October 31, 2014

Monthly News - October 2014

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Azimut New Mexico Dealer

Azimut Yachts further strengthens its presence in the overseas markets thanks to a new partnership with Euro Yachts, doing business as Azimut Yachts Mexico, the Group’s new exclusive dealer for the Mexican market. Featuring four venues in key Mexican markets, Azimut Yachts Mexico is assured a strong presence throughout the country. In securing this nationwide coverage, the Azimut brand will have excellent access to the best crews and yacht owners, along with the supplier networks necessary to provide the high standards of immediate, high-level service assistance Azimut yacht owners have come to expect, that have always be representative of the Group. In signing this exclusive agreement, Azimut Yachts are signaling their belief in the growing importance of the Mexican market. When taken together with the markets of the US, Brazil and Mexico represent a substantial share of the group’s total turnover. This new partnership will further enrich the international service network that, with more than 140 offices, in 70 countries, is the largest of its kind in the world.

Bavaria Nominated for More Awards

Bavaria are delighted to have been nominated for five awards in Europe, the Cruiser 46 in the new sailing yacht range and Sport 360 and 400 in the Bavaria Sport range. The world premiere of the new SPORT 360 was at the Oslo boat show in early September. This stunning boat has already been nominated for two different awards. In Berlin at the show the boat has been nominated for the "BOB Award" which is announced at the end of November. This award from an independent jury of international journalists and boat testers distinguishes the practical needs of boaters. In the category "Best for Family”, the Sport 360 has a very good chance to be among the finalists where the focus is on how the boat best suits the needs for families. The Nautic Design Award at the Salon Nautique in Paris beginning in December, focuses more on the design of a motor yacht and recognizes the best motor boats of the year. In the category "Cruiser" are this year's 360 and 400 Sport which are on the nomination list. Until 11th December users can vote directly on the Internet to select the motor yacht with the best design. At the boot Dusseldorf the final winner of the "European Powerboat of the Year Awards" will be known where on the first Saturday of the fair, the coveted prizes in the different categories will be awarded. The international jury of leading magazines from across Europe nominated the Sport 400 in the category up to 45 feet. Bavaria also have a good chance to be European Yacht of the Year with the beautiful Cruiser 46 and to receive this price in Dusseldorf in January. This is one of the best selling boats from the German shipyard which is one of the finalists in the category "Family Cruiser". The 14-meter sailing yacht, which is built in a 3-and 4-cabin version, which since its debut late last year has found more than 150 new owners. 

Belize Impresses World Yacht Trophies

Designed by Australia’s iconic Riviera, Belize Motoryachts was always confident the classically inspired 54 Daybridge would stand out in a bay of the most modern luxury pleasure yachts in the world. And she has in fact done exactly that the Belize 54’s noble and nostalgic design struck an immediate chord with judges in the World Yachts Trophies awards at 2014 Cannes International Yachting Festival, where she was named as just one of three finalists in the ‘highest achievement’ category for vessels her size. Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the World Yachts Trophies awards, organised by French publishing group Lux Media Group, is considered to be one of the most highly esteemed awards of its kind in the global marine industry. The World Yacht Trophies awards ceremony, at ‘la Croisette’, is considered one of the highlight events of the Cannes Yachting Festival and this year’s gala ceremony attracted 700 of the most influential people in the yachting world. The judges said the Belize 54 ‘made herself known from the very moment she arrived’ for her European premiere at Cannes, adding she is the ‘epitome of the flybridge boat’ and praising her sea-keeping abilities. The Belize 54 is a clever blend of classical charm, state-of-the-art technology and a high-performance hull is squarely targeted at those who appreciate timeless tradition, individuality, class and refined character, as well as serious sea-keeping performance. 

Benetti New USA Head Quarters

The yard's commercial success in the Americas is consolidated. With Benetti's 2014 further growth in the America's, one of the Tuscan yard's strategic markets, success is confirmed with the opening of the new Benetti sales and post-sales office on 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale, capital of American and world yachting. Having secured their commercial presence in the USA, with more than 50% of the brand's business, Benetti secures their physical presence in Fort Lauderdale, a perfect location close to the Central and South American markets. Benetti's new American headquarters was designed as an office and showroom, open to brokers, traders and owners. It is not only a starting point but a meeting point, dedicated to hospitality. The design of the first American office for Benetti is inspired by the Benetti Viareggio showroom: dark tinted rosewood and ivory colored leather and bronze detailing, with floors of Crema Marfil marble with teak inserts, while the exclusive Yachtique showcases are of crystal. The designer furnishings have all been offered only by Italian suppliers and its design is highest standard level. They are names that represent excellence of the world - Edra, Lupi, Poltrona Frau, Schiffini, Cantalupi, Stefano Ricci, Armani, Yachtline, Menchini Marmi and Gruppo Mastrotto –which make the space confortable, elegant and definitely unique. Inside the offices limited edition design furniture by the interior designer Maria Rosa Remedi up the reception and meeting room.

CRN Supports Cogs for Cancer

CRN, a brand of the Ferretti Group specialising in the construction of fully-custom steel and aluminium pleasure vessels between 40 and 90 metres in length, is supporting Cogs4Cancer, an important charity cycle race which this year has reached its second edition and which started on 5 October from CRN’s shipyard in Ancona. Cogs4Cancer is a charity bike ride ridden in stages, organized by the captains of mega yachts from various countries in order to raise funds for cancer research organizations. This year it will run from Ancona (Italy) to Antibes (France). CRN supported this charity event by hosting the starting ceremony, which was held on 5 October at the shipyard in Ancona. The 16 participants - captains of megayachts and representatives of the international yachting world - will pedal approximately 850 kilometres. Following the first stage between Ancona and Forlì, the race will stop in Empoli, La Spezia, Arenzano and Sanremo and then reach Antibes, in France. Cogs4Cancer, which this year has already raised over € 200,000, is supported by international celebrities like Rihanna and The Kings of Leon and will donate the entire total to cancer research organizations.

Fairline Gears Up For A Stream of New Products

Leading British luxury Motor Yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats has this month embarked on a major human investment into its engineering capability as it prepares for an extensive new product introduction programme. Continuing to focus on high quality engineering and boatbuilding excellence, Fairline has invested in two new appointments to support the upcoming programme. Stefan Whitmarsh joins as Head of Engineering and Ben Harrison as Engineering Manager, both based at Fairline’s Headquarters in Oundle. Stefan and Ben have joined existing team members, Gary Smith, Fairline Technical Manager and Andrew Pope, Design Director, to underpin the outstanding engineering and design expertise at Fairline. With a lifetime in the boating industry, Stefan brings a wealth of global boat industry knowledge and experience gained with leading distributors and manufacturers across the world. He is widely recognised as a leading authority in shipbuilding, construction, manufacturing methods and the operation of large yachts. In recent times Stefan has worked with Princess Yachts and Sunseeker International where his last role was as Project Manager on the build of former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan’s Sunseeker 155. He also has many years’ experience in high performance GRP vessels and currently races in offshore powerboat championships, winning the 4-day 800 mile Venture Cup Race in 2013. In his new role at Fairline Stefan will be responsible for driving the new product introduction programm and developing the design and engineering systems across the product range. Ben will be working alongside Stefan to deliver the engineering design, development and validation of new and current products. Ben’s previous experience includes engineering and program management roles at Nissan, Perkins Engines, Land Rover, Visteon and Caterpillar, where he undertook a two-year assignment in Qingdao, the People’s Republic of China as part of a Joint Venture engineering team.

Fairline Plans Eight New Models in Three Years

Leading British luxury Motor Yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats announces plans to introduce eight new models over the next three years, with full details to be unveiled at the London Boat Show in January 2015. The news follows hot on the heels of Fairline’s recent announcement of a major human investment into its engineering capability. In recent weeks Fairline has unveiled two new additions to its engineering team to support the new product plans and underline Fairline’s commitment to high quality engineering and boatbuilding excellence. Stefan Whitmarsh joins as Head of Engineering and Ben Harrison as Engineering Manager, both based at Fairline’s Headquarters in Oundle. Stefan and Ben have joined existing team members Gary Smith, Fairline Technical Manager, and Andrew Pope, Design Director, to create a new look team to drive forward the new product strategy.

Gulf Craft To Invest In New Luxury Yacht Facility

Gulf Craft, one of the leading superyacht-building shipyards in the world, announced it will be opening a brand new facility in Dubai Maritime City (DMC), a world-class maritime cluster in the heart of Dubai. The company will invest $100 million over the next five years in developing the approximately 900,000 square foot freehold plot located within the marine district of DMC. The state-of-the-art facility will be used to build a shipyard for the manufacture of mega and super yachts. Dubai Maritime City, which is located on an area of over 21.52 million square feet, has been designed to promote the interests and lifestyle of the maritime community. Supported by highly developed and sophisticated infrastructure, as well as a suitable environment for the modern life balance between work and living conditions, Dubai Maritime City offers facilities to suit a multitude of purposes such as housing, offices, entertainment and retail.

Gulfcraft Wins Shipyard 2014 Award

UAE shipyard Gulf Craft cemented its global success in Cannes last week, picking up a World Yacht Trophy for Shipyard of the Year. Notis Menelaou, Sales Manager of Gulf Craft received the award on behalf of the company from Sam Richomme, Group CEO & Publisher of LuxMedia Group, the French publishing group behind the awards – considered amongst the most prestigious accolades in marine circles. The awards ceremony was held last Saturday, September 13 at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes as a prelude to the opening of the Cannes Yachting Festival. 000The World Yacht Trophies are judged by a panel of experts made up of highly qualified members of the steering committee of the LuxMedia publishing network – publishers of luxury, lifestyle and boating titles such as Yachts Emirates, Yachts Qatar, Yachts Lebanon, Yachts and Boats, Yachts Russia, Yachts Croatia and Boats Arabia amongst others. The expert panel was entrusted with the task of selecting and evaluating the yachts and the winners for each category.

Jarrett Bay Opening in Raleigh

Just in time for the holidays, Jarrett Bay Boatworks announces the opening of the Jarrett Bay Offshore “pop-up” store at one of the largest malls in the Southeastern United States, and Raleigh North Carolina’s largest enclosed mall. Starting Friday, October 3rd, Jarrett Bay branded merchandise will be available for mass consumption at Crabtree Valley Mall. Comprised of more than 220 stores and restaurants, Crabtree serves hundreds of thousands of shoppers annually from Central and Eastern North Carolina, including close regional demand generators such as North Carolina State University, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the Research Triangle Park.

Kadey-Krogen New Vice President of Sales

Today Kadey-Krogen Yachts introduces Tucker West as the company’s new vice president of sales. West is well-equipped with more than 20 years in the marine industry to take on the responsibility of leading the Kadey-Krogen sales force. For the last nine years, West led the North American Sales and Dealers Network for Grand Banks Yachts. In addition to sales, his work at Kadey-Krogen will contribute to product development and sales marketing. West has assumed an equity position in the company by purchasing John Gear’s interest in Kadey-Krogen Yachts, thereby creating a new team of principals. In addition to West overseeing sales, Larry Polster will supervise marketing, public relations, finance and administration and Tom Button will direct yacht construction, new product development, commissioning and post-delivery customer care. John Gear will continue with Kadey-Krogen Yachts as the company’s Florida yacht broker of record. West entered the marine industry after graduating from Plymouth State College in New Hampshire with a degree in business management. His primary focus throughout the years has been in sales, marketing, and after-sales service. Tucker began his career at Sunsail Yacht Charters, booking sailing vacations and selling boats into Sunsail's charter fleet. After spending a year in Thailand with Sunsail, he returned to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and spent the next seven years with The Catamaran Company. Most recently, his work with Grand Banks Yachts earned respect among his peers and cemented his passion for the cruising segment of the power boat industry. Opening a new chapter, we look forward to Tucker’s involvement and perspective. His appetite and desire for both boating and a happy customer fit perfectly with our philosophy of being a boat-building company, versus a company that builds boats. He is certain to usher in a new group of Kadey-Krogen owners eager to be, “At Home On Any Sea!”

Moonen Strengths Sales Team

Moonen Shipyards has welcomed a new manager to its sales team. Onno Laarhoven joins fellow sales manager Johan Dubbelman at an exciting time for the premium motoryacht builders. The Dutch yard has already sold two of its new Caribbean series over recent months and Laarhoven is confident that more developments are on the horizon. Onno Laarhoven has boats in his blood having started sailing at the tender age of six years old. He also has that passion for yachts which is typical of many Dutch people, although Onno can tell you all this in such fluent English that you would never know he comes from Holland! Onno was actually slated for a different career having gained a Master in Law, but the lure of boats proved greater than the bar and he started his career in the yachting industry in 2005. After almost a decade of prolific sales he is delighted to have joined Moonen at such a vibrant time in the yard’s history. Together with sales manager Johan Dubbelman, Onno is now fully dedicated to presenting the unique proposition of the Moonen brand as the only yard to offer top Dutch quality motoryachts from 25 to 50 metres in length. 

Numarine Launches North American Distribution

Numarine International announces the launch of Numarine luxury performance motor yachts in North America. Operating under the designation of Numarine North America, the company has established 3 points of distribution to manage an extensive service network for Numarine owners along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. Numarine International is a dedicated division for the management of international sales, marketing and expansion of the worldwide dealer network for Numarine. Numarine North America will be managed by Parker Stair, a marine industry veteran, with a strong track record of perpetuating success among high-end brands. 

Otam New Esclusive Turkey Dealer

Otam sixty years of experience in powerboating - is proud to announce Concept Marine as official representative and dealer in the Turkish market. Haluk Gundogdu, managing director Concept Marine said “We had been looking for a while for the right product to cater to the needs of some of our extremely demanding clients looking for a very fast, exclusive, semi-custom open to accompany them in their free time along our beautiful coasts. Otam manufactures a beautiful high quality product that really performs even in rough conditions, and we are very happy to be their partners on the Turkish Market. 

Outer Reef QR Coding Creates Ease

Outer Reef Yachts, the world renowned long range cruising yacht manufacturer, pioneers another first in the industry by taking QR Code technology to the next level, through the new Outer Reef Yachts’ Quik Code System™. QR Codes are computer generated images used as a shortcut to connect directly with online resources, without having to type a URL into an internet browser. By assigning an individualized QR code to each piece of equipment throughout the yacht, the code will direct a user to the desired page and topic in Outer Reef’s digital Owner’s Instructional and Maintenance Manual. An owner operator, captain, or maintenance technician can quickly locate the specific information needed through the convenience of a hand held mobile device. The owner, captain or technician, equipped with a smart phone or tablet will easily point and click to be directed to the equipment’s specific manual page, section, and topic, removing the need to search through a hard copy or scroll through the online service manual. In short, this process provides instant access to the required information for all equipment throughout the yacht, from the Pilot House DC/AC Panels to the engine room’s hydraulic and fuel systems, etc. The Quik Code System™ is not the first ‘convenience technology’ pioneered by Outer Reef Yachts. Outer Reef Yachts was the first long range motoryacht manufacturer to provide each owner with an iPad version of the Owner’s Instructional and Maintenance Manual for their yachts. Owners, captains and maintenance technicians of all technical backgrounds will enjoy and appreciate the convenience of accessing all the information needed to operate, manage, and maintain the yacht via an iPad. The information housed on the iPad is provided by Outer Reef Yachts to Wheelhouse Technologies (www.wheelhousetech.com), a company that specializes in creating tailored owners manuals and proprietary maintenance programs. Wheelhouse Technologies also maintains the information, by continuously updating the database as needed, to ensure the user is referring to the most current manufacturer information at all times. All Outer Reef Yachts, globally, will display the new Quik Code System.

Princess Star at Volvo World Match Play Championship

Surrounded by some of the world's best golfers, including members of the European and US Ryder Cup teams, the Princess V39 sports yacht will feature at the 2014 Volvo Match Play Championship. Lying across the lake that makes up a tricky 8th hole, par 3, the V39 will make a spectacular and fairly unique feature at this prestigious sporting event. Volvo usually showcases its automotive models at the event but this year wanted to tell a different story and reflect its status as a marine champion. As one of Volvo's longest standing partners, Princess Yachts International was very happy to help showcase the very best of marine design and performance. And what better boat to do so than the V39, arguably the most celebrated yacht of its generation. The Volvo Match Play Championship takes place from the 15th to the 19th of October, with players competing for a total prize fund of €2.25m, with the winner taking home 650,000. First won by Arnold Palmer in 1964, the championship was traditionally held at Wentworth, in Surrey, until moving to Spain and then Bulgaria more recently. For its 50th year the decision was taken to return the tournament to its British roots. Princess Yachts International will be celebrating its own 50th anniversary next year. Look out for more information and some exciting news to commemorate our own half century.

Rivera Congratulates Three Apprentices

Australian boating icon Riviera is proud to announce three of its school-based apprentice students have received awards recognising them as finalists in Queensland’s School-based Apprenticeship and Traineeship (SATs) Awards. Riviera and Helensvale State High School this year rekindled the school-based apprentice program, which first started in 1997. This multi-award winning training program has produced hundreds of highly skilled tradesmen with nationally recognised qualifications, many of whom have had the opportunity to travel and work overseas with Riviera. Eleven new school-based apprentices joined Riviera this year, including SATs finalists Margaret Piakura in upholstery, Lachlan Davidson in cabinet-making and Brendan Smith in electro-technology. Apprenticeship project mentor Tony Vaughn congratulated Margaret, Lachlan and Brendan on their achievements. The SATs awards are an initiative of Queensland’s South East Region Department of Education Training and Employment. The SATs awards recognise the achievements of school students in not only their school studies but also their vocational work. The awards are designed to recognise students on their dedication to securing their future career paths. Each category has three finalists with an overall winner for each category and then an overall winner is announced from all the categories. Apprentice upholsterer Margaret Piakura was a finalist in the manufacturing category and she said it was a really exciting night. Lachlan Davidson and Brendan Smith were finalists in the Building and Construction category. Brendan said it was a very rewarding experience knowing he had been selected as a finalist from hundreds of applicants. Both Lachlan and Brendan are working on a rotation through Riviera’s various departments including lamination, new model development, Fit Out 1, Fit Out 2 and the waterfront, giving them exposure to all aspects of boat-building. Mr Vaughn says Riviera’s school-based apprentices spend one day at the TAFE centre, which is located on-site within the Riviera complex, and one other day in on-the-job training. Riviera’s general manager Scott Cumming said all three students and their parents were justifiably proud of their achievements. Riviera will commence enrolments for the 2015 school-based apprentice program later in the year. 

Riviera Owner Finds Paradise

The turquoise waters of the large lagoon and 1192 hectares (2950 acres) of reef surrounding Lady Musgrave Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was certainly a sight to behold for 40 Riviera owners and their friends as they dropped anchor in the Capricorn Cays National Park for the annual R Marine Crawley Lady Musgrave Experience. The fleet of 13 Rivieras travelled in convoy from Runaway Bay Marina on the Gold Coast north to Bundaberg Marina and then on to Lady Musgrave Island where they spent the next few days snorkelling, fishing, socialising and relaxing in one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This was the first time Max and Maree Hume had taken their Riviera 4000 Offshore BlasĂ© to Lady Musgrave Island and they said it was absolutely sensational. Phil and Carmel Kaye on board 43 Open Flybridge Lady Soul said the two days they spent at Lady Musgrave were simply the best. Guided by R Marine Crawley’s dealer principal, Ben Crawley, the fleet experienced perfect coastal cruising conditions and managed to stay one step ahead of the weather for the entire trip, which was held from July 5 to 24. Ben said they dropped lines a day early to make the best of ideal cruising conditions up the coast and they were rewarded with countless whale and dolphin sightings along the way. The following day the fleet split into two groups, one that continued north and one that headed south back home to complete the 650 nautical mile round trip. 

San Lorenzo New Group President

Ferruccio Rossi was recently appointed as new Group President / General Manager of Sanlorenzo Spa, the Italian shipyard leader in the production of strictly tailor made motor-yachts, at the second place in the world ranking of top 20 builders over 24 meters (Global Order Book 2014). Rossi will report directly to the Chairman / CEO Massimo Perotti. Following his degree in Business Administration at Bocconi University in Milan, Ferruccio Rossi (1972) worked in investment banking and private equity in firms such as JP Morgan and Permira Funds. From 2001 to 2005 he entered the board of directors of Ferretti and Grandi Navi Veloci Spa and in mid 2005 he was appointed as Managing Director / CEO of Riva Spa. Since then and for the following nine years he has covered increasingly critical positions within Ferretti Group, reaching in mid 2012 the role of Group CEO. Massimo Perotti decided to enlist a high skilled and experienced manager in order to strengthen and improve the Sanlorenzo position in the global market. Unmistakable style and sophisticated design place Sanlorenzo motor-yachts at the peak of international yacht business. The Italian shipyard, in over 50 years of history, has now become synonymous with excellence both in terms of refinement and attention to details.

San Lorenzo Opens Brand Representative in Egypt

Sanlorenzo Egypt is the new Sanlorenzo embassy which recently opened in the beautiful Hurghada region of the Red Sea, thanks to the agreement with the local company Alkhalil Trading L.L.C., who will introduce the Italian Made-to-Measure motor yachts to the most demanding Egyptian owners. The new Brand Representative office is located in Abu Tig Marina, in the El Gouna resort, a popular yachting destination in the Hurghada region of the Red Sea. Sanlorenzo Egypt’s Managing Director is Tarek Khalil, a mechanical engineer who founded Alkhalil Trading L.L.C. in 1994 and since then has been successfully involved in many areas of business across Egypt and the Middle East. For the last 5 years, Alkhalil Trading has been successfully distributing in Egypt boats up to 80 ft and the addition of the Sanlorenzo motor yachts complement the current range of boats for customers who seek an outstanding first class super yacht, made to measure according to their personal requests and style. Sanlorenzo Egypt will provide after-sales service support on-site through the existing Alkhalil Trading service centre, in order to support both existing and new customers throughout Egypt.

Sea Ray Dealer Accomplishments 

Sea Ray’s dealer network has consistently been the most awarded group of marine retailers in Boating Industry’s annual Top 100 Dealer awards. So it was especially notable when Sea Ray recognized some of the top performers from within their celebrated dealer body at the company’s annual meeting, held recently in Knoxville, Tennessee. Awards were distributed in four major categories: dealerships with 100% customer satisfaction, top retail sales for a location outside USA and Canada, top retail sales for an independent retailer in USA or Canada, and top retail sales within the MarineMax network. In addition to the four established categories, an additional award for the top first year dealership was given to American Boat Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, in recognition of exceptional performance. Finally, Sea Ray executives also presented the prestigious C.N. Ray award, previously bestowed only three times in nearly 15 years. The award is reserved for a truly exceptional marine retailer whose professional accomplishments are exemplary in nature and closely aligned with the ideals and standards of excellence established by Sea Ray founder C.N. Ray. The 2014 recipient of the C.N. Ray award was Bill McGill, principal owner and president of Gulfwind USA (marine dealership) from 1978 to 1998, at which time he became CEO of MarineMax., the position he currently holds. Previous recipients of the C.N. Ray Award include Pete Beauregard, Sr. (Colony Marine Sales & Service), Rod Hall (Hall Marine Group) and Bill Trudeau, Sr. (Trudeau's Marina). Sea Ray’s awards gala marked the end of the 2015 model year meeting. The meeting featured Sea Ray’s ongoing Next Wave campaign, highlighting “innovative thinking and inspired execution” on a steady stream of new products. Six brand new models were on hand at the meeting, part of nine total new models that will be introduced in the fourth quarter of 2014 alone.

Sea Ray Honored with Four More Awards

Sea Ray has been recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction for the tenth year in a row, earning four 2014 Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and bringing the company’s total to an unprecedented 59 CSI Awards over the years of the honor. As announced by the NMMA during the recent 2014 International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), Sea Ray’s newest awards came in the following four categories: Deck Boats, Inboard Express Cruisers Boats, Sterndrive Bowrider Boats, and Sterndrive Cuddy and Express. Sea Ray builds boats for nearly every style of boater, and this affirmation across so many categories demonstrates that the brand understands just how great boating can be. Time and again, Sea Ray has earned accolades from the industry’s toughest critics and in the most stringent rankings, including those of J.D. Power, the NMMA, the AIM Media Group and Boating Industry Magazine. The CSI Awards measure customer satisfaction, only recognizing boat and engine manufacturers that receive the highest marks. To attain the requirements for the Marine Industry CSI Awards, Sea Ray achieved and maintained an independently measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction over the past year. This score is based on information provided directly by nearly 60,000 consumers who purchased a new boat or engine during the period from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.

Viking and Ebola

Ebola is real, as Healey International Relief Foundation representatives Father Peter Konteh and Ishmael Alfred Charles can attest. Father Peter, Director of Caritas Freetown, and Ishmael, a former child soldier and current Foundation's In-Country Coordinator have traveled from Sierra Leone to the United States to help spread awareness. Caritas Freetown representatives, together with Benjamin Parra and Bob Healey, Jr., of Healey International Relief Foundation, were in Washington, DC to tell the Ebola story to different media sources, including EWTN TV Network and The Catholic Health Association of the United States and to testify before the joint Senate hearing. They continue to raise awareness of the Ebola outbreak.

Viking Lines In

April 8-11, 2015 are the dates for the second annual Viking Key West Challenge, our fantastic family fishing tournament that was created to mark our 50th Anniversary this past April. More than 350 people including Viking staff, Viking yacht owners, their families and friends and valuable vendors from the past 50 years enjoyed fishing, a lay-day pool party, and loads of family oriented events in the midst of spectacular weather and Key West hospitality.

Wider New Dealer in Australia and New Zealand 

Wider appointed a new dealer for Australia and New Zealand, to distribute the 32' and 42'Express Cruisers in the region. The Boutique Boat Company is the leading premium marine specialist in the nautical market. With strategic offices, maintenance yards, marinas and berths both on the West and East Coasts of Australia they benefit from a dedicated team of professionals with unrivalled experience not only in the marine industry but in related luxury businesses, such as automotive and real estate. The agreement is a major step forward for Wider in growing its presence in the international market. Wider gives a warm welcome to the new Australian dealer and trusts in a very successful and long lasting relationship.

Windy Nominated for Powerboat 2015 Awards

The Scandinavian boat builder Windy Scandinavia AB has been nominated for two 2015 European Power Boat of the Year Awards for the acclaimed 39 Camira sports cruiser and the 27 Draco sports weekender, a modern interpretation of one of Scandinavia’s most iconic boat designs. Short-listed in the ‘Powerboats up to 45 feet’ category, the Windy 39 Camira is a bigger sister to the ground-breaking Windy 31 Zonda, combining classic sports cruiser styling with superb handling and a top speed of 45 knots. One of Europe’s leading powerboat magazines described her Hans Jorgen Johnsen-designed hull as “up there with the very best 40ft production hulls we’ve ever tested.” The Camira’s exterior styling is by Dubois Naval Architects Ltd with an interior by Design Unlimited. The 27 Draco is a finalist in the ‘Powerboats up to 35 feet’ category. It is the first, and largest, in a series of three entry level sports weekenders to be produced by Draco Boats AS who have relaunched the much-loved Draco brand for a new generation of boat owners.

New Model: Lagoon 40 Motor Yacht

After presenting one of the most acclaimed new models for 2014 with the 630 Motor Yacht launched the past Summer, Lagoon is quick to present a smaller sister in its recently updated engine powered line. But even for a catamaran of this size the new Nauta designed Lagoon 40 Motor Yacht definitely impresses below; four double cabins with four shower heads is surely unheard in a boat measuring under twelve meters even if the beam is more then double. Another interesting detail of the 40 Motor Yacht will also be its small engines, with twin 75hp being the standard power. That is surely small engines, which equals less fuel and service costs. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.99 m (39.3ft)
Beam - 6.79 m
Draft - 0.98 m
Fuel Capacity - 300 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x 75hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - VPLP, Nauta Design

October 30, 2014

Project: Nordhavn 56

Much of the innovation and design development of Nordhavn comes from customer suggestions and many new concepts are worked on. One such design currently being worked on is particularly interesting as it presents a significant variation on the standard layout themes and offers some very unique features. All Nordhavns are designed to cross oceans but this all new design places an even greater emphasis on ocean crossing capability while maximizing interior accommodations that are well suited for offshore conditions as well as dockside living. At 56 feet and with a displacement of 57 tons this new Nordhavn is ready to tackle the toughest and longest ocean passages.  Standard propulsion will include the 4.5 liter John Deere engines in a twin configuration and a fuel capacity of 8800 liters. This package combined with an efficient hull design will allow for a very comfortable transoceanic range and will retain the ability to maintain near normal cruising speed and positive direction control even if one of the two engines fail. Props are protected with skegs and attached rudders. 

October 29, 2014

New Model: Baumarine 40 Lobster

Can you mix two styles of boat into one seamlessly, this is the Baumarine 40 Lobster, and what it manages to do. The designers at Baumarine for the new 40 created a nice mix between two classic cruisers the Down East lobster boat, and the Italian Gozzo. Customization is also a very important key feature of the 40 Lobster offering in simple terms loads of it with five different interior optional layout choices; you can have it in two cabins plus crew, three cabins, or even an open plan version. Power choices are also very varied with the 40 Lobster being offered in five different engines starting with twin VM 350hp up to Iveco's FPT 400hp. The Baumarine 40 Lobster has standard line shaft propulsion, though an IPS option with twin Volvo 300hp is also available.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.2 m (40ft)
Hull Length - 11.1 m
Beam - 3.6 m
Displacement - 11 t
Fuel Capacity - 540 l (or 640 l optional)
Water Capacity - 210 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths, 6 berths in 3 cabins optional version, optional crew cabin in 2 cabins version
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x VM 350hp, Iveco FPT 400hp, Mercury 370hp, Volvo D4 300hp, D6 370hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or forward looking dual propeller IPS pods with Volvo 300hp
Hull Shape - planning Vee with 17.5 degrees dead-rise aft
Certification - CE B

October 28, 2014

Project: Numarine 78 Evolution

Numarine announces an exciting and innovative facelift evolution of the extremely successful 78 Flybridge. Undoubtedly one of the most popular models in Numarine’s range, the 78 Flybridge has received rave reviews the world over thanks to striking and unique aesthetics coupled with astounding performance and attention to detail. Company owner and CEO Omer Malaz said that the new Evolution update to the 78 comes after looking into changing the existing Flybridge model, with the design team always confirming the validity and the up to date design of the current model. Following these terms it was decided to introduce subtle yet important design changes as large view windows for the lower deck, and the introduction of hard top option on the flybridge. The first new look model entered production in September with completion due in February Winter 2015.

October 27, 2014

New Model: Queens Yachts 50 HT

In recent years Queens Yachts has been establishing itself as a prominent Italian boat builder, ready to compete in the International market. Designed as the 50 Sport Fly by TDF from Milan, the Queens 50 HT follows on the foot-steps of its sister offering a more sports fully enclosed hard top line. The layout of the 50 HT is the same as that of the 50 Sport Fly sister; three double cabins with two shower heads, which includes a full beam owners room and no bunk berths in the third cabin. The main deck of the Queens Yachts 50 also features the much appreciated astern galley with a C-shaped sofa which transform to a dinette come diner time.  Power options of the Queens 50 HT are standard twin Volvo 435hp engines with IPS pod drives, or optional shaft driven Cat 575hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.3 m (50.1ft)
Hull Length - 13.9 m
Beam - 4.4 m
Draft - 1.3 m
Displacement - 17.5 t medium load
Fuel Capacity - 1400 l
Water Capacity - 430 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Max Persons - twelve
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, Cat C9 Acert 575hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller pod drives, line shafts with Cat engines
Project - TDF Milan
Certification - CE B

October 26, 2014

Project: Jarrett Bay 90 Sportfisherman Hull #62

With specifications finalized, Jarrett Bay Boatworks announces the start of construction on their newest and largest custom sportfish. Upon a projected spring 2017 delivery, hull 62 will span 90 feet and represent the next evolution in offshore battle wagon performance and comfort, designed to tackle the remote fisheries of the world in ultimate style. Working with a customer armed with a knowledge of boats, high tech engineering, and a passion to competitively fish anywhere, the mandate was simple: to use state of the art materials, design, and electronics to create the ultimate sportfish boat. In putting together the team, Jarrett Bay has included firms from Michigan, Rhode Island, Florida, Washington and of course North Carolina. Looking to make use of the latest innovations in building techniques to maximize strength, speed and overall quality, the Jarrett Bay 90 will feature substantial use of titanium and carbon fiber composites, including a carbon fiber bridge, cabin, decks and stringer system. To ensure maximum performance and optimize the signature Jarrett Bay ride, extensive virtual tank testing, actual in-water tank testing, a detailed weight study both initial and during the build, as well as composite testing are notable aspects of this build’s design process. Thanks to substantial weight reduction and increased structural strength, the end product will boast reduced loads, making the boat easier to handle and fuel efficient, all while yielding increased range and greater shear strength. Accommodation side the Jarrett Bay 90 Sportfisherman will feature six cabins and five shower heads, with the owners room being in a full beam midships plan. Power for the new Jarrett Bay 90 feet flagship will come from tein 2600hp MTU engines.

October 25, 2014

New Model: Benetti 140 Veloce

Veloce 140, the new jewel in the crown of the Benetti Class Fast Displacement range, is a yacht with a great personality, deriving both from the technological innovations of the hull and propulsion systems, and from the distinctive design and furnishings. The most distinguishing feature is the new D2P hull designed by Pierluigi Ausonio Naval Architecture Studio and the Azimut-Benetti Research and Development Center. The most obvious advantages consist of the energy-saving, 12 knots cruising speed and the ability to travel at high speeds of over 20 knots in total comfort. Benetti 140 Veloce is a semi-custom yacht with a D2P Displacement to Planing hull an innovative project that excites both Benetti enthusiasts, eager for greater speed, and those who are approaching the Tuscan shipbuilder for the first time, in the knowledge of being able to rely on high-performing yachts with comfortable displacement speeds. The hull, first built for a yacht owner and a trusty Azimut-Benetti customer, is characterized by highly customized interiors, starting with the layout, which may be designed according to the customers' requirements. The Exterior Styling & Concept was developed by Stefano Righini, while the interior design is the work of the British RWD-Redman Whiteley Dixon, in collaboration with the owner's designer. The interior and exterior decor was entrusted to the international architect Joao Armentano. The woods used mainly include light gray Tay and slate gray Tabu for the flooring. The decorative elements are in a silver lacquer finish and the ceilings in alcantara and a white lacquer finish. All stainless steel features come with a satin finish. The interior furnishings are by Minotti, the lamps by Flos and the taps and fittings by Gessi. As regards the technological heart of 140 Veloce, it is worth noting the use of the largest engine ever mounted at the Viareggio Benetti shipyard: two MTU 3500hp engines. Benetti 140 Veloce is also equipped with a system of CMC Marine electrical fin stabilizers.
Technical Data:
LOA - 42 m (137.9ft)
Beam - 8.5 m
Draft - 2.3 m
Displacement - 276 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 35000 l
Water Capacity - 4000 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in 6 cabins, 8 crew in 4 cabins 
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V4000 M93L 3500hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 21 knots max, , 16 knots cruise, 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 500 nm at 16 knots, 1250 nm at 12 knots
Hull Shape - D2P Displacement to Planning form
Project - Stefano Righini lines, Pierluigi Ausonio hull shape Redman Whiteley Dixon interior, Joao Armentano decor
Certification - RINA C Hull Mach Y

October 23, 2014

Projects: Bavaria 450 Sport HT, Bavaria 450 Sport Open, Bavaria 450 Sport ST

In the class of sport cruisers below fifteen meters Bavaria presents another new project from their Sport-line: the 450 new flagship of the motor yacht fleet at Bavaria, which has been in project for almost a year with the product management taking time to analyze customer requirements and to incorporate the experiences of its worldwide dealer network in this new concept. In addition the Sport 450 will be available in four versions; Open, Hard Top, Soft Top and a Coupe version will be presented later on. For the styling lines of the new Sport 450, continues the recent marriage which started from the Virtess 42 with Italian designer Marco Casali and his team at Too Design. The Hull form the knowledge of Naval Architects of Insenaval SL can be seen, and stylistic details come from the hands of the design team at Bavaria in collaboration with the designers at Design Unlimited. The cockpit area on the Sport 450 has been designed with improved ergonomic shapes on the dashboard at the helm with a logical layout of the instruments and control panels.  Perfect seating comfort with a 360-degree view of the entire Sport 450 make driving the boat very easy for the driver. Behind the helm you will find a wet bar, which can be optionally upgraded with a grill, a freezer and refrigerator. On the port side, everything is designed for relaxation and enjoyment in the cockpit. In addition to the excellent passenger seating, the sunbathing area is in the right place for relaxed hours including a perfect view when traveling at speed. On the large cockpit table there is enough space to seat eight to ten friends and guests for dinner.  Among the large and comfortable lounge area on the rear of the Sport 450 is a dinghy garage or alternatively storage space for everything you need.  The Sport 450 is available in a two or three cabins version. The luxurious master cabin in the bow is the same in both versions and offers a King Size bed format and an en-suite shower head. Complete luxury is also found in the midships located VIP room in the two-cabin version, which is also fitted with an en-suite shower head. In the three cabin version, two spacious cabins take the space of hte full beam midships room and offer a six berths sleeping capacity. An extra two berths can also be found if the lower table option is chosen in the lower dinette. The engines for the Bavaria 450 Sport are twin Volvo 370, 400, and 435hp. This last option available only with IPS pod drives.

October 22, 2014

New Model: Grand Banks 55 Aleutian RP

Grand Banks all new 55 Aleutian RP follows in the steps of the 53, but provides additional room and luxury. Standard layouts include three generous staterooms below deck and an expansive utility room for any cruising need. The main deck features split entertaining areas; the salon with abundant seating, and the pilothouse for any eating or navigation needs. the 55RP will also feature brand new interior decorations for a fresh look and feel. Grand Banks is also offering layout options for both all the decks of the 55 Aleutian RP; main, lower, flybridge, and also the option of a hard-top as pictured above. The deck differences are minor, for example the lower deck option is about the utility room which creates dedicated space for a washer and dryer. Standard power is twin Cummins 715hp with max speed of 24 knots, and a cruise of 20. Additional more power 800hp engines from Volvo and Man are available; which increase speed by one knot.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.67 m (64.7ft)
Hull Length - 16.9 m
Waterline Length - 15.6 m
Beam - 5.40 m
Draft - 1.45 m
Displacement - 34019 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 3785 l
Water Capacity - 1136 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM11 715hp, Volvo D11 725hp, D13 800hp, MAN R-6 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 24 knots 20 cruise with Cummins 715hp, 25 knots max 21 cruise with Volvo or MAN 800hp

October 21, 2014

Project: Tiara 50 Flybridge

The 50 Flybridge is Tiara's second new model for 2014, and as the lines suggest it is a model based on the 50 Coupe.  Going aboard the 50 Flybridge should be much of the same of the Coupe, which is not a bad thing, since the model from 2013 created quite a stir for its entertainment and accommodation areas in its launch. Its when you go up the port side stair case which takes you to the flybridge that things change and you have a second accommodating deck up top. The flybridge of the 50 offers a central settee with back and forward positions. Forward is a central helm with double settee, plus double companion seats on the sides.  A wet bar is located behind the double helm seat. The 50 Flybridge will be available as rendered above with radar arch and hard-top, or in a more classic near back in time sport-fish fully open configuration. Power will be twin Volvo 725hp engines with forward looking IPS pod drives.

October 20, 2014

New Model: Fleming 58

Fleming 58, is an important new model for the conservative yacht builder which also celebrates the quarter century of operation of the American operated China builder.  Designed by Norman Wright and Son from Brisbane Australia the 58 brings to Fleming the long asked feature in a smaller model that is not the 65, of a full beam owners stateroom. The 58 will come with a three cabin layout, with choice to have a double berth to fore, or a twin Vee berth.  The full beam midships located owners stateroom of the 58 will feature an en-suite shower head, and a walk-in wardrobe to starboard. The living is all located on the main deck, which will feature saloon and galley below, with two steps up leading to the pilot-house and an L-shape passenger dinette. Tender stowage will be on the fly-bridge which will feature double access stairs; from the aft deck, and from the pilot house. Power will be twin Cummins 500hp engines which should give top speeds of 20 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.9 m (65.5ft) with bathing platform and pulpit
Hull Length - 18 m
Waterline Length - 17.3 m
Beam - 5.33 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 39,916 kg light, 48 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 5489 l
Water Capacity - 1211 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 8.3 500hp, MAN R6 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 20 knots max, 10 knots cruise
Construction - Vinilester resin coat, solid laminate, Corecell cored deck, Cook Fleming white gel-coat
Certification - ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004

Class One - Vee One - Italy Grand Prix Race Two

Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella produced a breath taking performance to take their first win together in C1 at the team’s home Grand Prix, with Aquasport’s Daniel Cramphorn and Nico Huybens producing a totally dominant performance to win in V1.
Lining up in first and second at the start, Victory and LFF10 delivered a sensational opening lap with Fendi and Carpitella stealing the advantage from the pole-sitters immediately and leading them to the first turn, then holding them off in a nail biting run to the start-finish line as the two closed on each other and just inches apart going into turn one of lap 2, LFF10 coming out in front.
From that point LFF10 were able to maintain the upper hand, the gap between them fluctuating as they took their long laps. LLF10 was eight seconds clear by lap 7 when the defending World Champions and race 1 winners suddenly slowed to a crawl, Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi limping round for two laps before retiring from the race with a broken drop box.
For the remaining seven laps Fendi and Carpitella were out on their own and after 25 races together delivered the victory they had been waiting for, taking the chequered flag to win by over 30 seconds. “It was an amazing race for us and we won it with a great start and to win at home is an incredible feeling. Today we showed that Fendi and Victory are at the same level,” said Luca Fendi. “We gave respect to them at the first turn and left them space. They came out on the inside with a bit more speed but we pulled it back and were side-by-side and Giovanni said to me, just go for the corner.”
With Victory side-lined the fight for second place was between Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar and Abu Dhabi who traded place behind the leaders. Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski passed Abu Dhabi on lap 3 and held them off until lap 7 when they conceded position, and after the next six laps and with a 20 second advantage it looked as though Gary Ballough and John Tomlinson were on course for a second podium, but on the final lap Abu Dhabi slowed after running out fuel, Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar gifted second place.
Third place went to Guido Cappellini and Mikhail Kitashev in New Star-Poliform, running in eighth for eight laps but taking advantage of the retirees ahead of them to take their third podium of the year, with outgoing European Champions Miles Jennings and Alfredo Amato finishing fourth.
After seeing victory slip from their grasp yesterday Aquasport’s Daniel Cramphorn and Nico Huybens made up for it today, going quickest in qualifying this morning and delivering an emphatic start-to-finish victory over Chaudron and Tommy One. “No gremlins for us today, it was a perfect race,” said driver Daniel Cramphorn. “When you get out front you can run the race you want, take the turns how you want. We had no traffic to worry about after our early battle with Chaudron, and the boat ran perfectly. This win is for Mike Fiore.”
Second place after yesterday’s retirement was enough for Aaron Chiantar and Dominique Martini to clinch the V1 European Championship, with another retiree from race 1 Tommy One rewarded after a late night working on the boat, Maurizio Schepici and Stefano Bonanno moving up from the back of the field to take third. “We didn’t have the best set-up today and Aquasport was very quick so we knew that we just had to get round in second to win the title which we are very happy with.” said Aaron Chiantar.
Karelpiu’s Antonio and Giuseppe Schiano, another team to work late into the night on repairs, held off a race long challenge from Bernico-New Star to take fourth, with Silverline, who had been running in third, finishing sixth after a spin out.

October 19, 2014

Project: ISA Yachts 44 Yara

In close cooperation with Omega Design and Van Oossanen Naval Architects ISA Yachts has developed a 44 meter all aluminium fast displacement yacht called the Yara, Brazilian word for water lady.  ISA came up for this new project with a few imporant notes; top speed of 24 knots possible up to 30 with optional engines, 3900 nautical miles range at 13 knots, and a Bahamas friendly less then seven feet draft. The 44 Yara will offer a unique layout with large outdoor entertainment on the main deck creating 50% more usable space than traditional layouts. Optimized for the modern yachting lifestyle. The 44 Yara will also feature a new patented fast displacement hull form combining the efficiency and comfort of a displacement yacht with the speed of a semi-displacement yacht. Based on the same engineering, there is also a 48 meter version under development. The accommodation plan is for four guests below; two VIP and two twins, and an owners stateroom on the main deck. the 44 Yara will also impress in its crew accommodation which will be MCA certified and among the biggest in its size.

October 18, 2014

Class One - Vee One - Italy Grand Prix Race One

Victory and Bernico-New Star took race 1 honours in a dramatic and incident-filled first race at the Grand Prix of Italy, which was stopped after a first corner spin-out by Tommy One after the start lap, forcing officials to bring out the red flag.
Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi were in control of the race, leading the C1 boats onto the second lap ahead of LFF10 and Team Abu Dhabi when the race was called to a halt.
Bernico-New Star, Chaudron and Aquasport were the first V1s to cross the start-finish line and were through turn one when Maurizio Schepici and Stefano Bonanno hooked and span out forcing Karelpiu’s Federico Montanari and Antonio Schiano to try to take evasive action but they were unable to avoid a coming together and damaging their drives, both boats unable to continue.
There was more drama before the restart with Championship leader’s Aaron Chiantar and Dominique Martini pulling off the course and limping back to the pits, a broken turbo charger belt ending their race, a broken propeller on lap 1 ending Germany’s Siegfried Greve and Udo Gross’ race.
From the restart pole-sitters Victory again resumed complete control and were never put under any pressure, moving 15 second clear of LFF10 by lap 5, going on to win comfortably by 27 seconds to seal an eighth European Championship for the Dubai based team. “It was comfortable for us from start to finish,” said Nadir Bin Hendi. “We didn’t need to push too much and made sure we took it easy to save the engines for tomorrow. There is more to come, whatever the conditions tomorrow.”
Local favourites Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella in LFF10 were able to fend off the threat from Team Abu Dhabi but maintained P2, apart for a brief spell when they and the front runners took their long laps conceding the place to teammates Miles Jennings and Alfredo Amato who went on to finish fifth, to grab their first podium of the year, but the race was far from easy for the all-Italian duo. “It was a nightmare race for me and Luca,” said Carpitella. “We had a big fuel leak from the start and the fumes inside the cockpit were unbelievable. My eyes were stinging, it was hard to see, breathe and at times keep conscious. Then we lost instruments, no trim indicators no RPM so we just focussed on getting to the finish line.”
Gary Ballough and John Tomlinson produced just the comeback result Team Abu Dhabi was hoping for producing an impressive performance to take third place, a third podium for Tomlinson with the team and a first on his C1 debut for Ballough. “We’re happy with that, glad we brought it home and in good shape,” said Tomlinson. “It was a good fair race with Fendi, they left us room when we needed it. Now we have to work on one or two things to pick up the pace for tomorrow.”
Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski were unable to repeat the podium success they saw in Ibiza, bringing Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar home in fourth, and there was disappointment for New Star-Poliform’s Guido Cappellini and Mikhail Kitashev, retiring immediately after the restart.
With the top three boats in V1 side-lined before the restart, the Championship race had been blown wide open and Bernico-New Star, Silverline and Aquasport capitalised on it and produced a brilliant race, the trio swapping places throughout.
Aquasport’s Daniel Cramphorn and Nico Huyben’s led from the restart but were overhauled by Nico Bertels and Frank Hemelaer in Bernico-New Star on lap 3 and a lap later by Silverline’s Ian Blacker and Drew Langdon.
The leaders then raced side-by side for the next two laps with Silverline piling on the pressure and passing the race leader on lap 5, but two laps later Bernico New-Star came again and made the decisive pass going on to take a brilliant win by 2.86 seconds to move to the top of the Championship standings. “We are back in the title race and after all the trouble we’ve had this is a great result and I have to thank all my team,” said a delighted Nico Bertels. “You know it’s races like this when a couple of teams really start to push each other that you get great racing and the feeling after is unbelievable.”
Despite missing out on the top step, Drew Langdon was more than happy to pick up a second podium in two races. “It was a great race but they got the last bite of the cherry,” he said. “They could out turn us and were awesome in the corners. We had a trouble free run and we know these guys, you can race close without any problems. We got them a few times, but not at the right time, but hats off to them.”
Third place for Aquasport was their best result this season and puts them back in the title race. “We still have some gremlins to iron out, but happy with the result but of course would have loved to have hung on to the lead,” said Daniel Cramphorn. “We had an engine that kept causing us issues so we now have to try to solve the problem, but we’re right back in the fight.”

Web: Novamarine New Web Site

Novamarine a famous brand in the inflatable and rib category, presents its new World wide web showroom. Novamarine was in 2013 acquired by a famous Sardinia yacht brokerage, dealer, and services firm; SNO.  Having past the last ten years in turbulent economic waters, this new purchase will be encouraging for Novamarine which is an important name who characterized most of the developments of the inflatable boat, which at the time where important innovations. From the rib, to the jet tender, and going to the materials used Novamarine was the prime innovator.  Currently Novamarine is offering an eleven model product range divided into three series; Black Shive, Professional, and Tender. The line starts with the 45 Tender FB, and ends up with the 220 Black Shiver Jet. Novamarine new website is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Range, Advantages, Special Projects, Service, Media, and Contact Us.

October 17, 2014

New Model: Heesen 42m YN 17042

Heesen is proud to announce the launch of YN 17042, on Friday 29th August, at their facility in Oss. During a private ceremony the Owner christened his new vessel M/Y Alive.  Equipped with under water foil, technically called Hull Vane YN 17042 represents a dramatic advancement in performance. The sub-sea wing harnesses waves to produce power; this combined with the fast displacement hull and conventional diesel engines produce remarkable results. This has been proven during independent research conducted by Van Oossanen Naval Architects at two of the world’s most respected hydrodynamic laboratories: Wolfson Unit and Marin.  The new Heesen 42 meter is 35 per cent more efficient than any other yacht of her size and 35 per cent less power is needed to produce almost 16 knots top speed in flat sea conditions. In seas with up to two meter waves, rather than hindering her performance, the yacht’s Hull Vane technology converts the movement and generates 20 per cent more thrust and comfort is improved as the pitching is reduced by 40 per cent. Like an aircraft, as the yacht moves through water, the wing produces lift. This patented Hull Vane technology converts this movement into thrust. YN 17042 allows her Owner to prioritize economy and speed. With an exceptional range of 4.000 nautical miles, over 750 miles come free of charge thanks to her remarkably frugal fuel consumption that is 30 per cent less than on a conventional displacement yacht. The bold exterior lines of M/Y Alive have been created by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, who is also responsible for her interior design. Laupman has created a new bow design that combines a lower hull profile, and matches sea keeping behavior with a relatively short overall length.  YN 17042 can accommodate up to twelve guests in the outdoor and indoor convivial areas. The 45 square metre open sun deck is perfect for relaxation throughout the day. The yacht boasts two large suites: the first traditionally located on the main deck forward, and the second one on the wheelhouse deck. The latter is a spectacular circular room with a centred king size bed, ensuite bathroom, dressing room and gymnasium. The central positioning of the bed allows stunning, uninterrupted views of the sea thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The 30 square metre aft terrace is equipped with a breakfast table and lounge seats, completing the functionality of the Owner’s deck. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 42.2 m (138.4ft)
Beam - 
Speed - 16 knots max
Range - 4000 nautical miles
Project - Frank Laupman from Omega Architects, Van Oossanen Naval Architects hull
Hull Shape - Vane patented under water hull foil

October 16, 2014

Project: Azimut Atlantis 43

Its a new project from Atlantis, the new 43 which will replace the 44 in the entry more young brand of the Azimut-Benetti Group. Designed by the team of NeoDesign the Atlantis 43 strikes most of the competition for having one of the most functional cockpits in its size. Look at the L-shaped galley wet-bar and it is difficult to believe to be found on a sport cruiser measuring just thirteen meters. Extendable sun-pad aft, and a forward looking passenger seat to port side of the helm station which becomes a chaise lounge are also other interesting traits. Below the spaciousness continues and the 43 surprises for a spacious L-shape galley located to starboard of the entrance stairs. Two cabins are available for guests; owners room to fore and a twin / three berth guest room amidships. The midships cabin two single berths, can also become on the occasion a double berth. Engines will be twin Volvo 400hp with stern drive propulsion and an estimated top speed of 33 knots.    

October 15, 2014

Class One - Vee One - Italy Grand Prix Preview

Victory and Chaudron top the standings in the UIM C1 and V1 World and European Championships and head-up a 13-strong line-up for the European title decider at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix in Terracina.
Following back-to-back wins at the Mediterranean GP in Ibiza in September Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir bin Hendi head into round 2 with a healthy 13 point margin over New Star-Poliform and Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar as they go in search of the team’s 100th chequered flag, with defending six time World Champion Al Zaffain closing in on eight time World Champion Steve Curtis’ long-standing record of 42 race wins.
Italy’s Guido Cappellini will be looking to build on a very encouraging double podium in New Star-Poliform at the season-opener alongside C1 rookie Mikhail Kitashev, the first Russian competitor in C1, and at least targeting a repeat of the team’s second place in race 2 in Terracina last year.
Zabo-Relekta-Isiklar’s Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski head there with a score to settle and looking to lay-to-rest the ghost that saw their maiden GP win literally evaporate when they ran out of fuel within sight of the chequered flag last year. In Ibiza, as is becoming increasingly typical of the Norwegian-Turkish outfits spirit, they overcame the odds that were stacking up against them after suffering two broken gearboxes, but after lengthy repairs they delivered two hard and well-earned podiums.
Italian outfit Fendi Racing will run a revised line-up in their number two boat with last year’s European Championship winning duo of Miles Jennings and Alfredo Amato teaming-up for the first time this season, Amato stepping in to replace Tarik Oktem.
But Jennings and Amato and the team will require a minor miracle if they are to retain the title it won in dramatic fashion last year with Jennings and Amato’s last lap win in race 2, the defending Champions heading into the weekend staring at a 31 point deficit, their teammates a further four points off the leader Victory, who look to be on course to lift an eighth European crown.
Giovanni Carpitella, Fendi Racing team principal and throttleman of LFF10 alongside owner-driver Luca Fendi, has confirmed that the gremlins that side-lined LFF8-Polimersan last time out have been resolved and that the team will arrive in Terracina from their base just a stones’ throw up the road at Nautica Badino well loaded with spare parts, aiming to avoid the issues that simmered between them and their supplier after breaking a gearbox in race 1 and sitting out race 2 in Ibiza.
Fendi and Carpitella proved in qualifying in Ibiza when they shared the quickest time with Victory that they have the pace and will be hoping for a trouble free run this weekend to challenge for the win.
After the unfortunate first corner crash in race 2 in Ibiza Team Abu Dhabi’s newest generation MTI is repaired and will be on the start line in Terracina but the question still to be answered and 100 percent confirmed, as speculation mounts that a driver change may be on the cards, is who will be in it, the likely candidates are American aces John Tomlinson and Gary Ballough.
In V1 the title race is a much tighter and intensely competitive affair with just five points separating the top three and looks to be a three-way dice between Chaudron, Karelpiu and Tommy One, all three outfits boasting World Championship pedigrees with the next four boats Aquasport, Bernico-New Star, Nassau and Silverline split by just two points.
The opening races of the season delivered some impressive performances with three different manufacturers Chaudron, Fountain and Metamarine locking out the top three slots and more of the same can be expected in Terracina.
But it is Malta’s triple World Champion Aaron Ciantar and French Champion Dominique Martini who hold a slender advantage and lead by two points after a third and a comprehensive start-to-finish unchallenged win last time out.
They can expect to be pressed by the consistent all-Italian Karelpiu who rotated crew in Ibiza with father and son duo of Antonio and Giuseppe Schiano and Federico Montanari lining up in Terracina on the back of two podium seconds.
Both Chaudron and Karelpiu know that they will more than likely have to fend off the mighty Tommy One, the powerhouse of the V1 class, sitting in third spot after Maurizio Schepici and Stefano Bonanno’s impressive win in race 1 in Ibiza.
If there is a challenge to come from the chasing group of four all will have to up the ante, but it may well be the all-British pairing of Ian Blacker and Drew Langdon who could get into the mix and the only other crew to make the podium in Ibiza, but they have a 20 point deficit to overturn.
The first opportunity for teams to get out on the circuit are two practice sessions on Friday, followed by qualifying and race 1 on Saturday with a second qualifying session and race 2 on Sunday.

New Model: Steeler Panorama FF46

It takes a lot out of the box thinking to come with a project as the Panorama Flat Floor, this new model from Steeler re-invents the wheel how a motor boat can be done and look in today's era. The Steeler 46 Panorama Flat Floor is the first model to launch from this series, which has already a larger 53 sister under construction in Holland. The Steeler Panorama Flat Floor impresses for its 45 squared meters of single floor space, a 5500 liter air tank amidships with can provide buoyancy and make the craft unsinkable, and a vast majority of custom options. For example hull one was built of steel with a displacement hull, but the 53 currently under construction is made of alloy and will feature a more offshore type semi-displacement hull with speeds possibility of 35 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.82 m (48.6ft)
Beam - 4.58 m
Draft - 1.2 m
Displacement - 24 t
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 1 x Yanmar 6BY3 160hp, 2 x 240hp Yanmar
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 15 knots max with twin Yanmar 240hp
Construction - 4-5 mm steel 
Project - Vripack
Certification - CE B

October 14, 2014

Project: Kadey-Krogen 70

The Kadey-Krogen 70 project was driven by customer interest in an even more spacious raised pilothouse design with increased hospitality. For many owners, the pilothouse is not only the navigation and systems control center of their yacht but a social center as well. With an expanded U-shaped pilothouse settee, larger table and a penthouse-like view, the Krogen 70 has real game room potential for family and friends aboard. In the truly home-like galley fully equipped with full-size, top-of-the-line appliances including a six burner commercial range hob. Plus, the massive galley is open to the saloon with a breakfast bar. Opposite the galley is a wet bar with easy access from the cockpit, saloon and pilothouse. The Kadey-Krogen will feature two lower deck options; two or three double guest cabins both with owners room at midships. A choice also exist for a crew cabin aft, this featuring an utility room and direct engine room access. Two options also exist for the flybridge with the main difference a tender stowed to the beam or to the length. The 70 is the largest Kadey-Krogen model shown in its drawing board option, though the company has ongoing plans of a larger model around the 24 meters size. 

October 13, 2014

New Model: Broom 30 Coupe HT

Broom's renowned design and expertise has led the creation of the HT, a hard top version for its acclaimed fall 2012 launched 30 Coupe. The new 30 Coupe HT keeps the aim as the more open cockpit sister to be a cruiser built to explore the inland waterways of Europe in comfort and style. The Broom 30 Coupe HT offers comprehensive access of Europe's waterways which can sometimes be restricted by low bridges and height restrictions.  The 30HT offers extra protection against the elements, with its fully retractable, sliding canvas roof and bonded windscreen with opening inserts. The contemporary interior is light and airy, offering all on one level living. It features all of the quality of finish, craftsmanship and comfort you expect from a Broom boat, packaged in a practical, compact river cruiser.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.14 m (30ft)
Beam - 3.17 m
Draft - 0.76 m
Displacement - 4 t
Fuel Capacity - 160 l
Water Capacity - 364 l
Accommodation - 2 + 2 berths
Engines - 1 x Nanni 60hp
Propulsion - line shafts 
Speed - 8 knots cruise with Nanni 60hp
Hull Type - full displacement shape

October 12, 2014

Project: Dreamline 34

It will be the second model to launch from the new Italian brand Dreamline, the 34. As the first model to hit the water the 26, the Dreamline 34 is again a design of T4 Design of Enrico Gobbi, and Arrabito Naval Architects presenting an in-edited semi planning hull shape. The Dreamline 34 will offer five guest cabins, this including an owners stateroom on the main deck. Crew accommodations is for five persons in three cabins. Power options are standard Mtu or Cat 1920hp engines, or optional 2600hp Mtu. A Siemens hybrid propulsion is also available as optional. A long range of 1800 nautical miles is possible at 10 knots.