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."

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