January 31, 2023

Lake Hubbard Fire Burns Down Three Boats

A big fire at Chandler Landings marina, in Lake Ray Hubbard, Rockwall, Dallas, Texas at about 1730 hours of Monday thirtieth January is reported to have burned and totalled three boats, and extensively damage to two others.  Forty fire fighters from Rockwall and Dallas Fire-Rescue and two other agencies where dispatched to the area to control the flames, which took a few hours to take off, due to the weather and difficult location.  No one was reported injured in the fire, with an investigation being under way to establish the cause.  
Of the boats in the fire in the above picture we can spot the following from left to right; late nighties Sea Ray 400 Sundancer, Tiara 3200 Open, and a Four Winns 328 Vista.

Monthly News - January 2023

-pic of the month- Bertram in YachtWorld Cult Classics

Alva New Adriatic Sea Dealer

Alva Yachts, the German builder of luxury electric solar catamarans and sailboats, has announced Yachtwerk as its new dealer for the Adriatic Sea region, as it expands its global network.  As the brand looks ahead to its Ocean ECO 60 making its world debut later this year, it is strengthening its dealer network as interest and sales of its yachts continue to rise.  Alva, which is bringing yachting into a new era with electrified solar catamarans and sailing yachts that combine self-sufficient, long-range cruising capabilities and class-leading design, delivering the best boats for forward-thinking explorers currently has models from 60 to 90ft in build at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, with buyers lined up.  Founded in 2018, Yachtwerk offers a partner network and technical service branches in Germany, Croatia and Italy and prides itself on providing its clients with tailored, reliable, and high-quality end-to-end yacht sales and after sales customer care services.  Stefan Breck, CEO at Yachtwerk said of the new partnership: “We’re excited to start this new partnership with Alva Yachts and share its innovative designs and market-leading electrified solar catamarans with our customers. This partnership is an important step in our efforts to strengthen and expand our business by offering luxury electric catamarans that not only generate strong emotions, but also contribute to environmental sustainability.  “In collaboration with our partner company, Timone Yachts and Splendid Yachting located in Italy and Croatia, we have decided to add an Ocean ECO 60 power solar catamaran to our charter fleet, which will  also be available to our clients from 2025.”  Dennis de Roos, chief commercial officer at Alva Yachts said: “We are very excited to welcome Yachtwerk to the Alva family as an exclusive dealer partner. We have significant interest from private customers and charter companies from the Adriatic Sea region and we look forward to a long term partnership to provide our customers with their dream Alva Yacht and the excellent customer care that Yachtwerk offers.”  

Bayliss New Paint Facility in Action

Bayliss brand new paint facility is ready for action. After 14 months of construction, the paint crew was officially given the OK to carry-out the first full paint in the newt facility on December 12th. The mechanical team wasted no time moving Blue Sky a Spencer 60 into the state-of-the-art spray booth that afternoon, and by the end of the evening our paint department had sprayed the hull with topcoat.  A cold, blustery December in Wanchese played no factor in Blue Sky's paint timeline. The climate-controlled booth reached temperatures of 120°F during the cure cycle to create the best conditions for a crisp finish. Our paint team completed her final topcoat just in time for Christmas, and Blue Sky will be making the move back to our main shop to receive her boot stripe and bottom paint.

Beneteau Group and Volvo Unveil Futuristic Concept

With its hybrid electric pilot project currently proving a success in commercial marine applications, Volvo Penta is expanding its scope and has announced its first trial in the leisure segment. This exciting development will see a fully-integrated Volvo Penta hybrid electric system feature on a Groupe Beneteau concept boat. Volvo Penta is calling on end users, media, enthusiasts and industry stakeholders to actively collaborate in the concept development by providing feedback around the desired experience, boat and system design, and innovative features – all with sustainability as a key driver.  The helm to prop technology of the concept boat is based on the successful pilot project of a hybrid electric vessel for Hurtigruten Svalbard, which took to the waters in 2022 and has been running near-silent tour experiences ever since. The new demo vessel will be stationed at Volvo Penta’s state-of-the-art Krossholmen test facility in Sweden and over the coming months media, customers, and dealers will be invited to get hands-on experience and look behind the scenes at the Gothenburg facility. This is the first time Volvo Penta has invited end users to its test facility at this concept stage, to experience the solutions of tomorrow.  The hybrid electric demo is not available for sale but will instead serve as a platform for testing and learning together with early adopters. Silence is a key benefit to hybrid electric boating that holds major appeal, and the sustainable experience is set to change the nature of boating. But this initiative will also look beyond that to discover what else customers would like to see: how they expect to spend their time on the water and what performance needs they have around automation, connectivity, and more. Ahead of a much broader launch of sustainable vessels, Volvo Penta and Groupe Beneteau will use the input from this process to support its product development, running as an additional workstream in the process.  “One of our core philosophies at Volvo Penta is ‘learning by doing’ and presenting this concept to customers at this early stage will help us in our efforts to transform Boating for Everyone," says Johan Inden, President of the Marine Business at Volvo Penta. “Feedback we get during this process will be incorporated into our ongoing development process. By running customer trials alongside product development, we will accelerate transformation in boating and ensure our finished products are market-ready. Groupe Beneteau is a great partner for this project, because the company’s vision is so forward-looking and it’s a globally recognized brand.”  Erik Stromberg, Vice President of Power and Motor Yacht Products, Groupe Beneteau, said his company was excited about the potential new experiences this new vessel can enable.  “Our focus is always on enhancing the user experience, and this demo gives us a chance to shape a new customer experience directly with customers and dealers. We see hybrid propulsion as one of the keys to unlocking new ways of enjoying being on the water. This will be a much quieter experience that is more respectful of the marine world, with the potential to change the way we live and enjoy boating. Our roadmap includes the rapid introduction and commercialization of hybrid models across several of our market segments. We will then leverage our advantages in terms of industrial scale, commitment to quality and customer-focused approach to bring it to the global market.”  A Jeanneau NC 37 model will be used for the purpose of the demo, equipped with a Volvo Penta twin D4-320 DPI Aquamatic hybrid-electric concept and updated technology including Volvo Penta’s full joystick docking system and the Dynamic Positioning System, which have been adapted to work in electric mode. This demo boat will also feature added manoeuvrability, a hydraulic clutch for silent shifting at low engine speeds, and greater control thanks to the precise joystick functionality.  Groupe Beneteau is a global market leader in the marine leisure sector and has been in operation for nearly 150 years. It prides itself on providing innovative solutions that are designed with customers in mind. The company aims to anticipate, conceive, and select innovations that enable the best experiences for its customers.  “Innovation is embedded in the DNA of Volvo Penta and the company prides itself on harnessing forward-thinking, technological advances. With Groupe Beneteau’s customer-first, innovative mindset, this collaboration will contribute to both companies’ aims towards the future of boating transformation,” concludes Johan Inden.  This demo between Volvo Penta and Groupe Beneteau will be available for dealers and end customers to test during Spring 2023.

Bertram in YachtWorld Cult Classics

Bertram was featured in Yachtworld Cult Classics series episode two, reviewing the history of the brand. From the iconic start, along with reviews of the iconic 31 model and details of some refitted units and going to the new 35 model launched in 2016. The series conducted by Marilyn Demartini also features interviews with iconic figures from Dick's son Morgan Bertram, current designer Michael Peters, and Tommy Thompson sales manager.  

Dominator in Robb Report Luxury Gifts

Featured among Robb Report‘s 20 most Spectacular Luxury Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything, the extraordinary Dominator Midi Ilumen is available now for a unique community of discerning thinkers, global citizens and thought leaders who share a passion for boutique craftsmanship, design, creation and the most extraordinary things in life.  Dominator Yachts is pioneering and perfection the concept of ultimate luxury and unprecedented bespoke builds with a mega yacht philosophy in a small format, which is unlike anything you have ever seen before on a eleven meter sport cruiser.  

Evo Yachts Celebrates Success in United Arab Emirates

It has been a hectic few months for Evo Yachts following its success at the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show in November, with the yard completing the sale of several EVO R4 units and working to close various contracts in the Arab Emirates. During the show, local owners showed great interest in the possibility of transforming the yacht’s external areas to make the most of every moment in the day, as well as in the extensive personalization options available for the interior decoration and layout.  The collaboration with the new dealer, Evo Yachts Dubai, focuses on across-the-board assistance for Middle Eastern owners, walking them through every step in the purchasing process, describing the features of the models, and offering such a broad range of customization options that the brand’s boats are all but custom units.  As it did at the Abu Dhabi Boat Show, the yard is also reporting excellent results in the Emirates for its bestselling Evo R4 – a 13-metre fast day cruiser with clean, elegant lines and a layout that can be customized for the Middle Eastern market – and for the Evo R6.  In fact, the models built by the yard founded in 2014 are a breath of fresh air for the Middle Eastern yachting industry, bringing a new onboard lifestyle to the Emirates and the Gulf States.  Recognising this appeal, the yard will also be attending the Oman Boat Show in February and the Dubai Boat Show in March, without of course neglecting the upcoming industry events on other continents.

Fairline Two New Dealers in Austria and Bulgaria

British luxury motor yacht manufacturer Fairline has announced the appointment of two new dealers for Austria and Bulgaria.  To be known as Fairline Austria, Boot Riedl was established in 2003 by Alexander Riedl, and is based in Klagenfurt am Südring, where it offers an 800m2 showroom. The team boasts nearly 20 years experience in buying and selling motoryachts across Europe, focusing on the Adriatic Sea region.  Fairline Bulgaria will operate out of family-owned Bulmer Ltd which was founded in 1992 and was the first company in Bulgaria to import, sell and service boats, yachts and engines. The family’s passion for the ocean, watersports, boats and engines has seen the business grow for the last 30 years.  Boot Riedl founder Alexander Riedl said of the announcement: “The Fairline brand is well-known and is the epitome of high-quality and it fits perfectly into our portfolio. I previously owned a Squadron 74 myself, which is a great advantage when talking to clients about the brand and the boats themselves. The team is excited about bringing Fairline to our customers and the addition of Fairline to our roster of brands now enables us to offer clients a complete range of boats from 15-68ft.”  Asen Kostov, owner of Bulmer Ltd: “We are delighted to join the Fairline dealer network and are looking forward to building this iconic brand’s presence in our territory. The quality of build and experience of the Fairline teams really stood out to us when we were looking to embark on a long-term relationship with a proven manufacturer. With an impressive range of boats and an exciting opportunity for the Bulmer team.”  James Powell, sales director at Fairline said: “We’re delighted to start 2023 by welcoming Fairline Austria and Fairline Bulgaria to the Fairline family. Both Boote Riedl and Bulmer strongly believe in the quality Fairline offers and we’re looking forward to a long relationship with both dealerships enabling their customers the opportunity to explore their boating regions on board a Fairline.”  The two appointments follow the dealer appointment announcements in autumn 2022 of South Germany and Montenegro; the addition of the new dealers brings the total number of dealers worldwide to 54.

Ferretti Group 2023 Set Strong Year

Ferretti Group kicked off 2023 at Boot Düsseldorf, a key industry event and the first boat show of the year, where the Group opened the presentation of its fleet with the premiere of Ferretti Yachts 580, the luxurious and ultramodern new flybridge. The press conference, held on Saturday January 21 in the splendid setting of the German show and addressing both journalists and the trade, centred on our keenly awaited new models and also included a heads up on business strategies and project decisions. 2022 was decisive in terms of new models and extending the range, with 54 models (of which 4 sailing boats) against 42 in 2021. The new yachts from the Pershing, Wally, Riva, Custom Line, CRN, Itama and Ferretti Yachts brands are the fruit of a robust investment plan amounting to 68 million euros in the first nine months of 2022 alone. Investments in recent years have served to boost production capacity and the Group can now boast around 290,000 square metres at its various sites, up 14.5% on 2021, showing a strong positive trend also reflected in the financial results for Q3 2022, with revenues at €781.1m and an order backlog close on €1.4bn. “This is just the beginning, as I tell all the many people who compliment us on our boats and results, and I’m not just talking about the start of 2023 of course. We’ve been determined in recent years to focus on the long term and fuel Ferretti Group’s growth with all the right ingredients: investments in innovation and sustainability, sustained recruitment of high-flying young talents, and initiatives to build on our brands, which are unique in their appeal, history and prestige,” commented Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “This, in addition to the extremely positive signals we keep getting from the market, is why I’m expecting an exciting 2023, in terms of both orders and all the beauty and wonder that our boats will be bringing to the international yachting scene.” The conference also discussed new models and projects from the Group’s brands, ranging from Wally and its new wallypower58X project, a powerful sterndrive in the wallypower range, to progress reports on the wallywhy150, which will make its world debut at the Venice Boat Show 2023 and on which the engine has already been installed and the hull-to-deck joint completed, as well as on the wallywhy100, a model that combines all the characteristics of a 60 to 70-foot coupé and benefits from the extra volume offered by Wally. Construction is also proceeding at a brisk pace on the wally101 full custom performance cruiser, the latest generation cruiser-racer built from carbon fiber sandwich laminate that will be launched in the spring. The main developments at Pershing include the new GTX 116 and the GTX80 project, which is to accompany the flagship from 2024 on. Another revelation was the official name of the latest sensational project from Riva, the Riva 82’ Diva. Custom Line presented its Navetta 38, the first navetta to have a deck level with the water, while Ferretti Yachts gave a world preview of its Ferretti Yachts 580, a happy symbiosis of luxury and design, as well as presenting the first model in the new InFYnito range, Ferretti Yachts InFYnito 90. The InFYnito range is characterized by materials and an approach to cruising that respect the environment and sustainability, as well as by personalized and custom detailing and a direct link with the sea and the sky.

Formula Earns Praise from BoatTest.com

Recently earning praise from BoatTest.com was the Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider. BoatTest.com had this to say, "Several builders jumped on the '"Crossover'" concept in the beginning - but none as forcefully as Formula. Now everyone wants one. This 350 CBR is a good example of one."

Frauscher New Dealer in Poland

In RR Yachts, Frauscher shipyard has found an experienced dealer on the Polish Baltic coast. The managing directors, Radek Pstrokonski and Rafal Lenartowski, offer luxury yachts and customised yacht management services between the three cities of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia as well as in Montenegro, the yachting hotspot on the Adriatic.   Rafal Lenartowski and Radek Pstrokonski, founders and managing directors of RR Yachts say, “Joining the Frauscher family is a big new chapter in our company’s history. The Frauscher brand has already proven hugely popular with Polish customers. And Montenegro, with the Bay of Kotor surrounded by stylish hotels and villas, is the natural environment for Frauscher boats.”  Stefan Frauscher of Frauscher shipyard explains, “Rafal and Radek impressed us with their innovative concept to enhance the position of the Frauscher brand on the market for electric and motor boats in Poland and Montenegro. Both markets offer huge potential for sophisticated, high-end recreational boats. We are really looking forward to our future collaboration.”  RR Yachts deals in world-famous brands and offers comprehensive yacht management services. Their philosophy is that yacht ownership should be pure pleasure. This aspiration is also fulfilled by Frauscher’s “engineers of emotions”. Frauscher motor and electric boats combine impressively sophisticated design and phenomenal technical features — both in terms of adrenaline and comfort on the water.

Greenline Appoints New CEO and Management Structure

Greenline Yachts, the pioneer of responsible boating, have today announced the appointment of Matjaž Grm as CEO to lead their business expansion.  The announcement follows the departure of General Manager Ziga Petac, who left the company in December 2022.  Major shareholder Vladimir Zinchenko and his partners at the SVP Group, owner of Greenline Yachts, have decided on an ambitious business plan for the next five to eight years, which includes new model launches (in the mid-to-large size range) and investment in both new and existing production facilities.  Vladimir Zinchenko, owner of Greenline Yachts, says: “With the demand for larger yachts, it is time to also have access to the water. We have been looking for a coastal location site where we can build a further production facility. We have identified potential sites in both Slovenia and Croatia and will start this project within the next 12 to 14 months.”  Slovenia-born Grm has more than 13 years’ experience in various positions in the sporting goods and nautical sector and spent 14 years in the caravan sector as S&M executive director with Adria, which became leading RV brand in Europe under his leadership. Living in walking distance of the shipyard, Grm brings both the local and international experience to help to accelerate the growth of the company.  “I am thrilled to be joining the most innovative and responsible boat brand in the world. Greenline Yachts provide the only complete fleet available with alternative or conventional propulsion systems – and with plans to grow the model range and production facilities – Greenline are set to further deliver an unrivalled responsible boating experience. I look forward to growing our business network and ground-breaking product portfolio together with our world class team.”  50-year-old Grm is an MBA graduate and has consulted for large multinationals. He brings a wealth of strategic, operational and multifunctional knowledge to the business and will focus on connecting Greenline’s brand, sales and product management with operational strategies. With first-rate leadership skills, Grm will hone Greenline’s positive company culture and also support employee growth and development.  Luca Raumland, who joined the company in 2017 and served since then as Head of Sales and Marketing, takes the position of Chief Sales & Marketing Officer and will manage sales, marketing and business development.  Peter Meyer, owner of Boatyard Solutions, also joins the new management team as interim COO for the next 12 months. Meyer is a German production consultant with 35 years of experience in production and purchase in the nautical sector.  Vladimir Zinchenko will take over a role on the advisory board and focus on the new shipyard development. 

MJM Manufacturing Advancements

It all starts with the vision and the design. To improve sailboat performance with the wind as a finite source of energy, founder Bob Johnstone knew that stronger, stiffer, and lighter high-tech construction with a low vertical center of gravity (VCG) worked wonders.  Typically, powerboat builders didn’t care, they just built boats heavy and cheap, then kept adding more horsepower. This left the door wide open for the Johnstone family to create MJM Yachts as the first seriously built performance motoryacht with strong/light high-tech epoxy composite construction. The net result was a faster, lighter motoryacht that delivered impressive fuel-efficiency. “Twice the Fun, Half the Fuel” became MJM’s initial mantra. When setting out to build the world’s most capable motoryacht, the vision was clear and ambitious. These new yachts would not only need to be fast and fuel-efficient, but they also had to be far more comfortable and stable and a step beyond anything available on the market. This meant advanced design and engineering, an innovative manufacturing process, and tougher, more expensive materials. This quality of construction is one of the fundamentals that differentiates MJM Yachts as the finest in its class. The result was a hybrid that we call the Carolina Downeast style.

Moonen Goes Racing and Takes Second

The Moonen Yachts Racing team has taken the second spot in the 2022-23 16ft Skiff Australian Championships. After a dramatic week of closely fought racing in Sydney Harbour, Moonen Yachts is thrilled with the racing team’s well-deserved place on the podium.  As a Dutch superyacht builder with Australian owners, Moonen Yachts is proud to support the team in the Australian 16ft skiff league. Moonen Yachts Commercial Director Victor Caminada, who was among the shipyard team following the races from the otherside of the world, congratulated skipper Daniel Turner, sheet hand Gus Williams and bowman Matt Stenta.  “Competitive sailing connects us around the world,” Victor says. “Many of us here at the shipyard in Holland are sailors, so it’s exciting to see the Moonen brand supporting such a talented sail team at the top of their game.”  He also thanked the Manly 16ft Skiff Club and all the volunteers who organised this year’s event, hosting 47 boats and their teams. The fast Australian skiffs are not only thrilling for spectators, but the beautiful summer setting on Manly Cove combined with the fun and friendly atmosphere make the regatta a world-class sporting event.  “Consistency is key with racing in these big number fleets and also such long events,” says skipper Daniel Turner. “We had every weather system possible from 25 knot winds to some really light air races. We even had the pleasure of a few Sydney-based Moonen yachts passing by the race track and stopping briefly for a bit of viewing!”  The high performance 16ft skiff is a unique Australian class with a fiercely competitive fleet. The extremely high sail area-to-weight ratio requires no small amount of skill and experience to sail, reaching speeds up to 25 knots with 67m2 (720 sq ft) total sail area.

Nordhavn Celebrates Ta Shing Partnership

The end of January is a festive one in eastern cultures and Nordhavn’s Taiwanese factory partner, Ta Shing, had big reasons to celebrate. At a recent gala event, the company marked the occasion of the Chinese New Year, with 200 guests including Ta Shing staff, Nordhavn staff and distinguished guests coming together to observe the holiday. But it also was a celebration of the wonderful work Ta Shing has done, having produced several big beautiful Nordhavns the past few years while the effects of Covid still loomed large.  Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. President Dan Streech and PAE Chief Operating Officer Sky Scott flew in from California to represent all the appreciative folks from Nordhavn, while special guests of honor Nicole and Chris Chestnut, buyers of Nordhavn 7103 as well as Gordon Turner, owner of N6839, were on hand to take part in the festivities. The Chestnuts fortunately timed the factory inspection of their N71 to coincide with the celebration and even got into the proceedings; Nicole Chestnut took a turn pulling money-filled envelopes in a sort of raffle that has become a Chinese New Year tradition.  Meanwhile, Gordon Turner, who took delivery of his second Nordhavn about a year ago, missed out on visiting the factory to see the progress of his N68 build. His attendance at the party gave him the chance to finally and personally express his gratitude to all the men and women responsible for his boat.  “PAE and Ta Shing have been partners for 46 years and we continue to be a successful, strong brand that builds amazing yachts thanks in huge part to this partnership,” said Sky Scott, who stepped in for Dan Streech after he fell under the weather. “We are pleased to be here during this very meaningful time for Ta Shing and show them our appreciation for what they do on a daily basis.”  Also representing PAE was the company’s “eyes and ears” on the ground, David Jen, PAE’s factory liaison who is based in Taiwan.  This year’s event was especially memorable because it is the first New Year’s celebration to occur since the onset of Covid in 2020. The party is an annual event, a tradition initiated by Ta Shing’s former president, Tim Juan (who was in attendance) and carried on by current president, Ross Sang, who was joined by Archie Yen, Chairman of Ta Shing, in honoring the entire Ta Shing team. The all-day affair kicks off with the office team cooking lunch for the factory workers, eventually winding into the evening’s activities, an elaborate dinner and entertainment.

Numarine Thirteen Yachts Under Construction

2022 marked our 20th anniversary and was the best year we’ve ever had,” says Ömer Malaz, Chairman of Numarine. “And it looks like the next 12 months are just going to mimic it.” Numarine looks back on a successful 2022 and forward to the next 12 months that are looking just as promising. Inside Numarine’s 35,000-square-metre, climate-controlled production facility near Istanbul, there are currently 13 yachts total under construction in the 22XP, 26XP and 37XP ranges (the 37XP made its boat show debut last year). In the past five years the company has found a successful niche in crossover-style explorer yachts.  That change of focus has proven to be a winner and last year Numarine became the first yacht builder in the country to be accepted into Turquality, the Turkish government’s brand accreditation and grant support initiative. Only the most efficiently managed businesses are accepted into this programme, which requires rigorous vetting by independent auditors. “We’ve delivered over 170 yachts to date, so we now have a very credible pedigree with a niche product”, says Malaz.  He adds that exports account for around 70 per cent of Numarine sales with 20 percent in Turkey, 35 percent in the US, 25 percent from other European countries, and the remaining 10 percent from elsewhere. Turkey is now challenging the top yacht-building nations of Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. According to SuperyachtTimes’ report State of Yachting 2022, the country’s shipyards rank third in the world, with 70 new builds over 24m under construction in 2022. The nation also overtook the Netherlands in terms of most yachts built between 30m-40m.  The brand has also acquired land to expand its production with a new waterside facility, where Numarine will build its new flagship, the steel and aluminum tri-decker 45XP expected to enter serial production. Having delivered an average of eight boats a year for the past two decades, today Numarine is delivering a dozen yachts per annum and soon the tally will be nearer 15 once its new waterside facility is fully up and running.  “We are about to deliver our 37XP number 8 with another five in production and, down the line, we hope to have six 45s in production,” says Malaz. “I don’t think there is anything that a 60-metre or 70-metre yacht can do that a 45-metre cannot. That is why we’re staying under 50 meters for the foreseeable future.”  Despite the imminent expansion, Numarine fully intends to keep construction in-house to ensure consistent quality and optimum flexibility. In addition to the hull and superstructure production using the latest in vacuum infusion technology and composite materials such as kevlar and carbon fibre, Numarine has glass, cabinetry, upholstery and metal workshops.  Moreover, it is prepared to start hulls on speculation to shorten delivery times and maintain efficient production flow. Given the reputation for self-sufficiency the company trades on, its explorer specifications tend to be higher than more mainstream yachts, which means add-on costs are relatively low, rarely adding more than around 10% (excluding engine choices) to the final price.  Post-Covid, the supply chain is still an ongoing concern for all shipbuilders, but Numarine has been able to mitigate the effects by ordering critical components in advance. “We have gone so far as to order engines for yachts scheduled for delivery in 2025,” says Malaz.  Sustainability is another key issue that will only become more important in the coming years as prospective owners increasingly expect more sustainable building practices and greener onboard technologies. “If we do not address the problem, we become part of it,” says Malaz. “We are trying to be a leader in sustainability, not a follower.”  In fact, Numarine has expanded its product range with an innovative new model, the diesel-hybrid 30XP, the first for the company with hybrid propulsion, which is scheduled to launch in 2024.

Pearl Wins Judges Special Award

British boutique boatbuilder Pearl Yachts has been announced as the winner of the “Judges’ Special Award at the recent Motor Boat Awards, by the editorial team at UK monthly magazine Motor Boat & Yachting. The announcement of the Judges’ Special Award follows. “This award goes to a person, a group of people or a company that the judges feel deserves special recognition, either for an exceptional one-off achievement or a whole lifetime of dedication. Today’s winner falls somewhere between the two having consistently punched above its weight in a highly competitive market for almost 25 years.” “From its humble beginnings in 1998 when a former yacht captain teamed up with a local businessman to launch a stylish new range of spacious aft cabin craft, this ambitious company has never shied away from doing things differently. In the face of vastly bigger, better known, more well-resourced competition, it has managed to defy the odds, building spacious, cleverly packaged craft with the style and quality to match.”  “While many of its better-known competitors have been bought, sold or even fallen by the wayside over the years, its founder lain Smallridge and owners Tony and Margaret Whittaker have safely steered tonight’s winner through the rough times, continually investing in new products. Bringing in world class designers like Bill Dixon and Kelly Hoppen have helped to keep its offerings as fresh and innovative as ever. Now in its 25th year and with a range of world class yachts from 62’ to 95’, including a brand new 72-footer being shown here in Dusseldorf for the first time. The winners of our Judges’ Special Award 2023 is Pearl Yachts.” Pearl Yachts is simultaneously celebrating the overwhelmingly positive reception of its latest model’s European debut at the prestigious boat show boot Dusseldorf 2023. The German nautical industry event was the second introduction of the Pearl 72, building on the success of her recent world premiere in Fort Lauderdale.  As soon as the sales team began their first tours of the show, it became clear that the Pearl 72 offered a unique combination of features, achieved through clever layout design by Dixon Yacht Design. The new model makes the most out of the space available to include two master suites in a 4 en-suite stateroom layout, plus crew cabin for 2, and a garage to accommodate a William 345 tender (or similar) and jet ski. Also appreciated was exclusive interior designer Kelly Hoppen CBE’s new style package, “Indulgence”, which joins “Luxury” and “Modern” to offer an elaborated selection of dressings for the yacht.  “Recognition from a body with the prestige of the Motor Boat Awards is a landmark for any brand in the yachting industry, but for us to be standing here, having won the Judges’ Award after 25 years of hard work is a great achievement.” said Pearl Yachts Managing Director Iain Smallridge. “We count ourselves among the profoundly fortunate because we work in an industry that we love, doing a job we love, for a company we love. None of which would have been possible without the support of with our incredible team. For this award and so much else, we must thank our Production Director, Paul Hannah, who has been fundamental in the development of the product for more than 20 years. Cenk Efe of Mallorca Marine Group who has been our longest serving dealer and long term friend, our communications coordinators Corrado Del Fanti and Sculati & Partners, Bill Dixon and his team at Dixon yacht design, Kelly Hoppen CBE and her team of interior designers, and last but by no means the least, our owners Tony and Margaret Whitaker, whom without their unfaltering support, belief and trust we would most certainly never have achieved any of this.”

Riviera Awards Excellence at Dealers Conference

Riviera, Australia's luxury motor yacht builder, celebrated service excellence with  its network of international representatives during a special awards event on Australia's Gold Coast in early December. Representatives from the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, along with team members from Riviera's Americas operation, witnessed Sun Country Marine, based in California in the United States, receive the prestigious International Dealer of the Year award for 2022.  Presenting the award, Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst said that Sun Country Marine had consistently demonstrated "a powerful team environment and a deep commitment to Riviera and our yacht owners." Accepting the award on behalf of Sun Country Marine, Chief Operations Officer Greg Glowgow said: "We are incredibly proud to be a part of the Riviera family. This award is a reflection of an extraordinary team. Our goal every day is to be the best we can be."  The evening to celebrate achievement and service excellence was heightened by the official launch of the new Riviera 46 Sports Motor Yacht in a dynamic laser light show as the yacht appeared from the darkness, smoothly pirouetted, and docked to welcome the international guests aboard for their first inspection.  The award for Service Excellence by an International Dealership went to Lake Michigan Yacht Sales. CEO Matt Mrozinski said: "We have partnered with Riviera for 16 years, and we truly care about our customers.  "I was surprised and quite emotional to receive the award. It is a great recognition for our dedicated team."  The General Manager of OneWater Yacht Group, Edward Bartoszewski, was delighted to accept the award for Sales Excellence by an International Dealership.  "We apply a simple formula of great people with a strong level of experience and a quality product," he said. "Our customers are looking for quality time with family and friends, and Riviera yachts are the perfect solution."  The annual Roche Harbor Rendezvous is an institution for Riviera owners in the Pacific North-West of the United States. The fun and exciting long weekend earned Emerald Pacific Yachts the Riviera Event Excellence by an International Dealership award for 2022 - for the second successive year.  Accepting the award, Emerald Pacific Yachts partner Randy Buckell said: "Riviera is constantly adapting to the market and our owners simply want to be a part of the family. The Roche Harbor event is a fabulous reflection of that family atmosphere. It is going to be bigger and better next year!"  The award for International Service Excellence by an Individual went to Chuck Emmons at the OneWater Yacht Group.  "This was both exciting and quite unexpected," said Mr Emmons. "My team and I are truly customer-centred."  Javier Perello Borras of Wally Castro Marine in Puerto Rico was awarded International Sales Excellence by an Individual.  "I love Riviera and being a part of the family," he said. "Our team at Wally Castro Marine has been involved with Riviera for many years, and we have great belief in this organisation."  Rodney Longhurst applauded the International Dealer Award winners and the entire network of international representatives.  "The Riviera International Dealer Awards recognise the professionalism, dedication, and quality of service that our yacht owners expect," he said.  "We are truly proud of every one of our representatives around the world and are thankful for their enduring commitment and dedication to Riviera and our yacht owners.  "The reality that Riviera is held in such high esteem among yacht owners worldwide is due to the exceptional efforts of Riviera’s 900-strong team in Queensland, our team based in Florida, and the many individuals and dealerships represented here tonight. Together we strive each day to encourage that every Riviera owner experiences the ultimate enjoyment of their motor yacht."

Sacs Tecnorib Positive Results

Sacs Tecnorib closed its first year with extremely positive results that marked the success of the industrial operation carried out in December 2021: the integration of Sacs S.r.l. and Tecnorib S.r.l. with the de facto launch of a new entity that is a world leader in the luxury maxirib segment and destined to become one of the main players in international boating.  In 2022, the new company recorded growing revenues with sales at the end of 2022 of 46.3 million euros, a 21.6% increase over the sum of the sales of the two separate companies in the previous year. Moreover, further growth of approx. 24% is expected for 2023, with a turnover target of € 57.5 M.  The integration operation, which was aimed at creating a stronger entity in a competitive market such as that of maxiribs and medium-sized boats, enabled several industrial synergies with reference to production sites, design, procurement and production processes, as well as the research and development area, while the commercial brands and respective sales networks were kept separate.  Gianni de Bonis, CEO SacsTecnoRib, said: “When we completed the integration at the end of 2021, we had some doubts but high expectations. One year since the operation, I can say without fear of contradiction that it was a winning idea. By being able to take advantage of all the related economies of scope, we were able to exploit the particularly positive market context in 2022, in a pro-active and not passive manner, increasing production to meet growing market demand. This resulted in an increase in turnover and profitability and job growth in the area that hosts us”.  The new entity’s ambitions do not stop there, as also confirmed by the investment plan that for the next 24 months envisages a substantial expansion of the Roncello production area dedicated to boats over 42 feet.  Sacs Tecnorib has also unveiled the new product mix that will consist of three distinct product lines when fully operational to cover the different needs of the respective market segments.  The first is the PIRELLI-branded speedboats line of which Sacs Tecnorib is a licensee, designed by Ted Mannerfelt, characterised by the walkaround layout that revolutionised the maxirib industry and capable of combining performance and on-board comfort.  The Rebel collection, on the other hand, features a unique design and strong personality, designed by Christian Grande and is capable of high performance in all sea conditions thanks to the use of technologies from the military and civilian rescue field.  Finally, the Sacs Strider line consists of models with a modern design and customisable layout, able to excite thanks to the combination of speed and safety, ideal as both a maxitender and a day cruiser.

Sunseeker Receives Award at 2023 Motor Boat Awards

The Sunseeker 90 Ocean wins best 'Custom Yacht' at the 2023 Motor Boat Awards held during boot Düsseldorf. The annual awards aim to celebrate the very best that the leisure boating industry has to offer, recognising excellence in design, innovation and performance.  Andrea Frabetti, CEO at Sunseeker International, commented: “We are very proud that our industry-defining 90 Ocean won best 'Custom Yacht' at this year’s 2023 Motor Boat Awards. It’s a great achievement for the brand and all the hardworking teams behind this groundbreaking model.”  Hugo Andreae, Editor-in-Chief at Motor Boat & Yachting, wrote: “The Sunseeker 90 Ocean has it all: acres of versatile deck spaces packed with innovative solutions like the X-Tend™ seating; an intimate connection with the sea thanks to the vast sea-level beach club, glass transoms and bulwarks; masses of storage space for tenders, water toys and cruising gear; a wonderfully luxurious interior that makes full use of the unusually wide beam; and a hull that feels very nearly as agile and sea-kindly as some of its overtly sportier siblings.  “The fact that this all fits comfortably into a craft with an LOA of 89ft is all the more remarkable, enabling it to offer the same space and luxury as much longer boats but without the associated running costs.  However, the biggest achievement of all is that despite its extra beam and volume and a brand-new hull shape, it still manages to look, feel and drive like a true Sunseeker.”  The 90 Ocean is a spectacular yacht that boasts a 20% increase in overall volume and 25% more deck space than a comparable yacht; thanks not only to her substantial beam but her upright stem that creates a brand new Sunseeker silhouette cutting through the water.   The exterior lines of this yacht are revolutionary, allowing the ‘Beach Club’ to become an even more impressive space. This spacious deck, measuring over 6m x 4m, is perfect for family and friends to socialise close to the water. The 'Beach Club' features the Sunseeker X-TEND™ sunbed, an industry-defining feature unique to Sunseeker yachts in the 80ft plus segment. Sunseeker considers the usability of features on board in meticulous detail, allowing an effortless user interface and a stunning aesthetic feature.  Full-height glazing on the main deck and a move toward more freestanding furniture allowed Sunseeker to create a different interior feel for the 90 Ocean whilst maintaining a consistency of language in terms of material selection and an approach to luxurious practicality.  The award adds to the series of accolades the 90 Ocean has already achieved including a World Yachts Trophies Award and BOAT International Design & Innovation Award.  Sunseeker also received a nomination for the Predator 65 in the Sportscruisers over 45ft category.

Viking Supporting Veterans

State Island Yacht Sales Frank Bongiorno hosted a group of veterans for a memorable day on the water. Fishing on a Viking 58 out of Costa Rica’s Los Suenos Resort and Marina, the four anglers caught 13 tuna and three mahi on a perfect weather day. When Frank was approached by the Freedom Alliance, an organization that supports veterans in a variety of ways, he didn’t think twice. “We need to do everything we can to honor and support our veterans,” said Frank.  

Viking at 2023 Quest for Sailfish Series

Congratulations to the crew of Fish On for claiming Top Team during Operation Sailfish, Leg 1 of the 2023 Quest for the Crest Sailfish series. With captain Andrew Dotterweich at the helm of the Viking 48, owner Todd Willard released four of the team’s nine sailfish. A record 58 boats fished the tournament. The event also saw its largest Take A Hero Fishing Day, which benefits Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront’s mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities they have worked to protect.

Viking at Pelican Invitational Billfish Tournament

Fishing on Alan Sadler’s Viking 62 Intents, Jason Votzi wound in a 24-pound tuna to win the division at the Pelican Yacht Club Invitational Billfish Tournament. Captain Rhett Bailey was at the wheel. Greg Dublin claimed 2nd Place Tuna with a 20.25-pound fish. He was fishing on David Vatland’s Viking 54 Blue Eyes.  Joseph Valentine weighed the Third Place Dolphin while fishing on his Viking 61 Valentine. Captain Shane Diggins put him on the fish.

Viking at Los Suenos Triple Crown Series Leg One

Captain Tony Carrizosa took Team Galati to a 2nd Place finish during the first Leg #1 of the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Series. Fishing on a Viking 64, anglers Carmine Galati Sr., Pat Healey, Drew McDowell, Eric McDowell and Thomas “Smalls” Garmany released six marlin and 34 sailfish.  Ohana, Ed Burr’s Viking 68, tallied six marlin and 33 sailfish for 3rd Place. Leg 2 takes place in February while Leg 3 is in March. For the 2022 Series, Carlos Pellas and the team on his Viking 72 Rum Runner released 20 marlin and 41 sailfish to win The Series.

Viking at 60th Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament

Joe Bernert’s Viking 72 Quick Raise kicked off the 60th annual Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament with the First Release 23 minutes after lines in.  Atypical mild and warm weather kept the bite down but not the excitement. Trophy Wife, a Viking 52 owned by Jon and Kay McCann, had a slow first day with just a pair of sails for the couple. But Captain Randy Yates and the team came back strong on their second fishing day, adding nine sails to the tally for 11 total, to finish with a 2nd Place Overall Release and 1st Place Live Bait Boat. Shelby Callison’s four releases also took Top Lady Angler.  Quick Raise ended the tournament with seven sailfish, good for 3rd Place Overall Release and 2nd Place Dead Bait Boat. Jeff Feuerman’s Viking 55 No Mercy released nine sails for 2nd Place Live Bait Boat and claimed 3rd Place Meatfish with a 27.4-pound kingfish.  Joe Accardi’s Viking 92 Sir Reel finished as 3rd Place Live Bait Boat (based on time) with nine releases. The 1st Place Meatfish was awarded to Frank Mazza and his team on the Viking 72 Tami Ann with a 39.6-pound kingfish. And closing out the event was Chip Caruso’s Viking 70 Pipe Dreamer with the Last Release of the tournament.  The fleet was 42-boats strong and saw seven Vikings on the top 10 release leaderboard.

January 30, 2023

New Model: Sunseeker Superhawk 55

Sunseeker finally present the new Superhawk 55, a very much awaited model from one of Britain's favourite yacht brands which reportedly sold in twenty units before its debut in January 2022.  A creation envisioned by current Sunseeker CEO Andrea Frabetti, the Superhawk 55 is a departure to the previous eight to fifteen meter Hawks which have came since the 1987 launched 37 Tomahawk.  The Hawks had a common denominator, slim and fast, and fifty knots or more speeds with the large engine option.  This new Superhawk 55 breaks a few rules in the Hawk regulations book if there ever was one.  She is quite a fat boat sitting at just under five meters in beam, for comparison this makes her fatter to both the current Predator 55 and 60 Evo models.  Another is that she is not that super fast, by all accounts 38 knots wide open throttle is not slow, and if we look to the past over half of the 292 made 37 Tomahawks sold in its five year production where with twin Volvo 200hp diesel on stern drives, which had about the same top speed.  It was the same for the Hawk 34, and or the Superhawk 48/50, mostly sold with diesel power and speed in the high thirties.  Taking away all this and the name, the Superhawk 55 is a fantastic day yacht with Summer week or two cruising capabilities for two couples.  It is also a party yacht outside with a spacious wide body aft deck taking half the length revolving around a large central sun-pad, galley wet-bar, and two L-shaped lounge settee all sitting in a flush floored cockpit.  Conclusion is that the Superhawk 55, is a new departure for Sunseeker, and if successful might open the door for the British yacht builder for the creation of larger entertainment focused Hawks.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.13 m (56.2ft)
Beam - 4.93 m
Draft - 1.43 m including drives
Displacement - 21,800 kg unloaded, 26100 kg loaded 
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 430 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, plus two in convertible lounge
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS950 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 38 knots max
Certification - CE A

January 29, 2023

Jan-Eric Nyfelt 19 - 2023

On Saturday, 28 January Baltic Yachts family member, and one of the original founders, Jan-Erik “Janne” Nyfelt had passed away.  Baltic Yachts lost a person that have contributed greatly to what Baltic is today. “Jannes“ career as a boatbuilder started from a very young childhood working in his father small boatbuilding shop. Undoubtedly one of the best ways of learning the practical side of the trade. In addition to his practical yacht building skills, he also wanted to learn more about design, calculations, making line drawings and the theoretical side of creating a boat. He worked, some time, for a local ships engineer and got good insight also into the theoretical side. Janne was involved in the start of Nautor, not as owner but as boatbuilding specialist. He was also one of the five persons starting Baltic Yachts and was a very active member in management and the development of our company until his retirement. Janne legacy to the Finnish boatbuilding industry is invaluable. Janne was a person that had a never-ending energy always intensively involved in many things. Very keen on developing new materials and methods everything that could improve the product. Whatever he got himself involved in he was in with full energy. Janne was a respected member of the Baltic Yachts family over seeing for example the return of hull #one the 46 last Summer he was back at the dock.  Jan-Eric is also closely remembered by the Nyfelt’s family, including those that still work at Baltic which include his son, Kenneth Nyfelt, the sales director.

Project: Bering B125

The Bering 125 project is an explorer type super yacht built for adventure. Utilizing the proven naval architecture and engineering of Bering’s 145 flagship yacht the B125 offers the space, quality, and ocean-going capabilities of a twenty meter larger yacht in a smart sub-500 GT package. A fully custom steel explorer yacht, the Bering 125 measures 38 meters with a beam of 9 meters. She accommodates up to ten guests across five cabins, including a full-beam master stateroom on the main deck. With top features including exceptional beach club facilities and large living spaces, the Bering 125 is capable of an autonomous range of more than 4,500 nm. The Bering 125 yacht is a yacht designed for endless exploration, defined by exploration capabilities, comfort, and safety. Her excellence in each of these categories is exactly what sets her apart from other vessels of her class. The Bering 125 is to powered by twin Cat 1000hp engines, with a top speed of thirteen knots and a cruise of ten knots. Boasting a fuel capacity of 82,200 litres, the Bering 125 explorer has an autonomous range of 4,500 nm at cruising speed. 

January 28, 2023

New Model: Benetti B.Now 50M

Benetti unveils the first B.Now 50M and opens a new chapter in the history of steel super yachts. This 50-metre vessel is one and the entry level of four B.Now models part of a semi-custom steel platform which extends up to 72 metres in length designed by the RWD Redman Whitely Dixon studio to meet the needs of forward-looking owners. The B.Nows stand out for their construction times reduced by around 30% thanks to Benetti’s advanced construction technology and share a sinuous hull whose profile dynamically marries the interior and exterior decks with large elongated windows. All four models can be built with the Oasis deck®, a design solution enabling the outdoor space to expand by about 20% thanks to two fold down side bulkheads. “Iryna” the first B.Now 50M has the traditional deck layout aft, and offers exclusive access to the water with a 36-square-metre beach club and an infinity pool that seems to be an extension of the stern deck. Nearly half the liveable surface area in the B.Now 50M is outdoors, while the fully customisable interiors embody all Benetti’s traditional craftsmanship and quality, as well as being enriched by sophisticated detailing in palladium, one of the most precious metals in the world.  Benetti has fifteen B.Now 50m in construction.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.95m (163.8ft)
Beam - 9.2 m
Draft - 2.6 m
Displacement - 425 t, 499 gt* volume
Fuel Capacity - 60,000 l
Water Capacity - 12,000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, ten crew in six cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1400hp
Propulsion - shaft drive
Speed - fifteen knots max, thirteen knots cruise
Range - 4500 nm
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Redman Whitely Dixon exterior, Pieluigi Ausonio PLANA interior

January 27, 2023

Project: ISA Extra X115 Triplex

ISA Yachts continue to expand its Extra fiberglass build composite line, with the introduction of this new triple deck X115 Triplex project.  Designed by Francesco Guida for the outside with Hot Lab studio responsible for the interior this new ISA Extra 35 meter project expands the line to six models including of which is an upcoming thirty meter catamaran project.  The ISA Extra Triplex line, which starts at 28 meter with the 96 Triplex is about maximising volumes, and this is also shown again in the X115 which is offered in five or six double cabins and has an aft deck space of 75 square meters.  The ISA Extra X115 Triplex is to be powered by triple Volvo 1000hp engines with IPS pod drives, with estimated top speeds up to seventeen knots and a cruise of twelve.

January 26, 2023

New Model: Coronet 35 Suncruiser

The iconic Danish Coronet is back!  I fully agree with this statement since in my young years I grew up surrounded by Coronets most notably the top selling 21 Daycruiser model, which had hull designed by Walt Walters and Jim Wynn, the designers famous for creating the Don Aronow hulls as used on the Cigarette-Donzi-Magnum.  The Coronet 21 sold a staggering 1406 units in the Daycruiser version in a twelve year production run, plus another 505 hulls in the three other; Playmate, Sunrunner, and Explororer II versions which used the same hull.  Not known to many today is that Coronet was the name in putting the deep Vee hull on the map and attention in Northern Europe.  Unlike 2008, when Coronet made a small comeback with the 290 Sport and Weekend models, this new 35 Suncruiser is respectful to the Danish builder past and its most legendary 21 Daycruiser model.  Welcome back Coronet!  
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.50 m (35ft)
Beam - 3.30 m
Draft - 1.05 m including drives
Displacement - 3.4 t
Fuel Capacity - 400 l
Water Capacity - 100 l
Accommodation - four berths in a two plus two layout
Engines - 1 x Mercruiser 4.3l Mag 430hp, Volvo 8.2l 430hp, D6 370 hp*, D6 440hp*, 
2 x Mercruiser 6.2l V8 350hp, *diesel power
Propulsion - Mercruiser bravo, or Volvo DPS or DPI dual propeller stern drive
Speed - fifty knots max with twin Mercuiser 350hp, 38 knots with Volvo 370hp
Project - Andreas Lind
Certification - CE

January 25, 2023

Engine: Scania D13 900hp

Scania present the D13 900hp engine.  The marine engines from Scania are based on a robust design with a strength optimized cylinder block containing wet cylinder liners that can easily be exchanged. Individual cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder promotes reparability and fuel economy. The engine is equipped with a Scania developed Engine Management System, to ensure the control of all aspects related to engine performance. The injection system is Scania’s XPI extra high pressure fuel injection, a common rail system that gives low exhaust emissions with good fuel economy and a high torque. The engine can be equipped with many accessories such as air cleaners, PTOs, transmissions and instrumentation, to suit a variety of installations.  The Scania D13 is a 12.7 litre block with six inline cylinders, and delivering 900hp at 2300rpm and a maximum 3131nm of torque at 1800rpm.  The dry weight of the engine  exluding oil and cooland is 1285 kg.

January 24, 2023

New Model: Moonride Yachts 58F

The Moonride 58F is a made in Italy yacht, built by a young boutique shipyard founded in 2018 which unites a classic style with high technology construction standards and semi-custom build.  The Moonride 58F, f for flybridge offers a main deck with a sofa and table along with a large sun pad for extra seating and relax either aft and fore. From deck one can access the crew cabin, equipped with bed and bathroom with shower. The cabin has an exclusive entrance leaving the owner and guests in absolute privacy. Inside the main salon offers elegance with sofas and table which creates a pleasant lounge area. Forward of the lounge area you find the main helm station with the instrument panel and excellent visibility to facilitate handling. On the port side you will find a spacious and practical galley with a refrigerator, hob, oven and everything you can find in an Italian galley. Starboard side of helm station you go down to the cabin area which features three cabins; an elegant master suite forward with queen-sized berth, at midship to port and starboard side you find two twin cabins and the second bathroom. A beautiful relaxing area is located on the fly bridge. This area boasts relaxing seating with 360 degree panoramic view and the second helm station.  The Moonridge 58F is powered by twin Volvo 725hp engines able to reach speeds up to 37 knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.15 m (59.5ft)
Beam - 4.95 m
Draft - 1.13 m
Displacement - 17.7 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS950 pod drives
Speed - 31 knots cruise 37 knots max
Hull - modified medium Vee with fifty degrees entry forward and 13 degrees closing aft
Construction - resin infusion
Certification - CE B

January 23, 2023

Prestige Yacht Catches Fire at Ruskin Tampa

An unattended sixteen meter Prestige flybridge motor yacht titled m/y Flood Cuts under Warwick registry went ablaze while berthed in Little Harbor Marina, Ruskin, Tampa on 09:12 hours morning of Thursday 26 January 2023.  Hillsborough Fire County responded to the fire from land first with Engine Seventeen, and later on from the sea with Fire Boat 29, to de-water the vessel in order to avoid her from sinking. No one was injured in the fire, with the damages being limited to the yacht.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.
M/y Flood Cuts is a Prestige 550 Flybridge as designed by Garroni, and produced from 2012 to 15.  The 550 Flybridge and S is one of Prestige most successful models above fifty feet, with the model selling 170 units in a production run of just three years, and then evolving into the 560 in 2016.

Project: Michael Rybovich 62 Sportfisherman Hull #8

Michael Rybovich present the 62 Sportfisherman Hull number eight project.  Coming from an inhouse design. The 62 Sportfisherman hull number eight is the smallest Michael Rybovich build following the 64 Walkaround hull #1 launched in 2014.  The Rybovich 62 Sportfisherman will feature a three cabin layout with master stateroom at midships to starboard, and a forward cabin with four berths; two bunk berths and a double French berth. She is to be powered by twin MTU 1920hp engines, no speed estimates are currently provided.   Current construction status is for the the main deck and flybridge being fitting out.

January 22, 2023

New Launch: CRN 52m hull.142

CRN presents the 52 meter hull number. 142 titled m/y Ciao, the latest fully custom super yacht delivered from the Italian Ancona builder part of the Ferretti Group. Designed by Omega architects for the exterior CRN hull number. 142 displays taut and flowing lines with a near-vertical bow reflecting a decidedly dynamic personality which  spans four decks.  With interiors designed by Massari CRN hull number. 142 accommodates up to ten guests in comfort, with an owner stateroom on the main-deck, and four VIP cabins below. The expanse of full-height tinted glazing on the Main and Upper decks blends into a visual and spatial continuum that accentuates the hull lines, offering uninterrupted sea views in the utmost on-board privacy. The perfect harmony among the spaces reflects the vision of a knowledgeable owner with a passion for the on-board life, who specifically wanted comfortable spaces in the open air, setting great store by the design of the social zones. The result is a super yacht with a strong relationship between the large, luminous indoor and outdoor spaces, cleverly interconnected for a perceptual and functional unity between inside and out. The spacious outdoor areas from the two sizeable lounges with sunbathing area and spa pool, one on the Sun Deck and one on the Main Deck, to the ample al fresco dining area on the Upper Deck and the superb leisure and wellness zone at the beach club are conceived as versatile convivial spaces for enjoying the open-air living to the full. Fluid flexibility is the order of the day in the generous indoor areas too, like the luminous Main and Upper Deck saloons, which become versatile living spaces for relaxation and fun. CRN 52 meter hull #142 is powered by twin Cats 1622hp engines which give a top speed up to eighteen knots and a cruise of twelve.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 52 m (170.6ft)
Beam - 9 m
Draft - 2.65 m
Displacement - 499 gt* volume
Fuel Capacity - 42,000 l
Water Capacity - 10,000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1622hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - eighteen knots max, twelve knots cruise
Range - 3000 nm at cruise
Hull Shape - fast displacement
Construction - aluminium
Project - Omega exterior, Massari interior, CRN engineering
Certification - Lloyds 100A1 SSC Mono G6

January 21, 2023

Project: Baglietto T60

On 22 December Baglietto announced it secured the first order for the 60 meter super yacht T60 hull no. 10260. This sale followed the eight T52 order by just three days. The project of the T60 designed by Francesco Paszkowski was presented at 2022 Monaco Yacht show in September, and is to be the largest yacht ever build by the famous Baglietto. Currently it is also the largest offer in size at sixty metres long and weighing around 1,000 GT, the T60 is the natural evolution of the T52: the soft exterior lines have become even sleeker thanks to the lighter side buttresses that almost seem to be “hanging” on the water, blending in with the outer ceiling, while the black glass stripe incorporates the portholes a leit-motiv on Baglietto’s most recent yachts resulting in an even more streamlined profile. The layout is truly unprecedented with no enclosed spaces on this yacht; the floor-to-ceiling windows of both the main saloon and the upper deck open up completely and, once fully concealed, create highly versatile and interior environments that change constantly to harmonise with the surrounding landscape. The same informal areas that during the day allow to spend time outdoors and enjoy the sea to the fullest are easily converted to take on a more formal and stately ambience in the evening, while always maintaining a direct contact with the sea. On this innovative vessel, the beach area, the main saloon and the dining area are indeed conceived as one single free-flowing space: a 60 sqm beach lounge with a pool, a conversation area and a gym welcomes guests on board and leads them to the saloon, which can be opened up completely thanks to an elegant staircase, resulting in an almost 100 sqm space on two levels. The dining room, in turn, is fitted with a glazed surface that can be fully opened to create an extraordinary living area on the water, where guests can indulge both during the day and in the evening. The first T60 stands out in particular for her very original configuration, with the upper deck turned into a fully walkable Owners deck. The master stateroom is accessed from a lobby located amidships that also features a glass lift. The suite includes an office, a walk-in wardrobe, and a large bathroom with separate toilets; the night area has glazed surfaces that slide open to offer private access to an outdoor pool located forward. Windows that open entirely on 3 sides can also be found aft, where the lounge area opens onto the en plein air dining table, once more creating the smooth, seamless connection between interiors and exteriors that characterises the entire vessel. A hot tub and a sunbathing area complete this deck’s layout. Guests will find accommodation in four; two VIP and two guest cabins located on the main deck and a fifth guest cabin on the lower deck. This lower deck also hosts a massage room, the spacious galley fully equipped for haute cuisine and the crew quarters, including the crew mess, the dinette, and seven crew cabins sleeping thirteen. The entire under-lower deck houses the various technical areas: the storage room, wine cellar, baggage compartment, and cold rooms. The wheelhouse has been moved to the sun deck, where the captain’s cabin can also be found, as well as an additional dining area and the aft and forward sunbathing areas. The garage, which can fit a six meter tender, 2 jet skis and a rescue tender, has been arranged forward on the main deck, while a haute-cuisine kitchen can be found amidships. At the bow, it is certainly no surprise to find a touch-and-go helipad. The Baglietto T60 is to be equipped with two Cat engines that will push her to a maximum speed of sixteen knots and a cruise of twelve.

January 20, 2023

New Launch: Van Der Valk 25.20m Hull no. WV0125

After two years of construction Van der Valk has at the end of 2022 launched its 25 m Flybridge, a milestone model for both Volvo which celebrated the delivery of its ten thousand IPS30 drive unit, and the Dutch yacht builder for bringing a completely new modern design to the Flybridge range.  Designed by Cor D. Rover the new 25 m Flybridge features a sleek looking exterior profile, minimal but at the same time flowing and that bit traditional inspired by some eighties avantgarde yachts.  The interior is designed by Guilhem and features a main deck with forward galley, with a lower deck sleeping eight in four double cabins.  A crew cabin with two berths is located forward.  Van der Valk 25 m Flybridge is powered by triple Volvo 800hp with IPS pod propulsion reaching speeds up to 26 knots.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.20 m (82.6ft)
Waterline Length - 20.5 m
Beam - 6.00 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 60 t
Fuel Capacity - 10,000 l
Water Capacity - 1600 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 3 x Volvo D13 12.8 litre six cylinder 800hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS1050-30 forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 26 knots max 21 knots cruise
Hull Shaped - hard chine with medium-Vee 
Construction - aluminium 4.5 mn H321 for hull and H111  for super structure
Project - Cor D. Rover exterior, Carla Guilhem interior, Van der Valk naval architect  
Certification - CE A

January 19, 2023

Project: Cayman S600

Presented as a project in 2020 as the S580, Cayman has since then evolved the project and renamed it as the S600.  But this was not just a name change and along the bathing platform extension Cayman also reworked all the window profiles, from those of the hull now larger to those of the upper structure, and also redesigned the air intake. On the the interior the Cayman S600 should be little if any different to the S580 with a three double cabins three head layout sleeping six with a full beam owners stateroom at midships.  A single berth crew cabin is to be located aft.  All the living, dining and galley is located on the main deck.  The Cayman S600 shares hull with the 2021 launched F580 flybridge model, and is to be powered by twin Man 800hp engines.  The first unit of the Cayman S600 is nearly completed with its World wide presentation scheduled for the Naples boat show in March.

January 18, 2023

New Model: Sunreef Power 70

The 70 Sunreef Power continues the legacy of Sunreef seaworthy and fully-customizable motor catamaran yachts.  Build in composite with a dynamic and elegant and a tad minimal exterior, the Sunreef Power 70 belongs to the shipyard’s second generation power catamarans including the smaller 60 and larger 80 and 100 Power models. The vast main deck saloon of the 70 Sunreef Power blends seamlessly with the aft cockpit, creating a large, semi-open dining and sunning area. The skylight, panoramic glazing and wide sliding door let plenty of sunshine into the fully-customizable interior. The generous volumes within the yacht’s hulls offer infinite options for a bespoke layout with five or six double guests cabins. The crew quarters and galley can be located in the aft and accessed exclusively from the cockpit for more privacy on board. The 70 Sunreef Power boasts a large bow terrace with freestanding furniture and a lounge protected from sun and wind. The aft cockpit provides an alfresco dining space close to the water as well as a great spot to enjoy water sports with easy access to toys and tenders. The yacht’s flybridge offers an unrivalled level of comfort with more than enough space for a spa pool, a bar, a dining area and oversized sun-pads. Thanks to her innovative aft garage and hydraulic platform, the 70 Sunreef Power can easily store and launch the tender and jet ski anytime.  The Sunreef Power 70 can be powered from twin 300hp up 850hp engines. The Power 70 is also offered in Sunreef's solar powered Eco version able to generate up to 22,5kw of clean sun generated energy. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.3 m (69.9ft)
Beam - 11.35 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Fuel Capacity - 8000 l standard, up to 12,000 l optional
Water Capacity - 1600 l
Accommodation - ten  guests five cabins, or twelve guests in six cabins, two or three crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6, 300hp, D13 850hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Speed - fifteen knots max fourteen knots cruise with Volvos 300hp
Project - Sunreef
Certification - CE A

January 17, 2023

Project: Galeon 560 Fly

Galeon present the project for a new 560 Fly flybridge motor yacht, replacing the 2012 launched 550 and bridging the gap the 500 and the highly innovative 640 and 650 models. The long-awaited premiere is expected to directly address the needs of customers who appreciated the technical prowess of the 500 Fly yet desire more space on board and the bespoke luxury of the 640/650 models while still maintaining a manageable crew less size. The exterior is highlighted by the abundance of space on both decks and a plethora of windows that promise a well-lit interior. On the top deck guests will find two U-shaped, opposite facing rest and dining areas which can be combined for a perfect alfresco dining. Up front is a seating area and the upper helm station with the wet bar and grill moved back. The large overhang area comes with uninterrupted space for leisure and activities and can be occupied by two free-standing sun loungers. This flexible approach to space distribution allows for respite during the day and entertaining guests in the evening. The main deck comes fitted with everyone’s favourite Beach Mode that greatly increases the usable cockpit area and helps it to seamlessly to blend with the saloon and even serve refreshments to the port and starboard bars. Bow area is divided between the sundeck and a bench with proper backrest which comes in handy if for forward uninterrupted views. A large hydraulic platform helps with hoisting water toys and allows for easy access to the water and to the twin crew cabin located aft. Inside, the upscale, fully customizable interior is a mixture of modern design trends and handcrafted luxury fittings with a wide variety of woodwork, fabrics and details. The main deck offers a generously appointed aft galley with the entertainment and dining area moved forward. The Galeon 560 Fly is all about maintaining the fragile balance between practicality and internal volume while pushing the boundaries of design and high-end detail finishing. Down below three cabins and two bathrooms await the passengers for a total of six berths. The owner’s quarters are located midship with plenty of space for storage and a private head and shower. The bow VIP area offers a well-sized double bed, proper closet and an overhead skylight for natural illumination. Starboard guest cabin holds twin beds and is kept bright by hull-side windows.  The Galeon 560 Fly is to be powered by standard twin Volvo 725hp with optional going up to 900hp engines.