February 29, 2020

Monthly News - February 2020

-pic of the month- Riviera 40th Anniversary Record Raft Up

Beneteau B-Tour 2020

The Barracuda Tour has turned into the B-TOUR, Saltwater Fishing and Motorboating Festival, in its 8th year.Packed with activities, this very social event is open to everyone and is the ideal opportunity to familiarize yourself with all the models in each of Beneteau’s outboard ranges and take them out on sea trials.It also opens the fishing competition to Antares and Flyer users, who will join the Barracuda fleet. Fans of the Barracuda Tour can set their minds at ease; the international fishing competition will take place for the 8th time this year, but it will be part of the new B-TOUR Saltwater Fishing and Motorboating Festival, organized by Beneteau at Port du Crouesty, in Arzon, from 15 to 24 May 2020. NEW in 2020, one boat design is no longer a requirement, explains Yannick Hemet, Beneteau’sSales Director for Southern Europe and founder of the event. 

Benetti Yachtmaster 2020 Attendance Record

Over 230 attendees, including 102 captains, 21 crew members, 16 surveyors, 12 owner representatives and 34 partners: these are the numbers that confirm the success of the European stage of the twentieth edition of Benetti Yachtmaster, held from February 19 to 21 at the exclusive W Hotel in Barcelona. The location of the second stage of this year’s edition was also revealed: Key Largo, Florida, from April 22 to 24. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Benetti Yachtmaster, the event that through the years has welcomed over 2,500 guests - including 1,000 yachting sector professionals and nearly 90 sponsors from all over the world -, this edition introduces a new format. As revealed by Benedetta Moreno, Benetti Global Head of Marketing and Communication, in her introductory presentation, Benetti’s aim this year was to balance networking opportunities and time for fun with structured learning sessions promoted by the Shipyard’s own talented personnel. The first stage of the 2020 edition achieved a perfect balance, alternating presentations, workshops and interviews with leisure and team building activities. The second stage will be held from April 22 to 24 in Key Largo, Florida, at Baker’s Key Resort.

Benetti Sponsors New Zealand Millennium Cup

Earlier this month Benetti was a proud sponsor of the world’s most southerly superyacht regatta, NZ Millennium Cup, a must-do race for yacht owners looking to experience the 144 islets of Northland’s Bay of Islands while also supporting ocean sustainability projects.  This year New Zealand’s only superyacht regatta joined forces with Live Ocean; the charitable trust founded by Peter Burling and Blair Tuke with a focus on ocean conservation. Donations made from New Zealand Millennium Cup participants created a collective effort, with 100 percent of donations to Live Ocean projects.  Live Ocean aims to support and invest in promising marine science, innovation, technology and marine conservation projects and right now is raising funds to help save the Antipodean albatross, which could be gone in as little as 20 years. New Zealand is the seabird capital of the world, but shockingly 90 per cent of species are threatened with, or at risk of, extinction. As an industry leader, Benetti has been dedicated to promoting sustainability activities throughout the years while staying true to high quality standard craftsmanship and performance.  “Aside from being the first shipyard in the world to deliver a diesel electric superyacht (Ambrosia), more recently, we have carried out projects that include a pioneering hybrid propulsion system (FB272 giga yacht) and yachts with SISHIP EcoProp by Siemens propulsion (B.Yond),” says Peter Mahony, General Manager at Benetti Yachts Asia. Benetti is also a long-time supporter of the Water Revolution foundation and the Blue Marine Foundation, both of which aim to protect the ocean. He continues, “As the exclusive motor yacht sponsor of the 2020 NZ Millennium cup, we are extremely proud to be a part of this year’s regatta and their mission of ocean conservation.” The NZ Millennium Cup is in its 12th edition this year, and was first raced as an adjunct to the 30th America’s Cup in Auckland. Now, with the 36th America’s Cup approaching, organisers have been excited to see an increase of interest both in the regatta and in New Zealand’s wider cruising grounds. It’ll be raced from the 29th January to the 1 February with the largest yacht taking part this year measuring 54.6 metres.

CRN the First Italian Shipyard to Achieve IMO Tier III

CRN, part of Ferretti Group, is the first shipyard in Italy to receive IMO Tier III certification for the CRN M/Y 137, a soon-to-be-delivered fully custom steel and aluminium 62-metre megayacht. This success is a well-earned reward for an industrial strategy firmly centred on environmental stewardship and sustainable development.  IMO Tier III is the International Maritime Organization standard that enshrines the naval industry’s commitment to safeguarding the environment; CRN has attained certification right from its first pleasure vessel to be delivered in early 2020.  As a result, and in accordance with the regulation, a certified reduction of 70% in harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in engine exhaust gases is now guaranteed for all CRN motor yachts. This reduction is mandatory for any pleasure yachts with a gross tonnage of more than 500 GT that are permitted to cruise in all geographical areas and whose keel was laid after 1 January 2016.  The project was coordinated and completed by the team of engineers at the CRN Technical Office. Compliance was achieved by fitting the engine exhausts with the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) auxiliary system, which uses a chemical process to slash harmful emissions.  The new 62-metre CRN 137, launched last November, is therefore the first IMO TIER III–compliant megayacht built in Italy, to be followed by the other 3 fully custom CRN yachts currently under construction: the 62-metre CRN M/Y 138, 70-metre CRN M/Y 139 and 60-metre CRN M/Y 141.  Besides being compliant with the regulation, CRN’s environmentally friendly solutions meet yacht owners’ increasing expectations about ecological safeguards.

Dominator Wins Boat International Design and Innovation Award 2020

During the Superyacht Design Festival held in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy), WIDER’s President Marcello Maggi proudly announced a revolutionary technology: the Thermionic Converters (TCs).  Responding to ever more demanding environmental requirements, this technology is developed by the Fintel Energia Group SpA and it will be the sole right of the WIDER shipyard where the nautical industry is concerned. “The entries represent the breadth of the market and from year to year the quality just goes from strength to strength,” said co-chair of the panel Marilyn Mower, who is editor-at-large for BOAT International. “It’s a showcase of the recent development of the superyacht industry in microcosm.”  This well-respected Award is considered to be the most difficult distinction to achieve in the superyacht industry. The Boat International Award recognised Dominator Yachts for the very first time in its 20 year company history for the Ilumen naval architecture and design: a motor yacht that combines efficient hydrodynamics with elegance in a hull that properly meets its intended purpose, particularly in respect of performance, seaworthiness, range and economy.

Ferretti Custom Line Art Experience at Contini Galley

The partnership between Custom Line and the Contini Gallery is under way again in 2020. The Contini Gallery is an internationally renowned art venue in the top ski destination of Cortina d’Ampezzo that shares Custom Line’s brand values and vision. From January 30th Custom Line will be present at the Contini Gallery with a creative exhibition featuring also superb models of the Custom Line 120' and Navetta 48 project.  This new art experience underlines once again this yacht builder links with art: the art of being different, the art of going beyond, because cruising is an art. Custom Line is an outstanding brand with unmistakable designs that combine cutting-edge technology and supremely innovative aesthetic and stylistic solutions to offer an extraordinary experience to every owner.

Ferretti Group Conquers Asia with Five Prestigious Awards

Ferretti Group starts the new year with five glittering trophies, a symbol of the great success of the Ferretti Yachts and Riva brands in the Asian market.  Ferretti Yachts 720 and Riva 90’ Argo triumphed at the Oceanway China Yacht Annual Awards, winning the “Innovation Yacht Award” and “Best Motor Yacht over 80ft”, respectively. The gala evening, haracter by the Asian yachting magazine Oceanway, was held on 3 January in Shenzhen, China, attended by over 200 renowned industry experts.  The Robb Report China “Best of the Best” award, presented on 27 December to the Riva 50 Metri in the “Yacht of the Year 2019” category, closed a year haracterized by many successes, opening the door to a promising 2020. This award, promoted by the Chinese edition of the exclusive lifestyle magazine, proponent of the finest in international luxury, selects and identifies the best products every year in 12 different categories of the luxury sector.  These exciting new achievements go hand in hand with two important acknowledgements. On 11 January, for the second year running, the prominent Chinese platform YAOK presented Ferretti Yachts with the “Best Commercial Performance of The Year in the Luxury Yacht Category” award during the eleventh edition of the YAOK Awards, a testament to the shipyard’s sales performance in Asia.  And lastly, for the seventh consecutive year, Ferretti Yachts received the award for “The Best Yacht Brand in 2020”, presented at the prize giving ceremony of the sixteenth edition of the Hurun Best of the Best Awards, held on 13 January in Shanghai. The award is the result of the Best of the Best Luxury Consumer Preference survey conducted by the renowned Chinese business and lifestyle magazine Hurun Report, which since 1999 has been ranking China’s wealthiest individuals. Conducted in twenty different cities and involving over four hundred leading personalities, the survey is an essential tool for finding out the most successful and popular brands and the consumption habits and lifestyle trends of the most influential Chinese citizens.  These successes herald yet another triumph for Ferretti Group, which once again is confirmed as sector leader in an increasingly competitive and strategic market such as Asia.

Heesen Expands with New Interior Facility

On Saturday 15th February, the newly expanded facility in Winterswijk, province of Gelderland the home of Heesen's renowned interior workshop was officially inaugurated. Located just over an hour’s drive from Oss, the facility was acquired in 2000, under the name ‘Oortgiese’.  In addition to the ongoing developments at the facility, and in direct response to a growing demand from Heesen owners for yachts of greater size and volume, Heesen is hiring 30 new workshop employees. Once completed, this recruitment drive will bring the total workforce in Winterswijk to 130 highly skilled artisans.  Dedicated to the relentless pursuit of perfection, Heesen is one of the few shipbuilders in the world to have an entire in-house department of interior specialists. From draftsmen to cabinet-makers, and upholsterers to joiners, French polishers, painters, and project managers, the level of in-house experience and craftsmanship is unsurpassed. Whole generations of specialist artisans pass a wealth of knowledge down through the generations, resulting in custom creations unique to Heesen.  Alongside an unsurpassed level of Dutch craftsmanship and continuous innovation, having an entire in-house department of interior specialists enables Heesen to guarantee consistent quality and level of service that has become a signature of the yard for both clients and their designers. At Heesen, there is no such thing as mission impossible. Heavily investing in the acquisition and the training of young talent is the secret behind Heesen’s award-winning interior creations.  Today’s expansion at the facility in Winterswijk consists of 2,240 square meters of new production space, which brings the total production area to 8,100 square meters. The office space increases by 332 square meters reaching almost 1,000 square meters. The investment will ensure that Heesen Interiors continues to create the most luxurious, award-winning interior furniture exclusively for Heesen yachts, just as it has done for the past 35 years.

Gulf Craft Trains Sales and Service for Samaco Marine

Gulf Craft has recently appointed a new dealer in Saudi Arabia, Samaco Marine. Having offices and showrooms across the Kingdom, they will be representing the shipyard’s Oryx brand. As a part of Gulf Craft dealer development and empowerment program, a team of ten persons from Samaco has undergone extensive sales and service training at our Umm Al Quwain facility. By doing so, Gulf Craft ensures that every dealer represents the brand in the same level of excellence that the shipyard would do. Gulf Craft expansion in new territories requires us to be well versed with different types of markets and at the same time, our representatives must have thorough knowledge about Gulf Craft. Therefore the training Gulf Craft conducts is crucial to elevate the growth of the dealer and create a consistent approach in other business relations.

Jarrett Bay with East Carteret High School Students

Dozens of students in one high school in the east spent the day outside of their classroom and out in the community shadowing different career fields.  More than 30 students from East Carteret High School had the chance to pick what career field they were interested in and then spent the day seeing a day in the life of those different jobs.  Two students spent their day at Jarrett Bay Boatworks learning about how a boat goes from an idea to a real boat.  Some students spent the day shadowing WITN’s Stacia Strong.  Anna Foster said, “It was different than what I thought, the editing process was a lot more and there was a lot more to it than I thought, but all in all, I really enjoyed it.”  Another student spent her day at Beaufort Elementary School shadowing teachers.  This experience is one that educators say is critical to helping students determine what they may want to do after high school.  Karen Wood, Beaufort Elementary School Principal says, “When you think about students being 17 or 18-years-old going off to college and in many cases having to declare a major right away, it’s good when they’ve had the opportunity to experience some different fields of work because teaching might not be for them.”  This is the second year tenth grade students at East Carteret High School have had the opportunity to spend the day job shadowing.

Formula Earns 2019 NMMA Customer Satisfaction Awards

Formula is pleased to announce it has once again been recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction in NMMA’s 2019 Customer Satisfaction Index program in the categories of: Fiberglass Outboard Boats, Sterndrive Bowrider Boats and Sterndrive Cuddy & Express Boats. Congratulations to the Formula Team for building a superior product and providing excellent customer service!  The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. Award recipients have achieved and maintained an independently-measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction over the past year, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine.  Pictured receiving the Awards, left to right, are Formula CAD Engineer Josh Porter, Formula Marketing Promotions Director Sarah Porter Bolinger, NMMA President Frank Hugelmeyer and Formula President Scott Porter.

Maritimo Working to Defend World Championship

Current UIM XCAT world champions Maritimo Racing are in the process of off-season testing and development in readiness for the start of the 2020 season with the goal to defend national and international championship titles.  Driver and Maritimo lead designer, Tom Barry-Cotter said the 2020 season starts in May and this year's competition promises to be more exciting than ever with a new championship promoter in the final stages of a deal set to grow the profile and expand the global reach of the XCAT brand.  Races during 2020 will be held in the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia.
"Teams are preparing for the announcement of the new promoter by the world governing body UIM next month," he said. "The new highly experienced promoter will work toward a long term strategy of building the XCAT brand and expanding its global reach.  "We were the best powerboat team in the world last year, but in keeping with our corporate culture, ethos and drive we are focused on the future, and working to ensure we achieve even greater performance and reliability in 2020.  "Maritimo Racing is committed to showcasing the technological excellence of our brand to the world, and demonstrating what inherently makes Maritimo the world’s best luxury motor yachts.  "The knowledge we gain from racing technology is integral in the design and manufacturing of our motor yachts, transferring into all our production models and there is not another luxury motor yacht manufacturer in the world that can do that."  Barry-Cotter said Maritimo Racing is in the process of constructing the second R30 XCAT which will be the team’s research and development hull, which can alternate with the existing world championship winning R30 entered in the XCAT World Championship at the end of each season.  "By having an identical boat here in Australia we can rapidly increase the rate of development, and enable specific upgrades to be fine tuned before installing or applying to the boat in the championship." he said.  The remaining weeks of off-season testing and development will be critical in order to gain the early advantage in the 2020 season.  “We are excited with the upgrades we have developed this off-season to date, and at the prospect of defending our world championship, but it is as exciting to continue to apply this knowledge to our motor yacht range for the latest release 2020 models and future developments," he said.  “It’s an exciting time for our brand.”

Moonen Sponsors Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race

Dutch superyacht builder Moonen Yachts are excited to announce their sponsorship of the Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race 2021. The 1,250-nm ocean regatta will take place on 30th January 2021, with the Moonen team and owners in attendance. At the finish in Auckland, which will coincide with the Americas Cup 2021, Moonen Yachts will present their latest 36m award winning superyacht the Martinique. This yacht will be on display in the marina to welcome the competitors and will also be available for prescheduled client visits.  This new collaboration aims to support and promote continuous competitive sailing in the south pacific and to promote Moonen Yachts to superyacht clients around the world whilst widening Moonen’s reach within the expanding regional market. The Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race will be the centerpiece of a summer of major yachting events. The season opens with the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in December followed by the Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean race which finishes in Auckland Harbour to coincide with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s (RNZYS) 150th Anniversary celebrations and the prestigious 36th America's Cup racing.  The Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race is a Category 1 race, open to J class, maxi yachts and multihulls with the first leg of a rally for cruisers. The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club promises a diverse program for the 2021 Australian regatta, with participating yachts including the Prada Cup series and more.  “Australia is a growing market,” says Johan Dubbelman CEO of Moonen Yachts. “We believe our yachts are a perfect fit for the Asia/Pacific region and so this market is increasingly significant for Moonen. We are happy to support the 2021 series of this fantastic ocean race with the Moonen race team and look forward to expanding the iconic Moonen brand in Australia and beyond”.  The Moonen owners, together with the Moonen team, will attend the Moonen Yachts Sydney to Auckland Ocean Race on 30th January 2021, beginning in Sydney Harbour, Australia. More information on the event as well as the latest Moonen Yachts updates will follow on the Moonen website and social media channels in the coming months.

Princess Bentley Collaboration

Following the conclusion of boot Düsseldorf 2020, Princess Yachts marks a successful partnership with the Bentley Dealer Network, which saw customers of the UK’s largest yacht manufacturer transported to and from this year’s show by the luxury car brand.  The exclusive collaboration with Bentley saw guests treated to a luxury chauffeur service in co-branded Bentley Bentayga Hybrids supplied by Bentley Frankfurt and Bentley Düsseldorf dealerships.

Riva Wins Boat International Design and Innovation Award 2020

Riva rises above the competition at Cortina d’Ampezzo, home to the Superyacht Design Festival, during the awards ceremony at the Boat International Design and Innovation Awards 2020 on Sunday 2nd February.  Riva 50 Metri M/Y Race, the first flagship in steel and aluminium by Riva Superyachts Division of Ancona, has won the prestigious award in the “Outstanding Exterior Motor Yacht” category. The jury appreciated its architecture and naval style as well as its fine engineering features, the design of its exteriors, and the innovative technological solutions.  Designed by the Riva Superyachts Division engineering team in Ancona, Riva 50 Metri was built in collaboration with the Ferretti Group’s Strategic Product Committee and Officina Italiana Design, the firm run by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta that exclusively designs the entire Riva fleet.  Named Race by its owner, it fulfilled the dream of Carlo Riva, a man driven by his ambition to go beyond limits, leading to the celebrated Caravelle and Atlantic motor yachts as far back as the '60s and '70s: grand craft made of steel, of which the new flagship is a worthy heir with its unrivalled standards of aesthetics, style, and innovation.  "This award demonstrates that dreams do become reality and challenges always give you satisfaction” - Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group declared. “The dream we inherited from Carlo Riva is the biggest steel Riva yacht ever made. Our challenge was to bring the legend of the most famous shipyard in the world into 50 meters of beauty and technology. Judging by the success of this yacht, we made it."  Riva 50 Metri respects and underscores the brand’s unmistakable features, from its meticulous attention to detail to its unrivalled beauty, as well as its superior standards in terms of comfort and safety. All of the design choices offer a perfect blend of practical features and aesthetics, with a focus on the comfort of the on-board exterior areas while guaranteeing an excellent sailing experience.  Once again, this award is proof of Riva’s expertise in combining an ultra-contemporary vision of sailing with its legendary and lustrous 178 years of history.

Riva Sparkles in Beauty in St.Maarten

Riva Yachts in cooperation with the world’s largest international superyacht company, Island Global Yachting (IGY), is excited to showcase at Yacht Club Isle de Sol in St. Maarten her iconic Riva Iseo.  In preparation to the 2020 Caribbean season, Riva’s Iseo will be the crowning jewel of the St. Maarten Superyacht Destination Showcase and the center piece display during exclusive local events and activities for superyacht owners, charters guests and VIPs at Yacht Club Isle de Sol, St. Maarten.  Yacht Club Isle de Sol welcomes hundreds of the world’s largest superyachts to its docks in St. Maarten each year. For the upcoming season, Riva and IGY set up a stunning display for the Iseo at the main entrance of Yacht Club Isle de Sol in order to create a lifestyle focused, destination experience in direct alignment with its superyacht owner and charter guest clientele, establishing the perfect environment to showcase the Riva Iseo.  Noble heir to a history of excellence and craftsmanship, Iseo is the ideal motorboat for those who love sweet sailing on lakes. Its size (open 8 metres) and ease of handling also make it the perfect tender for the yacht: to be used to transport guests and to reach areas with even very shallow waters.  While the lines and the design of this runabout are as smooth and seductive as always, in emblematic Riva style, Iseo can also boast some of the very latest technology. The result is a marriage of tradition and innovation that cannot fail to beguile all who experience her.  The official reveal of the Riva will be held during a private St. Maarten Superyacht Destination Showcase event taking place in February 2020 with IGY and Riva sending out invites to an exclusive local function at Yacht Club Isle de Sol.

Riviera Sign Record Number of Apprentices

Australia’s luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has welcomed 33 new apprentices this week to its highly respected apprenticeship program, growing this talented group of future craftspeople to more than 80 for 2020.  This is the largest intake of Riviera apprentices since the program’s establishment in 1992.  The apprentices will undertake their training at Riviera’s world-class 14-hectare manufacturing facility at Coomera, the largest in the southern hemisphere. Here they will be mentored by the 600-strong Riviera team who create and innovate motor yachts of distinction. Yachts from 39 to 72 feet in length that are acclaimed internationally for their sea keeping qualities and high calibre of construction as much as they are for their fine and luxurious finishes.  The specialist trades offered in the four-year program include boatbuilding, engineering, electrical, cabinet making, timber and composite machinists, upholstery, and composite technicians. They are facilitated through Technical and Further Education (TAFE), Skillstech and Plastic and Rubber Technical Education Centre (PARTEC).  Riviera’s owner Rodney Longhurst who is also a TAFE qualified carpenter and joiner, said the training program fosters life-long skills in craftsmanship excellence, qualities for which Riviera is world renown.  “Our philosophy is that to build world class luxury motor yachts, we need to create world class craftsmen and women. We welcome the next generation of master boat builders to our industry and are proud that they will receive high quality training from our exceptional team. At Riviera we offer so much more than a standard apprenticeship.  “The success of our apprenticeship program over the past 24 years and our excellent retention rates affirm Riviera as an employer of choice on both the local and global stage. Indeed, our apprentices are consistently the recipients of industry awards and recognized as leaders in their trades.  “More than 90 per cent of our apprentices in the past four years have continued their careers at Riviera and are today all vital members of our team helping to meet the growing demand for our luxury motor yachts,” Mr Longhurst said.  Apprentices are rotated through all areas of the business relevant to their trade to become specialists in their chosen field and ensure all trade qualifications are met.  Riviera’s Safety and Training Manager, Adam Houlahan, said the program is designed to optimize their potential.  “In addition to apprentice training, we have developed the Propel Program, which covers both workplace and life skills and is a pathway to personal excellence. This aspect of their apprenticeship training is about developing fine young Australians equally as fine tradespeople. We build confidence, people skills, financial maturity and goal-setting under the mentorship of key Riviera staff including Rodney Longhurst and CEO Wes Moxey.  “Outstanding apprentices are recognized with opportunities to travel nationally and internationally to work on our motor yachts and represent the company at major boat shows. We coach these young people to take advantage of all of the opportunities that Riviera has to offer,” Mr Houlahan said.  Rivera’s apprenticeship program invites students, teachers, schools and families to an evening information session and site tour in July each year. Those who express interest are offered work experience in Year 11, which may be followed by a school-based apprenticeship in Year 12.

Riviera 40th Anniversary Record Raft Up

R Marine Flagship of Auckland in partnership with Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has organised a spectacular event which is the first in a series of global celebrations marking Riviera’s 40th anniversary and setting a new record for New Zealand in the process. A flotilla of 106 Riviera luxury motor yachts, ranging in size from 33 to 72 feet, were rafted together at Awaawaroa Bay on the southern side of Waiheke Island to create a massive circle measuring 234m in diameter.  The mega raft-up exceeds the previous Riviera raft-up record of 48 luxury motor yachts set in Perth in 2017.  Over 600 Riviera enthusiasts were treated to a highly memorable day and evening on the water with a host of local stars performing on a purpose-built floating stage in the centre of the circle.  This unique amphitheatre, the likes of which the Hauraki Gulf has never seen before, hosted live performances headlined by one of New Zealand’s premier female vocal ensembles, The Lady Killers featuring Jackie Clarke, Tina Cross and Suzanne Lynch. The R&B legend Midge Marsden with Chet O’Connell also featured in the impressive musical line-up.  Dean Horgan the Managing Director of New Zealand’s Rivera representative, R Marine Flagship, said the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of New Zealand’s most popular motor yachts along with the sense of rivalry to surpass an Australian raft-up record, motivated so many New Zealand Riviera owners to come from afar.  “The largest Riviera raft-up to date was held in Perth in 2017 with 48 Riviera yachts. So, our New Zealand owners have really wanted to take the title from our Australian friends. People traveled from as far south as Gisborne and Whangaroain the north to take part,” Mr Horgan said.  A team of 30 from R Marine Flagship and Riviera were on hand to help the boats safely raft together, which included three Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yachts and a 63 Enclosed Flybridge dropping their anchors at each of the four points of the compass.  “Fun for the whole family was the theme for the weekend, and it was a fantastic opportunity to reunite the New Zealand Riviera Family of motor yacht owners. Over the years, these motor yachts travel far and wide and it’s wonderful to have everyone together to share this incredibly unique experience”.  Founded in 1980, Riviera is Australia’s premier luxury motor yacht builder that operates the largest luxury boat building facility in the Southern Hemisphere on Queensland’s Gold Coast. In this, the company’s 40th year, they will celebrate the launching of over 5,600 motor yachts that can be seen cruising all over the world.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst said the record-breaking raft-up showcased the popularity of the Rivera brand and the great friendships within the Riviera Family.  “It’s been my dream to build a world-class company that builds world-class boats,” Mr Longhurst said. “But for it all to come together, we have to have world-class distribution and world-class customers who can come together and put on an impressive spectacle like this. This is a bucket list moment for me.”  Riviera has a particularly strong following in New Zealand with more than 600 motor yachts now cruising in local waters since the arrival of the first Riviera in 1984.  “Riviera is a trusted brand in New Zealand and is the luxury motor yacht of choice. In a country of such experienced boaters, I am proud that the New Zealanders respect and value Riviera’s craftsmanship, quality, style, innovation and especially our blue water performance. “We are very happy to begin our 40th-anniversary year celebrations with the largest New Zealand and Riviera Raft-Up ever to be held.  “Bringing together 106 Riviera motor yachts is an immense undertaking and I congratulate the exceptional team at R Marine Flagship for creating and organising what was truly a spectacular event in the City of Sails.”  The New Zealand raft-up marks the first in a series of galas planned globally by Riviera and its representatives to celebrate its milestone 40th anniversary in 2020.

Tankoa New Chief Executive Officer

Following a company board meeting held on 25th February, Tankoa Yachts is happy to announce that it has strengthened its managerial structure with the appointment of Vincenzo Poerio as Chief Executive Officer, who will work alongside the current CEO, Euro Contenti.  The new Board of Directors thanked the outgoing directors Michel Karsenti and Renzo Chelazzi for their fruitful collaboration that has helped raised the profile of Tankoa in recent years.  The entry of Vincenzo Poerio highlights the shipyard's mission to rank among the top players in the superyacht sector.  “It is difficult to stay away from our industry, so I decided to start over in Genoa, the city where I started my career about 38 years ago,”says Poerio. “I chose Tankoa because it is a boutique shipyard with a strong focus on customer satisfaction. It is also very ambitious with a skilled, united and passionate team that builds high-quality products. By bringing my own experience, I’m confident we can grow together to become a point of reference in the superyacht segment.”

Viking She's the Champ

Congratulations to Jill Yates for not only taking the Top Lady Angler title at the recent Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Tournament but also claiming the Top Angler award. This is the first time in the Buc's 57-year history that a lady has claimed the Top Angler trophy. Captain Mark Pagano, at the wheel of Jill and Scott Yates' Viking 72 Eight Eights, put Jill on eight sailfish for her win. Two additional sails clinched the team's 2nd Place Live Bait accolade.  Gerry McGraw's Viking 56 Gypsea landed nine sailfish to take 3rd Place Live Bait honors. Martha D, Deborah Dayton's Viking 52, claimed 3rd Place in the Dead Bait category. Top Meatfish went to the Viking 60 De-Bait-Able with a 31.8-pound cobia.

Wider Future Getting Closer

During the Superyacht Design Festival held in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy), Wider’s President Marcello Maggi proudly announced a revolutionary technology: the Thermionic Converters (TCs).  Responding to ever more demanding environmental requirements, this technology is developed by the Fintel Energia Group SpA and it will be the sole right of the Wider shipyard where the nautical industry is concerned.

February 28, 2020

Classic Italian Super Yacht Catches Fire in San Remo

A thirty meter classic super yacht titled M/Y Pamela IV caught fire while in dry dock at Dimola Shipyard, in the old Port of San Remo at around 1800 hours on Thursday 27 February evening.  No one was injured in the fire of Pamela IV, with scenes of the morning after showed the classic super yacht still smoking.  The Italian fire fighting team from San Remo, with extra assistance coming from the nearby Imperia squad took a whole night to control and put off the fire, this made more difficult by the windy conditions of the evening. 
Build in 1962, by Cantieri Navali Liguri in steel, this thirty meter classic Italian super yacht was designed by A. Pulitzer with interior by Officine Mariotti, and was powered by twin GM 720hp engines which allowed her to reach top speeds up to fifteen knots, and cruise at thirteen, this allowing her for a range up to 2200 nautical miles.  Accommodation was for up to eight people in four cabins, while crew space was for five persons.

New Model: Bilgin 80 meters Series 263

Bilgin Yachts of Turkey is proud to announce the launch of the first hull of 80 meter.  Part of Bilgin's 263 series, the largest yacht ever built by a Turkish shipyard so far. The private launch ceremony took place in the Bilgin Yachts facility in West Istanbul Marina. The yacht will now be outfitted and ready for delivery in Spring Summer of 2020. The shipyard considers this series as a key milestone in its path towards becoming one of the prominent brands in the world.  Bilgin Yachts has currently built three units of the 80-metre Bilgin 263 series. The second hull, which is already sold is planned to be launched in 2021 and following that, the third hull of the model will be delivered to her owner in the same year. The series emphasizes eco-friendliness, featuring a special exhaust system that provides 100% clean air emissions. The sharp exterior lines and stylish interior areas of the yacht offer a strong modern feeling. The extensive use of a contrasting combination of rich Macassar ebony, eucalyptus and plenty of marble creates a strong identity and a luxurious ambiance in the superyacht.  With two 3433hp MTU engines, the Bilgin 80 meters can speed up to twenty knots, while a 12 knots cruising speed keeps her fuel consumption at just 250 liters per hour.  Bilgin 80 meters Series 263 is built in compliance with IMO Tier III certification and is considered to be the most environmentally-friendly super yacht in her class. The third unit of the series is being produced alongside the shipyard’s 85-meter superyacht which is ordered and is planned to be delivered in 2023. There is also an on-spec project 67-meter yacht coming along for 2022, while the latest project is a 50-meter yacht that is planned to be manufactured in the near future. Both yachts have their designs signed by Unique Yacht Design. They have modern lines, spacious interior and exterior living areas as well as meeting all the latest manufacturing standards and best practices of the industry.
Technical Data:
LOA - 80 m (262.2ft)
Waterline Length - 71 m
Beam - 12.2 m
Draft - 3.50 m
Displacement - 1450 t at full load
Fuel Capacity - 155000 l
Water Capacity - 47913 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, 25 crew in 13 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V 4000M73 3433hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 19 knots max 12 knots cruise
Range - 5000 nm at cruise
Project - Unique exterior and naval architecture, H2 Diesgn interior

February 27, 2020

Project: Evo Yachts Velar 70

Valerio Rivellini, the well-known naval engineer and yacht designer who made his mark with the creation of the innovative Evo Yachts models, presents a groundbreaking concept standing out for originality and appeal. Velar 70 is a 21 meters  original design explorer yacht with refined, minimalist interiors, designed for sea lovers who want to enjoy comfort in cruising keeping a careful eye on consumption. This new appealing project is the perfect match between creativity and ease of construction, combining strong points of a motorboat and a sailboat. Rivellini is the designer of a series of internationally appreciated projects, such as Evo R4, the latest Evo R6, recently awarded at Cannes Yachts Trophy 2019 for the best exterior design, and Evo T2, a best-of-breed tender built with remarkable attention to detail. He is also involved in successful projects as Gozzo, a double-ended traditional Italian fishing boat designed and built by Mimi. Creativity-driven design, focus on innovation and form and function solutions are the highlights of his work. Velar 70 stands out for its comfort and generous exteriors, combined with refined, minimalist interior design. The big ship’s wheels give the owner the feeling of helming a sailboat, while the yacht can also be handled from the more protected and comfortable helm station in the deckhouse. A joystick can replace the wheel in case of complicated maneuvering or rough sea. The boat’s design is minimal and functional but fully appointed with accessories that ensure a high level of comfort without being visible, such as the tender crane and the multi function sea ladders. The glazed surfaces in the deck-house can be fully retracted turning the boat into a pure open with T-top. Another important feature of Rivellini’s work is his close attention to the evolution of the different tendencies in yacht design. The trend that inspired this project is the return to a traditional way of living the sea, enjoying the time on board and the surrounding landscape, looking for calm, comfort and conviviality rather than performance in navigation.  The result is a type of product both for families and singles, appealing to a broad segment of the international market. The interior layout offers four cabins for eight guests: a VIP cabin forward, an owner’s suite with a living room overlooking the sea and two double guest cabins. All the settings are roomy and comfortable for long stays on board. The yacht is powered by a pair of Volvo 480hp engines, with IPS forward looking dual propeller pod drives.  Cruising speed of around sixteen knots are anticipated.

February 26, 2020

Engine: Yanmar 6LT 640hp

Yanmar introduced its new 6LT series of marine diesel engines at Boot Düsseldorf.  The launch of the advanced three model powerboat line-up extends Yanmar’s portfolio of trusted common rail marine diesel engines to encompass an output range from 40 mhp to 640 mhp, the most comprehensive offering available from any marine engine manufacturer.  Enabling Yanamr to supply compact, high performance solutions for new markets and a wider customer base, the 6LT engines are ideal for leisure boats as well as light duty commercial applications. The series, consists of the 2530rpm 6LT500, 6LT580 and 6LT640 engines, feature Yanmar’s next generation VC20 vessel control system for enhanced on-board comfort and an easier overall boating experience. The global emission-certified diesel engines also offer leading fuel economy and are compatible with a wide range of fuel types.  Available as a complete Yanmar package including engine, ZF transmission and VC20 vessel control system, the 6LT are supplied with a full range of options, and are the be available onwards from the third quarter 2020.

February 25, 2020

New Model: Tecnorib Pirelli 42

The German Dusseldorf boat show of 2020 proved to be the location for the world debut of the latest model from TecnoRib, the Pirelli 42. A walk around rib cruiser with aggressive styling and captivating details, the Mannerfelt designed Tecnorib Pirelli 42 is the latest model from the Milan-based shipyard, and had already won over many owners before the boat show and attracted acclaim and great curiosity at the official presentation. The new model is just over thirteen meters long, and can be fitted with inborard or outboard engines, diesel and petrol with a range of power ratings, up to a maximum speed of about 45 knots to meet the needs of a broad range of owners, including those looking for high speed performance.  Pirelli 42 is the first model in a new range targeted at owners in search of the perfect balance between elegance and adrenaline, and Tecnorib has already started work on a larger version too.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.1 m (42.9ft)
Beam - 5 m
Fuel Capacity - 950 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 320hp, D6 400hp, Mercruiser 4.2 TDI 370hp diesel, Volvo V8 320hp, V8 430hp, Mercruiser 6.2 DTS 350hp, 8.2 Mag Ho DTS 430hp petrol gas
Propulsion - dual propeller stern drive
Speed - up to 45 knots
Project - Mannerfelt

February 24, 2020

Project: Steeler 18M Electric

Steeler have started the construction of its first full electric motoryacht.  After an extensive design study with Vripack and its suppliers, the go ahead was given by the Norwegian client. The motoryacht will be named “North LatEtude” referring to the future cruising area and the electric propulsion. This eighteen meters sixty feet motor explorer yacht will be built in steel and features three decks, a novelty in this size, generating an amazing volume of living accommodation. The main deck and upperdeck have a well known Steeler signature, as they are single level from bow to stern. The lower deck is reserved for two guestrooms.  The electrical system has been designed by Hydrosta. The propulsion will be provided by a water cooled permanent magnet electrical engine powered by 184kw of Lithium Ion batteries. A 75kw variable speed generator is available for long distance cruises. The efficiency of the propulsion system is far superior to a diesel engine, not only when driving full electric but also when the generator kicks in. DNVGL approval is pending for this system, that represents state-of-the-art in green yachting.

February 22, 2020

New Launch: Feadship 75.00m Hull. 703

On 13 January Feadship launched the 75 meter hull number 703, titled m/y Arrow and build at the Koninklijke yard.  Hull. 703 is a Feadship of firsts in various ways, not least the fact that this is the inaugural new-build superyacht commissioned by the owners. This striking 75 meter super yacht is also the first Feadship to be drawn by Jonny Horsfield and his team at the H2 Yacht Design studio in London, which is a mighty fine way to celebrate 25 years in the business.  The result is a striking Feadship with a complex exterior featuring elegant sculpted elements and shapes. The intricate outdoor spaces include elaborately detailed premium furniture normally associated with an interior with back lit marble and varnished teak. The low glass railing accentuates the sleek lines of the yacht as a whole. High deck heights and expansive gangways make for an outstandingly spacious feel as you walk between areas such as the sun deck with its bespoke mosaic-lined jacuzzi and the sensational beach club aft with a truly unique bar area.
Technical Data:
LOA - 75 m (246.1ft)
Beam - 12.9 m
Fuel Capacity - 185000 l
Water Capacity - 62000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, twelve crew
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V4000M53 2467hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - seventeen knots max fourteen knots cruise
Project - H2 London Jonny Horsfield interior and exterior, Feadship de Voogt Naval architects

February 21, 2020

Project: Beneteau Project E 62

During the Dusseldorf 2020 boat show, Beneteau presented its Project E.  A concept of modern Mediterranean explorer yacht Project E is the result of Beneteau's collaboration with Massimo Gino of Nauta Design and Amedeo Migali of Micad and capitalize on the highly successful Swift Trawler range of practical, spacious boats, with a considerable cruising range, and put Groupe Beneteau’s experience in producing luxury boats to good use.  These new explorer yachts will have a distinctive displacement hull, developed by Micad with the aim of improving their cruising range and efficiency, making it easier for owners to cast off on long-distance cruises. A satin wax finished wood, leather and elegant textiles make for a stylish interior and exterior, carefully designed by the experts at Nauta Design. Strikingly spacious inside, with volumes similar to much bigger yachts, and ingeniously designed, these large passage makers also have enough space to comfortably house a crew. The first model in the Project E presented here the is the eighteen meters long 62.  The Beneteau Project E 62 will a full beam of over five meters. Designed for six to eight people on board, the Project E 62 will have an impressive flybridge, one of the biggest in its class and size. The interior spaces are spacious and well-appointed. The galley can be completely enclosed. The VIP guest cabin in the bow, has a considerable amount of headroom, so that you feel like you are in a hotel suite. Comfortable and seaworthy, the Beneteau Project E will have a cruising range of up to nine hundred nautical miles.  Project E is to launch in Dusseldorf 2021 and so far we do not know if they will be a separate line or make part of the Swift Trawler range.

February 20, 2020

New Model: Pershing 7X

The predecessor to the X range, the Pershing 70, get a make over and becomes the 7X.  A project of all time Pershing designer Fulvio de Simoni, the 7X made its debut at the German Dusseldorf boat show January 2020. The 7X is full on Pershing style from top to bottom, with an aggressive fifty knots performance reached from twin Man 1800hp engines coupled to Top System surface drives.  The Pershing 7X offers a standard three double cabins lower deck, with master stateroom at mid ships, a VIP suite forward, and a twin berth guest cabin to starboard.  Saloon and living is on the main deck while an enclosed galley is located to port side as one arrives in the lower deck.  The Pershing 7X also features an alternative lower deck layout of two cabins, with large L-shaped sofa replacing the third cabin.  A crew cabin is located to port side in between the engine room and midships owners stateroom. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.11 m (69.3ft)
Hull Length - 20.2 m
Waterline Length - 16.1 m
Beam - 5.35 m 
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 35000 kg unloaded, 42000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3600 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Max Persons - sixteen
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or four berths in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1800hp
Propulsion - Top System P85X surface drives
Speed - 50 knots max 42 knots cruise
Range - 300 nautical miles at cruise
Project - Fulvio de Simoni exterior and interior, Ferretti Group Engineering for naval architecture

February 19, 2020

Improve-it = Hatteras GT70

Hatteras give us a preview rendering of the Enclosed-Bridge GT70 Convertible presented at the 2020 Miami Yacht Show as this article is going online.  This is another take on the already legendary Hatteras GT70 with the enclosed bridge offering apart a protected central helm, an L-shaped dinette to starboard, wetbar to port, and a view mezzanine settee outside, and mini docking station. The GT70 offers a five stateroom four head lower deck arrangement.  Power comes from twin Cats 1825hp which offer a cruise range between mid thirties and up to forty knots of top end speed.  The Hatteras GT70 modified Vee hull shape offers stable speed that cuts through any wave.

February 18, 2020

Project: Windy 37 Shamal

With modern retro-styling the new Windy 37 Shamal is set to emulate the success of the legendary Khamsin.  Designed by the internationally acclaimed yacht designer Espen Øino and steeped in Windy’s core DNA, the Shamal celebrates ease of use boating in 21st century style and grand comfort. The focus of the Windy 37 Shamal is on a spacious cockpit, superb hull and excellent handling.  Inspired by the Windy models built in the Sixties and Seventies, Espen Øino and his team have developed a fantastic design language with high comfort and technology brought right up to date.  Conceived primarily as a dayboat, the Windy 37 Shamal has a spacious two cabin arrangement. There is a large forward cabin with a double bed and a roomy center cabin with twin beds. The 37 Shamal’s deep, safe cockpit is both social and versatile. It has a large aft sun pad with a movable backrest and it can be easily protected by her canopy system or bimini top.  As such, the 37 Shamal will appeal to discerning boat enthusiasts in all markets, from the short but sweet summers of Scandinavia, to the cool lakes of Switzerland and the hot spots of the Mediterranean.  The Windy 37 Shamal is powered 

February 17, 2020

New Model: Bertram 50 Hardtop

It is magic when a new Bertram model is out, and here is hull one of the first 50 making its first sea trial before being presented at the 2020 Miami boat show.  Hull one of the Bertram 50 was fitted as a cruiser version, meaning no tower and outriggers.  The 50 is a sleek machine which pays a lot of respect to the history of Bertram, see broken shear line, and important fore deck.  But the new Bertram also looks at the future with a variety of options and apart the sportfish or cruiser fittings, the 50 will also be available in an Open variant, while the Hardtop version can also be specified with a fully enclosed patio door.  The Bertram 50 features a lower deck layout with galley, saloon dinette, two cabins, and two heads; owners cabin forward with en-suite bath to starboard, guest cabin with twin bunk berths to port and private shower head.  The Bertram 50 is powered by twin Cats 1150hp and at testing hull one has peaked at a whooping 43 knots.      
Technical Data:
LOA - 16 m (51.6ft)
Waterline Length - 15.2 m
Beam - 5.3 m
Draft - 1.27 m
Displacement - 28.7 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 4679 l
Water Capacity - 454 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 1150hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 19 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Micheal Peters

February 16, 2020

Project: Dynamiq G 300

Super yacht builder Dynamiq present the project of the G 300, where in this case the letter G means for Global.  The Dynamiq Global 300 is created for families looking for a modern and fast explorer yacht that allows them to go everywhere and visit as many places as possible. Although engineered to cross Atlantic, the G 300 can enter any bay thanks to her compact size and shallow draft of under two meters. With a length just over thirty meters and four crew, the G 300 is economical to operate but has a generous volume of 200 Gross Tonnage. The  Dynamiq G 300 offers a four spacious staterooms layout, including an owner’s suite located at midships. The Dynamiq G 300 has the amenities of larger explorers, including the biggest sundeck in her class and a transformable sundeck salon with a fireplace to enjoy on cooler evenings. Built on Dynamiq's Epiq platform with a fast-displacement round bilge hull, the G 300 is the epitome of a gentlemen’s explorer yacht in a user-friendly package.  The Dynamiq G 300 is powered by twin Man 1200hp which will allow her to reach top speeds up to nineteen knots, cruise at 16, and have a long range of three thousand nautical miles at ten knots.

February 15, 2020

Bertram Gets Slammed During Port Stephens Shootout

A nineteen meter Bertram sportfish yacht titled m/y Game Changer with six persons onboard ended getting heavily slammed by four meter high breaking waves in a bar crossing at Port Stephens, to the South East of Australia, on the morning of fifteen February.  A video on social media hub Facebook showed Game Changer slamming hard up to six times.  The slamming to the Bertram sportfish also released its life raft from the fore deck, and also stuck her in the sand-bar for some seconds and turning its engines off.  Game Changer though managed to return power and then make it in limp mode to the harbour, even though some reports are saying it damaged its running gear. This accident happened during the opening day of the 2020 Port Stephens Billfish Shootout which featured 162 participant boats.
Game Changer is a 2006 Bertram 630 model designed by Zuccon.  Launched in 2004 the Bertram 630 offered a four double cabins layout, with an owner room to port side midships and was powered by twin Cat or MTU 1500 to 2000hp engines, for up to forty knots speeds.  A replacement to the Dave Napier designed 60 launched in 1990, Bertram build over thirty 630s from 2004 till 10 replacing it with the 64 in 2012.

New Model: Horizon FD102

Hull One of the brand new Horizon FD102 was presented to her owners during a surprise christening ceremony on New Year’s Eve. The owners and friends traveled from France to Kaohsiung, Taiwan for the ceremony. While the guests were enjoying a New Year’s Eve dinner at the Horizon City Marina, the yacht quietly approached the dock and was a sight to behold for the new owners. The owners and their guests were welcomed aboard with champagne for the christening ceremony and the celebration continued aboard the yacht, as the party cruised south for the drone light show at the Dream Mall and New Year countdown. Completed within an impressive twelve month build period and classed to Bureau Veritas, the FD102 Hull One boasts an overall length of just over 33 meters and accommodates a voluminous interior within seven meter plus beam. Fitted with innovative amenities throughout, the Horizon FD102 is configured with double salons, an on-deck master stateroom and a spacious four-stateroom layout on the lower deck. Powered by twin MTUs of 1600hp each, the FD102 achieves a maximum speed of sixteen knots with a range of 2490nm at a  ten knot cruise. Since the model was first announced, three FD102 yachts have been sold, with Hull Two scheduled to deliver to her American owners this summer followed by Hull Three in the early fall.
Technical Data:
LOA - 32.75 m (107.5ft)
Waterline Length - 21.1 m
Beam - 7.57 m
Draft - 1.79 m
Displacement - 122 t
Fuel Capacity - 17030 l
Water Capacity - 2270 l
Max Persons - 18
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, three/four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C32 Acert 1600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max 10 knot cruise
Range - 2490 nm at cruise

February 14, 2020

Project: Westport 117 Raised Pilothouse

Westport present the project for the 117 Raised Pilothouse super yacht.  At 35 meter the Westport 117 offers eloquent proof of the USA super yacht builder leadership in the design and construction of exceptional yachts.  Crisp, contemporary styling balanced with timeless traditional appeal keynotes a super yacht of extraordinary performance, built to uncompromising standards of structural integrity and quality.  Developed using leading-edge three-dimensional modeling and structural software used in the aviation industry, the Westport 117 has met every objective from speed, ride, maneuverability, integrity, quality and classing capability. The interior arrangement of the Westport 117 offers five guest cabins, including an owners stateroom on the forward part of the main deck.  While the crew area offers three double cabins for six persons.  The Westport 117's wide seven meters plus of beam creates a dramatically open and spacious salon, further enhanced by expanses of view windows. An elegant dining area allows formal meal service for eight.  An advanced hull design delivers exhilarating cruise speed and a moderate draft for access to any yachting destination.  The Westport 117 Raised Pilothouse is to be powered by twin Cat 1900hp engines which will deliver top speeds up to 24 knots and a cruise of 20 knots.

February 13, 2020

New Model: Cranchi Settantotto

During the Dusseldorf 2020 boat show Cranchi launched its awaited Settantotto flagship.  Coming from a design of Christian Grande this new Cranchi flagship expands the Italian boat builder size to 78 feet with its largest ever build before this being the stopped in production 66 launched in 2010.  The Settantotto sees Cranchi knock to the super yacht territory size, with a modern flybridge motor yacht featuring all the latest amenities and design features, with fore deck dinette and stylish integrated hard top on the flybridge included.  The lower deck of the Cranchi Settantotto is of a traditional full beam owners midships stateroom, VIP suite forward, and two guest cabins in between layout.  The main deck is of a traditional Italian layout with a welcoming sofa lounge on entrance, dining table for eight, an enclosed galley to starboard, a day head to port and pilot station forward.  The Cranchi Settantotto is powered by triple Volvo 1000hp engines, with forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives.  Cranchi is the first major boat builder to follow the Azimut triple engine set up which it launched with the 55S in 2012 and today powers three models in the S range, and the 78 flybridge launched in the fall of 2019.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.15 m (82.6ft)
Hull Length - 23.2 m
Beam - 5.76 m
Displacement - 57000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 5920 l
Water Capacity - 1250 l
Max Persons - eighteen
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, two/four crew in two cabins
Engines - 3 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS-3 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Project - Christian Grande exterior, Aldo Cranchi hull, Centro Studi Ricerche Cranchi naval architecture
Certification - CE A

February 12, 2020

Project: Pardo Endurance 60

Following the worldwide success of the open walk-around cruiser and yacht range, with more than one hundred Pardo 38, 43 and 50 sold in just two years.  Pardo are ready to launch a new challenge on the market: Endurance 60, the first model of a new range which already encapsulates its concept in the name Endurance and proposes the “trawler” philosophy under a new light of style and elegance. The name Endurance was chosen because this new boat has long-range navigation in its DNA. It brings to mind resistance over time, performance connected with good safe navigation for many miles with low consumption. The concept of Endurance is also connected to a use of the boat for the longest possible time in maximum comfort, so that the owner can enjoy time in the best possible way. This new 60-footer has required maximum effort in terms of research, study and design for the Technical Department of Cantiere del Pardo, which availed of the collaboration of Davide Leone for the naval architecture and hull lines and Nauta Design for the interior design.  The Pardo 60 Endurance will offer a three double cabins layout, with full beam midships owners stateroom, VIP suite forward cabin, third guest cabin with en-suite head to port side.  A two berth crew cabin with shower head is located aft.  All living entertainment will be located on the main deck and Pardo Endurance 60 will come equipped with an astern galley layout.  The model will also feature opening side bulk-heads aft to both side, increase the outside area spaces when at anchor.  The Endurance 60 although very secluded from view features a flybridge with helm station to starboard and a lot of sun-pads.  The Pardo Endurance 60 is powered by Volvo 550hp or 700hp engines with IPS pod propulsion.  Top speeds are estimated up to 25 knots.

February 11, 2020

New Model: Grandezza 37 CA

Grandezza present its new 37 CA an eye catching sport cruiser with elegant lines and all weather comfort inside. With a fully enclosed hard top design with patio door the Grandezza 37 CA is a main deck living dining layout offering a saloon and aft cockpit with generous entertaining area. The lower deck is all dedicated for the two cabins, with a forward central bed owners cabin, twin berth cabin to port side, and a shower to starboard.  The Grandezza 37 CA is standard powered by twin Volvo 260hp diesel, with 300hp optional units and stern drive propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.55 m (37.8ft)
Beam - 3.50 m
Draft - 1.20 m drives down
Displacement - 7500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 650 l
Water Capacity - 260 l
Max Persons - ten
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, two berths in convertible saloon
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 260hp, D4 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 36 knots max 30 knots cruise with Volvo 300hp
Certification - CE B

February 10, 2020

Project: Sunseeker Manhattan 55

Following the phenomenal success of the Manhattan 52, having delivered a staggering 131 yachts since its introduction in autumn 2016, Sunseeker has today unveiled details of its latest flybridge model, the stunning, new Manhattan 55. Exemplifying the latest in Sunseeker’s exceptional design capabilities, the Manhattan 55 has been meticulously designed to enhance comfort and cruising whilst providing owners with a vast array of social spaces usually only seen in larger yachts.  Building on the highly successful Manhattan series, this beautifully proportioned, new addition to the range has been designed to offer exceptional levels of comfort and luxury throughout.  The exterior styling incorporates unparalleled amounts of curved glass and stainless-steel detailing to emphasize its prowess, whilst exclusive images reveal the innovative design and attention to detail that has gone into this new flybridge model.  The layout of the main deck makes this the perfect boat for entertaining and socializing in style; with a strong focus on ambient lighting and interior detailing. From the generous saloon and aft galley, through to the social seating at the helm, this exceptional layout allows the owner and guests to move effortlessly between entertaining spaces.  A key feature that truly sets the Manhattan 55 apart from its peers is the innovative powered glass cockpit/galley window that can be lowered at the touch of a button and which, alongside the open cockpit door, creates a truly exceptional inside/outside environment. The fully-equipped aft galley has been designed as a raised breakfast island with optional stools or a lowered worktop with wine cooler. Comfortable seating for six in the saloon has been enhanced by a modular ottoman which is stowed beneath the helm, ideal for creating additional seating, when needed.  The interiors boast exquisite attention to detail with a new palate of upholstery that provides a cool and contemporary look, undeniably a Manhattan. There is also beautiful use of wood throughout utilizing a sublime blend of finishes such as satin Wenge, silver Oak, smoked Eucalyptus and Walnut. The saloon is drenched by light thanks to the extensive glazing and clever use of materials. The lighting design has been exceptionally well considered throughout and includes concealed lighting within ceiling panels and furniture. Owners can select from two lighting schemes with one-touch activation from a central ‘MySunseeker’ app. The different scenes create a distinct ambiance depending on the time of day and mood.  The flybridge features a large forward sunbathing area, a wet bar and an area aft with fixed u-shaped seating that can be specified with a large dining table, all below an integrated hard-top option. The bar has been designed for multiple uses and includes built-in storage, grill and refrigeration options. New Manhattan exterior upholstery options are available for customers to provide an additional level of tailoring for this beautiful outside social space.  Thanks to the galley being situated on the main deck, there is space for three large cabins below. The en-suite master cabin is a real standout feature for a boat of this size, with full height headroom all the way around the curved king-size bed demonstrating yet again the attention Sunseeker has given to creating exceptional living spaces. To starboard, owners can choose from a chaise sofa, breakfast table or a second sideboard with storage. The master en-suite has been carefully created with new fittings, recessed lighting and stowage. Interior fabric and décor selections unique to the Manhattan range remain peerless, delivering a quality that is unprecedented.  The Manhattan 55 enables its owner to enjoy the sumptuous space the open layout provides, showcasing the wonderfully well-equipped bathing platform and Beach Club. This area offers an inviting space for family and friends to enjoy the optional built-in barbeque, overhead shower and fold down transom seating.  Powered by Volvo 800hp engines, the Manhattan 55 can cruise comfortably at 25 knots with a range of 250 nautical miles or achieve in excess of 30 knots at full throttle.

February 9, 2020

Web: Evo Yachts New Web Site

Evo Yachts from Italy presents its new World Wide web showroom. Evo Yachts was founded in 2014, from a fortunate meeting between Blu Emme Yachts and yacht designer Valerio Rivellini. When launching its first model, the Evo 43 at the Cannes show in 2015, the Italian company took the boating World by surprise for the innovation this transforming modular day sport cruiser featured on its aft deck. Today Evo offers four models; the new R6 flagship launched in 2019, R4 the evolution of the original first 43 model, R4 WA, and R4 CC concept. Evo Yachts new web site is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Who, Where, News, and Press while a side buttons takes you to the three models of the R-Line, and that for the new concept. Evo Yachts is also present in social media with bottom page link buttons to its Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube pages. 

February 8, 2020

Project: Baglietto 40 meter Abaco

This idea of living and fully enjoying the sea is also the main inspiration of Abaco, a new Baglietto project signed by Santa Maria Magnolfi.  Ideal for sailing in shallow waters, Baglietto 40 meter Abaco is a super yacht to enjoy the warm crystal waters of the Bahamas, from which she takes her name. The Abaco project is a tribute the Italian shipyard and designers wanted to make to the people of one of the islands most affected by Hurricane Dorian.  Baglietto, as part of a humanitarian initiative, will give a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the first project to the reconstruction of the Abaco island.  Innovative, modern, and robust lines, open spaces, and the proximity to the sea, as well as generous volumes for the interior, are some of the main features of this yacht.  The main deck can boast over 120 square meters of outdoor spaces, harmoniously stretched towards the stern where the cockpit and the beach club join in a single space in direct contact with the sea. In this ample space, there is an infinity pool and a comfortable sunbathing area. Behind it, a conversation area can become, if necessary, a dining area for 16 guests. Going forward, there is a real “winter garden” occupied by a bar and living space, which can be fully opened if required thanks to floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors. The connection between the interior and exterior continues in the main saloon, which was designed with the same logic of opening both aft and in the large side windows. This extreme modularity makes it possible to get 150 square meters of outdoor spaces on a single bridge.  The owner’s suite has an office and a his and her bathrooms. The accommodation area is located in the lower deck, occupied by four large cabins. On the same deck, at the bow, the crew mess and crew area are found.  The upper deck, sundeck, and bow area add 170 square meters of open space, offering different areas for long conversations, gratifying lunch, or relaxation in the sun, satisfying every guest’s needs. The interior design was created as a continuity of the exterior, using natural materials and bright tones such as teak, straw, raffia, linen, and tropical woods, which give an exotic touch, freshness, and elegance.  The 40 meter Abaco is equipped with a garage capable of accommodating a tender of six meters in length, and a forward garage that can fit a rescue tender or yacht toys.  The motorization comes two Cat 1800hp engines capable of bringing the boat to a maximum speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots, but a hybrid solution is also envisioned.

February 7, 2020

New Model: Azimut Grande S10

When announced as a project in early 2018, the Azimut S10 signaled the entrance of Alberto Mancini in the famous Italian yacht builder stable.  Since then Mancini has already designed two other models for Azimut, the slightly smaller S8, and the 78 Flybridge.  The Grande S10 is the new flagship of Azimut S for sport yacht series which since presented in 2003 with the S68 has revolutionized these type of yachts.  Offering a four double cabins layout with two VIP staterooms, one forward and one to starboard, the Azimut Grande S10, presents itself as a super sport yacht with an edge in comfort.  The living dining on the S10 is all located on the main deck, while the galley and crew quarters and lobby are at midships in between the engine room and the midships owners stateroom.  The standard version of crew accommodation offers two cabins sleeping three including a double berth for the cabin, but here you have an option to add a fourth cabin to starboard side.  The Grande S10 also features a sport bridge with a central ladder entrance, the layout of the bridge is very socializing and offers three area points, a C-shaped lounge with two coffee cocktail tables to starboard, a forward sunpad, an L-shaped settee, and helm station to port side.  The Azimut Grande S10 is also full of latest tech from heavy carbon use in all super structure and bathing platform, glass cockpit helm station, intelligent LED lightning trough out, Electroglass Chromis skylight hard-top, and Humphree active trim control.  The Azimut Grande S10 is powered by twin MTU 2600hp which allow for top speeds up to 35 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.72 m (94.3ft)
Beam - 6.34 m
Draft - 2.03 m incl propellers
Displacement - 97 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 9500 l
Water Capacity - 1750 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, three or four crew in two or three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 35 knots max 28 knots cruise
Construction - resin infused fiber glass with carbon fiber for super structure and bathing platform
Project - Alberto Mancini exterior, Francesco Guida interior
Certification - UNI ISO 8666 for data

February 6, 2020

Project: Galeon 400 Fly

Galeon 400 Fly is one of the smallest models to offer a stern beach mode and has been designed to offer the highest tier of maneuverability and stability while on the waves. The yacht’s dynamic shape is a clear extension of Galeon’s characteristic design, with large windows merging with the hull form under acute angles.  The interior comes in a few possible modern variants, with additional options available upon request.  Below deck, the guests will find two full-sized cabins, one of which, the owner’s cabin, is situated in the aft. Two separate bathrooms offer extra comfort to the guests. All the cabins allow the guests full standing height and additional storage space, ideal for longer cruises.  The yacht’s dynamic shape is a clear extension of Galeon’s fourth gerneation characteristic design, with large windows merging with the hull form under acute angles. The upper deck is accessible by a comfortable staircase. The flybridge, the yacht’s entertainment centre, puts a minibar and a helm at the disposal of the guests and crew. It also comes with a table and sofa that can be easily converted into a sunbathing area.  The aft cockpit provides functional and well-planned space, with the sofa and table convertible into a sundeck. The front cockpit is a recreation space, with a large suntanning mattress. The Galeon 400 Fly is powered by twin Volvo 225hp, with optional engines going up to 440hp units.