July 31, 2014

Monthly News - July 2014

-pic of the month- Magnum Anniversary Book

Bavaria and Nautitech

Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH and Nautitech Catamarans have finalised negotiations for the French catamaran manufacturer to be acquired by the Giebelstadt-based company. With this move, BAVARIA – the second largest manufacturer of sailing and motor yachts in the world – expands its product portfolio of monohull yachts to include the rapidly growing market for catamarans and continues along its targeted course of opening up new markets. Nautitech has been manufacturing top quality 40- to 60-foot catamarans at their Rochefort site on the French Atlantic coast since 2004. Nautitech catamarans are designed and built by its founder, Bruno Voisard, and his experienced team of multihull specialists. The latest creation by Nautitech is a 40-foot catamaran, developed in collaboration with serial production specialist Marc Lombard. Like the five other models in the current range, the new 40-foot catamaran features an innovative use of spatial design combined with excellent comfort, as well as high product quality and fast and safe sailing characteristics. Bavaria and Nautitech will be exhibiting together for the first time in Cannes on September.


Ferretti Group Opens Office in Mallorca

Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and sale of luxury motor yachts, with a unique portfolio of some of the most exclusive and prestigious brands worldwide, announces the opening of a new promotion and representative office in Palma de Mallorca, in Spain, once more confirming its international growth strategy, aiming to increase its brands' visibility on the most important markets all over the world. Based in the capital of the largest Balearic island, the new office will have the goal of promoting the Group’s brands in the Iberian peninsula with the aim to support the local sales network and will also sustain Ferretti Group's business growth among customers from countries like the Russian Federation, Great Britain, Germany, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, and Scandinavia, for whom Spain, and particularly the Balearic islands, are one of the main destination markets. The new office in Palma de Mallorca will further strengthen the Group’s already impressive presence abroad, where the Group has been growing since the 1990s and is already effectively represented by its subsidiaries Ferretti Group America and Ferretti Group Asia Pacific, the promotion and representative offices in Shanghai and Qingdao, numerous showrooms all over the world, and its widespread international network of approximately 60 dealers, ensuring that Ferretti Group is now present in more than 80 countries. The new office in Palma de Mallorca will officially opened on 5th July, with a cocktail party attended by various Group dealers and key partners. During the ceremony, all guests had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of some of the Group’s jewels, including Ferretti Yachts 690 and Custom Line 100’ representing the Ferretti brand, Pershing 64’, Dolphin 64’ for the Mochi Craft brand, SportRiva 56’ of the Riva brand and Itama Fiftyfive.

Ferretti Group Training Service Evolve With The Market

The curtain has just fallen on the first edition of the Service University (Ferretti Group's professional training and refresher courses school) held in the Asian Pacific region and targeted at all the Group’s official service network operators in this region. For over 25 years Ferretti Group has been organizing training meetings for its Dealers and Service Points, so as to guarantee top-notch services to its Customers all over the world. Besides the traditional sessions normally held in Europe and the editions held in Italy specifically for operators from the Asia Pacific region and the Americas, since 2010 on-site activities have been intensified in these two important areas too. This year, for the first time ever, the Service University was held in Asia, gathering in Hong Kong more than 30 participants from all over the Asia Pacific region (China, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, India, etc.). This is a very significant event, one year after the new office in Hong Kong was opened, because it once more bears witness to Ferretti Group’s strategy to increasingly meet the needs of individual markets, focusing on their specific features and requirements. The training, organised by the Group’s After Sales & Service team, took place over five days and included both theoretical and practical sessions. Several on board system specialists, including representatives from MAN Engines, Naviop, Twin Disc, Idromar, and Condaria, held outstanding lessons. In some cases bench tests were also performed in the classrooms, allowing the participants to take part in practical troubleshooting activities. During the training week, specific boat usage and maintenance issues were dealt with - also thanks to the cooperation of Antonio Campagnuolo, Ferretti Group Product Management Officer, providing details on the various systems, the new features, and the usage requirements of the most recent models built by the Group, particularly Ferretti Yachts 960, 690 and 750, Pershing 62, Riva 86 Domino 122 Mythos. All participants expressed their great appreciation for the courses, at the end of which they received an attendance certificate. As usual, this annual training will be joined by already-scheduled visits to the various dealers and service points, so as to perform on-the-job training activities on board the yachts.


Magnum Launches Anniversary Book

Magnum Marine boats are loved by many celebrities, among them His Majesty H.M. Carl Gustaf of Sweden, the former HM the king Spain Juan Carlos, singer Lenny Kravitz, H.E. Sheikh Mishaal Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, James Bond (Sean Connery) and his creator Ian Fleming. To celebrate the success of its brand, on the crest of the wave for more than 47 years, Magnum Marine has prepared a fascinating Magnum Anniversary Book in the Limited Edition of 1,000 copies. Covering the splendid history of the brand from the beginning in the 1960's with “guru” Don Aronow, to the latest models created since 1993 under Katrin Theodoli's leadership getting troughs to her husband, Filippo Theodoli, an Italian boat builder who bought Magnum Marine in 1976. Filippo and Katrin Theodoli had the innovative idea of applying high-performance technology to larger, more luxurious yachts. And thus, the first high-performance yachts were born. Yachts, that would reach the speeds of the race boats, but would have the comforts of the traditional yacht. Magnum Anniversary Book - published by Mondadori - is now ready for its distribution in the limited edition of 1,000 copies. On sale on Magnum Marine website at 70 Euros and distributed in selected book shops around the world hottest sea locations.


Rybovich Grand Opening

It is with great pleasure that we announce the grand opening of Michael Rybovich & Sons Yacht Sales, at the new Michael Rybovich & Sons Custom Boat Works yard in Palm Beach Gardens. Headed up by brokerage and new construction veterans Bill Snyder and Mike Matlack, we will be specializing in the acquisition and sale of the finest sportfisherman and motoryachts available worldwide, and new construction from 40 to 100. With over sixty years of combined experience in the yacht sales industry, as well as many years behind the wheel and in the cockpit of some of the most successful sportfishing boats ever, we offer the experience and technical expertise that a knowledgeable boat owner and his crew might expect, if not demand. The new yard has become a beehive of activity, and we are situated in the thick of it! The boats are here, the people are here, and the latest info on the waterfront is as well. We are always available to answer any questions you may have or to simply chat about the boats and the rich history that is associated with the family name.


Mulder Award

Mulder Shipyard has won the TeekensKarstens International Business Award, part of the ‘Sterkste Schakel Election’. May 23rd Dick and Nick Mulder proudly received the award, formerly known as the Chamber of Commerce Export Price, in Hotels van Oranje in Noordwijk. This year, the ‘Sterkste Schakel Election’ was organized for the eleventh time in co-operation with a.o. Rijnstreek Business Magazine, Chamber of Commerce Haaglanden and VNO/NCW Rijnland. The election is established to reward companies in the area of Leiden (Rijn- and Veen Area, Duin- en Bollen Area) for their excellent customer services and - orientation. The expert jury about Mulder Shipyard: "Crisis or no crisis, Mulder Shipyard recently invested in a brand new yard outfitted with the most modern equipment." The jury was also very impressed by the craftsmanship and sales skills of Mulder Shipyard, and rated the family business since 1938 with "excellent".


Nordhavn Surpasses Five Million 

Earlier this week Nordhavn surpassed 5,000,000 miles accrued on cruising Nordhavns, a milestone it has danced around for a couple months, but achieved after Pedro and Humberto del Favero, owners of N4628 Bucket List, logged the distance they traveled visiting Chile earlier this year. The total is calculated via the company’s Distance Pennant Program (DPP), which measures the number of miles cruising Nordhavns have accumulated by owners who log in and post mileage counts. Administrator of the DPP, Becky Peters, notes that only 339 of the 500+ Nordhavns built have reported their mileage totals, so the assumption is that the actual number of miles covered by the brand’s yachts is much greater.

Nordhavn First Circumnavigate

At the Distance Pennant Awards ceremony held at the Nordhavn Rendezvous in California this spring, 19 different Nordhavn owners names were called to come up and retrieve their pennant. When at last the Lawler Family was announced, the 35,000-nm pennant was accepted on their behalf since they were busy moving up the coast to CT, getting re-acclimated to life on land again. The Lawlers had recently completed a six-year circumnavigation of the globe on their Nordhavn 46 Emily Grace, an amazing trip that not only had an effect on them, but one that also allowed them to leave their mark. 

Nordhavn Third Award

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., manufacturer of the Nordhavn brand is thrilled to announce the gorgeous Nordhavn 120#1 Aurora has been nominated for a third prestigious design award this year. She will vie against other new yachts in her class at the 2014 International Superyacht Society Design Awards. Nordhavn’s Chief of Design, Jeff Leishman, N.A., along with Interior Designer Destry Darr, will compete in categories recognizing achievement in superyacht engineering and style. Aurora‘s bid in the ISS Awards of Distinction follows up her shortlisted nominations at the World Superyacht Awards and the International Yacht and Aviation awards earlier this year. Winners will be announced at the ISS’s International Awards for Design and Leadership Gala which kicks off the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. 


Overmarine Announces Sale

Overmarine Group announces the sale of Mangusta 130 “Misunderstood”. This 40 metre Open Maxi yacht was designed and built according to the wishes and demands of the first Owner. This being his third Mangusta yacht, he knew exactly how to make the most of this model’s potential. The racy, determined lines of the yacht, her high performance, a top speed of over 35 knots, her excellent seaworthiness and the lack of vibrations and noise usually found on Mangusta yachts merge here together in an interior design which deals with the architectural development of the volumes. The main deck features an elegant, spacious salon and luncheon area: the view is truly panoramic owing to the large windows. The central section of the roof can be opened to bring in even more light and fresh air. On the lower deck, the guest area houses the full beam Owner’s suite astern, a gym, the VIP cabin which is almost a second master cabin, and 2 spacious guest cabins complete with study. The area for the 6 person crew lies astern and features 3 cabins, a galley, a dinette and services. The extraordinary outdoor area at bow and astern allows the owner and his guests to enjoy their onboard experience to the full. The sale was made by Overmarine Group France, the new branch office run by Sales Manager Danilo Magnisi. The official inauguration of the Port Rayon office in Golf Juan is being held on Thursday, 31st July. Opening this new office in the Côte d'Azur is part of the sales development work which is leading the Group to preside directly over strategic markets such as the United States (Miami branch) and France. Historically, in fact, France is one of the reference markets for Mangusta, as is clear from the number of our yachts that can be seen in the most exclusive marinas of the Côte d'Azur. This is a market in which the company believes strongly, so much so it has actually opened an office there. As of today, the company’s reliability and its thirty year experience, the passion of those working here and the success of this brand have moved increasingly closer to clients and their demands in France. Indeed, the results were not long in coming - as the sale of this yacht clearly shows.


Princess Strengthens Distribution in China

British boat builder, Princess Yachts International, has strengthened its distribution network in Asia with the announcement that its representative for South China and Hong Kong will now take overall responsibility for the People's Republic of China. Known as Princess Yachts Greater China Limited (PYGC), this newly formed operation amalgamates Princess' existing Distributor for Hong Kong, Macau and Southern China, a subsidiary of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited, the flagship investment holding company controlled by Dato' Dr. Cheng Yu Tung and family (the "Cheng Family"), with a new partner, DCH Marine Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Dah Chong Hong Holdings Ltd. This newly formed joint venture will allow Princess to expand its reach across China with plans already underway to create a network of sales and service centres in key locations across mainland China. The base of operations for PYGC will remain in place within the existing offices in Central Hong Kong. Through its previous work in the south, PYGC has already established a strong record for sales and service and this new move will further improve Princess' reach throughout the region, having already sold and delivered a number of new Princess craft up to and including the Company's 98 Motor Yacht and 105-foot 32Metre. Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited is a Hong Kong-based conglomerate with a diverse portfolio in automotive, food and consumer products. With huge experience in the luxury market, DCH is a prominent force in the automotive sector in Greater China, with over 50 years experience. DCH was the key player in the successful introduction of Bentley Motors to mainland China and led the market to become the second largest importer for Bentley in the world. Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited is the controlling shareholder of New World Development Limited, a leading Hong Kong-based conglomerate with interests in property, infrastructure and service, department store and hotel businesses. The Cheng Family also controls Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, the world's largest jewellery retailer with over 2,000 points of sales in Greater China.


Riva Round-About

Sarnico dedicates an everlasting homage to Riva, which anyone will see when moving along the streets of the municipality facing on lake Iseo. The new roundabout dedicated to Riva was inaugurated in the afternoon. It can be found along via Predore, the street flanking the lake where, at the street number 30, the shipyards are located. The roundabout displays a 1:1 scale Ariston hull, Riva’s flagship between the 50’s and the 60’s. Sarnico’s mayor, Giorgio Bertazzoli, took part in the inauguration together with other representatives of local authorities, the executives of Ferretti Group, to which the brand Riva belongs, and Carlo Riva, who personally supported the initiative suggesting the Ariston as memorial model to be placed at the center of the roundabout. Ferretti Group made its cutting edge technologies available for the creation of the monument. The Models and Moulds department, at the shipyard in Forlì, traced all the points of the craft through laser scanning, than transferring the data to a computer. A first 1:1 scale model was then created, perfectly matching the original wooden hull. The roundabout and its monument further enhance the strong connection between Riva, Sarnico and, more in general, the Sebino area, the territory where this successful and excellence story begun. The success of the brand is strictly connected to the development of many local companies supplying the shipyard, working in several different sectors, from steel furniture to tapestry. This roundabout is the timeless witness of all these sectors which have linked their business to the history of Riva.


Sunseeker Announcement

In August 2013, Wanda Group acquired 91.81% of shares in Sunseeker International (Holdings) Limited (”Sunseeker”), Wanda Group, owned by billionaire Wang Jianlin, who was named China’s richest person by Forbes Magazine in 2013, is a Beijing headquartered conglomerate with strong footprints across China, Europe and the US, operating mainly in four sectors, including commercial properties, culture & entertainments, luxury hotels and department stores. By 2013, the company had total assets of USD$62.8 bn and has been ambitious in global expansion in recent years. Sunseeker announces that, after five years’ service and having led the business through successive periods of ownership, Stewart McIntyre has confirmed his decision to step down as Managing Director and will leave the Sunseeker Group at the end of July 2014, to pursue other interests. To ensure the continuation of a strong management structure, Wanda Group has restated its commitment to the management and operations of Sunseeker Group and has formed a special Board Committee with responsibility for the selection and appointment of a new CEO for the Sunseeker Group. Sunseeker is also advanced with plans to appoint two independent non-executive directors to strengthen Sunseeker’s operating model and to bring further strategic expertise to the Sunseeker Board and thereby ensure the continued future success of Sunseeker's business and its global brand. In the interim, Wanda Group has endorsed the appointment of Robert Braithwaite CBE as Acting President of Sunseeker. Braithwaite, founder of Sunseeker, will now work alongside Sunseeker's Executive Team and Wanda Group's Post Merger Integration Team, who will manage the business, pending the appointment of a new CEO. Following the successful launch of its flagship 155 yacht (the largest private motor yacht built in the UK) in April 2014 and as we approach the European boat show season, Sunseeker will be announcing a market leading new model program for 2015 and beyond.


Storm Yachts Unique Tender

Owners of a yacht with such a unique design as the Storm X-53F are bound to have high demands in terms of aesthetics, colours, luxury, materials, comfort and performance. And when opening the tender garage onboard, they want to see a craft with similar characteristics that will instantly be recognised as being the ‘tender of’. This was certainly the case with the owners of the new X-53 F which will be delivered this week. They requested that the Storm design team come up with a tender that could be customised to such an extent that it would have the same look & feel as their yacht. Eventually the team selected the Williams 325 Tender, and presented an exclusive design concept that was entirely in line with the owner’s wishes. The tender has already been delivered to the owner and will be on show at the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show in September.

Storm Yachts Digital Brochures

The monthly report of our social media activities shows that the digital version of the English language Storm Yachts brochure is downloaded and studied on a regular basis. We now also offer a Russian version of the brochure. As the popularity of Storm Yachts is increasing both in the Mediterranean and in the Moscow and St. Petersburg regions, we believe that we now can meet the popular demand in an even more efficient way. We also offer digital versions of the interior impressions of the Storm S-78 and Storm X-65, which provide an interesting insight into the personalized design process involved with the interiors of these yachts.


Van Dutch Center Naples

Today, VanDutch USA announced the opening of their new Factory Direct. VanDutch Center Naples at 895 10th Street South Ste 302B, Naples, FL 34102. VanDutch Center Naples 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 Naples will start to include the models 30 and 40 in its inventory on site and will offer the opportunity to inspect and sea trial by one of its qualified VanDutch Representatives. The 55 will arrive the end of 2014. VanDutch Center Naples 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 Naples 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, Nassau the Bahamas, Naples, The Hamptons New York and Newport Beach California.


Viking Ocean Yachts Bragging Rights

A fleet of 40 boats, half Viking half Ocean yachts, converged on the Canyon Club Marina for the annual Viking Ocean Showdown. Amidst dinner, dancing and a lively pool party complete with grilled steaks and tropical drinks the anglers did find some time to fish on Thursday and Saturday. When lines were called at the end of the final day, Viking Yachts had the edge over Ocean Yachts winning the coveted Grand Champion trophy. Captain Ryan Higgins claimed Most Points Tuna on the Viking 70 while Team Viking member Beth Cesarini nabbed the Heaviest Tuna with a 68 pounder while fishing on Gypsea. Kaela Colyar, aboard the Viking 60 Gigabyte II, was the Top Junior Angler. The release only billfish tournament pits these two New Jersey boat manufacturers against each other in a friendly rivalry for bragging rights.

Viking Red White and Blue

Every Viking yacht is an outstanding example of what it means to say, "Made in America." And as an American company we are proud not only of our shipwrights and the amazing Viking yachts they build, but also keen on the fact that this message is carried around the globe to the finest and often most remote reaches of the world where superb fishing and cruising grounds abound. In light of the upcoming July 4th Independence Day celebration in honor of America's birthday, we could not help but notice how much red, white and blue plays in our everyday life. Massively impressive, the snow white hull of this Viking 82 Convertible appears formidable and powerful as it is prepped to join the production line.

Viking Second Place

Although the conditions were less than perfect, Mark and Rita Bachman secured a strong Second Place finish at the recent 10th Annual PFC Geoffrey Morris Memorial Governors Cup. The Bachman's Viking 55 Hour Time was scouring Lake Michigan for king and coho salmon along with lake, brown and rainbow trout. When lines out was called on Day One, Hour Time was sitting on the leader board in Third Place. Going into a foggy Day Two was actually helpful as the Bahama Blue hulled Viking found the fish but wasn't visible to the competition. Hour Time finished the event with a Second Place Overall Finish. This event was created in honor and memory of PFC Geoffrey Morris and benefits military families

Viking Triple Twice

Frank Rodriguez, and his outstanding crew on his Viking 70 Enclosed Bridge Fa La Me, made history this month when he won the Bermuda Triple Crown for the second time! Fa La Me is the first boat to ever win this prestigious accomplishment twice. Comprised of a series of three major Bermuda-based billfish tournaments, the points earned at each event follow the boat, crew and anglers. Fishing for blue marlin, as that is where the big points are, was a ponderous task for the team. The Bermuda Big Game Classic, the first in the series, was a slow start with a lone white marlin release. Things picked up during the second event, the Bermuda Billfish Blast with four white marlin. After 14 days, the frustrated crew was still looking for the elusive blue marlin bite. Then it happened! On the first day of the Sea Horse Anglers Club Billfish Tournament, Frank hooked up with a blue and 18 minutes later the team was back in the saddle. Four blue marlin and a wahoo followed to win not just the Sea Horse event but take the title of the Bermuda Triple Crown Championship. Frank also took Top Angler in the Sea Horse Leg. Congratulations Frank, captain Rob Moore, mates Taylor and Tyler Beckford and anglers Dave Berard and Jeffrey De Silva. We're looking forward to a triple Triple next year! Congratulations are also in order to Lainey Jones fishing on her Viking 66 Mama Who. Lainey was Second Place Lady Angler in the Billfish Blast leg of the series.


Zeelander Sag Experience Day

Over the recent Father's Day weekend, Zeelander USA was delighted to welcome owners and other enthusiasts to a relaxed and enjoyable Experience Day at Sag Harbor. The sun welcomed everyone as did the Zeelander team and Sag Harbor staff for a fun packed weekend. Zeelander shall be holding more Experience Days over the coming months.

Project: Princess 68

Princess present the project for a new 68 model to debut in Autumn of this year, and fitting into its flybridge range between the 64 and 72 models. The new 68 enjoys the highest level of internal volume ever created by Princess for a given length, delivering four cabins, a vast deck saloon and a flybridge and twin cockpits. But aside from the simple virtue of space, the 68 will also come packed with features, many of which are a first for a yacht of this size. Across the main deck level, a galley aft layout allows dining options inside and out, being perfectly placed to serve the cockpit. The synergy between interior and deck is further enhanced by an electric window that turns the aft galley countertop into a serving bar for the cockpit. A small step up from the inside dining area, the deck saloon enjoys incredible views from the full height side windows, while ahead the helm position is joined by a raised L-shape seating to port, so friends and family can all be involved when underway.  The 68's master stateroom features a private stairwell and lobby, the guest cabins being accessed by a separate stairwell forward. This unique design creates a real sense of motor yacht sophistication for the owner as well as total privacy for those onboard. On deck, the aft cockpit is designed to be the main dining area and comes suitably dressed with mood lighting, beautifully upholstered seating for eight and a large teak table. After dinner you might choose to retreat to the bathing platform where an aft-facing twin seat is set into the transom. At the bow, a walk-through fore-deck comes complete with an elegant seating area, large sun-pad and stowage. The flybridge above boasts vast sections of seating with the ability to seat five people across the helm area, a full wet-bar, and the added ability to convert the forward seating into a large sun-pad. Powered by twin 1400hp engines out at sea, the Princess 68 will deliver 34 knots top speed and efficient cruise in the medium twenty knots range. 

July 30, 2014

New Model: Riviera 515 SUV

It's the third model of the innovative Rivera SUV line, and this new 515 stands in the middle of this fairly new line which debuted only a couple years back with the 445.  The 515 SUV keeps the rugged line bit sport fisherman and yacht of the range, which seems to be gaining new fans each time a new model is launched. For the 515 SUV Riviera based itself on a new keel type Vee hull shape, created on purpose for pod drives, from both Volvo IPS and the ZF Zeus series.  In its accommodation solutions there is a lot to like in the 515 SUV; from its multi-purpose mezzanine sport fish inspired aft deck, and the latest of the European design trends used inside.  Surely the C-shaped aft positioned galley will be a favorite of many. Below the 445 SUV offers a three double cabins layout with two heads. For below an option for the port side cabin exists, which can be ordered with twin berths or as a double bed, this last transforming this room as the owners in lieu of the one to fore which becomes a VIP.  Power options for the Riviera 515 SUV are three engines which start from Cummins 600hp up to twin Volvo 725hp.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.26 m (56.8ft)
Hull Length - 16.1 m
Beam - 5.01 m
Draft - 1.18 m with props
Displacement - 26130 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, +2 in convertible saloon
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 626hp, 725hp, Cummins 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pods, ZF Zeus dual prop afr looking pod drives
Speed - 31 knots max, 28 knots cruise, 23 knots economic fast cruise with Volvo 626hp
Range - 355 nm at 23 knots 
Project - Riviera Technical Department headed by Stephen Ford

July 29, 2014

Project: Galeon 305 HTS

Polish builder Galeon is very fast to capitulate on a new platform and just after the launch of the 300 Fly, presents a project for a hard top sports cruiser based on the same hull the 305 HTS. Unlike some other Fly and HTS transformations from Galeon though, the new 305 HTS is not just a hard top model without a flybridge, as here the Polish builder redesigns the cockpit into a full open space area with a sun-pad, C-shaped dinette, and wet bar. Below is also changes with the forward double berth replaced by a C-shape settee. Interestingly another big news in the 305 HTS is the signature of design entrusted to Italian architect Roberto Curto, who has been collaborating on Galeon sister small models brand Galia. Curto also designed the 300 Fly.

July 28, 2014

New Model: Sunseeker 50 San Remo

This latest Sunseeker 50 San Remo comes from a long standing bloodline of a model which have been extended and modified since over a decade. Could this be the last interpretation of this hull? The 50 San Remo though bears a lot of similarities to its predecessor, the 48 Portofino, from the looks to a similar interior, which here comes added with an important third cabin transformation option. Still the San Remo is still a bit different on the outside, the hard top is a bit higher and curved, and the hull bears the latest larger then large Sunseeker signature side windows. On the technical side of things the 50 San Remo continues to be Sunseeker IPS only powered boat. Meaning that the San Remo can only be powered with IPS pod drives, and unlike other Sunseeker models there is no other propulsion options. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.17 m (53.1ft) with lifting platform
LOA - 15.74 m without lift platform
Beam - 4.30 m
Draft - 1.3 m
Displacement - 16566 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 1320 l
Water Capacity - 322 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths, or optional 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 30 knots max, 26 knots cruise
Construction - Vinilester skin coat with powder pound mat, balsa cored hull side, PVC core for topsides
Certification - CE 

July 26, 2014

Project: Heesen 47m Project He YN 16947

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce that the 47m displacement, YN 16947 Project Hé, was sold on June 13, 2014.  Mark Cavendish sales and marketing director at Heesen Yachts commented that this is the fourth contract signed in the first six months of 2014. Project Hé is a yacht in the 47-metre class, a breed of Heesens that are icons of classic contemporary yacht design. Frank Laupman from Omega Architects recently restyled the elegant exterior lines giving this vessel a new look. Her well-engineered round bilge hull with bulbous bow, powered by two MTU 1361hp, will ensure smooth and safe cruising in all sea conditions and a range of 4000 nm at 12 knots, while zero speed stabilizers will guarantee maximum comfort at anchor. The sophisticated interior is by London-based and multi-award winning studio Bannenberg and Rowell Design who are on their fifth successful collaboration with Heesen. The fleet includes the 37m Aurelia, 47m Elandess (now Raasta), Lady Petra and My Secret, and the 65m Galactica Star. Dickie Bannenberg explains how his studio explored themes of purity and simplicity for this project, always confident that Heesen would interpret their concept immaculately as with their previous joint projects. Guru designer Dieter Rams’ motto “to omit everything superfluous so that the essential is shown to the best possible advantage” guided Bannenberg and Rowell in their approach to the interior design of Project Hé. The project name ‘Hé’ in Chinese means ‘the simplest form of peace and harmony’ and Bannenberg and Rowell chose it to unify in one ideogram the essence of their design theme: simplicity as the ultimate form of sophistication. Twelve guests will enjoy a relaxing atmosphere on board where restful colors are combined with natural and discreet contrast finishes. An important role is played by the use of light: indirect lighting concealed LED light strips and filtered thanks to refined venetian blinds which create a unique atmosphere on board Project Hé. Heesen YN 16947 will be delivered to her owners in February 2015.

July 25, 2014

New Model: Ferretti 650

The marina of the well-known town on the Adriatic coast, in the province of Forlì-Cesena, was the venue on July 18 for the launch of hull one of the Ferretti 650, the new yacht of Ferretti Group’s historical mother brand, which marks the continued renovation of the Yachts line below seventy feet in length. The technical launch of a yacht is always a very important achievement for all Group employees, who over the last few months have been involved in the building of this model at Forlì production plant, where the next two hulls of the new 65-footer are also currently under construction. The new boat will officially make its debut in front of the international public during the next edition of the Cannes boats show, which as usual will be held in early September. It will then be presented as an Italian premiere at Genoa Boat Show. The Ferretti Yachts 650 is yet another magnificent result of the cooperation between Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee, the Group’s Marketing Department, Advanced Yachts Technology and Design and Studio Zuccon International Project.  Over the next few weeks, all required technical operations from RINA the Italian Register of Shipping, inspections and testing to sea trials, all the way to the verification of onboard systems and equipment and the completion of the interior outfitting will be carried out to complete Ferretti Yachts 650’s preparation for its official debut at the various boat shows.  The great interest raised by the 650 at an international level is confirmed by the success this project has already received, just a few months after its project presentation: indeed, the first hull was sold to a Chinese owner even before it was launched, a fact that bears witness to the increasing interest the brand is attracting on the leading market of the Asia-Pacific region. The second hull, in turn, will go to an Owner from Lebanon, a country in the Middle East that has always been strategic for the Italian brand. The third 65-footer which is to be the first in the flybridge version with hard top will reach the United States in 2015.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.67 m (64.6ft)
Hull Length - 18.3 m
Waterline Length - 16.2 m
Beam - 5.25 m
Draft - 1.5 m
Displacement - 34,800 kg unloaded, 41,200 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3700 l
Water Capacity - 530 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 18
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 1015hp, C18 1150hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 33 knots max, 30 knots cruise with Cats 1150hp
Range - 290 nautical miles at cruise
Hull Shape - planning warped Vee with spray rails, 13 degrees dead-rise aft
Construction - fiberglass with Scrimp infused resin
Project - Zuccon International Project lines and interior, Ferretti AYT technical engineering
Certification - CE 2003/44 A

July 24, 2014

Project: Cranchi 43 Eco Trawler Long Distance

Cranchi shows off a rendering of what will be a very important novelty for the fall boat shows of 2014, the new 40/43 Eco Trawler LD. To be presented in Cannes this 40/43 project is the second model of Cranchi Trawler range and follows on what the 53 LD brought in looks and technical details. That equals to space in all areas, and good range and handling at moderate slow speeds.  As the above rendering tells us the 40/43 is to be powered by Volvo IPS pod drives, and will feature a semi planning hull. This new smaller Eco Trawler will feature full view windows below, covering all the cabins, and by the looks of this rendering makes best use of space in the lower deck. For example see how far aft that window is. No layout information yet, but watch this space for more.

July 23, 2014

New Model: Camper & Nicholsons 50 Velsheda

What a beautiful boat, that is in few words what this picture say of the new Camper and Nicholsons 50 Velsheda. Owned by Leonardo Ferragamo since a few years, Camper and Nicholsons became the power boating arm of Nautor Holdings group who also owns one of the most appreciated production sail boat brands; Nautor Swan since the late nineties. With 50 Velsheda, Camper and Nicholsons follow what was presented with the 42 Endevour in a bigger yacht size dimension. In reality the Velsheda tells you instantly she is the larger sister of the Endeavour, and as  the 42 feet model does take hints from a down east lobster boat design mixed that of a classic fast commuter for its looks, creating a unique design. The 50 Velsheda cockpit deck will impress for its spaces; central sun-pad, two L-shape aft looking small mezzanine style settees, C-shape dinette, L-shaped galley, and a helm station to starboard is what the main deck offers. Below the Velsheda offers two cabins with an owners room to fore, and a nice L-shaped lounger.  A single berth crew cabin is located amidships starboard. Power is twin Cats 669 or 715hp with line shafts giving top speeds up to 33 knots in light load. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.65 m (54.6ft)
Hull Length - 15.3 m
Beam - 4.5 m
Draft - 1.00 m ex props
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins, optional 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cats C12 669hp, C12 715hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 33 knots max, 29 knots cruise
Hull Shape - deep Vee planning hull
Construction - resin infusion

July 22, 2014

Project: Sciallino Sc 36 Trentasei

It takes courage to re-invent one self, but Sciallino a North West Liguria region Italian brand builder of traditional Italian Gozzo fishing boat translated into a cruiser is doing just this since about a year. For this operation Sciallino brought in designer Luca Maschera, who got duty to present a totally new line of models. The Sc 36 Trentasei will be the largest of the new projects so far on offer, and are all distinctive for respecting tradition with a twist in modernity. As the rendering of the Sc 36 shows the new Sciallino gives pride to what the Italian company stood for in years. Going into the technical side the new Sciallino will be direct line shaft powered, but offers a large portfolio of engines; in the case of the Sc 36 five from a single Volvo 435hp up to twin VM 350hp.  Interior wise the Sciallino will boast more choices then ever and unlike the old models available only in mahogany wood, the new ones have options for maple, oak, teak, and walnut trims. The standard layout of the Sc 36 is offered in two cabins sleeping four with a dinette and kitchen on the main deck behind the helm. But an option also exists here; with the midships cabin available with three berths instead of two, or all the lower deck possible to have in a full open plan layout.   

July 21, 2014

New Model: Azimut 77S

It was a busy winter spring period at Azimut, with the most famous of the Italian builders preparing, tooling and finishing three totally new models. The Azimut 77S in order of launches is the last to finally make the always emotional move from project to reality and into the water. This new Azimut S series, follows the look and revolutionary solutions found in its smaller 2012 launched 55S sister, an Azimut which sold a successful forty units in a two years production run. Six meters more of length equals that in the 77S everything is bigger from the engines to the main deck and the four cabins layout. The galley in the 77S is located below in a separate environment to port side of the stairway which leads to the cabins and situated in between the owners full beam amidships stateroom and one of twin guest cabins. A VIP suite is located to fore, with a second twin bed cabin to starboard. A crew area with two cabins is located at midships in between the engine room aft, and the owners stateroom. The living is a single level area with a welcome large relaxing C-shaped saloon, and dining to port side of the helm station forward. Outside the 77S offers a total of three sun-pads; aft, fore, and on top on the sports bridge which also features a helm station with driving and c0-diver seats. As the 55S the 77S is powered by three IPS pods in this case the large 1200 units with 900hp Volvo engines. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.6 m (77.5ft)
Hull Length - 20 m
Beam - 5.55 m
Draft - 1.64 m
Displacement - 50 t
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 3 crew in 2 cabins
Engines - 3 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - triple Volvo 1200 forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 36 knots max, 32 knots cruise
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Carlo Galeazzi interior
Certification - CE, UNI ISO 8666

July 19, 2014

Web: American Tug New Web Site

American Tug presents its new World wide web showroom.  American Tug is the project of Tomco Marine Group, as founded by Tom Nelson. Today Tomco Marine Group is directed by three persons; Tom, Mike Schoppert, and Kurt Dilworth. All three have been in the marine industry since the eighties, with the experience coming from various other boat builders before eventually forming Tomco Marine Group. The American Tug concept happened after various meeting with renowned West coast designer Lynn Senour. Currently American Tugs range features four models; 365, 385, 435, and the just launched 485. American Tugs new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About, Models, News, Dealer, Contact, American Tugs and Trawler Blogs, and Store. American Tugs has also its Facebook social media page with a link at the left bottom of the entry page.

July 18, 2014

New Model: Admiral 45 Regale

In mid June 2014 Admiral part of the Italian Sea Group since a few years launched the new 45 Regale. A Luca Dini design, the Regale line is a continuation of the original Admiral lines aluminium constructed fast planning as coming from the Lavagna stable before the company had financial difficulties in the midst following the 2009 recession. Titled Flying Dragon this latest Admiral is the third and largest super yacht launch from the Italian Sea Group for 2014.  45 Regale hull one features five guest cabins with an owners room on the main deck, and four guest cabins below. Four crew cabins sleeping six or seven crew members are located in a crew lobby area forward of the guest cabins below. This area also includes a galley, and lounging relaxing dinette for the crew. Power is twin 3460hp MTU engines which give top speeds of 26 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 44.8 m (146.9ft)
Beam - 8.6 m
Fuel Capacity - 40000 l
Accommodation - 10 guests in 5 cabins, 6 or 7 crew in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 4000 M93L 3460hp
Propulsion - Rolls Royce KaMeWa water jets
Speed - 26 knots max, 24 knots cruise
Construction - Aluminium Light Alloy for hull and super-structure
Project - Luca Dini, Admiral Centro Stile

July 17, 2014

Project: Dariel 68 Project Maya

Project MaYa, is a custom larger version of the Dariel UP design developed specifically for a client requesting a sport yacht suitable for short adventures to nearby islands and overnight getaways. With opulent comfort, the layout has been modified to maximize the living area for a couple plus two crew rather than the typical multiple three cabin configuration in sport yachts of this size. The prerequisites of the client are for cruising speeds of 35 knots and maximum in excess of 50 with twin MAN 1800hp engines coupled to Arneson surface Drives. The cabin configuration has a full beam master suite forward and a twin bed crew cabin aft specifically designed for a couples romantic weekend away with five star service from the crew.The Project Maya is a collaboration between Dariel & Stephen Crone of Acronautic who represents the brand in Asia Pacific. Stephen Crone, Managing Director of Acronautic provides specialist yacht management, professional consultation and client representation for unique projects under 30m throughout Asia and Australia.
www.darielboats.com

July 16, 2014

New Model: Majesty 48

Majesty Yachts head line brand of the middle East Dubai located boat builder Gulf Craft, presents its new entry level model the 48. This fourteen meter flybridge motor cruiser from Majesty impresses for its interior accommodation plan, and large spacious flybridge. Considering it is a line shaft boat, the accommodation on offer is indeed impressive, and this is achieved to a wider then usual beam for the length on offer. The lower deck of the Majesty 48 is amazingly spacious and offers three double cabins, with the hall mark here being the full beam owners cabins amidships. The other two cabins are the double queen size berth VIP to fore, and a third twin berth room located to starboard. To port is a guest head, while aft is an optional crew cabin with single berth and shower head. The interior of the main deck is a split level saloon divided with two steps. The entrance offers an L-shaped galley and dinette, and the forward raised area offers a C-shaped dinette to port, with an opposite helm station and a second L-shape lounger to starboard.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.6 m (48.2ft)
Beam - 4.70 m
Draft - 0.85 m ex props
Displacement - 15 t
Fuel Capacity - 1510 l
Water Capacity - 375 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x 550hp
Propulsion - line shaft

July 15, 2014

Project: Henriques 50 Express HT

Based on the hull shape of the recently launched Henriques 50 Flybridge, this New Jersey boat builder is fast to capitalize and present a project for an Express HT model. This new Henriques follows the concept of the year ago launched 42 HT with a nice stylish integrated three piece hard top wrap around wind screen covering half of the cockpit. The standard interior layout of the 50 Express HT will offer two cabins; owners room to fore, twin bunk berth cabin to starboard, shower head, and an L-shaped galley and L-shape dinette looking opposite each other to starboard. The cockpit as any decent sport-fisherman will be a free aft deck, and the raised controlling area offering three forward looking drive and co-pilot settees with central helm station, and a large L-passenger settee behind. No power has yet been announced for the 50 Express HT and Henriques is usually quite conservative on its power and speed. As an example the 50 Flybridge is powered by twin Cat 1015hp and reaches 36 knots max. Imagine the 50 Express HT to be powered by similar units and be able to reach a knot or two more. 

July 14, 2014

New Model: Galeon 300 Fly

Galeon continues to present fresh new models in all sizes, and the 300 Fly is an answer to clients who want a compact yet comfortable flybridge cruiser. It is in short words an entry level Galeon, a segment which unlike other builders the Polish builder has always been very keen on. The 300 Fly replaces the 290 as Galeon's smallest and visiting model to its always expanding range, which will soon have an 82 footer as a flagship. Sleeping four berths below, plus an extra two in the convertible dinette the 300 Fly is an interesting compact flybridge cruiser. In this model as shown in its bigger units, Galeon also shows its innovative flare in the design see view windows on top and lower deck, and also in other technical solutions as the sliding cockpit settee expanding space, and an optional extended bathing platform for tender stowage aft. The finishing of the 300 Fly is also a representation of its bigger models, with hull one being finished in nice walnut wood, and a white leather mix.  Power options available start from a single 225hp up to twin 260 Volvo diesel engines. Propulsion is stern drive dual propeller Volvo.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.3 m (33.7ft) with optional bathing platform
LOA - 9.48 m
Beam - 2.99 m
Draft - 0.73 m ex props
Displacement - 5500 kg light, 7100 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 415 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Max Persons - 8
Engines - 1 x Volvo D4 225hp, D4 260hp, 2 x Volvo D3 190hp, D4 225hp, D4 260hp
Propulsion - Volvo Duoprop stern drive
Project - Roberto Curto
Certification - CE B

July 12, 2014

Project: Heesen 45m Project Necto YN 17145

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce that the first 45m fly bridge vessel YN 17145 Project Necto is sold to a yacht connoisseur with a true passion for Heesen core values: Aluminium, speed and power. This powerful sportster, the largest built by a Northern European shipyard, will be capable of thundering along at an impressive 30 knots thanks to her well-engineered all-aluminium semi-displacement hull and twin MTU engines. Speed and power combined with uncompromising luxury and comfort are the characteristics of this semi-displacement yacht that will have a range of 2750 nautical miles at 12 knots. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects has created the exterior lines of the yacht. True to form Laupman has interpreted the Dutch shipyard DNA with a touch of innovation by introducing the knuckle, a design element that interrupts the line of the raked bow and gives this new breed of Heesen its sharper and narrower bow a particularly aggressive look. The interior décor of YN 17145 is by acclaimed Italian designer Cristiano Gatto who is currently working on his third project with the Dutch shipyard. The Owners chose a contemporary yet cosy design for the interior of their 45m sportster. Warm Canaletto walnut is the main veneer, which perfectly complements the light tones of Loro Piana fabrics and the warm colours of the different finishes; pale blue soft furnishings give a relaxed and light feeling to the yacht’s interior. Ten guests will be accommodated in five cabins: The full beam master suite is located on the main deck, while the four guest cabins two twins and two doubles are on the lower deck.  The owners dedicated special attention to the outdoor areas of their new vessel; the ultra-spacious sundeck is particularly impressive. As an expansive 84-square meter area, completely free from fixed furniture, it is available for guests to carry out their morning exercise, yet another unusual and particularly remarkable design feature on a yacht of this size.  YN 17145 will be delivered to her Owners after intensive sea trials in the North Sea in January 2016.

July 11, 2014

New Model: ISA Yachts 54m Panorama

On June 28th, 2014 ISA Yachts launched Forever One, a 54m full displacement custom motor yacht. With her reverse bow and vibrant red and white paintwork, this latest ISA is for sure a different yacht. This fully custom five deck yacht with an aluminum superstructure and an impressive steel hull with reverse bow is designed by Horacio Bozzo Design with an interior by Alessandro Massari/Studio Massari. ISA Yachts worked in very close cooperation with the naval architect, the sales broker Fernando Nicholson, the Captain/Owner’s representative Colin Skinner and the interior designer to build a yacht full of distinctive features which make it stand out of the crowd. The layout is quite unconventional and the challenge was to fit several features that make her unique: The Owner's deck is one of the peculiarities of such vessel with a private balcony - accessible from their stateroom - and a large aft deck terrace. Fold-able bulwarks on the main deck grant a spectacular view to the exterior. Noteworthy is the glass elevator that connects all decks, from the lower deck to the flybridge. She has a spectacular dining/relaxing salon located forward on the main deck where usually are located the owner's stateroom. A spacious beach club with large fold-able stern and side platforms ideal for water toys and tenders docking give also facilitated access to the water by automatic and gentle-angled submerged stairs. The main garage is located forward on main deck and will carry a 9m tender and a 5,5m crew tender. Two Caterpillars 1911hp engines will propel this motor yacht to a speed of 16 knots with a trans-pacific range. The exterior color scheme is composed of Dupont Snow White on hull and superstructure. Red elements are painted with Dupont Rosso Corsa. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 54.6 m (179ft)
Waterline Length - 53.7 m
Beam - 11.1 m
Draft - 3 m
Displacement - 900 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 100000 l
Water Capacity - 20000 l
Engines - 2 x Cats 3512C Rating B 1911hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 16 knots max, 12 knots cruise
Range - 4200 nm at 12 knots cruise
Hull Shape - full displacement
Construction - high strength AH36 steel, Alloy AA5083 super structure
Project - Horazio Bozzo exterior lines, Alessandro Massari interior, Axis Group/ISA engineering
Certification - RINA C Hull, Mach + Y, unrestricted navigation Aut + UMS LY2 Compliance 

July 10, 2014

Project: Rio 38 Parana

Rio presents an  interesting sport cruiser project the 38 Parana, with the Italian boat builder continuing its recent trend of picking model names from its archives. Judging by the beam the 38 Parana is based on the hull of the 36 Art and Air models. None the less the super structure and lines as appear on the renderings so far present seem to give the 38 Parana more sweeping sports lines and total different looks. Equaling to a totally new model. The 38 Parana is offered with two options for the lower deck, a feature which sets its apart from most mainstream competition in this size. The choice here is two cabins; VIP to fore, and a full beam owners room amidships with own en-suite shower head, or a three cabin version and a smaller L-shaped dinette and saloon. Standard power is twin Volvo 300hp with stern drives propulsion.

July 9, 2014

New Model: Toy 47 Tender

It's been a renaissance going on since a decade plus, with offers coming from USA, Italy and England. But lets be honest, there is something special about the new Toy 47 Tender and the style of boat its represents that of the traditional down East lobster cruiser, that says use me. Could be the fat rubber rub rail, or its squarish sloop stern, surely the 47 Tender has not the usual harbor queen looks most lobster yachts and cruisers represent. The new Toy 47 Tender is a project from Nauta who did an outstanding job in presenting a classic looking yet practical boat, which the market seems to be rewarding with already five hulls sold in less to a year since hull one was launched. Day users will surely like the gigantic cockpit which uses two thirds of the 47 Tender length, an area divided for sun worshipers with the sun-pads and lounging forward thanks to the two C-shaped dinettes.  Down below is space for two cabins, shower head, galley, and an utility room. Owners room is located to fore. Power is twin Cummins 480hp engines with ZF pod drives propulsion giving max speeds of 35 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.37 m (47.3ft)
Hull Length - 13.6 m
Waterline Length - 12.2 m
Beam - 4.37 m
Draft - 0.87 m ex props
Displacement - 13.5 t medium load
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 4 berths in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 5.9 480hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus 3000 aft looking dual propeller pod drives, or jet drives
Speed - 35 knots max, 26 knots cruise with ZF Zeus pods
Range - 400 nm at cruise
Construction - infusion with CoreCell core and Vinilester resins
Project - Nauta Design, Gurit for structure
Certification - CE B

July 8, 2014

Project: Azimut Altantis 50 Open

With the arrival of the Azimut Atlantis 50 Open, the options for cruising enjoyment have just doubled. The Azimut Atlantis 50 Coupè has been available since last autumn and the new Open version debuts at boat shows starting September 2014. Same quality and performance to meet the needs of those who wish to enjoy the sea with different styles. In keeping with the core philosophy of the Atlantis collection sport cruisers and yachts, the Open offers the utmost in cruising pleasure and comfort with highly live-able exterior spaces and well-thought-out furnishings. In particular, the sofa is in a new U-shaped configuration with added seating facing the stern sun pad, which also houses the life raft. In the Open version, the main deck is all on one level separated by just a few steps from the stern swimming platform. The exterior kitchen on the starboard side includes a stainless steel sink, refrigerator, icemaker, and barbecue. The Open has all teak floors while the Coupè marks the distinction between inside and outside with different flooring materials. The two versions share the same layout and engine configuration. At the stern there is plenty of space for a sun-pad with platform lift enabling up to a 2.4-metre tender to be housed in the garage below; they also feature well-designed and functional cockpit furnishings. The hardtop is electronically operated. With the optional third cabin supplementing the Owner's and VIP cabin, the Azimut Atlantis 50 can accommodate from four to six guests. The full beam master cabin is located amidships, the ideal position for maximum comfort, reducing any sensations of rolling or pitching to a minimum. The completely restyled kitchen is in an L configuration and includes a built-in refrigerator and four-burner, glass-ceramic cooktop. The Azimut Atlantis 50 Open is fitted with two Cummins 600hp engines that allow a maximum speed of 32 knots and cruise at 28. 

July 7, 2014

New Model: Hunt 25 Harrier Sport

Sharing the same hull as the Hunt 25 Harrier, is the new 25 Sport. This new Hunt 25 Harrier Sport is designed for maximum fun and minimum maintenance, offering a more raw environment versus the standard version. The 25 Sport offers a small cabin which features a berth and head for the over-night. The Sport’s offers modern yet retro-classic, timeless looks will be fresh a generation from now as it does today. Unlike the standard 25 Harried, the Sport offers a very basic cockpit layout with an aft sun-pad, C-shaped settee with central small table and two forward looking driver and co-pilot settees.  As a Hunt it will feature a rough water C.Raymond Hunt and Associates hull which will deliver a solid cruise to your destination. The Hunt 25 Harrier Sport can be power by Volvo gas engines from 320 up to 480hp, and a diesel choice of 300hp. A Yamaha 300hp outboard option is also available. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 7.92 m (25ft)
Beam - 2.74 m
Draft - 0.91 m 
Displacement - 3175 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 378 l
Water Capacity - 56 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Engine - 1 x Volvo EVC 5.7 320hp, V8 380hp, V8 480hp, D4 300hp diesel
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo OceanX Stern drive
Speed - 36 knots with standard 320hp engine
Construction - solid E-glass hull, foam cored topside and stringers and bulkheads, vinilester resin
Project - C. Raymond Hunt and Associates

July 4, 2014

New Model: Alen 68

Joining forces with international architects Foster plus Partners, Alen Yachts presents its new 68 flagship model. Foster and Partners follow what Alen has produced in recent years, a sport yacht design with classic clean timeless lines, and a focus towards larger exterior lounging and entertainment areas.  The exterior of the Alen 68 is also available in two options, C-shaped settee, or a dinette with two opposite facing settees. Still down below the Alen 68 can have a three cabins layout, or a more lounging area based plan with one midships owners cabin and large lounger to fore, dedicating to chilling. Power is twin MAN 1550hp engines which give top speed of 45 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.32 m (66.6ft)
Beam - 6.30 m
Draft - 1.17 m
Displacement - 45 t
Fuel Capacity - 4500 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 5 berths in 3 cabins, 2 berths in 1 cabin
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x MAN V12 1550hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 45 knots max, 41 knots cruise
Range - 315 nm at cruise
Construction - composite with Airex Core
Project - Foster and Partners exterior and interior
Certification - CE A

July 3, 2014

Improve-it = Rodman 44 Muse

Its been one of the most famous models in its size, since launched in 2007. At its time the Fulvio de Simoni designed Rodman 44 Muse was a very innovative product thanks to a project fully based on the Volvo IPS pod drives propulsion. That means engine at the back, and more space then ever down below for a flybridge cruiser measuring less to fourteen meters. Now just short to seven years to its debut the Spanish builder Rodman face lifts the 44 Muse with some important make up changes, mostly of which are larger view windows both up and below deck.  For the rest the 44 Muse keeps its high pedigree for a spacious three double cabins flybridge cruiser, with a nice vibrant performance of 34 knots with twin Volvo 435hp and IPS pod drive propulsion.   

July 2, 2014

New Model: Wider 32

At the beginning of the year Wider announced it has started production of the newest addition to its revolutionary fleet: the sleek yet spacious 32. Designed by Fulvio De Simoni as the perfect tender to the Wider 150 or any other super yacht, this highly versatile model is equally suited to use as a fast, comfortable sport cruiser. Wider are proud to announce the 32 has now been launched on schedule and is ready for inspection. As you would expect from a Wider yacht, the new 32’ is easily distinguishable from other express cruisers. Its dominant axe bow and low transom give the impression it is leaping out of the water, eager to slice through the waves. The three meters beam tapers only slightly towards the bow in order to provide maximum cockpit space and freedom of movement, and to facilitate boarding from a mother ship. The cockpit is designed to be easily adapted to the owner’s specific requirements, accommodating as many different configurations as possible from an inviting dining area with folding table to a nice sunbathing platform. The Wider 32’ also comes with an adjustable, easily installed awning to shade the entire cockpit. Below deck, the stylish cabin is furnished with two facing sofas that provide comfortable seating for entertaining or ship-to-shore transportation protected from the weather; they also convert into spacious berths for overnight stays on board. The galley, equipped with sink, stove ring and refrigerator, disappears seamlessly into the contemporary cabinetry. A surprisingly large, full-beam head with shower is housed in the bow. Storage for personal belongings is maximized throughout the Wider 32. The hull is designed to provide a smooth ride and excellent performance. Twin 260hp Mercruiser diesel engines mated to stern drives deliver a cruising speed of 30 knots and a top speed of 37. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.60 m (31.4ft)
Beam - 3.0 m
Draft - 0.55 m ex drives props
Displacement - 5 t at 1/3 load
Fuel Capacity - 500 l
Water Capacity - 150 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 3.0 TDI 260hp
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravo One DTS stern drive dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 37 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Range - 200 nm at cruise
Project - Fulvio de Simoni
Certification - CE B RINA  

July 1, 2014

blogger - 2009 Downturn and Beyond

With a positive outlook for the next upcoming years in boat building, how did the various countries and boat builders handle the downturn which went on from 2009 till 2012 and 2013 being more or less a flat year. I will put here a personal perspective how the main production, semi-custom leisure boat building countries handled the largest recession since the depression of the nineteen thirties.
Britain and its main builders have had an interesting build up with a turbulent background story behind. The three British builders have in reality changed ownership with the best move coming from Princess who was purchased by a French finance mostly involved in fashion at the start of the crisis. Sunseeker and Fairline both had a weak period with the first nearly going down, and purchased by a Chinese businessman in Summer 2013. Whats interesting in all this that while the background was rough, the British boat builders increased an impressive amount of brand recognition in the general public eyes, thanks to one of the best price value ratio in the industry and a global network. Another known British builder Sealine did not manage to save itself, and ended up moving production in Germany and now being Hanse owned.
The country in producing most boats in the World, the United States of America had a similar picture of what happened in the early nineties in the midst of the luxury tax. But this time around instead of large boat builders buying smaller ones and becoming groups, we had for the most part financial houses coming in. The North American continent is always an interesting varied market but the main problem seems that most companies seems to over produce, and also lack brand building. Its interesting to see that most US builders stop at about 50 feet max length, a maximum size they had a decade ago and never expanded over this. Still the USA has the best examples to follow how to handle a downturn, with Viking and the custom sportfish boat builders of the East emerging stronger then ever after the recession was over. The interesting part is that these builders are all family owned with a huge drive coming from passion.
Italy had a depressing story, and while the recession did its damage, the biggest hit to most builders in the shoe shaped peninsula especially those dependent on the home market came from within thanks to a suicide political move which left all losers. Italy has always been about those small medium sized builders which build for the most part about twenty boats a year. But even global giant Azimut Benetti Group still a family owned corporate and the largest super yacht builder of 24 meters plus for nearly two decades felt a few cracks here and there. The other giant Ferretti Group and its brands had trouble for the most part of the own making, saved by the banks and then bought for 75% by a Chinese businessmen. Those financial houses always pull the ropes when the weather gets rough. A company which came out stronger from this downturn was Absolute a fairly young brand founded in 2002, but with Gobbi being an experienced since 1960 boat builder at the helm. Today Absolute along with Azimut-Atlantis is the Italian answer to the British trio in production boat building. At the moment a shy turn around is happening in Italy and some of the small medium sized builders which closed there doors are trying to open up again. But after all that damage most small and semi custom builders will have a difficult task competing with what the Dutch builders are offering. The picture in Italy back in 2011 was also more tragic when one considers that as at 2007 it was the largest boat selling market in Europe thanks to the leasing schemes in operation at the time.
The Dutch shown how they are ready to compete in this market, but what impressed the most was that they have shown a huge capability in making group and going to boat shows together, under one flag. This has created a new identity to Dutch smaller size builders, with some not much known names becoming the new thing to be.
The rest was an interesting story, when you think France the Beneteau Group comes to mind, and the French giant in the recession has all been about expanding and taking new market shares. Spain had a terrible crisis, among the worst in Europe and most small medium sized builders who cropped up during the boom period, did disappear during the recession, that is apart Astondoa who still continued to grow, expand and invest, helped by its sea based yard which can also carry refit projects. Down under Australian builders, had also an interesting expansion and while Riviera was in receivership period for a year or so the company actually came out stronger from these dark times, and along with the USA Sea Ray and Tiara is an interesting competitor to the known European quality brands.