September 30, 2019

Monthly News - September 2019

-pic of the month- Ferretti Group All Night Long

Azimut-Benetti Group Production Value at Nine Hundred Million

It couldn’t have been a better year for Azimut|Benetti Group, which closed fiscal 2018/19 while celebrating its fiftieth anniversary with value of production standing at €900 million, up about 10% on last year. Furthermore 260 units have been delivered, continuing the excellent performance put in last season.  Breaking down total sales, the leading market is the United States, where Azimut Yachts is the top-selling brand in the segment over 40 feet. Taken as a whole, the Americas represent 50% of the total, followed by Europe (29%), the Middle East and Africa (14%), and Asia Pacific with 7%. This year too, megayachts have played a central role in Group performance, with total sales of 51 units breaking down 35 Azimut Yachts and 16 Benetti.  The megayacht segment has grown faster than the average in the pleasure boat market (+15% vs 10%, according to the latest Deloitte Boating Market Monitor). In what is a consolidated strategy now, the company has successfully exploited this trend to extend and renew its range of products, positioning it where it has been for the last 19 years running, at the top of the Global Order Book, the annual ranking of megayacht builders drawn up by Boat International.  In more detail, at the Cannes Yachting Festival Azimut Yachts launched the new Grande collection flagship S10, which represents an icon of the brand’s 50 years in business and an emblem not only of the line’s unconventional character but also of how it embraces experimentation. Making their debut alongside S10 are S8 and 78 Fly, while Verve 47 will be visiting the Miami Boat Show in February 2020, and the new Grande Magellano 25 is planned for launch next spring in the Art Yacht Project version by Vincenzo de Cotiis.  But the brand is already hard at work on the development of its new generation flagships. Due out next season are a 38-meter Trideck, the largest yacht ever built by Azimut Yachts, of which three units have already been sold off-plan, followed by a 30-meter Magellano collection flagship.  Turning to Benetti, the Group’s Fiftieth Anniversary year saw the record-breaking launch of three giga yachts in the space of just 100 days, with the flagship (108 meters) delivered last July and two more awaiting delivery.  Benetti too, which has sold a full 10 yachts in the last 60 days alone, is gearing up to extend its range, adding not only new models but new product families too. The storied and successful Class line will have a new flagship in 2020, the new Diamond 145, as well as being joined by the new Oasis line inspired by a concept based on glamorous luxury. Three units have already been sold of the first 40-meter model in the line, which will be available next year. But the hectic activity surrounding the brand doesn’t stop here: Benetti is in fact ready to get to work on a new collection that pays tribute to the brand’s storied past. After two years of project analysis with the B.Yond project, a line of Smart Travellers that are ideal for long cruises, Benetti rediscovers the appeal and luxury of the 1960s and yachts built from steel, reinventing a product category of timeless yachts that will stay up-to-date for their entire lifetimes. The collection will be made up of three models (30, 37 and 44 meters) with the 37-meter yacht planned for launch in 2021. In order to implement this ambitious program, the Group (confirming its tradition of reinvesting most of the profits generated back into the company) expects to invest €115 million over the next three years to develop new products and upgrade production capacity.  The combination of new design and technology solutions is another key element of the company’s success. The technological challenge of the R&D office, which has strived from the outset to improve efficiency with a view to better comfort and sustainability, is at present focused on developing an agreement with one of the major international player of the electronic industry to produce an innovative hybrid system for the Group’s brands.  “This wonderful year has made me both happy and proud, as well as keeping us busy on so many fronts: new collaborations, new products, the Giga Season, our Azimut S6 at Times Square, and so many moments with our customers all around the world, who have testified to their confidence and esteem,” said Giovanna Vitelli, Azimut|Benetti Group Vice President. She continued, “Today more than ever, I am grateful to my father for having imprinted on this company the distinctive features that make it unique in the yacht industry: stability, reliability, quality and continuity. With the collaboration of a competent and capable management team, we are looking forward to a new season, confident that our business model will continue to bring rewards.”

Azimut Benetti Group Takes Seven Awards at World Yacht Trophies

The eighteenth edition of the World Yachts Trophies, organized in Cannes by the prestigious magazine Yachts France, once again recognizes the excellence of Made in Italy and pays tribute in particular to the leadership of the Group owned by the Vitelli family, which continues to bring innovation and creativity to the world of yachting.  In order of increasing size, Azimut Atlantis 45 received the interior design award in the category of yachts between 45 and 64 feet (13.70 and 19.50 meters), impressing the jury with the welcoming and sophisticated atmosphere created by Neo Design in partnership with the Avigliana-based shipyard. Its spacious structure, given by the design will to maintain the kitchen and dinette in the frontage position, boasts great functionality. The yacht features two cabins: the owner's cabin and a second one in the middle of the boat, with two beds that can be joined together, if required, to make a double bed. A third bed can also be added. And two bathrooms, both with separate shower cabins.  Azimut 78 Fly, the Fly Collection’s new flagship and a new-entry in the CarbonTech generation, won the layout award in the category of boats between 64 and 80 feet (19.50 and 24 meters). This ultra-innovative and hyper-technological boat makes an impression for its design: the futuristic and patinated exterior lines are signed by Alberto Mancini, while Achille Salvagni is the author of the sophisticated interior décor. This prestigious collaboration led to a perfect balance between extremely dynamic lines and very large volumes.  Recognized as one of the most innovative and interesting boats at the Show, the brand new Azimut S8, which won the “Best Evolution Product” award after the surprise announcement of its attendance shortly before the event. Modernity, grit, design and sportiness declined in their most elegant sense are the perks of this 24.63-meter yacht. The widespread use of Carbon Tech and triple propulsion Volvo Penta IPS takes this yacht to the top level of the technological innovation in its category. The S8’s layout is one of a kind features four cabins on the lower deck and a closed galley on an intermediate deck. The Main Deck concept is an alternation of lounge and dining areas, characterized by seamless continuity extending across the interior and exterior design. The exterior and interior designers are respectively Alberto Mancini and Francesco Guida. The Best Exterior Award for boats between 80 and 98 feet (24 and 30 metres) was won by the Azimut Grande S10. The S Collection flagship is a product of the partnership between Alberto Mancini for the exteriors and Francesco Guida for the interiors. The Azimut Grande S10 is a unique yacht, sporty and classy at the same time: the elegance of the megasailers, the architecture of a modern villa overlooking the sea and the sporty character of the automotive design have been cleverly combined in this 28 metres. These are three elements of great originality and undoubted charm that faultlessly coexist in this yacht and give it a new dimension. Thanks to this uniqueness and originality, Grande S10 won a second prize as "the most innovative boat of the year". With this model Azimut Yachts has gone beyond the standards of the market segment to trace a new path in the entire sector.  Giorgio M. Cassetta penned the exterior design of Benetti M/Y “Metis”, earning this 63-meter Custom yacht the top step on the podium in the Best Exterior Design category for yachts between 164 and 270 feet (50 and 82 meters). “Metis” design maximize the dynamic proportions of a yacht with an imposing long bow with vertical straight. The author of the external design defines her “a modern and timeless yacht, which reveals large volumes behind fluid lines and innovative peculiarities, such as the private deck. The design is minimal, while maintaining Benetti's sense of sophisticated elegance". The Interior architectural is designed by british studio Bannenberg & Rowell, the interior décor is a partnership between the Uk based studio with the german firm Birgit Otte Interior.  Finally, 107-meter Giga yacht Benetti FB277 won the award as “Yacht of the Year” in the category of boats over 270 feet in length (over 82 meters). One of the protagonists of the Benetti Giga Season, FB277 is powered by an electric diesel propulsion system and has interiors and exteriors designed entirely by Benetti. The hull is made from steel and the superstructure from aluminum. The key features include a large pool on the Sun Deck, a grand piano, a spa with hammam, a massage room with a gym, and a touch-and-go helipad. Its maximum beam is 15.2 meters and the gross tonnage is 3,300 tons.  From the outside, its elongated, linear profile emphasized by huge windows is designed for lovers of contemporary, minimal design, while the bow is sculpted to tackle even rough sea conditions with ease and comfort. At the stern, each deck ends with soft lines that extend downwards. The spaces dedicated to guests offer every possible comfort to enjoy during their adventure at sea.  In addition to these product prizes, Paolo Vitelli was presented with an “Outstanding Career” award. The jury wanted to reward his long career as an entrepreneur, driven by vision, product and production system innovation, and great strategic skills at the service of the global marketplace. Paolo Vitelli said: "In this long year of celebrations, we continue to receive awards and acknowledgements from a world that I have always loved and to which I have dedicated the past few decades. The Cannes Yachting Festival in particular has offered us some truly unique moments, with the announcement of our brilliant results last year, the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our international customers at a magical evening event, and our gratification at the great interest and appreciation shown for our latest models, testifying to how the yachts built by our two brands excel in all categories, from 12 up to 100 meters. I could not have imagined a better conclusion for this boat show.”

Bavaria Adds More Style and Comfort to the S-Line

With the new attractive Style equipment package, Bavaria is bestowing even more equipment and even more comfort on its motorboats in the S-Line. And there is also a price advantage of twenty percent on the style options for the motorboats from the Bavaria S29 to the Bavaria S45.  From the anchor to the teak on the cockpit floor and the bathing platform, the new Style equipment package for the Bavaria S-Line offers more than 15 important options that provide even more comfort on board a S29, S30, S33, S36, S40 or S45.   The bow thruster makes every harbor manovring easier and the Bennet trim tabs ensure sporting, economical, safe handling.  On deck, the sunpad on foredeck, the Fusion Marine audio package and the fridge in the cockpit invite to a relaxing day at sea. In the evening, the motorboats in the Bavaria S-Line become an exclusive lounge area with the light packages on and below deck.  Equipment details such as electric WCs, leather-covered handrails, high-quality mattresses and blinds in the cabins and the saloon offer further luxury with the perfect feeling of well-being. By the way, you can save twenty percent on the equipment in the STYLE package on all models in the S-Line. 

Evo Yachts Wins Best Exterior Design

After scoring a huge success when it made its world premiere at the recent Cannes Yachting Festival, the Evo Yachts walk around has now won one of the most important awards in the yachting world: the World Yachts Trophy for exterior design in the category from 45 to 64 feet.  The innovative and appealing design by Valerio Rivellini, based on functionality and contemporary minimalism, left the panel of judges open mouthed. Plenty of space and flexibility, combined with the exclusive “XTension” extending side walls, make the new walk around by Evo Yachts a unique and surprising model that fully embraces the concept of functional design (form and function).  As usual this year, visitors to the Cannes Boat Show eagerly awaited the event organised by Yachts France magazine, where it presents its selection of the finest yachts from 13 to 140 meters in length launched over the past year. In the category that rewards the exterior design of yachts from 45 to 64 feet long, the panel of industry experts chose the new model from the Naples-based shipyard that was given its world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Evo R6 was presented with the award on Saturday September 14th at the exclusive gala evening organised to celebrate the 18th edition of this highly reputed event. The experience of Evo Yachts and the design flair of Valerio Rivellini come together in this 18-meter craft, which marks the shipyard’s come-back in grand style and features enormous flexibility in terms of how it is personalised and used.  The exterior design of Evo R6 is sporty and appealing, with lines that reveal a very clean aesthetic (vertical bow, high side walls and finishings that represent the ultimate in elegance) accompanied by spacious, comfortable interiors. The “XTension” side walls are another signature feature that couldn’t fail to be part of this project. At the touch of a digital button, they extend out in a matter of seconds, increasing the space available by 40% and transforming the beach lounge into an exclusive private beach area on the sea.  The interiors feature noble materials like teak, crystal, leather and fine fabrics. The settings can be personalised and include a dinette, a kitchen, a VIP cabin forward and an owner’s stateroom aft. An alternative layout with three cabins and two bathrooms is also available. R6 also has quarters for one crew member, with separate, fully independent access.  “This award comes as a surprise and represents an important acknowledgement of the efforts put in by the whole Evo team. We have worked relentlessly with the goal of creating a boat that represents the perfect combination of style, innovation and comfort. Today’s win confirms that we have been successful” commented Valerio Rivellini, the designer of all Evo Yachts models.

Feadship Launches New App

Spotted a Feadship at sea but not sure of her name? Standing in a marina wondering about the specs of a Feadship you’ve just seen? Help is at hand, wherever you are.  Feadship just presented a brand-new Fleet app, a digital version of Feadship’s Famous Fleet Spotter’s Guide pocketbook, and you’ll always be up to speed with the very latest information. Featuring a vast library of photos and videos spanning the seven decades of Feadship.

Ferretti Group All Night Long

A magical and exclusive night, on the notes of the unforgettable hits of a music legend, started the season of the most important international Boat Shows. Ferretti Group and Yacht Club de Monaco have indeed offered for the fifth year in a row a unique show to the shipowners invited to the "Private Preview", the appointment with which the Group presents in preview, few days before the debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the fleet of Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva, Itama, Custom Line and Wally.  It was Lionel Richie, the pop legend with over one hundred million records sold to date, to make the evening event memorable.  And on the dragging notes of "All night long", which gave the title to the concert, the selected audience of the evening was literally enchanted by the extraordinary location of Monte Carlo, with a view on the fleet of over 25 yachts representing all the brands of the Group.  Lionel Richie, honored with the Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2003, Grammy winner, played, one after another, all his greatest hits, captivating the audience: from "Easy" to the timeless "Say you say me", winner of an Oscar and a Golden Globe as best original song, from "Hello" to "Truly", just to mention a few of them.  "Lionel Richie's career is sprinkled with many incredible songs, listening to them and dancing one after the other moved us and our guests," said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. "It’s the best start to the boating season ahead of us: our resounding boats are about to be presented at the most important boat shows also this year, we'll be able to win the hearts and minds of shipowners and enthusiasts of beauty”.  “We really showed tonight that Monaco is establishing itself as world capital of yachting. It was a great pleasure for our president HSH Prince Albert II to host Tan Xuguang, president of the Weichai Group, and an audience of international personalities. All the most passionate boating enthusiasts were here this evening to celebrate the opening of the season’s big meetings, on the eve of the Cannes Yachting Festival, Monaco Classic Week and the Monaco Yacht Show”, said Bernard d'Alessandri, General Secretary of the Yacht Club of Monaco.  In the Yacht Club marina the 6 world premieres have been shining in the fleet of Ferretti Group: the Riva Dolceriva, the Custom Line 106', the new Ferretti Yachts 720, the last fantastic Riva 90' Argo flybridge, the luxury sports yacht Pershing 8X and the 48 Wallytender with its iconic design. The boats are available for exclusive visits and sea trials, and ready to sail, at the end of the Preview, towards Cannes, where the 42nd edition of the Cannes Yachting Festival will see them as protagonists from September 10th to September 15th, 2019.

Ferretti Group Makes Clean Swipe at 2019 World Yacht Trophies

Ferretti Group triumphs once again this year at the World Yachts Trophies 2019, the eagerly awaited final event of the Cannes Yachting Festival, claiming 5 trophies thanks to the unmistakable Made in Italy style and the many design and technology innovations proposed aboard its vessels.  It is another big success for the Group that, following the enthusiasm of Festival visitors for its fleet of wonders (26 models and 6 premières), now receives the approval of the experts with the most coveted awards in the industry, confirming a supremacy in aesthetics and innovation that is widely acclaimed.  Here are the awards for the boats:  Ferretti Yachts 720: Best Exterior Design Trophy, category 64–80 feet (19.50-24 metres); Riva 90’ Argo: Best Interior Design Trophy, category 80–98 feet (24-30 metres);
Pershing 140: Best Interior Design Trophy, category 98–164 feet (30-50 metres); Riva 50 metres: Most Achieved Trophy, category 164–270 feet (50-82 metres), and CRN M/Y 135: Best Layout Trophy, category 164–270 feet (50-82 metres).  To complete this incredible triumph, yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni, creator of the entire Pershing range since the brand was established, was awarded the prize in the special category Designer of the Year.

Ferretti Group to Float in Milan Stock Exchange

Ferretti S.p.A. (“Ferretti” or the “Company” and, together with its subsidiaries, the "Ferretti Group" or “Group”) today announces its intention to proceed with an initial public offering and listing of its ordinary shares (the “Shares”) on the Mercato Telematico Azionario organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A. (the “Listing”).  Ferretti is among the world’s leading designers, producers and marketers of luxury motor yachts, and operates with eight of the most prestigious and exclusive brands featuring more than 170 years heritage. With models ranging from 8 to 95 meters in size, Ferretti boasts one of the widest product ranges in the yachting industry.

Fraucher New French Riviera Dealer

Diving smoothly into the world of Frauscher is now possible for all water-loving visitors of Cannes – thanks to the new partnership between the Frauscher shipyard and Arie de Boom. The sales will be conducted in cooperation with the charter brokerage 212 Yachts that offers all yachting enthusiasts to rent a Frauscher 1017 GT Air on the French Riviera. This makes it an exclusive opportunity to feel the power and elegance of a Frauscher yacht on water and will expand the presence of Frauscher at the French Riviera to the Bay of Cannes.  Arie de Boom has started its business by importing American-built powerboats into the Netherlands and has now an unequalled customer base of Med based yacht owners. Just like Frauscher, Arie de Boom is a family run business with tradition and many decades of experience. The dutch boat expert, known for the great knowledge in all yachting belongings, expands the international partner network of the Austrian manufacturer.  Arie de Boom’s distribution partner 212 Yachts is a luxury yacht charter brokerage, combining global operations with local knowledge and personalised, responsive and uncompromising service. Each year, 212 Yachts complete hundreds of successful charters around the world and now, the Frauscher 1017 GT Air broadens the range of premium day charter boats in the Bay of Cannes.

Grand Banks Completes Five Year Strategic Plan

A four-year investment in expansion of the main manufacturing facility in Malaysia was completed, now providing more than double the undercover manufacturing capacity from 270,000 to 550,000 square feet, and fully equipped with the latest technology. Robots help to accelerate the new product innovation. 184 new staff were recruited and extensively trained during 2019, ready to help deliver the contracted order book and meet the additional demands for our new models. The acquisition of the Stuart facility in late 2018 FY has seen the facility expanded in 2019 to become the Grand Banks USA HQ, housing the global marketing and client support teams.  Grand Banks invested in developing 4 new models during the 2019 financial year with tooling completed for 3 of them, while at the same time meeting the current production demands. This brings the entire combined Grand Banks and Palm Beach range to 14 models from 42 feet through to 90 feet.  There have been product debuts in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and USA, showcasing that the new Grand Banks and Palm Beach models are at the pinnacle of quality, style, efficiency and performance.  This last year saw Grand Banks develop the contracted order book to its highest level in more than 10 years.

Gulf Craft New Italian Dealer

A few days after the conclusion of the Cannes Yachting Festival and participation in the Southampton Boat Show, Gulf Craft, a manufacturer of luxury yachts based in the Emirates, announces an exclusive dealership agreement for its debut at the Genoa Boat Show. Italy with Yacht Services International. In particular, the company will deal with the distribution of the Oryx and Silvercraft Yachts brands dedicated to pleasure boats. Ricardo Tumbiolo has been appointed Sales Director for Italy, while Alessio Tumbiolo will be After Sales Director: both have matured a solid and long experience in the marketing and management of luxury yachts with special attention to the Middle East market, having combined over twenty years of yachting experience. The new partnership represents an important step for Gulf Craft in the strategy of strengthening its presence in Europe with particularly attractive and competitive product lines in this area and fits into a context of strategic development of the brand, already known to yachting enthusiasts for the luxurious models of the Majesty Yachts line, the flagship brand of the company that also presents the Nomad Yachts line in Europe, innovative yachts designed to offer maximum comfort to shipowners who enjoy long cruises, even with their families.

Majesty Yachts Wins Best Interior Award

A spectacular ending to the fifth day of the Cannes Yachting Festival as Majesty Yachts wins Best Interior Design award for the Majesty 140 in the category of 30-50m at 18th edition of the World Yachts Trophies that took place in the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel on la Croisette - Cannes  The newly unveiled Majesty 140’s interiors are designed in collaboration with Christiano Gatto Design Team. It is an elegant 43m superyacht that offers unrivaled luxury and great performance. This project has redefined the meaning of superyacht by setting new standards of expansive space and entertainment features. It is indeed in a class of its own.

Maritimo Strengthens New Zealand Sales Team

Leading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, is building on its already strong presence in New Zealand by expanding its dealer partner network.  Long established Maritimo dealer, Motor Yacht Centre, run by New Zealand boating industry stalwart Don Senior and his daughter Donelle, is to now be joined by Ownaship, New Zealand's leading boat share management company.  Maritimo have been represented by Ownaship for several years within the New Zealand boat share and syndication market, with the new authorised consultant title now expanding that role into new boat sales.  Maritimo's Australasian sales manager, Ormonde Britton, said that Maritimo was excited to welcome Ownaship and director Simon Barker to the Maritimo New Zealand sales network.  "New Zealand has been one of our most loyal and successful markets, and it is because of our product and service being at the forefront of our focus that this is the case, so having representatives the calibre of Don and Donelle Senior and Ownaship's Simon Barker is integral to our brand’s success in the region.  Ownaship director Simon Barker sees shared ownership as growing platform for clients getting into the Maritimo brand, with many current syndication members eventually moving to sole ownership.  "Kiwis are drawn to Maritimo by the quality of construction and design, shaft drive functionality and performance benefits, and the strength of resale value due to Maritimo’s being Trans-Tasman manufactured.” he said.  “The ability for Maritimo’s to be heavily customized with options like Maritimo One now available, also offer more to clients looking for something specialized for fishing, or something unique.”  Ownaship and Motor Yacht Centre are expanding their operations to better support their clients, with their own service and brokerage facilities.  The expanded network gives New Zealand clients lots of options to enjoy a Maritimo either through outright ownership of a new boat, or syndicated share.  Both Ownaship and Motor Yacht Center are based in Auckland and will be very active in the upcoming Auckland On Water Boat Show where Maritimo has three models on display.

Monte Carlo Yachts Most Achieved Yacht 2019

Once again, Monte Carlo Yachts has been recognized with a prestigious acknowledgement for its product design and development. The MCY 70, unveiled at Boot Dusseldorf 2019 and presented to the public during a charming event in Trieste, won the “Most Achieved” award category in the 64’-80’ segment at the World Yacht Trophies organized by Yachts France magazine.

Palm Beach Sponsor at 12 Meter World Championship

Palm Beach is proud to be official sponsors of the recent 12 Metre World Championship in Newport Rhode Island this past July.  Palm Beach provided three spectator boats for VIPs to get up-close to the action, we had the incredibly fun new GT50 open, a beautiful new Palm Beach 52, and a stunning Palm Beach 55.

Princess On-board with Sustainability

As a manufacturer like all other yacht manufacturers the world over, Princess inherently produces waste and uses a range of chemicals in the process of building yachts. However, as a responsible company that is driven to set industry benchmarks in sustainability, there is a target to cut waste to an absolute minimum in order to both drive manufacturing efficiencies and significantly reduce the environmental impact.  As the UK's largest yacht manufacturer, the company places sustainability at the heart of its business, and recently joined MarineShift360, partnering a rigorous programme of life cycle analysis of materials and manufacturing processes, investigating alternatives to traditional materials and innovating where possible to develop new ones. Throughout the company there is a culture of exploring more sustainable manufacturing techniques, be it in the materials used, the processes they are applied to or the methods of recycling.  Princess Yachts was the first manufacturer in the yacht building industry to achieve ISO 14001, which maps out an effective Environmental Management System (EMS), a set of processes and practices that enables Princess to reduce its environmental impacts. Driven by innovations such as Princess's vacuum-formed hull manufacturing processes that release far fewer odours and toxins into the atmosphere than is typical in the industry, Princess Yachts is passionate about sourcing and using the most sustainable materials available for furniture making and design.  Princess was the first yachting company to ever support the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK's leading marine environment, not-for-profit organisation. The MCS works for the increased protection of the seas around the United Kingdom via the creation of marine protection areas. Princess raises money for the British charity through a number of initiatives targeted to engage Princess's customers and their children, including a unique partnership with Seabob, the zero-emissions water toy, and Hummingbird, the world's lightest foldable bicycle manufacturer, both who donate a percentage of every Princess liveried item sold, to the charity. Princess have also written and published a children's story book about environmental matters; Her Magic Yacht, of which all proceeds go to the MCS.

Solaris Power VIP Tender to Abeking and Rasmussen

Solaris Power 48 OPEN: an elegant but functional boat, able to combine a captivating design with an excellent seaworthiness, has been chosen by Abeking and Rasmussen as a VIP tender during the Monaco Yacht Show.  Abeking and Rasmussen, one of the most important global superyacht builders and one of the main protagonists of the Monaco Yacht Show, will transfer its VIP clients around the fair, on board Solaris Power 48 OPEN. This exclusive boat, recently built by the Italian yard, shows the sophisticated lines of the American lobsters and return it with a contemporary allure.

Sunreef Elected as Best Power Catamaran

The 80 Sunreef Power has been elected as Best Power Driven Catamaran at the prestigious World Yachts Trophies gala. Rewarding the best and most innovative yachts worldwide, the ceremony has gathered top industry professionals on the Beach of the Intercontinental Carlton Cannes on the 14th of September. The award was received on stage by company Founder and President Francis Lapp, Nicolas Lapp – Head of Sunreef Yachts R and D Office, Paulina Zelobowska and Karolina Paszkiewicz from Sales and Marketing Departments.  The 80 Sunreef Power is a universal luxury multihull for long cruises in ultimate comfort. Sunreef Yachts’ latest motoryacht model features powerful propulsion, an innovative jet-ski garage and immense, fully-customizable living spaces.

Sunseeker Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Williams Jet Tenders, the world’s leading jet tender specialist, was proud to receive the inaugural Sunseeker Entrepreneur of the Year Award the British Marine awards.  This award was created by Sunseeker International and British Marine to honor the late Robert Braithwaite CBE DL, and recognise those exceptional companies that capture the entrepreneurial spirit of Robert and demonstrate true innovation and creativity.  The prestigious award was presented by Sunseeker International’s Sales Director, Sean Robertson, who praised brothers Mathew and John Hornsby and Roy Parker, the founders of Williams Jet Tenders, commenting: “Robert was an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. He was a visionary and grasped every opportunity to help build Sunseeker into the iconic, global-leading luxury brand that it is today. The recipients of this award reflect those values in everything they do – congratulations.”  Commenting on the award win, Mathew Hornsby, Sales Director at Williams Jet Tenders, said: “It is a huge honour to receive this award and we are hugely grateful to be the first winner of what is a really wonderful accolade. Robert was a true inspiration to the whole industry and to have been chosen as a company that represents the entrepreneurial spirit of Robert is really something special.”  The Sunseeker Entrepreneur of the Year Award is a new category at this year’s British Marine Awards. Other awards presented on the night included British Marine Training and Development Award, British Marine Charity of the Year and the Environmental Award.

Sunseeker Expands Dealer Network in Norway

Sunseeker International has announced the appointment of a new authorised dealer ‘Sunseeker Norway’ which will serve existing and new clients in this popular market. The announcement is part of Sunseeker’s continuing focus of strengthening its international dealer network.  Led by the founder of Sundal Yachts, Sunseeker Norway will be based in Tonsberg, the oldest town in Norway, founded during the Viking period.  Sunseeker Norway’s Managing Partner, Trond Sundal, comments: “I am delighted to become part of the Sunseeker network and to help strengthen the brand’s presence in the region.  “In 2013, I was fortunate enough to join the Sunseeker family as a sub-dealer of Sunseeker Finland and I successfully achieved year-on-year increases in boat sales. I am delighted to now lead my dealership in Norway, supporting my customers with the very best in sales and after-sales service; something I and my team remain dedicated to every day. I am looking forward to working with the Sunseeker team and promoting its unmatched range of motor yachts including the all-new Predator 60 EVO and the incredible new Hawk 38 which is coming to Norway.”  Sean Robertson, Sales Director at Sunseeker International, adds: “We are so very pleased to welcome Sunseeker Norway to the Sunseeker family. Trond has a huge amount of experience and understanding of our brand and is very well respected in his home market. We are looking forward to Sunseeker Norway making a real impact and further strengthening our dealer presence in Scandinavia.”

Viking at the MidAtlantic 2019

This year's MidAtlantic finished in a dramatic fashion as the leaderboard took a beating on the final day. Moving Day saw Captain Rhett Bailey maneuver Alan Sadler's Viking 62 InTents to the scales with fingers crossed. A white marlin was hung and the crowd erupted in cheers as Michelle Keeney's 72-pound fish claimed Heaviest White. "It came up on the left teaser and I picked it off. I fought it for about a half hour. We were all super stoked," Michelle said. And the drama continued! Captain Robbie Inglima brought Chip Caruso's Viking 70 Pipe Dreamer to the weigh station with a 473-pound blue marlin to temporarily take 1st Place Blue Marlin. Just an hour later Ken Hager's Viking 50 Taylor Jean weighed Dave Mekendrick's blue at 452 pounds, good for 2nd Place. The scale barely had time to settle when Kristen Jezierski's Viking 58 Haulin' n Ballin' pulled up to the weigh dock. Coming off a win at the recent White Marlin Open, the boat proudly handed their fish over to the weighmaster. At 630 pounds, Zeb Zebley's blue claimed Heaviest Blue Marlin for the event with Pipe Dreamer ultimately taking 3rd and Taylor Jean 4th. Most Points Blue Marlin went to the Viking 58 JT (above) with three blues while Joe Rahman's Viking 80 Auspicious was awarded 2nd Place. Shon Craig's Viking 80 Amarula Sun took 2nd Place White Marlin and 2nd Place Points Overall with 12 whites and a tuna. Ross Clubb aboard his Viking 45 Chain Reaction won the wahoo division with a 33-pounder. Third Place Tuna Points was captured by Michael Pintozzi's Viking 48 Random Chaos.

Viking Triple Crown at Florida West Coast Bluewater Series

Congratulations to Vikings for going one, two and three for the win! The Florida West Coast Bluewater Series saw the Viking 48 Hooker claiming top boat. Twisted Bills, a Viking 56, was 2nd and the Viking 64 Team Galati rounded out the top three. Galati Yacht Sales was pleased to host the first leg out of their Anna Maria, Florida, facility.

Viking 2019 Dealer Meeting

With five new models debuting, the Viking Yachts and Valhalla Boatworks Dealer Meeting and Sea Trial Event drew a record 300 attendees in a spectacular sun-drenched four-day affair in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dealers, customers and media had the chance to sea trial for the first time the 38 Open Billfish, the 46 Billfish and all three Valhalla Boatworks V Series center consoles, the V-33, V-37 and V-41. More than 50 sales professionals from Viking's expansive domestic and international dealer network and a record 80 customers converged on the Golden Nugget's Farley Marina to see the Viking and Valhalla fleets.  "Five new models - that's an incredible accomplishment," said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. "Re-design, re-engineer and re-invent. This is what we do at the Viking Yacht Company. It's hard work, but we have a team with a lot of good people all pulling in the same direction, and that's what really makes the difference."

September 29, 2019

New Model: Nobiskrug 80 meter Project 790

German super yacht builder Nobiskrug has recently completed the fitting works, of its new high-tech and environmentally-conscious 80 meter super yacht, Project 790 named M/Y Aretefact.  Project 790 is an innovative super yacht, something to expect from the builder who brought us the very much discussed 143 meters project 787, i.e sailing yacht A.  Nobiskrug Project 790 features a lot of eco-friendly systems, from solar panels and battery storage to operate for a limited time without fuel combustion engines, a DDC Azipod system which allows for the yacht to stay static in a spot without dropping anchor, and a waste water recycling system make it the first super yacht to meet IMO Tier III standards.  Another eye catching feature is a large floor to ceiling glass section complimenting 740 square meters of size.  Nobiskrug 80 meters Project 790 is also unusual in its size and type of yacht for having a composite resin made super structure.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 80 m (262.4ft)
Beam - 14.7 m
Draft - 4.1 m
Displacement - 2890 t
Propulsion - Azipod pod drives
Construction - steel hull, composite structure
Project - Gregory C. Marshall exterior, Raymond Langton interior
Certification - Lloyds, IMO Tier III, 

September 28, 2019

Project: Wim Van Der Valk 24-meter Modern Flybridge

Wim Van der Valk present this striking new modern design to complement its successful Flybridge series. Designed by Cor D. Rover, the 24-meter model will be built in aluminium and set new standards in terms of ease of operation and single-handed cruising. The 24-meter Modern Flybridge is designed by Cor D. Rover to offer a fresh take on the successful Flybridge series which launched in 2007. The brand-new 24-meter Modern Flybridge will have triple Volvo 800hp with IPS1050 pod propulsion and epitomize the quality, craftsmanship and aesthetic flair for which Van der Valk yachts are renowned. Among the various striking elements are the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, which will offer you extraordinary panoramas of the surroundings. The design is also impressively spacious, with four double cabins, four bathrooms and crew quarters.

September 27, 2019

New Model: Canados 122 Caesar

Canados present its new 122 Caesar, a flagship in its traditional planning flybridge motor and super yacht line which today starts at eighty feet, and in the past has been the bread and butter of the Ostia Rome Italian yacht builder. The concept behind 122 Caesar is a super yacht created with a genuine leisure and lifestyle platform, where luxury, comfort and communion with the sea are fused in one astonishing design. The Canados 122 Caesar represents an experience where every parameter of an owner’s expectations has been considered and addressed. The primary defining aspect of the 122 Caesar is the constant interaction between the ocean and those on-board. To achieve this, no detail has been overlooked. The over-sized bathing platform, under-sole storage for your personal watercraft with a 4.30m tender garage that transforms into a teak paneled beach club, complete with shower and day-head all contribute to optimizing on-water activities. Over-sized saloon glass windows offer permanent visual contact with the sea.  The 122 Caesar has been created by a dedicated team of yacht builders in collaboration with a panel of owners, each of whom fully understand what is required. Every single detail, piece of equipment and shape has been drawn to optimize form and functionality. From deck space, terraces and the carbon fiber hardtop opening system, to over-sized portholes. The number of innovations created to enhance enjoyment are simply too many to list. It is an open secret within the yachting industry that Canados is one of the few builders to manufacture its own interiors. 122 Caesar is also a true ocean going vessel. Pleasure and practicality have been seamlessly merged to ensure your pleasure and safety is effortlessly achieved. Internationally renowned Boffi Kitchen manufactures the galleys to Canados design, while companionways and passages all offer secure circulation around the yacht even when underway. For added aesthetic appeal and purity of the yacht’s profile, all life rafts are concealed in quick release storage lockers. The focus on interaction of guests with the ocean results through a series of unique technical innovations including floor to ceiling main deck side glass walls and optional terraces featuring pop-up security guardrails to optimize the views afforded by its hydraulic gull wing doors and wrap around windows. The raised pilothouse is equipped with the latest state-of-the art navigation, communication and monitoring systems, allowing the crew total control over the entire yacht from a single position. Distinctly athletic in her design and aesthetic appeal, the 122 Caesar is an elegant and efficient performer, and powered by twin MTU 2600hp, allow her to cruise effortlessly at 24 knots and achieve a top speed of 27 knots. Faster yachts may exist, but surely not with such a power to performance ratio. No other yacht at 36 meters possesses the 122 Caesar comfort and level of performance for commensurate power. Thanks to a carefully studied noise management plan, at 22-knots the engines are inaudible on the flybridge, and all over the main deck. While cruising, one can comfortably enjoy lunch in the dining room or watch a movie in the main saloon. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 36.95 m (122ft)
Beam - 7.25 m
Draft - 2.25 m at propellers and full load
Displacement - 145 t
Fuel Capacity - 17000 l
Water Capacity - 2500 l
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M94L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Detra four bladed propellers
Speed - 27 knots max 23 knots cruise
Range - 560 nautical miles at cruise

September 26, 2019

Project: Riviera 505 SUV

When Riviera’s design team set out to create their newest addition to the SUV Collection their first and foremost objective was to make the best of both world’s even better.  The result is the spectacular Riviera 505 SUV project set to launched in early 2020. The same pedigree of a single level alfresco entertainer with thrilling blue-water ability but with the added dimension of the mezzanine: a beautiful wining, dining and relaxing space offering privacy and protection from harsh sun and weather all year round.  The Riviera SUV concept demands a generous cockpit, low to the water to maximize the action and adventure of the full spectrum of water sports, and that’s what the cockpit of the 505 delivers. From bow to boarding platform, you’ll relish the Riviera attention to detail, handcrafted luxury and astonishing operational technology. This is cruising on an unprecedented scale of comfort and ease.  The Riviera 505 SUV also adds a new dimension to refined living below decks with a full beam master stateroom, private ensuite and walk-in robe as well as two guest staterooms with shared bathroom. Helmsman wise the 505 SUV will feature Volvo Glass Cockpit navigation system, powered by standard twin Volvo 600hp engines, or optional 725hp engines with forward dual propeller IPS pod propulsion.

September 25, 2019

New Model: Estensi 380 America

For Cannes boat show 2019, Estensi presented its new entry level 380 America model.  This new Estensi is a call to those looking for a conservative made and looking sport cruiser of eleven meters in length powered by line shaft propulsion.  The Estensi 380 America as all models from the Tuscany boat builder has another attraction and that of being flexible in its layout, offering two cabins or a single cabin layout.  In the single cabin layout the guest cabin with twin berths to starboard is replaced by an L-shaped settee.  A galley to port side is located in the lower deck.  The 380 America will also feature an open style hard top open in the sides, as is custom with some sport fishing boats.  The main deck cockpit layout offers a helm station to starboard, C-shaped dinette behind it, and a wet bar and or mini galley and chaise lounge forward opposite.  To aft is a mini sun-lounge which extends to become full size.  The Estensi 380 America is powered by twin Volvo 280hp as standard engines, with power choices going up to twin 370hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.65 m (38.2ft)
Hull Length - 11.3 m
Waterline Length - 9.7 m
Beam - 3.90 m  
Draft - 1.20 m incl props
Displacement - 8 t dry, 10.3 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or two berths in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 280hp, D6 370hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF gearbox
Project - Zuccheri exterior styling and design, Marino Alfani interior
Certification - CE A

September 24, 2019

Project: Princess Y78

Princess present the Y78 project, which at 24 meter over all length will be the entry level in its Y for Yacht class range.  The Y78 features the latest in Princess exterior design and interior materials and finishes. Her flexible deck layout features a walk through fore-deck with U-shaped seating and sunbathing area, whilst her flybridge aft has space for free standing furniture or can accommodate a crane and a tender. Natural light flows in to her main deck through extended window lines and a unique full-height window on the port side to make the free standing dining area a spectacular place to entertain. Forward on the lower deck, all three guest cabins are en suite whilst a dedicated staircase leads to the owner’s stateroom amidships via a private lobby area.  The Princess Y78 is to be powered by twin Man 1800hp which will give top speeds up to 36 knots.

September 23, 2019

New Model: Rizzardi InSix

Rizzardi continues its full return in producing incredibly awesome sport cruisers and yachts, and in 2019 show an important news of further things to come by launching its totally new InSix nineteen meter sport yacht model. A project of Maver design for the exterior, and Galeazzi and Minotti for the interior the Rizzardi InSix surprises for offering a total of 120 custom options. Maver was also the project team responsible for the 55 Incredible model launched in 2009. In the Rizzardi website InSix is shown with two main deck and two lower deck choice plans.  The main difference in these two plans is a galley down option and smaller third cabin layout choice, but Rizzardi did advise that further layouts exists mentioning also that even a four cabins version is possible. Hull one pictured above in its launch day in San Felice Circeo in early September before leaving for its World debut at the Cannes 2019 boat show, featured a dark aggressive exterior profile.  Performance wise the Rizzardi InSix, which is a short acronym for an Incredible model of Sixty feet, continues the Incredible vocation of high performance surface drive models, with it able to reach speeds up to fifty knots with the large twin Man 1550hp engines.  The Rizzardi InSix seems to have had a good start selling two other units for Rizzardi during the Cannes boat show, and having InSeven and InEight models currently on order.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.60 m (64.3ft)
Hull Length - 19.5 m
Waterline Length - 16.6 m
Beam - 4.88 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Displacement - 30 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - 6/7 berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man 1200hp, Man 1550hp
Propulsion - Top System surface drives
Speed - 50 knots max with Man 1550hp
Project - Maver design exterior, Galeazzi and Minotti interior 
Certification - CE A

September 22, 2019

2 People 1 Dog Rescued After Tiara Boat Ends Aground in Marblehead

A nine meter Tiara sportfish cruiser with two persons onboard and a dog ended aground on the new entrance of West Harbor in Marblehead, Ohio, on the night of Saturday 21 September.  The US Coastguard Station Marblehead responded to this collision and went immediately to the scene with a vessel and five crew, rescuing the two crew and the dog.  The causes of this collision and eventual grounding are under investigation by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, although according to some boaters visibility was very restricted on the night of the accident.
The Tiara boat in this grounding is a second generation 3100 Open as produced from 1992 to 2004. The second generation Tiara 3100 Open was a complete make over the original 1979 to 91 version with a new hull design which also included propeller tunnels.  The 3100 Open mark.2 was replaced by the 3200 Open in 2004.

Project: Horizon FD125

Horizon Yachts and world renowned designer Cor D. Rover have partnered to collaborate on a brand new design, the FD125 Skyline superyacht. Similar in concept to the other models in the FD series, the FD125 features large windows in main deck and flybridge, bringing abundant natural light to the interior spaces. The enhanced interior volume incorporates double salons, spacious galley, on-deck full beam deluxe master cabin on the main deck, four en-suite staterooms on the lower level, plus accommodation for a crew of eight. The immense and multi functional alfresco areas are ideal places either for private family gathering or for parties with friends. The FD125 is a perfect combination of an ocean going super yacht and a luxurious beach house. The Horizon FD125 Skyline is to be powered by twin 1800hp Cat engines.

September 21, 2019

New Launch: Benetti 47 meter FB703

Benetti custom mega yacht FB703 M/Y “Bacchanal”, with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, was launched in a festive atmosphere on August 2 in Viareggio. At 47 meters in length and with a draught of 2.45 metres, FB703 has a gross tonnage of just under 500 tonnes.  Despite the international feel of the yacht’s style, influenced significantly by architect Mauricio Gómez de Tuddo who worked with the Benetti Interior Style Department on the décor, FB703 is permeated by unique furnishings “Made in Italy” by brands like Minotti and Paola Lenti, as well as by Giorgetti, Rimadesio, Poltrona Frau and Exteta. The design of the sleek, elegant exteriors is entirely the work of Benetti. The layout, designed to accommodate twelve guests and seven crew, is spread across four decks, on which both interiors and exteriors share the same uniform approach. This effort can be seen most clearly on the Main Deck, where the cockpit, dining area and main lounge are divided by full-width frame-less sliding glass doors, creating an airy in and out veranda space. The pleasurable sensation of being out in the open air and having more direct contact with the sea makes the spaces seem larger and fills them with natural light. This solution is enriched and enhanced by the choice of teak floors with black caulking in both indoor and outdoor areas.  The night area for guests, consisting of two VIP and two guest cabins, is on the Lower Deck, as are the crew quarters. The captain’s accommodation and a third VIP cabin are on the Upper Deck. The full-beam owner’s suite, entered through a private study, is in the bow section of the Main Deck. The custom pool on the Sun Deck is clad in mosaic by Sicis, representing the ultimate in elegance.  Benetti FB703 is equipped with a sonar system to increase on board safety, allowing to identify bodies in the sea and providing information about any obstacles up to and over 500 meters from the yacht.  FB703 is powered by two MTU 1448hp engines and cruises at a speed of 14 knots, with a range of 4000 nautical miles at ten knots, allowing it to make transatlantic crossings.
Technical Data:
LOA - 47.3 m (155.1ft)
Beam - 9 m
Draft - 2.3 m
Displacement - 436 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 65340 l
Water Capacity - 12200 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, seven crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000M72 1448hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 15 knots max 14 knots cruise 10 knots long range
Range - 4000 nm at 10 knots
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Benetti exterior, P.L.A.N.A. naval architecture, Mauricio Gomez de Tuddo interior 
Certification - RINA 

September 20, 2019

Project: Astondoa 82 Flybridge

Astondoa present the project for a new 82 Flybridge model, a new pocket super yacht set to replace the current 80.  The 82 Flybridge is set to be released in 2020. With a cutting-edge design from bow to stern, the Astondoa 82 Flybridge features a length over all of twenty-five metres and a beam of six metres, is distinguished by her large side windows and an innovative styling of the main deck.  The lower deck is home to the versatile owner’s stateroom; with two possible layouts and three other cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms. Two crew cabins complete the night-time spaces of this yacht.

September 19, 2019

New Model: Riva 14.92 mt Dolceriva

The Riva Dolceriva was the surprise novelty at this years 2019 Cannes boat show by the Ferretti Group.  This is day slash sport cruiser re-invented, with a unique sophisticated design born from the since early nineties Riva designers Officina Italiana Design, the studio of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta.  That is over 25 years, of designing Riva, and Micheli and Berretta really have the pulse what the legendary brand and its unique sophistication mean.  The Dolceriva measures over fourteen meters and this is an open sport cruiser conceived to all intents and purposes to live life on board outside and inside in an absolute comfort, which aims to challenge the market with some unprecedented strengths. The exterior is spacious and an opening bathing platform doubles the beach area aft, while as center stage we have two sun-pads, an L-shaped dinette to port side, with a sofa and wet bar opposite, while forward we have a helm station and a companionway settee to port side.  Below is a lot of space for a single cabin forward with an L-shaped relaxing dinette and galley opposite. For the Dolceriva Micheli developed a new exterior pattern with a dividing space in between the shear line joining the hull window with the windscreen.  According to Ferretti Group we will see more of this in future Riva's and I really hope so as the design is actually unique giving a lot of equilibrium.  The Riva Dolveriva is powered by twin Volvo 800hp engines as standard with optional 1000hp units, and V-drive shaft line propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.92 m (48.9ft)
Hull Length - 14.7 m
Waterline Length - 12.8 m
Beam - 4.26 m
Draft - 1.48 m
Displacement - 21400 kg light, 24500 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 310 l
Accommodation - two berths in one cabin, plus two in convertible dinette
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp, D13 1000hp
Propulsion - V-drive line shaft
Speed - 35 knots max and 27 knots cruise with Volvo 800hp
Range - 230 nm at cruise
Project - Officina Italian Design of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, Ferretti Group Engineering

September 18, 2019

Fabio Buzzi 1943 - 2019

Fabio Buzzi tragically left for the better World on September seventeenth 2019 at around 2100 hours in a Montecarlo Venice record breaking attempt which ended in tragedy in the final moments.  Records which Fabio Buzzi made so many times his in the years all over the World.  Fabio was a firm believer of application of his design theories with the real test being that of competition, which he was very much involved since 1960.  A unique trait of the genius that was Fabio Buzzi was not only involved in hull design but also in his expertise in diesel engines which he revolutionized in the eighties with Seatek, and also in that of propulsion with the Trimax surface-drives.  Buzzi was born in Lecco, Italy in 28 January 1943 to a family tied for centuries in building and design.  Buzzi started his involvement in powerboat racing in 1960, in 1971 he graduated from the Polytechnic of Turin in mechanical engineering with a thesis of self construct vessel, and in the same year FB Design is founded.  In 1974 he build his first powerboat a three pointed hydroplane called Mostro, first ever build boat with Kevlar 49 and with it will set at the time a World speed record for the S4 class at 95.39 knots. FB Design first specialization is high performance vessels, and later over the years enters the area of building specialized fast patrol craft for military and maritime control.  In 1986 with Carlo Bonomi, Fabio Buzzi founds SeaTek, specialized in high performance diesel engines.  Fabio Buzzi will collaborate over the years with many yards in designing hulls, most of which coming from his native country Italy.  His most known and famous boat building collaboration was with Milan fast sport cruiser and yacht builder Cigala and Bertinetti in the eighties, off which with them he will produce various legendary models most of which the famous Nitro 50, which was baptized as Cesa 1882 in the Class One offshore, and recently reborn as FPT red.  Cesa 1882 won two World Championships in 1988 and 89, and was unstoppable in racing when the sea got choppy and rough and the design over the years evolved into the Kerakoll, and then in the Metamarine/Tommy One, both taking top honors in the Enrdurance Powerboat World champions.  Other builders which saw Buzzi collaborate where Off Course, Tecnomar in the eighties, Novamarine for the high performance rib cruisers and yachts line, Alfamarine with the 43 and 50 models, and Otam which has the 80 HT and 2019 launched 85 GTS model based on his 2001 FB Design 80 Record hull.  That 80 Record which did the Montecarlo to London record.  Buzzi also collaborated with Sunseeker twice selling to the British company the design of the XS 2000 and the 2019 launched 38 Superhawk, this later being his recent 38 Stab with more refined finishes.  Fabio Buzzi has over the years conquered over 26 titles and records.  His designs have captured 52 World Offshore titles, 22 European Offshore titles, 27 Italian Championships, forty World speed records, and won seven Harmsworth Trophies.

Montecarlo Venice Record Attempt Ends in Tragedy

A record attempt between Monte Carlo and Venice ended in tragedy the evening of seventeenth September at about 2100, just some minutes away from concluding the feat.  The fast powerboat of around twenty meter in length finished against the San Nicoletto breakwater, in the locality of Lunata in the Venice Lagoon.  The San Nicoletto breakwater is a protection barrier for the Mose, a mobile gate aimed in protecting Venice when the high tide of the Northern Adriatic occurs.  News are reporting that the twenty meter fast powerboat crashed on the breakwater at a speed of eighty knots, and with the impact ended on the other side of the breakwater.  Departing from Montecarlo on Monday at 1100 hours, the record attempt at this stage was nearly completed with only minutes away from success.  The timing of the feat at this stage, and excluding the pit stop was at 18 hours thirty minutes. Three pilots; offshore legend Fabio Buzzi, Luca Nicolini, and the Dutch Eric Hoorn lost there lives.  In grievous condition also other popular offshore name Mario Invernizzi, who is reported as at today in stable conditions.
Fabio Buzzi was piloting most possibly one of his FB Sixty fast boats which had top speed capability up to seventy knots in full load condition.  We still do not have details of the craft Fabio Buzzi was using for this Montecarlo Venice new record breaking attempt, which he made his many times, over the years.  Buzzi most recent record of the challenge came in twelfth July 2016 with a twin 1600hp MTU powered FB 60, who did the course in 22 hours 5 minutes and 42 seconds with an average speed of 52.3 knots.         

Projects: Fairline Targa 50 GT, Fairline Targa 50 Open

Fairline presents the projects for new Targa 50 GT and Open versions.  These projects are not entirely new based on the current 48 versions launched in 2013, and being one of the most recent successes of the British brand.  The 50's apart minor stylistical changes will feature 44 centimeters of extra length in the bathing platform. The new exterior styling features stunning anthracite vinyl wrapped hardtops. There is a bold choice of burnt orange, vivid red or electric blue exterior upholstery and complementing helm seats, creating a stand out impression as soon as you step onboard.  A signature Fairline Yachts feature bulkhead gives the master cabin added space and the interior has rich, luxurious textures throughout. These include New Zealand wool twist carpets, oak flooring, Carrara white marble worktops, Italian leather, highlights of satin bronze and carefully considered atmospheric lighting throughout. The fifteen meter Targa 50 sports yachts is powered by twin Volvo 440hp as standard, and or optional 480hp or 550hp, this last featuring a larger engine block.  All engines run on  IPS propulsion, to a hull designed by JandJ from Slovenia.

September 17, 2019

New Model: Absolute 47 Fly

Absolute new 47 Fly represents the getaway for the Italian brand, who since its inception in 2003 have seen its client and fan base featuring an interesting growth.  During the initial years of the brand the smallest model was the 25, and now today it is the 47, which is even larger then the flagship model of the beginnings which was the 45.  This new 47 Fly replaces the 45 and although part of the Flybridge range from Absolute is an interesting cross model, as it takes in looks and ideas a few features from the Navetta range.  The three double cabins two bathrooms lower deck layout for example is similar to that of the Navetta 48, with the cross-layout of the owners stateroom forward having a lot of similarities, with the extra beam and length of the later offering that bit of extra space.  The 48 Navetta here features a difference having the choice of a crew cabin aft.  The 47 Fly as all recent Absolute features an astern galley layout, while the flybridge looks to be one of the largest in its size.  The Absolute 47 Fly looks bigger then it is thanks to a lot of vertical use of space.  The Absolute 47 Fly is powered by Volvo's new 480hp with twin IPS pod drives propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.63 m (47.9ft)
Beam - 4.48 m
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 530 l
Max Persons - 14
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins        
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS650 pod drives
Project - Absolute Research Lab
Certification - CE B

September 16, 2019

Project: Beneteau Gran Turismo 32

With the project of the Gran Turismo 32, Beneteau and Italian designer Andreani rethink the nine meter sport cruiser with some clever touches of space usage.  This a sport cruiser made to please boaters looking for an innovative no compromise use of space layout with huge rethinking going into the outside space.  For example outside the Gran Turismo 32, feels a sport cruiser but when you start moving around it has the feel of a walk around with easy movement between the aft and fore deck, thanks to an asymmetrical layout, and an opening glass to starboard side which makes fore deck connection easy.  Below the Gran Turismo 32 feature a wal-nut finished interior sleeping four in a traditional two plus two layout; convertible dinette to V-berth forward, and a midships cabin.  Also it is important to point out to the spaciousness of the shower head located to starboard which features a separate shower cubicle.  But the surprises of the Beneteau Gran Turismo 32 does not stop here and beside the innovation of space usage outside, the success of this model might come from the fact that it is available in both inboards with stern drives, and or outboard powered engines.

September 15, 2019

New Model: Princess Y85 Motor Yacht

Princess present the all-new Y85 Motor Yacht.  A pocket super yacht what is a triumph of contemporary design, featuring an elegant sweeping profile housing an interior sanctuary that resets the benchmark for modern living.  The Princess Y85 flybridge is an irresistible invitation to al-fresco entertainment with a large dining area opposite a well-equipped wet bar further complemented by a large aft sunpad.  An expansive single-level main deck provides ample entertaining space with a flexible galley arrangement. Three separate seating areas ensure the utmost privacy for guests with the crew able to move discretely around the yacht. Below deck, up to eight guests are accommodated across four beautifully appointed en suite cabins. Amidships, the full beam master suite is full of spacial design, whilst the en suite VIP cabin, forward, boasts a large double bed and walk-in-wardrobe. Furthermore, one double and one twin cabin, which can convert into a double complete her spacious accommodation. The Princess Y85 motor yacht is powered by twin Man 1900hp engines reaching top speeds up 33 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.2 m (86ft)
Hull Length - 25.7 m
Beam - 6.3 m
Draft - 1.86 m
Displacement - 66500 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 11000 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, three four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 33 knots maximum
Project - Bernard Olesinski

September 14, 2019

Project: Dominator Ilumen 42m Tri Deck

Dominator apparently will announce the sale for the Ilumen 42m Tri Deck its new flagship in the upcoming Cannes 2019 boat show.  The Dominator Ilumen 42m Tri Deck continues the evolution of the now fully dedicated upwards of 24 meters super yacht builder, and come from a design of Alberto Mancini, the designer responsible for all the Ilumen range.  The Ilumen 42m Tri Deck is set to be delivered in 2020, and is a triple deck super yacht with a hard top sun deck, and fast semi displamcent hull with bulb.  The Ilumen range was introduced in 2014 and from a unique model in the line up, has since then taken over the Dominator range.  This is a bit of a pity as I think the Dominator range of high quality semi custom motor and super yachts from nineteen to 25 meters did have a special place in the market. 

September 13, 2019

New Model: Vanquish VQ58 Hardtop

Vanquish has launched the new VQ58 Hardtop, a sport yacht that expresses the Dutch builder philosophy of custom made to order build sport yachts. Two have already been delivered to Sag Harbor in the US and Estonia, three more are being built and a new order has been placed for 2020 delivery.  That makes a total of six VQ58 to be located somewhere near you in the the coming year.  The VQ58 is based on an observation that owners are looking for genuinely new and exciting designs, and the idea of every unit being made with customization in mind. VQ Yachts is known for speaking to visionaries, and a design language definitely not for everyone, and this new VQ 58 model is an excellent illustration of that fact.  Designed in partnership with Guido de Groot, the VQ58 has that distinctive VQ Yachts look and feel, and the trademark customization in terms of things like layout, structure and engines. It is available in an open version or with wheelhouse or T-top, and can be built with one or two garages at the stern and/or as a side bay, making it perfect for multiple toys and tenders. The standard top speed is around 38 knots, accelerating up to 50 in the Veloce configuration.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.25 m (56.6ft)
Beam - 5.05 m
Draft - 0.9 m exl drives and or props
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or two berths in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 600hp, Volvo D11 725hp, Man 1200hp Veloce version
Propulsion - Zeus ZF aft looking dual propeller pod drives, Volvo IPS forward looking pod drives, or Anreson surface drives
Speed - 50 knots max with twin Man 1200hp and Arenson surface drives, 38 knots with Volvo 725hp
Project - Guido de Groot 

September 12, 2019

Project: 3B Craft 31 HT

3B Craft from Italy presents the project for a 31 HT model.  The 31 HT shares hull with the 31 CC model, with a complete redesign to it's super structure transformed into a sport cruier with a three peace fully enclosed hard top design.  The 3B Craft 31 HT should perform extremely well, having a hull designed first for center console sport fisher, and second having a rare attribute in it's size of being propelled with line shafts.  This is a sport cruiser designed to cruise offshore, at an overall length of just over ten meters.  The 3B Craft 31 HT will feature an interior sleeping four in two cabins, forward owners cabin and a second cabin with two bunk berths.  Living will be all on the main deck, with C-shaped dinette and galley opposite layout.  The standard hard-top is open, though options exists to have the area closed with a patio door, or a vertical cover which gives the best of both worlds. The 3B Craft 31 HT is standard powered by twin VM 340hp, optional Volvo 370hp and or FPT 400hp, with line shaft propulsion.

September 11, 2019

New Model: Viking 38 Open Billfish

With the addition of the 38 Open Billfish, Viking now offers two models under twelve meters with all the industry-leading construction, engineering and performance that has made the company the Number One builder in the world of semi-custom sportfish cruisers and yachts. As owner/operator vessels, these boats offer simplicity and ease of maintenance, serving as ready-to-go fishing machines equipped for inshore and offshore missions as well as versatile cruising boats with reliable inboard diesel power.  Havint a ten square meters cockpit, the 38 Open Billfish comes ready for battle with a laminated mounting plate in the deck for a fighting chair or a rocket launcher, a cockpit table is also offered. Other fishability features include in-deck insulated fish boxes port and starboard, a walk-through transom door and lift gate, a bait freezer with upper tray, a transom fish box and live well, rod holders, tackle storage and fresh and raw-water wash downs. Two-person mezzanine-style seats flank the center-line walk-through, and there’s refrigerated drink storage, as well as ample general storage throughout.  Available fully enclosed with climate control, the 38 Open Billfish’s command deck affords an abundance of seating, with port and starboard L-shaped lounges with storage below. A raised center-line command station gives the captain excellent sight lines and is equipped with a fiberglass, or optional teak helm pod, power-assist hydraulic steering with stainless steel wheel and Palm Beach style controls.  Viking’s Palm Beach Towers can outfit the 38 Open Billfish with a custom tuna tower with a second helm and a buggy top.  Below deck, the 38 Open Billfish makes full use of its four meters plus of beam to maximize comfort and utility. Hand-finished, high-gloss teak and Amtico flooring complement an elegant climate-controlled living environment. The private head, which is conveniently located immediately to port of the companionway stairs, has a large walk-in shower with satin nickel fixtures and an attractive Corian-topped vanity with sink and storage. Forward of the head and also on the port side, the galley is fully appointed, with a Corian countertop, two-burner electric stove, microwave/convection oven, cabinet storage and under-counter drawer-style refrigeration with built-in ice maker.  Rest up in the forward stateroom, which has a lower double bunk and an upper single. There’s also a starboard-side hanging locker. A starboard-side sofa with storage can also be used as an additional bunk.  As Viking continues to develop the Billfish series, our building methods and materials have gained efficiency, which adds even more value to these boats. A modified vinylester resin is used in the entire hull skin. End-grain balsa and closed-cell foam are used as coring materials in selected areas for optimized strength and stiffness while minimizing weight. The single integral fiberglass fuel tank, sealed to the hull with resin foam, is resin infused with balsa coring on all sides for stiffness. The hull-to-deck joint is mechanically fastened every three inches and fiber-glassed inside. For ease of maintenance, each engine and other critical machinery is located beneath electrically-actuated hatches in the command deck area. The Billfish Open is designed and built with many of the same mechanical systems, components and technologies found on larger Vikings. Examples include the Delta-T engine-room ventilation system and a fire suppression system that’s automatically or manually operated and tied into the main engine and generator ignitions.  Running gear includes Class “S” pitch tolerance propellers with dynamic balancing and bronze struts, sea-cocks and rudders. The engine-room, lazarette and forward bilges are painted with Snow White Awlgrip for increased visibility and ease of maintenance. A large center-line hatch gives you quick access to the engines. The Viking 38 Open Billfish is powered with twin Cummins 550hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.79 m (38.8ft)
Beam - 4.27 m
Draft - 1.02 m
Displacement - 13813 kg loaded with standard fuel capacity
Fuel Capacity - 1741 l
Water Capacity - 261 l
Accommodation - three berths plus two in convertible saloon
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 550hp
Propulsion - line shaft