November 30, 2012

Monthly News - November 2012

-pic of the month- Sanlorenzo New Boutique in Rapallo

Azimut and Atlantis Win Awards Again

The Atlantis 34 is 'Boat of the Year' 2012 in the motorboat category, Azimut Magellano 43 'Best passagemaker' to AIM Awards 2012. The success goes on with the two brands of Azimut/Benetti Group. The Azimut|Benetti Group’s first 10 metre yacht, the Atlantis 34, favourably received by the public at the international boat shows this fall, was named “Barca dell’Anno” (Boat of the Year) in the ‘powerboats under 10 metres’ category by the Italian magazine Vela e Motore on November 6. All the comfort of a people carrier, style and design, a focus on safety, liveable spaces and an outstanding price to quality ratio are the keys to the success of this open/cruiser with what the magazine calls ‘a Mediterranean vocation’. The yacht has met with a lot of success abroad too. At the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Azimut Yachts was presented with another important honour by the AIM Marine Group, publisher of some United States’ most authoritative and prestigious boating magazines and organiser of the “2012 Editor’s Choice Award”: the Azimut Magellano 43 was declared ‘Best passagemaker’ among boats of its size (40­50 feet). The awards were presented at a gala evening held at the splendid Hotel W Fort Lauderdale.

Bavaria Wins Nautical Design Award
The international Association for Industrial Design (ADI) has presented the Bavaria Virtess 420 motor yacht with the Nautical Design Award 2012. The Virtess 420, the first flybridge yacht ever produced by the Giebelstadt shipyard, was only launched this autumn and has already notched up its first design award. The Nautical Design Award is presented every year to the yacht with the most innovative and demanding design. The prestigious prize is awarded by an international panel of experts, which includes members of the Association for Industrial Design (ADI) as well as leading designers such as Giorgio Armani, Giorgio Orsoni, Lamberto Vallarino Gancia, Vittorio Missoni and Walter de Silva (chairman). The Virtess 420 was selected ahead the other nominated models: the Pershing 82, Austin Parker 64 Fly, Ocean King 88 and the Prestige 620.

Ferretti Triumphs in China
Ferretti Yachts, the icon of made-in-Italy yachts at a worldwide level and a historical brand of the Ferretti Group, has received another outstanding international acknowledgement during the opening ceremony of the Xiamen International Boat Show, the important Chinese boat show, which has reached its fifth edition this year. The prestigious Chinese Yachting Industry Award was indeed awarded to the Ferretti 570, which was recognised as the Best Motor Yacht in the category below 60 feet in length. Moreover, Speedo Marine - the local dealer with whom the Ferretti Group displayed an Altura 840 during the Xiamen Show - was selected as the best dealer on the Chinese market. The Chinese Yachting Industry Award is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the boating sector: the yachts are indeed assessed by a highly qualified jury that selects the new reference models for the Chinese market.
Ferretti Privilege Days in Sanya
Under the shadow of coconut trees, with the beauty of natural scenery, the 3-day event “Ferretti Yachts and Custom Line Privilege Days” took place in Sanya at the St.Regis Hotel and Yalong Bay Yacht Club successfully. This event is the first big brand experience activity held in Asia by the Ferretti Group. Over 120 Ferretti Group boat owners, prospects and journalists of media joined together, witnessing the largest Ferretti yacht in China Sea -- Custom Line 112 Next launching ceremony in Sanya. Furthermore, other four Ferretti Yachts of the Group for the first time showed up together in Sanya.

Grand Banks FLIBS Recap
Grand Banks came prepared for a busy FLIBS show this year, with the lineup including two brand new models. The 43 Heritage EU, 54 Heritage EU and 46 Eastbay SX were all on display and saw consistent traffic throughout the whole show. The 54 Heritage EU, which made its North American debut, received rave reviews for its well laid-out salon and galley which provide exceptional views. The spacious flybridge and engine room were also getting plenty of praise as well. The 43 Heritage EU, which made its worldwide debut, received many comments about its extensive and spacious cockpit and new additional second head. Paired with the Zeus pod drives, the 43EU is proving to be a perfect step up from the 41EU. Many visitors also mentioned how comfortable the 43EU's size is and how a cruising couple could manage a weekend getaway or month long excursion with just themselves. The 46 Eastbay SX rounded out the lineup, and like the 43EU it also features the Cummins Zeus propulsion system. With a variety of layout options - even crew quarters - this model was popular for visitors looking for the sleek styling of a down east cruiser, but the reliability and quality that Grand Banks offers with every model manufactured.
Grand Banks Editors Choice
Grand Banks Yachts is proud to announce we have received the Editor's Choice award for Best Down East Boat in the 55-65 foot category for the all-new 55 Eastbay FB. The AIM Marine Group presented the award to Grand Banks at their awards ceremony during the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. A handful of Grand Banks employees were on hand to celebrate this accomplishment and receive the award

Heesen the Best of the Best
Heesen Yachts is thrilled to announce that the 44m semi-displacement yacht Lady L has been awarded the "Best of the Best" prize by luxury magazine Robb Report China in the category for yachts of 120 feet and above. The ceremony was held on Wednesday October 17 at the Waldorf Astoria, a luxurious venue with sweeping vistas across Shanghai's spectacular skyline.

Hunt Sweepes Top Awards
The Hunt 44 Express Sedan motoryacht was designated as the Best New Powerboat at mid-September’s 2012 Newport International Boat Show in the “Newport for New Products” judging. Her display was also accorded the Best In-Water Powerboat Display in the “Edson Star of the Show Awards.” No motoryacht has ever previously taken both awards. And, just a month later, the Hunt 44 was recognized at the world’s largest powerboat show as the Best “Down East” Cruiser 35-45 Feet. The Hunt 44 Express Sedan was designed and engineered by Hunt Yachts, working through their parent company, C. Raymond Hunt Associates a unique partnership in boatbuilding (no other builder is owned by a design firm); her construction exploits the meticulous craftsmanship available at Global Yacht Builders in Taiwan. Only Hunt can combine such depth of deep-V knowledge, experience and proven performance so richly evident in this series of powerboats which includes 52 and 68 foot models previously introduced and themselves winners of multiple awards. “Newport For New Products” spotlights each Fall, at the start of a new marine year, the new boats and equipment that make the most significant contributions to the recreational boating experience. Judging is done by an independent panel of boating experts assembled by Bonnier Marine Group under the auspices of Cruising World, Sailing World and Yachting magazines. Awards are given based on innovation, value to consumers and aesthetics in several categories from which overall winners are chosen; the Hunt 44 was picked as Best Powerboat 30’ And Over, then best powerboat overall. Active Interest Media, whose Marine Group publishes Power & Motoryacht, Passagemaker and Yachts Magazines as well as Soundings, Trade Only, Sail and Show Management, recognized with its Editor Choice Awards the “marine industry’s best for 2012” selections during FLIBS in November. Once again, the Hunt 44 stood out as the Best Down East Style Motoryacht 35 to 45 Feet.

Maritimo Taking the World
The fastest boats on the water are preparing for the annual Key West Offshore Powerboat Championships in the USA in November this year and a local crew, Maritimo Offshore Racing Team, are confident they can better their runner-up position of last year. Originally launched by Maritimo’s founder Bill Barry-Cotter the Maritimo Offshore Racing Team has earned an international reputation and narrowly missed taking out the championships last year running second to a US team. Maritimo crew chief, Peter McGrath, said this year should be strong for the Australian team as a decision had been made to concentrate in the superboat category rather than competing in the open division.
Maritimo New US Dealer
Maritimo is about to ramp–up its presence in the USA with a new dealer appointed in the mid-Atlantic. President of Maritimo USA, Dave Northrop, said the relationship between the manufacturer and the newly appointed EPIC Yachting provided ‘an exceptional opportunity to elevate the Maritimo owner’s experience to a whole new level’.

Marlow AIM Award Winner
Marlow Yachts Ltd. was given the Active Interest Media Marine Group’s 2012 Editor's Choice Award in the 80- to 100-foot Passagemaker category for its Marlow Explorer 97E during an Oct. 26 gala at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. The AIM Group is composed of, Passagemaker, Power and Motoryacht, Sail, Show Management, Soundings, Trade Only and Yachts International.

Moonen Achieves Exptional Noise and Vibration Results
After three days of extensive trials, the largest custom Moonen motoryacht to date has achieved some quite remarkable results in terms of noise and vibration levels. The 42-metre Sofia, which also features a three-man submarine, achieved Class 1 status within the Passenger and Crew Accommodation Comfort notation from the Lloyd's Register rules and regulations for Special Service Craft. This impressive technical achievement within the parameters of the SSC Rules was measured by the specialist noise and vibration testing company Intersona. The noise levels allowed for a superior stateroom on a superyacht are 50 dB. The tests recorded that Sofia's staterooms were as low as 40 dB in some places and the sound levels never exceeded 46 dB at 12 knot cruising speed. A similar achievement was noted in the lounge, where the measurements again showed that the sound levels were 4 to 5 dB lower then the figure required to reach Class 1 status. The noise levels were even lower in the wheelhouse, coming in at 45 dB in an area where 60 dB is still considered comfortable enough for Class 1. The vibration tests showed an even more remarkable performance. In the staterooms and lounges a maximum vibration level of 0.3 to 0.4 mm/sec. was recorded (compared to an acceptable Class 1 level of 1.8), while the public spaces of the superyacht were measured at 0.4 (compared to an acceptable Class 1 level of 2.5). The owner was also delighted with the interior, the first pictures of which are published here. An extraordinarily bright and open feeling is generated by the large windows and the styling by Art-Line Interiors, which features oak wood, Zabrano and Concetto marble. Executed with a custom piece of Concetto art made and supplied by Ceaser Stone in Israel, Sofia's atrium is spectacular. And the interior is a technical masterpiece too, with an integrated foil bridge and a full Kaleidoscope video server with multi-room control (including lighting, blinds and climate control) via i-Pad.  Inside and out, this highly sophisticated custom project captures the essence of why Moonen is one of the finest yachtbuilders in the world.

Moonen Other Major Refit
Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has received the order for a refit of the Moonen 84 Etoile d'Azur. Launched in 2007, this 26.25-metre motoryacht is still in the hands of her original owner, who had already taken her to the Caribbean on her own bottom and now plans an extensive cruise of the Norwegian fjords and beyond. First, however, Etoile d'Azur will return home to Moonen where she will be greeted by many of the craftsmen who originally created this successful global cruiser. Designed by René van der Velden, Etoile d'Azur is the seventh of eight Moonen 84 displacement motoryachts launched between 2002 and 2008. The project will include a comprehensive paint job and the installation of an electrical zero speed stabilisation system in place of the existing hydraulic system. This solution has already been successfully deployed on the Moonen 82 fast displacement motoryacht My Way, which was launched earlier this year. The electrical system requires approximately half the power of its hydraulic zero-speed alternative. Moreover, as it does not require a larger generator there will be no synchronisation required, which offers considerable cost savings. Another major part of the refit will be an extension of the flybridge aft. This will serve as a cover for the main deck aft area, creating even more shading for alfresco dining. In addition, the enhanced flybridge deck space will facilitate the owner's desire to carry more watersport toys onboard, including scooters, in addition to the tender and jetski currently stored in this location while underway. Last but not least, various cosmetic changes will be made to Etoile d'Azur‘s interior and systems while the electrics will be updated where required.

Mulder Refit Services
Mulder Shipyard in the Netherlands is enjoying a very busy time with a number of fine yachts recently launched and several new ones slated for delivery in the near future. In addition, the yard’s extra new facility in Zoeterwoude Rijndijk will be ready in the next few weeks. This site will open a new era for Mulder Shipyard, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2013. The existing yard in Voorschoten will stay open and be used for maintenance, refit and storage of yachts of up to 18 metres. In the coming period, Mulder Shipyard will devote considerable attention to showcasing its impressive options for refits. The two dry docks in the new facility are 55 m long and 12 m wide, and will be ideally suited for work on larger hulls. They are supported by a comprehensive range of services, covering everything from new paint jobs and technical systems upgrades to the installation of new propulsion drives, the latest navigation equipment and new interiors. A first-class finish and results are ensured thanks to the use of leading edge technologies and the finest quality materials. The current facility in Voorschoten will switch from yacht construction to the maintenance, service and storage of yachts up to 18 metres in length. Yacht owners will have several large and small operations at their disposal here, including engine servicing or electrical systems adjustments. Complete refits will also be possible. At Mulder, every refit, large or small, is seen as a matter of teamwork. The inhouse designers, engineers and craftsmen are ready to ensure that each yacht
fully satisfies her owners’ personal style and needs. The work always follows a plan set up in advance, and Mulder’s experienced project managers chart the possibilities based on a predefined budget.
Mulder Successful Exhibition Season
Mulder Shipyard can look back on a very successful exhibition season. At the HISWA Amsterdam in water Boat Show, we had an impressive stand situated right by the main entrance. The sale of the Mulder 82 Flybridge Lady Tes made the exhibition an even more successful event. Immediately after the HISWA Amsterdam in water Boat Show the sales team set sail for the Cannes Yacht Show, where it presented the Mulder 73 Wheelhouse Float to the public. A week later, representatives of the yard visited the yacht shows in Southampton and Monaco to meet with interested visitors.
Overmarine Partners with Fendi Casa
Overmarine Group, the Italian shipyard internationally renowned for its Maxi Open and luxury displacement yachts under the brand name Mangusta, and Luxury Living, exclusive retailer for FENDI Casa, offered visitors a total Italian atmosphere: Italian glamour, top quality and a sophisticated welcome. Created in 1989, FENDI Casa is the home collection for the international fashion brand, Fendi Casa offers pieces for the entire home with a complete collection ranging from contemporary, modern, and classic. Furnishings are characterized by the incredible manufactures and fashion details which include the iconic double ‘F’ logo and the Spy Bag fastener. All Italian made, FENDI Casa’s craftsmanship and attention to detail are unsurpassed, giving you the opportunity to choose furnishings that are as original as they are extraordinary. The Overmarine Group, stretching out over 10 production facilities in the areas of Viareggio, Massa and Pisa, Tuscany, was founded in 1985 by the Balducci family, still at the head of the company. With over 300 yachts sold to date, this deeply traditional company has pioneered the construction of state-of-the-art Maxi Opens which perfectly combine innovation and technology, high quality, luxury and artisan features, a top performance and safety, spacious areas and on board comfort, Italian style and made-to-measure interiors. The current Mangusta range features 9 Maxi Opens, from the 72 to the 205, and the Mangusta Oceano 148, the new 3-deck displacement yacht. For the entire duration of the show, the FENDI Casa lounge, which displayed outdoor products such as the Nikki beach, iconic crystal chairs, and Apta sofas, served as the backdrop to the wonderful Mangusta 165, a 50-m maxi open yacht at her American debut, and showed guests the exclusivity and luxury that awaited them on board the Mangusta yacht. This new partnership between Overmarine Group | Mangusta and Luxury Living – Fendi Casa is set to be the prelude to a longstanding collaboration that will add yet more value to the quality that bears the label “Made in Italy”. The next rendezvous will be at the Miami Boat Show.
Riviera Memory Lane for 5000th Launch

It was an emotional and moving ceremony for multiple Riviera owners Peter and Denise Haig, who had the honour of unveiling the signed 6 metre by 2 metre banner, which marked Riviera’s 5000th boat launch. Peter and Denise travelled from Sydney to join 180 Riviera owners as they became part of Australia’s maritime history at the special gala dinner celebration held at the company’s manufacturing facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast on November 2. Peter, who currently owns a 51 Enclosed Flybridge, said it was an honour to be invited to participate in the event. The 5000th Riviera boat to be launched was a 445 SUV. This whole new series of boats was released in August this year and already 6 of these new models have been sold to owners in the United States and Australia. The SUV concept draws its DNA from Riviera’s Flybridge, Sport Yacht and Offshore Express series and is a true bridge between them all. The Riviera 38 MKI’s Brisbane owners, Scott and Michele White, are new to the Riviera family having purchased their 38 only six weeks ago. Mr White said it was a very proud moment when their Riviera rolled down the driveway with spotlights shining on her hull, showing off her classic lines. Melbourne based Riviera owners, John and Fiona Zammit, said it was an event not to be missed. The couple own a 40 Flybridge, which is their second Riviera. Mr Zammit said it was a sensational achievement for Riviera, Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder. Riviera CEO, Wes Moxey, said the launch of Riviera’s 5000th boat was a very memorable and momentous occasion. The 38 MKI was built in 1980 and as it rolled down the driveway I could see a few tears of pride on the faces of our loyal Riviera enthusiasts. This was followed by our 5000th boat, the new 445 SUV from Riviera’s newly released model series, and it was a great honour to celebrate this achievement. When you look back over 32 years of Riviera and the launching of 72 individual models, the most popular of which we built 288 boats, the launch of the 5000th Riviera is a major milestone in the Riviera history books.

Rivera Star in the X-Factor Final

Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht, Buoy Toy, provided the perfect escape from the pressures of the Grand Final competition for TV talent show finalists, The Collective, in the lead up to the Grand Final of the X Factor, which went to air nationally in Australia on the 7 network on November 19, 2012. Australia’s top rating talent show, the X Factor, has attracted more than 1.5 million viewers who have tuned in every week in the search for Australia’s next singing sensation. The show won the ratings battle on Monday night with more than 1.6 million viewers tuning in to watch the Grand Final. The boy band relaxed and focused their minds and energy with mentor, judge and former boy band star, Ronan Keating; and what better way to calm the nerves than with a cruise around beautiful Sydney Harbour on a Spring day on board a stunning boat from Riviera’s popular Sport Yacht range. Riviera’s Director of brand and communications, Stephen Milne, said this was the third time Riviera had been invited to appear in Channel 7’s hit TV talent show.

Riviera Production Management Changes Hands

As a role model and mentor to many of Riviera’s current leaders, long serving shipwright and head of manufacturing Chris Gilfoyle has passed the baton today on to his prodigy Scott Cumming. After 47 years of boat building and 18 solid years with Riviera, Chris is easing his way into retirement, but his legacy will continue, as Riviera’s young leaders move forward and take up senior management roles. Born in New Zealand’s city of sails, Auckland, Chris left school at the age of 15 to pursue a boat building apprenticeship. He also had a passion for racing offshore power boats. In 1979, he moved to Australia where he worked for various boat builders before taking up a position at Riviera in 1994 building the Excalibur range for Wellcraft in the USA. This is where Chris first met Scott Cumming, a young boat builder who had just completed his apprenticeship. As a qualified tradesman, Scott was fortunate to be assigned to the Excalibur project where he worked under Chris’s guidance and leadership. Handing the baton over to Scott will be bittersweet for Chris, who feels sad to be leaving but is also looking forward to spending more time with his wife of 40 years, Pam, and his grandchildren in Bundaberg. Chris said one of the major highlights of his entire career was between 2005 and 2006 when Riviera built a record 420 boats with 1100 staff on-site at Coomera. Scott began his four-year apprenticeship with Riviera in 1990 and upon graduating worked in various roles within the organisation including, boat building, lamination, stainless steel, engineering, electrical, and new product development. In 1993, he was awarded Queensland apprentice of the year and after the Excalibur project, he went on to pursue his interest in the business side of the company, obtaining a Diploma of business in 1998. In 1999, Scott began his Masters in Business Administration. He graduated in 2001 and was contracted to set up a production facility for a new company selling wakeboard products, Tige Boats Australia. During this time, he remained in his strategic NPD role at Riviera and moved from the costing and finance side into a planning role where he held that position until 2009 when he was offered a position with Grand Banks in Malaysia. At the age of 35, Scott relocated to Malaysia where he oversaw the development and design of four new Grand Banks models. After three-and-a-half years in this role, Scott wanted to return to Australia, so the offer to return to Riviera as commercial manager in July of this year was one that he could not turn down.

Sanlorenzo New Boutique in Rapallo
Sanlorenzo has opened the new direct office Atelier Sanlorenzo, an authentic yacht boutique, located in the prestigious port Carlo Riva in Rapallo and it represents a new reference point for Northeast Italian ship owners. Many clients, friends and admirers celebrated the new opening of the Italian shipyard, third in the world ranking of the top 20 builders of over 24 meters yachts which has been building tailor-made yachts for more than 50 years according to the style and requirements of each owner. Atelier Sanlorenzo is going to be leaded by a team of high-skilled yacht experts: Nico Laude and Marco Fiorani (General Managers) and Gian Franco Crosta (Senior Sales Director). With Atelier Sanlorenzo, just a few months after the opening of Sanlorenzo Adriatico on the other Italian coast, the Sanlorenzo sales network keeps on growing also on the national territory thanks to the establishment of direct offices, a sort of embassies of the brand which has becoming more and more an icon of the made-to-measure yachting. This strategy, together with a limited production of only a few unique pieces per year, has allowed Sanlorenzo to maintain its turnover, its number of units and the overall lengths of its products even through the difficult years of recession.

Sea Ray Top 100 Dealers
Sea Ray, the world’s largest manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats, is pleased to announce that 26 of its dealers were recognized by Boating Industry magazine when it released the 2012 list of Top 100 Dealers in North America recently. Among the notable achievements by Sea Ray dealers this year: Boating Industry noted that Port Harbor Marine of South Portland, Maine, was chosen as the “Best Place to Work” and Sail & Ski Center of Austin, Texas, was honored for “Best Boat Show Strategy.” In addition, Sea Ray dealer Prince William Marine Sales of Woodbridge, Va., was named to the Top 100 Dealers Hall of Fame. Prince William had been named Boating Industry’s “Dealer of the Year” for the last two consecutive years. It joins MarineMax Inc., the first Sea Ray dealership to be inducted into the Hall of Fame back in 2007. The Top 100 Dealers list is an annual ranking of dealerships that are unsurpassed in business operations, customer service, professionalism and all the characteristics that go along with them, according to Boating Industry, a leading marine trade publication.

Sunreef Supports 2012 Foundation
On November 17 2012, a special event was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Warsaw. It was the fourth edition of the charity dinner, “Smaki Dobra”, organized by the Orimari foundation and the Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The highlight of the event were annual auctions of six delicious courses prepared by chefs from six five star hotels in Poland. The event was conducted in a unique way by Dorota Wellman and Piotr Gąsowski, and featured a great performance by the world-renowned team of three Polish accordionists Motion Trio. The total income from the event, was transferred to Children's Hospital in Lublin. Sunreef Yachts has had the honor of being a partner of the foundation during this unique event and hopes to participate in their up-coming schedule.

Sunseeker Awarded with Enviromental Credentials
Sunseeker International, the luxury yacht builder, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the ISO certification 14001:2004, highlighting its ongoing work to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. Given after a thorough review, the certificate confirms the company's efforts to reduce the impact of its activities on the environment and has been measured in a number of different areas, such as energy use, waste management, recycling, and sustainability. In order to gain the standard, Sunseeker carried out a thorough investigation into every aspect of its business, and quickly took action to make the necessary changes. Within six months of the review, waste had been reduced by 50% and is on target to continue to cut the amount further by the end of 2012. It has also invested in smart control systems, water saving devices and energy efficient lighting to reduce the impact on the environment. Sunseeker vessels are continually improved to reduce their impact on the environment, with reduced fuel consumption and noise pollution. New manufacturing techniques have also enabled the company to reduce its carbon footprint. The operations director at ISOQAR, Steve Stubley, has also offered his congratulations.
Sunseeker Apprentises Visits House of Comms
Three Sunseeker apprentices were invited to represent Sunseeker International Ltd at a British Marine Federation and RYA reception at the Houses Of Parliament. The event was held to celebrate the medals won on-water throughout the London 2012 Games, and to meet the rising stars of tomorrow in the marine industry. The audience was introduced to up-and-coming talent, acknowledging the important contribution young people can make. Sunseeker apprentices Alex Airey, James Sawdon and Callum Underwood got 'suited and booted' to meet MPs, Senior BMF and RYA staff, along with 2012 gold medalist Helena Lucas, 3x World Champion Annie Lush and the 470 European Champion Sophie Weguelin.

Tiara Reports Exciting Results from Fort Lauderdale 2012
S2 Yachts flagship brands Tiara and Pursuit experienced a 100% increase in retail sales when compared to last years numbers during the 2012 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. With the launch of their new 3900 flagship Coronet™, Tiara Yachts was able to draw in many prospects to view this exciting new dayboat series that includes the 3100 and 3600 Coronet models. S2 Yachts Pursuit brand is riding high from the introduction of the award winning Dual Console series in 2011, Sport Tender models in 2012 and their industry leading Offshore series of boats. Despite some effects from Hurricane Sandy off the coast on Thursday and Friday of the show, Tiara Yachts and Pursuit Boats still managed to increase sales over the previous year – in fact doubling the number of boats sold. Both luxury brands have capitalized on the development and introduction of exciting new models to the marketplace. Tiara Yachts is currently working on the completion of a 50 Coupe and Flybridge, while Pursuit Boats will debut a brand new Sport Yacht, the SC 365 during an exclusive worldwide event in Stuart, Florida on November 28, 2012.
Viking Angels
As Viking recovers from Hurricane Sandy, the hearts cry for 25 workers living in low lying areas whose homes were seriously damaged or destroyed due to flooding and high winds. Viking's Human Resources and Health Services Departments quickly spearheaded a drive to collect clothing, food, personal and sundry items from the Viking family for members in need. Overnight the third floor cafeteria resembled a department store, and as we work through this difficult time we offer hope and a ray of sunshine to those who need our love, help and support. Thanks to all who have contributed. Better days are ahead.
Viking Sunshine
Viking family member, Sonny Middleton recently was awarded the Rybovich Lifetime Achievement Award for his billfish conservation efforts. Sonny is no stranger to hurricanes as his Dog River Marina in Mobile, Alabama, has borne its share of hurricane damage over the years. When he looks you in the eye and flashes his brilliant smile, you know immediately Sonny is the real deal. His handshake feels like a vice and his "can-do" personality flows like a mighty river. On learning about the misfortune of Viking workers, he sent along a check for $5,000 to help them during this difficult time. Thank you, Sonny. Thank you for always being there.
Viking Appears on Extreme Yacht TV
On November 18, 2012, the Travel Channel featured the building of a Viking 82 Enclosed Bridge Convertible on its new show "Extreme Yachts." During the summer, the television crew was busy filming hull 82021 and the show highlighted various stages along the build process, along with the finished yacht.

Wider Winner of AIM 2012 Editor Choice
Wider received the “2012 Editor’s Choice Award” from AIM Marine Group, a division of the publishing powerhouse Active Interest Media which includes most of the leading American marine magazines. The award ceremony has taken place last October 26th, during a gala dinner on occasion of the 53rd edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where the Italian company exhibited the first version of its innovative day cruiser, the Wider 42’ Miami Edition. The event has been also the occasion to raise funds for the Nova Southeastern University’s Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Ecosystem Research. The Editor’s Choice Award honored the marine industry’s best of 2012, giving prizes to different categories of boats from 20 to 120 feet. Wider won the Most Innovative New Design Award.

November 29, 2012

Project: CNM 33 Continental

CNM acronym for Cantieri Navali Meditterreaneo from Rome presents a new entry level project model the 33 Continental.  This new small CNM builds on the features of previous Continental models as the 50 and 43 with the opening side bulkheads being a main characteristic. In the 33 Continental the opening side bulk heads apart of being a terrace also are the bathing platform of the boat.  I am not so sure of this idea, replacing the stern platfrom though for practical reasons.  How about when one is moored with other boats to the sides?  Anyways the 33 Continental is still in design and hopefully a choice of aft bathing platform will be available.  The 33 Continental also offers a small cabin inside with a double Vee berth and a shower head.  The dining area is in the centre of the cockpit deck which thanks to the turning of the helm and co-pilot seat can making a table for four persons.  Power to a very performance orientated two step deep Vee hull shape is twin gas petrol Mercruisers 265 or 350hp engines with stern drive propulsion.  Top speeds estimated are 58 knots with the big Mercruiser choice.  

November 28, 2012

New Model: Lazzara 64 LSX

After a period in which Lazzara always looked in expanding its size, the US builder now looks back to its entry level and presents a new small 64 model.  The new 64 LSX model was launched officially at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale boat show, and continues Lazzara sport yacht line expansion which goes up to the still in building stages 120.  The LSX series was always a US builder perspective to European looks, and has been a success story from Lazzara.  This new 64 LSX builds on the foundations what was shown with the 74 back in 2006, high performance light weight construction, latest technology, and pod drives for maximum efficiency.  In all this Lazzara presents a comfortable interior with a spacious three all en-suited double cabins interior which thanks to the pod drives would not feel out of place in a sport yacht bigger by five feet.  Interesting in all this is the full beam owners stateroom to midships which also features a walk-in wardrobe, a nice sofa, and a make up desk.  The galley and a dining area are also located in the lower deck, which leaves the main deck with a C-shaped lounger dedicated for relaxing purposes.  The Lazzara LSX 64 is powered by twin Volvo 900hp with IPS pods with max speeds up to 35 knots.  
Technical Data:
Hull Length - 19.6 m (64.5ft)
Waterline Length - 15.7 m
Beam - 5.28 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 33,339 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 3406 l
Water Capacity - 757 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS 900 or IPS1200 pods
Speed - 35 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Construction - hand laid vacuum bagged construction with balsa core, sold chines and centerline, Vinlester resin
Certification - USCG 

November 27, 2012

Improve-it = Galeon 380 Fly

Like all Galeon yachts and cruisers the 380 Fly presented in the early part of 2012 at German Dusseldorf show comes in many different wood choices for its interior.  Hull number one was in fact finished in Walnut, and now Galeon just delivered a new more modern Wenge wood version.  As other Galeon bigger and smaller yachts, the 380 Fly is also available with; cheery, mahogany, and oak wood choices.  This semi custom choice differentiates Galeon from many other production builders and give the owners a taste of his personality when choosing his boat.  These customizations are also available from the entry model 290 upwards.  Showing these new additions the 380 Fly continues to be a unique model in this size format thanks to its three cabins layout; a choice of more efficient to run stern drive or less maintenance shaft line propulsion, and Volvo engines from 220 till 380hp option.    

November 26, 2012

New Model: Sea Ray 510 Sundancer

Sea Ray made its 2012 year a very important one from the new model perspective, presenting a total of six novelties.  Most important all these new models represented a new step for Sea Ray from the entry level 21 Jet, to the European layout mid size sport cruiser 350 Sundancer, or the invisible outboard 370 Venture.  This new 510 Sundancer is the flagship of the new models presented but also of its Sport Yachts line featuring five models and starting with the 410 Sundancer.  Filled with a European personality this new Sea Ray records the largest view windows serving the lower accommodation plan from the US builder.  It also offers a full coupe experience to speak in Automotive language thanks to a fully enclosed main deck pilot house with sunroof plus patio door fully protecting or opening the area. The 510 Sundancer also offers diversity in the options department being available with ZF Zeus pods instead of the standard line shafts and also as a three cabins version.  In the standard two cabins plan the 510 Sundancer lower deck features a full beam midships owners room, VIP suite to fore, and an L-shaped saloon with galley opposite.  The interior of the main deck offers a C-shaped settee to port with an entertainment unit opposite, and a swiveling twin helmsman seat which can become part of the area when you are at anchor, this being an unusual in a fifteen meter sport yacht.  Engines are standard twin Cummins 550 or optional 600hp.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.49 m (50.9ft) incl extended bathing platform
Beam - 4.47 m
Draft - 1.24 m with shafts, 1.27 m with ZF pods
Displacement - 19,700 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1514 l
Water Capacity - 416 l
Accommodation - 4 or 6 berths in 2 or 3 cabins, + 2 convertible berths
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 550hp, QSC 600hp
Propulsion - V-drive line shafts, or ZF Zeus dual propeller aft looking pods
Hull Shape - Vee shape with 19 degrees deadrise
Certification - ABYC, NMMA, CE optional

November 25, 2012

Project: Baia 26 Sevolution

PowerYacht already showed you some details of the 26 Sevolution back when this new line concept from Baia was presented in 2010.  At the time this model was named the 24.5 and now the model has been expanded over one meter presenting a larger bathing platform beach area.  The Sea Explorer Vessel Evolution concept is interesting in its technical details, from the unusual hull shape to the design of the living areas outside and inside.  The Baia Sevolution is a far cry from what the South Italian builder usually offers and has offered since the seventies, which is deep-V hulled fast cruisers and yachts.  Fair play to Baia though with the Sevolution the Naples, South Italian boat builder is offering new ideas into an explorer yacht, and innovative ways of space usage.  The 26 Sevolution will feature four double guest cabins, with an owners full beam stateroom located to midships.  Power are not announced but Baia has stated it will use pod drives propulsion for its new series.   

November 24, 2012

New Model: Vicem 32m Vulcan RPH

Vicem Yachts with an important and strategic business expansion, enlarged its horizons beyond mahogany cold molding construction into high-tech composite builds with three new sleek, fast yachts for its top of the line Vulcan series: a 46m delivered in July 2012, and the second built which has just been completed the 32m RPH.  The Vicem 35m Vulcan currently under construction, will appear in March 2013 for its launch.  Designed by Frank Mulder the Dutch designer idea was to create a sleek and sinuous yacht line without compromising interior spaces, which on unit one is designed by Wetzels Brown Partners. The raised pilot house configuration provides excellent main deck spaciousness and the owner can enjoy a standard master cabin forward on the main deck while the VIP guests have a full beam suite below decks. The exterior sporty profile complements a dynamic boating lifestyle. Impressively, the vessel can also achieve a range of 1350 nautical miles while navigating at a fin-stabilized speed of 12 knots, all within RINA Short-Range Charter class certification. The Vicem 32m Vulcan is a raised pilothouse design uniquely featuring easy access to the foredeck both from the boat deck from both sides, creating a full beam on-deck master stateroom. In addition to four guest staterooms, the yacht has two crew cabins with access from the galley, all with en-suite heads. The main tender is on the fly-bridge deck with room for two personal watercrafts in a transom garage.
Technical Data:
LOA - 33.56 m (110.1ft)
Hull Length - 32.9 m
Beam - 7.8 m
Draft - 2.05 m
Displacement - 110 t
Fuel Capacity - 20000 l
Water Capacity - 4000 l
Accommodation - 5 guest cabins, two crew cabins
Max Persons - 18
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1900hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 23 knots max, 18 knots cruise, 12 knots economic
Range - 1350 nautical miles at 12 knots economic
Construction - Resin infused cored fiberglass hull.  Core-cell and Epoxy resins.
Project - Frank Mulder exterior, Vicem Design Team, Wetzels Brown Partners interior for hull 1
Certification - RINA short range charter class

November 23, 2012

Web: Group Beneteau New Web Site

Groupe Beneteau is one of the most known global production boat builders, and now this world brand updates its corporate home website. Founded 1884 in Vendee by fully qualified ship builder Benjamin Beneteau, who sets up Beneteau boat yard building trawlers for fisherman. 24 years pass and as any builder who beats the age of time Benjamin sets provocation in motion when in 1910 he builds the first engine boat called "Vainqueur des Jaloux", Conqueror of the Jealous in English which sets a lot of drama and gets accused this is scaring the fish away. In 1928 Andre Beneteau son of Benjamin takes over yard management duties, and two years later he shows the way forward building "Le Jeannot" a faster design trawler which he christens Poursuivante, translated in English to Pursuer. It is 1945 the ending of World War II, which prompts Vendee and the fishing fleet of the area needing a total rebuild, and Andre pursues his creativity by presenting the first trawler boats with bridges. This is followed in 1955 with more tuna fisherman thinking creating the first live bait storage. In 1964 the third generation Beneteau boat builders Annette Beneteau Roux, brother Andre, and husband Louis-Claude Roux take the helm pursuing the road into recreational boats and the use of fiberglass as a building material. A year later passes and Beneteau exhibits for the first time at the Paris boat show presenting the Peches Promenade concept of fishing pleasure boats. 1967 Beneteau follows more its production instincts launching the Forban and Galion models which achieve great success and are followed by another break through of Baroudeur a pleasure cruiser with living aboard comfort. 1973 sees Andre Beneteau responsible for design present the 32 Evasion first two masted yacht from the brand, and two years later this is followed by what the critics call one of his best projects the Astroblade. Between this in 1974 Beneteau launches a still today model range, its first planning motor boat the Antares, and in 1976 the 30 First designed by Andre Mauric is presented. This also marking a line which is still as at today existent. 1981 sees designer German Frers present the 42 First, recognized at the time as one of the most stable sailboats. In 1982 Beneteau is recognized as the largest production boat builder of the time. A century has passed since its founding in 1984 and Beneteau goes public on the Paris stock exchange. This is followed by more production facilities two years later when Beneteau opens a new building plant in Marion, South Carolina USA. 1987 sees the launch of another line with the Oceanis designed by Philippe Briand, and another innovative 35.5 First with project by Philippe Starck and Jean Berret is launched. 1992 marks the creation of the Beneteau Group with the CNB marking the first acquisition, followed by O'Hara mobile home concept in 1994, Jeanneau in 1995, Wauquiez in 1997 which is sold in 2008, and IRM Leisure home builder in 2007. The company also forms new brands and this starts in 1999 with EYB Yacht Brokerage firm and SGB Finance, followed in 2005 by Beneteau Foundation, and the 2009 Monte Carlo Yacht Spa in charge of Motor Yacht over fifteen metres. Today Groupe Beneteau has six boat building brands: Beneteau, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Prestige, CNB, and the recent Monte Carlo Yachts. Beneteau Group also builds leisure and residential homes. Groupe Beneteau new website is available in French and English language and takes you around with the following buttons: Beneteau Group, Brands and Services, News, Contact, Investor Corner, Press Corner, and The Brands Direct Access.

November 22, 2012

Project: Couach 2300 Open

Based on the same hull lines of the 2300 Fly, Couach presents the Open version project of the same model.  Presented with a sportier line the Couach 2300 Open should also present differences to the Fly version in the lower deck and main deck plan.  In the projcet renderings for example the engine intakes are located more aft, and the large view windows to midships are also featured more to stern.  Still Couach is quoting a three double cabins, and a two crew room as the Fly version for the interior accommodation layout. The hardtop of the 2300 Open will be of a semi extended nature covering half a huge part of the cockpit deck, and of the aft sunpad.  As Couach has been doing since very long time the 2300 Open is built with the use of Kevlar and Carbon.  Power is twin MAN 1200 or MTU 1500hp engines with ZF pods propulsion.  Top speed is 34 knots, and a cruise of 24 gives a six hundred nautical miles range. 

November 21, 2012

New Model: Azimut 76 Magellano

The Italians have always been important innovators in the yachting industry, and Azimut since its inception has been a centre protagonist in this role from the South European peninsula.  The Magellano line from Azimut was presented in 2009 with the 74, and this new 76 updates this very important model with some interesting changes.  When the 74 Magellano was presented it represented an important statement from Azimut, and this was an Explorer yacht with the flare of the Mediterranean yacht outside and inside.  Three years to the launch of the first explorer Magellano 74, Azimut updates it, making important visible changes to its important explorer yacht style debutant.  Apart of a longer hull mostly thanks to an up down hydraulic bathing platform aft the new 76 has changed other elements from new hull window shapes, no tender garage aft for a larger crew area, a revised main deck with astern galley, and a lower deck with a standard four double cabins layout.  Power is twin MAN 1000hp with a 22 knots max, and a high speed cruise of 17 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.4 m (80ft)
Hull Length - 23.16 m
Beam - 6.1 m
Draft - 1.81 m incl props
Displacement - 64 t
Fuel Capacity - 7500 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 3 crew in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x MAN 1000hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 22 knots max, 17 cruise
Hull Shape - Semidisplacement Dual Mode
Project - Ken Freivokh exterior, Bill Dixon hull 

November 20, 2012

Project: GTMM 27

As we have said in the past GTMM is a young US company venturing on its first models currently in advanced building stages, the 27 and 39.  We have shown you the 39 in the past now we show you the rendering of the entry level 27.  Although recently founded GTMM is a company with a lot of heritage and this particular new 27 model carries much of these roots.  The GTMM 27 in particular is based below waterline on the old legendary Magnum 27 deep Vee 24 degrees deadrise hull.  The GTMM 27 will be very custom to what regards its cabin, upholstery fittings, and hull color design.  So far no cabin details are announced but I do imagine the usual power sports boat cuddy layout with V-berth, and a medium sized shower head and galley upon entrance.  Power is Mercury racing from 525 up to 850hp with racng single propeller stern drive.  Estimated top speeds are 70 knots plus.   

News: Galeon November 2012

Galeon will take part in the Berlin Boot and Fun Boat show taking part from the 23 till 28th November.  Galeon will be present in hall 4.2 stand COSWe.  Three Galeon sport cruiser model will be present at the show; 325 HTS, 330 HT, and 385 HTS.
550 Fly the newest in the third generation Galeon Yachts has been recognized by one of Europe's largest boating magazine Boote.  The 550 Fly received a nominee in the most prestigious category over 45 feet, showing the very best standard Galeon has reached in the last years. 
A new updated Galeon Yachts App update is available for free.  This new App is a free dowbload and is available from the Apple Store under 'Galeon Yachts'. The App gives full access to all the Galeon models with description, layout and technical data.  A virtual sampler and company presentation are also available in the App.   

November 19, 2012

New Model: Calafuria 25 Big Game /Fish

This new Calafuria is a further evolution of the 25 series so far produced in the Big Game and Fish models.  Measuring eight meters plus in overall length this model uses to best the spaces outside with a small comfortable cabin.  The cabin features a comfortable Vee berth and a separate shower head.  The split level cockpit deck also surprises for its unusual sport fish plan plan of going down in the helm midships part.  The radar arch of the big game fish is also removable.  Hull one had a complete teak deck with also the interior and the helm having a tradition finish.  The 25 big Game is also available with more fisherman options like trolling valves, hard top, and tuna tower. The 25 Big Game /Fish is powered by a single 210hp Cummins engine with reliable easy to maintain line shaft propulsion, and top speeds of 28 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 8.5 m (27.8ft)
Hull Length - 7.39 m
Beam - 2.85 m
Draft - 0.60 m
Displacement - 3400 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 460 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Max Persons - 8
Engine - 1 x Cummins common rail 210hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 28 knots max
Construction - fiberglass with Isoftalic resins
Certification - CE B

November 18, 2012

Project: Riva 122 Mythos

Riva, the iconic brand of the Ferretti Group, launches its new flagship, 122 Mythos. Riva 122 Mythos, the largest aluminium planing yacht ever produced by the historic shipyard, perfectly transfers the elegance, flair and clean lines featured by all Riva models to a new line built entirely in light aluminium alloy.  Designed by Mauro Micheli of Officina Italiana Design, the team which is in charge of the design of all the models of the Riva range since the nineties, in close collaboration with Ferretti Group's Advanced Yacht Technology research and naval design centre, and Centro Stile, a skilful team of architects and designers; Riva 122’ Mythos will be produced by the skilled and experienced CRN shipyard in Ancona, the production plant of the Group which is specialized in the construction of mega yachts up to 90 metres.  Riva and CRN, both brands of the Ferretti Group, further strengthen their historic partnership, based on a tradition of constructing Riva maxi yachts at the shipyard. This strong partnership which has joined together two of the major protagonists of the international pleasure boating industry for more than 40 years, started in 1970 when Carlo Riva decided to terminate the agreement signed with the Dutch shipyard with whom he had been working until that period. This shift proved to be successful and led between 1970 and 1978 to the launch of five 23.50 metre motor yachts of the Marco Polo series and two Vespucci of 90 and 100 feet designed by the Carlo Riva Yacht Division. The new flagship of Riva is more than 37 metre long and over seven metre wide. The planing aluminium hull gets a peak speed of 27 knots, with a cruising speed of 25 knots, thanks to two MTU 3460hp engines. The extremely elegant and spacious exteriors allow enjoying the time spent cruising together. The large main deck cockpit features a large and comfortable sun pad and a table which can host up to ten people. The salon and the dinette have large windows with an amazing panoramic view and are connected to the helm station; the wide galley, which can also be accessed from the crew area from the lower deck, is located to the front of the deck, after the helm station. The lower deck, amidships, hosts the owner’s suite and the guest cabins. The crew area one captain cabin and two twin crew cabins are located to the bow. There are three possible layouts, with three, four or five cabins according to the owner’s request. From the cockpit on the main deck it is possible to access the aft bathing platform which separates the two garage hatches, designed to host the tender approximately five metres long to the left and jet bike to the right. The platform has been designed with an electro hydraulic system which allows users to safely plunge into the water or dive from the aft area.  Large glass side windows guarantee a high quantity of light under deck. The sun deck, which can be accessed from an external ladder, was designed to offer the owner and his guests the utmost comfort; featuring a Jacuzzi swimming pool surrounded by wide sun-bathing sofas, with a dinette area and foldable table. There is also a second retractable helm station on the sport bridge.

November 17, 2012

New Model: Fipa Maiora 29 Convertible

With her black hull and white superstructure, this is the new Maiora 29 Convertible.  This new Fipa Maiora presents a new perspective on the 29 model series, and also shows the great length of customization from the Italian Viareggio boat builder.  The Maiora 29 Convertible innovation is located in the enclosed flybridge, which takes half of the fly deck leaving the rest open.  The enclosed bridge is alco connected to the open area thanks to a sliding patio door.  As is usual to Maiora a high degree of customization is also show in all area of this latest 29 Convertible from the interiors of this yacht finished in canaletto walnut and white lacquered oak, to the chosen different layout: which shows it from the saloon which is furnished with spacious sofas and a concealed TV, there is the access to the master cabin which is made independent with its own private entrance. A day head is located at the saloon entrance, with access from both the inside and outside which further differentiates the Maiora Convertible from other similar 29 models launched in the past. Furthermore, the main deck also features a galley, the bridge and stairs giving access to guest accommodation. This area boasts two double VIP cabins and one twin cabin with sliding beds which enables single beds to be transformed into a double.  The Convertible enclosed fly is furnished with comfortable sofas and this same lounge zone can be transformed into a spacious dining area. In front there is a piece of furniture housing a concealed TV and a cooking plan. The upper helm is also very comfortable and spacious. A sliding door separates the inside and outside areas and it faces a huge sunbathing area from which one can access an "infinity pool" with a glass backside which gives the impression to swim while suspended in space. Two diving boards deploy to the sides and allow the water games to extend from the pool directly to the sea. The cockpit, which rightly deserves its "party cockpit" designation, has been enlarged to the maximum to obtain an enormous space capable of accommodating twelve guests around the table, in addition to the sofa and lounge chair area which is also there for guests' entertainment. On the other side, another lounge area featuring sofas and a table has been installed on the foredeck. Finally, a comfortable five meter tender is housed in the stern garage.
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.5 m (96.7ft)
Beam - 6.45 m
Draft - 1.80 m incl props
Fuel Capacity - 11000 l
Water Capacity - 2500 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 3/4 crew berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16v2000 M94CR 2600hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 32 knots max, 27 knots cruise
Hull Type - Vee planning
Project - Roberto del Re

November 16, 2012

Web: Unica Yacht New Web Site

Unica from Naples, Italy presents its new World wide web showroom.  Founded in 2005 by Gennaro Ingegno with the help of World famed hull designer Brunello Acampora from Victory Design studio, this South Italian boat builder presented its first 42 model in the same year.  Unica yachts are in the looks department a tribute to the Don Aronow nineteen sixties powerboats and US fast offshore cruisers of the seventies and eighties.  Unica today has a three model range the 42, 50, and 50 T-Top all built to a semi custom standard and a wide range of propulsion choice from Volvo IPS pods to Flexidrive surface drives. Each Unica is built in Kevlar, fiberglass, Vinilester resins, and Airex core composites.  Unica new web site is available in Italian, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish languages and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Company, Models, Brokerage Selection, Charter, and Reffting.  Unica has also its Facebook social page with a direct link from the new website.       

November 15, 2012

New Model: Grand Banks 43 EU Heritage

An evolution of the 41 EU Heritage, Grand Banks World presented the new 43 EU and the just passed 2012 Fort Lauderdale boat show.  This model is a further refinement of Grand Banks much appreciated pod drive propelled unit featuring a thirty per cent larger cockpit, bigger staterooms and a second head.  The Grand Banks 43 EU builds more on the revolution of the modern trawler that was presented in 2007 with the 41 for owners around the world. Other new features for the 43 EU are over sized view windows on both hull sides to port and starboard, and a larger hatch for the forward located owners stateroom.  The flybridge has also been extended with the option of a 350kg crane davit.  Fuel reserve has also been increased in the 43 by twenty per cent that is about 400 extra liters for a longer cruising range.  Power is twin Cummins 480hp with ZF Zeus pods giving a 24 knots max speed, and a 20 fast cruise.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.9 m (48.9ft)
Length - 13.1 m
Waterline Length - 12.1 m
Beam - 4.77 m
Draft - 1.2 m
Displacement -
Fuel Capacity - 2203 l
Water Capacity - 757 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB6.7 480hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 24 knots max, 20 knots cruise

November 14, 2012

Engine: FPT N67 570hp

As well as attaining compliance with future EPA Tier 3 exhaust emission regulations FPT Industrial has also completely revised the most representative of its marine models. The new N67 570 features a 6 cylinder in-line architecture with a 6,7 litre displacement, 4 valves per cylinder, second generation electronically controlled Common Rail fuel injection system and a turbocharger with waste-gate and intercooler. Compared to the previous version, apart from a 10 HP power increase, the engine above all offers a new lay-out and the optimization of the lubrication, cooling, air-feeding and exhaust systems. The cylinder block, reinforced by its "ladder frame" structure, remains the same, having exhaustively demonstrated its reliability even under the high mechanical stresses of endurance racing. As its key technical figures illustrate; weight/power ratio 1.14 Kg/HP, power/displacement ratio 85 HP/litre and volume/power ratio 1.31 dm3/HP, the new engine not only maintains the leadership in its class but actually increases the gap between itself and its rivals. The N67 570 incorporates numerous significant changes and optimised solutions amply tested in successful speed and endurance racing, a highly effective test bed to explore the true limits of power and reliability of an engine.  Furthermore, FPT Industrial's great experience in the production of the NEF Series engines is testified by the numbers; last July the Turin Engine plant has indeed produced the one millionth NEF engine, being in production since 2000.

November 13, 2012

Project: Viking 62 Convertible

During the just finished Fort Lauderdale boat show, Viking has shown plans for an upcoming new 62 Convertible model to be launched in January 2013 during the company VIP preview weekend in Florida.  The 62 Convertible continues Viking recent pursuits with a sleek reverse sheer line, and a flash fore deck.  Inside it will feature four double cabins, served by three shower heads.  The owners room is located to starboard midships, and a VIP suite is located to fore.  The other two guest cabins are both bunks and located to port side.  The main deck continues the Viking following of the standard sportfish layout with a welcoming saloon, dining area, and a galley with island bar.  Power details are not announced but I would imagine a top speed of forty knots with the top tier engine possible, as has been in all the recent big Viking.  

November 12, 2012

New Model: Beneteau 50 Swift Trawler

With this latest 50 Swift Trawler, I think Beneteau and designer Joubert-Nivelt break a bit the schematics of the line not only in the looks department which are more modern, but also under the water line for offering Volvo IPS pod propulsion in this series for the very first time.   Anyways the Swift Trawler range is a bit the compromise for those who want an explorer cruiser or yacht with a more modern style and a medium range possible with some fuel savings.  The 50 Swift Trawler offers an interesting spacious accommodation plan in all areas from the flybridge to its all around deck, and a full beam midships owners cabin.  A three double cabins plan is featured below with the option in layout two to make the double bunk cabin to port side into an office and having one berth.  The main deck is split level with a galley behind the helm and welcoming saloon to aft.  Power is twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pods.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.99 m (49.2ft)
Hull Length - 13.3 m
Beam - 4.65 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 16000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1200 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 500 l
Accommodation - 6 or 5 berths in 3 cabins
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pods
Project - Michel Joubert and Bernard Nivelt, P.Frutschi interior, Beneteau Power
Certification - CE B14, C18

November 11, 2012

Project: Horizon EP 115

The Horizon Group is pleased to announce that a new EP series 115 foot expedition yacht, which is still under construction, was recently sold to an owner in Singapore. The 115 foot long-range explorer yacht is scheduled to deliver to the new owner in March 2013 and will become the largest luxury yacht Horizon has delivered in the Singapore yacht market.  The solid yet stylish 115-foot expedition yacht is the newest addition to the Horizon EP series and has a full-displacement steel hull with a bulbous bow and fiberglass superstructure.  The EP 115 is the second Horizon yacht built with a steel hull, with the EP148 being the first, and is the first to feature a composite superstructure.  To ensure the safety and stability of the vessel, the new 115-foot Horizon expedition yacht is built and certified to Bureau Veritas Classification Society Rules yacht and steel ship standards and features double rudders and ABT thrusters for easy maneuvering. In addition, the new 115-footer is powered with twin MAN 1100hp engines and at ten knots has a range in excess of 3000 nautical miles. The Horizon design team worked closely with the new owner to customize some certain areas and aspects of the yacht, ensuring that the new 115-footer luxury yacht will be perfectly suited to his requirements.  It will also features include a custom interior décor, extended cockpit for fishing, customized dive area with a commercial dive compressor and modified bow area to store a 19 foot dive tender and 14 foot rescue boat.  The new 115 EP is the first long-range expedition yacht Horizon has built and delivered in her size range, and she will make her world debut at the 2013 Boat Asia Show.

November 9, 2012

New Model: Austin Parker 36 Natante

Austin Parker show its very attention to the market when presenting the new 36 Natante, this last word meaning small craft on the Italian registration.  Since presenting its new course with the 42 Open, Austin Parker has always looked at larger models expanding its size up to the 72 launched in 2010.  Now seeing the big U-turn in the economy and the fiscal benefits in the smaller sizes, Austin Parker was fast to react presenting a smaller new entry level model the 36 Natante.  Designed as all the line by famed Italian Fulvio de Simoni the 36 Natante definitely strikes for its sweet contemporary classic lines, which apart looking awesome also work very well and keep the unique family feeling of the line.  The layout of the Austin Parker seems to keep well with a mix of down East lobster looks with Mediterranean users practicality offering a cockpit deck with three L-shaped settees and a wet bar, and a lower deck with an open layout offering a V-double berth to fore, L-shaped saloon, galley, and a separate shower head to port side. Austin Parker makes a big statement with the the 36 Natante that smaller does not mean cheaper. Power is twin Volvo 300hp with IPS pods giving a max speed up to 34 knots and a cruise of 30. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 11 m (36ft)
Beam - 3.75 m
Displacement - 8 t
Fuel Capacity - 740 l
Water Capacity - 220 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forward looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 34 knots max, 30 cruise
Range - 320 nautical miles
Project - Fulvio de Simoni
Certification - CE B

November 8, 2012

Project: Baja 35 Outlaw GT

Baja shows its project for its new largest model the 35 Outlaw GT which presents mix head-turning looks with high speed performance. The 35 Outlaw boasts an aggressive design that matches its performance on the water. This project according to Baja comes with innovative hydro testing, wind tunnel technology and carbon fiber construction all these made to make drag up to a minimum. Comfort is also of major importance in Baja new large 35 Outlaw model, with an expansive cabin; enlarged head and optional air-conditioning. Plenty of amenities and room for eight passengers and sleep accommodation for three guests.  Power choices are four starting from twin Mercruiser gas petrol at 380 up to 565hp engines.  

November 7, 2012

New Model: XL Marine 51 HT S

After showing us the renderings of the 51 HT back last year in 2011, XL Marine finally launch and put this latest model into the water this summer 2012.  Unlike the announced project the first of the 51 HT was also an S version, which means it is equipped with the high speeds surface drive propulsion, increasing top end performance by around fifteen per cent.  Always very custom in its details so far in all the models produced the 51 HT S also featured some distinctive details, as a sofa to port in replacement of a wet bar in the cockpit, and an aft crew cabin.  For the lower deck the owner of the XL Marine 51 HT S decided for the standard more traditional layout with owners room to fore, VIP cabin to port, and a twin berths cabin at starboard, with an L-shaped saloon and galley in between the cabins.  Two shower heads serve the cabins to forward, one en-suite for the owner to port, and the other for the guests opposite.  Finishing for this launch is in white sprayed wood, with floor and table tops in Wenge.  Power for this model is from the large choice of twin MAN 1000hp with Arneson surface drives propulsion giving max speed of 45 knots, and 40 of cruise.  Worth to note that in the initial test with larger propellers and a light load the XL Marine 51 HT S achieved 49 knots top end, but the central Italian boat builder decided for a more conservative choice delivering also better lower planning speeds.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.54 m (50.9ft)
Hull Length - 14.35 m
Beam - 4.50 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 20.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 2600 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x MAN 8v 1000hp
Propulsion - Arneson surface drives ASD12 with 5 blade props
Speed - 45 knots max, 40 knots cruise
Construction - Vinilester resin infused, single skin bottom, foam cored sides and upper structure. 
Certification - CE A

November 6, 2012

Project: Cheoy Lee 76 Alpha Express Flybridge

Launching the 76 Alpha Express model a year ago Cheoy Lee follows it with the Flybridge version, adding a second helm up top, and other important changes inside.  Built as the more sport sister in resin infused and sporting a design by famed architect Michael Peters, as in anything Cheoy Lee shows again it means serious boat building pedigree.  The 76 Alpha Express flybridge presents a three double cabins lower deck plan with a cabins being served with own peronsal shower head,and having a full beam midships owners cabin also having a walk in wardrobe.  A crew cabin is located behind the owners cabin.  The 76 Alpha Express Flybridge is also presented with two important changes inside; the galley is now on the main deck from below and located astern to better serve the aft deck, and the helm station relocated to starboard. Power is standard twin MTU 1200hp engine with ZF pods.

November 5, 2012

New Model: Magazzu MX-13 Coupe T-Top

Magazzu is a very interesint boat builder from Sicily, Palermo who specializes its construction mostly in Rib, but also builds a range of motor boats, and sail craft.  The Mx-13 Coupe is one of Magazzu's 2012 new models and focuses to present a big day rib cruiser with sleeping accommodation for four, and max people capacity of 24.  The rib is available as picture above in T-Top hard top covered center console, or full open version.  Its accommodation layout consists of a forward double berth, L-shaped dinette, galley, and seperate small shower head.  The Magazzu MX-13 Coupe shows a lot of performance dedication not only in looks but also below the waterline featuring a two step hull, and in its carbon fiber with epoxy resin construction.  Power is engine capability of up to twin 700hp with surface drives or stern-drives available as propulsion. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 13 m (42.6ft)
Beam - 4.4 m
Fuel Capacuty - 2 x 470 l
Water Capacity - 360 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 24
Engines - 2 x 700hp
Propulsion - stern drives, or surface drives
Speed - 55 knots max
Hull Type - two step deep Vee hull
Construction - carbon fiber with epoxy resins
Certification - CE B