April 30, 2021

Monthly News - April 2021

-pic of the month- Feadship Finds Mira


Back Cove and Sabre Changes in Sales Marketing Duties

The end of March brought a big change at Sabre and Back Cove: after almost 30 years, Bentley Collins will complete his retirement, and, while remaining on our Management Committee, will relinquish his day-to-day sales and marketing responsibilities to Lynn Beaudoin at Sabre Yachts and Jamie Blomquist at Back Cove Yachts and Jamie Governale.


Benetti Leads Italian Yachting Surge 

Under the present Covid 19 restrictions, the nautical market has enjoyed a busy season, originating from the widespread desire for escape, freedom and safety, which can be enjoyed at sea. Benetti has seized this market moment with a wide range of new generation models to consolidate the boom in sales.  This success results as much from the strong numbers in the composite megayacht division from 29 to 44 meters, as from the custom steel division, which has sold 15 yachts with a concentration in the 50-70 meter range.  Particularly impressive are the successes of the Benetti Oasis 40M, a yacht in such demand that it was necessary to double the number of molds and that soon will be followed by a sistership a little bit smaller in size. Other standout models include the Benetti Motopanfilo 37M, which evokes of the lines of the iconic 1950s Benetti Gabbiano, as well as the Benetti B.Yond 37 meter, a 4-deck explorer under construction that will be the most eco-sustainable yacht available in this market segment.  The Oasis line, which heralded a new concept of life on board, with a stern that can be completely opened to the sea and infinity pool, also serves as an example of the success of many of the custom steel yachts that will carry the Benetti stylistic signature, one for all the B.Now 50M.  Giovanna Vitelli, Executive Vice President of Azimut Benetti Group, said: “We are deeply grateful for the diligent collaboration between the management, the workers and all the representatives of the supply chain, who have dependably supported us. I am proud that the Azimut Benetti Group represents through the tangible sign of its results an excellence, an outpost of that new Italian Renaissance that we all hope.”  Marco Valle, CEO of the Group, added: “Now that we’ve triumphed over the challenging international markets, we must keep our attention focused and continue to pursue the equally demanding work at hand: production continuity in full respect of the health and safety of those who work with us, which has so far been successfully. To all those who work every day to make it possible, I send my heartfelt thanks”.


Feadship Finds Mira

The rich multi-generation-spanning history of Feadship underpins everything we do today as a world leader in high-tech superyacht building. While today’s Feadships are literally and figurately giants of the global fleet, the company also take good care to preserve its heritage whenever possible. Imagine then how much they enjoyed welcoming the 12-metre Mira to the Makkum yard in February, a Feadship with a story or two to tell. Mira is a so-called Express Cruiser, one of a series of 25 mini-Feadships built in the early 1950s as part of the successful brand launch onto the US market. The original build was for a Dutch owner who agreed to let his yacht be exhibited at the New York Motor Boat Show in 1952 as long as we built a new one for him. With her steel hull and mahogany superstructure, this ‘second’ Mira was given the build number 904 and launched in 1953. The boat was found last year on the Dutch equivalent of eBay by Sieger van Kampen, project leader at one of the Feadship training schools. Sieger is always on the lookout for early Feadships as they offer a fantastic way for students and staff alike to hone their refit skills on a yacht that will hold intrinsic brand value. As he looked at the images online the big question of course was whether she actually was a Feadship. Jumping in his car to visit the seller, Sieger found a stripped boat with parts spread all over the place, even in the hayloft. “The owner, who had been unaware that he potentially had a Feadship on his hands, allowed myself and a colleague to search his premises for clues,” remembers Sieger. “There were boxes everywhere, but the big breakthrough came when we found the build number plate 904. We then dived into the archives at Feadship with the help of in-house historian Huib de Vries. Eventually, we found photographs of the boat including the name of the owner and the magic number 904. It was so exciting to be able to confirm that we had tracked down another Feadship.” The students at the Feadship Makkum training school are now giving Mira a complete facelift, including her hull, superstructure, floors and technical aspects. We will share the results in due course but for now the moral of this tale is to keep an eye out when you come across classic boats… You never know where you might find a Feadship!

Feadship Yeti Footprint Break Through

Promising developments have been seen recently with a measurement tool designed to allow the entire superyacht industry to objectively assess the environmental credentials of existing yachts and new concepts. Initiated by Feadship’s Bram Jongepier, the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI) has been taken to the next level over the past two years under the auspices of the Water Revolution. The ultimate goal of stimulating technologies which reduce energy demand and enhance system efficiency is now much closer.

Feadship Virtual Yacht World

The global travel restrictions have led to a surge in the number of potential owners wishing to see their ideas for a yacht in digital form. Feadship has therefore teamed up with SuperYacht Times, other top yards and leading designers to offer a virtual world solution to this very real-world challenge.


Ferretti Group Strong Growth in First Quarter

Ferretti Group ends the first quarter of 2021 reporting a powerful growth on both economic and industrial fronts. Compared with the same period in 2020, first quarter revenues rose 40%, from EUR 133 million to EUR 186 million. Geographically speaking, Europe and the Middle East confirmed their strategic importance for the Group, accounting for more than half of revenues.  First quarter EBITDA stands at EUR 18 million - vs EUR 5.5 million in the same period the previous year - and new orders, as of today, total over EUR 300 million, a value that represents 56% of the entire 2020 order intake. This last figure in particular points to an extremely positive trend in 2021.  From an industrial perspective, Ferretti Group reported a record number of launches: 56 yachts and superyachts launched in three months against 43 in 2020. Almost all the Group’s shipyards and main brands contributed to this record with iconic models in the world of international yachting like Riva 50 METRI - MY “Fifty”, the new Ferretti Yacht 1000 and Navetta 30 Custom Line.  The first quarter of 2021 also saw the sale of the forty-eighth Wally full custom sailing superyacht, the first unit sold since the brand became part of Ferretti Group.  Over 30 metres long, the yacht has a sail area of 630 square metres and is built entirely from carbon fibre. Wally 101 represents excellence in terms of naval architecture, performance and comfort, presenting itself as a new icon in the world of sailing yachts and confirming the company’s considerable contribution to advances in design and technological innovation in the field of sailing.  “Record-breaking first-quarter EBITDA and equally extraordinary new order growth - including an extremely significant order for a large Wally sailing yacht -, tell the story of a Ferretti Group with the wind in its sails and everything points to a very positive 2021”, said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “The launches are like the dates of a successful show, because this record number in just three months attests to the huge appreciation our boats enjoy and the strength of our production strategies. After excellent performance in 2019 and a basically stable 2020, we were expecting to grow, but this fantastic acceleration has beaten all our forecasts and gives everyone who works in Ferretti Group twice the satisfaction and energy”.


Formula Celebrates 45 Years with Porter Family

April 2021 Marks 45th Anniversary of Formula Ownership by Porters.  Victor Porter purchased Thunderbird/Formula/Signa on April 20, 1976, from Fuqua Industries.  Porter, Formula and Thunderbird offers an intriguing history and fascinating timeline of achievements!


Jarrett Bay Administers Nearly 400 Vaccines

Jarrett Bay Boatworks held a one-day clinic to deliver 395 COVID-19 vaccines for our team members and immediate family, along with other marine businesses in the Jarrett Bay Marine Park and Beaufort and Morehead City area. Twenty healthcare workers from Vidant Health arrived at the Marine Park the morning of Thursday, March 11, 2021, to administer the vaccines.  Jarrett Bay Human Resources Director, Stacie Johnson took the helm of the opportunity after Vidant Health reached out to Jarrett Bay President Randy Ramsey. Working together with Eric Johnson of Vidant Health, Stacie was able to secure 400 vaccines – more than enough for Jarrett Bay’s employees and their immediate family members. With a surplus calculated, Stacie and other Jarrett Bay management team members contacted local businesses within the Marine Park and in the local area to offer their employees the vaccine as well.


Mimi Extends Dealer Network Further

The Gozzi Mimì network continues to grow thanks to the agreement with Navis Marine, a Croatian company which has been operating for some years in the sales, brokerage and consultancy sectors. The boats of the shipyard founded in 1975, which are fast gaining in popularity thanks to their combination of modernity and the flavour of Italian and Neapolitan-made products, have thus gone to join the fleets of the numerous Italian brands already imported by Navis Marine, such as Azimut Yachts, Benetti and Pirelli.  This new partnership represents another step forward in Gozzi Mimì’s internationalisation strategy, which speeded up considerably in the early months of 2021, after a 2020 marked by strong growth and positive economic performance.  Domenico Senese, director of the Campania-based shipyard, commented: “We are acquiring new dealers because we expect a further increase in sales, with the summer season approaching and the ongoing unusual world situation which is favouring the growth of the sector, linked to a demand for safe holidays away from crowded places”.  Gordan Zadro, head of Navis Marine said he was satisfied and proud to add Mimì among the brands that his company represents.


Pearl Announces New Strap Line and Online Configurator

British shipyard Pearl Yachts is beginning a new chapter, building on the unique identity the brand has built over the past 23 years. The new strap line: Boutique Yacht Builder since 1998, is consolidating Pearl’s reputation for attention to detail and the individual customer care, which mass producers cannot match. With no plans to mass produce, the masterful match of Bill Dixon’s coveted exterior designs with living area and cabin detailing by the incomparable Kelly Hoppen MBE places Pearl Yachts as the rarest of the industry stars.  Atelier yacht producers, such as Pearl, find themselves in the privileged position to offer innovative features ahead of the industry. The new Configurator allows online visitors to customise their own Pearl 62 as she takes shape before their very eyes. Interested parties can find this exciting tool on the Pearl 62, which offers a wide range of customisations such as: engines; colours; interiors; electronics and other details and upgrades. When the client is satisfied, the brochure for this unique, custom creation can be easily downloaded, with all the details and images to consider and share with friends & family.  The range of Pearl Yachts currently features three award-winning Flybridge models from 62 to 95 feet: the new Pearl 62, launched just last year with an unprecedented fourth cabin and the choice of garage or crew cabin, the Pearl 80 and the Pearl 95. This streamlined selection is backed by another industry first: Pearl’s 5-year warrantee. Along with build quality, the total result is a brand image that stands among the leading players in the industry, with unparalleled resale value, and the very finest customer support.

Pearl Launches The Atelier Factory Video

The new video invites us into the oyster, the state-of-the-art production facility that houses the entire supply chain behind each Pearl. The narrator describes Pearl Yachts' unique strengths as an Atelier Shipyard, while a thorough montage takes us through the tooling, joinery, furniture, stainless steel, painting and finally the sea trialing.

Pearl Starts 2021 with Strong Orders and Deliveries

The first three months of 2021 have been ultra-busy for British luxury motoryacht builder Pearl Yachts. Baxter Marine, Pearl’s longest-serving dealer and the US dealer, Atlantic Yacht & Ship Co, have demonstrated the growing international demand for Pearl’s line-up. No fewer than four new-boat contracts have been signed since the new year: A Pearl 95, two Pearl 80s, and a Pearl 62. A similar number of brand-new boats have been handed over to their eager owners: Another Pearl 95 and 4 more Pearl 62s. The slowdowns in global supply chains and new safety restrictions are little match for the experienced Pearl team. Baxter Marine, Pearl Yachts’ longest-serving dealer, has just handed over the third Pearl 95 to her owner in Palma, Mallorca, and Pearl’s US dealer, Atlantic Yacht & Ship Co, has now completed the sale of another Pearl 95 to an American client. The latter boat will be based in Miami, Florida. The next-available Pearl 95 will be ready for delivery towards the end of this year.  Two Pearl 80s – the seventh and ninth of this increasingly popular mid-size model – have been sold to clients intending to keep their boats in Palma, Mallorca, and Montenegro respectively. Again, these sales were handled by Baxter Marine and both handover in May. The eighth unit of Pearl 80 is already in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is available immediately and the 10th will be ready for delivery towards the end of this year.  Moreover, the year-old Pearl 62 has proved a tremendous success since her world premiere launch at Düsseldorf 2020. The fourth and fifth units are being shipped imminently to France and the USA, the 6th and 7th have British owners and will hand over in the UK this summer and autumn, and the eighth will be exhibited at the Dusseldorf boat show in January 2022. “Despite the pandemic, Pearl Yachts has never been busier,” says Managing Director Iain Smallridge. “There are several reasons why we are experiencing record sales. First and foremost, our model range and designs are so strong, thanks to Bill Dixon’s immensely experience studio, which is responsible for all the exterior lines, naval architecture and space planning, and our stunning and award-winning Kelly Hoppen interiors. In addition, every Pearl model has several unique features, which makes them really stand out from the crowd. Pearl’s high build-quality and keen pricing means we make most owners shortlists and, last but by no means least, we now have an impressive dealer network in the Mediterranean and the USA that not only makes the brand more accessible, but also delivers exceptional after-sales service.”


Riviera Invests in Yacht Transporter

The care and efficiency of moving luxury motor yachts on site at Riviera’s 16.8-hectare Gold Coast boatbuilding facility has been enhanced with the commissioning of a new self-propelled transporter. The Marine Travelift TM100 has capacity to move with ease motor yachts of up to 100 tonnes, or 50 per cent more than the weight of Riviera’s flagship 72 Sports Motor Yacht. This is the latest high-technology enhancement for Riviera as the company prepares for the next phase of a $10 million expansion of the facility this year to meet growing demand.  The 16-wheel loader is managed by a single operator to efficiently manoeuvre large motor yachts in Riviera’s model range across the company’s expansive boatbuilding site. In the past, Riviera’s team would move motor yachts using cradles that were specifically designed for each hull. “The new transporter enables our team to consolidate our workflow, creating greater efficiencies in the process of building luxury motor yachts,” says Riviera’s Supply, Planning and Production director Kyle Davison. “It provides a lot more manoeuvrability, enabling better access to existing and new facilities and, by employing this state-of-the-art technology, the team can take advantage of improved efficiencies and safety on site.” The first stage of Riviera’s expansion last year involved an enlargement of the final fitout building to accommodate larger yachts and the new transporter system. Operated through a remote panel, the Italian-made TM100 offers complete control to easily transport Riviera motor yachts, that can weigh as much as 68 metric tons, from one location to the next at each stage of the boatbuilding process. The open-ended design of the transporter allows the operator to position the device under a parked boat or around a cradle to lift it. This is done after the placement of pads on either side of the hull using hydraulic cylinders which safely stabilises the motor yacht once in position. “The commissioning of the new marine transporter is part of our ongoing investment in new technology to enhance our overall boatbuilding operations,” says Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “Plans are currently under way for the next phase of expanding our boatbuilding facilities on the Gold Coast, and this is an important step in this program as we continue to create bigger, more advanced and sophisticated luxury motor yachts.”  Riviera builds over 100 luxury motor yachts a year from its facility on the Gold Coast, the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Riviera Expands Team Through Training Initiative

Australia’s largest builder of luxury motor yachts, Riviera, has expanded its recruitment program for 2021 through a new initiative with the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) that will employ 30 additional craftspeople for its boatbuilding team on the Gold Coast.  In a first for the marine industry, the collaboration uses the combined resources of DESBT and the Federal Government’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment to help trainees fast-track their careers in boatbuilding.  More than 200 potential marine craftspeople have expressed interest in participating in the Riviera-led program which is aimed at enhancing the company’s capabilities to train new professionals in the essential skills needed for building world-class luxury motor yachts.  “This is an important step in ensuring that Riviera has access to the best possible talent to fill the opportunities we currently have available,” said Riviera’s Safety and Training Manager Adam Houlahan.  “Through this collaboration we have been able to secure a shortlist of quality people with varied work experience, some of them mature-aged who can be trained in the skillsets that we require.”  Riviera plans to immediately employ 30 new trade assistants from the program with these new craftspeople participating in a newly created practical training course at TAFE Queensland, which is administered by DESBT.  “This program will allow trainees to develop the skills they need in a timely manner to take up various trade assistants’ roles at Riviera,” said Adam Chanter, the Maritime Senior Project Officer, a position co-funded by the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.  “The trainees will undertake a non-accredited training program that focuses on developing practical skills to meet the needs of both Riviera and the industry.  “From a broader perspective, this collaboration is a model example of multiple government departments working together to achieve positive employment outcomes for all concerned.”  The latest recruitment initiative coincides with Riviera’s expansion program to meet the largest forward orders for luxury motor yachts in the company’s 41-year history.  “Our long-term commitment to training plays an integral role in our ability to create motor yachts that are admired globally for their innovative design, engineering and the most luxurious of interiors,” said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “We are proud of our ongoing collaboration with DESBT and, in conjunction with our on-site training initiatives, Riviera is not only enhancing the skills excellence of our team, we are also creating the master craftspeople of the future for our industry.”  Riviera is ready to commence the next stage of a $10 million expansion of the company’s Gold Coast boatbuilding facility. This follows the welcoming earlier this year of a record 41 new apprentices into Riviera’s award-winning training program to continue enhancing the skills of the company’s 600-strong team.

Riviera Escape to Moreton Island

R Marine Jones, representative for Australia’s largest luxury motor yacht builder Riviera, recently led a flotilla of 34 Riviera yachts on an extended long weekend of fun and adventure to the natural wonders of Moreton Island.  With challenging access and a deluxe reputation, the Riviera motor yacht owners jumped at the chance to join the veteran R Marine Jones crew for their annual Kooringal Experience.  At 6am on January 28, the fleet set off from the Gold Coast Broadwater, led by Randall and Melinda Jones with their son Jack at the helm.  Tucked in the south-west tip of Moreton Island, Kooringal is a couple of hours from the Gold Coast and yet it may as well be another world away.  Shifting sandbars fringe the tiny town and make a permanent channel marker system impossible. For those who dare navigate the half mile between the end of the Island’s buoyage system and safe anchorage, the rewards are plentiful: total serenity, abundant wildlife, a rustic beachside bar and freshly shucked oysters from the local farm.  For their first Experience event, Bret and Leasa Lashmar joined the flotilla in Moreton Bay at Peel Island, having cruised south from the Sunshine Coast on their recently acquired Riviera 395 SUV, Protector.  “Kooringal isn’t the easiest place to get into, which is part of its allure,” said Mr Lashmar. “The trip there with the team was great and we learned a lot including some of the better anchoring techniques.”  By 10am, all 34 Riviera luxury motor yachts had entered the passage on high tide, guided by markers laid out by the R Marine Jones team. While the arrival of over 100 Riviera adventurers more than tripled Kooringal’s resident population (45 in the 2016 census), the sheltered anchorage offered plenty of space for everyone.


Viking Key West Challenge

Eight minutes after lines in was called, Rosalie Apostoleres released a sailfish on the Viking 50 Roenick. One minute later, Captain Casey Hunt reported a sail for her husband Nick. And team Roenick never relented, dominating the 7th Annual Viking Key West Challenge from start to finish. Roenick covered the leader board and took home both Top Boat and Top Angler (also Top Lady Angler, Top Sailfish Boat, 3rd Place Angler and 1st and 3rd Sailfish Angler), with Rosalie hanging 18 flags and Nick adding six over the two fishing days. In addition to their hardware, they also walked off with a Spot Zero mobile unit and Switlik Coastal Passage Raft.  Game Changer, Robert Boyce’s Viking 80, had a strong Day 2 with 10 releases, sealing their 2nd Place spot in the Sailfish Release category with a total of 15 fish. Matthew Boyce claimed five of those sails and accepted the Top Junior Angler honours. Jack Sheehan and his team on the Viking 72 Manna Ray rounded out the sailfish category in 3rd Place with 11 sails.  A 52.6-pound wahoo, caught by Chad Moss on Bob Moss’ Viking 72 Sandbob, took 1st in both the angler and boat categories. David Raisbeck’s Viking 92, Raiser’s Edge, was the Top Tuna Boat, and Bill Raisbeck took Top Tuna Angler with a 24-pounder recorded at the ASEA Weigh Station. The Viking Key West Challenge, presented by Christi Insurance and Spot Zero, saw records both on the leaderboard and with a 50-boat fleet which included four Valhalla center consoles. Keeping with the “More Than Just Fishing” theme, participants enjoyed a festive Captains’ Meeting cocktail party, Welcome Dinner under the stars, lay day barbecue pool party, kid’s dock tournament, bar crawl poker run (with no cheating!), al fresco awards dinner with a sunset view and – oh yeah – two days of awesome fishing fun. “I’ve never seen so many smiling faces and happy people,” said Viking President and CEO Patrick Healey.

Viking Advance in Marlin Madness

Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s…they’ve advanced in Marlin magazine’s Marlin Madness. The Salt’s gang is battling in the Florida bracket, while the Viking 60, Hubris, is seated in the East Coast Bracket. The 74 Draggin’ Up and Walk West, a Viking 55, are still holding strong in the Gulf Coast Bracket.

April 29, 2021

Out-News = Azimut Super Yacht Partially Sinks Near Marco Island

A 26 meter Azimut super yacht partially sank near Marco Island to the South of Fort Myers beach in Florida on eleventh February, when it hit a sandbar in the area.  According to the locals the sandbars in the area tend to move and make the markers put by the coast guard the previous days practically useless.  Locals have been asking local authorities to dredge the channel, as with the sand bars increasing the channel is always becoming smaller.  No one was injured in the accident but the Azimut super yacht was still seeking assistance to re-float two days after the accident. 
The Azimut in the accident is a 2001 85 Ultimate powered by twin Cats 1350hp engines.  The 85 Ultimate which was build from 2000 up till 2005 and came from a project of Stefano Righini, Azimut lead designer from the early nineties till 2017.  The Azimut 85 Ultimate features a four double cabins interior, with two crew cabins and was usually powered by twin Cat, Man or MTU engines of 1350hp giving her a top speed up to 29 knots. 

New Model: Bimax 28 Alchimia

Just when you thought you have seen it all, here comes Bimax a shipyard from Latina to the South of Rome in Italy, and its new revolution the 28 Alchimia.  So what's new with the Bimax 28 Alchimia is that this walkaround sport cruiser of just over eight meters in length is powered by a single shaft drive inboard engine with what the company calls its Eco Drive System.  The Eco Drive System has a pull propulsion shaft system looking forward and only seven degrees shaft angle.  The result is that with this you do not get the bow high of the traditional shaft drive especially in transition or early planning phases with Bimax claiming a bow rise of only one degrees.  While consumption is only at one litre per nautical mile or twenty litres per hour at fast cruise.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 8.48 m (28ft)
Beam - 2.93 m
Displacement - 3200 kg
Fuel Capacity - 200 l
Water Capacity - 80 l
Max Persons - eight
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 1 x VM 270hp
Propulsion - Eco Drive System forward looking with seven degrees shaft angle
Project - Massimo Buonomo
Certification - CE B 

April 27, 2021

Project: Maritimo M600

Maritimo present the project for the new M600.  This project is part of the new offshore series that fuses the latest advancements in technology and design with the iconic features of Maritimo’s 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, an experienced team of maritime designers and skilled craftspeople have developed a fresh take on how an offshore flybridge motor yacht should perform and feel.  The new M600 will immediately captivate you by its space, easily accommodating a family 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.  The remarkable new offshore cockpit with enclosed transom makes the M600 Offshore ideal for those fishing enthusiasts or any that embrace the encapsulated deck space with solid separation to the sea.  The surprise here on a boat of this type that the Maritimo M600 also features a tender garage with space for a tender of three meters in size.  The main deck is for an astern galley layout, while below deck accommodation is for three double cabins including an owners full beam stateroom.  The Maritimo M600 will be powered by twin Volvo 800hp as standard.

April 25, 2021

Web: Mimi New Web Site

Mimi presents its new virtual web showroom.  Mimi was founded in 1975 by Salvatore Senese in Naples. The first Mimi boat was a 4.6 meter speedboat.  In recent years Salvatore's son Domenico Senese has taken over the family business who upgraded the current line, and also increased the export vocation of the brand in all Europe and Asia.  Currently Mimi produces eighteen models from five to thirteen meters, in two different ranges; Fisherman and the classic Gozzo Italian fisherman Libeccio.  The range starts from the 19 of the Fisherman range and goes up to the project of the 13.5 Libeccio flagship.  The latest Mimi models for 2021 are the Libeccio 11 Walkaround, Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround, and Libeccio 8.5 Classic.  Mimi new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Company, News, and Contact.  Mimi is also on social media with lower page buttons which take you to its Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube pages.

April 23, 2021

New Model: Columbus Sport 50

Columbus Yachts, brand of Palumbo Superyachts, launched and completed the first sea trials of the new 50-metre Sport M/Y K2 at the Ancona shipyard.  Born in 2011 with its award-winning 40-metre models, the Columbus Sport line confirms its success.  Featuring a vertical bow and sleek lines, this project has broken the mold of the time and has become an icon of sportiness and elegance.  The fleet is now enriched with a new 50-metre model which encompasses the distinctive elements of this design and combines new aesthetic features to an engineering development of the hull which in navigation guarantees a high level of comfort even in rough sea conditions. Columbus Sport 50 stems from the naval engineering of Palumbo Superyachts in collaboration with Hydro Tec. The external lines and the interior design are penned by Luca Dini.  Characterized by several unprecedented solutions designed at the owner’s request, who is on his third project with Palumbo Superyachts, Columbus 50 Sport  accommodates eleven guests in five comfortable cabins assisted by eleven crew members housed in seven cabins. The aluminium hull and superstructure together with a gross tonnage of 499 are definitely one of the strength points of this vessel that, combined with a maximum draft of 2.2 m, make her a one-of-a-kind yacht on the market capable of sailing in shallow waters.  Powered by two 2600hp MTU engines, Sport 50 reaches a top speed of 21 knots, a cruising speed of seventeen with a long range for transoceanic passages.  Performance analysis at the lowest speeds reported very interesting results, also considering the keel structure, with a consumption of seventy litres per hour at ten knots.  From a technical perspective, another carefully-considered aspect was noise and vibration reduction: during the sea trials just carried out, Columbus 50 Sport achieved extremely low noise levels in the guest cabins. This is particularly remarkable as they were obtained at 85% of maximum engine power, at a speed slightly above 20 knots.  Columbus Sport 50 is scheduled to make her official debut at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show in September.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.9 m (163.7ft)
Beam - 9.05 m
Draft - 2.2 m
Displacement - 499 GT
Fuel Capacity - 
Accommodation - eleven guests in five cabins, eleven crew in seven cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000M96L 2600hp
Speed - 21 knots max 17 knots cruise 12 knots long range
Range - 3000 nm at 12 knots
Project - Luca Dini exterior and interior, Hydro Tec naval architecture

April 21, 2021

Project: Absolute 60 Fly

Absolute approaches the start of boating season creating high expectations for the Generation 2022 new models. A very optimistic opening awaits Absolute thanks to the launch of a brand new range, as well as two exciting new models.  The first revolution will take place with the 60 Fly project a completely new model called and a motor yacht that will redefine the range with new ground-breaking design elements never seen on a Flybridge boat of eighteen meters in size, such as the Owner’s quarter at the bow and the aft cockpit terrace, free from any fixed furniture elements. The 60 Fly by Absolute reveals an overturning of perspectives, an evolution for the range and for the owner, with versatile life on board and liveability of the spaces.  A new perspective is offered by the bow master cabin, thanks to the owner’s quarter concept: a cabin which takes up the full beam of the boat, unprecedented on a 60/70-foot yacht. The cabin is raised from the lower deck, the ceiling is high, and the array of textures and colour choice for the interior design will satisfy even the most refined tastes. The atmosphere is sophisticated and relaxed, dedicated to the owner’s comfort and privacy: the walk-in wardrobe, the vanity with a sea view, and the wide side windows to feel fully immersed in nature complete the ambience.  The exterior lines are now enriched by elegant transparencies, thanks to the glazed balustrades that offer breath-taking views from both the fly and the cockpit: the latter, thought without fixed elements, can be furnished at the owner’s taste for the first time.  From the aft cockpit there are two comfortable staircases, ideal to reach the wide platform to enjoy a terrace just above the sea; the ample dimensions of the platform offer a comfortable entrance to the crew cabin, through the pantograph door concealed in the transom.  On the upper deck, the Fly area offers a second open-air salon totally immersed in the surrounding landscape, whose generous dimensions are just waiting to be lived: al-fresco galley and dining area, lounge space, high-tech helm station are framed by elegant design lines, colour contrasts and refined finishes.  Even the bow area is designed for maximum versatility of use thanks to a comfortable sofa with table, a sunbathing area, and music: social boating and privacy, all in one, day and night.  The Absolute 60 Fly boasts the latest generation technology, featured in modern and ultra-accessorized dashboards, with clear instrumentation always at your fingertips. Both helm stations on the main deck and flybridge have double piloting seats, ergonomic and modern. From the main deck dashboard, a very wide windscreen, with minimized and rounded side support pillars, guarantees an unobstructed view of the horizon. Even on the flybridge, a safe navigation topped with conviviality is ensured, thanks to the sofa and sundeck placed next to the helm, allowing the captain to drive with company. A third mooring station is also available at the stern, which can be integrated in a dedicated cabinet in the cockpit on starboard side, equipped with joystick, bow thruster control and engines ignition panel.  Great care for the furniture as well: on board the Absolute 60 Fly modular furniture can be adapted to the actual use. The areas are dedicated to the social moments with family and friends, to enjoy panoramas in complete freedom: various configurations are available for the owner to choose from, in order to fully enjoy the on-board life as desired. The green attitude of the shipyard proves itself thanks to the opportunity of integrating the solar panels into the hard top to ensure a lower environmental impact. Moored at anchor, the owner can enjoy the silence completely immersed in nature, by using solar energy to operate the essential services on board, without the continuous use of generators. The safety standards fear no competition even with larger models, and the spaces usability is top-notch both for the storage and for maintenance and spaces inspections activities. The Absolute 60 Fly is to be powered by twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod drive propulsion.  Launching of hull one is planned for June 2021.

April 19, 2021

New Model: Cetera 60

Cetera is a new brand founded by long standing Italian boat builder Fiart, who with its first 60 model look to re-invent interior spaces not by little.  Presented as a project in 2019, to a design of Francesco Guida, the Cetera 60 main difference comes from having its three cabins located on the main deck.  The layout of the Cetera 60 is unseen in yachts of this size, even in bigger 24 plus meters size who will have for example only an owners staterooms on the main deck.  The living on the Cetera 60 is located on the upper deck, with an internal stair case leading you to this area, featuring a dining, galley and pilot house area.  A relaxing saloon is located on the forward part of the main deck with excess to the fore-deck dinette.  Some might call it daring, others innovative but the Cetera 60 is something to ponder about, and it will be interesting to see if someone else will follow its solutions in the future.  In the meantime the Cetera 60 has arrived, and its use of spaces is something to talk about since possibly the Versilcraft Mystere of the seventies had a full beam owners midships cabin in a size of just over fifteen meters.  That went unnoticed for over twenty years.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.28 m (60ft)
Waterline Length - 15.74 m
Beam - 5.48 m
Draft - 1.30 m
Displacement - 27 t
Fuel Capacity - 1500 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Max Persons - 12
Accommodation - six guest berths in three cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 550hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 23 knots max 20 knots cruise
Project - Francesco Guida exterior, interior, and naval architecture
Certification - CE B 

April 17, 2021

Project: Overmarine Mangusta Oceano 39

 

Overmarine present the project for a new, revolutionary Mangusta Oceano 39. 39 metres of innovation and expertise, elegance and performance that reinterpret the Mangusta Oceano displacement line in a radically new key. A tri-deck yacht that gives her entire class a new harmonised identity, a yacht that embodies an innovative way of experiencing onboard life, forging a brand-new concept of open spaces and direct contact with the sea thanks to a minimal superstructure and the most extensive use of glass. The uttermost consistency between the yachts' interiors and exteriors creates the effect of the patio of a modern, seaside glass villa. Interior design is minimal and yet warm and cosy, and the foldable terraces can be lowered to provide access to a half circle beach house/garage tailored to the Owner's taste and requirements. Freedom of movement and a constant interaction between all decks are ensured by the aft area, which is a natural extension of the yacht overlooking the sea, the beach area is, indeed, not so much an extensible platform, but a beach house through and through. Minimised bulwarks and glass handrails allow the gaze to freely sweep the horizon, and the ceiling-high sliding glass doors mean that no breath-taking view will ever be missed. An imposing and powerful bow protects the glass wheelhouse and the infinity pool, whose partially see-through bottom lets natural light flood the Owner's stateroom. Another infinity pool can be found on the sundeck, where guests can take in the boundless view and experience that, truly, the limit is only in one's imagination. The exteriors feature deeply sculpted lines. The streamlined profile of the sundeck, in particular, is further emphasised by distinctive and stylish design elements, with sophisticated lighting solutions that reveal the shade of the teak wood covering all external decks and highlight the flawless continuity between indoor and outdoor materials. Every deck has been thought out to enable the Owner to arrange space at his own convenience, thanks to loose furniture and areas that he can easily customise as needed. A true masterpiece, where style and innovation do not go to the detriment of performances, but actually improve them. The dual propulsion available on this yacht can take her to two different maximum speeds; sixteen knots in the displacement version; 21 knots in the fast displacement one. Both models stand out for their impressive noiselessness, which further increases onboard comfort. 

April 15, 2021

New Model: Pardo Endurance 60

The new Pardo Endurance 60 is finally in the water. After the launch in Marina di Ravenna and the initial miles at sea while performing a thorough twelve hour navigation test, the new Pardo model and flagship has officially joined the fleet. The hull lines, by Nauta offers seamless continuity between interiors and exteriors, and an efficiency to live outdoor and indoor spaces in style and comfort, and in a safe and eco-sustainable way.  The Pardo Endurance 60 offers three double guest cabins with an option for the forward VIP suite to be offered in a movement which splits the double berth to two singles.  Crew accommodation is for two berths aft.  The Pardo Endurance 60 is standard powered by twin Volvo 550hp, and or optional 600hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18 m (59ft)
Hull Length - 16.5 m
Waterline Length - 16 m
Beam - 5.10 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Displacement - 30 t approx
Fuel Capacity - 2500 l
Max Persons - 16
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two crew in one cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 550hp, D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 25 knots max
Project - Nauta exterior and interior, Davide Leone naval architect
Certification - CE B16 / C20

April 13, 2021

Project: Lazzara LSX 67

Lazzara presented this project as a 65 in 2019 and now it has modified it to become the LSX 67.  The most apparent changes comes from the hard-top which is a bit more extended.  The Lazzara LSX 67 will feature a fold away extendable aft deck, which when opened up at anchor becomes a beach club.  The LSX 67 will offer a three double cabins layout with a master suite at midships and direct access from the beach club.  A single berth cabin for a crew is located to port side.  The Lazzara LSX 67 is to be powered with Volvo 900hp or optional 1000hp with IPS pod drives, with top speeds estimates up to forty knots.  A Lazzara LSX 67 is under construction and is planned to be launched in Summer.

April 11, 2021

New Model: Ferretti 1000

Ferretti launch the much awaited new 1000 model in Cattolica, with this first unit ordered by a French customer.  The 1000 supersedes the 960 as the largest yacht ever built by Ferretti, outside and excluding the semi-custom Customline brand.  The launch represents the culmination of a design process driven by the quest for perfection: extraordinary investments in Research and Development, thousands of hours of naval design, long-term mould prototyping at the Plug and Mould factory in Forlì, and the equally long and delicate construction phase at the Cattolica shipyard. The result is a remarkable new flagship made up of talent and technology, the ability to innovate and craftsmanship.  Majestic, versatile and suited to all markets, Ferretti Yachts 1000 reshapes space and changes the whole approach to life on board with unprecedented design solutions and an interior mood in Classic style, featuring soft, balanced colour tones and subtle contrasts. At the heart of the project is the idea of unparalleled comfort and wellbeing in both outdoor and indoor areas, where quintessential ‘Made in Italy’ taste prevails. The suavely understated design, featuring clean lines and sophisticated materials, conveys a sense of refined luxury and is the ideal interpretation of the values expressed by the “Just Like Home” claim: comfort, Italian style, timeless design and craftsmanship.  While only just unveiled, Ferretti Yacht s 1000 looks set to be a huge success and the first three units have already been sold.  Ferretti Yachts 1000 is the result of collaboration between the Product Strategy Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari, the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, architect Filippo Salvetti for the exteriors and Ideaeitalia for the new interior concept.
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.13 m (98.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.98 m
Beam - 6.81 m
Draft - 2.28 m
Displacement - 102000 kg unloaded, 118000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l
Water Capacity - 1320 l
Max Persons - 20 
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M86 2000hp, 16V2000 M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 24 knots max 20 knots cruise with 2000hp, 28 knots max 24 knots cruise with 2600hp
Project - Filippo Salvetti exterior, IdeaeItalia interior
Certification - CE A, classification B+F+Aa RINA 

April 9, 2021

Project: Baglietto 41m Superfast

Baglietto announces the signature of a new order for a 41m Superfact yacht designed by Francesco Paszkowski.  Superfast 41 will be Baglietto's hull no. 10242, who can celebrate yet another achievement, just after the sale of the second DOM 133, revealed recently.  41n Superfast will be an aluminium build fast open super sport yacht, with both interiors and exteriors designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design.  The yacht features a bold, streamlined profile, with the champagne shade of the hull making her beauty even more striking. All cabins have been arranged on the lower deck: the master cabin is located amidships, the VIP cabin also a double can be found forward, while the two guest cabins have single beds that can easily slide and be converted into double beds. On the same deck, closer to the stern, are the crew quarters. Located beside the engine room and conveniently accessible directly from the main deck, they include the captain’s cabin and two double cabins for the crew, as well as the galley with dinette. The aft garage, which opens on one side, is used to store a tender.  The main deck has been devised in such a way as to ensure a harmonious continuum between interior and exterior areas. Two sliding doors, one located aft and the other on a side, provide access to the dining area and to the conversation area of the main salon. The latter is brightened by the natural light flowing through two ceiling-high windows, which also ensure a wonderfully close contact with the sea even when living indoors. The pilot station can be found forward of the main salon. The outdoor aft cockpit hosts a lounge area, while the sunbathing area on the aft swimming platform is perfect to relax by the sea. Another sunbathing area and a second conversation area have been set up at the extreme bow of this modern, impressively functional yacht.  A second pilot station, with a pleasant relaxation area just behind it, can be found on the fly bridge.  Fitted with three MTU engines, 41m Superfast will reach an impressive maximum speed of 33 knots and a cruising speed of 28.  She will be classified with ABS and is expected to be delivered in 2023. 

April 8, 2021

Out-News = Crew Abandons Heavy Lift Ship Cargo Vessel

On Monday fifth April at around 1500 hours local time sixty miles West of Alesund, Norway eight crew members out of twelve abandoned the heavy lift ship cargo vessel M/V Eemslift Hendrika after stormy seas caused part of its cargo to shift, making it lift heavily to starboard and very difficult to manovre, and in danger of capsizing.  On the following day the remaining captain and three crew also abandoned the vessel, leaving it unattended.  One of the ships being carried, has also been reported being discharged into the sea.  Eemslift Hendrika departed Bremerhaven, Germany and was bound Kolvereid, Norway.  On eight April two tug boats and crew onboard managed to secure, and tow the vessel to Alesund harbour in Norway.
MV Eemslif Hendrika is a ship cargo veseel build in 2015 often used to carry yachts.  In this case the vessel had only two pleasure yachts a racing sloop and a Windy 58 Zephyros.  
The Windy 58 Zephyros was launched in the fall of 2003 to a design of Hans Jorgen Johnsen.  The 58 Zephyros was Windy's flaghship for a long time  and was produced until 2012. It offered accommodation with a fully enclosed hard-top main deck and three guest cabins sleeping six below deck.  The Windy 58 Zephyros is powered by twin Man or Caterpillar 800hp giving her top speeds up to 38 knots.  As of today she is still the largest Windy every build but the currently under construction SLR/SR 60 will change this.

April 7, 2021

New Model: Mimi Libeccio 9.5 WA

Mimi present the new Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround, designed by Valerio Rivellini this is a youthful yet elegant traditional Gozzo cruiser featuring some unusual new solutions in boats of this type.  Such as the hard top with arms mounted on the front part of the console and the wet-bar unit in lacquered mahogany, which under the fold-away seat can also feature a galley.  As accommodation the Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround offers a stern sofa that can be turned into a sun-pad and or a table for six, while the interiors feature a spacious dinette and a double bed, a second queen-size bed and a bathroom.  The Libeccio 9.5 Walkaround is powered by twin 200hp diesel engines or single 250hp engine version.
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.50 m (31.1ft)
Hull Length - 8.3 m 
Beam - 3 m
Displacement - 5000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 400 l
Water Capacity - 200 l
Max Persons - ten
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x 200hp, 1 x 250hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 32 knots max
Project - Valerio Rivellini
Certification - CE B

April 5, 2021

Project: Custom Yacht Senses 07

Custom Yacht is the new brand of Mauro Corviseri.  The Senses 07 seems to be the first official project of the brand, and is a boat designed by Giovanni Ceccarelli.  With the Senses 07 the famous Italian yacht designer, who is more known for his sailing projects then motor boat, presents an interesting parallel in looks and lines to that of a sailing boat.  Apart this the Senses 07 comes across as a big walk-round with full use of its main deck covered by a large and original central T-top and usable from fore to aft.  Down below, the Senses 07 offers a three double cabins lower deck, with a two berth crew cabin forward.  Living and galley area all located at aft.  The Senses 07 which will measure about 21 meters will be powered by twin Volvo 600hp engines with IPS pod drives which will allow her to reach speeds up to 24 knots.     

April 3, 2021

New Model: Ocean Alexander 36L

Ocean Alexander presents its new flagship model the 36L.  Designed by long time Ocean Alexander collaborator Evan K. Marshall the 36L is a triple deck 36 meter super yacht developed on the previous 112 model platform.  Filled with natural light thanks to larger windows the 36L offers a five double guest cabins layout, with an owners stateroom on the main deck.  The Ocean Alexander 36L comes standard powered by twin Man 1900hp engines 
Technical Data:  
LOA - 36.7 m (120.4ft)
Hull Length - 35.9 m
Waterline Length - 30.1 m
Beam - 7.47 m
Draft - 1.91 m
Displacement - 147,500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 20818 l
Water Capacity - 4012 l
Accommodation - ten guest berths in five cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp, MTU 16V200 M94 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 23 knots max, 18 knots cruise with optional MTU 2600hp
Project - Evan K. Marshall

April 1, 2021

blogger - What a Virtual Launch

The all virtual launch for the new Azimut 53 is something to admire and compliment.  It was so good that in a World after Covid-19 I hope to see more of this in the future, and this includes the pre-launch three chapters; Instinct, Flair, and Creativity detailing the project.  

To be true to history this is not the first time Azimut did a launch like this, with the known Italian marquee doing something similar, in two other important new launches, that of the Magellano 74 in 2009, and in 2012 for the 55S.  Both of which where also excellent and represented a turn around for the company.  But this new 53 had something better to the other two ground breaking models, which was in my opinion the Official Digital Unveil, which tops in quality, visuals, and description of the product.  The presenter Justin Ratcliffe and the location for the launch help not little to make all this a surreal experience. 

Other competitive builders should take note, and while we have seen similar quality launches in the past from the likes of the Ferretti Group, and Princess, I think the perfection of execution that was made for the Azimut 53 is something to take notes of.