February 28, 2018

Monthly News - February 2018

-pic of the month- Maritimo Racing Set for Big 2018

Baglietto and Cerri Appoint New Sales Manager for the Americas

Baglietto and CCN shipyards have appointed Grant Colin Henderson to head the office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the position of Sales Manager for the Americas. Henderson will report to Alessandro Diomedi, Baglietto’s Sales Director, and will have the main goal to expand the presence and visibility for Baglietto and CCN in the Americas markets.  After graduating in 2002, Henderson held several high-responsibility positions in the yachting sector in the US. He was formerly Sales Executive for Sanlorenzo of the Americas and through YachtBlue, represented Marquis Yachts for the east coast of Florida for 6 years.  “I am very enthusiastic with this challenging opportunity –says Mr Henderson- I love the product. Baglietto is an iconic brand with an amazing heritage but they have also great plans for the future. The company is growing and expanding in the Americas and I am willing to give my contribution.”  “Grant Henderson is the right person for our brand – says Alessandro Diomedi, Baglietto Sales’ Director- He is enthusiastic about the product and has great expertise in the yachting business. I am sure with his contribution we will reach great results in the nearest future”.

Fraucher Wins German Design Award 2018

The 1414 Demon created by the long-established Austrian company Frauscher Shipyard, is a true masterpiece. After winning the Best of Boats Award 2016 the largest motor yacht currently offered by Frauscher was also distinguished with the German Design Award 2018. The top-flight jury in the nominating procedure for the German Design Award has very high expectations of the contestants. Only pioneering products from the international design landscape with design features that stand out from the crowd are considered for the award, which is given once every year. The winner in the category Excellent Product Design 2018: the Frauscher 1414 Demon. Designed in partnership with design studio KISKA, experts are impressed with the “unconventional automobile aesthetics that stand out from the usual yacht design standards” as well as a “unique interior with a diagonal and open design that gives the impression of becoming larger and larger the further one goes in.”  Indeed, this almost 14-metre offshore yacht combines the unique Frauscher design with the perfect living space. The 1414 Demon offers more room than any Frauscher yet. A well-designed lounge with a large bathing platform and a well-equipped bar in the outdoor area complement an interior with plenty of headroom, a large bath, a kitchen unit, a large corner seating area and sleeping space for up to four. The quality of the craftsmanship and the materials used reflect 90 years of boat building experience and top-quality yacht engineering.  The jury argued as follows: “In the design of the Frauscher 1414 Demon, the lifestyle design idiom was applied in a masterly fashion to the theme of the yacht. The result is a successful combination of classic yacht elements, automotive design and high functionality with intelligent detail solutions and luxurious comfort, in which the clever space concept makes the cabin appear even larger than it is.”  Michael Frauscher, the member of management who is responsible for Production & Development, personally accepted the award alongside KISKA owner and CEO Gerald Kiska at a festive award ceremony during the Ambiente trade fair 2018 in Frankfurt/Main.

Maritimo Racing Set for Big 2018

After its success in the Offshore Superboat Championships securing a 15th AUS1 championship title in 2017 Maritimo Racing is starting the New Year on a roll and is gearing up for the first round of the UIM XCAT World Championship in the UAE next month (March).  Maritimo's Tom Barry-Cotter said the team’s race boat and workshop container are currently en route to the UAE and after spending the summer months testing and improving the boat he is confident it will be competitive.  Maritimo Racing will compete in a newly refurbished 30ft Doug Wright design with two 400 ROS Mercury Racing outboards.  Barry-Cotter said the boat had been completely re-rigged and repaired following its 200 kilometres per hour plus crash in 2016 and had been rebranded from Gold Coast Australia to Maritimo Racing.  "We lengthened the boat to better handle the 400 ROS outboards and we have undertaken cockpit safety modifications with changes to the windscreen, seats and both upper and lower escape hatches," he said.  Barry-Cotter said the XCAT series in 2018 involved races in the UAE, Europe and China and he was excited by the team's prospects.  In 2017 Maritimo 12 crewed by Barry-Cotter and Steve Jellick proved to be a formidable combination in the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships and they enter 2018 as heavy favourites in a title defense.  The forty feet Maritimo Catamaran has undergone an upgrade program amidst its off-season overhaul. Maritimo's second entry, Maritimo 11 crewed by father and son duo Ross and Andrew Willaton will compete in the new Maritimo R36 and will also present a strong challenge to the title defense.  Barry -Cotter said the off-season had been spent testing and developing the new R36.  The development of the R36 model will see it ultimately made available as a package for purchase, for anyone looking at getting involved in the sport.  The first race in the Australian series will be held in Bowen in late April and the growing Super Cat Extreme Class will see the largest competitive fleet in many years, according to Barry-Cotter.  "We are looking forward to both competitions and we believe we have positioned ourselves very well in terms of the boats we will be campaigning."  Barry-Cotter said Maritimo was the only Australian luxury cruiser manufacturer that had its own race team and the experience and knowledge gained on the international race circuit was inbuilt into the company's range of production vessels.  Captions: Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton hope to add to the Maritimo Racing's trophy cabinet again this year.  The team in action in the Australian Championships last year.

Palumbo on the Black Sea

The Palumbo network continues its expansion policy with the aim of offering its customers the best and most complete service at competitive costs.  With the opening of a new site in Constanta, Romania, on the shores of the Black Sea, we intend to optimize and increase specialized services for the offshore and engineering sectors.  This is a new project that joins the existing shipbuilding network and is completed with the installation at the Tenerife shipyard of a floating dock suitable to deal with major jobs in the oil rig sector. 

Pursuit Wins Innovation Award

Pursuit Boats continues to grow its award-winning Dual Console product line. The Boating Writers
International judging team, in support of the NMMA, voted the all new DC 365 to be the most Innovative product in the Center Console/ Walkaround Fishing Boats category during the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.  “We are very proud of the engineering team we have assembled for Pursuit Boats and have refined a new product development process that accurately reflects market demands. We thank the NMMA and Boating Writers International for the venue to showcase our new DC 365,” Bruce Thompson, President, Pursuit Boats.

Riviera Celebrates Apprentice of the Year Award

Riviera is celebrating the success of the company's apprentice training program with the announcement of winners of the 2017 Apprentice of the Year Awards.  Australia's world-class luxury motor yacht builder works with Queensland TAFE to train 74 apprentices including school-based, young and mature-aged apprentices.  From this team, Riviera training manager Adam Houlahan and his staff utilised strict criteria to select four outstanding candidates as Apprentice of the Year for 2017, one in each training year.  "We interview each apprentice's direct supervisor, seeking information about attitude, skills and their contribution to the team," said Adam. "We also check their work attendance record.  "The candidates' involvement in our Propel program is also vital in judging. Propel is program of monthly sessions in which we teach life skills the apprentices would not learn in their day-to-day work. These include personality assessment, leadership, managing and communicating up the line as well as down. We also cover goal setting and how to handle their finances such as credit cards and opening bank accounts.  "Our mission is to help build great people - taking them from skilled to excellent."  Fourth-year marine craft construction apprentice Nathaniel D'Ambrosia said: "I have always loved boats and wanted to learn more about how they work."  Nathaniel worked for a time on the development of the new Riviera 395 SUV and recently moved to work in motor yacht fitout.  "This is the major part of a build when the deck, hardtop or flybridge and windscreen all come together - where the motor yacht is actually built," he said.  Nathaniel has now completed his apprenticeship and is a qualified boat builder looking forward to expanding his career with Riviera.  Third Year Electrical Apprentice Jack Gleadhill is excited that his course will result in a full electrician qualification.  "We work on the entire wiring of the motor yachts," he said.  "I am impressed that Riviera pays us while we study."  Jayden Lee has completed his second year as an Engineering Apprentice and says he chose engineering because it exposes him to the full range of motor yachts and to the entire process of the build.  "Our work begins from the time a hull comes from the mould through to sea trials," he said.  Jayden particularly enjoys the Propel program.  "Our leaders pass on so much of the knowledge they have gained over many years," he said. "We also learn how to best manage our skills."  First Year Timber and Composites Machining Apprentice Joel Neucom loves the creativity in his work.  "I love hands-on work and started at Riviera in cabinet-making," he said. "I now work in timber machining. We begin with rough-sawn timbers and create door jambs and many of the major joinery elements on board a Riviera. I particularly enjoy working on the finer details of a piece of joinery."  Riviera Apprentice of the Year winners; Nathaniel 'DAmbrosio - 4th Year Marine Craft Construction, Jack Gleadhill - 3rd Year Electrical, Jayden Lee - 2nd Year Engineering, Joel Neucom - 1st Year Timber and Composites Machining.

Riviera New Japan Dealer

Australia's largest luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has moved to substantially enhance its presence in Japan with the appointment of a major leisure corporation, Unimat Precious, to represent the highly awarded Riviera and Belize marque.  Unimat Precious is one of the largest marine businesses in Japan and uniquely placed to offer outstanding motor yacht owner care, owning eight marinas with more than 1,000 berths. Two of the marinas are in the Tokyo Bay region, the country's favourite boating destination.  Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said the appointment of the respected marine industry professionals at Unimat Precious will be warmly welcomed by owners of luxury Riviera motor yachts throughout Japan.  Mr Moxey says the appointment of Unimat Precious will provide additional support, assistance and social opportunities to the growing number of Riviera owners and to those aspiring to explore idyllic destinations throughout Japan.  

Sea Ray Takes Boat of the Year Award

You know the name. You know what it means in the industry. Now it’s being honored by one of the most influential names in the business. Sea Ray is proud to announce the Sea Ray SLX 400 won the most prestigious award in the sport boat industry: Boating Magazine’s Boat of the Year. This award is the latest in a long line of accolades awarded to Sea Ray by the most prominent members of the global boating industry.  “We tested more than 130 boats during 2017, assessing their safety, performance, innovation and place in their categories,” said Kevin Falvey, editorial director, Boating Magazine. “This ‘cruiser’ handles nimbly at 40 knots, makes a great weekender, and boasts many design innovations, not the least of which is the expandable swim platform known as the swim terrace. Dedicated stowage for a stand-up paddle board is just one example that reflects a builder in touch with the current wishes of many boaters. Boating’s Boat of the Year is the most prestigious honor awarded to recreational boat builders. For 2017, the Sea Ray SLX 400 joins the pantheon of great boats that can claim the title of Boat of the Year.”  “We are thrilled, and honored Boating Magazine awarded the Sea Ray SLX 400 Boat of the Year,” said Brad Anderson, president and general manager, Sea Ray Sport Boats and Sport Cruisers. “We are dedicated to quality, craftsmanship and inspiring families and the next generation to love and appreciate boating as much as we do here at Sea Ray.”  In addition to being recognized for Boat of the Year, Sea Ray received multiple additional awards at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious boat shows. Additional awards include: Inboard Express Cruiser – Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award, Best Sales Promotion, #SeaRaySummer – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards, Best Website, New Configurator, Design Your Sea Ray – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards, Best Video, SLX-W 230, in partnership with MarineMax – Marine Marketers of America Neptune Awards.  With the recent wins in Miami and the prestigious Boat of the Year award, Sea Ray, the most awarded boat brand in the world, continues their reign as top in class. Sea Ray is proud to have won the most editor’s choice awards and the most product quality awards in the industry, including the following accolades in the last 12 months: National Marine Manufacturers Association Award, Dealer CSI Awards (Sales), National Marine Manufacturers Association Award, Dealer Marine Industry CSI Awards (Customer Satisfaction), SLX-W 230 Wake Sports Boat, Top Product Award – Boating Industry, SLX 400, Innovation Award - National Marine Manufacturers Association, Retail Marketing Initiative Award, Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, Brunswick Distinguished Safety Award.  “Not only have our boats been awarded year-after-year, but the industry also continuously recognizes our customer service and customer experience, as our recent wins at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show prove,” said Scott Ward, president and general manager, Sea Ray Sport Yachts and Yachts. “Sea Ray is proud to have won the coveted National Marine Manufacturers Association award for excellence in customer service. Our dedication to customer experience, along with our focus on providing boaters with the best boating experience available on the water today, is our focus in 2018 and will continue to be as we grow in the future.”

Sanlorenzo Launch Stile a Bordo Book

Sanlorenzo, the most iconic Italian shipyard, is the protagonist of the new “Stile a bordo” (“Style on Board”) book by Decio Giulio Riccardo Carugati and published by Mondadori Electa, which will has been presented yesterday at the Galleria Rizzoli bookstore in Milan. It is an elegant volume dedicated to the story of the excellence of Sanlorenzo and the innovative approach that, over the years, has enabled the company to expand its creative range, opening itself, as a pioneer in in this context, to different worlds that speak related languages such as art and design.It is a choice that has led Sanlorenzo to revolutionize the way of “living on board” without betraying its own style that has always distinguished itself through its timeless elegance and for its simplicity of form, the expression of a refined luxury which is never blatant, splendidly illustrated in this collection through the images of interior projects which are the fruit of the close collaboration with internationally renowned designer and architects and with the companies that represent the excellence in the field of international design. Thanks to the management of President Massimo Perotti and the role played by Sergio Buttiglieri, Style Director of the yacht division of the company, Sanlorenzo has in fact pursued new and unexpected paths: the desire to leave old practice behind has given life to collaborations with Dordoni Architetti, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Piero Lissoni who have produced a total revolution of the aesthetic codes of nautical design through the adoption of a series of innovations and stylistic elements that have enabled them to bring the concept of “home living” on board. The role of design companies such as Boffi, Artemide, Paola Lenti, Ivano Redaelli, Edra, Minotti, Flexform, Penelope Oggi, Roda, and B&B Italia, which have studied ad hoc solutions for Sanlorenzo has been essential, adapting the technical characteristics, the materials and the construction solutions of their own products to marine needs. Not to be missed in this narrative is the reference by the author to the great masters of the world of design and art, whose works and icons, protagonists of the interior projects of Sanlorenzo yachts, have been carefully selected from the internal style center together with the ship owner, who is actively involved in every step of the design.The vocation for design in Sanlorenzo is accompanied by a great sensitivity to the world of art. As proved by the many initiatives organized in the last couple of years, such as the collaborations with Tornabuoni Arte on the occasions of Art Basel Miami 2016 and 57. Biennale D'Arte, and that with Triennale di Milano during FuoriSalone 2017. 

Tiara Wins Innovation Award

The all new Tiara Sport 38LS, which debuted in the fall of 2017, has been awarded the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award. The Tiara Sport brand was
launched during Tiara’s annual dealer conference and quickly garnered industry attention as the first Tiara featuring outboard power. The 38 LS is the modern reinterpretation of luxury sport yachting. The first in its series outfitted with dependable Yamaha outboard power, the style of the 38 LS is said to be athletic and performance minded while delivering a sense of luxury in her lines and layout.  “We are absolutely thrilled with the innovation award and applaud our engineering and design team for delivering a product that exceeds market expectations. We thank the Boating Writers International judging team and the NMMA for providing a competitive venue to showcase a superior product,” Tom Slikkers, CEO S2 Yachts.

Vanquish Signs New Investment Partnership

Vanquish Yachts in the Netherlands has signed a partnership with leading Dutch investment company TransEquity Network. The agreement will enable Vanquish to take its growing success in the market for bespoke driver’s boats to the next level, increasing its financial, commercial and management capacity. Vanquish Yachts director Tom Steentjes remains firmly at the helm as the yard he founded in 2013 further expands its range and client base in Europe, the Americas and Asia. This exciting new partnership comes on the heels of impressive growth in terms of sales and brand recognition for Vanquish Yachts. The yard has built its all-aluminium speed machines for demanding individuals in many European sailing hot spots, with the Balearic Islands being a particular favorite haunt of Vanquish owners. Since its successful debut at last year’s Fort Lauderdale show, Vanquish has taken a significant number of new orders from clients in the US appreciative of the unique combination of awesome agility, supreme comfort and pure Dutch quality on offer. Also headquartered in the Netherlands, TransEquity Network focuses on mid-sized companies with significant growth potential. Its emphasis on providing hands-on support will facilitate the ongoing growth of Vanquish Yachts as a company. “We recognised that we could use some extra capacity in terms of commercial and overall management,” explains Tom Steentjes. “Additional investment is always useful too and will allow my team to focus on further optimizing our designs, technology and production. Building spectacular sports boats is what we do best, and having the room to concentrate on customizing each one to the requirements of individual clients is what inspires me most.” Vanquish Yachts currently builds boats between five and twenty meters, and this new partnership will enable it to further develop the yard’s unique proposition and expand into larger motor yachts. “There is clear demand from the market for such a move,” concludes Steentjes. “Now we can take the vision forward with TransEquity, which has a rich experience in enabling the growth of ambitious brands with a first-class product such as ours.” 

Viking on Top at Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament

The Viking 68 took the highest spot on the leader board at the recent Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament. Challenging conditions with gusts blowing up to 30 knots didn't scare the crew fishing the 68 out of Palm Beach, Florida. Over back-to-back days the team released 25 sailfish to take home the title of Top Boat while Ryan Higgins claimed Top Captain. Steve Ehrbar was the 3rd Top Angler Overall and weighed a 55-pound wahoo for the Heaviest Meatfish.  At Saturday's Awards Dinner, Viking President & CEO Pat Healey presented a check to The Billfish Foundation from the Recreational Fishing Alliance. The two organizations are working together to ensure the recreational fishing industry remains strong.

Viking First at Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament

Mdala, a Viking 62, clinched 1st Place at the Cheeca Lodge Presidential Sailfish Tournament in Islamorada, Florida. The Overall Champs took the lead with their 13th sailfish at the end of the final day. Captain John Hagen took the Outstanding Captain Award and Outstanding Mate Awards went to Codey Gunther, James Hagen and Alex Rifice. The rest of the crew included Steve and Eric Pfeifer, Cody Gunther and Tyler Valles.  This was the 3rd and Final Leg in the prestigious Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship. Mdala's win at the Cheeca Lodge cemented their 2nd Place Overall Finish in the series with 26 total releases. 

Zeelander at Volvo Ocean Race

A Zeelander Australian owners was fortunate enough to experience close up action of “Team Vestas” which are currently ranked 3rd in the race. On first and second place are MAPFRE and China’s Dongfeng Race Team. On 4th place is the Dutch “team Brunel”.  Vestas 11th Hour Racing is a Volvo Ocean 65 yacht named after it’s two main sponsors: a wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S and 11th Hour Racing, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation.  Did you know that these Volvo 65 yachts easily sail across the globe with an average speed of 24.8 knots and a maximum of 40 knots? The keel & bulb weighs as much as 3 rhinos!

February 27, 2018

Project: Mazu 52 Hard Top

Hot on the heels of the 38 Open White Pearl, showcased by Mazu Yachts at Boot Dusseldorf in January, the Turkish boutique boat builder is delighted to announce a brand new model: the dynamic 52 Hard Top.  The 52 Hard Top is built of carbon composite in a lightweight sandwich construction for rigidity and strength. Following very much in the vein of its Open models in terms of styling and performance, the extra length overall offers more interior volume and deck space, plus the addition of an open-sided, carbon composite hardtop for protection from the summer sun. In short, it continues the handcrafted, luxury yacht feel of the Mazu range with enhanced on-board comfort for extended overnight cruising.  In fact, the hull is just 15 centimeters higher than the 38 Open, but the interior layout provides for two guest cabins with separate bathroom facilities and a spacious dinette/lounge area. This is in addition to the large fore-deck, protected cockpit, and open aft deck and swim platform. Powered by twin Volvo 600hp engines with IPS pod propulsion, the Mazu 52 Hard Top will have a top speed of around 37 knots and a cruising speed of 32 knots.  The first 52 Hard Top, already in build for a client at the Mazu shipyard in Istanbul, will be launched at the end of May before undergoing extensive sea trials. The new model will then make its international debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2018.

February 26, 2018

New Model: Sea Ray 320 Sundancer

With the new Sundancer 320 Sea Ray shatters all assumptions, re-imagining the balance of indoor and outdoor space with a sport cruiser that is as versatile as it is elegant, and a new mix of center console exterior amenities and cabin interior comfort. Indeed the Sea Ray 320 Sundancer features a full length crowd-pleasing main deck cockpit, and a remarkably comfortable sleeping four cabin. The exterior impresses for its bow lounge area sure to be the one of the most popular zones on-board.  Launched in the fall of 2017 the Sea Ray 320 Sundancer features interesting design and comfort choices, and for the ever popular outboard lovers it is also available in that format from beginning of 2018. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.44 m (34,3ft) with extended bathing platform
LOA - 9.82 m without extended bathing platform
Beam - 3.25 m
Displacement - 6035 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 643 l
Water Capacity - 121 l
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 4.5l MPI 250hp, 6.2l MPI 300hp, 6.2l MPI 350hp petrol gas, Mercury 3.0 TDI 260hp
Propulsion - Mercruiser Bravi III dual propeller stern drive
Certification - ABYC, NMMA, CE

February 25, 2018

Web: Contest Yachts New Web Site

Contest Yachts from the Netherlands presents its new World wide web virtual showroom.  Founded in 1959 by Ed Conijn, the Dutch builder launches its first model in the same year launching the 25 sailing cruiser designed by Gerard Luyten of which three hundred plus units are sold.  The company continue to expand over the years and decades, building always larger and more luxurious sailing cruisers and yachts which today go up to the 85CS flagship.  In 2003 Ed Conijn passes over the helm to son Arjen.  Arjen Conijn will continue to expand Contest yachts in size, and in 2011 the Dutch builder enters the motor yacht market with the 52MC.  The 52MC first launched in the Fastlane, is later on expanded in the Flybridge, Open Sport, Classic, and T-Top versions.  Contest new website takes you around with the following buttons; Contest Range, Contest World, Contest Group, Contest Media, and Contact.  Contast is also on social media with bottom of the link buttons taking you to its Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and Youtube pages.   

February 24, 2018

Project: Cayman F920

Returning back in full production in 2017 with the presentation and launching of the new S450 model, Italian Cayman yachts continues to present new updates concerning its future showing this project for an important new F920 flaghsip.  The F920 is currently under construction in Italy and is a design to Italian designer Ferragni who previously had work experiences with Baia, Italian Yachts, and also the Capelli small boat and rib range.  The Cayman F920 will compete in the competitive raised pilot house 27 to 28 meter segment, tough at this stage it is not understood if it will feature the desired owners stateroom on the forward part of the main deck. 

February 23, 2018

New Model: Numarine 26 XP

Numarine, the European high performance motor yacht shipyard headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey offering a range of yachts from 62 to 105 feet, is delighted to announce that the very first hull of the 26 XP Explorer Series has been launched. The yacht’s premiere is planned for the Turkish Eurasia Boat Show held in the second part of February 2018 in Tuzla near Istanbul. This compact 26-meter expedition vessel was sold in May 2016 to a returning customer from Turkey.  This the fourth Numarine for this loyal client, before which he owned the 78 Flybdige yachts. Numarine’s long-term collaborator Can Yalman designed the 26 XP’s exterior and interior. Naval architecture is by Umberto Tagliavini. She is very modern, even futuristic, due to angular windows and a vertical bow, and carries the DNA of a larger model, the 32XP, the first of which was launched last summer. Designed to offer the same capabilities of her longer sisters, the 26 XP’s smaller draft allows her to berth in shallower harbors. The yacht has well proven and efficient hull, specially designed for ocean cruising.  The first 26 XP unit was built in the very efficient, semi-displacement version. The superyacht will achieve a maximum speed of 22 knots, with a cruising speed of 18 knots. Her sophisticated interior is spacious and refined. There are four large guest cabins below decks, including the master suite amidships and two VIP cabins. Social areas are vast, with an extensive main saloon, beach platform and a special flybridge with its own lounge, dining table and even storage space for a 5-meter tender.  To ensure the maximum level of comfort on board the 26 XP, Numarine took great care in eliminating or reducing all sources of noise and vibration. The onboard systems that resolve these issues are from the shipyard’s longstanding partner Silent Line, noise and vibration experts for luxury yachts, commercial vessels, and industrial and architectural projects.  The 26 XP is also unique due to her flexible design concept. While the first unit was built with the semi-displacement option, there is also the possibility to choose the displacement version: here, the yacht’s maximum speed is 11.5 knots, with a cruising speed of 9 knots and greater fuel autonomy, up to 3500 nm at 8 knots.  The 26 XP is looking a success for Numarine with four units sold, three of which will be of the displacement long range version.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.68 m (84.2ft)
Waterline Length - 23.95 m
Beam - 6.60 m
Draft - 2.20 m incl props
Displacement - 74000 kg full load, 60000 kg light
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, three or four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V8 1200hp semi displacement hull, R6 560hp full displacement hull
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF gearbox
Speed - 22 knots max 18 knots cruise semi-displacement, 11 knots max 8 knots cruise full displacement  
Hull Shape - semi displacement, or full displacement shape form
Project - Can Yalman exterior and interior, Umberto Tagliavini naval architecture
Certification - CE A

February 22, 2018

Project: Van Den Hoven 1700 Executive Mk.II

Fairly soon after the introduction of the new Executive 1500 Mk.II and 1850, Dutch builder Van Den Hoven started seeing demand from the market to fill the gap between the two new models. This was how the new Executive 1700 Mk.II project, currently under construction in Waspik started to take shape.  The new 1700 Executive Mk.II design follows the modern and international design language established by the 1850 and 1500 Mk.II, but with its own clear identity. Examples include a redesign of the side windows and a fresh take on the hull. New design methods have also made it possible to combine higher speeds with a lower fuel consumption.  As Van den Hoven interiors are well-known for their intelligent layout and spaciousness, with a great deal of attention to this aspect for on board comfort. The galley, wheelhouse, lounge and dining space flow naturally into each other, adding to both the cosines and convenience. For instance, guests can enjoy a drink on the aft deck, the modern galley invites top-notch cooking, and there is plenty of space around the helm for people to gather and socialize.  The standard version of the  Van Den Hoven 1700 Executive Mk.II is equipped with twin Volvo 225hp diesel engines with line shaft propulsion.

February 21, 2018

New Model: Azimut Atlantis 51

Atlantis up until some time ago a separate brand of the Azimut Benetti Group enters its third phase of design with this new 51, World presented along the 55 Flybridge during the 2018 Dusseldorf boat show.  In this new Atlantis 51 designers Neo Design integrate looks more inline with Azimut yachts, see bow design with similar grill to the S series.  The Atlantis 51 presents itself as a traditional Mediterranean sport yacht with a spacious open hard top covered main deck, and an interior with a traditional three cabin layout; forward owners stateroom, two guest cabins at midships, and saloon and galley in between the cabins.  In short the Azimut Atlantis 51 is very much similar to the 50 model its replaces with important design elements which take her to the next design phase and a renewed propulsion system now with Volvo IPS pod drives.  This made in order to make the Azimut Atlantis 51 compete with the like of Fairline 48 Targa Open, new Princess V50, and Sunseeker 50 San Remo.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.18 m (53.1ft) inl pulpit
Hull Length - 15.75 m
Beam - 4.55 m
Draft - 1.30 m with props, drives and full load
Displacement - 22 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 1440 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max 30 knots cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 14.2 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Neo Design exterior and interior, hull Azimut-Benetti Research and Design
Certification - UNI ISO 8666

February 20, 2018

Project: Tornado 38 T-Tender

With the increase of super yachts sizes the tender boat market has received a boost in recent years, not only expanding the offer but also becoming bigger.  To be exact today the word tender means not only a support vessel for a bigger boat, but some of these tenders especially those going over the ten meter size also tend to be of service to seaside residencies and used purely for day boat duties.  Tornado who founded in 1968 is celebrating fifty years in business present the project for the 38 T-Tender, based on the platform of its most successful model to date the long produced 38.  Designed by architect Gianluca Caputi, a famous from Rome naval architect who I remind was responsible for the third generation Italcraft which span from the end nineties up till the first decade of the second millennium, the Tornado 38 T-Tender features a complete revised design which concentrated on the main deck extending cockpit size by over two meter.  Thanks to this the main deck of the 48 T-Tender is not only larger to the standard 38 model, but will features a more spacious L-shaped dinette and a second looking backward L-shaped lounge.  The trade off for this is a smaller interior which now features a V-shaped forward sofa which converts to a second berth, and separate medium sized shower head.  The Tornado 38 T-Tender will be powered by twin Volvo 300hp with stern drive propulsion which give a max speed of 37 knots.

February 19, 2018

New Model: Beneteau 50 Gran Turismo Sportfly

With the launch of the 50 Gran Turismo Sportfly Beneteeau completes the circle of its sport cruiser range which now is all redesigned to the lines of Italian from Venice designers Nuvolari and Lenard.  The new Beneteau 50 Gran Turismo Sportfly is a border model just going over the fifteen meter size to be considered a yacht, and adding a sport flybridge on the standard Gran Turismo 50 hard top.  Access to the flybridge is from the stair case ladder to starboard.  The flybridge offers a layout with C-shaped dinette and forward passenger settee to port side, and helm station to starboard.  For the remaining the Beneteau 50 Sportfly is identical to the standard Gran Turismo with the choice for three or two cabins, and a spacious L-shaped galley located on the lower deck.  The Beneteau 50 Gran Turismo Sportfly is powered by twin Volvo 435hp engines with IPS pod propulsion.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.78 m (51.9ft)
Hull Length - 14.17 m
Beam - 4.40 m 
Draft - 1.16 m
Displacement - 13210 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 650 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS600 pod drives
Hull Shape - planning Vee with second generation Air Step system combined to IPS pod drives
Construction - Infusion molding with monlithic hull, and balsa cored topsides
Project - Nuvolari Lendard exterior, Andreani interior, hull Air Step system by R.L. Jeantet, P.Tableau, and M. Tronquez 
Certification - CE B12 C12

February 18, 2018

Project: Uniesse 125 Tri Deck

Uniesse continues in its pursuit in exciting its fans and boaters alike with an endless list of new projects coming out from the technical office of the Italian build American owned name.  The Uniesse 125 Tri Deck is the latest to come from the drawing board what is a flagship largest project to date.  As the model name says the 125 is a triple deck super yacht and will also feature a semi wide body design for the main deck, this portion usually reserved to a spacious owners stateroom.  The second deck which also accommodates the pilothouse will feature a Portuguese style forward balcony.  It will be interesting to see if Uniesse will produce this project or any other of the three projects above the 24 meter size it presented in recent years, with its largest ever build still being the 75 HT model it launched in the end of 2007.

February 17, 2018

New Launch: CRN 50m Superconero hull. 136

With a private ceremony, CRN launched M/Y Latona a 50 meters hull number 136 inspired by the historic Superconero line of the Sixties.  Superconero 50 meters marks the success of a new collaboration between CRN’s Engineering and Interiors and Design departments with the Zuccon studio of Rome.  The result is a displacement yacht in steel and aluminium with a classic style and refined details, each chosen individually by its Owner. The balance between the interior volumes and the desire to make the vessel as lean as possible have led to the creation of a yacht with sleek lines and a slender bow. With its 50m length, and five wide decks, the new CRN Superconero is characterized by the large interior spaces and extensive windows that offer the owner and his guests constant contact with the sea. The design solutions implemented by CRN make it possible to fully experience the navigation experience, thanks to the balcony used for cruising and the terrace overlooking the sea, the area is open and enjoyable when the yacht is moored. The garage is floodable, allowing the tender to enter the water without using a davit, and transforming a purely technical environment into an open-air living area perfectly integrated into the beach club.  CRN 50m Superconero will be presented as a world premiere at the end of September 2018 during the Monaco Yacht Show.
Technical Data:
LOA - 50 m (164ft)
Beam - 8.60 m
Draft - 2.65 m
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1599hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 15 knots max speed, 14 knots cruise, 11 knots long range cruise
Range - 3800 nm at 11 knots 
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel hull, alloy supper structure
Project - Zuccon International Project exterior, CRN design for engineering and interior

February 16, 2018

Project: Ocean Alexander 90 Revolution Enclosed

Designed by Evan Marshall, the US designer and his team took the extensive knowledge of Ocean Alexander and masterfully revolutionized its legacy introducing the 90 Revolution Enclosed, a super yacht unlike anything the Taiwan builder has build to date.  The Ocean Alexander 90 Revolution Enclosed not only offers new design elements, but also enters in the the competitive semi wide body 27-28 meter category offering a forward main deck owners stateroom, and three or four guest cabins below deck.   The Ocean Alexander 90 Revolution Enclosed is to be powered by twin MTU 1600hp engines, and is to be launched in second half of 2018. A 90 Revolution Open, with the fly helm deck offering a open style hard top is also available.

February 15, 2018

New Model: Horizon V68

Horizon has launched the new V68, which surprises for its large yacht features ingeniously fitted within a manageable owner/operator framework.  Named in project stages as V67, the V68 was created in collaboration with world-renowned designer Jonathan Quinn Barnett and has been planned throughout with spacious accommodations, wide side decks, and a voluminous interior based on six meter wide beam that takes advantage of large windows in the main deck and cabins. The Horizon V68 offers a flexible three or four stateroom layout, with optional crew quarters aft, as well as various configurations for all three decks including open and enclosed bridge. The V68’s plumb bow design, a striking feature from Stimson Yachts hull design allows for a longer waterline and reduces drag at lower, displacement speeds; the larger hull beam also makes for greater stability when it counts most, at slow speeds. Ideal for first or second-time buyers, families and owner/operators, the Horizon V68 provides the qualities of a superyacht with a safety, solid architecture, and customization all in under 21 meter size.  The Horizon V68 is powered by twin Cats 1136hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.87 m (68.5ft)
Waterline Length - 20.16 m
Beam - 6 m
Draft - 1.69 m incl props
Displacement - 49.73 t
Fuel Capacity - 4542 l
Water Capacity - 1136 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 Acert 1136hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Stimson Yachts for hull design, Jonathan Quinn Barnett interior

February 14, 2018

Project: Sea Ray 520 Sundancer

Sea Ray debuts the all-new Sundancer 520 during February’s Miami Yacht Show. Following the debut of its sister model, the Fly 520, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last November, this beautiful new sport yacht is designed for maximum flow of natural light, creating a seamless yachting experience and maximum onboard enjoyment.  The Sundancer 520 features sophisticated new styling, ample windows and contemporary materials, which all contribute to the bright, sunlit aesthetic. Interior features offer new wood selections, which are expertly crafted and grain-matched throughout to elevate the overall visual appeal. The entirety of the yacht is geared toward effortless entertaining and luxurious livability.  Innovative design is apparent in the cockpit, where Sea Ray’s ingenious seating solution creates maximum versatility. The aft lounge seat, with convertible backrest, slides forward and aft to form multiple configurations, facing into the cockpit from the aft position or brought forward to overlook the swim platform. An optional transom gourmet station adds a grill and large storage drawer, further enhancing sociability. A large lazarette can be accessed from the swim platform, making it easy to stow water toys and gear. At night, upgraded lighting designs create a compelling environment.  Inside, the main level salon is accessible from the cockpit through a wide, stainless steel framed door. The salon’s convenient galley aft layout provides a hub for both inside and outside entertaining. Premium amenities in the galley include stainless steel drawer style refrigerator/freezers, solid surface counter-tops with sink and faucet, and abundant storage. Forward of the galley, the salon encourages relaxation with plush opposing sofas and a standard TV, which rises to provide an exceptional viewing experience. The helm station ensures confident command, with touch sensitive switch panels and a full suite of the latest Raymarine electronics. Two richly appointed lower level staterooms treat guests and owners alike to luxurious accommodations with abundant storage. Aft is the full-beam master stateroom, which creates an inviting escape, complete with a private head and entertainment features. Like the salon, this space maintains a great connection with the outdoors thanks to large hull windows. Forward, the guest stateroom includes a queen bed and access to the guest head. A lower seating area is featured starboard with a hull side window, opposed seating and a table. Owners can opt for a third stateroom in this space that features twin bunks and additional storage.  The yacht makes full use of exterior spaces as well, including an expansive bow lounging area with room to relax while enjoying music. An optional sun shade can be added.  In terms of performance the Sea Ray Sundancer 520 is powered by twin Cummins 600hp engines coupled to Zeus dual propeller aft looking pod drives propulsion with joystick control and Skyhook Station keeping and automatic hydraulic trim tabs that enable operating the yacht with ease. To build on a great hull form, an infused hull and advanced lamination structures support the performance needs of modern boaters. Further enhancing the outstanding ride quality and handling, which Sea Rays are known for, the Sundancer 520 can be equipped with an optional gyro-stabilization system.  Manufactured in Palm Coast, Florida, at Sea Ray’s state-of-the-art facility, the Sundancer 520 reflects superior craftsmanship and attention to detail.  For instance, in the engine room, a white finish, superior routings and plenty of service room make this boat a breeze to maintain. The electrical system features easy-to-access breakers and an innovative touch-sensitive switching system at the helm, making the systems intuitive to use and providing the highest level of durability.

February 13, 2018

New Model: Sunseeker 76 Yacht

The 23 meter motor yacht has always been an important size category for the famous production boat builders, considered a step away from super yachting yet expected to offer similar size and benefits of the one meter larger vessels which enter into small ship category in various registries.  Sunseeker 76 Yacht is the Poole boat builder new offer in this size, replacing the 2014 born 75 Yacht and presents itself with an interesting mix of sporty looks and spacious interiors.  The new Sunseeker 76 Yacht unlike the previous 75 which was an evolution of the 70 and 73 models features a totally new hull, which is wider and also offers more space both inside and outside.  Thanks to this it reported an instant success with eighteen orders being made on plan before the first hull was even completed.  Full glazed windows are part of the package of the 76 Yacht and as any new Sunseeker model of the last decade we see the glass versus fiberglass coefficient increase. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.60 m (77.5ft)
Beam - 5.95 m
Draft - 1.7 m full load and including props
Displacement - 53700 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 6000 l
Water Capacity - 1400 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, three crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man 1550hp 
Propulsion - line shaft in semi tunnels
Speed - 32 knots max 25 knots cruise
Range - 400 nm at optimum fast cruise, 1000 nm at 10 knots
Construction - hand laid GRP with Vinilester resin balsa cored hull sides, PVC cored topsides
Certification - CE

February 12, 2018

Project: Burger 48 Cruiser Project 512

Burger 48 Cruiser Project 512 is a special opportunity to purchase a fourteen meter aluminum cruiser featuring a patented hull design developed by Vripack Naval Architects in the Netherlands and an exquisite interior designed by Luiz de Basto of Miami, Florida.  Already under construction, this very unique Burger is currently available for sale, with delivery scheduled for the summer of 2018. Burger 48 Cruiser provides a new generation of yacht owners the opportunity to experience the joy of owning a new custom Burger.  Every detail of the Burger 48 Cruiser reflects Burger's quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. Powered by twin 600hp Volvo Penta with IPS pod propulsion, the Burger 48 Cruiser incorporates Vripack's revolutionary patented Slide hull design. This hull provides her owner a cruising speed of 30 knots and a top speed of approximately 35 knots in comfort and reduced fuel consumption.  The interior, designed by Luiz de Basto, features two ensuite staterooms, unobstructed views in the open salon and galley area, and exceptional exterior spaces for entertaining friends and family.

February 11, 2018

Web: Couach New Web Site

A new web showroom from renowned French Motor and Super Yacht builder Couach Yachts. Founded in 1897 as a marine engine company, Couach goes on in 1946 to start building boats with the Arcoa Yachts brand, and in 1962 forms the Guy Couach Yachts brand. In 1970 the French brand offers yachts from twelve to sixteen meters which get incredible recognition, with the company also forming the military patrol boats company Plascoa. 1998 the company sets its sights on the super yacht segment over eighty feet, with this resulting in buying the IMS shipyard in Toulon. In 2011 Couch is acquired by Nepteam. Today Couach Yachts offers ten models from eleven up to fifty meters, divided into a four range set up; Mediterranean, Sport, Lounge, and Custom Line.  Couach line up starts with the outboard powered center console sport boat Mediterranean 1100 S, up to the 5000 Custom Line flagship which has been delivered in two units. The new Couach website is available in French and English language, and has the following main tabs: The Shipyard, The Craft, The Yachts, Contact, and Media.

February 10, 2018

Project: Baglietto 54m Hull 10231

Baglietto reveals first image of the new 54m hull #10231.  Featuring a displacement shape underwater hull 10231 is based on a brand new naval platform expressly tailored for this project. The vessel in all aluminum and will have a beam over ten meters and draft less to three meters with a transatlantic range of 4500 nautical miles at cruising speed of 12 knots.  Baglietto 54m Hull 10231 will be in the highest class of Lloyd’s Register of Shipping. The yacht is intended for delivery in 2020.

February 9, 2018

New Model: Nordhavn N100

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its newest super yacht, a 100-foot Nordhavn. Named Serenity the new Nordhavn N100 is a luminary and representative of the new reaches of excellence PAE has achieved with its most recent launches. Based on the hull of the Nordhavn 86/96, this newest expedition yacht is a dream for her avid fisherman-owner who wanted a yacht with a proper sportfishing cockpit capable of taking him to the most productive fishing spots in the world.  The lines of the new N100 are unmistakably Nordhavn, with the same elegant look found in the classic profile of the N96. The model met the buyer’s wishes for a global cruising yacht with world class construction, performance and finish. But he wanted a proper sport fishing cockpit that wouldn’t interfere with guest lounging spaces.  PAE’s design team went to work on devising a space separate from the California deck, the designated outdoor entertaining area aft of the saloon. The addition of the fishing cockpit is courtesy of an extended transom and swim step that extended the length.  While the N86 and N96 models interior is highly custom to an owners vision, N100 differs vastly from the smaller sister-ships with a very unique layout that the owner helped design in order to achieve enough staterooms for his family and sufficient quarters for crew. The result is a five-stateroom retreat, each with en-suite head, plus accommodations for a crew of four.  Destry Darr Designs created a modern, elegant and comfortable living space that features walnut wood, stainless steel inlays, Lutron lighting and extraordinary stone work. The medium-dark colored wood sets off a neutral color scheme of grey, cream and brown and allows the vibrant artwork throughout the boat to stand out.  Her distinct hull color is a regal Stars and Stripes blue.  While the longer waterline gives Serenity a slight edge in efficiency over the N96, says Chief of Design Jeff Leishman, speed and fuel capacity won’t vary from a typical Nordhavn 96 in spite of the increased length.  Built at South Coast Yacht Marine, Nordhavn N100 is being prepared to be shipped to PAE headquarters in Dana Point, CA, for final commissioning in March.
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.78 m (101ft)
Beam - 7.32 m
Draft - 2.49 m
Displacement - 181.4 t
Fuel Capacity - 26497 l
Water Capacity - 3406 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU Series 60 600hp, Cats C18 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 10 knots cruise, 9 knots long range
Range - 4000 nm at 9 knots
Project - Destry Darr interior, Jeff Leishman engineering

February 7, 2018

New Model: Integrity 530 Grand Sedan

Integrity Boats from down under Australia and production in China introduce the 530 Grand Sedan, a sixteen meters explorer yacht.  For hull one the 530 Grand Sedan featured the upgraded 700hp Scania engine set up, offering more power and fuel efficiency for long range cruising. Boasting a large swim platform with BBQ, expansive cockpit, aft galley and saloon layout connected through a rear hopper windows and doors, the 530 Grand Sedan is an entertainers delight. Along with full walk-around decks and high hand rails for optimal safety, the pilothouse features two helm seats and an open lounge. But it’s the lower deck accommodation that sets the 530 Grand Sedan apart and its three double cabins layout; a full-beam midships master suite featuring separate shower and head, a double forward guest suite with an adjacent large bathroom, and a third cabin with twin bunks.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16 m (52.4ft)
Hull Length - 15.85 m 
Beam - 4.70 m
Draft - 1.5 m
Displacement - 
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1000 l
Water Capacity 950 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7l 480hp, or Scania 700hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five bladed propellers
Construction - hand laid fiberglass

February 6, 2018

Project: Jarrett Bay 67 Sportfisherman Hull #66

Jarrett Bay from Beaufort North Carolina has started construction for its hull number 66, what will be a four cabin 67 feet sportfish yacht.  As usual to the usual Jarrett Bay custom series hull 66 will be build in cold molding and feature four cabins three heads layout including a midships owners staterooms.  As the rendering above show Jarrett Bay 67 Sportfisherman Hull 66 will feature also a spacious main deck, with an island style galley to starboard, C-shaped dinette and L-shape lounge sofa to port side.  No engines and  or performance numbers have been given yet for Hull 66 but expect the usual forty knots performance associated with most newer Jarrett Bay models.  

February 5, 2018

New Model: Azimut 55 Flybridge

Azimut set up an important stage at the end of January 2018 held Dusseldorf boat show presenting not one but two World premiers.  The Azimut 55 Flybridge is one of the important new premiers for the Italian builder replacing the 53/54 and also inspired thanks in model name to the success that was the 2000 till 2009 produced best selling 55 which sold around five hundred units in that time period.  For those that follow Azimut, this new 55 Flybridge is an entirely new model and here the Italian builder and its designers Stefano Righini for the exterior, and Achille Salvagni for interior, take a conservative route as the sun-pad in the fore deck and no forward bench settee.  For the first time in the 55 Flybridge we also see Azimut with the galley located astern of the main deck.  As story go the astern galley was introduced by Ferretti in 2005 on the 630, and then followed in all its sub twenty meters models.  As is usual the Azimut 55 Flybridge shines in its lower deck layout with three spacious cabins serving guests including a full beam midships located owners stateroom.  A single berth crew cabin is located aft.  The Azimut 55 Flybridge is powered by twin Man 800hp reaching top speeds of 31 knots and a cruise of 27 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.90 (55.5ft)
Beam - 4.90 m
Displacement - 29 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 2300 l
Water Capacity - 590 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man i6 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max 27 knots cruise
Hull Shape - planning Vee with 12 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Stefano Righini exterior Achille Salvagni interior
Certification - Data UNI ISO8666

February 4, 2018

Project: Johnson 115

This 115 project will be the new flagship of the Johnson range. This tri-deck yacht takes the distinctive style and values of the Johnson line to a new level of style and sophistication. Her very wide beam hull provides outstanding levels of comfort, performance and interior space. Architectural features like the large full height glass windows of the saloon and the expansive windows in the owner’s suite significantly enhance the experience of living on the water.  Dixon Yacht Designs 7.8 meter beam semi-planning ‘Fusion’ hull ensures the 115 provides both optimum efficiency and comfort. It also permits a high level of customization allowing the yacht to be tailored to the individual needs of the customer.  Standard layout is for five guest cabins including a forward main deck located full beam layout owners stateroom.  The Johnson 115 is to be powered by twin Cats 1925hp engines.

February 3, 2018

New Model: Admiral 74m Planet Nine

The Italian Sea Group is proud to announce the launch of the Admiral 74 meter Planet Nine, the ultra innovative explorer yacht, already setting a benchmark in her category.  Titled as Project 575 in construction stages the 74 meter super yacht is currently doing her finishing touches and represents the 575th vessel since 1942 for the Group.  The peculiar external design hides a balanced combination of comfortable interior and typical practical needs of long-range cruises.  The interior design guarantees extreme comfort and wide spaces both in the suites and in the various common areas.  The interiors recall the classic taste and the elegant atmosphere typical of timeless yachts, but with a touch of sober modernity.  We wanted to reproduce the comfort and intimacy of a villa with the intention to live the spaces on board for a good portion of the year.   The style is elegant and contemporary, representing a concentration of luxury, style and power.  The main deck is entirely dedicated to the Owner with a private area of over 300 square meters divided into two distinct areas: the main cabin in the aft, the lounge area and a second cabin in the bow.  Still on the main deck, but with an exclusive access from the upper deck, we find a real theater room equipped with a 119 inch large screen.  The upper deck is dedicated to Guests with a wide panoramic observatory lounge to the bow.  On the lower deck there are the five guests cabins and 1 cabin for the owner's staff.  It also has a direct access to the wide beach club and to the spa which features a large terrace overlooking the sea.  The wheelhouse bridge houses not only the wheelhouse but a comfortable VIP cabin to the stern.  The decks are connected by two elevators, one for crew use only, connecting the under-lower deck with the upper deck where the galley is situated, and the other dedicated to Guests connecting the lower deck to the sundeck.  The yacht is equipped with two Rupert Marine 32 twin diesel tenders which are stored in the main deck aft in two dedicated tender bays.  Admiral 74m Planet Nine is also equipped with a helipad designed to accommodate an “Agusta Grande” helicopter with below deck hangar and refueling capability.  Furthermore we find a dedicated cabin and a office for the helicopter pilot, a unique feature for a yacht of such dimensions.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 74 m (242.7ft)
Beam - 12.93 m
Fuel Capacity - 292000 l
Accommodation - 14 guests in six cabins, 26 crew in 13 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat 3516B 2574 hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five blade FPP propellers
Speed - 16 knots max 14 knots cruise
Construction - hull in high tensile steel, super structure in aluminium alloy
Certification - Lloyds EMEA, Ice Class

February 2, 2018

Project: Yachting Developments 33m Hull 1017

Yachting Developments is delighted to announce the signing of a new super sportfish yacht order, 33m Hull 1017, with work set to commence in the first quarter of 2018. Hull 1017 is an all-carbon fast sportfish design that boasts sleek and sporty lines and will feature full carbon epoxy construction to achieve improved weight and performance. Naval architecture and design work is by New Zealand design house Warwick Yacht Design. Yachting Developments has previously worked together with Warwick Yacht Design on five projects including 30.5m Quintessential and is pleased to be partnering with them once again.  Yachting Developments specializes in building a wide range of custom projects, having delivered a variety of yacht styles including sailing yachts, motor yachts and catamarans, and in recent years the yard has also become known for its expertise in large sportsfisher projects. These include the world’s largest all-carbon super sportsfish yachts the 39.5m Hull 1015, launched in November 2017, and 27.4m Satu, launched in 2012.  Yachting Developemtns 33m Hull 1017 is to be powered by twin MTU 2000hp.

February 1, 2018

Giovanni Jannetti 1930 - 2018

Giovanni Jannetti left for the better World in 31st January 2018 at the age of 87 years at Versilia Hospital in Viareggio.  Born in 1930 Giovanni Jannetti originally from Abruzzo, becomes a Viareggio resident and an important name for motor yachting and the Italian pleasure boating industry when in 1972 he takes over Sanlorenzo of Viareggio, founded by Gianfranco Cecchi and Giuliano Pecchia in 1958.  As soon as Jannetti takes over Sanlorenzo he starts to renew the line and expands its size up to 22 meters.  In 1985 Jannetti makes an important change for Sanlorenzo with the first 57 build in fiberglass, which will start a transition to switch all the models in this building method, and in 1988 launches the first 80, which will mark the builders entry into super yachts.  In 1999 Jannetti moves Sanlorenzo to Ameglia near La Spezia, in order to improve production and expand size.  In 14 April 2005 Giovanni Jannetti sells Sanlorenzo to Massimo Perotti, marking his retirement.  A conservative type, Sanlorenzo under Jannetti was a build to order yacht builder building about ten to twenty yachts a year most of which on client's request, speculation builds where rarely made.  Giovanni Jannetti was a yachting entrepreneur of the old style remembered as a gentleman of the Italian pleasure boating industry.

blogger - Dusseldorf Showdown

It was a big showdown for what is considered the largest on land and all inside boat show on the planet.  Dusseldorf always delivers but for 2018 it had an extra gear with all the main European players not only attending but coming to the show with an important display.  For nine days in the last week of January 2018 the North Central German city connected to the North Sea by the Rhine river was the super market of yachting.
There was a lot of important players who made the 2018 Dusseldorf a special one.  Azimut used the show to unveil two novelties, Ferretti Group made a big statement taking along some of its most important recent new models and presenting projects and plans for the future, and Princess who has been a big supporter of the show in recent years continued where it left.  
Obviously such attention to Dusseldorf comes as proof of a healthy Yachting sector and a believe that the European and the Global economy is on the upswing.  More so it shows a believe in the German economy, which has always had an important role in the European economy.