November 30, 2021

Monthly News - November 2021

-pic of the month- Bayliss Facility Expansion Coming

Aicon Toast to a Bright Future

In November the Aicon yard in Giammoro Pace del Mela (Messina), we received a visit from a very welcome guest. He is Jocelyn Harel, partner of Aicon Boutique in Canada and Chicago. The CEO Marc-Udo Broich guided him on the visit, explaining the details of the new Aicon 66 Vivere. Then a toast with the Head of Production Teodoro Santalucia and the architects Eugenio Coppo and Alessandro Licciardello.

Arksen Bolsters Team

Marine adventure company Arksen has appointed Dominic Byrne as its new sales and marketing director.  In a newly created role, Dominic brings over 25 years experience in the luxury marine and data communications industries, providing hands-on leadership and developing sales and marketing strategies to penetrate markets both domestically and on the international stage.  Arksen has an ethos of building exceptionally capable vessels which enable families and friends to confidently explore some of the most wild and precious places on the planet with the aim of motivating the next generation of explorers, scientists and conservationists. This teamed with its sustainable approach to ensure minimal waste and incorporating sustainable materials, systems and processes is what attracted Dominic to the innovative adventure company.  Dominic said: “I was simply captivated by the Arksen story and the more I read about its founder Jasper Smith, the more I was inspired. I felt an instant affinity with the ethos of the company, its commitment to sustainability and the work it does to help better understand and protect the oceans - these are issues close to my heart. Arksen is not typical of the mainstream superyacht business, its proposition is unique and this really appealed to me.  Arksen clients are looking for something different, it's the combination of owning a yacht with genuine explorer credentials and the freedom that provides, coupled with the opportunity to maximise their ownership experience by having access to a blend of an owners club and concierge service to help them realise their adventure.”  Starting out in the IT industry when the internet began to expand across the world, Dominic worked in Europe and the US with start-up companies which were pioneers in the field of data communications, but needed help to go from inception through to floatation on the NASDAQ index.  Dominic said: “The dot com wave of the nineties gave me the opportunity to work for a couple of IPO success stories and this eventually enabled me to pursue my passion for yachting and begin a career in the luxury marine sector with one of Sunseeker’s leading European distributors. He exited this business in 2009 and has held a number of senior management positions within the sector, including those with Ahoy Club and Gulf Craft. More recently, and prior to joining Arksen, Dominic was involved with the launch of a premium lifestyle business specialising in yacht co-ownership.  When asked what he’d like to bring to Arksen Dominic said: “My immediate sights are on securing an order for the next Arksen 85 (hull No.3) and landing the first order for the Arksen 65 series. Longer term the goal is to help build the brand's reputation as the explorer yacht of choice in the 20 - 30 metre range and in parallel, develop the market opportunity for a series of sub 45ft Arksen adventure vessels.”  In 2019, Arksen unveiled its vision for a new concept in sustainable marine adventures, the Arksen Explorer Series. The ambitious project has rapidly gained momentum, with the sale of the second Arksen 85 announced earlier this month. The Arksen 85 currently represents the ‘flagship’ vessel within the Arksen Explorer Series, with the Arksen 75 and Arksen 65 making up the ‘Explorer’ fleet.  Arksen founder and chairman, Jasper Smith said of Dominic’s appointment: “We’re in an exciting period of growth for Arksen and Dominic’s appointment plays a crucial role in our plans to be able to reach more people with not only the Explorer Series, but also our Yachts for Science programme and 10% For The Ocean charity.”  The interim head of sales at Arksen, John Solomon, is currently handing over to Dominic in line with the company’s on-track growth strategy, following a successful 23 month tenure of the post. John will continue to support the company’s sales efforts during this next phase of development, alongside his core business at Seven Superyachts.  Arksen has also created five new roles in addition to Dominic’s appointment. These include Rob Vankalsbeek, technical project manager, Donald Hung, digital marketing lead, Sonia Jackson, communications and events lead, project engineer George Johnson and Client Project Manager Matthew Morgan.  

Azimut New Chief Marketing Officer

Azimut Benetti SpA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mario Gornati as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Azimut|Benetti Group. In this upgrading of the top management team, Mario Gornati will focus on strengthening the marketing and communication of the Group’s brands - Azimut Yachts, Benetti, Lusben and Yachtique – to boost their growth in an increasingly dynamic and challenging market. He will report to Azimut|Benetti Group CEO Marco Valle.   Gornati, born in 1972, has over 20 years’ experience in the world of yachting and luxury goods on an international level and in roles of increasing responsibility in both agency and corporate capacities. He joins the Group, world leader in the industry, after working 15 years with Sanlorenzo Spa.  “I have always thought very highly of Mario Gornati and I’m glad he has joined our team. Our brands have always been innovative, both in creating new yachts and in promoting them. I’m sure that with Mario we’ll keep up with this successful journey, adding new exciting and brave milestones” said Azimut|Benetti Group vice-president Giovanna Vitelli.  "For me, this is the beginning of a new challenge at Azimut|Benetti Group, the world’s leading yacht builder,” said Mario Gornati, “a new experience I will embrace with the utmost enthusiasm and the deepest respect for two brands - Azimut and Benetti – that have written the history of this industry and continue to plot its course thanks to its pioneering strategies and undisputed international leadership”.

Bayliss Facility Expansion Coming in 2022

In keeping with Bayliss philosophy of constant improvement everyday, the Carolina custom boat builder is investing in a state of the art paint and prep facility for all new builds and boatyard refits. In October, the foundation was laid and construction is now moving forward. The 10,000 square foot facility will be equipped with a Global Finishing Solutions paint bay, small parts paint booth, primer bay and all new spray equipment. 

Benetti 21st Yacht Master Dedicated to Sustainability 

The American leg of Yachtmaster successfully closed the 21st edition of this Benetti program for captains and crews featuring workshops and team building activities. Following the incredible response to the phygital event in February, the Yachtmaster was back in-person again at the exclusive Baker's Cay Resort in Key Largo. Its central theme was sustainability, an increasingly important value for Benetti, which boosted its message by organizing the event in a location that prioritizes its sustainable and conservation practices with use of biodegradable materials and low environmental impact products.

CRN Wins Gold Trophy 2021

CRN, the historic shipyard and Ferretti Group brand specialising in designing and building fully custom yachts, has won the Gold Trophy at the World Luxury Award 2021 in the Cars & Yachts category. The prize is given for the best strategy and integrated global social-media campaign.  Held in Monte Carlo, the World Luxury Award event is an independent forum set up to applaud creative excellence in the advertising, design and multimedia arenas, focusing on the major players in international luxury.  This major award acknowledges the innovation, effectiveness and exceptional creative achievement of CRN’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and LinkedIn profiles, devised and managed by Arachno Digital Agency.  On its social media, CRN uses high-impact language and an original tone of voice to articulate the brand values of artisanal excellence and the in-depth design and construction know-how to create bespoke yachts – unique works of art that reflect their owner’s personality to perfection.  The social-media strategy has built engagement and empathy through several key components: a publishing plan honed in the finest detail with language tailored to each platform; images and videos meticulously selected with an artistic eye; beautifully written copy to underscore the effect; and the use of inventive formats.  Through evocative storytelling, the brand’s social media convey the lifestyle experience on board the iconic CRN vessels while sharing the amazing journey of creating a true custom yacht and the passion and dedication of CRN’s team of expert professionals and craftspeople.

Fairline New CEO and Chairman

Fairline Yachts has appointed Paul Grys as its new Chief Executive Officer, while Derek Carter has re-joined the British motor yacht builder as Chairman.  Grys’ career includes 19 years with Jaguar followed by 17 years at JCB, where he was Managing Director of several business units, before spending three years as Group Business Operations Director.  He led and developed complex manufacturing businesses, a skillset that will drive the next stage of Fairline’s growth as he succeeds Peter McNulty, who took on the CEO role on an interim basis over two years ago and oversaw the acquisition by Hanover Investors in June 2021.  “It is a really exciting time to be leading this very special company,” Grys said. “The pandemic has led to a surge in demand in the luxury yacht market and Fairline is in a great position to benefit from this. With our heritage, our passionate workforce and exciting product range, we will create a strategy to seize a greater share of this market globally.”  Carter was CEO of Fairline Yachts for 15 years to 2011 before becoming CEO of Portakabin and subsequently its parent company, The Shepherd Building Group. He will commence his new role as Chairman of Fairline in January 2022.  Jason Carley, a Senior Partner at Hanover Investors, said: “In Paul, we have a proven leader in operationally complex businesses as we focus on optimising the Fairline factory to drive even higher levels of quality and efficiency to support the exciting new model range being introduced over the coming years.  “And we are privileged that someone with Derek’s reputation in the industry is returning to the Fairline family as Chairman, working with Paul and the entire workforce to build on the strong foundations we have.”

Frauscher Wins Best of Boats Award

The Frauscher shipyard wins the Best of Boats Award in the category "Best for Future" with their latest model TimeSquare 20, an electric catamaran.  As an absolute highlight in its debut year, this year's Future Award goes to Frauscher shipyard for the TimeSquare 20 electric boat. The "Best for Future" award recognises pioneering technologies with an awareness of sustainability and the responsible use of resources. The special feature of the award: the renowned jury evaluates according to standards that are specifically relevant to boaters. In other words, the award categories are based on use cases. The award ceremony took place on 11th November 2021 during the course of the "Boot & Fun" trade fair in Berlin. The special evaluation criteria were also reason why the TimeSquare 20 had the best chance of winning an award in the competition. Managing director Michael Frauscher explains: "Our team designed and constructed an electric catamaran around the customer's wishes and their usage habits. The boat therefore has propulsion technology that makes it extremely efficient, manoeuvrable and quiet."  From the user's point of view, the large, accessible area on deck is particularly convenient. Here, time can be spent and enjoyed in a variety of ways. This "square" gave the Frauscher innovation its name. The number 20 stands for the usable space. TimeSquare 20 owners have 20 square metres of space at their personal disposal.  The jury member Kerstin Zillmer says: " With the TimeSquare 20, the Frauscher Shipyard has rethought boating in calm waters. On two hulls with the lightest displacement, electrically powered at a decent speed, the TimeSquare 20 represents a new concept of boating: enjoyment of nature, tranquillity, community and consideration. Their entrepreneur’s spirit and serial implementation are worthy of the Best for Future Award 2021."

Maritimo XCat Departs for UAE

Australia’s Maritimo Racing, the current UIM XCAT Powerboat World Champions have shipped their boat and equipment to the UAE in readiness for Round 1 of the 2022 UIM XCAT World Championship.  Maritimo Racing’s XCAT and equipment has been on a waiting list for an available ship en-route to the UAE since September, when the UIM announced two rounds that will make up a shortened 2021 UIM World Championship in December.  “Unfortunately, the congestion and lead times in international container shipping did not allow enough time for the equipment to reach the UAE in time for the shortened 2021 World Championship,” said Maritimo Racing’s Tom Barry-Cotter.  “It’s disappointing we aren’t able to be there to defend our title, but we are focused on 2022 and looking forward to resuming racing once again.  “The team is now already looking forward to approach the 2022 world championship as the hunter, rather than the hunted, and we will be watching the front pack in the UAE next week very carefully.”  Only days ago, Maritimo Racing announced it had reforged one of its most successful partnerships in preparation to compete in the UIM World Championship.  Norway’s Pal Virik Nilsen will join Tom Barry-Cotter in the cockpit of the Maritimo designed and constructed R30 XCAT for the 2022 UIM XCAT World Championship.  Coming onboard with Pal, will be fellow Norwegian Lars Inge Graver, joining the team alongside Kurt Davies, Ross Willaton, and Graham Fraser.  Maritimo Racing has been using the extended offseason as opportunity to test and develop the Maritimo R30 design and various setups.  “We have been making small improvements to everything we do on an ongoing basis, and I am confident when the time comes to put it is all to the test, we will be ready and extremely competitive,” says Tom.  Maritimo Racing has been gathering data from the valuable test time and applying to the design and construction of a new R30 XCAT which will be ready to enter late in the 2022 season.  “The construction of our next R30 XCAT is advancing well, with the hull’s composites being infused with Gurit Corecell™ and Gurit PRIME 27 epoxy resin last week, with bulkheads now beginning to be fitted,” he said.  “There are many advancements we are introducing into the new design, and we expect it give us another edge late in the 2022 season.”  The new hull will also give the team the platform to continue testing and development whilst the original R30 hull is in transit between events during the season.  “Pal is eager to get out to Australia and begin testing the new hull once we are in the water,” said Barry-Cotter.  Maritimo Racing will be set to return UIM XCAT competition for Round 1 of the 2022 UIM XCAT World Championship.

Maritimo With Olympic Gold Medalist

Officially Australia’s most successful Olympic sailor, Mathew ‘Mat’ Belcher has been welcomed into Maritimo Racing’s sailing program, with his involvement already proving to be successful.  Mat has been a dominant force in the Olympic 470 Dinghy Class over the last three Olympic Games. The unassuming Gold Coaster, aged 39, won his first Olympic gold medal in 2012 in London with Malcolm Page.  He then took home a silver medal at Rio in 2016 with new sailing partner Will Ryan, with the successful duo following up with a gold medal at the Tokyo Games earlier this year.  Mat successfully steered Maritimo’s 54-foot racing yacht to win Division One of the Queensland Yachting Championships, hosted by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, on Moreton Bay over the weekend.  Mat’s involvement with Maritimo Racing was his first regatta racing big boats, with the results showing he has made a seamless transition from his 470 Dinghy Class.  The five-race regatta saw Maritimo 11 off to a slow start with a sixth and an 18th place in a day that saw the smaller boats in the 21 strong fleet dominate.  Team leader Michal Spies said an increase in wind on Sunday saw Maritimo post two firsts and a third in the three races, thus enabling the poor 18th place from the previous day to be discarded from the points tally.  Mat is reveling in the cut and thrust of big boat racing. “It was great to join such a well drilled team as Maritimo and contribute to the continuing good form of this fantastic yacht,” he said.  “The team made me feel most welcome and made it easy for me to get up to speed in this class of racing,” he said.  “I am delighted that Bill Barry-Cotter has given me the opportunity to be involved.”  Spies said Mat’s love of sailing and his Olympics success were valuable additions to the skills set of the Maritimo Racing program.  He said the weekend’s racing also saw 13-yer-old Addison Newland, one of Australia’s up and coming junior sailors, competing in team Maritimo.  She has been coached by Mat and has her sights on the 2032 Olympic Games.  Spies said, Maritimo would next compete in the 220 nautical mile Wolf Rock Race starting in Moreton Bay, heading to Wolf Rock near Doble Island Point, and then finishing on the Gold Coast.  This event will be Maritimo’s mandated Qualifying Race for this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race.  He said Mat will again be joining Maritimo in his overnight long race debut in this event, but due to the pending birth of his fourth child he will not be joining the crew in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.  “After the cancellation of last year’s event we are very excited to be preparing for this world class and internationally famous event again and we are confident that Maritimo Racing will do the Gold Coast proud, ” he said.

Pearl New West Coast US Dealer

As Pearl Yachts prepares for the close of its most successful year to date, the brand is consolidating record growth, particularly in the Americas, with the signing of a second regional dealer. Jeff Brown Yachts, with offices and marinas in San Diego, Newport Beach, Sausalito and Seattle, will represent Pearl Yachts throughout the Western United States, Mexico, and Canada.  British luxury motoryacht builder Pearl Yachts continues its rapid growth and dealer development programme by appointing a second US dealer. Following its great success on the East coast with Atlantic Yacht & Ship Co Pearl has appointed Jeff Brown Yachts, expanding the dealer network to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico.  “This year’s Fort Lauderdale boat show held special significance.” says Pearl Yachts Managing Director Iain Smallridge. “Reuniting with our friends at AYS is always a joy and getting to know the team at Jeff Brown Yachts was a pleasure. We also confirmed a record number of sales”.  For nearly 30 years, Jeff Brown has distinguished himself in the marine industry as one of the most professional dealers on the West Coast. At the signing event, Jeff commented: “Thanks to Iain and all the team at Pearl for hosting us at the show in Fort Lauderdale. We started this partnership the right way: all together with the Pearl 62, the Pearl 80, and the flagship Pearl 95, getting in some training and giving an energetic kick-off to our journey with Pearl Yachts. This move is particularly important to Pearl’s presence in the Americas, because now we can tell clients that there is a highly professional coast-to-coast aftersales network in place. Adding that advantage to the list, we are looking forward to making our first presentations to clients.”

Riva in a Permanent Exhibition on Lake Como

For enthusiasts and the public at large, iconic international yacht brand Riva, in partnership with Fondazione Museo Barca Lariana, opened a new 300-square-metre exhibition room in October at the MBL Lake Como International Museum of Vintage Boats in Pianello del Lario, dedicated to the prestigious motorboats built on Lake Iseo.  On display are seven jewels from the storied Sarnico-based shipyard.  The room at the MBL, designed by architect Paolo Albano in tandem with Riva, takes the visitor on a journey through time from the 1930s to the incredible period epitomised by “La Dolce Vita”, when the Aquarama’s unmistakable lines brought Italian style to the world of yachting and the international collective imagination. It represents a tribute to Serafino Riva, famous for his high-speed racing boats, and his son Carlo Riva, who skilfully turned the brand into an international symbol and an object of desire loved by film stars, aristocrats and sports champions alike.  The museum’s collection also boasts several truly special models: HaLu is a Riva from the 1930s when Serafino was still at the helm of the shipyard. HaLu is probably one of the oldest and best preserved vintage Rivas in the world. The two Riva Series R models, the first to be built on a small production line, are from a few years later, as is the very rare racer fitted with Guzzi engines. Also on show is a Riva Florida with special Scottish Madras upholstery. Visitors can also admire a series of traditional moulds used to produce hulls.  The Museum bookshop will also showcase the refined Riva Brand Experience collection, ranging from clothing and unique accessories to design objects and original collectibles, to keep a reminder with you, wherever you are, of the sea and Riva’s legendary story. The latest new products available in the bookshop include “Riva In The Movie”, a priceless book that tells the story of more than 50 films in which Riva yachts have played an important and often a leading role alongside movie stars from around the world. The close relationship between the Riva legend and the seventh art is celebrated not only by the book but also by the powerful short film “Riva In The Movie”, with a masterful performance by Pierfrancesco Flavino, which was presented at the 77th Venice International Film Festival and is being screened at the Museum.  The room dedicated to Riva, created in partnership with the Fondazione Museo Barca Lariana, reminds visitors of the origins from which the legend has grown. Born in Laglio in 1822, Pietro Riva left his hometown for Sarnico, on Lake Iseo, to help the local fishermen after a violent storm completely destroyed their fleet. The Riva family returned to Lake Como only 130 years later, with the opening of the Colombo dealership, the exclusive distributor of Riva motorboats which are still built only in Sarnico and nowhere else. Lake Como, one of the most enchanting places to explore on board a Riva, has always been a haven for pleasure boating, recognising the historical fact that it was Carlo Riva, and no one else, who built up the centuries-old history of this unique and inimitable brand that in 2022 celebrates its 180th anniversary.

Riva New Dealer in Malta

Ferretti Group extends its presence in Europe and awards the exclusive dealership for the Riva brand in Malta to Von der Heyden Yachting. The partnership with Von der Heyden Yachting will allow the Group to further consolidate its assistance network coverage in the region and provide an even more comprehensive service to owners in the central, western and eastern Mediterranean. “With this agreement, Ferretti Group continues to expand its commercial activities and strengthen its selected distribution network. We are confident in our decision to entrust our storied and iconic brand to a world-renowned company in Von der Heyden Group which, with two decades of expertise providing tailor made services in the luxury yacht industry, has the know-how to communicate to local customers the ‘Made in Italy’ appeal, quality and excellence that have always been distinctive features of Ferretti Group worldwide,” commented Ferretti Group CCO Stefano de Vivo. “Riva’s outstanding presence at the Cannes and Monaco yacht shows this year is testament to the iconic spirit of this brand and how it provides the perfect symphony between state-of-the-art technology, tradition and sheer beauty. We are more than honoured with the opportunity to represent Riva in Malta on an exclusive basis in combination with our experience in complementary yachting services and our other leisure subsidiaries in experiential hospitality,” said Sven Von der Heyden, Founder and President of Von der Heyden Group. As official Riva dealer, Von der Heyden Yachting offers a combination of tailormade purchasing, selling, chartering, maintenance, management and assistance services for Riva motor yachts.

Riviera National Honours at Australian Export Awards

Australia’s luxury motor yacht builder Riviera has been recognised as one of the country’s premier manufacturers after being named winner of the Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Award in the prestigious annual Australian Export and Investment Awards for 2021.  The award recognises outstanding international success in manufacturing, engineering and/or advanced materials development.  It caps off a year of success and achievements for Riviera, which creates motor yachts from 39 to 78 feet that are in high demand worldwide for their innovative design, superior engineering and ultra-luxurious interiors.  Riviera was named finalist in the Australian Export and Investment Awards after winning the manufacturing category at the Premier of Queensland Export Awards in October.  The company was among six finalists across Australia vying for the national award, representing diverse fields of manufacturing from commercial and military boatbuilding and high-performance engine components to premium camera production for the film and television industry.  Two winners were announced for the Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Award in 2021, and Riviera shared the honour with Victorian company AW Bell, a vertically integrated precision metal parts manufacturer.  Riviera builds more than 120 luxury motor yachts each year from the company’s state-of-the-art Gold Coast facility, supporting a team of over 850 on the largest facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere.  The company will export more than 60 per cent of the motor yachts this year to new owners around the world, including the US, New Zealand, Europe and Asia.  The latest Australian Export and Investment Awards honour complements a series of stellar achievements for Riviera in 2021, including the company’s largest single shipment ever, totalling seven yachts, to the United States.  “As an Australian company competing with the best in the world, we are incredibly proud of our achievements this year,” said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “We are equally humbled to have been recognised by this prestigious national award which acknowledges 41 years of evolution for Riviera that has led to our motor yachts of today being the best we have ever built.  “This award has been earned by the entire Riviera team and their passion for creating premium motor yachts that are admired and enjoyed around the world.”  The 59th annual Australian Export and Investment Awards were held on November 25. Each year the awards, which are supported by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, recognise and honour Australian exporters that have achieved sustainable growth through innovation and commitment.

Riviera Celebrates International Dealers for 2021

Riviera, Australia’s luxury motor yacht builder, has named Emerald Pacific Yachts in Seattle, USA, as the company’s International Dealership of the Year for 2021.  The award was among six announced by Riviera this week, recognising excellence in service, sales and owner care over the 12-month period to June by Riviera representatives located outside of Australia and New Zealand.  The awards were presented at the opening of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world’s largest in-water show, that concluded on Sunday.  Riviera presented its largest international showcase at Fort Lauderdale with 10 magnificent yachts on display from 39 to 72 feet from the Sports Motor Yacht, SUV, Flybridge and Sport Yacht and Belize collections – including the Americas premiere of the 645 SUV.  As International Dealership of the Year, Emerald Pacific Yachts has been awarded for its positive team environment, exclusive owner events, professionalism when engaging with the Riviera team and its continual reinvestment in the Riviera brand.  Emerald Pacific Yachts was further awarded for Event Excellence by a Dealership, highlighted by the hugely successful Riviera Rendezvous organised by the Seattle-based representative. More than 80 friends and family aboard 25 Riviera motor yachts enjoyed an exceptional rendezvous at Roche Harbour in the San Juan Islands.  Sun Country Marine, which operates on the US west coast from five locations including Newport Beach, San Diego and Dana Point, was presented with the Sales Excellence by a Dealership Award. It was the second consecutive year that Sun Country has received this award.  Wally Castro Marine, located in the heart of the Caribbean in Puerto Rico, was awarded for Service Excellence by a Dealership, driven by a culture of superior owner care, quality control and the continuous improvement in the level of services provided across the dealership.  Individual excellence came to the fore in this year’s awards for OneWater Yacht Group, as sales executive Ned Dozier was presented with the Sales Excellence by an Individual Award. It was the second consecutive year that Mr Dozier, who is based at Stevensville, Maryland, received this award.  OneWater’s service manager Anthony Vigliotti, based in Florida, was presented with the Riviera Service Excellence by an Individual Award, capping off a double recognition for the dealership and recognising his exceptional service to motor yacht owners.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst has praised the professionalism and service excellence that continues to advance across the company’s global representative network.  “The commitment of our global representatives to Riviera truly aligns with the passion and dedication of our 850-strong team in building world-class motor yachts for boating enthusiasts around the world,” said Mr Longhurst.  “Our united goal is to create the ultimate boating experience for our owners. That begins with the precision engineering, advanced technology and luxurious interiors that make Riviera motor yachts among the best in the world. It continues with the superior service and support provided to our owners by our global representatives, assisting our owners to achieve their ultimate boating experience.  “I am extremely proud to see these awards acknowledge the exceptional work undertaken throughout our network in achieving this goal.”

Sunreef Celebrates Two Sustainability Awards

The Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, jointly run by IBI and Metstrade, recognize the contributions of individuals, teams and supply chain partners within boat building companies globally.   The 2021 edition of the Boat Builder Awards rewarded the Sunreef Yachts Eco range of sustainable catamarans as the industry’s best Environmental Initiative. The prestigious award ceremony took place in Amsterdam, during the Metstrade on November 17.  The jury of the German Design Awards voted Sunreef Yachts’ In-House Engineered Solar Power System as the best Eco Design in the Excellent Product Design category.  The German Design Awards honor the companies contributing to a better future with their innovative spirit. Its jury of experts awards groundbreaking design achievements in various industries worldwide.  With accolades including the World Yachts Trophy, the UIM Environmental Award and Gustave Trouvé Award, Sunreef Yachts Eco are an avant-gardist range of sustainable catamarans. With a 360° approach to eco cruising, they offer cutting-edge electric propulsion, naturally-sourced sustainable materials, smart energy management and new technologies including a patent-pending solar power system produced in-house.

Sunreef Ambassadors Cup

In the midst of a busy Monaco Yacht Show 2021, the Sunreef Yachts team hosted the Sunreef Ambassadors’ Cup – a thrilling table tennis clash between Rafael Nadal and Nico Rosberg. Held on board Rafael Nadal’s 80 Sunreef Power catamaran Great White, the game turned out to be a real showstopper.

Tecnorib Pirelli New Production Site in Full Swing

Tecnorib Pirelli celebrates full activity of the new production plant in the province of Milan, where the historical headquarters are also located. It came into operation in October, allowing the shipyard to double its production capacity and meet the growth targets in its 2020-2022 business plan.  Full operation of the new plant is a very concrete step in the growth path initiated in 2020 that involved not only production but also products, with the launch of the new Walkaround line, stemming from the desire to combine the concept of walkaround with that of maxirib. The new range saw the launch of the Pirelli 42 in 2020, followed by that of the Pirelli 35 this year, and will be complemented by that of the Pirelli 50, planned for the beginning of 2022.  Finally, the internationalisation process, the third element of the shipyard’s development programme, has seen an increase in the number of new dealers in Europe and the opening of a new prolific market in Australia.  The company had this to say: “The construction of the new production plant is part of a three-year industrial development programme based on three pillars: in addition to the increase in production capacity, also expansion of the range with a new walkaround line over 10 metres and expansion of the sales network on new international markets. We are perfectly in line with the programmes defined in the business plan, so much so that the increase in demand for boats recorded worldwide has not only not caught us unprepared but, on the contrary, has helped us achieve the objectives we set ourselves two years ago more quickly.”

VanDutch Nominated European Powerboat of the Year 2022

VanDutch 32 has been nominated European Powerboat of the Year 2022, in the up to 10 meters 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 Executive Co-Chairman Running for Congress

The Viking Yacht Company is excited to announce that Robert Healey Jr. is running for U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District. Bob is the Executive Co-Chairman of the Viking Group, which manages Viking Yachts, Viking Investments, Viking Associates, Viking Residential and Viking Developers.  “As someone who employs over 1,000 South Jersey residents, I am in touch with the challenges people are facing,” says Bob, a resident of Moorestown in Burlington County. “This country is headed in the wrong direction, and I intend to do something about it – for my country and the state of New Jersey, for my employees, for my family, and most importantly for the future of my 5-month-old daughter.”  Aside from his corporate responsibilities, Robert Healey Jr.’s extensive philanthropic activities include Board positions on the Healey Education Foundation and the Gleneayre Equestrian Program. Bob is also the Co-Founder and President of the Healey International Relief Foundation, which was established to improve the quality of life of individuals and families in the war-torn country of Sierra Leone in West Africa.  “The Healey family has a long history of working for the best interests of our boatbuilders and the marine industry in New Jersey, going back to my father and uncle’s efforts that resulted in the repeal of the Luxury Tax,” adds Viking Yachts President and CEO Pat Healey. “We’re fighters, and my cousin Bob has continued the tradition of political action with the Viking Group. Now he’s ready to take his commitment to the next level. We applaud and support his efforts. He has incredible insight and knowledge about the issues that most affect the businesses and hard-working people of New Jersey.”

Viking Captain of the Year

IntheBite magazine has announced Tony Carrizosa as their 2021 International Division Captain of the Year in the world’s foremost competition for professional sportfishermen. “It’s truly an honor to receive this award from InTheBite,” said Tony. “Although it’s an individual recognition, to me it’s a team win. None of this would be possible without my long-time teammates from the cockpit to the tower. Congratulations also go out to the Galati Yachts and Viking Yachts family.” Fishing on Team Galati, a Viking 58, captain Tony and team won Leg III of the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Series as well as the Series Championship.

Viking VIP Show

Well, mark your calendar to visit the industry-leading fleet at Viking's exclusive VIP Preview at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida. The Viking 64 Convertible and Valhalla 46 will take centre stage at the two-day event that takes place Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5, 2022. Sea trials will be available for select models. 

Wajer Fresh Deliveries

Wajer continues to expand its fleet in America at a fast pace. A large number of yachts has been delivered already this autumn. The upcoming month Wajer will deliver two 55's and one 38 to Miami, Florida and a Wajer 55 to The Bahamas. The Wajer 55 models are placed on a cradle and flat rack and driven aboard a car ship, on their way to the new Wajer owners. We’re happy to expand our business more and more overseas!

Wajer New Boathouse

Currently Wajer are in the midst of building a new boathouse in collaboration with design Studio Piet Boon. The boathouse will be located at Wajer's yard in Heeg, bordered by waterways and overlooking an open Dutch landscape. The idea is to create a space to welcome customers and display the finished yachts in an inspiring, architectonical building. A place where Wajer can showcase its dedication to craftsmanship and penchant for beautiful materials and details. 

November 29, 2021

Project: Bavaria SR36

Bavaria is adding another model to its successful SR line, SR36 which will make its debut at the Dusseldorf 2022 boat show in January.  An intelligent space concept and a sporty, elegant design, in combination with extremely safe handling characteristics make the Bavaria SR36 unique and made for perfect days on the ocean with family and friends.  Together with the Bavaria development team, the Italian designer Marco Casali drew up the sporty, elegant lines of the sport cruise, which is over eleven meters long and and boasts a bathing platform as standard. Particularly striking are the sweeping hull lines, large window areas in the superstructure and plenty of space on the bow and stern.  The Bavaria SR36 shows creativity in the design of the cockpit and superstructure, since life on modern sport cruisers takes place primarily on deck and in the cockpit. Alongside the classic hardtop version, which can be completely closed with an optional patio door, the SR36 is also available as an open version, with a low windscreen. The hardtop roof becomes a stable Bimini with a sunroof.  Plenty of space on board the Bavaria SR36 is provided by an intelligent floor plan, including below deck. Two generous cabins and an equally spacious lounge offer plenty of comfort and privacy for all guests on board.  The Bavaria development team is in the end phase of their work on the first prototype. 

November 28, 2021

New Launch: Baglietto 40m Panam #4002

Hull number 4002 the 40 meter Panam from Baglietto started out with an identity crisis, as at first it made part of the Cerri Fuori serie fully custom line.  Launched in Summer 2021, Panam eventually became a Baglietto during construction, and considering its designer; Francesco Paszkowski and its looks, the yacht does fit perfect in the legendary name profile.   A fully custom project build of aluminum with a planning hull, 40 meter Panam offers a six guest cabins accommodation sleeping twelve, with five crew berths in three cabins.  Baglietto 40 meter Panam is powered by triple MTU 2600hp with water-jet propulsion and a central booster which enable her to reach top speeds of 31 knots, and a cruise of 25.  A 1800 nautical mile range is possible with an economic long range cruise of twelve knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 39.80 m (130.7ft)
Waterline Length - 37.5 m
Beam - 8.40 m
Draft - 2 m
Displacement - 270 t medium load
Fuel Capacity - 30,000 l
Water Capacity - 5.000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 3 x MTU 16V2000 M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - two by water-jets, plus central water-jet with booster
Speed - 31 knots max 25 knots cruise, twelve knots long range cruise
Range - 1800 nm at twelve knots cruise
Hull Shape - planning
Construction - aluminium
Project - Francesco Paszkowski
Certification - Lloyds

November 27, 2021

Fire Onboard Transport Ship Burns Down Three Yachts

A fire onboard the weather deck of cargo vessel BBC Virginia on 27 November 2021 burned down and totaled a Silent Power catamaran and two Ocean Alexander yachts, with a third Ocean Alexander yacht receiving fire damage.  The cargo vessel BBC Virginia was on a voyage from Koahsioung, Taiwan, when it was reported that the Silent catamaran started smoking, with the smoke becoming a full blaze of fire which jumped and totaled two other super yachts, and damaging a third.  No persons were injured in the fire.
On 12 December 2022 Ocean Alexander opened a lawsuit for damages versus Silent Yachts and Cross Chartering the ship owner of BBC Virginia, stating that the solar powered system onboard the Silent Yacht was unproven and untested, while also reporting that BBC Virginia was an unseaworthy vessel.
The Ocean Alexander yachts in this fire and there respective sizes have not been mentioned although the one in the above picture looks to be an Explorer 27E, a model which debuted in 2020, while the damaged super yacht shown in another photo looked to be a 37L.

Project: CRN 67m Maranello hull. 143

The Ferretti Group brand CRN announces the signing of a contract for a new 67 metre steel and aluminium yacht, a fully bespoke design and build: hull number 143, project Maranello. The client is represented by brokers Moran Yacht and Ship.  As the owner’s representatives for the project, Moran Yacht and Ship have played a key role in developing the technical specification and agreeing numerous contractual matters. They will continue to assist the client through the build process until the technical review, inspection and acceptance, from project management to on-site supervision and coordinating the external suppliers. CRN M/Y 143 is a unique bespoke work that blends CRN’s expertise and its design and build quality with the experience and creativity of the studio helmed by Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard, which has developed the design.  With her taut, fluid, aerodynamic lines, this is a yacht with a potent sense of style that fully reflects her owner’s vision and requirements. In particular, his insistence on sustainability chimes with the shipyard’s own passion for safeguarding the environment. The CRN M/Y 143, then, is an innovative and eco-friendly one-off pleasure yacht with a state-of-the-art hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system for greater energy efficiency and significantly reduced fuel consumption. A perfect synthesis of creativity and tailored style, the 143rd CRN vessel is the eighth magnificent creation in CRN’s partnership with Nuvolari Lenard since 2001. CRN is presently building another four super yachts: the 62-metre #138, the 72-metre #139, the 60-metre #141 and the 52-metre hull #142.

November 26, 2021

New Model: Ocean Alexander 35R

Debuting to the world at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Ocean Alexander 35R, is the culmination of the renowned Revolution series designed by Evan Marshall and Arrabito Naval Architects. The Ocean Alexander 35R super yacht is more than the embodiment of style and performance. With a gross tonnage just under 300, the liveable space and well-established five double cabins layout, including of which is an owners stateroom occupying the forward full body part of the main deck are remarkable. The Ocean Alexander 35 R prides itself as a sleek modern design with three deck and a semi wide body maub deck offering huge volumes. The full-width main deck expands living space without compromising the incredible performance and efficiency Ocean Alexander is known for. The 35 R prides itself as a 35 meter super yacht and is powered by twin Man 1900hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 35.6 m (116.9ft)
Waterline Length - 31.8 m
Beam - 7.64 m
Draft - 2.11 m
Displacement - 165,600 kg
Fuel Capacity - 19500 l
Water Capacity - 2270 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Evan K. Marshall exterior and interior, Arrabito naval architect

November 25, 2021

Project: Steeler Bronson 75

Steeler Yachts is pushing back the boundaries with the construction of the almost 24-metre Bronson 75. Developments at the Steeler yard have gained momentum since the success of the Bronson 50, which won international awards and has set out for Mexico, USA, Ibiza and St Tropez, among other destinations. The finishing touches are currently being made to the drawings for the new aluminum Bronson 75, a ground-breaking sport yacht in every respect. It will be the largest Steeler ever built, more luxurious than any previous model, with more special features and innovations than any other in this class. Steeler Yachts' collaboration with Jonnie and Thérèse Boer of the Michelin 3-star restaurant De Librije is unique. They will be responsible for no fewer than five culinary locations on board: the beach bar in the cockpit, the spacious kitchen with 'chef's table' in the saloon, the romantic mini bar in the master bedroom and the two wet bars on the bridge and on the foredeck. The collaboration will cover the design and composition of kitchen equipment selected by Jonnie and Thérèse, along with cutlery and crockery, and the spices and ingredients, and of course a matching selection of wines. In practice, this translates into onboard gastronomic refinement. From the very best coffee and tea blends, to everything needed to prepare the most fantastic recipes recommended by the culinary couple. The characteristic axe bow and the modern underwater hull guarantee silky smooth sailing performance at sea. Three Volvo-Penta 1000hp with IPS will produce a top speed of 37 knots. A special feature in the Bronson 75 is the panoramic roof construction, which turns the wheelhouse roof into an open, streamlined T-top. The wet pool above the tender garage on the aft deck will also turn heads. Everyone can also relax onboard at the various other comfortable lounge areas in the sun. Literally at the highest level, you will find behind a modern dashboard the best steering position a skipper could wish for. The entire bridge housing is bathed in luxury, with a seating, dining and lounge area with the best all-around views. Below deck, the spacious saloon is remarkably bright thanks to a glass front and the use of the finest, lightweight materials. In total there are eight guest berth plus two for crew on board. As well as the owner's cabin, there is a large VIP guest cabin with its own wet cells. In terms of comfort, they are a close match. And then we have a two-person guest cabin on the port side and a crew cabin with its own entrance fore. The spacious lounge sofa in the saloon offers a berth for two more guests, which means a total of ten people can spend the night on board. In total, the Bronson 75 offers more than 200 square meters of space for limitless enjoyment.

November 24, 2021

New Model: Lion Evolution 6.0

Lion Yachts is a new Italian brand who with this Evolution 6.0 is on its second model.  The first was a modern centre console the Open Sport 3.5, but the Italian builder has a lot of projects in store, of which is also a super yacht of fifty meters.   The Lion Evolution 6.0 is a mixed explorer yacht of sorts, the builder calls it Sport Trawler, to me it is similar to what Cranchi did with the T36 Crossover, but in more extreme forms and custom options, including of which engine choice.  Following recent trends hull one of the Evolution 6.0 is powered by quadruple Yamaha 425hp engines, with options for twin 725hp or 800hp inboard engines being available.  The inboard choice does not change interior layout choices but moves tender stowage from midships to aft.  Also the outboard choice does not show the motors leaving the stern practically undisturbed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.65 m (57.9ft)
Beam - 5.05 m
Draft - 1.3 m
Displacement - 27 t
Fuel Capacity - 2200 l, 2800 l optional
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, 800hp, 4 x Yamaha 425hp petrol gas outboards
Propulsion - forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives, line shaft, or outboards
Certification - CE B

November 23, 2021

Project: Sessa Fly 47

Sessa present the Fly 47 project a natural evolution of the 45 Fly, and part of its Flybridge Line. Rather than calling it a simple Flybridge, Sessa introduces the concept of the advanced open yacht for its Fly 47, with the ability on the main deck to fully open the area. In fact, this fourteen meter flybridge cruiser, offers three comfortable and liveable cabins, with two bathrooms having separate shower stalls.  The main deck offers spaciousness in a split level arrangement with an ergonomic galley located to port side and a brightly living area.  The flybridge offers space of more than twenty sqm able to comfortably host eight-ten people. The qualities of navigability, derived from the experience of the 45 Fly of which this model is a natural evolution. 

November 22, 2021

New Model: Marex 330 Scandinavia

Marex has launched its new 330 Scandinavia at the Cannes 2021 boat show, with the model starting with a flying start receiving two nominees. The Marex 330 Scandinavia presents itself as a hard-top sport cruiser suited for Northern climates, and sits in between the 375 and 310 Sun Cruiser, the more modern Marex models with forward cabins.  The Marex 330 Scandinavia offers and interior with two cabins on the lower deck; with a master berth forward, and a double berth at midships.  An extra double berth is available via the convertible saloon, on the living main deck.  The Marex also offers an option for a long version with a bathing platform being 51 centimetres longer to the short version.  Another option are the integrated solar panels available on the hard-top able to keep most domestic systems running for days without the use of a generator.  Like all Marex the 330 Scandinavia is available with single Volvo 440hp or twin 220hp engines.  Both propulsion in stern drives. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.49 m (34.4ft) long bathing platform version, 9.99 m (short bathing platform version)
Beam - 3.40 m
Draft - 1.10 m single engine with drive down, 0.90 m twin engines with drives down
Displacement - 5500 kg light, 7430 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 650 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Max Persons - eight
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, plus two convertible saloon
Engines - 1 x Volvo D6 440hp, 2 x Volvo D3 220hp 
Propulsion - Volvo duo prop stern drive
Speed - 34 knots max
Hull Shape - planning Vee shape
Project - Niki design, Marex
Certification - CE B

November 21, 2021

Web: Rodman New Web Site

Rodman Yachts from Spain presents its new World Wide web virtual showroom. Rodman was founded in 1974, and since its founding the company has seen growth not only building pleasure boats but also vessels for commercial and patrol use. The company continued to expand and in 1986 it increased its facility space buying the Ascon shipyard. Today Rodman has two facilities, one for the building of fiberglass boats for commercial or pleasure use, and another yard today devoted for the repair of steel craft. The current Rodman pleasure boat line up offers nine models divided into three lines; the standard line, Spirit, and Muse. The entry level model is the 890 Ventura, while the flagship is the 2007 launched 74 Muse, and the latest model is the 1290 Evolution. Rodman new website is available in Spanish and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Rodman, Leisure Boats, Professional Boats and Vessels, Advanced Composites, Quality and Innovation, News, and Contact. Rodman is also on social media with top right buttons taking you to its; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Linkedin pages.

November 20, 2021

New Launch: Feadship 77.00m Hull. 707

Launched in 2021 is this new fully custom 77 meter Feadship hull. 707 titled m/y Boardwalk.  The exterior of this pure custom 77-metre Feadship hull. 707 comes from the drawing boards of Studio De Voogt, whereas her interior is by Halffman Designs.  Hull. 707 is the 22nd largest Feadship build to date built with a steel hull and aluminium super structure, and was delivered in April 2021.  Power comes from twin MTU 3046hp engines which give a top speed of seventeen knots and a cruise of fourteen.
Technical Data:
LOA - 77 m (252.7ft)
Beam - 12.30 m
Draft - 3.60 m
Displacement - 1848 GT volume
Fuel Capacity - 154000 l
Water Capacity - 42000 l
Accommodation - fourteen guests in seven cabins, 22 crew in eleven cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V4000 M63L 3046hp
Speed - seventeen knots max fourteen knots cruise
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Studio de Voogt exterior and naval architect, Halffman interior
Certification - Lloyds 100 A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 LMC

November 19, 2021

Project: Rizzardi InEight

Rizzardi present the InEight project, a 24 meter super sport yacht flagship, superseding in size the previous CR73 produced from 2003 to 2010.  Till today the CR73 was the largest boat produced by Rizzardi under his name, but not the largest as under Posillipo he did produce super yachts up to 36 meters with the Technema 120 launched in 2008 being the largest build to date.  The InEight presents itself as a purebred fast super sport yacht, with indisputable seaworthiness and set to impress with perfectly matched spaces and performance. Sporty lines are consistent with the unique characteristics of a family which had its start with the Incredible 45 in 2004 and does its next evolutionary step with the the InSix in 2019 and with this InEight sees its dimensional expansion and the addition of a sport-bridge, completely hidden from the side profile. With a  beam of six metres, comfort is absolute, connected by convenient lateral passageways, the platform, garage, and ample cockpit are found at the bow’s exterior. Inside, thanks to large windows and a retractable sliding door, the lounge offers luminosity and depth unique for its class, ensuring maximum safety in any condition. The layout features four cabins with en-suite bathrooms and a crew area that can accommodate up to four people. There are dual internal staircases, one for guests and one for the kitchen and the crew, who access their quarters directly from the galley itself.  The Rizzardi InEight is to be powered by standard twin MTU 2400hp and or optional 2600hp with surface drives.  Estimated top speeds are 45 knots with the standard engines, and fifty knots with the optional.

November 18, 2021

Riviera Partly Sinks in Garden Island Perth

An eighteen meter Riviera motor yacht partly sank when cruising around Garden Island, Perth in the morning of seventeen November after hitting a reef off the coast and damaging its hull.  After this the Riviera motor yacht began to take on water, which at some point filled all the aft part and cockpit of the hull.  Beside a shock no injuries where reported to the crew in the accident and the Riviera motor yacht was the day after salvaged and taken to a boat yard for repairs.
This Riviera in the accident is a 53 Enclosed Flybridge a project of Alex Dowd, Riviera head designer.  Offering an interior with three double cabins plus a two crew lower deck layout, the Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge is powered by twin Volvo 900hp or triple 435 both with IPS pod drives, and or twin Cats 1015hp in shafts.  The Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge reached speeds up to 35 knots with Volvo 900hp and IPS pod drives.   Produced from 2011 up to 2016 Riviera build 36 of the 53 Enclosed Flybridge, wit the model evolving into the 57 Enclosed Flybridge in 2016, thanks to a redesigned upper structure and hull extension of thirty centimeters.

New Model: Horizon FD75

Taking its place at the entrance of a series known for its unparalleled volume, innovative functionality and intelligent layout, the FD75 is a remarkable achievement in terms of design and naval architecture. Intended for owner/operators, the FD75 features a raised pilothouse design that accommodates both an open bridge and a lower helm area. The FD75 is a four-stateroom yacht, which includes a full-beam, on-deck master stateroom fitted with an en-suite and walk-in closets, and three spacious staterooms comprised of a queen, double and twin on the lower deck. Accommodations for two crew members are found aft, and a beach club is optional.  The Horizon FD75 is powered by twin Cat 1136hp engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.86 m (75ft)
Waterline Length - 20.6 m
Beam - 6.2 m
Draft - 1.70 m
Displacement - 67 t
Fuel Capacity - 9086 l
Water Capacity - 1136 l
Accommodation - eight guest in four cabins, two crew in one
Engines - 2 x C18A 1136hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Project - Cor D.Rover

November 17, 2021

Project: Storebro 350 Biscay

Storebro present the 350 Biscay project, which is the first new boat model from the Swedish boat builder in a long time. It is a driving machine with all the comfort of a luxury family cruiser. Equipped with double or single Volvo diesel with sterndrive, combined with the latest manoeuvring systems, which will give you a precise and fully adjustable handling. The 350 Biscay is designed for the Scandinavian conditions and will securely and quick take you to the destination of your choice in any weather.  The Storebro 350 Biscay offers a two cabins interior, with a galley on the lower deck in between the cabins, and a saloon living on the main deck in the full enclosed hard-top area.

November 16, 2021

New Model: BlueGame BG72

True to its commitment to defy all stereotypes, that has always been BlueGame signature style, the new BG72 is the perfect expression of its cross-over soul, that escapes from belonging to a single segment. With the BG72, BlueGame goes even further by combining the concepts of the BG and BGX ranges; the result is a successful fusion of open and flybridge. The BG72’s remarkable layout, with a completely open upper deck and the original lower deck of the BGX range, is destined to bring lovers of both typologies together, without compromise. The BG72, designed like all Bluegame models by Architect Luca Santella, maintains the engineering chassis of the BGX models with the high-performance hull created in collaboration with the naval architect Lou Codega and the advanced Volvo IPS propulsion system that ensures high performance and low consumption. The BG72 inherits from the BG range the original simplicity of use, easy manoeuvrability, comfort, safety during navigation and offers for the first time on an open yacht a cockpit with 360° visibility characterised by the windscreen with inverted glass and the possibility of total closure which guarantees protection in adverse weather conditions or privacy in the presence of the crew. Once again, Bluegame has benefited from the fruitful collaboration of Zuccon International Project, which has given great personality to both the profile and the interior and exterior spaces.  The outdoor areas are arranged over three levels; the beach area in close contact with the sea, the large living area with sun-lounge/sofa in continuity with the dining area, a spacious bow area equipped and flexible on the main deck and, finally, an easily accessible and enjoyable sundeck.  The interiors can be tailored to the owner’s needs, depending on whether living on the boat in a more convivial or more private way: the saloon with direct access from the platform, as on the BGX, can be replaced by the owner’s cabin, offering stunning views and the opportunity of waking up directly in contact with the sea. The first unit presented at the Cannes and Genoa 2021 boat shows had the owner chose the version with the saloon overlooking the beach area and interiors with very distinctive materials and colors: Canaletto walnut wood combined with leather and fabrics in light and blue tones that convey personality and sophistication.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.82 m (74.9ft)
Hull Length - 21.1 m
Beam - 5.60 m
Draft - 1.60 m at full load
Displacement - 40000 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Max Persons - sixteen
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp, D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 30 knots max 27 cruise with 1000hp, 28 knots 25 cruise with 900hp
Project - Luca Santella concept, Zuccon exterior and interior, Lou Codega hull
Certification - CE B

November 15, 2021

Project: Mig 45

Mig present the project for a new 45, the first model of a new generation of models.  The Mig 45 is an evolution of the Italian open sport boat which was so popular in the eighties and nineties, with the Italian builder playing an important part in this success with its popular and successful 38 model. Designed by Federico Fiorentino the Mig 45 will be a walk around sport cruise offering an easy to use main exterior deck from fore to aft.  Two opening aft bulkheads will extend the beam by two meters when at anchor, while tender stowage will be in a garage under the central aft sun-pad.  Lower accommodation will be for an open plan sleeping four, with a double island berth forward, and twin berths at midships.  The Mig 45 keeps the tradition of the builder for a deep Vee twenty degrees deadrise performance hull shape.  The Mig 45 is to be powered by twin Volvo 480hp with IPS pod drives, with estimated top speeds up to forty knots, and a cruise of 34.  A HT version with a forward side cover only is also available.  

November 14, 2021

New Launch: Admiral 55.2 m S-Force

Admiral has launched M/Y Geco a 55.2 meter part of the S-Force line from the super yacht builder designed by in-house architect Gian Marco Campanino.  The external areas of the S-Force 55 meter present a perfect harmony characterized by the presence of important sculptural elements such as the bar counter, the sunbathing areas and the stainless steel stairs that connect the different decks.  The upper deck, of extraordinary beauty and functionality, sees the external-internal areas connected by a sliding glass door which eliminates the separation between the upper hall, the external hall and the dining area; the bar area is also designed without interruption between internal and external environments and the continuous dialogue between the spaces is represented by a long counter dedicated to wine tasting and cocktail service.  Another peculiarity of the S-Force 55 meter is the heliport positioned in the front of the yacht which delicately overlooks the shape of the hull and presents a lounge area for unforgettable evenings in the open air. The sun deck features a Jacuzzi tub and an equipped gym area.  The refined and striking interiors reveal a "super glamorous" atmosphere that sees a timeless French allure mixed with more contemporary Italian design. French wooden boiserie, precious Italian marbles, bronzed metal details and leather walls create a decidedly sophisticated environment with an international flavour. The materials, from wengé wood, natural oak and golden Calacatta marble, give a unique feeling of elegance, in perfect balance between exclusive luxury and craftsmanship. The colors were carefully selected, the main elements are neutral nuances interrupted by bronzed metal details and bold tones such as navy blue and cognac orange. In the circular design dining room, a splendid and huge chandelier stands out, a work of art designed to embellish and envelop the environment with an exceptional wavy effect thanks to hundreds of rods of coloured crystals.
Technical Data:
LOA - 55.2 m (181ft)
Beam - 8.6 m
Draft - 2.25 m
Displacement - 499 Gross Tonnage 
Fuel Capacity - 63000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, twelve crew in six cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1901hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - eighteen knots max sixteen knots cruise, ten knots long range
Range - 3500 nm at ten knots
Construction - aluminum alloy 
Project - Gian Marco Campanino GMC architecture interior and exterior
Certification - Rina Cross of Malta hull, Mach Y unrestricted LY2

November 13, 2021

Project: Viking 90 Convertible

The Viking 92 was arguably the greatest large sportfishing yacht of all time, with 21 boats delivered in seven years of production. The six-stateroom world-traveler merged convertible performance and fishability with megayacht luxury, proving that a Viking of its size could excel on the tournament circuit while providing the pinnacle of comfort. Driven by its mantra to build a better boat every day, here comes Viking again with another example of excellence in boatbuilding design, engineering and innovation. The legendary New Jersey boatbuilder is proud to announce the all-new Viking 90, a yacht that will redefine the capabilities of the luxury convertible sportfisher and become the new benchmark in the genre. The 90’s profile represents a synthesis of design traits from the 92, 80 and other modern Viking sportfishing yachts, as well as subtle motor yacht influences. Carefully placed feature lines, deckhouse windows and portlights with chamfered edges and Viking’s signature hull-side vents are just of few of the 90’s aesthetic high points. Viking will offer three models of the 90; Open Bridge, Enclosed Bridge and Sky Bridge, all utilizing a spacious six-stateroom accommodation plan highlighted by a full-beam master suite. The Open and Enclosed Bridge 90 can be outfitted with a tuna tower from Palm Beach Towers (PBT), and all three models can be equipped with a custom electronics, communications and entertainment package from Atlantic Marine Electronics (AME). Both Viking subsidiaries, AME and PBT ensure turnkey delivery. The cockpit and dual mezzanine stress a sense of togetherness with a focus aft – where the action is. From the salon, a 40-inch-wide electric-powered single door opens with a touch of a button. The upper mezzanine’s port side is home to an L-shaped aft-facing lounge with available air-conditioned backrest and a teak table. On the starboard side, there’s a versatile cooking and refreshment hub (with an additional aft-facing seat) that can be personalized to the owner’s liking with a grill and icemaker or refrigerator. A large lounge on the lower mezzanine looks upon the cockpit, with its shapely fiberglass module holding storage underneath and tackle drawers on each side. The mezzanine provides centerline engine access to the crew quarters and engine-room, and is also home to an oversized freezer (port) and two refrigerated boxes (starboard). The cockpit measures 224 square feet, with a 203-gallon transom fishbox/live well and a pair of full-length 103-gallon insulated in-deck fishboxes. Access to the Seakeeper 35 is provided by a single powered hatch on centreline, a watertight design introduced with recent Viking 80 demonstrator boats, and the cockpit sole is built with reinforcement for a fighting chair, rocket launcher or table. Viking owners and enthusiasts will be enamoured with the accommodations of the new Viking 90. The combination of interior volume, a flowing open layout and several design nuances create a fresh soothing ambiance throughout the vast living spaces. Stepping into the salon, a new horizontal grain natural walnut interior greets you with warmth and style. Interior doors featuring both horizontal and vertical grains as well as ebony inlays add to the visual appeal. Guests will appreciate the spacious lounge that begins at the salon door and wraps around the port side. A starboard-side entertainment center features a 65-inch pop-up HD TV. Forward, the large starboard wraparound galley is open to a raised U-shaped dinette to port (with rod storage below). The Viking 90 offers five guest staterooms, each with its own private head and shower, crew quarters with immediate access to the engine-room, a pantry with an additional crew berth and a day head. Spanning the 23-foot, 2-inch beam, the owner’s suite boasts a king walkaround bed, a walk-in closet, a dressing table, a lounge area, a full-size credenza under a bulkhead-mounted 65-inch HD TV and his-and-hers private facilities with separate access. The Viking 90 will make her world premiere at the 2023 Miami Yacht Show.

November 12, 2021

New Model: Numarine 37 XP

Numarine’s launch its new flagship 37XP model. At 37 meters, she is the largest Numarine yacht ever. Unveiled for the first time at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021, the unit #1 has a Hot Lab decoration package featuring a stylish décor from the sophisticated Italian studio. The 37XP has the same beam as the 32XP, yet five extra meters were added forward of the engine room bulkhead adding to the guest and crew accommodation volume as well as the upper deck and sky lounge.  The superyacht sports a full displacement steel hull with a composite superstructure. She’s an impressive 345 GT with a 5000 nautical mile range at ten knots, which is on par with the world’s best expedition super yachts in this class. The 37XP has the appropriate stability, seakeeping, manoeuvrability, and general handling to support offshore and worldwide cruising.  The collaboration behind the design remains the same with the shipyard’s long-time partners; Umberto Tagliavini is responsible for the naval architecture and Can Yalman is in charge of the exterior.  The interior decoration of the first 37XP is by Hot Lab. This is the second Numarine project with the Milan-based studio. Grey, white, beige and brown tones dominate the interior creating a special atmosphere on board. A lot of natural light through huge windows are the key feature for the entire XP Series range. The designers used a number of freestanding furniture from the famous brands, such as Fendi Casa, Promemoria, Giorgetti, and so on.  The super yacht has a spacious interior with several social areas. The main deck saloon and cabins benefit from large windows and are filled with sunlight. The aft beach club features a bathing platform and an inside lounge literally sitting on the water level. Wide outside spaces are another major advantage of the new model.  The wide body flybridge is almost ten metrs long and turns into eighty squared meter space. The 37XP #1 hosts seven guest cabins on board, including the master suite on the main deck located in the bow. In addition, there are a huge VIP cabin amidships on the lower deck and owner’s suite on the upper deck. This space is exciting and has direct connection to the vast outside terrace via a glass door. That terrace, while underway, is used as a tender storage. The 37XP can carry a tender up to nine meters long, and when it’s launched, the area may be used for outside sports or sunbathing or parties.  On the verge of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2021, Numarine sold the fourth unit of the 37XP Series. The  37 XP can feature a six cabin layout to accommodate twelve guests and a private skylounge. There are crew accommodations for seven with a captain’s cabin. Hull #4 of the Numarine 37XP series comes with plenty of top-quality features and amenities including a designated beach club, sundeck Jacuzzi, and a boat deck that can carry a tender plus three jet skis.
Technical Data:
LOA - 37.14 m (121.9ft)
Waterline Length - 35.4 m
Beam - 8.02 m
Draft - 2.51 m
Displacement - 286 t half load, 310 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 53200 l
Water Capacity - 3200 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x Man D2868 L425 800hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF gearbox
Speed - fourteen knots max twelve knots cruise ten knots long range eight knots economic
Range - 5000 nm at ten knots, 6000 nm at eight knots
Construction - steel hull composite super structure
Project - Can Yalman exterior, Umberto Tagliavini naval architect and hull, Hot Lad interior