June 30, 2014

Monthly News - June 2014

- pic of the month - Otam Celebrates Sixty Years

Azimut-Benetti Group Yachting Gala 2014

The 2014 "Yachting Gala" was a resounding success. From June 28 to June 29, this exclusive and now traditional event, which Azimut|Benetti and its partners of excellence dedicate to luxury yacht fans worldwide, saw over 600 select customers from across the globe gather in a prestigious setting in the Principality of Monaco. This year, the traditionally spectacular and exhilarating event had an even stronger Italian appeal. The seventh two‐day Azimut|Benetti Yachting Gala in Monte Carlo was conceived as a fun and spectacular party dedicated to all those who share and promote the all‐Italian excellence of Azimut|Benetti in the world. During the weekend of June 28th and 29th, more than 600 guests took part in navigation trials and toured the many yachts exhibited at the new Monaco Yacht Club, opened just a few days earlier. The result was a display of pure beauty that stood out in the fabulous Monaco scenery, enriched by the tantalizing lure of novelty. Of the impressive 18‐yacht fleet, two Azimut|Benetti yachts ‐ Benetti Tradition Supreme 108’ and Azimut Grande 95 RPH made their exclusive world debut in Monte Carlo for the guests of the Yachting Gala. Shining out above the rest, they are set to become the top attraction at all the autumn Boat shows. Furthermore, the 2014 "Yachting Gala" owed its particularly intense Italian Lifestyle inspiration, not just to Azimut|Benetti, but also to the value and quality of its partners: world‐renowned high‐end brands that reflect the very best taste and style, in perfect harmony with the Group's philosophy. First and foremost, Maserati, the legendary luxury car brand boasting 100 years in business, placed prestigious courtesy cars at the disposal of guests and VIPs. Furthermore, in addition to the technical partners Volvo Penta and Cummins, the leading suppliers of engines for Azimut yachts, the event was also attended by a number of dedicated partners. The beverage was supplied by the luxury Beluga brand, specialising in vodka and spirits, and three cellars from Veneto, Cà di Rajo, Ottella and Fontanina. Other examples of all‐Italian excellence brought further elements of style to Monte Carlo: the fine linen of the historical Caprai and the creations of Cruciani, a new icon of fashion; the interior design solutions for luxury aircrafts designed by the Mecaer Aviation Group; the design of the completely eco‐friendly furniture and decorative elements produced by Kube Design, a brand distributed by Officina delle Idee; and the fittings and lighting of Imex. These partners made the Yachting Gala a fully‐rounded experience of true Italian lifestyle.

Azimut New Saudi Arabia Partnership

Azimut Yachts already has one of the most extensive international dealer networks in the world, and it is getting even more so thanks to its prestigious new partner in Saudi Arabia, Samaco Marine belonging to the AlNahla Group. Run by the Sharbatly Family, the Group has been carefully promoting development in the region through direct interventions and international partnerships also in the nautical sector since 1930. Samaco Marine started its Marine operations in Jeddah in the late 70’s. Over the year they have become a truly innovative business as luxury yachts distributors. Through its unprecedent industry contacts and knowledge, special attention to customer service and experienced brokers who work using extensive connections in marine community worldwide, Samaco Marine is now leader in the Saudi Arabia market. The Group is no stranger to prestigious partnerships in the luxury sector: Ferrari, and Maserati are just a few of the most famous brands for which AlNahla is the exclusive dealer in the Region. Now, alongside Italian sports cars there will be elegant Italian Azimut yachts. As usual, Azimut Yachts has carefully selected its local partner, ensuring they will provide the best sales and assistance services and meet the criteria of exclusivity and attention to the clientele that distinguish Azimut Yachts. 

Ferretti Group New Appiontment

The engineer Stefano de Vivo is the new Chief Commercial Officer of Ferretti Group, world leader in the design, construction and sale of luxury motor yachts, with a unique portfolio of prestigious, and some of the most exclusive, brands in the global nautical market. The appointment of Stefano de Vivo is part of the Group’s consolidation/relaunching plan that is focused on the design and construction of new ranges of products, as well as on the implementation of new business and marketing strategies, thanks to the contribution of young, motivated and experienced managers. Stefano de Vivo will report directly to the lawyer Alberto Galassi, Chief Executive Officer of Ferretti Group, and will work on strengthening and developing the sales network for all the Group’s brands. Stefano de Vivo, aged 36, graduated in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering from the prestigious University College of London and gained an MBA from the University of Sciences and Technology in Hong Kong. He began his career in the nautical industry at Riva where, at a very young age, he covered the roles of Project Manager, World After Sales Manager and Greater China and Asia Pacific Manager. Until 2011 Stefano de Vivo was also Sales & Marketing Director and Vice President of Sales at Benetti. He has also provided consultancy for top international groups such as Desigual Asia Pacific, Volkswagen Group – Hong Kong office, Pacific Coffee Company, China Light and Power Group, and Progressio SGR.

Ferretti Group Opens China Showroom

The 12th China (Qingdao) International Boat Show 2014 was held from May 30th to June 1st at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center. Ferretti Group a world leader in the design, construction and marketing of luxury motor yachts, and owner of a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive and prestigious brands in the world of pleasure craft, bring to Qingdao the Ferretti Yachts 870: it is the first time that a Ferretti Yachts is displayed in the north of China. Meanwhile the Group announces the opening of the first showroom Ferretti Group China, in Qingdao: as one of the European top Yacht Brands stepping into Chinese market early, Ferretti Group continues to expand its operations in Asia-Pacific. This inauguration is a significant step after the signature of the Joint Venture with Speedo Marine, a milestone in the development of Chinese market that fore sees the opening of 11 showrooms ‘Ferretti Group China’. Qingdao is an important appointment , the first in China, for the development of a worldwide network of showrooms that represents welcome, elegance, excellence, Italian style and the ‘Made in Italy’ quality, which are the key values of Ferretti Group. A team of skilled people from Ferretti Group, with the support of a pool of architects under the lead of Officina Italiana Design, is working on the opening of several locations that all over the world will welcome the exclusive clients of the most prestigious Brands in the nautical world. 

Ferretti Group Yacht Club de Monaco Partnership

Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and sale of luxury motor yachts, with a unique portfolio of prestigious, and some of the most exclusive, brands in the global nautical market, and Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) - the most exclusive yacht club in the world founded in 1953 by Prince Rainier III and since 1984 chaired by HSH Prince Albert II - are proud to present a new, completely unique, area, intended to perpetuate the legendary Riva over time: the exclusive ‘Riva Aquarama’ lounge. A space completely dedicated to the Italian brand and intended to host the over 1,300 members of the YCM, located on the top floor of Sir Norman Foster’s masterpiece, the new venue of the Yacht Club de Monaco. The project, the result of an exclusive partnership between Ferretti Group and the YCM, has fulfilled the dream of a contemporary space designed with the same elegance as the legendary Riva Aquarama. The Riva lounge, which will be inaugurated on 20 June, is the most precious piece of a mosaic that sees the Riva brand by Ferretti Group, an icon of the global nautical industry, expand into new spaces and territories, such as interior design with “searching light”, the iconic table light presented at the last Milan Furniture Show, inspired by the Riva boats of the '60s.

Gulf Craft New Chief Executive Officer

Gulf Craft today announced the promotion of Erwin Bamps to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the company, following a meeting of the Board that recognized Bamps’ sterling contribution to growing the company’s international scale and presence. Bamps joined Gulf Craft in 2002 as Executive Manager and has been instrumental in building the business and brand locally, regionally and internationally. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2009and has been the driving force behind developing the enterprise from a family-owned company of 220 employees to a multinational with a global reach and reputation today, employing close to 2,000 people and operating in every major boating and yachting market worldwide. A native of Belgium and a global citizen – having worked in Japan, Belgium and the Philippines prior to the UAE – Bamps experience in organizations that are strikingly multicultural and multinational has served him well in achieving Gulf Craft’s expanding ambitions. Founded in 1982, Gulf Craft last year sailed into the list of the world’s Top 10 superyacht–building shipyards (as listed in the 2014 Global Order Book).

Gulf Craft Arab Luxury World

The Middle East market is steadily moving from being a consumer to an active creator of luxury, leading players in the industry concurred at Arab Luxury World, a forum that focused on the region’s luxury sector, estimated to be worth between $6 billion and $10 billion. Participating in three key panels at the two-day forum which concluded yesterday at The Westin Mina Seyahi, Gulf Craft a homegrown yacht and boat manufacturer that today is one of the world’s top 10 superyacht builders said the market has never traditionally been associated with manufacturing luxury despite it being a voracious consumer. However, the global success of “Made-in-the-Middle East” brands in industries as diverse as airlines, yacht-manufacturing, hospitality, fashion, perfumes and others is changing the perception and marketability of Arab luxury goods and services on an international scale. Speaking alongside other Middle East success stories such as Ajmal Perfumes, S*uce, Fashion Forward and the Chalhoub Group on a panel on “Home-Grown Luxury”, Erwin Bamps, Chief Operating Officer of Gulf Craft, noted that the Middle East today is steadily building a reputation for itself as an exporter of luxury. The panelists agreed that many successful Arab brands are now at a point where they have the heritage, the expertise and the appreciation at a local and an international level and are carving their place in the global luxury landscape. Developing the conversation further at a panel on “Marketing to the Ultra-Rich Arab” together with Christie’s, Coutts and Above and Beyond, Bamps added that the profile of the HNWI in the Arab world was evolving. Bamps comments mirror the findings of the “World Luxury Tracking” survey conducted by IPSOS, which was presented at Arab Luxury World, which revealed that UAE consumers privilege quality, brand and advanced innovation above all – much more than in Western or East Asian countries. Surveyed respondents in the UAE and KSA additionally showed a high expectation of exclusivity from luxury, supporting the idea of an increased desire for personalized, one-of-a-kind products. Other key issues addressed at the forum included the Arab HNWIs’ concern with legacy and inheritance, stability and sustainability of family fortunes, provenance, philanthropy and the development of an active Arab “collectors’ community” for everything from high-end horology to contemporary art.

Hodgdon New Service Division

Hodgdon has officially launched a new division, Hodgdon Yacht Services, marking the company's significant expansion into both the yacht and pleasure boat service and refit sectors. The expansion makes Hodgdon one of New England's largest full-service marine companies. With the recent merger of Boothbay Region Boatyard in Southport and Wotton's Wharf in Boothbay Harbor with its existing shipyard in East Boothbay, the company is now operating facilities in three locations in the Boothbay region. Hodgdon officially merged Boothbay Region Boatyard and Wotton's Wharf into Hodgdon Yacht Services on June 1, 2014, allowing for the expansion. With the addition of approximately 30 service sector professionals from Boothbay Region Boatyard, Hodgdon now employs approximately 150 people in mid coast Maine, making it one of the largest employers in the Boothbay region. Sandy Spaulding, former president of Hinckley Yachts and Hodgdon Yachts senior business advisor, has been named president of the new division. Matt Elder, a former partner in Sea Marine of Port Townsend, Washington, has been named the general manager. The company celebrated the expansion with an open house Sunday, June 29 at its Southport boatyard. Hodgdon Yacht Services will provide maintenance, repair and refit services for recreational boats, yachts and superyachts. It will also provide storage and dockage at its Southport boatyard. The Southport boatyard can lift boats up to 50 tons and up to 65 feet in length. The new division also offers railway lifting capacity for superyachts up to 400 tons and up to 60 meters in length at its East Boothbay shipyard. Recent projects at the East Boothbay shipyard include refits of a 138-foot schooner and an 83-foot traditional yacht, as well as a refit of an 82-foot motor yacht with an ultra-lightweight interior. Both yards are supported by Hodgdon's in-house advanced composite structural and systems engineering as well as its world famous interiors division. Hodgdon's newly acquired marina in Boothbay Harbor, known locally as Wotton's Wharf, has more than 750 feet of linear dock space and a face dock of 500 feet. The wharf is the home base to the annual Shipyard Cup, a Hodgdon-founded and hosted superyacht regatta that draws competitors from around the world and infuses significant dollars into the region each summer. This expansion is part of an ongoing effort by Hodgdon to diversify the fifth generation-run company. Over the past 12 years, Hodgdon has grown from its roots as an internationally-known custom yacht builder to also become an industry leader in high quality yacht construction involving advanced composites design and construction, custom tenders for superyachts, yacht interiors, and projects for the United States Department of Defense. In addition to its three facilities in the Boothbay region, Hodgdon has locations in Richmond and Damariscotta for its interiors division and its custom tender construction division, respectively.

Jarrett Bay Wins 2014 Big Rock Tournament

The 55′ Jarrett Bay, Inspiration struck it big last week in the Big Rock tournament, bringing in the winning 754 lbs. blue marlin on the first day of fishing. Captained by local Morehead City owner/operator and former Big Rock chariman, Casey Wagner, this was the third largest marlin weighed in the 56 year history of the tournament and the largest this millennium! Winning the Big Rock is truly a family endeavor and especially emotional for the Wagners. Both the Inspiration and the Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament are named in memory of Casey’s late wife and all of their children including mate Cole and daughters Caroline and Kristen have been involved in the two events for most of their young lives. 

Jarrett Bay Wins Lady Anglers Tournament

Congratulations to Capt. Stephen Draughon and the anglers aboard Bill Collector, Jarrett Bay custom hull #11, on their first place win at the 17th Annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament on Saturday, June 7th. Releasing a blue marlin and a sailfish within the first two hours of the tournament provided Bill Collector with the lead, and, ultimately the first place title for this one-day event.

Ocean Reef New Cartagena Location

Outer Reef Yachts, a world leader in the design, construction and sale of high quality long range motor yachts, is proud to announce the company will have a premier sales center located in Cartagena de Indias the Colombian seaport area, and heart of Caribbean commerce and tourism. Outer Reef’s Latin American sales team, located in this new retail center, will be led by the area’s representative and active community leader, Jaime Borda. The Cartagena area was particularly attractive to Outer Reef as it is a growing center for business, tourism, and the hub of the Caribbean yachting community, as it is close to turnkey service facilities and overall commerce. According to Data Monitor Financial 2014, the Colombian wealth market’s value is forecasted to grow robustly during 2011-2015, second only to the Brazilian market, out of the countries studied in the database. The number of affluent individuals is forecasted to grow at a compounded rate of 10.6% over the same period. Most recently, the Outer Reef Cartagena and South Florida sales team successfully participated in the 1st annual Panama Boat Show, which took place June 20th – 22nd.

Otam Celebrates Sixty Years

O.T.A.M. now known as OTAM was created on July 19th, 1954. Abbreviation for Organizzazione Tigullio Assistenza Motoscafi, OTAM is the historic name for the company that was one of the first yacht storage yards in Liguria. Thanks to the ability and nautical passion of the skilled workers that make up the company, OTAM quickly widened their horizons to become an authorized Riva service yard. OTAM's first models were the OTAM 36' and the OTAM 38'. During the 1970's, the yard’s special capabilities, combined with the dedication of their craftsmen, allowed OTAM to create a construction yard that built fifteen triple planked wooden yachts, many of which are still sailing today. Even then OTAM stood out for their craftsmanship, together with a meticulous selection of construction materials. The yards intent has always been to guarantee uncompromising quality and performance. With the arrival of fiberglass as a construction medium, OTAM definitely began to “plane”. During the 1980's OTAM began their collaboration with Magnum Marine and proceeded to fit out more than 25 yachts for the American yard’s Mediterranean market. The legendary “OTAM Pier” at Santa Margherita Ligure was also a fixture in the 80's. Placed in the center of the marina, with a capacity for over 70 yachts, the Pier offers complete assistance with the same characteristics as the Genoa Marina where OTAM is located today. The OTAM yard leapt forward in the 1990's with two mythical models: the OTAM 45 and the OTAM 55. Since then the yard has built more than 70 yachts, earning high acclaim from both the public and nautical specialists thanks to OTAM's reputation for reliable and luxurious offshore yachts, built for the elite that values performance and seakeeping qualities above. In recent years the Millennium range offering has become even richer with four more models: a 50' open and a 58' open, a 65' hard-top, and in April 2014 an 80'(25 meter) in both open and hard-top versions.

Riviera Praises Pride and Passion

Competing on the world stage takes an enormous commitment and that’s exactly what the 400-strong team at Riviera is achieving at the largest luxury power boat-building facility in the southern hemisphere at Coomera on the Gold Coast. A solid start to 2014 has forward order sales across both the Riviera and Belize Motoryachts fleets at more than double last year’s figures – the 26 boats currently in production include two flagship 75 Enclosed Flybridge models. On top of that the team has stepped up to proudly fly the Riviera and Belize flags at a succession of international boat shows and, of course, the most successful yet Riviera Festival of Boating from 22-25 May at Coomera. Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst says the incredible performance of a passionate and professional team is widely acknowledged among Riviera’s “family” of luxury powerboat owners. The Riviera team gathered for a thank-you lunch last week at the 14-hectare state-of-the-art Coomera facility to celebrate the success of the Festival of Boating, and it was here that Mr Longhurst expressed his personal thanks and outlined the challenges ahead. Eighty-five per cent of the boats now under construction at the Coomera factory are 50 feet and over, and 55 per cent of Riviera’s annual production is sold to overseas owners. There are already forward orders for the strong and adventurous new 515 SUV crossover model which made her world premiere at the Riviera Festival of Boating from 22-25 May, and also an off-the-plan sale for the sophisticated and stylish 6000 Sport Yacht which makes her world premiere at the Sydney International Boat Show from 31 July - 4 August. Mr Longhurst said the benefits of constant improvement programs, organisational restructure, a stronger dealer network and continuing creation of new models would continue to be realized in the months and years ahead.

Sanlorenzo Celebrate Four Launches

Busy time at Sanlorenzo shipyards where, in just two weeks, 4 motor yachts over 24 meters have been launched: two SL96 models (29,10 m), the 21st SD92 vessel (27,6 m) and the second unit of the brand new SD112 line (33,65 m) recently presented. Unmistakable style and sophisticated design place Sanlorenzo motoryachts to the peak of  International yacht building. The Italian Shipyard, in over 50 years of history, has now become a synonym of excellence both in terms of refinement and attention to detail. Today, Sanlorenzo has reached the second place in in the world ranking of the top builders over 24 meters (Global Order Book 2014). 

Sunreef Manufacturing Excellence Award

On 11th of June 2014, during the Manufacturing Excellence Awards and Manufacturing Summit gala in Warsaw, the shipyard received an award in the Sailing and Motor Yachts category. The Global Manufacturing Awards seem to be the only event in the world to distinguish the entire industry of prestigious products. The official committee (Manufacturing Excellence Jury) consisting of professionals and directors from the manufacturing industry, have decided to reward the best symbols of luxury goods in the world, including Sunreef Yachts.

Sunreef Second Edition Pomorskie Rendez-Vous

On the 6th of June 2014 in Gdansk (Poland), Pomorskie Rendez-Vous took place, during which the most luxurious brands available on the local and international markets met with the world of mega yachts. More than 700 distinguished guests from all over the world, including celebrities, politicians and media had the opportunity to witness the La Mania fashion show, a presentation of the latest car models, admire jewelry, taste the best alcohols and delicacies, as well as see outstanding performances of music artists and bartending champions. The undisputed point of the event was the arrival of four yachts from the Sunreef Yachts shipyard, which officially opened the whole event. Guests admired the 60 Sunreef Power Blue Belly with characteristic blue hulls, the latest 70 Sunreef Power 1 Life with a gym on the flybridge, the Sunreef 58 Summerfield and the second model of Sunreef 60 Loft Meri II. The initiator of Pomorskie Rendez-Vous is Francis Lapp-the President and Founder of Sunreef Yachts, who attended the luxury Hainan Rendez Vous in Sanya, on the Chinese island of Hainan in 2013, and decided to create a similar event in Poland. As he says, each next edition is bound to induce even more excitement, and will be soon found in the calendar of the most important events that combine exclusive brands with the world of yachts.

Viking on Jersey TV News

The Viking Yacht Company was recently featured on New Jersey TV News as part of an ongoing series about business in the Garden State. Andrea Vasquez toured the 810,000 square foot factory on the Bass River in New Gretna and reported her story in the program.

Viking Ocean Showdown 2014

One of the most popular summer fishing tournaments is the Viking Ocean Showdown, scheduled for July 9-12, 2014. How popular, you ask? Now in its 25th year, this crowd pleasing event is all about family fun, with two days of fishing, a great cookout and pool party, and an awards dinner capped with a frenzy of super prizes and delectable eats at the luxurious Canyon Club Marina in Cape May, New Jersey. It's less than a month away, so reserve a slip and take part in this ongoing rivalry between two top New Jersey boat builders gunning for bragging rights!

Viking Announce Dealer Meeting Dates

The annual Viking Dealer Meeting takes place at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 8-10, 2014, and while business is conducted on the first two days, Wednesday is set aside for customer sea trials of our new models including the Viking 52 O/ST and the new flagship 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible. The list of other Vikings that will be available is still being compiled, but you are cordially invited to contact your Viking Dealer to make an appointment to get aboard for a personal inspection and sea trial. 

Viking Visit From Yachting

Editors from Yachting magazine recently spent a day at Viking taking in a plant tour and canvassing three new 2015 models, the 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, the 75 Motor Yacht and the 52 Sport Tower currently under construction in preparation for world premieres at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. Pausing to inspect the powder-coated structural steel web frame engine beds for 76620, a 76 Convertible being built are (L to R) John Wooldridge, Patrick Sciacca and Matt White.

June 27, 2014

Project: Abacus 72

Abacus presents the project for a new 72 model, which will be the replacement of the 70. This new Sicily Italian yard offer is again a design by renowned Italian architect Fulvio de Simoni, who present a modern flybridge motor yacht. By the renderings so far available the new 72 seems to be a further development of the 70, with improvements in important stylistic areas. Most noticeable changes will be the single piece view window in the owners full beam amidships cabin, deeper side decks, a slightly higher radar arch, and a flybridge all reserved for entertainment with tender stowage moving to the bathing platform. The 72 is to be fully build with infusion fiberglass technology by DIAB Divinycell, a technology Abacus has embraced much earlier to other builders. No news yet on power engine choices but I do imagine this to be similar as the 70, which is offered with standard twin MAN 1360hp  or optional 1420 and 1550 units. 

June 26, 2014

New Model: American Tug 485

The all new 485 American Tug is now in the water and in the hands of her owner. Hull's two through four are under production at this time. This exciting new project takes over where the original 49 Limited left off. With additional length in the salon and galley over the 435, this model will lend itself to full time live aboards and extended cruising. The performance will be exceptional with the standard 550hp Cummins engine and optional 405hp commercial rated QSL9. Standard fuel is 2400 liters giving her a range over 1500 nautical miles. The 485 comes equipped with a nice standard list which includes Sidepower variable bow and stern thrusters. Overall, the 485 appeals to yachtsman looking to explore beyond the horizon but one who refuses to leave the comforts of home behind. The sea-keeping ability of the proven Lynn Senour designed hulls will keep you calm in the roughest of conditions. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.16 m (49.9ft)
Waterline Lenngth - 13.4 m
Beam - 4.82 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 15,422 kg dry, 19,268 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2422 l
Water Capacity - 794 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 2 cabins
Engine - 1 x Cummins QSL 8.3L 550hp, or Cummins QSL9 405hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 14 knots fast cruise, 8 knots economical cruise
Range - 1500 nautical miles at 8 knots economical cruise with Cummins 550hp, 2000 nm estimated with 405hp
Construction - solid fiberglass bottom, vacuum bagged cored ship side above waterline
Project - Lynn Senour hull shape

June 25, 2014

Project: Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht

The largest and most sophisticated Sport Yacht in the Riviera fleet will make her world premiere at the Sydney International Boat Show held from July 31 to August 4. This latest model from Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder is a combination of Riviera’s 34 years experience and global owner feedback which has results in the birth of the new 6000 Sport Yacht. This new 6000 Sport Yacht was built for entertaining with an aft galley awning window that opens to the generous cockpit and provides plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors for on-board entertaining. At the rear of the cockpit and to center is an external wet bar with sink, ice maker, drawer fridge and twin barbecues. The cockpit also features a large fiberglass sunroof that extends over the seating area to provide protection but can also be opened to bring sunlight into the entertaining area. The aft galley is located in the entertaining hub of the vessel with central access to the cockpit and saloon. The well-planned saloon is perfect for indoor entertaining or relaxing with a U-Shaped lounge around a dinette table that seats six adults and a large two-metre long three-seater lounge opposite. The three-seater lounge is large enough to enjoy a lazy afternoon nap and versatile enough to provide an additional dining area by simply moving the middle seat base out as an ottoman and lifting up the table located between the two remaining seats. Forward of the saloon is the impressive helm station which has been cleverly sunken into the dash to improve visibility and ergonomics. The helm features enough space for two nineteen inch display screens and twin navigator chairs. The saloon also features a large glass Webasto marine sunroof to bring light and fresh air into the saloon area at anchor and underway. Below decks is a spacious and versatile accommodation plan featuring four staterooms and three bathrooms. The full-beam master stateroom is a key feature of the new 6000 with a king central island bed, sliding door on the starboard side giving access to an extremely generous walk-in robe, and there is also a roomy en-suite to port featuring sliding door entry and large port hole to bring in natural light. Forward of the island bed is the dresser with wall-mounted television and to starboard is a large lounge forming a parent’s retreat. A spacious utility room is located behind the master stateroom and can be accessed via the master wardrobe, cockpit or engine room. Standard power in the 6000 Sport Yacht is the new-generation and fuel-efficient twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod drives featuring forward-facing, counter-rotating propellers. IPS offers an impressive power-to-weight ratio and torque, higher top-end speed and, in the case of Riviera’s 6000SY, delivers a top speed of over 30 knots under full load conditions. 

June 23, 2014

New Model: Azimut 50 Flybridge

As the above picture shows the finishing of this new Azimut was dedicated to the workers who build this awaited 50 model. An always important size for Azimut, meaning a client entering yacht segment and one of success for the most famous of the Italian builders. For this new model Azimut and designer Righini inspired themselves to one of there own recent successes the 2013 launched 80, which one year after its launch is a market sensation. But this new Azimut 50 has some interesting parts of its own, as the seventeen squared meters fly-bridge size which is among the largest in this size, and a three double cabin layout which includes a full beam owners room. In this model Azimut interior designer Galeazzi left the saloon for dining and relaxing areas, with a two parts split level saloon having a C-shaped settee forward to port side, and a relaxing saloon sofa aft. Below deck is the galley in between the three cabins, a concept which Azimut used in the smaller 47/48 model, and usually a design feature not much appreciated on fifteen meters plus sized flybridge motor yachts. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.88 m (52.1ft)
Hull Length - 14.4 m
Beam - 4.6 m
Displacement - 23.5 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2220 l
Water Capacity - 590 l
Accommodation - 6 guest berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 670hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 30 knots max
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Carlo Galeazzi interior
Certificaition - UNI ISO 8666

June 21, 2014

Web: Majesty Yachts New Web Site

The flagship brand of the Gulf Craft Group, Majesty Yachts updates is World wide web virtual online showroom. Majesty Yachts was officially launched in 2004, but the roots of the brand go deeper to this. As Gulf Craft founded in 1982, it launched a flagship during the end mid nineties, the Italian Yankee Delta designed 86 Majesty which at the time hinted the name for this line. Today Majesty Yachts builds a total of twelve models from 48 to 155 in two separate ranges, Super Yacht and Yacht in a 500,000 square foot facility. The yachts are also build to international standards; ABS, MCA, RINA, Lloyd's, USA Coast Guard, and Australian Coast Guard. Majesty Yachts new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Us, Representative, News and Media, Contact Us, Superyacht Collection, and Yacht Collection. Majesty Yachts website  also features social media pages with a link at the bottom of the front page, taking you to the; Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest pages. 

June 19, 2014

Projects: Bavaria 360 Sport Coupe, Bavaria 360 Sport HT, Bavaria 360 Sport Open, Bavaria 360 Sport ST

Bavaria sets a standard in the sport cruiser segment with the project of the 360 Sport redefining new dynamics in choice. The new 360 will be available not in two, but in four different versions all targeting different users and area types. Besides the Open and Hardtop versions, Bavaria will be launching a new Coupe at a World Premiere in early September at the Oslo Boat Show. A Soft-Top version will also be available. Open, Hardtop, Soft-Top, or as a Coupe, the new 360 Sport is indeed versatile. The entire cockpit was designed according to modern requirements and is the social area on this medium sized sport cruiser. The seating area with cockpit table at the rear is a fantastic place for a relaxing drink or dinner with friends in the evening. During the day this area is easily converted in just a few steps to a large sun-pad. The 360 Sport is again a project by Marco Casali and his Too Design team, the man behind the much appreciated 420 Virtess, who here keeps amazingly beautiful and clear lines in the 360 Sport, respecting his Rome Central Italy roots. The hull form uses the knowledge of nautical architects Insenaval SL, while the modern, stylish and functional interior comes from Design Unlimited. The finishing touches and technical details in the 360 are from the designers and engineers of the Bavaria Sport line and all their previous experiences are incorporated in this new sport cruiser. Even with a new hard top concept, the 360 Sport is about practicality, large windows create a spacious all around view. Attention to detail, experience and a demanding technical level have been the premises of the designers and engineers at Bavaria in the development of the interior of the new 360 Sport. A wide range choice of fabrics and woods to the newly designed helm where a functional and simple design are key. Standard power for the Bavaria 360 Sport will be twin Mercruiser 260hp petrol gas engines.

June 17, 2014

New Launch: Jarrett Bay 43 Hardtop Express Hull #53

It's been a long construction journey for this Jarrett Bay 43 Hardtop Express which started its life back in 2009, only to be halted a year later due to the recession. Come time the 43 Hardtop Express finds a new owner who jumps into completing hull number 53, and with this come a change of plans and design, transforming itself from an Open, to a Hardtop Express, and modifying the hull to accommodate ZF Zeus pods. In many ways the 43 Hardtop Express is Jarrett Bay most innovative build to date. The Hardtop which occupies the super structure makes it also look different to the other Jarrett Bay fifty plus custom builds. Inside the layout also brings some innovation mostly thanks to the use of the ZF pod drives and the engines located further aft which allow the space for a second twin berth midships located cabin. Performance wise the Jarrett Bay 43 Hardtop Express has still some nice numbers on its side, although not high as the usual custom sportfish boat of forty knots plus. Still the 43 Hardtop Express offers interesting economic runs at a cruise of 31 knots and a fuel burn of 5.5 litres per nautical mile. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.1 m (43ft)
Waterline Length - 11.8 m
Beam - 4.41 m
Draft - 1.06 m
Displacement - 18143 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2082 l
Water Capacity - 189 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 600hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 31 knots cruise, 36 knots max
Construction - cold moulded epoxy with fiberglass, jig method

June 15, 2014

Project: Codecasa 65

After three previous Codecasa 65’s delivered between 2008 and 2010, which are the current flagships of the displacement Yachts series signed by the Viareggio shipyard, this very appreciated Italian super yacht builder presents the project of a new 65 that reviews and highlights the distinctive features of the three previous hulls that made them so successful. Designed by Codecasa exterior stylist Domenico Gozzani, the 65 features big interior volumes and extremely clean and precise exterior lines distributed over four decks. The lower deck with the guests area made of four large cabins. The main deck entirely devoted to the reception and the hospitality thanks to the huge salon and the adjacent dining room. To follow the upper deck, for the exclusive benefit of the owner, that includes a second salon and a large owner’s Suite with a contiguous VIP cabin and a direct access to a very private external living area forward. To conclude, then, the bridge deck with its wheelhouse and big spaces for other amenities, to be chosen by the owner. The final outcome of this third totally different 65 is a super yacht poised in the hull and superstructures distribution, that recovers styles belonging to the nautical tradition, using as few lines as possible and limiting itself to the essential ones, without renouncing to the solidity of the whole. This leads the observer to be spontaneously fascinated and subtly and naturally seduced, something that only well-proportioned shapes and fine geometries can do, never losing their sobriety and never meaning to surprise at all costs through showy devices, special effects or any other eccentricities of the moment.

June 13, 2014

New Model: Galeon 660 Fly

In recent years Galeon has been growing from strong to stronger, thanks to an incredible line up of models and a very attentive product update, the Strazyn builder has quickly captured an always growing audience. While Galeon had a few important models in its recent history one of its most relevant was the 640 Fly launched in 2007 and designed by British Tony Castro. This was the model which made an important statement where Galeon wants to go, to its clients and motor yacht fans alike. Now after some years and few improvements, the 640 gets updated to the 660 Fly. A new model in many terms but one which still has its basics coming from the 640 and its success, the 660 Fly is in Galeon words a third generation update of the model it replaces. While the model retains a lot of the important elements, the 660 gets refreshed in the windows department both on main and lower deck, the stern, and a large bathing platform able to carry 700 kilograms of weight. Inside the 660 Fly retains the popular four cabins layout this having a full beam amidships owners stateroom, VIP to fore, twin guest cabin to starboard, and fourth room with bunks berths. To aft is a crew cabin with one berth.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.95 m (72ft)
Hull Length - 19.8 m
Beam - 5.25 m
Draft - 1.16 m
Displacement - 34460 kg unloaded, 40950 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1750 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x MTU 8V2000 M92 1085hp, MAN V12 1360hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Tony Castro, Galeon
Certification - CE B

June 11, 2014

Project: Austin Parker 36 Hybrid

The Austin Parker 36 Hybrid project is an evolution of the classic 36 foot boat, the latest to be launched on the market by the Italian yard, in 2013. This traditional lobster cruiser inspired boat can be operated in three ways: driven by the diesel engines, using the electric motors only with zero fuel consumption, or with a combination of the diesel and electric for the highest performance, estimated at 27 knots. On long trips, the 36 Hybrid can be powered by the electric motors and diesel engines in alternation: when the engines are in operation, the batteries that power electric propulsion can be recharged. Therefore, when electric and Diesel propulsion are alternated, fuel consumption is cut drastically by about 50%. This hybrid drive system brings many benefits, both in terms of fuel saving and a reduction in the emission produced, and with regard to the potential use of the boat, since it can be used without restrictions on lakes and rivers, especially in Northern Europe, and in marine parks and nature reserves, without damage to the environment. As well as its innovative propulsion system, the Austin Parker 36 Hybrid features several important new details: the hard top is in carbon, while the sun roof (which slides open) is fitted with photo-voltaic panels to charge the lithium battery system. The teak of all the decking and interior floors is in synthetic material, which is much lighter, tough and of the highest quality. The hull is painted pale grey with the gunwales finished with polyurethane paint for a long maintenance-free life. Not just innovation: Austin Parker is also famed for its style, elegance and attention to details. Sophisticated materials and craftsman-like care make this yacht a worthy heir to those that have shaped the history of lobster boats in Italy.

June 9, 2014

New Model: Sarnico 60 GTV

Since the Sarnico 60 launched in 2005 three versions have been proposed by this very much appreciated Italian builder: standard open hard top version, GT, and now this new GTV which once again shows the skill to realize sport yachts identified for the highest tradition, focusing attention on the quality of the hull, the absolute elegance, the care in the creation of an exclusive product tailored to the owner in its entirety, from the internal to external layout. Building boats in hand way method is the only way to offer the greatest attention to customer desires. The Sarnico 60 GTV has been produced interpreting an owner's need to live intensely on board, turning the yacht into a place where managing even his own business. In this way, the work takes place in an atmosphere full of charm and in beautiful holiday destinations. The Sarnico 60 GTV offers the opportunity to stay on the main deck into three wonderful areas: the long foredeck, the living room protected by a patio door and the huge sunroof; the large stern living which is a convivial area that can accommodate many people even in navigation thanks to the aerodynamics shape and protection of the deck house minimizing air flow in the cockpit. Below deck, all the rooms are very airy. At the request of the owner of this yacht, the amidships cabin was transformed into a multimedia studio where meeting people and staying in touch with the rest of the world. The day bathroom is also accessible from this office. In the other versions, however, the master room is located in this area. The dinette is furnished with a sofa and a fully equipped kitchen for a long life on board even counting on the huge galley under the cockpit. At the bow there is the owner's suite with private bath and plenty of space for the wardrobe. The quality of the craftsmanship, the elegant shapes of the furniture, the care of each finish are all the result of a long and noble art something not to find in series production. The crew cabin is at the stern separated from other rooms by the engine compartment. The seaworthiness of all Sarnico yachts is widely known and the 60 has always been known as a superbly balanced hull thanks to the central position of the engines coupled with painstaking care where to install systems and equipment. This configuration determines the excellent stability of the boat in any situation at anchor as in navigation. Of course, the trim and the performance take advantage by this engine layout. As the matter of fact, the hull gets on plane at 13 knots and at 15 each engine needs only forty liters an hour of fuel. With twin 1000hp Man, the Sarnico 60 GTV reaches a cruising speed of 34 knots at full throttle the numbers climb to a fast 39 knots in total comfort and control.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.97 m (62.2ft)
Beam - 4.80 m
Draft - 1.41 m
Displacement - 23 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 2500 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins (standard layout), 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x MAN 1000hp 
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 39 knots max, 34 knots cruise
Project - Nuvolari Lenard exterior and interior
Certification - CE B

June 6, 2014

New Launch: CRN 73m hull. 132

More than one thousand people including local Institutions, illustrious guests, employees and their families, the Ferretti Group and CRN Management as well as the citizens of Ancona participated in the enthralling launch ceremony of the new 73m CRN 132 named M/Y Yalla, which was held late morning at the Ancona shipyard. CRN is a shipyard and brand of the Ferretti Group, which for over 50 years has been constructing fully-customized super yachts in steel and alluminium of up to 90 metres. The external profile of the new vessel has been designed by Omega Architects, in close collaboration with the CRN Engineering Department which developed the naval project, while their interiors have been created by Droulers Architecture, which has worked in close collaboration with the shipyard’s Interiors and Design Office.  The new super yacht, the first to be built by CRN on the new naval platform of 12.50 metres in width, is characterized by sleek, slender and sporty lines, which make the profile particularly streamlined. With five decks, M/Y CRN 132 73 m can host up to twelve guests in its six cabins, including the owner Suite and Vip cabins, together with a crew of 22 members. The construction of this new jewel of the sea, which includes the best design solutions realized by CRN, has required around 430,000 hours of work from the shipyard workers and subcontractors and the daily contribution of over 150 direct and indirect workers. The launch ceremony was introduced with the greetings and speeches of the top managers and the local authorities: Alberto Galassi, new CEO of the Ferretti Group, Lamberto Tacoli, Chairman and CEO of CRN, Xinyu Xu, Vice-chairman of Weichai Group, together with the Mayor of Ancona Valeria Mancinelli.
Technical Data:
LOA - 73 m (240ft)
Beam - 12.5 m
Engines - 2 x Cats 3512B 2040hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Accommodation - 12 guests in 6 cabins, 22 crew
Project - Omega Architects exterior, Doulers Architecture interior, Ferretti Group CRN Engineering
Certification - ABS class, MCA Certified 

June 4, 2014

Project: Maritimo M65

Maritimo finally fills an important gap in its motor yacht range presenting a project between its M78 flagship, and the M58. This new M65 has been welcomed in the Maritimo family with high regard with the Gold Coast builder selling already three models on plan. The M65 continues Maritimo looks with an upper structure echoing sportfish enclosed bridge elements, and a hull featuring yacht practicalities; see walk around deep bulwarks side decks, full railing protection, and side windows for the cabins. The interior of the M65 will offers four double cabins, with a VIP to fore and a full beam owners stateroom. Power for the M65 is twin Volvo 900hp units or quadruple 700hp engines with IPS pod drives. The range capability is pretty interesting with a larger to usual 6300 liters fuel capacity giving a range of 600 nautical miles at 22 knots.

June 2, 2014

New Model: Oxygene 77 Air

Oxygene yachts first model the 77 Air is an interesting power catamaran praised by the business press and the public, which validated a project of developing a unique range of yachts in different calibers. With her 23 meters in length, she is the standard model of the Oxygene line up: and impresses for its 279 square meters living area, giving a rare sensation of space in a yacht of this size. From the stern, a perspective unfolds in the axis of the ship and spreads, uninterrupted views towards the horizon. Both the design and building of 77 Air refused to compromise on environmental protection, a challenge that allowed the elaboration of a product that pushes the boundaries of Eco-responsibility. An extensive study of the hulls and an expert knowledge in wind-age and aerodynamics led to the conception of a power catamaran that may, for instance, use only fifty liters per hour for a cruising speed of 12 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.5 m (77ft)
Beam - 10.4 m
Draft - 1.10 m
Displacement - 35 t unloaded, 40 t loaded
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew cabins berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, 600hp
Propulsion - jet drives, or Volvo IPS forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speeds - 12 knots cruise, 22 knots max
Construction - wood, epoxy, carbon composite
Project - Maillet, Plessis, Moulin naval architecture, Frederic Salfati interior exterior design

June 1, 2014

blogger - Prepared or Not

Since the recession has come and go, the current year seems to be one with the most momentum, where I am seeing brokerage boats finally stabilizing in price. It will be interesting to see if the European market is prepared to a similar demand of a decade ago.
As it is boats take time to build, and in the last few years not much has been constructed, and most of this went to other places other then Europe. The market might be at an interesting spot if the right ingredients fall into spot, and just as in the nineties we might see used boats in good condition and with name selling for good prices. 
This current good momentum can be stopped with two things in my mind. 
The conflict in Ukraine getting worse then it is and involving other countries, and last but not least the problem of berths involving boaters favorite areas. The circle has increased and unlike a decade ago today we also have Croatia which is in the circle of favorite Mediterranean places. Sicily is still trying to get its hold on this, and Sardinia has not much places left where to put marinas in its admired and expensive North East area. Greece is still a mixed area, and the South of France remains a favorite along Spain and its Balearic Island for most Northern boaters settling in the med. Italy remain a home affair, mostly thanks to its expensive marinas, high fuel cost, and bureaucratic systems. Corsica has been a big surprise in recent years fueled by Italians who increased the visit to the island during July and August, thanks to its half prices less compared to Sardinia, and the cheaper fuel.