July 31, 2023

Monthly News - July 2023

-pic of the month- Spencer Honour at Twentieth Carolina Boat Builders Tournament

Alva Yachts New COO

Alva Yachts, the German builder of luxury electric solar catamarans and sail boats, has announced marine specialist and former Oyster Yachts Chief Operating Officer, Peter Hamlyn, as its new COO based out of the brand’s Antalya shipyard.  Following a successful career which started at Princess Yachts in the late 1980s as an apprentice, right through to management spanning a thirty year service before moving to Fairline as Operations Director in 2018 and then Oyster in 2021, Peter joins Alva at an exciting time as it head towards its first Ocean ECO 60 getting on the water this autumn.  When asked what attracted him to the role at ALVA Peter said: “I met Alva’s CEO Holger Henn and our careers have taken almost identical paths both originally starting as carpenters. We share the same passion for the ocean, ethics and work culture and having spent three weeks on the road with Holger exploring every corner of Alva’s business from Antalya to Dubia, Bulgaria to the UK and Germany, I was inspired and excited to join the team.  “Having worked in the marine industry my whole life, teamed with my love of nature, I wanted to be a part of something great, something that would keep me in the marine sector but more responsibly. I’ve followed ALVA since the start and although its new technology and beautiful lines caught my attention, its innovation to move to full electric and hydrogen is something else and to me, this was a game changer for the industry.”  Holger Henn, CEO at Alva Yachts said of Peter’s appointment: “We are extremely happy to welcome Peter to the Alva family, his experience and knowledge in the industry is unmatched and everyone in the team is excited to work with him.”  Peter joins a new team at Alva consisting of experienced boat builders, engineers and technical experts which although in its infancy brings with it the advantage of not having a pre-existing culture of a much larger and well-established business.  “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to really create something great, something to be proud of, have fun whilst working hard, challenging the norm whilst building a sustainable future for our children and their children and feel strongly that it’s the right time to be giving back.  “Developing people is something I have always had a passion for, having been the first executive at Princess to be internally promoted from the shop floor. This precedence led the way for a culture of internal promotions and training. Alva’s yachts are still made with artisan skills, not robots and although there is higher tech than when I started my career, most of the work is still done by hand by a team with a real eye for perfection.”  Naturally Peter has his own boat, a Sea Ray SPX210 which he says is perfect to take his grandchildren out on and enjoy the Cornish coastline from his family’s base in Plymouth, Devon. With marine ingrained in the family’s blood, his youngest daughter looks after Princess’s apprentice program within its training academy and his son, having passed his marine engineering exams, also works at Princess building its new S75. Alva Yachts 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. The brand’s first Ocean ECO 60 is expected to take to the water this autumn with the Ocean ECO 90 following by the end of the year. It is also currently building the world’s first fuelless 90ft superyacht catamaran with wings, the Ocean ECO 90 H2 as well as the Ocean ECO 78.

Apreamare New North Italian Dealer 

Apreamare, the world renowned, historic shipyard designing and building boats since 1849, has signed a distribution agreement with Pedetti Yacht as the exclusive dealer for northern Italy. The dealership is a market pillar whose offices throughout Italy have distributed some of the most reputed international yachting brands since 1995.

Azimut Live Deliveries in Sicily

MarineMax Yachts attended Azimut's tweleft Annual Yachting Gala in Sicily, Italy, where they brought over fifty US customers with them to experience first-hand where the innovative design for these luxurious yachts originates from.  This Gala is an annual celebration of the Azimut brand, which brought owners worldwide together for three-days of social events. MarineMax Yachts also hosted two days of "Pre-Gala" festivities for their clients, filled with a luxury dining experience and an excursion to Mount Etna.  Two customers were fortunate enough to take delivery of their spectacular yachts while at the event. One being a Magellano 30M and a Grande 36M both yachts sold by MarineMax Yacht Center in Pompano Beach, Florida.  Mike Bader met his clients back at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2021. They owned a yacht at the time that they were looking to sell since it wasn't quite the right fit for them. Mike then guided them through the full Azimut display to discuss their options. About a year later, they decided on the new Magellano 30M. The owners embarked on their first outing with their yacht while in Sicily for the Azimut Yachting Gala, all thanks to the captain and crew that moved the boat from the factory in Viareggio to Sicily.  Janaina Pina met her client in 2013 at the Miami International Boat Show. He has owned five Azimut yachts since then and is a big enthusiast of the Azimut brand. He is from Columbia and an avid boater with a dream to have a delivery in the Mediterranean. With the help of MarineMax Yachts, they were able to make that happen for him. He took delivery of his Grande 36M during the Gala. He will bring his newest addition back to the US after his summer abroad.  With the excitement of deliveries in the air, two other customers joined in the fun while in Sicily, and they both decided to purchase a Fly 78 from MarineMax Yachts broker Charlie Helgeson. Charlie met the first couple three years ago at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show; they were looking to transition down from the northeast and wanted a boat to suit their new Florida lifestyle. They looked at several different size options, but they ultimately decided to hire a full-time captain so they could purchase their first Azimut, a FLY 68. But once they got to Sicily, the FLY 78 spoke to them, and they chose to upgrade right then and there.  Charlie met the other couple at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in 2022. They currently have a 37' Sea Ray at their new home in Fort Lauderdale and have used this boat to dip their toes into the boating lifestyle. Charlie then invited them to the Azimut Yachting Gala to get to know them and their boating needs a little more. Once they were in Italy, they considered the FLY 68 but ended up choosing the FLY 78 and are currently finalizing their décor selections. 

Beneteau and Volvo Share Hybrid Propulsion Data

Volvo Penta and Groupe Beneteau joined forces to host a collaborative, hands-on testing event for an innovative hybrid-electric experience in June. Developed with a third-party market research analyst, a formal questionnaire was used to capture actionable data the two companies will use as guidance towards the future boating experience. The goal was to seek feedback and input from a variety of consumer boating industry experts on how the hybrid-electric experience could shape the future of boating.  The event took place at the Volvo Penta Krossholmen Test Facility in Gothenburg, Sweden, and included boating media, dealers and customers. Guests were invited to participate in a conceptual boating experience that featured the strengths of both Volvo Penta and Groupe Beneteau Volvo Penta's hybrid-electric system integrated into a leisure boat that showcases the latest advances in sustainability, intuitive operation and near-silent cruising.  Along with the opportunity to engage with expert demos and hands-on test driving, guests were also interviewed exclusively one-on-one to capture for their reflections on the value of the hybrid-electric experience and how it could transform boating behaviour.  A stunning 72% of attendees indicated a high likelihood of choosing a hybrid-electric system for their next boat purchase after testing the vessel. This remarkable insight helps prove the trend toward market readiness for hybrid-electric boating solutions and may well forecast them as the next evolutionary step in sustainable boating.  The hybrid-electric boat featured by Volvo Penta and Groupe Beneteau presents no compromise, embodying the best of both worlds — the range and top speed of a conventional combustion engine vessel and the minimized carbon emissions of an electric driveline. It has a top speed of 35 knots and the ability to cruise up to 10 knots on electric power alone. The plug-in parallel hybrid features two Volvo Penta D4-320 engines alongside two 60 kW electric motors. The electric motors and combustion engines work together to deliver responsiveness and smooth acceleration boost.  Headline features include onboard battery banks that can store 67 kWh and a unique Human Machine Interface (HMI) that seamlessly switches among Electric, Hybrid and Power modes. This robust battery storage can expand the horizons of exploration, offering the opportunity to live off-grid, without running a generator or combustion engine, and explore otherwise-restricted areas, such as protected waters or near wildlife habitats. A fully integrated experience includes Volvo Penta Joystick Docking and Dynamic Positioning System in electric mode, for a fine-tuned level of precision and control.

Cranchi Celebrates Sweden Midsummer 2023

On 23rd June, to mark the summer solstice, Sweden celebrated Midsummer. The longest day of the year is celebrated outdoors with friends, amidst songs, toasts and picnics based on smoked or marinated salmon, herrings in brine and strawberries.
And the many archipelagos dotted along the Swedish coastline are the ideal destination for midsummer. We chose to take the advice of Johan Stübner, who works in Marstrand for Fair Marin, and headed out towards the evocative archipelago of Bohuslän on the west coast.
To “hop” from one island to the next, we chose the E30 Endurance, an elegant, practical walkaround. Easy to handle and offering excellent sailing performance, the E30 Endurance is equipped with everything you need for a perfect day at sea. And the longer the day, the more you can enjoy the style and features of the Cranchi yacht.

Feadship Unprecedented Peak Behind The Scenes

The seven-part podcast series explores the elusive and largely hidden world of pure custom creation and the future of superyachts. In the hierarchy of human wants, superyachts sit atop the luxury pyramid. Once modestly sized and human in scale, over the past twenty years yachts have grown exponentially into floating villages that typically top 100 metres in length. In terms of size, cost, complexity and prestige, today’s superyachts are rivalled only by private spacecraft. In ‘Feadship Uncovered’, journalist and writer John Weich explores why billionaires are willing to line up to own a Feadship, or, to avoid the waiting list, buy one second hand.

Ferretti Group Enters Tenth Monaco Energy Boat Challenge

Ferretti Group is taking part in the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge, the international event organized by the Monaco Yacht Club, from July 5 to 8, that brings together yachting world professionals for a week of performance tests and networking opportunities involving the entire industry.  Founded in 1953 by Prince Ranieri and led since 1984 by its president Prince Albert II, the Monaco Yacht Club, of which Ferretti Group is one of the historical main partners, has an ambitious plan to make Monaco the world capital of modern yachting by organizing around 30 international events in this sector, one them being the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge, which has a mission to bring together the best designs and the most virtuous companies in terms of sustainable innovation, with a focus on zero-emission propulsion projects in the recreational boating sector.  Young people and universities are the real protagonists of this event, which aims to raise awareness of increasing sustainability in the world of yachting, with the main aim of reducing emissions by leveraging research and innovation.  Ferretti Group participation, main partner of this event as well, is playing a dual role at the event, with Ferretti Group Head of Engineering and Design Nino Ascone providing content in the panel discussion entitled “Sustainability Transition: challenges, engagement & adoption”, planned for July 6 at 9 a.m., plus an adrenaline-pumping experience on the water with the Group's participation in the YCM E-Dock & YCM E-Boat Rally, an endurance event for electric yachts.  Representing the Group’s sustainability path is the Riva El-Iseo prototype, Riva’s first full-electric powerboat, presented to international markets in the magical 180th anniversary year celebrated by the brand that unites iconic status and tradition with the new challenges of sustainable progress. El-Iseo has a traditional stern drive propulsion system and an electric motor capable of delivering unprecedented speed and acceleration performance, with a top speed limited to 40 knots and an acceleration curve that is significantly better than conventional boats of the same size.  In recent weeks, in a further demonstration of its determination to continue in this direction, Ferretti Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Enel X Way to develop strategic solutions and services in the field of sustainable recreational boating in Italy. The first step in this collaboration is the installation of Enel X Way charging stations at the Group’s shipyards in Italy, starting with Sarnico on Lake Iseo.

Ferretti Group and Foransetti

Ferretti Group, a world leader in the design, construction and marketing of luxury yachts, has formed a high profile partnership with Fornasetti, the Italian brand internationally renowned for its iconic designs and artisan craftsmanship. This collaboration between luxury yachting and the unique aesthetic sensibility of Fornasetti stems from their shared passion for art and design, which is based on the pursuit of excellence and innovation to create a heritage of timeless refinement and beauty. One of the values that best defines the identity of both Ferretti Group and Fornasetti is in fact their Made in Italy culture, which translates into a commitment to offering prestige products that combine typically Italian elegance, style, creativity, top quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. Another key value underpinning the collaboration is the concept of made-to-measure, which Custom Line, Riva and Fornasetti apply in every project they undertake to ensure their customers enjoy a unique aesthetic experience that reflects their tastes and personality. Of the seven brands making up Ferretti Group’s broad portfolio, Custom Line has for nearly 30 years been designing and building contemporary superyachts in composite materials or aluminium that are completely made-to-measure, with custom interiors reflecting the owner’s desires, character and approach to the sea. Advanced technology and ingenious functional solutions go hand in hand with the brand’s inimitable design to create distinctive and stylish yachts that deliver impeccable quality and attention to detail. As has been the case for over 180 years with the yachts built by Riva, the Ferretti Group brand known the world over as an emblem of elegance, excellence, beauty and iconic appeal. Respect for tradition and the ability to build on its invaluable heritage work together with a strong commitment to innovation and untiring pursuit of excellence to produce masterpieces of naval art. This is the world now joined by the fascinating creative forge that is Fornasetti, which set out in 1940 to realise its dream of endowing everyday objects with high cultural value and of using decoration to send out an artistic message. In doing so, Fornasetti has over the years created its own visual language, one that is unique in its refined artistic style formed of imagination, humour, nostalgia, metaphor and allusion, and capable of transforming furniture, accessories and ceramics into original ‘conversation pieces’. Everything in this Milan atelier is still exclusively handmade by skilled artisans in annual limited editions, using a process that ensures each product is a stunning art multiple. So, Fornasetti’s decorative art joins Ferretti Group’s luxury yachting universe to create elegant and original ambiences that will give customers an exclusive and immersive experience. It’s here that the design and craft work associated with the Atelier’s “thinking with your hands” approach come together to produce floating works of art. As a result of this collaboration, the interior design of the private room at Riva’s La Spezia shipyard features Fornasetti furniture and accessories. In this way, a shipyard renowned for excellence in luxury yacht building becomes a meeting point at the intersection of art, design and navigation. Riva and Custom Line’s partnership with Fornasetti opens a new chapter in the history of Italian design, and in the coming months will be presenting surprising new projects that promote creativity and craftsmanship.

Jarrett Bay Blazing Tournament Trails

Many Jarrett Bay boats and their crews are hitting the leaderboards on the tournament circuit from the Atlantic Coast to Bermuda and beyond!  Bermuda Triple Crown; Hull 59 Builder's Choice takes first place overall, Bermuda Big Game Classic Hull 48 Iron Leader 1st place, Game Fish Bermuda Billfish Blast  Hull 54 Waste Knot third overall, Bermuda Billfish Blast  Hull 59 Builder's Choice second overall, .and Bermuda Billfish Release Cup Hull 54 Waste Knot second overall.  Jarrett Bay was also successful at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.  Over twenty of the 271 boats fishing the 65th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament were custom Jarrett Bays. By the end of the tournament, several of these Jarrett Bay teams claimed over $800,000 of the total tournament purse of $5,835,075!  Congratulations continue to Capt. John Thompson and the crew of Hull 52 TLC for being named returning champions at Jimmy Johnson's Quest for the Ring Atlantic City Championship Fishing Week. Their 568 lb blue marlin, 70.5 lb white marlin and a strong showing in the release category helped them secure the win and a sweet $474,412.50 prize!  While the crew of the Jarrett Bay 48 Express, Freddy Joe takes first place at the Montauk Canyon Challenge with a 138 lb big eye, 101 lb yellow fin and a 42 lb mahi.

Pardo Celebrates Fifty Years

Not many nautical brands can boast of a career as long and successful as that of Cantiere del Pardo, which, after writing 50 years of yachting history, is still an international point of reference and a business model for future generations.  Established in 1973 from the vision and passion of Giuseppe Giuliani Ricci, and today firmly steered by the CEO Fabio Planamente and by the President Gigi Servidati, Cantiere del Pardo is the perfect example of a successful Italian company which, thanks to its deep and solid roots, has looked to the future and risen to new challenges with confidence, always combining innovation and tradition.  With three days full of events, the celebrations of Cantiere del Pardo are beginning in Portopiccolo, Trieste, to mark 50 years of activity and successes for this shipyard, which in 2023 still has same appeal it had at its début.  From the 23rd to the 25th of June Cantiere del Pardo gathered around designers, dealers from all over the world (from Thailand to the United States), leading personalities in the yachting industry and above all shipowners, Italian and beyond, to pay homage to a company that has been able to build a successful story step by step. The celebrations opened with an exciting Gala dinner, held in the beautiful setting of the Sistiana Bay, and then continued, on the following days, with two moments of aggregation, fun and healthy competition: the traditional Grand Soleil Cup, at its 21st edition, and for the first time ever the Pardo Water Rally.  

Pearl Yachts Celebrates 25 Years

Pearl Yachts celebrated its 25th anniversary alongside Mallorca Marine Group, the brand’s longest established dealer. From the 28th to the 30th of July, the Rendez vous at Puerto Portals’ famed marina gathered the brand and community, as well as the fleet, to put Pearl on display like never before. Specifically, guests were invited on board the Pearl 62, the new Pearl 72, and the Pearl 95 to discover the British builders’ latest lineup. Anticipation of the upcoming Pearl 82 launch fed into the celebration as well, with exclusive previews of the new model.  Pearl was first conceived in 1998 when Iain Smallridge, an experienced captain, and John Yarnold, a local businessman, began building 41’ and 45’ aft cabin yachts to compete with the best yacht builders in the world. In 2003, Margaret & Tony Whittaker, entrepreneurs, and yachting enthusiasts, decided to invest in the brand and brought their vision to produce a range of sleek, stylish flybridge yachts to attract the most discerning Mediterranean yacht buyers. The new range became reality, starting with the Pearl 55. Pearl Yachts Owner, Margaret Whitaker OBE emotionally explained, “To see our efforts manifest over two and a half decades has put the whole Pearl family in the mood to celebrate. I couldn’t be prouder of the team, not just for where we stand today, but also when I think back over the years. We faced challenges, defied the odds, and carved out a new enclave in the yachting sector, which I can confidently compare to any brand on the market today. There’s no feeling like the creeping sense that what we have built is here to stay, that this dream isn’t going to end – and it’s because we dreamed it together.”  The development and growth of Pearl took off with world-renowned Bill Dixon as naval architect and Kelly Hoppen CBE as the interior designer exclusive to Pearl. In fact, Pearl has pushed the boundaries of design from the beginning by finding creative ways to offer a unique combination of features in every model. The advantages of the brands exclusive design team became clear, pushing Pearl into direct competition with the largest producers of flybridges in the world and earning a flurry of awards across various categories at the same time. While the shipyard maintains its commitment to fully designing and producing each model as a boutique, the range has steadily shifted upwards toward larger dimensions. The growing recognition of the latest generation has awakened curiosity about whether Pearl will break through 100 feet, applying the brand’s transformative design philosophy deep into the superyacht market.  Commenting on the important milestone, Pearl Yachts Managing Director Iain Smallridge said, “Pearl’s 25th Anniversary has come along at an important time in our history. There’s so much movement, and we keep taking risks, seeing results. The latest generation of Pearls is having such an impact because of the path we’ve taken to this point, and this event was the perfect opportunity to get together and show our appreciation, remember the past, and talk about the future.”

Riva Lounge Back at Porto Cervo

As every owner, fan and dreamer knows full well, the word Riva immediately conjures up an image of crystal clear water, amazing views and summer days spent in locations to die for.  Locations like the gorgeous Costa Smeralda, which sets the scene again this summer for Riva’s magnetic appeal and signature style at the Riva Lounge, back for the third year running against the magnificent backdrop of the Porto Cervo Waterfront in Sardinia.  With the glamorous allure and appeal of every Riva Destination – in exclusive locations around the world such as Venice, Monte Carlo, Paris, Mykonos, Opatija and Palm Beach – the Riva Lounge in Porto Cervo offers guests a high-class atmosphere for refined cocktails with a view out to sea. The Lounge is decorated in the unique 1950s Dolce Vita style that has always inspired yachting enthusiasts and lovers of beauty, enriched with furnishings and signature details typically found on Riva boats, like the chrome, the steel, the mahogany and the famous aquamarine cushions.  With its inviting and sophisticated design, the Porto Cervo Riva Lounge embodies the “Riva inside, inside Riva” concept that extends the brand’s values beyond yachting, offering a taste of the legendary appeal of the world’s most famous boats on dry land too. The Lounge also has a corner dedicated to the Riva Boutique, the collection of unique and original objects featuring the brand's hallmark style, which can also be purchased online from www.rivaboutique.it. Rounding out the experience, Riva Lounge guests will also find cocktails and drinks named after the brand’s iconic yachts, prepared by talented mixologists inspired by local excellence.  Officially opened on June 24 in partnership with the Costa Smeralda Waterfront, in an initiative promoted by Smeralda Holding, the Riva Lounge will welcome guests until Sunday September 3rd. The amazing location, with a new design penned by Gio Pagani, also features some prestigious names from the world of international luxury, as well as the refined Ferretti Group VIP Lounge and the Range Rover House by Ferretti Group’s top tier automotive partner.

Riviera Announces New Apprenticeship Opportunities

Riviera is now offering Year 11 and 12 school students and those interested in a full-time apprenticeship an outstanding opportunity to explore a career in the growing and fulfilling marine industry with Australia's largest luxury motor yacht builder.  The opportunity to choose from a wide range of trades is available from marine craft construction and polymer processing to cabinetmaking, upholstery, electrical and engineering.  This month, aspiring apprentices can see and learn more during three fact-filled information evenings held at the Riviera facility at Coomera on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The first evening on Tuesday 11th is fully booked, with places currently available for Wednesday, July 19 and Thursday, July 27. The information evenings begin at 5.30pm and provide an early opportunity for year 11 and 12 school students to consider a marine industry career starting in January 2024.  For people considering a full-time apprenticeship, these evenings provide a chance to better understand the immediate start opportunities that are on offer with Riviera in polymer processing (composites) and marine craft construction. These are the skills required to create every element of a luxury motor yacht, from hulls and decks to hard tops and small parts.  The Riviera apprentice training program has been long recognised for its excellence, receiving state and national industry and government awards. Hundreds of craftspeople have graduated from the program since its inception, many of whom have also received individual awards for their excellence.  The Riviera training program offers so much more than an apprenticeship. Many additional personal development training courses form part of this unique apprenticeship opportunity, teaching leadership, life and business skills that will stay with graduates throughout their life.  Riviera's owner, Rodney Longhurst, says school grades are less important than a great attitude, eagerness to learn from the best master craftspeople and willingness to grow in a selected trade.  As well as learning about the career opportunities, attendees will tour the factory during the information evening to see first-hand how Riviera's luxury yachts are built and the variety of skills involved in creating them.  They will hear from a number of men and women who began their careers as first-year and school-based apprentices with the company.  Advice will also be offered during the information sessions on how to apply for a Riviera apprenticeship to ensure the best possible chance of selection.  Year 11 students have the opportunity of a week of work experience in the September/October 2023 school holidays as a step towards a school-based apprenticeship in Year 12 that involves one day of work with Riviera each week in the first year.  Students currently in Year 12 may apply for full-time apprenticeship to begin in January 2024.

Sabre and Back Cove and Serendipity

In a serendipitous turn of events, a yacht broker from Connecticut played a part in reuniting a historic guitar with its maker.  Sabre and Back Cove Yachts recently hosted itsr dealer meeting in Nashville, TN with representatives from our dealerships around the country and the world.  Why did a Maine-based boatbuilder host an event in Nashville? Well, there are a couple good reasons! The first is that logistically-speaking, it is a relatively central location as Sabre and Back Cove have a strong network of dealers all over. Secondly, and much more interestingly, there is a family connection between Sabre and Back Cove and Gibson. The Chairman, Daniel Zilkha, has lead Sabre since the early 1990’s and Back Cove since its inception, while his son, Nat Zilkha, is the current Chairman of Gibson Guitars. Talk about a really neat connection between two iconic American manufacturing brands from very different industries!  Part of the trip included a night at the Gibson Garage to celebrate dealers and give out the Dealer and Broker of the Year awards. As a part of the evening, we were treated to an incredible behind the scenes tour of the Garage with Mark Agnesi, Gibson’s Director of Brand Experience. One of the folks on the tour was the 2023 Back Cove Broker of the Year, Joe Nadeau, from Petzold’s Marine Center in CT. Joe was also part of the group that toured the Gibson manufacturing facility while we were in town.

Spencer Honour at Twentieth Carolina Boat Builders Tournament 

“To be recognized by my peers is one of my greatest accomplishments.”  - Paul Spencer.  Paul was honoured to be  introduced by fellow boat builder and friend Paul Mann at the 20th annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament where he was presented with the first print of artist Steve Goione’s custom rendering of Paul’s 100th build “Centurion” by the artist himself,  Steve also surprised Paul with the first print of Paul’s 1st build, currently named “Bi-Op-Sea”.  The owners of the boat were kind enough to allow Paul to have the first print. 

Sunreef Industrial Expansion

With two shipyards in Gdansk, Poland, Sunreef Yachts boasts over 125 000m2 of industrial surface, with an infrastructure fully equipped for inhouse yacht manufacturing. Join the company on a private video tour of the offices, R&D lab, production halls, CNC hall, mast workshop, launching pool, ultramodern paint shop, upholstery workshop, and carpentry. Currently employing 2400 people, the Gdansk facility will see further developments in the near future.  Sunreef Yachts is currently developing a 65,000m2 new manufacturing facility in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates. Partly operational, it currently employs 120 people and will initially focus on the production of Sunreef Yachts’ new ULTIMA range of hybrid catamarans.  The RAK facility is using state of the art machinery, including the latest robotics. The site will be fully operational in September. The RAK shipyard works hand in hand with the company’s Dubai office, officially inaugurated during the Dubai International Boat Show.  

Sunreef Wins DNA Paris Award

The Sunreef 80 Eco, has been honoured with the prestigious DNA Paris Design Award in the category of Responsible Product Design.  DNA Paris Design Award is bestowed upon companies and individuals that exemplify exceptional creativity, design excellence, and a strong dedication to environmental responsibility.   The Sunreef 80 Eco is a remarkable sailing catamaran that embodies the perfect harmony between luxury and eco-consciousness. With its cutting-edge technology and innovative design solutions, the Sunreef 80 Eco sets new standards in responsible yacht manufacturing. This vessel incorporates advanced sustainable solutions, such as a revolutionary solar power system, state-of-the-art batteries, and electric propulsion systems, to offer the most responsible yachting experience in the world. 

Tankoa Adds Production Space

With ongoing commercial success, Tankoa continues to invest in and expand its construction facilities. To this end, it has acquired a plot of land in Genoa adjacent to the existing infrastructure. The area includes around 3,000m2 of covered space that will be dedicated to specialist carpentry, painting, joinery and the production of custom pools branded Tankoa. In addition, the shipyard is working on the construction of new administrative, technical and production offices. Last but not least, there is a plan for more production space by reorganising two existing sheds to have three yachts under construction simultaneously together with adjacent production offices.  Tankoa is doing everything possible to build around four/five units a year – and maintain high quality standards – while the search continues for an additional production site.  “It has been a very busy but rewarding few months for Tankoa with these new sales,” says Vincenzo Poerio, CEO at Tankoa Yachts. “That has created more pressure to expand our production capacity and we are making good progress in that direction with the latest acquisition in Genoa and other opportunities in the pipeline.”

Viking Manufacturing Visit

The team from boats.com recently visited Viking's two New Jersey plants to film their “Factory Fridays” feature, getting a first-hand look at how we build a better boat every day. Above: Their two-day stay began with Vice President of Design and Engineering, Lonni Rutt, showing reporter and show host Marilyn DeMartini our quarter-mile-long New Gretna plant, where we build Vikings from 38 to 90 feet and the Valhalla 55. On the second day, Viking Mullica General Manager John Leek IV brought the crew through our dedicated manufacturing facility for the V-33, V-37, V-41 and V-46. “We were so impressed with the size, scope and efficiency of the Viking operation and the hospitality of this 60-year, three-generation business,” says Marilyn. “The Healey family has been such a great leader in the marine industry, and we’ll enjoy sharing their story!” The Viking/Valhalla feature is scheduled to be released on boats.com in the coming weeks. Thank you to Marilyn and her crew for showcasing the magic behind Viking and Valhalla.

Viking Flying Records

The Viking Demo team is firing on all cylinders. The Viking 64 with captain Sean Dooley at the helm broke the one-day South Carolina state record with five blues in one day but it didn’t stop there. They released a total of 26 sails and seven blues in four days of fishing. Viking have two demos running this summer with the 64 joined by a Viking 80.

Viking Bermuda Billfish Blast

The Viking 68 Enclosed Bridge Unbridled claimed the Heaviest Gamefish at the Bermuda Billfish Blast. Captain Andy Morris put Ryan Small on a 46-pound wahoo for the honors. The 37-team field of 218 anglers caught 139 billfish during the event, including 108 blue marlin and 31 white marlin over three days of fishing. Thanks to our friends at Out Your Front Door for the great shot.

Viking at Los Cabos Release

Tag Team, a Viking 80, won the inaugural Los Cabos Release tournament. The crew released a dozen striped marlin during the single-day event. Over 20 teams fished this tourney, dedicated to leveling the game by only trolling dead bait and lures. All boats must be trolling forward when baiting and casting bait. Fishing from the bow is banned.

Viking at Blue Marlin Grand Championship

A Work of Art emerged victorious after angler Kevin Courville reeled in a blue marlin weighing 597.4 pounds. Captain Jason Buck, behind the wheel of Art Favre’s Viking 92, put Kevin on the 120.5-inch fish that he fought for two hours– in a thunderstorm! This team is the first repeat winner having also won the inaugural event in 2012 – with Kevin reeling in that winning fish, too. Every marlin weighed was donated to Cooper Farm, where volunteers processed the fish to provide food for families in need.  “The first time was phenomenal,” said Art. “But this time, 11 years later, it’s been even greater. The competition’s much more difficult; the quality of the other anglers and the captains has increased. And the boats are bigger, better and faster.”  The Top Release Boat was the Viking 72 Team Supreme. Alex Krake released six blue marlin for the win. Quick Time, a Viking 70, claimed 3rd Place Release Boat with Robert Burroughs' four blue marlin and one white marlin.  Reel Fire, a Viking 76, weighed the 2nd Heaviest Wahoo with Travis Dorland’s 32.4-pound fish. This was the final leg of the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series – more on that next week!

Viking at Oak Bluffs Bluewater Classic

No Mercy, a Viking 55, added some hardware to their trophy case with 1st Place Overall Points and 3rd Place Billfish Points at the Oak Bluffs Bluewater Classic. Jeff Feuerman and his team released three blue marlin and one white marlin while also weighing a pair of big eyes and pair of yellowfin. The team also weighed the 3rd Place Wahoo at 67 pounds.  Second Place Boat was George Robinson’s Viking 64 Polarizer, which also claimed 2nd Place Billfish Points. But there’s more! Polarizer completed a historic Super Grand Slam – releasing a blue marlin, white marlin, swordfish and spearfish within 24 hours. The second storyline is that George reported the spearfish he released was a longbill spearfish, knowing that in the Oak Bluffs rules, only roundscale spearfish qualify. This honest reporting essentially moved Polarizer from 1st Place to 2nd Place. Longbill spearfish is an incredibly rare catch in the Northern Atlantic, so tournament directors sent the catch video to four independent marine biologists for verification – and it was indeed confirmed.  Tom Ripley’s Valhalla 46 Summersalt claimed 3rd Place Overall Points. The team released two blue marlin, three white marlin, as well as half a dozen meatfish.  John Clark, Top Junior Angler, caught the Heaviest Swordfish at 144 pounds. John was fishing on the Viking 58 Strictly Business. Gypsea, a Viking 66, caught the 1st Place Tuna with a 245-pound bigeye and the 1st Place Mahi, a 17.3-pound fish. The Viking 38 Playing Hooky weighed the 2nd Place Tuna at 225 pounds. Second Place Mahi was a 14.8-pound fish caught on the Viking 66 Reel Crazy. Lady Lisa, a Viking 55, claimed the 3rd Place Swordfish at 97 pounds and the Heaviest Wahoo, an 86-pound ‘hoo.  Sixty boats competed off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.

Viking at Offshore Showdown

Krazy Salt’s led the leaderboard at South Jersey Yacht Sales’ Offshore Showdown. The Anderson family’s Viking 80 claimed 1st Places in Overall Points, White Marlin Points and Tuna Points. John Allen weighed the 2nd Place Tuna at 78 pounds. Top Male Angler Points was awarded to Jack Kraczewski with teammate Dan Daddit taking 2nd Place.  Second Place Overall Points went to the Viking 61 Good Chemistry. Fifteen-year-old Asha Chakrabarti caught the Heaviest Tuna with a 167-pound bigeye. This helped the team clinch the 2nd Place Tuna Points award and secure the Top Junior Female Angler title for Asha.  The Sport Fishing Championship’s Katie Sawyer interviewed Asha prior to the event. The passionate angler revealed that a bigeye was her targeted fish this summer. Goal met!  Viking 54 Irish Ayes angler Jay Pomante hooked the Heaviest Dolphin at 17 pounds, while Norm Gearhart on the Viking 64 Judge had the 3rd Place Dolphin. Roxanne Clubb, fishing on the Viking 50 Chain Reaction, weighed the 3rd Heaviest Tuna at 58 pounds.

Viking Triple Crown Champs

Marlin tournament season in the Gulf of Mexico means big fish and a serious adrenaline rush, and nowhere is that feeling more apparent than in the esteemed Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship Series.  This year’s grand champ is the crew on the recently delivered Viking 72 Team Supreme. The team hit their stride at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic and never looked back. Allen Krake released two blue marlin and Allen Krake Jr. a single to put the team on the leaderboard. The blues earned Team Supreme a 3rd Place Release title.  Allen was back at it with a pair of blue releases, while Alex Krake added one at the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. Then, at the final event in the series, the Blue Marlin Grand Championship, Alex released five blue marlin and boated a 113-inch blue in just nine hours of fishing. And he added another the following day. This incredible feat propelled the team to 1st Place Release Boat and clinched the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship for Team Supreme.  “I’m so happy for my Pops,” said Allen Jr. “This was a dream for him since we started fishing the circuit. It was a team effort all season, and we came together and fought till the last blue marlin was tagged!”  The Krake family and Captain Chase Lake have had an outstanding season with their new boat. “What an outstanding season for Team Supreme with their new boat,” said Carmine Galati of Galati Yacht Sales. “It’s awesome to see a great team at work, especially father and son fishing together – both great anglers. Team Supreme is a first-class operation.”  Briar Patch, a Viking 68, claimed 3rd Place in the Triple Crown standings. At the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, they were the only team in the 42-boat fleet to release three blue marlin – winning the Release category. During the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic captain Corey Hurst put Mitchell Rielley on a 544.2-pound 4th Place Blue Marlin – and the team released a blue at the Emerald Coast Billfish Classic.  The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship consists of four billfish tournaments in which teams accumulate points. The tourneys include the Orange Beach Billfish Classic, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic and the Blue Marlin Grand Championship.

Viking at JJ Fish Week

Viking had some wild days in its own backyard as Jimmy Johnson’s Atlantic City Quest for the Ring Championship Fishing Week drew 80 battlewagons to the shore resort. Winning the White Marlin category was the Viking 80 demo. Captain Sean Dooley put Thomas “Smalls” Garmany on the 72.25-inch fish that weighed 69.8 pounds – more than five pounds heavier than last year’s winning white. They also took 2nd Place Overall. With Captain Bill Davis behind the wheel, George Robinson’s Viking 64 Polarizer claimed Top Release Boat and 2nd Place High Point Boat. The team released a blue marlin and four whites while George also weighed the Heaviest Dolphin of the event with a 29.1-pound fish. Good to Go, a Viking 61, weighed the 2nd Place Tuna with Brendan Taylor’s 165-pound bigeye.  As part of a community initiative, Fish Week hosted a filet station at the scale where teams donated catches for the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City.

Viking at Lone Star Shootout

Fishing on his Viking 55 Desperado, Dane Braun weighed the heaviest blue marlin (above) at the Lone Star Shootout. Captain Andy Hollen was at the helm when the 703-pound blue struck. Sam Rasberry hooked the 2nd Place Blue Marlin aboard his Viking 74 Draggin’ Up. Sam’s fish weighed 576.5 pounds.  Instigator, a Viking 70 owned by Josh Owens, took 3rd in the Overall Boat and Release Boat divisions. The team released two blue marlin, five white marlin and three sailfish for the honors.  The Top Dolphin was 34 pounds – caught by Jonathan Williams on the Viking 45 True Story, while 2nd Place went to Viking 65 Relentless angler Jordan Zimmerman with a 32-pound fish.  Jeff Schmidt on the Viking 52 Say When weighed the 1st Place Wahoo at 36 pounds and Bobby Walters, fishing on Relentless, claimed the 2nd Place.  Mason Jones hooked the Top Tuna at 67 pounds while fishing on the Viking 62 Big Torch. Second Place Tuna was a 55-pound fish angled by Clift Thomas on the Viking 68 Mine Time.

Zeelander Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

In 2002, Sietse Koopmans was looking for the yacht of his dreams. After exploring every option available on the market, he came to a realisation – everything else fell short. The only way to make his dream a reality, he decided, was to build it himself. Zeelander was born, and with it came the arrival of an iconic design that was engineered and built to a new benchmark.  This year, the boutique builder of exquisite motor yachts from 14.7 metres to 20.3 metres is celebrating 20 years at the pinnacle of handcrafted excellence. Combining the finest Dutch artisanal boatbuilding skills with exceptional design and engineering, and built in limited numbers at Zeelander’s state-of-the-art production facilities in the Netherlands, Zeelander yachts are admired and desired the world over for their elegant curves, luxury of finish and finesse, and unmatched comfort both at anchor and under way.  The range that began with the award-winning Z44 and Z55 now comprises three models, each carrying the same design cues and DNA as the originals. There’s the new Zeelander 5, at 14.7 metres, which is a subtle evolution of the Z44; the 17-metre Zeelander 6 serves as the ultimate weekender; and the 20.3-metre Zeelander 7 offers sublime cruising in a cocoon of comfort. They will soon be joined by a divine sibling, the details of which will be announced in due course.

Zeelander Golf Open 2023

A group of selected guests took part in an exclusive Zeelander golf event, held on the estate of Zeelander founder Sietse Koopmans.  Zeelander looks back at a successful first edition and look forward to organizing the Zeelander Open 2024.

July 30, 2023

Boat Ends on Breakwater in Loano

A fourteen meter sport cruiser ended aground on the nearabouts of the Marina di Loano breakwater on Sunday thirtieth July at around 1600 hours.  The helmsman and crew reported the accident, with the sport cruiser becoming immobilized from moving after hitting low water in close proximity to the marina entrance.  Immediate the assistance of the Italian Guardia Costiera, who helped the guests onboard to safety and later organized the operation to remove and take the sport cruiser to the Marina Loano shipyard for lift out for inspection and eventual repair. 
The sport cruiser in this grounding is a 1988 Giorgi 46 Open modified with custom hard-top.  A model released in 1987 to a design of Fulvio de Simoni and Gianni de Canio, the Giorgi 46 Open was born as the X 13S project, and was in its launch an innovative sport cruiser for offering three double cabins and clean lines. Thanks to this she was a good seller, competing in sales in those times with the slightly smaller also De Simoni designed Pershing 45. The Giorgi 46 was produced till 1996, with the Pesaro shipyard closing its doors in 1998, until the name is sold in the early noughties.

Motor Cruiser Saved from Sinking Near Varazze

An eight meter Starfisher motor cruiser with three persons onboard was sinking while cruising in nearby to Varazze on the early morning of Sunday thirtieth July.  The flybridge cruiser was taking water while risking to sink with the Italian coast guard towing and beaching the boat in the Nautilus bathing area further to the east of Varazze.  An ambulance was also called but the three occupants where all in a healthy condition.
The flybridge cruiser in this near sinking is a Starfisher 27HT fully enclosed express cruiser.  Released in 2008 the Starfisher 27HT offers a two plus two cabin layout and is powered by twin 260hp and 315hp diesel engines in line shaft propulsion.  The Starfisher 27HT is still produced today.

Project: Nordhavn 112

The next Nordhavn to be introduced to the market just might be an ultra-versatile 112-footer. Nordhavn Chief of Design Jeff Leishman has drawn the lines for a super yacht with all the amenities, features and luxuries of larger yachts but one which levels down in manageability requirements. The idea for this super yacht came when Leishman recognized a gaping difference between the Nordhavn 120 and its sistership closest in size, the 96, after the two models were docked alongside one another. The Nordhavn 120, while a masterpiece in style and function, is potentially intimidating to some buyers who don’t want the necessity of taking on a full crew to operate. Additionally, with the a huge trend of Nordhavn buyers who move up in size within the brand, the jump from 96 or even 100 feet to 120 feet was too considerable. Leishman says the key to the Nordhavn 112 is keeping it under 400 gross tons, the limit for which many systems and operations requirements are more manageable. He envisions only a small crew needed to help run the super yacht. Like most Nordhavns, it will be a full displacement hull with the capacity to carry enough fuel for transoceanic voyages. Leishman said he focused on creating outside areas for lounging and mimicked balcony-esque deck spaces found on larger mega-yachts, by way of incorporating folding bulwarks. There are also plans for a large spa tub on the flybridge and a grand lounging area forward of the pilothouse. On the aft deck behind the pilot house will be room to carry up to an eight meter tender plus a small inflatable and jet skis. She’ll also be fitted with a gym and beach-style swim step. In its current configuration the Nordhavn 112 has four queen guest cabins and one large owners’ suite, accommodations for up to six crew and a total of 10 heads. The Nordhavn 112 will be built out of steel, eliminating the considerable time and expense that FRP tooling requires, and allowing delivery of hull number on a much friendlier time schedule. Leishman also said that design change are much easier to accomplish with steel hulls. The super structure could possibly be constructed of aluminum or even FRP. Currently, Leishman and the Nordhavn design team are searching for a factory to construct the Nordhavn 112, honing in on European yards that specialize in steel construction. The first hull will be built on order.

July 29, 2023

Sad News Cujo Sinks Near Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Motor yacht Cujo, a one off very special Baglietto 20M which was cruising with seven persons onboard sank just about seventeen nautical miles from Beaulieu-sur-Mer on the early afternoon of Saturday 29 July.  As reported by the Gendermerie des Alpes-Maritimes, Cujo called a May-Day on 12:30 hours of 29 July reporting that the yacht is taking water fast and in danger of sinking, with French coast guard arriving on the scene and the crew assisted by a sailboat which was nearby in the area.  The seven guests and crew onboard Cujo were safe, unharmed with no injuries, and in good health and where later transported to Bealieu-sur-Mer.  Cujo sank in a depth of over seven hundred meters with French Gendermerie reporting no pollution, although they are monitoring the situation as the yacht was reported carrying around seven thousand litres of diesel fuel.
Cujo was a special one-off Baglietto 20M ordered by California Porsche dealer Johnny Von Neumann a repeat client of the Varazze shipyard who wanted something fast and unique.  For this Baglietto build this one off 20M with a unique super structure and twin 1350hp CRM engines reaching speeds over forty knots in 1972.  After Neumann, Cujo was sold to Adnan Khashoggi who then passed the yacht to nephew Dodi Al-Fayed who refitted her at CARM Shipyard in Lavagna.  It is in this ownership that Cujo becomes famous, thanks to it being paparazzied with Dodi and Diana in Summer 1997 in the Italian and French Riviera's.  Following Dodi and Diana deaths Cujo will be decommissioned in 1999, until Al-Fayed cousin Moody rediscovers it in 2015 and spends over a million in a refit including upgrading the CRMs to 1650hp.  After this the boat is sold in a bid to Simon Kidston in 2020, with him selling in auction less to a year to an Italian noble family.
This is a sad day for motorboat enthusiasts as Cujo was one of the most special yachts around, a jewel made by Baglietto on the successful 20M platform which warps time like a black hole.  Rest in Peace Cujo, until memory serves me you will not be forgotten!

New Model: Riva 82 Diva

Creative genius never rests and Riva, a globally famed nautical icon, has been a perfect demonstration of this for over 180 years. A creative forge turning out iconic boats from eight to fifty meters in length, every one unique but all sharing the signature aquamarine blue that makes them unmistakeable, Riva once again shows its extraordinary creative vitality by launching Riva 82’ Diva, the new flybridge built to open a new chapter in the history of the category. Launched in La Spezia, at the shipyard where 76-to-130-foot models are built, the Riva 82 Diva joins the sumptuous range of flybridges, like current successes from the 90 Argo, 102 Corsaro Super, 110 Dolcevita and 130 Bellissima – bringing to market not only a new boat size but also a revolutionary approach to the use of space. Like the splendid creations that have preceded it in the last 27 years, Riva 82 Diva bears the unmistakeable mark of Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, founders of Officina Italiana Design, in collaboration with the Strategic Product Committee led by Piero Ferrari and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department. Riva 82’ Diva offers a new concept of both interior and exterior space, in which each environment is masterfully designed to optimise its use of space and functionality. The outdoor areas are undoubtedly the key focus of this yacht, designed to put guests in close contact with the sea and let them enjoy the cruising experience in spaces of unprecedented dimensions for the category, starting with the forty-square-meter flybridge, one of the largest for this size of yacht. Thanks to these generous dimensions, each living area on a Riva 82 Diva flybridge has its own dedicated space: the lounge with dinette and bar in the centre, protected by a carbon fibre hard top with glass panels, the sunbathing area forward and another lounge area aft. Down on the main deck is the boat’s main attraction, the spacious stern beach club characterised by two large bulwarks that swing down to create lateral terraces, increasing the area’s width by three meters. In the centre of the beach club, under the large sundeck, a garage can accommodate a jet tender of up to 3.45 meters and a Seabob. Forward of the beach club is the raised cockpit fitted with facing sea-view sofas, providing an unprecedented living area of nearly 35 square metres. The interiors offer new solutions combining the best in terms of design and comfort: in the saloon, the cockpit-level living space precedes the panoramic dining area, which is raised to mark out the settings visually without actually separating them. The galley, which leads to the helm station and, via the port-side external walkway, to the forward lounge area, is at the forward end of the main deck and is designed either to be closed off from or to open out onto the dining area in order to create a seamless space. Even the stair well connecting to the flybridge is part of the decor thanks to glass walls that dissolve the visual barrier between interior and exterior. The lower deck has four cabins; three guest cabins with ensuite bathroom and the full-beam owner’s cabin at midships.  The crew quarters has two separate cabins with a total of three beds, are amidships and accessed by a dedicated walkway on the side of the superstructure to guarantee complete privacy for both the owner and guests. With an overall length of more than 25 meters and a maximum beam of over six, the agile beauty of Riva 82 Diva is simply unique. The unmistakeable features of her predecessors such as the low and sporty profile of the superstructure, innovative new solutions like the higher and safer lateral gunwales with painted composite profiles instead of traditional stainless steel handrails, to breathe life into a yacht without precedent. The new Riva 82 Diva is powered by a pair of MAN 1800hp as standard or 1900hp optional engines.  The standard units deliver a top speed of 29 knots, with the larger motors giving up to 31 knots and a cruising speed of 27. The first Riva 82 Diva will make its official debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2023.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25,29 m (83ft)
Hull Length - 22.5 m
Beam - 6.08 m
Draft - 1.90 m
Displacement - 90 gt *volume
Fuel Capacity -  
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, four crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1800hp, or V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 29 knots max 26 cruise with 1800hp, 31 max 27 cruise with 1900hp
Project - Mauro Micheli Sergio Berretta Officina Italiana Design, Ferretti Group engineering
Certification - CE A

July 28, 2023

Cranchi Cruiser Partly Sinks Near Civitavecchia

A ten meter Cranchi sport cruiser with three French persons ended aground while having its hull breached during navigation near to Civitavecchia in the late afternoon of Friday 28 July.  The Cranchi sport cruiser was reported coming from Argentario, when apparently it had problems to one engine which stopped working, and then finishing beached and taking water in La Marina area to the South of Civitavecchia large commercial harbour.  The French boaters were later assisted at around midnight by the Civitavecchia fire fighting squad.
The Cranchi in this sinking is the Cruiser 32 model. Released in 1990 the Cranchi Cruiser 32 was produced till 1996 to a design of Andreani.  The Cranchi Cruiser 32 offered a two cabins interior and powered by twin 200hp Volvo diesel with stern drives reached speeds to about 32 knots. The Cruiser 32 was replaced by the successful Zaffiro 34 in 1997.

Project: Sanlorenzo SX100

Sanlorenzo is set to continue to expand its successful SX range with the project for a new SX100 scheduled to debut in the fall of 2023.  Designed by Zuccon the SX100 is set to fill the gap between the SX88 which debuted the range in 2017 and has now sold over fifty units and the SX112 which launched in 2020 and is in its thirteenth hull.  The SX100 was briefed to dealers during the Cannes 2022 boat show, and since then even though no official presentation was made for the model, it is heard that more then five units have been sold, with deliveries already entering into 2025. The Sanlorenzo SX100 will feature a four ensuite cabins layout with two or three crew cabins, and just like the bigger SX112 will feature a lower deck saloon which opens up and joins itself with the stern beach and bathing area.  The Sanlorenzo SX100 is to be powered by four Volvo 800hp engines with IPS pod drives propulsion for an estimated top speed up to 21 knots.

July 27, 2023

New Model: Rodman Spirit 42 Coupe

The latest addition to the Rodman Spirit range is the 42 Coupé, a versatile fully enclosed sport cruiser based on the 42 platform presented with the Flybridge version in 2012.  As at today the Rodman 42 is still the flagship model of the Spirit range which debuted in 2010 with the 31.  The Rodman Spirit 42 Coupe is designed for a the customer who wants a fully enclosed hard top sport cruiser with a sliding electrical roof, and a more sporty profile exterior. With this new Spirit 42 Coupe, Rodman also introduced larger hull side windows which also feature integrated opening portholes, providing additional brightness in the lower deck cabin area.  The Rodman Spirit 42 Coupe offers as the style outside offers a traditional layout with two cabins below deck, master cabin forward, and lower deck galley located to port side.  The main deck offers a C-shaped dinette to port side, with an entertainment unit opposite and helm station to starboard.  The Rodman Spirit 42 Coupe is powered by standard Volvo 340hp or optional twin 380hp both with IPS pod propulsion.  Top speed is not communicated but the 42 Flybridge has a thirty knots performance from twin Volvo 300hp, so expect numbers to be just above that number with the standard engines. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.35 m (40.5ft)
Hull Length - 11.97 m
Beam - 4.24 m
Draft - 0.71 m excluding propellers and drives
Displacement - 12.3 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1150 l
Water Capacity - 390 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 340hp, D6 380hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Project - Fulvio de Simoni
Certification - CE B

July 26, 2023

Princess Yacht Fire in Florida Kills One Woman

A 21 meter Princess motor yacht went on fire while berthed at Perry Hotel and Marina Key West, Stock Island Florida on 00:10 hours of Wednesday July 26.  The fire is believed to have left one 51 year old woman and her dog dead, with 59 year old husband and son badly injured.  The family was visiting the Florida Keys for the lobster mini season. The yacht was already engulfed in flames when Monroe County Fire Rescue arrived in the scene, taking them three hours to extinguish the fire.  According to reports the presumed dead woman returned back to the boat to rescue her dog, with husband and son also following her and getting injured in the process.  Husband and son where airlifted for treatment to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.  Another family was on the boat but suffered no injuries.  The Princess motor yacht sank, and is a total loss.  Some unconfirmed reports are saying that the cause of fire is from Lithium batteries.
The Princess yacht in this fire is a 21M model produced from 2004 to 10. Designed as all Princess from the early eighties till today by Bernard Olesinski the Princess 21M offered a four double cabins interior with a crew cabin for two and is powered by Man 1050hp or optional 1300hp engines.  The Princess 21M was replaced by the 72 MY in 2010. 

Project: Mylius M62P

A semi custom sail yacht builder which has had growing success in the last years, Mylius yachts from Piacenza, Italy presents its first combustion engine yacht with M62P, those initials meaning Mylius62Power.  Designed by Ceccarelli with Parisotto and Formenton the Mylius M62P presents itself as a two cabin explorer yacht, with a crew cabin and standard powered by twin Volvo 725hp. The Mylius M62P will have some important options from a third cabin with bunk berths.  All build by infusion the Mylius M62P is powered by twin Volvo 725 up to 1000hp with IPS pod drives.  There is some conflicting reports on performance with the write up saying that the small engines give 28 knots of top speed, and technical data saying that speed is with the 1000hp units.  Considering the forty tons declared weight I would go for the technical data numbers.  The Mylius  M62P is to be fully build in infusion with a hull all made in single, and sandwich construction used for the super structure base.  Mylius has two other motor boats in project stages which a fourteen meter fast sport cruiser, and a twenty meter power catamaran.

July 25, 2023

New Model: Sialia 57

Sialia Yachts, a revolutionary brand of eco-friendly yachts made its global debut at the Palma International Boat Show, presenting its first 57 model.  Powered by the world-leading electric propulsion system, AMPROS, the Sialia 57 is a yacht into the future of sustainable yachting in a luxurious and eco-friendly that showcases this new company's dedication to innovative technology and nature. Launched in 2022, the Sialia 57 is a seventeen meter sport yacht constructed entirely of carbon fibre, making it ultralight. With a clear vision of a yacht that would be fast, good-looking, and functional, Sialia 57 boasts a cruising speed of eighteen knots and a top speed up to 31 knots all in a serene cruising experience. The company teamed up with Vripack Design, a world-renowned yacht design studio based in the Netherlands, to create the most efficient hull possible. The result is a smooth and stable ride, with minimal trim angles and a flared bow that keeps the vessel dry even in rough seas. The electronic components of the Sialia 57 are provided by Garmin. Sialia Yachts is a company dedicated to crafting eco-friendly vessels with an unwavering focus on performance and timeless design. Sialia Yachts and AMPROS are subsidiary companies of Silent Straits, started in 2017 by true visionaries Stanisław Szadkowski and Tomasz Gackoski. Stanisław's distinguished career spans 30 years in advanced technology. Tomasz boasts an impressive aerospace background and extensive expertise as an esteemed yacht engineer.  The Sialia 57 is to be followed by the 59 series which has started construction and is available in three variants; Weekender, Runabout, and Sport.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.6 m (57.7ft)
Beam - 4.6 m
Draft - 1 m
Displacement 19 t undloaded
Battery Capacity - 1500 l and 1mwh max battery
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Amperia Propulsion System 400kw
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max, eighteen cruise
Range - 200 nm at eighteen knots cruise
Construction - carbon fibre 
Project - Vripack naval architect, Dennis Popos exterior
Certification - CE B

July 24, 2023

Pershing Sinks in Castevi Island Formentera

An eleven meter Pershing sport cruiser sank after hitting a reef while cruising to the North of Formentera on Monday 24 July.  The Pershing hit a reef in the North West of Formentera in between the islet of Castevi and S'Espalmador.  Unfortunately after hitting the reef the eleven meter Pershing sank, first going down aft rising its bow and later sinking completely.  News of this accident are a bit sparse with the photos and incident shown on social media.
The Pershing in this sinking is the 37 presented in 1998 and produced till 2006 to a design by Fulvio de Simoni as entry level for the brand.  The 37 replaced the 38/39 model with a sleek exterior and less accommodating interior, offering a four berths interior, and is powered by twin Cats 355hp and or Yanmar 370hp for later models, with shaft propulsion and reaching top speeds above the mid thirties.  A special one off without radar arch called Pershing 38 Endurance with twin Cats 420hp and Arneson surface drives was produced in 2000 and also competed in the Venezia to Monte Carlo race.  This 38 Endurance was for a time the Pershing previous boss and founder Tilli Antonelli personal boat.  

Yacht Fire in La Paz Mexico Kills One Person, Injures Three

A fire onboard a 23 meter motor yacht at Puerta Cortes Tourist Complex, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico on 07:00 hours of Monday 24th July killed one person and injured three more, with the fire also jumping and partially burning another smaller fourteen meter Grand Banks explorer cruiser.  The fire was reported starting in the engine room of the 23 meter motor yacht, as crew where doing some work.  Three teams where dispatched to control the fire; Heroic La Paz Fire Department, La Paz Municipal Traffic and Security Directorate, and Municipal Civil Protection.  The person which was identified dead on the scene ended trapped in the engine room with the fire, while three more persons had injuries with a 37 year old also suffering extensive third grade burns.  The big 23 meter yacht eventually burned totally and became a total loss, while the smaller fourteen meter had its fire controlled, although it also received extensive damage to its bow area.
The 23 meter motor yacht in this fire is a Numarine 78 Flybridge as produced from 2008 to 2017 designed by Can Yalman and Tommaso Spadolini.  The smaller explorer cruiser is a Grand Banks 49 Classic as produced from 1980 to 99, with over 120 units sold.

Flybridge Cruiser Goes Down in Boston Harbor

A twelve meter flybridge cruiser with four persons onboard, two men and two women started sinking after hitting Quarantine Rocks off the North side of Peddocks Island in Boston Harbor around 16:30 hours of Sunday 23 July.  Massachusetts state Police Marine unit responded to the call of the flybridge cruiser helmsman with two officers and Marine Vessel 26 which was in patrol in the area, saving the four persons just as they jumped in the water for safety.  The four boaters where later transported to Charlestown Marina with one of the four boaters having a minor laceration injury being evaluated by Boston EMS.  The flybridge cruiser damage was a ripped port-side strut and one foot square hole, with Towboat US patching it, rigging it with half a dozen floating bags and towing her to Marina Bay for an emergency haul out. 
The flybridge cruiser in this sinking is a Maxum 4100 SCB produced from 1998 to 2002.  The Maxum 4100 SCB offers an accommodation of two cabins and was powered by twin Cummins 370hp for a top speed up to thirty knots.  Maxum was founded in 1987 by Brunswick as a bridge brand between the entry level Bayliner and up market Sea Ray.  Brunswick closed Maxum in 2009 and moved its production to Meridan only for it to close also this company in 2016.

Project: Lyman-Morse Monhegan 42

Lyman-Morse is building the new Monhegan 42. A continuation of a long-standing relationship between Lyman-Morse and C. Raymond Hunt Associates, the Monhegan 42 represents the Maine's builder continued success with creating a series of semi-custom yachts that allow an owner to customize a vessel to suit their needs using an existing design platform. This proven process delivers all the attributes of a custom yacht, with far less lead time.  Hull no. 3 of the Monhegan 42 series rides on Hunt’s renowned deep-V hull design and will get power from a pair of Cummins 550hp, giving her a cruising speed of 28 knots, with a top end of 32 knots. The helm station of hull no. 3 is custom to the owner’s specific needs, with oversized 17-inch display screens, as well as bow and stern thrusters for easy docking. Below, there is a galley and dinette/lounge area for meal prep and dining, a head, shower, and primary stateroom forward. This owner wanted to be able to lie down on the settee and relax, so the team at Lyman incorporated a custom footwell into the layout to allow for optimal relaxation. Interior joinery is made from South American mahogany, with teak and wenge accents. Additional options abound on this model, demonstrating a key attribute to the semi-custom series approach. There are four available configurations, including flybridge, extended cruiser, and open. The 42 employs the SCRIMP resin infusion method which maximizes strength, reduces weight, and delivers a precise lay-up.  While hull no. 3’s owner is a longtime boater, this is their first foray into a semi-custom build. When surveying the industry, they chose Lyman-Morse due to their unparalleled ability to produce bespoke, semi-custom boats that deliver unrivaled performance, safety, and convenience at sea.

July 23, 2023

Sport Cruiser Saved from Sinking in Procida

A twelve meter sport cruiser started sinking when cruising around Procida on the morning of Sunday 23rd July.  The reason for the sinking are a bit mixed, with some saying the sport cruiser hit a reef in the area, while others saying it had water ingress from one of the propulsions.  Procida is one of the three Flegrean Islands, the other two being the famous Capri, and the nearby Ischia which is also the largest of the archipelago.   
The sport cruiser in this sinking is a Rio 44 Sport Coupe presented in 2019 as evolution of the 2016 launched 44 Colorado but with patio door main deck.  Designed by Marino Alfani, Rio's designer for the last decade the 44 Sport Coupe offers a three double cabins layout, and is powered by Cummins 480hp on shafts or Volvo 435hp with IPS pod drives.

New Launch: Benetti 67m FB278

Benetti presents m/y Calex a 67-metre hull number FB278, tailor-build and customized in every detail for a Californian owner. Launched in the end of 2022 Benetti FB278 has indoor and outdoor spaces that ensure absolute privacy and comfort and cater to the owner’s passion for exercise and well-being. Cassetta developed the streamlined, well-proportioned exterior contours, while the interiors designed by the Benetti Style Department feature alternating light and dark colour shades, with the extensive use of maple and American walnut, ivory-coloured leathers, and white statuary and crema marfil marble. The fabrics used for the decorative cushions are by Loro Piana Interiors. The yacht extends across five enclosed decks, plus a Sundeck, and stands out for her perfectly balanced volumes. The interiors were fitted out using the ‘box in box’ method and meet the highest construction standards, testifying yet again to the shipyard’s exceptional craftsmanship, with new technology used to minimise noise transmission and ensure silent navigation at a speed of twelve knots. The stand-out feature of the 67-metre FB278 is the Upper Deck, which has a surface area of 160 square metres devoted entirely to the owner’s personal spaces. A huge Master Cabin, containing a spacious suite, an elegant double bathroom, a private office and a walk-in wardrobe, extends from midships onto the foredeck outside and offers a 180-degree view, with two curved automatic sliding doors opening out onto an exclusive lounge area furnished with chaises lounges, armchairs, a table and an original gas fireplace. While wide open, it is a very private space, much of which cannot be seen from the upper decks as a result of the carefully planned volumes and depths. The foredeck can also be used as a touch and go helicopter pad, giving the owner the greatest possible freedom when coming on board. On the same deck, an open area in the stern, with a dining table and a relaxation area furnished with armchairs and other seating, is complemented by an interior lounge with a TV cabinet. The stern area on the Main Deck hosts guests in a spacious open-air lounge, while inside we find the main lounge, with a table seating 12, sofas and armchairs, followed by the galley. The owner also wanted two large VIP cabins on this deck, one on each side of the yacht, with two garages of different sizes in the bow for the main tender and various water toys. The four guest cabins, two doubles and two with twin convertible beds, are located to midships on the Lower Deck and completely separated from the accommodation in the bow for the crew of sixteen, which at the owner’s request is decorated with materials and furnishings similar to those used in the guest area. Separate guest and crew flows and the use of dumb waiters ensure maximum privacy and excellent service on board, connecting these areas with the galley on the Main Deck and the upper decks. On the Lower Deck amidships, is the large engine room, Benetti’s first on a full custom yacht this size to fully comply with TIER III regulations because it is fitted with a scrubbing system for the exhaust gases from both the propulsion and generating systems. In the bow, the spacious swim platform and the beach club are connected to the Main Deck by two fixed stairways. A gullwing door opens onto the swim platform and lets light flood into the interiors of the beach club, where a long swing-down hatch on the starboard side provides easier access to the water and even more light. The Bridge Deck, which has an outdoor space containing a lounge area furnished with bar, sofas, TV cabinet and barbecue and is served by a pantry, revolves around the captain and the wheelhouse. The large captain’s cabin is separated from the officer and crew quarters to be close to the ship office and the futuristic helm station, which features a touchscreen console designed by Telemar. On the Sun Deck, the only deck not served by the lift, a central area with gym equipment and a Jacuzzi pool ensure the utmost in comfort and well-being.
Technical Data:
LOA - 67.01 m (219.9ft)
Beam - 10.6 m
Draft - 3.1 m
Displacement - 1250 GT *volume
Fuel Capacity - 127,000 l
Water Capacity -
Accommodation - twelve guests in seven suites, seventeen crew in eight cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V4000 M53 1876hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - sixteen knots max, twelve knots cruise
Range - 4400 nm at twelve knots 
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Giorgio Casetta exterior, Loro Piana Decor, Benetti engineering
Certification - Lloyds