November 30, 2019

Monthly News - November 2019

-pic of the month- Viking Achievement Award

Benetti Sells Five More SuperYachts

Benetti reports a remarkably successful streak with the signing of five new contracts of sale in a few short weeks. “Our latest products have won over the international yacht market. These sales confirm the brand’s winning choice to add to the high-quality consolidated Made in Italy an international and increasingly innovative vision. Once again Benetti has managed to amaze with unprecedented innovation, thanks to its decision to work with a new designer and use of cutting-edge technologies, but also to the in-depth study of improvement of production process control, resulting in more quality", said Franco Fusignani, Benetti’s CEO.

Codecasa Wins Rina Award 2019

Codecasa Shipyards are pleased to announce that today, November 26th, 2019, during the RINA Yachting Seminar at the Monaco Yacht Club, they were awarded with the RINA AWARD 2019 for the Motor yacht Regina d’Italia.  Mr Niccolò Buonomo, grandson of the Chairman Fulvio Codecasa, and the Captain of m.y. Regina d’Italia, Luca Lazzeri, both proud of this success, collected this prestigious Award.

Dominator Takes Rising Star Award

The prestigious Boat Builder Award celebrates and rewards outstanding business achievements of individuals and teams across key areas in the worldwide superyacht builders industry and was held under the glittering glazed ceiling of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. The category Rising Star celebrates those aged 35 or under who have been making a growing impact on any aspect of their business.  Dominator Yachts is thrilled she has been recognized, with Angela Pernsteiner receiving the award for her hard work and dedication to the business!

Ferretti Custom Line Awarded for Social Media Excellence

Custom Line is gaining new fans every day, also on the Web. And its excellent strategy and brilliant management of the social networks were awarded with the prestigious Gold Trophy in the Cars & Yachts category at the 2019 World Luxury Award event in Monte Carlo.  The award recognizes the brand’s innovative efficiency that is capable of successfully overseeing every area of communication, a distinction confirmed by Custom Line’s many followers on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.  A guarantee of competence and quality, the World Luxury Award is an independent forum that has a dual objective: to improve the standard of creative excellence in advertising, design, and multimedia, and to serve as a global think tank to help in developing cutting-edge technologies in the luxury goods sector.  In this perspective, the Custom Line accounts, managed in collaboration with the Arachno web agency, a Ferretti Group partner, were judged to be the best among the social networks of all the major players in the luxury industry. A large pool of users, an original tone of voice, a high level of engagement, and high quality content enabled the brand to clearly outperform its competitors.

Fraucher Wins Best of Boats Award

Once again the Frauscher Shipyard, headquartered in Ohlsdorf Austria, can look back on a very successful year. The boat builders were able to significantly increase their business volume and again achieved a record revenue in fiscal year 2018/19. As an absolute highlight, the premium brand Frauscher won the Best of Boats Award 2019 with its new flagship, the 1414 Demon Air, last Thursday evening.

Hylas Partners with VesselVanguard

Hylas Yachts, a leading builder of bluewater cruising yachts, signed an agreement with VesselVanguard, the leading maintenance management solution for boat owners and manufacturers.  All Hylas sailing and motor yachts now include three-years of VesselVanguard service, providing owners notifications of, and at-a-glance status for, required maintenance, as well as establishing a protocol for Hylas’ technical department to remotely monitor yacht maintenance tasks and offer technical assistance, if necessary. All maintenance history is logged for future reference and accessible for potential buyers when the boat goes on the second-hand market, keeping the resale value high.  “Our boats are known for their quality and seaworthiness but like all boats of this nature the systems are complex requiring an equal attention to detail in their maintenance,” said Andy Huang, principal, Hylas Yachts. “In our opinion VesselVanguard stands alone as the only user-friendly solution that provides necessary detail and unparalleled simplicity. Our customers are serious boaters traveling all around the world. It’s comforting to know that when they are in the middle of a passage and need to access manuals or view maintenance data the information is always available on the VesselVanguard app, right in the palm of their hand. We are also impressed with the other features and functions that simplify the customer experience.”  “Hylas’ boats are all built in a bespoke tradition integrating each owner’s taste and style with the best engineering and marine construction techniques available today,” said Don Hyde, founder and CEO, VesselVanguard. “We both approach our customers from the same perspective with the goal of ensuring the very best time on the water possible, and we look forward to simplifying the boat ownership experience for Hylas customers around the world.”

Maritimo Apprentices Take Out Two Top Gongs

Leading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, saw two of its apprentices take out apprentice of the year awards in their respective trade categories at an awards ceremony on the Gold Coast last night.  The Tafe Queensland Gold Coast Apprentice Awards were announced at a special event in Southport.  Fourth Year Apprentice Nathan Creenaune, who finished his time in September, won his category and First Year  Apprentice, Jesse Blackley won his.  Nathan is now qualified as a Certificate 3 Marine Craft (Boat Builder) and Jesse is currently a Certificate 3 Marine Craft Apprentice first year. Maritimo's General Manager Operations Phil Candler said the wins by both Nathan and Jesse were well deserved and a credit to the two apprentices.  he guys have done a great job and it is a credit to them personally and to our overall apprenticeship programme, he said.  Candler said another two apprentices were nominated, Zoe DePryck, a second year Certificate 3 Cabinet Maker and Lachlan Sacco a first year Certificate 3 Marine Craft apprentice. Zoe won the First Year Cabinet Maker Apprentice Of The Year last year.  To have four nominated and then get two wins is a fantastic result, he said. We put a great deal of time and effort into our training and mentoring initiatives and the apprentices have embraced it enthusiastically.  It is fantastic to see them recognized for their work and efforts and even though Zoe and Lachlan did not win this year just being nominate is a feat in itself.  Jesse and Nathan are to be congratulated and especially for Nathan it is a brilliant way for him to cap off finishing his apprenticeship.  Maritimo currently has 12 apprentices doing their trades.  The company employs approximately 300 staff and contractors and ships its luxury motor yachts around the globe.

Maritimo Takes Two out of Three in World Championship

Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo's international Racing Technologies Division is on a high with its new R30 XCAT performing strongly in Shanghai at the weekend resulting in Maritimo Racing taking out two of the three races in round two of the UIM XCAT World Championship.  The new R30 was only having its second outing after a strong debut in Italy earlier this year.  The new hull and design package benefiting from further testing and development back in Australia, after Maritimo Racing shipped their XCAT and equipment back to Maritimo Racing’s Technology Centre in between rounds one and two for modifications and upgrades.  “The team have worked tirelessly on developing the setup to improve performance since Italy, and we continue to find more pace with what was already a fast package out of the box,” said driver Tom Barry-Cotter.  The new R30 advantages are seen in its handling and balance characteristics with the new design carrying noticeably higher cornering speeds to the rest of the competition in Shanghai. The R30 differs radically in appearance to the rest of the competition when at speed, but we are very comfortable in the cockpit and the boat is proving extremely predictable in its handling characteristics.  Barry-Cotter, who raced the R30 with veteran offshore powerboat campaigner, Ross Willaton, said a fuel pressure issue in the first race of the Shanghai series saw Maritimo drop back from fourth to sixth position in the closing laps with a podium position in sight. The following two days were a different result he said, as the wins in Shanghai close up the championship with just six points separating the top three boats with three races to go in the final round in Dubai in December.  The team now turns its focus to the final Round of three races in Dubai December 12-14 where the UIM XCAT World Championship will be decided.  The team is already back in Australia working on upgrades for the final round, as we know we need yet more pace and more important reliability to bring to the decider; he said.

Nordhavn Naps Scheduled for May 2020

The third annual Nordhavns Across Puget Sound (NAPS) rendezvous will happen May 8-10, 2020 and organizers are anticipating the biggest turnout yet with at least 40 Nordhavns expected to participate. The weekend event is a low key gathering of Nordhavns devoid of formal dinners and organized seminars. Instead, NAPS skews more toward potluck suppers and boat hopping during which owners compare layouts and swap cruising stories with one another. NAPS was the brainchild of Kevin and Allison Jeffries, owners of N55 Red Rover, who love attending Nordhavn company rendezvous and wanted to create a less elaborate version they could bring to the Pacific Northwest that could be managed easily enough by the two of them. This year they spearheaded a new event, the Taco Run, joining a slew of Nordhavn owners on a venture down the west coast to Mexico, where they will spend the winter. This meant they wouldn’t be around to manage NAPS so they handed over the reins to N62 owner, Bill Baker.  Baker had attended NAPS this past spring, where boat participation stood at 19 boats, up from 9 boats the first year. When the Jeffries realized they wouldn’t be able to run NAPS in 2020, they looked to their friend to step in. “There was some arm twisting and margaritas to ease the pain,” joked Baker. “Before I knew it, Kevin had me talked into it. [He knew my wife and I] would be in the northwest for a year or so.” There was no escaping the assignment. Gratefully, Kevin continued to assist as much as he could, and Baker has received a hand from fellow owners Elizabeth and Shawn Krenke and Jill and Don Bernard.  He’s needed the support given the huge interest in the event’s third installment. Baker said that at least 11 different Nordhavn models will be represented, and he speculates the Victoria International Marina, the site of NAPS, will max out with 50 Nordhavns in attendance. “I think we may get that,” said Baker, excited about the prospect of seeing and meeting all the Nordhavn owners, but worries capacity will shut out some, adding “I will feel bad [if] there’s no more room.”

Nordhavn Film Festival Wrap Up

The first annual Nordhavn Film Festival (NFF) was a smashing success and proved Nordhavn owners not only know how to have great adventures, they can produce one heck of an interesting movie! The level of creativity, professionalism and entertainment value put forth by each of the 18 movies submitted was beyond all expectations.  “Suffice it to say, we will be doing this again,” said PAE president Dan Streech.  An independent panel of judges – made up of experts in the boating and entertainment industries – whittled entries down to 10 finalists. From that group, the ultimate winner was crowned: Aurora Saves submitted by Denzil Baynes. For his effort, Baynes took home the $10,000 grand prize and the beautiful Nordy award (the NFF’s version of the Oscar).  Rounding out the Runners Up were Our Nordhavn Life by Shawn and Elizabeth Krenke; Father to Son: A Legacy of Adventure by Adam Paskowitz; and When Dreams Align by Brooke Palmer.  The NFF was conceived as a fun, creative way for Nordhavn owners to “up their game” in the video realm. Movie-making seems to come second nature to most of the Nordhavn community anyway, but how would they respond if pushed just a little bit? To honor the magnitude of the event, the celebration was set against a lavish backdrop that included a red carpet, three-course dinner, and chandelier-adorned tent. Around 200 guests were treated to a first-class showstopper, meant to mimic Hollywood’s top tier awards ceremonies. “We at PAE can’t stress enough that the Nordhavn Film Festival for us was a magical night in which Nordhavns and Nordhavn owners were celebrated in a way that befits the incredible depth of their contributions to the cruising lifestyle,” said PAE Vice President Jim Leishman, who conceived the idea for the NFF. “The time we got to spend with everyone serves as a reminder of why we do what we do.”  The 2nd annual Nordhavn Film Festival will take place in 2021.

Tecnorib New Dealer in Poland

TecnoRib, the official licensee of Pirelli brand inflatable boats, has signed an agreement with Polish company Patrick Marine for the distribution of the range's tenders and speedboats. Both companies express a great satisfaction. Patrick Marine, a company based in Warsaw and already an exclusive dealer of major boat brands such as Frauscher, Vanquish and Sanlorenzo, has been chosen by TecnoRib, the official licensee of Pirelli brand inflatable boats, as the sole distributor for Poland of all the tenders and speedboats produced by the Milan-based shipyard. Among these, the entire Jet Tender range, with models ranging from 2.9 to 4.5 metres in length, and the Pirelli 1250 walk-around designed in partnership with Swedish design studio Mannerfelt Design Team, whose launch is officially scheduled to take place at the 2020 boot Düsseldorf. Patrick Marine is a leading Polish company founded in 2005, which works in partnership with several shipyards, including some Italian companies, and provides many services related not only to the boating industry but also to the world of private jets.  This will add to TecnoRib's growing network of international dealers, confirming its growth and the appreciation of its products by yacht owners all over the world.

Riva Win at the Boat Builder Awards 2019

Taking the legendary Riva magic beyond the nautical, through the Riva Lounges, Privées and Decks: this is the winning idea with which the Ferretti Group secured the prestigious prize awarded by the Boat Builder Awards 2019.  The evening, 18 November, at the event organised by Metstrade and IBI (International Boating Industry) magazine, the jury awarded the “Retail marketing initiative” prize to the Riva Destination concept, created to offer owners an exclusive experience in unique locations such as the Yacht Club in Montecarlo, the Gritti Palace in Venice, Garage Italia in Milan, the Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa in Opatija in Croatia, Nammos Beach in Mykonos in Greece, the Molo 47 Restaurant in Formentera in the Balearics, the Splash Restaurant on the Seine in Paris, and the Riva Lounge in Palm Beach in Florida.  The pure class that has always been the hallmark of Riva heritage and design makes each Riva Lounge, Privée and Deck instantly recognisable, and not just to sailing enthusiasts. The classic fifties Dolce Vita style and chrome, steel and varnished mahogany detailing instantly evoke the iconic yachts and glamour of the most famous shipyard in the world.

Sanlorenzo Win Excellence in Design

Sanlorenzo and Bernardo and Martina Zuccon don't stop: with the SL 102 Asymmetric Project they have won the Excellence in Design award in Lazio, promoted by ADI (the Italian Industrial Design Association). The award ceremony took place on Friday, November 22th, during the presentation and inauguration of the ADI Design Index 2019 Exhibition in Rome.

Viking Achievement Award

In a dramatic black-and-gold-themed night within the amphitheater of Amsterdam's National Maritime Museum, more than 350 guests paid tribute to the Lifetime Achievement of Viking Yachts' Bill and Bob Healey at the IBI-Metstrade Boat Builder Awards this week.  The award honored the Healey brothers' nearly six decades of remarkable service as they built Viking Yachts into the world's largest manufacturer of high-end sportfishing and motor yachts by following their mantra of building a better boat every day. They also made significant and selfless contributions to the general wellbeing of the boating industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to Bob's son (above), Robert Healey Jr, Executive Co-Chairman of the Viking Group.  International Boat Industry (IBI) Editor and Chair of the Boat Builder Awards judge, Ed Slack, commented: "The Boat Builder Awards celebrates the achievements of the people and companies that build the boats that drive our industry."

Viking Concerned About New Emissions Rule

A looming emissions mandate could spell doom for large diesel-powered yachts unless an international governing body realizes its premature implementation will only devastate the marine industry, crippling boat building production and causing substantial job losses. "This is the greatest threat to the marine industry since the luxury tax of 1990," Viking President and CEO Pat Healey told the Viking dealer network and the marine media during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last week. "They're mandating impossible regulations that are going to leave us with no other choice but to stop production of our 93 Motor Yacht and our 92 Convertible." The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is prematurely forcing commercial regulation compliance of Tier III emissions limits upon builders of diesel-powered yachts. The mandate, which is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2021, requires the installation of heavy, bulky and potentially dangerous Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems in the enginerooms of yachts with a "load line length" of 24 meters (78 feet). Last year, the international marine industry attempted to delay the implementation but was unsuccessful, with key member states such as Norway, Germany and Canada voting against the extension. SCR would increase purchase and operating costs of the boat; add significant weight; reduce performance; hinder accessibility for service; compromise safety; and require additional ventilation and onboard tankage. "Viking will not compromise the engineering integrity of our yachts with a technology that would have so many negative effects," says Pat. On the 92 Convertible, the system would need to be installed above the engines and span their entire length and width as shown in these profile (left) and overhead (right) views. The technology to scale down the SCR system to a level where it can be effectively engineered for installation in the Viking 92 and 93 MY "simply does not exist yet," says Lonni Rutt, Viking's Vice President of Design and Engineering. Discontinuing production of Viking's largest vessels will have severe employment implications on the New Gretna, New Jersey, plant. "This is a huge employment issue," says Pat. "This is not just about Viking. This is about the entire marine industry, both here in the U.S. and internationally. We're talking about an entire segment of boatbuilding - yachts from 90 to 130 feet - being wiped out." Viking and other boatbuilders are already in compliance with the U.S. EPA's Tier III requirement. IMO Tier III, which aims to further reduce nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx), is based on commercial shipping where vessels log tens of thousands of hours annually compared to a few hundred for recreational yachts. "We will continue to fight the unfeasible application of IMO Tier III limits," says Pat. "The boating public needs to know that these are farfetched international regulations put in place by people who are disconnected completely from the marine industry and the companies and people who build boats."

Viking Master of the Class

Viking subsidiary Atlantic Marine Electronics has been hands-on with a series of classes conducted by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Four full-day classes were conducted for more than 20 AME technicians and Viking Yacht engineers, certifying the team in NMEA 2000. NMEA 2000 is a plug-and-play communications standard used for connecting marine sensors and display units. "AME is proud to be the largest NMEA Master Dealer," said AME General Manager Todd Tally. "In being a Master Dealer boaters know that the NMEA has certified your commitment to education, technical proficiency and customer service consistent with high standards."

November 29, 2019

New Model: Hargrave G120

Hargrave present the new G120 signature series revealing in this an ability to build a customized yacht to meet the unique needs of its clients. For this new super yacht Hargrave teamed up with Galati yacht sales, a famous renowned yacht brokerage firm in the USA with twelve offices who worked alongside naval architect Jack Sarin for exterior lines and Shelly Dicondina for the interior.  Many new features stand out in the G120 from the speed and handling, fuel capacity, long range efficiency and exceptional use of interior space. This raised pilothouse super yacht offers a five stateroom layout, including two master suites, day heads in the salon and on the flybridge deck along with beautiful interior appointments. Special attention was paid to maximizing natural lighting as well as opening up interior space as possible.  The Hargrave G120 is powered by twin MTU 2186hp with line shafts propulsion, delivering top speeds up to 25 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 36.49 m (119.9ft)
Beam - 7.62 m
Draft - 1.87 m full load
Displacement - 137.4 t
Fuel Capacity - 26497 l
Water Capacity - 3785 l
Accommodation - ten guests berths in five cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 2186hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five blade Nibral propellers
Speed - 25 knots max 20 knots cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with spray rails
Construction - hand laid vinilester resin with painted Alexseal exterior, 
Project - Jack Sarin exterior, Shelly Dicondina interior

November 28, 2019

Project: Bavaria SR41

The Bavaria SR41 kicks off a new line of motorboats from the German boat builder. It combines the best of the sporty S-line and R-line from Bavaria. A comfortable cockpit, a large sunbed which can be transformed in no time into a lounge area with a table right on the waterfront and a large bathing platform. This makes the Bavaria SR41 the ideal sport cruiser for a perfect day on the water with family and friends. Bavaria also the SR41 a new dimension with an intelligent cabin layout.  The spacious midships located full beam owner’s cabin has its own bathroom, as does the guest cabin in the bow. Comfort and boating pleasure are the focuses of the new SR41, which is available as a soft top, hard top and coupe version.  The Bavaria SR41 will be powered by twin Mercruiser 355hp gas petrol engines, and to twin Volvo 380hp.  Propulsion will be stern drive with dual propeller.

November 27, 2019

Paul Fiore 1943 - 2019

Paul Fiore, the founder of Hustler Powerboats in New York, which kicked off the stepped V-bottom hull revolution that swept through the high-performance marine industry in the 1980s, died the morning 26th November after a four-week battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 76 years old. Fiore was the father of Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats founder Mike Fiore, who died following an accident in the 2014 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri.  Though Fiore often described himself as retired from the boat building world, he regularly consulted with the Outerlimits crews.  Fiore is survived by his wife, Diane, and daughter, Donna, who works at Outerlimits; his former wife; Joyce, the mother of Mike and Donna; and grandchildren Nicole, Sophia, Jet and Moxie.

New Model: Princess S66

Princess present the new S66, a model which replaces the S65 presented in 2016.  The new S66 has an undeniable presence, thanks to her slender streamlined lines and aggressive forms. A Vee shaped hull delivers on this promise with speeds up to 38 knots coming from twin Man 1400hp engines. When at anchor, peacefulness descends onto her generously appointed deck areas, which include a spacious fore-deck seating area, whilst her hydraulic bathing platform and three meters plus space tender garage become the perfect base for water-sports.  Captivating on the outside, she is distinctively cool inside. Her sociable galley aft arrangement, with opposing open-plan dining area, has sliding doors and a fully opening electric window leading out to the cockpit to create an al fresco bar. Below deck eight guests are accommodated across four cabins, three of which are en suite.  A single berth crew cabin is located aft.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.32 m (66.9ft)
Hull Length - 20 m
Beam - 5.08 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 34276 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4100 l
Water Capacity - 873 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed -38 knots max
Project - Olesinski

November 26, 2019

Project: Anvera 42

Anvera is a rib cruiser and yacht builder which has gained a lot of attention on its first two models, first the 55 and then the 48.  Now Anvera presents the project for a third entry level 42 rib cruiser project.  We do not have a lot of details about this new Anvera, so far we know that the 42 is designed as the larger sisters by Aldo Drudi, and follows a light weight construction mostly made of carbon fiber, which allows high speeds with minimum horsepower.  This one is a recurring Anvera theme, which makes for incredible nautical mile per liter numbers, and an amazing ride its priority.

November 25, 2019

Super Yacht Fire in Puerto Banus

A thirty meter super yacht titled Mama Lola had an onboard fire while berthed at Puerto Banus, Marbella, on the South-East Mediterranean coast of Spain at about 10:15 morning time of 25 November.  The fire was reported to have started in the cabin area of the yacht, with a thick grey-black plum of smoke rising up from the yacht.  Fire fighters and emergency services rushed to the scene, with the fire controlled in about two hours.  In a footage on YouTube a nearby yacht was seen leaving its berth to port-side of the smoke filled yacht for safety reasons.  The yacht was saved from the fire, although the damage inside, should not be little.
Motor yacht Mama Lola is a Stefano Righini designed 2002 Falcon Yachts 100, powered by twin MTU 1800hp for speeds up to 26 knots and an interior with five guest suites.  Debuting in 1996 the Falcon 100 is an evolution and replacement of the 92 model, and was the Viareggio builder flagship at launch.  Produced for nine years in 25 units, the 100 was replaced by the Falcon 102 in 2005.

New Model: Fairline F//Line 33

In recent years each new Fairline model seems to bring a divided opinion by the brand fans, and the new F//Line 33 fell deeply in this category, and took it to the next level for the reasoning it has been a long time if ever, that the British boat builder offered something like it.  I have been following Fairline for various decades now and the last sport model I remember was the 26 Sportfury in the mid to late eighties, which shared hull with the Sunfury but had no second midships cabin and outside looks which teased Sunseeker.  Divided opinions about the F//Line 33 are from claims it is a gift to boating to those saying that Fairline does not know what an entry level cruiser is, and reminding to everyone what the previous models and successes in the past of the British brand as the Targa 34 and 38 offered in a similar size.  The Fairline F//Line 33 more then a look in itself is a reply to Princess R35, costing less but still offering some things of its own.  Looking outside the F//Line 33 looks less sophisticated, but looking deeper it does bring a sophistication of her own thanks to the ingenuity and style of Italian designer Alberto Mancini.  Inside the F//Line 33 also offers more to the R35 thanks to a two plus two layout with a V-berth dinette converting to a double berth forward, and a midships cabin sleeping two, with a shower head in between.  The F//Line 33 also features a nice deep Vee shape which according to first reviews handles really well in choppy seas.  The big disappointment of the F//Line 33 seems to be the CE C category which considering the F//Line 33 has a range of 200 nautical miles at cruise is really disappointing, and from here I hope Fairline rectifies it to a CE B today before tomorrow. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.99 m (32.9ft)
Beam - 3.5 m
Draft - 0.87 m
Displacement - 6029 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 680 l
Water Capacity - 220 l
Max Persons - 8
Accommodation - 2 plus 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo V6 240hp, V8 430hp petrol gas, D3 220hp diesel
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 33 knots max with Volvo 240 or diesel 220hp, 45 knots max with 430hp engines
Range - 200 nm at cruise
Construction - resin infused hull and deck with cored PVC deck
Project - Alberto Mancini exterior, Fairline design, JandJ hull shape
Certification - CE C 

November 23, 2019

Project: Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 30

During the fall boat shows of 2019 Ferretti Group unveiled the project for a new Custom Line Navetta 30 model, set to launch in mid 2020.  After designing two Ferretti Yachts models, the 670 and 720 the new Navetta 30 will be the first Custom Line to feature design from Filippo Salvetti, who presents a semi displacement three deck super yacht with distinctive features of modern style, with a classic conservative line.  Short of 29 meters of over-all a positive feature will be its waterline of less to 24 meters, which will allow for the Navetta 30 to be captained by a standard yacht masters licence in many legislations. The Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 30 will feature a five double cabins interior with owners stateroom on the main deck forward, while crew accommodation is for six in three cabins.  The Custom Line Navetta 30 is to be powered by twin Man 800hp engines which will allow for a max speed up to fourteen knots and a cruise of 13 knots.

November 22, 2019

New Model: Sunreef Power 80

Sunreef present the new 80 Power a universal multi-hull yacht for long cruises in ultimate comfort. Unlike the previous Power range build of aluminium this new 80 Power is composite build, a change in construction Sunreef started to show with the Supreme range some years ago. Taking luxury and seaworthiness to a new dimension, this dynamic and elegant craft enters the Sunreef Yachts range, redefining the authentic power catamaran design. The yacht’s dynamic hull and superstructure stretch the living spaces to the extreme, offering infinite options for a bespoke layout and decor.  With a bold, contemporary hull styling, the 80 Sunreef Power incorporates classic stainless steel port-lights, teak sole decks, high bulwarks and subtle ambiance lighting. Her massive garage combined with an aft platform allows the 80 Sunreef Power to take numerous water toys and jet-ski anywhere she goes. Easily accessed from the saloon, the yacht’s full-beam bow terrace is a vast, soothing retreat with amazing amounts of space for sunning and lounging. The 80 Sunreef Power’s immense flybridge offers enough breadth to house a spa pool, a wet bar and generous seating all around.  One of the most spectacular features on board the 80 Sunreef Power is the master suite which can be set up in the bow section of the main deck. With a double bed facing the bow terrace, a bathroom with a walk-in shower, dressing and desk, the suite is bathed in sun from the skylight glazing. The same space can also be used to install a large lounge with ample seating and access to the foredeck.  The main saloon opens wide onto the ample aft cockpit to combine the yacht’s interior dining space with the outdoor relaxation areas, where more seating is available along with a wet bar. The fully custom saloon can also accommodate for a large galley, depending on the layout selected and houses an elevated interior navigation station.  The immense volumes in the hulls of the 80 Sunreef Power give plenty of room to tailor every unit’s layout to the most specific requirements. The crew quarters along with the galley and crew mess can be accessed directly from the aft cockpit for more privacy on board. Multiple layout configurations six for the lower deck, and six for the main deck are available to set up luxurious guest cabins for a supreme level of comfort on board.  The Sunreef Power 80 is also available with various engine options from twin 575hp up 1200hp set ups, and even fuel capacity has a standard twin 5000 liters capacity and can be upgraded to a double 8000 liters. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.95 m (78.6ft)
Beam - 12 m
Draft - 1.7 m
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 5000 l standard, optional 2 x 8000 l
Water Capacity - 1600 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo 575hp, up to 2 x 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - composite fiberglass
Project - Sunreef
Certification - CE A

November 21, 2019

Improve-it = Maritimo M51

In the Sydney boat show 2019 Maritimo presented the One custom project based on current models of the range but specified and tailor modified to specific clients requests.  This Maritimo M51 Flybridge Motoryacht part of the One project was conceptualized by a client with the specific need to expand the master stateroom in lieu of the third starboard guest cabin. The custom design sees the master ensuite relocate to starboard with a custom designed ensuite molding and enlarged day lounge and wardrobe.  This level of customization to the standard specification sees modifications to existing interior moldings with no effect to exterior specification, hydro-statics and weight study. This lesser degree of modification, which transfers a standard build to the new custom division, forms the bulk of enquiry that Maritimo One undertakes. The degree of customization has far more scope for those desiring that a Maritimo motor yacht, suits what one needs and wants.  The Maritimo M51 is standard powered by twin Volvo 670hp with line shaft propulsion, and has in 2019 also been updated with new glazing for the hull sides.

November 20, 2019

New Model: Nimbus Weekender W9

Nimbus 9 model series gets presented with the Weekender W9 Swiss knife style performance sport cruiser / day boat / maxi tender.  The Nimbus Weekender W9 is a lot of things, but most of all as the name says she is a weekender sport cruiser with an accommodation for two, plus separate shower head in a forward cabin.  Options in the Weekender W9 are important from a fully open set up with bimini, to a T-top style hard top.  Nimbus Weekender W9 is available with outboard propulsion or single inboard stern drive, from a single Mercury 250hp outboard, up to a Volvo 350hp inboard stern drive a Mercury with the same set up.  There is also a single diesel option from Mercury with a 270hp engine.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.35 m (30.6ft)
Beam - 2.95 m
Displacement - 2800 kg dry and with 350hp outboard engine
Fuel Capacity - 300 l
Water Capacity - 80 l
Max Persons - 8
Accommodation - two berths
Engine - 1 x Volvo V8 300hp, V8 350hp, Mercury Diesel 3.0L V6 270hp
Propulsion - Volvo or Mercury Bravo3 dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 40 knots max, 35 knots cruise with large 350hp engine
Project - Joacim Gustavsson Nimbus Design 
Certification - CE C8

November 19, 2019

Project: Bayliss 72

Bayliss present its newest and latest project, a 72 which began construction on July fourth 2019. This fully custom sportfish yacht is to be be stabilized by dual Seakeepers forward and aft, and will receive the new Furuno omnidirectional sonar as well as Bayliss propriety freshwater cooling system for all mechanical components. The interior layout will consist of four staterooms and three-and-a-half heads. As with other Bayliss builds, a custom tackle closet, pantry and day head will add functionality for an owner who is prepared to travel far and fish hard.  The Bayliss 72 is to be powered by twin Cats 1950hp engines.

November 18, 2019

New Model: Rio Sport Coupe 44

Rio present the new Sport Coupe 44, a sport cruiser built on the strength and experience of its successful predecessor the Colorado 44 but completely revolutionized in size, aesthetics and layout. The new Rio 44 Sport Coupe is over fourteen meters long and can be described as a hard-top, performing sport cruiser.  The 44 Sport Coupe  flat aft main deck exterior space of approximately eight square meters. The interior part of the main deck features a J-shaped sofa, enclosed galley opposite, and helm station.  This area transforms also to  fully open thanks to the patio door which encloses to the right, and the sliding roof.  The spacious bathing platform is spacious and can be ordered with an optional hydraulic tender lift.  Inside the 44 Sport Coupe offers six berths in three cabins, with a full beam owners stateroom, forward guest double berth cabin, and third cabin with twin bunk berths to starboard.  There is also an L-shaped galley to port side in between the cabins. Rio also advice that the central area of the lower deck which concerns the galley and the third cabin can be customized as clients would like, with most changes replacing the third cabin with an office or a laundry room, but one can also opt to leave the third cabin and replace the main galley below.  The Rio Sport Coupe 44 is powered by twin Cummins 480hp with line shaft propulsion or Volvo 435hp with IPS dual propeller forward looking pod drives.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.11 m (46.2ft)
Beam - 4.05 m
Displacement - 12500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1350 l
Water Capacity - 350 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - six guests in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 480hp, Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Cummins, Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives with Volvo
Project - Marino Alfani
Certification - CE B

November 17, 2019

Apreamare New Web Site

Apreamare builder of the Gozzo traditional Italian fishing boat transformed cruiser and yacht, presents its new virtual World wide web showroom. Apreamare was officially founded in 1983 by Cataldo Aprea. But the Aprea family started building boats back in 1849 when Giovanni Aprea from Sorrento, Naples starts wooden building rowing and sailing boats production for the dedicated fisherman of the area. The Aprea family lineage continues after World War II, and the shipyard starts to experiment by fitting car engines on the small Italian Gozzo fishing boat, and here come the first commissions for boats dedicated for pleasure. Cataldo who is a fifth generation Aprea joined the boat building family in 1973, to which ten years later he leaves the family company, and taking at heart what he learnt from his father founds Apreamare. The first model from Cataldo's Aprea is the 7 Smeraldo launched in 1987 during the Naples boat show. A year later to this Salvatore Pollio a builder from the area joins Cataldo and here starts the Apreamare expansion which takes another high when the 9 Smeraldo the first planning Gozzo is launched. In 2000 Aprea becomes a joint stock company, and a year later to this the company joins the Ferretti Group. In 2010 Pollio and Aprea buy back the family brand which also includes the production facility in Torre Annunziata, Naples which started being built in 2002. In 2015 Apreamare makes group again and enters in the Cose Belle d'Italia franchise.  Today Apreamare offers eleven models; eight in the Apreamare traditional gozzo inspired range, and three from the Maestro series. Current entry level for Apreamare is the 32 Open, while flagship is the 82 Maestro, and the newest model is the 35 still in project stages and set to launch in 2020.  The new Apreamare website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Company, Boat Range, Network, News, Owner's Club, Contacts, Privacy Policy, Dealers Area, and Language Version. Apreamare has also its Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram social media pages with link buttons for these on the top left of the page. 
Production History;
Smeraldo 7 1987-92
Smeraldo 9 1988-2000
Smeraldo 8 Cabinato/Semi-Cabinato 1992-99
7.50 Cabinato/Semi-Cabinato/Open 1999-2005
Apreamare 12 Cabinato/Semi-Cabinato 1999-2009 (237)
11 Cabinato/Semi-Cabinato 2000-2005
10 Cabinato/Semi-Cabinato 2001-2006
11 Don Giovanni 2001-05 (20+-)
16 2002-2004 
145 2003-2006
45 Comfort 2004-10
54 2004-09
65 Maestro 2005-10
28 Cabinato/Semi-Cabinato 2005-15
48 2006-20
38 Open 2006-09
Maestro 51 2006-12
38 Comfort 2006-17
32 Comfort 2007-15
64 2007-15
32 Open 2008-19
82 Maestro 2008-
64 Fly 2008-15
44 2008-18
66 Maestro 2011-19
45 Smeraldo 2011-19
56 Maestro 2011-19
Gozzo 11m 2017-19
Gozzo 35 2020-
Gozzo 45 2022-
Gozzo 35 Speedster 2023-

November 16, 2019

New Model: Admiral 65m GC Force

Admiral has in Summer 2019 launched a new 65 meter super yacht.  Named m/y Life Saga this new Admiral 65 meter presents itself with a classic line but with touches of originality represented by the large central glazing that connects the main to the upper deck.  This feature together with the large vertical windows from the master cabin and the Vip cabin on the upper deck offer the feeling of touching the sea at all times.  On the Admiral 65 meter the Sundeck has generous spaces, ample sun pads and a bar area connected to one of the two swimming pools.  The beach area is large and equipped with all comforts, from the sauna to the gym, but with the plus of two beach side platforms. The Interiors are the result of a single key word: Relax.  A small palette of materials and finishes have been used in order to keep a continuity throughout the super yacht that allows guests to flow uninterrupted from space to space.  The leather coupled with natural oak, walnut and teak finishes are the perfect combination for a relaxed nature on board.   This new Admiral 65 meter is powered by twin Cat 1600hp engines and reaches a max speed of sixteen knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 65 m (213ft)
Beam - 10.6 m
Draft - 2.9 m
Displacement - 1250 t
Fuel Capacity - 120000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, seventeen crew in nine cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 3512C 1600hp
Propulsion - line shaft with fixed pitch propellers
Speed - 16 knots 14 knots cruise
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel hull, aluminium super structure
Project - GMC exterior, Mark Berryman interior, The Italian Seagroup naval architecture

November 15, 2019

Project: Sunseeker 133 Yacht

During the Cannes boat show Sunseeker announced the exciting new 133 Yacht project.  This radical super yacht has been designed with a dramatic new round-bilge semi-displacement hull form, paving the way for a completely new design philosophy for the next generation of Sunseeker yachts. The new 133 Yacht, part of the new Superyacht series, is the first-ever Sunseeker with a vertical bow and with a beam of nine meters, and contains 27 percent more interior volume than its sistership, the 131 Yacht. Remarkably, she offers just 15% less volume than the previous flagship 155 Yacht and with a gross tonnage of 448 GT, she is to be powered by twin MTU 2636hp for a maximum top speed of 24kts or efficient displacement cruising over distances of as much as 3,500nm.  MTU’s Hybrid system can now also be specified for the first time with their smaller 12V engines to deliver a multitude of scenarios from improving range still further to allowing zero emissions whilst cruising or anchoring.  The new 133 Yacht is part of a major new product development plan announced by Sunseeker’s CEO, Andrea Frabetti and she will be ready to launch in 2021. Sunseeker has designed the 133 Yacht with discerning clientele in mind. It understands that customers are spending more time on board, both at sea and at anchor, with increased comfort and the quality of life on board of supreme importance. The new 133 Yacht will benefit from reduced noise, more usable space and the latest technology including SCR systems, future-proofing against upcoming changes to emission regulations.  Another fantastic feature of the 133 Yacht is the configuration of the upper ‘Sky Lounge’ deck. Owners can access the foredeck via two parallel side stairwells or through the upper deck itself allowing seamless access and less movement through the interior of the yacht.  The fresh design direction for this new model goes beyond her dramatic new exterior lines. There is flexibility in how the ‘Beach Club’ and tender arrangements can be configured. The first option is to have a traditional garage with ample stowage for PWC’s, toys and equipment or alternatively, owners can choose to have a dedicated full beam, spacious Beach Club at the stern whilst a Williams 460 SportJet tender sits within the foredeck spa pool, launched via its adjacent crane. In this scenario, owners may wish to tow a larger tender, such as Sunseeker’s own high performance Hawk 38.  The aft deck entertainment area is fully integrated into the overall design, merging seamlessly with the vast saloon due to its fully-flush floor. In addition, the transition between the two spaces is replicated overhead thanks to the linear detail of the ceiling panels. A central bar unit sits just aft of the saloon, fully opened to the outdoors via invisible bi-fold doors on either side and an electrically lowering central glass panel. Entertaining in style across such considerable interior and exterior decks just got a lot more interesting.  Creating an important first impression, guests are welcomed on board via double doors amidships leading to a spacious starboard lobby. Within is a feature staircase across all floors allowing access to the main saloon and dining areas aft and master and guest cabins forward. On the port side, the side deck and side door on both main decks can be used exclusively for crew, thereby aiding the privacy of owner and guests.  The interiors, designed by long-term partner Design Unlimited are understandably opulent but the first impression is one of light, space, detail, technology and infinite mood choice via subtle lighting integration.  This is a yacht that owners and guests will want to spend extended time on board whether that be inside in immense luxury or the numerous entertaining spaces outdoors from the foredeck, ‘Sky Lounge’, aft deck or impressive ‘Beach Club’ with direct water access.

November 14, 2019

New Model: Azimut 78 Flybridge

Presented as a project as an Azimut 76 during the Cannes 2018 boat show, the Azimut 78 Flybridge, had a hype launch due to a few firsts.  The new Azimut 78 Flybridge is the first to feature a triple Volvo IPS power installation as introduced for the S range with the 55S in 2012, and is number one in the Flybridge range to feature the Alberto Mancini exterior treatment.  The flybridge motor cruiser and motor yacht from twelve to thirty meters is a segment which the Italian boat builder has been leader for well over three decades, not only in sale numbers with some models selling hundreds of units, but also in design and layout innovation. Azimut has since the nineties re-modeled the flybridge boat in design features and layout.  The Azimut 78 Flybridge of the Mancini era brings with it a sporty profile outside, with the inside featuring a four double cabins layout, with the traditional midships owners stateroom at midships, VIP suite forward, and two guest cabins in between.  The Azimut 78 Flybridge thinks different in the size with the way the crew quarters with two cabins located forward is connected to the galley on the port side of the helm station on the main deck.  This is unseen in this size with most 22 to 25 meters motor yachts having crew cabins aft, while with the Azimut 78 Flybridge layout this has a seamless connection to the crew quarters which in galley management duty does not disturb guests.  The Azimut 78 Flybridge is offered in two main deck layouts choices of lounge and dining, with the distinctive feature of having a lounge table in the central part of the main deck or a dining table for eight.  The Azimut 78 Flybridge is powered by triple Volvo 900hp as standard with optional 1000hp engines with IPS pod propulsion.  Speeds are up to 33 knots with the optional large engines, and 31 knots with the standard power.       
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.64 m (77.6ft)
Beam - 5.75 m
Draft - 1.77 m
Displacement - 62 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 5000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, two/ three crew in one cabin
Engines - 3 x Volvo D13 900hp, or D13 1000hp
Propulsion - triple Volvo forward looking IPS1200 or IPS1300 forward looking pod drives
Speed - 33 knots max with triple Volvo 1000hp, 31 knots max with 900hp, 27 knots cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 16.3 deadrise aft
Construction - resin infusion for hull, carbon fiber hybrid deck,  full carbon fiber super structure, hard top, roll bar, bathing platform and transom
Project - Alberto Mancini exterior, Achille Salvagni interior
Certification - UNI ISO 8666 for dimensions

November 13, 2019

Project: Hylas M58

Taiwan builder Hylas Yachts present the M58 project, a second and larger model in its power series following the M44 the builder launched in 2019.  Designed by Zurn the new Hylas M58 will feature down East lobster boat inspired looks, atypical from the American designer and those who follow his work will identify.  The lower deck will feature a three double cabin layout including a full beam owners stateroom.  While on the main deck Hylas decided to follow a modern astern galley layout.  The Hylas M58 will be standard powered with twin Volvo 725hp and IPS propulsion set up, good for top speeds of 27 knots and a cruise of 23.  Further larger engines options from Volvo will start from 800hp, and end up to the 1000hp, all IPS forward looking pod propulsion set up.  The larger engine set up will bump speed up to 35 knots and can cruise at 30 knot for 750 nautical miles.  

November 12, 2019

New Model: Arcadia 23.98m Sherpa XL

It has been ten years since Arcadia was born, and delivered at the time the first and daring A85 model, for sure one of the first green conscious super yachts.  Arcadia quickly followed the A85 with more models up in size till the 115, and then in 2017 it started looking downward by presenting the eighteen meter Sherpa.  Now thirty Arcadia units later in the sea, the Italian Neapolitan boat builder presents the new Sherpa XL, the second small size model in its range, two centimeters LOA shy under the 24 meter super yacht size.  The Sherpa XL designed by the Hot Lab studio is as any all other Arcadia different and daring, with an exterior design inspired to a working tug boat, with a split level shear line and a way forward located pilot house.  The exterior of the Sherpa XL takes over 60% in length, while the interior area located forward and upward features an L-shaped lounge sofa, and central helm station with two helm seats.  There is a further option here to have a galley located to port side, replacing the standard layout with a lower galley to port side, this replaced by a fourth cabin with en-suite head.  The lower deck offers a classic arrangement for the remaining three cabins, with a full beam owners cabin, forward VIP, and third guest cabin to starboard.  Crew quarters for two persons are located forward.  The Sherpa XL is standard powered by twin Volvo 800hp, with an optional choice for the large 1000hp units.  Propulsion is Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pods.  Tender stowage is unusual with the Sherpa XL stowing the tender in a garage at midships which opens at starboard side. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.98 m (78.09ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Waterline Length - 21.1 m
Beam - 6.98 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 63 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 7320 l
Water Capacity - 1650 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, or six berths in three cabins, two crew
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp, D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 23 knots max, 12 knots cruise, 10 knots economic cruise
Range - 1400 nm at 10 knots
Hull Shape - semi planning
Project - Hot Lab with Arcadia Yachts

November 11, 2019

Project: Prestige 420S

Prestige present the second generation 420S project.  S as Sport, as a Sports Coupe the new 420S is designed by the Garroni, Prestige designer for over a decade and features a distinguished, sporty look, offering an incredible layout and the latest innovations by the brand.  The new Prestige 420S offers an intelligent layout and refined design highlighted through the exceptional luminosity, afforded by the large opening hard-top roof, and the single-level flooring and spacious living areas in the main deck. The aft midships located master stateroom offers cozy atmosphere and high quality features: large central double bed and private bathroom, while a guest second VIP cabin with central double bed is located forward.  The Prestige 420S will be powered by twin Cummins 380hp, and or optional 420hp engines with line shaft propulsion.  

November 10, 2019

New Model: Damen 62 meter SeaXplorer

On 31 October the first Damen SeaXplorer luxury expedition yacht emerged from its building hall in the Netherlands. When the 62-metre custom-designed yacht is handed over to her owners in early 2020, she will be the first delivery from Damen SeaXplorer range.  The 62-metre SeaXplorer is a customised design with naval architecture completed by Damen’s inhouse design team and exterior lines by Azure Yacht Design. The owners selected Carlo Torre of Monaco Yacht Temptation to create the interior design and the Fraser technical team to supervise the build. The Polar Class yacht has expedition facilities for thirty days of autonomy, a fully certified helideck and helicopter hangar, plus two large tender garages and a dive store. The power generation consists of a Siemens BlueDrive system with three variable speed generator sets and DC bus. In combination with electrical propulsion motors and a battery pack, the yacht has an economical and environmentally friendly configuration.  Outfitting of the Damen SeaXplorer yacht took place at the Vlissingen East yard, located just a few kilometers from the Vlissingen City yard where Amels yachts are completed.  The Damen SeaXplorer range was introduced in 2015, a crossover innovation created by a top team of experts including the SeaXplorer design team, the Damen Research Laboratory, Azure Yacht Design and EYOS Expeditions, who provided hundreds of operational design features based on their real-world expedition experience.
Technical Data:
LOA - 62 m (203.5ft)
Beam - 14 m
Draft - 4 m
Displacement - 1886 t
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, twenty crew in ten cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C32 948hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - steel hull aluminum super structure
Project - Azure Yacht Design exterior, Carlo Torre interior, Damen design team for naval architecture
Certification - Lloyds

November 9, 2019

Project: Baglietto 65m V-Line

Baglietto during a press conference held at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort in Monaco the latest design of its new 65-meter superyacht created by Francesco Paszkowski Design.  The past and present come to life in this 65-meter concept whose lines were shown in private during the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.  The subtle retro style of the roll-bar reminds us of one of the great Baglietto classics, Adler, from which the designer takes explicit inspiration. The vertical bow and an innovative stern add a modern and unique style. The profile has a chic combination of soft and powerful lines, along with large windows that are perfectly camouflaged in the structure thanks to a special darkening film.  The 65-meter T-Line superyacht is also inspired by the connection of light and water, which is found in many yachts aesthetic choices. The high windows in the main deck and the upper deck is a distinctive element of Baglietto yachts and created by Francesco Paszkowski Design. The pool on the upper deck has a transparent floor facing a large aquarium on the main deck. Natural light is a key added value on this design, including the large central lobby area where the light comes directly from the glass skylights of the flybridge.  Instead of stairs, the main deck is accessed via continuous side corridors. There is also a unique transition space between the exterior and interior which resembles a real winter garden. It has a transparent window and skylights placed on the ceiling, which allows guests to enjoy the natural light and converse even in the most adverse weather conditions.  Guest will also find an aquarium, a furnishing element, at the pool on the main deck. There are a large conversation area and dining area for twelve guests directly connected to the modern galley equipped for high-quality catering. In the bow, guests will find the owner’s suite and a VIP cabin with exclusive access to a private gym.  The accommodations include a six cabin layout. Four of the cabins are located on the lower deck, which could be accessed through an elevator or a convenient side door in the lobby. The bow area on this bridge is for the crew and includes the crew mess as well as space for their accommodations.  Aft, still on the lower deck, the floodable garage offers accommodation for a ten meter tender. A multi-purpose open space is also available, which is ideal for life on-board because it provides direct contact with the sea and natural light. The aft area, thanks to two side doors, can be transformed into a huge beach club with a gym or a pool area if the tender is launched. Behind the beach is a generous wellness area that includes a sauna, and dedicated services.  Going up on the upper deck, in line with the aquarium located on the main deck, guests will find the swimming pool with a sunbathing and dining area, including a wonderful bar. Inside, there’s a full-width cinema room and the wheelhouse with the captain’s cabin.  Finally, a second swimming pool is located on the sun deck with a large sunbathing area and a shaded conversation area near the roll bar.  A helipad for touch-and-go landings as well as a garage area for a 5.4-meter rescue tender and two jets are also available.  Various motorization options are being considered for this project. A hybrid solution is also envisaged.

November 8, 2019

New Model: Princess V78

With a bold exterior concealing a spacious interior, the new Princess V78 is the flagship of the Plymouth boat builder since 1995 going strong V Class range. Central access from the hydraulic bathing platform leads you between twin sunbeds to a configurable cockpit then onward to a well-equipped galley, dining area and saloon. The fore-deck features innovative seating with sun-pads which can be converted to create additional aft facing seats. Her cavernous main deck saloon opens up through an electric roof above, or seamlessly to the outside through full length side windows. Below deck, eight guests enjoy four large en suite cabins, all bathed in natural light from her contemporary hull windows and a further twin cabin aft for occasional guests or crew. Powered by twin Man 1900hp engines the new Princess V78 can reach speeds up to 39 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.48 m (80.4ft)
Hull Length - 24 m
Beam - 5.76 m
Draft - 1.62 m incl props
Displacement - 53605 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 6000 l
Water Capacity - 1350 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five bladed propellers
Speed - 39 knots max
Project - Olesinski

November 7, 2019

Project: Solaris Power Lobster 78

Solaris entered the power segment in 2019 with a bang, presenting two models and an interesting plan ahead of a five model line up from fourteen up to 26 meters.  After the launch of the 55, and 48 Open models respectively, Solaris now is presenting details for its second large project, the Lobster 78.  The Solaris Power Lobster 78 is as the name says inspired to the Down East boat, but beside the sweeping sheer line, and flared bow, this is a flybridge motor yacht in essence and substance.  Offering a four cabin lower deck interior the Lobster 78 will feature an interesting living area with an opening balcony to port side.  A galley will be located in the central area of the main deck, with opposite the eight person dinette.  The Lobster 78 by the first layout designs will also feature an option for an internal stair case from the saloon to the flybridge.  Norberto Ferretti was always keen on this feature so often forgotten today, and in the past he actually offered this in nearly all his flybridge models even those sub fifteen meters.  The Solaris Power Lobster 78 in the renderings looks to be powered by a triple engine set up with what looks Volvo's IPS pod propulsion. 

November 6, 2019

New Model: Viking 46 Billfish

Just after the Billfish appeared in the scene in around 2007, a few years later everyone was asking the same question, to make a bigger one.  A turn of events from a global recession to the sale of the Ocean Yachts brand led to Viking taking the molds from Ocean Yachts and a new Billfish was born in 2017.  Fast forward to 2019, and finally a bigger Viking 46 Billfish has arrived in flesh and fiberglass.  The Viking 46 Billfish will excel as either an owner/operator or captained sportfish cruiser. Offering simplicity and ease of maintenance, she’s a ready-to-go fishing machine equipped for inshore and offshore missions as well as a versatile cruising boat with reliable inboard diesel power.  The thirteen square meters cockpit has room for the entire crew or family. The cockpit sole is built with a laminated in-deck mounting plate for fighting chair, rocket launcher or table installations. Standard equipment and features include a cockpit bait freezer with upper tray, in-deck insulated fish boxes port and starboard with overboard drainage, a walk-through transom door and lift gate, a transom fish box and live well, rod holders, tackle storage and fresh and sea-water wash downs. Two-person, mezzanine-style seats flank the center-line walk through, and there’s refrigerated drink storage in the starboard mezzanine step, as well as ample general stowage throughout.  The 46 Billfish command deck can be completely enclosed and is climate-controlled. The command deck features a salon-like living area with a roomy U-shaped lounge and hi-lo table and a lounge that extends along the starboard side. Both seating areas hold rod storage underneath.  Like our legendary Viking convertibles, the 46 Billfish flybridge is designed with a tournament-style center console walk-around helm. The 46 Billfish has Palm Beach-style controls and power-assist hydraulic steering. Seating includes a single Release Marine teak chair, with a second helm chair available as optional, and lounges to port and starboard and a forward console seat. Rest up and recharge in the 46 Billfish’s air-conditioned cabin. Featuring high-gloss teak cabinetry and custom Amtico flooring, the fully appointed starboard-side galley has an L-shaped Corian counter-top, a two-burner electric stove, a microwave/convection oven, cabinet storage and under-counter drawer-style refrigeration with a built-in ice maker. The private head, which is conveniently located immediately to port of the companionway stairs, has a large walk-in shower with satin nickel fixtures, an attractive Corian-topped vanity with sink and storage and a medicine cabinet with mirrored doors. Easily accessible upper and lower bunks on the port side await weary anglers, and there’s a hanging locker only a few steps away. The first-class accommodations continue in the private forward stateroom, with its island queen bed, a hanging locker, upper storage cabinetry and a flat-screen TV with stereo, speakers and DVD player.  The engineroom, 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 46 Billfish is standard powered bt twin Cummins 715hp, while twin Man 800hp are available as optional.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.97 m (45.6ft)
Beam - 4.67 m
Draft - 1.24 m incl propellers
Displacement - 19433 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2392 l
Water Capacity - 375 l
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM11 715hp, Man I6 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Construction - Resin infused Vinilester, end grain balsa and closed cell core used in selected area
Project - Viking Design Team headed by David Wilson

November 5, 2019

Project: Silent 44

Silent Yachts present the project for a new 44 entry level to its unique range of solar powered catamaran yachts.  The smallest Silent catamaran is an oceangoing solar electric boat that meets the highest ship building standards, respects the environment and makes no compromises regarding luxury cruising at the same time.  In the standard power configuration of the two 30kw electric motors it achieves a maximum speed of 12 knots, but the propulsion can be upgraded to twin 80kw with this increasing speed up to 15 knots. The Silent 44 will offer interior layout with three or four double cabins including a central located owners cabin.  With the Silent 44 it is possible to cross the oceans with pure and clean solar energy, without giving up comfort from a conventionally powered yacht.

November 4, 2019

Super Yacht Trouble in North Liguria Sea

A 25 meter super yacht departing from Aregai Marina on fourth November had to make an emergency stop in San Remo at around 1100 hours, just after five nautical miles into its journey due to hull damage under way resulting in water entering inside and a risk of sinking.  The super yacht made an emergency mooring in San Remo yacht marina and was immediately provided with assistance from the local Fire Fighting Squad.  The operation resulted even more difficult with the area having an orange to yellow alarm for waves, and wind forecast reported to go over fifty knots in the morning in the Ligurian sea area from Ventimiglia down to La Spezia.  At around 1300 hours the 25 meter super yacht was reported safe, while a second pump was being called.  At 1400 hours after a hull inspection, the super yacht was found having two holes in the bottom, so it will be impossible for it to navigate to any repair facility, with a huge crane being called to lift up for a temporary fix and then taking her to a specialist yacht yard for repairs.
Motor Yacht Beatris involved in this accident is a Cantieri Navali Lavagna Admiral 27 legno.  The Admiral 27 legno for wood construction, was produced from late seventies till mid eighties, and came from a design of Poalo Caliari. The Lavagna Admiral 27 legno offered interior of five or four double cabins, with two crew cabins sleeping four.  The Lavagna Admiral 27 legno was usually powered by twin MTU engines for speeds up to 25 knots and a cruise of about twenty knots.  It is not clear how many Admiral 27 legno Cantieri Navali Lavagna build, but I do know that two other sister vessels do exist. The Admiral 27 was replaced by the 26 L.L in mid eighties.