February 28, 2014

Monthly News - February 2014

-pic of the month- Maritimo Founder Receives Business Gong

Bavaria New Sales Record

Only a few days ago the boot in Dusseldorf finished and now the final result of the probably biggest boat fair of her kind in the world are on the table. Bavaria enjoyed a staggering result with 102 customers deciding at the exhibition to buy a Bavaria sailing yacht or motorboat. This is not only a new show sales record for Bavaria itself, but also among 1,600 exhibitors at the boat Dusseldorf from the 18th to the 26th of January, this result might be one of the largest experienced at shows. Bavaria continues with its successful strategy and can develop and extend its market share in the difficult markets around Europe still further. All yachts should be still delivered during this season which not only secures jobs in Giebelstadt but allows for further recruitment in the future. 

Bavaria Is Hiring

With Bavaria the signs are clearly pointing towards growth. In spite of a still difficult market situation in many countries of Europe the German shipyard continuously increases its market shares. The order book keeps filling up and now it requires more staff to supply and to enhance further markets. An ideal chance for the start of a career in the yacht construction sector. The list of opportunities on the Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH web page becomes almost daily longer. Not only does the production team seek to expand, the sales and the management teams want to, and must prepare for the new challenges ahead for an expanding market. China, Brazil, North America and Europe are all developing, the Sales team searches for a new Sales Manager for Northern Europe to be able to look after dealers and customers in the growing worldwide markets. More yachts, more work is the simple formula for the production of motor and sailing yachts in Giebelstadt next year. On the 200,000 square metre site and in 70,000 square metres of the production halls, traditional boatbuilding crafts combine with the most modern industrial manufacturing of yachts. “Made in Germany” and “Quality” are the biggest assets at Bavaria since 1978. Now certified skilled workers are searched for in skills ranging from engine installation up to the trainee in the area of Industrial Design. Young school graduates who are interested in boatbuilding are to be found and warmly invited in to the training program at BAVARIA. Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH students will find ideal conditions for learning key skills, for example, in the marketing department.

Benetti Announces Two New Agency Agreements

Benetti, part of the Azimut Benetti Group, is undertaking some important actions on the North and Central America markets appointing as new agents IBI - for Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Haiti - and Evermarine for Panama. Fabrizio Scerchi Benetti Country Manager Americas along with Tommaso Bilotta as Brand Manager Benetti Americas - have the tasks of managing processes as a whole: marketing, customer satisfaction and dealership networking. In addition - along with Fraser Yachts, Benetti has the pleasure to announce the sale of the Vision 45m Hull No 19 (BV019), a displacement vessel part of Class range, for delivery in June 2014. It is the latest construction of the very successful Benetti Vision model. Her beautiful interior has been designed by Zuretti Interiors Design.

CRN Receives Showboats Design Award 2014

CRN, part of the Ferretti Group and specialising in the construction of fully-customized displacement megayachts, made of steel and aluminium, ranging from 40 and 90 metres, with its flagship M/Y Chopi Chopi 80m, participated in and won an award at the “Showboats Design Awards 2014”, organized by the editorial group Boat International Media. Against the splendid backdrop of the Swarovski Crystal Worlds by Kiztbuel in Austria, on the evening of the 24th February, during an exclusive two day event dedicated to world excellence in international nautical design, M/Y Chopi Chopi was awarded a prize in the category “Interior Design Award” for the over 60 metres megayacht sector. The award was received by Lamberto Tacoli, Chairman and CEO of CRN, and the architect Laura Sessa, the interior designer of Chopi Chopi, in front of an international audience of Owners, designers and experts from the boating industry.

CRN Signs Two New Letters of Intent

Two weeks after the signing of the Letter of Intent for the construction of a 68 metres, the biggest megayacht ever sold in the Chinese market, CRN has signed two new LOI for the construction of two 44 metres megayachts, destined for the Middle-Eastern and European markets respectively. CRN, part of the Ferretti Group and specializing in the construction of fully-customized displacement megayachts, made of steel and aluminum, ranging from 40 and 90 metres, shows its vitality once again only a few months after the 50th anniversary of the shipyard, which was celebrated in 2013. For these two vessels CRN harks back to the great tradition and history of the brand, taking inspiration from SuperConero, the historic line of the seventies, in a project presented for the first time at the Monaco Yacht Show 2013. The project SuperConero 44 mt, a displacement megayacht with bulb, made of steel and aluminium, 44 metres long and 8.60 wide, within 500 GT, designed by Zuccon International Project and whose project design was developed by CRN Engineering, begins its concrete realization today for the first time with the signing of the two LOI.

Hatteras Cabo Yachts New Partner

Tom George Yacht Group announces they have formed a new strategic alliance and partnership with Hatteras/CABO Yachts. TGYG will be an authorized sales and service center on the West Coast of Florida for Hatteras and Cabo Yachts, ranging from 36 to 100 feet. TGYG is a Boutique Brokerage firm located at beautiful Marker One Marina in Dunedin, Florida, one of the largest marinas on Florida’s west coast. Marker One has 144 wet slips, over 250 high and dry slips, 24 hour fuel availability and is a full service marina located just inside Hurricane Pass on the Gulf of Mexico, the billfish capital of the world. Tom George has sold the Hatteras brand for over 16 years. He previously was named Top Salesman of the Year, Distinguished Salesman of the Year for 11 years straight and was presented with the Top Gun award. Tom has built many custom Hatteras Yachts and is an authority when it comes to new builds, new designs and assisting clients with purchasing and/or selling Motor Yacht and Sportfish Yachts of all brands. Tom has also been successful in custom building and reselling the 100MY Hatteras as well as numerous Sportfish from 50 to 86 feet throughout the years. Most recently, TGYG has sold three of the new design 60MY Hatteras in the open market to past clients and is one of the most active Hatteras brokerage facilities in the world today specializing in new and pre-owned. TGYG has worldwide representation with some of the finest yachts on the water and relationships with all-American companies built with USA pride. TGYG represents Hatteras Yachts 50 to 100 feet, CABO Yachts 36 to 52 feet, Cobalt Boats 20 to 40 feet and Christensen Mega Yachts 120 to 200 feet.

Heesen Expands Commercial Team

Heesen Yachts is pleased to announce the appointment of two new managers to their Sales and Marketing team. Mark Cavendish, Heesen’s Sales and Marketing Director will now be assisted by Robert Drontmann in Sales, while Marcel op het Broek will support him in Marketing. Robert boasts an impressive twenty years’ experience in the yachting industry, while Marcel has spent fifteen years as a Marketing Manager in the luxury field. Robert Drontmann comments that before starting his professional career as a licensed Yacht Broker he spent most of his childhood racing sailboats and represented the Netherlands at the 88 Olympics. In his new role he will give all the brokers worldwide full support to boost Sales and always wave the Dutch Flag to emphasize Heesen's heritage! 

Hinckley Chooses FPT

The Hinckley Company, a globally renowned boat builder and yacht service provider, will recommend powertrain supplier FPT Industrial as its preferred partner for repowering Hinckley powerboats. The new initiative will be debuted at the Miami Boat Show, Sea Isle Marina venue, on 13-17 February 2014. The yacht will be located in slip 417 and is available by appointment for sea trial. Both Hinckley and innovative engine manufacturer FPT Industrial are committed to providing the latest technological solutions of the highest quality. It’s this synergy that has led to FPT Industrial’s FPT N67 570 being the engine of choice as part of Hinckley’s refit service. In addition, FPT Industrial has also been selected by Hinckley to provide engines as a higher horsepower option for its latest offering, the Talaria 43, a new express yacht for 2014. FPT Industrial’s N67 570 is a leader in its category, offering excellent weight/power ratios (1.14kg/hp), power/displacement ratios (84.4 hp/litre) and volume/power ratios (1.31 dm3/hp). Developed to meet Tier 3 emission regulations in the U.S. market, the engine features: six cylinders with a displacement of 6.7 litres; distribution through four valves per cylinder; second generation, electronically-controlled Common Rail; turbocharger, a waste gate and intercooler. The monoblock and the ‘ladder frame’ (structural strengthening) have proven their reliability in the many speed and durability contests in which this engine has successfully participated. In addition to excellent speed and performance, the FPT N67 570 allows navigation with low fuel consumption, low noise and low emissions, which complements the class and sophistication of the Hinckley products. Hinckley’s east coast service yards offer FPT refits across a wide range of models by manufacturers other than Hinckley as well. The Hinckley Talaria 44 MKII, which will be displayed at Miami, has been refitted with two 570 hp FPT N67 570 engines. It is a 13.4-metre lobster-style yacht with a flying-bridge. It’s built with the Seemann Composites Resin Infusion Moulding Process (SCRIMP) vacuum method, using vinyl ester resins and ‘E’ glass fibres, has a cruising speed of 29 knots and a maximum speed of 34 knots.

Hodgdon Wins 2014 Showboats Award

Ed Roberts Director of Sales and Marketing refers, Hodgdon Yachts is proud to share the limelight with winner Andrew Winch Designs in receiving the coveted Showboats Design Award for the best Limo Tender. In addition: “the winning tender emulates the design of the mothership M/Y Sea Owl also designed by Andrew Winch Designs of London. In the case of the tenders for Sea Owl, the naval architecture and engineering was by Hodgdon's own in-house engineering team”. The boat was specially engineered and constructed using infused epoxy carbon fibre construction to meet the client's demanding weight requirements. The limousine tender features the exceptional craftsmanship and sophisticated systems engineering that Hodgdon is so well known for. Outside, a defining characteristic of the AWD design is a compound curve teak clad transom exceptionally executed. Inside, the full wood raised panel teak joinery interior features separate lavatory and wash basin lockers with luxury leather seating for up to 8 guests. Systems highlights include NEMA 2000 systems integrated iPad in the salon, electrically retracting glass moon roof, electrically retracting glass aft bulkhead, hydraulically lifting roof, lithium ion smart battery system and more.
This is a limo tender many of the ShowBoats Award judges said they would like to own as it makes a lovely day boat as well with air conditioning, heating and an enclosed stand-up head, but unlike a Venetian water taxi, it features an open stern deck for easier boarding. Fledgling, as she is named, is a perfect complement stylistically to her mothership, Sea Owl, and features the same level of finish detail and joinery style as the Feadship she serves. Just as Sea Owl is a fantasy, this tender would seem so as well as its half glass roof can slide away to create an indoor/outdoor atmosphere or the roof can lift vertically to provide an open air option. The charging and docking stations for phones and iPods are a nice touch, as is the 40-knots top speed.

Maritimo Breaks Record in Miami

Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo says its results at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show indicate a renewed level of consumer confidence in the America's with the company securing record sales. Mr Haines, who attended the show along with company founder, Bill Barry-Cotter, said the purchasers came from across the Americas including north-east USA and Venezuela. Mr Haines said as part of the boat show Maritimo held a dealer conference with its network of existing dealers and also appointed a new dealership, Team Marine, in Caracas Venezuela.

Maritimo Company Founder Receives Another Buisness Gong

Australian boating industry icon, Bill Barry-Cotter, has received yet another business industry gong. On Saturday night at the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards Barry-Cotter was inducted into the Business Person Hall of Fame. Almost 700 people attended the awards ceremony. The award follows the Boating Industry of Australia Hall of Fame award he received in 2012. 

Maritimo New Operations General Manager

A marine industry business executive whose career spans more than 20 years has joined luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo as General Manager Operations. For Phil Candler the move to Maritimo sees him re-join his former boss of more than 15 years, Bill Barry-Cotter, founder of the Maritimo Company. Candler worked for Barry-Cotter at Riviera before moving on to the MTU Detroit Diesel shortly after Barry-Cotter sold out of the Riviera business. Maritimo CEO, Garth Corbitt, said the company was delighted to welcome Phil Candler aboard. Candler said since 2009 he has been responsible for all after sales and group operations nationally for MTU. 

Otam Appoints New Exclusive Dealer in USA

After 60 years of experience in powerboating, Otam is proud to announce that Denison Yacht Sales will be their representative in the United States. Antonio Caviglia, Otam's new Sales and Marketing Director, commented that North America has the highest concentration of ultra-high-net-worth-individuals in the world, about 70,000, not to mention the world’s biggest boating market. It is natural then, given both the recent economic upturn and market expansion involving Central and South America, that Otam must be well represented here. Otam products will certainly be appreciated by owners looking for high performance sport boats, with the additional value for a reputation dedicated to reliability and comfort, allowing longer passages at sea, commuting between the Bahamas and Miami, for example. The whole package is custom wrapped in the Otam style of unfailingly elegant and sporty lines Yacht Couture.

Pursuit Rides Miami 

Pursuit Boats’ display during the Miami International Boat Show featured Offshore, Sport Coupe, Center Console, Dual Console and Sport Tender models from 26 to 38 feet in length. The eight model display, represented by Pursuit’s top dealers worldwide, was immensely popular for the crowds visiting the Miami International Boat Show. So much so, that Pursuit exceeded its 2013 sales results by more than 30%. The most encouraging sign of the growth in sales was that the increase was felt across the entire product line, from 23 to 38 feet, resulting in sales of some models not even displayed during the show. Pursuit introduced the Patent Pending SC 365i during the Miami International Boat Show in 2013. Customers aspiring to own one will likely wait at least six months unless their dealer has one in stock. Pursuit teased the market with a new DC 325 set to debut in April of 2014 and based on the response to the Boating Best of Dual Consoles DC 265, the 325 will be a successful big sister. The DC 265 also just added twin Yamaha power options to her specification sheet and has felt a resurgence in retail sales especially during the boat show. 

Riviera Re-launches New School Based Apprenticeship Program

Riviera, Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder has joined forces with the Gold Coast’s Helensvale State High School to rekindle the school-based apprentice program, which welcomed 11 new apprentices this month. Riviera and Helensvale State High School forged a strong partnership in 1997 when Riviera first began the school-based apprentice program. This multi-award winning training program has produced hundreds of highly skilled tradesmen with nationally recognized qualifications, many of whom have had the opportunity to travel and work overseas with Riviera. In 2014, Riviera is proud to relaunch its school-based apprentice program and commence training its future master craftsmen. Apprenticeship project mentor Tony Vaughan said the first year apprentices would undertake practical on-the-job training in all aspects, including boat building, lamination, upholstery, electrical and engineering. Boat building apprentice Mitchell Clarke, 16, said he had always been fascinated with boats and was pleased to have the opportunity to learn how to build Riviera’s luxury boats. Jarad Walker, 16, is also studying boat building and he said he enjoyed learning about the different stages of construction and how the boats were assembled. Helensvale State High School principal Mark Blackshaw said they were extremely excited to hear that Riviera had decided to re-launch its school-based apprentice program. Riviera’s CEO Wes Moxey began his career as a boat building apprentice and joined Riviera in 1982 as a shipwright, just two years after the company was founded in 1980, so he is extremely passionate about Riviera’s school-based apprentice program. Riviera will commence enrolments for the 2015 school-based apprentice program later in the year. 

Riviera Powers Ahead in 2014

Riviera, Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder has made a positive start to the New Year, recruiting 30 new team members across all aspects of the business to meet the company’s growing global demand for luxury boats. With a forward order bank reaching well through 2014, an array of upcoming international boat shows, a very active new model development plan and the upcoming world premiere of several exciting new models this year, Riviera is in a very strong position heading into 2014. Riviera’s chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said Riviera began a recruitment drive in late 2013 as the demand for the company’s Australian designed and built luxury cruisers increased. Riviera’s new team includes boat builders, production managers, aftermarket and service technicians, school-based apprentices, logistics, marketing professionals and finance experts. 

Storebro Yachts AB New Partner

Storebro announce the future cooperation between Gillholms Marina AB and Storebro Boats AB. Storebro Boats AB will take over the production of Nord West and Gillholms Marina will have the exclusive rights of the continued sale of Nord West powerboats. The 12th of January 2014, Storebro Boats AB acquired the powerboat brand Nord West. Storebro Boats AB has for about 70 years cared for and developed the Scandinavian boat building industry and still, they manage the heritage with warmth and pride. Similar to Nord West, the genuine craftsmanship runs like a thread through all model generations. The Nord West production will move from Orust to the facilities of Storebro in Småland and the laminating facility in Lysekil is working in full speed. Storebro Boats AB will produce the whole range of Nord West models, and Gillholms Marina AB will provide spare parts until further notice. 

Tiara Reaps Miami Rewards

Tiara Yachts’ most recent move to the Miami Beach Yacht and Brokerage Show delivered solid sales across their diverse model line and built on the excitement of the all new Coupe series of luxury yachts. Tiara Yachts represented all product series with its 10 models on display ranging in length from 31 to 58 feet, including Coronet, Open, Sovran, Convertible and the all-new 50 Coupe. Tiara also took the opportunity to tease the market with a preview of the new 44 Coupe, resulting in a confirmed sale during the show for the new model which has yet to be built. A total of 16 Tiara Yachts Factory Authorized dealers from the West Coast, Caribbean, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast manned the display along with several key International dealers. The Tiara dealers were unanimous in opinion that the move to Collins Avenue was a strategic decision and created a more conducive venue for displaying and selling new Tiara Yachts. The show attendance was down overall in sheer number of visitors due to travel disruptions caused by the winter storms, but the quality buyer was ever-present and very interested in the Tiara offerings. 

Viking Feels The Heat

A hot fleet of new Vikings certainly did its part to counter the frigid February temperatures endured at the Viking plant this month, as indicated by the contagious enthusiasm the New Jersey builder saw in its 16 boat display at the recently concluded Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show. Between February 13 and President's Day February 17, nearly 5,000 guests registered to see the world's most exciting collection of luxurious, high-performance convertible sportfishing yachts from 42 to 92 feet. By the end of the first day, four Vikings were sold and the momentum continued throughout the show as the company sealed contracts on 12 boats, including two 82 Convertibles, a 76 Convertible, two 70 Convertibles, three 62 Convertibles, a 50 Convertible, two 42 Convertibles, and a 42 Open. The month's activity actually began earlier with a 62 Convertible and a 76 Convertible sold during the Viking VIP Boat Show Preview at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida. Another 70 Convertible sold immediately after the Miami Show and several other deals are in progress.

Viking 200 Propellers

As Viking 50th Anniversary approaches on April 1, 2014, more milestones are in the offing as the 50th pair of Cummins QSC 600hp diesels and Zeus pod-drives await installation into this Viking 42 ST (Sport Tower) at our New Gretna, New Jersey facility. With this matched pair going into 42242, the numbers are impressive: 50 boats, 100 engines, 100 Zeus pod-drives and 200 counter-rotating propellers!

Viking Captain's of the Year

In The Bite the sportfishing magazine for the professional has announced two Viking skippers are among the nominees for this year's award, the winner to be chosen by the publications' past Captains of the Year. Captain Jason Buck and his team aboard the Viking 56 Done Deal had a fabulous year winning the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship, The Lone Star Shootout, as well as taking Top Boat categories in the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club, and New Orleans Big Game Fishing Club tournaments. Based in the home port of Houma, Louisiana, Jason will take the helm of the new Done Deal, a Viking 70 Convertible delivering in March. Captain Bill Wieteha skipper aboard the Viking 68 Convertible Blue Time, based in Coral Gables, Florida, also had a winning season taking the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series, The Blue Water Fishing Classic and the Key West World Championship highlighted with 14 sailfish releases on the final day of the event.

Zeelandaer VIP Party

To celebrate the debut of the stunning Z68 in America we were proud to host an exclusive VIP party on Saturday the 15th of February. Pushing the event into overdrive was a well-known Miami DJ together with cocktail waiters and exquisite food at the two event bars. Among other VIP guests, Zeelander Z44 owner and super model Adriana Lima and her husband, NBA star Marko Jaric, attended the event which partied on well into the evening.

Project: VanDutch 70

Benefiting from the experience gained from the previous smaller models, the brand new VanDutch 70 is the evolution to the interesting concept of this builder. The 70 and its important size will show case more the pure lines, vast cockpit, and the faultless finish the smaller sisters presents, yet VanDutch also guarantee it will be also easy to handle. Upcoming flagship of the VanDutch fleet which currently has its biggest model in the 55, the 70 is a noble demonstration of the expansion of this builder has shown in some years going from one to five. The interior design rendering shows that VanDutch will privilege volumes and simplicity in a modern art atmosphere. 

February 27, 2014

New Model: Cutwater 30

In today's market Cutwater and its parent brand Fluid Systems are a red herring for building small medium sized boats with big appeal. This mean that its 26 to thirty feet Cutwater models are made to feel large to the owner, and the surprise in all this is that they still abide by US trailer boat rules. The Cutwater 30 apart an intelligent accommodation plan of sleeping four berths in two cabins, plus two in the convertible dinette is full of practical features.  See extending bench seats, and flip over settee in the aft cockpit. The Cutwater 30 also impresses for other seamanship friendly features, which usually escape to the first time inexperienced buyer, like a not so small fuel tank of 681 liters, and water capacity of 302 liters. The Cutwater 30 is such a good all rounder that if it had also a two engine choice it would steal customers from boats being one meter bigger. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.46 m (34.9ft)
Hull Length - 9.14 m
Beam - 3.05 m
Draft - 0.73 m ex props
Displacement - 4980 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 681 l
Water Capacity - 302 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 1 x Volvo D6 370hp
Propulsion - shaft with protection skeg keel
Hull Shape - stepped hull with tapered intake tunnels 

February 26, 2014

Project: BlueGame BG50

Bluegame presents the project of the new BG50 which replaces the first official model the BG47. This model also completes the current Bluegame line from forty to sixty feet.  As is usual with all the Bluegame boats and the clever intuition of Luca Santella, the BG50 sticks itself out from other products for the options it presents, and its distinctive do it all off road of the sea looks. One interesting option in the BG50 is the three different lower deck plans available. The choices here are for two or three cabin plans, and a crew cabin or a lazarette for putting personal items amidships.  In the two cabins plan the owners room moves amidships from fore, and also features a small office. The three cabin also impress for having each room with own private en-suite shower head. An interesting design detail of the BG50 is also the deck to stern which in standard format is a sun-pad, can be converted to an aft and forward looking settee, but also offers a wet-bar grill area, while below this is a large storage area. For power and propulsion the BG50 follows the route of its smaller sister the BG40, with ZF Zeus aft looking dual prop pods propulsion, powered by twin 600hp Cummins engines.   

February 25, 2014

New Model: Sea Ray L650 Fly

Sea Ray launched its new flagship at the just ended 2014 Miami boat show, the L650 Fly, with the L in-front of the model size meaning for luxury, a new high end range which will characterize the new big models from the known North American production boat builder. With this new Sea Ray continue the Europe inspiration for looks, and interior layout plan something which has characterized its recent models, and started in 2012 with the 510 Sundancer. Still the 650 Fly offers a few surprises to competitors in this size all over the globe. One of these will be its four double cabin layout below with no bunk cabins, and full beam midships located owners stateroom. The living of the L650 Fly presents itself in a split single step area; lounging at entrance, and the fore part having a large open plan galley and dining table. The galley keeps in touch with American demand for a large gourmet area and possible also among the largest in this size type of yacht. The L650 Fly also puts into it the latest wanted details as a settee on the fore deck which can be sun protected, and nice integrated hard top design up top.  Power will be from not so big Cat 1150hp Cat engines with Sea Ray predicting to be able to push the L650 Fly up to max speeds of thirty knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.84 m (65.1ft)
Beam - 5.23 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 35607 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 3899 l
Water Capacity - 1060 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 1 crew cabin with 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Cats 18A 1159hp
Propulsion - line shafts in semi tunnels
Speed - thirty knots max
Hull Shape - Planning Vee with 16 degrees dead-rise
Certification - CE A, NMMA, ABYC, USCG

February 24, 2014

Project: Galeon 300 Fly

It's a common occurrence in boat building that once a marque develops and founds success in the larger sizes, it spread its wings further and forgets about its smaller models. Seems Polish builder Galeon does not share this idea, and this new 300 Fly project is testimony to its beliefs in building a complete line of innovative craft. The 300 Fly follows previous latest models in what the Strazyn brand refers to its third generation series, and will also be completely new meaning not based on the 290 it will replace. The 300 Fly now to be its new entry level model is a compact flybridge motor cruiser with a two separate cabins lower decks and a shower head plan; master cabin to fore, and guest double amidships. The main deck offers a living area this having a C-shaped settee to port side, galley opposite, and a helm station. The flybridge presents itself with a center pilot seat and a sun pad to aft. Engines options have not been announced but Galeon says the 300 Fly can be powered by engines up to twin 225hp.    

February 22, 2014

New Model: Dyna D105

Taiwanese manufacturer Dyna Craft has just completed their first D105 super yacht, declaring their ability to produce motor yachts above one hundred feet. The unique design was commissioned with both private and business use throughout East Asia in mind, with the owner choosing Dyna Craft due to their flexibility around semi-customization, to meet his specific requirements. The owner had a specific request for long range capabilities with the D105, to be equipped with three MTU 2600hp engines, capable of achieving 34 knots with a cruising speed of 30 knots. The Naval Architects at Dyna specifically designed the hull to reach these speeds whilst still offering an exceptionally stable ride for the comfort of the passengers, guests and crew. Minor design changes can be made to the hull to also offer optimal performance for fuel efficient long range cruising at 9-13 knots. Emphasis was also placed on the maneuverability of the vessel at speed, with the hull responding well when navigating at high speed. A master stateroom and VIP Cabin complement twin guests cabins, along with crew quarters capable of sleeping four. A fully complemented galley and an enormous saloon flowing to a spacious cockpit round out the living areas, with a large flybridge and open foredeck for exterior entertaining. The exterior of the D105 is styled along the unique designs offered across the entire Dyna range, with sleek, modern and stylish lines. Customisation options continue in the interior with the owner choosing specific finishes and fixtures, all produced with a world class finish. Multiple customization are available for the D105 with owners able to select their own layout, styling and finishes for the accommodation, saloon, flybridge and or sky lounge. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 32 m (105ft)
Beam - 6.4 m
Draft - 1.54 m
Displacement - 129000 kg half load
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 4 crew members in 2 cabins
Engines - 3 x MTU 2600hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 34 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Construction - hand laid solid fiberglass bottom, foam core above waterline, vinilester resin
Project - Dyna in-house designer team

February 21, 2014

Project: Tiara 44 Coupe

Tiara upgrades its fall 2013 new Couple range, first introduced with a 50 model and now to be added up later on this year with a 44. This new project of the Tiara 44 Coupe was announced just before the Miami boat show with some rendering pictures showing up online during the event. Andrew Bartlett for this new smaller Coupe also code named X series in the Tiara design office, followed similar exterior looks of the well received 50. The interior layout also features a similar concept with a living and galley on the main deck, and two cabins both with private heads located below. The main selling point of the 44 Coupe remains its concept of a fully enclosed hard top sports cruiser with patio door aft, and a line which is characterized by mixed traditional and modern elements.  Hull one is expected to launch in the end of Spring.  

February 20, 2014

New Model: Mulder 16.10m Bellagio

Bellagio is the latest to come from the Built by Mulder stable, what is a sixteen meter sport yacht designed by renowned designers Vripack outside and engineering, and Omega architects taking care for the interior. For the Bellagio Vripack presented a modern exterior with classic accents, see the bow and light hard-top, and the fore deck. Bellagio can be built with a two or three cabins layout. The two cabin layout has a spacious saloon and a luxurious bathroom forward. Three cabins version has a large owner's cabin in the front with the bathroom amidships. The cockpit offers a comfortable U-shape couch space for six persons, opposite is the helm seat and bar with sink and refrigerator. The comfortable aft deck has three sofas and gives access to the aft sundeck. In the front is a second sundeck. Mulder Bellagio can be powered by Volvo 435hp or Cummins 600hp engines, both units are propelled with pod drive from Volvo and Cummins respectively. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.1 m (52.8ft)
Beam - 4.75 m
Draft - 1.1 m
Displacement - 18 t
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, optional 6 berths in 3 cabins 
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, Cummins QSC 8.3 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS dual prop forward looking pod drive, Zeus ZF aft looking pods
Speed - 37 knots max 30 knots cruise
Hull Shape - deep-V
Construction - aluminium
Project - Vripack design and engineering, Omega architects interior
Certification - CE B

February 19, 2014

Project: Ferretti 650

Ferretti Yachts 650 is the first in a series of models that are bound to set a new functional and technical standard for the line below seventy feet in length coming from this Italian builder. Developed thanks to the cooperation between the Product Strategy Committee, Ferretti Group’s Marketing Department, Advanced Yachts Technology and Design, and Studio Zuccon International Project, the project draws inspiration from the 620. The Ferretti 650 immediately strikes the eye for its extensively renovated profile. Its outer silhouette is characterized by an aerodynamic flybridge and new fiberglass decorative elements that “cut” through the profile of the glazing in the superstructure. An unprecedented decoration connects the windows of the three cabins below deck. The slender lines are further enhanced by the yacht’s aft area, specifically designed to ensure easy and safe storage and launch of the tender while increasing the guests on-board comfort. A tender lift has been developed, capable of lifting an over three metre long PWC that can be lowered into the water by a meter with respect to its original position. This system allows the 650 to be davit-free: a valuable attribute which provides an incredible amount of additional living space. As is the case on all models in the range, on this 65 footer the shipyard is proposing alternative layouts both on the sundeck, which also comes in the hard-top version, and inside. Ferretti has designed a “TaiHe Dian” edition of the 650, devoted in particular to owners from select markets in the Asia-Pacific. This special edition features areas on board which are exclusively dedicated towards entertainment and business related functions The main deck is a true open space forward until the windshield, functional and extensively renovated in terms of furnishings and décor. The galley is completely open: this solution allows to fully exploit this room as a large bar area opening onto the stern and towards the dining and living areas, further contributing to a sense of volume and making living onboard even more enjoyable. The underdeck layout includes three double cabins and three separate heads. In the “TaiHe Dian” edition, the main difference is that the galley is on the lower deck replacing the starboard guest cabin, and on the upper deck there is a large dinette. The central part of the salon as well as the two main cabins and third head have remained unchanged. With Ferretti Yachts 650, the brand goes back to installing engines produced by Caterpillar. The boat is equipped with standard pair of CAT 1015hp or optional 1150hp. Estimated top speeds are 30 knots max with the standard engines, and 33 knots with the large option.

February 18, 2014

New Model: Hampton 640 Endurance

Built in China but originally founded in Taiwan, Hampton yachts is an interesting boat builder. In recent years it introduced the Endurance line an American looking inspired yacht with the help from famous hull architect Howard Apollonio.  For this line Apollonio improved on his Split chines design and created the Hampton Hybrid Hull. This underwater shape improves hull speed before the planning hump, also possible thanks to the very central of gravity in the Hampton models. The Hampton 640 Endurance offers a traditional style accommodation layout for this size of yacht with a living on the main deck in a split level area, and three double cabins located below. Owners cabin is a full beam amidships, while the VIP cabin to fore and guest double to port side share a shower head located to starboard. The 640 Endurance also features a sky-lounge option for the lower deck which replaces the inside lower helm station for a larger dinette. Power is twin Cat 705hp engines with line shaft propulsion.       
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.66 m (64ft)
Hull Length - 19.53 m
Waterline Length - 18.19 m
Beam - 5.36 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 43000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 5678 l
Water Capacity - 1136 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C-12 705hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 12 knots cruise, 20 knots max
Construction - hand laid solid fiberglass, with five coats of Vinilester resin, Knytex and Cymax mats, Kevlar in chines and forward collision area
Project - Howard Apollonio

February 17, 2014

Project: Absolute 45 STY

Absolute continues to upgrade and update its range and the turn around of every important boat show in Europe. The 45 STY is the latest novelty presented in Dusseldorf, these initials meaning for Sport Yacht, which is the fully enclosed hard top range of Absolute which features eight models from forty to seventy feet. The 45 STY is fully based on the fall 2013 launched Fly version in its plans and layout. A reminder for those who do not remember the 45 Fly, this features a very interesting layout more so if one considers its size; full living on the main deck with astern galley, two large cabins having owners room being full beam amidships located cabin, and also a crew cabin to aft. This last is a most notable feature considering the 45 STY is a sport cruiser of fourteen meters and Volvo IPS pods powered.

February 16, 2014

New Model: Sunseeker 155 Yacht

A new flagship even if extending length by a foot is always big news for any boat builder. Sunseeker's new 155 Yacht extends the British builder not by a couple of feet but by an important 25 feet in length. But the most important note in this new big girl of the Sunseeker family is that unlike it's smaller sisters it is build of aluminium, features a semi displacement round bilge hull shape, and that customization is take to another level thanks to a modular type build. Commissioned by long time Sunseeker fan, Formula One famous Eddie Jordan, he launched a few flagships for them in his past, the new Poole largest build will accommodate twelve guest in three separate cabins in its first hull. Still Sunseeker say that the 155 Yacht incorporates a very modular type build which can make for any possible variations of the 155 Yachts not only the interior layout but also the exteriors, going into each owner personal taste. Power is twin MTU 2940hp which gives a max speeds of 22 knots, and a range of 4000 nautical miles at an economic cruise speed.  Full commissioning for 155 Yacht hull one will be carried out in coming Spring.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 47.25 m (155ft)
Hull Length - 41.1 m
Beam - 9.34 m
Draft - 2.66 m max load
Displacement - 295000 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 80000 l
Water Capacity - 13657 l
Accommodation - 10 guests in 5 cabins, 11 crew in 7 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 4000M73L 2940hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 22 knots max
Range - 4000 nm at economic cruise
Hull Shape - semi displacement round bilge
Certification - RINA Commercial, MCA LY3

February 15, 2014

Web: Wider New Web Site

Wider Yachts presents its new World wide web showroom. Wider was founded in 2010 by Tilli Antonelli the ex Pershing Yachts President and founder. Wider is an interesting revolutionary company which brings the 29 years experience from 1981 to 2010 in the Sport Cruiser and Yacht sector Antonelli showed at Pershing. Since its inception Wider showed Antonelli virtue of innovation breaking the mold of current trends. Among the major innovations of Wider are modular settings which expand spaces, and add unique configurations. For example the 42, first model of Wider launched in 2011 joins a center console to that of a cruiser, performance stepped hull, and high technology construction. Currently Wider features four models; 32, 42 from the Cockpit range, and 122, and 150 from the Superyacht. Wider new website takes you around with the following buttons: Company, Project, Wider Superyacht, Wider Cockpit, I Want It, and News and Events. Wider also features its social hubs YouTube, and Appstore located at the bottom right of the page. 

February 14, 2014

Project: Sanlorenzo 36 EXP

Currently the second largest super yacht builder in the World, Sanlorenzo shows that it wants to strengthen this position not only by building larger yachts, see project of a new sixty meter, but also by entering new segments of the market. This project rendering, the 36 Exp follows that of the 42 Exp shown in 2013. The Exp in this range stands for Explorer, and Sanlorenzo and its designers give tribute to this by showing a working tug boat look mixed into elegant lines with three decks.  An open space to aft with ability to carry some large tenders is featured in the 36 Exp.  Currently Sanlorenzo has hull one scheduled for the 36 Exp with a launch date in 2015. 

February 13, 2014

New Model: Alaska 46 Sedan Gen III

The new Alaska 46 Sedan Gen-III is the latest version of the best seller for this down under boat builder. In this latest Generation Three version the swim platform had been extended and the room and facilities to fish have been greatly enhanced. The new 46 Alaska Sedan Gen III has also the latest davit system, the Freedom Lift which makes launching and retrieving tender easy. The 46 Alaska Sedan presents excellent all of the living and entertaining on one level. The stainless saloon doors open wide along with dual flip-up rear windows to bring the outside in, this open plan is ideal for entertaining and increased livability. Dual side doors in conjunction with two sunroofs have increased natural ventilation and the new cockpit control station makes the tasks of docking easy. Accommodation now boasts a master stateroom with island queen-size berth amidships with its own en-suite offering less movement and water noise, the second cabin forward has twin large V-shaped single bunks and loads of storage with a guest bathroom to port. The Alaska 46 Sedan Gen III is powered by twin Cummins 425 or optional 480hp engines.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.1 m (49.9ft)
Hull Length - 14 m 
Beam - 4.25 m 
Draft - 1.07 m
Displacement - 16000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2270 l
Water Capacity - 756 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 5.9 425hp, QSB 5.9 480hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 22 knots max, 18 knots cruise, 10 knots economic
Hull Shape - variable dead-rise shape

February 12, 2014

Project: Sacs 22 Strider

Christian Grande, an award-winning yacht designer enriches his colloboration with Sacs Marine to launch the Strider 22 the mega-rib concept. The design of a new maxi-rib of distinctive features shows how much trends and tastes are constantly changing. Sacs Marine relied on Christian Grande’s drawing table for years, thus ending up with producing a new-generation rib, endowed with all the peculiarities of this type of vessel, such as un-sinkability, easiness of handling and mooring. The choices made by the designer for the new Strider 22 were, therefore, the desire to create a yacht with all these qualities and with a clear off limits vocation, evoked by the discovery look combined with tubular style. Its aesthetic features do not stop here: the size, remarkable for this type of boat, is further exploited through smart arrangements and distribution of space, embellished by selected materials and colors. The variable cross-section of the tubular and the reverse bow offer even more space, customization at will in accordance with the requirements of the owner. The bow area is well equipped, spacious and comfortable, with generous cushions that follow the outline, a central area with retractable sofas and table that can be covered with a retractable quadrangular awning. The accuracy of the design can be also deduced from two stern details such as the swimming platform and the stairs. The first can be sunk, while the latter can be lifted in order to give access to the hangar, in which the tender can be hauled by a specially designed servo platform. The total transparency of the upper deck is sought and obtained, below, through a clever structural design that made it possible to place a long window along the hull, a chisel-mark that characterizes and defines the hull itself, a molding which at the same time relieves and visually reinforces the whole. The design approach taken by Christian Grande gives the exterior strong aesthetic connotations, which are consistent and sinuous, but do not “betray” the typical style always evolving of the Parma-based designer; the whole is enriched by elusive lines, aggressive and zoomorphic shapes, just like the structural stringers that cut in half the glass top, making it visually more slender, or the side volumes that allocate the side air-intakes, a clear reference to feral muscles waiting to pounce on a prey, a further demonstration of the-closeness to nature of Christian Grande’s work, and to rather merge with it rather than stand out with shape and colors.

February 11, 2014

New Model: Princess S72

It's a new day for Princess who finally launch the first S72, a move into a new line of sport yachts, the S range. This new S range signifies Princess entry into the hybrid sport bridge sector, but also sees the British builder in less conservative looks that to what it has made us used to.  For those that do not know minus the flybridge the S72 is based on the V72 model, with the interior offering the same triple cabin layout, and galley down, living on the main deck format.  Still Princess apart adding the sport bridge decided to update the looks of the super structure of the V sister model in the S72.  The flybridge or as is usually called in these kind of yachts the sport bridge is a nice offer, with access to it via a stainless steel stair case to starboard, this also offers interesting spaces with a C-shaped dinette to aft, helm station with two separate seats, guest C-shaped settee to starboard, and a wet bar.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.57 m (74ft)
Length - 22 m
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.48 m
Displacement - 43000 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4800 l
Water Capacity - 755 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 2 crew berths in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x Cat C32 A 1622hp, C32 A 1723hp, MAN V12 1800hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 38 knots max with MAN 1800hp, 36 knots max with Cats 1622hp
Certification - CE, NMMA, ABYCm USCG

February 10, 2014

Project: Sea Ray 650 Fly

Sea Ray presents the project of a new 650 Fly flagship, an important upgrade for the US boat builder. This also showcases that with its new Fly line launched in 2013 fall with the new 510 the Brunswick head line motor boat building brand is meaning business. This project was already announced to the dealers and to Sea Ray friends back in the fall of 2013. Certainly with these latest over fifty feet models Sea Ray is showing that it wants to present a serious challenge to the main stream European brands, it certainly is doing many right things at the moment. The 510 showed this and the new 650 Fly is a further prove. For a twenty meter motor yacht the 650 Fly has some interesting elements, as fore deck seating, very spacious flybridge with a host of settee and dinettes, and last the must have large view windows in both main deck and lower deck.

February 9, 2014

Web: Broom New Web Site

Broom Boats from the UK set up its new World wide web virtual showroom. Well known as the pure British Aft Cabin Cruisers, Broom was founded in 1898 by Charles J. Broom, who started up by building individual sailing boats on the Norfolk Broads, which by 1912 was moved into a full business operation of hire and sell. In early 1920's Broom was among the first companies to build an internal combustion engine boat, which in the thirties followed the previous sailing boats pattern into entering the hiring business. 1939 as history says was the advent of World War II with many pleasure orientated boat yards closing down its doors, but this was an opportunity for Broom which was one of the few selected by the British Navy to build Harbor Launches, Lifeboats, and Fast Tenders.  These contracts led Broom to build boats in a production environment.  The mid sixties brought fiberglass in the UK, and while many on the Broads where skeptic about this new material Martin Broom formed a company with four other partners named Aquafiber Ltd, which he acquired full interest in 1971.  Among the first models built with fiberglass for the company was the Broom 30.  Today Broom after a couple difficult years is set to look into the future, thanks to new shareholder input in 2009 and also with with the acquiring of GH Fabrications specialized in various stainless steel items for the pleasure boat industry, and second with the appointment of Graham Warren of 500 Design as designer.  Graham was previously with Fairline for the previous 23 years. The current Broom range features six models which start with a 30 Coupe, and end with a 455 flagship. Brooms new web showroom takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Us, Range, Customization, News and Events, Pre-Owned, and Find a Dealer.  Broom also features its social media pages; Twitter and Facebook with a link at the bottom of the page.        

February 8, 2014

Project: Hunt 80 Sport Motoryacht

Hunt is proud to announce it is building its largest model yet: the 80 Sport Motoryacht. An experienced yachtsman who also owns a 25 Harrier 25 has commissioned this new Hunt 80 flagship. Like the rest of the Hunt range of traditionally styled, elegant, functional and performance-oriented vessels, the 80 Sport Motoryacht features a hull and superstructure designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, whose founder, Ray Hunt, invented the deep-V hull. Powered by twin 1600hp diesels mated to Hamilton water-jet drives, the new 80 is projected to have a top speed of 31 knots, this combined with a draft of just 4 feet. It is due to launch in the summer of 2015. The new Hunt 80' is based on a hull design that C. Raymond Hunt Associates conceived as a platform for a variety of yachts in the 63 to 82 feet size range. Its deep-V configuration and moderate beam enable it to slip easily through the water, enhancing the vessel’s speed and sea-kindliness in rough offshore conditions. This platform made its debut with the Hunt 68 Motoryacht, an offshore cruiser with attractive lines and outstanding performance. In the 80 Sport Motoryacht, the design firm has maintained those attributes while greatly expanding the living and entertaining spaces and adding a fully enclosed raised command flybridge. The owner worked intensively with the Hunt design team over a six-month period on the design of his highly customized new project. What started out as a 75 motoryacht quickly morphed into an 80-footer due to the owner’s desire for more open-air space on the flybridge and main decks. The tender was moved down to the extended swim platform in order to keep the aft portion of the flybridge clear for use as a sundeck. He also specified that the vessel’s draft be 4 feet so he could use it in the shallow waters of Florida and the Bahamas. The Hunt 80 Sport Motoryacht series features a three-stateroom layout with a full-beam master suite amidships, plus a fourth, “bonus” bunkroom that can accommodate a child, a nanny or another member of the owner’s staff. The lower deck layout also includes a separate crew quarters aft with a double stateroom for the captain and a bunk for another crew member. The main deck encompasses a large galley, dining area, and main saloon opening onto a large open-air aft deck sheltered by the flybridge overhang. The semi-custom Hunt 80 and 68 Motoryachts are only the first two examples of the wide range of yachts based on this successful hull platform that are available from the partnership of C. Raymond Hunt Design and Hunt Yachts, LLC, the builder. 

February 7, 2014

New Model: Windy 39 Camira

This is Windy's new 39 Camira hull number one leaving assembly hall in Sweden before going for her world premiere at Boot 2014 in Düsseldorf past January. As typical from Windy, Camira is an Australian aboriginal name that means Of the Wind. The name is of female gender and has been used in several contexts. Camira was one of several "wind names" but at first this model was named Grand Zonda as a project name to signal family resemblance between the 31 Zonda and the bigger sister, the new 39 Camira.  Down below the 39 Camira distinct itself in this type of boat for featuring two separate cabins, a shower head, and a small galley. That means you have no living below and no dinette below, with eating arrangements which have to be organized in the cockpit and its semi-circle style dining table. Power is twin Volvo 370 or 400hp choices with estimated top speeds of 45 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.92 m (39.1ft)
Beam - 3.63 m
Displacement - 7 t
Fuel Capacity - 850 l
Water Capacity - 220 l
Accommodation - 4 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 400hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 45 knots max, cruise 38 knots with D6 400hp
Range - 270 nautical miles at cruise
Project - Johnsen, Dubois exterior, Design Unlimited interior

February 6, 2014

Project: Storm X-53

Dutch builder Storm Yachts is making an important project aimed for those looking for a steel build. The Storm X-53 project will be its entry level model and has the distinguishable design lines and the profile of its larger sisters, it will also have the same Fast Displacement Hull Shape patented underwater lines that guarantees good comfortable sailing characteristics and also increase efficiency at semi dislocating speed by 15 - 20%. Storm Yachts X-53 wants to be ideal for owners who wish to sail downstream on the German Rhine in comfort without the special patent and who want to sail and explore other European waters. But who also have high demands with respect to appearance, finish and quality, according to the highest Dutch standards. The X-53 is also a maneuverable yacht, easy to control by one or two persons, and the low height clearance of 4.10 m ensures that it encounters few obstacles on it's destination.  Maximum speed range for the X-53 is up to 18 knots, with a range of 1300 nautical miles possible at cruise speeds thanks to a three thousand liter fuel tank capacity.

February 4, 2014

Project: Wider 32

One of the most appealing features of the Wider 150 super yacht currently in build is its capacity to house a 32 tender in the aft garage. The wet launching system designed to launch the tender allows the lazarette to transform into a luxury pool/spa area surrounded by a Wider beach. Tilli Antonelli and his design team have invested thousands of hours into the design and development of this vessel, keen to ensure that it is practical for use as a tender but also reflects Wider’s philosophy of innovation and initiative. The result is the new Wider 32, perfect for use as a super yacht tender or as a small sports cruiser. As you would expect from Wider, the 32 is easily distinguishable from other sports cruiser yachts. The dominant axe bow and low transom give the impression that it is leaping out of the water, eager to slice through the waves. Her slim ten feet less beam tapers only slightly towards the bow, giving maximum floor space for sunbathing and to facilitate stepping on board from a mother ship. This is a yacht that is perfect for use as a tender but can also be enjoyed as a standalone sports cruiser, fully equipped with an enclosed dinette area with two convertible sofas, galley equipment, and a separate head. The Wider 32 will be powered by twin Mercruiser 260hp engines, connected to Bravo stern drives to deliver a top speed of 37 knots and a cruising speed of 32 knots.  Work on the molds of the Wider 32 is already under way. Assembly will be starting in March with a view to finishing the first unit towards the end of May.

February 3, 2014

New Model: Cutwater 30 Command Bridge

Fluid Motions Inc launched the Cutwater brand in 2011 with the 26 and 28 models.  The company has since then presented a new 30 model which has so far been developed in three styles the last being this Command Bridge.  Launched at the start of this year in this latest variant, the Cutwater 30 Command Bridge features all the goodness of the smaller models; unique stepped hull with protective propeller skeg keel, impressive six berth accommodation, trail-ability, and the conveyance of more space thanks to the bigger size. Accommodation is for six persons in three separate areas; fore cabin, midships double berth, and the convertible dinette in the saloon.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.46 m (34.9ft)
Hull Length - 9.14 m
Beam - 3.05 m
Draft - 0.73 m ex props
Displacement - 4980 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 681 l
Water Capacity - 302 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 1 x Volvo D6 370hp
Propulsion - shaft with protection skeg keel
Hull Shape - stepped hull with tapered intake tunnels 

February 2, 2014

Project: Camper & Nicholsons 42 Filante

Since a few years now owned by Italian Ferragamo, Camper and Nicholsons Yachting, the building side of the famous brand prepares to re-enter the long range super yacht sizes with the 42 Filante. A project of Horazio Bozzo, and architect Michele Bonan for the interior, the three deck 42 Filante super yacht is to be build in a steel hull with an aluminium super-structure. The interior of the 42 Filante will present four guest cabins plus an owners room on the main deck.  Other impressive details for a yacht measuring 42 meters will be the tender space for four units; two 17 feet Castoldi jet tenders, water scooter, and a rescue tender.  The 42 Filante will be powered by twin 599hp Cat engines.  Estimated max speeds are of 13 knots, while its cruise should be 10 knots which should give a range of 4200 nautical miles.

February 1, 2014

Concept Boat

It was a nice surprise what happened in the London boat show, and how British boat builder Fairline made a move ahead with an interesting new concept sport boat, the Esprit.  For those who know Fairline which I am sure there is a lot of you here, they know that the builder has always been conservative with a modern approach in building and designing its models.  A formula which has worked well for the British boat builder in its forty years or so of it's history.
The Esprit concept changes all this and sees Fairline take the forward seat in material testing in both construction and fitting out, an innovative console, and a new design approach that of a sports boat style cruiser. This last bit was the biggest surprise since Fairline has never ventured into this territory and its Sport Cruisers have always been a family friendly affair with nice accommodation layout below. It will be interesting to see if the Esprit will be produced and how clients will react to this.
Concept boats are not very much if any in the making in the boating industry, and it was nice to see a boat builder in this case Fairline venture into this. Is also interesting, more so then when one thinks that Fairline is at the moment, the smallest of the big three United Kingdom builders, delivering about one hundreds boat per year. Nonetheless Fairline was pro-active and did what few builders do, going with a concept boat from a clean sheet.  Would be nice to see other builders venture more into this in the future.