November 30, 2023

Monthly News - November 2023

-pic of the month-Riva Classiche at Milano AutoClassica Vintage Boat Show

Aquila Expands Global Presence

Aquila Power Catamaran, a global leader in luxury catamaran manufacturing, announced today that they are expanding their global presence into Panamá with an esteemed dealer, Maspor Marine.  Maspor Marine, founded in 1999, has demonstrated unwavering commitment to distributing sport and recreational fishing boats across Central and South America. As the exclusive dealer for leading brands in the industry, their reach extends to Guatemala, Panama, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Peru. Beyond their extensive product offering, Maspor Marine provides comprehensive customer support, encompassing everything from selection, purchase, import, and nationalization to impeccable after-sale services.  Raul Bermudez, Aquila Sales Director for the Caribbean, South America, and Central America, comments, "We are proud to welcome Maspor Marine to our premium dealers list. Maspor Marine has a proven legacy of delivering top-quality vessels and services throughout Central and South America that we look for when expanding our presence. This expansion marks a new chapter for the Aquila brand and its global presence worldwide."  Claudio Fernandez, Sales Manager, comments, "We at Maspor Marine are very excited to represent such a prestigious company and look forward to a long-lasting relationship with Aquila Power Catamarans. Catamarans are the future in boat cruising, and we are glad to be at the forefront of that initiative with their marvelous products." Aquila Power Catamaran's expansion into Panamá marks a significant leap forward in delivering exceptional experiences to boating enthusiasts across the globe. This venture reaffirms Aquila's commitment to innovation, quality, and performance, further solidifying its position as a leading global name in the luxury catamaran industry.  Maspor Marine and Yacht Cancun will be participating in the Cancun International Boat Show & Marine Expo on December 1 -3, 2023, showcasing various models from the Aquila Power Catamaran lineup. Speak with them today to find the Aquila Power Catamaran of your dreams. 

Aquila Expands with New France Dealer

Aquila Power Catamaran, a global leader in luxury catamaran manufacturing, announced today that they are expanding their global presence in France with the esteemed dealer Selestiboat. Yvan Eymieu, International Sales and distribution Manager, comments, "We are excited to welcome Selestiboat to our distribution network. With their extensive experience and unwavering dedication to the French boating community, we are confident that this collaboration will elevate the Aquila experience in the enchanting waters of France."  Selestiboat, a distinguished name with nearly two decades of experience, has been a trusted partner in catering to the boating needs of the French Riviera. Their comprehensive services encompass sales, yacht maintenance, and management, catering to the discerning demands of boating enthusiasts along the picturesque coastline.  Dominique Lecler, CEO of Selestiboat, comments, "Joining forces with Aquila is more than just a business endeavor; it's a promise to our clients that they will have access to the finest catamarans, paired with the exceptional service that defines Selestiboat. It allows us to amplify our commitment to providing not just boats but a lifestyle—a seamless blend of elegance, exceptional quality and adventure."  Aquila Power Catamaran's expansion in France marks a significant leap forward in delivering exceptional experiences to boating enthusiasts across the globe. This venture reaffirms Aquila's commitment to innovation, quality, and performance, further solidifying its position as a leading global name in the luxury catamaran industry.  Selestiboat will be participating in the La Grande Motte Boat Show in April 2024, showcasing the Aquila Power Catamaran 32 Sport and Aquila Power Catamaran 42 Yacht at the show. Speak with them today to find the Aquila Power Catamaran of your dreams.

Arcadia Yachts Greener Then Ever

Arcadia shipyard was the first to target eco-sustainability has restated its determination to reduce as far as possible the impact of its production on the ecosystem, starting with its futuristic production sites overlooking the Gulf of Sorrento. In the last few months, 612 solar panels totalling 1,200 square metres have been installed on the yard’s two facilities. As a result, Arcadia Yachts now produces 70% of its own energy requirement, or a total of around 250,000 kWh/year. The shipyard also has plans to increase the surface area covered by panels, as well as to improve the performance of the existing ones.

Azimut Yachts Introduces Official Spotify

Music has the power to enhance our experiences, whether we are cruising the open seas, exploring new destinations, or simply unwinding after a long day. With that in mind, Azimut has curated a series of playlists that cater to every mood, setting and adventure. Immerse yourself in the magic of soothing sounds that match the magic of a starlit sky with our “Floating Grooves” or live the amazing adrenaline of “Voyage Vibes”, designed for those seeking excitement and thrill on the high seas.

Beneteau Group and Volvo Penta Second Testing Phase

Volvo Penta and Groupe Beneteau have completed the second phase of their study into the key drivers that will help the boating industry shift toward more sustainable boating solutions in the future. The focus of the research was on the viability of hybrid-electric solutions as an option in what is predicted to be a multi-faceted boating future.  In 2023, the companies welcomed 120 boaters to participate in a bespoke trial that tested a hybrid-electric leisure boat concept. This unique project delivered feedback that will help transform the future of experiences on the water across both companies. Participants included stakeholders from across the leisure boating segment, with trials held at Volvo Penta’s Krossholmen facility in Sweden in June and the Cannes International Yachting Festival in France in September.  The study incorporated 240 hours of real-world trials and gathered precise, in-depth information on the market readiness of the unique hybrid-electric experience and what could attract boaters to adopt the technology.  “What we learned from this demo is that we can leverage unique technology features, with comfort in mind, as an enabler towards choosing more sustainable boating solutions,” said Johan Inden, President of the Marine Business Unit at Volvo Penta. “What impressed people most was the improved experience the hybrid-electric concept provides. Features like silent cruising; peaceful nights onboard with batteries in place of a generator; or Joystick Docking in electric mode which makes leaving or arriving on dock a silent and stress-free experience. This is what will motivate consumer behavior in future.”  Planning for the initiative began back in 2022, and participants ranged from beginner boaters to experts. Customers, dealers, boat builders, OEMs and media all took part, with stakeholders coming from far beyond both Volvo Penta’s and Groupe Beneteau’s networks. The testing spanned users of cabin cruisers, multihull vessels, motor yachts, recreational trawlers and more, with the trial open to a wider database of end customer via social media, online event and email invitations – as well as walk-on participants at Cannes.  Ages ran the full gamut from under 25 to over 65, with a split of men and women from across Europe and as far as Brazil and Australia. The study was designed and executed in conjunction with Swedish company Detector, an independent market research and consulting organization.  When asked what their primary motivation was for joining the testing, the group cited three main aspects: more silent boating experiences, the potential for reduced carbon footprints and exploring new technologies.

Cranchi Grand Tour Three Stops

The Cranchi Grand Tour has taken in three unforgettable stops in Italy and the Côte d'Azur in recent weeks. The three events were hosted by Bellini Nautica in Marina di Varazze, Moniga Porto Nautica on Lake Garda, and in Saint-Tropez by OMV. 

Cranchi Cares Storage Solutions

If you are thinking about storing your yacht over the winter, Cranchi Cares is the answer to your needs.  Storage is just one of the exclusive services which make up Cranchi Yachts' care programme dedicated to maintenance and protection of vessels.  With Cranchi Cares, you can place your yacht in the care of structures owned by Cranchi Yachts, in two centres strategically located in the upper Adriatic, with the Bellagio wet dock in San Giorgio di Nogaro near Udine, and in the Tyrrhenian, with Cranchi Yachts Sardinia in Olbia. 

CRN Sup-Y Wins 2023 Boat Builder Award

The Sustainable Powered Yacht (SuP-Y) project by CRN has won in the “Supply Chain Collaboration – Superyachts” category at the prestigious 2023 BOAT BUILDER AWARDS. This success was the fruit of an excellent team effort between the Ferretti Group Superyachts Division, the Weichai Power Science & Technology Division and RINA Services SpA. The honour was presented on Thursday 16 November at a gala evening in the magnificent setting of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam at a gathering of the leading lights in the nautical world.  This accolade for CRN – a Ferretti Group brand specialising in the design, engineering and construction of superyachts of up to 90 metres – reaffirms its commitment to breaking new ground in the field of sustainable maritime applications, underlining the proactive approach to integrating sustainable energy sources into its vessels. The award also shows how CRN continues to operate at the cutting edge, leading the way in bringing sustainable technologies into the nautical world.  One aspect that particularly impressed the judges was the collaboration and the R&D coordinated effort of Ferretti Group Superyacht Division with Weichai Power Science & Technology Division and RINA Service SpA. The technical board, composed by the CRN Engineering team, the authoritative fuel cell experts at Weichai-Ballard and the quality-certification specialists at RINA Service SpA, led to the development of a certified sustainable energy architecture for future superyacht builds. The project comes at a time when the environmental credentials of the large-yachts sector have been called into question, so an approach that can quantifiably reduce overall emissions is an objective improvement in environmental standards.  In terms of the specifics, the sustainable architecture provides for the installation of an innovative fuel cell system, powered with “green methanol”, aboard CRN superyachts, meeting all efficiency and safety requirements. To that end, CRN developed two architectures for two dedicated naval platforms: an 11.5-metre platform with hybrid propulsion for 60- to 70-metre yachts, and a 14.2-metre platform with diesel/electric propulsion for 75- to 90-metre yachts.  Both architectures feature a PEM fuel cell system as an alternative energy source powered by hydrogen reformed from green methanol, optimised to predefined range and performance levels. This provides several days at “full-hotel” without firing up the diesel generators, offering zero-emissions cruising for several hours, with an autonomy depending on the speed set by the captain. This approach significantly reduces overall emissions in line with the strictest eco standards.  Organised by IBI, the reference magazine for the global leisure marine industry, and by METSTRADE, the world’s largest trade exhibition of marine equipment, materials and systems, in partnership with Raymarine, the Boat Builder Awards celebrate companies, teams and individuals working in the international pleasure boating and superyacht sector that excel in crucial areas from innovation and collaboration to sustainability, talent and marketing.  The new technology at the heart of SuP-Y is a major step forward towards the future of yachting, with an easy-to-use solution that meets all the regulatory requirements for safety at sea.

CRN Wins ISS Design and Leadership Awards

CRN m/yY Ciao, a full-custom all-aluminium yacht by CRN, has triumphed at the prestigious ISS Design and Leadership Awards in the Best in Motor <500 GT (above 24m) category. The honour was presented on Thursday 26 October at a gala evening in the elegant setting of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Fort Lauderdale Beach at a gathering of the leading lights in the nautical world.  Now in its 33rd edition, these historic awards, the first in the yachting world, celebrate excellence in design, engineering and innovation.  A testament to the shipyard’s total dedication, its creativity and talent for innovation, ISS Design and Leadership Awards are given for the designs adjudged the most ground breaking not only for their naval architecture and engineering solutions but also for their aesthetics and the elegance of their lines. As well as reflecting CRN’s superlative design and build quality, this accolade underlines the shipyard’s unrivalled ability to turn an owner’s vision and brief into reality. The features that especially impressed the jury include the taut, svelte lines, the vertical bow and the continual interplay between the internal and external spaces. The generous windows were admired for the glorious natural light that brings out the vivid splashes of colour that are such a feature of the furnishings and materials. On the technical side, the judges also praised the clever use of the open-air garage to keep the yacht under 500 GT, as well as the excellent handling of space to enhance the on-board entertainment experience for the owner and guests.  This 52-metre vessel was designed and built by CRN, which also developed the entire naval architecture. The yard partnered with architecture and design studio Omega Architects, who conceived the external lines, and architects Massari Design, who created all the spacious outdoor guest areas and the well-lit interiors.  Creativity, passion, experience, originality and uniqueness: these are the key elements that go into making every CRN superyacht. The quality shines through in every aspect, from the virtuoso craftsmanship and in-depth technical know-how to the meticulous attention to detail. Recognised for its innovative naval architectures and advanced engineering solutions, CRN specialises in designing exclusive, tailor-made, one-off yachts – perfect fusions of ideas, expertise and professionalism.  At 52 metres long and 9 metres in the beam, this 5-deck yacht has a gross tonnage of 499 GT. She accommodates up to 10 guests in the sumptuous main-deck owner suite and 4 VIP cabins on the lower deck. There are also 6 cabins for the 11 crew.  CRN m/y Ciao reflects the character of a knowledgeable owner with a passion for the sea. He was particular about the social zones, requiring roomy, comfortable open-air spaces linked with fluid precision to the large, luminous interiors. The magnificent outdoor areas – like the two palatial lounges with sunbathing area and pool, one on the sun deck and the other on the main deck, or the ample al-fresco dining area on the upper deck – are conceived as multipurpose convivial spaces for enjoying the open-air life to the full in intimate touch with the sea.  CRN m/y Ciao is a product of creative design, flexible thinking and state-of-the-art technology, a superb example of the Ancona yard’s supreme construction expertise.

Fairline Takes Designer of the Year at the Boat Builder Awards 2023

Christian Gott, lead concept designer at British luxury motor yacht manufacturer Fairline, has been announced as Designer of the Year at this year’s Boat Builder Awards at METSTRADE in Amsterdam.  Up against stiff competition with innovative designers from Rand Boats, TYDE and HH Catamarans also shortlisted, Christian took home the award after being recognised for driving the styling of the brand’s latest models. This includes the Squadron 68 launched in 2022, the Phantom 65 the same year and the new Squadron 58 launched at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show. The Targa 40 which makes its world debut at Boot Düsseldorf in January, joins the Squadron 58 as ground-up firsts for Christian and his concept design team.  Award judges commented: “Our final decision was influenced by our winner’s rise through the ranks of Fairline. In 14 years, he progressed from a boatbuilder apprentice who studied for a design degree on his own initiative to being appointed as Lead Concept Designer. He is now responsible for styling the company’s latest launches – including the impressive Squadron 58.”  The awards, which have recognised business achievement since 2015 are run by IBI and METSTRADE and take place annually at the National Maritime Museum during the trade show. The awards recognise the significant contributions of individuals, teams and supply chain partners within boat building companies globally.  James Powell, Sales Director at Fairline said: “Nurturing talent is part of Fairline’s DNA and we’re delighted to see Christian’s hard work get the recognition it deserves. Christian has been such an integral part of our design evolution while remaining true to Fairline’s roots and bringing an unprecedented vision of where we go next.  “The development of the all-important connection to the water is Christian’s focus. We know our customers want to be on the water in every capacity, the more connection you can have the better, whether that’s inside the boat with large glazing or outside, enjoying the entertaining space of a large cockpit or flybridge.”  Christian said of the award win: “To be recognised for the work I’m so passionate about is fantastic and I’d like to thank those who were part of the judging process and congratulate the others shortlisted in this category.  “Fairline’s are always classic in design, you can look at a Fairline that’s 20 years old and a brand new one and easily tell they are both clearly Fairline. The design evolution over recent years has been ensuring those key Fairline design features like our hull windows on every model have a signature shape. Within each of our model ranges there are subtle differences, but within each range it remains clear they are families of boats and I’m proud of our work to ensure that the Fairline DNA still shines through.”  Fairline will be making the world debut of the all-new Targa 40 and the European debut of the Squadron 58 at this year’s Boot Düsseldorf. Its UK and European network of dealers will be represented at the stand in Hall 6, Location D59, together with key personnel from Fairline’s factory teams, including Christian.

Fairline New Malta Dealer

British luxury motor yacht manufacturer Fairline has announced Waypoint Yachting Ltd, part of the Yachting Partners Malta group of companies, as its latest dealership partner in Malta. Founded in 2006, Yachting Partners Malta is strategically located in the centre of the Mediterranean, with excellent natural protected harbours and also home to the largest yacht register in Europe.  The Yachting Partners Malta team offers a brokerage service as well as new yacht sales, technical support, guardianage and the sale of accompanying marine products.  Yachting Partners Malta group sales manager, Richard D’Aguiar said: “While the yachting market in Malta continues to thrive, the partnership with Fairline brings a new level of luxury and excellence to our clients. Working with Fairline means offering a remarkable blend of innovation, craftsmanship, and timeless design, ensuring that our customers enjoy the very best in yachting experiences."  James Powell, Sales Director at Fairline said: “We are thrilled to introduce Fairline Malta as the latest addition to the Fairline family. The Yachting Partners team comprises dedicated sales professionals and skilled technical experts with a focus on outstanding customer service, making it the ideal choice for our clients. We look forward to working with the team and continuing our existing and new client relationships in the Mediterranean.”  The Fairline Malta dealership will showcase the unrivalled products in the Fairline family which fall under four distinct ranges: the F//LINE, Targa, Phantom and Squadron. The F//LINE range offers the F//LINE 33 and F//LINE 33 Outboard, the Targa range with models from 45-50ft, the Phantom 65 and the three Squadron models from 50-68ft. Fairline will be exhibiting at boot Düsseldorf from 21-29 January 2023 at stand D59 in Hall 6 with the Targa 40 making its world debut, the Squadron 58 making its European debut and favourites the Squadron 68, Targa 45 GT and Targa 45 OPEN will also be on display.

Fairline New US Dealer

Fairline Americas has announced its latest US dealer as the award-winning Michigan based Colony Marine, which boasts three locations: St. Clair Shores, Algonac and Oakland County, and will operate as Fairline Great Lakes.  Since 1958, family-owned Colony Marine which is now in its third generation of the Beauregard family, prides itself on strong business ethics, a commitment to superior products and passion for boating.  Making the announcement at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show where Fairline’s award-winning Phantom 65 made its US debut, Steve Leeson of Fairline Americas commented: “Colony Marine is the largest dealer in South-East Michigan and offers a comprehensive service for its customers which is something we were really drawn to. Its team of highly skilled, factory certified technicians use the latest technology and state of the art facilities which has set a benchmark for service on the Great Lakes.  “We look forward to this new partnership and are excited about 2024 with the US debuts of the all–new Targa 40 and Squadron 58.”  When discussing the new partnership, Dave Giles, VP of the Yacht Group at Colony Marine said: “Colony Marine and Fairline Yachts have a common passion, and a deep-rooted heritage in the marine industry. Fairline’s current and future models are in perfect alignment with our Yacht Group. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with the brand.”  Colony Marine offers a superior service, with everything the boat buyer needs from professional boating services to financing, warranty, maintenance, summer dockage, winter storage, education and aftermarket retail as well as a complete customer support system. The team prides itself on its belief that it does not just sell boats but the lifestyle that goes with it, helping buyers to create fun boating memories and experiences. It focuses on inclusion into the Colony family with events and opportunities to cruise with other Colony boaters.  Within its three locations, Colony Marine not only offers its sales centers but also includes state of the art service functions, deep water marines with over 950 summer boat slips as well as over 250,000 sq ft of indoor heated winter storage.

Ferretti Group Second Edition of Scuola dei Mestieri

After the success of the first edition held in spring, Ferretti Group kicks off the second edition of the Scuola dei Mestieri project, starting on November 13 in Forlì. The aim is to train specialised workers (deck fitters and carpenters) to recruit for luxury yacht production, not least at the soon-to-open Ravenna production facility.  The three-month course, totalling 500 hours of training, is for 18 to 29-year-olds who want to start a career in the high-end Italian yacht industry. Lessons will be held by technical experts, including former yard managers and line foremen.  After the first edition in Forlì and subsequent launch at the Mondolfo and Sarno plants, the Group’s objective for this second edition is to focus on the recently acquired Ravenna yard, aiming to grow the workforce in view of the upcoming opening. The students on the course are, in fact, based both in Ravenna and Forlì.  The 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.  The theoretical part of the course is structured as follows: an overview of materials and composites technology and a section on engineering, from construction principles to the types of systems found on boats, with a special focus on the different types of semi-finished products and on planning outfitting operations. The practical part of the course, in collaboration with Cnos FA Forlì, takes place initially in a wood workshop, before moving to the Shipyard.  Including the Forlì edition, a total of over 50 apprentices could be hired by Ferretti Group shipyards.  Ferretti Group announced: “The outstanding skills of our workforce are the real strength of the Made in Italy yacht industry and of Ferretti Group: a unique combination of talent, experience and know-how that only we can offer the world. That is why the Scuola dei Mestieri is of paramount importance, because we want to open our doors to young workers and give them the skills and expertise to maintain the inimitable standards of excellence that set us apart. We expect to identify new professionals who are the right fit for our shipyards, establishing a lasting and profitable working relationship.”

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Galeon Expands in West Coast

Galeon Yachts, a prominent name in the luxury yacht industry, is thrilled to announce its expansion to the West Coast with a new dealer, Silver Seas Yachts.  Silver Seas Yachts, known for its excellent customer service and extensive industry expertise, aligns perfectly with Galeon Yachts' dedication to providing its customers with a first-class experience. With this partnership, yacht enthusiasts along the West Coast can now access the exquisite lineup of Galeon Yachts, renowned for their quality, design, and cutting-edge technology.  Bob Burke, Galeon Brand Manager for the Americas, comments, "We are thrilled to partner with Silver Seas Yachts and extend the reach of Galeon Yachts to the entire West Coast of the United States. Their enthusiasm and dedication to providing unparalleled experiences align perfectly with Galeon's commitment to innovation and world-class performance. This collaboration marks an exciting chapter in Galeon's journey, and we are excited to see our brand thrive in this new territory."  Ross Tefft, President of Silver Seas Yachts, adds, “Our team is very excited about this incremental offering in the luxury yacht market that we now have to offer our cliental.  With locations in San Diego, Newport Beach and Sausalito, CA, along with Seattle and Anacortes, WA, we are well positioned to sell and support Galeon Yachts along the entire West Coast of the US, Hawaii and the major inland lakes of the western US.”  Silver Seas Yachts has more than 12 years in the boating industry, offering expertise, professionalism, and luxury you can't find anywhere else. They are proud to offer luxury brands exclusively at dealerships on the West Coast. Let their sales team guide you in finding the perfect yacht to fit your lifestyle. The professional, knowledgeable sales staff have the experience to make the purchase of your new boat easy, fast, and stress-free. Let their sales team guide you in finding the perfect yacht to fit your lifestyle.  This new partnership brings a selection of premium yachts, ranging from the sporty Galeon 400 FLY to the luxurious Galeon 800 FLY, to the discerning clientele of the West Coast. Silver Seas Yachts' network and dedication to customer satisfaction ensures an enhanced experience for individuals seeking top-tier yachts. Galeon Yachts and Silver Seas Yachts share a common goal to provide customers with not just a vessel but an unparalleled yachting lifestyle as well. Combining Galeon's expertise in crafting stunning vessels with Silver Seas Yachts' commitment to exceptional service, this partnership aims to elevate the yachting experience for enthusiasts and boaters alike.

Hatteras Lays Off Eighty Workers

Hatteras Yachts has laid off approximately 80 workers this past week at its New Bern plant in North Carolina, USA. Bass Pro, which acquired Hatteras Yachts through White River Marine Group in 2021, stated that the cutbacks were driven in part by the "current economic environment", but that every effort was being taken to "support [its] people" as the yard continues to navigate the uncertainty of the market. The news comes two years after White River Marine Group announced plans to open a new coastal manufacturing centre in New Bern with a target to create 500 jobs in Craven County. The company said it would continue to support and grow Hatteras Yachts onsite, while also moving its existing MAKO and Ranger saltwater brands under the same roof. “With Hatteras’ rich heritage of craftsmanship and access to some of the world’s best offshore angling, our aim is to help solidify New Bern as the world’s capital for saltwater gamefish and boat building,” Bass Pro CEO Johnny Morris said at the time. Bass Pro later stated that even after the layoffs, Hatteras Yachts "continues to employ considerably more people than when [the shipyard] was first acquired by White River Marine Group in May 2021." "Our plan is to continue to invest boldly, as we have done over the last few years, in the future of the legendary Hatteras brand," Bass Pro said in a statement. "Last week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, we were proud to announce plans for a totally new generation of high-performance Hatteras sportfishing boats that will be built in New Bern, North Carolina. We are optimistic that employment at the Hatteras plant will continue to grow as the next generation of high-performance Hatteras boats is brought online." According to Bass Pro, the new sportfishing line will be officially introduced in late 2024.

Italian Sea Group Awarded RINA Environmental Certification

RINA has awarded The Italian Sea Group (TISG) an ISO 14001:2015 certification for the environmental management of its Marina di Carrara and La Spezia shipyards.  "[TISG] has always paid great attention to the containment of the environmental impact generated by the business, promoting conscious and efficient resource consumption and a meticulous policy of waste reduction," said TISG founder and CEO Giovanni Costantino. "I believe that a more and more sustainable business cannot be separated from the systemic management of the environmental aspects. By obtaining the ISO 14001 certification we make a further step towards the improvement of our environmental performance and the creation of sustainable value for our stakeholders and the entire community."  In addition to the ISO14001:2015 certification, the Company already has an ISO9001:2015 certification for its quality management systems and an ISO45001:2018 for its occupational health and safety management systems.  The announcement follows ArtExplorer's debut as the world's largest aluminium catamaran and the first yacht to be built under the Perini Navi brand since its acquisition by TISG.

Kadey-Krogen New Customer Care Manager

Kadey-Krogen Group Announces New Customer Care Manager Jay Christopher.  In addition to having his captains license and associate surveyor's credentials with SAMS, Jay has been an assistant manager with Oyster Harbors Marine for the past decade, focusing on Viking, Valhalla, Regulator, Mag Bay and Everglades. Jay will be handling all customer relations, new yacht commissioning handovers and customer care along with having input with the development committee.

Kadey-Krogen Group Stuart Open House January 2024

Meet the management, sales, and service teams, and learn more about the Kadey-Krogen Group. Delve into the design and construction of the yachts Kadey-Krogen Group build and talk to product experts. If you want to meet like-minded yacht owners, share cruising stories and insights, and of course, get a look at recent builds and design specs for our latest models, this is the event to do it.  Friday, January 19th: Boat tours from 10:00am - 5:00pm with a cocktail reception to follow.  Saturday, January 20th: Boat tours from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. New Models Seminar 10:00am - 11:00am at the Harborage Yacht Club, Second Floor.  Parking at office location: 415 NW Flagler Ave, Stuart, FL.

Kadey-Krogen Group Owners Photo Contest

Congratulations to Mike and Jackie Schmidt, owners of Krogen 50 Open Alara, for winning this month's photo contest! The photo was taken in Tolmie State Park, Washington.  Guidelines for the contest are: Must be a current or previous owner of a Krogen, Summit or American Tug, Include your name, boat name, model and year, Include where the photo was taken, with Winners will be announced at the end of each month.  Disclaimer: By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by the Kadey-Krogen Group for advertising purposes including social, digital and print media.

Maritimo New Managing Partner

Leading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, continues their dominance in the Americas, driven by new model launches and a focus on customer service. To ensure that they deliver their renowned customer experience, the company announced that two industry veterans, Keith Teynor and Josh Northrop, will be joining the Maritimo Americas team. Teynor and Northrop bring with them more than three decades of experience in the boating industry. Keith Teynor will join the company as Managing Partner for Maritimo Americas, taking the helm from Maritimo Americas President Dave Northrop and overseeing sales, logistics, marketing, and service for the company within the United States, Canada, and South America. And while his experience includes over a decade working in sales and managerial roles for the largest marine retailer in the U.S, his first experience with Maritimo stretches back to his time as the president of private lending for a national financial firm, where he conducted several transactions with the company on the client side and got to know the Maritimo team.

Nordhavn Convoy in Sea of Cortez

A convoy of Nordhavns, led by a Nordhavn 57 and comprising of crews manned with members of the brand’s design, project and sales teams departed Dana Point, CA Wednesday for an extended cruise through international waters. No, this isn’t the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally part 2 – though there’s no denying the common threads that run between the two trips. It’s the Nordhavn Convoy to the Sea of Cortez, a two-week cruise throughout Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, where five Nordhavns are kicking off a post-Thanksgiving sojourn that is certain to initiate a relaxed countdown to the end of 2023. “It’s been a couple of very busy years for us,” said Jim Leishman, vice president of Nordhavn/Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE) who will be piloting the company Nordhavn 57. “I want this trip to be all about fun.”  In addition to the N57 are two Nordhavn 80s, an N63 and N68. The group will wind its way around Mexico’s secluded cruising grounds known for their vibrant sea life, making several stops along the route. The crews will provide updates on their trip with photos, video and log posts.  With just five boats participating, the fleet is considerably smaller than that of the NAR. Still, it’s easy to see how this Sea of Cortez convoy harkens back to the Atlantic Rally, where a Nordhavn 57, also helmed by Jim Leishman and other PAE staff, led a group of boats that included 15 Nordhavns across the Atlantic Ocean in a stunning two-month, trans-oceanic cruise. The similarities between this Convoy and the record-breaking event in 2004, which is coming upon its 20-year anniversary in June, is not lost on Leishman and he is happy to give a nod to it. But just a nod.  Whereas the NAR was comprised of a far more rigorous and complicated route and itinerary with endless stresses about the welfare of so many boats in the middle of the ocean, the Sea of Cortez Convoy will have a much more relaxed air about it. Additionally, the NAR was almost entirely about business. This trip is strictly (mostly strictly) about pleasure.  “We’re no different from any other buyer out there who just wants to jump on their Nordhavn and go,” said Jim’s son, James Leishman, a broker who this year has led the way in bringing about the company’s most productive sales activity in over a decade. James will join his dad, his uncle, Chief of Design, Jeff Leishman, Jeff’s son Drew, project manager of the Nordhavn 41 and 51, as well as longtime project manager Justin Zumwalt. James, Jim and Justin were also all aboard the N57 Atlantic Escort during the NAR nearly two decades ago.  The N57 leading the charge this time around is Grande, the boat that Jim and Jeff Leishman purchased with partner Dan Streech this past spring. Grande will be a safety net per se for two brand new Nordhavn 80s – hull #3 was delivered only a couple of weeks ago – who are eager to start their major cruising in Mexico. They’ll also be alongside N63 True Blue and N68 Dragon, both with considerable miles under their keels but who jumped at the chance to join in the revelry.  Other PAE staffers will be participating on the trip. Jim’s son Eric Leishman a Nordhavn broker, PAE media arts specialist Doug Harlow, and Dan Streech’s son Trever Streech, whose company Prime Fabrications designs stainless components on Nordhavns will crew aboard the Nordhavn 8003. They’ll be joined by west coast Commissioning Manager Brian Leishman and boat technician Bret Leishman elsewhere in the fleet.  Instead of stops in Bermuda, the Azores and Gibraltar, this group will visit Ensenada, Turtle Bay, Magdalena Bay, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Laredo. James Leishman calls this part of the Pacific a still mainly undiscovered gem for cruising. It’s not quite crossing an ocean, but, he says, “you’ve got to have a boat like a Nordhavn to get there.”

Riva Classiche at Milano AutoClassica Vintage Boat Show

Riva, the epitome of Italian-made yachting for over 180 years, takes four legendary boats to the “Vintage Boat Show”, the exhibition of vintage boats organised as part of the 13th edition of Milano AutoClassica, held from November 17 to 19.  The Vintage Boat Show is a unique opportunity to explore the timeless appeal of vintage models that tell stories of expert craftsmanship and style, tapping into the passion for a brand that has become an icon over the years by creating true works of art. Riva will be at the show with a stand dedicated to Riva Classiche, the Boat Service created by Carlo Riva in 1957 to offer Riva owners assistance whenever they need it and now an international benchmark in the restoration and maintenance of Riva boats built from mahogany and fibreglass. The Riva Classiche exhibition space at the Vintage Boat Show will host four iconic boats that have made yachting history: Aquarama #2, Aquarama II series #282, Aquarama Special #747 and the extraordinary Riva Ferrari 32’, the result of collaboration between the Riva shipyard and Ferrari’s engineering department, which combines elegance with a top speed of 100 km/h delivered by two Vulcan 400 V8 engines.  At the Riva Classiche stand, guests will also have the chance to relax in the Riva Lounge and discover the products in the Riva Boutique, which offers a collection of accessories, clothing and objects for the home inspired by the world of yachting and in perfect Riva style.

Riviera Awards International Dealerships

Australia's premier luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, announced its 2023 International Dealer Awards.  Riviera International Dealer of the Year was awarded to Lake Michigan Yacht Sales in the US.  Accepting the award, Dealer Principal Matt Mrozinski said: “The constant refinement in every aspect of Riviera yachts over the past 10 years has been extraordinary. Our customers are telling us that Riviera is regarded as the premium brand in the sport yacht and luxury motor yacht market for design, engineering, finish and support."  He said the entire Riviera team in Australia and in the Americas were focussed on their customers. "We have been a Riviera dealer representative for nearly 20 years. Being able to represent a yacht line that you are proud of, that it is very well-supported, that is among the very best in the world; seeing the real joy experienced by our Riviera owners, is our team’s reward.”  Richard Madden from Bosun’s Marine in the US State of Massachusetts was awarded for Service Excellence by an Individual. Dealer Principal Steve Chase said: "Richard is a master technician and is totally dedicated to keeping our Riviera customers’ yachts in peak condition; always ready for their next adventure.  “Richard won this award not just for his great service ethic, but also for his attitude during the handover and delivery to our new owners; providing comprehensive training for them in the operation of their yachts."  Dave Northnagle, also from Bosun’s Marine, received the award for Sales Excellence by an Individual.  Accepting the award, Dave said: "We have been Riviera representatives for over 15 years.  Our great team at Bosun’s are focused on customer relationships. My personal approach is to make the process of purchasing a new yacht as easy as possible, working together as a team across our entire dealership.  "I love to see our owners out on the water enjoying their yachts. They often send me pictures of their adventures, which is awesomely rewarding.”  The award for Sales Excellence by a Dealership was presented to OneWater Yacht Group who have 10 locations in the US in New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Florida.  Dealer Principal Bryan Braley said: "We have proudly represented Riviera yachts for over 10 years. Our philosophy is that we partner with our yacht owners through their yachting journey to ensure their ultimate boating enjoyment.  "The quality of Riviera motor yachts today is second-to-none. If you walked through the entire Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, you wouldn’t find a motor yacht that compared for quality, comfort and style."  Based in Puerto Rico, Wally Castro Marine were awarded with Event Excellence by a Dealership.  "We created our event 12 years ago as a Christmas in July themed on-water summer party. We hold this in the British Virgin Islands where hundreds of boats cruise to the island of Virgin Gorda to be a part of our full-day family event. More than 16 Riviera yachts rafted together this year to share in all the fun and celebrations,” said Wally.  "Our team loves to represent Riviera. There is a special wow factor in every yacht."  Riviera International Sales Director, Chris McCafferty, said Riviera had seen significant growth in the Americas over the past 10 years.  "Riviera are regarded as premium motor yachts, offering an outstanding range of six individual model designs from 39 to 78 feet. We offer a rare combination of blue water performance, designer styling, luxurious comfort and caring owner care support by our global network.”  Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst praised the international dealer network and award winners on behalf of Riviera’s team in Australia and in the US.  “The Riviera International Dealer Awards recognise the professionalism, dedication and excellence of service and support by our representatives. Together, Riviera and our dealership network strive to create the ultimate boating experience for our yacht owners,” he said.  "We are very appreciative of our global dealership network, and we thank them all for their commitment and dedication to our yacht owners.”

Solaris New Service Centre in Genoa

The Solaris Yachts Service was established alongside the parent company Solaris Yachts and under the experienced guidance of its founders Mirko Medini and Demis Alcaras at the office in Varazze. The new Genoa office has been active since early September 2023 at Marina Genova Aeroporto. It offers a wide range of services including regular maintenance, repairs, painting and rigging, up to the complete refitting for your Solaris.

Sunreef Natural Fibre Composites

Sunreef Yachts Eco is a holistic concept reassessing every aspect of the yachting experience to make it more energy efficient and responsible. The shipyard’s R&D department is currently implementing natural fiber composites to take another big step toward a sustainable yacht-building process.  Natural fiber composites (NFC) implemented by Sunreef Yachts Eco, use flax fiber to obtain composite structures of the highest quality and excellent mechanical characteristics. The high-quality fiber is paired with bio-based or recyclable resin to create solid and reliable natural composites.  Flax fabrics demonstrate a negative CO2 footprint, due to the absorption of CO2 during the plant growth. On top of that, Sunreef Yachts Eco natural composites can be recycled. This process involves the extraction of both the resin and the fiber, in order to give both materials a new life.  The flax fabrics can be woven into countless patterns and can be dyed into an endless variety of colors. The Sunreef shipyard’s R&D department has integrated Natural Fiber Composites (NFC) into the interior and exterior design offerings, marking another significant stride toward a sustainable yacht-building process.  

Viking Record Breaker

Captain Chris Moward and the crew on Scott Crump’s Viking 55 Best Trait were enjoying a day of fun fishing in the Gulf of Mexico when the bite that everyone dreams of hit. The blue marlin was hooked near an oil rig approximately 110 miles south of Orange Beach, Alabama. It ate a live blackfin tuna and took two hours to boat. The fish measured a massive 145.75” inches from bottom of jaw to fork of the tail – and had a 62” wide tail. At the scale, it clocked in a 1,145.6 pounds. While waiting on verification, this monster blue unofficially broke the Gulf of Mexico AND Alabama state records.  Angler Scott “Scooter” Anderson said, “It really hasn’t sunk in yet. The trip wasn’t going our way then we reorganized ourselves. The rest is history.”
“Running out of places to pinch myself,” said Captain Chris. “I’ve been dreaming of a fish like this my entire life.”

Viking Wins Los Cabos

The team fishing aboard The Daddy Rabbit, a Viking 58, has been crowned as the 2023 Los Cabos Billfish Tournament champions. Captain Angel Agundez Sandez, behind the wheel of owner/angler Dennis Hoods’ boat, released an incredible 140 striped marlin in three days. Meshuga Fish, a Viking 68 led by captain Jeffrey Stolarz, claimed 3rd Place honors with 110 striped marlin and one blue.  C- Student, a Viking 72, weighed the Heaviest Dolphin at the Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore. Ian Megarity’s fish registered 50.2 pounds on the scale. The 2nd Place Tuna went to Mike Wells and his 149-pound yellowfin. He was fishing on the Viking 62 Chasin’ Tail.

Viking Marlin Lady Anglers

As big supporters of the fishing community, Viking teamed up with Marlin magazine, Pelagic and Bucked Up energy drinks to create the Marlin Lady Angler Team, a group of accomplished anglers that bonded and fished together this past season.  “The goal of the Marlin Lady Angler team is to help create more awareness of female anglers in competitive tournaments around the world,” says Marlin magazine publisher Natasha Lloyd. “We are thrilled that Viking Yachts jumped on board to help support us with this vision. We are looking forward to 2024 and having this team fish more events to showcase the amazing females of our sport.”  Nine prestigious women in the marine industry, each with diverse fishing abilities and a shared passion for the sport made up the group. Team members Shelby Callison and Dusty Adinolfe have extensive familiarity with the Viking product. Dusty is a dedicated philanthropist, proficient international tournament angler and proud owner of the Viking 80 Surf Bum. Both Dusty and her husband are looking forward to the delivery of their Viking 72 and Valhalla 41.   Shelby is the Sales Coordinator and Office Manager for the Florida location of Valhalla Boat Sales and a highly accomplished angler. She was named this year’s Top Lady Angler at the Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament and The Billfish Foundation’s 2022 Top Tagging Lady Angler in South Florida.  Throughout the competition, these ladies demonstrated resilience in the face of challenging conditions. And each team member persevered in high spirits and learned invaluable lessons. Dusty said, “As the senior angler on the team, I brought a wealth of life’s lessons and insight. It's clear that the camaraderie and support system encouraged each member, regardless of age or experience, to learn new things both about fishing and life in general.”

Viking Dealer Acquired

Germain Motor Company a fourth-generation family business founded in 1947, announced that it acquired SI Yachts. Previously known as Staten Island Yacht Sales, SI Yachts was founded in 1964 by Frank Bongiorno, who established what has become the longest-operating Viking dealer. Frank plans to enjoy a well-deserved retirement after more than 60 years. “We couldn’t imagine a more perfect opportunity and partnership to carry on the legacy of Frank, first started in 1964,” SI Vice President Jay Hendrix said in a statement. “The resources, technology and team that Germain has is a complement to what we are building at SI Yachts.” Germain’s acquisition of SI Yachts comes two years after CEO and partner Zach Germain established Germain Yachts. 

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