June 30, 2020

Monthly News - June 2020

-pic of the month- Yachting Developments 3D Printer Impressive Results

Alia Yachts New Sheds and Project Updates

Alia Yachts on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast has released the first photographs of its new construction facility in the Antalya Free Trade Zone. The new facility covers 16,000 sqm and includes five construction halls as well as storage areas and dedicated workshops. Measuring 90 metres in length and 22 metres in height, the new sheds mean the shipyard can now build larger yachts entirely under cover.  “The new facility has also allowed us to consolidate and streamline a lot of processes that were spread out before,” says Gökhan Çelik, founder and President of Alia Yachts. “This means we’ve been able to cut time and costs while increasing capacity and efficiency, which are all advantages that can be passed on to our clients.” As with shipyards throughout Europe, Alia Yachts has experienced some slow-down in production due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the lockdown in Turkey was much less severe than in other countries and most manufacturing industries closed only at the weekends.  “Naturally, we have social distancing protocols in place and we’re being vigilant to protect the health of our workers,” says Çelik. “The main difficulties resulted from a ban on intercity travel, which made it difficult for subcontractors to move around, and there were some interruptions in the supply chain. But most of our processes are done in-house, so we experienced only minor delays and we’re now making up for lost time.”  Alia Yachts has a busy summer approaching after the recent turning of the hull of its 36-metre shadow vessel slated for delivery in 2021. Once complete it will support Project Phi, the mothership currently in build at Royal Huisman in the Netherlands.  In June, the shipyard will join the hull and superstructure of Al Waab II, a 55-metre steel and aluminium motoryacht with interior, exterior and naval architecture by Dutch design studio Vripack.  “This is a hugely exciting project, but also a challenging one as we’re working to a tight build schedule of just 24 months,” says Çelik. “Despite interruptions caused by coronavirus, however, construction is on track and we should wrap up the hotworks in another couple of weeks.”  Also this summer, the shipyard is due to join the hull and superstructure of Nozomi II, a 32.40-metre sistership to 30.5-metre Virgen del Mar VI (formerly Project Nozomi), being built up spec.  “I can also reveal that we are in the final phase of negotiations for more than one 40-metre-plus project and we hope to be able to release more information shortly,” concludes Çelik.

Azimut with NASA Patent

Azimut Yachts, which has always closely monitored the results of research into advanced technology to offer owners the very best in terms of comfort, quality of materials and onboard safety, will introduce an innovative system called MMVS (Marine Mechanical Ventilation System) on many of the Shipyard’s new yachts. Based on a Nasa patent and originally developed for use on aerospace missions to sanitize the air on board, the first yacht fitted with MMVS will be the Magellano 25 Metri, a remarkable model from the Shipyard that will make its debut in September at the Cannes Yachting Festival.  Produced by Italian company BCool Engineering, which specialises in the production and marketing of onboard thermal comfort and power products, MMVS is a centralised system split across the two decks, ensuring a complete change of air every hour. The air inside the boat is therefore always at the chosen temperature, as well as being continuously purified by safe, effective and comprehensive sanitation of the air conditioning ducts, surfaces and technical components like the fan coils. The end result is fresh, clean, sanitized air, at a constant conditioned temperature, for guests to breathe on board.  Based on PCO™ (Photocatalytic Oxidation) technology, the system imitates and reproduces the process that takes place in nature, exploiting the combined action of the rays produced by a special UV lamp and a catalytic structure, without affecting the yacht’s power and consumption.  Azimut Yachts, the first company in the industry to offer this system on new models, has decided to introduce this technology in response to an increasingly topical and widespread need. The quality of the air we breathe has an objective and material impact on the quality of our lives. And unlike atmospheric pollution, which has been a focus of attention for many years now, the need to look in more detail at pollution in interior environments has emerged only more recently, not least because of the increasing amount of alarming scientific evidence to emerge about the health impacts of this phenomenon. Which is why, perfectly attuned to the times, Azimut Yachts is responding in this way to a growing need that reflects a new increasingly healthy and natural lifestyle.  This innovative system joins a long list of other solutions that the Shipyard has introduced ahead of the competition – from gyroscopic stabilizers to joystick manoeuvring systems, and from IPS propulsion and integrated control and monitoring systems through to automatic trim adjustment – confirming its ability to anticipate customers’ needs and desires, based on a close relationship and ongoing dialogue.

Azimut Benetti Group Wins Two Robb Reports

Azimut|Benetti confirms its role as a symbol of ‘Made in Italy’ excellence across the world as the famous magazine Robb Report USA chooses two new yachts built by the Group for its “Best of the Best” award in two highly coveted and very different categories.  “Luminosity”, a 107-meter giga yacht from Benetti with hybrid propulsion, places first in its category, while Verve 47 by Azimut Yachts, which made its successful debut at the Miami Yacht Show last February, climbs to the top step of the day cruiser podium. These two awards demonstrate once again the construction quality and capabilities of Azimut|Benetti, the only Group in the world able to offer owners such a wide-ranging and comprehensive fleet.

Azimut Yachts Virtual Lounge and E-Boat Show

Azimut Yachts confirms its pioneering role in the world of yachting and, with the online sale of an Azimut S6, seals the success of its first e-boat show, held from May 27 to 30 in the brand’s Virtual Lounge. This digital container packed with videos, technical data sheets and in-depth articles has been created specifically to maintain a solid bond with owners in an unprecedented moment in history when direct contact is difficult if not impossible.  In precisely one month since its debut, the Virtual Lounge has attracted over 11,000 visitors, 50% connecting from Europe, 35% from the Americas and 15% from the Middle and Far East.  These results are particularly interesting when we remember that the average number of visitors reported by the brand at leading international boat shows is around 3,000. The success of the initiative is confirmed not only by the fact that visitors spend on average more than four minutes in the area, but most importantly by the outcome of the brand’s first e-boat show, during which several negotiations started before the lockdown were completed, together with the first 100% online sale in Azimut Yachts’ history.  Previously featured in a Times Square installation, where in little more than a week it was admired and photographed by over 700,000 visitors, the S6 confirms the extraordinary appeal of its innate power, underscored by the extensive use of carbon fiber, three Volvo Penta IPS700 propulsion units, and the unmistakable charm of lean, elegant lines.  Visitors to the e-boat show received real time assistance from the brand’s team of Sales Managers during Live Chat sessions, with one-to-one web meetings organised to help close sales.  The Virtual Lounge has therefore achieved what it set out to do, acting as a valuable and useful digital support tool. And it has been such a success that the shipyard has decided to leave it online and continue adding new content, while the e-boat show initiative has proved not only to be a valid alternative until boat shows return in their traditional format, but also an interesting tool for organising sales sessions addressed to specific markets and types of yacht.

De Antonio Now in America

Setting the nautical trend of the future, De Antonio Yachts are intelligently designed boats that appeal to even the most discerning individuals. Every detail has been carefully thought-out with balanced lines and finishes of the highest quality. Hidden outboard engines enhance the boat’s performance, and the innovative design hides them so you can benefit from a larger and much quieter stern platform. With generous and comfortable deck space and a variety of different interior layout configurations, the boats are also given a unique style and personality.  Born from the passion for the sea, De Antonio Yachts is a brand aimed for demanding boat owners looking for something new and different that exceeds their expectations.  Winning the prestigious 2019 European Powerboat of the Year award in the “over 45 feet” category, De Antonio Yachts are powerful boats capable of up to 46 knots and can be tailored to fit your boating lifestyle almost entirely.  With more than 200 new boat models appearing annually in the motorboat market, the jury of the European Powerboat of the Year awards consists of eight leading European motorboat magazines from Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany, making the awards resemble somewhat of the Oscar’s of Water Sports. 

Fairline New Dealer in Poland

Luxury British boatbuilder, Fairline Yachts, announces the appointment of Patrick Marine as its exclusive dealer for Poland.  Founded in 2008, Patrick Marine is a full-service luxury yacht dealership based in Warsaw, Poland. With an impressive portfolio of premium brands, Fairline joins Sanlorenzo, Frauscher, Bluegame, Axopar and Pirelli Tecnorib on an exclusive basis. Patryk Uznanski, CEO and Founder of Patrick Marine, comments, “The brand is a natural fit with our offering. With an impressive range of boats especially within the 45’-55’ market, Fairline provides an exciting opportunity for us. I am also looking forward to welcoming the highly acclaimed Squadron 68 as this will complement the larger Sanlorenzo offering we have. We look forward to growing Fairline’s presence in Poland.”  Peter McNulty, Chief Operating Officer at Fairline Yachts, adds, “The appointment of Patrick Marine is a real coup for us. With the team’s extensive experience and impressive levels of customer service, alongside the dealership’s current offering, we are confident this will be a successful partnership and look forward to becoming more prominent in this territory.”

Gulf Craft Works in New Normal

Gulf Craft embrace the "new normal", and are looking at advancing its operations while adopting new technology that fits a new strategy amid this pandemic.  Gulf Craft is heading towards the completion of multiple projects such as the Majesty 100, Nomad 95 SUV, Oryx 379 and more. Additionally, and are in negotiations with multiple clients for new projects such as the Majesty 175, Majesty 140 and Majesty 120.

Jarrett Bay Achieves Big at Big Rock

Congratulations to hull 23, Sea Striker for winning second place in the 62nd Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and taking home over $1 million! Pretty work to the crew on hull 11, Bill Collector for bringing a 453.7-pound blue marlin to the scales. An impressive haul, but unfortunately not heavy enough to shake up the leader board. Although not a Jarrett Bay team, we are ecstatic for Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing for winning the Big Rock with a 495.2 pound blue aboard their 35 Contender entered in the Outboard Level.

Johnson Shipyard Update

Taiwanese yacht manufacturer, Johnson Yachts, last year celebrated its 30-year anniversary as a luxury yacht builder, and while 2020 has not panned out the way anyone expected, the shipyard does not intend for its 31st year to be delayed by the Coronavirus.  With a new Johnson 80 ready to be shipped to the United States, two hulls currently under construction, the Johnson 70 and Johnson 115, the Taiwanese shipyard is confidently awaiting the evolution of the world health situation.  Taiwan has had around 441 cases of which only seven deaths (the island counts 23Milion habits). The secret of Taiwan’s success lies in the painful memories of the 2002 outbreak of the SARS; also caused by a type of coronavirus, the disease was a direct predecessor of COVID-19. Taiwan has been able to draw from its experience developing a quicker and more effective response by the government.  “Currently we are trying to maintain our production line, as Taiwan was not influenced so much by Coronavirus. However our main market is the United States, one of the most affected area, that’s why we are facing some troubles in delivery and marketing planing due to cancelled events and other international business and operational restrictions that has been in place during this Pandemics” began Leah Huang, Marketing Director, Johnson Yachts. “Anyway we are taking advantage of the current situation by investing in new improvements, technologies and employee training." The latter has proven a prudent investment for many shipyards, in order to ensure the abilities and facilities are in place as capacity returns to normal.  “In terms of marketing and sales, we keep in touch with our dealers and clients, in order to understand their local situation and satisfy their needs,” Huang added, understanding that the impacts of this virus vary from business to business, but that communication is imperative for clients to feel well looked after. That's why Johnson has started developed virtual tours, especially for new products like their flagship, the Johnson 115. “Virtual tours and webinars are a good way to promote yachts; they are able to catch the attention and generate interest around the product. In addition, due to the current situation, virtual tours look like the only way to show your brand, the work behind each model and to remind people how excellent products are. Yachts are luxury goods and quality workmanship products and nothing will be able to substitute a visit onboard, however after pandemic, we still can use this instrument to attract clients or just to tempt them to make a reservation for a step aboard. I would say virtual yacht tours are an online media method to help offline sales” stated Huang.  Regarding the ways in which Johnson Yachts has adapted its operation to the onset of new regulations as a result of COVID-19, Huang explained that the uniform and health awareness has understandably changed. “This has been achieved by checking employees’ temperature and ensuring everyone wears a face mask while working.” with these adjustments made, the shipyard is working as normal.  At present Johnson Yachts does not have any issues in terms of the build schedule and anticipates a surge in demand within the superyacht industry once the situation worldwide has calmed. “I'm sure that when the COVID-19 situation begins to slow down, people will be more than motivated to go out boating after many months of isolation, therefore, the demand should increase,” Huang commented.

Marlow Covid-19 Update

As the situation surrounding the Coronavirus is evolving daily, Marlow Marine are striving to create a healthy and clean environment to protect our staff and customers. Marlow Marine is closely monitoring Covid-19 and following the applicable suggested CDC Guidelines. We are taking temperatures at the entrance of our gate and requesting masks to be worn by all visitors and staff who enter the property. We have also placed sanitation stations throughout our facility. Additionally Marlow has adopted safe distancing guidelines for personnel and guests. 

Moonen New Management

Moonen Yachts, are pleased to announce a new senior management team at their Dutch based shipyard Moonen Yachts. Today’s announcement, which is effective immediately, is in line with the company’s strategy to grow the company and expand the number of yachts in build.  To strengthen the management and keep pace with the growth in production and the market, Johan Dubbelman is appointed Commercial Director, Nicky van Zon Technical Director and Marianne Hendriks is in charge of the company as Managing Director.  The decision comes at a time, where the company grows on a global scale, and strong strategic leadership will be imperative. With currently two yachts in build and a third one on the drawing board, the yard is growing and has the ability and ambition to expand further. To put emphasis on the growth of the company, it is evident to maximise focus. Therefore, the new team, under guidance of Managing Director Marianne Hendriks, will focus on Sales, Marketing & Business Development by Johan Dubbelman, whilst Nicky van Zon will concentrate on Engineering, Projects and Production. “By putting every individual in their strongest position, the new management will be efficient, and decisive for the future”, comments Director and Shareholder Matthew Baxter. “Our business continues to be challenging and extremely promising. Since our start, Louise and I have invested a lot in building yachts on speculation, we are now starting to see amazing results as we notice a growing demand for semi-custom yachts with a short delivery time. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for Moonen Yachts to have a strong, energetic and integrated management team, and I believe that with this new team, we are well prepared to build on the current foundation and strengthen our unique worldwide position in the superyacht market."

Overmarine Mangusta New Team Member
Overmarine Group keeps growing and strengthens its Sales Department with the appointment of a new Sales Manager, Nicolò Strocco, who will enrich the team with the experience gained in a leading Italian Boat Building Company and over the years spent in the United States, working in the North and Central American markets.  “We are sure Nicolò will bring a major contribution to the ongoing process of strengthening Overmarine Group and the Mangusta brand on the various markets”, says Overmarine Group’s CEO Maurizio Balducci.  Strocco will be working with Francesca Ragnetti at the Viareggio headquarters, supporting from there Overmarine Group’s sales network, with its branch offices in Golfe-Juan, on the Cote d’Azur, and in Miami, USA, in all sales activities involving the entire Mangusta product range.  This includes three lines: the Mangusta Maxi Open yachts, featuring fast and comfortable yachts, a segment in which Overmarine Group is a leader; the Mangusta Oceano stylish, modern long-range ships, characterised by an aft beach club, an infinity pool located forward, and flawlessly balanced interiors and exteriors; and the Mangusta GranSport fast displacement yachts, featuring long-range ships delivering the best performances when cruising in the displacement mode, but also capable of reaching top speeds of 25/30 knots.   The three lines of ships, each one with its own peculiarities, share the same values of excellence, performance, technical quality, and a painstaking care for details, which belong to the Mangusta DNA, and are always focused on the clients and their desires.  The entry level in the Mangusta GranSport line, the Mangusta GranSport 33, will be launched in a few weeks, while the other two models in this line, the 54-metre flagship, and the 45-metre version, will follow shortly.

Pardo Aquires VanDutch

Cantiere del Pardo is proud to announce the acquisition of VanDutch, the prestigious Dutch brand of motorboats renowned for its strong lifestyle message and consolidated positioning overseas.  “This exciting acquisition represents a prestigious achievement for both brands, which together can now create a unique luxury yachting experience and take the market to new levels in terms of lifestyle, design, quality and performance,” says Fabio Planamente, CEO of Cantiere del Pardo.  All VanDutch models will be produced at the Cantiere del Pardo headquarters in Forlì, where production is being stepped up. The acquisition represents an opportunity for unmatched synergy in terms of production capacity and strategic development, which will enhance and strengthen the two brand identities and competitiveness by launching new challenges on the market.  The construction history of the Cantiere del Pardo speaks for itself with almost 50 years of experience in building elegant, high-performance boats that are recognized around the world for their attention to detail, quality materials and the skill of the craftsmen and women who create them.  “The acquisition means that Cantiere del Pardo, alongside VanDutch and Pardo Yachts, assumes a dominant position in the world of luxury boatbuilding,” adds Luigi Servidati, Chairman of Cantiere del Pardo. “The strength of the Dutch brand will be further enhanced by the know-how, experience and Made-in-Italy pedigree of Cantiere del Pardo.”  Work at the Forlì shipyard will begin immediately with the planning and realization of new products: three new models are expected to be launched in 2021.

Riva Consolidates Russia Presence

Riva, the iconic brand in international yachting for over 178 years, has signed a new dealership agreement with Burevestnik Group to handle its operations on the Russian market on an exclusive basis.  Founded in 1993, Burevestnik Group is the largest and most important yacht dealer in Russia. The holding includes more than fifteen companies, specialising primarily in the following fields: exclusive distributor of boats built by leading premium brands, sale of mega and super yachts; maritime transport; customer service; support and logistics. The company also has six ports with very exclusive yachting clubs, strategically located across Russia from Saint Petersburg to Sochi, including offices at Porto Montenegro Marina.  The most prestigious brands in yachting have chosen to work with Burevestnik Group over the years, and now Riva will also benefit from its expertise to boost its presence across Russia while continuing to assure its customers and owners levels of excellence in its vast range of services and support.  “Burevestnik Group is the ideal partner for us to continue to build on the success and prestige that Riva enjoys in the Russian market, where we can count on a consolidated group of owners and fans of our brand” commented Stefano de Vivo, Chief Commercial Officer at Ferretti Group. “This agreement is yet another indicator of the energy and thirst for growth that drives the Group, now that all our production sites are fully operational and the boating season is upon us”.

Riviera Celebrates Twentieth Sports Motor Yacht

The 72 and 68 Sports Motor Yachts, the flagships of the luxurious Riviera collection, have reached a significant milestone in production with the completion of Hull 20 following the new designs being launched in 2018.  Sports Motor Yachts, now cruising some of the world’s most exotic waters, have received accolades from owners and the marine industry by setting the standard that defines 40 years of evolution by Riviera, Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder.  Since their launch, Riviera 72 and 68 SMYs are now cruising the waters of Australia, New Zealand, The Caribbean, Vanuatu, Indonesia, The Mediterranean and Thailand, and further yachts are now being completed for the United States.  Alberlee, the 20th Sports Motor Yacht, is heading to Riviera dealer representative R Marine Perth for delivery to new owner Mike Albert, a Singapore-based director of Apple Inc’s customer care for the Asia Pacific region.  Mike and his wife Annie plan to locate their Riviera 72 SMY in Mike’s hometown of Perth after first cruising and exploring the east coast of Australia with family and friends.  Riviera spent two years developing the 68 and 72 SMY, which included highly experienced Riviera owners from around the world providing valued insight and feed back regarding what they wished for in their ultimate luxury motor yacht.  Their dream was a blue-water yacht that combines impressive speed, considerable sport fishing and other water sports capabilities with the the confidence and safety of high bulwark side decks, a foredeck entertainment centre, fully enclosed flybridge with internal stairs, a covered mezzanine dining area, a crew cabin with day head off the mezzanine and ultra-luxurious interiors.  Riviera has followed the blue-water journeys of several 72 SMY owners who have put the engineering, fuel efficiency, technology and luxury afforded by this outstanding motor yacht to the test crossing seas and oceans. 

Sea Ray Working with Amy

Each Saturdays of June 2020, Sea Ray is doing a virtual morning fitness session with Amy, personal trainer and owner of Amy’s Beach Fitness in Long Beach, Indiana. Amy will be leading a series of body weight workouts live on Facebook that target different body zones each Saturday. Perfect for all skill levels, Amy’s body weight sessions work and tone your muscles while improving flexibility and balance. Follow along at your own pace for a heart-pumping workout from the comfort of your home with no equipment needed.

Sunreef Names Nico Rosberg Brand Ambassador

Sustainability entrepreneur and Formula 1 World Champion Nico Rosberg becomes a Sunreef Yachts Brand Ambassador on World Oceans Day June 8th 2020. The agreement was signed by both parties, with Sunreef Yachts represented by company Founder and President Francis Lapp. The ambassadorship follows Nico Rosberg’s participation in the Sunreef Yachts Eco Virtual Press Conference on Earth Day 2020. Following a long and successful career in racing, crowned with the Formula 1 World Championship title in 2016, Nico Rosberg has been actively involved in various inspiring initiatives in the field of sustainability and e-mobility.

Sunreef Custom for Rafael Nadal Arrives in Mallorca

Launched last month at the Sunreef Yachts shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, the 80 Sunreef Power catamaran was officially handed over to her owner Rafael Nadal in his hometown in Mallorca, in the first week of June. One of the world's top tennis players, Rafael Nadal, readily shares his passion for yachting, a love of which he has had since childhood. Before commissioning the 80 Sunreef Power, Rafael Nadal and his family spent their holidays chartering a Sunreef Yachts’ sailing catamaran. This is an unforgettable event for Sunreef shipyard to hand over the yacht to such an amazing person and athlete as Rafael Nadal. The team in Gdańsk made every effort to create the yacht Rafa and his wife Maria dreamed of.

Sunreef Lounge Reopens

Sunreef exclusive lounge in Porto Montenegro officially reopens in July after an extended break. Once again, the Sunreef Yachts Lounge will treat guests to a unique lifestyle experience in the amazing setting of the Porto Montenegro Marina. Pairing comfort and style, the lounge is the perfect spot to socialize over a morning espresso or an evening cocktail from the lounge’s refined menu. The Sunreef Yachts Lounge also offers the best in yacht management and sale. Halfway between a showroom and upscale bar it mixes business and pleasure in perfect proportions.

Viking at Mississipi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Born2Run, a Viking 72, released a record 10 blue marlin to claim Top Release honors. Owner Dana Foster was on the rod for eight of those releases, while Robert Bonifay and Doug Franklin added one apiece. Dana said, "Normally four or five releases will win it but we just kept plugging away."  Chris Ferrara's Viking 76 Reel Fire was 2nd Place in the release standings with eight blues. Reel Fire angler Nathan Neames weighed a 163.6-pound tuna good for 3rd Place. Breathe Easy, Matt McDonald's Viking 72, released seven blues to take 3rd Place in that category. Angler Chris Deroche on Gray Mako, a Viking 45, topped the tuna field with a 166.2-pound yellowfin.  The 57-boat fleet set a new Gulf of Mexico record with an incredible 101 billfish released during just two and a half days of fishing. "It was an epic showcase of big-game fishing," said Tournament Director Bobby Carter.

Viking at Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Fleur de Lis, a Viking 72 with captain Scooter Porto at the helm, took the top team in the release division at the recent Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. Michael Freeman released two blues while Toby Broussard and Berry Nagin each released one for the win. They also claimed 2nd Place Crew.  Ritchie Prince, fishing on the Viking 48 Can't Deny It, weighed the 2nd Place Wahoo at 51.7 pounds. The Viking 48 Pearl, the last boat to weigh in, made the leaderboard with the 3rd Place Dolphin.

Viking at Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Fished simultaneously with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, the Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic saw It Just Takes Time's Nick Pratt on the top of the leaderboard again. His 570.2-pound, 112" blue topped the Heaviest Blue Marlin category for a second time in the same weekend. Reel Fire, a Viking 76, claimed 2nd Place in the tuna category with a 163.6-pound fish.

Viking at 62nd Big Rock 

The 62md Annual Big Rock Blue Marline Tournament was nothing short of incredible. A week of excitement, competition and camaraderie surrounded the 2020 event. Amongst the fleet of 205 boats, Don Mills' Viking 72 Sea I Sea released four blue marlin to claim the 2nd spot in the release category. The tournament racked up a total of 185 releases translating to a 93% release rate.

Wajer Approved in High Demand

Wajer Approved fleet is in high demand. Seeing the current outlook on summer plans, many people are looking to own their own boat. And as Wajer Approved models are available immediately, the Dutch boat builder was able to deliver four beautiful Approved models to their new proud owners in the last few weeks. Ready to go and enjoy a splendid summer on their Wajer. The good news is, that Wajer has managed to obtain a stunning pre-owned Wajer 38 and an eye-catching Wajer 38 S.

Yachting Developments 3D Printer Developing Impressive Results

One of Yachting Developments key selling points is its in-house capabilities and versatile offering across a broad number of fields including marine, architectural, residential and movie set work. The yard’s specialist composite team is complemented by its other dedicated divisions including the upholstery team and, most recently, the in-house 3D printing department.  3D printing represents an advanced construction method that has allowed the Yachting Developments team to blend traditional skills with modern, cutting-edge technology, while also delivering time and cost saving benefits across the build process. With versatile application options, Yachting Developments has been able to use its 3D printing technologies on a wide range of projects. “Over the past three years we have developed and invested in our printing and moulding capabilities, including our advanced 3D printing set up,” says Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments. “To date we have made use of this 3D printing technology on architectural and movie set projects and are excited to now be putting it to use in the marine field as well.” The Yachting Developments 3D printing division was recently put to work in a marine setting when creating the tooling for the all-new AC9F model, the proposed boat for the upcoming Youth America’s Cup that is due to be hosted in Auckland as part of the 36th America’s Cup. “The creation of the first boat and its appendages has been a good blend of traditional boat building and leading edge printing and moulding,” says Cook. “The use of 3D printing allowed the prototype to be built without the need for plugs, which helped to speed up the build time and improved cost and accuracy for the short production run.” The first AC9F model – christened Kõtare [meaning kingfisher in Maori] – was completed by Yachting Developments in March 2020, with initial sea trials currently underway. First performance reports are showing impressive results, and a full report on sea trials of Kõtare will be released in the coming weeks. With the AC9F demonstrating the possibilities of 3D printing technology in yacht construction, its use on future marine projects is an exciting option for Yachting Developments and its clients.

Yachting Developments Sea Trials Youth Americas Cup Boat

A much anticipated aspect of the 36th America’s Cup, set to be held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2021, is the Youth America’s Cup which already has more than 15 teams from around the world confirmed to take part. The event will be raced on a new carbon foiling mono-hull – the AC9F – designed by the Yachting Developments design team led by Bob Graham. A fleet of AC9F models is set to be built at the Yachting Developments yard, which will allow for simultaneous match racing between participating teams.  This first AC9F model was completed by Yachting Developments in March 2020 and christened Kōtare, meaning ‘Kingfisher’ in Maori. Sea trials on Kōtare were delayed due to New Zealand’s nationwide lockdown, but initial tow testing of the first model has taken place and all involved were delighted with how this prototype AC9F performed in its first tests, with its performance hinting at how thrilling the Youth America’s Cup is set to be.

June 29, 2020

Project: Sealine S430

Sealine present the project for a new S430 model.  The Sealine S430 is all about enjoying the outside, with a spacious cockpit deck offering among the most space in its size category.  The deck dinette is available in two versions, with the standard being a U-shaped resting to port side and passageway to starboard, and optional layout offering two L-shaped dinette and a central passageway.  Forward of the dinette are two double settees looking forward one of which is for the helm station to starboard.  Below the Sealine offer options in a traditional lower deck layout with two cabins sleeping five; forward owners cabin, single shower head, three berth guest midships cabin, and a dinette and L-shaped galley in between the cabins.  But Sealine also offers alternative layouts, five in total for the midships cabin which go from having an en-suite shower head, to a walk-in wardrobe, or a washing room all replacing the third berth.  Another option will also be available for the forward owner cabin, with a choice to have a scissor movement and splitting the berth to two cabins.  The Sealine S430 will be standard powered by twin Volvo 340hp engines with IPS pod drives, which will give top speeds up to 28 knots.  Optional engines of twin Volvo 380hp or 440hp are available with the large option giving max speeds up to 34 knots.

June 28, 2020

Sunseeker Yacht Fire in Bahamas

A twenty mere Sunseeker titled m/y Vanish was destroyed on the morning of 27 June at Valentines Marina, Harbor Island, Bahamas.  The yacht owner and his four relatives plus a captain where all onboard and jumped for safety in the water when the fire started.  The fire is reported to have initiated from the galley, and this could have had far worse consequences being the yacht moored in close proximity to the fuel station.  The Sunseeker yacht was destroyed and sank couple hours later, and damaged about thirty meters of the dock including some service pedestals of the Valentines Marina, with some services interrupted and to be restarted back on first July.
M/y Vanish was the latest version of Sunseeker Manhattan 66 model which was produced from 2016 up to 2019, and replaced in 2020 by the 68 model.  The Sunseeker Manhattan 66 offers a four double cabins lower deck layout, with a two berth crew cabin aft.  Power for the Manhattan 66 is by twin engines from Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod propulsion, or Man 1200hp with shafts.

June 27, 2020

Cranchi Sinks in Lipari

A fourteen meter Cranchi sport cruiser with eight passengers onboard hit a reef in Lipari, on Saturday 27 June at around 1220 local time.  The eight passengers where rescued immediately by the Coast Guard, while the Cranchi sport cruiser was saved from total sinking by a local company, who then took it to the Lipari harbour for salvaging.  The passengers where taken back to the sister island of Salina from which they departed.  The Cranchi hit the reef called Secca del Bagno, which translates to Bathers Reef located on the Western part of the island.
The Cranchi in the accident was a 47 Mediterranee model, a two cabins sport cruiser designed in-house by Aldo Cranchi and produced from 2004 up till 2010.  The 47 Mediterranee was also available in a HT hard top version, and was powered by standard twin Volvo 500hp or optional 575hp engines.

New Model: Riva 88 Folgore

Splendid and dazzling as its name implies, Riva 88 Folgore immediately won the hearts and minds of those who saw it cut through the waves.  The most eagerly awaited vessel by Riva enthusiasts was launched on Monday, 25th May in La Spezia, where the production facility dedicated to the 76-to-110-foot models is based.  It is the first launch of a new Riva model at the time of Covid-19 and celebrates the non-stop activity of all shipyards, confirming Ferretti Group in its role as a tenacious and solid builder of dreams and emotions.  Riva 88 Folgore, the project of which was presented in January, perfectly complied with the deadline set for the construction time.  The new exterior design philosophy displays lines and elements inspired by the automotive world, combining luxury and sportiness.   In a happy balance between past and present, it combines the use of innovative materials like carbon with traditional stylistic elements such as mahogany inlays and steel decorations.  In the perspective of a design proposal that combines aesthetics and functionality, Riva 88 Folgore offers the owner a completely redesigned stern concept, with the garage door that swings open and can be positioned in two ways: parallel to the waterline, to become a beach club, and immersed, to allow the launch and landing of the tender. The cockpit, on the other hand, is a large space of 22 squared meters that features a huge sofa area with table and also a bar unit with electrically opening marble top.  Another interesting element of style is the glass hardtop located on the superstructure, which opens up and can be tilted toward both the stern and bow, to let in fresh air during navigation or when at anchor.  The interiors have also been extensively renewed in style, created using precious materials such as wood, steel, marble and glass. They feature a number of particulars, including the option of three different layouts for the master cabin.  The sleeping area is completed by a VIP cabin at the bow and two double cabins, each with its own bathroom.  The area reserved to the galley remains separate, with a dedicated entrance to guarantee maximum service privacy.  Like all the Riva masterpieces of recent history, the 88 Folgore is the result of the collaboration between Officina Italiana Design, the studio founded by Mauro Micheli along with Sergio Beretta, the Product Strategy Committee headed by engineer Piero Ferrari, and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.92 m (88.4ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Waterline Length - 22.12 m
Beam - 6.31 m
Draft - 1.97 m
Displacement - 70000 kg unloaded, 82000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 8000 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, three/four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x 16V2000 M96 2435hp. M96L 2638hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 36 knots max 30 knots cruise MTU 2435hp, 38 knots max 32 knots cruise MTU 2638hp
Project - Officina Italian Design of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta

June 25, 2020

Two Injured Four Boats Destroyed in Gozo Marina Yacht Fire

A fire which broke out at 0400 in the morning of Thursday, 25 June, at the Mgarr Marina on the Island of Gozo, left two man injured one grievously and another in serious condition, and totaled four boats; three sailing boats and a fourteen meter size flybridge motor cruiser.  The fire is believed to have originated from the flybridge motor cruiser.
The flybridge motor cruiser of the fire was a Princess 45, a model build from 1982 up until 1991 sold in over four hundred units.  At launch the 45 was Britain's largest production boat and for three years up until 1985 was also Princess flagship model, over taken by the 55 at the end of 1985.  Designed by Bernard Olesinski the Princess 45 offered a three cabins interior layout, and a hull shape with a modified medium Vee which closed at fifteen degrees deadrise aft.  The model was powered by twin Volvo 306hp, optional 380hp, and or Cat 380hp. Early models had a two pole central mast style radar arch, which was improved to an integrated design in 1986. 

Improve-it = Rio Parana 38

For 2020 Rio starts the year with an update to one of its strongest models, the Parana 38.  The Marino Alfani designed Rio Parana 38 while keeping the same hull lines, gets a full update to its windscreen and hardtop, and a new stern design.  The hard top now is a fully integrated and extended design and follows similar line to those of the larger 44 and 56 models.  For the rest the new 2020 version of the Parana 38 keeps the great features of the first model, with two options for the midships cabin, standard in three berths or a master stateroom bed looking to aft layout.  Another great feature of the Rio Parana 38 is its 9.98 registry length to a thirteen meter plus overall length.  The Rio Parana 38 is standard powered by twin Volvo 300hp with stern drive propulsion.

June 23, 2020

Project: Fiart 52 Open

Fiart return to its roots and presents the 52 Open, a new version for the 52 which launched in 2017 as a fully enclosed with patio door coupe hard top model.  The main difference of the 52 Open will be that this will be a no hard top model, but Fiart also redesigned the cockpit with the double dinette; one inside and other outside, replaced by a large dinette and a chaise lounge to port side of the helm station.   For the below the 52 Open brings the features of the standard model as the three double cabins interior, with full beam midships owners stateroom.  The Fiart 52 is powered by twin Volvo 600hp with forward IPS pod drives.

June 22, 2020

Sea Ray Boat Fire on Tennessee River

A seven meter Sea Ray sport cruiser with two persons onboard went on fire in the Tennessee River, near Downtown Knoxville at about 15:30 hours of Sunday 21 June.  Knoxville Fire Department responded to the fire, saving the two persons onboard first, and then towing the boat to safety.  There were no injuries from the fire, and the causes of the blaze are under investigation.  The Sea Ray sport cruiser became a total wrecked loss from the fire as it fully burned down.
The Sea Ray boat in this fire looks to be a 230 Weekender model, as produced from 1985 up to 1988.  The Sea Ray 230 Weekender came out as a replacement to the 225 Express Cruiser, and was replaced by the 240 Sundancer in 1989.

June 21, 2020

Maiora New Web Site

Maiora from Italy updates its World wide web showroom to a new platform.  Located in what is known as the global Yacht building capital, in Viareggio Italy, Maiora was founded in 1971 a  model line name Intercantieri of Viareggio gives to its motor cruisers and yachts from eleven to 25 meters.  In 1988, Fipa which was founded in 1980 by still today owner Franceso Guidetti, acquired Intercantieri and the Maiora name.  Guildetti entered the boating business in 1970 building fibreglass hulls and parts for third parties.  Today Gruppo Fipa apart Maiora consists of three other brands; AB Yachts, CBI Navi, and Intermare, this last being a metal carpentry division.  All the Fipa brands are located in Italy, Tuscany in or close to Viareggio. Maiora had a lot of success in the nineties and early two thousand with the clean and modern design done in cooperating with Roberto del Re proving to be very successful, especially with the 1992 launched 20 model which was produced for over two decades and delivered in over eighty units with very minor changes. Today the Maiora range consists of eight models from a new upcoming 20 S model to a 46 Royale flagship, styled by Gruppo Fipa design department with Quartostile giving design consultations.  Quartostile took collaborative design duties with Maiora in 2016, taking over from Roberto del Re who assisted from the founding in 1971 up till 2015. The Maiora new web site is available in English and Italian language and takes you around with the following buttons; Company, Custom Concept, Yachts, Services, and Contacts.
Production History;
45 1975-78  Roberto del Re design/Intercantieri ownership
38 1875-78
53 1976-83
40 1979-83
50 1977-81
60 1980-85
53 S 1982-84 *53 project
Offshore 55 1986-89
57 1986-90
70 1986-90 *65 project 
85 1986-91
22 1991-92  Fipa ownership
23 1993-94
20 1993- (80) *includes S version
25 DP 1996-98 (2)
25 1997 (1)
31 DP 1998-2014 (18)
26 1998-2006 (11)
20 S 2000-15
24 2000-06 (6)
26 2001-12 (11)
28 DP 2001 (1)
29 DP 2001-06 (6)
24 S 2003-15 (12)
27 2004-14 (15)
43 2005 (1)
38 DP 2005-08
33 DP 2006-09 (5)
32 DP 2008 (1)
35 DP 2009-10
27 S 2010-13 (3)
29 Convertible 2012 (1) 
29 2012-16 (5)
33 FB 2016 (1)
36 FB 2017-
30 WA 2020- (4  Next Group ownership
35 Exuma 2020- (5
30 Convertible 2021-

June 20, 2020

Ten People Rescued from Sinking Sport Cruiser in Traverse Bay

Ten people where rescued from a nine meter Maxum sports cruiser which started sinking in North Michigan Grand Traverse Bay just before 14:30 hours of Friday nineteen June. The US Coast Guard turned to the scene with a helicopter and a rescue boat, with a Coast Guard man jumping to the water from the helicopter and helping the shocked boaters swim to a near good boater in a larger sport cruiser assisting and transporting the ten distressed crew before the Maxum cruiser sank in 76 meters of water.  The cause of the sinking is not reported, with the sank sport cruiser recovered by a hobby diver Dusty Kilfman in the first week of September.
The Maxum sport cruiser in this sinking is a 2800 SCR as produced from 1997 to 2000.  The 2800 SCR, replaced the bit larger and wider 2700 SCR, and was renamed as the 2900 SCR and then 2900 SE with minor cosmetic changes involving the radar arch, produced a total in all three versions for nine years.
The saving sport cruiser is a Cruisers 4270 Esprit as produced from 1997 to 2003.  The 4270 Esprit/Express came out as a flagship of Cruiser's Esprit sport cruiser line and as a replacement to the different 4285 Express Bridge, replaced in 2003 by the 440 Express.

Sport Cruiser Damaged in Malta Summer Storm

A cuddy cabin sport cruiser finished on the rocks in Malta in the North Western coast of the island an area called Bahar ic-Caghaq, snapping its swing mooring after strong North East winds reached the Mediterranean island on the early morning of twentieth June.   Swing mooring are popular in Malta during the Summer months, and all are made in protected bays, which are usually exposed to one or two winds which are not so frequent in Summer.  The particular area where this cuddy cruiser was located, is exposed to the North East winds which are not so frequent in Summer.
The above cuddy sport cruiser is a single engine with stern drive propulsion Bayliner with a size lenght of around six meters. 

June 19, 2020

Project: Horizon CC98

A loyal Horizon yacht owner has ordered his latest dream yacht, a special build from the Taiwan yacht builder Custom Collection, a CC98. This is fourth Horizon vessel for the experienced Australian owner, who requested specific and somewhat challenging details drawn from the best aspects of his previous vessels, including accommodations for a helicopter as well as a submarine.  An adventurous yachtsman who enjoys cruising to remote locations, the owner, having previously owned a CC80, an E84 and an E88, requested that his new yacht feature an exterior style similar to the Horizon E Series yachts. He also liked the interior space and natural light afforded by the FD Series and approached the yard with a request for a combination of both. Thus, this new CC98 will boast a unique exterior profile, with expansive windows and a spacious interior with seven meters beam.  To accommodate a touch-and-go helipad, the entire superstructure of this new vessel will be constructed of carbon fiber composite, which not only guarantees strength and structural integrity for the helipad but also considers hull performance and efficiency by significantly reducing the weight of the upper decks.  To accommodate either a submarine or a large inflatable up to seven meters of size on the deck, the enclosed sky lounge will be positioned forward an additional two meters. 4 tons and 1.5 ton lifting cranes will be incorporated to manage the launch and retrieval of such large pieces of equipment. This yacht also features a telescoping mast and radar arch to navigate the low bridges in Australia.  Within the spacious interior, guests will be accommodated in five staterooms including a full-beam, on-deck master suite. A large galley area is positioned aft on the main deck to facilitate dining either on the aft deck or at the interior dining table. Relaxation and entertaining areas are found throughout and the fore-deck has been designed to accommodate a jacuzzi and large sun-pad.  Great consideration was given to the engine selection so as to accommodate long-range and efficient cruising. With this in mind, commercial-grade MTU engines have been chosen. The ZF trailing gearboxes are designed for full redundancy and to enable the ability to run on one motor, which reduces fuel burn and engine hours. Lithium-ion battery packs will also be installed to offset the house functions such as air conditioning and general electricity. The fuel capacity has also substantially increased to 24600 liters.  Currently under construction and on schedule to deliver to her owner in early 2021, the new Horizon CC98 will easily provide the owner the opportunity to travel to the world’s most remote locations with his family, friends and favorite toys. This fourth Horizon is a dream super yacht for an owner who appreciates the exceptional quality, proven functionality, and opportunities for customization and innovation that Horizon offers with its Custom Collection platform.

June 17, 2020

Howard Arneson 1921 - 2020

Howard Arneson has passed away at the age of 99, on June 16 at 2200 hours. His today world famous Arneson surface drives were first developed in offshore racing in 1980. The system allows the propeller to run partially above the the water line which in turn creates less drag.  Unlike previous invented surface drives the Arneson Surface Drive could also steer and trim, with previous similar inventions being fixed units and with rudders. After first testing the drives on an 18 Arena Craft, Arneson purchased a 38 wooden Cougar Cat to prove their worth.  Arneson driven by Tony Garcia, won nine races and two World Championships.  The system was also used on fast sport cruisers and yachts, with the first builders to commercial use the system being Italian builder Baia and American Magnum.  In 1992 Twin Disc acquired the rights to distribute and manufacture the Arneson Surface Drvies.  Arneson held eighteen patents for his various inventions, his most commercially successful was the Arneson Pool Sweep.  Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer promoted the product in the 1970’s.  Arneson was born May 25 1921 in Benicia, California, he died June 16 2020 in San Rafael, California.  Howard Arneson died of natural causes.

New Model: Hunt Ocean 63

Hunt present the new Ocean 63 a traditional inspired flybridge motor yacht offering speed and performance in many sea conditions, thanks to a tried and tested deep Vee hull.  The Hunt Ocean 63 comes with choices from the interior available in wood selections of cherry, teak or mahogany, to a number of versatile layouts with galley up or down, three or four cabins plus a crew cabin. The Hunt Ocean 63 is a warm extension of home that welcomes friends and family aboard allowing owners to experience a build process only seen at super yacht level.  The Hunt Ocean 63 is build to American Bureau of Shipping certification standards, and shares the same hull design and handling characteristics of military and North American pilot sister ships. The 20 degree transom dead rise on the deep-V hull form has been patented, popularized, and perfected by C. Raymond Hunt Design studio for ocean performance, sea kindliness and comfort.  Powered by twin Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod drives as propulsion the Hunt Ocean 53 reaches top speed up to 31 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.18 m (69.6ft)
Waterline Length - 17.44 m
Beam - 5.48 m
Draft - 1.27 m
Displacement - 35380 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 3785 l
Water Capacity - 1135 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, or four berths in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion Volvo forward looking IPS1350 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 31 knots max 28 knots cruise
Hull Shape - deep Vee with twenty degrees dead rise aft
Project - C. Raymond Hunt and Associates
Certification - ABS

June 15, 2020

Project: Maritimo M55

Maritimo present the project for the M55, a fine balance of power and play that fuses the latest advancements in nautical technology and design with the iconic features of the M-Series models of the past. Australian built, it's sharpened exterior design, extensive entertainment areas, and high performance reset the international standard for long-range cruising motor yachts. Inspired by the lessons learned to create a class-leading, enduring line of blue water motor yachts for tough Australian conditions, Maritimo's experienced team of maritime designers and skilled craftspeople have developed a fresh take on how a flybridge motor yacht should perform and feel. As soon as you step aboard the new M55 you will appreciate the Maritimo difference for a space easily accommodating in style, safety and comfort. A fully enclosed climate-controlled flybridge sky lounge with internal staircase access provides the essential comfort needed for long-range cruising and passage making.  Re-imagined adventure deck and lower cockpit space with optional fully lined three meter space tender garage  and large alfresco upper cockpit provide considered and versatile living spaces. Large walk-around decks and minimal steps provide safe and easy access for the whole family. The M55 sky lounge has truly maximized the motor yachts beam and space. In addition to Maritimo's renowned climate-controlled fully enclosed flybridge and internal staircase, enjoy two dedicated flybridge lounging areas and a large aft flybridge deck with a full hardtop and optional roll-down clears. Maritimo’s aft galley seamlessly connects the upper cockpit deck and the enormous saloon lounging area. Injecting light and air to the saloon and flybridge is the option of Maritimo’s unique two-stage vista sliding windows which transform the areas into an indoor outdoor escape. Below deck free-flowing spaces utilize the hull’s volume, maximizing height and minimizing the number of steps. Three spacious staterooms and two ensuites are on offer, with full-beam king master stateroom, offset queen forward stateroom, and twin single starboard guestroom.   The Maritimo M55 will be standard powered by twin Volvo 670hp with line shaft propulsion.  No speed data has yet been given.

June 14, 2020

Sport Cruiser Fire and Sinking in Gozo

An eight meter long Sport Cruiser took fire and sank in Qala, North East part of the Gozo island, second in size and sister island of Malta, in the center of the Mediterranean on 14 June at arounf 1400 hours.  Two persons where aboard the sport cruiser and after jumping into the sea, where rescued by a neighboring boat.
The sport cruiser in the fire looks to be of Maltese origin, possible a Hi-Tec Marine 276 model build in the late nineties.

June 13, 2020

New Model: Princess X95

Princess are thrilled to share the first ever X95 images, on her latest sea trial which took place in Plymouth, England this week. As the eagerly anticipated slot hull one of the new X95 nears completion in the Plymouth based manufacturing facility, you can see what sets this innovative new yacht apart from the  pack. Characterized by beautifully sculpted surfaces, with long flowing lines that extend from bow to stern, the X95 defines a striking design language for a new concept of boat while maintaining classic Princess design cues.  The X95 is the first model in the new X Class . Both the flybridge and main deck interior space cover almost the full length of the yacht, creating the a super flybridge as the X Class’s defining characteristic. This new layout provides 10% more outdoor space and 40% more indoor space than a similar sized traditional super yacht. Creating this class-defining yacht from Princess’s design brief was the work of their long standing naval architect, Olesinski, in partnership with legendary Italian design house Pininfarina.  In addition to the X95’s innovative architecture, Princess has made significant steps forward in hull design and the X95 is equipped with an all-new wave piercing bow that extends the waterline forward and provides a fine, high deadrise entry. The hull delivers a 15% improvement in efficiency when compared to a traditional hull design.  On board, the standard guest accommodation for up to eight can be found on the lower deck, comprising a full-beam master stateroom amidships, two twin guest cabins and a double VIP suite forward. However, the first X95 incorporates a five-cabin arrangement with a full beam main deck master suite, plus a non-standard lower deck layout including aft VIP stateroom with adjoining gym room, complete with treadmill and TRX training area.  Other non-standard features on this X95 include the custom exterior paint scheme in Princess midnight blue and inside, a custom saloon layout including family style dining table. She also hosts a drop down projector unit with large canvas cinema screen on the aft flybridge. There is also a bespoke crew accommodation layout to house up to five crew members on board, demonstrating just how flexible the X95 layout really is.  The Princess X95 is powered by twin Man 1900hp engines which give her a maximum speed up to 23 knots. The X95 is yet another innovative new concept for Princess Yachts. The X Class creates an entirely new segment, and while representing a significant step in the Princess new product program, she is absolutely the epitome of British craftsmanship . Princess Yachts are immensely proud of this striking new addition to the range, as she boldly re-writes the rules of yacht design.
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.1 m (95.6ft)
Beam - 6.77 m
Draft - 2.01 m
Displacement - 104 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 13400 l
Water Capacity - 1800 l
Accommodation - ten berths in five cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, three crew in two cabins, or five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 23 knots max
Project - Olesinski hull lines, Pininfarina Concept

June 11, 2020

Project: Galeon 410 HTC

Galeon present the project for an upcoming 410 HTC based on the hull of the successful 400 FLY with a sport cruiser silhouette matched by a quality interior. Designed by long standing Galeon designer Tony Castro this hardtop sport cruier offers a large glass sunroof over the helm station. The sizable tarpaulin roof, 410 HTC’s new prominent feature, cover the cockpit from the sunlight during the voyage and opens with a touch of a button.  The fore-deck offers a sun lounge response for the abundance of space for leisure and activities. A clever integrated wet bar area on platform ensures many amazing moments with family and friends. The incredible and everyone’s favorite feature, the “beach mode” takes advantage of the added deck space for entertaining and relaxation.  The main deck has a full featured galley with plenty of space for dining, rotating aft sofa and comfortable salon with a large three segment entrance door to the expansive cockpit. Down below both the owner and guest cabins contain double beds and assure total privacy. Two bathrooms are complete with a sink, shower, and toilet. A selection of a variety of interior finishes and additional equipment are featured to customize the Galeon 410 HTC to one's tastes. A 2020 premiere, the 410 HTC brings a breath of fresh air to the hardtop sport cruiser category.  The Galeon 410 HTC will be standard powered with twin Volvo 225hp with stern drive propulsion, and options going up to twin 440hp.

June 10, 2020

Sportfish Yacht Damages Bow in Big Rock 2020

A sixty foot sportfish yacht M/Y Floridian stuffed its bow in following rough seas in the inlet to Morehead City while returning from its fishing run during the Big Rock 2020 tournament on 10 June.  The Atlantic ocean in Morehead City, in North Carolina was pretty rough at the time of the incident with seas having wave height up to three meters and it going against the tide.  The result was a full bow stuffing which resulted in a visible and structural damage, and a short power loss to the sportfish yacht, which thankfully was resumed some seconds later.
The Big Rock is a pretty popular tournament and for its 2020 edition had 146 boats compete in ten days of events and sport fishing from June 5 to the fourteenth.  The main sponsor for the 2020 edition was custom Carolina boat builder Jarrett Bay, with another custom builder Spencer sponsoring the Sunday prize day.  The 2020 edition had a lot of attention, with basket ball legend Michael Jordan competing on his Viking 80 Convertible M/Y Catch 23.
The stuffed sportfish yacht is a Sportsman Custom Carolina 60 build in the cold moulded method in 1990 and powered by twin Man 1100hp with line shaft propulsion, which allow her to reach top end speed of 38 knots.  This Sportsman Custom Carolina 60 has a three cabin with two heads interior and was mainly fitted as a sportfish charter yacht. 

June 9, 2020

New Model: Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht

The newest addition to Riviera’s Sports Motor Yacht collection, the 64, has just been launched.  Work on the final fit-out is now nearly completed by the skilled team at Riviera, as two years of planning, precision design and engineering by the company’s specialist team nears completion.  The Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht is powered by twin Man 1550hp delivering a top speed of more than 30 knots.  Behind her elegant lines is a luxury motor yacht that optimizes onboard space with amenity and functionality.  The 64 Sports Motor Yacht will give boating enthusiasts, particularly blue-water cruising families, the long-term livability and luxury they desire in a 64-foot model. She will also boast equally high levels of sophistication and innovation as her larger 68 and 72 sister models which are now cruising the Mediterranean, Andaman Sea, Bay of Bengal, the Malacca Strait, Java Sea, the Caribbean, the Pacific and New Zealand and Australian waters.  Versatility and practicality are evident from the moment you step aboard the Riviera 64 Sport Motor Yacht, her wide-open cockpit can be optioned for a range of different water sports.  The cockpit leads up to the mezzanine level where to port is an L-shaped day lounge and Al fresco dining will be enjoyed in the L-shaped lounge area to starboard, which includes a drop-leaf teak table.  The mezzanine can be enclosed with optional clears and serviced by air-conditioning ducts for maximum comfort in all-weather conditions considerably extending the living area and creating another room.  The outdoor dinette is the perfect entree for the aft C-shaped galley, which is immediately to starboard inside the 64’s saloon.  Plush seating is provided on the port side of the saloon, with the lounge also storing three director’s chairs to accompany the seating at the starboard-side dinette or for use in the mezzanine dining area.  A side door gives clever and convenient access to the port side deck and fore-deck from the saloon.  The accommodation deck features four staterooms and three bathrooms. The VIP stateroom forward enjoys views from large hull side windows. The VIP en-suite bathroom is located to aft to starboard.  Additional guest accommodation is provided to port with a clever twin single berth cabin that at the press of a button, the inboard berth moves sideways to create a restful double. This cabin also has en-suite access to the port-side day head bathroom. To starboard is a further guest cabin with two adult sized Pullman beds.  A wide companionway leads aft to the Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht’s full-beam master stateroom, which is bathed in light from large hull side windows and features a central king-sized bed. An opulent chaise lounge drinks in views from the port-side window. There is extensive storage areas in this cabin, a highlight being the twin-door robe.  The separate master en-suite is akin to a luxury apartment bathroom, with a double vanity and spacious shower.  From the master en-suite a convenient laundry with separate washer and dryer, offer the ultimate in space utilization for those who like to remain self-sufficient when cruising long term. Owners can alternatively specify a utility room, among other options. An aft bulkhead door in this room provides internal access to the meticulously laid out engine room.  In true Riviera Sports Motor Yacht style, the 64’s fully enclosed bridge will pamper guests like a first-class lounge. It’s the perfect spot to watch the world and the nautical miles go by.  The rear bulkhead opens out to bring the outdoors inside. There’s an additional dinette and wet bar on the rear deck, plus the option of siderail-mounted joysticks. Revealing the vessel’s blue-water pedigree, a molding at the rear of the bridge can house a life raft and safety cell.  Form and functionality combine seamlessly in the superb helm station, which has twin leather seats and central helm. There is a commanding view over the 64’s foredeck, with its versatile, innovative and easily accessed socializing area comprising a C-shaped lounge area and generous floor space. A 3.6-metre tender can then reside in this space when underway, launched by a low-profile davit. This fore-deck design has been exceptionally popular on the larger Sports Motor Yachts. From a practical viewpoint, it also provides a convenient location for storage of fenders, ropes and a home for the pressure cleaner.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.23 m (69.8ft)
Hull Length - 19.4 m
Beam - 5.80 m
Draft - 1.68 m
Displacement - 42980 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 6500 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Man V8 1300hp, V12 1550hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 30 knots max

June 8, 2020

Yacht Cargo Ship Almost Capsizes in Palma

A yacht cargo ship m/v Super Servant 4 with five super yachts and some smaller yachts almost capsized in Palma,  Mallorca on Monday 8 June morning.  An electrical fault caused Super Servant 4 to list heavily to starboard.  The fast intervention from the Mallorca Port Authority, which used mooring and tug boats helped Super Servant 4 not to capsize. Thankfully the ship managed to restore its electrical system and operate its bilge pumps, to control the situation.  No pollution has occurred and no person was injured.  Damage on the super yachts is still being evaluated.    
Super yacht transport vessels like Super Servant 4, which are large movable floating docks able to carry a dozen or so of very large yachts, are very popular especially to move super yachts in between the important yachting seasons of the Mediterranean which starts in Spring around May, and to that of the Caribbean which starts in mid Autumn just after the hurricane season ends.
Of the yachts onboard I managed to spot M/Y Were Dreams an Amels 52m launched in 2008, M/Y Amor Azur a Palmer Johnson 45.5 m build in 1994, M/Y Celestial a De Beers 41.76m from 1963, a Sanlorenzo SL118, and a Wajer 55 S.

June 7, 2020

Web: Fountain New Web Site

Fountain Powerboats presents its new World wide web showroom. Founded in 1978 by Reggie Fountain in North Carolina over the years it became among the most sought names for ultra fast performing mono hulls. Fountain has rewritten many records there is to do in mono hull class, winning the Endurance Powerboat P1 Evolution championship for the 2007 and 2008 season, a unique feat since this highly competitive class championship started in 2003. Fountain boats and Reggie Fountain also has broken for nine times the fastest mono Vee shaped bottom speed records. After a turbulent ownership change from 2011 with Liberty Associates, then in 2016 to Custom Marine Group, and now since 2018 is owned by Iconic Marine Group. Today Fountain produces ten models in three ranges: NX Series, Bluewater Series, and Performance Series. The smallest offer is the twin outboard powered 34 from the Bluewater Series, and the flagship is the 47 Lightning. The Fountain website takes you around with the following buttons; Models, Request, About, and Dealers.  Fountain is also on social media with link at the bottom of page taking you to its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube pages.

June 5, 2020

Project: Sanlorenzo SX112

Sanlorenzo continues to present novelties and here the renowned semi-custom and custom yacht and super yacht builder present the project for the SX112.  With 34 meters of length, the SX112 is the flagship of the SX crossover line which launched in 2017 with the 88, and proposes a new way of living on the sea: with barriers on board being eliminated, and the yacht opening to the outside, in a close relationship with the marine context.  The project design has again been assigned to the creativity of Bernardo Zuccon of Studio Zuccon International Project, for the external lines, and Piero Lissoni, art director of the company since 2018, for the interiors.  The focal point of the project is the new stern zone which undoubtedly represents the yacht’s most iconic area. Conceived as a spacious internal beach area, it is directly connected to the outside, allowing the yachtsman to enjoy these spaces in a novel way.  The Sanlorenzo SX112 is to be powered by quadruple Volvo 1000hp with forward looking IPS pod drives with top speeds estimated up to 22 knots. Hull one of the SX112 is nearly completed and should launch in early Summer 2020 for World presentation in the fall 2020 boat shows.

June 3, 2020

New Model: Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40

Whitehaven present the Harbour Classic 40, a modern take on the traditional Down East lobster boat that encompasses sophisticated luxury whilst embodying a sense of freedom, fun and flirtation.  With bold retro styling as the main inspiration the Harbour Classic 40 features gracious, sleek lines and subtle timber detailing, a Sunday Drive luxury motor cruiser.  Designed with socializing at its core, the layout offers an easy transition from cockpit, through saloon and to the lower deck galley allowing the conversation and hospitality to flow between all around.  For overnight and weekend stays dual cabins at the lower deck offer comfortable sleeping quarters for four adults with the additional option of a drop down dining table for extra last minute guests.  The Whitehaven Harbour Classic 40 is standard powered by Volvo 480hp with single line shaft propulsion, with other options being a larger Cummins 550hp as fitted to hull, and or twin Volvo 300hp with IPS pod drives.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.9 m (42.3ft)
Waterline Length - 10.9 m
Beam - 3.9 m
Draft - 0.9 m
Displacement - 8240 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 1100 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 1 x Volvo D6 480hp, Cummins QSB 6.7 550hp, 2 x Volvo D4 300hp (with IPS pod drives)
Propulsion - line shaft, or twin forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 25 knots max with Volvo 480hp 

June 1, 2020

Fire 2020, Here we Go Again

We are still in the midst of a half lock-down but boat fires are the news, especially in the USA.  Five separate boat and yacht fires have been reported in the Florida's in a space of a week, two of which involved multiple boats in different marinas, one was under way, and two super yachts.  You can see the reports in the Out-News section of PowerYachtBlog.
As is usual the social media comments for the fires immediately paint a picture of an owner who could not repay his boat purchase loan, and maintenance fee.  So the easiest solution is always to burn the boat down.  Those with some boating experience give the blame to the no maintenance and checking being made on boats in these lock-down times.   
It is true the economic hit with Covid-19 for some will be very hard, but playing the keyboard warrior and immediately speculating does only harm and little good.  I read a report a year ago which stated that 99% of super yacht fires in the last ten years was accidental and 95% of the owners who suffered a total loss incident and got paid back, bought a yacht again.  Interesting factual report which paint a complete different picture to that of what people think when they see a boat burning down.