April 30, 2019

Monthly News - April 2019

-pic of the month- Riva Thrills Public with Master Bridge Tribute

Azimut Wins Hat-Trick in Asia Boating Awards 2019

More than just an award, it is now a validation: for the third year in a row, the Italian shipyard has been recognized by the jury of the Asia Boating Awards as the Company that has worked hardest to grow and expand its brand in the region.  As every year, the gala ceremony coincided with the opening of the Singapore Yacht Show; the Azimut Yachts Asia team went on stage to receive the "Best Brand Presence in Asia" award, in recognition of the efforts made to further increase the brand awareness in the region through the organisation of events, innovative marketing activities and a carefully planned and widespread presence, thanks to the network of local service centres and dealers. Promoted by two of the most prestigious Asian magazines, "Asia-Pacific Boating" and "China Boating", the Asia Boating Awards, this year at their 15th edition, are now among the most renowned awards in the world, since, every year, they are able to select the best players in the yachting industry, including shipyards, marinas and yacht clubs, companies in this sector and private individuals.  Marco Valle, Azimut Yachts’ managing director, commented on the news as follows: "The recognition as the best brand in Asia, which comes just a few months after the 'Best Motor Yacht in Asia' award given to our Grande 25 Metri, can only make us even more proud of all the work done in this region, which clearly recognises both the characteristics of Italian design and the cutting-edge technology intrinsic to our models. For years our team has been active in the area, supported by a very good network of local dealers, to increase the strength of the Azimut brand and, above all, to make sure that each customer feels valued and well looked after. And it wasn't long before we got results: today Asia represents for Azimut Yachts a constantly growing market, with increasingly good results achieved in recent years".  Currently, in Asia the shipyard can count on a network of exclusive dealers in Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and China.

Azimut at New York Design Week 2019

Azimut Yachts is pleased to inform you that on the occasion of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Azimut|Benetti Group, which we will commemorate with events in the 5 most significant cities for our business, the Company will be in New York from 10 to 22 May, with an installation in Times Square.  The protagonist will be Azimut S6, the largest yacht that the square is able to host, which will be presented as a real design object in collaboration with Design Pavilion and NYCx Design.  On-site activation will include the participation in two important "talks", one during NASDAQ Impact Summit, to discuss innovations in sustainability, and a second dedicated to the relationship between design and art. There will also be edutainment activities for the little ones in collaboration with One Ocean Foundation and an international competition for young and talented designers who are invited to project a 10-meter boat.

Benetti Wins Asia Boating Awards 2019

M/Y Spectre, the 69 meter custom yacht build by Benetti, wins the best custom-built yacht category at the Asia Baoting Awards 2019.  Benetti know-how, the technology used by Mulder Design to develop the hull and remarkable performance are all factors contributing to the victory of the innovative M/Y “Spectre”, built in Livorno, at the Asia Boating Awards 2019 in the Best Custom-Built Yacht category. The presentation of this one-of-a-kind craft to the yachting community represents another major milestone for Benetti. The exteriors are by Giorgio M. Cassetta, while the modern interior design is the work of Benetti’s Interior Style Department.

Feadship Inspires With Rebuild of 1954 Super Yacht

Feadship has embarked on a major rebuild of the 1954 motoryacht Istros, giving this 42-metre superyacht an all-new aluminium superstructure while retaining her elegant original hull. The result will be a virtually brand-new Feadship, built to the highest standards of Feadship quality and featuring the latest equipment.  Istros was originally built by Amsterdam Shipyard Ltd. G. de Vries Lentsch Jr. in 1954 and was one of the largest motor yachts built to date in the Netherlands at that time. Contemporary newspaper articles were most impressed with the luxurious outcome of a two-and-a-half-year project on behalf of the Greek shipping family Pappadakis. One journalist was awestruck by the violet-blue bathrooms, the advanced radar system and, most of all, by a white telephone which could be used to “call people anywhere in the word from wherever in the world the yacht may be.”

Ferretti Group Growth Continues

Ferretti Group presented today in Milan, at the Pirelli skyscraper, the financial results of 2018 which confirm its growth and financial solidity.  The Group 2018 financial cycle is characterized by a PAT (Profit After Taxes) of 31 million euros, which confirms a stable growth in profits, with an increase of 29% compared to the previous year.  The consolidated production value rose to 669 million euros, growing by 7.5% compared to 623 million in 2017.  EBITDA stands at 53 million euros.  The portfolio order through December 31st 2018 was equal to 708 million euros.  In addition, the Group's total assets reached € 1.14 billion, of which € 38.5 million was composed of liquid assets.  Ferretti Group announces the closing of the acquisition of Wally brand. The Group’s portfolio grows up to 8 brands confirming its positioning as the leading atelier of the international nautical market.  Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group, commented: "A clear and elegant beauty lies even in numbers, and the 2018 fiscal year figures show us once again that making beautiful and unmistakable boats is still the best route to follow and the winning solution for success. It is increasingly clear that "winning easy" is just a slogan and that to stay at the top and grow steadily as Ferretti Group has been doing for some years, it is necessary to move fast and remain responsive in a market that is constantly changing. Our shareholders, who in the 2015-2018 four-year period invested 154 million in Research and Development and reinvested in the company all profits earned are, fortunately, the first and most certain ones about the need to never stop. 'Never change a winning team’ but, if a champion arrives let’s make an exception. That’s why this year Ferretti Group enhanced with the entry of Wally, an extraordinary brand that led the Group, with its 8 world famous brands, to boast the most qualitative and varied range of the entire Italian nautical industry.  Going back to numbers, Galassi continued, “In the last few years we have created and presented to the world 29 new models and, from 2019 to 2021 we are aiming to produce 27 new serial models with an average length of 97.3 feet, pushing us further and further into the construction of large boats. This is possible thanks to a 2018 that consolidated the Group's position from a complete financial relaunch point of view and certified its indisputable commercial capacity. In the navigation world, in exhibitions, in marinas, according to the sector professionals and to the nautical enthusiasts, Made in Italy and Made by Ferretti Group are the most important things, thanks to a record of style and inspiration that has brought us to where we are today and will lead us to even greater goals in the near future."  Furthermore, thanks to the 64 million euro invested in industrial capacity from 2015 to 2018, expansion and renovation works were carried out by the Group's shipyards. In particular, the Super Yacht Yard in Ancona was the focus of an ambitious renovation project aimed at creating an industrial hub at the highest level of innovation, technology and excellence that extended the area to over 80,000 square meters and that by 2020 will provide the plant with 10 construction sheds, a 670-ton travel lift and a private marina with 14 berths available.

Ferretti Group Receives Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Ferretti Group yesterday received the "entrepreneur of the year" award from Seatec of Marina di Carrara, an international exhibition of technology and subcontracting and design for boats, yachts and ships now in its seventeenth edition.  The award was presented as a recognition to the company, to the innovativeness of the product, to the talent to generate job on the territory and wealth for the satellite activities and the supply chain.

Ferretti Group Wins At The Asia Boating Awards

From America, through the United Arab Emirates to the Asian Pacific. After conquering the Miami, Dubai and Palm Beach audiences, Ferretti Group landed at the Singapore Yacht Show, the main nautical and luxury event on the Asian continent.  Moreover, the superb victory at the Asia-Pacific Boating Awards 2019, the main boating event in the Asian region organized by Blu Inc. Media, further showcased the great appreciation from the sector’s professionals. The ceremony, held on Wednesday April 10th at the wonderful The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, awarded Riva 110’ Dolcevita in the “Best Flybridge Yacht (above 80ft to 110ft)” category and Custom Line 120’ in the “Best Flybridge Yacht (above 110ft)”.

Hatteras Wins Triple Crown

The well-known offshore angling team led by Chris and Laura Jessen and Capt. Ben Horning on the Hatteras GT63 Fish Tank are overall Champions of the 2019 Los Sueños Triple Crown! The three-leg, catch-and-release billfish tournament series, held off the Los Sueños Resort & Marina in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica, wrapped up on March 30th.  Team Fish Tank won Leg one of the series in January and came in 2nd in Leg 2 in February. This gave them a commanding lead on points going into Leg 3. The team came in 6th in the final leg but caught-and-released enough sailfish and marlin to hold on and win the Triple Crown – beating the next highest boat by 3,500 points!  “Congratulations to Team Fish Tank for their outstanding performance throughout this highly competitive tournament series,” said Hatteras President and CEO Kelly Grindle. “This makes it all the more exciting that Laura, Chris and Capt. Ben will be campaigning the new GT59 Hatterascalon the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts starting in May.

Jarrett Bay New Toy at the Yard

Jarrett Bay's next toy has arrived! This CNC router from fellow North Carolina manufacturer C.R. Onsrud will further expand the service yard's capabilities, and will make it even more efficient with the new construction productivity. With this M-Series router, Jarrett Bay will have the power, precision, speed and strength to do even more big things when it comes online in early May. First up, the M-Series will be used to cut the Tricel and plywood for Hull 66's bulkheads, then the foam for foredecks for Hulls 64 and 66, and the cabinetry for Hulls 64 and 66.

Jarrett Bay Takes First at Casa De Campo

The Huddle family with Captain Brent Gaskill at the helm of the Jarrett Bay 64', Builder's Choice took another first-place finish in the DR, this time at the Casa De Campo International Blue Marlin Classic. Also, Hull 56, the Jarrett Bay 77, Mama Who won second place overall, putting two Jarrett Bay teams on top for this great Dominican Republic tournament.

Monte Carlo Yachts Best Flybridge in Asia Boating Awards 2019

Once again, Monte Carlo Yachts has been recognized with a prestigious acknowledgement for its product design and development. The new MCY 70, presented to the public a few months ago at Boot Dusseldorf 2019, has just won the “Best Flybridge Yacht” in the 55’-80’ segment at the Asia Boating Award 2019 organized by Boating Asia Pacific Magazine.

Monte Carlo Yachts Celebrates Ten Years in Asia

Asia Yachting, MCY’ official dealer in Hong Kong, celebrated the brand’s 10th anniversary in Asia. The highlight of the event was a magnificent parade show in Victoria Bay. This was also an occasion for Dan Lenard - MCY’ designer - and MCY’ team to meet Asian press. Unforgettable moments that will live forever in our hearts.

Monte Carlo Yachts Media Days 2019

On April 9-11th, Monte Carlo Yachts shipyard welcomed international press for an intensive three days of presentations, sea trials and insights about the next stage of the brand’s evolution. Porto Piccolo, a suggestive marina in the surroundings of Trieste, framed the debut of the MCY 66, the shipyard’s brand new creation.

Pearl Finalist at the 2019 Motor Boat Awards

Pearl Yachts 24-metre Pearl 80 is among the finalist in the “Custom Yachts” category, for the Motor Boat and Yachting’s 2019 Motor Boat Awards. Designed for fun and sun as well as serious cruising the Pearl 80 features naval architecture by renowned British naval architect Bill Dixon and interior by design star Kelly Hoppen MBE.  British boat builder Pearl Yachts is nominated in the 2019 edition of the prestigious Motor Boat Awards. The 23.9-metre (78’5”) Pearl 80 is nominated in the category of Custom Yachts - a testament to Pearl Yacht’s dedication to superior design and innovation. The Motor Boat Awards are hosted annually by the British yachting publication Motor Boat and Yachting. The prestigious awards consist of eight categories in addition to the Service Award and the Judges’ Special Award. The nominees and ultimate winners of each boat award are determined based upon design, capability and value for money in their respective market segment.

Princess New Distributor in Australia

Princess Yachts is proud to announce a new venture in Australia for the distribution of its world class range of motor yachts. Princess will be joining forces with a familiar face from the Australian boating community, Greg Haines, who became the official distributor for Princess Yachts in Australia at the beginning of April 2019. Greg brings a wealth of maritime experience to the partnership and has worked with yacht builders both locally in Australia and internationally, whilst still having an active interest in the family business. The Haines Group build Signature, Seafarer and Tournament trailer boats and they are also the Australian distributor for Suzuki outboards.  The new company headed by Greg will trade as Princess Yachts Australia and will initially be based on Queensland's Gold Coast, with the intention to expand to other key locations across Australia in the near future.  Joining Greg will be another well-known figure in Queensland's boating scene, Scott Davis. Scott has been involved in the marine industry all his working life and has worked with the Princess brand for over 12 years with both Princess Yachts in Plymouth and more recently through his own brokerage business. He has a great relationship with many existing Princess customers and owners and is also a Princess owner himself.  'We are honoured to join the Princess family and represent this industry leading brand in Australia. Over the next 12 months we have an exciting calendar of events scheduled and look forward to engaging with existing and prospective Princess clients.' Says Greg Haines.  Kiran Haslam, Marketing Director for Princess Yachts Limited added: "With 3200 employees, and a philosophy of in-house design and manufacturing, Princess is a leading luxury brand in leisure motor yachts that continues on its 54-year long mission to build yachts to universal acclaim. That philosophy resonates deeply with the real boating market that exists in the Southern Hemisphere, and we intend to re-ignite our success in Australia with this new distributor appointment and are very pleased that Greg and his team will be taking Princess to the next level. We invite everyone to come and visit our display and to meet with us at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in May, with an array of stunning boats on display including our Asia Pacific premiere of the all-new V65."

Riva Thrills Public with the Master Bridge Tribute

A legendary and moving story told in true Riva style, with passion and originality. “The Master Bridge (La Plancia)”, screened in its premiere during the fourteenth edition of Cortinametraggio, is a tribute by Ferretti Group to the genius of Carlo Riva, two years after his death.  In 15 intense minutes, the film celebrates the historic headquarters in Sarnico. The star of the film, in fact, is the Plancia, Carlo Riva’s famous futuristic office that overlooks Lake Iseo.  Extending out over the lake like a majestic yacht, the office was designed by Riva himself along with architect Giorgio Barilani, and is considered an authentic architectural masterpiece. Carlo Riva was so fond of the Plancia that after he sold the shipyard, he rented it and continued to use it as his office for almost ten years.  The short film highlights the wonders of this magical space and the legendary history of the entire shipyard. The film treatment and direction are by Leopoldo Caggiano, who has already won awards at Cortinametraggio. The film tells the story of the journey of a young filmmaker, played by actor Gabriele Stella, in search of the secret and the essence of the Riva myth. Following an enlightening tour among the yachts under construction and an interview inside the Plancia with an enigmatic Giorgio Marchesi, who plays the shipyard manager, the young filmmaker grasps the enchanting power of the most famous speedboats in the world. The finale, evocative and surprising, is a touch of class that makes the heart race and evokes the poignant strength of the Riva myth.  Intense and measured performances were given by all the actors: along with Giorgio Marchesi and Gabriele Stella, also Elettra Mallaby and Claudia Gambino. “The Master Bridge (La Plancia)” was produced by Maddalena Mayneri’s Reef Comunicazione.  Two years after the death of Carlo Riva, the greatest creator of yachts of the modern era, to whose memory the film is dedicated, The Master Bridge celebrates the essence of Made in Italy craftsmanship, excellence and attention to detail.  Entrepreneurship, master craftsmanship, cutting-edge technologies and innovative design are in fact still the distinguishing features of the brand, enhanced by Ferretti Group and masterfully described in the film.  These are the same distinctive elements that over the years have strengthened the bond between Riva and the world of cinema, winning over international actors like Anita Ekberg, who owned a Tritone, or Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who used a Junior as the tender of their yacht. As well as Brigitte Bardot, photographed beautiful, wild, and free on the French Riviera on her Florida, or Sean Connery, who owned the historic Rudy model, and on to Sofia Loren and George Clooney. These and many other stars have chosen models from the Riva fleet, the symbol of essential elegance and icon of timeless style.

Riva Exclusive Lounges Privees and Decks in Spell Binding Locations

Introducing the idyllic places where you can revel in the Riva legend and the unique style of the Riva Brand Experience.  Savour the allure of the Riva legend all around you, as encapsulated by materials and wood that you can reach out and touch for yourself. For 177 years, they have been used to make the most famous yachts in the world, attracting a host of adoring stars and celebrities. More and more people are falling in love with the magnificent Riva Lounges, Privées and Decks in highly exclusive locations such as Venice, Monte Carlo, Formentera, Mykonos and Palm Beach.

Riviera and Belize Festival of Boating Open for Registration

Registrations are now open for the 2019 Riviera and Belize Festival of Boating, exclusively for Riviera and Belize owners.  The Festival this year will deliver an exciting new format over three days, bringing the Festival and the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show together as a celebration of the Riviera Family.  The Riviera team of experts will present the very best and most popular aspects at over 30 individual educational seminars and hands-on workshops, both on and off the water at the Festival. They feature new content and reflect owners' specific interests and the very latest technology on board Riviera and Belize motor yachts.  Festival seminars will be held within the InterContinental Resort and on board the Riviera Motor Yacht Club at the end of Pier F on the Boat Show marina as well as aboard multiple Riviera yachts on the water.  The Riviera team is also delighted to announce that the very special Living The Riviera Dream seminar will be presented this year by David and Lis Paton who have undertaken a significant circumnavigation and three-year live-aboard adventure on their Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge Pascua Lama in Tasmania.  The Riviera Motor Yacht Club will be the nucleus for the luxury showcase and on-water workshops including the popular Ask The Experts panel, the Fishing Clinic, Offshore Seamanship and more.  The very popular Galley Wise - Planning and Provisioning seminar will be held at the Riviera Motor Yacht Club where popular television personality, Sally Jenyns will cook an on-board banquet with flair and ease using the appliances from a Riviera galley as well as a Riviera barbecue. 

Riviera at Port Lincoln Tuna Classic

The 2019 Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic was one of the most strongly contested in the fishing tournament's 13 years with a tie for Champion Boat Over Eight Metres and a second tie for Runner-up Female.  The Classic, held in the Southern Ocean waters of south-western South Australia on Saturday, 23 March and Sunday, 24 March, attracted 22 boats including 12 Rivieras. The anglers caught and released 180 southern bluefin tuna in the sustainable fishing event over two days.  Rob Swincer skippered Saltiga, a Riviera 45 Open Flybridge, to tie for Champion Boat Over 8 Metres with Andrew Farrer's Catfish.  Emma Forster aboard Risky Business and Renee Martin on Justagirl Too each caught and released five fish in the Under Eight Metres category.  Another highlight of the tournament was the performance of the Czabayski family. Susan Czabayski won the Overall Champion Angler category in this year's tournament after winning the Champion Female last year. Eight-year-old son Harry won the Champion Smallfry category. It was the third win in successive years for the young champion.  Rob Swincer's team took a number of trophies home.  Andy Cameron, skipper of Riviera 51 Open Flybridge Kraken, had a double reason to celebrate with Heaviest Fish and the Calcutta win.  Tournament founder Peter Teakle this year handed "rod and line" control of the tournament to local Riviera owners and fishing enthusiasts Russell and partner Gabriella.  Riviera Dealer Development and Sales Manager David Thorpe was on board for the tournament and said: "Russell and Gabriella are fantastic organisers so the future of this great tournament is in fine hands."  Russell and Gabriella were delighted with the results of the tournament.
Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst said: "Our entire Riviera team is proud to support this great sustainable fishing tournament and sincerely thank Russell and Gabriella for an outstanding effort in their first year at the helm. We are delighted, of course, that more than half the fleet this year were Rivieras."

Sunseeker Wins Asia Boating Award

Sunseeker International is pleased to announce it has been awarded the ‘Best Sports Cruiser - above 55 Feet’ for its new 74 Sport Yacht at the prestigious Asia Boating Awards.  This year’s awards, now in its 15th year, were held at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel in Singapore prior to the opening of the Singapore Yacht Show at ONE°15 Marina, Sentosa Cove.  The Asia Boating Awards are a highlight for the region’s yachting industry and have long been recognized and anticipated by the world’s leading luxury yacht brands. With 25 categories, the list of nominees came from online polling of Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating readers, with the winners determined by a panel of esteemed judges.  The award-winning 74 Sport Yacht, which launched at Cannes Yachting Festival in 2018, sets a new benchmark for the category. While maintaining her sporty and sleek prowess, the sky’s the limit on this new model, as she boasts a concealed spacious flybridge, almost unperceivable within her graceful lines.  Central to this yacht’s appeal is the cleverly engineered cockpit door mechanism which allows it to open conventionally, but also lower itself into the sole of the yacht for an open or closed environment.  Stepping on board, owners enjoy stylish interiors and luxurious living with an expansive single-level cockpit and saloon incorporating lounge seating and dedicated dining. The pillar-less’ windows and helm sunroof provide the matching panoramic views. Her truly versatile layout is perfect for entertaining with plentiful seating, dining and sunbathing options. Matched to a thrilling 38 knots top speed, guests will be in awe of this yacht’s performance and versatility.  Sean Robertson, Sales Director at Sunseeker International, said: “We are delighted and honored to have won this prestigious award for the new 74 Sport Yacht. Since her launch at Cannes in 2018, we have already sold 14 models worldwide. She is an incredibly dynamic model, offering the speed and performance expected from a Sunseeker but at the same time designed to offer the ultimate leisure experience with vast amounts of entertainment space.”

Sunseeker Shortlisted for World Superyacht Awards 2019

Sunseeker is delighted to announce that M/Y Elysium, an exceptionally well customised 131 Yacht, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts - 40m and above’ category at this year’s World Superyacht Awards. Taking place in London, from 16 to 18 May, the 14th annual edition of the World Superyacht Awards will recognize the remarkable innovation, design, engineering and construction of the finest superyachts from around the globe.  Measuring at 40.1 metres in length, M/Y Elysium builds on the remarkable success of Sunseeker’s proven superyacht platform with the experienced owner stating that “a large part of this yacht’s success is due to Sunseeker’s exceptionally well-regarded bespoke offering that allows owners to vary the interior and exterior configuration, finishings and equipment.”  M/Y Elysium is very special in this regard, being the most customized 131 Yacht ever made. The entire upper deck aft of the main bridge was configured to incorporate a Master Stateroom, Dressing Room, En Suite and Technogym to give unprecedented privacy and space with direct access to both the lower helm, an extended private deck and the ‘Skydeck’ above, complete with its own exterior helm.  Forward on the bow is plenty of seating, dining and sunbathing space complete with a sizeable plunge pool offering extended privacy wherever the yacht is moored.

Viking Sixth Annual Key West Challenge

Forty Vikings from 42 to 82 feet and a record 475 participants descended upon the southernmost city in the United States last week for the 6th Annual Viking Key West Challenge. Ben Sharpe was the winning captain for the fourth time, leading the Viking 56 Gypsea to victory.  "The Key West Challenge has been a success every year, but this time around the energy level, excitement and fishing was at an all-time high," said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey.  After a captain's meeting at Dante's Tiki Bar that featured delicious food, fun prizes and lots of camaraderie, the teams headed off the following morning for a glorious day on the water. A total of 45 sailfish were released and one swordfish was caught on day one. Gypsea topped the Day One leaderboard with five sails released followed by the Viking 82 Mr. Grinch with four sails. The Viking 62 Tami Ann also released four sails and took third on time. The teams steamed back to the scales at Conch Harbor Marina to weigh their catches and pose for pictures. The Viking 44 Miss Peggy Sue II and captain/owner David Heeter stole the show with a 108-pound swordfish, which was donated for lunch the next day!  A pool party and lunch, a kids dock tournament and a poker run highlighted a relaxed but festive lay day. In the kids tournament, which was sponsored by The Billfish Foundation, Colin Dicembrino took first place, with sisters Ella and Mia Wilson placing second and third, respectively. "This is what it's all about - passing on the passion for fishing to the next generation," TBF President Ellen Peel said.  The fishing turned white hot on the final day, with 87 sails released. The Viking 48 Fish Wish released eight sails and caught an 8.3-pound dolphin. Last year's champ, the Viking 55 Ragin Cajun, was right on their heels with seven sails and a 21.4-pound tuna.  Gypsea had a solid day two as well, with five sails. But it was their dolphin that turned out to be the difference-maker. With an overall point total of 1,004.6, Gypsea edged second-place finisher Mr. Grinch (1,000 overall points) to take the 2019 Viking Key West Challenge crown. Ragin Cajun landed third place overall with 933.8 points. Natalie Rarick on the Viking 82 Bandit took both Top Angler and Top Female Angler awards with eight sailfish and a total of 892.2 points.  Sponsored by Christi Insurance Group and Travelers, the four-day event wrapped up with an outdoor dinner and awards ceremony at the Margaritaville Resort that began with a beautiful Key West sunset. "You can't beat this," said Pat. "We truly appreciate your participation in making this a very special Viking event."  Next year, the 7th Annual Key West Challenge will be held April 15-18, 2020.

April 29, 2019

New Model: Haines 320 Aft Cabin

When the very first Haines 320 originally hit the water in 2004 it captured the imagination of both the boating media and the boat buying public, winning awards and receiving glowing reviews. With everyone who either tested the boat or owned one for themselves, all equally impressed by the amount of accommodation delivered in a boat of just ten meters in size.  After years of selling in large numbers, this popular model has at last got its deserved full restyling. With a complete overhaul of the boat's overall look, further improvements to the boats accommodation and layout, plus more consideration given to the practical issues of boarding and alighting.  Winning a prestigious Motor Boat of the Year award, the original 320 also received a 9/10 review from the Motor Boat Monthly magazine. The new Haines 320 Aft Cabin now sees even more accommodation, with the first example recently launched featuring sleeping accommodation for six, two dedicated double cabins, two separate toilet/shower compartments, two helm positions and two generous seating areas in the saloon and on the upper deck.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.75 m (32ft)
Beam - 3.51 m
Draft - 0.79 m
Fuel Capacity - 245 l
Water Capacity - 410 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, plus two berths in convertible saloon
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - nine knots
Certification - CE C

April 28, 2019

Web: Gulf Craft New Web Site

United Arab Emirate's Gulf Craft presents its new World wide web site. Gulf Craft was founded in 1982, and today it employs over one thousand people who build four brands; Majesty, Nomad, Oryx, Silvercraft, and the Utility series from 27 up to 155 feet in premises at Ajman and Umm Al-Quwain in the UAE, and one in the Maldives. Gulf Craft yachts are built to ISO 9001:2000, US Coast Guard, CE, RINA, ABS, Lloyds, and Bureau Veritas standards. Gulf Craft has won a lot of awards in recent years, with the latest being a nominee for the Majesty 140 at the World Superyacht Awards. Gulf Yacht new website takes you around with the following buttons: Our Story, Majesty Yachts, Nomad Yachts, Oryx, Silvercraft, Utility Series, Marine Network, Global Network, Media, and Contact Us.

April 27, 2019

Project: Ocea Commuter 40

The Ocea Commuter 40 is a tribute to the fast commuters which populated the New York East coast area in the early part of the twentieth century, in a bigger size and constructed to travel the ocean.  Designed by Joubert and Nivelt the Ocean Commuter 40 is a super yacht full of pedigree to the past,  see plumb bow, and wide walking side deck, with a semi wide body three deck design.  To be build of alloy the Ocean Commuter 40 will have top speeds of nineteen knots, a cruise of sixteen, and a range of four thousand nautical miles at ten knots.

April 26, 2019

New Model: Mostes Audace 80

So Mostes from Genova is a shipyard more known for its refits then building, but here with the Audace 80 it enters into constructing a custom super yacht for a client with classic and work boat looks.  The Mostes Audace 80 is build with a steel hull and aluminium super structure.  Inside the Audace 80 features a five cabins interior with an owners stateroom on the forward part of the main and two VIP cabin below.  The Mostes Audace 80 is powered by twin Man 375hp engines which deliver top speed of eleven knots, and a cruise of nine knots.  An eight knots long range speed delivers an impressive five thousand nautical miles of range.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.59 m (83.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.89 m
Beam - 6.48 m
Draft - 1.70 m
Displacement - 110 t
Fuel Capacity - 20000 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins
Engines - 2 x Man D2876 280 375hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 11 knots max 9 knots cruise 8 knots long range
Range - 5000 nm at 8 knots cruise
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure 

April 25, 2019

Project: Sealine C390

Sealine present the project of the new C390, sitting in between the entry level C330 and the 2018 presented C430 models.  The C390 is a fully enclosed sport cruiser designed for both Mediterranean and Northern climates cruising grounds.  The C390 is offered with a layout for a living galley on the main deck, and lower deck dedicated to the cabin area.  Cabin choices are for a two or three cabins two heads layout, with four lower deck choices available.  The main deck also offers two choices which involve the dinette shape of an L-shape standard, or optional C-shape.  The Sealine C390 is standard powered by twin Volvo 300hp diesel engines and optional 370hp units, in stern drive propulsion.  Top speeds are for 27 knots with the standard units and 34 knots with the optional engines.

April 24, 2019

Improve-it = Steeler 41 S

Steeler launched a very special edition of the 41 S model.  Together with the owner, the Steeler design team developed “Flying Chairs” for a Flybridge experience in the original “coupe” design.  In combination with a second steering position mounted on the roof and a bimini top, the concept allows the owner and his wife to enjoy their cruises in the open air.  The same comfortable chairs, upholstered in luxurious leather, can also be used in the salon or in the cockpit.  The Steeler 41 S is standard powered by a Yanmar 110hp and is constructed of steel.

April 23, 2019

Project: Franchini Mia 63 Hard Top

The Mia concept by designer and boat builder Franchini takes more center stage and here we present the hard top version.  The most cruiser of the Franchini Mia 63 sport yacht the hard top version is again all about versatility to its owners, from two main deck and two lower deck layout choices.  The difference in the main deck choices is for an astern galley or a larger galley to starboard.  The lower deck choices go for a four cabin with separate entrance for the owners midships stateroom and a guest cabin for kids, and or a three cabin layout with larger owners stateroom at midships.  The Franchini Mia 6.3 can be powered by twin Volvo 600hp or optional 725hp engines with IPS pod propulsion.

April 22, 2019

New Model: Claasen 23 M Chase Boat

Claasen a yard famous for its traditional and custom build sailing yachts has on 12 April launched the 23 metre Chase Boat.  Called M/Y Stargazer, the 23 meter Chase Boat was launched at Claasen Shipyards in the Netherlands. This large classic lined motorboat, intended as a tender for a sailing superyacht, is a unique concept. One of the key tasks of this traditional sport yacht is to get guests and owner from ashore to the yacht in comfort and to visit shallow diving areas. During this project, the Dutch shipyards Vitters and Claasen combined their efforts to build this motorboat. It is the first time the two sister companies worked together on a new build project.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23 m (75.4ft)
Waterline Length - 21.5 m
Beam - 6.6 m
Draft - 1.5 m
Accommodation - four guest berths in two cabins, two crew berths in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Scania 915hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 25 knots max 15 knots cruise
Range - 900 nm at cruise
Construction - light weight aluminium
Project - Hoek Design

April 21, 2019

Project: Cantiere Delle Marche Deep Blue 43

Cantiere delle Marche is delighted to announce the sale of Deep Blue 43 a new, fully custom 43-meter explorer yacht designed by Horacio Bozzo Design.  Deep Blue 43 is the latest addition to the yard’s significantly active order book. The contract has been signed last December and the latest project details have been defined in these last few weeks. The yacht is already under constructionist with delivery due in 2021.  A full custom build, Deep Blue 43 will take full advantage of Cantiere delle Marche’s experiences and its approach to yacht building that has proven being extremely successful and rewarding for all parts involved. Deep Blue 43 has been commissioned by an experienced Owner who, in the past years, owned yachts built by shipyards such as Fead­ship, Lürssen, Blohm and Voss. He is a repeat client for CdM, a yard which gained his full confidence having enjoyed the feel of comfort and safety of his Dar­win 102 cruising in the Med but also sailing the expanses of the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic and reaching the wild beauty of remote destinations and the best diving spots in the world.  The mutual trust established between this client and Cantiere delle Marche team is of extreme importance to the good result of the whole process that will lead to the completion of a complex project such as Deep Blue 43.  Deep Blue 43 inaugurates a new collaboration with a world-renowned yacht designer: her exterior lines have been designed by Horacio Bozzo Design who is based in Viareggio Italy.  Her clean, vaguely severe profile with a raked bow and compact superstructure captures the very soul of an explorer vessel combining it with the elegance of a luxury yacht that will stand the test of time. All shapes, volumes and lines compose a harmonious geometry while her roomy body encompasses luxury social areas and very large and comfortable crew quarters, as requested by the Owner whose plans include long term cruising to reach the farthest corners of the world.  Guest areas are spread over three decks plus a Sun Deck. Deep Blue 43 features a nicely organized interior layout with twelve guests accommodated in six suites, four on the Main Deck and two on the Lower Deck. A cozy saloon on the Main Deck and a large panoramic sky lounge on the Upper Deck are at guests disposal to relax in comfortable and bright environments. A huge cockpit features all amenities including a large swimming pool and lots of space to relax. Deep Blue 43 interior designer is still to be disclosed.  Deep Blue 43 has a full displacement naval architecture by Sergio Cutolo Hydro Tec office, offering large volume 440 Gross Tons and the smoothest of travel even in rough seas ensuring excellent comfort and total safety. Engineering has been developed by the yard technical department in collaboration with Hydro Tec.  With a total length of 42.9 metres, a beam of 8.60m, thanks to hull geometry, large fuel tanks, and extremely frugal consumption, Deep Blue 43 will have an extraordinary range. 

April 20, 2019

New Model: Perini Navi MY 25 Eco-Tender

Perini Navi present the new MY 25 Eco-Tender the first motor yacht launch since the company’s re-branding, and its first ever planing motoryacht.  The 25 Eco-tender is effectively a super sport yacht tailored to the requests of her experienced Perini Navi owners.  The project grew out of initial discussions with the owners for a bigger sailing boat. It emerged that the owners were very happy with their existing 50m Perini Navi sailing yacht, but their needs had evolved over the years and what they really wanted was not a bigger boat, but more flexible cabin space to accommodate single guests or children. As they prefer to anchor offshore, they also wanted to explore closer inshore in something more substantial than a conventional RIB.  The answer was a vessel with the same graceful looks, quality feel and luxurious comfort as the mother ship that could provide additional cabin space and be able to operate independently as an extension of the sailing yacht. The innovations start with a sophisticated hybrid propulsion system developed by Siemens, which provides four operational modes for maximum flexibility: diesel mode with twin Man 1650hp diesel engines powered by two Hamilton water-jets for a maximum speed in excess of 30 knots, hybrid mode one engine drives its neighboring water-jet and also serves as a generator for an e-motor to power the other water-jet, diesel-electric mode with a 130kW generator supplies electricity for two e-motors to drive the waterjets, and Zero-emission mode for completely silent and emissions-free maneuvering or limited cruising, a battery bank can power both waterjets via the e-motors at around 8 knots for up to a hour.  In battery mode, for example, the tender will be able to cruise at low speed in marine parks or other environmentally sensitive areas with no emissions and no noise. But on request of the owner, close attention has been paid to minimizing noise in all propulsion modes and contractual sound levels are below 55dB throughout. Unique also on the MY 25 Eco-Tender for her size is the I-Bridge Multitouch navigation system by Team Italia. All the onboard systems, including the hybrid propulsion, can be managed using the high-res 4K touch screens, trackball and jogger. The monitors can be raised to different heights in cockpit or navigation mode, and include an augmented reality function that overlaps navigation data with video images.  Moreover, an Anchor Watching System system can display and control all the equipment necessary for monitoring the boat at anchor. In fact, it provides a full around image around the boat and tracking of traffic using the radar systems, thermal camera or search light, and can be programmed to sound a proximity alarm.  Equipped with a double VSAT system for internet connection and three Iridium telephones, the Eco-tender can remain connected to the mother ship at over 100 Mbps even when tens of miles distant.  Another request of the owners was that guests should be able to board or disembark from the tender easily and safely from the deck of the mother ship. The high hull bulwarks mean that guests can literally step across from one deck to the other.  The innovations continue with the exterior layout and on-deck amenities. In addition to the comfy aft cockpit fitted with lounge seating, sun-pads and a fixed swim platform, there is spacious dinette sunk into the fore-deck that further serves as a viewing area from where the owner can pursue his hobby of nature photography.  The fresh and contemporary interior, also designed in-house, is based on brushed teak and white lacquered joinery, and features a full dinette-salon and galley on main deck. Below deck, there is a full-beam VIP suite, a double cabin forward and a third cabin with twin single beds, all with en-suite bathrooms. A crew cabin with independent access is located forward of the engine room bulkhead.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.5 m (83.6ft)
Waterline Length - 21.5 m
Beam - 5.8 m
Draft - 1.15 m
Displacement - 68.5 t dry, 76 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 9150 l
Water Capacity - 1300 l
Accommodation - six guest berths in three cabins, two crew berths in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1650hp plus Siemens 135 kw Electric motors
Propulsion - Hamilton HM531 Water Jets
Speed - 30 knots max, 25 knots cruise, 8 knots cruise in electric only drive
Construction - aluminium
Project - Perini Navi
Certification - ABS Malta Cross 100 A1 SSC Yacht, Mono G6 LMC LY3

April 19, 2019

Project: Kha Shing Monte Fino F82 Flybridge Motor Yacht

Kha Shing present the project for a new F82 Flybridge motor yacht.  As any Monte Fino yacht the F82 delivers spacious area starting from the flybridge with its large dining, seating, sunbathing area and wet bar settled as the ideal alfresco space for entertaining. Foredeck seating and sunbathing area offers a more private escape. The aft bathing platform is electric-hydraulic standard powered for guests who enjoy water sports. The main deck provides a range of social options from exterior seating on the aft deck to the spacious saloon and dining area. The helm and galley can be accessed by crew from side deck to ensure the utmost privacy for the owner and his guests.  On the lower accommodation deck, forward master stateroom will be independently access. The large hull side windows in the full-beam aft master stateroom offers exceptional view and plenty of natural lights. Port and Starboard guest stateroom can be specified with twin or double berths. Crew accommodation and utility area are independently located aft and are accessed via a transom door.  The Monte Fino F82 Flybridge is standard powered by twin Cats 1150hp engines.

April 18, 2019

New Model: Wim Van Der Valk Beach Club 600

Wim Van Der Valk Beach Club 600 is finally with us.  This is probably the most innovative yacht for the year 2019, which reinvents the use of the aft area and makes use of the whole aft deck.  Wim Van der Valk, Cor D.Rover, and Ginton; the builder, designer, and naval architect have something to be proud of what they accomplished with the Beach Club 600 and the series of model that will follow after it.  The Wim Van der Valk 600 features a three double cabins layout, located in the forward part of the main deck, while power come from twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod propulsion which allow for top speeds up to 24 knots.  Beach Club 660 coming next in a few months.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.05 m
Waterline Length - 17.8 m
Beam - 5.80 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 33 t
Fuel Capacity - 4100 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS950-2 pod drives
Speed - 24 knots max 19 knots cruise
Hull Shape - modified V with hard chine
Construction - alloy H321 for hull, H111 for super structure 4.5 mm
Project - Cor D.Rover design, Ginton naval architecture
Certification - CE A

April 17, 2019

Project: Jet Tern Selene 70 Bihull

So this is a new project from Jet Tern Selene and Howard Chen, who present an innovative semi displacing power catamaran.  This request came from an owner who wanted an explorer yacht with a difference.  The owner criteria was for a shallow draft, twenty knots cruising speed, and long capability power catamaran.  Selene has responded with this 70 Bihull design, which will also feature jet propulsion in order to minimize draft.  

April 16, 2019

New Model: Galeon 650 Skydeck

Galeon continue to present new models, and here it shows the 650 Skydeck, a sport yacht based on the lines of the 640 Fly, but replacing the full flybridge deck with a sport bridge, and the addition of a glass sunroof serving the main deck. The Galeon 650 Skydeck is based around the same features of innovation and space distribution, volume and functionality.  The Galeon 650 Skydeck welcomes you outside with an aft cockpit dining area holding up to eight people who can enjoy an entertainment system with a flat screen TV sliding up from the aft galley top, all while protected from the elements by the electric aft sunshade. Further back is the hydraulic bathing platform capable of handling all water paraphernalia and a convenient access to the two berth crew cabin. The top deck offers three sport seats and a sun pad for leisure while the bow deck area can be approached by the revolutionary, electric front window central main deck entrance revealing two separate movable sofas with integrated folding tables for sundeck purpose.  Down below the Galeon 650 Skydeck offers a three large suited cabins layout, with a cabin for two below.  Power for the Galeon 650 Skydeck is from twin Volvo 900hp up to 1200hp engine options.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.80 m (68.3ft)
Hull Length - 18.4 m
Beam - 5 m
Draft - 0.96 m exl props
Displacement - 31000 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1300 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two crew cabin berths 
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp, Man 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Certification - CE B

April 15, 2019

Project: Clipper Heritage 46

Clipper present the project for a new Heritage 46.  This project is a replacement to the traditional and popular Heritage 40 reinvented and re-imagined for today’s boating needs but still retains those classic Clipper styling cues.  The new Clipper 46 is designed as a semi-displacement hull capable of speeds of twenty knots and planing at fourteen  comfortably. She can be built as a single or twin engine selection and has the keel as the lowest part of the boat of course.  The Clipper Heritage 46 upgrades to a two cabin and two bathroom layout and has a really large saloon area on one level with the cockpit, while boasting a much larger cockpit than the 40 it replaces. Plenty of customizing is available for this layout from the traditional to more contemporary.  Hull one currently under construction will have a port side galley with forward facing cruising seat on the port side and a double helm chair layout on the starboard side with a pilothouse door amidships to the walk around decks. She will have a fiberglass hard top on the very large flybridge along with seating for ten and a flybridge helm. This first 46 will come in a gloss mahogany finish for a very high end and luxurious feel and will be powered by a single Volvo 600 HP diesel engine.

April 13, 2019

New Model: Riva 90 Argo

Riva super yacht series continues to grow and here we have the new 90 Argo, a model which today is the flybridge super yacht entry to the famed Sarnico boat builder world.  Designed as all Riva by Officina Italiana the new 90 Argo has a distinctively silhouette similar to that of the 100 Corsaro and the upcoming 110 Dolcevita models.  This is a family of three models which from 28 up to 33 meters take you to the World of raised pilot house and semi wide body design.  The 90 Argo also enters Riva in that new segment of the market where at ninety feet plus the hull length allows for it to be piloted by a standard yacht master licence.  Still unlike other competitors the Riva 90 Argo is not about offering five cabins, and indeed while still featuring a main deck stateroom down below it still features a luxurious three double guest cabin layout.  Like previous Riva before it the 90 Argo is about being that special to its owner and guests in luxury not about putting the higher number of cabins in its hull.  The Riva 90 Argo is standard powered by twin MTU 1948hp up to twin 2435hp engines. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.49 m (93.6ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Waterline Length - 23.1 m
Beam - 6.50 m
Draft - 2.15 m
Displacement - 85000 kg unloaded, 98000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 8700 l
Water Capacity - 1320 l
Max Persons - 20
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 2000 M96L 1948hp, 16V 2000 M84 2218hp 16V 2000 M96 2435hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 26 knots max 22 knots cruise with MTU 1948hp, 30 knots max 26 knots cruise with MTU 2435hp
Range - 320 nm at 22 knots cruise
Project - Officina Italiana Design, Ferretti Group Engineering

April 12, 2019

Project: Mondomarine Discovery 57m

Mondomarine is back!  Acquired by the always growing Palumbo Group who also owns ISA Yachts, and created his Columbus brand back in around 2010.  As was the case with ISA Yachts, Palumbo is not someone who wastes time and with Mondomarine a project was immediately born, and here we have the Discovery 57m.  A 57 meter triple deck super yacht designed by Luca Dini, the Discovery will be a series of four models which spans from forty to 75 meters in length.  The Discovery 57m will feature some key features, from two flush deck pools, one at the main deck and another on the fly deck, to the choice of a master cabin taking the whole fore-deck for it or for this to divide space with another VIP suite.

April 11, 2019

New Launch: Jarrett Bay 67 Sport Yacht Hull #63

Jarrett Bay has recently launched the classic looking 67 Sport Yacht hull number 63, a sport fish with a very nostalgic look to it.  The Jarrett Bay 67 Sport Yacht features a couple firsts for the Carolina custom sportfish boat builder from a traditional trunk cabin design, to an integrated built in part of the hull bathing platform. The Jarrett Bay 67 Sport Yacht features a three cabins lower deck accommodation plan, with a forward owners stateroom, guest cabin at midships with twin berths, and third guest bunk cabin to port side.  In between the cabins is the main galley and small dinette opposite to starboard.  The Jarrett Bay 67 Sport Yacht is powered by twin 1136hp Cat engines which give top speeds of 32 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.49 m (67.3ft)
Waterline Length - 18.4m
Beam - 5.53 m
Draft - 1.44 m
Displacement - 29029 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 4996 l
Water Capacity - 757 l
Accommodation - six guests in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 Acert 1136hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 32 knots max 26 knots cruise
Construction - cold molded jig method, wood covered with epoxy resin and fiberglass

April 10, 2019

Project: Mazu Sixtytwo SV

Mazu present the project for the Sixtytwo SV.  A hybrid project which can be made as the ultimate chase boat for mega yachts, a villa tender, or a sport yacht.  The Mazu Sixtytwo SV impresses for its large exterior spaces, designed around a center console, and a free aft deck area created to stow a tender, and a jet bike.  The standard interior spaces of the Mazu are designed around a two large cabins layout, with a midships located master stateroom.  In between the cabins is a galley and saloon.  The Mazu Sixtytwo SV will be standard powered by twin Volvo 725hp, and or optional 900hp engines.  Top speeds are estimated up to 42 knots with the large optional engine choice.

April 9, 2019

New Model: Sealine C430

Sealine is a brand which continues to grow, and presents the new C430 sport cruiser.  A new intermediate model with a lot of choices and options for the buyer.  The new C430 like many new Sealine models of recent years, is a fully enclosed couple type sport cruiser, with a living all dedicated  on the main deck, which features the modern astern galley layout.  Down below the Sealine is standard available with a two large cabins layout, with optional three cabins two layout. The total layouts available for the lower deck are four and these include the option to make a scissor berth forward berth in the two cabin choice, and to change the port cabin of twin berths in the three cabin layout.  The Sealine C430 is standard powered by twin Volvo 300hp and optional up to 435hp engines, with IPS pod drives propulsion. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.55 m (44.5 ft)
Hull Length - 11.7 m
Waterline Length - 10.5 m
Beam - 4.2 m
Draft - 1.15 m
Displacement - 13.42 t
Fuel Capacity - 1100 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, D6 370hp, D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drive
Speed - 25 knots with standard 300hp engines, 33 knots with 435hp engines
Certification - CE B

April 8, 2019

Project: Lazzara LSX 65 IPS

Lazzara, a well established US boat builder and family is back with a project for a new LSX 65 sport yacht.  Few details are yet available but the LSX 65 is a sport yacht measuring around twenty meters will feature a very interesting lower beach club area to aft.  The lines of this new Lazzara are certainly different to the LSX which started to launch in the first decade of the new millennium, but some details as the hull windows at midships are representative of the brand.  The first LSX 65 IPS is currently under construction and will be powered by twin Volvo 1000hp and IPS pod drives.  An outboard version with four engines is also to be made available.  Lazzara was the hype in around 2005 and 2010, mostly for its large sport yachts powered by quadruple IPS propelled engines, and also for the very European futuristic look of its designs.  The new Lazzara is office based in the USA, Florida with the construction phase of the new yachts taking place in Turkey.

April 7, 2019

Web: Albermarle New Web Site

Albemarle from the Carolina USA presents its new World wide showroom.  Founded in 1978 by Scott Harell Sr. Albemarle first model was the 24 it launched a year after in 1979.  In 1990 the company changed helmsman and started being guided by J.Scott Harell Jr. In 1991 Mac Privott who was with Albemarle since 1978 founds Carolina Classic.  Albemarle continues to grow and in 2000 it launches its still largest 410 Express model, and a year later to this it moves into a new building site in Midway Drive.  In 2005 Albemarle joins Brunswick Corporation.  Since then Albemarle had a few other ownership changes; in 2009 sold to Scott McLauglin who in 2011 also purchases Carolina Classic.  In 2015 Murphy Alternative Investments purchases both Albemarle and Carolina Classic who unite them into one brand.  Today Albemarle offers a line up of seven models which start from the 25 Express and  go up to the 41 Convertible.  Albemarle new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Videos, Boats, About, Shop, Dealers, and Contact.  Albemarle is also on social media with link at the bottom of the entry page taking you to its Twitter and Facebook pages.

April 6, 2019

New Model: Ocean Alexander 90 Revolution Enclosed

So this is a series of super yachts which is having a lot of success since some years, and finally we see a builder from USA challenging in it, that for a 27 to 28 meter raised pilot house and semi wide body design.  For entering in this segment Ocean Alexander asked for USA designer Evan Marshall, who presented this 90 Revolution.  The USA designer and Ocean Alexander in the 90 Revolution presented a super yacht full of European echoes but with something different to it.  The Ocean Alexander 90 Revolution comes with a standard layout of a main deck master stateroom, while the lower deck options offer three variants, two for three cabins, and one for four cabins.  The 90 Revolution also scores heavy points for its aft crew cabins and lobby design, which includes a small galley and L-shaped sofa, two cabins, and another smaller L-shaped sofa.  The Ocean Alexander 90 Revolution is powered by twin MTU 1920hp, and Open bridge version is also available.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.43 m (90ft)
Waterline Length - 23.1 m
Beam - 6.71 m
Draft - 1.79 m
Displacement - 93800 kg
Fuel Capacity - 11356 l
Water Capacity - 1704 l
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, or ten guest berths in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000 1920hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Evan Marshall

April 5, 2019

Project: Heesen 50m Project Aquamarine YN 18950

Heesen is to present the project in the newly designed 5000 Aluminium Class: Project Aquamarine. This fast-cruising, all-aluminium motor yacht sports a brand new hull designed by Heesen’s brilliant in-house naval architects, who worked closely with renowned hydro dynamic specialist Van Oossanen Naval Architects.  Van Oossanen carried out the computational fluid dynamics tests and optimized the hull shape, before a 1:16 scale model was tested in the towing tank in Southampton, UK.  The optimization of the hull design has enabled an efficiency gain of 12%. This important result was achieved by raising the transom and making it sleeker, and in addition propeller tunnels were incorporated in the hull. This means that the 5000 Aluminium class features raised propellers, which in turn has decreased the draft to just 2.15 meters. Such a shallow draft makes Aquamarine the perfect yacht for cruising in the Bahamas as well as in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. A pair of interceptors will guarantee optimal dynamic trim at high speeds.  Thanks to the optimized hull design, it has been possible to install MTU’s new 3433hp green oceanic engines, which have been specially developed to operate with a Selective Catalytic Reduction unit to reduce NOx emissions. As a result, Aquamarine is the first fast-cruising yacht below 500GT to be IMO Tier III compliant. In line with Heesen’s wider philosophy, the new 5000 Aluminium Class reduces the carbon footprint without compromising on speed or performance, and the installation of soot filters on the generators makes the package complete.  A clean and modern profile by Omega Architects creates the perfect wrapping for this progressive technological masterpiece.  The raised aft deck completed by sun pads, allows for a full height multi-purpose tender garage that doubles as a luxury beach club connecting to the flush swim platform, bringing guests close to the water. To maintain a clean profile line the rescue tender is conveniently stored under a hatch in front of the wheelhouse.  A tranquil Japanese-inspired theme leads the interior, which has been designed by Cristiano Gatto. Twelve guests are accommodated in four spacious and airy guest suites on the lower deck and a master stateroom forward on the main deck.  YN 18950 Aquamarine is currently under construction at the Heesen facility in Oss and is available for delivery in January 2021.

April 4, 2019

New Model: Zeelander Z72

During a private party on the 15th March 2019 Zeelander unveiled its new Z72 flagship.  An important day for the Dutch boat builder who with this new model expands its size by about five meters in length.  Like all other Zeelander's the new  Z72 is a project of renowned designer Cor D.Rover, who presented the usual mix of traditional down East lobster boat merged to modern looks.  The Zeelander Z72 offers a three double cabins accommodation plan, with its living and dining area all located under the hard top on the main deck.  The Zeelander Z72 is powered by triple Volvo 725hp with IPS pods as standard.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.07 m (72.4ft)
Hull Length - 20.2 m
Beam - 6 m
Draft - 1.5 m
Displacement - 42 t
Fuel Capacity - 
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 3 x Volvo D11 725hp, 800hp, D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 24 knots cruise with triple Volvo 725hp set up
Range - 680 nm at 24 knots cruise
Construction - Vinilester resin vacuum infused
Project - Cor D.Rover exterior, Zeelander interior and technical detail
Certification - CE A 

April 3, 2019

Project: Jet Tern Selene 72 Ocean Explorer

For several years Howard Chen has worked with Guido de Groot, the famous Dutch designer to create new yachts, which have all the qualities of a Selene classic ocean yacht but with softer lines and a different interior decoration that attract European owners.  James Fwu of JFNA, a renown naval architect of Taiwan joined this international team for the hull lines, hydro-statics data, structural design, stability calculations, dynamics performance and final EU Type Examination Certificate with RINA.  This result is the project of the Jet Tern Selene 72 Ocean Explorer, with a length of just over 23 meters, and a displacement of 72 tons.  The Selene 72 Ocean Explorer will feature a four double cabins interior, full beam owners cabin, and fourth cabin with bunks.  A crew area with two cabins is located aft.  All the living in the Selene 72 Ocean Explorer is located on the main deck, with the traditional split area which welcomes you in the lounge, takes you to the dining, and then up two steps takes you to the galley and helm station.  The Selene 72 Ocean Explorer will be powered by twin Cummins 405hp engines which allow for top speeds up to eleven knots.  A single engine version is also to be available.

April 2, 2019

New Model: Hinckley Picnic Boat 40

Hinckley present the new Picnic Boat 40, a fresh recipe to one of its most classic models. The Picnic Boat 40 brings a fresh perspective on the most successful Hinckley series ever built. In nearly ninety years of building the world’s most iconic yachts, Hinckley set a new standard with the Picnic Boat that has captured imaginations everywhere. Beautiful lines, innovative systems and thoroughbred performance are hallmarks.  The Hinckley Picnic Boat 40 is a nice mix of cruising overnight and day boat abilities.  Accommodation wise the Picnic Boat 40 offers below accommodation for two in a convertible double berth forward, a shower head to starboard, and a galley to port side.  The Hinckley Picnic Boat 40 is powered by twin Cummins 480hp with Jet propulsion which allow for top speeds up to 38 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.80 m (42ft)
Hull Length - 12.1 m
Waterline Length - 11m
Beam - 3.91 m 
Draft - 0.66 m
Displacement - 11339 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1419 l
Water Capacity - 302 l
Accommodation - two berths 
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSD6.7 480hp
Propulsion - water jets Hamilton 322
Speed -38 knots max 35 knot cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 19 degrees deadrise
Construction - Hinckley Triguard Epoxy with Aramid fiber/E-glass outer skin, Corecell M-foam core, carbon fiber inner skin.  Scrimp system infused.

April 1, 2019

Twelve Years and Counting

It's been over twelve years since I founded PowerYachtBlog, year 2007.  The inspiration come from what at the time was Valencia Sailing.  A sailing rag and stick blog mostly focused on the Americas Cup, which I was very much following at the time and since 1999.  I think that period was the best time for sailing and boating in general.  The Americas Cup was a healthy dose of publicity and free marketing to the general public, due to the huge media following for the 2000, 2003, and 2007 events.  I think and including the one of the 1992 these where the best events the sport ever had.
PowerYachtBlog has since started with a structure which was very much unchanged, what we are doing less since some years now are the boat reviews, and I know some would like to see more of these but they have time frames in doing them, that currently I cannot afford.  Still the blog has expanded in some areas, as the blogger article every month which I think gives a perspective I have about and regarding the industry in general.  
What ever is happening here I hope you viewers and followers are enjoying it.  
Would be interesting to see if you feel the blog needs something new or fresh and what it is.