July 31, 2019

Monthly News - July 2019

-pic of the month- Sunreef Welcomes Rafael Nadal

Feadship 1939 Zephyr Relaunched After Refit

Eighty years and two months after her initial launch in May 1939, the 15-metre Feadship Zephyr has been relaunched after a comprehensive rebuild. Initially built by De Vries in Aalsmeer to a De Voogt design a decade before the two families joined forces with Van Lent to form Feadship, Zephyr was an innovative motoryacht for her day, one of the very first to have her design tank-tested. Now, in early July 2019, she is making headlines again as a textbook example of how our maritime heritage can be restored to 21st-century standards of comfort while retaining the historic ambiance of days gone by.

Fraucher Expands in the Cote D'Azur

From dreamy Lake Traunsee in the heart of the Salzkammergut area to Port Adriano and the French Riviera. Seven years after the Majorca location was opened, Frauscher Shipyard is launching its next offensive in the Mediterranean region with a subsidiary near Saint-Tropez on the Côte d’Azur that exhibits even more exquisite international flair. The opening of the subsidiary emphasizes the Austrian family-owned company’s future-oriented strategy.  The harbor of Port Grimaud is not only a popular tourist attraction, but also draws boating enthusiasts from around the world. The region in southeastern France, also known as the “Venice of France”, with more than 2000 berths and a picturesque backdrop, is the ideal location for presenting premium luxury yachts to international boating enthusiasts. The new sales location allows enjoyable test drives through the picturesque city on the lagoon and nearby bays, for example with the Frauscher 1017 GT or the Frauscher 1414 Demon.  Stefan Frauscher, the member of management who is responsible for the new sales point, explains: “We want to be closer to international customers who are looking for a sporty boat with an outstanding design and who appreciate first-rate service. The new location in Port Grimaud is ideal for potential buyers who wish to take the boat for a spontaneous cruise to the beaches of St. Tropez or Cannes.”  For three generations the family owned shipyard has been building motor yachts, electric yachts and sailing yachts that have earned a well-deserved reputation worldwide. The key drivers for the popularity of these boats – with the quality mark “Made in Austria” – are innovative solutions, excellent craftsmanship, and a huge passion for boat-building.  By expanding to Port Adriano in Majorca Frauscher had already demonstrated the diversity of the company’s motor and electric yachts, which cut a good figure in virtually any water due to their outstanding handling characteristics. The second sales location in France’s Port Grimaud now responds to the increasing importance of the market on the Mediterranean coast.

Hatteras 2019 Club Rendezvous

On June 22nd, a team from Hatteras aboard the GT59 Hatterascal led six other Hatteras Yachts across the Gulf Stream to start the 2019 Hatteras Club Rendezvous. This exclusive annual event brings together like-minded Hatteras owners and their families and friends to enjoy a Hatteras-hosted adventure that none of them is likely to forget.  In addition to the GT59, this year’s Rendezvous fleet included a Hatteras M75 Panacera, 72 Motor Yacht, two M60 motor yachts, and two GT45X sportfishing yachts. The week-long voyage took them all the way to the Exumas Cays and back, with plenty of sightseeing, swimming, and fine dining along the way.

Hatteras 2019 Cup Competition

Angler Carols Bortoni on the Hatteras 54 Convertible Centurion landed a 450.45-lb. blue and currently owns the leaderboard for the “Heaviest Blue Marlin” category in this year’s Hatteras Cup tournament. Team Centurion stands to win the $50,000 top prize for the category if no one fishing from a Hatteras enters a bigger blue. The Hatteras Cup continues until December 31, 2019, so all you Hatteras anglers out there have plenty of time to challenge Centurion or win prize money in one of the five other categories. All you have to do is register your Hatteras in advance of entering a fish caught from your boat anywhere in the world!

Heesen Expands Facility in Winterswijk

Heesen is delighted to announce the expansion of its facility in Winterswijk, province of Gelderland – the home of its renowned interior workshop. Located just over an hour’s drive from Oss, the facility was acquired in 2000, under the name ‘Oortgiese’.  Originally established in 1940, Heesen Interiors has created the most luxurious, award-winning interior furniture exclusively for Heesen yachts for the past 34 years.  Today’s expansion consists of 2,240 square meters of new production space, which brings the total production area to 8,100 square meters. The office space increases by 332 square meters reaching almost 1,000 square meters.  Concurrently with the facility development, Heesen is hiring 30 new employees, who will bring the total workforce in Winterswijk to 130 highly skilled artisans. The expansion of both the facilities and workforce comes in direct response to the increase in size and volume of the yachts being built by Heesen today. In turn, the level of sophistication and expertise required to produce interiors on this level means more space, more equipment, and more artisans.  Building luxury interior is about handling precious, sometimes irreplaceable materials, and managing a team of highly talented craftsmen. Heesen is one of the very few shipbuilders to have an entire in-house department of specialists. Cabinet-makers, upholsterers, joiners, French polishers, painters, CNC operators, draftsmen, project managers, engineers - the list of people is as long as the list of requirements to create a custom Heesen yacht.  Excellent Dutch craftsmanship and continuous innovation have been the driving force behind the Heesen brand. Having an entire in-house department of interior specialists guarantees consistent quality and custom design creations that spark the imagination of both clients and their designers. At Heesen, there is no such thing as mission impossible. Heavily investing in the acquisition and the training of young talent is the secret behind Heesen’s award-winning interior creations.  Henry Schreur, Managing Director of Heesen Interiors, joins Arthur Brouwer, Heesen CEO in commenting on the expansion: “We look forward to the official opening of the new work space in September and are ready more than ever to continue the tradition of building precious interiors to the highest Dutch quality standards.”

Jarrett Bay Awards Service Milestones

Over twenty anniversary pins were awarded to team members at Jarrett Bay, celebrating service milestones! Jarrett Bay was humbled and grateful that so many have stuck with them through thick and thin and have made the company proud in so many ways. A huge thank you goes out to Brett Styron for his thirty years of service at Jarrett Bay! We look forward to many more years with Brett on the team. Our long-time service manager, Keith Tosto, also received an Aloha Retirement Party. Keith: you will be missed but we wish you a very happy retirement!

Jarrett Bay at Bermuda Triple Crown

Jarrett Bay was well-represented for all 3 legs of the Bermuda Triple Crown, with two teams taking home many awards: Waste Knot and Mama Who. Hull 54, Jarrett Bay 67, Waste Knot:The team placed third overall and won third place release, plus Top Junior Angler at the Bermuda Big Game Classic. The team also won seconnd place overall at the Bermuda Billfish Blast!  Hull 56, Jarrett Bay 77, Mama Who: Lainey Jones won Top Lady Angler in the Bermuda Big Game Classic and second place Lady Angler at the Bermuda Billfish Blast. The team also won thirrd overall at the Bermuda Release Cup!

Jarrett Bay at Hatteras Marlin Club Blue Marline Release Tournament

Hull 18, Doc Fees is on a roll this tournament season. On the heels of the team's success at Big Rock and Cape Fear, they won first place overall at the Hatteras Marlin Club Blue Marlin Release Tournament.

Moonen Heading for a Fresh Start

On the 11th of July Moonen Shipyards has been declared bankrupt by a Dutch court, after its shareholder was found unable to meet its financial obligations.  Since several years, Moonen Shipyards was entirely owned by Mexico’s largest steel manufacturer Altos Hornos de México (AHMSA). During that period several yachts were delivered and Moonen was, thanks to the financial support of AHMSA, a healthy company. This situation changed suddenly last May, when Mr Ancira, chairman of AMHSA, was arrested on the Spanish island of Mallorca, being accused of bribery. Since then all of AHMSA’s bank accounts were frozen, including the one from Moonen. Some of the accounts were unfrozen after a while, but the money tap for the shipyard remained closed. The lack of financial support to pay wages and settle the required payments on the building of Project YN199 on speculation, has led to Moonen declaring bankruptcy.  It is a fact that AMSHA caused financial instability in the past. When in 2015 the steel prices dropped dramatically, Moonen was filed for suspension of payment for a longer period of time. To avoid such an insecure period again, the management of Moonen was already looking for a new investor. That new investor has been found and conversations were at an advanced stage in order to proceed a normal takeover of the shares. Due to the arrest of Mr Ancira and the loss of cash flow, it was necessary to speed up the process with the intended shareholder, and try to avoid a bankruptcy. However, there was hardly any communication possible with the shareholder and finally Moonen Shipyards was no longer able to meet its obligations towards personnel and suppliers thus bankruptcy followed on the 11th of July.  In a way this bankruptcy clears the road for the new Moonen, as the proposed investor shared his wish to fully disconnect from AHMSA after was has occurred last May. Moonen is, via the curator Mr Berendsen from LXA The Law Firm, still in negotiation with the investor and hope that a new Moonen will arise soon. “We have trust in this new investor and have faith in the future of Moonen” says Johan Dubbelman. “Moonen builds perfect yachts, the market in the 30 to 50 meter segment is good and we expect to increase our production. Currently we have one 36m in build. The aim of the new investor is to build 2 to 3 yachts per year. By building on speculation, delivery times are shorter, which is an absolute advantage for future customers.”  “When I look back on last year, I’m proud to see that the whole team at Moonen has successfully pushed our brand into the future. We really were well on our way to becoming more successful. At this moment we are close to entering a new era. I strongly belief in a healthy future for Moonen Yachts in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, as I can rely on a strong and loyal team of employees and good cooperation with our suppliers. Together with our new investor we will take Moonen Yachts to unprecedented new height” says Johan Dubbelman.  The curator is now in charge of handling the bankruptcy and dealing with the interested parties, where the major focus lies on restarting the company soon. It is to be expected that final decisions will be taken within the next few weeks.

Moonen Negotiating New Partnership

Moonen Yachts announces that the company is in an advanced stage of negotiating a strong new partnership. The investor is familiar with the industry and brings an international background of global business.  The vision of this new investor will strongly focus on strengthening the market position and expanding the number of yachts build per year ergo securing sustainable future growth. The new investor is driven by passion about yacht building and interested in the profound reputation of North European yacht building. He envisages on the strong pedigree of Moonen Yachts as a signature superyacht builder. Quality, comfort and timeless designs are key and of course the beauty of the Moonen yachts.  Johan Dubbelman, CEO of Moonen Yachts, says: “I see the cooperation with the proposed investor as a very positive development and a perfect opportunity to expand. By teaming up with this reputable investor, we can secure future growth, not in length – as we remain in the 30 to 50 meter segment – but in numbers. This impulse matches the companies’ strategy and is completely in line with future perspectives.”

Pershing Sensation in Ibiza

Passion and exclusiveness were the main ingredients of Sunset Thrills, the event celebrating the Pershing world, staged on the island of Ibiza on 29 and 30 June. Organized by Pershing in partnership with the luxury hotel 7Pines Resort in Ibiza, it gave all the brand’s yacht owners the unique opportunity to live that unmistakable thrill, with its mixture of adrenalin, coolness and fun.  The stunning setting for the evening of Saturday, 29 June, was the new Pershing Yacht Terrace, where Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group, and the owner of 7Pines Resort have officially opened Pershing season on the Balearic Islands. Perched on a cliff, with a spectacular view of the enchanting rocky island of Es Vedrà, the Terrace took everyone's breath away. Designed in June 2018, this is the first lounge in the world created by Pershing architects and designers reflecting the style and qualities that make the range unique. From sunset until late into the night, after an exclusive aperitif and dinner, over 400 guests were enchanted by a video mapping show, surrounded by a breathtaking view of the open sea and 10 Pershing yachts anchored in front of the 7Pines Resort.  The exclusive and glamorous night was followed by a day charged with passion and adrenalin. On Sunday, 30 June, from the first glimmer of dawn, the yacht owners participated in a host of activities, with racing, test sails and plenty of fun – in perfect Pershing style. From the majestic Pershing 108 to the sleek Pershing 5X, including the latest addition, the 8X, each yacht in Ibiza has become the symbol of the incredible passion shared by Pershing owners worldwide who love the sea and the bursts of adrenalin they get from their yachts acceleration and turning performances. At the end of the water-based activities, Sunset Thrills ended with a spectacular parade of all the yachts as they returned to the 7Pines Resort after sailing around the island of Es Vedrà.  Alongside the 7Pines Resort, other contributors who made the experience even more electrifying were: Seabob, who offered the opportunity to perform tests with the latest Pershing Limited Edition products and created gifts for the guests; Marina Ibiza, who offered yacht owners vouchers for free mooring for two nights; Bulgari, who gave each yacht owner a bouquet of flowers and the book Bulgari Y Roma; Videoworks, who supplied a customised iPad and offered guests the opportunity to experience Music Hull, the exclusive audio system installed on Pershing 8X for listening to music underwater; Nautibuoys Marine, who provided the platforms for water activities; and Foglizzo Leather, who created some exclusive leather items for the guests.

Riva Brings Legacy in Sardinia

After last season’s success, Riva brings its Riva Brand Experience back to Waterfront Costa Smeralda, a unique and charming location designed by architect Gio Pagani. It is welcoming the biggest international luxury brands and most enviable yachts to the stunning environs of the Old Port in Porto Cervo.  Riva’s pop-up boutique opened its doors on 6 July for the Grand Opening of Waterfront Costa Smeralda, among prestigious brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Dolce&Gabbana, and De Grisogono, to bring you the excitement of an exclusive shopping experience filled with glamour and style.  There is an extensive and sophisticated range of Riva products available for visitors, including designer items for home decor, collection pieces, clothing and accessories, high-tech items, and unique gift ideas. This is an elegant and sophisticated collection, which will delight family and friends alike, whilst adhering to the inspirational philosophy of “Riva inside, inside Riva”. Every item from the Riva Brand Experience collection represents a piece of treasure endowed with timeless value. They stand out thanks to their high-quality materials and amazing attention to detail, which perfectly sum up the 177 years of excellence and craftsmanship behind them.

Riva Privee in Formentera

For those who are searching for unique atmospheres and unforgettable experiences, the trendy new destination of the Balearic Islands is the Riva Privée at the restaurant “Molo 47” in Formentera. A sophisticated and elegant space where you can explore all the values and heritage of the most exclusive and desired brand in yachting.  Following the recent opening of the new Riva Lounge and Privée in Croatia at the Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel and Spa in Opatija, the first Riva Privée has been inaugurated in Formentera, the new “place to be” on the island, where the style of the Riva legend blends with a relaxed and informal ambiance. Riva Privée at “Molo 47” in Formentera has a special charm, not only for yachting enthusiasts but also for those who seek an experience of elite luxury in one of the finest islands in the Mediterranean.  The architectural project of Riva Privée in Formentera is inspired by the waves of the sea. Particular care was given to the concept of the light design, where light becomes the protagonist, with a fascinating play of shadows thanks to the clever arrangement of the curtains. All the geometries of Riva Privée @ Molo 47 evoke the soft curves of the mythical Riva yachts. The interior design also recalls the unique details of the vessels, like the aquamarine colored cushions, the chrome, the steel, and the lacquered mahogany reminiscent of the iconic yachts and the 1950s Dolce Vita style, immediately transporting guests into the magic of the Riva legend.  Riva Privée, located in the elegant port of Formentera, is the result of the encounter between Riva and Molo 47, the restaurant opened in 2017 by Chef Antonio d’Angelo, who chose to embrace the Riva Destination concept to give his guests an unforgettable atmosphere. Here, the excellent culinary proposals and sense of relaxation coexist in the spirit of conviviality. The cuisine of Molo 47 is always based on simple ingredients, masterfully combined to create unique tasting experiences: an encounter between Italian ingredients and techniques alternating with particular inspiration and skill with those of Japanese culture. Two souls masterfully enhanced and continuously reinterpreted and innovated.  The new Riva Privée in Formentera is one of the sought-after Riva Destinations present in some of the most prestigious locations (Monaco at the Yacht Club, Venice at Gritti Hotel, Milan at Garage Italia, Opatija at Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & SPA in Croatia, Mykonos - Nammos Beach in Greece, Palm Beach in the U.S., Lake Iseo). In each location, the Riva image blends perfectly with the spirit of the place, highlighting its distinctive features, creating a true collection of Riva Lounges or Privées, all one of a kind and not to be missed.

Sabre Yachts Celebrating Fifty Years

Sabre Yachts is celebrating 50 years of building sailing and motor yachts that are "Crafted in the Maine Tradition!" The next year will feature customer events, boat show happy hours, and associate celebrations.  Each month, for the next year, we will release an interview with the people who helped make Sabre Yachts the success it is today, with the first interview featuring Sabre's founders, Roger and Charlie Hewson.  Sabre is also re-branding for its 50th Anniversary, and the logo will be featured on ther website, all digital content, and all yachts built in the 2020 model year.  To the owners: Save the date for the next Sabre and Back Cove Rendezvous, which will take place June 17-20, 2020 in Portland, Maine! The event will include a lobster bake dinner on the evening of June 19th in celebration of Sabre's 50th Anniversary.

Sanlorenzo Nominate New CEO for the Americas

Sanlorenzo, one of the world's leading yacht and superyacht manufacturers, is delighted to announce the appointment of Marco Segato as the new CEO of Sanlorenzo Americas, the branch that has over the last ten years acted as an embassy for the brand and has aided in the expansion and bolstering of Sanlorenzo in North, Central and South America.  Marco Segato, formerly Vice President of Sales of Sanlorenzo Americas since 2014, having previously held important positions in the field of strategic consulting and business development and having a great wealth of experience in the boating sector to his name, was additionally chosen to become shareholder of the US company to further build upon and develop the growth achieved by Sanlorenzo Americas. This meeting the new challenges offered by this strategic market.  Sanlorenzo Americas, based in Fort Lauderdale and New York leads a sales network that includes Perù, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Canada, making itself the only reference point in the US for shipowners who wish to build their own custom-built Sanlorenzo yacht, the result of unparalleled attention to minute detail and scrupulous selection of materials, in line with local regulations and out of respect for American culture and style, of which Sanlorenzo has an in depth knowledge.  In fact, the Sanlorenzo Americas team of experts follows each customer at every step, from the first concept to the completion of an individual project, perfectly customized, in which the personality, tastes and lifestyle of each owner are clearly visible.

Sanlorenzo Naviganti Exhibition

Sanlorenzo, one of the world's leading producers of yachts and superyachts, in conjunction with Biennale Arte 2019, is proud to present the “Naviganti exhibition. A journey into Sanlorenzo's shipyards" on display from 31 August to 02 November at the Casa dei Tre Oci, on Giudecca island in Venice. Conceived as a true first hand look at what's involved in the production process at our shipyards, the exhibition is to feature more than 30 black and white images by photographer Silvano Pupella, who uses his lens to give us a visual tale of the harmony between craftsmanship and technology that has over the last 60 years made Sanlorenzo a veritable nautical excellence. The evocative photographic portfolio which was put together within the La Spezia shipyard, reveals how each Sanlorenzo superyacht is the result of a complex, transversal and innovative project: each boat over 40 meters long, comes to life from the hull, forged in metal like some work of art, and on through the work of skilled local artisans who take the greatest of care with every little detail, making each pieace unique and special, thereby assuring the desired reaction from the owner every time. The photos of Silvano Pupella thus recount the work of these highly skilled artisans whose masterful craftsmanship makes these sophisticated elegant yachts what they are, as if they were being crafted in a Renaissance workshop. His decisive black and white, introducing us at the initial production stages of the steel superyachts, is able to excite enhancing the hidden charm and the intrinsic beauty of the unfinished products. The spatial expansions which Sanlorenzo succeeded in adding to his projects, as these images state most clearly, amaze and even overturn the perception of the limit that one always has on board these self-propelled jewels. Images that, documenting the various preparatory stages of the metal hulls, can perfectly relate the atmosphere of this place full not only of technology but also of precious and irreplaceable practicality.

Sanlorenzo Waterfront Costa Smeralda

Waterfront Costa Smeralda is much more than a luxury temporary store, it is a truly elegant and charming showroom that - as the name suggests - comes to life in front of the sea in summer and becomes home to world-famous brands, new events and top prestigious atelier, where every space is designed both to amaze and entertain. For the second year running Sanlorenzo has created its own special space there, designed by the Art Director Piero Lissoni, specifically to offer all boating enthusiasts the opportunity to get to know and come face to face with the sophisticated and tailor-made world that is our shipyard. The Sanlorenzo atelier creates an environment that redefines the concept of elegance through minimalist aesthetics, a brand ambassador that embodies the company's haute-couture spirit and the scrupulous attention to detail and service that has always set it apart from the rest. An islet of great refinement that fits perfectly into the beautiful scenery, between crystal clear sea and fine beaches, every year important owners of prestigious yachts from all over the Mediterranean choose the Costa Smeralda as a stop-over on their summer trips. Sanlorenzo thus returns to Waterfront to propose a reference point in the Costa Smeralda for clients and admirers of the custom yacht brand who wish to become part of the Sanlorenzo community, and begin their own custom yacht building journey with the company. Waterfront Costa Smeralda is open to the public all summer until the 7th of September and will include 12 pop-up stores, 5 exhibition areas and a stunning lounge area, made so thanks to the evocative setting of the most prestigious Mediterranean yachts. A walk of unique charm that takes us along the characteristic Porto Vecchio quayside and will also be housing exclusive brands such as BMW, Bentley, De Grisogono, Dolce & Gabbana and Technogym all of whom will be exhibiting their products there for fashion and jewellery enthusiasts, automobiles and prestigious yachts and fitness equipment. Perfectly set in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, surrounded by marvellous glimpses of nature and water of breathtaking color, Waterfront Costa Smeralda continues to amaze with its refined design and top quality contents, the ideal setting for Sanlorenzo to relate it's history of craftsmanship and avant-guard spirit that have allowed it to reach the top in the world of yachts and superyacht production.

Sunreef Welcomes Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal has recently commissioned an 80 Sunreef Power catamaran with Sunreef Yachts. An avid multihull enthusiast, the international tennis superstar has selected the shipyard’s latest motor yacht model, having visited and chartered Sunreef Yachts’ catamarans in the past. With 82 titles overall including 18 Grand Slam victories as well as a record 34 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, Rafael Nadal is one of the world’s most renowned athletes. His fully-customized catamaran is due for delivery in 2020.  The first unit from the 80 Sunreef Power range is to premiere in September 2019 at the Cannes Yachting Festival. This luxury multihull is a pedigree motor yacht, blending seaworthiness and supreme comfort for worldwide navigation.

Sunseeker One Hundredth Manhattan 52

Sunseeker International is celebrating the production of 100 Manhattan 52s today, a very important milestone for the fastest selling model in the company’s history. The talented Sunseeker team behind the award-winning Manhattan 52, including colleagues from design, build, engineering and the executive team, all joined together to mark this special achievement.  Since her introduction at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2016, the Manhattan 52 set a new industry benchmark for the smaller flybridge format and a new design direction for the Manhattan range.  In 2017, the Manhattan 52 won the highly-coveted ‘Best flybridge under 55ft’ award at the Motor Boat of the Year Awards and the ‘Most Innovative On-Board Design Solution’ for its Beach Club Concept at the IBI Metstrade Boat Builder Awards.  Remaining hugely-popular with customers ever since, the model is designed to maximise entertainment options, light and living space throughout. Its hull incorporates unparalleled amounts of curved glass to emphasise its sleek lines – truly bringing the outside in.  The unique layout of the main deck makes the Manhattan 52 the perfect boat for entertaining in style; with a strong focus on creating fun and easy to use sociable spaces. From the generous saloon and upper aft galley, through to the social seating at the helm, this exceptional layout allows the owner and guests to move effortlessly between entertaining spaces.  The Manhattan 52 enables its owner to enjoy the sumptuous space the open layout provides, showcasing the wonderfully well-equipped bathing platform and transom area that can be converted into a mini beach club - an unrivalled feature for a boat in this class and now copied by much of the industry. This area offers an inviting space for family and friends to enjoy the optional built-in barbecue, overhead shower and fold down transom seating.  A standout feature that truly sets the Manhattan 52 apart from its peers is the glass cockpit/galley window that retracts electrically which alongside the bi-fold saloon doors, creates an exceptional inside/outside environment.  Thanks to the galley being situated on the main deck, there is space for three very large cabins below. The master cabin is a real standout feature for a boat of this size, with full height headroom all the way around the bed demonstrating yet again the attention Sunseeker has given to creating exceptional living spaces. Interior fabric and décor selections remain peerless, delivering a quality that is unprecedented; a reputation that is unmatched.  Powered by Volvo Penta D11-725 engines on shaft drive or Volvo Penta IPS-950, the Manhattan 52 can cruise comfortably at 24 knots with a cruising range of 250 nautical miles or achieve an exhilarating 33 knots at full throttle.  Andrea Frabetti, CEO at Sunseeker International, said: "We are thrilled to reach such an important production milestone with the Manhattan 52, a model which remains our fastest selling model in Sunseeker history. The model has certainly hit a sweet spot with our customers, and we are delighted to have such a strong position in a very important segment of the market. This milestone underlines our commitment to producing an unrivalled portfolio of luxury performance motor yachts from 38-161 ft.”

Viking Sea Trial Event in September

The Viking Yacht Company is gearing up for our annual sea trial event this September 11 in Atlantic City. The team is excited to show off a pair of the newest introductions to the Viking Billfish series as well as Valhalla Boatworks, our new breed of high-performance center consoles. The Viking 38 Open Billfish and 46 Billfish as well as Valhalla Boatworks' V-33, V-37 and V-41 will all be available for sea trialing. The Viking fleet will be on hand as well.

Viking at Texas Billfish Classic

Done Deal, Jon Gonsoulin's Viking 70, topped the leader board again. With Captain Jason Buck at the helm, angler Wilks Hammock released six blue marlin and one white, solidifying an overall win and claiming Top Angler of the Texas Billfish Classic. In 2nd Place Overall was David Denbow's Viking 62 Amigo, captained by Brad Schoenfeld. David took Second Place Angler with three blue marlin releases, a 643-pound blue marlin and a 26-pound dolphin. Sean Strakos, on Marty Strakos' Viking 61 Suthern's Pride, won the wahoo division with a 48-pound 'hoo. In 2nd Place was Ben Brooks, aboard the Viking 48 High Noon, with a 34.5-pound fish. Deez Nautz, a Viking 56, took 3rd Place Tuna with a 43-pound yellowfin and 3rd Place Dolphin with a 27.5-pound catch.

Viking at Mantauk Canyon Challenge

Mark Burton's Viking 48 Sound Wave took 2nd Place Heaviest Tuna with a 198.7-pound bigeye. Sound Wave also claimed the 2nd Place Yellowfin with a 69.4-pound tuna. Alexa Ann, Kevin Kallmeyer's Viking 55, took 2nd Place Top-Three Yellowfin and also weighed the 2nd Place Albacore at 38.2 pounds. Never Give Up, a Viking 48 owned by Glenn McCarty, brought a 23.3-pound mahi to the scale which won that category. The Harriet Ball Top Lady Angler award was presented to Bridget Hansen (above) fishing on Peter Feld's Viking 72 Bondi. Matt Hansen, aboard Carmine Zoccolillo's Viking 52 Canyon Bound, was the Top Junior Angler.

Viking at Bermuda Billfish Release Cup

Big congratulations to Avery Holgerson. Avery, fishing on her proud grandfather Frank Rodriguez's Viking 92 Fa La Me, took the title of Bermuda Billfish Release Cup Top Angler, Top Lady Angler and Top Junior Angler at just 13-years-old. She battled a blue marlin, estimated at 500 pounds, for a clean release then followed up with a white marlin. This put Fa La Me, with Captain Rob Moore at the wheel, as the 1st Place Team. "We are all so excited for her," gushed Frank.  Angler Scott Spaulding put Michael Farrens' Viking 62 Just A Dog on the board with a blue release to take 2nd Place Team.

Viking at Offshore Showdown

David Johnson's Viking 58 JT took 3rd Place Overall and 3rd Place Blue Marlin Release based on time at the Offshore Showdown. Tanner Johnson, David's son, released the blue on the final fishing day. Above left to right Tanner Johnson, Connor Johnson, George Robinson and David Johnson. A Viking 72 owned by Dave Anderson, claimed Most Points White Marlin with three releases. Third Place White Marlin went to Marty Judge and his team on the Viking 64.  Judge. Judge angler Mitch Hand weighed a 15-pound dolphin which tied for 1st Place alongside the 15-pounder Matt Lopez also weighed. Matt fished on Mike Rich's Viking 62 Business. In its 3rd year, the Offshore Showdown mixes friends, family, fun and fishing. While every angler has his eye on the prize, there are plenty of parties and activities to keep the event a crowd-pleaser.

Viking Key West Challenge 2020

The party starts on Wednesday, April 15 so book your slip now! The Viking Key West Challenge, presented by Christi Insurance and Travelers, is four days of fun in the sun with friends, family and fishing. Two fishing days are surrounded by a barbecue lay day pool party, kids dock tournament, bar crawl poker run, al fresco dining and lots of prizes and giveaways.

Wally at Phi Beach in Costa Smeralda Sardinia

Wally partners with the chic Mediterranean venue by providing a Wallytender to serve as an exclusive concierge boat for the summer season. Sardinia is a hugely popular cruising destination for owners of Wally yachts, both sail and power. With this in mind, the brand has teamed up with one of the region’s most exclusive party venues: Phi Beach on Sardinia’s stunning Costa Smeralda attracts yacht owners, UHNWIs and high-end holidaymakers from all over the world each summer. Wally, part of the Ferretti Group the most successful conglomerate of the yachting industry, has partnered with the Mediterranean venue – voted by The New York Times and Vanity Fair as one of Europe’s top summer venues – by making a Wallytender available for the cruising season to serve as an exclusive concierge boat for transferring VIPs to the club from locations such as Porto Cervo and the islands of the archipelago of La Maddalena. “Wally is the perfect yachting partner for Phi Beach in terms of both brand image and client base,” says Stefano de Vivo, CCO of Ferretti Group and Managing Director of Wally. “I don’t think you’ll find a yacht owner in the Costa Smeralda who’s not visited the venue at least once. Intimate, exclusive and impressive, it’s a magical place that rocks in the summer!” “Winning partnerships are those created by players that share the same objectives, the same creative spirit and the same concept of beauty, “ says Luciano Guidi, CEO of Medex Srl and owner of Phi Beach. “For this reason, I’m especially proud to be able to collaborate with a brand such as Wally that is internationally recognised as the creator of some of the most beautiful boats in the world. In particular, a Wallytender represents dynamism, functionality and perfection – concepts that also define Phi Beach and Ferretti Group.” In addition to the Wallytender, there is a selection of cocktails named in honour of Wally and Wally branding appears throughout the venue, from the main dance floor and seaview terraces to video projections. There is also on display a model of the brand new 48 Wallytender, the first joint product from Wally and Ferretti Group, which will make its international debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.

Wider Shipyard New Chapter

Wider is extremely pleased to announce that the Monegasque group Nautical Hybrid Tech, headed by Marcello Maggi; Zepter Group and Hopafi Holding Srl have acquired the entire ownership of the company, signing the beginning of a new era for Wider and many exciting news to be unveiled in the near future. Led by Marcello Maggi, a prominent player in the nautical industry for more than thirty0 years, Wider will boost its leadership in the green energy yachting. The new group of investors will contribute to accelerate the company growth and eventually list it in the stock exchange within three years.  Marcello Maggi steps in as President and Sales and Marketing Director and will be based in the Monaco office. Born in Ancona, but living for more than 20 years in Montecarlo, he has always been an ambassador of Italian shipyards, strategically developing companies like ISA, which he co-founded in 2001, and CRN.  Zepter Group has an ample spectrum of activities and markets but its name has always been associated with high standards, technological research and exclusivity. Zepter Group owns companies as Swisso Logical, Bioptron and Tesla Hyperlight Optics.  Hopafi Holding, the investment vehicle of the Giovannetti Family, controls two publicly listed companies in Italy and Eastern Europe and holds interests in several companies related to energy and sustainability.  Wider made its mark on the industry with the cutting-edge technology of Wider 42 and 32 and established itself with the two multi awarded superyachts Wider 150 and 165, pioneering the industry of hybrid and green energy mega yachting. Wider 150 has been the forerunner of the serial hybrid propulsion system applied on luxury superyachts and won multiple awards around the globe, followed by Wider 165 which, not only lived up to all the expectations but also presents multiple features, unique in her competitive set, such as a 3-person submersible, a 14m seawater swimming pool and a touch and go helipad. Both vessels set new records with RINA, obtaining a perfect score for levels of sound and vibration holding a class notation of COMF (Y) 100/100, never assigned before on motor yachts. RINA also bestowed upon them the RINA Platinum Green Plus Award for their green credentials.  “I am very thrilled to take this new challenge and honored to be part of the Wider team.” – says Marcello Maggi, Wider President – “We are aiming to continue the leadership in hybrid motor yachting, boosting innovation and research in all the yachts to come. Wider will be working in a niche segment and focusing on quality and custom-built hybrid motor yachts. One of the main reason for proceeding with the acquisition was the incredibly high level of management team and staff, besides the extraordinary performance of the yachts in term of comfort, noise, vibration and their eco-friendly soul.”  Wider will be focusing on aluminum hybrid vessels and concluded a license agreement with the German shipyard Lloyd Werft for hybrid yachts over 250’ that will be produced in Bremerhaven, confirming and consolidating the good relationship between the two brands.

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