July 19, 2024

New Model: Otam 90 GTS

Following its test launch in May, the initial sea trials, immediately confirmed that the first GTS version of the new Otam 90 model exceeded all expectations. Comfort, space, and style blend seamlessly in the luxurious 28-meter super sport yacht with outstanding performance. The Otam 90 GTS titled m/y Sexy Me achieved a top speed of 45 knots, surpassing its contracted 42 knots, thanks to its pair of powerful 2,600 horsepower MTU engines, Arneson surface propellers and a hull meticulously designed by Umberto Tagliavini and Aldo Scorzoni of Marine Design and Services. This configuration ensures exceptionally smooth and responsive navigation, combined with excellent sea-handling capabilities, confirming Otam's esteemed global reputation and consistency. This achievement is even more remarkable when considering the additional weight on board compared to the original design, following specific requests from the owner, including the customized rotating gangway, stabilizers, extensive use of marble in both the interiors and exteriors, an advanced stereo system with a dedicated rack room and much more. The remarkable silence at all speeds is noteworthy, especially since the GTS is a semi-open version. Onboard comfort has greatly impressed both the client and the shipyard builder, thanks to meticulous attention to sound insulation. Customized design is a distinctive feature of the Otam 90 GTS, following the tradition of the Italian shipyard. Thanks to the collaboration with Giuseppe Bagnardi of the BG Design firm, the new flagship stands out for its unique and tailor-made details. The helm console, for example, is inspired by the world of racing cars with a carbon-fiber structure that resembles the protective ‘halo’ system used by Formula 1 and other racing cars. This structure also features an integrated and independent cooling system to keep the console electronics at a constant temperature. The air intakes on the front of the yacht and ‘snorkel’ on the hardtop further recall the hood and roof scoops on high-performance luxury cars. The hull coated with metallic silver paint with bronze accents, specially developed by Awlgrip for the owner, is just one aspect that reflects its personality. The layout of the first Otam 90 GTS, naturally full custom, accommodates guests in its three ensuite cabins. Below deck there is the full-beam owner’s suite, a VIP cabin, a third guest cabin and a lounge with an office rack room for the stereo system. On the main deck, in addition to the spacious convivial cockpit with an opening hard top, there is specific access to the kitchen, which is deliberately separated from the VIP section. The crew area is generously sized and features independent access. Aft, there is a large sunbathing space and a large bathing platform. Forward, a spacious dinette with relaxation and dining area are always accessible thanks to the generous and comfortable side walkways. Prominent among the Otam 90 GTS’s endless customization possibilities are full or half-height side windows, single or double hull window, for the master suite; a larger or smaller garage, in this case capable of accommodating a 4.35 m tender which can vary in size upon request. The new flagship of the Italian shipyard is also available in the hard top version, with a closed salon on the main deck. Otam's hand building custom approach once again confirms the yard's intention and ability to meet very demanding owners, with the majority of these coming from super yacht ownership in developing unique projects as the ultimate expression of exclusivity and luxury in today's market, with this new 90 GTS, as was the case of the beautiful 85 GTS, and all the custom 80's delivered thus far, and also the 58 GTS. The flagship of Otam's Fast and Iconic range will debut at the 2024 Cannes Yachting Festival 2024 in September, with the Genoese shipyard also celebrating its seventieth anniversary.
Technical Data:
LOA - 27.75 m (91.1ft)
Hull Length - 23.95 m
Beam - 6 m
Draft - 2 m
Displacement - 
Fuel Capacity - 8000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation -  two, or three, or four double cabins layouts, one crew cabin for two
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000M96L 2600hp
Propulsion - Arneson ASD15 A1S surface drive with ZF 3070 gear boxes
Speed - 42 knots max, 36 cruise
Project - Giuseppe Bagnardi BG Design exterior, Umberto Tagliavini and Aldo Scrozoni naval architect
Certification - CE A

July 18, 2024

Sport Cruiser Sinks Near Porto Buso

A ten meter sport cruiser titled Fra with five adults and two children which departed Marina Planais of San Giorgio di Nogaro partly sank in between the island of Sant' Andrea and Porto Buso, to the East of the Marano Lagoon on the Northern part of the Adriatic sea, on the morning of seven July. According to unconfirmed reports the sport cruiser sank after it hit a reef with its port side stern drive, this allowing a water breach causing its partial sinking. The passengers aboard the sport cruiser were assisted by the Guardia Costiera of Monfalcone who recovered them and then took them to Lignano.  On the morning of eleven July, the sport cruiser was refloated.
The sport cruiser in this sinking is a A. Mostes 32.9 a sport cruiser as produced in Italy from the late nineties till the noughties.  A. Mostes is one of the famed Lake Como boat builders, founded in 1913 by Alessandro Mostes.

Propulsion: Sharrow By Veem

Sharrow Marine, a subsidiary of Sharrow Engineering LLC, the industry leader in innovative marine propulsion technology, announced today a significant advancement in its partnership agreement with Australia-based Veem Ltd, a designer and manufacturer of disruptive, high-technology marine propulsion and stabilization systems. After months of collaborative design work and testing of Sharrow by Veem prototype designs on Veem’s 64’ Viking test vessel, the companies confirmed that the key benefits of the Sharrow Propeller over conventional propellers can be replicated for inboard vessel applications. Sharrow and Veem have verified that the results of the rigorous testing, specifically improved fuel efficiency, a significant reduction in vibration and noise, improved handling, and excellent reverse thrust meet the contractual criteria for progression to the next phase in their partnership. Both parties are now committed to, and working toward, the manufacture and sale of the Sharrow by Veem range of propellers for inboard vessels, focusing initially on fulfilling pre-orders to ensure the bespoke designs are optimized for each vessel and then testing the propellers upon installation to validate the comparative results. This data will be critical for expanding the wide range of applications for inboard vessels globally. This rollout signifies a breakthrough in commercial marine propulsion and enables expanded defense opportunities in Australia and the US, particularly regarding reduced noise and vibration, and operational performance of military vessels. Additionally, both companies recognize the potential of this technology to contribute to global sustainability efforts. The Sharrow by Veem propellers align with international initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and marine noise pollution, promising a more sustainable future for marine transportation.

July 17, 2024

Classic Fairline Squadron Destroyed by Fire Near Lido Estensi

A thirteen meter Fairline Squadron with Slovenian flag and eight persons onboard, was destroyed by fire and then sank near Lido Estensi and Porto Garibaldi just after 10:00 morning time of Sunday fourteen December.  The eight persons onboard the Fairline flybridge jumped in the water, as soon as they saw the boat burning, and were assisted first by a nearby sailing boat, and then the Guardia Costiera.  Following this the Vigili dell Fuoco of Ferrara and Guardia Costiera continued to fight the fire, an operation which was completed after three hours, with the fire turned off at 13:30 at about five hundred meters away from the coast.  The cause of the fire is under investigation, with the flybridge boat being filled with fuel some minutes before catching fire at Portogaribaldi.  A recovery is planned for Monday, with the boat being currently boom protected and under observation for any environmental damage it might cause.
The Fairline in this fire is a Squadron 43 model, a flybridge cruiser designed by Bernard Olesinski and produced from 1994 to 97.  The 43 was the entry level Squadron range model, Fairline's flagship flybridge range which in that period arrived up to 62 foot.  The Squadron 43 was a replacement to the 43 and was replaced by the Phantom 46 in 1999.

Project: Rustler 41


Rustler was an unknown name to me, up until some months ago when I came across the rendering of this 41 project as designed by Tony Castro.  Doing some research I have found that Rustler was founded in the early eighties in Falmouth debuting with a 36 sailing boat, and today offers a seven model sail yacht range from 24 up 57.  The Rustler 41 is the Falmouth yacht builder debut in motor boating, with British designer Tony Castro presenting a two cabin lower deck layout with a living on the main deck.  The first unit is currently in build and is to be powered by twin Yanmar 320hp on shaft drives, with pod or outboard options also factored in the design.

July 16, 2024

One Dead One Missing in Sportfish Tanker Collision in Lydia Channel

One man is reported dead, while a 25 year old is missing following a collision between a sportfish cruiser titled Todo Bien and a commercial tanker named Eagle San Antonio near the Lydia Ann Channel and Port Aransas Pass at 05:30 early morning time of Saturday thirteen June. Two other man who were onboard the sportfish were also injured in the collision, one taken to the Coast Guard station Port Aransas for treatment and another to a hospital. Details on what could have caused the collision are under investigation but a tourist said that she heard four loud horn honking at about the time of the accident.  The search for the missing man was suspended on late Saturday morning following over one hundred squared nautical miles search, and a combined forty hours of research which resulted in no success.
Todo Bien the sportfish in this collision is a 1992 Viking 43 Convertible.  Produced from 1990 to 2002, the Viking 43 Convertible came out as a replacement to the 41 Convertible and was replaced by the 45 Convertible.

New Model: Neptunus 750SL

Neptunus has just launched its new 750SL flagship model. The 750SL is designed by Gregory C. Marshall and is based on the 750F, with the flybridge replaced by the enclosed sky lounge. The fully-enclosed skylounge is tastefully appointed with twin leather helm seats, state-of-the-art navigation electronics and a next generation helm. Access the skylounge from the interior of the yacht, or from an aft deck staircase. The skylounge offers outstanding visibility for piloting the Neptunus 750SL, and offers exquisite views and comfort while relaxing. Once presenting a new model Neptunus decided to add new design elements from bow to stern to the 750SL beside the Skylounge and is standard finished in natural walnut joinery with leather accents throughout the vessel. The full-beam master stateroom has sweeping windows and a walk-in cedar-lined closet. The salon offers a whole new level of comfort and pride. The galley has been designed with extended cruising in mind. And the new design touches from the creative mast atop the skylounge, to the bow area configuration for ground tackle and ropes, to the stylish blue LED deck lights and the backlit Neptunus logo will delight day and night.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.77 m (78ft)
Beam - 5.76 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 58,059 kg
Fuel Capacity - 6011 l
Water Capacity - 1230 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, two berth crew cabin
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 1825hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 32 knots max, 26 cruise
Project - Gregory C. Marshall

July 15, 2024

Classic Formula Boat Destroyed by Fire in Two Rivers

A classic nine meter Formula sport cruiser titled High Life exploded first and then burned down to fire in the City of Two Rivers, Wisconsin Bay on 10:52 morning time of Saturday thirteen July. Two Rivers Fire Department responded to an area in the harbor, just west of the Two Rivers Coast Guard Station, to the boat fire, who on arrival found the sport cruiser, which is part of a fishing charter operation fully engulfed in flames and sending heavy black smoke into the air. The Coast Guard and the Two Rivers Fire Department worked together to secure the boat to the sea wall and extinguish the flames. No one was hurt in the fire, as the crew of High Life jumped off board when the blaze started.  The boat was wrecked and sunk after the blaze, with an investigation ongoing on what caused the fire.
High Life is a Formula 31 SC Express as produced from 1981 to 85 to a designed by John Adams.  The Formula 31 SC Express offers a six berth open plan accommodation below deck and subject to engines on shaft drives could reach speeds in the high twenties. The 31 SC Express was Formula second size model during its production run.

Sport Cruiser Ends Aground in Cala Sardinera

A nine meter sport cruiser titled Oliver Two with eight persons onboard ended aground in Cala Sardinera de Xabia, to the North of Alicante on 05:30 morning of 23 August, 2023. The nine meter sport cruiser is reported to have suffered a hull breach in the collision, with the Salvamento Marítimo vessel Salvamar Diphda, making a temporary patch, and then towing the vessel. None of the eight occupants on the sport cruiser were injured in the collision and grounding with Valencia Maritime Rescue Center coordinating the rescue operation.
Oliver Two the sport cruiser in this grounding is a Doral 300 SC as produced in the mid nineties.  The 300 SC was replaced by the 300 SE recognizable by the integrated radar arch.

Project: Steeler B62 Beachclub

Steeler is currently doing the finishing touches for the B62 Beachclub. Build of aluminum the B in B62 stands for the Bronson line which is Steeler line of fast yachts designed and marketed for the North American market.  The Steeler B62 Beachclub will offer a three double berths accommodation with a forward master stateroom, with the lower deck connected to the stern layout with patio doors.  The main deck is actually a helm station partly covered with a three part hard-top.  The first Steeler B62 Beachclub which is currently being finished in the Netherlands, will feature an Aston Martin Tungsten silver color.

July 14, 2024

New Model: Bilgin 50 meter Series 163

Bilgin Yachts proudly announces the launch at its headquarters of West Istanbul Marima of the 50-meter 163 yacht super yacht.  Bilgin Yachts' first launch of 2024 signified the second launch of the 163 series, with the first hull launched in 2023. Bilgin's 164 showcases a level of luxury and innovation while reinforcing the Turkish builder dedication to excellence.  With exterior design and naval architecture by Unique Yacht Design, complemented by the interior expertise of Hot Lab, Bilgin 163 embodies a harmonious fusion of aesthetics and functionality. Berkay Yılmaz, the Commercial Director of Bilgin Yachts describes the interior of Bilgin 163 as modern, luxurious and elegant, with  a sleek, sporty and elegant exterior design with huge exterior space throughout the vessel including large beach club with sauna included. You can spend time in a number of different areas on the yacht for numerous entertainment experiences.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.95 m (163ft)
Beam - 9.25 m
Draft - 2.60 m
Displacement - 499 gt *volume
Fuel Capacity - 55,000 l
Water Capacity - 11,000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats 1450hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - sixteen knots max, ten knots cruise
Range - 5000 nautical miles at cruise 
Project - Unique Yacht Design exterior and naval architecture, Hot Lab interior

July 13, 2024

Project: Admiral Quaranta

The Admiral Quaranta project is developed in collaboration between the Monaco-based studio The A Group and The Italian Sea Group Centro Stile for a forty meter semi-production super yacht, while maintaining the brand’s distinctive and elegant design lines.  The style of the exterior lines is contemporary and modern, but without any excesses with curved, sharp or soft lines alternate with more distinct and marked straight lines which provide an elegant and timeless character to the overall aesthetic.  Thanks to its shallow draft, and a flexible internal layout easily adaptable to diverse owner preferences, the Admiral Quaranta is a super yacht ideal to cruise in both the Mediterranean and Caribbean sea.  Admiral Quaranta with feature interiors with six guest cabins, two of which are dedicated to the owner; one located on the main deck, and a more spacious one on the upper deck.  The later with exclusive access from an off-center external staircase, giving maximum privacy and ample outdoor spaces entirely dedicated to the owner.  On the main deck, a large salon houses the living-dining area and a technologically advanced game area.  Three expansive full-height windows frame the landscape, offering uninterrupted views of the surroundings. Putting guests in close visual communication with the open spaces and ensuring optimal natural lighting.  On the aft deck, a striking full-beam staircase becomes the iconic “signature” element of the yacht.  The conventional platform or “beach club” conceals an additional platform that, smoothly extending like a drawer triples the surface area, allowing sea access typical of larger yachts.  The interiors of this new line are envisioned as an expression of sporty and youthful elegance that dialogues perfectly with the exterior style, with sinuous curves, soft surfaces and sophisticated details create a welcoming, relaxed, and luxuriously discreet atmosphere.  With a view to eco-sustainability, the Admiral Quaranta is aluminum build for less weight to minimize fuel consumption, with twin Man 1429hp giving a top speed up to fifteen knots and a cruise of twelve.

July 12, 2024

New Launch: Bayliss 82 B29

Some yachts go into stardom not because they do anything special but because of the owners who own them.  It is the case for this very much kept in secret during build and delivery fully custom Bayliss 29th hull, titled Catch 23.  Bayliss B29 is owned by none the less then basketball legend Michael Jordan, a replacement to his previous Viking 80 Convertible.  Recognizable by its unique paint work which is similar but a bit different to his previous 24 meter Viking Convertible.  Recognizing the name and paint work social media went on a frenzy when B29 appeared in the early parts of spring, with the speculation following through.  For like three months Bayliss did not even publicize the build, something unusual as the Wanchese boat builder always announces new builds with a follow through during construction.  Then Bayliss B29 finally appeared on its web site in June.   
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.99 m (82ft)
Waterline Length - 21.8 m
Beam - 6.80 m
Draft - 1.98 m
Displacement - 36 t dry, 107 gt *volume
Fuel Capacity - 11734 l
Water Capacity - 1703 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 2600hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - forty knots 
Constuction - cold molded wood with epoxy and fiberglass

July 11, 2024

Project: Grand Banks 62

Grand Banks Yachts presents the project of the 62, a new model which continues to solidify the near seventy-year history of designing and building pioneering long-distance explorer yachts that combine both speed and range. Like all Grand Banks models, the 62 evolved from the company’s relentless quest to build a better explorer yacht, with the new project coming as an evolution of the 60 model which debuted the Mark Richards designed era of models with V-warp technology hull in 2017. The Grand Banks 62 is to be standard powered by twin Volvo 900hp with line shaft propulsion for a top speed up to 30 knots. Alternatively the same engines can be offered with IPS pod drives for an extra one knot of speed but less range at 27 knots, and Grand Banks also offering the 1000hp Volvo engines as optional. In both line shafts and pods propulsion set the Grand Banks 62 engines are mounted at midships. If adventures lead you farther over the horizon, the 62 can deliver a range of 2,000 nautical miles with 10-percent reserve at ten knots. At twenty knots, total fuel burn will average 120 liters-per-hour representing market leading performance when compared to other similar sized explorer yachts, thanks to the running attitude of the V-Warp® Technology hull angle remains at about six degrees, keeping the maximum amount of waterline in the water for added efficiency and speed.  The Grand Banks 62 is to offer a three double guest cabins layout, with the owners stateroom being located in between the fore VIP suite and the three berth midships cabin.  The living is all located on the main deck with the Grand Banks 62 coming with an astern galley layout.  A 62 Skylounge version which encloses the helm up top, with an L-shaped dinette and a day head to starboard is also to be available.

July 10, 2024

New Model: Fairline Squadron 58

Fairline present the awaited sporty looking and innovative Squadron 58, with the first hull just finished and debuting at the 2023 Southampton boat show, Britain's prime boat show nowadays.  Initially started as a concept by Alberto Mancini in the end of 2019, the Squadron 58 was evolved and tweaked by Fairline's inhouse design team in the last two years, with hull design from Japec and Jakopin.  The Squadron 58 starts the transformative era, which the British builder seems to be embracing in a not fully convinced way in the upcoming new models, as both the drop down bulkheads balconies to both port and starboard side are on the options list.  Other interesting details in the new Squadron 58 are the clever layout enhancing diagonal bulk-head which splits the aft deck from the interior saloon astern enhancing the galley in a better way to the aft deck, and the optional glassed transom with modular settees which can be set up as to one liking; looking back, forward or sideways.  It all looks interesting but ticking the three important options; port side drop down bulkhead, glassed transom with modular seating, and the up down bathing platform on the Squadron 58, takes its competitive pricing away.  Should Fairline have standardized some of the Squadron 58 stand out features, like one of the drop-down balconies, and the glassed transom layout?  Without these features the Squadron 58 is similar to the competition that has been dominating this size in the last decades, with them she is a step above for entairtenment expansion which is the trend nowadays especially in the important North American market
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.8 m (58.4ft)
Beam - 4.99 m
Draft - 1.37 m
Displacement - 27 t
Fuel Capacity - 2774 l
Water Capacity - 700 l
Max Persons - sixteen
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 900hp, D13 1000hp
Speed - 31 knots max with 900hp, 32 knots max 24 cruise with 1000hp
Range - 250 nautical miles at cruise
Project - Fairline design team, J&J for naval architecture
Certification - CE B

July 9, 2024

Project: Rio Le Mans 45

Rio Le Mans is the new range from the Italian builder based on the Daytona line, but featuring a more covered hard-top cockpit . The Rio Le Mans 45, is the second model of the series following the debut of the Le Mans 50 which launched in early 2024. The Le Mans 45 retains the main features of the line: walkaround with wide passages in the bow, maximum space on board, unlimited cockpit, ease of movement and safety, and the crystal glassed hard-top that wraps around the cockpit and provides extra protection. The Le Mans 45 is designed with sleek and symmetrical lines which is coupled to an entertaining performance, and a top speed up to 44 knots from twin Mercury 400hp outboards, and 38 knots with Yanmar 380hp diesel and stern drive set up. The outboard set-up is particularly intriguing as these are cleverly hidden by the garage door. The Le Mans 45 offers a spacious cockpit which is transformable thanks to two large flip balconies that allows to connect with the sea and the surrounding nature. Here you will find a generous sundeck, a tender garage, and flexible seating that allows to be modularized in minutes, creating a large sofa around the fixed table. The helm station, featuring modern technology and design, is flanked by an outdoor galley, ensuring total comfort. The forward passage is spacious, comfortable and safe, leading quickly to the opposing double sofa on the bow, next to the sundeck on the deckhouse. The interior of the Le Mans 45 is designed by SY Design studio, who bring a bright and represents a smart multi-use open space, which offers accommodation of four berths in two cabins, accompanied by a well-designed bathroom.

July 8, 2024

New Model: De Alm Grand Voyager 65

Jachtbouw De Alm has launched its first hull of the Grand Voyager 65 model. The new 65 is an extension of the Grand Voyager series from Jachtbouw De Alm, in addition to the existing 62 and and still in project 74 model. The Grand Voyager 65 has been designed to organize the spaces as efficiently as possible, in both indoor and outdoor areas. The exterior offers three distinct areas; flybridge, foredeck and aft deck. The flybridge offers a helm station to starboard, while the whole are can be ordered to customer`s wishes. The foredeck is equipped with a forward settee dinette and a lovely sunbed further forward, while the aft deck has a spacious sofa with table and an extra-large swimming platform. Light oak with dark American walnut finishes was chosen for the first Grand Voygaer 65, which welcomes you onboard with L-shaped lounge with entertainment area opposite, while further forward and one step up is the pilot house with a central helm station and entered from the starboard side. Lower deck layout offers three cabins all with private en-suite bathroom. The master stateroom is located forward and apart having a private en-suite head, and also features a separate shower room to starboard. The two other guest cabins are located at midships and both feature a rail system, that converts to two single beds to a double. In between the cabins on the lower deck is also an L-shaped dinette to port side, with a spacious galley opposite. A single berth crew cabin is located aft to port side  The De Alm Grand Voyager 65 is powered by twin Volvo 300hp with line shaft propulsion for top speeds up to eleven knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 19.95 m (65.4ft)
Waterline Length - 19.6 m
Beam - 5.65 m
Draft - 1.65 m
Displacement - 65 t
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 2700 l and 1 x 1600 l
Water Capacity - 1200 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engine - 2 x Volvo D6 300hp
Propulsion - direct line shaft 
Speed - eleven knots max, nine knots cruise
Hull Shape - round bilge displacement
Construction - grade A steel with 8, 6, and 5 mm thickness, hull painted in Awl-Grip
Project - Werner, Azza 
Certification - CE A

July 7, 2024

Cranchi New Web Site

Cranchi presents its new World wide web showroom. Cranchi was officially founded in 1870, with the today World known production and yacht builder story starting when Giovanni Cranchi opens a workshop in Como in 1866 building fisherman and transport boats on commission, who after four years officially registers Cantiere Nautico Cranchi. In 1932 the grandson of Cranchi also named Giovanni purchases a building in Brienno, Como on the lake shore and transforms it into a shipyard. This step leads into 1952 when Cranchi and his children devote themselves to wooden boats mass production. But the real turn around for Cranchi comes from fourth generation Aldo in 1970, who partners with Tullio Monzino, moves to shipyard to nearby Valtellina and starts fiberglass production in the new establishment in Piantedo, Sondrio. This move produces the first Kiko model, and leads after this to various over one thousand delivered models; 1971 4.85 Pilotina, 1974 20 Rally, and the 1997 launched 34 Zaffiro. The plant in Piantedo also continues its expansion and in the eighties expands to 20,000 squared metres, and again to 33,000. Other sites are also added; San Giorgio di Nogaro Marine Test Center in 1997, San Giorgio di Nogaro 22,000 square meters factory, a third plant in Colico, Lecce, and last in 2005 the opening of Seventy Plant 4 dedicated to plus fifty foot yachts in an area of 100,000 squared meters of which 25,000 covered located in Rogolo, Sondrio. In all these plants Cranchi today produces thirteen models from the entry level E26 Rider, to the Settantotto 78 flagship, with its latest models being the just debuted Sessantasette 67 Corsa and the Sessantadue 62, with an upcoming Cinquantatre 53 project coming in 2025. Cranchi's new website takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Yachts, Company, Marine Test Centre, Cranchi Cares, Events, Dealers, Pre-Owned Boats, Careers, and Contacts. Cranchi is also located on all major social hubs; Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, and Linkedin with link buttons at the top right of the entry page taking you directly to the social media pages.
Production History;
4.85 Pilotina 1971-77 (1550)
Rally 20 1974- (1000+)
Pilotina 5.80 1976-80 (274)
C8 1976-
C6 Cabin 1977-79
C8 Sport 1979-83
Faster 5.20 m 1979-
Jean 5.75 m 1979-
Holiday 20 1979-84
Clipper 224 1981-
Hobby 190 1981-85
Endurance 31 1983-91
25 GT 1984-87
Hobby 20 1985-90
Holiday 21 1986-91
Clipper 760 1988-93
Clipper Cruiser 7.60 m 1989-93
40 Mediterranee 1989-96 (200+) includes 41 Mediterranee
36 Smeraldo 1993-97
31 Aquamarina 1994-2000
41 Mediterranee 1997-2002 (200+) includes 40 Mediterranee
34 Zaffiro 1997-2008 (1100+)
38 Atlantique 1997-98
37 Smeraldo 1998-2005
40 Atlantique 1998-2008
39 Endurance 1998-2002
48 Atlantique 1998-2004
50 Mediterranee 2000-09
33 Endurance 2002-05
41 Endurance 2003-08
47 Mediterranee 2004-10
50 Mediterranee HT 2005-09
50 Atlantique 2005-10
47 Mediterranee HT 2006-10
43 Mediterranee 2007-11
43 Mediterranee HT 2007-11
36 Zaffiro 2008-12
36 Pelican 2008-11
43 Atlantique 2008-12
33 Endurance 2008-12
29 Zaffiro 2008-
32 Zaffiro HT 2008-11
Sixty4 HT 2010-16
Sixty6 Flybridge 2010-16
Fifty6 ST 2010-16
Fifty8 Fly 2011-14
M35 ST 2011-15
M44 ST 2012- *M40 project
30 Endurance 2012-
54 Fly 2012-16
Fifty8 HT 2012-16
T53 2013-18 *50 Trawler project
54 HT 2013-17
27 Endurance 2014-
43 Eco Trawler 2015-21
40 Eco Trawler 2015-17
Sixty Fly 2015-22
Z35 2015-
E52 S Evoluzione 2017-23 *50 S project
E52 F Evoluzione 2017-23 *50 Fly project
60 ST 2017-
60 HT 2017-
T36 Crossover 2018-21 *XT36 project
E26 Rider 2018-
E26 Classic 2018-
T55 2019-22
Settantotto 78 2020- *78 Magnifica project
A46 Luxury Tender 2021- *A42 project
SessantaSette 67 2022-
SessantaSette 67 Corsa 2024-
SessantaDue 62 2024-
Pilotina 485, Cranchi's first fiberglass boat produced from 1971 to 77

July 6, 2024

Explorer Cruiser Ends Beached in Brigantine Cove

A fourteen meter tug style explorer cruiser titled Cabella ended partly aground and beached in Brigantine Cove, New Jersey on the night between five and six July.  The explorer cruiser ended in this position after its anchor drifted at night.  The following morning sixth July the tug style cruiser was assisted by TowBoatUS who turned the boat half a circle, and towed her to safe deep water.  It was not reported if the tug cruiser sustained any damage in this beaching part anchor drift.
Cabella is a Mirage Great Harbour 47 which has been produced since 2000 to a design of Lou Codega.  Located in Gainesville, Florida, Mirage was founded in 1971, entering the explorer more liveaboard market with the 37 in 1997, which was followed by this 47 model.

Carver Flybridge Boat Gets Stuck in Los Angeles Tunnel

An eleven meter Carver aft cabin flybridge cruiser got stuck at the Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles on 13:45 hours of Friday fifth July. The Carver boat was being towed on an oversized  trailer load and had made some progress into the tunnel before getting wedged in between the trailer and the ceiling. Los Angeles Airport Police intervened in the situation, who closed the road  for some minutes in order to back the boat out in reverse and into the Imperial Highway, were then it continues its journey.
This stuck Carver is a 39 Motor Yacht as produced between 2005 to 06.  Originally released in 2000 as the Carver 396 Motor Yacht, the model eventually with a slight different side window change, and then the 40 with a bigger radar arch and then produced till 2007.

New Launch: Lurssen 82m Project Cali

Lürssen is proud to announce the successful delivery of m/y Haven, known during construction as Project Cali.  This custom 82 meter super yacht departed Lurssen's ship yard on seventeen June 2024 to embark on her maiden voyage. The concept and exterior design of Haven were developed in-house at Lürssen by Jim Robert Sluijter. Haven features a low profile with long, elegant, feminine lines that sweep from bow to stern, lending her a touch of majestic athleticism. Key to her design are sinuous concave patterns that run across her superstructure, reflecting the movement of waves when the sun is in the right position. Her sleek exterior is balanced by a contemporary interior, created by the British studio RWD. The choice of materials is natural and pure, while the design itself features asymmetrical shapes and a dynamic layout. Haven has a length overall of 82 metres and a beam of 12.5 metres, placing her among the world’s largest tri-deck superyachts afloat today. She was built for an experienced Owner with an active lifestyle and a clear vision for their vessel: generous outdoor space, a family-oriented layout, and storage for water toys and diving gear. Highlights include a 300-square-metre sun deck with a 2.5-metre ceiling height and moveable windbreak panels, and a generous beach club with single-step sea terraces and a seamless connection to the sea. While Lürssen will always collaborate with the world’s leading design houses, having an in-house team at Lürssen is an additional value-added offering for our clients. Havan underscores Lürssen’s commitment to placing its Owners first and highlights its versatility as a custom superyacht builder attributes that position the shipbuilder at the forefront of the industry.
Technical Data:
LOA - 82 m (269ft)
Beam - 12.5 m 
Draft - 3.5 m
Displacement- 2130 gt *volume
Fuel Capacity - 
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, eighteen crew in nine cabins
Project - Lurssen design team Jim Robert Sluijter, RWD interior
Engines - 2 x 
Speed - thirteen knots max, eleven cruise
Construction -  steel hull alumimium super structure
Certification - Llyods 100A1 SSC Yacht Mono G6 LMC UMS

July 5, 2024

Two Injured as Sportfish Cruiser Ends Aground Near Kewaunee Harbor

Two persons were injured as a seven meter express sportfish cruiser crashed into the stone barrier north of the Kewaunee Lighthouse at about 22:30 hours of Thursday fourth July.  Four persons were on the boat, with one having light injuries and another taken to Green Bay Hospital for observation, but is expected to recover.  The sheriff’s office responded to the collision with units from the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Natural Resources, and Kewaunee police, fire and rescue departments.  The boat was reported being helmed by a 58 year old as the collision is now under investigation.
The sportfish cruiser in this collision is a Sport Craft 250 Fisherman as produced in around the eighties.  Coming from the Great Lakes, Sport Craft was founded in the fifties with popularity growing in the eighties.  The original company closed its doors in January 2003, returning with the new Perry Boat Works ownership in 2006.

Project: Cheoy Lee CLX99

When Cheoy Lee debuted the CLX96 during the 2022 Fort Lauderdale boat show, the head-turning design and function-fit super yacht showed CL Yachts was not only drawing on its 150-year heritage but was also firmly focused on the future. CLX96’s bold styling came as the result of a decision to look outside traditional yacht design inspiration, and that in turn led the Cheoy Lee to Milan-based yacht designer Jozeph Forakis. That decision was instantly validated when Forakis produced a design that centered on function while emphasizing a brilliantly bold form rooted in rugged workboat ethos, the perfect platform for a modern, go-anywhere cruising yacht. Now Cheoy Lee and Forakis have taken their tour-de-force CLX design a step further with the unveiling of CLX99 project. At first glance, it is clear the new CLX99 draws heavily on her sibling, and not just in styling and design DNA. But this is much more than a facelift with the CLX99 is essentially a new model, which takes the core ethos and essence of the striking and functional CLX96 and carries it further into the realm of the superyacht with more interior volume, more external space, more clever design elements, and more features that have been refined for the demands of European and Asian markets. CLX99 bears the clear rugged-yet-finessed workboat-chic of CLX96 that hints at the yacht’s serious cruising capabilities, but stretches the dimensions of every facet which in turn has created all new areas and opportunities to enhance the general arrangement. The main deck benefits from a two-metre extension, which has led to a reorganisation of the interior space. The lower deck has also been revised and redesigned, with the standard version of CLX99 offering five generous staterooms that include a large, full-beam master suite, two VIP doubles forward, and two guest twin/double cabins, all ensuite. The crew area, located aft between the engine room and the aft bulkhead of the master which means insulation from technical noise from the owner, has also been extended and reconfigured to accommodate up to five crew members, making CLX99 highly suitable for fully crewed charter operations. In addition, clients can opt for a main deck master suite in place of the forward dining and observation lounge, while retaining five suites on the lower deck for a total of twelve guests. Up top, the sundeck, sky lounge and flybridge helm have all been modified to optimize the proportions and further carrying the CLX range into new realms of luxury. Of course, CLX99 retains the trademark Portuguese Terrace of the CLX96, creating an expansive seating and sun bathing area forward of the bridge that serves as a secondary, elevated bow terrace. But the real transformation has taken place aft of the striking, forward-raked windscreen as the sky lounge is extended by three meters repositioning with the helm station separated from the saloon aft. The sky lounge also retains the up/down opening windows; port, starboard and the aft-bulkhead service bar, a signature feature of her smaller sibling. That essence of bringing the outside in is coupled to a reconfigured aft sundeck for alfresco entertaining and chilling. The aft end has also received a major change, with the aft water-level beach and swim platform now boasting large drop down bulwarks that create generous sea terraces either side. The angular styling has always been about capturing the practicality of workboats and taking luxury into new and exciting directions, including offering guests sensational panoramic views from anywhere in the interior. The underlying ethos toward seaworthiness and reliability has been further enhanced on CLX99 with revisions to the technical space. In addition to the extended hull, styling tweaks and layout enhancements, Forakis has also turned his attention to the interior themes and finishes, drawing on sinuous and sensual curves combined with elementary shapes and ideas inspired by nature and coastlines. One thing is clear, just as CLX96 was conceived for life without compromise, so CLX99 takes an uncompromising look at what life on board a superyacht should be, and delivers that experience in all areas from optimized hull design to optimal interior space planning.

July 4, 2024

One Dead Ten Injured as Sportfish Collides Into Los Alamitos Bay Jetty

One 59 year old man died and ten persons were injured as a fourteen meters in length Cabo sportfish cruiser collided with the Los Alamitos Bay Jetty off Long Beach, Southern California on the 21:20 of Wednesday third July.  Long Beach Fire Department responded to the collision, which left one man dead in the spot, and ten injured, four of which had serious injuries.  The sportfish partly sank after the collision, with a recovery being planned on Friday.  An investigation is ongoing on what caused the incident with speed being reported as the main part of the cause of the collision and sinking with the sportfish reported to be travelling at over thirty knots.
The sportfish cruiser in this collision is a Cabo 48 Flybridge as produced from 2004 up till 2008 to a design of Michael Peters.  The Cabo 48 was born as the 47 Flybridge in 2000 and was based on the 45 Express platform.  The 48 Flybridge was replaced by the Cabo 52 Flybridge in 2009.

Boat Destroyed By Fire in Shawano Lake

A seven meter cuddy sport cruiser went ablaze in Shawano Lake, Shawano County, Wisconsin, with the fire reported to start on 15:50 of third July.  The cuddy cabin sport cruiser was reportedly sitting on a sand bar when the fire started, with the boat then drifting in the lake.  One person was onboard, but no injuries are reported from the fire as the sole boater jumped off board.  The Shawano Counties and Wisconsin Authorities opening an investigation on the case.

New Model: Solaris Power 60 Open

Solaris Power continue to upgrade it's walk-around range debuting its largest model to date with the just launched 60 Open.  The Solaris Power 60 Open is again a design of Brunello Acampora, the naval architect who has designed all the Solaris Power models to date in both hull architecture and exterior lines.  In the 60 Open we also have interiors by Roseo, who presented three different lower deck layouts offering three or two cabins.  The standard three double cabins layout called C cabin version offers a forward master stateroom with two guest cabins at midships and an L-shaped relaxing sofa.  The other two options for the 60 Open move the master stateroom to midships, with version A offering a VIP suite forward, and an en-suited third cabin with two inline berths located to port side.  In version B the third cabin is replaced by an L-shaped relaxing sofa.  A single berth crew cabin is available as an option located in between the engine room and cabin area.  Exterior wise the Solaris Power 60 Open uses all the available space with the fulcrum area being at the middle in behind the pilot station, with two wet-bars and L-shaped dinettes making for a very large lounging dinning area which can be further expanded by the side drop down bulk-heads, and also served by two sun-pads to fore and aft.  The 60 Open is powered by standard twin Volvo 600hp Volvo engines with IPS pods propulsion which give a top speed up to thirty knots, with optional of 725hp and or 1000hp taking speeds up to 39 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.29 m (60ft)
Waterline Length - 16.23 m
Beam - 5.35 m
Draft - 0.85 m ex drives
Displacement - 23000 kg unloaded, 26500 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, or 4 berths in 2 crew cabins, 1 crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 600hp, D11 725hp, D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 30 knots max 25 cruise 600hp, 34 max 28 cruise 725hp, 39 max 30 cruise 1000hp
Project -  Brunello Acampora Victory Design exterior and naval architect, Roseo interior, Solaris Power Design Team

July 3, 2024

Project: Absolute Navetta 53

Absolute present the project for an upcoming Navetta 53 model.  The Navetta 53 is to be a replacement for the long eight years produced Navetta 52 which debuted in 2016 and was the second Navetta range model of more livable type of yachts as offered by Absolute.  As the saying says though, you do not change a winning product, you evolve it into the future, and so this new Navetta 53 is based on many technicalities on the 52, all hull dimensions and layout is mostly the same, as is the twin Volvo 480hp power units coupled to twin IPS pod drives.  So what is changed?  The most important changes in the Navetta 53 come in two areas the stern and the glazing serving the main deck.  The stern of the Navetta 53, just like the bigger Navetta 75 and 70 sisters will feature the glass aft parapet for uninterrupted view which coupled with the modular furnishing give a new meaning to the aft deck.  The second is the glazing for the living main deck, now featuring floor to ceiling windows which with the lowered bulwark offer uninterrupted views from outside to inside.   

July 2, 2024

Another Lurssen Facility Fire

A massive fire broke out at the Lurssen Rensburg facility in Schacht-Audorf on the Kiel Canal, Germany starting at 09:00 morning of Tuesday second July.  Over one hundred personnel where evacuated from the facility when the fire started, with one being hospitalized for smoke inhalation and 24 treated on site.  A nearby resident area with about thirty people was also ordered to evacuate.  300 firefighters, two evacuation helicopters, and multiple ambulances were dispatched to the area, with fireboats also involved in the fire fighting for what took about twenty hours to fully extinguish. Firefighters reported that they could not enter the hall due to severe temperatures of over 500 degrees Celsius in it, so they had to fight the fire from the outside, with the hall ultimately having its roof and part of its external walls collapse.
This is Lurssen third yard fire since 2018, with the most recent one coming in June of last year at the Lemwerder premises, while in December of 2023 the German shipyard also suffered a yacht falling which then damaged a shed door and injured one person in Bremen.
The unconfirmed damaged super yacht seems to be Lurssen Project Honolulu a 74 meter which was due for delivery in a couple of weeks.  Founded in 1875 Lurssen is a specialist in the larger sized super yachts above one hundred meters, currently reported to have seven vessels under construction, including of which is 142 meter Project Ali Baba.

New Model: Sunseeker Predator 55

Sunseeker has just launched the Predator 55, a replacement to the Predator 55 Evo and new entry level to the sport yacht hard-top range.  The Predator's have featured in the Poole boat builders range since 1993, when the first 63 debuted in Sunseeker catalogue. The Predator 55 yacht stands out due to its distinctive curved silhouette and sloping hardtop design, distinguishing it from similar sized and styled yachts. Powered by Volvo Penta 725hp with IPS pod drives, this Predator 55 can achieve speeds of up to 36 knots. Notable features include retractable glazing and a carbon fiber sunroof that exposes the sky above. The yacht boasts an integrated tender garage for a jet rib up to 3.2 meters, a hydraulic bathing platform, and an aft sun-pad. With newly styled exterior seating, the Predator 55 offers an expansive aft cockpit. The aft retractable doors seamlessly connect the galley side units with the cockpit wet bar, creating a harmonious indoor-outdoor layout. There is an upholstered sofa, L-shaped seating, and a formal dining area with an expandable table for enhanced comfort. The foredeck features comfortable seating, a sun-pad with integrated storage, and a carbon fiber sail canopy for sun protection. A gyro option reduces rolling at anchor, ensuring maximum comfort. The customizable interior layout allows for flexibility, such as relocating the main deck galley to the lower deck to accommodate additional seating and a rise-and-fall TV. The lower deck space can also be transformed into a twin cabin with an en suite, accommodating up to six guests. The Predator 55 introduces a brand-new interior fabric and finishes collection, developed in collaboration with Design Unlimited, offering a versatile color scheme and materials palette tailored to each owner's preferences.  The Predator 55 is second of three models based on the Superhawk 55 hull which debuted in 2023, although completely re-engineered in the use of spaces, and is to be followed by the similar spec'd but sport bridge up top Sport Yacht 55, which probably will arrive by the end of 2024.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.13 m (56.3ft)
Beam - 4.93 m
Draft - 1.83 m
Displacement - 27,975 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 430 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS950 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 36 knots max
Project - Sunseeker exterior, Design Unlimited interior
Certification - CE A

July 1, 2024

Viking Sportfish Destroyed by Fire in St. Andrews Bay

The US Coast Guard responded to a fifteen meter Viking sportfish yacht which starting burning at 16:30 hours of thirty June, in St. Andrews Bay near Panama City Florida.  No injuries or deaths came from the fire, with the sportfish reported to be unattended when the blaze started.  The US Coast Guard is also asking for more information as no identification could be found on the sportfish yacht.
The sportfish yacht in this fire looks to be a Viking 50 Convertible, a model produced from 1991 to 2001 in about 120 units.  The 50 Convertible came out as a replacement to the 48 Convertible Sportfisher and was replaced by the 52 Convertible.

Strong Winds in Traverse City Partly Sinks Formula Powerboat

Sudden strong winds in Traverse City, Michigan on the afternoon of Sunday thirtieth June partly sank a Formula power boat of eleven meters in length, while a Sea Ray sport cruiser of eight meters also ended beached.  According to locals the North wind came in following a sudden strong storm in the late morning afternoon of Sunday, with the Formula finishing beached and then swamped by the big waves into its stern which build up during the sudden storm.  The Sea Ray sport cruiser is reported to have broken its swing mooring when at Clinch Bay.
The Formula in this part sinking looks to be an F-419 SR-1 as produced in the nineties, while the Sea Ray looks to be the top selling Sea Ray 268 Sundancer as produced in the eighties.

British Renaissance

If you mention British pleasure boat and yacht builders the trio of Sunseeker, Princess, and Fairline would come to most people's mind.  But recently two other semi-production boat builders seem to be making in-roads, and these are Cockwells and its Duchy and Hardy brands, and Dale.  Interestingly both these offer something different from what the usual British triplet brings, conservative in looks, with innovation coming more on the technical side.
Founded in 1995 Cockwells should be getting a lot of attention for both its Duchy and Hardy names.  Duchy offers an interesting line of traditional down East inspired models from six to eighteen meters, with both the larger 45 and 60 models being projects.  Of interesting note was the ten meter Duchy Sport an interesting mix of modern sport cruiser and traditional lines which debuted in 2023.  Hardy was purchased by Cockwells in 2020, and in 2023 we are seeing the fruits of this acquisition as the new ownership debuted its first 50DS model. 
Dale on the other hand has been a slow grower, founded in 1961, the company made a good step in the nineties as it started a collaboration with TT Boat Designs, the firm which designs the famous Nelson type hull as used in a lot of small and medium sized pilot and patrol boats. The fruits of this collaboration start with the Dale Classic 45 in 2004, and since then Dale has been pushing forward, and in the last years its latest down East inspired products are innovative.  Look at the recently launched Classic 35 and Classic 37 as example.   
Are these three brands made to replace the usual British trio.  Definitely not, but they do offer something very British in looks and use, which the boats from the trio today and in the recent decades do not, and most importantly are firms managed by the passionate people who founded them.

June 30, 2024

Sport Cruiser Saved by Guardia di Finanza Near Palmaria

 A thirteen meter Atlantis sport cruiser titled m/y Hola with seven persons onboard, three of which small children was saved from ending on the rocks in Palmaria Island near La Spezia, on the afternoon of Sunday thirtieth June.  The near accident to the sport cruiser happened as it ended powerless during its navigation and close to finishing on the rocks aground near Palmaria island, when it called a Mayday on channel sixteen, with the Guardia di Finanza of La Spezia section responding immediately to the call with V.2070 patrol boat.  At first the Guardia di Finanza secured the boat to safety, then they calmed its passengers, and later towed the sport cruiser to its home berth six nautical miles to the East in Bocca di Magra.
The sport cruiser in this saving is an Atlantis Gobbi 425 SC as produced from 2001 to 2009.  The 425 SC was designed in house by the Gobbi design team before the company was sold to the Azimut-Benetti Group in the fall of 2001.  The 425 SC was added with HT hard-top option in 2008, with the model replaced by the Salvetti and Biaggi designed Atlantis 44 in the fall of 2010.

Monthly News - June 2024

-pic of the month- Pershing Yacht Terrace at Ibiza

Absolute Yachts New Majority Stake

Wise Equity has announced it will acquire a majority stake in Absolute, the northern Italy-based shipbuilder. The investment, which will be made via its Wisequity VI fund, will assist with the Italian manufacturer’s plans for growth and development.  With the agreement, Wisequity V1 will acquire a major stake in the luxury-yacht maker.  Absolute, founded in 2002 by Sergio Maggi and Marcello Bè, is a leading manufacturer of navetta, flybridge and coupé yachts from 47 to 75ft. All yachts are currently made in-house at its production plant in Piacenza.  The manufacturer has seen increasing growth and expects to close out this financial year in August with more than €110 million in revenue. It says of that sum, about 90 per cent was made abroad. The manufacturer, which has a sales subsidiary in the United States, operates in more than 30 countries.  The transaction involves the acquisition of a majority stake by Wisequity VI and its co-investors, the significant reinvestment of the majority of the existing shareholders and the presence of Angelo Gobbi as Absolute’s Honorary Chairman, to ensure the manufacturer’s strategic and managerial continuity.  Gobbi was jovial about the investment. “Absolute’s motto is: ‘he who hesitates, is lost!’” he said following the announcement. “That is why for some time now we have been reflecting on the future of Absolute. We must continue to evolve, as we have always done.”  Wise Equity, he said, was an ideal partner to strengthen and support the manufacturer through its next phase of growth.  Wise Equity SGR manages closed-end investment funds that invest in small and medium-sized companies, with a special focus on Italy. It currently has three funds under management. Wisequity VI was launched in May 2023 with a total commitment of €400 million. The Absolute deal is its fourth investment.

Arcadia Takes Robb Report Best Motor Yacht of the Year

Arcadia Yachts’ latest project, A96, has won the Best of the Best 2024 award in the motoryacht category, one of the most competitive in the annual awards competition organised by the Robb Report, the US lifestyle and luxury magazine regarded as a benchmark for the international yachting industry and other areas.  

Azimut Wins Robb Report Best of the Best 2024

Another award for Azimut's Verve 48 comes from the jury of the Robb Report Best of the Best 2024, which chose this model as the winner of the "Dayboat" category. This important recognition, awarded every year by the American magazine Robb Report, underlines the success achieved by the Verve Series, benchmark in her category and number one in US market share today with over 120 units sold in four years. Azimut's Verve 48 was awarded for "the triple 600-hp Mercury outboards, open exterior, and foldout rear deck” that make it the best dayboat, according to the jury composed of journalists from Robb Report US. The project by Francesco Struglia, designer of the exteriors and interiors of Verve 48, envisages an innovative concept of the sport-weekender, which on the one hand allows the owner to glide over the water while, on the other, to enjoy stays at anchor in full harmony with the sea.

Azimut Mooring By The Med

Following the successes of the 2024 Milan Design Week, the Seadeck conintues her mission as the ambassador of the new gentle era by embarking on a tour of the Mediterranean.  From June 15 to the Cannes boat show. The Seadeck 6 will cruise around, visiting unique and fascinating destinations while sharing the back-to-nature, refined lifestyle proposed by the Series through dedicated events hosted by Azimut’s Dealers.  The Mediterranean cruise will be documented through a virtual logbook revealing the main travel data, including consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as an inspiring program of exclusive activities and events.  Follow the Seadeck 6 in her surprising, interactive journey by visiting the dedicated Landing Page.

Bayliner Summer 2024 Savings

Summer is here, and there’s no better time to get a Bayliner into your life. For a limited time, Bayliner is offering savings of up to $6,000 on selected models, to get into the water. The Bayliner Summer 2024 can save up to $6,000 or get financing as low as 5.99% APR.

Bayliss at Custom vs Production and Custom Shootout

Bayliss are proud of its latest build and the start they've had in the Bahamas this tournament season. Congratulations to Catch 23, the recently launched Bayliss 82 foot hull#29 and their crew for placing first in the Custom vs. Production Shootout and securing second place in the Custom Shootout. Bayliss wish them the best as they continue their tournament run! 

Bayliss at Morehead City Blue Marlin Bite

Bayliss loves seeing its boats do what they were built to do! Earlier this week, Wave Paver, Bayliss 75 hull #21 successfully released seven blue marlin out of Morehead City. A strong start for this talented group; we wish them the best in their upcoming tournament run!

Bayliss at Baker's Bay Invitational

The Baker's Bay Invitational was packed full of action! Congratulations to the team on Mama Seata the Bayliss 64' hull #7 for securing first place in the heaviest tuna category with their impressive 150 lb.catch.  Bayliss Boatworks also congratulates Seven, Bayliss 62 hull #26 for placing third in the Billfish release.

Benetti Second Legal Symposium

The second Legal Symposium, a two-day event for lawyers from some of the top international law firms active in the boatbuilding industry, looked at recent legal topics in the areas of contracts and international compliance together with the Shipyard's in-house legal team and management.  Benetti has always organised events and other initiatives to foster the growth of the yachting market from all points of view, and international contracts are a key factor in the Shipyard’s relationships with customers. This is why Benetti launched its Legal Symposium last year. The second edition of this event was held on June 3 and 4 at Hotel Plaza De Russie in Viareggio, Showroom Franchi Umberto Marmi, Cava Bettogli and Benetti’s Viareggio shipyard. It was attended by over 50 lawyers from the main law firms active in the Italian and international boatbuilding industry.  The heart of the event was a legal discussion in which the guest lawyers and Benetti’s in-house legal team and area sales managers spent an entire afternoon debating the most pressing issues in the yachting world today, such as certain clauses in yacht construction contracts, the implementation of compliance procedures (including Anti Money Laundering - AML) in response to increasingly stringent international laws, and the sustainability of yacht building.  “We’re proud of the success of the second Benetti Legal Symposium,” commented Georgia Agù, Group General Counsel Azimut|Benetti. “This initiative is an opportunity to foster collaboration and sharing of knowledge between international law experts in our industry. We’re convinced that meetings like this are essential to tackle future challenges in an increasingly dynamic and ever-changing legal context.”

Bilgin Robb's Report Best of the Best 2024

Biling are thrilled to announce that M/Y Leona, the 80-meter marvel from the Turlish yacht builder esteemed 263 series, has been named the winner in the Best of Marine category in Robb Report's 36th Annual Best of the Best list for 2024. This prestigious award recognizes Leona's stunning beach club with its innovative design, engineering, and unparalleled luxury.

Bilgin Wins Motor Yacht Over Sixty Meters Award

Bilgin are proud to announce that M/Y Leona, the 80-meter masterpiece from our renowned 263 series, has been awarded the Motor Yacht Over 60 Metres Award at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2024, held in Cannes on May 31st.

Ferretti Group Opens Ravenna Slipway

The new Ravenna slipway makes its official debut with a high-profile launch of the Ferretti Yachts Infynito 90 M/Y Love.  The fourth unit of the maxi flybridge yacht entered the water on June 4 at Ferretti Group’s new Ravenna shipyard and will be delivered to a Slovenian owner, who took part in the ceremony with his family.  “The new slipway gives us a remarkable preview today of all the beautiful days we can look forward to in the coming years at this shipyard, where Ferretti Yachts’ Infynito range and the Wally sailing and motor yacht ranges will be built.  This is just the start of something beautiful in Ravenna, something that promises to keep on giving for years to come,” commented Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO.  The Ravenna production site was acquired by Ferretti Group in March 2023 and the first production lines were started up back in December last year. Five Ferretti Yachts and Wally brand boats are currently under construction by a daily workforce of 200 employees.  The shipyard, which will cover a surface area of 100,000 square meters, will be fully operational in the first half of 2025.  Ferretti Yachts Infynito 90, the star of the show at the new slipway’s official debut, is designed to make the owner feel at home in the intimacy of efficient and functional spaces created to experience the sea in total harmony. The yacht’s many strengths include the standout relationship between interiors and exteriors, featuring breathtaking 360-degree vistas.

Horizon USA West Coast New Office

Horizon Yacht USA is excited to announce the grand opening of the new West Coast Office located in Seattle, Washington in the Salmon Bay Yachting Center. This new office will serve as a prime location to enhance Horizon's services for its partners, clients and brokers in the Pacific Northwest. This exciting expansion will assist in building stronger relationships and providing more opportunities for collaboration.

Invictus Summer Collection

The bond between a shipowner and their boat is something unique. To make it even more special, here is the exclusive Invictus Yacht Summer Collection line of accessories, specially designed for owners who want to take the essence of their yacht with them even when they are on land. This collection is not simply a series of products, but a continuous narrative of the Invictus Yacht brand, which extends beyond the yacht itself to embrace a distinctive lifestyle.  “The philosophy that gave life to Invictus Yacht accessories is to tell a story, creating products that reflect the mood and elegance of Invictus yachts,” explains Christian Grande. “Each piece is designed to be used not only on board but also in everyday life, allowing shipowners to express their connection with the sea and the Invictus brand with refined taste always.”  Among the products intended for use on board, there are fenders covered in faux leather that bring to mind the craftsmanship quality of the Italian brand's boat cushions. They are available in harmonising colours such as cognac, cocoa, titanium and eclipse. These details elevate even the most functional components of a boat to elements of style. Other accessories, such as the bedspreads, have been designed to ensure maximum aesthetic continuity with the interiors of the boats. Shipowners and their guests can also enjoy a zero-emission, high-performance electric surfboard or the elegant (also electric), carbon fibre and teak wood skateboard, which is water-resistant and equipped with a system that charges the batteries while the board is braking.

Jarrett Bay Kicks Off Summer 2024 Tournament Season

Congratulations to Capt. Brent, Harris, and the entire crew of Builder's Choice on their phenomenal performance at the 66th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament! Their recent triumph with a 431.8 lb blue marlin earned them an impressive $1,479,000 in the Level VI: Prime Storage Super 20 Division, along with an additional $323,050 for securing third place across Levels I, II, III, and IV, totaling an outstanding $1,802,050!  At the 2024 Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament, Marlin Fever made quite the splash, hooking a grand slam with 2 Blue Marlin, 1 White Marlin, and 2 Sailfish, earning them 2nd place and $30,855. Reel Quick wasn’t far behind, catching 3rd place with 2 Blue Marlin and 2 Sailfish releases, earning $20,570.  Congratulations to Sea Wish for clinching 3rd place in the Non-Sonar category at the 2024 Marina Cap Cana White Marlin Tournament in the Dominican Republic. We celebrate the Jarrett Bay teams for their exceptional achievements this year – well done!

Lagoon Celebrates Forty in Honk Kong

Lagoon Catamarans and Asiamarine, the Hong Kong-based luxury yacht distributor, brokerage and charter operator, welcomed excited boating enthusiasts to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the French catamaran builder and its appointment as the global brand’s official dealer with a luxurious launch party on June 21, 2024.  Around 100 guests gathered at the Aberdeen Marina Club to celebrate the milestone and new venture and were treated to a tour of one of Lagoon’s most spacious models, the 20.15m Lagoon Sixty 7. As guests roamed the elegantly staged boat, which was decked in a French country theme and decorated in blue and turquoise, the colours of the Lagoon brand, they were able take in wide-open, luxuriously-appointed spaces, from the generous lounge area.  With over 7,000 catamarans built, Lagoon offers a range of models from 40 to 78ft. The Sixty 7, which is now available to charter through Asiamarine, certainly holds a pride of place. As the event progressed, Asiamarine’s Lagoon Brand Manager Alexandre Tricot promised jovial guests that the launch party would be the first of many to come and noted the growing demand for luxury catamarans in the region.  Increasing appetites may well be sated with the arrival of two new models arriving soon. A brand new Lagoon 46 is planned to touch Asian waters in December of this year, when it arrives in Hong Kong, followed by a Lagoon 51, early in 2025.  

Marlow Yachts Owners Rendezvous 2024

Isn’t it fun to gather with a group of boaters and celebrate how the boating lifestyle is so enjoyable? Not only the excitement of it all, but the stories that come from cruising, from the trials and tribulations of making sure things are in order…and work…to sharing design ideas, recipes, and destination experiences. For a prospective buyer, the information from current Marlow owners is priceless. It can make or break the decision and from what I saw at the 26th Annual Marlow Marine Cruising Club’s (MMCC) Spring Rendezvous at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, on the 9 to 12 May.   Speaking with a couple who made that commitment two months ago, it was the research, the boat shows, the online videos, and talking with other owners that helped make their decision. They looked at other boats, even toured other shipyards, but in the end, “Some of the things, to me, with the Marlow is the speed, that was a big factor, to have that speed capability,” he says. “And then the draft; the draft was a big factor, too, because it was much shallower than those slower trawler types. And then just the look of it, it just really looks nice and clean…classic.”  One of the biggest benefits I heard from owners was the ample room, not only in the accommodations below (I was impressed with the more than generous headroom), but also in the engine room. You can access both sides of the engines without squatting or ducking or squeezing between equipment.  But the real purpose of this annual event was to reconnect with old friends and welcome new ones as they participate in a bevy of activities.  After a welcome dinner party on opening night Thursday, Friday included morning discussions with Ring Power and Caterpillar engines, Blue Water Desalination, MPI and an update on Internet access while on board, and Dockmate’s latest positioning system.  The afternoon had teams golf carting their way on a scavenger hunt or crews who wanted to try their hand at a cooking class that featured crab cakes, Ocean Reef Club Yellowtail Snapper with Sherry Caper Butter, and the Club’s signature Key Lime Pie—recipes included.  Saturday continued with sponsor seminars from CMC Marine and the Yacht Group to a Marlow Yachts Q&A from the powers that be. The annual rendezvous isn’t complete without christening the latest builds to avoid the wrath of Neptune.  Each night concluded with a very active dinner party, especially Friday night’s “I Grew Up in the 19__’s” costume gala. From the ’50s through the ’80s, the classic styles were on full display. This year’s best costume winner went to the Swinsons with bell bottoms, heels, big hair (and that was his outfit) and her colorful paisley dress with boots made for walking.  It was a fantastic weekend, and by the closing awards dinner, everyone felt part of the family. That’s what is so special about Marlow. From the floor in the yard to the person making sure your yacht is everything you expected, it’s the caring, compassion, and love for the boat that makes choosing a Marlow an easy decision.  

Mimi New Sales Manager

Cantiere Mimì continues to impress as an example of a business that in a mere 50 years has grown from a small local firm into an international point of reference in its market segment while remaining under the control of the same family, now represented by its fourth generation with the appointment of Rosaria Senese as Sales Manager.

Mimi Boats Loved by Foreign Tourists

Mimì gozzo boats are attracting increasing interest from foreign tourists in Italy, and particularly Americans, with unprecedented demand for these boats from charter companies, up 50% on last season.  The most popular destinations are Campania and the Cinque Terre in Liguria, two of the most famous and fascinating places in the world, while tourists’ nationalities are increasingly varied.

Nautor Swan Power New Strategic Advisor

Giovanni Pomati, Nautor Group CEO, announces the appointment of Marco Viti as Strategic Advisor.  Viti's professional journey has been closely linked with Sanlorenzo for over 30 years, where he held various senior positions within the managerial structure, ultimately becoming the president of the Yacht Division and serving on the company's board.  Today, he is joining Nautor Swan's Power Yacht Division as Strategic Advisor, where he will work closely with the Nautor Swan President and CEO to enhance the Division's strategy. He will lead the Power Yacht Division team in implementing this strategy across all business areas, from product development to production organization, and finally to sales and marketing.  “We are very happy to welcome Marco, a manager with great experience in the marine industry across all segments,” said CEO Giovanni Pomati. “His background and passion for yachting will allow us to accelerate the development of our Power Division.”

Pershing Yacht Terrace at Ibiza

The Pershing Yacht Terrace, a cocktail bar bathed in Pershing’s elegantly sporty style and with a gorgeous sea view, opens on the party island. An exclusive location offering a bird’s eye view of Ibiza and a thrilling summer experience.  Imagine long sunny days aboard a Pershing, luxuriating in the comfort of wide-open spaces, experiencing incredible adrenalin rushes, and connecting with the water in ever more exciting ways. But what to do ashore? Pershing leaves its mark on dry land too, thanks to the Pershing Yacht Terrace. Ready to welcome guests into a space characterised by Pershing’s signature luxury and design, this splendid cocktail bar is situated in the heart of the 7Pines Resort in Ibiza. This 5-star luxury resort features 185 suites, 2 state-of-the-art signature Villas, a 1,500 m² spa and 13 private pools, ensuring a truly memorable experience. It’s in Sant Josep de sa Talaia (Ibiza) on a cliff top with a spectacular view of the magical rocky island of Es Vedrà… the perfect place to take your breath away!   The Pershing Yacht Terrace – launched in June 2018 – is the first lounge created by Pershing architects and designers reflecting the style and values that make the range unique. The front of the carbon fibre bar features the sleek, streamlined silhouette of the iconic side wing with incorporated glazing, an exclusive detail that conjures up the sporty, elegant style of Pershing X series yachts.  There are a whole host of Pershing touches: from the rigorously Pershing grey bar to the lounge area that provides the backdrop for evening DJ sets, the Terrace’s guests will feel as though they’re relaxing on board one of the brand’s yachts for a 360-degree experience.  The Pershing Yacht Terrace is the result of collaboration between Pershing and 7Pines, specially designed to enjoy a refreshing break during the day and magnificent sunsets in the evening. 7Pines rounds out the experience by offering special rates to hire a Pershing yacht (Pershing 5X and Pershing 9X) and expert mixologists who have created a menu to satisfy all tastes: timeless classics for lovers of more traditional cocktails and new creations for those addicted to the taste of novelty.  A sophisticated balancing act that reflects the spirit of the brand.

Riva and Officina Italiana Together For Five More Years

The happy synergy in place since 1994 has brought Riva into the future, ensuring that it’s the most admired shipyard in modern times too, thanks to the formidable mixture of innovative design and unparalleled style featured on every new model. Riva and design studio Officina Italiana Design announce the renewal of their exclusive collaboration contract for five more years. The agreement, signed at a ceremony attended by Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi and Officina Italiana Design founding partners Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, consolidates a storied partnership born out of the shared desire to create iconic Riva boats that symbolise modern yachting and perpetuate a heritage of superior beauty and elegance.  The new contract, which runs until 2030, was signed in the ‘Plancia’ or ‘Bridge’, the office at Riva’s Sarnico shipyard once used by Carlo Riva himself.  “Officina Italiana Design is a Renaissance atelier, characterised by an outstanding level of innovation, that has discovered the formula for timeless elegance. Here at Sarnico, where it all started, we’ve signed an exclusive agreement that will drive the creation of amazing ‘Made in Italy’ boats featuring unrivalled care, style and design,” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “2030 is a magnificent horizon of beauty and research that Riva’s masterpieces of tomorrow already have in their sights.”  “Renewing this collaboration for five more years doesn’t only consolidate a decades-old professional relationship, but also confirms that Riva is now an integral part of my and Mauro’s personal and emotional story,” said Officina Italiana Design CEO Sergio Beretta.  “It’s a partnership we’re particularly proud of, and the five-year period is also important, because it allows us to pursue a major development plan in which we’ll surely face some exciting new challenges,” added Officina Italiana Design Chief Designer Mauro Micheli.  With this agreement, Riva and Officina Italiana Design look to the future, driven by the desire to continue imagining, designing and building the world’s most beautiful boats together

Riva Partners with Bang and Olufsen

With a shared legacy of excellence in craftsmanship and an ambition to deliver beautiful sound experiences, Bang & Olufsen and Riva are now partnering to create the ultimate vessel for sound.  “Riva and Bang & Olufsen share the same passion for performance, design, and craftsmanship. Together, we are bringing the best of artisanship to the fore by creating two remarkable products. Working on this project has been exhilarating, and I want to thank our teams in both Struer and Sarnico for making something truly memorable”, said Bang & Olufsen’s CEO Kristian Teär.  “It is a partnership that sounds great. A taste for ‘mixing’ elegance and innovation is the shared value that will guide product design and production. I’m excited to keep advancing research in pursuit of absolute quality and beauty. I can’t wait to discover and enjoy the wonders that will come out of this extraordinary collaboration,” said Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group's CEO.  The partnership builds on the craftsmanship, performance, and design heritage associated with both houses, combining Bang & Olufsen’s iconic products with Riva’s beauty and style. An icon of fine Italian yachting artistry, Riva’s history dates back to 1842 and the company is recognised as the vanguard of world boating. Likewise, Bang & Olufsen has been the leader in luxury audio for almost a century, shaping and reshaping the industry through the unique combination of powerful sound, timeless design, and unrivalled craftsmanship.  Bang & Olufsen and Riva will reveal the exclusive products in September 2024 during the boat show season.

Riviera Yachts Represented in Canada

Freedom Marine International Yacht Sales has joined Riviera’s growing global network of dealerships and will represent Riviera in Canada.  Freedom Marine will offer the complete range of Riviera yachts from 39 to 78 feet from its two offices in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, and Port Sidney Marina on Vancouver Island.  “We are pleased to welcome Freedom Marine to the Riviera global dealership network,’’ owner Rodney Longhurst said.  “Freedom Marine has been operating in Vancouver since 1997. We share the same values when it comes to creating the ultimate boating experience for our motor yacht owners.  “We look forward to the Freedom team supporting our many Canadian owners and welcoming new owners to the Riviera family.”  The Freedom Marine team is known for its highly regarded after-sales care. “In addition to giving new Riviera owners all the delivery and handover briefing and training they require, we connect them with our preferred service teams and include access to world-class boathouses in both office locations,’’ Freedom Marine Vice President Denis Barnard said.  “Freedom Marine is the only yacht dealership in British Columbia with multiple boathouses between 55 and 75 feet, which provide a clean and fully enclosed environment for service, maintenance and repairs.’’  In 2023, Freedom Marine was awarded “Best Aftersales Support” amongst 73 global dealers by a world-leading adventure boat manufacturer. Revolution Yacht Experience, the service division of Freedom Marine, has extensive experience in commissioning, maintenance and equipment installation.  The strong Freedom Marine team consists of nine professional yacht sales representatives who are supported by a team of administration, marketing, accounting, and management personnel. This includes the recent appointment of Greg Andrew, a seasoned and respected sales professional with more than 15 years of experience working with Riviera yachts.  Freedom Marine is also Number 1 in Canada for boats sold between 35 and 180 feet.  “We are honoured to be representing Riviera yachts in Canada. With so many long-term Riviera owners boating here, we are keen to assist with any service we can,” said Mr. Barnard. “Earlier this month 60 Riviera motor yachts and 160 people from Canada and the Pacific Northwest attended the Riviera Roche Harbor Rendezvous and Freedom Marine were proud to partner with Emerald Pacific Yachts to host this inspiring event. We pride ourselves in putting our customers’ needs first in every decision that we make, and we look forward to supporting Riviera owners and welcoming more Canadians to the Riviera family.”  The Freedom Marine team co-hosted the 2024 Riviera Rendezvous event at Roche Harbor between June 6-9 with Emerald Pacific Yachts, where Canadian boat owners had the chance to meet the team.  Freedom Marine has also recently been named a 2024 Employer of Choice Award winner by Boating Industry Canada, the leading industry trade journal in the Canadian boating circle.

Rizzardi New Dealer in Indonesia

Yacht Sourcing, a prominent yacht brokerage and charter company in Indonesia, has been named the exclusive dealer for Rizzardi Yachts in the country.  As the exclusive dealer for Rizzardi Yachts in Indonesia, Yacht Sourcing will handle the sales, marketing, and after-sales service of Rizzardi’s yachts in the region. The collaboration will enable Yacht Sourcing to offer a broader selection of premium yachts to its clients, and enhance Rizzardi’s presence in the Indonesian market.  “We are honoured to partner with Rizzardi Yachts and introduce their exceptional vessels to the Indonesian market,” said Boum Senous, CEO of Yacht Sourcing.  Rizzardi is an iconic Italian shipyard established in 1961, celebrated for its innovative designs and meticulous craftsmanship.  He noted Rizzardi’s legacy of excellence, saying he was excited about bringing a wider selection of world-class yachts to Indonesia.   The partnership between Yacht Sourcing and Rizzardi Yachts is anticipated to bolster the Italian shipyard’s presence in Southeast Asia. Indonesia is an expanding market for luxury yachts.  A significant step for both companies, the appointment marks a promise to bring more high-quality yachts to Indonesian waters and cater to the growing demand for luxury boating experiences.

Sanlorenzo and Zuccon Project Win Compasso D'Oro 2024

Sanlorenzo and Bernardo and Martina Zuccon have won the 2024 Compasso D’Oro, the oldest and most authoritative industrial design award at global level, with the SP 110 built for Sanlorenzo. This high prestige accolade confirms the success of Zuccon International Project’s constant commitment to innovation in style and design processes.  The awards ceremony took place on the twentieth June at the ADI Design Museum in Milan.

Silent Yachts to Deliver Eighteen Yachts in Eighteen Months

It is all go at Silent Yachts, where the workforce of 180 is fully engaged in delivering seven of its innovative Silent 62s before the end of the year. The shipyard in Fano, Italy, is operating at full capacity to fulfil orders, and the first – a beautiful tri-deck version of the solar-powered catamaran - has just been handed over to its owner.  Putting a period of instability behind it, Silent Yachts is busier than ever under its new ownership. By the end of 2024, the shipyard will have delivered eight new 62s, with an additional eight on order for completion in 2025. The first two Silent 80s are also due to be delivered next year, amounting to 18 yachts in just two years. Despite the brisk output, it is possible that two or three new build slots will become available in 2025 as Silent Yachts streamlines production. “This is a really exciting time for Silent Yachts,” says Silent Yachts CEO Fabrizio Iarrera. “We know from the volume of orders and the interest shown at boat shows that the Silent 62 has captured the imagination of sustainability-minded boaters. We’re just as proud of the three striking options for this yacht: a retractable flybridge, an open three-decker, and a hugely spacious true three-decker. We have had orders for all three variants.”

Sunreef E1 Team Rafa Partnership

Sunreef Yachts Eco joins Rafael Nadal’s E1 team as Official Partner in the 2024 series. The world’s first and only high-speed electric race, the E1 sets a new standard in marine sports. With a strong focus on marine conservation and green boating, the E1 philosophy perfectly aligns with the Sunreef Yachts Eco vision.  The E1 Series is a new kind of motorsports competition featuring electric-powered Racebird boats. High-speed races take place in iconic locations including Jeddah, Venice, Puerto banus, Monaco, Rotterdam or Hong Kong. Nine mixed teams get behind the helm of the Racebirds to compete in a thrilling championship, blending innovation and sustainability with the thrill of racing.  With a lineup of team owners including celebrities from the world of sports and show business, the E1 puts strong emphasis on entertainment and sustainability. Team Rafa pilots are Cris Lazarraga – European Jet ski racing champion in 2019 and vice world champion in 2021, as well as Tom Chiappe – an experienced powerboat racer, world endurance champion, Karting SWS World Champion 2023 and winner of the 24 hours of Rouen in 2016.  Team owner Rafael Nadal has a strong relationship with the Sunreef Yachts brand. One of the greatest tennis players in history, he is an experienced boater and Sunreef catamaran owner.  The E1 Series forges partnerships, drives awareness, and takes tangible action. The organizers collaborate on coastal habitat restoration initiatives and create content to teach children the importance of ocean health. To accelerate the development of electric technologies, E1 will also offer to install charging points at each venue to incentivize recreational boat users.  

Sunreef Fleet at Americas Cup

Sunreef stunning Eco Fleet of catamarans Otoctone, Nalani, Apollo 99 and One Planet will be setting sail for the prestigious America's Cup in Barcelona! Taking place from 22nd August to 20th October, the event is renowned for its cutting-edge technology, intense competition, and rich maritime heritage. Embark on this thrilling adventure, and enjoy the elegance, innovation, and performance that define the Sunreef spirit.

Viking Dealer Meeting 2024

Viking Yachts and and Valhalla Boatworks concluded their dealer meeting held the first of week of June. This annual conference took place at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and was a multi-day event. Kicking off with a social welcome dinner for dealer principals, the next day was all business. A crowd of eighty gathered for a private meeting to learn about technology advancements, new products, updates on the Viking Marine Group and economic forecasts with multiple guest speakers. This event is a wonderful opportunity to bring the world’s best dealer network together and not only share information but to also spend quality time together as one team.

Viking Summer Sea Trial Event

A fleet of Vikings and Valhallas was on hand for sea trials, but the debut of the Viking 82 stole the show. For two days, Captain Sean Dooley ran the battlewagon out to the Atlantic Ocean to demonstrate the speed, agility and power to customers, prospects and our dealer network. The Valhalla 29 Hybrid and 28 Bay were also on hand strutting their stuff with customers eager to experience the new V Series models.

Viking at Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Sporty weather altered the schedule for the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic but not the spirit of the fleet fishing it. Sitting in the top spot was the Viking 56 Just The Tip. Captain Robby Rushing backed the boat into the weigh station and the 111-inch fish, hooked by angler/mate Paul McMullen, weighed 508.6 pounds and claimed Top Blue Marlin. Paul took Top Overall Angler for his catch. “The captain trusts me, and I trust him,” said Paul. “It’s tough, a lot of work, you just think about getting that fish to the boat.” Fellow angler Jack Rushing weighed the 3rd Heaviest Dolphin at 20.3 pounds.  The Krake family’s Viking 72 Team Supreme captured the Top Release Boat with seven blue marlin. Allen Krake Jr. hung the Heaviest Tuna at 213.6 pounds.  Shar-E, a Viking 72, flew four blue marlin flags as well as a white for 2nd Place Release Team. Sherry Polk received Top Release Angler and Top Lady Angler for three of those blues.  Top Dolphin, 28.8 pounds, was awarded to Devin Sarver fishing on the Viking 48 GreSaMar. Bimini Babe, a Viking 82, weighed the Top Wahoo with a 95.4-pound ‘hoo caught by Ryan Doxey. Second Place Wahoo went to Collins Abrams on the Viking 64 Easy Trigger with a 77.4-pounder.

Viking at Cajuns Canyons Billfish Classic

Viking went one, two and three at the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic. Briar Patch, a Viking 68, walked off as Top Boat, Top Release Boat, 1st Place Lady Angler (Mary Katherine Adams), 1st Place Junior Angler (Brantley Adams) and Top Crew. With captain Corey Hurst behind the wheel, the team released seven blue marlin.  Taking 2nd Place Boat, Release Boat and Crew was the Krake family’s Viking 72 Team Supreme. Captain Chase Lake got hot on the final day releasing three blue marlin and a white, bringing the team’s total to seven blues and a white. Third Place Blue Marlin, Boat, Release Boat and Crew went to Nick Pratt and his Viking 80 It Just Takes Time. The team released four blue marlin and a white, and on the final day Nick boated a 591.9-pound blue.

Viking at Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic 

Jon Gonsoulin and his team on the Viking 70 Done Deal (above) added more hardware to the trophy case at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. Captain Kevin Frelich put Andrew Woodruff on the 2nd Heaviest Blue Marlin. The fish weighed 527.5 pounds and was 110.75” x 60”.  Third Place Release team was the Viking 72 Metal Masher. Brad Tinney and Baker Tinney each released a pair of blue marlin for the honor. The 2nd Heaviest Tuna registered 107.7 pounds and was caught by Clark Adams aboard the Viking 66 Gunnslinger. Jaselyn Berthelot, fishing on the Viking 58 Rising Sons, caught the 2nd Heaviest Dolphin at 21.3 pounds.