April 30, 2020

Monthly News - April 2020

-pic of the month- Formula Extends Stay at Home Order

Arcadia Looks at Future with Confidence

Reacting and being proactive at such a strange and difficult time: this is what Arcadia is doing, with some major initiatives offering concrete support for the company's employees and craftsmen.  After making use of the social safety nets put in place by the Italian government, Arcadia has decided to further support its workers’ purchasing power to ensure that they will be ready to deal with the current situation in perfect tranquility and serenity. Arcadia is able to make this important commitment thanks to its financial solidity, aware of the key role played by businesses in their local communities.  Initiatives underlining the desire to face the future with confidence, maintaining dialogue with yachting passionate who continue to demonstrate interest in what the shipyards are doing. As demonstrated by the popularity of the renewed Arcadia website, which, after several months of steady growth, recently began to register even more views all over the world.  At present, the company’s top management envisions a number of possible different scenarios for the near future, in order to be ready for the new world that will emerge from the crisis.  An auspicious sign for future recovery is the recent sale of a new Sherpa XL vessel, in addition to the four yachts already ordered. All five will be delivered in 2020.  “Arcadia successfully made its debut on the market during a very complicated time, ten years ago,” explains Ugo Pellegrino, Sole Director of the Italian shipyard. “And now, as then, we will put all our energy, all our financial resources and all our character into dealing with the situation. The tranquility of our craftsmen is very important to us, as it will allow us to start out again together, with new enthusiasm”.

Beneteau Dealers Taking Action

In the last few weeks, there has been a slowdown worldwide. This has also been the case for Beneteau dealers who have scaled down business to protect their staff and customers. However, the World has not come to a complete halt. Although most of the Beneteau dealers worldwide are now closed to customers and suppliers, their staff is working behind the scenes to prepare a return to business. Of course, the scale of these actions varies, since the restrictions differ from country to country.

Cantiere Delle Marche Launch Floating Houses

CdM’s vision goes beyond designing and building beautiful yachts. We are aware that our planet's future is in our hands and we truly believe that each single person needs to be actively involved and assume their responsibility towards future generations. We really must move forward to brighter horizons. They indicate that the Kiribati islands are at the geographic antipodes of Italy yet our destinies are strictly connected. Straddling the equator and spread over 3.5 million square km (2 million square miles) of otherwise empty Pacific Ocean, Kiribati’s 32 atolls and one raised coral island have an average height above sea level of just two metres. The Kiribatis show us how fragile we are and how compelling is the need to find solutions to what we, as humans, caused to our planet.

Ferretti Group Starts Over with Production Bonus

Ferretti Group reopens all its shipyards located in: Ancona, Mondolfo, Cattolica, Forlì, La Spezia, Sarnico.  The resumption of the activity was made possible by the new regulations and the collaboration with local and national Institutions and Trade Unions, sanctioned by the protocol signed on 15 April. The protocol applies and strengthens the preventive measures established by law for all return to work, enhanced by voluntary measures adopted by the Group to strengthen the protection of its employees.  Ferretti Group will correspond to all its workers the productivity bonus together with the salary for the month of April, to which will be immediately added the 100 euro bonus provided for by Decree Law 18/2020 that the Company has decided to pay in advance to all its employees.  "Today is a good day for us to reopen our shipyards and reopen them safely, thanks to the commitment of many who care about Ferretti Group’s people. I would like to thank the Trade Unions, with whom we were among the first in Italy to develop a prevention protocol, and the Institutions, in particular the Prefectures, the President of the Emilia Romagna Region Stefano Bonaccini and the President of the Liguria Region Giovanni Toti, together with the Undersecretary to the Prime Minister Sen. Mario Turco, for how close they have been to the whole national boating industry in this complex period," commented Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group. "The Ferretti Group is safely picking up where it left off: from the boats sold to be built and delivered and from the interest and trust of many shipowners around the world"

Formula Extend Stay at Home Order

In this time of uncertainty, Formula highest priority is the welfare of its customers, dealers and Formula Team members.  To comply with Indiana Governor Holcomb’s Stay-At-Home Order continuing through April 20th, the Formula Boats headquarters and manufacturing facility in Decatur, Indiana, will remain closed through April 10, 2020, with office staff working remotely. Formula will then assess which additional areas are essential to operation through the April 20th date.

Maritimo Ticket for the Carrans

New Zealanders Brian and Cath Carran, who took delivery of their Maritimo S70 motoryacht in 2017, have been living the dream on their boat, Waka Tete, and would not swap it 'for anything in the world'.  They have just returned from a six week sojourn to the Barrier, 40 nautical miles from their home port of Gulf Harbour, just north of Auckland.  The year before their summer expedition saw them travel to the Marlborough Sounds, at the top of New Zealand's South Island, then up over the North Island and down the west coast in December before travelling back up the east coast in late March.  "This year's expedition was amazing and the fishing was particularly good." said Brian. "In one week when we had three friends fly in we landed nine kingies and a couple of monster snapper in the four to five pound range."  "The weather was excellent for the whole trip."  He said during their six weeks away they that three groups of visitors fly in at various stages and join them on the boat. "The most we had onboard for a week was five, but we have had up to seven people living onboard at a time and the S70 has no problems handling that number," he said.  "The way that the spacious cockpit opens up to the galley and the lounge makes for easy movement and different entertainment options.  "With four cabins and four heads, one in the lazarette, there's plenty of accommodation and space."  Brian said that with refrigeration in the cockpit opening onto the swim platform deck the fish landed are on ice within minutes.  The Carran's S70 made the passage from the Gold Coast to Auckland in 100 hours and the skipper responsible for the delivery said the boat was one of the best performing vessels he had taken across the Tasman in 50 trips.  "The best thing about this boat is that we own it and it is very easy to handle despite its size," said Brian.  He said the lazarette was the 'perfect man shed' easily accommodating all tools, fishing and diving gear, watermaker, compressor and also the washing machine and dryer.  The Carran's undertook worldwide research visiting numerous major boat shows before settling on the Maritimo S70 and they say they 'would not swap her for any boat in the world'.  "She handles big seas easily, even though we don't go chasing them, and the after sales support and contact from the Maritimo team is reassuring and shows they really do care about their boats and their clients," he said.

Marlow Spring Rendezvous Postponed

Every year Marlow looks forward to its coming together and spending a wonderful 4 days with its Marlow Family. In view of the exceptional times we are all faced with, Marlow will be postponing this year's Spring Rendezvous.  Having spent the last year organizing and preparing for this event, Marlow are deeply saddened that they will not be able to host its family of owners and friends at this time. However, the health and safety of everyone involved in the event is of utmost importance.  At this time Marlow fully intend to move forward with rescheduling the 2020 Spring Rendezvous which will be announced at a later date.

Monte Carlo Yachts Ready to Restart

Over the years, Monte Carlo Yachts have developed a strong organizational culture that puts people at the heart of our operations. The health and safety of the workforce, as well as the awareness of the responsibility towards its employees, our customers and the entire community have always been our core values.  Today, as the world comes to terms with an unprecedented situation, these values are more important than ever. Never stopping its main activities, Monte Carlo Yachts have worked diligently to resume the totality of the production and to assure a corporate health coverage in case of disease due to Covid-19.  In these challenging times Monte Carlo Yachts is learning the value of being united and part of an influential and solid Group such as the Group Beneteau.

Riviera Propels Live and Careers of Apprentices

Over the past 20 years, Riviera has enhanced its award-winning apprenticeship training with its Propel program, which is designed to coach apprentices in more than just how to build world-class motor yachts. Propel helps apprentices develop life skills that can put them on the path to personal success.  Adam Houlahan, Riviera’s Training and Safety Manager, oversees the Propel program and, along with many of Riviera’s management team, understands the benefits intimately.  “As the program has been a part of Riviera’s work culture for the past 20 years, most of our middle-management team, some of them in the mid-30s and 40s now, have been through Propel,” said Mr Houlahan who is among the Propel alumni.  “Propel is an important aspect in establishing a culture of teamwork and quality within our organisation.  “I found that what I learned all those years ago has become increasingly more relevant now than when I started at Riviera at the age of 18.”  All 80 Riviera apprentices participate in Propel across the four years of their training, meeting once a month on Friday mornings at 6am. That means a session is held every week for the apprentices at each level.  The program covers up to 12 subjects a year designed to build confidence, team culture and leadership, while also giving apprentices essential skills such as setting goals for their career, relationship, finances and life generally.  “The two key areas we find that need to be addressed among young people is to give them clarity about what they want in life and how to control their destiny by taking action now, towards meeting their goals,” said Mr Houlahan.  “Learning to understand and then articulate what they want out of life is so important as it supports what they will learn about self-motivation, accountability and decision making.  “Everyone in our team supports the program and believes in its purpose, which is ultimately designed enrich our employees’ lives.”  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst is particularly passionate about the Propel program and the personal success of each Riviera staff member. Mr Longhurst, who started his career as a cabinet maker through an apprenticeship, attends most sessions on Friday mornings in a hands-on approach that exemplifies his commitment to staff training and development.  “Propel plays a vital role in developing a productive team culture at Riviera, while also giving our apprentices the knowledge they need to get what they want out of their careers and life,” said Mr Longhurst.  “Guiding our young people on finding the right path is important in its own right and this can create so many opportunities for them.  “Our philosophy at Riviera is that in order to build world-class motor yachts, we need to have world-class people.  “We have the master craftsmen here to share their great knowledge and skills with our apprentices, but we also want to make sure that every apprentice is given all the skills in life, from their work, finances and their personal life, to propel themselves forward.”  Riviera apprentice Max Phillips sees the Propel program as helping him manage ‘adult life’.  “It’s teaching me things that I never learned in high school, such as how to save money, what to  save for and even how to set goals,” he said.  Apprentice Kial Lunden-Bingham is learning a great deal about keeping a positive mindset.  “Propel really opens your eyes to the real world and helps you stay focused and have clarity about what you want in life,” he said.  Mr Houlahan said the merits of the Propel program are self-evident in the personal and professional growth of apprentices.  “The early stages of the program concentrate on responsibility, being accountable, and the importance of being clear with communication, and this is an immediate positive result that we notice,” he said.  “Our people need to engage with a large team across the entire production process, from supervisors to Riviera dealer representatives. We are all internal clients whether you work in the lamination department, engineering or the waterfront, so clear communication, respect and a service mentality are vital.  “Propel is an important step for the personal growth of our team members and ultimately this benefits the entire Riviera Family through a deep ‘can do’ culture of quality and service.”

Riviera Launch Online Boat Show

As Riviera marks its 40th anniversary, Australia’s premier luxury motor yacht builder is launching its own Boat Show featuring a limited selection of new, state-of-the-art Riviera and Belize motor yachts that will be available for enjoyment in the near future. This Boat Show will inspire new owners to start thinking about the coming boating season and their future boating escapes.  It comes as Riviera is taking a steadfast approach in adhering to high standards governing the health and wellbeing of all of its team at the company’s Gold Coast facility in Australia.  Riviera dealer representatives in Australia, Japan and the United States East Coast, West Coast and Pacific Northwest are participating in this new Boat Show. Representatives are able to offer the opportunity for people to inspect a Riviera or Belize luxury motor yacht through a variety of options including a personal virtual tour via Face Time or Skype, email a video with commentary or in person if possible.  The move is in response to a desire from people to go boating as soon as they can and by expectant Riviera owners to ensure their new boat is delivered as soon as possible.  “At Riviera, we are seeing a real desire for family and friends wanting to get back on the water as soon as they can,” said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “Over the past few weeks, we have received calls from Europe, the Americas and Australasia from owners who currently have new boats in build with us. The consistent theme from these calls has been ‘please do all you can to deliver our new boat to us as soon as possible’.  “Our owners are telling us that they are keen to return to their much-loved boating way of life when they can.”  Anticipation is now growing for the world premiere planned for June of the Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht. Production is now well advanced and Riviera’s design team has excelled in optimising the onboard space of this new yacht, offering superior levels of design, innovation and luxury for true blue-water cruising and long-term liveability.  “There will be a series of exclusive inspections of the 64 SMY that prospective owners are now arranging with our dealer representatives planned for June and July,” said Mr Longhurst.  “The time ahead of us may be challenging, but I know that the wider Riviera family, including our team, contractors, suppliers, dealers and valued motor yacht owners, will endure.  Our representative network stands ready now to assist our owners and we trust that the Riviera family remain safe and calm and look out for each other. I take this opportunity to thank everyone all for their tremendous support. The Riviera family are all in our minds at this time. ”

Riviera Crosses Tasman Sea

In 1777, the naturalist William Anderson joined Captain James Cook’s third voyage of exploration aboard Resolution.  Wrote Anderson of the South Sea: “I cannot help indulging a reflection here on the dangerous situation we are constantly in from those foggs [sic], notwithstanding I have been almost in every perilous circumstance that can attend a discovering voyage…In the night and with these foggs [sic] who can discern the danger soon enough to avoid it!”  Strictly speaking, one does not ‘cruise’ the Tasman Sea, even today. Yet aboard an 72-foot ultra-luxury motor yacht, a passage over the ‘ditch’ is far less fearsome and far more enjoyable than Anderson could ever have imagined. Especially on Our Vibe, Joe and Cheryl Pengelly’s new and highly customised Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht. The New Zealand-based Brits went on a year-long global search for their dreamboat before they ended up back where they’d begun, with a Riviera. “This is our seventh boat, our last being a Riviera 61 Flybridge Series II,” says Joe. “I travelled everywhere, including boatyards in Taiwan and factories in the UK looking at any boat from 90 to 115 feet. It became apparent that Cheryl was nervous about having anything larger than 100 feet. And then Dean called.” Dean Horgan, Riviera’s dealer principal at R Marine Flagship in Auckland, suggested Joe and Cheryl pop over to the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show to view the latest 72 Sports Motor Yacht.  “It has to be the highest specced Riviera on the market today and has a lot of advantages over the bigger boats, which appealed to us both. The engineering was very pleasing, it had all the latest technology, and great living spaces: alfresco areas between the galley and the transom, the foredeck living area, and a huge flybridge with a day bed rear deck and an aft helm.”  For Cheryl, a key criterion was to be able to run the boat alone with Joe, having crew only for passages. “I was a bit worried about being able to handle a boat especially as we get older. So, I was sold on the EJS joystick control – it’s so easy to manoeuvre. We had two extra stations fitted in the cockpit – port and starboard – so that coming alongside and tying up is easy with just the two of us. It’s a dream, even compared to the 61,” says Cheryl.  According to Dean, Joe’s research, combined with a marine engineering background and eight years in the merchant navy, helped him to take the significant decision to sign up then and there at the boat show. “Joe was very knowledgeable and decisive. He knew what he wanted and we worked together on a lot of customisation. It goes to show what can be achieved with passion and forethought.”  Know-how aside, it takes confidence and a certain joie de vivre to take on the Tasman with a luxury motor yacht fresh from the factory.  “It was a big decision to take a new boat and sail across the Tasman,” admits Joe. “I put a lot of effort into having it debugged.”  Cheryl with friend Tina for Tina’s maiden voyage as a deputy ‘galley rat’.  As part of their preparations, the Pengelly’s did a four-day cruise north from the Gold Coast to clock 70 engine hours before attempting the Tasman.  “I wanted to make sure I was comfortable, so one day we ran the boat in 40 knots of weather. I was blown away with the handling and it gave me all the confidence to go ahead with the trip.”  Having made prior passages through the Pacific on their first Riviera, Cheryl agrees planning is everything. “You absolutely have to be organised taking long passages. We flew in a week early and fully prepped the boat including forward cooking meals for the freezer. It’s best to make it as easy on yourself as you can.”  Our Vibe left the Gold Coast on 16 November with a crew of seven including Dean who doubled as a qualified skipper. Their navigational strategy went beyond a straight passage. Instead, they planned a 12-day fishing expedition that timed dawn arrivals at nature’s hot spots.  “It was designed to be more than just a passage whizzing across the Tasman. We left the Gold Coast to Middleton Reef first, arranging to arrive a 6am. We did a hot lap before cruising to fish Elizabeth Reef and from there an overnight steam to Lord Howe Island arriving early in the morning again,” says Joe.  Here they refuelled. For Joe, one of the key decision-making factors was the increased fuel capacity of the latest 72 Sports Motor Yacht. Joe elected to have long-range tanks totalling 10,500 litres.  “Actually, the boat performed beyond my expectation. Its fuel efficiency is remarkable. For example, the Riviera 61 at 8.5 knots burned over 40 litres an hour; the Riviera 72 at 8 knots burns around 25 litres an hour. So, it’s almost 50 per cent less, which is unbelievable. That’s the combination of the new hull design and the increased waterline length. Also, the MAN engines, it’s a much more modern engine.  “We covered 1,700 nautical miles in the trip, including three-and-a-half days of fishing and used around 10,000 litres. We could have made it across the Tasman without refuelling, but did anyway for insurance purposes.”  Joe, who was raised in a Cornish fishing village, says extending the waterline length works to increase efficiency. “It’s naval architecture. On entry, the hull is finer, sharper in the bow. It slices through the water and is a much smoother ride. As you come aft, she has shaft tunnels that also seem to improve efficiency.” In fact, the Riviera hull has been designed in partnership with Dutch naval architects, Mulder Design, and has been extensively tank-tested for offshore performance.  “It’s the best Riviera hull ever made to date,” attests Joe.  Southwest of Lord Howe, Our Vibe cut another lap around Ball’s Pyramid, named after the British commander who reported discovering it in 1788. A volcanic remnant, the rocky structure juts sharply out of the ocean 562 metres high, making it the tallest volcanic stack on earth. “A wonder of the world,” says Cheryl.  The high point of the trip though came another 450 nautical miles southeast of Lord Howe at the legendary Wanganella Banks: a series of underwater pinnacles spread over a 100 nautical mile area.  “The banks come up out of the ocean from about 2,000 metres to about 100 metres from the surface so there’s a huge upwelling of food and a great concentration of pelagic species. We landed three yellow-fin tuna, and busted off two monster ones,” says Joe.  More than just whizzing across the Tasman, the crew took 12 days to fish their way to NZ.  Cheryl’s baked lasagnes remained in the freezer on these days. “We didn’t have any particularly bad weather but we did have three-and-a-half-meter beam seas around the Wanganellas. Still we could enclose the alfresco areas with clears so we were completely weatherproof and comfy. We had all our meals out there,” says Cheryl.  A key customisation Joe insisted on was constructing Our Vibe with fin stabilisation. “The handling of the boat with the fins was just superior and even in that sea there were no real rolling issues. It’s an electrically-driven fin system produced by Humphrey – all computer-controlled in conjunction with trim tabs. The factory also accommodated me by including Furuno Electronics.”  Their last stop was Three Kings Islands just northwest of Cape Reinga, New Zealand. They landed a kingfish, two hapuka (grouper) and lost one to a giant mako shark.  “It left the head of the fish dangling on the line. It was frightening, over 15 feet long. Of all our fishing days, this one was the most full-on.”  Today back in their homeport of Auckland, Joe says they’ll be off again to the Wanganella’s in May, perhaps on the way to New Caledonia. Cheryl is bemused. “That’s the first I’ve heard of that. I thought we were going to Norfolk Island!”  Joe laughs. “As long as we have our health our plan is keep cruising offshore once a year. And wherever we go, we’ve got plenty of space on the boat for the five grand kids our two children have kindly produced.”

Rosetti Strengthens Team
Rosetti announces a new organizational structure with the appointment of Ermanno Bellettini as CEO. Employee at Rosetti Marino Group since 1998, he has been working as Vice President of Rosetti Superyachts since the beginning of the project.  At the same time, Fulvio Dodich steps in the role of President of Rosetti Superyachts in order to consolidate the company's growth strategy, while Andrea Giora remains in charge of the Sales Department.  "We thought it was time to officially introduce Ermanno to the team. He’s been working for the company since its foundation and he shares our objectives and strategy. We need to achieve great goals and to be proactive in an already very competitive market. In order to do this, we have to strengthen the team. Ermanno, Andrea and I will continue to pursue the challenges that Rosetti Superyachts faces every day to guarantee our customers the best products and services," said Fulvio Dodich.  "Leading a company is a great responsibility and I take on this delicate role with satisfaction as it increases my presence in the team. From the very beginning I believed in Rosetti Superyachts that actively involved me both personally and as a manager of Rosetti Marino, where I was involved in strategic projects for over 20 years. I believe that the synergy between us will exponentially enhance all our future projects," commented Ermanno Bellettini.

Viking Purposely Build

Yachts Only did a little walk and talk with our Viking President and CEO Patrick Healey aboard the 38 Open Billfish. Filmed at last September's Media Day in Atlantic City, the video features Pat giving a personal tour of the attributes of the 38 as well as the behind-the-scenes theory of the design and philosophy of the boat.

Viking Protecting People

The Viking Yacht Company has launched a medical face shield manufacturing project to help address the crucial need for medical equipment and PPE in the healthcare community during the Coronavirus pandemic.  "We realize the tremendous sacrifices being made by the medical field as they battle the Coronavirus," said Viking Executive Vice President Drew Davala. "We're simply doing our part to help these heroes in any way we can. We have tremendous resources and technology, and incredible people to support the cause."  Even before engaging in PPE production, Viking donated nearly 3,000 N95 respirator masks and 100 Tyvek suits, boots and hoods to regional medical facilities. As the number of cases across the country and in New Jersey continued to climb over the past month, Drew along with the Viking Group's Executive Co-Chairman Bob Healey Jr. and Director of Special Projects Robert Sherriff wanted to do even more to help healthcare facilities. They also saw an opportunity to increase Viking's own PPE levels for its workforce.  The Design & Engineering Department, using its 3D printing machine, expects to fabricate more than 1,000 face shield kits. The shields keep medical personnel safe by protecting their eyes and also extending the life of the N95 respirator masks. The Viking Design and Engineering Department has modified and optimized an approved design for face shield "halos," which are the plastic head frames that hold the face coverings.  Viking intends to make the design and supporting information available to any company or individual with 3D printing capabilities. "This was an idea that was intended to be shared around the country and the world," said Bill Hall, Viking Manager of New Product Development

Wajer Amsterdam Hub Fully Operational

Wajer Yachts operates service hubs for on-site yacht management worldwide. A Wajer service hub is the place to be for owners in their own sailing area, where they can rely on maintenance, technical support and cleaning, captain and crew services and for booking a charter. As of late, we’ve added a new location: Amsterdam. Now also available in the Netherlands for all above mentioned services. At the moment we’re counting 12 Wajers in this new hub. Unfortunately Wajer had to postpone the festivities for opening this brand-new hub, due to COVID-19 measures.

Yachting Developments Opens After Lockdown
It has been an interesting time dealing with business operations here in New Zealand under Covid-19 Alert Level 4. Today marked the official return to work for Yachting Developments under the country's new Level 3 status which came into play today after nearly five weeks of Level 4's total country-wide lockdown for all but essential business. To meet the stringent requirements for safe work we have chosen to scale our workforce's return to work. This allows us to get organised to have the whole team at the yard over the next two weeks. We are pleased to report that there is plenty of work ahead and we are busy with the refit on the Tripp 88 Black Pearl, finishing service work on a Volvo 65 and we are looking forward to Level 2 when we can launch the first 9m AC9F Youth America’s Cup boat for testing. We can also announce the safe delivery of 33m Al Duhail to her home port following her February launch. Our Upholstery department and 3D printing facilities will be back up and running and from 12 May 2020 and will have the capacity to expand to new projects and jobs. Like all businesses returning to work under the Covid-19 Level 3 status, our staff will be practicing safe distancing within our workplace and we will expect the same from people that come on site. There will be restrictions on movements within our site, while entry to buildings/offices will only be permitted to Yachting Developments staff members and approved accredited contractors.  Our usual delivery acceptance systems will be unaffected but we will be enforcing strict contactless procedures for all our transactions. Please do not be offended if we ask to record your full contact details for tracking in the unlikely event that this is required. All deliveries and pickups must involve safe distancing. We have a designated area for deliveries at our stores door, at the south eastern side of the building.  We kindly ask for no sales reps to visit the site until the country has transitioned to Alert Level 2, but please do contact us via telephone as we want to maintain our relationships with your business.  I hope everyone has stayed safe and well through the lock down period and I look forward to seeing you on the water soon.

Zeelander Confirms Good Sales in First 2020 Quarter

Zeelander Yachts has announced its sales figures for Q1 of 2020 and, despite the current uncertainty in the world’s economy, the established Dutch yard has revealed a 30% increase in sales over the same period in 2019, which was also considered an excellent three months commercially. “In 2019, we had very good numbers in terms of launches and production,” comments Sietse Koopmans, Founder and Chairman of Zeelander Yachts. “The world premiere of our flagship Z72 yacht and opening of our North American department were true highlights of the year.”  More than half of the current production at the shipyard is represented by the 22-meter Z72 and there are numerous Z55 yachts under construction. The majority of Zeelander’s current orders originate from the US but there have been several new sales to European clients over the last few months.  Thanks to these positive results, Zeelander Yachts plans to increase the current shipyard territory and production volume.  “We are developing ideas to expand the range, so stay tuned for more details,” disclosed Sietse Koopmans.  After confirming its strong order book details, the shipyard will deliver a new Z55 yacht for a client in Florida; with a smart, sophisticated design and hard-edged look offset by the builder’s signature curves, the 17-meter model is an iconic sport cruiser from Zeelander. “The boat is ready for delivery, and she is just waiting to be shipped to the US where our very excited client is looking forward to receiving her,” said Koopmans.  Zeelander Yachts opened its US headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida earlier this year. The company’s North American department has several boats available.  The Florida unit’s hybrid service center includes two full-time staff members dedicated to customer service needs, warranty issues, and guidance on best practices for the cleaning and maintenance of yachts.

April 29, 2020

New Model: Jeanneau Merry Fisher 38 Fly

Jeanneau present the new Merry Fisher 38 Fly, a line shaft powered two cabin family thought flybridge motor cruiser. Designed by renowned British naval architect and designer Tony Castro the Merry Fisher 38 Fly offers interior around increased window area, offering bright living spaces inside with all around views.  The communication and safety features of the Merry Fisher 38 Fly deserve a mention from a side door to starboard by the helm station, recessed side decks, an open cockpit sheltered by the extended flybridge, and double doors to the large bathing platform.  True to the original concept, the Merry Fisher 38 Fly offers three living spaces; interior saloon, aft deck, and flybridge.  Down below, the Merry Fisher 38 Fly has a spacious owner's cabin forward, and an attractively twin berth guest cabin to starboard. The head compartment includes a separate shower stall, with the toilet outside.  The Merry Fisher 38 Fly is standard powered by twin Volvo 300hp, with optional 370hp engines being available.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.43 m (37.6ft)
Hull Length - 9.98 m
Beam - 3.84 m
Draft - 0.83 m
Displacement - 8271 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 400 l
Water Capacity - 330 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, D6 370hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE B10, C12, D12

April 27, 2020

Project: Dale Classic 35

Dale is renewing its popular Classic 35 model, a review which sees a whole new line of three models with a new bit larger 36 feet variant with two versions also becoming available. Watch this spot for more information on the 36.  These new Dale medium sized models, take a look on the bigger models to make them more of a cruising traditional cruiser, then just a picnic day boat.  The Dale Classic 35 will feature two interior layout options, one for a forward double or Vee berth, and a galley down or up option.  No power details have yet been announced for this new Classic 35 version, but the current version is powered by single and or twin stern drive powered with a single 200hp diesel engine, as standard.  

April 25, 2020

New Model: Fipa Maiora 30 Walkaround

During the 2019 Cannes boat show Maiora presented its new 30 Walkaround model, a thirty meters super yacht with a load line just under 24 meters, which allows it to be piloted by a standard yacht master licence.  I think at this moment the Maiora 30 Walkaround is one of the largest less to 24 meters load line super yachts available.  The Maiora 30 Walkaround is a two deck and raised pilothouse super yacht with five guest cabins, owners stateroom in main deck and four guest below deck including a full beam midships VIP suite.  Hull one of the Maiora 30 Walkaround featured an interior by Fossati.  The Walkaround means that the Maiora 30 has no wide body section, a design  detail which in recent years is popular in 25 meters plus super yacht, in order to expand the master stateroom on the forward part of the main deck, but loses the practicality of the traditional fore to aft deck.  The Maiora 30 Walkaround is powered by twin Cat 1925hp engines which allow for top speeds up to 25 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.46 m (99.9ft)
Beam - 7.5 m
Draft - 1.72 m
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1925hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 25 knots max, 22 knots cruise, 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 1500 nm at economic cruise
Project - Quattrostile and Centrostile Gruppo Fipa exterior, Fossati interior, Gruppo Fipa naval architecture

April 23, 2020

Project: Cayman 400 WA

Cayman present the project for a new 400 WA model, a center console with fore to aft deck space.  The Cayman 400 WA continues the collaboration with Ferragni Progetti, which started with the F920 flagship launched in 2018, and was followed with F520 launched in 2019, and the S520 currently in construction for 2020.  For those who know Cayman will know that this is not the first time the WA for walk-around acronym is used, as the company did use it in most of its sport cruiser and yacht models from the mid late nineties up to 2005.  Fair to say these models where different to the new 400 WA as these sport cruisers and yachts where most inspired to an American sportfish design with walk-around designation used for the all around deep safe side deck which they featured.  So far we have very little information on the 400 WA, besides the above design rendering which give a good idea how the main deck layout will be.  An outboard version with triple outboards hidden under the sun-pad will be made, while I imagine diesel inboards with stern drives and IPS pod drives choice. 

April 21, 2020

New Model: Astondoa 66 Flybridge

Astondoa new 66 Flybridge maximizes the use of both outdoor and indoor space making this motor yacht that is ideal for an owner/operator or a captain and crew. The flybridge of the Astondoa 66 Flybridge can be customized for any lifestyle; it features a covered helm with a retractable sunroof and an outdoor galley that is joined to an open aft section. Astondoa can create custom settees, tables, sun lounges and covered bench seats that surround the helm, bringing company to the captain.  The bow deck has a spacious sun pad, just forward of the Portuguese bridge lounge with a table, covered by a retractable Bimini top.  Sturdy steps lead passengers from the flybridge to the teak aft deck where lounging and seating beckons those who like a bit of shade and a bite to eat. More stairs lead to a submersible and versatile teak swim platform with a lift system that can support a tender, PWC or water toys. The aft door leads to the engine room and crew quarters, which as an option can become a custom storage area with a beach club and day head as desired.  From the aft deck, doors swing out to reveal either an aft or forward galley or a bar with ice-maker, wine cooler, refrigerator and comfortable, stylish seating throughout, all while enjoying a single level, step-free salon. The long, tall windows bring in natural light, complemented by overhead LED strip and recessed lighting. Astondoa’s custom-built furnishings offer the 66 Flybridge salon many options for coffee and dining tables, leather seating and footrests which double as extra seating, sofas and a TV that recesses into handsome cabinetry. Below, the full beam, amidships master suite, invites peaceful respite. Ample storage, entertainment system and a luxurious en suite with double sinks as an option complete the setting. Of course, the decor is customized.  Three additional staterooms, including a bow VIP, all have en suite heads, large closets, storage and amenities to ensure total comfort.  The Astondoa 66 Flybridge comes standard with twin Man 1200hp engines and with additional power choices of up to 1250hp. Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod drives are also an option.
Technical Data:
LOA - 20.12 m (66ft)
Beam - 5.30 m
Draft - 1.46 m
Displacement - 37195 kg dry 44398 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3600 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engine - 2 x Man V8 1200hp, Volvo D13 1000hp (IPS only)
Propulsion - line shaft, Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 31 knots max 26 knots cruise
Range - 300 nm at cruise
Certification - RINA

April 20, 2020

Ambrogio Carnevali 1933 - 2020

Ambrogio Carnevali went to the better World on Sunday 19th April at the age of 87 years old.  Ambrogio Carnevali leaves behind his wife Fernanda, his son Angelo, sister Anita and nephews.  Ambrogio Carnevali enters boat building in 1960 with Giancarlo Dellapasqua forming the Dellapasqua and Carnevali DC brand.  They where among the first in Italy to inspire themselves to the Hunt deep-v hull shape, and the use of a stern drive propulsion set up.  The success is immediate and they sell seventeen boats in the first year.  In 1992 Ambrogio Carnevali part ways with Dellpasqua and forms the Carnevali company with his son Angelo, who will take over complete management in 2005.  Carnevali is immediately a success from the launch of the first 36 model, up till the 2008 recession.  Carnevali has over the years and up till today made a total of seventeen different models from 30 feet up to a 72 flagship motor yacht.  It major sales come in the flybridge motor cruisers and yacht of thirteen to sixteen meter in size.

April 19, 2020

Project: Cantiere delle Marche Flexplorer 40m

Cantiere dell Marche present Flexplorer a forty meter super yacht, ordered from a repeat client to a project by Sergio Cutolo Hydrotec firm.  Cutolo is a long time collaborator with the Marche Italian based super yacht yard specialized in strong and sturdy build steel explorer yachts, and for the Flexplorer 40m he presents an eye catching super structure with an almost vertical bow, and a huge open aft deck.  The large aft deck transform itself to a huge terrace of 115 square meters.  The Flexplorer 40m will feature an interior of five cabins with an owners stateroom on the main deck, and four guests cabins on the lower deck. The Cantiere delle Marche Flexplorer 40m is powered by twin Cat 1000hp engines which will allow for speeds up to fourteen knots, with a range of 5000 nautical miles at ten knots.

April 17, 2020

New Launch: Feadship 99.95m Hull. 1008

A new star has been born into the Feadship firmament with the launch of the 99.95-metre hull. 1008 titled m/y Moonrise. Unveiled today by the Feadship yard in Makkum hull. 1008 successfully marries sleek sensual lines with a modern masculine profile. A wide range of elegant details, long hull windows, a glorious grey hull and striking vertical bow add to the elegance of the design by Studio De Voogt. In addition to her imposing length hull. 1008 has a very impressive volume thanks to its fifteen metre beam. This has generated some fabulous interior space for sixteen people in eight staterooms. There are also exceptionally high-end crew accommodations for up to 32 crew, which are bathed in natural light and designed to ensure a premium standard for those living and working on the yacht. Guests and staff alike will benefit from the huge effort expended on keeping hull. 1008 exceptionally quiet, eclipsing even Feadship’s legendary standards of noise and vibration attenuation. Exterior highlights of note include the way that the superstructure is entirely clad in glass, the helipad on the foredeck and the large beach club aft, complete with gym and wellness areas. High ceilings predominate both outdoors and in, with flush decks complementing a seamless transition to the interior. The latter features a sophisticated yet minimalistic style by Rémi Tessier Design that is instantly welcoming. Twin MTU engines enable hull. 1008 to reach 19.5 knots and her cruising speed is sixteen knots, with Quantum stabilisers ensuring a comfortable ride at all times.  Like every new Feadship hull. 1008 benefits from the latest thinking in terms of smooth operation and environmental responsibility. For example, exhaust gas treatment has been fitted to the main engines, in addition to the Feadship proprietary generator exhaust cleaning system installed these past decades. A heat recovery system installed on the generators allows Moonrise’s jacuzzi water to be warmed up using far less electrical power. And an ECO-certified system for dynamic positioning facilitates the most energy-saving generator use in this mode.  The naval architecture for hull. 1008 has been optimised to provide maximum comfort both underway and at anchor. Her propeller and appendages have been designed to ensure minimum noise levels underwater, reducing both the yacht’s impact as well as interior sound levels. Add in extended autonomy, the long cruising range, streamlined hull design and cutting-edge wastewater processing and storage facilities and it is clear that hull. 1008 once again sets the benchmark for efficiency in the widest sense of the word.
Technical Data:
LOA - 99.95 m (327.9ft)
Beam - 15.5 m
Draft - 4.20 m
Displacement - 3500 tons
Accommodation - sixteen guests in eigt cabins, 32 crew in sixteen cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU
Speed - 19 knots max 16 knots cruise
Range - 4500 nm at cruise
Project - Studio de Voogt and Remi Tessier for exterior, Remi Tessier interior
Hull Type - displacement

April 15, 2020

Improve-it = Absolute Navetta 58

During the 2020 Dusseldorf boat show, Absolute presented the new 2020 version of the Navetta 58. Launched in 2014 the 58 apart being a success for Absolute was the model which debuted the Navetta range for the Italian builder.  Now six 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 58, 2020 and beyond version. But the changes do not stop there and for 2020 thanks to Volvo, the Navetta 58 will be powered with twin Volvo 550hp engines. The interior layout is mostly unchanged with a three cabins three head layout lower accommodation deck, and an astern galley with dinette opposite on the main deck. 

April 13, 2020

New Model: Wooden Boats WB 40 Classic

Wooden Boats was set up in 2012 by Marco Arnaboldi, Studio Arnaboldi based on his experience as former director of AB Yachts, which he founded in 1992 with his father to apply the cutting-edge technology of waterjets and sandwich construction to fast yachts.  This boutique hull specialist firm and shipyard has collaborated with leading Italian brands such as Benetti, Sanlorenzo, Pershing, Baglietto and others, designing, engineering and building eighteen custom tenders in less than eight years. It has also worked with top designer names, including Giorgio Cassetta, Guido de Groot, Marco Casali and Achille Salvagni.  The first yacht to be built using this particular construction technique was the WB40 Classic, a twelve meter luxury day cruiser for a European owner. The hull and the deck are made of sandwiched layers of multi-directional mahogany plywood and pre-preg carbon fiber using the epoxy vacuum method. Although Arnaboldi’s original mission was to build in wood and carbon fibre, Wooden Boats also specializes in construction using advanced composites alone.  Fully designed, engineered and produced in-house with a deep-V hull engineered for water jet propulsion, the WB40 Classic combines optimal performance and excellent sea keeping with an absence of vibrations in all sea conditions.  Conceived for weekend cruising in the sun and able to comfortably carry up to 14 guests, the WB 40 Classic has a forward sunbed atop the deck house, a central cockpit with a height-adjustable table that be transformed into another sundeck, and a third sunbed aft above the engine compartment. The helm station is raised above the main deck for optimal visibility under way and while maneuvering.  The entrance to the cabin is located on the right side of the helm station. Below deck is a spacious double bed, bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. Behind the helm is an open-air  kitchen cabinet with sink, worktop, two-burner hob and fridge. The whole area can be protected by a bimini top (there is also the option of a hard-top version and a full-carbon fibre hull with fold-down bulwarks to increase the size of the swim platform).  Powered by twin 420-hp Yanmar engines coupled to a pair of MJP water jets with lastest generation joystick controls, the WB40’ Classic has a top speed of 40 knots and a cruising speed of about 36 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.95 m (42.4ft)
Waterline Length - 11.5 m 
Beam - 4 m
Draft - 0.55 m exl propulsion
Displacement - 8500 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 400 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Accommodation - two berths 
Engines - 2 x Yanmar MJP250X 440hp
Propulsion - MJP water jets
Speed - 40 knots 36 knots cruise
Project - Marco Arnaboldi

April 12, 2020

Yarding Partially Sinks in Nettuno

A thirteen meter Yarding flybridge cruiser partially sank in Nettuno marina, in the South of Rome in Italy on Saturday eleven April late morning.  Some unconfirmed news about this sinking are that the police went onboard to interrupt works carried onboard the flybridge cruiser in the marina earlier that same morning, due to current lock down and social distancing regulations currently being enforced in Italy for Covid-19.
This Yarding is a 42 Fly model. Yarding brand was an early nineties joint venture which lasted a few years between the two known brands of Ferretti taking care of design and engineering, and Jeanneau building the boats in France.  Yarding offered three models, a 27 sport cruiser, 36 Fly, and the 42 Fly.  The Yarding 42 Fly was a three cabin flybridge motor cruiser based on the hull of the Ferretti 39 Altura, and powered by standard Cat 380hp and or optional 420hp engines with shaft line propulsion, with speeds up to 31 knots.

April 11, 2020

Project: Lynx Crossover 27

Lynx present the Crossover 27 model.  This 27.4-metre is the first model in the Crossover Series, offering a stylish solution to a challenge faced by the market. It embraces the qualities of a graceful super yacht and the versatility of a support vessel into one fully custom expedition yacht that delivers more than meets the eye. Stylish and robust, the Crossover 27 answers the call of owners in search of a vessel that can keep pace with their sporty lives.  The Lynx Crossover 27 will offer an accommodation layout of three double guest cabins, and two crew cabins sleeping four.  Living and dining areas are to be located on the main deck behind the pilot station.  The Lynx Crossover 27 is to be powered by twin 850hp Cat engines which will give top speed up to fourteen knots and a cruise of twelve.

April 10, 2020

Tullio Abbate 1944 - 2020

Tullio Abbate founder of the same boat building name and famous powerboat racer for both inshore and offshore races passed to the better World this morning ninth April at ten o'clock, 2020.  Aged 75 Tullio Abbate was hospitalized at San Raffaele hospital in Milan since Saturday due to Covid-19 complications, and  lost the battle with the deadly virus this morning.  Tullio Abbate founded his boat yard on Lake Como in 1969, in-front of his father Guido, Abbate premises.  The Abbate family name has been building boats since 1873, and eventually the company splits in two separate names with Tullio and Bruno in the mid late seventies.  As a boat builder Tullio has build over eight thousand boats in over fifty years from smaller five meters speed boats, up to ninety feet plus sport yachts.  As a racer Tullio was a competitor and winner in both inshore and offshore races with his biggest success coming at the legendary One Hundred miles Centomiglia Lario race which he won eleven times with a self built boat.  Tullio Abbate was loved and respected by celebrities with various sport and Formula One racers not only becoming his customers over the years but also friends.  Tullio was one of the few who still followed the Italian power-boating tradition of putting high performance car engines from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche into powerboats.  Tullio Abbate leaves behind his wife and five children.

April 9, 2020

New Model: Sabre 58 Salon Express

Sabre launch its new 58 Salon Express model, second in large size of its eight model motor yacht range.  The 58 Salon Express features large windows to flood the living areas in natural light, and a main door that opens fully from port to starboard, comfortably merging exterior and interior spaces. Located aft within the pilothouse, her fully-equipped galley boasts a u-shaped counter to port with cook-top, sink, and ample under-counter storage, balanced to starboard with another stretch of linear counter and storage. From there, a single step accesses the salon, and the helm deck, creating a graceful and practical social space.  Below deck, the Sabre 58 Salon Express houses three cabins each with en-suite head and shower, and including an expansive, full-beam master stateroom with a walk-around king berth, a generously proportioned head and shower unit, and abundant storage.  The Sabre 58 Salon Express is powered by twin Volvo 725hp engines with IPS pod drives which allow for a top speed up 31 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.43 m (63.9ft)
Hull Length - 17.9 m
Beam - 4.93 m
Draft - 1.45 m
Displacement - 29801 kg half load
Fuel Capacity - 3028 l
Water Capacity - 871 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 31 knots top speed 26 knots cruise
Range - 337 nautical miles at cruise
Certification - CE B, NMMA, ABYC, UCSG 

April 7, 2020

Project: Fiart Seawalker 43

Fiart present the project for the Seawalker 43.  The Seawalker line was launched by Fiart in 2012 with the 33, and now with the success of other brands in this larger walk around centre console sport cruiser segment the Italian Neapolitan boat builder decided to follow it with a larger thirteen meter model.  The Fiart Seawalker 43 will be available with three lower deck layout choices, the standard version offers a four berth two cabins, with a forward and a midships cabin. The other choices revolve around the midships cabin having the option to change this are to an open dinette which converts to a double berth, or a storage space.  Outside the Seawalker 43 is offered in two versions with the option regarding the a aft central U-shaped dinette or a sun-pad area.  The Fiart Seawalker 43 will be offered with five engine options from twin 320hp up to 480hp Volvo diesels, with stern drive and or IPS pod propulsion.  Top speed is up to 42 knots. 

April 5, 2020

Heesen New Web Site

Heesen presents its new World wide web virtual showroom.  The story of Heesen starts in 1978 when Frans Heesen buys a shipyard in Oss Harbor.  A year later to this in 1979 Heesen delivers its first super yacht the 28 meter m/y Amigo sold to a Dutch businessman and able to accommodate ten guests and reach a speed of 26 knots.  With this first super yacht the Dutch Heesen focus is decided and that is to build custom super yachts.  The builds continue to come from Heesen over the years with some of them being rather outstanding, record breaking, and innovative! In 1988 Heesen launches m/y Octopussy a 38 meter alloy super yacht which breaks the fifty knots top speed barrier, at the time the fastest super yacht in the World.  Eight years later to this in 1996 Heesen breaks another record and launches the largest sport fish of the time m/y Obsessions a 38 meter Super Sportfish yacht build of alloy.  As a custom super yacht builder Heesen has always been building larger yachts since its founding, in 1990 it launched m/y L'Aquasition at 44 meter breaking the forty meter barrier for the Dutch builder.  This is followed in 1992 with m/y Achiever which enters Heesen into fifty meters and steel hull construction.  Size barriers are broken again with the 65m Galactica Star in 2013 and then again in 2016 with Galactica Super Nova, this last being so far the largest Heesen ever build.  Heesen has over the years also created successful semi custom platforms and two of these series deserve an important mention as the ten hulls of the 37 meter class, and the eight hulls of the 47 meter class.  Heesen pursuit for innovation never stopped and in 2013 the at the time largest build for the builder m/y Galactica Star featured the innovative Fast Displacement hull form which allow for maximum speeds up to 28 knots.  This is again followed in 2014 with m/y Alive a 42 meter super yacht which harness kinetic energy thanks to the Vane hull.  Heesen has over the years also won 37 accolades; which started in 1991 44m m/y Acquasition winning Superyacht of the Year by Superyacht Society, and the last one being awarded to M/Y Home for Best Ecological Design and Operation Innovation.  Heesen currently offers two line of super yachts; Platform Concept, and Pure Custom.  Heesen currently offers nine projects which start from the 4200 Aluminium FDHF, and goes up to an 83m Steel Project Maximus custom build.  Heesen new website takes you around with the following buttons; Available Yachts, Our Story, Platform Concept, Fleet, Pure Custom, Media, ownership, and Careers at Heesen.  Heesen is also present in social media with button links for its Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube pages.
Production History; (semi-production only)
Diaship 3600 1995 (2)
Diaship 4300 1996-97 (2)
3900 Sportfish 1996-99 (2)
4700 1998-09 (8)
3700 2004-11 (10)
4400 2007-10 (7)
47m Steel 2011-13 (5)
5000 Alu 2011-18 (7)
47m Steel (ii) 2014-17 (3)
50m Aluminium FDHF 2017- (4
55m Steel FDHF 2019- (6

April 3, 2020

Project: Holterman X-treme X-105

Holterman Shipyard has released its latest revolutionary design: the 32-meter-long X-Treme X-105. The X-105 is a unique steel superyacht with an aluminium superstructure that holds a big 'beach' rear aft deck and flybridge. The X-105 features the latest technical developments such as a wet launch system. This system is suitable for a tender or chase boat up to ten meters and contains an integrated five meters long swimming pool with adjustable depth due to a movable bottom. The midship holds a garage with doors folded on either side. The garage offers plenty of space for multiple water toys such as two jet skis and a rib up to 3.45m.  All essential technical such as: bow thrusters, stern thrusters, stabilizers and water makers will be double equipped for optimum reliability. The two steerable nozzles do not only make the ship silent, but also makes the ship more maneuverable. The outdoor deck flows seamlessly over in to the spacious salon with a well-equipped and grand galley. That same level holds the owner's quarters with ensuite sanitary facilities. On the lower deck, the four double guest bedrooms are accommodated with ensuite sanitary facilities as well. This deck also holds the crew area with two double cabins, of which one with bunk beds. The wheelhouse has an open connection to the salon and is located above the owner's cabin. The robust exterior and stylish interior make for an exclusive experience suitable for a yacht of this caliber.  The Holterman X-treme X-105 is to be powered by twin Volvo 750hp industrial rated engines, which will give top speeds up to fifteen knots.

April 1, 2020

Corona Virus Meltdown

Last month I wrote a blogger about Corona Virus and its implications, and just a month later I have to return to talk about this unprecedented disease, which is putting the World and the global economy down to its knees and into a depression.  A storm which we have never seen before.  A storm which involves an invisible enemy, attacking mostly those in a weaker health situation and slows down the economic wheel to unseen previous levels.
The implications of Corona Virus since last month have not doubled but quadrupled, and we are seeing not only boat shows cancelled, as I am writing this Australia's largest boat show of Sydney held in end July beginning August, and the first round of the Americas Cup series held in Caliari. Sardinia are both cancelled, but also other popular important sporting events as the Olympics and European football soccer championship are postponed for 2021. 
Fortunately as we people of the sea know the storm will be over at some point.  When?  No one knows, as yet, at the moment we have to navigate it and minimize damage with social distancing.  
After the storm is over I hope the respective countries economy do take care of the boating community, and that not as happened in the past we leave it to adjust itself.  The boating community from the users to those working in the industry will deserve a helping hand just as other industries get, and this message is not only for countries where pleasure boating is an industry, but where it is used as a pleasure too.  The nautical business community of boaters and service providers create an interesting economy, and many people make a living directly from the boating World.  Lets hope that the governments do not forget this.