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. 

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