August 31, 2023

Hurricane Idalia

Hurricane Idalia started to form on the 26th August from a low pressure in Central America and the Eastern Pacific Ocean.  Idalia touched briefly category four on thirtieth August, when it reached the Big Bend region of Florida, and later become a category three as it crossed to South East Georgia.  Hurricane Idalia later pushed into the Carolinas as it became a Tropical Storm.  Idalia reached 110 knots of wind speed as it made landfall in Florida although it biggest damage came from the storm surge, with water level rising by over two meters.  Since August 31 Idalia has dissipated in the Atlantic, near the Bermuda's.   Idalia was the third hurricane, second major one, and the tenth storm of 2023.
Idalia caused damage to tens of boats and yachts mostly from the storm surge.  Videos on social media showed drifting boats in the Florida canals, while some home owners ended with boats in the court yard in the aftermath of Idalia's storm surge.

Monthly News - August 2023

-pic of the month- Cranchi in Dubai Waters

Austin Parker Changes Ownership

Turkish entrepreneur Baris Nalcaci has acquired Italian boatbuilder Austin Parker Yachts, a shipyard established by Giovanni Sebastiano Gravagno with over 25 years of history. The acquisition ushers in a new phase for the brand, with Nalcaci also serving as the president of Epsilon Composite, a Turkish manufacturing company specializing in composite materials for the aerospace and marine sectors.  Austin Parker Yachts, headquartered in Liguria with a production facility in Pisa, has a lineup of seven yacht models ranging from 11m to 22m, including the Ibiza, Mahon, and Palma. In the late 1990s, the yard gained recognition for its early adoption of constructing traditional 'lobster' boats.  Under Nalcaci's guidance, Austin Parker Yachts is embarking on a new chapter, marked by expansion. Giovanni Sebastiano Gravagno, the founder of Austin Parker Yachts, expresses optimism about this development, stating that Nalcaci's expertise in brand development, composite materials, and product design will be pivotal in the endeavor. Gravagno also confirms the establishment of a new shipyard spanning 27,000 sq m in Pisa.  Beyond enhancing the current product portfolio, Nalcaci aims to introduce novel offerings, notably motor catamarans designed in collaboration with renowned names like Pininfarina and Fulvio De Simoni. The launch of Epsilon Yachts by Epsilon Composite is also on the horizon.  This strategic move aligns with Nalcaci's vision of infusing fresh excitement into the market, as he anticipates presenting these innovations at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival. 

Azimut New UK Representative

Azimut, worldwide leading shipyard in the production of yachts, is pleased to announce its new partnership with Bates Wharf Marine Sales, a Dealer with a long tradition and a highly recognized point of reference for the UK market.  Bates Wharf Marine, with its operational headquarters in Swanwick, Southampton, in joint venture with Global Yacht Sales, have been collaborating with Azimut for the last six years and, thanks to a well-established clientele in the UK, have greatly assisted Azimut in responding to the requests of the British market.   Today, this cooperation is further strengthened. Beginning with the September boat shows in Cannes, where Azimut will hold the worldwide premiere of the Magellano 60, and Southampton, which will see the Magellano 60 in British waters for the first time, Bates Wharf will welcome visitors as Azimut Yachts UK. The UK is a rapidly expanding market for Azimut and the partnership with Bates Wharf Marine aims to continue the success achieved, further growing the Brand’s presence in one of Europe’s most strategic markets.  This significant partnership will enable both companies to provide the best Azimut yachts to consumers while also strategically addressing the needs of owners and newcomers in the United Kingdom. In fact, Azimut offers the widest range of yachts on the market, able to meet the desires of various yachtsmen thanks to its seven Series, each characterized by cutting-edge technological features and designed for a unique sailing experience.  Jad Zakkak Migliorini, Europe Head of Sales & Delivery Operations of Azimut commented: «We always put our customers first and foremost in all we do, and having a partner who shares this philosophy and approach is essential for us. We are proud to strengthen our partnership with Bates Wharf Marine because we trust in the commitment and abilities of such a historical and prominent player in the English market who will be able to offer their tailor-made approach to our British clientele».  Bates Wharf Marine Managing Director Richard Bates also expressed his satisfaction: «We feel that this is the right time to concentrate on this exciting brand and to take the lead through our UK network of offices in becoming the official UK Azimut Yachts Dealership, supplying yachts on a retail basis directly to our clients».

Bayliss at Twentieth Caroline Boat Builders Tournament

Fresh out of Bayliss Boatyard, Tarheel (Bayliss 62') was able to put her brand new tower into use during the 20th annual Carolina Boat Builders Tournament. The tournament wrapped up this past Saturday, and Tarheel placed 5th overall releasing 3 sailfish and 1 white marlin.  At Bayliss Boatworks, we are honored and grateful to be a part of the North Carolina boat building community, and we look forward to supporting this tournament every year. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Dare County Boat Builders Foundation. This past May, the organization awarded $129,000 in scholarships to local high school, college and graduate students bringing the grand total of awarded scholarships to over $1.1 million.

Cranchi in Dubai Waters

An ideal destination in which to enjoy the quality of Cranchi yachts is the Persian Gulf, for instance by starting a cruise from Dubai.  The hotels lined up along the coast of Palm Jumeirah help create one of the most evocative skylines in the entire world. It is a scene which can be best appreciated in all its splendour precisely from the sea, as shown by the reportage from dealer Yachts One, who brought a large fleet of Cranchi vessels to the waters off Dubai Marina. They thus created the perfect encounter between some masterpieces of Italian design and boating and the unmistakeable profile of iconic hotels such as the Burj Al Arab or the Atlantis.  Having passed the Ain Dubai, the largest Ferris wheel in the world, the crews on the yachts saw the skyscrapers slowly disappear over the horizon, finally finding themselves surrounded by the vast wonder of the open sea.

Cranchi GrandTour is Back

The dealers network is preparing new events to see in the new cruising season perfectly. The details of Bellini Nautica's open day at Marina di Varazze and the Moniga’s Port Boat Show at Moniga Port in Moniga del Garda (BS) are already set, while other events are being finalised.

Fairline Announces New UK South Coast and Scotland Dealer

Luxury British boatbuilder Fairline has announced Southampton based Approved Boats as the newest addition to its UK dealer network as it launches Fairline South Coast and Fairline Scotland.  The move follows a strategic review of the brand’s UK dealer network and sees the Ocean Village Marina based dealer take over from Bates Wharf as its exclusive partner for the south coast region, teamed with its Greenock showroom in Scotland.  The new dealership is headed up by David O’Rourke, who boasts a longstanding association and affinity with Fairline having previously worked with the brand in Scotland.  David said of the new partnership: “It’s an exciting time for us to join Fairline just as it launches the next generation of exciting new models with Beach Clubs and balconies. We’re well positioned to offer existing Fairline owners on the South Coast our award-winning after sales support from our service centre at Hamble Point Marina. We would also welcome current and prospective Fairline owners to our sales facilities at Ocean Village Marina in Southampton and James Watt Dock Marina in Greenock, Scotland to see the first of the new Fairline models, the Squadron 58 and Targa 40.”  James Powell, Sales Director at Fairline, said: “We are delighted to welcome Approved Boats to the Fairline family, and are excited for the future of Fairline in these key regions. David’s excellent reputation teamed with his evident passion for Fairline is set to be a great combination. This appointment comes ahead of the boat show season where visitors will have the opportunity to meet David and his team at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show which also sees the world debut of our new Squadron 58. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the team at Bates Wharf Marine Sales for its commitment to Fairline over the years and wish everyone there the best for the future.”  Fairline South Coast and Fairline Scotland will showcase the unrivalled products in the Fairline family which fall under four distinct ranges: the F//LINE, Targa, Phantom and Squadron. The F//LINE range offers the F//LINE 33 with inboard and outboard options, the Targa range includes five models from 40-50ft, the sportbridge Phantom 65 and three Squadron models from 50-68ft.  Fairline South Coast will be home to the all-new Squadron 58 which makes its world debut at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show before moving to Ocean Village Marina. It will also be one of the first dealers in the Fairline network to take delivery of the new Targa 40, which is set to launch at boot Düsseldorf in January 2024.

Ferretti Group Approves Half 2023 Results

The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Ferretti SpA today reviewed and approved the Group’s H1 2023 consolidated financial results.  Mr. Alberto Galassi, the Group’s Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We continue to grow year on year and semester on semester, on the strength of a steadily increasing order book, indicative of a commercial success that never ceases to reward us. We are demonstrating great efficiency by continuing to improve our margins, while proceeding swiftly in the development of new models and new projects.  During the season of the major Mediterranean boat shows, which is now just around the corner, we will present our new models, which further extend the product range, the driver of our growth strategy aimed at the ever-increasing satisfaction of our owners and shareholders”.  Order intake: €573.8 million in H1 2023.  Order backlog: €1,410.5 million at June 30, 2023, representing an increase of approximately 15.8% when compared to June 30, 2022 (€1,218.0 million) thanks to strong worldwide demand.  Order backlog by segment: Composite yachts reached €408.1 million at June 30, 2023, equal to approximately 28.9% of the total backlog (from €389.0 million, equal to approximately 31.9% of the total backlog at June 30, 2022).  Made-to-measure yachts reached €503.2 million at June 30, 2023, equal to approximately 35.7% of the total backlog (from €400.7 million, equal to approximately 32.9% of the total backlog at June 30, 2022).  Super yachts reached €442.3 million at June 30, 2023, equal to approximately 31.4% of the total backlog (from €370.5 million, equal to approximately 30.4% of the total backlog at June 30, 2022).  Other businesses[1] reached €56.9 million, equal to approximately 4.0% of the total backlog (from €57.8 million, equal to approximately 4.7% of the total backlog at June 30, 2022). Revenue: €580.8 million in H1 2023, representing an increase of approximately 8.6% when compared to H1 2022 (€534.9 million), thanks to the strong order backlog built in 2022. Revenue by segment: Composite yachts reached €259.8 million, equal to approximately 44.7% of total revenue, in H1 2023 (from €233.7 million, equal to approximately 43.7% of total revenue, in H1 2022).  Made-to-measure yachts reached €208.0 million, equal to approximately 35.8% of total revenue, in H1 2023 (from €201.3 million, equal to approximately 37.6% of total revenue, in H1 2022). Super yachts reached €64.8 million, equal to approximately 11.2% of total revenue, in H1 2023 (from €48.9 million, equal to approximately 9.1% of total revenue, in H1 2022).  Other businesses[2] reached €48.2 million, equal to approximately 8.3% of total revenue, in H1 2023 (from €51.0 million, equal to approximately 9.5% of total revenue, in H1 2022).  Revenue by Geographical region; The AMAS region reached €143.7 million, equal to approximately 24.7% of total revenue, in H1 2023 (from €171.3 million, equal to approximately 32.0% of total revenue, in H1 2022).  The EMEA region reached €250.2 million, equal to approximately 43.1% of total revenue, in H1 2023 (from €225.6 million, equal to approximately 42.2% of total revenue, in H1 2022).  The APAC region reached €73.9 million, equal to approximately 12.7% of total revenue, in H1 2023 (from €38.1 million, equal to approximately 7.1% of total revenue, in H1 2022).  Other and Super yachts[3] reached €113.1 million, equal to approximately 19.5% of total revenue, in H1 2023 (from €100.0 million, equal to approximately 18.7% of total revenue, in H1 2022).  Adjusted EBITDA[4]: €83.4 million in H1 2023, representing an increase of 20.9% when compared to H1 2022 (€69.0 million), with a margin[5] of 14.7% in H1 2023, representing an increase of 120 basis points when compared to H1 2022 (13.5%).  This strong performance is due to three main factors: Commercial: a longer waiting list due to the high order backlog, reflecting higher pricing power.  Strategic positioning: a larger presence in the most profitable segment, such as Made- to-measure Industrial: economy of scale in purchasing and more efficient absorption of fixed costs.  Net Profit: €40.9 million in H1 2023, representing an increase of 36.8% when compared to H1 2022 (€29.9 million), with a margin[6] of 7.2% in H1 2023, representing an increase of 130 basis points when compared to H1 2022 (5.9%).  Capex: €84.5 million, out of which approximately €40.0 million invested in the acquisition of Cantiere San Vitale in Ravenna, leading to a 20% additional production capacity, at fully operating status.  Net financial position: €320 million of net cash from €365 million of net cash as of 31 December 2022. Significant events occurred during the first half of 2023.  The Group held its first Capital Markets Day in Milan on March 21, 2023 providing the mid-long term outlook. The Group reached an agreement with Rosetti Marino S.p.A. for the acquisition of Cantiere San Vitale, in Ravenna of over 70,000 square meters.  In April, the Group made a big step forward in respect of the project in the former Belleli Yard port area in Taranto of over 220,000 square meters, where an industrial facility will be developed for the construction of plugs and molds, as well as research center for advanced materials. All the public administrations involved approved the remediation and industrial development project. On June 27, 2023, the Group successfully completed the first ever Dual Listing between Euronext Milan and HKEX.

Grand Banks Expands Malaysia Facility

Singapore-listed shipyard Grand Banks Yachts has announced that it is expanding its production facility in Malaysia by more than 25 per cent, to allow the yard to handle bigger luxury boats, increase capacity and accelerate its boat-building activities. The expansion, which will cost approximately US$6.4m, is expected to be completed by August 2024. The luxury yacht builder said the proposed new single-storey facility will be built on the existing land plot at its yard in Pasir Gudang in Johor state and will add 13,313 sqm of usable floor space to the 51,097 sqm currently, bringing the total to nearly 65,000 sqm. Grand Banks says the new facility will ‘further cement the yard’s lead as one of the most advanced luxury boat-building facilities in Asia’. Grand Banks has received the requisite approvals from Malaysian authorities, and construction is expected to commence in August 2023. The group will fund the expansion with a mix of internal resources and bank loans. The expansion is a major part of Grand Banks' strategy to ramp up boat construction and improve delivery times. Since the onset of the pandemic, demand for its three luxury yacht brands — Grand Banks, Palm Beach, and Eastbay has risen. The group has been introducing new designs and has stepped up marketing efforts, especially in North America, with recent participation in the Palm Beach International Boat Show. In 2021, Grand Banks Yachts announced the formation of GB Marine Group, along with sister brands Palm Beach Motor Yachts and Eastbay Yachts. These efforts have helped Grand Banks Yachts to lift the net order book to US$131.7m as of 31 March 2023.

Lyman-Morse in Camden Maine

The Maine Coast’s beautiful bays, rocky islands and picturesque mountains have long been renowned as an ideal backdrop for some of the best gatherings in the wooden-boat world. This year’s Camden Classics Cup provided regatta participants, their friends and families, and the local community with fantastic racing that showcased the best of what these storied waters can deliver. While not all of 86 classic and modern yachts that gathered on the waters of Western Penobscot Bay sailed home with trophies, of course, it’s fair to say that everyone decamped with get-you-through-the-coming-winter memories of great racing, wonderful camaraderie, and welcoming onshore hospitality and entertainment.  Rain might have besieged coastal Maine in the days leading up to the regatta, but blue skies prevailed on the morning of Friday, July 28, giving crews great views of Mount Megunti cook to the west and islands to the east.  “Few sights are finer than seeing these boats sailing these beautiful waters,” said Holly Paterson, event director of the 2023 Camden Classics Cup. “People come to this regatta as much for the beauty as the great racing, and it’s fair to say that both were on display on Friday.”  Some also come to strut their school colors, as was the case with the crew from the Maine Maritime Academy, who were racing aboard Wizard, a 1930 Herreschoff Fisher Island 31. “They were ecstatic,” said Joseph Lobley, the MMA’s yacht donation program manager, about Wizard’s the crew, which consisted of current students, recent alumni, and some faculty members, including the team’s coach. “Some of these sailors just got back from their senior cruise—that’s 70 days at sea, but they made time for this regatta.”

Overmarine Mangusta and Dr. Vranjes Firenze

Mangusta and Dr. Vranjes Firenze share over forty years of history and passion for luxury craftsmanship, and the constant strive for the balance between heritage and innovation and between technique and emotion.  The fragrance, Acqua, with its ozone-marine notes and brilliant color, tells and leaves a trace of these values.

Pardo Group Sold to Calzedonia

Calzedonia Group and Wise Equity fund are pleased to announce the signing of a binding contract for the acquisition of Cantiere del Pardo, a leading manufacturer of premium sailing and motor yachts. The Calzedonia Group thus expands its activities in the field of Italian excellence. The meeting with the historical managers, Fabio Planamente and Gigi Servidati, who will maintain a minority stake in the company, the sharing of vision on the future development of the Shipyard, together with the opportunity to strengthen experience in the industrial, organizational as well as distribution fields favored the decision to conclude the operation.  Founded in 1973, Cantiere del Pardo has a history of great success and international recognition. Since its inception it has launched over five thousand boats under the Grand Soleil brand and more recently, with the Pardo Yachts and VanDutch Yachts brands. Cantiere del Pardo is recognized as one of the best manufacturers of luxury yachts in the world, thanks to its history and tradition, profound construction knowledge and the iconic design of its models.  The company has grown significantly since the arrival of Wise Equity ("Wise") as an investor in 2020, both in revenues and in corporate structure. In particular, the success of Pardo Yachts line of motor boats, conceived internally and developed with the collaboration of prestigious design studios, can be considered one of the greatest successes in the recent history of Boating Industry given the significant growth from the introduction of the first model in 2017 to the sales forecast of over 150 yachts in the last year. Servidati and Planamente, the two managers and contributors of CdP's success, will remain partners of the company, continuing the current development strategy based on quality, tradition values, service excellence and attention to sustainability challenges set out in the pleasure boating sector.  With the arrival of Calzedonia Group, Cantiere del Pardo will pursue international growth and the development of new models, with even greater attention to quality and excellence of service both for the distribution network as well as the end customer. CdP will continue to invest in sustainability, innovation and research and development, starting from its advanced production sites and its unparalleled human recourses.

Princess Yachts New CEO

Princess Yachts is delighted to announce the appointment of Will Green as Chief Executive Officer.  Green has been a pivotal member of the Princess Yachts team for 20 years, and most recently served as Executive Director, Commercial. He has been instrumental in driving the sustained period of commercial success enjoyed by the business in recent years and has been critical to establishing the Company as one of the leading luxury yachts manufacturers in the world today.  On his appointment Green commented: ‘It is an honour to be appointed CEO of Princess. Those who know me will recognise the passion I have for the brand, so this is an exciting opportunity to shape the next chapter for the business and build on its amazing legacy. I am excited and privileged to work alongside a very talented team which has achieved a long track record of success and, with the support of our controlling shareholder KPS Capital Partners, I know we can build on this further with investment in some key areas and by focusing on what we do best – building exceptional yachts for our customers.’  Antony Sheriff is leaving the Company to pursue other endeavours.  We thank him for his contributions and wish him well.  Princess will be showcasing two World Premieres at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival with the new Y95 and Y80 being shown for the first time.  The Company will also be announcing two new future models as part of their continued investment in new and innovative product offerings.

Spencer Winning Runs

Spencer Winning Runs! Congrats to “Sweet Spot” Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament overall winner and overall Omni winner. Paul and Daniel Spencer on the “Bullwinkle” winning first in the non Omni category, and “Sea Toy” winning second overall Omni and 3rd overall.

Viking at Texas Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

Synchronicity emerged victorious at the Texas Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. Owner/angler Larry Mathews, fishing on his Viking 48, fought a blue for more than four hours to claim 1st Place Blue Marlin with his 726.3-pound fish. The Viking 55 A-Team weighed a 643-pound fish, good for 2nd Place Blue Marlin.  Blue Rush, a Viking 54, was the Top Release Boat with one blue marlin, seven white marlin and four sails. Blue Rush angler Grant Kilcrease also weighed the Heaviest Dolphin at 25 pounds. Deez Nautz, a Viking 55, was the 2nd Place Release Boat with one blue, one white and 10 sailfish. They also claimed 3rd Place Heaviest Wahoo with Julie Coulter’s 23-pound ‘hoo. The Viking 55 Desperado claimed 3rd Place Release Boat and 2nd Place Tuna with a 52.5-pound yellowfin.

Viking at Mobile Big Game Fishing Club Ladies Tournament

Yellow Steel won the perpetual Sea Cup at the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club’s Ladies Tournament. The Viking 72 weighed the Heaviest Blue Marlin at 426 pounds – caught by Helen DeLaney. Top Boat and Top Release Boat went to Yellow Steel for three blue marlin and three white marlin releases, all hooked by junior female anglers Helen and Katharine Goodloe. Margaret Yancey, fishing on the Viking 70 Miss Ma’am, weighed the Heaviest Dolphin, a 25.4-pounder.

Viking at White Marlin Open

The White Marlin Open (WMO) brought out the big boys to compete for a $10.5 million purse. But it was a 15-year-old boy who hit the leaderboard. On the final day of the 50th edition of the WMO, young Matthew Gessler moved into 3rd Place in the Wahoo Division with a 46-pound fish. His uncle, Tommy Gessler Jr., was at the wheel of the Viking 50 Boy’s Toy. Now here’s the funny family twist – when Captain Tommy was 15, he won the 1993 WMO with a 74-pound white marlin. Apparently, the WMO is a family affair with fathers, uncles, sons and daughters all making appearances in the Winner’s Circle – and taking home some green bills. With 400 battlewagons registered (we’re guessing there were well over 2,000 anglers) the Angler Division is fierce, but rising to the top was Dave McKendrick. Dave claimed the 3rd Place Angler honors with one blue and seven white marlin releases. He fished on the Viking 62 Taylor Jean, which took 3rd Place Boat.  Last year’s WMO saw Frank Sinito as 10th Place Angler, but this year Frank jumped up the board to 5th Place. He was fishing on his Viking 62 Irene and released two blue and two white marlin. Justin Healey, fishing on the Viking 80, was 8th Place Angler with a blue and three whites.

Viking at Texas Legend Billfish Tournament

The Texas Legends Billfish Tournament plays by jungle rules – which means there are no rules other than the fish must be caught on a conventional rod and reel and boated by hand or gaff. But that didn’t stop the Viking 82 Doulos from taking 2nd Place Overall and 1st Place Blue Marlin Points. The team released a pair of blues for the honours.  Second Place Blue Marlin Points was awarded to the Viking 68 Mine Time, which also weighed the Heaviest Yellowfin at 40.9 pounds. Third Place Overall was awarded to the Viking 70 Instigator. Blue Rush, a Viking 54, hooked the Heaviest Dolphin, weighing 21.5 pounds.

Viking at Montauk Canyon Challenge

Blinky weighed the Heaviest Tuna at the Montauk Canyon Challenge. Tom DeAngelo’s team on the Viking 55 hung a bigeye that tipped the scales at 224.7 pounds. The Heaviest Yellowfin was caught aboard Greg Marsuk’s Viking 56 Bluewater and weighed 104.3 pounds. One Love, Stephan Kiratsous’ Viking 72, claimed the Heaviest Bluefin at 97.5 pounds and Heaviest Triple Yellowfin at 290.4 total pounds. The Valhalla 46 Otter weighed the Heaviest Bluefin in the Outboard Division. The tuna was 88.1 pounds, and the center console is owned by Tony Florence. Heaviest Swordfish was the 110.6-pounder caught on Joe Knesich’s Viking 68 Jo-LI.  Over $600,000 was distributed to the 62 battlewagons during the event that supports Maggie’s Mission, which raises money to fight pediatric cancers and assists families in need.

Viking at Tri-State Canyon Shootout

Gypsea was the big winner at the Tri-State Canyon Shootout, based out of Block Island, Rhode Island. The Viking 66 landed in the top three in four divisions. First up, Jordan Sanford weighed the 2nd Largest Tuna with a 195.6-pound bigeye, and he brought the Largest Albacore to the scale with a 56-pound fish. The boat also claimed the Tri-Fishecta (one of each: albacore, yellowfin and mahi) with 125.2 points and Most Points Overall with 1,538.8 pounds.  The Viking 61 Reel Savage claimed the Largest Tuna with Steven Arcamone’s bigeye, weighing 244.6 pounds. He also claimed the 3rd Largest Wahoo at 62.2 pounds. Gregg Adamovich, fishing on the Viking 55 Lady Lisa, weighed the Largest Wahoo at 74.8 pounds. Third Place Mahi went to Jake Rogers for his 17.6-pounder aboard the Viking 57 Sea Shags. Joe Posillico, on the Viking 66 Torta, received the Sportsmanship Award.

Whitehaven New South Wales Dealer

Whitehaven Motor Yachts has a new dealer, Marine Riley in Newport, New South Wales, Australia.  Whitehaven has an unwavering commitment to meet their customer’s requests and Marine Riley is amazed at the length the Whitehaven team will go to, to ensure their clients get exactly what they want in their dream motor yacht.  As an Australian-based custom motor yacht builder, Whitehaven specialises in bespoke motor yachts, designed and built to suit an owner’s preferences and requirements.  Whitehaven currently has many yachts in build and can deliver a 40 to 90-foot vessel within a short build time compared to many other boat builders.  Marine Riley is excited to join Whitehaven and the exciting growth plans it is a great time to join their experienced and talented team. 

August 30, 2023

New Model: Cayman 540WA

Cayman is making 2023 an important year by presenting two new models in a space of about six months, and after launching the new S600 in February has in the end of July also delivered its first 540WA.  Two different new models; the S600 being all about the Cayman sport yacht identity which made the fortunes of the name in the noughties, and this new 540WA seventeen meter walk around sport yacht a continuation and following of the successful 400WA which debuted in 2021.  Again a design of Ferragni, the designer of all latest Cayman models, the 540WA is a sport yacht walk-around centre console, with opening side-bulk heads and infinite seventeen meter deck space.  The galley and living are all outside on the main deck, just behind the triple seated centre console helm station with a sun-pad located both to fore and aft.  Opening side bulk heads to both port and starboard sides extend the space of the aft deck.  Down below the Cayman 540 WA is offered in two or three cabins layout, with hull one featuring the later version, which features a master room forward, and two guest cabins at midships, and a relaxing L-lounge sofa in between the fore and aft cabins.  The Cayman 540WA is powered by twin Volvo engines with IPS pods drives, and or a speed lover triple Mercury 600hp hidden under the sun-pad outboard set up.  Hull one was fitted with the standard and small for over twenty tons in running order 480hp engines, which according to initial reports reached a top speed up to 28 knots.  Bigger Volvo's 600hp and or 725hp power are available, these two being more in line with the power a sport yacht of this size and displacement deserves.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.16 m (56.2ft)
Waterline Length - 14.9 m
Beam - 5.05 m
Draft - 1.60 m including props
Displacement - 17,900 kg dry and with Volvo 480s
Fuel Capacity - 1050 l or 2000 l
Water Capacity - 750 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 480hp, D8 600hp, D11 725hp, 3 x Mercury V12 600hp petrol gas outboard
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives, or triple Mercury outboards
Speed - 28 knots max 23 cruise with twin Volvo 480hp 
Project - Ferragni
Certification - CE B

August 29, 2023

Project: Whitehaven 6500 Sports Flybridge

Whitehaven present a new model and line with this  6500 Sports Flybridge project.  Based on the hull lines of its 6500 series offered in four other versions; Sport Yacht, Flybridge, Coupe, and Sunbridge, this new 6500 Sports Flybridge brings a sportfishing aft deck layout to a modern Euro inspired yacht line forward.  With the 6500 Sports Flybridge Whitehaven wants to compete with the other down under Maritimo Offshore series and Riviera Sports Motoryacht line who have had success with similar products.  The Whitehaven 6500 Sports Flybridge will offer a three double cabins interior, with a choice for a crew cabin at midships to port side.  A technical interesting details according to the plans, is that with the crew cabin the engines of the 6500 Sports Flybridge will move further aft, although I do think this might be an error, as production wise this does not make much sense.  The Whitehaven 6500 Sports Flybridge is to be powered by twin Man 1300hp with line shaft propulsion.

August 28, 2023

New Model: Airon Marine Cinquanta Sport

Following the launch of the Airon 50 Cinquanta with hard-top in 2021, Paolo Molinari follows it with the sister Cinquanta Sport open version, a fifteen meter sport yacht dedicated to those who like sun and wind and open air navigation.  The Airon Marine Cinquanta Sport is also immersed in the roots of the Lake Como boat builder with a cockpit layout which follows that of long standing popular smaller models like the 345, the 388/4100, and the 4300 Sport.  These huge and spacious Airon-edited external cockpit layouts, with a large C-shaped settee which becomes a sun-pad, and C-shaped dinette to port side with galley and helm station opposite have been the success of the smaller Airon Marine models, and using a similar layout in the larger Cinquanta Sport makes a lot of sense.  Inside this first Cinquanta Sport offers a three double cabins layout, with a master suite forward, and two guest cabins at midships, a spacious L-shaped galley in between.  Like the hard-top Cinquanta the Airon Marine Cinquanta Sport is powered by twin Volvo 480hp with IPS pod drives.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.70 m (48.2ft)
Beam - 4.30 m
Displacement - 16,000 kg 
Fuel Capacity - 1100 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Max Persons - fourteen
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS650 dual propeller pod drives
Certification - CE B

August 27, 2023

Cruisers New Web Site

Cruisers Yachts located in Wisconsin, USA presents its new World wide web showroom. Cruisers was officially founded in 1956 as the cruiser brand of the Thompson brothers label. Thompson entered the boating business in 1904, and sold Cruisers in 1971 to Mirro Aluminium Company in Wisconsin, with Roy Thompson still managing Cruisers as till the year of his retirement in 1979. In 1980 Mirro sell Cruisers to T.J.Bogart its former president and T.A.Lisle. K.C.Stock starts negotiating Cruisers in 1990, which will take him three years to complete the purchase. In April 2022 famed USA boat dealer and brokerage firm MarineMax buys Cruisers from K.C.S. Corporation. Today the legacy that Thompson brothers started building wood lapstrake boats is continued in four plants employing 450 persons, and building thirteen sport cruisers and yachts from the 34 GLS, to the 60 Cantius. Cruisers Yachts new website takes you around with the following buttons; Cantius, GLS, Careers, Events, Resources, and Find a Dealer. At the bottom of the new website is also a link to Cruisers social media pages; Facebook, Tweeter, Instagram, Linkedin, and YouTube.
Production History:
288 Villa Vee 1978-83
336 Ultra Vee/3360 Esprit 1983-87/88
298 Villa Vee 1984-87
291 Sea Devil 1984-85
296 Avanti Vee 1984-87
338 Chateau 1985-87
297 Elegante 1986-88
3370 Esprit 1986-94 *337 Esprit project
2860/3000 Rogue 1987-88/89 *286 Rogue project
2980 Esprit 1988-90
3260 Esprit 1988-90
3380 Esprit 1988-94
4280 Express Bridge 1988-94
2970 Espirt 1989-91
3270 Esprit 1989-94
3670 Esprit 1989-91
3070 Rogue 1990-94
2870/2970 Rogue 1990-94/95 *2870 Holiday project
4285 Express Bridge 1990-96
3850 Aft Cabin 1991-94
3675 Esprit 1991-95
3775 Esprit 1994-96
3950 Aft Cabin 1995-97
3570 Esprit 1995-97
3175 Rogue 1995-98
3650 Motor Yacht 1995-99
3580 Flybridge 1996-98
3375 Esprit 1996-2000
3575 Esprit/3572 Express 1996/2001-2002
3075 Express 1997-2003
4270 Express 1997-2003
3585 Flybridge 1998-99
4270 Esprit 1998-2003
3870 Express 1998-2003 *3870 Esprit project
5000 Sedan Sport 1998-2003
2870 Express 1998-2004
3750 Motor Yacht 1999-2003
3672 Express 2000-02
4450 Express Motor Yacht 2000-03
3470 Express 2001-03
5470 Express 2002-03 *5370 Express project
320 Express 2002-06 *3275 Express project
400 Express 2003-05 *3970 Express project
405 Express Motor Yacht 2003-05
440 Express 2003-05 *4370 Express project
370 Express 2003-07 *3772 Express project
540/560 Express 2004/07-11
375 Motor Yacht 2004-05
340 Express 2004-07
445 Express Motor Yacht 2004-12
280 CXi 2005-07
300/310 Express 2005-06/07
520 Express 2005-09
497 Sport Sedan 2006-07 *477 Sport Sedan project
395 Motor Yacht 2006-08 *385 Motor Yacht project
420 Express 2006-10
415 Express Motor Yacht 2006-14
300 CXi 2007-08
390 Sports Coupe 2007-11
447 Sport Sedan 2007-12
330 Express 2008-10
420 Sports Coupe 2008-10
360 Express 2008-11
520 Sports Coupe 2008-11
300 Express 2009-11
420 Sports Coupe 2009-11
480 Cantius 2010-16 *460 Sport Coupe project
350 Express 2011-19
41 Cantius 2011-17
310 Express 2012-13
430 Sports Coupe 2012-14
540 Sports Coupe 2012-14
380 Express 2012-19
45 Cantius 2013-18
315 Express 2014-17
390 Express Coupe 2014-
60 Cantius 2015- *59 Cantius project
338 Bow Rider 2016-20
54 Cantius 2016-22
60 Fly 2016-
54 Fly 2017-22
50 Cantius 2017-
42 Cantius 2018-
46 Cantius 2019-
38 GLS 2020-
34 GLS 2021-
42 GLS 2021-
50 GLS 2023-

August 26, 2023

Thirty Boats Burn Down in Nautica Feltrinelli

A fire which started in the early 02:40 hours of Saturday 26th August at Nautica Feltrinelli in via della Libera Gargnano, Brescia burned about thirty boats. The fire started in a semi-basement boat storage facility of the boat yard, with the alarm and automatic fire extinguishing system igniting to the flames, and three squads of fire fighting squads arriving immediately on the scene.  It was also reported that at ongoing fire one of the Feltrinelli's saved a few of the boats by towing them away.  According to the initial investigation the fire was ignited by a short circuit on one of the boats.
Feltrinelli boating history goes back in time to 1639 with Pietro a family of boat builders in Gargnano on the Garda lake.  The current set up was started by Egidio Feltrinelli in 1919, a returned American migrant in Gargnano who starts building fast racing boats, with the yard becoming a boat storage and repair centre in 1963 by Fausto.  Today Nautica Feltrinelli is guided by Dino, and is Frauscher Italy's dealer since 2003.

New Launch: Rossinavi 49.90m FR047

Rossinavi has launched its latest all custom 49.90 meter super yacht hull no FR047 titled; No Stress Two. FR047 is Rossinavi’s first hybrid yacht equipped with AI; artificial intelligence, with its sporty yacht exterior architecture and interior styling by Venice-based Enrico Gobbi Team for Design, and naval architecture by Arrabito. For the design of Rossinavi FR047 Enrico Gobbi inspired himself to iconic autmotive design.  Build in full-aluminium super sport yacht with a fast-displacement hull, powered by twin MTU 2636hp engines and two electric motors powered by both the generators and the battery pack; when in electric mode, the system is managed by an AI that monitors its consumption. Other key features and captivating aesthetic elements in Rossinavi FR047 are its slender silhouette and dynamic sleek lines, make it well balanced, elegant, and fast, while the interior is minimal but with accurate architectural details. In recent years, Rossinavi has focused heavily on the development of high-efficiency vessels that, in combination with BluE technology, allows for environmentally friendly cruising, for this FR047 is composed of two propulsion systems and independent of each other, which can offer up to five different operating modes therefore adapting perfectly to every need and experiences while in navigation. Rossinavi 49.90 m FR047 was commissioned by a private client who briefed the Viareggio shipyard and Gobbi’s team to achieve spacious interior spaces that would organically blend in with the outdoor areas thanks to the openings on both the hull and superstructure, as well as the continuous floor to ceiling glass windows, allowing for beautiful panoramas and views of the sea to be enjoyed from each area of the super sport yacht while in anchor or navigation.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.90 m (163.7ft)
Beam - 8.95 m
Draft - 2.15 m
Displacement - 498 gt *volume
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, 
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M96L 2636hp
Propulsion - line shafts
Hull Shape - fast displacement
Construction - aluminium 
Project - Enrico Gobbi Team for design exterior and interior, Arrabito naval architect
Certification - RINA

August 25, 2023

New Model: Fleming 85

In December 2020 Fleming announced the project for a new flagship, the 85 model.  Its been three years, an investment in a new facility in Taiwan and finally the Fleming 85, Tony Fleming first super yacht has seen the water, with three units already launched this 2023 year, and fourth in final phases of construction.  As you can see the Fleming 85 has started with a bang; seven hulls sold on plan is a huge success for a conservative explorer yacht builder.  The Fleming 85 comes standard with a lot of stuff, from solar power and Lithuim battery power reserve source for generator less self sufficiency, but future owners do get to choose; from a three or four double cabins interior layout, to a hard top, or a fully enclosed bridge a first for a Fleming with 85 number three being made this way, and an extended up and down bathing platform aft. The Fleming 85 is powered by twin Man 1550hp engines with line shaft propulsion, for speeds up to 25 knots, and ten or longer range eight knots cruise.
Technical Data:
LOA - 25.98 m (85.2ft)
Waterline Length - 22 m
Beam - 6.48 m
Draft - 1.70 m
Displacement - 74,865 kg unloaded, 89,721 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 12,000 l
Water Capacity - 1,900 l
Accommodation - six guests in three cabins or eight guests in four cabins, two crew cabin aft
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1550hp
Propulsion - line shaft with Twin Disc gearbox
Speed -25 knots fast cruise, ten knots long range, eight knots economic
Range - 2700 nautical miles at ten knots, 3700 knots at eight knots
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Project - Norman R. Wright and Sons naval architect

August 24, 2023

Itama Classic Ends Aground in Ibiza

An eleven meter Itama classic ended aground in Ibiza on the afternoon of Thursday 24th August.  The Itama was apparently running with two persons onboard when apparently it ended aground on the islet of Es Malvins to the East of Ibiza.  The Itama was recovered on Monday 28th and taken to Eivissa Marina to a yard for the necessary and needed repairs. The Itama was reported to have sustained no hull breach, damage to shafts, propellers and P-brackets, and a scratch on the forward V-section of the hull.   
The Itama in this grounding is a 1995 38 model.  A project of Mario Amati the Itama 38 debuted in 1978 first as a fully wooden prototype, with the production then moving to fiberglass in later units.  The 1981 Genoa presented Itama 38 was also the first boat to feature an under hull exhaust system.  The Itama 38 was produced in two versions short windscreen till 1985 and long windscreen up to end production in 2001.  176 made to order Itama 38 were made with the model replaced by the 40 in 2003.

Project: Solaris Power 52 Coupe

Solaris Power present the project for the 52 Coupe, a fully enclosed hard-top sport yacht based on the hull lines on the soon to be launched 52 Open.  The 52 Coupe comes from a design of Brunello Acampora of Victory design, the designer of all the Solaris Power range, and presents itself as all year round usable hard-top with patio door sport yacht.  Welcoming you onboard is a large central sun-pad aft with underneath tender garage space, and further forward you enter into the interior where a large C-shaped sofa to starboard offers an opposite galley.  Down below the Solaris Power 52 Coupe is offered in two A and B cabin versions; version A offers two ens-suite cabin with owners cabin at midship, and a crew cabin to starboard.  Version B is a three cabin version with owners stateroom forward, and two guest cabin at midships.  The Solaris Power 52 Coupe is powered by twin Volvo 480hp or 600hp with IPS pod drives, with speeds up to thirty knots with the standard engines, and for 35 knots with the optional units. 

August 23, 2023

New Model: Prestige M8

After launching the M48 in 2022, Prestige takes just a year to follow it and extending its power catamaran range with the larger M8.  A large yacht catamaran the Prestige M8 comes from a design of Garroni and Marc Lombard for exterior and interior by Valentina Militerno de Romedis.  Designated by its wide eight meter beam rather then length, and with this the M8 offering a spacious 270 square-meters of living space. Following this the Prestige M8 comes with configuration choices from two main deck options for a galley and or a lower helm, and five or four double cabins option.  The four cabins option is offered in two choices, with a lower deck galley in the starboard hull replacing the one for the main deck, or the option for larger VIP suite in the port hull. The Prestige M8 also features two crew cabins forward.  Other options in the Prestige M8 is that to have an enclosed flybridge deck. The Prestige is powered by twin Volvo 600hp for top speeds up to 21 knots and a cruise of nineteen, and or a long range nine knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.82 m (65ft)
Hull Length - 19.6 m
Beam - 8.85 m
Draft - 1.65 m
Displacement - 41120 kg unloaded, 52670 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 1850 l
Water Capacity - 2 x 425 l
Accommodation - eight berths in four cabins, or ten berths in 5 cabins, 1 or 2 crew cabin berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 21 knots max, nineteen knots cruise, eight knots long range
Range - 350 nautical miles at cruise
Project - Garroni and Marc Lombard for exterior, Valentina Militerno de Romedis interior
Certification - CE A-10/B-12/C-16/D-20

August 22, 2023

Project: Fratelli Aprea Lancia 52

Fratelli Aprea present the project for the Lancia 52, a walk around Gozzo inspired yacht of sixteen meters in length, with design coming from Brunello Acampora's Victory design. The Lancia 52 follows what other traditional gozzo builders have pioneered in recent years, most notably Apreamare and Mimi, for a walk around centre console traditional yacht suited for day cruisers with bow to stern exterior spaces.  Brunello Acampora design was a pioneer in this style when he designed the 11m Gozzo for Apreamare in 2017, although the next versions of the models by Marco Casali proved more a point where the design should go. Previous to this model Fratelli Aprea was the most traditional of the production gozzo builders, with current builds of seven to fifteen meters having an abundant flair which can compete with that of Eastern Carolina sportfish custom builders.  From the renderings visible so far the flair on the Lancia 52 seems less dramatic.  The Lancia Aprea 52 will feature three propulsion choices from traditional line shafts, Volvo IPS pod drives, and quadruple Mercury 600hp outboards with this last option showing the Italian Sorrento builder also looking at the expansive North American market.

August 21, 2023

New Model: Riviera 585 SUV

Riviera continue to expand and evolve its SUV series, possibly one if not the most hybrid of style yachts range in existence today.  The new Rivera 585 SUV was presented in the 2023 Sanctuary Cove boat show and sits as second in size model of the range, behind the 2021 launched 645 and replacing the 575 SUV model.  The 585 SUV is a total new yacht compared to the 575 SUV which was an evolution of the 565 presented in 2012, being fifty centimetres wider and over a meter longer then its predecessor, and thanks to this can take Volvo's current largest twelve litre block offered in 900 or 1000hp engines with IPS pod drives.  The 585 SUV offers an interior with three double cabins and three shower heads; two of which; master stateroom and VIP being ensuited. The main deck is made for entertainment with an astern galley layout, and an outdoor-indoor dining area which is something unique to Riviera's SUV and Sports Motor Yacht range.  The Riviera 585 SUV offers an option for a crew cabin or utility room located at midships in between the engine room and full beam owners suite.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.82 m (65ft)
Hull Length - 17.9 m
Beam - 5.67 m
Draft - 1.67 m
Displacement - 30820 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 4500 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins plus optional one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp, or D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS1200 and IPS1350 dual propeller pod drives
Certification - ISO8666 for dimensions, CE B

August 20, 2023

Classic Boat Fire in Ostia, Rome

A nine meter classic sport cruiser with one person onboard went ablaze in between Fiumicino and Ostia, on 18:30 hours of Saturday nineteen August.  The one person onboard after jumping off the boat in the sea was saved by the Fiumiara river police, and at a later stage a fire fighting squad came to the scene with two boats assisted by the Guardia Costiera, turning off the fire before 20:00 hours, but after this the boat sank.  No pollution was made with the fuel tank being recovered, and the boat refloated a day later.  
The classic boat in this fire is a Zarcos 9/m Sport designed by Renato Sonny Levi for hull and exterior by Franco Harrauer and produced in the early to mid seventies.  The 9/m Sport was an evolution of the 8/m and C.V. 500 models.  
Zarcos acronym for Scorza, the surname of the boat builder owner debuted in around 1967 trusting its production to Levi's design, and the pioneering lamellar construction, glued wood at an acute angle to form a solid strong laminate.  Zarcos became popular in the seventies and in that decade also expanded from the first seven meters of the sixties up to a 21 meter flagship which debuted in 1976.  Zarcos is believed to having closed in the early eighties, with the 13/m and 15/m VIP models becoming popular beyond there production run.

Van der Valk New Web Site

Van der Valk presents its new web site.  Van der Valk was founded in 1967 by Wim Van der Valk, with the initial success coming from building cabin and aft cabin cruisers from seven to ten meters in length of steel and aluminium.  In the 1970s Van der Valk continued its rise, introducing popular models as the Valkkruiser, Comfort, Royal, Falcon, and Super Falcon.  This success was continued when in the mid eighties Van der Valk launched the Vitesse series, and again in the nineties with the introduction of the Continental series.  In the 2000s Van der Valk started a collaboration with Guido de Groot, today added with further collaborations with Vripack, Cor D. Rover and Ginton.  In 2013 Van der Valk launched its largest build to date with the Trawler 36.80m hull no. WV0106, designed by Guido de Groot with naval architecture by Ginton.  Still managed by Wim its founder, Van der Valk operates from its production complex in Waalwijk which includes a sixty meter long aluminium construction hall, three assembly halls, painting hall, warehouse, production office, and a paved open dock which has 7000 sqm of land area and 120 meters of mooring space.  Van der Valk has in the last ten to fifteen years transformed itself to a semi-custom and custom boutique builder offering four ranges; Raised Pilothouse, Flybridge, Beachclub, Explorer, and Custom build to order line.  Currenly Van der Valk has four units under construction; starting from a Flybridge 21.27m, and going to the 35m Project Samba.  For 2023 Van der Valk has just launched the custom Pilot 34m.  Van der Valk website is available in English, German, and Dutch language and takes you around with the following buttons; Yachts, Fleet, Global, and Menu.  Van der Valk is also on social media with link buttons appearing at the bottom of the menu page taking you to its Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, and Instagram pages. 
Production History; (semi-production only)
Beach Club 660 2020- (3

August 19, 2023

Lobsterman Saves Two Persons from Boat Fire

A lobsterman fisherman saved two boaters from a fourteen meter traditional inspired cruiser titled m/y Titan which went ablaze, some nautical miles off Sequin Island, in the coast of Georgetown, Maine on the late morning of Saturday nineteen August.  It took about an hour for the coast guard rescue vessel to arrive in the scene, and with the tender also burned, if it was not for the several lobsterman which answered the call we might be looking for two persons in the water.  The traditional lobster cruiser totally burned down in less to an hour, and sank in about sixty meters of water.  One of the two man suffered some minor burning injuries, with both men taken back to the dock.  The Coast Guard said it will inspect the scene and try to find what caused the boat fire. 
M/y Titan the traditional lobster boat inspired cruiser in this fire is a Sabre Salon Express 48.  The Salon Express 48 offeres a two large cabins lower deck layout and is powered by Cummins or Volvo 550hp and or 600hp with pod drives for speeds up to 37 knots with the large engine option.  The Sabre 48 was also added with a Fly Bridge version in 2016.

Sport Cruiser Burns in Capri

A sport cruiser of about eight meters in length with one person onboard went ablaze, while berthed in Capri's Marina Piccola, at 15:45 of Saturday nineteen August.  The person onboard the sport cruiser was reported to be a mechanic, working on an engine when fire started to come out from under the dash in the helm station.  Immediate the response of Capri's Marina Piccola berth assistance personnel, who first unmoored the sport cruiser, and towed her away to open sea where she burned down and sank.  A fire fighting squad also assisted in the boat fire, with a medical team coming to help the injured with burns mechanic who was taken to hospital for observation.
The sport cruiser in this fire is a Chapparal 290 Signature produced from 2004 to 09.  The 290 Signature offered an open layout interior sleeping six and was powered by twin 190 up to 270hp gas, or twin 200hp diesel engines with stern drives.  The 290 Signature evolved from the 280 with a different stern and tad longer bathing platform, becoming a second generation 290 with upper port holes and other minor design changes in 2010.

New Launch: Codecasa 58 Hull C127

Codecasa Shipyard is pleased to announce the launching of the new 58 meter Hull C127, which took place on the morning of Friday seventh July at their production facility of Viareggio. Titled m/y Kathryn C127 is a steel hull and aluminium superstructure super yacht of 58 meters of length over all with a modern and elegant profile, and exceptional technical performance. The technical team of Codecasa is in fact very proud of the results achieved for this super yacht with a refined and gritty line. The super yacht features a displacement hull optimized with the best techniques currently available to reach and exceed the threshold of twenty knots at light displacement, powered by twin Caterpillar engines with a range of six thousand nautical miles at twelve knots. C127 features all inhouse naval architecture by Codecasa, while her design was born from the close collaboration with the well-known architecture studio M2 Atelier in Milan. Codecasa 58 Hull C127 features an interior with an owner’s stateroom, one Vip suite and four guests suites. Crew accommodation is for a captain's cabin and six double crew cabins. Codecasa C127 features some standout features like the comfortable lift serving all decks, a beach area astern with a folding shell door that becomes a swimming platform, a Gym, and a splash pool of eight squared meters on the Sun Deck.
Technical Data:
LOA - 57.75 m (189.4ft)
Beam - 10.5 m
Draft - 3.20 m
Displacement - 830 t
Fuel Capacity - 150,000 l
Water Capacity - 30,000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, thirteen crew in seven cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 3516E 3386hp
Propulsion - line shaft with five blade class S propellers
Speed - twenty knots max, twelve knots cruise
Range - six thousand nautical miles at cruise
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel AH36 hull, aluminium 5083 H111/H321 super structure
Project - M2 Atelier design, Codecasa naval architecture
Certification - Lloyds 100A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 LMC+UMS Part A full compliant

August 18, 2023

Boat Sinks Near Stintino

A traditional motor cruiser of about eight meters in length with one passenger onboard sank near Punta Negra, to the North of Stintino, North West of Sardinia on 05:00 hours of eighteen August.  The cases of the sinking are not reported, though some unconfirmed reports are saying the traditional cruiser hit the reef of Punta Negra and probably to try and save the boat decided to beach it.  The one crew was helped by nearby boaters, and then assisted by the Guardia Costiera and Fire Fighters of the area. The man was later transported by the coast guard to Stintino.
The boat in this sinking is a Sagene 28 a pilot boat inspired motor cruiser with an accommodation for two on the lower deck, and a living with dinette and galley.  The Sagene 28 was a natural evolution of the Bargo 4, and was produced from the mid eighties till the nineties.

Project: Apreamare Maestro 88

Apreamare reveals preview images for a new full-custom semi-planning super yacht destined to change the way to experience the sea: surprising volumes, timeless elegance, and superior quality of life on board, united by that sense of safety and reliability that has always distinguished the Maestro line, now masterfully reinterpreted by the Casali-Tagliavini duo. Great projects, like stories, can arise by chance, from the passionate and joyful intuitions of its protagonists, so it is in art or science, as in boating as well. This is the case for the Maestro line by Apreamare, which traces its origins to a restaurant in Genoa during the 2005 Boat Show, when the first sketches were drawn on a piece of paper. The fervent and creative mind of Cataldo Aprea conceived a motor-yacht to navigate with a modern live aboard comfort, with great style. The success of the Maestro line, the 82 sold ten units in a production run which lasted ten years from 2008 to 2020 has inspired a new challenge for the Sorrento-based shipyard, addressed to architect Marco Casali and Umberto Tagliavini as naval architect. The challenge came from a repeat Apreamare owner, eager for a larger yacht capable of guaranteeing long and safe voyages in tough conditions and a superior quality of life on board. After the initial evaluation, the shipyard and owner converged for a new flagship of over 27 metres in overall length, while remaining below the 24-metre regulatory threshold, and thus, the new Maestro 88 is born, fully customized with a semi-planning hull. While she strongly recalls the family-feeling of the previous Maestro line, the new 88 introduces innovative solutions and a fresh interpretation of style, form, and liveability, just like the new Gozzo line. Starting from design imperatives and stylistic cornerstones, which form the basis for the large and liveable cockpit and the unmistakably coordinated exteriors and interiors, Umberto Tagliavini proposed a dedicated hull geometry to tame the sea, even in adverse weather conditions, ensuring the complete safety and comfort of guests on board. Departing from her sisters in the previous Maestro line, rather than committing to planning hull, the Maestro 88 will feature a semi-planning keel optimized to cruise at eighteen knots in absolute comfort, with the possibility for a 23 knots as maximum speed. Regarding propulsion options, Apreamare Maestro 88 will come with twin Man 1600hp engines as standard, with eight thousand litres of fuel for a range up to one thousand nautical miles at ten knots. For Maestro 88 hull one, the owner chose the larger engines of twin 2,000hp Man which increase top speed by five knots. The external lines, endowed with great elegance and visual impact by the hand of Marco Casali, continuously dialogue with the indoor, which were designed to experience all around views of the sea. Compromises were not permitted in this project, resulting in continuous and direct visual contact with the outdoor. The connection with the marine element finds its natural quintessence on the large aft deck, in the bow lounge, across the sprawling beach club and through the long sliding glass windows. The expansive glazing also characterize the hull for a good part of its length, sending lots of light below deck, bringing out the chromatic games, and embellishing the marine reflections which are projected into the interiors. To solidify the sense of enhanced safety, a bow high above the water has been designed with an 80 cm rail, a pleasant frame to protect free circulation onboard, and for greater freedom of movement on deck. On the flybridge numerous spaces are to be dedicated to relaxation and boasting an elegant galley module with wet-bar, a T-Top with a light and captivating design stands out. The entire surface area of this part is covered with solar panels to power the onboard systems. For the entertainment of guests or for romantic getaways, the transom garage can house a four-metre tender and numerous water toys. The interiors are fully personalized, customizable in the number of cabins, furnishings and concept. Hull number one of the Maestro 88 will be launched with four suites, a studio and relaxation corner with an electric piano, but future owners have the option for up to five guest cabins and two for crew to accommodate a total of four. The flexibility of the Maestro 88 is a further confirmation of the Apreamare construction philosophy, operating as a “boutique” shipyard, capable of responding to any need for customization through an infinite choice of materials, essences, fabrics and colours, and thanks to the skilled hands of the internal workers, who are real artisans of excellence.

August 17, 2023

Fairline Yacht Burns Down in Krestovsky Island St. Petersburg

A 22 meter Fairline motor yacht burned and eventually sank in Krestovsky Island yacht marina, in the North West of St. Petersburg, Russia on the morning of Thursday seventeen August. Tens of fire fighters rushed to scene in both land and sea ways to control the fire with no success.  According to the reports the yacht burned when it was trying to start a generator. No one was injured in the fire, and other boats seem to have not been involved. Videos on social media pages show how the yacht quickly burned down from top to bottom in a space of fifteen minutes. The yacht semi-sank after the fire though it is considered a wreck to dispose off.
The Fairline in this fire is a Squadron 74 produced from 2003 to 07, to a design of Bernard Olesinski.  The Fairline Squadron 74 offered an interior of four double cabins and was powered by Cat or Man engines of 1500hp for speeds in around 32 knots.  The Squadron 74 was Fairline flagship at launch, selling 29 units in four years, before evolving into the Squadron 78 Custom in 2008 and selling another 86 units till 2018, making it one of the most sold yachts in its size.

Bayliner Boat Hits Pier Then Sinks in Hamilton Harbour

An eleven meter Bayliner flybridge cruiser with one person onboard was the attention of drama after it hit a pier, and later on sank in Hamilton Harbor just after 20:00 hours of Wednesday sixteen August.  The Bayliner cruiser was apparently returning to the harbor when it hit the pier and started sinking.  Hamilton Police rushed to the scene and arrested the only man onboard the boat, a 28 year old from Waterloo which was accused of operating the boat in an impaired condition.
The Bayliner in this collision is a 3870 Motor Yacht produced from 1983 to 89, and 90 to 94 in the 3888 radar arch version.  Featuring a semi planning flat-V hull shape with modest power the 3870 Motor Yacht offered a two cabins two head accommodation layout.  Bayliner sold over a thousand 3870/ 3888 Motor Yacht, with the model replaced by the 3988 Motor Yacht in 1995.

Sunseeker Yacht Ends Aground in Ilha Desert

A nineteen meter Sunseeker sport yacht with twelve persons onboard ended aground at about 02:00 hours of Thursday seventeen August, in Ilha Deserta located to the West of Faro Olhao in Portugal.  The passengers where assisted by the Portugal Maritime police, and a sixteen meter sport yacht which was traveling with the grounded super yacht. All the persons where uninjured in this grounding collision. The sport yacht was removed from Ilha Deserta a couple days later, with the help of a dagger and a tug boat, and then towed to Villamoura for repairs.  An unsuccessful attempt was made to tow the yacht away on the same evening by the other yacht, luckily not succeeding considering the minimum of damage to the propellers and rudders does create a hull breach and would have probably sunk the yacht.
The Sunseeker in this grounding is the Predator 62 model, produced from 2005 to 2008, it offers interior with three double cabins and is powered from twin engines from 1100 up to 1300hp in line shaft propulsion for top speeds in the mid thirties with the big engine option. Sold in about fifty units the Predator 62 was a replacement to the 68 and was replaced by the 64 which used the same hull and a different super structure.
The assisting sixteen meter sport yacht is a Pershing 52 produced from 2000 to 2004 to a design of Fulvio de Simoni. The Pershing 52 has an interior with three double cabins, and a choice of pwc garage or crew cabin aft, and is powered by twin Man 800 or 1000hp engines with surfaced drives for speeds up to 45 knots from the more powerful option.  The Pershing 52 came out as a replacement to the 54, and was replaced by the 50 in the fall of 2003.

New Model: Sunseeker 75 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker present the new 75 Sport Yacht, an evolution of the 74SY with improvement in every area. The new for 2023 75 Sport Yacht balances beautiful architecture with functionality and a beautiful symmetry. Dual steps lead from the bathing platform to the aft cockpit, with a tender garage capable of housing a tender just short of four meters in size. A signature walkaround step on the bathing platform elongates the yacht while providing a visual feature that creates a unique perspective from the marina. Meanwhile, access to the starboard side is improved, making full use of the side decks. Aesthetic styling is prevalent in every detail. The yacht profile turns heads with stainless steel air intake cowlings and exterior handrails, contributing to the high-quality finish. There is an enhanced material selection, with new exterior upholstery and moulding options. Adventurous buyers will be captivated by a choice of four new grey hull colours. Overall, the exterior is aggressive and imposing, with a new, angular hull and superstructure glazing design. The aft cockpit benefits from a classic seating arrangement. Popular U-shaped seating with a rise-and-fall carbon fibre table provides an intimate social area. The aft sun-pad is an ideal sunbathing space, with a large storage compartment concealed underneath. The cockpit door slides to starboard and then the door and window descend beneath the seating, uniting the cockpit with the saloon. A traditional second helm is accessible on the spacious flybridge via a stairway. Adjacent companion seating on the starboard side, adjoined by a chaise-longue sun-pad, offers an uncompromised view of the water. Complete with a wet-bar for the essentials. Meanwhile, up front there is a spacious foredeck with seating and a table for six. Cold drinks are at hand courtesy of the built-in drawer fridges whilst the broad comfortable sunpads feature tilting backrests. The design extends throughout the interior with exquisite woods, contrasting fabrics and rich lacquers, paired with indirect and dimmable lighting, create a sophisticated and striking ambience. Bold features include carbon fibre trims, sharp accent designs, reflective surfaces and stainless-steel cabinet detailing. A double-piece windscreen improves visibility and invites light into the main deck. The interior space is customisable from the material selection to the configuration. The main deck seating centres around a fold-out table on the starboard side and a large television unit on the port side in a standard arrangement, all flooded by natural light thanks to the full height glazing. The comprehensively equipped helm station is forward of the U-shaped sofa, maintaining a typical Sunseeker layout. The lower deck arrangement offers spacious accommodation for up to eight guests and two crew. A sumptuous full-beam master cabin has a dressing table fitted with storage, a chaise longue and plenty of additional wardrobe space. All three guest suites come with an en suite, and access to a shared day head is available from the lower hallway. The fully-fitted lower galley and dining space offer a social zone for intimate entertaining. With so much choice on offer, buyers can tailor their 75 Sport Yacht to fit their lifestyle perfectly. The Sunseeker 75 Sport is powered by standard Man 1550hp and or optional 1900hp engines with speeds up to forty knots from the large engines.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.06 m (75.8ft)
Beam - 5.38 m
Draft - 1.87 m
Displacement - 46900 kg medium load
Fuel Capacity - 4800 l
Water Capacity - 800 l
Accommodation - six guest in three cabins, or eight guests in four cabins, 3 crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V12 1550hp, V12 1900hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - forty knots with twin Man 1900hp, ten knots economic long range
Range - 900 nm at ten knots