April 30, 2023

Monthly News - April 2023

-pic of the month- Dale Makes MBY Front Cover

Azimut-Benetti Chooses Public Investment Fund as Strategic Partner

Azimut|Benetti Group chooses the Public Investment Fund (PIF) as a new minority shareholder with a 33% share of the company. The sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, one of the largest in the world, joins the Group with the prospect of long-term investment to support the company's next phase of growth, guided by the strategic vision of the Vitelli family, which retains the majority stake.  As with previous transactions in the past, this will open up new strategic opportunities for the Azimut|Benetti Group. PIF's financial strength and synergies with other sectors will be able to support the Group in its dimensional and technological growth. In addition, the Group will benefit from PIF's prominent position as a leading global investor.  The transaction will be completed upon the favourable outcome of antitrust and regulatory clearances. With PIF, also TIP (Tamburi Investment Partner), already partner of Azimut Benetti for over 8 years, will remain in the Group's share capital with a reduced stake, a sign of the continuing confidence in the long-term growth of the Group and in the leadership of the Vitelli family.  Giovanna Vitelli, Chair of Azimut|Benetti Group, states: "I confirm the satisfaction and pride of the family for having earned - as the most important megayacht building group in the world - the trust of one of the largest global sovereign wealth funds, already present in luxury, technology and leisure. PIF will accompany Azimut|Benetti Group in the long term, offering strategic and important new business opportunities, including the Middle East, a geographic area which is undergoing strong development. The family, together with its trusted management, maintains large majority of the Group and its strategic direction".

Azimut at Milano Design Week

"The Sea Deck," the installation designed by AMDL CIRCLE and Michele De Lucchi for Azimut Yachts, arrives at the Darsena on the occasion of Milan Design Week 2023. Visitors will be welcomed until Sunday, April 23rd to learn about the desire to go beyond the expected and rediscover contact with nature as they might on boat the new Seadeck Series yachts.  Conceived as a floating promenade on the Darsena, "The Sea Deck" gives the city of Milan an unexpected experience of its ancient waterways and offers visitors the possibility to enjoy the water from a unique perspective, near Leonardo da Vinci’s historic canal.  "I am proud to present to the world, on the occasion of the event par excellence for to design, the Azimut Yachts revolution: boats with a green heart, the result of twenty years of research, for a new way of experiencing the sea" stated Giovanna Vitelli, chair of Azimut|Benetti Group.  The project seeks to re-propose the revolution that Azimut has introduced in the nautical world by inviting guests to embark on a journey and discover the technologies developed by the shipyard to reduce environmental impact and to share a moment of return to nature, the essence of navigation. For this reason, sustainable and recyclable materials have been incorporated in its realization, such as the flooring created with 2 million recycled bottle corks, which will go on to be transformed again into insulating material for architecture.  "We need to change our way of understanding sustainability, our mentality and our approach to nature. We designed The Sea Deck to give visitors the opportunity to experience the relationship with the waters of the Darsena and the urban space in an unexpected way, and discover a hidden piece of nature in Milan" confirmed the architect Michele De Lucchi.  "The Sea Deck" is accessed from the dock; once "on board," visitors can stroll - strictly barefoot - along the ring, which rests on the water, to reach the center of the Darsena; along the way, five terraces cantilevered over the water tell of the journey behind the shipyard's new Seadeck Series, the first hybrid series of family motoryachts that integrates the latest and greatest technologies designed to reduce emissions and energy consumption.  Visitors will be enticed by the experience of walking on water, on cork, barefoot.  A walk that encounters five interactive stations, telling the story of the new series of hybrid yachts born from Azimut's challenge to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption.  Each station is dedicated to one of the innovative solutions adopted.  The first stage reveals the green heart of Seadeck's design philosophy and technology: from the new hybrid propulsion to on-board systems to reduce energy absorption, from the installation of solar panels to the use of recycled materials up to the lightweight carbon fiber. A scale model of Seadeck 7, in white, gives off a green light that pulsates inside, recalling the green heart that powers the yacht.  Completely covered in carbon fiber, the second terrace is a clear reference to the material widely used by the shipyard. The Seadeck Series was made with the highest percentage of carbon fiber ever used by Azimut, amounting to 40% of the boat's surface. The use of carbon fiber makes it possible to reduce the weight of those parts by up to 30%, marking a significant contribution to the reduction of consumption and CO2 emissions.  The third station is dedicated to renewable energy. Visitors will be able to see two models, both with solar panels mounted on the deckhouse, emerging from the water. The Seadeck Series will be equipped with solar panels that help to recharge the latest-generation battery pack and extend zero-emission living at anchor.  On the next terrace, visitors can sit and rest on two cork stools designed by AMDL CIRCLE and Michele De Lucchi. In the place traditionally occupied by teak, Seadeck offers innovative, light and sustainable cork decking, while PET, a recycled material derived from plastic bottles, will be used for the construction of the bulkheads. Approximately 15,000 plastic bottles are expected to be reused for each Seadeck.  Finally, the last station is a reference to the hybrid engines of the new Series. Three painted propellers with integrated lights depict the Volvo hybrid engines that will be installed on board the new yachts. Seadeck will be the first Series in the world which, starting from 60 feet, will guarantee its owners all the advantages of hybrid propulsion, combined with on-board systems designed to reduce energy consumption together with a vast range of solutions to reduce emissions.  


Bayliss Celebrates 21 Years

April 15th marks 21 years of boat building for Bayliss Boatworks as a company. Entering this new decade, Bayliss can't help but to look back and see all that has been accomplished on it's ever-growing campus in Wanchese, NC.  34 new construction builds have been delivered, countless boatyard customers have passed through the slips, and an initial team of seven has grown to 115 strong. Bayliss appreciate all the support from the owners, captains, employees, families and friends that have gotten us to where they are today. Bayliss focus has now shifted to future endeavors of boatyard expansion and progressing itselve in every way possible. 


Benetti 2023 Yachtmaster Edition Dedicated to Sustainability

The American edition of Benetti Yachtmaster, the traditional event dedicated to captains of its mega-yacht fleet, surveyors, owner representatives and sponsors, was held at the Seagate Hotel in Florida on April 3 and 4. Under the banner of “Build Your Ideal Yacht”, this year’s event centred on the Yard’s 150th anniversary celebrations and once again on the theme of sustainability.  There were 50 participants, including over 25 captains.  The two days of this 23rd American edition of Yachtmaster, held at Delray Beach in Florida, were a great success, featuring both study and workshop sessions as well as team building activities. At this all-American edition too, the central theme was sustainability, a key value that sees Benetti working on multiple fronts to deliver a cruising experience that is increasingly environmentally friendly.  The event was opened on April 3 by Nick Bischoff, Country Manager Benetti Americas, who looked back at the milestones along the Yard’s last 150 years, making some interesting comparisons with the historical events that took place in the USA in 1873, before presenting the models in the fleet and other current and future projects. He also spoke at length on what Benetti is offering in terms of sustainability and reduced environmental impact.  Speaking next, Sebastiano Vida, Head of Product Development Custom Yachts, illustrated the solutions available to the Yard for achieving its emissions reduction targets. He also spoke about results to date, first and foremost its use of increasingly innovative materials and circular approach, as well as its adoption of alternative propulsion technologies and the latest innovations, which deliver more energy-efficient onboard services and reductions in CO2 emissions of up to 20%.  Closing the afternoon, Andrea Cecchini, Azimut Benetti Service Manager (Benetti Americas Service Team) reiterated Benetti’s constant commitment to aftersales and the support it provides for captains and crews at local and international level. Illustrating Benetti owners’ points of view, on the other hand, there was an instructive discussion between Nick Bischoff and Laura Sherrod of Newcoast Insurance, Peter Selivanoff of Fraser Yacht and Roberto Beretta, skipper of M/Y Vision 60M.  The morning of April 4 opened with a presentation of recent product developments by the VEGA sales team.  The main focus of the day was provided by the three workshops – on Operations, Smart Technologies and Conscious Design – organized by Benetti and coordinated by Nick Bischoff and Sebastiano Vida, who moderated the discussions and skill sharing with the participants, with the aim of identifying new areas for development and defining key targets for the future in terms of innovation and sustainability.  “The USA Yachtmaster has been successful beyond all our expectations. We have seen huge enthusiasm from the sponsors, captains, surveyors and other industry experts. The sustainability and the yacht of the future workshops were well received and we had active participation from everyone. The q&a session with Captain Roberto Beretta was also very informative thanks to an open forum and a willingness by all to share experiences and feedback. In these, we were very lucky to have such high-calibre guests and sponsors: their valuable contribution makes us even more aware of how important this event is and focuses us on confidently planning the next edition,” said Nick Bischoff, Country Manager Benetti Americas.  Throughout the event, training sessions alternated with networking initiatives.  Teams of participants competed in adrenaline-inducing obstacle races on Seabobs, after which the braver among them went on to have more unforgettable fun on JETSURF boards. The evening wound up with a themed gala dinner – “Go elegant yet bold with white and gold” – at the Seagate Beach Club, with its breath-taking ocean view.  The particularly positive atmosphere was also down to the willingness of the event’s partners – Firefly, Seabob and Vega and Fraser Yachts, Newcoast, Viraver and Yachting Marine Service – to fully engage with all the participants.


Dale Lifetime Commitment and Support

As the winter season came to a close, Dale as thrilled to welcome the exquisite Dale 40's,  Seahorse and Dark Stranger and Dale 28, Cunjic back into its care for the winter and work has continued in readiness for their spring commissioning. Dale's experienced team has spared no effort in providing them with a comprehensive service, ensuring that every aspect of the vessel is in exceptional condition. From inspecting all systems to servicing the engine, and conducting a thorough sea trial, Dale left no stone unturned to maintain the unrivalled quality that customers expect.  As the summer season approaches, Dale excitedly await personally handing over Dark Stranger, Seahorse and Cunjic to their owners!  As builders, Dale know each individual vessel and undertake all aspects of maintenance and repair, with its chandlery able to source supply any part required from engines to electronics, anti-fouling to anodes. 

Dale Makes MBY Front Cover

This year, we had the pleasure of celebrating our team's and proud owner's achievement of having our Dale 37001 featured on the cover of the prestigious Motor Boat and Yachting magazine after she caught the attention of Hugo, the Editor. After her debut at the Southampton Boat Show, test report  and being nominated for an MBY Award, our boat was adventure-ready.  At Dale, they take pride in treating our customers as family and delivering outstanding boats that live up to our name. Seeing our owner's boat featured on the cover of a distinguished boating magazine was a true highlight for Dale.   Dale also like to give a special mention to Richard Langdon, the incredible photographer who snapped the cover-shot during a photo shoot last summer and who continually supplies Dale with sensational images and wonderful experiences, thank you Richard!


Formula Boats on Cult Classics

Formula was recently visited by Boats Group/Yachtworld.com to explore Formula Boats and its rich history. The resulting video goes into great depth and explores what makes Formula Boats a true Cult Classic. 

Formula Marks 67th Year

Model year 2023 marks Thunderbird’s 67th year in the production of fiberglass powerboats. A family-owned company located in Decatur, Indiana, Thunderbird produces boats that are world renowned for beautiful styling, advanced engineering and exciting performance on the water. With a long-established philosophy of uncompromising quality in every detail, Formula is recognized as today’s premier powerboat. Company history reflects the constant evolution of forward-looking product in the Fas³Tech hull, trendsetting Crossover, Bowriders, Sun Sports and the new Center Console line.

Formula Makes Media Splash

The 387 CCF took center stage on Center Console Life magazine's Volume 4 Number 1! Then again according to BoatTest.com, "The new Formula 387 CCF is undoubtedly the highest-tech, most tricked-out and luxurious fishy center console on the market today." 


Four Winns Awarded Multihull of the Year

Four Winns is excited to announce its recent achievement, receiving the 2023 Multihull of the Year Award in the multipower category awarded by Multihulls World Magazine. After the successful H-series in 2022, Four Winns broke conventional barriers and tradition and expanded into the world of multi-hulls with the introduction of its twin-hull, the all-new TH36.


Greenline Says Goodbye to 33

Greenline Yachts, the worldwide leader in alternative propulsion motorboats and pioneer of hybrid yachts, has announced it will cease production of the Greenline 33.  Ceasing production of the Greenline 33 will allow the luxury Slovenian boatbuilder to focus resources and production space on its larger models. Orders placed up to summer 2024 will be fulfilled by the boatbuilder.  Launched in 2008, the Greenline 33 set a new benchmark in environmentally conscious boating and was the first production hybrid boat. Almost 500 units of the revolutionary 33ft family cruiser have since been delivered in more than 50 countries worldwide.  Greenline Yachts’ owner, Vladimir Zinchenko, says: “We are immensely proud of the success and heritage of the Greenline 33 and how it shaped the market for eco-conscious family boating. Winning more than 30 awards is no small feat, especially in such a competitive sector of the market. Due to the increased demand for larger yachts, the time is right for us to optimise our space and capacity for larger models.  “Greenline Yachts has recently seen strong demand from environmentally conscious and technologically astute customers, particularly looking for larger models. Thus, we look forward to delivering more industry-leading designs and larger yachts – and have exciting new models in the pipeline.”  Celebrated by the boating community globally, the innovative Greenline 33 epitomised modern family cruising and amassed more than 30 awards – including International Boat of the Year – making it arguably the most awarded craft in history.  Well before Prius and Tesla were household names, Greenline’s 33 revolutionised the boating world with its hybrid propulsion system and sociable, family focussed layout. The first family cruiser with single-deck saloon, full walkaround decks and aft galley with a top-hinged window that connected it seamlessly with the cockpit, the model set a new trend for safe, single-level cruising. Such is the popularity and usability of this design, Greenline’s single-level living concept has been adopted by countless other models on the market.  The iconic model’s DNA lives on in the Greenline fleet and will continue to do so with the builder’s newer boats showcasing many of those signature Greenline 33 features. Single-level living, outstanding deck storage, safe decks and versatile cabin spaces will be a hallmark of the modern Greenline range that sets its boats out from the crowd.  Luca Raumland, chief sales and marketing officer, says: “There is growing appetite in the market for a more sustainable way of boating. This marks a new and exciting chapter for Greenline Yachts as we build upon our successes and expand our dynamic fleet. Our expert team will continue to work tirelessly to produce high-quality yachts with credible alternative propulsion options.”

Greenline New Spanish Partnership

Greenline Yachts, the leading manufacturer of hybrid yachts, is thrilled to announce its latest partnership with Argo Yachting, the European luxury yacht dealer with over 50 years of experience in the industry.  Under this new partnership, Argo Yachting will act as the official representative of Greenline Yachts in Spain, offering sales and after-sales support for the entire range of Greenline Yachts models.  "We are excited to partner with Argo Yachting, a company with a deep knowledge of the local market in Spain and a commitment to providing its customers with the highest level of service," said Luca Raumland, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Greenline Yachts. "Together, we aim to offer Spanish boaters a sustainable and unique yachting experience with our industry-leading hybrid technology."  Argo Yachting brings extensive experience in the yachting industry and has established itself as a leader in the Spanish market. Its team of experienced sales professionals and technicians will work closely with Greenline Yachts to provide customers with exceptional service and support.  "We are thrilled to partner with Greenline Yachts, a company that shares our values and commitment to sustainability," said Max Whale, CEO of Argo Yachting. "Their range of hybrid yachts is truly innovative, and we believe that they will be well-received in the Spanish market. We look forward to showcasing their models and working together to offer our customers a truly unique and environmentally-friendly yachting experience."

Greenline Expands in South East Asia

Greenline Yachts, the leading hybrid yacht manufacturer, is proud to announce its partnership with Derani Yachts, a well-respected yacht brokerage and dealership with a strong presence in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  Under this new partnership, Derani Yachts will serve as the official representative of Greenline Yachts in these for Greenline new markets, offering sales and aftersales support for the full range of Greenline Yachts models.  "We are excited to partner with Derani Yachts, a company that shares our passion for sustainable boating and has a deep understanding of the local markets in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia," said Luca Raumland, CSO at Greenline Yachts. "With their expertise and our industry-leading hybrid technology, we believe that we can make a real difference in these regions, offering customers a truly unique and environmentally-friendly yachting experience."  Derani Yachts brings over 20 years of experience in the yachting industry and a strong track record of successful sales and support in the Asia-Pacific region. The company's team of experienced sales professionals and technicians will work closely with Greenline Yachts to provide customers with the highest levels of service and support.  "We are delighted to partner with Greenline Yachts, a company that is at the forefront of the sustainable yachting movement," said Håkan Lange, CEO of Derani Yachts. "Their range of hybrid yachts is truly impressive, and we are confident that there is a strong demand for these models in our markets. We look forward to working closely with Greenline Yachts to promote their brand and bring their innovative yachts to our customers."


Holterman X-Treme Shortlisted Superyacht of the Year Finalist

Holterman X-Treme 105 genre-defying superyacht Lady Fleur has been shortlisted as a finalist at the prestigious World Superyacht Awards, to be judged in May. The 32m X-Treme 105 is fresh from winning two categories at the Design & Innovation Awards, held in Cortina in February. Now she has made the cut for the world’s premier recognition of excellence in superyacht design.


Invictus Presents Exclusive Vanilla Charter Experience

The exclusive experience and emotion of sailing aboard an Invictus Yacht or Capoforte model, discovering splendid coves and admiring unforgettable sunsets, is now within the reach of all the enthusiasts of the two Italian brands.  Vanilla Sea Chartering Network has now been established and is named after one of the identifying colours of Invictus elegance - Vanilla Sea, to be precise.  Through the dedicated website, Invictus and Capoforte brand fans will be able to spend one or more days on board these boats, learning about them and appreciating their characteristics with their family or closest friends.


Jarrett Bay Next Generation of Boat Builders

The next generation of boat builders at East Carteret High School Career Day! Eric Tiedemann, student and Jarrett Bay Boat Works carpentry intern, Josef Lawrence 2022 ECHS graduate, former intern and now full-time carpenter, join Jarrett's Bay own RV Hodge to share the rewards of a career building world-class custom sportfish.

Jarrett Bay Wins Maina Casa de Campo Open

Congrats to Hull 59 m/y Builder’s Choice on their third time winning the Marina Casa de Campo Open in the Dominican Republic! Capt. Brent led the team to release two blues on Day 1 and 3 on Day 2, with the last fish hooked at 3:58 - two minutes before lines out!


MJM Founders Book Available on Amazon

In "Maverick Marketer," Johnstone considers the course of his life, from taking the helm of a sailboat in a race at age 2, through college days at Princeton, to creating the leading performance brand in sailing, then doing same with powerboats. Regaling readers with sailing stories and how award-winning boats were created, Johnstone seeks to ignite a creative spark in others, urging them to follow their passion and chart their own course to victory.


Sanlorenzo Explores Acquisition for Simpson Marine

On 12 of April, 2023 in Ameglia La Spezia, Sanlorenzo, and Mike Simpson sign a Memorandum of Understanding to evaluate the possible entry of Sanlorenzo as a majority shareholder in the Simpson Marine Group and other affiliated companies as part of the  Sanlorenzo “Road to 2030” strategy toward a carbon-neutral future.  The attitudes toward luxury and yachting are changing fast in China, and Sanlorenzo “expects big growth in Asia”, Massimo Perotti, Chairman and CEO of Sanlorenzo, explained during the conference. “In the last year, we have seen two signs indicating change. The first is the Hainan Highlands – considered the monte-carlo of China – becoming a free tax zone. So the Chinese can go to Hainan Highlands and buy a yacht without paying taxes. A big achievement. Secondly, there is a programme from the government to increase the number of marinas from Hong Kong to Macau.”  Simpson Marine is the oldest and most established yacht dealer in Asia and the exclusive dealer of Sanlorenzo in the region. According to Ferruccio Rossi, Executive Director & General Manager of Sanlorenzo, Simpson Marine currently generates around €90-100 million annually, with “growing potential” for more sales in the region.  Outside of Asia and looking at Sanlorenzo more generally, the builder confirmed outstanding financial health with a backlog (as of 31 December 2022) cleared from Net Revenue New Yachts amounting to €1,069.6 million, compared to €915.6 million as of 31 December 2021. Sanlorenzo confirmed record-breaking orders for €452.2 million beyond 2023.  An interesting phenomenon cited in the conference was a decrease in the average Sanlorenzo client. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, Sanlorenzo buyers were, on average, 56 yet post-lockdown years, this age now stands at 48 – a significant decrease that brings a “new mindset to the yachting industry”  Sanlorenzo has found that their average buyer is not only younger but is now spending twice as much time on board, with estimates as high as 120 days per year. Novel technologies such as Starlink support this trend, as owners can stay connected near enough anywhere in the world.  In regards to its sustainability mission in the superyacht sector, Sanlorenzo confirmed it is still on track to launch the first 50 Steel equipped with methanol fuel cells to power all on-board services next year; and in 2028, it will launch the first superyacht – another 50 Steel – to be powered solely by methanol.  Looking forward, Sanlorenzo expects to see high single-digit CAGR, starting with a forecast for 2023 between €810-830 million, up by 11% from 2022. Sanlorenzo also expects its margin to increase significantly, with an EBITDA margin equal to or greater than 19.5% in 2025.  Sanlorenzo plans to invest between €143-155 million over the next three years. It will also expand its current portfolio of models from 26 to 36, comprising 17 in the yacht business unit, 8 in the superyacht business unit and 11 Bluegame. 


Silent Yachts Appoint New Chief Operating Officer

Silent-Yachts hired a senior executive that is going to oversee day-to-day administrative and operational functions and will help further strengthen the shipyard’s position among the leaders in the sustainable yachting market. Fabrizio Iarrera has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer of the company that produces innovative 18-36m solar electric catamarans in Italy and Turkey.  “I’m happy to welcome Fabrizio in our strong and capable team,” said Michael Köhler, Founder and CEO of Silent-Yachts. “For sure this move will help us become even more efficient in production and make sure all orders are flawlessly executed and delivered on time and on budget. Fabrizio is an accomplished and success-oriented executive with extensive experience in business operations and development and project management.”  Fabrizio Iarrera has almost 20 years of experience as CEO and General Manager in the yachting industry with Atlantis, part of Azimut-Benetti, and Monte Carlo Yachts, part of Groupe Beneteau. At Silent-Yachts, he will be responsible for the production, shipyards workflow and operations management.  “The goal is to make sure our customers are satisfied with their dream catamarans built by Silent-Yachts as always,”said Fabrizio Iarrera. “I’m grateful for a chance to work for such an incredible and promising company and definitely the sky's the limit for our team.”  Silent-Yachts has 28 solar electric catamarans under construction in two production sites, including the flagship Silent 120 Explorer, with the order book filled until 2024.


Sunreef Yachts Double Chinese Victory

Two bestselling Sunreef Yachts catamarans have just received the Oceanway China Yachts Award 2022. While the Sunreef 80 Eco was recognized as the Best Exterior Design Sailing Catamaran, the 80 Sunreef Power won as the Best Exterior Design Motor Catamaran. The award was received during an evening gala held by Oceanway Magazine, in Sanya, Hainan.  

Sunreef New Dealer in Thailand

Long-standing yachting specialists Lee Marine have just been appointed as Sunreef Yachts dealers in Thailand. The company has been active in Thailand for over 20 years representing several major brands and guiding clients through the acquisition of superyachts.  Josh Lee, managing director of Lee Marine, commented: With our deeply experienced client base demanding personalized yachts built to purpose, it is the perfect time to represent a brand that offers such an exceptional range of yachts, both power and sail, enabling us to work extensively with the customer to create their ideal luxury yacht knowing that they can cruise the whole of Asia and beyond in complete comfort.  Following the appointment, Francis Lapp, CEO of Sunreef Yachts, commented: I am proud to welcome Lee Marine into the Sunreef Yacht’s family and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.  The growing appetite for yachting and our catamaran models in Asia means we needed experienced partners on the ground to help us support the entire customer experience.  Our new shipyard in the United Arab Emirates, opening later this year, provides a simple destination for customers to come and view our yachts, facilities and design office where we can start their journey in becoming a Sunreef owner.  Simon Turner, Sales Director for Sunreef, added: Having lived in Asia for over 10 years, I am very familiar with the fantastic cruising grounds, diverse marine life and simply stunning locations to visit by yacht in Thailand. The stability and autonomy of our yachts mean customers can cruise to the remotest locations in the region in absolute comfort and already we have many inquiries for our eco-range which enables owners to minimize fuel costs whilst enjoying silent operations with no vibrations or nuisance to marine life. Our unique solar panels, battery banks and energy management systems give opportunities for cruising in a way not possible on other yachts and our Asian-based customers have been very quick to understand this.


Sunseeker Launches New Skill Academy

Sunseeker International launches a new training initiative to address a national skills shortage affecting the marine industry. The Sunseeker Skills Academy, developed in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole College, is open to those seeking a career change, offering individuals the opportunity to undertake a fully paid, 12-week intensive boat-building course.  Successful applicants will learn trade skills across five boat building specialisms, comprising carpentry, plumbing, composite bonding, engineering and electrical installations. Following an intensive training programme, students will join colleagues at the Sunseeker Shipyards in Poole to further develop competencies and achieve a nationally recognised qualification over 12 months.  Alex Bowman, Head of Organisational Development at Sunseeker International, commented: “We’re taking a proactive approach to address the industry-wide challenges in attracting and developing talent.  By partnering with Bournemouth and Poole College, we are able to create training programmes that are tailored to teach the skills that we need, in order to expand and evolve the pool of talent that is the lifeblood of our industry. We aim to start 100 new boat builders through our new Skills Academy in 2023, which will complement our existing and award winning apprenticeship programme”.  Phil Sayles, Principal and CEO at Bournemouth and Poole College, added: “Supporting companies in developing the skilled workforce they need is a key priority for our college. We are delighted to be expanding our work with Sunseeker, a key local business. This initiative will enable the creation of skilled jobs and bring more prosperity to our area”.  The news comes as Sunseeker reveals a 17 per cent increase in hourly pay since 2021 and an ongoing recruitment drive across all trades. In addition, Sunseeker has recently reported a global order book of £600 million and £40 million investment in new product development across the next three years. This includes exciting new model launches such as the recent 100 Yacht and Superhawk 55 and the upcoming Ocean 182 this autumn.


Van Der Valk Nominated for Super Yacht Award 2023

When Van Der Valk create a totally bespoke superyacht like Blue Jeans, our primary aim is of course to ensure that client expectations are fully met. That was the case with this 34-metre pilothouse motoryacht and now, like us, the owners are delighted that a wider audience has recognised her exceptional quality. Blue Jeans has reached the final round of five nominations for this year’s World Superyacht Awards in the ‘Semi-displacement or planning motor yacht 30 to 34.99m’ category.  The eventual winner will be announced in mid-May at a scintillating ceremony in Istanbul. Blue Jeans will be in good company with yachts from the likes of Riva and Sanlorenzo also making the final cut for an award that recognises the best in ingenuity and craftsmanship. This will be the 18th edition of the World Superyacht Awards and the fact that Van der Valk’s most complex build to date will feature is a testimony to the owners, the yard, designer Guido de Groot and naval architect Diana Yacht Design.  Van der Valk is on an award-winning roll currently with Lady Lene winning a special commendation at last year’s World Superyacht Awards, followed up with a Best Interior prize at the 2023 BOAT Design & Innovation Awards.  While we wait to see how Blue Jeans fares in Istanbul, check out some of her highlights on our Fleet page here.


Viking Fighting the Ten-Knots Restriction

Viking's campaign to fight the federal government’s proposed 10-knot restriction along the Eastern Seaboard is only getting stronger.  This updated pre-written letter not only asks Congress to halt the proposed NOAA Fisheries’ rule but also pushes for funding of technological solutions to monitor North Atlantic Right Whales. NOAA is expected to finalize the rule later this year, so there’s still time to make a difference by sending this updated letter to lawmakers.  Viking and key industry stakeholders (National Marine Manufacturers Association, American Sportfishing Association, Center for Sportfishing Policy, BoatUS, Recreational Fishing Alliance and others) have played a critical role in an industry-wide effort to stop NOAA Fisheries’ changes to the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule. The amended mandate poses serious public access, safety and privacy concerns for boaters, and would devastate boating, fishing and coastal businesses.  The campaign has gained momentum since Viking’s impactful press conference at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last fall. We’ve taken it a step further by actively pursuing science and technology-based solutions to monitor and protect the whales. To that end, Viking spearheaded the formation of the Whale and Vessel Safety (WAVS) Task Force. This panel of experts will work to identify, develop and implement technology and monitoring tools to mitigate the risk of vessel strikes to marine mammals, with special attention to the right whales, according to Viking Director of Government Affairs and Sustainability John Depersenaire. 

Viking 2023 Key West Challenge

The 2023 Viking Key West Challenge (VKWC) was an absolute smash hit. Presented by Christi Insurance Group and Travelers Insurance, the ninth annual event drew 50 boats and more than 500 people, two tournament record fish were caught and a Viking 50 became a three-peat champion.  “It was a Key West Challenge like no other,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “This event continues to amaze me – the comradery, the fishing, the fun and – best of all – the smiling faces.”  The docks were packed with beautiful, industry-leading boats for this unique tournament, held exclusively for owners of Viking yachts and Valhalla center consoles. The fleet took over the Conch Republic for four sun-drenched days of fishing, fun and family.  The Viking 50 Roenick was the Top Boat for the third consecutive year, releasing 10 sailfish, followed by the Viking 44 Miss Peggy Sue II with two tournament record-setting swordfish and Bimini, a Viking 58 that released four sails and brought a pair of tuna to the scales.  Miss Peggy Sue II’s David Heeter earned Top Angler honors with 340- and 245-pound swordfish catches (served at the lay day lunch), and Rosalie “Roe” Apostoleres of Roenick captured the Top Female Angler award for the third year in a row.  While the billfish bite was a bit of a challenge, the teams caught plenty of cobia, dolphin, kingfish, tuna and a variety of bottom fish. “It’s so great to see the happiness, enthusiasm and excitement when the teams come to the [Spot Zero] weigh station,” said Pat. Steve Rodgers, angling on the Viking 72 Bid Time, weighed a 131.6-pound tuna, also a record-setter for the VKWC and the tournament’s first-ever Allison tuna. “It was an amazing fish, and we all had a great time,” Steve said after receiving his award. “But it was a group effort – we have an excellent team.”  Nadia Bayless was the Top Junior Angler. Fishing aboard the Viking 80 Rachel Anne, Nadia released a sailfish – her first – and took a 27.2-pound tuna, a kingfish and a mutton snapper to the scales.  The teams came to the southernmost point of the U.S. to compete, no doubt, but the VKWC – as the tagline states – is “More Than Just Fishing”! Anglers, crews and guests attended a high-spirited Captains’ Meeting Cocktail Party, al fresco Welcome Banquet, relaxing Lay Day Pool Party Lunch, energetic Kids Dock Tournament and animated Duval Street Bar Crawl Poker Run.  “We’ve been to every single Key West Challenge,” said Bimini owner Jackie Hinden. “We keep coming back because we love Viking. We love Key West, and we really enjoy the comradery and social aspect. There’s nothing like it.”  “We can’t say enough about Viking – they make it so much fun,” added Frank Tattoli, who has owned three Vikings, the latest the 52 Private Island. “We don’t fish tournaments, but this one is different, with all the events and activities. It’s like one big family coming together.”  Throughout the event, more than $30,000 worth of prizes were given away – everything from electronics and safety products to a mobile Spot Zero water purifier, a Switlik Coastal Passage Raft and a variety of Yeti merchandise, courtesy of Atlantic Marine Electronics and KVH Industries. The festivities were capped off with the Key West Sunset Awards Dinner where 41 trophies were handed out.  “We can’t thank you enough for being here,” Pat said in his closing remarks at the awards dinner. “It means an awful lot to us. We enjoy getting everybody together, and the new friendships that start here. We build something that nobody has to have – boats. So, we truly appreciate you, and we won’t let you down as we continue to build a better boat every day. Next year will be our 10th anniversary for this tournament and the 60th anniversary for the Viking Yacht Company. Incredible!”  More than 80 of Viking’s business partners sponsored the VKWC, supporting event functions, such as the Captains’ Meeting (Foley Cat), Thursday Dinner (MAN Engines), Pool Party Lunch (Johnson & Towers/MTU) and Kids Dock Tournament (The Billfish Foundation). Several companies provided assistance for the Poker Run, and the Awards Dinner was sponsored by Christi Insurance Group and Travelers Insurance.  The 10th annual Viking Key West Challenge takes place Wednesday, April 3 through Sunday, April 7, 2024. Book your slip at your favorite Key West marina today.

Viking at Los Suenos Triple Crown

Congratulations to Team Galati on their unprecedented third Triple Crown win! "We won it all on the last day– incredible!, " said angler Pat Healey. "It's truly amazing what we've been able to accomplish these past few years, especially considering the outstanding competition."  “We have a new boat every season and we learn how to fish it. Since 2014 this team has been on stage an incredible 13 times. This feat is due to the amazing anglers, crew and of course, our captain Tony Carrizosa,” added Pat.  The team won the 2020 series and then in 2021, the team was named back-to-back champs of the three-leg series. And they’ve returned to the Winner’s Circle for the 2023 season! For the 2022 Series, Carlos Pellas and the team on his Viking 72 Rum Runner captured the crown. That’s four years in a row a Viking has held the coveted honor. Read on for a run-down of this season’s excitement.  

Viking at Chub Cay Invitational 

Team SandboB topped the field at the 3rd annual Chub Cay Invitational. Bob Moss’ Viking 72 earned the top boat honors after releasing one blue marlin and three sailfish. The Top Lady Angler was Rhonda Striker, competing on the Viking 80 Wing Man. Using an all-billfish release format, a total of five blue marlin and 21 sailfish were released during two days of fishing in the Bahamas.

April 29, 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: Overmarine Mangusta Grandsport 45

Overmarine Mangusta Gransport line which features three models has been on a roll of success especially with the large 54 meter model.  This Grandsport 45 was presented as a project in 2017 with the first unit launched in 2020 and two other units put in the water since then.  The Mangusta Gransport 45 comes from a design of Alberto Mancini, the designer responsible for all the Grandsport line and presents a sport profile in two decks plus a sun deck with pilot house.  The Grandsport 45 offers accommodation for ten guests in five double cabins, with a master stateroom located at the forward part of the sleek main deck.  The Grandsport 45 is powered by triple MTU 2600hp with two engines featuring a line shaft propulsion and a central jet propulsion booster.  Thanks to this propulsion set up the Mangusta 45 can reach speeds up to 26 knots, and cruise fast at twenty or economic at twelve knots and a range of 4200 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 45.3 m (148.7ft)
Beam - 8.6 m
Draft - 2.1 m
Displacement - 285 t half load, 310 t full load, 444 GT volume
Fuel Capacity - 54000 l
Water Capacity - 8000 l
Accommodation - ten or twelve guests in five cabins, seven crew in four cabins
Engines - 3 x MTU 16V 2000 M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft with fixed pitch propellers plus central KaMeWa steerable waterjet S63-4
Speed - 26 knots max, twenty knots fast cruise, twelve knots economic long range
Range - 4200 nautical miles at twelve knots
Construction - aluminium
Project - Alberto Mancini interior and exterior  

April 28, 2023

Project: ISA Yachts Gran Turismo 33

ISA Yachts, a brand of Palumbo Superyachts, announces the project for a new Granturismo 33 metres with sinuous lines and a sophisticated soul. The exterior and interior design is by Architect Enrico Gobbi of Team for Design, while the naval engineering is by ISA Yachts. Inspired by its older sisters, ISA GT 33 is a competitive project aiming to encapsulate the incisive shapes, the innovations and the original details of the Granturismo line. The exterior design portrays a great coupé effect through the pronounced bow, the superstructure located toward the stern and the arches connecting all the decks: the traits that have made the ISA brand so distinctive all over the world. On both the main and the upper deck, continuity between the indoor and outdoor layout is achieved through the use of the same materials and the purposeful design of the lighting system. The placing of these areas on a single-level floor further facilitates the merging to create a dynamic and versatile environment. To this purpose, the cockpit sofas on the main deck have been designed so as not to obstruct the view from indoor. Typical of all ISA GT projects, the upper deck features a circular dining room which, thanks to the 180-degree sliding window, opens the view on the cockpit, again to the purpose of creating a single indoor-outdoor space. Compact yet functional, ISA GT 33 has a hydro-massage swimming pool in the bow. ISA GT 33 can accommodate up to ten people, with the owner cabin located on the main deck forward, while two VIP and two double cabins with twin beds are below deck. The service is guaranteed by five crew members. With aluminium hull and superstructure, ISA Gran Tutismo 33 is equipped with twin MTU 1620hp engines powering it to a top speed of 21 knots and guaranteeing a cruise speed of 19 knots.

April 27, 2023

New Model: Explorer Yacht 62

Explorer Yacht is a new Italian brand founded by ex-Sessa boss Riccardo Radice and German company Nurnberg Leasing.  The first Explorer model the 62 is designed by CentrostileDesign and Riccardo Radice, for what is an innovative and technically different explorer yacht which launched in 2022.  A new brand which shows a different purpose and innovative product is always exciting news and the Explorer with its debut 62 model manages to do this, especially in its main deck, which is one of the best interpretations of creating an inside-outside area, which thanks to sliding doors which fully open brings outside to the main deck.  The Explorer 62 is also an explorer yacht with substance, with all main systems onboard being double such as water-pumps, bilge-pumps, and double 50kg anchor with ship type gear set up.  Probably at eighteen meters one of the smallest yachts with such a system made or currently available in the market.  Another important technical aspect is the collision designed bulb which is completely water tight and insulated and is designed to minimize damage if one collides to semi-sunk solid objects during navigation.  The Explorer 62 offers an interior with four cabins, sleeping seven, with an owners stateroom at midships.  A crew berth cabin utility room is located aft to port side.  The Explorer 62 is powered by twin Volvo 600hp with IPS pod drives which give a top speed up to 24 knots and cruise of sixteen, with the possibility to cruise slower and longer and a range of about 700 nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.54 m (60.8ft)
Beam - 5.2 m
Draft - 1.40 m including drives and propellers
Displacement - 30 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 2800 l
Water Capacity - 900 l
Max Persons - sixteen
Accommodation - seven berths in four cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS800 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 24 knots max 16 cruise. twelve knots long range
Range - 400 nm at fast cruise, 600 nm at long range
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - fiberglass with carbon fibre
Project - Centrostile, Riccardo Radice

April 26, 2023

Project: MJM 4z

MJM presents the project for the 4z model with inboard stern drive Volvo engines. Launched in the second half of 2022 with outboard power, this traditional cruiser has been in a lot of talks thanks to its asymmetric design which offers the comfort of a centre console to that of a cruise capable cruiser.  Thanks to this design by Zurn the MJM 4z offers a a four berth accommodation in two areas, including of which is a separate shower head to starboard and in between the sleeping areas. The living and the galley in the MHM 4z is all located on the main deck under the pilot fully enclosed hard-top area.  Power numbers for the diesel stern drive Volvo power are not announced, although the MJM 4z hull number one which was powered by twin Mercury 600hp, which is the larger engine option available reached a top speeds of 52 knots.

April 25, 2023

Salvatore Pollio 1934 - 2023

Salvatore Pollio, the entrepreneur from Sorrento and co-founder of Apreamare, passed away on Monday April 24, 2023, aged 89.  Beloved by all who knew him, Salvatore Pollio was for many years the heart and soul of the production and work organisation side of Apreamare, the boatyard he founded with Cataldo Aprea in 1988 and a benchmark brand today for classic Sorrento gozzo boats revisited from a modern perspective. A pragmatic and reserved man with a wealth of boatbuilding experience, Salvatore Pollio was a key figure in the company and a second father to all the craftsmen he personally supervised for many years. At work, he was straight-talking and gifted in his ability to pass on his expertise with grace, kindness and irony. When he retired from active duty in the company, he handed over the baton to his daughter Rita, today CEO, and son Tonino, yard director, but never stopped taking an interest in Apreamare and was always excited by the excellent results the company has achieved in recent years. Business partners, but above all friends, Cataldo Aprea and Salvatore Pollio had complementary personalities – the former volcanic and the latter more reserved – and treated each other with great respect and fondness, but most importantly they designed together the first ever planning Gozzo with a fibreglass hull, Smeraldo 7, the first revolutionary example of this hugely successful type of boat for which Apreamare is today known worldwide. “I like to remember Salvatore as the other half of Apreamare’s heart and soul, a reserved person who preferred to keep a low profile but who was always present and passionate about the business. Without him, our brand wouldn’t be what it is today,” said Cataldo Aprea, Apreamare chairman.

New Model: Whitehaven 7000 Sport Yacht

In the second half of 2022 Whitehaven launched the first 7000 Sport Yacht. Initially conceived as a custom 6800 Sport Yacht order, this new Whitehaven model is an evolution of the 6500 Sport Yacht model extended in length but with an identical beam. Other custom options is a day head with access from the transom. The first Whiterhaven 7000 Sport Yacht features a three double cabins layout with a full beam owners stateroom at midships. An option is to have an option of a fourth cabin replacing the utility area to starboard. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.42 m (70.3ft)
Beam - 5.33 m
Draft - 1.67 m
Displacement - 
Fuel Capacity - 5500 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 16 liter LE-436 1200hp
Propulsion - line shaft with ZF gearbox
Project - Misha Merzliakov

April 24, 2023

Project: Boston Boatworks 52 Offshore Express Cruiser

Twenty-seven years after Boston Boatworks launched its first high-performance, technology-forward racing sailboat, the company announces the development of the 52 Offshore Express Cruiser. As exciting as this project is for the entire team, the genesis of the yacht stays true to the company’s original objectives of integrating composite engineering, high-strength construction, and artisanal workmanship, scaled to limited-production efficiencies.  For the BB52, the builder partnered with venerable yacht designer Doug Zurn and renowned interior design firm Winch Design. While the industry has long known Boston Boatworks for their construction expertise, building over 350 advanced composite performance yachts, including MJMs and grand-prix racing sailboats, as well as expedition tenders and Coast Guard Certified passenger vessels this will be the company’s first model that fully represents their vision and passion for providing owner-operator high-quality offshore yacht under its own name. The seventeen meter express cruiser takes advantage of Boston Boatworks efficiencies as a limited-run manufacturer of series yachts, softening the lines between a production boat and a semi-custom project with prospective owners able to choose from several selections of interior configurations and finishes developed by Winch Design that cater to a wide range of functions, all of which incorporate a multitude of elegant and clever features to enhance the time on board.  The 52 Offshore Express Cruiser also continues the long-standing collaboration between Boston Boatworks and Doug Zurn.  The BB52 is for owners who appreciate a relentless pursuit of quality and those who understand why the entire build needs to be strong to be safe; who recognize that lighter-weight interiors yield spatial and fuel efficiencies; who demand that the boat’s handling be intuitive; and who take pride in the athletic look of their yacht and the gracefulness of its interior. The Boston Boatworks 52 Offshore Express Cruiser will offer an interior with a one or two cabins two head layout choice, with another option coming to have a galley up or down on the lower deck.  The Boston Boatworks 52 Offshore Express Cruiser is to be powered by triple Volvo 440hp and surprisingly for its size will use stern drive propulsion which will give an estimated top speed up to forty knots. 

April 23, 2023

New Launch: CRN 72m hull.139

On thirteen March a new full-custom CRN super yacht was launched today at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard. The CRN 139 Project has been christened in a private ceremony. 72 metres long, over twelve meters in beam and with a gross tonnage of 1,880 GT, the vessel has been designed and built by CRN, which also developed the entire naval architecture. The concept and the exterior lines were created by design and architecture studio Vallicelli Design, while architects Nuvolari Lenard took care of the interiors and their subdivision together with the yard. The result is a fully bespoke 72-metre steel and aluminium yacht spanning 6 decks and accommodating up to twelve guests and nineteen crew. The CRN M/Y 139 is a super yacht with a striking sense of style. She combines functional and design solutions in a sophisticated overall harmony, while the superstructure exudes an essential visual concision emphasised by the smooth external lines that impart an original, elegant aesthetic. This sublime fully custom super yacht vaunts extremely generous internal and external spaces, devised to offer the owner family a memorable on-board living experience in total privacy and comfort. Among the many standout features, the large full-height windows lend a softness to the lines, offsetting her impressive dimensions. The new 72-metre CRN M/Y 139 is a supreme expression of CRN’s design and construction skill – that talent for creating unique, distinctive designs that reflect and enhance their owners’ vision, personality and style. Another three full-custom CRN yachts are currently under construction at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard, the multi-brand hub in Ancona stretching over almost 80,000 sqm. These are the 67-metre hull.143, the 85-metre hull.144, and the 70-metre hull.145. Also taking shape there are a Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 50, a Pershing 140 #03 and Pershing 140 #04 in aluminium, plus a Riva 50Metri #03 and a Riva Superyacht Division 54Metri in aluminium and steel. In addition, the entire Ferretti Custom Line production output is being built there too, with 27 yachts now under construction in the sheds or at the finishing and testing stages at the docks prior to delivery to their owners.
Technical Data:
LOA - 72 m (236ft)
Beam - 12.40 m
Draft - 3.3 m
Displacement - 1880 GT *volume
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, nineteen crew in twenty cabins
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Andrea Vallicelli exterior, Nuvolari Lenard interior, Ferretti Group naval architecture
Certification - Lloyds Cross of Malta 100A1 Mono G6 LMC

April 22, 2023

Project: Filippetti Sport 102

Filippetti present the project for the Sport 102, a flagship to its sports line which starts at seventeen meters and with this new model now stretches out to thirty meters and a total of four models. The Sport 102 is a performance orientated model designed by Fulvio De Simoni and the Filippetti's design team, with its novelty being the first super sport yacht in its size to feature an owners stateroom on the forward full body area of the main-deck. With this the Sport 105 will feature an interior with five double cabins and large living areas connected to an amazing sundeck completely dedicated to comfort and privacy. The Filippetti Sport 102 is to be standard powered by twin Man 2000hp with line shafts good for about thirty knots top speed, and or optional twin MTU 2638hp with surface drives which will increase wide open throttle speed up to 35 knots.

April 21, 2023

New Model: Cantiere Delle Marche RJ 115

Cantiere delle Marche has launched the first RJ 115 model, titled m/y Stellamar this is the second RJ series following the 130 launched in 2021.  The RJ series stems from a fruitful collaboration between the yard’s team and the talented Francesco Paszkowski who has developed a successful series of contemporary modern explorer yachts with an RJ 130 delivered and two more RJ 115 and RJ 155 in the pipeline, this commissioned by the owner of ,/y Stellamar.  Needless to add that this represents an attestation of trust for Cantiere delle Marche and provides a further reference within the yachting community. All models in the RJ line share a strong personality characterized by extremely well-balanced volumes and proportions throughout the design, as well as those characterizing features as, for example the invisible crane.  The RJ 115 project pays respect to the most exquisite yacht design tradition while implementing it with highly sophisticated design solutions. An extensive use of glass in the bulwarks and the open stern enhance the visual continuity with the surrounding environment. RJ 115 profile is tense yet it encompasses sensuous lines that add an unrivalled elegance to her exterior design. With this project, Francesco Paszkowski shows that medium size dimensions are not the enemy of creativity as they make it more effective. Paszkowski succeeded in providing the 35m super yacht with large spaces and luxury amenities while staying true to her explorer yacht’s soul, a peculiarity which sets Cantiere delle Marche from the other players in the super yacht industry.  The RJ 115 is an elegant yet robust, reliable, environment friendly, long range explorer super yacht with unrivalled technical equipment that allow her Owner, family and friends to enjoy safe journeys to the most remote and secluded areas of the globe. For all technical aspects, CdM has drawn not only on the expertise of its in-house design and engineering department but also that of long-standing partner Hydro Tec entrusted for the naval architecture.  The interior layout of this first RJ 115 was tailored to the Owner family’s specific needs and provides ensuite accommodation for eight guests in four lower deck cabins, and a master stateroom on the main deck forward. A crew of seven has their quarters on the Lower deck in three cabins while the Captain’s is next to the wheelhouse on the Upper deck.  A cleverly designed layout offers easy circulation and a functional connection between the decks with all exterior stairs located on the port side and large side walkways. Great emphasis has been given to outdoor areas with large lounging/dining areas on all decks. Yet, should you have enough of sun and wind, when you enter the Main or Upper salon you don’t lose contact with the outdoors as vast windows light the rooms while visually connecting them to the sea beyond.  On the Lower deck you realize that natural light and views are not reserved solely to the upper decks as all four guest cabins on the Lower deck, two Vip and two twin cabins, are indeed bright and airy thanks to large windows.  The yacht’s interior design and decoration are easy on the eye and shapes remain just as soft as the neutral colour palette. Textures of both wood and fabrics also play a central role by echoing materials found in nature. The interior decoration of Stellamar, in its entirety, work in harmony creating warm and welcoming environments. An extensive use of bright natural oak for flooring and ceilings and cream leather wall panelling gives the interior a soothing atmosphere throughout the yacht, in both social and private areas. Paszkowski designed all fixed furniture and chose, together with the Owners, most of the loose furniture and accessories by renowned manufacturers such as the Arpège Meridienne sofas by Christian Liaigre for the lounging area in the Main Salon, the Poliform Saint Germain sofa in the Skylounge, armchairs Archibald by Poltrona Frau, Cassina Hola chairs in the dining area whose table boasts a beautiful Breccia Aurora marble top. All bathrooms share the same bright and relaxing mood thanks to matt white statuary marble coupled to natural oak. The shower stall in the Owner’s bath is equipped with infra-red sauna and hammam.  The RJ 115 is a full-displacement explorer vessel with steel hull and aluminium superstructure. and powered by twin heavy-duty Caterpillar 724hp each  allows for range of around 5500nm at an economic speed of nine knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 35 m (114.8ft)
Waterline Length - 32.7 m
Beam - 7.50 m
Draft - 2.30 m
Displacement - 283 gt *volume
Fuel Capacity - 45000 l
Water Capacity - 6000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, seven crew in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C18 Acert 724hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - thirteen knots max, ten cruise, nine knots long range
Range - 5500 nm at nine knots
Hull Shape - full displacement
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Francesco Paszkowski exterior and interior, Sergio Cutolo Hydro Tech naval architect

April 20, 2023

Project: Airon Marine Amx 35

Airon presents the project for the new Amx 35 set to launch later on in this 2023 year.  The Amx 35 is redevelopment of the Amx 34 launched in 2017.  The new Amx 35 will feature a complete redesign to the exterior cockpit layout, now with an aft offset to port side sun-pad and an L or C-shaped dinette.  The windscreen passageway which was central located in the Amx 34 has also been moved to an off-central port side passage-way now.  Inside it seems the Airon Amx 35 will not feature important changes, with the layout of a three plus two berths, in a midships cabin with three berths, and a convertible U-shaped dinette to remain unchanged.  The Airon Amx 35 is powered by twin engines from Volvo 270hp up to 320hp diesels and or 350hp petrol gas choices.  All engines are with stern drive propulsion.

April 19, 2023

New Model: Galeon 440 Fly

During the Dusseldorf 2023 boat show Galeon unveiled its new 440 Fly model. Designed by since the noughties Galeon designer Tony Castro, the new second generation 440 Fly pushes the Polish builder design forward offering the latest details in space gaining design.  By the layout and details the new Galeon 440 Fly is a replacement to the 2016 launched 460 Fly.  As has been Galeon high selling point in recent years the 440 Fly offers Galeon expandable main deck option which extends entertainment space when at anchor by a couple meters. A new details in these drop down balconies is window inserts which when closed will give side views, and when open will give sea views.  The main deck offers a central galley layout, located to port side of the helm station, while the lower deck is offered in two or three double cabins option.  In the three double cabins layout, the third cabin with two bunk berths is located to port side, with this space taken by a large en-suite for the forward VIP cabin in the two cabin option.  The Galeon 440 Fly is to be powered by twin Volvo 440hp or 480hp engine in IPS pod drives or line shaft option.       
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.97 m (45.8ft)
Hull Length - 12.5 m
Beam - 4.2 m
Draft - 0.8 m excludes propellers and or drives
Displacement - 17700 kg light +3005 kg in load
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 850 l
Water Capacity - 225 l + 170 l
Max Persons - fourteen
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 440hp, D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward dual propeller IPS pod drives, or V-drive line shafts
Speed - thirty knots max
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE B

April 18, 2023

Improve-it = Tornado 38

In the fall of 2022 Tornado launched its latest improved 38 model.  This latest Tornado 38 is powered by twin FPT 450hp with line shaft propulsion.  Other shown improvements to the 38 where the new glazed windows on the hull side which replaced the traditional port hole windows.  An iconic model the 38 was launched by Tornado in 1985, inspired not little from the Magnum 38 from the sixties and seventies and produced in over five hundred units over the years in four variants; Classic/Sport, Flush Deck, Sedan, and the Cruising version.  The popular first two versions signified a different cockpit layout, with the Sedan launched in mid nineties being the rare hardtop version, and the Cruising from 2010 offering a more spacious lower deck and a revised cockpit layout.  A T-Tender 38 project presented in 2018 never materialized.  Today the Tornado 38 is simply called by its size with the model being similar in layout and cockpit to the Flush Deck version.  A Tornado 38 with shafts is not completely new, as the Italian builder build a few of these on order back in the eighties and nineties.  Going into its fiftieth birthday in 2025, it will be interesting to see if Tornado will do something special to celebrate its forever classic 38.

April 17, 2023

Fast MTI Catamaran Crashes in Tickfaw River

A fourteen meter fast catamaran with five persons onboard crashed while navigating on Tickfaw River, in Livingston, Louisiana at 17:30 hours of Sunday sixteen April.  The fast power catamaran had five persons on board with two being hurt but not grievously injured in the collision.  Eye witnesses reported that the boat changed direction suddenly finishing aground and taking with her several trees for a distance of about thirty meters before stoping.  A good passing Samaritan loaded the five occupants and took them to Livingston Parish for assistance where Wildlife and Fisheries agents and an ambulance where waiting.
The power catamaran in this accident is a MTI Powerboats 48 Pleasure model.  Produced since 2016 the MTI 48 Pleasure offers an accommodation for two persons and depending on power can reach speeds up to 147 knots. Founded in 1998 Marine Technologies Inc or as is known MTI Powerboats has taken the fast powerboat market by storm in the last decade first with its fast catamarans and in recent years also with its mono-hull stepped Vee centre consoles which where introduced in 2014.  

New Model: Garlington 71 Flybridge

Garlington’s constant refinement since 1980, continues with the new 71 which is built on the success of the 61, but with larger spaces and increased capacities. The 71 is based on the hull form and almost identical proportions of house and bridge with a few subtle improvements to the smaller model.  The first 71, which is build title m/y Miss Behavin was ordered by a previous two Garlington a 58 and a 61 owner.  The Garlington 71 Flybridge offers a four stateroom three head layout, with an owners stateroom at midships to port side.  The first Garlington 71 is powered by twin Man 1900hp engines with top 41 knots speeds reached in its first sea trials.  The Garlington 71 Flybridge seems to have left a nice impression with two more units currently under construction. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 21.64 m (71ft)
Beam - 6.09 m
Draft - 1.67 m
Displacement - 42637 kg
Fuel Capacity - 8517 l
Water Capacity - 1135 l
Accommodation - nine berths in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft with tunnels and Veem five bladed propellers
Speed - 41 knots max 33 cruise, 29 knots economic fast
Construction - cored sandwich construction with Corecell core, Kevlar and carbon fibre
Project - Applied Concepts Unleashed

April 16, 2023

Sirena New Web Site

Sirena Yachts present its new World wide web virtual showroom.  Founded in 2017 Sirena Yachts is the motor boat brand of Sirena Marine.  Sirena Marine was founded in 2006 by Kiraca Holdings, and over the years led to various expansions, and has over the years build over 250 motor boats and 100 sailing boats over the years, along with being commissioned by Azimut-Benetti Group to build the Magellano 43 model.  In 2017 Sirena founded its Yachts segment with a range of explorer yachts designed by Cor D. Rover, with its first presented model being the 64.  Today the Sirena range features nine models including the upcoming entry 48 model, and the three 35M, 42M, and 50M models.  Sirena latest model is the 78 which launched and was presented in the fall of 2022.  Sirena new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Our Philosophy, News and Events, Dealers, Press, Contact Us, and Our Yachts.  Sirena is also on social media with a link to its Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube pages located at the bottom of the page. 
Production History:
64 2016-21 (37) German Frers design
56 / 58 2017-
88 2019- (13  *project 85
58 Coupe 2020-
68 2021-
78 2022- (5
48 2023- (20

April 15, 2023

Project: Princess S80

Princess announce the latest edition to their S Class sport-bridge range, with the new S80 project, set to launch in end 2023.  Designed by Pininfarina for exterior lines, Olesinski doing the naval engineering, and Princess design department joining all together the S80 is to be the new S-class range flagship replacing the 2018 launched S78. She is also the largest S model ever made, although Princess did make the V85-S from 2010 to 2012 sold in six units.  The S range launched in 2014 with the S72 and up until that time the sport bridge line was part of the V series with an S added at the end.  The Princess S80 will offer a four double cabin guest cabin accommodation layout with a crew cabin aft. Layout choices are available for the flybridge in dinette or with a low lounge table, on the main deck for an optional day head, and in the lower deck for the crew cabin offered with a small galley or a two cabin layout as option. The Princess S80 is to be powered by standard twin Man 1900hp, and or optional 2000hp with speeds going up to 34 knots with the large engine option.

April 14, 2023

Viking Yacht Catches Fire at Dry Dock in Fort Lauderdale

A 23 meter Viking sportfish yacht titled m/y Banjo went ablaze while dry docked in a yard to the North Southwest 20 Street and 18 Avenue, off the South Fork New River area in Fort Lauderdale on 0700 hours on the morning of Friday fourteen April.  Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department responded to the fire with five vehicles and multiple crews.  It was not reported if the yacht had any people or workers onboard when the fire started with this taking about two hours to control and extinguish, and no one accounted as injured in the fire.  Investigations are ongoing as why the fire started.
M/y Banjo is a 2012 Viking 76 Convertible.  Produced from 2009 to 19, the Viking 76 Convertible offers a five double stateroom four heads layout and is powered by twin 1825hp up to 2600hp engines for speeds of over forty knots. The 76 came out as a replacement to the 74 Convertible, and was replaced by the 80 Convertible in the fall of 2016.