January 31, 2022

News - January 2022

-pic of the month- Princess Launch Exclusive Event

Alva Appoints MTM Agency as Global Pr Partner

The MTM Agency and electric luxury yacht manufacturer, Alva Yachts, have embarked on a new partnership that will see the agency support the German brand in communicating its unique offer and ambitious plans to its target audiences around the world.  The MTM Agency has been appointed by Alva Yachts to lead its global PR programme. Effective immediately, and building on an existing portfolio of luxury clients, The MTM Agency will be assisting Alva Yachts with the brand’s strategic messaging, external communications and global media outreach.  The programme of work aims to increase visibility of Alva Yachts and highlight the brand’s sustainability credentials, as well as its appeal to new buyers interested in e-yachting and sustainable yacht technology. The brand is bringing yachting into a new era with electrified solar catamarans and sailing yachts which combine self-sufficient, long range cruising capabilities and class-leading design, delivering the best boats for forward thinking explorers. The appointment demonstrates the growth in the sustainable yachting sector and the investment which has been made in the last five years globally, reflected in the number of quality vessels coming to market.  Milan Henn, Head of Design at Alva Yachts said of the appointment: “As a business that is proud of its sustainability credentials, it was important for us to find a communications partner that not only understood this, but had luxury experience and provided results-orientated creative ideas. “We are looking forward to working with MTM as we look to increase our presence globally during this exciting growth period.”  Chloe Buchanan, PR Lead at The MTM Agency comments: “Alva Yachts is an innovative and market-leading brand with a deserved reputation for excellence. We are delighted to welcome Alva Yachts to the MTM family and are excited to amplify its voice to audiences globally.  “This is an exciting time for us to be working with the brand. Later this year its first vessel, the Ocean Eco 60 will hit the water. This is a significant win for the agency and further strengthens our portfolio of luxury marine brands around the world.” 

Ferretti Group Wins Nine Prestigious Awards in Asia

Ferretti Group kicks off 2022 as it ended 2021, with success and recognition. January isn’t over yet but the Group has already received nine prestigious awards that confirm its leadership of the yachting sector in Asia.  At the Oceanway Annual Yachting Awards held on Sunday January 23 in China, with renowned industry experts attending online, Ferretti Group was acclaimed by the judges and received eight remarkable awards over the course of the evening.  Riva, the iconic brand that in 2022 celebrates its 180th anniversary, won the “Yacht Of The Year 60ft-80ft” Award with Riva 68’ Diable, the “Best Exterior Design 24m-30m” Award with Riva 88’ Folgore, and the “Most Popular Yacht 40m-70m” Award with Riva 50Metri Race.  Ferretti Yachts, loved all over the world for its family feeling, won the awards for the “Most Popular Yacht 45ft-60ft” with Ferretti Yachts 500 and for “Best Interior Design 60ft-80ft” with Ferretti Yachts 780.  CRN, which specialises in the development and construction of unique, fully bespoke superyachts, won the “Best Interior Design 40m-70m” award with CRN 62m Voice.  Pershing, with its signature sophisticated styling and high-speed performance, was awarded the “Best Exterior Design 40m-70m” prize with Pershing 140.  Wally, a leading force in innovative yachting technology, received the “Best Interior Design 24m-30m” award for wallywhy200.  The ninth prize was won at the Hurun Best of Best Awards held on January 20th. For the ninth year running, Ferretti Yachts was named “Best Luxury Yacht Brand 2022”. The award is presented by the Hurun Research Institute, the highly reputed research institute run by the famous Chinese business and lifestyle magazine of the same name, which since 1999 has published a list of China’s wealthiest individuals.  These nine awards consolidate and attest to the leadership of Ferretti Group and its fantastic brands, the creators of unique yachts. A focus on ‘Made in Italy’ excellence and close attention to detail are the keys to success that have driven the Group into the upper echelons of the increasingly competitive and strategic Asian market.

Ferretti Group Convergence 2021 Digital Edition

The beautiful thing about Convergence, and what makes it a must-go event, is its ability to bring together the best expertise and experience in the yachting world, this time in an online format, so that complex issues can be discussed and clarified in a matter of hours. The subject of the 2021 session, held online on Wednesday November 10, was managing the activities and procedures required after the occurrence of an extraordinary event.  Attending the virtual round table were 108 Captains and Chief Engineers of yachts over 60 feet and ships built by Ferretti Group brands, connected online from all over the world, who engaged with company experts in an interesting and stimulating a debate on a range of issues. According to tradition, the webinar was introduced by Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi and moderated by Stefano de Vivo (CCO). The first speaker was Walter Floris from Lloyd’s, who introduced the subject by presenting statistics on the causes of accidents, with an analysis of the period from 2014 to 2019. The other speakers included Gian Paolo Natale Mariani of RINA, who presented the first real-life case study of a fire incident, after which the discussion revolved around the complex post-event scenario that a captain is required to manage in such cases. It revealed the importance of advance knowledge about both the management aspects defined by the flag administration of the yacht being captained and those of port state jurisdictions and registries. Bruno Padula of shipping agency Luise Associated explained the standard procedure for reporting an extraordinary event in Italy. Lawyer Tom Walters and Senior Master Mariner Mark Thompson from the Crisis Management Team at HFW in London set out their experience assisting owners in the management of extraordinary events, with a special focus on safety of life, the potential impact of the event on the environment, and loss mitigation. Finally, Norberto Croci of RINA presented a case study of a fire that broke out unexpectedly on a boat in storage as a result of lightening.  The meeting was extremely interactive, with captains able to express their doubts and questions, which were answered by the professionals on the panel. Another focus of discussion was insurance policies. Paul Fuller, Claim Manager at Howden Sturge Insurance Broker, explained the differences between the main types of insurance policy and what action insurance companies take in the event of an accident in which the yacht’s certificate is suspended or withdrawn, or in the case of damages deriving from an extraordinary natural event. The event’s partners were RINA, Sleipner, Simrad-Command and Volvo Penta.  The next event will be held in-person later in 2022, with other important topics to explore in the company of industry experts and the captains of Ferretti Group boats.

Formula Most Researched Boat on BoatTest

BoatTEST.com recently announced that the Formula 500 SSC was the #1 researched boat in 2021. "A double-whammy of interest, not only because of the design itself but also because she was powered by the quad 600-hp Mercury V12 Verado outboards that were introduced on this vessel."

Formula Earns Top Spot in Power and MotorYacht Most Popular Boats

Power and Motoryacht reviewed the most popular content of 2021, and the Formula 50-foot, 60-knot crossover powered by quad 600-hp Mercury Verado outboards ranked as the sixth most popular boat and ninth most popular story overall!

Gamefisherman Captain Wins 2021 IGFA Tommy Gifford Award

Captain Alan Card has over 40 years of experience as an offshore charter captain in Bermuda. Card caught the first grander blue marlin in Bermuda and has caught seven blue marlin weighing over 1,100 pounds. He is also credited for catching a bluefin tuna that weighed in at 782 pounds and once held both the IGFA All-Tackle and men’s 50-pound Line Class record with a 42-pound blackfin tuna. For the last 20 years, he has been running the 40-foot Gamefisherman, Challenger, with his son, Ian, alongside him. Card has won several prestigious billfish tournaments including the 1993 World Cup and 2001 Big Game Classic.

Gulf Craft Record Breaking Year 

Gulf Craft hits new milestone with the opening of a state-of-the-art Experience Centre in Port Rashid, Dubai.  The Gulf Craft Experience Centre is designed to give both UAE and international clientele a hands-on insight into Gulf Craft’s luxury offerings.  Strategically located at Dubai’s Port Rashid, Gulf Craft’s Experience Centre is the first of its kind for the shipyard, underlining the company’s ambition to elevate the yacht buying experience for their clients.  After a record breaking 2021, the opening of the Centre further establishes Gulf Craft as an industry leader in 2022 – which also marks the 40th anniversary of the UAE-based yacht builder.  

Gulf Craft Commitment to Ocean Marine Conservation

Gulf Craft, a leading boat and yacht manufacturer, has underlined its commitment to conserving the ocean through its support to the Water Revolution Foundation’s Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) programme.  The IMMAs programme is the Foundation’s first endorsed ocean conservation project that aims to restore the balance of life in the ocean by identifying the most important habitats for marine mammals and prioritising them for positive conservation actions.  By highlighting the places that most matter to marine mammals, the IMMAs programme addresses the challenge of where to direct conservation resources. This is regarded as among the most effective programmes for the yachting community to support.  Gulf Craft Chairman Mohammed Hussein Alshaali said: “Conserving the marine environment is the responsibility of every stakeholder, and we are strongly committed to initiatives that will help protect the habitats for marine mammals. This is a contribution to the future of the marine environment and reflects our social responsibility. The joy of exploring the high seas is to take delight into the exotic sightings of marine mammals and protecting their habitats must be given top priority.”  He added: “Since its inception, The Water Revolution Foundation has provided the superyacht industry with tools, knowledge and best practices to mitigate the ecological footprint and to promote the conservation of oceans. We are an environmentally and socially responsible institution, and we will continue to explore all opportunities to partner in the global effort to conserve our marine environment for future generations.”  The IMMAs programme is currently focused on the North Atlantic, a heavily trafficked region of the ocean and a popular route for superyachts crossing between the Mediterranean and Caribbean. An existing programme of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Task Force on Marine Mammal Protected Areas, IMMAs focuses on prioritising protection measures by governments, intergovernmental organisations, conservation groups, marine stakeholders, and the community.  In addition to supporting the global efforts in conserving the marine environment, Gulf Craft has been a socially responsible company partaking in various sustainability initiatives across the United Arab Emirates. To ensure the well-being of the community, every year, Gulf Craft participates in desert, beach and mangrove clean ups organized by the government or the Emirates Environmental Group, a non-governmental organization that runs a variety of waste management campaigns in tandem with UAE-based businesses. 

Gulf Craft Marks Twenty Years in the Maldives

One of the world’s premier boat and yacht manufacturers, Gulf Craft, is marking 20 years of its operation in the Maldives which has played a pivotal role in developing the marine transportation network of the island nation. Gulf Craft provides almost 80% of the Maldives’s water transportation services which includes public transport, coast guard, emergency & ambulance services, resorts, and leisure boats. With a strong and established presence in the country, Gulf Craft is now developing a new production facility dedicated to the manufacturing of vessels for use in the Indian Ocean which will see its operations and production capacity double within 16 months. In early 2021 the shipyard was awarded a government contract, thru MTCC, to manufacture a fleet of specially designed high-quality speed boats for use across the Integrated National Public Ferry Network. The new speed boats will offer a convenient and efficient transportation system to all administrative islands of the Maldives, with capabilities to transport up to 53 passengers at a time and will connect the capital city to nearby islands. The vessels will be equipped with special packages for passengers travelling in emergency situations and will include access for stretchers and people with disabilities. The public transportation project is one of the largest government initiatives and will contribute to connecting the various islands of the Maldives upon completion. Gulf Craft’s Chairman, Mohammed Hussein Alshaali, said: “The Government of the Maldives and its people have constantly been a beacon of support since the establishment of our operations without whom this remarkable feat would not be possible. We are grateful to the Maldives for entrusting Gulf Craft with projects that have played a part in the growth of the nation over these twenty years. The Maldives is our first international destination, where we have built in-country competencies by leveraging the opportunities that the country provides for the marine and tourism sector. With the doubling of our production capacity and the new training facility we hope to serve the local community even better through the creation of new job opportunities and in further boosting tourism.” Gulf Craft established its operations in the Maldives with a 100,000 square foot manufacturing facility that has produced top-quality pleasure boats and rapid transport vessels. Gulf Craft is now focusing on further expansion of its operations in the Maldives to support the government’s strategy to strengthen the tourism sector. This will be driven by doubling its production capacity in the country and by giving back to the community through the new training facility for captains and crew. Last year Gulf Craft announced that it will invest in a strategic development in the Maldives named ‘Gulf Lagoon’. The project will feature a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, a marina for seafarers and live-aboards, a maritime school offering captain/crew training for young Maldivians, and a resort, among others.

Horizon Banner Year

As 2021 has come to a close and the world welcomes the new year, Horizon Yachts reflects on the success of last year and looks forward to the promise of an active and prosperous 2022.  While the global pandemic has caused its share of uncertainty over the last two years, one unforeseen effect has been the exponential demand for private yachts. This demand, coupled with the unparalleled popularity of the pioneering high-volume Fast Displacement (FD) Series designed by Cor D. Rover, caused a record-breaking surge in sales for Horizon Yachts and prompted the expedition of a $15M yard expansion to both increase and streamline production.  The expansion was a project two years in the making that focused on production efficiency throughout the Group’s four facilities and included the re-designation of existing workspaces to achieve an efficient horizontal production queue. Now each critical stage of construction – from hull production to boat assembly and final testing – can be carried out in the new space that accommodates seven yachts up to 120 feet in length at one time. Unveiled in February 2021, the first phase of the expansion allows the group to deliver up to 25 new builds per year. Phase II includes the construction of a new office building for the yard’s headquarters, which is expected to be completed in early 2022.  The year heralded a steady flow of sales and deliveries, with both existing and new Horizon clients calling meetings to discuss customizing their next dream yacht. Horizon delivered a total of 18 new build yachts globally in 2021, including eight FD models over 80 feet in length and ten sub-80ft yachts including five Power Catamarans, two FD motor yachts, two E Series motor yachts, and one V68 new build.  In-person events were limited during the year to ensure the health and safety of all guests, but each Horizon office either hosted or exhibited to meet the demand from new and potential clients eager to see the latest yacht inventory. Horizon Yacht USA hosted a private invitation-only Winter Showcase at its Fort Lauderdale marina location and enjoyed successful exhibitions at both the Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale boat shows.  Horizon Yacht Australia received record attendance at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in the spring and hosted an intimate owners’ luncheon and cruise in the Whitsunday Islands. Horizon Yacht Europe welcomed potential and current clients on an individual basis and plans to exhibit the brand new builds at the Palma, Cannes and Monaco yacht shows in 2022.  All of the activity for 2021 has not waned and as the days march into 2022, the Horizon Yachts team worldwide is preparing for an exceptionally busy new year with an already full schedule and production line-up in place. In the new year, Horizon plans to continue its commitment to exceeding the expectations of current and new clients, whether they are looking for their first yacht or an upgrade to a newer or larger model. The entire team is deeply appreciative of the strong Horizon family that is gathering worldwide and looks forward to another year of defining owners’ dreams.

Horizon Ocean Conservation Commitment

Horizon Yachts is among the first of the world’s leading yacht builders to demonstrate a commitment to ocean conservation with the Water Revolution Foundation.  Joined by other prominent shipyards including Lurssen, Oceanco, Heesen Yachts, Feadship, and Royal Huisman, Horizon Yachts has committed to the establishment of a structural approach for reinvestment into ocean conservation that is based upon the Gross Tonnage (GT) of yachts they deliver. Each yard has committed to contributing €1 per gross ton delivered per year. The builders that have committed thus far have delivered nearly 60,000 GT in 2021.  The Water Revolution Foundation was formed from within the yachting industry as a means to enact tangible steps to preserve the world’s oceans while reducing yachting’s footprint and environmental impact. Funds collected by The Water Revolution Foundation are donated in their entirety to Important Mammal Marine Areas (IMMAs), a program of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Task Force on Marine Mammal Protected Areas. This program seeks to identify areas that are important to marine mammals and prioritize their protection through governmental, intergovernmental and conservation group measures.  With 159 IMMAs already established across the Southern Hemisphere, the scientists behind the IMMA program are now looking to the Northern Hemisphere. In total, there are nine regions of the ocean still to be mapped. The North Atlantic is next, which is the common crossing route for yachts and superyachts between the Mediterranean and Caribbean seasons. The funds collected in 2022 will go toward the €550,000 target goal needed to start the two-year North Atlantic IMMA project.  This initiative coincides with the United Nations’ 2021 declaration of the “Ocean Decade,” a ten-year global emphasis on catalyzing transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development.  The Water Revolution Foundation is the latest in Horizon Yacht’s attention to quality manufacturing standards and environmental conservation that began with the ISO 9002 certification of each of the company’s five manufacturing facilities and includes the continuous innovations by Atech, the Group’s advanced composites manufacturing division. From its foray into environmentally sustainable yacht design and construction to its low-VOC, patented SCRIMP and now resin vacuum 6D Infusion® technology, Horizon continues to be a pioneer in environmentally sound and efficient design and construction methods producing innovative, lightweight and durable hulls that improve performance while lowering fuel consumption.  “As manufacturers, we have a responsibility to produce with our clients, our employees and our environment in mind,” says Horizon Yachts Founder and CEO John Lu. “Since 1987 we have been committed to implementing innovations and technologies that enhance the yachts we build and advance the yacht building industry in general, while remaining true to our mission to produce responsibly. To join with a significant number of yacht builders in this initiative with The Water Revolution Foundation is testament that the global yachting industry shares in this mission.”

Jarrett Bay Service Yard Expands

Jarrett Bay newest service yard space is at the beating heart, with nearly two-dozen occupants, providing every kind of marine service and product available, from engines to canvas. And Jarrett Bay couldn’t be more proud of itsr staff of highly skilled, long-standing craftsmen, many of them boasting certification from the American Boat and Yacht Council.  Jarrett Bay Boatworks facility is one of the most complete yacht service centres in the United States with a lift capacity of up to 300-tons, a deep-water basin, and over 1,000 feet of floating dock space on the ICW convenient to North Carolina’s Beaufort Inlet. Jarrett Bay provides, whether it’s a bottom job, a repower, or a new paint job in the climate-controlled spray booth. But more than the capacities, the capabilities, the location, or even the certificates on the walls above the benches of the technicians we value so highly, Jarrett Bay best assets are pride and passion. 

Princess Launch Exclusive Event 

Princess Yachts, the UK's leading luxury yacht manufacturer, are excited to announce the launch of The Princess Exclusive, a unique event held from the 22nd - 30th January at the historic Royal William Yard Marina in the brand's home of Plymouth. In the absence of boot Düsseldorf, cancelled due to Covid-19 regulations, this invitation-only event provided customers the opportunity to experience the yachts that were originally due to feature at the show in Düsseldorf. The impressive eight yacht line-up included the global launch of the Princess X80 and the all-new V50 plus the award-winning Princess X95 and Y72. The Princess F55 and V55 will also feature in the Royal William Yard marina, in addition to the Princess V40 and Princess S62.

Riva Privee in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina is where Riva opens a spectacular year for the brand, which in 2022 celebrates its 180th anniversary and announces some magnificent surprises in store. The collection of Riva Destinations worldwide wouldn’t be complete without the pearl of the Dolomites, which is now the splendid location of an elegant Riva Privée at the Cristallo, Luxury Collection Resort and SPA.  Like an aquamarine gemstone set amidst the majestic snow-covered peaks of the Dolomites, a Unesco World Heritage site, the new Riva space embraces the cultural heritage and art nouveau-inspired architecture of Hotel Cristallo, an exclusive haunt of the international jet set for over century.  In this unique location, the decor immediately transports guests into the magical world of the Riva legend. The warmth of wood is particularly relaxing, enveloping guests in a blend of inlays, different varieties and sophisticated detailing. While chrome plating, stainless steel and varnished mahogany (as seen on yacht decks), all typical of the Riva legend, instantly conjure up the design and splendour of the world’s most famous yachts.  The Riva Privée at the Cristallo is a temporary space that will welcome guests in the Stube 1872, the famed restaurant where chef Marco Pinelli has created a special Riva menu ranging from traditional Cortina d’Ampezzo cuisine to flavours evoking the sea.  A breath taking Riva experience, engaging all the senses, in which the evocation of the sea and the exclusive setting in the Dolomites come together to arouse powerful emotions and win the hearts of both skiers and hard-to-please gourmets.  In keeping with the guiding philosophy of “Riva inside, inside Riva”, the initiative again renews the Riva Destination format that has already been a great success in other go-to destinations, including Paris, Venice, Opatija, Monaco, Mykonos and Formentera, extending the values and appeal of the Riva legend to prestigious hotels, restaurants and clubs with the aim of showcasing Riva excellence for boat owners, yachting enthusiasts and travellers in search of elite destinations.  Recent Riva Destination openings worldwide include: the Riva Privée in Ischia, at the Ristorante Daní Maison, whose culinary excellence is assured by Michelin-star chef Nino Di Costanzo; the Riva Lounge and Privée at the Ikador Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa in Opatija (Croatia), the famous tourist resort that has won over the international jet set with its beautiful landscapes and crystal clear water; the Riva Privée at the Molo47restaurant on Formentera, the most glamorous of the Balearic Islands; the Riva Privée at Splash, Port Van Gogh, Paris, which offers guests the opportunity to discover unbelievably beautiful views of the French capital from the river on board an Aquariva Super; the magnificent Riva Lounge on the terrace of The Gritti Palace in Venice, famed for its magical atmosphere and breathtaking views out over the Canal Grande and of Santa Maria della Salute Cathedral. Other dream locations are the Riva Lounges at the historic Riva di Sarnico Shipyard and on the fourth floor of the Monaco Yacht Club.

Sirena Full Steam Ahead

The year 2021 proved a massive commercial success for Sirena Yachts with strong sales across the range, including a total of 26 units of the new Sirena 68 that only made its international debut at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival.  Moreover, by the close of the year, 9 units of the Sirena 88 flagship had been sold in diverse international markets from the US, Russia and the UAE to Italy and Germany. A further 5 units are currently in build.  Thanks to the marked increase in enquiries during the pandemic, the shipyard has begun to receive new orders for deliveries in 2024 and beyond, especially for the Sirena 58 and 68, and the yard continues to invest in initiatives to increase its production capacity.  “We have a full order book through 2023, but we have expanded our production capacity at the shipyard to manage the new orders that continue to come in,” says Sirena’s Chief Commercial Officer Ali Onger. “In particular, we are pushing ahead with deliveries of the Sirena 88 with hull #5 to a Russian customer and hull #6 due to arrive soon in Italy. Construction of an exciting model is also progressing at the shipyard in Turkey, which will be unveiled in February and make its debut at the autumn boat shows.”

Sunseeker Success at 2022 Motor Boat Awards

Sunseeker is delighted to announce yet another win for the 65 Sport Yacht in the Sport Cruisers over 45 feet category at the 2022 Motor Boat Awards. Hosted virtually by Motor Boat and Yachting magazine, the awards celebrate excellence in the marine industry.  Inspired by the latest designs in automotive, the 65 Sport Yacht re-defines excitement in leisure boating. The specially designed SkyHelm™ features twin bolstered seats set very low on either side of a carbon fibre central console and the instrumentation is courtesy of a state-of-the-art glass bridge plotter complete with retro chrome dials housing LED displays. The user experience is one of pure adrenaline, akin to driving a high-performance convertible supercar, with acceleration to match.  Andrea Frabetti, CEO at Sunseeker International, commented: “Once again our incredible 65 Sport Yacht has won a prestigious award, recognising not only the exceptional craftsmanship and design but the innovative on board solutions developed by our in-house experts at the Centre of Excellence for Design and Technology. This is a very proud achievement for the company and every team involved in the design and build of this spectacular new model.”  Hugo Andreae, Editor-in-Chief at Motor Boat & Yachting, commented: “Some Sports Bridge designs fall foul of trying to be all things to all people and never truly satisfying any of them, not this one. The Sunseeker 65 Sport Yacht lives up to its name with a kind of nimble handling and near 35 knot performance than belies its size and simply wouldn’t be possible on a full-blown flybridge, and thanks to that innovative Sky Helm™ with its supercar driving positions and lift-up helm pod, you can enjoy the experience to the full with the wind in your hair.”  Sunseeker also received two nominations for the Manhattan 55 in the Flybridge up to 60 feet and the Manhattan 68 in the Flybridge over 60 feet categories.  The 65 Sport Yacht also recently won the award for the Best Exterior Design in the 64’-80’ category at the World Yacht Trophies 2021 and the Innovative On-Board Design Solution award for its exceptional SkyHelm™ feature at the Boat Builder Awards 2021.

Viking Wins Los Suenos Triple Crown Ladies Only Tournament

Congratulations to the Viking 58 Dealers Choice for the win at the Los Suenos Triple Crown Ladies Only Tournament. Captain Scotty Jones and his team went four for five on blue marlin and five for five on sailfish. Danielle Bongiorno hooked two blues and three sails, while Stacey Winstead added a blue and two sails. Big shout out to Danielle Orzech on her first marlin release! Rounding out the team was “Coach” Frank Bongiorno, angler Nicole Paul-Hus and mate Daniel Solarzano. Team Galati, also a 58C, earned 3rd Place with three blues and nine sails.

Viking Win Day One Daily

A slow bite didn’t stop Viking 64 Captain Sean Dooley from winning the Day One Daily at the Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament. Thomas “Smalls” Garmany released a pair of sailfish while Justin Healey and Tyler Beckford each had one release. On Day Three, Smalls added another sailfish to claim 3rd Place Dead Bait Boat.  Princess Lily, a Viking 66 Enclosed Bridge, claimed 3rd Place Live Bait Boat with six sailfish. Captain Mike Hunter put Susan McCart on three sails and Dawn Samuels, Allison Reis and John Samuels each released one. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Fisheries Conservation Trust and The Billfish Foundation.

Viking at Gold Cup 2022

Despite sporty conditions, Frank Mazza’s Viking 72 released five sailfish to claim 3rd Place Overall at The Gold Cup. Captain Dave Berard put Frank on a pair of sails, Rick Cavell on another two and Mike Simko hooked one to take Tami Ann to the Winner’s Circle. Bryan Mattson’s Valhalla 37 EOS weighed the heaviest dolphin of the event. Captain Zack Wilson put Max Parker on the 37-pound fish. Bad Kitty, a Viking 52, took 2nd Place Dolphin with owner/angler William D’Antonio’s fish.  Winston Wren, fishing the Anderson family’s Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s, hung a tuna for 2nd Place in that category. Mike Engleman took 3rd Place Tuna with a fish caught on George Robinson’s Viking 62 Polarizer.

Zeelander Appoints New CEO

Zeelander has appointed new CEO Grant Hooper. Grant previously held executive positions at Fairline Yachts and LVMH owned Princess Yachts. With Zeelander's unprecedented order book, Grant was chosen as CEO to make sure every Zeelander is built and delivered beyond expectations. 

Zeelander Factory Expansion

Due to the promising growing demand worldwide, Zeelander expanded its shipyard in The Netherlands. A large office has been added and the entire production hall has been reorganized to optimize efficiency and output

January 30, 2022

Project: Galeon 800 Fly

Galeon present the project for a new 800 Fly flagship model, designed by Tony Castro, it will be the Polish builder second try of proposing a super yacht above 24 meters, following the 820 Skydeck project proposed in 2013 and as to what I know never launched.  Previous to this Galeon largest model was the 780 Crystal launched in 2011.  With the 800 Fly British designer Tony Castro combines a sporty silhouette and impressive performance and a sense of space and luxury, with a subtle design that is noticeable at first glance, expressed in soft lines and rounded structural elements. Moreover, advanced navigation electronics and the latest technologies used on this fourth generation yacht ensure the safety and comfort of all passengers. Structure elements made of carbon fibre allowed to increase the surface of the upper deck, so it can offer a double helmsman’s position, fully equipped bar, a comfortable sunbathing area, four tables that can be adapted to the needs of guests, but also two separate, huge, semi-circular sofas between which is a jacuzzi. On the main deck the interiors bring to mind the best apartments, with a richly equipped galley in an island format. Further forward is a double helmsman’s station with an offset comfortable sofa with coffee table, and next to it is the dinette for eight persons. The living area offers, apart from elegant sofas that tempt you to spend a longer time comfortably on them, also unusually large windows, a pull-out TV, a modern bar and a separate day toilet. The stern lounging area will impress everyone, as it not only offers plenty of seating, but also plenty of headroom. The whole is complemented by tailor-made upholstery, a hand-laid teak deck, comfortable armchairs and a wooden table. To aft is a well sized hydraulic platform that can carry a ton of equipment. Lower deck offers four cabins all with en suite bathrooms. Each of the bathrooms has a separate dry zone, is richly decorated, has access to natural light and impresses with stainless steel refined by hand Galeon made details. Amidships is the master stateroom with a huge double bed located centrally and a walk-in wardrobe next to it. To bow will be the VIP suite with an impressive double bed, from which you do not need to move to admire the stars at night, thanks to the giant glazing overhead. Between the VIP and master cabin there are two guest cabins; each with two separate beds that can be combined into one. The crew will appreciate the comfortable cabin at the stern of the yacht, the entrance to which is discreetly hidden behind guest sofas. Inside there are two beds separated by a sliding door, a private bathroom, wardrobe, kitchenette and a comfortable sofa with a folding table.  The Galeon 800 Fly can be powered by twin Man or MTU engines from 1650hp up to 1920hp.

January 29, 2022

New Launch: Feadship 94.75m Hull. 1009

Feadship launch hull number 1009, titled m/y Bliss, a displacement superyacht with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure featuring a modern classic exterior styling developed by the owner and Studio De Voogt. This Feadship yacht has a clean and highly symmetrical design with her tenders and a large fleet of toys neatly concealed so as not to intrude upon her meticulously chosen lines. The owner’s involvement has been paramount to the success of both the exterior and interior design, with incredible attention to detail and a fantastic cooperation between designer Jan Schaffers of Studio De Voogt for the exterior design and Rémi Tessier for the elegant interior style, the result is an iconic design that feels natural and welcoming, inside and out. After years of fine-tuning, engineering, planning, and hard work by the many skilled craftspeople at Feadship in Makkum, the result is a magnificent pure custom super yacht which fulfils the high expectations of quality and performance for an active family that likes to explore the world.
Technical Data:
LOA - 94.75 m (310.9ft)
Beam - 15.3 m
Draft - 3.80 m
Displacement - 2983 GT volume
Accommodation fourteen guests in seven cabins, twenty crew in ten cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 3516e 3003hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - seventeen knots, twelve knots cruise
Range - 6000 nm at twelve knots
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Studio de Voogt exterior, Remi Tessier interior, Feadship naval architect
Certification - Ice class for hull

January 28, 2022

Project: Benetti Oasis 34m

Benetti present the project for a new Oasis 34m fibreglass superyacht.  A private oasis on the water, she brings together all the glamour of the Oasis Deck solution, designed to experience the outdoor space as never before, in a length of just 34 metres. With Oasis 34m, Benetti satisfies the desire for close contact with the water and a dynamic and informal lifestyle on board, enhanced by chic touches. The starting point for the design is the Oasis deck and its five signature features: two wings that open out on either side; an incorporated infinity pool with a glass side wall, surrounded by a sunbathing and lounging area; a 270-degree view aft, uninterrupted by railings and sofas; seamless interconnection with the interior space for a mix of sun and shade, ensuring the entire Main deck can be enjoyed at any time of day and, finally, a social design that frames the whole deck as one big oasis of glamour and social interaction. Like her big forty meter sister, the yacht’s exterior styling is the work of UK firm RWD and the interiors are by Bonetti and Kozerski, the New York based architects specialising in residential and hotel projects, chosen by the shipyard for their international and cosmopolitan approach to design that values the aesthetics of discrete luxury. The exterior design is defined by solutions as exclusive as they are distinctive: in addition to the Oasis deck, the yacht has an elegant vertical bow and a sleek outline that slopes gently down to the water, broken only by the wheelhouse with its vertical windscreen; the floor-to-ceiling windows form part of the overall design, alternating with the counter-curved hull features to create a harmonious whole. The grilles in the hull walls and the silver trim highlighting the design of the side windows are stylistic references to car design and give the yacht a very contemporary aesthetic with a hint of sportiness. With her formal elegance, Oasis 34m has the right proportions to balance the three decks, the large Sun Deck with hard top, and the multiple outdoor areas. Unobtrusive stairways provide access to all the decks, freeing up the stern terraces for unfettered visual contact with the water. The interiors connect seamlessly with the stern terraces: two curved sliding doors open out onto to the main deck living area and disappear out of view to create one big open space. The spacious full lounge living area is defined by sofas whose flowing contours give the décor a modern and informal personality, while the dining area is located in the sky lounge on the upper deck. The settings created by Bonetti Kozerski have a casual feel and are all permeated by the recurring leitmotif of spatial fluidity, which can be seen in the shape of the furniture and in detailing that features a circular design reminiscent of ocean waves. Two circular sofas echo the curved lines of the glazing and are an invitation to relax in the interior living area, while the forward wall of the salon is made up of a linear bookcase. A pleasing and apparent simplicity of style reigns throughout, conveyed by the use of only a few high-end materials and the choice of a colour palette limited to only a few shades. The narrow-plank teak on the exterior decks strikes up a conversation with the wood flooring on the main and upper decks, where a lighter shade is used to make the settings seem brighter. The furnishings and bulkheads are finished in pale oak to let the side windows and their unparalleled views of the sea play the starring role. The owner’s suite, with full-height windows in a pared down but sophisticated style, occupies the entire forward section of the main deck and can be fitted with a terrace that opens out on the starboard side. The bed seems to float in space, supported by the aft wall acting not only as a bed head but also as a partition delimiting the full-beam bathroom, which is entered via dressing areas on both sides. The sky lounge on the Upper Deck is home to the dining area. Served by a convenient pantry, it is linked by a dumb waiter to the galley on the main deck and opens out onto a stern terrace furnished with sofas and armchairs. Another outdoor dining area is located on the sundeck. The lower deck for guest accommodation has two VIP and two twin cabins. The service and crew areas are distributed for maximum functionality, with the galley and main pantry on the main deck and the captain’s cabin on the upper Deck. Three crew cabins and the crew mess are on the lower deck. The wheelhouse is a high-tech helm station with vertical floor-to-ceiling glazing ensuring maximum visibility. The modern design of the console facilitates instrumentation use by the captain and conveys the beauty of cruising to guests and crew. Like all Benetti yachts, the spaces can be configured according to the owner’s desires. Other layout options relocate the interior dining area onto the main deck, freeing up the sky lounge for use as a multifunctional space that becomes a cinema with TV screens and a gym with fitness equipment. In the bow, the sun pad conceals a compartment for a jet ski, while the garage for a  five metre tender is located in an unobtrusive position on the side of the boat, ensuring that the Oasis deck can be used without compromise.

January 27, 2022

New Model: Sealine S430

It is very annoying from Sealine that in the website, a new model will still show renders of a boat, even if this has launched new over a year ago, and so to get a real feel of the new Sealine I had to go and look for photos from brokerage sites or copy paste from a video. Rant over, but this is really annoying and has been happening at Sealine for quite some time! The new Sealine S430, is the Sport version of the 430 platform also available in F for Flybridge or C for Coupe fully enclosed hardtop. The Sealine S430 offers the most exterior spaces and offers a large C-shaped dinette which splits to become two L-shaped lounge sofas. To the forward of the cockpit is a helm station to starboard, while to port is twin companion-way settee. Below the deck the Sealine S430 offers a two cabins layout sleeping five with an option to replace the third birth in the midships cabin to a second en-suite head serving the guest cabin. Another option is to have the forward double berth with a scissor movement which splits the berth to twins.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.55 m (44.5ft)
Hull Length - 11.7 m
Beam - 4.20 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 12.36 t
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 325 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - five berths in two cabins, or four berths in two cabins 
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 340hp, D6 380HP, D6 440HP
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 34 knots max with 440hp, 31 knots with 380hp, 28 knots with 340hp
Construction - isophtalic gel coat with first layer in Vinilester resin
Certification - CE B12, C14

January 26, 2022

Project: North Pacific 59 Pilothouse

North Pacific is pleased to introduce the 59 Pilothouse, a project for a new flagship which extends its size by ten feet from its current 49 feet largest model. An explorer yacht of eighteen meters in length, the North Pacific 59 Pilothouse presents itself with a blend of modern and classic lines. Designed on the same proven principles as other North Pacific models, the 59 Pilothouse will offers large interior volumes to what its eighteen meter size will make you believe. The North Pacific 59 Pilothouse layout offers three double cabins, with two en-suite heads serving midships stateroom, and forward Vip room. An usual but great feature on yacht of eighteen meter will be for a day head located on the main deck. A crew cabin berth will be located aft. North Pacific says that flexible custom options will allow each owner to build a yacht that truly reflects their personality from traditional to ultra contemporary fittings.  The North Pacific 59 Custom is to be powered by twin Cummins 715hp engines with top speeds up to seventeen knots, and an economic long range cruise of ten.

January 25, 2022

Yacht Ends Aground in Ocracoke Island

A sixteen meter motor yacht titled Vivens Aqua under Maryland USA registry with a couple onboard, ended aground and beached on the South end of Ocracoke Island, North Carolina on the early morning 01:00 hours time of Tuesday 25 January 2022.  The yacht was just purchased from Palm Coast, Florida, and was on its delivery trip to Maryland, when it ended rudder less and then beached in the sand. No one was injured in the beaching, with the yacht proving to be a big headache to remove from the beaching.
The yacht was eventually freed from the grounding on Wednesday ninth February, after three days of work to free her from the sand, and then towed to Ocracoke Silver Lake Harbor, Morehead City boatyard for repairs. 
Vivens Aqua is a Taiwan build Novatec 55 Cockpit Motor Yacht as produced from 2000 to 06.  The Novatec 55 CMY offers a three or two double cabins with office layout, with an aft master stateroom.  The Novatec 55 Cockpit Motoryacht was replaced by the 55 Islander in 2007.

New Model: Riviera 78 Motor Yacht Enclosed Bridge

Riviera are doing the finishing touches for its new 78 Motor Yacht Enclosed Bridge flagship model set to be fully completed in the first half of 2022. Designed in collaboration with Luca Vellabona the 78 Motor Yacht is the largest Riviera ever made, going a bit longer to the previous 2015 presented 77 Enclosed Bridge model which was based on the 70 platform launched in 2008, and became a 75 in 2011. 24 meters of length overall will offer a four cabins layout with three heads including a full beam master stateroom. Crew accommodation will be for two persons located at midships in between engine room and owners cabin. The new Riviera flagship will also have a beach room located astern. The Riviera 78 Motor Yacht is standard powered by twin Man 1550hp, with larger optional engines of 1800hp and 2000hp engines being available. Riviera have announced that five 78's are already under order, while a sportier Open Bridge Deck version is also available.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.82 m (81.5ft)
Hull Length - 22.1 m
Beam - 6 m
Draft - 1.90 m
Fuel Capacity - 10,200 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew berths in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1550hp, 1800hp, 2000hp
Propulsion - direct shaft drive with Twin Disc gearbox
Project - Luca Vallebona

January 24, 2022

Project: Fairline Phantom 65

Fairline present the Phantom 65 project, a sport bridge yacht of nineteen meters in length based on the platform of the Targa 65 and Squadron 68 flagship models.  Most interesting is that this project returns the Phantom model series name, albeit in a different dress to what it was in the past. A brief history of the Phantom model series which first appeared in 1974 with the raised bridge 32, and then returning in 1990 with the 41 which at the time was the third largest model in the range, and then becoming from 1994 till 2009 the entry level flybridge motor cruiser range.  The Phantom was a successful range, going up in size to a 50 model produced from 2002 to 2009, with its prettiest being the 46 which sold around two hundred units in a production run which lasted eight years. In 2009 Fairline scraped the Phantom model name marking all new flybridge boats from there onward as Squadron, something which stays as at today. Enters the sport bridge type of Sport Yachts, and Fairline clean off the Phantom name for this 65, what will be its second largest model in the current line up.  The Fairline Phantom 65 will have a main deck layout with astern galley, while four lower deck layouts are available; with the standard being a three ensuited cabins plus a day head layout. Two other options differ on the three cabin layouts, both of which lose the fourth day head; one of which offers a larger VIP suite forward, and an other option offering an utility room. The last fourth option is for a four cabins layout. A single berth crew cabin is located aft to starboard.  The Fairline Phantom 65 will be standard powered by Cats 1150hp good for 31 knots top speed, and or optional 1622hp engines which makes top end go up to 35 knots. 

January 23, 2022

Astondoa New Web Site

Spanish Astondoa presents its new World wide web showroom. Astondoa was founded in 1916 by brothers Jesus and Jose Astondoa Marinez. In 1944 second generation Jesus Astondoa Santamaria joins the business and soon after that takes over the shipyard. But the real growth path for Astondoa starts in the 1980s when the Spanish builder starts to build in fiberglass, and after that in the nineties introduces the GLX range. This step will eventually lead to bigger yachts being build and Astondoa going into super yacht sizes over 24 meters. Astondoa has up till today build over 3000 boats and currently produces thirteen models from 37 to 197 feet in five different ranges; Coupe, Flybridge, AS, Century, and Steel. Astondoa current entry level model is the 377 Coupe, and the flagship is the 197 Steel project, and its latest model is the 2021 launched seventeen meter long flybridge motor yacht AS5. Astondoa new website is available in Spanish and English languages and takes you around with the following buttons; Menu, Home, Company, Dealers, Select, News, Contact, My Astondoa, Dealers Area, and Models. Astondoa new website also features links to its social media pages; Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Linkedin located at the bottom of the entry page.

January 22, 2022

Flybridge Cruiser Burns in Lavagna

A Ferretti flybridge cruiser of twelve meters in length went ablaze while in its mooring in Lavagna marina, to the South East of Genova in Italy at around 1430 hours of 22 January.  A fast call and immediate moving to the Ferretti cruiser from its berth to the under wing of the Eastern Lavagna marina break water caused no damage to any other boats.  With four fire fighting squads, including additional teams from nearby Chiavari and Santa Margherita saved the Ferretti cruiser from going total ablaze and becoming a total loss, with pump assistance saving it from sinking.  The cause of the fire is not reported.
This Ferretti model is the 39 Altura launched in 1989 and produced till 1993 to a design by Antocio Pusceddu, Ferretti first generation designer.  Replacing the 40 Altura which launched in 1986, the Ferretti 39 Altura came on the hull lines of the 40 Roadster an innovative fully enclosed hard-top cruiser which launched a year before in 1988, and was replaced by the 120 Fly in 1993.  The Ferretti 39 Fly featured a standard two cabin interior layout, with an optional three cabin version moving the galley on the main deck, and was powered by twin Cats 380hp, with 1992 or later versions being possible to option with the larger 420hp engines.  A total of 71 hulls are reported to have sold of the Ferretti 39 Fly and 40 Roadster units in a five year production run.  

Project: Filippetti F100

Filippetti announces the construction of a new flagship in their F for flybridge series, designed by Fulvio De Simoni. Construction of the new 100-foot Flybridge F100 is underway at the Filippetti shipyard in Mondolfo Italy. From the time, Filippetti Yacht finalized the project and received the new renderings from the office of De Simoni there has been great interest in this new concept. The Filippetti F100 is fresh with innovation in terms of style, design and layout with amazing open areas and deck space from the flybridge to the beach club. Accommodation layouts for the F100 can go from five to six double cabins layouts, with three crew cabins sleeping five or six crew members. Filippetti F100 is to be powered by twin Man 2000hp with estimated top speeds up to 26 knots.  The first F100 is planned to launch at the end of summer 2022.

January 21, 2022

New Model: Cantiere Delle Marche Darwin 106

Cantiere delle Marche has launched its first Darwin 106 model, named m/y Uptight she has been designed to fulfil her owner desire to have a reliable and comfortable explorer super yacht to enjoy months long fishing expeditions in remote and uncontaminated seas. The owners family owns a few fisherman yachts and they wanted to add a slow, displacement explorer vessel to enjoy long expeditions from the moment the yacht leaves the quay to the final destination. Fast trip to fishing spots and adrenaline fishing activities will be held by using the yacht’s large ‘tender’, which is an American Fisherman that will be towed during long trips. The new Darwin 106 is based on the naval platform of the 102, designed, engineered and modified by Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec to match her owner requests. For its layout and technical characteristics Darwin 106 meets American standards, according to her Owner’s wishes the yacht features a specifically designed layout with a country kitchen which opens onto the main salon giving the whole environment an informal atmosphere and, instead of a sky-lounge, the Upper Deck hosts a panoramic Owner Stateroom. The most peculiar feature of Darwin 106 is the aft cockpit fitted as that to a sportfisherman. The stern platform has been transformed into an enclosed cockpit with a bulwark. A ‘battle station’ has been centrally placed in the cockpit, and fishing will be carried in ‘stand up’ position allowing multiple strikes to be managed at the same time, giving more fun to the ‘fishing family’. Screw-less rod holders, have been placed on the large teak cap-rail around the cockpit, all equipped with drainages and an easy access for periodic maintenance. Many lockers holding tackle boxes are encompassed into the fishing cockpit bulwarks while flush floor tanks with water recirculation and pump for live fish bait are located on the transom and below the cockpit floor. The adjoining lazarette is arranged cohesively with the fishing activities and include a small yet fully equipped workshop. A double Eskimo ice maker with both salt and fresh water is in the main cockpit alongside a few freezers located beneath the sofa. In order to increase the range also in terms of food loading capacity, the storage space has been improved and optimized for long term food conservation. An outstanding interior layout makes the most out of the 255GT of the Darwin 106. The interior, decorated by Francesco Guida, features a large and welcoming main salon with lounging and dining areas in direct connection with the galley located to port side. Three crew cabins are located on the main deck forward alongside a crew mess. Five guest cabins; two double, a large Vip and two twins are on the lower deck. The Owner stateroom open onto the upper deck stern terrace. On the same deck there is a roomy and well-appointed wheelhouse. A large Sun deck, equipped with all amenities to spend hours enplein air, tops the yacht’s nicely shaped superstructure. Darwin 106 displacement hull is fitted with twin Cats 670hp engines which deliver a top speed of thirteen knots, and a remarkable range of above 4700 nautical miles at nine knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 32 m (104.9ft)
Waterline Length - 28 m
Beam - 7.43 m
Draft - 2.97 m
Displacement - 250t full load, 255 GT volume
Fuel Capacity - 40,000 l
Water Capacity -6,000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabin, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 Acert 670hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - thirteen knots max, eleven knots cruise, nine knots long range
Range - 4700 nm at nine knots
Project - Sergio Cutolo Hydro Tec naval architect and exterior, Fancesco Guida interior 

January 20, 2022

Project: Giupex 40X Infinity

Giupex present the project for the new 40X Infinity.  Based on the lines of the previous Mano 38.50 but redesigned with softer and curvier lines and a new radar arch and hard-top look, the Giupex 40X Infinity strong points will be its spacious cockpit deck and three double cabins layout below. Accommodation in the 40X Infinity will be for three double cabins, an old Italian favourite in this size offering a master cabin forward, and two guest cabins with twin in-line berths at midships. Extra two berths will be available in the convertible dinette.  The Giupex 40X Infinity is powered by standard Mercury diesel 370hp, or optional Volvo 380hp both engines with stern drive propulsion.  No preliminary speed data is available as yet. 

January 19, 2022

New Launch: F&S 61 Hardtop Express Hull #30

FandS present the 61 hardtop express, hull number 30 and called Soul Candy by its owner.  FandS hull thirty was designed as a family-friendly express sportfish yacht with space for entertaining, with a host of custom options that allow the owner-operator to communicate and interact with the crew on fishing trips to the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas. One of the primary challenges with FandS hull #30 was to add a tall owner, and superior interior headroom. Keeping the sweeping lines FandS is known for, while accommodating someone of height, would require some out-of-the-gate thinking. The design team created a two meters plus character named Fred within the CAD program, who would be moved around the virtual boat to be sure proper clearance of areas such as the companionway, staterooms and showers. Cad-Fred was also integral to helm line-of-sight, both while running and to the angler in the fighting chair, and because the interior space is directly connected to all the exterior dimensions, it was necessary to consider every detail. FandS 61 Hardtop Express features an eleven squared meters cockpit deck which easily fits the large fighting chair with an offset pedestal and on-deck tuna tubes, essential when you plan on fighting some of the monsters living near the rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. The classic straight lines of the teak cockpit boards tame the curvy, signature FandS radial mezzanine and transom live-well. A giant lazarette is accessible by way of a Freeman Marine deck hatch located under the chair’s footrest and ensures safe, dry storage below for the multitude of systems located there. The bright interior of the helm deck is striking. The hardtop express design allows for a view of the world around her, and FandS takes the view to new levels by incorporating one giant piece of custom curved glass on each side. By doing so, there is little to break that uninterrupted sightline, providing a true, 360-degree perspective. FandS 61 Hardtop Express runs smooth and quiet at all speeds, thanks to the twin MTU 1600hp engines giving a solid cruising speed of 35 knots and a top end of 42 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.59 m (60.9ft)
Beam - 5.48 m
Draft - 1.47 m
Displacement - 27215 kg
Fuel Capacity - 5488 l
Water Capacity - 794 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 10v M96L 1600hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - 35 knots cruise 42 knots max
Construction - cold moulded in jig, Okume plywood with biaxial fiberglass, Awlcraft 2000 paint job
Certification - NMEA, ABYC

January 18, 2022

Project: Silent 62 3-Deck

Silent Yachts continues an exciting journey to the bright and green future, with the innovative Austrian shipyard introduced a new project based on the Silent 60 model, now with another level of space and comfort for its guests. The Silent 62 Tri-Deck is based on the 60 platform, however, it includes a third deck and adds two feet to the hull’s length.  One unit has been sold to a client in Europe and two units to clients from the US.  The Silent 62 Tri-Deck will have an extra deck instead of a flybridge which comes with the standard 60 model. This allows to add fifty square meters of useful space for guests. Three different layout options are available for the third deck: open sky lounge, closed sky lounge or an owner’s suite.  Open sky lounge version: instead of the standard flybridge, the open version offers a open fly deck with bar and galley, a dining table and bench for ten to twelve persons, several sofas and lounge areas and a fly helm.  Closed sky lounge version: provides a closed fly deck equipped with a bar, a second galley and a dining table offering an unobstructed 360° panoramic view. Aft of the sky-lounge there is a terrace with several sofas and lounge areas.  Owner’s suite version: offers a generous owner´s suite with an en-suite bathroom and an unobstructed 360° panoramic view. Aft of the owner´s suite, there is a private terrace with several sofas and lounge areas.  The Silent 62 Tri-Deck has a high-performance hull shape that has been optimized with CFD study, with longer waterline and reverse bow. Her exterior design’s signature details are the long window stripe at the sidewall of the hull and more window surface overall.   The catamaran yacht can be handled by two people with ease and offers plenty of space for families and crew. The optional hydraulic stern platform which also serves as a swimming platform, can accommodate a tender of up to four meters in length. For adventurers, additional water toys, SUP´s, kayaks and e-bikes can be stored in the bridge deck.  The powertrain used for the new model is the same as for the Silent 60, with the 62 Tri-Deck equipped with 42 powerful solar panels achieving up to 17 kWp. The self-sufficient yacht uses silent electric propulsion for unlimited range with no noise or fumes and minimal vibration. Because of that, the operational costs of the vessels are substantially lower compared to power yachts using more traditional propulsion systems. The yacht’s draft is just under one meter, which allows her to reach shallower bays which might be crucial for areas like the Caribbean and South East Asia.  The Silent 62 Tri-Deck is available in several layouts ranging from three to six staterooms on the lower deck with a maximum of six bathrooms. All staterooms offer double or twin berths, and all heads include a separate shower. There is a vast salon with wide windows on the main deck and the yacht features large outside areas in the aft and bow area in order to enjoy nature and keep guests in close contact with the sea.  The salon offers fifty square meters of space while the main deck outside offers just under seventy square meters. The living area on the lower deck occupies up to 62 m².  The Silent 62 Tri-Deck is a true ocean-going cruising yacht. She can cruise efficiently for up to 100 miles a day for weeks. At the same time, the arrangement of the components enables the yacht to power all on board systems without the need to run a generator. The generator is only used to recharge the batteries in the rare case when it is required to sustain higher speeds during longer periods of time or when the weather conditions are unfavourable for several days.

January 17, 2022

New Model: Outer Reef 740 Deluxbridge Motoryacht

Outer Reef has in the fall of 2021 debuted its new 740 Deluxbridge Motoryacht.  Ordered by a previous Outer Reef owner, who owned a 2019 610 Motoryacht, the new 740 Deluxbridge is born from the 720 platform, and features a top deck with enclosed pilot house, hence the name deluxe bridge.  The Outer Reef 740 Deluxbridge offers a three double cabins layout, plus a two berth crew cabin aft.  Owners stateroom is located at midships.  The Outer Reef 740 Deluxbridge Motoryacht is standard powered by twin John Deere 500hp, and or Cats 476hp engines with shaft line propulsion.
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.45 m (73.8ft)
Beam - 5.63 m
Draft - 1.6 m
Displacement - 64 t
Fuel Capacity - 7571 l
Water Capacity - 1514 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin with two berths
Engines - 2 x John Deere 6090 500hp, Cats C9.3 476hp
Propulsion - ZF gearbox with Seatorque enclosed shaft system
Construction - vinylester resin, solid fiberglass hull, Divinycell PvC core above waterline, Cook gelcoat

January 16, 2022

Project: Viking 90 Sky Bridge

Like with any of its models Viking proposes different versions on its platform, and so will be the case with its new upcoming 90 flagship model, which will replace I would say temporary the 92 after 21 units delivered.  Unlike the 92, the new 90 will have a load line of less to 24 meters making it abstain to Selective Catalytic Reduction rules which entered force in 2022.  Selective Catalytic Reduction units need further engine room space and redesigned layouts, with Viking being very vocal against the new rules to fit mandatory converters, and working a lot to delay the entry from 2020 to 22. The Viking 90 will offer a six stateroom layout, highlighted with a full beam owners stateroom at midships.  The Sky Bridge project will differ from the other standard Convertible and Enclosed Bridge versions for offering a fully equipped second helm station up top.  The Sky Bridge replaces the full-tower and makes it safer to reach then a Tuna tower helm, with the advantage that a fully fitted helm station can be equipped.  The Viking 90 is scheduled to debut in early 2023.

January 15, 2022

Hunga Tonga Tsunami 2022

On 14 January the volcano on the Hunga Tonga uninhabited island, part of the Tongan archipelago in the Southern Pacific ocean erupted.  The eruption created a big Tsunami with waves reaching a height up to fifteen meters, and in this process is reported to have killed three persons, injured a lot of people, and many remain missing.  Hunga Tonga is located about 35 nautical miles North of Tongatapu, but the Tsunami also travelled afar in the Pacific Ocean, and doing damage from New Zealand, to Japan, and as far as South and North America. 
The above picture is taken in a Marina in New Zealand which seemed to be one of the most where boats and yacht sustained damages. In this particular marina some small and medium sized boats also sank, with boaters complaining that no alarm or advise was made.  

New Launch: Baglietto 54.60m C#10231

Baglietto present hull number 10231, a 54.60 meter super yacht named C, and designed by Horacio Bozzo exterior and Hot Lab for interior.  A fully custom project which sold in 2017 and completed in early 2021  Baglietto 54 meter super yacht features very clean lines with three decks, and a semi wide-body main deck offering an accommodation for twelve guests in six cabins, and thirteen crew in seven.  This Baglietto 54 meter hull number 10231 features a fast displacement hull shape and powered by twin Cat engines 1622hp reaches top speeds up to fifteen knots and a cruise of twelve. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 54.60 m (179.1ft)
Beam - 10.4 m
Draft - 2.6 m
Displacement - 570 t half load, 860 GT
Fuel Capacity -100,000 l
Water Capacity - 25,000 l
Accommodation - twelve guess in six cabins, thirteen crew in seven cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1622hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - fifteen knots max twelve knots cruise
Range - 4500 nm at twelve knots
Hull Shape - fast displacement
Construction - aluminium h321/h111
Project - Horacio Bozzo exterior, Hot Lab interior
Certification - Lloyds +100A1 Ssc G3

January 14, 2022

Project: Rossinavi Portofino 52

Italian shipyard Rossinavi has unveiled a new full-displacement superyacht concept, Portofino 52. Generated from the vision of Team for Design Enrico Gobbi combined with Rossinavi's expertise, Portofino 52 was created with the desire to offer the most pleasant cruising experience in maximum comfort. 52, the metres in length of a yacht optimized to provide the greatest number of experiences that can be enclosed in 499 GT. Versatility of soul and use, best represented by a sundeck of 130 sqm liveable at any time of the day and in all sea conditions. An area for outdoor breakfasts and lunches, an area for sunbathing, an area for cocktails, but also an area for dancing at nightfall, this means sundeck on board the Portofino 52. A beach club where everyone can find their own space, whether it is by the sea after a swim or sipping a drink under the calm reflections of the glazed pool above or enjoying the wellness area with sauna. A layout designed to be family-friendly, in which, in addition to the Owner's suite, there are four guest cabins of the same size, a layout in which there are large meeting and leisure areas, such as the numerous dining areas, lounges and bars that adorn the various decks, or the open-air cinema at the bow of the upper deck. Shapes in which the function is integrated, such as for the tender and toys storage area, located in a hidden and safe position in the bow, under a mechanical cover. A yacht in which the interior blends with the exterior design, through a careful play of natural and artificial lights. Key design features include;130 sqm sundeck, 50% shaded by a hard top; 60 sqm beach club area with spa and gym; glass-bottomed pool, located in the main deck cockpit and equipped with a whirlpool system; full-beam Owner's suite that extends over 50 sqm; tender and toys storage area located on the foredeck; and outdoor cinema situated forward on the upper deck. On the main deck, the large cockpit that welcomes guests on board is made spectacular by a swimming pool with glass floor and forward side. The upper deck cockpit, with such a generous space and largely sheltered from the sun, is ideal for hosting an outdoor dining table. The bow area of ​​the upper deck is used as an outdoor cinema, with six seats and a firepit. Regarding the internal areas, on the main deck we find the main salon and an adjoining dining area. Towards the bow, the full-beam Owner’s suite has been conceived in two different layouts: the first one with a large dressing room at the entrance, the second one featuring a private office. All the main deck areas are extremely enhanced by full-height windows. The sky lounge on the upper deck is also characterized by large glazing, which enhance the panoramic view. In this area there is also an easily served bar with a scenic wine and cigar cellar behind. On the lower deck, the four guest cabins have been designed to have the same size. To provide a larger guest accommodation area on the lower deck, the tender and toys storage area is positioned on the foredeck, protected by an aesthetic and safety cover integrated in the exterior shapes of the yacht. The careful engineering studies made allow Portofino 52 to be an extremely safe and comfortable yacht, even for long voyages and transoceanic routes, thanks also to a state-of-the-art stabilization system and the Rossinavi Zero Noise technology, which drastically reduces the onboard noise and vibrations.  Rossinavi Portofino 52 is to be powered by twin Cats 1499h engines with estimated top speeds up to fifteen knots and a cruise of twelve.

January 13, 2022

Azimut Cruiser Sinks in Ischia Island

An Azimut flybridge cruiser of twelve meters in length, sank while in its mooring at the marina in Casamicciola Terme, in the Island of Ischia, in the night between the twelfth and thirteenth January.  No one was onboard at the time of sinking. The cause of the sinking are not reported, but in most cases when a boat sinks this way, berthed in its mooring, it would be a failed water-cock of sorts.  Casamicciola Terme is located on the North part of the Island of Ischia, the largest of the three Naples gulf Islands, the other two being the famous Capri, and less famous but pretty Procida.   
The boat in this accident is an Azimut AZ36 TrentaSei model, designed by Bernard Olesinski and inhouse by the Italian yacht builder.  The AZ36 was a replacement to the long standing and popular John Bennet designed 37 and was produced from the fall of 1993 till 98.  The AZ36 has a two cabins two head layout, and was powered by twin Cats 306hp or Aifo 300hp reaching top speeds up to thirty knots.  The AZ36 followed a family feeling design to the AZ43 presented in the fall of 1991, and AZ40 in the fall of 92.  This trio of models characterized Azimut entry level line sub fifteen meters from 1992 to 98 in extending the Italian builders international success.  Over one hundred AZ36 where made in a five year production run as the model was replaced by the 39 in the fall of 1998.         

Engine: MAN Smart Hybrid

MAN Engines present its Smart Hybrid Experience. This completely new hybrid system marks a turning point when it comes to modern marine drives, and underlines MAN Engines’ status as pioneers in this technology. The electric motor generator unit from the MAN Smart Hybrid Experience can produce a rated power of 184 kW or 368 kW, at an extremely high efficiency rating of up to 96 percent. The permanent-magnet synchronous motor/generator is 160 mm long at 184 kW, or 320 mm at 368 kW. Its diameter is 560 mm. It is positioned on the diesel engine in front of the marine drive and can be separated from the diesel engine by an electromagnetic clutch. This results in a clear advantage for the customer, in that the operating mode can be changed without stopping the engines. In fact, this changeover can be made during operation (including as an emergency function) without interrupting the power, making operation much more convenient. The MAN Smart Hybrid Experience can be combined with all the Man marine engines in the current line from 730hp to 2000hp series, and allows for enhanced power outputs. This enables overall system outputs for each driveline ranging from 474 kW to 1,838 kW (644hp to 2,500hp), from the smallest in-line six-cylinder series to the most powerful V12. Depending on how the components are assembled, the hybrid system can thus account for up to 56 percent of the vehicle’s overall power output. With the MAN Smart Hybrid Experience, MAN Engines is the first engine supplier to offer a complete hybrid system from a single source. MAN Engines supervises shipyards and boat designers from the planning and concept phase through development, consultation on installation and technical implementation including control software, to service and maintenance. This means that B2B partners benefit from more than just intensive consultation and simplified processes throughout all stages. An additional point in MAN Engines’ favour as a system supplier is the perfect coordination of complex components such as diesel engines and electric motors, batteries, power electronics and the on-board voltage system, both with one another and with the application itself. Maximum flexibility and attention to the customer’s needs that is the MAN Smart Hybrid Experience’s motto. Alongside power levels that can be scaled to almost any level thanks to the wide range of diesel engines, the degree of hybrid power can be tailored to the customer and expressed in the system design principles of performance, comfort and efficiency. To achieve this, MAN Engines makes use of a wide range of technically mature series components. All the possible drive configurations such as V-Drive, IV-Drive, parallel drives and down angle can also be connected to the MAN Smart Hybrid Experience. The performance, efficiency and comfort system design principles are tailored to specific applications on the basis of the Zero Emission, Diesel-Electric, Cross-Over, Hotel, Boost and Diesel operating modes. With the main diesel engines, on-board generator sets, high-voltage (HV) batteries and a land connection as power sources, the advantages of the MAN hybrid system (combined or in isolation) can be exploited in a targeted way. This enables, for example, highly economical operation, an increase in range, access to Emission Controlled Areas thanks to emission-free operation, or additional power as a power boost. In hotel mode, the battery capacity can also be used when the boat is docked. The plug-in hybrid’s HV battery is charged via the integrated land connection, and through the diesel engines or on-board generator sets when the boat is on the move. For its MAN Smart Hybrid Experience, MAN Engines uses battery systems from different manufacturers for specific applications, which are connected in series in modules. As high-energy cells, they are designed with a high energy density at a voltage > 600 V, enabling flexible battery operation between 500 V and 750 V in the intermediate circuit. This enables quick charging of the batteries, and provides the basis for major energy consumers such as the boost function. At the same time, the highest safety standards are guaranteed as the drive system has been approved by classification societies.