September 30, 2018

Monthly News - September 2018

-pic of the month- Pearl Wins Best Layout at World Yacht Trophies 2018

Azimut-Benetti Shipyard of the Year

The Azimut|Benetti group closes in beauty the Cannes Yachting Festival, conquering the coveted title of “Shipyard of the Year” during the World Yacht Trophies night, that traditionally concludes the French kermesse. The recognition has been awarded to the Group, which will celebrate its 50 years of activity in 2019, for its consistency in its business management, based on long-term strategies, strength and ability to always research innovative pathways. The Group comprehensively achieved five trophies: next to the most prestigious recognition there are other four. Benetti conquered the best interior design title in the segment 38 to 50 meters with its Seven, of which the interior layout of exceptional livability has been highlighted, realized in collaboration with the Londoner studio Bannenberg and Rowell Design. Azimut achieved a trophy for innovation in the 14 to 18,50 meter segment with the S6, which had its international debut at the Cannes event, as well as the best interior design with Azimut 55 Fly in the segment 14 to 18,50 meters and also with Azimut Grande 32 Meters, in the segment 24 to 38 meters. Both models bear the signature of Achille Salvagni, who confirms his stylistic figure with the interior design of these two yachts, characterized by a refined and timeless elegance, giving life to sophisticated and harmonious environments. “These prizes underline how the success of the Group is strictly connected to the strength of our products, which have distinguished themselves in all the segments and for both brands” commented Giovanni Vitelli, Vice President of the Azimut|Benetti Group.  “The Shipyard of the year title arrives from the power of our products, from the solidity and consistency of our vision, as well as from the passion and energy of the people working with and for us, most of which have been beside us for many years. It is to them that I wish to dedicate this recognition”.

Azimut-Benetti 2018 A Year of Growth and Success

It has been an excellent year for Azimut|Benetti Group, led by Paolo and Giovanna Vitelli, which closed the accounting period with value of production estimated at € 850 million (+18% on the previous year at constant exchange rates) and an adjusted EBITDA of € 50 million. Volumes are also up and stand at 261 new units.  Against this positive backdrop, sales in the Megayacht sector represent a standout result, with 68 orders in the 24 to 40-meter segment alone, another sharp increase on last year’s figure.  The strengthening of the Group’s position in this segment, confirmed by its placing at the top of the Global Order Book ranking announced last December for the 18th year running, is attributable to the commercial success of the Azimut Grande range, and the 35 and 27-meter models in particular, with 10 and 21 units sold respectively since their market debut, and of the Benetti range, which as well as boasting a full 14 yachts sold in the last six-month period, or a total of 570 linear meters (longer than five football pitches), has three Gigayachts under construction, all at an advanced stage of fitting out and one of which will be the world’s largest hybrid yet built. The main markets are the Americas, which account for 38% of sales, followed by Europe with 33%, the Middle East with 16% and Asia Pacific with 13%. In South America, the success of the Itajai shipyard in Brazil deserves a special mention, increasing its value of production by 24%, with 36 yachts built, and bucking the trend reported by many European players who have decided to abandon the country.  Another source of great satisfaction is Fraser Yacht, wholly-owned by Azimut|Benetti Group after its acquisition in 2017, which reported a record year and continues to lead the world professional broker rankings for the 8th year running. During the year, Fraser sold more than 50 yachts over 24 meters, almost twice as many as most of its top ten competitors in the industry. Fraser also represented the largest yacht sold, the 106-meter ULYSSES. The Marina operations owned by the Group also reported good performance and will shortly be joined by a beautiful new arrival in La Valletta (Malta). A new company will also be established at the site under Maltese law to finance the purchase of Azimut and Benetti yachts through local leasing contracts.  Another achievement worthy of mention is the slew of 17 international awards won by the Group during the year, bringing the total number of awards obtained by the two Azimut and Benetti brands over the last five-year period to more than 50.  The Group has invested over €104m over the last three-year period, of which €32m in production capacity and the remaining €72m in renewing the product range. In the upcoming three-year period (2019-2021), another €122m will be invested, of which €28m in production capacity and the remaining €94m on the development of 10 Azimut Yachts and 7 Benetti models to renew the range. The achievements reported this year, and throughout the Group’s history, are the result of an enterprise approach founded on stability and driven by the farsighted vision of the ownership, which has always pursued management continuity, professionalism and profound respect for the customer as the company’s fundamental values.  At the same time, with the arrival of designers who have backgrounds in industries other than yacht building, the strength and success of the product has grown exponentially, driving a constant stream of new models and new product collections.  “As our fiftieth anniversary in business approaches, I am very proud of our achievements,” said Paolo Vitelli, “and now more than ever I think that the complementary nature of Azimut Yachts and Benetti is a key asset. Benetti will continue to pursue its tradition of excellence, with a management team strengthened by professionals of proven management experience and skill and multiple unique projects in the pipeline. In parallel, Azimut will continue to grow and consolidate its positioning, ensuring that the Group’s overall range continues to be the broadest and most comprehensive in the world. I am also delighted with the excellent performance reported by the other companies in the Group (Fraser, Lusben, Yachtique and the Marinas), which contribute to making us a uniquely distinctive player on the market”.  “I think the stability we have achieved at Group level is the premise for ongoing organic growth,” confirmed Giovanna Vitelli “Our distinctiveness, the result of our courage and daring in introducing new technology and design solutions, represents the added value that the market continues to recognize in us”.

Azimut-Benetti Group Change in Top Management

The Management Board of Azimut-Benetti is thrilled to announce the internal reorganization of Benetti’s Top Management team in order to move forward along the path to growth and success with additional dynamism.  Engineer Franco Fusignani, already manager of the Benetti Business Operations Line, with an attentive management of new product development, to ensuring excellence in quality and the rationalizing and efficacy of the Livorno and Viareggio sites, has been invited to Azimut-Benetti’s Board, taking on the role of CEO of the Benetti Business Line. Mr. Fusignani combines expertise in processes and in organization, earned at the head of large international groups, with great knowledge of the sector, which he has proven during the last 12 months of intense work, completely dedicated to the reorganization of Operations. In the near future, particular attention will be given to strengthening the commercial organization.  Engineer Christos Ramnialis will be taking on the role of Vice President of Development of the Benetti Business Line, answering to the CEO, with the responsibility of continuing the work already in progress of opening new markets, stimulating the launch of new, innovative products, and in strengthening the Brand in order to give competition to our principal competitors in North Europe in the Mega and Giga yacht industry. His professional competency, his mid-European culture, and many years of close ties with these shipyards will be important for the development of the Benetti brand.  Engineer Vincenzo Poerio, after a brilliant career of 25 years at the head of Benetti, transforming it over time with determination into one of the largest companies worldwide in the sector, has decided to take on a new entrepreneurial challenge, and will be dedicating his energy and his passion to his family farm.  Mr. Poerio has always worked with generosity, and without ever putting aside the good of the company, of his own collaborators, and of the clients, and, under his guidance, Benetti has built and sent out many, stunningly beautiful ships.  Paolo and Giovanna Vitelli, the Management Board and colleagues all deeply thank Vincenzo for these many, beautiful years of intense and fruitful work, and hope that he will remain close to the company for a long time to come, not just personally but also professionally, to help the Benetti Business Line and to counsel it through the new challenges which await it.  The new team, which was, for the most part, grown from within, will guarantee, under the direction of Mr. Fusignani, a new cycle of development for Benetti which, already over the last nautical year, has already increased its revenue from 320 to 370 million Euros, growing an additional 16% and registering a new positive phase, as well as many large satisfactions.  

Azimut Summer Never Ends

From the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and back, the Endless Summer Wave program is an initiative organised by Azimut Yachts to remind us that that the summer isn’t just a season, but also a state of mind. Essential ingredients are the sun, dream locations in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, a cool and sophisticated atmosphere and, naturally, yachts built by the Italian brand that are desired the world over. After Santo Domingo, Newport, Nantucket and Ocean Reef, to mention just a few of the numerous ports of call, in the second half of the year it was Azimut Yachts’ turn to be queen of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches and marinas. The most recent events in July were held in some of Europe’s most exclusive resorts: Elba, Senigallia, Bodrumand Cannes. In each of these fantastic locations, Azimut Yachts owners were offered some amazing experiences, with visits on board the brand’s latest models and gala evenings of unparalleled creativity and enjoyment, not least thanks to all the programme’s high profile international partners from the worlds of haute horlogerie, prestige jewellery, fine wines, champagne and scents.  The very last events before the Endless Summer Wave returns to the Caribbean are inIbiza in the Balearic Islands, Athens and Croatia, where the final party of the year will be held in Sibenik on October 10.

Bavaria Future Secured

A private equity fund advised by the Berlin-based investment company CMP Capital Management-Partners will acquire the entire business of Bavaria Yachtbau and continue its operations. It will also acquire all shares in French subsidiary Bavaria Catamarans S.A.S. All 550 employees of Bavaria Yachtbau in Giebelstadt and all 250 employees of Bavaria Catamarans in Rochefort will transfer to the purchaser.  A corresponding purchase contract between the management of Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH and CMP was concluded and notarized today. The creditors' committee gave its approval, as did the administrator of Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH, Dr. Hubert Ampferl. The purchase will be completed after merger control clearance by the German Federal Cartel Office, which is expected in a couple of weeks. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.  CMP Capital Management-Partners is a German investment company that has specialized in the acquisition of companies in distress in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since its foundation in 2000. CMP’s private equity funds are advised by Berlin-based CMP Capital Management-Partners. With the investment in a company, CMP employees assume operative management responsibilities on site. In the case of Bavaria, Dr. Ralph Kudla, restructuring expert and partner at CMP, will join the executive board.  Kai Brandes, Managing Director of CMP Capital Management-Partners explains: "We are convinced of Bavaria's global market potential and will sustainably develop the company. The restructuring measures will focus on regaining market share and improving production costs.”  Restructuring expert Dr. Tobias Brinkmann, Managing Director of Bavaria Yachtbau since insolvency proceedings began in April 2018 states: "Bavaria is an outstanding company with a strong brand, compelling products and a highly dedicated team. We are pleased to have found a well-known and experienced buyer in CMP who will lead Bavaria into the future. The entire management would like to thank our employees, yacht dealers, customers and suppliers. They have all supported Bavaria Yachtbau during the insolvency proceedings. The fact that Bavaria has been able to successfully build and deliver 220 yachts during the last five months shows how committed and reliable our staff is.”

Dunya Yachts New Sales and Marketing Director

Dunya Yachts, the eminent Turkish yacht builder responsible for the creation of the 73m Axioma (formerly Red Square), has announced the appointment of Jeremy Roche as Sales and Marketing Director. He joins the firm as Axioma makes her first appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show for four years.  Jeremy's career spans more than two decades in yachting and includes seven years working as crew aboard various yachts before joining Boat International in 2002, where he remained for 13 years. He is widely known to the superyacht community, has a remarkable knowledge of the industry and, most recently, worked in a similar position for an Italian yacht builder.  "I am delighted that Jeremy has joined our team," said Sedat Ergun, President of Dunya Yachts. He brings a wealth of experience, strong relationships across the industry and has a great reputation in the brokerage world. We have a number of ideas for the future growth of the shipyard and we believe Jeremys experience will be invaluable."  Jeremy added: The first time I visited Axioma I was blown away: she is a truly spectacular piece of craftsmanship and rightly acknowledged as the finest quality yacht ever built in Turkey. When Sedat explained his ideas for the future, and his commitment to producing yachts of the same quality, I had no hesitation. I am thrilled to have joined such a prestigious and established shipyard and look forward to releasing more information about our future plans in due course. With Axioma on display at the Monaco show for the first time since she was sold in 2014, I am hitting the ground running.  Dunya Yachts Axioma may be viewed by appointment only at berth C05 of the Monaco Yacht Show.

Ferretti Group Sweep Six Awards at World Yacht Trophies

Awards record for Ferretti Group in occasion of the World Yachts Trophies 2018, the expected appointment closing the Cannes Yachting Festival that, even this year, rewarded with 6 prizes the unique Made in Italy style and the many design and technology innovations offered on board. It is a triumphant moment for the Group that, after the success that the Festival's audience paid to its fleet of wonders, 25 models from 8 to 42 meters representing the Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva and Custom Line brands, also receives the applause of the experts with some of the most coveted awards in the sector, in recognition of an aesthetics and innovation record that has now been proven. Here are the 6 Awards: - Ferretti Yachts 670: Best Layout Trophy, category 62 – 80 feet (18,50-24 metres); - Riva 66’ Ribelle: Best Exterior Design Trophy, category 62 – 80 feet (18,50-24 metres); - Custom Line 120’: Best Exterior Design Trophy, category 125 – 164 feet (38-50 metres) - Custom Line Navetta 42: Best Innovation Trophy, category 125 – 164 feet (38-50 metres) - Pershing 9X: Best Exterior Design Trophy, category 80 – 125 feet (24-38 metres) - Riva 110’ Dolce Vita: Best Exterior Design Trophy, category 80 – 125 feet (24-38 metres). “Winning is good for morals and for the method, because it repays the whole Group for the work done and tells us that we are doing things in the right way - commented the Group’s CEO Alberto Galassi. - When our boats are rewarded also by a great commercial success, as it is happening, our satisfaction is double. The challenge continues: with these awards we raise more and more the bar of beauty, style and performance that ourselves will be called to overcome with the next models. But this is the beauty of the challenge and of being Ferretti Group".

Ferretti Group Show Sting is the Protagonist

For the fourth year in a row Ferretti Group and Yacht Club de Monaco gave a unique show to the yacht owners invited to the "Private Preview", the annual appointment dedicated to the presentation in absolute preview of the entire fleet of Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, Itama, CRN and Custom Line, just a few days before the world premiere at Cannes Yachting Festival 2018.  This year, the exclusive performance of a music legend, Sting, made magic the evening event produced by the Group in collaboration with the Yacht Club de Monaco. "Fields of Gold" is the title of the exclusive concert that the British singer-songwriter held for selected guests in the extraordinary setting of Monte-Carlo, surrounded by a fleet of over 30 vessels representing all the Group's brands.  The star enchanted the audience playing a lineup of incredible hits from his extraordinary solo career and from the repertoire of his historic band, the Police. The audience got excited about the seductive notes of "Roxanne", the melody of the timeless "Every breath you take", and of real cults like "If I ever lose my faith in you", "Message in a bottle", of the melancholic "Fragile" and of the famous "Fields of gold".

Gulf Craft Wins at World Yacht Trophies in Cannes

Gulf Craft's superyacht the Majesty 140 wins the prestigious award for 'Best Yacht Layout' at the 17th edition of the coveted World Yacht Trophies. Competing with superyachts from leading top European yacht manufacturers, the Majesty 140 made her global debut at Dubai International Boat Show this year.  One of the sought-after awards in the yachting sector, the famous World Yachts Trophies is held every year during the Cannes Yachting Festival. Organized by Yachts France, the entries were judged by a panel of experts made up of highly qualified members belonging to the steering committee of the publishing network. The panel was entrusted with the task of selecting and evaluating the boats and the winners for each category.  A masterpiece created by Gulf Craft’s very own Design Studio, the Majesty 140 sets new standards in on-board space and entertainment features. In a class of its own, the luxurious tri-deck superyacht boasts a Gross Tonnage of 360 tons and features 6 staterooms with the option to increase up to 7 staterooms. The elegant 140-foot superyacht's extensive glass side windows allow plenty of sunlight inside and give the guests stunning panoramic views of the seascape around.  Recently, the first hull renamed as C'est La Vie, which translates as "This is Life" was delivered to her owner. The Majesty 140 is the successor of the other award winning superyacht, Majesty 135.  Notis Meneloau, VP of Sales and Mahmoud Itani, Marketing and Communications Manager received the prestigious award during the glittering ceremony that took place on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel, Cannes.  The invitation-only night is a great bonding evening for yachting professionals, owners, shipyards and media to meet and reward the best innovations of the luxury nautical industry of last season. Over 300 guests attended this exclusive cocktail gala night comprising a prestige dinner, yacht parade, awards ceremony, fireworks and party.

Moonen New Public Relations Team

Dutch shipyard Moonen Yachts is proud to welcome three new experienced team members to their innovative new Marketing and Sales Department; Marianne Hendriks as Marketing Communications Manager, Maarten Hogeweg as Brand Ambassador, and Sytse de Vlas as Sales Manager. The Moonen team is excited to announce three new team members to the Moonen Yachts family. Each joining the company following varied roles in the maritime business, Marianne Hendriks joins as Marketing Communications Manager, Maarten Hogeweg joins as Brand Ambassador, and Sytse de Vlas joins as Sales Manager. The new appointments are in line with the new company strategy, which sees the premium Dutch yard focus on expanding the reach of Moonen worldwide.
Moonen’s CEO, Johan Dubbelman, is at the helm of the brand’s new strategy, taking the lead since his appointment in October 2017. Welcoming Marianne, Maarten and Sytse, Dubbelman says: “Our focus is on new opportunities. We’re reaching out to a new clientele that is looking for a quality yacht that fits their needs perfectly, created together with an experienced and knowledgeable team. That’s why we are proud to welcome three new team members that embody the passion, service-orientated philosophy of the Moonen brand. We just launched the 36.3-metre motor yacht Brigadoon and we have a fantastic sister-ship to that project currently underway. The future is bright for Moonen, and I’m excited to take the brand into the future together with all members of the team.”

Pearl Yachts Wins Best Layout at World Yacht Trophies 2018

Pearl Yachts is product to announce the new Pearl 95 won the “BEST LAYOUT” in the 80' to 125' range. Organised by French magazine Yachts France in the framework of the 2018 Cannes Yachting Festival, the World Yachts Trophies are considered among the most prestigious awards in the industry. The award ceremony was held on Saturday, September 15, against the magnificent backdrop of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

Pursuit Honors Top Dealers

Pursuit Boats awarded top domestic, international dealers and salespeople during their annual dealer conference in Sarasota, Florida. Prior to the Awards Ceremony, Pursuit hosted a Casino for Charity night to raise money for a worthy cause, matching any of the monies raised during the evening. $10,000 was raised for The Florida Fishing Academy which aims to positively influence South Florida at-risk youth through fishing and recreation. “Celebrating the hard work and accomplishments of our valued dealer network is something we look forward to every year. We take the opportunity to strategize and strengthen our mutual business interests in person. This year, the event also gave us the opportunity to raise money for great charity,” Bruce Thompson, President. Top honors for the number one Pursuit dealer went to Walker Marine Group, located in Marco Island, Florida. Jim and Christine Walker, owners, were on hand to accept the honor.

Riviera New Dealer in Turkey

Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has continued to grow its presence in the Mediterranean region with the appointment of Perfomax Marine to represent the Riviera and Belize marques in Turkey.  Perfomax Marine was founded in 2006 by experienced marine specialist Sertan Untut, initially to offer superyacht charter and brokerage services.  "Riviera and Belize motor yachts are perfectly suited to the needs of our clients who enjoy both cruising and fishing in the many seas and waterways around Turkey," said Mr Untut.  Turkey's coastlines include the Black Sea to the north, the Mediterranean and the Sea of Marmara.  Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said the appointment of Perfomax Marine will be warmly welcomed by current owners of luxury Riviera and Belize motor yachts throughout Turkey.  “Turkey has a rich history of enjoying the luxury motor yacht lifestyle," said Mr Moxey. "Our world-renowned quality, luxury, innovation, blue-water sea-keeping abilities and superior owner support will be further enhanced in Turkey with the appointment of Mr Untut and his team."  Mr Moxey said Perfomax Marine will provide additional support, assistance and social events to the growing number of Riviera owners in the region and to those aspiring to explore idyllic destinations throughout the many waterways around Turkey.  Mr Untut said: "Riviera has a strong reputation and a significant number of owners in Turkey. Perfomax Marine will provide a powerful capability to welcome new Riviera and Belize owners."  Mr Untut said the relationship with Riviera began when a client asked for a specific style of motor yacht.  "My research led to Riviera," he said "I visited the facility on the Gold Coast, Australia twice over a seven month period. During both visits, I was deeply impressed both by the quality of motor yachts and the diverse designs that Riviera and Belize offer and immediately then began discussions about representing the company in Turkey.  "The Riviera 43 Open Flybridge was the perfect solution for our client. We have since committed to introducing a 52 Enclosed Flybridge and a 4800 Sport Yacht to our market."  Mr Untut said he was very impressed with the focus on quality demonstrated by the team in Coomera.  "I owned a shipyard in Turkey for many years," he said. "That experience has given me a strong insight into the demands of high quality boat-building.  "Perfomax Marine is also dedicated to customer service and we take great pride in our client relationships. We want our clients to return year after year, which is a core ideal of Riviera. So this is the foundation of our business and a powerful complement to Riviera's great focus on its yacht owners around the world."

Riviera Continues to Grow in the Mediterranean

Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, is proud to announce the continued growth of the company's international representation with the appointment of Yachting Spain based in Malaga on the Mediterranean coast.  Riviera's International Sales Director, Chris McCafferty, said Yachting Spain will add great strength and support to the company's presence in western Europe and throughout the Mediterranean region.  Yachting Spain Principal Dimitri Feytit De Haro said: "Since we launched the business in 1998 we have focused on the cruising and fishing markets. Riviera fulfils both of these interests perfectly.  "I am particularly impressed by the interior design and fit out of Riviera motor yachts," he said. "They reflect a quality European style that will certainly appeal to our boating enthusiasts.  "Yachting Spain's motto is 'Our passion is our business'. Our entire team loves boating so we fully understand our clients' passion and that of the Riviera Australia team.  "I have actively worked towards joining the Riviera European network for many years. In fact, I have personally owned a Riviera 47 Open Flybridge for the past four years and am just so impressed with the Riviera blue-water performance and outstanding build quality.  "We have a new 45 Open Flybridge in build now and already have strong interest in this new motor yacht from experienced boaters in our market looking for a premium luxury motor yacht with real offshore pedigree.  "I believe that working together with Riviera we both can continue to grow the profile of the motor yachts in this region."  Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said the appointment of Yachting Spain will be warmly welcomed by current owners of luxury Riviera motor yachts throughout Spain.  “There are already many proud Riviera owners in Spain who just love their yachts. Our internationally-renowned quality, luxury, innovation, blue-water sea-keeping abilities and owner support will be further enhanced in Spain with the appointment of Mr Feytit De Haro and his experienced team."  Mr Feytit De Haro said Yachting Spain is looking forward to providing high level support, assistance and creating unique social events to the growing number of Riviera owners throughout the western Mediterranean.  Yachting Spain will represent Riviera at the Salon Nautico Barcelona International Boat Show in October.

Sanlorenzo Sponsors Celebrity Night Fight 2018

Sanlorenzo, among the world’s leading yacht and superyacht manufacturers, is honored to participate as a sponsor to the Celebrity Fight Night in Italy, one of the most important charity events in the world, created in the USA and brought to Italy by Andrea Bocelli Foundation, with the aim to raise money for the fight against Parkinson’s, which is took place from the fifth to the 9th of September.  An exclusive program of charity events organised between Florence, Porto Venere and Verona which will see the participation of international stars and renowned guests. The shipyard, absolute excellence in the sector, will provide 7 Sanlorenzo yachts to offer the guests a unique experience, accompanying them from Viareggio to Porto Venere. Among the most renowned in the world, Sanlorenzo yachts have always been characterised by refined luxury, timeless elegance, tailored approach and attention to design: tailor-made boats to satisfy every request of the owner, decorated with products representing the Italian design excellence. In Porto Venere the guests will have the chance to take part into an unforgettable evening animated by live performances by Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, with the choir Voices of Haiti and Excellence orchestra, in the picturesque setting of the square at the foot of the Church of Saint Peter.

Sunreef Wins at World Yacht Trophies 2018

The 40 Open Sunreef Power Diamond Limited Edition has been recognized as Best Power Driven Catamaran at the prestigious World Yachts Trophies gala. Rewarding the best and most innovative yachts worldwide, the ceremony has gathered top industry professionals on the Beach of the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes on the 15th of September. The award was received on stage by company Founder and President Francis Lapp, Nicolas Lapp – Head of Sunreef Yachts Design Office, Paulina Zelobowska and Karolina Paszkiewicz from Sales and Marketing Departments.

Sunseeker Moves Into Alloy Building with Icon

In a truly momentous step, Sunseeker International has announced plans to move into the world of metal-built yachts as it looks to capitalize on its success in the superyacht market and the demand it sees from owners for even larger Sunseeker vessels. This exciting development will see the British brand partner with renowned Dutch builders, Icon Yachts, to produce a new 49-metre yacht, the first of which will launch in 2021.  This new venture moves the brand into a completely different method of build for the first time in its 50-year history, but the idea behind this move is certainly not a recent one as Sunseeker International Sales Director, Sean Robertson explains: “We have wanted to build larger vessels for some time; we know there is demand there for larger Sunseeker yachts as the 155 Yacht proved. The decision to stop building that model was a commercial one based on space and capacity and certainly not due to lack of demand, so we knew we needed to rethink our approach to this size of vessel and have spent considerable time looking at various opportunities.  “A move into metal also means there is no ceiling as to how big we can go in the future, but obviously this requires different expertise and so it was essential to find the right partner to support the project. Finding experience and expertise in metal build was not the issue. Finding a yard that shared the same progressive, innovative spirit to create something truly special and, most importantly, one which will provide us with the flexibility to build a true Sunseeker was the challenge. We have certainly found all of that with Icon.”  Icon Yachts was founded in late 2005 by Ton Van Dam and a group of investors. The founders were then joined by business partners, including the company's current Chief Executive Officer, Jen Wartena. Rather than building unique, one-off custom superyachts that would require three or more years to design and construct, Icon Yachts developed a groundbreaking ‘blueprint’ hull which allows owners to fully customize their yachts from the waterline up. ICON has more than delivered on this concept, producing several superyachts to date within exceptionally short build times, and in the two-year range. In addition, Icon is dedicated to maintaining one of the greenest shipyards in the yachting industry, outfitting each yacht it builds with equipment to help reduce her environmental impact.  Jen Wartena, CEO of Icon Yachts, comments: “There is a great synergy between Icon and Sunseeker because we are combining both of our strengths; our capacity and metal yacht building capabilities with Sunseeker’s sales expertise and marketing power. I am confident about the partnership because for the past few years there has been a high demand for Dutch pedigree yachts in this size range. We believe the Sunseeker by Icon will revolutionize the industry in a positive way. It is an exciting period for Icon Yachts and this new partnership with Sunseeker is part of our ongoing growth strategy where we are investing heavily in facilities and people to improve our capability and capacity.”  The new yacht will be built in the Icon yard in the Netherlands using a proven fast displacement hull design, but the naval architecture, design and engineering will be unmistakably Sunseeker. Sean Robertson explains: “This will certainly not be a badge engineering exercise. We are an established superyacht brand in our own right and so we are merely combining the metal build expertise of Icon with our design DNA, technical expertise and market know-how. She will absolutely be a Sunseeker.”  Sunseeker’s first foray into the superyacht market came with the introduction of the now iconic 105 Yacht in 2001. Since then, Britain’s biggest boat builder has seen unprecedented growth in the sector, delivering more than 125 yachts over 100 feet and firmly placing the Poole-based builder in the top three superyacht builders in the world. This new partnership with Icon is the next stage in that remarkable growth story and will be marketed and sold by Sunseeker under the “Sunseeker by Icon” nomenclature.  The new 49m tri-deck yacht follows the iconic Sunseeker exterior lines and offers exceptional space and volume, with an interior that can be styled to each owner’s unique taste via Sunseeker’s unique ‘Bespoke’ service. The theme throughout is one of space and flexibility, maximizing volume and providing compelling features to enhance enjoyment on board. Many of these features are usually only associated with much larger craft including the plunge pool on the main deck and the exceptional beach club with drop down bulwarks and transom to create an incredible space for relaxing or entertaining close to the water. Standard guest configuration is for 10 guests in five cabins, with scope for up to 12 to be accommodated depending upon layout chosen and hull #1 is due for launch in Spring 2021.

Sunseeker New Blue Exhibition at Southampton Boat Show 2018

With marine conservation as the theme for this year’s 50th anniversary show, Sunseeker will be highlighting the topical issue with an immersive experience that will demonstrate the importance of protecting our seas and oceans for future generations.  For 2018, Sunseeker will have a new stand layout in Solent Park and as part of the new design, Sunseeker will include a compelling exhibition in conjunction with its long-term charity partner, The Blue Marine Foundation; a charity dedicated to creating marine reserves around the world and improving biodiversity.  The exhibition, that will be free to guests of the show, will highlight the facts and the problems we currently face globally, with increased pressure from unregulated fishing, tourism and pollution.  Britain’s biggest boat builder will be showcasing its commitment to tackling the issue with details on its partnership with Blue and its recently launched marine conservation programme on the Balearic Island of Menorca.  The newly launched ‘Project Menorca’ will establish a recognised model of conservation, supported by local partners on the island, including the Menorca Preservation Fund.  Project Menorca will support local fisheries in creating a model of sustainable fishing, establish a network of ‘eco-moorings’ to preserve seagrass beds, protect marine reserves by removing plastics and ‘ghost’ fishing nets, distribute recyclable bags across the island and recruit on-water rangers for various marine monitoring programs.  As part of the exhibition at Southampton Boat Show, the solutions that Sunseeker is implementing in Menorca will be highlighted as tangible ways to encourage everyone to think about how they can help protect our most valuable resource.  Sunseeker is extremely passionate about marine conservation, and its dedication to encouraging boat users to be even more responsible on the water is highlighted by its support for the BLUE Marine Yacht Club eight-point ‘Charter’.  Commenting on the exhibition space, Marketing Director at Sunseeker International, Simon Clare said: “We are delighted to include an exhibition space at this year’s show following our launch of ‘Project Menorca’ earlier this month. We will be welcoming show attendees to visit the exhibition and find out about the vital work that is carried out by BLUE and what we are doing on Menorca to preserve the seas for future generations.”

Tiara S2 Yachts New Director of Marketing

S2 Yachts, parent company of both Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport, is pleased to announce the promotion of Whitney Vishey to the role of Director of Marketing and Communications for the Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport brands.  Whitney has been with the company since 2014, and in her position as Marketing Manager, worked in partnership with Tiara dealers, salespersons, media and vendors.  She had an integral role in shaping the marketing efforts of both the Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport brands, overseeing website launches, video and photography content for new and current models as well as digital and print advertising campaigns.  “Our team and the S2 Yachts organization are very proud to make this announcement.  We look forward to having Whitney lead our marketing initiatives, continuing to build the momentum and excitement around the Tiara brands,” Dave O’Connell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  In her new role as the Director of Marketing and Communications, Whitney will be responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all the Tiara brand’s marketing strategies and communications.  “I am looking forward to this opportunity and honored to be selected for this responsibility,” Whitney Vishey, Director of Marketing and Communications. “I’m grateful for the support I’ve been given from those within the S2 Yachts organization as well as those outside of our company, and am very excited to continue to work in partnership with our internal and external teams, advancing the elegance and legacy of the Tiara brands.”

Viking Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event 2018

It's been a busy mid September week for the Viking Yacht Company. with its team welcoming the world's best dealer network as well as customers and vendors to the annual Viking Dealer Meeting, Sea Trial Event and Gala Dinner based in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  After a friendly welcome dinner Monday night, Tuesday started early as Viking President and CEO Patrick Healey kicked off the meeting with his forecast of the upcoming year, which included new product introductions and design and engineering developments. A host of speakers, including Bob Healey, Jr., and Bob Healey, Sr., spoke to the packed room. After the classroom portion of the day, it was time to get hands-on knowledge with sea trials of the new 58 Convertible. The pea-soup-thick fog couldn't hold this baby back as accolades were heard up and down the dock. The weather didn't hamper the amazing cocktail party with well over 200 people taking part in wonderful company and a succulent seafood bar. The ballroom dinner was a festive event that topped off the day. Docks were busy both Wednesday and Thursday with sea trials for eager customers and industry media. Plenty of Viking management and staff, including Sean and Justin Healey, were on hand to field questions and discuss the various features of each model. By day's end it was unanimous that everyone's experience was completed with a satisfied smile. Bluewater Yacht Sales, Biking dealer in the southern Mid-Atlantic region, unfortunately canceled their trip to Atlantic City so they could help secure their homes, families and facilities as well as assist their customers in preparation for Hurricane Florence. Viking is thinking of Bluewater, their customers and all the builders family in the hurricane's path and stand ready to assist no matter the outcome.

Viking at Tuna Masters Teo

In Turkey, Bluefin a Viking 55 Convertible, claimed the biggest catch at the recent Tuna Masters Teos. The crew landed a whopper of a blue fin tuna that tipped the scales at 420 pounds. Congratulations to the team as well as Murat Iyriboz and his staff at Fortuna Yachting, Viking authorized Dealer in Turkey.

September 29, 2018

New Model: Sanlorenzo SL102 Asymmetric

An innovative move by Sanlorenzo who with the SL102 presents what the builder calls the first asymmetrical yacht.  The SL102 is a design of Bernardo Zuccon, to a concept by famed car designer Chis Bangle, the head designer of BMW and the man behind such revolutions from the German automaker as the Five series, the Mini, and the recent Rolls-Royce.  With Chris Bangle intuition and Bernardo Zuccon ability the Sanlorenzo SL102 Asymmetric will have only side one deck located to starboard, and thus gaining ten extra square meters for the interior along with spectacular uninterrupted views from inside to outside on the port side.  The Sanlorenzo SL102 is from a certain point of view a revolution, though from another it is again an evolution of the wide body concept.  At this stage the market response to the Sanlorenzo SL102 will all be very interesting for them and for the others to see.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 31.10 m (102ft)
Beam - 7.10 m
Draft - 2 m full load
Displacement - 105 t 
Fuel Capacity - 12100 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16v2000M86 2216hp, M96 2434hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed -  28 knots max 25 knots cruise with 2216hp, 29 knots max 26 knots cruise with 2434hp
Project - Bernardo Zuccon exterior lines and interior, Chris Bangle concept

September 28, 2018

Engine: Man V12 2000hp

At the 2018 Cannes boat show, MAN Engines debuted the new V12-2000, which is the only twelve-cylinder V-engine with 2000hp to date, which generates enormous power from 24 litres of displacement.  The V12-2000 engine impresses with extremely high power densities of 61kw per litre of displacement. The minimal space requirement and low weight spell out a clear advantage in terms of ship design, when compared to similarly powerful engines with larger displacement and more cylinders. This is because the installation dimensions of the V12-1900 have been retained, as they were already compact. These dimensions are 2,159 x 1,153 x 1,272 mm and a dry weight of 2380kg has also remained the same; through a power increase of the engines, this also contributes to a noticeably lower power/weight ratio of 1.62 kg/kW.  Through a series of modifications, MAN engineers have managed a power increase of 100hp respectively, compared to the previously most powerful V12 engine from their range. The performance-oriented design is supported by an improved injection system and new turbo charger. This is aided by newly developed cylinder heads and an adjusted cooling system which noticeably provides thermal relief for the engine with its high performance. Additionally, a new crankcase which has been reinforced in significant areas, ensures high performance throughout the entirety of the engine’s long service life. Highly efficient combustion allows the V12-2000 to run quietly, as is typical for MAN Engines, and with low fuel consumption.  The V12-2000 offers customers the most powerful engine above the V12-1900, the previously most powerful engine, from the MAN engines range. The superior engine performance allows shipyards to access additional possibilities for equipping larger ship series of around 100 feet with MAN engines.

September 27, 2018

Project: Absolute 47 Fly

Absolute was very upbeat of it's recent successes, which included one new model in 2018 the 48 Navetta and an expansion of its production plant.  For 2019 the North Italian boat builder keeps looking forward and will launch three new models, one of which is to be this 47 Fly project showcased to dedicated clients at Cannes.  The Absolute 47 Fly will inspire itself to the latest addition of the Fly range the 58 launched in 2017, which added latest generation details as the very full bow and a high radar arch with hard-top.  Some details of the Absolute 47 Fly also look coming from the 48 Navetta, see raised shear-line and fore deck aimed to increase space for the cabin area inside, which also suggests for an owners stateroom located forward.  So far very sparse details are available for the 47 Fly, which as all Absolutes is to be powered with Volvo engines and IPS pod drives propulsion.     

September 26, 2018

New Model: Riva 66 Ribelle

With a crafted marketing campaign which started at the Miami boat show in February 2018 and teased design details as the stretched sloop stern and the topsides profile followed by the name Ribelle which translated means Rebel, the new Riva 66 was the rumor of speculation for change from the most famous and legendary of boat builders.  Will the Riva 66 Ribelle present new revolutions to the most iconic name in pleasure boat building.  Fast forward to seven months later and the unveiling at Cannes 2018 and the Riva 66 Ribelle is not the revolution we where led to believe, but more an evolution of the species, especially to the 76 Perseo which launched in 2015, and this new model following its sport bridge element in a smaller three meter size.  None the less do not be mistaken the 66 Ribelle is a very beautiful machine and possible one of the nicer designs to have appeared in Cannes 2018.  Mauro Micheli for his latest Riva creation as usual shows his mastery to integrate modern elements with classic inspiration, with the long fore-deck and low superstructure being important details of the Riva 66 Ribelle marvelous lines.  Coming to this it becomes noticeable that the Ribelle follows a theme of less obvious innovative elements, from the new Blue Sapphire hull color outside, to the choice and use of classic mahogany wood for the interior furnishings, matched with detailed contributions from Penelopeoggi and Mastrotto for the leathers, and Redaelli for bedding and pillows. As layout go the Riva 66 Ribelle presents a three double cabins interior with a galley located below, and a living on the main deck which opens up to the aft deck.  Interesting details is the important height of 2.05 meters for both the midships located owner stateroom and the living area of the main deck.  The Riva 66 Ribelle is powered by twin Man 1550hp engines which reach wide open throttle speeds up to 37 knots.       
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.54 m (67.4ft)
Hull Length - 20 m
Waterline Length - 16.9 m
Beam - 5.29 m
Draft - 1.80 m incl props
Displacement - 39.5 t unloaded, 46.5 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3800 l
Water Capacity - 710 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man 1550hp V12
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 37 knots max 33 knots cruise
Range - 250 nm at cruise
Hull Shape - warped medium Vee with 14.5 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta Officina Italiana Design, Ferretti Group Engineering
Certification - CE A, modules B + F + Aa (sound emissions)

September 25, 2018

Project: Horizon FD77 Skyline

Horizon Yachts and designer Cor D. Rover have once again partnered to collaborate on a new design, the FD77 Skyline. This latest model is the smallest of the extremely successful Fast Displacement series, which debuted in the US with the FD85 at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and today includes the FD85, FD87 Skyline, FD 102 Skyline, and FD 125 Skyline models. Incorporating the same sought-after features that characterize the FD series such as large sections of floor-to-ceiling windows, an expansive seven meters beam, and a striking exterior profile that presides atop Horizon’s High Performance Piercing Bow hull design, the compact FD77 has been purposely designed for owner operation.  Available in a flybridge or enclosed bridge version, the FD77 maximizes its impressive interior volume with sections of floor-to-ceiling windows that punctuate the main deck from the salon forward into the on-deck master stateroom. A sliding glass door to starboard in the main salon accesses the exterior walkway that leads to the forward deck. Three additional staterooms comprising two VIPs and a twin are found on the lower deck, as is a large beach club area aft.  Powered by twin Cats 1136hp engines, hull one of the FD77 is currently in production for the American market and is expected to debut at the Palm Beach boat show and Miami boat show 2019, while hulls two and three are intended for the European and Australian markets, respectively.

September 24, 2018

New Model: Uniesse 56 SS

Uniesse is back and presents the first model of the new management, enters the 56 SS.  A development of the 55 Sport which launched in 2009, the 56 SS adds further window glazing and reinvents the layout of the lower deck.  Versus the 55 Sport the new lower deck plan changes the layout, and from a traditional forward owners cabin goes to a midships master stateroom, VIP suite forward, and a twin berth guest cabin to port side. The galley in this new plan is also reinvented for a more spacious C-shaped layout to starboard.  The Uniesse 56 SS also adds propulsion choices, with previous options of line shaft and surface drives added with Volvo's forward looking IPS pod drives.  Hull one of the Uniesse 56 SS was equipped with twin Volvo 1000hp and IPS forward looking dual propeller pod drives and reached max speeds of 42 knots in its first sea trials.  Global unveiling of the Uniesse 56 SS is for the Fort Lauderdale boat show 2018 in early November.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.32 m (60.1ft)
Hull Length - 17 m
Beam - 4.7 m
Draft - 1.12 m
Displacement - 22500 kg light, 27000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2500 l
Water Capacity - 730 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man 800hp***, 1000hp *,  1200hp*, Volvo D11 800hp**, D13 1000hp**
Propulsion - *line shaft, **Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives, ***Arneson surface drives
Speed - 37 to 45 knots max range subject to engines
Certification - ISO 8666 for data

September 23, 2018

Web: Apache New Website

Apache Powerboats from the USA presents its new World wide web showroom.  Apache Powerboats is founded in 1985 but it story revolves around founder and still owner Mark McManus, and a chance meeting with Don Aronow in 1976.  It is said that Mark McManus was born to build boats, with his grand father owning a shipbuilding and repair yard business which he started visiting at age four. But officially Mark will began his boating career with Halter marine from New Orleans, managing the construction of 65 feet yachts.  A chance meeting with Don Aronow at the Fort Lauderdale boat show will lead Halter Marine to buy Cigarette Boats in March 1977 and Mark moving to North Miami beach to supervise the construction of the 20 to 41 feet power boat models.  In this period Mark McManus is tooling with Kevlar fibers aimed at increasing hull life expectancy and a test racing boat the 38 foot Ajac Hawk launched and raced, and subsequently winning three World championship races in 1978.  This prototype racing Kevlar boat will spark the build of a new 41 with the same building methods, and a diesel version.  The 41 Kevlar will sell in sixty units including ten ordered by the military.  In 1984 Mark McManus will leave Cigarette to join Don Aronow as vice president of his new USA Racing Team venture, building 27 and 39 feet power Catamarans.  A year later to this Mark McManus forms Apache Powerboats Inc. and in 1986 he starts the production of the Apache deep Vee powerboats from 40 to 50 feet.  Till 1995 130 hulls will be produced in this series, with each design winning a race.  The most famous Apache is the triple engine 47, which will also win the 1992 and 1993 World Championship.   Today Apache Powerboats offers a ten model line divided into two series Sit Down and Stand Up.  The Apache entry model is the 24 TS with the current largest being the 50 Shaman.  Apache new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, World Record, Models, About, Mark McManus, Services, Gallery, Shop, Contact, and My Account.  Apache Powerboats is also on social media with buttons in the right corner of the page taking you to its Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus pages.

September 22, 2018

Project: Benetti Oasis 135

What is an oasis if not a point of refreshment, a dream come true that appears unexpectedly on the horizon? A promise of freshness, relief and relaxation to enjoy in complete comfort: this is the intended message conveyed by Oasis 135, the new project in Benetti’s Class product line. Created to satisfy the needs of an active and sophisticated owner who wants to live his life at sea to the full and across the board, and who has a lifestyle focused on casual elegance, Oasis 135 is packed with solutions in which close contact with the water plays a foreground role, as is demonstrated by the spectacular beach area with infinity pool just steps from the sea. The high ceilings, the unusual layout of the on-board spaces, and the extensive use of natural light confirm and underscore the desire to enter into a symbiotic relationship with the outside world.  This ambitious project, on which Benetti has worked in partnership with UK-based firm RWD and New York design studio Bonetti-Kozerski that has designed the interiors, revolves around an on-board lifestyle in which sporting activities alternate with periods of total relaxation.  The interiors, designed by US-based firm Bonetti-Kozerski, are casual-chic in style and reveal a highly sophisticated use of materials, color combinations and forms of decoration, all underpinned by an elegant sense of understatement. The designers choice of materials for the decor includes light color leather and rosewood in light, bright color ways. Taken together, all these details define the setting and the overall effect is that of a spacious loft featuring seamless continuity between indoor and outdoor spaces, where the multi-purpose settings can be enjoyed at any time of day.  Sophisticated settings with a classical feel meet a dynamic lifestyle on board Oasis 135, a 41-meter displacement super yacht with a fibreglass hull and superstructure, and a layout extending across four decks.  The Master Suite on the main deck offers the owner a spacious apartment with an elegant marble bathroom. The galley is also situated on this deck, along with a huge day area that replaces the traditional saloon. Here, the windows around the entire perimeter can be opened to create a unique setting in close contact with the sea, with no barriers between indoor and outdoor spaces. This deck provides access to the beach terrace, which can be made even more spacious by opening the two side platforms. The yacht also has one generous balcony in the owner’s suite.  The pilot house has been designed for the first time as a living space dominated by extensive glazed surfaces, a lounge area with sofas and armchairs, and a carefully arranged workstation, in which the helm console, an area for relaxation and the chart table form a single setting from which to enjoy the cruise from start to finish. The captain’s cabin is located immediately aft of this, while the night area for guests is on the Lower Deck, with two VIP cabins and two cabins with twin beds. Further forward are the crew quarters, with accommodation for nine people.  The Benetti Oasis 135 will have a cruise speed stands at 14 knots, with a top speed of 15, and the yacht has a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 11 knots.

September 21, 2018

New Launch: Tankoa 72m S701 C102

The second yacht built on Tankoa’s seventy to 72 meter technical platform was sold in September 2016 to an experienced European client, his second build with the Italian Sestri Ponente super yacht builder, has now been launched and final delivery to her owner is on track for mid November 2018.  Designed by Francesco Paszkowski, Tankoa S701 has been chistened M/Y Solo and will make her international debut at the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show in end September.  According to Tankoa's CEO, Euro Contenti this is a true recognition of the shipyard core values and power that irrevocably consists in building yachts with clients, not for clients.  Although S701 is reminiscent of the 69 meter M/Y Suerte project S693, Solo is three meters longer and has a volume of approximately 1600 gross registered tons. Other key differences include catalytic underwater exhausts allowing for substantial gains of volume on all decks, smell free and smoke free outdoor decks; a larger winter garden; large aft deck with six meter transverse glass pool, cut-down glass bulwarks sections for unobstructed sea views and a wide body upper deck allowing for an over sized panoramic salon. The longer waterline also allows for an optimized top speed in excess of 17 knots and reduced fuel consumption.
Technical Data:
LOA - 71 m (232.9ft)
Beam - 11.6 m
Draft - 3.38 m full load
Displacement - 1250 t
Fuel Capacity - 162000 l
Water Capacity - 37000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 3516B 2447hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five blade propellers
Speed - 17 knots max 15 knots cruise, 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 3000 nm at 15 knots cruise, 6000 nm at 12 knots
Construction - hull in high resistance steel, super structure in light alloy 5083
Project - Francesco Paszkowski exterior, Marcherita Casprini interior, Ruggiero Srl engineering
Certification - Lloyds, RINA, MCA

September 20, 2018

Project: Med Yacht 42

Med Yachts from South of France continue to evolve its range and present this project for a new 42 designed by Enrico Gobbi of Team4Design outside, naval architecture by Sofia Antipolis of Rivoyre Engineering, and hull by Gilles Vaton.  As the other Med Yachts the 42 is to be build in Poland by Galeon.  The news here is that the French company has trusted exterior styling and design to Enrico Gobbi, who takes over from Gilles Vaton still trusted with hull shape and previously also a designer of the Med Yachts 48 and 52 models and the projects of the 38 and 60 which so far have never materialized.  The Med Yacht 42 is by my understanding an evolution of the 38 project.  As all Med Yachts the 42 will feature full deck space use from fore to the stern bathing platform all connected by a walk around which takes you to the aft dinette, galley and central console both covered from the t-style hard top, up to the fore-deck sun-pad.  Below is space for two cabins located forward and midships, with an L-shaped settee, and a well sized shower head to starboard.  The Med Yacht 42 will be powered by twin Volvo 400hp with stern drives, or 370hp, 435hp or 550hp engines with IPS pod drives.  

September 19, 2018

New Model: Prestige 590 Flybridge

Prestige continues to push forward and for 2018 the French builder launched three new models with the 590 Flybridge being its most important all new novelty.  Also new flagship of Prestige Flybridge line the 590 is again a design to Garroni, with naval architecture by JP Concepts and Prestige Engineering department.  The Italian Garroni who has been Prestige designer since the times it had Jeanneau as part of its name continued his recent theme for the French name, with the 590 sporting modern conservative lines dominated by a muscular hull with a never boring Italian straight shear line which dominates over the main deck and the low profile flybridge.  Measuring over eighteen meters in overall length the Prestige 590 Flybridge has two interesting features, both revolving around choice from the buyer.  The most important detail in this choice is the option to choose for a tender garage or a single berth crew cabin aft.  Another choice in the Prestige 590 Flybridge is that revolving around the guest accommodation deck to have a two or three bathroom arrangement.  In this case the third bathroom en-suiting the third cabin replaces the walk in closet for the VIP cabin located forward.  As all Prestige the 590 Flybridge continues the modest power theme of twin 600hp Cummins engines with ZF Zeus pods propulsion, which give a top speed of 29 knots and a cruise of 23.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.7 m (61.4ft)
Hull Length - 16.4 m 
Beam - 4.84 m 
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 19490 kg dry, 27535 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 760 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, choice of one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 8.3 600hp
Propulsion - ZF Zeus aft looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 29 knots max 23 knots cruise
Range - 260 nm at cruise
Project - Garroni exterior lines and interior, JP Concepts for naval architecture
Certification - CE B12, C14

September 18, 2018

Project: Marlow 70E Mk.2

Marlow Yachts is proud to announce an evolution of the species to one previous success with the 70E Mk2 project model, set to debut in the flesh and fiberglass at the Fort. Lauderdale Boat Show 2018. Since 2002 Marlow 70E has been a popular model, and now the US builder re-imagines the explorer yacht with newer technology, and more volume.  The Marlow 70E Mk.2 will impress a lot in the pilot house area, which will include a captains cabin, shower head, dinette desk, and an over sized central helm station looking forward. For 22 meters this is impressive and the interior volume continues in the split level main deck, which offers a spacious galley forward with full panoramic views of the surroundings.  The galley is joined by a dining lounge for eight located in the center part of the main deck.  Below is space for four guest cabins and three heads; midships full beam owners stateroom, a VIP suite forward, third twin berth cabin, and a twin bunk berth cabin to starboard.  Aft is space for one or two crew cabin to starboard, while to port we have a spare parts room.  Marlow 70 E Mk.2 also impresses with its full height engine room, and stand alone ship like engine layout.  The Marlow 70 E Mk.2 is to be powered by twin Man 1150hp engines, with line shaft propulsion and the Velocijet Strut Keels patented by the builder.

September 17, 2018

New Model: BlueGame BG62

Evolution of the BG60 launched in 2009, BlueGame presents the new BG62.  Three important novelties characterize the BG62 versus the 60, exterior and interior restyling by Zuccon design, larger extended bathing platform, and propulsion change from standard line shaft to Volvo IPS pod drives.  All new improvements have an impact.  Externally and visually Zuccon have done a great job and the BG62 now looks more aggressive and luxurious and less utilitarian then the 60.  The bathing platform extension adds a terrace by the water of important size.  The Volvo IPS pods keep the same performance values of the BG60 but in the process reduces 400hp in the power package, and yet still reach the same 35 knots top speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.80 m (61.6ft)
Hull Length - 17.4 m
Beam - 5.37 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 24 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 2800 l
Water Capacity - 650 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS3 1200 pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max 30 knots cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 17 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Luca Santella concept, Zuccon exterior restyling and interior, Lou Codega hull
Certification - CE B

September 16, 2018

Project: Princess X95

It's been a long wait and Princess enters the always growing 28 to 29 meter with a less to 24 meter hull size raised pilot house super yacht class with the X95.  A project which creates new design ingenuity for the British boat builder helm'd by the long standing Bernard Olesinski design team and new entry Pininfarina, the Princess X95 brings the novelty in its semi wide body voluminous main deck, wave piecing planning hull shape, an unedited looking raised pilot house, and a fly deck which makes use of all the available length.  These fresh design solutions will give the Princess X95 40% more indoor volume, and ten per cent extra exterior space.  The X95 is offered with a standard four cabins, or optional five cabin arrangement. With the five cabin version the owners stateroom goes up on the forward part of the main deck, something much desirable today in both owner private used or charter commercial yachts of this size.  The Princess X95 is to be powered by twin Man 1900hp engines which will allow for a top speed up to 26 knots in light weight mode. 

September 15, 2018

Web: Jet Tern Selene New Web Site

Jet Tern Selene presents its new World wide web showroom.  Jet Tern was founded by Howard Chen in 1998, and its first Selene trawler was completed and delivered to the US in 1999.  Initially Jet Tern started operating from Taiwan with a shipyard in Dongguan, China.  The Dongguan located made a lot of sense to Selene since there is a lot of furniture makers in the area.  Jet Tern Chinese Dongguan shipyard continued to expand, and in 2008 it was added with the Zhuhai shipyard.  The Zhuhai shipyard features four cranes which can lift one hundred tons and can accommodate up to 36 molds or boats in build simultaneously.  Today Jet Tern offers five lines of boats; Selene Classic Explorer, Selene Voyager, Selene Ocean Explorer, Selene Ocean Clipper, and Artemis.  The current Jet Tern entry level model is the Selene 38 Voyager Aft Cabin with the largest being the still on plan 128 Ocean Explorer.  Jet Tern Selene Yachts new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Yachts, Company, News, Lifestyle, Adventures, Dealers, and Contact Us.   Jet Tern Selene is also on social media with links at the bottom of the page taking you to the Facebook, and Youtube pages. 

September 14, 2018

New Model: Cayman F920

Cayman Yachts continues its comeback and after the presentation of the S450 in the fall of 2017, it pushes harder for 2018 and presents a new flagship which enters the builder in super yacht territory, the new F920. A reminder here is that previous to this the largest Cayman ever build was the 75 HT launched in 2009.  Presented as a project in the fall of 2017 its been a non stop journey to go from concept to completion and the F920 making it in the water in August 2018.  Cayman and designer Ferragni unlike most offers in this 27 to 28 meter size presented what is a sporty looking flybridge super yacht with a raised pilot house that integrates very nice into the design.  Vertical minimal elements integrate into a straight shear-line which emphasizes an aggressive yet modern and in the same time light appearing upper structure.  In some aspects the F920 exterior profile reminds me of mid eighties Paolo Caliari, a nimble looking flybridge super yacht, that does not look to heavy up top.  Inside the Cayman F920 offers an interior with four cabins and an owners stateroom located at midships, very spacious VIP suite forward, and two guest cabins in between.  Cayman F920 will also be offered in a five cabin version, but currently the builder is not showing any plans for this. A crew lobby with two cabins is located at midships in between the engine room and the owners midships room.  The interior main deck is centered around a welcoming saloon, central dinette, day head to starboard, and a galley in the forward end part.  The pilot house is located three steps up centrally, and with this same stair case one can also access the spacious fly deck, which offers for the most part a free area on plan with helm and galley located to starboard, and a central dining table.  In the finishing the Cayman F920 has gone a long way to offer details from Studio Art for leather, lamps by Porta Romana, BandB and Minotti for sofas, and fabrics by Rubelli and Armani. The Cayman F920 hull one is powered by the large engine option of twin MTU 2600hp, but standard engine option is for Man twin 1900hp, and another optional being that of quadruple Volvo 1000hp units with IPS pod propulsion.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 27 m (88.5ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 6.60 m
Draft - 2.08 m
Displacement - 85000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 10000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, or ten berths in five cabins, three crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp, MTU 16v 2000 M96L 2600hp, 4 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or quadruple IPS pods installation
Construction - hand laid multi axial fiberglass with hull in Vinilester resin, ship sides in balsa core, PVC core in top sides and Isoftalic resin
Project - Ferragni
Certification - CE B

September 13, 2018

Improve-it = Sessa C68

Sessa continues its renovation, and after restyling the C38 and C44 in 2017, for 2018 its the turn for the C68.  Launched in 2009 as the new Sessa flagship to high acclaim and success with design by Christian Grande the C68 is beating the test of time admirably.  Still as today the flagship of Sessa and of the Yacht line the C68 gets improvement treatment by designer Davide Cipriani of Centrostiledesign who added new large hull side windows to the exterior.  Adding to the exterior stylistic improvements the C68 gets two aft deck choices from a classic arrangement of sun-pad with underneath tender garage, or having a second exterior dinette which can convert to a sun-pad.  The choices for the interior of the Sessa C68 has also increased with eighteen different choices of wood, leather, and fabric for the cabins.  In addition to this Sessa is also offered in five hull color choices two in gelcoat and three in paint.  Pictured above is in-fact the new silver metal paint option. The Sessa C68 is standard powered by twin Volvo 900hp engines with IPS pod drives who deliver top speeds up to 36 knots.  Additional engine options is the 2017 presented Volvo 1000hp again matched to Volvo IPS pod drives.

September 12, 2018

New Model: Austin Parker 44 Sedan

Austin Parker continues to present new fresh models and the 44 Sedan, represents the latest addition and a replacement of the successful AP40.  The Austin Parker 40 signaled the start of the new management and a hybrid lobster Italian style mix designed by Fulvio de Simoni in 2009.  The new Austin Parker 44 Sedan builds on those features and adds more comfort inside.  The interior of the Austin Parker 44 Sedan offers two spacious cabins below deck; owners cabin forward with an en-suite shower head to starboard, a guest twin cabin to port side at midships, and a guest shower head.  The fully enclosed cabin area of the main deck offers interesting comfort solutions as well, with the helm station to starboard making way for a C-shaped dinette to port side, a sofa couch opposite, and an astern galley serving both inside and outside thanks to a patio door and titling window which opens all to the aft deck.  The Austin Parker 44 Sedan is powered standard by twin Cummins 480hp with line shaft propulsion which give a top speed of 29 knots, and an optional of a Volvo 435hp with IPS pod drives which should increase top speed by eight knots.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.46 m (44.1ft)
Hull Length - 12.4 m
Beam - 4.2 m
Displacement - 13.7 t dry, 16.5 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins 480hp, Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 37 knots max 28 knots cruise with Volvo 435hp and IPS pod drives, 29 knots max 24 knots cruise with Cummins 480hp
Project - Fulvio de Simoni
Certification - CE A

September 11, 2018

Project: Cabo 41

It was strange times in the fall of 2013 when the new Hatteras owners Versa Capital decided to drop the Cabo brand.  For some it was a shock to others it was an expected turn of events coming from the increased success and size of the outboard powered center console, which made traditional inboard offshore sportfish cruisers sub twelve meters mostly obsolete.  The truth might have been somewhere in between with Hatteras Cabo press e-mail for this project saying that the new owners back then in 2013 decided to concentrate first investment efforts on the relaunch of Hatteras.  Fast forward to 2018 and Hatteras announce that Cabo is back and present the project for the new 41 model.  The 41 is based for the most part on the 2003 launched 40 designed by Micheal Peters, one of Cabo's best selling models over the years and also referred by many as the King in the express twelve meter sportfish cruiser category.  The new Cabo 41 will feature a lower deck with an owners cabin forward, a living with an L-shaped settee dinette to starboard which converts to additional double berth, an L-shape galley to port side, and a shower head upon entrance to port side.  Power for the Cabo 41 will come from standard Volvo 626hp with optional 670hp and 725hp engines.  Popular available options for the Cabo 41 will be Seakeeper gyro stabilization, and full custom tower with outriggers.  Hull one of the Cabo 41 is nearly completed and sold and should make its World debut in the upcoming 2018 Fort Lauderdale boat show in early November.

September 10, 2018

New Model: Neptunus 650 Express

Neptunus from Canada but of Dutch origins was a builder hitting the news in Europe at around the early 2000's with a 56 Express and 41 taking a good number of sales happening in the old continent with these two models.  This escalation of these Euro inspired Neptunus models for a reason or another stopped and we hardly heard anything about the boat builder for a time.  Fast forward to 2017 and Neptunus launch this new 650 Express who is getting the news out of Canada in 2018.  The new Neptunus 650 Express is a twenty meter sport yacht designed by Gregory Marshall for exterior, Lex Parker for interior, and hull form by British Tony Castro. The trio presented a three double cabins sport yacht, with an owners stateroom at midships, and living, dining and galley located in the enclosed part of the main deck.  Browsing at technical details the Neptunus 650 looks rather light weight displacing at only 34 tons dry and powered by not so big Cats 1000hp engines which give a 31 knots top speed.  A bigger Cats 1138hp Cat option is available increasing both top and cruise speed by about one knot.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.21 m (66.4ft)
Beam - 5.05 m
Draft - 1.42 m
Displacement - 34926 kg
Fuel Capacity - 4163 l
Water Capacity - 1135 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 Acert 1000hp, 1138hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max 26 knots cruise
Hull Shape - medium Vee with 19.5 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Gregory C. Marshall exterior, Lex Parker interior, Tony Castro hull shape
Certificaion - CE A. ABYC, NMMA