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.

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