October 31, 2013

Monthly News - October 2013

-pic of the month- Sea Ray Celebrates Thirty

Azimut Joins ADI Design Index 2013

More awards for the Magellano Collection by Azimut Yachts. Launched in 2012, the Magellano 43 HT, which already received critical acclaim, has been included in the ADI Design Index in the "Design for Environment" category. This inclusion means it can now compete for the Compasso d’Oro, one of the most renowned international design awards in the world. Starting October 1 and continuing for the entire month, a scale model of the yacht is on exhibit at the Triennale di Milano. It is part of the Design|Opera show dedicated to products selected for the current edition of ADI Design’s permanent observatory, which this year also accompanies the introduction of the publication, ADI Design Index. With its innovative features the Magellano 43HT represents at the best a collection dedicated to the "Italian Long Range”, its most appreciated attributes being the safety and functionality of its spaces. Magellano 43 HT is a semi-displacement yacht especially suited for long cruising thanks to its great liveability both inside and on deck, its generous amounts of storage space, and its superior range.

Bayliner Celebrates Outstanding Dealer Network in 2013 Summit

Bayliner’s 2013 “Summit at the Lake” event brought together more than 250 Bayliner dealers from across the globe to usher in the 2014 model‐year boats and to toast numerous successes from this past year. The fun‐filled event was held Sept. 10‐12 at the beautiful Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford, Ga. The awards presented at the 2013 Bayliner Dealer Meeting are as follows: North American Customer Service Award: Complete Marine, Canadian Customer Service Award: M&P Mercury, North American Top Dealership Award: Quartermaster Marine, Rookie of the Year: Winnisquam Marine, Passion & Dedication: Riverside Marine, and North American Lifetime Achievement Award: Bob Feil Boats & Motors, Latin American Dealer of the Year: All Flags, European Dealer of the Year: Boote Pfister, Australia & Asia Pacific Dealer of the Year: Avante Marine Group, International Bayliner Lifetime Achievement Award: Holland Sport Boat Centre. Bayliner also had more cause to celebrate success thanks to two Customer Satisfaction Index Awards from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), making it the only fiberglass boat company to win awards in the value segment for six consecutive years.

Belize New Head of Production

Riviera, Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder has welcomed Doug Nelson to the team and has appointed him as Offshore Business Manager. As a veteran large project marine executive, Doug has a passion for high quality fit out and finishes. Coupled with his extensive international experience, Doug brings with him a wealth of manufacturing, design and marine knowledge. Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said Doug would take responsibility for the design and manufacture of the Belize brand. Doug began his career as an apprentice carpenter and joiner in 1982 and upon graduating in 1986 he moved into architectural interiors. In 1994, Doug was appointed project manager, interior fit-out manager and floor supervisor for Warren Yachts. In 2003 he was promoted to production manager before moving to Azzura Marine as project manager in 2010. From 2011 to 2012, Doug oversaw the exterior installation of custom furniture at OceanCo, Holland on a 288 foot vessel from January to March, 2012. Doug said he was thrilled to be working for Australia’s Riviera.

CRN Yacht Capital Award

The “Yacht Capital Award” was assigned to the Chairman and CEO of CRN, Lamberto Tacoli Ancona, 9th October 2013. The historical premises of the Italian Yacht Club in Genoa hosted the traditional evening of the Yacht Capital Award 2013 organised by the specialized magazine Yacht Capital. An event that since 1990, when the magazine was founded, takes place at the Genoa Boat Show, representing an important acknowledgement for all those involved in the Italian boating scene, who have distinguished themselves by their achievements and excellence in their field of action. The President of the Italian Yacht Club, Carlo Croce also gave a speech at the ceremony. CRN attended the 53^ Genoa Boat Show with the 80m megayacht “Chopi Chopi”, guest of honour and flagship of the event.

CRN Boat of the Year 2013

Another prestigious acknowledgement received by CRN, the Ferretti Group shipyard specialising in the construction and sale of fully-customized displacement megayachts, made of steel and aluminum, ranging from 40 to 90 metres. CRN’s 80 metre Chopi Chopi megayacht, built in Ancona, was awarded “Boat of the year” 2013, traditionally organized by the Vela e Motore magazine in collaboration with Ucina-Confindustria Nautica, at the Genoa Boat Show. The award ceremony was held at the Palazzo della Borsa in Genoa. The award has been collected by Ferruccio Rossi – CEO of the Ferretti Group – on behalf of Lamberto Tacoli, CRN Chairman and CEO. Chopi Chopi prevailed in the category “Superyacht” beating the other four nominated competitor megayachts which are between 40 and 55 metres in length. The reasons brought forward by the jury awarding the CRN megayacht were very significant.

CRN Chooses Rondal

Specialising in the construction of steel and aluminium custom displacement yachts from 40m to 90m, Ancona-based superyacht builder CRN is celebrating a milestone year in 2013, its 50th anniversary. To meet, and exceed, future customer expectations CRN has set itself the mission of continual long term quality enhancement in every aspect of the build process. Particular emphasis is being placed on the quality of products sourced externally for incorporation into CRN projects. Against this background the high quality finish, sleek modern design and engineering integrity of Rondal sliding doors attracted the attention of the CRN team. The result is an order for four Rondal Sliding Doors for a prestigious 55m project currently under construction at the yard. This is Rondal’s first order from CRN and both parties agree that they see this project as the start of a long term cooperation. With significant benefits for customers as well as for CRN and Rondal, this is anticipated to be only the first of many more projects to come.

Ferretti Group New Canada Dealer

Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and sale of motor-yachts, comprising of a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive and prestigious brands in the nautical world, is proud to announce that it has partnered with ITA Yachts Canada, a new yacht dealer, based in Quebec, serving clients throughout Canada. We were impressed by the experience and the track record of the ITA Yacht team, with Michelle Mant and Guy Bolduc, who have demonstrated a strong track record in the sale of new Italian yachts and yacht brokerage in Eastern Canadian, Stated James Henderson, President and CEO of Ferretti Group America. Located in city of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, ITA Yachts Canada has an excellent location in the center of one of the most important yachting communities in Eastern Canada with access to key cities like Montreal and Toronto, added Henderson. Ferretti Group has partnered with ITA Yachts Canada to specifically represent Ferretti Yachts, Riva, and Pershing. The Ferretti Group's extensive product range, coupled with the Group's experienced after sales service team and network of service points throughout North America, will provide ITA Yachts with the best yachts in class by segment and an exceptional after sales service network. We are very impressed with the line of yachts in the Ferretti Group portfolio and believe that the Riva, Ferretti, and Pershing brands will be very well received in Quebec and throughout Canada, stated Michelle Mant, Partner at ITA Yachts Canada. The quality of these yachts far exceeds anything we have ever seen in our market and the level of service from the Ferretti Group is exceptional and we truly look forward to being Ferretti Group’s dealer of choice in Canada with the competence and expertise to accompany a Canadian boating enthusiast throughout the purchasing stages, including the arrangements for a client to take delivery in Italy, added Mant. As a Ferretti Group dealer, ITA Yachts Canada will have a presence at the 2013 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show as well as the 2014 Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show.

Ferretti Group Sales Center in California

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, is proud to announce that it will be opening a new Sales Center in Newport Beach, California that will service California and the West Coast of the US for Ferretti Yachts, Ferretti Custom Line, Ferretti Navetta, Riva, Pershing, Mochi Craft, and Itama. We already have many clients in California that own yachts on the East Coast of the US and in Europe. This new office is an important opportunity for us to better serve these clients and open up new opportunities, particularly for yachting in Southern California and the Pacific Coast of Mexico stated James Henderson, President and CEO of Ferretti Group America. Newport Beach offers the best location for us to showcase our product due to the strong yachting community in this area and its proximity to key cities in Southern California and to serve markets in Arizona and Nevada, added Henderson. The Ferretti Group has chosen to partner with Joel Romero to represent the new sales center in Newport Beach. Joel brings over 30 years of experience in the yachting industry with a strong background in managing successful sales and service operations in California. The new Ferretti Group office in Newport Beach will focus new yacht sales with access to extensive inventory of Ferretti Group America and will complement the range of services offered in this location with brokerage and charter capabilities represented by Allied Marine. The Group’s California sales executives will be on hand at the 2013 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show as well as the 2014 Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, and will be hosting its grand opening in Newport Beach December 2013. 

Ferretti Group New Indonesia Dealership

Ferretti Group, one of the leading world players in the design, construction and sale of luxury motor yachts, with a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive and prestigious brands worldwide, further strengthens its presence in the Asia-Pacific area by signing a new important dealership agreement with its partner PT. Dimitri Marin Sejahtera for the exclusive sale of Ferretti and Pershing yachts in Indonesia until 2015. For over ten years, Soetikno Soedarjo – the founder, Chairman and CEO of the company PT. Dimitri Marin Sejahtera – has been a partner of MRA (Mugi Rekso Abadi), one of the leading Groups operating in Indonesia in the luxury sector. Within the framework of the project for the development on the Indonesian market, PT. Dimitri Marin Sejahtera is going to open two sales offices in two particularly strategic locations: Jakarta and Bali. This new agreement is part of Ferretti Group's new expansion strategy in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, an area with a considerable growth potential in the yachting sector, also thanks to the fast spread of sea culture and an increasing interest for Made in Italy luxury iconic products, well represented by the Group’s brands. Through this new dealership agreement with the company PT. Dimitri Marin Sejahtera, Ferretti Group is thus further strengthening its highly selected distribution network, which currently includes approximately 60 dealers capable of ensuring that the Group’s customers receive the best possible assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide, and is successfully pursuing its medium-long term objective of achieving an increasingly balanced sales presence in the three macro regions EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Americas and APAC.

Fountaine Pajot and CGI Finance Partnership

CGI Finance is proud to announce its newest partnership and floor plan lending greement with Fountaine Pajot, a leading international manufacturer of Cruising Catamarans. This partnership provides exclusive, global financing solutions to clients for the purchase of luxury catamarans and motor yachts and coincides with the recent launch of Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts brand. CGI Finance and Fountaine Pajot will celebrate their new partnership during the 44th Annual Annapolis Sailboat Show, October 10 -14, 2013.

Gulf Craft Flies the Flag for Expo 2020

Gulf Craft showed its ardent support for the UAE’s bid to host the 2020 World Expo in Dubai, by flying a banner supporting the Expo 2020 Dubai bid aboard its Majesty 135, while cruising down Dubai Creek, the historic commercial heart of the city.

Horizon Announces New Partner for Great Lakes

Horizon Group is pleased to announce the addition of Bay Marine to the U.S. Preferred Partner network for the Great Lakes; Bay Marine, headquartered in Sturgeon Bay, WI., will provide sales support as well as comprehensive service to Horizon clients in the area. Owned and operated by brothers' Mark and Matt Felhofer, Bay Marine is one of the largest sales and service operations in the Great Lakes and offers a variety of amenities for clients, including a world-class boatyard in Sturgeon Bay. As a cornerstone of their operation, Bay Marine's boat yard offers comprehensive service, storage, and maintenance capabilities including fiberglass; gelcoat; paint; electronics; and engine repair. With sales offices in Sturgeon Bay, WI. and Waukegan, IL. and over forty years of industry experience, Bay Marine will be successful in expanding Horizon's presence in the Great Lakes.

ISA Yachts New Sales and Marketing Head

Luxury motoryacht builder ISA Yachts in Italy has appointed Hein Velema as Head of Sales and Marketing. As part of a strategy to strengthen the position of the yard and its brand, ISA approached Velema because of his experience built up in the super yacht industry. Hein Velema started his yachting career at Feadship in the Netherlands, where he spent eleven years building one of the top brands in the global superyacht world. In 2007 Velema joined Fraser Yachts in Monaco as worldwide Director of Sales and became CEO of the same company in 2009. Now, as Head of Sales and Marketing at ISA Yachts, he will be part of the management team and play an active role in the further development of the yard, its brand and its product portfolio. ISA Yachts builds mega-yachts that are distinguished by their quality of materials, finish, technology and design. To date the yard has built and delivered 28 super-yachts and Michael Mogilevsky, chairman of ISA Yachts, is now ready to take the company to the next level. Marcello Maggi, who has successfully headed the sales and marketing department to date, will continue to support and represent ISA to a group of clients. The Chairman and the CEO, Luciano Bregola, expressed their gratitude to Maggi and their pleasure at attracting someone of Velema’s industry stature to ISA. 

Jarrett Bay House Inspired

Just in time for the holidays, the Jarrett Bay family is pleased to share the great news that the Simmons Family’s new home has been completed! Built in memory of our co-worker and friend, Joy Gaskill, through the Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity program, this project was made possible by the leadership and generosity of Randy Ramsey, Bill Pedrick and many other volunteers. On October 18th a dedication ceremony was held at the home, and Joy's son, Brent, handed the keys over to the Simmons!

Riva at Shanghai Bund Classic

Vintage cars, style and tradition showcased in Shanghai from 18th to 20th October. Riva was on stage again during the Bund Classic, the first international vintage car show in China, organised by China Randez-Vous. The famous Italian brand is indeed taking advantage of this outstanding opportunity to meet the Asian public, who year after year is showing increasing interest for Made in Italy products, of which Riva, with its unique blend of tradition and innovation, is the perfect representative. More than 40 cars that have made history around the world were on display at the Bund Classic and took part in the Elegance Contest, allowing all visitors to enjoy a really unique show. The true challenge of the Bund Classic is not speed, but elegance and exclusiveness, and Riva’s history perfectly embodies the core theme of this unique event. As early as in the 1950s, the Italian boatyard - which has just celebrated its 170th anniversary - was already a synonym of luxury, social status, flawlessness. The selection of the finest materials, a painstaking care for details, and century-old craftsmanship have breathed life into models that have made the history of this brand, like the Aquarama, a myth in the 1960s, chosen by celebrities like Peter Sellers, Ingrid Bergman, Brigitte Bardot, Vittorio Gassman, Sofia Loren, Anita Ekberg, Jean Paul Belmondo, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Today, Riva remains true to its tradition with Aquariva Super, the natural stylistic evolution of the Aquarama and the model that represents the brand at best, blending together its past and its present: modern technologies and classical lines combine to give life to a 33-footer characterized by a mahogany deck with wonderful maple inserts and fine leather finishes in the dashboard, reminding of the mythical models of the 1960s. Exceptionally on this occasion Riva displayed the 2 miniatures of Aquariva Super and Aquarama in a dedicated corner of the brand’s exhibition area.

Riviera R Marine Lady Musgrave Island

The 7th annual R Marine Jones Great Sandy Straits Experience certainly provided a sea change for Riviera 51 Open Flybridge owners, Michelle and Mark Bissaker who traded 40 acres of farmland in NSW for 50 nautical miles of pristine ocean in tropical Queensland. Mark, Michelle and their 11-year-old son, Aaron met the R Marine Jones team just outside the Mooloolaba Marina where they joined 19 other Rivieras ranging from 36 to 56 feet and in convoy travelled to Gary’s Anchorage where they spent their second night. The Bissaker’s spent their first night at Mooloolaba, while R Marine Jones and the rest of the fleet travelled from the Gold Coast to their first anchorage, Peel Island, which is a heritage-listed island located in Moreton Bay. The following morning they headed north to meet the Bissaker family at Mooloolaba before continuing on to the next stopover, Gary’s Anchorage at Fraser Island and then on to Lady Musgrave Island. R Marine Jones dealer principal Randall Jones said they had been trying to reach Lady Musgrave Island for the past five years. This is the Bissaker family’s 4th R Marine Jones Experience and Michelle said Lady Musgrave Island was even more beautiful than she had ever imagined. Michelle said they had made many lifelong friends through the R Marine Jones Experiences and it had also given them the confidence to explore Queensland’s ocean playground. Randall said each year there was a different marine animal theme for the annual Great Sandy Straits Experience, and this year it was the fish.

Sanlorenzo China Ltd Open in Hong Kong

Sanlorenzo Spa, the third shipyard in the world ranking of the top 20 builders over 24 metres, in collaboration with Sundiro Holding, opens a new office in the heart of the Asia-Pacific region and establishes Sanlorenzo China Holding Limited, a Hong Kong based company that will distribute the Italian-built Sanlorenzo motoryachts from 22 to 62 meters to the Great China market (China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). The Chinese nautical business is expected to reach 100.000 units sold by 2020 and it will absorb 1/3 of the global yachting demand like Europe and Americas. Therefore Sanlorenzo China Holding Limited represents a very important reference point for the Italian shipyard with the aim of winning the large and emerging Chinese market, thanks to two main strategic factors: The support of the Sundiro Holding organization on the Chinese territory, following the joint venture agreement with this big local group; The appointment as CEO of Sanlorenzo China Holding Limited of Mr. Traugott Kaminski, a true expert of the Chinese nautical sector with more than 25 years of experience in the luxury market in Asia. Kaminski is a relevant protagonist in the Eastern yachting scenario where, more than 10 years ago, he sold as a pioneer the first luxury yachts to Mainland China owners.

Sea Ray Celebrates 30th Anniversary Tellico Plant

Sea Ray, at its foundation, always has been and always will be a family. Each member of our proud, globally renowned team has an indelible impact on the company’s legacy and continued success. This is why we would like to take this opportunity to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Tellico Lake Plant in Vonore, Tenn., one of the most cherished sites in Sea Ray’s proud history. Sea Ray’s relationship with Monroe County, Tenn., began in 1983 when the company was looking to expand manufacturing operations in order to build its newly released Seville model and increase production of 18- to 25-foot runabouts Sea Ray ultimately decided Vonore was the ideal spot on the map for a new plant, and the company became the only major boat manufacturer to take up residence in the area. At the time the plant opened, Sea Ray advertised for 30 jobs, and more than 4,000 people applied. Today, 13 of the original 30 who were hired still work at the plant, and more than 50 percent of the current employees have worked for Sea Ray for 20 years or more. Pledging the same dedication to quality workers as it does to quality products, Sea Ray has invested in the devoted work of trusted friends, which has contributed greatly to Sea Ray’s ongoing successes. 

Sea Ray New Headquarters Location

Sea Ray is pleased to announce the selection of the landmark First Tennessee Building in the heart of downtown Knoxville as the site of its new world headquarters. The move will begin in December 2013, and by early 2014, Sea Ray and its parent organization, Brunswick Boat Group, will occupy three floors of the tallest building in Knoxville. After the relocation, Sea Ray will be the only name alongside First Tennessee to have a marquee sign on the distinguished property. Located at 800 S. Gay Street, the First Tennessee Building is just a brief drive from Sea Ray’s sprawling Tellico Lake Facility in Monroe County, Tenn, just outside Knoxville. That facility recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and currently produces all of Sea Ray’s day boats. Today, 14 of the original 30 employees who were hired still work at the Tellico plant, and more than 50 percent of the current employees have worked for Sea Ray for 20 years or more, making Knoxville a truly important and valued part of Sea Ray’s history.

Sea Ray 2013 Dealer Meeting

Sea Ray’s 2013 Dealer Meeting brought together more than 350 dealers from around the globe to usher in the 2014 model year boats and toast to numerous successes from this past year. The event was held Sept. 12 to 14 at Georgia’s luxurious Lake Lanier Islands Resort. The awards presented at the 2013 Sea Ray Dealer Meeting were as follows: Retailer Worldwide - MarineMax Southeast Florida - Pompano Beach, Fla. Independent Retailer - Prince William Marine Sales – Woodbridge, Va. International Retailer - CBC City Boats GMBH – Hamburg, Germany. 2013 Customer Satisfaction Achievement - 100% Score; Colony Marine Sales and Service - St Claire Shores, Mich, MarineMax of Ohio Inc - Port Clinton, Ohio, and BandE Marine - Michigan City, Ind. Another cause for celebration at this year’s Dealer Meeting was the addition of four new Customer Satisfaction Index Awards from the National Marine Manufacturers Association to an already substantial collection, bringing Sea Ray’s total to 55 awards over the last ten years. 

Viking Power to Spare

Viking are proud of its vertically integrated manufacturing process where 90 percent of what goes into each yacht is designed and manufactured in house. This ability not only accentuates our quality control, but also helps to combat rising overhead costs. And it is not just about the boats. A little less than a year ago, Viking switched on its tri-generation plant, which was constructed entirely by Viking personnel. Built around six Capstone C65 micro-turbines fueled with natural gas, we are now able to produce our own electricity enough to supply up to 40 percent of our current usage. A by-product in the production of electricity is heat, and Viking uses this heat to warm Building 1's 75,000 square feet, which houses the main offices, the metal shop and the R & D department from fall through spring. This is achieved through an intricate collection of pumps and piping, which connects to a heat exchanger on top of the micro-turbines. The third element of our system is cooling. Three 30 ton Yazaki absorption chillers extract heat from the chilled water supply for air conditioning during the summer. 

Viking Lets Go Fishing

The Viking Key West Challenge to celebrate the 50th Golden Anniversary of the Viking Yacht Company is slated for April 2-5, 2014. In what we hope will become an annual event, this fishing tournament is open to all Viking owners with a special twist to place emphasis on family fun as the main attraction. Viking Yachts is family owned with ample second and even third generation participation in the management and production sides of the boat building business. We know the value of family and want to accentuate this by inviting you and your family to fish this inaugural event. This tournament has two simple rules: to have fun and to have more fun! We are still working out some details but the concept will make sure there are numerous opportunities to win, so all participants fully partake in our 50th Golden Anniversary celebration and walk away with awards, smiles and great memories. We have arranged docking at the Key West marinas listed below and we encourage you to contact them now to save the date and a slip. In addition, Key West hotel space will be available for those who may not be able to bring their boat but would still like to be part of the dockside activities. A 50th Golden Anniversary only comes around once and while we expect this event to be the beginning of a regular Viking Yachts tournament series, we hope you and your family will be part of this anniversary celebration.

Wider New Partner

In December 2012 Wider announced its partnership with EXA Ltd., a company that refers to Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Genting Group, a top South Asian entrepreneurial corporation. The operation provided for an increase in capital, which means founder partners, Tilli Antonelli and Paolo Favilla, and new partner EXA Ltd. each holds 50% of Wider. The additional resources resulting from this operation aid the development of the company's strategic plan, according to the guidelines set down by Tilli Antonelli. Almost three years after it was founded, and two years after having launched its 42' yacht, Wider is currently working its way through the steps of its strategic plan. The next stage in its development of high performance, high technology, medium-sized day cruisers is the 32 footer and the company entered the displacement sector by launching the 150’ project which construction has started this year. Moreover, during the 2013-1014 nautical season, the presentation of a range of yachts measuring 30 to 50 metres has been planned. The Wider evolution provides for products created for an exclusive, highly demanding clientèle with extremely high standards of quality, both regards the layout and design. The team flanking Tilli Antonelli will also involve architects and engineers who have made Italian goods famous all over the world. The new units will all be built in Italy and respect the highest tradition of our shipbuilding industry. A fundamental part of the agreement is the synergy between Wider's expertise - in terms of product and of managing international distribution networks – and the resources of the Genting Group, which operates mainly in the tourism and leisure sectors. The Group boasts a capillary presence on Asian markets, manages 5 companies listed on the Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong stock exchanges and capitalises around 35 billion dollars, employing 52,000 people. Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay also controls the third most important company in the world in the cruise liner business, with Star Cruise (South Asia) and Norwegian Cruise Line (Caribbean). Whilst Wider was assisted in this operation by KT Finance and Mazzoni & Associati, EXA Ltd. was assisted by Clyde & Co.

Project: Huckins 45 Sportfisherman

In the past August Huckins announced that it inked a deal to build a new 45 Sportfisherman.  In this new project Huckins says that its decades of industry experience will allow it to create a boat packed with features rivaling larger Sportfishermen.  This being a Huckins, a variety of custom requests will be incorporated. The two-stateroom, two-head boat with an expansive deck-house and climate-controlled bridge offers the ultimate in relaxation. Twin Cummins 425hp inboards will power this 45-footer to the fishing grounds at over thirty knots, and joystick maneuverability will pay off during the fight and back at the dock. A second helm station on the marlin tower plus full second-station electronics, 28’ Rupp outriggers, rocket launcher, rod holders, baitwell, ice machine that feeds into insulated bins for the day’s catch, extra built-in coolers, freezers, tackle center and bait center are all onboard. A day head has been thoughtfully incorporated to provide convenience for anglers and eliminate traffic through sleeping quarters.

October 30, 2013

New Model: Viking 42 SC

I can start this post in many ways, but following Viking a lot in the past years, never would have thought that one of its models is a Sport Cruiser.  But as they say we have a first for many things in life.  The Viking 42 SC is as the model initials say a sport cruiser, build on the 42 platform which with this latest entry features four different distinct models, the other three being Open, ST, and Convertible. The 42 SC see three part covered enclosed hard-top is similar in many regards to the model which preceded it by a couple of months the ST, that is minus the fishing platform and features a more social  outside.  Below the 42 SC shows Viking versatility offering not two but three different layout choices from two or three cabins, and single or twin shower heads options.  Yes the Viking 42 SC is a sport cruiser for those that like the masculine looks and lines of a sportfish, and fishing is a rare thing for them. I know there is many of these nowadays.
Technical Data: 
LOA - 12.97 m (42.7ft) 
Beam - 4.83 m 
Draft - 1.04 m 
Displacement - 14832 kg 
Fuel Capacity - 1987 l 
Water Capacity - 454 l 
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, 6 berths 3 in cabins 
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 440hp, QSB 480hp, QSC 600hp  
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pods 
Speed - 36 knots max, 31 knots cruise

October 29, 2013

Engines: Volvo V8 CE 430hp

The V8-430 is part of Volvo Penta’s new generation of state-of-the-art, V8 gasoline marine engines. And just like its predecessor, the V8-430 is a high-performance engine, loaded with new technology, that meets the EPA Tier 3 requirements by a broad margin. V8-430 combines high performance with low environmental impact. It’s a brilliant performer thanks to its excellent power-to-weight ratio. Its low noise and vibration levels enhance your on-board comfort. The effective catalyst keeps emissions and CO2 levels low and eliminates smell. V8-430 weighs around one hundred kilos less than any other engine in the corresponding classes on the market, resulting in very competitive weight effect ratios. At the same time, the new engines are heavy-duty, fuel and oil-efficient.  The engine has also been equipped with VVT - Variable Valve Timing technology, which optimizes torque at low RPMs while maximizing the effect outlet at high RPMs. This results in faster acceleration, increased top speed and smoother, better response in the mid-range.

October 28, 2013

New Model: Back Cove 37 Downeast

Back Cove launches its new Downeast, a renewed 37 featuring a larger longer cockpit and a redesigned interior.  The Downeast is in fact a longer boat, boasting an overall length of four feet more to the standard 37 Back Cove.  It is for a short time being also the Back Cove flagship, that is till the Rockland builder launches its new upcoming 41.  This extended length of the Back Cove Downeast extends exterior deck space to aft.   Still while the length has been extended the 37 Downeast features a more day boat approach inside, with a single master cabin below, shower head, and galley inside.  Add to this the open cockpit deck, and with the 37 Downeast Backcove brings a lot of the real classic lobster in this traditional cruiser but with the thinking going for a luxury cruising boat for two persons.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.95 m (42.6ft)
Hull Length - 11.64 m
Beam - 4.01 m
Draft - 0.71 m ex props
Displacement - 11.05 t
Fuel Capacity - 1135 l
Water Capacity - 454 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 1 x Cummins QSC 8.2 600hp
Propulsion - line shaft in semi tunnel
Speed - 29 knots max, 25 knots cruise
Range - 304 nm at 25 knots cruise 
Construction - Infused Vinilester resin with PVC foam core sandwich.  AWL Grip painted boot.
Certification - ABYC, NMMA, UCSG, CE B

October 27, 2013

Web: Casa New Web Site

Casa ship builder from central Italy presents its new World wide web showroom.  Casa is founded in 2003, and locates itself in Gaeta a town located South of Rome, in the Latina area, an area of Italy which has been home to many legendary Italian builders in the past.  A family of boat owners and ultimately builders themselves, Casa builds cruisers and yachts dedicated to the client with a semi custom approach.  Casa today offers a total of five models which start from the 38 Open, and go up to the 70 SportFly.  Both the new entry level and flagship are still project models, but the company has had a following base with its 48 and 54 HT models.  Casa new website is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons;  Home, About Us, Models, Services, Used, Contact, and Events. Casa has also its social media hubs; Facebook, Twitter, RSS Feed, and Flickr linked at near to the bottom of the first page.

October 26, 2013

Project: CRN 40 meters Conero

CRN presents a new line of yachts whose names recall the great tradition of the shipyard, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2013; Conero, build in the seventies from the Ancona builder. Designed by Zuccon, CRN is presenting two projects of this new Conero line a 40 and a 44 meters. A displacement super yacht with bulb, made of steel and aluminum, forty meters in length and a beam width of of eight, within five hundred gross tonnage, whose project design was developed by CRN Engineering and designed by Studio Zuccon International Project.  The project includes the most important features that identify the CRN super yachts worldwide: a transatlantic range, designed and manufactured to the high standards that are recognized worldwide by the nautical industry; RINA and MCA classification, large internal volumes and a balcony in the Owner's suite. The Conero strongly features the use of glass, in large windows that improve the quality of life on board and guarantee constant direct contact with the sea.

October 25, 2013

New Model: Fairline 48 Squadron

Presented by Fairline in surprise at Southampton boat show, was the new 48 Squadron.  This last to come Fairline model is the second of the 48 hull platform, which launched in mid Summer with the Targa Open.  A 48 Targa GT with an enclosed hard top is next, with Fairline bringing three different models using same hull and similar layout below, all powered by Volvo IPS pods, and built with resin infusion technology.  The main difference here between the Targa Open and this 48 Squadron is the enclosed saloon in the main deck, and the flybridge up top.  As is usual form Fairline the Squadron offers a spacious flybridge, which you reach from the integrated stair case to port side.  Up top as is a standard since years now Fairline layout; large L-shaped settee, wet-bar to starboard and a dual seat helm station to port.  The saloon of the 48 Squadron offers a C-shaped settee, L-shape passenger settee to port side, and a helm to starboard.  The galley is located below, and opposite is a C-shaped dinette with the choice to have this as a twin bunk berth cabin.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.38 m (50.5ft)
LOA - 14.73 m ex bathing platform
Hull Length - 14.35 m
Beam - 4.33 m
Draft - 1.18 m
Displacement - 13.7 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 1350 l
Water Capacity - 440 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, or 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS600 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Construction - longitude and transverse moulded stringers, Polyurethane foam core for deck
Project - Fairline Design Team 

October 24, 2013

Project: Hodgdon 41 Onyx

DeBasto Designs and Hodgdon release an innovative design concept, the 41 Onyx. A beautiful, stylish design, 41 Onyx is as easy to operate as to look at. From touch screen controls to remote monitoring, Onyx sets a new standard of technology applications in a yacht of this size. A host of innovative features such as a self-deploying integrated fender system, built-in dock line handling and user-friendly features such as hybrid electric propulsion and joystick steering bring owner operator convenience to a new level. If the sophistication of the features alone is not enough to impress, consider the level of luxury aboard. A generous open plan space below features a large berth, wrap around settee, galley and head with a surprisingly creative dual opening skylights above.  On deck, with a flair for the dramatic, the open air concept semi-enclosed deck lounge opens even more to the outside world with a multiple panel sliding skylight roof overhead. Integrated monolithic furniture runs nearly the full length of the available space offering ample stylish seating and lounging.  Both interior and exterior furnishings are client-tailored luxury weather and stain resistant fabrics from the Interiors Division of Loro Piana.  The concept of Onyx is not simply about style, it is also about execution, with standards befitting the world of superyachts where the demand for quality is second to none. To achieve such a standard, Luiz DeBasto turned to Hodgdon for the answer who have a nearly two hundred year pedigree that includes some of the world's finest superyachts and superyacht tenders. Hodgdon 41 Onyx is expected to be built in very limited quantities for only the most discriminating of owners.

October 23, 2013

New Model: Princess 52

Its been billed as one of Princess's most astonishing latest new models in this size for years to come, this is the 52 which replaces a good seller from the British Plymouth based boat builder the 50 Mk.3.  The 52 is not just a cosmetic replacement though, it is a totally new yacht taller and half a foot wider, and the layout part is full of improvements being substantial and complete. The most important change is definitely the astern galley on the main deck, a first for Princess, who located cooking duties in a more social area which joins saloon and cockpit.  But another important difference that is if you compare the 52 with the last version of the 50, is also that the third cabin is also not of a bunk layout. Exterior wise the changes of the 52 continues from nice all around views wrapping the saloon, to large view windows below serving the large midships owners stateroom. The Princess 52 is so good compared to the old 50 Mk.3 that even though its just a little bit bigger I am sure many owners will consider a move up as soon they board on one.      
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.66 m (54.8ft) inc pulpit
LOA - 16.3 m exl pulpit
Beam - 4.75 m
Draft - 1.25 m
Displacement - 24,600 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 2400 l
Water Capacity - 609 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 625hp, D11 670hp, D11 725hp, Cat C12 A 715hp
Speed - 32 knots max with Volvo 725hp
Project - Bernard Olesinski
Certification - NMMA, ABYC

October 22, 2013

Project: Monte Carlo MC6

This should be one of the most awaited unveiling to come in the coming year as Monte Carlo shows the design of its forthcoming yacht, the MC6, due to be launched at the end of 2014. A 58 feet flybridge motor yacht the MC6 confirms the development of the revolutionary range in the luxury segment, as desired by Beneteau Group and top designers Nuvalari Lenard validating all the strong points of the Monte Carlo Yachts brand, in particular the solutions and attention to detail, which set Italian made yachts apart from the others.  This model is the last link to join both MCY and the smaller MC models, offering quality living space and combining quality materials, it is indeed a final step before going into the 65 model, entry level of the yacht range. In perfect harmony with the philosophy of the range, the flybridge is home to a large terrace, spacious sunbathing platforms, a roomy saloon with up to ten people capacity, comfortable seating to enjoy time on the water and total protection thanks to the carbon T-top.  The main, entirely open deck allows fluent communication between the kitchen, located at the heart of the living space, the vast saloon and the central cockpit. With its strong, timeless design, the MC6 offers original solutions in its class: three suites cabins all with en-suite bathroom, choice of beds configuration in both VIP and guest cabin, and, most of all, an owner suite at the rear with open plan en-suite bathroom.

October 21, 2013

New Model: Azimut Atlantis 50

Its the first new model which Atlantis presents under Azimut branding umbrella, this is the new 50 a further evolution of the 48, starter in fall 2009 of the new look era by Neo Design Team of Biaggi and Salvetti completed in 2012.  So far Azimut Atlantis 50 will not replace the 48, but will be an additional model with an extra one foot at the back of overall length, glass hard top instead of soft, patio door in lieu of fully open although this choice is still available, and third cabin with bunk berths in replacement of the lower deck saloon.  The Atlantis 48 have been a successful model for the Italian maker and the 50 hopes to strengthen its grip further, even with the new competition coming from known British builders which should make choosing an open hard-top modern looking of around the fifteen meter mark very interesting to any buyer. The Azimut Atlantis 50 unlike the competition though is powered by the tried and tested long standing line shaft.  Interestingly Azimut Group Research and Design department has been among the biggest tester of the pod drives in Sweden and Italy, but its usage has been very sparse, something I never whole hardheartedly understood.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.19 m (53.1ft)
Hull Length - 14.34 m
Beam - 4.3 m
Draft - 1.27 m full load
Displacement - 20.5 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 1700 l
Water Capacity - 420 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, or 4 berths in 2 cabins, extra two berths in convertible saloon
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 8.3 600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 33 knots max, 29 knots cruise
Hull Shape - Vee keel with medium 15 degrees dead-rise aft
Project - Neo Design Marco Biaggi and Filippo Salvetti, Azimut Yachts 
Certification - UNI ISO 8666

Class 1 - Terracina Italy Grand Prix

Arif Al Zaffain and Mohammed Al Marri eased to their fourth win of the year with an untroubled flag-to-finish victory in race 1 of the Mediterranean Grand Prix in Terracina.
Behind the winners the fight for the podium was between LFF10 and Zabo-Isiklar but despite taking the chequered flag in second place, Luca Formilli Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella paid the price for destroying a turn buoy on the opening lap.
The Italians incurred a 25-second post-race penalty, which combined with the 20-second time compensation given to Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski, dropped them to third.
The Victory duo grabbed hold of the race from the start to lead by seven seconds at the end of the start lap increasing the gap to 26-seconds by mid race, going on to close out the win and complete the 11-lap, 53.06Nm race in 32:04.84s. 
The only slight controversy surrounding the defending Champions emphatic win was a 25-second post-race time penalty given to them for passing a mark of the course on the wrong side. But despite the penalty they still managed to win by almost 15-seconds.
Zabo-Isiklar and LFF10 continued their post-qualifying duel and produced a sensational opening two laps trading places, racing side-by-side just inches apart.
Isik and Zaborowski led at the end of lap one but by less than two-tenths of a second, then immediately conceded the position at the first turn with Formilli Fendi and Carpitella passing them on the inside.
The Italians were then able to pull away opening up a 23-second lead as they took the chequered flag in second spot. But it was the opening lap that would prove costly, the additional 25-second penalty costing them the runners-up slot. 
For Christian Zaborowski a third runners-up slot was a good result for the team after the work they have done on the boat and as much as they could have hoped for. 
Behind the top three LFF8’s Miles Jennings and Alfredo Amato ran a very solid and rather solitary race to finish well ahead of fifth placed FA.RO.ACCIAI, with Tarik Oktem taking his seat behind the wheel to join Giampaolo Montavoci in Poliform and picking up points in sixth.
1. 3 Victory - A Al Zaffain (UAE) / M Al Marri (UAE) – 32:04.84
2. 91 Zabo-Isiklar - U Isik (TUR) / C Zaborowski (NOR) + 14.77s
3. 10 LFFendi10 - L Formilli Fendi (ITA) / G Carpitella (ITA) + 37.11s
4. 8 LFFendi8 - M Jennings (GBR) / A Amato (ITA) + 1:43.00s
5. 23 FA.RO. ACCIAI - G M Gabbiani (ITA) / L Nicolini (ITA) + 2:24.00s
6. 74 Poliform - T Oktem (TUR) / G Montavoci (ITA) + 2 laps
5 Team Abu Dhabi - F Al Mansoori (UAE) / R Al Tayer (UAE) - dns
Miles Jennings and Alfredo Amato produced one of the most popular and surprising results of the weekend with a simply sensational win in race 2 of the Mediterranean Grand Prix, which started to turn dramatically on its head as early as lap 8 of 15.
The Anglo-Italian duo were running strongly in fourth place ahead of Poliform and were then elevated to third when Luca Formilli Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella’s race ended on lap 8 with a broken torque sensor. Two laps later race leader Victory slowed to a crawl after breaking a propeller and were passed by Zabo-Isiklar with LFF8 now up into second place.
But on the final lap and with the chequered flag almost in sight Zabo-Isiklar ran out of fuel and Jennings and Amato swept passed them and into the lead to take the chequered flag and their first win in just their third Grand Prix together. 
Behind the winners Poliform’s Tarik Oktem and Giampaolo Montavoci also took advantage of Zabo-Isiklar’s misfortune, passing them in the closing stages to take the runners-up slot and their first podium together, with the unfortunate Zabo-Isiklar classified in third. 
There was drama right from the beginning when the start was aborted by an offcial on the pace boat which then suffered a technical failure. The boats waited out on the course for a replacement which sparked some calls from teams raising concerns about possible fuel issues.
From the start Victory immediately got the jump on pole-sitters LFF10 and started to open up a lead moving 20 seconds clear by lap 5. Behind them LFF10 and Zabo-Isiklar gave chase with Formilli Fendi and Carpitella maintaining a comfortable advantage when the torque sensor let go and their weekend came to a halt.
On lap 10 Victory hit trouble and slowed and Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski hit the front and looked to be on course for their first win together and Zaborowski’s first since 2006. But five laps later their cocerns about fuel became a reality and they stopped and were eventually towed back to the pits. 
With the top three boats in the Championship all running into trouble it was Jennings and Amato in LFF8 who benefitted the most and from a solid fourth at the mid-point ran out the eventual winners.
Fourth place went to Gian Maria Gabiani and Luca Nicolini in FA.RO. ACCIAI who maintain their consistent run of finishing in the points, with Victory classified in fifth. Despite Team Abu Dhabi’s efforts to get the boat ready to race, their participation lasted just one lap.
Today’s outcome keeps Victory at the top of the standings on 91 points with Zabo-Isiklar moving up into second place on 65, three points ahead of LFF10.
The teams now head to the Middle East and the UAE for the final Grand Prix of the year in Abu Dhabi on 5-6 December.
1. 8 LFF8 - M Jennings (GBR) / A Amato (ITA) + 47:39.89s
2. 74 Poliform - T Oktem (TUR) / G Montavoci (ITA) + 51.52s
3. 91 Zabo-Isiklar - U Isik (TUR) / C Zaborowski (NOR) + 1 lap
4. 23 FA.RO. ACCIAI - G M Gabbiani (ITA) / L Nicolini (ITA) + 1 lap
5. 3 Victory - A Al Zaffain (UAE) / M Al Marri (UAE) - ret
10 LFF10 - L Formilli Fendi (ITA) / G Carpitella (ITA) - ret
5 Team Abu Dhabi - F Al Mansoori (UAE) / R Al Tayer (UAE) - ret
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - after round 3
1. 3 Victory Team - 91pts 
2. 91 Zabo-Isiklar - 65pts 
3. 10 FF10 - 62pts 
4. 7 HUB Team Australia - 60pts 
5. LFF8 - 52pts 
6. 23 FA,RO ACCIAI - 46pts 
7. 74 Poliform 34pts 
8. Team Abu Dhabi - 18pts

October 19, 2013

Project: Wim Van Der Valk 36.00 Continental Trawler Flybridge

An important project for this Dutch builder Wim Van der Valk founded in 1968, of a new flagship who received an order for it past Summer.  The Win Van der Valk 36.00 m Continental Trawler will be built in a steel hull and aluminium upper structure, and features a full displacement round bilge hull with traditional line shaft propulsion.  The design was trusted to famous dutch designer Guido de Groot, who for an explorer yacht presented a sleek look thanks to a two deck with fly-bridge layout. No layout has been mentioned of this new build but the standard form of the 36.00 Continental is a four double cabins layout with an owners stateroom amidships.  The main deck is all reserved for entertainment and relaxing with a separate pilot room located to fore.  A crew lobby with three cabins and a dinette is located aft.  Power for the Wim Van der Valk 36.00 Continental Trawler will come from twin Volvo D16, which so far are only featured in their commercial book.  Delivery is scheduled for 2015.

October 18, 2013

New Model: Astondoa 63 Top Deck

If you are looking for a yacht purely dedicated to entertainment in outdoor spaces may be this one is for you. Presented in Cannes the Astondoa 63 Top Deck is clearly trying to bring a fresh unedited approach to the sport yacht sector.  Here at PowerYacht when seeing the renderings of this new Astondoa which is a project from Luiz de Basto back past Spring, we did say the Spanish builder are up to something different.  The main characteristic of the 63 Top Deck is definitely the amount of space it has dedicated for outdoor space, that is a full floor from bow to stern.  This Top Deck, is a single level area offering diverse spots; from a large fore sun-pad, a bar lounge style behind the helm under the hard top amidships, and last a small jacuzzi pool to stern.  The exterior floor space on the 63 Top Deck also increases by about 20% size thanks to opening balconies, and expendable bathing platform aft.  Below the Astondoa 63 Top Deck also offers an interesting layout with two en-suite served guest cabins amidships, and a galley with a relaxed entertainment area to fore.  There is also a crew cabin with a shower head located in the side of the beach garage, which also features a nice day head to starboard.  This last is surely an unedited feature for a yacht measuring nineteen meters in size.  But in the end the Astondoa 63 Top Deck is an unedited yacht.         
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.12 m (62.7ft)
Hull Length - 18.9 m
Beam - 5.09 m
Draft - 1 m ex props
Displacement - 23,317 kg loaded, 21,000 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 2460 l
Water Capacity - 662 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 2 cabins, 2 berth convertible sofa, 1 crew berth 
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x D11 700hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS900 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 36 knots top, 25 knots cruise
Range - 330 nautical miles at cruise speed
Hull Type - planning V-shape with spray rails, 13 degrees dead rise aft
Project - Luiz De Basto
Certification - RINA

October 17, 2013

Project: Marlow 58E Explorer

Marlow show the project for the 58E Explorer successor to one of its most popular models, the well loved and accepted 57. Building on that heritage and taking full advantage of our proprietary Full Stack Infusion methods developed at Marlow Yachts the company says the new 58E should bring value added improvements in performance, internal and external volume while keeping the distinctive and well recognized style the US company China build yachts are known for.  The new 58 features a full beam master stateroom similar to the 57 with added volume for the port side guest stateroom, one of three sumptuous cabins. Careful engineering has resulted in a 40% gain in fuel capacity compared to 57-1. Enhanced engine room volume, lazarette and crew quarters make cruising a delight, allowing greater range and more options as to the destination. With a waterline length of almost 55’ her ride is superior to other vessels of similar overall length with significantly longer range at ocean crossing speeds.  58-1 also features the semi enclosed bridge introduced in 2010 on the 70 series and provides significantly improved weather protection for the incredibly spacious and luxuriously appointed flying bridge, without increasing bridge clearance required.  The aft deck on the new 58 has grown significantly and features a most civilized stairwell to the boat deck above, providing easy transit with cocktails and Hors d oeuvres or in offshore conditions. The new radius transom is stylish and increases lazarette storage volume by approximately 30% again versus the 57. 

October 16, 2013

Class 1 - Terracina Italy Grand Prix Preview

Luca Formilli Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella will line up for the Mediterranean Grand Prix intent on marking the first Class 1 event to be held in Terracina, Italy 18-20 October with their first win since they teamed-up in Class 1 in Abu Dhabi in 2010.
At the mid-point in the Championship with four races run and four to go the top three are separated by 14-points; defending World Champions Victory’s Arif Al Zaffain and Mohammed Al Marri top the points table on 62, just two clear of Aussie duo Darren Nicholson and Rossco Willaton in HUB Team Australia with Formilli Fendi and Carpitella’s LFF10 in third on 48 points.
Formilli Fendi and Carpitella are genuine title challengers and now a constant threat to the top step of the podium, finishing on the podium seven times in nine outings at the last five Grands Prix and will be hoping to add their names to a somewhat sparse list of Italian winners on home waters.
In the last 22-years 15 Italian cities have hosted Class 1 with national success limited; Matteo Nicolini took the chequered flag last year in Cernobbio, with Nicolini, Guido Cappellini and Giampaolo Montavoci credited wins the year before following the DQ of Victory. Prior to that, you have to turn back the clock to Tarranto in 1997 (E Polli/L Leoni), Gallipoli in 1995 (L Ferrari/V Polli) and Pescarra in 1992 (A Gioffredi/A Bonomi) to find Italian success.
The target for Al Zaffain and Al Marri will be simply to extend their slender Championship lead, but the multiple World Champions have been under more pressure in 2013 than for some time.
They had to come from behind in race 1 in Sanya to overcome a brilliant drive by the Zabo-Isiklar duo and in race 1 in Istanbul looked decidedly rattled by the Australians, hooking twice and eventually retiring – but they regrouped to take the win in race 2.
Their record however is impressive; since being paired in December 2011 in Dubai Al Zaffain and Al Marri have won 12 times from 15 starts, missing the podium just once - the DNF in Istanbul.
Equally impressive is the teams’ success in Italy winning 15 times, with Al Zaffain completing a hat-trick of wins in Stresa with Nadir Bin Hendi and winning in Cernobbio with Al Marri last year – Al Marri also winning in 2001 with Saeed Al Tayer.
The Dubai duo also sit on top in the Edox Pole Position Championship taking maximum points this season and have qualified in P1 seven times from their eight outings together.
The biggest threat to Dubai dominance this year has been the Australians, Darren Nicholson and Rossco Willaton, who bring a refreshing approach and an all-out style of racing to Class 1, and who are running a latest generation Victory boat leased to them by the Dubai outfit.
Nicholson made his mark in the championship at the end of 2011 when he partnered New Zealander Peter McGrath to grab podiums in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He then teamed-up with Willaton, the pair qualifying strongly in Sanya in third, finishing fourth in race 1 and second in race 2.
In Istanbul they became the first all-Aussie pairing to win a Class 1 GP and the first Australians to stand on the top step since Bill Barry-Cotter in Qatar in 2002. Their term at the top of the points table was short-lived finishing third to Victory and LFF10 in race 2, but just two points shy of the leaders are well placed in the title race – assuming they make it to Terracina.
The Zabo-Isiklar duo of Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski sit in fourth place and must wonder where they might be if not for two no points tallies – the first the result of a slightly overzealous first corner and immediate exit in race 2 in Sanya after finishing second in race 1. The second, disappointingly, followed in Istanbul in race 2 following a herculean effort to fix and re-rig the boat and a brilliant drive from the back of the field after missing qualifying to finish second in race 1.
They have good qualifying and race pace, but unlike the three outfits they are chasing who run V12 power-plants the Zabo Team run the Mercury turbo-charged V8, but the break since the last race has allowed the team to make further adjustments and modifications and they will be expecting to be running at the front and challenging for the win.
Another all-Italian crew looking to do well on home waters is Gian Maria Gabbiani and Luca Nicolini in FA.RO. ACCIAI, and currently lying in a very respectable fifth place. And whilst they will be the first to admit that they do not have anywhere like the pace or resource of their more illustrious rivals, they have shown great reliability and resolve to be where they are.
They first teamed-up in Gabon last year finishing in fifth then rather unceremoniously crashed out of the Italian Grand Prix in race 1. But since regrouping they have put together a solid string of performances finishing in the points in their last eight outings and recording five top-five finishes.
The flamboyant Brit, Miles Jennings, and Italian Alfredo Amato will make their third appearance together running the number two Fendi boat, LFF8. After a somewhat frustrating race on their debut in Sanya, China where they failed to post points, they produced a stirring performance in Istanbul to make it a double podium weekend for the team after finishing third in race 1 and then fourth in race 2, their teammates grabbing second.
For last year’s Championship runners-up Team Abu Dhabi, 2013 is not proving to be as successful and they find themselves sitting in seventh. Their number one and favoured pairing of Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori were no shows in Sanya so led to a seat shuffle with newcomers Faleh Al Mansoori and Salim Al Adidi forced to split up, Al Mansoori doing both races with Tomaso Polli, Adidi racing with Giampaolo Montavoci in Poliform.
Al Mansoori and Polli fared the better finishing fifth and fourth, Adidi and Montavoci failing to finish race 1 but managing a sixth in race 2.
Rashed Al Tayer was back for the Turkish Grand Prix and taking the throttles for the first time, with [Faleh] Al Mansoori again getting the call-up to drive. They qualified well in fourth and then took the chequered flag in race 1 also in fourth, only to be disqualified. But in race 2 their weekend ended on lap 2, hooking and crashing out of the race.
Team Abu Dhabi has confirmed the same line-up in Terracina but the team is facing an uphill climb to have the boat fixed and rigged in time.
DAC Racing has confirmed that Giampaolo Montavoci will be on the throttles and will be joined for the second time this season by Tarik Oktem.
It has been a varied season for the most experienced racer in Class 1 – who starts his 104th Grand Prix and lines-up for his 116th race in Terracina. Last time out in Istanbul he guided Class 1 rookie Oktem to a very respectable fourth place in race 1 but hit trouble and retired in race 2.
Teams get their first chance to test the waters and the 4.97Nm circuit in Fridaymorning’s free practice at 11.00hrs (local) with official qualifying in the Edox Pole Position at 14.30hrs. A second practice session on Saturday at 10.30hrs is followed by race 1 of the Mediterranean Grand Prix at 15.30hrs. The final practice session and second qualifying session takes place on Sunday at 11.00hrs with race 2 at 15.30hrs.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - after round 2
1. 3 Victory Team - 62pts 
2. 7 HUB Team Australia - 60pts 
3. 10 LFF10 - 48pts 
4. 91 Zabo-Isiklar - 34pts 
5. 23 FA.RO ACCIAI - 30pts 
6. 8 LFF8 21pts 
7. Team Abu Dhabi - 18pts 
8. 74 Poliform 14pts.
1. 3 Victory Team - 40pts 
2. 7 HUB Team Australia - 27pts 
3. 10 LFF10 - 21pts 
4. 91 Zabo-Isiklar - 15pts 
5. 8 LFF8 - 12pts 
6. 23 FA.RO.ACCIAI - 11pts 
7. 5 Team Abu Dhabi 9pts 
8. 74. Poliform 5pts

New Model: Sunseeker 68 Predator

Sunseeker has been always a builder which re-invents itself and the Predator series has always been its most daring innovative side.  This 68 Predator follows suit on the latest designs by the British, Poole based boat builder, with large view windows being the main design topic outside, and a living on the main deck the theme inside.  Accommodation offers three spacious guest rooms, with an owners stateroom amidships having very nice features as a beauty desk, lounging sofa, and a walk in wardrobe.  The galley is located in between the cabins below, to port side of the descending stair which bring you from the main deck. Two crew berths featuring L-shaped bunk berths are located astern.  Power is twin engines up to a total of 3244hp which give a top speeds up to 33 knots maximum.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.7 m (71.2ft)
Waterline Length - 16.42 m
Beam - 5.09 m
Draft - 1.58 m
Displacement - 37,300 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew with 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Diesel power max total of 3244hp
Propulsion - line shafts in propeller tunnels
Speed - 33 knots max, 24 knots cruise with the large engine choice
Range - 300 nautical miles at cruise
Construction - hand laid fiberglass, Vinilester skin coat with powerder pound mat, balsa-cored hull sides, PVC foam-core for superstructure
Certification - CE

October 15, 2013

Martin Broom MDE 1934 - 2013

Martin Broom, MBE, a champion of the Norfolk Broads and a pioneer and leader in the boat-building industry, has sadly passed away at 79 years old. Martin contributed thirty years service to the Broads Authority; sixty years creating the wonderful marque, Broom Boats, and years of dedication to the national marine industry. A boatbuilding champion in the heart of Broadland for half a century and a race-winning sailor, Martin took up the challenge to use a revolutionary material, fibreglass, which transformed the long-established family company at Brundall. It was three years ago that the third-generation boatbuilder sold Broom's Boats, founded by his grandfather in 1898, to new investors. A member of the Broads Authority for thirty years, he had a passion for boats and sailing which was infectious. In the 1991 new year's honours, he was made MBE for his service to the marine industry and Broadland. Martin took over from his father at the age of thirty, having spent just a year working in the business, he faced a much more immediate challenge. His father had a heart attack, his uncle died, and his cousin decided to go into the church, leaving him in charge of a boatyard employing 25 men. But fibreglass was to revolutionise boatbuilding. Broom's started in 1965, building hulls made by Aquafibre's entrepreneurs John Linford and Ian Macintosh, who had set up the business with a consortium of boatyards including his family company. Broom's gained overall control of Aquafibre, then based in Rackheath, near Norwich, in 1971. It developed a range of sea-going and Broads fibreglass craft, which were sold to national and international buyers. Born at Brundall in June 1934, he went to Norwich School and then became a boat-building apprentice with Herbert Woods at Potter Heigham. He did National Service as a boat repairer in the air-sea rescue service at Plymouth. The family's boating business had been established by his grandfather, Charles John Broom, at Brundall. In those days, it maintained privately-owned wooden yachts and built craft to order. In the 1920s, it started hiring sailing boats and by 1939 had built up a small fleet of motor cruisers. He joined his father, Basil, who had taken on the firm, which during the war built lifeboats and destroyer tenders for the Admiralty. At the same time, he promoted the Broads as a holiday destination for private owners and the hire sector. He became vice-chairman of Blakes Holidays, which enjoyed conspicuous success from the late 1960s onwards. Introducing post-war Britain to the novelty of boats also featured strongly with dealings with the Beaverbrook empire led by Max Aitken and the Daily Express's sponsorship of the London Boat Show. He was a leader with the British Marine Federation, which included a two-year term as chairman for the International Boat Shows. He was also a board member of the Yarmouth Port and Haven Commissioners, long-serving member of the Broads Society. With other organisations, he had worked from the 1950s to bring about the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act, which set up the Broads Authority in 1989. He was the first chairman of the authority's navigation committee since its inception in 1988. When he retired almost two years ago, he was presented with a half model of his 14ft Norfolk One-Design Dinghy, number 59, Tideway. He was vice-chairman of the Broads Authority from 2002 to 2005. Mr Broom, who lived at Strumpshaw, has served on the authority's planning committee since it was formed in 1983. A committee member of Norfolk and Suffolk Boating Association and several Broads sailing clubs, he was commodore of the River Cruiser Class. Sailing in a Norfolk dinghy, he was still competing until last year and won more than 150 trophies with his favourite craft during his career. He was also a multiple winner over the years in September's Yare Navigation race from Coldham to Breydon Water. His record as one of the county's best helmsmen set him apart whether racing at the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club or elsewhere. He relaxed by sailing his 38ft river cruiser, Rausena, built by Herbert Woods in 1932, and his other boats included the Yare and Bure half decker one design, Apollo. He once said that he had only taken up sailing in 1948, then aged fourteen because Tideway had been built for his older brother, Graham. When he went into the Merchant Navy, he didn't want to waste her. By 1972, when he had enjoyed triple success in the Diamond Jubilee Gold Challenge Cup, he was dubbed 'Martin King of Norfolk Dinghies'. He dominated the traditional clinker class, also White Boats and then Enterprises, sailing Maidamistake. And in 21 years, he won the Frostbites 18 times. One of the proudest moments of his long career was taking the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh down river on the Broom-built 45ft motor cruiser Albert of Blofield. Later this year, he was to have been presented by the Princess Royal, president of the Royal Yachting Association, with a life-time achievement award. Martin Broom leaves a widow, Jennifer, and two daughters, Mandy and Emma.

Project: Hardy 40DS

Hardy seems to make 2013 an important turn around for its company and apart launching recently its new flagship presents this interesting new 40DS project.  This new Hardy model sits in the high end of the current Hardy range which starts at 20 and continues to the just launched 62.  The 40DS is an interesting two cabin medium range explorer cruiser, with a nice small modern ship looking exterior and featuring a semi displacement hull design.  Its cabin layout will feature a two cabins interior layout with an owners room to fore, and two L-shaped guest berth amidships.  The galley as well as a large living saloon which converts to a dinette are all located on the main deck.  Standard power is a single 440hp Yanmar which should give estimating top speeds of 19 knots with a cruise of 14.  It will also be possible to power the 40DS with twin engine power although this will require a change in the hull profile.

October 14, 2013

New Model: Sea Ray 510 Fly

Full of European looks it is surely among the best looking Sea Ray flybridge ever built, this is the new 510 Fly.  Take away the badge and many would think this new Sea Ray flybridge motor yacht was build in Italy, and it is not the coach roof design which only says this but also the hull and the distinct windows design.  The Fly label, a common name used on flybridge boats in Italy says it all I guess.  Based on the hull of the best selling 510 Sundancer, top seller craft from fifteen to 24 meters for 2013 in the States the 510 Fly offers a three double cabins interior, with a full beam owners stateroom located amidships.  Thanks to an intelligent use of space the third cabin has also two adjacent twin berths, and a VIP guest room located to fore.  Living is all on the main deck in a split area, with a galley located to port of the helm-station on the raised part.  Winning all the competition the 510 Fly has also among the most spacious flybridge area in its size, and also offers the largest galley wet-bar for a fifteen meters ever seen up top.           
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.49 m (50.9ft) incl extended bathing platform
Beam - 4.47 m
Draft - 1.24 m with shafts, 1.27 m with ZF pods
Displacement - 19,700 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1514 l
Water Capacity - 416 l
Accommodation - 4 or 6 berths in 2 or 3 cabins, + 2 convertible berths
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 550hp, QSC 600hp
Propulsion - V-drive line shafts, or ZF Zeus dual propeller aft looking pods
Hull Shape - Vee shape with 19 degrees deadrise
Certification - ABYC, NMMA, CE optional