January 31, 2018

Monthly News - January 2018

-pic of the month- Apreamare Receives Powerboat of the Year 2018

Apreamare Receives Powerboat of the Year Award 2018

Gozzo by Apreamare unanimously won the prize in the motor category between 25 and 35 feet during the exclusive Flagship Night which took place on Saturday 20 January at the Congress Center in Dusseldorf, at the end of the first day of the biggest indoor boat show in the world, BOOT 2018, and in the presence of the whole of the nautical world. The new Gozzo has won for masterfully reinterpreting the ultra-centenarian tradition of the Sorrento gozzo, enriching it with innovation, performance, comfort and technology while maintaining the charm of the original lines even if revisited in an absolutely contemporary key. Gozzo is the result of a vision of Cataldo Aprea, developed by the designer Brunello Acampora of Victory Design and made by Imbarcazioni d'Italia - a company belonging to Cose Belle d'Italia group.

Azimut Wins Powerboat of the Year 2018

On January 20, 2018, at the 2018 Düsseldorf International Boat Show, Azimut S7 was named the overall winner of the prestigious “European Power Boat of the Year 2018” (EPY) award in the “over 45 feet” category. One of the undisputed assets of the model, which was unveiled last September at the Cannes Boat Show, is its highly innovative layout. The exteriors, designed by Stefano Righini, embellish the characteristic lines of the brand’s collection with diamond-shaped deckhouse windows, in a solution that gives the boat character and promises to amaze with its plays of reflected light. The S7 is the only yacht in its segment with four spacious cabins, a beach platform expander and a garage for both tender and jet ski. Available in both coupé and sportfly versions, it surprises with its sumptuous materials and the unusual interior design by Francesco Guida. The EPY 2018 award, which has the same renown in the boat world as an Oscar, represents a huge success for the Italian brand and an acknowledgement by top critics of both the company’s design skills and the quality of its models. The boats to receive EPY awards, assigned each year by a panel of top international experts from Europe’s leading industry publications, are the most significant and not only in terms of innovation: to receive this prestigious recognition, the yachts are submitted to rigorous testing and assessments based on their design, onboard safety, performance, handling, quality/price ratio and many other factors. Azimut S7 has been designed and built to the highest standards in the sector and is covered by the HTS High Technical Standard declaration issued by the shipyard. The yacht is also eligible for CE A and NMMA certification for boats under 24 meters.

Azimut Wins Oscar of the Yacht World

Kitzbühel, the spectacular ski resort in the Austrian alps, provided the backdrop for the event that crowned Azimut Grande 35 Metri, the standard-bearer of the “Grande” Collection, as Best New Production Yacht Design at the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards 2018. The initiative organised by Boat International, the renowned international publishing group specialising in the superyacht industry, is regarded as one of the most prestigious awards in the sector. It rewards not only the architecture and style of the yacht, but also recognises the design features that contribute to offering innovative solutions in response to growing demands from owners in the area of technological development. Making its market debut in September 2017, Azimut Grande 35 Metri is the largest Azimut Yachts model and part of the top-of-the-range Grande Collection. The reasons given by the Boat International panel for their choice include: “the technological innovations that have contributed to the development of a unique design, which unites the typical lines of the Grande Collection with more volume, in line with demand in the market today. The spaces offered by the 35METRI wide-body include an owner’s suite on the Main deck with the largest Instant balcony available on the market, four guest cabins, a side tender garage and a stern beach club. Plus the foredeck sunning area with spa tub, the huge Flybridge and an optional Sundeck on a third level. To create all this, the shipyard has exploited the potential of carbon fiber, which was used to build the entire superstructure. This has made it possible to reduce not only the yacht’s weight significantly, but also noise and vibration. The special D2P hull with wave piercer also delivers an increase in efficiency up to 25 knots. A distinctive feature of Stefano Righini’s design is the square cut of the foredeckdeck, while the interiors by Achille Salvagni are a synthesis of sensual curves and a variety of exclusive materials.”  The award, assigned by an independent panel of owners, experienced captains and famous boat designers, brings the number of international awards won by Azimut Grande 35 Metri to four, since it made its debut on the market just a few months ago.  The award ceremony took place in the framework of the 10th Superyacht Design Symposium, an annual event attended by leading exponents of the superyacht industry and some of the world’s great names in boat design and beyond. The Symposium has a mission to establish new development guidelines for the superyachts of tomorrow.  Azimut|Benetti Group Vice President Giovanna Vitelli, who not only collected the award but was also a member of the panel that opened the symposium dedicated to “Extreme Markets”, alongside John Arlidge (a reporter for the Sunday Times and Condé Nast), Aino Leena Grapin (Winch Design CEO) e Dan Lenard (the founder of Nuvolari Lenard), commented: “This latest success achieved by Azimut Grande 35 Metri confirms our company’s international leadership in this segment of the market. I am also proud to have contributed to the discussion of “Extreme Markets”, sharing information gathered from our company’s privileged vantage point. For almost 50 years now, our Group has been continuously studying the changes and trends that transform the market at geographical and demographic level, particularly so far as the evolution of luxury is concerned, with all the important consequences this has in terms of materials and design.” In her contributions, Vitelli underscored how the very meaning of luxury has changed over time, affecting the decision-making processes of customers who today, when choosing a product, consider not only their appearance, but also services and experiential aspects as decisive factors. In the world of luxury yachts, this has taken the form of a transition from the richness and opulence of the materials, to a sense of sophisticated elegance expressed by a refined and unexpected architecture, an intelligent use of light, and attention to the highly-valued, handcrafted details that can make the difference and create a unique style. Another big change highlighted by Vitelli is the way in which owners enjoy their yachts:“The entire sense of luxury has moved to the outdoor area, with a big open air swimming pool and a spacious veranda now occupying important spaces traditionally set aside for the covered main living area.” Said Giovanna Vitelli, , mentioning as a good exampleBenetti Seasense, which the day before received a Judges’ Commendation Award in the category Best Lifestyle Feature Design for its big and extraordinary pool deck. “To offer the best interpretation of this new sense of luxury, Azimut|Benetti has begun to work with highly renowned and talented designers from the world of luxury real estate, like Achille Salvagni, Vincenzo De Cotis and the duo Bonetti/Kozerski, who with their touch of modernity, freshness and innovation have brought about a significant change in our yachts’ interiors.”

Azimut Tecnorib Pirelli Special Edition Tender

Tecnorib, official licensee of the Pirelli brand for RIBs, has signed an agreement with Azimut Yachts to supply Pirelli jet tenders on an exclusive basis and extends its fleet with an elegant new model, the Pirelli J33 - Azimut Special Edition. The first in the range to be fitted with a water jet engine, this is a special version dedicated to Azimut Yachts, the world’s leading yacht builder. Pirelli J33 Azimut Special Edition is the first in a series of Pirelli boats that Tecnorib will produce for Azimut Yachts and the tender that will serve the happy owners of many Azimut models. “The agreement with Azimut Yachts, the world’s leading motoryacht builder, is a source of pride for Tecnorib,” explains Gianni De Bonis, Tecnorib Managing Director. Pirelli J33 - Azimut Special Edition is a symbol of Italian excellence in the motoryacht world. “The input from Azimut, aimed at satisfying its owners’ needs, has paved the way for Tecnorib engineers to develop the J33, a product that is closely aligned with market demand right from the base version,” said De Bonis. As well as marking Tecnorib’s official entry into the market for water jet powered inflatable boats, Pirelli J33 - Azimut Special Edition reprises the distinctive and iconic features of Azimut style and combines them with the characteristics that have always set the Ribs Pirelli-branded apart from the rest, with gelcoat, claddings and colour combinations that make it a natural extension of the yachts built by Azimut. “Pirelli J33 - Azimut Special Edition is a symbol of Azimut Yacht’s quality policy, with the focus once again on the customer. The high level of customisation and the ongoing search for cutting edge materials are an integral part of our DNA”, says Marco Valle, Azimut Yachts Managing Director. “We have chosen Pirelli because it is a storied ‘Made in Italy’ brand, recognised the world over for its glamour, reliability and safety”. Available on the market starting in Spring 2018, Pirelli J33 - Azimut Special Edition is being produced in two style variants: Burgundy Charm and Grey Elegance. The Special Edition boasts customised options including a removable steering wheel, a telescopic paddle, a fold-down windscreen, Azimut branded tubes and cushions, and an elegant dashboard bearing the unmistakable Azimut logo.

Ferretti Group Supports Andrea Dovizioso

Ferretti Yachts crosses the landmark finish line of fifty years in business, with its string of stunning yachts and successes, and signs a prestigious sponsorship agreement with a champion who has crossed many finish lines and will cross many more.  The Forlì shipyard which has strong links with the city, where the Headquarters of the whole Ferretti Group are and will continue to be located, right next to one of the Ferretti Yachts production facilities, has decided to sponsor the motorcycle racer Andrea Dovizioso from Forlì, one of the stars of last year's championship season with 6 successes and an amazing 2nd place in the final standings. The Ferretti Yachts brand will feature on the sleeve of the motorcycle racer's suit during the 19 rounds of GP 2018, from its début in Qatar (18 March) through to the final race in Valencia (18 November).  The sponsorship was announced during the Group's press conference at Boot Düsseldorf, Germany's leading boat show, where Ferretti Yachts is showcasing the Ferretti Yachts 920 in world première and the Ferretti Yachts 450. On the evening of the same day, a cocktail party by invitation hosted in the Group's stand launched the official opening of the 50th anniversary celebrations.

Ferretti Group Receives Christofle Yacht Style Awards

It was a sparkling start to 2018 for Custom Line and Ferretti Yachts, with two prestigious recognitions that punctuate the position of the leading luxury yacht brand in Asia. The Custom Line 120’ and Ferretti Yachts 920 triumphed at the Christofle Yacht Style Awards, presented during the first edition of Phuket RendezVous, an event destined to become a point of reference for the Asian and international nautical markets. Created to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the distinguished international trade magazine YACHT STYLE, the awards are designed to showcase the best of the global yachting industry. The award ceremony took place on 4th January in the spectacular setting of the Phuket Boat Lagoon, where the Custom Line 120’ took home the prize for “Best International Motor Yacht New Release”. The new masterpiece of the planing series, it is the first model by the brand to bear the signature of Francesco Paszkowski Design. With its highly innovative lines, it will have its debut in the first months of 2018, becoming the icon of a new era for Custom Line. There was also victory for Ferretti Yachts 920, whose dynamic, irrepressible profile, along with major construction innovations, won over the jury of experts following the commercial success of this model at its world debut at the Boot in Düsseldorf from 20th to 28th January. The dual wins confirm both the reputation of Ferretti Yachts and Custom Line worldwide and the value of a distinctive design philosophy that is highly appreciated also by the Asian markets.

Ferretti Customline Wins Design and Innovation Boat International Award

Ever since its world première in Ibiza in July, it has been plain to see that the sophisticated and elegant Custom Line Navetta 33 catches the eye like few boats have ever done before. Therefore, it is no surprise that this work of nautical art won over the panel of owners and designers judging the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards (among the leading prizes in the field), where it came out on top in the category “Best Interior Design: Motor Yachts below 399GT” thanks to “Telli”, Custom Line Navetta 33 hull number 1. Held by Boat International for the ninth time, the Design & Innovation Awards has always been the most authoritative and influential magazine in the yachting world. The accolades are given to recently conceived yachts in recognition of their styling and comfort, with a focus on innovative technology and designs. In the spellbinding Alpine setting of Kitzbühel, the Navetta 33 won over the panel of judges with its sophisticated allure. It is a real star of the sea, with a striking symphony of styles, shapes and inspirations. The Navetta 33 stems from the partnership between the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee (led by the engineer Piero Ferrari) and its Engineering Department, which was behind the interior design, guided by the choices of Mrs. Antonella Ferrari, Telli’s owner, who worked in tandem with the Custom Line style department. The Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi expressed his great satisfaction with the win: “I’m bound to be biased because I am delighted to say that I own a Navetta 33 myself. This award from such an authoritative panel underlines the exceptional credentials of the Navetta 33, which has enjoyed prompt commercial success. It’s an innovative yacht that combines visual appeal and liveability, setting stylistic standards that will have a big impact on the nautical scene in the coming years. It’s by far the most chic yacht I’ve ever sailed on. I’m particularly proud that the Navetta 33 “Telli” won such a significant interior design award: the space management and balanced volumes are complemented by the selection of furniture, accessories and lighting design. Everything is blended seamlessly to produce truly elegant solutions on the functional and aesthetic fronts. That’s the secret of the Navetta 33. Rather than flaunting its luxurious qualities, it conveys a genuine sense of refinement with great class.”

Ferretti Yachts Names Best Luxury Brand for Fifth Consecutive Year

When talking about luxury yachting, the first name that comes to mind is Ferretti Yachts, for 50 years in the heart of yacht owners worldwide thanks to its innovative, elegant yachts. To further confirm this supremacy, for the fifth consecutive year Ferretti Yachts received the award for “Best Luxury Yacht Brand in 2018”, assigned during the fourteenth edition of the Hurun Best of the Best Awards, held on 24 January in Shanghai in the prestigious setting of The Ritz-Carlton Pudong. This important recognition confirms Ferretti Yachts as the leading luxury yachting brand in Asia. The award is the result of the Best of the Best Luxury Consumer Preference Survey, curated by the influential Chinese business and lifestyle magazine Hurun Report, which since 1999 has published its list of the wealthiest individuals in China. Conducted in 20 different cities involving 463 leading personalities, the survey is an essential point of reference for those who want to know the well-renowned brands, consumption habits, and lifestyle trends of the most selective and influential Chinese citizens. Ferretti Yachts, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, has been present in China for over twenty years. Precisely by virtue of this privileged relationship with the Asian market, it created the Tai He Ban version for all yachts in range, modulated according to the desires and tastes of yacht owners in the Far East. Aboard the yachts, this layout includes spaces designed especially for business meetings, official receptions, informal meetings, and entertainment occasions, combined with decor solutions in line with the most up-to-date interior design trends in Asia. The “Best Luxury Yacht Brand” award once again consecrates Ferretti Yachts as the top ambassador of Italian excellence in China, an extremely selective market that appreciates the most exclusive Made in Italy products.

Fraucher Record Buisness for 2016/2017 Year

The Frauscher Shipyard has developed over the past 90 years from a traditional craft business to an international commercial enterprise that markets innovative and exquisitely designed motor and electric boats throughout the world. The figures from the past business year confirm that the fusion of traditional, high-quality boat craftsmanship with striking clear designs in premium quality is more convincing than ever to the demanding consumers of the boat market.  The family-operated shipyard located on Lake Traunsee was able to increase its revenue from new boats by 35 percent and the number of boats built by 16 percent in 2016/2017. Frauscher is especially pleased with the equally strong increase in the sector for electric and motor boats. More than 30 electric boats – including the 610 San Remo and the 650 Alassio – left the shipyard in Ohlsdorf, Austria between August 2016 and August 2017. But the powerful premium motor yachts such as the 1017 GT or the 1414 DEMON were likewise in demand as never before.  Stefan Frauscher, the third-generation general manager, is pleased with the successful year-end accounts and predicts continued growth for 2017/2018: “Together with a highly motivated team and strong partners we will continue to do everything possible to optimally meet the demands of our customers and to increase the number of Frauscher boats on the lakes and seas.”  In the future Frauscher Shipyard will therefore offer its customers even more options for customisation. The new, ultra-modern paint shop, for example, makes it possible to implement virtually any colour preference with maximum precision. In addition, the shipyard will continue to develop new boat types and technologies. Just a few months after the world première of the Frauscher 858 Fantom Air day cruiser, it is therefore already clear that the year 2018 will not end without a new Frauscher innovation.

Jarrett Bay on the Pacific Tournament Trail

Jarrett Bay hull 62, Jaruco has made the trip from Beaufort, NC through the Panama Canal and into the Pacific to hone their skills on the team's new 90' battlewagon in preparation for the famed Los Suenos Triple Crown tournament series in 2018.

Karnic Celebrates 25 Years

In 2018 Karnic Powerboats Ltd complete 25 years since their establishment, initially as a small marine workshop to serve the needs of the local market to become through the years a major international brand with presence around the world.  As part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration, Karnic planned a series of events that will take place throughout 2018 and which will be announced in due time. All events are aimed to express the appreciation of the company for the continuing support and recognition to the brand all these years.  The first 25th Anniversary Celebration event concerns the giveaway of a special edition Karnic Smart 1-48 ready-to-go with engine in a free draw competition. The competition will be open for public to register from January to April and the winner will be announced after a draw that will take place in May. The free boat package was presented at Boot Dusseldorf 2018 as well as other exhibitions in Europe during the competition period.

Nordhavn Announces Gala and Rendezvous

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. (PAE) is turning 40 and we are celebrating with a huge Anniversary Gala and Rendezvous this April. Few boat manufacturers reach four decades of continuous business and even less have maintained the same ownership team for the duration. We are proud to be able to commemorate this achievement with all of the owners, vendors, staff and friends who have supported us during these past four decades.  The three-day anniversary party will include lavish dinners, dancing and entertainment, educational seminars, an Open House and Distance Pennant award ceremony.

Nordhavn President Takes a Break

Those of us who have to travel a lot for their jobs are often the envy of others – especially if the trips involve faraway, warm, or interesting places. We know, though, it’s usually not all as great as it sounds: uncomfortable hotel rooms, eating on the fly, early morning meetings, late night schmoozing, and a general disruption of routine overshadow all possibility of it being as much pleasure as it is business. And for those of us in the boating industry, it’s worse. Complaints of having to work a boat show in Miami or help deliver a luxury yacht to Cabo San Lucas are met with zero sympathy. Palm trees and the Pacific Ocean might have a leg up on a tri-walled cubicle, but work is work is work. So when PAE President Dan Streech announced several weeks ago that he was taking time off to go on a fishing trip with an owner aboard a Nordhavn 68, it had the familiar ring of “sounds like a vacation, smells like work.” This no doubt would merely be a backdrop for a sales meeting, service call or excuse to discuss some business-related idea. In other words, no one expected many fish to be caught or for Dan to come back refreshed and re-energized. Granted, Peter Bisson is an unassuming owner who still works very hard at a job and there should be no assumptions that he would use his valuable time off to do anything but relax. Plus, with significant others staying at home, the opportunity for boys to be boys enjoying camaraderie, the great outdoors (from inside luxurious modern yacht, of course) and the absence of responsibility was there for the taking. Dan and son, Trevor, boarded a plane in Los Angeles bound for their guys’ getaway and met Peter, his son Steffen and the captain, James Lamport, at the Stock Island Marina in Key West where Fotini III gleamedfrom her slip. Mind you, this is not a new boat. This is a five-year-old boat with 15,000+ nm under her keel, that’s traveled extensively up and down the east coast of the U.S. and throughout the Caribbean. The cockpit is one that has seen scores of fish hooked and filleted. The saloon has entertained a constant rotation of family and friends. And hundreds of meals have been prepared in the busy galley. Still, Fotini III could be displayed at the Miami Boat Show next month and she’d pass for brand new. When you step onboard and into the roomy, light-filled, clean, comfortable, vastly-equipped, solidly-built masterpiece of floating fiberglass, an air of relaxation overcomes you, and you get the first hint of why people buy Nordhavns. From the second the boat shoved off, bound for Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas, Dan went into vacation mode. Actual vacation mode. The type of vacation mode that’s only possible on a boat when the people involved all like and respect each other. Like-minded Dan and Peter had long, insightful, often amusing conversations on all topics (not just politics and Nordhavns, but definitely some that) while the sons impressed with fishing skills and sense of adventure. Amazing lunches and dinners were had, thanks to fresh-caught fish, a hard-working grill, and no one to lecture that PB&J on white bread was lacking in proper nutrients and sophistication or that veggies and a salad were required to balance out a dinner. This was not the sort of extreme adventure cruise that one tends to associate with magazine articles about Nordhavns. Not a Nordhavn full of trailblazing explorers who were determined to test the mettle of Fotini III by taking long non-stop passages, braving sketchy waters and climes. No, this was the type of cruise people think about when imagining sailing off into the sunset. Warm, sunny days spent at anchor and day-hopping around the Keys. For Dan, a born-and-raised southern Californian, the cruising gems of Florida were not in his vernacular, so in a way, this was an adventure for him. Actually, it was in two ways. The word adventure is defined as an undertaking involving uncertainty and risk. Being off the grid for a week without internet, text, and email certainly held an element of uncertainty and risk for Dan. Instead, the void of communications technology was filled with activities that produce priceless memories: exploring Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, watching meteors shower at night and Frigate birds soar by day, enjoying the company of four giant Grouper who swum around the boat’s anchorage, and averaging a solid nine hours of sleep.Still, to say the boat wasn’t run hard would be inaccurate. The generator functioned 24/7, the wing engine toiled and thrusters screamed for long periods of time spent fighting fish, the icemaker cranked non-stop, and the air conditioning kept the boat a perfect 68 degrees the entire time. There are nearly 600 Nordhavns now in service and the majority of them are creating adventures and lifestyles and stories far more powerful and interesting than Dan’s 200 nm-roundtrip route through the Florida Keys. But for Dan to steal a few days from a busy schedule and get a small reminder of what is possible allows him to more clearly understand the mindset of the future Nordhavn buyer (and the current Nordhavn owner). More importantly, it re-affirms the importance of the job that has consumed most of his life: designing and building yachts that are the source of so much enjoyment for so many. And maybe, just maybe, in some instances the travel is as good as it sounds.

Overmarine Mangusta New German Partner

Mangusta strengthens its presence in Europe by signing an agreement with Alfred Zurhausen's MPN Marine for the commercialisation and development of the brand in Germany. A strategic market, where the values of aesthetics, manufacturing skills and technical quality featured by Mangusta products are well appreciated.  Driven since he was very young by passion for speed and water - he was only 13 when he would speed away on his father's motorboat - Alfred Zurhausen is a true expert of high performance vessels and MPN Marine has been operating on the market successfully for several years.  Zurhausen will introduce to the German market a brand of great tradition and distinctiveness, which today boasts three different product lines: 3 different ways to experience the sea but offering the same technical innovation, the same manufacturing quality and the same philosophy that sees the vessel as the ideal way for an Owner to live a truly personal experience.  The most traditional line is that of the Mangusta Maxi Opens, fast and sporty yachts, a niche in which the Group is a market leader. It represents the "Mediterranean yacht" par excellence which allows moving quickly from one place to another in full comfort (in terms of on-board space but also in terms of noise, stabilisation and vibrations). The Mangusta Oceano line comprises long-range vessels in metal. These are optimised for a range to rival those of explorer type vessels, up to 5000 miles and have a beach area that can be turned into a toys area. Last but not least, there's the new fast displacement line, Mangusta GranSport, born as a technical and stylistic combination of the previous two. These are long range vessels with their best performance in displacement mode but capable, at the same time, to reach higher speeds, those typical of high performance yachts, whenever desired by the Owner.  Next summer will mark a major achievement since models of all three product lines are scheduled for delivery: in addition to the 46m yacht from the displacement line and three Maxi Open, the first 54m flagship vessel of the new Fast Displacement Mangusta GranSport will be launched.  Boot in Düsseldorf was the official start of the cooperation and Mangusta will participate with a stand in Halle 6, in the maxi yacht area.

Palumbo Announce First Launch in Savona

After a few days of entering Mondomarine, historic shipyard in Savona, Palumbo Superyacht Refit is pleased to announce that the first boat - a yacht of 55 meters - is already in the pipeline for refitting and maintenance.  After the recent acquisition of ISA Yachts shipyard in Ancona, in a short time become one of the main production sites of the Group and superyachts now in full swing, entry into Mondomarine Palumbo shipyard represents an important new step in the strategic development plan its network of sites in the Mediterranean and, of course, the division dedicated to the construction and refit of superyachts.  Palumbo Superyachts Division, with the brands Columbus Yachts, Isa Yachts and Palumbo Supeyachts Refit, geared respectively to the creation of custom and semi-custom yachts and refit activities and after sales of large pleasure craft is a growing reality that draws strength from 50 years of the Group's experience in the naval sector refit, passion, and its financial strength.

Princess and Bar Technologies Top Secret Project

Princess Yachts is delighted to confirm that it is working with BAR Technologies as an official partner to create a revolutionary new yacht that will be launched later this year. BAR Technologies was formed to exploit the wealth of design knowledge, technical skills and resources built up through Land Rover BAR's (Ben Ainslie Racing) involvement in the America's Cup.  The new boat - spotted covered in vibrant camouflage at the BAR testing facilities early last week - will establish a whole new class of yacht. The mid-30ft craft will bring speed, efficiency and new technology while remaining true to Princess' core with high quality materials, comfort, seakeeping, craftsmanship and design that will stand the test of time.  Antony Sheriff, Executive Chairman of Princess Yachts confirmed: "We pride ourselves on creating yachts of exceptional design and quality. Now, working together with BAR Technologies we are thrilled to be working on a brand-new fully carbon fibre yacht that will deliver an exhilarating experience through bold innovation and cutting-edge technology. While we cannot reveal more at this point we are confident this entirely new class of yacht, which is one of the most exciting and revolutionary products Princess has developed will become this year's most sought-after product."  While specific information on the boat isn't yet available, it was spotted in Portsmouth in 'dazzle camouflage' – an eye-catching pattern designed to confuse the eye and disguise the yachts features. The bold camouflage seen in the spy photos of the development test boat was created by Katie Sheppard from the Plymouth College of Art, who was among 20 students on the BA Printed Textile Design and Surface Pattern course that competed to design a new version of Dazzle for Princess on this exciting project as part of their curriculum.   Dazzle was originally conceived of by Norman Wilkinson for early 19th century Naval vessels, featuring a specific geometric pattern that confused rather than concealed. These original dazzle camouflaged Royal Naval vessels were created in Plymouth – at the very same site where Princess creates its award-winning luxury yachts today.

Princess Exceptional Dusseldorf 2018

Princess Yachts continue to go from strength to strength, announcing the best boot Düsseldorf on record following an incredible 2017, where the company recorded its most profitable year since 2013. The British manufacturer confirmed it sold an impressive 24 yachts during Europe's biggest boat show adding £30million to the its ¾ billion Euro order book.  According to Messe Düsseldorf, the show welcomed 247,000 visitors across the week to explore the 1,923 exhibitors from 68 countries. The luxury yacht hall, where the fantastic Princess 10 yacht line-up was situated, was more popular than ever before, with the award-winning Princess 35M – one of the largest yachts ever displayed at boot Düsseldorf - the star attraction. Princess Yachts were also delighted to celebrate the global launch of the all-new S78 featuring the new Naim Audio partnership sound system and bring to life the return to V Class with the all-new V65 and V50, as well as show debuts for the S60, Princess 55 and Princess 62.  'Boot Düsseldorf has provided an exceptional start to the year for Princess as we sold over 10% of our annual turnover within just one week of the show." says Antony Sheriff, Executive Chairman "The stand has been a constant hive of activity with potential customers and brand fans. 2018 marks an opportunity for Princess to continue to build on the success of 2017 in both turnover and profits. Princess will continue in its £100M investment in new products and facilities with the launch of six new yachts this year - one every two months'."

Princess Appoint New Italian Distributor

Princess Yachts Italia, with a headquarters in San Remo, will represent Princess Yachts as the sole Distributor for the region.  The team operating Princess Yachts Italia is Marine Group, owned and operated by the highly respected Cesana family.  "We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Princess Yachts Italia, a family owned and operated business with over 40 years success servicing the requirements of luxury yacht owners. We are convinced that the vast experience and enthusiasm of the team in San Remo, combined with our expanding range of exciting new craft will provide exceptional experiences for both our current and future Italian clients.", Ed Striebig, Head of Network Development.

Riviera Owners Adventure to Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is a destination on the radar of many motor yachting enthusiasts. Yet most see it is a stretch too far. About 350 nautical miles off the east coast of Australia, it is well within the range of Riviera motor yachts, but there is no safe harbour in between.  Yet it is a wondrous place, with a coral lagoon teeming with colourful fish, towering mountains, extraordinary bird life and an environment certain to put a smile of the face of every visitor.  In 2015 Andrew Luxton completed an epic voyage around Australia aboard his Riviera 51 Enclosed Flybridge, Prime Mover.  Now Andrew has undertaken a new voyage inspired by his father.  Andrew acknowledges his circumnavigation was also inspired by the stories of Ian Reynolds' voyage around Australia in 2008 - at the age of 79.  Ian took his Riviera 56 Enclosed Flybridge, Investigator IV, on a shakedown cruise to Lord Howe Island before the circumnavigation and Andrew was determined to make the voyage himself. His father, too, sailed to the island many years ago.  Andrew planned to take his Riviera to the Whitsunday islands in autumn and decided to turn east and take the voyage to Lord Howe on the way north.  On this voyage, Andrew travelled in convoy with friend and fellow Riviera 51 owner Mark Slocombe aboard his own Riviera 51 Enclosed Flybridge, Legend III.  Andrew and Mark met about eight years ago through their mutual love of motor yachts and Mark shared some of the legs of Andrew's circumnavigation.  Travelling with friends and family on the voyage north, the pair made a stop at R Marine Pittwater in northern Sydney for a couple of weeks and then on to Port Stephens on the New South Wales mid north coast to prepare for the leg to Lord Howe.  Andrew and Mark chose a weather window carefully and were rewarded with two to three metres swells and a following sea.  After a comfortable 37 hours at sea, Andrew and Mark and their crews entered the Lord Howe lagoon, picked up moorings and awaited the arrival of their wives, Jayne Luxton and Janine Slocombe and friends who flew to the island.  Prime Mover and Legend III also took their crews to Elizabeth and Middleton reefs. At Elizabeth Reef they set about an informal fishing competition with a trophy awarded to the winning team.  After three weeks exploring the island and reefs, Prime Mover and Legend III were refueled and the crews turned westward toward the mainland again, returning to Pittwater.

Sunseeker Official Partner of FIFA World Cup 2018

Sunseeker International is delighted to announce that it is an official FIFA Partner for the upcoming World Cup tournament in Russia. The partnership was announced today at the London Boat Show where footballing legend Sir Geoff Hurst and BT Sport’s Jake Humphrey were the brands special guests to support the launch of what is the largest and most prestigious marketing initiative to date.  Sunseeker benefits from the highest level of access to the 2018 FIFA World Cup through its parent, Dalian Wanda who signed a Tier One partnership agreement with FIFA in March 2016. As part of this agreement, Wanda will have access rights to all major FIFA competitions for the next 15 years, including the next four World Cup competitions.  This partnership allows Sunseeker to have major marketing and branding rights, the likes of which have never been witnessed in the marine industry before and will give Sunseeker clients access to some truly, rare ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences.  Guests were treated to a further surprise on that day when Sir Geoff Hurst also revealed the replica Jules Remit Trophy (the original trophy was stolen in Brazil in 1983) which was kindly loaned to Sunseeker by the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich along with Roger Hunt’s England shirt from the 1966 competition.  Phil Popham, CEO of Sunseeker International, commented: “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the FIFA World Cup in Russia. The Wanda partnership has provided Sunseeker with access to the largest sporting event on the planet which is just incredible. This is not only the most prestigious marketing initiative for Sunseeker but for the marine industry as a whole and it will allow us to create some fantastic experiences for our clients as well giving unprecedented exposure to the Sunseeker brand.”

Sunseeker Wins Best Flybridge Over Sixty Feet at Motorboats Award

Sunseeker International has won the accolade for ‘Best Flybridge over 60ft’ at the 2018 Motor Boat Awards. The award was given to Sunseeker for its Manhattan 66, which was launched in January 2017 and has already seen over 60 boats sold. Since it was launched at London Boat Show last year it has had an outstanding reception from customers and media alike.  The judging panel made the following comments on presenting the award: “Three excellent boats and very little to separate them, but the winner’s versatility and plethora of layout options separates it from the pack. Proven sales success confirms that with this model the designers have hit the spot.”  On accepting the award, Sean Robertson, Sales Director at Sunseeker International said: “The Manhattan 66 is one of our top selling models since its launch at London Boat Show last year. We are thrilled to have won this award and it underlines our ability to keep giving our customers the best in class across every segment we operate in.”  Sunseeker’s success at the awards was preceded by the announcement that it is an official FIFA Partner for the upcoming World Cup tournament in Russia. Footballing legend, Sir Geoff Hurst, and BT Sport’s Jake Humphrey joined Sunseeker at The London Boat Show yesterday to announce the partnership which is the brand’s largest and most prestigious marketing initiative to-date.  Guests at the show were treated to a further surprise when Sir Geoff Hurst also revealed the replica Jules Rimet Trophy.  The partnership will see Sunseeker to have major marketing and branding rights, the likes of which have never been witnessed in the marine industry before, and will afford Sunseeker clients access to some truly rare ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences.

Sunseeker Sign Memorandum of Agreement with Red Bull Technologies

Sunseeker International, Britain’s biggest boat builder, is delighted to sign a MOU with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, a division of Red Bull Technology, the parent company of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula One team; which will see the two organisations work together on a family of new products.  The MOU was signed today at the London Boat Show with Sunseeker CEO, Phil Popham and Team Principal of the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula One team, Christian Horner in attendance.  Red Bull Advanced Technologies was founded with the mission of extending the culture of innovation and technical excellence achieved in Formula One to other leading industries, making it a natural partner for Sunseeker, which for more than 60 years has forged a unique path in yacht manufacturing. Synonymous with style, design, ingenuity and performance, Sunseeker has always pursued the more advanced, the more ambitious, the more creative – and consequently, the more successful.  Phil Popham, CEO of Sunseeker International, commented: “We are delighted to sign the MOU with Red Bull Advanced Technologies and look forward to working closely with them on future projects. Sunseeker has a strong performance heritage, it’s in our brand DNA and since our inception we have designed yachts that make the heart race. As such, Red Bull Advanced Technologies is a natural partner for us and I’m looking forward to working with them.”  Commenting on the agreement, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner said: “This is an exciting announcement for Red Bull Advanced Technologies and we are delighted to be working with Sunseeker. As a leading name in the marine industry, and one focused on innovation and development, a relationship with Sunseeker is an organic fit for us and it is very pleasing to be forging another pioneering partnership for Red Bull Advanced Technologies.”

Sunseeker Celebrate Winning Christofle Award

Sunseeker International, Britain’s biggest boat builder, is celebrating winning a prestigious Christofle Yacht Style award, which was announced last night during a ceremony in Phuket. Sunseeker’s new 76 Yacht won the award for Best International Motor Yacht 15-24m.  In celebration of its 10th anniversary and the inaugural edition of the Phuket Rendezvous 2018, Yacht Style magazine has launched the annual Awards to recognise the best of the yachting industry around the world. The Awards ceremony and gala dinner was hosted on the first evening of the Phuket Rendezvous 2018 and was attended by VIPs and key personalities in the yachting community.  With several categories, the Awards are designed to showcase excellence and creative flair in the latest motor and sailing yacht models presented in the Asia-Pacific region by leading boat builders around the world. Commenting on the awards, Douglas Culverwell, Regional Sales Manager of Sunseeker International, said: “We are delighted to win the category for Best International Motor Yacht 15-24m at the Yacht Style Awards. The 76 Yacht is proving an incredible sales success with more than 30 sold worldwide including five already delivered into Asia. The Asia Pacific region is extremely important to our growth strategy and we are seeing substantial gains in representation across 12 countries along with new emerging markets coming through. While Hong Kong remains the key market for our larger yachts, the new 76 Yacht is proving extremely popular across the region and it’s fantastic to be recognised in this size category.”

Sunseeker Displey Jules Rimet Trophy at London Boat Show 2018

Sunseeker International was delighted to display the replica Jules Rimet Trophy at the stand at London Boat Show on 10th January.  The Jules Rimet Trophy was the first FIFA World Cup trophy and the one won by the England football team in 1966. As the original was stolen in Brazil in 1983 and never recovered, this is the official replica kindly loaned to Sunseeker by the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich along with an original 1966 England jersey worn by Roger Hunt during England’s triumphant campaign.  These wonderful artifacts where joined by legend Sir Geoff Hurst, best known for scoring the goals that helped to secure victory for England in the FIFA World Cup in 1966, who opened the Sunseeker stand at the show. Sir Geoff secured his unique place in sporting history when he became the first and only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, a record that has stood for over fifty years.  Jake Humphrey, an experienced and knowledgeable TV and radio broadcaster, was Sunseeker’s official compere for the event. Jake is currently the face of Premier League Football on BT Sport and has been at the forefront of much of BBC Sport’s coverage for many national and international events.  The Jules Rimet trophy was displayed on 10th January on stand LE229 from midday.  The full display for the London Boat Show 2018 included two show debuts, the 76 Yacht and the Predator 57 MKII. The 76 Yacht will also be the largest model displayed at the Show, and appeared alongside a stunning collection of luxury yachts starting from 52 feet.

Sunseeker Press Statement

Sunseeker International has been made aware of a press statement issued by the charity EIA (European Investigation Agency) which suggests Sunseeker is using teak in its boat production which is known to be in breach of the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR).  Sunseeker International is not aware of any breach of the EUTR nor is regulated by them.  Sunseeker has not received a notice from any recognised enforcement authority of a breach of the EUTR within the company’s direct or indirect supply chain, relating to the procurement of teak or any other products.  Sunseeker is a socially responsible manufacturer and committed to ethical business practice. We regularly undertake supply audits of our teak supply chain to ensure it is responsibly sourced and would never knowingly use teak which is not.  In light of the EIA report however, Sunseeker will further investigate the procurement of its teak through the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to obtain the facts, and it will make appropriate action, if required to do so.

Viking at Los Suenos Leg#1

Tag Team, a Viking 55, claimed the 3rd place spot on the leaderboard at the first leg of the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown series. Captain Victor Julio Lopez Pizarro led his anglers to a total of 11 sailfish and six marlin releases to seal the deal. Costa Rica is where we'll be watching the fishing action over the next two months as there are plenty of Vikings fishing this series like the 92 Fa La Me, 72 Team Galati, 46 Dealers Choice, 55 Real Screamer and 55 Hooray as well as D.A. Sea, Goose,Marlin Darlin, War Party, Mjolnir and HT Hook.

Viking at Second Annual Rockstar

Billed as "Costa Rica's funniest big game fishing event," the 2nd Annual Pelagic Rockstar! Offshore Tournament pulled 45 boats into Marina Pez Vela to battle it out for over $200,000 in cash and prizes. The Viking 55 Tag Team hooked up with 14 fish for 3rd Place Overall. Anglers John Sercu, Emilio Munquel, Dan Lewis and Hector Moreno were on the rods for 10 pacific sailfish, two striped marlin and two dorado. Weasked if the tournament really holds up to the claim of "fish all day, party all night," and are still waiting on an answer!

Viking at Annual Gold Cup

Dave Anderson's Viking 70 Krazy Salt's burst into the New Year with 14 sailfish releases at the 46th Annual Gold Cup despite some snotty seas. Captain Keith Greenberg led his team to some fishy water and a 2nd Place finish in the January 4-8 competition held off of Palm Beach, Florida. Angler Erik Waldin released five sails while Anthony Cummings and Dave Meyer each released four. Tom Craig released the final fish to seal their spot on the leaderboard.  Captain Rhett Bailey at the helm of Alan Sadler's Viking 62 InTents put Michelle Keeney on three sailfish to claim 2nd Place Lady Angler.

Viking Fa La Me First Pacific Fish

Frank and Mary Ellen Rodriguez's Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Fa La Me has arrived in Costa Rica. Captain Rob Moore and crew left Palm Beach, Florida, on December 28 with their eyes set on the Billfish Capital of the World. With stops in the Bahamas, Jamaica and Panama, the team arrived at the Los Suenos Resort and Marina on January 6. On their run into the resort Rob decided to drop some lines in for fun and hooked up with a pair of Pacific sailfish in under an hour. We can't wait to see what this lively gang will be up to on this adventure! To follow along check out their Facebook page. In a cool time-lapse video Eddie Twyford took of the boat passing through the Panama Canal is just a hint of what you'll see on their page. And by the way, we heard last night's dinner of butter chicken over rice with Frank's folded burrito naan bread was off-the-charts delicious.

Viking Gets More Busy on Social

Viking has a loyal following on social media but did you know its subsidiaries have engaging pages too? Palm Beach Towers and the Viking Yacht Service Center have fueled a large fan base with their colorful and dynamic images and Atlantic Marine Electronics is now active too. With accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, AME will highlight their technology with beautiful images and behind-the-scenes shots. Link up with all of the Viking companies to get current information in a casual and interactive platform. 

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