February 28, 2013

Monthly News - February 2013

-pic of the month- Sunseeker Flying British Industry Flag

Cruisers Celebrates Sixty Years
Cruisers Yachts is celebrating their 60th year of brand excellence at the Miami International Boat Show and the boat builder created an exclusive VIP Birthday Celebration at the stand during the show. Cruisers sixty years are a sign of brand excellence and world-class manufacturing which warrants celebration, this is more about celebrating 60 years of building owner relationships.

Ferretti Group Largest Display Ever at Miami Boat Show
The Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and sale of motor-yachts, comprising a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive and prestigious brands in the nautical world, had the largest amount of new yachts to be displayed in the history of the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show with 25 new yachts on display, including 4 US debuts. The Ferretti Group continues to build on its success in the Americas where the Group completed a record year of sales in the American market for the second consecutive year. Latin America continues to be a very strong growth region for the Ferretti Group as the Group strengthens its dealer distribution network across nine countries including Puerto Rico, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. The Ferretti Group has made a significant commitment to the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show with the largest in-water display of new yachts and record showcase of Ferretti Yachts, Pershing and Riva yachts at an American boat show. The highly anticipated Ferretti 870, Ferretti 690, Pershing 82 and Custom Line Navetta 26 Cresendo will be making their US debuts at this event.

Grand Banks Update from Miami
Grand Banks Yachts just concluded another Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show and would like to thank all of those that came and visited its booth. With a slow start Thursday and Friday due to the poor weather, the traffic throughout the weekend steadily increased as the weather did. This year's lineup included the all-new 43 Heritage EU and 54 Heritage EU, as well as the 46 Eastbay SX, all three of which were very well attended with many visitors interested in boarding all three models. There is also excitement building with the completely redesigned 50 Eastbay that is scheduled to make its debut at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. With a sleek and more modern design, this "Down East" cruiser will feature pod drives, an aft bulkhead that opens to connect the salon and cockpit as one spacious living area and layout options that can accommodate up to three staterooms. The 50 Eastbay will be available in the "SX" or express style, as well as a "FB" or flybridge option. Stay tuned for more information regarding the debut of this new model.

Heesen New Middle East Agent
Heesen Yachts Agents’ network is expanding. Partners have already been agreed for the Russian and Asia Pacific markets; now this Dutch shipyard is delighted to announce that Al-Futtaim Marine will promote the sale of Heesen superyachts in the Middle East. This region is an increasingly important hub for the superyacht industry and this new partnership exemplifies Heesen Yachts’ attitude to regional markets: To approach clients in the right way you need a trusted local partner to properly deliver brand values. Launched in March 2012 within Al Futtaim, one of the largest privately owned conglomerates in the region, Al-Futtaim Marine is a milestone development that signifies an extremely exciting time for the marina and marine services industry in the Middle East. Its vision is to become the company of choice by providing key services, including sales, maintenance and repair, insurance, marine consultancy and finance. In the brokerage department, Toby Scruby and Ross Gill from Al-Futtaim Marine will work closely with the Heesen sales team to create an unparalleled network facilitating the sale of Heesen yachts throughout the Middle East.

Jarrett Bay a Kohler Dealer
Kohler Power Systems sales and service support is now just a call to Jarrett Bay away. Jarrett Bay Boatworks has joined Kohler's worldwide network of dealers and distributors on four continents with factory-trained technicians available at a moment’s notice. Kohler is your true single source partner for every generator, alternator, control and sound shield designed, manufactured and assembled start to finish in their facilities – and Jarrett Bay can now offer the Kohler service, when and where you need it. Jarrett Bay also proudly features an extensive inventory of Kohler products and genuine parts.

Princess Continue International Accolades
International accolades for Princess Yachts are becoming increasingly common and widespread as the company celebrates two more victories in the Far East. Following her success at the 2012 Motor Boat of the Year Awards the Princess V52 has been named ‘Best Imported Large Yacht’ and joins the coveted finalist list to be named overall ‘Boat of the Year Japan 2012’. The winner will be announced at the Japan International Boat Show 2013, which takes place 7th – 17th March 2013. The V52 will be on display at the show alongside the new Princess 56 and the multi-award winning Princess V39, which was named best sportscruiser up to 45ft at the 2013 Motor Boat of the Year Awards and received the AIM Media Marine Group Editor's Choice Award 2012 for 'Best Import Motoryacht 30-40ft' in the US. Rivalling the success of the V Class sport yachts are the Princess M Class superyachts. The Princess 32M was victorious at the Hurun Report’s annual Best of the Best Awards for ‘Best Production Motor Yacht 30m Class’ in China. 2013 marked the ninth anniversary of the awards, which are the longest-running and one of the most authoritative awards for the luxury industry. The flagship Princess 40M is continuing this success having made the prestigious finalist list for the 2013 World Superyacht Awards. Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the superyacht world’, it is an incredible achievement to have reached the final stage with our first ever 40m yacht. The winner will be named at a glittering ceremony attended by international superyacht owners and some of the most influential players in the superyacht industry in May.

Riva 170 Year of Emotions
Using the word ‘legend’ to talk about Riva is far too easy; it is much more difficult to describe the factors that perpetuate this legend. 170 words are printed in the very first pages of the book: each of them can be considered as a brick making up a large, constantly expanding castle. Try to read them in a sequence and you will see how easily you will visually and emotionally associate them with Riva. This is how Ferretti Group’s CEO Ferruccio Rossi introduces the book that enshrines the history of Riva, written by those who have experienced the brand’s 170-year history first-hand. The book includes 170 statements and unique pictures that can be browsed through or read in a sequence to take a step into the very heart of a brand which represents one of the most significant chapters in the history of Made-in-Italy production. Excerpts of letters, dedications, acknowledgements, and feelings put on paper, all sharing one common denominator: ‘Legend’; the pleasure of being onboard a Riva yacht, an icon of quality and design, pure craftsmanship and engineering perfection. A tribute to those who have put their heart, soul and expertise to the service of boatyards for more than a century. As you turn every page you will come in contact with the core values of a brand, a world leader in the yachting industry since time immemorial, still capable of constantly striving towards the future: tradition, family, exclusiveness, quality, design, care for details, lifestyle.  Owners, dealers, designers, managers, engineers, photographers, collectors, workers, sports champions, and celebrities have joined their voices to testify how delightful it is for everyone of them to associate Riva with the ‘Legend’. The pictures, taken over a 60-year period, are also a tribute to Cantieri Riva and to its historical and current models. These pictures allow us to take a journey through past and present times from very unusual perspectives: historical and modern pictures, snapshots of details and events, black & white ad colours spots create a bridge between the past and the present.

Sanlorenzo Environmental Award Winner
Since 1958, Sanlorenzo shipyard is a leader in the production of strictly tailor-made motor yachts. The Yard's entry for the 2012 Environmental Award Edition is their most ecological model in water and environmental protection: the Sanlorenzo SL94. With her unmistakable Sanlorenzo lines, the SL94 exemplifies elegance, balanced volumes and the proper ratio between covered and open spaces. Sanlorenzo shipyard combined new styling elements in perfect harmony with a series of innovations that continue to leave the yard's family feel of yacht planning unaltered. The Sanlorenzo SL94 was designed taking full advantage of the increasing environmental awareness that characterizes today's yachting industry, with the Sanlorenzo Technical Department responsible for the development of the SL94's eco-friendly systems. In awarding the Trophy, the UIM made special note of the electronic probes used to monitor and prevent oil spillage and the electric actuators used to avoid hydraulic oil leakage from the steering systems. On board sewage treatment is carried out by an IMO approved plant, while fuel usage and tank levels for the main engines and the gensets are continually monitored from the wheelhouse. Other important key points are the climatization plant optimization and the low energy lighting system. It is also important to underline that the Sanlorenzo SL94 is produced with fiberglass structures characterized by a low-emissions manufacturing process: the deckhouse and deck are made using vacuum-infusion resin, and the entire hull is built with the vacuum-infusion process using vacuum bags for PVC bonding.

Sea Ray Wins Innovation Award
Sea Ray, the world’s leading manufacturer of superior quality pleasure boats, is pleased to announce that it was honored for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International at this year’s 72nd annual Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show& Strictly Sail. Sea Ray received a 2013 Innovation Award for its new 370 Venture featuring a patent-pending design with two concealed Mercury Verado outboards. In honoring the 370Venture in Miami, the judges noted that the boat uniquely incorporates cutting-edge propulsion technology in a fiberglass express cruiser powered by fully concealed outboard engines. The Concealed Outboard Propulsion found aboard the 370 Venture combines the best traits of outboard and inboard power. The rewards are quieter operation, better shallow-water capabilities, lower maintenance costs and remarkable onboard space. In addition to this 2013 Innovation Award, Sea Ray won a 2012 Innovation Award for its Quiet Ride sound reduction technology. Other recent recognitions achieved by the company include the new 510 Sundancer being named an Editor’s Choice winner by the AIM Marine Group; the 410 Sundancer being named a Best Boat of 2012 by Boating magazine; and the 370 Venture being named the Boat of the Year 2012 by Boatingmagazine.

Sea Ray Next Wave
Sea Ray announced the launch of its Next Wave initiative during a media event on Thursday evening at the Miami International Boat Show. The event was hosted by Dustan McCoy, President and CEO of Brunswick Corporation and Andy Graves, President of the Brunswick Boat Group and Interim President of Sea Ray. Opening the event, McCoy was emphatic about Brunswick's commitment to the marine industry and particularly to Sea Ray as its flagship brand. He cited several Innovation Awards received by Brunswick's Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and Harris FloteBote brands earlier in the day as evidence of Brunswick's leadership and commitment to the industry. Graves followed McCoy's comments with the introduction of Sea Ray's Next Wave initiative, a product-focused campaign comprised of Innovative Thinking and Inspired Execution. Internal work on the project began in late 2011, and its public launch marked a 24-month commitment to enacting major innovation across all Sea Ray platforms, with the ultimate goal of redefining the boating experience. The public introduction of Next Wave included a series of new technologies and design breakthroughs that mark the first examples of Next Wave thinking in action. These include Quiet Ride™, first seen on the SLX Series, which reduces engine noise and vibration by nearly half; and SkyFlow Design™, first displayed on the award-winning 510 Sundancer, which eliminates the "cave" effect of most cruisers by blurring the line between indoor and outdoor spaces.  Additional Next Wave technologies include TabletTunes™, which is a standard feature aboard the 610 Sundancer and is available on every Sea Ray Yacht; Concealed Outboard Propulsion, modeled on Boating Magazine's Boat of the Year, the 370 Venture; Dynamic Running Surface, first available on the 230 SLX; and TrueJet, the product of a groundbreaking partnership between Sea Ray and Weber Motors, featured now on the 21 Jet.

Sea Ray Adds New Dealer
Sea Ray Boats is pleased to announce the appointment of Groupe Thomas Marine to its leading network of marine dealers; more than 400 strong and operating on six continents. The company joins Marina Fortin in serving customers throughout the province of Quebec, Canada. Marina Fortin has been a top Sea Ray dealer for over 20 years and remains an important part of the Sea Ray dealer network. Established in 1984 by Claude Thomas, who is now assisted by his wife and two sons, Groupe Thomas Marine has a team of more than 90 employees and has invested in continually modernizing its facilities to ensure the best possible sales and service experience. The business has stores in Laval, Varennes, Sorel-Tracy and Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu, with a total of more than 700 boats in inventory, 2 million parts and accessories in stock and a workforce of certified technicians. Groupe Thomas Marine also operates Marina Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu, located along the Richelieu River between the locks at St-Ours and Chambly. The marina offers visitors a relaxing stay thanks to the quality of its facilities and services, which include water, electric, WiFi, pump-out, haul-out, repair, storage and more. In addition, the company has an established finance department that can provide the resources customers need to purchase their next boat.

Sealine Updates Its Model Range
Sealine has on 12th February announced changes to its model ranges in line with both current and future product development programmes. The new badging, which becomes effective this week, will reflect the true overall length of each boat. The S35 is now S380, SC42 is S450, F42 is F450, C48 is C490, F48 is F490, and the upcoming F37 will be F380.

Sessa Debuts in Australia
Sessa Marine expands group operations in the Asia Pacific markets appointing Premier Yachting as Australian National Dealer. The company will display the Sessa C38 at the Melbourne Boat Show at New Quay marina at Docklands from Feb 1 to 3 and is also aiming to present the Sessa brand at this year’s Sanctuary Cove Show in May and the Sydney International Boat Show in August. Premier Yachting recently took delivery of the Sessa C38 and is looking forward to the arrival of the Sessa flagship C68 in April 2013 which is already sold to a Royal Brighton Yacht Club member. Vicsail Fremantle have also agreed to acting as Premier Yachting agents for the Sessa brand and is planning to have a boat in WA for the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show on October.

Sunseeker Flying British Industry Flag
Following on from record sales at this year's London Boat Show at Excel in January, Sunseeker were keen to keep one of their stunning new vessels the Manhattan 73 in central London for a number of photo and filming opportunities. The Sunseeker Manhattan 73 has been centre stage on the VIP pontoon at St. Katharine's Dock since mid-January but is set to leave at the end of this week for the Mediterranean after being the jewel of the river during the Brit Awards which takes place on Wednesday night at London's O2 arena. Last week saw society favourite photographer Sam Pelly in a chase boat capturing the Sunseeker motor yachts majestic lines against the back drop of London's iconic sites with the company's 'Sunseeker Girls' on board dressed in theatrical 'Brit Award styling'. Sunseeker is an iconic British brand, famed for its appearance in many 007 Bond films and high profile clientele from Jenson Button to Chris Evans, both of whom supported Sunseeker at recent Boat Shows in Southampton and London.  Sunseeker International employ 2,300 skilled craftsman at its factory and headquarters in Poole, Dorset and a dealership network in over 70 countries, Sunseeker are flying the flag for the British manufacturing Industry.

February 27, 2013

Project: Sunseeker 68 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker presents the new 68 Sport Yacht which follows on the lines and interior plans of the just presented Predator of the same designation.  So whats the difference?  The 68 Sport Yacht will feature a sport flybridge and will also be the entry level model of this five model range from Sunseeker which spans up to the 115.  The flybridge is to be accessed via a port side integrated stair case, and will be according to plans a spacious affair featuring a C-shaped settee to starboard, dual seat helm station to port, and a passengers forward looking bench. The interior offers a three double cabins with a full beam owners stateroom, and the galley located below.  The main deck is all reserved for entertainment with a relaxing loung sofa on entrance, and an L-shaped dining table to port to the other side of the interior helm.  A two berth crew cabin is located to aft. Engines are three choices from Cat or MTU starting at 1150 up to 1622hp.  The most powerful choice is available only with Arneson surface drives and should give speeds up to 40 knots. 

February 25, 2013

Project: Casa 70 SportFly

Casa presents the 70 SportFly, a further development of its 68 and previously 64 projects.  None of these models have so far been launched and the 54 HT remains the largest Casa build.  Apart the extension in length this new Casa will also feature a small upper helm as it is becoming more fashion with sport yachts in around the twenty more or more of size.  The Casa 70 SportFly also redesigns the interior now featuring a four double cabin layout with a full beam owners stateroom. All guest rooms will feature a private head, even in the fourth smallest bunk cabin to port.  A crew lobby alongside the galley is located to midships in between the engine room located aft, and the owners midships stateroom.  Power is from twin MAN engines 1400hp or optional 1550hp with Arneson surface drives propulsion.  Top speeds of 53 knots are estimated with the larger engines units and the surface drive propulsion set up.

February 24, 2013

New Model: Astondoa 80 GLX

Astondoa presents the new 80 GLX, a project by Christian Gatto who renews his collaboration with the largest Spanish production motor boat builder.  The 80 GLX is the entry level super yacht and replaces the 82, with the first unit of this series launched in the past Spring.  The 80 GLX is offered in four different layouts; two choices for the main and lower deck.  A layout on the main deck is on a traditional plan with a separate galley to port side and a dining table with a welcoming saloon. Alternatively an astern galley layout is also available, which makes the saloon plan looks more like to that of smaller boats and becoming a more convivial area.  Below is four double cabins.  A choice actually here changes some small details with the most important coming from the full beam owners stateroom head and walk-in wardrobe.  Engines are twin MAN 1360 or 1550hp units.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.92 m (81.4ft)
Beam - 6.00 m
Draft - 1.65 m
Fuel Capacity - 5800 l
Water Capacity - 1100 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 4 crew in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x MAN V12 CRM 1360hp, 1550hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 27 knots max, 23 knots cruise with MAN 1360hp
Range - 400 nm at cruise speed
Project - Christian Gatto, Astondoa Group
Certification - CE A

February 23, 2013

Sarnico New Web Site

Italian boat builder Cantieri di Sarnico updates its web showroom to a new platform. Sarnico while not so old a boat builder being founded in 1992, has been a welcoming success in the industry. Its first model was the 55 Maxim an open Sport Yacht, launched two years later due to the perfection research the Italian company was seeking before putting its hull one on the water. In 1995 the yard launched the 45 Maxim, a model still as at today in production and one of the first designs by renowned Venice firm of Nuvolari Lenard. In 1997 the company changed ownership, to the Foresti family. Sarnico also won two editions of the standard production boats race Viareggio-Monte Carlo-Viareggio winning it twice in 2004 and 2005. The Sarnico range has nine models, up to the eighty feet Grande flagship. The smallest model is the Spider, a forty feet open cruiser. The new Sarnico website is available in Italian, English language, and takes you around with the following buttons; Profile, Models, Gallery, News, Events-Fairs, Dealers, Press Room, and Contacts. Sarnico new website also feature links to its social network hubs as; Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, and Youtube.
Production History:
55 Maxim 1993-96
45 Maxim/45 1995-  Nuvolari Lenard design
55 Maxim Special 1997-2001  Forest ownership
40 Maxim 1998-99
43 Maxim 1999-
58 2002-05
65 2003-
50 2004-
60 2005-
Spider 13.43m 2006-
65 Special 2007-
Archidiavolo 12.45 m 2008-
60 Gran Turismo 2009-
Grande 24.80 m 2011-
46 Spider GTS 2013-
60 GTV 2014-

February 22, 2013

New Model: Otam 50 Millennium

Awaited for like over half a decade this is the Otam 50 Millennium, the most performance orientated of the seven model range from this builder.  Considering that all Otam are capable of fifty knots plus of performance with the large engine choice that is a huge statement.  But unlike its other sister the 50 Millennium takes this titles mostly for a slim hull and an inbuilt integrated surface drive propulsion system.  Inside the Otam still offers accommodation with a forward owners cabin, and port side located guest cabin.  The second guest cabin can also become an entertainment lounger thanks to the opening and sliing of its bulk head. Two shower heads one of which ensuite for the owners cabin serve the guests. An L-shaped galley is located to starboard.  A separate single berth crew cabin is located to fore. The main deck cockpit has a traditional layout with a sunpad, C-shaped dinette, and two settee helm station all this resting to port side with a corridor to starboard.  Power is twin Cat 1015hp which give a 54 knots max speed. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.5 m (57.4ft)
Hull Length - 14.47 m
Beam - 4.15 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 19 t
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Cat C18 1015hp
Propulsion - Trimax surface drives with Rolla 6 Blade propellers
Speed - 54 knots max, 48 knots cruise, 18 knots planning speed
Certification - CE B

February 21, 2013

Project: Nord Star 34 Patrol

Nord Star announces the next evolution in the Patrol series model range to be launched. The Nord Star 34 Patrol will be a new design from bow to stern, yet not compromising on the features the Finnish brand is well known for: seaworthiness, reliability and comfortably living on board.  Inside the 34 Patrol will feature a twin cabin interior with an owner double berth to fore, and a totally separate three berths second cabin to midships under the pilot house.  The pilot house on the main deck offers the main living area with an L-shaped saloon settee to port and opposite entertainment area.  The galley is located below, in the forward cabin area.  Power choices have not yet been announced but the rendering does show twin stern drives.

February 20, 2013

New Model: Viking 62 Enclosed Bridge Convertible

Following in its recent past strategy Viking presents the new Enclosed Bridge Convertible, for the 62 model launched in its Open Bridge version in the fall of 2012.  The new 62 Enclosed Bridge Convertible follows on all plus the new extra deck and entertainment area.  The 62 Enclosed Bridge Convertible features Viking signature spiral staircase from the salon to the bridge, along with a docking station on the aft deck. To accommodate the staircase in the salon the 62 Enclosed Bridge will utilize a U-shape peninsula galley similarly equipped as in the open bridge version. The enclosed bridge features a center helm station, an L-shaped settee to starboard and an entertainment area opposite.  Below the Viking 62 Enclosed Bridge Convertible features a four double layout with an owners stateroom located to midships starboard side, a VIP suite to fore, and two double bunk cabins located to port side.  Power is from twin
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.2 m (63.1ft)
Beam - 5.8 m
Draft - 1.5 m
Displacement - 41810kg
Fuel Capacity - 6814 l
Water Capacity - 1413 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, or 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32A 1925hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 42 knots max

February 19, 2013

Project: Cranchi 50 Trawler

It was announced in the fall of last year by Cranchi, that they will be presenting a new explorer range and this is the rendering of the Italian builder first model in this series named the 50 Trawler.   The Cranchi 50 Trawler will feature a three double cabins lower deck plan with a full beam midships located owners staterooms.  Living with saloon, dining table, and astern galley is all located on the main deck behind a starboard side located helm.  The Cranchi 50 Trawler will offer plenty of large view windows, wide deep side decks, and an interesting large flybridge, and fore deck settee.  Power is from twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pods.

February 18, 2013

New Model: Absolute 55 STY

A further evolution of the 53 STY this in synthesis the Absolute 55 STY, but the yacht apart having that extra ten centimeters in length offers much more then you think it is possible.  This happens because Absolute Research Lab revisit all the interior, and also the exterior layout by moving the galley on top and in the much praised astern position, thus reinventing and creating more space also below deck.  Thanks to this the 55 STY features a lower deck with a midships full beam owners stateroom, a VIP to fore, and a double guest cabin to starboard.  The aft deck of the 55 STY has also been reinvented now offering a sun pad, and a medium sized L-shaped settee to port side.  The 55 STY also offers more power options versus the 53 being offering with twin Volvo 600 and 700hp units alongside the two or three 435hp choices as offered in the smaller sister.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.65 m (54.6ft)
Beam - 4.65 m
Fuel Capacity - 1700 l or optional 1900 l
Water Capacity - 560 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, D11 600hp, D11 700hp, 3 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS 600, IPS800, or IPS900 pod drives
Speed - 28 knots cruise with twin Volvo 700hp units
Project - Absolute Research Lab
Certification - CE B

February 17, 2013

Project: Horizon P136

Horizon is pleased to announce the elevating of the successful P130 model to a new P136 that features an eight meters plus beam, six guest stateroom layout with additional crew and bulbous bow. The new P136 is currently the largest FRP hull that Horizon builds and offers enhanced performance with her bulbous bow, which helps reduce water and wave resistance, and improved interior volume due to her 445 gross tonnage and increased waterline length. Accommodations include an on-deck Master, five guest staterooms below deck, and crew’s quarters aft of the engines. Also included in the P136 is the addition of a day head in the sky-lounge. Horizon delivered five P130 luxury yachts to owners in the U.S. and Europe between 2007 and 2012, each one built standard to DNV classification and adhering to Environmental Protection Agency and International Maritime Organization MARPOL regulations during construction. These build standards will be implemented in the new Horizon P136 model as well, ensuring she will be yet another Horizon super yacht that offers a reduced environmental impact.

February 16, 2013

Web: Marlow New Web Site

Marlow yachts is a US company with building operations in China and presents its new World wide web showroom.  Marlow was founded in 2000 with the concept starting to take shape in Marlow's head back in 1996.  The Marlow yachts are build in Xiamen China, at the Norsemen Shipbuilding facility which was also the first Yacht Yard to receive an Environmental Consciousness Award in 2007. The first Marlow was the 65C Explorer debuting at the 2001 Miami boat show.  Today Marlow builds a total of twenty models which start with the Gypsy tender, and goes up to the not so long ago presented 97 E Explorer flagship.  Marlow has also purchased in the end of 2012 the Mainship and Hunter brands.  Marlows new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Yachts, Prowler 375, Technical Info, News and Dealers, and Yacht Virtual Showrooms.  Marlow new website also features links to its Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin pages.     

February 15, 2013

Project: Riviera 565 SUV

Riviera’s design team are putting the finishing touches on the second model in the new SUV range, the sleek, stylish and spacious 565 SUV, which is due for release in May at the 2013 Riviera Festival of Boating, which is held to coincide with the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show. The 445 SUV was met with immediate popularity following its launch in August last year, and already eight having been sold internationally and around Australia.  Following this success Riviera was fast to present a larger 565 SUV project which bases its hull on that of the 53 Enclosed Flybridge. The new SUV range combines the performance blue water cruising abilities of the classic Flybridge with the fish raising abilities of the Offshore Express, and the single-level leisurely entertaining features of the popular Sport Yacht series, creating a vessel with a true bridge between all of these styles.  Featuring three cabins and two bathrooms, the new 565 SUV has a flexible accommodation plan with sleeping capacity from six to eight adults. The stately full-beam master suite features a king size island bed, large hull windows and optional opening port holes for cross ventilation, a walk-in robe, and lounge and television DVD player as standard.  The forward cabin has an optional layout with the choice of either a queen size island bed or a triple bunk bed arrangement.  The new 565 SUV has many clever design aesthetic features such as the sleek, low profile hardtop with two large manually sliding glass sunroof hatches, which bring an abundance of natural light and fresh air into the saloon. The large helm station to port has plenty of room for electronics including three display screens, controls and the Volvo joystick. There are four high-quality helm chairs, two of which swivel 180 degrees to face the saloon allowing occupants to join in the conversation in the saloon area. The saloon features an L-shaped lounge and dining area to port with storage below, on the starboard side is a three seat starboard side lounge. The aft galley, which features the most modern appliances with drawer refrigeration, convection microwave oven, optional drawer dishwasher, four plate cook top with extraction hood, top loading garbage bin, and soft close drawer runners for storage plus overhead storage lockers, and Corian bench tops throughout with infills over the sink allowing for extra bench space. A large awning window and glass sliding door opens the galley into the cockpit area, creating one large entertainment space.  A key design feature that sets this model apart is the expansive and uncluttered cockpit space with plenty of storage including, an insulated fish bin to starboard, plus clever storage inside the engine room hatch. The mezzanine seating to port also features a top loading refrigerated cool box under the seating. There is the option to have a barbecue centre in the transom with barbecue, sink, rubbish bin and storage or optional live bait tank or standard bin, as well as an optional hydraulic swim platform for a smaller tender.  Mr Ford said another clever design feature on this vessel was the full glass panel on the starboard side of the sliding door, which provides good visibility to both the transom corners from the helm.  The new 565 SUV’s décor gives a modern and contemporary feel. Hull two will show a new style interior design, which features two-pack painted finishes, satin American oak timber wall fabrics and timber flooring, which give a true Euro feel. Hull one however will feature a custom décor utilising Riviera’s traditional Cherry interior requested by the owner. The Riviera 565 SUV will be powered by twin Volvo 700hp with IPS pod drives propulsion delivering a cruise up to 25 knots and achieve top speeds of around 30 knots.

February 14, 2013

New Model: Monte Carlo MC5

It was without a doubt one of Dusseldorf most awaited World premiers, this is in short the Monte Carlo MC5.  This new MC5 aims to create a shorter bridge from current Beneteau motorboat owners, especially those in the Flyer line into the larger sized Monte Carlo range which spans currently up to 76 feet.  Designed as all the Monte Carlo brand series by Nuvolari Lenard the MC5 is characterized by latest trends in the interior and accommodation plan and hybrid exterior looks which put it them three styles; classic for the bow, sports for its low profile flybridge, and motor yacht.  A three double cabins plan, with a full beam owners stateroom characterize the lower deck.  A single berth crew cabin is located to aft.  The main deck is characterized by an astern galley as its main feature, and a saloon which can work as a relaxing lounge or dining area to port side of the helm.  Outside is all made in a well proportioned but one of the most innovative features is the wet bar and grill on the bathing platform.  Yes it is not the first time we see this but I think the MC5 manages to give it a new twist where we will see a couple of builders opting for this solution in the very near future.  Power is from twin Volvo 370 or optional 435hp with IPS pod drives.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.2 m (49.9ft)
Hull Length - 13.26 m
Beam - 4.29 m
Draft - 0.91 m ex props and drives
Displacement - 13,200 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 650 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 330 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS500 or 600 dual prop pod drives
Project - Nuvolari Lenard exterior and interior, Naval Architecture Patrick Tableau, Tanguy le Bihan
Certification - CE B14, C16, D16

February 13, 2013

Project: Nuova Jolly 43 Prince Luxury Cabin

Nuova Jolly presents this important project of the 43 Prince Luxury Cabin, which represents a new flagship for this well respected Italian rib builder.  The 43 Prince Luxury Cabin is a rib in all its functions and design with spacious call them huge exterior spaces, plus the bonus of a comfortable cabin below which surprisingly will feature a height of two meters.  The interior layout features two separate cabins with a galley and shower head in between.  Both the cabins located to fore, and at midships feature a double berth.  The living of the 43 Prince Luxury Cabin is dedicated outside with two L-shaped dinettes offering dining room for eight persons.  A wet bar exterior galley is also featured behind the three seat helm station.  For the 43 Prince Luxury Cabin Nuova Jolly is offering diesel engines in twin or triple units up to 1050hp, although petrol choices will be available on request.  The Italian builder is so far not very detailed on the performance, type of engines, and propulsion set of its new flagship.

February 12, 2013

New Model: Mulder 73 Flybridge

Mulder Shipyard in the Netherlands completed the new 73 Flybridge in late November 2012. The yacht was commissioned in 2010 by an Australian client who chose Mulder for its experience in aluminium and steel yacht building. As happens with all Mulder's the owner was closely involved with the build during the final four weeks of construction, and the yacht was delivered to him after sea trials on the North Sea.  Mulder 73 Flybridge features a spacious fly deck which houses a large jet-propelled tender and a smaller dinghy with outboard engine. A comfortable U-shaped seating area on the port side seats eight. The flybridge is also equipped with a bar grill, refrigerator and sink. The large fixed hard top has lots of window space while also offering plenty of shade in sunny conditions. Inside the 73 Flybridge include a spacious full-beam owner’s stateroom, VIP suite and guest cabin; each with its own shower and toilet. A spacious crew area is located aft for two or three persons, and this also includes a large worktop with working space. The crew accommodations can be reached from the swim platform and via an internal stairway from the saloon. The main deck saloon features a luxurious L-shaped sofa and three armchairs. Due to the large windows in the superstructure, this area has an exceptionally open and spacious feel. The galley is equipped with all the appliances on a yacht of this class, and has direct access to the dining area. The entire interior has a classic ambiance with a teak finish and wenge details. Power is twin Cat 1150hp engines which give a max speed of 22 knots, with a 10 knots economic cruise allowing for a 3500 nm range.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.3 m (73.1ft)
Beam - 6.2 m
Draft - 1.8 m
Displacement - 60 t
Fuel Capacity - 12000 l
Water Capacity - 2200 l
Accommodation - 6 guests in three cabins, 3 crew berths
Engines - 2 x Cat C18 1150hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 22 knots max, 10 knots economic
Range - 3500 nm at 10 knots
Construction - full aluminum
Project - Guido de Groot, Mulder design, Kitty van der Kamp interior, Ginton architects
Certification - Lloyds

February 11, 2013

Project: Bavaria 490 Virtess

The year is just getting started and yet Bavaria has already delivered another product highlight for 2013. Following in the wake of the successful 420 Virtess, which won the Nautical Design award, Motor Boat of the Year 2013, and European Powerboat of the Year award, there is now a second yacht from this new luxury Bavaria collection, the 490.  This new big Virtess is again a design also in collaboration with Italian Marco Casali and his Too Design firm.  The 490 Virtess will measure over 16 meters, making it the longest motor boat in Bavaria's history. The flybridge yacht offers generous interior and exterior accommodation as well as comfortable reclining areas on deck. In addition, the sporty hull delivers performance and complements the innovative exterior design. 

February 10, 2013

Web: C.Boat New Web Site

C.Boat from the Italian and biggest Mediterranean Island of Sicily presents its new virtual World wide web showroom. Located in close proximity to the city of Palermo, C.Boat was founded in 2007 with the idea starting to take shape by CEO Mauro Corvisieri in 2005. C.Boat first launched model was the 27-82 in 2008, designed by Mauro Mortola. The idea of C.Boat and its designer is for a very cross over product with a steel construction of eight millimeter thick plates, semi displacement shape, and a low profile sports line. Today C.Boats offers a total of fourteen projects which start from the entry level 18.70 mts One up to the 51-82 flagship. Interesting is that the 27-82 is offered in five versions in this line up; Classic, SC, Cabin, Cabin Wide Body, and Explorer. C.Boat new website is available in Italian and English language, and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Us, Yachts, Videos, and Press and News.

February 9, 2013

Project: Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker presents a new line the Sport Yacht which takes over from the Predator tag in the bigger yachts line and those which feature the not much visible sport bridge feature.  Two models who previously named Predator the 115, and 130 have been renamed to this new line, but Sunseeker has already three new projects in the pipeline to launch later on this year 2013.  One of these new project models is the 101 Sport Yacht.  A double four cabins super sport yacht which adds to Sunseeker latest design trends, see large view window in hull sides, and dark coach roof which integrated seamlessly with the sport flybridge.  The main deck will be reserved for pure entertainment with a large lounge settee, and a dining table located behind the central three seat helm station. Power will be from twin MTU 2440hp engines which should give max speeds to about 30 knots.   

February 7, 2013

New Model: Nord West 430 Flybridge

Nord West will launch a brand new 430 Flybridge motor cruiser at the boat show in Gothenburg taking place from the 2 till the 10th of February. The yard is well known for its production of high quality boats and will now launch a new, slightly larger powerboat to the multi prized 420 with the same high standard, smart design and luxurious comfort that can be expected from the Orust production builder. The 430 will feature the latest in technology installed: twin Volvo Penta IPS engines with joystick control for easy manoeuvring and through a touch of a button or the intuitive DPS system holding the boats position through a series of GPS signals. Nominated as the ‘Motor Boat of the Year’ in both 2007 and 2008 the Nord West 420 has been the inspiration for the now bigger sister together with the 430 SportsTop, which is the yards latest newest model with its successful sports design.  For the first time the yard will now present the new Nord West 430 Flybridge in the same generous hull as the SportsTop and with the remarkable seagoing capabilities and low fuel consumption of the famed 420.  To put it short the 430 hull is a tweeking and slight improvement of the 420 praised underwater shape.  The yard would also like to highlight improvements they have been working with such as reduced sound levels and vibrations. Much of the equipment onboard which normally is extra options on most other manufacturers are in fact standard on all Nord West models. This makes the Nord West 430 Fly on of the most comfortable boats on the market today. The 430 Fly represents the first new model that has been developed since the acquisition of Najad and the interior design will demonstrate how the merging of two strong brands lift each other to new levels of perfection in both design and technique. Smart solutions and spacious storage facilities and a fantastic craftsmanship is the hallmark of this yard. The owner of the yard, Mr. Benny Martinsson, who stands behind the design together with the yards own and very capable development team, have put emphasis on the social space in the cockpit, saloon and on the flybridge. Well sized cabins with more natural light invites for a more comfortable and harmonic atmosphere, and at the same time the new Fly is developed for an active boating life where you can feel comfort for a very long time. Power from this new Nord West model comes from Volvo 370, 400, and 435hp units in both stern drive or IPS pod propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.5 m (44ft)
Length - 12.8 m
Beam - 3.9 m
Draft - 1.2 m
Displacement - 13 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 600 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Max Persons - 15
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 400hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPH dual propeller stern drive, or IPS with forward looking dual props
Project - Benny Martinsson
Certification - CE B15

February 6, 2013

Project: Back Cove 37 Downeast

Back Cove Yachts is pleased to announce their latest design project, 37 Downeast which will debut in July 2013. The companies new tag line Practical Elegance From Maine defines this new upcoming Back Cove 37 Downeast well. She is practical, elegant and perfectly suited for a day trip along the coast. Highlights in this new model are greater social spaces with flexible seating, larger cockpit with a ten meters squared space, elegant profile, single level helm deck, and a cruising interior with accommodation for two persons. The Design Team at Back Cove Yachts designed the 37 Downeast with today’s boating lifestyle in mind. Owners will appreciate the open cockpit with a Sure Shade cockpit cover; perfect for an afternoon cruise. Back Cove kept the hull of the 37 but completely redesigned the deck and interior. In the engine room a Cummins 480hp which will provide a cruise speed of 20 knots and top speed of 25 knots.

February 5, 2013

New Model: Riviera 63 Enclosed Flybridge

Riviera launches the new 63 Enclosed Flybridge with a raft of engineering and design enhancements based on its predecessor the 61 and the updates on the recent 75 flagship. Riviera  describes the new 63 as a luxurious and highly capable long range offshore vessel, with many popular design cues taken from the fleet’s prestigious flagship, the 75. The new 63 features a galley positioned central to the party, a cockpit that is an extension of the live-aboard space inside, a master stateroom that is bathed in light and fresh air, an enclosed flybridge that serves as a sky lounge, and refinements to the hull that further enhance performance and sea keeping ability. The new galley is positioned aft, adjacent to the saloon bulkhead, and separated from the large sociable cockpit space by a hinged awning window and full tinted glass door. The result is an extension of light and space from outside in, with guests easily able to converse with whoever is in the galley. Opposite the galley to starboard there is a bar area with ice maker and fridge set under ergonomically raked flybridge stairs, with solid teak treads nested on flawless tig-welded stainless steel supports. A special feature of the saloon bar is an electric lift glassware cabinet which retracts into the varnished cabinetry while under way, yet rises to the occasion at the touch of a button. Forward of the bar there is a spacious U-shape lounge and dinette with seating for twelve well positioned to take advantage of the large TV mounted on the forward dash.  The very large main saloon is bright and airy, with 360 degree tinted windows and offering views from every seating angle and position. The new 63 has incorporated social seating into the cockpit, which is no longer the sole domain of the sports fisherman.  The cockpit now doubles as an alfresco dining experience, with optional opposing fore and aft facing mezzanine seating either side of a solid teak table.  The practicalities of a sport fisher with fully optioned fighting cockpit are enhanced with features like below deck self-draining fish bins, game chair mounting plate solidly glassed into the cockpit floor, and recessed toe kicks. An extensive options list covering rod holders, live bait tank wells and outriggers ensures the full versatility of the 63.  Overlooking the cockpit is the spacious enclosed flybridge, featuring forward helm and aft docking station.  The enclosed flybridge features a hinged awning window and glass door that bolt open to bring outdoors in and unify the space. Wrap around seating to port features folding arm rests with functional storage underneath and a drop down dinette table.  To starboard there is a wet bar with bottle and glass storage.  The aft docking station is located aft to the starboard side of the external flybridge door with excellent visibility of the cockpit and aft quarters of the boat behind. There is an option to upgrade to Palm Beach single side mount engine control levers, which are a favourite with sport fishermen. To port an aft-facing lounge accommodates two people.  Below deck's is a standard four cabin layout sleeping seven in the standard version, with the owners stateroom located to portside midships and featuring large big view windows.  The optional three cabin layout is available with extra space absorbed by the VIP guest cabin, to include a private lounge or a writing bureau. In engineering terms the 63 retains its original shaft drive configuration, and base power is twin 1015hp Caterpillar engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.4 m (67.3ft)
Hull Length - 19.4 m
Beam - 5.40 m
Draft - 1.58 m
Displacement - 31000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 5650 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 7 berths in 4 cabins, 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 1015hp, 1150hp, MTU 1200hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 28 knots with Cats 1015hp, 31 knots with MTU 1200hp
Hull Type - Vee shape with 12.5 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - hand lamindated fiberglass construction
Project - Alan Dowd, Frank Mulder  

February 4, 2013

Project: Mainship 32

Marlow announced the unveiling of the new Mainship 32 set up for the coming Miami show. Marlow Acquisitions, LLC purchased all the assets of Hunter Marine Corporation and selected assets including the molds, tooling, and branding rights to Mainship in August of 2012. The new Mainship 32 will be built by Marlow Hunter at its manufacturing facility in Florida, the Hunter sailboat brand has been built for 40 years without an interruption. The new Marlow Mainship 32 has a classical yet sweeping line with a unique fold down swoop transom providing wonderful access and boarding to a large cockpit. Featuring comfortable and attractive matching companion and navigator seats which are equipped with a refrigerator and or an ice maker this stylish yet practical cruiser is ready for a day runabout or doing more long term short hops cruises. The upper salon with sliding patio doors has ample seating for six with the perfect atmosphere for entertaining. Built on a true 32 feet hull with a ten plus of beam it has the look of a nimble light weight fighter with rugged heavy features. The twin Yanmar engines utilizes the proven technology driven by Marlow Yachts Velocijet Strut Keels for protection, stability, and performance. Maneuverability and directional control is unsurpassed and will give the operator the immediate feel and responsiveness of power when needed, yet with good fuel economy when cruising. Down below is a modern and spacious galley designed with a drop-in freezer as well as a refrigerator, corian counter tops, a two burner electric stove top with a convection microwave/oven, all standard. A superb berth is guaranteed with a length of over six feet. Twin port and starboard seating below allows extra guests comfortable relaxation, a card game or just conversation. An ample hanging locker completes the cabin layout highlighted by the glowing ambiance of the teak accented by fine fabrics. Marlow Mainship plans a minimum of four new models over the next two model years.

February 3, 2013

Windy New Web Site

Renowned Norwegian builder Windy presents a new World wide web showroom. Founded in 1966 by Hugo Vold, Windy has had a slow but important expansion over the years and decades, becoming the known, respected and wall spoken builders from Scandinavia.  Windy is also famous for the handling and sea capability, of its sport cruisers and yachts.  In 1992 Windy purchased Draco, the 1963 founded competitor.  At first Windy drops most of the models, keeping only three units, only to return three small models in 1999 to 2002. Since 2010 Windy is owned by Periscopus holdings, which apart boat building has interests in Hotels, Media, Property, and Publishing.  Currently Windy employs 160 persons, who build  sixteen models from the outboard powered 760 Oceancraft up to the 58 Zephyros. Windy latest new models are the 29 Coho, and 45 Chinook both launched in January 2013. Windy's new website takes you around with the following buttons: Home, Company, Range, Press, Dealers, Contact, and Visit Windy Oceancraft. The new web showroom also features direct links to fourteen models of the Windy range on the main page.
Production History;
22 Daycruiser 1966-88  Jan Herman Linge design
24 Daycruiser  196-
24 Cabin Cruiser 196-
Junior 6,60 m 197-
22 Snekke 197-
22 Funcabin 197-
22 Halfcabin 197-
24 Midcabin 197-
24 Halfcabin 197-
27 Daycruiser 197-
30 Daycruiser 1973-
27 Cabincruiser 1979-85
22 Sport 198-
23 Fun Cab 198-
25 Fun Cab 1982-
26 Snekke 1985
7500 198-
7800 198-
8000 FC/CC 198-
8600 Mid Cab 198-
8800 FC/CC 198-
9800 FC/CC 1985-91 (185)
9900 FC/CC 1992-93 (14)
11600 1992-
5900 Fisherman
9000 FC/CC
Oceancraft 845
Oceancraft 760
Oceancraft 761
Oceancraft 620
25 Mirage 
31 Scirocco 1994-97
32 Scirocco
33 Mistral
35 Hardtop
40 Bora 
31 Tornado 
35 Mistral
36 Grand Mistral 1994-97
41 Typhoon 1996-98
42 Grand Bora
43 Typhoon 1998-2007
37 Grand Mistral 1998-2011
37 Hardtop 1998-2011
28 Ghibli 1998-2011
32 Grand Tornado 
33 Scirocco 
34 Khamsin 
58 Zephyros 2003-12
52 Xanthos 2006-
53 Balios 2007-
44 Chinook 2008-12
48 Triton 2008-14
40 Maestro 2010- *39 Sport Cruiser project
SR52 Blackbird 2010- *T52 Super Tender project
31 Zonda 2011-21
26 Kharma 2012-18
29 Coho 2013-
45 Chinook 2013-18
39 Camira 2014-22
46 Cinook 2018-20
27 Solano 2018-
SR44 Blackhawk 2020- *project SR43 Blackhawk
37 Shamal 2020-
32 Grand Zonda 2022-
34 Alize 2022-
SLR/SR 60 2022-
40 Camira RS 2023-

February 2, 2013

Improve-it = Cerri 102 Flying Sport

The year 2012 ended in the best possible way for Cerri, with the sale to a Russian owner of hull number 3 in the 102 Flyingsport line. The Cerri 102 hull number 3 Flyingsport represents a true revolution in the open yacht sector for the shipyard, where innovation and modernity have always been core values and guiding principles.  While this yacht's outer lines are the same of her sister’s, the concept of this new version is extremely innovative and takes to extremes the "FlyingSport" philosophy thanks to the owner's true ingenuity and its flawless interpretation by the creativity of the Cerri team.  The FlyingSport line introduced the concept of a fly bridge in open crafts as back as in 2004 with 86 model sold so far in over ten units.  This latest Cerri 102 now embodies the ultimate evolution of such a philosophy, no longer featuring two pilot stations, but only one on the fly bridge and replacing the second, on the main deck, with an innovative owner area that continues below deck with a really impressive private wellness area. From the highly panoramic cabin with glass sunroof, an internal staircase leads to the spacious wellness area, conceived as an "open air" circular "glass tube": a magnificent relaxation area with Turkish bath with chromotherapy and a sauna. Adjacent to the spa is the children’s room with changing top and a bed for a staff members, which thus completes the master suite.  The under deck night area, aft of the spa, has also been thoroughly rearranged: it now features two more VIP cabins with double bed and private head, which can be accessed via the staircase from the main deck salon. This night area is characterised by very spacious volumes and large windows offering a beautiful panoramic view.  The pilot station and the dining room are located on the fly bridge and are sheltered by a hard top especially designed to allow closing the sides and including an electronically operated sunroof. A Jacuzzi, located aft of the dining area, adds the final touch to the main deck.  Besides her innovative fly bridge, this yacht can also boast two pleasant outdoor areas: the aft cockpit on the main deck includes a comfortable sunbathing area and a dinette, while at the bow the wide lounge area with circular sofas is ideal to relax and chat while enjoying the utmost privacy. Two crew cabins with separate access and a galley fitted with all necessary equipment make up the service areas, while 2 MTU 2600 HP engines and the ZF Searex surface drives push the yacht to a cruising speed of approximately 30 knots with peaks of 38.

February 1, 2013

A Good Start

January 2013 in my mind looks better to that of 2012, thanks to the resurgence of the German economy in recent years and for having one of the largest boats shows on the planet take place in this period at Dusseldorf.  What happens in Germany should change the fortune of at least some production builders, and give signs for a solid year ahead.  Another good sign is also that some European economies look in a better position to how they where a year ago.
Could 2013 be the year when the boating industry settles back and starts growing up? 
It is very difficult to say. There is still two problems which still challenge the market, the over abundance of offer and competition which is not a bad thing to customers, and too many used boats for sale in the used market. 
The German Dusseldorf boat show is always a very interesting venue thanks to the connection it gives to the North South of Europe and the different boating cultures these represent.  In recent years we have also seen the resurgence of the Dutch, these offering some impressive medium large sizes models, most of which are build in steel and some in alloy offering a semi custom approach in around the fifteen meter size as standard.  At this moment in time these Dutch builder represent the most interesting part of the European boat building community, thanks to a touch of classic flare, nice looks, and a very high standard of fit and finish. It will be interesting to see how customers will  perceive these builders in future years.