March 31, 2017

Monthly News - March 2017

-pic of the month- Van Der Valk Brand New Facility

Azimut Benetti Awarded Order by Tokyo Government

Azimut|Benetti has been chosen to build the 35-meter conference boat commissioned by the city of Tokyo to host official presentations and conferences. The contract was put out to international tender by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, with two different stages in the award process. The first served to verify the financial soundness and organisational reliability of the shipyards invited to bid, while the second involved the presentation of the technical and financial bids, with Azimut|Benetti prevailing on the back of its proven technology skills honed over more than 140 years of experience. For this totally custom-built motoryacht, Azimut|Benetti worked with Verme Yacht Design consultants on the development of the structural design and the hull shape. The shipyard has assigned a dedicated team to the order, coordinated by Project Manager Fortunato Di Marco. The team includes a group of Japanese engineers needed to ensure that the customer receives comprehensive assistance immediately, in line with Azimut|Benetti’s high standards of Customer Service. The 35-meter motoryacht will be built at the company’s Livorno shipyard, with delivery planned for December 2018.  The motoryacht, which is designed to reach a maximum speed of 25 knots, has three decks. Inside, the customer stipulated the need for a conference table seating 35, with an interpreter booth and a Japanese-style reception room. A water-jet propulsion system will be used to keep the draught of the boat below 1.25 meters, so that it can navigate in the shallow waters in Tokyo Bay. The height of the boat is also a key feature of the design and cannot exceed 11 meters from the waterline to enable the yacht to pass under the numerous bridges in the area. A special retractable aerial has had to be designed to satisfy this need.  Commenting on the project, Benetti CEO Vincenzo Poerio said: “We have won an extremely difficult tender operation in a country where the impeccable quality of products and services is a philosophy of life. The customer was extremely selective in both the pre-selection and award stages. The fact that we have beaten the major shipyards we were competing against is a further demonstration of our organisational reliability, financial soundness, construction experience and technological innovation capabilities, of which I cannot help but be very proud”.

Azimut Project The Voyage Unveiled

Azimut Yachts, brand of the Azimut|Benetti Group, the number 1 shipyard in the world in the luxury yachting industry, and Francesco Jodice, Italian photographer and artist, are working side-by-side for the first time in a project in which navigation is a powerful source of inspiration for Art. This is the bet made by Francesco Jodice, tireless experimenter whose anthropological narratives analyse the human criticalities within the social context and in the relationship of mankind with Nature.  Starting from the theme of the journey by sea, the artist accepted Azimut Yachts’ invitation to enter the shipyards allowing him to shoot a series of photos that will become part of the three-year project “The Voyage”. The first results of this explorative work, focused on capturing the images of the shipyards and the fascinations from the people working there, have been the photographic works displayed at the Mia Photo Fair, one of the most important event in Italy dedicated to photography, which took place from 10 to 13 March 2017 in Milan.  With “The Voyage”, through studies of ancient documents, voyage diaries and navigation techniques, the artist Francesco Jodice aims to recreate and understand the feelings that accompany the myth of the journey by sea, one of the deepest nucleuses through which the Western civilization has always been narrating the meaning of life, starting from the epic literature, until the reports of the great explorations of Modern Age.  The project, which involves Azimut Yachts and its shipyards, will result in a series of photographic works collected in an artbook.

Cranchi New Dealer

Cranchi is pleased to announce that Marinucci Yachting Srl has become the official dealer for the South West of Italy.  The Cranchi brand was founded in 1870 and now exports to 70 countries worldwide.  With a tradition of almost 150 years, currently it owns three production plants in Italy, including Lombardy and Friuli Venezia Giulia, as well as a Marine Test Center where you can experience the full range of boats and a dock for hauling and launching and refitting for yachts of dimensions greater than fifteen meters.  Eighteen models are in production and are available on the market with different versions: Flybridge, Cruiser, Hard Top, Soft Top, Sport Line and Trawler. 
For 2017 year Cranchi has introduced four new models: S E52, E52 and E56 F F Evolution of the new line and 56 HT.

Ferretti Group Convergence 2017

March 14th to 17th are the dates set aside for this year’s “Convergence”, the traditional meeting with professional training and refresher courses that Ferretti Group offers captains and chief engineers working on the yachts in its fleet.  “Convergence” 2017 will be held in the international setting of Ljubljana in Slovenia, with an intense schedule of classroom sessions and outdoor events, bringing together tens of professionals from all over the world and involving them in refresher courses and group challenges designed to explore new technical developments as well as the host city.  The seminars will be held by the main sponsors of “Convergence” 2017, the Group’s consolidated technology partners, including Cummins, Cummins Onan, MAN, Pantaenius, Rina, Seakeeper and Willis Towers Watson.  The intention of the four day event is to promote direct discussion of topics linked to the management of Ferretti Group’s yachts and craft as well as issues related to the prevention and management of risks and safety on board.  On day one, the Top Management and Engineering Team will illustrate the new projects presented between the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, currently being built at the Group’s yards, and the most innovative technologies fitted on board. They will also bring the audience up to date as regards the major refitting of large yachts currently underway at the modernised Super Yacht Yard at Ancona, in addition to the new maxi yachts and craft under construction for the CRN, Riva Superyachts Division, Pershing and Custom Line brands.  The training activities will be completed by exciting team challenges involving the attendees. The purpose: to boost the feeling of belonging to a group and the enjoyment of being together, once again refreshing the Group’s commitment towards these top sea-faring professionals who play a vital role in assuring owners a serene and unforgettable experience at sea.

Hinckley Pre-Owned Program Enjoys Success

Launched in March, the Certified Pre-Owned program logo can be seen on 23 Hinckleys listed on Yachtworld today and one boat with CPO status has already sold.  Similar to CPO programs in the automotive sector, Hinckley offers extended warranties on pre-owned Hinckley Yachts when those boats have been maintained by the company or its authorized yards, pass inspection, and are listed for sale with the company's own sales offices.  "We have every confidence in these yachts and we feel this is a great way to express it and to welcome a new Hinckley owner into our brand family," said Hinckley President and CEO Peter O'Connell. The certified pre-owned warranties are offered at no cost to the purchaser or seller.

Mulder Team English Class

The team at Mulder Shipyard is very hands-on. In our relatively flat organization, clients, designers, crew and suppliers are in direct contact with the production team. Communication is key when it comes to placing orders for the finest materials around the globe or providing direct service to our yachts worldwide. To provide efficient and professional services, Mulder Shipyard started a program to invest in a durable future.  One of the elements is to improve the level of English in the organization. As English is the second language in the Netherlands, the ‘students’ started with basic foundation. In cooperation with Berlitz, twelve of Mulder’s team attended the weekly in-house English course for a period of six months. Since the classes have finished they are more comfortable communicating in English, their vocabulary has grown and work can be done more efficiently.

Outer Reef Rounds Cape Horn

Outer Reef Yachts has always maintained a clear set of goals: to build the most seaworthy, efficient, and robust yachts available in the world, supported by service that is second to none. With dedication, experience, and an openness to feedback, Outer Reef has continued to perfect its products and the process behind them. The result? Award-winning yachts with the highest caliber of safety and bluewater capabilities available.  To truly 'know' an Outer Reef is to love an Outer Reef (as the old saying goes). Outer Reef owners, and those in the media who put the brand's yachts to the test, will express their genuine confidence in Outer Reef time and time again. This is why people stay in the Outer Reef Family for years on end.  And, this is why our latest story, one of adventure, beauty, challenge and awe, is such an important story to share and no one can speak to this better than owner Paul Hawran, owner of an Outer Reef 88' Cockpit called Argo. Hawran chose his Outer Reef after doing a significant amount of research and comparison shopping, because of the caliber of quality Outer Reef offers in design, construction and service instilled in Paul the necessary confidence to carry out his ambitious cruising plans including Alaska, the Galapagos, and around Cape Horn, Patagonia, and the fabulous glaciers and fjords of Chile with a yacht that has 3,500-gallon fuel capacity and twin Caterpillar 1001hp engines, she can go the distance: 3,500 miles at her cruising displacement speed of 10 knots.  From the start of the process, Hawran worked hand-in-hand with Jeff Druek on the design and build of Argo, knowing that once he took delivery, getting to know her was critical. His 'shakedown cruise' started in Victoria, B.C., and through the Inside Passage "to see unique places, wildlife, and people." In an article in Northwest Yachting's September 2016 issue, Mr. Hawran stated that having an understanding of "all system checks, handling characteristics, engine sweet spots, sounds, performance, electronics, and our place among other boats," was critical when planning a journey to Alaska and beyond, which would undoubtedly bring Hawran face-to-face with the roughest seas offshore and put the yacht to the test.  Paul Hawran chose Outer Reef Yachts to accomplish what he set out to do cruise his yacht in remote, untouched areas including Alaska, Patagonia, and round Cape Horn. And to truly up the ante, our President and CEO Jeff Druek was inspired by Hawran's ambitions and decided to join him and his crew on this magnificent trip around The Horn. All who are entrenched in blue-water yachting can agree there is no greater testament to a product's reliability than that of the company's owner physically participating in a cruise in the most unpredictable and challenging waters in the world. Sailing around the Horn is widely regarded a major challenge in yachting.  By way of this story, and the countless others Outer Reef owners are happy to share, please take time to learn more about our tested, proven, award-winning long range yachts through the eyes of genuine experience. Whether it's Cape Horn, or the romantic French Riviera, you might relate to these owners' stories and have a better understanding as to why an Outer Reef will make a dream cruise or expedition one that becomes a reality. Either way, we hope you find this story to be an inspiration and an assurance that when you are ready to embark on your own journey, Outer Reef yachts will be ready as well.

Riva Wins Best of Best

The magnificent seven: that’s the number of awards the Riva 76 Perseo has received in less than two years since its world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2015. An overwhelming success for this yacht with its sporty and elegant lines, the object of desire of yacht owners and Riva enthusiasts worldwide. The latest born of the coupé fleet designed by Riva, which celebrates its 175th anniversary this year triumphed in the Best of the Best Awards given by Robb Report China, as Best Motoryacht up to 100 feet. The awards ceremony, called “Robb Report 2017 Originality 10 Years Anniversary Gala”, was held last night at the hotel Wanda Reign on the Bund in Shanghai. For ten years now, the awards bestowed by the Chinese edition of the famous lifestyle magazine have singled out the best products in the various categories of the luxury sector. The Best of the Best Awards are dedicated to all those who are true connoisseurs of yachts, automobiles, hotels, watches, and wines, an eagerly awaited event on the Asia market which has often spotlighted Ferretti Group brands. 

Riva Boutique

Riva’s official online store offers a range of stylish accessories designed to match the look and quality of the most famous shipyard in the world.  Absolute quality and precise craftsmanship in every detail, a taste for refined materials and incomparable elegance. These core values of Riva also belong to the finest collection of luxury accessories for sale now in the official online store, of the iconic boating brand, for all products from the private collection.  "Riva inside, inside Riva" is the inspiring philosophy for the "Riva Brand Experience" products, all characterized by the same high-quality materials and meticulous attention to detail.. Designed for those who love the timeless elegance and distinctive design of the legendary Riva yachts, the online store, which is managed by the shipyard in collaboration with TRIBOO, is a collection of unique and incomparable products made with high quality materials and the unmistakable style of the Riva brand. Riva Boutique will carry the excellence and craftsmanship of a shipyard symbol of the Made in Italy, that makes history every day, for over 170 years.

Riviera Welcomes Apprentice Class 2017

Riviera has a proud history of fostering talent in a diverse range of marine trades in Australia and has been recognised and awarded at both state and national levels.  The achievements of Riviera’s past apprentices are also testament to the Australian company’s deep-held philosophy towards the future growth of the boating industry.  This year Riviera’s 550-strong team of designers, engineers and master craftsmen is very proud to welcome 29 new fulltime apprentices to the company’s world-class manufacturing facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast.  “Our apprentices are impressive young men and women whose ambition and attitude continue to be developed in a positive, accountable and can-do environment,” said Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst.  “We look forward to helping them in the boat-building, electrical, engineering, upholstery, lamination and cabinet-making trades and careers.”  Mr Longhurst, who completed his own apprenticeship in the building trade, worked with Riviera CEO and fellow graduate apprentice Wes Moxey to reinstate the Riviera program upon Rodney’s purchase of the company in 2012.  “Riviera’s quality training programs dig deeper than just the essential trade skills – we also provide our apprentices with time-honoured practices to also be successful in their professional and personal lives,” said Mr Longhurst.  The Class of 2017 – 12 school-based apprentices and 17 fulltime apprentices – recently attended their factory inductions and orientation, learning more about their obligations across the important areas of fire safety, basic emergency procedures and tool operation, hazard identification and the strongly held Riviera Values.
Riviera, now with 74 apprentices at various stages of learning their chosen crafts, is an industry leader in developing marine professionals with high integrity and world-class skills.  Riviera is also home to the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE Marine Training Centre, where over 200 enrolled students are currently learning their respective crafts.

Riviera Family R Marine Kooringal 2017 Event

“It’s probably the best Experience cruising event I’ve ever been on … and I’ve been on quite a few!” These words – from third-time Riviera owner Gavin Eales – perhaps sum up the three-day 2017 Kooringal Experience staged by Riviera and Belize dealer R Marine Jones for the Riviera Family to Australia’s Moreton Island recently. Gavin, the owner of the 47 Enclosed Flybridge Just Battling, said it was hard to pick a favourite feature of the 76Nm cruise from and returning to Queensland’s Gold Coast – there were just so many. Fun with old friends, making new friends, discovering new anchorages and exploring idyllic destinations – these phrases are repeatedly made when the Riviera Family describes what they like most about our inspiring cruising adventures. The 2017 Kooringal Experience featuring 32 Riviera and Belize luxury motor yachts and almost 90 people was certainly no exception, with the R Marine Jones-owned 51 Open Flybridge Riv 1 leading the way. Ken Smith, who with wife Laureen owns the 38 Open Flybridge Lunchalot, is relatively new to the Riviera Family and said there was nothing quite like learning about boating in the company of like-minded people. R Marine Jones is this year evolving its Experience cruising event and there is very strong interest in the series of four to five passages to and from Queensland’s Whitsundays over a period of three months between June and September 2017.

Sasga Crossing Oceans

Sasga Yachts expands its horizons to The United States of America and signs an agreement of sales and distribution with the American company SYS International Yachts sales, one of the most important companies in the nautical sector of the southeast coast of the USA.  SYS Yacht Sales was the first in Florida to be designated as an “Endorsed Brokerage” by the prestigious Certified Professional Yacht Broker Program and is leader in the sector for over three decades. SYS has assumed the challenge of introducing the Sasga Yachts in The United States.  In fact, the attributes like the commitment of the Company, the design of the interiors, the innovation, the great interior space, the facility of managing and the relation quality/price are some of the reasons that has led SYS Yacht Sales to sign the agreement with the Shipyard Sasga Yachts. First contact in America was at the Miami International Boat Show, which was celebrated last February 16, with the presence of Paul Flannery, the Director of SYS Palm Beach and President of the "International Yacht Broker Association".  The official presentation of the Minorcan company in the USA will take place at the Boat Show of Palm Beach, from April 23th to 26th, with the presence of Sasga Yachts’ General manager Jose Luis Sastre Gardés and the Minorchino 34as protagonist. Minorchino 34 was nominated to the "European Powerboat of the Year 2016" and won the prizes of the "Best boat of Croatia 2016" and of the "Champion Jachtingu 2015".  The following American appointment of the year will be in the Sarasota "Suncoast beach" on April 21th to 23th.  The Minorcan shipyard foresees with this agreement, to expand in the near future, all its models 34HT, 42HT, 42FB, 54HT, 54FB & 68FB, for the American continent with the same philosophy that characterizes it at Europe: customization, exclusive design, maximum detail, quality and confidence.

Sasga New UK Dealer

During Düsseldorf boat show 2017 Sasga Yachts signed an agreement of sale and distribution of its boats with the English company Edge-Water Marine Ltd. by means of which it became an official distributor of Sasga Yachts in the United Kingdom. With a wide international experience and knowledge of the nautical industry, Edge-water Marine Ltd. specialized in the distribution and sale of yachts, will be responsible of introducing the Sasga Minorchino line to the English market. The range of models built by the Minorcan shipyard are Minorchino 34, 42HT, 42FB, 54HT, 54FB to 68FB. The Minorchino yachts are characterized by its great adaptability, detail and customization, qualities that fit perfectly in the English market. These are some of the reasons that Nick Edgington and his team, could appreciate during their visit to our stand at Düsseldorf Boat Show. Nick Edgington was delighted with this agreement because, as he said, this supposes for his company the accomplishment of the desire to provide to his costumers an exclusive range of high quality semi-displacement motor yachts. This attributes reflect the principal features of the range of cruise that already they represent, Legend Marlow; attributes very valued like are the force, the safety, the comfort, the great interior space, the design, the facility of managing and the relation quality and price.

Tiara NMMA Recognition

Tiara Yachts has been recognized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association for excellence in customer satisfaction. This prestigious award is presented to manufacturers who recognize the importance of customer satisfaction programs and utilize industry best practices. Tiara Yachts has prided itself for many years on its commitment to excellence both in the quality of the product they build, and the service they provide to their loyal customers. Tiara Yachts has been honored for their efforts to increase customer satisfaction levels in the boating industry. They received an award in both the Express Cruisers category as well as the Fishing Express Boats category. In order to receive this award, Tiara maintained a standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction over the past year. The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. For this calendar year, award recipients achieved and maintained an independently-measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction with at least 25 completed surveys or 15 completed surveys and a 50% response rate in a category/segment over the past 12 months, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine during the period between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. 

Viking Marlin Madness

This year, the madness isn't just on the basketball court. Marlin magazine wants to know which sportfishing team is the favorite among its fans. To find out, 64 of the best tournament fishing teams in the world have been split into four regions of 16 teams and are going head to head until one is crowned Marlin Madness champion. There are plenty of Vikings in the mix, like the Viking 72 Ditch Digger, Viking 62, 72 Share-E, 68 Breathe Easy, 56 Syked Out, 61 Conundrum, 74 Auspicious and more!  Who will decide the winner of each head to head matchup? The Marlin fans. The voting has begun and it is up to you to vote for your favorite Viking sportfishing team all the way to the finals. Let's go Team Viking!

Van Der Valk Brand New Facility

Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands is celebrating its golden jubilee in 2017 and will mark 50 years of quality yachtbuilding by opening a new and larger construction hall in the spring. This exciting development follows on from the Dutch yard’s successful participation at the Boot Düsseldorf show and will be seamlessly integrated with the launching of seven major projects in the months ahead. The new Van der Valk production hall will allow us to build motoryachts up to 40+ metres in length with up to three decks – something for which the existing facilities had been slightly too small. Construction of the facility has already started, with the steel framing of the construction completely finished.  The shell of the new hall, the roof and walls will be completed in time for the Experience Event, which will be held from 23-26 March. This annual open-house occasion allows Van der Valk owners and potential clients to take a comprehensive look behind the scenes at the yard and see the latest projects in build and close to completion.

Zeelander New Shipyard

Zeelander is pleased to announce it has opened ar new shipyard in the Netherlands. This new state-of-the-art facility in Groot Ammers meets the growing demand for Zeelanders both now and in the future.  The new shipyard allows us to assemble all new Zeelander yachts in-house to the finest degree of Dutch yacht building excellence. Prospects and clients can experience Zeelander craftsmanship for themselves and see, smell and feel all the materials used.  Zeelander stands for iconic design, luxury, individual exclusivity and Dutch-built quality. We look forward to being of service.

March 30, 2017

Project: Galeon 370 HTC

Galeon present the project for an upcoming 370 HTC.  Based and sharing hull design and main features with the 360 Fly, the 370 HTC offers a more sporty silhouette and a large glass sunroof over the helm station instead of the flybridge. Like the 360, the 370 HTC is a design to Italian Roberto Curto, and again the impressive lower deck plan of three double cabins in just eleven meters takes center stage.  The cockpit area is fitted with a sofa with a drop down backrest and a table. To extend the room for activities the cockpit doors open completely and flip the saloon seat to face the aft. Those more adventurous might opt for the bow sundecks or the innovative front seat. Power will come from Volvo engines with twin 200hp being the standard, and options going up to 300hp. 

March 28, 2017

New Model: Princess S60

Princess continue to upgrade its hybrid sport yacht with bridge S class range, with the launch of the entry level S60 presented to the World public at 2017 London boat show in mid January.  Designed by Bernard Olesinski the S60 presents a sleek exterior styling coupled to an optimized hull form achieving efficiency and reaching speeds up to 38 knots with the large Man 1200hp option. When at anchor the S60 deck areas provide space for relaxation including a fore-deck seating and sunbathing area, whilst a tender or jet ski can be quickly launched and stowed in the large stern garage. Her sociable main deck features a galley aft arrangement coupled to an open-plan dining area, and sliding doors with a fully opening window leading out to the cockpit. Below deck six guests are accommodated across an en suite full-beam master stateroom and two further guest cabins. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.17 m (62.9ft) inc pulpit
LOA - 18.9 m excl pulpit
Beam - 4.87 m
Draft - 1.4 m incl props
Displacement - 27200 kg loaded with standard engines and equipment
Fuel Capacity - 3250 l
Water Capacity - 603 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cats 12.9 1000hp, Man V8 1200hp
Propulsion - line shafr
Speed - 35 knots max with Cats 1000hp, 38 knots max with Man 1200hp
Project - Bernard Olesinski

March 27, 2017

Project: Viking 44 Open

Viking’s reputation for building high performance express models maintains its enviable industry leadership with the announcement of the 44 Open project. By their design, express boats cater to the owner operator who enjoys his time aboard with family and friends and is content to fish hard on Saturdays and yet be equally accommodating when the family prefers to take to the water for a relaxing cruise. Whatever the game, the new Viking 44 scores points handily and is ready to rack up nautical miles while delivering fish ability, accommodations, handling and performance.  The Viking 44 Open is a fresh design with a resin infused composite hull and a matrix of fiberglass encapsulated stringers, vacuum bagged cored main and intermediate bulkheads, a customized E-glass lamination schedule and infused fuel and water tanks. An aggressive entry with over six feet of free board forward rakes over head seas and its sheer line proudly carries aft with an eye pleasing profile. The running surface is equally adept with 13.9 degree transom dead-rise, and two pairs of lift strakes providing lateral response and tracking confidence in any seaway.  The command bridge of the 44 Open shares many of the practical and notable aspects of its larger siblings including the tournament proven center helm station on a raised platform for enhanced visibility through the one-piece molded fiberglass wraparound windshield. A side enclosure provides all weather protection, as well as touch screen climate control when the command deck is air conditioned, a popular option. The helm pod available in molded fiberglass or teak and is equipped with single lever electronic engine controls, a polished stainless-steel wheel, and power assisted hydraulic steering. A raised molded fiberglass console complements the helm with room for a bank of three monitors for navigation electronics, along with space for engine instrumentation and other accessories. Recessed compartments accommodate radios and additional equipment, plus accessory switches and controls. The spacious command deck with a molded nonslip fiberglass sole affords generous seating options including three adjustable pedestal seats with foot rests. A four-place L-shape lounge with a dinette table is to starboard. As you would expect from Viking the lounge backrest lifts to expose a convenient fishing rod stowage area. To port, a large integral console houses refrigeration with an ice maker and generous stowage compartments. Overhead rod stowage and a teaser reel compartment are available in the molded fiberglass hardtop.  Outfitted with a custom designed and built Palm Beach Towers’ tuna tower, another of Viking’s experienced subsidiaries, the 44 Open comes ready to fish with a second complete helm, a fiberglass buggy top and Rupp outriggers. The tower is a valuable addition both for fishing and for reading the shallows when negotiating Bahamian waters.  A sliding door and a sturdy staircase with stowage and a concealed central vacuum system lead to the salon affording numerous comfort treatments. With its near to five meter beam, the widest of any boat in this class, the salon is particularly noteworthy by taking full advantage of the square footage fostering a prime social area for relaxing and entertaining. Nicely appointed with professional designer touches and furnishings, the salon features custom Amtico flooring, a flat screen television and a multi-directional stereo system. Viking’s craftsmanship abounds and the large L-shape lounge creates an inviting atmosphere with a convertible dinette that serves double duty as a meal center with additional sleeping accommodations. A well-equipped galley includes Corian counter tops with a recessed sink and an electric surface mounted cook-top. A microwave/convection oven and drawer-style under counter refrigeration, as well as abundant cabinetry maximizes stowage capacities for supplies, dinner and cookware.  Privacy is enhanced by separating the sleeping accommodations between the salon and galley with the master stateroom forward and a second stateroom aft. In the master, there is a walk-around queen bed with an innerspring mattress with plenty of stowage underneath. Fine joinery lines the hull sides with stowage options and a maple-lined hanging locker. Air conditioning, a flat screen television, a Bomar hatch, carpeting, and private access to the head and shower are among standard amenities.  The aft stateroom on the port side features a queen bed, a maple lined hanging locker, reading lights, carpeting, and plenty of stowage.  The  eleven square meter cockpit just steps away from the command bridge deck is tournament ready with flush rod holders, fresh and salt water wash down systems, a transom live well, and a transom door with a lift gate. Under gunwale features include LED rope lighting, wash down spigots, gaff and tag stick stowage, a freshwater fill, and a quick disconnect fitting to the oil exchange system for the engines, transmissions and the generator.  The Viking 44 Open features a conventional shaft drive system utilizing of a pair of Man 800hp each. Matched to a set of high performance Veem propellers, the 44 Open will cruise at 2100 rpm at 33 knots with a top end around 37 knots depending upon load, sea conditions, and other environmental factors.  The Viking 44 Open is scheduled to launch late Summer 2017, what I thought was a 42 replacement but by the specification it looks not.

March 26, 2017

New Model: Horizon E98

Hull one of Horizon new E98 motoryacht model made her global debut at the today ending Palm Beach boat show 2017. The unveiling of the brand new E98 marks yet another exciting debut for Horizon, which recently showcased the new RP120 motoryacht to much acclaim at the Miami show. Springing from the practical design and sleek exterior styling of the E88, the new E98’s efficient performance hull design allows for a draft just under two meters, which enables the thirty meter super yacht to enjoy expanded cruising destinations. Offered in both sky-lounge and open bridge versions, the number for the E98 showcases an open bridge layout that incorporates a fixed front glass windshield and side panels that allow the area to easily transition between open-air and enclosed and air-conditioned. On this deck, which features a custom bar with seating for five as well as a large dinette, the owner has also incorporated a commercial ice box, hi/low BBQ and storage for lounge chairs. An expansive aft deck and a bow seating area with a dinette and sun-pads round out the variety of entertaining spaces outside.  Every Horizon is designed to suit its owner’s lifestyle and tastes and the first E98 is no exception, as it features a custom interior layout within a seven meter beam that extends the main salon forward through the space normally occupied by a formal dining room to a pass-through opening into the large country kitchen. Luxurious fabrics, neutral stones and custom furnishings feature prominently throughout the living areas and the four spacious en suite guest staterooms on the lower deck.  Power comes from twin Cats 1600hp standard or optional 1900hp engines as fitted to hull one.
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.33 m (99.6ft)
Waterline Length - 26.3 m
Beam - 7.07 m
Draft - 1.83 m
Displacement - 107 t
Fuel Capacity - 17000 l
Water Capacity - 2270 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x Cats C32A 1600hp, 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 22 knots max, 19 knots cruise, 10 knots economic long range
Range - 1250 nm at 10 knots
Project - John Lindblom

March 25, 2017

Project: Heesen 50m Project Maia

Heesen present Project Maia, a new 50m full-displacement motor yacht below 500GT, with exterior design by Clifford Denn and interiors by Reymond Langton.  Clifford Denn created a gorgeous, flowing, simple yet technically complex exterior design which sets Maia apart from other designs. Maia’s profile embodies Heesen’s DNA, yet also includes original design elements that give her a unique and distinctive look. Car enthusiasts will easily recognize how Project Maia’s exterior lines are inspired by both contemporary and classic car design. The fashion plate grilles on the main deck aft, for example, are only one of the many design details that lend contemporary appeal.  Reymond Langton Design have created beautiful, classic and homely interiors, that work both as a comfortable and elegant private yacht, but can also accommodate charter guests if so desired.  Project Maia has just entered the outfitting period at Heesen shipyard in Oss and will be available for delivery in 2018, following intensive sea trials in the North Sea.

March 23, 2017

New Model: Sirena 56

Following the presentation of Sirena 64 at Dusseldorf 2017, the Turkish builder is now enriched with a second model the 56. An important step forward for Sirena following the presentation of the brand in Cannes and the launch of the Dusseldorf with the planned creation of five semi-displacement models from 56 to over one hundred feet.  As the larger 64, Sirena 56 was designed by two of the world’s most important designers: Frers Naval Architecture and Engineering studio who was responsible for hull form and exterior lines, while the Spadolini Design Studio created the interiors. The key facts of the new range are: unparalleled exterior and interior spaces and comfortable livability, fuel and water capacity designed to really offer Long Range, consumption efficiency more efficient than direct competitors, and a Class A design gives high seaworthiness at all sea conditions and efficient hull guarantees high max speed.  The Sirena 56 is a three cabin explorer type yacht with a modern design, and a semi displacement hull form.  Engines are standard twin Cats 650hp and or optional 850hp units.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.68 m (59ft)
Hull Length - 16.2 m
Waterline Length - 16 m
Beam - 5.35 m
Draft - 0.98 m exl props
Displacement - 25 t unloaded 30 t loaded with standard engines
Fuel Capacity - 3600 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins, one crew cabin
Engines - 2 x Cats C8.7 650hp, Cats C12.9 850hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF gearbox
Speed - 24 knots max with Cats 650hp, 29 knots max with Cats 850hp, 16 knots cruise, 10 knots economic long range
Range - 850 nm at 10 knots
Hull Type - semi displacement
Project - Frers naval architect and engineering, Spadolini interior
Certification - CE A, ISO8666 for dimensions

March 22, 2017

Project: Cruisers 50 Cantius

Cruisers present the project for another Cantius model, and this time its for an all-new 50, a luxury cruiser with the features the amenities you’d expect on a larger yacht.  The 50 Cantius features many similarities to the 54 and 60 models, from sleek exterior looks to unrestrained, free-flowing spaces designed for entertaining in chic style.  Stepping aboard the 50 Cautius we find a stunning exterior entertaining space. Ample seating abounds, with a u-shaped dinette and a reverse aft-facing sofa. A wet bar for serving cocktails and a grill can be found on the transom. Water toys and gear can be easily stowed with plenty of storage space.  Passing through a stainless steel sliding glass door, boaters enter the climate controlled galley and upper salon. On the starboard side is a sofa that puts guests in the center of conversation. A dinette, located port-side, brings diners together indoors. Above, an operable sunroof invites sunlight and see breezes inside. The stylish interior boasts fine craftsmanship and can be accented with charcoal oak or walnut cabinetry. The helm is equipped with advanced electronics and joystick controls powered by Volvo IPS engines. On the fore-deck, boaters will enjoy integrated seating that can be converted to a chaise lounge for sunbathing.  Below deck, spectacular staterooms await guests. Large windows allow for ample natural light throughout. A well-appointed, full-beam master stateroom is found amidships and features a private head with refined details and a walk-in shower. A roomy forward VIP stateroom provides superior accommodation for guests. A third stateroom with bunk beds is located to starboard.

March 21, 2017

New Model: Roscioli Donzi R58 Sport Cruise

Roscioli Donzi launch the new R-58, Sport Cruiser the latest edition to the Sport Cruiser line. Ensuring the best ocean experience, the hull one of the R-58 Sport Cruiser is equipped with twin 1925hp Caterpillar  engines, which are the largest for the model with projected speeds up to 45 knots. It also features Von Widmann Design underwater exhaust, Seatorque oil bath shaft system and a Seakeeper 16 Gyro-all combined provide top-rated performance and noise reduction.  The Sport Cruiser's interior is remarkably spacious with a three staterooms, and two heads layout.  The open galley saloon layout features Whisper Walls headliner, teak flooring, LED strip lighting throughout, and gold accent wall covering. All cabinetry is custom made by Roscioli, which include quartz counter tops and veneered galley cabinets that create a distinctive design and add symmetry to the rest of the vessel. The helm control station houses leather air ride seating for three people. A custom station located on the Lanai, satisfies the appetite of the savviest of fishermen.  Among the unique features on this custom R58 is the motorized aft salon window and complete wraparound windshield, one of the largest produced in the country. These features combined create an airy atmosphere with an optimal panoramic view. The deck features pop-up cleats, custom rod holders, hydraulic mechanized outriggers and a custom stainless steel handcrafted anchoring system, all of which are designed and engineered for the most meticulous taste.  The R58 Sport Cruiser was sold earlier this year to a local longtime fisherman, who has constructed several boats throughout the last four decades.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.67 m (58ft)
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.47 m incl props
Fuel Capacity - 5602 l
Water Capacity - 685 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 10v2000 1600hp, Cats C32A 1925hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Seatorque
Speed - 45 knots max, 32 knots cruise with Cats 1925hp
Project - Robert Roscioli

March 20, 2017

Project: Dalla Pieta 76 Fly

Dalla Pieta presents the project for a new 76 Fly which seems to be based on the hull lines of the 72 HT and is a design of Federico Fiorentino.  The young Italian designer has gone for a sports low profile looking flybridge yacht with the fly deck barely visible to the eye when viewed from outside. The living located on the main deck will be fully dedicated to relaxing and entertaining areas.  The galley is in the lower deck between the engine room and main cabin.  Dalla Pieta is not forwarding much details, and as the other 72 and 82 projects offered by the Chinese owned Venice yard this will need the commissioning from an owner for it to become a reality. 

March 19, 2017

New Model: Bayliss 90 B19

Bayliss finally launch the much awaited B19 named Singularis, at ninety feet its largest model to date.   Bayliss took over three years to complete B19 extending its largest size build by six feet from B16 which launched in June 2014.  Bayliss 90 B19 features a five double cabin layout with six heads, with a full beam owners stateroom located at midships.  She was constructed in the hybrid glass fiber and wood with jig method.  Power comes from twin MTU 2600hp engines which give a top speed of 38 knots.  Currently Bayliss has three other sport-fish yachts in production which range from 64 to 75 feet.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.43 m (90ft)
Beam - 6.95 m
Draft - 1.77 m
Displacement - 81646 kg
Fuel Capacity - 15141 l
Water Capacity - 1892 l
Accommodation - ten berths in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU M94 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 38 knots max 

March 17, 2017

Project: Majesty 175

Gulf Craft and its up market Majesty Yachts announces plans to build larger yachts then the current 155 flagship with concept designs shown for two models, a 61-meter 200 and the 53-meter 175, both ready to be constructed upon order and offering an exceptional degree of owner customization.  In this project presentation we are concentrating on the Majesty 175 which will be completely produced using advanced composites.  The news of these new flagship models comes following Gulf Craft’s flagship debut of its flagship super yacht, the Majesty 155. The designs of the Majesty 175 will be a triple deck plus pilot house and will include an abundant list of remarkable features, including retractable helipads, opulent interiors, beach clubs, and extensive lounging and entertainment areas.

March 16, 2017

New Model: Cranchi E 52 S Evoluzione

Cranchi has been very active in recent years in both ends of its production; the bigger fifty feet plus yachts and the smaller under thirty feet line where it launched an outboard powered cabin cruiser.  With this new E 52 S Evoluzione, Cranchi aim to fill the void left by the 50 Mediterranee, one of its top selling models of fifteen meters size in the first years of the new millennium.  Following recent design trends the E 52 S is of the fully enclosed hard top type, patio door, sunroof for the main deck, and half a flybridge for use as a private solarium.  Below the E 52 S makes the best use of the aft located IPS propulsion engines with three spacious cabins of which included is a full beam owners stateroom.  Power comes from Volvo 550hp.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.82 m (51.9ft)
Hull Length - 13.9 m
Beam - 4.67 m
Draft - 1.25 m with props
Displacement - 14500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1350 l
Water Capacity - 540 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 550hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS700 dual propeller pod drives
Certification - CE

March 15, 2017

Project: Maritimo M59

Maritimo present the project for a new M59 for its cruising motor yacht line.  This three cabin, two bathroom vessel will comfortably sleep eight people and features the full beam master suite the new generation of Maritimo cruisers are famous for. A wider beam adds to the overall spaciousness.  The M59 also features a tender garage, an unusual feature for a flybridge motor yacht of these dimensions.  Power comes from standard twin Volvo 725hp with optional choies of 800 or 900hp units.  

March 13, 2017

New Model: Viking 37 Billfish

Viking launch the awaited 37 Billfish, presented first at the VIP preview in end January to dealers and special guests, and then to the World at the 2017 Miami boat show.  The 37 Billfish is the new entry level for Viking and is a tweaked modernized unit of the Ocean Yachts of the same name launched in 2007.  The Billfish was one of the recent successes of Ocean Yachts which closed its doors in end 2015 and sold to the Egg Harbor Group the following year.  Sold all minus for the molds and design of the Billfish, which Viking bought and tweaked in a few areas; side windows, engine room air intake, and the shear line looks to have been smoothed out a bit.  With the 37 Billfish, Viking will be looking at competing not only as an entry level sport-fisherman but also in the traditional cruiser type. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.48 m (37.8ft)
Beam - 4.22 m
Draft - 0.81 m exl props
Displacement - 13303 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1665 l
Water Capacity - 249 l
Accommodation - two berths, or three berths 
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 35 knots max, 30 knots cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 12.8 degrees dead-rise aft

March 12, 2017

Project: Horizon FD102

Designed by Cor D. Rover, the Horizon FD102 project represents a new generation of raised pilothouse super yacht with sweeping exterior lines, impressive interior volume and a dual-performance hull. A seven meters beam and spacious four stateroom layout offer all-around luxury and comfort on board, and her innovative exterior areas, namely the aft beach club and patented flybridge Sky Terrace, are equipped with the outdoor enthusiast in mind.  Powered by twin Cats 1900hp the FD102 provides 25% more efficiency than a conventional planning hull and extends this efficiency between 16-24 knots for versatile and worry-free cruising.

March 11, 2017

New Model: Tansu 38.4 m

Turkey continues to grow as an interesting proposition for yacht building, and Tansu has become one of the prospects in recent years for custom builds and those featuring military and or work boats looks.  This just launched Tansu 38.4 m called project LTS in build and now delivered as M/Y Highlight continues the military looks as outlined by yard founder Riza Tansu, who is also the designer for this build, with Dutch studio Diana responsible for naval engineering.  Worth to note that Tansu has won four important prizes from Showboats Design and World SuperYacht since 2012. Tansu has three more yachts in build scheduled for a 2017 delivery varying in size from 39 to 44 meters, with three other builds from 37 and 49 meters are slated for a further 2018 or beyond launch. 
Technical Data:
LOA -  38.4 m (125.9ft)
Beam - 7.6 m
Draft - 2.2 m
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 Acert 1001hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max, 13 knots cruise
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Project - Riza Tansu interior and exterior, Diana naval engineering

March 10, 2017

Project: Northwest 52

The Northwest 52 is the big brother to the 48, of which it shares hull design but extended in length. The staterooms in the Northwest 52 are larger enabling an extra accommodation in each room. The increased length allows for a larger saloon as well. The standard John Deere 330hp engine will provide cruising speeds of 7-10 knots.  Optional engines choice include the choice of twin John Deere 330hp instead of a single unit which gives max speed of 16 knots.

March 9, 2017

New Model: Cruisers 54 Fly

Just as Cruisers and designer Facheris did with the 60 Fly, the American boat builder does it again with the new 54 Fly.  A flybridge yacht born from the 54 Cantius hard top sport yacht platform, and even though the yachts are identical accept for the extra fly deck the new 54 Fly offers a spacious flybridge.  Entrance to the flybridge is from a starboard staircase and this offers a layout of U-shaped dinette, wet-bar and L-shape settee to port, and a central helm station.  Conveniently the flybridge is fully hard top covered.  For the remaining decks the 54 Fly is exactly same as the Cantius with an astern galley layout, and three double cabins below including a full beam owners stateroom.  Power comes from twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod propulsion.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.2 m (53.4ft)
Beam - 5.02 m
Draft - 1.32 m
Displacement - 21545 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1892 l
Water Capacity - 567 l
Accommodation - 6 berths in 3 cabins, or 4 berths in 2 cabins 
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 37 knots max, 25 knots economic fast cruise
Range - 285 nm at cruise
Project - Facheris Yacht Design

March 7, 2017

Project: Austin Parker 48 Sundeck

Austin Parker present the project for a new 48 Sundeck, inspired by the elements that have always characterized the range, and the larger sized models.  Unmistakable lines accentuate the traditional modern concept and bring to mind the consolidated white-blue color scheme that Fulvio De Simoni has used since the first model AP42 was launched in 2008.  Wide side side decks facilitate the passage from the stern to fore-ship; while stairs from the teak cockpit lead to the sundeck complete with sunbeds and sofas.  The spacious panoramic saloon is fully accessible and in continuity with a comfortable cockpit; an opening in the stern deck provides easy access to the swim platform where the service tender is located.  The sleeping accommodations offers three double cabins and two heads; the master cabin is located at the center and is a true suite fitted with every comfort. The galley, positioned below deck, provides plenty of counter space and cabinets for storing supplies and equipment.  As all Austin Parker the 48 Sundeck will be finished in deluxe trims in treated elm-wood, crystal, leather and fine quality textiles.  Power comes from twin 550hp Cummins engines which top speeds up to thirty knots, and range at a fast economic cruise up to 350 nautical miles.  The first unit of the 48 Sundeck has been sold with a launch date for late Spring early Summer, and then going for the World debut at the September Cannes boat show.

March 6, 2017

New Model: Carver C52 Coupe

Carver Yachts continues to make new trails in the mid-size fifteen meter yacht market with the introduction of its new C52 Coupe. This fully enclosed hard top with patio door and opening sun roof, is identical to the 52 Command Bridge with the main difference being it does not have a fly-bridge.  The Carver C52 main attraction is the separate entrance full beam master stateroom private head, while the forward area is reserved to guests with a spacious forward stateroom, large third stateroom and a head.  The main deck is reserved for relaxing, entertaining, and lounging with the center point here being the astern galley.  The main deck inside area is also at one with the exterior, thanks to the all around windows, full opening patio door, and sunroof.  Power for the Carver C52 Coupe starts from twin Cummins 480hp as standard, with optional choices coming from 600 and 715hp units.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.79 m (51.9ft)
Beam - 4.78 m
Draft - 1.22 m
Displacement - 19504 kg dry with standard engine
Fuel Capacity - 2082 l
Water Capacity - 568 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 480hp, QSC 8.3 600hp, QSM11 715hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - fiberglass hand laid and vacuum infusion with Vinilester coat
Certification - CE, NMMA, USCG

March 5, 2017

Project: Ferretti 920

Ferretti present the project for a new 920 what will be a second in size model behind the 960.  Designed as all Ferretti since the early nineties by Zuccon, the 920 follows the semi wide body layout making full use of beam from fore to midships.  It is the first time we see the semi wide body used on a Ferretti Yacht outside of the larger Custom Line sphere, a type of layout used to maximize space on the main deck.  The Ferretti 920 offers two options for this area; owners stateroom or large dining area making the aft of the main deck in this last option being dedicated fully for a larger saloon. Below is also three options that of three or four cabins.  Crew accommodation is for six persons in three cabins.  Power options are from MTU and start from standard twin 1948hp, and go up to optional 2217hp and 2435hp units.  Speeds are 26 knots max with the standard units and go up to 30 knots from the large optional engines.

March 3, 2017

New Model: Tankoa S501

Tankoa has just launched the first S501 model designed by Francesco Paszkowski for both inside and out.  S501 started construction in May 2015 and is awaiting final details for an April 2017 delivery to its French owner.  Tankoa S501 offers six guest cabins, with an owners and ViP stateroom located on both the fore part of the main deck.  Crew accommodation is for a total of nine including a captains cabin by the pilot house.  Power comes from twin MTU 1920hp with top speed going up to 18 knots. Tankoa S501 is also offered in the Veloce version which will have a reduced fuel capacity by 20,000 liters to 45000 liters and be powered by bigger MTU engines which give a 26 knots top speed. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.99 m (164ft)
Beam - 9.4 m
Draft - 2.4 m loaded
Displacement - 380 t
Fuel Capacity - 65000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, seven or nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 8v4000M54r 1920hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five blade propellers
Speed - 18 knots max, 14 knots cruise
Range - 4500 nm at 11 knots
Construction - light alloy 5083
Project - Francesco Paszkowski exterior and interior, Margherita Casprini interior decoration, Massimo Visibelli hull and naval architecture  
Certification - Lloyds, MCA

March 2, 2017

Project: Sea Ray 320 Sundancer

It’s the start of a thrilling new chapter in the Sea Ray story: The Sundancer 320 presents a bold new vision for the range and sport cruising by blending the values of a cruiser and a bowrider in one compelling package.  The Sundancer 320 maximizes the use of on-board space through a reexamination of deck architecture, with three primary entertainment zones. First, the traditional bow sun-pad has evolved into a much more robust lounge seating area, inviting a group to socialize and enjoy the view. The best part? The bow can be fully enjoyed while underway. Actuated headrests, armrests and seats allow users to adjust for perfect comfort, with a stow-able table conveniently in reach. A bow sunshade extends over the area to offer protection from the sun while at rest. Meanwhile, the cockpit affords effortless, versatile enjoyment of the water, with a natural flow from the helm all the way through the transom and onto the integrated swim platform. A reversible helm companion seat converts to face aft, facilitating conversation with the rest of the cockpit. A well-equipped standard wet bar includes a sink and storage, and offers a refrigerator and grill as options. Throughout, refined finishes demonstrate Sea Ray’s dedication to craftsmanship and elegance.  Aft, enjoy comfortable cockpit seating and ample storage space in the transom. Or, boaters can choose the optional sun-gate layout to gain a large sun-pad, affording great views of the water and a prime spot to relax and soak up rays. Cleverly concealed storage underneath the sun-pad holds fenders, lines or water toys.  For getting out of the elements or making an overnight or weekend-long getaway, the Sundancer 320 features a beautifully designed cabin with sleeping accommodations for four. In the aft berth, two sliding twin beds can be combined to form a queen bed. In the forward V-berth, a stylish wood table converts via filler cushion to form a comfortable full-sized bed. A deluxe head, galley with extending counter tops, flat screen TV and generous storage round out this inviting space.  Underway, the Sundancer 320 demonstrates its bow-rider inspirations by performing beautifully, thanks to its high-efficiency engines and a precision-engineered hull.

March 1, 2017

The World is a Country

It is interesting times for associations and unions representing boat builders and nautical industries, and after seeing the fracture inside the Italian UCINA, and the birth of a new second representation Nautica Italiana in 2015 there seems to be happening something similar in France.
As it happened in Italy for the Genoa boat show the French problem seems to be regarding a boat show, to be exact the Cannes edition held in mid September.  The Cannes Festival is organized by a private company, and now the French boating association wants to take hold of it.  
Apparently at the moment there is talks and while the 2017 edition will still be organized by Reed Expositions, the one after it, the 2018 edition will be done by the French Federation Des Industries Nautiques.  
As of now we are still over a year away but it will be interesting to see if the French association which organizes the other large Paris boat show held in December, will change the Cannes show to one accommodating more the French operation.  There was an International image at Cannes that not many boat shows in reality could equal due to the fact that it was organized by a private enterprise which had only one interest, to make a better business for itself and those who pay to participate.