March 31, 2020

Monthly News - March 2020

-pic of the month- Moonen Revolutionary Spray Filler System

Azimut Double Boat of the Year Victory

After conquering the first step of the podium at the Boat of the Year Japan 2019 - BOYJ Awards, in the 'Large - over 35 ft' category, Azimut Grande 25 Metri also wins the Boat of the Year Japan 2019 Grand Prix, awarded by a 26 judges jury among all the BOYJ 2019 winners.  Among the most prestigious prize in the Asia-Pacific area, the Awards have been assigned during a ceremony held on March 5th 2020. Characterized by sinuous and sporty external lines, designed by Stefano Righini, Grande 25 Metri offers vast and voluminous spaces, full of elegance and informal charm.The yacht, entry level of the Collection, features some characteristic surprises, starting from an original interpretation of the living area on the main deck - thanks to the architect Achille Salvagni -, up to the several technological solutions adopted as part of the ECS program (Enhanced Cruising Solutions). 

Cranchi and Flexform

On the occasion of its debut at Boot Düsseldorf 2020, the Cranchi Settantotto received a triumphant welcome, exciting the enthusiasm of the public, the media and operators in the sector.  Those who saw the yacht live expressed an appreciation for the lines of the new flagship, for its technical solutions and for the design choices. Particular interest has also aroused the suggestive setting capable of giving the Settantotto a decisive and refined character. The material and chromatic choices proposed by Cranchi in agreement with the designer Christian Grande reveal a refined taste and give the rooms a tone of warm and relaxed elegance with a classic and contemporary style at the same time.  In perfect harmony with the choices of art direction, the Settantotto is furnished with elements of the Flexform collections, an historic and dynamic Made in Italy furniture brand.  To furnish the living room, Christian Grande chose a corner composition of the Adda seating system combined with Fly tables, both signed by Antonio Citterio.  Around the table were placed Feel Good armchairs also designed by Antonio Citterio and covered in fine leather in a surprising orange nuance.  In the stern space, an outdoor lounge dedicated to relaxation has been created with the addition of Alison Outdoor armchairs designed by Carlo Colombo alongside Fly tables, accordingly, a lounge area with a cocoon effect comes to life. Alternatively, this space can be set up as a veranda with a table that is both practical and attractive.  Among the countless customisation options that Cranchi Yachts can offer thanks to the Cranchi Atelier customisation program, the owners of the Settantotto will be able to choose the elements and furnishing accessories inspired by the collections selected with Christian Grande and being able to rely on the advice of the Shipyard designers.

Ferretti Group Tri-generation Plant in Ancona

Ferretti Group's investments in the Ancona shipyard continue, in this case it is an important project that improves energy efficiency and sustainability. The trigeneration plant will enable to reduce by up to 79% the consumption of electrical and thermal energy needed to air condition the production environments, thus meeting the production needs of the Super Yacht Yard in Ancona, which covers an area of over 25,000 square meters and requires constant temperature control.  Design and installation are the work of Samso Spa, Energy Service Company (E.S.Co.) active in Italy in the design, construction and financing of energy efficiency interventions. In detail, inside the plant there is a high-efficiency gas-fired co-generator with an electrical power of 500 kWe and thermal power of 600 kWt, together with a 460 kWf absorber for the production of cold water for cooling that uses the thermal energy recovered from the plant itself.  Overall this intervention, once fully operational, will lead to a reduction of about 79% of the demand for electricity and 32% of thermal energy, estimating an annual primary energy saving of 20%.  In the site area, Ferretti Group has also installed a solar photovoltaic system for the production of electricity and for the conversion of lighting systems with LED lamps.

Formula Facility Closed Through April 6

In this time of uncertainty, our highest priority is the welfare of customers, dealers and Formula Team members.  To comply with Indiana Governor Holcomb’s Stay-At-Home Order, Formula Boats headquarters and manufacturing facility in Decatur, Indiana, will be closed Wednesday, March 25, through April 6, 2020, with office staff working remotely.

Nordhavn Rendezvous Reaches 51 Boats

The Nordhavn Across Puget Sound (NAPS) has reached 51 boats, which nearly doubles the previous record for congregating Nordhavns in one area. The owner-driven event is being billed as a low-key affair that will take place over three days in beautiful British Columbia. Daytime excursions sandwiched in between boat hopping and evening festivities will fill the schedule. Organizers are thrilled – and somewhat astounded – by the response they’ve received. In addition to 51 boats, another dozen sets of owners will be attending without boats.  “I’m not sure how this thing got so big!” said Nordhavn 62 owner Bill Baker, who took over organizing reigns for this third, and by far, largest, edition of NAPS. Two years ago, NAPS started out with nine boats. But it’s no secret that Nordhavn owners like to get together with one another. “It’s such a great community to be part of,” said Baker.

Nordhavn and the Coronavirus Pandemic

For Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc (PAE), the manufacturer of Nordhavn, the health and welfare of its staff, business associates, customers and supporters are, of course, top priority. And when it comes to serving the Nordhavn community and anyone interested in pursuing dreams of long range cruising, our commitment does not waver in these times. Although this story has had to be re-written three times due to the changes happening every day, the message remains the same: we are still working hard for you. Even as we are adjusting to the governor’s order that all California residents remain home from non-essential tasks/work, we are making sure that all channels of communication are being covered. Main office phones are being forwarded, all staff can be reached by e-mail and salesmen can be contacted on cell phones. As of now, our satellite offices are safely operating with doors open, but as rules shift daily, we anticipate an all-remote workday may be implemented in all locations. With no more than 6 employees at any one satellite office location (with service personnel separated from sales), we have ensured that our staff is abiding by the CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of illness.  In the UK, Neil Russell, director of Nordhavn Europe says “NEL is fully functional.” Hours are a mix of in-office and at-home so contact with him or partner Philip Roach is best made via their cell phones, although office phones automatically get forwarded. Meanwhile, service continues to crank with pace at the Southampton location as new boat commissioning and service calls fill the docket.  The news is much the same in the U.S.: The doors of the Northeast sales office in East Greenwich, RI are open with regular business hours being conducted. NE salesman Dave Balfour says he’s hard at work with showings over the weekend and a training session with clients on their newly purchased N47 scheduled for next week. “I still continue to be busy and am happy for the distraction!” he said. Meanwhile, sales and service in FL are also buzzing, with many owners looking to ready their boats for quarantining down in the Bahamas. In Seattle, manager Don Kohlmann said the team there is ready for business while they keep an eye on a huge Nordhavn 40-refit happening at service partner Emerald Marine. The N40 is being retrofit with new davit, ABT stabilizers (previously a paravane-only vessel), and an electric wing engine. “It will be interesting to see how it turns out,” Kohlmann said.  At our offices In Australia and Turkey, staff are available to serve at a moment’s notice, even though Nordhavn Australasia are keeping mostly work-from-home hours. Information can be dispersed via phone or e-mail any time of day or night, says Manager Peter Devers, adding. “We are available for one-on-one meetings as required.”  Today news broke of Brunswick Corporation’s decision to temporarily halt production. But Nordhavn production continues. Each of our 3 factories (Tainan, Taiwan; Xiamen, China; and Ayvali, Turkey) are open and operating, says Nordhavn President Dan Streech. Under normal circumstances, project managers, salespeople, management and customers would be traveling to the factories for inspections, guidance and meetings. With travel restrictions in place, those visits are now replaced with Skype, Facetime, Go-To-Meeting and lots of e-mails, photos, videos and sketches. “These communication methods have been available to all of us for a number of years now but the crisis has forced us to use them better,” he said, adding these practices will probably be utilized even after the travel restrictions are lifted. “As they say, ‘Necessity is the Mother of Invention’.”  In the quiet background of the coronavirus chaos, Nordhavn owners continue to enjoy their yachts and are making necessary adjustments as they maneuver around the complications of COVID-19. As Jennifer Hamilton, owner of Nordhavn 52 Dirona recently intimated about the flexibility their Nordhavn allows: “We can have plans, and then get underway the same day with completely different plans.”

Maritimo Planning Exciting 2020

As the world continues to face unprecedented times amidst the current global health crisis, Maritimo is continuing production and pushing ahead with its exciting plans for 2020 involving new model releases and an action packed promotional schedule.  It is in times like these that the Maritimo team believes it is more important than ever to stay on track and continue to function as normally as possible. The World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines strongly promote social distancing as a way to help slow the spread of the virus and this has seen large numbers of events and activities cancelled internationally including boating exhibitions and shows.  We are very mindful of that and have acted to offer our customers and prospective customers alternatives like one on one VIP appointments, guided digital tours and vessel walkthroughs, and controlled visits to our sales and marketing centres which are the subject of new stringent cleaning programs.

Moonen Revolutionary Spray Filler System

Dutch shipyard Moonen Yachts is proud to announce a new update in the construction of the 36-metre superyacht YN199 with the ongoing filling and fairing application utilizing a revolutionary new spray filler developed by AkzoNobel. The application of Awlgrip’s Awlfair SF (Spray Filler) marks a world-first in the superyacht steel hull category.  Developed by AkzoNobel’s Awlgrip brand and applied by De Koning Yacht Painters, the innovative new process allows for wet-on-wet application, e.g. the application of up to two coatings per day without the need for sanding between coats. On top of this, spray application significantly reduces air pockets, increases the overall quality of the system and reduces both application and process time. This step change in filler technology to the superyacht industry sees a combination of AkzoNobel’s cutting-edge coatings knowledge with both the component and technology expertise of Graco and the equipment design experience of Hogg, the designer and builder of the spray machine.  Moonen CEO, Johan Dubbelman comments that this philosophy is a seamless fit for the Moonen Yachts brand. "As the shipyard is continuously searching for optimization and innovation of products and processes to be able to deliver the best yacht in the world, this new solution fits seamlessly into our strategy." Dubbelman continues “The decision to use Awlfair SF on this new build was also made after a positive recommendation from Leo van Klaveren – the well-known and highly-respected yacht painting consultant and owner of Coating Consultancy van Klaveren”.  “The use of Awlfair SF cuts application time while delivering the high-quality system appearance you expect from Awlgrip," Dubbelman adds." We're proud of our latest project with De Koning Yacht Painters using Awlfair SF and look forward to seeing YN199 hit the water later this year.”  With the Moonen team dedicated to continually developing and innovating for the benefit of each Moonen yacht, the latest project with De Koning Yacht Painters using Awlfair SF ensures that Moonen superyachts are ahead of the game.  Describing some of the advantages of the new filler and application process, De Koning Yacht Painters’ representative CEO Huub de Koning comments: "Unlike classic hand-mixing, an airless system is used to transport the volumes of filler to the yacht, reducing the risk of air-pockets to an absolute minimum. Although the system requires preparation time, there are significant time savings during the application and sanding processes. Using Awlfair SF will have a positive effect on delivery time.”  “We’re delighted that Moonen and De Koning Yacht Painters embraced this new technology, and with YN199 project, have been able to benefit from the many advantages of using this new revolutionary system,” comments Bilal Salahuddin, Yacht Coatings Director at AkzoNobel.   

Princess Donates PPE to Local Community

Following a controlled shutdown at all of its sites, Princess Yachts is today confirming it is donating its stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Plymouth City Council, who will in turn distribute to those on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19. Beneficiaries in the region will range from the NHS, through to those who are working tirelessly to keep society functioning, such as refuse collectors and other such teams operating selflessly throughout these challenging times.  The gesture comes in response to ongoing conversations between the Plymouth City Council and Princess Yachts to align efforts around challenges facing all of us as a community here in the South West. Speaking candidly, both Tudor Evans, leader of the Plymouth City council and Antony Sheriff, CEO of Princess Yachts discussed the critical gap facing medium sized business in terms of current support to tackle the Covid-19 crisis, as well as the health secretary's statement this week that there have been challenges in the supply of PPE, especially to NHS staff. With over 3000 employees, Princess is the UK's largest yacht manufacturer, and is playing its part to help ensure essential services receive the much-required protective equipment that is in short supply across the world.

Riviera 2020 Port Lincoln Classic

An action-packed weekend of fishing in the 2020 Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic has once again proved the fishing grounds off the Eyre Peninsula as superb.  In its 14th year, the Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic is a 10-kilogram line class competition that shines a light on sustainable fishing practices. It is a catch and release event that only targets Southern Bluefin tuna and is the first of its kind in Australia to disallow three-pronged fishing hooks.  Twenty-three boats with crew from far and wide took part, but it was a mix of local knowledge and a sense of adventure by the skippers of two Riviera luxury motor yachts that saw them haul in the major trophies, including a record $37,080 cheque for the heaviest fish as part of the Calcutta bid.  At the shotgun start on 21 March, while most vessels headed full throttle in a westerly direction, one hung back before taking off east towards Roslyn Shoal.  The move paid off and earned David Buckland a back-to-back win for Overall Champion Boat with 45 fish caught on Longshot, a Riviera 51 Flybridge.  “It was a chance and it paid off,” Mr Buckland said. “We knew there were tuna elsewhere, but I’d been out to Roslyn Shoal the year before and done well there. I thought a few more boats would have followed us this year, but for a while we were only three.”  Mr Buckland said within minutes they’d worked out what lures the tuna were biting.  “We put out four lines and started getting them hand over fist.”  Longshot’s crew also listed individual wins, with Emma Forster earning Champion Female with five catches and Tom Pietch taking Runner up Male with 17 catches.  Longshot is the beloved fishing vessel of the late Ron Forster, who passed in August last year. He was a founding member of the Tuna Classic and a perpetual trophy has been created in his honor.  “Ron was an avid fisherman and his boat has been set up for fishing. We went out in his honor and it was a fantastic weekend. It was great to get away for a couple of days given everything that’s been going on. The best place to be is on a Riviera out at sea.”  A total of 145 fish were caught and released across the weekend.  Weighing in at 15.8kg, it was Gilbert Le Brun’s bluefin caught on Laila Jane that won the Calcutta and secured $37,080 for himself and the crew on the Riviera 525 SUV.  Like David, Laila Jane’s skipper Mark Waller made the decision to take a risk and not follow the rest of the fleet.  “We could’ve ended up with absolutely nothing and just been out there catching whiting,” Mr Waller said. “It took us a good half an hour going backwards and forwards before all of a sudden we ran over some fish and away we went!”  Laila Jane also won First Fish Caught, Runner Up Boat with 36 fish, and had aboard Champion Male Ian Montgomery. with 19 fish. He earned himself the first Ron Forster Champion Angler Perpetual Trophy.  “We were quite shocked at the trophy presentation; it was nearly a clean sweep. That’s fishing,” Mr Waller said. “Right spot at the right time. We just got lucky.”  By mid-Saturday, another 10 boats arrived at Roslyn Shoal and by Sunday the majority of boats were there.  One skipper who didn’t make it east and chose to try his luck at the well-known and usually-guaranteed Cabbage Patch fishing grounds was Mark Hand on his 52 Flybridge Aussie Battler.  “It was a very social weekend, but not many tuna caught for us,” Mr Hand said. “We had a fantastic time anyway.”  Hailing from all over South Australia and mainly the Riverland, Mr Hand’s crew rarely get a chance to go sea fishing. “It was a great opportunity to enjoy the social company on the back of the boat and then fish for squid at night,” he said.  They also enjoyed socializing off the boat and in the wide-open spaces provided on the beach at Engine Point. With a two-kilometre stretch of beach, there was plenty of room to celebrate the trophy presentation.  “Both Saturday night at Memory Cove and Sunday at Engine Point were extremely well catered for by [event organisers] Russell Bianco and Gabi Gabbana. There was a lot of fellowship over the weekend and it was just a magnificent event.”  The Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic is a not-for-profit organisation. It donates 10 per cent of the total funds of the fiercely contested Calcutta to keep the voluntary radio operations functioning.  As its founding sponsor, Riviera enjoys a longstanding relationship with the Tuna Classic.  “We are proud to support the Riviera Port Lincoln Tuna Classic and applaud the tournament’s principles of sustainable fishing practices,” said Riviera owner and chairman Rodney Longhurst.  “We’re also especially delighted that the Classic encourages the whole family to participate in what has become a great and growing annual tournament on the Australian fishing calendar.”

Sirena Sells Five

Sirena Yachts is proud to announce that it has sold five units of the Sirena 88 flagship model since its world debut at 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival. Two of these were sold to owners in North America and two in Europe, with the fifth hull selling to a Russian owner at the boot Düsseldorf boat show in January.  Commercial Director Ali Onger comments: “The Sirena 88 is so popular because it offers the largest interior volume in its class. We’re talking about an 7.1-meter/23’2” beam; there is nothing else like that in this size bracket, without even mentioning its 25-knot maximum speed. And its range is impressive too: around 2,100 nautical miles at 9 knots. All these factors are serious advantages for our clients. Interior decoration is going to be different for each of the boats and they will reflect their respective owners' needs. Its layout is also customizable, so long as the alterations do not interfere with technical aspects of the yacht.”  The first Sirena 88 will be delivered in April 2020, with the following unit to be received by the owner at the end of the summer. The third yacht’s delivery is scheduled for late 2020, and the fourth and fifth are due in April and June 2021.  Sirena’s Director of North American Sales, Constantinos Constantinou, adds: “I see two main contributing factors to the Sirena 88’s success: firstly, the superb job done by our designers and engineers, evidenced by an Innovation award the 88 has received. The second success factor is our reputation and brand recognition. Sirena builds yachts of exceptional quality with impressive performance on the water with numerous innovations and unique features that are focused on safety and efficiency. This is being increasingly recognized by discerning yacht buyers and the yachting world alike.”

Viking Key West Challenge Cancelled

The Viking Key West Challenge is truly a wonderful success, bringing together Viking owners, dealers, vendors and their families and friends every spring in a beautiful setting to celebrate the boating and fishing lifestyle.  Regretfully, as a precautionary action in accordance with recommendations of health officials, Viking has decided to cancel this year's Key West Challenge scheduled for April 15-18.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in response to the Corona Virus pandemic has recommended canceling events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks throughout the U.S. In addition, Florida's Monroe County and the City of Key West have each declared a State of Emergency.  The health and well-being of everyone involved is our top priority, and we believe in doing our part to bring an end to the spread of the coronavirus.  Viking has rescheduled the event for April 7-10, 2021. Participants and sponsors may use their registrations as credit for next year or be issued a refund.  Viking is determined to make the 7th annual Viking Key West Challenge better than ever! More than just a fishing tournament, the VKWC is four days of food, fishing and fun for members of the Viking family in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes camaraderie and fellowship.

Viking at Los Suenos Triple Crown

Leg #2 of the Los Suenos Triple Crown was an intense fight to the finish. Day One saw the Viking 62 Team Galati release a marlin and 15 sailfish to finish in 3rd Place amongst the fleet of 41 battlewagons. Two marlin and 5 sails on Day Two put Team Galati in the top spot going into the final day. And then it was a roller coaster! Team Galati bounced around the leader board all day in a nail biter. Captain Tony Carrizosa put his team on a marlin an hour before lines out that cemented their win with a total of five marlin and 25 sailfish during Leg #2. This puts the crew in 3rd Place in the series going into the final leg which starts on Tuesday, March 24. Team Galati seems to like the 2nd Leg of the Triple Crown as they have won it in 2014, 2015, 2019 and now 2020.

Viking at Fourth Annual Marina Casa de Campo Open

With a hot start, the Viking 76 Blackhawk, won the 4th Annual Marina Casa de Campo Open. The team released five blue marlin to capture the top trophy. Angler Dawn Samuels released four blue marlin to put the Viking 66 Princess Lily on the leaderboard in 3rd Place. Dawn was named the Top Lady Angler for her four blues and her Top Gamefish, a 130-pound yellowfin tuna. During the tournament she tagged her 100th blue marlin. Set at the world-class Marina Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominican Republic, this fun team event focused on release fishing for blue and white marlin along with sailfish. Tuna, dolphin and wahoo were eligible to be weighed.

March 30, 2020

New Model: Princess V55

Princess present the new V55 featuring a sleek and dynamic exterior profile coupled with an intelligent use of space and the performance qualities synonymous with the V Class range. Her main deck has been purposely designed for those who enjoy true open-boating. The expansive cockpit features a large L-shaped seating area with additional seating aft around a substantial folding teak table served by a wet-bar opposite with electric barbecue. This area connects to the saloon via a drop down sliding door and opening window aft of the galley, seamlessly integrating the two living areas as required. Her main deck also boasts a large sun-pad located aft of the cockpit and a further fore-deck seating and sunbathing area. The V55 continues to deliver throughout her lower deck with optimum use of space and multiple accommodation options. Featuring three generous guests cabins, she is class leading for a yacht of her size. Her ensuite master stateroom utilizes the full beam of the yacht. Additional guests can enjoy the ensuite forward cabin which benefits from the option of scissor berths in addition to a third bunk cabin. There is also the option of a single aft cabin for crew or occasional guest.  The Princess V55 is powered by twin Volvo 1000hp with line shaft propulsion, which give top speed up to 37 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.81 m (58.5ft)
Hull Length - 17.2 m
Beam - 4.65 m
Draft - 1.40 m
Displacement - 27500 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 550 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, optional one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 37 knots max

March 29, 2020

Web: Mag Bay New Web Site

Mag Bay presents its new virtual World wide web showroom.  Mag Bay was founded in 2016 by Mike and Barrett Howarth.  In reality the story of Mag Bay starts in 1969, when Mike Howarth enters into boat building becoming a fiberglass tooling and plug creator for wood boat construction in California.  After this Mike joins Pacific Trawler and Islander Yachts, and here he meets Henry Mohrschladt, with the two joining forces and founding Pacific Seacraft, building thousands of sailboats and selling this business in 1989.  One year later to this Mike and Henry began building a 35 feet flybridge sportfish cruiser, which in 1991 they launch and introduces the Cabo brand.   After a sixteen year run in 2007 Mike and Henry sell Cabo to Brunswick.  In 2016 pushed by his son Barrett Howarth, Mike launches the new Mag Bay brand first with a 33 feet outboard powered center console.  In 2020 Mag Bay launches its new second 42 model.  Mag Bay new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Design, 32CC, 42, Videos, History, Reviews, Dealers, News and Contact.  Mag Bay is also on social media with a link at the bottom of the page taking you into its Instagram. Facebook, Vimeo pages.

March 28, 2020

New Model: Heysea Atlantic 115

Chinese yard Heysea Yachts has launched the first hull of its Atlantic 115. The first of a new Atlantic series, construction officially began in March 2018 after the keel was laid in September 2017.  Built to MCA and RINA standards, this raised pilothouse super yacht was developed in collaboration with Jure Bukavec of Uniellè Yacht Design. The interior has been developed by H2 Yacht Design, features accommodation for up to twelve guests split across five staterooms and a convertible Cabana-style beach club. The main-deck master cabin is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch as it benefits from 270-degree panoramic views out to sea. Other key features include an Opacmare Transformer swim platform, a spacious sundeck and crew accommodation for a staff of up to five people. The Heysea Atlantic 115 is powered by twin 1925hp Caterpillar engines for a top speed of 24 knots and a cruising range of 2000 nautical miles at ten knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 35.2 m (115.4ft)
Beam - 8.38 m
Draft - 1.72 m
Fuel Capacity - 20596 l
Water Capacity - 4497 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in five cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1925hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 24 knots max 10 knots economic cruise
Range - 2000 nm at 10 knots
Project - Jure Bukavec of Unielle Yacht Design exterior, H2 interior
Certification - MCA, Rina C hull Mach Y short range

March 27, 2020

Project: Prestige X70

In 2020, Prestige is launching a new product line which will start with the X70 as the first model of the range.  This Prestige X-line is designed by its long standing designer Garroni, with the concept coming from Valentina Militerno de Romedis and here the French brand part of the Beneteau Group aims to reinvent spaces and ease of movement on board. Created in a spirit of a larger yacht, the X70 offers infinite possibilities, blurring the line between the exterior and the interior. Based on volume, circulation and light, this concept for a luxury crossover enables you to benefit from the full beam of the yacht used to its maximum resource, reinventing space on board thanks to the wide body design.  The X70 is set apart by a radically different use of space. A traditional Flybridge uses 70% of the beam of the yacht for circulation via the sidedecks. The X70 breaks with these codes, although in pure honesty it not the first motor yacht which is doing this.  Fair to say that the wide body was first introduced in the USA starting in the eighties, on some of the fifteen meter plus motor yacht models, and in Europe Conam first with the 48 Chorum did introduce this design solution in lower sub fifteen meters models as what looks a distance year 1988.  The Chorum line did eventually introduce a 54 in 1993, which became a 60 in around 2004, and then also the 75 model flagship in 2005.  Obviously yacht design has evolved since then and in the Prestige X70 we will see latest design evolution.  Some details I like is the flash deck fore deck, while the aft deck offers a huge amount of space for this size of motor yacht.  No details are plans given yet for the interior but Prestige says the X70 is offered in three or four cabins layout sleeping six or eight persons.  Crew accommodation is for two persons.  The Prestige X70 is to be powered by standard Volvo 900hp engines, with optional for twin 1000hp units.  Top speed is estimated up to 29 knots.

March 26, 2020

Riviera Sinks off Rainbow Beach Queensland

A sixteen meter Riviera flybridge motor yacht titled m/y Shelly 2 sank off Rainbow Beach, in Queensland Australia on the morning of Monday 23 March.  According to some unconfirmed reports the origin of sinking started with a fire from a burning and overheating exhaust.  The four shocked persons onboard Shelly 2 where rescued by a commercial line fisher.  A man exploring the area with the canoe also rescued two dogs of the family. An update on the 26 March appearing on social media outlet Facebook by salvage company Rainbow Repairs showed Shelly II beached in a total loss situation without super structure and an open hull deck, with the engines still mounted.  
Shelly 2 is a 2013 Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge, a model the Australian builder produced from 2011 to 2016 in 36 units.  The 53 Enclosed Flybridge featured a three double cabins interior layout, and was powered by standard triple Volvo 435hp, with optional twin Volvo 900hp with IPS pod drives, and or Cats 1015hp with ZF aft looking pod drives also being available.  The model was replaced and evolved into the Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge in 2016.

New Model: Wim Van Der Valk Beachclub 660

The Van der Valk BeachClub line provides an unrivaled amount of exterior and interior space by locating the engine room in the further aft area under the swimming platform. After the first BeachClub 600 model, which launched in Summer 2019, the Dutch builder followed it with the larger 660.  A new way of thinking, the Beachclub series designed by Dutch designer Cor D.Rover is an innovative range of motor yachts and will pioneer the incredible degree of space on offer.  Three outdoor zones optimize the al fresco lifestyle. An enormous fore-deck area offers various layout options, including a Jacuzzi, the cockpit deck is an impressive location with an outside steering position, and a beach club aft features a smart swimming platform and a sun lounge area.  The Wim Van Der Valk Beachclub 660 offers two lounges, while next to the interior pilot house on the main deck, and another on the lower deck aft area. Accommodation is for three double cabins, with an owners suite forward.  A crew cabin with private head is located to starboard side in behind the large aft lounging area.  The Beachclub 660 is powered by twin Volvo 800hp which allow it to reach speeds up to 25 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.50 m (67.2ft)
Waterline Length - 18.8 m
Beam - 5.80 m
Draft - 1.50 m
Displacement - 38 t
Fuel Capacity - 4100 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS3 pod drives
Speed - 25 knots max 20 knots cruise
Hull Shape - moderate Vee with hard chine
Construction - aluminium h321 for hull, h111 for super structure
Project - Cor D.Rover exterior and interior, Ginton naval arhitecture
Certification - CE A 

March 25, 2020

Terranova Super Yacht Fire in Viareggio

Mr. Frank a Terranova 85 Explorer super yacht went ablaze on 25 March at around noon time at the public Viareggio Europe Harbor, on the Antonini quay.  The Viareggio coast guard was immediately on site and started chilling the fire aboard Mr. Frank and then got additional help by the CP813 patrol vessel.  The fire which centered around the upper structure was immediately controlled, and the damage minimized.
Mr. Frank is a Terranova 85 Explorer build in 2008, and powered by twin Man 730hp engines which allow her to reach top speeds up to fifteen knots and a cruise of twelve.  The Terranova 85 Explorer as the name says is inspired to explorer trawler vessels of the past and was produced from 2006 to 2009 in four units, with the model evolving into the T9 onwards from 2022.

Project: Solaris Power 58 Open

The Solaris Power range continues to expand, and presents the project of the 58 Open.  This new Solaris Power project is based on the hull of the 55 Lobster launched in Spring 2019, and follows on the success of the 48 Open launched in Cannes September 2019.  The Solaris Power 58 Open why sharing hull with the 55/57 Lobster will offer a full open main deck, with a full walk around deck from forward to aft, and central T-top covering helm station, exterior galley and dinette. To aft will be a large central sun-pad.   Down below she should be similar to the 57 Lobster which currently is offered in three versions of two and three cabins and a choice of a large interior galley, and an L-shaped settee replacing the third cabin.   The Solaris Power 58 Open will be powered by Volvo 600hp as standard, and or optional 725hp engines, both choices offered only with forward looking IPS pod drives.

March 24, 2020

Improve-it = Absolute Navetta 52

During the 2020 Dusseldorf boat show, Absolute presented the new 2020 version of the Navetta 52.  Launched in 2016 the Navetta 52 has been a success for Absolute, now four years later to the launch of hull one the Italian Piacenza builder decided its time for an update.  Most of the update in the new 2020 version comes from outside, with new large and different shape hull side windows, and a radar arch which looks back from the previous forward looking version, and this adding also a larger hard-top.  These details will make it easy for people to recognize the new Navetta 52, 2020 and beyond version.  But the changes do not stop there and for 2020 thanks to Volvo, the Navetta 52 will also feature the option of large Volvo 480hp engines.  The standard options are still the same for Volvo's 435hp with IPS pod drives, while the interior layout is mostly unchanged with a three cabins two head layout below deck, and astern galley main deck.   

March 23, 2020

Project: Cayman S580

Cayman continues with its expansion plans, and presents the S580 project which come again from Italian designer Ferragni, the same person responsible for all latest models; F920, F520, and S520 this last currently under construction and set to launch in Summer 2020.  The Cayman S580 will present itself as a fully enclosed hard top sport yacht, with a three double cabins lower deck layout, all served with private shower heads, and including a full beam owners stateroom.  A one person crew cabin is located aft.  The dining, galley and living are all located on the main deck, and the first layout of the project also see a traditional central main deck located galley.  The Cayman S580 is to be powered by twin Man 800hp with line shaft propulsion.

March 22, 2020

Sportfish Yacht Collides Into Southern Charleston Jetty

A sixteen meter Ocean sportfish yacht titled m/y Strike Finder with five persons onboard collided with the Southern Charleston Jetty, Charleston Harbor, South Carolina on 02:10 early morning time of Sunday 22 March.  Sea Tow reported the accident to the Charleston Coast Guard sector after one of the persons onboard the sportfish yacht made a call that they where stuck to the jetty and taking on water. A swift response by air-rescue to save the five crew was organized, with North Charleston Fire, Coast Guard Station Charleston, Coast Air Facility Charleston, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Mount Pleasant and Sullivan's Island Fire Department, Charleston Pilots, SeaTow, and TowBoatU.S assisting in this recovery.  The State Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident.
M/y Strike Finder is an Ocean Yacht 52 Super Sport.  Produced from 2001 to 2006, the 52 Super Sport offered a three double cabins layout with a midships located full beam master stateroom, and was powered by twin 800 to 1015hp Cat engines for top speeds in the mid thirties.  The 52SS came out as a replacement to the 53 Super Sport, and was replaced by the 54 Super Sport in 2007.

Aicon New Web Site

Aicon Yachts presents its new World wide web showroom.  Starting up in 1993 as a turnkey interior design solution for yachts, the company moved to Sicily in the Messina area in 1996, and in 1999 it showed its aim to become a boat builder. In 2001 Aicon launched its 56 model, designed by Fulvio de Simoni.  The first Aicon was an important success, which sold over one hundred units in an eight year production run and also received the 2002 Cannes World Yachts Trophy in its size. In 2007 Aicon acquires the down East lobster boat Morgan brand.  In 2012 Aicon closes its doors due to the 2008 financial and the 2012 Italian crises which hits the boating sector hard.  In 2018 American investors Marc-Udo Broich and John Venner buy the Aicon name and set out to prepare a plan for relaunch.  Currently Aicon is offering three models, a new Sergio Cutolo designed 66 set to be launched in the end of 2020, the 72, and the 85.  The new Aicon website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Yachts, Aicon Yachts History, News and Events, Press Area, Contacts, and Login.  Aicon is also on social media with button links at the bottom of the page taking you into its Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. 
Production History;
56 2001-08 (100+)  Fulvio de Simoni design
52 2003-05 (5+-)
64 Fly 2004-12 (40+)  Marco Mannino design
72 S 2005-12 
54 2006-12 (10+-)
62 2006-12 (20+)
85 2006-15 (6)
75 Flybridge 2007-12 (5+-)
90 2008 (1)
58 Flybridge 2008-12
82 Open 2009-12
66 Vivere 2022-  Sergio Cutolo design

March 21, 2020

New Model: Yachting Developments 33m Hull1017

2020 is off to a busy start for Yachting Developments, with the Auckland-based yard’s latest superyacht, the 33 metre Al Duhail Hull 1017 launching on 22 January 2020. Hull 1017 safely entered the water in Hobsonville before travelling to Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour where she will undergo final finishing work ahead of sea trials. Al Duhail is an all-carbon sportfish super yacht, featuring naval architecture and design work by Warwick Yacht Design. Her interior was developed by Yachting Developments specialist interior team in conjunction with the owner. The owner’s interior brief was for a simple, elegant style. Key materials used include oak wood with a light decor, including white panelling and cream carpets, offset by pops of colour in the soft furnishings. Accommodation is for 10 guests, including the master suite and four guest cabins, plus two crew cabins. Powered by twin MTU 2000hp engines, her estimated cruising speed is twenty knots, with top speeds up to thirty knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 33 m (109ft)
Waterline Length - 27.5 m
Beam - 7.5 m
Draft - 1.5 m
Accommodation - ten berths in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M96L 2000hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max 20 knots cruise
Construction - carbon fiber
Project - Warwick Design

March 20, 2020

Project: Rossinavi 49.70m Lel

Rossinavi project Lel, is a 49 meter two deck and half super yacht, designed by Luca Dini with naval architecture by Arrabito.   The project of the Lel is focused on two important social areas, the beach club and the aft deck crystal covered veranda.  Lel is set to be delivered in 2020 and is to be powered by twin MTU 3459hp which will allow top speeds of 23 knots and a cruise of 19.  A cruise of 11 knots will give a four thousand nautical miles range. 

March 19, 2020

New Model: Galeon 680 Fly

Galeon's new 680 Fly joined the latest fourth generation models and introduced some exciting new features to the segment. With a lightweight construction taking advantage of carbon fiber technologies its powerful, yet elegant frame will offer commendable performance and great handling. Outside, the guest will be able to find respite in several leisure areas on the top deck, bow and in the cockpit. Up front, the sundeck feature can be transformed into a seating area with a touch of a button, so it can be used even during light cruising. The vast flybridge is sure to impress and accommodate even a dozen guests, all protected by the carbon bimini top. On board the Galeon 680 Fly, passengers will find incredible volume, a bright and welcoming interior and a highly custom, luxurious finish. A large saloon with a designated entertainment area and two separate stairways leading down below to four guest cabins were designed to ensure comfort and privacy.  The Galeon 680 Fly is standard powered by twin 1000hp Volvo engines, with 1200hp Man available as option.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.20 m (72.9ft)
Hull Length - 20.9 m
Beam - 5.25 m
Draft - 1.56 m
Displacement - 37250 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 1 x 1600 and 1 x 1750 l (total 3350l)
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, one or two crew berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp, Man 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE B

March 18, 2020

Project: Wajer 55 HT

Same theme different user.  Wajer present the third version of the 55, and this time is the HT for hard top variant.  The Wajer 55 HT gets a three sided hard-top with opening sunroof up top.  Designed by Sinot with naval architecture by Vripack, the Wajer 55 sleeps four in two cabins below deck.  The exterior deck is available in two layout choices, with aft sun pad and L-shaped lounges on the sides, or a large U-shaped settee with lounge pad aft.  The Wajer 55 HT is to be powered by triple Volvo 480hp with IPS pod drives, this allowing for top speed up to forty knots and a cruise of 28.

March 17, 2020

New Model: Windy 37 Shamal

During the 2020 Dusseldorf boat show Windy presented its new 37 Shamal model.  Designed by Espen Oino, this is the Norwegian style DNA projected in the future.  The Windy 37 Shamal is an interesting day sport cruiser, with a full on sporty DNA but with interesting accommodation especially outside. Its external aft deck exterior cockpit while offering the traditional layout of aft sunpad, C-shaped dinette, and wet bar to port side has very interesting spaces which one would associate with sports cruisers a couple meters bigger.  Down below the 37 Shamal offers a forward double Vee-berth, and another double midships berth, with a shower/head and galley in between.  There is not a lot of news on power choices but hull one was powered by twin Volvo 400hp with stern drive propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.25 m (36.9ft)
Hull Length - 10.64 m
Beam - 3.33 m
Displacement - 7500 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 650 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 400hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller stern drives
Project - Espen Oino interior and exterior,  Meyer Norshau naval architect 
Certification - CE B

March 16, 2020

Super Yacht Capsizes in Perama Greece

Super Yacht Nourah of Riyad of seventy meters capsized in Perama, Athens Greece as it was doing lifting out operations on Monday morning sixteenth March.  The Yachtley Turkish build super yacht partially sank during the incident.  No injuries and marine pollution have been reported during the incident.
Measuring seventy meters in length Nourah of Riyad was build by Yachtley in Kocaeli, Turkey to a design of Donald Starkey in 2008.  Nourah can accommodate 22 guests in eleven cabins, with a crew of eighteen and is powered by twin Cats 3150hp, allowing her to reach top speeds up to nineteen knots, and a cruise of twelve knots giving a range of just over five thousand nautical miles.

Project: Beneteau Project E 73

The second model for the Project E present at Dusseldorf 2020 was the 22 metres long 73 designed for an eight guests and four crew accommodation plan. Beneteau is saying the Project E 73 will have similar accommodation inside to that of a 26 meter super yacht.  Careful attention has been paid to the flow of movement on board, to make crew circulation easier. A raised pilothouse is located midships, cleverly positioned between the main deck and the flybridge and accessed by a dedicated stairway.

March 15, 2020

Viking Sportfish Sinks in Fernardina Bay

An eighteen meter Viking sportfish yacht titled Foolish Pleasure sank after it hit the jetties in Fernandina Bay, Fort Clinch, Florida on 05:00 hours of Sunday fifteen March.  With the impact Foolish Pleasure opened a gap of about two meters in the hull, and stuck on the jetty and later on with the rising tide, tilted to its starboard side and sank.  The crew and guests of Foolish Pleasure where assisted by Nassau County Sheriff.  The Viking sportfish yacht was recovered the following day with a crane and a floating barge handling the operation.  This was a navigational error as the Fernandina Bay jetties are marked on the charts, even though they are invisible with high tide and might allow you to just make it through.  Foolish Pleasure was reportedly sold just some weeks before this sinking, with an asking price of three million US$.
Foolish Pleasure is a 2014 Viking 62 Enclosed Bridge powered by twin Cats 1670hp for top speeds up to forty knots.  The Viking 62 Enclosed Bridge offers a four cabins layout, with a midship to starboard master stateroom.  Presented in 2013 the 62 came out as a replacement to the 2008 to 12 Viking 60 Convertible, and was replaced by the second generation 64 in 2021.

Majesty Super Yacht Fire in Puerto Portals

Super Yacht Minerva a Majesty 101 caught fire on March 15 at six o'clock morning time in Mallorca, at Calvia's Marina Puerto Portals.  Fire fighters from Calvia with a sergeant and two technicians controlled the fire.  Motor Yacht Minerva was deemed total loss and a wreck after the incident and no persons have suffered injuries in the event.
The Gulf Craft Majesty 101 is a thirty meter length over all two deck and a half super yacht, offering an accommodation layout of five guest cabins, with three crew cabins, and powered by twin Cat 1900hp, delivering top speeds up to 26 knots and a cruise of nineteen.  The Majesty 101 was a successful model for the Dubai based yacht builder part of the Gulf Craft group, with over ten units sold in a production run of nine years, produced from 2007 till 2016.  The Majesty 101 was replaced by the 100 model in 2017. 

Raffaelli New Web Site

A renowned and long standing Italian yacht builder, Raffaelli presents its new website. Raffaelli journey starts in 1962 when Renato partners a boat service yard in Fano's commercial harbour with Luciano Mochi.  In 1970 Renato Raffaelli part ways from Mochi, going on his own and starts boat production in 1972.  During the Mochi partnership, Renato will win the longest and hardest Mediterrean powerboat race to ever exist, the Bastia-Viareggio-Bastia with the production build Mochi Thaitayn in Offshore Class Two category in 1968.   Renato Raffaelli will follow this by winning Italian Offshore Class Two category in 1970, which will prize him the Golden Nautical Rose in Italy. Raffaelli first model was the wood built 9.30 meter Compass Rose launched in the end of 1972, which was followed in 1974 by the 35 Regal flybridge and Day version built in fiberglass.  Raffaelli will have a gradual and important expansion over the years, and from the eighties till the noughties it will produce about twenty to thirty boats a year. This expansion is also shown in larger models from the thirteen meter Super Typhoon which debuts in 1983, to the fifteen meter Ouragan designed by Fulvio de Simoni presented three years, to the AMC series first of 20 and then 22 meters produced from the early to late nineties.  Following the great recession of 2009 and spiralling downward new boat sales in Italy, in 2010 Raffaelli is in financial difficulty and enters bankruptcy protection status giving managing duties to Stefano Marinucci one of the most Raffaelli  productive dealers in previous years and Aurelio La Noce his sales manager.  This experience does not bring the desired stability and from 2015 the son of Renato, Giampiero Raffaelli rebrings the helm of the company to the family.  Raffaelli has always had a reputation for seaworthy boats, proven with the CE A category certification versus the B most boats of similar size feature. Currently Raffaelli is producing seven models in two ranges, Fly and Open, and start from the 40 Shamal Evo to the 70 Ontera. Raffaelli latest model is the end 2018 launched Compass Rose 50 Evo.  Raffaelli new web site is available in Italian, and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About Us, Yachts, Club and Concierge, International, Sponsoring, News, and Contact Us. Raffaelli is also on social media with link buttons for its Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube pages located at the bottom of the page.
Production History:
Compass Rose 9.40m 1972-79
Regal 35 1974-83 *fiberglass construction starts
RaffY 4.99m 1976-77
Regal 35 Day 1979-83
Typhoon 10.50 m 1979-86 *Typhoon 9.60m project
Typhoon Day 10.50m 1981-89
Typhoon Super 13 m 1981-86
Typhoon Middle Flying 12m 1984-89
Typhoon Middle Day 12m 1985-89
Ouragan 15.50m 1986-93 (29)
Storm 14m 1987-90
Big Game 10.50m 1989-91
Typhoon 90 10.50m 1990-99 (30)
Storm S 14.50m 1990-98
Typhoon Fly 11.40m 1991-2000 
Tempest 13.10 m 1992-98
Mistral S 14.50m 1993-99
AMC 20 1992-94
AMC 22 1994-99
Middle Day 12m 1994-97
Maestrale 52 1995-2003 (100+-) includes Maestrale 53
Levante 1998-2005
Levante Day 1999-2002
Shamal 40 2000-06
Compass Rose 50 2001-15 *48 Compass Rose project 
Kubang 57 2002-10
Maestrale 53 2004-05 (100+-) includes Maestrale 52
Ontera 70 2006- *Ontera 65 project
Shamal Evo 40 2007-
Calima 47 2007-
Meltemi 65 2008- *Meltemi 63 project
42 Typhoon Sportage 2015-
Compass Rose Evo 50 2017-

March 14, 2020

Project: Heesen 67m Project Sparta YN 20067

First presented at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018 as Project Avanti, this new design captured the attention of a client who fell in love with its dynamic architecture. Set for delivery in 2023, this is the third sale by Heesen in 2019. With no less than thirteen yachts currently under construction, Heesen confirms its leading role in the superyacht industry.  The elegant sheer line of Project Sparta connects a strong bow to an inviting transom, characterized by a stepped aft deck area with a five meter infinity pool. Indoor and outdoor spaces connect harmoniously and create the perfect haven for family life and relaxation. By incorporating a raised pilothouse, Winch Design has conceived a new-look sporty profile and paved the way for the next generation of Heesen yachts.  With a top speed of sixteen knots and an innovative FDHF hull devised by Van Oossanen, Project Sparta is not only beautiful but extremely efficient, too. The Owner, an experienced charterer and yacht connoisseur, has appointed Arcon Yachts as project manager.  An outstanding interior volume maximizes every corner of the 1200 GT space. The layout of Heesen Project Sparta is characterized by a full-beam salon on the main deck. This feature, unique on a vessel of this size. The indoor dining area seamlessly connects to the aft deck terrace, which is protected on both sides for optimal comfort, and allows for a smooth transition, both at anchor and when underway. Four guest suites are located forward on the main deck. Thanks to a sliding partition, the two forward cabins transform into a luxurious full beam VIP.  An off-center spiral staircase with glass elevator services all three decks. The lower deck houses a luxurious walk-in wellness area with oval Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gymnasium, as well as the crew quarters and galley.  The Owner has reserved the entire bridge deck for himself. Two suites are located one forward with its private outdoor lounge area located fore, and the other facing aft with access to the private terrace with outdoor dining and lounging.  The focal attention on the sundeck is the Jacuzzi surrounded by a bar and large sun pads.  Fifteen crew and a nanny will discreetly service the guests thanks to a carefully designed flow of movement. Provisioning is made simple thanks to a shell door located on port side, and tenders and toys are conveniently stored in the forward garage with gull wing doors.

March 13, 2020

New Model: Benetti Diamond 145

On the morning of Saturday January 25, the first Diamond 145 unit was launched by the Viareggio’s Benetti slipway. The 44-meter-long Class category flagship was given its baptism in the sea at an impressive ceremony in front of hundreds of spectators. There was an emotional atmosphere for the slipway launch of the first Diamond 145 unit, the 44-meter fiberglass flagship in the Class category, which touched the water for the first time with the entire city looking on. Welcoming the Authorities, the public, suppliers and all the company’s workers and office staff, Azimut|Benetti Group President Paolo Vitelli spoke of a spectacular launch. Diamond 145, sold thanks to the brokers Domeyachts and The Doc Yacht Services, is a powerful yet elegant yacht with a fiberglass hull, a gross tonnage of 456 tonnes, and a range of 3600 nautical miles at a cruising speed of eleven knots. The design of the exteriors, taken together with the contribution from Benetti’s Interior Style Department, underscores the details and celebrates harmonious, balanced proportions. The yacht, of which two units have already been sold, is the only fiberglass yacht of this size available today on the market. The design of the big seamless glazed surfaces on the main decks flows along the entire length of the yacht, allowing natural light to flood into interiors accommodating ten guests in five cabins, while the captain has a private cabin on the Upper Deck, near the helm station. In the stern, sliding glass doors open out onto a spacious beach area.
Technical Data:
LOA - 44.06 m (144.7ft)
Beam - 9.05 m
Draft - 2.28 m
Displacement - 362 t loaded
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, seven crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - fifteen knots max, eleven knots economic cruise
Range - 3800 nautical miles at eleven knots
Construction - fiberglass
Project - Giorgio M.Cassetta exterior, Beneteri interior

March 12, 2020

Project: Absolute Navetta 64

During the Dusseldorf boat show 2020, Absolute presented the project for a new Navetta 64, which will sit in between the 2019 Navetta 68 novelty, and the just redesigned 58 models.  The Absolute Navetta 64 sees Absolute think out of the box for the lower deck layout, with an important option also revolving around the stern area, with an option for a Beach Club version.  The Beach Club version will feature two fixed up glass water tight doors, which open to a cabin that can transform to a fourth cabin with sofa which transforms to a double berth VIP cabin with private en-suite shower head to port side.  The lower deck layout of the Navetta 64 will feature as the other two bigger and smaller Navetta's a forward owner stateroom, with a midships VIP cabin to port side, and a third cabin to starboard.  A crew cabin is located to starboard with a private entrance from the aft deck.  The main deck with an astern galley will all be flush deck, with the exception for three steps leading up to the central twin seat pilot station.  A lot of thinking also went in the Navetta 64 to increase the glazed surfaces area on the main deck and as the above rendering shows the side bulwarks are left open in order to increase the view from the interior and saloon dinette areas to the outside.  The Navetta 64 will be powered by the large Volvo 900hp as standard and or optional 1000hp engines.

March 11, 2020

New Model: Comitti Breva 35

During the 2020 Dusseldorf boat show Italian Lake Como boat builder Comitti presented its new 35 Breva model.  This new Breva 35 apart being the new largest flagship model from Comitti follows the success on the 2019 launched Breva 29.  With the Breva 35 model Comitti gives tribute to traditional Italian runabouts of the past, with an important look to the future.  Needless to say the Breva 35 is an impressive looking machine, but apart looking great this new sport day cruiser offers interesting accommodation spaces both inside and outside.  The most interesting spaces comes in the central part of the exterior cockpit with L-shaped settee and wet-bar being the fulcrum of day activities.  While inside accommodation is also very interesting thanks to a forward convertible V-berth and central midships cabin, with a galley and shower head in between.  The Breva 35 is offered with thirteen engine choices from twin Mercruiser Gasoline 250hp up to 480hp engines, with everything including twin diesels in between. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.71 m (35.1ft)
Hull Length - 9.92 m
Beam - 2.99 m
Draft - 0.99 m
Displacement - 4900 kg dry and with smallest engines
Fuel Capacity - 650 l
Water Capacity - 170 l
Accommodation - two plus two berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 4.5L V6 250hp, 6.2L V8 300hp, 350hp, 8.2 Mag 375hp, Volvo V6 260hp, V8 300hp, 350hp, 380hp, 430hp, 480hp Gasoline, Mercruise MD3.0 DTS 230hp, 270hp, Volvo D3 220hp Diesel
Propulsion - Mercruise Bravo Three or Volvo DP dual propeller stern drive

March 10, 2020

Project: Steeler Bronson 50

Steeler present the project Bronson 50, designed by Vripack this is an open type Mediterranean open sport yacht with a unique connection between the interior areas and outdoor spaces. This connection is provided thanks to a huge glass surface under the windshield which integrates the cockpit to the cabin area. The Bronson 50 will welcome guests aft in a wind-protected bench complete with side tables. Moving forward, a central expansive sun bed with back rest which if desired slides aft or forward so you can choose which way to lie and in which direction. Under the lounge bed is another large storage area, with room for a tender. Approaching amidships are two comfy L-shaped lounge benches to port and starboard, each with a table. At least eight people can enjoy lunch or cocktails here in outstanding comfort and sheltered from the wind.  The helm station offers four professional seats looking forward. Down below is a kitchenette while still maintaining direct contact with the people who are at the helm or chilling on the bow rider seating. The split-level lounge is another nice place to relax on the sofa while still feeling very much in the thick of the action. This whole area can be closed off at the push of a button with a glass hatch roof and glass sides should the weather becomes inclement.  The lower deck also includes two cabins; a full-beam cabin below and a standing-room-height master suite forward with a shower room. The lounge settee also converts into a bed, so the Bronson 50 can sleep up to six guests.  The Steeler Bronson 50 will be powered by twin Volvo 600hp standard, and or optional 725hp engines with IPS pod drives.  Standard power is estimated to give top speeds up to 35 knots, while optional units will increase top end by five up to forty knots.

March 9, 2020

New Model: Sirena 58 Coupe

During the 2020 Miami boat show Sirena presented the new 58 Coupe.  Designed by German Frers and launched as Sirena 56 in 2017, the Sirena 58 Coupe is in all the standard 58 with flybridge model, with a hard-top replacing the fly deck, and this in term reducing air draft.  This model should open a new market for Sirena possibly for customers who like to cruise more inland waterways, as the Northern part of Europe.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.68 m (61ft)
Hull Length - 17.1 m
Waterline Length - 17 m
Beam - 5.36 m
Draft - 1.24 m
Displacement - 36 t loaded and with Cats 850hp
Fuel Capacity - 3600 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cats C8.7 650hp, C12.9 850hp
Propulsion - V-drive line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max with Cats 850hp (27 with 650hp) 16 knots cruise, 10 knots long range
Range - 850 nm at 10 knots
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - Vinilester resin with sandwich construction, carbon fiber added to super structure
Project - German Frers exterior and engineering, Spadolini interior
Certification - CE A

March 8, 2020

Project: Ferretti 1000

During the Dusseldorf boat show 2020 Ferretti presented the project for a new flagship the 1000 model.  This model replaces the 960 as the largest Ferretti Yacht ever built, that is excluding the separate but connected Custom Line brand.  The 1000 continues exterior design duties entrusted to Filippo Salvetti, while the interior is to be designed by IdeaeItalia.  As the above rendering shows the 1000 is a raised pilot house type super yacht, and Ferretti Group emphasized two things for this model; volume citing it as the most spacious super yacht in its size and type, and the use for a lot of carbon fiber to reduce weight. According to Ferretti the 1000 will also have a revolutionary stern area.  

March 7, 2020

New Model: Majesty 120

Gulf Craft is proud to announce the official launch of its brand-new super yacht, the 37-meter tri-deck Majesty 120. The stunning addition to the Majesty Yachts, Superyacht Collection took to the waters of the Emirates for the first time on 18th February. Launched on schedule, advancement of the technologically engineered and exquisitely designed super yacht represents a major milestone for the Emirates based yacht builder. The launch of the Majesty 120 represents the latest chapter in the story of a project that was first announced during the Monaco Yacht Show 2019 by Mohammed H. Alshaali, Executive Chairman. Constructed using advanced composites such as GRP and carbon fibre, the Majesty 120 is one of the company’s most highly anticipated projects to date. Since its announcement, the team has received multiple interests in this super yacht. In a series of engineering breakthroughs for Gulf Craft, the super yacht is the first-ever Majesty Yacht model to have its onboard equipment fully electrically powered, with no hydraulic systems being used. The result is a noise-free environment and a less demanding maintenance lifespan. Only the engines and generators remain powered by conventional diesel methods. The super yacht’s dynamic exterior profile features angular lines and contemporary styling. The shipyard’s in-house design team followed the new DNA of Majesty Yachts – Superyacht Collection as featured on the award-winning Majesty 140. One of the key features onboard is the vast sun deck space, which is 30 per cent larger than yachts in its class. The Italian studio of Cristiano Gatto Design Team undertook the interior design, following their collaboration with Gulf Craft in the design of the Majesty 175 and the interior of the Majesty 140. The team worked to a brief that called for a minimalist yacht to meet international tastes, resulting in a modern and contemporary interior design. Onboard, the Majesty 120 accommodates up to 11 guests across five spacious staterooms in a first of its kind asymmetric layout. A total of seven crew are also accommodated onboard. The launch of the Majesty 120 follows a series of construction updates in recent months. The hull was first released from the mold in the first quarter of 2019 in an example of Gulf Craft’s efficient production methods. Then in December, Gulf Craft announced that the superyacht’s main deck and sun deck had been successfully joined to the hull. This sandwich-construction and smart module thinking ensured the build schedule would be shorter, thereby ensuring that the completion deadline of March 2020 was met. The Majesty 120 has a confirmed Gross Tonnage of 290 GT and is powered by twin MTU 2600hp each.
Technical Data:
LOA - 37 m (121.8ft)
Beam - 8.10 m
Draft - 2 m
Displacement - 200 t
Fuel Capacity - 24340 l
Water Capacity - 4069 l
Accommodation - eleven guests in five cabins, seven crew in four cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Gulf Craft naval architecture and exterior, Christian Gatto interior

March 6, 2020

Project: Windy SLR60

During the 2020 Dusseldorf boat show Windy announced a new flagship and its biggest build to date with the SLR60 project designed by Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design  The first of these powerful sixty feet sport yacht chase boats has been commissioned by an experienced super yacht owner.  Apart the first order Windy has confirmed that it has put the SLR60 into production as the company’s flagship, that means this will not be a one off custom build but a plan to deliver more units.  Little details are available so far about the SLR60, but Windy and McKeon are saying that a lot of attention is going into it having a very dry ride from the bow flare to important chine testing.  The first unit of the SLR60 will also feature extra fuel tanks which will enable an impressive range of 850 nautical miles at 25 knots.

March 5, 2020

New Model: Mag Bay 42

Mag Bay presents its new 42 model.  This the second model in the Mag Bay line following a 33 outboard center console which by end 2019 had arrived at hull number 35.  Designed by Micheal Peters the Mag Bay 42 is a fine looking express sportfish cruiser, in a market which contrary to a decade ago or before, and due to the success of the outboard center consoles is really flat at the moment.  The Mag Bay 42 is powered by twin 1000hp Volvo with line shaft propulsion.  No speed data has so far been announced.  The first hull from design to tooling took just over six hundred days to complete, showing the amount of technical detailing that Mag Bay has went before it launched its new big second model.  Founded in 2016 Mag Bay comes from the same family which founded Cabo in 1991,  who are renowned for getting production and details close to perfection.  With this model the Mag Bay founders return to a style of an inboard powered sportfish cruiser, which with the previous brand they dominated in the sub forty feet size, especially in between late nineties and up until 2007.  History might repeat itself again, I guess time will tell, the product does seem to have all the credentials to do it. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.87 m (42.3ft)
Beam - 4.80 m
Displacement - 19050 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2649 l
Accommodation - two plus two berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 18 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Michael Peters