November 30, 2013

Monthly News - November 2013

- pic of the month- Riva Heads for the Future 

Benetti Grows in America

With the purpose of widening the oversight on the strategic international markets, Benetti, part of the Azimut Benetti group, is carrying out some important organizational changes that affect the commercial and after sales area; the aim is to strengthen relationships with the network of brokers and, above all, to enhance customer service as well as lifetime customer care processes. As from september 1st, 2013, Fabrizio Scerch is in charge as country manager americas in azimut benetti usa inc., with the task of managing processes as a whole: sales, marketing and customer satisfaction. Tommaso Bilotta, in his role as area manager americas, will retain responsibility for the coordination of sales activities for the americas as a whole, in order to further strengthen the presence on the market. The Benetti sales department remains in the hands of Alberto Perrone da Zara. At the same time, according with the new after sales global strategy introduced in early 2013 named "Benetti_lifetime customer care” , client's services processes will be strengthened too and even better structured in a new functional area composed by 23 professionals and now coordinated by Alessandro Gallifuoco in charge as quality and after sales manager.

Ferretti Group Welcome to Miami

Ferretti Group America has opened its newest waterfront location in South Florida's premier yachting location, Miami Beach. You can't miss the newly renovated office located on the corner of 5th & Alton Road, the gateway to Miami Beach, just 20 minutes from Miami Int'l Airport & steps away from trendy shops, famous restaurants & the iconic South Beach. New inventory of Ferretti Group's wide range of yachts are continuously docked on site at the Miami Beach Marina. Currently on display is the 2013 Pershing 82' & 2013 Ferretti Yacht 80'. Visit us for an exclusive tour of these and other Ferretti Group yachts.

Heesen Best of Best by Robb Report China

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce that the revolutionary 65m Fast Displacement Galactica Star has been awarded the prestigious ‘Best of the Best’ accolade by Robb Report China. On 24th October, 2013 Robb Report China hosted the sixth ‘Best of the Best’ awards at the Westin Hotel in the city of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. The revolutionary 65m Fast Displacement Galactica Star has now won her fourth international recognition in less than a month; after receiving the Prix du Design from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Nautilus award from Yacht Design Magazine and La Belle Classe from the Yacht Club de Monaco. The jury of ‘Best of the Best,’ Robb Report China is composed of four well-known representatives of the Chinese yachting and shipbuilding industry who are also fine yacht connoisseurs: Mr. Yang Xin Fa – Vice Secretary of CANSI (China Association of the National Shipbuilding Industry), Mr. Wang Chao Yong – President of China Equity International Holding Co. Ltd. and President of team China at the America’s Cup 2005, Mr. Feng Hui – President of Zhengxin Group and also a keen sailor. Mr. Zhong Yong – CEO of China Cup and also a keen sailor. The four judges expressed their preference for Galactica Star because of her revolutionary technology, the Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) devised by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, which makes her 30 per cent more efficient than any traditional displacement vessel. The jury was also impressed by the beauty and elegance of the exterior lines by Frank Laupman, perfectly and harmoniously complemented by the luxurious interior design by Bannenberg and Rowell.

Horizon Announces Preferred Partner for PC Series

Horizon Group is pleased to announce the appointment of the Powercat Company as a Preferred Partner for the popular PC series, which is currently comprised of the PC52 and PC60 models, in North and South America. Headquartered in South Florida, the Powercat Company is operated by Richard Ford and Stuart Hegerstrom and will act as the sales representative for the Horizon PC series in the Americas; the Powercat Company will also provide Horizon PC series clients service support in these areas. "The Powercat Company has extensive experience and invaluable knowledge on power catamarans, and we are confident that we will continue to see the success of the PC series under their representation," said Roger Sowerbutts of Horizon Yacht USA. 

Jarrett Bay Sunny Report

By all accounts the activity at this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was top notch and we know first-hand that the Jarrett Bay and Bluewater Yacht Sales teams enjoyed great success. Blank Check and Ravaganza were one of the highlights of C Dock and salesman Howard Basnight closed on a new boat deal for custom hull #61 - a 46' express. Several other exciting prospects are in the works as a result of the Fort Lauderdale Show and we hope to be able to share more news with you real soon!

Mulder in the USA

After three years of sailing in Europe, last October, the Mulder 73 Wheelhouse 'Gloria' arrived in her new sailing area in the United States. During the summer the 73-footer was prepared for sailing in the subtropical Florida at the Mulder Shipyard in Zoeterwoude. A bimini and a mosquito screen were placed and also the European electrical system was converted to an American system of 110 V / 60 Hz. Gloria left from Delfshaven (NL) to be transported to West Palm Beach USA by a yacht transport carrier. From there she sailed to Key West and Fort Meyers herself. The Mulder 73 Wheelhouse is the second Mulder yacht that is sailing in the USA. In July a Mulder 75 Wheelhouse was already delivered in the North East region of the USA.

Princess Receives Powerboat of the Year Award Nomination

Princess is delighted to announce that the new V48 Open has been nominated for European Powerboat of the Year 2014 in the over 45ft category. The V48 Open, which made her international debut in September at the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes, is the epitome of hardtop sports cruiser cool, with its spacious open cockpit topped by a vast electrically operated sunroof. Generous seating around a teak table and further seating forward, adjacent to the sculpted twin helm seats, create the perfect space to enjoy life on deck and at speed. Aft of the cockpit is a large sunbed positioned above the tender garage which can accommodate a 3.25m jet RIB. Below decks, the V48 Open provides flexible accommodation for up to 6 guests including a private lower saloon and luxurious full beam master cabin. Fitted with Volvo Penta's IPS engines, the ride quality is electric, the deep-V hull design delivering a taught high-performance feel at the helm with excellent sea keeping ability combined with a highly efficient cruising rate for longer passages.

Riva Heads for the Future

The 122’ Mythos is the first yacht by Riva completely built in light aluminum alloy, as well as the largest yacht in the world ever produced by the historical Italian brand. Riva's new flagship, whose construction is currently underway at CRN shipyards in Ancona, is an over 35 ton aluminum jewel that catches the eye with its 122 feet in length (37 meters) and its close to 25 feet beam (7,60 meters). The Riva Mythos will include an estimated 15,000 man hours for its painting, 10,000 man hours for carpentry work and 8,000 for electrical systems. These few but very meaningful figures bear witness to how the Riva brand, which became globally known due to its legendary wooden motor yachts, the symbols of the Dolce Vita and the icons of a truly unforgettable time is now marking a new milestone in its history. From mahogany to fiberglass, from fiberglass to aluminum, the Riva brand keeps evolving, in terms of both yacht sizes and applied technology, and can now boast one of the widest and diversified ranges at a worldwide level, featuring as many as 12 different models between 27 and 122 feet, including open, coupe, and flybridge yachts.

Riviera Enthusiast for America

Fresh from the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida, USA, which wrapped up on Monday of this week, Riviera secured buyers for eight of its luxury boats in the American market. Totalling US$9million, retail sales in the “yachting capital of the world” included Riviera’s 43 Open Flybridge, 445 SUV, the yet-to-be-released 50 Enclosed Flybridge and Belize 54 Motoryacht. This outstanding result for Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder, signals an immediate acceptance of the latest models to be released in the Americas, which Riviera Chief Executive Officer, Wes Moxey, welcomes with open arms. The new models, which were launched and received with great enthusiasm at the Fort Lauderdale boat show were the new Riviera 565 SUV and new Belize 54 Motoryacht. Described as a “unique cross-over craft between a Flybridge and Sport Yacht”, the 565 SUV is the latest luxury cruiser born of more than 33 years of boat-building design, experience and global owner feedback. The spacious 565 SUV features a flexible accommodation plan with sleeping capacity for six to seven adults in three cabins with two bathrooms. Set to premier at the Miami International Boat Show in 2014, two of the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge have already sold off the plan at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, a very strong endorsement for the luxury pleasure craft brand. Created in-house using industry-leading Unigraphics 3D software, Riviera’s team of talented and passionate international designers and engineers have focused on absolute maximisation of space and aesthetics of this brand new Enclosed Flybridge design. The sleek lines of the Belize 54 Motoryacht, not only delivers style, with art deco influences and a bespoke finish, but real substance with resin-infused composite construction, double vinylester outer skin, watertight stepped collision bulkhead and independent foam-filled hull compartments. Featuring three cabins with two bathrooms, including a full beam master stateroom with ensuite and opening port lights on either side to provide cross-ventilation, the Belize 54 is available in either a Sedan or Daybridge model. Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst, is ecstatic about the recent international sales, with American buyers hailing from the Great Lakes to Florida, and attributes this success to Riviera’s hard-working, professional team and their commitment to detail. Mr Longhurst notes that being the largest island continent, surrounded by some of the world’s roughest seas and oceans, Riviera boats are designed to take the worst that Mother Nature can deliver. The New Year will see an increase in staffing levels at Riviera, in line with growing international and national demand for Riviera’s luxury boats, adding to the company’s impressive growing forward order bank. Approximately 100 Riviera owners attended the Saturday evening event to celebrate the arrival of two striking new models amidst a sea of fine food, entertainment and good company. Currently exporting 55 per cent of Riviera’s annual production of luxury boats, Mr Longhurst is both humbled and delighted by this historical resurgence in the Americas. The best Americas boat show result in many years.

Riviera Celebrates Christmas Afloat Across Australia

Riviera owners will be popping champagne corks around Australia as they join with fellow Riviera family members for a series of special Christmas festivities afloat. With less than six weeks until Christmas, Riviera is decorating the bows with tinsel and baubles to celebrate the arrival of the Australian boating season with Christmas Parties held from Perth to Pittwater to the Pin, all being hosted by Riviera’s R Marine network. Riviera’s Bling on Summer Christmas Party will be held at The Basin, Pittwater and the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Broken Bay for Sydney owners, while across the country in Western Australia, R Marine Perth will host a Christmas Raft Up in front of Perth City on the eastern side of the Narrows Bridge to celebrate the festive season, and R Marine Mandurah will host their Cocktails on the Coast Christmas Party at their Mandurah dealership in December and a special Australia Day celebration in the New Year. In Queensland, R Marine Jones will host their annual Christmas Party with buffet lunch at Jumpin Pin on the Broadwater and R Marine Crawley will host their Sunset on the Dock Christmas Party at their Runaway Bay dealership. R Marine South Australia will host two fun-filled family events leading into Christmas, the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia Boating Showcase on November 29 where they will launch the new Riviera 565 SUV and their annual ‘Cockling Day’ on December 8. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said these festive celebrations embodied the unique qualities of owning a Riviera luxury cruiser. Riviera owners in Sydney are invited to enjoy every facet of the Riviera family’s lifestyle as they celebrate Riviera’s Bling on Summer Christmas Party at one of Sydney’s boating jewels, The Basin, located on the western foreshore of Pittwater on the northern beaches. Held from November 29 to 30, Riviera will host a Christmas celebration with real sparkle for all Sydney owners in the pristine and protected waters of The Basin. Guests travelling from Sydney Harbour or further south are invited to join an escorted Riviera convoy departing Watsons Bay at 3pm on Friday, November 29 and arriving at The Basin at 5pm where they can pick up a mooring or drop anchor and raft-up with friends for a few sundowners while appreciating the sheer brilliance of Mother Nature. Riviera’s director of brand and communications Stephen Milne said the Christmas celebration would begin with a visit from Santa and a few special Riv gifts from Santa’s sack. Children are very welcome to all events and Riviera owners are encouraged to book early for this fun-filled family weekend, as a strictly limited number of berths and tickets are available for this event, so online registration is essential. Tickets are selling quickly so we urge people to book as soon as possible to avoid missing out. In the event of inclement weather or conflicting events, owners are welcome to drive to the Royal Mother Yacht Club Broken Bay for the Saturday evening events.

Riviera Welcomes R Marine Riley

Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder is proud to open its newest Riviera and Belize dealership today on Sydney’s Pittwater. Long-serving Riviera dealer principal, Lee Dillon of R Marine LDM based at The Quays at Church Point, has handed over the helm to internationally experienced senior executive, Mark Riley, who has earned a solid reputation in the large luxury powerboat industry and among boat owners in Sydney for his service and commitment to total customer care. Mark brings with him a wealth of international knowledge and experience working with luxury brands such as Levi Strauss, Sheridan and other high-end global products across Asia, America, Europe and Australia. He has spent a lifetime around boats. His passion for boating began as a young boy growing up in Taree on the north coast of NSW and as he matured he gravitated towards larger motor yachts, and has established a strong and respected network within the marine industry. Marks marine knowledge and experience extends to his community commitments, which include surf patrol and rescue boat captain, member of the Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, and sailing coach and instructor. His other interests include triathlons, sailing, surfing and international travel. Mark said opening R Marine Riley at Pittwater today was a dream come true. Riviera CEO Wes Moxey thanked Lee Dillon on his dedication and support of the Riviera and Belize brands over the past 30 years and welcomed Mark Riley to the Riviera Australia team.

Sanlorenzo New Representatives in Spain and UK

Sanlorenzo, the Italian shipyard that has been building made to measure motoryachts for over 50 years, strengthens its presence in Europe by opening two new Brand Representative offices: Sanlorenzo Spain and Sanlorenzo UK. The new reference points for the Spanish and English owners will be based in two lively locations of the international yachting: the Costa del Sol region and the City area in London. Sanlorenzo Spain will open in Puerto Banus, one of the most luxurious tourist destination of the Costa del Sol coastline, and it will be managed by Francis J. Holbourne. Sanlorenzo UK will be located in London, in the central City area, the core of global finance. It will be managed by Alan Gulliver. The Sanlorenzo sales network keeps on growing in the European territory as well, thanks to the establishment of direct offices, embassies of the brand that has become more and more an icon of the made-to-measure yachting scene.  This strategy, together with a limited production of only a few unique pieces per year, has allowed Sanlorenzo to maintain its turnover, its number of units and the overall lengths of its products even through the difficult years of recession, succeeding in keeping the third position in the world top 20 builders ranking for over 24-meter motoryachts builders.

Sunreef at Charity Event in Monaco

Strongly involved into charity activity for many years, Sunreef Yachts has recently granted support to MONAA – Monaco Against Autism Association, raising funds in support of research and training for the structures struggling against autism and aiming to change the way that the general public perceives autism. The fund raising MONAA gala dinner, under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco and under the Honorary Presidency of H.S.H Princess Charlène, took place on 15th November 2013 at the Salle des Etoiles, Sporting Monte – Carlo. Mrs. Dragica Nikolic, Serbia’s First Lady, Madame Marta Linares De Martinelli, Panama’s First Lady, Mrs. Carol Hanney, Deputy Prime Minister’s of the Republic of Ireland wife, Mr. Lech Walesa, Former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner honored the evening with their presence. Among 500 distinguished attendees were also Francis Lapp, Sunreef Yachts’ CEO, with wife and Mr Wojciech Jankowski, the Consul General of Poland in Monaco, not to mention many personalities from the world of fashion, arts and sports. During the auction and lottery of various prestigious prizes which followed the dinner – including weekly charter on the luxury catamaran 70 Sunreef Power Damrak II in Thailand and Malaysia led by Sotheby's - the amount of 229.500 Euro was raised.

Sunreef Sets Anchor in Mexico

With 11 years of intense work and consequent presentation of the new yacht models and concepts at the most prestigious boat shows and events of the world, Sunreef Yachts is spreading its wings on a global scale and now fully caters luxury catamaran enthusiasts in Mexico and Central America. The first 60 Sunreef Power has finally set anchor in Mexico, delivered to her proud Mexican owners last April. After her US Premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this month, the 60 Sunreef Power was available for viewing and sea trials in Isla de las Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico. A glamorous cocktail reception was held aboard and at the Hotel Villa Rolandi. The Guest of Honor at this exclusive event was the legendary leader of the Solidarity movement, Former Polish President and the Nobel Peace Prize – Mr. Lech Wałesa, as well as the Ambassador to Poland in Mexico – Mrs. Anna Niewiadomska, the Consul General of Poland in Cancun - Mr. Luis Miguel Cámara Patrón and the Mayor of Isla Mujeres – Mr. Agapito Magaña Sanchez.

Sunreef New Office in Dubai

Headquartered in Gdansk, Poland and with Sales Offices in Fort Lauderdale, U.S. and Shanghai, China, Sunreef Yachts continues its global expansion with opening a new sales office in Dubai, United Arabic Emirates. The shipyard is now strongly exploring the Middle Eastern market by taking part in important events in the region as well as displaying its yachts in the prestigious marinas. This intense expansion is strongly supported by the Embassies of Poland in the countries of the Persian Gulf. The 3-month presence of the 70 Sunreef Power DAMRAK II in the Middle East this summer and a high interest of the local buyers community in this concept was certainly a trigger for the opening of the new local office.. This exclusive power catamaran was officially presented at the region’s most exclusive marinas: Emirates Palace Marina Abu Dhabi, Pearl Qatar Marina in Doha, Dubai International Club Marina. She was also displayed in Oman and Bahrain before she crossed Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal to reach Phuket in Thailand, her new charter base where she will host luxury charters around Thailand and Malaysia with Sunreef Yachts Charter. Consequently, Sunreef Yachts is taking part in the most important Middle East boat shows, disclosing further details of its new power super yachts revolutionary projects: 90 Sunreef Power and 210 Power Trimaran. Last week, the shipyard was attending the first edition of the Qatar International Boat Show 2013 held in Doha at Lusail Marina. Its presence at the Dubai International Boat Show 2014, to be held in March next year, has just been confirmed. Sunreef Yachts Middle East JLT office is located in Jumeirah Lakes Towers; DMCC Business Center, JLT, Office 3O-01-1420, floor 1, Building 3, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, UAE.

Sunseeker Top Awards in Cancun

Last week Sunseeker distributors from across the globe converged in Cancun to attend the annual 2013 Sunseeker International Distributor conference. In addition to getting to know other distributors from across the world in the beautiful setting of Mexico, all distributors were invited to attend our special awards dinner to see if they had scooped an award in one of our 12 coveted categories. There was tough competition across the board, so we’d like to congratulate all those who won an award. The accolades of the night went to: Best Showroom - Sunseeker Spain, Ampuriabrava Office, Best Distributor Boat Show Stand – Sunseeker Australia, Best Use of Video – Sunseeker Asia, Best Individual Client Management – Torsten Sieckmann - Sunseeker Germany, Sales Growth by Unit – Sunseeker Spain, Sales Growth by Percentage – Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales, Best Use of Social Platforms – Harry Bristow, Jessica Smith – Sunseeker London, Best Service/Support/Technical Back-up – Sunseeker London Group, Best Customer Event – Sunseeker Russia, Overall Distributor of the Year – Sunseeker London Group, Special Distributor Award for Outstanding Client Retention – Nautikos Mexico, Special Distributor Award, Loyal Service to Sunseeker – Sunseeker Ibiza.

Van Dutch New Center in Fort Lauderdale

VanDutch USA announced the opening of their new Center in Ft.Lauderdale on 2300 East Las Olas Boulevard. VanDutch Center Ft. Lauderdale is a first-class experience for clients buying a new product right in the place where they work and play. It is the first glimpse at how VanDutch Yachts will be sold in the USA, a precedent unrivaled in the industry.

Viking Fort Lauderdale Numbers

The 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show ended on Monday, November 4th and by all accounts it was an exceptional representation of the state of the marine industry. We enjoyed meeting and chatting with Viking owners, families and friends, and hope you liked the Viking Yachts display. Here's a scorecard of what you missed if you couldn't attend: 5,131visitors, 3,600 bottles of chilled water, 303 Spirt Air flights to Fort Lauderdale to Atlantic City, 262 New Jersey to to Florida, 84 day sto the Viking VIP show at Riviera Beach, 82 largest yacht on display, 70 largest Sportfish sold, 43 total hours of the show, 42 smallest boat sold, 15 new Viking on display, 12 yachts sold during the show, 5 days of perfect South Florida weather, 2 pairs of shoes lost. 

Viking Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration

April 1, 2014, marks the 50th Golden Anniversary of the Viking Yacht Company and to celebrate, Viking is blasting off with the Viking Key West Challenge fishing tournament! Viking first annual tournament is slated for April 2-5, 2014 in Key West and is open to all Viking owners. To makes this event unique, special and perfect for the family, Viking have structured the tournament rules around Fun! In fact the only two rules are to have fun and have more fun, and you can count on Viking to make sure you do! Viking is still tweaking a few details for its inaugural event, but no doubt about it, April is a spectacular time to fish the abundant waters surrounding Key West. Sailfish, marlin, tuna, mahi, kingfish, wahoo, grouper and tarpon are but a few species that can put your name at the top of the leader board. The atmosphere, vibe and sunsets in Key West are legendary and you won't want to miss what Viking has planned for its owners. Viking have arranged dockage at four Key West marinas. It will not be necessary to fish out of these marinas, but all of the celebratory parties and dinners will be hosted in the marina area. Viking is also making arrangements with Key West hotels in case you are unable to bring your boat, but still want to take in the excitement and dockside camaraderie and partake in our 50th year festivities. As a Viking owner and member of the family, you are a major part of the brands continued success and the company wants to spend a couple of days fishing together, celebrating a lifestyle, enjoying the superb Key West weather and most of all, reflecting on where we have been and where we are going!

Viking West Coast Girl

It was ladies night on the big stage during the 2013 Bisbee's Black and Blue Marlin Tournament in Mexico as Martha Macnab took Second Place. Martha and her team, fishing on the Viking 61 Retriever, landed a 535 pound blue marlin earning a nice payday. In addition to Second Place Overall, Martha's crew also earned Second Place Jackpot and Top Captain for Tony Araiza.

Viking Passage to Victory

The Berry family wore triumphant smiles at the recent Montego Bay Marlin Tournament in Jamaica. Fishing on the Viking 60 Safe Passage III, the crew worked their way to the top of the leaderboard on the final day of fishing with three fish released and one landed. The team made speedy transitions from the dock to fishing grounds enabling them to find fishy water and ultimately, take the Champions Trophy. Safe Passage III angler Brain Pengelley received the Top Angler Award. 

Windy Powerboat Award Finalist

Scandinavian boat builder Windy Boats has been shortlisted for the ‘2014 European Power Boat of the Year Awards’ for the 29 Coho, a stunning sports boat which combines classic good looks and a superbly versatile cockpit with a blistering top speed of 46 knots. The 29 Coho has been selected for ‘Best New Boat’ in the category up to 35 ft. The winner will be announced at the 2014 Düsseldorf Boat Show 18 – 26 January, 2014. One of the first Windy models to be built by the company’s new manufacturing partner in Ostróda, Poland, the 29 Coho replaces the popular and long serving Windy 28 Ghibli. The rapier sharp deep-vee hull is designed by Hans-Jørgen Johnsen and features an extended hull and lengthened bathing platform, with a new cockpit layout that emphasises outdoor living and relaxation. 

Windy Three New Dealers

Scandinavian boat builder Windy Scandinavia AB has announced the appointment of three new dealerships in Poland, the Czech Republic and the Ukraine, building on its growing presence and profile in Central and Eastern Europe. In Poland Windy is being represented by Sky Boat, which operates a brokerage and charter business from Gdynia on the Baltic coast. Skyboat’s appointment follows Windy’s manufacturing partnership with Model Art in Ostroda, Poland, where the company’s three smallest models – the 26 Kharma, the 29 Coho, and the award-winning 31 Zonda – are now produced. In the Czech Republic, where growing numbers of boat owners are drawn to the country’s inland waterways and the nearby cruising grounds of Croatia, Windy has an exclusive dealership with VT Yachts of Prague. Established in 2012 to offer full motor boat brokerage and charter services, VT Yachts is a division of Vega Tour, one of Europe’s leading coach tour operators. Windy is represented in the Ukraine by UA Marine Ltd, founded in 2004 and based in the port of Nikolayev. As the distributor for a large number of European and American yachting equipment suppliers, UA Marine has an extensive network of customers in the Ukraine and Russia. Reflecting increased economic confidence and market optimism, the company anticipates interest in Windy’s larger models, as well as the SR26 bespoke yacht tender.

November 29, 2013

New Model: Overmarine Mangusta 110

The Overmarine Group is proud to announce the launch of the first unit of the brand new Mangusta 110 model which took place earlier this week, on Tuesday 26 November at the companies private wharf in Viareggio. The yacht will shortly be leaving for the United States and glamorous Miami, where she will be presented as a world première during the Boat Show in February 2014. Designed by Stefano Righini in collaboration with the Overmarine Group team, Mangusta 110 is highly versatile yacht and a perfect combination of sport and timeless lines. Without giving up the traditional racy profile of Mangusta models, this new yacht features external areas both fore and aft which are difficult to find on today’s market, and a more than generously sized sport bridge, which can also house a second helm station. The interior layout is the result of careful study of volume, the aim of which was to ensure maximum on-board comfort, excellent and total separation between the guest and crew areas. The layout has means to have a four cabins plan which can accommodate up to nine guests. However, as with all Mangusta yachts, the Overmarine Group Design Department is able to offer different kinds of interior layouts and style solutions and personalised decor in order to fully satisfy the taste and wishes of any owner. The main deck features a large salon which can easily be converted into a lunch space. The crew area, where there is the galley, features all necessary comforts, and has high technical characteristics compated to yachts of the same size. Two MTU 2600hp engines and Kamewa waterjets propulsion give the Mangusta 110 a top speed of 33 knots whilst ensuring excellent stability, a complete absence of vibration and extremely low noise levels. The Overmarine Mangusta 110 also features zero speed gyroscopic stabilizers, which work both at anchor and underway. 
Technical Specification:
LOA - 33.8 m (110.8ft)
Beam - 7.18 m
Draft - 1.7 m
Displacement - 127 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 13000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - 9 guests in 4 cabins, 
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M94 2600hp
Propulsion - Kamewa 63 S3 NP water jets
Speed - 33 knots max
Range - 350 nautical miles at cruise

November 28, 2013

Improve-it = Princess 64

Princess sets up to tweak and improve one if its current best sellers the 64 model.  As the above picture shows the Princess 64 features a revamp to the optional hardtop, with a grey hull finish and an updated new style. The interior also has been updated and features a new more contemporary style.  This improvement to the 64 also features a single glazed window serving the owners midships stateroom, instead of the four parts style of the older version. The Princess 64 presented in the fall of 2010 was a further evolution of the 62 model, with most of the changes happening to aft; dual port and starboard transom doors, and larger extended bathing platform with high low hydraulic tender launch.  One of the most sought out features of both the Princess 62 and 64 was its four cabin layout and the feel of a much larger motor yacht, thanks to a clever use of height, a theme which the Plymouth builder has followed a lot since then also in its smaller models.     

November 27, 2013

New Model: Merritt 58 Express SF

A new Merritt is always news to the passionate boaters on the North American side of the Atlantic, more so when this is the largest express the 1948 South Florida founded company has ever built.  A legend in its own right Merritt presents this new 58 Express SF, and what a beauty this custom sportfish yacht is. Presented in the just past Fort Lauderdale 2013, this new Merritt 58 Express strikes for its innovative layout. Interestingly this Merritt 58 features a lower deck fully dedicated to the cabins, with its main deck having the galley and dinette, all covered under the hard-top. Two cabins serve the guests sleeping four, and three more people can sleep in an open area. Another interesting feature of the 58 Express SF that it also features three helm stations included the one up top on the tuna tower.  Here the most interesting helm is the maneuvering for fishing or berthing one located on the raised part of the aft deck. The main helm station is located to starboard on the raised main deck.  Power is twin 1150hp Cat engines which give max speed of 37 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.67 m (58ft)
Beam - 5.63 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 24947 kg
Fuel Capacity - 6056 l
Water Capacity - 1249 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins + 3 berths 
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 1150hp
Propuslion - line shafts
Speed - 37 knots max, 33 knots cruise
Construction - fiberglass 

November 26, 2013

Project: Sabre 66

It's been a long way for Sabre who first began building 28 foot sailboats in 1970, and in 1989 entered the power market with the 36 Fast Trawler. To date the largest Sabre motor yacht offering is the 54 Salon Express and Fly Bridge which debuted in 2011, and soon this model will also receive an interior design update the first of which will show at the 2014 Miami show coming February.  But owners of the Sabre 52 launched in 2007 and its natural evolution the 54 have asked the South Casco company to make the next step, and Sabre seems to have replied announcing the project of the 66 which will make its debut in mid-2015.  The 66 is a very exciting project, and will be fully built in Sabre's Rockland facilities.  She is to be designed by Sabre's own in-house team led by Kevin Burns, who has been busy with this project for some time, developing hull shapes, deck styling and of course, mechanical and interior layouts. The 66 will be equipped with Volvo 900hp IPS1200 pod drives and will cruise in the mid twenty knot range. Her displacement will be of around eighty tons.  Her interior will feature three large cabins with a large full beam midships master stateroom.  The main is the central social connectivity area of the cockpit and interior spaces is the key to this open and airy layout.  A small astern galley is a step away from the aft cockpit, with a large full gourmet style kitchen located below in the middle of the cabin area. 

November 25, 2013

New Model: Chris-Craft 36 Corsair Hard Top

This new Chris-Craft 36 Corsair Hard Top is the third style to come from this since 2003 produced hull in this long standing builder fleet.  The Hard Top adds up to the standard 36 Corsair, and the European Edition with different cockpit presented last year. The Chris-Craft 36 Corsair Hard Top is the most cruiser friendly and as the title say presents a covered area for the outside which covers 80% of the exterior cockpit deck. The deck layout of the Hard Top follows that of the standard Corsair model with two L-shaped lounging settees to aft, and double port and starboard forward facing passenger and helmsman seats.  Below the 36 Corsair sleeps four persons in a convertible Vee saloon which converts to a double berth to fore, and a separate cabin with a double bed to aft.  A galley and separate shower head is featured in the middle of the cabin area. Six different petrol gas and diesel engine choices are on offer for the 36 Corsair Hard Top.  The power start with the least powerful being a Volvo 330hp diesel, and the largest choice a 420hp petrol gas again from the Sweden engine builder. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.63 m (38.2ft)
Hull Length - 11.05 m
Waterline Length - 9.06 m
Beam - 3.81 m
Draft - 0.78 m
Displacement - 7257 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1083 l
Water Capacity - 189 l
Accommodation - 4 berths
Engines - Gas Petrol 2 x Volvo 8.1L GI EVC 375hp, GiC 400hp, Gxi EVC 420hp, Mercruiser 8.2L DTS 380hp, Diesel 2 x Volvo D6 330hp, D6 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo or Mercury dual propeller stern drive
Certification - NMMA, ABYC, USCG   

November 24, 2013

Ferretti Group New Web Site

Ferretti Group, one of the leading luxury yacht holdings, updates it's website. The story of this Group starts with that of its mother company when Norberto and his brother Alessandro found Ferretti in 1968, at first distributing cruisers and yachts form other builders, and three years later to this building its first boat. But the first steps for the creation of the Ferretti Group start to take shape in 1996, when Custom Line is founded in order for Ferretti to enter into super 25 meter yachts construction.  Till that time the biggest Ferretti was the 22 meter 225 launched in 1994.  The official Ferretti Group creation comes when Pershing Cantieri Navali dell'Adriatico enters into the holding of Ferretti, what becomes a three brand organization.  This is followed in that same year when Bertram is bought, 1999 it is CRN, a year later to this in 2000 it is Riva, and in 2001 it is Mochi Craft and Apreamare, and in 2004 Itama is purchased. Apreamare and the Torre Annunziata Nautical pole will be sold back again to its founders  in 2010 at the peak of the recession and in restructuring process for the Ferretti Group. In 2012 Shandong Heavy Industry Group buy 75% share of the Ferretti Group.  A very complete yacht group, Ferretti Group today has a seven different brand portfolio; Ferretti, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft and CRN.  Interesting each brand has a different kind of offer from Motor Yachts, Sport Crusiers and Yachts, Sportfish Yachts, Traditional Cruisers and Yachts, to Super Yachts.  Ferretti Group entry level model is the Riva 27 foot Iseo, while its flagship is this year's launched CRN hull #129 80 meters.   Ferretti Group new website takes you around with the following buttons; The Group, Innovations, Boat Shows and Events, Press Office, Protagonist, and Pre-Owned.  A left column has a direct link to all each boat builder unique web site.  Down below is the social media pages link to the Ferretti Group; Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Tweeter, and Linkedin pages. 

November 23, 2013

Project: Mulder 34M

Mulder Shipyard is delighted to announce that they have signed an agreement to build a 34 meter motor yacht. This will be Mulder’s largest yacht built so far and also their first over 300 gross tonnage. With this order, the total number of Mulder yachts under construction is raised to seven. Mulder Shipyard already delivered a Mulder 73 Flybridge, a Mulder Favorite 1300 Cabrio and a Mulder 75 Wheelhouse earlier this year. British design agency Claydon Reeves will be responsible for both interior and exterior design of the 34 metre custom built, steel displacement yacht and the naval architecture will be the work of the Dutch Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Obviously the Mulder 34 metre will be built to super yacht standards. The Mulder has a GT from 315 tons and will be built under RINA LY3, MCA classification and transatlantic range. She will enjoy many features that are usually only associated with larger yachts, in both operations and design, and will surpass the highest expectations.

November 22, 2013

New Model: Marlow 66E Explorer

In continuing to improve, Marlow Yachts introduce the all new Explorer 66E. Part of the new series of models, this remarkable yacht features Marlow latest contoured lines and exciting new features and layout. Starting at the top, the Marlow 66 Explorer command bridge features twin helm chairs and a large settee with table, enabling all guests joining the captain on the bridge to relax in comfort. The upper aft deck has another settee and table, a gas BBQ grill and hidden day head. Even with the dinghy on deck, there is ample room for lounging. A built in stair leads to the lower aft deck for easy transit up and down. The newly designed cockpit features a radius transom with a center stairwell along with two built in corner settees with tables, greatly enhancing the social aspect of the aft deck. Stairs lead down to the swim platform providing a safe passage. A hidden swim ladder provides easy water access and the platform is a perfect landing for the tender or fishing. The contoured transom increases the stowage area in the lazarette for tools, toys and equipment.  Upon entering the salon, the expansiveness of the room find its place with its finely crafted furnishings. Immediately inside the door to both port and starboard, are the wine cooler, ice maker and wet-bar with intricate curved glass cabinets allowing easy access from both inside and the aft deck. There is a long curved built-in sofa on starboard side and two comfortable lounge chairs on the port. The hidden television is midships and there is a desk with a printer station in the forward part of the salon starboard side. Up three steps is the spacious pilothouse area with a large U-shaped galley forward, which is bathed in natural light and a full view. A large dinette faces forward for dining and lounging with a view.  The companionway to the lower deck leads to a sunlit foyer-type area. At the foot of the stairs is a hidden laundry station with a stacked washer and dryer with easy access. There is a single bunk berth  with a large storage cabinet for cleaning supplies or extra linens below. The VIP stateroom in the bow has an island queen sized bed with two upper bunks outboard. The port-side guest suite has twin bunks and a private head with full shower, cedar lined hanging lockers and ample drawer capacity.  The master suite occupies the middle part of the yacht for least amount of motion and most comfort. As you enter through double arched doors the room opens into a spacious yet wonderfully cozy stateroom. The king bed is center with large bureaus and hanging lockers port and starboard. There are two complete his and hers heads with gleaming fixtures, frameless glass shower stalls and marble floors on either side of the entry forming a hall for separation even when the doors are open. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.3 m (73.5ft)
Beam - 5.89 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 
Fuel Capacity - 11356 l
Water Capacity - 1892 l
Accommodation - 7 guest berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 1015hp
Propulsion - Velocijet strut keels
Speed - 28 knots max, 22 knots cruse, 8 knots economic long range cruise
Range - 2,800 nm at 8 knots, 500 nm at 22 knots
Construction - Full Stack Infusion, 
Certification - CE Ocean Class, Bureau Veritas unrestricted navigation 

November 21, 2013

Project: Post 42 Open

Its a new era for Post who are presenting three important new projects. The Post 42 Open, is the first express sportfish model offered by the 1957 founded boat builder.  This new project  is built to showcase the new era of Post Yachts since a couple of years also located in Maryland, out from New Jersey and by the specification on the web site seems to be based on the hull of the standard flybridge convertible 42. The 42 Open will be the first Post to also be offered with pod drive propulsion, a center console style bridge deck, and functional interior layout options that utilize all available interior space. So far no layout details are shown of the new 42 Open, but Post do have a fame for offering comfortable and well laid interior layouts, without loosing touch of the fishing abilities served by its cruisers and yachts.   

November 20, 2013

New Model: Goose 43 Trawler

Goose yachts is an interesting new builder which comes from Turkey, and presents its first model the 43 Trawler, which features to say the least an original exterior.  Also a rare occurrence for an explorer cruiser and yacht is that the 43 Trawler is build in cold molded mahogany and epoxy resins method. Interestingly the original exterior looks offer a clever layout plan both inside and outside.  For example the 43 Trawler is a full ship like walk around with deep more then one foot bulwarks from bow to stern. Not bad for a cruiser measuring thirteen meters! As the curved rising shear line amidships notes the passageway to fore is split by four rising steps.  The interior offers a main deck with all the convivial areas; astern L-shaped galley looking to the aft cockpit by the patio door, settee, and an L-shaped dinette in the lower part. Three steps up lead to the raised part which features another L-shaped settee to port side of the helm station to starboard. Below is two cabins, with an owners room to fore, and a twin berth cabin amidships.  Power is twin Yanmar 330hp which give max speed of 20 knots, and a 10 knots cruise.      
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.1 m (42.9ft)
Hull Length - 11.7 m
Beam - 4.25 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 15850 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1400 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, optional third cabin
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 330hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 20 knots max, 10 knots cruise
Construction - cold molded, mahogany wood with epoxy resins
Certification - CE

November 19, 2013

Project: Hatteras GT70

Seems the just past Fort Lauderdale boat show was big news for Sportfish yachts passionate's, with two of the legendary brands announcing important new projects. Since stopping the production of the 68 in the Convertible line in 2012, there was a big model hole which spanned fourteen feet in the Hatteras sportfish series. This project Hatteras GT70 seems to be the answer to this hole, and a continuation of the expansion of the very nice looking GT series which so far features three models; 54, 60, and 63.  The GT70 will offer four layout interior plan choices; all of which offer four double guest cabins and three heads, plus one crew cabin berth with a private shower head.  The owners stateroom is located in the middle of the lower deck to starboard with the double berth looking to the ship side.  The main deck has two choices with the main difference here is for having an internal staircase for the flybridge. Below the option revolves around the midships located fourth cabin which in the optional choice is larger and offers a french berth plus a bunk, versus the two bunks of the standard layout.  Power and performance has not been mentioned, but if the other GT series can be prove of anything we can think around a 40 knots top end speed.        

November 18, 2013

New Model: Cranchi 54 HT

Looking at this Cranchi 54 HT model it certainly impresses for having on appearance the largest hull view window ever seen on a boat.  But do not be impressed as the window size on the 54 HT is the same as that of the Fly version, a vertical box shape serving the owners cabin amidships.  The black painting on hull one make you think it is a full glass area.  This new Cranchi 54 HT is a model based on the Fly model presented in 2012, with everything being the same minus the flybridge up top.  Still for those looking for a private sunpad, the 54 HT does offer one up top reachable from a ladder in the aft deck to starboard.  Can we call this a sun-bridge?  Just to refresh the layout of the 54, this HT offers a lower deck dedicated to three large double cabins, and a main deck featuring a convivial area joining saloon and galley.  The owners room is a full beam amidships layouts with private en-suite head and a double queen sized berth looking to starboard side.  Power is twin Volvo 625hp engines with IPS pods propulsion.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.2 m (56.5ft)
Hull Length - 15.3 m
Beam - 4.85 m
Displacement - 21,800 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 520 l
Accommodaiton - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 625hp 
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS800 pod drives
Speed - 33 knots max, 23 knots cruise
Range - 324 nm at 23 knots cruise
Project - Aldo Cranchi, Centro Studi Richerche Cranchi
Certification - CE B

November 17, 2013

Web: Silverton New Web Site

Silverton presents its new World wide web showroom.  Founded in 1969 Silverton has in 2012 became part of Dr. Troicki Egg Harbor Group which features four other important brands in its family; Buddy Davis, Egg Harbor, Predator, and Topaz.  With Silverton Egg Harbor also purchased its top of the line yacht brand Ovation which features two models.  Silverton currently offers twelve models divided into five lines; Convertibles, T-Series, Sport Bridges, Motor Yachts, and Sport Coupes.  The entry level Silverton is the 33 Sports Coupe, while the flagship is the 50 Convertible.  Silverton latest models are the 36 Convertible, and 43 Convertible.  Silverton new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Silverton Home, Models, Our Vision, News, Boatshows, Luxury Yachts, and Silverton Family.  As is a standard nowadays Silverton also features side links to its Facebook and Twitter, social media pages.  

November 16, 2013

New Model: Outer Reef 860 Cockpit Motor Yacht

The new 860 by Outer Reef is the largest Cockpit Motor Yacht series, and shares hull with the 800 Motor Yacht and 860 Deluxbridge.  This new fully customized Outer Reef 860 Cockpit Motor Yacht featured an interior designed by Destry Darr designs with its owner requesting a very open play layout of the main deck. For example in other Outer Reef the lower pilot house is separated from the galley and saloon, but on this model this is a fully open plan.  Consequently if desired this can be spited thanks to a mounted bulk head. The interior was finished in high gloss walnut, and beech-wood also unusual materials for an Outer Reef yacht.  The standard accommodation layout of the 860 Cockpit Motor Yacht offers three double cabins, and a large crew lobby with twin berths to aft.  Owners stateroom is located amidships.  Standard power for the Outer Reef 860 Cockpit Motor Yacht is win Cats 705hp engines.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.11 m (86.8ft)
Beam - 6.4 m
Draft - 1.67 m
Displacement - 95 t
Fuel Capacity - 11356 l
Water Capacity - 1893 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x Cats C12 Acerts 705hp
Propulsion - line shafts 
Construction - hand laid fiberglass, with Vinilester resin skin, and Divinycell Core above waterline
Project - Destry Darr interior

November 15, 2013

Project: Overmarine Mangusta 42 Oceano

The second model in the Overmarine Mangusta Oceano displacement line, is a 42 metre yacht in steel and aluminium designed by Alberto Mancini, presented in project at the 2013 Monaco show. The project was developed by designer Alberto Mancini, who with it begun his working relationship with Overmarine Mangusta. To the history book this is also the first time Overmarine has used an other designer outside of Stefano Righini, who we can say has climbed the ladder of success along with Mangusta. Mancini has been able to exalt the successful stylistic features and family feeling of Mangusta Maxi Open yachts and interpret them to create a triple deck displacement yacht: the result is a super yacht, modern and elegant, whose proportions are expressed in a blend of sharp, taut lines combined with softer sections. A careful study of light and a new concept which provides for two innovative areas have been developed on-board Mangusta 42 Oceano: on the bow deck the external area features two separate sunbathing areas which plunge into a swimming-pool with a continuous waterfall. A glazed skylight on the bottom of the pool brings light and translucence to the head in the owner suite on the underlying deck. Astern, on the other hand, the hatch has been fitted with glazed transverse cuts through which a real furnished beach area can be glimpsed. Once open, it stretches out over the sea creating a platform where the glazed surfaces turn into a source of natural light allowing the nocturnal lighting of the underwater beams fitted astern to filter through. Painstaking care has been taken over the lighting design, and the concept of the beach club skylight also appears on the external decks where transparency has been achieved through the glazed bases of the steel and glass tables set on all three decks of the yacht.  The interiors have been designed in order to accommodate up to twelve guests ensuring their total privacy and freedom of movement, as well as seven crew members.  The main deck houses the salon and dining-room, the lobby, the galley and the full-beam owner stateroom at bow which features a terrace over the sea.  Everything converses with the exterior here: the salon features huge windows through which natural light enters and a sliding door which opens up and overlooks a panorama directly over the sea. The owner suite, on the other hand, communicates between the night and head areas through sliding glazed doors, creating a unique environment where the diaphanous sky of the head welcomes the refraction of the water in the swimming-pool on the overlying sunbridge.  Glazed transparency brings light to the various different environments, increasing the perception of space.  There are four guest cabins on the lower deck, two double and two twin, all with en-suite heads. At bow there is the crew area formed of three double cabins. The Captain’s cabin, on the other hand is on the upper deck next to the helmstation.  Alberto Mancini’s proposal for the interior design features soft contrasts of warm and cold materials: dove-grey oak flooring, bleached teak and sycamore bulkheads, ‘games’ of alcantara, leather and steel combined with fabrics and linen, silk and soft leather sewn onto panels.  Powered by two MTU 1448hp engines, the 42 Oceanco  has a cruise speed of 11 knots, a pace which makes it possible to cover a distance of over 4000 nautical miles at a time. The top speed on the other hand reaches 15 knots, + 1 knot with the optional larger twin MTU 1931hp.

November 14, 2013

New Model: Absolute 45 Fly

It has to be one of the best medium sized flybridge motor cruisers to what concerns layout, and clever design to have been presented in its size.  This is in short words the Absolute 45 Fly, who continue with the clever intuition this builder has showed since its inception a decade ago. An evolution of the two years ago launched 43, Absolute says that a lot of the input for the 45 comes from the launched past year 72 Fly flagship, but I add that design and layout wise this nice new model learns a lot from the 55 series, also presented in 2012, which is among the best yachts in its size type yacht to what concerns space and plan usage. The Absolute 45 Fly main attractions are the astern galley, spacious full beam midships owners room, large view windows in both decks, and the aft sun-pad. To like is the windows surrounding the main saloon with the large openings to fore in both port and starboard sides.  The 45 Fly also surprises for offering an extra single berth third cabin to aft, which can be categorized as crew quarters but can also be viable as an extra guest cabin. Absolute finishes this cabin to the same standard as the rest of the inside.  The 45 Fly is powered by twin Volvo 435hp engines, with Absolute continuing its full support as since 2006 to the IPS pods which also for a couple of years propels all its line.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.13 m (46.3ft)
Hull Length - 13.65 m
Beam - 4.15 m
Draft - 1.21 m
Fuel Capacity - 1300 l
Water Capacity - 350 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 3 cabins
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Project - Absolute Research and Development Lab
Certification - CE B

November 13, 2013

Engine: Volvo D11 725hp

Volvo Penta launches a completely new generation of the proven D11 series. The new D11 engine program has a peak power of 725 hp, and with a more powerful torque, improved drive ability with reduced noise levels.  The new D11 725hp becomes a strong addition to Volvo Penta’s world-leading inboard line up of engines. Naturally, the new generation Volvo also meets the world’s soon to come strictest emission regulations. Volvo Penta's new D11 series is based on the latest technology and has been further developed and optimized for marine use by the Swedish engine manufacturer development team. The D11 series is expanded from today’s 670 horsepower to be offered in no fewer than three power classes: 625, 670 and this new 725hp. The Volvo Penta D11 is a compact, powerful engine series with new and improved basic design. In addition to a larger number of power classes, the in-line, six-cylinder diesel engines have been boosted with a large number of technical upgrades. 

November 12, 2013

New Model: Sunseeker 68 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker presents the new 68 Sport Yacht, which had its World wide showdown in the past Southampton show.  This model is build on the basis of the Predator model of the same size, with the addition of a sport bridge up top.  For this type of sports yacht, Sunseeker do seem to offer among the most spacious sport bridge in this category, here featuring a large area with a C-shaped settee, wet bar to starboard, and dual seat helm station to port. Below is a spacious three double cabins interior, with a galley located below in between the cabins.  This layout leaves the main deck all reserved for lounging areas, from the L-shaped dinette to port, to a nice C-shaped settee upon entrance by the patio door. Still for a boat of this size, 21 meters of length, it would be good to have a galley available in an enclosed version especially for the more Southern Europe markets. A two berth crew cabin is located aft.  Engines are twin 1622hp which give a max speed of 33 knots, although Sunseeker does promise there is a 45 knots version available in its script.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.7 m (71.2ft)
Waterline Length - 16.42 m
Beam - 5.09 m
Draft - 1.58 m full load
Displacement - 37,300 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 3500 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x 1622hp diesel
Propulsion - line shaft in semi tunnels
Speed - 33 knots max, 24 knots cruise 
Range - 300 nautical miles at cruise speed
Construction - hand laid vinilester resin, with powder pound mat, multi-axial fiberglass.  Single skin bottom with balsa cored hull sides, and PVC for upper structure
Certification - CE

November 11, 2013

Project: Alaska A59 Sedan

Alaska presents the project of the A59 Sedan set to make her debut in the fall 2013. The 59 is a modern take of Alaska's original pilothouse version. The saloon has been increased in size by over a meter and there is only one step up to the galley-helm deck area.  Dubbed as an owners yacht by Alaska this practical stunner sees a full beam master cabin with an island King Size bed plus en-suite separate shower and head, a Queen-size island bed forward with a compact twin-room to port also share a spacious en-suite with all the trimmings. From mid 2012 Alaska’s showcased a totally new contemporary interior design by identity interiors, accents of textured fabrics and timber joinery combined with modern components further enhance the livability of the whole Alaska range. All cabins boast beautiful sunlit picture windows and natural ventilation, LED TVs, IPod capable fusion audio systems, spacious storage / draws and generous headroom.
Power for the A59 Sedan is twin Cummins 715hp engines giving economic speed of 10 knots, and sprinted cruise up to 18 knots, and a wide open throttle 21 nautical miles per hour.

November 10, 2013

New Model: Cheoy Lee 87 Alpha Express Sportbridge

Cheoy Lee launches the announced a year ago new flagship model of its sport yacht Alpha series, the awaited 87 Sportbridge. The Alpha sport yacht series by Cheoy Lee was presented in early 2012 and with this latest addition features three models, the other two being the 76, of which one is a Sportbridge version. The Alpha series of sport yachts has been an interesting novelty from Cheoy Lee, who for this new challenge employed one of the best designers in fast hulls, which combined with its fame of building strong and reliable vessels should prove to be a nice development in the years to come.  Designed as its smaller sister by the known hands of Micheal Peters; hull shape and exterior lines, with an interior plan by Luiz de Basto, the 87 Alpha Express Sportbridge is a very nice looking offer in this competitive market segment.  The standard interior layout on the 87 Alpha Express Sportbridge offers a four double cabins all with private bathroom plan. The owners stateroom is located amidships and features; a walk-in wardrobe, beauty desk, and relaxing sofa. A crew lobby with small lounge L-shaped dinette and a cabin with two bunks berths is located amidships.  Standard power is twin Cats 1900hp engines which give max speed around 30 knots.  More powerful 2600hp MTU optional engines are available.      
Techicnical Data:
LOA - 26.54 m (87.1ft)
Waterline Length - 21.7 m
Beam - 6.57 m
Draft - 1.66 m full load
Displacement - 72,500 kg full load
Fuel Capacity - 6900 l
Water Capacity - 1250 l
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1900hp, or MTU 16V-2000 2600hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 30 knots max with Cats 1900hp
Project - Micheal Peters hull and exterior lines, Luiz de Basto interior layout and decor

November 8, 2013

New Model: Azimut 53 Magellano

So far the 50 Magellano has been the most successful model in the explorer range from Azimut yachts, and now after over fifty units delivered World wide in a two year period the Italian builder replaces it with the 53. This new second sized model Magellano is in fact a further update to the 50, but serious tooling rework was done here extending the hull length by four feet to aft, adding five centimeters of beam, and twelve centimeters of draft.  With this come a redesigning for the lower deck layout below, and the addition of a crew cabin to aft.  Looks wise the major visible difference of the 53 versus the 50 is the aft deck now larger, but large view windows have also been reduced to two now totaling four, these serving the midships owners room. An other change for the 53 is also the pantry now standard to starboard which can also be added with a single berth, adding the total number of cabins to four, and sleeping capability to seven guests in the fore area, all this excluding the single crew cabin to aft.  Unfortunately or at least on the Azimut website the 53 Magellano will only feature one lower deck layout, versus the four options which used to be available for the 50.  On the technical side against the 50 the 53 Magellano also features 150 more horses on tap thanks to bigger twin Cummins 500hp engines, but still keeping inline with the same speed standards of the range.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.98 m (55.5ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 15.14 m
Beam - 4.7 m
Draft - 1.44 m incl props at full load
Displacement - 28.6 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 3200 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, or 7 berths in 4 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth aft
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 8.3 500hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 21 knots max, 16 knots cruise, 8 knots economic long range
Hull Shape - semi displacement dual mode
Project - Cor D Rover exterior lines, Bill Dixon hull shape, Azimut Yachts interior
Certification - UNI ISO 8666

November 7, 2013

Project: Riviera 515 SUV

Riviera has just announced project details of the third model in its latest SUV range, the 515. This new Rivera featured a full interior display on show at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo held from November 1-3, ahead of her world release at the builder's coming Festival of Boating in May 2014. Created in-house using industry-leading Unigraphics 3D software, Riviera's team of designers and engineers have focused on maximizing this new design in every detail. This sophisticated software allows Riviera designers to see the exact size, space and scale in the computer long before a single piece of timber is cut for the plug work.  Bearing Riviera's classic hallmark design, the SUV has been crafted with down under most famous builder heritage in mind; combining high performance, blue water cruising and fish raising abilities of the classic flybridge with the single-level leisurely entertaining features of the popular Sport Yacht series. Riviera's head designer Stephen Ford said the 515 SUV featured clever and versatile design innovations.  The hardtop features two Webasto sunroofs above the saloon area that open electrically with the push of a button. The incorporation of this new sunroof design marks another exciting development in the 515 SUV's DNA, which includes purposeful lines, hefty scant-lings, the solid feel in a seaway, spacious layout, Euro-style luxurious décor, and of course  a full flybridge-size cockpit.  The aft deck cockpit features an island storage centre which offers space for an optional additional barbecue or live bait tank with filter and glass front. The cockpit seating features an optional integrated and interchangeable table, which provides a versatile alfresco entertaining area. There is a freezer and recycling bin located just behind the cockpit lounge for convenient access while entertaining.  The 515 SUV also features extensive cockpit storage with a central self-draining moulded lazarette bin that has been integrated into the cockpit floor, tender storage is on the boarding platform and there is the option for a hydraulic platform which can be fitted to the boat on which a large rigid bottom tender can be mounted.  Side deck access has been enhanced with grab rail and optional extended bow rail. The 515 SUV also features an impressive commercial air intake system designed to keep the engine room cooler and thus reducing fuel consumption.  Below decks is a flexible accommodation plan featuring three very generous sized staterooms and two bathrooms. The master stateroom can be located either forward or amidships and has an ensuite bathroom in both optional layouts to allow owners to truly personalize their boat. The two aft cabins offer full head-room while large hull windows with opening port holes on both sides give an abundance of natural light and fresh air. Optional hull port lights are available for the forward stateroom.  Standard power is twin Cummins 600hp with Zeus pod drives that are expected to top 30 knots, and cruise at 24, with a nice range of 390 nautical miles with 10 per cent reserve fuel.  There are two engine options available on the new 515 SUV; Volvo 600 and 700hp these being with IPS pod propulsion. 

November 6, 2013

New Model: Sea Ray 260 Sundancer

Its always nice to see Sea Ray always interested in the lower entry level part of the sport cruiser market, more so is a note that the US builder has always produced quality products in this size segment able to compete in a global market.  This new Sea Ray 260 Sundancer is the entry level into its Sport Cruiser range which spans up to 37 feet and features a total of ten models.  From a photo point of view this new 260 Sundancer offers good looking nice exterior lines, which are complimented by a nice interior layout sleeping four persons in a convertible Vee shaped dinette to fore, and a double berth amidships.  Other interesting details which think larger boat comfort for this new 260 Sundancer, are also a large bathing platform able to host a small tender, and diesel engine choice.  Considering all that is good for just eight meters in over all length.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 8.1 m (26.7ft)
Beam - 2.59 m
Draft - 1.02 m drives down
Fuel Capacity - 280 l
Water Capacity - 75 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 1 x Mercruiser 5.0L MPI CET 265hp, 350 MAG ECT 300hp, Mercury Diesel TDI 3.0L 260hp  
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravo III dual prop stern drive
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 21 degrees deadrise
Certification - CE, NMMA, ABYC

November 5, 2013

Project: Bertram 60

I was awaiting the news of Bertram new project by the hands of Robert Ullberg since his appointment as designer and product development of the flying eagle just over a year ago.  When the famous sportfish designer joined Bertram it was an interesting exciting news, especially since the signature of the architect has been an important input in the custom community for well over a decade.  The 60 project is the first of a new page to the history of the iconic builder and the famous designers that have marked its history, from Ray Hunt, Dave Napier, and the since 1999 Zuccon Ferretti duo.  Its an important new step for Bertram! Robert Ullberg in his video message is promising one of the best 60, nineteen meters sportfishing yachts in the market today, especially to what regards fish-ability, cockpit aft deck layout, and the ever important ride and handling. Considering his curriculum of various top class custom boats designed, I am sure few if any can argue his words.  

November 4, 2013

New Model: Intermarine 48 Offshore

Continuing its strategy and investments on the development of new products, Intermarine, the leading shipyard in luxury yachts in Brazil, pre-launches the 48 Offshore at the Sao Paulo Boat Show 2013. The new model marks the return of Intermarine to the fast sport cruiser segment, in which the shipyard participated with many successful models throughout its history. Now Intermarine comes with a new approach to this kind of boat with a perfect mix of nice lines, luxury and speed. With fourteen meters plus in length overall, the new 48 Offshore is certified to carry up to 12 people. It is a sportive yet sophisticated boat. It was developed by Intermarine´s team for the owner who wants a boat for the day use with performance and refinement, but in all this also featuring a nice overnight cabin for two persons. With an aggressive design, the 48 Offshore gets even more luxurious and original with the teak flooring at the bow, surrounding the large windows and hatch that illuminate the interior. The teak is also included on the swim platform and on the steps accessing the sun bed. On the cockpit, the 48 Offshore has seats for four, a folding dining table and a bar. The helm station has double seat. To port, a stair shaped door allows access to the bow area. By sliding the door behind the helm station it is possible to go to the lower deck, where are the salon, cabin and a bathroom. There are two options for the lower deck. One has two sofas on the salon, one on each side. The other has one sofa to port and a galley to starboard with sink, cooktop, refrigerator and storage compartments. The 48 Offshore is powered by twin Volvo 725hp engines and reaches 45 knots of cruise speed and 53 of maximum. For those looking for more top end speed is an option for a more powerful version, powered by twin MAN 800hp which ends wide open throttle up to 56 knots. Like every Intermarine, the new 48 will have superb finishing, with high quality materials and excellent navigability even in the most adverse sea conditions.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.47 m (47.4ft)
Beam - 3.13 m
Draft - 0.80 m
Displacement - 9 t unloaded, 11.5 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 800 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, MAN R6 800hp
Speed - 56 knots max 46 cruise with MAN 800hp engines
Propulsion - surface drives
Hull Shape - deep Vee with 24 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Intermarine