May 31, 2022

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.

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