December 31, 2013

Monthly News - December 2013

-pic of the month- Zeelander Takes Your Breath Away

Azimut Benetti Group World Leader for the Fourteenth Time

Double record for the Italian-based world giant in the high-end nautical sector: Azimut-Benetti tops the Global Order Book 2014, published by the prestigious American magazine ShowBoats International, in terms of boats under construction and as builder of custom-designed megayachts. With as many as 79 megayachts under construction, Azimut-Benetti has, for the 14th time, topped the Global Order Book 2014 - the ranking of the top 20 international builders of superyachts - well ahead of its nearest competitor. The list compiled annually by Show Boats International, the prestigious U.S. trade magazine and the most reliable and authoritative point of reference for the boating industry, gives an accurate snapshot of the market, basing its data on actual orders. In addition to the large number of projects under construction, almost double those of the runner-up, the group's clear market leadership is given by the size of the yachts built: 122 feet on average, a sign of the group's great production capacity. This undisputed success is further confirmed by the ranking of the top 20 world builders of custom-designed megayachts, thanks to Benetti, the group's brand of megayachts, which ranked first in this category for the 15th time. The great work done in recent years in terms of developing new boats, continuously improving existing ones, strengthening the sales and support network, and focusing ever greater attention on our customers, continues to be greatly appreciated by boat owners across the globe, who regularly demonstrate their confidence in us. 

Azimut Benetti Group Get Multi Site Safety Certification

The procedure for Livorno’s production site work safety certification BS OHSAS18001:2007 has been finalised. With a total amount of 11 certified locations Azimut Benetti Group is the only Group in the nautical sector to have gained a multi-site accreditation. Started in Avigliana in October 2009, and ended in November 2013 in Livorno, the procedure for the ‘BS OHSAS 18001’ certification has involved eleven different sites, all belonging to Azimut Benetti Group. On December 2nd RINA Technical Committee for Safety authorized the new OHSAS 18001:2007 certificate release for Livorno’s site, thereby stating the implementation, along with the applicable laws, of an accurate control system regarding the workers’ Health and Security.

Bavaria Appoints New Dealer in Persian Gulf

Bush & Noble is the new distributor for Bavaria in Dubai and will now on look after customers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman. With this step, Bavaria strengthens its efforts in the Persian Gulf region. The team at Bush & Noble are proud to be able to offer products “Made in Germany”. Only two years ago, this new company was founded by John Bush and Brett Noble in Dubai, together both yacht brokers and consultants have more than 23 years of experience in the water sport industry. The company philosophy is to focus on high quality customer service for its yacht owners and this has been the key to the success of the Bush & Noble team over recent years. Beside the offices in Dubai and Bahrain, Bush & Noble have a far-reaching network of service partners, which from now on all Bavaria customers can benefit from. Future Bavaria customers will find the famous sailing and motor yachts from Germany now at all exhibitions in the Persian area.

Fairline One Hundred 78 Squadron

Leading luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats, is celebrating a major milestone with the launch of its 100th Squadron 78. The original Squadron 78 was first unveiled to the world in 2003 at a prestigious event near the Tower of London. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of Fairline’s most successful and iconic luxury motor yachts with a very loyal following. The 100th build of the Squadron 78 follows the recent launch of its most customised model ever, a Squadron 78 CUSTOM called MATCH 2. This was one of the Fairline Yacht Division’s most exciting and challenging build projects to-date with almost 400 custom items. MATCH 2 was the owner’s fifth Fairline and his second Squadron 78. Top statistics about the Squadron 78: the total value of all the Squadron 78s sold to date is over £150million, if you laid all the 100 Squadron 78s out in a line they would be the equivalent of 1.5 miles in length – that’s 1.5 miles of refined luxury motor yacht, a total of 1,942,200 man hours to build all 100 Squadron 78s, over 10,000 customisations have been undertaken across all 100 Squadron 78s making it the most bespoke and customised Fairline boat ever, over 160,000 man hours to undertake those customizations, 7,300 square metres of teak used 10,600 square metres of luxury carpet, and 558 tonnes of Coremat fibreglass with 1,200 tonnes of resin.

Hunt Yachts Relocates

As the 2014 model year begins, we have major news to deliver said Hunt Yachts’ President Peter Van Lancker. Scout is a partnership between David Howe and Peterson Capital LLC, which was created specifically to work closely with U.S.-based companies that show significant potential for long-term success. Peterson Capital LLC is operated by an icon of American business, Pete Peterson. Peterson’s career spans several decades and includes positions as United States Secretary of Commerce, CEO of Bell and Howell, and co-founder of The Blackstone Group. David Howe has a great personal passion for the marine industry. Having grown up sailing out of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Howe deeply appreciates the strong heritage of Hunt. Scout purchased The Hinckley Company at the end of 2010. The most immediate synergy is in the Hinckley service yards which now have a direct pipeline to Hunt parts and technical advice to service Hunt products. Hunt will operate under the name Hunt Yachts, LLC and will maintain the same relationship it has had with C. Raymond Hunt Associates as the exclusive designer of its product line. The Hunt Yachts Chesapeake sales office is located at the Hinckley service yard at the old Crockett Brothers boast yard at 202 Banks St., Oxford, MD 21654. 

ISA Focus on After Sales and Service Department

ISA Yachts is worldwide known as a major Italian builder of custom and semi-custom motor yachts. But the same competence, service and craftsmanship characterize the yard's After Sales and Refit department which benefits from the excellent facility that allow hosting a large number of yachts both ashore or afloat. The premises include a deep water marina; named Ank's Marina with 10 berths all alongside and a large hard standing area where the yachts can do any kind of refit or maintenance work also under a temporary cover or inside a shed. This winter, as it happened in the past years, ISA Yachts will host several of the yachts delivered in the recent past that come back home for maintenance and assistance. At the moment, there are four yachts delivered by ISA Yachts between 2007 and 2012 that decided to come back to the shipyard located in Ancona, on the Adriatic coast of Italy, to carry out some maintenance works. They are: M/Y Gemini, an ISA 120' delivered in 2007, M/Y Alexandar V, an ISA 48 meters built in 2008, M/Y Mary-Jean II, an ISA 60 meters delivered in 2010, and M/Y Belle Anna, the latest ISA 50 meter launched last year. Since her delivery M/Y Alexandar V came back to ISAYACHTS every winter and so did M/Y Mary-Jean II. This has nothing to do with the warranty period which has already expired but it is related to the high standards and reliability of the After Sales service offered by ISA YAchts to its customers. A dedicated team of professionals is able to carry out major refits and maintenance projects employing the same qualified workers and contractors that originally built the yachts in order to grant a complete satisfaction to their owners and captains, with haulage and launching technologically-advanced equipment. This dramatically cuts the time needed to complete every intervention with a consequent reduction of cost, and it guarantees that the work will feature the same high level of quality as the rest of the yacht. In other words, building a yacht at ISA Yachts gives Owners an extra benefit: the possibility to count on an After Sales service that is able also to accommodate their yachts during the winter period for long maintenance sessions or just for a short “pit stop” between two charter seasons. 

Moonen New Shareholder

Moonen Shipyards in the Netherlands has a new majority shareholder who has committed to invest in the long-term future of this leading superyacht builder. The takeover was completed in October and ensures long-term financial security both for the yard and for clients of new and existing build and refit projects. The new shareholder of Moonen Shipyards has a decade of first-hand experience of the excellence of the motor yachts built by Moonen. Earlier this year he took possession of the fully custom 42-metre Sofia. As well as being the largest project completed to date by the yard, this cross between an expedition vessel and classic modern yacht has been making global headlines for her three-seat submarine and exceptional interior design. Sofia was the third Moonen owned by the new shareholder who first purchased the brand-new Moonen 84 Sofia (now Eleonora) in 2004. Delighted with this vessel, he then commissioned a new Moonen 97 to meet his personal requirements, which was duly launched in 2008.

Riviera Sydney Owners Bling Christmas

Riviera owners in Sydney enjoyed every facet of the Riviera lifestyle as they celebrated Riviera’s Bling on Summer Christmas Party at one of Sydney’s boating jewels, The Basin, located on the western foreshore of Pittwater. Riviera 33 Open Flybridge owner Martin Shaw joined the convoy travelling from Sydney Harbour to The Basin on Friday, November 29. A high wind warning of 20 to 30 knots and three metre swell would normally deter Martin from venturing outside the Harbour, but with the R Marine Sydney team on board a 445 SUV and other Riviera owners travelling in the fleet, Martin felt confident in his ability to navigate the conditions. Martin’s partner Annette Tomlinson and their friend Susan O’Hare joined him on board for the weekend. The weekend began with a visit from Santa who delivered special Riv gifts to each boat on Friday afternoon and then on the Saturday it was time for the ‘French Riviera’ themed activities with a Boules competition, Baguettes and chilled Beaujolais on the lawn. At 3.30pm, the fleet of 25 boats travelled line astern to the Royal Motor Yacht Club Newport for the Christmas Party. Beginning with ‘Champagne on the Dock’ at 6pm before a fleet of stretched limousines escorted the 100 guests to the Yacht Club to celebrate in true Riviera style. A selection of fine wine, food and entertainment was enjoyed by all as they celebrated Riviera’s Bling on Summer Christmas Party. Riviera 40 Open Flybridge owner Greg Fullerton and his wife, Tracy, travelled ahead of the convoy from Sydney to The Basin in conditions, which Greg described as ‘moderately challenging’. Both Martin and Greg look forward to spending time aboard over Christmas and the New Year. Martin and Annette will spend Christmas on board and plan to travel as far north as they can manage, possibly to Port Stephens. Greg’s philosophy is ‘if the sun is up, the propellers ought to be turning’, so Greg and Tracy plan to spend many summer days aboard, including their annual Boxing Day voyage to watch the Sydney to Hobart race start.

Sanlorenzo Moves to Second

Global Order Book 2014 publishes the new ranking of top builders over 24 meters with Sanlorenzo climbing to the second position in the world ranking of top builders of over 24-meter yachts and confirms its growing trend, in total contrast to the global nautical market. Since 1992 the famed American magazine Showboats International has been publishing the annual ranking of top international builders of superyachts – both motor and sailing yachts over 80ft (24 meters) which is known as the Global Order Book. This ranking collects the order portfolio of each shipyard, taking into consideration yachts under construction and the sum total length of all yachts. The Global Order Book represents a clear picture of the global nautical market and, when published, it is reported in the main business and financial magazines worldwide for a pragmatic analysis of the sector. As reported in the latest issue Global Order Book 2014, that was recently published in the USA, Sanlorenzo climbed from third position up to second, with 39 projects under construction with a total length of 1,345 meters (4,413 ft), overtaking the Ferretti Group which is made up of 8 brands; that has an order book of 32 units.

Sanlorenzo Winner of China Award 2013

Sanlorenzo was awarded by the Italy-China Foundation (Fondazione Italia–Cina) as one of the Italian companies that better valued the business opportunities of the emerging Chinese market. Sanlorenzo was awarded for the investments made in the emerging Chinese market during the last few years, through its sales network expansion strategy in the Far East, the improvement and the strengthening of local business agreements and through the direct presence in China. This led Sanlorenzo to achieve positive results such as the delivery of a 38-meter Sanlorenzo SD122 motoryacht, an upcoming delivery of a 46-meter superyacht in steel and the recent opening of a direct office in Hong Kong, Sanlorenzo China Holding Limited, with the aim to distribute the Italian-built Sanlorenzo motoryachts from 22 to 62 meters to the Great China market (China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan).

Sunreef 2013 Best Year Ever

Sunreef has considerably strengthened its leading position as the luxury catamaran builder in 2013. Intense and challenging for all the Sunreef team, the 2013 turned out to be the best year in the 11 years of the shipyard’s history. With 11 launched yachts including 2 sailing catamaran premières - Sunreef 80 Carbon Line and Sunreef 60 LOFT, 3 superyacht project presentations, 6 catamarans now under construction and 2 new sales offices in Shanghai, China and Dubai, UAE; the shipyard demonstrated a successful global expansion strategy despite the general slow-down after the 2008 crisis. In 2013 the company has launched 6 power catamarans, including three 60 Sunreef Power and three 70 Sunreef Power. On the sailing catamarans side, the shipyard launched 5 units including two premieres. In 2013 the company has launched 6 power catamarans, including three 60 Sunreef Power and three 70 Sunreef Power. On the sailing catamarans side, the shipyard launched 5 units including two premieres.

Viking Two Fold Plan

In a twofold plan, Atlantic Marine Electronics has moved next door from the Viking Yachting Center to the Viking Yacht Company facility. This move allows the Yachting Center to begin an exciting expansion plan while bringing AME closer to the production line and providing a new, larger work space for our favorite electronics outfit. The team is thrilled to be closer to the action and working under the same roof as the Viking Yacht Company. Being a subsidiary of the Viking Yacht Company allows AME access to the boat building process at inception. The boat then moves down the line with all companies monitoring the progress of not just the manufacturing of the boat, but the installation of the electronics to come. The AME crew has established themselves as the premiere electronics company within the marine industry. In just over 10 years, they have become the top choice for boat builders, owners and dealers worldwide. Through the tournament circuit and by word-of-mouth, yacht owners have seen AME's work and want the same attention to detail and perfection applied to their next boat or to refitting their existing vessel. Whether you are looking to outfit a new boat or add to your current vessel, AME has the expertise, product knowledge and field support to provide you with the best in the industry.

Zeelander Takes Your Breath Away

Zeelander Yachts is proud to welcome Adriana Lima on board after the Brazilian beauty splashed out on a new Zeelander Z44. After shopping at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Victoria Secret Angel was in the mood to treat herself and took the plunge by buying her latest accessory, the brand new 44-foot yacht. Adriana could not resist the charms of the beautiful and classic-looking Z44 after stepping aboard during the show, the deal was sealed after a meeting with Zeelander Yachts owner Sietse Koopmans and President John Slate. First tempted by the sight of the elegant Z44 when she admired the yacht near her Miami Beach mansion a few weeks previously, Adriana was already keen for herself and her family to enjoy a Zeelander of their own. After reaching the agreement at the boat show, Adriana celebrated later that evening by attending the exclusive Zeelander Owners Dinner, where she dined with other Zeelander owners and business partners of Zeelander Yachts. We congratulate Adriana on the purchase of the stunning new yacht and warmly welcome her into the Zeelander family.

Zeeland Transports Boat International VIP Guests

VIP guests heading to the prestigious Boat International Showboats Party arrived in fine style, thanks to Zeelander’s exclusive tender service. In honor of the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Zeelander sponsored the luxury gathering at one of Fort Lauderdale’s most impressive mansions in the Harbor Beach area as super yacht owners and industry high-fliers celebrated the launch of the latest edition of The Megayachts Book. Zeelander made sure everyone was in the party spirit as they transported them to a different world by offering the VIPs a complementary ride on the Z44 from and to their hotels and residences.

December 30, 2013

New Model: Albemarle 360 EXF

It's been a recurring trend in recent years in Sportfish express models to include a  three part enclosed hard top.  Albemarle from the Carolina's, a renowned state of sportfish builders is next to do so. Albemarle starts this with its popular 360 model, now renamed as the Enclosed Express Fisherman for this version.  For the 360 EXF Albermarle also updated little changes to the cockpit layout most concerning the settee behind the center console helm station, and redesigned the dash layout now able to accommodate fifteen inch screens. The 360 EXF hard top also features the EZ2CY back drop to aft, which encloses to full the raised part of the cockpit. Accommodation layout of the 360 EXF mirrors that of the XF version with four or five berths possible below including a galley and a separate shower head.  Power options start from Volvo 435hp with IPS pods, and continue up to 660hp Cat engines.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.78 m (38.8ft)
Length - 10.87 m
Beam - 4.39 m
Draft - 1.22 m
Displacement - 11,399 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2025 l
Water Capacity - 359 l
Accommodation - 2/3 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Cat C9 575hp, C12 660hp, Volvo D6 435hp, Yanmar 6 CX 530hp, Cummins QSC 600hp 
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo IPS600 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 35 knots with Cats 575hp
Hull Shape - planning medium Vee with spray rails 23 degrees deadrise amidships 16 aft
Construction - Vinilester resins with hand laid fiberglass hull, and cored sides

December 29, 2013

Riva New Web Site

Riva presents its new World wide web virtual showroom.  An iconic brand since the early part of the twentieth century Riva started operating in 1842.  But it was a sudden storm which in reality started the brand when Pietro Riva at the time a young ship builder moved to Sarnico to repair boats after this hit the area.  This eventually gave Pietro the trust of the locals and his relocation from Como to Sarnico, and the start of the Riva brand.  The son of Pietro, Ernesto continued where his father left, and with an innovative spirit also started building cargo and passenger ships with an internal combustion engine.  After World War One, Serafino the son of Ernesto takes the helm of the company and gives Riva the final twist when he moves production away from commercial and started building leisure powerboats.  At the time 1920 and thirties, Riva also competed with its boats collecting a large numbers of victories and records to its name. Just after World War Two in 1950 Carlo Riva, a man driven by great passion since his childhood for the sea and fast performing boats takes the helm of the company.  It was a time of renaissance for Europe and Italy and Carlo created the status symbol wooden sport boat first with the Ariston, followed by the Tritone the first two engines of the series, Sebino which had a full production run, Florida which evoked the famous North American East Coast boating area, to arrive to the still status symbol Aquarama launched in 1962 and produced till 1996 and delivered in 784 hulls. In 1956 Riva also started collaboration with designer Giorgio Barilani who then becomes exclusive and later on design manager from 1970 till 1996 of the company.  In 1969 another important step happened at Riva when it started it first fiberglass produced models with the 20 Bahia Mar and 25 Sport Fisherman both models licensed from the famous Bertram but modified with the Riva element of design and finishing. Other iconic models will follow in the seventies; from the small Rudy of 5.87 meters which is as at today best fiberglass seller with 364 units sold, to the St. Tropez a fast open sport cruiser of nine meters second of the best sold glass builds with 317 units, and the Superamerica which started as a 42 model and evolved over time to a 45, 48, 50, 50 Special, and 50 High Performance. A total of 251 Superamerica's will be built from 1973 to 1993 making it the third best sold fiberglass Riva.  Another unique model was the Riva 2000 designed by Italian sixties and seventies performance hull guru Renato Sonny Levi launched in 1975 and built till 1982 and sold in 54 units.  Riva had also a couple ownership change with US fiberglass producer giant Whiitakar taking helm in 1969, Vickers in 1988, and Ferretti Group in 2000 which still as at today owns the brand.  Another important step happens at Riva in 1991 when Mauro Micheli starts to design the boats with his first being the 58 Bahamas presenting the evolving new route. Micheli has since then designed all the Rivas. Currently Riva builds twelve models which start with the 27 feet Iseo, and the currently in construction alloy build 122 Mythos.  Riva new web site is available in English, Italian, and Chinese language and takes you around with the following buttons; Riva, Models, Pre-Owned, News and Events, Dealer and Service Network, and My Riva.  Riva also features its social media hubs; Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Tweeter, and Linkedin with a link and the bottom right of the page.
Production History:
Corsaro 5,29 m 1950-55 (40) 
Tritone 1950-57 (258)
Scoiattolo 4,27 m 1950-57 (133)
Ariston 1950-76 (1012)
Sebino 5,08 m 1952-57 (119)
Florida 1952-69 (1029)
Aquarama 1962-71 (281)  Giorgio Barilani design
Super Aquarama 8,28 m / 8,50 m  1963-70/71 (203)
Junior 5,7 1966-72 (626)
Olympic 6,55 m 1969-83 (274)
25 Sport Fisherman 1970-78 (206)
Bahia Mar 20 1970-76 (150)
Aquarama Lungo 8,50 m 1972 (7)
Rudy 5,87 m 1972-86 (364)
Aquarama Special 1972-96 (277)
42 Superamerica 1973-76 (251) *includes all Superamericas from 42 to 50HP
Summertime 34 1973-84 (86)
2000 11,28 m 1975-82 (54)
45 Superamerica 76-78 (251) *includes all Superamericas from 42 to 50HP
Portofino 34 1976-79 (38)
St.Tropez 9,52 m 1976-92(317)
48 Superamerica 1979-81 (251) *includes all Superamericas from 42 to 50HP
Bravo 38 1979-91 (155)
Montecarlo 66 1981 (1)
42 Malibu 1981-85 (25)
42 Caribe 1981-85 (24)
Superamerica 50 1982-85 (251) *includes all Superamericas from 42 to 50HP
Corsaro 60 1982-89 (43)
Diable 50 1984-89 (31)
Black Corsair 60 1985-91 (12)
Superamerica 50 Special 1986-88 (251) *includes all Superamericas from 42 to 50HP
Coral 45 1988-91 (8) 
Furama 58 1988-95 (15)
Tropicana 43 1988-97 (53)
Superamerica 50 HP 1989-92 (251) *includes all Superamericas from 42 to 50HP
51 Turborosso 1989-91 
Ferrari 10,58 mt 1990-92 (40)
Gitano 31 1991-94 (23)
29 m 1991 (1)
Bahamas 58 1991-94  Mauro Micheli design era starts
Antalya 43 1993-95 (4)
Thalassa 52 1994-96 (9)
Gitano 33 1995-96 (12)
Bahamas 60 Special 1994-98
Aquarius 54 1995-98 (20)
Aquastar 54 1997-99 (14)
24 Opera 1997-2001 (2)
21 Dolce Vita 1998-2003 (20+-)
84 Cantata 2000-02 (3)
72 Splendida 2000-04
Aquariva 2000-09  Ferretti Group Ownership
59 Mercurius 2001-06
85 Opera 2003-08 (10)
52 Rivale 2004-16 (150)
115 Athena 2005-13 (9)
75 Venere 2006-10
Aquariva Cento 2006 (10)
Rivarama 2006-10
56 SportRiva 2007-12
92 Duchessa 2008-15 (9)
85 Opera Super 2009-12 (9)
86 Domino 2009-14 (22)
Aquariva Super 10.07 m 2010-
Aquariva Gucci 10.07 m 2010 (10)
Aquariva by Marc Newson 10.07 m 2010-11 (22)
27 Iseo 2011-
75 Venere Super 2011-15
Rivarama Super 2011-18
63 Virtus 2011-17
Mythos 122 2014 (1)
88 Florida 2015- (6 *86 Miami project
88 Domino Super 2015-19 (15)
76 Perseo 2015-20 *76 Coupe project
76 Bahamas 2016-21
Rivamare 11.88 mt 2016-
100 Corsaro 2016-21 (16)
56 Rivale 2017- *56 Open project
110 Dolcevita 2018- (30
66 Ribelle 2018- (26
90 Argo 2019- (29-
50 mt 2019- (3)
48 Dolceriva 2019- (34
88 Folgore 2020- (20
76 Perseo Super 2021-
68 Diable 2021-
Anniversario 10.07 m 2022 (18)
76 Bahamas Super 2022-
102 Corsaro Super 2022- (7
130 Bellissima 2022- (8
82 Diva 2023-

December 28, 2013

New Model: Heesen 65m YN 16465

In spring of 2014 the first all aluminium fast displacement motor yacht was launched at Heesen’s facility in Oss and christened Galactica Star. The concept was presented to the yachting community in September 2010 at the Monaco Yacht Club and the contract for the construction of the first 65 metre Fast Displacement Hull Form was signed just one month later. Construction took place at the Heesen facility in Oss where the laying of the keel was marked with an official ceremony in February 2011. Sophisticated hydrodynamic design by Van Oossanen Naval Architects resulted in a vessel that is 30% more e efficient than a round-bilge motor yacht.  In conjunction with Heesen Yachts in-house naval architects, Van Oossanen Naval Architects also implemented the architecture. The vessel’s advanced design combines a special hybrid hull form that results in a very low wave profile over the entire speed range, while also improving sea-keeping and manoeuvrability. This provides a very positive impact on the cost of running the yacht, as well as lowering the environmental footprint due to reduced engine emissions.  When combined with Heesen’s acknowledged weight reduction expertise and a pair of MTU 5766hp, the 65 meter Fast Displacement Hull Form will be able to deliver a top speed of 27 knots as well as a very economical fuel burn and a particularly long range of 4.200Nm at 14 knots. Award-winning designers have been appointed by the Owners for this very special project: Frank Laupman at Omega Architects is responsible for the streamlined and elegant exterior lines, while Bannenberg and Rowell Design have created the sophisticated interior that perfectly complements such a dynamic and sleek exterior design.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 65.0 m (213.2ft)
Beam - 11.5 m
Draft - 3.1 m
Displacement - 560 t at 50% load
Fuel Capacity - 90000 l
Water Capacity - 30000 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in 6 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 20V 4000 M93L 5766hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Schaffran five blade fixed pitch propellers
Speed - 27 knots max, 14 knots cruise
Range - 4200 nm at 14 knots
Construction - aluminium for hull and super structure
Project - Van Oossanen naval architecture, Omega Architects exterior, Bannenberg and Rowell interior, Heesen Yachts
Certification - ABS A1 Yacht Service, AMS Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2, MCA

December 27, 2013

Project: Sunseeker 86 Yacht

Sunseeker presents the project for a new 86 Yacht model which should replace the 88.  As the rendering shows the 86 Yacht follows exterior styling cues of the very much praised 28 Metre larger model introduced in 2012.  That means that a predominant feature of the 86 is that of a large window areas in both the main and lower decks.  The 86 also features a nice integrated hard top which covers over half of the area of the flybridge.  Four large cabins accommodate the owner and guests in the 86 Yacht. Interesting the owners stateroom of the 86 Yacht while still located amidships is in between the VIP to fore and the two guest cabins looking aft.  The VIP suite located to fore also features a separate staircase.   A nice feature is also the bar area on the central located galley on the main deck.  Two crew cabins with a small lobby and galley are located to stern.  Power is twin engines which total 3850hp and should give max speed up to 30 knots. 

December 26, 2013

New Model: Princess 43

It's always hard for a builder to replace a successful model, and this surely was the case for Princess when it decided to move on from its decade produced, four hundred plus units sold of the 42.  The Princess 43 replaces a long standing popular model, but more then replacing, this novelty evolves it with a list of important practical features. While many might think otherwise the Princess 43 is a new hull, longer by three feet, and beam extended by eleven centimeters.  For this new 43 Princess worked a lot to improve the convivial areas, the flybridge for example a weak spot of the 42 now features a superb practical layout with more living space and a dinette which works, and the aft deck one of the most respected features of the replacement has also been increased in space and now includes two way transom doors as the larger Princess models.  Inside the theme of more improvements continues, the main deck saloon is for example a view delight with its large all around windows making inside and outside blend in easy, and the galley located below also has a better connection to the saloon.  Below both of the cabins also feature more headroom and an increase in space.  If you want to be hard to get and find a weak spot to the Princess 43, I would say that considering it's length of fourteen meters that would be the no third cabin optional choice. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.5 m (47.6ft) incl pulpit
LOA - 14.14 m exl pulpit
Beam - 4.25 m
Draft - 1.14 m full load
Displacement - 14,400 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 1363 l
Water Capacity - 455 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - line shaft in semi tunnels
Speed - 32 knots max with Volvo 435hp
Project: Bernard Olesinski
Certification - CE, ABYC, NMMA

December 24, 2013

Project: Jaguar Catamarans JC48

Power Catamarans seems to have a niche growth in recent years, and Jaguar Catamarans is a new brand which comes from the United Kingdom.  So far Jaguar is showcasing four projects from 47 to 56 feet in two different lines; Power and a Trawler range.  The JC48 is currently Jaguar's first model under construction; and is a modern looking catamaran with a nice and spacious arrangement which offers three large cabins. Designed by renowned Bill Dixon with Jo Munford for interior styling, two features strike immediately in this JC48 the large owners full beam stateroom to fore, and the friendly layout of the main deck with its astern galley.  Standard power to push the expected 19.5 tons of weight is twin Yanmar 260hp or optional 370hp engines.

December 23, 2013

New Model: Marlow 62E Explorer

Introduced in February 2013, the Marlow 62E Explore continues the new series line from this US brand Asian build yachts.  The 62 E replaces the 61 introduced in 2004 with an innovation and more space being the key in the change of this new model. One short example of larger is that the 62E features one foot more beam then the 61 increasing space in every area of the yacht, both interior and exterior. The 62 Explorer also features additional fuel storage which equals more range, and less draft thanks to a reduced shaft angle which also improves speed and fuel economy.  Marlow says these shaft angle changes coupled with the less weight of patented Full Stack Infusion build, reduce fuel burn at cruise by 10% plus an extra 5% of top speed. Interior wise the Marlow 62E Explorer offers a layout with three double cabins with a full beam amidships owners stateroom with shower heads looking to aft.  A VIP cabin is to fore and this can be made to include two additional bunk berths.  A third guest cabin is located to starboard.  This cabin can be made as an office or a washing room. The main deck is a split level style with a large welcoming saloon.  The raised part features a galley, an L-shaped dinette to port, and a central helm station.  A crew cabin is located to aft which sleep three persons, and features a compact shower head.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.38 m (70.2ft)
Hull Length - 19.1 m
Beam - 5.89 m
Draft - 1.47 m incl props
Displacement - 35380 kg
Fuel Capacity - 8555 l
Water Capacity - 1892 l
Accommodation - 6 or 8 guest berths in 3 cabins, 3 crew berths in 1 cabins 
Propulsion - Velocijet Strut Keels
Construction - Full Stack Infusion
Certification - CE Ocean Class issued by Bureau Veritas

December 22, 2013

Post Yachts New Web Site

Post Yachts presents its new web showroom.  Founded in 1957 by Russel Post, who previously to this formed Egg Harbor at the age of 16.  The first Post model was a 34 Sport Fisherman.  In 1975 Post was sold to Charlie Walters and Bill Schell.  A note here is that at the age of seventeen Charlie Walters was Post Yachts second employee, who was with the company since its founding in 1957.  In the past December Post Marine Group LLC purchased all assets of Post Marine Co. Inc and moved the building facilities from New Jersey to Maryland.  Post currently offers a range of eight sportfish cruisers and yachts from 42 to 66 feet.  Three of the models; 42 Open, 53 Open, and 66 are in project stage and show the new direction of the today Maryland located builder. Post new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Repair and Refit, News and Events, Current Models, About Us, and Contact.
Production History;
34 Sport Fisherman 1958-
40 Sport Fisherman 
42 Sport Fisherman 1974-83 (230)
46 Sport Fisherman 1978-87
43 Sport Fisherman 1984-89
46 Sport Fisherman (ii) 1988-96
50 Convertible 1989-1996 (100+-) *includes second version
44 Sport Fisherman 1990-94
43 Sport Fisherman 1995-96
42 Sport Fisherman 1997-2008
50 Convertible (ii) 1997-2008 (100+-) *includes original version
47 Sport Fisherman 1997-2009
56 Convertible 2002-09
53 Convertible 2005-09

December 21, 2013

Project: Sunreef 90 Power

The new 90 Sunreef Power is a truly revolutionary concept of a catamaran super yacht, another milestone coming from this Polish builder. The main idea of the concept is to stress the superb space that catamarans offer thanks to their large beam and to arrange this space in the similar way as on motor yachts. This means one huge main deck spanning the entire beam and housing dining and lounging areas, in both exterior aft deck and inside the saloon that all together create a seamless, open space. The generously sized master cabin is located in the front on the same level. The flybridge will include helm station and two lounging areas;  inside and outside, while the frontal intimate terrace on the main deck will comprise sun pads and jet skis. Guest cabins with private bathrooms and crew quarters with direct access to the galley and storage will be located within the hulls. This space arrangement will certainly please demanding clientele that can enjoy a favorite motor yacht design and layout combined with catamaran advantages such as stability, extended living and storage space, comfort of cruising, low draft, low fuel consumption and oceanic range.  Design wise, the 90 Sunreef Power is a modern looking, streamlined vessel with a curvy line that makes it look like a truly sporty yacht. Interior design is meant to be light and minimalist with modular furniture on the main deck and on the flybridge allowing many configurations whereas the built-in furniture one will be installed only within the hulls. Standard layout offers owners stateroom on the main deck, three guest cabins, and two crew room. On the aft, an interesting solution was found to create a beach club platform. This platform will allow guests to stay down by the sea level at anchor and at lower speeds and will make easy accessing all water toys and tender stored in the aft dinghy garage.  Power is twin 1600 or 1800hp engines, which couple to a total 20000 liters fuel capacity and an economic cruise of 12 knots should give a 2900 nautical mile range.

December 20, 2013

New Model: Prestige 750

It's an interesting time for the Beneteau Group the current largest boat builder in the World. It's motor boating brands have been a source for innovative layouts in the latest years, and the Prestige designers trio of Garroni, JandJ, and JP concepts do it most with the new 750 flagship of the brand.  It's been for a long time standing and called the holy grail of layouts in this size, that for an owners room at amidships, but this new Prestige challenges that concept with an owners cabin to fore, in a separate dedicated deck between the lower and main floors. This can have many advantages less water noise coming from the hull when on the bed, and higher no headroom problem.  Another challenging feature in the Prestige 750 is that of an astern galley and dinette, first featured on the Ferretti 630 in 2005, but a feature which hardly if ever seen in this size.  The Prestige 750 comes a few feet short of being a super-yacht but many of the features makes it an impressive for its size.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.58 m (74ft)
Hull Length - 20.7 m
Waterline Length - 18 m
Beam - 5.46 m
Draft - 1.59 m
Displacement - 41.4 tons dry, 48 tons loaded
Fuel Capacity - 4400 l
Water Capacity - 840 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 1 crew cabin with 2 berths
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x MAN 1000hp, 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF gearbox and 4 bladed propellers
Speed - 28 knots max, 24 knots cruise with 1200hp MAN
Range - 324 nm at cruse
Hull Shape - planning Vee shape with spray rails and 14 degrees dead-rise aft
Construction - sandwich hull, deck and super structure in vinylester resin  
Project - Garroni, J and J, JP Concepts
Certification - CE B16, Germanisher Lloyd for structural concept

December 19, 2013

Engine: Cat 3406C 399hp

Caterpillar Marine is pleased to announce the Cat 3406C propulsion engine has entered production and is available for global customers to order. The Caterpillar 3406C is one of the most successful marine engine platforms in the American engine maker history. The Cat 3406C marine propulsion engine provides customers in lesser regulated countries, including Asia, with an economical, dependable solution for their commercial marine vessels. The mechanically governed 3406C propulsion engine offers 399hp at 1800 rpm. The engine is ideal for small offshore, inland waterways and commercial fishing applications. The 3406C presents customers with numerous advantages as a propulsion solution for their vessels. The mechanical engine is easy to install, operate and maintain, featuring many shared components from the original engine design. The engine performs at optimal levels even in the harshest environments in the most rugged of engine rooms, backed by the Cat global dealer network in even the most remote locations. Additionally with the relaunch of the platform, the engine will be offered with either keel cooled or heat exchanger cooling systems.

December 18, 2013

New Model: Silverton 43 Convertible

Heading into ownership change now owned by the Egg Harbor Group, Silverton presents its first new models. The 43 Convertible is an update to the old model with the same designation but now features a revamp to the exterior which makes it a more cruiser friendly looker, with four large cabin windows featured in the lower deck.  But do not get delusional the 43 Convertible still features sport fisherman amenities as the free aft deck, the center console bridge, a nice range thanks to large short of two thousand liters fuel capacity, which with not much horse power should give interesting nautical miles. The layout plan of the 43 Convertible features two double cabin sleeping four below, a spacious shower head, C-shaped galley all located below.  The main deck offers an L-shaped sofa, C-shaped dinette, and an entertainment unit center to port side.   Power is twin Yanmar 440hp or option 480 units. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.5 m (44.6ft)
Beam - 4.55 m
Draft - 1.09 m
Displacement - 11940 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1983 l
Water Capacity - 757 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 6YL3-STP 440hp, 6YL3-TP 480hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Hull Shape - planning Vee with 17 degrees dead-rise 

December 17, 2013

Project: Chris-Craft 36 Launch

Its an interesting time for Chris-Craft which seem to have gathered a huge following with its latest quality looking models of sports boats and cruiser.  Now the long standing US builder presents a project based on its currently produced largest 36 feet hull.  The 36 Launch adds to the Corsair, European Edition, and the recently released Hard Top.  Unlike the latest 36 Corsair Hard Top the Launch goes opposite direction and is a mostly day use dedicated cruiser.  The 36 Launch features an exterior to enjoy from bow to stern with an easy walk around passage-way, and a clever layout featuring interesting design choices; from a very nice C-shaped dinette to aft, settee on the bow tip, large fore deck sun-pad, and the nice and large wet bar behind the three seats center console. But do not be mistaken by the all space outside as the interior of the 36 Launch still offers sleeping accommodation for five inside; large double berth to fore, and three berths amidships which are joined by a spacious shower head.   

December 16, 2013

New Model: Sunseeker 55 Manhattan

This latest Sunseeker 55 Manhattan has seen an interesting model development which started as the 50 a decade ago.  The 55 Manhattan is the fourth version taking over the 53.  Versus the 53 it replaces the 55 Manhattan features a larger flybridge, new latest signature very large Sunseeker hull windows, and a versatile interior.  One of the options the 55 Manhattan has an offer on order is for the galley up on the raised part of the main deck to port side of the helm station, or below as standard.  The accommodation plan of the 55 Manhattan offers three large cabins; with a full beam owners stateroom amidships.  A crew cabin with single berth and a shower head is located to aft.  Power is twin 800hp engines.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.35 m (60.2ft) incl pulpit
Hull Length - 15.85 m
Waterline Length - 13.6 m
Beam - 4.70 m
Draft - 1.26 m incl props
Displacement - 27400 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x 800hp diesels
Propulsion - line shafts in semi tunnels
Speed - 32 knots max, 23 knots cruise
Range - 250 nm at cruise
Construction - hand laid fiberglass with Vinilester skin coat and powder pound mat, balsa cored topsides

December 14, 2013

Project: Canados Oceanic 90

Canados presents the new Oceanic range of explorer looking super yachts.  The Oceanic range is a total new experience for the Italian Rome located builder, and Canados decided to go for the innovative route. Oceanic range will feature a new Displaning hull along with a DiElect mode.  Canados Oceanic will feature four models; 90, 120, 140, and 160 with each of these available in two versions.  The Oceanic 90 presented here is offered in the STS or Support versions.  Her layout plan will offer four guest cabins, plus two crew cabins amidships.  A first for a yacht this size is the owners stateroom located on the upper deck.  Tender space will be of a high humber with space for one big Private Water Craft of seven meters in length.  Power will be twin Cats 1925hp engines with max speed of 28 knots and a cruise of 24.  A pod version will also be available thus decreasing speed by one knot, along with a diesel-electrical configuration resulting in long range silent running at eight knots.      

December 13, 2013

New Model: Princess 88 Motor Yacht

After a year since the project was displayed Princess presents the new 88 Motor Yacht a powerful, agile and elegant pocket sized super yacht, over 24 meters in LOA, but less to this for length legal requirements. The 88 Motor Yacht replaces the four years produced and market successful 85. Princess 88 Motor Yacht continues the thirty years plus Bernard Olesinski collaboration and featured the known designer latest modified Vee-shape, along with the exterior lines coming from his hands.  The layout of the exterior spaces on the 88 Motor Yacht are centered around flexibility. Wide side decks lead from the aft large cockpit to a secluded fore-deck seating area, while the flybridge, with its large dining table, bar and optional spa bath, provides the ideal space for entertaining. On the main deck you can specify a powered balcony, connecting the saloon to the outside through sliding glass doors.  Inside the doors open into the expansive saloon and formal dining area with a light finishing. The wheelhouse and highly equipped galley are separated from the main guest areas with discrete crew access, including an independent service access to the dining area.  Below decks, you can specify four or five en-suite cabins. A beautifully appointed forward VIP stateroom, starboard double and twin port cabin are accompanied by either a full beam owner’s stateroom or two further en-suite double cabins. The substantial crew quarters comprise of a captain’s double cabin, a twin cabin and a crew mess area. Alternatively this can be arranged to accommodate three crew cabins if required.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.82 m (88ft)
LOA - 26.57 m exl pulpit
Beam - 6.3 m
Draft - 1,78 m
Displacement - 67,000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 8400 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - 8 guest in 4 cabins, or 10 guests in 5 cabins, 2 crew cabins sleeping our
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 2000M93 1822hp, Cats C32 A 1825hp, C32A 1925hp
Propulsion - line shaft in tunnels 
Speed - 30 knots max with Cats 1925hp
Project - Bernard Olesinski
Certification - CE, NMMA, ABYC

December 12, 2013

Propulsion: Rolls-Royce Azipull

The Azipull combines the advantages of the pulling propeller with the flexibility of mechanical drive, and can be linked to any prime mover; diesel, gas turbine or electric motor, dependent on individual customer requirements. It is designed to offer efficient propulsion and maneuvering on higher speed vessels. The streamlined leg and skeg recover swirl energy from the slipstream, raising overall propulsive efficiency. The leg has a wide chord to optimism rudder effect and improve course stability. Azipull is available with a controllable or fixed pitch propeller. Control Pitch propellers give greater flexibility with regard to prime mover selection. With fixed pitch propeller selection the Azipull units must be integrated to the ship and designed into the hull form for the best results, with reduced hull insertion loads.  The upper gear housing, steering gear and auxiliaries are from the standard Rolls-Royce azimuth truster range to maximize spares commonality. Rolls-Royce Azipull is available in four models AZP085, AZP100, AZP120, and AZP150. Azipull models can take from 900 up to 5000hp, and are so far directed more towards commercial vessels.  

December 11, 2013

New Model: Absolute 52 Fly

It's been an interesting development curve at Absolute and what it did in between the fifty to sixty feet in it's flybridge range.  Just a reminder Absolute debuted in this category with a 50 Fly back in 2010, a model which was developed in a 53, 55 and now a 56.  Unlike the other models the Absolute 52 Fly is a new hull with a slimmer beam to the models mentioned above.  The new Absolute 52 Fly captures itself for its perfect layout of space; nice flybridge plan up top, aft deck with sun-pad, astern galley, and three large cabins below including a full beam owners cabin.  Other interesting features is the very open feel of the saloon thanks to the large view windows, an Absolute feature since a few years now.  Power for the 52 Fly is twin Volvo 435hp engines and IPS pods, nowadays propelling all the Absolute line which is a record in its own right.  Absolute is estimating light load top speeds of 32 knots, with a 26 cruise.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.0 m (52.6ft)
Hull Length - 14.39 m
Beam - 4.46 m
Draft - 1.38 m
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 14
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forward looking dual propeller pods
Speed - 32 knots max, 26 knots cruise
Project - Absolute Research Lab 
Certification - CE B 

December 10, 2013

Project: Jarrett Bay 46 Walk-Around Express Hull #61

Jarrett Bay starts its sixty-one custom build with a 46 Walk-Around Express.  This new fully custom construction Jarrett Bay 46 Walk-Around Express will be as the title says of a walk around layout, with full deck utility and an easy passage way from stern to bow.  The exterior plan will feature a center located center console with a twin settee helmsman plus passenger, this resting to port side.  To fore of the helm station will be an L-shaped settee, and aft is the must have mezzanine.  No interior plans are shown so far. Power will be twin 1015hp Cat engines. A note shows how performance requirements have increased over time for Sportfish Cruiser and Yachts, with this new 46 having a total of 800 more horses then to a 1999 Jarrett Bay 46 Express Hull#32.  

December 9, 2013

New Model: Aquador 35 Cabin

Its the largest model currently produced by Aquador and this is the finally launched 35 Cabin.  An awaited model from the Finnish, Brunswick owned company.  The Aquador 35 Cabin is a fully enclosed sport cruiser designed by Northern people for those living up top, and with an intended use all year round being it rain or sun.  Thanks to an opening helms door to starboard side, the Aquador 35 Cabin also proves easy for single handling.  As in standard Scandinavian design the starboard passageway of the 35 Cabin is also wider to that of the port side.  Below the 35 Cabin offers two double cabins, with the owners room to fore, and a double amidships.  A C-shaped dinette transforms to an extra double berth on the main deck, with opposite to this having the galley in a convivial area. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.68 m (35ft)
Beam - 3.45 m
Draft - 1.20 m 
Displacement - 5600 kg
Fuel Capacity - 750 l
Water Capacity 250 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D3 200hp, D4 300hp
Propulsion - stern drives
Certification - CE B

December 8, 2013

Project: Cayman 26 Ocean Vessel

An interesting project from Cayman yachts who with this new 26 Ocean Vessel enter the super yacht bracket above 24 meters.  Its a new segment for Italian builder Cayman Yachts who build a name in the last years thanks to its sports cruisers and yachts, hard-top or with flybridge, of a European design, with North American sport-fisherman subtle touches.  With this important upcoming flagship project Cayman enter also the Explorer segment.  But the 26 Ocean Vessel also signals other firsts for Cayman as it will be build of aluminium, will feature a displacement hull, and is a triple deck design.  Accommodation layout all located in the lower deck will feature four double cabins; one master stateroom, two VIP cabins, and a guest cabin.  The crew lobby features a galley plus two cabins.  Below will also be space for a small gym.  Designed by Hot Lab studio from Milan, the 26 Ocean Vessel has a tank tested hull, and a construction which is RINA certified and is to be powered by Man engines from 400hp, or optional 560 and 750hp units. 

December 7, 2013

Project: Azimut Grande 95 RPH

Azimut introduces the Grande 95RPH project: a new hull, design, and innovative solutions for a pocket sized super yacht with many surprises in store. The 95RPH is part of the Grande collection, the line of which with this model spans from 95 to 120 feet luxury yachts from the World famous Italian shipyard. The first brand new Azimut Grande 95 RPH is launching in spring 2014; however, thanks to renderings, it is possible to preview some of the boatyard's interesting solutions that improve functionality without altering the style. Foremost among the new features introduced by concept and exterior designer Stefano Righini is the raised wheelhouse. The boat’s name, RPH actually stands for Raised Pilot House, giving some indication of the importance of the decision to separate the wheelhouse from the main deck. This is accomplished by creating a half deck which gives the owner and guests more space and maximizes crew privacy. The designer has also managed to integrate the raised wheelhouse with the vessel’s hallmark exterior lines, retaining that special Azimut Grande family look.  Thanks to the raised wheelhouse, the Grande 95RPH has five cabins, four guest cabins on the lower deck and an owner's stateroom on the main deck towards the bow. The exceptional view and large bathroom make the owner's room a veritable suite with an unparalleled sea view. There is also a liberating sense of space in the 95 RPH saloon; here, Righini has created a real sense of continuity between inside and outside, thanks in part to the double, floor-to-ceiling picture windows. Another Azimut Grande trump card is without doubt the exceedingly spacious flybridge with spaces of sixty squared meters, awarded Best in Class; it includes a cushy exterior dinette that seats ten, a mini bar, Jacuzzi, and comfortable sunbathing area.  The standard layout sleeps of the 95RPH sleeps ten in five cabins; owner's room and four VIP rooms, each with a private bath. The four-member crew has three cabins and two baths to the bow, with separate access to the kitchen located on the main deck. The luxurious and elegant interiors are a design by Studio Salvagni Architect's for Azimut, a proven collaboration that has led to such successful models as the 80, 84, and 88.  To the stern, there is a garage with pivoting platform for a four metre jet tender.  Power is twin MTU 2186hp motors which, when combined with the planing hull with skeg, provides for significantly improved directional stability, enabling maximum speeds up to 26 knots and cruising speeds of 20 knots. A 12,000 liter fuel tank and 2,000-litre water tank ensure great range, even for long crossings.  Despite being a super yacht with an overall length of nearly 29 metres, the Grande 95 RPH falls within the 24 meter cut-off and therefore can be registered as a pleasure craft. In many countries around the world this is a distinction which offers the owner serious advantages both in terms of crew management and administration, with significant savings in time and money. This is because pleasure crafts do not require a professional captain or engineer and have reduced crew requirements. In addition, the registration procedures are definitely simplified, with the corollary benefits for charter use: regulations are in conformance with MGN280 guidelines, MCA equivalent for under 24 meters.  

December 6, 2013

Class 1 - Abu Dhabi UAE Grand Prix

Nadir Bin Hendi made a dream return to the Class 1 World Championship winning race 1 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix alongside Darren Nicholson in Victory Team Australia in their first outing together.
It was an emotional moment for the four-time World Champion competing in Class 1 for the first time following a two-year ban. 
The win came at the expense of teammates and Championship leader’s Arif Al Zaffain and Mohammed Al Marri who led for eight of the ten laps when, for the second time in two races, a broken propeller robbed them of the victory and the chance to close out the title race.
Christian Zaborowski and Ugur Isik recovered from a poor start position to move up from fifth to take their fifth podium of the year, taking the chequered flag in third but were elevated to second due to the time compensation given for running the cast propellers.
Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer and Faleh Al Mansoori rounded off a good day for the UAE ending the team’s run of bad luck to take their best result of the year finishing third to give rookie driver Al Mansoori his first podium.
Engine issues for LF10 before the start of the race ended Giovanni Carpitella and Ahmed Al Hameli’s chances of challenging for the podium falling a lap behind immediately then making up ground to eventually finish ahead of their teammates LF8 in fourth.
Victory 3 limped across the line in sixth to pick up valuable points ahead of FA.RO ACCIAI, technical problem’s ending Poliform-Polimersan’s race on lap 1.
Today’s result cuts Victory’s lead at the top of the points standings to 16, with Victory Team Australia and Zabo-Isiklar now tied in second place on 80 and with a maximum 20 points still up for grabs the Championship will be decided in the final race of the season tomorrow.
Starting from pole position Al Zafeen and Al Marri hit the front on the start leg on the outside of Lulu Island and were eight seconds clear of Victory Australia at the end of lap one, Team Abu Dhabi in third ahead of Zabo-Isiklar and Poliform-Polimersan, with title contenders LF10 down in eighth spot.
By mid-race the Champions-elect were 22 seconds clear and in cruise control and on their way to the team’s 13th World title when with just two laps remaining they suddenly slowed and were passed by Bin Hendi and Nicholson to take the win.
After gearbox problems in qualifying Zabo-Isiklar throttleman Christian Zaborowski was more than pleased with second place. 
Team Abu Dhabi was never challenged for their eventual third place and despite the recovery from a lap down to finish fourth, LF10’s title challenge is over. FA.RO ACCIAI again picked up points with Roberto Lo Piano and Luca Nicolini finishing in seventh.
1. 7 Victory Team Australia - D Nicholson (AUS) / N Bin Hendi (UAE) 29:40.54s
2. 91 Zabo-Isiklar - U Isik (TUR) / C Zaborowski (NOR) + 1:04.00s
3. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - F Al Mansoori (UAE) / R Al Tayer (UAE) + 1:10.00s
4. 10 LF10 - Ahmed Al Hameli (UAE) / G Carpitella (ITA) - + 1:28.00s
5. 8 LF8 - M Jennings (GBR) / A Amato (ITA) + 2:43.00s
6. 3 Victory - A Al Zaffain (UAE) / M Al Marri (UAE) + 1 lap
7. 23 FA.RO ACCIAI - R Lo Piano (ITA) / L Nicolini (ITA) + 1 lap
Poliform - T Oktem (TUR) / G Montavoci (ITA) - DNF
Arif Al Zaffain and Mohammed Al Marri produced a command performance to win race 2 of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and clinch a record 13th Class 1 World Championship title for Victory Team.
The only brief challenge to their utter supremacy over the 14 laps came early on when their teammates Darren Nicholson and Nadir Bin Hendi in Victory Australia jumped them at the start on the outside leg to lead, albeit briefly.
But a mistake by Nicholson at the first turn allowed Al Zaffain and Al Marri to get ahead and once out front they simply disappeared off into the distance to win by over 40 seconds with Al Zaffain and Al Marri taking their 37th and 27th career wins. 
Nicholson and Bin Hendi gave chase in second but their title challenge ended on lap two when an engine let go and despite efforts to bring the boat home to try to pick up points they retired from the race four laps later.
Giovanni Carpitella and F1H2O star Ahmed Al Hameli moved in to second spot on lap three after Poliform-Polimersan stopped with an engine problem, but they had no answer to the pace of the leaders, running out the race to take second place. 
After a frustrating year Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer and Faleh Al Mansoori rounded off their season with a second podium in as many days moving up from sixth place at the end of lap one to finish in third. 
LF8’s Alfredo Amato and Miles Jennings benefitted from the retirees list and despite starting from eighth ended the day in fourth place ahead of Roberto Lo Piano and Luca Nicolini in FA.RO ACCIAI.
Chirstian Zaborowski and Ugur Isik were on the back foot from the start after failing to post a time in qualifying when a torque sensor broke, but despite starting from seventh they hauled Zabo-Isiklar up through the pack and were into third spot by lap 3 and chasing down LF10 when they too had engine problems, compounded by steering issues, slowing to a crawl on lap seven.
Zaborowski and Isik nursed their stricken boat around the 5.05Nm circuit for the next three laps and literally floated across the finish line to complete 10 laps to secure the vital points needed to secure the runners-up slot in the overall World Championship standings, finishing ahead of LF10 by one point.
1. 3 Victory - A Al Zaffain (UAE) / M Al Marri (UAE) - 41:22.39s
2. 10 LF10 - A Al Hameli (ITA) / G Carpitella (ITA) + 41.41s
3. 5 Team Abu Dhabi - F Al Mansoori (UAE) / R Al Tayer (UAE) + 2:04s
4. 8 LF8 - M Jennings (GBR) / A Amato (ITA) + 1 lap
5. 23 FA.RO ACCIAI - R Lo Piano (ITA) / L Nicolini (ITA) + 1 lap
6. 91 Zabo-Isiklar - U Isik (TUR) / C Zaborowski (NOR) + 4 laps
7 Victory Team Australia - D Nicholson (AUS)/N Bin Hendi (UAE)-DNF
74 Poliform - T Oktem (TUR) / G Montavoci (ITA) - DNF
1. 3 Victory Team - 120pts 
2. 91 Zabo-Isiklar - 89pts 
3. 10 LF10 - 88pts 
4. 7 Victory Team Australia - 84pts 
5. LF8 - 72pts 
6. 23 FA.RO ACCIAI - 61pts 
7. Team Abu Dhabi - 46pts 
8. 74 Poliform 38pts

New Model: Delta 26 m Yacht

Swedish motorboat brand Delta Powerboats puts into the water its most ambitious build to date, a 26 meter carbon fiber super yacht.  Interestingly it took the Swedish company Delta Powerboats just ten years to grow from a 25 footer to the new 26 meter flagship.  Delta has been working two years in producing from design to reality its 26 m Yacht flagship, which increases its size by about thirty feet from its previous largest model the 54 IPS.  Designer Lars Modin worked high on his creative side, and just as the exterior the Delta 26 m Yacht features an interesting and innovative internal layout.  Guest accommodation accounts to four large double cabins, with a very spacious full beam owners stateroom featuring a small dinette, walk-in wardrobe, and private en-suite head. The crew cabin located to midships sleeps two and also features a small dinette and galley.  Main tender stowage is in a garage to aft which is located on top of the engine room, but a space for two more small private water crafts also exists on the bathing platform and the flybridge. Delta advised that during the first sea trial from Estonia to Stockholm, Sweden the 26 m Yacht reached top speeds at 37 knots.  The Swedish company also says that the fuel consumption was around 40% less than to that of most competitor boats in this size.  An interesting argument which with the elements we have; less weight which compares to that of yachts about ten feet smaller, and a less engine power needed to reach such speeds sounds good. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.88 m (88ft)
Hull Length - 24.3 m
Beam - 6.2 m
Displacement - 45 t
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 3000 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Engines - 3 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - triple Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 37 knots max, 32 knots cruise 20 knots economic
Construction - carbon fiber
Project - Lars Modin

December 5, 2013

Project: Camper & Nicholsons 60 Shamrock

Sometimes one can say a lot from what a boat model wants to represent by a builder from its name.  With the 60 Shamrock, Camper and Nicholsons Italian build line of traditional lobster cruisers and yachts is surely looking to customers with an admiration to the past.  For those who do not know Shamrock was Sir Thomas Lipton Americas cup challenge for a few decades 1899 till 1930, with five different Shamrock's being build and competing in the Worlds oldest sports challenge.  The Camper and Nicholsons 60 Shamrock presents itself as a three cabin traditional yacht with sport lines but yet still classic.  The main deck is a split level area and features a galley and two dinettes.  The aft deck features two L-shaped settee's looking to aft. Standard power is twin 1000hp Cat engines with estimated top speeds of 33 knots. 

December 4, 2013

New Model: Mares 45 Catamaran Flybridge

Mares International is pleased to announce the all new 45 Catamaran.  Mares is now working with a new factory and re-tooled their line with newly styled pleasure cats ranging from 38 to 100 Feet aimed at the world market, the 45 first of the new Yacht line is the first in such models.  Building power catamarans since 1985: Mares has incorporated the latest technology to their patented asymmetrical hull design including: Pod Drives and foil assist in the tunnel. The Mares hull forces air into the tunnel giving lift and ride on top of the waves instead of trying to push through them, which basically translates to the boat going faster and burning less fuel. The 45 Catamaran Flybridge features a European looking inspired super structure a stylish yacht that really does offer a fuel efficient alternative to the average craft. The core concept of the design is stability and fuel efficiency with everything you will find in a mono hull yet it offers all the advantages of a cat.  The 45 has a layout with two large staterooms, each equipped with a spacious head and shower. The master is appointed with a tremendous amount of room. The salon has a spacious design with full visibility, which includes an inside helm station, galley and comfortable seating with a high low table for dining.  You can choose the 45 with a fly-bridge as hull one or as express style design.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.63 m (44.9ft)
Beam - 4.57 m
Draft - 1.06 m
Displacement - 14500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1703 l
Water Capacity - 378 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 480hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus 3500 pod drive aft looking with dual props
Construction - hand laid fiberglass with solid single skin bottom, vacumm baged foam core for super structure