February 28, 2019

Monthly News - February 2019

-pic of the month- Dominator Goes to the Middle East

Arcadia Begins 2019 with Ten Units Under Construction

At the beginning of 2019, Arcadia remains one of the most active shipyards on the international yachting stage. No fewer than ten hulls are currently under construction in the shipyard’s renovated production area for an overall value of more than forty million euro. Last year Arcadia bought 21% of Marina di Torre Annunziata srl, a production site with a haulage and launching dock, which increased the area dedicated to production to over 47,000 square meters. n the same period, Arcadia reorganized the production layout, which now allows to have at the same time up to seven yachts in the hull-fitting phase and four in the lamination phase all at the same time. Specifically, there are currently two A85, two A105, one A115 and three Sherpa yachts under construction. Two Sherpa Xl units are also being built, the first one right on time for its debut at 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival. It is quite impressive that, despite this considerable line-up, the shipyard is using only 60% of its production capacity.  “In less than 10 year’s activity, approximately thirty Arcadia vessels have been delivered to their owners,” declared Ugo Pellegrino, the Sole Director of the Italian shipyard. “We are proud of this result, which encourages us to do even better. Over the next few years, our organisation will concentrate on the new Range and on improved distribution capacity on the one hand, and on a new production strategy on the other. In addition to making the production site more efficient in terms of delivery times, the new strategy will also allow us to meet our Owners’ customization requests better and better.” The decision to always have an on-spec deck and hull ready for construction for every model, as well as ready-to-sail A85, Sherpa Xl and Sherpa models (partly and especially because of the many ongoing negotiations regarding these models), further proves two points. On the one hand, it reveals the shipyard’s financial solidity and the confidence Arcadia Yachts has in its product vision and, on the other, it is also a very practical arrangement for will-be owners, because it considerably reduces delivery times. Essentially, in line with its shipyard-boutique philosophy, Arcadia is keeping ahead in the construction of the yacht’s standard structures and facilities (hull, deck, compartments, main facilities) but, at the same time, it is leaving owners ample freedom of choice regarding style characterizations.  Expanding the shipyard has allowed to double the space dedicated to after-sales activities, which Arcadia Yachts has always considered very important. It is a great added value in the market of luxury yachting - owners can rely directly on the shipyard for wintering and maintenance operations, as is already happening for 50% of the Arcadia yachts that sail in the West Med. This percentage is set to rise specifically thanks to the shipyard’s investments in facilities.

Azimut Two Day Event in Dubai

The capital city of United Arab Emirates hosted the first of five events organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Azimut Yachts, a two-day celebration dedicated to Italian taste and style, organized for Azimut Yachts Owners in the Gulf region. From tomorrow, the presence of the brand in Dubai continues at the 27th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, where some of the most representative models will be on show, including Azimut Grande 25 Metri and Azimut S7, an absolute première for the Middle East. The Bulgari Yacht Club and Marina, a luxury resort in Dubai, specially designed to evoke the allure of the Mediterranean coastline, hosted the first of five international events organised by the Azimut|Benetti Group to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Azimut Yachts. A two-day event and tours aboard Azimut Yachts marked the start of a year of celebration in honour of the Shipyard founded in 1969 by Paolo Vitelli. The event, which took place on 22nd and 23rd February, as well as presenting a preview of the two new premières for the Middle East, alternated moments of pure entertainment with refined culinary experiences, to delight Azimut Yachts’ owners, who came not only from Dubai but also from other significant locations in the Gulf area, a region where Azimut Yachts has been present for more than 20 years. The exclusive dinner, served in the sophisticated garden area of the resort, ended with the traditional yachts parade which was the highlight of the evening.  Dubai, the business and financial hub of the Middle East as well as a growing hub for the yachting industry, will also host the 27th Dubai International Boat Show starting tomorrow and Azimut Yachts will be extending its presence in the region by taking part in the show.  The Italian shipyard will be at the Dubai Canal, in the Jumeirah region, from 26 February to 3 March, to showcase, in partnership with its exclusive dealer Seas & Deserts, its most iconic yachts, including two new launches in this region: Azimut Grande 25 Metri and Azimut S7. The former, featuring a stylish interior design by Achille Salvagni and bold exterior lines by Stefano Righini, has already attracted great interest and won several awards. The most recent is the ‘Best Motor Yacht in Asia’ at the Christofle Yacht Style Awards. Azimut S7, a 21-metre 45-ton yacht with a sporty soul, is yet another extremely popular model boasting a high degree of cutting-edge technology and IPS triple propulsion. The exteriors were designed by Stefano Righini, while Francesco Guida designed the interiors.  Azimut Yachts' calendar is brimming with events this year and the coming months will be packed with events linked, partly to its participation in the world's most important boat shows – including the upcoming Palm Beach International Boat Show in March – and partly to the celebrations for its most important and prestigious anniversary. The second leg, equally impressive and full of surprises, will be held in New York, a symbol of innovation and creativity, just like Azimut Yachts.

Bavaria Appoint New CEO

Following his three-month tenure as Managing Director for Sales and Marketing, Michael Müller is now taking on an additional role: He has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is responsible for the activities of the entire group, including Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH in Germany and Nautitech Catamarans SAS in France. This position was previously vacant. Dr Ralph Kudla of CMP Capital Management Partners, which represent and advise the investing equity fund, who has been delegated to the Board of Management and is now also responsible for finance and controlling of Bavaria Yachts as the Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO), explains: “In the few weeks with Michael Müller on board we have learned how effective he is and how well he has been received by employees and dealers. This is why we have asked him to take on the role of CEO.”  The experienced manager has already collaborated successfully with the CMP team on other projects. Graduate engineer Michael Müller is 62 years old and has worked for brand manufacturers throughout his career. “I bring in my experience working for leading brands and I intend to reinforce the position of Bavaria Yachts as a quality manufacturer of modern sailing and motor yachts. At the moment our whole team is focussed on preparing for the 2019 delivery season. We will meet our quality pledge as well as our promised delivery dates, so that the boats on order get into the water for the spring. In addition, we are continuously incorporating technological improvements into the production lines in Giebelstadt.” For that purpose, the management team has been strengthened by the addition of two experienced product managers: Pascal Kuhn for sailing yachts and Siep Keizer for motor yachts. Both report directly to Erik Appel, the Managing Director responsible for production.  Bavaria Yachts is currently actively engaged in further developing its cooperation with the dealers, who represent the brand to boat owners and water sports enthusiasts, thus building an even closer-knit network than before. The aim is to involve the dealers, to listen to their expertise and to integrate them into the future development of Bavaria. This continuing corporate development process is viewed very positively by the industry. Michael Müller shares the enjoyment of water sports with the dealers, customers and employees. He values holidays spent on the water, where he finds relaxation with family and friends even on short trips.  The Bavaria Yachts Group currently employs 800 people. There are 550 employees in the permanent workforce in Giebelstadt, as well as around 50 temporary employees. Nautitech Catamarans SAS employs 250 people in Rochefort (France).

Beneteau Partners with Raceix

Beneteau, has announced a Development Partnership Agreement with Irish marine technology company Raceix at the Miami International Boat Show. Raceix, who also have a US base in Savannah Georgia, are developing an innovative hardware and software suite designed to inform, encourage and support the activities, adventures and lifestyles of boaters, with a particular emphasis on those with motorboats of less than 8m (26-feet) in length.  Their solution delivers a highly intuitive, contextually aware solution which uses a modern user experience (with augmented reality) to provide appropriate data to the boat user in a way which encourages and supports boat usage in a safe and informed manner.  This innovative approach has received enormous industry support internationally over the past year.  For Beneteau, it represents an opportunity to further demonstrate their commitment to sourcing and nurturing developing new technologies which have the potential to offer practical assistance and support to existing boaters, while also encouraging new customers on to the water.  The DPA will see Raceix use a Beneteau Antares 7 for testing the solution over the coming months, while also having access to market-understanding at the very highest level. It will also allow the incorporation of some additional features which Beneteau believe will further assist boaters.

Bertram at 56th Buccaneer Cup

The 56th Annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Tournament was held January 23 - 26 in Palm Beach, Fla. Conditions were favorable as the bite pushed into the North. Team Bertram released five sailfish and took home heaviest mahi, caught on day two of the tournament, aboard the Bertram 61.

Bertram at 2019 Jimmy Johnson Billfish Tournament 

The 2019 Jimmy Johnson Billfish Tournament will take place Friday, March 8 - Saturday, March 9. The two-day tournament features the top anglers in the country, the world's largest guaranteed purse in sailfish tournament history, and the largest purse in Florida's sportfish tournament history!  The Bertram 61 team will participate out of Ocean Reef Yacht Club, where the boat will stay until heading to the Palm Beach Boat Show.

Dominator Goes to the Middle East

By extending its current distribution strategy to a new market, Dominator is proudly announcing another milestone in the Ilumen history. With MY Hanaa, the Ilumen range celebrates the Middle East debut and marks the beginning of an exciting year ahead. The launch was celebrated together with the announcement of an important collaboration with the prestigious Bvlgari Yacht Club in Dubai, symbolizing the perfect match of Italian glamour and lifestyle in Dubai. Dominator Ilumen had its debut at the Dubai International Boatshow some time ago, when the yachting world’s first Virtual Reality experience was presented. With the arrival of MY Hanaa to Dubai, the innovative design leaped off the Virtual Reality reviving the long-established strengths and values of the Dominator brand and Dominator’s esteemed craftsmanship in the Middle East. Dubai as a yachting hub between Europe and Asia is an important strategic position for Dominator Ilumen to further enhance the presence of existing Dominator vessels in the Middle East.

Feadship Refit a Classic Caravelle

Feadship has successfully completed the refit of the 24-metre motoryacht Caravelle, named after the line of classic beauties built by Feadship in the Sixties during a partnership with the legendary Italian designer Carlo Riva. Having commissioned this year-long refit after falling in love with the yacht’s striking lines and vintage charm, the owners took the opportunity to also enhance her with 21st-century creature comforts such as zero-speed stabilization.  The seven Feadships launched between August 1961 and October 1965 under the Caravelle name have gained an iconic status amongst connoisseurs of Sixties maritime cool. Much admired at the time by clients such as beer magnate Freddie Heineken, these fast steel motoryachts were resolutely ahead of the curve. Always popular, rarely available, the Caravelles made global headlines again when Feadship totally rebuilt the fourth in the line, Serena, in 2010.  The latest refit was carried out for clients who were actively seeking a Caravelle of their own. The client was delighted when he discovered the fifth cruiser in the line, originally launched as Quien Sabe in 1965. She had been renamed Absolute by her then owners, who had extended the yacht by 1.5 metres to add a lazarette and folding swim platform. These changes did not negatively affect the design, which retained its beautiful soft body curves, charming blue hull, warm teak deck and gleaming chrome deck jewellery, captivating the current owners.  Renaming her Caravelle, the owners had the yacht shipped from the Mediterranean to the Feadship yard in Makkum for an extensive refit designed to ensure she lasts at least another half a century. The work included completely stripping and rebuilding the engine room and the installation of no less than four RotorSwing at-anchor stabilisers. In addition, the hull was repainted and the interior and systems completely upgraded to meet the full scope of Feadship’s exacting standards.

Ferretti Group New Partner for UAE, Oman, and Egypt

Ferretti Group, the worldwide leading leisure yacht manufacturer, will take part in the 27th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show from February 26th to March 2nd with a wonderful fleet of 4 yachts, where will be announced its news partnership with Ocean 360, the region’s newest 360-degree leisure yachting enterprise, covering the territories of the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Egypt. The strategic move is destined to strengthen the Italian yachts producer’s position in the Middle East, by extending the customer’s experience of the luxury brand beyond the yachts, through integrated high-end services that cover all needs related to a lifestyle of indulgence at sea. Ocean 360 is the right partner to achieve this, as it is to become the region’s largest 360-degree leisure yachting enterprise and marina management venture at the highest standards of quality.  “Ocean 360 is the ideal partner for us, as it lives up to our vision and our standards that position us firmly at the top of the luxury yachting. Moreover, it is well rooted in the territory, in a market like the Middle East, which is of fundamental importance for our international expansion. We are sure that thanks to Ocean 360 solidity and authority, we will be represented at our best in the UAE, Oman and Egypt countries where an ever-growing array of shipowners and enthusiasts shows interest and enthusiasm for our boats and our ‘Made in Italy’ yachting. Thanks to this agreement, Ferretti Group further strengthens its selected distribution network, made up of over 60 international dealers, which guarantees its customers the highest levels of assistance in over 80 countries” stated Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group. “At the Dubai Boat Show, also to celebrate the partnership with Ocean 360, we will showcase some of the most prestigious yachts of our range, including one “Middle East Premiere”, the performance breath-taking Pershing 82, alongside with Ferretti Yachts 550, Riva 100’ Corsaro and Pershing 70”.

Formula Earns Four NMMA Awards

Formula is pleased to announce it has once again been recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction in NMMA’s 2018 Customer Satisfaction Index program in the categories of: Sterndrive Bowrider, Sterndrive Cuddy and Express Boats, Fiberglass Outboard Boats and Inboard Express Cruisers. Formula attained the enviable achievement of earning awards in every product category it participated in, an extremely high honor given its wide range of product segments. Great job, Formula!  The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. Award recipients have achieved and maintained an independently-measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction over the past year, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine.

Frauncher Appoint New UK and Ireland Dealership

Grosvenor Yachts sells both new and warrantied pre-owned motorized leisure yachts. Working closely and sympathetically in partnership with the customer, using their experience and knowledge to identify the model of craft that best meets the requirements and budget, a personal touch instills confidence throughout the process. Their skilled approach ensures that each and every boat has presence, performance and unmistakable panache. It is therefore not surprising that the Grosvenor Yachts brand has become a synonym for luxury, high quality and customer service. Stefan Frauscher: “Frauscher is recognized as a leader in design, craftmanship and performance. As such we place very high demands on companies willing to represent our brand. Grosvenor Yachts customer-focused approach aligns very closely with Frauschers values. We are very excited about this cooperation and Frauschers entry in the British market!“ Charles Fowler, Managing Director of Grosvenor Yachts and the Principal of Frauscher Boats UK said: “We are delighted to represent Frauscher who produce some of the world's most desirable boats. The Frauscher shipyard constantly excels in innovation and distinctive form: Personification of a passion for classic craftsmanship, stylishly combined with state-of-the-art design. The fusion of traditional, high-quality boat building with striking clear sculptural form is more convincing than ever.” Grosvenor Yachts Ltd.: With an office in both central London and at Falmouth in Cornwall, Grosvenor Yachts is proud to be members of the British Marine Federation and Superyacht UK. In addition, Grosvenor Yachts Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Grand Banks and Palm Beach Yachts New Mid Atlantic Representative

Grand Banks Yachts and Palm Beach Motor Yachts are pleased to introduce Scott Kinney as the latest member of its U.S. sales team. Kinney will serve as the sales representative for the Mid-Atlantic region and be based in St. Michael’s, Maryland, and will handle sales of all lines of Grand Banks, Eastbay, and Palm Beach yachts.  Kinney brings a wealth of boating experience to his new role. He grew up around boats, enjoying sailing on Long Island Sound and also time on his grandfather’s Chris-Craft. His 35-year career in the marine industry includes working with such vaunted legacy brands as Bertram, Hatteras, Bristol Yachts, Sabre, Ted Hood, Hunt Yachts, and Hinckley. He served as a regional sales manager for Grand Banks from 1999 to 2006.  “As a cruiser, I understand what buyers need to know, as well as what buyers will want to know about their new yachts,” Kinney says. “I get what clients are looking for—and every one of them is different. I know the situations that arise, since I’ve been through most of them.”  Kinney will use his blue-water experience to help introduce the attributes of yachts from Grand Banks and Palm Beach. The Grand Banks range includes efficient cruising yachts with classic lines undergirded by high-technology build techniques and warped, semi-displacement hulls, such as the GB60 and GB60 Skylounge as well as the upcoming GB52. Palm Beach offers Down East-inspired cruisers ranging from the Palm Beach 42 to the soon-to-be-introduced Palm Beach 70, as well as the exciting Palm Beach GT line including the GT50 Salon Express and the GT50 Open, which will make her debut at the 2019 Miami Yacht Show.  “Scott has that boating passion that will allow him to deliver the kind of service our clientele will appreciate,” says Mark Richards, CEO of Grand Banks Yachts, Ltd. “The yachts we build appeal to serious boaters who use their boats for what their design intended.” Many such cruisers are based in the area surrounding Chesapeake Bay, so basing Kinney in Maryland will improve the service there.

Hatteras Welcome Returning Designer

As part of Hatteras continuing commitment to innovation and bringing exciting new yachts to the marketplace, Hatteras Yachts is proud to announce they have appointed award-winning yacht designer Ward Setzer into the executive team as Chief Product Officer. In this position, Ward will work closely with the Hatteras design and engineering departments to develop new yacht models. It’s a homecoming of sorts for Ward, who is from North Carolina and worked at Hatteras Yachts earlier in his career, from 1985 to 1991.  In making the announcement, Kelly Grindle, Hatteras President and CEO, said: “Ward has a great depth of knowledge in designing, engineering and building boats, as well as a tremendous breadth of experience covering everything from center console outboard boats to 200-plus- foot mega yachts.”

Maritimo Miami Sales Success

Leading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, has enjoyed strong sales at the recent Miami International Yacht Show with the USA debut of two of its 2019 enclosed flybridge models a hit with boat buyers.  The company displayed four of its largest models at the Miami show including two of the revolutionary X60 coupes, a model that changed forever the sports yacht sector after its launch early in 2018, and interest in the brand was extremely high.  Maritimo Americas' President Dave Northrop, said the X60 sport yacht with the aft beach club and versatile accommodations was a clear winner at the show, but with one or more orders for each model displayed the success was across the range.  "The X60 beach club version and the M64 were extremely popular and showcased the finest of our heritage in both the enclosed flybridge sector and the sports coupe market," he said. "We had the beauty and the beast of the M64 complimented by the innovation and style of the X60 that has been such a darling of the USA boating media.  "Such has been the phenomenal interest in and coverage of this model that yachtsmen are now coming to shows like Miami with the X60 at the top of their must see list."  He said the highly anticipated X50 due for its world premiere at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May this year also drew strong interest with multiple orders placed ahead of the debut.  "We believe we will see a repeat of the X60 sales success, prior to its world premiere last year in May, with the X50 this year," he said.  The Miami Yacht Show is the first major show of the season in the USA and as such it represents a litmus test for marine sector overall.  Northrop said the new venue for the Miami Yacht Show will be a hit with attendees in future years after some teething problems this year in terms of location awareness impacted on attendance figures.  Maritimo CEO Garth Corbitt said the sales success enjoyed at Miami recently vindicated the massive financial investment the company had made in the expansion of its manufacturing plant on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia last year.  "Our international strategic expansion is on track and the market in the USA was a major focus of that strategy," he said.  "The expanded plant will enable us to meet the increased demand from the export market and the new models that we roll out.  "Miami was strong for us and we now look forward to the next major show we will be represented at which is in Palm Beach in four weeks."

Princess Registers Strong Sales in Dusseldorf

Princess Yachts, the UK's largest luxury yacht brand, has announced it sold a total of 21 yachts worth in excess of £38m at boot Düsseldorf, with more confirmed orders anticipated in the coming days.  Princess displayed eleven yachts on its stand at boot Düsseldorf, including three global debuts for the Y85, V78 and F45. Princess's iconic Project 31, a heritage vessel built in 1968, and the revolutionary new R35 performance sports yacht were other highlights of the line-up which celebrated boot Düsseldorf 's 50th birthday in style.  Antony Sheriff, Executive Chairman, Princess Yachts said: "Princess Yachts was proud to celebrate 50 years of boot Düsseldorf with what I believe was our most impressive and inspiring show stand ever. We have a rich history with boot Düsseldorf, having exhibited for the past 40 years, which makes 2019 all the more special as it delivered outstanding sales figures.  "Our own business has accelerated in recent years, combining our traditional values with innovations from leaders in design and technology, so it was only natural to bring those partnerships to the show. I believe many of our visitors, customers and guests appreciated the technology and design philosophy presented by BAR Technologies, Pininfarina and Princess."

Riviera Family Rafts Across Australia

Across Australia, more than 130 Riviera and Belize owners, their families and friends celebrated the pleasure of being a part of the unique Riviera family by hosting spectacular raft-ups and events over the holiday season.  From Perth in Western Australia to Melbourne and on Queensland's Gold Coast the festivities ranged from a spectacular laser light show to a ceremony for a couple renewing their wedding vows.  Whether the yacht owners and their friends were new to raft-ups or had been a part of this truly unique Riviera experience event before, all focused on the Riviera camaraderie of simply being together and enjoying each others’ company and their much-loved motor yachts.  Peter and Julie Herschell joined the 25-yacht raft-up off Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula with eight boating friends aboard their Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht Hatrick.  Greg and Jennifer Ferguson have been to most of the past 10 R Marine Perth summer raft-ups. This year's event brought together 43 Rivieras.  Greg Kohl and partner Robyn were particularly excited by the laser light display on Queensland's Gold Coast.  A little further north on the Gold Coast, Jumpinpin is a favourite destination for boating enthusiasts.  The team from R Marine Crawley utilised this special location to host 34 Riviera owners, their families and friends to begin the holiday season.  Christine and husband Matt had another special reason to remember the weekend.  Jeff and Chris had taken delivery of their new Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge Dreamtime just two weeks before the Calypso Bay raft-up.  For all the spectacle of that afternoon and evening, Jeff and Chris said the highlight was meeting members of the Riviera family.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst said these social events were a superb example of the amazing camaraderie among Riviera and Belize owners across Australia and around the world. It’s what all our yacht owners so affectionately call the Riviera Family.  “We are proud that our team and our global representatives come together to support our owners in this way,” he said. “ We see this in these raft-ups and Experience events, at our annual Festival of Boating and during the social events at major boat shows around the world. It’s a vibrant, growing and exceptional boating community.

Sanlorenzo New Phase of Expansion

The Board has approved the ambitious and strategic plan presented by Chairman Massimo Perotti.  Growth supported by the inclusion of new product lines of the historic brand, by the development of the Bluegame brand, and by the diversification into different segments and products complementary to the core business. And new acquisitions on the horizon.  A strategic reorganization and strengthening of management are underway to face the new challenges. At the new prestigious Sanlorenzo Superyacht headquarters, result of the well-planned intervention by Studio Lissoni Associati, whose collaboration with the shipyard led to the creation of unique interior designs of some yachts and the new Sanlorenzo stands at the Boat shows, the board of directors approved the 2018 balance sheet and the 2019 budget on January 14th.  Record numbers were reported for the historic brand which ended 2018 with a turnover of 380 million, an increase of 27% compared to 2017 and a forecast for 2019 of more than 20% further growth. A very realistic forecast based on a backlog of 500 million between 2019 and 2020.  An important point on the agenda for the meeting was also the presentation by President Massimo Perotti of an ambitious strategic plan with which the Group enters a new phase of expansion.  Thanks to the recent reacquisition of full control of Sanlorenzo Spa, through the buyback, just before Christmas, of 23% of the shareholding, held by the Chinese Sundiro Holding, which followed a few months the repurchase of the 16% held by Fondo Italiano di Investimento, Massimo Perotti also presented a plan structured in various directions that aims to fully express the growth potential of the company and its subsidiaries.  Potential that can count on the robust consolidation of the company that occurred in recent years. Sanlorenzo has indeed counted on the recovery of the market by continuing to invest even in times of crisis and allocating a total of 100 million in new models, production capacity and brand positioning.  The presented plan establishes expansion through both the internal growth of the core business, which will be strengthened and implemented, as well as external growth, with new acquisitions.  In particular, the first model of the Sanlorenzo Open Coupé line is already in preparation, a segment in which the brand believes it can provide a strong renewal momentum and major investments with addition of new lines are envisaged for the Bluegame brand, which joined the Group last year. The expansion will be accelerated by acquisitions allowing diversification and expansion of the Group's offering, currently under consideration of the company's top management. With an interest in providing a global proposal to the customer, the creation of a business unit dedicated to new innovative initiatives borrowed from more advanced sectors is also planned.  As explained by the President to the members of the Board, the realization of an expansion plan like the one presented, requires not only impressive economic investments but above all a structured managerial organization to meet the new challenges. With this goal, some fundamental decisions have already been made.  Ferruccio Rossi, former Managing Director, assumes the position of CEO of Sanlorenzo Spa. He is also appointed President of Sanlorenzo Superyachts, the company division dedicated to metal models over 40 meters, which in recent years have recorded particularly significant production volumes and a significant increase in revenue.  Carla Demaria, recently co-opted by the Board of Directors of Sanlorenzo Spa, is entrusted with thedevelopment of the new business opportunities envisaged by the plan and the current extra-core business activities of Sanlorenzo. In particular, she assumes the position of CEO of Bluegame.  Carla Demaria, current President UCINA (Italian Marine Industry Association), has worked for more than twenty years in the Azimut Benetti Group until reaching the top as a member of the Steering Committee and Chairman of the subsidiary Atlantis Spa. In the last ten years she has been President of Monte Carlo Yachts, developed from the ground up in just a few years during the worst post-war economic crisis, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the French group Beneteau listed on the Paris stock exchange, where she held the position of General Director of the Beneteau brand.  "I consider the strategic plan approved by the Sanlorenzo board both highly ambitious and realistic. The steps in the direction of strengthening the organizational structure, through the acquisition of consolidated managerial experiences and greater delegation, make me confident that we will succeed in meeting our objectives " Massimo Perotti declared.

Sanlorenzo Academy Launches New Course

Sanlorenzo, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of yachts and superyachts, is preparing to launch a new course of the “Sanlorenzo Academy” for the training of installers and system maintenance technicians.  This important project, which started last November with the first course of the Academy for the training of “Polyvalent boating operator” and of “Sailor in charge of on-board technical equipment”, was born from the idea of Cavalier Massimo Perotti, the chairman of Sanlorenzo who once again has demonstrated the company’s ability to look beyond and expand its vision by aiming, by means of the Academy, to create new specialised individuals and providing them with training opportunities with a view to recruitment. The creation of the Sanlorenzo Academy was made possible thanks to the collaboration of the CISITA training institution, and with the support of the Liguria Region, Alfa Liguria, Confindustria La Spezia, the Municipality of La Spezia, the Port Authority and trade union representatives.  It is an initiative that creates an important virtuous circle between industry, the training sector and the world of work, thereby creating employment. The Sanlorenzo Academy indeed presents itself as a bridge between these realities with the aim of training specialised individuals equipped with technical/practical nautical training that can be integrated into the working environment.  The contracting companies that have supported this initiative have, in fact, committed themselves, at the end of the training period, to taking on 60% of the students of the Academy who pass the final exam; this employment involves a fixed-term contract for a period of at least six months. he “Installer and System Maintenance Technician” course will be launched at the beginning of April 2019 and provides for the training of personnel with two specializations: Installer/maintenance technician for nautical electrical systems, and Installer/maintenance technician for nautical hydraulic and air-conditioning systems.  The course is open to 20 unemployed persons and has a duration of the course is 800 hours, divided up into lessons in the classroom and practical training in workshops, to be followed by a six-month internship in the company. The ultimate goal is to provide students with both technical and practical skills as well as soft skills (stress management, conflict management, understanding of criticality, planning, communication, etc.), supplementing their preparation with specific notions and practical experience in order to enrich the human assets of the contracting companies with new, motivated and well-trained members of the work force.  Further courses are planned to begin in the second half of 2019 for the training of new, versatile operators in the nautical sector, nautical mechanical assemblers and nautical fitters.  The launch of the Sanlorenzo Academy project was made possible by the Liguria Region and by the co-financing of the European Union through grants received from the 2014-2020 European Social Fund.

Sanlorenzo From Shipyard to Courtyard

Confirming its design and creative approach which made contamination an actual distinctive value of its, Sanlorenzo, one of the world’s main shipyards for the production of yachts and superyachts, takes part in Milan Design Week for its third consecutive year with the installation “From shipyard to courtyard” which will be set up in the context of the exhibition-event Interni Human Spaces, in the beautiful setting of Università degli Studi di Milano (“University of Milan”). Removing all boundaries and putting aside all dogmas and rules, the shipyard, thanks to the innovative vision of Massimo Perotti, the company’s Chairman, managed to disrupt the rigidity of its world throughout the years while integrating art and design. This choice was confirmed last year by the beginning of a collaboration with Piero Lissoni acting as the company’s art director, resulting from the strong stylistic and projectual affinity which immediately emerged with the shipyard. On the occasion of FuoriSalone 2019, Lissoni thus became the interpreter of the brand’s tradition and values through the installation “From shipyard to courtyard”.Clearly evoking the wooden frameworks that shipwrights, outstanding shipyard figures, used to build, Piero Lissoni reinterprets the hull of an SX112 yacht through a process of abstraction.  The interior of this imposing structure on a 1:1 scale, in the middle of the courtyard, will be walkable, making it possible for visitors to enter and tour the boat.  An ideal connection between the past, present and future of Sanlorenzo whose hull, which represents the initial construction stage of the yacht, proves the craftsmanship of the artisans who have always shaped these sophisticated objects while announcing a new model that will be presented in 2020.  The flagship model SX112, chosen to lead the installation, will expand the crossover SX line, officially launched in 2017 with the first yacht SX88, followed in 2018 by SX76. Both models were presented in Piero Lissoni’s interior design versions, where he conceived for the first time through his innovative project, an open space yacht.  Once again Piero Lissoni’s installation shows the relationship between Sanlorenzo and design describing the shipyard through new perspectives: the hull comes to symbolise the company by revealing its experience, artisanship and its innovative approach.

Sunreef Voted as Best Multihull Boat in Asia

The 40 Open Sunreef Power was recognized as the Best Multihull Motor Yacht in Asia during Chapter One of the two-part Christofle Yacht Style Awards. Launched by the Yacht Style magazine the event was held at Phuket’s Café Del Mar on January 9th 2019. This prestigious gala aims to reward the most original recent crafts on the global yachting scene. The award was received on stage by Sunreef Yachts representatives during an exclusive dinner night gathering an audience of VIPs and key industry personalities.

Viking VIP 2019

A little of rain couldn't damper the energy and excitement of last week's Viking VIP Boat Show at the Viking Yacht Service Center. A fleet of sixteen of the world's best luxury fishing and motor yachts were on full display and hosted eighty customer sea trials during the two-day event. Fifty of Viking's preferred vendors were on hand to speak with attendees and a pair of gleaming Maseratis garnered plenty of attention.  At the sales meeting, Viking's President and CEO Patrick Healey introduced Valhalla Boatworks, a new company dedicated to designing and building high-performance center consoles with the same Viking quality, craftsmanship and expertise that has led the marine industry for 55 years.

Viking Buc Cup Champs

Congratulations to the Viking 60 De-Bait-Able in their win at the recent Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Tournament. With Captain KJ Zehar behind the wheel, the De-Bait-Ablecrew released 21 sails to win the top spot on the leaderboard. Angler Chris Weaks contributed seven of those sails which won him the 2nd Place Angler title.  Captain Walter Ogden led his Viking 62 Polarizer team to 1st Place in the Dead Bait category with six releases. Clamaholic, a Viking 56, had the 3rd heaviest meatfish with a 23 pound dolphin.

Viking Last Dance Take All

Congratulations to the Viking 52 Last Dance for winning the prestigious Florida Keys Gold Cup Sailfish Championship. Janet and Erik Akins' boat released 25 sails during the three-series event. Captain Robert Collins pulled out a last-minute double header to seal the win. Last Dance angler Matt McLean claimed 2nd Place Angler in the series.

February 27, 2019

Project: Azimut 76 Fly

The Mancini era at Azimut enters its phase and after the S10 project announced in 2018, here is the second episode the new 76 Fly.  But do not be mistaken there is a lot of innovation in the new Azimut 76 Fly not only from the change of guard for the exterior design, but also for the propulsion innovation which for the first time goes into a triple IPS configuration as has been used in the second generation S series by Azimut.  The Azimut 76 Fly will feature interiors designed by Achille Salvagni and the first unit currently under construction will be in the Lounge version, which will offer according to Azimut a unique connection between lounging and dining areas.  

February 26, 2019

Improve-it = Rinker 320 Ex

For the Miami boat show 2019 Rinker presented new improvements for its 320 Express Cruiser model.  The improvements involved new tri-tone color schemes for the external vinyl in the cockpit and a new open hard top option as pictured above.  The 320 Ex has been a popular model in the Rinker Express Cruiser line from 27 to 37 feet.  The Rinker 320 Express offers a four plus one accommodation layout in the usual open plan associated with North American boat builders.  

February 25, 2019

Project: Gamefisherman 40 Flybridge

Gamefisherman present the project for the 40 Flybridge.  The Gamefisherman 40 Flybridge will be available in Cat or Cummins inboard power diesel power with shafts from twin 380 to 550hp units. One of the most interesting choices in the custom build 40 Flybridge is that for an enclosed or traditional day boat open bulkhead on the main deck.  Inside the 40 Flybridge features a spacious galley and two cabins, with full queen sized double berth forward, and a guest cabin to starboard. 

February 24, 2019

New Launch: Feadship 58.00m Hull. 699

Distinguished and elegant, with a unique beauty all of her own, the 58 meter Feadship hull. 699, titled m/y Najiba certainly lives up to her name.  Najiba means noble and this a very modern Feadship thanks to a design from Vitruvius, who in there tenth super yacht design follow the usual teem of a modern and minimal design. Inside Feadship 699 is designed as a family super yacht for experienced owners, featuring an interior sleeping twelve guests, while crew accommodation offers accommodation for fourteen members.  The new Feadship 58 meter hull. 699 is powered by twin 1448hp MTU which reach top speeds up to sixteen knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 58 m (190.3ft)
Beam - 11 m
Draft - 2.60 m
Fuel Capacity - 90000 l
Water Capacity - 22000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, fourteen crew in seven cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000M72 1448hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - sixteen knots max twelve knots cruise
Project - Philippe Briand naval architecture, Vitruvius exterior, Liaigre interior

February 23, 2019

Project: Overmarine Mangusta Gransport 33

The Mangusta GranSport line has been designed by Overmarine Group with a view to combining style and technical solutions, timeless elegance and minimalist design, sporty features and comfort, outstanding performances and maximum efficiency. Above all, thanks to the use of cutting-edge technology, the Mangusta GranSport fleet delivers long range at cruising speed as well as very high-speed performances, always ensuring maximum on-board comfort a key feature that makes this line truly versatile and allows her to offer the most precious gift any Owner can dream of: total freedom and flexibility in managing their time.  This successful combination of different features and values has also inspired the new model in this line, the Mangusta GranSport 33, which was presented at the brands new showroom in Miami Beach.  The new project for a new entry level in the Mangusta GranSport line of 33 meters, shares with her larger 45 and 54 meters sisters a flawless blend of stylish design and state-of-the-art technology.  During the first brief, designer Alberto Mancini was asked to work on a new model that would feature an elegant profile and a strong personality, skillfully combining sleek lines, minimalism and a perfect balance between exteriors and interiors, the latter being the very essence of Mangusta’s DNA. The outcome is a project where exterior and interior areas share the same harmonized design style and express Mangusta yachts distinctive Mediterranean lifestyle to the fullest.  The master stateroom is located on the main deck, a key choice allowing the owner to enjoy spacious volumes, unmatched privacy and incredible brightness.  The main deck also includes a spacious salon where plenty of natural light shines through several ceiling-high windows, two of which can be opened to let in the pleasant Mediterranean breeze and ensure natural air circulation. The galley, adjacent to the salon, allows the crew to serve guests easily and efficiently. The lower deck hosts four comfortable guest cabins, for which several configurations are available.  Outside, a wide, fully-equipped cockpit welcomes guests as they step onboard. The wide flybridge features a sunbathing area, a bar and a living area, allowing the Owners and their guests to chill out while enjoying the utmost privacy and total freedom of movement. Another lounge area furnished with a sofa and a table to dine al fresco is located forward, where a large sunbathing area with Jacuzzi tub can also be found.  Alberto Mancini’s interpretation of interiors is the embodiment of pure Italian style, perfectly matching the yacht’s exterior lines. Overmarine Group is always ready to listen to the Owners’ ideas and proposals, to share their vision, their wishes, their needs… and to work jointly to achieve maximum customization of both layout and décor.  The Mangusta GranSport 33 is powered by an innovative propulsion system, for quadruple Volvo 1000hp system, coupled with four Volvo IPS pods moded 1350. The propulsion selected for this model ensures incredibly low vibrations and great noiselessness, resulting in unmatched comfort. Thanks to the impressive efficiency of this system across the entire speed range, the Mangusta GranSport 33’s performances optimize consumption up to a maximum speed of 26 knots. At the same time, full compliance is ensured with the strictest IMO and EPA emission standards.  The Gransport 33 compact four engine configuration also results in a smaller engine room, thereby increasing the space available for the owners and their guests. Onboard systems ensure great maneuverability during mooring operations, thanks to the joystick docking system, and dynamic positioning, a function that allows the yacht to maintain any pre-set position. All these outstanding solutions make the Mangusta GranSport 33 an extremely user-friendly super sport yacht even for non-professional users.  On-board comfort is excellent at all speeds even when the yacht is at anchor, thanks to a sophisticated “Humphree” integrated system consisting of four fin stabilizers that are electronically integrated with the “active Interceptors” installed on the transom.  Thanks to her very low draft of just 1.9 m the Mangusta Gransport 33 is allowed to easily cruise in very shallow waters, for instance, to enjoy the Bahamas during the winter season or the Hamptons in the summer.  Construction for the Overmarine Mangusta Gransport 33 hull one has just begun, with delivery expected in 2020.

February 22, 2019

New Model: Silent 55

Silent yachts is a new Austrian company who presents its new venture of solar powered electric powered catamarans from 55 to eighty feet.  During the Cannes boat show 2018 Silent presented its first model the 55.  This is a very interesting new model and offers a fresh green alternative in the nautical World.  There is a lot to like in the Silent 55 from its six layout options inside offering three to six cabins with three or four shower heads, to its green way of cruising which allows to make about one hundred nautical miles per day with solar energy alone.  As for power goes the Silent 55 is powered by standard twin 30 kw electric motors, with optional power plant going up to twin 250 kw, and a choice for a hybrid version with twin 220hp diesel engines. The electric generation system is also a huge option and goes from a standard 20 kilowatt to an optional 100 kw system.       
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.70 m (54.8ft)
Beam - 8.46 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Displacement - 17.2 t light
Fuel Capacity - 500 l (up to 1600 l option)
Water Capacity - 500 l  (up to 1000 l option)
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, up to twelve guests in six cabins
Engines - 2 x 30 kw, up to 2 x 250 kw electric motors, hybrid version with twin 2 x 220hp diesel engines
Propulsion - sail drive
Speed - 8 knots max 6 knots cruse with standard twin 30 kw engines, 15 knots max with twin 250 kw
Construction - vacuum bagged infused vinilester resin core sandwich, with carbon fiber at stress areas
Certification - CE A

February 21, 2019

Project: Princess V55

Princess present the project for a striking all new V55 featuring a sleek and dynamic exterior profile coupled with an intelligent use of space and all the exceptional performance qualities synonymous with the V Class range. Her main deck has been purposely designed for those who enjoy true open-boating. The expansive cockpit features a large L-shaped seating area with additional seating aft around a substantial folding teak table served by a wet-bar opposite with electric barbecue. This area connects to the saloon via a drop down sliding door and opening window aft of the galley, seamlessly integrating the two living areas as required. Her main deck also boasts a large sun-pad located aft of the cockpit and a further fore-deck seating and sunbathing area.  This new V Class continues to deliver throughout her lower deck with optimum use of space and multiple accommodation options. Featuring three generous guests cabins, she is class leading for a yacht of her size. Her ensuite master stateroom utilizes the full beam of the yacht. Additional guests can enjoy the ensuite forward cabin which benefits from the option of scissor berths in addition to a third bunk cabin. There is also the option of a single aft cabin for crew or occasional guests.  The new Princess V55 will be powered by standard Volvo 900hp or optional 1000hp engines which give up to 37 knots of top speed. 

February 20, 2019

New Model: Viking 38 Billfish

Viking is known for its consistent production of fresh designs throughout its entire size range, from its smallest sportfish cruiser boat to its largest super yacht. The 55 years company’s latest innovation, the 38 Billfish, fills a vast void in the sportfishing market with a winning combination of versatility, comfort and performance.  The 38 Billfish was designed and built with the same genetic makeup as her predecessor, the 37, as an owner operator sportfish cruiser.  The 38 Billfish offers simplicity and ease of maintenance, serving as a ready-to-go fishing machine equipped for inshore and offshore missions and as a cruising boat with reliable inboard diesel power.  The 38 Billfish’s cockpit, which measures ten square meters, is equipped with a laminated in-deck mounting plate for fighting chair, rocket launcher or table installations. Other big-boat features include in-deck insulated fish boxes port and starboard, a walk-through transom door and lift gate, a bait freezer with upper tray, a transom fish box and live well, rod holders, tackle storage and fresh and raw-water wash downs. Two-person, mezzanine-style seats flank the center-line walk-through, and there’s refrigerated drink storage, as well as ample general storage throughout.  The 38 Billfish’s command deck holds a salon-like living area that includes a port-side U-shaped dinette and a fiberglass hi-lo table. A comfortable lounge to starboard also serves as rod storage. You have the option of equipping your 38 Billfish with a second lower helm station on the starboard side, which provides immediate access to the cockpit.  Like her convertible brethren, the 38 Billfish’s flybridge is designed with a tournament-style center console walk-around helm. The 38 Billfish has Palm Beach-style controls and power-assist hydraulic steering. Seating includes a single Release Marine teak chair, a second helm chair is available as option, lounges are located to port and starboard, and a forward console seat. A three-sided Costa Clear enclosure provides weather protection and gin-clear visibility. Below deck, the new Viking 38 Billfish makes full use of its four plus meter beam to maximize comfort and utility. Hand-finished, high-gloss teak joinery and Amtico flooring complement an elegant climate-controlled living environment. The private head, which is conveniently located immediately to port of the companionway stairs, has a large walk-in shower with satin nickel fixtures, an attractive Corian-topped vanity with sink and storage and an upper medicine cabinet. The starboard-side L-shaped galley is fully appointed with a Corian counter-top, a two-burner electric stove, a microwave/convection oven, cabinet storage and under-counter drawer-style refrigeration with a built-in ice maker.  Rest up in the private forward stateroom, which is offered with island queen or crossover berth arrangements. There’s plenty of storage, with a pair of hanging lockers with drawers underneath as well as a port-side rod locker. The island queen layout also features a starboard-side upper storage cabinet.  As Viking continues to develop the Billfish series, the building methods and materials have gained efficiency, which adds even more value to these boats. A modified vinilester resin is used in the entire hull skin. End-grain balsa and closed-cell foam are used as coring materials in selected areas for optimized strength and stiffness while minimizing weight. The single integral fiberglass fuel tank, sealed to the hull with resin foam, is resin infused with balsa coring on all sides for stiffness. The hull-to-deck joint is mechanically fastened every three inches and fiber-glassed inside.  For ease of maintenance, each engine and other critical machinery is located beneath electrically-actuated hatches in the command deck area. The Billfish is designed and built with many of the same mechanical systems, components and technologies found on larger Vikings. Examples include the Delta-T engine room ventilation system and a fire suppression system that’s automatically or manually operated and tied into the main engine and generator ignitions.  Running gear includes Class “S” pitch tolerance propellers with dynamic balancing and bronze struts, sea-cocks and rudders. The engine-room, lazarette and forward bilges are painted with Snow White Awlgrip for increased visibility and ease of maintenance. A large center-line hatch gives you quick access to the engines, optional Seakeeper gyro and water maker, and fuel tank fittings. Powered with twin Cummins 550hp, estimated top speed is 35-plus knots with a cruise of 31 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.79 m (38.8ft)
Beam - 4.27 m
Draft - 1.02 m
Displacement - 14040 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1741 l
Water Capacity - 261 l
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 550hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Class S propellers
Speed - 35 knots max 31 knots cruise
Construction - Vinilester resin skin, end grain balsa and closed cell foam core used in selected parts

February 19, 2019

Propulsion: Yanmar ZT370

Yanmar is launching a full line-up of 4LV sterndrive marine diesel engine models to complete its highly-acclaimed 4LV series of ultra-refined common rail engines. The new 150 to 250hp five-engine range combines with the new Yanmar ZT370 sterndrive to offer exceptional acceleration, fuel efficiency, remarkably quiet operation, and low vibration to suit a wide variety of vessels. Complementing the Yanmar 4LV inboard engine range introduced earlier this year, the corresponding 150Z/170Z/195Z/230Z/250Z horsepower sterndrive models feature the very latest in electronically-managed CR fuel injection systems. This next generation system uses Thermo Swing Wall Insulation technology to provide maximum thermal efficiency, leading to more complete combustion, adding efficiency in fuel consumption, torque and lowered emissions. The 150 to 250hp power range marine diesel engines are all based on an identical engine block with the same dimensions and weight, making it easy for boat builders to install various options.  The new models are fitted with the Yanmar ZT370 sterndrive with hydraulic multi-disc clutch for exceptionally smooth and quiet gear engagement, plus standard Exo hard-anodization coating to provide exceptional protection against corrosion. Ensuring optimal performance for a range of boats for recreational and light duty commercial applications, the ZT370 sterndrive is available in various gear ratios. Other features include precision-forged gears with extra-long service life, the choice of electrical or mechanical shift models, and an integrated exhaust system.

February 18, 2019

New Model: Beneteau Swift Trawler 47

Beneteau continues to update and renew its hugely successful Swift Trawler line, and presents the new 47.  A design from Italian designer Andreani, the Swift Trawler 47 presents itself as a middle model between the successful 44 and the 50 flagship.  There is a lot to like in the Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 from its very open single level living deck with L-shaped galley and L-shaped dinette, to the central helm station, and hard top option for its fly-bridge.  Down below Andreani offered a tradition three cabin layout with owners cabin forward, a twin guest cabin to port side, and a double berth cabin to starboard.  The Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 is powered by twin Cummins 425hp engines with line shaft propulsion.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.74 m (48.4ft)
Hull Length - 12.77 m
Beam - 4.42 m
Draft - 1.15 m
Displacement - 12685 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 965 l
Water Capacity - 640 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 L 425hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Project - Andreani design, MICAD naval architecture
Construction - Polyester resin hull and glass fiber monolithic hull, structure in counter molding, balsa cored super structure  
Certification - CE B14, C16 

February 17, 2019

Mulder New Web Site

Dutch yacht builder Mulder presents its new virtual showroom aimed at presenting its unique range of steel builds to the global community. Founded in 1938 by Dirk Mulder Senior this Dutch leading boating family of designers and builders has grown itself into a rather unique company offering also a diverse product range. When Dirk Mulder Senior founded the company at the still actual premises he was only 27 years old. The first builds at Mulder where of wood and sailing craft type, but the company also started to construct yachts with steel a few years after its founding. With steel always becoming more predominant in the builds in 1953 Mulder launched its first complete motor powered boat with the 7.50 Baby Favorite, followed in 1955 by a complete three models range of power boats. In the sixties the company extended the range with the success of the Super Favorite, building for a good period at least one every month of the new bigger three model range. In the seventies Mulder delivered its last sailing yacht at twelve meters in size, and started dedicating full concentration to motor powered boats. At the period Dirk Mulder also started to take it more easy and gave yard operations to an outside manager until 1984, when 22 year old Dirk Robert Mulder Junior took over the leading position, which he baptized with the launch of the three different sized Favorite Super range, marking also the return to a classic flared bow. The nineties began the expansion of bigger sizes, but also the use of new construction methods for the Mulder yachts upper structure now build of steel or alloy. In the end of the nineties a new Futura range designed by the A1 team and consisting of more modern looks was launched. The company has after this seen an expansion in sizes which culminated with the delivery of the Mulder 88 in 2001. In April 2013 Mulder new building facility was opened. Today Mulder offers seven ranges of models: Bellagio, Convertible, Custom Build, Favorite, Flybridge, Futura, and Voyager, which start at fifteen meter and go up to the custom Thirty Six launched in 2017. Mulder website is available in Dutch and English language and takes you around with the following buttons: Home, Our Shipyard, Our Fleet, History, Services, News, and Jobs.  Mulder is also on social media with buttons at the bottom of the page taking you to its Instagram, and Facebook pages.
Production History; (semi-production only)
Favorite 13.50 m 1986-2013 (8)
Favorite 10.50 m 1996 (4)
Favorite 11.50 m 1988-2005 (4)
Favorite 16.50 m 1989-90 (2)
Favorite 10.00 m 1990-92 (2)
Favorite 15.00 m 1990-99 (3)
Favorite 18.60 m 1991-2000 (3)
Favorite 15.50 m 1992-93 (2)
Favorite 11.00 m 1992 (2)
Favorite 17.00 m 1993 (2)
Favorite 14.00 m 1994-95 (3)
Favorite 10.70 m 1996-99 (4)
Favorite 11.30 m 2000-02 (2)
Wheelhouse 21.30 m 2003-09 (3)
Convertible 18.10 m 2005-10 (3)
Wheelhouse 19.40m 2006-07 (2)
Wheelhouse 22.30 m 2007-21 (4)
Convertible 20.70 m 2007-09 (2)
Favorite 1500 2010- (18
Favorite 1700 2016- (10
ThirtySix 2017- (9
Favorite 2200 2020- (3
Favorite 9.20 m 2022 (3)

February 16, 2019

New Launch: Benetti 107 meter FB277

On December 18th 2018, in Livorno Benetti successfully launched FB277, a 107 meters motor yacht, the biggest ever built in Italy by a private shipyard. Powered by a diesel electric propulsion system, the yacht’s interiors and exterior have been designed entirely in house by Benetti and managed by Imperial, acting as Owner’s Representative, Build Supervisor and Yacht Manager of the vessel. The giga yacht has a hull constructed in steel and a superstructure of aluminium. She features a large swimming pool on the Sun Deck, a grand piano, a Spa, massage room and gym and a touch and go helipad. Her maximum beam is 15.2 meters and she has a full load displacement of 3,300t.  The giga yacht FB277 is a stunning creation of epic proportions. From the exterior, her elongated and linear profile, emphasized by balanced ribbons of glazing, speak to the admirer of contemporary and minimal design. Her strong plumb bow is businesslike and rooted in the practical need to tackle swelling seas with ease and comfort. Here also, a vast helicopter pad makes for uncomplicated landings. To the stern each gently staggered deck ends in graceful sweep downwards.  In terms of guest facilities FB277 covers all the bases, adding delights guests might not have even thought to indulge in during their seafaring adventures. On the wheelhouse deck the master cabin is a sumptuous full beam size, flanked by identical port and starboard balconies leading on to vast dressing rooms and an interconnected bathroom. The upper deck saloon, aft of this suite, is perfect for unwinding at the end of a long day, listening to the grand piano or watching a movie on the private sofa. On the main deck, seven huge VIP cabins, each with a large bathroom, are placed forward of the spacious main dining and saloon area. A mesmerizing spiral staircase with a full height inner atrium intersects each deck. Half of the lower deck and some space on the under lower deck has been set aside for generous amounts of crew accommodation.  A spacious beach club has access to the sea on both sides of the beam, as well as to stern, creating a huge connection with nature. The ship’s connecting spa area is equipped with a gym and a massage room. Large areas of deck satisfy the sun lovers: the top deck features seating and sun pads for those who favour a view, whilst the sun deck accommodates dining areas, more sun pads and a huge pool that can hold about 21,000 liters. More outdoor seating is found on the wheelhouse deck and aft on the main deck.  Finally delivery of the yacht is expected to take place in Summer 2019. Benetti’s Giga yacht construction program, which includes two other giga yachts in build and due to be launched in the next few months, has been the subject of major investment at the shipyard. An ambitious business plan has prompted financial input of more than fifteen million euros in infrastructure, organisation, safety and security, to overcome the challenges presented by building such giga yachts. The development by Benetti of the Giga yacht construction program has also required the creation of a special team of experts in this specific type of project. Expansion at the Livorno shipyard, in the form of two new generation steel structure sheds, have enabled Benetti to massively increase its productivity.
Technical Data:
LOA - 107 m (351ft)
Beam - 15.2 m
Draft - 4.2 m
Displacement - 3300 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 300000 l
Water Capacity - 69000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in eight cabins, 32 crew in eighteen cabins
Engines - 2 x Rolls Royce Electric Motors 2800 kw
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 18 knots max 12 knots cruise
Range - 5500 nm at 12 knots
Project - Pierluigi Ausonio naval architect, Benettei style department
Certification - Llyods LY3 

February 15, 2019

Project: Mazu 82

Mazu present the project for a new 82 flagship model to a design of Turkish designer Tanju Ozelgin.  The Mazu 82 is one of the largest pure open Super Sport Yachts currently available in the market, and the Turkish designer did actually a good job of presenting a traditional Mediterranean straight shear line, with minimal edges and design stints that propel the look to the future.  The Mazu 82 will be powered by triple Volvo 725hp engines, and or twin or triple 1000hp units.  Top speeds estimates are for forty knots with a cruise in the mid thirties.  The 82 interior will offer a three double cabins layout with a traditional owners cabin forward, and a saloon and a galley in between the cabins.  A two berth crew cabin is located forward.  The Mazu 82 will feature high end composite construction, with carbon reinforcements in certain areas, and epoxy resin blend.

February 14, 2019

New Model: Bayliss Gameboat 62

The Bayliss Gameboat series continues its success and after the launching of the 60, a 62 followed.  Bayliss started building the second Gameboat in May 2017 and was launched in December 2018 and christened Gamechanger.  Unlike the first Gameboat, the 62 is less spartan on the outside and also looks very similar to the fully custom Bayliss models. The Gameboat 62 is more luxurious inside to the 60 with full teak wood finishing inside, while outside we see the mask, and full tower.  The interiors of Gameboat 62 also feature a three stateroom two head layout.  Bayliss Gameboat 62 is powered by twin MTU 1920hp.  The semi-production Gameboat has been a success for Bayliss and the first 60 and 62 models, are currently followed by two other 62's currently in production.  That is a total of four Gameboats in just over a year since the series was announced.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.89 m (62ft)
Beam - 5.53 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Fuel Capacity - 6533 l
Water Capacity - 946 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU M96L 12V 1920hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - jig method cold molding with Okoume plywood and epoxy resin.  Super structure in Okoume plywood, Core-cell core and epoxy.

February 13, 2019

Improve-it = Sessa Key Largo 27 IB

Sessa improve the Christian Grande designed Key Largo 27 IB model presented in preview at the Cannes 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: a timeless design, with an even more aggressive look, characterized from the recognizable Key Largo lines. The improved Key Largo 27 features the addition of details, such as the large hull side window and the new windscreen, give a touch of modernity without disrespecting the previous versions. For the interiors and cushions the Key Largo 27 features a reinterpretation of the contemporary style. The Key Largo 27 IB offers a double cabin with Vee-shaped berth, and a head to starboard. The Key Largo 27 IB is powered by a single Volvo gas petrol 300hp engine which delivers top speeds up to 38 knots. These improvements are also present for the Sessa Key Largo 27 outboard version.

February 12, 2019

Project: Estensi 485 Maine

Estensi continues to renovate it's range and here we see the Italian builder update its 480 Maine model to the new 485.  Reinvented outside with new hull side windows, the entry level new 485 continues its standard for a reliable sea worthy explorer cruiser.  The Estensi 485 Maine features a three cabins two head interior, with lower deck galley located in between the cabins.  The Estensi 485 Maine is powered by twin 370hp Volvo engines.

February 11, 2019

New Model: Astondoa 377 Coupe

During the Cannes boat show 2018, Astondoa presented the new 377 Coupe.  The second model in the Coupé range, which represents the evolution of the shipyard towards a more modern, sporty, original, and bold aesthetics. The 377 Coupé is also Astondoa entry level boat for Spanish builder which spans in size up to a 197 feet project in its Steel range.  The 377 Coupe apart being a sport cruiser can also be labelled as a day-boat or a tender, thanks to its spacious cockpit.  Sporting a T-top and a full walk-around in its entire perimeter only with one step. it has three different areas: two sunbathing areas; at the bow and stern, and a third half-length area, which connects the galley and fridges space with the triple pilot seats in front of a modern center console helm station with harmonious and modern instruments and multi-function touch screens. The 377 Coupe also features a very useful store box under the stern sun-pad for water toys. Inside the 377 Coupe presents what Astondoa calls the lounge/cabin with its refrigerator and audio/TV system, completed with a spacious head with shower cabin, exceptional for its length, and a second cabin with two beds.  The Astondoa 377 Coupe is standard powered by twin Volvo 260hp diesel engines which allow for a top speed up to 36 knots.  Optional engines for the Astondoa 377 Coupe are twin larger 300hp diesel engines or twin petrol gas of 300hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.61 m (38ft)
Hull Length - 10.95 m
Beam - 3.56 m
Draft - 0.81 m
Displacement - 8300 kg
Fuel Capacity - 830 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp, V8 300hp petrol gasoline
Propulsion - Volvo DPH or DPS dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 36 knots max 25 knots cruise with Volvo 260hp
Range - 200 nm at cruise
Certification - CE

February 10, 2019

Project: Wim Van Der Valk 32M Raised Pilothouse

Wim Van der Valk is in excellent progress with the 32M Raised Pilothouse motoryacht Jangada 2. Ordered by a repeat client, the innovative two deck and a half super yacht has a wide range of bespoke elements to match a very specific brief for the owner. Due for delivery in May 2019, Wim Van Der Valk 32 meter Raised Pilothouse is the fifth superyacht in the Raised Pilothouse custom-series and the largest to date. The Raised Pilothouse all come from design by Guido de Groot and previous to the 32M have seen  previous launches of 24.99-meter, and a two 26 meter series.  The Wim Van der Valk 32M Raised Pilothouse will be build of alloy and offer a four guest cabin interior.  Crew space is for six persons in three cabin.  The 32M Raised Pilothouse will displace an approximate of 127 tons, and will be powered by win 1920hp MTU, which give a cruise speed of 19 knots.

February 9, 2019

New Model: Pershing 8X

The Pershing X revolution continues, and after the 5X and 9X comes the 8X.  For the 8X Fulvio de Simoni continues the distinctive side wing design feature of all the X denominated models, a feature which started with the 70 in 2014.  The Pershing 8X is also an evolution of the 80 and 82 models.  The Pershing 82 launched in Summer 2012 has been a huge success for Pershing and possibly its best sold model above eighty feet in length, since the builder entered the segment with the 88 in the early 2000s.  The 8X is an evolutionary design approach and some stylistic elements as the ladder to the sport bridge integrated in the port side wing create artistic peaces alone.  The Pershing 8X is also flexible and will feature three or four double cabin interiors, and there is also an option for the main deck with the tradition central dining area replaced by a bar unit.  The galley in all the layouts is located in the crew area located at midships in between the engine room and midships master stateroom.  As extravagances go the Pershing 8X will also feature what is called Music-Hull, which makes it possible to listen music while under water.  As all new Pershing the 8X performs superlatively with the standard MTU 2435hp pushing her up to 45 knots max of top speed, and the optional MTU 2638hp giving a plus three knots to that.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.55 m (83.9ft)
Hull Length - 22.8 m
Waterline Length - 19.6 m
Beam - 5.86 m
Draft - 1.4 m
Displacement - 57 t dry, 67 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 6200 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, or six berths in 3 cabins. 3/4 crew in two cabins
Max Persons - 16
Engines - 2 x 16V2000 M96 2435hp, M96L 2638hp
Propulsion - Top System surface drives TS 95P for 2435hp, TS 100 for 2638hp
Performance - 45 knots 38 knots cruise with MTU 2435hp, 48 knots max 40 knots cruise with MTU 2638hp
Hull Shape - modified deep Vee with spray rails and 20 degrees dead-rise aft
Project - Fulvio de Simoni
Certification - 2013/53/EU CE A, certification modules B + F + Aa sound emission

February 8, 2019

Project: Vicem 67 Cruiser

Vicem have started construction for its new 67 Cruiser model.  Designed by in-house designer Sinan Unal, the first 67 Cruiser is to complete construction by mid Summer 2019, and is to be build with cold molded hybrid method of wood and epoxy West system resins.   Sitting as entry level of Vicem explorer yacht Cruiser range the 67 will feature a three double cabin interior, with all living and dining on the main deck.  To aft the 67 Cruiser will feature a crew cabin sleeping two and also a second small galley.  The Vicem 67 Cruiser will be powered with standard Volvo 600hp engines which give a cruise speed of 18 knots and a max of 22 knots.  For those wanting more speed bigger other Volvo engine options of 725hp or 900hp units are available.

February 7, 2019

New Model: Monte Carlo Yachts MCY 70

Monte Carlo Yachts, the motor and super yacht brand of the Beneteau Group has started the wind of change of what it calls its second generation Vision series.  This is the first update since Monte Carlo Yacht was founded in 2010 and over the years a single model became a full range of seven motor and super yachts from twenty to 32 meters.  The first update will be for the 2012 launched MCY 70, who now is the first of the second generation series, which in 2019 will be followed by two further updated models, a second generation 76 and a new 66 replacing the 65 coming in Summer.  The new MCY 70 is a fully evolved version of the previous model, with design choices that highlight its strength and linearity. This evolution is demonstrated by the fact that the outside and inside spaces have been expanded. The design of the walls together with the streamlined, curved lines, studded with large windows and portholes that have been given a new look, fulfilling a two fold goal of giving the motor yacht a magnetically beautiful profile and the maximum amount of light whatever the environment.  The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 is a four double cabin motor yacht, with a private entrance to to the owners full beam stateroom located at midships.  All the living experience in the MCY 70 is located on the main deck, with an open galley located forward to port side.  The MCY 70 is powered by twin Man 1200hp engines which allow for speeds up to thirty knots and a cruise of 24.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.08 m (69.2ft)
Beam - 5.45 m
Displacement - 41 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V8 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max 24 knots cruise
Project - Nuvolari Lenard
Certification - CE A