May 31, 2013

Monthly News - May 2013

-pic of the month- Riviera Seven Educational Events
Azimut Awarded in Palma Boat Show
After the two prestigious awards received in the 2012 World Yacht Trophies during the latest edition of the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, once again Azimut 55S is under the spotlight for technological innovations and brilliant solutions in the concept design. On the occasion of the 30th Palma Boat Show, which ended May 5th last in Palma de Mallorca, the latest model of the sport collection among Azimut Yachts motoryachts, designed by Stefano Righini and Carlo Galeazzi, received the award for 'best boat under 20m '. Among the reasons that have contributed to the important achievement: the adoption of the triple Volvo IPS-1 system with pod - unusual on motoryachts of this size - the weight reduction and strength of the structure made of glass-carbon composite, the layout design with three cabins for owner and guests located amidships, the sliding hard top that can be completely opened, the continuity between internal and external spaces mainly due to the one level flat deck and a brand new pivoting bathing platform that facilitates the launch and retrieve of the tender. Besides the Azimut 55S, visitors to Palma Boat Show 2013, could admire the Azimut 88, 53 and 48 presented by Marina Estrella, exclusive Azimut Yachts and Atlantis dealer for Spain, broker and leading distributor in Iberian area for over forty years.

Beneteau Barracuda Tour
Beneteau is launching the first “Barracuda Tour”, a promotional rally in legs which will take place in Brittany from 10 to 19 May 2013. The goal of this event is to bring together the different sport fishing players and to meet up with its amateur sea fishing customers. Saint Hilaire De Riez, 29 April 2013. The Barracuda Tour will set off on next Saturday, 11 May from St Gilles Croix de Vie, historical site and brand headquarters and will finish a week later in St Malo. On the programme, eight legs around Brittany finding outstanding fishing sites to promote the very essence of these fabulous boats created for sport fishing. For this first Barracuda Tour, Beneteau will be surrounded by the best! Lowrance electronics 2014, Honda Marine electronic commands, underwater floodlights - a fully equipped Barracuda 7 and Barracuda 9 will confront each other as they set out to conquer the bass. For the fishing, Beneteau has called on local professional guides as well as specialized equipment manufacturers who will pour out quantities of advice both at sea and on shore: Illex – Element Rider for rods, Daïwa for reels, Fiiish for lures and Henri Lloyd clothing. Each day will be divided among periods of sailing averaging 5 minutes and periods of fishing. A local guide will embark to provide his experience of the areas crossed and the techniques to use. The fish we are looking for is Bass. Each catch will be measured, photographed and put back into the sea. Some fish will be kept in a fish tank and released when the legs are finished. Barracuda owners may join the tour with their own boat and take part in one or several days of this rally. Every evening, a cocktail party organised by the Beneteau dealer for the leg in question will bring together the participants.

Chris-Craft Wins Best Sport Boat at Shanghai Boat Show
The new Corsair 32 wins top prize for Best Sport Boat at the Shanghai International Boat Show in Shanghai, China. It was officially announced at the 4th annual Asian Marine & Boating Awards Gala Dinner, held at the Intercontinental Expo Hotel in Pudong, in Shanghai. The Chris-Craft Corsair 32 won, Best Sport Boat, in one of the largest categories, beating out competitors such as the Riva Iseo 27. The Shanghai International Boat Show is the largest boat show in Asia with over 300 brands of boats showcased during the four day event from April 11-14, 2011. In attendance to accept the award was Chris-Craft Chairman, Stephen Julius and Chris-Craft Dealer, Xiamen Blue Ocean Yachts CEO, Tina Wu and Marketing Director, Elena Wang. The Corsair line carries the main DNA of the legendary Chris-Craft brand. The Corsair 32 is well-suited to accommodate overnight excursions but is also built for day cruising and quick turns around the bay before a champagne sunset. 

Chris-Craft on Extreme Factories
Chris-Craft was approached in early 2013 and asked to participate in a new and exciting television show to air on the Travel Channel, called Extreme Factories. We wanted to share our extreme factory with you! Now is your chance to see the 139 year old legendary boat brand, behind the scenes. Get up close and see the quality, the details, the people, the boats and the extreme factory that builds the legend every day

Grand Banks Puget Rendez Vous
The Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association just wrapped up another excellent rendezvous up in Roche Harbor, San Juan Island. The event took place Thursday, May 9 through Sunday, May 12 with almost all dry weather! With 64 boats in attendance, the weekend was filled with seminars and demonstrations, meet and greets, vessel inspections and a lot of good food!

Hunt Yachts Launched New Carefree Purchase Program
Hunt Yachts, builder of semi-custom luxury yachts from 25 to 68 feet and home of the legendary deep-V hull, today introduced the Hunt Carefree Purchase Program ©, a bold multi-feature purchase program for its express motoryacht line, making Hunt the first power yacht builder to offer a comprehensive, no cost added yacht ownership program and providing peace of mind to new owners of the Hunt 44, 52 & 68 Express and Flybridge Motoryachts. Demonstrating Hunt’s commitment to developing innovative, convenient and owner-focused service features, this program ensures every Hunt is able to perform at its very best. The Hunt Carefree Purchase Program delivers the Hunt Warranty Assurance; free comprehensive service, storage, detailing and delivery for two years; free Vessel Vanguard ship Log Service, remote vessel monitoring and boat monitoring powered by Siren Marine; and a two-year membership to BoatUS with its accompanying free towing feature in more than 300 ports nationwide and free roadside assistance while trailering.  

ISA Yachts Anniversary
On the occasion of the 12th anniversary of ISA opening ceremony on May 10, 2001, the prominent Italian luxury yacht builder, ISA, has officially presented its new ISAYACHTS company logo today, on May 10, 2013. The new logo symbolizes the company’s focus on designing, building and maintaining the best custom motor yachts in steel/aluminium or composite from 24 to 90 meters in length. The new company logo brings together the old recognized symbol and the extension of it right below, colour and font remain unchanged. The previous logo was created in 2000 and has served the company for more than a decade. During that period, ISA has expanded its portfolio and increased its value and relevance to its customers by producing 28 magnificent custom and semi-custom motor yachts to new and many repeat clients and brokers, bringing together very high-standard quality and unique design.

ISA Yachts Establishes New Offices in USA
International Shipyards Ancona announced the grand opening of its North American operations with an office at the Portside Yachting Center on at the 17th Street Causeway in Fort Lauderdale. It was auspicious timing for ISA as the day marked its 12th anniversary! ISA President of Sales and Marketing, Marcello Maggi, was on hand at a celebratory cocktail party at the Bimini Boatyard Restaurant with brokers, press, and members of South Florida’s marine industry to discuss on- going activity at the shipyard in Italy as well as new marketing initiatives. Ed Sacks, a well-known veteran of the luxury yachting industry, who has enjoyed a long-term friendship with Maggi, gave a colorful anecdotal speech to the crowd on his history in the industry and identified his primary mission. In its relatively short 12-year history, ISA has delivered 27 yachts and currently has five under construction. They build yachts both in fiberglass and steel in the 30-70m range and are developing new lines with an eye toward expansion to eventually build yachts up to 100m.

Jet Tern Selene Europe Rendez Vous
This July will see the first Selene Yachts Rendezvous take place in Europe. The event will be held from 19 to 21 July at Marina Punat Croatia, located in a lovely, small protected bay on the island of Krk. A comprehensive programme has been created for the event, including various activities and presentations for owners and their crew. In addition, there will be some great events such as dinners and lunches with live music and a short wine-tasting tour to the ancient village of Vrbnik. There is also an opportunity for people to visit the event during the open house on Sunday 21 July. 

Kadey-Krogen Introduces I-Pad App Update
Kadey-Krogen Yachts is pleased to announce the latest release of the company’s industry-leading iPad application. The free app showcases the Krogen trawler yacht lifestyle with photos and stories submitted by owners around the world, specifications and details on all current production Kadey-Krogen vessels, a brief history of Kadey-Krogen and much more. Since the initial release one year ago, the app has thousands of downloads from Kadey-Krogen enthusiasts.

Marlow Cruising Spring Rendez Vous
The Marlow Marine Cruising Club 18th Annual Spring Rendezvous was held on April 25 thru 28 at the Ocean Reef Club, a private resort in Key Largo, Florida. Members and guests arrived by boat, plane and car to attend this highly anticipated event. Guests were treated royally and everyone’s expectations were exceeded. The first of many surprises planned over the 4 day event was the exterior washing of their boat. Our detailers were ready to hop on board as soon as the vessel docked. After members received their welcome bag, filled with all sorts of useful items, at registration, everyone’s attention turned to the evening’s Welcome Reception. A beautiful setting on the upstairs terrace lent itself to a gorgeous sunset and later a full moon with its light rays dancing on the water. The fancy fare of delicious Hors d’ oeuvres, seafood martini bar, and other delights were enjoyed by the members while renewing and creating new friendships. The musician delighted the crowd with his serenade of song and performance with a variety of instruments. The following two mornings of seminars were well attended with everyone absorbing new knowledge and reinforcing their knowledge of happenings in the boating industry. A hands on demonstration aboard our newest Marlow Explorer 66E, Sea Foam, was presented by Yacht Controller. Other select seminar topics included Medical, Electronics, Engines maintenance, Cruising Reports, and the ever popular round table discussions lead by David Marlow and crew. Our traditional and ever-popular theme party this year was ‘The Wild Wild West’. Keeping in the spirit of the theme, a golf cart poker run Friday afternoon gave us a head start on what lied ahead for the evening’s Western night. The cowboys, cowgirls, Indians, Tonto and the Lone Ranger, along with a multitude of other famous western characters invaded the main beach for the Wild West event. After a scrumptious barbeque steak and seafood dinner, the live western band encouraged everyone to dance into the night. After watching an authentic Wild West show, those who desired to learn the art of pistol twirling, bull whipping and lassoing were instructed by the show team. Libations, dancing, bon fires, and s’mores rounded out the event. The next day, the tradition of Christenings and Open Boats were preceded by a round of miniature golf and an old fashioned hot dog roast. The day moved into evening with our Awards Dinner celebration. Our guests relaxed and enjoyed the southern seafood festival dinner menu while listening to the western singer and guitarist. After the awards, the crowd was treated to a live tribute to Tim McGraw. As we bid farewell and wished happy trails to all at the Sunday breakfast, everyone was already looking forward to next year’s rendezvous and wondering where the 20th Annual Spring Rendezvous will be held. Time will tell and it will be announced later this year.

Outer Reef Awarded Rookie Team of the Year
Outer Reef Yachts was presented with a Rookie Team of the Year Award for participating in the 2013 Spin-A-Thon! Total money raised for this event between all the teams and donations is $154,702.68, to benefit Kids in Distress (KID) and Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center. Thank you for your generous donations and support for The Reef Riders!

Overmarine New Offices in Palma
The Overmarine Group - Mangusta service for Owners in the western Mediterranean has been further enriched with a new office in Palma de Mallorca. Last Saturday, 4th May, Michl Marine, Group's partner in promoting Mangusta in the Balearic Islands and in providing assistance for those clients who visit these waters regularly, inaugurated the new office in Mallorca which flanks the one already in Marina Ibiza. There were many Mangusta enthusiasts present to celebrate the elegant new location, situated strategically in Puerto Portals, a glamorous marina with a unique atmosphere just a few kilometres from Palma. This is an important reference point for Mangusta Owners in the Spanish archipelago, where Michl Marine offers a fast, high quality service, seven days a week to both current and new owners.

Princess Yachts Recruit Richard Lambert
Princess Yachts International plc are delighted to announce that Richard Lambert has joined the Board at Princess Yachts International plc as M Class Director. This key position has been established to enhance the company's existing capability to support sales of the growing range of Princess M Class superyachts. Richard brings with him a wealth of experience from the marine industry, most recently as Managing Director of the OceanStyle division of the Burgess which specialises in meeting the needs of owners and buyers of semi custom luxury motor yachts in the 20 to 45 metre range. As head of M Class sales Richard will be working closely with the existing sales team, together with the manufacturing and product development teams at Princess. This significant appointment recognises the growth of this important market sector within Princess and has come at the opportune time with interest in the company's expanding range of M Class yachts at it's height following the success of the first Princess 40M at the World Superyacht Awards earlier this month. Development of the company's new superyacht manufacturing facility at South Yard is also moving forward after Princess received confirmation in April that they can begin drawing down on a £4.5 million grant awarded by the Government Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to back a major investment to turn the site into a world leading shipyard.

Princess Receives International Accolade
Princess Yachts International is celebrating the success of Imperial Princess, the first Princess 40M from their M Class range of 100ft plus yachts, at the eighth annual World Superyacht Awards held in Istanbul, Turkey on 4 May. During a gala evening held in the magnificent surroundings of the Çiragan Palace Kempinski and attended by a distinguished guest list of superyacht owners, their families, friends and luminaries of the superyacht industry, news broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky presented the prized silver Neptune awards to the owners of the finest sail and motor yachts delivered in 2012. The Princess 40M has been named as the winner of the 'Three Deck Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts' category. For Princess to have been selected as a finalist with what is their first 'superyacht' build is an incredible achievement but for Imperial Princess to win this prestigious award and the company be recognised as an important shipyard in the superyacht industry is a great honour for the Plymouth based yacht builder. With over 45 years of innovation and engineering excellence Princess are firmly stamping their marque on the 100ft plus market. The 40M, built at Plymouth's historic South Yard, combines cutting-edge technology with superb performance and the ultimate in on-board opulence. Weighing in at 395 gross registered tonnage, the superyacht has twin diesel engines packing some 7,000 horsepower, and is capable of 23 knots. As the largest composite motor yacht ever built in UK, as well as the most luxurious, the 40M can also boast one of the largest hulls in the world constructed using high-tech resin-infusion technology, for optimum strength, quality and weight. The shipyard continues to invest in their South Yard site, dedicated to the production of yachts 100ft plus, and their M Class product range with a new launch scheduled for 2014. In 2011 Princess were awarded a £4.6m Government Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to back a major investment to turn South Yard into a world leading boat building facility. The investment has already created 290 jobs and helped safeguard a further 400. The Princess 40M has also recently been awarded 'Best Production Motor Yacht (24m to 40m)' at the 9th annual Asia Boating Awards and is a finalist for three awards at this year's ShowBoat Design Awards.

Riviera Invests in Australia
Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst announced today that his family will purchase Riviera’s 14-hectare state-of-the-art Coomera facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast. It is the largest luxury boat building facility of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and the purchase of the property and all of its capital improvements will be completed before June 30. When Mr Longhurst purchased Riviera on 8 March, 2012, he agreed to a long term lease with the option to buy the property. Over the past 14 months, Mr Longhurst has been very focused on Riviera’s future and has placed a great deal of time into restructuring the business, reviewing all internal processes and procedures, investing in new model development, recruiting the right people for the right job, and growing Riviera’s team and talent. Mr Longhurst said the purchase of the property truly cemented Riviera’s future in building boats in Australia, employing Australians and continuing to drive the company’s long established export markets. After visiting some of the world’s highly regarded boat building facilities, Mr Longhurst is confident the Riviera site compares favourably in terms of location, size and technology.

Riviera Rides the Waves
Riviera’s 300 strong master craftsman and staff have seen the fruits of their labours over the past 10 days with Australia’s largest and most awarded luxury boat builder winning a prestigious marine industry award, the announcement that Rivera has made a substantial investment in Australia’s manufacturing future, receiving an overwhelming positive response from luxury powerboat enthusiasts and recording significant new boat sales at the Festival of Boating held at Riviera’s Gold Coast headquarters. On the back of winning the esteemed 2013 Australian Marine Industry Large Exporter Award, Riviera’s chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst announced that his family will purchase Riviera’s 14-hectare state-of-the-art Coomera facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The announcement came on day two of the second annual Festival of Boating, which proved to be hugely successful for Riviera and Belize with registrations for the 83 individual educational and social events up by more than 50 per cent on the previous year with a total of over 2000 registrations across the four day festival, the world release of the new 565 SUV, and the full interior display of the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge, gave Riviera plenty of reasons to celebrate at the Friday night Cocktail Party and Saturday night Gala Dinner which were well attended with 250 and 350 Riviera enthusiasts respectively at each event. Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the Riviera Festival of Boating was a tremendous success. Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said the past 10 days had been an incredibly positive time for Riviera. The dates for the 2014 Riviera Festival of Boating have been released and an expanded program will be announced later this year for the four days of the Festival from 22 to 25 May, 2014. The Festival of Boating is a registration only event for Riviera owners and luxury powerboat enthusiasts.

Riviera Seven Educational Events
An exciting new workshop designed to make skippering a small boat child’s play is expected to be hugely entertaining and educational for pint sized captains at the Riviera Festival of Boating held from May 23 to 26 at Coomera on Queensland’s Gold Coast.  It is one of seven new educational workshops which have been added to the program since the Festival registration website went live in March. Riviera has been inundated with registrations and enquiries as the date of May 17 when registrations officially close rapidly approaches. The original program of 76 educational and social events has prompted the addition of several new workshops, including the Riv Kidz Skipper Program, which now brings the total to 83 individual events. The new events offered in the expanded educational program include, anchoring, line work, rafting and mooring; onboard entertainment; understanding gyro stabilisers, electrical power systems; understanding electrical accessories, understanding marine insurance, and a special children’s only Riv Kidz Skipper training program. Limited places are available at all workshops and registration via the Festival of Boating website is essential. Riviera’s Chairman Rodney Longhurst said boating was very much a family affair and the Riviera Festival of Boating encouraged all Riviera and aspiring power boat owners to become more confident on the water. Ms Herbert-Evans said most parents were keen to have their children learn the skills and knowledge to handle their tenders and smaller vessels. The Riv Kidz Skipper Program will cover pre-departure boat checks, bungs, fuel, oil, battery/spark and water; safety equipment checks; tender limits; understanding boat and crew limitations; knots line and hitches; check the conditions; let someone know before you go; start, stop, safety, steering, throttle control, trim control and balance; embarking and disembarking; always keep a good look out; manoeuvring, berthing, anchoring; signage and rules; boat maintenance and cleaning. There are two Riv Kidz Skipper Workshops held on the weekend of the four day Festival so people are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment. Visit for all the latest Festival news and registration forms. Mr Longhurst said the other programs would give power boat owners the opportunity to trial first-hand the amazing gyro stabiliser technology on board a Riviera 51 Enclosed Flybridge, learn the correct anchoring and line work techniques, explore the latest on board entertainment systems, electrical power systems and accessories, and finally a greater understanding of marine insurance.

Sunreef Power in United Arab Emirates
After a successful Dubai International Boat Show, Sunreef Yachts is delighted to once more announce its presence in the United Arab Emirates with one of its most renown yacht models - the 70 Sunreef Power - already sold in 10 units. 70 Sunreef Power Damrak II will be available for viewing all throughout June at the region's most exclusive marinas: Dubai International Marine Club, Emirates Palace Marina, Yas Marina - Abu Dhabi and will be seen cruising in the area of the Palm Jumeirah. Damrak II has completed the first leg of her passage to Dubai last week, arriving in Genoa after a three week motor from the Caribbean. On Friday she was loaded onto a cargo ship that will deliver her to the Middle East in the beginning of June.

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