December 31, 2014

Monthly News - December 2014

-pic of the month- Baglietto 160 Years

Azimut Benetti Global Order Book 2015

Azimut|Benetti Group stands once again on the Global Order Book 2015 top step of the podium of the annual ranking of the top 20 mega yacht builders in the world. With 66 new projects under construction 18 more than the runner-up, it is therefore confirmed the success of the Italian Company’s models, thanks also to the contribution of both the Group's brands: Azimut Yachts and Benetti. The comparison with the previous edition highlights a slight increase in the average yachts length, currently around 127 feet, sign of a changed market. Success was possible thanks to the production processes’ development and improvement carried out in the last few years, though other issues have to be considered: the shipyard high financial reliability, the accuracy with which it conducts pre-contractual negotiations and honors the agreements, not to mention the projects high quality. Those have all been key factors in achieving such positive, and so not obvious, results. The Global Order Book snap-shot points out the Italian record as prime builder of mega-yachts in the world, followed at a great distance by The Netherlands: a positive signal for the Company and for the entire Italian yachting industry. The annual ranking by ShowBoats International, the prestigious US magazine, is an influent and respected benchmark for the entire marine industry, reporting every year the exact performance of the sector, based on data relating to actual orders for yacht starting from 80’, orders that has to be confirmed no later than September 1th. A new Benetti superyacht above 100 meters, whose contract was signed beyond that date is excluded, in fact, from the classification.

Azimut Yachts Mexico Sole Dealer

Following reports received by the Azimut|Benetti Group regarding the commercial set up of Azimut Yachts in Mexico, the Company wishes to shed light on the composition of the local structure, underscoring the fact that Azimut Yachts Mexico is the sole and exclusive authorised Azimut Yachts dealer in this area. AYM boasts an extensive network of sales and service outlets in Mexico City, Cancun, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta. In line with the philosophy of Azimut|Benetti Group, which has decreed its success throughout the world, the extensive and qualified Azimut Yachts of Mexico team - consisting of more than 20 sales agents and professional technicians, who provide all-round assistance from the purchase of a yacht and throughout the vessel's entire life cycle - is the greatest strength of Azimut in this important market. As in every Country, the group aims to provide the best possible service and ensure safe cruising for all those who chose the Azimut Yachts brand. The Mexican market is of great importance for the Azimut|Benetti Group: since September 2014, when the Mexican office opened, four units have already been sold, including the brand new Azimut Grande 112. In February 2015, the new Azimut Yachts Mexico headquarters will be inaugurated in Mexico City. In Miami, at the upcoming Miami International Boat Show February, 12-16, 2015, Azimut Yachts of Mexico will be pleased to meet its customers, and anyone wishing to learn more about the Italian brand's yachts and admire the new features of the latest collections. Finally, the Azimut|Benetti Group would like to thank the previous dealer for the work done in the last 20 years and wishes to Azimut Yachts Mexico a future full of success and satisfaction.

Baglietto 160 Years of Boat Building

On December 1st Baglietto shipyard presented at the emotional naval pavilion of the “Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia” in Milan the book “Baglietto – 160 years of Italian Boatbuilding” celebrating the history of the most ancient Italian shipyard building pleasure vessels. The exclusive event boasted the presence of an exclusive VIP guests list, including important representatives of the Made in Italy industry and the finance world. The presentation was moderated by the Italian journalist Federico De Rosa. The book edited by three journalists experts of the yachting sector, Mr. Roberto Franzoni, Mr. Dominique Gabirault and Mr. Justin Ratcliffe, celebrates the long history of the Seagull Brand by means of assembling a considerable collection of writings and of unprecedented images. For 160 years, Baglietto has been an icon of yacht building. Its history tells us about 160 years of Italian History experiencing wars, the economic boom, the recession as well as international successes but -throughout it- Baglietto has always championed technical and aesthetic innovation along with high quality design and construction. Likewise, the book tells us about many famous ship-owners, Popes, Chiefs of State and State Representatives, musicians, writers and entrepreneurs as well as about the real connaisseurs whom have chosen this brand being the symbol of the real Italian craftsmanship able to create style, art and beauty. Taking the opportunity of such an important anniversary, Gavio Group, that acquired the yard in 2012, wanted to publish a commemorative book that recounts the history of the boatyard, its evolution, style and many innovations that have seen the famous flying seagull logo take off from the beach of Varazze and voyage the seas of the world.

Fairline to Unveil Three New Models 

This year’s London Boat Show will see Fairline announce ambitious plans for new product development, as it unveils three exciting new additions to the range - the first of eight new models to be launched over the next three years. The first of these new additions is the new Shadow S, which will be revealed to the boating public for the very first time at the show. Details of this exciting new model are being kept closely under wraps until the Fairline Press Conference on the first day of the show. The London Boat Show will see Fairline make a real statement about the future and share the fruits of its extensive investment in new products and innovation. Among the exciting announcements in Fairline’s plans for the future are some significant changes to the interiors of its elegant range. Launching to the world for the first time, designs for the new interiors will be displayed on the Fairline stand, with space dedicated to each of the four new colour themes: Capri, Hamptons, St Tropez and Amalfi. The new-look Fairline stand will offer visitors to the show a place to relax in style. The popular Squadron Bar will once again be located opposite the stand entrance and visitors are invited to enjoy Fairline Squadron and Targa beers, developed especially for the brand. Fairline owners and visitors can also enjoy a glass of bubbly or a cup of excellent coffee in the main hospitality area, where Fairline staff will be on hand to welcome visitors.

Fraucher Takes Double Award

The Nautic Design Awards were presented in the course of Nautic Expo, held in Paris from 6-14 December. In the category of “Day Boat” the Frauscher 747 Mirage won the Nautic Design Award 2014 and was also distinguished with the special award of the French magazine Sports & Style. Its strong design language and refined features put the 747 Mirage in the spotlight at Nautic Expo 2014 and enthused major international figures of contemporary and modern design. Both awards were given in recognition of the hard work of Frauscher’s in-house development director Thomas Gerzer, the Austrian design team of Kiska GmbH and designer Harry Miesbauer, who was responsible for the design of the hull.

Kadey Krogen Celebrates Six Hundred

With new projects on the drawing board and the sales ticker counting higher, 2014 was bound to be a milestone year for Kadey-Krogen Yachts. Today the company is happy to announce their 600th new boat sale, a Krogen 44’ AE, to two new members of the Kadey-Krogen family of owners. Kadey-Krogen Yachts also thanks and congratulates Greg Kaufman, Kadey-Krogen Yachts sales executive, who produced this record sale. Today’s generation of Kadey-Krogen trawler yachts stems from their 38-year heritage of principled innovation, and their new models and design changes are led by naval architect Dave Glasco and the Kadey-Krogen in-house design team. Glasco is a University of Michigan alum and graduated from the same prestigious Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program as Jim Krogen. Production will begin next month at Asia Harbor Yacht Builders in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and delivery is slated for fall 2015. Kadey-Krogen Yachts has been in partnership with Asia Harbor for more than 25 years. 

Maritimo Muster Rochie Harbour

The rugged and beautiful coastline of Washington State near the USA and Canadian border is a long way from Australia, but over the past five days a group of dedicated boaties aboard their Maritimo cruisers have enjoyed some real Aussie hospitality courtesy of leading US boat brokerage firm Hampton Yacht Group Maritimo Australia's Sales and Marketing Manager Greg Haines has been in Roche Harbour since last week helping organise the 'Maritimo Muster' with H.Y.G's Bill King and said it had been a resounding success. Mr Haines said the experience was both educational and enjoyable with all owners reporting that they knew more about their vessels and had improved their confidence as skippers as a result of their participation. Maritimo Australia's legendary skipper Ross Willaton also took part in the Muster giving USA skippers plenty of operational advice and tips. Mr Haines said Maritimo's were enjoying growing popularity in this part of the USA where the colder climate made the Maritimo enclosed flybridge a huge bonus for boaties. The Roche Harbour 'Maritimo Muster' was part of a three week Maritimo promotional exercise by the company that also took in events and meetings in Dubai and the Cannes International Boat Show.

Maritimo World Superboats 2015

Maritimo is inviting all Maritimo owners and supporters to join on an adventure to the US in 2015. Mairtimo race team is scheduled to take on the best in the world at the World Super Boat National Championships at Key West, Florida in November, 2015 and we’ve put together a great tour package with excitement group travel specialist, Ticket2Ride Global Adventures, that will also take in the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Scheduled for early November, 2015, the feature-packed tour will take guests to south Florida in the US to experience the world famous Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which attracts the world’s top brands, and where Maritimo will have a major display. The following week, the tour will move to the iconic Key West to witness Team Maritimo compete in the incredible World Super Boat National Championships, with five days of 190km/h action featuring the world’s top powerboat racers.

Prestige Receives Nautitech Design Award

The Paris International Boat Show has organized the second issue of this prize for power boat design in partnership with Moteur Boat, Neptune and Sport & Style magazines. After a public vote and the votes of a jury of professionals to elect the overall winner amongst the five finalists in each category, the Nautic Motor Boat Design Award prize for the “Cruiser” category has been awarded to the Prestige 420. The Prestige 420 receives the 2014 “Nautic Design Award”. The prestigious jury, who awarded the prize, comprised: Alain Pichavant – General Organiser of Nautic, Nathalie Bigaignon – General Secretary of the French Federation of Nautical Industries, Odile Decq – 2013 architect and designer of the year, represented by Hugo Duchiron - designer at Odile Decq Design, Stéphanie de Loustal – Editing Director, Moteur Boat & Neptune Yachting, Michel Luizet – Editor in Chief, Neptune Yachting, Frédéric Pelatan – journalist, Sport&Style and Editor in Chief of the Journal du Nautisme, with the additional participation of Philippe Starck, Ole Nissen-lie (, Morten Brandt (Badnyt). The prizes were handed out Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 7 pm in Hall 4 at the Paris Boat Show. This competition was open to all power boats launched after 2013; all categories and all prizes taken into account, this prize rewards the following criteria: the exterior silhouette, the originality and aesthetics of the hull, the ergonomics, the choice of materials (trim, upholstery etc). 

Revolver Finalist at Motorboat Awards 2015

Revolver 44 GT, by the Italian Revolver Boats, has made it through as finalist for the 2015 Motor Boat Awards, as announced in early December. Nominated for the category 'Performance and Sportboats', the vessel perfectly reflects this description: its cutting-edge technological solutions provide exceptional performance in total safety, combined with a sporty yet refined design. The winners of the contest, organized by the authoritative British trade magazine Motor Boat & Yachting, will be announced at a gala to be held in London on 12 January 2015. The prestigious awards are presented every year by a jury of specialized editors and boat testers to the vessels that stand out most for their technical and design features in sea trials conducted over the previous twelve months. Consequently, the finalists of each of the nine categories had to pass a series of rigorous and thorough tests. The Revolver 44GT is the work of Michael Peters on the hull and the designer Alberto Mancini on the interior and exterior. Since its presentation in July 2014 in Monte Carlo, the vessel has aroused great interest, especially for the originality of the project, which aimed to transfer the qualities of a Grand Turismo car to the sea through a blend of excellent performance, cutting-edge technology and great comfort. The nomination for the 2015 Motor Boat Awards provides valuable recognition and further confirmation of the excellent work performed by the Revolver team, transforming an idea into reality.

Sunreef Partners With La Mania Fashion House

The Spring - Summer 2015 collection by the LA MANIA Fashion House took place in Soho Factory in Warsaw on the 17th of December. For the following year in a row, the strategical partner of the event was the Sunreef Yachts shipyard. The joint adventure for Sunreef Yachts and La Mania began in 2012, when two visioners, the Founder and President of Sunreef Yachts - Francis Lapp and the Creative Director of the La Mania Fashion House- Joanna Przetakiewicz, met during Economic Forums in China and the Middle East. It was then that it turned out, that the two companies have the same approach to luxury and their visions of extending into foreign markets. The motor and sailing Sunreef catamarans, just like the La Mania clothing are based in Poland and are appreciated by lovers of sublime elegance in Europe, the Middle East, China and both Americas. This was already the third show in which La Mania partnered up with Sunreef Yachts. The Fashion House also took part in an exclusive cocktail party that was organized in 2012 in Cannes to celebrate the shipyard's tenth anniversary. The special guest of the evening was the legendary Polish President - Mr. Lech Walesa. The La Mania collection fashion shows also graced two past editions of the Pomorskie Rendez - Vous (2013 and 2014), which has been created by Francis Lapp and is known as the most exclusive event in the luxury goods sector in Poland. The La Mania brand has been highlighting that it's definition of luxury is beauty. Fresh colours and new designs characterized this year's collection. The whole event was accompanied by a great musical and choreography fitting. One of the key points of the event was the Sunreef exposition area, where Guests could admire luxury catamaran models and beautiful photographs of unique superyachts.

S2 Yachts Announces New Marketing Director

S2 Yachts is pleased to announce that Whitney Vishey has joined the S2 Yachts sales and marketing team as the department’s Marketing Manager. In this position, Whitney will be responsible for collaborating with the sales and marketing department and assisting with brand development for both the Tiara and Pursuit luxury boat brands. For the past 6 years, Whitney has worked in Chicago, IL marketing for the professional services industry. She has experience in event planning, website development, advertising and public relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hope College. Whitney will be based at the S2 Yachts Corporate Headquarters in Holland, MI.

Wider Nominated For European Powerboat of the Year

The Wider 32’ has been recognised as one the five boats selected in the category “under 35ft”. The winners will be announced at the Flagship-Night on the 17th January 2015 during the Düsseldorf Boat Show.

Viking Head of the Class

Viking established a relationship with the local Ocean County Vocational Technical School in 1968 and has been successfully working together ever since. The School trains secondary and post secondary students for various trades such as electrical, welding and HVAC to name a few. Viking then works with the school via the Cooperative Industrial Education program where students receive hands on training at the New Gretna, New Jersey, facility. Recently the class schedule was broadened to include an Adult Education program for hospitality which Viking signed onboard to help establish. Lead by Chef Ian Smith at Cuisine on the Green, students not only get an education in the classroom but also in a working restaurant. Functioning in a fully operational professional kitchen increases the experience and real world knowledge for the chefs in training. As part of the program, Viking utilizes the student run kitchen to supply lunches to the Viking cafeteria several times a week. 

Viking Hooked Up

Dave Anderson and his crew on the Viking 70 Krazy Salt's dove into December with a Second Place finish at the 26th Annual Pirates Cove Sailfish Classic. With Captain Keith Greenberg at the helm, the Krazy Salt's team released 17 sailfish with mates Luke Hickey and Scott Adams assisting. Scott took the Top Angler Award for his 10 releases.

Viking In Seychelles

As the United States begins to feel the wintery weather, the majestic Morjana is basking in perfectly tropical climes. The Viking 82, which has been based in Dubai, is currently touring the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean just east of Africa. Morjana's crew, based at Eden Marina, reports the fishing is as perfect as the views. Over six days, Morjana has raised a myriad of fish including blue and black marlin, sailfish, yellowfin, wahoo and mahi mahi. A neighboring boat released a blue marlin close to 600 pounds.

December 30, 2014

Web: Ocean Yachts New Web Site

Ocean Yachts from the United States of America presents its new World wide web showroom. It's been a long time coming for Ocean Yachts to update its web showroom and this comes with the launch of the much awaited first Makaira model.  Ocean Yachts was launched in 1977, and its success formula was to create sportfish cruisers and yachts which further enhanced interior accommodation and luxury.  Today Ocean Yachts built a total of nine models from 37 to 73 feet separated into four different lines; Billfish, Express, Super Sport, and Makaira. It's latest new model is the 64 Makaira launched in the second half of 2014. Ocean Yachts new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Us, Models, Service, Locate A Dealer, News, and Contact Us. Ocean Yachts also features its Instagram, Tweeter, and Facebook social media pages with a link at the bottom right.   

December 28, 2014

Project: Riva 50 MT

Riva has sold its first 50 Mt model, with steel cutting currently ongoing.  This is the second of the new generation Riva to be built in Ancona at CRN and to be constructed in a material outside fiberglass.  Riva has been in touch with small super yacht sizes of eighty plus feet in the seventies, and then made a return in these sizes in the mid nineties.  Seeing the legendary builder going above fifty with possibility of going up to one hundred meters opens new possibilities for the Riva style never before seen.  The Riva 50 Mt will be a fully custom build and should weigh around 450 tons unloaded.  The technical details does not list the design house, but by the looks of things it should be Mauro Micheli Officina Italian team.  Engines should be twin Cats 1450hp engines with max speeds of 15 knots.

December 26, 2014

New Model: Sasga 42 Minorchino FB

Sasga continues its new course and presents the flybridge version for its 42 Minorchino model.  The addition is a second helm plus entertainment area on the fly deck.  Access to the flybridge will be from a semi integrated stair case to starboard.  The flybridge layout offers a sun-pad aft, L-shaped settee to port side, and a helm station to starboard.  For the remaining the Sasga 42 Minorchino FB mirrors the layout of the non flybridge version with two cabins plus galley below, and a saloon living area concentrated on the main deck.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.2 m (4ft)
Hull Length - 11.9 m
Beam - 4 m
Draft - 1.1 m
Displacement - 11,258 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - 4 + 3 berths
Engines - 2 x 315hp Yanmar
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 32 knots max, 19 knots cruise, 12 knots economic cruise
Certification - CE A

December 24, 2014

Project: Fountaine Pajot 37 MY

Fountaine Pajot announces a project in its Motor Yachts range. Drawing on the success of its three other motor yachts, the Summerland MY 40 LC, the Cumberland MY 47 LC and the Queensland MY 55, the French shipyard is launching a new entry-level model : the MY 37. Designed by Daniel Andrieu Fountain Pajot aims to expand its innovative motor yacht range of demanding international clients who appreciate the exceptional quality and characteristics of its designs. An incredible yacht with a contemporary design, the Fountaine Pajot MY 37 will offer more thanks to a hull shape specially designed for perfect seaworthiness and exceptional stability, assuring comfort and safety. With its spacious flybridge and sun deck, a cockpit leading directly onto the saloon, the MY 37 brings you all the many pleasures of the sea, both in navigation and at mooring. The incredibly bright and airy saloon opens onto the cockpit and incorporates a contemporary kitchen, a dining room area and a wheelhouse. The 37 MY will be available in two different versions; Maestro, and Quator.  The Maestro will offer a  a stunning owner’s cabin equipped with a private bathroom and generous storage compartments. On starboard, guests enjoy two cabins and a private bathroom. The Quator version is a more charter friendly layout offering a four cabins and two bathrooms plan incorporated across both hulls. The 37 MY will weight unloaded just short of nine tons, and will be powered by standard twin 110hp or optional 220hp engines.

December 22, 2014

New Model: Princess 68

After over four years of waiting Princess finally present a new 21 meter motor yacht which fills the vacuum left by the stop in production of the 67 since 2010.  The 68, is the latest Princess flybridge motor yacht range, and among the important layout details will includes four separate on-deck social areas, a galley aft layout with triple sliding patio doors and an electrically opening aft window converting the galley into a cockpit bar. Princess say that it used all its design and engineering knowledge to allow for the inclusion of more glass. The result is breathtaking views from inside of the new 21 meter Princess. The Princess 68 will be available with three power choices starting frm twin Cat engines of 1150hp up to MAN 1400hp.  Top speeds go at peaks of 32 knots with the standard Cats up to 35 with the large Man optional.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.25 m (69.9ft)
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.58 m
Displacement - 37500 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4100 l
Water Capacity - 836 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew beds in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 A 1150hp, MAN V8 1200hp, MAN V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 35 knots max with MAN 1400hp
Project - Bernard Olesinski, Princess Design Team

December 20, 2014

Project: Otam SD35

Otam has sold the first of its new aluminium semi-displacement super yacht, the SD 35 meter. The new product line has been designed by Tommaso Spadolini and hull number one will go to an experienced Italian client. The 35 meter tri-deck super yacht has a beam short of eight meters, with zero speed stabilizers and a displacement of 295 gross tonnage, meaning draft fully loaded will be just 2.20 meters, opening up cruising areas worldwide. She will be able to host ten guests in five cabins, with the owner’s private apartment on the upper deck. The crew of six will be accommodated in four cabins. The Sestri Ponente-based yard has leveraged the experience gained through its Millennium line and the design expertise of its historical partner, naval architect Umberto Tagliavini. The semi-displacement hull will have a top speed of 22 knots, coming from twin Cat engines. Aluminium fabrication is already underway at the shipyard and delivery is scheduled for June 2016.

December 19, 2014

New Model: Maritimo M65 Motoryacht

The new M65 is defined by the latest Maritimo style, engineering, power and outstanding efficiency. surprising the competition with its four cabins accommodation plan, and quadruple engine choice. Other exquisite details for the yachtsman who cruise will be a very large 6300 liters of fuel tank. The four double cabins accommodation  plan also includes a full beam stateroom with en-suite, VIP room forward, double berth to starboard, and twin bunk to port side.  A large astern galley with domestic sized refrigerators and appliances, is located on the main deck. Maritimo's signature internal staircase leads to an enclosed flybridge.  This enclosed bridge area can also become a lounge with options such as convertible berths, relocatable tables and a wet bar, ensuring an apartment feel with every creature comfort while at sea.  The Maritimo M65 Motoryacht is powered by two options from twin 900hp through to four 725hp Volvo motors.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.85 m (68.4ft)
Beam - 5.71 m
Draft - 1.5 m
Displacement - 36000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 6300 l
Water Capacity - 1400 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - D13 900hp, 4 c D11 725hp
Propulsion - line shaft

December 15, 2014

New Model: Invictus 280 GT

Invictus was born from a challenge to offer a new reference to the world yachting market. Invictus features three different lines, the GT, FX and TT models, all conceived and built according to the qualities that have made Italian shipyards appreciated in the world: aesthetics, dependability, flexibility and a long lifespan.  Thanks to the collaboration with the famous Christian Grande DesignWorks office, Invictus has incorporated a remarkable technology component and a careful attention to details into the design of this new 280GT model. The new 280 GT strikes for its reverse bow, appearing both sharp and massive at the same time, merging into the sides of the hull without frippery, and crafted using uniform transitions between full and empty shapes, while the cabin windows and the air intakes for the engines are shaped like simple lines that emphasize the monolithic characters that Christian Grande desired. The choice of this particular bow structure also allows for a longer waterline length for length, which gives better stability and interior space, with a substantial increase in below-deck livability. Surfaces are designed as if they were carved shapes, and impart a sensation of sturdiness. When aboard the 280GT we find an ample stern bathing platform, with the engine housing covered with a sunbathing cushion that enlarges by rotating the rear backrest. The central zone hosts a comfortable L-shaped settee that faces the steering area, the latter with a solid double ergonomic seat and a midships position equipped with a galley module, complete with a refrigerator and lockers.The bridge, which also includes access to the interior, is protected by a wide sweep-around windscreen and equipped with the latest digital instrumentation, and includes a video monitor. The left side bulwarks is optimized for on-board movements and equipped with a spacious stowage space that can also be customized by the owner in several versions, including housing for a set of matching accessories. The bow zone, suited for sunbathing, is quite large and designed for total ease of use and covers the forward portion of the ample cabin, which is a small suite. The Invictus 280GT comes equipped with a Volvo 320hp stern-drive petrol engine, capable of 38 knots top speeds. The 280GT can carry up to eight passengers and comes with a large cabin and separate bath and external galley module, with all the extras. At present four color schemes are available: the delicate “Vanilla Sea”, the more aggressive “Attack Grey”, the elegant “Dark Wood”, and the classic “Personal White”. The 280GT, like all the vessels of this series, can be customized both with accessories and equipment.
Technical Data:
LOA - 8.9 m (29.1ft)
Waterline Length - 6.8 m
Beam - 2.84 m
Draft - 0.9 m
Fuel Capacity - 450 l
Water Capacity - 70 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Max Persons - 8
Engines - Volvo 5.7 320hp
Propulsion- Volvo stern drive with dual propeller
Speed - 38 knots max, 21 knots cruise
Hull Shape - medium Vee with 16 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - fiberglass with Vinilester resins
Project - Christian Grande, Aschenez Andrea Carni
Certification - CE B

December 13, 2014

Project: Monte Carlo Yachts MCY105

In the last four years Monte Carlo Yachts was always present at Cannes with a new model, but for 2014, the company showcased a flagship project which takes its size up by nineteen feet and is set to launch in 2015.  Set to upgrade a more super yachts awareness of this Beneteau Group brand, which is currently built in Italy the MCY 105 is designed as the other Monte Carlo's by Nuvolari Lenard, and follows a family feeling to its smaller 86, 76, 70, and 65 sisters.  A few important industry novelties characterize the 105 in its size; separate semi raised pilot house, owners room in between the main and lower deck as seen on an another smaller 23 meters Beneteau Group model, and the Portuguese bridge, this last being a characteristic of all Monte Carlo Yachts.  As the other MCY the 105 will also be full of high tech building components, from the use of aluminium beam, to eight tons of carbon fiber and Kevlar usage in the construction.

December 11, 2014

New Model: Azimut Atlantis 43

After re-inventing all the line of Atlantis in 2009, Neo Design head to phase two and continue a project of renovation and updating in this important entry level line of the Azimut-Benetti Group. After smooth touching a 50 model from the 48, now Atlantis present a new 43. While looking different from the 44, this new 43 is in hull shape based on the model it replaces. But from waterline up the 43 is a totally new model. Interestingly both Neo Design and Azimut Atlantis take a more traditional outlook in the 43, indeed in many respects the 44 was most daring. For example to give a short summary of this, the midships cabin of the 43 is a three single berths layout versus the full beam midships of the 44. The aft deck cockpit is also a more traditional cozy deep layout, versus the more daring and open of the 44.  These subtle changes are an interesting move from Atlantis, who look at a more international market for the 43, versus the more Mediterranean flare featured in the other smaller and bigger sisters.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.86 m (45.5ft)
Hull Length - 13.1 m
Beam - 4.25 m
Draft - 0.9 m
Displacement - 13 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 350 l
Accommodation - 4 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 400hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 33 knots max
Hull Shape - planning Vee with 15 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Neo Design
Certification - Uni ISO 8666

December 10, 2014

Project: Storm X-59 Fly

Following consultations with interested and involved parties, Storm decided to further develop the first draft of the X-59. Meanwhile, it has also become clear over recent months that there is serious interest in an X-53 with more space on the aft deck and an additional stateroom for guests. Storm is now delighted to inform you that all this has resulted in the first order for a Storm X-59 Flybridge during the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show. The yacht will comprise the same innovative Fast Displacement Hull Form underwater section, high build quality and efficient handling properties that characterize all Storm boats. The X-59 Fly is to start construction of hull number one in the first quarter of 2015.

December 8, 2014

New Model: Galeon 305 HTS

The Galeon 300 series grows into a more complete range, and now the Strazyn builder presents the new 305 HTS version model. The HTS initials stand for hard top sport, and this latest Galeon third generation showcases an aggressive exterior coupled with the accommodation of a cruiser once entering inside. Below the 305 HTS is full of surprises and offers a two plus two layout plan; double Vee berth forward, and a separate cabins at midships.  In between the cabins is a galley to port side, and a shower head to starboard. But one of the most interesting features of the 305 HTS is also its main deck layout, this offering an aft sun-pad, L-shaped layout, double helmsman chair, relaxing settee to port side, and a well sized wet-bar.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.4 m (34.1ft) with optional bathing platform
LOA - 9.6 m
Beam - 2.99 m
Draft - 0.72 m ex props
Displacement - 5500 kg light, 7835 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 415 l or 600 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - 4 berths
Max Persons - 9 or 7 in Cat B
Engines - 1 x Volvo D4 260hp, 2 x Volvo D3 190hp, D4 225hp, D4 260hp
Propulsion - Volvo Duoprop stern drive
Project - Roberto Curto
Certification - CE B, CE C 

December 7, 2014

Class One - Vee One - Abu Dhabi Race Two

Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi delivered another racing master class to win race 2 of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi and claim Victory Team’s 14th World title.
Race 2 honours in V1 went to Bernico-New Star’s Belgium duo, Nico Bertels and Frank Hemelaer, with fourth place for race 1 winners Aaron Ciantar and Dominique Martini in Chaudron good enough to seal the V1 World Championship.
Starting from pole, Victory’s newly crowned Champions’ only challenge came at the start in a drag race to the first turn with Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella in LFF10, before they grabbed the advantage and disappeared off into the distance.
Today’s win, the duo’s fifth of the season, was another demonstration of their absolute superiority, going on to take the chequered flag and complete the 10 laps by a winning margin of 54.42seconds.
In a repeat of race 1 the pace of the leaders was simply too much for Team Abu Dhabi and LFF10, the only other boats to go the distance, LFF8 stopping on lap 1 followed a lap later by Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar, with New Star-Poliform failing to make the start.
After a processional seven laps the race and the fight for the second and third steps of the podium between LFF10 and Team Abu Dhabi’s Gary Ballough and John Tomlinson ignited.
LFF10 led until lap 8 but could not shake of their pursuers and were slowly and surely hauled in by the American’s with the time split down three seconds.
At the end lap 9 and going into the final turn Team Abu Dhabi came alongside LFF10, both outfits going into the turn side-by-side and both hooking, with Team Abu Dhabi emerging in front and running out the final lap to claim second spot.
Despite the disappointment of today’s retirement Ugur Isik and Cristian Zaborowski’s season-haul of five podiums was enough to give them the runners-up slot in the World Championship, with Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella in third.
Not for the first time this season the V1 teams produced some great racing, with the lead changing hands and the race for the podium places hotly contested.
After yesterday’s somewhat fraught day for Bernico-New Star’s four man squad, DQ’d from both qualifying and race 1, Nico Bertels and Frank Hemelaer came back in style to take a well-deserved win.
Champions elect Chaudron got the jump on pole-sitters Aquasport and led from the start with Bernico-New Star giving chase and keeping the gap too under eight seconds. On Lap 5 Bernico-New Star hit the front and pulled away from a struggling Chaudron to take their second win of the year.
Behind the leaders Aquasport, Karelpiu and Tommy One enjoyed and produced the best fight of the race; first Aquasport held the upper hand, then Karelpiu grabbed the advantage until lap 5 the two trading places again before Daniel Cramphorn and Nico Huybens hit trouble and dropped back, eventually finishing in fifth.
With Chaudron slowing to a crawl and limping home in fourth, the remaining podium positions went to Karelpiu’s Antonio Schiano and Federico Montanari and Tommy One’s Stefano Bonanno and Maurizio Schepici.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Hercules Sagemann’s Andreas Podolsky and Udo Gross who struggled with technical problems, completing just five laps, Silverline's Ian Blacker and Drew Langdon sidelined before the start with broken engine.

December 6, 2014

New Model: Mulder 98 Flybridge

The technical sea trials of the all-aluminium Mulder 98 Flybridge have been successfully concluded. The 30-metre custom-built Mulder with its stunning round-bilged hull achieved a maximum speed of 22 knots; two knots more than expected. Sound levels were also impressively quiet.  The Mulder 98 Flybridge had its global launch in September during the HISWA Amsterdam in-water Boat Show. In addition to being the largest yacht at the show, it is also the largest Mulder Flybridge ever built. The sea trials of the 30-metre Mulder were started immediately after the boat show; initially in Rotterdam and later on the North Sea from the port of Scheveningen.  The Mulder 98 Flybridge features a round-bilged hull and is powered by two Caterpillar of 1685hp each. This results in a maximum speed of 22 knots; two knots faster than expected. The yacht has a fuel capacity of 17,000 litres. At a speed of ten knots, this gives a Trans-Atlantic range of approximately 3,300 nm. Due to a special insulation method and her ‘floating’ interior, the sound and vibration levels of the Mulder 98 Flybridge are extremely low. In consultation with the owner, the yacht was built fully in accordance with RINA certification.  The exterior of the Mulder 98 Flybridge was designed by Guido de Groot Design, the naval architecture was realised by Ginton Naval Architects. The design is the next stage in the successful evolution of the Mulder range of semi displacement Flybridge motoryachts. She will appeal to an owner who appreciates timeless style over current fashion trends. Her dynamic lines and anthracite-coloured bimini emphasise her length while the softness of the yacht’s surfaces adds an extra air of class. Thanks to the generous length of 98 feet, the yacht’s proportions have been optimised and combined with maximum indoor and outdoor living space.  Omega Architects was responsible for the timeless, so called contemporary chic interior with a personal touch, where luxury and elegance can be found in every detail. Mulder's craftsmanship abounds throughout the main joinery, where brushed nickel lines are the main theme, resulting in beautiful and elegantly designed cabinets and walls. Luxurious fabrics of silk, wool and linen like Dedar, Pierre Frei, Elitis and Spinneybeck leather and wool-silk carpets of Tai Ping were used to bring about a sophisticated ambience of comfort and style. The entire custom-built interior consists of stained walnut. The dining area in the spacious saloon with its stunning Onyx Honey window columns accommodates eight people. The professional galley on the port side is fully equipped, including a steam oven, and offers a direct connection to the gangway. The main deck also features a day head. The owner’s suite on the lower deck offers a spacious walk-in-closet and large oval portholes on both sides. Additionally, the lower deck features a VIP suite and two guest cabins. All four cabins have their own shower and toilet.  The crew accommodations are located aft and include two cabins for four crew members. The crew quarters are accessible from the swimming platform and the gangway on the main deck, and also offer access to the engine room. The tender can be placed either on the swimming platform or on the wide flybridge. The flybridge also includes two lounge chairs, two large U-shaped sofas and a wet bar with grill, ice machine and refrigerator.  Initially the Russian owner of the Mulder 98 Flybridge requested a design for a 26 meter model. This was soon extended to 28, and in 2010 a contract was signed for a 30 meter9 Mulder Flybridge. The naval architecture of the yacht was started in early 2011, and the construction of the hull got underway at the end of that year. In late 2012 it was the first hull to arrive at the new location of Mulder Shipyard in Zoeterwoude-Rijndijk. The Mulder 98 Flybridge is likely to go sailing in the south of France in the spring of 2015.
Technical Data:
LOA - 30 m (98.4ft)
Beam - 7 m
Draft - 1.9 m
Displacement - 100 t
Fuel Capacity - 17000 l
Water Capacity - 3000 l
Accommodation - 8 guest berths in 4 cabins, 4 crew bed in 2 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1685hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 22 knots max, 10 knots economic cruise
Range - 3300 nm at 10 knots
Hull Shape - round bilge semi-displacement
Construction - aluminium
Project - Ginton Naval Architects, Guido de Groot design, Omega architects
Certification - Rina C Hull, Mach Y 

December 5, 2014

Class One - Vee One - Abu Dhabi Race One

Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi moved to within one point of a 14th World title for Dubai's Victory Team following an emphatic win in race 1 of the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi.
Their superiority was mirrored in V1 by Malta's Team Chaudron whose win moved them 12 points clear in the overall standings and one step closer to the World title.
Starting from pole after clinching the Pole Position Championship in the morning the Victory pairing stormed into the lead and go 12 seconds clear of New Star-Poliform at the end of lap 1, with Miles Jennings and Alfredo Amato in LFF8-Silverline in third. But their race ended two laps later when the escape hatch in the hull blew out.
By mid-race Victory had opened up a 35 second margin and went on unchallenged to close out the eight lap race and take their fourth chequered flag of the year to win by 79 seconds. 
Behind them New Star-Poliform led the processional chase ahead of Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar and Team Abu Dhabi but neither outfit had any answer to the pace of the leaders and the podium places looked to settled. But on lap 6 New Star-Poliform slowed, a broken water pump belt ending Mikhail Kitashev and Guido Cappellini’s challenge.
With New Star-Poliform out, Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski went on to take their fourth podium of the year and keep their title hopes flickering, with American’s Gary Ballough and John Tomlinson finishing in third for Team Abu Dhabi.
It was a frustrating afternoon for Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella in LFF10 whose hopes of any challenge for a podium finish ended almost immediately when an engine stopped, forcing them to shut down the other engine to reboot the system.
From lying in 10th place overall at the end of lap 1 the Italians recovered to force their way up through the pack to take fourth and move into third overall in the Championship standings.
In an equally processional afternoon for the V1’s, Aaron Ciantar and Dominique Martini staked their claim on the Championship, cruising home untroubled and unchallenged in Chaudron with a lap to spare. "It was quite rough on the outside for the start but our boat is good in these conditions," said Aaron Ciantar. "For most ofthe race we were able to keep up a good speed and take the turns at full throttle. Now we will try to win the title."
After a late disqualification from third place in qualifying and forced to start from the back, Nico Bertels and Frank Hemelaer recovered well to finish second in Bernico-New Star, with Stefano Bonanno and Maurizio Schepici bringing Tommy One home in third.
Fourth place for Aquasport’s Daniel Camphorn and Nico Huybens keeps them in the hunt for the title, with Hercules Sagemanns’ Andreas Podolsky and Udo Gross finishing in fifth ahead of Ian Blacker and Drew Langdon who limped home in an ailing Silverline to take points in sixth.
Giuseppe and Antonio Schiano's hopes of carrying their challenge for the title into the final day ended when Karelpiu failed to make the start of race 1 after damaging an engine after a spinout in qualifying.
Only a calamity can stop Victory from lifting the C1 crown, with the fight for the title in V1 between Chaudron, Aquasport and Tommy One.

December 4, 2014

Improve-it = Magnum 51 Bestia

This new blue, Magnum 51 has been delivered this summer 2014 to a client in Miami. Equipped with twin MTU 1600hp, this boat represents the results of Magnum Marine new studies in a more environmental friendly boat, especially on fuel economy and speed. Amazingly, this over 60 knots sport yacht will use only 380 lph, thanks to the lighter weight, common rail engines, the stiffer and lighter hull construction and the surface drives system. Interiors of this new model include a large salon and galley, master stateroom, head and crew cabin. Also called “Bestia”  Magnum 51 is characterized by her tremendous speed, acceleration and brute power. She features a narrow beam, deep-vee, very muscular hull, generally equipped with twin Caterpillar or MTU diesels of between 1600 and 1925 HP each coupled to Arneson surface drives. The top speed can reach up to 64 knots. Very impressive is her unbelievable seaworthiness in all weather conditions.  She slices through the waves and can safely and comfortably make long crossings in rough seas, whilst large yachts remain in port. In spite of her small size, the Magnum 51 has approx seven feet headroom and boasts a comfortable double cabin with Queen sized berth and plenty of closet space, a large head with stall shower, a salon, galley and crew cabin. The cockpit, with bolster helm and companion seats also features an L-shaped side and transom seat and sundeck.

December 3, 2014

Class One - Vee One - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Preview

Fourteen boats will line up for the final two races of the season at this week’s Grand Prix of the U.A.E in Abu Dhabi, 3-5 December
The climax to the highly successful and competitive first season of the ‘new look’ ClassOne World Powerboat Championship combining C1 catamarans and V1 monohulls will decide the outcome of World titles in both categories.
In C1 Victory’s Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi hold a 14 point advantage over a trio of outfits who on paper have a shot at lifting the title, whilst in V1 the outcome of the title race is too close to call, Team Chaudron topping the table on 46 points, a tenuous one point cushion over Aquasport with a mere 15 points separating the top five.
Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi will be looking to celebrate their 2014 racing reunion as they go in search of a fourth World title together and a 14thfor Victory Team. The Dubai duo will start as firm favourites and after dominating qualifying, a win in race 1 to add to their three victories in Ibiza and Terracina would all but seal the Championship.
Fifteen points separates Victory’s three potential title protagonists with Ugur Isik and Christian Zaborowski in Relekta-Zabo-Isiklar leading the challenge from Mikhail Kitashev and Guido Cappellini in New Star-Poliform both outfits grabbing three podium finishes and Luca Fendi and Giovanni Carpitella in LFF10, race winners’ last time out in race 2 in Terraccina.
Hoping for home success and a repeat of the team’s win in 2010 are Team Abu Dhabi’s American duo, Gary Ballough and 1997 Wold Champion John Tomlinson, who were impressive on their first outing together in Terracina, posting third best times in qualifying and taking third spot in race 1.
The competition and rivalry in V1 is as intense as it gets, four different outfits taking the chequered flag and climbing the top step of the podium and five grabbing podium finishes.
Of the top three each has a race win under their belts but a DNF apiece for Chaudron’s Aaron Chiantar and Dominique Martini and Tommy One’s Maurizio Schepici and Stefano Bonanno last time out could well prove costly, their misfortune allowing Daniel Camphorn and Nico Huybens to capitalise and stake their title claim, the Aquasport pairing splitting their rivals and sitting menacingly in second place.
Karelpiu’s Giuseppe and Antonio Schiano match Tommy One on 39 points in third spot and line-up in Abu Dhabi looking for their first win of the year, as do Ian Blacker and Drew Langdon in Silverline – both outfits finishing in podium spots twice.
Nico Bertels and Frank Hemelaer, race winner’s in Terracina, have it all to do with an 18 points margin to overturn, their strategy to run different crews for race 1 and 2 resulting in their points having to be allocated accordingly, whilst Siegfried Greve and Udo Gross will be hoping for a trouble free run in Hercules Sagemann after a frustrating double DNF last time out.
Teams will get their first impressions in tomorrow’s two practice sessions of what looks set to be a challenging course around Lulu Island, with a potentially rough offshore leg and a flat fast leg on the inside in front of the Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Official qualifying takes place on Thursday at 10.30hrs [local] followed by race 1 at 15.30hrs, a second qualifying and race 2 closing out the year on Friday.

December 2, 2014

New Model: Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht

Lagoon has come up with the 630 Motor Yacht, and this Power Catamaran was one of the most talked models during its World wide premier in Cannes. It had to be as the 630 Motor Yacht offers a package of long range, good performance, and incredible fuel economy in total comfort and serenity. Just think of the engines of the 630 which are twin 260 or optional 300hp units. Power usually found in ten meters size sport cruisers.  The 630 is a further development of the Lagoon 620, and is also the work result of talented VPLP architects and Nauta Design and Lagoon’s own engineers. The Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht will be also offered in five different internal layout options. The choice is vast from a standard four cabins, to five or six double cabins. One has also the option of a central or lateral galley in the main deck living area of the 630 Motor Yacht.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.5 m (63.9ft)
Waterline Length - 18.6 m
Beam - 10 m
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 960 l
Accommodation - standard 8 berths in 4 cabins, optional 10 berths in 5 cabins, 12 berths in 6 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp
Propulsion - line shafr
Project - VPLP, Nauta Design

December 1, 2014

blogger - Reputation

Every year during the fall boat show season, a crop of new boat builders seem to enter the challenging yacht market.  Each of these new builders have a different profile, with two usually standing out; you can have the boat owner who turns builder with financing, or an experienced craftsman who after years on a yard floor takes matters into his hands.  Surprisingly even in recent difficult times new boat brands have not stopped coming up, with the Dutch taking first place from the Italians.    
Sometimes the biggest challenge that some of these new brands will face is image, and a reputation of being a solid company. Unlike a decade ago we live in an age where marketing and communication are very important.  In the eighties and nineties companies where growing up with the owners, for both size and production numbers.  At that time much was about reputation, with a balanced growth.  Many of today's famous brands grew up like this, it was a hand to hand owner builder build up, which started in a village, took a regional direction, national, and then international recognition.   
Today on the other hand you rarely see this growth. You can have the super yacht builder starting up with eighty plus footers, or a builder of smaller sub fifteen meters cruisers. That is why sometimes a brand name, even if closed for a few years, sometimes even decades always hold its values, and will have fans turning around and supporting it, even if the product has not yet been released yet.