August 31, 2012

Monthly News - August 2012

-pic of the month- Sunseeker Saints Set Sail

Bavaria Configurator for New Model

Bavaria Yachtbau presents the new website dedicated to the VIRTESS motor boat range. An innovative online configurator is an exclusive tool for the VIRTESS 420, the first flybridge yacht in the Bavaria range. Potential owners can easily select their model's material- and colour-options in the configurator by mouse click. A preview then reveals their new dream yacht. The Virtess 420 offers three wood options, two side-panel colours, four flooring materials and 12 upholstery types. These are combinable to suit the owners’ preferences. The configurator allows a customised design and a preview of each cabin on the yacht. The VIRTESS configurator offers an overview of all designs and is impressively easy and user friendly to use.

Bertram Welcomes Doug Reed

As part of the continued efforts to build an organization with some of the best talent in the boating industry, Bertram Yacht has appointed Doug Reed as Senior Director of Human Resources. Reed brings over 30 years of Human Resources experience and has a proven track record in the development and implementation of lean manufacturing techniques in marine manufacturing. He began his career in the boating industry at Tiara Yachts as Manager of Employee Relations, he then spent several years in a range of key positions in the automotive sector. Reed’s most recent position was as Human Resources Director at Pursuit Boats, where he spent eight years leading all aspects of the human resource management functions and was a key member of the team that designed and implemented a lean manufacturing program for the S2 / Pursuit organization. In his new role, Doug will lead the Human Resources organization for Bertram Yacht at the new facility in Merritt Island. His mandate is to build an organization with the some of the best talent the industry has available and develop a rigorous operating culture based on lean manufacturing and continuous product improvement. Doug will work directly with the key members of the Bertram management team, including the President of Bertram Yacht, Alton Herndon, the Vice President of Manufacturing, Ken Beauregard, and the new Vice President of Engineering, Robert Ullberg.

Bertram Teams with Brooks Marine Group for Talent Search

Bertram Yacht announced today a formal human resources partnership with Brooks Marine Group. The Newport-based recruiting firm will act as a strategic supplier of human capital as Bertram ramps up staff for their new Merritt Island, FL facility. According to the terms of the partnership, Brooks Marine Group will work closely with Bertram’s executive team to identify hiring needs for Merritt Island, and recruit talent as the new plant comes on line late this fall. The agreement also calls on BMG to support in the relocation of key Bertram talent and skills from Miami to Merritt Island, to help Bertram in securing new talent to develop best manufacturing practices and to secure outstanding and high caliber workforce candidates that are available in the Space Coast area.

Ferretti Group Appoints New Chairman and Managing Director

The Board of directors chaired by Ferretti Group Chairman Tan Xuguang has unanimously appointed Ferruccio Rossi as the new Managing Director. Ferruccio Rossi, who has been working for the Group as Riva Managing Director and Ferretti Group Country Manager since 2005, will replace Giancarlo Galeone, who has ended his mandate after CEO Salvatore Basile’s sudden death. Furthermore, Norberto Ferretti becomes the Honorary Chairman. Chairman Tan and Norberto Ferretti, even on behalf of the entire Group, thank Giancarlo Galeone for the important contribution he has always given to the Ferretti Group through his know-how and professionalism. These appointments will ensure the most absolute continuity to the Ferretti Group in the course of a further development that started after the power acquisition by SHIG-Weichai Group. SHIG-Weichai GROUP will closely cooperate with Ferretti Group, ensuring new distribution channels, financial support and other resources with the objective to support the Group at the international level, with particular reference to emerging markets. SHIG-Weichai Group, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Strategic Value Partners, Norberto Ferretti, the Administrative Council, the Executive Council, express their great satisfaction for the appointment of Ferruccio Rossi, a man of undoubted merit, with a strong financial talent and a tested experience in the nautical sector, which represents an important choice that will guarantee the Group to consolidate its leadership in the nautical sector and to continue in a process of growth that has characterized its 42 years of history.

Formula 2013 Photo Shoot

Formula boats recently took a few team members to the beautiful island of Bimini in the Bahamas for the Model Year 2013 photoshoot season; however, the first go-around wasn’t much to write home about. The first trip was mid-June and spirits were high. The boats looked beautiful, but a tropical storm moved in, forcing the crew to stop their boating efforts from Miami to Bimini. A “Plan B” was discussed, which involved boating near Key Largo, Florida—they desperately wanted to make the photoshoot work! Everyone loaded back up on the boats and the company van and headed in the direction of Key Largo. Once everyone arrived and checked in very late, they made it to their rooms for some shut-eye. The morning arrived quickly and they were on the docks by 8 a.m., only to be hit with more rain and cloudy skies. It was heartbreaking, but “Plan C” had to be addressed, which was to head home and discuss a new date—so that’s what the crew decided to do! After regrouping and changing calendars, boats and much more, the crew headed back to Bimini in mid-July. The second trip, we are happy to say, was a complete success! Although the temperatures were extremely muggy and hot each day, it was hard to complain after all the work it took to try again, and, after all, the Formulas were gorgeous and glistening in the Bimini blue water, it really makes one appreciate every moment of each day on and off the water!

Formula Invites Owner to Make and Share Videos on FaceBook Page

Now you can turn your Formula snapshots into a quick, exciting and personalized video that you can share with other Formula fans, your family or friends. It's easy to do with Discover Boating's Movie Maker App. Just go to Formula's Facebook page and click on the "Movie Maker" tab directly under the cover page photo. We look forward to watching your exciting Formula footage!

Gulf Craft Special Exclusive August Preview

Gulf Craft hosted an exclusive preview of its most recently completed Majesty 125 hull at its yacht manufacturing facility in the United Arab Emirates last week. The showing served as the Middle East premiere of the Majesty 125, offering VIP clients from the UAE and the GCC a chance to view the superyacht before it makes its journey to the French Riviera, where it will join its earlier delivered sister ship. The Majesty 125 is the company’s second largest model after the Majesty 135 which was premiered earlier this year, and is presently also moored in the French Riviera.

Horizon Specifies Dometic Air Equipment

Dometic Marine has recently supplied its Marine Air chilled water equipment for Horizon Yachts’ new 58 CAT. Built at the Horizon Yard in Khashiung Taiwan, the high performance multihull yacht has been installed with a 4-stage compact chiller to provide 96,000 BTUs for cooling and heating of all cabin and accommodation areas. Through its Marine Air brand, Dometic Marine supplies an extensive range of HVAC equipment to Horizon Yachts, including chilled water, direct expansion split gas and self-contained systems. The system installation on the new 58 CAT will be customised to include Dometic Marine’s innovative SmartStart controls, which reduce chiller starting amperage to ease the strain on the yacht’s generator.

Jarrett Bay Team Up for Humanity

Jarrett Bay is excited to unveil limited edition Vineyard Vines neck ties featuring the Jarrett Bay & Habitat for Humanity logos! A portion of each purchase will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, in the late Joy Gaskill’s honor. This project is part of Jarrett Bay Boatwork’s ongoing fund-raising efforts to benefit the Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity and help bring employee Joy Gaskill’s dream of funding a Habitat house to fruition.

Jarrett Bay What a Summer!

In our last news Jarrett Bay reported a slew of tournament success for the likes of Inspiration, Chainlink, and Bench Mark in June tournaments. Well in July, the Jarrett Bay family showed no signs of lifting their hands from the throttles. Edisto Marina Billfish Tournament: Micabe - 2nd place overall, 1st place Junior Angler, Barta Boys & Girl's Club Tournament: Builder's Choice - 1st place, Hatteras Grand Slam Tournament: Bill Collector - 2nd place, MegaDock Billfish Tournament: Micabe - 1st place, Bermuda Billfish Release Cup: Waste Knot - 2nd place, 1st place Junior Angler, 1st place Lady Angler, Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament: Chainlink - 1st place, Hatteras Marlin Club Invitational: Frequent Flyer - 1st place.

Mulder Cooperation with Omega Architects

The construction of the new 30-metre Mulder 98 Flybridge is currently in full swing. In consultation with the client, Mulder Shipyard commissioned Frank Laupman of Omega Architects to design the interior of this boat. Omega has previously designed the interior of the second Bellagio, which was recently sold by Mulder Shipyard. The Bellagio is constructed under the Built by Mulder label. Work is presently ongoing on the 30-metre aluminium hull of the new Mulder 98 Flybridge. Once the hull is completed, the next step will be the installation of the piping for the various systems. The entire interior of the yacht will be ‘floating’ in order to ensure optimal sound and vibration insulation. The interior consists largely of American walnut, both stained and natural, and the design comprises striking contrasts in both colours and materials. For instance, there are many leather panels, while various brushed stainless steel details create a modern ambiance. The entire interior is built in house by Mulder Interior Construction, guaranteeing perfect workmanship and quality. The construction of the first Bellagio is in full swing and the yacht will be completed in the course of this year. Furthermore, a second Bellagio was sold last month to a client in Russia. This yacht will have an interior designed by Omega Architects, just like the Mulder 98 Flybridge. The interior will be bright and modern, with a very open character. The second Bellagio will be used by the owner for daytrips. Mulder Shipyard has high expectations from this new model. Mulder Shipyard is currently working together with several other naval architects in addition to Omega Architects. This portfolio of designers makes it possible for the yard to translate all the wishes and ideas of its clients into a superlative design in the best possible way.

Outer Reef New Collaboration

Outer Reef Yachts of Ft. Lauderdale, in cooperation with Setzer Design Group, proudly brings to market a new series of tri-deck motor yachts. The Outer Reef “Explorer Series” will range from 92’ to 115’. The Explorer Series is designed on a semi-displacement platform with moderate draft so as not to limit shallow water cruising such as the Bahamas, or coastal cruising around some parts of Europe, yet be capable of ocean crossings with sufficient fuel capacity and unlimited ocean classification. Secondly, being a semi displacement hull, higher cruising speeds can be achieved at lower fuel consumption than a traditional full displacement yacht. Outer Reef Yachts is well known for their series of high quality long range motor yachts up to 90'. This new series of motor yacht will be built at the same partner facility as all Outer Reefs, Tania Yacht Co. in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The collaboration represents an exciting partnership between the two U.S.-based companies. As a four-time recipient of the International Superyacht Society Award for “Best Power,” in lengths from 78-140,’ the 21-year old Setzer Design Group brings a unique experience in producing stylish, high-performance designs in this size range. The first of the Explorer Series, a 105' model is currently in contract negotiations and is expected to be delivered in late 2014.

Riviera Recognizes Excellence in Dealer Awards

Riviera’s night of nights was all about recognizing marine industry excellence and it was the enthusiastic, proactive and exceptional customer service from R Marine South Australia that earned them the esteemed Overall Dealership of the Year award for 2012. The annual Riviera Dealer Awards have been running consistently for the past 18 years. Pete Devery from R Marine Sydney was awarded the Salesman of the Year award, Highest Selling Dealer of the Year went to R Marine Sydney and the award for Service Excellence went to Steve Domigan from R Marine New Zealand. R Marine South Australia received the coveted Overall Dealership of the Year, which came as a welcome surprise to dealer principal Paul Harrop. He said it was a great achievement for such a young dealership. Steve Domigan from R Marine New Zealand received the award for Service Excellence by an Individual for his work ethic and continuously going the extra mile for Riviera owners. Mr Domigan said he felt honoured to receive the award. R Marine Sydney was awarded the Highest Selling Dealer of the Year award for their sales success over the past 12 months, while Pete Devery was awarded the prestigious Salesman of the Year award for the third consecutive year. R Marine Sydney dealer principal Michael Joyce said winning these awards were a real credit to the team. Pete Devery began his career in the marine industry 14 years ago and has achieved the Salesperson of the Year award for the past three consecutive years. Pete said it was extremely gratifying to receive such a prestigious accolade. Riviera’s dealer relationship manager Peter Welch said the annual Australia/New Zealand Dealer of the Year awards recognised excellence, outstanding achievement and dedication to Riviera’s loyal owners and brand.

Riviera Stellar Performance in Sydney

The first model in Riviera’s new SUV Collection, the 445, took centre stage at the 2012 Sydney International Boat Show, where she made her debut performance in front of thousands of boating enthusiasts. The 445 was one of the stars of the show with Riviera taking two deposits for this new model, one bound for an owner in Adelaide and the other bound for an owner in the US where she will make her American debut at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show held from October 25 – 29. This new model lead Riviera’s star studded cast of impressive new boats, including from the Sport Yacht range; the 5800 with IPS or Zeus, 5000 with Zeus, 4400 Series II with IPS and the 3600 with IPS; from the Flybridge range; the 63 Enclosed Flybridge with shaft drive, 53 Enclosed Flybridge with Zeus or IPS and 43 Open Flybridge with IPS; and from the Belize Motoryacht range; the new Belize 52 Daybridge. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said there was strong interest in Riviera’s latest models, including the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge which is due for release mid 2013. Riviera also won the award for Best Overall Display on the marina, which was extremely gratifying for our hard working team who put a lot of effort into showcasing the latest Riviera and Belize models.The newest models from Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder are now preparing for their next round of Boat Shows, including Auckland, NZ in September; Cannes, France in September: Fort Lauderdale, Florida in October; and the Gold Coast International Marine Expo in November.

Sunseeker Saints Set Sail

Sunseeker International are delighted to announce they have become an official partner of local premiership football team Southampton FC. Sunseeker will be supporting the Saints' journey in the highly competitive Barclays Premier League for at least the next three seasons. The agreement includes Sunseeker branding on the clubs newly-installed luxury dugout seats, which fans got their first look at during Saturdays game against Wigan Athletic. As well as on the interview boards which ensure the global television audience the premiership attracts gain exposure to the famous Sunseeker brand. 

Sunseeker Needs Bigger Quay

The latest milestone in Sunseekers illustrious boat building history took place last week when the completed hull of the first 155 Yacht moved location within our Poole Quay facilities. The operation involved meticulous planning and execution with literally no room for error given the monstrous dimensions involved. As expected, the move went without a hitch and Hull #1 is now safely in the 'fit out' stage of her build. This yacht represents many 'firsts' for Sunseeker, not least of which is the fully painted finish she'll be receiving later in the build. Because of this, a clear gel coat has been used in the hull construction, the resin showing through and making the hull appear brown in colour. With the almost unlimited colour choice available, we're keeping the finished colour for this particular yacht under wraps for the moment. The Sunseeker 155 Yacht is the largest to date undertaken by the Poole Shipyard, which can now soundly lay claim to being the only production boat builder in the world to be manufacturing a range of boats from 40 to 155 feet in length under a single brand.

Vicem New US Distributor

Vicem Yachts, the premier Turkish builders of luxury classic motor yachts and mega yachts, announces that Sarasota Yacht & Ship has been named the Official Distributor for the Americas, which includes North, South & Central America as well as Canada and the Caribbean. A 26 year old company - with high calibre professional key figures from the US yachting industry - based in Sarasota, Florida. Gary Smith, Senior Partner with Sarasota Yacht & Ship, replaces Dave Mallach. Vicem Yachts and its whole team takes this opportunity to sincerely thank Dave once again for his strategic support, great competency and complete passion in every aspect of his time with Vicem.

Viking White Hot Bite
The recent Ocean City Marlin and Tuna Club Overnight Billfish Tournament, held out of Ocean City, New Jersey, resulted in 114 releases from a field of 36 boats. In addition to the releases, a wide variety of tuna, wahoo, dolphin and mako were brought to the scales. New Gretna's own Viking 70 demo won the tournament with an all-time record for points. Captain Ryan Higgins led his team to 26 white marlin releases, another tournament record, along with two yellowfin tunas. The crew was on such a roll, they released another five after lines out. Richard Ryon's Viking 50 Anthracite released 17 whites and two yellowfins placing them in Third Place overall.

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