October 31, 2023

Monthly News - October 2023

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Aicon Yachts New Production Manager

Aicon Yachts is thrilled to introduce Mr. Giuseppe Picciolo as the new Production Manager for the shipyard; his joining our team marks a milestone in the journey of innovation and excellence we pursue. Giuseppe Picciolo's extraordinary experience in the shipbuilding industry is a testament to unwavering passion, innovation, and dedication, and we are delighted to welcome him to our team. In fact, Giuseppe Picciolo's career is nothing short of remarkable. His story begins in the early 2000s with Antago/Aicon; it was during those years that Giuseppe embarked on a journey of discovery and innovation that would shape his position within the nautical industry. With each step in his journey, he climbed the ranks, demonstrating his expertise in production, ultimately reaching the coveted position of Director of Production. His journey continued, taking him through Abacus Yachts and from there to renowned shipyards, including Fincantieri and Azimut. In an incredible twist of fate, Giuseppe Picciolo's path brings him back to his roots, to Sicily, his homeland, the place where it all began. Discovering Aicon Yachts in full production, Giuseppe realized he wanted to return to where his passion for the nautical industry had ignited over two decades ago. With Giuseppe on board, we are headed towards a promising future; his expertise will undoubtedly continue to shape the landscape of yacht design and construction.


Azimut Brings Artificial Intelligence Onboard

Azimut inaugurates the 2023|2024 nautical season with the announcement of new projects and partnerships, demonstrating the Shipyard’s dedication to continuous innovation. The recent collaboration with Google Cloud and Reply – the company specializing in the design and implementation of solutions based on new communication channels and digital media – is a promising example, with important implication for smart boat management.  The desire to discover new frontiers was already expressed in the debut of Magellano 60, which was used by the Group’s R&D department for the first long voyages powered by HVO – the biodiesel fuel produced by Eni Sustainable Mobility that has made it possible to reduce well-to-wake CO2 emissions by up to 80% – and chosen to bring the artificial intelligence of Google Cloud and Reply on board for the first time.  The two partners are synonymous with innovation, perfectly positioned to support the Shipyard’s path of digital transformation, which sees technology improve the experience of life on board, offering the freedom to focus more on what really matters: the sea, nature, and time with family and friends. Thanks to the collaboration with Google Cloud and Reply, Azimut has created a proprietary app that leverages Google Cloud data management and analysis and speech-to-text capacities included in its Vertex AI solution to combine boat management and smart home functionality for the first time, allowing you to interact with the yacht through voice commands or access the system remotely.  The beta version installed on board the Magellano 60 for testing – controls the entertainment, lighting and climate systems, as well as the appliances. It also displays up-to-date information from the main computer, allowing real-time water and fuel monitoring and supporting the optimization of resource management. Additionally, security cameras can be installed and integrated to remotely monitor the yacht.  “We are thrilled to support Azimut in its digital transformation path leveraging Google Cloud’s artificial intelligence solutions to help them providing their customers with a better experience onboard and develop new standards of innovation in their industry” explains Fabio Fregi, Country Manager Italy Google Cloud.  “The main challenge was integrating the digital world with physical engineering, which is our forte. From this union, with the support of Google Cloud technology, the app was created with all the functionalities that can be further implemented: we are currently combining the IoT (Internet of Things) component with AI to build an advanced conversational intelligence that can be queried for information on a specific knowledge domain, such as technical manuals on board” concludes Tatiana Rizzante, CEO of Reply.  With these unprecedented collaborations in the yachting industry, Azimut and its partners put technology at the service of beauty, to further enhance the onboard lifestyle.

Azimut Wins Best of Show for Fort Lauderdale 2023

A new recognition for Azimut comes from Fort Lauderdale, where the 64th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show organized by Informa Markets has just ended. The Shipyard was awarded the Best of Show, organized by FLIBS together with Fox Sports.  The Best of Show is awarded to the most innovative boats on display at FLIBS. This year, the overall winner is the Grande 36M by Azimut, chosen from among eight finalists by an independent jury who rewarded its high level of design, architecture, performance, and technology.  Phil Purcell, CEO/President of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida which owns FLIBS, comments: “As an organization, we are firmly dedicated to being at the forefront of the industry, continuously setting the gold standard for excellence and innovation. Honoring Azimut and their remarkable team with this accolade at FLIBS signifies our commitment to leading the way in the world of boating and maritime excellence, and all the exceptional vessels which were showcased here are a testament to this dedication.”  “We are honored to win Best of Show for the Grande 36M. It recognizes the ongoing design and innovation research Azimut is globally renowned for. The Upper Deck's infinity semi-walkaround layout, first seen on a boat of this size, runs seamlessly from stern to bow. This model, which premiered at Flibs, is already drawing incredible interest and this award is the best way to welcome her successful debut in the US market.” says Federico Ferrante, President of Azimut Benetti Americas. 


Cranchi Special Sea Trial

From San Giorgio di Nogaro, in the Northern Adriatic, to Porto Rotondo, at the heart of Sardinia's Costa Smeralda: four stops and over a thousand nautical miles on board a brand-new Settantotto 78.  These are the numbers behind a special sea trial performed by Cranchi Yachts' technicians to test in depth the performance of our flagship – its behaviour in the water, the operation of its equipment, and the level of soundproofing of the cabins and other interior areas.  We can't call it a cruise, then, but it's hard not to feel a little envious of those who took part in this task: circumnavigating the entire Italian peninsula and once again certifying the exceptional level of reliability of each and every detail of the yacht.  The quality control procedures are an integral part of the design and production phases of each of our models. Each vessel built therefore undergoes tests and inspections both at the shipyard and upon delivery in order to guarantee the highest level of owner satisfaction.

Cranchi Whole Range on Video

Cranchi presents a four minutes video, showing its full range of boats and yachts from 26 to 78 feet.  Take time out for four minutes of pure pleasure and watch an up-to-date overview of Cranchi's range of models: from the super-yacht class flagship to the 26' luxury tenders.

Cranchi Private Show Resumes

From October, the Cranchi Private Show schedule will resume: from week to week, a wide selection of models will be available for interior tours and reserved sea trials.  The Cranchi Private Show is held at the "Italo Monzino" Marine Test Centre, Cranchi Yachts' permanent showroom on the Adriatic. An exclusive location in a splendid natural setting which is easily reached from Milan, Venice, Treviso and Trieste airports.  Fill out the form to contact your local dealer, check availability of the models and arrange an appointment for a test drive. 

Cranchi New Set of Brochures 2023/24

Those who have seen Cranchi at the boat shows will have also had the opportunity to discover the new brochures.  This set includes the volume Cranchi Yachts' Collections 2023/2024, with an overview of our entire range, as well as three catalogues dedicated to the individual collections.  In addition to these brochures are those dedicated to each individual model, including the new designs set to début in 2024.  The most demanding visitors have had the opportunity to leave our stands with the entire set of publications, but without weighing down their bags too much! Indeed, only the Cranchi Yachts' Collections catalogue is available on paper. All the other brochures are in PDF format, conveniently available by scanning the QR Code or visiting our website: an agile solution which allows the brochures to be stored and viewed at any time on your computer, tablet or smartphone. 


CRN New International Certification for Sustainability

CRN, the historic shipyard specialising in the design, engineering and construction of superyachts up to 90 metres, has written an important chapter in the brand’s 60-year history by obtaining special recognition for the SuP-Y: Sustainable Powered Yacht Project. After a year and a half of R&D work together, RINA Services Spa confirms that the Ferretti Group Sustainable Yacht project is sized appropriately for proper functioning and easy management, and meets the regulatory requirements for safe implementation.  A coordinated effort by Ferretti Group Super Yacht Division, Weichai Power Science and Technology Division and RINA Services Spa has made it possible to develop a sustainable architecture that entails the installation of modern fuel cells on board a CRN superyacht. This new technology takes an important step towards the future of yachting, based on an easy-to-manage solution that meets all regulatory requirements to ensure safety on board.  The purpose of the project is to determine a sustainable technical architecture with the most efficient implementation of Fuel Cell technology on board a Ferretti Group Super Yacht. “Sustainable concepts” have been developed for two superyacht naval platforms: Platform 11.50 with hybrid propulsion for yachts from 60m to 70m, Platform 14.20 with a diesel-electric power plant for yachts from 75m to 90m.  Both architectures are equipped with PEM Fuel Cells as an alternative power source, fed by hydrogen reformed from green methanol and optimized to ensure predefined levels of performance and autonomy: several days in full hotel mode without diesel generators running and the capability to sail in zero emission mode for several hours depending on cruising speed. This approach significantly reduces total emissions and ensures compliance with the strictest environmental standards.  The collaboration with RINA Services Spa confirms and underscores CRN’s commitment to pushing both the boundaries of sustainable maritime applications and the brand’s proactive approach towards the incorporation of sustainable power supplies into their vessels. This initiative shows that the shipyard is at the forefront of adopting greener technologies within the yachting industry.


Cruisers Introduces Future of Yachting

Cruisers Yachts, a premier American manufacturer of luxury yachts, is proud to announce the upcoming launch of their all-new groundbreaking Flybridge series, a brand-new evolution of their popular Cruisers Cantius series. This latest addition to the Cruisers Yachts lineup is a testament to their commitment to excellence and elevating their brand to further horizons. The new Flybridge series will include three new yachts, starting with the launch of the 55 Fly. This is all a result of an extraordinary fusion of technology and nature. These yachts will have a sleek, futuristic exterior reminiscent of a spaceship gliding on the water and boast clean styling lines inspired by marine predators. This extraordinary vessel, designed from the keel up, features an interior created in collaboration with renowned superyacht designer Luiz Debasto of Debasto Designs. The design theme, "Back to Nature in a Tech World," blends organic shapes in earth and ocean tones, complemented with natural fibers. The result is a serene, inviting living space flooded with natural light.  Josh Delforge, VP of Operations and Engineering, comments, "We set out to create a 'Super Fly' – a yacht that exceeds all expectations of Cruisers flybridges of the past. Our design team focused on delivering the best-in-class water interaction, a superior flybridge entertaining space, and a fresh interior design direction, all wrapped in a futuristic evolution of the Cantius DNA. We take immense pride in building these amazing new vessels in our facilities in Wisconsin."  Mark Pederson, President of Cruisers Yachts, comments, "This extraordinary series will propel the Cruisers Yachts brand into the future, helping to set a new standard in design, performance, and luxury. We are proud to introduce our brand-new Flybridge series; this symbolizes our enduring dedication to creating exceptional vessels for our customers to always be in awe of."  This Flybridge series promises to be more than a yacht; it's a modern marine engineering masterpiece designed for yachting enthusiasts who demand the very best. With its combination of sleek, futuristic design and unmatched features, it promises to be a game-changer in the luxury yachting world.  


Feadship Receives Second Approval by Lloyds Register

Feadship received a second Approval-in-Principle (AiP) by Lloyd’s Register on their compact multi-fuel system design. This design is the result of long lasting R&D and industry cooperation, and underpins a milestone on Feadship’s energy transition roadmap. It is the starting point for several Feadship new-build projects under development. The main challenge was to identify all aspects associated with the containment and handling of low-flashpoint fuels and to engineer a fuel system that is both compact, remaining resilient for various fuels and foremost secures safety. The system design is engineered with the philosophy in mind, that the next generation of yachts has to be flexible to adept to the changing shipping fuel production and supply chain. Driven by shipping’s most predominant sectors and emission taxation regimes, vast investments are made into the construction of over already more than 120 large merchant ships and the required fuel production and supply chain. The fuel of choice across the global seagoing shipping board is ‘methanol’, leaving only the question “how to adept to this transition the next decade(s)?”.


Ferretti Custom Line Launches Six Hulls in Three Months

In little more than two months, six Custom Line superyachts from 30 to 42 metres in length have entered the water.  The launch of the 18th Custom Line 106’ Planing line hull took place last July 14 and was attended by the shipyard’s employees and the owner family. Custom Line 106’ M/Y CENTURY STAR, an emblem of clean architectural lines and timeless excellence, is a creation of the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, with the support of Francesco Paszkowski Design for the interiors and the exterior styling. The Custom Line Atelier played a crucial role in the interior design process, working in close and constant contact with the customer – based in the AMAS region – to interpret their wishes in terms of style. Pure lines and generous spaces – the yacht is 32.82 metres long and 7.4 metres in the beam – give this superyacht an understated refinement that features natural transitions between all the settings.  Late July saw the launch of the 28th Custom Line Navetta 33 hull. This Navetta line superyacht is the result of collaboration between the Strategic Product Committee – which handled the exterior styling – and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, whose architects and designers created the interiors, with the support of strategic consulting provided by the Custom Line Atelier. The powerful but balanced profile of this 33-metre yacht with a 7.52-metre beam is the epitome of class and elegance. In the refined, harmonious design of the interiors, light, rich colours like milk white or snow white are set off against the darker, more seductive tones of bronze, black, lava grey and anthracite. These colour shades are reprised in the original furnishings and fine materials, such as polished Nero Marquina and polished Calcatta Ondulato marble.  M/Y KARMA C, the 15th hull in the Custom Line Navetta 30 line, entered the water on September 5 in a ceremony attended by the owners, who are based in the EMEA region. With a length of 28.43 m and a beam of 7.3 m, this superyacht is the result of collaboration between the Strategic Product Committee – which handled the exterior styling – and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department; the interior architecture is by ACPV ARCHITECTS Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, with strategic consulting provided by the Custom Line Atelier for the interior design and architect Filippo Salvetti for the exteriors. For the first time, Navetta 30 has a grey hull that, taken together with the outdoor spaces characterised by the horizontal sweep of the lines, extends the dynamism of the hull towards the bow, giving this megayacht a sleek and dynamic profile. The four-deck configuration amplifies the space on board, arranged in settings created to capture special moments of conviviality and relaxation. With the large, glazed surfaces in the hull and generous stern and bow areas, this superyacht offers a panoramic view in every direction.  The 19th superyacht in the Custom Line 106’ Planing line was launched on September 20. Custom Line 106’ embodies Made in Italy excellence, with hull lines designed to deliver hydrodynamic performance at the very highest level. The luminous beauty of this yacht is conferred on it by the light that permeates and amplifies the space on board. The outdoor and indoor areas feature a sophisticated but understated design, expressing a strong formal balance punctuated by a few standout elements. The harmonious colour palette is based on the use of neutral, warm colours such as white, sepia, various shades of light and dark brown and bronze, plus a few touches of grey-green, combined with sophisticated materials such as Bianco Lasa and polished Orobico marble.  On September 25, the third hull of the Custom Line 140’ Planing line flagship took to the sea, the result of collaboration between the Ferretti Group Engineering Department and Francesco Paszkowski Design for the exterior and interior design. With a sleek and powerful silhouette, Custom Line 140’ has an overall length of 42.61 metres and a maximum beam of 8.54 metres. The yacht has a sporty character and modern styling, with taught lines that sweep from bow to stern, creating an incredible alternation of materials and colours represented by the light-coloured structural surfaces and dark plate glass. The modern, elegant design of the outdoor and indoor areas is inspired by residential architecture and draws on in-depth research to enhance the shapes and volumes involved. The furnishings and decor, designed and produced in collaboration with renowned design brands, make use of original techniques and high-end materials. They include a wide selection of marbles such as Calcatta Gold and Roma Imperiale, brushed oak parquet and marquetry, or the craft of applying decorative veneers.  With the launch last October 3 of the tenth Custom Line 120’ hull M/Y CarMa, ordered by an owner based in the EMEA region, the brand’s entire Planing line entered water in less than a month.  With a length of 38.36 meters and a beam of 7.65 meters, this superyacht has a distinctly sporty personality defined by sleek, powerful contours and modern styling, offering the maximum in terms of speed, performance and wellbeing on board. The design connects the exterior and interior settings through large hull windows and floor-to-ceiling glazing on deck, allowing natural light reflected off the blue sea to flood in.  These latest launches testify to the success of Custom Line yachts, created to offer a magnificent experience at sea. They feature a blend of unique, standout factors, including innovative onboard technology, high performance and cutting-edge design, plus the high level of customisation resulting from strategic contributions by the Custom Line Atelier, which supports owners in every stage of the process and every decision, with the aim of creating a superyacht tailor made according to their own tastes and lifestyle.

Ferretti Group Opens Scuola dei Maestieri in Sarnico and Mondolfo

Ferretti Group is enjoying double-digit growth and as it seeks out new production sites it must also address the need to hire new specialized workers to assign to its luxury yacht production.  Craftsmanship and skills specific to the luxury yacht industry are talents increasingly in demand, especially at Ferretti, whose plans to expand production include the new Ravenna facility, a model of innovation and sustainability.  This is one of the reasons behind the Scuola dei Mestieri, a Ferretti Group project for 18 to 29-year-olds who want to start a career in the high-end Italian yacht industry.  The Group’s Scuola dei Mestieri is not based on simple extra-curricular apprenticeship but provides professional training courses that combine both theory and on-the-job experience in the shipyard. Training moves between classroom, workshops and hands-on experience in production departments, working towards concrete career prospects.  The goal of transferring knowledge will also be achieved by exploiting the Group’s own know-how: the classroom courses will be held by managers and key technical experts, including former yard managers and line foremen.  After completion of the first edition of the course, held in Forlì, the initiative will be extended to the Mondolfo and Sarnico sites.  In Sarnico, two Salesian training centres (Don Bosco and CFP Zanardelli) will enable apprentices to get hands-on experience of the workplace in the three main operating areas: mechanical and systems engineering, fitting out and carpentry, painting and fibreglass.  At the Mondolfo site, on the other hand, w.academy a business school specialising in training and placement will provide support for the training of apprentices specialising in marine engineering and hydraulic systems.  Including the upcoming edition of the Scuola dei Mestieri course in Forlì, over 50 apprentices will be trained for prospective employment in Ferretti Group yards.  Ferretti Group announced: “One of the greatest strengths of the Italian yacht industry, and of Ferretti Group in particular, is the unparalleled skill of its workforce, a mix of talent, experience and knowledge to be found nowhere else in the world. This is why our Scuola dei Mestieri project is so important to us, because more and more owners want our yachts, and we need to meet their demands while maintaining the high standards that make us unique. We therefore hope to find young professionals to employ in our yards in mutually profitable long-term employment relationships.”


Frauscher Smart Boating

Innovative collaboration to connect boats at factory, creating intelligent vessels and comprehensive software ecosystem. As a first step, all new boats will be equipped with the Frauscher app from delivery in spring 2024.  Frauscher, a renowned leader in handcrafted boats, and c.technology, a trailblazing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider, are thrilled to announce a transformative collaboration that will reshape the future of the boating industry. By leveraging c.technology's cutting-edge cloud solutions, Frauscher will connect all boats directly at the factory, leading to the creation of intelligent boats and a fully comprehensive software system.  From spring 2024, Frauscher boat owners can use this software system to access a wide range of data via the dedicated Frauscher app (available for iOS and Android): location, logbook, the fill level of the tank or battery, and many others. The app can be accessed live and worldwide. On top of this, Frauscher boat owners can stay up-to-date with the Frauscher world, receiving the freshest news directly on their app. The Frauscher app is free for two years after delivery. It is not just for new customers; existing Frauscher boat owners can retrofit their Frauschers by installing their logbook app to enjoy all the app's functionalities.  "The union of Frauscher's exceptional boat craftsmanship and c.technology's trailblazing cloud solutions heralds a new chapter in the world of intelligent boating: customers will enjoy incredible benefits with the innovative Frauscher app as early as spring 2024 - and this is just the beginning," said Florian Helmberger, director of sales and marketing - Frauscher shipyard. Christian Fehr, CEO & Co-Founder c.technology added, "our partnership will pave the way for connected high-quality boats and a seamless integration of technology and new mobility innovation."  Both companies are excited to embark on this transformative journey that will redefine the boating landscape by combining tradition and innovation to provide customers with an unparalleled experience on the water.

Frauscher x Porsche eFhantom

Sports car manufacturer Porsche and Frauscher Shipyard have presented the first production model of the 850 Fantom Air. The jointly developed electric sports boat with the drive technology of the future all-electric Porsche Macan was ready for initial test drives on Lake Garda.  International media and interested parties had the opportunity to test the new Frauscher x Porsche 850 Fantom Air in Italy for the first time. Equipped with the powertrain technology of the forthcoming all-electric Porsche Macan, the electric sports boat offers exceptional handling characteristics. “This boat is the result of a great collaboration between two passionate companies with a strong tradition and a high standard of innovation,” said Detlev von Platen, Member of the Board of Management for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG, during a presentation of the first production model on Lake Garda. “The eFantom offers everything that Frauscher and Porsche products have always promised: outstanding performance and luxurious experiences, the highest quality and exclusive, timeless design.”


Heesen New CEO

Heessn Yachts announce the appointment of a new CEO, effective November 1. The company has chosen to promote from within its own ranks and is delighted to announce that Niels Vaessen, who has served as a CFO of the shipyard for more than a decade, will be taking over the position of CEO.  Niels Vaessen joined Heesen in 2012 as Finance Manager after working at PwC for eight years. In 2013, the board appointed him as the CFO, a position he still holds today.  Arthur Brouwer has been at the helm of Heesen since 2014. Under his leadership, the shipyard strengthened its position as a leader in the superyacht industry and modernised its portfolio. Additionally, Brouwer successfully navigated the company through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the conflict in Ukraine.  With a workforce of 1,000 people, Heesen builds full-custom superyachts and series on speculation from 50 to 80 metres in steel and aluminium. Heesen looks confidently into the future with a healthy order book of 15 yachts whose deliveries span through 2027. Brouwer leaves a healthy company with an annual turnover of approximately 200 million Euros.  At the same time, Supervisory Board Chairman Anjo Joldersma has also indicated that it is time for his retirement. From November 1, Adse de Kock will be the Supervisory Board Chairman.  Arthur Brouwer: "I had the privilege to work in many different and interesting industries. Yachting is an exciting business, and it seems to be the perfect sector for ending my active career. I am leaving a healthy company with a robust and well-organised structure in good hands. Heesen needs a CEO with good industry knowledge, a well-connected network, and a deep understanding of the shipbuilding process and the commercial dynamics. Niels and I worked closely together for many years and have overcome some challenges. I am proud of the results we have accomplished. I wish Niels, Rick van de Wetering, Mark Cavendish and the whole team fair winds and following seas".  Niels Vaessen: "I feel honoured to be entrusted with this responsibility, and I am grateful for the knowledge and insight I have gained while working with Arthur and Anjo. I would like to thank them for the passion and work they have put into our company for all these years.  I am excited to contribute to the future successes of our shipyard, which is renowned for building ultra-technological superyachts. We are committed to investing in research and development to ensure that we continue to deliver the most innovative and reliable products to our clients. As one of the largest employers in Noord-Brabant, we will continue to collaborate with our local community and contribute to the development of our region. Our worldwide success has deep roots in our hometown and is the result of great teamwork by our highly-skilled people."


Holterman Extreme Finalist in ISS Design and Leadership Award

The 33 metre yacht Lady Fleur is already an award-winner, with Holterman thrilled to announce she’s been nominated as a finalist in the ISS Design and Leadership Awards. The ISS Design and Leadership Awards form the jewel in the crown of the Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show, held on October 26 as FLIBS gets underway. Created by the International Superyacht Society, the Awards Gala has become the standout event of the US superyacht season. Lady Fleur has joined the illustrious list of nominees with her nod for the Best in Motor under 500GT category.


Kadey Krogen Expands into Great Lakes

Schwartz and Co. Yacht Sales of Chicago, with expertise in trawlers, luxury motor yachts, and sailboats in the Great Lakes region, joins The Kadey-Krogen Group, builder of world-class Krogen, Summit, and American Tug brands.  Schwartz will now act as a dealer for new and used models of Krogen and Summit yachts, and will continue to represent American Tug, the LaConner, Washington, based cruising trawler builder acquired by The Kadey-Krogen Group in May 2023.  The addition of Schwartz to this dimension of the consolidated trawler construction market also extends a far-reaching coastal distribution network into the Midwest U.S. and across the Great Lakes region. Along with Schwartz, Krogen’s sales offices now include Portsmouth, R.I.; Annapolis, Md.; Seattle, Wash.; and Stuart, Fla.  “This fits in perfectly with who we are and who we serve,” says Michael Schwartz, managing director of Schwartz & Co. Yacht Sales. “We are highly sought-after from buyers as advisors in the acquisition of unique cruising and sailing vessels capable of reaching picturesque anchorages on distant shores of the Great Lakes region. We work closely with boaters seeking suitable vessels for America's Great Loop cruising grounds, and we also represent manufacturers whose vessels are uniquely suited for the Great Loop.”  Joining The Kadey-Krogen Group as a dealer is an optimal arrangement, Schwartz adds.  “We have worked extensively creating community in the Great Lakes region for American Tug owners and have substantially expanded the Great Lakes fleet,” Schwartz continues. “We see Krogen and Summit as a similar mutually beneficial relationship for us to help grow sales and community in a region. We are incredibly excited to work with Kadey-Krogen Group President Tucker West and the entire Kadey-Krogen team. Krogen and Summit will make American Tug better, American Tug will make Kadey and Summit better, and the involvement of Schwartz & Co. Yacht Sales will take the entire relationship to a new, exciting level.”  The strength of the ongoing relationship between Schwartz and American Tug, notably Schwartz’s ability to sell boats, maintain high yacht resale values, and create community for owners and buyers, fit perfectly with The Kadey-Krogen Group’s company mission, says Kadey-Krogen Group President Tucker West.  “We immediately identified how our companies will complement each other and, most importantly, how the customers will benefit,” West says. “Schwartz is the logical addition to our extensive network of buyers, owners, and partner stakeholders.”  Schwartz & Co. Yacht Sales, with offices in Chicago, Illinois, as well as Michigan offices in Saint Joseph, Holland, and Charlevoix, opened in January of 2020. It has been an American Tug dealer since 2021.


Nimbus Canopy Campaign

Nimbus has initiated a canopy campaign, with a 15% discount valid till November 30th.  For you Nimbus Canopy order this needs to include boat model, pattern number and a picture.  Nimbus Canopy Campaign is valid up to November 30th, with deliveries starting at mid-march. 


Sanlorenzo Receives Lloyds Certification

During this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, Lloyd’s Register awarded Sanlorenzo an approval certification for the fuel cell system and Type C containment tank designed by the Italian shipyard with Siemens Energy. The innovative solution will be implemented on the new 50Steel, a superyacht whose first unit is due for delivery in the summer of 2024. The methanol fuel cell system will allow the vessel to generate electricity for on-board hotelier services, with the engines and generators switched off, significantly extending the time spent at anchor and manoeuvring without consuming diesel fuel. The Lloyd’s Register certification validates the methanol fuel cell system’s compliance with internationally recognised environmental standards. Massimo Perotti, Executive Chairman and CEO of Sanlorenzo, said: “Sanlorenzo is a trailblazer on the path to carbon neutrality in the yachting world. Through the relentless work of our R&D department, we continue to take revolutionary steps in introducing technological systems aimed at reducing the environmental impact of yachts. We’re proud to receive this approval from Lloyd’s Register, as we work together to pioneer decarbonisation pathways for the yachting industry.” Paolo Izzo, Lloyd’s Register Sales & Marketing Manager for Italy, Monaco and Malta, added: “The collaboration with Sanlorenzo on this innovative project affirms Lloyd’s Register’s role as a trusted advisor to our clients and demonstrates our support for early developers of solutions to reduce carbon emissions in the yachting industry. We’re delighted to give Sanlorenzo this approval, which confirms that their methanol fuel cell system meets the required safety standards.”


Sirena Names Exclusive Americas Sales Broker

Sirena Superyachts has signed a contract with the renowned brokerage house Northrop & Johnson, which will represent the shipyard in the sale of the 42M model in the Americas. The announcement was made official at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2023.  “We are not only excited about the upcoming construction of the 42M model but also very pleased to collaborate with such a distinguished team for the yacht's sale," enthuses Cagin Genc, CEO of Sirena Yachts. "This partnership offers a fantastic opportunity for our shipyard to promote this market-shaker design. It also presents an excellent opportunity for a fortunate client to secure this dynamic design, confident that they will receive support throughout the process from one of the most trusted names in the industry.”  The construction of the first Sirena Superyachts 42-meter model is scheduled to commence this autumn. The vessel was designed by Luca Vallebona (exterior and interior layouts) and Hot Lab (interior design), part of The Viken Group, while Van Oossanen was responsible for the naval architecture. The Sirena Superyachts 42M boasts open entertaining areas, spacious external relaxation zones, a distinctive master cabin with a private patio, and a vast beach club with drop-down bulwarks.  “Teaming up with Sirena Superyachts for the 42M model is an exhilarating voyage into a world of boundless possibilities,” stated Daniel Ziriakus, President of Northrop & Johnson. “This yacht offers very high levels of both luxury and performance, and we are thrilled to join forces, charting a course towards a future where the 42M will aim to establish new standards of elegance and sophistication.”  The shipyard’s superyacht range also includes 35- and 50-meter models.


Steeler Nominated for Best of the Boat Show

Steeler Yachts is proud to be nominated for the Fox Sports ‘Best boat of the Show’ award at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show.  The Steeler 60S Performance was the boat nominated, standing out from the rest in one of the biggest global boatshows.


Sunreef Wins Built Design Award

Sunreef Yachts is proud to announce that the 80 Sunreef Power Eco has received the BLT Built Design Award 2023 in the Construction Product Design category.  The latest 80 Sunreef Power Eco is equipped with two electric 360kW engines and has a 990kWh ultralight battery bank. The yacht also uses Sunreef Yachts’ revolutionary solar power system, with solar cells built into the composite bodywork to achieve unrivaled energy efficiency.  The 80 Sunreef Power Eco is the world’s most technically advanced electric yacht, using a full range of eco solutions. The yacht will soon be joining the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for her official US debut.  

Sunreef Order for Speed Champion

Sunreef Yachts is to build a Sunreef 88 Ultima catamaran for Tim Ciasulli, Former USA National and World Offshore Powerboat Champion-Holder of 4 World Speed Records. The hybrid luxury super cat will be the first US-sold Ultima yacht. With catamarans ranging from 44-feet to 88-footers, the Ultima line is Sunreef Yachts’ latest range, blending speed, luxury and energy efficiency.   With a racing career spanning four decades, over 300 races and more than 100 victories, Tim Ciasulli has a unique expertise in the domain of high performance multihulls. A passionate yachtsman, the speed champion is also a serial yacht owner, having owned five monohull superyachts.  While looking for the perfect combination of comfort, speed and efficiency, he decided to build a powerful Sunreef 88 Ultima hybrid catamaran with Sunreef Yachts. An expression of his passion for fast catamarans and his appreciation for superyacht luxury, the Sunreef 88 Ultima will offer plenty of living space and a marine architecture tailored for performance.  "Who else builds a yacht that has almost 400 sq. mt. (4200 sq. ft.) of living area where you can cruise responsibly, economically, and sustainably on solar powered electric motors and go 35 MPH on traditional engines when you need to? I'm thrilled to be a part of this game changing exciting project where I can have both speed and sustainability on a huge platform!"  Tim Ciasulli, Former USA National and World Offshore Powerboat Champion-Holder of 4 World Speed Records.  


Sunseeker Takes Manhattan

The Sunseeker Ocean 182 arrives in New York City ahead of the concluding launch debut in Fort Lauderdale later this month. The unique stature of the Ocean 182 is a striking sight to behold in one of the world’s most iconic cities.  The Ocean 182 delivers a floating penthouse that rivals those on Fifth Avenue. The interior design takes inspiration from some of the most exclusive real estate in the world. Owners can enjoy space across three interior decks, appealing to those who seek 2,000 square feet of interior space and four large guest cabins on the water.  Those who step on board will find a glass-wrapped main deck that offers uninterrupted views from bow to stern, connecting guests to the outside while enjoying comforts of the interior. An eight-person dining table and open galley forge the perfect space to host friends and family. Further aft, a lofty saloon with over seven feet of headroom height offers plush seating for guests. The architectural and decorative lighting are selected to work in balance with the interior design to create a personal and inviting ambience.  Al-fresco living takes place on the upper deck. Fully retractable sliding doors allow greater connection between the interior and outside space. A generous second saloon offers comfortable lounging and endless entertainment, featuring a fully equipped bar and 55-inch QLED 4K television with Airplay 2 and four Sonance speakers. Open the doors and step into the aft deck fitted with a second wet bar, two Sonance speakers and space for loose furniture to meet the requirements of contemporary living. Relax into comfort and take in the far-reaching view of the horizon with expansive panoramic glazing.  Sean Robertson, Sales and Marketing Director at Sunseeker International, commented: “Experience the grandeur of the Sunseeker Ocean 182 as she powers across the Hudson River, settling under the iconic Statue of Liberty in New York City. The Sunseeker Ocean 182 looks right at home under the glittering skyline of Manhattan as she makes her way south to Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for the final stop in her extraordinary debut.”


Viking Annual Employee Appreciation Clam Bake

Although Tropical Philippe threatened Viking's annual Employee Appreciation Clam Bake, Mother Nature gave the New Gretna, New Jersey, a bluebird day. Viking Executive Vice President Drew Davala said, “We didn’t let the weather forecasters alter our decision and it turned out to be a perfect day for another wonderful Clam Bake. Friday we were building boats and Saturday we were hosting our boatbuilders and their families to a festive barbecue and fair."  Clams, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, cotton candy and cupcakes were just a few of the delicious culinary options. Activities included pumpkin painting and sand art, as well as amusement rides and tours of the manufacturing facility and boats.  Planned and organized by the Human Resources Department, the event involves over 100 managers, administrators and staffers who jump in to put on a festive day for the team building the boats in the plant. “Today is a day to thank our amazing family for building the best boats in the world,” said Drew. Click here for a video to check out more of the fun.

Viking Still Fighting Speed Restrictions

The NMMA and Center for Sportfishing Policy hosted an industry panel covering the latest developments related to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) proposed vessel speed restrictions on the Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico at the International Boat Builders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in Tampa.  Panelists included: Jeff Angers, Center for Sportfishing Policy; John DePersenaire, Viking Yachts; Paul Ryan, DCI Group; and Callie Hoyt, National Marine Manufacturers Association. They covered the current regulatory state of play, the initiatives taken by the marine industry in an effort to educate and inform impacted stakeholders and the pathway forward to protecting coastal economies, access to recreational boating and fishing, and marine wildlife.  The recreational boating and fishing community is actively working on a data-driven, technological solution focused on protecting the North Atlantic right whale and other endangered marine mammals. The panelists discussed their desire for an ongoing and constructive dialogue with NOAA to reach a solution together.  While the marine industry continues to advocate for a more balanced solution, the panelists stressed the importance of stakeholder outreach to members of Congress, state legislators and community leaders on how this rule will impact their businesses and access to public waters.

Viking Flu Fighters

There goes the flu out of the Viking Yacht Company. Viking’s Health Services has already distributed almost 500 doses of flu vaccines and still has more departments to cover. All employees and their families are eligible to receive a free inoculation at one of the New Jersey plants or an offsite weekend clinic. Once the shots have been completed for the Viking family, we offer them to members of our local community. This keeps Viking most valuable asset, the boatbuilders, happy and healthy. 


Zeelander Inspiration

Zeelander introduces its new inspirational blog, your go-to source for all things Zeelander. Explore exclusive events, dreamy destinations, in-depth model specs, and captivating owner stories. Immerse yourself in the art of craftsmanship, our rich heritage, and cutting-edge technology. Stay tuned as Zeelander continuously unveil articles.

October 30, 2023

New Model: Albemarle 53 Spencer Edition

The most awaited sportfish yacht of recent years, the Albemarle 53 Spencer Edition is finally here.  A long three years of waiting for the Albemarle 53 Spencer Edition which makes a hype, for being the first custom-production sportfish collaboration ever.  She is also Albemarle largest build to date who have been toying with the the idea of going beyond 41 feet since 2008, with the 53 Spencer Edition announced in 2020.  Designed by Paul Spencer, the Albemarle 53 Spencer Edition, looks and plays the part looking as being made by the most busy and productive of the sportfish custom builders, with the Wanchese North Carolina builder delivering over two hundred hulls since 1996.  The Albemarle 53 also enters in that size were Spencer does not make much anymore, with his latest seven builds all being over 60 feet.  The Albemarle 53 Spencer edition offers a three double cabins lower deck layout, with a master stateroom forward, and two guest cabins at midships; L-shape bunk to starboard, and twin bunks to port-side, and a second guest spacious shower head.  The main deck is traditional sportfish yacht with a countertop galley to starboard forward, dinette opposite, and relaxing sofa lounge on entrance.  The flybridge accessed via a staircase to starboard offers a dual seat central console layout with sun-lounger in-front of the console, and two port and starboard settees.  The Albermarle 53 Spencer Edition is standard powered by twin Cats 1000hp with options of 1150hp, and or MTU 1600hp as fitted to hull number one, for speeds up to 46 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.15 m (53ft)
Beam - 5.03 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 27215 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 6056 l
Water Capacity - 567 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C12.9 1000hp, C18 1150, MTU 10V2000 M96L 1600hp
Propulsion - direct line shaft
Speed - 46 knots max from MTUs 1600hp
Hull Shape - modified Vee with sharp deep entry close at 12.5 degrees aft
Construction - resin infused with PvC foam core and Vinilester resins
Project - Paul Spencer
Certification - CE B

October 29, 2023

Cayman Yachts New Web Site

Cayman Yachts presents its new World wide web virtual showroom.  Founded in 1990 by Luigi Prosperi, at the time a Mochi manager and then chairman in 1991, Cayman Yachts starts with a 30 foot model, delivered in seventy examples in ten years of production.  In the beginning and up till 1995 the Cayman models are produced at Mochi Craft, although the brand has always remained a separate entity.  In 1996 Cayman opens its production facility in La Spezia, the Cantieri Navali del Tirreno and launching the 38 Walk Around model designed by Nuvolari Lenard which was the start of good things to come. Nuvolari Lenard will design all the Cayman models till the 50 Fly launched in 2007, with two other models coming in between the entrance of Carlo Trezzi which debuts with the design of the 75 HT in 2008. In 2011 following the Great 2009 Recession Cayman goes under bankruptcy protection, closing its doors in 2012.  In 2016 Cayman is bought by Flag Marine, restarting production in 2017 with the new S450, which is followed a year later by the F920, Cayman largest build to date.  During nearly its first two decades Cayman design philosophy was that of a sport cruiser and yacht with sportfish design solutions for an all free space aft deck, with practical and safe deep walk around side decks as added on the 38 WA which launched in 1996.  Cayman Yachts will use this design up until the 54 WA HT it launched in 2008.  Following this model and the launch of the 75 HT project Cayman starts following a sportier design language.  Cayman currently offers eleven models divided into four ranges; Sport, Flybridge, Navetta, and Walk Around. Cayman range starts from the 2017 presented S450, and goes up to the 2018 launched F920 flagship, while its new 2023 models are the S600 and 540WA, with the N580 still being a project.  Cayman Yachts new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home. About, Fleet, Pre Owned, News and Events, Dealer, and Contacts.  Cayman Yachts is also on social media with bottom button links taking you to its; Facebook Twitter, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin pages. 
Production History:
30 Fly 1991-2003 (70) includes 30 Sport
30 WA 1995-2002 (70) includes 30 Fly
38 WA 1996-98 (50) includes 40 WA  Nuvolari Lenard design
40 WA 1999-04 (50) includes 38 WA
42 Fly 1999-12 (100+-)
43 WA  HT 2000-11 (100+-)
55 WA 2000-02
38 Fly 2001-11 *36 Fly project
38 WA HT 2001-11 *36 WA project
58 WA HT 2003-08
48 WA HT 2003-07
52 WA HT 2004-07
62 Fly/Bridge 2004/10-12
54 WA HT 2008
50 Fly 2007-12
75 HT 2008- (5  Carlo Trezzi design
50 WA HT 2009-11
62 HT/S640 2009/18-  *60HT project
70 Fly 2009-12
57 HT 2012 *55 HT project
S450 2017-  Flag Marine ownership
F920 2018- (1  Ferragni design
F520 2019-
S520 2020-
400WA 2021-
F580 2022-
S600 2023-  *S580 project
540WA 2023- 

October 28, 2023

New Launch: Feadship 84.20m Hull. 710

Feadships has launched hull #710, an 84.20 meter super yacht designed by RWD and Monk for both exterior and interior, and titled m/y Obsidian. Feadship #710 features surprising destination spaces, such as an asymmetrical atrium staircase leading to a lower deck dining saloon, where an entire wall opens to reveal a terrace view just above sea level. Near the stern is an Aqua Lounge with massive windows below water level. In place of a mooring deck forward there is a revelatory bow observation lounge with double-curved glass floor-to-ceiling windows. Terraced aft decks float without pillars, while glass balustrades allow unobstructed views from both aft deck and fully glazed aft interior spaces, creating a vital connection to the natural environment.  Striving for innovation and first-class engineering, Feadship 710 is the perfect next step on the famous Dutch super yacht path toward building zero-emission superyachts by 2030. It is the first of the new generation of large yachts furthering carbon reduction through hulls optimised at cruising speed instead of top speed, weight control, advancements in electric propulsion, and the ability to run her generators on HVO, a second-generation biodiesel, a so-called net zero CO2 fuel. Sea trials and delivery fill where all made with HVO, reducing total CO2 emissions by about 90%. Hull 710 made full use of Feadship’s Advanced Electrical Drive program for diesel-electric hybrid power, and has 4.5 times more electrical storage capacity than the first hybrid yacht, the famous Savannah hull number. 686. Feadship #710 has also no drive shafts, and no rudders with an electric drive and steering provided by a pair of electric Veth contra-rotating thrusters. Feadship and Veth collaborated on computational fluid dynamics analysis of the drive legs and propellors’ shapes to maximize efficiency and minimize vibration.  Providing energy for the luxury hotel load accounts for much of a yacht’s fuel consumption, for Feadship 710, the engineering team took a deep dive into capturing waste heat from the custom variable speed generators and air conditioner chiller to supply heat to the AC system, pool water, domestic water, and engine preheating, while an innovative heat pump system allows the yacht to draw heat from seawater.
Technical Data:
LOA - 84.20 m (276.3ft)
Beam - 13.65 m
Draft - 3.75 m
Displacement - 2554 gt *volume
Fuel Capacity - 240,000 l
Water Capacity - 50,000 l
Accommodation - fourteen guests in seven cabins, 27 crew fourteen cabins
Engines - diesel electric with 4 x Cats C32 generators
Propulsion - Veth counter rotating thrusters
Speed - seventeen knots max, twelve knots cruise
Range - 5500 nm at twelve knots
Construction - steel hull aluminium super structure
Project - Redman Whiteley Dixon and Ed Monk exterior and interior, Feadship de Voogt naval architecture
Certification - Lloyds Cross of Malta 100A1 SSC Mono G6 LMC UMS hybrid power classed

October 27, 2023

Viking Sportfish Ends Aground in Long Island, Bahamas

A fifteen meter Viking sportfish yacht titled Oh Reely under Montenego Bay, Jamaica flag ended aground on Long Island, Bahamas reportedly on the morning of Friday 27 October.  According to reports the Oh Reely was navigating from Jamaica on the way to Florida, where it developed a technical mechanical problem which unfortunately ended the sportfish aground and on the rocks.  Unfortunately for Oh Reely things got even worse as with the tide going up and waves rolling, the sportfish became a total wreck splitting in the aft cockpit side, with the starboard hull side completely opening up with the wave-rock crushing.
Oh Reely is a second generation Viking 50 Convertible produced from the fall of 2008 up to 2013.  The 50 Convertible offers a three double cabins layout with a midships starboard side owners stateroom, and is powered by twin Man 1100 or 1360hp engines, with top speeds up to forty knots from the large engine option.  The 50 Convertible came as a replacement to the Viking 48 Convertible and was replaced by the 52 Convertible in 2014.

Project: Pershing GTX80

The show flows on, and following the launch of the GTX116 this 2023 year, the Pershing GTX range enters its second phase with the project for a smaller GTX80 announced during the Dusseldorf boat show and set to launch in 2024.  These are some of the first renderings for the smaller GTX, the grand tourer crossover by Pershing. Designed as all Pershing since the brand was founded by Fulvio de Simoni the GTX80 is a super sport yacht of 24 meters in length, with a profile which is sportier leaner and symmetric, unlike the bigger 35 meter sister which is a more adventurous looking and features an asymmetric design with a side deck to port side and full-width to starboard.  Long time Pershing fans might also notice the GTX80 semi-circle side profile coach roof window design which echoes that of the integrated windscreen the brand and Fulvio de Simoni introduced in 1991.  Another different feature of the GTX80 to that of the larger sister will also be the opening drop down bulk-heads aft which double the size of the beach club bathing area.  The Pershing GTX80 will offer a four double guest cabin eight berths layout, with a crew cabin sleeping two located to starboard in between the engine room and cabin area.  The main deck of the GTX80 layout is an open astern galley to port side, a relax chaise lounge with low table opposite, an American dinner sofa forward, and central two-seats helm station, with port and starboard doors which lead to the fore deck.  The Pershing GTX80 also has a sport-flying-bridge leading you up with a stair-way to starboard, and a layout with a central sun-pad, dinette and helm station.  The fore-deck also features an entertainment dining relaxing area with dinette and a sun-pad further forward.  The Pershing GTX80 comes with a host of options from dark to light mood finishing inside, to the choice to offer a dining table in replacement to the chaise lounge to starboard, the fourth cabin replaced by a lower L-shaped dinette, and the optional T-top serving the flying bridge.  The Pershing GTX80 is to be powered by triple Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod drives, and so far no other engine options are known, although the official press release for the model is not yet out.  If further information is out this project post will be updated.

October 26, 2023

Hurricane Otis Goes Apocalyptic in Acapulco

Hurricane Otis made an apocalyptic arrival in Acapulco on Wednesday 25 October, devastating the waterfront of the Acapulco Yacht Club in the North-West of the bay.  Otis was a compact and so far the most powerful Tropical storm category five hurricane of the 2023 Pacific Season reaching speeds up to 143 knots on the morning of October 25. Forming on the 22nd November, and reaching its peak on the 04:00 hours of October 25, Otis hit and made landfall in Isla de la Roqueta, to the South of Acapulco, killing 49 people, with 57 still missing, and is estimated to have made seventeen billion US dollars in damages.     
Scene from the North part of the of Acapulco Yacht Club, you can see an Azimut 54, and a Sunseeker Predator 63 Open to the left corner, along with a few Sea Rays.
Here is the South side is a Ferretti 800, followed by a Sunseeker Predator 57, a mid nineties Horizon Elegance 82, and an Azimut 100 Jumbo.
A before and after Hurricane Otis view of Acapulco Bay.  Possibly one of the biggest single areas destructions, and devastations ever seen.

New Model: Galeon 450 HTC

Galeon presents the new 450 HTC, the hard top coupe variant of the second generation 440 Fly model which debuted in early 2022.  That means the 450 HTC is hard top coupe with a fully enclosed patio door main deck, with a sunroof which opens for a third of the coach roof length to let sun and fresh air in.  Beside sportier leaner looks and an opening hard-top replacing the flybridge the 450 HTC is nearly identical to the 440 Fly, full of Galeon fourth generation features like the hexagonal bow shape, and latest in transformational drop down bulk heads which extend cockpit space by another forty per cent aft.  Beside the transformative features the Galeon still surprises for its spaces, offering three different lower deck layouts, from the standard two master and forward VIP cabins layout, to two different three cabin layouts. One of the three cabins layouts moves the master cabin forward and offers two nearly identical sized guest cabins at midships with double berth to starboard, while the third optional layout keeps the layout of the two cabin and offers a third cabin with two bunks berths to starboard and eats away some space from the fore cabin with the bed resting to starboard side from the central position of the two cabins layout.  The Galeon 450 HTS is to be powered by twin Volvo 480hp engines with line shaft V-drive propulsion for top speeds of about 27 knots.    
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.97 m (45.8ft)
Hull Length - 12.5 m
Beam - 4.2 m
Draft - 0.83 m ex drives and propellers
Displacement - 15701 kg light, +3005 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 850 l
Water Capacity - 255 + 170 l
Max Persons - fourteen
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 480hp
Propulsion - line shaft in V-drive
Speed - 27 knots max speeds 24 cruise, 
Project - Tony Castro
Certification - CE B

October 25, 2023

Project: Cruisers 55 Fly

Cruisers present the project for a 55 Fly set to debut before the first half of 2024, and the first in a three model flybridge range, with a second model set to arrive in 2025.  Designed by Luiz Debasto, the Cruisers 55 Fly replaces the 2017 launched 54 Fly model which came from a Facheris design and was based on the 54 Cantius.  The 55 Fly is the first totally new Cruisers range to come from the since April 2022 ownership of MarineMax, which is also North America's largest boat dealership and a distributor to both European made Azimut and Galeon yachts.  With Luiz Debasto presenting a head to toe Euro-designed offer from an American brand ever, it will be interesting how the Cruisers 55 Fly and the following models will affect the dealership of these brands.  With a length overall just shy of seventeen meters Cruisers is saying the 55 Fly will offer a three cabin layout, with rendering showing a full beam midships owners stateroom and an astern galley main deck.  Another feature of the 55 Fly will be a drop down bulwark to port side, which is not really a new feature for Cruisers, who offers this in its sporty 38 to fifty feet GLS models, but never in the eleven to eighteen meters Cantius yacht series.  The Cruisers 55 Fly is to be powered by twin Volvo 725hp engines with IPS pod drives propulsion.    

October 24, 2023

Hurricane Norma 2023

Norma is the ninth hurricane of the Pacific 2023 season.  Forming from a low pressure appearing on the fifteen October to the Southern Coast of Mexico, which on the seventeen became a Tropical storm, and becoming a Hurricane the morning after of the eighteen. For the next 24 hours Norma will increase speeds from sixty to 112 knots becoming a category four Hurricane and causing chaos in the Southern Western Coast of Mexico.  Norma started to weaken on October 20, but made a second round of seventy knots winds on the 21st doing damage to the West-North-West of Cabo San Lucas, with a third round on the 23rd at Sinaloa near El Dorado.  After this Norma became a remnant low pressure.  
Hurricane Norma has caused major damage to La Paz and Marina Cortez to the East of Baja California Sur, with about fifty boats reported lost or damaged.  Above is a photo screen from a one of the videos circulating on social media showing the damage to La Paz marina.  This video showed a few catamarans and sail yachts sank, with the above motor yacht looking like a Hampton 490 Pilothouse semi-sank, and other motor yachts showing damage to the bathing platforms and hull sides.  
A video on YouTube by Your Saltwater Guide also showed a Cantieri di Pisa Akhir 30 S which was taken aground by the storms surge power.
While Alan Flores Ramos on Twitter showed the 2021 Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 33, hull #16 m/y Ricacha mostly sank vertically with its port side anchor out.  It is reported on some sources that Ricacha sought refuge in La Paz only for it to sustain damage in a collision and then sink.  The crew were rescued, with an operation to salvage Ricacha being underway.

New Model: Dominator Midi Ilumen M35

The smaller Ilumen series has been coming for three years from Dominator, with the first announcement for a mini-sized tender at about seven meters coming in 2020.  In 2022 Dominator announced a slightly larger Midi Ilumen, at over ten meters in length is under construction, and finally the M35 has debuted the past Summer 2023.  A request from a customer who owns a Dominator Ilumen 28M, the Midi Ilumen M35 is a scaled 40% smaller of the bigger super yacht version in both looks and size.  A day cruiser and boat with an exterior layout offering two sun-pads aft with a central passageway which one step down leads you to cockpit with two L-shaped settees, and a wet-bar. The lower deck in the Midi Ilumen M35 offers a V-shaped dinette forward which transforms to a double berth, with a small galley to entrance and well sized shower head opposite to starboard.  In the Midi Ilumen the style versus practicality is a recurring theme, but the M35 has practical details in its own way.  One of the things to like is for example the deep central cockpit wrapped around by the super yacht looking windscreen and radar arch.  The Dominator Midi Ilumen M35 hull one is powered by twin Volvo 300hp diesels for a top speeds up to 37 knots, and a 25 cruise giving an important 350 nautical miles range. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.5 m (34.9ft)
Beam - 3.20 m
Draft - 
Displacement - 8.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 
Max Persons - twelve 
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, V8 430hp petrol gas
Propulsion - Volvo DPI dual propeller stern drives
Speed - 37 knots max 25 cruise with twin diesel 300hp, 45 knots estimated with 430hp petrol
Range - 350 nautical miles at 25 knots

October 23, 2023

Sea Ray Sport Cruiser Beached in Southbourne Beach

A seven meter Sea Ray sport cruiser titled Bone Idle with one person onboard ended beached on the sands of Fisherman's Walk, Southbourne Beach in Bournemouth, Britain South coast on 13:20 of Monday 23rd October.  Bone Idle is reported to have jammed one of its propellers with its own anchor chain as this exited out whilst in navigation that same morning, and then incapacitating the sport cruiser and ultimately ending beached. The one person onboard was not injured with Southbourne Coast Guard rescue team inspecting the vessel, and this planned to be removed on the following day. 
Bone Idle is a second generation Sea Ray 240 Sundancer.  Produced from 1996 to 1999 the 240 Sundancer offered a spacious for its size two plus two accommodation layout and was powered by a single 270hp engine on stern drive.   The second generation 240 was an evolution of the 1993 to 95 230 Sundancer, and evolved into the third 1999 to 2004 third generation 240 which featured a wide body cockpit for more space.

Sunseeker Sport Yacht Runs Aground in Pijavica, Croatia

A 28 meter Sunseeker sport yacht titled Code, with a captain and two crew ran aground in the islet of Pijavica, near Trogir Bay in Croatia at 06:35 hours of Monday 23rd October.  No one was injured in the grounding with Telegram news reporting that the captain of Code deliberately ran the yacht aground in order to save her from sinking. During the preliminary inspection by Split harbour master, Code is reported to have its hull fully resting on the island cliff, and carrying just over 3,000 liters fuel, and as precaution was surrounded with floating dams by the Voluntary Fire Company of Kastela.   
M/y Code is a Sunseeker Predator 92 Sport from 2009 powered by twin MTU 2434hp engines for top speeds up to 38 knots.  Designed by Don Shead the Sunseeker Predator 92 offers an eight double cabins, plus two crew layout.  The Sunseeker Predator 92 was produced from 2008 till 2010 in ten units, with the same hull evolving into the slightly shorter Predator 84 in 2009.

Project: VanDutch 75

VanDutch present the project for a new 75 flagship model, which will expand the size of the Italian, Pardo owned brand since 2020 by just one foot short of twenty feet from the current 56 flagship. Designed by Mulder, who is also responsible for naval architecture the 75 is an evolution of the 70 project which VanDutch announced back in 2014.  The Van Dutch 75 is to be available in standard three or optional two large double cabins layout.  In both layouts a galley and dinette is located in between the cabins.  In the optional two suites layout, the master stateroom is full beam midships.  A crew cabin is located in between the cabins area and the engine room.  The exterior of the VanDutch 75 will offer a large central sun-pad, followed by a central C-shaped settee, while a step up will lead you to two C-shaped dinettes with the one to port side also offering a mezzanine settee looking aft.  A helm station is to port side, with an L-shaped wet bar located opposite.  The VanDutch 75 as has been the range from its founding in 2009 is to be a classic open yacht, with clean uncluttered lines and a bow which echoes the early twentieth century fast commuters, as used by the super rich to move around the bays of New York. The VanDutch 75 is offered with an optional light open hard-top as pictured above or the standard full open version.  The VanDutch 75 is standard powered by triple Volvo 800hp engines with IPS pod drives, which can go up to the optional 1000hp units.  Speed estimates are for a max of forty knots.

October 22, 2023

Ghost Motor Yacht Ends Aground in Fregenae Beach

This starts as a ghost thriller, when an eighteen meter motor yacht titled Carpe Diem under French flag and without crew, ended aground in-front of Controvento, on the sands of Fregenae beach, to the outskirts of Rome on the Eastern water-front at about 16:00 hours of Sunday 22nd October.  At the grounding the crew-less motor yacht gathered a group of curious persons, with a first under-water inspection coming from the Centrovento establishment staff, and then later in the afternoon followed by that of the Police.  Finding some clothes and a confused messy interior, with a fishing rod at the stern, and following the yacht registration the Italian police found that Carpe Diem was previously owned by a Croatian who sold it in 2022, to the current ownership.  Later on in the evening the thriller was partly solved with the investigation telling that the yacht was navigating to Marseille with three Croatian crew, when it developed a mechanical problem seventy nautical miles offshore from Anzio on the fifteen of October.  Calling a May-Day also due to the rough seas, the three crew abandoned the yacht with assistance and boarding on the Excelsior ferry, who dropped them in Genova harbour.  Following further investigations by the Rome Coast Guard and of receipts found onboard it was also discovered the itinerary for the yacht before it was abandoned, berthing in Lecce, and Marina di Camerota harbours.  The coast guard is now organizing the removal of the yacht from Fregenae beach to avoid any environment and pollution damage.
Carpe Diem the yacht in this grounding is a Guy Couach 185 Fly from 1999.  Produced from 1996 to 2000 the Guy Couach 185 Fly offers a three double cabins layout with a full beam owners stateroom, plus a crew cabin located forward, and is powered by twin MTU 767hp for top speeds up to 28 knots. A replacement to the 1901, the 185 Fly was replaced by the Guy Couach 1900 model in 2001.  Guy Couach or as is known recently as Couach Yachts is a yacht builder from Cujan Mestras to the West of France, which started in 1897 by building the World first marine engine, and entering production boat building with the Arcoa brand in 1947, and then with Guy Couach in 1968 and the 1200 model for bigger boats.  Two years after this, in 1970 Couach also entered into the supply of military and surveillance vessels, which is still a part of its business today.

Coronet New Web Site

Coronet presents its new web site.  Founded in 1951 by Botveld in Denmark, Coronet first model was the 18 Hardtop Sedan debuting in 1956 to a design of Richard C.Cole, produced in two other versions this five meter cabin cruiser will sell 483 units in a nine year production run.  Coronet became a global boating name in the sixties and seventies for a few reasons with the most important being that the Danish production boat builder models where used to test, and then the first to commercialize the Volvo Aquamatic stern drive on its boats, with the 20 Explorer debuting the new inboard-outboard propulsion system.  The other is Coronet's 21 Day Cruiser designed by the famous Jim Wynn and Walt Walters combo, this model debuting in 1965 became an instant classic and sold 1406 plus another 505 hulls in the other Playmate, Sunrunner, and Explorer II variants.  Coronet had other models selling one thousand plus units with the 20/21/22 Explorer from 1959 to 65 selling 1480, and the 24 De Luxe/Cabin produced in 875 hulls plus another 1217 in the five other variants.  Unknown to many is that Coronet also tried its luck in sail boats building two models, the nine meter LA Cruiser produced from 1958 to 67 and the 38 Elvstrom from 1974 to 86.  With a fame for seaworthiness Coronet got also to build patrol boats for the army, customs, navy, police authorities all over the World, delivering over five hundred units from 1964 to 79 of the 21, 24, 27, and 30 Wynn-Walters designed deep-Vee hull models.  Coronet will expand till the seventies with a decline starting in the end of that decade, and an ownership change happening in the eighties.  Coronet will close in 1992 when it was producing four models from 24 to the 45 feet 450 Fly flagship, which is the Danish largest build to date. From 1993 to 2005 Coronet disappeared returning again for the three year 2006 to 2009 Tuco ownership who reoffered the 240 Day Cruiser and two new 290 models debuting in 2008, with a project for a 35 footer which never materialized.  In 2020 Coronet returned with a new ownership headed by Pal Thore Krosby, who debuted the new 35 Suncruiser model in the fall of 2022, as designed by chief designer Andreas Lind.  Coronet new website is available in Danish, Norwegian, and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About the Boat, Equipment, About Us, and Contact Us.  Coronet is also on social media with buttons on the bottom of the page taking you to its Facebook and Instagram pages.
Production History;
18 Hardtop Sedan 1956-59 (483 all three versions)
16 Hardtop Convertible 1957-58 (111 both versions)
20 Explorer 1959-60 (1480 includes 21/22 Explorer) *first in the World to debut Volvo Aquamatic stern drive
18 Sedan 1959-65 (483 all three versions)
16 Convertible 1959-61 (111 both versions)
21 Explorer 1959-60 (1480 includes 20/22 Explorer)
18 Runabout 1961-65 (483 all three versions)
18 Viking 1961-65 (312)
22 Explorer 1961-65 (1480 includes 20/21 Explorer)
22 Runabout 1962 (4)
26 Seafarer 1962
Wynn-Mill 5,50m 1962-65
27 Seafarer 1963-67
24 De Luxe / Cabin 1964-68/73 (455/420)
21 Day Cruiser 1965-77 (1406)
21 Explorer II 1965-68 (362)
30 Oceanfarer 1966-68 (112)
24 Weekender 1967-69 (221)
27 Seafarer.ii 1968-75 (426)
24 Flybridge 1968-71 (59)
21 Playmate 1969-73 (120)
32 Oceanfarer 1969-79 (483)
24 Family 1970-75 (445)
33 Houseboat 1970-74 (33)
24 Midi 1971-78 (449)
17 Runabout 1971-74 (631)
24 Family Flybridge 1972-75 (43)
32 Deep Sea 1972-78 (138)
31 Aft Cabin 1973-86 (148)
44 Yacht 1973-77 (15)
31 Seafarer 1974-78 (100+-)
26 Family 1975-78 (264)
26 Family Flybridge 1975-76 (8)
22 Sport 1976-80 (155)
22 Day Cruiser 1978-85 (179)
26 Family Sport 1978-80 (151)
38 Commander 1978-87 (18)
32 Sedan Flybridge 1979-87 (38)
32 Oceanfarer Wing 1980-88 (27)
21 Sunrunner 1981-86 (23)
26 Family De Luxe 1981-85 (30)
38 Mediterranean 1981-86 
26 Silver Spur 1985-87
22/230 Silver Sun 1985-89 (14)
33 Silver Star 1985-90
42 Silver Squire 1985-90
270 Family 1987-91 
280 Fly 1988-92
240 Day Cruiser 1990-92,2006-08
350 Day Cruiser 1991-92
450 Fly 1991-92
290 Sport 2008
290 Weekend 2008
35 Suncruiser 2022-
Coronet 21 Daycruiser 1965-77 / 1406 units made