July 31, 2022

Monthly News - July 2022

-pic of the month- Magnum Renovating Construction Facility

Admiral and Tecnomar New Middle East Dealer

BlackOrange Superyacht Experts are honored to announce an exclusive partnership with The Italian Sea Group S.p.A., global operator in the luxury yachting industry. Under this exclusive agreement, BlackOrange Superyacht Experts will represent the Admiral and Tecnomar brands within Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.  The Italian Sea Group is one of the largest firms in the international yachting industry and it’s a landmark in the construction of superyachts and megayachts  up to and over 100 meters in length. The Italian Sea Group is strategically set within the port of Marina di Carrara, Viareggio and La Spezia and it’s a 100% made in Italy luxury company.  This partnership has a strategic importance for BlackOrange Superyacht Experts. Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have a proven potential in luxury yachting and BlackOrange competence and reputation in sales will allow to further develop the group's presence in the region.

Apreamare Announces Record Sales

Apreamare, one of the best-known boatyards in the world and reference brand of the Sorrentine gozzo revisited in a modern key, confirms the success of its commercial and marketing strategy. The brand, led by the Aprea and Pollio families, is experiencing broad success, both commercially and organizationally, with significant investments into infrastructure, research, development and expansion of the team.  “Our shipyard, in complete adherence to the tradition and quality that have always represented us, has responded to the latest commercial challenges with great strength, relying on important designers to offer an increasingly demanding clientele new and creative answers. But just as important are the expert hands of our artisans who have been collaborating with us for more than 20 years,” comments Rita Pollio, CEO of Apreamare. “These products have seen a significant return in terms of turnover: from 2020, the year in which Gozzo 35 was presented, a triple-digit percentage growth is expected by the end of 2022 with a remarkable number of contracts already in the order book”.  The brand’s latest commercial success was the sale of the Maestro 88, which is about to become the new flagship of the Maestro line and the Apreamare fleet. “One-off, tailor-made for the customer,” tells Cataldo Aprea, the President of Apreamare, “the unit will respect the stylistic language of the historic range which has always represented aesthetic elegance as well as comfort, manoeuvrability and seaworthiness”. The best seller of the Apreamare brand is the beloved Gozzo 35, which has become the best seller of the range with over 30 units sold since her official launch one year and a half ago. Marco Casali of Too Design penned the exterior lines and Umberto Tagliavini of Marine Design architected the hull geometry with the support of Cataldo Aprea. The iconic Gozzo 35 is characterized by her unmistakable Mediterranean soul and sober, elegant lines, dating back to the historical tradition of the Sorrentine Gozzo, which has been produced by the Aprea family since 1849.  The construction of the range’s big sister, the Gozzo 45, is proceeding tirelessly towards her world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022. The tradition and the essence of the brand manifested in the 35 are refreshed and amplified in the new Gozzo 45. This recognizably Mediterranean classy cruiser begins from the promise of zero steps on deck, in full compliance with the walkaround philosophy. The Gozzo 45 offers numerous elements that favour a superior livability outside and under deck to offer a quality of life on board that is unique in her segment.

Bayliss Tournament Debut Gets Second Place

In early June, the Wave Paver team competed at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on their newly delivered 75' sportfishing yacht in Morehead City, NC. On their first day of fishing, the team won the daily releasing four blue marlin. The owner and crew ended the week placing 2nd overall in releases in a fleet of 266 boats. This tournament is just the beginning for the 75'  Wave Paver and her crew, and we look forward to seeing more tournament action in her future! Click the button below for more information about our latest build.

Fairline New North Mallorca Dealer

Fairline has announced Dynamic Yachts in Puerto Pollensa as its new dealer for the north of Mallorca, further strengthening its dealer network in the Balearics as it looks to substantially grow over the coming years.  Dynamic Yachts joins the Fairline global roster of dealers - chosen for being well-established in the region with an excellent reputation for sales, service, and ongoing customer support.  Fairline Mallorca North is headed up by former Fairline Cala d’Or Dealer Principal Robbie Head, who brings all the knowledge of what Fairline’s products have to offer to both new and existing clients.  Robbie Head, managing director of Dynamic Yachts said: “I’m delighted to continue to be a dealer for Fairline, following a move from the east of Mallorca to the north of the island, it’s the perfect opportunity for new buyers and existing Fairline owners in the area to come and say hello. We’ve got a brand-new office in Puerto Pollensa marina and look forward to welcoming the local boating community.  James Powell, sales director at Fairline said: “We have a longstanding and trusted history with Robbie and his team and this is the perfect opportunity to expand our reach in the Puerto Pollensa and Alcudia areas. Our yachts are hugely popular in Mallorca and we know this will continue to grow with Dynamic Yachts and look forward to seeing even more Fairline owners enjoying the wonderful cruising grounds the north of Mallorca has to offer.”  Fairline Mallorca North will be showcasing the unrivalled products in the Fairline family which fall under four distinct ranges: the F//LINE, Targa, Phantom and Squadron. The F//LINE range offers the F//LINE 33 and F//LINE 33 Outboard, the Targa range includes six models from 45-65ft, the new Phantom 65 launching in September and the three Squadron models from 50-68ft.

Jarrett Bay Recent Tournament Results

Team Sea Striker for winning the Sea Horse Anglers Club Tournament and being named the 2022 Bermuda Triple Crown Champions!  Junior angler Emma Kate Kleinhans fishing aboard Hull 7, Developin' Habits for weighing the 1st place dolphin at the 2nd Annual Big Rock Kids Tournament!  Hull 51, Marlin Fever was awarded 2nd place in the Non-Sonar Release category at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, and the team's Cooper Howell won top junior angler, claiming over $33,000 in prize money.  Capt. Brent Gaskill and the Huddle family won 1st place in the Bermuda Billfish Blast aboard hull 59, Builder's Choice!  Jarrett Bay teams take honors at the NC Ducks Unlimited Band the Billfish Tournament and a majority of the $118,000 total prize purse!  The 55' Weldor's Ark won 1st place overall, plus heaviest dolphin and a daily release award to take home a total of $64,000 in prize money.  Hull 14, Watertight was awarded 3rd place overall and a total prize of $13,000.

Lyman-Morse Receives ISO9001:2015 Certification

After an extensive implementation process and third-party audit, Lyman-Morse Technologies (LMT), a sister division to Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification, the world’s most widely recognized quality management standard.  The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 is a globally recognized quality management system. Today it is the most up-dated standard of its kind and focuses on quality management processes and performance. Through regular third-party audits, this accreditation validates LMT’s existing commitment to providing its customers with an exceptional experience and final product.   The certification also provides objective proof that a manufacturing business implements policies and procedures that satisfy all the require-ments of a comprehensive quality management system. Perry Johnson Registrars conducted the audit to ensure LMT was following the stan-dard as prescribed by ISO.  “ISO 9001 helps to ensure that our customers receive consistently high-quality products and service,” said LMT manager Samir Gupta. “They come to us due to this commitment to quality and continual improvement.”  The certification also allows the company to expand further into federal, municipal and defense industries, all of which are already components of LMT’s business. The company is certified for three years during which internal audits are taken and submitted to PJR. LMT is also subject to unannounced audits.  In recent years, LMT has grown significantly, adding additional skillsets, high-tech equipment and earning a reputation within a wide range of industries.  The company has completed projects within a multitude of fields, including architecture, municipalities, universities, industrial man-ufacturers, research, development projects and more.  Recent projects include the construction of a custom marine railway and hydraulic door system for a structure on the Historic Register, while also working on a cutting-edge project in partnership with one of the United States’ largest naval ship construction facilities.  Other highlights include clock hands for Boston’s historic custom house tower, a composite church steeple and composite wind tunnels and air ducts. A 160 x 30-foot compos-ite canopy for Cambridge, Massachusetts’ Kendall Square train station is scheduled for a fall 2022 installation.

Magnum Renovating Construction Facility

Magnum Marine, the famed remaining boat manufacturing company located on 188th street, is currently going through construction and renovation to its manufacturing facility. Magnum is doing construction on the canal seawall to ensure the structure will last for years to come. Not only is Magnum completing construction on the property and seawall, but we are also updating our showroom and internal offices to offer guests a quality experience! Magnum continues to invite customers to visit our facility on the famed Thunderboat road!

Magnum Rally in Porto Rotondo Sardinia

Magnum Marine is delighted to invite all Magnum owners to the Post Pandemic Magnum Rally, set to take place August 25 to 28, for a fun filled weekend in Porto Rotondo in Costa Smeralda. This reunion is also the introduction of the newest Magnum models: the Magnum 47.5 and the new Magnum 27’. Dockage for all boats will be made available at the Sporting Porto Rotondo on the afternoon of August 25 and a reception and dinner will follow. On Friday and Saturday, there will be many wonderful events throughout Costa Smeralda. Look for a detailed program to follow.

Nordhavn Owner Reaches Milestone Ocean Crossing

Philippe Guglielmetti, who was left disabled following a serious stroke he suffered in 2015, set a goal to captain his own boat across an ocean. He did just that, achieving his goal last week when he brought his Nordhavn 40 from Miami to Tarragona, Spain. It was an incredible feat, not only given the circumstances surrounding Guglielmetti’s physical health, but especially taking into account that the entire second half of the trip – a total of 18 days at sea – was completed without stabilization.  The road to recovery has been paved with Guglielmetti’s own gritty determination, a tactic he uses to help reach physical goals he has set for himself since he lay in a Paris hospital six years ago. With this latest achievement, Guglielmetti presents as an example for both fully-abled and lesser-abled folks who possess an adventurous spirit.  Guglielmetti hopes to tell his story so it can be used not only as a source of inspiration but also to bring attention to stroke awareness.

Nordhavn Vice President Goes Exploring

When the creative geniuses behind Nordhavn that would be Vice President Jim Leishman and his brother, Chief of Design, Jeff Leishman, come up with a new design, they are not content to watch it run through production, hand it over to its subsequent new owners, and move on to the next project. They need to experience it for themselves, see how it performs, and identify ways to improve it. If there’s one thing about Nordhavn designs it’s that they are constantly evolving to ensure the build quality, equipment, comfort levels and performance not only exceed current measures but set the tone for future standards.  Usually, the chance to gain experience on new hulls comes in the form of long ocean deliveries for owners. Jim recently helped take a Nordhavn 68 from Anacortes to Ketchikan, Alaska. Two years ago, Jim, Jeff, and project manager Dave Harlow brought a brand new N475 from Seattle down to Dana Point, CA. But sometimes when a new model is introduced, a hull in the production line will be designated as a company demonstrator, to be used for boat shows, seatrials and the like. It is with this demonstrator that Jim, Jeff, along with Nordhavn president Dan Streech and other key members of the sales and project and engineering staff, will take prolonged cruises to test how it operates under real-use conditions.  The most famous PAE (Pacific Asian Enterprises) seatrial was of the Nordhavn 40 back in 2001, when a rotating crew of Nordhavn employees took hull #21 around the globe in a world record-setting circumnavigation that stands today. (Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of that voyage’s culmination.) From that trip came not only several tweaks of the N40 but also the birth of the Nordhavn 43.  More typical, however, are the types of cruises the three PAE principles took separately with their families four years ago aboard a Nordhavn 56 Coastal Pilot. Streech recalls getting a “new-found appreciation” for the only semi-displacement trawler in the line which escorted him, his kids and grandkids around the Bahamas.  Last Tuesday marked the end of a four-week journey Jim took with wife Sue and his son, Nordhavn salesman James Leishman, along with his own son. Pulling into the docks in front of Nordhavn’s North Palm Beach offices, Jim and James spoke about how this Nordhavn 41, hull 10, exceeded their expectations. Each had spent time on different Nordhavn 41s, but never for the prolonged time this trip to the Bahamas gave them.  “It performed awesome,” said Jim, who has a fondness for the brand’s smaller, accessible models. “I love this boat even more than I thought. We experienced virtually zero problems” with only a tripping stove switch causing them bother. Jim spent considerable time at the factory in Turkey, watching as the crews worked through COVID to crank out production. Cruising all over the Bahamas with his family gave him an entirely different perspective.  They departed Palm Beach on May 20th and ran the boat approximately 600 miles going as far as the Abacos. He was especially impressed with the fuel efficiency, noting that they burned more fuel when using the generator than they did running the engines.  They swam with the pigs in Noname Cay, went pole spear fishing and free diving. “It was an absolutely spectacular boat for the four of us,” echoed James. “The craftsmanship is impressive. You can see Murat Telgeren, president of Telgeren and Parnters factory’s attention to detail in every corner. The layout of everything, the placement of switches, it’s all intuitive.”  Like the other PAE seatrials, there will be notes sent back to the factory about tweaks that will make the boat even better. “There will be a few things we fine tune, but nothing much,” said James.  The boat will soon head north to be taken by different members of the Nordhavn team before it arrives up in Rhode Island to the Northeast office. It will be shown at the Newport International Boat Show and then Jim and Jeff will take over again, making their way down the coast to Annapolis for the U.S. Powerboat Show. It will return to Palm Beach for a quick spruce and be prepared for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. 

Numarine Partnership with Yazz Collective Resort

The Istanbul-based boat builder will sponsor the most luxurious yachting destination in Turkey this summer.  In a first for Turkish boatbuilders, Numarine has recently announced a partnership with the Yazz Collective resort in Fethiye, in the heart of the Turkish Riviera. There are no roads leading to this ultra-luxe and highly secluded resort, and it is only accessible by boat, which makes Yazz the ideal location for Numarine owners to seek out fun and relaxation in utmost privacy.  For summer 2022, Numarine has a dock set up at the resort for exclusive use by its customers. Once a Numarine-built vessel pulls into port, the entire stay is complimentary. Owners and their guests will be greeted by Champagne and fresh fruit and be able to take advantage of relaxing couples massages completely on the house. There is certainly no better way to arrive at any destination.  Yazz Collective is located in the super-private and out-of-the-way Turunc Pinari Bay. There, turquoise waters lap at the sand while guests enjoy exquisite meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and dance long into the night listening to the selectively curated playlists of handpicked DJs.  If guests do not take advantage of the Numarine dock, and choose to moor in the sheltered waters of the bay instead, the resort has a fleet of luxury tenders that can whisk them to and from the festivities on the shore.  The collaboration between Yazz and Numarine is unprecedented in Turkey, and highlights the innovative lengths to which Numarine is willing to go to create a client experience that approaches the sublime. Not only is the builder offering the best yachts in the country, they now have one of the very best ports in Turkey set up fully for their owners, as well. In many ways, Numarine has created a highly exclusive club, where clients, guests, and captains can get to know one another and form strong bonds and lasting friendships that will serve to enhance their yachting endeavors in the future.  The Numarine experience in Fethiye is one unlike anywhere else in the world, and one Numarine owners and prospective owners should no doubt take advantage of as the summer begins in earnest.

Riva Aquarama the Book Celebrating Sixty Iconic Years

When it comes to glamour and high style on the seas, there’s nothing more captivating than the Aquarama. Dreamed up by the legendary Carlo Riva, the run-about wooden speed has become an icon of Italian design and the Riva Aquarama book, edited by Assouline, celebrates its 60th Anniversary. Beloved for its clean lines, mahogany, glistening chrome details and signature robin’s egg-blue and cream upholstery, the Aquarama reflected la dolce vita optimism of early-‘60s Italy; it’s impossible to picture the glittering Côte d’Azur and coasts of Europe without visions of endless summers spent lounging on the back of the boat in the warm summer sun, and the gentle roar of the engine as the Aquarama cuts through the surf.  The Riva icon enjoyed a mythical status and was beloved by movie stars, heads of state and royalty - everyone from Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Gunter Sachs and the royal family of Monaco, among countless other luminaries, have been enchanted by the Aquarama’s spell. Of the about 760 completed Aquaramas made in the Sarnico shipyard, Riva experts estimate around 650 are still in existence, which only adds to the boat’s legendary status. But more than just a trophy, the Aquarama is fiercely beloved by its owners and enthusiasts alike—it’s not just a boat, but the realization of a dream.  In this exceptional tribute to the Aquarama, author Michael Verdon tells the story of the legendary boat and brings to life its dolce vita charm. The book is also offered in a special edition, presented in a luxury mahogany box that is crafted to express the beauty of the Aquarama’s magnificent hull. This special edition offers owners, collectors and enthusiasts alike a piece of the Riva dream.

Riva Lounge in Porto Cervo Waterfront

Riva is a magical word that rhymes with summer, sea, beauty and, of course, Sardinia. Of all the good reasons to visit the Costa Smeralda, one of the most interesting is the Riva Lounge, which once again this year presents a classy space offering sophisticated cocktails and Riva-branded products in the magnificent setting of the Waterfront in Porto Cervo. The main and stated aim of the initiative is to have fun and enjoy magical moments in the company of the legendary boat brand that in 2022 celebrates its 180th anniversary.   Building on the successful debut in 2021, Riva once again brings the Riva Lounge to the Costa Smeralda. A fascinating and appealing initiative, it joins the other Riva Destinations set in exclusive locations, including Venice, Monte Carlo, Formentera, Mykonos and Palm Beach, and decorated in classic 1950s Dolce Vita style, featuring the hallmark details found on Riva yachts.  The initiative, promoted by Smeralda Holding, presents the Riva Lounge in conjunction with the “Riva inside, inside Riva” concept, which extends the brand’s values beyond the yachting sector. The world’s most famous hotels, restaurants and clubs - in locations close to a landing point for yachts - paint themselves with Riva’s hallmark aquamarine and mahogany brown color combination, transferring the brand’s signature design, attention to detail and heritage to dry land too.  The Riva Lounge, which was officially opened on June 29th in partnership with Waterfront Costa Smeralda and can be visited until Sunday September 4th, is the perfect fit for Porto Cervo’s new Waterfront layout, designed by Gio Pagani and featuring an elegant and inviting architectural concept. All the furnishings in the Lounge have the same features typically found on Riva boats, giving owners a taste of this legendary brand and first-hand experience of the materials and woods used for almost 180 years to build the world’s most famous boats, chosen and loved by stars and celebrities. Unique detailing - like the chrome, the steel, the lacquered mahogany, and the aquamarine cushions - conjure up at first glance the iconic yachts of an unforgettable era and immediately transport visitors into a fabulous Dolce Vita atmosphere.  Guest of honour at the Riva Lounge is ‘Riva Aquarama’, the new book published by Assouline to mark the 60th anniversary of the launch of the iconic Aquarama, universally acknowledged as the most beautiful boat of all time. This priceless new publication was officially presented in Venice on June 11 against the spectacular backdrop of the Gran Teatro La Fenice, during the exclusive event to celebrate the brand’s 180th anniversary and will be on sale from the Assouline website starting July 4th.  Completing the Riva experience are premium cocktails and drinks, created by talented mixologists and inspired by local excellence and the history of Riva, bearing the names of the iconic yachts of the legendary brand. The bar manager this year is Maurizio Muzzu, bar manager of the Li Neuli Country Club, an exclusive resort in the heart of the Costa Smeralda whose Cocktail & Wine bar was recently awarded among the top ten in Italy.  Alongside top international luxury brands and the world’s most desirable yachts, also making their return this year are the super-chic Ferretti Group VIP Lounge, the temporary Riva boutique with a collection of unique, original objects in the brand’s signature style, and the Range Rover House, Ferretti Group’s prestigious luxury automotive partner since 2019.

Riviera Releases Book Celebrating Forty Years

Riviera is celebrating more than 40 years and the launch of more than 5,800 yachts with the publication of an historic, limited-edition, full-colour and fact-filled coffee-table book.  Riviera - 40 Years of Evolution is a truly magnificent 280-page hard-bound and elegantly sleeved book that charts the course of Riviera from a small factory in the northern beaches district of Sydney in New South Wales to the immense admiration for Riviera today on the world motor yachting stage.  Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst says: "This exceptional book encapsulates everything that drew me to be a part of Riviera in 2012, from the global family of Riviera owners to the highly skilled and experienced team who have built the yachts we celebrate in Riviera - 40 Years of Evolution.”  "I am proud of the passion for Riviera shared by so many of our owners and our craftspeople, some of whom have been with us for decades.”  "We learn from them all each day, speaking of their ownership experiences on board or our team working to build our finest yachts ever while mentoring young apprentices eager to learn the craft and to build on the legend they are inheriting.”  "Every Riviera enthusiast will revel in the informative and detailed descriptions and data collated in this book about their Riviera.”  "I believe that Riviera - 40 Years of Evolution belongs in the library of every Riviera owner and admirer."  The book travels though time to follow the extraordinary course of Riviera from humble beginnings to great international demand, through changes of ownership, the tumult of the global financial crisis and its rise to world-class yacht-building status under the Longhurst ownership.  Each of more than 100 individual models - from the very first 38 Open Flybridge launched in 1981 to the 78 Motor Yacht that premiered in March of this year - is described in detail including photographs, layout drawings, specifications and production information as well as comments by some of the world's leading boating journalists.  Riviera owners and enthusiasts are sure to delight in the archival record of numbers of each model built and the number of years each was in production. A 42-year timeline at the end of the book lays out every model over every year - a real treasure trove of reference data.  Riviera - 40 Years of Evolution includes a collection of fascinating images created over those years, from early black-and-white to the superior quality that reflects current Riviera technology. In addition, there is a collection of front covers of some of the world's most respected boating publications, visually charting a course of significant development, of technological improvement and, most important, of immense experience that has led Riviera today to create the best luxury motor yachts in its history.  Riviera - 40 Years of Evolution is set to become the ultimate reference source for owners and enthusiasts and is available to order online from the link below:

Sunreef New Shipyard in Dubai

n response to a rising demand from the Middle East, Asia and Australia, Sunreef Yachts is set to open its first overseas center in Ras Al-Khaimah, the United Arab Emirates.  Having already two catamaran construction sites in Poland, Sunreef Yachts has decided to expand its industrial capacity with a new, state-of-the art facility.  Investing a total of nearly 30 million euros, Sunreef Yachts has acquired a 65,000m2 land reserve, on which the construction of a first 13,000m2 building will begin within the following weeks.  The site will begin production in September 2023, employing initially around 50 people, and will be entirely dedicated to the construction of luxury, custom-made catamarans. Within three years, the site should employ up to 800 people.

Viking at Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship

A Work of Art is the 2022 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Boat! Art Favre’s Viking 92 started the Gulf Coast Triple Crown series claiming the 3rd Place Blue Marlin at the Orange Beach Billfish Classic and 2nd Place Release Boat. During the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, Christian Fast wound in the winning blue marlin at 638.7 pounds. The team followed that up with the 2nd Place Blue Marlin at the Blue Marlin Grand Championship. Congratulations to Art, captain Jason Buck and the whole Work of Art team!   Nick Pratt’s Viking 72 It Just Takes Time (above) took 2nd Place in the Triple Crown. Captain Chris Hood put Nick Crovato on a 763.6-pound fish at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic to win the Heaviest Blue Marlin for an unprecedented third time!  Nick Pratt’s Viking 72 It Just Takes Time (above) took 2nd Place in the Triple Crown. Captain Chris Hood put Nick Crovato on a 763.6-pound fish at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic to win the Heaviest Blue Marlin for an unprecedented third time!
Viking at Blue Marlin Grand Championship

It Just Takes Time captured the Blue Marlin Grand Championship with a 568.4-pound blue marlin. Captain Chris Hood put angler Nick Crovato on the winning fish. Second Place Blue Marlin went to Lance Glaser with a 557.4-pounder. Lance was fishing on Art Favre’s Viking 92 A Work of Art with captain Jason Buck at the wheel.  The Blue Marlin Grand Championship was the final tournament of the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship.  Pearl, a Viking 48, was the 3rd Place Release Team with five blue marlin and one white. Third Place Tuna was a 54-pound yellowfin caught by Van Romero aboard the Viking 61 Crawgator. Amanda Bond, fishing the Viking 52 Up-To-It, hung the 2nd Place Wahoo and 3rd Place Dolphin.

Viking at Lone Star Shootout

Viking dominated the recent Lone Star Shootout with two of the top three Overall Boat places and a 1-2-3 finish in the blue marlin division. Walk West, Riley Rhodes’ Viking 55, finished in 2nd Place Overall with captain Raleigh Morrison at the wheel. Walker Rhodes weighed the 3rd Place Marlin, while Weston Rhodes released a blue marlin. Weston also earned Top Junior Angler honors.  Third Place Overall and 2nd Place Release Boat were awarded to Todd Penick’s Viking 68 Why Knot for the team’s two blue marlin releases. Jim Goodwin was on the rod for those two blues, which secured the Wayne Timmermann Top Angler Award.  The top blue marlin was cranked in by Sam Rasberry fishing on Chris and Erika Heule’s Viking 74 Draggin’ Up. The blue weighed 680.5 pounds. Forrest Jackson claimed the 2nd Place Blue Marlin with a 495.5-pound fish. Forrest was aboard Pete Bell’s Viking 92 High Cotton.  Mi Novia, a Viking 43, claimed 3rd Place Release Boat. The Top Dolphin was caught by Ryan Warhola fishing on Henry Adams Viking 72 Wrapped Up. Sarco, Milton Greeson’s Viking 55, took 1st and 3rd Place Wahoo with fish weighing 38 and 32.5 pounds. Chad Krause, fishing on the Viking 61 Instigator, weighed the 2nd Place Tuna at 91 pounds.  Julie Coulter was the Top Female Angler with one blue, one white and three sailfish releases. She fished on the Viking 55 Deez Nautz.

Viking at Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Captain Jason Buck and the team on Art Favre’s Viking 92 A Work of Art won the 20th anniversary Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic after Christian Fast weighed the largest blue marlin at 638.7 pounds. The team also released three blues, and Christian claimed Top Overall Angler. “I’ve fished the Emerald Coast since the beginning,” said Art. “We were fortunate to win the Top Release Boat once, but this is our first blue marlin win, and it’s a sweet one. I’m humbled and honored.”  The 2nd Heaviest Blue Marlin was caught on the Viking 70 Bendetta. Captain Curt Gwin was at the wheel as Kirk Aronson cranked in the 547.9-pound fish. The blue was boated in under an hour on a 50 reel.  Rising Son’s, a Viking 58 captained by Cricket Crochet, earned 2nd Place Release Team with three blue marlin. Jaselyn Berthelot was the angler for all three fish, earning her the Top Release and Top Lady Angler trophies.  Chris Hatcher’s Viking 58 Salt Shaker claimed a pair of victories. Jeff Singleton wound in the fattest wahoo at 64.7 pounds, while Chris hooked the Top Tuna weighing in at 192.4 pounds. Dennis Bennett was at the helm.  Second Place Dolphin went to the Viking 64 Evil Eyes with Wally Gentry’s 37.6-pound fish, while Kate Ferrara-Dorland weighed the 2nd Place Tuna, a yellowfin registering 170.8 pounds. Kate was fishing on the Viking 76 Reel Fire. Top Junior Angler in the Gamefish Division was Jack Murdica on the Viking 74 Never Settle.

Viking in Mongo Offshore Challenge

The Mongo Offshore Challenge, running from May 1 through September 30, is already filling up the leaderboards in the Gulf Coast Division. It Just Takes Time, a Viking 72, is at the top of the board with Nick Pratt’s 763.6-pound blue marlin. With Ryan Reaux’s 660.7-pound fish, the Viking 64 Reel Blues is holding Third Place Blue Marlin.  Walk West, a Viking 55, has the 2nd Place Mahi with a 45.1-pound fish caught by Walker Rhodes. Chris Hatcher, above, has the 3rd Place Tuna at 192.4 pounds, hooked on his Viking 58 Salt Shaker.  The Mongo allows teams to compete as often as desired through September 30 with weights collected from official weigh stations and approved big game tournaments. This event is challenging because the minimum size limits are set high. For example, a blue marlin must be a minimum of 118”. This makes the weighed fish hu-mongo-us.

Viking at South Jersey Yacht Sales Offshore Showdown

There’s more hardware in Gypsea’s trophy case! Gerry McGraw’s Viking 66 had a strong showing at South Jersey Yacht Sales’ Offshore Showdown. Captain Taylor Sanford put Gerry on a 42-pound tuna and Danny Kollwitz cranked in a pair of tunas at 49 and 48 pounds. Team Gypsea claimed Top Overall Boat and Top Tuna Points. Danny took the Top Angler award.  John Doherty’s Viking 46 Billfish Irish Ayes also had a strong showing with 3rd Place Overall Boat. Chris Sutton weighed a 54-pound tuna and a dolphin while Casey Johnson hooked a 51-pound tuna. Irish Ayes was the 3rd Place Tuna Points boat, while Chris claimed the 3rd Heaviest Tuna and 2nd Heaviest Dolphin. Patrick Doherty was at the helm.

Viking at Ring Championship

Brandon Kape wound in the Heaviest Tuna with a 231-pounder at Jimmy Johnson's Atlantic City Quest for the Ring Championship. Brandon was aboard the Viking 62 Taylor Jean/MJ’s with captain Ken Hager. The 223-pound 2nd Place Tuna was caught on the Viking 60 Just One More by Hunter Gutwein.  Too Many Martinis claimed 2nd Place Wahoo with Kurt Wallace’s 38.9-pound ‘hoo. Third Place Wahoo went to Danny Young’s 16.5-pound fish caught aboard the Viking 80 Catch 23.

Viking at Oak Bluffs Bluewater Classic

The Martha’s-Vineyard-based Oak Bluffs Bluewater Classic awarded 2nd Place Overall and Top Billfish Boat to Rob Carmichael’s Viking 62 Lights Out. Lights Out released a pair of blue marlin, a white marlin and weighed five meat fish. Matteo Scena was on the rod for most of those fish.  Scup Slayer, Travis Rhodes' Viking 72, took 3rd Place Overall and 2nd Place Billfish Boat. Coleman Monac released a blue marlin, a white marlin and a swordfish and weighed a yellowfin. Coleman’s sword weighed 101 pounds and was good for 2nd Place Swordfish. Anthony Rhodes added a big eye and yellowfin to the box, which earned him 3rd Place Junior Angler. Third Place Release Boat went to Jesse Hamilton’s Viking 50 Vagabond.  Jordan Sanford, fishing on Gerry McGraw’s Viking 66 Gypsea, weighed a massive 1st Place Wahoo that tipped the scales at 103 pounds. Gypsea also weighed the Heaviest Tuna, a big eye registering 228 pounds.  Tony Argiros, fishing on the Viking 62 Twin Reels, released a blue marlin and weighed a big eye and a yellowfin for Top Junior Angler honors. Second Place Junior Angler went to Viking 58 Strictly Business angler John Clark who released a pair of sails and weighed a big eye.

Viking at Montauk Canyon Challenge

Mike Tucci’s Rebel claimed the Heaviest Tuna at the Montauk Canyon Challenge. Captain Mark DeCabia was behind the wheel of the Viking 52 when they hooked up with a 256.8-pound big eye.  The Heaviest Yellowfin, at 83.2 pounds, was caught on Sal Alonge’s Viking 56 Dana Marie. Right behind Dana Marie, Blondie/Five Seas took 2nd Place Heaviest Yellowfin with an 80.2-pounder and 2nd Place Triple Yellowfin. Three G’s, George Grasso’s Viking52, had the Heaviest Mahi at 17.3 pounds. Soon-to-be Viking owner Jeff Westrich had the 2nd Heaviest Mahi. The Heaviest Bluefin (118.2 pounds) went to Carmine Zoccolillo’s Viking 57 Canyon Bound. Glenn McCarty’s Viking 48 Never Give Up claimed the Heaviest Swordfish with a 119.1-pound fish – let’s see how he does next year with his new Viking 54. The newly delivered Viking 48 I’m Shore didn’t hit the leaderboard but weighed a nice big eye and yellowfin.  This year’s event was record-breaking with 50 boats and an almost $450,000 payday. More importantly, the Montauk Canyon Challenge raised over $35,000 for Maggie’s Mission, which raises awareness of pediatric cancers, funds critical research and helps affected families financially and emotionally.

Wajer Open Wajer Bay Marina Miami

A long-cherished dream comes true. We are proud to announce that we will soon be opening our own private marina in Miami, called Wajer Bay. As a result of our growth in the USA Wajer has the unique opportunity as of December 1st 2022 to offer 16 completely renovated berths in one of Miami’s most desirable spots; the former Bentley Bay - Miami South Beach.  As you may expect from Wajer, it will of course be a marina, without compromises and with all modern conveniences. The berths, all equipped with a brand new boat lift, are the ideal base for a wonderful day on the water. Easy to reach and of course under the supervision of a qualified dock master. In addition, there are many stores and restaurants in the neighborhood making it a very lively and atmospheric environment. For full details of the marina see the summary below. So if you want a – Without A Worry – berth for your boat in Miami then Wajer Bay Marina is the place to be.

July 30, 2022

Sport Cruiser Burns in Ponza

A sport cruiser of fourteen meters with five persons aboard went ablaze in front of the Fronzone beach in the Island of Ponza on Saturday, thirty July at around 1530 hours.  Immediate the reaction of the persons onboard who jumped in the sea, and also that of the Ponza Coast Guard who came with two vessels to turn off the fire.  Later two more fast hydrofoil ships; m/v Agostino Lauro and Sorrento Jet came helping the Coast Guard to turn off the fire.  The sport cruiser later sank in seven meter deep water, only for it to be refloated again on Sunday morning.  The fourteen meter sport cruiser was in bare boat charter, with all the persons onboard reported uninjured in the accident.
The sport cruiser in this fire is a Fiart 4 Seven Genius, launched in 2008 to much acclaim also winning Boat of the Year in that year.  The 4 Seven Genius evolved Fiart design as started with the 38 in 2005. adding the integration of an open design hard-top to the sweeping lines.  The 4 Seven offered a family interior layout of three double cabins and the usual Fiat large flash cockpit deck.  The 4 Seven Genius evolved into the 47 in 2018,  the same boat with new hull glazing and engine room air intake design. 

Canados Super Sport Yacht Catches Fire in Tallinn

A 27 meter Canados super sport yacht titled Hooligan and registered under Finnish flag caught fire and later sank on Saturday thirty July in the Gulf of Tallinn, Estonia.  The Canados yacht had ten Finnish passengers onboard and around 1530 stop functioning for a fault which some minutes later developed into a fire.  The passengers and crew called a mayday and jumped in a life-raft and where rescued by a nearby yacht, later collected by the Estonian rescue unit, who took them to Tallinn for interrogation. At about 1830 the Canados yacht subdued to the fire, sank, in Tallinn Bay with the Estonian working on lifting up in order to avoid further contamination from the fuel in tank.
Hooligan is a Canados 90 Open build in 2008 and reported last refitted in 2016.  Presented in 2005 to a design of Luiz de Basto, the 90 Open was an unusual creation from Canados, more famous for building flybridge yachts or super yachts, with open yachts being rare and the last one made in the early nineties.  Offering eight berths in four cabins, and three to four crew in two cabins, the 90 Open is powered by twin MTU engines of 2030hp and surface drives propulsion giving top speeds up to 45 knots.  Although Hooligan was powered with the smaller 1790hp MTU which gave her forty knots max.  Canados has build six 90 Sport with the model evolving in the still in project Gladiator 901 Sport in 2016.

New Model: Ferretti Custom Line 140

Ferretti Custom Line had on 14 June launched at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona, the first Custom Line 140, a three deck super yacht which is the largest ever built by the brand and officially the new flagship. Custom line 140 is the third design by Francesco Paszkowski, following the 106 and 120 models which now completes all the planning line and features a profoundly sporty aesthetic, high standards of comfort for both owner and guests, excellent performance, and superior technology. The interiors are by Margherita Casprini. The Custom Line flagship combines design, comfort and spaces never seen before in a tri-deck, with huge interior volumes and a gross tonnage of almost 400GT, not to mention a fast displacement hull that gives the yacht a top speed up to 21 knots. Ferretti Custom Line 140 has many new features on this masterpiece of naval design inspired by residential architecture, to which it adds in-depth research to enhance the shapes and volumes involved. The elegant and powerful silhouette features generously sized hull windows, while the floor-to-ceiling glazing on deck, combined with the painted aluminum handrail with Y-shaped uprights, an elegant and functional design feature in perfect Paszkowski style, offers direct contact with the sea. The interiors are designed and built according to the highest standards of quality, international certifications and attention to detail, in line with Custom Line’s tailor-made approach and the great skill and expertise of the ship project team, the Custom Line Atelier, the production team and all the highly specialized craftsmen involved in the design and production process. After completion and testing in the coming months, Custom Line 140 will make its official debut at the Cannes international boat show in September 2022.
Technical Data:
LOA - 42.61 m (139.9ft)
Hull Length - 42.6 m
Beam - 8.54 m
Draft - 2.20 m
Displacement - 216000 kg unloaded, 256000 kg loaded, 398 GT *volume
Fuel Capacity - 30,000 l
Water Capacity - 4000 l
Max Persons - twenty
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M96L 2683hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 21 knots max, eighteen knots cruise
Range - 700 nm at cruise
Hull Shape - fast displacement
Project - Francesco Paszkowski exterior, Margherita Casprini interior, Ferretti Group naval architecture
Certification - CE A, RINA

July 29, 2022

Flybridge Cruiser Destroyed to Fire in Lake Huron

An eleven meter flybridge motor cruiser with one person onboard caught fire and eventually was destroyed and sank on Lake Huron, in the vicinity of Point Lookout Harbor, Michigan on the late evening of Friday 29 July.  Thanks to social media platform Facebook the owner recounted the events, with the boat running splendidly at sixteen knots before the fire that lead to the destruction and sinking started to unfold.  The first event was that the port engine gave up power and unable to restart, couple minutes later the starboard engine followed suit.  At this point the flybridge cruiser was four nautical miles away from AuGres harbor, and smelling smoke the owner went down to check what was happening only to see the cabin engulfed in flames with the only option at this point to jump in the sea.  A nearby fisherman which saw the fumes from about a mile picked up the owner of the boat who was about fifteen meters away from the boat on fire.  There were no injuries in the event with the Coast Guard dispatching a vessel in the scene to follow and help in the events. 
The boat in this fire was a 1982 Silverton 37 Convertible mark.1.  This first version of the Silverton 37 Convertible offered a cabin with a lounge main deck and no lower helm station,  galley and dinette located opposite on the lower deck, and double-V berth cabin forward.  The Silverton 37 Convertible Mark.I was usually powered by twin Crusaders 350hp gas engines, with double Perkins 200hp diesel available as option.  The 37 Convertible Mark.1 was produced till 1989, with the more modern looking second generation launched in 1990.

Project: Horizon RP122

After purchasing an RP100 in May 2021, an owner has decided to define his own Horizon and recently signed a contract for a customized RP122. At 122 feet in length, this yacht will be the largest of the J.C. Espinosa-designed RP Series. The exact layout of the five-stateroom yacht is still being determined, but Horizon is already working on incorporating several of the owner’s requests to accommodate frequent reef fishing, including a custom-designed pilothouse and Captain’s quarters, as well as a beach club designed to house fishing and diving gear and fitted with an ice chipper for freshly caught fish. Construction began in early 2022 with launch set to for December 2022.

July 28, 2022

Super Yacht Shot and Force Collided in Turkey Drug Bust

A 27 meter super yacht named m/y Belgor with US flag was shot and later rammed by the Turkish coast guard in an anti-drug smuggling operation on the early morning of Thursday 28 July, in the coast of Yalikavak, to the North West of Bodrum, in Western Turkey.  The yacht suffered significant damage in this drug bust operation which featured four Coast Guard boats, a helicopter and an airplane. The yacht with four persons onboard was reported trying to escape into Greek waters after having collected drugs from the commercial ship Ocean Blue.  After calls for the yacht to stop, the coast guard was forced to open fire and later subdue the yacht and arrest the four persons onboard, who where found in possession of 81 kilograms of cocaine drugs, with sixty kilograms thrown into the sea during the chase, and twenty kilograms found onboard.  It is not clear if the four persons onboard the yacht are injured or not as there is mixed reports about this.
M/y Belgor is a Cantieri Navali di Lavagna Admiral 27, build in the late eighties to the early nineties to a design of Paolo Caliari.  The Admiral 27 offers an accommodation for eight guests in four cabins, with two crew cabins sleeping four, powered by twin MTU engines it reaches a thirty knots top speed.  Eleven Admiral 27 are reported to have been build with one of them reported being build of wood.

New Model: Lyman-Morse Hood 35

Lyman-Morse celebrated the launch of Shadow, Hull 1 of the new Hood 35 series. The Hood 35 follows the recent successful collaboration between Lyman-Morse and C.W. Hood Design on the praised 57 model. Similar to the 57, this stunning cold-molded pocket-cruiser defines a niche all its own, encompassing advanced construction technology, world-renowned craftsmanship, and superior performance. Hull No. 1 Shadow is designed as a hardtop express and equipped with some of the most advanced marine technology available today. Shadow’s tech-savvy owner sought to outfit the vessel with the latest marine technology. She is one of the first dayboat-sized vessels to utilize Raymarine’s new Digital Switching System, YachtSense. The Raymarine vessel control system offers digital switching, which replaces traditional mechanical switches and circuit breakers with digitally controlled power distribution modules, significantly reducing the size and length of cabling required to distribute power throughout the boat. Hull No. 1 features twin 440hp Yanmar 6LY coupled to a pair of Hamilton Waterjet HJX29s. This is the first pleasure vessel in the USA to be equipped with these brand new jets. More efficient, more powerful, and with military grade controls, Shadow reaches speeds of forty plus knots. Shadow is also the first pleasure vessel to be equipped for autonomous running with the state-of-the-art Sea Machines system. Lyman-Morse is working closely with the owner and Sea Machines to have this boat confidently guiding herself and her passengers in the near future.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.61 m (34.9ft)
Waterline Length - 9.1 m
Beam - 3.50 m
Draft - 0.63 m (excluding props or drives)
Displacement - 8618 kg estimate
Fuel Capacity - 1324 l
Water Capacity - 227 l
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 6LY 440hp
Propulsion - Hamilton HKX29 waterjets
Speed - forty knots max, thirty knots cruise
Construction - cold molded, Douglas fir Western red cheddar frame with fiberglass skin
Project - C.W. Hood

July 27, 2022

Sport Cruiser Saved from Fire in Coomera Australia

An unattended fourteen meter Riviera sport cruiser went on fire, on the late morning of 27 July at the Boat Works marina, in Coomera, Gold Coast, Australia.  Thanks to quick thinking of Boatworks Marina crew and a firefighting squad the fire was immediately controlled and extinguished saving the boat on fire from total destruction, and avoiding the flames to move into other nearby yachts.  No one was injured in the fire, with the sport cruiser being lifted out of the water a day later.  
The Riviera in this accident is a M430 Sport Cruiser model, a two cabins five berth sport cruiser produced from 2001 till 2008, Riviera build 145 M430s included the North American Wellcraft Excalibur 45 branded models. 

Project: Vanquish VQ55 Sports Line

Following success with the VQ40 in composite, Vanquish follows it with a larger seventeen meter VQ55 Sports Line project set to launch in the fall of 2022.  The Vanquish Sports Line is the composite build series made for those who want to wait less for a Vanquish with building time being about six months, with still possibility for some customizations available.  The VQ55 Sports Line is a full walk around fore to aft exterior layout with two dinettes; forward and under the hard-top, an aft sun-pad, and a central console helm with four row seats.  Lower deck accommodation is for four in an open layout with a double berth forward, and twin singles at midships.  The Vanquish VQ55 Sports Line will be powered by twin 1200hp inboards with jet propulsion reaching speeds up to 55 knots, or five Mercury 600hp outboards which give a whooping 72 knots.    

July 26, 2022

Super Yacht Saved from Sinking in Mykonos

A Cantieri di Pisa super yacht of 33 meters hit a reef and was saved from sinking in the gulf of Ornos, to the South of the island of Mykonos on the afternoon of Tuesday 26 July.  The super yacht had water intrusion after it hit low bottom and damaged part of its bow area, allowing for water intrusion. With quick intervention by the Greek coast guard and fire fighting squad the super yacht was saved from taking more and eventual sinking, and on 2030 hours of Wednesday was reported safely moored in a berth.
The super yacht in this accident is m/y Ion Fedra previously named Ion, and launched as Astir in 1999.  A Cantieri di Pisa Akhir 110 build of fiberglass and project of Pierluigi Spadolini, Ion Fedra has an interior accommodation for ten guests in five cabins, with crew space for five in three cabins.  Ion Fedra is powered by the large engine option of twin MTU 2775hp reaching speeds up to 29 knots and a cruise of 26.  Ion Feddra was last sold in 2012 and is reported owned by Greek ship magnate G. Kampanis.  Seven Cantieri di Pisa Akhir 110 are reported to have been made with it also available in a wood build.  The Akhir 110 was replaced by the Christian Gatto designed 108 in 2008.

New Model: Anvera 58

Anvera continues its ride of success and has in the Spring launched its new 58 flagship model.  Replacing the 55, the 58 is a natural evolution of the first Anvera model launched in 2016 and flagship for six years .  The 58 has different lines to the super structure, while another new details is the second row three companion way seats, behind the helm station.  As all Anvera the 58 features the opening bulkheads which extend beam by 68 centimeters aft and bring the space up to 24 square meters in the exterior deck.  Inside the Anvera 58 offers a similar layout to that of the 55 sleeping four in an open layout with a forward double berth, twin berths at midships, sofas, and a separate shower head to port side.  The Anvera 58 is powered by twin Cats 650hp, and while speed numbers have not been announced, I would expect similar forty knots plus performance and efficiency of under five liters per nautical miles at thirty knots plus cruise.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.50 m (57.4ft)
Waterline Length - 15.5 m
Beam - 5.12 m
Draft - 1.1 m loaded
Displacement - 14.2 t loaded, 11.5 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 400 l
Max Persons - sixteen
Accommodation - four berths
Engines - 2 x Cats C8.7 650hp
Propulsion - Top System TS50 surface drives
Project - Aldo Drudi, Brunello Acampora Victory design hull
Certification - CE B

July 25, 2022

Dick Mulder 1962 - 2022

Mulder Shipyard is mourning the loss of Dirk Robert 'Dick' Mulder, who passed away on 24 July 2022 at the age of 60 surrounded by his family.  Born on 26 February 1962, Dick Mulder served in the army before taking over his father’s Dirk Mulder Senior shipyard in Voorschoten, the Netherlands, which only had one employee at the time in 1984. From the beginning, Dick built up the business to be focused on quality above all, paying attention to every single detail of the yachts that the shipyard delivered. Since then, Mulder Shipyard has delivered over 134 iconic yachts and has also been awarded three Superyacht Awards.  Dick was distinguished by his resilience, perseverance and bravery, as evident from his bold decision to build a brand new shipyard during the financial crisis. Always looking ahead, his son, Nick Mulder, joined the business twelve years ago as the next generation and represents a safe pair of hands for the business going forward. Words cannot adequately express the sadness at Dick’s passing for the whole Mulder community, and their gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. The Mulder team will honour Dick Mulder’s memory by continuing the work he loved so much and he will be deeply missed.

Four Boats Destroyed by Fire in Marsala

At around 1200 hours of Monday 25 July a big black cloud of smoke went up from Marsala harbor, on the further West coast of Sicily signaling a fire was raging in the pleasure boat area.  A fire started on a ten meter sport cruiser to the right of the photo which immediately jumped on the three other boats to the starboard side.  Immediate the reaction of the fire fighting squad which went on the scene, and at some point totaled eighteen fire fighting personnel; three units which later expanded to other four squads totaling seven, with a fire fighting boat coming from the nearby Trapani harbor.  The fire was extinguished after over two hours of fighting.  Some reports are stating that the ten meter cruiser which started the fire had two persons onboard doing some maintenance work.  No injuries to persons are reported.
The boats in this fire from right to left are a Bayliner 3255 Avanti Sunbridge, a Salpa 325 Laver third boat in the photo, while the last boat is a refitted Cranchi 31 Endurance modified to twin outboard power.

Project: Maritimo S75

Maritimo continues momentum of its model development strategy from 2021, with the next instalment emphasizing on the large motor yacht sector, and following the M75 project presents the sedan version on the same platform with this S75.  Taking the mantle as the S-series Sedan flagship the S75 will offer a four double cabins lower deck, with full beam owners midship stateroom.  The Maritimo also features a crew cabin aft, while tender storage is flexible to owners request with the choice to do it on the hard-top, and or in a garage lazarette under the spacious and original adventure deck aft.  The living on the Maritimo M75 is located on the on the main deck which features an astern galley layout,  which makes for an incredible connection with the raised aft sunshade covered aft deck.  The Maritimo M75 is to be standard powered by twin Scania 1150hp engines, with optional MTU 1380hp or 1625hp available.  As usual to Maritimo the S75 is also built to go further then your usual planning yacht, thanks to a 10000 liter fuel capacity.

July 24, 2022

Comitti New Web Site

Comitti presents its new World wide web virtual showroom.  Founded in Como on 1956, by Mario Comitti it has since its inception and up till today kept true to its roots of building runabout and fast cruisers in wood and fiberglass.  Following Mario Comitti the helm of the shipyard was taken over by his son Elio, and in 2003 sold to the current ownership of Raimondo Reiner.  Today Comitti builds ten models in three lines; Venezia, Breva, and Izola, with the entry level being the Venezia 22 and the flagship the Breva 35.  Comitti also offers its Custom range with five models being shown in the website including two modified 25 and 28 Venezia models, and three Limo models.  Comitti new website is available in Italian, English, and German language and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Heritage, Lifestyle, Boats, Downloads, Second-Hand, Events, and Contacts.  Comitti is also on social media with left button links taking you to its YouTube, Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter pages.  

July 23, 2022

Boat Collision in Argentario Leaves One Dead

A collision between a thirteen meter sport cruiser and a sailing boat of fourteen meters in length between Giglio island and Argentario, at about 1725 of 23 July, left one man dead, one lost woman, and four injured.  Immediate the assistance of the Coast Guard who departed Porto Santo Stefano with three boats, a team of scuba divers, and a helicopter from the Fire Fighting squad for a search and rescue operation.  The dead person is reported to have an age of 59 years named Andrea Giorgio Coen from Rome, with the four injured persons and lost sixty year old woman all being onboard the sailing boat being of Italian nationality.  One of the injured was in grievous conditions taken to the hospital of Grosseto.  The four young Danish man of 25 years old on the sport cruiser, are reported to be uninjured.  At one point the sailing yacht was sinking with some news reported it sank, but the yacht was saved and seized moored with the sport cruiser by the Coast Guard for inspection.  According to initial investigation the Fairline Sport Cruiser involved in the collision was running on autopilot at around thirty knots.
The sport cruiser in this collision is a Fairline Targa 43, designed by Bernard Olesinski this successful model was produced from 1997 till 2005 in about 300 units.  The Targa 43 offered an interior with two cabins sleeping four plus a convertible dinette, and was powered by twin Volvo 370hp as standard, optional 430hp, and or 480hp in line shafts. With the large engine option it reached speeds up to 35 knots.  The Targa 43 had only one modification in its production with 2003 onwards having a larger tender garage able to fit a small Williams Jet tender.  Fairline replaced the 43 with the 44 in 2007, its first not so successful entry into IPS powered boats. 
The sailing yacht in the collision is a Beneteau First 45F5 named Vahine.

New Model: Canados Oceanic 143 Tri-Deck

On June 29, 2022 Canados launched its largest build to date with the innovative and versatile Oceanic 143 Tri-Deck. Introduced in 2013 the Oceanic line has seen the stakes in Canados order book increase, ever since the first 90 model appeared in 2014.  Presented as the Oceanic 140 project in 2014, the hull and main deck of this unit was actually completed in 2018, only for it to continue finishing works in 2020.  The Canados Oceanic 143 Tri-Deck features an interior with five double guests cabins, including an owners floor with two deck terraces.  Crew accommodation is for eight persons in four cabins including a captains cabin.  Innovation is a key aspect to the Oceanic 143 in all areas, from the Displanning hull shape with bulb and two steps, to the three engine set up with the ability to turn the central unit off and running only with the side engines consuming only forty liters per hour.  The Canados Oceanic 143 Tri-Deck is powered by triple 2400hp Cat engines which allow her to reach a top speed up to 24 knots, a fast cruise of 19, and long range ability from sixteen to eighteen knots, and 950 to six thousand nautical miles respectively.  The Canados Oceanic 143 Tri-Deck will have its World debut in September 2022 at the Cannes boat show.
Technical Data:
LOA - 43.45 m (142.7ft)
Waterline Length - 36.9 m
Beam - 8.22 m
Draft - 2.10 m at propellers
Displacement - 225 t unloaded, 270 t loaded, 385 gt volume
Fuel Capacity - 32,000 l
Water Capacity - 4,500 l
Accommodation - ten/ twelve guests in five cabins, eight crew in four cabins
Engines - 3 x Cats C32-B 2400hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - 24 knots max, 19 knots fast cruise, 16 economic, 8 knots long range
Range - 950 nm at sixteen knots, 2250 at twelve knots, 4000 at ten knots, 6000 at eight knots
Hull Shape - Displanning with bulb and twin-step to reduce friction
Construction - Vinilester resin with E-glass, super structure in Kevlar and Aramat
Project - Arrabito hull, Giovanni Senatore - Canados naval architect lines, Michela Reverberi interiot

July 22, 2022

Pershing Super Sport Yacht Fire in Amalfi

A 27 meter Pershing super sport yacht titled Cinque with eight persons onboard went on fire on the morning of 22 July, near the Li Galli islets off the coast of Amalfi.  Some swimmers alerted the coast guard off the fire who came with a rib to safe the eight persons onboard; a British family with four children and two Italian crew, to safety.  The coast guard later dispatched a helicopter to turn off the fire, which succeeded in the operation temporally, and avoided the yacht from total sinking immediately, with it sinking later in the day.  Cinque was reported on charted duty at the time of the fire.  No persons where injured in the fire beside the shock of the accident.
Cinque is a Pershing 88 from 2000. Designed by Fulvio de Simoni the 88 was Pershing flagship at launch and changed how sport yachts above and below 24 meters look, creating a new standard copied over the years by the competition. Reaching speeds up to forty knots from twin MTU 2000hp engines with Arneson surface drives propulsion, and offering an interior with four double guest cabins, and two crew cabins, the Pershing 88 was produced from 2000 till 2005 in seventeen units and was replaced by the 90.

Sport Cruiser Fire in Sorrento

A sport cruiser went on fire in Piano di Sorrento while moored in its berth at around 0830 hours of Friday 22 July.  Upon seeing fire coming from the sport cruiser the marina personnel towed it out from its mooring, while the ferry ships Freecia D'Argento and Blitz helped in extinguishing the fire immediately.  No injuries are reported as no one was onboard at the time of the fire, which is suspected to have originated from a short circuit.
Some minutes later to this fire on the same morning, a super sport yacht of 27 meters also went on fire about three nautical miles away from this incident, making the news confusing. 
The sport cruiser in this fire is a Chaparral Signature 24 produced from 1993 till 1997.  As many US sport cruiser of the time the Chaparral Signature 24 was single 240 to 270hp Mercruiser engine powered and offered an open interior layout sleeping four in a two plus two layout.  The 24 was replaced by the more spacious and higher freeboard 240 Signature in 1998.

Project: Otam 90 GTS

Otam present the project for a 90 GTS set to launch in 2024.  Designed by Giuseppe Bagnardi, the 90 GTS is another version of the 80 Record hull as designed by Fabio Buzzi, which has been the successful story of the 80/90 Otam series which keeps on re-writing the manual what a custom boat really is, even though the basic foundations are those of the 80 Record boat, which smashed the Round Italy Venice to Monte Carlo, Monte Carlo to London, and Round Britain records in 2001.  The 90 GTS, if we include the 85 GTS should be the eight hull based on the 80 Record, though rightly so since upwards from the waterline this a total different yacht Otam is calling the 90 hull number one.  The first 90 GTS will mostly serve as a day and chase boat to the owners larger vessels, but Otam is already proposing various variations on the theme above from a soft top version, full or half-height windows, and single or double hull windows for the master stateroom at midships. The first Otam 90 GTS is to be powered by twin MTU 2600hp engines with surface drives propulsion with an estimated over forty knots top speeds estimated. 

July 21, 2022

New Model: Ranger Tugs R-43 Command Bridge

Ranger Tugs from the USA present the new R-43 Command Bridge.  Based on the lines of the S-version, the new Command Bridge distinct itself for having a second helm flybridge up top.  The flybridge is accessed via molded steps to starboard, and features a helm station also to starboard, with a wet-bar with grill behind, and wrap around settee to port side.  Tender storage is also on the flybridge in the extended part aft.  Accommodation wise the Range Tugs R-43 offers a living main deck with an astern galley located to port side, with a dinette forward, and a J-shaped lounge with two relaxing sofas to starboard behind the helm station.  Down below the R-43 offers two cabins; owners room forward, and guest cabin at midships.  Further aft behind the second cabin with entrance from under the dinette, the R-43 also features an utility room; with a second large fridge freezer and laundry with washer drier.  Powered by twin Volvo 340hp with IPS pods the Ranger Tugs R-43 Command Bridge reaches speeds up to 29 knots and cruises at 23 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.25 m (46.9ft)
Beam - 4.27 m
Draft - 1.07 m
Displacement - 14514 kg
Fuel Capacity - 1135 l
Water Capacity - 454 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 340hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS450 dual propeller forward looking pod drives
Speed - 29 knots max. 25 knots cruise. long range seven knots
Range - 1000 nm at seven knots
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - Vinilester resin with foam filled structural system
Certification - NMMA

July 20, 2022

Project: Galeon 450 HTC

In the last two decades Galeon has been one of the most forward thinking boat builders, and after presenting the project for the 440 Fly, the Polish builder as it is usual present the HTC for hard-top-coupe variant. Designed as most Galeon's of the last two decades by Tony Castro, the 450 HTC replaces the flybridge with a glass filled sunroof forward of the coach roof, while an extension aft makes sure to cover the extended deck from too much sun or rain.  Below the Galeon 450 HTC will offer the three possible layouts of two or three double cabins, and master stateroom to midships or forward.  The 450 HTC like the 440 features the Galeon tricks; opening side bulwarks aft, and for moving the beam as forward possible with the tri-hexagon shaped bow.  The Galeon 450 HTC is powered by twin Volvo 480hp possibly in both line shafts or IPS pod drives. 

July 19, 2022

Sportfish Cuiser With Six Persons Sinks in Cabo San Lucas

A sportfish cruiser of about ten meters in size called Protocol with six persons onboard sank while sportfishing off Cabo San Lucas in the Pacific Ocean, on 1500 hours of eighteen July.  The sportfish cruiser had some technical problem, according to the Captain report coming after a 45 minutes Blue Marlin battle, and the boat taking too much water.  After all this Captain Alex Rogers and the five crew had to abandon the sinking boat and jump in the life-raft.  After this a storm arrived in the area with Cabo San Lucas closing its harbor and making person recovery more difficult. Hearing this Cabo San Lucas Sporfishing Community started a rescue operation, and Captain Pancho Bojorquez with a 24 meter super sportfish yacht eventually saved the six persons in the life raft.  
Protocol is a Rampage 33 Express, a model produced from 2005 till 2008 by the US builder.  The Rampage 33 Express had a huge following due to its four meters plus of beam in a length just over ten meters, and offered accommodation for four or six persons thanks to its convertible sofas and bunk berths coming into play.  Powered by twin Cats 460hp the 33 Express reached speeds up to 33 knots.
The super sportfish yacht which saved the crew is reported to be m/y Hooray a Viking 80 Enclosed Bridge with Skybridge from 2020.

New Model: Austin Parker 54 Mahon

Austin Parker continue to make its magic, and with the help of Fulvio de Simoni present the new 54 Mahon. If the perfect balance exists in mixing traditional and modern yacht looks along with interior and exterior comfort, the 54 Mahon gets pretty close to it.  The 54 Mahon offers a three double cabins lower deck, with an owners stateroom located forward to starboard which has nothing less to a full beam cabin in size and comfort.  All living, dining and galley is located on the main deck in the enclosed area, while exterior spaces offer two chaise lounging looking back with a central dinette located aft.  Tender storage is on the bathing platform in traditional style.  The Austin Parker 54 Mahon is powered by twin Cummins 715hp in line shafts or Volvo 725hp with IPS pod propulsion.  No speed data is yet communicated.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.50 m (54ft)
Beam - 5.10 m
Displacement - 22 t unloaded, 25 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSM11 715hp, Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - line shaft, or Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Project - Fulvio de Simoni
Certification - CE A