February 29, 2024

Monthly News - February 2024

-pic of the month- Centunonavi Lands in Saudi Arabia

American Tug Silver Anniversary

American Tug marks its silver anniversary with a full order book from boaters who want to explore.  For its silver years American Tug was also featured in the March issue of Passagemaker Magazine and the AT 435 was on the cover, with an article on the popular magazine with photography done by West Coast Sales Manager, Jonathan Cooper.

Benetti 24th Yachtmaster

The 24th Yachtmaster organized by Benetti in Budapest from the 21st to the 23rd of February has just ended. The event, involving over 300 guests from all over the world, was a great success with the participation of captains, owner representatives, surveyors, stewardesses and industry professionals.  Modern owners experience the purchase of a yacht as the maximum expression of their lifestyle. Today, the new concept of lifestyle on board involves renewed purpose and layout for the spaces, increasingly informal and convivial, capable of blending into the surrounding nature. The deck extends over the water and the landscape integrates the furnishings through the large windows of the new Voyager yachts by Benetti. The growth of the yacht market is also evidence of this, perfect for those seeking adventure, and not just the most exclusive places. If the yacht is the object through which a lifestyle is expressed, certainly the captain and his crew are the human component that strongly influences the owners' on-board experience.  It is from these considerations that the program for the 2024 edition of the Benetti Yachtmaster was born, introduced by the CEO of Azimut|Benetti Group Marco Valle, who welcomed the guests and emphasized the crucial role of the captains and their skills in building the yachts of the future. 

Bilgin Nominee at World Superyacht Awards

We are proud to announce the nomination of the exceptional explorer yacht “Kaşif” in the upcoming 19th edition of the World Superyacht Awards. Competing in the category “Displacement Motor Yachts below 500GT, 40m to 44.9m,” Kaşif stands out as a testament to Bilgin Yacht's commitment to innovation in the yachting industry. Built in Bilgin's advanced facility within the prestigious Antalya Free Zone, the yacht epitomizes the brand's ethos of boundary-pushing craftsmanship.  The visionary exterior, crafted by Emrecan Özgün of Unique Yacht Design, enhances Kaşif's striking profile and stellar performance. “Kaşif is designed to navigate the toughest conditions with ease while providing unparalleled comfort,” states Özgün. Internally, the yacht's design narrative, envisioned by Enrico Lumini of Hot Lab, Italy, unfolds a story of meticulous collaboration and artistic endeavor. “Kaşif is a modern yet timeless aesthetic, seamlessly blending contemporary geometries with elements reflecting the owners' passions,” Lumini explains. The yacht's living areas showcases a sophisticated blend of contemporary design and personal elements, with varying palettes and themes across its decks, ensuring elegance and comfort.

Centunonavi Lands in Saudi Arabia

In mid-December 2023, Centunonavi was presented to the Saudi world at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. The event was attended by a significant number of Saudi royals and a relevant business audience from the Arab world.  The idea behind the new generation of yachts by Centunonavi, a Viareggio-based shipyard founded by the naval engineer Marco Arnaboldi, is to achieve uncompromising performance thanks to refined custom-made construction combined with water-jet propulsion - indeed, all the models in the range can achieve speeds close to 60 knots.  At the end of the event, a dealership agreement was signed by Marco Arnaboldi (representing Centunonavi) and by His Royal Highness Naif Bin Abdullah Bin Saus Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, through his company Durah al Fodah. The company will enthusiastically promote the Italian shipyard's range in Saudi Arabia, managing every technical and commercial aspect of the product, starting with the purchase of a demo boat available to all the people who want to experience the thrill of speeding over water at 55 knots in maximum comfort and in an environmentally friendly way.

Cranchi New 2024 Color Collection

Two new colors from the updated Cranchi Yachts Colour Collection: Grigio Aurora (grey) and Verde Audace (green) are available for 2024.  Grigio Aurora is ideal for accentuating the romantic nature of the yachts, while Verde Audace maximises their sportiness. The customisation program offered by Cranchi Yachts was created precisely for this purpose: to offer owners the chance to give their personal vessel a unique, personalised colour.  The 2024 Colour Collection will soon be available, with an ever-more refined and distinctive selection of recommended colours for customising the vessels’ hulls. Cranchi dealers are ready to provide details and will soon be able to show customers the new colour chart. 

Ferretti Group Approves Preliminary Results as of December 2023

Ferretti Group announced double digit growth of the main KPI’s, announcement of the 2024 guidance and mid-term guidance confirmation.  Net revenue new yachts at €1,110.9 million, up 11.5% from €996.1 million in 2022.  Record adjusted EBITDA margin at 15.2%.  Order backlog reaches €1.5 billion, up 15.1% on 2022.  Net revenue new yachts at €1,110.9 million, up 11.5% from €996.1 million in 2022.  Adjusted EBITDA of €169.2 million, up about 21% from 2022, with margin of 15.2%, up 110bps.  Net income of €83.5 million, up 38% from 2022.  rder intake of €1,120.4 million in line with 2022.  Net financial position of €281.1 million.  The Group announces guidance for 2024 and confirms medium-term guidance.  Mr. Alberto Galassi, Chief Executive Officer of the Group, stated "2023 was an extraordinary year for Ferretti Group in terms of both the results and goals achieved.  I would like to emphasise the great importance of the listing on Euronext Milan in June and its very positive reception from the financial community.  The results we are presenting today highlight remarkable growth in the main economic and financial indicators and two absolute records in our recent history: an order backlog of €1.5 billion and a margin of 15.2%, confirming the solidity of the commercial and industrial strategy announced in March 2022.  These extremely positive numbers will give substance and quality to a further strengthening of our brands, with investments in research, innovation and sustainability. At the Düsseldorf Boat Show we presented Riva El-Iseo, the brand’s first full-electric powerboat that launches the new E-Luxury segment, testifying to Ferretti Group’s commitment to increasingly sustainable yachting.”

Ferretti Group Supports David Beckham 7 Fund for Unicef

An auction organised by Ferretti Group, in support of David Beckham’s 7 Fund for UNICEF, has ended, with the proceeds of the special-edition yacht going towards UNICEF’s work in El Salvador, creating safe spaces for children to learn and play.  The Ferretti Group auctioned a Riva Anniversario boat to raise funds, which will go towards protecting children, particularly those living in El Salvador whose lives are often threatened by violence.  In 2023, the 7 Fund delivered sports, cultural, and artistic activities to over five thousand children and adolescents in El Salvador. These activities aimed to foster inclusion, eliminate gender stereotypes, and strengthen community bonds, all while addressing the problems that that the country faces concerning violence against children. To date, more than 36,000 children in El Salvador have benefited from this programme.  “Providing children with safe spaces to learn and play is key to ensuring their enrolment in education and providing them with opportunities to develop their full potential. This is why we are grateful to Ferretti Group for the donation made to UNICEF through the 7 Fund,” said UNICEF Private Fundraising and Partnerships Director Carla Haddad Mardini.  “I would like to thank UNICEF for the chance to contribute through our boat to such a noble and deserving cause as the one supported by ‘7 Fund for UNICEF’. It is an honour to have actively participated in this project that offers hope and opportunity to thousands of children and their families,” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi.  In El Salvador, violence against children and adolescents continues to be one of the country's greatest challenges to the fulfilment of their rights. Social norms and attitudes perpetuate various forms of violence against children and adolescents, including at home and in school. In 2023, the lead institution of El Salvador’s protection system reported 28,779 violations of the rights of children and adolescents, with 87.45% of these violations related to violence and abuse.  To help tackle this issue, the 7 Fund is working in six of the most violent areas of El Salvador to help prevent and respond to acts of violence against children and adolescents. The goal is to help them to attend school by making public spaces safer and child-friendly, and to strengthen child protection services, making them more accessible. The 7 Fund also aims to provide all children in the six areas with the opportunity to play sports safely, so that they can develop resilience and learn life skills. 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund was launched in February 2015 to mark David Beckham’s tenth year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The Fund is a unique partnership between David Beckham and UNICEF that is helping to give vulnerable and disadvantaged children the opportunity to reach their full potential.  

Jarrett Bay Honors Employee Milestone

Recently, our Jarrett Bay General Manager Tate Lawrence and Safe Harbor Regional VP Ron Gift recognized many on employees celebrating major milestones. Most notably, it was the esteemed honor to show an appreciation for the thirty years that Charles Griffiths has been helping Jarrett Bay build and service world-class custom boats. Jarrett Bay congratulates its incredible team of men and women using their trade, skill and know-how to make us proud of all they do.

Kadey-Krogen Group Adds Industry Veterans in Team Expansion

The Kadey-Krogen Group, builder of the world class series of Krogen ocean-crossing trawlers, the performance cruising series Summit Motoryachts, and the coastal cruising brand American Tug, announces the addition of Katie Astras and Jay Christopher to their in-house team as Interior Designer and Customer Care Manager, respectively. Together, they bring more than 50 years of experience in the industry, with deep knowledge not only of The Kadey-Krogen Groups’ products, but with their core customer base as well.  “I started working with Kadey-Krogen in the late 90s, I was the in-house designer for Palmer Johnson working out of their refit yard in Savannah, Georgia, and we did a lot of work with the group,” Katie says. “For the last decade I’ve been working with the team as an interior design subcontractor, so I’m very familiar with the group and I’m thrilled to join the team full time.”  In her role as Interior Designer, Katie will be integral at ensuring The Kadey-Krogen Group owners truly are at home on any sea. “I think the interiors have gotten more sophisticated as the years have gone by,” she said. “Everyone has higher expectations, they desire a higher level of sophistication regarding what they want and need for soft goods and interior amenities, and the team at Kadey-Krogen has met that demand.”  Katie will work with clients throughout the build process, creating a curated package of soft goods and joinery to fit their individual tastes. “We have standard packages of soft goods, countertops, fabrics, things like that, but as a boutique builder we have the capacity to do just about anything,” she says. “We had a potential owner ask us about putting a hot tub onboard, which would be a little atypical on a trawler. But instead of discounting it and saying ‘no’ the entire team put their heads together and figured out if it was possible, how to do it, and what it might cost. And that person hadn’t even signed a contract yet. That’s what I love about this team. The company has a culture of ‘let’s figure it out.’ People are using their boats differently now than they were 10, 20 years ago. We get that. Whether it’s onboard technology or new fabrics, Kadey-Krogen is always at the forefront of the market.”  Jay Christopher, Kadey-Krogen’s new Customer Care Manager, is taking the helm from Gregg Gandy, who held the role of Project Manager for Kadey-Krogen for 20 years. Jay’s professional experience on the water stretches back to growing up on Cape Cod where he worked as a detailer and rigger while giving sailing lessons. His passion for boats led him to boatbuilding school in Maine, then on to the Maxi and America’s Cup campaigns of the early 1990s.  “I was working for Bill Koch as one of his property and marina managers on the Cape, and I got an invite to go sailing with them down in Newport,” Christopher said. “That led to me being one of the permanent crew aboard Matador2 winning the ‘90 Rolex Maxi World Cup then part of the ’92 and ’95 America’s Cup campaigns as shore team. For the ’97 campaign I was sent over to Prada’s team. We showed up in Livorno with two boats and 15 containers, and that’s where I really started managing large projects. I’ve been doing it ever since.”  In addition to his experience in the sailing world, Jay has decades of experience in large powerboats working as a service manager, warranty representative and training captain for marinas and service yards throughout New England including the reputable Oyster Harbors Marine. “It’s rare to love both sail and power, but I really do. My sailor roots combined with years running big powerboats is the perfect blend for The Krogen Group’s expanding line of yachts,” said Chistopher. Recently Jay also earned his credentials as an Associate Surveyor with the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors.  Jay will be based out of Kadey-Krogen Group’s headquarters in Stuart, Florida. In his day-to-day activities, he will manage new boat commissioning, handle warranty issues, and help owners with all their service needs and systems issues. Additionally, Jay will assist with new build customer orientation, helping a new owner get acquainted with their boat and spending time with them onboard while they get comfortable with their new surroundings. “I want to instill confidence in our clients. I’ll walk them through everything from systems operations to docking, then be there to support them throughout the lifetime of their ownership,” he said. “I find with new owners, those first few days together are invaluable to building assurance in their boat and with us.”  “We’re incredibly excited to have Jay and Katie join our team full time,” said Tucker West, President and CEO of Kadey-Krogen Group. “Katie and Jay both bring with them not only a lifetime of experience in the industry, but a deep knowledge of our products, and our owners. Their addition will help us continue to provide the uncompromising level of service that our clients expect.” 

Leopard Catamaran Mooring 403 PC Wins European Powerboat of the Year

The newest addition to The Moorings growing fleet of power catamarans, the 403PC has just won the prestigious European Powerboat of the Year award. This yacht is expertly designed for small groups or families to explore paradise with ease and in style. From the British Virgin Islands to the Bahamas, Croatia, and beyond, this is the ideal platform for your next vacation on the water.

Pearl Celebrates at Motorboat Awards

Pearl is thrilled to announce its triumph at the Motorboat Awards 2024, the exquisite Pearl 72 was announced as the winner of the prestigious 'Flybridges over 60ft' category. Revealed at an exclusive event held during the recent Düsseldorf boat show this accolade underscores Pearl's team's dedication and craftsmanship in luxury yacht design. Managing Director Iain Smallridge expressed his pride, stating, 'This recognition highlights our commitment to designing and producing the finest motor yachts in the world, solidifying our reputation as industry trailblazers.'  Special thanks to the incredible Pearl Team for their relentless dedication. A heartfelt appreciation to Margaret Whittaker OBE, owner of Pearl, for her vision and support, guiding us to new heights. The Pearl 72, with its stunning design by Bill Dixon and interiors by Kelly Hoppen CBE, sets new standards in luxury and innovation, showcasing Pearl Yachts' dedication to excellence.

Pearl Yachts New Thailand Dealer 

Pearl Yachts proudly announces the appointment of Max Marine Asia as the exclusive dealer for Thailand, marking a significant milestone in bringing the luxury yacht brand to Thailand’s shores. Max Marine Asia, a leading authority in yacht sales and services, has been chosen as the exclusive dealer for Pearl Yachts in the vibrant maritime landscape of Thailand. This partnership represents a commitment to providing clients in Thailand with unparalleled access to the world-class craftsmanship and luxury that Pearl Yachts represents. At the helm of Max Marine Asia is Craig Murphy, a seasoned professional with an impressive maritime background. Craig’s extensive qualifications and experiences are a testament to his expertise and dedication to the industry. Craig Murphy, Managing Director of Max Marine Asia, holds qualifications as a Boat Builder, Shipwrights, Commercial Captain, and Commercial Engineer, showcasing his extensive knowledge of yacht operations and mechanics. Craig managed Marine departments for Aman Resorts across various Asian locations including Thailand gaining a global perspective on the yachting industry. With a remarkable 17-year tenure as a dealer for a renown UK shipyard in Thailand, Craig possesses an in depth understanding of the luxury yacht market, evident in his successful track record in project managing yacht refits and contributions to marina design and installation projects. Max Marine Asia, operates from two strategic locations in Bangkok and Phuket, The Ocean Marina Office, conveniently located just 1.5 hours from Bangkok, offers an extensively renovated showroom with state of art meeting facilities. In addition, the Phuket office houses a fully equipped factory service center, ensuring swift and efficient support for valued clients throughout their yachting journey. As Pear Yachts extends its global footprint, the network of Pearl Yachts dealerships experiences rapid growth, ensuring that enthusiasts worldwide gain access to the brands luxury yachts. The newly forged dealer relationship between Pearl Yachts and Max Marine Asia is poised to precisely deliver this promise.

Riva at International Concurs de Elegance in St. Moritz

When elegance, style and tradition arrange to meet, it wouldn’t be the same without Riva and its iconic boats. The Sarnico-based brand is one of the partners of the keenly awaited 2024 edition of The I.C.E. St. Moritz - International Concours of Elegance, the renowned and exclusive automotive event held from February 23 to 24 on the magnificent frozen lake in the Swiss Alps.  Created as an automotive concours d’elegance, The I.C.E. St. Moritz has become a space for culture, lifestyle and tradition that every year attracts lovers of beauty from around the world. The backdrop for the over fifty competing vintage cars will be provided by The I.C.E. village, where visitors will be welcomed by some of the most iconic design and automotive brands, including Riva for the first time, which will be bringing the inimitable appeal of its fine boats and other products to St. Moritz. A Riva Lounge will also be set up in the village, where visitors can enjoy the unique atmosphere around the brand and discover a corner devoted to the Riva Boutique, with exclusive clothing, home accessories and collectors’ items designed by Riva. Riva Classiche will also have a presence at the event, where it will be showing an Ariston on the frozen lake, while visitors to St. Moritz town centre will have the chance to admire the new Riva El-Iseo – the brand’s first full-electric powerboat, which was given its world debut at Boot Düsseldorf.  At this event too, Riva will be joined by some outstanding partners: Ferretti Group automotive partner Range Rover, Lavazza with an exclusive coffee experience created especially for the event, combining premium quality coffee with the elegance of supremely sophisticated Italian artistry, and Flamigni.

Riva Celebrates Italian Excellence

Riva, a symbol of Italian boatbuilding know-how and excellence for over 180 years, has been chosen by the Italian Ministry of Business and Made in Italy, along with 100 other leading Italian companies, to take part in the exhibition “Identitalia The Iconic Italian Brands”. The event dedicated to brands that have left their mark on the history of Italy celebrates the 140th anniversary of the creation of the Italian Patent and Trademark Office.  The exhibition is held from February 13 to April 6, 2024, at the Ministry’s head office in Palazzo Piacentini, located at Via Veneto 33 in Rome. Designed as a journey through the most influential Made in Italy brands, the exhibition had its official opening on Tuesday February 13, 2024, with an event attended by Italian Minister of Business and Made in Italy Adolfo Urso, Unioncamere President Andrea Prete and Historic Brand Association President Massimo Caputi.  Riva is telling the time-honoured story of its game-changing contribution to the art of Italian boatbuilding by exhibiting the scale model of one of its most iconic powerboats, the Aquarama, and the book ‘Riva Aquarama by Assouline (Special Edition)’ about the famous runabout, published to mark its 60th anniversary.

Riviera Return to Roche Harbor Rendezvous

A gleaming fleet of 42 luxury Riviera motor yachts and some 155 guests turned out for the annual Roche Harbor Rendezvous in the pristine Pacific waters of the San Juan Islands, US, hosted by Emerald Pacific Yachts. Even a dash of overcast weather couldn’t keep people’s spirits from shining brightly during the Hawaiian-themed weekend in June last year.  Recently joining the Riviera family were Curt and Robin Pryde, who said they loved the social event and also the chance to meet Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst and his family.  The Prydes acquired their 505 SUV, Amanti Mare,  last year and the summer of ’23 was their first full season aboard. “It’s great to meet the Riviera family and learn about what people have done on their boats. I really enjoyed hearing people’s stories about where they’ve travelled to and marinas they’ve stayed in – it’s been great travel advice and we’ve used it. Owning a Riviera is a really nice way to enter the boating world,” says Robin. “I enjoyed a delightful balance of meeting new people and getting to know this new Riviera family, but also the valuable information gathering and the series of educational seminars, including with the owner, Rodney,” says Robin.  Husband Curt agrees: “Rodney was really interested in what we owners are looking for and what support we’d like for a better and safer boating experience. Since then, our local dealer [Emerald Pacific Yachts] has implemented a new 24-hour help line with hired techs who are on call to address owner questions when needed. That’s a real positive in my mind because Riviera and their dealerships actually want to support their customers and make the after-service experience excellent,” says Curt. “Riviera and their dealerships care about long-term relationships; that comes through loud and clear.”  Cocktail hours, pickleball and classy and competitive pot luck dinners rounded out the weekend’s entertainment, all wonderfully organized by Emerald Pacific Yachts.  “It was ironic that it rained for the Hawaiian-themed weekend, but we had a lot of fun at the luau on Saturday night with hula dancing, great music and so many people got into it,” says Robin. “Plus, mimosas and donuts on a Saturday morning is always fun!”  Long-time Riviera owner Tim Nemeth’s three-year absence from the San Juan Island’s Rendezvous made his ’23 return so much sweeter. “When I got there, I realized just how much I’d missed it and how much we enjoy getting together with other Riviera owners,” says Tim. “It was our first time back after Covid restrictions and we’d missed the ’22 Rendezvous so it was wonderful to be back.”  Tim and his wife Michelle have been Riviera supporters for nearly 20 years and currently own a luxury 6000 Sport Yacht. As always, the relaxing time of socializing was punctuated with organized activities for the energetic. In addition to pickleball, golf and cornhole made their traditional appearance at the Rendezvous. “Michelle and I did get involved with the cornhole tournament … actually, we took first place. We ended up beating Rodney’s sons by one point. They were really good and competitive and we’re not regular players, so we just got really lucky, though we played as hard as we could.  “It was great to catch up with friends we know and meet new faces and the weekend was fun! It’s also beautiful the way the Rivieras are all lined up at the dock and you can walk by and see them all and say ‘hi’ to everyone. It’s a great bonding time.”  The 2024 Roche Harbor Riviera Rendezvous dates have been set for June 7-9 and, this year, Emerald Pacific Yachts said they were expecting the largest attendance and number of Rivieras. This will also be the first year a catered sit-down dinner will take place in the Roche Harbor Pavilion. Of course, all of the other fun events will take place plus a few new ones!

Sanlorenzo Partners With Axpo Energy Italia

Sanlorenzo has established three new photovoltaic plants at its production sites in Ameglia, La Spezia and Viareggio. In partnership with Axpo Energy Solutions Italia, the effort aims to reduce Sanlorenzo's carbon emissions by more than 600 tons per year.  In addition to the Group's existing capacity, the new plants supply a further 1.5MW of installed energy capacity between them. Sanlorenzo also stated that it plans to raise this figure to 3.1MW by the end of 2024.  With sustainability at the core of Sanlorenzo's growth strategy, this project represents a "significant step forward" for the Group, as explained by Ferruccio Rossi, general manager and president of the yard's superyacht division. "The transition to renewable energy underscores our commitment to reducing the environmental impact of production activities. By harnessing solar energy, we contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable energy supply," he said. "For Sanlorenzo, this is a strategic investment aligning with the company's social and environmental responsibility goals, demonstrating a long-term vision oriented towards sustainability."  Meanwhile, general manager of Axpo Energy Solutions Italia Marco Garbero expressed his delight to be helping Sanlorenzo leverage photovoltaic technology in the brand's products and processes. "As AESI, we aim to continue in this direction, promoting the adoption of renewable sources and energy efficiency as drivers for the development of the country's system," he said. "We believe that the collaboration with Sanlorenzo is a tangible manifestation of this vision, showcasing the potential of the green economy as an opportunity to generate unprecedented synergies between companies in different sectors."   The news follows the release of Sanlorenzo's 2023 financial results, in which it reported net revenues of €840.2 million and an order book totalling €1.04 billion.

Sunreef Continuous Growth

Sunreef Yachts has witnessed an exceptional growth over the past few years, cementing its position as a pioneer in the realm of responsible yachting. The company's innovative approach, coupled with its unwavering commitment to sustainability, has resonated deeply with clients worldwide, driving remarkable demand for Sunreef Eco catamarans.  In 2023, Sunreef Yachts experienced a remarkable 89% increase in the number of units delivered compared to 2021, with a significant portion coming from loyal customers. This surge in demand translates into a substantial 40% growth in revenue.  With two shipyards in Poland and an emerging facility in the UAE, the company has the prefect infrastructure for continuous growth. The company's Gdansk manufacturing hub covers 125.000 m²  and is equipped with build halls including in-house carpentry, upholstery, stainless-steel workshops, and one of Europe's largest computer numerical control (CNC) machines. The facility continues to evolve, with a high-tech paint shop added last year as well as upcoming investments including a 5.000 m² warehouse and production area in the coming months.  Developed on a 65,000 m²  land reserve, the new facility in Ras Al Khaimah incorporates the latest technologies in luxury yacht building and meets the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficiency. Sunreef Yachts' remarkable growth has not only fueled its industrial expansion but has also generated numerous employment opportunities. The company is actively recruiting in both Gdansk and the UAE. With a projected workforce increase of 15% in 2024 in Poland and double increase in Ras Al Khaimah, Sunreef Yachts is dedicated to fostering a team of skilled professionals.

Sunreef and Rosberg Racing Renewed Partnership

Sunreef Yachts is thrilled to announce its renewed partnership with Rosberg X Racing (RXR) for the 2024 Extreme E season. Building upon the success of last year's championship win, Sunreef Yachts will continue to support RXR's mission to push the boundaries of electric motorsport and sustainability.  ​The team is energized by the return of the dynamic duo Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky and Johan Kristoffersson, who will pilot the RXR car in its quest to defend its championship title.  The 2024 season kicks off with a double-header event in Saudi Arabia this weekend (17-18 February). The Desert XPrix promises to be an electrifying start, with a new sporting format featuring increased competition, gender equality, and exciting changes to the points system.  Sunreef Yachts is particularly proud to support RXR's chosen legacy program for the Desert XPrix – Coral Protection. This initiative highlights the critical role of coral reefs in maintaining biodiversity, protecting coastlines, and sustaining communities. Sunreef Yachts is deeply invested in ocean conservation efforts and commends Extreme E's commitment to raising awareness about this vital issue.

Viking 2024 VIP

Another successful Viking Yachts and Valhalla Boatworks VIP Boat Show is in the books. Guests, dealers, vendors and media gathered at the Viking Yacht Service Center on February 2-3 for the 28th annual event. The finest sportfishing yachts and center consoles in the world were on display under sun-drenched south Florida skies. Sea trials were held, and the vendor village featured a record 60-plus preferred business partners.  The lineup consisted of Vikings from 46 to 90 feet and Valhallas from 33 to 55 feet. “This is truly a unique event – a wonderful two days where we can show you how we are building a better boat every day,” said Viking President and CEO Pat Healey. “Nothing in the industry approaches the product that we have here.”  

Viking at Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament

With more than 40 boats in the mix, the Viking and Valhalla fleet rose to the occasion at the Buccaneer Cup Sailfish Release Tournament. Charles Brogdon’s Viking 50 Two Daze Off claimed 2nd Place Overall Release and 2nd Place Dead Bait Boat with seven sails. Captain Scott Fawcett put Victor Ferrato on four of those releases, which earned him Top Angler. Captain Ryan Higgins led his team on the Valhalla 55 to 3rd Place Overall Releases and 1st Place Live Bait Boat. The team released 10 sailfish.  Jeff Feuerman’s Viking 55 No Mercy was the 2nd Place Live Bait Boat and also weighed the Heaviest Meatfish, a 26.4-pound kingfish. Catch 23, a Viking 80, was the 3rd Place Live Bait Boat. The 3rd Place Meatfish was caught on Frank Mazza’s Viking 72 Tami Ann.

Viking Tenth Key West Challenge

Registration is open for the 10th annual Viking Key West Challenge. If you have a Viking or a Valhalla, and like to have a great time book your slip at your favourite Key West marina then sign up for the event via the Reel Time app. It kicks off on Wednesday, April 3, and runs through Sunday, April 7, with four fun-filled days that include fishing, food, family and friends. The roster is filling up so register your boat today. 

Wajer Approved Days in Heeg

Pre-loved, but brand new. Come and experience the pre-owned collection during the Wajer Approved Days at the facilities in Heeg. All of these pre-owned yachts are meticulously maintained and refitted at the Wajer yard, and their impeccable condition is guaranteed. A visit is a great way to see and compare different Wajer Approved models, from the Wajer 37 to the 55, and everything in between. Sea trials are offered on all models, with snacks and drinks on offer during the event. 

February 28, 2024

New Model: Aquila 42 Yacht

Debuting in 2023, Aquila presented the 42 Yacht, a twelve meter Power Catamaran designed by VPLP of Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost from France.  Entry level of Aquila Yachts range which today spans four models up to 22 meters, the 42 Yacht is built to CE Category A and is standard equipped with advanced electronics packages, and powered by standard twin Volvo 230, and optional 300hp or Yanmar 370hp.  With Volvo 300hp the Aquila 42 Yacht reaches a top speed of 22 knots and can cruise for over one thousand nautical at five knots.  For those who want more speed you can get the optional Yanmar 370hp with Hydrofoil in between the  hulls which will give top speeds up to 28 knots. The Aquila 42 Yacht features three entertainment areas; aft deck, saloon area serviced by a full astern galley, and flybridge as served by the wet-bar.  The Aquila 42 comes with a standard layout offering two cabins plus an utility cabin in between the hulls sleeping five, with optional layouts offering six berths in three cabins, or eight berths in four cabins.
Technical Data:
LOA - 12.64 m (41.6ft)
Beam - 6.4 m
Draft - 1.10 m with sacrificial keel
Displacement - 15,700 kg light, 19,000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 1100 l
Water Capacity - 460 l
Max Persons - 24
Accommodation - five berths in three cabins, or 6 berths in 3 cabins, or 8 berths in 4 cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D4 230hp, D4 300hp, Yanmar 370hp
Propulsion - line shaft with four blade propellers running in moulded tunnels
Speed -  22 knots max eighteen cruise, five knots long range with Volvo 300hp, 28 knots max with Yanmar 370hp and foil option
Range - 1000 nm at five knots
Hull Shape - twin catamaran hull with bulbous bow, Hydrofoil option for speed increase
Construction - resin infusion with Vinilester resin and PVC core 
Project - VPLP design of Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost
Certification - CE A8/B12/C16/D24

February 27, 2024

Improve-it = Pardo GT52

Pardo present a GT52 with the galley-up version: placing the galley on the main deck provides a lounge area with TV or a third cabin with bunk beds on the lower deck level. Every corner was designed to provide living space typical of a luxury apartment. The GT52 inherits the best of Pardo Yachts innovation in terms of construction quality, technology applied to boating and the needs of owners who want to experience seas and oceans in total safety and autonomy.  The Pardo Yachts GT52 is confirmed as an absolute novelty, positioning itself between the Walkaround and Endurance ranges by addressing a segment of owners looking for even more liveable and comfortable volumes than the current Walkaround models, but without sacrificing performance. The GT52 in her galley-up layout proves Pardo Yachts attention to the organization of interior spaces, maintaining constant continuity with the exterior: a challenge aimed at affirming a habitability that transforms the perception of spaces, enhancing the time spent on board, especially during long cruises.

February 26, 2024

Dubai 2024 Boat Show Preview

The 2024 Dubai boat show is scheduled from the 28 February to third March. The 2024 edition of the Dubai boat show will feature over one thousand brands, and two hundred plus of boats at the show, with some of the most exciting brands, products and world-premiers all split in six different areas; Super Yacht Avenue, Equipment and Supplies, Watersports, Marina Displays, Dive Mena and Dive Pool, and Supercar Avenue. Coming from a record attendance in 2022, the 2024 Dubai boat show will feature superyachts, small fishing boats, latest dive equipment, and all possible marine equipment, with Gulf Craft's Majesty 62 M and Nomad 101 announced to make the World debut at the show. 
The Dubai boat show was started in 1992 as a modest event focused on the local United Arab Emirates maritime industry. With Dubai becoming the cosmopolitan city of the Middle East, the boat show eventually grew in size and popularity, with this growth further fueled with the growing of yachting in the gulf area, in the early noughties, a popularity which reached full circle by the end of the first decade of the new millennium.  Today the Dubai boat show gets over thirty thousand visitors in a five day event, reaching both these numbers in its last 2022 and 23 editions.  The Dubai boat show was cancelled for both the 2020 and 2021 Covid-19 years.

New Model: Release Boatworks 43 Flybridge Dayboat

Release Boatworks presents the all-new 43-foot Flybridge Dayboat. Inspired in looks to one of the most venerated sport-fish boats ever built, the 43 Merritt, Release Boatworks new 43 Flybridge Dayboat takes that classic design to a whole new level of sophistication and performance. Hull number one of the 43 Flybridge Dayboat, titled Riser and to be based in Florida, retains the beautiful, classic look favored by many hardcore fishermen, but comes built with cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art materials. These include a hull built using blister resistant modified epoxy resin, vacuum infused using Airex foam cores with e-glass hybrid fiberglass laminates to maximize strength while minimizing weight. The interior of the hull gets an isophthalic gelcoat topcoat with a durable high gloss polyurethane coating, and the exterior consists of high performance isophthalic gelcoat with superior gloss, flexibility, and outstanding weathering characteristics. The stringers are built with fiberglass encapsulated foam, and the bulkheads are vacuum infused with composite cores. The extensive use of composite materials throughout the boat creates an incredibly strong finished product and saves a great deal of weight, providing superior performance. Release Boatworks 43 Flybridge Dayboat has a hull designed by by Erwin Gerards for outstanding seakeeping abilities and performance, and with standard twin Cummins 550 cruises at thirty and tops out at 35 knots. Want more speed the 43 Flybridge Dayboat can be powered by larger engines up 725hp from Cummins or Volvo.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.10 m (43ft)
Beam - 4.39 m
Draft - 1.14 m including propellers rudders
Displacement - 14968 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 2271 l
Water Capacity - 378 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or two berths in  one cabin
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 550hp, QSC 600hp, QSM 715hp, Volvo D8 600hp, D11 725hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 35 knots max 30 cruise with Cummins 550hp
Range - 365 nautical miles at cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with 14.5 degrees deadrise aft
Construction - epoxy resin with E-glass, vacuum bagged with Airex foam cores
Project - Erwin Gerards naval architect hull shape 

February 25, 2024

Boat Fire in Civitanova Marche Italy

A ten meter sport cruiser went ablaze while resting in a boat yard in the harbor area of Civitanova Marche, Italy just after 07:00 hours of the morning of Sunday 25 February.  Immediate the response of the Vigili dell Fuoco, who responded with two fire engines and were later assisted by the Police agents, Guardia Costiera military section, and the municipal police.  The fire took about two hours to extinguish.  Because of the fire the Leonardo da Vinci street near the boat yard was closed.  No one was injured in the fire with the causes of the blaze being investigated.
The sport cruiser in this fire is a Trojan 10.8 Meter Express designed by Harry Schoell and produced from 1991 to 92, sporty without flybridge version of the 10.8 Meter Sedan which debuted in 1986.  Based on the 10 meter but extended in length, the 10.8 Meter was the last new Trojan with the company sold in 1992 to Miramar and this hull used for the 370 Express which debuted in 1993.

Heaven Gommoni New Web Site

Heaven Gommoni presents its new web site.  Founded in 2001 by Ettore Garofolo, a powerboat offshore racer from Anzio, who makes a name in the nineties and wins the Endurance European title in 1999, and World Champion in 2000.  From the start Heaven offers a semi-custom, custom approach to its rib construction.  A feature which is still part of Heaven, and makes a full circle when in 2008 it launches its H80 model, which even sixteen years after its debut, still is the largest maxi rib ever made.  Today Heaven offers eight rib models which start from the H24, and go up to the record breaking H80 model.  Heaven website is available in Italian and English language, and takes you around with the following buttons; Home. About Us, Models, and Contact Us.  Heaven is also on social media with bottom link taking you to its Facebook page.

February 24, 2024

Project: Ferretti InFynito 80

Ferretti expand the InFynito range presenting the second 80 model project of the line up, following the InFynito 90 which in the second half of 2023. Set to debut in the fall of this year the InFynito 80 builds on the range’s typical characteristics: environmental friendliness, unprecedented flexibility and innovative layouts, as magnificently embodied in the iconic All-Season Terrace. Other strengths include the yacht’s versatility, with a sundeck that can be open or semi-closed, and the sheer size, above average for the segment, of the exterior surface area covered and protected by the hard top or superstructure. Built at the recently purchased new Marina di Ravenna shipyard, Ferretti Yachts’ InFynito 80 is the result of collaboration between the Strategic Product Committee chaired by Piero Ferrari and the Ferretti Group Engineering Department, with exterior design by Filippo Salvetti and interiors by design firm Ideaeitalia. InFynito 80 willl have an overall length of over 23 meters, and a maximum beam of six meters plus and is designed to offer lovers of the sea a new and gratifying experience in highly customisable spaces where interiors and exteriors blend into one another. Ferretti's new InFynito 80 also features the Group’s F.S.E.A. technology, a package of environmentally friendly cruising solutions. They include an integrated system that stores the solar energy collected by the photovoltaic panels installed on the hard top in an Energy Bank, which consists of fourteen high-density lithium batteries that deliver more energy at the same time as guaranteeing a favourable weight-power ratio. The battery pack is in the engine room, in watertight steel containers fitted with temperature monitoring sensors. There was also a special focus on the use of green materials, such as natural and bamboo fabrics, regenerated leather and recyclable materials, ecological water-based paints and lamellar teak with FSC 5 certification, used throughout the exteriors. An overview of the various decks highlights the main deck astern, with a generous eighteen square metres dedicated to a beach area that features a sea-view couch incorporating a generous storage unit. There is also a stern platform with a linear lift for launching and hauling up the tender. The nineteen squared meters cockpit has a living area with free-standing furniture for greater flexibility in terms of layout and use. In the 29 squared meters interior saloon, the dining room of the standard version can be replaced by a show kitchen with a bar counter and stools. The yacht’s main galley is at the forward end of the main deck, with an electrically operated sliding glass door providing direct access to the All-Season Terrace. The hallmark of the range is its iconic covered terrace, sheltered by an extension to the superstructure for protection in all weather conditions and total privacy. On INFynito 80, the thirteen squared meters terrace can be configured as a dinette, with seating and an extending table, or as a bar counter. The raised helm station provides excellent visibility and is accessed by a staircase in the centre of the main deck. The upper deck, which is closed on bigger 90 sister, will be a totally open sundeck in the standard version, and a semi-closed one with glass panels as an option on this InFynito 80. The hard top provides shade for the entire dining area and foredeck. The stern section of the upper deck is a sunbathing area with free-standing furniture and an outdoor galley. The 43 squared meters lower deck has a master stateroom at the midships, a VIP suite forward, and two guest cabins. The crew quarters contain two cabins sleeping a total of three people. Ferertti InFynito 80 is to be powered by twin Man 1200hp or optional 1400hp engines for speeds up to 23 knots and a cruise of eighteen, and a range of up to one thousand nautical miles at twelve knots.

February 23, 2024

New Model: Heesen 55-meter YN 20255

Heesen is delighted to announce the delivery of the first yacht of the restyled 55-metre series following intensive tests in the North Sea. Titled m/y Iris Blue Heesen yard number 20255 met all the required specifications, and the tests were conducted smoothly and according to plans. During the second day of trials, the super yacht was tested in rough sea conditions, with waves up to 1.7 metres from north to northwest and westerly to north-westerly winds with gusts up to 28 knots. Just like her foresisters, YN 20255 proved to be highly responsive, accepting steering commands immediately. The use of large rudders in conjunction with a powerful steering unit makes for a very quick reaction, as does the high pitch of the propellers. The overall effect instils great confidence in the captain when manoeuvring in strong wind conditions. Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, the original designer of this series, carried out the restyle of the exterior lines. The design restyling lends the super yacht a more assertive stance on the water. The owner's quarters now feature a veranda on the starboard side, which is a truly transformative innovation. This feature is something truly unique that fundamentally changes the space experience in the 78 sqm stateroom, which now also includes new walk-in wardrobes. The possibility to access an outdoor area in complete privacy is a wonderful addition to this space. The layout has also been reconsidered and now features a larger sundeck with a bar around the whirlpool forward. On the main deck, the central atrium has been modernised, with a wider and revised main staircase, while there is an additional companionway from the wheelhouse deck up to the sun deck to ease crew access.
Technical Data:
LOA - 55 m (180.5ft)
Beam - 9.6 m
Draft - 2.25 m half load
Displacement - 760 gt*volume
Fuel Capacity - 100,000 l
Water Capacity - 24,000 l
Accommodation - twelve guests in six cabins, thirteen crew in seven cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 8v4000 M63 1341hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - fifteen knots max, thirteen knots cruise
Range - 4500 nautical miles at cruise
Hull Shape - Fast Displacement Hull Form
Construction - steel
Project - Frank Laupman of Omega exterior, Luca Dini interior

February 22, 2024

Five Rescued After Boat Ends Aground at Marina del Rej

Five persons were rescued after an eight meter sport cruiser ended aground next to the breakwater outside Marina del Rej, Los Angeles on the night of Wednesday 21 February.  L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey marine team responded to the call to rescue the five persons, with one of these also falling overboard in the water.  With the quick response of the marine team all persons were not injured.  The boat is reported to have ended in this situation after one its propellers got tangled in a lobster pot and becoming powerless.  The sport cruiser sustained some damage but her hull was not reported breached and was later recovered.
The sport cruiser in this sinking is a Chaparral 29 Signature as produced from 1991 to 2000.  The Chaparral 29 Signature came out as a replacement to the 27 Signature and was replaced by the 280 Signature in 2001.

Project: Prestige F5

During the Beneteau Group press conference at the 2024 Dusseldorf boat show, Prestige vice President Erwin Bumps announced the project for an upcoming F5 model.  Very few details have been given apart the above rendering and that the F5 is set to debut during the Cannes 2024 boat show, although expect the model to show up during the Beneteau Group test days in early Summer usually held in around mid July.  Since we have no details I can speculate a bit about the F5, and if this project follows the pattern of the F4 which is based on the Prestige 520, then I would imagine this to be based on the 590 model.  As is the case of the F4, the F5 will benefit from an important re-design and re-engineering of spaces to increase volume as possible, in its sixteen to seventeen meter length.

February 21, 2024

New Model: Vicem Classic 55 Flybridge

Vicem has launched its latest Classic 55 Flybridge, a traditional looking motor yacht designed inhouse by the Turkish yacht builder.  Unlike other Vicem's the 55 Flybridge is to be fully build in fiberglass, a method the Tuzla located Turkish yacht builder seems to be embracing in its smaller sizes.  Still the Classic 55 Flybridge is a bespoke build, with some important options which suits to the buyer, for two or three double cabin options, to shaft drive or Volvo IPS pod propulsion.  Hull one as pictured above featured a two cabins lower deck, with a galley down and VIP suite to  midships, and was powered by twin Volvo 550hp with IPS pod drives.
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.85 m (55.3ft)
Beam - 4.41 m
Draft - 1.12 m
Displacement - 22,000 kg
Fuel Capacity - 2000 l
Water Capacity - 757 l
Max Persons - eight
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, or six berths in three cabin
Engines - 2 x Volvo D8 550hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS pod drives
Speed - 26 knots max twenty cruise
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - vinylester resin, sandwich with PVC core
Project - Vicem Yachts
Certification - CE B

February 20, 2024

Project: Hunt Yachts 56

Hunt Yachts present the project for a new 56, a model which replaces and evolves from the 55 Mk.II as presented in 2019.  As its says in the name, designed by the father of the deep-Vee hull, Raymond Hunt and Associates, who founded his boat building firm in 1998.  The Hunt Yachts 56 is offered in two layouts for both main and lower deck with a galley up option for three double cabins, or a galley down with two suites.  The master stateroom in both versions is located at midships, with a third cabin with twin bunks berths located to starboard replacing an L-shaped saloon, with a galley located opposite to port side in the galley down version.  The Hunt Yachts 56 is to be powered by twin Volvo 725hp for top speeds up to 32 knots. 

February 19, 2024

Herbert Dahm 1929 - 2024

Herbert Dahm left for the better World on Sunday eighteen February, just a few weeks shy of his 95th birthday in his home-town of Dusseldorf. Herbert Dahm began his storied yachting career by accident. Following World War II Herbert Dahm started by selling electronics, including radios, and later developed financial software. Sailing was a passion during his free time, however, and by the sixties, he yearned to cruise the world, and set out to find a suitable sail-yacht in 1967, choosing the Dutch shipyard Jongert. Although he didn’t end up sailing the globe, Dahm found something else, spending the next three decades as the builder’s marketing and sales representative. It simultaneously led to him building five Jongerts for his own use. The most famous of his Jongert's was s/y Inspiration from 1985, which then became Jongert's successful 2200s semi-series, and which he ultimately owned till 2020.  Designed by Ron Holland the first 2200s had a few revolutions from a transom garage with a hydraulically lowering hatch that became a swim platform, and a custom bilge tunnel stowing her racing sails, preserving the interior while permitting quick access to them when wanted. Arguably, Inspiration was the first cruiser-racer in her size range, a novel concept at the time. Even as a sailor, though, Dahm loved motoryachts, too, taking delivery of Benetti's Classic 115 My Way in 2000. The international yachting community became accustomed to seeing Dahm attend yacht shows with his Benetti and her unusual tender, True Love. True Love was a Jongert, stowing on the sundeck. Dahm further had a four-decade run as the owner of Dahm International. Under his leadership, the company expanded beyond Germany into Monaco and Spain. Additionally, it added services such as yacht management and refit management to its roster. Although he sold the business in the late 1990s, he stepped back into it in 2006 to better serve clients, selling it again in 2014, at age 85, staying on as honorary president. He finally retired for good just last year, making the announcement during the Düsseldorf boat show in 2023, a show he co-founded in 1969.  In his last parts of his life Herbart Dahm primarily took care of the “Momentum Spa”, a wellness facility in Golzheim, Dusseldorf.

New Model: Maori Yachts 46

Maori has in 2023 launched its new 46 model, a sporty modern looking centre console day cruiser with over night accommodation for two or four.  Designed by Mario Ciampa, the designer of all Maori Yachts the 46 follows the style and feeling of its sisters, with a very close resemblance to the 54 model.  The first Maori 46 units was launched with a single cabin interior, but the model is also available in a two cabins version. Hull one of the Maori 46 is powered by twin Cummins 550hp with surface drive propulsion, reaching top speeds up to 46 knots and can cruise at 35.  An optional larger Cats 650hp engines is also available, as is an outboard version with specifics on this not yet advised. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 14 m (46ft)
Beam - 4.60 m
Draft - 1 m
Displacement - 12 t
Fuel Capacity - 1600 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Accommodation - two berths, or four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7 550hp, Cats 650hp
Propulsion - surface drives
Speed - 46 knots max 35 cruise
Project - Mario Ciampa
Certification - CE B

February 18, 2024

Italyure Yachts New Web Site

Italyure Yachts presents its new World wide web showroom.  Founded in 2018, Italyure original story starts in 2008 when Maurizio Marzocca is the chief designer of the Canelli brand. In 2018 a fortunate meeting between Marzocca, and business partners Raffaele Vitiello and Raffaele Donnarumma who run a boat refit and servicing business founded in 1995 near Salerno, lays the basis for Italyure.  In the first years and up till the fall of 2022, Italyure was actually called Allure Yachts.  The first project between the three Italian partners is a ten meter sub-contracted sport cruiser for a South Italian customer.  After that the basis for the first 38 model are made, with the first unit launching in April 2021, and available in three versions; Classic with line shafts, Comfort with stern drives, and Sport with outboards.   The Italyure 38 is immediately a success, with the company following 45 and 35 projects, with the 35 launched in Summer 2023, and the 45 evolving to a 50 model and scheduled to arrive in 2024.  The new Italyure web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About, Yacht, and Press.  Italyure is also on social media with right bottom links taking you to its Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, and YouTube pages.     
Production History;
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50 2024- (2 *45 project

February 17, 2024

New Model: Arcadia A96

Arcadia debuted its new A96 model at the Cannes boat show in September 2023, a pocket super yacht of 29 metres in length-over-all and just short of eight metres in beam. The A96 is the next evolution from Arcadia which adds the unique features of its two product lines, huge stern terraces and easy manoeuvrable IPS propulsion system with twenty knots plus top speed typical of the Sherpa range, as well as embracing the immense volumes and sumptuously high level of services of the A line. As is always the case with Arcadia the focus on contact with nature runs deep: the yacht’s spaces merge into the surrounding panorama, while concept, external lines and onboard technology are all meticulously designed to offer total wellbeing, charting a new course for the brand. From the swim platform to the bow, the spaces flow seamlessly into one another, allowing the owner to choose between the conviviality of the main deck, a more discrete setting on the upper deck, and total privacy in the bow area. Sliding doors make for highly versatile living areas on the Main and Upper Decks, where the side and aft walls can be opened to transform these settings into open air spaces. High service standards are ensured by the separation of guest and crew flows, including a dedicated crew stairway, by the fully appointed pantry, and optionally by a second day toilet on the Upper Deck. There are five cabins: the owner’s full-beam, light-filled cabin is in the forward section of the Main Deck, while the four guest cabins are on the Lower Deck. For the interiors, the shipyard asked Igor Lobanov to privilege natural and, where possible, eco-friendly materials in a design characterized by soft lines and furnishings that have a pleasing hand feel, resulting in sleek curves and dark lacquered surfaces inspired by Art Deco. The colour palette is neutral and pale, with dark or metallic accents for contrast. A96 hull number one has three unique plus points in terms of volume, top speed up to 23 knots and sheer surface area, offering over four hundred square metres of liveable space. A lot of work went into optimizing weights, increasing structural comfort and boosting the efficiency of all the wiring and piping systems and the thermo-acoustic insulation of the engine room. The four Volvo Penta 1000hp engines with IPS pod propulsion in this unit offers easy manoeuvrability, thanks to joystick control and stability when pitching thanks to the interceptors and the satellite dynamic positioning system. The shallow draught and compact engine size mean that A96 can cruise in practically any waters. Thanks to collaboration with Volvo Penta and Garmin, hull one is also equipped with the most advanced port manoeuvring systems. Volvo based in Sweden supplied the Assisted Docking system that facilitates mooring operations, ensuring maximum safety in even the most demanding conditions. Finally Arcadia A96 can be fitted with the optional Silent Mode system rated over 100kWh and powered in part by solar panels, which guarantees up to nine hours of onboard life in silent mode, while the air-conditioning in the cabins is very quiet and ensures a uniform temperature in the various areas. Waveless Stab fins from CMC Marine round out the range for optimum comfort both under way and at anchor.
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.07 m (95ft)
Hull Length - 23.95 m
Waterline Length - 25.18 m
Beam - 7.92 m
Draft - 1.77 m includes drives
Displacement - 130 t full load, 230 gt* volume
Fuel Capacity - 12,700 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, five crew in three cabins
Engines - 4 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - quadruple Volvo IPS forward looking dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 23 knots max, nineteen knots cruise, twelve knots long range
Range - 1000 nautical miles at twelve knots
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Project - Igor Lebanov interior hull#01
Certification - CE A

February 16, 2024

Project: Baglietto X50

During a press conference in Milan on eight February, which also celebrated Baglietto 170th anniversary, the today super yacht specialist announced two new projects, with one of these being the X50, an explorer looking super yacht as designed by the Italian builder long standing designer Francesco Paszowski.  The Baglietto X50 is full of stand out features with an open stern which takes a third of the yachts length, and able to carry two ten meter tenders.  The X50 also debuts Baglietto new XO line of tug inspired looks explorer super yachts.  Baglietto has flirted with explorer looking yachts in the present and in the past like the two units of the 42 Exp it launched in 2009, or the recent custom build hull nos#10235, although none of these where tug yacht looking as the X50.  A unique design feature of the X50 will be the disruptive pilot station which features the helm station below and a guest passenger lounge above.  This lounge is designed to be a multi purpose retreat for the owner and his guests, with six screens able to do an array of duties from navigation data to normal TV or computing operation, and can be also fitted out as a private owners office.  The X50 is to be build in ice-class with part of the hull evolving from the T-52 model, but re-engineered to be more sea-worthy with a redesigned bulb shape.  The Baglietto X50 is set to be powered by twin Cat engines for speeds up to sixteen knots.

February 15, 2024

Project: Domina RS 13.30 m

Domina Yachts from Rome Italy, present the RS project, a thirteen meter fast sport cruiser as designed by Marco Seri, and a tribute from the yard owners to the passion they have for fast boats and yachts.  While for many Domina Yachts is a new name, this is actually the brand as used by Cantieri Navali del Tevere also known with the abbreviated CNT, who was founded in 1964, and entered boat building in 2005 with Mustang Marine and a fast 38 model.  In 2022 the Tiber River boat yard rebranded its new boat building brand as Domina Yachts debuting with the 42 Walkaround.  The RS is the second Domina model and offers a mix of an American muscle power boat and the typical Italian open fast yacht of the Tyrrhenian sea.  For this for example the sun-pad takes the whole beam with no passageway to the sides or in the middle, with a forward facing settee forward, and two bolster seats to port for helm-station, and starboard for co-pilot.  Down below the Domina RS offers sleeping accommodation for four, with an open plan dinette V-berth forward, a separate cabin with double berth to starboard midships, and a shower head to port-side.  The Domina RS can be powered by twin diesel engines with surface drives, and or quadruple Mercury 450 or 500hp petrol gas outboards.  Performance numbers are not communicated but the Domina Yachts should have a sixty knots top speed, considering that she weighs under nine tons unloaded and without engines.

February 14, 2024

New Launch: Van Der Valk 23.56m Hull no. WV0138

Van der Valk has recently launched the 23.56-metre hull number. WV0138 titled motor yacht Felis.  Altough a custom build this this latest Van der Valk is part of the Explorer line, which debuted in 2015 and has far seen four other custom units from 25 to 36 meters.  This latest Van der Valk Explorer shows the benefits of clients who truly know how to enjoy life on the water all year round. Guido de Groot designed a charming yacht inspired to the other Explorer Van der Valk units which he designed, with naval architecture for this 23 meter coming from Dutch firm Diana. Both designers designed this Van der Valk 23.56m Explorer around the specific length required by its owner, offering a spacious interior volume for a relatively compact sub 24 meters size, with navigational comfort assured by a round-bilged steel hull with bulbous bow and the low centre of gravity that comes with an aluminium superstructure.  The interior of Felis offers a four double guest accommodation plan, on a standard owners midships stateroom, forward VIP, and two cabins with twin berths. The living is all on the main deck, with a welcoming saloon on entry to port side, open galley with opposite dinette, and wheelhouse with L-shaped dinette starboard.  Located aft is the crew accommodation for two in two cabins aft and sharing a private bathroom, accessed via the lazarette with direct access to the engine room.  Van der Valk 23.56m hull number WV0138 is powered by twin Man 500hp for speeds up to thirteen knots and a cruise of twelve.
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.56 m (77.2ft)
Waterline Length - 22.3 m
Beam - 6.30 m
Draft - 1.60 m
Displacement - 99 t
Fuel Capacity - 12,900 l
Water Capacity - 2700 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, two crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Man D2676LE474 500hp
Propulsion - line shaft 
Speed - thirteen knots max, twelve knots cruise
Hull Shape - round bilge full displacement
Construction - steel Grade A hull, aluminium Almg4.5mn H321 superstructure
Project - Guide de Groot exterior and interior, Diana naval architect
Certification - CE class A

February 13, 2024

Improve-It = Summit 54 Motoryacht

Summit Motoryachts, the high-performance cruising yacht range designed by Michael Peters and built by Kadey-Krogen Yachts, announces that it now offers the 54 Motoryacht model with optional Volvo Penta IPS propulsion. The first IPS version is currently under construction. An IPS-powered Summit 54 Motoryacht represents the completion of one of the company’s long-held goals. The Summit 54 optional power package will be twin 600hp Volvo with IPS800 forward looking pod drives, giving the vessel a company-estimated top speed in the upper twenty knots range. Standard power continues to be twin Cummins 542hp. Both power packages offer joystick control options and the ability for an additional station in the cockpit for close quarter manoeuvring. In addition to the increase in speed and performance, the IPS-powered Summit 54 will also feature a Volvo Glass Cockpit with Garmin electronics, allowing seamless integration with engine, drivetrain, and navigational system data, in addition to the Volvo interceptor trim-tab system. Tankage and engine room layout will remain the same regardless of propulsion package. In order to keep the weight distributed amidships, the company will employ jackshafts running from the D6 engines aft to the pod drives. Summit Motoryachts will also offer the IPS package on its 54 Coupe model scheduled to launch in 2025.

February 12, 2024

New Model: Fiart Seawalker 43 Panorama

During the fall of 2023 Fiart has presented the new Panorama model version, for its Seawalker 43.  The 43 Panorama main difference between the standard Seawalker is that it integrates the T-top with the windshield giving better protection to the triple settee helm-station, and the cockpit behind especially when under way.  For the remaining the Panorama adds to the brilliant features which characterize the Seawalker 43 which debuted in 2020, and has been a success for Fiart.  This is a sport cruiser walk-around with a usable fore to aft exterior main deck which offers forward and back sun-pads, dinette with opposite facing settees, wet-bar-galley behind the helm-station, and a forward facing settee forward.  The Fiart Seawalker 43 Panorama also offers comfortable interior with two spacious cabins sleeping four, with the forward cabin which can specified as an open-plan layout.  The Fiart Sewalker 43 Panorama is powered by four engine choices from 380 to 480hp, in IPS or stern drive pods with top speeds up to 39 knots with the large power option.  At this stage it will be interesting to see if we see the Panorama's from Fiart on the smaller Sewalker 39 and 35 models.
Technical Data:
LOA - 13.84 m (45.5ft)
Beam - 3.99 m
Draft - 1.04 m
Displacement - 11t half load
Fuel Capacity - 1150 l
Water Capacity - 620 l
Max Persons - fourteen
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 380hp, D6 400hp, D6 440hp, D6 480hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPI stern drives or IPS forward pod drives 
Speed - 39 knots with Volvo 480hp IPS pod combination
Certification - CE B