March 31, 2015

Monthly News - March 2015

-pic of the month- Fairline Announce New South Coast Dealer

Arcadia Expands in Greater China

Arcadia Yachts – the innovative and unique "eco-friendly" Italian shipyard – has the pleasure to announce the appointing of Eletek Technology as exclusive dealer for Greater China. Eletek forecasted 15 units to sell in Greater China within the next 5 years along with the presentation of Arcadia's Yachts during the most important Chinese boat shows. The first show for Arcadia and its model 85 will be – for the 2015 - the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show. Eletek Technology Limited – established in 1997, is mainly focusing on business related to the marine industry and has rapidly established itself as a leading marine electronic service provider in Hong Kong and China. Eletek is the only company presently offering comprehensive sales and service encompassing shipping industry, from the recreation boat, work boat, fishing boat to the deep sea commercial vessel. Eletek has established distribution networks which links up hundreds of dealers covering almost every part of China's waterside, harbour workboat and river trade markets.

Azimut Yachts Thailand Grand Opening

Double event for the opening of Azimut Yachts in Thailand: a gala for the opening of the luxurious Azimut Lounge on the coast of Pattaya with the participation of local authorities was followed by the official signing ceremony of the partnership agreement with MGC Marine at the presence of the Italian Ambassador. The agreement represents an important step, not only to strengthen the brand's presence in the area, but also to promote nautical tourism in the whole country. As part of the Azimut Yachts growing strategy, the Italian brand belonging to the Azimut|Benetti Group continues to expand its presence on foreign markets through a focused strategy of partnership with new dealers. MGC Marine has recently been appointed as the sole authorized importer and distributor of Azimut Yachts, valued at over a billion euro for Thailand, under the brand name Azimut Yachts Thailand. MGC Marine is part of the Master Group Corporation (Asia), major dealer in the automotive retail business, including luxury brands as Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin. Besides presenting the first three Azimut Yachts products, ranging from 50 to 85 feet, MGC Asia officially opened ‘Azimut Lounge’, the exclusive reception area for clients of Azimut Yachts in Thailand at Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, an hour and a half drive from Bangkok. The Governor of Pattaya and local authorities, attended the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 25. The Azimut Lounge provides full service coverage for all yachting needs, while the company plans to open its second Azimut Lounge in Phuket within twelve months. To celebrate the signing of the partnership agreement with MGC Marine, the following day an official ceremony was then held in Bangkok at the presence of the Italian Ambassador and was attended by 150 local journalists and TV. The elegant-looking building of ‘Azimut Lounge’ on the seafront of Pattaya has been designed bearing in mind a maritime yachting atmosphere, featuring interiors of modern luxury and timeless splendor. As part of full service coverage, highly experienced yachting consultants are available to cater to clients’ discerning needs and queries.

Bavaria Racing Regatta

The Bavaria regatta scene is meeting in Croatia San Francisco for America´s professional sailors is like the coast of Croatia for the international regatta scene for sailors. All in all four big regatta Cups are challenged for in the Kornati in the upcoming season and the season ends with the 1000 mile race from Biograd to Lefkas and back. A field of more than 100 Bavaria yachts are not uncommon in these regattas. They sail at all regattas with one design classes such as the Cruiser 40 S, or with an open class with spinnaker such as the Cruiser 45 or 46. Sailors with high sporting ambitions enjoy tough competition for the prizes. Sailors who only enjoy sailing, but also like it to compete with each other, find the right competitor in the Cruiser 46 class. The 15th Kornati Cup anniversary kicks off the regatta season where a total of 100 yachts will start at this traditional regatta. The experienced tournament committee with the legendary race director Gert Schmidleitner limits the number of participants. The course of the Kornati Cup starts in Murter and the first stage progresses to the island Piskera in the national park of the Kornati. Situated at an extremely important marina there is only a maximum of 100 yacht moorings which is the reason for the limited amount of participants. Next to this medium distance race course from Murter to Piscera along the beautiful islands of the Kornati, there is another shorter course. Despite the legendary evening parties of the Kornati Cup, the sporty race is of primary importance at the racing cup. Another short course and the medium course are the second stages, before the race ends at Murtur again.

Bertram Aquired by Gavio Group

It has been finalized 31 March the contract for the acquisition by Gavio Group of the brand Bertram, historical yachting brand in the United States. The closing of the deal, realized through the subsidiary Bertam LCC, US company, follows the agreement signed last February 5, 2015 with Ferretti Group. With the closing of the deal, Gavio Group ranks at the top of the international yachting with a portfolio of high level brands such as Baglietto, Cerri Cantieri Navali and finally Bertram that represents an icon of the yachting in United States and in the world.

Fairline Continue to Strengthens Its Global Sales Reach

Leading British luxury boat brand, Fairline Boats, is pleased to announce a key new appointment to significantly strengthen its Yacht Division. Karl Gilding has been appointed to head up the Division, ensuring the Fairline sales process for its larger yachts is seamless for customers – from choosing a boat right through to delivery. In his role, Karl will also actively help grow Fairline’s dealer network in North America, a region that the brand is committed to expanding. Karl joins a strong and established global sales team at Fairline that is resolute in supporting and growing its dealer network in core markets. He brings to the role a wealth of global boat industry knowledge and experience acquired during his 30 years in the marine industry. Karl began his career in the marine business with the first importer of Sea Ray Boats and has experience in both the retail and manufacturing sides of the industry. He then joined Fairline Boats in 1998 as Global Sales Manager and was instrumental in setting up Fairline’s Yacht Division in 2003. Karl went on to work as Sales and Dealer Development Manager for Sunseeker International, before returning to Fairline.

Fairline Announce New South Coast UK Dealer

Leading British luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Boats, is delighted to announce that Bates Wharf Marine Sales Ltd, will represent the brand exclusively across the South Coast, with immediate effect. This progresses an already strong relationship between the two businesses and will ensure that Fairline customers continue to receive the best service across the South Coast, seven days a week. Bates Wharf Marine Sales Ltd is a fifth-generation family business, established over 100 years ago. Bates Wharf Marine Sales Ltd will operate the Fairline Southampton offices and berths as well as continuing to represent Fairline from its offices in Poole, Chertsey and Eastbourne. The state of the art facilities owned by Bates Wharf Marine Sales Ltd in Chertsey, Surrey will be known as Fairline London and offer customers the largest indoor showroom on the River Thames and a 100-berth marina. This location also benefits from convenient transport links into London. These South Coast dealerships strengthen Fairline’s current UK representation that includes Fairline Wales and Fairline Channel Islands, ensuring customers find their perfect Fairline. 

Fairline Announces Key Dealer in Asia

Fairline is delighted to announce the expansion of its dealer network in Asia, with the appointment of motor yacht specialists Marine Grande, trading as Fairline Korea. Fairline Korea will operate from its offices in Goyang-City, just north of Seoul. The dealership benefits from easy access to the beautiful Hangang River, an area of natural beauty and a hotspot for leisure sports and boating enthusiasts in South Korea. Established by Dealer Principal, Sangheon Jeon, Marine Grande specialises in sales and servicing for global luxury motor yacht brands.

Ferretti Group Milan HQ

Ferretti Group, leader in the design, construction, sale and service of luxury motor yachts, with a unique portfolio of prestigious brands that rank among the most exclusive in the global yachting industry, inaugurated its new Milan HQ today, right in the heart of the city. During the press conference, Alberto Galassi, Chief Executive Officer of Ferretti Group, presented their strategies for growth and expansion over the next three years, hot on the heels of the increase in capital worth €80 million, fully subscribed and paid up by majority shareholder, Weichai Group, with the aim of consolidating and underpinning its net worth and supporting a relaunch that includes a series of targeted actions to implement new strategies and directions. The Group is focusing on the continued development of the core brands in its portfolio - particularly Riva, Ferretti Yachts, Pershing and Custom Line - involving investments in product development and research worth over €50 million over the three year period spanning 2015-2017, that will fund the launch of 27 new models. The new Riva Superyachtdivision is part of this new direction, endorsing the decision by the historic and iconic brand to enter the 50-metre-plus super yacht segment. Thanks to the efforts of the new management team, Ferretti Group saw its losses more than halved in 2014 compared to 2013 despite a particularly challenging market situation, resulting in a net loss of circa €40 million, with bank borrowing at an all-time low in the history of the Group, amounting to just €34 million at the end of 2014.  The launch of new models and the efforts to develop markets in the years to come, are signs of the Group’s hopes and intentions to reach break-even and achieve sales volume worth €542 million by the end of 2017, compared to estimated sales of €373 million by the end of 2015 and €392 million in 2016. The Group also expects to see steady growth in its margins over the next three years, and aims to achieve a positive EBITDA of €16 million in 2016, expanding to €44 million in 2017.

Fraucher on TV

Frauscher boats are starring in TV advertisements of well-known international companies. Companies from the fashion and high-tech segment are seeking contact to the Frauscher shipyard to use their high-quality boats in high profile TV-campaigns. These decisions show that Frauscher boats have established an internationally well recognized reputation for high quality and perfect design. At the moment Frauscher boats are starring at TV spots for Roberto Cavalli and A1 Telekom Austria. Shooting for another international TV campaign is already finished and is going to be aired in Autumn 2015.

Heesen Appoints New Director of Operations

Heesen Yachts is pleased to announce that effective March 1, 2015 Mr. Rick van de Wetering has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors. Rick van de Wetering will be Director Operations replacing Hans Boerakker. His broad experience has been built over twenty-five years of work in the superyacht industry where he has worked for international leading shipyards. Amongst others, his past roles include general manager, owner’s representative, and technical manager. Rick van de Wetering’s career in yachting began at the Heesen shipyard where - in over a decade of duty - he had the chance to operate in numerous managerial roles. His knowledge and expertise in the overall yacht building process spans from purely technical operations to aftersales, with a good insight on commercial aspects. 

Heesen New Representative for North America, Mexica, Bahamas, and Caribbean

Heesen Yachts is delighted to announce the appointment of Thom Conboy as Director of Sales in North America, Mexico, Bahamas and Caribbean, prospecting clients in this territory. Mr. Conboy will represent Heesen Yachts at the boat shows and develop a joint marketing campaign for the American market with the team head-quartered in the Netherlands. Mr. Conboy started his career in yachting in the Eighties and has a very diverse background in the marine industry. His expertise spans from new construction to repairs and refits of large yachts. Having worked both for shipyards and brokerage houses his knowledge of the sales process and yacht construction is comprehensive. Mr. Conboy’s understanding of the Heesen product and brand values is very deep as he previously worked for Heesen contributing to the international success of this Dutch company. Mr. Conboy will be based in the Heesen offices in Fort Lauderdale – Florida. 

Horizon Honored With Taiwan Excellence Award

Competing against 1,144 products from 448 companies, the Horizon PC60 power catamaran was recently awarded the Taiwan Excellence Award and is now a contender for the highest honor of Taiwan Excellence, the Gold Award. Horizon won our first Taiwan Excellence award in 2010 with our solar-powered yacht the SC46, and the PC60 is the seventh Horizon yacht to receive the this highest honor for “Made in Taiwan” products – we hope the PC60 will sit alongside the EP148 expedition yacht, a winner last year, as recipients of the coveted Gold Award.

North-Line Open Yard

On Saturday the 25th of April North Line and Consonant Yachts of Harlingen, builders of the seaworthy North-Line grp and Kuster steel motor yachts, will open their doors. From 11:00 until 16.00 hours, everyone is welcome in Harlingen to become acquainted with the boatyard and its work. Visitors will be able to view six models in production and at various stages of completion, including the North-Line 42, North-Line 37, North-Line 800 and various stages of the new North-Line 50. Also the Kuster Club called KusterKring will visit the yard so more than 15 visiting Kuster Yachts can be viewed. Visitors will have the opportunity to see what is required to build seaworthy motor yachts in steel and GRP. Also on view will be the moulding of a grp hull, an engine installation and the fitting of carpet to an interior. 

Otam New Dealer in Egypt

60 years of power-boating excellence – has the pleasure to announce that Planet Navis – located in the heart of the Red Sea at Hurgada - will be their new exclusive representative for Egypt. Planet Navis, founded in 1994, is a subsidiary of Marine Service Company and part of the Planet Group, with a core business of high performance luxury yachts. OTAM is therefore a natural partner and enriches their already substantial offerings of new and used vessels.

Pursuit Adds California Dealer

Pursuit Boats has appointed Alexander Marine California as its exclusive authorized dealer for Southern California. The Alexander Marine Facility is located at 2505 West Coast Highway, Suite 202 in Newport Beach, CA 92663. Alexander Marine through its Ocean Alexander line of yachts has been established in Southern California for more than 35 years and has developed a strong professional sales staff within this important marketplace. Pursuit Boats has enjoyed a successful twenty year relationship with the boating community in Southern California and Alexander Marine is the perfect organization to support its existing and future Pursuit owners. 

Riviera Welcomes More New Owners in Miami

Revered luxury yacht builder Riviera has welcomed new members to its growing global family of owners with its most successful Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show since 2008. In a stunning $US10 million red-carpet, on-water showcase, the iconic Australian luxury yacht builder this year hosted its largest display in Miami for five years, buoyed by renewed confidence in the Americas market, a favourable exchange rate and the proactive efforts of a committed Riviera dealer network. Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the new owners of the 11 luxury yachts sold at the Miami show could look forward to an exciting new level of customer care, which includes exclusive invitations to social events and unique cruising experiences. Mr Longhurst confirmed Riviera’s final Miami result was likely to be even stronger with a solid sea-trial schedule across all its motoryacht collections over the next few weeks. Riviera’s Miami showcase included the stylish and sophisticated 6000 and 5000 Sport Yachts, the supremely seaworthy the 43 Open, 50 Enclosed and 53 Enclosed Flybridge models, a classically inspired Belize 54 Daybridge, as well as the entire Riviera SUV crossover series, comprising the adventurous 445, 515 and 565 models. Mr Longhurst said the strengthening sales confirms the appeal of Riviera’s latest designs which embrace state-of-the-art technology, and is also recognition of the marque’s superior fit and finish.

Riviera Presents Eleven New Seminars

An extremely strong surge of registrations for the 2015 Riviera Festival of Boating – which this year includes 11 brand-new educational workshops – has prompted a timely reminder for people to book early to secure places for their preferred events. Now in it’s 4th year, this truly unique festival of fun and learning helps owners and aspiring owners of luxury motor yachts to use their boats to their full potential, and this year includes over 70 informative educational and fun social events across four fantastic days (21-24 May 2015). Among the 11 new Festival educational seminars for 2015 are Marine Assist focusing on emergency essentials, Understanding the Weather conducted by an expert meteorologist, Living the Riviera Dream with David and Sue Rogers who spent three months living aboard their 43 Open Flybridge, Escape, and Sydney to Singapore with skipper Tim Edwards, which includes details of an epic leg from Darwin to Singapore aboard the 75 Enclosed Flybridge, Seabreeze, without stopping for fuel. Others include Offshore Navigation, Provisioning and Planning, Ask a Riviera Expert, Experience a Seakeeper gyroscopic stabiliser, The Simplicity of C-Zone, The Glass Cockpit and, of course, The Riviera Express factory tour by train. 

Storm Expands Sales Network

Storm welcomed many colleagues from the industry to it’s stand at Boot Düsseldorf, including yacht brokers and yard representatives. This is how Storm came in contact with the enthusiastic Jens Arne Dammyr, CEO of the Oslo-based Aker Yachts AS. Together with his brother Tore, he had been following the developments surrounding Storm Yachts for some time, and now sees good opportunities for our extensive product portfolio in the Nordic region. Aker Yachts AS introduced StormYachts in the Nordic region during the Oslo Boat Show (19 to 22 March). Meanwhile, the expansion of the StormYachts sales network in Europe will continue apace. Storm is always in discussions with several companies who wish to represent the company in their own region.

Sunseeker Dream Job Opportunity

Sunseeker International is offering a truly unique dream role as it looks for the right candidate to join its team in the position of Superyacht Yard Captain. The Yard Captain will enjoy daily testing and commissioning aboard Sunseeker’s incredible range of motor yachts reaching up to 155ft in length, as well as liaising with the company’s exacting customers to ensure a smooth handover. From Sunseeker’s base in Poole, the new Captain will embody the spirit of excellence that has driven Sunseeker to its pre-eminent position in the marine market today. Testing current models such as the 28 Metre Yacht and 116 Sport Yacht, plus future models such as the 131 Yacht launching later this year, and the iconic 155 Yacht – the largest and most advanced yacht Sunseeker has ever produced – the Yard Captain will get hands-on with the company’s entire range.

Viking Healey Foundation

We at the Viking Yacht Company are passionate about more than just boat building, we are also passionate about our charitable organizations. Presently, the Healey International Relief Foundation (HIRF) is involved in a major program in the war torn country of Sierra Leone, especially in the Ebola crisis, where we are on the ground providing food, supplies and vetting partnerships with several pharmacology companies for a solution to this life threatening infectious disease. HIRF is excited to announce that we will be sending out a monthly e-newsletter with the developments and progress we are making. We thank you for your interest and support of the Viking Yacht Company and the Healey International Relief Foundation. 

Viking and SAMS

Established during the 1980s to advance and promote the importance of qualified and capable marine surveyors, the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) recently held their two-day Northeast Regional Meeting and Educational Seminar at the Viking Yacht Company. The event included seminars on testing equipment, ABYC standards, liability and vessel valuation issues, fire investigation processes, electrical systems and several other critical sessions pertaining to boat and marine safety. Nearly 60 SAMS personnel from Maine to Maryland attended the meeting, which included a tour of the Viking factory.

Viking Win Big in Los Suenos

Hats off to Team Galati for their win at the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown, Leg #2 amongst a field of 40 boats and 161 anglers. Team Galati, a Viking 66 captained by Tony Carrizosa started off strong and held onto the lead finishing in the top spot with 80 sailfish releases. Angler Carmine Galati claimed Third Place Angler with 25 releases. Captain Tony and Carmine were joined by anglers Bob Hixson, Pat Healey, Drew McDowell and Don Gemmel on Team Galati. Bob, Pat, Carmine, Drew and Don have been fishing Los Suenos billfish tournaments since their inception in 2004.

March 30, 2015

Project: Carver C43 Coupe

Carver present the project for a C43 Coupe which continues its revamp of the models from the US builder. The C series introduced a couple years ago with the 34, today represents all the Carver line up and the C43 is to be the new flagship. The C43 is a fully enclosed hard top sport cruiser, with a spacious aft deck, and a galley saloon up cabins below interior layout. Below deck is two cabins with a spacious owners room forward served by it's owner en-suite shower head, and a twin berth guest cabin to starboard.  Power is twin Cummins 480hp engines.

March 28, 2015

New Launch: Benetti 56 meter FB267

Italian classicism this is Benetti latest fully custom 56 metre super yacht which strikes immediately your attention thanks to its instantly striking profile. The aesthetic impact of the exteriors is the direct result of the boat owner's functional requirements. Unlike most Benetti yachts of this size, the stern areas of the main and upper decks are not open. Instead, they are glazed with large windows that hide the main deck living area and the upper deck, this featuring a gym adjacent to the boat owner suite. The interiors are classic Italian. The layout includes seven guest cabins plus the boat owner suite. The atmosphere is warm without being heavy, with wood contrasting with white carpet and marble, for an intimate and relaxing environment. Foremost among the materials is the elm root paneling with mahogany, walnut, and rosewood detailing. One of the yacht's hallmarks is the "precious" period furniture requested by the boat owner, each piece with its own history and a celebration of Italian craftsmanship. Performance is assured with two MTU 1796hp engines, for a range of 5,000 nautical miles at a fuel economy speed of 12 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 56 m (183.8ft)
Beam - 10.8 m
Draft - 3.10 m
Fuel Capacity - 110000 l
Water Capacity - 20000 l
Accommodation - 8 guest cabins, 11 crew cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V4000 M53 1796hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Detra five blade fix propellers
Speed - 15 knots max, 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 5000 nm at economic cruise
Hull Shape - displacement
Project - Benetti exterior styling, Mauro Izzo interior
Construction - steel hull, aluminium superstructure
Certification - Lloyds +100A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 + LMC / UMC

March 26, 2015

Project: Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX

Grand Banks introduces the project for a new 44 Eastbay SX, a new entry level model for this Downeast inspired line, scheduled to debut the fall of 2015. Combining contemporary Down-East lobster boat styling with an agile and performing hull, the new 44 Eastbay will blend the best of all worlds.  The 44 SX as all Eastbay models is a high-performer capable of 35 knots top speeds, yet is also like her larger sisters a sturdy and comfortable cruiser.  The 44 will feature light and bright interiors, a huge aft deck configured for ample seating, on-board storage, and two accommodation options below deck. Configured with the galley up, the 44 Eastbay can fit three great cabins or two queen-sized cabins and an expansive utility room. Cruising extras such as a washer and dryer will have the own placement area. 

March 24, 2015

New Model: Fairline 38 Targa Shadow-S

This Fairline new model the 38 Targa Shadow-S could have been part of the Improve-it section in PowerYacht since this model is in short words a 38 Targa Open with a dark grey color, orange cushions, and more high quality materials inside. But since Fairline labels the Shadow-S as a new model we follow this decision. A lot of critics where born from the Shadow-S on the British forums, since the expectations of a new model and direction by Fairline always arise big talk between fans and people interested in the brand. To be fair to Fairline we have seen other builders doing much or less the same, since is not the first time we see builders changing a model name for the addition of a larger bathing platform, or a window profile change.  As they say in marketing the important is the talk on a brand, and surely with the 38 Targa Shadow-S Fairline managed that. At this point it will be interesting to see if Fairline will decide to introduce more high profile Shadow-S models of the other bigger Targas. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.43 m (40.9ft) with extended bathing platform
LOA - 12.13 m without bathing platform
Hull Length - 11.61 m
Beam - 3.64 m
Draft - 1.01 m
Displacement - 7.57 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 636 l
Water Capacity - 296 l
Accommodation - 4/5 + 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 400hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 44 knots max

March 22, 2015

Project: Cerri 100 Comfort

Cerri presents the project for a new semi-displacement super yacht the 100 Comfort. As the title says the 100 Comfort, will be a triple deck which raises the standard of on-board comfort for the owner and his guests. The 100 Comfort is designed by the Cerri design team and Matteo Del Sorbo who took care of naval engineering details. The 100 Comfort is a super yacht full of innovative features inside, as the large bat serving the aft deck, the motor cycle garage to port side, the beach opening to starboard with water-slide, and last but not least a huge tender garage with space for a rib up to six meters long. Accommodation wise the 100 Comfort will feature five double guest cabins with an owners main cabin on the main deck. The Cerri 100 Comfort will be powered by twin MTU 1600hp engines which give max speeds of 18 knots, and a cruise of 12 knots,

March 20, 2015

Improve-it = Princess 43

Princess has recently started to offer a new important larger engine option package for its entry level 43 Flybridge model. Presented as a replacement to the decade long success of the 42 in 2013, the Princess 43 is a flybridge motor cruiser with a two cabins lower deck, and an overall length of 47 feet. Previous to this new Cummins 550hp option the 43 was only offered with twin Volvo 435hp engines. The new Cummins options will increase top speed up to 32 knots, and will give for sure a more comfortable cruse range in the 20 to 26 knots bracket.

March 18, 2015

Project: Sasga 34 Minorchino

Sasga presents an important new project for an entry level model, the 34 Minorchino. As the other boats in the line the new small Minorchino follows design stints of the classic Menorcan fishing boat transformed into a nice cruiser. As all Sasga models, modern details are featured in the 34 from an integrated bathing platform, larger port holes serving the cabins, and an extended hard top which covers the aft deck.  The 34 Minorchino will feature a layout with two double cabins below, with a living galley dinette and helm to starboard all located on the main deck. Power comes from twin 225hp diesel engines reaching top speeds of 18 knots, and cruising range from 16 to 12 nautical miles per hour. 

March 16, 2015

New Model: Numarine 70 Flybridge

Born as a project of a 68 Fly back in 2009, the Numarine 70 Flybridge took five years to become a reality and make its appearance on the market.  Currently its entry level model, the 70 Flybridge is a very important model for the Turkish builder who went in 2014 with an upgrade to its line, and a host of new projects presented. The 70 Flybridge is an interesting offer in this size, with an important light displacement for a 21 meter motor yacht, and a very good power to weight ratio.  She offers a traditional four double cabins layout associated with boats of the size, having an owners room at midships, VIP forward, and two double cabins in between.  A crew cabin with a small lobby is located aft. Power is standard twin MAN 1000hp and optional 1200hp units.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.6 m (70.9ft)
Hull Length - 19.76 m
Beam - 5.45 m
Draft - 1.6 m
Displacement - 36 t light, 42 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 4500 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins, 2 crew in 1 cabin
Engines - 2 x Man 1000hp, Man 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 34 knots max, 28 knots cruise
Range - 425 nm at optimum cruise
Construction - Vacuum infision PVC foam core, unidirectional and multi-direction E-glass, Vinilester resins

March 14, 2015

Project: Ferretti Custom Line 37 Navetta

The new flagship of the Ferretti Custom Line Navetta series in fibreglass that will debut in the summer of 2016 was presented at the Miami Yacht show last February 2015. The Navetta 37 establishes the start of an important future for Ferretti Custom Line that marks a new size milestone in it’s history while setting higher standards in elegance, luxury and power. The Navetta 37 is earmarked to become the jewel of the Custom Line offering, being the largest semi-displacement vessel to be constructed by the Italian brand. This Zuccon project represents the extraordinary research and design efforts that combine a timeless design with only the most innovative technical and functional solutions on board. This Ferretti super yacht will be the true incarnation of the Navetta series philosophy, slow motion, that represents a relaxing way of enjoying the sea and technological and design solutions that will set a new standard in the industry.  Accommodation plan offers five double cabins plus four crew berths.  Engines start from standard MTU 1268hp, up to three more powerful units which go up to 1950hp, and also feature an option of the not much seen French Baudouin at 1650hp.

March 12, 2015

New Launch: Michael Rybovich 64' Hull#1 Walkaround

A new launch from Rybovich is always big news in the custom sportfisherman segment, and this latest 64 Walkaround has more going to it then one might think. It is not only a return to Rybovich being built by the family, but also a new yard acquisition in Palm Beach, and lastly but not least an innovative sportfishman yacht looking timeless. The Hull One of this new Michael Rybovich and Sons venture is a fully cored constructed jig method build. She offers a four stateroom interior with an innovative interior plan and plenty of accommodation in this size thanks to the use of IPS pod drives propulsion. The innovative features in the layout are a day head to port side of the interior saloon entrance, a full beam owners room at midships, and a Vee shaped double forward with separate entrance. Micheal Rybovich 64 Hull One Walkaround is powered from twin Volvo 900hp engines propelled by forward looking IPS pods and reaching a top speed of 38 knots. With its conservative horse-power for a nineteen meter Sportfishman this new Rybovich makes competition even to some of the faster European style Sport Yachts, thanks to a moderate beam, and light weight making best use of the cold moulding build.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.5 m (64ft)
Beam - 5.48 m
Draft - 1.42 m
Displacement - 27895 kg
Fuel Capacity - 4239 l
Water Capacity - 1324 l
Accommodation - 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS1200 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 38 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Construction - fully cored jig method cold molded
Project - Rybovich and Sons

March 10, 2015

Project: Prestige 680

Prestige is proud to announce the imminent launch of the brand new 680! Its exclusive world premieres will be at the next Cannes boat show in September 2015.  Coming to complete the Prestige range of luxury yachts, the new 680 incorporates all the usual key features that have made the range a success whilst adding to those the marks of excellence of the 750.  This new model also fills a thirteen feet gap between the 620 and the flagship. The 680 will feature a unique interior layout that brings light, space and coziness and is easy to move around. With lines that are still daring and timeless, with top quality finish and materials, maintaining the historic technical attributes of the range and benefits from the latest innovations.  

March 8, 2015

New Model: Majesty 122

Majesty Yachts part of the Gulf Craft group which comes from the United Arab Emirates state, continue to upgrade its super yachts collection with the presentation of this 122 model.  This latest big Majesty follows a fore main deck design of wide body style, this increasing space in the owners main cabin located in this area.  The 122 also features a raised pilot house design, and integrated hard top covering the flybridge deck.  The Majesty 122 is to be powered by twin 1930hp engines.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 37.5 m (122.5ft)
Beam - 7.6 m
Draft - 1.9 m
Displacement - 
Fuel Capacity - 25,250 l
Water Capacity - 3700 l
Engines - 2 x 1930hp
Propulsion - line shaft

March 6, 2015

Project: Raffaelli 42 Typhoon Sportage

For this new project Raffaelli return to one of the names, Typhoon what was an important marker in its rich model history.  The 42 Typhoon Sportage is the next model to come from the South Adriatic Pesaro based boat builder and this is to be a three cabin motor cruiser with a hidden sport bridge on top, offering lounging and sunbathing accommodation. Interesting 42 Typhoon Sportage against Raffaelli models history will be a super structure heavy sport cruiser, reminiscent of builders ccoming from North America in the eighties and nineties.  The heavy super structure though does have its premium though and will offer a super spacious main split level main deck with a layout offering an astern galley, C-shape dinette, C-shape lounge, and a single seat helm-station to port side.  Power will be twin 350hp engines.

March 4, 2015

New Model: Rapsody R29 Classic

Rapsody presents its latest new model, the new entry level R29 Classic.  A pure traditional cruiser in looks outside, the R29 Classic is full of technology inside being built in fiberglass sandwich construction.  The R29 Classic features an interior with a convertible V-shape berth forward, shower head to port side, and a galley to starboard. Outside the R29 Classic will have a helm to starboard, companion-way seat to starboard, and a C-shaped dinette. Power is for three engine options which start with the a standard Yanmar 39hp up to an option of 110hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 8.75 m (2ft)
Beam - 2.45 m
Draft - 0.65 m
Displacement - 2.6 t
Fuel Capacity - 120 l
Water Capacity - 150 l
Accommodation - 2 berths
Engine - 1 x Yanmar 3JH5ME 39hp, 4JH4M-TE 75hp, 4JH4M-THE 110hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max with Yanmar 110hp
Construction - sandwich hull, with mahogany windshield

March 2, 2015

Project: Grand Banks 60

Lets start by saying that the rendering of this latest Grand Banks 60 project makes it looks different, thanks to a sporty design and a nimble feel. The length surely play a predominant feature in this but the long fore deck, and what seems a lower profile are also other important features which characterize this new Grand Banks, which so far is not assigned to any of the three Aleutian, East Bay, or Heritage lines. The Grand Banks 60 will have an interior layout with three guest cabins below, and an astern galley in a single level main deck. The owners room is located in a midships port side location with the bed looking at ship-side. An utility room which boast full beam space is also to be found at midships in between the cabin area to fore, and engine room aft. Power will come from twin Volvo 725hp engines with line shaft propulsion.

March 1, 2015

Waiting Expansion

In the British forums I visit, a story repeats itself every season or so about the future of one boat builder, Fairline.  One of the so called important three sisters of the British power boating family, Fairline has been an interesting expanding brand up until 2006, and among the most respected in the global yachting community for offering among a good quality based price ratio in the industry.
Fairline community discussions have been growing up in the last decade since the other two British builders; Princess and Sunseeker started building more eighty plus feet super yachts, while the size at Oundle stopped at 78 feet, with the 78 Squadron Custom model being an improvement of the 74, the flagship since 2003. Fairline has two problems for building bigger; the first is location as they are inland based, and the second is factory size.  Current factory size does allow to build up to 85 feet. This building larger has been reflected in stable or improving sales for the other two, while Fairline in the last years has been a slow decline.
But while building larger may be part of the solution to improve a balance sheet, an important offering in the important fifty to eighty feet sizes does help. One just need to check the offering of the other two; Princess and Sunseeker to see that in those sizes they do offer a lot of models, double to that of Fairline. The other two Brits both know that a high percentage of the client who goes bigger usually come from the fifty feet plus size. Another problem from Fairline is the offer of new models, with half of the new proposals in recent years being in reality an upgraded improved previous model.