June 30, 2012

Monthly News - June 2012

- pic of the month- Jarrett Bay at Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

Azimut-Benetti Group New Team in Brazil
The Azimut Benetti Group, an ambassador for Made in Italy throughout the world, after having been present through a licensing agreement for more than twenty years in the Brazilian market and selling more than 500 boats, in 2010 has decided to invest in the creation of a new production site in the State of Santa Catarina: Azimut do Brazil. This wholly owned company formed under local law confirms the strategic importance of this market. As from today, the Azimut do Brazil team is pleased to announce the appointment of Davide Breviglieri as its new Managing Director. He will report directly to Paolo Casani, CEO of the Business Line Yachts division. Davide Breviglieri, 45, has lived in Brazil for twelve years and gained invaluable experience with some of the most important Italian multinational companies, enabling him to mature an in-depth understanding of the workings of the Brazilian market. Davide Breviglieri will work alongside Felipe Berra, whose existing responsibilities as supervisor of industrial operations and the supply chain have been stepped up. The new team is to be completed with the arrival of a new CFO, Henrique Toledo, with fifteen years professional experience in the Finance sector. The new team will be responsible for developing production, expertise and synergy between the Italian and Brazilian companies as well as doubling production each year for the next three years. The team aims to reach an average output of 100 boats a year.

Baglietto and Francesco Paszkowski
Baglietto’s new styling which will be presented at the 2012 Montecarlo Boat Show will develop under the sign of continuity: the designer Francesco Paszkowski has indeed signed an agreement for the design of the interiors and exteriors of Baglietto’s planing and displacement yachts. The agreement envisages a close cooperation between the La Spezia shipyard and the designer, not only for the completion of the 3 crafts that Baglietto has taken over from the previous ownership (a 44m planing yacht, a 46m and a 53m displacement yacht whose exteriors were designed by Mr Paszkowski), but also for the design of three new projects: a line of 58m steel and aluminium vessels, a line of 37m aluminium planing yachts, and one of 46m aluminium planing crafts, whose design style will set the 'family feeling' of Baglietto yachts over the next few years. These three new projects will by no means break with tradition, but will, rather, epitomise its natural evolution. Besides completing currently ongoing projects, we will offer the new Management our twenty-year experience with the shipyard and our firm's innovative approach, so as to define new projects and make sure Baglietto will maintain its key role in the mega-yacht sector.

Bayliner All Aboard Dealer Event

Bayliner's All Aboard Demo Event is back by popular demand this summer! Each participating Bayliner dealer will host an exclusive on-water demo event featuring free test drives of brand-new Bayliners, as well as a full roster of fun activities for the whole family. Trust us, you don't want to miss your local All Aboard shindig: at least three Bayliner models will be in the water, ready to test drive during the event, including the 175 Bowrider, the best-selling recreational boat of the past 10 years. And best of all, attendees who test drive the 175 can enter to win one! A 2012 175 Bowrider with Bayliner's signature Flight Series Package will be given away as part of this year's All Aboard festivities. There'll be no better opportunity this summer to experience for yourself the unique thrills, rewarding moments and family togetherness that the Bayliner lifestyle delivers – right in your own backyard! So get in on the action by signing up to attend the Bayliner All Aboard Demo Event near you.

Bavaria Pre-Owned Boats
Bavaria is proud to present its new online platform Pre-Owned Boats. The website provides a free online, international marketplace for yachts from official Bavaria dealers. Its sophisticated search functions and settings allow interested parties to quickly and efficiently search for the Bavaria yacht of their dreams. The new Bavaria Pre-Owned Boats website features a wide range of attractive offers from across the Bavaria collections. It draws from Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH’s international dealer network and its diverse portfolio of sailing yachts and motor boats. At the launch of the website there were already 50 pre-owned boats for sale. Filters such as category, location and year of manufacture allow users to search exactly for what they are looking for. Each offer contains technical data, price information and dealer contact details.

Bertram Sponsors Bahamas Billfish Championship 2012
Bertram Yacht, an iconic American brand and legendary manufacturer of luxury sport-fishing yachts, was the title sponsors of the fourth leg of the 2012 Bahamas Billfish Championship in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas held from Wednesday, June 6th through Saturday, June 10th. Bertram participated in the competition with a Bertram 63 Tropicat. The adventures of Tropicat's 63 participation in the tournament are shown on Bertram’s Facebook page.

Beneteau Delivers Fleet of Powerboats for 2012 Londin Olympics
Beneteau, official supplier to the London 2012 Olympic Games, handed over a fleet powerboats to LOCOG (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) on Saturday 16 of june in a special inauguration ceremony in Weymouth. The fleet of 23 boats worth € 5.4 million will be used to accommodate referees, journalists, organisers and VIPs including royalty during the Olmpic and Paralympic Games. The yachts supplied to LOCOG include the Antares, Swift Trawlers, Gran Turismo and Barracudas, supplied by Beneteau’s network of dealers in the UK. The London 2012 Olympic Games will be held from 27 July to 12 August 2012, followed by the 2012 Paralympic Games from 29 August to 9 September.

Ferretti Pershing Rendez-Vous in Antibes
Last weekend, the Ferretti Yachts and Pershing, brands of the Ferretti Group, leaders of flybridge and open coupé yachts, respectively, were protagonists at the Ferretti Yachts & Pershing Rendez-Vous, an intensive two day event of sea trials at the yacht marina of Port Vauban in Antibes. In collaboration with the French dealer ABYS Yachting, on June 16th and 17th, some of the tops models of the two brands of the Group were made available to clients and prospects, who had the opportunity to experience their performance and seaworthiness, assisted by the technical and marketing staff present at Cote d’Azur as representatives of the two brands. Among other Ferretti Yachts models there was the Ferretti 620, which strikes the right balance with its “compact” and sportive external profile and the high standard of its internal spaces; Ferretti 570, which distinguishes itself for its innovative layout and strong attention to detail given its contemporary design; Ferretti 530, with its slim and aggressive external profile, combining prestige and quality; and, finally, Ferretti 500, the re-examination of the Ferretti 470, with greater liveability, offering a renewed feeling of contemporary classicism, in line with the entire range. As regards Pershing, participants could experience Pershing 74’ at sea, the latest model of the fleet, featuring a slim and sleek design and innovative aerodynamics, as well as Pershing 64’, theBest Selling Model of the range and a great example of typical Pershing design and technology, and Pershing 50.1, an expression of the Next Generation. The atmosphere of this weekend in Antibes was enhanced with the presence of important partners, among the most exclusive international luxury - Jaguar, Parmigiani and Pommery Champagne – who collaborated with Ferretti Yachts and Pershing to successfully organize the Rendez-Vous. Evidence of a shared universe, where excellence lies in the DNA.

Heesen Awarded at Showboats Design Award
Heesen is thrilled to announce that MY Satori has been honoured with yet another award: the Golden Neptune for Best Interior Design in the Semi-Displacement & Planing Motor Yacht category. Held at the Monaco Opera House on Friday June 22, the ShowBoats Design Awards gathered together the crème de la crème of the yachting industry: superyacht Owners, designers and industry leaders all came to celebrate excellence in yacht design. MY Satori was launched back in Spring 2011 and has already received five prizes: Cannes, September 2011 – World Yacht Trophies: Best Design, and Best Layout and Interior Decoration; Principality of Monaco, September 2011 – Prix du Design; Istanbul, May 2012 – World Superyacht Awards: Best Semi-Displacement Motor Yacht; Hong Kong, May 2012 – Asia Boating Award: Best Semi-Custom.

Heesen Team Synergy Win the Match Race
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 (to stay on top of the season's rankings in that format) and sixth place in fleet racing at the RC44 – Austria Cup, which was held in Gmunden, Lake Traunsee from 30th May to 3rd June. The RC44 Austria Cup is the only leg of this circuit held on a Lake: the high mountains that soar around the racing course create unpredictable wind shifts that make this race extremely challenging and exciting. Team Synergy Heesen hasn't lost a single match race in RC44 for an impressive run of 16 weeks, one of the longest winning streaks in this class’ history. Unfortunately, because of bad weather conditions, only eight races out of twelve could be run. Team Synergy/Heesen led by tactician Ed Baird, with Valentin Zavadnikov and Leonid Lebedev at the helm, chose conservative tactics in the fleet race and achieved sixth position overall. The next legs, which will complete this year’s RC44 circuit are: 18th - 22nd July Marstrand Sweden, 3rd -7th October World Championship Rovinj Croatia.

ISA Yachts New Dealer
International Shipyards of Ancona – ISA, is proud to announce the appointment of Excell Marine as its new sales representative for products in Italy. Excell Marine is a company based in Monte Carlo with a network of company owned offices & dealer showrooms in the Italian territory and a network of qualified brokers and, last but not least, a comprehensive network of Yacht Service Centre to meet customer demands on time. Excell Marine is definitely a premium channel to represent ISA’s Italian quality. The agreement with Excell Marine represents a sales strengthening for ISA in Italy. With a highly skilled professional team, Excell Marine is able to offer high quality service to the most demanding owners.

Jarrett Bay at Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
With challenging wind & sea conditions for much of the 2012 Big Rock tournament, several Jarrett Bay-built boats scratched and clawed their way to the forefront. The Flybuoy’s winning 499 lb. fish was caught on the first day of the tournament, and with building seas throughout the rest of the week, the 120 boat fleet largely struggled to outdo them. On Day 2 however, Jarrett Bay hull 22, Inspiration, captained and owned by Big Rock director Casey Wagner, boated a 437 lb blue which turned out good for 2nd place and more than 212,000 dollars. The Inspiration also released an additional blue marlin, 1 sail and 1 white marlin during the first 3 days of fishing. The 64′ Bench Mark, JB hull 55, started the week with an extremely hot hand. On Saturday’s Keli Wagner Lady Angler’s Tournament, the crew released two blue marlin for third place in this one day event. The ladies on hull 21, Chainlink outdid the Bench Mark for second place in the KWLA by releasing two blue marlin and 1 white. Islander took first with four releases. Jarrett Bay hull 11, Bill Collector also released two billfish. Bench Mark built on their strong showing at the KWLA by scoring a billfish grand slam on Day 1 of the Big Rock – releasing a white marlin, blue marlin and then a sailfish over the course of about 4 hours on Monday. On the final day of Big Rock fishing, hull 8, Fishing Partner was one of two boats to deck a blue marlin early in the morning. Captain Daryl Brower and team continued fishing and released 2 white marlin before heading to the scales. Both blues brought to the scales on Saturday however were under the tournament minimum. Also on the final day of fishing, Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales’ salesman Peter Dubose captained the Accordingly III to the top of the gamefish “Winner Take All” category, with a 32 lb dolphin which earned them over $77,000!

Jet Tern Selene European Dealer Network
JetTern Marine, the famous builder of the Selene Trawlers and Yachts, has improved the European dealer network. There was a demand for a more expanded, professional and stronger dealer body in Europe in place before the new range Explorer Yachts, such as the Selene 78 and 92, begin arriving on the market. Most of this expansion has already happened and Selene Yachts Europe is now preparing a new marketing campaign focused on the European market. Important for full customer satisfaction is after sales, which plays a major and important role in the Selene Yachts organization. Because maintaining customer satisfaction and loyalty is a target of Selene Yachts, the organization has a dedicated European collaboration where it comes to servicing your yacht. The dealers of Selene Yachts provide you with the best possible assistance, wherever you are in Europe. At this moment Selene Yachts Europe has operative four offices all over Europe and new service point are being appointed in special territories. An overview of these offices can be found on our website Selene Yachts Europe.

Jet Tern Selene on Social Media
Now you can also find Selene Yachts on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. These types of social media provide an excellent way of staying up-to-date with our latest activities. We post news items on a weekly basis and tweet interesting facts about the latest developments within Selene Yachts. We will also upload videos to YouTube on a regular basis and we will provide information about the several yachts under construction. Click on the logos for our corporate pages.

Moonen Welcomes World Press
The annual Yacht Valley Press Tour sees the leading boating magazines dispatch their top journalists to Holland. They choose which yards to visit and we were delighted to welcome so many of them to Moonen for a special press day. This was a very successful event that included a cruise onboard the brand-new Moonen 82 Alu Fast Displacement. Fast Displacement was also our theme for the press day fleet.

Overmarine Group Extends its Team
Overmarine Group continues its growth and is successfully on truck with its expansion strategy. The Group is still proceeding its investments in the American market through the enhancement of its team of managers and has appointed Stefano Arlunno as the new Area Manager for the Americas. Stefano Arlunno was born and brought up inTurin, Italy, where he graduated as an Engineer at the Turin Polytechnic in2004. He has been working in the yacht business for 12 years, operating for the most famous shipyards in Italy, United Arab Emirates and United States as supervisor, responsible for after sales, customer care and dealer network development, especially in the American market. Mr Arlunno brings a vast amount of experience and local knowledge to the position, and he will contribute to the development of a stronger Mangusta Brand Awareness. His main activities will be to support and collaborate with Overmarine’s exclusive Dealer for the US and the Canadian markets, Marine Max, and to develop the sales network and the Overmarine Group & Mangusta brand awareness in Latin America. Moreover he will find adequate dealers in new markets and support Francesco Frediani, Commercial Director of Overmarine Group, in developing and maintaining the worldwide strategic distribution and promotion network. Stefano Arlunno will be based in the Overmarine offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Overmarine New Chief Communication Officer
Maurizio Balducci, Overmarine Group’sCEO, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Isabella Picco as ChiefCommunication Officer of Overmarine Group Mangusta. Isabella has a vast experience in the yachtbusiness, where she has been successfully operating for several years. We are confident that her contribution willgive additional value to the strategicupgrade of Overmarine Group & Mangusta Brand Awarness in both traditional markets and emerging marketsof the Far East and Latin America. Mrs Isabella Picco will be replacing MrsPatrizia Rovaris who successfully launched this task and to whom OvermarineGroup wishes the best for the continuation of her brilliant career.

Princess Yachts Join Queens Birthday and Jubilee in Beirut
Chehab Marine, distributor of Princess yachts in the Lebanon and Middle East, joined the British Embassy in Beirut to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday and Diamond Jubilee celebrations. In honour of the occasion the British Ambassador to Lebanon, Tom Fletcher, hosted a glamorous reception at Zaitunay Bay, Beirut. The celebrations were part of the embassy’s GREAT British Week in Beirut, a showcase of Great British craftsmanship, and a display of five Princess yachts lined the red carpet creating a fitting centrepiece to the event where Ambassador Fletcher greeted VIP guests. The flybridge of an 85ft Princess was then transformed into an impromptu stage where Classical singer Tania Kassis performed the Lebanese and British national anthems and Vice Prime Minister Samir Mokbel, Minister of Tourism Fadi Abboud and MP Yassine Jaber joined Ambassador Fletcher in a toast to Her Majesty the Queen. An orchestra provided entertainment throughout evening while VIP guests, including current and former ministers, foreign ambassadors, businessmen and members of the British community, enjoyed cocktails and canapés on what was a truly special occasion.

Riviera Festival Brings High Spirits
Thousands of Riviera owners and enthusiasts soaked up the vibrant atmosphere at the inaugural Riviera Festival and Boat Show held May 24 to 27. The four day event hosted by Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder also featured the world release of Riviera’s new flagship model, the 75 Enclosed Flybridge, and the world boat show debut of the new Belize 52 Motoryacht and the announcement of the new Riviera 49 Enclosed Flybridge due for release in mid-2013. More than 80 individual educational and social events exclusively for Riviera owners, proved extremely popular with owners such as Alastair Duffield from the Gold Coast, Alan Edwards from Sydney, and Julio Diaz from Puerto Rico and Kim Labuschagne from South Africa who have all said it was a great four days of learning and fun. There was plenty to see and do over the four day event with Riviera’s $20 million new boat display showcasing the latest new models from Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder. The educational sessions taught Riviera owners valuable lessons on how to drive their boats, how to maintain their boats, navigation and electronics through to selecting a soft furnishing palette and understanding the process of desalination. The factory tours gave many owners a first-hand experience on the boat building process and revealing the true integrity of their boats and a premium brokerage display. The official Riviera Festival partners for 2012 were Aqualuma, Raymarine, CAT Marine Power, Cummins, Furuno, Simrad, NAVnet, Volvo Penta, Aurora Yacht Logistics, R Electronics, Dockwise Yacht Transport, Nuplex Composites, Peters & May, Seakeeper, Cummins Onan Marine Generators, Horizon Reverse Osmosis, Man, and Twin Disc. They each had interactive displays at the Technology Showcase on the waterfront, which also attracted a lot of interest. The Riviera Fesitval boasted free entry, free parking and easy access with many owners choosing to arrive by boat including Darren and Nicole Freeman with their two children Jack, 14, and Ally, 12. Mrs Freeman said the Festival was ‘excellent’. Riviera’s director of brand and communication Stephen Milne said it was pleasing to see more than 600 people attend the cocktail party and Gala dinner held on Friday and Saturday evenings respectively. The 2013 Riviera Festival will be held at Riviera’s Coomera facility from May 23 to 26.

Riviera Sees Strong Sales
The latest models from Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder has attracted strong international interest with 50 per cent of retail sales confirmed over the four days of the Riviera Festival and Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show coming from overseas customers. Riviera achieved more than AUD$10 million in retail sales as a direct result of the Festival and Sanctuary Cove boat shows including a new 63 Enclosed Flybridge bound for Puerto Rico, a 45 Enclosed Flybridge bound for Phuket in Thailand, a 5000 Sport Yacht to Florida, a 4400 Sport Yacht to Sydney and several ‘off the plan’ orders for the new 49 Enclosed Flybridge, which was announced at the opening of the shows and is due for release mid-2013. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said the results from the Riviera Festival and Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show was extremely pleasing. Riviera Syndication also achieved strong sales at this year’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Managing Director John Russell said they had sold three shares in the 5800 Sport Yacht located in Sydney and two shares in the 5800 Sport Yacht based at Sanctuary Cove. Overall, Riviera’s international sales success is a positive sign that the global boating market is on the rise and the company looks forward to future success at next year’s shows. The 2013 Riviera Festival will be held at Riviera’s Coomera facility from May 23 to 26. For more information or priority registrations contact your dealer.

Sealine Wins Second Rosba Gold for Safety
Following on from their success in 2011 Sealine have been awarded their second Gold Award for Safety from RoSPA - the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. The prestigious award is part of the Occupational Health and Safety Awards for 2012 and is in recognition of the work Sealine have undertaken during the year and their continuing commitment to accident ill health and prevention. The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards scheme is the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK. The scheme does not just look at accident records, it also evaluates entrants’ overarching health & safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement. The Gold Award compliments Sealine’s accreditations to BS OHSAS 18001 Safety Management System and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, both of which showcase the company’s modern approach to managing risk and environmental sustainability.

Sealine Opens Office in Fort Lauderdale
Leading luxury British boat builder, Sealine International, have opened a new sales office in the USA. Located in Fort Lauderdale the office is the headquarters for Sealine Yachts America, LLC. Sealine is returning to the US with an exciting line of up of new models which have been tailored for the American market. The models which include new SC42i Sports Cruiser and C48 Coupe, together with the T50 Flybridge Motor Yacht will be available for customers and dealers to view from the end of this month. The very latest model from the Sealine stable, the F48 Flybridge Motor Yacht, will be launched in the Autumn in time for the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Sealine will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Michigan Bay Harbour In-Water Boat Show from 15th to 17th June at Bay Harbour Lake Marina. Jason Hudson, Director of New Business Development, will be attending the show with Sealine’s new SC42i Sports Coupe with IPS pod drives. A bold and innovative new design, offering more social space than on any other cruiser of this size, the SC42 is perfect for outdoor living and can be transformed from wind in the hair boating to full protection in a matter of seconds

Sea Ray Announces New Jet Boat Intiative
Sea Ray announced today that it will launch a new sport boat series featuring the very latest in jet propulsion technology. Sea Ray is slated to launch a 21-foot sport boat in fall 2012, followed shortly by a 24-foot model. Weber Motor, an award-winning, independent company based in Markdorf, Germany, has earned accolades for its marine, off-road and on-road engines. With these advances in propulsion, Sea Ray continues to deliver its unique brand promise.

Sunreef Invited as Speaker in Polish Chinese Trade Forum
On30-31 May 2012, Sunreef Yachts’ President, FrancisLapp, and Senior Sales Executive, Rafal Lenartowski, tookpart in the Polish-Chinese Trade Forum in Beijing organizedjointly by the Polish Ministry of Economy and the ChinaCouncil for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT),with the All China Federation of Industry and Commerce(ACFIC). The conference was led by Deputy Prime Minister ofPoland, Waldemar Pawlak. Sunreef Yachts, one ofPoland’s best known brands in the luxury sector, was aspeaker during the prestigious conference that featuredpresentations and case studies from some of the mostsuccessful companies from both countries. It is the secondtime that Sunreef Yachts has accompanied the PolishGovernment’s business missions abroad, with the firstdelegation held in the UAE and Saudi Arabia in late April2012.

Sunseeker Helps Launch New Marine Center
Sunseeker International has selected 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 this year. There will be upwards of 70 places available 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. Alex Bowman, Sunseeker Training Manager, explained the philosophy behind the partnership. 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. 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. 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.

Wider Winner of Robb's Report Best of Best
Wider 42’ has been named the winner of the Robb Report’s Best of the Best 2012 prestigious award. Every year Robb Report magazine, the American publication which represents an authority in luxury lifestyle, conducts a series of tests across categories to find the best of luxury, including cars, yachts, watches, resorts and wines. The winners list is presented in the just-released June issue. Wider 42’ was in short list for the “Best Production Boat” prize together with Frauscher 1017 Gt, Azimut 45, Riva Iseo and Wally One, and she has been chosen “for having successfully redefined the weekend-cruiser category”. Wider 42’, a project developed in 2010 by Tilli Antonelli and designed by Fulvio De Simoni, is an open yacht unique in her design offering an automatic patented system which makes it possible to double the cockpit surface and reach an extraordinary stability in just 12 seconds. A day cruiser ready to satisfy a wide range of demands, throughout a variety of solutions unthinkable until now for boats this size. The latest version of this boat is the Wider 42’ Cote D’Azur Edition which is characterized by a new layout of the cockpit.

Projects: Moonen 24 metres Nick Mezas Design, Moonen 100 RPH

Moonen has released details of two new designs created for owners looking for a contemporary approach within the template of this Dutch builder. Rene van der Velden has drawn the modern lines of the 100 RPH, while Nick Mezas is responsible for a new fast displacement concept that is being offered in three lengths between 18 and 24 metres, so far shown in only in the larger size version. The 24 metres Nick Mezas Design above sees Moonen looking at smaller dimensions, and also sporting a more modern new generation trendy look outside.  The boats will also feature important differences even in the larger 24 metres model of this line of having only one anchor, to be built to CE regulation instead of class rules, and for being propelled with IPS pod drives.  Moonen does not give much details on this very interesting 24 meters Nick Mezas, but other important news are a round bilged hulls and 22 knots max which marks them in the fast displacement line from this builder.
The Moonen 100 RPH is designed by Rene van der Velden who presented modern lines with an owners stateroom on the main deck which features extra space in the beam thanks to the narrow walkways forward. These walkaways are intended for use by crew members only. Elsewhere the yacht has the most economic layout possible for a boat of the size. Moonen and architect der Velden have placed great emphasis in giving max space to the flybridge and to do this they have allowed for tenders placed in a garage located to aft.

June 29, 2012

New Model: Prestige 60 S

Based very much on the standard Prestige 60 which inaugurated the Yacht Line for the french builder is the S version.  Still a flybridge motor yacht in all regard minus the fact that the top deck looses half its size, with the rest dedicated for an opening sunroof serving the main saloon and lower helm.  The flybridge is also a more sports layout having three central helm and co-pilot seats, with an aft sunbed, which features a small mid table.  Inside the 60 S keeps the clever layout of its fore bearer with much attention being made in the aft deck to the astern galley which creates a bridge of entertainment for the chef and guests in the cockpit.  Below is the clever layout which sleeps six guests in three spacious cabins all served by a personal head.  Obviously the impressive feature is the full beam owners stateroom with the queen sized bed looking to aft.  Crew cabin or fourth guest cabin with en-suite shower head, and two in line berths is located to aft.  Power is twin Volvo 700hp with IPS pods which give a top speed of 30 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.5 m (63.9ft)
Hull Length - 17.3 m
Beam - 5.12 m
Draft - 1.32 m
Displacement - 22500kg
Fuel Capacity - 2800 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew in 1 cabin
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 700hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS900 pods
Speed - 30 knots max, 25 cruise
Range - 325 nm at cruise
Construction - infused polyester resin hull, with balsa sandwich
Project - Garroni exterior, Peters hull shape, JP Concepts Engineering
Certification - CE B-14, C-18

June 28, 2012

Project: Grandezza 33 OC

Grandezza is a very interesting young brand from Finland with its parent company Finn Marin founded in 1990, and here it shows a new 33 OC project set to launch in mid this Summer.  Grandezza has also recently launched some new boats of which is also its new flagship which will show you here in a later stage.  Designed by Idis design from Finland the 33 OC will be a hard top sport cruiser of modern looks, which can give a challenge to similar boats basing it on looks alone.  Accommodation wise the Grandezza 33 OC seems to bring some new light with a two separate cabins lower deck, a separate shower head, and galley in between.  That means no saloon in between the cabins, leaving dining to be done on the main deck.  The 33 OC will feature a deep Vee hull shape with a 21 degrees dead rise, and engine choices from Volvo; single 330 or 370hp or twin 200 and 220hp all in stern drive propulsion.  Max speed is 35 knots with a cruise of 22 and 28 knots depending on engine chosen.    

June 27, 2012

New Model: Vivante 55 Hard Top

While Dutch have for a couple of decades been known for their super yacht building capabilities, recently there seems to be a  new Spring to what concerns smaller builds under eighty feet but even less to fifty.  If one wants a steel yacht in more normal pocket dimensions, Vivante is one offering an interesting line from 42 to 55 feet, with a 65 currently in project stages.  The Vivante 55 Hard Top Cruiser offers what recently is coming from the Dutch, a modern superstructure matched with exquisite lines which call tradition.  The Vivante 55 Hard Top is remarkable for its sloop stern, its close or fully open main deck, and the large view windows serving the midships cabin.  Inside the 55 is also offered in two versions, two cabins with a large owners room to midships, or three cabins moving the master stateroom to fore.  Some Dutch counterparts are to offer a big engined version but so far the Vivante 55 Hard Top is offered with 170hp Vetus.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.0 m (55.7ft)
Beam - 4.9 m
Draft - 1.4 m
Displacement - 35 t
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Vetus DT66 170hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Hull Type - round bilge with flared bow
Construction - steel material all around with 5 mm thick hull, 4 mm superstructure, and 8 mm frames
Certification - CE A

June 26, 2012

Project: Aquador 35 Cabin

Aquador pursues its feat of expanding its line in size with the project for an upcoming 35 Cabin model.  The 35 Cabin expands the Brunswick owned Aquador by two feet.  In its 35 feet the Aquador packs a many big boat features from the fully enclosed main deck, and full walk around side deck. Lower deck accommodation will be an open plan layout sleeping four, with a separate shower head to starboard side.  The galley is conveniently located on the main deck, having in front of it the helm, and to opposite a C-shaped dinette.  Power choices are a single Volvo 400hp or twin 220 diesel engines with stern drive propulsion. 

June 25, 2012

New Model: Bayliss 73 B14

A current flagship from Bayliss, this is B14 launched in 2011 at 73 feet.  But not for long as the custom sportfish builder from the Carolina has currently in construction an 80 nearly completed, and 84 feet.  B14 showcases Bayliss woodworking skill, and its modern sleek sportfish lines again designed by John Ullberg.  Teak toe rail, cover boards, and aft bulkhead are for all to see, while inside continues the epitome of luxury touch with all trims curved from single boards and no vertical cuts being made.  The interior layout is a four cabins with an owners full beam suite to fore, VIP to port with an additional Pullman berth, guest third cabin to starboard with two bunk berths, and a crew twin with Pullman.  Bayliss are build in cold molded wood and fiberglass, following the jig method which makes for a light, strong, and custom build.  Bayliss 73 B14 is powered by twin 2600hp which gave her a top speed of 45 knots in light displacement mode. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.25 m (73ft)
Beam - 6.09 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 45359 kg
Fuel Capacity - 10409 l
Water Capacity - 1703 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin sleeping 2
Engines - 2 x MTU M94 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 45 knots mas
Project - Robert Ullberg

June 24, 2012

Project: Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse

Hatteras updates the project for its new flagship now becoming the 100 Raised Pilothouse from 95.  Designed by Italian Angelo Gobbi and his T4 Design team, this extension came after the first full scale mock up was made of the 95, and with the input coming from the Hatteras dealers and selected clients a five foot extension at stern now giving a larger aft deck, and more spacious crew quarters was made.  As was the case for 95, the 100 keeps its strong points from a choice of owners room on the main or lower deck to midships, this giving five or four double guest cabins layouts.  The 100 Raised Pilothouse is also offered in three different flybridge choices; with one of the options offering a tender stowage up top, with the other being fully dedicated to entertainment areas.  Engine choices are unchanged for the new Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse flagship with standard twin 1900hp Cats giving 25 knots, and optional 2600hp MTU adding four digits to wide open throttle speeds.

June 22, 2012

New Model: Princess V57

A further evolution to the V53 later becoming the V56, now only remaining in the hull lines and Princess's new V57 is totally a novelty above the waterline.  Patio door main deck, full beam owners cabin, and a larger tender garage are the main novelty features, always in demand in small sizes, but also necessitate by the V52 introduced in 2010. Interesting is the lower accommodation deck layout which apart the much wanted full beam owners stateroom with large view windows to midships, is that the standard layout offers three en suite heads, with the choice of replacing the third head with an L-shaped dinette. A well sized L-shaped galley is also located below decks in the middle of the cabin area.  A single berth crew cabin is located to aft.  The main deck offers a sun pad to aft of which underneath it is a 3.20 meters tender garage, and a C-shaped settee outside. Going inside another C-shaped dinette serves guests, to starboard is a unit behind the two seat helm station.  Extra tender space is also to be found on the up and down bathing platform.  Power is from twin Volvo 800 or optional 900hp with line shafts which give max speeds up to 36 knots.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.88 m (58.8ft)
Beam - 4.65 m
Draft - 1.27 m
Displacement - 22,900 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 482 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 4 cabins, 1 crew berth cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp, D13 900hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 36 knots max with with Volvo 900hp
Certification - CE  

June 21, 2012

Project: Galeon 430 Skydeck

Galeon show another project involving the 420, 430 series this time with the Skydeck version.  A flybridge motor cruiser in all senses, accept for the fact that its aft deck and flybridge of the new 430 Skydeck all have a young generation call to them.  First of all the aft deck features the modular modifiable layout as the 430 HTC, while the flybridge will feature three forward facing seats one central for the helm, and two sun pads.  Inside the layout of the 430 Skydeck features the clever three cabins  two heads lower deck, and a living main with a galley to port side opposite the helm.  Interesting and also very clever how Galeon and designer Tony Castro made all the three models; 420 Fly, 430 HTC, and this latest 430 Slydeck with distinctive window patterns, that is all being different. 

June 20, 2012

New Model: Riva 63 Virtus

Riva celebrates its 170th birthday with the launch of its largest fully open model to date, the 63 Virtus.  Based on the lines of the Vertigo, and following the concept of the smaller 52 Rivale, Riva and Officina Italiana design push further the open concept, which is represented in its history annals with unique models from the open wooden Aquarama's, and others less known respected legends as the 60 Black Corsair.  The fully open 63 Virtus will feature a comfortable main deck with a central located sunpad which underneath is a tender garage, three settees facing each other with the largest being the L-shaped to port side, and a central helm with a wet bar to starboard. Interior accommodation offers three cabins, with the owners full beam midships located stateroom and VIP room both en-suite served, and extra day head serving the third cabin.  Between the cabins is a saloon and galley.  For its racy lines the Riva 63 features impressive accommodation. Power is from twin MAN 1360hp engines which give a 40 knots max speed, and 35 cruise.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.57 m (64.2ft)
Hull Length - 19.03 m
Waterline Length - 15.62 m
Beam - 4.80 m
Draft - 1.60 m including props
Displacement - 27.7 t unloaded, 32.3 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3200 l
Water Capacity - 660 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew berth cabin
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x MAN V12 1360hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 40 knots max, 35 knots cruise
Range - 255 nautical miles at 35 knots cruise
Hull Type - warped medium Vee with spray rails, 17 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Officina Italiana, Ferretti AYT
Certification - CE 2003/44 A, modules B + F + Aa (sound emission) RINA spa

June 19, 2012

Project: Bavaria 420 Virtess

PowerYacht was among the first to show this new Bavaria project back in the late fall of 2011, at the time announced as 40 Flybridge.  Now Bavaria submits more solid information for its first flybridge motor cruiser, the much awaited three cabin 420 Virtess.  Designed by Marco Casali from Too Design in Rome, who I remind has done a super job with all the Itama by Ferretti Group line, the 420 Virtess presents a modern line with a sleek flybridge design.  The Rome designers not only Casali has always been practical people, and this is confirmed by the clever single level interior main deck which incorporates an L-shaped galley in the forward area, and an entertainment unit opposite the C-shaped settee.  The 420 Virtess will also have important distinctive options with a grey or white color hull choice, and all around Iroko deck.  Weighing at eleven and half tons the first official Bavaria flybridge now known as 420 Virtess will be powered by Volvo 370, up to 435hp engines choices in stern drive or IPS pod propulsion choice.     

June 18, 2012

New Model: Rivera 4400 Sport Yacht Series II

Since the introduction of the Sport Yacht series by Rivera in 2005, I have always considered this line a close to perfect boat, in terms of layout, looks, and practicality.  The key in the Riviera Sport Yacht line, is that it never over does in all departments.  The looks are conservative with a homage to sportfish, accommodation is superb but most of all practical and very socializing, and performance together with consumptions are always in line.  The 4400 Sport Yacht Series II improves on the original version introduced in 2007 since then delivered in seventy plus units, most notably are modern enhancement with influences coming from the line flagship the 5800, see coach roof design,  new large lean lower deck window from fore to midships servicing all cabins and heads.  The interior is little changed in the new Series II with a lower deck having two cabins served by two heads with a midships room now increased in headroom sleeping three.  The main deck is all about living with the open all pivoting door and window join the interior C-shaped saloon and L-shaped galley with the aft cockpit.  The aft deck has also a choice to have a mezzanine settee to port side. Another choice available for the Series II is also the option of having a settee on the bathing platform to aft.  Power for the 4400 Sport Yacht Series II is the same as the original version with twin Volvo 370 or 435hp with hull specifically designed for the IPS pod units.  Speed with the large engine option is a 32 knots max speed, three knots less to what the first generation of this model actually did of which I can fully confirm having actually tested one in the Med with quite high sea and land temperatures, which is always means a decrease for top speed numbers.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.12 m (49.7ft)
Hull Length - 13.91 m
Beam - 4.58 m
Draft - 1.2 m
Displacement - 12,500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 460 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forward looking dual pod drives
Speed - 32 knots max, 29 knots fast cruise
Range - 288 nm at 29 knots cruise
Certification - CE, ISO8666 

June 17, 2012

Project: Delta 80 IPS

Again coming from Lars Modin's drawing board is Delta's largest project to date, the 80 IPS. The hull of the new boat measures 86 feet over all length, making it the largest boat ever to come into production from a Swedish manufacturer. Although the boat is almost ten meters longer than the next sibling the 54 IPS, she will be easily recognized as a natural sister of the Delta family. But there is some firsts for Delta; see axed bow, and a flybridge. A traditional four cabins lower deck, with full beam owners stateroom, VIP to fore,and two guest cabins in between is the standard layout of the accommodation plan.  A crew area with two rooms, a lobby, and small galley is located also below between the engine room and owners stateroom.  On the plans the saloon will be a single level deck of a very open layout with two L-shaped settee welcoming you aft,, galley, and a dining table for eight to port side. Two steps divide the interior helm station.  Suggested power is from triple Volvo 900hp with IPS1200 pod drives which give a forecast top speed of 38 knots and a cruise of 30. Twin engines of the same power and drives are available. Interesting is also the project weight of the Delta 80 IPS which is only forty tons, definitely among the lighter vessels in this size.  Launch is scheduled for spring 2013, so we will see if the Delta 80 IPS manage to make this low weight break through, and confirm its speed numbers.

June 15, 2012

Project: Breedendam MTB Three Zero

Just following the announcement of a new flagship and a classic torpedo boat inspired line with the MTB Four Zero, the Dutch Breedendam follows this with its smaller Three Zero.  Designed as the larger sister by Guido de Groot and Flame Yacht, the 32 feet plus Three Zero, is solely designed as a day cruiser, but overnight staying is available in forward cabin having a Vee shaped berth, and a separate shower.  The exterior offers two L-shaped loungers, and classic style helm to port side.  Power for the MTB Three Zero is twin Volvo or Steyr 260hp engine which should give a max speed of 35 knots.  Standard CE certification is so far C, but the 600 liters fuel capacity and dual engines do suggest that a higher rating might be possible for the more sea user customer.

June 14, 2012

New Model: Calafuria 30 Fly

I have always been a fan of Calafuria, which is a company without me knowing at the time in the eighties introduced me to the Italian traditional Gozzo fishing boat.  How is it, that canoe cabin fish boat can plane and go fast?  A lot of reasons, but mostly is because Mr.Catarsi was among the first to experiment with hulls before the world hybrid even existed in this element of semi displacement nature, having planning characteristics. Calafuria's new model, is the 30 Fly presented in project on PowerYacht on October 2010.   The new 30 Fly as all Calafuria is a traditional looking from a certain view point motor cruiser, with versatility being key to many elements.  We can start from the fact that as any Calafuria it will have fishing boat features, but this does not disclose it from a comfortable interior which is also available in three different choices. From an open single master cabin with huge spaces, to a Vee shade double, and two guest bunk berths to port or starboard side as you may prefer. The galley on the 30 Fly is located on the main deck to port or starboard side, also as one desires, and same goes for the L-shaped settee.  Power is form twin 270 or optional 320hp diesel engines which give max speeds up to 26 knots.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.2 m (3ft)
Hull Length - 9.0 m
Beam - 3.5 m
Displacement - 6000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 800 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths, or 2 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 8
Engines - 2 x 270hp, 320hp diesel engines
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 26 knots max, 22 knots cruise
Construction - gross reinforced fiberglass, with Isoftalic resin
Certification - CE  

June 13, 2012

News: Galeon June 2012

The annual Galeon owners club meeting was held in May at the new Sopot Marina. About twenty Galeon yachts and cruisers participated, with a total of one hundred guests many from abroad were present during the day.  The Galeon guests and friends where greeted with champagne and freshly made Sushi, while the open bar served chilled drinks.  The atmosphere was laid back and relaxed, with the guests enjoying each others company and telling there marine adventures past, present and future.  Galeon wish to thank all the attendees, and hopes to see all in the next owners meeting.

Project: Absolute 40 STL

After making all its line into hard top and flybridge boats, Absolute returns to an open sports cruiser with the very futuristic looking 40 STL.  The new 40 STL which stands for Sports Line marks the Italian builder return to open boats, just as it started in 2003 with the 25.  Huge exterior living areas are the trademark of the 40 STL, but also innovative features as a bimini which retracts behind the lounger or the option for a hard top which covers over half of the cockpit deck. Another particular unique feeling of the 40 STL is the feeling of a mix between that of an open cruiser, to that of a center console thanks to centrally located two person helm station. Inside the 40 STL will offer a very open living area with an innovative layout having a second galley, a U-shaped dinette which converts to a double berth to fore, separate shower head, and an owners full beam room to midships. Absolute does not give much details on the power and propulsion of the 40 STL, but I do imagine similar power as for the 40 STY of Volvo 260 with IPS pod drive or 300 and 330hp choices, in stern drive propulsion format.   

June 12, 2012

New Model: Cayman 57 HT

Cayman Yachts presents its new 57 HT model, a sport yacht which follows the footsteps of the current flagship of this builder the 75 HT, and the 2011 launched 62.   As said in previous articles the new Cayman yachts of the HT line do appear more aggressive and sport, but still offer the practicality associated with the smaller models.  See walk around side deck, front looking settee to fore which is among the smallest offered in size at this moment, and a fully enclosed hard top.  Designed by Hot Lab, to gather with the Cayman engineering department the 57 HT offers a three double cabins interior layout with a full beam midships located owners cabin.  The third cabin is a hybrid layout which can be left fully open and be used as a dinette or relaxing settee, or closed thanks to a sliding door and used as a double berth.  Power is from not so large Cummins 715hp engines with max speeds being declared at 33 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.15 m (59.5ft)
Hull Length - 17.9 m
Beam - 5.00 m
Draft - 1.30 m
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 8.3 715hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 33 knots max, 28 knots cruise
Project - Hot Lab interior, Cayman Yachts Engineering

June 11, 2012

Lorenzo Selva 1960 - 2012

In today's early morning the nautical world loses another character Lorenzo Selva, a brilliant entrepreneur, standard-bearer of the Made in Italy, exhibitor's historical and great lover of the sea. Also active at an institutional level and strong supporter of sailing, was vice President of Ucina since 2002, and President of Icomia-International Council Marine Industry Association, the world Organization. Lorenzo Selva was born in 1960, and was married with five children. He managed Selva Marine with his brother Maurizio.  Like his brother Ezio, and brother Maurizio he had a big passion for outboard motors and competitive racing, and at the age of 19 he won his first championship in Sweden. Selva marine today employs over seventy people, who produce outboard motors, ribs, and motor boats and has a turn over of thirty million Euros annually. Good navigation Lorenzo Selva!

Project: Aqualum 33

Aqualum with its designer Fabian Conte shows the project for a new entry level model, the 33.  The Aqualum is a hard top sports cruisers which will see the extension of this Argentinan boat builder, into smaller models.  At the moment the smallest Aqualum is the 35, which has had a good run of success in Southern European sales.  A spacious single level aft deck will welcome people onboard the 33, this featuring a C-shaped settee, small sun pad, relaxing chair, and helm station.  Below is an area which sleeps a total of six, in a different to the standard of the size planned area.  The first surprise is that the Aqualum 33 will a full beam midships cabin separated by door, and the second is the open area to fore with galley, L-shaped settee, and a double bed to fore.  Power is from twin Volvo 260hp diesel engines which with Aqualum giving estimated max speed of 35 knots. 

June 9, 2012

New Model: Ferretti 870

The Marina di Cattolica served as the charming background for a new launch for Ferretti on Tuesday 5 June, that of the 870, the latest born in this renowned motor and super yacht fleet. This important, enthralling event was the climax hard working months: from engineering to design, to the manufacturing stage, and the greatest care devoted to the tiniest finishing details. Over the next few weeks and until the end of June, the new model will undergo all necessary technical checks; RINA tests, prototype sea trials, the verification of systems and appliances and on board furnishings will be completed. The 870 hull one will then be officially delivered to its European owner.  Like all other yachts in the range, the Ferretti 870 will be presented as a world premiere at Cannes Boat Show from 11 to 16 September 2012.  This new model continues the two decades close cooperation between Studio Zuccon, Ferretti's AYT, and the Centro Stile of the group. This craft has been entirely built in the Group’s Cattolica production unit. With its considerable size; an overall length of 26.5 metres, a 6 metre-beam, and a full load displacement of 80 tons, the Ferretti 870 model further extends and renovates Ferretti Yachts super yachts fleet which features five models, if one excludes the Custom Line range.  While preserving some features of its predecessor the 830, the new Ferretti 870 is characterised by a series of innovative solutions already widely appreciated on the brands most recent models: the bronze dome over the navigation bridge, also found on the 800, further highlights the crafts sporty look, while the large glazing on the main deck results in very slender lines and extremely bright interiors. In the hull, the two large open-view windows at the height of the master stateroom have now been joined by the opening portholes of the guest cabins and by the double window of the forward VIP cabin. Extensive, spacious areas go hand in hand with great performances on this yacht: during the first medium load trial carried out by the prototype testing team, the Ferretti 870 reached a maximum speed of 32 knots, driven by the two MTU 1948hp engines; such an impressive propulsion, though, perfectly blends with the utmost comfort ensured by the Mitsubishi Anti Rolling Gyro system, which reduces rolling by more than 50%.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.64 m (87.5ft)
Hull Length - 23.97 m
Waterline Length - 21.2 m
Beam - 6.26 m
Draft - 1.96 m
Displacement 69 t, 80 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 7400 l
Water Capacity - 1320 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 3 or 4 crew in 2 cabins
Max Persons - 20
Engines - 2 x MTU 12v 2000 m94 1948hp
Speed - 30 knots max, 27 knots cruise
Propulsion - line shaft
Hull Shade - warped medium Vee with spray rails 12 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - multi axial glass fiber
Project - Studio Zuccon exterior lines and interior, Ferretti AYT, FerrettiGroup Centrostile
Certification - CE Design Cat A 94/25, ISO 8666 

June 8, 2012

Project: Estensi 360 Goldstar Sport Open

Estensi shipyard from Tuscany in Italy launching the 360 Goldstar Sport just a couple months ago, already presents an alternative version of this model, the Open.  Based on all details on the 360 Goldstar Sport, with the big advantage of being able to be registered in Italy in the small craft section of its registry under ten meters, the new project from Zuccheri distinct itself for its open aft deck.  That is not divided with patio door and being fully open to aft.  For example instead of the patio door to starboard is a nice aft looking mezzanine settee, seating three to four persons.  Down below the layout offers the same two cabins, with a single head to port, and an owners room to fore.  Again other technical features which strike in the press release are to be found in the Estensi 360 Goldstar Sport Open as two FPT enigne choices; standard twin 280 or optional 370hp this last giving 33 knots max speed, a low 10 knots planning speed, and 70dba of noise at 2000 rpm cruise. 

June 7, 2012

New Model: Galeon 385 Htl

Finding growth in current European times is very difficult  if not close to impossible, but those companies who listen to customers may surely find themselves in better position once the economies turn back around.  Galeon from Poland is such a company and even when buying one of the smaller models in its range as the 325, one is offered with choices that are close to impossible to find even in the fifty plus size feet. This new Galeon 385 Htl, with the abbreviations meaning hard top long is again carefull attention to customers demands which the Strazyn Polish builder provides.  Based in fact on the 385 Hts the, the L version main difference is that of a longer more extended hard top which covers all the cockpit.  For the rest the Galeon 385 Htl builds on the well laid both up and below decks, with very up to date features in this size, such as twin heads below, and a single floor cockpit.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.46 m (44.1ft) with extended bathing platform
LOA - 12.26 m without optional platform
Hull Length - 11.99 m
Beam - 3.84 m
Draft - 0.79 m
Displacement - 10460 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 950 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 225hp, D4 300hp, D6 330hp, D6 370hp, Volkswagen TDI 225hp, TDI 265hp, Petrol 2 x Volvo GXIE 270hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPH stern drive
Speed - 40 knots max with D6 370hp
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE B

June 6, 2012

Project: Maritimo M45 Motoryacht

Maritimo presents the project of the M45 Motoryacht, a new entry level to the range, and second small in size model behind the 440 Convertible.  Unique features which come from Maritimo in the Motoryacht range are to be found in the M45 like the recessed walk around decks which make it easy to maneuver around the vessel. The down under builder says that the generous saloon will be comparable to the bigger M48 and M53 motor yachts. Saloon windows forward will allow plenty of natural light and a sense of space. The M45 features a cleverly designed saloon lounge that coverts to a large double bed, an aft galley and wide opening bi-fold saloon doors, the obligatory internal staircase to the fly bridge, a three sided enclosed fly bridge with forward helm, an aft, full width dinette lounge that coverts to a double bed creating a private penthouse suite, transom barbeque console and a two cabin, two bathroom layout below.  The M45 will comfortably sleep eight and will come with a choice of twin shaft of twin IPS propulsion.  Standard power is twin Volvo 435hp with pod drives.

June 5, 2012

New Model: Formula 400 FX8

Launched at the past 2012 Miami boat show is the Formula 400 FX8, the latest model and flagship of the high profile seven models FX range.  The FX8 is indeed an evolution of the 400 Super Sport models with high performing engines of standard twin 430 or optional 525hp Mercruiser gas petrol as its choices.  Aggressive paint job, furnishing outside, come also with the FX package.  Down below accommodation in the 400 FX8 sleep four; in a convertible U-shaped dinette to fore, and a double berth to midships. In between the two sleeping areas is a galley, and a separate shower head.  The aft cockpit deck offers a large U-shaped settee as its main relaxing hub, which is served opposite by a wet bar, and an aft sun lounger.  Other interesting details are center windscreen walkway , and the option as is available for the Super Sport of a hard top. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.65 m (41.6ft)
Beam - 3.35 m
Draft - 0.91 m
Displacement - 7756 kg
Fuel Capacity - 946 l
Water Capacity - 189 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 8.2 Mag High Output EXT 430hp, 525 EFI 525hp
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravo Three XR, XR TS stern drives
Hull Type - deep Vee with 22 degrees deadrise
Certification - NMMA

June 4, 2012

Project: Princess 56

Princess showcase rendering for a new upcoming 56 model, replacing the just stopped in production 54.  This new Princess flybridge motor yacht follows what the British builder has shown with its bigger sisters, in particular the 60 and 64 model.  Two way entrance in cockpit, galley up from the lower decks, and no bunk three double cabins well laid layout.  Obviously the much wanted full beam owners stateroom is here, as are larger view windows on the main deck living saloon, and in the cabins.  The Princess 56 as all newer models coming from the Plymouth based British builder is build with resin infused technology and declaring a loaded displacement of just short of 27 tons.  Speeds are an estimated 33 knots with the large Volvo 800hp engine choice.

June 3, 2012

Web: Delta New Web Site

Delta powerboats from Sweden presents its new virtual World wide web showroom.  Founded in 2003, Delta's pursuit has always been that of an innovative product already shown in its first released model the 25 SC who had a mixture of fast hull shape with work boat influenced top sides.  Ten years short of its first released Delta has delivered 250 boats from 25 to 54 feet. Delta is run by a trio of Swedes; Lennart Apstal, Lars Modin, and Karl Wessel.  The current Delta range offers six models, from the newly launched Ted Mannerfelt designed 26 Open, to the IPS 54 launched in 2011.  A new flagship 80 IPS is also in its initial construction phase and should touch the water in 2013.   Delta new website is available in Swedish and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; News, If Delta Powerboats, Manufacture, and Contact Us.

June 2, 2012

Project: Sunseeker 80 Predator

What a difference seventeen years can make.  It was 1995 and Sunseeker launched at the time its first super plus eighty feet yacht with the 80 Predator.  2012 is here and today Sunseeker has over a dozen models of eighty feet plus, and is Britain's foremost production boat builder.  The Sunseeker 80 Predator is set to launch in the fall of this year, and will be a four double guest cabins super sport yacht, with a living all located on the main deck.  Crew accommodation is in two cabins, which sleep from two to four persons located aft.  Max power is from twin 2683hp MTU which with optional Arneson surface drives can give max speed up to 46 knots.  Standard shafts with the same engines will give about forty knots.

June 1, 2012

Glass Yachts

I remember reading an article in Nautica magazine from the early nineties where a known in the field naval architect said an over whelming at the time to me declaration; that future boats will be made to a wide part of windows, glassed surfaces.  This in his opinion to have more contact with the water, and to give unobstructed views to the owner.
Fast forward to post new millennium and how true do those declarations sound. Window surfaces today are being more widely used with Azimut and Sunseeker actually being in logger heads to who makes the most window view areas on there yachts.  Although the latest Sunseeker 28 Metre launched earlier this year, has to have among the higher percentage of windows used on surface to length.  The Italians on the other hand should feel proud to have started an evolution of the wider use of glass surfaces since the nineties, and launching not only a trend but a must to modern looking European yachts.  Do you remember the Azimut 65 Pininfarina, designed by the famous automotive design house. I consider it among the first of this glass windows evolution, which was followed by the 78 Ultra, AZ 54 Cinquanta Quattro, and a couple years later in 1999 by the 68 Plus among the first to have large view windows in the midships owners cabin, and the 68S for introducing these but frame less in 2003.
What will the future bring?  As I see it more glass surfaces, and open able areas which also give more real contact with the sea.  Nothing wrong with these new solutions if done in safety, with regulation classes giving a high testing to the glassed areas, before certifying these to be used by yachts.  More so in the important eighty feet plus size, but also in smaller dimensions. 
As the saying says the sea has a soft belly, but also a hard head when he is in a bad mood.  So I hope these architects, and designers do a lot of research into the modern evolution with a high safety protocol in mind.