March 30, 2023

Project: Vanquish VQ70

Vanquish present the project for the VQ70, which is a further development of the VQ68 which the Dutch builder announced in 2020. The redesigned VQ70 project was welcomed with surge of interest in Cannes 2022 for the VQ70, with three orders coming in following its presentation. The first VQ70 will feature a T-Top and is to be powered by twin 2000hp Man engines with waterjet drives custom built for an American client to sail around Miami and the Bahamas. The immediate popularity of the VQ70 which is also available in a hard-top version, and comes as a logical extension of the best-selling VQ58.  Vanquish futuristic take on mixing style with power, the VQ70 is a speedy sport yacht that offers lots of outdoor space for eating, lounging and partying with a standard accommodation layout of two double stateroom layout, plus a two berth crew cabin at midships.  The Vanquish will also feature two garage one at midships with side starboard exit, and a traditional garage under the sun-pad.  Both garages can accommodate Vanquish custom build VQ11 tender.  Vanqusih VQ70 is standard powered by triple Volvo 1000hp for a top speed up to 35 knots, or as is the case of hull one with twin Man 2000hp combined to waterjets propulsion which will give fifty knots wide open throttle speeds.

March 29, 2023

Giuseppe Taranto 1969 - 2023

Giuseppe Taranto, Vice President of The Italian Sea Group, has died after a long illness, and left for the better World on Tuesday 28 February at 53 years of age.  Giovianni Costantino CEO of the Italian Sea Group in a press release remembered Giuseppe Taranto with great affection having collaborated and worked with him for the last thirty years. Giuseppe Taranto who is from the Italian region of Apulia, was resident in Lido di Camaiore in Tuscany.  He joined Tecnomar in 2009 as a general manager, and in 2016 was appointed as Vice Chairman and a board director member of the Italian Sea Group. Giuseppe Taranto is remembered with great affection by his wife Lucia, and his two children Ludovica and Valentino, family and friends.

New Model: Prestige M48

In 2022 Prestige surprised everyone by announcing and launching its first power catamaran.  It is a bold move by Prestige and Beneteau Group, who already have a catamaran platform with the Lagoon brand who also offers two 67 and 78 feet power models.  The M48 comes from a design of Garroni, the designer of all Prestige models with help coming from Philippe Briand.  The two designers presented a fourteen meter by six sized power catamaran, with accommodation of three or four double cabins, plus a crew cabin forward.  The master cabin is located forward in the three cabins version, or in the starboard side in the four cabins layout.  A crew cabin is located to forward in the port hull with a shower head located on the other hull.  The living is on the main deck and features an astern galley layout.  The Prestige M48 is powered by twin Volvo 320hp in line shaft propulsion giving a top speed up to twenty knots.  Prestige is following the M48 with the bigger M8 nineteen meter model set to launch later this year.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.79 (48.6ft)
Hull Length - 14.3 m
Beam - 6 m
Draft - 1.20 m
Displacement - 18002 kg light, 25180kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1200 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - six/seven berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 320hp
Propulsion - V-drive line shaft
Speed - twenty knots max, fifteen knots cruise
Project - Garroni, Philippe Briand
Certification - CE B-12,C-14,D-16

March 28, 2023

Project: Seanfinity T7HT

Seanfinity from South of Rome in Italy has been on the growing side of things and after launching its T4 and T5 models, present the project for a larger T7, a sport yacht of 21 meters.  Designed by Gianluca Caputi, a talented designer who was part owner and designer of the Italcraft revamp in the noughties, the Seanfinity T7 is semi custom project available in HT as pictured above with inboards surface drives, and or quadruple outboards Mercury 600hp.  Seanfinity and Caputi who apart the designer is also part owner, along with Vincenzo Tuccio of Top System surface drives fame is far giving little details, possibly also because this is a very semi custom project.  So far we can see that the Seanfinity T7 will have a transformative aft deck, with opening side balconies, which transform the aft into a massive beach bathing platform. 

March 27, 2023

New Model: Nordhavn N625

Nordhavn has just launched its new and first N625 model at the start of this month, arriving for commissioning in Dana Point, California. Designed by Nordhavn's Jeff Leishman the 625 is developed on the successful 60 platform, which was born from the 55 and is also the basis for the 63 models. Together these three models; 55, 60 and 63 have sold more then a hundred hulls, and now with this 625 that number will be going further upwards.  The Nordhavn N625 offers a single floor accommodation plan, with a technical area on the lower hull and a pilot house on top.  For this design solution she is a different offering a very living main deck, with the large Master and VIP staterooms on the forward part of the main deck.  The Nordhavn N625 is powered by a single John Deere 325hp engine.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.7 m (64.8ft)
Waterline Length - 17.4 m
Beam - 5.49 m
Draft - 2.02 m
Displacement - 62.6 t
Fuel Capacity - 8517 l
Water Capacity - 2271 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 1 x John Deere 6090AFM85 325hp
Propulsion - ZF gearbox with four bladed propellers
Construction - Vinilester resin in three layers, Gurti G80 core sandwich on hull sides
Project - Jeff Leishman

March 26, 2023

Project: Burger 122 RPH Motor Yacht

Designed Gregory K. Marshall and the Burger design team, the Wisconsin based builder presents the project for the 122 Raised Pilot House Motor Yacht. A stately and sleek custom super yacht, the 122 RPH Motor Yacht is a semi wide body sleek looking super yacht, with a custom accommodation of ten guests in five double cabins, including of which is an owners stateroom located on the forward part of the main deck. Crew are is located on the forward part of the main deck and offers a lounge with galley and an accommodation for six, including a captains cabin with double berth.  The Burger 122 RPH also offers a tender garage aft.  A fully custom build, the Burger 122 RPH Motor Yacht is estimated to reach speeds up to 24 knots.  

March 25, 2023

New Model: Viking 90 SB

In the early part of 2023 Viking launched its new 90 SB flagship, a 27 meters super sportfish yacht with all the birds and whistles.   A replacement to the 92 which debuted in the fall of 2014 and produced till 2022 sold in 21 units, of which sixteen where in the Enclosed Bridge variant.  The 90 is also the third in size Viking ever made if we add the 93 MY which sold in only one unit in 2017.  Following the introduction of Selective Catalytic Treatment Viking would have continued production of the non stop selling 92, but the new rules needed the New Gretna to go back to the drawing board and make a flagship with a 24 meter hull length.  The 90 looks all based on the 92 with an identical beam and will offer a five double stateroom layout with an owners master stateroom at midships.  A crew cabin with separate shower is located aft.  Beside the Sky Bridge version off hull one the 90 is also available in Enclosed Bridge or open Convertible version, with this being sold as hull number four and has started construction in the fall of 2022.  Available with three engines from standard Cats 1925hp, or optional 2433hp, and MTU 2635hp with these last fitted to hull one.  The 90 has so far sold in fifteen units after its debut at the Viking VIP preview in end January, and World launch in the Miami boat show in February 2013.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.41 m (90ft)
Beam - 7.05 m
Draft - 1.80 m
Displacement - 92378 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 14388 l
Water Capacity - 1817 l
Accommodation - ten berths in five cabins, one crew cabin for two
Engines - 2 x Cats C32A 1925hp, C32B 2433hp, MTU Series 2000 V16 M96L 2635hp
Propulsion - direct line shaft
Speed - 38 knots max 33 cruise
Range - 600 nm at cruise

March 24, 2023

Azimut Super Yacht Beaches in Fort Lauderdale Channel

A 35 meter Azimut super yacht titled m/y Rylax with George Town flag ended beached and stuck in low tide while navigating in Fort Lauderdale's New River channels on the late morning of Wednesday March 22.  According to some reports the Azimut super yacht was a bit unlucky as the tide was just going out when doing a tight corner manoeuvring in the channel.  The Azimut super yacht was later assisted by Sea Tow with no success in towing her to deeper waters up until higher tide came in.  News if the yacht sustained any damage is not reported.
M/y Rylax is an Azimut 116 from 2005.  Designed by Stefano Righini the 116 was presented in 2004 and produced till 2011 in 29 units.  Offering five double guest rooms and three crew cabins, the 116 was Azimut flagship at the time of launch, and its second largest build to that date following the 118 Penthouse from 1994. The Azimut 116 was replaced by the Grande 35 Metri in 2016.

Project: Breedendam Eightzero Sport

The Leeuwarden-based shipyard, Breedendam has revealed its latest super sport yacht concept: the 24-metre convertible Eightzero Sport designed by long-time collaborator, Guido de Groot who was also responsible for designing the WW2 British Navy-inspired Fourzero and Sixzero models.  The Breedendam EightZero Sport concept aims to take a fresh look at how a classy gentleman’s sport yacht look according to her designer, by taking the lines and level of outfitting beyond what is expected from a typical large open super sport yacht.  Designed with various interior layout possibilities and propulsion options on offer, the Eightzero Sport is home to a large open outdoor entertainment deck with different seating areas, including one to fore deck. She features a spacious multifunctional aft deck. This carefully thought out space is perfect for guests to relax and take in their surroundings with removable furniture available on request, and for deploying tenders and toys. In addition, her large aft garage has space for a tender, WaveRunner and numerous other water toys. Created with socialising in mind, a great deal of attention has been given to ensuring that exterior and interior spaces blend seamlessly together for a relaxing onboard experience, with the large main deck aft cockpit area designed so that it can easily become part of the saloon area once it is closed off. Accommodation is provided for up to eight guests across three cabins, comprising one master, one VIP cabin and one additional guest stateroom, all of which are ensuite, as well as one crew cabin which houses two crew. Performance-wise, the Eightzero can either be powered by three Volvo 900 or 1000hp with IPS1200 pod drives for estimated top speeds up to 32 knots.  Alternatively Breedendam is also offering larger Man or MTU engine with top speeds up to forty knots.

March 23, 2023

New Model: Aquador 300 HT

Aquador present the brand new 300 HT, a ground-breaking hard-top sport cruiser, with modern lines and full of features to suit the North European boater.  Designed for use and the Northern European market the Aquador 300 HT is a three part hard top sport cruiser, with a living on the main deck offering an L-shaped dinette to starboard, with galley opposite and dual seat helm station forward.  The lower deck offers accommodation for four with a double V-shaped berth forward, and a guest cabin with double berth to starboard.  A shower head is located to starboard in between the two sleeping areas.  The Aquador 300HT is powered by a single Mercury 270hp diesel engine with sterndrive, and or optional Yanmar 370hp, or twin petrol-gas outboards of 225hp or 250hp.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 9.35 m (30.6ft) 
Hull Length - 9.28 m
Beam - 3.30 m
Displacement - 4500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 445 l
Water Capacity - 145 l
Accommodation - four berths
Max Persons - six
Engines - 1 x Mercruiser 270hp, Yanmar 370hp diesel and stern drive, 2 x Mercury V6 225hp, Verado V8 250hp petrol gas and outboard
Propulsion - single duo propeller sterndrive, or twin outboards
Project - Karl Norschau
Certification - CE B6 C9

March 22, 2023

Project: Nimbus 465 Coupe

Nimbus present the project for an upcoming new flagship the 465 Coupe, and with this enters in the segment of modern explorer cruisers with living aboard amenities.  Extending current length by two meters and measuring just under fifteen meters in overall length, the Nimbus 465 Coupe is designed by the Swedes builder chief designer Joacim Gustavsson with the project details showing a classic straight shear line and a moderate flared bow hull, with all upper structure giving a twist of modernity thanks to large all around windows.  For the main deck the 465 Coupe will offer an astern galley living, with dinette forward to port side of the helm station located opposite.  The lower deck features a three double cabins layout with an owners stateroom with en-suite shower head at midship, a forward double cabin, and a third cabin with bunks to starboard.  The Nimbus 465 Coupe is to be powered by twin Volvo 480hp with IPS propulsion, with top speeds up to 27 knots, and cruise speeds in the range of 24 to twenty knots.

March 21, 2023

New Model: Cheoy Lee CLB65

Cheoy Lee presents the CLB65, a flybridge motor yacht which represents a new entry point into CL Yachts’ line-up, with luxurious features inspired by her larger sister-ships. With standard twin 800hp Volvo engines with IPS pod pro propulsion the CLB65 can hit an impressive top end of 27 knots and cruise at a very respectable 21 knots. CLB65 comes fitted with multiple helm stations, one on the main deck and on the flying bridge, so that owner-operators have a choice of staying protected or fully enjoying the marine environment around them. Additionally, two wing control stations to either side of the aft deck are incredibly helpful when getting in and out of marinas. The CLB65 features an aft galley on the main deck layout, the first Cheoy Lee yachts with such a layout. With a hinged door and flip-up glass, the main deck can be fully opened. It’s an exciting development that makes food service to the salon or the cockpit equally easy, and helps make CLB65 an excellent entertainment platform. The salon has multiple seating options, including a large U-shaped settee forward and to port that will be a focal point for conversation. The CLB65 was imagined with volume and comfort in mind, to that end she is built on the same hull as the larger CLB72, with the same beam but shorter. The benefits of this choice are obvious to anyone who steps aboard, particularly in the full-beam en-suite midships master stateroom with extraordinary volume and remarkable natural light, followed by forepeak en-suite VIP with island-queen berth. A spacious guest stateroom to port has twin berths that are perfect for guests. All staterooms on the lower deck have opening port lights to enhance ventilation. Throughout the interior which can be finished in either walnut or hickory oiled veneers and a neutral color palette mean the CLB65 is effortlessly cool and timelessly stylish. As for outdoor entertainment spaces, the CLB65 has an expansive flybridge with everything needed for alfresco cruising, including multiple settees, a barbecue and wet bar at amidships, with a hardtop to provide shade for the whole proceeding. A foredeck lounge with a sun-pad provides a further entertainment area, and one which will provide much welcome privacy when this motor yacht is moored stern-to.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.70 m (64.8ft)
Beam - 6.05 m
Draft - 1.50 m
Displacement - 40,900kg at full load
Fuel Capacity - 3200 l
Water Capacity - 950 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins,  one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 800hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS1050 pod drives
Speed - 27 knots max 21 cruise
Construction - resin infused with strategic use of carbon fiber
Certification - RINA, CE

March 20, 2023

Projects: Azimut Seadeck 6, Azimut Seadeck 7

Azimut presents its new Seadeck series, a line of three sport yachts from seventeen to 24 meters full of hybrid and innovative technological solutions, aimed to reduce environmental impact with the Italian yacht builder saying to be its most ever green product to date reducing emissions by 40%.  Considering what Azimut-Benetti Group delivered in the past decade for fuel efficiency and green solutions, which confirms again, the importance of Research and Design for the World largest yacht builder.  The concept of the Seadeck is developed by Alberto Mancini, Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez, with the last two names debuting in yachting design.  The Seadeck Series also features what Azimut calls the Fun Island, a spacious aft deck re-invented, with opening balconies which become a big terrace slash beach club on the water.  The first Azimut Seadeck is to be the above 6 model set to debut in January 2024 at the Dusseldorf boat show.  The Azimut Seadeck 6 will measure seventeen meters in length and will offer an interior layout of three double cabins, with a one berth crew cabin.  The Seadeck 6 is to be powered with triple Volvo 380hp and up to 480hp engines, with IPS propulsion which will give speeds up to 33 knots.

The second model to come of the Azimut Seadeck is the 7, a 21 meter sport yacht with four double cabins plus one crew cabin for two persons. Unlike the smaller 6, the Seadeck 7 is to be powered by twin Volvo 900hp with IPS pod propulsion with top speeds up to thirty knots.  The Azimut Seadeck 7 is to debut in beginning September 2024 at the Cannes boat show.  In all Azimut Seadeck, the set up will debut the Volvo innovative hybrid solution.  Azimut has so far sold ten Seadeck 6, and five Seadeck 7 on plan, with the still under wraps flagship of the range Seadeck 8 set to debut in January 2025 at the Dusseldorf boat show.

March 19, 2023

Web: Formula New Web Site

Formula Boats presents its new website virtual World wide showroom. The story of this famous builder starts with the founding of Thunderbird by Woodie Woodson in 1956, Duo. Inc in 1958 by Victor Porter in Indiana, and the original Don Aronow Formula in 1962 and the launch of the 233 in the same year.  The Aronow Formula 233 is still as at today regarded as a history making model for Offshore racing, and the Deep Vee hull. These three protagonist of the time; Thunderbird, Porter and Formula finally become one in 1973. and the current Formula set up continues as at today thanks to the Porter legacy who take full hold of the company in 1976.  Other important steps in the history of Formula are the appointment of John Adams as designer in 1971, who as at today is still leading design of all models.  Competitions have also been a trademark of Formula and the brand, excluding the milestone that was the 233 in the sixties, has the following recent heritage; 1986 a 302 SR-1 wins B-Class Southeast Divisional Championship and sets a new UIM record, 2001 and 2002 winners of Mercury constructors cup, 2003 World and National Offshore Champions, and in 2006 U-7 Formula Unlimited Hydroplane takes first in ABRA National High Points. Formula also took the following awards for its products; 2004 370 Super Sport wins Powerboat Sport Cruiser of the Year followed a year later with the 400 Super Sport, and in 2006 240 Bowrider earns Powerboat Magazine Boat of the Year.  Located in Decatur, Indiana in an 85 thousand square foot facility updated in 2006, today Formula builds fourteen models in six lines; Bowrider, Crossover Bowrider, Super Sport Crossover, All Sport Crossover, Center Console, and Sun Sport.   The entry level Formula is the 240 Bowrider and 240 Sun Sport, and the current flagship is the 500 Super Sport Crossover. Formula new website takes you around with the following buttons; Models, Dealers, Build, Preowned, Virtual Boat Show, Owners Resources, About, Blog, Build A Boat, Find A Dealer, and Contact Us. The new web site also features links to Formula's social media pages; Instagram, Tweeter, Facebook and Youtube at the bottom.

March 18, 2023

Classic Bertram Catches Fire in Biscayne Bay

A classic Bertram sixteen meter sportfish yacht with three people onboard went ablaze near the Coral Gables Waterway in Biscayne Bay, Miami on the afternoon of Saturday March eighteen.  Coral Gables Police Department spotted the smoke first and assisted the three people onboard, while Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami Fire Rescue went to the scene to put out the flames.  According to reports no one was grievously injured, and the causes of the fire are unknown.  The condition of the Bertram yacht after the fire is unknown, though in the videos online the fire looks extensive, and most probably is a wreck.
The Bertram in this fire is the Dave Napier designed 54 launched in 1981 and produced till 2001 and sold in over 130 units.  A modern classic since launch the Bertram 54 had in those twenty years three versions, the first version up to 1985 is recognizable by the central pillar in the side windows, from 1997 it had a soft exterior refresh and interior by Faggoni from Italy.  The Bertram 54 was replaced by the 570 in 2002 which used the same hull with a new design outside and inside by Zuccon.  

New Model: Ava Kando110

Ava yachts presents its Kando110 explorer looking super yacht, constructed with a high-grade steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Designed inhouse Kando110 is characterised by class-beating in size volume of 320GT and a range of 6400 nautical miles. and features four decks with an accommodation layout offering five double guest cabins including a full beam, 27 sqm owner’s Master stateroom with full-height windows located in the forward area of the main deck. The main deck and upper deck lounges are both a generous 48 sqm with the upper deck lounge boasting a full beam layout with full height window glass, truly bringing the outside in.  Both lounges are provided with curved, polished stainless steel framed automatic sliding doors. A generously proportioned captains cabin is positioned behind the wheelhouse with the main crew lobby located aft of the engine room with two double cabins accommodation, bathroom and toilet, a galley and mess.  The interior styling for hull one is finished in high-gloss finished American Walnut in combination with Wenge and dark leather furniture mixed with carpet and off-white upholstery. The creation is a harmonious interior with a soft-contrast ambiance, free from excessive décor elements and meticulously planned according to effect and functionality.  Kando110 is powered by twin Volvo commercial rated 650hp engines.  Ava Yachts Kando110 has so far sold in two units with a third hull currently under construction.
Technical Data:
LOA - 33.60 m (110.9ft)
Beam - 7.80 m
Draft - 2.20 m
Displacement - 320gt *volume
Fuel Capacity - 48,000 l
Water Capacity - 5,500 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D16mh 650hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - fourteen knots max, ten knots cruise
Range - up to 6400 nautical miles
Hull Shape - full displacement with bulbous bow
Construction - AH36 high tensile steel hull, 5083 h321 aluminium super structure
Project - Ava Yachts inhouse
Certification - Bureau Veritas pleasure rating   

March 17, 2023

Project: Riva 54 Metri

Riva announces the sale of the first 54 Metri, an new all-aluminium Superyacht under construction at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Division in Ancona. This will be the largest Riva ever built, an incredibly beautiful superyacht surpassing the 50 Metri delivered in two units in 2019 and 2021 respectively. The Riva 54 Metri is a new benchmark for the world’s most prestigious boating brand with the yard feeling extremely proud to announce the contract signing for the first unit. Featuring 54 meters of elegance combined with sleek, sporty lines and generous spaces designed to give guests the ultimate onboard experience of relaxation and comfort, Riva 54 Metri is in tune with the unique style that is the distinguishing feature of all Riva models and draws on the brand’s stylistic hallmarks in recent years, such as the typical counter-curvature of the windows and the use of chiaroscuro to create plays of light and texture. Like all Riva masterpieces in the brand’s recent history, the 54 Metri is a design of Officina Italiana Design, the firm founded by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta who designed all Riva onwards from 1992, with the Ferretti Group Strategic Product Committee led by Piero Ferrari, and the Group Engineering Department doing the technical side of the project. Riva 54 Metri will welcome guests into generous outdoor spaces covering almost 370 square meters, with a beach area that promises the thrill of close contact with the water in a relaxed and private setting. Another highpoint will be the impressive wellness area, containing a gym, a spa and a stunning pool. With her majestic size and an all-aluminium hull that keeps weight to a minimum, 54 Metri will be the largest Riva ever built and will reach a top speed of eighteen knots. The sale was concluded in partnership with Alain Maaraoui, the founder and chairman of Riva’s exclusive dealer in Kuwait, Sea Pros Yachts, who played a key role in drawing up the agreement and will continue to work with the customer from construction through to delivery planned for 2025. Work on the 54 Metri is currently underway at the Riva Superyachts Division in Ancona, the state-of-the-art shipyard occupying almost 80,000 square meters where all yachts from 50 to 90 meters are built. Ancona is also home to the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard, where ten steel and aluminium superyachts are currently being built for the Pershing, CRN and Custom Line brands.

March 16, 2023

New Model: Holterman X-treme 78 Sport

The Dutch Holterman had a busy start of the year launching two new X-Treme models in succession.  The Holterman X-treme 78 Sport is the largest of these models and follows the launch of the 105 flagship launched in 2022.  Designed by Bernd Week for exterior and Kitty van der Kamp for the interior the Holterman X-treme 78 Sport is a different design to other sport yachts, looking utilitarian and rugged thanks to the forward looking windshield forward but in the same time modern and into the future due to not ordinary curved lines.  Build in aluminium the Holterman X-treme 78 Sport offer a four double cabins lower deck, with a main deck offering an astern galley with dining table for six opposite and a lounging sofa to starboard behind the helm station.  The Holterman X-treme 78 Sport is powered by twin Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod propulsion reaching speeds up to 32 knots, which is an impressive four knots more to the one anticipated in project.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.65 m (77.5ft)
Beam - 6.15 m
Draft - 1.65 m
Displacement - 52 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 3 x 1830 l
Water Capacity - 660 l
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS1350 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 32 knots, twenty knots cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee
Construction - aluminium
Project - Bernd Weel exterior and naval architect, Kitty van der Kamp interior
Certification - CE A

March 15, 2023

Project: Grandezza 30 CA

Grandezza  present the project for a new 30 CA a  new luxury sport cruiser that complements its range from seven to eleven meters five model collection. Impressive design, excellent driving characteristics and comfortable interiors represent the skill and excellent quality of Grandezza sport cruisers range which has gained a popular following in recent years.  The Grandezza 30 CA is based on the same dynamic hull design as the popular and award-winning 37 CA model, and will offer an interior which sleeps four in a two plus two layout.  The Grandezza 30 CA is to be powered a single Volvo diesel engine from 320 up to 380hp with stern drive propulsion. 

March 14, 2023

New Model: Sirena 78

Sirena has launched the new 78 in the second half of 2022, a model which fills the void between the 68 and current 88 flagship and stands in the door step of super 24 meter plus yacht size.  Designed as the bigger and smaller Sirena's by German Frers with interiors by Dutch Cor D. Rover, the 78 is an explorer yacht which offers three options for the flybridge area available as enclosed bridge, three-part hard top, or as an open hard-top. The flybridge in the Sirena is also offered in six layouts, here the choices are endless from a large C-shape or smaller L-shape dinette and a galley bar area with stools to an internal staircase.  The options continue on the main deck with the Sirena 78 offered in five layouts. with main differences here being a fully open plan, and with or without lower helm.  The lower deck with four cabins is also available in two layouts the option here is for having a his and hers bathroom or a walk-in wardrobe in the master stateroom.  Three  options also exist for crew cabins available in a two or three berths.  The Sirena 78 is standard powered by twin Man 1400hp with optional 1550hp and 1800hp units available.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 25 m (82ft)
Hull Length - 22.1 m
Waterline Length - 21.5 m
Bema - 6.50 m
Draft - 1.77 m
Displacement - 75.3 t unloaded, 87 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 9000 l
Water Capacity - 1800 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, three in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp, V12 1550hp, V12 1800hp
Propulsion - V-drive line shaft with ZF gearbox
Speed - 23 knots max sixteen knots cruise, ten knots long range with Man 1400hp
Range - 1550 nm at ten knots
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - fiberglass hull, with carbon hybrid upper structure
Project - Frers exterior, Cor. Rover interior
Certification - CE A

March 13, 2023

Project: Rizzardi GR Cinquantatre

Following on the footsteps of the SessantaTre Rizzardi expand the classic GR line with the project for an upcoming Cinquantatre 53, second vessel of this traditional Italian sport yacht inspired series, which takes over from the nineties and noughties popular Topline. This model with its 53 designation has also a special meaning since it launched the Topline series in 1992 with the recognizable and aggressive engine air intakes just under the shearline. The 53 Topline will be produced till 2000 and was followed and replaced by the best selling 50 in 2000, and the 63 in 2002. In complete Rizzardi style, the GR Cinquantatre is a high-performance sport yacht simultaneously devoted to luxury cruising and has a finely-detailed layout.  Extensive exterior spaces guarantee en-plein-air liveability and a stern platform equipped with a full-width tender lift. Inside, there are three cabins including a completely independent double at the stern, in addition to another cabin for the crew.  The GR Cinquantatre is also available in three versions: full open, with electric awning, and with T-top.  The Rizzardi GR Cinquantatre is to be central engine with direct shaft propulsion and twin Man 850hp engines.  

March 12, 2023

New Model: Ocean Alexander 32 Explorer

During the Miami 2023 boat show Ocean Alexander introduced the 32 Meter Explorer designed by Evan Marshall and his team. Building on the success of the 28 Meter Explorer and the 30 Meter Revolution, Evan Marshall takes the extensive knowledge and expertise to further establish Ocean Alexander modern design language. With powerful engines, unwavering safety, luxurious spaces, and breath-taking views, the 32 Meter Explorer truly sets itself apart from the crowd. The stylish exterior will leave everyone in awe at the dock. The intelligent use of space provides immense living spaces, without sacrificing the incredible performance and efficiency that Ocean Alexander are known for. Imagine waking up to the sunrise in the massive on-deck master suite, then enjoying a refreshing drink from the wet-bar island on the bridge deck, all while taking in the near full circle view of the ocean through the floor-to-ceiling windows. And as the day comes to a close, enjoy the stars from a plethora of exterior lounge spaces. See for yourself at the 2023 Miami International Boat Show. The 32 Meter Explorer is truly a yacht like no other.
Technical Data:
LOA - 31.20 m (102.4ft)
Waterline Length - 28.4 m
Beam - 6.70 m
Draft - 1.78 m full load
Displacement - 124,390 kg
Fuel Capacity - 13500 l
Water Capacity - 3406 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins,  four to six crew in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 2000hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 21 knots max eight knots cruise
Project - Evan Marshall

March 11, 2023

Project: Rossinavi Infinity 42 Blue

In the wake of the success of Sea Cat, Rossinavi has embraced the new challenge of transferring BluE, the Rossinavi's new eco-friendly navigation technology to a monohull, choosing to apply this to one of Rossinavi's most appreciated projects, also born from the collaboration with Fulvio de Simoni. The result is Infinity 42 BluE. This yacht is entirely in aluminum and with a reduced draft, that guarantees a pleasant navigation also in shallow waters. Equipped with solar panels and a capacious battery pack, Infinity 42 BluE will be able to navigate 90% of the time in full-electric mode in a daily navigation scenario and 70% in an Atlantic crossing scenario, while the rest of the time is spent with the support of diesel generators. This is a great advantage in terms of reducing noise, odors and emissions. Infinity 42 BluE's solar panels are excellent in low-intensity sunlight and are able to generate energy even with minimum angles of solar incidence. On an aesthetic level, integration with the deck is almost total thanks to the great flexibility that allows them to be perfectly inserted into curvilinear designs. This project has an innovative eco-displacement hull, designed to reduce consumption even more than a traditional full-displacement hull at the classic cruising speeds of ten to eleven knots. Like all new Rossinavi projects, Infinity 42 BluE will feature the Rossinavi Artificial Intelligence system on board. The AI system constantly monitors the boat's performance, is able to learn and anticipate the needs of the guests on board and continuously communicates with crew members, suggesting lower-impact actions and instructing them in more conscious boating. This is also accompanied by the ever-present Rossinavi Zero Noise Technology, that dramatically reduces noise and vibrations on board. With regard to the interiors, every space on board has been meticulously studied in order to guarantee guests as many areas as possible, all with maximum comfort. Above all, the large sun deck stands out which extends, thanks to a small difference in height, to the stern end. This original architecture makes it possible to create an open area aft of the saloon portal, protected on all sides and offering great comfort and privacy even when the boat is at the quay as it is partially screened towards the stern by the raised deck. The sun deck hosts a dining area, a bar, a sunbathing area, as well as a jacuzzi. Inside there are five comfortable guest cabins on the lower deck and a full-beam master cabin on the main deck with structural balconies which, thanks to the large side windows, enjoys great visibility outwards. The spacious beach club is ready-to-use and thanks to the ceiling and lateral protections can also be enjoyed during navigation. In addition, a panoramic area finds its place forward on the main deck and has a pop-up cover that can, at the same time, guarantee shelter during navigation and creates shade, while continuing to convert solar energy thanks to the panels installed on the surface.

March 10, 2023

New Launch: Michael Rybovich 94 Sportfisherman Hull#6

Michael Rybovich and Sons Hull No. 6 is a 94-foot enclosed bridge, which is designed to fish anywhere in the world in total luxury, thanks to a state-of-the-art power management system and redundant systems throughout. The design features a full-beam master with side windows disguised as engine air intakes to allow in natural light without compromising the look of the hull from the outside. This build includes room to sleep up to eight guests and four crewmembers, making it the largest built by the Rybovich family to date. Designed by Michael and Dusty Rybovich responsible for the exterior and naval architecture, 94 Sportfisherman hull number six featured a modified Vee shape hull which closes at a rather flat seven degrees angle aft.  Another design detail of this new Rybovich flagship is the straight sheer line, which has not been shown since the 2007 launched 68 hull#124.  Powered by twin MTU 2600hp Michael Rybovich 94 Sportfisherman reaches a top speed of 41 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 28.65 m (94ft)
Beam - 6.70 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 74842 kg *full load
Fuel Capacity - 16655 l
Water Capacity - 2271 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft with propeller pockets
Speed - 41 knots max thirty know cruise
Range - 700 nm at thirty knots
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 7 degrees low deadrise Vee closing aft
Construction - cold moulded mahogany 3 layers sides 4 layers bottom biaxial fiberglass epoxy resin 
Project - Michael and Dusty Rybovich exterior and naval architect, Patrick Knowles interior

March 9, 2023

Project: Prestige M8

During Dusseldorf 2023 boat show Prestige presented the M8 project, designed by Garroni and Marc Lombard with interior by Valentina Militerno de Romedis this is the second model and new flagship of the M-Line, the power catamaran series which debuted with the M48 in 2022. The new M8 power catamaran yacht is a multihull of eight plus meters of beam and nineteen meters of beam, and will give the space and comfort equivalent to that of a 25 meter mono-hulled super yacht, targeting customers who want more space in less length. Thanks to this size the Prestige M8 will give a living area unequalled in its size, the redefining the standards of well-being on board, offering everyone the ability to share precious moments at sea. The main deck in the Prestige M8 is offered in two versions with a galley up located to starboard forward, and or this space replaced by a lounging area and the galley located below. Down below the options abound as well for a four or five double cabins layout, and two crew cabins forward. The owners stateroom is located in between the hulls forward, and uses all the eight meter beam. If you choose four cabins you have two options that for a lower galley to starboard, and or to have a large VIP suite to port side, which in this version will also feature a small L-shaped saloon private lounging area. The Prestige M8 is to be powered by twin Volvo 600hp for top speeds up to twenty knots and a cruise of fifteen giving a range of 350 nautical miles.

March 8, 2023

Princess Yacht Fire in Fort Lauderdale

A 26 meter Princess yacht titled m/y Hot Pursuit went in flames while berthed in her berth at Las Olas Isles, in Fort Lauderdale on 10:30 morning time of Wednesday March eight.  No one was aboard the yacht when Hot Pursuit's flybridge started to burn, with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue responding to the fire and managing to control the flames, limiting the damage to the flybridge.  The causes of the fire are unknown with the first indications showing that it was an electrical fault which started the flames.
M/y Hot Pursuit is a Princess 88 MY from 2018.  Designed by Bernard Olesinski the Princess 88 MY was launched in 2013 and produced till 2019 in 27 units.  The 88 MY offered an interior with four double guest cabins, and two crew rooms and was powered by twin Cat 1825 or 1925hp engines.  A replacement to the Princess 85, the 88 MY was replaced by the half a meter smaller Y85 in 2019.

New Model: Focus Forza 37

Focus who some years ago took over the moulds of the Elan Power range presents its first totally new model, with the sport cruiser walk around Forza 37.  Also designed like other Focus by Tony Castro, the Forza 37 is a semi walk around centre console, what the Americans usually call dual console.  The exterior accommodation offers three seat central helm station covered in hard top, followed by a dinette and an aft sun-pad, with the three steps up to both sides taking you up to a fore-deck sun-pad.  Down below the Focus Forza offers accommodation for two in open layout with a central double berth, galley to port side and well sized shower head opposite.  The Focus Forza 37 can be powered by a variety of engines from twin Mercury diesel 270hp, to Yanmar 370hp, and or optional twin Merucy outboards 600hp in petrol gas.  Focus has not been very detailed on top speed quoting a fifty knots top speeds, possibly reachable with the bigger twin Merucy 600hp outboards.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.40 m (36.1ft)
Beam - 3.60 m
Draft - 0.90 m
Displacement - 6500 kg
Fuel Capacity - 600 l
Water Capacity - 300 l
Max Persons - ten
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 2 x Mercury Diesel 3.0 TDI 270hp, 4.2 TDI 320hp, Volvo D4 270hp, D4 320hp, Yanmar 370hp, petrol gas outboard Mercury Verado 600hp
Propulsion - Mercury Bravo III or Volvo DPI dual propeller stern drive, Mercury outboard
Speed - up to fifty knots max
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE B, IMCI

March 7, 2023

Project: Azimut Magellano 60

The 2023 Dusseldorf boat show set the stage for the preview of Azimut's new Magellano 60 that will be presented in September. The 60 will complete the explorer with a Mediterrean vision Magellano series, which includes the larger 66, 25M and the 30M.  Designed by Ken Freivokh the same designer of the first 74 which represented a new direction not only for Azimut but yachting in general, and today is the designer of the two larger models.  In the Magellano 60 Freivokh integrates the refined world of sailing with the more complex world of the motor yacht, creating a crossover for true connoisseurs, owners who love long voyages full of adventure and charm. The Magellano 60 is a further step along the sustainable path that Azimut has planned, and with the second-generation Dual Mode hull, she takes her rightful place as a Low Emission Yacht.  Characterized by a timeless aesthetic, she balances a design full of details, generous volumes and architectural solutions that guarantee not only a unique lifestyle but also freedom and intimate contact with nature. Among her outstanding features, the Magellano 60 offers an Infinity Terrace aft and an internal dining with an exclusive sea view.  The Magellano 60 will feature a three double cabins layout with a single crew cabin berth aft.  Power will come from twin Man 730hp with line shafts propulsion giving a top speed up to 26 knots and a cruise of eighteen.

March 6, 2023

Nordhavn SuperYacht Powerless in Arafuru Sea

A 29 meter Nordhavn super yacht titled m/y VivieRae II ended powerless and adrift while navigating in the Arafaru Sea, between North Australia and Papua New Guinea on Tuesday second March. In navigation from the Marshall Islands leaving on 26 February going to Sorong, Indonesia, VivieRae II had a towing line which broke free from an eleven meter tender in tow after it severed off due to very rough conditions and unfortunately got tangled in the prop, which seized the engines.  A search and rescue operation call was initiated on third March, with operations to tow the yacht not being successful on five March, due to bad weather and five meter waves rough seas.  The crew was rescued off the yacht on the sixth at 10:00 morning time by an Australian ship.  The eleven meter tender support chase boat got lost in the rope tangling.  Viverae II also sustained some cosmetic damage to its upper port side when it collided with a 190 meter tanker ship who was trying to tow the yacht but failed due to the rough seas.  On Sunday March 12 a rescue operation with owner Bob Giles and previous captain Gareth Schwegman reached ViveRae II and dived to clear the propellers from the ropes, with port side tangled with the tender line and starboard in a fishing net to port side.  The yachts eleven meter tender was also found near Thursday Island, about 240 nautical miles from the yacht position.  
All ends well with Viverae II arriving on Thursday Island on Monday thirteen March where the yacht will stop for repairs, recover its tender and then continue its around the World journey to the West.
VivieRae II is a Nordhavn 96, hull #3 from 2017 with twin Cat 1000hp engines and accommodation for eight guests in four cabins, and six crew in three cabins.  Designed by Nordhavn chief designer Jeff Leishman, the 96 is based on the 86 extended in length, and has been delivered in nine units since its debut in 2016.  The 96 is the second in size Nordhavn after the 120 model which the Taiwan builder so far sold in only one unit in 2013.  A one off Nordhavn 100 based on the hull on the 96 but with extended low fisherman cockpit was also delivered in 2018.

New Model: Princess S72

During the 2023 Dusseldorf boat show Princess debuted its new S72 model.  Presented as a project in 2022 the S72 mark. II is the second in size model of the S range, Princess sport bridge yacht four model range which starts at 62 and ends at 78 feet.  The S72 offers similar spaces to the bigger sister in one meter smaller size, with a similar four double cabins lower deck, and an astern galley main deck layout.  The main difference is that the S72 offers three heads, with a third shower head serving the third and fourth cabin.  The Princess S72 is standard powered by Man 1650hp and or optional 1800hp engines with top speeds up to 36 knots with the bigger engines. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.09 m (75.9ft) inc pulpit
Length - 22.30 m
Beam - 5.22 m
Draft - 1.72 m full load
Displacement - 55461 kg half load medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4500 l
Water Capacity - 835 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1650hp, V12 1800hp 
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 36 knots max
Hull Shape - modified Vee
Project - Olesinski, Pininfarina exterior styling
Construction - resin infusion

March 5, 2023

Web: Zeelander New Web Site

Zeelander from the Netherlands presents its new World wide web virtual showroom. Zeelander was founded in 2002 by passionate yachtsman Sietse Koopmans in Zeeland, a province located in the South West of the Netherlands.  In 2008 Zeelander launched its first model the Z44 designed by renowned Dutch designer Cor D.Rover, who presented a traditional down East inspired cruiser full of luxury of comfort.  Zeelander first started to build its models at the S2 Tiara factory in Holland Michigan, United States of America, but in 2017 it transferred to its own premises in Groot-Ammers on the river La Lek in Holland.  Currently Zeelander offers three from fourteen to 21 meter starting with the 5, 6, and 7 models. Zeelander new web showroom takes you around with the following buttons; Models, About, Brochure, and Contact. Zeelander also features its social media pages; Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Linkedin with link buttons located at the right bottom of the page. 

March 4, 2023

Project: Lazzara UHV 100

Currently being build in Turkey for completion at the end of this year is the Lazzara UHV 100 model.  With the first UHV 87 presented in 2022, the UHV 100 is the second of a three model range with the other project being Lazzara current largest 125 flagship.  The Lazzara UHV 100 builds on the Ultra High Volume concept of these yachts, offering a semi-wide body design, with a large owners stateroom on the forward part of the main deck.  The extra four meters of the Lazzara UHV 100 will give an extra cabin in the lower deck, offering four guests suite versus the three of the UHV 87.   Another incredible space in the Lazzara UHV 100 is the third deck which apart having the pilot bridge forward has a spacious living dining area which uses best possible space also thanks to the wide body feature.  The Lazzara UHV 100 is standard powered by Volvo 1000hp or optional Man 1550hp and MTU 1600hp with line shafts.

March 3, 2023

New Model: Pershing GTX116

2023 is an important year for the Mondolfo-based yard as it launches the first Pershing GTX116. This innovative, exciting, disruptive, and ground-breaking Pershing entered the water last February 7 in Fano and in doing so welcomed a new era for one of the most sportier yachting brands, with the GTX presenting a second line to that of the standard high performance modern looking sport and super sport yachts. Designed for the US market the GTX116 come from the usual always Pershing hands of  Fulvio de Simoni collaborating with Ferretti Group’s Strategic Product Committee led by Piero Ferrari and the Group’s noteworthy Engineering Department.  The first Pershing GTX116 confirms the sporty DNA of the brand and enhances the concept of comfort by providing plenty of open-air space, areas designed to be in direct contact with the water, and outstanding liveability guaranteed by the new five-cabin layout. The GTX116 infuses something new, while keeping the Pershing sport yacht DNA, reinventing it but keeping it recognizable to the rest.  With a hull of 35 meters in length and over seven meters in beam the Pershing GTX116 has a remarkable 150 square meters of outdoor areas seamlessly connected to the water, amplifying onboard liveability. The sleek and streamlined profile is emblematic of the brand’s sporty personality, which is pointed up in the bow area by a signature style feature referencing luxury SUV automotive imagery and identifying the new Pershing GTX116 as an SUY or Sport Utility Yacht. This yacht in the new range is painted a new shade of grey, with a special shade of blue for the deckhouse, while the generous glazed surfaces flood the interiors with natural light. The garage can contain a tender over 5 meters long, a jet ski and other water toys, while the exclusive 39-square-meter beach club has a teak deck protected by an electro-hydraulic taffrail that opens up to connect the beach area with the swim platform, creating a huge space at the water’s edge. The 40-square-meter sundeck, reached from the stern area via two outdoor stairways on either side of the yacht, contains the second helm station and is designed with generous spaces for socialising and to enjoy the onboard lifestyle, not least thanks to the shelter provided by the carbon hard top. This area also contains the generously sized and comfortable lounge area, complete with a large wet bar. The first Pershing GTX116 is equipped with the optional triple water jet propulsion Man 2000hp for a top speed up to 35 knots and a cruising speed of 29 knots. The standard engines are three Man 1800hp.  Announced as a secret TO project in 2020 and then fully announced a year ago during the 2022 Miami boat show as the GTX116, Pershing has two further units of its current second sized model in construction, with a smaller GTX80 scheduled to launch in 2024.
Technical Data:
LOA - 35.24 M (115.7ft)
Hull Length - 35.2 m
Waterline Length - 29.9 m
Beam - 7.72 m
Draft - 1.45 m
Displacement - 130,000 kg unloaded, 150,000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 14500 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Max Persons - twenty
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, six crew in three cabins
Engines - 3 x Man V12 1800hp, V12 2000hp
Propulsion - triple water jets
Speed - 32 knots max 26 cruise with Man 1800s, 35 max 29 cruise with Man 2000s
Project - Fulvio de Simoni, Ferretti Engineering for naval architecture

March 2, 2023

Project: Wider WiLder 60

Wider has always prided itself on being a convention-challenger. From its visionary cruiser and superyacht designs, industry-leading serial Hybrid Propulsion System and eco-conscious WiderCat offering, since foundation the Italian brand has set out to deliver unparalleled experiences for equally visionary owners. This summer, Wider is set to launch a new project conceived and designed by the in-house Centro Stile Wider, that borrows from visionary and adds provocateur: WiLder, the shipyard’s alter-ego conceived to indulge the wilder side of lovers of superyachts and the sea. A sign of Wider’s urge to create and will to conquer new territories, WiLder’s first creation will be a daring 18.6-metre, all-aluminium thrill machine that serves as its own hybrid between chase boat and performance cruiser. Built in line with superyacht-derived processes and finished with the attention to detail of the finest Italian craftsmanship, the WiLder 60 combines sharp aesthetics with rigorous engineering to offer a fully customisable forty-knot platform for fun, with bespoke build options available according to individual wants and desires. This tailored superyacht approach elevates the WiLder 60 from a just-one-of-many model to a lust-for-life series of one-offs, each as unique and as special as the individuals who order them. The design is infused with Wider creativity from stem to stern, with angular styling and signature Wider space. The aluminium hull ensures seaworthiness in all conditions, while the shallow 1.05-metre draft means the fun can be carried all the way to the beach. The arrival of the WiLder 60 marks not just a product in itself, but the launch of a new and independent brand within the Wider family with its own philosophy, its own identity and its own sense of how life on the water can be enjoyed. The first WiLder 60 is currently in build and is scheduled for launch in the summer of 2023.

March 1, 2023

blogger - Massive Center Consoles

Massive centre consoles over eighteen meters are the latest style and type of boat to push into larger sizes.  At the start of 2023 Scout presented details of a new 670 LX flagship powered by five huge Mercury 600hp outboards to be launched in 2024, the largest production centre console yacht.  With this new flagship Scout expands its size fourteen feet, and will offer the largest production centre console to the market and a competitor to the HCB 65ft Estrella and Midnight Express 60 Pied-A-Mer.

A genre invented by Boston Whaler and Dick Fisher in 1961, who among other things also invented the reputable unsinkable hull the brand is known for.  It was fairly basic for centre consoles at first, with Boston Whaler being a bit on its own, and others possibly modifying there boats to take a cut from this nice market when it started to slowly grow in the seventies.  We are speaking small sizes here, and in that time the first boat used to be a trailable speed boat about five meters in length with an outboard at the back.  In around the nineties centre consoles just as ribs started to become more common in the six to ten meter range.  But it was the return to success of the outboard in the past ten to fifteen years which has expanded CC to an unheard level of domination in the sub fifteen meter market.

Today centre consoles seem unable to stop growing, a growth shared to that of the outboard.  Although I still do think that centre console above fifteen meters should be offered with inboard diesels.  Just as it may look cool I cannot understand the reasoning of fitting endless outboards to the stern versus two diesel engines.  The market though is all for the outboards with the Midnight Express 60 Pied-A-Mer diesel engines and surface drives propulsion version never ordered.

February 28, 2023

Sportfish Runs Aground in Stuart Florida

A fifteen meter sportfish cruiser ran aground in Stuart Florida on the morning of 28 February. The sportfish cruiser finished on top of a sand bar damaging the propeller, rudder and shaft and causing a breach in the hull, with the sportfish yacht taking in water.  Quick assistance came from TowBoat U.S. who covered the hull breach with a temporary fix, and then towed the sportfish cruiser to a yard for lift up and repair.
The sportfish yacht in this grounding is Lydia 48 Sportfish Convertible from 1988.  Lydia is a custom sportfish and commercial boat builder from Oakland, Florida founded in 1968 and continued operating till 2002.  An unknown name today Lydia got a lot of headlines in the nineties for building some of the largest super sportfish custom yachts in the cold moulding method including of which are the 92 and 95 feet builds.

Monterey Ends on Rocks in Haulover Inlet

An eleven meter Monterey sport cruiser ended colliding in the rocks while entering Haulover inlet during the night of 27 February.  Miami Dade Police, the Fire Department, and Tow Boats assisted the sport cruiser who seemed to have only one person onboard at the time of the collision.  With assistance from Tow Boat the sport cruiser was later escorted to a boat yard for repairs.  All the event after the collision was filmed by Haulover Inlet YouTube channel, video linked in comments.  Haulover Inlet has become in recent years a social media sensation with a handful of YouTube channels filming boats going out of famous channel.  This is not the first time a boat collided in the channel, although she might be one with the most damages and bigger in size of recent times.
The Monterey in this collision is a 360 Sport Coupe produced from 2014 to 2018.  A Euro looking hard top sport cruiser the 360 Sports Coupe offered interior with a two plus two accommodation layout, and was powered by twin petrol gas engines from 300 up to 380hp with stern drives propulsion.  Monterey replaced the 360 SC with the 378 SS which used the same hull.

Monthly News - February 2023

-pic of the month- Van Der Valk Wins Influential Award

Aicon To Offer Patent Energy Collecting Glass

Saxon Capital Group, Inc., announced the appointment of Aicon Yachts, manufactured in Italy, as distributor for Energy Glass Solar, an energy producing glazing for yachts in the 66′ to 100′ range.  With the need for using less fossil fuels and the generation of power from non-toxic and non-polluting materials, Energy Glass is a perfect addition to any product that has substantial glass.  Aicon’s modern and heavily glass laden yachts will have the ability to produce electricity through its large glass portholes and windows, storing it in on-board batteries for use while docked in a harbor or anchored at sea.  Marc Udo Broich, Chairman/CEO stated: “We have been following with enthusiasm the development of Energy Glass Solar™ with the intent of installing this advanced innovative glass in our award-winning yachts while offering the same to other yacht builders.  “We are thrilled to have been named exclusive distributors for Energy Glass Solar for luxury yachts in the 66’-100’ range. The electrical power generated from the energy glass will reduce the need to continuously run the diesel-powered generators. This is of particular interest as yachts anchor or dock in populated areas. At Aicon we continue to look for ways to reduce the environmental impact and feel the Energy Glass Solar will play a significant role”. EnergyGlass™ is a patented, Optically Clear Vertical Building Photovoltaic Window System that produces continuous Energy from Sunlight, Diffused, Ambient Light and Ground Reflectance and has 100% field of vision.  The entire surface of the windows is clear – No grids, dots or lines! This proprietary Inorganic Nano Technology and Solar Collector does not degrade from IR like typical solar cells do. DC electricity produced from EnergyGlass™ can be inverted and returned to the grid, charge batteries, be wired direct to DC electronics, and offers a value-added solution for power independence from the main electrical grid! EnergyGlass™ uses inorganic nano particles that are co-infused in a polycarbonate interlayer, which is then laminated between two lites of 1/4″ inch glass.  The nano particles redirect components of the light spectrum to the edge of the glass while letting most of the spectrum through. The light that reaches the edge of the glass is collected and sent to our patented edge frame collectors.  Because our edge collectors are at the edge of our glass and actually fit inside of the photovoltaic curtain wall framing system, they are protected and do not suffer degradation from IR as typical solar cell installations do.  

Bayliss Wins in Los Suenos

Long time Bayliss Boatyard customer and current builders of their own 64' Bayliss, Max Bet, began the 2023 Los Sueños Triple Crown how they ended it last year: on top of the leaderboard.  The first leg of the tournament ended on January 21, and Max Bet finished with 7,100 points. The team released 21 sailfish and 10 marlin across 3 days of fishing, and won the daily on Day 1 of the tournament. Bayliss builds Blueview (78'), Tarheel (62'), Gratitude (68'), and Uno Mas (60') also had solid performances in Los Sueños for Leg I of the series.

Bayliss Singularis Starts 2023 Season Strong

Singularis a Bayliss 68 started off the 2023 tournament season strong! Last month, the the team participated in the Take A Hero Fishing Day, where crews take military service members and veterans fishing for a day, and walked away with top boat, top angler, and heaviest meat fish.  Singularis then went on to fish Operation Sailfish, Leg 1 of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish Series. After two consistent days of fishing, the team finished 2nd in earnings, 6th overall, and Jen Copeland received top female angler for the tournament. Congratulations to the owner, captain, and crew!

Benetti Wins Design and Innovation Award

The architecture and style of this Benetti superyacht, as well as the technological development for Oasis 34M, are by RWD for the exterior styling and Bonetti & Kozerski for the interior design  Against the stunning backdrop of the Dolomite mountains, at Alexander Girardi Hall in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the winners were announced on February 8th of the coveted Design and Innovation Awards 2023 organized by Boat International, one of the most highly reputed international media outlets in the yachting industry. This annual event showcases all the many aspects of design and technological innovation that work together to offer innovative solutions on the world’s most beautiful boats.  Chosen by a jury of designers from within as well as outside the marine industry Benetti Oasis 34M, the second model in the innovative Oasis family, won the prestigious Neptune statuette in the “Best New Series” category for “its use of space, from the signature aft deck pool and terrace, dubbed the Oasis Deck®, to the generous sundeck above”. The jury perceived Oasis 34M as a model “that respects the characteristics of its big sister, offering clients several layout choices and various interior finishes”.

CentounoNavi Lands in USA

Centounonavi is the “Made in Italy” superyacht brand founded by Manuela Lucchesi, designer and entrepreneur, and Marco Arnaboldi, naval engineer has appointed HMY Yacht Sales as its new USA dealer.  HMY has been operating in the yachting world since 1979 and can today rely on a sales network with fourteen offices in the USA. These offices will focus on Centounonavi Forza, the 28-metre super-fast sixty knots yacht combining “Made in Italy” style and construction with cutting-edge technological solutions.  The partnership was officially announced at the Miami International Boat Show 2023 held between 15 and -19 February.  

Cranchi New Stand with Flexform

Taking inspiration directly from the style of its flagship, Cranchi Yachts has designed a new stand to better host visitors at the major boat shows around the world.  The lounge and office areas of the stand are furnished with armchairs, tables and accessories from the collections of Flexform, a prestigious Italian furniture brand.  The new stand layout was inaugurated in January at the Düsseldorf International Boat Show. Here is a video giving an idea of the experience awaiting you in Miami, where the warm atmosphere extends to Flexform's range of furniture solutions.

CRN Wins 2023 Boat  International Design and Innovation Award

CRN M/Y RIO, the steel and aluminium bespoke work of art by CRN, has won the accolade for Best Naval Architecture, Displacement Motor Yachts at the eagerly awaited Boat International Design and Innovation Awards. The prize was presented on the evening of Wednesday 8 February at the Superyacht Design Festival in the elegant setting of the Alexander Girardi Hall in Cortina d’Ampezzo at a gathering of the leading lights in the nautical world.  This prestigious award is given to the design adjudged the most innovative for its naval architecture and advanced engineering solutions while also considering the visual aspects and the elegance of the lines.  As well as reflecting CRN’s superlative design and build quality, the Best Naval Architecture, Displacement Motor Yachts award also underlines the shipyard’s unrivalled ability to turn an owner’s vision and brief into reality. The result is a unique work of art with a vibrant identity and a strong sense of style, a 62-metre design of exceptional comfort, seakeeping and performance that also vaunts an enviable range.  In giving their reasons for the award, the jury noted CRN’s considerable design achievement of reducing resistance through the majority of the speed range, in perfecting the position of the spray rail forward, and in determining the stern height and trim conditions to keep the lower-deck beach area dry even while running at top performance. Numerous design aspects caught the eye, especially the elongated bow with its large open-air space and the judicious distribution of weight through precision positioning of the main on-board systems and a careful attention to the layout (including the guest cabins and crew quarters). Also instrumental in winning this Boat International Design and Innovation Award were the focus on the main equipment size to optimise overall efficiency and an insistence on weight reduction, enabling the vessel to cruise at 10 knots at a fuel consumption of under 200 l/h.  

Ferretti Custom Line Launches First Yacht of 2023

Custom Line kicks off 2023 with the launch ceremony for a Navetta 30. The eleventh unit of the shipyard’s displacement line and an icon of timeless classicism, the yacht entered the water last January 27 at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona.  With a length of 28.43 m and a beam of 7.3 m, this yacht is the result of synergy with a European owner in line with the brand’s made-to-measure philosophy. The project was a collaboration between the Strategic Product Committee and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department. The interior design is by ACPV ARCHITECTS Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and the exterior styling is by Filippo Salvetti.  Custom Line Atelier, on the other hand, worked alongside the owner in the choice and customization the interiors, offering highly innovative aesthetic and functional solutions that also draw on collaboration with leading design brands.  Custom Line Navetta 30 combines seaworthiness, comfort and safety with contemporary styling, in a new design paradigm that stands out for attention to detail, generous volumes and a nautically inspired architectural language.  In little over two years, Custom Line has launched 11 yachts in the Navetta 30 line of new generation vessels that combine yachting tradition, tailor-made interiors, construction quality and the power of light into a seamless whole.  The launch of this superyacht kicks off the year in style for Custom Line, with the promise of a whole host of original designs and new yachts ready to ride the waves in 2023.

Ferretti Group New Cyprus Dealership

Ferretti Group further consolidates its presence in Europe, specifically in the eastern Mediterranean, with the announcement of the new dealership agreement with Yachts & Co, the company that will handle marketing in Cyprus on an exclusive basis for the Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing and Itama brands.  The new partnership confirms the Group’s commitment to extending its portfolio of carefully selected dealers who share the same values. The synergy with Yachts & Co will upgrade the service network for owners in Cyprus, offering a comprehensive package from order to after-sales assistance. Yachts & Co is an established Cypriot yacht dealer represented by Anthoulis Kountouris (CEO) and Tasos Ioannou (Managing Director) and a member of the PMV Maritime Holdings Group, with extensive experience working in the local market and a consolidated presence in the region. “We start 2023 by strengthening our international presence and further raising the standard of service offered to our owners. This is the thrust of our partnership with Yachts & Co, a company renowned for its experience providing efficient services. In this way, Ferretti Group further intensifies its focus on strategic geographical areas for the business, providing our customers around the world with a truly comprehensive service network, from first approach to after-sales. This translates into local support and extremely rapid response times for owners who choose our ever more beautiful and desirable boats,” said Stefano de Vivo, Ferretti Group CCO.

Formula Earns 2022 Customer Satisfaction Award

Formula is pleased to announce it has once again been recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction in NMMA’s 2022 Customer Satisfaction Index program in the categories of: Sterndrive Bowrider Boats and Sterndrive Cuddy & Express Boats. Congratulations to the Formula Team for building a superior product and providing excellent customer service! The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. Award recipients have achieved and maintained an independently-measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction over the past year, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine.

Formula Earns a Number One Search

As reported by in their February 12th e-newsletter, the 387 CCF earned the #1 search in the February 6th edition. "Last year Formula introduced its first centre console in decades and won accolades from many boat builders, including some of its competitors, for the luxurious 387 CCF."

Gulf Craft Honoured at Boat International Awards

Gulf Craft’s Majesty 120 Superyacht, was named the winner in the ‘Eco Award’ and ‘Best Naval Architecture, Semi Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts’ categories at the BOAT International Design and Innovation Awards 2023 last night.  The 2023 edition of the Design and Innovation Awards, hosted by the leading yacht industry magazine, BOAT International, celebrated the very best in naval architecture, innovation, and engineering across nine sought-after categories. The BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards are one of the most prestigious accolades in the industry and are specifically formulated to recognise the teams responsible for individual elements of the world’s most innovative superyachts. Named the winner in the ‘Eco Award’ for the Majesty 120’s innovative energy-efficient heat recovery system. Gulf Craft has been developing new ways to improve the energy efficiency of its onboard systems and minimize electrical consumption, leading to smaller generators and lower fuel consumption. The new HVAC system, together with a holistic approach to the integration of other onboard systems has been developed and installed on board the Majesty 120 in collaboration with Netherlands-based MAR-IX advanced HVAC systems. The systems significantly reduce the electric load on-board, saving more than 80,000 KW per year for basic systems (like hot water heating and fresh air re-heater). The remarkably lower e-load ensures lower fuel consumption in the generators and lower shore power usage which ultimately reduces the vessel’s carbon footprint, resulting in a more sustainable operation as well as lower operational costs.  Gulf Craft was also awarded the ‘Best Naval Architecture in the Semi Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts’ category for its outstanding design, the Majesty 120 impressed BOAT International’s panel of esteemed judges with its energy-efficient naval architecture along with maximising the indoor-outdoor living capabilities the Majesty line is known for. Her spacious sundeck, for example, is 30 percent larger than other yachts in her class, and her capacity to accommodate up to 12 guests in its five (up to six) cleverly designed large staterooms – further underlining her significant volume. 

Nordhavn New Agent in Australia

Nordhavn is ramping up its sales and service presence in Australasia with the addition of a new agent based in Sydney. Marley Cutbush will oversee Nordhavn Australasia’s new Sydney branch office, providing additional resources to buyers in Australia, New Zealand and Asia as well as to current Nordhavn owners in the area seeking sales and/or service assistance.  Cutbush, a lifelong sailor, has amassed nearly a decade of experience with Nordhavn. He was first indoctrinated into the brand as a delivery captain, ushering a Nordhavn 60 from Cabo san Lucas, Mexico to Sydney. During the four-month journey, Cutbush quickly learned to appreciate the design quality and capability of Nordhavns. Additional deliveries followed and eventually Cutbush was tapped by Nordhavn’s US team to assist with sales transactions Down Under. In 2020, he supported the brand aboard the Nordhavn 120 My Aurora at the Miami Yacht Show and most recently on the Nordhavn 41 and 60 at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.  Besides working with Nordhavn, Cutbush is managing director of Flagship International yacht brokerage house, which he founded in 2020. He is excited to add the Nordhavn brand to his firm’s existing portfolio.  “After a close association with the Nordhavn brand and the PAE team for nearly a decade, I’m thrilled to be officially onboard,” Cutbush said. “I’m looking forward to able to share with current and future owners not only my passion for the yachts Nordhavn produce, but my experience and love for the incredible lifestyle Nordhavn ownership’s brings.” Cutbush will formally represent Nordhavn at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in Australia this May aboard a brand new N41. He will work collaboratively with Nordhavn’s Australasia office located in Brisbane. 

Nordhavn Custom Shirt

What’s the quickest way to inject some Nordhavn style into your life this year? With a New Nordhavn Custom Reyn Spooner cloth button down shirt. Nordhavn partnered with the revered Hawaiian clothier to create one-of-a-kind shirts depicting Nordhavn Pacific Northwest cruising scenes.  Long regarded as the king of upscale Aloha cloth shirts, Reyn Spooner evokes the same promise to quality Nordhavns are known for, placing emphasis on durability, comfort and style.   

Ocean Alexander Honours MarineMax Consultant

MarineMax Sales Consultant and Yacht Broker Scott Roberton is being celebrated as the 2022 global winner for the top salesperson for Ocean Alexander Yachts. This is Roberton’s third year in a row receiving this coveted award.  Roberton has been committed to the Ocean Alexander brand for many years. He continues to show his commitment with his tireless efforts to sell not just any brand but ones that are proven to be exceptional to his customers. He has learned what his clients are looking for and he shows them exactly that when it comes to Ocean Alexander.  Collin Heimensen, MarineMax Clearwater General Manager, comments, "Scott has been with MarineMax for 30 years now, which is an amazing accomplishment. His passion for the yachting lifestyle shows in his work and it is what guides him to provide his customers with everything they could need on their journey to getting on the water.”  The Ocean Alexander brand is obsessed with providing yachts that are unmistakable and engineered with excellence. They're passionate about performance and gripped with the idea that any object this wondrous and rare deserves to be consistently examined and refined. Every Ocean Alexander yacht is the product of passionate people infused with tremendous talent. They know your yacht may be the most extraordinary infatuation of your life because it's the most incredible infatuation of theirs.  Roberton comments, “I am honoured to receive this award for the third year in a row. Yachting has been a passion of mine for years and being able to guide my customers through purchasing the yacht of their dreams has been a rewarding challenge. As well as working with Ocean Alexander, they communicate with you every step of the way, and their attention to detail is remarkable. Their top-of-the-line factory is the best I have ever worked with personally.”  Some key models that Roberton has custom-built for his clients and delivered this past year have been a 26R Open, 28R, 35R, 37L, 100MY, and 118 MY.  Scott Roberton is consistently the top yacht sales consultant at MarineMax Clearwater, and a member of MarineMax's Nationwide Chairman's Circle awards, winning Top Gun the last three years. He joined MarineMax in 1992 as a sales consultant. Turning his attention to large yacht sales 16 years ago, he offers high-quality yachts and charter services to clients worldwide.

Pearl Appoints New International Sales Manager

Pearl Yachts announces Ross Donohoe’s appointment as International Sales Manager, Ross brings a wealth of experience from more than two decades in the industry.  Fresh from a busy boot Düsseldorf, where the brand held a European premiere for the Pearl 72 and announced the new Pearl 82 project, British boatbuilder Pearl Yachts is welcoming a new International Sales Manager, Ross Donohoe, as the latest addition to their growing team. Following a foundational education and career in Marine Engineering, Ross’s flair for sales shone through and he began to make a name for himself in the yachting industry as a Technical Sales Executive. In his new role with Pearl, he will work out of the Pearl Sales Office in Swanwick, which opened last Summer.  Pearl Yachts Managing Director Iain Smallridge said “We are delighted to welcome Ross to the Pearl team, his knowledge, and experience will help to increase sales as well as support and further strengthen the Pearl dealer network.”  Ross Donohoe, Pearl’s new International Sales Manager, said, “I feel absolutely privileged to be starting this next chapter in my career representing Pearl Yachts, a brand that is going from strength to strength, leading innovation and yacht designs. Spending an entire lifetime devoted to boats and the marine industry, it has always been clear to me as a young apprentice Marine Engineer that if you do something you love, and you’ll never do a day’s work in your life. Boats have always been an utter passion for me and love that has never dwindled.”

Princess Yachts Acquired by KPS Capital Partners

Princess Yachts announced today that KPS Capital Partners, LP (“KPS”) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling equity interest in the luxury yacht builder. Existing shareholders will retain ownership in the company. Completion of the transaction is expected in the first quarter of 2023 and is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals.  The moves come after the company announced exciting expansion plans last year as part of the successful bid by Plymouth City Council to create a Freeport in the region and this new investment will help support these plans and reinforces the unique national and international marine capabilities that reside in Plymouth and the wider South West
region. Ryan Harrison, a Partner of KPS Mid-Cap Investments, said, “We are excited to make this significant investment in Princes Yachts, a leading company in the luxury global yachting industry with an iconic brand grounded in British tradition, a remarkable and growing product range, and world-wide reputation for quality and in novation. KPS’ investment will accelerate Princess’ growth trajectory and fund numerous investments for its future. We look forward to working with Princess’ existing stockholders, Chief Executive Officer, Antony Sheriff, the senior leadership team, and the talented employee base at Princess Yachts.”  Antony Sheriff, Chief Executive Officer of Princess Yachts, said, “We are thrilled to partner with KPS for this exciting new chapter for Princess Yachts. KPS and the Princess Yachts team are deeply committed to investing in the Company’s future while continuing to further strengthen our portfolio of best-in-class motor yachts. With a current order book nearing a record $1 billion and many model lines sold into 2025, we have never been in a stronger commercial position. Together with KPS’ tremendous track record of manufacturing excellence and investing in leading brands, we are now positioned to take Princess Yachts to the next level of industry leadership in quality and innovation. Under KPS’ ownership, we will accelerate a range of growth and operational initiatives to build upon our long and successful history.” The continuing strength of the marine sector in the UK region has been identified as a key growth opportunity by the Great South West pan-regional partnership and this new investment will help strengthen Princess Yachts ’ commitment to supporting these opportunities both nationally and internationally .

Riviera Announces Apprentice of the Year Winner

Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, has announced four winners in its Apprentice of the Year awards for 2022, showcasing the depth of talent within the company’s workforce of 900 people, including 112 apprentices.  The winners across four categories received their awards at a special ceremony recently in front of the 900-strong Riviera workforce.  The apprentice winners are Simon Magnay, second-year apprentice in engineering, Claudia Le Fevre, second-year apprentice in upholstery, William Johnstone, second-year apprentice in boat building and Connor Baruksopulo, first-year apprentice in timber and composite machining.  Claudia Le Fevre has completed her second year as an upholstery apprentice. She set her sights on working with Riviera while still at school.  Simon Magnay moved from Casino in northern New South Wales to pursue his dream of working with Riviera.  Marine Craft Construction apprentice William Johnstone was also attracted to Riviera after seeing the yachts on the water.  Connor Baruksopulo admits he was nervous about working alongside older and more experienced people.  Riviera’s safety and training manager Adam Houlahan said Riviera continues to welcome young apprentices through its schools program.  The recently announced TAFE Apprentice of the Year was another achievement for the Riviera team as apprentice Max Whitmore was announced runner-up in a very large entry across the State.  Riviera is also proud to announce that six apprentices have also graduated through the company's award-winning Propel program: Tirryn Casey, Jack Fuller, Joshua Hindmarsh, Steven Kupfer, Brendan O'Grady and Thomas Jay Parsons.  Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst paid tribute to all apprentices including the award winners who received recognition this year.

Riviera International Service Academy Enhances Boating

Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, recently hosted a team of experienced marine technicians and engineers from its worldwide dealership network for a three-day training and service academy. They travelled from the Americas, Europe and Asia, eager to grow their knowledge of the latest systems, technologies and build processes being employed on the new era luxury motor yachts. The service academy took participants through the entire yacht production process, from hull lamination and engineering through to anti-fouling, at Riviera's 16-hectare (39.5 acre) state-of-the-art facility on Queensland's Gold Coast. Chris Attard, Riviera's Dealer and Owner Care Director, said the three-day academy comprising more than 10 separate workshops, as well as extensive tours of the facility, is a part of an annual program conducted by Riviera focused on enhancing the skills of its dealer network teams. They were given a detailed understanding of the new product development process including a confidential tour of a new yacht in the early stages of development. They also undertook an extensive review of Riviera's latest safety systems, vessel care, maintenance and system connectivity, designed to make boating with Riviera easier, safer and more enjoyable. The final day of the program included sea trials aboard three Riviera yachts including the newly launched 46 Sports Motor Yacht. Greg Glogow from Sun Country was deeply impressed by the Riviera facility, and its level of presentation, technology and growing scale. Randy Buckell from Emerald Pacific Yachts commented on the extensive detail of this latest training academy. Randy's business partner Brett Aggen said this latest round of product knowledge was vital to the dealership network's capabilities with customers. Chris Bingham, also with Emerald Pacific Yachts, said seeing the scale of the Riviera operation was eye-opening. Kenny Brown from Sun Country said he was already familiar with much of the new technology including Garmin and CZone. Anthony Vigliotti from OneWater Group appreciated the in-depth factory tour. Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst thanked the international team for their enthusiasm and for their dedication and support of Riviera owners around the world.

Silent Launches First Yacht from New Shipyard

Silent-Yachts has reached another important milestone in its exciting journey. The company has launched the very first solar electric catamaran at its own shipyard in Fano, Italy, which has been acquired in spring 2022. The first launch is a SIilent 60 series yacht. “We are happy that our Italian shipyard performs really well. It was the right decision to purchase and develop it in a way that is in line with our corporate long-term strategy,” said Michael Köhler, Founder and CEO of Silent-Yachts. 
The new Silent 60 carries 42 solar panels for 16 kWp of solar energy to power two electric motors of 2 x 250 kW. Backed up by a battery capacity of up to 210 kWh, she will be able to cruise efficiently with zero emissions solely on solar power for up to 100 nautical miles a day for weeks.

Sunreef With Fernando Alonso

The Sunreef Yachts Team welcomed two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso at the shipyard to take a deep dive into the yacht design and manufacturing process. Fernando Alonso, future owner of an electric 60 Sunreef Power Eco took this opportunity to speak to the team and learn more about the Sunreef Yachts know-how. Currently under construction at the shipyard in Gdansk, his luxury catamaran will be customized to his exact specifications to reach the highest levels of sustainability and energy efficiency.

Van Der Valk Wins Influential Award

Having already received a special commendation at the 2022 World Superyacht Awards, Van der Valk’s Lady Lene has now won a major prize at the 2023 BOAT Design & Innovation Awards. The much-cherished Neptune trophy for Best Interior Design for Motor Yachts under 499GT was presented to our yard and Carla Guilhem Design at the gala ceremony held in the northern Italian ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo.  A judging panel of highly respected designers, naval architects and industry professionals from various countries decided the winners. As Boat International writes about Lady Lene’s win: “The Judges responded favourably to the elegant interior treatment on board this pure custom yacht, which was designed to accommodate a family member with compromised mobility. It was clear that the designers and builders understood and interpreted the owner’s brief well.”  “Every Van der Valk yacht requires teamwork of the highest order and the award for Lady Lene is a triumph for all involved in this project, including Ginton Naval Architects, Diana Yacht Design and the visionary owners,” says our sales manager, Yoeri Bijker. “I love the fact that Carla and her interior design team – as new kids on the block in the yachting industry – have been justifiably rewarded for their efforts on this fantastic project. We also expect that ADA compliance, the regulations for vessels designed for mobility challenged guests, will gain greater attention thanks to this award.”

Viking 27th Annual VIP

With strong attendance, brisk sales and the debut of two new flagships – the Viking 90 and Valhalla 55 – the 2023 VIP Boat Show was a smashing success.  “It was incredible,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “On the first day, Friday, we had our highest-ever turnout in the history of the 27-year event. And we had a good showing on Saturday, too, even though the weather didn’t cooperate.” Eight Vikings and seven Valhallas were sold, with several other deals in the works.  The fact that the Viking Yacht Company debuted not one but two flagships made the two-day event epic in itself.  “These boats are badass,” said Pat in his kick-off speech to dealers and vendors. “The Viking 90 and V-55 will not only become the leaders in their class, but they’re also going to dominate for years to come. They’re that good.” Pat also took the opportunity to recognize our dealers and vendors for helping make the VIP such a unique marine exhibition. “We thank you for all your support,” said Pat. “You’re the best.”  The Viking 90 and the V-55 stole the spotlight with sea trials and dockside walk-throughs. Hull No. 1 of the 90 is a striking Kingston Grey Sky Bridge model with six staterooms, seven heads and a jaw-dropping faux teak mezzanine and upper aft deck.  The V-55 features a Haze Grey gelcoat, a custom Palm Beach Towers gap tower with carbon fiber outriggers and quad Mercury V12 600s.  In addition to the flagships, a full fleet of Vikings and Valhallas were on display. The lineup included Vikings from 46 to 90 feet and Valhallas from 33 to 55 feet. Our VIP allows dealers and owners to spend plenty of time together on the boats in a relaxed stress-free setting.  Another distinctive aspect of our VIP is the vendor village, where more than 50 of our business partners display their products, answer questions and assist attendees with all their boating and fishing needs.