November 30, 2018

Monthly News - November 2018

-pic of the month- Beneteau Inaugurates Permanent Barcelona Base

Azimut Aims for Top Spot in USA

“Our objective is to become the top-ranking shipyard in the USA over the next two years,” commented Federico Ferrante. The President of Azimut|Benetti USA added: “The sale of 15 yachts worth about US $50 million at FLIBS 2018 is the best way to describe the outstanding success achieved by Azimut Yachts, the leading foreign shipyard in the United States. This success rewards our propositions, which increasingly feature sophisticated content in terms of design and technological innovation, and our ability to offer outstanding local reach and a five-star after sales assistance service. We’ve achieved this result, which makes America the brand’s main market, representing 38% of total value of production, thanks to the partnership with MarineMax, the most highly reputed dealership on this market”.  The good health of Azimut Yachts in America is also underscored by the rise in the number of visits to the stand - up 20% on last year - not only by people from the US, but also from Canadian and South America.  Florida continues to confirm its position as the area with the best sales figures, followed by the Northeast and Midwest, while the lines best loved by US owners are the Flybridge Collection, followed by the Grande Collection, of which a 27-meter model was sold at Fort Lauderdale, the big sister of the 25-meter yacht that made its American debut at FLIBS.  To continue to extend the brand’s occupation of the US market, Azimut Yachts and MarineMax intend to increase its presence at the country’s main boat shows and to implement a multi-faceted program of events to strengthen owners’ sense of belonging to the Azimut Yachts community and to win over new owners.

Beneteau Inaugurates a Permanent Base in Barcelona

After a lengthy study of where to locate and open a new permanent trials base, Beneteau set its sights on Port Ginesta in  Barcelona. The inauguration, attended by Annette Roux, Luca Brancaleon, general manager of Beneteau, Pere Padrosa, general manager of the marinas and airports of Catalonia, Rodolf Guasch, the brand’s Catalan dealer and 35 European journalists, took place in late October. The Port Ginesta base will allow customers, journalists and partners to try out new sailing yachts and motorboats all year round, in addition to big boats proposed by the Vendée boatyard. Among the four sites considered – Barcelona, Cannes, Palma and Nice – Port Ginesta was the clear choice for technical reasons and for its overall attractiveness. Yves Mandin, manager of the project and of the Premium Service, stressed that apart from the close proximity to an international airport, the city’s vitality and its cultural influence, “Barcelona has a mild climate and excellent sailing conditions. The Port Ginesta marina is well-sheltered and access to the sea is quick, with no channel as you enter the port. What’s more, we have succeeded in obtaining a dedicated building for 3 years and eight 15-metre moorings in the marina. It has also been agreed to extend this to cater to smaller boats.” The permanent nature of the Catalan base reflects the serious need for a top-quality service among future buyers of big boats business women and men, and company managers, who all lack availability. Up until now, Beneteau combined ten days of press trials and customer trials twice a year. This short-term solution meant that you had to wait several months before being able to try out the boat that interested you. By offering trials all year long in a dedicated base flying the brand’s colors, Beneteau is giving its customers and the press with a new experience centred on high availability of boats and teams with increasingly customized guidance and greater comfort. The approach was an instant success, since the week after the inauguration saw 50 European journalists succeed each other for 200 trials at the base in Port Ginesta, along with 70 customers from 12 different countries. 

Benetti Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer

The new organisational structure of Benetti starts to take shape following the recent appointment of Franco Fusignani as CEO, with the arrival on the team of Sebastiano Fanizza as new Chief Commercial Officer and Nick Bischoff as Country Manager for Benetti Americas.  As part of the process to consolidate the presence of Azimut|Benetti Group on strategic foreign markets, Benetti announces the appointment of Sebastiano Fanizza as Chief Commercial Officer and Nick Bischoff as Country Manager for the Americas.  Fanizza, who began acting in his new capacity last October 22nd and reports directly to the CEO, has a mission to pursue the company’s commercial strategy development programme, as well as holding responsibility for brand positioning and development activities.  With a degree in mechanical engineering, he began his professional career as an engineer for Iveco. He then joined Azimut Yachts in the role of After Sales Manager, occupying management positions of growing responsibility at international level before finally becoming Sales and Service Director for the EMEA and APAC regions. After a parenthesis of about three years in Nautor’s Swan as Commercial and Business Development Director, Fanizza now returns to the Azimut|Benetti Group, with the goal of building up the Benetti management structure.  Roberto Corno, after closing numerous sales during his thirteen years at Benetti, including a giga yacht over 100 meters in length, has been appointed Vice President Benetti Sales CIS & East Europe in the new Benetti Sales structure. He will report to Fanizza and work to develop what is a very familiar market for him, having contributed over the years to strengthening the Company’s commercial penetration in this area. His mission is to consolidate Benetti’s market presence and seize further existing development potential. Another new arrival, also reporting to Fanizza, is Nick Bischoff who began work as Benetti Country Manager for the Americas since October 1st. He has been set the task of structuring the Sales area in North, Central and South America, of strengthening the Brand’s presence and of seizing the untapped development potential in this strategic market. With this new addition, the Benetti Sales team can rely on the yacht market expertise and networking experience gained by Bischoff during his many years in top commercial and management roles at leading international yachting businesses.

Benetti Shines During Livorno Half Marathon

More than 2,500 athletes took part in the Livorno Half Marathon on Sunday November 11. At the event, Livorno residents and a host of yachting enthusiasts had the chance to admire first hand the Benetti and Lusben shipyards, which opened their doors to sports lovers and visitors, including many families with children, to mark the occasion.  The festive spirit of Half Marathon Sunday proved to be a big win for the city of Livorno as a whole. Against the backdrop of high attendance, the Benetti shipyard threw open its doors to welcome numerous visitors in what is rapidly becoming a sporting tradition for the city.  For the second year running, the committee of employees who work at the Benetti and Lusben shipyards decided to contribute to the event by organising an open day at the Company’s Livorno production site. A guided itinerary wove its way through the industrial sheds and megayachts, offering visitors the chance to visit the areas where the mega and giga yachts that have made Livorno and Tuscany a center of yacht building excellence on the world stage are created and come to life. Highly successful novelties this year were the introduction of an area dedicated to entertaining the youngest visitors with their families and visits to the recently opened Benetti museum. “It has been thrilling, for me as well as Benetti’s and Lusben’s associates, seeing how much this event brought on visitors’ curiosity and interest, particularly for the youngest among them” said Franco Fusignani, Benetti CEO, who added “I’d like offer my warm thanks to the whole municipality and everyone who contributed their precious help to ensure the success of this great event”.  Benetti and Lusben would like to thank once more all the sponsors who contribute to the event organization: Ab Telematica, Abate, Arredomare Yachtline, Bertazzoni Servizi, BG Safe, Calistri, Carpensalda, Cargol Engineering Consultancy, Cosnav, Euro El, Falegnameria Gazzeri, Fiorillo, Gb Mec, Gestione Bacini, Gioiosa Arredi, Idroil, Isol-yacht, L.M.N., Labromare, Landi Lubrificanti, Leghorn Yachts, Legno Line, Madame Polè, Madonna Service, Manrico Francesconi, Martelli Termoidraulica, MSP di Perna, Navaltecnica, P.F.T., Pascri, Promat, Rangers, Samos, Sealine, S.C.M., SCM Marine Equipment, SGM – Valmec, Sirio, Sogese, Team Italia, Technorefit, Tecnel, Verme, Versilia Marine Service.

Feadship Refit and Services Opens for Buisness

Feadship has announced the formation of a globally operating company called Feadship Refit & Services, which will be responsible for implementing Feadship’s new customer support strategy referred to as: “My Feadship”.  Combining all the services previously offered by the individual Feadship yards, the My Feadship programme is arranged around three pillars: Feadship Rebuild (major refits in the Netherlands), the Feadship Services Network (a partnership with four leading yards in the Med and US) and the Feadship Authentication Certificate (quality standard for new builds and existing Feadships).  The new company has been established to protect the pedigree of the Feadship fleet and meet the growing demands for Feadship expertise among clients keen to protect the unique DNA of their Feadship. The refit, repair, service and after-sales activities have traditionally been in the hands of teams from the three Feadship yards in the Netherlands (Aalsmeer, Kaag and Makkum) and the refit design and engineering operations run by Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects. Feadship Refit & Services combines all these activities and will also incorporate the fourth Feadship yard in Amsterdam when it opens in May 2019.

Ferretti Group Conquers America

Ferretti Group once again conquers the American audience at the 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, scheduled from October 31st to November 4th, with its magnificent fleet of 18 boats, including 2 premieres for the American market. The United States, which has always been an area of strategic importance for the Group, has been characterized in 2018 by extremely positive figures: with a growth of over 9% compared to 2017, the Americas now account for 36% of the Ferretti Group market. This extraordinary result is due above all to the great sales success in Florida and in the Northeastern United States, where Allied Marine operates, the historic American yacht marketing company and exclusive dealer of Ferretti Group, that has its own headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

Ferretti Group Alongside Scuderia Ferrari in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018

If a Formula 1 of nautical excellence were ever launched, the Ferretti Group would unquestionably start in pole position. In the meantime, the ties between the Group and the exclusive club of the fastest cars in the world are increasingly close. Part of this is due to the official sponsorship deal that sees the Riva logo displayed on the helmets of the two Ferrari drivers: Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.  The Group’s yachts are becoming a more and more regular sight at Grands Prix in coastal locations. This was the case in Monte Carlo, where Riva looked out over everyone from the Riva Aquarama Lounge on the first floor of the Yacht Club de Monaco, and will be also true of the final race of the season, in Abu Dhabi.  The Ferretti Group yachts are ready to steal the show from the racing cars, once again shining the spotlight on quintessential Italian know-how and nautical prowess. For the entire race weekend from 23 to 25 November, the following will be available for visits and test sails: Custom Line 120’, Riva 100’ Corsaro, Pershing 82, Riva 76’ Perseo and Riva Aquariva Super.  The grand finale is expected with trepidation in the shape of the now customary and eagerly awaited final evening event for celebrities, guests and owners. Once again, this year, it will be held in the exclusive Cipriani Restaurant, which for the occasion will take on the alluring, legendary appearance of a temporary Riva Lounge. The evening is expected to be characterized by sublime dishes and highly-sophisticated musical entertainment, which will give the event a unique, almost indescribable atmosphere.

Ferretti Customline Honored at 2018 Builders Awards

The choice to invest in Research & Development has once again rewarded Ferretti Group and its commitment to innovation. Further evidence came last night, November 13th, at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam, where Ferretti Group received a major recognition from the jury of the Boat Builder Awards, a prestigious event organised by METSTRADE and IBI magazine.  Specifically, the Boat Builder Award in the category “Collaborative Solution Between A Superyacht Builder and Its Supply Chain Partner” went to the innovative lounge door on Custom Line 120’, designed by the Ferretti Group Engineering Department in collaboration with Francesco Paszkowski Design studio and developed in conjunction with Mecaer Aviation Group, an important player in the aerospace industry.  The invention is an innovative glass door that breaks new ground in the nautical world, with undeniable benefits in terms of both practicality and aesthetic appeal.  The door, installed at a 45° angle, can either open traditionally with the two panels sliding sideways, or exploit a tilting mechanism to rotate upwards and disappear into the ceiling. Both operations are performed by electric motors, with the tilting rotation made possible by twin worm gears. The system also includes a non-reversible gear motor that ensures safe operation in the event of electrical failures. Through this high-tech mechanism, the tilting door creates a continuity between the cockpit and lounge areas, forming a single environment of over 80 square meters.  “Innovation is a door to the future, and in this case it is literally a door: the innovative glass door designed for the new Custom Line 120’. This accolade rewards our Group's significant investments in Research & Development, an area of the yacht-building industry which could be defined as the search for new levels of comfort and the development of solutions capable of improving the on-board experience” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “There isn’t a single investment in R&D that wasn’t rewarded in the form of customer satisfaction.”

Fraucher Future of Yachting

Following the motto "The Future of Yachting", the Frauscher Bootswerft welcomed more than 300 guests to the shipyard at Lake Traunsee and presented several technical innovations and new products. Frauscher will be launching three new models including the Frauscher 1017 GT Air, which will celebrate its official premiere at the BOOT 2019. In addition, the shipyard gave a sneak preview of the air model of the Frauscher 1414 Demon – the award-winning flagship of the Austrian shipyard, which has been sold more than twenty times since 2016. The Frauscher 1414 Demon Air and the 1017 GT Air both combine the premium design and first-class driving characteristics of their closed predecessors with even more generous space and high-quality details.  CEO Michael Frauscher, responsible for production and development, explained: “At Frauscher Shipyard we see ourselves as 'Engineers of Emotions', always wanting to provide our boat owners a great time on the water. Our development work, therefore, focuses on both – technical innovation and design – with the objective of offering best in class products at all times."  The shipyard underlined its innovative strength with the presentation of two projects in cooperation with the renowned automotive brand BMW and the engine manufacturer Torqeedo. Electric boat enthusiasts will benefit from the cooperation, as the shipyard's electric drive systems are now even more powerful and efficient. This is ensured by a 150 PS engine and the integration of a state-of-the-art battery technology from the automotive industry (batteries usually used for BMW i3 models). The result is a significant increase in efficiency of 30 percent and optionally a considerably higher maximum speed.  Stefan Frauscher, Managing Director Strategic Marketing and Sales, about the cooperation with BMW: "From the very beginning, innovation has a high priority in the development history of our shipyard – therefore we are always reaching for strong partners, who work together with us on pioneering solutions for the entire industry. " As an absolute highlight, the shipyard showed first renderings of the Frauscher 777 Specter – a highly efficient electric boat to be launched in autumn of 2019. The e-boat sets new standards in terms of efficiency, maneuverability and meets the highest design standards. The musical surrounding of the evening was provided by the Viennese band Russkaja.

Gulf Craft Chairman Honored with Award

Mohammed Alshaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft wins another global recognition for his remarkable contributions to the world's leisure marine industry over the last thirty-six years. The International Superyacht Society recognizes him as the Business Person of the Year at the 28th ISS Design & Leadership Awards Gala event held on 31st October 2018 in Florida, USA.  A proud moment that opens a new chapter for Gulf Craft, the award highlights Mohammed Alshaali's pioneering work and relentless efforts to create sustainable growth for the maritime industry and its establishment as a key pillar of the manufacturing industry.  Over the decades, he has helped to enhance the footprint of Gulf Craft from being a regional boat manufacturer to a globally and highly respected shipyard that ranks in the top 10 superyacht builders of the world. Today, Gulf Crafts' boats, yachts and superyachts sail the oceans of the world and fulfil the needs of diverse customers around the world.  Mohammed Alshaali started his career as one of the UAE’s key diplomats holding positions such as UAE Ambassador to the USA, representative of the UAE at the European office of United Nations in Geneva and many more. Alshaali finally served as a Minister of State for Foreign Affairs before retiring and devoting his full time to Gulf Craft in 2008.  ISS was founded in 1989 to represent a growing yacht industry worldwide and to ensure sustainability and excellence by building global alliances. The society also aims to recognise achievement with annual peer-reviewed awards programme as well as provide educational opportunities and networking events.  The other ISS yacht design and leadership award categories that recognized outstanding people for excellence in their area of superyacht expertise included the Distinguished Crew Award, Leadership Award, Awards of Distinction, Excellence in Innovation and ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award.

Hatteras Introduces New Hatterascal
Hatteras is delighted to announce that highly successful anglers Chris and Laura Jessen, owners of Fish Tank Sportfishing, and their award-winning captain, Ben Horning, will campaign the all-new Hatteras GT59 Hatterascal during the 2019 tournament season.  The Jessens and Capt. Ben have had tremendous success fishing competitively in their Hatteras GT63 Fish Tank in Costa Rica since December 2014, winning first place in five tournaments and placing in eight others. Among their many awards, Laura was recognized by The Billfish Foundation (TBF) as its 2015, 2016 and 2017 Top Overall Tagging Lady Angler as well as top winning lady angler in four tournaments. Chris was the Top Overall Release and Tagging Angler in 2016, and Capt. Ben was the 2016 Top Tagging Captain.

Jarrett Bay Tournament Dominance in 2018

Several Jarrett Bay teams placed on the leader board during the Bermuda Triple Crown Series, plus many more notable victories including: Builder’s Choice won first place at the Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament with a massive 911 pound blue marlin.  Fender Bender won second place overall at The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament with a 514 pound blue marlin.  Weldor’s Ark won first place and a record purse of $2.6 million at the White Marlin Open in Ocean City.  Mama Who won first place at the Casa de Campo Blue Marlin Classic.  Jaruco won third place on Leg III of the Los Suenos Triple Crown.

Maritimo Builds Future with New Plant

Leading Australian motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, is close to completing a multi-million dollar expansion of its original Gold Coast plant which will 'future proof' the business and create Australia's most advanced and environmentally sensitive marine industry manufacturing facility.  The works which have been ongoing for more than a year will be completed early in 2019 and will virtually double the company's original manufacturing base.  Plans for the expansion started in late 2017 with the purchase of a 3.09 hectare commercial site adjoining Maritimo's factory in Waterways Drive at the Coomera Marine Precinct. The site in McPhail Road, backing onto the Maritimo factory, has been a hive of activity since then.  Company founder and marine industry doyen, Bill Barry-Cotter, said when completed the combined manufacturing plant would cover 4.664 hectares and would be one of the most advanced in the industry. The McPhail Road purchase increased Maritimo's land holding by 197 percent and its total building areas by 52 percent.  "We conducted a root and branch review of our entire manufacturing operation and this new facility has enabled us to streamline and refine how we design and manufacture boats and at the same time dramatically improve the working environment for our people," he said.  CEO Garth Corbitt said the completion of the new manufacturing facility would come as Maritimo's global expansion was stepped up and followed on from its most successful year ever in 2018 with record sales across the globe.  "Ongoing the company will continue to market approximately half of the vessels we produced internationally and our new improved base will enable us to do that efficiently and cost effectively ultimately resulting in a better product for our customers and a better environment for our people," he said.  "Our total manufacturing plant under roof is now 16,550 square metres excluding office space," he said. Prior to the McPhail Road acquisition and building works Maritimo's production facility covered 10,840 square metres including 1028 square metres for the race team headquarters. The acquisition will see a further 5710 square metres added.  Maritimo General Manager Operations, Phil Candler, said the expansion enabled Maritimo to grow and increase the size of its vessels as and when it sees fit without having to make any significant factory changes.  He said benefits were already flowing with the new product and design team being shifted from the company's Hope Harbour facility into the refurbished existing building on the acquired site. "We now have the new product and design team located with R and D and have virtually trebled their space in an area which enables better interaction with manufacturing and a more productive flow of ideas and information between design and production," he said.  Candler said the improvements and advances in-built into the new combined facility were substantial and significant and would also make for a work environment without peer in the marine sector in Australia. Even rainwater run off will be harvested and filtered before being returned to the environment and used to nurture gardens and landscaping. He said the new buildings enabled Maritimo to redistribute current resources at Waterways Drive which would enhance productivity and quality of workmanship.  "The new lamination shed has greater capacity and volume than before which creates better air flow through the building and mobile designated air extraction units can be deployed to anywhere in the building where there is a need in the work process flow," he said.  "Walls in the new sheds have been insulated to reduce heat, the volume of air in the facility has been increased to better the work environment, there are new lunchrooms, toilets and showers, 230 square metres of portable mezzanine areas have been purchased enabling us to tailor workplaces specifically to the needs of the day, we have greater storage for moulds, both inside and out, and have created more designated detailing and cutting bays with state of the art extraction."  Candler said the expansion has seen a doubling of Martimo's CNC router machinery with router one and 3D Design technology located together in McPhail Road building one to assist with new product development.  A new CNC router was moved into the existing wood shop at Waterway's Drive in one of the new buildings he said a streamlined manufacturing process would see vessels enter at one end and then make their way through the facility emerging at the other end virtually completed.  "We have the capacity to have four vessels engineered at one time as they progress through that facility," he said.  "This design and production process allows us to cater for a wide variety of different sized vessels and to increase the size of our models in the future if we wish to."  Candler said the blueprint for the new combined facility and its various different elements came about after extensive consultation with the different crews on the factory floor to get feedback on what worked the best.  "We have minimised waste in terms of time, manpower and materials, we have streamlined the process to provide an improved and higher quality product and we have created an environment for both manufacturing workers and the R and D and design department to excel," he said.  Candler said as part of its expansion Maritimo was increasing its apprentice intake and was continuing its training and development of current staff while undertaking a substantial manpower drive aimed at increasing the overall workforce by 30 percent.

Maritimo Extends Americas Reach with Third Appointment

Leading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, has continued to expand its reach in the Americas with yet another appointment of a major marine brokerage business as a dealer partner, the third in recent weeks. Maritimo Americas' President, Dave Northrop, said he was delighted to have Chesapeake Yacht Center, Baltimore, join the Maritimo network saying the exclusive 'white glove concierge dealer' had raised the bar in terms of customer service, promoting a high quality boating lifestyle and going the extra yards for clients. Established in 2010 CYC is owned and operated by partners Josh White and Ryan Dobb and it is one of the largest dealerships in the mid-Atlantic and one of the most successful and respected in the USA. "Josh's links to boating go back to his great grandfather Bronza Parks who is a legend in the Chesapeake Bay area," said Northrop. "After decades on the water with his great grandfather and then his mother and father Josh has salt water flowing through his veins and when the opportunity arose in (insert year) he established CYC with Maryland local Ryan Dobb he jumped at it. "The firm has a solid reputation for exemplary customer service and professionalism and we are sure the Maritimo brand and awareness will be greatly enhanced as a result of their involvement." The appointment of CYC as a dealer partner is the latest move in Maritimo's establishment of a network of highly professional and experienced representatives of the brand in the Americas. Josh White said CYC was delighted to be joining forces with Maritimo to represent the brand in the Chesapeake Bay area. "Our business is based on doing things differently and providing a better boat ownership experience for our customers and this ethos fits perfectly with the Maritimo team," he said. "The opportunity to become involved with Maritimo is exciting and we are confident strong sales will result as more boaters became aware of the brand and its various models." Northrop said the climate controlled flybridge motor yachts will resonate well with boaters in the Chesapeake Bay area and the exciting new X range, which has changed the world of sport yachts internationally, should also prove extremely popular. Maritimo's CEO, Garth Corbitt, said the appointment of CYC added yet another layer to Maritimo's international outreach. "Our markets in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia are firing and we are committed to increasing our reach in the Americas and also in Europe," he said. "Forward orders now stretch out to 2020 and we have embarked on a major employment drive seeking to increase our current workforce by approximately 30 percent to help us meet the demand for our vessels. "Maritimo's reputation internationally is gaining momentum and the Americas is an exciting market for us to be active in." Northrop said Maritimo's build quality and sea worthiness, being designed to handle some of the most challenging ocean conditions in the world around Australia, resonated strongly with US boaters. "We are extremely excited about Maritimo's future here and the appointment of top flight operators such as CYC will add to our momentum," he said. "It is fair to say that the response from our customers to the revolutionary X60 sport yacht and the new generation of flybridge motor yachts has been over whelming and with professionals like Josh and Ryan and their team helping us increase the awareness of the brand globally the future looks extremely bright." The CYC appointment follows closely on the heels of the appointment of B & E Marine and Colony Marine by Maritimo. Caption: CYC owners Ryan Dobb (third from the left) and Josh White (second from the right) are the latest to join the Maritimo dealer network in the Americas.

Ocea Shipyard Turns Thirty

It was in February 1987 that Roland Joassard and Fabrice Epaud founded Ocea by taking over a shipyard in Les Sables-d'Olonne. In thirty years, the shipyard turned into a major industrial group that has since diversified into maritime safety and security, passenger transport, working boats and, of course, motor yachts. Business is spread across a wide range of geographic sectors and markets Ocea generates 95% of its turnover from exports which today ensures a sound financial position. In 2012, Ocea launched Orion  plan focusing on optimization and industrial reorganization for Ocea Naval in order to fully upgrade its production tool. A large part of this plan involved building the new production site in Les Sablesd'Olonne where the yachts are made. “It’s a smart building that has given us a competitive edge and allowed us to expand our range of vessels to larger boats”, says Roland Joassard. The site can now accommodate units up to 85 meters.  Ocea is currently building the world's largest aluminium patrol boat (84 metres) that will be launched in the coming months.

Overmarine Mangusta Awarded Best in Show

Upon its US debut, the Mangusta Oceano “Namastè”, the three deck in Overmarine Group’s line of Long Range vessels designed by Alberto Mancini, won the “Best of the Show” award.  The award was organized by NBC Sports on the occasion of the recently-held Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The jury - made up of designers, industrialists and other outstanding figures - selected the Mangusta Oceano from among all shortlisted boats as the one with “the most innovative design on display”.  After the several awards won in Europe by this model, this new one comes on a very important market like the American one, which is indeed showing great appreciation for Mangusta’s products and values.  The trophy, created by industrial designer Derek Jenkins, was handed out to Overmarine Group’s CEO Maurizio Balducci, who was accompanied by Stefano Arlunno, the Group’s Americas Area Manager. The Chairpersons of Marine Industries Association of South Florida and of Show Management, as well as NBC Sports team, were also present at the ceremony.  Mangusta is one of the few remaining family-owned brands in the yachting industry. The Balducci family has been building boats since the 1950s. The brand is driven by a strong focus on innovation and a pioneering approach to the use of cutting-edge technologies aimed at ensuring high speed performance, which go hand in hand with the utmost comfort. Over the years, the Overmarine Group has gained a solid reputation for its outstanding engineering, painstaking attention to details and finishes, the ability to interpret customer needs and requests, and outstanding reliability – before, during and after delivery.  Boasting more than 100 yachts over 30 meters delivered many of which over the last few years, which witnessed a considerable increase in the yachts’ average length Mangusta is a constant, strong presence in the large yachts industry, not only with Maxi Opens, which have become the market benchmark among fast and sporty yachts, but also in the segment of long-range displacement yachts, four hulls of which have already been launched in two years only. Mangusta’s range now grows further thanks to the Mangusta GranSport line, a combination of top performances and transoceanic range. The first model, a 54-meter ship, was delivered last Summer.

Tankoa New Customs Division

The success of the family line designed by Paszkoswki, along with the acclaimed 50-metre series and the international exposure following the presentation of Vertige at MYS and FLIBS in 2017, have attracted new interest in Tankoa in the past few months. Over the past year, we have been asked by owners, brokers and designers to respond to bid packages for several one-off, full-custom projects in the 55 to 100 meter range.  With more and more experienced clients arriving with their own one-off designs, Tankoa has decided to create a dedicated full-custom business unit.  The opening of the La Spezia facility will support this growth, but the brand is restructuring to ensure that the full-custom team can respond to clients’ needs in the same one-to-one manner that has characterised the company to date and proven a key element in its success. In fact, Tankoa will voluntarily limit orders of full-custom projects to one a year in order to guarantee the best service and prompt delivery.  With a range of projects from 57 to 90 meters on the drawing boards by designers from Italy and Holland, Tankoa expects to announce its first contract for a full-custom, one-off yacht in the near future.

Riviera Continues to Grow in Asia

Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, is continuing to grow in the Asian region with the appointment of China Pacific Marine as representatives in Hong Kong and Macau. The CEO of China Pacific Marine, Don Chow, said: "I visited the Riviera facility in Coomera during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show earlier this year and was very impressed with the exceptional quality of the motor yachts and the dedication and skills of the people building them. "Riviera is a premium brand on a global scale." "China Pacific Marine has operated in Hong Kong since 1992. Our clients seek a luxury motor yacht for family cruising and entertaining as well as sport fishing," said Mr Chow. "We believe the four Riviera collections - Flybridge, Sport Yachts, SUVs and Sports Motor Yachts - are ideal for our market, particularly in the range between 43 and 52 feet in length. "Some of our customers are already enjoying their Rivieras so the marque is well known in our waters.  "We have a new Riviera 45 Open Flybridge in build now and will be proud to present the 45 to the Hong Kong market in the new year."  Riviera CEO Wes Moxey said the appointment of China Pacific Marine will be warmly welcomed by current owners of luxury Riviera and Belize motor yachts throughout Hong Kong and Macau.  “The luxury motor yacht lifestyle is well established in Hong Kong," said Mr Moxey. "Our world-renowned quality, luxury, innovation, blue-water sea-keeping abilities and superior owner support will grow further in Hong Kong with the appointment of Mr Chow and his team."  He said China Pacific Marine will provide additional support, assistance and social events to the growing number of Riviera owners and to those aspiring to explore the picturesque destinations throughout the waterways of Hong Kong.

Sanlorenzo Launches Captains Academy

As one of the main shipyards in the world producing yachts and superyachts, Sanlorenzo once again turns its attention to education: from November 26 to 30, the company is launching the ‘Captains’ Academy’ which will take place at the shipyards premises.  The training course for captains and technicians from all over the world, aims to bring participants closer to the world of Sanlorenzo. Small groups followed carefully, step by step, with the aim of providing them with theoretical and practical skills that allow them to get know the products and services offered by the company. Excellence of the nautical world, Sanlorenzo is known throughout the world not only for its high-quality production and the most advanced technologies, but also for its services: owners need trained crews who know everything about Sanlorenzo boats to be able to fully enjoy their yachts.  The scheduled activities include both lessons that focus on specific technical aspects and training meetings with the ‘Service’ office which provides continuous assistance to Sanlorenzo yacht captains.  As well as the more technical training, there will also be a course on hospitality given with the help of 5-star industry expert consultants to provide captains and technicians with a series of key, fundamental skills on board.  Lastly, participants will take part in team-building activities designed to help them get to know and appreciate the Sanlorenzo family and the values ​​which have made the company stand out in the nautical world for 60 years.  Five days immersed in shipyard life, that will allow captains and technicians to be able in the future to propose themselves to Sanlorenzo boat owners, guaranteeing them a perfect knowledge of the company's products, certified by a certificate of participation assigned once the course is completed.

Sea Ray Fort Lauderdale Success

Sea Ray is celebrating a successful kickoff to boat show season following the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Sea Ray and its dealers realized significant increases in sales compared to the prior year.  Sea Ray attributes this achievement to a positive response to the company’s focus on sport boats and cruisers. The increased sales results were driven by the success of outboard models, larger dayboats, and recently released new models such as the SLX 400 Outboard, Sundancer 320, SDX 250 Outboard, and the continued popularity of the Sundancer 350 Coupe.  At the show, Sea Ray displayed several popular outboard models, including the SLX 400 Outboard, Flagship Model, Boating Magazine’s “Boat of the Year.”  “We could not have asked for a better kickoff to boat show season to affirm dealer and consumer confidence in Sea Ray,” said Brad Anderson, president and general manager. “Attendees who came to the show had a good sense of what they wanted and were ready to buy. As a result, we saw an increase in high-quality prospects. The energy and excitement were contagious.”  At the show, Sea Ray introduced Sea Ray Connect, boating technology that brings your boat into the palm of your hand. Powered by NAUTIC-ON™ technology, Sea Ray Connect provides peace of mind by effortlessly conveying a boat’s location and reporting on vital systems to users via a smartphone app.  Sea Ray also hosted a Sea Ray Owners Club lounge, where owners connected and relaxed with Sea Ray team members and Sea Ray partners. Additionally, Sea Ray held an evening reception for its global network of dealers.

Sunseeker Appoints New CEO

Britain’s biggest boat builder, Sunseeker International has today announced that Christian Marti will join the business as Chief Executive Officer in November, replacing Phil Popham who left the business at the end of September to take up a new challenge.  Marti joins Sunseeker from Aston Martin Lagonda where he held the position of Chief Sales Officer and Vice-President. Having worked within the automotive industry for over 25 years he brings with him over 18 years of senior management experience across European and Asian markets with premium luxury brands such as Jaguar Land Rover and McLaren Automotive. During his time at Aston Martin, he was a significant part of the executive team that transformed the iconic British brand into the successful business it is today.  John Zeng, Dalian Wanda’s board representative for Sunseeker commented: “We are delighted to welcome Christian to Sunseeker International. He has an impressive and proven track record of growing the financial performance of major manufacturing businesses and a strong affinity for global luxury brands. Christian joins us at a crucial time for Sunseeker as we move into our next phase of growth and I have no doubt he will help us build upon the incredible work already undertaken by the team in achieving a remarkable business turnaround in record time.”  Commenting on his appointment, Christian said: “I am delighted to be joining Sunseeker at such an exciting time. The business has recently embarked on a five-year growth strategy and the company is sitting on its strongest ever order book with continued investment in new product and facilities at the heart of the business plan. I look forward to working with the Sunseeker team on the future opportunities to grow this already outstanding, world-famous luxury brand.”  It is indeed an exciting time for Sunseeker who are looking to strengthen its position at the forefront of the global superyacht market with the announcement of a new larger flagship model, to launch in 2021. The new 161 Yacht will also see the brand move into aluminium built vessels for the first time through a collaboration with renowned Dutch builder ICON Yachts.

Sunseeker Braithwaithe Brothers Receive Award

The pioneering brothers behind Sunseeker International were awarded the coveted Outstanding Achievement award at the 2018 Luxury Briefing Awards, held at The Savoy Hotel in London on Monday evening.  In recognition of a combined career spanning more than 100 years, Robert and John Braithwaite’s remarkable story is one of innovation, daring, perseverance and the unwavering desire to create the finest luxury performance motor yachts in the world.  Robert, who after leaving school at 15, dream of building a new kind of boat. He founded the early Sunseeker in 1969 and across more than four decades transformed the brand from a local boat distributor into a globally recognized brand and one of the largest superyacht builders in the world.  A true visionary of the luxury marine sector, Robert’s entrepreneurial strength drove the sales and marketing success globally, embracing a very public facing role.  When Robert’s younger brother John joined the business, he was immediately influential in the engineering and craftsmanship of the iconic Sunseeker designs. Together the pair started producing some of the world’s most innovative motor yachts, utilizing the latest technologies and cutting-edge design but most importantly, listening to what customers wanted.  With a flair for award-winning design, John pioneered a new world of boating and he was instrumental in the development of many revolutionary models, including the Superhawk, the Predator 108 and more recently, Sunseeker’s fastest-selling model of all time, the Manhattan 52.  Together they have been the inspiration and the vision behind the pioneering nature of the business that has seen the brand produce a remarkable number of industry ‘firsts’, revolutionizing the industry as a whole.  As Sunseeker has grown, so has the team surrounding Robert and John, now numbering more than 2,600 people. Contributing their many years of invaluable knowledge and experience, the founding brothers’ spirit of excellence has driven Sunseeker to its pre-eminent position in the leisure marine industry today.  Commenting on the award, Sunseeker Sales Director, Sean Robertson said: “This is a phenomenal award and one that both Robert and John richly deserve. They have contributed so much to the marine industry and what they have achieved is truly remarkable. Words alone frankly cannot describe their influence yet they are always the first to credit our employees and wider ‘family’. Sunseeker would not be the global brand it is today if it wasn’t for their never-ending passion and vision. This is core to the company’s DNA today, reflected in the global success of the brand, the incredible product range and our unwavering customer loyalty."

Wider Finalist at Boat International Design and Innovation Awards

Wider 165 has been shortlisted for the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards that will be held in Cortina (Italy) next January. M/Y Cecilia is competing not just in one but three categories, which are; the "Best Exterior Styling Motor Yachts 40m to 59m", "Best Interior Design Motor Yachts 300GT to 499GT" and "The Game Changer Award" for her cutting edge serial hybrid propulsion system.  This prestigious award represents one of the most important moments in the nautical year and a worldwide recognition.  Wider 165 has also recently won three awards by RINA, achieving the maximum scores either in the Comfort Class (100,100) and in the Green Plus (Platinum level).  Last but not least, Wider is already familiar with the BOAT International awards, in fact, in 2016 the Wider 150 won both the Design Awards and the World Superyacht Awards.

Wider Invited at Rina Accademy Seminar 2018

For the third year in a row, RINA has organized a yachting seminar at the Monaco Yacht Club, which took place yesterday morning. Main subject of the seminar was the "Digitalization in the shipping industry" and Wider have been invited to present the "Wider 165 M/Y Cecilia: the most luxury green solutions". This annual event gathers together yachting experts and industry stakeholders to meet and discuss important current topics, including awareness in Yacht Management, Risk Evaluation and the new RINA Cube in the yachting sector. In Wider we took on the challenge of being among the few companies that make sustainability an approach to the market, giving a big attention to the use of the new technologies to respect the environment and make a low impact in terms of pollution, not just through our serial hybrid propulsion system combined with a 544kWh Lithium polymer battery bank and Azimuthal pods – which guarantees hugely reduced fuel consumption and exceptionally low levels of noise and vibration – but also paying attention in every aspects (i.e. waste management, the choice of qualifies materials, best solution in terms of accidental pollution.  Wider 165 recently won three awards by RINA, achieving the maximum scores either in the Comfort Class (100,100) and in the Green Plus (Platinum level).

November 29, 2018

Improve-It = Sessa Key Largo 24 IB

Sessa improve the Christian Grande designed Key Largo 24 IB model presented in preview at the Genoa Boat Show.  These improvements are demonstration of how Sessa continues to believe that the future needs the past, and that never like in these new versions, tradition meets innovation.  A model that continuously evolves and challenge: a timeless design, with an even more aggressive look, characterized from the recognizable Key Largo lines.  The improved Key Largo 24 features the addition of details, such as the large side window and the new windscreen, give a touch of modernity without disrespecting the previous versions. For the interiors and cushions the Key Largo 24 features a reinterpretation of the contemporary style.  The Key Largo 24 IB offers a double cabin with Vee-shaped berth, and a head to starboard.  The Key Largo 24 IB is powered by a single Volvo gas petrol 270hp engine which delivers top speeds up to 38 knots.  These improvements are also present for the Sessa Key Largo 24 outboard version.

November 28, 2018

New Model: Tuccoli T280 Easy Rider

Tuccoli is really producing some nice machines at the moment, and with the presentation of the T280 Easy Rider completes its circle of new models.  The Tuccoli T280 just as its bigger T370 and T440 sisters is an ideal mix of a sportfish and a sport cruiser, and present itself with a comfortable half hard-top covered twin level cockpit which when desired can transform itself to a fishing area.  Inside the Tuccoli T280 offers an interesting accommodation layout, with an L-shaped galley upon entering the cabin to port side, a bench to bench dinette opposite, a shower head, and a twin berth double berth cabin forward.  The Tuccoli is powered by twin Volvo 220hp with simple to maintain line shaft propulsion.  The Tuccoli T280 will feature choices for other different versions from a fully enclosed hard-top, to a fully open style variant.  In 2019 Tuccoli will also present a T280 outboard version. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.13 m (29.9ft)
Hull Length - 7.49 m
Beam - 3.04 m
Draft - 0.85 m
Displacement - 5400 kg
Fuel Capacity - 580 l
Water Capacity - 160 l
Accommodation - 2 plus 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D3 220hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max

November 27, 2018

Project: Johnson 70

Johnson presents the 70 project motor yacht designed from Bill Dixon, with choice for three or four double guest cabins layouts, and a sky-lounge as pictured above or open bridge flybridge.  Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design when designing the Johnson 70 project set to provide a super yacht experience in a 21 meter owner operator size.  The 70 shows the same level of customization as the rest of the Johnson line, encouraging owner input on the design of the accommodations, as well as the helm area, the saloon, dining area, and galley.  Yachtsmen can request a skylounge to preclude the need for a lower helm, and the result is a blank canvas for the interior  main deck area on which they can work with Johnson to create the spaces of their dreams.  The Johnson 70 is also available with a fishing cockpit aft increasing the yacht's flexibility as each build in the series is expected to be different to the other.  The Johnson  70 is standard powered by twin Cats 1015hp.

November 26, 2018

New Model: Palm Beach GT 50 Express

While developing its next model, Palm Beach identified a void in the refined high-performance marketplace and the stunning new GT50 was born. The design philosophy was to create a visually elegant traditional inspired cruiser capable of forty plus knots, with an economic cruise speed in the mid thirties range, and all in a yacht that was simple to operate and easy to own.  The first Palm Beach GT50 Express made its debut at the Newport International Boat Show.  Initial sea trials of the GT 50 Express hit Palm Beach precise target top-speed projection of 42 knots and a cruising speed of 35 knots with a pair 600hp Volvo engines with IPS pod drives. Moreover, at 35 knots the fuel consumption was only 151 liters per hour.  At 25 knots the GT50 sipped a measly 90 liters per hour. These impressive figures make the Palm Beach GT50 Express one of the most efficient yachts available today.  The GT Series incorporates Palm Beach’s unique hull design that results in less resistance to achieve plane while keeping the bow in the water. Each yacht slices through the water and avoids wasting energy to get up on top of the water.  A hyper-focus on lightweight, strong construction helps to ensure the GT50’s efficiency. The hull is a fully infused vinylester cored e-glass construction that is complemented by a fully infused, full carbon fiber deck and superstructure. The deck and bulkheads are structurally bonded to the hull for increased strength and rigidity, forming a semi-monolithic shell that produces a far stronger result.  Another specific goal of the GT50 is to embrace simplicity and ensure owners are spending more time on the water.  Palm Beach gave significant attention to the GT50 Express outdoor spaces in order to comfortably accommodate large groups of guests while underway. Two L-shaped settees in the cockpit flank a transom door to the large teak swim platform. The helm deck is ideally suited for fresco dining or lounging while underway, with an L-shaped settee and a straight settee. The Express model, features a large opening sunroof and Palm Beach’s customary side and aft opening windows provide an open-air atmosphere for an incredible on-the-water experience.  An additional refrigerator and an ice-maker in the cockpit complement the full-service galley below. Twin helm seats serve the carbon fiber helm station, and the single-piece windscreen creates an unobstructed line of sight that is more like a high-performance car than a yacht. Side decks are designed to seamlessly join the cockpit to allow for easy access forward. Below, the attention to detail continues with contemporary finishes blended into a timeless elegance. Timber options include wenge, teak or ash. Broad selections of designer double-stitched fabrics are wrapped around a spacious forward master stateroom, huge head with shower, large galley and a queen-sized berth aft. Engine access is below the cockpit. Palm Beach GT series is off to a flying start with the Open version of the GT 50 finalizing production and set to launch in January 2019 at the Dusseldorf boat show, while production is currently underway for the GT60 that will make its debut in September of 2019.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.4 m (54ft)
Hull Length - 15.2 m
Beam - 4.48 m
Draft - 0.93 m
Displacement - 13000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS800 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 42 knots max 35 knots cruise 25 knots economic fast cruise
Range - 347 nm at 35 knots cruise, 413 nm at 25 knots cruise
Construction - Vinilester resin infused cored E-glass, carbon fiber deck and super structure

November 25, 2018

Web: Rinker New Web Site

Rinker from the USA presents its new World wide web showroom.  Rinker was founded in the 1930's by farmer Lossie L.E. Rinker in White River, Indiana who started building fishing and racing boats.  After the ending of the Korean War in 1953 Lossie's sons John and Jan joined him in the business, with Rinker moving business from the White River to Syracuse.  This move increased production capability for Rinker, and also its international name.  In the 1980's came the launching of its Sport Cruiser and high performance orientated Captiva line.  Today Rinker builds 28 models divided into four lines; Cuddy Models, Express Cruisers, Outboard Models, Stern Drive Models.  The entry level Rinker model is the 17 QX OB and the flagship is the 370 EX.  Rinker new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Models, Abour, Build-A-Boat, Find a Dealer, and Resources.  Rinker is also present on social media with buttons on the bottom right of the page taking you to its Facebook, and Google Plus pages.

November 24, 2018

Project: CRN 45mt Explorer Alfarosso

CRN unveils the AlfaRosso concept, an innovative 45 meter explorer super yacht designed by Francesco Paszkowski.  The Alfarosso will be available in two further lengths of  50 and 55 meters.  The CRN 45 mt Explorer Alfarosso will offer a gross tonnage of 499. Designed for an owner who loves long voyages of discovery to remote places, the CRN AlfaRosso concept is an explorer super yacht of unmistakable style. The rigor of her architectural geometries, her crisply defined hull profile, and sharp, clean lines pairing beautifully with the studied appeal of the open spaces and the exceptional indoor comfort. The stern, lower-deck, and main-deck areas also boast a singular design. Unlike typical explorer yachts, where these are normally technical areas, on AlfaRosso they are designed for guests to savor the sea to its fullest extent. The pool, the extensive terraces, and the glorious windows, some from floor to ceiling, offer a panoramic experience that is not found in similar super yachts.  The craftsmanship of the AlfaRosso will be  displayed both indoor and outdoor, with high elements of teak wood, which forms a bridge between tradition and innovation. In the sumptuous indoor spaces, the continuity between interior and exterior is exquisitely expressed in the understated elegance of the steel handrails, chosen in place of the classic gunwales, in the sophisticated minimalism of the open-step stairs linking the various decks, and in the sense of consummate relaxation exuded by the flush-deck pool on the main deck. These details bring guests into closer contact with the sea and the air, removing any barriers that might hinder the fullest enjoyment of the on-board experience. The tender and all the toys are stowed in the bow area to keep the aft area clear and clean while further emphasizing CRN AlfaRosso’s dynamic personality and its passion for exploration.

November 23, 2018

New Model: Princess S78

Princess presents the all-new S78, flagship of the S Class sport-bridge range.  The Princess S78 inspires relaxation with a range of exclusive furnishings to choose from and seating areas that convert into sun loungers. The Princess S78 re-imagines aft deck design with  a central access from her hydraulic bathing platform to the cockpit passing between twin sun-pads, whilst the fore-deck features innovative seating with a central forward sun-pad which can be converted to create additional aft facing seats. The S78 impresses for its spacious main deck saloon with an astern galley layout, and connects the world outside inside through full length side windows.  Below deck the S78 offers four en-suited cabins sleeping eight guests.  To aft is a crew cabin sleeping two or three persons.  The Princess S78 is powered by twin Man 1900hp which allow for maximum speeds up to 39 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.66 m (80.9ft)
Hull Length - 24 m
Beam - 5.76 m
Draft - 1.77 m
Displacement - 53726 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 6000 l
Water Capacity - 1350 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, two or three crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 39 knots max
Project - Bernard Olesinski
Certification - CE, NMMA, ABYC

November 22, 2018

Project: Cayman Spider 450

Coming from its latest releases of the new F920 flagship in 2018, and S450 in 2017, Cayman Yachts presents the Spider 450 project.  Based on the S450 for hull lines and propulsion the Spider 450 will distinct itself for its open space main deck.  The Cayman Spider 450 will feature a full open main deck space, while its hard-top is fully open on the sides.  The standard interior layout of the Spider 450 by understanding should follow the layout of the S450 with two large cabins, forward VIP and central midships owners room, and a saloon and galley in between.  Power for the Cayman Spider 450 should also be the same as the S450 with twin Volvo 370hp and or optional 435hp engines with IPS pod propulsion.  

November 21, 2018

New Model: Pardo 50

After the success of the Pardo 43 which launched in 2017 and sold over twenty units in few months from its release, the Adriatic sea boat builder follows it with the larger 50 model.  The Pardo 50 was world presented during the Cannes boat show 2018, and like its smaller 43 sister is a design to Zuccheri.  The Pardo 50 is a walk around sport yacht with a standard two cabins two head and separate crew cabin layout.  In this standard layout the owners stateroom takes a big percentage of the lower deck area, with a twin berth guest cabin to starboard.  There is also the option to transform the crew cabin located to starboard in a third guest cabin.  Galley and dinette are all located on the main deck, under the carbon fiber T-top.  The Pardo 50 is powered by twin Volvo 435hp, and optional of 550hp or 600hp engines.  All engine sets feature Volvo IPS propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.25 m (53.3ft)
Hull Length - 14.95 m
Beam - 4.95 m
Draft - 1.23 m
Displacement - 14.9 t light
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Max Persons - 12 or 16
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins and one crew cabin berth, or six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, or D8 550hp, D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Project - Zuccheri
Certification - CE A 12, B 16, C 20

November 20, 2018

Engine: FPT C16 1000hp

FPT Industrial unveils its new C16 1000 marine engine, presented during the 2018 Cannes boat show.  Though the new Cursor 16 has just been unveiled, the engine is already a Guinness World Record holder. Last March, a special version of the Cursor 16 installed on the powerboat achieved the fastest speed on water using a diesel engine, reaching a speed of 277.5 Km/h. This record follows the Cursor 16's previous title of "Diesel of the Year" from 2014.  This new C16 1000 is developed for light commercial and pleasure applications, and distinguishes itself for providing top performance with the compactness and the lightness of a 13-liter engine but with the durability of a 16 liters. This C16 1000 is, in fact, the only 16-liter engine on the market to fit in the packaging of a 13-liter engine. The perks regard both the aesthetic and technical aspects of the engine, which has a 6-cylinder in-line architecture and features the latest generation Common Rail injection system which goes up to 2,200 bar. Its power can reach 1000hp at 2300 rpm, placing itself among the best-in-class performance of the category.  The new C16 1000 has the best durability,  25% more than the competitors on average, while the power 63 hp/lt and torque 220 Nm/lt density are among the best of light commercial segment. These great characteristics couple with a maximum lightness and a best-in-class power to weight ratio of 0,59hp/kg, thus delivering at the same time top performance and best durability. The customer will have an increased cruising and a max speed together with the best transient response for planing.  In order to maximize reliability and resistance to salt and water, the C16 1000 has been designed with specific air, water, oil and fuel circuits. The marinization set includes: heavy duty, high flow sea water pump, a new heat exchanger for improved heat rejection, anodyzed air-intake pipes, a new air filter in epoxy-based material more resistant to salt and humidity, and twisted wiring for maximum resistance to dirt, water and sludge.  The C16 1000 has the compactness of a 13-liter engine, which not only means it is among the best-in-class of its category but that the final customer will have an easier installation and wider space on board as well. Furthermore, the engine has a best-in-class maintenance period of up to 600 hours, which translates into easier and cheaper maintenance operations.  Inside, the C16 1000 features increased fatigue strength new material components;  cylinder block, cylinder head made in Compacted Graphite Iron - CGI, crankshaft and bearings, con-rods, steel pistons, rings, increased flows for oil and water circuits with a professional bronze body and impeller sea water pump, and the last generation of Common Rail with multi-point fuel injection. The turbocharging system is distinguished by a simple and efficient technology with 2 single stage water cooled WG Turbo while the clean and functional lay-out is focused on engine easy serviceability and maintenance, thus granting premium performance, reliability and durability. Finally, regarding the environmental performance, the C16 1000 respects the most stringent regulations along with all the other FPT Industrial engines. Its impact on the environment is reduced for gas emissions, noise, and vibrations, providing not just positive general effects, but also higher comfort of navigation. To achieve these benefits in terms of sustainability, C16 1000 also offers a blow-by system for the best recovery of oil vapors and new green filters for better treatment of engine oils.

November 19, 2018

New Model: Jet Tern Selene 50 Voyager Sedan

The Selene 50 Voyager Sedan is a larger sibling of the 42 Voyager Sedan model, with a larger super structure and the same European flair. The yacht has a beautiful teak or optional cherry interior, and a well-equipped sea-going U-shaped galley to port. Compared with the Selene 42 Voyager Sedan, it offers one more cabin and head, a more spacious saloon and more storage. For many people, the large flybridge will be the highlight of this yacht with its optional hardtop. The original design of the owner’s cabin located forward with a walk around berth athwart-ships leaves more space for nightstands and large wardrobe lockers. The Selene 50 Voyager Sedan epitomizes gracious styling and transports her passengers with the uppermost in comfort and performance. The Selene 50 Voyager Sedan sports all the feature of a luxury family yacht with a generator, climate control, roomy cabins and a large sociable salon, but always with elegance, simplicity and easy maintenance for the owner-operator. Like her smaller sibling, the Selene 50 Voyager Sedan is also a long-range gentleman’s boat ready to take you faraway to exotic places. With this new yacht, the Voyager series continues to build upon Selene Yachts’ tradition of combining the highest level of individualized craftsmanship with superlative design. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.43 m (54.4ft)
Waterline Length - 15.26 m
Beam - 4.78 m
Draft - 1.8 m
Displacement - 30.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 4542 l
Water Capacity - 946 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 1 x Cummins QSL9 330hp, up to 405hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 11 knots
Project - Howard Chen

November 18, 2018

Sanlorenzo New Web Site

Sanlorenzo one of the most famous and highly regarded by the connoisseurs Italian motor and super yacht builders presents its new World wide web showroom. Sanlorenzo was founded 1958 by Gianfranco Cecchi and Guiliano Pecchia, in Viareggio with the first premises being the Canottieri Berchielli.  In 1972 Giovanni Janetti take over Sanlorenzo who renews the production and range 16,5 and 20 Vetrorovescio models designed by Paolo Caliari.  From its founding till 1985 the company builds it's cruisers and yachts in wood, but in 1985 Sanlorenzo launches it 57 model produced up until 1993 which marks it's first fiberglass build, and a successful one at that. Other models build in fiberglass will follow from a sports 55, to the 70 launched in the end of the eighties, and the 80 in 1988. The Sanlorenzo 80 will remain a flagship for a couple of years up until 1995 when the 100 is launched. In 1999 Sanlorenzo moves to a new yard North of Viareggio, in Ameglia, at La Spezia. The new Ameglia yard is also ISO 14001 certified. 2005 marks a change of leadership at Sanlorenzo when the shipyard ownership is changed from Giovanni Janetti to Massimo Perotti. In the same year Sanlorenzo opens a new Viareggio production site which will be dedicated to the larger yachts. 2007 is an important year for Sanlorenzo with the launch of the new SD92 presenting the Semi Displacement line, and the first 40 Alloy model. This last apart being the new Sanlorenzo flagship for the coming three years will receive three important awards from Showboats, and World Superyacht. In 2010 Sanlorenzo launches another larger flagship the 46 Steel, which is also the first build in steel metal, and an alloy super structure.  This is again superseded in 2017 when Sanlorenzo launched the 52 Steel model.  Also in 2017 Sanlorenzo presents the modern explorer semi displacing SX line with the SX88 model. Currently Sanlorenzo largest offer is the 64/70 Steel project. Today Sanlorenzo continues its custom approach and builds about thirty motor, explorer, and super yachts a year. The current Sanlorenzo line up is divided in the Superyacht and Yacht range divided into seven series which build yachts from the SX76 up to the 70 Steel, totaling eighteen models.  The Superyacht range offers four ranges; Alloy, Steel, Explorer, and E-Motion, while the Yacht range offers three; SL, SD, and SX. The new Sanlorenzo website takes you around with the following buttons; Shipyard, Philosophy, Range, News, Service, Brand Representative, Careers, Contact, and Language.  
Production History:
Aquila m 7,80
SuperAquila m 8,40
Kumara m 10,80
Garduda m12,10
SuperGaruda m 12,10 1967-70
Anarua m 14,20 1969
SuperAnarua m 14,20 1969
15 1969-83  Paolo Caliari design
40 1970-73
60 1971-75
48S 1972-80  Giovanni Janetti ownership
13,80 1973-80
16.50 Vetrorovescio 1974-78
20 Vetrorovescio 1975-80
18 1976-80
16.50 1979-84 *project 16
22 1980-86
19 1981-84
20 1984-87
57 1985-93  fiberglass construction / Della Rolle design
55 Sport 1987-91
80 1988-94 (16)
70 1989-93 *project 68
70 second version 1994-96
62 1994-99
100 1995-2008 (20)
82 1995-2004 (60) includes sl82
72 1997-2004
88 2000-04 (26) *includes sl88
108 2004-14 (18)
SL62 2005-14  Massimo Perotti ownership starts
SL72 2005-14
SL82 2005-14 (60) *includes 82
SL88 2005-10 (26) *includes 88
SD92 2007-19 (24)  Francesco Paszkowski design
40 Alloy 2007-19 (10)
SD122 2008-20 (8)
SL104 2009-2015 (15) *sl100 project
44Steel 2010 (1)
46Steel 2011-15 (7)
SL94 2011-13 (10)
SL96 2014-20 (16)
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November 17, 2018

Project: Bering 106

Bering Yachts is pleased to announce a new order for a 32 meter semi-custom yacht new 106 model with the contract signed during the Monaco Yacht Show 2018. Like all Bering yachts the 106 is able to cross the ocean, providing maximum safety and modern comfort with fuel efficiency. With Bering one can cruise to many destinations, including those which cannot be reached by representatives of similar class of yachts.  Bering 106 will be a triple deck super yacht with a distinctive European modern look.  The Bering 106 will have speeds up to thirteen knots, while a fuel capacity of 30,000 liters should allow for a range of 4000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of nine knots.

November 16, 2018

New Model: Azimut Grande 25 Metri

After having so much success with the Grande 27 Metri, Azimut goes a step smaller and presents the new Grande 25 Metri.  A super yacht designed by since the early nineties standing Azimut designer Stefano Righini that offers an interesting mix of sporty lines to that of a full flybridge.  This is not something new from Azimut, as the World famous boat builder has in the past offered similar machines, as the success which was the 98 Leonardo or the 68 Plus before it.  The Azimut Grande 25 Metri also presents some cool new design features as a more pronounced bow knee which reminds of the Americas Cup sailing yachts as introduced by New Zealand in year 2000, and then used up to 2007 in all the AC class.  For those that do not know that knee in those boats help add waterline up wind and at the same time increased speed and reduce the angle to the wind.  It is obvious that the Azimut bow knee is just there for aesthetic reasons since this is a motor yacht with two big engines in the engine room, to be exact twin Man 1650hp as standard or optional 1800hp units.        
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.62 m (87.4ft)
Beam - 6.20 m
Draft - 1.8 m
Displacement - 69.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 7850 l
Water Capacity - 1100 l
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, three crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man 1650hp, or 1800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 28 knots max 24 knots cruse with Man 1650hp
Construction - carbon fiber super structure, fiberglass resin infused hull
Project - Stefano Righini exterior, Achille Salvagni interior, Pierluigi Ausonio hull
Certification - Data UNI/ISO 8666

November 15, 2018

Project: Viking 46 Billfish

After two years of production for Viking entry level and traditional inspired cruiser the 37 Billfish, the New Jersey boat builder decides to expand the Billfish line with a new second and bigger 46 Billfish project set to launch towards the fall of 2019.  Not much details are yet known about the 46 Billfish, apart the fact that the new second model of the Viking Billfish line has two more meters plus of length.  That is set to give more space for both accommodation and sport-fishermen alike.

November 14, 2018

New Model: Prestige 520 S

Prestige present the new 520 S, hard top coupe version of its 520 series.  As usual for Prestige S-Line range and designer Garroni, the French builder takes away the flybridge and presents a model with a sportier silhouette.  For the remaining the 520 S is identical to the Flybridge, and offers solutions which have been appreciated not little by the Prestige clientele.  One of these appreciated details in the Prestige line up, which has shown since some years now upwards of the 450 model is the separate entrance to the full beam midships owners stateroom.  Still the Prestige 520S has other couple of options for the new buyer.  From the choice of a single berth crew cabin or a tender garage, and that for a chaise lounge style settee or an L-shaped dinette for the aft deck.  The Prestige 520 S is powered by twin Volvo 435hp with IPS pod propulsion which give a max speed of 27 knots and a cruise of 23.     
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.11 (52.9ft)
Hull Length - 14.5 m
Beam - 4.49 m 
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 15562 kg light, 22432 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1300 l
Water Capacity - 636 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, optional one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 27 knots max 23 knots cruise
Range - 220 nm at cruise
Construction - infused resin with Isophtalic type gel-coat
Project - Garroni exterior and interior, JP Concepts naval architecture, Prestige engineering
Certification - CE B12, C14

November 13, 2018

Project: Greenline 48 Coupe

It seems like they never stop at Greenline, and for Düsseldorf boat show 2019 the Slovenian boat builder will present a 48 Coupe, a hard-top variant of the the popular 48 Fly model.  The Greenline 48 Coupe follows the Slovenian boat builder one level living concept which makes living onboard without any steps between the cockpit and saloon. The 48 Coupe is also offered with a choice of three different furniture woods enabling owners to truly tailor it to there style and wishes. The 48 Coupe offers ample deck space which can be further upgraded with various devices, materials and colors suiting different tastes and requirements. To bring the well being on-board even further, the Greenline 48 Coupe features a full functional wet bar mounted at transom. Accessible from the bathing platform, the wet bar is equipped with a BBQ, sink and a worktop. Also the bathing platform comes in two sizes with the possibility of comfortable tender launching using built-in pop-up chocks and or a hydraulic lifting system.  Below deck the Greenline 48 Coupe presents a three double cabins layout, both served with an independent head.  An optional crew cabin is available aft.  Greenline have been pioneers in hybrid propulsion. Hybrid Drive for the Greenline 48 Coupe is available with twin 14kw electric engines which integrate with twin 10kw generators in combination with twin Volvo 220 HP diesel engines. You can of course choose not to have the hybrid drive which enables you to upgrade the power of the engines up to twin 480hp Cummins engines and cruise at a higher speed.  With Hybrid Drive the Greenline 48 Coupe has a top speed up to 16 knots, with only electric power cruise of six knots.  With the Cummins 480hp the 48 Coupe has top speeds up 30 knots.