June 30, 2016

Monthly News - June 2016

-pic of the month- Jarrett Bay New Travel Lift

Austin Parker Signs Partnership with Chris Craft

Austin Parker will produce the Chris-Craft “Commander” range of cabin cruisers as the result of a joint-venture with the famous American Shipyard Chris-Craft. The yachts of this new range, inspired by the distinctive lines of the Austin Parker models, will be exclusively produced at the Pisa shipyard (Tuscany, Italy) following the same quality standards that have always characterized Austin Parker yachts. The first model, to be presented next July during the Chris-Craft Worldwide Dealer Meeting at its Headquarters in Sarasota, Florida, will be the Commander 42, an evolution of the Austin Parker 42. The lay-out, interior style and the technical characteristics have been developed together with Chris-Craft, whilst the lines, hull and tonnage remain basically unchanged. Another two models Commander 36 and Commander 52 will be produced by 2017. The new Commander range will be distributed exclusively by the Chris-Craft network of authorized dealers. This partnership is an international testimony to Austin Parker design quality and the construction skills of its workforce which embodies Italian know-how in producing first class yachts. The fundamental values of the Austin Parker brand and its expertise in the construction of large, luxury motor yachts will continue to be the basis for the further expansion of its lines which, in the near future, in addition to the classic 54’ fly S, 64’ fly S, 72' fly S e 74' fly S, will include new Austin Parker models to be exclusively distributed through the Austin Parker sales network.

Baglietto Wins Compasso D'Oro

The Baglietto 46m fast M/Y Monokini has been awarded the Compasso D’Oro ADI 2016 Award. The award, now in its 24th Edition is the oldest and most influential international design award. The Compasso d’Oro is awarded on the basis of a pre-selection made by ADI Permanent Observatory of Design, consisting of a commission of experts, designers, critics, historians, specialized journalists and assigned by a panel of international experts as Cinzia Anguissola D’Altoè Sacchetti, Marc sadler, Gabriella Bottini, Mugendi K. M’Rithaa, Yossef Schvetz, Walter Maria De Silva e Toshiyuki Kita. Monokini wins the Compasso D’Oro Award “for the reinterpretation of an archetype and maritime tradition combined with the introduction of innovative technologies” The Awarding Ceremony took place this afternoon in Milan at Palazzo Isimbardi in the presence of Luciano Galimberti President of ADI (Association For The Industrial Design) and many authorities. The award will be accepted by Raffaella Daino, Head of Communication and Marketing of the Baglietto shipyard, part of the Gavio Group since 2012, together with the designers Francesco Paszkowski and Alberto Mancini responsible for the exterior and interior design respectively

Bavaria E-Summer Tour

London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, Mannheim, Frankfurt, Lübeck and of course Würzburg. These are only some of the stops on the Bavaria E-Summer Tour. This summer the new Bavaria E40 motor yachts are going on a unique trip through Europe. Also on board are friends, Facebookers, Instagrammers, bloggers and fans of the new Bavaria E40, with a new crew each day of each stage. The tour kicks off on 26 June in Almere close to Amsterdam and is scheduled to end on 14 August in Hamburg.  The first stage of the Bavaria E-Summer Tour starts on 26 June in Almere. Traversing the Ijsselmeer and negotiating the Dutch channel network with stops in Enkhuizen and Lemmer, it will make its way to the stage finish in Sneek, where the Bavaria E40 is expected on 1 July. There further test trips are planned for the weekend. The first stage is organized by Jansma Jacht BV, the Bavaria motor yachts dealer in the Netherlands.  Transportation from Sneek to the start of the next stage in Mannheim is arranged by the E-Summer Tour partner Sleepy Yachttransporte, because the Bavaria E40 is expected promptly on 9 July at the Yacht Center in Mannheim for a big weekend event. There are several test trips on the program at the Yacht Center for this weekend before it departs on the Monday for Würzburg via Biebesheim, Mainz, Frankfurt, Aschaffenburg, Miltenberg and Lohr. During this stage there are also new guests on board the E40 every day, all eager to experience for themselves this revolutionary motor yacht with its three comfortable cabins, large saloon and new drive concept consisting of a Volvo Penta D4 engine and a powerful electric drive.  While the first E40 continues its E-Summer Tour through Germany, a second Bavaria E40 will be on display at various locations in England. The highlight of this stage is the Thames Boat Festival at Henley-on-Thames near London. Here the E40 will be on display within sight of Tower Bridge on the weekend of 16 and 17 July.  On the continent, the Bavaria E40 called “ENOVA” is in the meantime transported from Würzburg to Berlin by Sleepy Yachttransport. Leaving from the port of Allert Marine in Werder on 23 July, it departs from the capital on the next stage via the Havel, the Müritz, the Elbe and the Elbe-Lübeck Canal on the Baltic Sea on its way to Travemünde, where the Bavaria E40 is expected to arrive on 31 July. This will be the stage of Facebookers, Instagrammers, YouTubers and bloggers. A new team will report on the E-Summer Tour every day. The E-Summer Tour can of course also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.  The last stage from Travemünde to Hamburg via Laboe, Kiel and the Kiel Canal is organized by NordOstsee Yachten.  Facebookers, Instagrammers, YouTubers and bloggers as well as anybody else who would like to get to know the new Bavaria E40 can apply to join the tour.

Ferretti New Russian Dealership

Ferretti Yachts is back in the spotlight in Russia thanks to its latest dealership agreement with Burevestnik Group for the exclusive distribution of the yachts bearing Ferretti Group’s renowned brand. The idea is to continue expanding its international sales network and reveal its range of 14 to 29 metre (45-96 feet) fibreglass flybridge yachts in partnership with one of the forerunners and most renowned players in the luxury yachting market in the country. Burevestnik Group was founded in 1993 by Andrey Boyko; with three sales offices in the main cities across Russia - its HQ is in Moscow with another two locations in Sochi and Saint Petersburg - its experience in the industry is truly extraordinary. The dealer delivers a vast range of products and services throughout Russia, offering the highest standards of assistance to owners: from the first approach to the future yacht through to after sales service, which has always been a motif of pride also for Ferretti Yachts and for all of the Italian Group’s other brands.

Ferretti Group New Dealership in Georgia

Ferretti Group aims towards the continuous expansion and development of strategically important foreign markets through entering the region of the Caucasus thanks to the agreement signed with Caucasus Yachts, part of Euro Marina Group that is a pioneer in the yachting industry in this geographic area. The dealership covers the Georgian territory and offers exclusive distribution rights to sell Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Riva and Custom Line branded vessels. Caucasus Yachts headquartered in Tbilisi, Georgia, is part of Euro Marine Group, a division of UGT Group. UGT Group has a pivotal role in the business community of Georgia being one of the most important holding companies not only in the country but in the region, too. Moreover, Caucasus Yachts is the only organization specialized in the distribution of yachts in Georgia. It enjoys the support of Euro Marine Group that offers its crew and vessel management services, refit services, and fractional ownership options to clients worldwide. This agreement is in line with Ferretti Group’s strategy to strengthen commercial expansion on a global scale. Indeed, this cooperation will allow the Group to further grow its selected distribution network, which counts around 60 international dealers worldwide that guarantee their customers the highest level of support in over 80 countries. The dealership agreement will be officially presented to the press on the 16th of June in Tbilisi, at the Marriott Hotel followed by a private event that evening at the Funicular Lounge Bar, an exceptional club that is part of one of the most prestigious entertainment complexes of the country’s capital. At the encounter the Group will be represented by Mr. Stefano de Vivo, Chief Commercial Officer of Ferretti Group, while the representatives of Caucasus Yachts and UGT are Mr. George Chirakadze, President of UGT Group, Mr. Craig Bonnett, Executive Director of Caucasus Yachts and Ms. Inga Kupatadze, Managing Director of Caucasus Yachts.

Gulf Craft Welcomes GCC Marine Regulators

Gulf Craft recently welcomed 10 maritime regulators from across the GCC to one of its award-winning shipyards in the Emirates.  Visitors were given a tour of the facility, and had an opportunity to witness the superyacht and yacht production process in action while meeting the skilled professionals behind the creation of the builder’s innovative vessels. They were also given the opportunity to meet with Gulf Craft’s Chairman, Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali.  The guests included representatives from the UAE’s Federal Transport Authority (FTA), the UAE classification society, Tasneef, as well as maritime regulators from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Oman.  As a pioneer in the region’s leisure marine industry, Gulf Craft has been stepping forward to not only lend its expertise towards the development of the UAE Yacht Code, which sets the standards for the production of private yachts 24 meters in length and above in the country, but also towards the creation of the GCC Yacht Code, demonstrating the builder’s position as an authority on best practice.  Having recently been recognized as the Best Asian Motor Yacht Builder at the prestigious Asia Boating Awards, and honored with the Quality and Value Award at the internationally acclaimed World Superyacht Awards, Gulf Craft continues to put the UAE and the GCC on the map for the timeless design and powerful engineering of world-class luxury yachts and leisure boats.

Hatteras Best of the Best

For over 55 years, Hatteras has revolutionized yacht design; exceeding all expectations by creating products that are innovative, sophisticated and reliable. In recognition of these achievements, we are delighted to announce that the new Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht has been awarded the Robb Report's 2016 "Best of the Best" in the Yachts Up to 100 Feet category, appearing in the magazine's June, 2016 issue.

Hatteras Sponsor Shoot Out

Hatteras Yachts was proud to sponsor the 2016 edition of The Shootout: Production vs. Custom fishing tournament; part of the Abaco Diamond Series hosted by Skip's Tournaments. Now in its second year, the tournament brings some of the world's finest fishing vessels to the Bahamas to target marlin and other big game species.

Hatteras Wins Mississippi Golf Coast Classic

With $1.7 million at stake, 81 top teams in the mix and great fishing conditions for all, the 2016 Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic (MGCBC) which ran June 5-11 in Biloxi, Miss., was not for the faint of heart. But veteran offshore tournament angler Johnny Dorland of Orange Beach, Ala., owner and captain of the Hatteras 60 Cotton Patch, and his team were more than equal to the challenge. On Friday, June 10, Cotton Patch boated a 117-inch, 633-pound Blue Marlin that blew away the competition and gave the team an impressive First Place win in the tournament.

Jarrett Bay Wins Swanboro Tournament

In the first day of the Swansboro Rotary Bluewater Fishing Tournament, 61' Jarrett Bay, Sea Striker hooked up with a blue marlin. After a short battle, the team boated the fish and headed for Big Rock Landing for weigh-in. The fish came in at 564.7 pounds which could not be unseated throughout the weekend during the tournament. Congratulations to Captain Adrian Holler and the Sea Striker team for winning the Swansboro Rotary Tournament with their winning blue marlin and other game fish releases.What an awesome start to the season for team Jarrett Bay!

Jarrett Bay New Travel Lift

The Jarrett Bay Marine Industrial Park recently received a new 75-ton travel lift, which has replaced our 50-ton unit. The 75-ton lift is being assembled and the 50-ton unit being dismantled. Jarrett Bay now has two 75-ton lifts and our massive 220-ton lift at service!

Nordhavn Owner Readies for Solo Cruising

The owner of a Nordhavn 56 Motorsailer will attempt to become the first person ever to single-hand a Nordhavn across an ocean. Thierry Vestrade is set to depart Newport, RI on July 1, embarking on a solo mission to bring his boat Deo Juvante across the Atlantic to Europe.  Despite more than 500 Nordhavns built and floating the world’s oceans, never before has an owner tried to cross one alone. It has been a childhood dream of Vestraete’s to sail the Atlantic Ocean by himself and he spent considerable effort searching for the perfect boat to help him achieve his goal. Since finalizing the purchase of the Nordhavn Motorsailer this past January, Verstraete has focused all his energy on addressing the countless details necessitated by the complexities of this trip.  Sailing has been a way of life for the Belgian native, although his other passion, GTD Sports car racing of which he is a championship winning driver, has taken up the majority of his time in recent decades. Last year he decided to take a break from car racing and shift his interests back toward sailing, specifically pursuing his dream of single handing across the ocean. Now that dream is just days away from becoming reality. It’s been a journey just getting to this point, but his confidence in the boat and the support team he has put together are doing well to quell fears about being out alone at sea for so many days.  He enlisted the help of a friend who has achieved several solo trips - including an 11th place finish in last year’s Vendée Globe race where he spent 105 days at sea - to help him properly outfit the boat and put together a schedule. He’s also hired a weather router and worked with a former mate and cook on putting together a meal plan.  Nordhavns have a track record of successfully crossing oceans that is second to none. That statistic is not lost on Verstraete, although he intends to sail the entire way and switch the motor on only when absolutely necessary. His questions about her performance under sail were put to rest during his first seatrial.  Verstraete estimates it will take him 25 days to get from Rhode Island to Ostend, Belgium. With final tests and provisioning complete, all that’s left is hoping an ideal weather window coincides with his intended departure time of early Friday morning.

Palumbo New Base in Tenerffe

Palumbo Group S.p.A. recently announced the acquisition of their fifth shipyard, located in Tenerife (Santa Cruz, Canary Islands, Spain). This recent acquisition reinforces the presence of Palumbo Superyachts outside the Mediterranean, complementing Palumbo's actual infrastructure network in Naples, Messina, Malta and Marseilles. The first three are focused on repair, construction, modifications, refitting and maintenance of all types of ships and cruise liners which include Columbus Yachts, while Malta and Marseilles are highly specialized in the super and mega-yacht segment. Palumbo Superyachts's sales department, with headquarters in Monaco is held by Giuseppe Palumbo, Francesco de Vuono and Michela De Curtis.

Sunreef Takes Part in Pomerenian Trade Mission

Upon a special invitation from the Marshall of the Pomeranian Region - Mr Mieczyslaw Struk - the Founder and President of Sunreef Yachts, Francis Lapp took part in the region’s trade mission to China. The visit which took place from May 17 to 23 2016 in Shanghai, featured several cultural and business events aiming to present the potential of the Pomeranian region to the Chinese audience and encourage cooperation in various sectors. Sunreef Yachts specializes in the design and construction of luxury catamarans since 2002. The company’s yachts are recognized worldwide, namely on the Chinese market. Nearly 100 customized yachts have been so far launched at the shipyard, with 5 deliveries to the Far East. Sunreef Yachts' status as one of the most renowned regional companies with international outreach allowed it to take part in this prestigious initiative.

Sunreef Expands Brokerage Network

After signing an exclusive agreement for the USA, Canada and the Caribbean with the respected Catamaran Company the agency which handled the sale of the very first Sunreef 74 – Wildberry, Sunreef Yachts is continuing to expand its worldwide brokerage network and has recently concluded an agreement for Australia with Vicsail a company offering a unique combination of knowledge, professionalism and sailing experience. Both Vicsail and The Catamaran Company are known to be focused on multihulls and international new and pre-owned sales and are now expanding their offer with Sunreef Yachts power and sailing range of individually tailored catamarans.

Viking Dock Talk

In The Bite Dock Talk just released another episode of their popular video series and this one takes place on the Viking 92 Fa La Me. Dale Wills interviewed Fa La Me two-time InTheBite Captain of the Year Rob Moore, who the runs the Fa La Me for owners Frank and MaryEllen Rodriguez. Listen in as 30 year fishing veteran Rob talks about raising a heck of a lot of fish as well as managing the 92 Enclosed Bridge.

Viking at Orange Bill Classic

Viking covered the leaderboard at the Orange Beach Billfish Classic. The top spot went to team Share-E fishing a Viking 61 with captain Mike Roberto at the helm. Angler Sherry Polk boated the 117" blue marlin that weighed in at 651.2 pounds. Second place in the blue marlin category was awarded to Matt McDonald's crew on his Viking 68 Breathe Easy.  Breathe Easy captain Patrick Ivie brought a 574 pound blue to the scales to claim the title. Last year's blue marlin winner delivered a whopper to the marlin circle as well. Rusty Skalla and his team on the Viking 54 Rise Up weighed a 771 pound fish but were disqualified on time.  Rocky Jones' Viking 56 Reel Addiction was second place overall in the catch and release division and Laurie Jones was the top lady angler. The Viking 50 Nikki Bella took the top wahoo with a 75.4 pound 'hoo. Team Supreme, a Viking 76, picked up a second place finish in the tuna category with a 146 pound fish. This is the first event of the Gulf Coast Triple Crown, stay tuned for more action.

Viking Big Rock

The Big Rock party got started with Bob Moss' Viking 66 Sandbob weighing the first blue marlin of the tournament. It brought back memories of the 2015 Big Rock Tournament and the 62 weighing the first blue marlin of the tournament which held on to win the event. This year, at the 58th annual event, the Viking 72 weighed the last blue of the tournament which put the team on the leaderboard in third place amongst a field of 174 boats.  The Viking 72 released a blue earlier in the event but on their final fishing day, captain Ryan Higgins put the team on a double header early in the day. One was released and the other boated by angler Drew McDowell. The big blue clocked in at 564.1 pounds at the Release Marine weigh station. Earlier on Day Three the bite was bittersweet for the 72 crew. The Viking 72, that just rolled off the production line days earlier, hooked a huge blue marlin 20 seconds after lines were called. The fish would have been disqualified, so the crew pulled the hook. "It was the one time I was happy a big blue came off so we didn't have to put ourselves through the torture of seeing how big it really was boat side. That blue was definitely bigger than the fish we took to the scales," said Ryan.  Anglers released 106 billfish which included 45 blue marlin, 34 whites and 27 sailfish. Nine blues were boated. The release rate was 92% and seven out of nine landed blues spent time on the Big Rock leaderboard.

Viking Top Honours at Abaco Beach

Captain Brian Komer on the Viking 62 led his team to top honors at the Abaco Beach Blue Marlin Invtational. Right out of the gate the crew took control of the leaderboard with angler Drew McDowell releasing a blue and white marlin, and mate Mark McDevitt adding another blue to the tally. Bob Shomo, Jr., released a white on Day Two while Dave Meyer landed the top mahi of the tournament weighing in at 39.5 pounds. The Viking 62 team kept the energy flowing on the final day with Bob and Mark each releasing a sail. Mate Mike Provow and angler Glen Clyat rounded out the 62 crew while Sami Ansari was behind the scenes capturing the adventure on film. "I couldn't have asked for a better crew and group of anglers," said Brian. "Everyone was eyes up and focused for three days. It was a team effort all around."

Viking Winner Circle

Viking took over the leaderboard at the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic. Battling amongst a fleet of 45 boats, captain Pat Ivie and owner Matt McDonald, on their Viking 68 Breathe Easy, called in a 104" blue for angler Rick Olsen. It was day one and after 8pm so the crew decided to overnight and weigh in Saturday morning. When Breathe Easy rolled up to the scale the fish weighed 392.3 pounds and clinched Third Place Blue Marlin.  Second Place Release went to Done Deal, a Viking 70 with owner Jon Gonsoulin and captain Jason Buck at the wheel. Second Place Wahoo was weighed at 46.4 pounds by Dan MacMaster fishing with owner Dan Haeuser and captain Jimmy Crochet on the Viking 61 Conundrum. Chris Britton caught a 38.6 pound 'hoo on Sean Ely's Viking 56 Pour Intentions good for third place in that category. Laurie Jones won the tuna category fishing with captain Scooter Porto and Rocky Jones on their Viking 56Reel Addiction. Viking Yachts swept the dolphin division. First place went to Larry Wireman fishing his Viking 64 Caribwith captain Luke Crenshaw weighing in at 30.9 pounds. Second place was angler J.D. Hebert, fishing with his dad onboard his Viking 58 Geaux Deep weighing in a fish at 27.7 pounds. Third Place Dolphin went to Share-E angler Sherry Polk with a 26 pounder and fishing with her husband Buell and captain Mike Roberto on a Viking 61.  Top Youth Angler was awarded to Jaselyn Berthelot releasing her first billfish, a blue marlin. She also weighed in a 37 and 103 pound yellowfin as well as 24.5 pound dolphin. Jaselyn was fishing with her dad Toby on his 52 Rising Sons. And yes, she did get a good dunk at the dock!

Viking Double Play

The Viking 62 Tra Sea Ann, owned by Rob and Traci Manetta with Captain Jeff Thiel at the helm, scored twice with first place wins in the fifteenth Annual Breet T.Bailey Mako Rodeo  and the Warrios for Warrios Charity Shark Tournamentout of Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey. Tra Sea Ann angler Christian Manetta weighed in a 428 pound mako shark at Hoffman's Marina in Brielle to win both tournaments. "It was a monster of a fish. They left at 8:30pm and within an hour of putting the lines in, they were hooked up," said tournament organizer Art Della Salla. The Mako Rodeo was created to honor the memory of avid fisherman Brett T. Bailey who perished in the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. The Warriors for Warriors Charity Shark Tournament features former United States Navy Seals and local fishermen raising money for charities that support combat warrior veterans.

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