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.

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