January 31, 2024

Two Yachts Destroyed by Fire in Ancorhage Marina, Baltimore

Two yachts were destroyed by fire at Anchorage Marina, to the South East of Baltimore at around nine o'clock morning time of Wednesday 31 January.  Baltimore City Fire Department rushed to the scene to extinguish the fire.  The fire is reported to have started on the flybridge of the smaller thirteen meter boat located on the B-dock which with the fire burned its mooring ropes and left its berth, and then touched a sixteen meter motor yacht located opposite it's berth.  The smaller boat eventually sank, while the bigger yacht was mostly burned with the fire and a total loss, but still floating.  No one was injured in the accident, although the smaller boat was a liveaboard for one person and his dog, who managed to get off board.
The boat above which started the fire and then sank looks to be a Taiwan build 1990's Lien Hwa 42 Aft Cabin, while the other yacht which burned down is a Garroni designed Prestige 550 Flybridge, produced from 2012 to 17 in around 170 units.

Monthly News - January 2024

-pic of the month- Feadship Sets Sail on Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Antonini Navi Celebrates Keel Laying

During a private ceremony held at its La Spezia shipyard and attended by the owner, Antonini Navi has laid the keel of the new 32-metre Explorer Yacht, a full-custom with delivery planned in 2025.  Keel-laying is a key moment in the process of building a yacht. Accompanied by a small group of friends, by the head of marine engineering and layout at Hydro Tec, Sergio Cutolo, and by management and various representatives from Antonini Navi, the owner contributed to this important milestone that follows the ribbon-cutting by ‘symbolically’ welding the first section of the hull.  The structural steelwork will be completed by the end of June 2024 and the hull will be joined to the deck in July, again at Antonini Navi’s La Spezia yard. The fitting-out, curated by Milan-based Hot Lab studio, will start in August.  In the next few days, Antonini Navi will be staging another keel-laying ceremony, this time for the Seamore 33, which has been sold to an Italian customer presented by brokerage company Mediayachts.

Archipelago Yachts Awarded DFT Funding

Archipelago Yachts, in partnership with Chartwell Marine, Boat Electrics and Electronics (BEE) and Engineered Marine Systems (EMS), has been awarded funding as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 4 (CMDC4), which will enable the progression of a methanol-powered low carbon emission leisure vessel.  Following a four-stage process, which involved five independent assessors selected from industry and academia, the British boat builder has been chosen as one of six businesses which were successful in their applications.  This project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition Round 4 (CMDC4), funded by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) and delivered by Innovate UK. CMDC4 is part of the Department’s UK Shipping Office for Reducing Emissions (UK SHORE) programme, a £206m initiative focused on developing the technology necessary to decarbonise the UK domestic maritime sector.  Dr Stephen Weatherley, founder of Archipelago said: “We are thrilled to be awarded this funding, which is going to make a huge impact for the future of the maritime industry in terms of sustainability. The funding will be used to create a methanol demonstrator vessel, powered by clean bio-methanol, creating a low carbon emission leisure vessel. Since founding Archipelago, clean maritime solutions have always been a huge focus for the company and this grant is allowing us to honour that, which is amazing.”  The Archipelago 47, designed by award-winning naval architects Chartwell Marine, was the first vessel designed in the range at 47 feet, bridging the gap between performance, range and luxury accommodation. The yacht was designed to feel like a home, making it the ultimate family cruiser with easily accessible and serviceable systems.  The propulsion system which will be used for this new sustainable vessel was designed by Archipelago and Chartwell with collaborators BEE and EMS. The design boasts a revolutionary parallel hybrid system, combining the clean energy derived from a pair of methanol reformers and hydrogen fuel cells.  Archipelago was up against 20 other applications in the competition, of which 17 were assessed with 11 chosen for final interviews and six approved for funding.  As part of this project the methanol-powered vessel will be demonstrated in the UK for a one-month period during March 2025.

Azimut Wins 2024 Powerboat of the Year

The Azimut Magellano 60 was recognized as the winner of the European Powerboat Award for the category of yachts up to 20 meters during boot Düsseldorf 2024  At Flagship Night, the nautical industry event organized by Boot Düsseldorf with the publishing house Delius Klasing on January 20th, the winners of the 2024 European Powerboat Award were announced, spotlighting the best boats tested by the jury during the previous nautical year.  Azimut’s Magellano 60 is the winner of the “up to 20 meters” category. Presented for the first time at the 2023 Cannes Yachting Festival, the already award-winning Magellano 60 also amazed the jury of the European Powerboat Award, which is made up of authoritative international experts from the main European nautical publications. They explained their decision to award Azimut, stating that “the Magellano 60 impresses in the motor yacht class up to 20 meters. In addition to its successful visual appearance, the Magellano 60 is characterized by her newly developed hull, which ensures perfect handling at both slow and fast speeds. The workmanship and safety standards are also of the highest level”.  The Magellano 60, in fact, guarantees high performance with the efficient Dual Mode semi-planing hull, which cruises in total comfort at low speeds and can reach higher speeds, all the while mitigating the impact of waves and optimizing the yacht’s consumption and emissions.  At just 60 feet, she is a true crossover of the sea, complete with all the comforts appreciated on long voyages. The elegant external lines traced by Ken Freivokh combine with the large spaces on board; the most characteristic part of the Magellano 60 is the stern, which is transformed into an Infinity Terrace with a transparent parapet that offers visual continuity with the sea. Additionally, the natural extension of the Main Deck to meet the cockpit helps to harmonize the experience of the yacht with nature.  Today, the Magellano 60 is also synonymous with reduced emissions, because she is the first boat in the Azimut fleet to run on HVO, the biofuel produced by Eni Live (Eni Sustainable Mobility) with 100% renewable raw materials*. According to the results of the tests carried out by the Shipyard, this biofuel, combined with the Dual Mode hull, supports high levels of performance and a reduction in well-to-wake CO2 emissions of more than 80% compared to a yacht of comparable size powered by fossil fuels.

Azimut Charter Club is Born

Azimut expands its service hub with the Charter Club, offering tailor-made charter experiences aboard a fleet of the brand’s iconic recent yachts with a team dedicated to supporting owners at all times.  Azimut presents the Azimut Charter Club, the tailor-made charter service for yachts that exemplify the Shipyard's global leadership in technological innovation and design.  The Charter Club is part of the development strategy for Azimut's service hub, which welcomes enthusiasts and newcomers to enjoy unforgettable experiences in Azimut style, in close contact with the sea and on models which redefined and elevated the concept of on-board lifestyle.  The philosophy of the Charter Club is to offer a personalized service with attention to the smallest details, guaranteed by the Brand's expertise and the territorial coverage ensured by its extensive network of Dealers and partners.  The service represents a new standard in the chartering sector and stands out for the selected fleet and the assistance offered to the customer: all the yachts available for charter, which extend up to 24 meters at the waterline, have been produced within five years and belong to owners who are part of the Brand's strong community.  Through a dedicated portal, users can book their stays independently or even take advantage of the Azimut concierge, a complementary service that will guide the user from the reservation to the legal and administrative aspects. Once the details are decided, the selected Azimut Dealer will take care of check-in and check-out activities, satisfying every request, whether at sea or at anchor.  The service is active today and different yachts to navigate the most beautiful destinations in the Mediterranean are already available on the portal. Other models will soon be added, as well as new destinations, to ensure the perfect setting for a summer with family and friends on board yachts created to arouse extraordinary emotions.

Benetti 150 Years in Book by Assouline

Benetti is the protagonist of the new book from Assouline, the prestigious New York publishing house with nearly 2,000 titles sold worldwide on topics such as luxury and design. This extraordinary publication takes the reader on a fascinating journey around one of the world’s most famous shipyards.  Founded in Viareggio in 1873, Benetti has a long history of tradition, innovation and success in the luxury yacht building industry, and this book written by Kevin Koenig, one of the world’s most authoritative yachting journalists, captures the brand’s essence and gives readers deep insights into its evolution. Using archive images, the volume bears witness to the passion and hard work that have contributed to making Benetti one of the world’s leading luxury brands.  The book accompanies readers through decades of challenges, successes and innovations of the Shipyard, from its founding through to the 1960s, when Benetti invented the concept of the modern megayacht and launched the iconic and timeless ‘motopanfilo’ yachts with the Delfino, Gabbiano and Mediterraneo lines, and from the technological revolution of the 1990s and 2000s, which saw the introduction of diesel-electric engines on the Ambrosia III (now available for practically all Benetti yacht families), through to the “giga season”, a period of just 100 days in 2020 that saw the launch of the M/Y Lana, M/Y Luminosity and M/Y IJE, three giga yachts over 100 metres long and including the largest hybrid in the world.  Benetti has shown an untiring commitment to excellence by collaborating with the best engineers and top international designers, some working in sectors such as architecture, art, automotive and fashion, to generate stylistic contamination and an endless flow of new developments.  In the book significant attention is given to famous owners who have chosen Benetti yachts over the years, attracted by the quality of the craftsmanship and the idea of being able to enjoy the beautiful experience that only life on board a yacht like this can offer. From magnate Adnan Khashoggi, who commissioned the most famous yacht of all time, the “Nabila”, to Prince Ranieri of Monaco and David Bowie, who spent his holidays on his “El Caran”.  This new volume is a celebration of the heritage and dedication of all the people – founders, designers and the entire workforce – who have made Benetti a touchstone in the global luxury yachting world. With its refined presentation, eloquent narrative and range and depth of detail, this coffee table book is an extraordinary tribute to a unique success story that continues to sail into the future.

Bilgin Wins Boat International Innovation Award 2024

Bilgin is thrilled to announce that M/Y Leona, the 80-meter masterpiece super yacht, has won the first place in the category “Outstanding Exterior Design - Motor Yachts, 60m and above” at the BOAT International Design & Innovation Awards 2024. The award ceremony, held on January 28th in the picturesque setting of Kitzbühel, witnessed the gathering of industry luminaries and connoisseurs of luxury yachting.  Leona stands as a beacon of excellence, crafted to the exact specifications of her discerning owner. Designed in partnership with Unique Yacht Design, Leona's exterior exudes an aura of modernity and grace, characterized by sleek lines and a dynamic hull form.  According to Emrecan Özgün, the Founder of Unique Yacht Design,  “Her main attraction in terms of exterior design and difference compared to her sister ship Tatiana is the red and white color combination on the hull.”  The judges also remarked that the striking red hull and elongated profile made her clearly stand out among the finalists and was a significant factor in earning the award.  At the heart of Leona lies a commitment to environmental stewardship. Boasting a steel-aluminum structure and a special exhaust system for 100% clean air emissions, she sets new benchmarks for eco-friendly luxury yachting.

Canados Returns to Racing

For its first season returning to racing, team Canados-Gladiator took second place at the 2023 Offshore World Championship despite electronics issues that have affected the Mercury engines. After all problems got solved, the Gladiator Boat won the final taking the lead from first lap until the end.

Cranchi Private Show Continues

The Cranchi Private Show programme continues: from week to week, a selection of vessels will be available for interior tours and sea trials reserved for media and customers interested in purchasing a new yacht.  The Cranchi Private Show is held at the “Italo Monzino” Marine Test Centre, Cranchi Yachts’ permanent showroom on the Adriatic, in a splendid natural setting easily reached from Milan, Venice, Treviso and Trieste airports.

Feadship Sets Sail on Diamond Jubilee Celebration

The year 2024 is the beginning of Feadship’s Diamond Jubilee, a year-long celebration. While it may be 75 years for Feadship, the combined experience of De Vries (1906), De Voogt (1913) and Van Lent (celebrating its 175th anniversary this year) amounts to a maritime legacy of an astonishing 404 years, a number unmatched in the industry.  Since the modest origins in 1949, today Feadship has an astounding 1,700-metres of yachts under construction, including ground-braking projects like hydrogen fuel cell propulsion: the majestic 118.80-metre Project 821. Now Feadship has four shipyards in the Netherlands: Aalsmeer, Amsterdam, Kaag and Makkum and operates in eight other locations: Hoofddorp, Leiden, Papendrecht, Moordrecht, Heiloo, Waddinxveen and in Fort Lauderdale, USA. Feadship employs over 2,000 people and is seen as a beacon of excellence in superyacht craftsmanship.  It’s been a staggering growth curve since the first Feadships appeared at the New York National Boat Show, two years after a group of marine business owners gathered for an organizational meeting at De Roode Leeuw café in Amsterdam in 1949 to devise a plan to sell Dutch-built boats abroad. Far from the glamour that now surrounds the superyacht industry, Feadship sprung from a pragmatic – perhaps even desperate – post-World War II plan to rescue Dutch industries by kick-starting exports to generate much-needed hard currency. With most of Europe digging out literally and financially, boat builders wishing to prosper in needed to look further afield. The United States represented by far the most attractive potential market. Assured of some government support, six boat builders launched Feadship, the First Export Association of Dutch SHIPbuilders with one purpose: “to promote the export of luxury craft to the United States of America”. Each of the members pledged the sum of 500 Dutch Guilders (purchasing power of € 2.400 today) to the cause – a significant amount at this impoverished time for a clearly ambitious venture.  The well-known naval architect and former boat builder Henri de Voogt joined Feadship soon after. His role was to be the designer of the future Feadships and often the chief salesman. It was a simple plan; each yard would contribute a boat designed for export and all would share in the cost of marketing Feadships abroad. All hopes and many jobs shipped along with three small boats – 8-metre and 10-metre motor cruisers and a 6.50-metre daysailer – sent to the January 1951 New York Boat Show. Crowds packed the Feadship stand eager to see the sturdy steel hulls and all yachts were quickly snapped up. With news of custom yachts of 23 and 30-metre ordered by prominent Americans in 1952, and 17-metre Capri and 19-metre Coronet crowned Queens of the 1953 and 1954 New York Boats shows respectively, Feadship was off to the races.  The early years were not without teething pains and troubles with agents, cash flow, and the withdrawal of several original members, but with glowing reviews and ninety yachts already sold in America in the first eight years, the potential rewards for persevering in the market were clear. The builders of two of those very first Feadships shown in the US, Royal Van Lent and Koninklijke De Vries, now are juggernauts of the superyacht world and the Feadship brand has delivered over five hundred yachts to date, with another four slated to deliver in 2024.  Just as adding furniture maker Van der Loo to their team in the 1950s and De Klerk later gave unprecedented quality to their yachts’ interiors, the yards determination to innovate in technical areas with corrosion control, mechanical and electrical systems, aluminium and carbon fibre construction and the use of glass made Feadship the brand that sets industry standards.  Feadships such as Sussuro, Ecstasea and Predator sent luxury into the fast lane, while yachts like Savannah and Obsidian showed how luxury could have less impact and launched Feadship on its campaign to net zero by 2030.

Feadship Announces 2024 Young Designer of the Year Award

Pradipta R. Hakim of Indonesia captured the 2024 Young Designer of the Year (YDOY) Award with his concept yacht Blueminance. This is Feadship’s first time as the official sponsor of YDOY, a programme that fosters creativity and excellence within the yacht design community. The award was announced last night as part of the Boat International Design & Innovation Awards event in Kitzbühel, Austria.  The highly regarded YDOY award is recognised as a platform for young, aspiring designers to showcase their skills and gain recognition within the superyacht industry. “At Feadship, we firmly believe in nurturing aspiring talent and fostering a culture of attainable innovation in yacht design. This collaboration with BOAT International Media allows us to share our profound passion and extensive expertise with the next generation of designers,” said Farouk Nefzi, Chief Marketing Officer at Feadship.  This year the entrants, all of whom must be under 28 years of age, were asked to imagine themselves as junior designers working for Studio De Voogt, Feadship’s design division. Their assignment was to develop a superyacht concept design as might be shown at Feadship’s yacht show displays. The brief required the concepts to be futuristic, include environmental innovations, make use of current and ‘near-future’ technology, and show a comprehensive, workable deck layout. The yacht’s length was up to the designer. Contestants also had to render their interior design concept, anticipating how owners' onboard lifestyles might evolve in the future.  The jury of twelve superyacht design professionals narrowed the 26 entrants to six finalists before meeting for a day-long discussion and decision. Jury Chairman Roger Lean-Vercoe said Hakim’s “well-presented design showed strong, innovative and attractive lines, which were accompanied by an extremely well-drawn general arrangement plan and an appealing interior design.”  Tanno Weeda, Studio De Voogt’s Head of Design, notes that Hakim’s presentation, “immediately made me curious and would like to know more about it. He presented good substantiation for his concept. I believe it is a buildable, Feadship-worthy design.”  An enthusiastic supporter of Feadship’s decision to partner with Boat International Media for the seventeenth edition of the YDOY programme, Weeda added, “It is important that young talents can develop within the yachting industry and are informed of new technology. We want to encourage a generation of open-minded, new people who are not yet in a design straitjacket to join and excel in the yachting industry.”  Winner Pradipta R. Hakim is a student at Indonesia’s Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology, a public university located in Surabaya, East Java, with a strong emphasis on science, engineering, and innovation, especially areas that support industry and the maritime sector. In addition to opportunities throughout the year to visit Feadship and superyacht shows, Hakim also wins a cash prize of €3,000 to help further his career goals.

Ferretti Yachts Triumphs at Boat International Awards 2024

InFYnito 90, the Ferretti Yachts maxi-flybridge designed for a sustainable seagoing experience, has been acclaimed at the keenly awaited Boat International Design and Innovation Awards 2024, in the Outstanding Lifestyle Feature category. The award ceremony took place on the evening of Sunday January 28 in the magnificent alpine setting of Kitzbühel, at an event attended by many leading names in the yachting world.  These prestigious awards are reserved for projects deemed the most innovative not only in terms of naval architecture and cutting-edge engineering solutions, but also according to criteria such as the design and elegance of the hull.  Ferretti’s award in the ‘Outstanding Lifestyle Feature’ category is yet another endorsement of the success of this innovative new proposition from a brand that is charting a new course under the banner of sustainability.  Ferretti Yachts InFYnito 90 is the result of collaboration between the Strategic Product Committee led by Piero Ferrari and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, with exterior design by architect Filippo Salvetti and interiors by Ideaitalia.  One of the main elements that convinced the jury was the iconic ‘All–Season Terrace’, a covered area forward that perfectly embodies the inspiration behind the yacht’s design, that of putting people at the centre. This extension to the superstructure provides both protection in all weather conditions and total privacy.  Taken as a whole, the yacht is characterised by the fusion of highly customisable outdoor and indoor spaces into an unparalleled continuum.  InFynito also brings to market the Group’s F.S.E.A. technology (Ferretti Sustainable Enhanced Architecture), a package of environmentally friendly cruising solutions. One of the most significant is an integrated system that combines the solar power collected by photovoltaic panels installed on the yacht’s superstructure with an energy bank, not to mention extensive use of green materials.

Four Wins Awarded Best Runabout of 2023

Four Winns are excited to share the most recent press release from Four Winns!  Today, Four Winns is overjoyed to share that Four Winns' H2e has received "Best Runabout of 2023" awarded by Boating Magazine. After the successful H-series launch, Four Winns broke conventional barriers and tradition, teaming up with Vision Marine Technologies, to introduce the first ever electric outboard runabout.

Horizon Open House 2024

The 2024 Horizon Open House will take place from the fifth to seventh of March in the enchanting city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. This event is an opportunity to connect with fellow yachting enthusiasts, Horizon yacht owners from around the world, industry professionals, and Horizon's dedicated team. This exceptional event is made to explore the latest innovations in yachting, experience the Horizon Yachts legacy, and immerse yourself in a world of luxury.  A selection of brand-new yachts will be premiered during this event, allowing invitees, clients and media to experience and get a first look at some of our latest builds: FD110 Tri-Deck, FD90 Skyline, FD80 Skyline, and V77 Skylounge.

Jet Tern Selene New Production Facility

Jet-Tern Marine, a name synonymous with innovation and craftsmanship in the yachting world, has embarked on an ambitious journey signing an agreement to construct a state-of-the-art production facility, sprawling over 38,000 square meters, at the same location as the current Zhuhai Selene Shipyard. This development marks a significant milestone in a commitment to excellence and innovation.  Slated for completion in September 2024, this ultra-modern factory will be equipped with cutting-edge technology. Envision a space where 3D printing meets meticulous craftsmanship, where CNC precision converges with artisanal attention to detail. Features like an air-conditioned, dustless environment, vacuum resin infusion, a carbon fibre heating system, and specialized cranes and warehouses are just the beginning. This high-tech hub will also bolster Jet Tern manufacturing capabilities but also aligns a dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices.  In response to the growing demand and to adhere to local government regulations, this new site also expands Selene capabilities. The new facility will house four new production lines, including the eagerly anticipated Selene 62 Clipper semi-displacement and the Selene 80 Ocean Explorer escalating production and sales to an impressive 40-50 luxury yachts, averaging 56-60 feet, annually. This expansion is a testament to Jet Tern commitment to quality and trust in the support of its global dealers.  But there’s more as alongside the factory, the Selene Shipyard will now boast a magnificent new yacht marina. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the riverbank, this marina will feature thirty berths, offering unparalleled convenience for sea trials, outfitting, and mooring. It’s more than a marina; it’s a sanctuary for Jet Tern yachts and a testament to an ethos of luxury and excellence.  

Leopard Yachts New Facility

Italian firm Cantieri Leopard Investment has announced plans for a brand-new shipbuilding centre located along the Navicelli Canal near Pisa. The proposed project is estimated to cost around 25 million euros and is currently awaiting approval from the requisite authorities. In the meantime, Cantieri Leopard Investment has opened discussions with interested parties looking to purchase the land and take over the development for a new construction or refit facility.  According to Leopard Yachts the canal leads directly to the port of Livorno for unobstructed access to the sea, making the production site ideally situated to form a new industry cluster similar to Viareggio and La Spezia.  The plans refer to a new shipbuilding centre covering approximately 37,880 square metres of the yard's existing property, consisting of a production building with the capacity for six yachts up to 65 metres in length, an administrative office building, operational yards and a dock leading to the water's edge. The facility will also be equipped with a towing and launching basin and a 1,200-ton travel lift.  A key focus of this project has been to optimise on-site energy efficiency and autonomy with special attention going towards the yard's operational processes, including its air and water emission treatment. The site will also feature the use of photovoltaic panels expected to provide at least 60 per cent of its annual energy requirements when operating at full capacity.

Pearl Triumphs at Motorboat Awards 2023

Pearl Yachts is thrilled to announce its latest triumph at the prestigious Motorboat Awards 2024. Held in Düsseldorf, Germany, this highly anticipated event, organized by the esteemed magazine Motor Boat and Yachting, recognized excellence in the world of boating and yachting.  The Pearl 72, a true embodiment of elegance and innovation, has secured a coveted victory in the “Flybridges over 60ft” category. This remarkable achievement solidifies Pearl Yachts’ position as a leading force in the luxury yacht industry.  The announcement was made during the live gala dinner at Hotel Kö59, Düsseldorf, on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, in the presence of key figures from Pearl Yachts, including Iain Smallridge, the Managing Director of the company.  Pearl Yachts’ success at the Motorboat Awards 2024 demonstrates its unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation. The Pearl 72, renowned for its stunning exterior designed by Bill Dixon and exquisite interiors by Kelly Hoppen CBE, has consistently garnered attention for its exceptional design and craftsmanship.  Iain Smallridge, Managing Director of Pearl Yachts, remarked, “This accolade fills us with immense pride. The recognition of the Pearl 72 underscores our unwavering commitment to elevating the yachting experience. Pearl Yachts consistently strives to create a select number of high quality yachts, each incorporating unique features that distinguish us in the industry. This strategy not only secures such prestigious awards but also cements Pearl’s reputation as an industry trailblazer.”  Pearl Yachts’ dedication to pushing boundaries and redefining luxury in the yachting world remains unwavering. The company’s impressive portfolio continues to gain recognition and commercial success. The Pearl 72, a layout leader in its class with two master cabins, has captured the essence of luxury and innovation, setting new standards in the industry.

Riva at Palm Beach Cavallino Classic

Emblem of Italian style and craftsmanship Riva took part in the Palm beach Cavallino Classic, the prestigious event dedicated to the world of Ferrari held each year in Palm Beach.  One of the best-known vintage Concours d'Elegance in the United States, the competition showcased some of the Maranello-based brand’s most iconic models. Palm Beach Cavallino Classic, in which celebrated its thirty-third anniversary this year, took place from January 25 to 28 at two of Palm Beach’s most exclusive resort locations: The Breakers and Mar-a-Lago. At The Breakers, Riva has exhibited the magnificent Riva Anniversario, the 33-foot open powerboat created in a limited edition in 2022 to celebrate two anniversaries, the 60th and 20th of the Aquarama and the Aquariva respectively. There was also a selection of scale models of iconic Riva powerboats on display at Mar-a-Lago.  Riva confirms its status as an object of desire, even at the Concours d’Elegance, but this time as a prize: the winners of categories Elegance Award and Restoration Award will respectively receive an iconic Aquarama Steering Wheel and the book ‘Riva Aquarama’ published by Assouline about the famous runabout.

Riviera Announces 2023 Apprentice of the Year Winners

Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder has proudly announced the outstanding achievements of its apprentices in the 2023 Riviera Apprentice of the Year Awards.  With a highly skilled team of over 900, including more than 100 talented apprentices, Riviera's commitment to nurturing the master craftspeople of tomorrow underscores its pivotal role in shaping the future of Australia’s marine industry.  The awards ceremony, held as part of the end-of-year celebration at the Riviera facility and attended by the entire Riviera team, commemorated four extraordinary apprentices who demonstrated qualities including communication skills, professional growth, and a proactive attitude in their respective trades.  The winners of the 2023 Riviera Apprentice of the Year Awards are: Caden Fletcher (Electrical - Second Year), Samuel Gross (Engineering - Second Year), Zidane Farkas (Composite Tech - Third Year), and Connor Baruksopulo (Timber & Composites Machining - Second Year).  Expressing gratitude and praise for the team of apprentices, Riviera Apprentice and Training Manager, Keira Badke highlighted their crucial role in the marine industry's future. She reaffirmed Riviera's commitment to investing in the training and life skills education of apprentices, along with technology, plant and machinery, to maintain its position as one of the world's leading boat builders.  "Our outstanding team provides unparalleled support to our apprentices, with over 90 percent successfully transitioning into significant roles at Riviera. 
Our philosophy is that to build world-class motor yachts, we must inspire world-class craftspeople,” said Mrs Badke.  Nicknamed ‘the machine’ for his unwavering focus, Samuel Gross's exceptional work ethic secured him an award this year. Reflecting on his achievement, Samuel shared, "I worked hard throughout the year, so it feels awesome to have earned this recognition."  Caden Fletcher, acknowledged for his dedication and attention to detail, expressed enthusiasm for Riviera’s supportive apprenticeship program, emphasising the nurturing atmosphere and opportunities available, stating, “We’ve touched on everything: all sorts of electrical work. I’ve been put with a great crew, and have learnt so much.”  Zidane Farkas, describing Riviera as a close-knit family, expressed pride in being honoured alongside a select group of winners. Highlighting the immense support he had received, Zidane noted, “Everyone is willing to guide you, all the managers —  they are always happy to help.”  Connor Baruksopulo, a two-time award recipient, credited the supportive environment at Riviera for his success. "It is reassuring to know that the work I am putting in is noticed and drives me to push myself harder than the year before," Connor said.  In her address to the team, Apprentice and Training Manager, Keira Badke emphasised, "Whether you are in your first year or fourth, each is a stepping stone towards greater heights. We build internationally acclaimed luxury motor yachts, so we need our people to be the very best they can be.” Riviera welcomes applications from individuals aspiring to join its apprenticeship program for both school-based and mature-age apprenticeships who desire to contribute to the creation of world-class luxury motor yachts.

Riviera Opens New Apprentice Academy 

Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder Riviera is making a significant investment in the future of young Australians seeking a career in the marine industry by opening its own state-of-the-art training centre, The Riviera Academy of Excellence.  The Academy, based within Riviera’s 16.8-hectare Gold Coast facility will allow the motor yacht builder to train, in partnership with Major Training Group, their 150 apprentices onsite across 10 individual trades, including composite technology, marine craft construction, diesel fitting and cabinetmaking.  The centre was officially opened on January 12 to coincide with the company’s 2024 apprentice sign on day, which saw 52 bright new apprentices welcomed - 27 school based and 25 full time apprentices - for what is the biggest training intake in the company’s history clock on for their first week as aspiring boat builders.  Reflecting the growing diverse and dynamic group of people embarking on their journey to become luxury motor yacht builders, 12 females are part of the Riviera class of 2024.  “It’s always an exciting day for these young apprentices and their proud families,” said Keira Badke, Riviera Apprentice and Training Manager.  “Our holistic training program offers strong support for our apprentices where we teach their chosen trade skills alongside coaching life skills to help nurture world class people that will help build our world class motor yachts.  “They really are the master craftsmen and women of the future and from their very first day with Riviera we want our apprentices to know that we will do all we can to help them be the best they can be.  “It’s often their first real working day, so naturally, they’re eager to commence learning their trade and ultimately, begin to help us build our beautiful motor yachts.”  The Academy was officially opened by Senior Training Instructor Darren Kearns and Instructor Justin Leigh-Smith who both completed their apprenticeships in 1996 in marine craft construction with Justin serving his apprenticeship with Riviera. Both also have had esteemed careers with Riviera with Darren serving over 18 years and Justin 30 years.  Darren and Justin will be leading the training for the Academy which is a 680 square metre state-of-the-art facility comprising of two fully operational workshops, two learning hubs including a dedicated drafting room, offices and meeting room.  Within the facility there are two ‘Halls of Fame’ recognising Riviera’s past graduated apprentices who now hold key roles within the company and an impressive showcase of Riviera’s national and international awards for excellence.  The Academy has partnered with Milwaukee, a global leader of professional tools to provide the latest equipment for use by the apprentices, including the most modern air filtration system to ensure the centre remains dust free.  Riviera is responsible for training over 400 tradespeople through its award-winning apprenticeship program over the past 30 years, which involves partnerships with 37 schools in southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales.  Rodney Longhurst, Riviera’s owner and a former carpenter and joinery apprentice himself, is extremely passionate about supporting the growth opportunities of his team.  “I’m exceptionally proud that our Riviera team will be mentoring these talented new apprentices and giving them such a great opportunity - it’s immensely rewarding for me, personally, to see our apprentices develop into such accomplished mature adults and great Australians, all with world leading boat building skills,” he says.  “Our significant investment in our new Academy of Excellence reflects our investment in all our team.  “We want each and every person at Riviera to be the best they can be.  “So many of our senior managers and tradespeople have completed their apprenticeships here, highlighting the rewarding and long-term career pathway that we offer at Riviera.”

Sacs Tecnorib New Chief Operating Officer

Nicola Antonelli, 36, a graduate of the IULM University of Languages and Communication in Milan, started his professional career at Ducati Motor Holding S.p.a., in various roles within the Sales & Marketing division. He collaborated with internationally renowned companies in the maritime industry before eventually becoming part of Sacs Tecnorib Spa.  “I could almost say that it is a return to my roots, as boating is a family legacy and an industry that I have always followed from up close,” said Nicola. “More than 10 years in a company of excellence such as Ducati have been invaluable and have given me insight into the macro-trends of the automotive industry, from which the marine sector sometimes draws inspiration and looks to. The idea of being able to translate this experience into the naval sector was an encouragement, the fact that I could express myself in a field that I am viscerally passionate about the motivation that drove me to this new professional adventure. I am pleased and proud to be part of a fantastic team, and I will dedicate all my efforts to be able to contribute to the future of the shipyard.”  In carrying his work, Nicola Antonelli will report directly to Matteo Magni and Giovanni De Bonis, President and CEO of Sacs Tecnorib Spa, respectively.  Founded in 1989, Sacs srl has set new trends over the years by inaugurating the era of luxury “maxi-ribs”, with the Strider range, which pair performance and safety with the comfort of a yacht. It has innovated the industry through the introduction of the Rebel line, featuring yachts ranging from 40 to 55 feet. While drawing inspiration from the world of RIBs, these vessels redefine the conventional yacht concept, and embody a distinct and innovative design approach. Simultaneously, Tecnorib has played a pivotal role in solidifying the maxi-rib market thanks to a highly successful partnership spanning over 15 years with the esteemed brand PIRELLI. The existing product lines, Pirelli Tender and Pirelli Speedboats, seamlessly integrate the shipyard’s wealth of experience and technological expertise with the unmistakable style and DNA of Pirelli.  “The integration of the two entities, culminating in the formation of Sacs Tecnorib Spa in 2021, signifies the successful realization of our determined growth objectives in recent years and the bolstering of our footprint in international markets. The investments, site development plans, and empowerment of our organisational structure with key managerial additions, including Nicola, lay the foundation for our entire team to embrace new opportunities and challenges on the horizon,” said President Matteo Magni.

Sacs Tecnorib Consolidates Its Position

Participation at Boot Düsseldorf was an opportunity for Sacs Tecnorib to present the results of its growth and confirm its world leadership in the maxirib industry. Great commercial success for the Rebel 50 G, the flagship of the stand and the newest addition to the Rebel range, which, though with clear references to the rib world, identifies an innovative and unconventional yacht. The company continues to look to the future with determination and ambition, aiming to consolidate its leading role in the market.  Indeed, the company, which has recorded annual revenue growth of 25% in the past three years, can declare a turnover of 59.3 million euros in 2023, with 141 units sold of the Sacs, Pirelli and Rebel brands, excluding the PIRELLI tender range. A significant figure is the order backlog for 2024, which also foresees significant growth in sales for this year.  The production area includes 3 sites with almost 20,000 square metres of covered space, also thanks to the company’s major investment in expanding the Roncello boatyard with a plant dedicated to the construction of boats over 45 feet that will be inaugurated in spring this year.  “This growth process is the result of a long-term vision that has involved bold decisions and strategic investments with people and the company at the centre, with a significant ESG – Environmental, Social and Governance – approach. Sustainability also means people, production processes, supplies, and the development of existing products and new ranges”, says Matteo Magni, Chairman of Sacs Tecnorib.  “We are proud of these figures achieved, thanks to a broad product range and a strengthened distribution network that now includes 67 sales outlets worldwide. The new X tender line, which joins the J, the collaboration with Mansory that will give rise to a custom edition of Pirelli 42, together with the Strider and Pirelli speedboats lines, allow us to meet the needs of a wide range of customers with exclusive maxiribs and tenders from 2.5 up to 18 metres, in addition to Rebel with boats with rib family feeling but yacht characteristics”, adds Gianni De Bonis, CEO.

Sanlorenzo and Volvo Penta Collaborate to Decboranize

Sanlorenzo and Volvo Penta have on Monday 22nd January announced they are working together to bring Volvo Penta’s IPS Professional Platform, the industry’s most advanced technology and propulsion platform for commercial marine vessels and superyachts, to two new Sanlorenzo yachts, the SX120 and the SX132. The two models are expected to launch in 2025 and 2027 respectively and will be the first superyachts installed with the IPS Professional Platform. Volvo Penta and Sanlorenzo are showcasing their plans for the new IPS-powered yachts during Boot Düsseldorf in Germany, 22 January 2024, at the show’s blue innovation dock.  The new IPS Professional Platform is a unique marine innovation, offering unparalleled comfort, performance, and sustainability for a new class of marine vessels and superyachts. Equipped with new intelligent technology features and designed for enhanced sustainability, the IPS Professional platform delivers exceptional efficiency, with users experiencing up to 30% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.  “When adopting new solutions into superyachts, we must always consider the experience of owners and the captain. The IPS Professional Platform not only delivers new levels of efficiency and flexibility but also elevates the yachting experience through the fully integrated helm-to-propeller platform. Intelligent features combined with the platform’s unique design provide additional comfort and peace of mind,” said Johan Inden, President of Volvo Penta Marine. “Our collaboration with Sanlorenzo marks a new journey towards decarbonization in the yachting sector. We’re excited to see the launch of the first IPS Professional Platform-equipped superyacht in 2025.”

Sessa New United States Service Office

Celebrating a year marked by great achievements, including the acquisition by Intech Boating, an unprecedented operation in the nautical sector, Sessa Marine has shown that more than 65 years of tradition in the market, combined with the search for innovation and multiculturalism, are capable of strengthening the brand and making it stand out in the global nautical sector.  For 2024, the shipyard announces its return to the North American market, with Sessa Marine US, located in the city of Aventura, Florida, which will also be responsible for marketing and distributing the brand's products to the Caribbean market. Leading the new Sessa Marine US operation are executives Vanderlei Pallhano and Guilherme M. de Lima, partners in the new Sessa Marine and Intech Boating global project, and Marcelo Puscar, responsible for managing the American project. In addition to a service office for relationships with clients and prospects, the new unit will also have a structure and staff to support the service and maintenance of the boats. As part of this strategy, next February Sessa Marine will exhibit two boats at the Miami Boat Show, through new commercial partners.  With the reopening of this market, the expectation is that vessels sold in the region will account for 30% of the group's turnover this year. The operation is already underway with nine new Sessa units arriving on American soil by the end of January. These are the C36 IB, C36 OB, C40, C44, F42, and F48 models, manufactured at the shipyard's Brazilian plant. "We are excited to announce a significant milestone in our journey towards global expansion and restructuring at Sessa Marine. It is the beginning of a new phase focused on innovation and growth. This milestone directs our positioning to reaffirm our commitment to offering a unique and innovative experience for our customers. Certainly, many opportunities lie ahead and, consequently, will have a positive impact on the global nautical industry," says José A. Galizio Neto, president of the Sessa Group.  This new project is the result of the acquisition, in May 2023, of the brand by the Brazilian shipyard Intech Boating, which also added to the company a new board of directors made up of managers with experience in various segments and international markets. In addition to the achievements of 2023, the expansion of the Brazilian factory, located in the city of Palhoça (Santa Catarina), which opened in December 2023, reflects the brand's ongoing commitment to offering quality and sophistication to lovers of luxury boats. "We aim to continue the tradition of excellence and unique design for which Sessa Marine is renowned. For this phase, we will be integrating all the brand's operations, as well as planning the introduction of new product lines, not only from Sessa Marine but also from the brands belonging to the group, such as Intech Professional Boats and Key Largo. Processes that take into account the environment, sustainable development, and governance are also on our radar, as well as expansion into potential markets that have not yet been explored," adds Galízio.

Viking InTheBite Captain of the Year

Captain Chase Lake, at the wheel of Allen and Lisa Krake’s Viking 72 Team Supreme, earned the esteemed title of InTheBite’s Furuno Gulf Coast Captain of the Year due to an extraordinary season in the Gulf of Mexico. The team, including talented mates and a sonar operator, showcased a unique blend of individual expertise and strategy. Their incredible accomplishment at the Blue Marlin Grand Championship, where Alex Krake hooked six blue marlin in one day, highlights their exceptional teamwork and innovative angling strategies. This remarkable season, based on hard work, collaborative thinking and a strong ethos, rightly places Chase and Team Supreme at the pinnacle of sportfishing excellence​. Congratulations!

Viking at Pelagic Rockstar Offshore Tournament

Congratulations to Team Fish Tank/Galati for their back-to-back win at the 8th annual Pelagic Rockstar Offshore Tournament. The team came out on top of the 91-boat fleet after two days of fishing the largest tournament in Central America. With captain Ben Horning at the wheel, the anglers released 40 sailfish for the win. Last year, the team fished Galati Yacht Sale’s Viking 64, but this year Chris and Laura Jessen (who contributed a combined 15 sails) offered up their newly delivered Viking 64 Fish Tank. Now on to the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown – good luck!

Viking at Operation Sailfish

The Viking 48 Fish On took 2nd Place Team honors during Operation Sailfish. Eight releases clinched the spot during Leg #1 of the Quest for the Crest Sailfish series. Trophy Wife, a Viking 52, was the 2nd Place Team and Karen McCann was the Top Lady Angler. Top Angler with five releases went to Matthew Rodriguez on the Viking Priceless. Markos Argiros, fishing on the Viking Twin Reels, claimed Top Junior Angler. The Viking 54 Olde Floridian weighed the Heaviest Tuna.

Viking at First Leg of Los Suenos Triple Crown

Fish Tank, the recently delivered Viking 64, released a blue marlin and 71 sailfish to claim 3rd Place during Leg #1 of the Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown Billfish tournament. Captain Ben Horning has led Chris and Laura Jessen to the Winner’s Circle in their first two tourneys. Pretty work, team!

January 30, 2024

Project: Italyure 50

At the end of 2023 Italyure announced it started construction for its upcoming and all new 50 flagship model.  Designed as the smaller 38 and 35 by Maurizio Marzocca, the Italyure 50 is a further development of the 45 project which was announced in 2022, and since then has been modified and extended to be bigger and more comfortable.  The Italyure 50 versus the 45 also features a redesigned T-Top which is now enclosed forward, and has been extended further aft.  For the 50, Marzocca like the smaller Italyure models presents a walk around sport yacht with length over all fore to aft easy deck use.  The exterior main deck layout of the Italyure 50 offers two central aft and fore-deck sun-pads, with a central console helm station which has a galley behind and a dinette for ten with opposing settees further aft. To the fore-deck in front of the sun-pad is also two opposite looking settees.  Down below the Italyure 50 is offered in two layouts; a two cabins two heads with an L-shaped lounger, and or a three cabins two head version.  The Italyure 50 is to be powered by twin Volvo 550 or 600hp with IPS pod drives, and or Cummins or FPT 650hp on line shaft propulsion.  Interestingly the Italyure 38 which is the first model presented by the Italian Neapolitan builder in 2021, and since then has sold in over twenty units, has seen a preference for line shaft propulsion.

January 29, 2024

New Model: Colombo 40 Bellagio

In mid 2023 Colombo launched its new 40 Bellagio model, a replacement of the 36 Bellagio which was presented in 2011.  The Colombo 40 Bellagio comes from a design of CentroStile who presented an open sport day cruiser with a cabin accommodation for two, inline with the Como's builder historical heritage.  To the previous 36 the new 40 Bellagio gets a redesigned aft deck which is easier to use, with a central passage way leading to a deep safe cockpit which offers a settee to port side and wet-bar grill opposite.  The cabin with entry from a central door on the main deck offers an open layout which welcomes you with a settee to port side, shower head opposite, and forward twin berths which transform to a central double berth with a scissor movement.  The Colombo 40 Bellagio is powered by twin Volvo 300hp on stern drives and go up to 440hp with IPS pod drives, with a total eight power plants to chose including of which are four gas petrol engines. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.20 m (40ft)
Hull Length - 12.2 m
Beam - 3.76 m
Draft - 0.80 m ex running gear
Displacement - 7 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 1080 l
Water Capacity - 350 l
Accommodation - two berths
Max Persons - fourteen
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 300hp, D4 320hp, D6 380hp*, D6 440hp*, V8 300hp**, V8 350hp**, V8 380hp**, V8 430hp** (*IPS pod drives, **petrol gas engines)
Propulsion - Volvo DPI or DPS duo prop stern drives, and or IPS forward looking pod drives
Project - CentroStile
Certification - CE B  

January 28, 2024

Improve-it = Cantiere Delle Marche Nauta Air 108

Cantieri delle Marche has recently sold the second unit for a Nauta Air 108 model, and what would be the sixth unit of the Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino Nauta studio from Milan Italy, designed semi-custom series.  The Nauta Air series debuted in 2014 with two 90 models launched in that same year, and was followed with a 108 in 2016, and then a 111 a year later, and a 110 in 2019, with these last two units being both extended custom units born from the 108 platform. An evolved model within the Nauta Air series, this new 108 features subtle enhancements and modernized exterior lines for a truly captivating and contemporary appearance. Among the main differences with the previous Nauta Air 108, the fashion plates are visually integrated with the dark windows that run along the Main deck salon and a six meters tender with its crane are located on the main deck forward. Her interiors are bright and airy, and the generous hull volume allows for spacious lodging for the Owners and their guests. Accommodation is split between the Main deck master and four spacious cabins below decks, but guests are likely to spend most of their time either in the cockpit, with its uninterrupted views aft, or on the sprawling Sun deck. Night quarters for five crew members are on the lower deck and the Captain cabin is adjacent the wheelhouse on the Upper deck.  Hull number two of the Nauta Air 108 is to be powered by twin 715hp Cat engines for top speeds up to thirteen knots, a cruise of twelve, and up to 5500 nautical miles of range at nine knots.

January 27, 2024

Project: Sanlorenzo 50Steel

Sanlorenzo present the 50Steel project, a new entry level in its Steel super yacht range which today offers five models and expands up to a 73 meter project currently inbuild and scheduled to launch in 2025.  The 50Steel comes from a design of Zuccon, the designer of all Sanlorenzo yachts since 2018, what will be an innovative super yacht, especially to what regards sustainable technology, but also a new way of seeing space.  For a first the Sanlorenzo 50Steel is to be equipped with a fuel cell technology which generates onboard yacht electricity with both generators and engines switched off. Another new never seen feature in the 50Steel is a new patented design called HER acronym for Hidden Engine Room, which gives extra space to the owner and his guests.  With HER the 50Steel gains unseen space in the lower deck which goes for the Ocean Lounge which offers over 120 square meters just above the water aft.  This Ocean Lounge will feature three unfolding terraces on three sides; aft, port and starboard, and will lead to a gym-spa area which with a split level design that takes guests to the cabin area forward or the living and lounging of the main deck.  The Sanlorenzo 50Steel has a volume of 499 gross tonnage what will feature five guest suites for ten guests, with crew accommodation for nine in five cabins, and three entertainment areas on each floor.  Power for the 50Steel will come from twin Man 1450hp engines for a top speed of sixteen knots.  The first 50Steel is scheduled for a mid 2024 launch and is reportedly being build for Sanlorenzo boss Massimo Perotti.  

January 26, 2024

Record Snowfall in Juneau Alaska Sinks Eight Boats

Record snowfall in between thirteen to 25 January in Juneau, Alaska has sunk about eight boats, and damage partly sank some more.  The first heavy snow storm arrived on the thirteen January and that did over half a meter of snowfall in one night.  Since then and for twelve days the storms did not stop, with January 2024 reaching over a meter and half of snow fall, sixteen centimetres less to the record set in January 2009, when 191 centimetres of snowfall was recorded for a whole month.  Of the eight boats that sunk two are pleasure boats, with the rest being mostly commercial fisher-craft.  Some pleasure boats suffered a partial sinking, also because most of these are kept in covered slips as the above picture shows. 
Juneau is located to the South-East of Alaska, in the Gulf of Alaska, bordering to the North with the Bering Sea and to the Pacific Ocean in the South.  Juneau has a population of just over thirty thousand with temperatures that reach twenty degrees Celsius plus in Summer and going to below zero in the Winter months.

New Model: Bolide Yachts 80

The niche market of the super fast sport yacht beyond 24 meters has seen a new interesting player emerge in 2023, with Bolide Yachts first 80 model, what the Italian yacht builder calls the first Hyper Muscle Yacht.  Saying Bolide Yachts is new, is actually an understatement as the man behind the Italian yacht builder, is none other then fast planning hull specialist designer Brunello Acampora, who with his Victory design firm has designed and consulted an endless list of some of the best hulls in the last four decades.  With Bolide Yachts firsty eighty model, Brunello goes a step further creating the fastest yacht above 24 meters in size, which reaches an impressive 73 knots of top speed. For reaching this speed Acampora took four years to design and fine tune the Bolide 80 two stepped deep-Vee hull to match this performance, and going into pain staking detail for a light weight and stiff full carbon fibre construction, and a triple Man 2000hp power designed around a custom surface drives combination.  The Bolide 80 though does not stop with the performance and offers an interesting mix of luxury thrown in, with a design element which is both unique and futuristic in both the exterior and interiors, with the lower deck offering a two double cabins accommodation sleeping five.  The lower deck also offers a separate galley to port side with adjacent crew cabin, and saloon entertainment area which uses the full five meters plus of beam of the hyper muscle yacht.  Interested?  Bolide Yachts 80 is limited to ten builds of one or two hulls a year, with each build being semi-custom, and a price which starts at nine million euros.  Bolide Yachts is planned to have five models in the future with Brunello Acampora having preliminary details drawn in for both a smaller 70 and a larger 170 model nearly finalized.
Technical Data:
LOA - 24.87 m (81.8ft)
Waterline Length - 18.1 m
Beam - 5.40 m
Draft - 0.90 m without running gear, 1.50 m with running gear down 
Displacement - 32.5 t unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 6000 l
Water Capacity - 600 l
Accommodation - four/five guests in two cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 3 x Man V12 2000hp
Propulsion - custom T-drive Flexitab surface drives
Speed - 73 knots max, fifty knots cruise
Range - 500 nautical miles at best cruise
Construction - Mircotex carbon fibre, and special structural Diab cores 
Project - Brunello Acampora Victory design for hull shape, naval architecture and design, Loro Piana interior decor
Certification - CE B

January 25, 2024

Sunseeker Yacht Partly Sinks in Haulover

A 22 meter Sunseeker motor yacht partly sank while berthed in a Marina at Haulover, Miami on the late morning of 24th January.  According to reports on social media, the Sunseeker yacht had a sea-cock failure in the forward part of the hull, leading to it partly sinking, with a short video snap showing as rescue operations are underway by Fast Response Marine Towing and Salvage on the Instagram channel Oldhatfishing.  A day later to the accident, on the 25th January the Sunseeker yacht is filmed again, this time by Wavy Boats YouTube channel as its being towed out of Haulover Inlet and into the Atlantic Channel again by Fast Reponse, probably taking her to a yacht yard for repair.
The Sunseeker yacht in this sinking is a 74 Manhattan, as produced from 1999 up to 2001.  Designed by Don Shead the 74 Manhattan, was a new entry into Sunseeker's line up as a filler between the 84 and upcoming 64 Manhattan.  In 2002 Sunseeker updated the 74 Manhattan with the Mk.2 version, additional side profile window, and three vertical hull side windows added to serve the midships master stateroom, with the model replaced by the first generation 75 Yacht in the fall of 2003.

Project: Swan Arrow 23.20 m

Swan's motor yacht division was launched in 2021 after a careful study of the market. Leonardo Ferragamo, Chairman of Nautor Group, had been thinking of entering Swan in the power segment for a long time, but he wanted to début with a product able to make a difference, in an already crowded segment.  Ferragamo already entered the motor boating sector with the Camper and Nicholson brand which he bought in 2001 and launched two Ray Hunt designed traditional looking down-East inspired line producing two models a 42 in 2004 and a 50 footer in 2013, with three other projects which went up to a 42 meter super yacht.  The first Swan powerboat was the Shadow which arrived in 2021, followed by the inboard OverShadow 42 in mid 2023. The passion for this adventure, together with the market request have asked for a bigger motorboat leading us to this Swan Arrow project, a 23 meters sport yacht, designed according to the Swan iconic DNA.  Swan Arrow is a sporty and elegant yacht, designed by Jarkko Jamsén, the motor division resident designer, who also penned the two smaller models. With elegant and contemporary design, refined lines and voluminous interior, Swan Arrow is a sport “open” yacht well suited to extended cruising.  To be build in resin infusion with a mix of glass and carbon fibre matrixes the Swan Arrow is a full walk around design, with a fully enclosed hard-top and a spacious walkaround deck plan. The protected cockpit characterized by an opening roof and sliding and pivoting glass door system allows a full panoramic view and an “al fresco” feeling when opened, while remaining cosy, protected and private when closed, perfectly conceived for a yacht designed to enjoy the very best while cruising and at anchor.  Another innovation of the Swan Arrow is the opening platform which becomes a beach area of about fifty squared meters, not floating directly on the water but taken to a higher level thanks to the use of the side openings, altogether creating a real terrace on the sea.  The interior of Swan Arrow displays all the typical details that made Swan yachts iconic, but also introduces new elements and materials.  The space has been maximized offering a “home like” feeling for this 23 meters sport yacht conceived with a two configuration choices of two or three guest cabins.  In the three double cabins layout Arrow accommodates six guests in a captivating space: port side is a dedicated galley, midships full beam master stateroom with a walk-in closet and en-suite; a VIP suite forward, and a twin cabin, both with their own head to create separate and private areas.  The crew quarters for two people is further forward, allowing great privacy for the owners and their guests.  The alternative layout offers two spacious double cabins with a lounge area amidships in between the owners stateroom and forward VIP suite, with a starboard side  saloon with a dedicated dining area and L-shaped sofa taking the spot of the third cabin.  The Swan Arrow is to be powered by standard twin Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod drives for a speed up to thirty knots, with an optional triple set up of the same engine and propulsion which should add an extra ten knots of top speed.

January 24, 2024

The Wandering Hillybilly Aquila Power Cat Ends Aground

A sixteen meter Aquila power catamaran of the YouTube vlog The Wandering Hillybilly and titled with the same name, ended beached in Mountain Trunk Bay, to the West of Virgin Gorda Island on the afternoon of 23 January.  A Vlog on the The Wandering Hillybilly documented the incident, which happened because the yacht broke from its swing mooring, while the owner, i.e. Alan and five guests just swam to shore for a meal at the Sugarcane Restaurant.  As Alan arrived to the beach, who was the last of the group to make the ten minute swim to shore, the guests advised him that the yacht was following him. Seeing this Alan jumped back to save the Aquila catamaran, which at this time was just about ten meters from the beach.  With high risk Alan managed to get onboard, and as soon as he was on his way to the flybridge to save the Power Catamaran, disaster struck as the hull hit the seabed.  Alan still tried the last hope, firing her up and with the starboard engine tried to move her away from the beach, but all was too late, as the yacht was already grounded and beached.  A great moment came after all this with Alan and his guests managing to tie The Wandering Hillybilly in order to avoid her from hitting the rocks located just a meter to aft.  The day later Alan with help from Aquila dealer MarineMax salvaged the power catamaran, taking her to a boat yard in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, some three nautical miles South from the beaching accident.  Unfortunately the damage to the Aquila Power cat was more extensive then anticipated, a few holes in the hull, both P-brackets punctured in the hull, severely bent rudders and propellers, and engine room filled with sand and sea-water.
The Wandering Hillybilly is a 2022 Aquila 54 Yacht power catamaran.  Designed by the Jacep and Jernei Jakopin brothers the Aquila 54 Yacht debuted in 2021, and is offered in a nine different layout options, three for each of the decks, and is powered by three engine choices from Volvo 380 up to Cummins 550hp.

New Model: Sacs Rebel 50G

In the fall of 2023 Sacs debuted its new Rebel 50G model.  Designed by Christian Grande the Rebel 50G is one of the most complete maxi-ribs ever made, which escapes the narrative of a day boat with over-night accommodation, not because it cannot do that part of use, but also because can also be used as a yacht.  A fully enclosed fifteen meter hard-top the Rebel 50G offers a main enclosed living area with dinette and galley with its lower deck offering two double cabins; master cabin forward, and a twin berth cabin at midships.  An option exists to have the forward cabin replaced by an open entertainment area with J-shaped lounge to port side.  The options on the Sacs Rebel 50G do not stop here, with four options also available for the aft cockpit deck; garage/sun-pad, stern lounge, forward lounge, and free standing.  The Sacs Rebel 50G is powered by twin Volvo 725hp engines with IPS pod drives for top speeds up to 36 knots and a cruise of 28.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.30 m (50.2ft)
Beam - 5.05 m
Draft - 0.83 m, 1.30 m with propellers
Displacement - 23 t
Fuel Capacity - 2 x 940 l
Water Capacity - 450 l
Max Persons - eighteen
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, one cabin with convertible open lounge
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 36 knots max 28 cruise
Range - 260 nautical miles at cruise
Hull Shape - V-shape
Construction - fiberglass with D-shape foam filled tubes
Project - Christian Grande
Certification - CE B

January 23, 2024

Project: Tornado 43 WA

Tornado present the project for the 43 WA, a walk-around sport cruiser designed by Michele Frese.  In this size the Italian builders seem have taken the bug for offering walk-around centre console sport cruiser, with Tornado being the most recent to enter this segment. A walk around centre console has the ability to use all fore to aft deck with easy usage, but also having a decent lower deck accommodation sleeping four.  The Tornado 43 WA will offer a deck with a central sun-pad layout which is followed by an L-shaped dinette, and then the helm station located central offset to starboard.  The fore deck will feature a forward V-shaped sun-pad, while another interesting feature will be the drop down bathing platform aft, which goes down in a three steps movement, making it easier and more comfortable to go down in the water.  The Tornado 43 WA will also be flexible for its power and propulsion choices, offered in four options, which start from twin Volvo 440hp on stern drives, and go to twin FPT 550hp on shafts, and then to 600hp with surface drives or same power gas power Mercury outboards.

January 22, 2024

New Model: Manda Yachts s05

Manda Yachts arrived in the scene in 2023 first with the s07 model in May at the Venice boat show, and then it followed it four months later with this new s05 which debuted during the Genoa boat show.  A project of Ceccarelli, Manda is an interesting new offer in the market, with a particular design which is difficult to categorize, feeling an explorer with a sport attitude.  Depends how you want to see it, probably Manda is both these things, although this new s05 probably is a bit more sporty, especially if spec'd with the bigger engines which give her a 32 knots top speed.  But forgetting speed aside Manda Yachts is a particular living yacht, with both the exterior and interior feeling spacious and liveable like a high end loft by the sea in just fifteen meters of length.  Manda Yachts s05 also comes as the bigger sister with the free aft deck which joins with the interior lower deck saloon, and while this is not something new; Sanlorenzo SX, BlueGame BGX, and Evo Yachts V-line have all been there before Manda, the s05 takes the credit for offering this in just fifteen meters of size.  The s05 offers a main deck covered with a T-top for the living part, this offering an L-shaped dinette to port side with wet-bar exterior galley and helm opposite to starboard, which is followed by a sun-pad aft and to fore deck and a forepeak forward looking settee.  The s05 lower deck uses about 70% of the space and is offered in three lower deck layout choices, with the standard plan featuring a two cabins two head layout with master cabin forward, and twin L-shaped bunk guest cabin to port side.  A single cabin option also exists, with the option of having a dinette area for four in replacement to the second cabin, and smaller L-shaped sofa.  The Manda s05 is offered with IPS propulsion only and powered by standard twin Volvo 480hp for up to 24 knots speeds, and larger 550 to 600hp engines option.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 15 m (49.2ft)
Beam - 4.82 m
Draft - 1.50 m
Displacement - 16,000 kg dry (approx.)
Fuel Capacity - 1800 l
Water Capacity - 550 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or two berths in one cabin
Max Passengers - fourteen
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 480hp, D8 550hp, D8 600hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking dual propeller IPS pod drives
Speed - 24 knots with 480hp, 32 knots max with Volvo 600hp
Construction - fiberglass with monolithic bottom, sandwich for hull sides.  Upper structure in infusion and carbon/glass hybrid
Project - Ceccarelli
Certification - CE B-14/A

January 21, 2024

Fratelli Aprea New Web Site

Fratelli Aprea presents its new website. Fratelli Aprea was founded in 1890 by master ship wright Cataldo, in the gulf of Sorrento.  Fratelli Aprea focus for a century has been that of building custom to order and repairing wooden traditional Gozzo small and medium size fishing boats.  An important turn around for Fratelli Aprea comes during World War II, when Franco Aprea decides to put used Jeep gasoline engines in a Gozzo, following the commissioning of boats by the US Army for a special mission. Fratelli Aprea enters fiberglass boat production in the nineties, with a key difference to the competition who build similar boats for using a semi-planning hull with a deep V-section forward, rather then a planning shape.  Today Frattelli Aprea offers eleven models of the Sorrento line which start from the pure gozzo looking 7,80 Tradizionale / Open and go up to the Sorrento 50 Cabinato.  In 2023 Fratelli Aprea also debuted its new Brunello Acampora designed Lancia centre console with traditional line series, which debuted with the 52 model, and is planned to feature four other models from ten to 22 meters in size.  Fratelli Aprea new web site is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; Home, Company, Gozzo Sorrentino, Design, Models, Charter, Service, Usato, and Contacts. Fratelli Aprea is also on social media with a button at the right bottom of the page taking you to its Facebook, and Instagram pages.
Production History;
Sorrento 7,80 Tradizionale / Open 1987- 
Faraglione 7,80 Semi Cabinato 1989-94
Sorrento 7,50 Open Cruise 1993-
Sorrento 7,50 Semi Cabinato 1995-
Sorrento 7,50 Cabinato 1997-
Sorrento 36 Semi Cabinato 2000-
Sorrento 36 Open Cruise 2001-
Sorrento 32 Semi Cabinato 2002-
Sorrento 32 Hard Top 2003-
Sorrento 32 Open Cruise 2004-
Sorrento 36 Hard Top 2005-
Sorrento 50 Cabinato 2007-
Lancia 52 2023-

January 20, 2024

Project: Alia Yachts 43m raised pilothouse

Alia Yachts in Turkey has started construction of a new 43-metre project with aggressive exterior lines by long-term design partners Omega Architects. In build for a client based in Miami, the design is styled around the relaxed, open-air lifestyle in Florida and the Bahamas. Omega has deliberately kept the profile low-rise and sleek with a menacing pelican-beak bow, helped by the raised pilothouse layout spread over two-and-a-half decks. With ample al fresco areas that include lounging and sunbathing on the aft deck, the foredeck, and the sundeck that also has a hottub, the new design takes the raised pilothouse configuration and stretches it to 42 metres and 380GT. The all-aluminium vessel has a shallow Bahamas draft and a Fast Displacement Hull Form known as FDHF by Van Oossanen, another of Alia’s Dutch design partners. The FDHF outperforms conventional displacement and semi-displacement hull forms at low, cruising and maximum speeds by providing high efficiency throughout the power curve. The interior comprises four guest suites on the lower deck, a master stateroom with walk-in wardrobe on the main deck forward. The lower deck further houses space for 7 crew as well as a very nice sized gym and side-loading tender garage. Sliding glass doors on both sides of the main saloon means there’s always a fresh breeze flowing through the interior. The interior design is by newcomers Yodezeen, a pair of designers from Kyiv with a studio in Miami. Powered by twin MTU 2600hp main engines, the yacht with have a top speed in excess of 22 knots and a range of 3,200 nautical miles at twelve knots. She is scheduled for delivery in summer 2024 and will make her debut at the autumn boat shows.