May 31, 2012

Monthly News - May 2012

-pic of the month- Bertran New Factory in Merrit Island

Apreamare New Dealership in China, Macao, and Hong Kong Area
Apreamare, after launching two new models, Smeraldo 45’ and Maestro 56’, during the past Automn boat shows, is now focusing on the strenghtening of the dealer network in a significant market, especially in this moment, like the Chinese market. Apreamare found in Xiamen Smart Hero Yacht CO. LTD., one of the Smart Hero (HK) Investment Development Group’s subsidiaries, a young company, with motivated people, able to introduce in a good way a traditional boat, like the gozzo (Mediterranean boat) and the innovative motor-yacht line Maestro. The Smart Hero headquarters is located in Xiamen and its business covers yacht sales, yacht management, yacht maintenance, and yacht club activities.  During the visit of a Smart Hero delegation at Apreamare shipyards, they signed the exclusive dealership agreement for China, Hong Kong and Macao for the  gozzi, Maestro and Smeraldo lines. So, in occasion of the next Xiamen boat show, that will take place from November 2nd to November 5th in Xiamen, Apreamare will display two models very representative of its ranges: Apreamare 64’ fly, flagship of gozzi line, and Maestro 56’, new model of the innovative Maestro line. Interiors’ lay-outs of these two boats have been changed and adapted to functions and moods of Chinese customers, demonstrating the big flexibility that Apreamare always has with different needs of its customers.  The official announcement of the new dealership has been made during a press conference at the Shanghai International Boat Show, (please see attached pictures) on the last April 19th , 2012. The press conference has been officiated by Mr Cataldo Aprea, Apreamare’s President, Mr Francesco Prignano, Apreamare Sales Manager, Ms Vivien Yang, Smart Hero General Manager and Mr Sean Xu, Smart Hero Vice General Manager. 
Azimut Benetti Group Receives Asia Pacific Prize
Azimut-Benetti Group the world's largest private group in the yachting sector – has keeps on consolidating its leadership on Oriental markets. In fact, the group recently received another important award that confirms its success in Asia. Azimut-Benetti Group won the Best Brand Presence in Asia category during the eighth edition of the Asia Boating Awards that were held in Hong Kong and organized by Pacific Boating and China Boating, the most important magazines of Asia's nautical sector. The group's significant expansion in Asia, especially in China, through subsidiaries in Shanghai and Hong Kong, its network of well-prepared dealers throughout the area, and its amazing ability to express Italian style at its best are at the basis of this success.
Bertram Announces New Home in Merritt Island
Two weeks ago today Bertram Yacht held a press conference to announce the relocation of its production facility from Miami to a new state-of the art facility in Merritt Island, Florida. The monumental press event was attended by local, state and national media along with four state representatives, Bertram vendors and employees. The press conference included enthusiastic wishes of success and remarks of appreciation for remaining in Florida from both state and local representatives along with insight provided by the President of Bertram Yacht, Alton Herndon, on why Merritt Island was selected.  In all, over 160 individuals were in attendance to witness this historic press conference, tour the facility, and enjoy a luncheon together.
Broom Boats Forging Ahead
Broom Boats is forging ahead due largely to their significant ongoing boat development programme and their re-entry into the charter fleet boat build market. Broom’s aggressive development plans have continued in 2012 with the launch of the New Broom 35 Coupe at their Open Weekend two weeks ago. The new boat received a fantastic reception from existing and new customers and five of the Broom 35 Coupes have been sold for delivery later this year to customers in the UK and Holland. Many visitors at the Broom Open Weekend participated in a factory tour and got a glimpse of the New Broom 30 Coupe and the New Broom 395 in build. The Broom 30 Coupe will be launched later this year and the first order for the 30 Coupe has just been taken. The New Broom 395 will be launched at the Ijmuiden Boat Show in Holland in September and again the first order for this boat has been taken for delivery in late summer. Plans are underway for a New Broom 425 in late 2012 and Broom dealers are already well advanced with prospective orders for this boat. This busy development year for Broom follows the development and successful launch of the Broom 455 and Broom 370 in 2011. Broom has built 8 of the new award winning Broom 370s since its launch last Autumn.  Equally significant is Broom’s formal re-entry into the European Inland Waterway Charter Fleet Boat Build market. Broom’s heritage in this market is incredible and Broom dominated the market in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Broom has returned to this market with gusto, launching a five-boat charter fleet range, spanning from 30ft to 48ft and which includes the Broom Cadet, Broom Captain, Broom Commander, Broom Classique & Broom Grande Classique. Broom has already delivered boats to Ireland and is currently building boats destined for the Thames, France and Germany. It looks like it won’t be too long before Broom is back in command of this market.
Ferretti Group Continues Its Asia Pacific Tour
The Ferretti Group, a world leader in the construction of motor yachts, with an unparalleled portfolio of exclusive and prestigious brands, takes part in the seventh edition of the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, taking place until the 13th of May at the enchanting Pearl River Delta. Thanks to its dealers Noble Brand and Jebsen Marine, the Group has two of the most fascinating models of its fleet, on display, representing the brand Pershing and Riva: Pershing 92’ and Sport Riva 56’. The participation in the Gold Coast Boat Show is a further confirmation of the strategic relevance attached to the Asia Pacific area by the Ferretti Group, which aims at strengthening its influence on a market featuring encouraging perspectives, where it has been present for many years. From 2004, the Ferretti Group appointed an Area Manager precisely for the Asia Pacific area and in 2005 set up a representation and promotion office in Shanghai, focused on the development and management activities of the sales network and of customers. The participation of the Ferretti Group to the Hong Kong event in part of the busy agenda of Spring events in which the Group has been the protagonist of the nautical and luxury events taking place in this area. A sort of tour which started at the beginning of March, at the PIMEX in Phuket, and continued in April at the Hainan Rendez-Vous and at the China International Boat Show in Shanghai. The last stop of the tour will be the Qingdao International Boat Show, scheduled from the 25th to the 27th of May, where the Ferretti Group will have the Pershing 92’on display.
Ferretti Group at Beirut Boat Show
The Ferretti Group, one of the world leaders in the construction of motor yachts, with a unique portfolio of the most prestigious and exclusive brands in the nautical world, continues its active participation in the leading international boat shows worldwide: until 20th May 2012, the Group is indeed present at the eighth edition of the International Boat & Super Yacht Show, held in the beautiful Joseph Khoury Marina, in Beirut. The Ferretti Group, through its local dealer Sea Pros, can boast one of the largest stands of the Show, extending over more than 800 square metres on land, where visitors have the opportunity to receive thorough and detailed information on the entire range of the Group’s eight brands. The Group’s exhibition area is completed by over 3,000 square metres in the water, where the eleven models taking part in the Show are on display, representing the Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, and Ferretti Custom Line brands. The Ferretti Group is presenting four boats representing the Riva brand - 63 Vertigo, 68 Ego, 75 Venere and 85 Opera Super-, three Ferretti Custom Line maxi yachts 97, 112 Next and Navetta 33, as well as the Ferretti 881, Pershing 72, Bertram 360, and Mochi Craft Dolphin 44. An incredibly varied “showcase” bearing witness to the excellent reputation of this Boat Show, and, more in general, to the important role played by the Near East market, where the Ferretti Group has now operated for more than 10 years and aims to strengthen its growth further.
Fipa Group Meets Philippe Starch
Fipa Group inaugurated its new office in Port Adriano (Palma de Mallorca) on April 27. This marina which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year was designed by Philippe Starck and has since become one of the largest and most important pleasure harbors in the Balearic Islands. And it is here that Fipa Group has opened its latest sales and marketing office which also offers after-sales and refit services to its clients, Palma di Mallorca increasingly becoming known as one of main refit points in the Mediterranean. During the "open days" April 28 to 30 which followed the inauguration, a beautiful Maiora 27 moored among superyachts in front of the new office showcased the high quality of Fipa Group products (Maiora - AB Yachts - CBI Navi) and the excellence of the "handcrafted in Italy" label.
Gulf Craft Participates in Inaugural Ajman Industrial Exhibition
The inaugural edition of the Ajman Industrial Exhibition was opened yesterday by His Highness Shaikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council member and Ruler of Ajman. Sponsored and organised by the Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), the inaugural Ajman Industrial Exhibition is aimed at promoting Ajman’s wide range of locally made products and offered services and will be held from April 23 to 25 at the Ajman University of Science and Technology.  As Gulf Craft has been founded in 1982 in Ajman itself and is still having one of its four shipyards situated in the same Emirate, the company is proud to attend as an exhibitor in the event, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Heesen Yachts Awarded Two Neptune Trophies
Heesen Yachts is proud to announce that the 50m Satori and the 37m Aurelia have been awarded Neptune Trophies at the prestigious World Superyacht Awards which took place in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday May 5, 2012.  Aurelia, 37m semi-displacement, prevailed over five other finalists in the very competitive "Raised pilothouse - semi-displacement or planning motor yacht" category. Aurelia sports a very different exterior look with her bright orange and blue color scheme that recalls Gulf Oil racing cars. Her precious and rich interior by Bannenberg and Rowell is inspired by the automotive theme. The judges commented: "An unusual, but very worthy winner".  Satori, 50m semi-displacement, won in the "Three-deck - semi-displacement or planning motor yacht" category, competing against six other superyachts.  Satori has been the most awarded yacht in the Heesen fleet. Last September in Cannes, she was awarded two Yacht Trophies and the prestigious Prix du Design by Prince Albert of Monaco. Frank Laupman drew her streamlined exterior and Rémi Tessier her sophisticated interior décor while naval architects from Heesen Yachts in collaboration with those of Van Oossanen have created her high-performing hull. Powered by a pair of 2,720kW diesels, Satori can reach the remarkable speed of 24 knots, which places her amongst the fastest 50-metres afloat, while her fuel consumption at 12 knots is such that she attains a respectable 3,200 nm range.  These important recognitions for two Heesen semi-displacement yachts confirm that this Dutch shipyard is the undisputed world leader in design, engineering and construction of all aluminium luxury vessels.
Itama and Mochi Open Days
Itama and Mochi Craft Open Days were held last Saturday and Sunday in Santa Margherita Ligure - a magnificent setting for this spellbinding event organised by the Ferretti Group to introduce their customers and enthusiasts alike to the Group’s leading models. During the weekend all guests had the opportunity to step onboard Itama’s open yachts and Mochi Craft’s lobster boats against the wonderful backdrop of the Ligurian Riviera. Numerous sea trials were performed on Itama’s and Mochi Craft’s fleets, to the delight of the many sea lovers that gathered in Santa Margherita.  More specifically, Itama presented the boatyard’s two most recent crafts, 45 and 62 - which were officially launched at Cannes and Genoa 2011 Boat Shows - as well as the fleet’s flagship, the Itama 75.  The Open Days would not have been the same without the Itama 75’, the fleet’s flagship, which combines extraordinary habitability, the use of innovative materials and technologies, and a slender profile that perfectly reflects this yacht’s sporty character.  Mochi Craft added its unmistakable, colourful touch to the Ligurian landscape with two different models representing the Dolphin line: Dolphin 44, the smallest yacht in the range, and the flagship, Dolphin 74 Cruiser.  The event could also rely on important partnerships: Lancome presented some make-up and face treatment products; Cantine Ferrari's tasting sessions allowed all guests to savour its Perlè; and Philips Saeco introduced its Xelsis and Intelia One Touch Cappuccino Metal coffee machines.
Kadey-Krogen Introduces I-Pad Application
What's the next best thing to making passage aboard a Kadey-Krogen trawler yacht? Now you can get a visual taste of the Kadey-Krogen lifestyle by scrolling through the travelogues, scenic photographs and glimpses of the adventures of Krogen owners to be found in the new, free iPad application available through the company's website or via the Apple Store. Here's a fun-to-use (and useful) lifestyle app that is At Home on Any Sea.  The app is viewed through a combination of topical sections found along the bottom of the tablet page and vertical "chapters" seen along the side. Tapping a chapter photo and then swiping pages in each chapter reveals a new vista, captures a moment, or explains a precept of design and engineering. Included also is the storybook tale of the company's founding and photographs of many world class, breakthrough yacht designs Kadey-Krogen has created in its 35-year history. There are excerpts from the company's magazine, Waypoints, and chapters detailing engineering philosophy that have captions in windows that expand and close at the tap of a finger. There are also technical explanations about the building process, specifications for and photographs of the current boat models, and links to more data at the company website.  The iPad app can be downloaded directly to your iPad from Kadey Krogen, or at the Apple Store searching Kadey-Krogen Yachts. It can also be downloaded to any computer with iTunes installed that you will later use to synch your iTunes downloads to your iPad for actual use. Depending on your local bandwidth, the application takes from two to five minutes to download.
Marlow Spring Rendez Vous
The 17th Annual Marlow Marine Sales Spring Rendezvous will certainly be remembered by our Cruising Club members as one of the best ever! Close to 100 members, friends and guests attended the spectacular fun event in Key West, FL on April 12th thru 15th. The tradition of welcoming the boat owners with a complimentary boat wash kicked off a fabulous four day event.  As members gathered at the dockside registration center to receive their special goodie bags and to discuss all the events planned over the next four days, it was evident that everyone was glad we had chosen Key West once again. The gorgeous weather, along with a beautiful sunset, added to the ambience of the welcome cocktail party held outdoors on the Sunset Terrace at the Pier House Resort. Guests were served libations and delicacies while listening to the steel drummer play a variety of island music. This was the beginning of new friendships and the reacquainting with old friends.  Our members always enjoy the educational aspects of the seminars we offer, and this year’s attendance continued to prove just that. Our speakers were very well versed and members gained product knowledge on a variety of topics. Round table discussions topped off the two days of seminars and, once again, the consensus was that these discussions lead by David Marlow are never long enough.  Our Friday afternoon activity was a trolley tour of Key West. There wasn’t a seat left on our private trolley and by all comments, it was a very relaxing time and no matter how many times you’ve been to Key West, there is always a bit of history, previously unknown, that is discovered.  Our traditional theme party this year was Foolish Fantasy. The members came dressed as their fantasy or in foolish attire. Their creativity was later honored at our awards dinner. After a scrumptious dinner, the crowd was wowed and mesmerized by world renowned magician and mentalist, Joshua Lozoff. So many wondered—how did he do that! The live band entertained and dancing continued once the floor show concluded.  After the Saturday morning seminars, guests gathered at the Sunset Tiki Bar for lunch and the Crazy Hat competition. Our members went all out to flaunt their hat creativity and winners were rewarded at our awards dinner. After lunch, we were off to walk the Galleon docks to visit boats and witness the christening of one of our newest member’s boat.  The Saturday evening awards dinner was held on the upper deck of the Westin Resort overlooking the vast waterway. Soft music radiated over the night air throughout the cocktail hour and dinner.  Salsa dancers performed and then taught the group some lively moves.  The rendezvous ended with a Sunday farewell breakfast as members left at their leisure for further cruising or for a return to their home port. For 17 years, the Marlow Marine Cruising Club has held its annual rendezvous. Members include Marlow Explorer, Marlow Prowler and owners of other quality yachts.
Moonen Partnership with Owners and Suppliers
Construction is proceeding apace at Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands on the 42-metre luxury motoryacht Sofia. As is the case with any genuinely custom project, changes and additions are still being made to the design and facilities as the build progresses, meeting the owner's requirements in every respect. And as the largest Moonen to date takes shape, the value of partnering with best-in-class suppliers is also clear to see. The 42-metre Sofia is one of three major builds currently under construction at Moonen alongside two refit projects. The other new superyachts are an explorer and a fast displacement vessel, emphasising the unrivalled diversity on offer at Moonen. The same goes for the wide range of skills and disciplines available in-house, which are supplemented by close relationships with many leading marine equipment supply companies. These partnerships are coming to the fore as the build of Sofia continues on schedule and within budget. The owner's close involvement in the project adds to the sense of excitement as key milestones are passed. Among the recent changes he has requested in this evolutionary process has been to upgrade the dashboard to an integrated foil bridge. Moonen is implementing this in cooperation with Tijssen Elektro. Meanwhile, the entertainment system is being engineered and installed, increasing in sophistication all the time to include a full Kaleidoscope video server with Samsung Smart LED TVs and multi-room control (including lighting, blinds and climate control) via i-Pad. And the yacht's atrium will be executed with a custom piece of Concetto art made and supplied by Ceaser Stone in Israel.  An earlier change to the specs for Sofia saw the owner decide to extend the yacht by a further four feet in order that she could carry a submarine from U-boatworx capable of seating one captain and two passengers instead of the originally intended two in total. Sea trials on this submarine will begin in Malta in mid-May while back in Holland the dedicated launch crane is being pre-assembled and tested before final installation onboard the yacht.
Nordhavn New Offices
On the heels of news that another marine group has filed for bankruptcy, last week Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. began refurbishment of an iconic 9,000-square-foot Dana Point building that will serve as the company’s new world headquarters. The new state-of-the-art facility will house sales, project management, engineering, accounting, commissioning and shipping/receiving, which currently is spread out amongst three separate locations. Unifying all the departments into one space has been a long-term goal of P.A.E. ownership. Last year P.A.E. was awarded a 30-year-lease of the site of the former Beach House restaurant, located just down the street from the current site of Nordhavn’s Orange County-based southwest sales office and has spent the past several months designing and reconfiguring the building to include new offices for staff, owner/guest office suites, a conference and showroom and a gallery dedicated to the history of P.A.E. and the Dana Point waterfront.  Production will continue to take place at P.A.E.’s two partner factories, Ta Shing Yacht Building Co. in Taiwan and South Coast Marine in China.  While boat sales – new construction, in particular – have been stagnant across the industry for nearly three years, P.A.E. has been able to navigate the down period through the strength of its brand. Even more encouraging: the company has seen an uptick in both new and pre-owned sales in recent weeks, perhaps an indication that the worst of the yacht buying recession is in the past. Work is scheduled to continue throughout the summer and Streech said he is hopeful the staff can move into its new offices in November.
Numarine New Ownership
Numarine the Turkish high performance motoryacht shipyard, with a range from 55' - 130' based in Istanbul - is proud to announce for this May 2012 a "new course" for the yard. The previous owner and the founder Omer Malaz is again the sole owner of the Numarine Performance Yachts.  After the joint venture with Abraaj Group, which started in August 2008, the yard acquired a very positive identity and image in the international yachting market and the target was to be a worldwide well-known brand. Abraaj added additional brand values and as a partner  enabled Numarine to pass through the economic recession with few negative impacts. This powerful partner helped the business to continue more effectively.  For Numarine, Mr Malaz’s decision to come back as sole yard owner in 2012 will enforce business development with a worldwide expansion actions in the most important emerging markets, new management and new product launches. Omer Malaz - and his family - is one of the most famous entrepreneurs in Turkey (Malazlar Match Co, Turkey's second largest mach manufacturer) and the financial backing is stronger than ever in this very positive moment of Turkey’s economy. Situation of Numarine with recession, 2007/2008 business for Numarine was lighter but active and strong: 2012; 10 Boats sold and 51% of growth from 2011, 2013; 14 Boats (preview), 2014; 18 Boats (preview). Numarine for this 2012 new course is again cooperating with – the same "dream-team" of yacht designers of the calibre of Tommasso Spadolini, Can Yalman and Umberto Tagliavini (from Genoa University) - on new great yacht projects. Marketing policies are even stronger. Mrs Pinar Coskuner Genc manages all marketing and sales matters while Ali Tanir (previously in Vicem Yachts) is the new communication adviser. The commercial strategies preview to be stronger in homeland market, South America especially Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela and Middle East namely Lebanon and Far East with most attention in Hong Kong. The yard is planning to attend major boat shows such as Cannes, Ft.Lauderdale and Miami in addition to local but important shows in Rio, Beirut, Hong Kong and Jeddah. A worldwide advertising campaign will follow main launches of the yard during the 2012-2013.
Riva Wins Best Production Motor Yacht
Riva, a brand of the Ferretti Group, received the prestigious “Best Production Motor Yacht” award in the category between 15m and 24m during the Asian Boating Awards, which were held in Hong Kong at the opening of the 2012 Gold Coast Boat Show, last weekend in Hong Kong. Organised for the first time in 2005 by the "Asia-Pacific Boating” and “China Boating” magazines in 2005, the Asian Boating Awards celebrate every year the best Asian and worldwide boating industry production. The “Riva 75’ Venere Super” received this prestigious award during the gala reception held in the magnificent Ballroom of the Hong Kong Grand Hyatt Hotel. The award was collected on behalf of Riva and the Ferretti Group by Daniell Chen, Chief Representative of Ferretti Group Asia Regional Office.
Riva on National Geographic Channel
The famous motorboat Aquariva by Riva, a brand of the Ferretti Group, will be the protagonist of an episode of the TV programme “Megafabbriche Italiane”, on Monday 28th May at 9.55 pm on the National Geographic Channel (Sky’s Channel 403).  Next Monday “Megafabbriche Italiane” – the TV series that lets the public find out about Italy’s great, innovative factories, where world famous Italian products are manufactured – will “land” in Sarnico, on Lake Iseo, where Riva’s legendary history, which still lives on today, began 170 years ago. Starting from a humble shed located on the Bergamo side of the Lake, the Riva boatyard was capable of developing and modernising while keeping the charm of this unique, historical site unchanged, turning it into a reference location for the boating industry worldwide. Monday’s episode will be devoted to Aquariva, the brand’s 33-foot powerboat characterised by soft, stylish lines, that, more than any other craft in the range, reflects Riva's style evolution over the years. This model is the result of the cooperation between the designers of Officina Italiana Design (the design firm that exclusively designs all Riva yachts), AYT - Advanced Yacht Technology (Ferretti Group’s research and naval design centre), and the team of architects and designers of the Centro Stile Ferrettigroup.  Just like all Riva yachts, Aquariva is a true object of desire for noble people, actors, sports champions, businessmen and celebrities. Among them, it is enough to mention Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot and Liz Taylor, Sean Connery and Jean Paul Belmondo, Richard Burton and Jackie Stewart, but there are also royalties, princes and sheiks from all over the world.  Thanks to high-definition shooting and computer graphics, the public will be able to admire and find out more about this prestigious yacht, as well as to follow step-by-step the various production stages that unveil Riva's unique craftsmanship, care for details, and unrivalled skills and experience.

Sunseeker Help Launch New Marine Technology Center in Dorset
BMF member, Sunseeker International is backing Bournemouth & Poole College with a new venture into Marine Apprenticeships and training.  One of the South’s most prestigious companies is supporting a new Marine Technology Centre to train the next generation of marine engineers and boat builders. Sunseeker International has chosen The Bournemouth & Poole College as its education partner for the new Marine Technology Centre at its Poole campuses in Dorset. The College will open a new Marine Technology Centre by this September.  There will be upwards of 70 places for Sunseeker apprentices and capacity for over 250 at the new dedicated marine training facility, which will cover all aspects of the industry at both a craft and higher technical level.  Sunseeker says that to maintain its reputation and position as a world leader in luxury motor yacht design and manufacture, it needs to encourage the honing of high level skills in marine engineering and boat building. That’s where Bournemouth & Poole College comes in.  Although the bulk of funding for the project is through Bournemouth & Poole College, Sunseeker is sourcing essential equipment from its own supply chain to train apprentice engineers and boat builders.  Already Cummins Onan has agreed to supply a marine generator and Southampton-based CJR Propulsion is supplying boat propellers and shafts.  The Bournemouth & Poole College is funding the new centre with an investment of £250,000. They are also recruiting marine specialists to deliver the training in addition to support from Sunseeker.  Principal, Lawrence Vincent will unveil the new Marine Technology Centre in August. Existing Sunseeker apprentices, as well as new recruits, will get the centre off to a flying start.  Moving into marine engineering is a natural extension of The College’s core areas of expertise as the places planned for the new Marine Technology Centre will cover all aspects of the leisure marine industry sector, from marine mechanical and electrical engineering, to traditional boat building carpentry. Sunseeker International, which employs just over 2,200 at its seven manufacturing centres in Dorset, has been a global brand for more than five decades. Ninety nine per cent of its motor yachts are exported, making Sunseeker an important contributor to the Dorset economy and a major local employer in Poole.  The Bournemouth & Poole College is a large further education college with an Ofsted Grade 2 (good), with outstanding elements in employer engagement, and an excellent reputation for delivering training and Apprenticeships to local businesses.
Sunseeker Awarded Best Production Motor Yacht
Sunseeker International are delighted to announce that the Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht has won the 'Best Production Motor Yacht (24m to 40m)' category at the recent Asia Boating Awards 2012. The awards generated plenty of buzz, within both leisure marine media and regional business media. The Asia Boating Awards, now in its eighth year, is the region's most established and respected event of its kind. This year sees awards across 19 categories, showcasing Asian builders and International brands, as well as Asian regattas, marinas and yacht designers working in Asia. The pioneering Asia Boating Awards was the first official event to recognise the efforts and successes of Asian yacht builders. Created by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines in 2005, the idea of the awards is to recognise the best of the Asian maritime industry.  Having won 'Best Brand Presence in Asia' at last year's award, The Sunseeker brand has continued its sponsorship and support of numerous events in Asia, and has actively taken part in some of Asia's most exclusive events.
Sunseeker Ambassador Shines in Music Competition
Local Bournemouth schoolgirl Iolla Grace, 13 year old classical singer has wowed the judging panel of the UK's biggest original music competition and sailed through the audition stage of Live and Unsigned. Iolla will be competing against the most talented bands and artists in the country at the Regional Final Show case of Live and Unsigned 2012 - all in a bid to make the grand final at the 02, London in July.  Iolla has performed during press and special client function days at the 2011 London and Southampton Boat Shows, supporting headline acts such as X- Factor finalist Rebecca Ferguson and Britain's Got Talent finalist Ronan Parke.  All the acts in the competition are battling it out for the chance to perform at Live Fest at The 02, London in July. The winners will be crowned the UK's best unsigned act. Prizes are also available in the Live and Unsigned competition including a £10,000 to be spent on development, £10,000 publicity investment and opportunities to tour the world and perform at various festivals and gigs.

Tiara Announces Summer Buying Event
Tiara Yachts today announced the launch of its most innovative and aggressive marketing event to date, the Summer Buying Opportunity Event which continues through September 4, 2012 on new production 2013 Tiara 3900 Open, Convertible and Sovran. These new Tiara Yachts have been re-energized and reinvigorated not only with new pricing but also with new features, technology and decors. Tiara has reorganized operations and streamlined its manufacturing processes to pass along unprecedented savings while preserving the renowned Tiara quality and brand.  During this Summer Buying Opportunity Event customers can realize savings of more than $178,000 .  Tiara’s commitment to quality and customer service remains unchanged but the standard features for the new reimagined 3900 series have expanded and will include: hardtop, painted brow, anti-fouling paint, choice of aft fold-down seat or live well, rod holders, flush floor box with macerator and drop curtain depending on the model. Since these are new production yachts customers can specify colors and choose their options to customize each boat.  Tiara’s Summer Buying Opportunity Event is supported by the Tiara University Rewards Program for dealers along with and extensive marketing programs in a variety of traditional and online media. Tiara yachts expects sales a boost in sales this as work of this innovative program reaches dealers and their customers.

May 30, 2012

New Model: Tecnorib Pirelli P-Zero 1400 Cabin

Tecnorib and its Pirelli rib franchise presents the latest and largest of it's nine model range, the P-Zero 1400 Cabin.  A project of renowned Swedish Ocke Mannerflet design for its hull, the 1400 features a twin step narrow high performing hull shape, which with twin petrol units can deliver speeds up to 55 knots.  The 1400 is also available as a full day boat in the Sport version, or the accommodating more over night Cabin.  Inside the 1400 Cabin offers an open plan layout with a forward Vee shaped double berth, bench settee, galley, and separate head.  The exterior deck although much less spacious to the full open sports version offers twin sunbeds and L-shaped settee to the both port and starboard sides, with a central passage way which leads to the center console which has a wet bar and exterior galley to its back.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.79 m (45.7ft)
Beam - 3.64 m
Displacement - 6.4 t
Fuel Capacity - 880 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp diesel, Mercruiser 425hp Petrol Gas
Propulsion - Volvo DP, or Mercuriser Bravo Three dual prop stern drives
Speed - 55 knots max with Mercruiser 425hp petrol, 45 knots with Volvo 370hp
Project - OMD Ocke Mannerfelt Design Sweden
Hull Shade - two step deep Vee

May 29, 2012

Project: Breedendam MTB Four Zero

Breedendam yachts from Holland is known for its traditional looking sloops.  Now the Dutch builder has decided to upgrade its MTB runabout range which so far features a 30 and 33 models, with the Four Zero project designed by famous architect Guido de Groot, and Flamme.  The MTB Four Zero will be an open sport cruiser with classic looks, having characteristics also coming from the much appreciated World War Two torpedo boats; see pointed bow and wide beam.  The interior of the MTB Four Zero will sleep four thanks to forward owners room, L-shaped convertible sofa, and a galley.  Power will be from twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pod drives, and a top speed estimate of 37 knots.   

May 28, 2012

INBUILD ~ Galeon 430 HTC Part 3 of 5

Galeon 430 HTC continues its construction journey to completion.  In the first two chapters of this journey of the 430 HTC we showed the model into its moulding phase. As you can see in this latest picture, the 430 HTC starts looking more as a completed boat, even more so in this photo, see side safety railing installed.   We can say that the outer main shell of the 430 HTC is done, now is just to finish the job to its perfection which a high standard sport cruiser has to have, and install the pieces which make the boat.  A long journey especially in hull one, when the things start coming more together in reference to the design ideas showed on plans. An interesting detail of the 430 HTC which also comes from bigger Galeon, or yachts is the indifference it shows between the connection of the lower and upper structure in the aft part.  The Galeon 430 HTC actually looks as to be made all in one piece from aft thanks to seamless moulding between the structures, which then develops to a stainless steel rub rail.  

May 27, 2012

Maritimo New Web Site

Down under Australia second production power boat builder Maritimo, presents its new virtual World wide web show room.  Maritimo was founded by Bill Barry-Cotter in 2003, a man who has a forty years plus boat building experience and who was also behind the foundation of the other big Australia production boat builder; i.e. Riviera.  Maritimo currently builds eight models, in a three range series; Motoryachts, Convertibles, and Cabriolets.  The range starts up with the 440 Convertible, and extends to the M73 Motoryacht. Maritimo has also two other models of the Sport Yachts range which are actually re-labeled Mustang models for the US market.  Maritimo acquired Mustang in 2010, and today the brand features two models, plus one in project stages.  Maritimo's new web-site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Oceans Apart, Models, Dealer Locator, Contact Us, Enquiry, and News and Events.
Production History:
60 Flybridge 2004-
52 2005- (72)
48 2006- (108)
C60 Sports Cabriolet 2007-
A60 Aegean Flybridge 2008-
C55 Sports Cabriolet 2008-
A55 Aegean Flybridge 2009-
C50 Sports Cabriolet 2009-11
56 Cruising Motor Yacht 2009-11
A60 Aegean Enclosed 2009-
73 Cruising Motoryacht 2009-
A50 Aegean Enclosed 2009-10
A50 Aegean Flybridge 2009-10
C47 Sports Cabriolet 2010-
470 Offshore Convertible 2010-12
440 Offshore Convertible 2010-12
M53 Cruising Motoryacht 2010-15
C53 Sports Cabriolet 2011-
M48 Cruising Motoryacht Series II 2011-
A53 Aegean Flybridge 2011-
M58 2012-15
M45 2013-
M50 2013-15
S50 2013-15 *S48 project
S43 2014-
S58 2014-
M65 2014-
M70 2015-
M54 Flybridge Motor Yacht 2016-21
M51 2016-
S51 2016-
M64 2016-
M61 2016-
S70 2018-
M59 2018-
X60 2018-
X54 2019- *X50 project
S55 2021-
M55 2021-
M600 Offshore 2022-
S600 Flybridge 2022-
M60 Flybridge 2023-
S75 Sedan Motor Yacht 2023-
M75 Flybridge Motor Yacht 2023-

May 26, 2012

New Model: Benetti Class 132 Classic Supreme

The technical launch of the first Benetti 132 Classic Supreme was held on Friday, May 4th at the shipyard site in sea side town Viareggio, the new location deputed to the construction of the six composite models of the Class line, from 93 to 145 feet.  Following the customary preliminary steps, the yacht was launched into the water, a ceremony witnessed by technical personnel, workers, and all Benetti staff who oversaw outfitting and construction over the past months.  A mark of design continuity today lasting over a couple of decades, follows the new gem of Benetti's Italian style, and springs from a project with exteriors designed by Stefano Righini and interiors by Francois Zuretti who, for this first boat and following the owner’s indications to draw inspiration from a particularly contemporary style, creates a sober, elegant interplay between the oak natural shade, the warm wenge, and diamond pattern leathers and hide.  The outfitting includes the most modern navigation systems developed by the shipyard: from the innovative integrated wheelhouse to the exclusive BEST technology platform; Benetti Exclusive Sea Technology integrating all onboard electronics and systems.  The new 132 Classic Supreme, among the different design solutions, offers also a gym-area on the upper deck, carving out an exclusive space for the Owner and his guests to further relax.  The 132 Classic Supreme is not just a new model to complete the Benetti Class range; it is also the first model built and outfitted in the Lucca Dockyard, the company’s new 4200 meters squared plus facility. Located adjacent to the historic site in Via Coppino, this facility can simultaneously handle production of three megayachts of up to 140 feet, thus effectively doubling the current production capacity and concentrating production of the entire line in Viareggio.  Power for the new Benetti Class 132 Classic Supreme is twin MTU 1450hp which give a 15 knots, 14 cruise, and a 12 knots long range speed delivering a 3500 nautical miles range. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 40.2 m (132ft)
Beam - 8.28 m
Draft - 2.30 m
Displacement - 270 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 42800 l
Water Capacity - 7200 l
Accommodation - 10 guests in 5 cabins, 7 crew in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 2000M72 1450hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 15 knots max, 14 knots cruise, 12 knots economic
Range - 3500 nm at 12 knots
Construction - hand laid fiberglass
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Francois Zuretti interior
Certification - RINA Class, Hull Mach Y, LY2 Compliance option

May 25, 2012

Project: Carver 36 Mariner

Carver yachts has always been into making these hybrid looking sport bridge cruiser which makes maximum use of beam inside in a wide body feature, and the 36 Mariner keeps this heritage coming. Do you remember the nineties Santego series?  The 36 Mariner features a clever single level living main deck inside offering a relaxing L-shaped sofa, dining table, and galley.  Below to fore is a roomy owners double with en-suite head facilities.  Another nice feature of the 36 Mariner which comes from larger boats is also the forward settee located on the fore deck, something not seen much in modern cruisers of this size.  The aft deck of the 36 Mariner is left free, but the sun deck area where the helm is located features three bench settees, with a table in the middle.  Power is from four choices from Crusader, Yanmar, and Volvo from 200 up to 375hp in petrol gasoline or diesel power.  The twin Yanmar 315hp is the diesel option.

May 24, 2012

Mew Model: Clipper 50 Hudson Bay

A new challenge for down under Clipper motor yachts, who with the Hudson Bay series presents a mix up of traditional looking modern function down East lobster boat inspired yacht.  The Hudson Bay series is so far offered in two models; the 54 first project presented currently under development, and the 50 number one launch of the series taking to the water past March.  A different product from the more explorer Cordoba series offered by Clipper, although the same hull type of semi displacement design is offered in the Hudson Bay series.  But with a faster speed. The 50 Hudson Bay is first of all a very functional yacht with two layout choices available to the buyer, from the standard three cabins with owners stateroom to fore, or a two suites format which moves the master to midships.  Another interesting feature is also the choice of the helm station located to starboard, or central in the optional layout.  To like in the 50 Hudson Bay, is the galley located astern of the main deck saloon which thanks to the pivoting window of the patio door, becomes also part of the aft deck.  Power is from twin standard Yanmar 440 or optional 480hp which give a 26 knots max, 16 cruise, and a long range 8 knots economic run.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.02 m (52.5ft)
Beam - 4.69 m
Draft - 1.1 m
Displacement - 19 t
Fuel Capacity - 1892 l
Water Capacity - 567 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 440hp, 480hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 26 knots max, 16 cruise, 8 economic
Hull Type - semi displacement
Construction - Hand laid molded fiberglass with solid keel, and chines

May 23, 2012

Improve-it = Fiart 33 Seawalker

Fiart clients ask, and the South Italian boat builder responds.  This is in synthesis how the press release for the new central hard top option on the 33 Seawalker was introduced on the official Fiart web site.  The 33 Seawalker introduced in the 2011 fall has a size which puts in the tax free small dimension Italian legislation. But the Seawalker is a twin engine diesel or petrol gas, and has also an interior which sleeps four in a two-plus-two cabin arrangement.  In this we see Fiart follow other Italian builders in the hybrid cross over center console sport cruiser which seems to have a growing interest in Italy and Southern Europe especially in the thirty to forty feet size.

May 22, 2012

New Model: Hinckley T48 Talaria FB

Hinckley released the other version of the T48 Talaria FB for flybridge just a short time after the hard top Motor Yacht first launched of this completely new very much expected model.  This new FB version builds on all identical features of the hard top Motor Yacht, with the added bonus of a second helm and an outdoor relaxing area on the flybridge.  The fly is reached with a staircase from the aft deck to starboard side, and features an L-shaped settee resting on the left, and a two seat helm station opposite.  Inside same features as the MY version are to be found on the T48 Talaria FB with a two cabins layout plus galley located below decks, and a lounging saloon on the main deck divided from the aft cockpit by the open or closed patio door. Power is from twin Cummins 715hp which give a max speed of 33 knots, and 26 knots cruise.  This being 2 knots less to the T48 Motor Yacht hard top version.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.6 m (51,6ft)
Waterline 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 - 33 knots max, 26 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,

May 21, 2012

Project: C.Boat 18.70 mtr One

C.Boat is a Sicily island located Italian builder on the outskirts of the city Palermo, which started its venture a few years go with a concept mixing Italian flare, semi displacement hull shapes, and a steel construction.  The initial venture of C.Boat was so far above the 24 meters plus Super Yacht size, but now the builder presents an entry level project of just above eighteen meters in length, seventeen in waterline, six in beam dimensions called One.  Again the design as all the range is by architect Mortola and the new small One C.Boat will keep similar characteristics for a Mediterranean yacht of its larger sister with a stylish very elegant line complementing the customisable interior.  The standard plan of the 18.70 meter One is for a three double cabins layout, though fair to say customization is not an option, but part of the process when a new C.Boat is in build. 

May 20, 2012

Web: Toy Marine New Web Site

Toy Marine which comes from the North West part of Italy presents its World wide web virtual showroom.  Toy was founded in 2002 by Alessandro Novella and Aldo Tomasina, to create a line of traditional looking cruisers and yachts based on the down East lobster boat design.  Ten years later to its founding Toy features a line of six models all designed by Nauta, from the best seller 36 model, to the 110.   Three of the current Toy models are still in project stages, the 13mt Tender, 51 Fly, and upcoming 110 flagship.  Toy new website is available in Italian and English language; and takes you around with the following buttons; Company, Toy 36, Toy Tender, Toy 51 Toy 51 Fly, Toy 68, Toy 110, Toy News, and Contacts Us.  Toy also features a facebook page with a direct link from the web site.

May 19, 2012

New Model: Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht

Sunseeker definitely shows a lot of innovation pursuit in this new model which was officially presented at the start year January held London boat show.  To sum it up shorty the 28 Metre Yacht by Sunseeker makes most other modern looking yachts look old.  This new pocket sized super Sunseeker yacht is innovative in many areas, you can start by the use of Kevlar materials for the upper structure, the loads of glassed window surfaces in all areas, the settee and sun bed filled fore deck area, and active fin stabilizers for stability at anchor or slow displacement speeds.  Inside Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht again show pursuit of innovation with a layout which has separate entrances for the forward located VIP suite and owners stateroom which are in the forward part of the lower accommodation deck, to the central midships two other guest cabins. Spaces abound in this new Sunseeker which makes them seem also larger thanks to the huge large windows everywhere which makes for all areas being all natural light filled.  Power is from twin MTU 1950hp which will give a 29 knots max.  But other smaller engine options are available, although Sunseeker does not say what they are.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.15 m (92.1ft)
Beam - 6.50 m
Draft - 2.13 m with props
Displacement - 76100 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 4 crew berths in cabins
Engines - 2 x  MTU 12v2000 1950hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 29 knots max, 23 knots cruise
Range - 400 nautical miles at cruise
Construction - hand laid fiberglass with vinilester resin skin, and powder pound mat. Balsa cored hull topsides, and foam cored deck  
Certification - CE

May 18, 2012

Project: Tarquin Trader 585 Sunliner

Showed in conjunction with the 48 Signature the Tarquin Trader 585 Sunliner will be the bridge which fills a gap in the current range of this builder. The initial renderings show the 585 Sunliner as traditional to the DNA of this British company, that is as an aft cabin motor yacht, with a very big boat feel to it.  This is further shown in the huge flybridge, very wide and safe side decks, and the tender stowage up top.  Live aboard features are standard in nearly all Trader models, so you definitely will have the same in the 585 Sunliner, which will be fourth in size model behind the 75, 70 Motoryacht, and 64 of the same range.  So far Trader has not shown any interior plans, and not even mentioned engine power.  But do accept a semi displacement hull as in nearly all Tarquin Trader models, minus the recently introduced 38 Sprint.

May 17, 2012

New Model: Steeler NG50

In recent years Dutch builders of medium sized craft have been getting high global interest. Steeler is one of these builder who in recent months has launched two new models the NG43 and 50.  After showing the medium sized new 43 a few weeks ago, now is turn of the large and current Steeler flagship NG50.  As all Steeler, and as the name says it all the NG50 is a steel constructed conservative looking sport yacht, which never looks out of fashion.  So far Steeler have delivered two NG50 with hull two being an eye catching bronze color and more modern minimal finish inside, featuring oak and Wenge against the maple woods of hull one.  Interior standard plan of the NG50 is standard with a three cabins layout, with owners room to fore, two double cabins to midships, and a saloon and galley in between.  Engine have also been different in both models; with hull one having a single 264hp Yanmar more an inland waterways package, and number two twin Steyr 280hp.        
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.4 m (50,5ft)
Hull Length - 14.99 m
Beam - 4.70 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 21000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 1 x Yanmar 264hp, 2 x 280hp Steyt Daimler
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 13 knots cruise
Construction - steel

May 16, 2012

Project: Mustang 43

Part of Maritimo since 2010, Mustang continues to upgrade its range and presents its third model in project design which will sit nicely between the 32 and 50 models.  The new Mustang 43 follows the concept of its larger and smaller sisters, of a hard top sport cruiser, with a very family feeling to the exterior looks.  Accommodation wise the Mustang 43 will surprise for its spacious aft deck, and a patio door divided main saloon.  Below will be two cabins having an owners room to fore, and options for the full beam guest cabin to be with relaxing sofa, or two extra bunk berths sleeping a total of six persons.  Power will be twin Volvo 330hp with stern drive propulsion.  The Mustang 43 will be marketed as Maritimo 43 Sport Yacht in the US market.

May 15, 2012

New Model: Jet Tern Selene 42 Eurodeck

Capitalizing on the same deep displacement hull as the standard 42, Selene in hull number 33 showed the new EuroDeck configuration.  The Selene 42 Eurodeck offers significantly more living space and fuel capacity than its popular sister ship, here having an increase of just a bit less to 20%. The 42 Eurodeck is also different inside with its layout having a more European flavoured staterooms forward layout, plus an increases in the size of the salon by nearly one-third. That is excluding that this has also a connection feeling with the aft deck when patio door is open. Along with more room in the salon, the 42 Eurodeck advances in cockpit and storage compartments.  Power is from a single Cummins 230hp which with the seaworthy displacement hull, and solid heavy construction giving eighteen tons plus of weight gives a cruise of about 9 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.7 m (44.9ft)
Hull Length - 12.59 m
Waterline Length - 11.94 m 
Beam - 4.42 m
Draft - 1.42 m
Displacement - 18597 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2271 l
Water Capacity - 681 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths 
Engine - 1 x Cummins QSB5.9 230hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 11 knots max, 9 knots cruise
Construction - hand laid fiberglass construction with single skin bottom, Divinycell core used above waterline, Bi-axis uni-direction stitched roving mat

May 14, 2012

Project: Azimut 55 S

A new Azimut project is always big news for the yachting community, mostly because of the advances this Italian builder brings to the design of the genre in general.  This Azimut 55 S project has been always an awaited project from my side may be since 2006, mostly because of the gap I always felt there was between the 43 and 62 of the sport series range from the known Italian yachting brand.  With the 55 S Azimut present a totally new innovative project.  What is a surprise here is that Azimut sort of returns to pod drives with this new project.  After the still in production 2005 presented 43 S, and loads of testing, research and design with the 50 and 55 flybridge models, and 62 S it was always felt that Azimut sort of distanced itself from pod drives, as none of these actually made it officially in the market.  Fast forward to now and the 55 S will be powered by triple Volvo 435hp, and IPS pods which will give a top speed of 35 knots.  On the design fronts the Azimut 55 S also breaks some molds from its predecessors we here see a near to axe bow which is in fact a more vertical steep but it gives that impression, and a forward looking settee on the fore deck, which apart traditional Gozzo, or explorer cruisers makes it the smaller yacht size to offer this.  Inside Azimut 55 S will offer the usual modern spaces coming from the Italian brand with a full beam owners stateroom, no bunk guest cabin, and queen sized berth VIP to fore.  Interesting is also the spaces offered on the main deck with a sofa which will be over seven meters in length.  Construction wise Azimut says a lot of innovation goes in to the 55 S structure, a bow reinforced with stainless steel, carbon components in all reinforcement areas plus a superstructure fully sandwiched in this material,  and crystal inserted windows which apart from being a design stance are also part of the structural integrity.  Construction of hull one is well underway, but official presentation for the new 55 S is expected in the fall of this year, think Cannes 2012.     

May 12, 2012

Improve-it = Overmarine Mangusta 165

Overmarine Group launched in the last days of March hull number seven of the Mangusta165.  The launch event took place at the Overmarine Dock in Viareggio in a private way and was hosted by the owner and his friends, and the management and the people that accurately worked at building up this this latest 165.  Mangusta 165 is the fastest super sport yacht in the world and considering these numbers it is a real success for the Overmarine Group.  Mangusta 165 number seven is to be delivered to its owner and she will cruise in the Mediterranean sea coming Summer and will be moved in the Caribbean in the fall of the year.  The yachts name is still confidential and has so far not been disclosed. The exteriors follow the specific requests of the Owner but it is in the inside that he freed his creativity with the co-operation of Overmarine’s Design Team of experts starting from the layout with four cabins: one full beam Master stateroom, two guests and a spacious VIP. The rest is then dedicated to full relax and enjoyment from the main deck, to the cockpit, main salon with relax and dining areas, the lower deck together with the cabins, a relax room and a gym. Mangusta 165 features also sports flying bridge where a second helm station, plus a dining and sunbed areas found their home.  Stunning are the outdoor spaces both dedicated to relax and fun, equipped with water toys

May 11, 2012

New Model: Kardis 50 Akuma

Italian builders Kardis have recently launched their new Rib Yacht 50 Akuma.  Design of the new Kardis flagship comes from Andrea Cardinetti and his team of Molina and Cavagna. The design team presents the 50 Akuma with sleek looks, and aerodynamic lines emphasized in the aggressiveness of its deck shapes, which are followed by aesthetics of design and the functionality of the inflatable structure. As any rib more so in one of over fifteen meters 50 Akuma’s deck is conceived to host guests in large numbers and is certified for fourteen persons. The ample aft sun pad features a central walkway path to the cockpit. Here space is well arranged with two generous L-shaped sofas and tables, while a central console, complete with economical pilot and copilot seats, is adequately protected behind a curved windscreen.  To the forward part of the deck is a generous living space defined by fiberglass bulwarks on both sides to protect tubes internally. Interiors live up to expectations: the design concept is aligned to a philosophy of luxury and exclusiveness and an open plan feel adding feeling, thanks to the absence of partitions, except for private facilities and shower.  Owners can also choose between two layouts, with a two cabin plan sleeping five, or an additional galley down layout sleeping four.  Power comes from twin 750hp Yanmar engines and Jolly surface drives which push the Kardis 50 Akuma at a max of 44 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.78 m (51.7ft)
Beam - 4.60 m
Displacement - 12,800 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1080 l
Water Capacity - 350 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths, 3 + 2 berths 
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x Yanmar TD 530hp, 6SY 750hp
Propulsion - Jolly Surface Drives
Speed - 44 knots max
Project - Andrea Cardinetti, A. Molina and A Cavagna.
Construction - Infusion construction with Neopentilic Gel Coat and Isoftalic resins. Rubber tubes in Pennel and Flipo 1620 DTX fabric, having 66 mm diameter, fender fabric on sides.
Certification - CE B

May 10, 2012

Project: Austin Parker 36

As it always happens legal aspects can make a builder to present new products which where not in the immediate planning, and this is the case with the Austin Parker 36, which is made to suit small ship dimension and the currently enforced new tax laws for boats over ten meters.  Designed as all the range by Fulvio De Simino the Austin Parker 36 continues this Italian builder looks of down East lobster cruiser with a modern influence going into its exterior department.  Accommodation wise the new entry level Austin Parker 36 offers a very spacious aft deck with three dinettes, and an interior with a Vee shaped berth, L-shaped sofa, galley and separate shower head.  Power comes from Volvo twin 260hp with IPS pods, again a novelty for Austin Parker who in its other models has always stayed with the tradition of line shafts.  Estimated performance is 34 knots max, and a 30 cruise.

May 9, 2012

New Model: Formula 350 FX6

Formula continues its presentation of the FX range, which is a more up market dressed other model from this renowned US performance boat builder.  The 350 FX6 in fact is a sleeker more aggressive looking Sun Sport model of the same digits.  So what you get with the FX series is a nicer paint work able to turn eyes everywhere, and more racing add on features from the throttles to the gauges to keep you on check on the helm.  FX models and the 6 in particular are also presented with the top tier engines from waht the listing of a 350 Sun Sport offers, matching up the aggressive looks.  The 350 FX6 also offers more luxurious inside, with was usually an extra coming standard in the sleeping four, plus galley, and shower head interior.  Power is from twin Mercruiser 430hp with stern drive propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.67 m (35ft)
Beam - 3.28 m
Draft - 0.99 m
Displacement - 6109 kg
Fuel Capacity - 651 l
Water Capacity - 113 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 8.2 Mag High Output ECT 430hp
Propulsion - Bravo Three X DTS stern drive with dual propeller 
Hull Type - deep Vee with 21 degrees dead rise aft
Certification - NMMA

May 8, 2012

Project: Grand Banks 50 Eastbay FB

As with all the Eastbay series from the 46 model upwards, Grand Banks also shows a new FB flybridge version for the upcoming 50.  The 50 Eastbay FB will have a comfortable flybridge, with a stainless steel stairway leading from the aft deck to up top.  The flybridge layout will have a center helm, with a companion seat to starboard, L-shaped settee aft, and a forward looking passenger seat to starboard.   Since our last presentation Grand Banks has also show more choices for inside with a total of ten plans to choose; from two or three cabins, forward or owners midships stateroom, and galley up or down layout.  Pod drives will power the 50 Eastbay FB, coupled to the highly appreciated Hunt hull design.