September 17, 2020

Out-News = Super Yacht Runs Into Breakwater in Portisco Sardinia

A Cantieri di Pisa 43 meter super yacht ended on the break water of the entrance of Portisco marina in Sardinia, on the night of fourteenth September.  The super yacht damaged the hull port side bow area in the accident.  The cause of the accident are unknown, though a technical mishap for a professional managed yacht would be a first thought.  Portisco Marina is located on the popular World famous North East Costa Esmerlda cruising ground, to the North of Olbia. 
The Cantieri di Pisa in the accident is the Akhir 145 model build 2006 and titled M/Y Cap de Quers.  The Akhir 145 was engineered and designed in house and is fully fiberglass build, offering an accommodation for sixteen guests in eight cabins and nine crew in five cabins.  Cantieri di Pisa Akhir 145 is powered by twin MTU 3700hp which give her top speeds up to 28 knots and a cruise of 23 knots. 

New Model: Riviera 50 Sports Motor Yacht

On the Friday evening of September 4 Australia’s Riviera hosted a spectacular online launch for the world premiere of its new 50 Sports Motor Yacht.  The Riviera 50 Sports Motor Yacht is the latest addition to Riviera’s growing Sports Motor Yacht collection following the popular 64 Sports Motor Yacht which premiered in June this year.  For the well being of guests, dealer representatives and staff, Riviera unveiled online on all its platforms the new 50 SMY to a worldwide audience, live from its Gold Coast production facility.  Hosted by Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst, the live launch will be among the many highlights of the company’s forty years of evolution in 2020 that have driven the superior design and engineering refinements of today’s Riviera’s motor yachts.  The 50 SMY takes her cues from her highly acclaimed and popular sister ships the 72, 68 and 64 Sports Motor Yachts which are now cruising the waters of the world. The 50 is a spacious motor yacht with extensive water sports capabilities and designed for extended coastal passages or weekend escapes that can easily serve as a luxurious family, entertainer or adventure yacht.  The launch featured the very first reveal of the motor yacht followed by a tour of the 50 SMY. Part two of the premiere was streamed on Saturday, September 5, demonstrating the performance and sporting pedigree of this outstanding new model.  Accessed from a generous, optional hydraulic swim platform via dual transom doors, the rear cockpit boasts 6.5 square metres of outdoor living space and accommodates a barbecue/wet bar and fridge/freezer compartment, along with ample storage.  Wide and deep walk-around side-decks safely connect the fore-deck, which in turn offers both an entertainment and lounging zone and can transform to carry a tender. A walkway beneath the windscreen allows easy washing or attaching covers.  The bowsprit integrated into the flared hull enhances functionality and reflects a contemporary design.  In the fully covered alfresco deck are two comfortable day lounges either side – the starboard lounge can also convert to a sunbed. There is simply no better place to relax, enjoy a meal, take in the view or all the cockpit action.  Convenient access to the engine room is via a large hatch in the alfresco floor with a stainless-steel ladder beneath.  Joining the alfresco deck with the galley and saloon are a tinted glass sliding door and servery window set in a superior stainless-steel frame. A gourmet galley resides immediately to port, while the internal staircase to starboard, incorporating beneath a large freezer, liquor cabinet and glass storage.  As one of five luxury living zones, the saloon also offers two opposing lounge areas that can seat six to eight guests in total comfort.  4D Designs, in collaboration with the Riviera design team, has also excelled with the accommodation plan with a full-beam master suite bathed in natural light from large hull windows, a queen-sized island berth, chaise lounge, walk-in robe and ensuite. Guests are afforded a VIP stateroom with ensuite/day head forward and twin bunk cabin, all in exceptional luxury.  The three-sided enclosed flybridge offers superb all-round visibility and indulges its occupants in complete comfort. There is a supremely comfortable lounge opposite the main helm to starboard, perfect to stretch out, relax and chat to the skipper whilst underway. With an extended awning, the Flybridge is open at the rear and strata glass clears can then fully seal this area. An optional aft helm is available for convenience when fishing or docking.  The main helm station offers twin pedestal-mounted leather seats and places controls, screens and switches close to hand and in clear view.  From here, the captain can command the choice of two highly efficient power and drive options, being twin diesel Volvo 725hp, or Man 800hp.   With Man 800hp the Riviera 50 Sports Motor Yacht delivers over 30 knots at wide open throttle, and  has a range of 336nm at 22 knots with 10 per cent reserve fuel.  The official launch of the 50 Sports Motor Yacht will be followed by her world premiere tour which will include Australia and the United States. The first 50 SMY is now being shipped to the US.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.01 m (55.9ft)
Hull Length - 15.43 m
Beam - 4.96 m
Draft - 1.71 m incl props
Displacement - 25500kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 3300 l
Water Capacity - 460 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, Man I6 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 30 knots max 22 knots cruise
Range - 336 nm at 22 knots
Project - 4D Designs
Certification - ISO8666 for dimensions

September 16, 2020

Out-News = Classic Benetti on Fire in La Spezia Boat Yard

A classic Benetti super yacht went on fire on the morning of September 15, in La Spezia. the Benetti super yacht was dry docked at the Muggiano shipyard. The cause of the blaze is unknown, and the fire fighting squad was quick to intervene to control and turn off the fire. No spread to nearby yachts was reported.  Muggiano Shipyard is located at the East part of the large La Spezia basin bordering with Lerici, founded in 1883, and since 2004 owned by Fincantieri shipyard.
The Benetti in the fire is the 34 meter super yacht Hidalgo, which was custom built in Viareggio in 1968 to an in house design and naval architecture.  This Benetti 34 meter offers accommodation for eleven guests in five cabins, with five crew berths.  Power comes from twin GM 590hp which give top speeds up to 14 knots and a cruise of eleven knots for a range of four thousand nautical miles.  Hidalgo was last refitted in 2008.

Project: Garlington 71 Flybridge

Garlington present the project for a 71 Flybridge, its largest model in the current line up which features five models from 44 upwards.  Hull one of the Garlington 71 which is sold and has an owner waiting is nearing completion.  The Garlington 71 is designed by Applied Concepts Unleashed, a popular name among the custom sportfish aficionados.  The 71 Flybridge features a traditional sportfish layout of a living main deck with galley, saloon and dinette, with a lower deck offering four double cabins three heads layout; master cabin to port side at midships, a forward berth with three berths, and two double bunks berths to starboard for the fishing buddies.  

September 15, 2020

New Model: Pearl 62

British Pearl Yachts has really evolved in recent years, from a cultist of the Britsh aft cabin cruiser in the late nineties early second millennium, the company has since entered into larger sizes with the 75 model in 2010 and proving a hit, set sights into the standard motor yacht design.  Designed by Bill Dixon the Pearl 62 is a really sweet modern looking motor yacht and packs a lot of accommodation in just eighteen meters, offering a four double cabins layout, with a separate entrance master cabin at midships.  A plus point in the Pearl 62 is that it has no bunk berths which is what most four cabins eighteen meters motor yacht offer.  The Pearl 62 also comes with the option for the main deck with a choice coming to starboard which replaces the four person dinette to a larger one further forward.  The Pearl 62 is standard powered by Volvo 725hp or optional 800hp and 900hp engines with Volvo IPS pod drives.  Standard engines allow max speeds up to 27 knots while the optional largest option give 33 knots top end.      
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.61 m (61ft)
Hull Length - 17.4 m
Beam - 5.30 m 
Draft - 1.59 m
Displacement - 32 t light
Fuel Capacity - 2750 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x D11 725hp, D13 800hp, D13 900hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 27 knots with Volvo 725hp, 33 knots with Volvo 900hp
Range - 250 nm at cruise
Project - Bill Dixon exterior and hull, Kelly Hopen interior

September 14, 2020

Project: Cranchi A42

Since launching the Sessantotto 24 meter flagship earlier this year, Cranchi has found new fresh energy for innovative design which go out of the spectrum it got us used in the last forty years.  That is not to say this is something new for Cranchi, as for example the company was faster then most to enter the explorer segment with the Trawler line in 2013, and the T36 Crossover is another unique product in the boating World.  Designed as all latest models by Christian Grande with the A42 Luxury Tender, Cranchi is following the pack in the rise of the walk around day cruiser.  The A42 offers full exterior deck use from bow to stern, while below it offers a four berth accommodation; convertible dinette and large cabin, with a spacious head featuring a shower stall.  The Cranchi A42 shall be powered by twin Volvo with pod drives, no engine data is given but I imagine it will be the new pumped up Volvo 480hp.  Due to the success of this kind of boat in the North American market Cranchi has declared that they are working on an outboard version, surely with three possibly optional four engines.  World launch is set for early 2021 in Dusseldorf.

September 13, 2020

Web: Maxi Dolphin New Web Site

Maxi Dolphin is an Italian custom yacht builder which presents its new updated Internet web showroom. Founded in 1987 in Brescia Italy, it started by building one off racing sailing yachts for high demanding clients. Its first launch was Carmen Di Bellavista, a 73 feet maxi sailing yacht designed by Bruce Farr to race in the ICAYA circuit. In 2007 came the presentation of its power sport yacht range with the introduction of the beautiful Studio Starkel designed MD51 Power.  The MD51 is followed by the MD53 Power, what is a sloop stern version of the 51.  Projects of the MD65 have followed, but an MD70 Power is reported under construction with a delivery for Summer 2021. Maxi Dolphin has so far delivered a total of over three hundred boats designed by World Class designers Bruce Farr, German Frers, Luca Brenta, Roberto Starkel, Bill Tripp, Ettore Santarelli, and Jean Marie Finot. The following buttons guide you through the site: Sailing Yachts, Motor Yachts, Shipyard, Brokerage, News, and Contacts.  Maxi Doplhin also features its social media pages Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube with link buttons located on the top of the page.

September 12, 2020

Out-News = Bertram Moppie Lost to Fire Outside Porto Rotondo

A Bertram 28 Moppie was lost to fire outside of Porto Rotondo, in the North East of Sardinia in the morning of sixth August 2020. The boat was reported going out of the famous Sardinia Esmeralda coast marina when the Bertram day cruiser started fuming white smoke, which in about two minutes turned into black and engulfed the whole boat.  No injuries where reported in the fire, but the boat as the picture above is totalled.
The 28 became Bertram's best seller over the years selling over 2200 boats, for a production which started in 1971.  The 28 was the Bertram's which changed designer duties, with David Napier taking over from Ray Hunt and designing all the range from there onward.  The Moppie was the day sport cruiser version and featured a large cockpit and a small cuddy cabin interior.  This particular 28 Moppie which was lost to fire was powered by twin Mercruiser V8 5.7 litre carburettor petrol gas engines.

New Model: Benetti 107.6 m FB272

Benetti FB272 M/Y Luminosity is not an ordinary super yacht. The most advanced technology ever seen in the yacht industry matches the most pleasing results. Diesel-electric power, Azipod propulsion and advanced high-tech battery technology for covering 8,000 nm at 10 knots reveal a truly hybrid world cruiser. A floating dream not over yet. Her pioneering spirit is always monitoring the development of the future improvements and opportunities. The engine room is an impressive example of advanced technology. An advanced system for the minimum level of vibration and noises. A 3 megawatt/h Lithium Polymer battery bank for 12 hours of power with switched-off generators and no emissions. The Power Management System assures the best use of every ounce of energy. Appliances and systems on board operate with the maximum efficiency anywhere in the world. From an unrivalled audio-video system to a cutting-edge super-fast connection never used before on a yacht of this size and fingerprint recognition systems to access the more private areas. Preventive measures ensure safety in any situation. From sand filters and retractable stabilizer fins to a medical centre with an air sanitation system. So much more than just a practical purpose. Energy and technology bring to life some modern works of art on board. Over 370 meters of interactive panels show powerful images of nature letting them come alive and the 264 white magnolia flowers on the Main Saloon wall, silently open and close as a person passes through, miming the ever-evolving perfection of Nature.  FB272 embraces art in an extraordinary way. Beauty in its purest form blends with comfort and onboard needs. Every single detail tells a story. Every creation evokes masterpieces of artists who have left a mark on the history of art. Damien Hirst’s famous coloured circles find new expression on the French limestone floor in the Main Deck Lobby. As for Man Ray, an extraordinary eye-shaped construction at the base of the 18-meter-high stairwell winks at his magnificent work. The hymn to life of Matisse’s collages inspires the intriguing shapes throughout the yacht’s Main Saloon and Lounge. Among them, a sinuous configuration of hand-forged steel polished to a mirror that encloses a thousand Bohemian crystal bulbs illuminates the main lounge.  Other enchanting stories adorn this space: the beginning of Melville’s Moby Dick is gently engraved on the crafted pillars. The adventures of the world’s great sea faring explorers enrich the refined Portuguese Majolica tiles by Boca do Lobo on the cabinetry. An ensemble of highly polished concave and convex dishes flood the Master Deck Office with light. A great tribute to the Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor. Another eyecatcher on this deck is the Master Stateroom full custom Culligan hydromassage, crafted from one single block of the same marble used by Michelangelo to sculpt his outstanding David in Florence. The changing lunar phases in a single piece of Iranian onyx cut with surgical precision. A dreamy Moon Light shines upon the Upper Deck VIP suite. Endless details catch the eye without having to compete for the attention.
Technical Data:
LOA - 107.60 m (353ft)
Beam - 17 m
Draft - 4.55 m
Displacement - 5844 t
Fuel Capacity - 400,000 l
Water Capacity - 80,000 l
Accommodation - 27 guests in twelve cabins, 37 crew in 22 cabins
Engines - 6 x Cats C32 Acert 1803hp
Propulsion - Azipod pod drives
Speed - 16 knots max ten knots cruise
Range - 8000 nm at 10 knots
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Hugo van Wieringen, Raymond Lengton, Giorgio M.Cassetta, Zaniz interior and exterior

September 11, 2020

Project: Columbus Classic 50

The Columbus Classic 50 is a brand-new displacement motor yacht of fifty meters with steel hull and aluminium superstructure that fall into the less than 500 Gross Tons category.  Designed by Sergio Cutolo of Hydrotec this fifty super yachts features a classic modern feel, with the superstructures  designed to allow large windows to always maintain contact with the sea and the external environment.  The hull, characterised by flared and slender bow shapes, is designed to obtain very low levels of drag together with excellent qualities of manoeuvrability and seaworthiness.  The large outdoor spaces are spread over three levels and allow different configurations that include lounge, bar with dining area, swimming pool and large sunbathing areas.  The interiors are characterised by the arrangement that allows to have four guest cabins, a VIP cabin and an owner’s cabin, the latter arranged on the deck.  The two lounges, one on the main deck and the other on the upper deck, offer multiple combinations for the arrangement of guests’ common living areas.  The main tender is housed in a garage below deck while, at the far stern, a large beach club has been created with a cantilevered hydraulic platform.  The Columbus 50 Classic cruising speed will be around 14 knots with a range exceeding 4,000 nautical miles. The Columbus Classic Line comprises also the 80M, 100M and a 120M megayachts.

September 10, 2020

Improve-It = Otam 65 HT

The second of three new Otam's for 2020, this unique 65 HT has been delivered. The iconic exterior has been adapted to meet the specific demands of a deeply passionate and brave owner, driven by the desire to create a brand new design, a true one-off in Otam style. At the customer’s request, the Francesco Guida Design firm designed the styling and details of the internal layout and of the external cockpit, giving the yacht even more personality and translating the specific requests of the customer with a high attention to detail.  The interiors have been inspired to that of a private with raw carbon being visible in some areas to underline the performance aspect of the sport yacht.  This Otam 65 HT also sets itself apart from previous 65 units for having extensive use of carbon fibre in the build process, and also for being equipped with twin 2000hp MTU engines.  These engines set a new record for Otam's 65th anniversary, making it the fastest build ever by reaching top speeds up to sixty knots and a cruise of fifty knots.  Considering that most Otams reach fifty knots max this is a huge achievement and may 65 feet plus 65 years does indeed equal sixty knots.

September 9, 2020

Project: Dale Classic 36

Out of the new platform of the Dale 35, the British boat builder is presenting three platforms all inspired to traditional British pilot boat design.  The Dale Classic 36 is the third and largest of these three models, and the most inspired and similar to the Classic 45 model.  The Dale Classic 36 will feature as the two other models three lower deck arrangements, standard is for a single forward and galley down arrangement.  The optional versions moves the galley to the wheelhouse and use the space to starboard for another second cabin, or a larger queen island berth cabin below.  The new Dale 35/36 series can be powered by single Volvo 270hp or optional 400hp engine, and or twin 170hp or 270hp choices.  All powers are stern drive propulsion.  

September 8, 2020

New Model: Uniesse Exuma HTC5

When speaking of the just launched Uniesse Exuma HTC5 we have to look back at the past.  Uniesse always got me excited, for two reasons, because it managed to marry a sportfishing design with that of the Mediterranean cruiser in looks and purpose.  The Uniesse 48 and 57 Opens, launched in 96 and 97 respectively married this concept to perfection, and where a huge success from the end nineties till the first decade of the first millennium for the North Italian boat builder.  The Uniesse Exuma Hard-Top Coupe HTC5 is the evolution of the 48, re-imagined for the future.  We have two important changes in  the first HTC5 which launched this Summer, and that is a fully enclosed hard-top with patio door, and the profile window on the hull, stretching the whole cabin area, with added port holes on the fore deck.  The interior of the Exuma HTC5 is a two cabin two heads layout with forward owners stateroom, and a guest cabin with two in line berths to port side.  To starboard is a galley and an L-shaped dinette in standard version, with an option existing to have a large gourmet size kitchen.  The Uniesse Exuma HTC5 is available in five engine choices from Cummins 600hp up to Man 800hp, with standard propulsion being line shaft and IPS pod drives coming with the Volvo engines.  Hull one of the Exuma HTC5 is currently on its way to the USA and should be presented Covid-19 permitting at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale boat show at the end of October.  The Exuma HTC5 is Uniesse second new model after the company launched the SS 6, presented as 56 SS two years ago in the Summer of 2018.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.64 m (54.7ft)
Beam - 4.62 m
Draft - 1.16 m
Displacement - 15,300 kg light, 19100 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2649 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSC 600hp, QSM11 700hp, Man I6 800hp, Volvo D11 625hp, D11 725hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo forward looking dual propeller pod drives (with Volvo engines)
Speed - up to 40 knots max with large engine options

September 7, 2020

Out-News = Fairline On the Rocks in Black Sea

A Fairline Squadron 58 ended on the rocks in Cape Takil, on the Northern part of the Black Sea in Ukraine Crimea area on the 7th September.  The boat is reported to have hull damage and was taking on water aft.  Cape Takil is located on the Northern part of the black sea just before the entrance to the Sea of Azov.  No information on how the accident happened.
The Squadron 58 was a huge hit for well known British boat builder Fairline selling in just over two hundred units for a production which lasted six years from 2003 up to 2009. Little modifications have been made to the Squadron 58 with the most noticeable being the hull windows shape change in late 2006 from eye to square, and wood finish options inside beyond cherry wood in the last two years.  The Squadron 58 featured a three double cabins interior with a crew cabin, and was standard powered by twin Volvo 715hp, and or optional 775hp or Cat 800hp engines.  Top speed was up to 32 knots.

Project: X-Power 33C

Some things you think of never seeing in a life time, and this is one of them, X-Yachts making a motor boat.  The tell signals showed when the Danish yacht builder acquired HOC Yachts in 2019, and indeed the X-Yachts 33C is moulded from the HOC Cruiser 33.  Onward with some bits from the official press release. With more than forty years of experience in high performance sailing boats, X-Yachts is now introducing a new initiative, based on some of the experience they have, a ten meter open powerboat sport cruiser for quality-conscious boaters, with exactly the same overall strategy. Fast and safe on the water, superior pleasure with ownership, innovative development and design. The powerboat is planned for launch in January 2021, and the important milestones are reached by close supervision of designers, boat builders, engineers and technicians.  X-Yachts celebrated their forty years anniversary in 2019, and one of the anniversary presents was the chance offered, also to start-up powerboat production.  X-Yachts is confident that the new powerboat range will seem like a gift for the discerning sailor. The first model the 33C is produced with an inboard engine, a patented Petestep® designed hull making the driving experience smooth and elegant. X-Yachts is promising that the operation will be an intuitive experience, eliminating the need for a user manual, enabling everyone to run the boat feeling fully secure. The driving panel will be a light experience with integrated navigation and operation system.  The first X-Power model will be launched in January 2021, the second being a closed model is planned for launch in September 2021, and finally for now, the yard has planned yet another X-Power launch in January 2023.  The X-Power 33C will be powered by a single Yanmar engine from 320hp, and two other more powerful choices of 350hp and 370hp.  Propulsion will be line shaft, and so far the let down especially for a company which does blue water cruising sailing yachts is the CE C design category, meaning coastal waters, rivers and lakes.

September 6, 2020

Web: Zeelander New Web Site

Zeelander from the Netherlands presents its new World wide web virtual showroom. Zeelander was founded in 2002 by passionate yachtsman Sietse Koopmans in Zeeland, a province located in the South West of the Netherlands. In 2008 Zeelander launched its first model the Z44 designed by renowned Dutch designer Cor D.Rover. Zeelander first started to build its models at the S2 Tiara factory in Holland Michigan, United States of America, but in 2017 it has transferred to its own premises in Groot-Ammers on the river La Lek in Holland. Currently Zeelander has a line up of four models; Z44, Z55, Z55 Corniche, and Z72. Zeelander new web showroom takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About, Models, Zeelender Collection Preowned and New, Events, Video, Career, Press, and Contact. Zeelander also features its social media pages; Pinterest, Youtube, Linkedin, Instagram, and Facebook with link buttons located at the right bottom corner of the page. 

September 5, 2020

New Model: Rossinavi 49.70m

Italian shipyard Rossinavi is proud to announce the delivery, after two years under construction, of the 49.70m M/Y Lel. Developed by Kurt Lehmann, Chairman of Yacht Moments, this new Rossinavi fifty meter is the perfect balance between sporty exterior lines and contemporary interiors. Designed by renowned design firm Luca Dini Design and Architecture, which was responsible for both the exterior and interior styling, a first collaboration between Rossinavi and the Florence-based studio. Completely built in aluminium, the new Rossinavi is a celebration of fluid forms, thanks to a dynamic silhouette that harmonically culminate into both decks and hull. The generous size of the main common areas makes her one of a kind in the segment of superyachts with similar gross tonnage, giving her a substantial competitive advantage.  The Rossinavi 50m boasts a rather large beach club that allows for a dynamic and natural interaction with the surrounding environment. When the side and stern doors are lowered, interiors and exteriors organically merge into one vast and comfortable entertaining space featuring an indoor bar area where the tender can also be accommodated. The beach club is therefore an adjustable area of the yacht also including a garage which can be isolated and managed separately by closing the automatic door on the staircase that leads to the main deck. Here, the cockpit provides a double usage thanks to its raised panoramic area that overlooks the second bar ensuring maximum privacy without sacrificing entertainment space when the staircase is closed off. The upper deck features a tranquil dining area which can be transformed into a private and protected environment with a removable veranda. This innovation features outdoor heating lights and a room air conditioning system which allows for the boat to be enjoyed throughout the year and in different weather conditions. At the top is the sundeck fitted with sunbathing and relax areas by the pool pointing towards horizon and equipped with a dedicated bar station.  Indoor, the main saloon features refined luxury interiors, which combine a contemporary design furniture, elegant textiles, precious leathers and bespoke finishes for a tactile perception of timeless elegance. The owner’s suite is located forward on the main deck and is of generous size. In order to increase the comfort of this area, a large walk-in-closet has been installed and the cabin also features a private balcony directly suspended on the sea. Adjacent to this suite is located a VIP stateroom. On the lower deck, four guest cabins are all well-equipped with the latest comforts and merry the character. This new Rossinavi 50m  is powered by two MTU 3459hp diesel engines, which give her a top speed of 25 knots and a cruise of 21.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.70 m (163.1ft)
Beam - 9 m
Draft - 2.60 m
Accommodation - eleven plus two guests in 5 cabins, nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V 4000 M93L 3459hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 25 knots max 21 knots cruise
Range - up to 4000 nautical miles
Hull Shape - fast displacement
Construction - aluminium
Project - Luca Dini exterior and interior, Arrabito naval architecture and hull design

September 4, 2020

Out-News = Sport Cruiser on the Rocks in Malta

In the morning of fourth September 2020, at Bahar ic-Caghaq located in the North West coast of Malta found itself in the same position it did in 20th June.  Following over night and morning North East strong winds a sport cruiser of about eight meters in length broke its swing mooring and finished on the rocks. This part of the island is open to the Easterly winds which do become more common and strong in September and the Autumn period on the island.  Other smaller boats where involved in similar incidents around the Northern part of the Maltese island, while a Bavaria sailing yacht of about twelve meters in length also finish grounded in sand at Mellieha bay.
The boat in this accident is a Seawings 277 sport cruiser produced in England by Hardy.  Seawings was the sport cruiser planning hull range of Hardy, more famous for its semi displacement medium size pilot cabin boats, and the 277 produced in around the mid nineties although offering a typical British line of the mid nineties was interesting for offering a three part hard-top in just over eight meters of size.  The Seawings 277 offered a two plus two accommodation below deck, with a comfortable cockpit deck offering a C-shaped dinette and opposite wet-bar.  The Seawings 277 was powered by a single diesel or twin petrol gas engines with stern drive propulsion.  

Project: Dynamiq GTT 165

Dynamiq is proud to present the renewed GTT 165, the flagship model in the Dynamiq range. The latest updates made to the GTT 165 follow the successful unveiling of the renewed GTT 160 model in March this year, bringing the GTT range in line with Dynamiq’s signature lines and unique design language.  With modern technology and unique design at her core, the GTT 165 is an innovative 50-metre superyacht. Designed for those seeking ultimate relaxation she comfortably accommodates twelve guests across six luxurious staterooms including an impressive owner’s suite. The two side structural balconies are a particular highlight, providing the owner with private moments on board, while a desk, seating area and large ensuite bathroom with a freestanding bathtub complete the space.  The GTT 165 boasts a unique interior style with an exclusive selection of furnishings and accessories from renowned Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta. The chic interior is designed in a relaxed Maldivian style, utilising a calm palette as well as natural woods and stone.  From indulging in a day of relaxation in the onboard spa to enjoying cosy family meals by the open galley, the GTT 165 is a superyacht that has it all. Large sliding doors on the upper deck allow guests to transform the area from a spacious indoor-outdoor space to a sophisticated dining area, with the upper salon fireplace creating the perfect intimate ambience. In addition to flexible dining and entertainment spaces, the aft sundeck is dedicated to wellness, featuring 360-degree views from the gym as well as plenty of space for a tranquil yoga setup. The state-of-the-art spa centre is found on the lower deck with direct access to the water.   Engineered in the Netherlands by the experts at Van Oossanen Naval Architects, the GTT 165 has a robust, fast-displacement hull built from an aluminium alloy, making her a super-efficient ocean-going yacht. She is capable of a maximum speed of 19 knots, or up to 23 knots with the Sport package, and a long-distance autonomous range of 4,000 nm resulting in the ability to undertake multiple cruising seasons. At the owner’s request, a hybrid propulsion system can be chosen for ultimate efficiency and silent operation.

September 3, 2020

New Model: Fraucher 1212 Ghost

While most Ghosts stay invisible the new Frauscher 1212 Ghost has shed its shroud in Summer 2020 with an evolution of the Austrian boat builder design language that is both bold and beautiful. Along with other Frauscher models the 1212 Ghost features distinctive elements like the huge teak deck, frameless and tinted windscreen as well a straight bow design. The side air intakes, first featured on the 747 Mirage and then on the 1414 Demon are further developed and give the side profile a very distinctive look. The back features a swooping design framing the generous teak bathing platform in spectacular fashion.  Frauscher also sets new standards in the handling department: the driver sits exactly in the centre line of the boat for a perfect view around the boat. The ergonomic helm design features a bow thruster as standard and an optional Joystick operation system. The displays and instruments are recessed to give a better view even in direct sunlight. The deep-V hull is a development of the innovations used on the 1414 Demon and the 858 Fantom, two boats known for their sensational handling and rough water abilities and features two distinctive steps to push the boat onto plane faster and to accommodate a smooth and dry ride. Powered by twin Mercruiser  430hp petrol engines and or optional Volvo 440hp diesels with stern drive propulsion the Ghost 1212 offers a range of up to 300 miles.  Other Fraucher technical details in the 1212 Ghost are a standard fold-out anchor system which gives the captain complete control and view of the anchoring process without the need to leave the helm station. A warm water boiler, AC for the cabin, Diesel generator, high JL-Audio sound and ice maker are optional whereas a foldable Bimini top, full teak decking and fridges are standard. The three teak tables, two in the cockpit and one in the cabin are all retractable and convert into beds. The cabin features a surprisingly spacious bathroom with sink, toilet and shower as well as a unique interior design with lots of indirect lighting.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.99 m (39.3ft)
Beam - 3.50 m
Displacement - 8000 kg with standard engines
Fuel Capacity - 850 l
Accommodation - two berths
Max Persons - ten
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser V8 8.2l 430hp petrol gas, Volvo D6 440hp diesel
Propulsion - dual propeller stern drives
Range - 300 nautical miles at cruise
Hull Shape - deep Vee with two steps 

September 2, 2020

Project: Monte Carlo Yacht MCY76 Skylounge

After the success Monte Carlo Yachts received with the MCY70 Skylounge, the Italian based French Beneteau Group owned boat builder immediately followed it with the project of the two meter larger MCY76.  Skylounge or Enclosed-Bridge yachts are popular in North America, and down under Australian continents for two reasons, first they create another all weather climate controlled environment, second they free space in the main deck.  The solution is most popular with sportfish yachts above twenty meters, but in recent years thanks to the Aussie builders we are seeing the idea going in lower sizes and in more cruising dedicated motor yachts.  Hence we have seen the Beneteau Group with its headlining Monte Carlo Yachts motor yachting brand make attention and in less to a year present two models with this set up.  The MCY76 Skylounge will be accessed from an internal stair case to starboard, and will feature a central helm station with two by two forward settees.  To aft of the station is an L-shaped relax lounger with sofa opposite, while the open part aft will offer a free space.  Below the MCY76 Skylounge will benefit from two options replacing the lower helm station area, that for a large C-shaped galley, and or a large C-shaped lounger with galley aft layout.  

September 1, 2020

blogger - Respecting Your Roots

With many boat builders having thirty, forty, fifty years or more behind them I see little of them respecting there past.  Yet without it would they have arrived where they are now.  Your brand was actually created by that first model you made, and what followed after that and how each model represented a step in an evolution to improve boating for you and your clients.  
Some months ago in a video interview of Norberto Ferretti it was nice to see him say the story of how the first 38 model came into existence, and that the mould and boat was actually designed by Fabio Buzzi, for legendary multi winning Italian performance boat builder Cigala and Bertinetti, who competed for a Military boat contract which did they not get.  This 38 was Ferretti first production motor boat made in three variants over the years, and now I can understand why in the eighties the North Adriatic boat builder did get a fame for a solid sea-keeping boat, considering who was behind there first boat design and for what it was created. 
Fast forward to today and I actually like to see what Riviera who will celebrate forty years in 2021 is doing on its Facebook social media platform, with a brief story to come on each model it launched so far.  This posting started on 22 August with its first 38 Mark 1 model which launched Riviera and sold in 36 units in a six year production run before it evolved into the Mk.2.  Following this I would suggest Riviera to do a page on its website about all its previous models with some basic technical information and production run and numbers sold.  I would actually suggest this to all boat builders.  For those that follow Riviera, the Australian boat builder was already giving random historical model information on its monthly newsletter, which was my favourite peace of literature in the e-mail.  
This is not the first time a boat builder does this, Riva and Italcraft had similar data on past website versions, which unfortunately is not there anymore.  I think in the case of the above two, it is a double let down since both builders represent an important core of motor boating story and evolution both from the design and technical point of view.  While Ferretti did something similar during its fifty years anniversary some ten years ago, which unfortuntatly was removed.  Sunseeker does also give a short history which starts in 1999 on the website, but in reality the boat launched its first model in 1969 with the 17 Soverign under the Poole Powerboats badge.  True story in the official website Sunseeker also has a wrong photo of the 1999 to 2001 Predator 60, shown as the 2009 to 13 shall we call it Mk.2 produced version.  Then we have Princess which while not offering anything about its history directly, it largest dealer co.uk does offer a history of all the models most with a picture and some technical detail of what it produced since its founding in 1965.

August 31, 2020

Monthly News - August 2020

-pic of the month - Frauscher Razzle Dazzle

Azimut with Gabriele Muccino

An outstanding film director for a totally unconventional yacht: Gabriele Muccino will direct a short film to celebrate the launch of the new model in the Magellano Collection, with interiors by architect and designer Vincenzo De Cotiis.  On the one hand a brand that symbolises international excellence in yachting, on the other a multiple award-winning film director whose fame has spread as far afield as Hollywood: Azimut Yachts chooses Gabriele Muccino to tell the story of the yard’s new Magellano 25 Metri yacht, which will make its world debut next September 2020. To speak about such an out of the ordinary yacht, that presents exterior lines by the well known designer Ken Freivokh, the brand has identified a new language, the short movie, which is an unprecedented choice for the yachting industry. The shipyard, for which ‘Made in Italy’ style and elegance are central to its business culture, has commissioned Gabriele Muccino to make a short film for the launch of its latest original project, recognising a ‘like spirit’ in this director renowned the world over for his talent (which has won him a remarkable four David di Donatello awards and is reknown for his Hollywood movies starring Will Smith).  The short will be shown for the first time next September in the grounds of the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul-de-Vence in Provence, at a gala evening organised by Azimut Yachts for the exclusive premiere of Magellano 25 Metri.  With great poetry, the short film will describe the infinite nuances that unite art and emotion, engaging in an almost magical way with the Magellano, which in the narrative becomes a perfect synthesis of rigour and inspiration, discipline and creativity, reason and sentiment.


Bertram New Facilities

Iconic boat manufacturer Bertram Yachts plans to move its headquarters from South Tampa to Port Tampa Bay's property.  The marquee boat manufacturer entered a deal with Port Tampa on Tuesday August 18 to invest $25 million to add production facilities and move its headquarters to Pendola Point near Berth 21.  Bertram Yachts LLC started building leisure boats in 1960 from Miami. In 2016, Bertram Yachts bought the former Lazzara Yachts shipyard in South Tampa to establish its international HQ.  The decision to locate in South Tampa on 7 acres that year came tied with $700,000 in state and local financial incentives for its investment. However, the current site isn't sufficient to support planned production growth beyond 2022, CEO Mark Paulhus said during the virtual port meeting.  The company wants to remain in Tampa due to the current workforce it has of 55 employees, Paulhus said. He said next year the company expects to create 106 jobs and by 2023 it will create 240 jobs.  The company will now lease roughly 25 acres of land at South 50th Street and Pendola Point Road. Bertram would have the non-exclusive right to use Port Sutton Channel and easements for access and utilities. The company will have the right to use the property to construct a manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters.  Customers pay $750,000 or more for a Bertram boat before it is customised and $1 million or more to have their boats serviced, according to previous reporting.  The company needs at least 200,000 square feet for its expansion as it is growing its portfolio to manufacture fourteen different types of models, Paulhus said.  The initial term would be 20 years with three, 10-year lease extension options. For the first 18 months, rent at the port would be $17,500 per acre annually, which would be $656,250. Rent would be $35,000 per acre annually in the one-and-a-half to two-year period thereafter, or $875,000 per year. Rent would then be adjusted after the two-year mark.  The port would construct an access road and rail crossing. Bertram would reimburse the port for all costs of improvements over the initial term of the lease at a 6 percent annual rate, according to port records.  Bertram has not yet determined whether it will sell its current site or redevelop it. A decision is likely to be made next year, Paulhus said.


Cranchi Private Show Extended

A more exclusive, safer, more engaging format. The Cranchi Private Show is an unprecedented event conceived for a season in which participation in major shows must be forcibly reconsidered.  The need for social distancing and the demand for increasingly unique and personalised moments has convinced Cranchi Yachts to organize a private boat show, an extended event scheduled from late summer and throughout autumn, winter and spring 2021 and to continue until the end of the boating season.  The Cranchi Private Show offers enthusiasts interested in buying a yacht the opportunity to view the Cranchi range and test their favourite models at sea.  The event, accessible by appointment only, takes place at the Marine Test Centre, in San Giorgio di Nogaro on the Adriatic Sea, the first permanent showroom of Cranchi Yachts, located in a splendid natural setting easily accessible from the airports of Milan, Venice and Trieste.  Owners will be welcomed individually, with their family or in small groups, in an exclusive, private and safe environment. Complete cleanliness is guaranteed for all spaces as well as for all yachts before each test and visit, according to accurate protocols and through the use of ozone sanitizers of the type also used in the medical field.  Week after week the yachts will alternate at the Marine Test Centre, in order to make it possible, within the period of the Cranchi Private Show, the sea trial of the entire range, including the most recent models and the previews that Cranchi Yachts will present at Boot Düsseldorf 2021.  In order to ensure the best possible experience for all guests and to ensure compliance with health regulations and to participate in the Cranchi Private Show it is necessary to make an appointment with your dealer by filling out the dedicated form.


Codecasa with ISYL Foundation

Three new courses organised by ISYL Italian Super Yacht Life Foundation., of which Codecasa Shipyard is one of the Founders and supporters, with the purpose of training future professional people in the yachting industry.   There are 3 courses with 75 places available for as many young high school graduates who wants to acquire knowledge, technical skills, and approach the working world to find an employment in yachting and in other strategic sectors such as logistics and tourism.


Feadship Unveils Episode Two

Feadship has released the second video in a series showcasing designs previously created with clients or other superyacht specialists that did not ultimately see the light of day. Feadship Unveils offers a fascinating glimpse into the closely guarded Feadship archives, with each episode featuring leading Feadship personalities discussing a never-seen-before design from the treasure trove. Feadship Unveils is a series of eight videos, released every two weeks on Feadship’s dedicated YouTube channel. In the week in-between Feadship also shares various related renderings and sketches on its social media platforms plus a link to the Feadship design website. The first episode a fortnight ago featured Project Freedom and today Feadship Unveils sees sales director Marsha van Buitenen and senior designer Jan Schaffers discuss Project FG, created for a fictional combination of Freddy Mercury and Forrest Gump.  The 109-metre Project FG first came to life during the Feadship Brokers Course in 2019 and is a technically feasible design that allows for wild partying at night and peaceful relaxation during daytime. Highlights include an outdoor beach club for 200 people, a hidden club in the bow for exclusive private parties, a panoramic piano lounge and a popup all-weather table tennis court.


Fairline Unveils Industry First Configurator

Fairline Yachts, launches its highly innovative new F//Line 33 website, where users can design their own perfect F//Line 33.  Inspired by the market leading Tesla and Ducati online configurators, the website offers new levels of sophistication and user control, never seen before in the boating industry.
Fairline’s sleek, stylish and sporty dayboat, the F//Line 33, has taken the market by storm, immediately winning the hotly contested “Superboats” category in this year’s Motorboat of the Year Awards. The launch of the new website gives potential customers the greatest level of control in designing and ordering their very own F//Line 33, with complete customisation over the elements that really matter and total transparency on pricing. Following a simple and user-friendly six-stage journey, the user can build their own award-winning boat – from choosing the exterior colour and engine options, to selecting upgrades, accessories and even the language in which they’d like their owner’s manual – all from the comfort and ease of their handheld or desktop device. As each step is completed, your personalised F//Line is built right before your eyes as your personal touches are added. The retail price is updated with each change, offering complete transparency. Miles Moorhouse, Head of Marketing at Fairline Yachts, has been instrumental in the design of the new website. He comments, “With the fast-growing ecommerce market forecast to hit $6.5trillion by 2023, it’s important that our digital portfolio meets the needs and demands of the online shopper. Ordering a new car online is now common-place and in the last six months, we’ve obviously seen a sharp increase in online customer interactions – even selling new boats from our online video tours. The fun, stylish and modern F//Line is a natural fit in the digital space and as our product offer expands, so will our configurator.”


Ferretti Customline Record Sales in July

Ferretti Custom Line wins over new enthusiasts every day, a fact confirmed by the recent sale of a remarkable four new yachts in July alone: a Custom Line Navetta 42, a Custom Line Navetta 37, a Custom Line Navetta 33 (displacement line) and a Custom Line 120’ (planing line).  The sale of boats totalling 150 meters in length in just one month demonstrates how highly Custom Line masterpieces are appreciated by owners across the globe. This success springs from the brand’s ability to create innovative yachts that set trends on the international yachting market in terms of their style, size and attention to detail, with the ever present guarantee of cruising comfort, safety and customisation.  Their perfect combination of functional technology and design makes every Custom Line creation a work of art.  This important new sales result joins the 11 previous launches so far this season, in yet another demonstration of the Custom Line’s ongoing success.  These four new ‘jewels of the sea’ will be built at Ferretti Group’s Superyacht Yard in Ancona, where the entire Custom Line fleet is produced.

Ferretti Group Leads the Way in Asia Pacific

Ferretti Group has had a great start to 2020: its latest results, despite the Covid-19 situation, has brought in the best order intake for the Group in the Asia Pacific since its establishment in 2012, cementing its spot at the top of the nautical industry in the region. The achievement, including 12 new yachts sold (total of 289 meters), is retail valued at €70 million, proving extraordinary results for the start of the year.  The strength of Ferretti Group Asia Pacific continues growing with the signing of two exclusive dealership agreements during the last 2 months, for distributing the brands of Ferretti Yachts, Pershing and Riva; Pen Marine for Malaysia and HGB Group for Cambodia and Laos, both selected as the new exclusive dealers due in part to a commercial strengthening plan, which also includes significant investments, that Ferretti Group is implementing globally. With these two new dealership agreements, indeed, the Group further increases its network of Asia Pacific distributors, which now reaches 14 in the region. Ferretti Group Asia Pacific has also signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Sanya Central Business District (SCBD) in Hainan, China to allow further discussion and the possibility for Ferretti Group to invest and set up a branch in the SCBD project, to cooperate with Sanya on various aspects including yacht sales and service facilities, and continued support in the development of the industry for years to come.  With five projects already launched in 2020, including the Ferretti Yachts 500, Ferretti Yachts 1000, Pershing 7X, Riva 88 Folgore, Custom Line Navetta 30 and 43wallytender, Ferretti Group has started the year strongly all things considered and continues to dedicate itself to Made in Italy excellence.


Formula Clean Air

2020 has heightened sanitary awareness everywhere, with a closer eye on cleanliness from washing hands to wiping down surfaces. Purified air has also become a focus, with more companies looking to suddenly concern themselves with ventilation systems, in businesses and homes as well as vehicles. Formula are no different and have made every effort to ensure your onboard health and well-being are a priority. In fact, Formula began upgrading cabin air conditioning systems with the Dometic Breathe Easy air purification system nearly a decade ago, knowing that enclosed spaces in a marine environment can develop a musty odor or foster mold or mildew growth if left unchecked, so Formula jumped to add Breathe Easy to the interior ventilation and climate control systems nearly as soon as Dometic offered it to the industry. The Breathe Easy unit is an inline, in-duct component integral to the system and treats every cubic inch of air that is heated or cooled in your cabin, doing so with a two-prong approach. First, a specific wavelength of UV light enables maximum effectiveness in reducing odours and fumes, as well as biological irritants such as viruses, bacteria and mold spores without the negative qualities of ozone generation. Then, the UV radiation activates a mesh coated with titanium dioxide, which reconfigures pollutants into more basic, nontoxic elements.  The obvious benefits of this scrubbing of your cabin air are a fresher smelling interior and reducing irritants that may exacerbate the symptoms of allergies or asthma, but of course in today’s world, knowing that an effort to destroy virus and bacteria is also a welcome comfort.


Frauscher Razzle Dazzle

Austrian contemporary artist Sabine Wiedenhofer creates Razzle-Dazzle-Boat for the Frauscher shipyard. Premiere at the Salzburg International Art Fair on 5 - 9 August 2020, Terminal 2. It is not surprising that Sabine Wiedenhofer turns a motorboat, the design icon Frauscher 747 Mirage, into a piece of art. Someone who has already made love symbols out of Pistol Bullets, from Murano glass New York's Tribeca made of hundreds of cubes, will not be limited by shapes, colours or materials even in 2020 and so Sabine Wiedenhofer is the first artist (after Jeff Koons Megayacht for Dakis Joannou) to finish the outer shell of the 747 Mirage, a breathtaking boat from Frauscher - an internationally top-rated Austrian shipyard based in Ohlsdorf, Upper Austria.   Sabine Wiedenhofer creates the blurred fusion of the Frauscher 747 Mirage with its surroundings through the material she has chosen (coloured Mirror Vinyl Wraps), as well as through the size and arrangement of the typical cube shapes, which adapt to the perfect line of the boat and the hydrodynamics of the sophisticated stepped hull. The naturally generated reflections are used to create a visual form of the speed of light, a kind of flash light on the water. When sailing slowly, the absorption of the light causes the boat to merge with its surroundings.  An effect that was deliberately created for camouflage purposes a little more than 100 years ago, on warships during the First World War, and aimed for visual irritation. Inspired by cubism, over 4,000 warships, so-called Razzle Dazzle Boats, were painted mainly by women. This painting, in combination with light, water, waves and reflections, created visual disturbances that effectively masked the warships of yesteryear. Sabine Wiedenhofer now replicates this camouflage intention, transports the theme into the present and turns a once vital necessity into a harmony of the senses and nature.  Wiedenhofer uses - similar to her Cube work - again clear lines and forms, which however become blurred by the influences of light, water and speed. The combination of sun, water, sky, clouds and waves turns the boat into a permanently changing jewel of maritime art.  Sabine Wiedenhofer: "Art cannot take place absorbed by its surroundings. As with the Merkenstein church windows, my glass city TriBeCa or my Bullets works, I play with electromagnetic waves in order to visually represent the total reflection. Every time has its art. Art knows no crisis. Art always finds its way. Whether in the form of pictures, sculptures or even boats. It needs its place in our world. I am very pleased that Frauscher has asked me to use this boat to tell a new, multidimensional story."  Florian Helmberger, Frauscher shipyard sales director: "A very special design was created for the Frauscher 747 Mirage. The highly developed stepped hull allows fast gliding at any speed. The optical effect created by Sabine Wiedenhofer now makes this boat a unique work of art that will look different every day, in every light and at every speed".


Horizon Partner with Aquaholic

Horizon have partnered together with Nick Burnham, from the famous YouTube channel Aquaholic to make a great video tour of the Horizon FD87.  Tailored for the European market, this FD87 yacht features an enclosed skylounge configuration, with a voluminous five-stateroom layout, and retains the FD Series' signature head-turning exterior that presides atop the proven High Performance Piercing Bow design and hull platform.


Jarrett Bay Vote for the Coolest Thing Made

The North Carolina Chamber is on the hunt for the Coolest Thing Made in North Carolina and Jarrett Bay has been nominated in an impressive field of home-grown manufacturers. The Carolina is  asking fans to vote for Jarrett Bay each day (because rules say you can't vote more than once a day) to help propel us the boat builder and refit yard into the semi-finals.

Jarrett Bay 2020 Winner's Circle

What a start to the summer fishing season it's been! Three Jarrett Bays, Inspiration, Sensation, and Sea Striker with some big accomplishments already. We can't wait to see who'll be next! Sensation won the Hatteras Marlin Club Tournament with 2 blue marlin released. nspiration caught a 535.4 lb blue marlin at Swansboro Rotary tournament, winning $51,000. Sea Striker had the 2nd place fish, earning over $1 million in the Big Rock Tournament.


Monte Carlo Yachts New Official Dealer in France

Monte Carlo Yachts is pleased to announce the expansion of its dealers’ network with the appointment of Riviera Plaisance, Euro-voiles Group, as the Company's new representative for France, with the exception of Principality of Monaco. Well located on the French Riviera with offices in Marina Baie des Anges, Antibes, Golfe Juan and Hyères, the Riviera Plaisance passionate team of 60 people dedicated to customer satisfaction focuses on a full customer service, having its strength in the after sale assistance. Talking about the new partnership with MCY, Infante Bastien, CEO of Euro-voiles and Riviera Plaisance, stated “We are really proud to represent Monte Carlo Yachts for the French Mediterranean area. Our focus is on clients’ expectations for custom yachts, with our experience of a solid shipyard, competences of berth and crew services, maintenance, charter and financial structures. All these skills make us extremely attentive to customers' needs, enabling us to professionally advise and help our clients in defining their future MCY' model”.  Monte Carlo Yachts can count on a highly qualified and reliable new partner to expand the Brand's unique experience around the World and provide exclusive assistance to its customers throughout the year. “We are excited to enter into a close partnership with a company such as Riviera Plaisance, recognized for its important history and strong background, a competent team dedicated to offering a unique experience to the customers, from the project phase to the delivery and service. This approach perfectly matches with Monte Carlo Yachts' philosophy that focuses on a one-to-one relationship with the customer”, said Sergio Loiacono, MCY' Sales and Marketing Director.

Monte Carlo Yachts Strengthens International Presence

Monte Carlo Yachts dealer Asia Yachting is launching a new Flagship office in Boat Lagoon, Phuket, Thailand. Asia Yachting, in the marine industry for over a decade, is launching a new Flagship office in Boat Lagoon, Phuket, Thailand. The dealer’s team is ready to welcome and assist all Monte Carlo Yachts’ clients and followers residing in Thailand and in the neighbouring ASEAN regions.

Monte Carlo Yachts Special Event at Landmark Mandarin Oriental

From August 26th to 28th, our dealer Asia Yachting presented an exclusive luxury showcase of Monte Carlo Yachts at the prestigious 5-star hotel Landmark Mandarin Oriental, one of the most exclusive hotels in the world. During the event, the Italian Shipyard has been on display, through an elegant showcase of various materials from flooring to fabrics at the bespoke customization corner. To mark the occasion, miniature replicas of the entire range of MCY’ models have been displayed.


Princess Announce Partnership with Ecoworks

Princess Yachts, the UK's largest yacht manufacturer, today announces a new brand partnership with Ecoworks Marine, the leading supplier of sustainable cleaning products for the marine industry. The collaboration will see all Princess customers be given the option of an Ecoworks Marine starter cleaning kit with any new yacht purchase from the Princess range, ensuring the very best aftercare for their yacht while helping to minimise the potential pollution impact on our oceans.  With a shared passion for sustainability and ocean conservation, Princess and Ecoworks Marine have come together to help tackle the challenge of creating a more environmentally friendly approach to yacht cleaning. In a first for the industry, Ecoworks Marine have developed their 'Preserve the Living Seas' range, a unique collection of cleaning products that are fully biorenewable, quickly biodegradable and sustainably formulated. All Princess owners will receive a complimentary sample of the Ecoworks yacht wash as well as the option of a comprehensive starter kit as part of any new yacht purchase from August 2020.


Riva Short Film Interpreted by Pierfrancesco Favino

More intense than ever, Pierfrancesco Favino crosses Piazza San Marco just before dawn, in moonlight filtering through an evocative fog, and boards a legendary Aquariva. His goal is to navigate through Venice’s canals to deliver a mysterious mahogany object to an equally mysterious recipient. The finale comes as a big surprise.  The short film entitled “Riva In The Movie” is an anthem to the amazing power of film, or the seventh art, which Pierfrancesco Favino’s unmistakable narrative voice rightly elevates to “first art”.  Shot entirely in Venice, in locations including Piazza San Marco, Rialto bridge, the Lido and the Palazzo del Cinema, it takes us on a dream-like and touching journey through the canals and wonders of the world’s most beautiful city.  Equally superb is the soundtrack with a tribute to Nino Rota, the brilliant composer who helped make so many of Fellini’s films unforgettable, not to mention other masterpieces like The Godfather and The Leopard. “The celebration of cinema with Riva’s magnificent boats, which have starred in so many films and introduced the whole world to Italian style and creativity: that is our aspiration for Riva in the Movie, a powerful short film starring the most accomplished and famous Italian actor in the world, Pierfrancesco Favino, against the backdrop of Venice’s splendours” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “Riva in the Movie is dedicated to everyone who believes in the magical power of imagination and talent.”  Riva in the Movie will make its official debut on September 4 during the Venice Film Festival. The film’s star, Pierfrancesco Favino, will be taking part in the event and also attending the 77th International Film Festival as leading actor and co-producer of “Padrenostro”, the competition film directed by Claudio Noce and produced by Vision Distribution, Lungta Film, Pko Cinema and Co and Tendercapital Produzioni.  The short’s co-star is RIVA and the brand’s unique relationship with film through the years. Riva’s iconic mahogany and contemporary boats have been admired on screens all over the world for more than seventy years: from classic blockbusters to major Italian hits like Mambo, La Baia di Napoli and Il Sorpasso, and from the James Bond saga and multiple award-winning art house films like La Grande Bellezza, to action movies like Nikita or Men in Black. Their story is also told in a prestigious new book with the same title as the film. Its 300 pages cover 39 films, with the original posters, hundreds of superb on-set and backstage photographs, 77 actors and 110 actresses: these are the numbers that describe a precious and exciting book to both read and browse through.  “Riva in the movie” was realized thanks to the contribution and the essential cooperation of the Municipality of Venice and produced by Armando Testa group company Little Bull Studios with the invaluable contribution and collaboration of the city of Venice. With a creative concept developed by Armando Testa and directed by Federico Brugia, the film stars 2020 Nastro d’Argento and David di Donatello winner Pierfrancesco Favino, member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with a magnificent Beatrice Schiaffino and the young actor Andrea Bordoli.  The passionate and spectacular ties between Riva and film will also be the subject of an exhibition at The Gritti Palace, also the location of the magnificent Riva Lounge with its spectacular view over the Canal Grande. In extraordinary images, the exhibition will tell the story of the numerous films in which Riva boats have played an important and frequently starring role, alongside various Italian and international stars.


Sirena Sells Six

Sirena Yachts has sold its 6th Sirena 88 after the 26.81m/88ft model, the largest in the Sirena range, was first presented at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival. With naval architecture by German Frers and interior design by Cor D. Rover, it is the 3rd unit in the Turkish brand’s flagship line to be acquired by an American customer.


Viking at Lone Star Shoot Out

Viking dominated in the recent Lone Star Shootout, claiming eight of the top 10 spots on the Overall Champion leader board and sweeping three categories. Chris Heule's Viking 74 Draggin' Up was the 2nd Place Overall Boat and 2nd Place Release Team, while the Viking 62 Sirenita, owned by Robert Briggs, took 3rd Overall and 3rd in the Release Division. The Viking 45 True Story weighed the biggest blue marlin of the event. Angler Thomas Burke hung a 460.5-pound fish to win the division. Scott Whitehead on the Viking 92 High Cotton took 2nd Place Blue Marlin with a 444.5-pound fish.  A 94.5-pound tuna gave the Viking 52 Decarb top honors in that category. Bandit, a Viking 82, claimed 2nd and 3rd Place Tuna with fish weighing 51.5 and 51 pounds.  Angler Cody Revel, fishing the Viking 50 Pass-It-On, weighed the winning wahoo at 36 pounds. Mi Novia, a Viking 43, took 2nd and 3rd with 'hoos registering 30.5 and 28 pounds. Julie Coulter, on the Viking 56 Deez Nautz, claimed Top Lady Angler.

Viking at Texas Billfish Classic

Congratulations to the crew of Draggin' Up, a Viking 74, for their 1st Place win at the Texas Billfish Classic. Sam Raspberry and Rod Reed each released a blue marlin to win the Championship Title as well as 1st Place Release Boat.  Claiming 3rd Place Boat and 3rd Place Release Boat was the Viking 56 Deez Nautz. Barry William released a blue while Julie Coulter added a pair of sails to the boat's tally. Cody Spencer, fishing the Viking 72 Pozo Seco, weighed yellowfin at 51 and 47.5 pounds to claim 2nd and 3rd Place in the Tuna Division.

Viking at White Marlin Open

The 47th annual White Marlin Open was a smashing success. The annual event saw the second highest number of registered boats (433) that hauled in fish collectively worth $6.8 million, which represents the most tournament money ever awarded in fishing. "I didn't know what to expect this year, but what a great turnout - our best since 2005!" said Andy Motsko, one of the tournament directors. "It's a testament to our passion for sportfishing." The Viking 56 Drillin & Billin weighed a 77-pound white marlin caught by Taylor Fields. That fish was good for 2nd place and a seven-figure check. The Viking 80 demonstrator boat had a solid performance in the WMO, placing 4th in the Top Boat category and 7th in Top Release Boat. Drew McDowell led the team with four white marlin releases, and Justin Healey brought a 70-pound white to the scales. Led by Captain Scott Adams, the team also released a blue marlin that was only a few inches shy of required length. From left to right: Eric McDowell, Ryan Higgins, Justin Healey, Kyle Shipp, Pat Healey and Drew McDowell. The Viking 80 Krazy Salt's also had a strong showing, placing 9th in both Top Release and Top Boat categories, with Dave Anderson Jr. taking 7th-place Top Angler.

Viking at The Invitational

The Viking 80 CE took home The Invitational with a 698.4-pound blue marlin, earning the team more than a half a million dollars in this inaugural event held out of The Wharf Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama. "It's the largest 'Winner-Take-All' prize in Gulf of Mexico tournament history," says Tournament Director Jim Cox. "The tournament was created to offer a huge payout for the winning fish, while offering teams the best odds to collect the big payday." With a 112-inch blue marlin minimum, the only other boat that weighed a fish was the Viking 72 Breathe Easy, which brought a 484.2-pound blue marlin to the scales. "Both fish were donated to feed the less fortunate," said Jim.

Viking at Texas Legend

Walk West, a Viking 55 owned by Riley Rhodes and captained by Raleigh Morrison, nabbed 1st place at the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament with a 737-pound blue marlin - the largest blue marlin to ever be weighed in at Port Aransas. "It was epic and euphoric," said Riley. "We knew it was a big fish, but we didn't know it was that big. It was very emotional for the whole team."


Viking at Bisbee East Cape Offshore Tournament

In the Bisbee's East Cape Offshore Tournament, Hooray, a Viking 80 Sky Bridge, won 2nd Place Top Release with a total of 11 releases that included three blue marlin, four sailfish and four striped marlin. Another Viking, the 62 Convertible Dos Tejas, claimed 2nd Place Top Team with four blue marlin and six striped marlin. The tournament is held out of the Buena Vista Beach Resort on Mexico's Baja California peninsula. The Bisbee's tournaments also include the Los Cabos Offshore Charity Tournament and Black and Blue Marlin Tournament, which both take place October in Cabo San Lucas.

Viking at Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament

A fleet of 83 boats competed for over $850,000 in cash prizes at the Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament. Alex Peebles was on the rod for the biggest tuna, a 58.4-pounder, caught on the Viking 72 Sea I Sea with captain Hunter Blount behind the wheel. Shelley Smith, fishing on Triple 'S', a Viking 60, earned the Top Lady Angler trophy with her eight billfish releases. A total of 473 billfish were released during the four days of fishing.

August 30, 2020

Out-News = Menorquin Hits Concrete Circle on Entrance in Sardinia

A Menorquin 160 HT model crashed into a concrete circle before the entrance of Marina del Sole in Cagliari, Sardinia late night on Friday 29th August.  The traditional yacht was taking on water, due to the damage it caused to the bow area, and structural elements of the boat.  The Menorquin was fast rescued and avoided sinking and the day after was lifted out of the water, for assessment and repairs.  The Marina del Sole is located South East in Cagliari commercial harbour, while this concrete circle is located couple meters away from the South East looking breakwater arm. 
Produced from 2003 up to 2009 the Menorquin 160 HT was a popular model from this Menorca based boat builder, which apart selling good in Spain, also had good sales in Italy.  The Menorquin 160 offers a three double cabins interior layout, with a semi displacement hull shape, and powered by twin 370hp engines it reached speeds up to eighteen knots.  A Fly flybridge version of the 160 was also available.  Menorquin started having success when it started doing cruisers inspired to the menorchino, the traditional Balearic island fishing boat in 1997.  Menorquin was sold to a fund investment and unfortunately closed its doors around 2011.  

Web: Vicem New Web Site

Turkey's custom Vicem Yachts presents a new virtual World Wide web showroom. The story of Vicem starts in the 1980’s when a Turkish businessman from Vicem, Sebahattin Hafizoglu develops a passionate regard for the storied schooners of the Bosporus known as the Turkish Gulet. He boldly decided to reinterpret them for modern sensibilities, using Cold Molded wood and epoxy techniques. This leads to 1991 when Vicem is officially founded. Twenty five years plus later Vicem can claim delivery of over 150 boats, and collaborations with some of the most prestigious design firms in the industry; Frank Mulder, Art Line Interiors, Wetzels Brown Partners and Ken Freivokh. Today Vicem has five series; Classic, Cruiser, Vulcan, Sportfish, and Bahama Bay.  These total 24 different models which start from the 46 Classic, and go to the 46 meter Vulcan. Vicem new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Yachts, About Us, Events and News, and Contact.  Vicem is also present in social media with links to for its Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram pages just under the browser menu.

August 29, 2020

Project: Wim Van Der Valk 30-metre Explorer

Building on Wim Van der Valk’s long experience in building explorer yachts, the Dutch shipyard is sharing the image of a brand-new concept for a 30-metre version. Combining an adventurous, rugged ambience with graceful lines and shapes, this stylish Explorer also features a wealth of interior space. With her fast displacement hull, this is a super yacht designed to travel at speed. While functionality usually takes priority over sleek looks on most explorer-type yachts, designer Guido de Groot has ensured a luxury feel is also present. 30-meter Explorer has the facilities of a luxury yacht, with the impressive beach club, hydraulic transom platform, full-beam master suite forward, four guest cabins on the lower deck, and plenty of space for crew. Styling-wise, this is still clearly an Explorer super yacht with forward negative windows in the wheelhouse, while the angled bow adds length and elegance. Another design element is the way the window graphics have been smoothly integrated within dark glass surfaces. As you would expect from a boat designed for taking a whole family, or groups of close friends on long adventures at sea, there is a considerable amount of interior volume available, including exceptionally high ceilings. The raised pilothouse design is very inviting inside and out, while a safety is assured in all weather conditions.