October 31, 2021

Monthly News - October 2021

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Azimut Selected for Compasso D'Oro Award

Magellano 25 Metri has been included in the ADI Design Index, the coveted annual list of the world’s best products that will be candidates for the Compasso D’Oro Award.  The yacht born from the collaboration between the shipyard, Ken Freivokh and Vincenzo De Cotiis is therefore a candidate for this most prestigious of international awards, created in 1954 by Gio Ponti, together with the most fascinating projects in every sector.  Confirming the unique features of a product that has set a new benchmark for design and is the first crossover in the yachting world, Magellano 25 Metri by Azimut Yachts will compete for the upcoming Compasso d’Oro, the long-running design award whose Historical Collection has been recognised as of exceptional artistic and historical interest by the Italian Ministry of Culture and included in the national heritage. The yacht’s inclusion in the ADI Design Index, the list of the year’s best creations selected by the storied association, is the first step in competing for the award.  The ADI’s Permanent Observatory - a panel of experts, designers, critics, historians and journalists - has recognised the original feature of the project, expressed by the union of chic and timeless lines designed by Ken Freivokh, a point of reference in the yachting world and the creator of a Collection that has revolutionised the sector, and the interiors created by world famous architect and important exponent of collectible art Vincenzo De Cotiis.  The two protagonists behind Magellano 25 Metri, innovators by nature in their respective fields, have created a unique yacht, a work of seagoing art that stands out for a singular perception of spatial depth and continuous visual contact with the sea. An unusual feature of the design is the widespread use of “artistic fibreglass”, created with an elaborate artisanal process, which is given a new lease of life here and becomes an aesthetic feature, paired with materials and woods like brushed Verde Alpi marble, dark walnut wood, carpet, polished brass, and lacquered or ribbed wood.  The furnishings have flowing designs and seamless curving lines, the fabrics on board are by Loro Piana Interiors, and the hull is an original burnished petrol blue colour with a mustard beauty stripe.

Bayliss on the Tuna in Nantucket Bluefin Blast

Congratulations to the crew on Singularis for placing third in the Nantucket Bluefin Blast on September 19th! 590 tuna were released in the tournament, and Singularis ended the day with 31 bluefin releases to secure third place. Singularis made the most of their time fishing up north; the crew scored big with a 700 pound catch just a few days after the tournament. The bluefin tuna was 108 inches long and put up a 2.5 hour fight.

Bering Teams Up with Trasco Bremen

Bering Yachts and Trasco Bremen, the world’s leading commercial builder of armoured vehicles with over 35 years of experience, are proud to announce a collaboration for protecting specific areas aboard Bering explorer yachts. The aim of the partnership is to provide discerning owners with comfort and autonomy combined with added on-board safety so they and their families can cruise remote locations with complete peace of mind. Steel-hulled Bering yachts are already renowned for their rugged construction, but shielding the most critical areas with bullet proof materials– such as the wheelhouse or engine room, as well as vital machinery or the navigational, communication and alarm systems – offers ultimate protection against unwanted intrusion.

Evo Yachts Boat Builder Award Finalist

At the 2021 Boat Builder Awards Evo Yacht and Besenzoni make to the final thanks to an amazing teamwork. The two Italian Companies are among the finalists at the 2021 Boat Builder Awards, in the category "Collaborative Solutions between Boat or Superyacht Builder and its Supply Chain Partner".  The jury was favorably impressed by the result of this collaboration that led, on board the new Evo V8, to the development of new tailor-made solutions that are both aestetically pleasant and incredibly effective.  Starting from already existing product offered by Besenzoni, shipyard and designer Valerio Rivellini managed to create new solutions, and event customize some of the products, to adapt them to the yacht’s peculiar design.  Winners will be announced on November 17th, during the Amsterdam METS 2021, but for the two Companies this final is already an incredible recognition, celebrating the amazing results that can be achieved when two nautical excellences come together to collaborate.

Feadship Refit Services Busy Winter Ahead

In a huge milestone for the Refit and Services programme that Feadship officially began offering in 2018, at least ten yachts are arriving in the Netherlands for a winter season of refurbishments, upgrades and renovations at the four Feadship yards. To most of the yachts originally built by Feadship, it will be a homecoming, as wherever practical the yachts will return to the yards of their launch.  Some vessels are yachts from other northern European yards whose owners are also Feadship clients, according to Pier Posthuma de Boer, Refit & Services Director. These projects will bring updates to yachts as new as the well-traveled 2018 Sherpa and the hard-working Gallant Lady launched in 1996. Work booked ranges from routine service and warranty work or class-required surveys to major refits to systems and interiors, says Posthuma de Boer. 

Ferretti Group Record Breaking September

Ferretti Group’s incredible 2021 continues with a record-breaking September and an order intake in the first three quarters of the year exceeding 900 million euros, of which over 220 million in September alone. Strong growth is reported in steel and aluminium superyachts, built at the Ancona Superyacht Yard, rewarding the Riva and Pershing superyacht projects and confirming CRN as one of the most active players in the segment.  Ferretti Group delivered over 160 boats from January to September 2021, including the spectacular Riva Fifty. 50 metres long, M/Y “Fifty” was developed by the Riva Superyacht Division to offer an outstanding cruising experience defined by comfort, attention to detail and an evolved vision of life at sea: values that have made Riva a legendary name in international yachting for the last 179 years.  “2021 for Ferretti Group is like one of those wonderful films that make you dream from beginning to end,” commented Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “It got off to a great start and is continuing to deliver spectacular results, with great plot twists like this outstanding performance put in by steel and aluminium superyachts. But the excitement isn’t over yet, with a few more months of nice surprises ahead and what is bound to be a grand finale.”

Frauscher Representation in Ibiza

The Frauscher shipyard has a new partner in Ibiza. Haller Experiences specialises in rental and sale of day cruiser and water toys. From spring 2022, Haller Experiences will expand its exclusive charter fleet with a Frauscher 1212 Ghost and two Frauscher 1414 Demon Air. Johannes Haller, founder and managing director of Haller Experiences: "We offer individual and unique experiences in Ibiza and Formentera. With Frauscher boats, our portfolio takes on a new quality in terms of elegance and comfort that our customers will appreciate." Stefan Frauscher, Frauscher shipyard: "In Haller Experiences we have found a perfect partner who is, just like Frauscher, committed to innovation. Our mission is to set standards in international boat building. To achieve this, our engineers regularly fuse new technologies with contemporary design and living craftsmanship traditions." The young team around Johannes Haller turns charter trips into an experience. The cooperation with Frauscher was therefore a logical step, as unforgettable experiences are also the goal of the "engineers of emotions". With the 1414 Demon Air, they impressively prove it: on deck, the 14-metre long offshore yacht has an inviting lounge area with bar and a spacious bathing platform. Inside the yacht there is a large seating area with a kitchenette, a bathroom and a cabin in which up to four people can stay overnight.

Frauscher Comes to Denmark

The Frauscher Shipyard is pleased to announce it has an agent in Ishøj, Denmark. As of now, the experienced yacht broker Tempo Bådsalg will include the Frauscher brand in its product range. Starting next season, test drives of the 858 Fantom Air will be possible for any Danes who are interested.  Stewart Moeliker-Twigg, Tempo Bådsalg: "Our goal has always been to sell top quality products combined with fantastic performance. When the Frauscher Shipyard came knocking at our door, a collaboration was obvious to us - especially since we already have a Frauscher 1017 GT and a 1017 GT Air on site."  Stefan Frauscher, Frauscher Shipyard: "We are proud to have found a professional partner in Northern Europe with Tempo Bådsalg, who also supports our philosophy. This is an important step in the expansion of our distribution network."  Tempo Bådsalg is one of Denmark's leading yacht dealers. The dedicated service and experienced sales team working alongside managing directors Stewart Moeliker-Twigg, Gert Sørensen and Henrik Jørgensen have been fulfilling customers' nautical dreams for over thirty years. The company's infrastructure includes its own harbour with 120 berths, a crane, 2,000 m2 of exhibition space and a winter storage facility.  The addition of Frauscher to their portfolio was a logical step towards continuing to meet the highest of customer needs in the future. After all, the mission of the Frauscher Shipyard is to set standards in international boatbuilding at an international level. In order to achieve this the engineers at the family-run Austrian boat manufacturer regularly blend new technologies with contemporary design and living traditions in craftsmanship. 

Horizon Next Level Construction and Testing

The Horizon Group continues to pioneer the evolution of advanced composite yacht construction as the world’s first and only yacht builder to implement a variety of Non-Destructive-Testing (NDT) methods. For two decades, Horizon has been pioneering the advancement of composite yacht construction through the efforts of its subsidiary Atech Composites. Founded in 2000, Atech specializes in advanced composites, producing not only the hull, decks and superstructure of every Horizon yacht, but also providing Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP) components across multiple industries in Asia and beyond.  Atech has been behind such notable achievements as the world-record infusion of a 140ft yacht hull in a single shot and many award-winning cross-industry composite components from wind turbine blades to high-speed rail cars. In 2004, Atech developed an improved 3D resin infusion technology that transforms the original 2D resin flow on surfaces to 3D flow, which climbs up and down internal stiffeners, enabling the build of far larger structures than previously possible.  

Maritimo Awards Apprentice of the Year

A can-do attitude and ability to problem solve combined with hard work has seen luxury motor yacht manufacturer Maritimo’ s Zoe De Pryck recognised for her talents with her being named the Boating Industry Association’s 2021 Queensland Apprentice of the Year.  A well-deserved win it came as no surprise to those who work with her and know her and follows an impressive awards’ lead up with an outstanding performance in Queensland TAFE.  The now fully qualified cabinet maker was the winner of the first-year apprentice awards for cabinet making in her first year, the second-place getter in her second year and the first-place getter in her third year. She has now topped it all off in her final year.  She was also a finalist in the South East Queensland Training Awards in all trades last year.  Maritimo’s general manager, Phil Candler, said Zoe was an outstanding employee.  “She is an extremely hard worker and has a great eye for detail,” he said.  “Zoe is a very talented young lady.”  Zoe joined Maritimo on 2017 having contacted the company direct to see if there were any positions vacant and seeking an apprenticeship. She had emigrated from Belgium only a few short years earlier.  Maritimo Production Manager, Kym Fleet, who works closely with Zoe said one of her key strengths is that nothing is too hard or difficult for her to tackle.  “We are all very proud of her.”  As for her future Zoe says she is keen to take on a leadership role at Maritimo and in the boating industry generally. She says she also wants to encourage more females into the industry.  “We have an impressive line-up of apprentices at Maritimo and the win by Zoe is really a recognition not only of her skills and work ethos, but also that of all our young people, “ said Candler.  “They are the future of our industry and I can honestly say we feel it could not be in better hands.”

MJM New Dealer in Northern Michigan

“Walstrom Marine is thrilled to announce the addition of MJM Yachts to our best in class line up of new boats in Northern Michigan. MJM has an outstanding reputation in the marine industry which can be seen in the quality of their product that we know for certain our clients will appreciate and love. As Walstrom Marine celebrates 75 years of service this year, we couldn’t be more excited to partner with a family-owned company with the same values and standards that have been pillars of our brand for the better part of a century,” said Tom Ervin, President of Walstrom Marine.  "As a family owned business, the team at MJM values our direct connection with our owners.  We can think of no better partner in the western Great Lakes than the team at Walstrom Marine.  Their dedication to personalized caring service and there love of the boating lifestyle is a prefect match for the MJM values" said Peter Johnstone, Chairman of MJM Yachts.

MJM New Dealer in Maine

"MJM Yachts has enjoyed a particular popularity in Maine and New Hampshire thanks to the epic beauty of the region and incredible cruising destinations loved by owners. As the MJM family grows, we knew we wanted DiMillo’s to be a part of our family!" said Peter Johnstone, 2nd Gen. Chairman of MJM Yachts. "DiMillo's takes exceptional care of their customers and demonstrates the lifelong dedication to the boating lifestyle that makes them a perfect match with MJM" added Johnstone. “MJM’s Carolina Downeast design exemplifies the high-quality offerings that clients have come to expect from DiMillo’s Yacht Sales. The attention to performance, comfort, lifestyle and a superior customer experience make the partnership between MJM and DiMillo’s one of clear direction. We look forward to providing the ‘DiMillo’s Experience’ before, during and after the sale, said Chris DiMillo.

Pardo Nominated European Powerboat of the Year

Pardo is are happy to announce that the E60 has been nominated for the European Powerboat Of The Year 2022 award, in the Up to 20m category. The competition, one of the most prestigious and eagerly awaited in the industry, is organized by the German magazine Boote. The winners will be announced in January 2022. 

Riviera Awarded Queensland Export Awards 2021

Australia’s luxury motor yacht builder Riviera has been honoured for outstanding international success in manufacturing at the Premier of Queensland Export Awards 2021, the state’s most prestigious industry awards.  Riviera was named winner of the Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Award category at a gala presentation in Brisbane this week.  The category recognises and acknowledges the growing popularity of Riviera motor yachts which are acclaimed globally for their innovative design, premium luxury, superior engineering and performance.  Riviera exports more than 60 per cent of the 120 motor yachts it builds each year from the company’s state-of-the-art Gold Coast facility. The motor yachts are designed and built by a specialist team of more than 850 master craftspeople on site at the largest facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere.  This latest government award exemplifies what has been a year of stellar achievements for Riviera, including the company’s largest shipment ever to the United States which is currently under way. The shipment, comprising seven luxury motor yachts valued at more than $20 million, will land in the US on October 20 with five of the motor yachts destined for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Riviera will present its largest international showcase of 2021 at Fort Lauderdale with 10 yachts on display.  “On behalf of our exceptional team at Riviera, we are delighted to have been honoured in this year’s Queensland Exporter of the Year Awards,” said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “We are fiercely proud to be an Australian company, creating motor yachts that are today truly world-class in terms of their design, technology, performance and luxury finishes.  “2021 has been a year of challenges and achievement for Riviera and this award is recognition of the magnificent work by our team to create and deliver the outstanding Riviera motor yachts of today, the best we have ever built.”  Riviera has a 38-year history of exporting motor yachts to the world, starting with the first shipment to the United States in 1983 and followed by the first shipment to Europe a year later.  The company, which was founded in 1980, has built more than 5,750 motor yachts over the past 41 years with many of these motor yachts now cruising the Mediterranean, Pacific, Caribbean and the Great Lakes and coastal waters of North and South America.  The Riviera range spans 39 to 78 feet with 24 models from six distinctive Riviera model collections. This year, Riviera announced a new flagship of the fleet, the 78 Motor Yacht, the first of which is currently being built in preparation for her world premiere in early 2022.  Riviera was among 36 Queensland companies selected as a finalist from 160 entries received for this year’s Premier of Queensland Export Awards.  As a winner of one of 13 award categories, Riviera is now a finalist for the Australian Export and Investment Awards, held by Austrade on November 25.

Riviera New Representative in Panama

Australia’s luxury motor yacht builder Riviera has expanded its presence in the Americas with the appointment of AlphaBlue Marine as the company’s representative in Panama. AlphaBlue, led by Gerald Gomez, has established a new office and team for AlphaBlue Marine in Panama City’s newest and most exclusive marina complex, the Ocean Reef Island Marina which will become a focal point for Riviera motor yacht sales and services in Central America. The marina is located within an enclave of two premium residential islands in the heart of Panama City.  “We are delighted to be joining the global Riviera network and to be caring for current and new Riviera owners in the best marina location in Panama City,” said Mr Gomez.  “The marina is home to some of the most luxurious motor yachts in the country, offering beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the Panama City skyline – the perfect location to showcase Riviera’s luxury motor yachts.” AlphaBlue Marine will draw on Mr Gomez’s extensive experience in Panama working with a broad range of luxury marques.  “Our vision is to become a leader in the luxury business and lifestyle sector for premium quality automobiles, motorbikes, yachting and aviation, and we are thrilled to be appointed to the Riviera motor yachts partnership.”  “A partnership combining the excellence of Riviera motor yachts with our knowledge and focus on the luxury market in Panama through AlphaBlue Marine will provide a boating experience with a new level of care and support.”  Since 2016, Mr Gomez has successfully launched and represented Maserati in Panama and is the authorised importer for Lamborghini and McLaren. He also represents Italian furniture icons B&B Italia and Maxalto. Mr Gomez says Riviera aligns perfectly with this vision.  “Riviera is a company that is in constant evolution, continually refining and launching new models, all with a clear vision and objective to be the best in the world,” said Mr Gomez. “Our existing clients appreciate everything that Riviera has to offer and they are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our first new motor yacht into Panama.”  The AlphaBlue team is supported by Mr Gomez’s wealth of personal experience gained through a 37-year career with Procter & Gamble, most recently as Senior Regional Vice President of Latin America.  AlphaBlue Marine clients will be supported by a service team supervised by an AlphaBlue technical director. Further support will be provided by the group’s existing team and systems.  Panama, a country that straddles the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, offers some of the best leisure boating and fishing destinations in Central America, making it perfectly suited to Riviera’s expansive range of 24 models in six individual collections, from the 39 Open Flybridge to the new 78 Motor Yacht.  “From Panama, you are within easy reach of many beautiful boating destinations, including island resorts, where you can enjoy pleasure boating, fishing or simply entertaining aboard, and that’s where Riviera really excels,” said Mr Gomez.  “You can cruise to so many places and, with Costa Rica and other parts of Central America so close, more people are now starting to enjoy this kind of extended boating. Panama is increasingly becoming more like Puerto Rico, and we will see that evolve considerably in the coming years.”  The opening of the new AlphaBlue office has been set to meet the Panamanian summer season which lasts from November through to May. “We are opening at the best time for the Panama boating season,” said Mr Gomez.  AlphaBlue plans to host exclusive high-end events for Riviera owners throughout the year.  “We look forward to meeting current Riviera owners,” said Mr Gomez. “Events are very popular here, and after the lockdowns and restrictions we have been experiencing, there will be many people looking forward to getting out and boating.”  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst welcomed Mr Gomez and the AlphaBlue team to Riviera’s global representative network.  “We look forward to working with AlphaBlue to bring the Riviera luxury motor yacht experience to Panama,” said Mr Longhurst.  “Gerald brings a passion to our network that aligns with our desire to provide superior service and support and create the ultimate boating experience for Riviera owners around the world.  “With more Riviera motor yachts now cruising the Americas, AlphaBlue will further strengthen the support for our current owners while welcoming new yacht owners to the Riviera family.”

Sirena New CEO

Çağın Genç, formerly Chief Operating Officer at Sirena Marine in Turkey has been promoted to the post of Chief Executive Officer. Ms İpek Kıraç, the outgoing CEO who is also Chairwoman, becomes President of the company.  “Çağın joined the group in 2008 and brings huge experience to his new role,” says Ms İpek Kıraç. “He was production manager, plant director and marine director before becoming COO in 2019, so he understands the Sirena brands inside out. I’m confident they can grow together to become a point of reference in the yachting market”  “Now Sirena Yachts has reached a stage where we want to be able to offer our clients more choice. ”says Çağın Genç. “They will be able to select between our Sirena Yachts line and a new Superyachts line. In fact, we will have three new semi-custom models between around 30 and 50 metres in length and below 500 GT that will retain the design DNA of our existing fleet, which we’re also looking to expand with two new models, one between the 68 and 88 and another entry-level offering. We’ve just completed our internal briefing for the superyacht range and the next stage will be to ask our favourite designers to come up with concept proposals. We are prepared to build the first hull on spec”, continues Çağın Genç. “The two biggest models will likely be in metal and the smallest in fibreglass, but this has yet to be finalised. Either way, we will be ready to present the Sirena superyacht range in Monaco next year!”  Based in Istanbul, Sirena Marine produces award-winning sailboats under the Azuree and Euphoria brands, and luxury motoryachts under the Sirena Yachts brand. Sirena Yachts recently delivered hulls #3 and #4 in its flagship 88-foot series and the Sirena 68, the latest addition to the fleet, made her international debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021.  20 units of the all-new model have already been sold.

Sunreef for Fernando Alonso

Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso commissioned a custom 60 Sunreef Power Eco catamaran with Sunreef Yachts. The build contract was signed on September 1st at the Yacht Club de Monaco by Fernando Alonso and Sunreef Yachts’ Founder and President Francis Lapp.  Combining avant-gardist green tech and sustainable design, the Sunreef Yachts Eco range offers the industry’s most advanced solutions for a responsible cruising experience, including ultramodern, energy-efficient electric motoryachts.

Sunreef Wins Two World Yacht Trophies

With five luxury catamarans on display including two exclusive premieres, Sunreef Yachts hosted an exceptional showcase at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival. The company came back from Cannes with five new build contracts and two prestigious awards.  On the night of September 11th, the team celebrated a double victory at the World Yachts Trophies with the 70 Sunreef Power voted as Best Motor Catamaran and the Sunreef Yachts Eco Range winning the Green Yacht Trophy. For more information about the shipyard’s award-winning models, feel free to contact the team.

Tecnorib Pirelli Shortlisted for Best of of Boats Award

The Pirelli 35 rib walkaround built by TecnoRib and designed by Mannerfelt Design Team, is among the finalists of the BOB - Best of Boats Award in the Best for Fun category. The award celebrates the best boats launched in the last 12 months. It is the first time in the nearly 10 years of BOB history that a rib is shortlisted and therefore is a source of great pride for TecnoRib, licensee of trademarks Pirelli and P. for Speedboats. The winners will be announced on 11 November 2021 in Berlin after the decision of the 15 jury members from all over Europe, Russia and the USA.  Designed for those who want stable and safe navigation but also exciting and adrenaline-pumping, Pirelli 35 is a gritty RIB of 11 meters with double step hull available in outboard and sterndrive versions. Its modern design features great attention to on-board accessories, and various elements can be customised.

VanDutch Awarded European Powerboat of the Year 2022

VanDutch are proud to announce that the 32 has been nominated European Powerboat of the Year 2022, UP TO 10M category.  The competition is organized by BOOTE, a German magazine leader in the industry, and is one of the most prestigious and eagerly awaited. Winners will be announced in 2022. Stay tuned!

Viking at Second Annual Mongo Offshore Challenge

A combination of Vikings dominated the 2nd Annual Mongo Offshore Challenge with 1st Place finishes in the Blue Marlin, Swordfish, Tuna and Mahi divisions. It Just Takes Time weighed the heaviest blue marlin with a 793-pound fish cranked in by Nick Pratt on his Viking 72. The Viking 92 High Cotton took 3rd Place Blue with a 681-pounder. Fleur de Lis, a Viking 80, won the Swordfish category with Zac Taylor’s 271.9-pound sword during a three-day fun fishing trip focused on white marlin – which switched over to swords at night. The 3rd Place Swordfish was awarded to the Viking 64 Titan Up with their 254.1-pound target. A 231.1-pound yellowfin won the Viking 70 Quick Time 1st Place Tuna. C-Student, a Viking 66, claimed 1st Place Mahi with a 44.6-pound fish. The 132-boat fleet represented all five Gulf Coast states with more than 2,000 anglers. Teams competed as often as desired for five months with weights collected from 20 official weigh stations and approved big game tournaments throughout the Gulf. This event is challenging because the minimum size limits are set high. For example, a blue marlin must be a minimum of 118”, this makes the weighed fish huMONGOus.

Viking Dealer Expands Further

Galati is excited to announce they have assumed the Viking Yacht and Valhalla Boatworks brands from Stan Miller Yachts. This acquisition expands Galati’s operation to 15 locations serving the Gulf of Mexico to the Western United States, including the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. “Over the years, we have worked with Galati Yacht Sales to develop an unparalleled ability to provide our customers with the pinnacle of product and support,” said Viking President and CEO and Pat Healey. “We not only work together, but we fish tournaments together, which provides Carmine Galati and I the opportunity to share our views on continually improving our marketing reach, distribution and most of all, perfecting our boats and service."

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