May 31, 2014

Monthly News - May 2014

- pic of the month - Horizon Open House 2014

Azimut-Benetti Group Double Triumph

The Azimut|Benetti Group has received new major awards, rewarding its efforts to consolidate its leadership position on the Asian market, owed entirely to the experience gained in over 20 years of continuous resence in the territory. Both brands of the Italian leading manufacturer of luxury yachts obtained significant ecognition on the occasion of the tenth Asia Boating Awards organized by Blu Inc., the group that publishes the magazines "Asia Pacific Boating" and "China Boating" and serves as an important point of reference for the industry in Asia Pacific area. The first prize in the category "Best Brand Presence in Asia" was awarded to Azimut Yachts, the Group brand dedicated to the design and construction of yachts up to 120 feet, while the splendid 56-meter Benetti "Lady Candy" ranked first in the category "Best Worldwide Custom Built Yacht".

Azimut Bolsters Production

With the market still weak and the competition steep, Azimut Yachts bolsters its position with new organisational strategies designed to simplify and speed up decision making processes. Specifically, the technical and production areas have been placed under the command of Alberto Morelli, named Azimut Yachts Chief Manufacturing and Operations Officer. Morelli will be responsible for the technical, production, purchasing, and quality control areas; he will report directly to Ferruccio Luppi, CEO of Azimut Yachts and Azimut|Benetti Group. Alberto Morelli will oversee the technical, production, and purchasing departments directors, Alessandro Rossi, Stefano Simonetti (who will head the Avigliana facility), and Francesco Nannetti, respectively. In addition, the production facilities in Fano, Savona, Viareggio, and Brasil have been placed under single management and coordination and entrusted to Paolo Sterza. Sterza will apply his industry and company experience to running the non-central production facilities throughout Italy and internationally, sites that are thriving thanks to Azimut Yachts strategies. Alberto Morelli is an engineer with extensive experience in international automotive companies. He has held important manufacturing positions in Italy and abroad. He has also participated in the "World Class Manufacturing" programmes, standard setters for excellence in industrial management worldwide.

Azimut Honorable Mention

Azimut Yachts's innovative ability and design excellence have once again received accolades with a restigious Honourable Mention at the 23rd ADI Compasso d'Oro Award, one of the world's most renowned nternational design competitions. An international jury awarded the Azimut Magellano 50 an ADI Compasso d'Oro Honourable Mention for design. Concept and interior layout are by designer Cor d Rover. Azimut Yachts joins the prestigious ADI Compasso d'Oro Award Collection, named "A National Treasure" in 2004. The only one of its kind in the world, the collection recounts 60 years of Italian design and naturally bestows prestige on the products it chooses to include. Azimut's Magellano Collection yachts dedicated to "Italian Long Range" introduce important innovations both in terms of technology and cruising as well as furnishing and interior detailing design; the collection fuses aesthetics and functionality with an elegance and style that is unmistakeably Italian. The award ceremony was held in Milan on 28 May 2014 at the former Ansaldo factory, which was also the venue for the exhibition of the products participating in the competition. The exhibition was open for over two months and was well-visited, especially during the Milan International Furniture Exhibition (Salone Internazionale del Mobile).

Baglietto New Vice President

Baglietto shipyard announces the opening of a new office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, headed by Mr. Edward R. Sacks, new Baglietto Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors. The main objective of the office will be to expand the presence and visibility for Baglietto in the North America and Mexico. Edward R. Sacks was formerly the President and Chief Operating Officer of Wellman Industries, a multi-national producer of fibers, resins and plastics. He also served as Chairman and CEO of The Sherwood Financial Group; a registered investment advisory based in Los Angeles, and founded The Sacks Group, at its time the largest and most influential management company serving the megayacht industry. Sacks has had a lengthy career operating, acquiring and developing companies within a diverse cross section of industries, including manufacturing, management consulting and financial services. In addition to serving on several Boards, he is Managing Director of The VSTH Group, LLC, a privately held merchant bank domiciled in Charlotte, North Carolina. Sacks, described in a recent publication, as “the consummate American businessman and yachtsman”, built several yachts in Italy. The legendary Azzurra, is recognized as “one of the finest yachts ever produced in that country”.

Bayliner Top Product 2014

After receiving Boating Industry’s 2014 Top Product honor, the Element XL is poised to transform boating expectations around the world. With its patent-pending M-HullTM design, bigger power and larger capacity for family adventures, Element XL is the next revolution in Bayliner’s innovative Element Series. Hand-picked by Boating Industry editors, the 2014 Top Product list highlights “the best products and services introduced or significantly updated in the last year from boats to engines to accessories to software and more,” according to Boating Industry. Winners were chosen based on several factors, the primary including, innovation, impact on the industry and how they advanced their category or created a new category. 

Bavaria New Branch Office

Bavaria has a new address for customers and dealers in the Asian-Pacific region. The new office is located in the centre of Shanghai and all sales bases from North Asia to Pacific area can be supported from here perfectly. The new address for BAVARIA in Shanghai: Room 1507, One Corporate Avenue, No. 222 Hubin Road, Huangpu District Shanghai, 200021 P.R.China

Cerri Ends Relationship with Rodriguez Group

After two years of fruitful cooperation, the Cerri shipyard – headquartered in Carrara and specialising in the construction of planing yachts between 102’ and 86’ in length announces the termination of its contractual relationsip with the Rodriguez Group for the worldwide sale of Cerri-branded yachts. From now on, marketing and sales will be managed directly by the shipyard.

CRN Wins World Superyacht Awards

CRN, part of the Ferretti Group and specialising in the construction of fully-customized megayachts, made of steel and aluminium, from 40 to 90 metres, with its flagship, M/Y Chopi Chopi 80 mt, has been honored with the prestigious award “Judges Commendation” dedicated to the largest displacement motoryacht of 2,000 GT and above at “The World Superyachts Awards”, organized by the editorial group Boat International Media. Against the splendid backdrop of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, after a two-day event dedicated to the Superyachts Industry and its Excellence, M/Y Chopi Chopi was awarded a prize. The award was received by Lamberto Tacoli, Chairman and CEO of CRN together with the Team of CRN and the architectural firms Zuccon International Project, which created the exterior profile and interior layout and Laura Sessa, who was responsible for the stylistic concepts and interior design, in front of an international audience of Owners and representatives of the most prestigious shipyards in the world. After having won the “Interior Design Award” for megayachts over 60 metres at the “Showboats Design Awards”, M/Y Chopi Chopi has also won the special prize which the jury of “The World Superyachts Awards” reserves for the megayacht which has stood out from the rest on the world yachting scene in 2013 for characteristics, innovations, design and onboard technology, distinguishing features that allowed this vessel, totally Made in Italy, to captivate the Owner's family and to win the coveted prize.

Fairline Expands Global Sales Team

Fairline Boats has strengthened its global sales team with two new appointments. Adam Waters joins Fairline as Regional Sales Director for Asia Pacific and Vicky Farrow as Customer Liaison Manager. The appointments follow the recent expansion of Fairline’s approved dealer network, with three new dealers appointed in the US and Middle East since the beginning of 2014. Based in Sydney, Australia, Adam Waters will be responsible for the strategic development of the Asia Pacific dealer network, including India, Thailand, China, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Adam brings to the role 12 years’ experience working with a number of prestigious European motor yacht brands. Vicky Farrow will be based at Fairline’s Headquarters in Oundle, liaising between the factory, the dealer network and customers to ensure Fairline provides the best possible customer service. She will also support customer factory visits and manage boat handovers at Fairline’s testing facility in Ipswich. Vicky has many years of experience working with some of the best known motor yacht brands and is herself a very active leisure boater. Adam joins James Powell (EMEA) and Steve Leeson (Americas) in the sales team led by James Robinson, Fairline's Sales Director. Fairline expect to complete the new look sales organisation with the announcement of a final Regional Sales Director in the next few weeks.

Fairline Delivers First in Egypt

Fairline Egypt celebrated an important milestone recently, as it became the first Fairline dealership in the world to take delivery of the iconic new Targa 48 Gran Turismo. Sold and delivered within the same week, the third model in Fairline’s 48ft range has proved very popular with the dealership’s customer base. In addition to the Targa 48GT, Fairline Egypt has also sold two Targa 48 Open models in the last month and one Squadron 48. The size and style of the trio of 48ft models make the range ideal for family day trips and leisurely long weekends along the Red Sea coast. Fairline’s 48ft models are powered by Volvo Penta IPS, matched to a dynamic new hull designed specifically for the new range, making significant use of industry-leading production systems. Fairline has developed the new trio with careful attention to global customer feedback and as a result, an array of options is available to ensure each model is perfectly suited to different markets. With intelligent space-saving innovations engineered throughout the boat, the Targa 48GT provides sociable spaces with clever design touches. The electric glazed retractable roof is a spectacular standard feature of the boat, offering an ‘open, even when closed’ feel and giving owners the chance to enjoy fresh air and sunshine at the touch of a button, whether at rest or underway.

Ferretti Group New CEO

The Board of Directors of the Ferretti Group, as convened by Chairman Tan Xuguang, who also heads the Weichai Group, has named Alberto Galassi to be Ferretti’s new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Galassi replaces Ferruccio Rossi effective immediately. This change at the top is part of a consolidation relaunching plan that is focused on the conception and construction of a new range of products, as well as on the implementation of new business and marketing strategies. The goal is to secure new positions on international markets and thus confirm the role played by the boats made by the Group as ambassadors of Made in Italy technology and style. The new endeavour is being made possible by the essential support of the Weichai Group, the majority shareholder in the Ferretti Group since 2012. Weichai has been of crucial importance with its contributions of equity support and new distribution channels. To show its determination in ensuring the worldwide growth of the Ferretti Group, the Weichai Group has decided to offer a shareholders’ loan of 30 million Euros that is immediately available and can be converted into an increase in capital in the future.

Gulf Craft Exclusive Preview

Gulf Craft, recently named one of the world’s top 10 superyacht builders, has made a splash with the hosting of the Sultanate’s first-ever leisure marine show which opened today at Almouj Marina at The Wave, Muscat. The three-day ‘Gulf Craft Exclusive Preview’ event runs until May 3rd and brings together an impressive fleet of luxury superyachts, sport cruisers and leisure craft. On display will be some of the shipyard’s largest and most popular luxury superyachts such as the Majesty 135, Majesty 121 and Majesty 105, as well as a number of new yacht models and vessels from its Oryx sport cruiser and Silvercraft leisure boat ranges. The event serves as further confirmation of Oman’s growing potential as a market for luxury goods and services. The country’s reputation is steadily building on the back of several high-profile resorts that have gained international clout among wealthy travelers, and growing investment in building the Sultanate’s marine infrastructure and service offering. Oman has made a targeted effort at beefing up its attractiveness as a leisure marine destination – with the opening of new marinas, competitive berthing fees and investment in support facilities such as fueling stations to attract stopover yacht traffic. The overall upgrading of facilities is expected to have a positive effect in attracting more Omanis to the water, making it one of the most promising marine markets in the Middle East. Moreover, Oman was named as the fastest growing wealth market in the Middle East and Africa between 2011 and 2015 according to Datamonitor’s Middle East and Africa Wealth Markets Database, which makes it a hugely attractive market for sales of luxury goods, including yachts. 

Heesen Awarded at World Superyacht Awards

Heesen is proud to announce that on May 3, 2014 the revolutionary 65m Fast Displacement Galactica Star received the coveted Neptune Trophy in the category Semi-displacement or Planing Three-deck motor yacht of 45-metre and above at the prestigious World Superyacht Awards, the Oscars of the superyacht industry. This prestigious event, making its debut in the Netherlands, was held at the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam where the industry leaders, designers, and superyacht owners gathered to celebrate the finest yachts of the year. Galactica Star was chosen by the judges, who are all super yacht owners, as winner in this very competitive category for her unique ability to operate both in the displacement and semi-displacement modes.

Heesen Awarded at Asia Boating Awards

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce that on Friday May 9, 2014 Galactica Star, Heesen revolutionary 65m Fast Displacement Hull Form, garnished the most votes from Asia Boating Award panel of judges to win the prestigious ‘Best Yacht Design of the Year’ in their 10th Edition of the Awards. The ceremony took place in Hong Kong at the spectacular Icon Hotel where Ms ZZ Phang from Pen Marine, Heesen Agent for Southeast Asia, received the award on behalf of the Owners of the yacht and Heesen shipyard. 

Horizon Open House 2014

Horizon Group hosted the 2014 Horizon Open House as well as showcased at the first Taiwan International Boat Show from May 8th to 11th, and both four-day events combined together to create one big success - Horizon is pleased to report we are currently in talk with 10 potential clients for new build projects as a result of the two events. Located at the brand-new Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, the Taiwan Int'l Boat Show received an estimated 70,000 visitors during the event, according to the organizer. Horizon Yachts, the number one Asia-Pacific yacht manufacturer on display, hosted thousands of VIP guests and show visitors each day during the boat show; lines often wrapped around the Horizon display, with wait times in excess of 3 hours to get on board the luxury yachts. Horizon's exhibition was also the largest at the show, with a total of 14 luxury yachts on display between the Boat Show, which showcased the RP110 superyacht "Carnival Liberty 3", E88 motoryacht, and E56 motoryacht, and the new Horizon City Marina, which featured the EP148 "Horizon Polaris" expedition superyacht; RP120 superyacht "Muses"; E88 motoryacht; V80 motoryacht; V72 motoryacht; PC60 powercat; PC52 powercat; CC80 powercat; and T52 sportfish, along with two Nimbus yachts introduced from Scandinavia as entry models for the Taiwan market. During the Horizon Open House, guests were invited to tour the Horizon City Marina and yachts at their leisure; they were also treated to a number of events throughout the four days, including a Boat Show VIP night; Taiwan cultural shows; a Horizon VIP night; puzzle competitions with prizes; welcome and farewell dinners, and factory tours of three Horizon shipyards. A celebration of Horizon's accomplishments in the last 27 years, the Open House provided guests a more in-depth look at Horizon's commitment to providing our clients with high quality, high value luxury yachts. Horizon would like to extend a special thank you to Georg Jensen and Hering Berlin for their sponsorship of luxury d├ęcor items showcased on board our yachts during the Taiwan Boat Show; the items provided combined beautifully with our yachts for a modern, elegant ambiance on board.

Hunt Yachts Expands Sales Network

Hunt Yachts LLC is proud to announce the addition of two new regional sales offices. The Hinckley Company’s Great Lakes Sales Director Marty Letts and Pacific Coast Sales Director Kelly Nuttall will now offer the entire range of Hunt Yachts’ performance motor yachts from 25 to 80 feet, in addition to the Hinckley line. This expansion of the Hunt Yachts sales network is part of the strategic plan developed following Hunt’s acquisition by The Hinckley Company corporate parent, Scout Partners, in September 2013. Nuttall, West Coast Sales Director, started promoting Hinckley Yachts just over a year ago on the West Coast which has resulted in delivery of 5 new Hinckley Yachts in that region. The two new Hunt regional sales locations will expand and support the builder’s existing sales network, which includes Hunt Yachts’ World Headquarters in Portsmouth, Rhode Island; Chesapeake Bay Sales & Service Office in Oxford, Maryland, and Southeast Sales & Service Office in Stuart, Florida. Hunt Yachts also is represented by agents Prestige Yacht Sales in Connecticut and in Westchester County, New York, and Yachting Solutions in Maine. 

Moonen World Superyacht Awards Commendation

The 42-metre custom Moonen superyacht Sofia came within a whisker of winning the ‘Displacement motor yacht below 500 GT’ prize at the World Superyachts Award ceremony Saturday 3 May 2014. In what was described by the judges as an exceptionally close call, the Neptune award went to CaryAli, with Sofia receiving a Commendation prize in a field of ten impressive megayachts. Both yachts were designed by Rene van der Velden. The high-status World Superyachts Awards event was held for the first time in 2014 in Amsterdam and saw various Dutch yards do very well. For Sofia to receive the judges commendation for displacement motoryacht below 500 GT was a considerable achievement for Moonen Shipyards, especially considering the fierce competition.

Mulder Customer Event

Saturday June 14th, Mulder Shipyard organizes its annual Customer Event. From 10:00 to 19:00 we are very pleased to invite you for a tour around our beautiful yard were several new yachts are under construction including the 98 Flybridge, 94 Voyager and Favorite 1500. We also have several Mulder yachts for sale, both new and pre-owned. The ‘Brokerage’ yachts, including a Mulder Favorite 1500 from 2012 and a Mulder 73 Wheelhouse from 2007, are available for inspection on site. In the beginning of 2013 Mulder Shipyard took its brand new 7000 sqm facility in Zoeterwoude-Rijndijk into use. In addition to enabling the construction of yachts up to 45 meters, the sustainably constructed yard also provides space for winter storage, maintenance and refits. Last year’s Mulder Customer Event was a great success, over 600 guests joined the celebration at our brand new yard.

Riviera Annual Easter Experience

The annual R Marine South Australia Easter Experience was a real treat for more than 120 Riviera owners and their guests who enjoyed plenty of entertainment, food and activities over the long weekend. R Marine South Australia’s Michael Pitman said it was great to see a blend of Riviera owners from Adelaide, Port Lincoln and as far south as Robe come together for the annual event. Riviera owners Adrian and Joanne de Bruin made the 700 nautical mile round trip from Robe, where they berth their new Riviera 565 SUV, to Port Lincoln and back. This was Adrian and Joanne’s first R Marine South Australia Easter Experience and their first blue water voyage. This was also the first Easter Experience and blue water voyage for Leslee and Brian Findlay who took delivery of their new Riviera 445 SUV two months ago. The Sir Joseph Banks Group is a picturesque archipelago of about 20 islands in the Spencer Gulf off the coast of South Australia. It is a popular breeding ground for seabirds and with its chain of islands, it offers sheltered bays, reefs and golden sandy beaches, making it a lovely spot to drop anchor. At 4pm, the historic Port Lincoln tuna trawler, the Tacoma (circa 1948) signalled her arrival at Reevesby Island (located within the Sir Joseph Banks Group of Islands) with her booming horn. On Easter Sunday everyone gathered for a beach barbecue, which marked the end of the long weekend. Some Riviera owners returned home to Port Lincoln, while others stayed on for a few extra days, including Adrian and Joanne de Bruin who enjoyed two weeks on board in total. Plans are already underway for R Marine South Australia’s 2015 South Australian Riviera Experience, which will also be held at Port Lincoln. 

Riviera Festival of Boating Shows Latest Electronics

The latest marine electronics, accessories and navigational equipment will be on show at the Riviera Festival of Boating’s Technology Showcase from May 22 to 25. The Technology Showcase will feature hundreds of electronics and accessories from the industry-leading marine brands, including Volvo Penta, Twin Disc, Raymarine, Garmin, Cummins Onan, Bose, Aqualuma and Ultra Marine to name but a few. Riviera’s chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said there would be a huge range of navigational equipment, underwater lighting, entertainment systems, diesel engines, generators, electronics, desalinators, anchor winches, gyro stabilisers, tenders and much more on display over the four day Festival. The Technology Showcase will be held in the large Hub marquee located adjacent to the undercover marina, right in the heart of the Festival. The Festival is 2014’s ultimate boating event held at Riviera’s 14-hectare state-of-the-art Coomera River front facility – the largest boat building facility in the southern hemisphere. This year’s educational program will include something for every boating enthusiast with skipper training for men, women and children, interactive displays, Riviera factory tours, offshore seamanship with Captain Bob Jones, maintenance tricks of the trade, fishing clinics, electronic navigation, sanitation system maintenance, and anchoring, line work and rafting. New educational events for this year include Jet Ski Practical Handling, Tender Practical Handling, Navigation Marker Challenge, and a seminar by long-time Riviera owners Peter and Narelle Williams who will share their unique experiences after clocking up 36,000 nautical miles on board their 47 Open Flybridge. Riviera’s red carpet, under cover on-water display will showcase an impressive line-up of brand new models from Riviera and Belize from 36 to 75 feet with a retail value of AUD$22 million, including the new 515 SUV, which will make her world premiere at the Festival, and the flagship of the Riviera fleet, the 75 Enclosed Flybridge. Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said the Riviera Festival was the ultimate boating event. The Festival of Boating offers on-site parking and easy access with many owners able to arrive by boat and pre-book a berth for the Festival.

Riviera Festival Exceeds All Expectations

Riviera’s third annual Festival of Boating has been hailed an overwhelming success with record attendance, sold-out social events and impressive growth of over 50 per cent in registrations across its educational workshops combining with a strong result in sales. However, it is the glowing endorsements from existing and new Riviera owners which has Riviera promising to make the ultimate boating event even bigger and better next year at the company’s 14-hectare boat building facility at Coomera on the Gold Coast. Indeed the impact of that philosophy is quickly evident when speaking to those who attended the Festival this year, some for the first time. Drew Sellick from Port Lincoln, South Australia – after ordering a new 445 SUV at the Festival – said he felt compelled to share his thoughts to a crowd of more than 400 people at the Riviera Cirquetacular gala dinner on the Saturday night. Drew, who attended the Festival with his wife, Jenny, said later that the fact his new Riviera 445 SUV was Australian-built by an Australian-owned company was a key factor in his decision. Chris Pearson, who with his partner Toby also finalised the purchase of a 445 SUV at the Festival through R Marine Mandurah (WA), said the build quality of Riviera was streets ahead of anything else he had owned. Jon and Nicolla Nicolls from Sydney (NSW) are currently upgrading from their 43 Open Flybridge and hailed the Riviera commitment to making them feel part of the ‘family’. Graham and Biddy Stevenson of Coomera Waters (QLD) have been to every Riviera Festival of Boating since its inception three years ago. Peter Haig – Commodore of the Royal Motor Yacht Club at Broken Bay (NSW) said he and wife Denise appreciated the fact Riviera went over and above expectations to make sure Riviera owners enjoyed a great experience for the entire life of their boats. Riviera’s chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said there were over $12 million in sales finalised during the four days of the Festival from boating enthusiasts joining the Riviera family and that number is expected to rise after this week’s sea trials across Riviera’s range of Flybridge, Sport Yacht and SUV models. Highlights of this year’s 3rd Riviera Festival of Boating included the world premiere of the striking, sleek and sporty new 515 SUV and Mr Milne reported that there were several forward orders taken for this model. There was also an order “off the plan” for a sophisticated and stylish new 6000 Sport Yacht, which will make her world premiere at the Sydney International Boat Show from July 31 - August 4. Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said this year’s educational program truly had something for every luxury boating enthusiast, including skipper training for men, women and children, interactive displays, Riviera factory tours, offshore seamanship seminar with Captain Bob Jones, maintenance tricks of the trade, fishing clinics, electronic navigation, sanitation system maintenance, and anchoring, line work and rafting. Popular new educational events included Jet Ski Practical Handling, Riv Kids Tender Practical Handling, Navigation Marker Challenge, and a seminar by long-time Riviera owners Peter and Narelle Williams, who shared their unique experiences after clocking up 36,000 nautical miles on board their Riviera 47 Open Flybridge.
The world-class entertainment program included a marina cocktail party and Jazz nightclub attended by 380 guests, the Riviera Cirquetacular gala dinner attended by more than 400 guests, ladies champagne luncheon and Master BBQ Chef Challenge.

Riviera Welcomes Rory Vassallo

Australia’s favorite and most awarded builder of luxury power boats – has today announced that West Australian entrepreneur Rory Vassallo will take the helm of its R Marine Perth dealership, effective immediately. Riviera CEO Wes Moxey says the announcement marks an exciting new phase for R Marine Perth and creates the opportunity for the dealership to build on its commitment to helping Riviera and Belize owners enjoy the ultimate boating experience. There are nine R Marine network dealers throughout Australia and New Zealand – who are all Riviera and Belize Motoryacht specialists and are all committed to supporting their boat owners 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. R Marine Perth owner care manager Tim Wright said Mr Vassallo would bring fresh ideas to the dealership from both a successful business owner and Riviera boat owner’s perspective. Respected West Australian boat sales executive Ben Watkins and office administrator Sue Totterdell are key members of the R Marine Perth team and will remain committed to delivering the exclusive level of service for which Riviera is renowned. Mr Vassallo said he was excited to add a new aspect to Vassallo Corporation, which divested its investment in the West Australian childcare sector in March but retains a solid property development portfolio. Mr Vassallo said many of his business success strategies were already an integral part of the Riviera and R Marine Perth ideology – having a strong culture, focusing on relationships and ensuring you have a happy staff. R Marine Perth located at the Aquarama Marina, Riverside Road, East Freemantle offers both new and pre-owned Riviera luxury power boats from 36 to 75 feet across three model series Flybrige, Sport Yacht and the SUV collections. 

Sea Ray L Coastal Tour 

Sea Ray’s recently launched L-Class yachts have ushered in a new era in luxury yachting, with impeccable style built on a foundation of exceptional substance. To celebrate this new age of inspired luxury, Sea Ray is sending the L-Class flagship, the L650 Fly, on a tour of the East Coast of the United States, with invitation-only events in six major yachting ports of call. Each event on the L-Class Coastal Tour Experience will be held at a remarkable private waterfront residence where invited guests can take their time enjoying not only the L650Fly, but also offerings from several carefully selected luxury goods providers. The L-Class Coastal Tour Experience is sponsored by an exclusive group of luxury brands, including Aston Martin showcasing their latest offering of renowned sports cars, Ghurka debuting their fine leather goods, and the William Grant Group featuring Glenfiddich Speyside single malt Scotch whisky and other fine spirits. 

Selene Yachts Rendez Vous 2014

The second Selene Yachts Rendezvous will take place from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 June. Last year’s event was an unconditional success, bringing together Selene owners, journalists and many others from the nautical industry. The 2014 Rendezvous will again take place in lovely Marina Punat in Croatia. Many owners, some from as far afield as the United States, have already confirmed, and an exciting programme is already taking shape, full of exciting presentations and excursions to some of Europe’s finest landscapes. Selene Yachts Rendezvous 2014 will bring together various Selene Trawlers, which attendees can visit and discuss with their owners. You can even spend some time sailing on your preferred yacht for the full experience. The programme is already shaping up to be fun and action-packed and is likely to include practical presentations on fuel treatments, freshwater treatments, onboard fire fighting, safety at sea, rescue at sea, and many others.

Sun Reef Yachts CEO Joins Forces with Nautical Institution

Last month, Sunreef Yachts’ CEO - Francis Lapp signed an official agreement on cooperation with the Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology of the Gdansk University of Technology. The main goal of this initiative is an exchange of experiences between the company and the university. As part of this cooperation, Sunreef Yachts offers 4-weeks and 6-weeks holiday training and traineeships to students of the faculty. Additionally, the company’s highly qualified staff will share their practical knowledge and experience in designing and building vessels with young engineers during a series of planned thematic lectures. For their part, the Gdansk University of Technology offered the shipyard their assistance in solving research issues based on their laboratory base, as well as technical support in preparing new projects and implementing innovations. In a longer perspective, Sunreef Yachts and the Gdansk University of Technology will jointly apply for a high research and development grant from implementation funds. In order to get such a grant, the university needs support from an efficient industrial undertaking.

Sunseeker Wins Asia Boating Award

Sunseeker International got off to a great start at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show as we scooped a top award at the prestigious 2014 Asia Boating Awards. The Sunseeker Predator 80 was named the Best Worldwide Production Motoryacht (15m to 24m). Held on the first night of the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, the awards ceremony highlights the best that the Asian and International yachting industries have to offer. Organised by Asia-Pacific Boating magazine and China Boating magazine, the Asian Boating Awards is the most iconic of yacht awards and has served as a benchmark for the marine industry in the Asia-Pacific region since 2005. The awards are particularly special as they bring recognition not only from industry insiders but also from yacht lovers themselves, as readers of Asia-Pacific Boating selected the nominees. This is clearly testament to the stunning design and engineering excellence of the Predator 80.

Tiara New Dealer in Ontario Canada

Tiara Yachts is excited to announce the appointment of Ed Huck Marine as its newest dealer for the Ontario, Canada market. Ed Huck Marine, located in the beautiful village of Rockport, Ontario, provides 1000 Islands boaters the most enjoyable recreational experience by offering the finest facilities, products and knowledgeable staff available. The marina is celebrating their 125th year in business this year, and has been selling the best products in the industry to the most discerning of customers for four generations. They have been located on the same property since Fred Huck started the business in 1889. Throughout the years of providing dedicated service to boaters from all around the world, customers have come to equate high quality products with dependable service from Ed Huck Marine. Ed Huck Marine is committed to offering exceptional service to its customers and will maintain the standards of excellence that Tiara Yachts owners expect and deserve. The reputation that Ed Huck has earned over a century in the boating industry aligns with the longstanding legacy Tiara Yachts is also known for and both parties are excited about this new endeavor. Ed Huck Marine will have a 3100 Coronet and 3600 Coronet at their docks in early June.

VanDutch Center Newport Beach

VanDutch USA announced the opening of their new Factory Direct VanDutch Center Newport Beach at 2801 West Coast Hwy, Suite 220, Newport Beach, CA 92663. VanDutch Center Newport Beach is a Factory Direct, first‐class experience for clients buying a new product right in the place where they live, work and play. It is how all VanDutch Yachts will be sold in the USA, a Precedent Unrivaled in the Industry. VanDutch Center Newport Beach will include the models 30, 40, 40 Walk‐around, 55, and 75 in its inventory on site and will offer the opportunity to inspect and sea trial by one of its qualified VanDutch Representatives. VanDutch Center Newport Beach will have VanDutch Merchandise such as apparel and accessories, as well as to offer exclusive VanDutch Services to its clients like 24/7 Customer Assistance, Financial Services like Leasing, Financing, Fractional Ownerships, VanDutch Charter and Insurance, Concierge and Yacht instructional Programs. VanDutch Center Newport Beach is part of VanDutch USA’s dedication to deliver its Elite Experience and Showcase its latest Products in one convenient location. The VanDutch Factory Direct Centers in the USA are located in Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Naples, The Hamptons New York and Newport Beach California.

Viking Honored By New Jersey State

The Senate and General Assembly of the state of New Jersey recently recognized the Viking Yacht Company for its 50th Anniversary with a joint legislative resolution honoring the company for its achievements over the past five decades. Under the tutelage of co-founders Bill and Bob Healey and the most humble of beginnings, the Viking Yacht Company has grown to its present vital and dynamic state as a world leader in semi-custom fiberglass yacht production with dealers and service facilities throughout the nation and the globe.

Viking Employee Appreciation

The clouds broke and the sun warmed the Viking Employee Appreciation Clambake Saturday. After taking a short hiatus, the annual event was scheduled to coincide with the Viking Yacht Company's 50th Anniversary celebration season and what a celebration it was! Almost 3,000 employees and their families came out to enjoy the festivities at the New Gretna, New Jersey facility. Children giggled and squealed through carnival rides, colorful sand art and a creative coloring station along with mounds of fluffy cotton candy and scrumptious cup cakes. Tables were filled with smiles as the crowd devoured hot dogs, hamburgers, Jersey fresh clams, oysters and roasted pig accompanied with corn on the cob with all the trimmings. With a DJ spinning the tunes in the background, families toured the yachts and factory where their relatives' dedication makes the Viking Yacht Company the number one boat builder in the world.

Viking Sharp Shooters Take First Place

North American Composites hosted the 9th Annual South Jersey Boat Builders Shoot Out Tournament on April 25, 2014 at Red Wing Sporting Clays in Port Republic, New Jersey. The Viking Yachts' team (L to R) Jason Cross, Bill Hall, Frank Moser, Mark Waldron, Bill Heller took first place; Bill Heller also was the Top Shooter in the event. Congratulations to the Viking Team, and thanks to North American Composites for its ongoing support in helping us build a better boat every day.

Viking First Leg Win

Anglers Greg Smith and Dan Stacy had a great three days of fishing aboard the Viking 56 Blue Sky. Blue Sky, from Pawley's Island, South Carolina, released three blue marlin, one white marlin and one sailfish to clinch victory in the first leg of the 2014 Bahamas Billfish Championship series. The next leg of the 2014 BBC series will take place May 21st-24th and space is still available for teams interested in fishing this leg of the series. The Bahamas Billfish Championship is the oldest billfish tournament series in the world. Anglers can fish any or all of the tournaments with cumulative points determining the overall Bahamas Billfish Champion.

Zeelander Wins

The month of May kicked off with Sietse Koopmans, the Owner and CEO of Zeelander Yachts proudly winning the coveted Voyager's Award at the 2014 World Superyacht Awards ceremony in Amsterdam. Sietse spent over 3 years circumnavigating the world on board M/Y Zeepaard. But more importantly, this incredible experience gave Sietse the real hands-on experience to move forward and develop the Z164 luxury explorer.

Zeelander USA Moved to Miami Beach

With the recent international expansion at Zeelander Yachts, the USA team moved to a larger facility in Miami Beach. Centrally located at 1784 West Avenue, in the vibrant Miami Beach area, the modern Zeelander offices will accommodate the increased sales and services team. If you're in the area please drop in and visit us.

May 30, 2014

Project: Hunt 68 Express Flybridge

Hunt presents the 68 Express Flybridge project. With this new option for the 68, the Hunt designers take the looks of the 68 to new places, and make it stand away from the down East lobster boat features of the Sedan version, making the Express Flybridge feel more like a classic motor yacht from the eighties.  The design of the 68 Express Flybridge also features different windows in the pilot house, to enhance its status as a different boat. The flybridge will have two access staircases; one from the aft deck, and another inside to starboard conveniantly located behind the helm. On standard plan the flybridge will feature a central helm station with pilot and passenger seats, L-shaped dinette, and a free aft deck. For the remaining part the Hunt 68 Express Flybridge copies the interior layout of the Sedan with three double cabins below, aft crew cabin, office space, and a split level saloon with dinette and galley on main deck. Performance numbers are a top speed of 28 knots with twin Cats 1150hp.    

May 28, 2014

New Model: Absolute 64 Fly

Absolute yachts has in one of the most difficult period for the nautical industry shown its great resolute by updating its model range with a certain importance and timely manner at the important boat shows. The 64 Fly has been a long awaited project from this North Italian boat, more or less about two years and is an important strategic model for Absolute filling the gap in size between the new 56 updated version of the nice 55, and its flagship 72 model. The 64 Fly is based on the hull of the 64 STY. Non the less what the Fly takes seems only to be the running surfaces and lower part of the hull, because for the rest it offers total differences in looks and interior layout. One of the great bonuses of the 64 Fly will be its four cabin layout, fourth cabin with bunk berths. An interesting feature is also its very larger yacht look and feel, see deep walk around bulwurks, and central wrap around radar arch in the flybridge. But with this Absolute still manages to present a modern presence thanks to the huge glass surfaces which round the main deck interior area. Power options are twin Volvo 725hp or optional 900hp units. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.6 m (64.4ft)
Beam - 5.15 m
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 35 knots with 900hp engines, 31 knots with 725hp
Project - Absolute Research Lab
Certification - CE B

May 26, 2014

Project: Sunseeker 50 Superhawk

Sunseeker seems set to re-introduce a limited version of a new 50 Superhawk model. This project will see two important returns for Sunseeker; that of the Superhawk range which was so popular more or less about a decade ago, and for high performance orientated boats with minimal accommodation and slim beam. So far details of the new Superhawk are sparse, but the rumors are that it will be a limited production run and that no model can be same with each having customized different color schemes. The targeted top speed is of fifty knots.  

May 24, 2014

New Model: ISA Yachts 66m Granturismo

On May 3rd, 2014 ISA Yachts launched the 66m Granturismo. This full displacement custom motor yacht is the biggest ISA yacht built to date in terms of length. The concept behind the Granturismo is to emphasize the outdoor experience of a yacht without compromising the space and comfort that the owner would expect from a steel and aluminum displacement yacht. The overall beauty of yachts over the years has been lost to interior space, on the contrary Granturismo is a concept that allows for owners who love the sea to enjoy outside spaces. The ISA 66m Granturismo is a custom four deck yacht with an aluminum superstructure and an impressive steel hull with straight bow. The yacht is designed by Andrea Vallicellli and the interior by Alberto Pinto. Both designers worked in very close cooperation with the yard and the Owner’s management team to combine both design and architectural aspects based on a strong contrast between the harmonious and curvaceous lines of the decks with the rigorous and diamond-like geometry of the transom and sundeck. The hull shape and bow are optimized for both efficiency and comfort. ISA 66m Granturismo is a custom motor yacht with lots of space in relation to the total volume and her lines are sleek and graceful. The design does not achieve extra deck space by stacking the decks, there is not the piled-up effect, one layer after the other, the philosophy of the whole concept is to guarantee the owners the space and comfort they would expect. This stylish interior has been subcontracted to the renowned Austrian company List General Contractor GmbH. The naval architecture is developed in-house by ISA Technical Department in conjunction with BMT Nigel Gee naval architects, including a comprehensive four-month cooperation with MARIN - Maritime Research Institute Netherlands making a very intense tank testing program to evaluate all possible sea-conditions before starting the production of this very first innovative 66 meters super yacht. Throughout this procedure, at various steps, a close supervision was maintained by the Owner’s team. The exterior color scheme is composed of Dupont Black metallic on hull and Silver Metallic on the superstructure. Powered by twin Cats engines rated at 2366hp, she can reach top speeds of 18 knots and at a cruising speed of 16 knots. ISA 66M Granturismo will undergo the final commissioning phase in the next coming weeks.
Technical Data:
LOA - 66.4 m (217.8ft)
Waterline Length - 65.4 m
Beam - 11 m
Draft - 2.95 m
Displacement - 964 tons full load
Fuel Capacity - 135000 l
Water Capacity - 25000 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in 6 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat 3512 C2 2366hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 18 knots max, 16 knots cruise
Range - 3800 nm at 16 knots
Hull Shape - full displacement
Contruction - steel hull, aluminium super structure
Project - Andrea Vallicelli exterior, Alberto Pinto interior, naval architect ISA Technical and BMT Nigel Gee  
Certification - Lloyds 100 A1 SSC Yacht Mono, G6 LMC UMS EP, MCA LY2, unrestricted

May 22, 2014

Propulsion: Cat Three60 Pod 650

Caterpillar Marine presents a significant product milestone the Cat Three60 Pod 650, which is specifically designed for the new Cat C8.7 electronically controlled marine propulsion engine. The new Cat Three60 Pod 650 revolutionizes docking and slow-speed maneuvering for diesel-powered yachts, and sees the US engine manufacturer entrance into propulsion. Available in spring 2015, the pod is specifically designed to be remarkably easy for customers to learn, with easy ‘push, twist and go’ maneuvering. The Cat Three60 Pod 650 incorporates proprietary technology providing vessel operators with access to full or incremental power in any direction as well as smooth shifting from forward to reverse. The pod joystick and lever head provide smooth operation and high confidence when maneuvering utilizing two modes: lever mode and joystick mode. The lever mode controls the pod propeller drive trains using the lever head, while pod vectoring is controlled by the digital steering helm. In joystick mode, the joystick controls engine speed, gear and pod angle using intuitive fingertip movements of the joystick for slow vessel maneuvering. The new pod is specifically designed for the Cat C8.7 turbocharged/supercharged diesel engine. Developed in tandem with Fiat Powertrain Technologies, the compact C8.7 delivers an impressive 650hp at 2300 RPM while meeting EPA Tier 3, IMO II, and EU Stage IIIA emissions requirements.

May 20, 2014

Project: Viking 52 Open

Viking proudly announce a third new model for the 2015 season, the 52 Open which should launch and join the fleet in September. The Viking 52 Open follows the path of a relentless Research and Design development program to build a model within models to enhance the line up from 42 to 92 feet by offering exciting and new variations of our latest designs. The hull and running surface of the new 52 Convertible is the perfect platform for the 52 Open which will have SC, and ST sisters at a later stage. With a twelve degree transom deadrise, and molded strakes for lift and planning efficacy, the resin infused hull features a matrix of Aramid and E-glass hybrid knitted fiberglass laminates, foam and end-grain balsa coring, custom blended modified epoxy and polyester resins, and vacuum-bagged composite bulkheads throughout. Viking computer-operated five-axis profiling milling machine carved a new plug to make a stylish deck assembly mold, which includes a climate controlled deck-house with a raised command bridge helm station for outstanding visibility. The bridge area includes three Stidd helm seats, a U-shape lounge and a molded fiberglass console with capacious stowage, a refrigerator and pop-up flat screen television. At the helm, DC power-assisted hydraulic steering matched to high-speed stainless-steel rudders provide fingertip response, while the single-lever electronic controls harness the horsepower from the twin MAN 1200hp second generation common rail diesels. Cruise speed will be in the mid-30 knot range with the top end around 40 knots depending upon load, sea and environmental conditions. Accommodations below are surprisingly generous thanks to the sportfish five plus meters beam providing a master stateroom forward with a walk around queen-size bed, along with a private head and shower. Two additional staterooms are served by the second head. A combination salon and galley complete the interior plan with comfort and room to spare. The 142 square-foot cockpit boasts twin mezzanine seating with built-in freezer and stowage space, engine room access, a step box cooler, tackle stowage, recessed in-deck fish boxes and a walk-through transom door with lift gate. 

May 18, 2014

New Model: Heesen 51m YN 16551

Heesen announces that YN 16551 christened “My Sky” was launched on January 31st at their facility in Oss. “My Sky” is a 51m full displacement long range motor yacht of 660GT with a range of 5.400Nm at 10 knots. Her bold but sleek exterior is due to Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. Flush mounted tinted windows thermo bonded to the superstructure create a continuous wall of glass that gives this vessel a very distinctive look. World renowned architect Erick van Egeraat designed the ultra-contemporary, sharp and sophisticated interior. Emphasizing a strong contrast between dark and light throughout the yacht, a homogenous and luxurious atmosphere is created; combining crisp white leather with dark high-gloss Makassar wood and showing beautiful natural stone inlay patterns of spectacularly patterned back-lit white onyx into a black marble base. My Sky accommodates 12 guests in five cabins. The spacious full beam master suite is located on the main deck forward and boasts a large bathroom including a full natural stone clad steam shower and a spacious walk-in closet. The four guest cabins are located on the lower deck. The main saloon aft, with its large circular dining, lounge and bar area with a 6m2 LED screen, connects to the n deck aft, which organizes built-in settees and seats around two low coffee tables. The upper deck lounge, with its 270 degrees view and circular seating area, opens onto the aft terrace, accommodating a large dining table ideal for al fresco dining, even under way. Finally, the Sundeck’s large Jacuzzi, surrounded by sun-pads to aft, is perfect for total relaxation. As for the touch-and-go helicopter pad at the bridge, it turns into a large sun terrace providing secluded lounging even when the boat is docked stern into the marinas. “My Sky” is due for delivery to her Owners in November 2014 after intensive sea trials in the North Sea.
Technical Data:
LOA - 51.9 m (167.8ft)
Beam - 9.60 m
Draft - 3.25 m
Displacement - 529 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 80000 l
Water Capacity - 20000 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in 6 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 4000 M53 1850hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five blade fix propellers
Speed - 15 knots max, 12 knots cruise
Range - 3200 nm at 12 knots
Hull Shape - round bilge displacement
Construction - steel hull, aluminium super structure
Project - Frank Laupman of Omega Architects exterior, Erick van Egeraat interior, Van Oossanen - Heesen Yachts hull
Certification - Lloyds 100A1 SSC Yacht G6 LMC, MCA Large Commercial Yacht Code LY2 

May 16, 2014

Project: Otam 80 Millennium Open

Italian yacht builder Otam presents the project of the 80 Millennium Open, which is one of the most exciting sports yachts to hit the market in a long time. The 80 Millennium Open retains all the technical virtues of its predecessors 80 HT-Hard Top. There is the classic deep-V hull with its generous dead-rise angle that cushions the ride. The Otam power goes around a hearty two or four engine propulsion option;  leisure and performance versions, original MTU 2600 HP diesels coupled with the Arneson drives can be replaced by four MTU with Trimax drives. The new version of the Otam 80 is the result of the idea of a completely open yacht that fulfills today’s market demand for super sports yachts and chase boats. Starting with the proven Fabio Buzzi hull shape, the yacht designer Alberto Mancini wanted to emphasize speed, with a very protective windscreen that wraps around both sides of the cockpit and terminates with the large carbon air intakes, clearly derived from automotive lines. The roll-bar is color coordinated with the hull scheme, that Mancini and Otam wanted in five different custom color variations, with colors that are unique, sporting and elegant; Racing Blue, Maranello Red, Titanium, Black and Gold Grey. Of course, full custom color schemes are always possible. The deck layout was specifically designed to take advantage of the external cockpit: a facing twin C-shaped settee that can be covered with the Bimini top or an optional hard top, and a double bar completely equipped for both a day trip or a real open air passage: ice makers, capacious refrigerators and grills. The spacious sun bathing area is astern, above the tender garage, with another sun-pad zone to fore. All the outdoor upholstery uses new materials especially designed to integrate with the tones of the chosen hull color scheme. The internal layout is available in the three or four cabin versions, with the owners suite amidships and the VIP suite forward, with two twin cabins, or as completely customized guest cabins. The 80 Millennium Open represents a yacht that promises speed with a twist of luxury, with a top speed of 50 knots, but Otam is still experimenting with propellers and is confident that a new set of Rolla propellers will take this up to 55-58.

May 14, 2014

New Model: Greenline 48 Hybrid

Presented during the first month of the year Dusseldorf boat show, the new Greenline 48 Hybrid is an interesting and innovative hybrid explorer motor flybridge cruiser. The 48 Hybrid largest of the Greenline family raises the game in the offer from this builder not only in size but also the quality of the vessel.  Since the launch of the 33 model Greenline has generated a lot of buzz in the industry. Apart in its innovative propulsion solutions the 48 Hybrid strikes for its three double cabin layout, astern galley, and a small ship like main deck. Other interesting details are the optional choices; three for the main deck, and two below. The option on the main deck regards the starboard side behind the helm; this available with entertainment unit, or sofa, and or two chairs. Below is option for two scissor type double to fore instead of a fixed double queen sized berth, and a crew cabin to aft with shower head to aft. Power options are four diesel engines starting at 110hp this giving eleven knots max, up to twin 380 which adds top speed by twelve nautical miles per hour. Greenline 48 Hybrid also features twin fourteen kilowatt propulsion which give a max speed of six knots a cruise of four and an autonomy of 20 nautical miles. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.99 m (49ft)
Hull Length - 13.9 m
Beam - 4.80 m
Draft - 0.98 m
Displacement - 13800 kg dry 
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 660 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 optional single berth crew cabin aft
Engines - 2 x 110hp, 220hp, 300hp, 380hp
Speed - 23 knots max with twin 2 x 380hp
Range - 900 nm at 7 knots
Hull Shape - super semi displacement
Project - J and J Design, Seaway
Certification - CE B

May 12, 2014

Project: Henriques 35 Express HT

Henriques has recently showed a rendering of a new 35 Express HT. It has proved to be a successful formula for the New Jersey based builder in recent times, and after doing the transformation with the 42 last year, and the 50 Henriques seem to be doing the same on this smaller model. The 35 Express HT should be based on the layout of the standard 35 Express model with the addition of a stylish three part Hard-Top covering the pilot house. Just to give an indication the interior layout of a standard 35 Express usually features a galley to port side on entrance, L-shaped saloon opposite, and a double berth plus bunk single to fore. Anyways as far as layouts go, Henriques has shown in its story to be pretty flexible with its clients in customizing boats as requested, so bare with us that this is just an indication.

May 8, 2014

New Model: Jeanneau 40 Leader

Presented as a 38 project back in the fall of last year, the new Jeanneau 40 Leader is an interesting new model which comes with important points to its favor in this size market segment; nice modern exterior, important designer signature for hull and looks, and a competitive price tag. That is lot going for the new flagship of the Leader range from Jeanneau. You can also add more positive marks to this when you read on the specification that the hull shape of the 40 Leader is made by US designer Michael Peters, considered one of the top in the business for fast seaworthy bottom shapes. For the 40 Leader designer Garroni presented a nice hard top design, smart big large but not over-sized side windows, and a well laid layout both outside on the main deck and below. An interesting part of the lower deck layout is the L-shaped galley to starboard overlooking an opposite saloon, a detail typical to many British sport cruisers of similar size. The main deck also is a single level flush deck offer something I like on sport cruisers of this size and type versus the split level form of older models. Other interesting details in the 40 Leader is the aft sun-pad, which extends by moving the back rest of the settee forward. Power is standard twin Volvo 300hp, optional 370 and Mercruiser Cummins 380hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.3 m (40.5ft)
Hull Length - 10.9 m
Beam - 3.8 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 7531 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 362 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Accommodation - 4 in 2 cabins, plus 2 berths in convertible saloon
Max Persons - 10
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, D6 370hp, Mercruiser Cummins ZD 380hp
Propulsion - dual propeller stern drives
Project - Garroni exterior and interior, Michael Peters hull, and Jeanneau
Certification - CE B10 / C12

May 6, 2014

Project: Hampton 590 Endurance

Hampton present the project of its 590 Endurance, which is a design to Howard Apollonio and his famed semi-displacement hulls.  The 590 is the entry level to the Endurance range which spans up to 87 feet, and third smallest in size in the Hampton model offer. The living of the 590 Endurance offers a split level area, with an entrance featuring a relaxing area, and a three step up part having the galley, dinette and a central helm which is available with a single or twin seats. Below is three cabins with owners room to midships, VIP to fore, and double guest cabin to star-board. An option exists for the owners stateroom to have the shower head located to port side or to aft of the cabin, with this last option also adding a walk-in wardrobe and more space to the cabin.  Standard power is twin Cats 705hp with optional 873 engines being available.

May 4, 2014

New Model: Azimut Grande 95 RPH

Azimut Grande 95RPH, new model from the most exclusive large super yacht collection among the range, was launched in Viareggio on April 15th 2014. Latest model to be included in the Grande Collection, is also the first one being realized since the Collection was reintroduced in the Azimut Yachts family, side by side with the others: Atlantis, Magellano, Flybridge and S. Once again the already established collaboration between designer Stefano Righini, in charge of the concept and the external lines, and Studio Salvagni Architects for the interior layout, resulted in a project characterized by a unique and unmistakable style. Among the most interesting innovations introduced onboard this 29 meters, the raised pilothouse hence the name of the model, the incredibly spacious flybridge over sixty squared meters, and the peculiar interior space configuration that includes four VIP cabins in addition to the master suite. The Grande Collection currently includes five models, ranging from 95 to 120 feet, designed for owners willing to customize their yacht: a team of technical and production experts, in fact, will work with them throughout the whole yacht’s construction process so to define together each single aspect, whether it concerns technical or design features. Dedicated to over thirty meters long planing vessels, characterized by a high level of customization, the Grande series is the most exclusive among the Azimut Yachts’ five collections, and this new model perfectly highlights the Collection’s elevated technology and style standards.
Technical Data
LOA - 28.62 m (93.9ft)
Beam - 6.94 m
Draft - 2.05 m full load
Displacement - 111 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 12000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, four crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M94 2200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 28 knots max, 22 knots cruise
Hull Shape - planning Vee with 7.6 degrees dead-rise aft
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Studio Salvagni interior design and concepts, Pierluigi Ausunio naval achitect
Cerfification - UNI ISO8666 for data  

May 2, 2014

Project: Marex 375

Marex present the project of the 375 which is based on the hull of its award winning and much praised 370 Aft Cabin Cruiser. Apart the different looking but still family feeling design, two important features differentiate the 375 from the 370, no aft cabin, and the choice of single or twin engine options. The Marex 375 is an enclosed hard top sport cruiser with two important seating areas; one outside on the aft deck with a large C-shaped settee resting to port side, and a similar layout dinette inside. The galley is also located on the main deck with the Marex design team concentrating living up top. Below is two cabins with two double berths; owner to forward, and a guest at midships. A shower head is located to starboard.

May 1, 2014

Andrea Pezzini 1969 - 2014

Andre Pezzini fought against a disease that has proved stronger than him, and finally he surrendered, leaving his wife and two daughters on the 30 April 2014. Along with all those who knew him. Andrea Pezzini from Viareggio, was since 2012 owner of a company specialized in the installation of sound systems. Son of Marco Pezzini who disappeared in 2012 and was founder and owner of Versilcraft since 1964.  Andrea Pezzini had since 2000 taken the helm of Versilcraft, one of the famous yacht builders from the Viareggio area. Then given the crisis of the yachting sector, he decided to completely change the field and devoted himself to the installation of sound systems and founded in 2012 together with Alessandro Breschi, the Power Sound, headquartered at the Ghivizzani in Massarosa. An activity, this, in which he was quickly established, that led him to collaborate with many in the Viareggio Carnival, providing the equipment of audio and lights for wagons. Andrea Pezzini led a very active professional life to which he was able to match an equally happy family living. Andrea was in fact married to Serena Pieracci, with whom he had two beautiful daughters: Lisa, the largest; and Virginia, the smallest.  Until just a year ago Andrea Pezzini was diagnosed with a tumor that has upset his existence, which he tried in every way to fight, and finally he had to surrender. 

Family Affair

If I had to pick up the perfect example in boat building, a brand which is close to perfection, I would say this to be the North American, New Jersey residing Viking.  The Healey family would also do the boating community a favor if they made a book how to manage a boat building brand and facility, and how to emerge from the hard times as stronger. Its not the first time I speak of Viking but this boat builder does deserve a couple of bloggers to its name, more so now that its celebrating fifty years of operation.  
The story of Viking is interesting but is also one of hard work, commitment, and also faith in its work force with some of the important stuff working with the company for long as this has been founded. This is an important detail in Viking's success. Viking is also the opposite of the other American spectrum of boat building, being family owned since its inception in 1964, and never going into financial schemes for growth but always doing it in the old family run style business way of looking within. 
Hard work and commitment comes as a testimony how Viking was in the shadows of Bertram and Hatteras up until the early nineties manage to make a turn around and become the production sportfish yacht of choice in the later part of that same decade.  That decade which in the American boating industry remains one of the darkest times with the introduction of the luxury tax, which stayed put for a couple of years.
The Viking story is an interesting one, and if you ever want to become a boat builder I would start by looking at them as an example to follow. Happy fiftieth birthday Viking.