August 31, 2021

Super Yacht Destroyed by Fire in Massachusetts

A 25 meter super yacht titled m/y Miss Dunia burned down to fire at Pope Islands Fleet marina in New Bedford, Massachusetts, at around 1730 hours of Monday 30 August.  The US Coast Guard and New Bedford and Fairhaven fire departments attended and went to Pope Islands marina to control and extinguish the fire.  Even though no injuries happened in this fire a dinner party was reported being made onboard before the yacht went ablaze, even though the number of guests onboard has not been mentioned.  Miss Dunia was reported carrying under two thousand litres of fuel and had a pollution spread to over 200 meters from the wreck, with a second boom being added to contain the environmental damage. M/y Miss Dunia arrived to Pope Islands Fleet Marina from Florida three weeks prior.
Owned by Pope Islands Fleet Marina owner Lars Vinejerud II, m/y Miss Dunia previously named Lady B is a Horizon 82 from 2007 with the extended cockpit and enclosed pilot house option.  Designed inhouse by Horizon this 82 offered accommodation for six guests in three double cabins, with crew accommodation for three in two cabins, and was powered by twin Cats 1650hp engines with a top speed up to 23 knots. 23 Horizon 82 models where built from 2003 to 2009, with the model replaced by the E78 in 2011.

Monthly News - August 2021

-pic of the month- Wajer Immersive Unveiling

Back Cove Needs Help

The Back Cove 39O will make her official international debut at the upcoming Newport show and this is where You come in, to vote for the Back Cove 39O and help it win the coveted Newport For New Products "People's Choice" award. As many of you will remember, this award has become something of a family tradition here at Back Cove Yachts; thanks to our fantastic community of owners, associates, partners, and friends - and we're asking you to make your voices heard once again!  Voting ends on Wednesday, September 15th, so don't wait!

Bayliss Wins at Home

Congratulations to the guys on Tarheel for receiving 1st place in the Dare County Boat Builders Tournament. With two consistent days of fishing, the crew topped the leaderboards in billfish releases with five white marlin and one blue marlin. John R. Bayliss was also the recipient of the top angler award. We are proud to be a part of this tournament each year!  All proceeds from the tournament benefit the Dare County Boat Builders Foundation. The organization actively supports local educational programs and scholarships for Dare County students. 

Bayliss Takes First Place at Bermuda Triple Crown

Pescador took first place in the Bermuda Triple Crown series this past month. The group had a strong performance throughout each leg of the tournament, and in a close finish topped the leaderboards based on time. Pescador's last blue marlin release on a slow day of fishing helped to clinch the victory over their competitors. Congratulations to the owners and crew!

Bayliss at Virginia Beach Marlin Invitational

The guys on Mama C placed second based on time at the Virginia Beach Marlin Invitational tournament last weekend. They released one blue marlin and three white marlin throughout the duration of the tournament.  We wish them the well as they compete in the White Marlin Open this week!

Ferretti Gift of Time Short Film

Spending time with the people we love, waiting for night to fall to admire the stars, finding the positive side of every situation, growing and being amazed by the little things: in a fast-paced world that has accustomed us to the frenzy of the moment, some things still need time. “The gift of time” is the short film directed by William9 to present the new Ferretti Yachts 1000, through the words of the famous poem “I wish you time” by Elli Michler.  It is a story about the Italian way of life, about conviviality and love, but most importantly about the importance of knowing how to savour every moment. Three generations are reunited on board the yacht to celebrate the most precious gift that life can offer: time. The soundtrack “Il Mondo”, written by Jimmy Fontana and performed by Alessandro Ristori - accompanies exquisitely Italian imagery, where life is a continuous succession of love stories and emotions.  Ferretti Yachts 1000, the largest flybridge model ever built by the brand, was born in time to be timeless, just like moments of life on board, which are transformed into indelible memories.  “This film celebrates time, one of our most precious gifts and for yachting enthusiasts a key indicator of happiness, because more time means more destinations, more swimming and more sunsets. I agree with Seneca, who two thousand years ago proposed severe punishments for anyone who stole even just an hour of our time,” commented Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “Our majestic flagship Ferretti Yachts 100 is an invitation for you and your loved ones to make the most of the gift of time, on a boat where every space and detail are designed to maximise the pleasure of living on the water in the utmost comfort. It is a boat with the wonderful sense of hospitality that comes naturally to us Italians, and the song ‘Il Mondo’, which provides the film with its soundtrack, pays tribute to our unique and inimitable way of life.”  Working with us on this great project were some exclusive partners: Dolce&Gabbana, Galleria Tornabuoni and Pisa Orologeria. Three brands that, like Ferretti Yachts, bring excellence to the world.  The film was given its premiere at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice and is now available on Ferretti Yachts and Ferretti Group social media channels.  Based on a concept by communication agency Undesign, the film was produced by Sedici:9 and LMC Vision.  Cast members: Angelica Cacciapaglia, Alisa Moldovan, Luca Corradi, Marta Riello, Renato Fornasari, Tommaso De Bellis, Sofia Barbieri and Stefan Bohuky.

Ferretti Custom Line and Venini

Custom Line, the Ferretti Group brand that creates unique yachts expertly designed and built to stand the test of time and to reflect their owners’ personality and lifestyle on the water, and Venini, the storied artistic glass company known worldwide for the excellence of its creations, will be presenting their masterpieces and new products at the international events scheduled in September, from the Ferretti Group Private View in Monte Carlo to the Fuori Salone at the Milan Furniture Fair, and from the Cannes Yachting Festival to the Monaco Yacht Show.  Heritage, Italian design, quality, hand craftsmanship, ongoing innovation and exclusiveness are the values shared by these two pinnacles of Made in Italy excellence, which for a whole month will be offering their customers unique emotions and experiences.  During the Fuori Salone - the most eagerly awaited international design event of the year, held from September 4 to 10 - the Venini boutique in Via Montenapoleone in Milan and Custom Line celebrate their partnership with an exclusive exhibition dedicated to the union among the art in naval tradition, design and contemporary art.  The creations presented by Venini include the iconic Plate by Tapio Wirkkala and Acqua by Michela Cattai, not to mention Otto by Luca Nichetto and Celesti by Atelieir Oi.  In parallel with the Salone del Mobile, the two brands will also continue their joint activities during the top events that welcome in the new yachting season. At the Ferretti Group Private Preview (Monte Carlo, September 2-4), the exclusive international yachting event at which owners and guests can find out about the new products launched in 2021, such as the Custom Line Navetta 30, the Cannes Yachting Festival (Cannes, September 7-12), the Genoa Boat Show (Genoa, September 16-21) and the Monaco Yacht Show (September 22-25), the timeless designs created by Venini will be featured on Custom Line yachts. Customers will have the chance to admire the artistic harmony generated by this creative partnership, characterised by a rich variety of styles and forms of expression.  Custom Line and Venini, two of the world’s most iconic luxury brands, are the epitome of Italian design at its most sophisticated and in the coming months they will continue to surprise fans with new projects permeated by their hallmark creative quality and fine hand craftsmanship.

Ferretti Group Expands Presence in Greece

Ferretti Group further consolidates its already extensive presence in Eastern Europe and expands its sales network in Greece through an exclusive partnership agreement with Okeanis to market the Riva, Pershing, Ferretti Yachts and Itama brands.  Okeanis has a team of expert professionals and a deep understanding of the luxury yacht market gained from thirty years’ experience in the industry. That is why it can offer local owners an exceptional yachting experience, from purchase through to after-sales assistance, in line with Ferretti Group’s extraordinarily high standards.  With a view to further growth and development on foreign markets, the partnership will strengthen the Group’s distribution channel in a strategically important area through a direct presence. The market in Greece, after showing its resilience during this difficult pandemic year, looks set to power ahead at full throttle this year.  The agreement, immediately effective, forms part of Ferretti Group’s global business development strategy. With this new dealership, the Group further extends its network of over 60 selected dealers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the United States and Asia Pacific, guaranteeing outstanding service in over 70 countries worldwide.

Formula Customer Experience on BoatTest

Formula's Customer Experience Manager video was recently featured this week in's e-newsletter and it got a Ton of views, going in-depth about Formula's hands-on delivery philosophy and the use of their Customer Experience Managers. 

Horizon Completes $15 million Yards Expansion

Since its establishment nearly 35 years ago, Horizon Yachts has continuously invested in its facilities and equipment to maintain and further its position as one of the world’s largest and leading yacht builders. The latest infrastructure investment comes in the form of a brand new 9,917sqm production facility constructed on the Horizon grounds in a space formerly used for mold storage.  This new space can now accommodate seven yachts up to 120 feet in length and improves production capacity significantly, allowing the group to deliver 20 to 25 new builds per year.    The expansion is the result of a two-year planning process with an overall focus on production efficiency throughout and to this effect includes the re-designation of existing workspaces and an efficient horizontal production queue. The hull production division of Group subsidiary Atech Composites division has also been relocated to the main yard to streamline the manufacturing process of each hull. Now, each critical stage of construction, from hull production to boat assembly and the final testing will be carried out in the same vicinity.   In addition to the new facility, which officially began operations in February 2021, construction is currently underway on a materials warehouse and a brand-new office building designed to house the factory management department. The new building is expected to be completed in early 2022.  

Jarrett Bay In The Coolest Thing Made

Jarrett Bay is excited to announce that they have once again been nominated for the Coolest Thing Made in NC! Competing in a field with 67 other products nominated for this prestigious designation.  This annual state-wide contest invites the public to nominate and vote for their favourite product manufactured in North Carolina. Entries can be made once per day but must be made from a valid email address or they can be disqualified.  The Coolest Thing Made in NC contest hosted by the NC Chamber and presented by Old Dominion Freight Line. 

Jarrett Bay Wins the White Marlin Open

The first fish to the scales of the White Marlin Open was an 82.5 pound white marlin brought in by the Whelan crew aboard hull 40, Fender Bender. This fish ended the week in second place and landed the team an incredible $1,980,910.00!  More Tournament Highlights: • Hull 11, Bill Collector wins 3rd Place at the inaugural Big Rock Kids Tournament, Hull 5, Quote Boat is awarded 3rd Place at the Hatteras Marlin Club Blue Marlin Release Tournament, Hull 23, Sea Striker takes 2nd Place in the Sea Horse Anglers Club Bermuda Billfish Tournament, Hull 59, Builder’s Choice finished in second on time at the Bermuda Triple Crown Championship and also won the optional Series Jackpot worth $31,500.  The crew on the Jarrett Bay 64 also pulled in nearly $90k in prize money at the Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament including a daily award on the final day.

Jarrett Bay Employee Retirement 

Big Congrats to Nile Mitchell on his retirement after helping to deliver 256 dreams in his career building boats! Jarrett Bay is grateful to have had his wisdom and leadership guide some of the most notable projects for the company and the sportfishing industry at large. Enjoy working on your own boat for a change, Nile. Jarrett Bay we’ll miss you!

Nobiskrug New Ownership

Today, Lars Windhorst, founder and owner of the Tennor Group, takes over the renowned superyacht shipyard Nobiskrug in Rendsburg, Germany.  In the future, Nobiskrug and Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft, already part of the Tennor group will work under an integrated management and joined administration while operating from their proven locations. Therefore the skills of the specialist for merchant and naval vessels from FSG will be bundled with the know-how of the superyacht builders from Nobiskrug. In particular in the areas of design, purchasing and administration, the total of 645 employees will work together across locations. Close cooperation is also to be established between the production departments. A symbolic keel-laying plate with a traditional coin documents this important day in the shipyard’s history.  The two shipyards are ideally connected geographically as well, with a travel time of less than an hour, thus enabling a close cooperation.  The continuation of in-depth training currently sixteen young people are apprenticed in seven different professions at Nobiskrug – is also a major concern for him, he said. Over the past two decades Nobiskrug has developed and built unique superyachts.  The shipyard with its excellent facilities, is the ideal place for building high qualitative superyacht projects. Both companies will ensure that the world-renowned shipyards in Flensburg and Rendsburg will continue to stand for innovative, sophisticated and efficient shipbuilding of the future.

Steeler Brings Jonnie and Therese Boer of De Librije

The Steenwijk-based shipyard for luxury yachts, Steeler Yachts has announced an alliance with Jonnie and Thérèse Boer of De Librije, the three-star Michelin restaurant in Zwolle, the Netherlands. A unique collaboration between two multiple award-winning famous names, with the purpose of offering Steeler motor yacht customers an equally special addition to their nautical lifestyle.  The collaboration will comprise the design and composition of kitchen equipment selected by Jonnie en Thérèse, along with cutlery and crockery, and the stock of spices and ingredients, naturally also including a matching selection of wines.  In practice, this will translate into on-board gastronomic refinement of the customer’s own yacht. From enjoyment of the very best coffee and tea blends, to being able to prepare the most fantastic Librije recipes, recommended by the culinary couple.  The alliance between Steeler and husband and wife Jonnie en Thérèse Boer will initially cover the design and fitting of the Steeler Bronson 75 models, though the intention is that all custom-built models by the Steenwijk-based shipbuilder will include these extraordinary culinary additions in the future.

Wajer Immersive Unveiling

After the preview in April, the time had finally come for the Wajer 77 to make its debut at sea on July 31. Wajer Yachts has held one of the most spectacular launch events in recent memory to unveil the first Wajer 77 in the crystal blue Mediterranean waters of the Côte d'Azur. The largest model yet from the Dutch yacht builder was welcomed by a fleet of more than forty other Wajers and their owners in the middle of the sea. The first 17 orders of the 77's have been sold in the South of France, the Balearic Islands and America.

Wajer Fun Pontoon

Whether you are looking for an adrenaline-fuelled experience of a lifetime or want to enjoy a few hours of relaxation through the glittering Mediterranean waters, we’ve got you covered.  New this Summer in our French Hub is the Wajer Fun Pontoon! A curated selection of the most popular water toys, from electric surfboards, wind and kite surfing gear to seabobs, SUP boards, snorkels and laser sailing are available for Wajer Owners at this floating water sports paradise just past Pampelonne.

Wajer New Online Configurator

Half the enjoyment of purchasing a new Wajer is customizing your new yacht according to your taste. And as the devil is in the details, from now on you can elevate your purchasing experience, by adding some color to your Wajer with the new online color configurator tool. You can choose your own color for the hull, upholstery and waterline from different angles of your Wajer. The color configurator is now live for all our models and can be found on the Wajer model pages on our website.

Viking Mullica Expansion Update

The tremendous success of Valhalla Boatworks (VBW) has prompted the need for more space at its dedicated manufacturing facility; Viking Mullica. Our sister company is crushing it, with sales exceeding 300 boats since the first three V Series models (V-33, V-37 and V-41) were announced at the Viking VIP Preview in February 2019. With the addition of the Valhalla 46 to the fleet last summer, production of Vikings from 38 to 46 feet was moved to New Gretna and a two-phase expansion at Viking Mullica was set into motion. The two projects will add a combined 16,000 square feet to Viking Mullica’s 88,000 manufacturing footprint, increasing boatbuilding efficiency, capacity and output.  Phase I is moving along right on schedule with the completion this month of a 6,000-square-foot structure that physically connects Buildings 2 and 3, creating one contiguous manufacturing area. The images below show the addition’s steady progress throughout recent months.  “This first phase, which we refer to as an ‘Infill,’ is an expansion of our hull, stringer and egg crate area,” says Viking Mullica General Manager John Leek IV. “The additional square footage will allow us to better organize the manufacturing space for increased efficiency.” In addition to providing more production capacity for the resin-infused stringer grids for each of the four Valhalla models, the area will also be used for transom bustles and fishboxes.  Mullica is located on six acres in the Pinelands of New Jersey, just 11 miles from the mothership in New Gretna. More space and better organization will improve workflow, which in turn helps Viking Mullica’s 200-plus-strong team of shipwrights build a better boat every day. A portion of the extra real estate increases the size of the egg crate area to prep and install fuel tanks (as shown above), internal bulkheads and other components after each hull is pulled from its mold. The existing overhead crane system was extended into the new area, further facilitating the space’s flexibility and utility.  Phase II will soon commence with utility and site preparation. It will extend the backside of Building 1, adding 10,000 square feet of space consisting of 6,000 square feet on the ground level and a mezzanine of 4,000 square feet. "This addition will give us the space we need to produce certain fiberglass parts (hatch lids and doors) that are built in New Gretna utilizing Light Resin Transfer Molding." Phase II is scheduled to be completed next summer.  An evolution of Viking excellence, Valhalla Boatworks pushes center console quality, luxury, performance and fishability to unprecedented levels. 

Viking Expand Dealership

The Viking Yacht Company is pleased to announce that Valhalla Boatworks and Viking Yachts have expanded their dealer network to Bermuda with the addition of PW Marine, owned and operated by The Waterfront Group, a renowned six-generation family business dedicated to the archipelago’s boating, fishing and leisure lifestyle.  “We are delighted to represent the Viking Yacht Company and Valhalla Boatworks in Bermuda,” said William Cox, President of The Waterfront Group. “To be associated with Viking and the Healey family is an honor that represents the values of quality that our families share.” “This was a perfect partnership just waiting to happen,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey, above with William. “When it comes to Bermuda, the Cox family has everything boat owners could ever want.”  PW Marine will offer the entire lineup of the Valhalla Boatworks V Series, which consists of four high-performance luxury center consoles ( the V-33, V-37, V-41 and V-46). “We’re also very excited about the potential for our Viking Billfish Series in the Bermuda market,” says Pat. The Billfish fleet consists of the 38 BF (shown above), 38 BF Open and 46 Billfish. “This partnership expands our global distribution into an area that’s truly ideal for both our Valhalla center consoles and Billfish sportfishing boats.” PW Marine also operates The Waterfront Marina, which offers boat owners convenient access to the island’s most central and prestigious full-service docking facilities. The marina is no stranger to Vikings, and recently provided a berth for Krazy Salt’s, the Viking 80 that won the 2021 Bermuda Big Game Classic and Stone Harbor Marlin Invitational.

Viking at Beach Haven Invitational 

The MACK 900 team claimed 3rd Place Overall Billfish Points at the recent Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational. The 46 Billfish released a blue and white marlin to clinch that spot as well as Most Combined Points. William McGovern cranked in the white marlin to claim Top Junior Angler.  The Viking 62 Lovin Life released four white marlin to claim 2nd Place Release Points while Business, also a Viking 62, hung three white flags for 3rd place Release Points. Irish Twin, a Viking 55, hung a 13.5-pound dolphin to take 2nd in that category.

Viking at Texas Billfish Classic

Derek Dick caught a record-breaking wahoo at the recent Texas Billfish Classic. Fishing on the Viking 72 Pozo Seco, Derek weighed in a 72-pound ‘hoo to win the category. Pozo Seco angler Cody Spencer weighed the 2nd Place Tuna with a 58.5-pound fish. The Viking 50 Pass It On took 3rd Place Tuna with a 43.5-pounder. The Top Lady Angler was awarded to the Viking 74 Draggin Up’s Kennedy Heule after she released a pair of blue marlin. 

Viking Win 39th Key West Tournament

Congratulations to the Viking 68 Sea Hawk. The Sea Hawk team won the 39th Annual Key West Marlin Tournament with their blue marlin release. The event is held in the spirit of the legendary Ernest Hemingway and features world-class fishing, festivities, parties and awards dinner.

Viking at Thirtieth Annual Mid Atlantic

The Viking fleet rose to the occasion at the 30th Annual Mid-Atlantic. There was a Viking on practically every leader board, and not only did the Viking 80 win Most Points Overall and Most Points White Marlin but Pipe Dreamer and The Right Place swept the Heaviest Tuna division.  Larry Hesse’s Viking 70 Goin’ In Deep got the party started on Day 1. Captain Walt Harmstead was the first boat to check into the weigh station with a 681-pound blue marlin reeled in by Mike Cassidy. That blue stayed on the leaderboard for the five-day event, claiming 3rd Place.  Captain Andrew Dotterweich was behind the wheel of Todd Willard’s Viking 48 Fish On when angler Josh Jasper hooked up with a white marlin. That fish weighed 75 pounds and claimed 3rd Place.  Our Viking 80 demo layed Day 1, but Captain Sean Dooley turned the cockpit into a mosh pit on Day 2. The reels were screaming as the team released a triple-header shortly after lines in. The furious action continued and the team executed perfectly, ending the day with 16 white flags flying. They added five more to the tally to take the Most Points White Marlin honors as well as the Most Point Overall title.  The Heaviest Tuna division saw dozens of big eyes and yellowfin weighed but Chip Caruso’s Viking 70 Pipe Dreamer dominated the leaderboard. Captain Bryan Boyle put Chip and Andy Confortino on big eyes of 235 and 227 pounds to take 1st and 2nd Places. Bob Hugin aboard his Viking 62 The Right Place finished in 3rd Place with a 188-pounder. The Right Place, with captain Evan Millas at the wheel, cranked in eight tuna for a record of 626 points and 1st Place. Pipe Dreamer was 2nd Place with 231 points.  Shon Craig’s Viking 80 Amarula Sun shook up the final day when captain Dan Veid brought in Gerry Imparato’s 1st Place Heaviest Dolphin at 45 pounds. Ken Hager’s Viking 50 Taylor Jean also took part in “Moving Day”, with Robert Wagner showing up with a 36-pounder at the docks good for 2nd Place.  Amarula Sun’s 57-pound wahoo caught by Gerry Imparato on Day 3 stayed on the board and finished in 2nd Place.  

Viking at White Marlin Open

A $9.2 million purse was plenty of motivation for the 444 boats that fished the White Marlin Open based out of Ocean City, Maryland. And SandBob (shown above at the Viking Key West Challenge) came ready to play. Bob Moss’s Viking 72 released two blue marlin and six whites to claim 3rd Place Boat and 3rd Place Release Boat. Chad Moss hooked two of those blues and a pair of the whites to claim the 2nd Place Angler of the event. Right on their heels, the Anderson family’s Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s (above) hung a blue marlin and eight white marlin flags for 4th Place Boat and 4th Place Release Boat. Frank Sinito Jr., fishing on the Viking 62 Irene, released one blue marlin and four whites for 4th Place Angler. Lawrence Aliseo, angler on the Viking 70 Goin In Deep, released five of the boat’s seven white marlin for 10th Place Angler.  The White Marlin Open donated 1,700 pounds of fish to local food pantries and soup kitchens. “This is a big part of our strategic plan - to get more nutritious food in the community, and providing fresh fish like this is really an ideal way to meet our goal,” said Butch Langenfelder, the Food Sourcing Manager for the Maryland Food Bank.   

Viking at Texas Legends Billfish Tournament

Walk West for the win again! Last year Riley Rhodes’ Viking 55 Walk West not only won the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament but did it with a record-breaking 737-pound blue marlin. This year captain Raleigh Morrison did it again with three blue marlin releases. They earned the team Overall Blue Marlin points and Overall Billfish Points giving Walk West back-to-back wins.  Second Place Blue Marlin points were awarded to Richard Wieschwill’s Viking 45 Mi Nova with a blue marlin release. The Viking 72 Pozo Seco weighed a 55-pound fish for 3rd Place Yellowfin Tuna, and the Viking 62 Amigo won the Wahoo division with a 27-pound fish.

Viking at Ocean City Marlin Club Ladies Tournament

Dick Mumford’s Viking 72 topped the leaderboard at the Ocean City Marlin Club’s Ladies Tournament, better known as the Heels & Reels event. The ladies on the Knot Again released four white marlin to win the Billfish Release title. The Viking 62 Business claimed Top Dolphin with a 17.6-pound fish.

August 30, 2021

Classic Italian Yacht Sinks in Scarlino

A classic Italian Cantieri di Pisa Akhir motor yacht of nineteen meters in length sank while moored in its berth at Marina di Scarlino on the afternoon of 30th August.  The cause of the sinking are unknown but some reports say that the cause was for a failed exhaust.  The Akhir motor yacht was reported unattended at the time of the sinking, and is reported to have touched the bottom, with some fuel liquids being dispersed during the sinking.  The yacht was salvaged couple days later.  Marina di Scalino is located in the South Central part of Tuscany in front of Elba island.
This Cantieri di Pisa Akhir is a 19 model, which was build of wood.  Designed by Pier Luigi Spadolini the 19 was launched in 1973 and was the second model of the first generation Akhir series, which with the soft curved 28 meter presented in 1979 evolved into its second generation.  The Akhir 19 featured a three double cabins layout, with three heads two of which ensuite, a full beam midships room for the owner, and a crew cabin sleeping two forward.  Weighting at about 33 tons loaded and powered by twin GM 675hp it reach top speeds up to 27 knots and a cruise of 24, and with a fuel capacity of 4600 litres had a range of  about five hundred nautical miles.  The Akhir 19 evolved in the more clean lined but similar 20 model in 1983, and also had a similar 16.50 smaller sister, also launched in 1973 and recognizable by the central radar arch.

Improve-it = Ferretti 780

Restyling or new model? Ferretti Yachts 780 has so many new style and design features that one possibly can speak about it as a new model, acknowledging the profound changes at both aesthetic and functional level.  The result of collaboration between the Product Strategy Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari, the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, and Ideaeitalia for the interior design, Ferretti Yachts 780 has been rethought to align it with the family feeling of the new fleet, reprising and evolving the stylistic hallmarks introduced in the latest 500 and 1000 models.  The new features introduced by the restyling range from the adding of larger glazed surfaces in the hull, serving the lower deck cabins and giving the yacht’s sleek and streamlined profile an even sportier look, to the new layout and decor of the flybridge, with a larger central bar area in the standard layout. The major redesign of the interiors introduces several highly appreciated new features found on the latest models in the range, including a choice of two décor moods: Classic, with warmer and more traditional colours inspired by the island of Ischia in the Gulf of Naples; and Contemporary, a more urban and modern look with cooler colourways inspired by Taormina in Sicily. The first new-era Ferretti Yachts 780 presented will feature the Classic mood.  Ferretti 780 is standard powered by twin Man 14000hp engines which give top speed up to 28 knots, and or optional 1550hp engines giving 31 knots.

August 29, 2021

Flybridge Cruiser Aground in Volga River

A Beneteau flybridge cruiser of about ten meters in length ended aground and then listed to its starboard side, in Togliatti on the Volga river, in Russia on the morning of 29 August. The causes of the accident are unknown. The Volga river is the longest water stream in Europe stretching from Central to Southern Russian and into the Caspian sea.
The Beneteau in this accident is an Antares 30 model produced from 2010 till 2016, to an inhouse design and interior by Sarazin.  The Antares 30 has interiors with two cabins, forward main cabin, second cabin with two bunks to port side, with a living all on the main deck.  The Antares 30 was standard powered by single 370hp engines with line shaft propulsion.  The model was also offered as the Antares 32 with twin 200hp engine installation, weighing about half a ton more, but being practically identical in exterior and interior layout. 

Project: ISA Yachts Extra X99 Fast

Extra Yachts, a brand of ISA Yachts and part of the Palumbo Group, is pleased to announce the project of the new Extra X99. Innovation and uniqueness are the key factors for the success of this line, which is now enriched with this new thirty meter project, which has already sold two units of the plan. Extra X99 stems from the know-how of Palumbo technical team and Guida Design who developed both exterior design and engineering. The interior is by Luca Dini. The cockpit, with its 65 square metres, together with a transformer on the deck, provides also a large sundeck, a living area with two large C-shaped sofas, a dual-mode dining table and bar counter to make the most of conviviality at the astern galley,  a distinctive feature of the Extra layout seen on the X76 and X86 models. In addition, two opening balconies have been integrated into this area. Other distinctive attributes of Extra X99 are the generously sized Jacuzzi located at the bow and the large fly bridge with a sizeable living area served by a table operated by an up-down mechanism and the sundeck. The integrated solar panels covering the ceiling of the hall generate green energy for utilities and lighting. The lower deck includes a VIP suite forward and two large double cabins with twin beds, all with private bathrooms. Amidships, the full beam master stateroom with bathroom, walk-in closet and sofa. Planning hull and superstructure in GRP with carbon reinforcements are combined with twin MTU 2600hp and hydro-jet propulsion pushing the X99 to a maximum speed of 34 knots. Delivery for hull one is scheduled in 2022.

August 28, 2021

Pardo Sport Cruiser Aground in Ibiza

A Pardo centre console sport cruiser of thirteen meters in length, ended aground in Ibiza on the night-morning of the 27-28th August.  The cause of the accident are unknown, but in the photo it looks to be a captain helmsman error during navigation. The Pardo thirteen meter was salvaged a day after in a yard in Ibiza with important damage to its IPS drives, possibly totalled, and not breaking but visible fiberglass damage to its deep-Vee keel.  
The clean lined Pardo 43 designed by Zuccheri and launched in 2017 has been a huge success story from the start, with one hundred units being sold in less to a year since the launch of hull one.  The success was so huge that Pardo, who is famous and long standing with the Grand Soleil performance cruiser sailing yachts eventually launched a whole power line, today featuring five models.  The Pardo 43 offers a lower deck sleeping four, and a walk around deck usable from fore to aft with a centre console, and is powered by Volvo engines from 370 to 480hp with IPS pod propulsion.  
Not known to many is that this is Cantieri del Pardo Grand Soleil second try in producing motor boats, with the Italian company entering this part of the market with the Hudson and Ricci brand from 1989 to 1996 and help from Jim Wynn and Walt Walters of Magnum Marine fame, who designed the 40 sold in 45 units, and the 1994 to 96 produced 54 sold in five. 

Princess Sport Yacht Sinks in Cap de St. Tropez

A Princess sport yacht of about sixteen meters in length ended on the reef of Cap de St.Tropez on the morning of 28th August. The causes of the incident are unknown and not reported, as Cap de St. Tropez is fairly visible on the charts and during day light, though it seems that every couple of years someone ends up on it in one way or another.    
The Princess in this accident looks to be a V53 produced from 2006 till 2009, or the V56 evolution with extended bathing platform produced 2010 to 2011.  Designed as all Princess since the mid eighties by Bernard Olesinski the V53/56 offered there double cabins, master stateroom forward and two head layout.  It also offered a very spacious main deck layout, which was one of the best in the category of open sport yachts in the sixteen to seventeen meter size of that era.  The V53/56 eventually evolved to the V57 in 2012 with a midships cabin and even a better main deck layout with patio door, featuring a double dinette, inside and outside, which was at the time among the smallest sport yacht offering this.

New Model: Overmarine Mangusta Oceano 50

The first unit of the Mangusta Oceano 50, a stately model among Mangusta Oceano long-range displacement vessels, was launched on Saturday 5 June. The Mangusta Oceano 50 is a displacement yacht with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. Her outer lines have been pencilled by Alberto Mancini, who worked side by side with the Shipyard's Engineering Department to make the most of and optimise the vessel's exterior and interior spaces while still falling within 500GT. Naval architecture has been taken care of by engineer Ausonio’s design firm P.L.A.N.A. Design. The final outcome is an exquisite combination of advanced technological solutions that go hand in hand with innovative design. On all Mangusta yachts, the leitmotiv is always the perfect balance between the exteriors and interiors, allowing the Owner and his guests to choose from many private and convivial areas and spend the holidays the way they have always dreamt of. Indeed, the Mangusta Oceano 50 offers her guests a number of pleasant outdoor areas, the most striking one being probably the beach area: featuring a sauna too, it develops over three connected terraces just above the water, for a close contact with the sea. Integrating the garage in the forward deck plane has resulted in optimised onboard spaces and brought the overall beach club area to an impressive 68 square meters, allowing this 50 m vessel to offer her guests the comfort and features normally found on much larger yachts. On the main deck, the aft cockpit reminds of the living room of a villa; the aft door opens up fully, creating a harmonious continuum with the salon and letting air and natural light flood the entire area, an effect that is further magnified by the two large side sliding doors. The bow area features revolutionary, cutting-edge technological solutions: the airy and stylish cockpit is located above the garage, which, once the tender has been launched, can be filled with water to obtain a real depth swimming pool with counter flow system. Another Jacuzzi pool can be found on the sun deck, offering a breath-taking sea view. This area is completed by a comfortable, fully-equipped relaxation area and a dining table seating up to 12 people, sheltered by a full-width hard top. Stepping indoors, this vessel has a five cabin layout on the lower deck, with four guest cabins and a full-beam gym, as required by the Owner. The spacious master stateroom is located on the main deck and is fitted with an exclusive fully-automated balcony overlooking the sea. Two MTU 1700hp engines will push this yacht to a maximum speed of 16 knots, but will also allow her to reach an impressive transoceanic range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 11 knots. Zero Speed electric stabilizers will ensure unmatched comfort both when cruising and at anchor. The Mangusta Oceano line has been conceived to offer Owners an exclusive onboard experience, enabling them to enjoy life at sea surrounded by beauty, elegance, and exclusive comfort no matter the destination they choose to explore. Two more Oceano 50 are currently under construction, with unit number 3 “Project Salerno” expected to be ready for delivery in spring 2023.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.9 m (163.6ft)
Beam - 9.12 m
Draft - 2.45 m
Displacement - 440 t half load, 465 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 68000 l
Water Capacity - 16000 l
Accommodation - 12 guests in 5 cabins, or 6 cabins, 11 crew in 6 cabins or 9 crew in 5 cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000 M86 1700hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 16 knots max 11 knots cruise
Range - 4500 nm at eleven knots
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Alberto Mancini exterior and interior, Ausonio PLANA for naval architecture

August 27, 2021

Flybridge Cruiser Gets Knocked Off Its Stacks

A Fed Express van backed and collided with a dry stacked ten meter Bayliner flybridge motor cruiser on the morning of 27 August in a boat yard in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Thankfully this accident had minor consequences as the flybridge cruiser rear stacks just managed to hold the boat.  This could have been a much worse scenario if the collision would have been just a bit stronger and the boat dropping off its stacks and then hitting other boats creating a domino affect.  The Bayliner boat damage received a couple minor fiberglass cuts at the bottom of the hull with the collision. 
The Bayliner in this accident is a 3258 Avanti Flybridge model produced from 1995 to 2000.  The Bayliner 3258 Avanti Flybridge offered a lower deck sleeping four with a single head, and was standard powered by twin Mercruisers 250hp and optional 310hp gas engines with sterndrive. 

Project: Prestige X60

Prestige strike second model for the X-series presenting the project for the X60.  Voluminous living spaces, natural light, easy flow of movement on board: these core concepts have guided the design process for the new X60.  Designed as all the Prestige line by Garroni her architectural statement, redistributed space, multiple zones for relaxation, and exceptional level of comfort on board make the X60 the little sister of the X70, flagship of the line.  The X60 is based on the hull line of the 590 model, and she features an asymmetric layout on the main deck with a side deck to port side and being wide body to starboard.  The X60 will offer a three double cabin interior, with a choice for a third en-suite bathroom serving the third cabin.  The Prestige X60 is to be powered by twin Cummins 600hp with a choice of line shaft or ZF Zeus pod propulsion.  Top speed is an estimated 25 knots max with a 20 knots cruise.

August 26, 2021

Classic Baglietto Goes on Fire in Varazze

A classic Baglietto motor yacht of eighteen meters in length went on fire while on its berth at Marina di Varazze in West Liguria on the late afternoon of 26 August.  The Savona Coast Guard was immediately active to control the fire with the cp863 fire fighting boat, which it did in a timely manner.  Following the accident, a report stated that no injuries to persons happened, zero pollution, and no damage to neighbour boats or third parties occurred.  The Baglietto motor yacht was the day after dry-docked in a boat yard, and set under investigative arrest.  Externally the yacht showed little damage and this shows how much slower wood burns compared to fiberglass.
The Baglietto classic motor yacht in this accident is a 1975 build 18 M2.  The second generation 18 M2 was introduced in 1973 recognizable from the 1966 launched first generation by its straighter lines and coach roof.  The 18 M2 offered accommodation of three double cabins, plus a three berth crew cabin forward.  Weighing at over 32 tons the Baglietto 18 M2 was powered by twin GM 655hp giving her top speeds up to 27 knots. 
Introduced in 1966 with the first generation 18 M and 14 M, the Baglietto M series changed how the Italian motor yacht looked, the line featuring five models from fourteen to the 20 M and will sell a total of 196 units, 72 units for the 20 M model alone.  In the mid eighties Baglietto presented the fiberglass 16.50 M2, with little success and the moulds selling to Falcon Yachts and used for its first model.

New Model: X-Power 33C

With more than forty years of experience in performance sailing boats, X-Yachts by surprise enter into powerboat with the X-Power 33C.  A classic design inspired with minimal touches sport cruiser, the X-Power 33C was presented as a project in 2019 and after some serious testing in the Danish sea launched in the early part of 2021.  For its ten meter size the 33C offers interesting spaces outside, and an interior sleeping two in a spacious V-berth forward.  The X-Power 33C is powered by a Yanmar 320hp up to 370hp single engine. The 33C will use a patented Petestep hull; a vee shape hull which from the rendering on the official website features different triangle designed spray rails with the last of these forming a step.  The X-Power 33C looks a very well thought out seaworthy sport cruiser, yet its a let down that in all this is only available with a single engine and a CE C design category, meaning only thought out for coastal cruising.  As the X-Power range goes a hard top cabin version of the X33 is currently under build set to launch in 2022, while a bigger over twelve meters in size larger model is set for 2023.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.9 m (35.7ft)
Beam - 3.1 m
Draft - 1.2 m including drive
Displacement - 4000 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 380 l
Water Capacity - 100 l
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 1 x Yanmar 8LV 320hp, 350hp, or 370hp
Propulsion - Yanmar dual propeller stern drive
Speed - forty knots estimate with Yanmar 370hp
Hull Shape - Petecraft stepped hull
Certification - CE C

August 25, 2021

Ferretti Motor Yacht Burns Down Near Civitavecchia

A Ferretti motor yacht of 22 meters in length burned down to the North of Civitavecchia in the Central Tirrenian sea on the 25th August around 1400 hours.  Departing Civitavecchia with thirteen persons onboard the Ferretti motor yacht was navigating to the North direction Porto Ercole, when a fire starting coming out from the engine room.  The persons onboard the Ferretti rescued themselves onboard the tender, none of them reporting any injuries, with the Coast Guard and Civitavecchia fire fighting squad coming out to extinguish the fire and save the yacht.  While succeeding in putting out the fire, the yacht eventually sank and was not saved.
The Ferretti in this fire is a 72 model produced from 1998 to 2002.  Designed by Giovanni Zuccon the Ferretti 72 offered a four double cabin interior, with two crew cabins, and was powered by Man 1200hp up to Cat 1350hp engines reaching max speed up to 34 knots and a cruise of 28.  The Ferretti 72 is an evolution of the 70 launched in the fall of 96, with the differences in the 72 being; the all around bulwark, a fatter lower radar arch, and a second side door to starboard.  In the 70 the bulwark gets low and integrates into the hull at the bow.  
The 70 at the time of launch was the second largest Ferretti model, presented as project 210 in October 1995, as from 1992 to 1996 Ferretti named its yachts around meters. With the 210 project Zuccon introduced the curved windows in the Ferretti line up, and in the 70 also the sloop stern.  The original 210 project had a square stern design, this changing to the sloop one when the model launched as 70 in the fall of 96.  Both these changes proved important to all following Ferretti models, with the 210/70 actually starting the Ferretti curved third generation evolution.  The 72 was replaced by the 730 in 2003.    

Project: Astondoa AS5

Astondoa present the project for its second AS range model, following the AS8 here comes the AS5 a seventeen meter motor yacht, with a modern aesthetic and all around window surfaces.  Coming with an astern galley layout and opening bulkheads by the bathing platform, the AS5 offers the latest in modern entairtainment solutions.  Interior accommodation is for three double cabins; owners room at midships, VIP forward, and third guest cabin with twin berths to port side. A single berth crew cabin is located aft. The AS5 is also offered with hard-top as pictured above and or without for those who like a sleeker profile.  The Astondoa AS5 is standard powered by twin Volvo 725hp with line shaft propulsion.  Engine options are for the same Volvo engines with IPS pod drives or Man's 800hp.  

August 24, 2021

New Model: Sacs Rebel 55

In Summer 2021 Sacs launched its new Rebel 55, a seventeen meter rib yacht designed by Christian Grande.  Flagship of the three model Rebel range, and second in size to the Strider 19, the Sacs Rebel 55 presents itself as a centre console rib with interesting exterior and interior comforts.  As many large rib yacht over fifteen meters in size, the Rebel 55 has a lot of design and technical content, starting from the D-shape foam filled tubes, to its particular safe walkaround design.  The accommodation of the Rebel 55 will offer an interior with two large cabins; owners room at midship, guest forward, and an L-shape dinette.  Exterior spaces are seventeen meters from bow to aft, offering a central dinette. aft and fore sun-pads, and a galley behind the central console at midship.  The Sacs Rebel 55 is powered by twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod drives, and reaches speeds up to 37 knots.  A high performance outboard version with quadruple Mercury 600hp is the other engine option, this reaching speeds up to 47 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17 m (55.7ft)
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 0.83 m exl drives
Displacement - 22 t
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1000 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Max Persons - 22
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, optional one berth crew cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS950 pod drives
Speed - 37 knots max 32 knots fast cruise 27 knots economic fast cruise
Range - 270 nm at 27 knots
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 18.7 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - fiberglass hull with D-shape foam filled tubes
Project - Christian Grande
Certification - CE A

August 23, 2021

Project: Rio 46 Daytona

In the year of its sixtieth anniversary, Rio presents a new sport cruiser synonymous with freedom and luxury: Daytona 46.  The Daytona range, which started in September 2020 with the 34 model, a huge success from the start which just after a few months from presentation at the Genoa Boat Show sold the entire 2021 year production.  Now meeting the demand for practical and sporty open cruisers, suitable first for short-distance cruising, with preference for space above rather than below deck, with dynamic and fun performances, Rio present the project of the Daytona 46.  Designed by Marino Alfani, the Daytona 46 will offer a two double cabin interior with a saloon, and a spacious bathroom to starboard.  Living on this new generation centre console is located on the main deck, with three seater helm station under the central T-top, galley and dinette behind it, and an aft and fore deck sundeck.  Just as happens with the latest centre console the Rio Daytona 46 also offers opening side bulwarks which increase the space of the aft part of the main deck.  The Rio Daytona 46 is powered by twin Yanmar 370hp with stern drive propulsion, giving a max speed of 35 knots.  An outboard option with twin Mercury 450hp is also available, this giving a top speed up to forty knots.

August 22, 2021

New Model: Sanlorenzo SL96 Asymmetric

After launching its first Asymmetric SL102 model, Sanlorenzo continue to update its traditional SL line into the concept of asymmetry where a side of the yacht is different to the other.  In the case of the new SL96 Asymmetric, the port side is a wide body for the interior space, offering about an extra ten square meters of interior space.  Designed by Bernardo Zuccon with the asymmetry concept from Chris Bangle the SL96 Asymmetric offers a standard interior layout of four double cabins, with an owners stateroom on the main deck.  The SL96 Asymmetric is standard powered by twin Man 2000hp or optional MTU 2218hp with line shaft propulsion. The SL96 Asymmetric which was presented in the 2020 Dusseldorf boat show is proving very popular, with already twelve hulls delivered of the model.  The SL96 Asymmetric is based on the hull of the 2011 launched SL94 which became the SL96 in 2014, and now sees again this next transformation.
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.06 m (95.3ft)
Beam - 6.76 m
Draft - 1.9 m
Displacement - 110 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 10350 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - eight guest berths in four cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man D2842 LE499 12V 2000hp, MTU 16V2000 m86 2218hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 26 knots with Man 2000hp, 28 knots with MTU 2218hp
Project - Bernardo Zuccon exterior lines, Chris Bangle concept

August 21, 2021

Project: Tankoa T45 Sportiva

Tankoa T45 Sportiva is a 45 metres super sport yacht.  The aft of T45 Sportiva is all about the relationship with water, the joy of interaction with the sea, the wonder of the open horizon. The bow lounge is embedded in the deck, beneath the eyeline of the wheelhouse. The external line is clean and sinuous. Sleek lines are emphasised all the more on the T45 yacht’s two-deck alternative. The completely open beach platform is the primary connection with the environment. Here, slipping into the sea is effortless. Or the infinity pool is a beautiful place to soak and enjoy spectacular, unforgettable views. When the extendable sides of the beach club fold open, the yacht boasts 100 sq m of open beach club.  On the hybrid-propulsion version, guest rooms connect directly to the spa, which connects directly to the beach terrace.  On the main deck, the dining area, a circular space at the centre of the yacht, can be an interior space or open air. In fact, half the entire deck can be opened to the external environment. T45 Sportiva will weight about 250 tons, and no power or speed choices have been announced.

August 20, 2021

One Person Injured as Sport Cruiser Burns in Policastro

An eight meter Rio sport cruiser went on fire while berthed in a Marina in Policastro on the late morning of  twentieth August.  The cause of the accident are unknown but one of the Marina guys who got hold of the sport cruiser and took it off harbour to avoid further damage to other nearby boats was seriously injured with 30% of burns to his body.  Policastro located in the South of Italy, further South of Salerno, features some nice cruising areas.  
The sport cruiser in this fire accident is a Rio 850 Cruiser produced from 2000 till 2007.  The Rio 850 Cruiser offered a classic layout for a sport cruiser of this size sleeping four, double Vee berth forward, galley and head, and a midships cabin.  The Rio 850 Cruiser was powered by twin gas engines of 220hp or single diesel 300hp.  Propulsion was always stern drive.

Improve-It = Sunseeker 76 Yacht

New for 2021 Sunseeker present a galley aft layout on the 76 Yacht model. This layout choices make dining and entertainment all set in one place and makes also the galley adjoining to the aft deck.  The standard galley layout on the 76 Yacht is offered on the forward part of the saloon behind the helm station to starboard.  The Sunseeker 76 Yacht is powered by twin Man 1600hp and reaches speeds up to 32 knots and a cruise of 25 knots.  The Sunseeker 76 Yacht has been a popular model and with this new main deck option will add to its current market success.

August 19, 2021

Project: Holterman X-treme 54

Holterman Shipyard in the Netherlands had unveiled the newest design of the X-treme 54. A smaller sibling of the X-treme 105, the 54 is also to be the entry level of this new modern looking explorer and super yacht range from Holterman designed by Dutch Bernd Weel.  After the big success from the X-treme 105 with unit one sold and currently under construction and nearly completed, Holterman pump up the X-treme range of models with an X-54 under construction.  The X-treme 54 is a smaller sibling of the 105, as is evident from the similar modern interior and sturdy exterior looks.  The X-treme yachts are defined by  their extreme capabilities, with the 54 being a result of craftsmanship, quality and exclusivity, making for a special explorer yacht. The X-treme 54 is to be equipped with two Volvo 175hp with estimated top speeds of ten knots, and a cruise of eight, this last delivering a range up to 2400 nautical miles.  The first X-treme 54 is on schedule to be delivered in the coming fall of 2021.

August 18, 2021

New Model: Viking 54 Sport Coupe

Viking present the new 54 Sport Coupe, one of four versions offered on the 54 platform, which was presented as a Convertible model in 2020.  The Sport Coupe is the more yacht and less sportfish of the 54 series offering no Sportfish amenities.  She offers an interior with two cabins, and an optional version with three cabins.  Owner suite is located forward, with a guest cabin with two bunk berths to port side, a guest head is located is located, with a saloon and galley located at the entrance of the lower deck.  A third guest cabin located to port side taking space from the saloon is available.  Exterior spaces are concentrated under the hard-top with a central console, with two companionway settee to both sides, a C-shaped dinette to port, and a relaxing lounge to starboard.  At the cockpit deck one finds the free space with two mezzanine settee's looking aft for the action.  The Viking 54 SC is powered by twin Man 1400hp engines, and or optional 1550hp.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.61 m (54.6ft)
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 31856 kg
Fuel Capacity - 5625 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man CRM V12 1400hp, 1550hp
Propulsion - direct line shaft 

August 17, 2021

Project: Anvera 58

Anvera re-imagines its flagship 55 model, and presents the project for a new 58.  Extended in length to the 55 the Anvera 58 offers a central sun-pad, which together with the extendable bulwarks will make this space a special to be on the water.  The Anvera 58 will also have a second row of three forward facing passaenger settee's behind the helm station to make those trips feel more in safety and more enjoyable.  Lower deck accommodation in the Anvera 58 is for four in an open plan layout; with a double berth forward, and a settee sleeping two other persons.  The Anvera 58 is powered by twin FPT 650hp with surface drives.  No top speed is yet communicated.

August 16, 2021

Tornado Sport Cruiser Sinks in Ischia

An eleven meter Tornado sport cruiser hit the Camerate shallow sea rock on the West of the Island of Ischia on the night of fifteen August and sank.   Located just outside the Forio harbour the Camerate sea rock is sometimes visible, while other times when the tide is high it is not.  The Tornado sport cruiser which with the impact had a hole in its hull bottom, was re-floated the morning after on the sixteen August and then lifted up at Forio Harbour.
This Tornado in the accident is a 38 rare Sedan model, called this way for its hard-top.  The Tornado 38 was available in three versions; Classic/Sport, Flush Deck, and Cruising.  It was a huge success for the Rome, Fiumicino based boat builder selling over four hundred units in a production which started in 1985 and continues today.  The main reason for the Tornado 38 success was the similarity to the seventies Magnum 38, with a cheap price and stern drive propulsion.  The standard cabin layout of the Tornado 38 offered a double berth cabin forward, dinette which transforms to a double, galley and head.  A more comfortable Cruising version with midships cabin and a higher freeboard was launched in 2010.  The first eighties 38 had twin 200hp Volvo, as horse power grew on the forty series same happened in the engine room of the classic Tornado.  A Tornado 38 will win the Venice to Monte Carlo race in 1991.  

Improve-It = Riva 14.92 mt DolceRiva

Riva present the Dolceriva with hard top, a new option for the timeless beauty which stunned the Cannes boat show in 2019 at its presentation.  The hard top option makes the DolceRiva an all weather sport cruiser thanks to the gorgeous top with carbon fibre detailing, that shelters the entire central relaxation areas from the sun and rain.  The DolceRiva is a fourteen meter open sport cruiser conceived from bow to stern to offer unrivalled on-board comfort. It strives to redefine its market segment thanks to a number of unprecedented characteristics: in addition to the hard top already mentioned, there is the brand-new exterior design developed by Officina Italiana Design, which ushers a new style philosophy optimising on-board use.  The DolceRiva has three interior lower deck options; offering from a single cabin with a large saloon, a single cabin and a crew cabin, and two cabins sleeping four with a living and galley in between the cabins.   The DolceRiva is powered by standard twin Volvo 800hp engines and or optional 1000hp units, this last giving top speed up to forty knots.

August 15, 2021

Project: Ocean Alexander 37L

Ocean Alexander present the project for a new flagship the 37L, which replaces the 36L as its biggest offer.  Inventive design drives a host of quiet wonders on the 37L, with Ocean Alexander using unexpected spaces to clever use, and engineering surprising details that make life on the 37L a pleasure.  The 37L comes again from Ocean Alexander alliance with Evan K. Marshall and here the designer makes extensive use of glass on all three deck of the super yacht, with light pouring in, opens interiors in entirely new ways, and beautifully reflects how owners and their guests really use a boat: for privacy, luxury and intimate entertaining.  The 37L will offer an interior with five cabins. owners stateroom on the main deck.  Crew space is for five cabins sleeping six to ten persons, located aft and to bow.  The Ocean Alexander 37L will be powered by twin Man 1900hp.

August 14, 2021

Cranchi Sport Yacht Hits Reef Near Villasimus

A Cranchi sport yacht of fifteen meters in length hit a reef before the entrance to the Villasimus marina, located to the South of Cagliari in the island of Sardinia on the afternoon of fourteen August.  The Cranchi yacht hit the reef and in order to avoid the yacht from total sinking, the captain owner pushed it up the rocks.  With weather getting worse and the yacht sitting on the reef it eventually sustained more damage.  The crew of five was saved from the yacht.  The Cranchi yacht was salvaged and taken to Villasimus marina couple days later, though unfortunately it is deemed a total loss.  
The sport yacht in this accident is a 50 Mediterranee, a popular model from Cranchi launched in year 2000 and produced till 2009.  Designed by Andreani the Cranchi 50 Mediterranee featured a three double cabins layout, and a large garage aft with enough space for a jet tender.  The Cranchi 50 Mediterranee was initially powered by twin Volvo 480hp and then upgraded over the years to take the large 715hp and then 775hp Volvo twelve litre block engines.  The Cranchi 50 Mediterranee was also also available in the HT hard-top version onward from 2005, and was Cranchi flagship up till 2009 and the release of the Cranchi SixtyFour. Over 150 plus units have been sold of the Cranchi 50 Mediterranee model.

Horizon Super Yacht Collides in Ponza

A Horizon super yacht of 27 meters called m/y Main Time with six persons onboard collided with the Ponza water carrying tanker ship m/v Cesare on the morning of fourteen August at around 0230 in the morning, four nautical miles away from the Ponza harbour.  The Horizon super yacht collided with the 69 meter water carrying tanker on its starboard side, suffering extensive damage from hull to top side, and causing it to partly sink.  The six persons onboard where saved by the tanker ship, and then questioned by the Ponza coast guard on the cause of the accident.  The Horizon super yacht was towed in shallower water to avoid total sinking, and on the nineteen and twenty August was re-floated and towed to Gaeta, where it was lifted up in a boat yard.  Main Time was traveling Gaeta to Ponza at the time of the accident, while Cesare was doing the opposite route. 
The super yacht in this accident is a Horizon Elegance 88 measuring 27 meter in length and build in 2003.  Designed by the Taiwan builder design office with collaboration from Tommaso Spadolini the Horizon Elegance 88 is a two and half deck raised pilot house super yacht, and offered accommodation of four double guest cabins sleeping eight.  The Horizon Elegance 88 featured a semi displacement hull and powered by twin 1500hp MTU reached top speeds up to about twenty knots and a cruise of fifteen.  The Horizon Elegance 88 was produced from 2002 up to 2005, with the model first evolving into the 94 Dynasty, then the 97 RP, and in 2019 into the RP100 model.  The Elegance 88, 94 Dynasty, RP97, and 100 series has today produced over thirty units.

August 13, 2021

Sport Cruiser Beached in Favignana

A Salpa sport cruiser of about seven meters in length was beached in Favignana, on the late evening of twelfth August.  Unconfirmed news are reporting that the sport cruiser had stern drive problems and in order to avoid total sinking was beached.  The Salpa was beached at the South of part of Favignana island where there is the Mirasolo beach and the floating airport.  Favignana is the largest of the Egadi islands archipelago located to the West of Sicily.
The Salpa in this accident is a Laver 21.5 model produced from 2000 till 2013.  The Salpa Laver 21.5 was powered by a single engine with stern drive propulsion and power going up to 250hp. Her interior accommodation slept two in a convertible Vee-shaped dinette forward, a galley on entrance to port, and a separate shower head to starboard.  The Salpa came from an inhouse design, though hull architecture is heavy influenced from Renato Sonny Levi, having Salpa bought the Laver brand in 1990.  Most Laver models had hull designed by Vee shape inventor Renato Sonny Levi.  The Laver 21.5 evolved in the Salpa 23 X / XL in 2015.

New Model: Evo Yachts V8


The owner and the Evo Yachts team watched the traditional launch ceremony from the dock at the Torre Annunziata marina near Naples, celebrating the outcome of months of careful planning and construction work involving the shipyard’s engineers and craftsmen. With Evo V8, they have showcased the construction capabilities, attention to detail, and drive for innovation that have been a feature of Blu Emme Yachts right from the outset. The most eagerly awaited arrivals this season include the new 24-metre model, which has a refined minimalist design and is set to amaze the market with its hi-tech content and original ideas. Evo V8 represents a revolutionary experience, a point of intersection between suggestions from the two worlds of sailing and motor yachts, transforming our perception of the cruising experience.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.71 m (77.7ft)
Hull Length - 23.71 m
Beam - 7.17 m
Draft - 1.50 m
Displacement - 64 t
Accommodation - seven guests in three cabins, two crew
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS 1350 pod drives
Hull Shape - planning
Project - Valerio Rivellini

August 12, 2021

Azimut Burns and Sinks Off Branford

A 21 meter Azimut motor yacht with eight passengers went ablaze and eventually sank in Long Island Sound off Branford Shore on the morning of Thursday 12 August.  The Long Island Sound sector Coast Guard received a May-Day call for assistance, but on arriving on the scene the eight passenger onboard the motor yacht where already assisted by civilians boats in the vicinity.  The Branford fire department dispatched three fire fighting boats, unfortunately to no avail as the yacht burned down and eventually sank.  All the eight passengers onboard the yacht where unharmed. 
The Azimut in this accident is a 70 Sea Jet model, a three or four double cabins plus two crew cabin motor yacht.  The 70 Sea Jet designed by Stefano Righini was given this name for its spacious jet water craft garage aft.  Produced from 1996 to 2001 the 70 Sea Jet was powered by twin MTU 1200hp engines.  The 70 Sea Jet evolved into the more spacious and longer 74 Solar in 2002. 

August 11, 2021

Ferretti Yacht Partially Sinks in South Corsica

A Ferretti motor yacht of nineteen meters in length partially sank on the late afternoon of August 11 on the East of Piana island. The Ferretti motor yacht was cruising in the South of Corsica between Lavezzi and Cavallo near about to isola Piana when apparently it started taking on water.  The dynamics of the water intrusion are unclear, but seeing this the captain of the yacht called a May-Day and beached the yacht to minimize the damage.  The Ferretti yacht was a day later reported to have been re-floated and taken to a yacht yard for repairs.
The Ferretti in this accident is a 620 model, designed by Zuccon and launched in 2000 and produced till 2005.  The 620 was the last development of the 54/175/60 series, the Ferretti which in 1990 started the Giovanni Zuccon collaboration with the Forli Shipyard lasting till 2017.  In 1997 the 175 was developed and extended in the 62, and in 2000 with a complete redesign of the super structure and interior layout it became the 620.  The Ferretti 620 offered a three double cabins interior including an owners stateroom to starboard at midships.  With the 175, 62, and 620 series Ferretti and Zuccon created an iconic sports flybridge motor yachts in its time, thanks to the unique low profile super structure and masculine hull look.  The Ferretti 620 was powered by twin Man 1050hp standard, or optional 1224hp, with the large units giving speeds up to 36 knots.

Sanlorenzo Super Yacht Destroyed by Fire

A 29 meter Sanlorenzo motor yacht named Reine D'Azur went ablaze near the Island of Port Cros in the West part of the South of France in the morning of August 11.  The alarm for the fire was set after 0400 AM of the morning with a team from the French navy and assistance vessel Jason immediately helping the seven guests onboard, and three crew.  All the persons where lead to safety, but the super yacht suffered an ill fate being completely destroyed by the fire, with only the hull remaining afloat.  Pollution containment was made, with the remaining hull of the yacht being towed to safety for investigation.  Reine d'Azur was on anchor at the time of the fire and sub sequentially she broke its anchorage when ablaze.   
Reine D'Azur is a 2019 Sanlorenzo SL96 Asymmetric model.  The SL96 Asymmetric is a recent new model from Sanlorenzo with the first hulls launched in the fall of 2019, and so far the shipyard delivering twelve units.  The 96 Asymmetric comes from a design from Zuccon, with the Asymmetric. meaning part of the hull in this case to port side is a wide body.  Sanlorenzo are custom in the layout and this SL96 Asymmetric has an interior for eight guests in four cabins, and three double crew cabins.  Power is from twin 2216hp MTU which made her reach top speed up to 28 knots.  This particular SL96 Asymmetric was the model displayed as World first at the Dusseldorf boat show 2020.