September 30, 2022

Monthly News - September 2022

-pic of the month- Aicon Wins World Yachts Trophy 2022

Aicon Wins World Yachts Trophy 2022

Aicon is pleased to announce that the new 66 Vivere was presented the "World Yachts Trophies" award in the Best functionality and Layout 2022 category!  The entire Aicon team has always believed that something great would come and has always worked with constancy, dedication and passion. Aicon Yachts is truly a family with shared ideals and common goals.  Aicon built with Sicilian heart and American soul which is now reality, in work, commitment, smiles, successes. Aicon is now gathered around the World Yachts Trophy filled with pride. We look to the future with greater enthusiasm.

Amer and Simrad Together for Environment Protection

Green Assistant is the revolutionary system devised and developed by Simrad Yachting with boatbuilder Amer Yachts. Combining electronics and C-Map cartography to support sustainable navigation, it was in the spotlight at the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge 2022 where it won the special Coup de Coer award.

Baglietto and Bio-UV Ink Deal for Bio-Sea Water Treatment

French UV water treatment specialist Bio-Uv Group has signed a major supply deal with luxury yacht builder Baglietto for several Bio-Sea ballast water treatment units for newbuild projects. The agreement, which builds on the success of Baglietto’s Bio-Sea installations over the past two years, will see the BWTS manufacturer roll out ten Bio-Sea L01-0030 low flow systems over the next 12 months. Bio-Uv Group’s scope of supply includes five skid-mounted units for the builder’s 52m T52 line and five pre-assembled modular systems for its DOM 133 line. Each ballast water treatment system, designed to treat flow rates up to 30m3/h, will be delivered with a yacht-standard white finish. The yard’s technicians will carry out the installation work, with the BWTS manufacturer’s Napoli-based certified service partner Tefin Marine Electronics Service Network, which will also be responsible for the commissioning of each system. A key requirement was that each modular Bio-Sea unit was supplied compact and pre-assembled prior to delivery for installation simplicity, explained Maxime Dedeurwaerder, Business Unit Director, Bio-Uv Group’s maritime division. “Our Bio-Sea engineering and design team was able to quickly adapt the system to meet the customer’s technical requirements and the limited space available in the machinery rooms,” he said. Each Bio-Sea L-series is made from high quality marine components, is chlorine/chemical-free, and combines mechanical filtration with the right UV dose disinfection to provide yacht owners with one of the most ecologically safe ballast water management solutions available. Camille Cosson, Manager of Bio-Sea by Bio-Uv Group’s yachts division, said: “For the low flow rates typical of this market, UV technology is widely considered the best way of protecting the sensitive marine ecosystem from non-indigenous invasive species. “For super- and mega-yacht builders like Baglietto, another advantage is that the Bio-Sea L-series is very easy to install, operate and maintain. And with a 1.36m2 footprint it fits quite easily in engine rooms.” Commenting on the work scope, Gianfranco Catanese, Sales and Service partner at Tefin, said: “For yacht builders committed to protecting our seas and oceans with state-of-the-art technology, Bio-Sea is the prefect ballast water treatment solution. This yacht builder has been very pleased with the robustness and small footprint of the units we have previously installed and commissioned and Bio-Uv Group’s lead time perfectly matched Baglietto’s build schedules.” Following the Covid pandemic demand for luxury yachts has seen a resurgence with the market expected to record CAGR of approximately 8% over the 2020-2025 period.

Bayliss Seven Ladies Top Leaderboard

The ladies on Seven competed in the 20th Annual Wine, Women, and Fishing Ladies Only Billfish tournament this past August month. Slow fishing made for a long day for many teams with a total of 12 billfish caught for the fleet of 34 boats. Fortunately for Seven, 1 blue marlin and 1 white marlin were enough to secure the win for the crew. Priscilla Gunter also received Top Lady Angler for the tournament. 

Bavaria Nominated for Powerboat of the Year

At the Cannes Yachting Festival at the beginning of September, Bavaria not only successfully presented three French premieres, but was also pleased to receive a nomination for their new Bavaria SR36 as European Powerboat of the Year.  The European Powerboat of the Year award is considered the yachting industry's Oscar for the best new motor yachts of the season. At the Yachting Festival in Cannes, the jury, consisting of trade journalists from Europe's eight leading powerboat magazines, traditionally meets to deliberate on the nominations for the award. Among the finalists for the 2023 award is the new Bavaria SR36, which was tested by the jury on the Baltic Sea and off the coast of Mallorca in spring. The Bavaria team proudly accepted the nomination at the prestigious boat show on the Côte d'Azur. The European Powerboat of the Year award itself will then be presented at boot Dusseldorf boat in January 2023.

Cranchi Private Show October 2022

Over recent years Cranchi has learned how use the imagination to plan events which can ensure an experience for ship owners that is fully customised and totally safe in every respect: the Cranchi Private Show, a private boat show that offers fans of the brand who are interested in buying a yacht the opportunity to view the Cranchi range and test their favourite models at sea. The new edition of the Cranchi Private Show will begin at the end of October, and will once again be held at the "Italo Monzino" Marine Test Centre, the shipyard's showroom on the Adriatic Sea, against an exclusive and bewitching natural backdrop. Make sure you can be there: in order to take part, you need to make an appointment with your dealer.

Cranchi Grand Tour is Back

The Cranchi Grand Tour is back, with the open days organised by Moniga Porto Nautica set to be held on the first two weekends of October: this travelling calendar of events organised in collaboration with the Cranchi Yachts dealer network is designed to celebrate the joy of sailing and to enable those in attendance to discover the range offered by the shipyard. The first dates are set for the 1st and 2nd of October, and then for the 8th and 9th of the same month, in Moniga del Garda, on the Lombard shore of Lake Garda.

Cranchi New Care Centre in Sardinia

The Cranchi Yachts Marine Division is putting the finishing touches on preparations for the inauguration of a new facility, which will enable customers to benefit from refitting and maintenance, pre-delivery inspection and dry storage services. The new centre can be found in Cala Seccaia, right next to Olbia and the Costa Smeralda. A team of technicians trained by the shipyard will be working at the facility, making use of ultra-modern equipment including a 120-tonne travel lift and special trolleys for handling and moving hulls in total safety.

Fairline Takes World Yacht Trophies 2022 Best Exterior Design

British luxury motor yacht manufacturer Fairline has been awarded Best Exterior Design for its new Phantom 65 in the 2022 World Yacht Trophies awards announced during this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival.  The World Yachts Trophies gala dinner rewards the best motor boats and yachts from 13m-140m launched during the year and is followed by a unique Yachts Parade showcasing the most beautiful yachts in the Bay of Cannes.  Miles Moorhouse, Head of Marketing at Fairline, said of the win: “This is another great win for Fairline and in particular our design team, which have worked incredibly hard perfecting the exterior and the contemporary interior styling. It’s fantastic to be recognised internationally at such a prestigious event with stunning boats from all over the world. Everyone at Fairline can be very proud that each time we have entered these prestigious awards, we have won. This includes the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022 awards, and hopefully in many years to come.”  The Phantom 65 is Fairline’s first sportbridge yacht bringing an incredibly elegant and modern design to the model range. It offers a variety of social spaces including al-fresco dining, entertaining and lounging space for guests to soak up the sun. Synchronising the volume that is seen on the Squadron, the Phantom brings the streamlined proportions of a Targa, epitomising luxury, handling, performance and space.  The exterior of the Phantom 65 is based on the technical platform of the award-winning Targa 65 featuring sleek lines and large, expansive hull glazing teamed with an expansive sunroof to bathe the interior with natural light. It also boasts a tender garage suitable for a Williams 345 SportJet and offers two engine options - twin Caterpillar C18-1150’s with 31-knot performance, or twin V12 Caterpillar C32-1622’s reaching 37 knots.  The main deck of the Phantom 65 is made for flexible entertaining. It brings the owner an abundance of usable spaces, from generous dining to comfortable saloon seating. At its core, the Phantom 65 offers effortless flow, blending seamlessly from one space to another, creating a haven of tranquillity to relax in.

Feadship Fleet Spotter's Guide

We are proud to unveil a new and updated edition of our popular Feadship Spotter’s Guide. This book is our attempt to identify every Feadship ever built and pack it into a pocket-sized companion that travels easily. From vintage models and recently ‘rediscovered’ Feadships to the latest custom yachts to roll out of our yards in 2022, all our yachts are identified by name, hull number and length overall (LOA) at the time of launch. Created in collaboration with the Feadship Historic Committee, it includes rare and one-off photography and brief histories of Feadship and its founding partners.  The Feadship Spotter’s Guide is the perfect companion for the nautical community or anyone who has made a hobby out of identifying Feadships. Visit our stand in Monaco to obtain your personal copy. Enjoy this float through history, and happy spotting!

Feadship Maintaining Standards

It is a great honour when owners return their prize possessions to Feadship for repairs, refits or even routine maintenance. The still-avant garde Siran is such a story. Launched in 1992, this year marks Siran’s third refit in Makkum. During the second refit in 2015 her aft deck was lengthened. Behind Siran is Firebird, ex-Anna delivered in 2007. Firebird will also have a stern extension during this year period

Ferretti Group Wins in Three Majors Boating Events

Ferretti Group and its yachts fill everyone with enthusiasm: clients, as demonstrated by the dramatic increase in turnover, but also judging panels made up of experts and insiders, in this case those of three prestigious events in the international yachting world: the World Yacht Trophies, the Asian Marine & Boating Awards Gala and, lastly, the Design Innovation Awards.  During the three events, which took place respectively on September 10, 16 and 23, Ferretti Group received major awards for some of the new models in its incredible range.  A remarkable five awards that seal the primacy of Made in Italy style and the many design and technology innovations featured on the Group’s yachts. The Awards are:
World Yacht Trophies; Ferretti Yachts 860: Best Layout Trophy, in the under 30-metre category, Riva 102’ Corsaro Super: Most Achieved Yacht, Custom Line 140’: Best Layout Trophy.  Asian Marine and Boating Awards Gala; Ferretti Yachts received the Boat Industry Brand Award 2022.  Design Innovation Awards; Ferretti Yachts 860: Motor yachts over 10 m LH - for the elegance of the exterior styling and interiors in line with brand quality.  These accolades reward a vision of yachting as the art of beauty and the ability to innovate, one that successfully characterises every boat with unique and authentic style and design. This aesthetic supremacy and undisputed leadership are the result of major investments, fuelled by peerless know-how and craftsmanship.  After outstanding results in the first half, Ferretti Group is gearing up to make some major new product announcements in the second half of the year too.

Ferretti Group Acquires Two Historical Suppliers

Ferretti Group announces the acquisition of the majority stake of two companies that are part of its supply chain: Masello Srl and Fratelli Canalicchio SpA.  Massello Srl, based in Fano, is a company with extensive experience in wooden furniture for yachts and has recently launched an innovative on-board assembly service. Fratelli Canalicchio SpA, based in Narni, is specialized in static exteriors and automatic kinetic systems for yachts.  As of 2021, the combined revenues of the two companies will amount to approximately € 13 million. As a result of the integration with the Ferretti Group, the two companies are expected to generate sales of approximately €30 million by 2025. The two transactions, in line with the Group’s strategy, are aimed at improving overall profitability and gaining even more control over the production and procurement phases.  "We have finalised these two transactions because the acquisition of control of a strategic supplier ensures stability and reliability, improves industrial performance and insourcing of expertise. We are confident that the upstream integration will allow us to express even more quality and optimise costs and time," said Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group.

Ferretti Group and Rolls Royce Extend Framework Agreement

Ferretti Group a world-leading luxury yacht manufacturer, is to continue to use Rolls-Royce MTU engines and propulsion systems to power its yachts.  Rolls-Royce's mtu engines and propulsion systems have been deployed by Ferretti Group, especially in its larger models. Their power delivery, reliability and fuel efficiency have earned them a permanent place in the engine rooms of the Group’s yachts.  “Ferretti's renewal of this framework agreement is a tremendous vote of confidence in us and in our mtu products, in a challenging market and a challenging technological environment” said Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.  “Working together, we will also meet the climate and environmental challenges that lie ahead,” assured Denise Kurtulus, Vice President of Global Marine at Rolls-Royce's Power Systems division. For the foreseeable future, the internal combustion engine will be the power source of choice for applications – including yachts – which require maximum performance from a compact power pack, and will have an important part to play as we move into a world of sustainable shipping. In 2024, a Ferretti Group yacht is scheduled to be built with an mtu hybrid propulsion system. Moreover, 2023 will see the mtu Series 2000 and 4000 yacht engines being approved to run on synthetic sustainable fuels complying with the EN15940 standard. These include fuels such as HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil) and e-diesel.  "I am extremely happy to announce the renewal of the agreement with Rolls-Royce for mtu products and solutions. The five-year term is crucial, because it offers the guarantee that supplies are always available and prices are sheltered from market swings.” Said Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group. "This agreement also further increases the efficiency of our supply chain, with clear benefits for us and our customers."  In future, Rolls-Royce will be supplying more than its MTU Series 2000 and 4000 to the Ferretti Group. From 2024, Ferretti will also be equipping smaller yachts with complete MTU NautiQ bridge systems developed together with bridge specialist Team Italia, with whom Rolls-Royce has agreed a close partnership. 

Formula Makes News with

Recently, featured the Formula 380 SSC in their newsletter. They wrote, "How many friends can you welcome aboard the Formula 380 SSC? With open spaces from bow to stern, why not all of them?"  Another was about the Formula Customer Experience? is ready to share. Recently, they wrote, "What do buyers like about the Formula Customer Experience? Some of the answers might surprise you.

Maritimo Migration Heads to Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is the traditional center of yachting in America, a city steeped in the sea both past and present, where majestic J-boats still duel offshore in a replay of the America’s Cup—a dozen epic battles took place here from 1930 to 1983—and yacht yards marinas line the harbor offering unequaled views and a variety of services in a thriving seaport. This vibrant city shares its history as a summer playground for the well-to-do with Gilded-Age mansions, a waterfront lined with quaint lanes, and an energized community built around a population of locals, summer residents, and visitors that are all seeking a taste of the yachting life.  The Maritimo Migration kicked off on Friday, September 23, as Maritimos arrived at the Newport Yachting Center. After guests registered, several gathered for cocktails trading cruising stories, adventures and comparing their Maritimos.  Later the group paid a visit to Sardella’s, an Italian restaurant featuring hearty, traditional dishes and a convivial atmosphere, where the group shared a light-hearted discussion of how each of them settled on the names of their boats.  On Saturday morning, the group gathered for a breakfast meeting with Northrop and Operations Director Phil Candler, who came from Australia to join the trip. The two shared details and insights into the company’s plans for the future, including design ideas, upcoming models, and production details.  Maritimo prides itself listening to its owners and analyzing their design input. After all, the thinking goes, who knows better how a yacht really serves its purpose than a dedicated cruiser who sees her through real-world conditions.   After the breakfast meeting, the group descended upon Newport, splitting up to explore. Some enjoyed a visit to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where the first U.S. Open was contested. Others ventured into the downtown area including Bannister’s and Bowen’s Wharves, having a taste of the town, while other took advantage of the hop-on hop-off trolley to delve into the some of the sights along Bellevue Avenue, including the Newport Mansions built by Vanderbilts, Morgans, Astors, and other noteworthy families of the Gilded Age.  Later the group reconvened at the Newport Yachting Center for docktails and a yacht hop where guests could look in on other Maritimo models and see the differences in the designs. Recent models such as the M50 and M58 were located alongside examples of the S55, M51, and M64, giving everyone a good taste of these cruising yachts. The group then gathered at 22 Bowen’s for the final dinner, with stories shared that offered still more insight into the cruising experiences afforded by owning a capable luxury motoryacht.

Nimbus Customers Early Order Campaign

Nimbus Customers campaign will get a special price with a 15% discount for all canopies ordered before 2022-10-31. A Nimbus owners needs to advise boat model, year, color of canopy and pattern number on your old canopy.  Also Numbus is giving 15% discount on both SUP and Dinghy. Only valid in Nimbus web shop and as long as in stock.

Pardo Powerboat of the Year 2022 Nominee

Pardo is proud to inform that its most recent yacht the GT52 has entered the shortlist for the prestigious PowerBoat Of The Year award in the "Up To 20m" Category. The competition is organized by Boote, one of the most read German powerboat magazines. The award ceremony will take place in Düsseldorf, during Boot 2023.

Posillipo Returns in InRizzardi Group

The announcement closes the repurchase of the well-known brand, which Rizzardi saved from bankruptcy in 1994. The first new 90 Technema by Posillipo made its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2022.  A charming super yacht with contemporary lines that maintain the family-feeling of the sumptuous flying-bridges of the 'Technema' line which debuted in 1978 with the 65/68 model.  Official presentation of Posillipo and Technema took place during a press conference at the 2022 Genoa International Boat Show.

Riviera Enhances Service Academy

A team of 25 of Australia's most skilled and experienced marine technicians and engineers came together recently for a three-day training and service academy hosted by Riviera, Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder.  Together, they represented the strong skills of the R Marine network of Riviera dealerships around Australia, eager to grow their knowledge of the latest systems and technologies being employed on luxury motor yachts.  The service academy took participants through the entire yacht production process at Riviera's 16-hectare state-of-the-art facility on Queensland's Gold Coast, from lamination to timber and varnish, stainless steel fit-out through to waterfront quality control and audit. They also learned details of Riviera's latest safety systems, vessel care, maintenance and system connectivity, designed to make boating with Riviera easier, safer and more enjoyable.  Sharm Brown, service manager at R Marine Jones on the Gold Coast, said he has seen immediate benefits from the course.  Glen Secombe, service manager at R Marine Jacksons in Melbourne, was grateful for the detailed explanations of the new Siren Marine remote yacht monitoring system that is provided with every new Riviera yacht.  Riviera hosted the participants to a series of social events over the three-day period to encourage interaction and exchanges to further build the nation-wide team.  Chris Attard, Riviera’s Dealer and Owner Care Senior Technical Manager, said the three day academy comprising more than 20 workshops is a part of an annual program conducted by Riviera focused on developing the skills of its dealer network teams.

Riviera Pacific North-West Rendezvous

After two years of closed borders, it was with a sense of relief and exuberance that Seattle’s Rivera representatives, Emerald Pacific Yachts, welcomed more than 40 Riviera luxury motor yachts to the 2022 Roche Harbour Rendezvous. Cruising in from around Seattle, US, and Vancouver, Canada, more than 100 Riviera boaters were reunited at the pristine and historic seaside resort of Roche Harbour in the San Juan Islands, Washington, US.  Facing the Canada-US border, the harbour provides one of the better protected anchorages of the islands and was large enough to accommodate the Riviera family for a mid-June weekend of friendship, socialising, games and golf.  

Riviera Owners Pet Photo Competition

A of Olly titled ‘Riving the dream’ aboard PlayStation has won the Riviera family’s popular vote (and stolen hearts!) in our special pet photo competition. Around 30 photos of adventurous canines and fearless felines were submitted, showcasing just how enjoyable the Riviera lifestyle also is for pets when alongside their owners.  Thank you all for sharing your photos of your furry friends. Sharing the dream with special companions makes the Riviera experience all the more fulfilling, which is why next month we celebrate our boating life with children. Announcing our new Owners Photo Competition theme – Children on board!  Children bring unbridled joy, humour and can make for enthusiastic crew members. Our children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, godchildren, stepchildren or friend’s children, these little people offer a different dimension to boating. Whether it’s showing a child how to bait a hook, guiding them at the helm or revealing the wonders of the marine life, it’s a true pleasure to share the Riviera life with children.  To send us your ‘mini me’ photos, simply click on the link at the end of this story to submit your entry for our next competition.

Sunreef on M6 Channel

In an exclusive recap of the Cannes Yachting Festival, the French TV show 66 minutes takes a look back at the most exciting yachts on display. The electric Sunreef 80 Eco and Francis Lapp – founder of Sunreef Yachts are the stars of the episode.

Sunreef Meet and Greet in Singapore

In celebration of the Singapore Grand Prix, Sunreef Yachts and Hong Seh hosted an intimate evening on Wednesday, September 28th, honoring future 60 Sunreef Power Eco yacht owner Fernando Alonso.

Sunreef Onboard with Fernando Alonso

On September 7, the Sunreef 80 Eco welcomed press representatives from across the globe for Sunreef Yachts’ press breakfast and briefing with Fernando Alonso. During the event, the two-time Formula 1 world champion and future owner of the Sunreef 60 Eco shared his vision of electric yachting. The Sunreef Yachts team also seized the opportunity to present the first renders of a new electric motoryacht model.  

Sunreef Wins World Yacht Trophy 2022

On September 10, the 100 Sunreef Power was elected as Best Power Driven Catamaran at the prestigious World Yachts Trophies gala. One of the industry’s most renowned awards ceremonies, the World Yachts Trophies gathered over 700 guests on the beach of the International Carlton Cannes for a unique night celebrating the world’s finest yachts.  By the end of the Cannes Yachting Festival, company founder and president Francis Lapp met H.H Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Maktoum Al Maktoum, member of Dubai's ruling family to discuss his plans of expansion in the United Arab Emirates.

Sunseeker Wins Best Exterior Design at World Yacht Trophy 2022

The exceptional Sunseeker 100 Yacht wins the ‘Best Exterior Design’ award in one of the most prestigious and internationally recognised awards in the yachting industry.  Andrea Frabetti, CEO at Sunseeker International, commented: “We are thrilled to win this prestigious award at Cannes Yachting Festival, completing what has already been a spectacular show for Sunseeker and its global dealer network. Building on our multi-award-winning portfolio, the latest 100 Yacht joins an expanding range of yachts designed and built to exceptional quality standards and unmatched innovation. These awards are a great testament to Sunseeker’s commitment to New Product Development, pushing the boundaries in naval architecture, engineering, construction and design, to offer a unique and completely new product for every client.”

Swan Appoints Powerboats Chief Technical and Operations Officer

Giovanni Pomati, Nautor Group CEO, recently announced the appointment of Fabio Marcellino as Power Boats Chief Technical and Operations Officer at Nautor Group.  Fabio spent eleven years in the Ferretti Group as Project Manager for Ferretti Yachts and Custom Line’s brand new models and then Product Manager. He afterwards joined Bavaria Yachts and he spent last four years as New Products Development Director for Bluegame.  At Nautor Swan, Fabio Marcellino, working toe to toe with Michelangelo Casadei, CTOO and Roy Capasso, Commercial Director,  will have responsibility for the development process of power boats from conception to market launch as well as product management thereafter. He will interact with all departments, with particular focus on Engineering and product definition.  The appointment of Marcellino is part of the development of the Nautor power yacht division.  “The decision to dedicate a full time very experienced resource to the Power project shows Nautor commitment to develop this business leveraging on the incredible experience collected in the Sail in the past 56 years. On behalf of the entire Nautor Group I warmly welcome Fabio to the team.” said Giovanni Pomati CEO.

Van Der Valk Wins World Yacht Trophy 2022

Topping off a great week for Van der Valk at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Dutch yacht builder is delighted to share the news that Lady Lene has won another prestigious award. At a sparkling ceremony to conclude the Cannes show, this elegant 34-metre explorer won a World Yacht Trophy in the category ‘Best Custom Yacht’. Congratulations are due both to the owners who used all their rich experience on this custom project as well as the Van der Valk craftsmen who ensured each and every wish was completed to perfection.

VanDutch Center Miami Grand Opening

VanDutch Center opens its doors in Miami under the guidance of Sergio Sagramoso and Brett David, leading a new team of professionals, responsible for bringing the VanDutch brand and the Made in Italy spirit of the renowned shipyard across the ocean. The VanDutch Center will be more than an official sales point in the US. VanDutch focuses on delivering the ultimate experience for elite yacht lovers promoting a strong sense of community among local and international VanDutch owners. Sergio Sagramoso and his team are unveiling brand-new offices, an ideal place to discover the latest models and explore a collection of exclusive experiences and premium services including luxury charter services and a calendar of special events and gatherings throughout the year.  

Viking Demands NOAA to Stop New Rule

A rushed proposed rule to implement 10-knot speed restrictions for boats larger than 35 feet from Massachusetts to Florida could devastate the entire marine industry and cripple America’s outdoor economy.  The National Marine Fisheries Service, an agency within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is proposing amendments to the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule to reduce the likelihood of vessel strikes. The federal rule would broaden the current 10-knot speed limit to include boats 35 feet and larger (down from 65 feet); expand the zones from discrete calving areas to virtually the entire East Coast as far out as 100 nautical miles; and extend the go-slow mandate for up to seven months a year.  "As written, it would be the most consequential maritime regulation that we have ever seen imposed on the recreational boating and fishing sector,” says John DePersenaire, Director of Government Affairs and Sustainability for Viking Yachts. “The proposal will affect not only boat owners but marinas, tackle shops, charter boat operators – all maritime-related businesses on the Atlantic Coast.”  “This would be a devastating regulatory mandate,” says Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “Right whale vessel strikes have just not been an issue for our industry. This is a classic example of government overreach.” The proposed rule was published August 1, 2022, without any engagement with the recreational boating and fishing community. After Viking and a coalition of fishing and boating organizations voiced their concerns, NOAA extended the public comment period to October 31.  “We really need to turn up the volume and make sure our voices are heard,” says Pat. “Everyone needs to rally – boat owners, yacht clubs, marinas, fishing clubs, charter boat associations. This is a huge deal, and we don’t have much time.”
Viking Triple Play

To keep up with the demand of building boats, Viking’s Metal Shop has added a third computer numerical control (CNC) machine which will create hundreds of parts. “The machine will be a huge help with the volume of work flowing through this department,” said Metal Shop Supervisor Joe Martorana. This new CNC is similar to the existing machines but has newer technology. Training (above) involved the Haas team providing two days of hands-on learning and program creation through Autodesk’s Fusion 360. By using this software the Metal Shop can interact directly with Viking’s 3D engineering models.  Four team members are trained to work with the machine and eventually one will be dedicated to it. Evan Bahrle, Supervisor of the Metal Shop, says, “We aim to train our employees across many machines, so they are well-rounded and able to transfer their knowledge and abilities to other team members, making this a stronger department.”

Viking Health Services On Call

Gary Reich Soundings Trade Only Editor-In-Chief, stopped by Viking’s New Gretna, New Jersey’s manufacturing plant to get the inside scoop from Steve Marks and Billeny Rivera on the upcoming 35th anniversary of the company’s Health Services. Conceived by Viking Co-founders Bill Healey and Bob Healey Sr., and implemented by Executive Vice President Drew Davala, Health Services was created to take care of Viking’s most valuable assets its employees. In addition to having an onsite Medical Department, Viking offers a Wellness Center physical fitness facility. Look for an upcoming story in Trade Only, and Viking’s Valhalla magazine on the development and success of Viking’s Health Services.

Viking at International Billfish Tournament

Sari Victoria won the International Billfish Tournament with three blue and one white marlin releases. Manuel Saavedra’s Viking 72 released a blue and a white on Day 1 while fishing off San Juan, Puerto Rico. That was followed up with another blue on Day 2 and another on the third and final fishing day. The tally earned Sari Victoria Best Boat while Carlos Luis Rodriguez and Manuel received Best Overall Angler and 2nd Best Angler, respectively. Manuel explained that they achieved the victory, “by capitalizing on all the fish we had. We didn’t miss any!”  Third Best Boat went to the Viking 64 Picara. Best Lady Angler was Carolina Stubbe who fished on the Viking 70 Prisa.

Viking at Mobile Big Game Fishing Club Labour Day Tournament

The Mobile Big Game Fishing Club Labor Day Tournament produced one winning blue marlin – twice! Toby Berthelot bent the rod on Day 1 with a 125” blue that weighed 785 pounds. The fish not only won the Labor Day Tournament, it also sits at the top of the Mongo Offshore Challenge Gulf Coast Division. Toby was fishing on the Viking 58 Rising Son’s.  Robert Burroughs, aboard his Viking 70 Quick Time, released three blue marlin for 2nd Place Release Team in the Moblie Tournament. Craig Smith and Brian Leiser each released a blue marlin on the Viking 72 Breathe Easy for 3rd Place Release Team.  First and 2nd Place Tuna were awarded to the Viking 52 Up-To-It. Jett Tolbert weighed a 179-pounder, while Derek Kranz put up a 173.4-pound fish. 

Viking at Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament

Cuttin’ Up struck early to win the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament. The Viking 64, owned by Steve Jones and run by his son Nick, boated a 612.5-pound blue marlin on Day 1, which held on to win the team a six-figure check. Josh Bowen hooked the fish that contributed to the team capturing Top Boat, Top Angler and Top Crew. Steven “Travis” Jones and William “Skip” Price were mates. Second Place Dolphin was awarded to Connor O’Day with a 15.1-pound fish. Connor also claimed Top Junior Angler while fishing on Ryan Dickerson’s Viking 42 Courtney Beth. Todd Askins weighed the 3rd Place Wahoo, registering 35.6 pounds. Todd fished on Dan Clarkson’s Valhalla 41 Altrove.

Viking at the MidAtlantic 2022

The MidAltantic was packed with thrills as 178 elite sportfishing teams vied for their piece of a $5.23 million purse. Fishing out of two ports– Cape May, NJ and Ocean City, MD– the final day of fishing saw the largest fleet of the week head offshore– 160 boats. And it was anyone’s game! When the scales settled, Michael Jordan’s Viking 80 Catch 23 captured 2nd Place White Marlin. Captain Stetson Turney pulled Catch 23 to the scales and weighed a 73-pounder for angler Patrick Field on Day 3 of the five-day event. The Catch 23 team also released a pair of blue marlin and six white marlin (and weighed a trio of tuna) for 2nd Place Overall Points.  On the final day of the event, rumor spread that a big white was headed to the weigh station. Michael Pintozzi wheeled his Viking 54 Random Chaos in and put up a white for Tom Jarvis. The fish weighed 66 pounds, good enough for 3rd Place.  Third Place Most Points White Marlin was captured by the Viking 80. Led by captain Sean Dooley, the team released 10 white marlin. The Viking 80 also took 1st Place Billfish Points Cape May.  When the scales settled, Michael Jordan’s Viking 80 Catch 23 captured 2nd Place White Marlin. Captain Stetson Turney pulled Catch 23 to the scales and weighed a 73-pounder for angler Patrick Field on Day 3 of the five-day event. The Catch 23 team also released a pair of blue marlin and six white marlin (and weighed a trio of tuna) for 2nd Place Overall Points.  On the final day of the event, rumor spread that a big white was headed to the weigh station. Michael Pintozzi wheeled his Viking 54 Random Chaos in and put up a white for Tom Jarvis. The fish weighed 66 pounds, good enough for 3rd Place.  Third Place Most Points White Marlin was captured by the Viking 80. Led by captain Sean Dooley, the team released 10 white marlin. The Viking 80 also took 1st Place Billfish Points Cape May.  The blue marlin category was hotly contested all week, but Captain James Putzig backed the Viking 68 Lucky 7, owned by Robert Boyce, to the scale. Robert Boyce Jr. battled the 119.8” fish that weighed 619 pounds and claimed 2nd Place. Robert Jr. also released a blue clinching the 2nd Place Most Blue Marlin Points title. Lucky 7 also claimed 2nd Place Billfish Points Cape May, followed by the Viking 52 Outrage.  Most Points Blue Marlin was awarded to Joe Bernert’s Viking 72 Quick Raise. Pete Spera released a pair of blues, while Neal Dixon released one. Anthony Pennella was at the wheel.  Tuna was another competitive category with no fewer than 86 weighed during the week. Art Boykin’s Viking 48 Lucky Duck took the Heaviest Tuna with a big eye of 210 pounds caught by John Thornton on Day 4.  Captain Evan Millas put Bob Hugin aboard his Viking 62 The Right Place into 2nd and 3rd Place after weighing a pair of big eye tuna at 193 and 152 pounds caught by Bob and Deane Lambros. This is the 2nd consecutive year a Viking would win two places in the Heaviest Tuna Division. Last year Chip Caruso’s Viking 70 Pipe Dreamer dominated the category with a pair of big eyes weighing 235 and 227 pounds to take 1st and 2nd Place.  The Right Place also captured 2nd Place Most Tuna Points.  With an hour left in the tournament, Mike Penza weighed a 46-pound wahoo to take 3rd Place in that category. Mike was fishing his just-delivered Viking 64 Oil Slick with Captain Chris Dudzek at the helm.  Ellen Gross, fishing Joseph Valentine’s Viking 61 Valentine, weighed the Heaviest Dolphin at 43 pounds. Travis Scott was behind the wheel.  Captain Spencer Bradley took Billy Wrede’s Viking 62 Lovin’ Life to the scales. Brett Broph weighed the 2nd Place Dolphin at 39 pounds.  Although not a category in the MidAtlantic, George Robinson and his team on the Viking 64 Polarizer achieved a Grand Slam. That is, they released a blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish in one day. This is quite an accomplishment as Grand Slams are very rare in the Northeast. Congrats to George, Captain Bill Davis and the crew.

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