April 30, 2013

Monthly News - April 2013

-pic of the month- Ferretti Group New Appointment

Atlantis Debut Model in China
Making its first appearance in China at Hainan is the Atlantis by Azimut brand, a collection of Azimut|Benetti Group sport-cruisers. A combination of pure Italian sportiness and creativity, they are the result of the skill and inspiration of the best Italian designers and are dedicated to those who like real thrills. They are not merely stylish and a perfect balance in terms of quality and value, but they also offer safety and high performance thanks to the highest, technological standards, guaranteed By Azimut. The collection ranges six models from 34 to 60 feet including the wonderful Verve, a comfortable and secure walkaround for mid-range cruising. Atlantis 38 has been chosen to represent the entire collection, as it interprets its concept perfectly: sporty style and superb liveability both inside and out thanks to the adaptable spaces. In Atlantis 38’s twelve metres you will find all the brand’s distinctive features: a sleek, aggressive line, a sporty hull, and windows and hard top integrated into the yacht’s lines, which is what makes the brand so recognisable. 

Azimut Benetti Group Two Important Awards in China
Azimut | Benetti Group’s commitment on Eastern markets, which led to a progressive consolidation of its leadership, also thanks to the experience matured over 30 years of continuous presence in the territory, was once again recognized and rewarded. On the occasion of the ninth edition of the Asia Boating Awards, an event organized by Blu Inc. (publishing group of "Asia Pacific Boating" and “China Boating” magazines), important awards were in fact assigned to boats that best represent the style and quality of two of the most prestigious brands of the Group: Azimut Yachts and Benetti. Benetti Classic Supreme 132 Petrus II was awarded the prize for the "Best Semi Custom Built Yacht" (over 30 meters), while Azimut Magellano 43 was judged the best boat in the "Best Production Motor Yacht" category (up to 15 meters). The awarding ceremony was held last March 29th, at the opening of the Hainan Rendez-Vous, a reference event in the Asian region for the luxury yachting sector, which has been capable of establishing itself successfully in a period of just four years.

Bayliner Invites Fans to Weigh In
Lucky Illinois boater Matt Train joined top marine journalists at Bayliner's exclusive press event late last year, revealing the all-new Deck Boat lineup and the revolutionary Bayliner Element.

Bavaria New CEO
The shareholder’s meeting on 17th April 2013 announced Constantin von Bülow as CEO (Chief Executive Officer) to correspond even better to the changed requirements of Bavaria Yachtbau within this challenging environment. Constantin von Bülow has got extensive experience: he started his career at McKinsey and subsequently held various management positions in the automotive and packaging industry. Today he is Senior Vice President of Oaktree Capital. Headed by the former CEO, Dr. Jens Ludmann, Bavaria has progressed considerably during the last 2,5 years. New boats like the Vision 42, the Vision 46 or the Virtess 420 Flybridge have been developed and accepted positively on the market and have earned several awards (e.g. Powerboat of the Year 2013).The cooperation with the dealers was intensified and the Bavaria organisation was strengthened by numerous recruitments. Furthermore Dr. Jens Ludmann reorganized and developed the brand architecture of Bavaria Yachtbau. Even in the future Dr. Jens Ludmann will support the development of the product portfolio of Bavaria Yachtbau as Senior Advisor. The two owners Anchorage Capital and Oaktree Capital are very pleased that Dr. Ludmann will continue his important work for the company.

Benetti 140 Years Anniversary
Benetti is one of the oldest builders of luxury motor yachts in the world. Established by Lorenzo Benetti in 1873, the company began life building wooden boats used for local and international trade. After the death of Lorenzo, his two sons Gino and Emilio took over the management of the boatyard. They changed its name to Fratelli Benetti and quickly built up a reputation that extended far beyond the Mediterranean. After the second world war, with the disappearance of commercial sailing vessels built from wood, Benetti changed direction and began producing pleasure craft made from steel. Then in the early 1960s the boatyard produced its first luxury mega yachts. Since 1980 the fleet has included big motor yachts in the 30 to 60 meter range and beyond, not least the famous 86-meter ‘Nabila’. In 1985 the Boatyard was acquired by the celebrated Turin-based boat builder Azimut Yacht, which brought in new management and transformed Benetti into the modern, technologically advanced reality we know today: a forward-looking and innovative boatyard, but also one that proudly retains its traditional values of experience, skill and a passion for fine craftsmanship. In fact, for Benetti, building yachts means carrying on the tradition of innovation, style and quality that has shaped the company’s approach and culture. It means continuing to diversify production in order to satisfy the increasingly complex needs expressed by Owners throughout the world. Benetti has a time-honoured tradition in yacht building. After abandoning wood and being the first to realise the potential of composite materials for the production of megayachts, as early as the 1960s it made the transition from metal boats to the steel and aluminium. Today Benetti utilizes these materials, alone or combined, to design and build full-custom displacement and semi-displacement motor yachts in a broad variety of lengths from 93 feet to 90+ meters. These truly tailor made vessels embody the Owner’s idea of what a yacht should be, while retaining the Benetti family-feeling that is a natural expression of the finest Italian style and timeless elegance. This production capacity, united with world class quality, fanatical attention to detail and a perfect end result, have made Benetti a world leader and an Italian luxury yacht icon. Over the years the shipyard has grown and changed, not following but anticipating the times. Once the Fratelli Benetti boatyard was famous for building three-masted wooden schooners for commercial use. Today Benetti motor yachts turn heads at the world’s most famous and exclusive ports of call. Stylish, exclusive and extremely well-crafted, Benetti yachts are well established at the height of Italian Excellence. 140 years of history, close to 300 boats built, over 300,000 sq mt of production facilities at six shipyards in Italy (Viareggio, Livorno and Fano), 34 yachts under construction at present time including a 90-meter mega yacht. These facts and figures unambiguously demonstrate the momentum of Benetti’s growth and Clients’ unrestrained confidence in the brand.  It is a success story confirmed by the last “Global Order Book” that awarded Azimut|Benetti Group as the “largest builder in the world for custom yachts over 24 meters” for the thirteenth year in a row.

Ferretti Group New Appointment
The Ferretti Group, one of the world leaders in the design, construction and sale of motor yachts with a unique portfolio of some of the most prestigious brands in the world, is pleased to announce that Mr Piero Ferrari, Deputy Chairman of Ferrari S.p.A, has joined the Group’s new Product Strategy Team. His appointment, which was officially announced during the China International Boat Show 2013 - which being held in Shanghai from 11th to 14th April at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center -, is part of a wider management development project aiming to further strengthen the Group’s international development at a time characterised by the need to meet increasingly complex challenges in terms of global presence and sustainable growth.  The main objective of the creation of the new Product Strategy Team is, indeed, to analyse the leading global market trends so as to define the Ferretti Group’s best possible brand and product strategies for each market. The involvement in the new Product Strategy Team of Piero Ferrari, an engineer that always been a great yachting lover and expert, will allow the Ferretti Group to rely on the experience he has gained trough these years in the development of R&D driven luxury products strongly characterized by innovation. The Ferretti Group, which has been one of the pioneers in the boating sector in China, has decided to officially announce the creation of its new Team in Shanghai so as to pay tribute to its close relationship with this country, further strengthened by the Group’s strategic partnership with Weichai Group.

Ferretti China Award
Ferretti Group’s yachts were in the spotlight at the 2013 edition of the prestigious Asia Pacific Boating Awards, organized by the Blu Inc publishing group, the publisher of boating magazines “Asia Pacific Boating” and “China Boating”. Among the awards assigned by a jury of experts to the best international and local boating companies and groups on the Asian continent, the Ferretti 690 was voted “Best Production Motor Yacht” in the category 15-24 metres. The ceremony was held on 29th March, on the eve of the opening of the fourth Hainan Rendez-Vous, the exclusive Chinese luxury show which the Ferretti Group attended displaying as many as six yachts of its fleet.

Grand Banks Miami Recap
Grand Banks saw its best turnout in show attendance since it made the move over to Collins Avenue in 2010. With a slow start Thursday and Friday due to the poor weather, the traffic throughout the weekend steadily increased as the weather did. This years 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. GB is building on the great momentum seen at this show and is already making preparations for exciting lineups for the 2013 fall boat show season.

Gulf Craft Named Best Asia Built Yacht 2013
Gulf Craft, the UAE-based global manufacturer of luxury yachts and fiberglass boats, won the “Best Asia Built Yacht” award for the Majesty 135 at the 2013 Asia Boating Awards held on March 29th in Sanya on Hainan Island, China. Launched in 2012, the Majesty 135 is Gulf Craft’s second-largest superyacht design and in just one year has proved to be amongst the most sought after within its portfolio. Powered by MTU 12V 4000 M94 engines, the Majesty 135’s imposing white super structure and hull, accented by a sleek stainless steel fender line, is at the cutting edge of super yacht design technology and features an excellent fuel efficient performance. John Lee, President of Shanghai Bahrfuss Yacht Sales Co., Ltd. – Gulf Craft’srepresentation for Majesty Yachts in China, received the award on behalf of the company. The 2013 Asia Boating Awards ceremony was held on the eve of Hainan Rendez-Vous which runs from March 30th- April 2nd. Gulf Craft has a presence at the Hainan Rendez-Vous show through 2 of its regional dealership partners and will showcase the Majesty 88 a previous Asia Boating Awards winner, as well as Silvercraft 34, a popular model representing its extensive range of family and fishing craft, displayed by Dalian Blue Whale Yacht Club Co.,Ltd.  Gulf Craft will continue through the Asian boat show circuit, with a presence at the China International Boat Show in Shanghai from April 11th-14th showcasing a Majesty 70, and at the Singapore Yacht Show on April 18th – 21st.

Gulf Craft Buoyant Response at Exclusive Preview in Doha
The PearQatar marina in Doha saw a procession of yacht-lovers for three days last month as the “Majesty Yachts Exclusive Preview” by Gulf Craft Inc. a global manufacturer of luxury yachts and fiberglass boats,ran to a great reception from Qatari customers from the 28th to the 30th of March. The event, which saw the sale of two Majesty Yachts, was Gulf Craft’s second exclusive display in Qatar in as many years. The preview featured the Qatari premiere of a new Majesty 125 Gulf Craft’s third-largest superyacht model - and a brand new Majesty 105, which has already garnered rave reviews at the recently concluded Dubai International Boat Show 2013. Also on display were other popular Gulf Craft models including the Majesty 63, the Majesty 70 and Majesty 77.

Gulf Craft Asia Focus
Gulf Craft, a global manufacturer of luxury yachts and fiberglass boats, is sharpening its focus and commitment towards the Asian market through a number of sub-dealer appointments in key South East Asiancities and forging ahead with its presence in the region’s most prestigious boat shows, including the China (Shanghai) International Boat Show and the upcoming Singapore Yacht Show. Close on the heels of grabbing the “Best Asia Built Yacht” award for its Majesty 135 superyacht, and its successful participation in the Hainan Rendez-Vousin China as well as Thailand’s Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), Gulf Craft announced the appointment of new representatives in the region. Pangkor Marina SendirianBerhad (PMSB) is the new Gulf Craft representative in Malaysia for Gulf Craft’s Silvercraft, Oryx and Majesty Yachts brands,and has been appointed as a sub-dealer to Go Boating Thailand, the yacht builder’s dealer in Phuket, Thailand. Two new sub-dealers have also been appointed in China, with Shanghai Bahrfuss Yacht Sales Co. Ltd., the China dealer for Gulf Craft’s Majesty Yachts range, choosing Master Yachts as the brand’s Hong Kong representative and Dalian Bo Shi Tong Yacht Co. Ltdfor the northern Chinese city of Dalian. The recently concluded Asia Boating Awards held on March 29th in Sanya on Hainan Island, China, honouredGulf Craft with the “Best Asia Built Yacht” for its new Majesty 135 superyacht, already amongst the most sought after within its portfolio.

Horizon Christens New Launch
After a successful four-day sea trial and boating around Pong Hu, the new Horizon EP115 Tango 5 was christened last Sunday afternoon at Horizon's Premier Shipyard delivery center. Horizon CEO John Lu opened the christening ceremony with a speech thanking new owners Mr. and Mrs. Tang, as well as their families, for their attendance - they traveled from Singapore to Taiwan to participate in the four-day boating and christening of Tango 5. A special guest, Pastor Lu, was invited to lead everyone in a prayer for blessings upon Tango 5 and the Tang family, and Horizon presented the owners with a unique delivery gift: a pair of dolls dancing the Tango. Mr. and Mrs. Tang had the honor of popping open the bottle of christening champagne and toasting their family, John Lu and Horizon's shipyard managers in celebration of Tango 5.

Maritimo US Show Winner
One of the latest creations by the Gold Coast based luxury cruiser manufacturer, Maritimo, the M58 Motor yacht has taken out one of the top marine industry awards in the USA. The M58 with is luxurious full beam master cabin, was the talk of the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show where several of the vessels were sold, and it has been named the AIM Marine Group's First Editor's Choice Award winner. Maritimo USA President Dave Northrop said the award win was a great honour for Maritimo. The M58 has resulted from Maritimo's strategic decision 18 months ago to re-focus on its core strengths, the flybridge motor yacht range, and produce a series of new generation motor yachts that were a step ahead of anything else on the market. Maritimo's sales and marketing manager Greg Haines said the re-focus had seen every aspect of the motor yacht range reviewed, refined and re-created. Mr Northrop said there were 14 dealers in the Maritimo USA network.

Maritimo World Champions
After more than 20 years of competition at an international level and numerous podium placings the Maritimo Offshore Racing team has taken out a World championship. The World Offshore Power Boat Championships in Key West, USA over the weekend saw the Maritimo entry win the Superboat category beating all other international contenders.  The Maritimo boat was driven by the company's 'go to skipper' Ross Willaton and Pete McGrath with fellow Gold Coast crew members Garry Smith, Mark Tolcher and Kurt Davies. Ross Willaton said the World Championship was decided over a three race series. Maritimo came fourth in the first race, first in the second and first in the third and final event winning by 7.5 points overall. There were eight other boats in the category and the runner up was Team Stihl from the USA.

Mulder New Yard Full Operational
The new facility of Mulder Shipyard is in full swing. Early April 2013 three new yacht are under construction: the Mulder 98 Flybridge, the new Mulder 75 Wheelhouse and the Built by Mulder "Bellagio. Besides all new builts there are an average of eight yachts for maintenance and refit, including the Mulder 59 Open "Sunrise" with an extensive refit. In mid-July, the aluminium hull and superstructure of the new Mulder 94 Voyager arrive on site. The Omega Architects designed 28.5m motoryacht will be finished for the summer of 2014. Mulder Shipyard is very pleased with the market expansion and the ability to offer its customers more service and possibilities.

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 up to 18 metres. At Mulder, every refit, large or small, is seen as a matter of teamwork. The in-house 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. The 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. Maintenance which does not need the yacht to be lifted can be carried out in the 500 square meters boathouse, which also entails into significant cost savings.

Overmarine Announces the Sale of Two Units
The Overmarine Group took part at the recent Hainan Rendez-Vous in China (Sanya, 30th March-2nd April) with new partner Martello Yachting. The boat show was an opportunity to announce the sale of two yachts: another 50 metre flagship from the Mangusta 165 range and hull no. 30 of the Mangusta 108 model. This is further confirmation of the success and strong presence of the Mangusta brand on the world panorama of luxury yachts. Since 2007, the year in which it was presented, this model has become an icon of and reference point on the world panorama: 9 units sold in fewer than 6 years tell of both how extraordinary and unique this Maxi Open Yacht is and the pride of a Group which has known how to look ahead and invest over the past few years.  Measuring 50 metres in length and with a top speed of 40 knots, Mangusta 165 is the fastest composite Maxi Open Yacht ever to be built. Unrivalled in terms of comfort, too, the volumes can be compared with those of a three deck yacht of the same size, something entirely unsuspected from the outside owing to her pure lines and sporty profile.

Pershing New Accesories by Poltrona Frau
Pershing, brand of the Ferretti Group, among the leading international manufacturers of high performance open motor yachts, ranging from 15 to 35 metres, will launch in partnership with Poltrona Frau a prestigious set of elegant suitcases, confirming the great care to design that has always characterized Pershing yachts. The collaboration between the Ferretti Group brand and Poltrona Frau, since 1912 synonymous with top Italian quality and craftsmanship, started in 2006 with the famous Pershing 72’, a yacht that anticipated the trends and tastes of the nautical world. This new set dedicated to ship owner seals the historic partnership between the two brands, creating a perfect marriage between Poltrona Frau craftsmanship and the outstanding style and performance features of Pershing yachts: two universes whose common goal is to meet the requirements of demanding and refined clients who love Italian excellence, offering them prestigious products that are appreciated all over the world. This set, exclusively designed by Poltrona Frau for the brand of Ferretti Group, is made of precious Frau SC milk-white leather with dove grey seaming, which creates a delicate contrast. In perfect agreement with the sporty attitude of Pershing yachts, renowned for their sharp profile that cuts through waves, the design of this set dedicated to ship owners imitates a stylized wave onto which lies the Pershing logo, embroidered with the same color of finishes. The kit comes in different versions according to the size of yachts: a set with a trolley, a beauty case and two travel bags is available for yachts from 50 to 74 feet, while the set for yachts from 82 to 115 feet also includes a tablet case, a PC case, a travel bag and a second beauty case. The set is also enriched with elegant polished nickel chromium-plated finishes, Pershing personalized laser cut zippers and inked ribs matching SC leather, a classic by Poltrona Frau. The line of Poltrona Frau accessories will therefore further enrich the range of customized solutions offered to Pershing yacht owners, always looking for new aesthetic and stylistic solutions that can add a high quality standard and a promptly recognizable style to their yachts. These truly elegant items reflect the life of their owners and accompany – also at sea – their daily actions with the tactile and visual beauty of Poltrona Frau leather. This is the objective in designing and manufacturing these exclusive leather cases, which perfectly fit Pershing’s philosophy of focusing on its clients’ requirements offering them the best in terms of comfort and on board livability.  Tailoring attention and maximum care for each detail make Pershing yachts a symbol of Made in Italy all over the world, with a unique style enriched by the quality of furnishings, and now also accessories, signed by Poltrona Frau.

Princess Government Seal
We were delighted to host the UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, during his recent tour of the South West of England. During his visit the Business Secretary confirmed that Princess Yachts can now begin drawing down on the £4.6 million Government Regional Growth Fund (RGF) grant awarded in 2011. Princess won financial backing from the RGF for a major investment to create a world leading boat building facility at the company’s South Yard site. The investment has already created 290 jobs and helped safeguard a further 400. The South Yard site is being used to build Princess’s M Class yachts, a range of 100-foot plus vessels developed to meet the growing global demand for craft of this size. With the first of these craft having been launched to great acclaim the Company is confident of further growth in this market. Launched in January 2011, the debut M Class craft, the Princess 32M, has gone on to win multiple awards and in 2012 Princess launched their flagship Princess 40M, a 130-foot tri-deck yacht, which has already received an award for 'Best Production Motor Yacht' at the Asia Boating Awards and has received multiple awards nominations worldwide, the results of which will be announced in the coming months.

Riviera 25 Years
As one of Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show’s founding brands, Riviera will mark the 25 year milestone with the Queensland debut of four stunning new models at the four day event held from May 23 to 26. The new 43 Open Flybridge with aft galley, the 5000 Sport Yacht next generation, the 5800 Sport Yacht now with twin Volvo IPS 900 propulsion, and the new 445 SUV will feature at Riviera’s impressive AUD$5 million floating display. These latest new models from Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder are a culmination of Riviera’s rich 33 year heritage, global owner feedback, the latest 3-D CAD design technology, and a team of in-house international designers. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said Riviera has enjoyed a long association with the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and it was great to be sharing such an important milestone. To coincide with Riviera’s presence at Sanctuary Cove, Riviera will also stage the Festival of Boating for owners and aspiring power boat owners. Featuring 76 educational workshops and social events, and a unique $15 million red carpet on-water boat show that is all under cover. The Festival of Boating will also mark the world release of the new 565 SUV, as well as featuring a full interior mock-up of the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge ahead of her August world release. The Riviera Festival of Boating will be held at Riviera’s 14-hectare state-of-the-art facility and offers free entry, free parking and ferry transfers to Sanctuary Cove for registered guests.

Riviera Record Game Fishing Results
Record game fishing results have been achieved at the 2013 Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic, which was held on April 6 and 7. Event organiser Peter Teakle said 897 tuna were caught and released at this year’s tournament, which he believed was a provisional new world record. Fishing is over two days from 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 8am until 3pm on Sunday and takes place within a stipulated fishing zone to ensure a level and affordable playing field. This also helps to keep the tournament more social as competitors anchor up together in one of the secluded bays of the many islands located within the fishing zone. Each team consists of four anglers who may interchange with a skipper or deckhand. The Tuna Classic begins with a spectacular sail past and dramatic start as the lead boat, the historic Tacoma, the classic 60 year old Tuna trawler credited as being the founder of the Port Lincoln Tuna fishing industry sounds her horns, which indicates the commencement of the race to Memory Cove and the preparations to start fishing at 9am. Mr Teakle said his goal was to create a family friendly, professional and world-class game fishing tournament. The trophy for Champion Boat was awarded to the team on board Bryan Stokes’ Riviera 70 Enclosed Flybridge C’World for catching and releasing 125 tuna over 780 millimetres in length. Tournament qualifying Southern Bluefin Tuna must be 780 millimetres from the hook of the tail to the nose of the fish, which equates to about 10 kilograms or line matching fish. Aluminium rods are made to this length for ease of quick measurement and were supplied to each competing boat along with their tournament bag. Mr Stokes has competed in the Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic since its inception eight years ago. He said it was a real thrill to land 125 tuna over the two day tournament. The Runner up trophy was awarded to the team on board Majessnik, a 42 foot Riviera for catching and releasing 107 fish. Champion male angler went to Elio Auciello on Majessnik for catching and releasing 43 fish. Runner up male angler went to Rick Tidswell on Riviera 42 Jazz2 for catching and releasing 37 fish. Champion female angler was awarded to Meghan Tapley on board Riviera 4000 Noble One for catching and releasing 29 fish. Runner up female angler went to Susan Tarbotton on board Riviera 56 Tari for catching and releasing 22 fish. Champion junior angler was awarded to Pamela Platt on board Noble One for catching and releasing 19 fish and runner up went to Bailey Godwin on board Tari Two for catching and releasing nine fish. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said that Riviera was very proud of its long association with the Tuna Classic. Event organisers are already planning next year’s Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic which will be held on the 3rd and 4th of May 2014 and look forward to another successful event.

Sunseeker Scoops Awards in Asia
We're delighted to announce that Sunseeker has been awarded the 'Best Brand Presence in Asia' title at the recent Asia Boating Awards. The Asia Boating Awards recognise the very best in the maritime industry, not only throughout Asia but also on an international level. In its ninth year, the awards are the benchmark for the industry so it is great achievement for Sunseeker to be awarded this accolade. The awards ceremony, which was held on 29 March, proved to be the perfect opening to the Hainan Rendezvous, which launched the following day. Not only did Sunseeker scoop the 'Best Brand Presence in Asia' award but it also had a fantastic few days at the Boat Show with some of its star yachts such as the Sunseeker 80 Yacht and 88 Yacht on display.

April 29, 2013

New Model: Nord Star 34 Patrol

Presented during the Helsinki boat show by Nord Star, the Finnish builder showcased a totally new 34 Patrol model.  This new Nord Star sits between the 31 and 37 models in its eleven boat range.  In this 34 Patrol Nord Star emphasized its design department to create sporty looks and more modern finished interiors.  The 34 Patrol can sleep five persons in two separate cabins, plus an addition extra two berths possible on the main deck by converting the saloon.  Interesting but a feature of all Nord Star, both the cabins feature a separate entrance.  A galley is located below.  The Nord Star 34 Patrol can be powered with engines from 400 up to 900hp.  Propulsion is stern drive or IPS pods.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.5 m (37.7ft)
Hull Length - 10.65 m
Beam - 3.65 m
Displacement - 8 t
Fuel Capacity - 700 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - 5 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 15
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp (max power 900hp with stern drive)
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive, or forward looking IPS pods
Certification - CE B 

April 28, 2013

Improve-it = Horizon E88

A new Horizon E88 was recently delivered by the renowned Taiwan builder.  This model included the optional skylounge.  This E88 is powered by twin MTU 1920hp which gave her a top speed of 23 knots. This particular Horizon E88 included new work from the design team at Taiwan, in keeping with the owner's layout requirements, the galley was moved to aft on the main deck, allowing it to come together with the deck and as one large entertaining space. Forward of the galley lies a dinette, which is separated from the main salon by a beautiful custom-designed partition that can be hidden when desired. Completely forward on the main deck is the owner's office that takes advantage of the expansive windshield windows to offer an amazing view. Below deck are four en-suite staterooms, and crew quarters are found aft of the engines.  Another customer feature of this new Horizon E88 are its height and weight conscious build.  For example, Horizon designed and implemented a folding radar mast that will fold down at the touch of a button, allowing the yacht to travel without "overhead" worry. Mechtilda also includes a transformer on the swim platform that can hold up to three hundred kilos and extend up, outwards and down for enjoying numerous water activities. This new E88 was delivered in the the middle of March.

April 27, 2013

Web: Back Cove New Web Site

Back Cove from the Maine in the US presents its new World wide web showroom.  Back Cove is a sister company of Sabre and was founded in 2003 with the request coming from a group of dealers who wanted a down East lobster looking single engine cruiser.  The first Back Cove model was the 29 which was followed by the 26, 33, 37, 30, and 34.  Today Back Cove delivered over five hundred boats all over the globe. The current Back Cove range features three models; 30, 34 and 37 and a new 37 Downeast is in project stages and will be launched later on in 2013.  Back Cove new website takes you around with the following buttons; Yachts, Owner Resources, About, News, Contact, Search, and Find a Dealer.  Back Cove new website also features links to its social media pages; Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and Pinterest.

April 26, 2013

Project: Azimut 80

Azimut presents an important project of a new 80 designed outside by long time standing architect Stefano Righini.  This new model is a project to be made in the Turin facility with the current largest build ever made here being the 72S.  So far Azimut has not mentioned if this new 80 will replace the 78 produced at the Viareggio yard, the smallest build coming from this facility.  Stefano Righini in this new Azimut 80  evolves the style the known Italian builder has pioneered since the advent of the 68 Plus in 1999 and since then on all the fifty to seventy feet models, of a flybridge yacht with low profile looks but yet spacious and innovative solutions both inside and outside. The interior layout designed by recent recruit Achille Salvagni of this new 80 will feature four double cabins, with all having en-suite heads and a very large owners stateroom to midships.  The main deck is characterized by a traditional layout of welcoming saloon, dining area, a separate galley in the standard plan but which is also available as an open version, and a day head.  The helm station offers a two seats plus an L-shaped dinette to port side.  Navigation wise the Azimut 80 will be build to CE A standards and is to be powered by MAN 1550hp engines with a top speed of 30 knots being estimated.  Stabilizing options which more the time passes seem to become more important is offered from Seakeeper gyros, or CMC fins.   

April 25, 2013

New Model: Absolute 55 Fly

The Absolute 55 Fly is a further evolution of the 50 its first flybridge yacht launched in 2010, which became also available as 53 model at 2011. But to say this is actually so, you are taking away the good job the designers at the Italian company called Research Lab manage to make.  It is an amazing feat and shows huge market Intel from Absolute which makes the 55 Fly as one of the most interesting flybridge motor yachts available in the sixteen meters size today.  The Absolute 55 Fly actually takes only whats below the waterline from the its predecessors, whats above is completely new and fresh.  There are a lot of things to like in the Absolute 55 Fly from the astern galley, to the twin dinette very rare with the kitchen to aft, an aft deck with sunpad which looks like coming from a sports yacht, side door by the helm station to starboard, and three large cabins below of which a full beam owners stateroom. Power comes from a four different choice of Volvo engines one of which is a triple units, with Absolute continuing its huge support to the IPS pods now available on all the sixteen models of the Italian builder.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.65 m (54.6ft)
Beam - 4.65 m
Displacement -
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

April 24, 2013

Project: Numarine 78 HTS

It seems an important moment for Turkish builder Numarine who has made the last couple of weeks showcasing some new projects set to make its line of Motor and Sport Yachts more complete.  This new 78 HTS project is based on the HT model of the same size presented a couple of years ago and is a design by a trio of famous architects; Tommaso Spadolini, Can Yalman, and Umberto Tagliavini.  The HTS adds the aggressive sports line with a sport bridge up top, a new trend which seems to be growing in demand from customers the more time passes.  The sport bridge on project so far has a central stair case which from the aft deck leads on top.  The bridge will feature a central jockey style helm, and four lounge pads to both left and right side of the helm.  Down below the 78 HTS offers a four double cabins interior with a full beam owners stateroom cabin.  A two berth crew cabin plus a small saloon and galley are also located below to midships behind the owners room which leaves the main deck all for the owners entertainment.  Power is twin MAN engines 1200 or optional 1550hp units, with 38 knots top speed estimated from the large choice.

April 23, 2013

New Model: Prestige 450 S

Prestige continues to reinvent its line with Italian designer Garroni extending and evolving the looks of what he shown a couple years ago with the new 60 flagship.  As it often happens a new top line model usually represents an upgrade and a change to all the line and Prestige has rightfully followed this philosophy with the 450 taking another step from the one year ago presented 500 series.  The Prestige 450 S is a fully enclosed hard top sport cruiser which bring some interesting features in this size from the astern galley on the main deck, to the two separate staircases for the two cabins; owners and guest to fore.  This last is very unusual for a cruiser measuring thirteen meters which adds privacy to the owners room to midships and separate its completely from the guest cabin to fore.  Certainly an appreciated feature if your cruise will involve guests.  Another two extra berths are available in the convertible saloon dinette on the main deck which is located to port side, opposite of the helmsman station, and a two person relaxing sofa.  Power is twin Volvo 370 or optional 435hp engines with the easy to use IPS pods propulsion.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.96 m (45.9ft)
Hull Length - 12.56 m
Beam - 4.3 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 11000 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 620 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS 500 or 600 pods
Speed - 30 knots max, 24 knot cruise
Range - 295 nm at 24 knots cruise
Hull Shape - Vee planning with 16 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Garroni design, JP Concepts, Prestige Engineering
Certification - CE B-10, C-12

April 22, 2013

Project: MJM 50z

MJM Yachts is a very interesting builder who came on attention in the last couple of years for the sweet traditional down East lobster boat lines of its models, high technological Kevlar construction, and very efficient running.  Now the US, Boston based boat builder embarks on a project of a new flagship the 50z which extends its five models line which starts at 29 by ten feet.  The 50z is scheduled to launch for next year 2014, and will be offered with two plans for the interior choice.  A single owners room to fore and a more open layout, or a second twin berth cabin to starboard replacing the dinette.  Interestingly both layouts are offered with twin shower heads.  Engine options are twin or triple Volvo or Yanmar 370, and 435hp.  Propulsion is stern drive or IPS pods.  The stern drive configuration is suggested to those who like to cruise in shoal draft making the 50z with less to meter of keel depth.  40 knots max speed and a cruise of 34 are estimated with a triple Yanmar 370hp couple to stern drives.      

April 21, 2013

Ilver New Web Site

Ilver from Italy presents its new World wide web showroom. Ilver was founded in 1965 in Lissone, a town in the province of Monza near the city of Milan.  At first Ilver created a name for high quality small cruisers and runabouts. This was further extended in the eighties with Ilver growing over the forty feet size in this decade, and at the new millennium it presented a new 58 flagship model named Vista still at today in production.  The Vista along with the smaller Scuba where both innovative models when presented in the Genoa show of 2002 for the fact that they where the first large hard top sport yachts to have a layout with a galley up, and a lower deck reserved all for overnight cabin accommodation purposes. Today Ilver has a line of nine models starting with the since nineties produced seven meter Nyuma, and the 58 Vista flagship.  Ilver latest model is the recent redevelopment of the much appreciated Mirable now standing two feet larger.  But in real facts this model has been produced with small stylistic changes since 1992 as 39, then it became a 41 in 1999 and again changing in 2010 to the 42 model.  In Italy the Ilver Mirable has one of the strongest resale values thanks to its timeless classic lines and three cabins interior, something still as at today hard to find in a sport cruiser around the twelve meter mark.  Ilver's new website is available in Italian, English, Russian, and Chinese language and takes you round with the following buttons; Home, Mission, Ilver, Dealers, Range, Press, and Contact.  As is custom today Ilver has also its social media pages; Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, all linked from the website. 
Production History;
Record 1967-
530 GT 1969-84
Commander 530 1970-74
33 my 1974-78
38 Fly 1974-79
Eros 5.40m 1975-79
Ecstacy Day/Sport 7.20m 1975-83
Ecstacy Cabin 7.20m 1976-82
490 FB 1977-
630 Day 1977-79
23 Open 1978-82
22 Junior 1979-88
30 Sport 1979-86
30 Day 1980-86
27 Simba 1981-88
Spazio 25 1982-84
27 Day 1983-89
36 Cruiser 1983-91
26 Mizar 1984-88
31 Duke 1985-90
35 Cymawa 1986-90
45 Big-Game 1986-91
31 Soverign 1987-89
40 Saguaro 1987-90
31 Duke 1987-
Aero 46 1989
24 Nyuma 1989-
28 Galaxi 1989-
28 Texa 1989-
40 Daytona 1989-93
32 Thesi 1991-2001
Matisse 37 1992-99
Mirable 39 1992-99 (70+)
34 Duke 1993-98
37 Sectra 1994-99
Dorado 750 1995-2000
Blue Sky 15m 2000-01 (4)
41 Mirable 2000-09
39 Spada 2000-
33 Piper 2001-04
47 Scuba 2001-04
58 Vista 2001-
34 Thesi 2002-
49 Palma 2002-04 (5)
55 Explorer 2004-
35 Piper 2005-
50 Scuba 2005-
42 Mirable 2010-

April 20, 2013

New Model: Ferretti 960

In the past days Ferretti Group’s Cattolica shipyard and the northern Adriatic coast town’s dock hosted the launch of the first hull of the Ferretti 960.  The launching ceremony was a highly exciting moment for all residents and, particularly, for the numerous Ferretti Group employees that worked on the design and construction of this new Ferretti Yachts’s flagship for months. This new model marks yet another step forward for the Group’s historical brand, which adds a highly prestigious new yacht to its already wide range: this is indeed the largest planing yacht built by the Italian brand in its forty years plus of history. Over the next weeks all technical activities RINA tests, sea trials, system and equipment tests, will be performed and onboard fitting-out operations will be completed. Ferretti 960  is characterised by an optimised interior and exterior layout. It is Ferretti Yachts’s first planing recreational craft featuring the master cabin forward on the main deck, and as many as four guest cabins, all equally sized and with equivalent furnishings and fittings, located on the lower deck and brightened by large open view windows in the hull. The layout also includes three crew cabins with reserved access from the galley, a solution normally found on larger yachts. The external profile sets a new trend in the design of large planing hulls: the glazing running along the entire main deck “cuts” the hull from stern to the extreme bow, contributing to a much lighter profile that ensures incredible interior brightness and endows the yacht with a very sporty look.  As regards performances, the new flagship comes in three different sets of MTU engines. The standard version has two 2218hp engines allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 27 knots and a cruising speed of 24 knots. Two optional solutions include twin 2435, or 2638hp engines, respectively. The maximum speed with the more powerful version is 31 knots and cruise at 27 knots. Such an outstanding propulsion, as usual, goes hand in hand with the maximum comfort ensured by the Mitsubishi Anti Rolling Gyro system, capable of reducing rolling by over 50%.
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.2 m (95.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.98 m
Waterline Length - 22.34 m
Beam - 6.72 m
Draft - 2.20 m
Displacement - 87 t unloaded, 99 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l
Water Capacity - 1320 l
Accommodation - 10 guest berths in 5 cabins, 5 crew berths in 3 cabins
Max Persons - 20
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M84 2218hp, 16v2000 M93 2435hp, 15v2000 M94 2638hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 27 knots max 24 cruise with MTU 2218hp, 31 knots max 27 cruise with MTU 2638hp
Range -  325 nm at 24 knots cruise with MTU 2218hp
Hull Shape - planning warped Vee with 12 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Zuccon International Project line and interior, Ferretti Group Engineering and AYT hull
Certification - modules B + F + Aa (Sound Emission) RINA

April 19, 2013

Project: Viking 92 Convertible

Not so long ago many experienced tournament skippers felt a sportfish over seventy feet was on the cusp of being too large to effectively compete on the tournament trail. But the Viking 74 Convertible launched in May 2004 proved differently. Fast forward to the fall 2008 and Viking launched its 82 Convertible continuing the upward trend demonstrating beyond any doubt with over fifteen deliveries to date that the US builder hit another grand slam with its then new flagship. Now Viking approaches the threshold of another amazing achievement, the 92 Convertible, scheduled for a spring launch in 2014.  As is standard the new Viking to be flagship has a stunning profile with several motor yacht cues including dual mezzanine decks; one in the cockpit and the second on the main level after deck. The latter mezzanine offers both rear facing lounge seating, along with a second seating area and a table for al fresco dining. An outside galley and grilling area are included for added convenience and ambiance. The yacht’s interior is a showpiece of elegance and luxury. The seven meter beam not only opens the salon but transforms it into a majestic living room with built-in furniture and plush appointments like a 60-inch flat screen television that rises on a lift out of the teak cabinetry. An L-shape island in the galley complements the work area and all counter tops feature custom selected granite. A pair of walk-in pantries and a full day head are forward and characterize an excellent use of space. Nearby, a formal dining area accommodates eight guests.  The 92 Convertible has five guest cabins, each with its own private head and shower. The full beam master suite features a king size walk around bed, a walk-in closet, a dressing table, and his and her private facilities. Crew quarters are aft with access from the cockpit. The full beam area includes a head with a shower, a small galley area, and upper and lower berths in a private cabin.  Propulsion choices include offerings by Caterpillar and MTU.

April 18, 2013

Improve-it = Nord Star 37 Patrol

Following the demand on its flagship the 40 model, Nord Star decided to introduce a flybridge option for its 37 model.  The flybridge is reached from a staircase to port side of the aft deck, and features a central helm and an L-shaped settee behind it.  The flybridge makes a welcoming addition for those who like to drive more in an open air enviroment and adds also the benefit of an extra entairtainment area up top to use when the weather is fine.  The Nord West 37 Patrol is a traditional cruiser with some hints of pilot boat in its looks, and features a two cabin interior with sleeps five in two cabins, plus additional two more in the convertible saloon settee.  Engine choice is a max of 900hp, with twin Volvo 370 units and stern drive propulsion allowing for a max speed of 38 knots.

April 17, 2013

Project: Mulder 1800 Favorite

Mulder presents an important project of a new 1800 Favorite, extending the size of this line by two meters.  Since returned in 2010 to mark the Dutch builder seventieth birthday Mulder has delivered half a dozen of semi custom Favorites with designer Guido de Groot basing looks on the down East lobster boat lines.  The 1800 Favorite follows the theme of the smaller models from its layout to its hull shape in round bilge shape, and a variation of engines choices which offers the owner optimum usability for inland waterways or open seas.  The standard plan for the 1800 Favorite is a two cabins twin head layout with a galley bellow layout, but a three cabin version should be also in order.  The living is all located on the main deck.  Power is standard Volvo 330 up to 435hp in line shafts.  Top speeds of 25 and a 20 knots cruise are estimated with the larger engines choice. 

April 16, 2013

New Model: Tiara 3900 Coronet

Presented as a project on the fall of 2012 the Tiara 3900 Coronet is the new flagship of this sport cruiser line from this well regarded US boat builder.  For the new Coronet flagship Tiara based itself on the very good looking 3900 Open and added some more distinct cruiser features.  In my opinion adding the votes on the look front. Still as all the Coronet, Tiara has a Tournament Fishing Package included in the 3900 dedicated for those who like to fish more in style.  On the accommodation format the 3900 Coronet offers incredible social aspects; starting from the large exterior with a nice aft deck featuring an L-shaped settee, and two person mezzanine opposite.  Up one step is the raised area with everything here being around the helm to starboard, which features a galley behind and an opposite L-shaped settee. Down below is as custom in the US an open plan layout which adds the feeling of space for the 3900 Coronet.  The features here are a double berth to fore, C-shaped sofa, L-shaped galley, and a separate shower head.  Power is twin Cummins engine choice; 480 or optional 550hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.77m (41.9ft)
Hull Length - 11.96 m
Beam - 4.57 m
Draft - 1.06 m with props
Displacement - 11,113 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2052 l
Water Capacity - 454 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 5.7 480hp, QSC 550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max, 27 cruise, 23 knots optimum cruise with Cummins 480hp engines
Range - 333 nautical miles at 23 knots optimum cruise speed
Hull Shape - planning Vee with 18 degrees dead rise aft
Certification - NMMA

April 15, 2013

Project: Astondoa 72 GLX

Astondoa is showing innovative spirit in some of its recent designs from the recently presented Top Deck, but also in its Motoryacht line.  This is shown in the new 65 and 72 projects who show modern integrated hardtops and a reinvention of the foredeck area making this more a living place especially at anchor or in rest position.  The 72 GLX is named identical as one of the best selling models in this size from Astondoa produced from the 1998 till 2007 with that success being designed by the Nuvolari Lenard studio.   The new 72 GLX features a four guest cabins layout with the owners stateroom located to midships, and a crew cabin to aft. Other nice features are a huge tender garage to aft, and a saloon with an open galley plan.  Engines are twin MAN 1224 standard or optional 1360hp.  Speed is a max of 28 knots with the standard engines.     

April 13, 2013

Project: Horizon RP102

Innovative design and new technology, at the talented hands of Dutch designer Cor D. Rover, has paved the way for Horizon to develop an exceptional Raised Pilothouse concept: the RP102. The Horizon RP102 project features a combination of fluid lines and modern proportions, large glass windows allow natural light to flow into the interior spaces, and her layout offers a symbiosis of owner, guest and service areas, creating the feeling of a much larger yacht. A full beam master stateroom is located on the forward main deck, complete with an en-suite bath. Equally impressive are the RP102's exterior areas; at the touch of a button, the RP102's Sky Terrace, a patented design by Rover, can increase the flybridge deck area by 20% without compromising the yacht's fluid design. A beach club forward of the swim platform offers a space ideal for enjoying the ocean view that is also protected from the sun.  Horizon utilized Computational Fluid Dynamics and scaled model tests to successfully develop the RP102 hull form, which provides 25% less fuel consumption at a 20-knot cruise speed than a conventional planning hull. Horizon RP102 concept design is answer to consumer demand, emphasizing luxury, safety and interior volume within a dual purpose, performance-oriented hull.

April 12, 2013

New Model: Sunseeker 80 Predator

It was more or less nineteen years ago that Sunseeker presented its first eighty footer the 80 Predator, considering how big its super yacht portfolio has become and the size increase of the British Poole based brand has increased, at the moment a new flagship 155 Yacht is in build that was an important move back then.  This new 80 Predator follows the name of that first Sunseeker super yacht with two generations of design difference and a confidence that today marks it as among the top semi producers in the eighty plus foot segment.  This new 80 Predator follows Sunseeker latest design stints of huge glass surfaces both above and below in the cabins area.  Her accommodation plan is a spacious traditional layout with a full beam midships owners stateroom, VIP suite to fore, and two guest cabins in between.  A galley is located below to port side in a separate conceived area, while a crew cabin with two berths is located to aft.  The living is all located on the main deck with a large lounging saloon to starboard, and a dining to port.  Power options are a varied choice from MTU which starts at 1550 and ends up to 2640hp with the large engine available only with Arneson surface drives set up.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 24,9 m (81.8ft)
Beam - 6.09 m
Draft - 1.86 m inc props
Displacement - 56,000 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 6000 l
Water Capacity - 1200l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 1550hp, 12V2000 M94 1950hp, 16V 2000 M94 2640hp only with surface drives
Propulsion - line shaft with props in semi tunnels, or Arneson surface drives
Speed - 46 knots max, 30 knots cruise with MTU 2640hp and Arneson surface drives option
Construction - hand laid GRP with Vinilester skin coat and powder pound mat
Certification - CE B, MCA - 24 m

April 10, 2013

New Model: Carver C34

A much awaited new Carver in my books, and also an interesting offer for customers looking in the ten meter flybridge motor cruiser segment, this is the C34.  One of the most interesting themes of this new Carver C34 is for sure the very European looks which also shows how this kind of style has become a World affair in recent years for flybridge cruisers and yachts.  Accommodation wise the Carver C34 offers an interesting plan with two cabins sleeping four; owners cabin to forward, and a twin berth guest cabin to starboard side at midships.  Extra two berths which bring the total to six are found in the convertible dinette which becomes an extra double bed.  The galley is located at the main deck and is in L-shaped form with the lower helm choice, or a bit larger in C-shape if one does not want the interior pilot station.  Other interesting spacious themes are the flybridge with a small sunpad to aft, and a well spaced C-shaped settee to port side opposite of the upper helm station.  Engines are a standard twin Mercruiser 300hp petrol gas, and a diesel option from Volvo with the same output.  Unlike most recent new offers the C34 goes to the tried and tested line shafts propulsion with a V-drive system which while adds a bit more to consumption can find the favour of experienced buyers due to known reliable this system brings.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.82 m (35.6ft)
Beam - 3.96 m
Draft - 1.07 m
Displacement - 7484 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 946 l
Water Capacity - 340 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 5.7 l 300hp gas petrol, Volvo D4 300hp Diesel
Propulsion - V-drive line shaft
Construction - hand laid core build with infused epoxy resins

April 9, 2013

Project: Absolute 64 Fly

Absolute present the project of the 64 Fly, an interesting follow up to its new 72 flagship presented past Summer 2012.  In this latest project the North Italian builder follows a lot of the themes it has shown in recent years from modern lines with large window surfaces especially noted on the main deck, and IPS pod drives for the propulsion.  Worth to note that IPS are currently used on all Absolute to a total of sixteen models.  Apart being among the first users of Volvo's IPS pods Absolute did distinct itself to a huge following for the drives. The Absolute 64 Fly will feature a four double cabin lower deck; some notes here are the full beam owners stateroom to midships, and a bunk berths fourth cabin.  A crew cabin is located aft.  The main deck of the Absolute 64 Fly will feature a single level flush deck minus for the pilot station area which is raised by one step. So far the galley seems to be located centrally and not astern as the new well praised 55 model.  Power is twin Volvo 800 or optional 900hp units, and as stated both choices come only with the IPS pod propulsion. 

April 8, 2013

New Model: Beneteau 49 Gran Turismo

Beneteau finally shows some real photos of the new 49 Gran Turismo a model which is a further development of the previous 47 Monte Carlo launched in 2009.  The main difference here between the two models is a new larger bathing platform with hydraulic up down movement creating a space for an extra small PWC, and new view windows for the forward VIP cabin.  For the rest the 49 Gran Turismo follows the appreciated themes of the model it replaces from a two or three double cabins lower deck choice, enclosed hard top with patio door, and a spacious galley located below in between the cabins.  Power is twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pod drives propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.6 m (51.2ft)
Hull Length - 14.0 m
Beam - 4.30 m
Draft - 1.09 m including props
Displacement - 12,500 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 650 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 320 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS600 forward looking dual propeller pods
Project - Andreani Design, Beneteau Power Boats
Certification - CE B14, C16

April 7, 2013

Project: Benetti Class 108 Tradition Supreme

The shape of things to come at Benetti as the builder showcases its upcoming model in its semi custom Class range the 108 Tradition Supreme.  This model is a further development of the 105 and previously 30M Tradition model.  Three decks characterize the second smallest Benetti a feature actually of all the models of the range even the entry level 93 Delfino. The 108 compared to the previous models it replaces has been interestingly reworked to offer guests a special view to the outside to the sea with swiveling balconies and large terrace windows clearly available on the main deck.  Here the most prominent new feature being the opening patio door in the saloon to starboard.  In all this Stefano Righini still manages to create that classic touch to the 108 Tradition Supreme.  Sleeping accommodation is a five double cabin layout with two central VIP suites at midships, and an owners stateroom on the main deck.  Three double crew cabins are located to fore.  Power is twin MAN engines with top speeds estimates at 13 knots.     

April 5, 2013

Improve-it = Galeon 550 Fly

For those following Galeon it will come to no surprise that the renowned Polish builder presents a new wood trim option for its models, this time it is the turn for one of the 2012 novelties the 550 Fly.  Galeon this time around presents an ultra modern Wenge wood interior for the 550 Fly which was added with light colored leather mixed and brown bamboo inserts.  This option makes an interesting diversity to the dark walnut finish as shown in hull number one. Standing in the middle of its fleet which starts at 29 and ends with a 78 flagship the Tony Castro designed 550 Fly has seen itself as one of the most sought third generation Galeon for some important reasons.  First of all is the three double cabins lower deck with full beam owner room, second is the very nice main deck with its astern galley featuring a serious dining area to fore, and last is the full opening patio door which joins exterior with interior.  Power options for the Galeon 550 Fly start from Volvo 600 up to 900hp engines, with the smallest choice available only with IPS pod drives and the rest with shafts.

April 4, 2013

Project: Gulf 75 Exp

During the recently ended Dubai boat show Gulf Craft showcased the project of a new 75 Exp model.  The second in this new range which was presented last year with the 95.  The Exp range is a hybrid looking modern classic with some hints of US styling going into the overall looks.  This style looks more emphasized in the 75, then in the 95.   Some interesting features of the 75 seems to be the integrated hard top on the flybridge, the free fore deck, and an integrated staircase to the fly located exterior starboard side to midships.  Not much details is given on the interior but usually this size gives a four or three double cabins choices.  What we do know is that the owners room is located to midships thanks to one of the renderings.  Power is from twin MTU 1200hp engines.

April 3, 2013

New Model: Linssen 450 Range Cruiser Sedan Variotop

The Dutch builder Linssen Range Cruiser series updates itself with four models in a range divided by two feet in size and the Sedan Variotop or Wheelhouse versions.  Here we are showing the Summer and more open 450 Range Cruiser Sedan Variotop.  This being a patented automatic soft sop system.  The Linssen Range cruiser differentiates itself from the other models of the range for its more modern stern and no aft cabin, this being the norm in the long standing Sturdy range.  Still the Linssen 450 offers plenty of space inside in a split level area seperated by the wheelhouse part, the lounging area, and the cabin rooms to fore.  Power is from Steyr and come from a single 150 or twin 120hp engines.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.45 m (47.4ft)
Beam - 4.40 m
Draft - 1.22 m
Displacement - 20,500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1260 - 40 l (also available 2 x 50 l day tanks instead of 1 x 40) 
Water Capacity - 600 l 
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 1 x Steyr MO156K25 150hp, 2 x Steyr MO126K25 120hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - steel with Linssen patented Hardchine Prestressed Hull
Certification - CE B

April 2, 2013

Project: Queens Yachts 50 HT

Queens Yachts presents the project of the 50 HT.  This new project bases itself on hull lines of the Fly model presented in the fall of 2012.  The Queens 50 Hard Top is again a design of TDF studio from Milan Italy, and is a fully enclosed sport yacht with some interesting living solutions coupled to modern aggressive lines.  Customer satisfaction is the main selling point of the 50 HT available in two internal layouts both of which in three cabins and with full beam midships owners room, with the main difference in this being the position of the galley.  Latest trend of main deck and astern galley in configuration one, or below in between the cabins in the version two.  Power for the Queens 50 HT is twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pods, or 575 Cat engines with line shaft.  

April 1, 2013

blogger - Open Yacht?

Sometimes looking at new designs first time sends always emotions running but after the news has passed over me I do like to come back to my senses and weigh up the good and the bad.  So if you go to the many boat shows one can easily see that the open sport yacht over fifty feet is for the most part in today lost.  What do I mean?
That if you like life in the open most of the offers today look like flybridge boats but have an opening hard top replacing the fly deck with not much place to enjoy life outside in the open air.  Some sport yacht have also smaller outside areas then to a comparable flybridge boat of the same length, and that is excluding the fly deck.  Is not a sport yacht meant to be a Summer using high season period boat.
Personally I am a fan of the hard top sport yacht concept but I think in recent years the market has lost balance on what an open should look and offer to the customer.  That's not to say all major builders have sold to this, and some of them quickly changed direction while others have never actually gave to it.  Still the majority of the builders is still in pursuit of creating the have everything enclosed hard top without a flybridge.  Wait, yes now a bridge although smaller is also being offered in some fifty feet plus boats.  Do not flybridge boats already offer this? 
Anyways the 2013 season is here, and in the Mediterranean sunny days are just becoming longer. Finally!