May 31, 2020

Monthly News - May 2020

-pic of the month- Zeelander Expands Existing Shipyard

Azimut-Benetti Group Committed in Getting Italy on Track

“We are fortunate in that we are not only a strong company but also have substantial credibility at an international level. We want to draw on this as we play our part in upholding the precious ‘Made in Italy’ values and demonstrating that our country is on the road to recovery”. With these words, Azimut|Benetti Group Vice President Giovanna Vitelli announced the restart of production in the company’s shipyards.  Being ready to return immediately to full-time capacity, with increased shifts to make up for the lost weeks of production, is merely the tip of the iceberg of the organisational and commercial strategy put into place that has enabled this to happen. Ten days into an easing of lockdown conditions, as Italy cautiously searches its way forward, Azimut|Benetti Group management reflect with satisfaction upon how they were able to employ the group’s trademark dynamism, creativity and innovation to adapt to the challenging situation of the past months. “We never stopped” explains Marco Valle, CEO of Azimut Yachts. “In fact, during lockdown, our international standing held us in good stead, allowing us to close contracts amounting to 30 million euro in orders, helped in no small way by our proactivity in geographic areas not yet affected by the pandemic. This enabled us to continue with our exports which is, of course, a key lever for Italy’s economy. At Azimut Yachts we also ran 17 interactive online courses on subjects ranging from technical to marketing and sales, and these involved 236 people throughout Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.”  Franco Fusignani, CEO at Benetti, expresses similar satisfaction: “It hasn’t been easy, but we managed to keep business going with no serious setbacks. Thanks to our facilities being located in different regions of Italy, we were even able to continue with production focussed on April and May deliveries and at the same time ensure maximum protection levels for our workers through the adoption of all the safety procedures, enabling us not to have any Covid cases at all. Our refitting company Lusben closed a number of contracts to take the total number of boats being managed to 46, as well as providing accommodation and support to captains and crews in Livorno. On top of this, we ran 15 training webinars for leading brokerage houses around the world.  The enduring assets of the Azimut|Benetti Group created the foundation for this success: strong, prestigious brands, a solid commercial structure with a deep-rooted level of trust among its clients and a history of continuous investment, not only in the area of production but also in digital technology and working practices.  This commitment to the digital landscape made the development of the Azimut Yachts Virtual Lounge, an innovative new digital platform, possible in record time. Launched in the first week of May as a hub of technical, inspirational and training materials, it will also host the inaugural Azimut Yacht e-Boat Show from 27 to 30 May, featuring Live Chat sessions and one-to-one video appointments with sales and technical specialists from the shipyard.  The return to full capacity has been aided by a six-week process behind the scenes to ensure the safety of all employees, working closely with union representatives who have described it as “an innovative and forward-thinking example that sets the bar for other companies”.  As Italy looks towards an unusual and uncertain summer, there are positive signs of the country’s creative and productive renaissance with the launch of the much-anticipated Magellano 25 Metri and Benetti Oasis 40 Metri, completed in record time despite the challenges of the past months.

Azimut-Benetti Group New CEO

The Vitelli family and the Azimut Benetti SpA Board of Directors are pleased to announce an important change in the Company’s top management team.  On September 1, 2020, Franco Fusignani will hand over responsibility for the Benetti Division, at the age of 75.  Marco Valle, who remains in charge of the Azimut Division, will take on the role of Group CEO with full responsibility for both Divisions to ensure integrated business management. This decision will encourage an organic and unified approach to business management, benefiting effectiveness, rapid response and efficiency. The intention to preserve the specific characteristics and values of each brand, whose distinct identities form the basis of the Group’s success, will clearly remain a core target.  Franco Fusignani will continue to sit on the Board of Azimut Benetti after September 1, providing his 50 years of working experience and offering all the support needed to ensure efficient management of the integrated business, the diverse product ranges, the separation of the two brands’ marketing and after-sales services, and the strengthening of their position on the market.  Paolo Vitelli, Azimut Benetti Group Chairman, commented: “Marco Valle, who joined the company 25 years ago, has the full support of the Vitelli family and the Group’s Board of Directors in this new challenge, which he will no doubt rise to with the same spirit of success that has been a distinctive feature of his work, first as Azimut Yachts sales director and for the last four years as CEO of the Azimut division.  We would like to thank Franco for the great work he has done and continues to do in Benetti, and for his continued future presence in the Group. This continuity is thought to be important to tackle the new challenges of an evolving market and generational change in the current management team.”

Azimut Launches Virtual Lounge and E-Boat Show

Innovation takes many forms. In a world in which isolation has become the norm and almost every major event around the world has been cancelled, the desire to create a meaningful platform to bring the yachting community together was the impetus behind two new initiatives developed by Azimut Yachts: the e-Boat Show series and the Azimut Yacht Virtual Lounge. The inaugural e-Boat Show, ran from 27 to 30 May, provided an opportunity for yacht owners and boating enthusiasts to attend a digital event that replicates many of the key features of a conventional boat show. In addition to product exhibitions, visitors could take part in Live Chat sessions with Azimut Yacht sales managers and experts. They where also available for scheduled one-to-one video calls in which clients, with the support of their local dealer, can discuss specific needs and obtain detailed information in person.  The location for the e-Boat Show is the brand-new Azimut Virtual Lounge, an innovative digital environment designed to ensure the yachting community continues to have instant and constant access to the Azimut Yacht world and its industry-leading products, technology and vision.  At a time when social distancing and enforced seclusion have served to make people miss and appreciate their passions more than ever, the Virtual Lounge offers a welcome hub for all lovers of the yachting world. It will enable users to experience the Azimut Yachts world through instant access to a wealth of aspiration and informative material such as virtual tours, extensive technical information and both informative and inspiring videos by means of a simple click.  Other features include in-depth articles, live events, behind-the scenes videos and insights into topics ranging from designers to cutting-edge technological solutions.  Whilst both the Azimut Virtual Lounge and the e-Boat Show series spring from re-examining traditional practices and the need to adapt to a situation where meeting in person and travelling to events is suddenly not possible, both initiatives reflect Azimut Yacht’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. By creating these digital focal points for the global yachting community, the company not only strengthens its bond with clients and sea lovers around the world, but also takes another step forward in its drive to create a greener, safer environment for future generations.

CRN Instagram Account is a Winner

CRN, the historic shipyard and Ferretti Group brand specialising in building fully custom yachts, has been named a 2020 Muse Creative Awards Silver Winner in the Social Media category for its Instagram account. This coveted prize, established by International Awards Associate Inc. to champion creative brand excellence around the globe, is testament to the extraordinary inventiveness and creative range of CRN’s Instagram presence. Curated by Arachno Digital Agency, the channel uses a modern, engaging language to express the brand’s essence and heritage. It embodies the values of the passionate professionals who dedicate their lives to turning original ideas into one-off yachts that are genuine works of art.  Exquisitely crafted words paired with meticulously selected and specially created images and video are the winning recipe for a communication effort that has actively engaged the community and built real empathy. Every day, the page tells the story of the on-board experience and the unique, exhilarating world of CRN. Here, ideas, vision and savoir faire come together to make masterpieces that reflect and celebrate their owners’ personality.  The Instagram account concept is inspired by the brand’s nautical know-how and elegant style. CRN is in constant pursuit of perfection, total flexibility and impeccable attention to detail, to bring owners’ dreams and desires to life. These values, allied to peerless technical mastery and in-depth expertise, are what inspire the yard’s project managers, engineers, project architects, interior designers and accomplished craftspeople every day. And what they create is something absolutely exclusive.

Ferretti Group Consolidates Presence in the USA

Ferretti Group announces a $15 million investment to purchase a service shipyard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to increase the strategic presence of Ferretti Group America.  The facility covers an area of approximately 4,000 square meters and includes five docks and a combination of indoor and open-air spaces where, thanks to the adjoining marina, service, refits and deliveries are carried out for U.S. customers, who consider Ft. Lauderdale the main hub of American yachting.  The area, located within the Lauderdale Marine Center, also includes a warehouse for the storage of materials and spare parts for American customers' yachts. Thanks to a total stock value of over $1.2 million, the Ferretti Group is capable to increase efficiency of spare parts delivery and services arriving from its Italian shipyards.  "We are very proud to present the new investment plan in the US, a fast-growing market that gave us great satisfaction last year" commented Alberto Galassi, CEO of the Ferretti Group. "The orders for 2020 confirm this trend, certifying the love that our US customers have for the Group's brands. The decision to further increase our refit and post-sales services for our customers is the cornerstone of this investment and demonstrates Ferretti Group's dynamism and desire to consolidate its presence in the USA, making Fort Lauderdale our armament hub in the American continent".

Formula is Back

Formula is actively building boats again, after being closed for five weeks due to the Indiana Stay-At-Home order. With social distancing and safety in mind, Formula is working together to once again make boat dreams a reality! Formula will keep us posted on what is happening this spring and summer, but it is refreshing to get back to creating, designing, and build pleasure boats on the water today. 

Horizon 6D Resin Infusion

Founded in 2000, Atech Composites is the composites facility for the Horizon Group and also is the only FRP component manufacturer in Asia to provide total solution for large-scale FRP component manufacturing.  Operating from a 23,000 square-meter, ISO-certified lamination facility serviced by over 210 employees, Atech is the strongest technical support to the Horizon Group. The R&D team plays a major role in Horizon’s FRP products, researching the latest technology, validating material choices, developing effective production processes and integrating cross-industry technology towards innovation in yachting.  Atech is the first licensee in Asia to utilize the patented SCRIMP (Seemann’s Composites Resin Infusion Molding Process) process from TPI Composites. In recent years, Atech has developed 6D infusion technology and obtained an invention patent. 6D infusion with automatic vacuum infusion equipment allows FRP hulls over 140-feet to be easily constructed and guarantees even resin distribution throughout the laminate for lighter and stronger hulls.

Pearl Virtual Boat Show a Success

With a host of innovative virtual initiatives launched over the past two months, Pearl Yachts is leading the way in bringing the international yachting community together at a time of crisis. From live-streamed yacht tours hosted by Pearl Yachts partners to 360-degree online views of the best Pearl models, the yard’s dynamic online presence has been met with unprecedented success, welcoming over 65.000 impressions and 9.000 interactions.  Launching a series of new digital initiatives in March, British shipyard Pearl Yachts is proudly leading the way in the growing trend of online innovation in yachting as the world adapts to a new normal. Over the past two months, the team at Pearl Yachts has kept the joy of yachting alive with the Pearl Yachts Virtual Boat Show as well as dynamic webpages to explore Pearl models like never before and exciting social content. With many countries now reaching a positive turning point in the pandemic, the ongoing results are a step into the future.

Riviera Apprentice Graduates Kick-start Career

Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder Riviera, based on the Gold Coast, continues its commitment to fostering excellence by encouraging its apprentice graduates to participate in a new initiative aimed at enhancing their skills and career pathways.  Over a six-month term, graduates of the Riviera apprenticeship program team up with a mentor at Riviera’s Coomera production facility as part of Study Gold Coast’s Kickstart program.  During the current CV-19 restrictions, graduates work with mentors either onsite observing social distancing requirements, or via electronic correspondence or mobile communications where available. The course director facilitates the program using a video link.  The Kickstart program is designed to further develop Riviera’s newest tradespeople and fast track their professional, commercial and business skills.  According to Adam Houlahan, Riviera’s Safety and Training Manager, the program paves the way for new tradespeople to advance their careers with continued learning.  “It keeps them on a path where they continue to challenge themselves, to keep growing and developing skills,” Mr Houlahan says.  “It is an investment in themselves and their future, whilst at the same time there is great personal pride that they are taking on projects that add value to our business.”  Through the program, each participant will work closely with their Riviera team mentor to work on a special project that aligns with their industry skills and capabilities.  It provides a tremendous opportunity for graduates to engage with the highly experienced Riviera team across multiple levels and includes vital interaction with key team leaders.  The Kickstart program gives Riviera’s newest tradespeople an insight into what it takes to be an outstanding Riviera team member and it accelerates their learning opportunities across the complete manufacturing process.  The program also reinforces the culture of excellence that supports every motor yacht that Riviera proudly creates, with more than half of the company’s annual production being exported to every continent of the world.

Riviera Living Aboard Better Then a Dream

Inspired by the majesty of their new Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht, Living the Life, Regan and Sandra Fleming last year took their 11-year-old son out of the classroom and into the ‘school of South Pacific life’.  What ensued was a trip of a lifetime lasting almost six months aboard Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder’s legendary blue-water cruiser.  Perhaps the best way to describe Regan and Sandra Fleming’s journey through the Pacific is a half-year-long fishing trip.  Together with Joel’s school tutor Dan and his partner Krissi, the Flemings sailed in May last year from the Gold Coast to New Caledonia, through Vanuatu and Fiji. In five-and-a-half months they clicked over 7,000 nautical miles, 553 engine hours and 1,600 generator hours.  In fact, it’s the Flemings’ third Riviera, having dipped their toes in the water first with a 51 Flybridge before graduating to a 56 Flybridge.  For Sandra, the fishing gets better on each Riviera they purchase. But it was the tease of an extended Pacific voyage that really called for a larger vessel, one with greater ocean-going capabilities.  The Riviera 68 (and 72 Sports Motor Yacht) boasts a hull designed in partnership with Dutch naval architects, Mulder Design. These hulls are extremely capable at varying speeds and in a wide range of offshore conditions. On Living the Life, Regan opted for gyro stabilisation.  The real offshore test though was the 780 nautical mile passage from the Gold Coast to Nouméa, including running the generator 24 hours a day, fuel usage worked out at a little over five litres per nautical mile at a rate of 8.5 knots.  From Nouméa, Living the Life cruised south and dropped anchor in the gin-clear lagoon waters of the Isle of Pines – known as ‘the closest island to paradise’ – for five weeks before heading to Vanuatu via the Loyalty Islands and Ouvea.  They were also short-handed in Port Vila, this time with just Sandra and Regan aboard and, as one might imagine, with one of them fighting a ‘decent black marlin’.  Designed with docking – not fishing – in mind, the 68 Sports Motor Yacht features an EJS joystick located at the forward and aft helms and in the cockpit. The joystick’s location facilitates clear communication between the driver and the deckhand.  North of Port Vila the Flemings arrived at the volcanic island of Ambrym, then the narrow strip of Pentecost Island where they missed the land-diving season by an inch, and from there to the island of Santo. Snorkelling at Million Dollar Point, where the Americans dumped all their surplus army equipment at the end of World War II, proved to be a remarkable history lesson for Joel. For Sandra, watching her son learn in the great outdoors was special.  While the saloon doubled as a classroom, the capaciousness of the 68 Sports Motor Yacht ensured room aplenty for everyone, says Sandra.  With the five on board, Regan says they could have had another five and not noticed.  Earlier this year, Joel returned to the classroom at Hamilton Island and, for now, Living the Life has remained in local waters. But with the knowledge the Flemings have gained from their Pacific adventure, Sandra admits that anything’s possible.

Steeler Celebrates Tenth Anniversary

In August 2010 Steeler Yachts was founded and the first model, the Steeler NG50, was presented at the HISWA in Water boat show in Ijmuiden, The Netherlands. Steeler’s mission was to build Steel motoryachts to run at semi-displacement speed equipped with multiple innovations to make life easy on board. During the first boat show, two NG50’s were sold and an exciting journey had started. Ten years later, Steeler Yachts has sold 101 yachts, has won three European Powerboat of the Year awards and, most important of all, has an unrivaled customer loyalty rating of 100%. The fact that not a single Steeler client moved over to another brand, is unique for any shipyard and a very promising foundation for the next decade.

Sunreef Virtual Conference with Nico Rosberg

Sunreef Yachts hosted an exclusive virtual press conference focusing on the shipyard’s new range of Eco catamarans. As company Founder and President Francis Lapp and Research and Desgin Director Nicolas Lapp shared some important updates, sustainability expert and Formula 1 champion Nico Rosberg joined the conference online as special guest. Initiated with the first electric Sunreef 50 and Sunreef 60, the Sunreef Yachts Eco catamaran range is a complete, 360 degree concept for eco cruising.

Sunseeker Announces Reopening and Extended Warranty

Sunseeker is pleased to announce that it is implementing a phased return to work for all its employees starting as early as next week.  Given the complexity of operations, it is necessary to bring employees back in a controlled manner that will allow us to move to full production over the coming few weeks. The phased approach allows us to ensure that all the safety measures we have put in place work seamlessly, providing employees with the confidence that they are coming back to a safe place of work.  Re-starting production will allow us to deliver those boats previously in build and the many on order from across the world. Owners are keen to take delivery of boats previously ordered so they can use this season and a catch up plan will attempt to reduce the backlog.  A great deal of work has been taking place to ensure the safety of employees, suppliers, visitors and finished boats. Working in close cooperation with all departments, Sunseeker’s in-house Health & Safety team has defined strict protocols, working practices and guidelines for all employees to support the very safest environment, wherever they work within the business.  As well as the issuing and guidance of how to use PPE, factories have been laid out with one-way systems and wide thoroughfares to ensure social distancing is maintained. Meanwhile, additional hygiene and cleaning stations have been introduced companywide to ensure equipment and tools can be methodically cleaned whilst boats are sanitized thoroughly at every stage of production and then ‘deep-cleaned’ again prior to hand-over.  Separately, all Warranty and Parts functions will be fully operational during June, ensuring that customers receive the service they require as they return to using their boats. In support of their inability to use their boat over recent weeks, Sunseeker is offering an extended two month factory warranty for any boat in warranty as of 23/03/20 – an industry first.  Commenting on the announcement, Andrea Frabetti, CEO said “We are excited to be getting back to work. Our goal now is to achieve safe efficient production over the coming weeks so we can deliver boats to our customers who understandably, are keen to get afloat this summer. In parallel, our new model development programme continues at a pace in order that we can offer the very latest range which is on course to double in size by 2022. I’d like to personally thank our clients, employees and suppliers for their patience during this enforced period of shutdown. We are fortunate to be able to return to work, to do what we love and deliver on the passion we all have for this industry. Now, more than ever, the country needs us to do what we do best which will help deliver exports and support the economy. As a proud UK manufacturer, we are eager to play our own small part in returning it to prosperity.”

Tiara Adds Member to Sales and Marketing Team

S2 Yachts, parent company of both Tiara Yachts and Sport, added Dena Meiste to the sales and marketing team as its marketing coordinator.  In her role as marketing coordinator, Dena will provide support to the sales and marketing department with its day-to-day functions and assist with communications, website management, photo and video shoots, branded merchandise and design projects.  Dena brings more then ten years of marketing and communications experience to Tiara, having worked previously in similar capacities for Pepperdine University, Depual University and Westridge School.  While at Pepperdine, she helped manage media relations efforts at the 2013 and 2015 NCAA Tournament Regional Rounds at Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The West Michigan native most recently resided in Tennessee and was emplyed by University School of Nashville.

Viking at Orange Beach Billfish Classic

Summer tournaments have kicked off! The recent Orange Beach Billfish Classic started the season and featured mostly Vikings on the leaderboard. Pearl, a Viking 48 owned by Andy Yarborough, weighed the only blue marlin of the tournament. The 603.2-pound fish won the division for captain Shawn Clemons Jr. and the Pearl crew. The Orange Beach Billfish Classic is the first of six sanctioned events in the prestigious Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship. Born 2 Run, a regular contender on the Triple Crown circuit, earned 1st Place honors in the Release category. The 72 is owned by Dana and Lisa Foster and captained by Myles Colley. Third Place Release went to the Viking 61 Restless. Restless also claimed 1st Place Wahoo with a 47.6 pound 'hoo as well as Second and Third Place Dolphin. The Viking 52 Code Blue took 2nd and 3rd Place Tuna with148.2- and 131.4-pound fish. Shawn Park's boat also claimed the top dolphin with a 42.6-pound bull.

Viking at MBGFC Memorial Day Tournament

Quick Time, a Viking 70, claimed 2nd Place Release boat at the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club's Memorial Day Tournament. Robert Burroughs released a pair of blue marlin for the honors. Robert also weighed the heaviest tuna with a 185.8-pound fish. Maria Natal, fishing on the 62 Da' Grits, released a blue and weighed the winning wahoo (76.2 pounds) to take the Top Lady Angler award. Second Place Dolphin (29.6 pounds) went to Mike Shavez on the Viking 52 SaltShaker. Fishing on the Viking 92 A Work Of Art, Brandon Favre was the 2nd Place Junior Angler with his blue marlin release.

Wajer Summer Care Ready for Action

Hisham Lalmy, manager Summer Care at Wajer, is busy preparing for the new season. As soon as the areas in France and Spain open up again, the Wajer Care team is ready to go. The crew has been trained and the Wajer App has been updated. The Amsterdam hub is also fully operational. “We could not be prepared any better. As far as I am concerned, everything can open up right now. My team, currently consisting of 45 people, can hardly wait”, says Hisham Lalmy, manager Wajer Summer Care.

Zeelander Expands Existing Shipyard

Zeelander shipyard in Groot-Ammers, the Netherlands, is undergoing an expansion in response to growing demand for its boats. This will also allow the company to prepare the ground for the development of new models.  “We are expanding in several phases, and the first one is now complete,” explained Sietse Koopmans, Founder and Chairman of the family-owned Zeelander Yachts. “We have added over 15 meters in length of extra work floor and a new section of 30x15 meters for a total of 450 square meters. The space is now enough to assemble at least five boats at the same time. The area for winter storage is increased, so we will be able to accommodate more yachts from clients that want us to take care of their yachts.”  The next phases of the expansion include new office spaces and extra work floor for the shipyard.  “We have a healthy order book. Therefore, we decided to develop the facility step by step, without jump-like transitions,” added Koopmans. “We take this very seriously and of course keep a close eye on the current situation. If necessary, we can change our plans without taking financial risks.”  Zeelander Yachts’ current range includes three models: the Z44, Z55 and Z72. The company is developing ideas to expand the range.

May 29, 2020

New Model: Heesen 55m YN 19055

Heesen is delighted to announce that on May 14, YN 19055 Project Castor was launched at the Dutch facility in Oss on schedule for its delivery in August.  Thanks to the drastic measures adopted early on, both in Heesen production processes and in the offices, the Dutch yard managed to introduce the necessary physical distance and were therefore able to carry on work following the Dutch governmental guidelines with as little disruption as possible. By halving the number of employees working in the shipyard at any one time by working in two shifts, we did not lose productivity and increased flexibility.  At 760GT, Project Castor is the most voluminous 55 metre currently offered by a Northern European shipyard. Powered by two MTU 1340hp diesel main engines, she will reach a top speed of 15.5 knots and will boast a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots. This outstanding performance is possible thanks to the proven design and engineering platform that sports the progressive Fast Displacement Hull Form hull devised by Van Oossanen. The Heesen 55 metre FDHF Steel offers exceptional sea keeping qualities coupled with more frugal fuel consumption compared to any other yacht in her class. Twelve guests are accommodated in six staterooms, with the master suite located forward on the main deck. Four spacious guest cabins (two double and two twin) are on the lower deck, while the VIP is on the bridge deck. Project Castor is the first in the class to offer the new layout configuration.  YN 19055 will be delivered to her Owners in August 2020 after rigorous sea trials in the North Sea.
Technical Data:
LOA - 55 m (180.5ft)
Beam - 9.6 m
Draft - 2.85 m
Displacement - 600 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 100,000 l
Water Capacity - 24,000 l
Accommodaiton - twelve guests in six cabins, 13 crew in six cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 8V 4000 M63 1340hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 15 knots, 13 knots cruise
Range - 4500 nm at 13 knots
Hull Shape - Fast Displacement Hull Form
Construction - steel hull, aluminium super structure
Project - Frank Laupman Omega Architects exterior, Bannenverg and Rowell interior, Van Oossanen hull shape
Certification - Lloyds 100 A1, SSC Yacht, LMC UMS Large Commercial Yacht, LY3 

May 27, 2020

Project: Dale Nelson 36

Dale is updating it's 35 platform, and out of this revamp three models are coming out.  One of these new models will be the Dale Nelson 36.  This new Dale 35/36 series will be using the British builder tried and tested semi displacement hull shape, while interior layout will be for a standard forward master cabin, and an optional two cabin arrangement with the galley moved to the main deck behind the helm station.  Power options are not yet announced buy being based on the current Classic 35 platform expect similar power options from a standard single 200hp engine up to twin 270hp engines, with stern drive propulsion.

May 26, 2020

Carver Yacht Sinks in Savannah

On Monday 25 May at around 23:00, the US Coast Guard of Charleston received a call to assist and rescue five persons from M/Y Nauty Thoughts, a 57 foot motor yacht which at time was located in Savannah.  The motor yacht hit a jetty and was asking assistance as it was taking on water and sinking.  The five persons onboard Nauty Thoughts where rescued from a thirteen meter response boat and helicopter assistance.  The seventeen meter motor yacht could not be salvaged by TowBoat Savannah as its lost stability and sank.   
M/Y Nauty Thoughts was a Carver 570 Voyager produced in the early 2000s and powered by twin diesel engines from 500 up to 700hp.  The Carver 570 Voyager offered a three double cabins lower deck layout with a main deck open saloon galley layout. 

May 25, 2020

New Model: Sealine C390

Sealine present the new C390 a full enclosed sport cruiser offered in two or three cabins version.  The Sealine C390 is a versatile all year cruiser as good for outdoor and interior use.  Exterior amenities include: outdoor grill and hydraulic bathing platform in the cockpit area, two large refrigerators and the large passenger seat in the salon. The one-level living design is unique: the glass front to the salon can be opened completely, making inside and outside flow seamlessly into one another and share the optimally placed pantry. Exclusively in this size class, the interior comprises three double cabins with two bathrooms, both with separate showers. Alternatively, a third cabin remains unfurnished and is used as a walk-in closet or storage space.  Four lower deck options are available with two or three cabin choices, and one can specify a double berth or twins in the second port side cabin.  The C390 is standard powered by twin Volvo 300hp with stern drive propulsion, with an option for 370hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.50 m (41ft)
Length without bathing platform - 11.99 m
Hull Length - 11 m
Beam - 3.85 m
Draft - 1.19 m
Displacement - 10.52 t
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, D6 370hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPS dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 27 knots max with Volvo 300hp, 34 knots max with Volvo 370hp
Certification - CE B10, C14

May 23, 2020

Project: Dynamiq GTM 90 Transformer

One of the rare yacht models that was due to be presented at this year’s Geneva Motor Show before the event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus was the Dynamiq GTM 90 developed in cooperation with Klassen, the exclusive car tuner from Germany. The fast and sporty, all-aluminium 27.5-metre yacht is designed not only to entertain, but also protect guests whatever the weather.  The GTM 90 hull lines were developed with Dynamiq's long-term partner Van Oossanen Naval Architects in the Netherlands, who created a super-efficient, hard chine hull that can achieve a top speed of over thirty knots with three relatively compact Volvo 1000hp engines and IPS pod propulsion. The sleek, sporty yacht has a very respectable range of 800nm when cruising at 17 knots.  The GTM 90 striking exterior styling owes much to automotive design with a superstructure that recalls the lines of some supercars. There is a sundeck with sunbed behind the radar mast accessed by an exterior staircase and a 3-seat sofa in the bow to enjoy the thrill of cruising at speed.  The rich and sophisticated interior features a forward salon and a bar/galley area overlooking the aft beach club, which can remain open on sunny days or be closed when the evenings turn chilly to create almost a winter garden effect. Fold-down bulwarks and sliding glass doors help increase natural ventilation. Head heights are a generous 2.20m throughout the main deck and Dynamiq provides another option of the main deck layout where salon and dining area are united to form a larger space for groups of up to 16 people.  There are four guest cabins on the lower deck, including a spacious master stateroom with a distinctive circular bed from the Bentley Home collection. A tribute to the Middle Eastern market is the owner’s bath, finished in fine onyx and equipped with a custom ham-mam for two people. The sophisticated interior design is by Giuseppina Arena, another Dynamiq partner.  The yacht can also carry an inflatable FunAir pool with a protective net for guests nervous of swimming in open water.  The first edition of the GTM 90 is developed in collaboration with Klassen that supplies the world business and political elite, including ten national presidents with ultra-luxury vans and limousines. The yacht’s interior decor mirrors the design features of exclusive Klassen cars with different upholstery, rich wood paneling and elegant LED courtesy lights. Klassen is also responsible for the wheelhouse design and manufacturing and interior and exterior detailing, including leather supply, stitching and other special automotive design features.

May 22, 2020

Three Sport Cruisers Destroyed at Key Biscayne Marina

A fire that broke out at Key Biscayne Marina in Miami on Thursday morning May 21 at 10:30 AM, totaled three sports cruisers and damaged six other boats.  A Miami Fire Rescue Boat was first coming to control the fire which then got help from a total of fifty fire fighters.  The Fire Rescue Boat fighting the fire from the sea made the extinguishing operation faster and more effective.  Fortunately no one was injured in the time of the fire as no one was onboard on any of the boats. 
The totaled three boats where a Vandutch 54 which was the boat which started the fire, a Cobalt 46, and a Sea Ray 410 Sundancer.

May 21, 2020

New Model: Monte Carlo MCY 70 Skylounge

Monte Carlo presented the MCY 70 Skylounge during the 2020 Miami boat show.  This presentation is a first from a European boat builder, and aims to create interest from the North American and Australian continents market where Skylounges or as they are often called raised pilot house motor yachts are always a choice from sixty and above feet.  The MCY 70 sky lounge is accessed via an internal spiral case, with the enclosed bridge offering a central helm station, with companionway lounge settees to both sides, an L-shaped sofa to port side, with a wet bar and entertainment seat opposite.  The 70 Skylounge thanks to the flybridge extension also features an exterior area which is usually reserved for free standing sun bathing furniture. Thanks to the enclosed bridge the 70 Skylounge, and replaces the main deck helm station with more space below and a different layout offering a larger galley to starboard.  The Monte Carlo MCY 70 is a four cabin motor yacht, and is powered by twin Man 1300hp engines which give top speeds up to 26 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.08 m (69.1ft)
Beam - 5.45 m
Draft - 1.85 m
Displacement - 45 t dry. 53 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1300hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 26 knots max 22 knots cruise
Project - Nuvoali Lenard interior and exterior, Monte Carlo Yachts naval architecture
Certification - CE A

May 19, 2020

Project: Fountain 42 Lightning

Fountain present a complete redesign of its 42 Lightning model.  Launched in 1993 the 42 Lightning has been a long stable in Fountain line who in recent years have mostly concentrated on the non stop growing center console outboard market.  The 2020 Fountain 42 Lightning will be a complete redesign to one of the Carolina's builder long standing and most popular powerboat models.  The new 42 Lightning will feature more extreme aggressive styling, with a two plus two accommodation layout.  Power options start from twin Mercury 565 up to twin 1350hp staggered units. 

May 18, 2020

Two Injured in Sportfish Yacht Fire

On Sunday May 17, just after 15:00 hours a sportfish yacht of around seventeen meters in length went ablaze on the Fort Luaderdale Intercoastal Waterway, South of Oakland Park Blvd.  Seven adults, two children, and a dog where rescued from the sportfish yacht, with one adult female and seven year old being treated for minor injuries.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.   
Still in doubt what the sportifsh yacht is, but from the few glimpses I got the boat in the fire looks to be a first generation Viking 55 Convertible produced from 1996 till 2002, and sold in over 150 units.  The success of the 55 Convertible not only made it one of the best ever sold sportfish yachts in its size, but also put Viking as the leader for semi-production sportfish yacht above fifteen meters in size.

May 17, 2020

Hargrave Super Yacht Fire in Fort Lauderdale

A Hargrave 98 super yacht m/y Tigers Eye caught fire in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday sixteenth May  early morning, just as the fire fighters of Fort Lauderdale where fending off another super yacht only one mile apart.  Fifty fire fighters where employed to stop the fire, which looked to have started from the upper structure.  No injuries where reported, and the Hargrave which was berthed in the Lauderdale canals alongside a residence was later in the morning towed away.
M/Y Tigers Eye is a Hargrave 98 Skylounge model build in 2008 with an accommodation plan offering nine berths in four cabins, and was powered by twin 1675hp Cat engines, enabling her to reach top speeds up to twenty knots and a cruise of eighteen.  Apart the Skylounge other notable features of this Hargrave 98 was the full beam saloon.

May 16, 2020

Benetti Super Yacht Fire in Lauderdale Marine Center

On Saturday 16 May at 1:50 am fire fighters in Fort Lauderdale's Lauderdale Marine Center had to battle a fire onboard a 2012 Benetti 93 super yacht named Princeville.  Over fifty fire fighters had to be employed on Princeville in order to control the fire, which seens to have started on the upper part of the yachts structure.  No injuries occurred in the fire of this super yacht.
Designed by Stefano Righini for the exterior the Benetti 93 Delfino was produced from 2011 to 2017 and features an interior designed by Carlo Galeazzi featuring a five cabins layout with master stateroom on the main deck and a raised pilot house.  The 93 Delfino was powered by MTU 965 hp and reached speeds up to 14 knots and cruised at 12 knots, with a range of 1500 nautical miles at ten knots.

May 15, 2020

New Model: Mazu 82

The first Mazu 82 has been launched and completed her sea trial in time for delivery to her proud owner. Built of a lightweight carbon composite, the Mazu 82 combines a clean profile, expansive decks and large hull windows with the outstanding performance, efficiency and handling.  The celebrated Turkish designer Tanju Özelgin created the interior layout and design of the Mazu 82. Working closely with the shipyard, Özelgin optimized the generous volume and large hull windows, combining subtle textures, muted colors, and both direct and indirect light to create a vibe of understated elegance.  The end result is an interior design that perfectly complements the edgy exterior styling of the Mazu 82, designed in-house by the shipyard’s founder, Halit Yukay.  Tanju Özelgin is a designer renowned for its ability to transmit meaning in design through subtle and abstract uses of form, symbol and material. He is widely recognized for his distinct style that is contemporary and abstract yet deeply aware of the fundamentals of human nature and environment.  A major challenge for all yacht designers and builders is to draw in as much natural light as possible into the interior. In this regard, the Mazu 82 boasts very large deck house windows and strip glazing in the hull. In particular, the sliding sunroof, custom-made by OPAC in Italy, and nine squared meters windshield of ultra-clear laminated and tempered glass, lend the interior an airy, loft-like feel.  Artificial lighting is just as important as natural illumination and has to be both functional and atmospheric. For this reason, a bespoke lighting system was developed for the Mazu 82.  To create a chic yet warm and inviting feeling, walnut and leather has been used for the furniture exclusively built by Mazu, while the walls are decorated with metallic finishes and teak paneling that has been textured and stained grey. The textiles and carpets were specially designed for the boat, as were the doors made of bronzed tempered glass and the stainless steel hardware that has been treated using thin-film deposit (PVD) techniques in the same bronze hue.  The yacht is fitted with a state-of-the-art audio system (JL Audio for the exterior and Dali for the interior), which meant that close attention was paid to noise damping. Leather and Alcantara cladding and upholstery throughout help to mute unwanted sound.  The wet surfaces are of a special synthetic material that has a soft leather-like finish, while the bathroom faucets and accessories are by luxury hardware brand Gessi. The high-end galley equipment was supplied by Gaggenau.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.50 m (80.3ft)
Waterline Length - 20.7 m
Beam - 5.90 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 50 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 6000 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 3 x Volvo D13 900hp, D13 1000hp, or 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS1350 pod drives
Speed - 40 knots max 35 knots cruising with 3 x Volvo 1000hp option
Construction - carbon fiber with epoxy resin
Project - Tanju Ozelgin interior and exterior. Halit Yukay exterior
Certification - CE A/B

May 13, 2020

Project: Aqa 47 Outcast

Aqa an Italian boat builder born in 2014 has been on PowerYacht's radar interest since it launched the 35 model in 2015.  Now Aqa presents a second larger project of the 47 Outcast model, also designed as the smaller 35 model by Francesco Guida, who again follows guide lines for a classic American inspired fast commuter with Mediterranean attitude.  See flash deck and straight but lightly curved shear line for its American inspiration, and the cockpit and bathing platform calling the Mediterranean summer boating attitude to full affect.  So far besides exterior design renderings very little technical details are available for the Aqa 47 Outcast especially regarding interior accommodation layout, engine and propulsion set ups, and performance.  The launch date for the Aqa 47 Outcast is for Summer 2021 with a World presentation for the boat at the Cannes boat show of the same year.

May 11, 2020

New Model: Wajer 55 S

Wajer continue to present different versions of its 55 flagship, and after the classic sport boat looking standard version and the hard top 55 HT, it presents the S walkaround variant. The Wajer 55 S is a project from Dutch Vripack and benefits of the all deck use is that it is certified to carry a maximum number of twenty passengers.   Inside the Wajer 55 S offers a four berth accommodation in a forward double berth and two single berths at midships.  In between the berths at the centre of the cabin is a galley to port side with opposite shower head.  Another galley is located outside under the T-Top behind the four seat centre console.  The Wajer 55 S is powered by triple Volvo 480hp with IPS pod drives as propulsion, give maximum speed above forty knots.  As options go the Wajer is also offered with the same engines with a Hamilton water jet propulsion.
Technical Data: 
LOA - 16 m (53ft)
Beam - 4.40 m
Draft - 1.22 m
Displacement - 17.5 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 2368 l
Water Capacity - 418 l
Max Persons - 20
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 3 x Volvo D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives, or Hamilton HJ 292 water jets
Speed - 40 knots max 28 knots cruise with Volvo 480hp and IPS pod drives
Range - 450 nm
Hull Shape - deep Vee with 21 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Vripack
Certification - CE B 

May 9, 2020

Sunseeker Yacht Falls During Ship Unloading in Malta

A 23 meter Sunseeker yacht had a terrible fall on the deck of a ship owned by company Normed during unloading procedure in the Grand Harbor of Malta on the morning of Saturday ninth May.  The Sunseeker yacht was being unloaded to be put in the water, for its new Maltese ownership.  Falling at about five meters the Sunseeker yacht was reported as sustaining important damage with all structural integrity compromised from the engine-room to the stern, engines moved by about a meter, and P-brackets which penetrated the yachts hull.
The Sunseeker in this fall is a 76 Yacht, a four guest cabin motor yacht with two crew cabins and performances up to 32 knots from twin Man 1550hp engines. Entering production in 2018 as replacement to the 75 Yacht, the Sunseeker 76 Yacht has been a successful model in this size segment.

Project: Nobiskrug 56 meter

In the fall of 2019 Nobiskrug and Vripack announced that they have been commissioned a 56 meter super yacht for a Middle East or Asian customer.  This concept for this super yacht resembled a high end residence in Dubai or Hong Kong. This Vripack Nobiskrug 56 meter will feature a five guest suite interior including an owner stateroom on the main deck.  The super yacht will also feature a gymnasium.  If this project is pursued this will be the smallest super yacht every build by Nobiskrug, dwarfing by three meters the 2010 project number 779 M/Y Jamaica Bay, which so far has been the smallest build by the German super yacht builder.  

May 7, 2020

New Model: Vicem 67 Cruiser

Vicem is excited to announce the launch of a new cold-molded build explorer yacht, the 67 Cruiser.  The 67 Cruiser presents herself in a traditional profile with a flying bridge and hardtop, bringing together Vicem’s timeless design with numerous features that today’s boaters want in their next yacht.  An elegant motor yacht, the Vicem 67 Cruiser features a classic layout with five distinct social areas, including a formal dining area to port with seating for four, galley opposite that can be open or closed off, depending on owner preference, and equipped for the discriminating chef with abundant space on Corian counters, and a full slate of appliances. The saloon has facing settees port and starboard, served by a table on a high-low pedestal. The lower helm is open to the social areas of the main deck, and has a side door for easy access to the side decks. Since the additional design, Vicem has added a day head to the main deck to ensure guest comfort under way.  Port and starboard stairs from the aft deck provide simple three-step access to a broad to swimming platform, which lowers hydraulically into the water for bathing. The aft deck is shaded by the large flybridge overhang and features a wide transom settee served by a solid-wood table for al fresco dining for eight.  The flybridge provides shelter to the upper helm station, as well as forward-facing companion seating, an al fresco galley console, and a U-shaped settee. The flybridge can be a gathering spot for owner and guests on pleasant days at sea.  At anchor, a large fore-deck sun pad on the trunk cabin is equipped with a folding awning for wind and sun protection. There’s also a forward-facing settee at the bow. Wide side decks is protected by high bulwarks topped with a stainless steel railing to lend safe access to the fore-deck.  The interior is finished in Vicem’s signature book-matched veneers, with the builder’s craftsmanship on full display. This tradition works with an updated design with a three-part wooden and glass sliding door that opens wide to add an indoor-outdoor feel to the saloon and cockpit.  Below the Vicem 67 Cruiser features a three-stateroom layout, including both forward and amidships masters with king-size beds, as well as an en suite starboard guest stateroom with a double bed. Throughout the build, craftsmanship is apparent in the finishes and attention to detail. Stowage in lighted hanging lockers, beneath berths, and in nightstands can accommodate owner and guests for extended cruises. Heads features wood-framed, tempered-glass shower doors, Corian counters, and premium fixtures. A crew’s quarters for two is located aft and has an eat-in galley, laundry facilities, and a head with separate shower.  Built with a hard-chined planning hull, the Vicem 67 Cruiser is constructed of cold-molded plywood mahogany using West System epoxy, resulting in a strong hull that’s light in weight. The build uses cold-molded plywood decks, superstructure, and housetop, sheathed with one ply of E-glass biaxial fabric with epoxy coating and lamination. The deck and house-top structure use mahogany framing and beams. Mahogany and hardwood are used in the stringers, keelson, and sheer, and the structural engine beds are cold-molded, laminated mahogany. The hull-deck joint is glued and mechanically fastened. Vicem uses epoxy undercoating, fairing compound, and barrier coat in addition to anti-fouling on all hull surfaces below the waterline. In addition, the builder has used acrylic coatings for the topsides and boot stripe. Quarter guards and rub rails have been laminated mahogany with stainless strikers.  The Vicem 67 Cruiser hull number one is powered by twin Volvo 1000hp with conventional shaft drives and custom designed 4-blades Nibral propellers. Speeds with the standard engines is a 16 knots cruise and a 25 knots top speed. With that engine package, the range at cruise is 800 nautical miles, with a 2,250-nautical-mile range at 8 knots.  Other engine choices are Volvo 725hp abd 900hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.57 m (70.9ft)
Hull Length - 19.8 m
Waterline Length - 18.1 m
Beam - 5.50 m
Draft - 1.73 m
Displacement - 51700kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 8000 l
Water Capacity - 1100 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two crew berths in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 7235hp, D13 900hp, D13 1000hp
Propulsion - line shafr with nibral four bladed propellers
Speed - 25 knots max 16 knots cruise 8 knots economic long range
Range - 800 nm at 16 knots, 2250 at 8 knots
Construction - cold molded, plywood and mahogany with one sheet E-glass biaxial and Epoxy resin
Project - Vicem Yacht Design
Certification - CE A

May 5, 2020

Project: Rizzardi InFive

Rizzardi present the project for the new InFive project set to debut in September 2020 at the Cannes boat show.  This means that the InFive is already in advanced stages of development and completion, and that tooling for the most part should be ready.  The Rizzardi InFive might be the replacement of the Incredible 45, 50 and 48 series which has been a hot seller for the shipyard since it debuted in 2004, selling over seventy units in the 45 version. The Rizzardi InFive will continue the hall marks of the Rome boat builder of speed and comfort, reaching speeds of over 45 knots and also featuring over 120 customization options.  The Rizzardi InFive will offer various accommodation solutions with the standard cabin layout of three guest cabins and one crew cabin.  It will be interesting to see if the InFive will be born from the hull of the 45 Incredible, or if it will be a totally new project.

May 3, 2020

New Launch: Abeking and Rasmussen 68m hull#6506

On third April 2020 Abeking and Rasmussen has handed over hull number 6506 the 68m super yacht “Soaring" to her Owner. In presence of Captain and Crew as well as Project Managers and Owner´s Management Team the official Delivery and Acceptance of the super yacht has smoothly taken place at the yard in Lemwerder. Initially, it was the Owner´s wish to celebrate this very special day together with family and friends and also with everyone involved in the build process of this custom-made modern yet timeless mega yacht. Due to the extraordinary challenges the world is facing at the moment, the formal procedure was now held on a far smaller scale. Whilst flexibility is one of the yard´s key corporate values the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic has called everyone at Abeking and Rasmussen to adapt and adjust their proven paths with much more versatility than ever before. Under these special circumstances, final acceptances as well as various closing meetings of internal and external experts had to be conducted via alternative means to the greatest possible extend.  At the yard´s premises itself the management has successfully implemented preventive measures to reduce human contacts as far as possible in order to protect the entire staff, sub-suppliers and business partners: work schedules were split into a strictly separated two-shift system, extensive hygiene measures have been organized, protective face masks have been handed over to the entire workforce and mobile working possibilities were set up successfully.
Technical Data:
LOA - 68.2 m (223.9ft)
Beam - 11.6 m
Draft - 3.45 m
Displacement - 1420 t
Fuel Capacity - 150,000 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in six cabins, 17 crew in nine cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V4000 2000hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max 14 knots cruise
Range - 4500 nm at optimum cruise
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Focus Yacht Design exterior and interior

May 1, 2020

Living With Covid-19

Now that we are in May many countries seem to have overcame the height of the curve of the CoronaVirus pandemic, and are starting to open some of the commercial activities to what is called the phase two.  Some countries have started phase two while others are still preparing for it.
Covid-19 phase two is all about being cautious, and allowing a restricted liberty.  The truth is that we have not won Covid-19, but have a way to control the spread of this deadly virus, and are learning how to live with it.  So it will be not be back to normality like January 2020 yet.
For some boaters from Britain, Northern European, and America with the boat away in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean they will still have a way to go, as I do think that air traffic between countries but even in the same region might be one of the last things which takes off. 
For 2020 I think we have to learn how to live with Covid-19, so even boating will be a very restricted hobby.  How restricted will be different from one state to another, with borders in between countries so far looking to be closed at least till mid Summer.  If the curve will be diminished even further we might see some of these restrictions reduced in boating, considering that it is not a mass tourism activity.