December 31, 2018

Monthly News - December 2018

-pic of the month- Overmarine Mangusta Completes Ocean Crossing

Azimut-Benetti Group Top Mega Yacht Builder Again in 2019

For the 19th year running, Azimut|Benetti Group, led by Paolo and Giovanna Vitelli, confirms its place in the highly-reputed Global Order Book ranking as the world’s top builder of mega yachts, with 97 projects totaling 3,536 meters in length under construction, far exceeding the other players. Behind this extraordinary result are the key assets on which the Group has built its history: the ongoing quest driven by ground-breaking technology to innovate and push boundaries, the ability to attract talented designers, a history of financial solidity and, not least, a broad-based distribution and assistance network with worldwide coverage. The Group ended the 2017/18 yachting season with value of production standing at €850 million (+18% on the previous year). The Global Order Book, the ranking drawn up each year by highly-reputed UK magazine Boat International, reports on industry trends for yachts over 80 feet long based on actual order data available and, once again in 2019, crowned Azimut|Benetti Group as the world's top builder of mega yachts, with a stunning 97 yachts over 24 meters long under construction (+26% vs 2018), or a total of 3,536 meters (+24,5% vs 2018). The key ingredient in yet another success in this long line was the ability to carry on innovating in terms of both technology and design. With its two brands, the Group has shown an extraordinary ability to work with clients to satisfy their demands for ever bigger yachts, as is demonstrated by the remarkable adventure of the three new Benetti giga yachts that will be launched and delivered to their owners in the coming months. Great financial solidity, which is essential when yachts this size are involved, and the dependability of the Vitelli family and Benetti’s management team proved once again to be winning assets. Paolo and Giovanna Vitelli, Group Chairman and Vice-Chairman respectively, commented: “This important result encourages us to carry on along our path. The only force that will never run out in our company is the desire always to exceed our limits.We are proud of our contribution to making Italy great in the international yachting industry!” The announcement made by the Global Order Book brings a year of important acknowledgements and awards to a close and represents the best possible start to the 2019 season, which will be marked by celebrations of the 50th anniversary of a Group that has left an indelible mark on the history of world yachting. Azimut|Benetti Group closed fiscal 2017/18 reporting value of production at €850 million (+18% on the previous year). The mission for the next 50 years is to continue to evolve, grow and stand out, and so to keep attracting, winning over, amazing and exciting people.

Beneteau Group Aquires Delphia

On November 30, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland, Groupe Beneteau and Delphia Yachts Kot sp. j. reached financial closing of the acquisition by Groupe Beneteau of its operations designing, building and marketing sailing and motor yachts under the Delphia Yachts and Maxi Yachts brands. This acquisition was made through a dedicated Polish entity called Stocznia Jachtowa Delphia sp. z.o.o. in which the Group’s Polish subsidiary Ostroda Yachts sp. z.o.o. is holding 80% of the share capital, while Delphia Yachts Kot sp. j. retains 20% of such share capital. The acquisition agreement and its rationale was announced by Groupe Beneteau on July 12, 2018.

Beneteau Sea Drive Concept Wins Award

The Sea Drive Concept, designed by the Peugeot Design Lab for Beneteau, received this award from the French Institute of Design during the ceremony held on 17 December at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris. The jury appreciated the ergonomics and streamlined look of this nautical dashboard, inspired by the Peugeot i-Cockpit, as well as its Ship Control connected technology developed by Beneteau. It also recognized the cooperation between automotive and nautical designers to create a concept that undoubtedly represents the future of nautical dashboards.

Benetti on Parade

It was a spectacle that left the City of Livorno and even the Benetti Shipyard itself open-mouthed. Everyone there was amazed, bewitched and most importantly proud as they admired a stirring and unquestionably unique parade they are unlikely to ever see again. The three magnificent yachts, while preparing to cross the Atlantic on their way to the USA, showed themselves off in all their imposing and timeless beauty: mega yachts“Spectre” (69 meters long), “Seasense” (67 meters) and “11.11” (63 meters) paraded together in the waters off the Livorno Shipyard, inviting everyone to look out to sea and reflect on the result of long, impassioned and meticulous teamwork.  It is a result the Shipyard decided to share with its co-citizens, who were captivated by this amazing sight and proud to be able to contribute in some way to it.  The three exclusive models, representing an example of style admired the world over, enchanted and amazed everyone who had made a special trip or happened to be there by chance, and who are sure to treasure the emotions aroused by the three mega yachts for many years to come. There were also a few tears of disbelief and emotion to be seen on the faces of several shipyard workers who had contributed to these projects, and seen the fruits of their labour take shape day by day.  The three magnificent works of art are tailor-made to satisfy the desires and represent the passions of their demanding, perfectionist owners; as well as embodying the dreams of every sea and yacht lover.

Feadship Second Hall in Makkum

After months of careful preparation and consultation with the local Dutch council, work is now proceeding apace on a 166-metre second hall at our yard in Makkum. The expansion of the impressive complex in Makkum – known locally as "the cathedral", which can be seen for miles around – also includes new offices and workshops. The first phase of this project is due to be completed by November 2019.  “This development involves a considerable investment,” says director Henk de Vries. “While the good Feadship order book is one reason for increasing capacity, as a family business we find it crucial to secure the future for generations to come. The community of Makkum has very close ties with this yard. The people who work at Feadship are our most valuable asset and many others are connected because their neighbours or children work here or they support our business in some way.” The new hall will enable the Makkum team to work on two large yachts simultaneously. Continuity plays a role for the craftsmen: painters, pipefitters, plumbers, engineers... All the different disciplines work on a Feadship at different stages of construction and the second hall will make it easier and more efficient to gently transition from one project to the next.  The new hall will include a 140-metre dry dock of 21.5-metres wide allowing for the construction of longer and beamier yachts. The new offices and workshops will be strategically situated between both halls, with two of the current buildings being preserved: It Strânhûs (an iconic 1970s office design) and the former wood shop, a characteristic brick building with blue sliding doors dating back to the early years of the yard which will be beautifully renovated.

Ferretti Group Tops the Global Nautical Industry Again

With a production value of over 650 million euros and the best returns among the leaders of the sector, Ferretti Group is about to close an extraordinary 2018 that cements its spot at the top of the nautical industry. This achievement is also established by the Global Order Book 2019, the reference ranking of the 20 largest manufacturers of yachts measuring over 24 meters, published by Boat International UK magazine. 91 projects completed (up 4.6% on the previous year) and 2,952 meters of yachts over 24 meters under construction (up 6.9%) are the numbers that ratify the strength of its growth strategy. Through constant investments in research and development, new models, and production capacity, the Group has done a complete renewal of its product range in recent years. Seven brands, six shipyards, and over 170 years of history: Ferretti Group is indeed the only player in the nautical market able to offer a complete range of boats, in terms of design and size, producing yachts of all sizes, from 8 to 95 meters, aimed at meeting the needs of every shipowner all over the world. "Italian nautical industry is doing well and Ferretti Group is doing great. The Global Order Book 2019 is a pleasant and gratifying reading: Italy once again stands out in the ranking for the production of yachts over 24 metres, and our Group grows at surprising and unstoppable speed. Excellence and innovation, supported by industrial and financial solidity, have driven the extraordinary results of 2018 in terms of profits and revenues" declared Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group. "I would like to thank our shareholders, Weichai Group and the Ferrari family, who support the growth of our brands through the continuous reinvestment of profits, and our 1,500 employees, for their passion and commitment in building the most beautiful boats in the world".

Formula All New Gear

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Gulf Craft at 2018 Middle East Yachting Conference

Gulf Craft Chairman Mohammed bin Hussein Alshaali was invited as one of the guest speakers at the 12th edition Middle East Yachting Conference held last November 22 at the Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi.  The conference was organized by the Dubai World Trade Centre with the theme of Accelerating Superyachts: Market Needs & Opportunities. It has brought together global business experts, government, tourism and maritime authorities to discuss new measures aimed at boosting the UAE as superyacht hub. The Chairman’s session was about "The regional and international growth of the superyacht market in the last decade". The session was moderated by Editor-in-Chief of The World of Yachts & Boats, Nabil Farhat. Both speakers gave their insights about the industry and brought to the attention of the attendees how both companies form the yacht world today regionally and internationally. Alshaali applauded the efforts the UAE government has put forward to ease the formalities for visiting yachts to be in the UAE. He also raised many more opportunities that the industry can benefit from and the government can implement.

Hatteras Cup Update

To date, 192 anglers and 51 Hatteras sportfishing teams have registered to compete for prize money and bragging rights in the inaugural Hatteras Cup tournament. They have entered more than 110 total fish so far in the Catch & Release (multiple species) and Game Fish Divisions, which include Heaviest Blue Marlin (non-world record), Tuna, Grouper, Wahoo, Snapper, and Dolphin. While fish weights are continuing to edge up (the Heaviest Blue division already stands at 615 lbs.!), there is still time for anglers who do their fishing from the cockpit of a Hatteras to register and compete for $115,000 in prizes in this segment of the Hatteras Cup, which ends on January 31st, 2019.  A cool $1 million also is on the line for the winner of the Heaviest IGFA-Verified World Record Atlantic Blue Marlin caught from a Hatteras Yachts sportfish. But if you have your eyes on that prize, you’d better get out there and wet a line, since that particular Hatteras Cup competition ends on Dec. 31, 2018! 

Jarrett Bay Named Finalist in Boat International Award

Jarrett Bay Boatworks is proud to announce their appointment as a finalist in the 2019 Boat International Design and Innovation Awards. The composite-intensive Jarrett Bay 90, Jaruco has been recognized as a finalist in the Game Changer category for her ultra-strong and lightweight titanium propeller shafts. The Game Changer is Boat International’s newest award category and provides an enhanced focus on innovation looking at ecological design and operation along with new materials, technology and processes.  Jarrett Bay utilized titanium in several large applications during the 3-year build of the 90 foot sportfish yacht, Jaruco. Most notably though are her massive 30-foot propeller shafts, which save more than a thousand pounds over conventional stainless-steel shafts! Titanium was chosen for this build due to its low density and high strength, plus the benefit of being resistant to corrosion in salt water.

Maritimo Record Sales 2018

Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer Maritimo's game changing X series sport yacht models launched this year, along with new generation flybridge and sedan models, have combined to deliver record breaking sales in 2018.  Overall sales are up more than 30 percent for the 2018/19 financial year on the previous year and in 2019 production is being stepped up to deliver vessels currently sold and to cater for further sales with exciting new models on the horizon.  The headline grabbing X60 sport yacht launched at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May has been a runaway success and combined with its exciting new sibling, the X50, these two models have accounted for more than 20 sales since release.  Maritimo lead designer, Tom Barry-Cotter, said the X series had added another layer to the Maritimo product line along with new customers seeking sport yachts with aggressive lines and styling yet capable of true long range blue water voyages.  However, he said the new generation M series flybridge motor yachts still remained the core of the brand’s identity and sales success.  "Our M series flybridge motor yachts still account for the majority of total sales," he said. "The experience of enclosed flybridge cruising is so unique to our brand, and our designs cater to such a diverse range of conditions and markets, it will remain the foundation of our DNA and what our brand is about."  Fresh from the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show early this month Barry-Cotter said interest in the Maritimo brand around the world had never been stronger. "Fort Lauderdale is a massive show and the world's most established and best known brands are displayed there, but we had a constant flow of people gravitating to the Maritimo display to view the X60 and see what the sport yacht world is talking about," he said.  Barry-Cotter said the record year started with the Sanctuary Cove International Boat show and more than $40 million in sales. From there the Sydney International Boat Show saw the momentum continue and then across the Tasman the Auckland On Water Boat Show again saw a record number of sales. Sales continue to come in after the conclusion of a string of North American boat shows which will cap off the record year that was.  He said the launch of the X series with its' innovative design made a strong statement to the industry internationally that Maritimo is committed to further establishing itself as a sector leader continually pushing the boundaries.  "As new technology and ideas constantly flow into the entire our product lines, never resting in search for further performance and innovation we are raising the bar internationally in the luxury motor yacht sector."  Maritimo's build pipeline now stretches out to 2020 and the company is in the process of expanding its state of the art Australian based production facility in keeping up with sales demand.

Maritimo Racing Rams Up

Luxury motor yacht manufacturer Maritimo's international race team, Maritimo Racing, has had a year of highs and lows on the national and international race circuit in the 2018 race series and is well positioned to be a competitive force here and overseas in 2019. Maritimo Racing's Andrew Willaton and Steve Jellick rounded out the year with an outright win in the Upper Hawkesbury Power Boat Club's Bridge to Bridge event. Maritimo Racing ran in partnership with Team 3 Offshore powerboat racing using Maritimo engines, propellers and drivers. Andrew Willaton and Steve Jellick claimed the offshore class, and outright victory with a blistering time of 31m 29s - the fastest time in the last five years. Maritimo Racing hold the offshore class record at 30m 26s set in 2012 with Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton in the cockpit, but have yet to run a sub-30 minute time, or close in on the overall record of 29m 47s set in 2008. Barry-Cotter has stated they will announce 2019 Bridge to Bridge plans and whether Maritimo racing will campaign its own boat or partner again with Team 3 Offshore Powerboat Racing later in 2019. He said Maritimo has used the past year to ramp up the testing and fine tuning of its race boats for a major assault on the local and international series next year. Maritimo racing was involved in a high speed accident in the season opening race of the 2018 Union International Motonautique XCAT world championships in Fujairah, UAE in April which ended its 2018 campaign. And in the shortened Australian Offshore Superboat Championships the team encountered mechanical issues at the opening round of the season which impacted the team’s mathematical chances of retaining the national championship. "The opening rounds of both series we compete in saw 2018 championship aspirations crushed from the opening rounds, so our strategy shifted toward focus on development for 2019 during this year," said Tom Barry-Cotter.  "We have used the season to concentrate on power, reliability and experimenting with setups. " Because we are always pushing to be at the front we sometimes have to take known/safe options in terms of setups, but this year because we had nothing to lose we tried lots of different setups to gather data that we wouldn't typically have tried in other years.  “This will pay huge dividends for us in 2019.  "Our new R36 is now performing even better than the well established 40 ft catamaran that we’ve campaigned since 2012 and it performs in all conditions and importantly is still being improved."  Maritimo Racing are also in the middle of constructing a new R30 catamaran destined for the UIM XCAT World Championship in 2019. The R30 XCAT in construction has been designed by Maritimo and will be constructed using the latest advancements in carbon fibre technology.  “There has been heavy design consideration of acceleration and handling to suit modern course designs and heavy analysis of the aerodynamic properties of the hull and deck. The latest cockpit safety design is currently undergoing panel deflection and failure testing in liaison with the UIM. The latest generation cockpit has increased head clearance and crash deflection protection engineered into the design and construction. Barry-Cotter said much of what Maritimo racing learned on the international and national race circuits eventually was incorporated into the company's range of production motor yachts. "We are the only production motor yacht manufacturer with a dedicated race team and that gives us a great advantage over the competition," he said. "The knowledge we gain through racing gives us a distinct advantage in terms of staying at the leading edge of production motor yacht manufacturing."

Maritimo Delivers Ultimate Sea Keeping Motor Yacht

South Australian game fishing enthusiast Roy Wells is use to being in some inhospitable sea conditions and he says his new Maritimo M64 cruising motoryacht is just the thing to handle whatever is thrown at it.  Located in Port Lincoln, South Australia, Roy was on the Gold Coast this week for the hand over of his new pride and joy, the ultimate Christmas present, a $2.763 million M64 cruising motoryacht.  "We are boating in the Southern Ocean and it is not at all unusual for us to be out fishing in three to five metre seas so I have to have a boat that is tough and that can handle the conditions," he said.  Roy is a Maritimo convert having owned two other cruisers prior to taking delivery of his latest boat this week. He purchased an M52 in 2007 and kept that boat until 2011 when he purchased at M56.  "The new M64 is in my opinion the best boat in the fleet as far as sea keeping ability is concerned," he said.  "It is just the perfect balance of length, beam, motors and hull design and it delivers in a way that nothing else can.  "The latest model is based on the beautiful old original 60 foot hull and I truly believe it is the best design of all the Maritimo's."  Roy has powered his vessel with twin 1150 horsepower Scanias and after taking delivery this week and spending a few weeks on the Coast he plans to drive it home to Port Lincoln himself in a journey of approximately eight days.  "I have been a Bill Barry-Cotter devotee for many years and I know from experience just how well boats he designs actually work in the ocean," he said.  "This isn't a cheese and bikkies platform to bob about in Sydney Harbour it is a serious boat that can handle some seriously rough conditions."  Roy said before he signed up for his new M64, named Stephanie after his daughter, he telephoned a number of M64 owners to ask them of their experiences.  "Three of the four I spoke to were using their boats to travel around the islands so from Fiji, to New Caledonia, to Vanuatu, to New Guinea and New Zealand and that's a great testament to the quality of these vessels," he said.  "There are not too many production cruisers that are doing those sorts of journeys."  Maritimo's Australasian sales manager, Ormonde Britton, said Roy was one of the most active boaties amongst the entire group of Maritimo owners worldwide.  "He truly uses his boat the way it is meant to be used and he is looking forward to many hours of fun in his new 64," said Britton.  "A total of 12 M64's have now been sold and it is a very successful model."

Monte Carlo Yacht Honored with 100 Italian Excellences

Monte Carlo Yachts has won yet another award for its achievements in the nautical sector. The “100 Italian Excellences” recognizes those individuals, companies and institutions that have distinguished themselves for initiative, ability, research, competence and innovation across all aspects of society, from medical and scientific disciplines to revolutionary startups and artisanal manufacturers. Monte Carlo Yachts will be featured in a namesake celebratory book by Italian publisher Riccardo dell’Anna.  The fourth edition of the “100 Italian Excellences” award ceremony took place in the prestigious Sala della Lupa of Palazzo Montecitorio, which houses Parliament, in Rome.

Overmarine Mangusta Completes Ocean Crossing

The Mangusta Gransport El Leon has just reached Barbados. After cruising off Viareggio in early December, the yacht smoothly covered over 4,800 nautical miles, setting an important record for the Shipyard - this is indeed the first Mangusta ever to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  El Leon was delivered to her Owner last summer and was officially presented to the public and to the yachting industry during the recent Monaco Yacht Show, immediately meeting with great success. With her 54 meters in length, she is the largest yacht built so far by the Shipyard, as well as the first model in the new generation of Fast Displacement yachts, the Mangusta GranSport line, designed by Alberto Mancini. The Owner, enthusiastic about the yacht, which he had extensively tested during the summer, decided to turn his dream into reality: spending time on board with no compromises about performances and without having to take any time off his professional activity. And he decided to start at Christmastime, in the American seas.  Usually, yachts of this size are loaded onto one of the many vessels that normally transport yachts between the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean, because their cruising range is not sufficient to make the crossing or for other reasons. But the Mangusta Gransport, unlike other yachts, is perfect to cross the Ocean by herself, because she was designed and built specifically to be fit for this kind of endeavors, too. “Land ahoy!!! Our voyage ends with these joyful words when we catch sight of the Barbados coast” says El Leon’s Captain, Paolo Bozzo Costa. “On 1st December we cruised off Viareggio with the aim of reaching the Caribbean on this new 54 m semi-displacement yacht built by Overmarine and willing to find out more about her peculiarities along the 4,800 miles that stretched between us and our destination.  El Leon behaved outstandingly, confirming the seakeeping features of her hull, which I had already appreciated during our summer cruise. While cruising across the Atlantic Ocean, with well-formed swell waves further strengthened by the constant trade wind, the yacht impressed us with her great comfort, stability and performances. I kept an average speed of approximately 14 knots – something very few boats can achieve and reached the Caribbean with enough fuel in our tanks to relaxedly enjoy our first Caribbean cruise.

Tecnorib New German Distributor

Tecnorib will be amongst the protagonists of the first show of 2019, which is also one of Europe’s main boat shows: the Dϋsseldorf Boot will be the setting for the presentation of the new partnership with an important international dealer, Best Boats NL. Arie Drenth, the manager of the company, which has six offices in the Benelux area, has commented: “We are very proud to represent such a prestigious brand in this region that has always been attracted to the Made in Italy allure”. Pirelli Speedboats and Tenders, the only Italian products to be distributed by Best Boats NL, will be sold mainly in Holland(where there are four Best Boats NL offices) Belgium, and Germany.  “This partnership and our participation in the Boot are a great way for our company to start the year off”, added Gianni De Bonis, Tecnorib’s managing director, who went on to say: “The Dϋsseldorf show is the ideal setting for the first exhibition of our whole Jet Tender line, with models ranging from 2.9 to 4.5 meters in length”.

Sanlorenzo Navigators A Voyage Through the Shipyard

Among the main yachts and superyachts builders in the world, Sanlorenzo presents, in collaboration with Lerici town, the exhibition “Navigators. A voyage through the Sanlorenzo shipyards” which will take place from December 20th, 2018 to March 10th, 2019 at the San Giorgio’s Castle.  Conceived as a real-life immersion in the production process of the shipyards, the installation presents more than 30 black and white snapshots by photographer Silvano Pupella who, through his lens, gives us a narration of that perfect union of artisanship and technology that has made Sanlorenzo the peak of excellence in the nautical world over its 60 years history. An evocative photographic reportage produced in the La Spezia shipyard, that reveals how each model of the Sanlorenzo Superyacht is the product of a complex multidisciplinary and innovative process: each boat, over 40 meters in length, takes shape beginning with its hull forged in metal, like a piece of art, through the work of capable local craftsmen who tend to every small detail, making each creation unique and personalizing it to achieve the effect desired by the ship owner.  The project, conceived by Massimo Perotti, CEO and Chairman of the company, once again demonstrates Sanlorenzo’s ability to expand its imagination and to be open to new creative languages, offering unknown perspectives on the yachting world and of Made in Italy.

Sea Ray Continues Evolution On Eve of 60th Anniversary

For 59 years, Sea Ray has set the standard and pushed the limits of performance and craftsmanship to elevate the boating experience. 2019 will mark the 60th anniversary of Sea Ray at the helm of defining the boating lifestyle. Sea Ray and its dealer partners enter a new decade of innovation, with great momentum fueled by a strong fall season.  Fall boat shows highlighted new technology and a range of successful new models and product launches. For example: The continued success of outboard models, larger dayboats, and recently released new models such as the SLX 400 Outboard and Sundancer 320 Outboard drove increased sales for the company. Sea Ray Connect, powered by Nautic-On, a new technology which debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, effortlessly conveys a boat’s location and status of vital systems to users via a smartphone app.  The Cannes Yachting Festival and Interboot Expo in Germany featured the introduction of the Sun Sport 230 Outboard.  “We could not have asked for a better boat show season to affirm dealer and consumer confidence in Sea Ray,” said Brad Anderson, Sea Ray president and general manager.  Sea Ray attributes its lasting popularity and evolution of industry-leading product to the achievements of its dedicated team. “We have a bold vision for the future, which touches all facets of our operations and a relentless dedication to be the best - all supported by investment in technology, capacity and people. As a leader in this organization, I can’t tell you how excited I am heading into our 60th year knowing the bright future ahead of us, and that is grounded by our strong heritage and the confidence I have in our organization,” said Anderson.  Sea Ray has also continued investments in its Tellico operations in Tennessee, which just celebrated its 35th anniversary in September. “At Tellico’s 35th anniversary, it was a personal honor to recognize our dedicated team, including 18 individuals that have served the facility since it began in 1983. The Sykes Creek manufacturing team in Merritt Island, Fla. has increased production of the flagship SLX 400 Outboard to ensure that Sea Ray is able to better meet consumer demand. Our teams at both Tellico and Sykes Creek ensure that our commitment to meticulous craftsmanship is carried out in every Sea Ray,” said Anderson.  Anderson also credits Sea Ray’s dealers for the company’s continued success and strong momentum. “We’re looking forward to joining our award-winning dealer network at the Marine Dealer Conference and Expo (MDCE) in Orlando and celebrating with those earning Top 100 recognition at this annual event. We look forward to carrying this celebration into 2019 with continued recognition of our dealer network that has helped to build this incredible brand for 60 years.”  Sea Ray’s wave of innovation is expected to continue in 2019 with the roll out of a renewed focus that will drive everything the company does. “At Sea Ray, we believe that richer moments experienced on the water lead to a richer life. That’s why everything we do is designed to make each moment exceptional. As our company continues to evolve, the pride and passion of our brand shines through from bold, distinctive designs to industry-leading technology, and to a commitment to quality, craftsmanship and service that will lead us into an even more exciting next 60 years,” said Anderson.

Sea Ray Dealer Revealed as Top Dealer 2018

Unsurpassed service, incomparable business operations, and unwavering professionalism are just three of the many qualifications Sea Ray dealers, the most awarded dealer network in the country, must achieve to be named a Top 100 Dealer by Boating Industry. Sea Ray is honored to announce that 14 dealers were recognized in the prestigious lineup with Austin, Texas based Sail and Ski Center taking the top spot.  These Sea Ray dealers were selected from thousands of dealers in North America. Dealers are judged on business operations, professionalism, marketing tactics, customer service and more.  MarineMax and Prince William Marine Sales were also acknowledged as Boating Industry Top 100 Hall of Fame members in attendance at the event.  “For 60 years, Sea Ray dealers have been serving loyal and repeat customers,” said Brad Anderson, president and general manager, Sea Ray Sport Boats and Sport Cruisers. “Sea Ray is the most awarded brand with the most awarded dealer network in the country. Our dealers are the face of Sea Ray in the marketplace. We congratulate these elite dealers for this well-deserved recognition.”  Honored with the coveted #1 Top Dealer title was Austin, Texas based Sail and Ski Center, who is mourning the recent loss of legendary Co-Founder, industry pioneer and true Sea Ray partner, Rod Malone.  “I’m personally grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him and learn from him,” Anderson said. “He was instrumental in growing Austin and San Antonio as top Sea Ray markets, and we can’t forget the Sail and Ski partnership with one of Sea Ray’s most famed events, Aquapalooza, hosted on Lake Travis.” Anderson said that after a 31-year relationship with Sea Ray, Malone is dearly missed, and his legacy lives on with a dedicated team of individuals he inspired within the Sail & Ski organization.

Sirena Yachts New Partnership for Great Lakes

Spring Brook and Sima Marine are industry veterans and are experts in the 30’ – 80’ yachting segment in the Great Lakes.  Spring Brook was founded in 1961 and is currently owned and operated by Kyle Stenzel, Sima Marine, owned and operated by John Sima, also have over 50 years of experience in the region with a proven record of offering incredible yachts, paired with excellent service.  “Sirena Yachts has a vision of where the boating market is going and created a line that not only stands out on the dock, but will also stand out against any competitor producing “Navetta” style yachts on the market today. Their quality of construction, materials and components used, and the methodology behind their build process is second to none. We could not be more excited to offer these vessels to our client base in the Eastern Great Lakes” said Kyle Stenzel, President of Spring Brook Marine.  “Sirena Yachts will be a great fit for what we do in the Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Ontario. The space each model offers its owners is not equivalent to anything else on the market today. The fit and finish details, level of customization, and Sirena’s dedication to building each yacht to the highest standard is very impressive. The 58 will be a great fit for the avid cruiser in the Great Lakes or Loopers looking for the best performing Navetta style cruiser on the market today” said John Sima, President of Sima Marine.  “It is with great pleasure and excitement that we welcome Spring Brook and Sima Marine to the Sirena family” said Mr Ali Onger, Sirena Marine Marketing and Communication Manager, “After already having sold numerous yachts in the US we are now launching our next market penetration phase, which entails the appointment of world-class dealers. With great infrastructure, a dynamic team, a loyal customer base and excellent after-sales support, Spring Brook and Sima meet and exceed the high bar we’ve established for aspiring Sirena dealers” added Mr Ali Onger.

Viking Massive Marlin

Angler Rob Crane was fishing his Viking Too Easy II on the northern tip of Fraser Island, Australia, when he struck gold. Using 130-pound tackle and a handcrafted lure, he landed a black marlin that tipped the scales at 1,431 pounds. Rob said, "This is a once in a lifetime catch." The fish was donated for research. This is the second biggest black marlin caught in Australia. Peter B. Wright holds the Australian record for landing a 1,442-pound fish in 1973.

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