October 2, 2023

Project: Absolute Navetta 70

During the Cannes 2023 boat show Absolute presented the project for a new Navetta 70 to be launched in 2024.  The Navetta 70 is an evolution of the Navetta 68 launched in 2019, just a tad over two feet longer and mimicking the evolution Absolute did with the 75 flagship from the 73.  This evolution is mostly about the stern, with the new design embracing the cockpit terrace, a feature which Absolute introduced in 2021 with its 60 Fly model and since then has been making it into all its newer models.  The cockpit terrace re-invents the aft area with vertical opposite settees giving un-interrupted views from the glazed stern, and easier cockpit bathing platform socialization.  But the evolution of the Absolute Navetta 70 does not stop there, with the extra 74 centimetres in length giving a larger aft deck, and a complete new flybridge design available in two Upper Deck A and B choices.  For the remaining the Absolute Navetta 70 does not change much from the 68, including the very liveable saloon with astern galley layout, and the four double cabins lower deck, with floating between main and lower deck VIP suite forward, which might make an owner think if this or the midships stateroom the one to go for. The Absolute Navetta 70 is powered by twin Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod drives.     

October 1, 2023

Back to Genoa Boat Show

I have not been to any of the big International boat shows since many years, and now in 2023 I returned to Genova's Salone Nautico, after nineteen years.  My last attendance was in 2004, nineteen years ago, that time it was a boating renaissance of the noughties, with most if not all Italian builders enjoying a huge expansion bar none, fuelled by leasing and easy boating mortgage schemes of those times.

The Italian boat show is a special place for me.  It was the show I always wanted to visit when young, also to discover more about the less known Italian names, followed by the many American brands attending the show with high importance and numbers, with British and Scandinavian names also showing in good force.  I am sure I would love Cannes which I had to cancel a few times due to other commitments, the two US Fort Lauderdale and Miami boat shows, and to a lesser extent Dusseldorf.  This last mostly because it is a land show, and I believe boats, especially big ones upwards of fifteen meters should be seen in the water.

The 2023 Genoa boat show was packed, at least that was what I saw in the opening two days. The previous editions I attended used to have 300,000 plus of visitors in nine days.  The smaller six days format of the recent editions are doing over 100,000 plus of visits.  The Fiera Genova was also a bit work in progress mode, on entrance for the new waterfront island area, though this affected little to the show, with a small exception on the entrance part. They are working hard to make the boat show a bigger and better one.

Since some years the major Italian brands which used to make Genoa the show, are not supporting Genoa as they used to, presenting there World premiers in Cannes.  Still some brands did premier at Genoa, the most important one coming from Spanish Astondoa new AX8 model, which just arrived an hour or so after the show later.  Other Italian names debuting at Genoa are the Amer 950, CNT Domina RS, Italyure 35, Mig 45, Manda Yachts Senses 05, and Tornado Yachts 50 RS.  The fact that Astondoa debuted its AX8 in Genoa is a good sign, as this is the major Spanish production boat building brand using the show for an important World preview.

Genoa is a victim of globalisation and the centralization this brings with it. If Genoa wants to be as attractive to Cannes it will need the help of other factors, beside a bigger show starting from a better connected Airport.  Nice airport which serves Cannes and is thirty minutes away from the boat show is the third busiest airport in France with fourteen million a year plus passenger traffic.  Genoa Cristoforo Colombo sees less then two million, the 21st position as Italian airports go.  Cannes still has an edge in accommodation, though today things are easier in Genoa with AirBnB and Booking.com platform making things easier to what they where in the past.

September 30, 2023

Monthly News - September 2023

-pic of the month- Cruisers Yachts Factory Expansion

Aquila Expands in Dominican Republic

Aquila Power Catamaran, a global leader in luxury catamaran manufacturing, is thrilled to announce its expansion into the Dominican Republic, with the largest nautical company in the country, Auto Marina.  Raul Bermudez, Aquila Sales Director for the Caribbean, South America, Central America, "We are excited to introduce our exceptional vessels to the Dominican Republic with our great partner, Auto Marina. Our expansion represents a commitment to providing boaters in this beautiful destination with the best in luxury, performance, and innovation. We look forward to contributing to the vibrant boating culture of the Dominican Republic and forging lasting relationships within the local community."  Auto Marina is the largest nautical company in the Dominican Republic and the largest in the Caribbean. They cover all segments of the marine market; whether you are in need of boat sales, inboard or outboard motors, parts, or maintenance, they have you covered for all your boating needs. They have three dealership locations throughout the country in Santo Domingo, Boca Chica, and Marina Chavón and a shipyard with boat racks to house 200 boats. The Dominican Republic is known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life, which provides the ideal backdrop for Aquila's high-performance power catamarans.  Guillermo Augusto Gonzalez Baez, Sales and Service Manager, comments, "Auto Marina has been a family business for the last 46 years, and every family member has contributed to our growth in making us the largest nautical company in the Dominican Republic. Ever since my father, Angel Andrés González, took on this challenge 46 years ago, he led with his passion for service and integrity which is why we are where we are today. With strong family values as one of our core values, we are happy to partner with the Aquila Power Catamarans brand not only because of the great boats they produce, but also because they have continued to show their commitment to sticking with the values they started on. We can't wait to see how much our customers will enjoy these vessels."

Aquila Delivers Two Hundredth Hull

Aquila Power Catamarans is proud to announce the delivery of their 200th hull of the highly acclaimed Aquila 36 Sport Power Catamaran model. This momentous achievement marks a significant milestone for the company and their dedication to innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction.  The 200th hull of this remarkable vessel proudly belongs to Buzz and Christine Cohen. They graciously shared their feelings about acquiring their inaugural Aquila. "We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the exceptional delivery experience of our Aquila 36 Sport Power Catamaran, hull #200. The moment we arrived at the MarineMax Pompano facility, we were treated with unparalleled hospitality. The team's warm welcome, introductions, and genuine congratulations made us feel truly valued. The significance of being the proud owners of hull #200 of the Aquila 36 Sport model was not lost on us – a testament to Aquila's innovation, and we're overjoyed to be a part of the Aquila family."  Since its inception, Aquila Power Catamarans has been at the forefront of revolutionizing the boating experience with their state-of-the-art catamarans. The Aquila 36 Sport model, renowned for its cutting-edge design, exceptional performance, and unmatched comfort, has garnered immense popularity among boating enthusiasts and maritime industry.  The Aquila 36 Sport model offers a spacious layout, ample living space, entertainment options, and cutting-edge technology. With its innovative design, efficient fuel consumption, and exceptional stability, the Aquila 36 Sport provides an unparalleled on-water experience for both cruising and water sports enthusiasts. Alain Raas, Aquila Brand Manager, comments, "Our team is thrilled to celebrate this milestone with the delivery of the 200th hull of our 36 Sport model. This achievement is a testament to our commitment to pushing boundaries and redefining what's possible in power catamaran design. We are incredibly grateful for the trust and support of our customers and the entire boating community."  The celebration of the 200th hull delivery of the Aquila 36 Sport model reflects Aquila Power Catamarans' unwavering dedication to following through with their values. By consistently delivering vessels that combine performance, innovation and quality, they have solidified their reputation in the industry as a trailblazer. 


Arcadia Wins at World Yacht Trophies 2023

At the Cannes Yachting Festival, Arcadia Yachts presented one of the yachting industry’s most intriguing new products, the A96. Proposing a new concept of wellbeing, the boat was one of the most visited during the six-day boat show.  Crowning this success was the award of the “Innovation Trophy” for yachts from 80 to 98 feet at the famous World Yachts Trophies and, in parallel with the boat’s official presentation, the sale of two units.


Azimut-Benetti Group Forms Alliance with D-Marin

D-Marin, the selection of premium marinas, has partnered with Azimut Benetti, the leading luxury Group in the yachting sector, to bring an enriched yachting experience to marinas across the Mediterranean with the aim of fostering the growth of nautical tourism.  The vision of D-Marin and the Vitelli family is to create, innovate and facilitate yachting in the Mediterranean by a marina network which sets new standards. Azimut Benetti, guided by the strategic vision of the Vitelli family, has for over 30 years recognised the importance of marinas as essential infrastructure for the development of the yachting industry.  The formation of the alliance enriches the current 20 premium marinas of D-Marin by a further 1,800 berths across the 3 new marinas. D-Marin acquires a significant stake in Marina di Valetta and in Porto Mediceo in Livorno, as well as initiating operating a commercial integration with award-winning Marina di Varazze. The acquisition of the stake in Marina di Valletta and in Porto Mediceo in Livorno is subject to the receipt of the required regulatory authorizations and consents.  Paolo Vitelli, founder of the Azimut Benetti Group, explains the rationale of the alliance: “The core values of Azimut Benetti and D-Marin are perfectly aligned to provide an enjoyable yachting experience. D-Marin brings its strive for premium customer experience, the network offering, commercial excellence, sustainability commitments, and digital innovations to further enhance the already world-class luxury marinas of Azimut Benetti and our family. This vast service-rich network of marinas will be able to welcome the owners of the Azimut Benetti Group yachts in a privileged way.”  Oliver Dörschuck, CEO at D-Marin, comments: “We are thrilled to be working with the Vitelli family on these beautiful marinas, supporting the properties to flourish even further with our marina expertise. This is an exciting partnership for us and one we can’t wait to embark on. We are keen to grow nautical tourism in the Mediterranean and offer a premium marina service at every step of a voyage.”  With an extensive selection of D-Marin marinas, yacht owners can travel seamlessly across the Mediterranean and enjoy premium marina services at each stop of a voyage in Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Spain, Italy, and Malta. The partnership with Azimut Benetti follows five D-Marin marina acquisitions since August 2022 in Spain, Italy, and Greece.

Azimut Wins Design Innovation 2023

During Genoa Boat Show 2023, the jury of the Design Innovation Award honoured the best projects that embody excellence in the yachting industry by combining innovation and design. During the awards ceremony held last Friday at the Palazzo della Borsa in Genoa, Azimut’s new Magellano 60 was named winner in the ‘Motor Yachts over 14m LH’ category. Magellano 60 embodies the desire to offer owners a yacht that combines an explorer’s soul with an elegant and timeless aesthetic, and with a conscious approach to the issue of environmental sustainability.  Azimut Magellano 60 was awarded the prize by the jury, made up of national and international experts from various sectors, “for its Dual Mode hull that allows optimisation of consumption and emissions, and for the living solutions that offer navigation that is attentive to the quality of life on board“.


Bavaria Awarded at the Cannes Yachting Festival

The Bavaria SR33 was awarded the “2023 Moteur Boat de l’ Année” in the category of motorboats over seven meters at the Cannes Yachting Festival. At the beginning of June, 30 readers of the French magazine Moteur Boat took a very close look at a total of 17 motorboats on two test days in Hyères. Following a defined checklist, the testers compared and evaluated all the different models. The Bavaria SR33 with her safe and sporty handling and the sun lounger to the stern, which thanks to the retractable table becomes a terrace right on the water in no time, were some of the points that the readers particularly emphasised. Another nomination for the Bavaria SR33 was announced at the Yachting Festival in Cannes. The international jury of the “Best of Boats Award", BOB Award for short, nominated the Bavaria SR33 in the “Best for Family“ category. The Bavaria SR36 already won the BOB Award in this category in 2022. The Bavaria SR33 will have to wait for the final decision until this year’s awards are presented at the Boot and Fun boat show in Berlin.


Bayliss at Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational

Congratulations to the team on Shark Byte, Bayliss 73) for placing first in billfish releases at the Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational! The crew ended the tournament with 1,475 points, and won the daily on Day 1.  Bayliss Boatyard customers on Crisdel (Titan 62') also landed at the top of the tournament leaderboard for heaviest tuna with a 116.1 lb catch. Congratulations to the owner, captain and crew!
  

Benetti Wins at World Yacht Trophies 2023

Once again for the 2023 edition of the World Yachts Trophies in Cannes, the magazine Yachts France awarded the new yacht models from the world's most important shipyards. Benetti, recognised among the main yacht manufacturers as excellence in the sector, received the "Semi-custom Yacht Trophy" award from the international jury during the gala dinner for the Benetti FB606 Alunya - B.Now 50M Oasis Deck™.  This 50-metre yacht is the second model in the B.Now family to feature the Oasis Deck™, the solution with which Benetti has revolutionized the nautical lifestyle concept. With Oasis Deck™, Benetti has redefined the traditional stern swim platform with hydraulically operated terraces that open out across the entire breadth of the deck to offer a formidable 90-square-metre beach club. The Oasis Deck™ ensures an unimpeded 270° view astern. The beach area also has a glass-walled infinity pool and numerous conviviality spaces.

Benetti New General Manager

Benetti are pleased to announce that Eng. Massimiliano Casoni has joined the Group as General Manager of Benetti. This new appointment is part of the process of consolidating the brand’s organisation and management, with the aim of boosting support for the company’s growth and success.  Casoni, who started work in his new role last September 4th, will report directly to CEO Marco Valle and is tasked with supervising the management of Benetti operations, focusing on new product development and the rationalisation and efficiency of Benetti’s Livorno and Viareggio shipyards, while ensuring that the design and build quality of products remains at the very highest market levels.  After graduating in mechanical engineering from Bologna University in 1995, Massimiliano Casoni gained extensive experience working in positions of responsibility for international industrial groups, including luxury brands, for over 20 years. As a matter of fact, after his first professional appointment in SCM group, in 1999 he moved to Ferrari. In 2000 he joined Maserati, where he held various management positions before becoming Production Manager in 2002. From 2005 to 2015 he worked in Ferrari, where he held different roles, including Manufacturing Director and Gran Turismo Product Development Team Leader, before becoming Production Processes Director in 2012. Before taking up his position at Benetti, Massimiliano Casoni was Chief Operating Officer at Technogym Group for eight years.  “We are pleased to welcome Massimiliano Casoni to our team. His expertise and experience working for world-class companies will prove extremely useful in generating added value for Benetti as the world’s leading superyacht builder,” said Azimut|Benetti CEO Marco Valle.  “I’m extremely pleased to seize this opportunity to lead a luxury brand like Benetti and look forward to getting down to work with my new colleagues, so that we can pursue together the ambitious goal of consolidating our strengths and tackling the major challenges awaiting us in the coming years,” commented Benetti General Manager Massimiliano Casoni.  The arrival of Casoni adds even more value to Benetti’s team of managers – most of whom have risen through the company’s ranks – because they are key to continuing the drive for growth in recent years and will contribute to ensuring that Azimut|Benetti Group continues to be the world’s leading shipyard in terms of turnover, boats under construction, and range of offering.


CRN Sixty Years at Monaco

CRN, the historic shipyard specialising in designing, engineering and constructing superyachts of up to 90 metres, will be at the Monaco Yacht Show 2023 from 27 to 30 September. In this prestigious setting, Ferretti Group’s bespoke Made in Italy brand will open a new chapter in its remarkable story of excellence, craftsmanship and innovation that is now six decades long.  The journey began in 1963 with the inspired vision of founder Sanzio Nicolini, an entrepreneur from the Marche. In these 60 years, CRN has revolutionised the yachting world with major innovations and triumphant successes that have changed the face of the global market. Nicolini immediately brought in the most talented artisans, the most skilful workers and some of the top international yacht designers, creating inimitable gems that have made memorable contributions to the modern yachting industry in Italy and around the world.  At the forthcoming Monaco Yacht Show, CRN will be telling its story through the CRN Heritage Gallery commemorating these 60 years. The brand’s most iconic yachts will take centre stage in an engaging, spectacular presentation. From the SuperConero to Bagheera, and from Fath Al Khair to the F100 – the first explorer yacht in pleasure boating – via Azzurra, Il Vagabondo and Numptia, these are boats that took revolutionary approaches and brought amazing innovations, devised and built by the CRN shipyard in partnership with yacht designers of international renown.  Right from the start, CRN has worked with the world’s leading architects and designers: Jon Bannenberg, Gerhard Gilgenast, Paola D. Smith, Terence Disdale, Alberto Pinto, François Zuretti, Laura Sessa, Nuvolari Lenard and Zuccon International Project. The latest collaborations have featured Vripack, Omega Architects, Vallicelli Design, Nauta Design and many more.  With its hallmark values and spirit, CRN has always risen to even the most demanding challenges. Together with the Mario Morini yard, acquired in 2002, it has launched over 400 ships from ferries and pleasure vessels to fishing boats, military ships and merchantmen that are still bringing the finest Italian design and manufacturing to seas all around the world.


Cruisers Yachts Factory Expansion

Cruisers Yachts, a premier manufacturer of luxury yachts, has partnered with Alliance Construction on a 56,000-square-foot expansion to its Pulaski facility with a completion date of January 2024. Mark Pedersen, President of Cruisers Yachts, comments, "One of our core values is to look to the long term, and this expansion project is a testament to that belief. We have been looking to expand since we acquired the Pulaski facility in 2021. That plant is designed to build larger yachts, and this expansion provides us with a facility that aligns with our New Product Development plans for the next five years." Cruisers Yachts has embarked on this ambitious expansion project with a clear goal: to broaden its horizons and further elevate its yacht manufacturing process. The expansion comprises several key areas, each designed to enhance production and accommodate larger vessels: Assembly: A brand-new production line spanning 10,893 square feet will feature increased ceiling heights, enabling the assembly of larger yachts. Upholstery: With an expanded footprint of 4,300 square feet, this section will facilitate increased production capabilities, ensuring every yacht bears the hallmark of luxury. Metal/Maintenance: Boasting a generous 15,120 square feet, this area will see increased capacity, providing the company with the ability to expand production and maintain the highest standards. Warehouse: Spanning a substantial 25,749 square feet, the warehouse will see the addition of new loading docks and expanded storage capacity, streamlining operations and ensuring efficient inventory management. Chemical Storage Building: A dedicated 1,200-square-foot chemical storage building will be incorporated for the safekeeping of essential materials. Expanded Outdoor Cold Storage: This expansion will allow Cruisers Yachts to securely store materials and parts outdoors, further optimizing the production process. Pedersen, continues, “Watching the progress since breaking ground this past January has been tremendous, and we are expecting to be moving in this coming February. We are very appreciative of the support from the Pulaski community and are excited to fill up this new space with additional job opportunities. It is another big step forward for the continued growth of Cruisers Yachts and the community." This momentous expansion isn't just about square footage; it's about expanding possibilities. Cruisers Yachts will be able to diversify its current model lineup, both in terms of volume and the size of vessels produced. This expansion will introduce two new production lines with the capability to accommodate yachts of up to 75 feet in any style. The Pulaski plant will now boast four production lines, empowering the company to build up to five distinct models. Incorporating the latest technology, advanced production methods, and a commitment to excellence, Cruisers Yachts is taking a significant stride toward meeting the growing demand for their luxurious, high-performance yachts.


Ferretti Group Takes Five at World Yacht Trophies

Ferretti Group wins a whole host of awards at the World Yachts Trophies 2023, the leading yachting event organised by SG Publications.  Held in Cannes last Saturday, September 16, the award ceremony was attended by various guests, personalities, company representatives and industry insiders.  Ferretti Group received a total of five awards that recognise the style, innovation and attention to detail that characterise the new models presented at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2023.  The Awards are: Ferretti Yachts INFYNITO 90: “Best Innovation” in the 80-98 ft category (24-30 m), Ferretti Yachts 580: “Best Layout” in the 45-64 ft category (13.70-19.50 m). Riva 82’ Diva: “Best Exterior Design” in the 80-98 ft category (24-30 m), Pershing GTX116: “Best Innovation” in the 98-164 ft category (30-50 m), and Wallywhy150: Most Avant-Garde Yacht.  Ferretti Group’s success at the World Yachts Trophies 2023 underscores its record-breaking achievements by winning a series of coveted awards. Cutting-edge aesthetics and innovative technology are the winning factors that make the Group’s boats ever more unique and appealing year after year, as is confirmed by leading international juries.


Frauscher Wins in Genoa 

The Frauscher 1212 Ghost Air premiered in Italy at the international boat show „Salone Nautico“ in Genoa. The new model received an enthusiastic welcome from the public and professionals alike. At the Design Innovation Awards Gala, the Frauscher 1212 Ghost Air won first place in the “Motorboats up to 14 metres” category. The 12-metre boat impressed the jury with its “unique and compelling interpretation of the day cruiser and the superb choice of materials and surfaces”. The Italian organisations Confindustria and I Saloni Nautici initiated the award to honour outstanding achievements in the boat industry, innovation, research and design.  This prestigious prize may be joined by others as the Frauscher 1212 Ghost Air has been nominated for the Best of Boats Award. The award ceremony will take place in November at the “Boot an Fun” boat show in Berlin. The 1212 Ghost Air is also a contender for the European Powerboat of the Year accolade. This will be awarded in January 2024 during the “boot” trade fair in Düsseldorf.


Galeon Receives Best Evolution Award 2023

Galeon Yachts was awarded the “Best Evolution Award” at the 2023 World Yachts Trophies Gala at the Cannes Yachting Festival for their Galeon 560 FLY model.  Bob Burke, Galeon Brand Manager, comments, "Galeon is thrilled to have been recognized by the World Yacht Trophies once more, this time with the prestigious Best Evolution Award for our Galeon 560 FLY. We strive to push the boundaries of yacht design and performance, and this award reaffirms that we are on the right path. Our team's dedication and passion for creating exceptional vessels drive us forward, and we are committed in our pursuit to maximize our customers’ onboard experience."  The World Yachts Trophies gala dinner hosted over 700 guests with 69 finalists selected by the members of the jury composed of journalists, historians, and yachting experts. This gala rewards the best motor boats and yachts from 13 to 140 meters launched annually. Around thirty trophies are awarded during the dinner, followed by the legendary Yachts Parade, a night ballet of the most beautiful boats in the bay of Cannes under the spotlight of the Croisette.  The Galeon 560 FLY represents the pinnacle of luxury and engineering in the yachting industry. The vessel first grabs the eye with lines that are both muscular and playful. A wide beam that carries well forward gives this vessel a substantial presence. It's a design choice that pulls double duty, allowing for unmatched interior volume, particularly on the accommodations level.  Galeon Yachts continues to push the boundaries of yacht design and engineering, and the award-winning Galeon 560 FLY is a shining example of their commitment to excellence.


Gulf Craft Majesty Triumphs at World Yacht Trophies

Gulf Craft, one of the world's leading boat and yacht manufacturers, is proud to announce another prestigious accolade. This time, it is for their latest addition to the Majesty Yachts line-up, the Majesty 111, which was awarded “Best Interior Design” at the World Yachts Trophies 2023, concurring with the Cannes Yachting Festival.  The World Yachts Trophies 2023 is a premier gathering of yacht enthusiasts, manufacturers, and designers from around the globe. The Majesty 111, which is set to make its European debut at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show 2023, secured the prestigious award for its outstanding interior design. She stands as a shining example of luxury and innovation, further enhancing Majesty Yachts’ illustrious and award-winning superyacht portfolio.  The interiors of the Majesty 111, meticulously crafted in collaboration with Phathom Studio, have set a new standard for opulence, functionality, and aesthetics. This award-winning interior design not only reflects the epitome of luxury but also showcases a harmonious fusion of cutting-edge design concepts and practicality.


Jarrett Bay 2023 Tournament Success Near and Far

This summer's tournament trails found Jarrett Bay boats on leader boards from Mexico to Marsh Harbour, with the Carolina builder super proud of its fleet!  Hull 61, Stella June took first place in the inaugural edition of this tournament based in Cabo San Lucas with a 47.6 lb Dorado!  Other Jarrett Bay's sportfish took first in three other tournaments.  2023 Bermuda Big Game Classic in Gamefish category, 2023 Bermuda Triple Crown in Overall category,  and in the 2023 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in the Overall Release category.  These three first places where followed by two second places, a third, and a fourth in four other tournaments.


Nordhavn Exploring Australia's Islands

Earlier this year, Nordhavn 96#18 Vivierae II, was left abandoned in the middle of the Arafura Sea, dead in the water after a rare set of circumstances resulted in stalled engines due to entanglements in the propellers. The crew was rescued by an oil tanker but not before the massive vessel sideswiped VIVIERAE in an attempt to get close enough for all the folks to make it off safely. Weeks passed before owner Bob Giles was able to retain a vessel rescue service that was able to restore the props to working order and enable Viivierae to make her way to a shipyard in Sydney to undergo repairs.  Despite the vessel being more than 4x the size of VIVIERAE, the collision only produced surface damage. Giles said he was grateful that Nordhavn builds a “very strong vessel”.  Fast forward six months and Vivierae is back to her old self roaming the world, this time exploring Australia’s Torres Strait Islands, and specifically the remote Thursday Island. The crew, including Nordhavn’s videographer and frequent roving crew member, Doug Harlow, will be aboard to document the ensuing adventures. Vivierae departed Cairns, Queensland, on September 8th.


Pearl Yachts Wins at World Yacht Trophies 2023

Pearl Yachts is pleased to announce its recent achievement at the World Yacht Trophies 2023, hosted in Cannes by the French media Yachts France. The Pearl 72, has secured a notable win in the 19-24m Best Interior category, marking another significant success for the brand.


Sanlorenzo Awards Best Service Performer 2023

Ekka Yachts is honoured to receive the "Best 2023 Service Performance" award as Sanlorenzo Yacht's top service partner globally for 2023. This is a recognition of the exceptional after-sales service EKKA offered to Sanlorenzo owners as they cruised the Greek territorial waters over the course of 2023.  Appointed in 2021 by Sanlorenzo as exclusive brand representative for Greece, EKKA Yachts has demonstrated its customer-focused approach since the beginning of this collaboration, ensuring comprehensive solutions with an unparalleled degree of personalization, catering to those for whom compromise is not an option.  “Special thanks go to our valued clients, crew members attending Sanlorenzo yachts, and most importantly, our local partner and authorized service point, Remora Ltd, for their dedicated and continuous support and for sharing our vision”, says Dimitris Kyriazakos, EKKA Managing Director.


Sunreef Biggest Battery Bank

The 80 Sunreef Power Eco SÓL boasts the industry’s biggest battery bank in the category of leisure crafts up to 24m. A set of almost one-megawatt hour combined with composite-integrated solar panels gives 80 Sunreef Power Eco Sól e-motoring autonomy for close to 300 nautical miles.  For longer journeys, the yacht’s owners can use the range extender, which will allow them to enjoy transoceanic range.  With improved battery technology, SÓL boasts a 990kWh battery bank with long battery life, more power, optimized weight, and a compact size.  The boat's charging system and its ability to transform any voltage available in world harbours adds a unique level of convenience and versatility for worldwide cruising.


Sunseeker Triumphant at World Yacht Trophies

Sunseeker received two awards at the 2023 World Yachts Trophies for its exceptional design innovation. The Superhawk 55 won ‘Best Exterior Design’ in the 45’ to 64’ category for its dynamic exterior profile and innovative lifestyle features. For its outstanding interior design, the Ocean 182 won the 'Best Layout' award in the 80' to 98' category. The Ocean 182 launched at Newport International Boat Show last week and has already received industry-leading recognition for the new floating penthouse concept and intelligent use of interior space.  The World Yachts Trophies recognises the best motor yachts launched this year. Sunseeker is a proud winner, receiving recognition from the prestigious jury panel. Sunseeker, alongside Sunseeker London Group, were presented with the trophies during a spectacular awards ceremony that welcomed the world’s leading industry professionals to the bay of Cannes.  Andrea Frabetti, Chief Executive Officer at Sunseeker International, commented: “Taking home two awards at this year’s World Yachts Trophies signifies the strength of Sunseeker’s approach to innovative design. We are thrilled to win awards for the latest product launches that have made waves worldwide. The World Yachts Trophies is one of the most prestigious international awards in the yachting industry. Receiving these awards is a great testament to our design, manufacturing and engineering teams for continuing to push the boundaries and deliver a world class product.”


Viking Factory Focus

Boats.com recently visited Viking New Jersey manufacturing facilities for a deep dive into the build process of its industry-leading fleet.  Viking Vice President of Design and Engineering Lonni Rutt showed the program’s host, Marilyn DeMartini, how Viking builds a better boat every day through vertical integration, innovation, quality, in-house design and manufacturing and a whole lot more. The boats.com’s “Factory Fridays” series tours boatbuilding facilities of the industry’s top boat brands. This film focuses on Viking in New Gretna, where we build the Viking fleet as well as the Valhalla 55. A follow-up video will highlight Viking Mullica, where Valhalla Boatworks’ V-33, V-37, V-41 and V-46 are built. 

Viking Summer Tourney Recap

Congratulations to all anglers for a sensational summer of tournaments! There were an amazing number of Vikings claiming the top spot on the leader boards.  Viking kicked off the season with Daniel Brown’s Viking 64 Half-A-Buc winning the Salt Life Bluewater Tournament – for the third time in a row. Miss Maysen, a Viking 56, won the Louisiana Gulf Coast Classic with a 642-pound blue marlin.  Vikings claimed the top three spots in the Release Team, Billfish Boat and Crew divisions at the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic – the Viking 72 Team Supreme, the Viking 80 Wynsong and the Viking 70 Quick Time, respectively. Chris Hatcher landed the Heaviest Blue Marlin (723.7 pounds) at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic while fishing on his Viking 58 Salt Shaker.  At the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, Jason Bense set a new dolphin tournament record after weighing a 59.8-pound bull from Chris Hatcher’s Viking 58 Salt Shaker. Tag Team, a Viking 80, won the inaugural Los Cabos Release tournament. Art Favre’s Viking 92 A Work of Art won the Blue Marlin Grand Championship after angler Kevin Courville reeled in a blue marlin weighing 597.4 pounds.  Jeff Feuerman’s No Mercy, a Viking 55, claimed 1st Place Overall Points at the Oak Bluffs Bluewater Classic. The Anderson family’s Viking 80 Krazy Salt’s took 1st Place in Overall Points, White Marlin Points and Tuna Points, as well as Jack Kraczewski’s Top Angler Points at South Jersey Yacht Sales’ Offshore Showdown.  The Krake family’s newly delivered Viking 72 Team Supreme won the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series after an absolutely incredible season. At Jimmy Johnson’s Atlantic City "Quest for the Ring" Championship Fishing Week, the Viking 80 demo won the White Marlin category when captain Sean Dooley put Thomas “Smalls” Garmany on a fish that weighed 69.8 pounds. Dane Braun, fishing on his Viking 55 Desperado, weighed the heaviest blue marlin (703 pounds) at the Lone Star Shootout.  Tom DeAngelo’s Viking 55 Blinky hung a bigeye that tipped the scales at 224.7 pounds – the Heaviest Tuna at the Montauk Canyon Challenge. At the Tri-State Canyon Shootout, the Viking 61 Reel Savage claimed the Largest Tuna, with Steven Arcamone’s bigeye weighing 244.6 pounds.  Synchronicity owner Larry Mathews, fishing on his Viking 48, fought a blue for more than four hours to claim 1st Place Blue Marlin with his 726.3-pound fish at the Texas Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. Heaviest Blue Marlin, Top Boat and Top Release Boat went to the Viking 72 Yellow Steel for three blue marlin and three white marlin releases, all hooked by junior female anglers Helen and Katharine Goodloe at the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club’s Ladies Tournament.  Carmine “Chip” Caruso’s Pipe Dreamer, a Viking 70, won the Blue Marlin division with an 889-pound fish at The MidAtlantic. Polarizer, a Viking 64, reclaimed the Ocean City Marlin and Tuna Club’s Offshore Open perpetual trophy. Just Right, a Viking 56 run by owner Robbie Brown, rallied on the final day of the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament to win the event. Capping off the summer, the team aboard Double Shot, a Viking 68, won the 2nd Leg of the Scrub Island Invitational Billfish Series in the British Virgin Islands.

Viking at Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament

Just Right, a Viking 56 captained by owner Robbie Brown, rallied on the final day of the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament to win the event. The team released a blue marlin and sailfish on the first day before adding another nine sails on the final day good for the tournament championship. The team also claimed the Top Crew and F. Wayne McLeskey Memorial trophy as the Top Boat. Just Right team members include Mike Robinson, Collin Hula, John Lamb, Michael Lamb, Ken Fink and mate Fisher Bedmond.  In the Gamefish Division, Larry Lusk whipped the largest wahoo at 53.1 pounds. He was fishing aboard the Viking 56 Don’t Panic with Captain Bryan Peele.

Viking at The MidAtlantic

Over the history of The MidAtlantic, the last day of the tournament has become known as “Moving Day” as the leader board typically sees a complete shake-up. That was not the case this year – Moving Day came a day early! The billfish bite continued at a wild pace and bigeye tuna showed up in force. As a result, the categories were reshuffled on Day Four. And the 11 remaining boats (of the 181-boat fleet) fishing on the last day had no impact on the final scoreboard.  Carmine “Chip” Caruso’s Pipe Dreamer, a Viking 70, won the Blue Marlin division with an 889-pound fish. Captain Rich Fernandez pulled up to the scale with a massive blue marlin stretched across the cockpit. Andy Confortini fought the big blue on a 130-pound class outfit and had the fish to the boat in just 20 minutes. The huge marlin measured 133 1/2”. The Pipe Dreamer crew, which has been fishing together for the better part of two decades, landed the fish at 9am on Wednesday, then held their breath until the scales closed at 9pm on Friday. Of note, Pipe Dreamer’s payout was a tournament record for a blue marlin and their fish was the 3rd heaviest blue marlin in the tournament’s history.  An hour later, captain Danny Veid wheeled Shon Craig’s Viking 80 Amarula Sun to the scale with a 114 ¼” billfish which weighed 548 pounds for Shon, who was also the angler. The fish was good for 2nd Place Blue Marlin.  Michael Jordan’s Viking 80 Catch 23, with captain Stetson Turney at the wheel, took 3rd Place White Marlin with Jimmy David’s 75-pounder that measured 71 ½”.  Captain Evan Millas put Bob Hugin, aboard his Viking 62 The Right Place, into 2nd Place Tuna after weighing a bigeye of 234 pounds for angler Deane Lambros. Minutes later, captain Blaine Birch pulled Ken Hager’s Viking 62 Taylor Jean to the scale and weighed a 216-pounder for angler Tony Chieffo – which claimed 3rd Place Tuna. Most Points Tuna went to William Wrede’s Viking 62 Lovin’ Life.  The Dolphin category saw David Shockley on the Viking 62 Liquidity take the Heaviest Dolphin award for his 45-pounder. Joe Bernert, on his Viking 72 Quick Raise, weighed a 34-pound dolphin for 2nd Place. Jeff Kogok finished in 3rd Place with a 33-pounder angled from his Viking 68 Too Many Martinis.  Jim McCarthy, aboard his Viking 58 Covert Mission, finished with a 2nd Place Wahoo for his 52-pound ‘hoo.  After spending some time at the top of the white marlin leader board with a 72” fish, the Viking 80 demo took the Most Points Cape May title with 21 white marlin releases. Marty Judge and his Viking 64 Judge was the 3rd Place Most Points Cape May Boat. There were 750 white marlin caught and 735 were released – the 3rd highest in tournament history.  


VisionF New Partnership with Brokerage House Giant

Turkish shipyard VisionF Yachts has chosen the occasion of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2023 to reveal its brand new partnership with the global yacht brokerage giants Northrop & Johnson.  Northrop and Johnson becomes VisionF Yachts’ global central agency and has exclusive sales rights for VisionF’s vessels all over the world, with a renewed focus on Europe and the USA as the company’s target markets going forward.  Ali Tanir, General Manager at VisionF Yachts emphasises the clear benefits in terms of reputation of the new collaboration for the Turkish yacht builder, which was founded as recently as 2019: “As a new, developing brand, having an established partner such as Northrop & Johnson represents a great advantage for us. Instead of working across different countries and trying to express our brand to the end users, Northrop & Johnson’s global reach, unrivalled marketing resources and outstanding reputation will be a great help in getting our message across!”

September 29, 2023

Project: Ava Yachts Kanda80

AvA Yachts is delighted to announce the addition of a new model to its famed series of Kando contemporary explorer yachts: the Kando80. At just under 24 meters in length overall the Kando80 is constructed with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure to CE A certification and can either be crew operated or run privately as an owner-operated pocket super yacht. Designed as a full displacement world cruiser capable of immense distances and long periods at sea the Kando80 boasts an outstanding interior volume of 160 GT and a range of over 4500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of nine knots. Powered by twin Volvo 360hp commercial constant speed engines the Kando80 will reach a maximum speed of eleven knots. The Ava Yachts Kando 80 will offers on-deck capacity for a tender just over four meters in size. The standard internal configuration is a four cabin arrangement with a two berth crew cabin.

September 28, 2023

EF2 Tornado Hits Palm Beach

A severe storm with thunderstorms, hail large as small balls, and a powerful tornado hit Palm Beach Gardens, a South Florida city about 75 miles North from Miami on the late afternoon of Saturday 28 April.  At Harbour Isles residence to the North of Sanctuary Cove a nine meter motor boat was lifted and turned upside down, with other nearby yachts sustaining damage, and one partially sinking.  A video on one of the local news showed a nineteen meter motor yacht which teared down its mooring and was causing havoc in the area.  The Tornado reached speeds up to 120 knots, called EF2 condition and apart boats and yachts it destroyed trees, damaged homes, and flipped over cars in its path.  According to the reports this Palm Beach tornado left no victims, but a man was hospitalized grievously injured after being thrown away by the tornado in the Harbour Isles area.
The upside down motor yacht is a Tiara 3100 Coronet, with an Azimut 50 also sustaining some damage, while the yacht which broke its mooring was a Hatteras 64 Motor Yacht. A Viking 42 Open also ended up partly sank after damaging its aft part of the hull with impacts to the dock.

New Model: Azimut S7

During the 2023 Dusseldorf boat show Azimut debuted its second generation S7 model, which has received the Alberto Mancini treatment for the exterior.  In the second generation S7 Alberto Mancini presents Azimut trademark clean soft lines outside, integrating practical solutions into a profile which looks sporty and calm.  The exterior are also not minimal edged, softer curved in the corners a theme which also continued in the interior design trusted to Yachtique who took over from Francesco Guida from the first generation S7.  As explained in the project presentation about a year ago the Azimut S7 has also received tweaks in the interior with the master stateroom cabin now getting a layout change with the bed looking to the port side, versus the previous acute angle bed.  Another slight change is in the garage now having same size length to beam, allowing for a bigger in length second PWC.  In the technical side of things the S7 Mancini has increased weight by 2.5 tons although Azimut has declared the same performances from the triple Volvo 800hp engines IPS propulsion combination for a top speed up to 35 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.68 m (71.2ft)
Beam - 5.15 m
Draft - 1.69 m
Displacement - 46 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3800 l
Water Capacity - 1000 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 3 x Volvo D13 800hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS1050 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 35 knots max 27 cruise
Hull - modified medium Vee 18.4 midships and 13.8 degrees aft
Construction - resin infused fiberglass, carbon fibre super structure
Project - Alberto Mancini exterior, Yachtique interior, Alberto Ausonio hull shape
Certification - CE A, NMMA, ISO8666 for data

September 27, 2023

Project: Sacs Rebel 50G

For the fall 2023 boat shows Sacs presents the Rebel 50G an innovative hard-top rib yacht designed by Christian Grande.  The 50G is to be the second in size Rebel line model which debuted in 2016 with the 47 and today offers four models from twelve to seventeen meters.  The Rebel 50G is different to the previous Sacs, bringing a fully enclosed rib yacht with walk-around bulwarks like never seen before were Christian Grande design shines through as sophisticated and modern.  The Rebel 50G comes also with important choices for the buyer, with two options for the lower deck, and four options to its aft deck.  The standard lower deck offers a two cabins layout with forward double berth and twin berths at midships with the optional layout replacing the forward cabin with an open living deck offering a sofa and entertainment unit opposite.  For the aft deck, the choices are four distinctive layouts; standard garage/sun-pad layout, stern lounge with two aft looking L-shaped loungers, forward lounge with a forward looking U-shaped dinette, and last the free standing option.  The Sacs Rebel 50G is to be powered by twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod drives for top speeds up to 36 knots and a cruise of 28. 

September 26, 2023

New Model: Centouno Navi Vespro 16.70 m

For the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival, Centouno Navi debuted the launch of its first construction, the semi-custom sixteen meters Vespro, a very fast fifty knots plus open T-top covered sport yacht designed by Marco Arnaboldi and Manuela Lucchesi.  The two architects apart being the designers are also the owners of Centouno, a high end fast sport yacht builder presenting itself in 2022 with the 28m Forza and 39m Eterea projects, and the Vespro announced some months from the larger models, construction starting just after the announcement. The two designers for the Vespro present clean and soft curved lines, futuristic but not sharp minimal, a trend which in the renderings is followed in the larger Centouno sisters.  With this one can say that the Vespro is an open sport yacht of the future, with spacious exterior spaces and an open aft deck, which extends and doubles its size thanks to port and starboard drop down balconies, and a T-top which covers the pilot station and central area of the cockpit.  Over half of the exterior area from the helm station to aft is a wide body, meaning it uses nearly all the available beam, with two left and right stairs leading you to the foredeck sun-pad area.  Down below the Vespro offers a two cabins sleeping four layout, with saloon and galley in between. A traditional arrangement with the exception for the forward master stateroom which features a fore peak shower head in order to centralize the stateroom and using most of the beam available without being in a midships location.  The Centouno Navi Vespro is powered by twin Man 1200hp with MJP jet propulsion, a Marco Arnaboldi specialization who apart being the founder of the go-to jet powered yacht brand is also the architect or consultant for the majority of yachts and fast patrol vessels with jet power.  With Marco Arnaboldi architecting the jet propulsion it is sure not to be disappointed in the performance of the Vespro, and the first Centouno Navi reached speeds of 57 knots, an extra one knot to the declared design speed, a fast cruise of fifty, and a very economic to run six litres per nautical miles 35 knots economic cruise.  Nothing more to add but impressive numbers!.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.70 m (54.7ft)
Beam - 4.60 m
Draft - 1 m
Displacement - 21.5 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 3200 l
Water Capacity - 1100 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V8 1200hp
Propulsion - MJP 350x jet drives
Speed - 57 knots max, fifty cruise 35 knots economic fast
Range - 350 nautical miles at top speed, about 530 nm at 35 knots cruise
Construction - hybrid carbon fibre and fibreglass sandwich construction with Vinilester resin 
Project - Marco Arnaboldi exterior interior design and naval architect, Manuela Luchesi

September 25, 2023

Sea Ray Boat Capsize Sinks in Panama City

A nine meter Sea Ray flybridge cruiser with one person onboard started to take on water and later capsized and sank near Hathaway Bridge, Panama City on the afternoon of Sunday 24 September.  Panama City coast guard intervened just in time, with the boat capsizing seconds in the saving of the one person onboard the Sea Ray cruiser.  Ending with the bow tip out of the water the Sea Ray cruiser was for a night a navigational hazard, resting in shoal water with an oil boom around her on the near abouts to Panama City Marina.  A salvage operation was organized the day after by SeaTow, with the boat retrieved and taken to a boat yard.    
The Sea Ray in this sinking is a 310 Sport Bridge, produced from 1992 to 93 as a mid-core sport fishing cruiser on the 310 Amberjack platform, with the addition of an open flybridge.  The 310 Sport Bridge has an interior sleeping two down below, and is powered by 300hp in both petrol or diesel with line shaft in semi-tunnels propulsion for speeds up to thirty knots.

Project: Fiart Seawalker 43 Panorama

Fiart presents a new version for its Seawalker 43 model.  This new version is called the Seawalker 43 Panorama.  The main difference between the Panorama and the standard Seawalker 43 is the windshield, which joins and integrates with the T-top and creates a more protective environment for the helmsman and the cockpit area.  For the remaining the Panorama keeps the Seawalker 43 features, for a two cabins lower deck area sleeping four, a usable fore to aft cockpit.  The Fiart Seawalker 43 Panorama is powered by twin Volvo 400hp on sterndrives, and three IPS pod options from two 380 up to 480hp engines. 

September 24, 2023

Hatteras Yacht Ends Aground in Mississippi River

A nineteen meter Hatteras motor yacht titled m/y Rock O with two persons onboard ended aground after hitting a rock formation to the South of the McKinley bridge, Mississippi river on the afternoon of Tuesday 23rd May.  The two people onboard Rock O where taken to shore safety by the Marine Rescue Taskforce, with assistance by a TowBoatU.S. rib.  Burorvich Marine organized the salvage and to move the yacht, an operation which took fourteen hours made with the m/v Sam B barge and a 300 ton capacity crane.  The Hatteras yacht had visible hull damage and its keel, and propellers.
The Hatteras in this grounding is a 64 Motor Yacht, produced from 2005 to 09, offering an interior layout with three guest rooms plus a crew cabin for two, and powered by twin Cats 1400hp for cruise speeds in the mid twenties.  A soft evolution of the 2001 launched 6300 Raised Pilothouse, Hatteras sold 33 64 Motor Yacht's in its four year production run, then replaced by the bit smaller 60 Motor Yacht.

New Launch: Abeking and Rasmussen 118.20m hull#6507

Abeking and Rasmussen, the renowned ship and super yacht builder founded in 1907, proudly announces the launch of their latest masterpiece, the majestic superyacht 118.20 meters in length hull number 6507 titled m/y LivaO. This iconic super-giga yacht boasts a sleek black hull that stands as a symbol of sophistication and elegance on the water. The design of the exterior and interior was entrusted to the incredibly passionate experts at Joseph Dirand Architecture from with their precise imagination they created a true icon. It was a huge challenge for the German shipyard to implement all technical necessities to be as invisible as possible in order to strictly follow the challenging aesthetic design intent. Abeking and Rasmussen 6597 employs a sophisticated diesel-electric propulsion system designed for exceptionally quiet operation during navigation and manoeuvring. This innovative approach incorporates two 2200 kW electric propulsion motors, expertly manufactured by Ramme Electric Machines Germany, backed up by a steady supply of electrical power from two 2240 kW Caterpillar main generators and three 599 kW Caterpillar auxiliary generators. To further enhance its propulsion capabilities and onboard comfort, the yacht features an array of advanced components. Four Voith thrusters lend their power to the yacht's manoeuvrability, along with four stabilizer fins from SKF play a pivotal role in comfortable experience for passengers and crew alike. This comprehensive blend of cutting-edge technology culminates in a propulsion and comfort system that ensures efficiency, silence, and seamless operation. Abeking and Rasmussen new super yacht flagship presented its fair share of challenges, and the most notable was the construction of a tender garage on the lower deck fitting a sixteen-meter day tender. The second tender garage on the main deck forward accommodates not only three splendid boats, but also a Triton Submersible for up to seven guests and a variety of water toys, bicycles and dive equipment enhancing the yacht's recreational offerings. The exterior design, thoughtfully crafted to maintain the vessel's elegant black silhouette, boasts a unique approach. Instead of traditional anchor pockets, the yacht incorporates underwater anchors on the keel. This ingenious design not only adds to the vessel's allure but also enhances its efficiency and manoeuvrability. Further standout features include a Neptune Lounge offering an unparalleled underwater view through a massive four squared meters underwater window. Guests can marvel at the breath-taking world below sea level while enjoying the luxurious comfort of the lounge. Another dedicated haven for relaxation on main deck is the mobile 48 square meters pool, its floor capable of being elevated to the upper level and adorned with liquid marble, creating an illusion reminiscent of the sea's surface when raised, while the pool walls and surroundings are also luxuriously enveloped in marble. The crow's nest, positioned at the foot of the mast, promises an exceptional observation experience, giving the Owner and his family a privileged vantage point to soak in the surrounding beauty. Also, an exquisitely arranged large marble-clad fireplace complemented by a generous round sofa on the forward sundeck offers a warm and inviting ambiance for relaxation and social gatherings. Furthermore, the yacht features a fully certified helicopter pad on the sky deck, catering to the owner's discerning taste and providing easy access to remote locations.
Technical Data:
LOA - 118.20 m (387.8ft)
Beam - 16.8 m
Draft - 4 m
Displacement - 5054 gt *volume
Fuel Capacity - 
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, 33 crew in 27 cabins
Engines - 2 x Ramme 2200kw (2950hp) *electric motors
Speed - eighteen knots max, fifteen cruise
Range - 7100 nm at cruise
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Joseph Dirand exterior and interior, Abeking and Rasmussen engineering
Certification - Lloyds

September 23, 2023

Project: Austin Parker Mahon 80

Austin Parker present the project for a Mahon 80, a second in size model and flagship for its fully enclosed hard-top cruisers and yachts lines named to the capital city of the Island of Menorca.  As all Austin Parker onwards from 2008 the Mahon 80 is designed by Fulvio de Simoni looking similar to the Ibiza 85 flagship which launched in 2022, with the similarities stopping there.  Unlike the 85, the Mahon 80 is to be build in fiberglass and the hull is over a meter slimmer.  The Austin Parker Mahon 80 is an innovative fully enclosed hard-top which opens a lot when desired, from a patio door which fully disappears, to side windows which drop down, making the enclosed area of the main deck become rather open.  The living space of the Mahon 80 is to be located on the main deck, with a galley located astern and centrally.  The astern galley apart being something rare in this size, is also located centrally.  Another innovation in the Mahon 80 is the aft sun-pad, which is located two steps down from the main deck, becoming a part of the beach club when on anchor.  Down below the Austin Parker Mahon 80 offers a three or four double cabins layout, with two crew cabins at midships, with an option for an open dinette, or office space in replacement of the fourth cabin.  The Austin Parker Mahon is powered by twin Man 1000hp up to 2000hp in line shafts, or surface drives for the large engine option.  Speed estimates are for 35 knots top speed from the 2000hp engines with line shaft propulsion.   

September 22, 2023

New Model: Ferretti InFynito 90

Since 1991 and the Buzzi designed sixty knots plus fast 48 High Performance, Ferretti has seldom went out of its comfort zone of offering something beside a flybridge yacht.  Yes we had the 2005 presented Altura range, which had an innovative Mediterrean way use of the aft-cabin debuting with the 690 and then followed with the larger 840 in 2008, but these where very much a Ferretti flybridge with a different location for the master room.  The InFynito 90 is on the other hand a different Ferretti to all that came before her, offering exploring looks in a pocket super yacht 26 meter size, and a semi displacement hull which cruises peacefully in mid-tens speed.  Designed by Filippo Salvetti, the creator of the new generation Ferretti's since 2018, the InFynito 90 is innovative in its design and use of space, offering one hundred square meters of exterior spaces, and 140 sqm of interiors.  The extra space is important here, but the stand-out feature in the InFynito 90 is its foredeck, which offers a covered outdoor space with 270 degrees views, yet in a protected environment. The InFynito 90 is also semi-custom build, offering a variety of choices from the main deck offered with two galley options and for a master stateroom option forward, to the lower deck available in four cabins as standard, or the fourth cabin replaced by a multi-purpose room.  Other options are available for the exterior, with a central sun-pad option replacing the standard free aft deck space, and the fore-deck area available in a splash-pool with wrapped around settee, or an L-shaped settee in replacement to the standard L-shaped lounger.  The Ferretti InFynito 90 is powered by standard Man 1550hp or twin 1800hp engines for speeds up to 22 knots from the the large option, and a sweet cruise in the mid tens.
Technical Data:
LOA - 26.97 m (88.6ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 7.33 m
Draft - 
Displacement - 96,000 kg unloaded, 111,000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 11500 l
Water Capacity - 1800 l
Max Persons - twenty
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, or eight guests in four cabins, 4 crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1550hp, or V12 1800hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 20 knots max 15 cruise with 1550hp, 22 max 17 cruise with 1800hp
Project - Filippo Salvetti exterior, IdeaItalia interior, Ferretti Group engineering
Certification - CE A, module B+F+B1 RINA  

September 21, 2023

Projects: Sunseeker 55 Sport Yacht, Sunseeker Predator 55

On the opening day of the Cannes Festival Sunseeker announced two new seventeen meters sport yachts to launch in 2024, the 55 Sport Yacht and the Predator 55. Both the new models are to be based on the 2023 launched Superhawk 55 platform, with an identical length and beam, and are to be powered by the same twin 725hp IPS pod drives set up for speeds up to 35 knots.  Three knots less then the Superhawk 55, which is the trade off for the weight of the extra super structure.  Beside the sport bridge which you get in the 55 Sport Yacht, both the models have five choices inside, two for the upper deck; with a galley to starboard or a sofa, and three lower deck choices all about the middle starboard side; L-shaped saloon, spacious galley, and a three cabins with head choice.  More so with the 55 Sport Yacht, I think Sunseeker has something unique here, first of all sport bridge sub sixty feet are non existent, and second the three cabins three head layout is also very hard to find.  I think in the current panorama of sport yachts in this seventeen meters size no one has this option, with a couple of flybridge motor yachts offering this choice.     
The Sunseeker Predator 55 will replace the just stopped in production Predator 55 Evo, which was presented in 2020, as an evolution of the 2018 launched Predator 50.  Here the offer is nearly identical to the 55 Sport Yacht, same five total options on the main and lower deck, with a larger hard top opening replacing the mini sport bridge up top.

September 20, 2023

New Model: Maritimo M75 Flybridge Motor Yacht

In 2023 Maritimo has celebrated twenty years of boat building, and what a better way to do so then by launching not one but two new flagships, both being the largest builds to date adding two foot from the previous largest offer, which was the 2009 unveiled 73 Cruising Motor Yacht.  This new Maritimo M75 Flybridge Motor Yacht follows the S75 which debuted in Spring at the Sanctuary Cove boat show, with which it also shares hull, and offers a near identical layout with the addition of an enclosed flybridge up top.  The M75 Enclosed Flybridge is reachable via an internal stair case to port side, and offers a dinette, C-shaped lounge and an opposite helm station.  To aft of the enclosed bridge is also an alfresco area with a large C-shaped dinette, and an island standing wet-bar.  The Maritimo M75 offers a main deck with an astern galley layout while, and as most enclosed bridge yachts has no helm station here which adding space to a very large lounging dining area.  Below deck is a four double cabins layout with an owners stateroom at midships and VIP suite forward, with a fourth cabin with twin bunks.  Considering the 22 meter size a bunk guest cabin can be a let down for some, but consider also that the Maritimo 75 flagship series is very well thought on the engineering side of things, especially in what regards to efficiency, engine positioning and shaft angle. This is something not seen much nowadays. The Maritimo M75 is standard powered by twin Scania 1150hp engines with optional 1380 or 1625hp MTU engines.  Official speed numbers are not provided, but a review online of the first hull sharing S75 which was powered with the Scania's 1150hp did reach 28 knots in a very light ship set up. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.07 m (75.8ft)
Hull Length - 22.8 m
Beam - 6 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 55,200 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 10,000 l
Water Capacity - 1,400 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Scania DI16 1150, or MTU 10V2000 M86 1380hp, 10V2000 M96L 1625hp
Propulsion - direct line shaft with five bladed propellers
Speed - 33 knots with MTU 1625hp 26 with Scania 1150 *estimates
Project - Maritimo, Tom Barry-Cotter

September 19, 2023

Project: Italia Yachts IY 43

Founded in 2011 Italia Yachts from Venice, Italy seems to be the latest one out of sailing yacht builders which enter into power boat production.  Italia Yachts venture into power boating starts with this IY43 centre console sport cruiser of twelve meters in length codenamed Veloce, designed by Skyron with interiors from Arbore and Partners.  With the IY 43 designer Skyron presents a sport cruiser with latest design trend of opening aft bulk-heads which double the aft deck space, and a modular sun-pad which becomes a U-shaped dinette looking aft.  Down below the Italia Yachts IY 43 offers sleeping accommodation for four with a master bed forward, and twin berths at midships.  A spacious head with fully enclosed shower is located to port side.  The lower deck area can be ordered in other versions; with two double berths, and or moving the master stateroom at midships with a dinette forward.  The Italia Yachts IY 43 continues to show its versatility in the propulsion choices; being offered with Volvo stern drives 380hp or 440hp, to 480hp IPS pods, and twin or triple Mercury 300hp petrol gas outboards.  Speed estimates are up to forty knots.   

September 18, 2023

New Model: Manda Yachts Senses07

Manda Yachts from Naples, Italy is a new brand which debuted in 2023 with its first model the Senses07, during the 2023 Venice boat show.  The Senses07 is designed by Giovanni Ceccarelli and is to be followed in the future by a smaller Senses05 of about fifteen meters in length and larger 09 models.  With the Senses range Ceccarelli follows similar ideas to the innovative Evo V8 which debuted in 2021 for a single level explorer yacht, which might look to an untrained eye as a sailing yacht without a mast.  This is an interesting design, especially for those who like a deck full of entertainment spaces.  In the Manda Senses the T-top area is fully enclosable with windows.  The Senses07 is offered in three lower deck options, with three or four double cabins.  The standard layout has a master stateroom forward, with an astern open plan galley-dining-lounge area overlooking the large bathing-beach area.  This part of the lower deck can be ordered as a master stateroom, in the other four or three cabins version, with the galley moving in between the cabins.  The Senses07 hull #01 is powered by the standard Volvo 725hp with IPS pod drives with speeds up to 24 knots, and a range of five hundred nautical miles at sixteen knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.50 m (70.5ft)
Beam - 6.10 m
Draft - 1.23 m
Displacement - 34 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 4600 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Max Persons - sixteen
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, eight berths in four cabins, two crew
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp, up to D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 24 knots max sixteen cruise
Range - 500 nm at sixteen knots
Hull Shape - planning modified Vee with 19.5 degrees average deadrise
Construction - single skin hull bottom with sandwich above waterline and superstructure
Project - Giovanni Ceccarelli
Certification - CE B-16/A

September 17, 2023

Project: Baglietto DOM 115

Baglietto proudly announces the sale for the first DOM 115: the 35m new model with steel hull penned by Stefano Vafiadis for the exterior was presented just a few months ago during the 2023 Fort Lauderdale boat show. The delivery for the first DOM 115 is for 2025. The 115 is the entry and second model in the DOM line, which debuted with the successful 133 model, with the first unit launched this year and has so far sold in nine units and orders going into 2026. The Dom line success is attributed to the timeless and yet modern captivating lines with a sporty adventurous character, impressive volumes for size, and panoramic windows which let in plenty of natural light and open up onto beautiful terraces. Other features of the Baglietto DOM series are the doors of the main deck saloon which can be opened completely and concealed to seamlessly connect the interiors and exteriors, huge floor-to ceiling windows with 270-degree view on the upper deck which is entirely glazed on three sides, aft area developing over three levels that gradually descend towards the pool overlooking the sea, and full customisation with steel and aluminium construction ensuring flexibility in terms of layout solutions, adding value on a yacht of this size. Another feature which DOM is appreciated is the tender stored in a side garage freeing pace on the aft beach area deck. The Dom 115 will offer a five double cabins accommodation for ten to twelve guest beds, and seven crew berths in four cabins. The Dom 115 is powered by twin 1182hp for speeds up to fourteen knots, with hybrid propulsion also available.

September 16, 2023

New Model: Arksen 85

 

Arken are delighted to announce the official launch of Project Pelagos, the first of its 85ft explorer super yachts. Launching from the Isle of Wight in May, the first Arksen 85 is privately owned and has hit the water for the first time ahead of her sea trials and ultimate handover to the client. The highly awaited Arksen 85 is a remarkably efficient long-range explorer, capable of taking on global adventures thanks to an important range of 6000 nautical miles at seven knots, or equally at home weekend cruising with family and friends. This pocket super yacht of 27 meters in size is first of two Arksen 85 in build, the second unit being called Project Ocean. Project Pelagos has been designed specifically with family life in mind, with an efficient hull design, and three-decks customised to the owners requirements. While the owner is keen to explore further afield with friends, the primary usage is for the family in the Mediterranean. The interior takes a more relaxed seating format on the main deck, providing a large, open-plan family space and preferring the al-fresco dining the warmer climates offer. Replacing the standard snug for a Captain’s cabin allows the vessel to retain the three guest cabins and owners’ suite.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.3 m (89.5ft)
Beam - 6.9 m
Draft - 1.55 m
Displacement - 82.5 t half load
Fuel Capacity - 18,000 l
Water Capacity - 6,000 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins, 2 crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSL9 330hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - fourteen knots max, eleven cruise, seven long range
Range - 6000 nm at seven knots
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - aluminium
Project - Rob Humphreys exterior, Design Unlimited interiors
Certification - CE A