June 30, 2022

Monthly News - June 2022

-pic of the month- VanDutch Center Opens in Lake Garda

Aicon Charts the Path Towards Greener Sustainable Yachting

Renewable Innovations takes another step forward on its path to create a greener and cleaner future with Hydrogen together with Aicon Yachts. The new collaboration aims to deliver a more sustainable yachting experience by eliminating usage of diesel generators on yachts while anchored and reducing dockside electrical grid requirements.  While the yachting community has been pursuing the goal of boosting sustainability, much of the focus has been on fuel efficient hulls, green construction, and solar capture. Now, with this collaboration, there is a new category of sustainability via Hydrogen.  “Hydrogen-powered systems offer the greenest and cleanest solutions on the market and are ideal for a wide range of commercial and consumer applications like EV rapid charging and scalable primary/backup power for businesses, such as large offices, retail, and data center power,” said Robert (Bob) Mount, CEO & Co-founder, Renewable Innovations. “But, our vision is to extend these solutions across every facet of life – including helping to make yachting cleaner and preserving the beauty of nature.”  As with many industries during the Covid pandemic, yachting experienced a boom as the world embraced more outdoor activities. Globally, the yacht market is forecast to hit $8.5 billion this year, up from $8.15 billion in 2020, and is estimated to reach $12.16 billion by 2028, according to market research firm Grand View Research. With over-crowded marinas and more eco-conscious yachters, the opportunity is ripe for innovation.  “Our goal is 100% sustainable yachting. We’re starting today by dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of our Italian-built yachts and enhancing the onboard experience,” added Marc-Udo Broich, Chairman & CEO, Aicon Yachts. “At Aicon, we’re dedicated to delivering a superior yachting experience – and now we’re extending that into sustainability. After all, yachting is all about enjoying nature at its finest and bringing the Aicon family closer to the world’s oceans, with all their majestic powers. All this has to be achieved with the goal of experiencing them while leaving them untouched.”

Antonini Navi Signs Camper and Nicholsons Partnership

Camper and Nicholsons International and Antonini Navi are proud to announce their partnership to promote the sales of the new Utility Platform 40, designed by the Architect Fulvio De Simoni, for the shipyard of La Spezia.  The agreement, effective from April 2022, aims to increase visibility and promote the sales of the yacht concepts designed by the renowned Architect Fulvio De Simoni for Antonini Navi.  “We are extremely proud of this collaboration with an important partner such as Camper & Nicholsons” comments Simone Antonini, CEO of Antonini Navi. “We are sure that it will be a synergistic partnership that will allow us to expand our market and foster positive results next to the most demanding clients.”  “We look forward to working with Antonini Navi as their worldwide central agent for the sale of the first hull of the Utility Platform 40”, says Paolo Casani, CEO of Camper & Nicholsons. “Antonini Navi, an internationally recognized company, is a key player and innovator in the luxury yacht market. We are thrilled to be working alongside with them.”  As the original yachting company founded in 1782, Camper & Nicholsons has built its brand by providing a 360-degree service to yacht owners and charterers, including new build, sales and brokerage, charter, and related marketing, yacht management, and insurance services. Building on more than 200 years of celebrated heritage, the Camper & Nicholsons name is synonymous with excellence, luxury, and tradition. Today, they continue to set the pace in the industry with an in-house technical team who have successfully built the first dedicated tech hub, providing valuable insights for clients that translate into better management.  With offices in Monaco, Cannes, Geneva, Palm Beach, London, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, and Hong Kong, the company is part of the Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Group. The company ranks among the leading conglomerates worldwide serving high-net-worth individuals.  Antonini Navi operates in the world of yachting and custom yacht construction with the sole objective of creating boats that reflect their owners’ personality, specific needs, and lifestyle on the water. The shipyard, based in the Gulf of La Spezia, has a team of leading industry experts and professionals, the ingredients that enable Antonini Navi to offer a broad range of services, from the construction of custom yachts up to 70 meters in length, to refitting, after-sales services, superyacht berthing, and third-party production.  Utility Platform 40 is the pre-compartmented modular platform developed by Antonini Navi shipyard for the construction of steel superyachts. Currently, under construction, UP40 naval architecture, engineering, and internal compartmentation were designed to allow the development of four different superstructures for four superyacht concepts: Crossover, Explorer Classic, Explorer Sport, and Island.  From the streamlined and essential M/Y Crossover to the go-anywhere M/Y Explorer and the captivating lines of the M/Y Island, each Antonini Navi yacht concept also includes plenty of personalization options to bring to life each patron’s unique personality and character.  All superyacht concepts express the Made-In-Italy values that strongly characterize Antonini Navi, and that translate into passion, attention to detail, timeless style, craftsmanship, and a constant search for perfection. These values blend seamlessly with the shipyard’s statement of modernity and technical expertise in building oil platforms, resulting in the most elegant, contemporary, innovative, and reliable yacht designs.

Aquila Turns Ten Years Old

Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Aquila Power Catamarans has become the number one power catamaran in sales with hundreds of satisfied customers worldwide.  Alain Raas, Aquila Brand Manager comments, "So much has happened in just ten years. The Aquila team continues to push boundaries, with the launch of our first center console model to countless accolades from the industry. We've relied on our brand pillars to guide us in this journey, and you can see performance, innovation and quality standing tall in every Aquila vessel cruising the world's waters today."  In ten years, Aquila has sold over 500 vessels throughout the world. This includes destinations beyond the U.S. to Australia, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, and many more. This rapid growth and global success have challenged their international design and engineering teams to rise to elevated expectations. Each model embodies the reliable features and construction methods used in the hundreds of Aquila cruising today.  Chuck Cashman, MarineMax Chief Revenue Officer, comments, "Ten years ago, Bill McGill and Lex Raas had a vision and they found the perfect partner with Sino Eagle to make Aquila Power Catamarans a reality. Today, Aquila is a top ten brand for all yachts sold 40-60’ and the number one power catamaran brand worldwide, playing an important role in the MarineMax product mix. MarineMax looks forward to celebrating another ten years of partnership and is proud to be the brand's official and exclusive global distributor." 

Azimut-Benetti Group Partners and Crowd Funds GerrisBoats

Founded by Massimo Verme, the crowdfunding campaign of GerrisBoats , the innovative startup founded in 2021 with the mission of developing a hull platform with variable configuration, designed and optimized for a new generation of full-electric and foiling boats has attracted the interest of Azimut-Benetti Group.  In short, some information on the project and its potential: Modular and scalable solution for large-scale production, Patent coverage and proven team, Agreement between GerrisBoats and Azimut | Benetti - the largest private group in the nautical sector in the world - for the development of the "GerrisTender", Growing market with regulations in favor of full-electric.  

Beneteau Fishing Trophy 2022

Beneteau is organizing its first no-kill salt water fishing competition this summer – the Beneteau Fishing Trophy.  From 13 June to 30 September, all keen sea anglers will be able to indulge in the sport they love, by joining the competition and locating the best fish.  All fishing spots are allowed. Travel the world in search of the best catches! Naturally, no disclosure to your secret fishing spots.  Your motto? “Catch and release”, for an environmentally-friendly, all no-kill competition. You will find a community of keen and experienced fishers on a Facebook group dedicated to salt water fishing! Take part in discussions, talk with other fishers and find tips and advice on how to improve your fishing. 

Benetti with Marine Construction Management

Marine Construction Management (MCM) of Newport, Rhode Island, is recognized as one of the industry’s leading management firms. Based on the expertise and experience of its co-founders, MCM has been selected by owners to represent their interests on a wide range of superyacht projects, from steel and aluminum motor yachts to high-tech carbon fibre Grand Prix race boats.  For the first time, MCM is working with Benetti, one of the most renowned names in the Italian yachting industry. MCM’s and Benetti’s first two projects together are very different, but each draws on MCM’s expertise in construction and yacht management.  On hull BO204, the 4th hull in the Oasis 34M family due to launch next year, MCM was engaged as owner’s representative at the very early stages of the project and handled the contract negotiations and final detailing of the specification, and are currently managing and monitoring the construction phase. Once she is launched, Peter Wilson will be on board for dock trials, mechanical trials, sea trials and the official handover.  “I recently visited the Benetti shipyard in Viareggio to inspect the Benetti Oasis 34M hull number four which we are managing for repeat clients,” says Peter Wilson, co-founder of MCM. “This was an extremely informative visit as it also provided me the opportunity to look at the preceding hulls in this family in differing states of completion and in particular, hull number 1, which had just completed her sea trials. There were many smiling faces amongst the Benetti team as the yacht easily met their performance goals!”  Wilson was able to meet Benetti’s various heads of department to delve deeper into the design details to ensure that hull No. 4 will meet or exceed the client’s expectation.  MCM have also been engaged to manage the operations of FB278, the 67-metre motoryacht Calex designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta. Mark Dauplaise of the Newport-based company is her dedicated yacht manager.  Calex was delivered in early June and is currently cruising in the Mediterranean. MCM was awarded the management of Calex towards the final construction phase of the project, which allowed them to get everything well in order prior to the handover.  “The owner is planning on cruising the Med for the full summer season, then after some expected warranty work will head to the Caribbean for the winter season, possibly spending some time in Florida and the Bahamas as well,” says Wilson. “At the end of the winter season, she will head through the Panama Canal and cruise Mexico and the West Coast of the US.”

Breedendam Captured on Film

Breedendam have done an amazing time-lapse video showing the first Sixzero taking shape in spectacular fashion. The meticulous construction of her iconic hull has resulted in a fine foundation for the craftsmen at the yard to showcase their finishing skills. This 19.60-metre beauty was designed by Guido de Groot for a repeat client and will be a superb addition to the growing Breedendam fleet. As well as her unique lines and debonair classic looks, this launch model for the Sixzero series will feature a wonderful owner’s suite, a VIP in the foredeck, a guest cabin and accommodation for two crew. We’re also busy installing her Volvo IPS system which will give a blistering 30-plus knots of speed. The cameras are still rolling so watch out for another update video soon along with further updates on the Breedendam website.

Cantiere Delle Marche New Chief Financial Officer

In a process of growth and consolidation, Cantiere delle Marche hired a highly skilled and experienced manager, Gianfranco Caltabiano who assumed the position of Chief Financial Officer. Caltabiano has a long experience in the yachting industry having worked from 1991 for one of the biggest yachting groups worldwide where he played different managing roles among which the Group’s Financial Director and CFO of one of their top shipyards.  His experience is of crucial importance as he is responsible for managing and addressing the financial actions of Cantiere delle Marche in a phase of expansion of its production. Caltabiano’s duties include financial planning and control while making the most of the company’s financial strengths. He is also in charge with detecting and analyzing its weaknesses, if any, in order to propose corrective actions. Since his arrival at Cantiere delle Marche he established a close and fruitful collaboration with the yard’s top management. Talking to Caltabiano you realize immediately that he is a true company-man who quickly succeeded in making Cantiere delle Marche’s corporate culture his own. “From the first day, I’ve appreciated very much the friendly and collaborative atmosphere that reigns in the yard and worked in an integrated manner with the company’s founders and share-holders.”  “Gianfranco is a precious addition to Cantiere delle Marche top managers team,” says Ennio Cecchini, Cantiere delle Marche CEO. “He brought in his long and profound knowledge of the yachting industry, a knowledge that enables him to implement business plans for Cantiere delle Marche while aligning them with the ‘bigger picture’ of the company that we have built over the years.”

Forumla on Factory Fridays

Can't get enough of everything Formula? Boats.com visited the Formula facility recently and did a walk-thru with Formula's Operation Manager Pat Laux to explore the Formula Difference!  The Formula Factory Friday debuted on 11 June, and is available to see anytime on the Youtube channel.

Gulf Craft Majesty 175 Claims International Yacht and Aviation Award

The world’s largest composite-built production superyacht was crowned the winner in the ‘Motor Yacht Over 40 Meters’ category at The International Yacht & Aviation Awards Ceremony at The Belmond Hotel in Cipriani on 27 May.  Gulf Craft’s flagship superyacht and the world’s largest composite-built superyacht, the Majesty 175 was bestowed the ‘Motor Yacht Over 40 Meters’ award at the esteemed International Yacht & Aviation Awards, last Friday.  The 11th edition of The International Yacht & Aviation Awards, hosted by leading interior design magazine ‘design et al’ and leading yacht and aviation design magazine ‘Luxe et al’, rewarded the best talent in yacht and jet design across 26 categories from all over the globe. The International Yacht & Aviation Awards are the only design-focused industry awards with a particular emphasis on the essential design elements of both the yacht and aviation sectors allowing industry professionals and aficionados to determine winners in the respective categories.  “The Majesty 175 is the jewel in our crown; she was an ambitious project for us, and we were confident that producing a yacht of this size would redefine industry standards and affirm our position as an innovator in the use of composites,” said Mohammed Hussein AlShaali, Chairman, Gulf Craft. “Since its unveiling, the Majesty 175 has captivated the global yachting community with its innovative composite design and engineering. We at Gulf Craft are incredibly proud to see the Majesty 175 continue to gain international recognition amongst yachting enthusiasts with its unique features and capabilities that have set a new benchmark industrywide.”  Manufactured at Gulf Craft’s integrated in-house production facility in the UAE, at a length of 56.4 metres, the Majesty 175 is Gulf Craft’s largest yacht to date that has solidified the shipyard and the United Arab Emirates position as a leader on the global superyacht stage. Built using advanced composite materials such as carbon fibre and vinyl ester to the specifications outlined by the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for yachts over 500 GT, the Majesty 175 has a gross tonnage of 780 GT and a beam of 9.6 metres. The Majesty 175 can effortlessly cruise low-draft areas, drawing just 2.05 metres of water, making her ideal for shallow draft destinations such as the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands. The Majesty 175’s exterior and interior design has been penned by award-winning studio Cristiano Gatto Design in Italy. The yacht features an infinity pool at the forward deck and a hybrid sky-lounge that can be converted to an open sun deck. It has a warm and blissful interior which blends seamlessly with the yacht’s timeless exterior design.

Nordhavn Owner Rendezvous 2022

The largest Nordhavn Owners Rendezvous (NOR) ever got underway Tuesday at Victoria International Marina on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. A record setting number of Nordhavns and Nordhavn owners have gathered for five days of education, camaraderie, food and fun; for many, the rendezvous serves as a kick-off for cruising to Alaska and the Territories. The owners of 67 Nordhavns have come to Victoria, with 16 different models represented. With 48 Nordhavns packed into the marina, it marks the most Nordhavn yachts ever gathered in the same place. Old friends and new friends mingled together for dock parties and cocktail events (with impromptu entertainment courtesy of Nordhavn 60 owner Mark Wensley who captured the audience by taking over the baby grand piano in the marina’s event space.) “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.” A two-day seminar series concluded Thursday featured topics such as Boat Health by Steve D’Antonio, Medical Emergencies While Cruising by Nordhavn owner and doctor Kitt Baldwin, Electrical Systems & Lithium Batteries by Nordhavn Engineer Mike Telleria and Bruce Schwab from OceanPlanet Energy, and Travelogue from Florida to the PNW by Nordhavn 43 owners Paul Bultema and Heather Brewer.  On Friday, Bob Senter will be conducting engine rooms tours to go over ER troubleshooting and necessary engine room checks followed by a cocktail reception that evening. The rendezvous wraps up Saturday with a celebration dinner, mileage pennant presentation and prize giveaway.

Pearl Launches 72 Configurator

You don’t just buy a Pearl yacht - you commission her.  A motor yacht that is yours and yours alone, commissioned by you, for you!  The new Pearl 72 configurator allows you to begin the journey toward your own bespoke Pearl 72 online today. Choose your style and options and watch your vision take shape in real time. You can easily download the custom PDF brochure of your creation to consider for yourself and to share with friends & family.

Riva Celebrates 180 Years with The Persuaders

Riva’s 180th anniversary tells the story of a wonderful adventure of style and elegance that has raised boatbuilding to the level of art. Such a glamorous and radiant celebratory gala could only be held in an equally grandiose venue, the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Which is in fact where last Saturday, June 11, Ferretti Group invited owners and international guests for an exclusive event with a highly atmospheric show that celebrates the story of the first 180 years of the yacht world’s most famous brand. The Gala night was the occasion for the world premiere of “Riva The Persuaders!”, the short film inspired by the cult TV series, made over the past few weeks on the coast spanning the border between Italy, Monaco and the Côte d’Azur and produced by Armando Testa Studios. The hugely famous protagonists are Pierfrancesco Favino, the most important Italian actor, who was also in the Riva brand’s first short film (“Riva in the Movie”), the international football star David Beckham, an icon of British style and one of the most followed celebrities in the world and Charles Leclerc, the Scuderia Ferrari driver and idol of thousands Formula 1 fans around the world. “This was the night of Riva's 180th anniversary and of a thousand emotions for enthusiasts of the brand and its unique boats,” said Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO. “We chose Venice and La Fenice because they are unique places in the world and, like us, they live in magical harmony with the water, art and beauty. My thanks go to David Beckham, Pierfrancesco Favino and Charles Leclerc, who have shown their friendship towards Riva by contributing to a spectacular short film, one of those miracles that happen when champions are involved. I am also honored to introduce to the world the ‘Anniversario’, an iconic new boat, for very few lucky owners, and another masterpiece of outstanding elegance. Best wishes to Riva as it starts to write boating history for the next 180 years.” The excitement began before the event started, when a floating platform moored on Venice's Grand Canal, in front of the Riva Lounge at the Gritti Palace, provided a unique stage for the unveiling of the new Riva “Anniversario”, the special limited edition boat created to mark this iconic anniversary and also to pay tribute to the Aquarama on its 60th birthday, a masterpiece of timeless design featured in a fine art book published for the occasion by Assouline.

Riviera Celebrates Four Decades in Sea of Blue Event

The vast arena of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach was bathed in azure blue with walls draped in velvet, while five enormous crystal chandeliers, indicated that a very special occasion was about to commence. Blue light filled the room with a gentle ambience as more than 550 enthusiastic Riviera owners entered to take their seats for an historic Riviera Gala evening. The evening had begun with pre-dinner drinks in the foyer, offering guests an opportunity to mingle, catch up with old friends and meet new friends.  Then the doors of the arena opened, and the celebration began.  Queenslanders Clinten and Marie Darby reflected the opinion of many of the guests.  Entitled ‘Celebrating the Evolution of Australia’s Riviera’, the evening honoured 42 years of history told through a series of documentary presentations reflecting across the decades. Each decade was introduced by legendary Australian musician Glenn Shorrock performing some of Little River Band’s best-known hits. The evening began with an introduction by Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst.  The first presentation of the evening was suitably introduced by the Little River Band’s hit  Reminiscing and took guests through Riviera’s first decade, beginning with the first-ever Riviera, the 38 Open Flybridge. The documentary also included an interview with CEO Wes Moxey who joined the company as a newly graduated boatbuilder.  Between each of the four documentaries, guests were served a course of the evening meal, accompanied by fine wines and music by local band The Accidents.  The second documentary, Riviera Through the 1990s, was introduced by Glenn Shorrock with his song: It’s a Long Way There. The presentation showed a decade of growth and challenges.  The presentation that took guests from the Millennium Riviera 40 Open Flybridge to the start of a new Longhurst era in 2012 began with Glenn Shorrock singing: “With every day of my life, I can surely see now where I am going.”  The final documentary began with Glenn Shorrock singing a song that most of the guests would immediately have identified: Sailing on the cool and bright clear water from the first verse of LRB’s Cool Change.  Guests learned of the rebirth of Riviera as Rodney Longhurst stepped up to secure the future of the business.  The formal presentation of the evening was concluded with a concert by Shorrock and the ‘Little Riviera Band’ followed by more dancing music courtesy of The Accidents. Guests danced the night away.

Riviera Women of Riviera Entertaining Afternoon

The exclusive Women of Riviera luncheon brought together more than seventy0 ladies from around Australia and across the Tasman for an entertaining and informative afternoon on the opening day of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and Riviera Festival of Boating.  The luncheon, the first of many social events that were part of the Riviera Festival of Boating, was held at The Grange, located within the grounds of the luxurious InterContinental Resort Sanctuary Cove. It was the perfect venue for the Women of Riviera to connect with new and experienced motor yacht owners over champagne and canapés, and a two-course luncheon to share their passion for boating Riviera style.  Chrissa Poli introduced the ladies to the 2022-23 range of soft furnishings now available on the latest Riviera luxury motor yachts. The range comprises 10 new collections with a variety of different fabrics from linen and cotton to a more glamorous offering that includes beautiful velvets.  “There’s a huge selection of colors in these new ranges that are designed to appeal to everybody,” says Chrissa. “Among them are classic navy and white with a vegan tan leather, or the coastal range which has beautiful linens through it and an alpine range with green-white stone colours through the range.”  “Everyone had a different favorite. The ladies loved the new collections we have put together and they were very well received.”

Silent Yachts Buys Italian Shipyard

The strong growth of Silent Yachts in recent years has resulted in the need for additional resources. Following the news that the brand has been restructured as Silent Group, the privately Austrian-owned company is very proud to announce that it is now the sole shareholder of its Italian production site.  Silent-Yachts has acquired a new-build facility in Fano on Italy’s Adriatic coast comprising several modern, well-equipped hangars for the building and outfitting of the Silent 60 series and Silent 80 series models. The site includes five construction sheds with 22,000 m2 of covered space and a similar exterior surface area.

Sunreef Visit from Mike Horn

One of the world’s greatest professional explorers, Mike Horn visited the Sunreef Yachts shipyard. An unstoppable and passionate adventurer, Mike Horn has accomplished a series of groundbreaking expeditions including a legendary solo journey around the equator without motorized transport.  He paid Sunreef Yachts a visit in Gdansk, Poland to take a closer look at the latest sustainable technologies developed by the shipyard. More exciting news on Sunreef Yachts’ collaboration with Mike Horn will shortly follow.

Sunseeker Takes Home 2022 Design and Innovation Award

Sunseeker is delighted to announce it has won the ‘Innovation of the Year’ award at the BOAT International Design and Innovation Awards 2022 for its spectacular X-Tend system. The awards acknowledged everything from architecture, styling, innovation and engineering of today’s superyachts to the changing demands of owners and exceptional use of new technology. The X-Tend is an innovative approach to making the best use of both aft and cockpit deck areas using a transforming sunbed arrangement. The novel innovation converts to transform the ‘Beach Club’ area of a Sunseeker yacht into a private outdoor sanctuary. The X-Tend sunbed system offers diverse functionality at the stern of Sunseeker’s larger models in the range. Available on the new Sunseeker 88 Yacht, 90 Ocean and 100 Yacht, it provides a multifunctional waterside area that hydraulically opens to become a large sun pad ideal for sunbathing at water level. When the sunbed is not in use, it is cleverly concealed into the stern, ensuring that owners can make the most of the platform to access and launch a tender if specified or simply sunbathe waterside.  Set beneath the X-Tend sunbed are a variety of options to complement the owner's desired usage of the space, an overhead rain shower and a generous storage space for all the essentials any owner would need at water level, including dedicated lockers for two Seabobs, diving equipment and towels. Whilst standing on the platform, the molding of the X-Tend can provide an area of shade in its semi-raised position. In its fully raised position, the X-Tend sunbed completely transforms the aft cockpit with its generous sized sunbed facing forward into this popular social seating area, adding over one metre of additional usable space for large groups. The innovative design allows a multiplicity of arrangements on one of the main entertainment spaces on-board.  Andrea Frabetti, Chief Executive Officer at Sunseeker International, commented: “To win the ‘Innovation of the Year’ award at the Superyacht Design Festival is an incredible achievement for the company and is a testament to the hard work of the team which comprises of over 100 designers and engineers. Sunseeker’s in-house Design and Engineering Team is continuously looking for ways to improve the user experience by providing novel and exciting solutions to client requirements.” Ewen Foster, Chief Technical Officer at Sunseeker International, added: “These prestigious international awards attract global interest, and winning our category against such illustrious and strong competition demonstrates just how committed and capable we are in being able to offer clever innovation to our clients whatever the type and size of the vessel. Innovation is along with practicality, efficiency and style, has always been a primary driving force within our Design Team. The X-Tend feature was conceived and engineered entirely by our very strong and experienced in-house Design and Engineering Team. Our design process involves all disciplines under one roof, working in parallel on all aspects which ensures innovation can blossom and immediately be incorporated into the broader design. This ensures our clients enjoy a standout wow-factor feature that complements, and is completely integrated, within the wider yacht design.”

VanDutch Center Opens in Lake Garda

VanDutch Center Lake Garda opens up! On June 11, 2022 VanDutch guests reached this exclusive location for an event that couldn’t be missed: experience the opening of one of the only four VD centers in the whole world. Located in the charming Monica Del Garda, this center represents the gateway to Italian beautiful waters. VanDutch owners and prospects were delighted by a best-in-class hospitality, in perfect VanDutch style. Besides the live entertainment and the most delicate refreshments, our VanDutch 32 and VanDutch 40 were on show and available for trials.

Van Der Valk Wows WSA Judges

Van Der Valk 34-metre Lady Lene had already won many admirers wherever her owners chose to cruise. Now this elegant explorer’s fame has gone global after winning a prestigious Judges Commendation at the recent World Superyacht Awards for “styling and performance quite unlike her rivals in this class” and “a wealth of merits that deserve recognition.”  These annual awards are decided by a panel of leading superyacht owners who were taken by the manner in which Lady Lene offered a “full-custom design for an owner seeking a yacht that would ‘provide comparable levels of comfort to our home on land’, along with impressive performance and economy.”  Van der Valk’s renowned craftsmen and engineers worked closely with the owners, their team from YachtCreators, Guido de Groot, Carla Guilhem, Ginton Naval Architects, Diana Yacht Design and Hull Vane to achieve this result. As the WSA judges noted, Lady Lene has a “fast- displacement hull form fitted with a hull vane to lift the stern, keeping the yacht level at speed while increasing hydrodynamic efficiency to save more than 12.5% on fuel consumption cruising at 11 knots. A further pair of fixed foils cut pitch to provide a more comfortable ride.”  The jury of industry peers also praised the rugged and eye-catching exterior design for the way it” took into consideration the owner’s request for a high, robust bow, softly rounded lines and a spacious aft deck.” They were also enamored with other aspects of Lady Lene. “The clean style of interior design throughout her five cabins offers wheelchair accessibility and high ceilings, while high-quality construction by Van der Valk Shipyard was considered to be the icing on the cake for this versatile vessel that offers a transatlantic capability.”  Lady Lene was built for repeat clints and we’re currently working on a 65-footer with outboards for the same family. Our yard is also making excellent progress on a new 25.50-metre Flybridge due for launch this summer. Click here for more on Lady Lene‘s exterior design and technical attributes, and here for her interior design.

Viking Dominates 64th Big Rock

Five days after landing a 572.6-pound blue marlin, the Viking 72 Mercenaria could finally celebrate with their record-breaking win at the 64th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. It all started on Day One when Chad Ballard’s Mercenaria rolled up to the scales with the first fish of the tournament. When that blue marlin registered 572.6-pounds, the crowd erupted in cheers since it was a winning fish – capturing the Fabulous Fisherman award for the first blue marlin of the tournament weighing over 500 pounds. Matt Brown, who cranked in the fish, said, “It jumped quite a bit then went really deep. When it came to the side of the boat, we knew we were going to the scales.” Even though the team knew they won the Fabulous Fisherman, the wait was on. Would their fish hang on through the next five days to win the Blue Marlin category? Captain Neil Sykes said, “I joked that there were 265 boats out there full of high hopes and we were the only ones terrified! It was a very long five days.” Eight blues were brought to the scales throughout the week, but Mercenaria’s was the biggest making the crew happy as a clam. This accomplishment earned the team an industry-record check for a single blue marlin. “They are a great group of people, and we were excited to see them at the top after a long week of waiting,” said Big Rock Executive Director Madison Struyk. Rounding out the Mercenaria team is mate Jake Keech, mate Kurt Ward, Ben Fox and Tim Rapine. The fish was big enough to have won the last five of 10 Big Rock competitions. It’s also the 6th time in the last 10 Big Rock tournaments the winning fish was brought in on Day One. And it was the third $1 million-plus fish in tournament history. Making a late push was Safari, finishing first in the Top Release Boat Sonar category. Captain Rodney “Moon” Crossman put the 72 on three blue marlin and a sailfish on Thursday and a pair of blues and a sail on Friday. Robert McNeil and Brett Goulding were the anglers for the seven releases. Frank Sinoto’s Viking 62 Irene won the Top Release Non-Sonar. Captain James Ewing was behind the wheel for Frank’s three blue marlin. The 3rd Heaviest Tuna went to Rob Kilroy with a 51.8-pound fish. Rob hooked the fish on the Viking 61 Overtime with captain Kevin Gaylord. Mike Everly, captaining his Viking 92 Speculator, brought Rob Leerink’s winning wahoo to the dock. The fish hit the scale at 104.7 pounds – a whopper of a wahoo! And let’s not forget the 25th annual Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament (KWLA) which kicked off the Big Rock. The momentum started with the ladies on the Viking 52 Can Do Too. Fishing on Sid Gold’s boat, Hunter Gentel and Meredith Hinton each released a blue marlin to win the Top Billfish Release Boat. Captain Skip Lecain and anglers Sarah Beth Overton, Emily Payne, Allison Terrill and Andrea Terrill completed Team Can Do Too. Heather Morris, angling on the Viking 68 Dun-Rite, caught the 2nd Heaviest Dolphin with a 26.7-pound fish. The KWLA is named in honor of the late wife of Big Rock board member Casey Wagner, who lost her battle with cancer in 2008. It is one of the largest ladies-only fishing events in the world and saw a record 215 boats in the 2022 fleet.

Viking at Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Three-peat! Nick Pratt, owner of the Viking 72 It Just Takes Time, won the blue marlin category at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic for an unprecedented third time! Captain Chris Hood put Nick on a 763.6-pound fish to win the category back-to-back-to-back, a feat that has never been accomplished in the 26-year history of not just the Classic but any Gulf Coast big game tournament. “We’re thankful to have the opportunity once, let alone three times,” Nick said. “I attribute it to great teamwork. We have excellent chemistry and it’s a talented crew.” Nick and the It Just Takes Time team won the Classic in 2020 with a 570.2-pound blue and again last year with a 793-pounder. El Jefe boated the 2nd Place Tuna at 186.4 pounds. Jackson Stewart, fishing on the Viking 70, hooked the yellowfin that brought the team a five-figure check.

Viking at Cajun Canyons BillFish Classic

Michael Butler’s Viking 61 Crawgator weighed the Heaviest Blue Marlin at the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic. Angler Bill Butler cranked in the fish with captain Eric Chandler at the wheel. Teammate Van Romero claimed the 2nd Place Tuna weighing in at 73.7 pounds.  The Viking 68 Amigo, owned by David Denbow, took 3rd Place Billfish and 3rd Place Release Points with a trio of blue marlin releases. Miss Mary, a Viking 68, had the 3rd Place Tuna with a 68.9-pound fish. A 35-pound ‘hoo was caught on the Viking 74 Never Settle, good for 2nd Place Wahoo. Never Settle also weighed the 3rd Place Dolphin. Top Dolphin was hooked on the Viking 72 Breathe Easy and weighed 23.7 pounds.  A total of 73 boats and 360 anglers competed in the tournament. The fleet released 55 blue marlin, eight whites and three sailfish.

Viking at Bluewater Tournament

Congratulations to Half-A-Buc for their win with three blue marlin at the Bluewater Tournament for the second year in a row! Daniel Brown’s Viking 64 won the Billfish and Release Divisions at the Northeast Florida Marlin Association's 50th annual Bluewater Tournament. After a quiet first day the crew went three for three in just three hours. Glen Williams released one of the fish while Stephen Quick went from never hooking a blue to adding two for Half-A-Buc’s tally. Rounding out the team was Chuck Stowe, Harley Smegal, Rick Whitley and Daniel’s son Samuel who was celebrating his 12th birthday with his first marlin trip.

Viking For Congress

Congratulations to Viking’s Bob Healey Jr who won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District. Bob is running to improve economic opportunity and affordability, stand with our police and enhance public safety, strengthen our military and defend our personal liberties and freedoms. Onward to November!

June 29, 2022

Ferretti Super Yacht Hits Reef and Sinks Off Turkey

A 26 meter Ferretti Super Yacht hit a shallow underwater reef off the Eastern side of Doganbey Island in the coast of Seferihisar Western Turkey, and started sinking on the morning of 29 June at around 1100 local time.  Ten people where onboard the super yacht when it started to take on water, with the Turkish coast guard immediately assisting and taking the passengers to safety on shore land, and later in the day starting salvaging operations.  The Ferretti Custom Line super yacht was reported saved from total sinking the night of the same day.
The super yacht in this accident is a Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 26, titled Kapky build in 2009.  Designed by Zuccon and presented in 2007, the Navetta 26 is the smallest from Ferretti's off shot super yacht Custom Line brand which launched in 1996 and presented its first model the 94 in 1998.  The Navetta 26 offered four or five double cabins accommodation with two crew cabins, and was powered by twin Man 900hp or 1100hp engines which gave her top speed up to sixteen knots with the large engines.  Eleven Navetta 26 have been reported made up till 2010, with the model replaced by the updated 26 Crescendo.

Project: F&S 68 Flybridge Hull 35

FandS present the project for a new 68 Flybridge Hull number 35 sportfishing machine with full tower.  Commissioned by an FandS repeat customer, this 68 Flybridge is said to be a replacement for the owner current Soul Candy, FandS hull #30 61 Hardtop Express custom model launched in 2020. Including this hull number 35, currently FandS has three other custom builds, with this new project at 68 feet being the smallest.

June 28, 2022

New Model: BlueGame BG54

BlueGame presents its new BG54 model, launched in Spring and then off to the mini Mediterranean boat shows, World debuting in Palma, with a second presentation at Venice in May.  Designed by Zuccon, with naval architecture by Lou Codega, and concept by BlueGame founder Luca Santella, the BG54 follows the BG72 in the 2.0 generation series.  A departure from the original BlueGame Sport Yacht center console utilitarian style, bringing with it some ideas of the BGX explorer series ideas into the concept, most notably in the stern layout beach club area, but also the integration of the hard-top and how the exterior main deck and the large central hard-top uses the raised main deck.  The BG54 has a tug boat all weather look, but the exterior galley on the lower platform beach area, and the open stern shows that it is primary designed for the nice season.  Interior wise the BG54 offers two options; two large cabins, and or three cabins with two heads.  There is a small crew cabin at midships in between the engine room and cabin area.  The BlueGame is powered by Volvo 625hp with IPS pod drives, good for about thirty knots, while optional 725hp will bump speed by about five knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.57 m (54.9ft)
Hull Length - 15.2 m
Beam - 4.85 m
Draft - 1.85 m
Displacement - 20.2 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 500 l
Max Passengers - fourteen
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 625hp, optional D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 30 knots max 27 knots cruise 625hp, 35 knots max 32 knots cruise 725hp
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 10.4 degrees deadrise aft
Project - Luca Santella concept, Zuccon exterior and interior, Lou Codega naval architecture hull shape
Certification - CE B 

June 27, 2022

Project: Estensi 365 Goldstar S

Estensi present the project for a new 365 Goldstar S.  Desinged by Zuccheri the Estensi is saying this is a completely new boat, but in a reality this is based on the 360 Goldstar Sport launched in 2012, with update details set to make it more modern.  The updated touches are mostly visible in the larger windows serving both the fore master cabin, and guest cabin at midships.  The Estensi 365 Goldstar S offers a standard accommodation plan layout, with saloon on entry, galley on the lower deck, master cabin forward, and guest cabin to starboard, with a single large shower head to port side.  The Estensi 365 Goldstar S is powered by standard twin Volvo 280hp, or optional 370hp and FPT 400hp.    

June 26, 2022

Ferretti Super Yacht Aground in Long Island

A 29 meter Ferretti super yacht ran aground on Bailie Beach, Mattituck in Long Island, New York on the morning of 26 June.  Three persons where onboard the super yacht on the time of the accident, with none of them being injured during the incident.  The super yacht was later assisted by two boats from Douglas Marine from 0920 till about 1400 hours when high tide arrived and the yacht was refloated. The yacht had no apparent damage and was reported going at the Strong Marine dock in Mattituck for further check ups on own power.  During the accident the super yacht was reported as cruising just over six knots in clear weather conditions.
Called In Too Deep, this Ferretti is a 960 model build in 2013.  Designed by Zuccon the Ferretti 960, was launched in 2013 and produced till 2020, with twenty units reported being made.  The 960 has an interior with a four of five double cabins layout, and was powered by twin MTU 2218hp, 2435hp, or 2638hp engines, with the larger units giving a 31 knots top speed.  Taking away the Ferretti Custom Line brand, the 960 was Ferretti largest build yacht till 2020, over took by the replacing 1000 model launched in 2021.

Web: Saver New Web Site

Saver presents its new World wide web showroom. Saver was founded by Giuseppe Sobrera in 1986 in a town called Gioiosa Marea located on the North of Sicily, close to Messina. The company has in recent years expanded with a new factory in Piraino, a town which borders with Gioiosa Marea. Being a family driven company Saver has up till today focuses in building entry cruisers and runabouts under ten meters in length, with a competitive price value. Saver currently builds a total of nineteen models divided into five ranges; Open, Walk Around, Fisher, Cabin, and Gommoni MG. The smallest Saver is the 520 Open, and MG 520 rib, with the flagship being the 330 Walkaround, and latest new models 660 and 970 Walkround. Saver new website is available English in Italian language and takes you around with the following buttons; News, Company, Models, Retailers, Press Area, and Contacts, and Downloads.  Saver is also on social media with its Facebook and Youtube pages button located at the top right corner and bottom of the entry page.    

June 25, 2022

Project: Amels 80 Limited Edition

Following the success of the 60 meter Limited Edition semi custom series, sold in five units and deliveries now going into 2025 for the next unit, Amels present the project for a new 80 Limited Edition. Designed like the 60 LE by Espen Oino, the 80-metre Limited Edition will be offered in a semi-custom platform. The first hull currently reported being build in speculation is set to be finished in 2025, with the designer complementing nature’s timeless beauty with a big ship super yacht feel featuring six decks, full of features, and an impressive 2,175 Gross Tonnage of volume. The interior of the first Amels 80 comes from Sander Sinot who is offering a neutral material palette, such as natural stained oak and walnut veneers, natural stones and leathers, has been selected to construct the interior. Materials are treated in such a way that the natural characteristics remain as pure as possible.  The layout of the 80 Limited Edition will offer a fourteen guests seven suites layout with crew accommodation for 22 persons.  Performance the Amels 80 Limited Edition will have a semi displacement hull which can reach speeds up to sixteen knots, and cruise at twelve for up to five thousand nautical miles. 

June 24, 2022

New Model: Baglietto DOM 133

Baglietto has launched the first DOM 133, a semi-custom 41-metre aluminum super yacht designed by Stefano Vafiadis. The first Baglietto DOM 133 will be delivered to the Owner, later this summer. Since its very debut, the DOM line immediately met with roaring success: four more hulls are indeed currently under construction at the Carrara shipyard, with deliveries scheduled until 2024. Perfect for trans-oceanic cruising, this 41-metre super yacht stands out for her aluminium hull and limited draught of just over two meters, that make her perfect for navigation even in shallow waters. Her lines are modern and captivating. with the DOM 133 having generous interior volumes and can boast original lifestyle solutions that are unmatched on super yachts of this size. The main deck layout, for instance, has been conceived and designed to ensure a smooth, free flow between interior and exterior areas, while also enhancing a pleasant convivial atmosphere. The main salon, located on this deck, has floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that, once fully open, covert this area into a natural extension of the aft cockpit. Another element deserving mention is the beach club, which has by now become the ‘hallmark’ of all latest-generation vessels of the La Spezia-based boat builder: developing on two levels, it features a magnificent infinity pool with lifting bottom that rises to make the already spacious cockpit even larger. A second pool can be found on the sun deck. Two Caterpillar 1600hp engines allow this yacht to reach an impressive maximum speed of 17 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 40.60 m (133ft)
Beam - 8.70 m
Draft - 2.15 m
Displacement - 395 t GT (volume), 
Fuel Capacity - 40,000 l
Water Capacity - 10,000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, or twelve guests in six cabins, 8 crew in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1600hp, MTU 16v2000 M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 17 knots max fifteen knots cruise with Cats 1600hp, 21 knots max with MTU 2600hp
Range - 3500 nautical miles at fifteen knots or 4000 nautical miles at ten knots
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - aluminium
Project - Stefano Vafiadis interior and exterior

June 23, 2022

Project: Galeon 440 Fly

Galeon present the project for a new 440 Fly, featuring a sleek exterior which marks another collaboration from the Polish boat builder with British designer Tony Castro Design, who sets out a recognizable line it following the trends set by the fourth generation Galeon yachts. A unique combination of a dynamic silhouette with sporty accents throughout is complimented by the large windows on both decks that liven up the interior. A clear focus was placed upon practicality and versatility and easy access of the exteriors, with the top deck featuring a helm station with a settee to port side for a companion, and the main rest area moved back. The L-shaped sofa wraps around the elongated table and will seat six in comfort, while a wet bar will hold refreshments and help to keep things tidy. The main deck holds two separate leisure areas with the bow easily accessible by the starboard sliding doors next to the helm. Guests can choose to prop-up the foldable bimini and front facing seat for extra protection from the elements. The cockpit allows for boarding from all sides thanks to the full-sized hydraulic stern platform and Beach Mode with semi-glazed panels. Drop down bulwarks to both sides extend the usable space during mooring, with the bathing platform functions as a lift for all your water toys and allows easy access to the stern-facing grill area. Inside, a classic layout can be found with the rest area moved back, divided from the cockpit only by the sliding glass doors. Galley and helm station are moved forward with two or three cabins located on the lower deck. The two cabin option will accommodate four guests in style, as both the mid-ship master and the forward VIP offer significant volume and storage space. For larger parties a choice between two different, three cabin layouts is available with bunk beds or twin cabin setups. Both bathrooms down below are fitted with a head and shower with standing height.  The Galeon 440 Fly is to be powered by twin Volvo 480hp with possibly a propulsion option of shafts and or IPS pod drives.

June 22, 2022

New Model: Bavaria SR36

Bavaria present the new SR36 a modern sport cruiser with an unusually large amount of space on the main deck, and a generous volume below deck. This is made possible by the dynamic hull with its striking lines and a length of over eleven meters. The two large cabins below deck offer maximum comfort for owners and guests, with the light-flooded salon and a bathroom with separate shower round off the well thought-out space concept.  The dimensions also benefit the intelligent deck and cockpit layout, with a galley wet-bar in the cockpit, a large lounge and ample space for sunbathing on the fore and aft decks making life a relaxing experience in both versions. The Bavaria SR 36 is powered by twin 300hp diesel engines, and or petrol gasoline engines by 350hp.  The Bavaria SR36 is available in the Hardtop version as pictured above or the Opentop with a lowered windscreen and more open hard-top. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.28 m (40.2ft)*with extended bathing platform
LOA - 11.44 m (37.5ft) standard bathing platform
Hull Length - 10.87 m
Beam - 3.85 m
Draft - 0.71 m hull, 0.97 m drives down
Displacement - 8600 kg
Fuel Capacity - 500 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Max Persons - 10
Accommodation - five berths in two cabins plus convertible saloon
Engine - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, Mercruiser 6.2l edc 350hp petrol gas
Propulsion - Volvo DPI dual propeller stern drive
Speed - 35 knots max 25 knots cruiser
Project - Marco Casali Too Design
Certification - CE B8 / C10

June 21, 2022

Project: Princess S72

Princess present the S72 project becoming the latest addition to the Plymouth boat builder renowned S Class sport bridge yachts family. Designed by the Princess Design Studio in collaboration with naval architects Olesinski and Italian design house Pininfarina for exterior styling, the S72's sweeping profile features sleek lines and beautiful full-length hull windows. Equipped with twin Man 1650 standard or optional 1800 horsepower the S72 is estimated to have speeds up to 36 knots with the optional engine configuration.  The S72 will have a main deck with astern galley, while the lower deck is a four double cabins layout featuring a separate entrance midships owners stateroom.  A crew cabin sleeping two persons is located aft to starboard.  The Princess Y72 seems also to up the options in the wood finishing choice to the customer, with four wood options; three types of oak and walnut being available.

June 20, 2022

New Model: Fabbrica Italiana Motorscafi 340 Regina

Fabbrica Italiana Motoscafi also known as FIM appears on the scene with its first model the 340 Regina.  Designed by Ferragni for all inside, outide and naval architecture, the 340 Regina presents itself as a modern sport cruiser with plenty of external spaces and and a lower deck accommodation sleeping four, in a two plus two configuration; twin berths at midships and a convertible double U-shaped berth forward.  An interesting design aspect for the FIM 340 Regina is the modular cockpit and its center console helm station.  The Fabbrica Italiana Motoscafi 340 Regina is available in both outboard or inboard sterndrive power propulsion combination. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.4 m (34.1ft)
Hull Length - 9.98 m
Beam - 2.99 m
Draf - 0.57 m ex drives 
Displacement - 5450 kg empty
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 275 l
Water Capacity - 130 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - 2 plus 2 berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo V6 250hp, V8 300hp, 350hp, diesel D3 220hp, outboard Yamaha Sbw 250hp, 300hp
Propulsion - Volvo dual propeller DPS stern drive, or Yamaha outboards
Project - Ferragni exterior and interior and naval architecture
Certification - CE B 

June 19, 2022

Two People Saved from Boat Fire in Portsmouth Harbor

Two people where rescued after an eleven meter traditional cruiser burst into flames near Portsmouth Harbor on 15:22 hours of Sunday nineteen June.  Gosport Lifeboat arrived six minutes later on the scene finding the two crew with life jacket's on, standing on the boats edge.  After rescuing the crew, the lifeboat towed the boat, with the duty fire tug SD Independent also arriving on the scene, with the boat sinking before arriving to its planned destination of shallow water.  Following the sinking a clean up to retrieve about 1800 liters of fuel and debris from the boat was started.
The boat in this fire is an Aquastar Oceanranger 38 Aft Cabin.  The Aquastar Oceanranger 38 Aft Cabin was introduced in 1984, following customers requests for more accommodation to the 38 Aft Cockpit which debuted in 1978, the model subsequently evolved into the Ocean Star 118 in 1995, with a soft super structure re-design but all similar elements.

Explorer Motor Yacht Burns Down in Maine

A 21 meter explorer yacht named Elusive, went on fire and eventually sank on 1600 hours of Saturday 18 June, near Kittery in Maine.  Elusive had three passengers and two dogs onboard, who as soon as they saw the fire jumped in the water for safety and where picked unharmed by nearby boats.  Meanwhile New Hampshire state police called the coast guard, four fire department, and Kittery's harbor master for assistance, to no success as the yacht burned to the waterline, and two hours later sank.  The three persons onboard lost all there belongings as Elusive was a live aboard yacht. 
Elusive is a Marlow Explorer 70E from 2007.  The 70E was introduced in 2002, part of the 65-70 series and different from the smaller 65 in the sloop stern.  The Marlow 70E is standard powered by 715hp engines which can go up to 1100hp units and offered a three double cabins layout with a twin or double berth crew cabin aft.  The Marlow Explorer 70E evolved into the Mk.II in 2018.

Project: Cantiere delle Marche Acciaio 130

With an order book entering into 2026, Cantiere delle Marche success does not want to stop with a new explorer super yacht an Acciaio 130 being sold. Acciaio 130 is the third unit and the largest of the Metal series, translation from Acciaio semi-custom series with the previous two being the 105 Gatto and 123 Astrum, and comes from a design and naval architecture by Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec. Cantiere delle Marche Acciaio 130 features an imposing and flared bow to intercept high seas with the sheer line that smoothly flows down creating a sophisticated yachting style. This flowing feature is replicated in the fashion plates that effortlessly glide to the main, upper and sun deck from above framing signature strip windows. The yacht will often sail at high latitudes for both exploration and fishing expeditions. To enjoy fully long and challenging fishing trips, the Owner asked to have the yacht designed with a fishing cockpit, a stern platform enclosed within high bulwark, and all fishing equipment will be stored in a large lazarette. The layout has been designed to meet the Owner way of living on board: there will be two Owner staterooms, one on the Main deck forward and a second full beam suite on the Lower deck amidships. Two guest cabins will be available on the Lower deck. Among the Acciaio 130’s layout peculiarities worth mentioning is a thirty square meters gym on the Upper deck and a sky-lounge on the Sun deck to enjoy the view while comfortable sitting inside. At just over 39 meters, with a beam of eight meters and a displacement of around 388 tons Acciaio 130 has an extremely efficient hull with bulbous bow to keep fuel consumption to the lowest levels while granting an extraordinary range. Two Caterpillar 715hp engine will give a top speed of thirteen knots, and a range at ten knots, of above 5000nm.

June 18, 2022

Classic Trojan Runs Aground in Hampton Bays

A nine meter flybridge cruiser with one person onboard ran aground to the West of Shinnecock inlet in Hampton Bays, on the morning of Saturday eighteen June.  The cruiser had a mechanical failure while on the route from Freeport to Hampton Bays, and while the captain was assessing the issue without dropping anchor the boat ended beached. The captain unharmed abandoned the boat when it beached, which later on that day was salvaged by a crew from Suffolk County Parks Department.  Southampton Town Bay Constables and New York State Department of Environmental Conversation found no sign of fuel spill.
The flybridge cruiser in this accident is a Trojan F32 Sedan, a successful top selling model from the US builder sold in over 2700 units from 1973 till 1992, with 20% of theses being the Express with open main deck, and three dozens in the different top-structure Sports Fisherman.  The accommodation in the F32 offers a forward double Vee berth, a galley to port, and a convertible dinette to starboard sleeping a total of four.  The F32 was powered by standard twin 225hp or 250hp Chryslers with line shaft propulsion, giving top speeds of just over 25 knots.

Riva Classic Burns in Bay of Palma

A Riva classic sport yacht of about fifteen meters in length, burned and sank on the afternoon of Saturday eighteen June in the Bay of Palma, off Portals to the South West of Mallorca.  The yacht had two persons onboard and eventually it sank.  The two persons onboard jumped off the yacht when the fire broke, and where reportedly saved by the Maritime Safety Agency.  Sinking in deep water the yacht is not a navigational hazard, while the cause of the fire are being investigated.
The Riva in this fire is a 50 Diable.  Designed by Giorgio Barilani and produced from 1983 to 89 in 31 units, the 50 Diable was Riva's entry into sporty yachts over fifteen meters.  The 50 Diable offered interior with two double cabins; master cabin forward, and a guest cabin with two L-shaped berths, and is powered by twin GM 475hp, with later units having the 535hp and 550hp engines.   The 50 Diable was replaced by the Turborosso 51 in 1989.

Sunseeker Burns Down in Hope Town Harbour Abaco

A twenty meter Sunseeker flybridge yacht went ablaze while on anchor in the early afternoon of seventeen June in Hope Town harbor in Abaco.  Hope Town Volunteer and Fire rescue was on the scene to assist the yacht and its occupants and extinguish the flames.  No one was injured in the fire, but the twenty meter Sunseeker motor yacht was totalled and is now a wreck.
The Sunseeker yacht in this fire is a 2019 Manhattan 66.  Released in the fall of 2016 as replacement to the 65, the Manhattan 66 was produced till 2019 replaced by the similar looking 68 model in 2020.  Offering a four double cabins interior, with one crew cabin, the Manhattan 66 is powered by twin Volvo 900hp with IPS pod drive propulsion or Man 1200hp with line shafts. 

New Model: AB Yachts 100 Superfast

Having sold six hulls of the AB Yachts 100 from 2016, into hull seven and in 2020 the Viareggio Super Sport Yacht jet propulsion specialist decided to redesign the model from the waterline up, enters the new 100 Superfast. As is usual from AB Yachts the 100 Superfast is unique in her class, being capable thanks to the propulsion system installed onboard of reaching, subject to engine options a maximum speed up to sixty knots with unparalleled comfort, safety and seaworthiness, all this in an incredible silence, and in the meantime making her currently the eight fastest yacht above 24 meters in size. Boasting high performances and cutting-edge technological innovation, the second generation AB 100 is undoubtedly a new benchmark for fast yachts above eighty feet. Behind such outstanding performances stand a construction competence perfected in over thirty years cutting-edge technological solutions in propulsion, stabilization, trim control and seakeeping; a painstaking care for details; and a modular configuration allowing to meet the needs and wishes of owners that are looking for one-of-a-kind, distinctive product. The AB 100 Superfast offers a range of solutions that make the most of onboard spaces, from concealed sliding door connecting the aft cockpit and the salon, to create one single, generous open space, free of obstacles and pervaded by the natural light that shines through the floor-to-ceiling glazed surfaces, offering a 360-degree breathtaking view and a constant contact with the sea. The stern hosts a fully-equipped, ready-to-enjoy beach area, featuring an exclusive, innovative system specially designed by the shipyard to launch and haul tenders, jet skis, and water toys. All onboard areas, both indoor and outdoor, are extremely versatile, to be fully enjoyed by guests and reflect their lifestyle and preferences. The Superfast and new designed 100 is proving to be a success for AB Yachts with one other unit with smaller engines delivered and two reported under construction for the Viareggio boat builder at Spring 2022. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 30.50 m (100.1ft)
Beam - 6.80 m
Draft - 1.80 m
Displacement - 90 t full load, 147 GT volume
Fuel Capacity - 11,500 l
Water Capacity - 3,500 l
Accommodation - eights or ten guests in four cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 3 x Man D2862 LE496 V12 2000hp, MTU 16V2000 M96l 2600hp
Propulsion - MJP waterjets and central booster
Speed - fifty knots with standard engines, sixty knots max 50 cruise with triple MTU 2600hp
Range - up to 550 nautical miles
Construction - infused cored fiberglass with carbon fiber reinforcements
Project - AB Yachts, Next Yacht Group, Acube design
Certification - RINA Cross of Malta Mach Y, un restricted CE A

June 17, 2022

Project: Alia 45m Project San

Alia Yachts is proud to announce a new contract for an all-aluminum, 45-metre super yacht designed by Sinot with naval architecture by Lateral. The attractive and innovative raised-pilothouse design is to be powered by quadruple Volvo IPS drives, and is characterized by sleek lines and a low superstructure with an emphasis on exterior spaces for open-air socializing. The Alia 45 meter will offer guest accommodation on the lower deck for four guest cabins and an owner’s stateroom. The interior design is geared towards the personal preferences of the owners and although minimalistic at first glance, on closer inspection is richly detailed.

June 16, 2022

New Model: Steeler 61 S Electric Trawler

Steeler is proud to launch the 61 S Electric Trawler, a  fully electric and seaworthy explorer yacht, which also features the Dutch builder European Powerboat of the Year awarded Flat floor Panorama Concept, which makes it one of the most spacious explorer yachts in its size, thanks to the use of the single level living. The 61 S Electric Trawler also features a unique electric drive technology, with the dominion of fossil-fuel always coming under question, with new green-tech seeing large advancements in bio-fuels, hydrogen, and electro-motors. The dimensions and weights of these systems is always becoming smaller, while their power continues to increase, with batteries becoming lighter and stronger with greater charging capacity, and recharge costs becoming cheaper and free in some ports.  Furthermore, an electromotor powered by a generator is more efficient than a conventional diesel engine. Even during the charging period for the batteries therefore, the 61 S Electric Trawler is more economical than a traditional diesel engine.  Fair to say up till today June 2022, there is no yacht with a reduced eco-print than the Steeler 61 S Electric Trawler.  The engine space of the Steeler 61 S Electric Trawler contains a state-of-the-art drive system, comprising a lithium-ion powered Hydista 120hp electric motor. The battery sets comprise 18 containers, each with sixteen cells, sufficient for four hours of sailing. Out on the ocean waves, a diesel Volvo 110hp generator provides the power. The batteries are charged in two hours, so that the generator only needs to work two hours during a ten hour cruising day. The 61 S Electric Trawler also features solar panels for a permanent and natural energy supply.  Design wise the 61 S Electric Trawler triple deck makes it an impressive and unusual looker. Its silhouette is shaped by the bow and the streamlined length of the hull itself.  Add to that the coupé-style cabin tapering backwards, with the flying bridge towering on top. The principle of the triple deck Flat Floor design is based on the Steeler vision of single level living, whereby the owner has full command of the saloon, galley and master bedroom on the single level middle deck, over the entire length from fore-to-aft, without any stairs or height differences. The top deck houses the wheelhouse with entertainment area, freely connected to the open rear deck. The lower deck is home to two guest cabins, each with its own bathroom.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.60 m (61ft)
Waterline Length - 17.8 m
Beam - 6 m
Draft - 1.80 m
Displacement - 70,000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 9997 l, eighteen IoN battery containers 
Water Capacity -  2498 l 
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engine - Volvo D3 110hp (generator) with Hydrista 120hp electric motore
Propulsion - line shaft with five bladed propeller
Construction - steel
Project - Vripack exterior and interior
Certification - CE A

June 15, 2022

Project: Dominator 10.5m Midi-Ilumen

Dominator present the project for a 10.5 meter Midi-Ilumen sport cruiser. First announced as a Mini-Ilumen seven meter tender in 2020, the project has evolved apparently into the Midi-Ilumen, a 10.5 meter weekender sport cruiser featuring the design, safety and comfort of a much bigger size boat.  So far very little details are available for the Midi-Ilumen apart the fact that unlike the Mini version it has lower deck accommodation.  The rendering above shows a very innovative modern design.  The Mini-Ilumen was project to have top end speeds about forty knots, and an economic long range in around 25, with estimated range at this speed of an impressive 300 nautical miles.  If these numbers are followed in the Midi-Ilumen that pretty good for a sport cruiser of ten meters in length.  When announced in 2020 the idea of the Mini-Ilumen's was for this to be a range featuring three models from seven to thirteen meters in size. 

June 14, 2022

New Model: WallyPower 58

Making its first appearance during the Monaco Grand Prix, and then presented to the public during the Venice boat show at the end of May 2022, enters the WallyPower 58, an innovative evocative sport yacht from the inventor of the minimal wedged shape motor boat in 2003 with the ground breaking and daring 118 model. A natural progression and evolution of the outgoing 52 model, the WallyPower 58 as is the Wally trademark is an innovative sport yacht from aft to bow, and top to bottom. Unlike the 52 the WallyPower 58 takes design cues from the larger Wally models of the past particularly the 118 model, see air intakes in the hull sides.  The main innovation in the WallyPower 58 is the clean hull sides, with everyone going with large hull windows, Wally decides to change course and keep the lines clean with no windows, fitting in the hull two 4k cameras which show the view outside to the guests on the two; port and starboard screens mounted inside.  Other features of the WallyPower 58 are the drop down side bulwarks which double the extended aft open deck space to 25 sqm aft.  Another innovative feature is the bimini on the aft sun-pad, which comes out from a structural bottom part of the structure to sun cover guests in comfort.  Inside the WallyPower 58 is available in three versions; Guest with two cabins two heads with small saloon, Crew offering one cabin and a crew cabin to port side, and Double Saloon with one cabin with a double and two opposite saloons.  In all versions there is no galley in the lower deck, with this located to port side of the main deck opposite the starboard located helm station.  The WallyPower 58 is powered with triple Volvo IPS pod propulsion set up with three by 550hp engines as standard, and 600hp available as optional.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.3 m (56.9ft)
Hull Length - 17.2 m
Waterline Length - 15.6 m
Beam - 5 m
Draft - 1.7 m
Displacement - 24.5 t dry, 29.5 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Max Persons - 12/16
Accommodation - 4 guests in 2 cabins, 2 guests one crew cabin, or two berths  
Engines - 3 x Volvo D8 550hp, D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS700 or IPS800 pod drives
Speed - 30 knots cruses 36 max with Volvo 550hp, 32 knots cruise 38 knots max with 600hp
Hull Shape - warped modified Vee with spray rails and eighteen degrees deadrise aft
Project - Luca Basani 
Certification - CE A12/B16 2013/53/EU, modules B + F Rina Spa