May 31, 2022

Super Yacht Stuck in Pisa Bridge

A 58 meter super yacht titled m/y Idol got stuck in the bridge on its way out of the Pisa Channel, on Tuesday 31 May at approximately 1100 hours.  During the impact m/y Idol was tug towed, and had just finished a refit at the Seven Stars shipyard, which included a new paint job, bow and stern modifications, and the addition of a helipad.  Idol got stuck on the Autostrada Azzurra Bridge which in low tide has an air draft up to 11.8 meters above water level. After the accident the super yacht was berthed in Livorno with the extent of the damage reported to be minimum.  
Idol was originally launched as m/y Outback in 2007 and build in alloy by Austal Oceanfast shipyard in Australia to an inhouse exterior design and interior by Sam Sorgiovanni.  This fully custom Oceanfast 58.9 meters offers interiors with guest accommodation for twelve in six cabins, with fifteen crew in eight cabins, and is powered by twin Cat engines for a seventeen knots top speed, a cruise of fifteen, and range up to four thousand nautical miles.  Oceanfast was founded in 1988 and acquired by Austal in 1999, with m/y Idol being its second largest build to date following the 2003 launched m/y Nomad.

Monthly News - May 2022

-pic of the month- Cantiere delle Marche New Shed

Bayliss at Baker's Bay Invitational

Congratulations to the team on Blank Check on the Bayliss 75', for placing third in the Baker’s Bay Invitational! The crew racked up 1,500 points, catching two blue marlin and two white marlin, to secure 3rd place.  We would also like to highlight a recent Bayliss boatyard customer, Pescaria on a Rybovich 78, for winning the tournament with 3,250 points. The guys had two outstanding days of fishing, winning the daily on Day 1, taking 2nd place on Day 2, and receiving top angler for the tournament. Congratulations to the owner, captain and crew!

Bayliss at Los Suenos Triple Crown Leg III

That’s a wrap for the Los Sueños Triple Crown! Tarheel the Bayliss 62 ended the tournament on a high note, winning the daily on the final day of fishing. The team caught 21 sailfish and 1 blue marlin for a total of 2,600 points.  One of Bayliss yard recent customers, Max Bet on a Spencer 66, also had a strong performance at Los Sueños, winning first place for Leg III of the tournament and winning the Daily on Day 2. Across the three days of fishing, Max Bet caught 27 sailfish and 6 blue marlin. Congratulations to the anglers and crews!

Cantiere delle Marche New Construction Shed

Works on the new construction shed proceed in earnest and the new facility will be operational shortly. The new construction shed offers a large and well appointed environment while increasing CDM’s capacity and efficiency. CDM’s is expanding its facility clearly due to its order book but also to permit more efficient work for employees and subcontractors.  Rising to the right of an existing shed, measuring 60 meters long by 27 meter wide, the new hall has a height of 18 meters and is equipped with two overhead cranes with a lifting capacity of 10 tons each. It will host offices and joiner’s workshop. The new construction shed will allow addressing two 45 meters yachts at once.  “The new shed is part of our investment in the future and it secures CDM’s ability to build and deliver to our clients top quality explorer yachts on schedule,” says Ennio Cecchini, CEO of CDM.

Feadship Wins Quartet of Awards

Feadship won four prestigious prizes at the 2022 BOAT International World Superyacht Awards (WSA) on Saturday 21 May. VIVA, Somnium and Vanish triumphed in their respective categories, with VIVA taking home the ultimate accolade by winning the Motoryacht of the Year award. In its 17-year history, several cities have hosted the World Superyacht Awards, including Amsterdam, Istanbul, Florence and Monaco, but this year the ceremony has returned to London. The gala ceremony to announce the winners of the 2022 Neptune trophies was held in front of a live audience at the historical Guildhall and completely sold out. As always, the winners were decided upon solely by a panel of superyacht owners, making the prizes even more appreciated by their industry peers.

Formula Customer Experience BoatTest Videos

Recently, Capt. Steve sat down with two new owners of Formula Boats to get a feel for their “after-delivery experience.” One owner has owned 15 boats so he knows the difference between a good experience and an excellent one. The other owner is also a veteran cruiser and he had high expectations. We asked them both why they bought a Formula and then what happened after they took ownership. The answers might surprise you.    

MJM New Refined Logo

The original MJM logo served well for the first twenty years. The MJM team set out to develop our newly refined logo to better represent the yacht’s gorgeous lines, an MJM’s performance and efficiency, the new high-tech facility in Washington, NC, and our recent leaps in composite technology.  You might think that developing a new logo within a family business would be a simple and easy process. Just like the yachts produced, every aspect was considered, debated, and explored, to achieve something better.  Before our team started the graphic design process, Dad retired MJM founder Bob Johnstone was consulted. "What?! It's perfect the way it is, why mess with it". That was the gentle part of the response. A detailed email dissertation followed that explained why we were wrong, and shouldn't "fix what isn't broken".  The first round of possible logo directions landed with a thud. Dad asked if we had misplaced our common sense somewhere. Undeterred, our team felt that a path of relentless refinement of the original logo could better represent the benefits of MJM. After weeks of tweaks, we sought our founder’s input again. Ready for more blunt feedback, Dad responded unexpectedly. The new logo was not rejected, berated, or scorned. It was considered, supported, accepted, and dare we say... approved.  MJM always aim to meet the toughest standards of all; the sea, you, and Dad. We celebrate all three with this latest version of the brand identity.

MJM Removes Z

The Russian Army’s ‘Z’ invasion insignia led MJM to rethink of the use of Z.  So MJM had dropped all use of Z within its branding. The MJM models will be designated with MJM and a single, or double digit number. Single digits are day yachts and double digits are our express cruising yachts.

Nordhavn Rendezvous Breaks Attendance Record

The largest Nordhavn Owners Rendezvous (NOR) ever got underway May 10 at Victoria International Marina on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. A record setting number of Nordhavns and Nordhavn owners gathered for five days of education, camaraderie, food and fun; for many, the rendezvous served as a kick-off to cruising up to Alaska and the northwest Canadian Territories.  With 48 Nordhavns packed into the marina, it marked the most Nordhavn yachts ever gathered in the same place, although not all who attended came by boat. In total were owners of 67 Nordhavns representing 16 different models, who mingled at dock parties and cocktail events, boat hopped and attended two days of seminars. “There are so many wonderful people that I have met with such interesting cruising backgrounds and stories,” said Jill Bernard, chairman of the NOR committee and owner of Nordhavn 47 Slow Burn. “It’s been a bit of a mutual admiration society.”  

Riva Wins Confindustria Pionieri della Nautica Award

Riva has been honoured by Confindustria Nautica with the prestigious “Pionieri della Nautica” award: the award was given to Gian Paolo Vertua for the category ‘Maestranze’.  A highly regarded deck fitter and mechanic at Riva for over 41 years, Gian Paolo has devoted his entire career to recreational boating with passion and unceasing commitment.  “Pionieri della Nautica” created in 1988 and sponsored by the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, recognises outstanding people in the yachting world for their commitment, professionalism and skills.  The Jury chose Mr. Vertua for his incomparable know-how, which has left an important mark on the unrivalled quality of Ferretti Group yachts, contributing to Riva’s evolution with his eye for detail and ever-present interest in innovation.  This is an important acknowledgement for the storied Ferretti Group brand, the epitome of ‘Made in Italy’ yacht building excellence, which this year celebrates its 180th anniversary, the 60th anniversary of the launch of the iconic Riva Aquarama speedboat, and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Carlo Riva.

Rossinavi Unveil Blue Underwater Experience

On the occasion of the upcoming edition of the Milan Design Week, Rossinavi makes its debut at the Superdesign Show presenting a one-of-a-kind installation that will invite visitors to learn about phytoplankton, the inspiration for the company green projects, at the entrance of Superstudio Più. 'BluE, The Underwater Experience' will remain on show from 6 to 12 June 2022. The Italian shipyard, globally known for its manufacturing expertise and know-how in building custom made superyachts, will showcase its advanced sustainable innovations through an immersive and interactive installation, in which visitors will be able to experience life underwater.  Rossinavi has recently unveiled a new line of electric catamarans that, thanks to their battery pack and solar panels fully integrated into the design, are able to offer zero-emission navigation while cruising in full-electric mode.  The studies on this new generation of yachts are designed to offer an unparalleled experience to the Owner and his guests while surrounded by the sounds of the ocean. In a daily travel scenario, these yachts can cruise in full-electric mode, with zero emissions, up to 100% of the time, while, during a transatlantic crossing, 80% of the time. An artificial intelligence-driven control center monitors energy consumption and battery status, plus observes environmental impact, suggesting eco sustainable behaviors.  With “BluE, The Underwater Experience”, Rossinavi invites visitors to experience life underwater and learn all there is to know about phytoplankton. These tiny creatures have inhabited the planet for hundreds of millions of years and have always contributed to its welfare. Thanks to their ability to release oxygen through photosynthesis, phytoplankton can consume 11 gigatons of CO2 per year. They are small, vital and, sadly, acutely sensitive to climate change. These creatures encapsulate the magnificence of history and the fragile delicacy of life.  The philosophy of this new generation of yachts is inspired by phytoplankton, especially its ability to convert sunlight into energy for its survival. At night, the energy stored during the day is released, making the phytoplankton bioluminescent.  In fact, this line, is designed to absorb sunlight during daylight hours and convert it into energy, taking advantage of the capabilities of photovoltaics and, indeed, store and exploit clean energy thanks to its advanced technology batteries.  “Green is a vision, an education that drives us to develop sustainable technologies. This gives us the responsibility to provide the means to best enjoy the sea, immerse ourselves in its natural splendor and respect it”, states Federico Rossi, COO of Rossinavi.  The company green philosophy stems from an everlasting love for the sea of which these tiny creatures are a fundamental part, since they are responsible for life on Earth.

Sanlorenzo Alloy Wins at SuperYacht Awards 2022

Sanlorenzo is now acknowledged globally as a nautical atelier, the world's first mono-brand shipyard in the production of custom-designed and custom-built yachts and superyachts, an expression of refined luxury that combines the most advanced technologies with attention to detail and craftsmanship. Thanks to this ability to give a new meaning to the way of understanding nautical design Sanlorenzo won the World Superyacht Awards 2022 with the superyacht Alloy.  The culmination of an experimental typological developed over the years by Sanlorenzo to explore new scenarios to offer to the owner and his guests, it is a proposal capable of providing new perspectives told through collaboration with the Zuccon International Project studio, for the exterior lines, and the Christian Liaigre studio for the interiors.  Sanlorenzo Alloy is a 44.5-metre long fast-displacement model, entirely in aluminum, with a layout that moves away from the traditional layout of spaces to take the concept of livability on board to the max. The owner's cabin is the emblem of this innovative approach: conceived as a 147 msq private apartment, it is organized on three interconnected levels, with an indoor and an outdoor area.  A superyacht that opens up to the seascape by offering astonishing spaces to be experienced both indoors and, above all, outdoors: from the sun deck, which with its 83 msq outdoor area offers multiple possibilities for relaxation and socializing, to the large 102 msq beach club that opens up on three sides, allowing for a full connection with the sea.  The collaboration between the Sanlorenzo team and Bernardo Zuccon, who oversaw the design of the exterior lines, made it possible to conceive, design and build a 490 GRT three-deck yacht that retains sleek, core lines but at the same time offers megayacht solutions.  Sanlorenzo's ability to give meaning to the way of understanding nautical design, to give life to bespoke projects, realized on the specific needs of the client, continues to reward Sanlorenzo with new successes at an international level.

Silent Resorts Begin Construction

Ushering in a new era for Caribbean vacation home communities, SILENT-RESORTS and EcoIsland Development announce Club Ki’ama Bahamas, the world’s first equity club to offer ultra-sustainable solar residences and carbon neutral solar yachts. Club Ki’ama is located within the new Ki’ama Bahamas enclave on Elizabeth Island, minutes from Great Exuma. It represents a one-of-a-kind co-ownership opportunity that combines luxurious solar-powered, oceanfront homes with a fleet of solar-powered and crewed yachts, as well as electric day boats, a beach club, spa and restaurant. 

Tecnorib Pirelli Wins Red Dot Award

One year after its launch, the Pirelli 35 has won one of the most significant design awards in the world: the international jury of the Red Dot Award, composed of famous architects and designers who have selected the most innovative and interesting projects since 1955, have chosen TecnoRib's Walkaround line in the "Product Design" category. TecnoRib's Walkaround line, produced and distributed under license as part of the PIRELLI DESIGN project, now features three models and continues to garner acclaim worldwide with its aerodynamic look and unparalleled, contemporary style, which pairs the highest levels of power and class. The rugged model is the result of the historic collaboration between the shipyard and the Mannerfelt Design Team, which stemmed from the desire to increase the level of elegance in this product range. This came to fruition with an instantly recognisable design and extreme attention to detail that has made these refined, high-performance models famous throughout the world, from Europe to Australia.

Van der Valk Commendation Award

Van der Valk is delighted to announce that Lady Lene, launched last year for repeat clients, has been given a prestigious Judges Commendation at the World Superyacht Awards in the category for Semi-Displacement or Planning Motor Yachts (30-34.9m). The results of the 17th edition of these leading industry awards were announced at a glittering ceremony and gala dinner in London.  As well as being superb recognition for Van der Valk craftsmen and engineers, Lady Lene’s commendation is a triumph of cooperation for the higher echelons of the Dutch superyacht sector: Ginton Naval Architects, Diana Yacht Design and Guido de Groot Design all played a key role in creating this aluminum tri-deck explorer. Special thanks are also due to Carla Guilhem for creating an exceptional interior design and, of course, the owners. Their faith in Van der Valk to create such a fully-custom project has been rewarded and the Dutch shipyard is currently building another new bespoke boat for the same family.

VanDutch Centers Opening Across the Continent

VanDutch Yachts inaugurates four VanDutch Centers in the most worldwide iconic locations all across Europe and US. Cantiere del Pardo is committed to redefine the yacht owners’ experience. These are the new flagship sites of VanDutch brand: offices renowned for luxury, elegance, and glamour, overlooking breathtaking water views.  VanDutch Center Saint-Tropez is opening on 26th May 2022, VanDutch Center Lake Garda is opening on 11th June 2022, VanDutch Center Miami, and VanDutch Center Balearics opening coming soon.  

Viking On The Hill in Washington

The Center for Sportfishing Policy hosted its annual “Center Focus on Washington” on Capitol Hill last week. The event brought recreational fishing and boating industry leaders together to participate in important discussions with key policymakers. As in years past, CSP co-hosted the event with the American Boating Congress, the marine industry’s premier political and legislative event, hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).  Also at the meeting, Viking’s Justin Healey (far right) was instated to a three-year term on the Board of Directors. “I’m humbled to be part of an incredible team of industry leaders like Matt Bridgewater from Gemlux, Joe Neber from Contender and NMMA President Frank Hugelmeyer as well as many of our other integral vendors and partners. We are representing millions of Americans who have a passion for recreational saltwater fishing. Our goal is to support the marine economy, fight for anglers and promote sustainable fishing.”  Issues addressed with Congress and Senate included conserving lands and waters, enhancing recreational infrastructure, enforcing the Modern Fish Act, improving access to Atlantic Red Snapper and many other topics. Justin also spent time with Arkansas Congressman Bruce Westerman discussing supply chain challenges and the difficulty of Selective Catalytic Reduction system restrictions for sportfishing manufacturers.

Viking 2022 Hero Walk

Team Matt Uhl hosted a barbecue dinner fundraiser in Matt’s honor with all proceeds supporting the 2022 Hero Walk. The Hero Walk and Campaign are dedicated to preventing drunk driving deaths and injuries by promoting the use of responsible, sober designated drivers. Matt was a 22-year-old Rowan University senior when he was heartbreakingly killed in 2013 after being hit by a drunk driver. His dad Al Uhl is Viking’s Vice President of Manufacturing. Team Matt participates in the Hero Walk every year and consistently holds the title of Top Team for raising money for the cause. 

Viking Marlin Madness Champs

Congratulations to the Viking 92 High Cotton on their win in Marlin magazine’s Marlin Madness. They not only won the Gulf Coast Division to get to the Final Four but continued on to bulldoze their way to the Championship Round. Way to go! And thanks to you for showing your Viking support along the way. This is the 2nd year in a row a Viking claimed the top spot. Do we smell a trifecta for 2023?

Viking at Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Matt McDonald’s Viking 72 Breathe Easy claimed 2nd Place Billfish Release honors at the Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. With captain Patrick Ivie at the wheel, Craig Smith released two blue marlin while Matt, Doug Fletcher and Brian Lieser each released a single for a total of five blues. Fishing on the Viking 58 Rising Sons, Daniel Landry weighed the heaviest tuna of the event – a 139-pound yellowfin.

May 29, 2022

Sport Yacht Fire in Syracuse Sicily

A sport yacht of about nineteen meters in length went ablaze on the night early morning of 29 May at approximately 00:44 hours at the Marina Yachting marina, located in the natural harbor of Syracuse, in the Eastern Ionian coast of Sicily.  Upon reports of the fire the Syracuse Coast Guard and the Fire Fighting squad dispatched two boats; CP323 and a fire fighting tug boat, with other units coming from the land side to control the fire.  The fire left one of the marina staff needing medical assistance for toxicity, caused by smoke inhaling from trying to turn off the flames.  The sport yacht sank two hours later, with the harbor Coast Guard starting the procedure to protect the area from environmental damage.  The sport yacht was reported as being on charter, with the cause of the fire having unconfirmed reports that it started from exploding batteries.
The nineteen meter sport yacht in this fire looks a Sessa C68, designed by Christian Grande and released in 2010.  The C68 offers interior layouts for three or four double cabins plus a crew cabin for two.  The C68 is powered by twin Volvo 900 or 1000hp engines with IPS pod drives and is able to reach top speeds up to 36 knots, although the first hulls which precede the large IPS drives where powered by twin Volvo 700hp with IPS and or Man 1360hp and line shaft propulsion.  The Sessa C68 was modernized in 2018 with window glazing replacing the circle shaped port holes.  A Sport Fly version presented as a project in 2013 never actually materialized. The C68 was replaced as Sessa's flagship by the slightly larger, and wider Fly 68 Gullwing in 2018.

Seneca Boat Fire Injures Fifteen

A Carver motor cruiser of twelve meters in length injured fifteen while it engulfed in flames and later exploded while fueling at Spring Brook Marina, Seneca, Illinois River, seventy miles to the South of Chicago at about 16:20 hours of Saturday 28 May.  Fourteen of the persons injured where onboard the boat which had seventeen passengers, while another injured person was a marina employee.  One of the persons suffered grievous injuries and was air lifted to a local hospital.  Before the fire and explosion the boat was reporting as having engine problems and returned to the marina to refuel.
The boat in this fire is a Carver 405 Aft Cabin produced from 1997 to 98 and renamed as 406 with very minor differences from 99 to 2002.  The Carver 405 Aft Cabin has a two cabins layout with a lower deck located galley, a master suite located aft, and a forward double guest cabin with offset double berth forward.  The 405/406 Aft Cabin features a modified medium-V hull shape, and was powered by twin Mercruiser 380hp gas engines and or Cummins 330 or 370hp diesel in line shafts.  Speeds where up to mid twenties with the optional Cummins diesels.  The Carver 405 Aft Cabin was a redevelopment of 1990 to 96 produced 370 Aft Cabin with integrated bathing platform and updated styling.

New Model: Bering B145

Bering Yachts is excited to announce the launch of the B145 titled M/Y Heeus. Hitting the water on Thursday 28th April at the Bering shipyard in Antalya, the 44 metre explorer super yacht is the first hull in the B145 range of expedition vessels. Constructed with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the Bering B145 explorer is a semi-custom platform designed and constructed by the team of in-house engineers and naval architects. Coming in at 44 meters with a volume of 499 GT, she is the ideal vessel for an autonomous long distance cruising. Bering B145 is a spacious luxury expedition yacht, ready to accommodate up to twelve guests on unforgettable journeys worldwide with the assistance of ten crew members in a six-cabin layout on the three decks and flybridge with jacuzzi and bar zone. The master stateroom is located on the main deck toward the bow, with glass windows measuring more than 9.5 square meters. A huge saloon with a dining area for twelve persons and a lounge area are located on the main deck. Another dining table is on the upper deck, in the sky lounge. Demonstrating the flexibility of a semi-custom platform, B145 also features spacious beach club that will not leave you indifferent and garage zone behind the beach club of more than 25 square meters. The yacht has four crew cabins and captain quarter. In terms of her technical details, it’s clear that the B145 yacht is a vessel built to explore and is powered by twin Cat 1200hp which give a maximum speed of fifteen knots and a cruising speed of twelve knots. B145 also features a hybrid propulsion system with electric motors charged by a bank of batteries. The banks are recharged by high-efficiency, variable speed DC generators. Docking and mooring is possible in the electric mode. The special feature of B145 is the ice belt that will let the owner explore the most distant and cold corners of our planet. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 44.20 m (145ft)
Waterline Length - 42.3 m
Beam - 9.5 m
Draft - 2.50 m
Displacement - 494 t, 499 GT (volume)
Fuel Capacity - 95,600 l
Water Capacity - 13,700 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, or twelve guests in six cabins, ten crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert B 1200hp, 1300hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - fifteen knots max twelve knots cruise
Range - up to 5000 nm 
Hull Shape - full displacement
Construction - steel hull aluminum super structure

May 28, 2022

Princess Lost to Fire in Torquay

A 25 meter Princess super yacht burned down and eventually sank in the early afternoon of Saturday 28th May at Torquay marina, Devon, United Kingdom.  The cause of the fire are yet unknown, but it seems by some initial photos that the fire started around the helm station area, with marina residents saying they heard a big bang explosion noise before seeing a plum of smoke rising from the yacht.  No one was injured in the fire, which took over two hours and five fire engines and squads to extinguish, with the Princess super yacht eventually let go from its mooring and then sinking.  After the sinking the yacht was protected by booms, as according to reports she was filled with over 8,000 liters of fuel, making her a rather dangerous environmental hazard.
The Princess in this fire is an 85 model from 2010 titled m/y Rendezvous registered under British flag.  Designed by Bernard Olesinski the Princess 85 follows the second generation design language of the large models above twenty meters by the World known Plymouth boat builder, which debuted with the 95 in 2007, and was followed by the 85 in 2008.  This Princess 85 was powered by twin MTU 1800hp engines which give her a top speed up to 28 knots and a cruise of 23.  The interior layout of the 85 offered four double guest cabins, and two crew cabins aft.  Debuting in 2008 and produced till 2012 with nineteen units reported being made, the Princess 85 replaced the 25M after seven years of production, and evolved into the 88 in 2013.

Sea Ray Flybridge Cruiser Sinks in Santa Maria, Cabo San Lucas

A fourteen meter Sea Ray flybridge cruiser sank in Santa Maria, Los Cabos at around 1630 hours of Friday 27 May.  The yacht had some mechanical problems and could not turn the engines on, with it drifting to the rocks, and with the impact and rubbing damage which opened the hull, making it sink.  The flybridge crew of the flybridge cruiser where rescued by Zofemat staff, with the Navy and Port Authority taking two hours to arrive.  The boat had a fuel leak during the incident with the beach closed and a black flag indicating for fuel pollution raised.
The Sea Ray in this accident is a 480 Sedan Bridge model, produced for six years from 1998 till 2004.  The 480 Sedan Bridge was a fully cored build, and offered an interior with three double cabins sleeping six.  The 480 Sedan Bridge has a medium-Vee hull shape with propeller tunnels and was powered by twin GM 535hp or optional Cats 660hp engines, with these large units giving over thirty knots.  The 480 was replaced by the 500 Sedan Bridge in 2005.

May 27, 2022

Flybridge Cruiser Sand Beaches in Malta

A ten meter Draco flybridge cruiser broke from its swing mooring and ended up sand beached on the morning of 27th May, in Mellieha beach in the North Western part of the Island of Malta.  The cause of beaching looks a failure of the swing mooring ropes from the seabed, caused by the moderate Eastern winds of about twenty knots.  The flybridge cruiser ended up beached in a sandy part of the beach, with damages being unknown.  Swing moorings are popular in Malta in the Summer season, for the reason they are cheaper to a marina mooring and offer lesser distance to the Northern part of the Island.  For example Mellieha is protected to most winds with the exceptions of the Eastern quadrant ones, which show up very little in the Summer months.
The Draco in this beaching is the 3400 Opal, presented in late 1990 on the Zircon platform presented earlier on the same year but with a flybridge super structure and different interior.  Designed by Hans J. Johnsen the 3400 was and is still today Draco largest ever made model.  Johnsen for the 3400 did a deep Vee design with a twenty degrees deadrise, and in the shaft V-drive version as available for the Opal featured shaft tunnels.  The Draco 3400 Opal offered a two cabins interior, a shower and a galley, with a saloon on the main deck.  Power options was twin Volvo 230hp with stern drives, or V-drive line shaft.

Project: Van Der Valk 25 m Meteor

Van der Valk is delighted to unveil an exciting conceptual design concept that defies convention and sets a new benchmark in the fast super sport yacht market. The 25-metre Meteor platform has its origins in a custom design created to combine inland water adventures with the ability to also head offshore. The Meteor project came together with the experts at Vripack which after many months of intelligent thinking came with this modern design. An exceptional top speed of above 40 knots is available thanks to triple MTU engines with water jet propulsion. Weight is a critical parameter to achieve such a rapid pace and every aspect of efficiency has been meticulously calculated and engineered. At the same time, the Meteor is far more than a super-safe speed machine. Breaking boldly with the norm, the stern is inspired by the sports car world and largely dispenses with the traditional aft deck. The transom itself serves as a swim platform when opened and combines with the interior space to create a large beach club winter garden. Two three-metre sliding roofs offer the option for sun or shade both here and in the bridge area of the foredeck lounge, all part of a radically different deployment of space that is enhanced by liberal use of glass in the superstructure. This fresh approach continues within the interior thanks to an ergonomic layout that embraces flow of movement and is very pleasing to the eye. The main salon includes a dining area and bar, while the lower deck features two full-beam double suites with bathrooms. Each bed is angled to provide superb views out to sea. Vripack has designed a stunning textual mix of satin and gloss finishes with gunmetal black diamond stitched leathers and blue velvet surfaces. The window frames feature an eggshell-white textile and all materials will be sustainably and Dutch sourced.

May 25, 2022

New Model: Med Yacht 42

Med Yacht is pleased to present the 42 model, a center sport cruiser livable outside from fore to aft, and inside thanks to its two cabins interior. Designed by Enrico Gobbi, designer of various custom high end super yacht makers from Dreamline, ISA, and Rossinavi to name a few names, the Med 42 presents itselft with minimal clean lines. The interior of this high-end sport cruiser offers full height headroom, and offers a forward double island berth, a large shower head bathroom to starboard, bench style sofa, and a second double berth at midships. Outside the Med Yacht 42 offers full enjoyment from fore to aft, with full walk around deck. The layout offers a dinette for six which transforms to an aft sun-pad under which is also a tender garage, a galley under the T-top and behind the center console, a fore deck sun-pad on top of the coach roof, and two opposite settees further forward.  The Med Yacht 42 can be powered with three propulsion choices; stern drives, twin or triple outboards, and Volvo IPS pod drives, with the standard engine power being twin Mercruiser 350hp petrol gas engines with stern drives.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.90 m (42.3ft)
Hull Length - 11.8 m
Beam - 4.06 m
Draft - 1 m with IPS pod drives
Displacement - 9 t light, 12 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Mercruiser 350hp petrol gas, Volvo D6 380hp, 480hp, Mercury OB 450hp 3 x 350hp, 450hp
Propulsion - Mercury Bravo sterndrive, Volvo dual propeller IPS pod drives, Mercury outboards
Project - Gilles Vaton hull, Enrico Gobbi exterior interior, Rivoyre Sophia Antipolis structure engineering
Certification - CE B-12 

May 23, 2022

Project: Uniesse Exuma HTC6

When Uniesse present the project of the Exuma 6 excitement is huge cause this project is an evolution of the 57 a favorite sport yacht here at PowerYacht presented in the fall of 1997 in open version, then in 2004 with the hard-top and produced till 2014. The Exuma HTC6 is a hard-top-coupe sport yacht of eighteen meters in length, and like the Exuma 5 is a further development of the successful 48, the Exuma 6 is an evolution of the 1997 presented 57 model which was the other success of the North Italian boat builder in the first decade of the 21st century.  Apart the subtle design changes outside like the window glazing serving all the cabin area, and renewed evolved hard-top look, there is other practical differences; the main deck is fully enclosed with a patio door, aft cockpit layout now features two L-shaped settees and a central entrance versus the aft bench settee and starboard passageway, and the bathing platform is now an up and down easy tender drop and lift.  The Uniesse Exuma 6 will offer a three cabins six berths lower deck layout, and while the layout is similar to that of the 57, the forward master cabin has been extended in length and features a large ensuite bathroom to starboard.  The new layout in the Exuma 6 eliminates the lower saloon, with the galley moving to port side from starboard, and also the single berth crew cabin located forward.  The Uniesse Exuma HTC6 is standard powered by twin Man 800hp with line shaft propulsion.  A buyer will have the choice of five other optional engines up to twin Man 1300hp with shafts, and Volvo 900 or 1000hp with IPS pod drives.  Top speeds are estimated at 35 knots with the standard engines and up to 43 knots with the large engine option.   

May 22, 2022

New Launch: Benetti 48m FB601

Benetti launched from Livorno MY “Hawa” construction number FB601, a 48-meter full custom super yacht designed in collaboration with the famous English studio RWD, who penned the exterior and interior design. Built with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, FB601 stands out for her original layout, the incredible brightness of the rooms and the refined interiors, furnished with matte painted eucalyptus woods and refined dark walnut details. Characterized by elegant external lines, FB601 stands out for the elegant “desert sand” hull color, chosen by the experienced Benetti loyal owner, and the original layout which prioritizes continuous contact with the environment. The use of refined furnishing elements and materials is striking, in particular the matte painted eucalyptus with dark walnut details and inlays of various leathers and marbles. The Main Deck enjoys incredible brightness, thanks to a lounge with five openings to the outside that allow continuous views of the sea. On the same deck, toward the bow, instead of the traditional galley, the owner asked to have a pantry and a large VIP cabin with shower with sauna that precedes the large master cabin, full beam and with drop down side windows. Here the space was designed with a private study for the owner, bed, two wardrobes on the port side and a lounge area with bathroom to the starboard. The Lower Deck houses three double cabins for guests, as well as the galley, equipped with a dumbwaiter that allows the crew to serve all decks, including the Sun Deck. The beach area has two side openings that deploy into platforms, overlooking the sea and adding to the considerable beach area. The interiors of the beach club are designed to maximize the enjoyment of relaxing moments, featuring a comfortable L-shaped sofa, a bathroom with shower and sauna, and an area dedicated to equipment for fishing and diving, two great passions of the owner. The aft part of the Upper Deck is designed for convivial moments in the open air, with areas for relaxation, conversation and sunbathing. Inside the bright sky lounge with two large opening side windows, there is a pantry, a complete gym, also with opening side windows, and the wheelhouse with full-height windows covering 180°. For the classic wheelhouse, the owner preferred a futuristic “light bridge console” developed by Benetti. The advanced level of software integration, derived from military technology, and the choice to have ceiling screens and an ergonomic Besenzoni commander’s chair, made it possible to have all the controls in two small “peninsulas”, oriented like extended armrests of the “Captain Chair”. Racks and navigational devices are housed within two compartments located by the entrance to the area. The Sun Deck is designed to make the most of every time of day. The stern and bow spaces are separated by a windproof structure with sliding doors that increases the feeling of privacy for the owner and guests. The stern area features a dining table for 12 people. The large sofa that frames a cinema area is accessible from the external staircase, while the bow area is equipped with bar counter, table for four and forward-facing sundeck sofa. The space can be accessed by the crew from a separate staircase. The hull, designed by the P.L.A.N.A. studio in collaboration with the Azimut Benetti Research and Development department, ensures high performance and excellent seaworthiness for safe and comfortable navigation. The engine room houses a pair of MTUs of 1,700hp each, which guarantee the yacht a maximum speed of fifteen knots and a range of 4,000 nautical miles at the ten knot cruising speed.
Technical Data:
LOA - 48 m (157.4ft)
Beam - 9.20 m
Draft - 2.4 m
Displacement - 465 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 60,000 l
Water Capacity - 12,000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 1700hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - fifteen knots max, ten knots cruise
Range - 4,000 nautical miles at ten knots
Construction - steel hull aluminum upper structure
Project - RWD exterior and interior, PLANA Pierluigi Ausunio naval architect
Certification - RINA

May 20, 2022

Project: Princess F65

The last fall might have been a quiet one to the usual standards from Princess, but for Spring 2022 the new model announcements by the British builder seems to be making up for it, with three still secretive projects plus an evolution of a current model being announced.  The most secretive of these three new project is the new F65, which is the next evolution of Princess bread and butter F for flybridge range.  So far little information if any is known of this nineteen meter motor yacht, which is to replace the F62 and fill the void left by the F70 which was replaced by the Y72 in 2021.  Design is trusted to Pininfarina for exterior looks with naval architecture to the since the eighties standing Olesinski.  The above rendering shows the Italian design firm using similar looks and curves as seen in the F45 and the Y72.  Lower deck layout is said to be a four double cabins, with a forward VIP, owners room at midships, and two twin berth cabins in between. 

May 19, 2022

New Model: Pardo GT52

Presented in a special preview in St.Tropez on the 22 April, the Pardo GT52 is the third act of this Italian builder rise to a prominent name in sport cruiser and yachts, and explorer yachts.  A rise which started in 2017 with the 43 and since then has been unstoppable, and in the last two years is going beyond the range of the center console models, first with the Endurance 60 flagship presented in mid 2021, and now with this new GT52.  Coming from a design by Nauta the GT52 has the same hull as the P50 but coming looking as a completely different model with its innovative and unusual forward looking hard-top which strikes the difference to the open model, but also make her a comfortable cruising machine.  With this the Pardo GT52 goes beyond its beautiful clean minimal design and offers substance, with a three cabin lower deck layout; master cabin forward and third single berth cabin, with a choice to have a galley up or down, which in both options is replaced by a settee sofa.  The Pardo GT52 is propelled by IPS pod and standard powered by the smallish for 25 tons Volvo 480hp, with optional 550hp and or 600hp and more important the 7.7 liter D8 block for the Swedish engine maker.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.58 m (54.3ft)
Waterline Length - 14.9 m
Beam - 4.96 m
Displacement - 25 t
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - five or six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 480hp, D8 550hp, D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Project - Nauta exterior, Zuccheri naval architect
Certification - CE B

May 17, 2022

Two People Escape Boat Fire Near Moreton Island

A fourteen meter Riviera flybridge cruiser with two persons onboard went ablaze ten miles to the South of Moreton Island, off Brisbane on 0700 hours the morning of seventeen May.  The flybridge cruiser was under way and ten nautical miles from Moreton island when it took fire, with the two crew; a 62 year-old man and 57 year-old woman forced to jump into the sea.  The two crew where dispatched by another craft, which had been called by a cargo ship alerted by the fire.  The crew where first taken to the Brisbane Water Police, and later to Mater Hospital for smoke treatment.
The Riviera in this fire is a 45 Open Flybridge model produced from 2007 till 2021 in 77 units.  The Riviera 45 Open Flybridge offered an interior with three double cabins, and is powered by twin 670hp Cummins as standard, or optional Cats 715hp engine in line shafts, with the big engines good for 34 knots wide open throttle speeds.

Project: Ferretti 580

Ferretti present the project for a new 580 model.  A flybridge motor yacht with fluid lines designed by Filippo Salvetti, who with this latest addition is on his sixth Ferretti flybridge motor yacht design. With the 580 Salvetti brings similar lines to those shown in the 500 model launched in the fall of 2020, and in the same time presents an evolution of the 2015 presented Zuccon designed 550, which has been a success for Ferretti.  The Ferretti 580 will be offered in two lower deck layout choices, for a three cabins two heads, this offering the midships master stateroom with vanity, and or an optional three bathroom layout. In the optional three bathroom layout the vanity in the master is replaced by a third en-suite.  The main deck of the Ferretti 580 will offer a standard layout of an astern galley, while the flybridge motor yacht will offer two finishing choices called Classic offering warmer finishes, and Contemporary which offers a more modern minimalist style.  The Ferretti 580 is to be powered by twin Volvo 900hp or optional 1000hp engines.  The first unit is set to launch in the fall of 2022 with World wide launch scheduled for the Dusseldorf boat show 2023.

May 15, 2022

Codecasa New Web Site

Codecasa from Italy presents its new World wide web showroom.  Codecasa was founded in 1825 by master craftsman Giovanni Batista Codecasa.  Since then five other Codecasa take the helm of the company; from Antonio, Giovan Battista 1902, Ugo and Sandro 1946, and last Fulvio in 1976.  Today Codecasa operates three facilities in Viareggio, and one in Pisa all in the Tuscany area, with a production capacity which builds super yachts from 24 up to ninety meters in size. Codecasa Ugo and Tre have a capacity to build super yachts from forty to ninety meters in length, Codecasa Due can build yachts up to 35 meters, Codecasa DR11 can build alloy super yachts up to forty meters, and Navicelli which is the latest expansion located in Pisa. Currently Codecasa has four custom super yachts in construction; 24 m Gentleman's Yacht, F77 43m, C127 58m, and C124 43 m, and seven on spec projects on offer from 24 to 72 meters.  Codecasa new website is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Codecasa, Yachts, Media, Service, and Contacts.  As is standard today Codecasa is also on social media with lower page buttons taking you to its Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram pages.     
Production History; (semi-production only)
27m 1976-77 (2)
C25 1982-84 (3)
33 1987-94 (6)
48m 1996-97 (2)
50 1998-2004 (6)
35S 2005-06 (2)
C51 2005-06 (2)
41S 2007-09 (2)
F51 2008-12 (2)
43m Vintage 2011- (6

May 13, 2022

Super Yacht Burns and Sinks Near Santa Maria di Leuca

A super yacht of 26 meter in length burned down and eventually sank on the early morning of Saturday thirteenth May in the South Adriatic sea.  The super yacht with three crew was leaving Santa Maria di Leuca in the early hours of the morning direction to Montenegro when a fire started out in the engine room five nautical miles in the trip and away from the coast.  The female captain immediately called the  MayDay and reported the fire to the Italian Coast Guard deploying two fire fighting boats one from Lecce, and another from Taranto to save the crew and control the fire.  With the three crew saved, the fire fighting crew tried to extinguish the fire, with no success and the yacht sinking at about 0400 hours in the South Adriatic sea. 
The super yacht in this fire is a Dominator 860 model called m/y Naseem and build in 2009.  Designed by Nuvolari Lenard the 860 was at the time of launch in 2005 Dominator flagship model, replaced as the largest model by the 29m in 2008.  The Dominator 860 offered an interior with four double cabins, two crew cabins and was powered by twin Cat 1800hp which made her reach speeds up to 26 knots and a cruise of 22 knots.  Sold in seven units the Dominator 860 was an evolution of the Mochi 25 Mega produced from 1996 up to 1999.
Dominator was born from the remains of Mochi Craft which founded in 1960 closed down to bankruptcy in 1999.  Dominator first model the 65 which will become the 68 launched in 2002, was in-fact going to be the latest new Mochi 20 set to launch in year 2000 and to replace the Paolo Caliari designed 65 produced from 1990 till 1997 with the last two years updated and renamed as 21 Classic. 

Project: Vanquish VQ115 Veloce

Ordered by and developed in tandem with a repeat client, the first VQ115 Veloce will roar along at a blistering fifty plus knots and break records in the process.  Having had huge fun on his current Vanquish, the client was fully aware of Vanquish  capacity for customization. He also loves sparring with Vanquish founder Tom Steentjes, who is famed for his no-nonsense, non-traditional approach.  This first hull for the VQ115 Veloce line is therefore the result of some serious brainstorming sessions about a super sport yacht  that will allow large groups of people to be entertained, enjoy extended stays onboard and tap into a wide range of watersports. While the initial discussions were based on design concepts for a VQ90, the talks soon evolved as the owner added an extra cabin, a dedicated dining area on the lower deck and two garages. The resulting 35-metre super sport yacht has more of everything that makes Vanquish unique in the market while staying totally in tune with the brand DNA.  That also means no compromises in terms of speed, with the installation of the largest engines possible, triple  MTU 2650hp, surface drives propulsion, which will power theVQ115 Veloce to an exceptional speed of fifty plus knots.  She will also quite possibly be the fastest aluminums yacht over thirty meters with normal diesel engines, i.e. non-turbine-driven–built to date.  While all VQs are famously fast, this combination of length and knots posed a challenge that the entire design trajectory revolved around this issue.  Studio Delta in the Netherlands was called in for the naval architecture of a hull that features deflectors in the bottom shell to direct the spray aft. The result is optimal comfort and performance levels and a significant efficiency increase at top speeds.  Exterior designer Guido de Groot and his team had a relatively narrow hull on which to base their design. The engines will be placed in a trapezium shape with the middle engine forward.  Two gyro stabilizers will enable the retention of another typical Vanquish characteristic, genuine comfort at all speeds on this smart synthesis of a race boat and luxury yacht. An impressive range of up to 600 nm will be possible when running on one or two engines, with an extra fuel tank available for cruising at lower speed.  Despite the phenomenal propulsion package, lots of space remains aft for a large tender bay that will house a VQ16. This mighty craft will be launched by a dedicated tender system, while a multifunctional hydraulic platform will ensure easy access to and from the water via a passerelle and swimming ladder. Another tender in the form of a VQ11 water scooter will be housed in a second garage on the starboard side. This area will double as a leisure playground with a live bait tank, paddleboards, sea bobs and other toys. A hydraulic ladder will make diving a breeze.  Outdoor entertainment is a major factor in all areas of the yacht; while this is the norm on every Vanquish, the theme is being literally and figuratively taken to new lengths on the VQ115. The expansive foredeck, for instance, has a large seating area for lounging and dining, plus the option to lift up the sun beds and create a salt water jacuzzi. There is a wealth of relaxation options on the aft deck too while the fly-sport-bridge has a dedicated sunbathing area as well as its own helm station.  The flybridge has been superbly integrated with in a distinctive exterior profile, part of a pure design with clean lines and that sexy, elegant, instantly recognizable Vanquish look. Those sharing space on the water with this powerhouse will certainly be glad of the advance visual notice as the negative bowheads their way.  The interior features a futuristic style to match the exterior design, with a casual groove, emblematic Vanquish details and 45-degree treatments. A smart layout makes optimum use of the enlargeds pace available. The main deck saloon will be fully tailored to the owner’s wishes with movable furniture to allow flexibility of occasion and time of day. Office space is included for when work calls, there is a neat pantry with its own cocktail bar, plus a day-head to keep the lower deck private. Stairs rise to the sport-flybridge above while the aft door opens fully to create a unified space with th eaft deck: matching floors will ensure continuity between the outdoor and indoor spaces.  The lower deck features a more extensive galley and a U-shaped seating/dining area in a country kitchen style. Accommodations include a full-beam master suite, a VIP and a guest cabin, all with their own bathrooms. A dedicated media room includes a large television, a high-end sound system plu stwo Pullmans that bring the potential sleeping capacity to eight. There are also berths for four crew members.  The Vanquish VQ115 Veloce is scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2022 direction the Hamptons.

May 11, 2022

Abandoned and Sunk in Rosslyn Bay

Some stories are beyond understanding and this is one of them for this 23 meter Azimut motor yacht titled M/Y Hey Mon which sank in Rosslyn Bay Marina, East of Rockhampton, in Queensland Australia on the eleven of May after hitting its bottom.  Hey Mon was anchored for over a week in Rosslyn bay, but the Azimut motor yacht lost its anchor hold with winds on the day reaching thirty knots and beaching the yacht at Lammeroor Beach.  Mostly because in all photos the main deck was always above the water.  A few days later the yacht ended beached, with parts from the yacht and it's toys, ended up scattered on the beach.
Hey Mon has had a colorful history in recent times, first being kicked out of a marina and ending up blocked on the Sundale bridge and damaging the radar arch in the process, then ending up beached in Bums Bay boat ramp.  Unfortunately this last event at Rosslyn Bay might be this yacht final nail in the coffin, with the yacht gutted in several pieces for removal on the 24th May.  
This Azimut motor yacht titled Hey Mon registered under Jamaican flag is a 78 Ultra model built in 1995. Released in 1993 and produced till 2000 the 78 Ultra was Stefano Righini first design for Azimut, a relationship which will last till 2017 and the Italian designer retirement from his duties.  For being Righini's first the 78 Ultra is an important milestone in Azimut history and success.  The 78 Ultra features an interior of four double guest, plus two crew cabins, and was powered by twin MTU 1150hp or Cats 1250hp which made her reach top speed up to about 28 knots.  The Azimut 78 Ultra evolved into the 85 Ultimate in 2000. 

New Model: Aicon 66 Vivere

Aicon is officially back and on the thirtieth April it launched the 66 Vivere, the first model of the new era from the North American ownership of Marc-Udo Broich and John Venners who took over the brand in 2019.  Designed by Sergio Cutolo the Aicon 66 Vivere, started the initial project as an evolution of the popular 2005-12 produced 64, with the model coming as one of its own and more distinctive due to the important changes made in every area, including but not limited to the hull shape.  The Aicon 66 Vivere is offered in three or four double cabins lower deck layout, with the fourth cabin taking space from a walk-in wardrobe beauty room located to port side serving the master stateroom in the standard three double cabins layout.  The Aicon 66 Vivere is standard powered by Man 1200hp or optional 1300hp engines.  Aicon was saying as having sold fourteen hulls of these on plan in the fall of 2021, with two 72 Vivere also reported being sold, and a 76 Vivere project being on the works.  The price of the Aicon 66 Vivere is just under three million US dollars, excluding taxes and delivery.
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.74 m (71.4ft)
Beam - 5.33 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 48827 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 1150 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eights berths in four cabins, one or two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man 1200hp, or 1300hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 30 knots max 26 cruise with Man 1200hp, 31 knots max 27 cruise with Man 1300hp
Project - Sergio Cutolo Hydrotec
Certification - CE A

May 10, 2022

Project: Patrone 100 Inboard

Patrone presents its new generation with this project 100 designed by Tommaso Spadolini.  Innovative, modern and yet classic, the Patrone 100 is a traditional Ligurian Gozzo inspired cruiser of ten meters in length. The Patrone 100 will come with choices as its main feature offering two lower deck layouts; Deluxe single cabin with a forward island double berth, and Family having two cabins with the forward becoming a smaller double Vee berth and second guest cabin with twin bunk berths to starboard. The main deck revolve around the central helm station and its T-top, behind this is a dinette with opposite settees, and two side benches. On the technical side the Patrone 100 will have a hull length just under ten meters,  to enter into small boat Italian legislation, and is to be powered by twin 246hp engines with line shafts propulsion which give her a top speed up to 31 knots and a cruise of 24. The Patrone 100 will also be offered in an Outboard version of which no technical or performance details is yet given beside the rendering showing two outboards at the stern.  Hull one to be powered by twin diesel engines with shafts and is set to launch in Summer 2022, with World wide presentation at the Cannes boat show in September.    

May 8, 2022

Benetti Super Yacht Saved by US Coast Guard

A 44 meter Benetti super yacht was saved from sinking by the US Coast Guard while it was 45 nautical miles to the North West of Grays Harbor, Washington on the morning of seventh May.  The Benetti super yacht had problems in the closing of its transom door, leaving its garage beach club open and filling with sea water from rough seas, this resulting in the evacuation and safety of the seven persons onboard.  The super yacht was a day later on the eight May towed to safety by the 210 foot USCG Cutter Active further North to the entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  None of the persons onboard and of the safety operation team suffered any injuries.
This Benetti is a 145 Vision titled M/Y Domani was launched in 2004 to a design of Stefano Righini exterior, and Francois Zuretti doing the interior.  The Benetti 44 meter Vision semi-custom series was produced from 2002 till 2014 with seventeen units sold.  The Vision 145 was usually powered by twin Cat 1300hp engines which give her top speeds up to fifteen knots and cruise of fourteen, and a range of up to four thousand nautical miles.   The interior of the 145 Vision offered accommodation for ten guests in five suites, and crew accommodation for nine persons in five cabins.

New Model: Sunseeker 100 Yacht

Sunseeker have launched the anticipated 100 Yacht at Poole Harbour, with this 29 meter super yacht seeing daylight for the very first time in the end of April. Preparing for her maiden sea trial, the 100 Yacht stands poised at the home of Sunseeker before her delivery into the Mediterranean this summer. Aggressive styling remains true to Sunseeker lineage but with a new, three-dimensional aesthetic.  The 100 Yacht is set to revolutionize the Sunseeker Yacht range, earmarking the start of a new era in design and functionality with the introduction for a semi-wide body under thirty meters of size, and also being somehow Asymmetric with the wide body being 30% to port side, and about 40% to starboard. With new entertainment features at the fore, the 100 Yacht offers great versatility with a truly global appeal. The sweeping flybridge, with complete access from bow to stern, is one of the exceptional entertainment areas that defines the 100 Yacht. The vast space on the flybridge is cleverly zoned to offer seamless entertainment. The foredeck has two separate seating arrangements with cinema screen capability, while the central flybridge has L-shaped seating, a fully equipped wet bar and space aft for free-standing furniture or a spa bath.  The near to seven meter beam adds significant interior volume feeling much larger than a thirty, matched by interior features typically found in bespoke superyachts. The full-beam master suite situated on the main deck benefits from floor to ceiling windows port and starboard as well as an exceptional glass atrium door forward, leading to an owner’s private bow terrace.  Powered by MTU 1974hp as stanard or optional 2600hp, the 100 Yacht reaches speeds of up to 29 knots with the large engine option and has a range of 1,300 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.85 m (97.9ft)
Beam - 6.90 m
Draft - 2.10 m full load
Displacement - 94119 kg (medium load)
Fuel Capacity - 12800 l
Water Capacity - 1800 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000 M96X 1974hp, 16V2000 M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 29 knots max 12 knots economic cruise
Range - 1800 nm at 12 knots
Certification - CE A Ocean

May 6, 2022

Project: Vittoria Veloce 32 RPH

Vittoria is a ship builder from the Veneto region in Italy more known for building working craft makes the move into super yachting with the start construction for the Veloce 32 RPH. The noble and ancient plate ceremony was performed at the Adria headquarters of Vittoria Yachts, during the laying of the keel of the Veloce 32 RPH on end March 2022. This marks the official start of construction of the 32m custom superyacht designed entirely by the naval architectural and marine engineering design studio Hydro Tec, with completion scheduled for January in 2024. The on-spec Veloce 32 RPH is designed for owners that want a yacht built with signature Made in Italy care and craftsmanship. As Veloce’s name suggests, there will be great focus on delivering superb performance underway. With this new craft, Vittoria Yachts in continuing the century-long shipbuilding career of Cantiere Navale Vittoria which has built nine hundred vessels. This astonishing track record guarantees reliability to owners who will also have the opportunity to build a close relationship with both the yard’s management and the Duò Family, owners of the company since 1927.  Captivatingly modern in design, the Veloce 32 RPH is a 32m with a beam of 7.2 and three decks. Her semi-displacement hull means she can safely negotiate all the world’s seas at her maximum speed of twenty knots, delivered by twin 1900 hp Man engines.  Although she delivers on performance, she is also designed for long passage making. The Veloce 32 RPH is a brilliant distillation of comfort, efficiency and timeless design. Her unusual Hydro Tec-designed lines are characterized by a plumb bow and raised gunwale that lend her bow and sides a more imposing, masculine stance whilst simultaneously offering greater protection and privacy to the exterior areas. Those lines also, of course, hint that the yacht has a strong vocation for safe, secure navigation. The pilothouse has a low profile with a reverse windscreen, giving it a uniquely modern look.  Veloce’s elegant, contemporary interiors are designed to be totally connected to the outside. Sliding doors and windows create unique, airy interiors with unfettered, panoramic views. They also guarantee that the spaces themselves can used with complete freedom. The headroom is also superb. The interiors are modern and refined in style with every single detail meticulously thought-out and executed. Poltrona Frau leathers and furnishings combine with luxe wood elements to create wonderfully sophisticated ambiences.

May 4, 2022

New Model: ltalyure 38

Allure Yachts is a new boat builder coming from Naples in Italy, and has introduced itself in the market with this new 38 sport cruiser designed by Maurizio Marzocca. A new boat builder from Naples the Allure project started to take shape in 2017 from a company which is since decades a services and refit specialist to larger yachts and super yachts.  The Allure 38 is a big success and a year after the launch of hull one, eight Allure 38 has been sold, with number eight set to be delivered in July 2022.  The Allure 38 presents itself as a semi-custom cabined center console which in standard layout offers an accommodation for four persons in two cabins below deck, and space from to fore to aft outside.  Down below the accommodation offers a forward double berth, and a twin berth cabin at midships.  Outside the Allure 38 offers two dinettes one forward, and another aft.  The Allure 38 can be powered with three propulsions; line shaft called Classic, stern drives called Comfort, and Sport with outboards.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.65 m (38.2ft)
Hull Length - 9.95 m
Beam - 3.59 m
Displacement - 7.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 700 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Accommodation - four guests 
Engines -  2 x VM 300hp. FNM 300hp line shafts, Volvo D4 270hp or D4 300hp stern drive, twin petrol gas outboards from 300hp to 350hp 
Propulsion - line shaft, stern drive, or outboards
Construction - resin infusion with carbon fibre T-top
Project - Marzocca Maurizio

May 2, 2022

Project: Tiara EX 60

Tiara announces the project for its largest build to date with the project of the new EX 60. Previous to this the largest Tiara ever build was the 5800 Sovran model launched in 2007 and produced till 2015.  The Tiara EX 60 is a fully enclosed hard-top sport yacht of eighteen meters in length.  This is a cruising sport yacht and the split level aft deck is an innovative design available in four different practical and user friendly options, in both the raised and lower levels.  For example you can aim for a bar area up top or a settee, and a dinette or an open space fishing adventure are to stern. Another detail is the opening bulwarks which extend the space for the aft deck area. Inside the EX60 offers a living with galley and dinette opposite and two forward facing settees on the main deck.  The lower deck is all dedicated to the sleeping accommodation with three double cabins including an owners stateroom at midships.  The Tiara EX 60 will be powered by twin Volvo 900hp as standard and optional 1000hp engine with IPS pod propulsion.  Speed estimates are for 36 knots with the standard engines and 38 with the optional larger units.

May 1, 2022

New Launch Label

As we often hear people say the devil is in the details so in April I introduced a new label titled New Launch, this label replaces New Model tag for custom one off build yachts.  It is important to show a distinction between a one off custom made yacht and a production series.

A production yacht is usually made of fiberglass, but there is aluminum, steel, and wood constructions made in serial builds.  Steel and wood production build are mostly semi-custom, sometimes even to near a full custom.  Meaning that the outside and the platform used will be offered from the builder, but the rest is decided by the owner.   

Last but not least we have custom platforms, which can be changed in various details to suit owners tastes and preferred configurations.  This custom platform is mostly used in super yachts of aluminum and steel in between thirty to fifty meters in size. So in these situations the builder has the fifty meter hull, with options coming to bow design, stern type choice, and also to the decks one would want and how to spread them.  With this system more often then not a builder can also speculate build, laying the keel of the hull, and in this process of building start selling the project and choices coming with it.

Over fifty meters in size we usually enter in most cases full custom projects, when the owner starts from a blank paper and builds a yacht to his vision with his designer and builder of choice.  Although semi-custom platforms have been increasing also above this size from builders as Benetti, Codecasa, Heesen, but also Amels who for example with the 60 Limited Edition platform have sold five units, this followed by an 80 Limited Edition so far sold in one yacht.