy 44.  Still it is worth to say not to be mistaken as the 44 Tender still offers over night accommodation for four in two cabins below, in the many layouts which will be offered to this model.  Power for the Toy 44 Tender is from twin 500hp Cummins engines, which give a top speed of 32 knots, and cruise at 26 giving a very good medium range of 700 nautical miles.  Impressive range in this size, and at this speed, which I cannot contradict due to the builder not advising fuel capacity.  

April 5, 2012

New Model: Aqualum 38

Aqualum is a South American boat builder from Argentina, and after showing its 38 as a project it finally launches this model.  Designed by Fabian Conte, the Aqualum 38 should follow up on the success that the 35 model provided for the South American boat builder especially in Southern Europe, thank to a well planned strategy of a competitive price.  The 38 is a flybridge motor cruiser with a traditional two cabins layout. But here is also an interesting how the galley although in a lower level was used in a more astern position, giving more space to the cabins located to fore.  Power is from twin Volvo 300 or optional 435hp with shaft line propulsion. Speed is a max of 32 knots with the optional large units.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.84 m (38ft)
Beam - 3.80 m
Draft - 0.59 m ex props
Displacement - 7.8 t
Fuel Capacity - 1000 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 32 knots max with Volvo 435hp
Project - Fabian Conte

April 4, 2012

Project: Fairline 45 Targa Open

Fairline will be adding a 45 Targa Open to its range with the upcoming introduction of an all new twin cabin, two en-suite model scheduled for launch during Spring 2013.  This model should replace the 44 Targa and headline news in this see the British builder return back to Volvo IPS pods.  For those that don't know the 44 Targa GT was introduced with the Volvo pods after two years of testing the propulsion, then to be changed to a stern drives set up back in the fall of 2009. Key features of the 45 Targa will include a dinghy tender garage able to accommodate a tender up to the weight and size of a Williams 285 Jet RIB, which is no small feat for a sport cruiser this size. The 45 Targa Open will be powered by Volvo 370 or 435hp, with IPS 500 and 600 drive units.

April 3, 2012

New Model: Galeon 380 Fly

Another clever new model from Galeon and Tony Castro, this is how to sum up the 380 Fly which continues the Polish builder third generation phase into all its range.  The new phase was started up with a flagship for Galeon and British designer Tony Castro with the ever important 640 Fly in 2007, and then moved on into smaller and bigger models accordingly.  The 380 Fly is the latest and was presented in Dusseldorf past January replacing one of its best sellers the 390 Fly.  With the 380 Fly, Galeon sets a high bar to itself and the competition thanks to a hard to find three double cabins layout.  Considering the beam of 3.70 meters and the over all length of just over 39 feet, Galeon also did not go into new extremes to fitting out a third cabin in such a size.  The cost for this is a galley up layout, and one shower head. Making the three cabin choice more of a family option.  The galley up though is always a more socializing affair then the usual lower deck layout.  The owners room is to fore, and one normal size guest cabin is to starboard, with the cuddy third being separated by a curtain.   Engine power starts from twin 220 up to 435hp with more economic to run stern drive, or less maintenance shafts. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.99 (39.3ft) with extra extended bathing platform
Hull Length - 11.7 m
Beam - 3.74 m
Draft - 0.81 m
Displacement - 9700 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 500 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D3 220hp, D4 260hp, D3 300hp, D6 330hp, D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - straight line shafts, Volvo dual prop stern drives
Hull Type - Vee shape
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - Directive 94/25/EC B

April 2, 2012

Project: GTMM 39

GTMM is a new company with a lot of heritage onto its shoulders, as the initials stand for Giovanni Theodoli Magnum Marine.  With this new company the young Theodoli takes a bit of Magnum back to its roots, and return to the original powerboat start as Don Aronow founded it back then in 1964.  At first GTMM had to do the revisit of the old Magmum 27, but with this 39, and a 38 also in project stages will we see more coming from the brand.  The GTMM 39 will feature an aggressive two step all powerboat hull, and a close canopy competition Evolution style version will also be available.  It would be nice to see a GTMM race in a very competitive race format if this will be provided again. As so far there seems to be no real Endurance Powerboat championship going on.  GTMM is not saying much for the inside layout of the standard production version of the 39, but they did advise that all models are all very customizable to client requests.  Power options start from twin 535 up to 1300hp, from Mercury Racing, and diesel choices from Cummins and Yanmar.  Propulsion is stern drives.

April 1, 2012

Real Offshore Powerboat Racing?

It is with sadness that I say, that so far there is no news for a 2012 racing calendar of Powerboat Endurance Class, previously known as Offshore Grand Prix in 2011, Powerboat P1 from 2003 till 2009, and Class 1 in the eighties and before that. Since the class has been left over by the P1 promotion their seems to be no solid ground founded.  Pity, as I think the developments that happen in this class being it the production open canopy and 90 mph speed limited Super Sport, or the closed cockpit no speed limit prototype Evolution, are very close to what can be applied to real boats being they cruisers or more faster versions.
The Endurance Powerboat series is an evolution of the Offshore Class 1 series from the eighties, and or before that.  When mono hulls where at use, and many designers and boat producers built a name from this class.  You can start when offshore boat became a boom high society sport in the sixties with such figures as Bertram, and Don Aronow from the US or Gagliotta and Levi from Italy competing to build the faster and most seaworthy boat.  Then in the eighties we had the new school of Fabio Buzzi and his SeaTek diesel power, and such designers as Don Shead and the Cuv 38 feet series which is still at today considered a winning boat.  Note all these names made a trademark after this in designing pleasure cruising boats as well. 
We will see what the future will bring, the economy is not good all over the place but I still expected UIM to pull of a calendar similar to what they did in 2010.  Which without the spectacle the promoters bring, was a good success on the sport and racing scale, and much appreciated by all the teams and passion people involved.