August 31, 2019

Ferretti Super Yacht in the Rocks

So I cannot say I know much about this accident involving a Ferretti 24 meter super yacht with titled m/y Aldenis and registered under Panamanian flag which crashed into a reef.  This photo appeared in my social media feed on Saturday 31 August, in early afternoon, and beyond that I do not know more.  This is the second accident of this type in 2019 after we had a Princess 23 meter which had a similar but worse damage in Sifnos, Aegean Greek Islands in early July.  By the picture I would say the Ferretti was going at slow displacement speeds.  The location appears Eastern med; Croatia, Greece, or Turkey.  If anyone knows more please advise by leaving a comment in this post section.
Produced from 2003 to 2005 the Ferretti 810 RPH, was a further development of the 80 RPH model with the main recognizable difference being the large window located at midships and serving the owners stateroom, and a bit larger extended bathing platform aft.  The 80 was a model born from the hull extension and updated super structure of the 225 Fly in 1997, Ferretti's flagship from 1993 up to 96.  All three models; 225, 80 and 810 where designed by Zuccon who did all Ferretti onwards from 1990 up to 2017, and the model was then replaced by the 830 in 2006.  The 810 RPH features a four double cabins lower deck layout, with two aft crew cabins for four persons. The RPH as in raised pilot house freed space in the main deck, making this area more spacious to the standard version. The Ferretti 810 RPH was powered by twin MTU 1550hp which gave top speeds of thirty knots and a fast cruise of 27.  Ferretti built ten 810 units, and four RPH versions, following 52 units of the 80 and 80 RPH units.

Regal Sport Cruiser Goes Ablaze in Knoxville

A twelve meter Regal sport cruiser titled m/y Chances R with five persons and a dog onboard, caught fire at 06:30 early morning time of Saturday 31 August, on the Tennessee River near Neyland Stadium, in Knoxville.  Knoxville Fire Department responded to the call, with all occupants managing to get off the sport cruiser unharmed, before the sport cruiser was wrecked down by the fire.  The occupants said that early in the morning they smelled smoke fire, which appeared coming off the boat's generator, seeing this they got off-board only for them to see her burn some minutes later.  Knoxville Fire Department later reported that the cause of the fire was indeed the generator.
The boat in this fire is a Regal 4160 Commodore, as produced from 2000 to 01.  The Regal 4160 offered a two cabins layout, and is powered by twin 450 or 480hp engines with a line shaft propulsion in propeller pockets.  The Regal 4160 Commodore came out as a replacement to the 1995 to 99 402 Commodore, and evolved into the 4260 Commodore with a forward looking radar arch and mini T-top in 2002.

Monthly News - August 2019

-pic of the month - Moonen Under New Ownership

Feadship Returns Home for Six Month Refit

Feadship has welcomed home the 57.60-metre superyacht W (ex-Larisa). Originally launched in 2013, she was recently acquired by new owners who have asked Feadship to carry out a refit that will encompass their personal preferences in terms of facilities, sleeping accommodations and exterior.  The first changes that Feadship spotters will instantly recognize when W is relaunched in six months’ time will be the new metallic silver colour of her previously white hull and the significantly larger Jacuzzi on the sun deck.  The interior will also have a new layout on the lower deck as the current VIP stateroom is converted into two guest suites, bringing the total number of cabins on that deck to four and offering superb accommodation for eight guests.

Gulf Craft Nomad Traversing Corinth Channel

As a part of the Nomad 75 SUV Dubai Moon's Mediterranean voyage, she traversed through the famous Corinth Canal in Greece that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. The canal is 6.4 kilometers in length and only 21.3 meters wide at its base, providing a tricky navigational challenge but Dubai Moon took all this in her stride. Having traveled all the way from Dubai under its own steam, this boat is a superb example of what the Nomad Yachts range stands for. Comfortable long range cruising, providing unforgettable experiences for family and friends.

Gulf Craft New Dealer in Saudi Arabia

Gulf Craft is pleased to announce the appointment of Samaco Marine as exclusive dealer for Oryx Sport Cruisers, Silvercraft range and Utility series in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The addition of Samaco Marine to the distribution network shows the strong commitment to the market by offering our products and services to the loyal Saudi clients.

Jarrett Bay Fender Bender Racks up Daily Billfish Wins

Jarrett Bay Hull 40, Fender Bender won Day 3 of the Billfish Daily Jackpot at the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournamentworth $41,475, along with second Place Daily Billfish worth a payout of over $17,000, also on Day 3 of the Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament.

Moonen Under New Ownership

Dutch superyacht builder Moonen Yachts in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, is under new ownership. An Australian couple, Matthew and Louise Baxter are the new owners of the shipyard. Matthew, of Scottish origin, is a successful Australian businessman and entrepreneur, who in 1972 established the A M Group, a privately owned worldwide group of manufacturing companies of which he is executive chairman.  Louise and Matthew first discovered Moonen Yachts whilst sailing on Pittwater harbour in Sydney where they came across the beautiful Moonen yacht, Aurora (Moonen 84). This lead to their involvement with Moonen, a mid-sized Dutch pedigree shipyard with a dedicated and highly skilled team.  In Matthew’s words “It is a privilege to own a yard like Moonen. The brand has an impeccable pedigree, the yachts are true Dutch quality and the team is young, reliable, talented, and very loyal to the company. These characteristics are fundamental for success. I realise that the yard has to re-energise, but we are well prepared with a strong strategic plan and a strong balance sheet, I see a promising future ahead.”  The shipyard is very honoured and excited with Mr & Mrs. Baxter as their new owners. “We have trust in these new investors and have faith that they will establish a strong future for Moonen Yachts” says Johan Dubbelman, Moonen’s CEO. The 30 to 50 meter market is solid for well-built designs, and our plans are to increase production. Currently we have one, award winning, 36-meter Martinique in build, she’s 50% ready. The focus is to have her on display at the Monaco Yacht Show 2020.  Our aim is to scale up production efficiently and start two new build projects in the upcoming 6 months. Following on with the current build we will start a second 36 metre and a 44 metre, both new and future proof timeless Moonen yachts with interiors designed by the award winning renowned design houses, like Studio Indigo. By building on speculation, delivery times will be shorter and customisation still possible, which is an absolute advantage for our future clients.”  The majority of the staff and workforce, which are very important to Moonen, have been reappointed and are enthusiastic to be part of this strong new leadership. To assure continuous high-end quality, Moonen Yachts will reinforce the cooperation with long-term strategic partners and subcontractors.

Monte Carlo Yachts Open Office in Port Montenegro

Monte Carlo Yachts is pleased to announce the opening of the first office in the yachting community of Porto Montenegro. Thanks to Dream Yachts and RR Yachts, MCY’ official dealers, the international presence of the brand will be enhanced in this first class premium marina.

Monte Carlo Yachts Special Event

The new MCY 76, MCY 70 and MCY 66 were noticed for the first time together in the breathtaking location of Costa Smeralda in Sardinia. Yacht Club Porto Rotondo hosted an exclusive event organized by official dealer Given for Yachting who introduced the new MCY models in the region.

Nordhavn Distance Pennants Awarded

Nordhavns are closing in on seven million miles traveled. That’s 281 times around Earth, and while Nordhavns are known for having more circumnavigations than all other brands put together, we’re not quite at 281. Yet. That impressive mileage total – 6,685,917 nm to be exact comes from 450 Nordhavns cranking out miles here, there and everywhere over the course of the past 30 years. That includes Nordhavn 46 hull #1, the first Nordhavn ever, built in 1989, which is still out there with its liveaboard owners.  This summer Nordhavn heard a lot of the owners, thanks to it's website re-design, many owners were prompted to sign in and log their travels. Since June, 13 Nordhavn owners have earned new mileage pennants, some earning their very first, and one long-time owner netting his 70,000 nm burgee. Impressive stuff, indeed!

Pearl Yachts New Partnership in Asia

Pearl Yachts announces a new partnership with the leading Asian yacht services and brokerage company, NextWave Yachting, who will now act as the British yard’s exclusive dealer in Hong Kong. The British shipyard Pearl Yachts are pleased to announce a new collaboration with NextWave Yachting the leading yacht services and brokerage company serving clients in Hong Kong. Following the signing of the new partnership in early July, NextWave Yachting will now act as the exclusive dealer of Pearl Yachts in this region.  Established in 2012, NextWave Yachting is dedicated to presenting the world of yachting to Hong Kong, promoting and developing a yachting culture while providing new and used yacht sales, luxury water toy sales, charter, yacht management and yacht maintenance services.  With the ever-increasing importance of development into the still relatively untapped Asian yacht market, this recent collaboration aims to promote the Pearl Yachts brand to a new set of clientele and, most importantly, sell Pearl Yachts models in the Asian market.  Pearl Yachts Managing Director, Iain Smallridge, comments: “The whole team at Pearl Yachts is excited about our new partnership with NextWave Yachting. The Asian market is a world of opportunity for yachting, and particularly for high-quality superyachts such as the yachts in our fleet. With this new partnership, we aim to grow and develop our presence throughout Asia. NextWave Yachting and their experienced team of yachting professionals are perfectly attuned to the Asian yachting market, and we can think of no better representative in Hong Kong, for the Pearl Yachts brand.”  “Value, quality and integrity are what NextWave is all about,” states NextWave Sales Director, Howard Chen. “Our dedication to fulfilling commitments and seeking the best value for our customers is the soul of our business, and that’s why we are excited to partner with Pearl Yachts. We do not just sell boats and related products. We represent a passion in the ocean - and Pearl Yachts is absolutely synonymous with just that.”

Pearl Yachts Order Book Record

2019 is proving to be a prolific year for the British shipyard. Several confirmed sales over the past six months total more than £10 million worth of new yachts on order, the largest order book since Pearl Yachts' inception in 1998.  Pearl Yachts Managing Director, Iain Smallridge comments: "2019 is proving to be our best year since we opened our doors over two decades ago. We're delighted with our current order book and the sale of another Pearl 95 superyacht, we would like to thank the team at Baxter Marine for bringing the latest Pearl Yacht owner into the family."  Construction on Pearl 95 hull # three has already begun, with delivery scheduled for Mid 2020.

Riviera Pays Tribute to the Team

Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder Riviera has hosted an appreciation lunch for more than 600 team members following the significant achievements of two Australian boat shows where more than 30 new Riviera motor yachts were purchased.  The outstanding result from the Sanctuary Cove and recent Sydney International Boat Shows, where Riviera had the largest display of new motor yachts at both shows, saw new and experienced boaters from Australia and New Zealand purchase models across the comprehensive Riviera five-model individual ranges from the 395 SUV to the 72 Sports Motor Yacht.  The company’s latest models including the inspired new Platinum Edition Sport Yachts were instantly embraced, with multiple orders for each of the three models – 6000, 5400 and new 4800 Series II - while fellow premieres – the 54 Enclosed Flybridge and 545 SUV – also captivated buyers.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst said the great acceptance of Riviera motor yachts at these two recent shows was a true credit to the hundreds of highly-skilled men and women who take so much pride in creating beautiful boats for its owners supported with exceptional care and service.  These recent boat show purchases are in addition to the more than 70 motor yachts the company has delivered so far this year.  “I am constantly asked the secret of Riviera’s success and I believe it’s the culture of care we have in our team,” he said.  “Whether a team member works in the lamination or timber departments, administration or design, they have a collective desire to perform at the highest level every day and work together to create something very special.  “World-class quality and attention to detail is what Riviera is renowned for and it continues well after the launching of our boats when we ensure our owners receive ongoing care and boating education and enjoy exclusive and wonderful experiences on the water with fellow Riviera owners.  “We don’t normally announce publicly any of our results, however, I wanted to share our achievements at the Sanctuary Cove and Sydney International Boat Shows with our entire team as they all deserve applause for the role they have played in delivering outstanding yachts and customer care.”  With Riviera’s models ranging from just under $1 million to more than $5 million, the two boat shows saw collective purchases valued in the tens of millions of dollars and attracted buyers from New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and New Zealand.  Riviera also announced the production of two future models at the shows - the new-dimension 505 SUV and highly acclaimed Sports Motor Yacht in a striking new 64-foot design - with both receiving immediate orders ahead of their 2020 premieres.  Renowned for the enthusiasm and passion of its boat owners, Riviera welcomed more 1100 members of ‘The Riviera Family’ to spectacular VIP gala celebrations at both its Sanctuary Cove and award-winning Sydney displays.  “When you purchase a new Riviera motor yacht, you are investing in so much more,” Mr Longhurst said. “It becomes a way of life that is so unique and rewarding, which was so evident by the number of owners who joined us on the Gold Coast and in Sydney.  “While boat shows are a chance for us to showcase our latest creations, they are always an opportunity to celebrate ‘The Riviera Family’ and thank our boat owners for their great commitment and loyalty.  “With further Riviera displays appearing at boat shows in Cannes, Newport Rhode Island, Norwalk in Connecticut, Perth, Auckland, Barcelona, United States Power Boat Show in Annapolis and Fort Lauderdale in coming weeks, we look forward to catching up with more of our almost 5,600 owners from around the world.”

Riviera Awards Excellence

Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder Riviera has recognised the incredible efforts of its R Marine network – the largest luxury motor yacht group in Australia and New Zealand.  The 2019 Riviera Australian and New Zealand Dealer Awards saw R Marine dealerships across three states and two countries honoured for their outstanding commitment to excellence in service and sales.  Victoria’s R Marine Jacksons were recognised twice in the 2019 awards with the prestigious Dealership of the Year and Service Excellence by a Dealership – while New Zealand’s R Marine Flagship was recognised with the Sales Excellence by a Dealership award.  In individual honours, Travis Edney from Gold Coast-based R Marine Crawley won the Service Excellence by an Individual award and R Marine Sydney’s Simon Don received the Sales Excellence by an Individual.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst said the award recipients embodied the outstanding service and expertise found across the R Marine network, which exclusively represents the region’s market leader in luxury motor yachts, Riviera and Belize throughout Australia and New Zealand.  “Riviera has a proud 39-year heritage of refining what is today one the world’s leading luxury motor yachts and the specialists at all R Marine dealerships ensure our new boat owners receive the outstanding customer service and ongoing technical care they deserve,” he said.  “With customer feedback a crucial criterium in many of the awards, it’s a credit to the recipients that they have been recognised by the most important judges we have when it comes to quality and service – our boat owners.  “Across the R Marine network, a team of more than 50 field service staff, a fleet of more than 30 mobile service vehicles and a combined 650 years of Riviera knowledge supports our owners daily.  “In addition, our leading network offers our owners more than 80 individual boating, educational and fun-filled social events each year in Australia and New Zealand – empowering a greater understanding and enjoyment of boating whilst enhancing the unique essence of the Riviera family of boat owners."  “The men and women who make up our R Marine dealer network are the ultimate marine professionals.”

Viking at Mid Atlantic

With a record $3.5 million up for grabs, competition is fierce at this year's MA. Anxious crews fishing out of Cape May, New Jersey, and Ocean City, Maryland, have been racking up releases and keeping the weigh station staff running. Captain Blaine Champlain backed Marty Judge's Viking 64 Judge to the scales and hung a 68-pounder for angler Bobby Ogden. As of this writing, that fish is the 2nd-heaviest white marlin of the tournament. Michael Rothman's Viking 92 Double Barrel is in 4th place with a 67-pound fish, and Joe Rahman's Viking 80 Auspicious rounds it out in 5th place with a 65-pound white.  A fleet of Vikings have been sitting pretty on the leaderboards amongst the 156 battlewagons looking for the big one. Some of those include the 45 Chain Reaction,Viking 48s Random Chaos and Fish On, the 50 Boy's Toy, the 52 Marlin Hunter, the 58 JT, Viking 62s Reel Toy, Intents and Big Oil, the 66 Torta, Viking 70s Mjolnirand Goin' In Deep, the Viking 72, along with Viking 80s Catch 23 and Amarula Sun. Today is the final day of fishing - good luck out there!

Viking at Lone Star Shootout

Once again, congratulations are in order for Jon Gonsoulin and his team on the Viking 70 Done Deal. Captain Jason Buck led the team to some fishy water to take both the overall tournament championship title and the top billfish release boat with a pair of blue marlin and another pair of whites.  Second place overall and 2nd place billfish release went to Mike Altman's Viking 50 Pandemonium crew. Captain Randal Gaines put his team on a blue marlin, five whites and a sailfish. Mike also claimed top angler.  Angler Lee Weidner wrangled the heaviest marlin at 514.5 pounds on Bimini Babe, Babe Appling's Viking 74. Top female angler was awarded to Julie Coulter on the Viking 55 Deez Nautz while Sam Moore, Jr. fishing on the Viking 52 Decarb was the top junior angler.  The Lone Star Shoot Out, fished out of Port O'Connor, Texas, hosted a fleet of 53 boats and raised almost $50,000 for the Houston Big Game Fishing Club.

Viking at Stone Harbor Billfish Tournament

This all-release event found solid action with 26 boats racking up an impressive 143 billfish releases over two days. The Viking 62 Polarizer, led by George Robinson of South Jersey Yacht Sales, took 1st place boat with 14 white marlin releases.  Polarizer angler Kurt von Seekam claimed 1st place IGFA angler while Captain Bill Davis received the Walt Hendee Captain's Award. Pictured above left to right, Captain Bill Davis, Jace Alzheimer, Greg Robinson, George Robinson, Jamie Diller, Erik Mateer and Kurt von Seekamm. Not pictured Matt Schad of Valhalla Yacht Sales.  Rachel Linus, fishing Bob Barbaro's Viking 55 Badger, was the top angler and top lady for her blue marlin and five whites. Second place angler was awarded to Joe Albano aboard Dave Anderson's Viking 72 Krazy Salt's. The Canyon Club Resort Marina via the Cape May Inlet was the perfect spot to get in on the bite at the Middle and Northern Canyons.

Viking at White Marlin Open

With over 400 boats and $6 million up for grabs, this year's five-day WMO was a nail-biter. When the scale settled, Craig Dickerson sat at the top of the leader board with the Heaviest Blue Marlin. Fishing on the Viking 58 Haulin N Ballin, Craig's fish weighed in at 465.5 pounds and was worth almost $1 million. Ronnie Fields, fishing on the Viking 70 Mjolnir, had the 3rd Place Tuna at 145.5 pounds while 4th Place went to Mike Di Pascali on the Viking 62 The Right Place. Rich Kostzyu, aboard the Viking 60 Hubris, claimed 6th Place. Hubris also weighed in the 3rd Place Wahoo. A 39-pound dolphin, caught by Frank Sinito on the Viking 62 Irene, took 2nd Place in that division and Viking 72 angler Ryan Higgins' dolphin claimed 5th Place. The buzz of the week was the 277.5-pound mako caught on day 1 by Greg Robinson. Greg, fishing on the Viking 62 Polarizer, held onto the Big Fish pool all week and received a hefty check for his catch.

August 30, 2019

New Model: Viking 44 SC

Creating a model within a platform has been a successful path for Viking in it's smaller sub fifteen meters models, and this is continued in the 44 series already available as Convertible and Open models, which share the same hull with uniquely different deck and interior arrangements. The popularity of the 44 has encouraged Viking to expand the range with striking profiles and special features that showcase the New Jersey builder ability to broaden the appeal of this versatile hull.  Using its five-axis profile machine Viking designed and built a plug and a female mold to create a rakish fiberglass deck house module, fully open to the cockpit while incorporating stylish convertible window lines and a roof overhang. Built into finely tool hardtop is a pair of easily accessed rod stowage compartments.  The Viking 44 Sport Coupe has a distinctive New England or Great Lakes flavor for cruising efficacy and includes a choice of a custom fiberglass mast for the radar and other antennas, or a customized radar arch. In the eleven squared meter cockpit, the 44 SC sports the familiar starboard mezzanine seating arrangement of the popular 44 Open. Engine room access is provided with a convenient center line hatch that’s integral with the mezzanine seating. The SC has been engineered for the installation of a Seakeeper gyro stabilizer, which brings great stability to the sport cruiser to increase overall comfort.  The command deck includes our signature and tournament-proven center-line forward helm station on a raised platform for enhanced visibility. The console holds a bank of electronics displays, and has space for engine instrumentation and other accessories. Recessed compartments accommodate radios and additional equipment, plus accessory switches and controls.  A sliding companionway door and a large set of stairs with a starboard-side vertical handrail lead to the climate-controlled salon. With its five meter short beam, the widest of any boat in this class, the salon is a spacious social area for relaxing and entertaining. The starboard-side galley, which sits opposite an L-shaped lounge with a dinette table, includes teak cabinetry with meticulous joinery and fit and finish, expansive Corian counter tops, an electric range, separate under-counter refrigerator and freezer units and a microwave/convection oven. Other notable amenities include a stereo system with a flat screen HD TV.  In the forward master stateroom, the island queen bed with mattress has a lift-up top with gas pistons and maple-lined storage underneath. There's also a maple-lined hanging locker. Air conditioning, a 19-inch flat screen television and access to the head and shower round out the standard amenities.  The head has custom Amtico flooring, a one-piece molded Corian countertop with rounded edges and a sink with a satin nickel faucet. With its two-person berth, the aft guest stateroom can accommodate another couple and makes for a nice hideaway for the kids.  Twin Man 800hp diesels serve as the standard propulsion package. The engine-room, lazarette, forward bilge and anchor locker are all painted with Snow White Awlgrip for maximum visibility and easier maintenance. A Delta-T engine-room ventilation system, an oil exchange system and an Onan 13.5 kW E-QD Series generator are just some of the standard mechanical and electrical equipment.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.74 m (45.1ft)
Beam - 4.98 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 22679 kg
Fuel Capacity - 3093 l
Water Capacity - 454 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man i6 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft

August 29, 2019

Project: Van Den Hoven Voyager 61

Van den Hoven from the Netherlands has unveiled the dynamic design for an all new Voyager 61 flybridge motoryacht, a result of years of research and design and client consultation.  Construction has started on the first of these spacious all-aluminium fast-displacement yachts that will allow owners to cover distances in good time and exceptional comfort. With more people looking to enjoy a areas such as the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and beyond, Van den Hoven decided to branch out and create a fast yacht in aluminium, developed with one of the leading Dutch designers in this field, Rene van der Velden for exterior and interior, and hull shape by Fred Dorresteijn.  Der Helden has successfully retained the characteristic Van den Hoven lines while drawing an exciting motor yacht. Recognizing that owners will spend a lot of time outdoors as they explore new grounds, the Voyager 61 makes excellent use of the available al fresco spaces. A large flybridge comfortably accommodates eight people who will enjoy the pleasures of the outside galley and the sun loungers. The foredeck also features large sun beds while the aft deck is a pleasant spot for shaded relaxation in the open air. The overall goal of the interior design was to achieve the finest possible blend of space, lightness and transparency, offering a very comfortable living space. A large open galley on the main deck is connected to the lounge and dining room, with one flowing piece of furniture bringing simplicity to the layout while generating a lot of space in optical terms. In a similar vein, the lower deck uses glass walls and doors in the bathrooms to create a unified space. Meanwhile, the extensive use of glass as part of the superstructure further complement the light and airy ambiance on the Voyager 61. The views are excellent too. The last piece of the jigsaw for the Voyager 61 was to create a hull that synthesizes comfort, speed and low fuel consumption. This has been successfully achieved by teaming up with award-winning Dutch naval architect Fred Dorresteijn. The hull has the smallest possible stern surface thanks to an ascending keel line from forward to aft, minimizing resistance and swell when going slower than hull speed.  Speed estimates are for 21 knots from only twin Volvo 725hp and weight of over 42 tones.  Thanks to serious interest noted and based on the many remarks, observations and wishes Van Den Hoven is planning to expand the series with a 70 and a 79 feet Voyager models.  

August 28, 2019

John Erin Edson 1932 - 2019

Founder of Bayliner John Orin Edson, a dreamer and a powerhouse in the recreational marine industry, died on August 27, at age 87. From founding Bayliner to owning super yachts and investing in Westport Shipyards, he had an extraordinary, long-lasting, impact on yachting. Born in 1932, Edson was a boating entrepreneur, from an early age. He grew up boating with his family on Lake Washington in Seattle. When he was just 13, he built his first boat with money from his paper route. He then turned to boat racing on Lake Washington in his teens. The Korean War, where he served in the U.S. Army, interrupted his college years. The lack of a formal degree did not dissuade him upon his return, however. In fact, Edson began building wooden sailboats in the garage of his Washington State home when he came back. Together with his brother Walt, he began selling them in an open lot in Seattle in 1955. Wood-hulled motorboats soon followed. The first year’s success allowed them to start selling other brands, too, in just their second year. Advance Outboard Marine, their dealership, exceeded the $1-million sales mark in 1960. With business booming, and more locations opening, Edson rebranded the company Bayliner Boats. It’s no exaggeration to say that Bayliner revolutionized boat buying. Edson believed a Bayliner should be a reliable, affordable boat for any family. Furthermore, he introduced the Total Value Package, offering a Bayliner boat, motor, and trailer for one price. Before this, each item sold separately. For perspective, consider that in 1982, a Bayliner 1600 Capri, with an outboard and trailer, cost just $6,295. By the time Edson sold Bayliner to Brunswick Corporation in 1986, the brand was worth $425 million. Edson was not yet done with boating and in 1993, he took delivery of Evviva, a 161-foot custom super yacht from Admiral Marine Works. Notably, she was an all-composite super yacht, in an era where naysayers said the material was unsuitable for such a large project. Evivva went on to prove them wrong, winning multiple awards. The yacht still cruises today, as Aurora A.  Evivva also served as a prototype for the Westport 164 series.  Edson became the owner of hull number two in the Westport 164 series in 2006, nine years after becoming the shipyard’s majority shareholder. Naturally, he christened the yacht Evivva, loosely meaning “cheers” or “to life” in Italian.  Edson and his family cruised the world aboard each yacht. In 2014 Edsoin sold his interest in Westport to the Chouest family, selling Evivva the following year.  A noted philanthropist, Edson established the J. Orin Edson Foundation, which supports educational and healthcare causes. He and his wife Charlene donated $50 million to Arizona State University earlier this year. The funds were earmarked for research and education on dementia.  Edson leaves behind his wife Charlene, two sons Jack and Mark, and grandsons John, Alex, Coral, and Mark.

New Model: Dutch Craft 56

Dutch Craft is a new brand founded by Zeelander, who present with this 56 its first model.  The Dutch Craft 56 is versatility made into a yacht, and you can add utilities in the name as in plural for the various task this sport yacht is able to do.  Available in Cabin or Open version, all this centering around the main deck.  In open version the main  deck is open as pictured above, while in cabin this will be enclosed making it a fully glassed but cozy deck space.  The Dutch Craft 56 offers a three cabins lower deck interior with an owners cabin forward, a twin guest berth to starboard, and a single berth to port side.  A crew cabin is located aft in between the cabin area and the engine room.  The Dutch Craft is standard powered with Volvo 435hp engines and IPS pod drives.  Options exist for larger 725hp Volvo engines, and John Deere 1300hp with Jet drives.  The versatility of the Dutch Craft 56 is also seen in the option to upgrade fuel capacity from the standard three thousand liters to 4500, this increasing range by another 250 nautical miles and up to 750 nautical miles with a fast cruise of about 25 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.07 m (56ft)
Waterline Length - 15 m
Beam - 5.13 m
Draft - 0.95 m exl props and drives, 1.10 m with IPS pod drives
Displacement - 17 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l, or 4500 l long range option
Water Capacity - 850 l
Accommodation - five berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Max Persons - 36 CE C, 12 persons in CE A 
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp, D11 725hp, John Deere 13.5l 1300hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives, optional Doen DJ152 jet drives 
Speed - 40 knots max, 25 knots cruise
Range - 500 nm at 25 knots, 750 nm in long range version
Construction - Vinilester resin applied infusion method and sandwich PVC core
Project - Mulder for naval architecture, Dutch Craft
Certification - CE A/B, UCSG and ECB, IACS

August 27, 2019

Project: Sessa FX5

Sessa present this project, code named FX5 to what so far seems to be a project dedicated for the Brazilian market, and requested by the South American dealership. Is not this a lost occasion to what really looks a World boat, and a replacement to the long standing Fly 54 updated recently but produced since 2009. Designed by Davide Cipriani design firm and the Lombardy boat builder, the pair with the FX5 have designed a model created to satisfy the specific needs of a growing Brazilian American market, the main characteristics of this new flybridge yacht fitted with Volvo Penta engines are maximum live-ability and comfort, natural light and open spaces created for a convivial lifestyle.  Beauty, attention to detail, style and cutting-edge technology are the key drivers of this project, which should launch in around 2020. Designed specifically with Brazilians in mind, the layout features three cabins plus the crew cabin, sleeping a total of seven. The day zone is dominated by a vast living room with huge windows that offer some striking views. The coatings and finishes are those typically found on Sessa yachts, with their reputation for quality. The excellent distribution of space on board is designed to offer maximum comfort and unparalleled opportunities to socialize: the living room, for example, has enough sofas and armchairs to seat twelve people, while the Flybridge with its carbon fiber T-Top is furnished as an open air living room, offering an L-shaped sofa, a low table, a cabinet, a sink and a grill or, optionally, a cooking top, as well as a solarium area around the helm station. The exterior spaces are both spacious and welcoming, reflecting how Brazilian owners typically use their boats, with various cooking units and classic sun lounging areas allowing the outdoor areas to be exploited to the full throughout the day. The main materials used for the interiors are nubuck, mirrored surfaces, lacquer and a mixture of grey oak wood varieties.  The engines will be two Volvo with IPS pod drive propulsion with a possiblity to fit the FX5 also hybrid engine currently being in the works.

August 26, 2019

New Model: Fjord 44 Coupe

The Fjord 44 Coupe complements the stylish puristic open layout characteristic with a luxurious and streamlined glassed deck house. The arc-saloon as Fjord calls it is a multi-functional structure, built with genuine glass, stainless steel and high quality composites. It incorporates a stylish arc design and enhances the use case of this Fjord. Two side doors at the front, two electric windows at the sides, an electric sunroof and a majestic twin sliding door at the back make the arc-saloon as versatile as possible.  The interior accommodation of the Fjord 44 Coupe is offered in two layouts, with the option offering a second two berth L-shaped cabin at midships.  In standard form this area is a free luggage space.  Fjord 44 Coupe is powered by standard Volvo 370hp or optional 480hp engines, with IPS pod drives.  Standard engines offer speeds up to thirty knots while option goes up to 36.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.45 m (44.2ft)
Hull Length - 11.9 m
Beam - 4.25 m
Draft - 1.14 m
Displacement - 11.2 t
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 295 l
Accommodation - two berths in one cabin, or four berths in two cabins
Max Persons - 12
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 370hp, D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 30 knots with 370hp, 36 knots with with 480hp
Construction - vacuum infused with vinilester resin, and isoptalic resin
Certification - CE B, ISO 8666 for dimensions

August 25, 2019

Project: Alia 55m

Alia is delighted to announce the signing of the contract for the construction of Project Al Waab II, a 55 meter sub-500 GT super yacht with exterior and interior design, as well as naval architecture and Class engineering, from the creative desk of Dutch firm Vripack.  The project is the result of great teamwork between Alia Yachts, Vripack and SF Yachts, who played a key role as coordinator between the designers, the builders and the owner’s guidelines. With delivery scheduled for Summer 2021, Alia 55m will have a more detailed press presentation during the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show featuring further details and visuals.

August 24, 2019

Bilgin Super Yacht Fire in Mallorca

Super Yacht D'Angleterre caught fire on 24th August around 1500 hours in Mallorca near Es Trenc beach in the Southern tip of the Balearic island.  Fifteen people where rescued from this accident by two coast guard boats, with the captain and two crew members trying there best to stop the fire up until 1700 hours.  A fire fighting plane was later brought in to stop the blaze.  
D'Angleterre is a Bilgin 110 Sky build in Turkey in 2008 of wood in the cold molded method to a Mahir Bestas design.  This Bilgin super yacht sleeps twelve guests in six cabins, with crew accommodation for five in three cabins.  D'Angleterrre can reach speeds up to seventeen knots and was last refitted in 2019. 

Improve-it = Hatteras 100RPH

In July 2019 Hatteras delivered the fifth and last of the 100RPH series.  The fifth hull was named M/Y Optimus and is the most customized build of this semi custom thirty meter super yacht.  The most apparent of the customization are the hull extension of over two meters for an extra aft cockpit lowered deck usable also for fishing, and the electric blue custom paint for the flybridge top, radar arch, and side supports.  The Hatteras 100RPH comes from a collaboration with Italian designer Enrico Gobbi, and featured interior choices for five or four double cabins.  Power for the 100RPH is from standard twin Cats 1900hp or optional MTU 2600hp engines.  The 100 is to be replaced by the 105RPH of which the first hull is currently under construction.

August 22, 2019

New Model: Monte Carlo MCY 76

Monte Carlo has completed what it is calling its new Vision act with the launch of its MCY 76 at a private event in the Gulf of Trieste on 7 July 2019.  The Vision is the second act of Monte Carlo Yachts which was started in 2009, and in 2010 launched its first MCY 76 model.  The Vision series of three models was announced during the January 2019 Dusseldorf boat show with the presentation of the MCY 70.  The Monte Carlo Yachts Vision is an evolution of the species and see Italian design team of Nuvolari Lenard stream line the details.  The new MCY 76 Vision represents an important change as it represents the first Monte Carlo model, and also ten years of the head lining motor yacht brand of the Beneteau Group.  The new MCY 76 is recognizable from the previous model for the large window serving the forward VIP stateroom, and the radar arch on the flybridge replacing the central mast of the previous model.  Dimensions are more or less the same of the models, but the new 76 is six tons heavier and takes one thousand more of fuel capacity.  Engines are also bigger, with the previous bigger choice of twin 1400hp Man now being the standard, and a 1550hp added as option.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.06 m (75.7ft)
Beam - 5.75 m
Displacement - 52 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 5000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, three/ four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp, 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max 24 knots cruise
Construction - fiberglass, kevlar, and carbin fiber
Project - Nuvolari Lenard
Certification - CE A

August 21, 2019

Motor Yacht Crashes Into Tourist Ferry in Salina

On twentieth August in the morning at about 11:30 hours a tourist ferry of the Sicily Tour company departing from Capo D'Orlando with some 350 passengers crashed into a motor yacht, in the vicinity of Salina island in the Eolian islands archipelago.  The accident left five persons injured of which one in grievous condition, who was helicoptered to a hospital in Messina.  The motor yacht passengers suffered no injuries, besides a shock for the crash which left a signature hole damage in the port side of the bow.  The passenger ferry suffered also important damage to its starboard side The motor yacht was later transferred to Lipari harbor, while the passenger ferry was directed to the Santa Marina harbor in Salina.  At the base of investigation is a right of way which according to initial data was not given to the motor yacht.
The motor yacht looks a wooden construction possibly a Canados or similar of about eighteen meters in length build in around the 1980's.  If someone knows more we can report accordingly.

Project: Horizon FD70

Horizon announces the project for a new FD70, entry level of its Fast Displacement line.  So far we have little details about this project set to launch in 2020, which the company is describing as game changer in its size.  Game changer for offering the choice of a five cabin layout, and a master stateroom on the forward part of the main deck.  Horizon Fast Displacement series was launched in 2015 with the FD85 designed by Cor D.Rover, and since then the range has expanded to six models, three of which in the water, and three in project stages including this upcoming FD70 model.

August 20, 2019

Princess Fire in Port Adriano

An eight meter Princess sport cruiser caught fire on August 20 at around 1100 hours in Port Adriano Mallorca.  Two persons where on-board, one of which the fifty year old was rushed to a hospital via helicopter suffering burns to 70% of his body.  His father of seventy was taken to a nearby medical clinic suffering from a heart shock.  The small Princess was totally lost to the fire.  Port Adriano is one of the most famous marinas in Mallorca and is located in the South West of the Balearic island.
The Princess 266 Riviera was produced from 1987 to 1990 and was the entry level model for the British boat builder in that period.  The 266 Riviera offered a four berth interior accommodation in a two plus two layout, and was powered from twin Volvo 151 to 205hp petrol gas, or 130hp diesel engines.

New Model: Sunseeker Predator 60 Evo

Sunseeker is proud to release details of an exciting new model, the Predator 60 Evo. Set to make its world premiere at this year’s Southampton boat show in around mid September, the latest exterior and interior design of the new Predator is a credit to the influence of the Poole's boat builder Design and Technology Center.  Sporty and sleek, the Predator 60 Evo is an evolution of the Predator 57 launched in 2015 and the first model of Sunseeker’s major new product development plan with innovative stand out features and a truly sophisticated interior design.  The superstructure exemplifies the very latest in Sunseeker’s cutting-edge design which includes an all-new window line and powered carbon fiber hardtop with glazed panels, both helping to flood the interior with natural light. The hull retains its iconic glazing design and is now embellished with polished stainless-steel detailing. Customers can even opt from a choice of bespoke paint finishes, enabling them to create a Sunseeker that will be truly unique.  Central to its appeal, the cleverly engineered cockpit door mechanism allows it to open conventionally but also lower itself into the sole of the yacht, connecting the outdoor and indoor living spaces seamlessly.  Embracing a bold design direction, the model features all-new interior styling, furnishings, textures and materials; the Predator 60 Evo delivers a sophisticated, modern yet sporty style to surprise any owner.  The beautifully proportioned and ergonomically designed helm console is part of a wider focus on technology that Sunseeker will be rolling out across all its new models. The latest Simrad touch screen display enhances the customer experience with a simplified and intuitive user interface allowing integrated control of all essential systems.  Featuring six berths in three cabins, below deck replicates the sophisticated furnishings and flawless design on the main deck. The full-beam master stateroom, which is located amidship with ensuite, has been finished in a contemporary style with a key focus on textures, fabrics and light.  In addition, a fully appointed single berth crew cabin, together with a tender garage as standard allows a Williams 325 Jet Rib to be carried and launched via the hydraulic bathing platform.  The Predator 60 Evo certainly doesn’t sacrifice performance for style. Available with a range of engine and drive systems including the all new Volvo 1000hp engines on shafts capable of speeds of up to 34 knots, it cuts an impressive figure on the open water matched to exemplary seakeeping and agility.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.24 m (59.96ft)
Beam 4.70 m
Draft - 1.30 m
Displacement - 27900 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 34 knots top speed with Volvo 1000hp and line shaft propulsion
Project - Sunseeker Design and Technology Center

August 19, 2019

Project: Maritimo M78 One

During the Sydney 2019 boat show Maritimo announced the M One range, which will feature three models; M51, M72, and a new M78 flagship.  The M78 Flybridge Motoryacht we present here unveils the full extent of scope of customization that Maritimo One now offers.  This design sees customization to hull, engineering, exterior moldings and interior layout. Utilising the M70 Flybridge motoryacht as its base platform, the customization has been concentrated on creating the ultimate adventuring and entertaining motoryacht.  The extended hull and running surface make way for an expansive adventure deck complete with integrated davit in port hull side, and storage of tender. The hydraulic rotating swim platform then further increases deck for lounging and entertaining at anchor. The extended adventure deck then transforms the original M70 Flybridge motoryacht cockpit into an entertainment and lounging mezzanine deck with L-Shape lounge and dining, aft euro lounge and port side entertainment unit with electric grill, sink, refrigeration, rubbish, and storage. The extended flybridge deck and hardtop create added entertainment space with flybridge deck lounging, bar and powder room ensuite.  The Maritimo M78 One will feature a four cabin interior layout, with three shower heads, including a full beam midships located master stateroom.  Performance data is not yet announced.

August 18, 2019

Sunreef Yachts New Web Site

Sunreef Yachts presents its new virtual world wide web show room. Moving to Poland in 1992 French born Francis Lapp founded Sunreef Yachts in the year 2000 in Gdansk, Poland creating an innovative boat building company focusing on luxurious custom made catamarans. The success for Sunreef is to be seen today after nineteen years and the delivery of over one hundred yachts, being sailing or power with a size going from twelve up to 64 meters, including a 210 Power Trimaran in project stages.  Sunreef has made some important milestones since its founding from the launch of the 70 Power in 2008, to the receiving of eighteen awards with the first two in 2011, and last three in 2019.  Sunreef offers three distinctive ranges: Power which offers eleven models from 40 to 210 feet, Sailing with fourteen models from 50 up to 165, and the Supreme range with four models from 68 to 88 feet in both power and sailing. The new Sunreef website is available in five languages: English, French, Russian, Polish, and German and takes around with the following buttons; About Us, Power Range, Sailing Range, Supreme Range, Services, News and Events, and Contact Us.  Sunreef is also on social media with a link at the bottom of the page taking you to its; Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Youtube, Vimeo, Issuu, Instagram, and Pinterest pages.
Production History (Power models only):
70 Power 2008-15 (13)
60 Power 2012-14 (5)
Supreme 68 2016-17 (4)
40 Open Power 2018 (2)
80 Power 2019- (11
60 Power (ii) 2020- (4
100 Power 2021- (1
70 Power (ii) 2021- (1

August 17, 2019

Project: Baglietto 43m Explorer

Baglietto present the project for a 43m Explorer designed by the Italian firm Santa Maria Magnolfi, who conceived a view to creating a real Explorer Yacht capable of ensuring maximum seaworthiness, comfort and safety in all sea conditions. The yacht was therefore designed after a painstaking analysis of all the features and functions required to use the super yacht all year round, in any possible climate, building on the stylistic heritage of different sectors: that of work boats, that of warships and, obviously, the world of yachting.  The watchword for this model is flexibility; the shipyard presenting the project including a landing pad for helicopter, this version is thought for an owner who likes to enjoy fishing or sailing with a small boat. Thus, new ideas have been worked out to satisfy different requests.  The 58 sq. m upper deck is entirely reserved for the owner. Depending on the needs, access to the entrance salon may be open to everyone or, alternatively, be limited, to obtain an entirely private deck. The size of the master cabin is truly unrivaled for a yacht in this class. The glazed surfaces on three sides offer an impressive open view forward. This version hosts outside on this deck, besides the enlarged dining area for 12 people, a 28 sport fisherman boat as well as a 6 meter rescue tender. The area is extremely versatile, as it can be fitted out to host glamorous parties or, conversely, be furnished with very simple, functional furniture when the dinghies are in the water.  A panoramic area with sofa and table has been placed in the bow area.  On the main deck, the large full-beam salon features an almost square layout and has ceiling-high windows on the bulwarks. The aft part has been completely redesigned in this version; moving the tenders up has given the possibility to open the back space and get a cozy conversation area under the shadow with a panoramic view and easy access to the sea thanks to a transformer system.  A winter garden, an area that is considered as “outdoor” but is in fact enclosed by glazed surfaces and air conditioned, works as a filter between the salon and the aft area. Being in a low center of gravity position, the winter garden can also be used as a salon when cruising in bad weather conditions or as a TV room.  The lower deck offers four guest cabins. Aft there is a wine cellar with controlled temperature and humidity and a cold room fully dedicated to the fish storage.  The interiors are characterized by large glazed surfaces letting in plenty of natural light and ensuring a constant interaction with the outside environment and landscape. Vertical elements with metal finishes convey a sense of safety and sturdiness indoors too and, alternating with the pleasant shades of natural materials, create the perfect backdrop for objects coming from far-away countries and telling compelling stories of remote lands, just like a Captain’s logbook. It is like an uninterrupted tale, where different experiences blend to breathe life into a harmonious atmosphere. Italian marbles and exotic woods are combined with ancient Moroccan straw mats and Indian silk fabrics; the large display cabinets and the wide shelves have been specifically designed to showcase precious objects gathered from seas across the globe. The utmost care has been devoted to the tiniest details throughout the yacht, so as to take guests on long, wonderful voyages in a variety of climate and sea conditions, making no compromises while always ensuring maximum on-board comfort.  The exteriors are often modular and can therefore be adapted to different needs: the outdoor dining area on the upper deck can be closed on the sides by means of sliding glazed doors.  An external staircase allows to reach the sundeck, which is a real observation area, furnished with a sunbed area but featuring a much more minimal style, with teak having been replaced by polished flooring, typical of ice breakers and work boats. On this deck stands a bridge house that has been designed using tubular elements drawing inspiration from the military world but featuring an elegant restyling and sophisticated finishes. The bridge house now works as a lifting platform, resulting in an observation point from which the Owner and his guests can catch sight of whales or simply enjoy the view.  On-board, there are separate, dedicated routes and staircases for the guests and the crew across all decks. The crew can use three direct exits, one on a bulwark on the main deck, one forward in the anchor area, and one on the navigation bridge. On the latter, the spacious 36 square meters deck house with indoor wings and a walk-around console is ideal for long-range cruises, also thanks to the glazed finish ensuring unmatched visibility and breathtaking views. The crew quarters develop over two decks and feature several areas, such as a laundry, storage areas and cold rooms, allowing to cover long stretches at sea without intermediate calls.

August 16, 2019

New Launch: Benetti 108 meter FB275

The final installment of Benetti’s Giga Season kicks off as the yard announces the successful delivery of the 108 meter flagship Giga yacht FB275, the longest yacht ever built by Benetti. Featuring exterior design and decor by RWD and interiors by Benetti’s in-house design team. Onboard amenities such as her large swimming pool, on board cinema, fire pit and treasure trove of water toys make her live up to her Giga yacht status.  FB275 is the longest of three hundred plus meter super yachts built simultaneously by Benetti at its Italian facilities.  The 108-metre flagship departed Benetti’s yard in Livorno on July 26.  The departure of FB275 marks a significant milestone for the leading Italian shipyard. With a steel hull, aluminium superstructure and a naval architecture by Pierluigi Ausonio, the 108-metre FB275 is the longest Giga yacht ever to be delivered by Benetti. She features 14.5 meters beam, a draft of 4.4 meters and a gross tonnage of 3,367 tonnes. After four sea trials she is now accredited with Lloyd Certification.  With a fuel tank capacity of 345,000 liters and powerful twin MTU 3862hp engines, she has a maximum speed of 18.5 knots and an autonomous range of 6500 nm at 14 knots. Benetti’s new flagship Giga yacht also boasts an electric Schottel stern SPJ pump jet to enable the yacht to travel distances powered entirely by electric propulsion.  From the large heated swimming pool on the Main Deck to her treasure trove of yacht toys and tenders accommodated on board, the FB275 is a Giga yacht built for embracing the very best of the yacht life. In addition to her two fourteen meter tenders together with a  ten meter custom tender and a total of eight jet skis, she boasts more than 1000 square meters entirely devoted to outdoor living spaces. The Observation Deck is a highlight on board, providing breathtaking evenings under the stars, while on the Bridge Deck a 1.5-metre fire pit sets the scene for cosy nights at sea. The Owner’s Deck features its own private al fresco dining and relaxation areas, while on the Main Deck a vast dining table provides the perfect setting for an evening of al fresco fine dining. FB275 accommodates up to 22 guests on board in absolute comfort and luxury, tended to by a yacht crew of 29.  The Benetti’s Giga Season officially kicked off with the builds of three 100+ metre Giga yachts at the Benetti facilities in Italy. To rise to the enormous challenge of building three luxury Giga yachts of this size concurrently, Benetti heavily invested in their company processes, as well as their Livorno facilities. A fully ENAC – Italian Civil Aviation Authority – compliant helipad was installed for the comfort and convenience of clients and their staff, while two new 58.5 x 137-metre sheds enabled Benetti to massively increase its productivity. Both sheds are equipped with two gantry cranes with a maximum capacity of 40 tonnes.  The development by Benetti of the three Giga yachts construction program has also required the creation of an exceptional team of experts specialized in large yacht construction. Benetti is one of the very few shipyards in the world with the capabilities to build yachts exceeding 100-meters in length. This is part of a long-term plan for Benetti, and it is, indeed, the dawn of the Giga yacht in Italy. For the first time, an Italian private yard will be a serious competitor in the international 100+ meter luxury yacht market. With FB275 now delivered to her owners, the handover of the 107-metre FB277 will follow shortly, followed by the delivery of FB272 in the second half of the year.
Technical Data:
LOA - 108 m (354.3ft)
Beam - 14.5 m
Draft - 4.4 m
Displacement - 3367 t
Fuel Capacity - 345000 l
Accommodation - 22 guests in eleven cabins, 29 crew in fifteen cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 3862hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 18 knots top speed, 14 knots cruise
Range - 6500 nm at 14 knots
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - RWD exterior and decor, Benetti interior. Pierluigi Ausonio naval architect 
Certification - Lloyds

August 15, 2019

Project: Tornado 54

Tornado presents this new 54 project which is also the setting for its new yacht division for yachts above fifty feet.  The 54 is a new direction for Tornado which for the first time ventures into center console walk around territory. So far the Rome builder in it's story has produced open cruisers and yachts, and a sportfish yacht model.  The Tornado 54 is a sport yacht with full usable exterior spaces, from fore to aft, welcoming guests with two double sun-pads, two L-shaped dinettes, and in all this also features a spacious three cabin six berth interior, and crew cabin.  The Tornado 54 will be powered by standard twin 600hp Volvo with IPS pod drives good for top speeds up to 39 knots, or Man 800hp with surface drives which will allow high performances up to fifty knots.  

August 14, 2019

Canados Super Yacht Thriller in Ponza

A Canados 27 meter super yacht with Dutch flag had an incredible Summer 2019 story in the Ponza archipelago full of thrill and drama, which started in early July with engine problems near the island of Palmarola.  After a few days then it was again that this Canados hit the Zirri reef in Ponza damaging the hull and rescued by the DMD salvage squad which patrols the island.  After this the Canados yacht was taken for repairs in a yard in Ponza which when completed, and at the moment of payment the captain showing himself as owner of the Canados, a 42 year old business man from Rome, who works in between the Italian capital city and Livorno.  Unfortunately the payments left to the shipyard resulted to be false, as was a Rolex left as guarantee.  But this was not the end, as this Canados yacht again hit a reef in Ponza with bigger damage on 11 August at 1100 hours, and was again rescued by the DMD squad.  After the save the captain somehow disappeared from Ponza, taking the first fast ferry and then being spotted in the Marina of Pisa.  After all this the Italian police force investigating the matter, found the real owner of the Canados yacht who is a 63 year businessman from Milan who deciding to sell the super yacht allowed a three day sea trial to the Rome buyer, who after this special allowance escaped with the yacht.  The real owner of the Canados has since then according to reports settled the pending payments.
This Canados is an 88 model, custom build to order super yacht built of wood, in late eighties up until the early nineties.  It featured an interior of four double guest cabins and four bathrooms, and is powered by twin GM of 1440hp engines which allowed for cruise speeds of twenty knots and top speeds of just over 25.  Two Canados 88 have been build with the model being an evolution of the 85 delivered in six units.

August 13, 2019

Explorer Cruiser Hits Reef in Tavolara Sardinia

On the evening on Friday, thirtieth August a fourteen meter explorer cruiser with German flag hit a reef near the Island of Tavolara, Olbia in the North East part of Sardinia.  The exact position of the accident happened in between Don Diego point and Red Islet.  Immediately the Italian Coast Guard of Olbia dispatched one of its vessels to assist in the matter.  Of the seven crew on-board none suffered injuries and where transported on land by another pleasure boat.  The Olbia Coast Guard also made sure of the safety of the Explorer Cruiser and guaranteed that no oil was dropped and no damage to the environment took place.  The fourteen meter motor cruiser was later on removed from the area and taken to a boat yard for repairs.  
Tavolara area in Sardinia is one of those zones where it seems every year we hear of a boat hitting a reef.  In this case seeing the anchor chain it seems the fourteen meter explorer cruiser might also have drifted, and reports also said that the boat actually ended in a protected area where it is not allowed to anchor or navigate.  This boat seems to escape me, the construction is wood and the design looks a bit Spanish possibly eighties and or nineties.  Anyways those who know something please leave a comment below.

Magnum Lost to Fire in Porto Ercole

A Magnum is like a unique peace, so when a 45 gets a fire, then lost and sank it is always a bad news.  This Magnum 45 went ablaze on thirteen August when cruising some one nautical mile away from the coast around Punto Avoltore, to the South West of Porto Ercole.  All the persons on-board have been saved, but unfortunately the Magnum 45 did not make it and succumbed to the fire and then ultimately sank in sixty meters of deep sea water.
The Magnum is in this fire is a 45, second model to come from the Filippo Thoedoli era which started in 1976 and brought so much success to the US legendary brand.  Designed as nearly all Magnum's by Jim Wynn and Walt Walters the 45 had an interior of a single cabin and optional two cabins version with bunk second guest cabin, and was powered twin by GM 650 or optional 735hp with line shaft or surface drive propulsion.  Selling in about forty units the Magnum 45 was replaced by the bit larger 50 Bestia in 1994.

New Model: Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht Series II

Riviera presents the new 4800 Sport Yacht Series II, part also of the new Platinum edition for all the three Sport Yacht models. Indeed, so significant were the model refinements that Riviera has designated it a Series II, recognizable outside by the full glazing window on the hull side.  Improving on an already very popular model, however, is no easy task. The original 4800 spent twelve months in design and development to optimize the aesthetics and space utilization. The 4800 emerged from this process as a masterpiece in every sense, as intellectual as it is functional.  First of the new features is an extended swim platform with flowing curves to the outboard ends. It is the gateway to a generous garage that accommodates a 2.7-metre RIB with the help of guide rails and Muir winch.  Next on the features list is a cockpit wet bar including bench-top, refrigerator, ice-maker, sink with folding tap and double electric BBQ, serviced by an extraction fan and fold-down lid.  Twin electric individually operated opening sunroofs fill the cockpit with light and fresh air. Slide back the stainless steel-framed glass door; open out the awning window and the cockpit flows into the saloon as one unified space. Step inside and you’re then welcomed by the walnut’s warmth and drawn in by the views.  A saloon cocktail cabinet with bottle storage drawer and drawers for glass storage is another excellent addition to the vessel’s entertainment attributes. The galley is equipped for anything from a weekend to a week on the water, with the Platinum Edition featuring new solid-surface bench tops.  Further rewards are in store in the accommodation deck as floor space has been increased in the forward mater stateroom, along with a larger starboard hanging locker, three-drawer chest and 32-inch TV.  For a perfect night’s sleep, a king-size walk-around berth with innerspring mattress and storage under berth, including drawers and gas struts for easy access. The bed base is luxuriously finished in leather and fine cabinetry. A superbly appointed private bathroom completes the master suite. While hull windows either side of the bed bring in natural light and accent the outside views.  A warm and inviting second stateroom features twin-single beds to port that slide together to create a double and a further single bed to starboard. Continuous glass hull windows to both port and starboard feature opening port holes. This is a perfect stateroom for family or guests. A second bathroom forward of the guest stateroom also serves as the day head.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.70 m (51.6ft)
Hull Length - 13.8 m
Beam - 4.61 m
Draft - 1.25 m
Displacement - 18565 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2100 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Accommodation - five berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS15 800 dual propeller forward looking pod drives
Certification - ISO8666 for dimensions

August 12, 2019

Classic Giorgi on Fire in Ancona

It was to be the first outing of the season, for this classic ten meter Giorgi flybridge cruiser titled m/y Maestrale with Italian Pesaro registration and owned for twenty years by the same ownership.  As Maestrale left the harbour of Marina Dorica in Ancona on twelfth August around noon direction South to Portonovo the alarm started to ring.  The owner took everything off, and tried to turn the fire off as m/y Maestrale with help from a breezy wind went full ablaze in a couple minutes, and was turned off around 1400 hours.  The passengers of five suffered nothing apart a shock, also thanks to a nearby boat which assisted and boarded the Maestrale passengers to safety.  The fire has been reported to have started in the engine room, with the owner asking a question that it might have been an engine component.  This fire seems to have also started a call from the fire fighting squad in Ancona who said they need better equipment for these type of accidents, especially to what regards water craft able to fire fight in open sea. 
This Giorgi is the X10 S model, a flybridge motor cruiser produced in Italy from 1979 till the mid late eighties. 37 units have been build with hull one the prototype as was usual at the time in Italy being all of wood, and then eventually moving to a fiberglass hull and wood super structure, and then to a complete fiberglass build.  The Giorgi X10 S has a cult following in South Italy, thanks to its deep-V seaworthy hull and strong solid fiberglass construction.  The late versions where powered by Iveco's or Cummins 270hp.  The boat was designed by Italian firm Yankee Delta of Massimo Gregori and Fulvio de Simoni.  

August 11, 2019

Riva lost to fire in Porto Cervo

A 21 meter Riva motor yacht was lost to fire in front of Porto Cervo on the evening of eleventh August, fortunately with no consequences to the eight passengers on-board.  The Riva Dolce Vita and the eight persons aboard; husband and wife, five kids and the yacht captain where having a day of relax in a bay located in close proximity to the famous Porto Cervo yacht marina.  The fire was noted when re-entry to harbor was being prepared and the main engines did not start.  A check in the engine room resulted in a fire already ablaze.  The eight passengers where saved by a nearby super yacht of thirty meters.  The fire could still be seen in the late evening around all the Orange Gulf area, that is until 2100 hours when the motor yacht then sank in fifty meters of deep sea water.
This Riva is a 21 Dolce Vita model, produced from 1997 till 2004, and comes from a design of Mauro Micheli of Officina Italiana design.  Over twenty units have been build of this motor yacht which usually stands out from other similar sized motor yachts, not only for it's Riva pedigree but for its sporty low profile flybridge.

Project: Dynamiq GTT 135

Dynamiq present the project for a the GTT 135, the second-generation model in it's range of fast sport yachts that was introduced with 39m Jetsetter in 2017. Built on an efficient and comfortable, round-bilge platform, the all-aluminium yacht can reach a top speed of 21 knots with a transatlantic range of 3000 nautical miles at 12 knots with a pair of 1650hp Man. The new GTT 135 is half a meter wider and more than a meter longer than the previous model, but has retained a shallow draft of under two meters, which is ideal for cruising the Caribbean, Mediterranean or Asian islands. With the largest sundeck in her class, exceptional ceiling heights and five voluminous cabin, along with engineering and hydrodynamic design by Dutch naval architects Van Ossanen, and exterior by Dobroserdov the new GTT 135 is the perfect realization of super yacht quality and comfort in a relatively compact package. 

August 10, 2019

Super Yacht Crashes into Wharf

On the Saturday evening of ten August, super yacht Moatize smashed into Cairns Marina, in Queensland, Australia while attempting to moor.  The super yacht crashed into the trawler converted floating restaurant Prawn Star Cairns, which at the time was at the full sixty person capacity.  No one of the persons got injured, but some small boats to port side of Moatize did suffer an early demise. The captain of Moatize later reported that in doing a tight turn in entering the marina the starboard engine gear engagement got stuck in a forward position.  The floating restaurant Prawn Star Cairns had to close its doors due to the damage to its berthing pontoon, but the restaurant manager said re-opening should happen in a very short time.
Moatize is 45.6 meter super yacht build by British Pendennis in 1999 in aluminium, to an exterior design of Dubois and interiors by Redman Whiteley.  Pendennis 45.6 meter can accommodate up to twelve guests and is powered by twin 960hp Cats engines, which give her a top speed of fifteen knots and a cruise of thirteen, with a maximum cruising range up to six thousand nautical miles.

August 9, 2019

New Model: Sirena 88

Turkish shipyard Sirena Yachts has launched its flagship, the 88, which is due to debut later this year at the Cannes boat show 2019. The 26 meter super yacht, is the largest yet ever built by the Turkish yard. The composite hull was fully vacuum infused, using E-glass and vinylester resin.  The hull naval architecture and exterior looks are by German Frers while the interior design is by Cor D. Rover. The Sirena 88 is a raised pilothouse design and will feature a five-stateroom layout with a main-deck master with panoramic views. The master suite will have a sitting area to port along with a foldout balcony. To starboard will be a combination desk and dressing table. Forward, the head features distinctive windows that curve into the overhead to serve as skylights along with a walk-in double shower and private toilet compartment. The comfortable layout below decks features an amidships VIP suite and forward luxury guest cabin with private head will have a pair of en suite double guest staterooms between. A full beam crew area insulates the guest accommodations from the engine room, and provides accommodation up to four crew with a private sitting room and two cabins. The main-deck social area will have a large formal dining table with seating for ten, served by a nearby galley.  Aft is a seating with facing U-shaped and straight settees for guests, and opens through wide doors on the sheltered aft deck, where another dining area stretches across the transom. Port and starboard stairs lead to the swim platform, served by an opening beach club built into the transom.  The flying bridge is a social space, where the upper helm is located forward to starboard. A bar will serve yet another formal dining table while aft groupings of settees surrounded by large cocktail tables, and a whirlpool spa tub.  The fore-deck social area will be protected from wind and ensure privacy with high bulwarks, while a dipping pool will be flanked by sun pad lounge areas to either side.  German Frers enhanced the use of resin infusion construction and generous use of carbon fiber to reduce weight and optimize the vertical and longitudinal centers of gravity. The Sirena 88 reaches speeds up to 25 knots with twin Man 1550hp engines, and the optional large fuel tank allows a range up to 2400 nautical miles at a 9 knots economic cruising speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.81 m (87.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.95 m
Waterline Length - 23.94 m
Beam - 7.1 m
Draft - 1.80 m
Displacement - 82 t light
Fuel Capacity - 11000 l, 16500 l optional
Water Capacity - 2400 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, or eight guests in four cabins, three/ four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp, V12 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five blade nibral propellers
Speed - 25 knots with Man 1550hp, 9 knots economic cruise
Range - 2400 nm at 9 knots with optional large fuel tank
Construction - vacuum infused vinylester resin, cored hybrid carbon deck and super structure, gelcoat finish
Project - German Frers hull engineering and exterior design, Cor D.Rover Interior