January 31, 2021

Monthly News - January 2021

-pic of the month- Feadship Solar Powering the Future

Arcadia Yachts Two New Appointments

Arcadia is proud to announce the appointment of two new highly experienced professionals, enriching the team of the Italian yard: Francesco Frediani and Anthony Cioffi.  Francesco Frediani is the new Arcadia Yachts Chief Commercial Officer. He has a strong thirty years experience in sales organization and management in the yachting industry and he has held similar prestigious roles in Twin Disc, Riva and Mangusta.  Francesco Frediani will work, in a first phase of handover, with Maurizio Baldoni, who will maintain his role of Chief Strategy Officer closely working with the shareholders: this is a very important role, especially during this peculiar times we all are living.  Anthony Cioffi, who started his yachting career in 2002 in Ferretti Group, is the new Production Manager. He is part of Salvatore D’Ambrosi team, following in particular all operational activities regarding the production of brand new yachts.


Azimut Wins Motorboat Awards 2021

Azimut Yachts wins another important award, presented at a virtual ceremony on January 19: Azimut S6 is the best Sportscruiser over 40 feet according to the jury of the Motor Boat Awards, presented annually by leading UK magazine Motor Boat & Yachting based on ability, design and value for money in their chosen market place.  The jury, made up of MBY journalists who test drive all the models put forward for awards, was spellbound by the main features of this sporty pure coupe with exteriors by Stefano Righini and interiors by Francesco Guida, which delivers excellent performance at the same time as offering incredibly comfortable and welcoming accommodation.  But then Azimut S6 has continued to be a huge success since its launch at the Cannes Boat Show in 2018. This model in the Azimut Yachts sports range features extensive use of Carbon Tech and a triple Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system, which translates into excellent consumption efficiency and a significant reduction in vibration and noise. The triple propulsion system not only delivers better acceleration, but also superior handling and responsiveness.  The yacht’s other features include exteriors by Righini that highlight the collection’s focus on sportiness: the bow shield combined with the trapezoidal bow and the big rectangular windows in the hull mean the interiors are flooded with light, while the deckhouse’s diamond-shaped glazed surfaces give the yacht an even more distinctive profile. The interiors by Francesco Guida are decorated and furnished with a discreet, modern elegance that is both fresh and refined, while the roomy lower deck offers a comfy night area consisting of a remarkable three cabins and two bathrooms.


Feadship Solar Powering the Future

Feadship’s mission to build pure custom superyachts in the greenest way possible has received a further boost with 420 new solar panels going online at its yard in Makkum. The giant facility, one of four Feadship yards in the Netherlands, has recently opened a second construction hall along with a dedicated helicopter platform.  The solar panels have been placed on the new construction hall, which includes a 112-metre dry dock and was built to the very latest energy standards in terms of consumption and lighting. Generating 180 MWh of electricity a year, equivalent to the annual requirements of 52 households, the energy from the panels will be used to support new-build and refit activities. In addition, the hall’s striking white roof will help keep the facility cool in the summer months.  “This latest investment in Makkum reflects an organisation-wide commitment at Feadship to build yachts in a carbon-neutral manner by 2025,” explains director Sijbrand de Vries. “Every part of the Feadship group is leading the way in reducing the ecological footprint of the superyacht sector as a whole. From the way we build yachts to lifecycle assessment studies aimed at reducing material waste, this philosophy applies to every aspect of our work. Ongoing research into how Feadships can become more sustainable is having a genuine impact.”  The Makkum facility is not alone in augmenting the way it generates energy. The Feadship yard in Aalsmeer had 1500 solar panels installed on its various rooftops in the summer of 2020, and these are now producing some 530 MWh a year. Meanwhile, no less than 2262 solar panels were placed on the new Amsterdam yard prior to its opening in 2019. This facility in the Dutch capital is generating 550 MWh per year as well as showcasing other eco-friendly assets such as district heating and LED lighting.  Sustainability in its widest sense is embedded in the strategy at Feadship. It was a founding member of the Water Revolution Foundation, which recently won the Robb Report’s prestigious Sustainability Award. The Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI) initiated by Feadship is now developing into an industry-wide measurement tool. Feadship’s revolutionary and patented Oxywash technology for exhaust gas treatment is proving an excellent innovation while research into fuel flexibility is offering owners a unique way to future-proof their new Feadship.  Back at the Makkum yard, which celebrated its fifteenth birthday in 2020, the workforce are making optimal use of both the new construction hall and the existing facility, with its 120- metre dry dock. The location is a one hour’s drive from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or a 20-minute helicopter ride, hence the recent completion of a dedicated helipad which is already proving popular among clients. The facility is likely to benefit soon from the extended width of the nearby lock, offering instant access to the North Sea to the widest Feadships imaginable.

Ferretti Group Publishes Sustainable Report

Ahead of the curve as always, this time on the fundamentally important issue of planet-friendly development, Ferretti Group releases its first sustainability report on corporate operations. The document formally testifies to the Group’s introduction of a virtuous pathway to minimise the environmental impact of its production processes and yachts, promoting better and wider-ranging corporate social responsibility measures.  A materiality analysis has identified the topics with the greatest impact on business activities and the indicators to evaluate them, grouping them in four areas that will be examined each year in ever greater detail and used to measure the environmental and social performance of Ferretti Group: Innovation and luxury yachts, Environmental impact of the production process, Value for the local area, and Human capital.  For Ferretti Group, sustainability starts with the quality and excellence that characterise the yachts it builds. Which is why research and development focus on the use of high performance, sustainable materials and on reducing energy consumption. The wood used in interior design is sourced from certified forests managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards. The use of carbon fibre significantly reduces hull weight, resulting in yachts that are more efficient and consume less fuel.  The Group is also at the cutting edge of research both into hybrid engines and new technologies that reduce hull weight, as well as into improving the efficiency of shipyard activities. In this sense, ISO 14001 certification of the environmental management systems in place at the La Spezia site is the starting point for integrated management of the environmental impact of all production processes, as is IMO Tier III certification obtained by CRN, the first shipyard in Italy to achieve this milestone, for a 62-metre megayacht. Also worthy of mention is the installation of the Ancona trigeneration plant to produce clean electric power, heating and cooling.  Other fundamental aspects are in the social sphere and include impact on the local area and the entire supply chain and the central importance of human capital. Over 85% of Ferretti Group’s supply chain, which employs a total of more than 2,500 workers, is based in Italy and over 75% of the total economic value generated is distributed in the country. This contributes to job creation and the growth of the ecosystem of small and medium enterprises, including craft businesses, with which the Group has for years had a history of virtuous collaboration. This collaboration allows Group suppliers to develop specific processes and know-how and operate on global markets, so generating development and innovation.  As a result of all the measures introduced, including complete sanitisation of the production process right through to delivery, Ferretti Group has obtained RINA Biosafety Trust Certification, the first voluntary certification to prevent and control infections, protecting over 1,500 workers as well as customers. Finally, the Group has taken out an insurance policy covering all employees and providing protection in the event they test positive for the virus. The policy, which has been renewed for 2021 too, is joined by another initiative to distribute 1,500 pulse oximeters to employees. The pulse oximeter project was developed with the advice of Professor Luca Richeldi, Head of Pneumology at Rome’s Policlinico Gemelli hospital and a member of the Scientific Technical Committee, who back in March, with Ferretti Group, defined the healthcare plan introduced to tackle the most critical phase of the pandemic.  “If we want to continue to grow steadily as a market leader, it is essential to address the economic, environmental and social impacts produced by our activities on the local areas where we operate. Successful sales efforts must go hand in hand with corporate responsibility,” commented Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “In recent years, Ferretti Group has reported rapid growth and development, bringing beauty and innovation to the marine industry. We work with many different stakeholders and their sustainability needs and expectations are important in defining the measures we introduce from day to day to manage and mitigate the impact of our growth strategies. For this reason, and to testify to our corporate responsibility, we have decided to embark on a formal process that has led to the preparation of our first Sustainability Report. A first for Ferretti Group and a first for the Italian marine industry.”


Horizon Ranks Seventh in Global Order Book

As 2020 has come to an end, the yacht market intelligence analysts at Boat International Media have released the 2021 Global Order Book. This year, of the 179 active superyacht yards around the world, Horizon Yachts ranks as the world’s 7th largest builder in terms of yacht length. With 25 projects over 80 feet currently in build and totalling 2,366 feet (721 meters) in length, Horizon continues its steady stream of production, with both owned and speculative builds underway.  The popularity of the yard’s high-volume Fast Displacement (FD) Series of yachts and capability for extensive customization has led to the sale of 29 FD Series yachts from 75 to 102 feet and the creation of seven FD Series yacht models in just over four years.


Pershing Winner at Motorboat Awards 2021

Innovative design paired with pioneering aesthetics and state of the art technology are always winning factors, resulting not only in the commercial success of extraordinary boats, but also the enthusiastic appreciation from yachting experts. This is confirmed by an important new award that gets a year packed with many challenges. Last January 19, Pershing triumphed at the prestigious “Motor Boat Awards 2021”, judged by a panel of experts and boat testers on the basis of innovative features, technical parameters and style.  At the virtual prize-giving ceremony, Pershing 8X triumphed in the “Custom Yachts” category, based on meticulous performance tests and sea trials.  25.55 metres long (about 83 feet) and 5.86 metres wide (about 19 feet), Pershing 8X is the result of the collaboration between Fulvio De Simoni, and the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari, and the Group Engineering Department. Built from carbon fibre to be lighter, faster and with lower consumption, Pershing 8X has sleek, sporty lines, underscored by classic Pershing features like the impressive side wings and the aerodynamic profile of the sun deck. The result is a sport-fly yacht that brings together the very highest standards of quality and innovation with unparalleled flair.  On-board comfort is also remarkable, not least because of the many benefits offered by the system that integrates propulsion control with the manoeuvring, navigation and monitoring systems. With this model, “piloting” a Pershing even at high speed and without the support of a captain, is an entertaining and exciting experience.  The Motor Boat Awards are organised by Motor Boat & Yachting and sponsored by Side-Power. The winning boats are judged exclusively on the basis of their design, capabilities and performance.  With this major award, Pershing again confirms it’s standing as a unique brand admired all over the world, thanks to the innovative design and technology that is increasingly imprinted in its DNA.


Riviera Record Number of Apprentices in 2021

Riviera has welcomed a record intake of new apprentices for a second consecutive year as the company heads into 2021 with the largest future orders in the company’s 41 years of operation.  A total of 41 new apprentices joined the Riviera team at the company’s Gold Coast boatbuilding facility this week following an extensive recruitment program during the year. Riviera welcomed 33 new apprentices this time last year.  The latest intake has increased apprentices working with the 600-strong team to 89.  Riviera’s Safety and Training Manager, Adam Houlahan, said more apprentices were being recruited to meet continued growth.  “The apprentice program at Riviera is an important part of our commitment to developing the master craftsmen and women of the future,” said Mr Houlahan.  “Each of our apprentices receives intensive training to create world-class luxury motor yachts.”  The benefits of a record apprentice recruitment over consecutive years will be felt in years to come for Riviera once the carefully selected recruits have achieved certified qualifications in their respective trades.  Riviera has an outstanding retention rate in its apprenticeship program, adding to the extensive skills of the team in all areas of boatbuilding.  More than 300 apprentices have now graduated from the Riviera program since its inception almost 30 years ago and many are still part of the company’s team of qualified and highly awarded craftspeople.  “Developing skills for the future plays an important role in not only Riviera’s manufacturing growth, but more broadly in the future of the Australian-based marine industry,” said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “We have a proud history of training and enhancing the skills of our team and that has allowed us to create luxury motor yachts that are recognised the world over for their quality, luxury and engineering excellence.”  Many of the new apprentices for 2021 have been selected through Riviera’s ongoing relationship with schools across the south-east Queensland and northern NSW region.  “Last year, we expanded this area to include more schools, giving graduates an opportunity to consider a rewarding career in the marine industry,” said Mr Houlahan.  In conjunction with their skills training, all Riviera apprentices are required to undertake the Propel program introduced by the company to enhance their development.  Through Propel, apprentices are taught skills in leadership, communications, relationships and personal finance under the guidance of senior management, including Mr Longhurst and Riviera CEO Wes Moxey.  Riviera has entered 2021 with the largest future orders in the company’s history for luxury motor yachts spanning 21 models across Riviera’s SUV, Open Flybridge, Enclosed Flybridge, Sport Yacht and Sports Motor Yacht collections.  Riviera exports more than 55 per cent of the motor yachts it builds though an extensive network of representatives in The Americas, Europe and Australasia.


Silent Yachts New Advisory Board Member 

Silent-Yachts has strengthened the team. Jochen Rudat joined Silent-Yachts advisory board. He has over 10 years’ experience at Tesla, the most valuable car company in the world and was also a direct report to Elon Musk. Recently, Jochen Rudat was Central Europe Director at Tesla. "We are very happy to welcome Jochen in the team," said Michael Köhler, founder and CEO of Silent-Yachts. "Next to the fact that Jochen shares the same passion and enthusiasm for the electric future as we do, the knowledge and experience he brings to the table will be valuable for Silent-yachts to successfully master Silent-Yachts future plans and challenges." Silent-Yachts is one of the most active players on the solar electric luxury catamarans market in the world. The company currently has 10 yachts under construction at shipyards in Thailand and Italy. "I see the same transition happening in the yachting industry as in the automotive industry," commented Jochen Rudat. "Since Silent-Yachts clearly is the leading pioneer of this change, I am eager to provide my support and advise on their further path. As the initiating catalyst for a more sustainable future in luxury yachting, we want to continue drive innovation towards the right direction. I see a lot of parallels between Tesla and Silent-Yachts such as their commitment of creating a solar powered catamaran from scratch by starting off with a white canvas and a bold vision. With this in mind, I understand and agree why Silent-Yachts has being labelled by media as the Tesla of the Seas".


Tankoa Begins Due Diligence for the Acquisition of Cantieri di Pisa

Tankoa has begun the administrative process of acquiring the 76-year-old Cantieri di Pisa shipyard. Founded in 1945 on the river Arno, the Tuscan shipyard became famous for its planing motoryachts, such as the Akhir and Kitalpha series designed by Pierluigi Spadolini. The acquisition of Cantieri di Pisa allows us to expand the production potential of Tankoa in Genova, but also resurrect a prestigious brand with innovative new products from 30 to 45 metres.  “We trust that the technical and administrative procedures will have a positive outcome over the next few weeks so that we can begin work to gradually reintegrate resources and become operational,” says Vincenzo Poerio, CEO of Tankoa “We would also like to thank Mayor Michele Conti and engineer Salvatore Pisano for their support and assistance in establishing our industrial plan.”  Following the launch of 50-metre Olokun and the sale of the hull#4, Tankoa currently has another 50-metre hull in build on speculation in Genoa (hull#5).


Tiara Consolidates Brand

S2 Yachts is pleased to announce the consolidation of their Tiara brands (Tiara Yachts and Tiara Sport) under the Tiara Yachts banner. While this shift brings an outward and visible change to the Tiara Yachts brand, the form and functionality of every product built by S2 Yachts is ultimately, and will continue to be, Tiara. “The definitions of Yacht and Sport have evolved since the inception of Tiara Sport in 2017. Sport has shifted and blended from vessels meant to be enjoyed for the day to vessels that can be enjoyed for longer trips and with more people, similar to what we see in our Yacht products. Our outboard products continued to grow in length and scope, which was not necessarily something we envisioned when we started Tiara Sport,” states CEO and President Tom Slikkers. “Ultimately, our brand families were more alike than they were different. Those shifts, paired with our desires to streamline resources and focus, led us to this change.” “Although this is a directional shift for our company, this change will allow us to simplify and build momentum on both our inboard and outboard products. We’re excited to welcome 2021 with this branding shift and we’re looking forward to a great year, working with our dealer partners and customers to bring their boating dreams to reality,” said Dave O’Connell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Our customers can still expect the exceptional level of service and high end products from us, no matter what logo is on your vessel. Every single person in our organization continues to work diligently to bring the very best products to market, creating great experiences and memories for our customers,” Slikkers said. The Tiara Yachts branding transition kicks off with the launch of the 48 LS, the first outboard powered model under the Tiara Yachts name. Social zones, a key area of focus in every LS model, allow for guests to choose their preferred relaxation zone. Below deck you’ll find accommodations for four as well as a private head. The 48 LS will make its debut at Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida at a Customer VIP Event beginning February 17th.


Viking VIP Show

The Viking and Valhalla VIP Boat Show has been nothing less than spectacular. The week kicked off with pre-show sea trials on the new V-46 center console. Media runs began at the crack of dawn and continued till the sun went down, all with rave reviews. Show doors opened at noon on Thursday to a parade of VIP boating enthusiasts. Center consoles, convertibles, open and enclosed bridge boats were all on display. The line-up included the award-winning 54 Convertible, the Viking 68 demo, the 46 Billfish and the 80 Sky Bridge. In addition, a host of preferred vendors offered a multitude of goods and services to complement any boating experience. 

Viking Therapy Dog

Viking has a new am-Bassador! Milo, a Bassett Labrador mix (Bassador) was adopted four months ago and has begun training to become a certified therapy dog in Viking's Health Services Department. Currently in Canine Good Citizen schooling, fun-loving Milo has big shoes to fill as his older sister Bridgette is entering therapy dog retirement after 10 years on the job. Milo is already easing stress and bringing smiles to employees. “He’s exhibiting signs of being a smart and attentive pooch,” says Health Services team member Billeny Padula. "We just need to refocus his cotton ball fixation!"

Viking Winner Circle

Captain Trey Claus led his Team HMY anglers to a 2nd Place win in the recent Operation Sailfish. Fishing aboard the Viking 54 Convertible, they released six sails on Day 1 and a pair on Day 2. Operation Sailfish is Leg 1of the highly-touted Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series.

Viking Going for Gold

Dale Creamer released six sailfish to claim Top Overall Angler at the recent Gold Cup Team Fishing Tournament. He also took the Top Dead Bait Angler and Chairman’s Award for best hook-up ratio in the tournament. His Viking 72 Ditch Digger finished in 2nd Place Overall with 13 lucky releases. The Viking 52 Miss Annie was the 2nd Place Live Bait team and weighed both the Top Dolphin and Tuna.

January 29, 2021

Project: Wally 27-meter WHY200

 

What happens when you take the living space and lifestyle advantages of a 33-meter superyacht and fit them into a vessel that is 27 meters? The outcome is Wally’s exciting new WHY200, the latest compact super yacht to come from the visionary team headed by chief designer Luca Bassani at the renowned Monegasque brand alongside Ferretti Group’s Engineering department, with naval architecture from Laurent Giles and interior design provided by A. Vallicelli & C Studio. After more than 25 years of creating some of the world’s most revolutionary yachts, Wally has turned its attention to the compact superyacht market in creating the WHY200, which measures 200 gross tons and can be registered under 24 meters load line length but conveys the comfort and space of a much larger displacement yacht alongside the speed advantages of a semi-displacement yacht. By absorbing prized space conventionally used for exterior walkways into a unique, full-beam salon, the WHY200’s 61-square-meter open-plan contemporary living area is increased significantly. Being 50% larger than most salons found in the yacht’s category, the expansive space benefits from a structural central carbon fibre staircase, linking the accommodation on the lower deck to the upper deck’s stunning glass-encased sky lounge. Additionally, an informal show kitchen can be fitted as an optional layout. The numbers speak for themselves in showing why this yacht is so remarkable. The WHY200 provides more than 200 square meters of indoor living space, including a 22-square-meter upper deck interior and a 100-square-meter main deck interior. The lower deck has a typical footprint for the yacht’s length, given over to three or four double guest cabins, but the crew and service quarters have the largest capacity for the class, with the galley and three cabins for up to five crew members spread over 32 square meters. Recognizing a shift in owner preferences to reduce exposure to the elements while enjoying the outdoor environment, Wally has provided ample protection from the sun, wind and rain across its 144 square meters of exterior decks. An extended pillarless overhang above the main deck aft and flanking glass panels provide shelter to the alfresco dining and lounging area, which has unobstructed views on three sides and seamlessly flows into the main salon past sliding full-height doors. This extended overhang translates to a larger upper deck aft, too, offering space to recline on sun-loungers or sit at the shaded dining table. Through a large sliding door, guests make their way into Wally’s first enclosed bridge, encompassing the wheelhouse and sky lounge, which are stylishly encased in glass with a carbon superstructure that echoes the clean, angular aesthetic of the brand’s legendary Wallypower motor yachts. Access to the foredeck is provided through side doors in the wheelhouse. Of course, fun in and on the water is a key attraction to the yachting lifestyle, and the WHY200 brings this in abundance. Fold-out wings expand the beach club area to the kind of magnitude seen on a superyacht, spanning 32 square meters with access to the sea on three sides, creating a whole new level of enjoyment at the waterline. With not one but two concealed garages, there is unprecedented storage capacity for the yacht’s size category, ingeniously stowing a four-meter tender and numerous water-toys. Beyond the lure of the enhanced living space on board, the WHY200’s adaptive performance capabilities are compelling. The WHY200 is the first Wally Hybrid Yacht: optimized for both full- and semi-displacement cruising, it sits perfectly between the voluminous but slower full displacement yachts and the restricted but rapid planning yachts. Combining advanced naval architecture and an adaptive multi-propulsion system, the WHY200 has been designed to cruise at an impressive 20 knots in hyper displacement mode, providing more time to explore further afield and to reduce duration underway between anchorages or trips into port. And when speed is less important than efficiency, for example during relocations made by the crew, the yacht also performs economically in long-range displacement mode. In terms of naval architecture and engineering, the WHY200 meets all the expectations that come with the respected Wally name. Statistically, guests spend more time on yachts when they are at anchor than underway, so a roll-free at-anchor experience is essential for comfort on board; with its stable, beamy hull complemented by both fin and gyroscopic stabilizers, the WHY200 is as steady as they come. After exhaustive testing at the Solent University’s towing tank in Southampton, UK, the yacht’s functionally-led hull form has been optimized to deliver a comfortable experience at a wide range of speeds, thanks to the close collaboration between Wally, Ferretti Group Engineering and Laurent Giles naval architecture studio. And as one of the foundations for the WHY200’s design concept, its Volvo pod propulsion system is central to delivering an engine room that maximizes living space on the lower deck, while also providing easy and safe manoeuvring from the helm. The WHY200 will debut at the Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monaco at the beginning of September 2021.

January 27, 2021

New Model: Sunseeker Manhattan 55

Coming as a development of the successful Manhattan 52, Sunseeker present the Manhattan 55. This new flybridge motor yacht shows Sunseeker’s design capabilities, to enhance comfort and cruising whilst providing owners with a vast array of social spaces. The exterior styling incorporates unparalleled amounts of curved glass and stainless-steel detailing to emphasise its prowess, whilst exclusive images reveal the innovative design and attention to detail that has gone into this new flybridge model. A key feature that truly sets the Manhattan 55 apart from its peers is the innovative powered glass cockpit/galley window that can be lowered at the touch of a button and which, alongside the open cockpit door, creates a truly exceptional inside/outside environment. The Manhattan 55 enables its owner to enjoy the sumptuous space the open layout provides, showcasing the wonderfully well-equipped bathing platform and Beach Club. This area offers an inviting space for family and friends to enjoy the optional built-in barbeque, overhead shower and fold down transom seating. Powered by Volvo 800hp engines, the Manhattan 55 can cruise comfortably at 25 knots with a range of 250 nautical miles or achieve in excess of 30 knots at full throttle.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.21 m (56.6ft)
Beam - 4.87 m
Draft - 1.36 m
Displacement - 27000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft or Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 25 knots cruise 32 knots max speed
Range - 230 nm at cruise 21 knots

January 25, 2021

Projects: Viking 52 Open, Viking 52 Sport Tower

Viking proudly introduces the new 54 Open O, and 54 Sport Tower ST. Joining the new award-winning 54 Convertible C, these express sportfish yachts amplifies Viking’s dominance in the mid-size sportfishing market. With its aggressive entry, raked stem, one-piece wraparound windshield and Palm Beach Towers hardtop and tuna tower, the 54 Open presents a striking profile while excelling as a stylish fish-and-cruise Viking thoroughbred. The new models utilize the same advanced hull design of the 54 Convertible, which has been a smash hit from Viking since its premiere at the 2020 Fort Lauderdale boat sow where it captured the Best of Show Award. The 54 Sport Tower features a three-sided fiberglass deckhouse, with an optional solid aft bulkhead and a PBT tuna tower. The Open, and Sport Tower share cockpit and command deck layouts, providing an excellent use of space for fishing, diving, cruising and entertaining. The 14 square meters cockpit boasts twin mezzanine seating with cooler storage below, along with drink coolers, in-deck fish and storage boxes, a transom live well and a transom door with liftgate. The command deck gives you instant access to the cockpit. The centreline helm, with its pedestal seat on a raised platform, provides excellent visibility and is complemented by double port and single starboard companion seating. Aft of the helm, there is a convergence of practical and convenience features, including two lounges, a dinette, refrigeration and tackle and gear storage compartments. Below, the five meters plus of beam offers volumes of interior space including a choice of two- or three-stateroom layouts. With either, the forward master stateroom is large and fitted with a queen-size bed, plenty of storage behind the walnut cabinetry and served with a private head. Additional staterooms are found on the port side, each with upper and lower berths. The head has private access in the two-stateroom layout, while guests share the head in the three-stateroom plan. Midship on the starboard side is a well-appointed galley with a full appliance package, walnut cabinetry, an engineered stone countertop and under-counter refrigeration/freezer units with varnished walnut faces. Opposite the galley in the two-stateroom model is an L-shaped lounge and table. The three-stateroom version utilizes booth seating. Standard power is twin Man 1400hp engines with optional 1550hp available.  Hull No. 1 will be a Sport Tower model which will be powered with the optional Man 1550hp engines. The series makes its world premiere at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale boat show  in end Octobler with a 54 Sport Tower, and is also to be joined by a more sport yacht no tower out-riggers 54 Sport Coupe version.

January 23, 2021

New Model: Rossinavi 52m

Viareggio-based shipyard Rossinavi has recently delivered its 52-meter masterpiece Florentia, previously launched during a private ceremony in June 2020. Florentia is an elegant 810 GT volume super yacht with a steel full-displacement hull and aluminium superstructure. Equipped with two Cat 2549hp diesel engines, she can reach a top speed of 17 knots and has a cruising range of 6,500 nm at ten knots. It is a custom project with exterior design by Rome-based architecture firm Studio Vafiadis whilst Italian architect Carlo Colombo together with his design studio A++ looked after the design and styling of the interior areas. The boat’s external lines are elegant and sinuous; durable materials and functional design merge into the silhouette of the yacht to create comfortable and sheltered places for the owners and their guests. Similar to a proper home, the dimensions of the areas within this Rossinavi 52m are generous and thought for the guests to move around easily and comfortably. Also, the ceiling height of the boat’s interiors is of 2.35 m which is remarkable. Key areas include a main deck, which welcomes guests on board, an upper deck featuring a multi-functional salon, the fly deck boasting a VIP stateroom, and finally a lower deck which accommodates the remaining cabins for the guests and crews. Florentia can welcome up to 12 guests and 11 crew members on board at the same time in navigation. The staircase originating from the main deck is the beating heart of the boat. It serves to naturally distribute the areas of the yacht and is complimented by a blend of warm colours, leathers and light wood. The lobby in the main deck is characterised by a sculptural spiral-shaped railing that connects this area to the other decks. The design of the staircase and of the lobby is representative of the entire project and harmoniously introduces those pleasant shapes and valuable materials that make Florentia special in so many different ways. From the main deck, it is possible to access the salon and dining room, while the owner's cabin is at bow. The main salon and the dining room are both majestic spaces, formally divided only by a structural bespoke cabinet. The main living area is aft and features structural sofas that extend to the centre of the boat while the dining table is forward. The owner’s cabin has a private balcony as well as two walk-in wardrobes. The curvy shape of the master bed headboard, which is saddle-stitched and upholstered in leather, complements the sinuous details of the floor and ceiling that make ways to the owner’s bathroom. In the centre of the room, just above the bed, is a ring-shaped mirror artwork reflecting the light coming from the sea in all directions at full beam. The upper deck is a rather large entertainment area. This multi-functional space could turn into a cinema thanks to the projector that appears from the ceiling. The amphitheatre-like upper deck area features a double-sided sofa upholstered in natural fabric and facing the bar area. From here, it is possible to reach the technical areas, including the wheelhouse and captain’s cabin, as well as the cockpit where soft shapes, technical equipment and luxury materials are prestigious and functional. From the lobby of the fly deck, it is possible to enter the VIP Suite. This unique cabin boasts a private balcony at bow and access to the outdoor jacuzzi at stern. It is a proper separate reality featuring a lounge area, a master bedroom and a private bathroom. Two symmetrical king bedrooms as well as two double bedrooms are in the lower deck which is also the area of the crew members together with a galley, crew mess, a laundry and five twin rooms. In Rossinavi 52m, the multi-scenic approach leads to the creation of a symbiotic language, which characterises this special yacht design line.
Technical Data:
LOA - 52 m (170.7ft)
Beam - 10.35 m
Draft - 2.70 m
Displacement - 810 t volume
Fuel Capacity - 100,000 l
Water Capacity - 12000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, eleven crew in ten cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 3512E 2549hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - seventeen knots max thirteen knots cruise
Range - 6500 nm at ten knots cruise
Hull Shape - full displacement
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Studio Vafiadis exterior, A++ of Carlo Colombo interior, naval architecture Arrabito

January 21, 2021

Project: Nordhavn 51

Pacific Asian Enterprises, is excited to announce a brand new design, the Nordhavn 51, which will follow closely in the wake of its smaller sister-ship, the N41. Inspired by the N41’s resounding success, the brand new Nordhavn 51 will mimic the same production-like structure, which places emphasis on a set, streamlined build order instead of individual customization.  The two-stateroom, two-head passage maker answers the calls from customers who are drawn to the N41 design but want more room, an additional head and a flybridge. The Nordhavn 51 will more closely resemble other long range cruising Nordhavns with her separated pilothouse, but her interior will mirror the finishes of the N41. She will be produced as a complete boat that includes stabilizers, bow thruster, and davit among other items as standard.  Powered by twin John Deere 160hp engines, the Nordhavn 51 will be a modern passagemaker to usher in the new decade with state-of-the-art technology at the engineering level and a contemporary design scheme. As is the case with the N41, the Nordhavn 51 will be CE Certified Category A for the most serious offshore use. Tooling for the N51 is underway and the first hull is expected to lay up in March. She will be built alongside the Nordhavn 41 at our partner factory in Turkey. Currently the first seven hulls have been reserved for purchase. Hull #1 is expected to finish in about 18 months. 

January 19, 2021

New Model: Alva Ocean Eco 60 Explorer

Alva Yachts, the German designer and manufacturer of electric floating solutions, has just revealed the new electric catamaran Ocean Eco 60 Explorer.  The Alva Ocean Eco 60 Explorer stands out for it enclosed upper deck which drastically increase the space on board, as it creates a climate-controlled and protected area which can be enjoyed all over the year, even in cold conditions and bad weather.  The layout of Ocean Eco 60 Explorer features large spaces, flooded in light thanks to the glazing and the light hues of the interiors.  The main deck has two wide cockpits outside, one to aft and one in the foredeck. Inside, the large saloon features the galley on the port side, completed by a separate island with bar and stools. In the center there's the dining table for eight, while to starboard a couch complete the layout. The front part is taken by the large L-shaped sofa and freestanding tea table and armchair. A TV pops up from a center cabinet and behind its a round staircase takes to the flybridge, while two side companionways lead to the lower decks.  The Ocean Eco 60 Explorer can be chosen in two different layouts, one sporting three staterooms, with the owner's one taking the whole starboard hull, and one for a charter use, with four cabins. The crew can be accommodated in two or three cabins, for a total of four members in three cabins.  The flybridge can be reached by the mentioned, rounded staircase or by a second one, outside, which connects the cockpit to the upper balcony and the side decks.  Inside, the space is taken by a comfortable double cabin with exceptional view, and by the helm station to fore.  The technical part is shared with the traditional Ocean Eco 60 and features two electric motors and a large battery pack. The batteries are powered by solar panels and by an auxiliary generator, which can be replaced by a hydrogen fuel cell for a completely emission-free yacht. In any case, the battery packs grant enough range for exploring recessed and protected areas without emitting any noise and exhausts. The Explorer versions can also be operated with Hydrogen Cells instead of a fuel generator.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.40 m (60.3ft)
Waterline Length - 17.8 m
Beam - 8.75 m
Draft - 1.2 m
Displacement - 28000 kg light
Fuel Capacity - 800 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, up to four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x 134hp up to 470hp
Propulsion - shaft line
Certification - CE, Swiss Lloyd

January 17, 2021

Web: Fleming New Web Site

Fleming presents its new World wide web showroom. Fleming was founded in 1985, by Tony Fleming and business partner Anton Emmerton. Previous to this Tony Fleming served as American Marine Grand Banks technical director from 1961 to 1983. Fleming has from 1985 onward always subcontracted its builds to the Tung Hwa boat yard in Taiwan with super vision by Tony Fleming and his staff. The first Fleming was the 50, designed by Larry Drake of San Diego and will launch in 1986.  The Fleming 50 will be the blue print of all future models and will hull extend to become the 53 in 1986 onward from hull number 9, and then the 55. Up until 2019 250 Fleming 55 have been build, with the total of yachts delivered being 340. Tony Fleming has also have been an ambassador for his brand cruising extensively around the globe with his Fleming 65 hull number one titled Venture onward from 2005 which was followed by a more updated unit in 2010.  Fleming currently offers five models from the long standing 55, to the upcoming new 85 flagship. Fleming new website takes you around with the following buttons; Yachts, About Tony, News, About, Store, Dealers, and Contact. Fleming is also on social media with a right bottom button taking you to its Facebook and Youtube pages.

January 15, 2021

Cataldo Aprea 1949 - 2021

On Friday January 15, Cataldo Aprea of the boat builder Fratelli Aprea from Sorrento left for the better World.  Aged 71 years, Cataldo Aprea was a family born shipwright and is another of the nautical industry pillars to succumb to the Covid-19 virus.  The news of Cataldo's death was announced on the Fratelli Aprea Facebook page on Friday January 15 at 1200 hours.  Cataldo was the elder brother of six Aprea's; Giovanni, Gaetano, Antonio, Anna, and Lucia, representing the fourth generation of a boat building family which was founded in 1890.  Cataldo managed and run the Fratelli Aprea shipyard from Sorrento with his brothers which builds traditional Sorrento Gozzo from seven to fifteen meters in size.

Project: Heesen 55m Project Gemini YN 19755

Heesen is delighted to introduce to the market the latest in the 55-metre Steel class, YN 19755 Project Gemini, which follows the mythical Dioscuri Castor now Solemates, and Pollux.  For the successor to the twin half-brothers, Heesen appointed Italian design firm Luca Dini for its first collaboration with the Dutch shipyard. The Italian studio created a sophisticated interior décor that celebrates the light and the indoor-outdoor connection. These elements characterise the design of this super yacht, which is approximately 760 gross tons and over 400 square meters of luxury areas for the owners and their guests.  Frank Laupman of Omega Architects penned the muscular exterior lines of this successful series and worked closely with Heesen’s in-house engineers to create an evolutionary design.  A geometric linear design, with horizontal and vertical clean lines, is the leitmotiv throughout the interior of Project Gemini. Warm, full gloss, Tay wood and natural stone are matched with marine leather wall-panels and doors, and fabric-lined ceilings. The overall atmosphere is Zen and elegantly calm.  Twelve guests are accommodated in six staterooms. The impressive 83 square metres Owner’s apartment is located on the main deck forward and stretches full beam. Floor-to-ceiling windows are draped with cotton and linen curtains that harmonise the geometric design and add a relaxing touch to the room. Forward, his and hers walk-in wardrobes give access to the master bathroom. Here, a freestanding black bathtub takes centre stage and is glorified by the recessed light fixture on the ceiling that mirrors its shape. On the starboard side, a large shower stall with rain shower completes the space and adds practicality to the room. Two twin and two double suites are on the lower deck, while the VIP cabin is located on the bridge deck.  Guests will be amazed when entering the main saloon. Two large bronze-mirrored ceiling panels reflect light and space around the room, maximising the already generous layout and making the best out of the large vertical windows. A cosy lounge area with large sofas takes the centre of the main saloon and is adjacent to the formal dining area located amidships and set for twelve. The full-beam sky lounge is the pièce de résistance and offers the finest panoramic views. Ideal for lounging, relaxing watching TV or sipping cocktails at the bar, this space will become one of the most enjoyed onboard Gemini.  With toys and tenders conveniently stored on the foredeck, a fully-fledged wellness area in the beach club offers the ideal haven for relaxation after a day at sea.  The layout of the spacious outdoor areas has been carefully thought through and offers the owners and their guests plenty of alternatives for enjoying life outdoor. The expansive 110 square metre sundeck comprises a Jacuzzi surrounded by large sun pads, a central bar for servicing all areas with ease, an oval dining table on port side, and opposite, a built-in sofa. Reclining loungers face aft and are ideal underway to watch the world go by. The bridge deck aft terrace is equipped for al fresco dining and lounging, while the main deck aft terrace is perfect for pre-dinner cocktails.  Thanks to two MTU 1341hp engines combined with her ultra-efficient Fast Displacement steel hull, Project Gemini will reach a top speed of fifteen knots and have a transatlantic range of 4,500 nautical miles at thirteen.  Project Gemini is currently under construction and her hull and superstructure will be joined at our facility in Oss in March 2021.

January 13, 2021

Improve-it = Zeelander Z72

The renowned Dutch shipyard Zeelander has just launched a new unit of the flagship Z72 model. The yacht has many new exciting features compared to the hull number one delivered last year.  The new Z72, indeed, received several updates and options that made her, arguably, the most technologically advanced Zeelander build to date. This Z72 is equipped with a forward-looking sonar, an underwater camera and camera system in the front and aft. The aft and side windows on the main deck have privacy glass and can be tinted with a simple click on a button. From the outside, she keeps this timeless with a wide stern and curvy exterior lines developed in collaboration with Cor D. Rover.  The yacht has three suits on the lower deck, a spacious main deck saloon with huge windows and panoramic views, and a pair of alfresco social areas. A 10 square meter beach club is another strong highlight of this model.  This Z72 is also geared up for adventures and ready to explore. Four rod holders are installed in the stern between side boarding and swim platform. There are extra chargers and brackets for jet surf boards in the tender garage. Other extras include a diving plank on the bow, which is an amazing feature for everyone who likes some action. The Z72 tender garage is large enough to carry a 3.5-meter Williams tender.   The performance of the yacht is very sporty thanks to the triple 1000hp Volvo engines with IPS1350 pod drives. The Z72 reaches 40 knots and benefits from the Volvo Penta integrated joystick system for excellent manoeuvrability.   

January 11, 2021

Project: Prestige 690

 

Prestige present the 690, flagship of its F-Line of flybridge motor yachts which starts with the 420 model and offers seven models, including the 680 which this model will replace. The Prestige 690 F-Line is designed as all the line by Garroni and offers incredible spaces with French boat builder boasting of the model for having the largest flybridge in the 21 meter size. The Prestige 690 is offered in four or three cabins option. Unlike many models the master stateroom of the Prestige 690 is located forward in a mid raised level between the lower and main deck and with a separate entrance. The Prestige will be powered by twin Volvo 900hp as standard or optional 1000hp engines, both with IPS pod propulsion set up. 

January 9, 2021

New Model: Dynamiq GT 135

After 24 months of engineering and construction, the very first 41-metre Dynamiq GTT 135 Stefania is ready for launch at the company’s shipyard in Massa, Tuscany.  The full-aluminium superyacht features a Fast Displacement hull by leading Dutch naval architects Van Oossanen and exterior design by Monaco-based studio Dobroserdov Design. The sophisticated exterior design is modern and elegant and based on an exclusive colour palette of metallic gold and dark brown.  Stefania’s efficient hull has a round-bilge shape for remarkably low resistance and low fuel consumption while still being capable of high speeds. She is equipped with twin Man 1650hp engines for a maximum speed of 20 knots with an ocean-going range of 3,500 miles at cruising speed, which means owners have the opportunity to enjoy two seasons during the year, Mediterranean and Caribbean and greater freedom when navigating remote locations with no bunkering infrastructure.  The yacht also has a shallow draft of 1.8 metres for cruising the remote cays and shoal waters of the Bahamas, for example. The oversized sundeck of 120m2 divided into two different zones includes a jacuzzi forward and two 75-inch TV screens and a bar unit for enjoying the panoramic views in style.  The oversized main deck aft pool has a capacity of 4,500 litres and together with the open-air beach club area with a second bar allows owners and guests to enjoy the en plein air lifestyle close to the sea. Another important luxury is the 2.2-metre ceiling heights throughout the interior. The spacious 5-cabin layout on the lower deck ensures motion comfort on board for all the guests.  Among other stand-out design features is the real fireplace in the main salon, a centrepiece that adds a cosy touch when cruising early or later in the season when the evenings can be a bit chilly. Dynamiq also joined forces with German VIP car outfitter Klassen to develop the special “Wheelhouse by Klassen", which comes with the same quality and style of Klassen VIP shuttle vans with sporty trim and high-end finishes.   Dynamiq GTT 135 is safe, comfortable and environmentally friendly in accordance with the strictest RINA Commercial Class standards, prestigious Comfort and Green Star Plus notations, and regulatory compliance and manning standards.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 41 m (135ft)
Beam - 8.2 m
Draft - 1.8 m
Displacement - 299 gross tonnage
Fuel Capacity - 29600 l
Water Capacity - 9500 l
Accommodation - 10 guests in five cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1650hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 21 knots max 19 knots fast cruse 12 knots long range
Range - 3000 nm at long range cruise
Construction - 5083 aluminium
Hull Shape - round bilge fast displacement
Project - Van Oossanen naval architect, Dobroerdov exterior, Giuseppina Arena interior
Certification - RINA comercial with Comfort Class and Green Star extras

January 7, 2021

Project: Tecnorib Pirelli 35

The Swedish studio Mannerfelt Design Team, specialist competition hull designers, partnered with TecnoRib, the Pirelli brand licensee for inflatable boats, to create the new 35. Born out of the success of the Pirelli 42, the new model has more compact dimensions but features the same characteristics, namely, those of a sporty walkaround with rugged, streamlined lines, and the same totally modern and immediately captivating look.  Following the initial presentation of the scale model during the Genoa Boat Show 2020, the project is currently undergoing prototype sea trials which start at the end of November. The Tecnorib Pirelli 35 offers ample space around the perimeter walkway creating a very comfortable walkaround shape for a craft of this size, while the layout assures the outdoor environment can be enjoyed to the full, thanks to the large sundecks at both the bow and stern, where a convenient table also makes it possible to enjoy open-air dining.  The Pirelli 35 heralds the start of a new journey that embodies and further enhances the DNA of this iconic and distinctive brand. The craft affirms the desire to enhance the level of elegance of this product category.  The Tecnorib Pirelli 35 can be powered from 600 to a maximum of 700 horsepower in the petrol version, and from a minimum of 600 to a maximum of 640 in the diesel version. The first prototype model is equipped with 2x300hp sterndrive petrol engines.

January 5, 2021

New Model: Vicem 50 IPS Classic

Following the success of the 46 IPS Classic, Vicem has announced its latest custom built entry, the Vicem 50 IPS Classic, which will premiere live at the 2021 Palm Beach Boat Show.  Like the 46, the 50 Classic breaks new ground in the line up utilizing production type infused fiberglass composite construction to reduce build time compared to the rest of the Vicem fleet of custom crafted vinylester encapsulated cold moulded mahogany built yachts up to to 28 meters.  Like all Vicem yachts, the 50 Classic sports a profile with a bow to stern traditional sheer line and tempting deckhouse curves and luxurious style. Complemented with its signature hand finished mahogany interior, which allows Vicem to fully customize each yacht to her owner’s needs, the 50 Classic has been designed by the Turkish builder in-house team of shipwrights offering an expansive aft deck with an L-shape lounge and a transom door to the teak swim platform. A magnificent mahogany and glass triple slide door opens the spacious and sociable climate controlled salon to the cockpit doubling the entertainment area. The sprawling salon with various layouts optimizes conversation opportunities, as well as upper galley or lower atrium style galley choices selected by the owner. The starboard command station houses navigation and communication equipment in custom built mahogany cabinetry and provides the operator with excellent visibility. Below deck, multiple layouts with one, two or three staterooms and two ensuite heads create desirable choices for family cruising, or a very personalized yacht without sacrificing privacy or comfort for all aboard.  Power is provided by twin Volvo 435hp diesels with IPS pod propulsion which allow for top speed up to 28 knots with a comfortable 24 knot cruise. Straight shaft propulsion systems is also available on the 50 Classic, as well as factory installed gyro stabilizers and other optional equipment.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.85 m (52ft)
Beam - 4.41 m
Draft - 1.12 m
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 757 l
Max Persons - 8
Accommodation - four persons in two cabins, custom three or single cabin versions available
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 435hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS600 pod drives, shafts available
Speed - 28 knots max 24 knots cruise
Construction - Vinilester resin infused in PVC core sandwich 
Project - Vicem Yacht Design Team

January 3, 2021

Web: Austin Parker New Web Site

Austin Parker from Italy presents its new World wide web virtual showroom. Austin Parker was founded in 1998 with current owner Sebastiano Gravagno directing the entry of the brand, which was among the first in Italy to concentrate on building traditional down East lobster looking cruisers. This formula has been a success for the brand in its early years. Ten years after its founding and in 2008 Austin Parker gets purchased by a group of Italian businessman all with a long standing interest and experience in the pleasure boating sector, with Gravagno returning as sales director.  This new venture takes Austin Parker to present a new more forward looking strategy focusing to a cross over style of a traditional down East lobster boat to that of the Italian Mediterranean cruiser and bringing onboard renowned Italian marine designer Fulvio De Simoni, who will design all the second generation models from 2009 onward.  In 2018 Sebastiano Gravagno takes over Austin Parker and starts the third phase which sees the now twenty year old boat builder enter into the sport cruiser yacht segment with the Ibiza Walk-Around models.  Austin Parker currently offers eight models which start with the just launched 38 Ibiza WA and go up to the AL 86 Fly.  Austin Parker new website takes you around with the following buttons: Brand, Yachts, Projects, Shipyard, Sales Network, and Contacts. Austin Parker is also found on social media hubs; Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube with button links located on the left bottom corner.

January 1, 2021

blogger - 2020 has Passed

The year 2020 has ended and here we are at the start of 2021.  2020 was a year marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, something which humanity has not seen like since a hundred years.  The last pandemic of such a scale was the Spanish Flu which started February 1918 and ended April 1920, leaving up to one hundred million deaths in its 26 months.

Considering all, Covid-19 was not as bad to yachting as some might have thought.  Brokerage used boat sales seem to have been the most beneficiary of all this, possibly due to the social distance boating has as its main merit.  As Covid-19 first wave started to get under control at the end of Spring boats starting to sell really strong especially at the lower budget side of things sub 200,000 Euros.  

This left a positive result as the sale of used boats always helps the industry. it is the best catalyst of it all.  Even when the nautical industry had the booming leasing years of 2004-8 it suffered after this of five to ten years in cleaning stock of used boats, which unfortunately yards and dealers tend to over price to move new boats.

Looking at 2021 it will be all about consolidation.  As expected new boat sales did not grow in 2020 but have been kept stable with sales being similar to those of 2019.  For boat builders if performance for 2021 is as good as 2019 and the year before that many will be happy.  24 meters plus size is looking healthy with most yards having over 50% of order book year 2021 sold.  Sub to this it will be very much seasonal, with sales in the Western World picking up in late Spring more so this year with most fall and Winter boat shows having been cancelled or postponed.  

Onward 2021, hoping that with the rolling of the vaccines which started in December Covid-19 will be a thing of the past and part of our History.