March 31, 2024

Azimut Super Yacht Crashes Into Haulover Bridge Safety Barriers

A 32 meter Azimut super yacht titled m/y Double Trouble collided into the bull nose safety barriers of Haulover's Inlet Bridge in Miami, Florida, on the morning of thirtieth March.  The event was filmed by Marco from Philly with Wavy Boats YouTube channel sharing the event first, with Boat Mania Hub and Haulover Inlet Boats giving a different perspective drone filming of the collision the following day.  The yacht did a big noise as it collided with the safety barriers, which caused a damage of six gapping holes damage of about ten centimeters squared, and probably some glass damage in it's midships port side.  The yacht moved away from the collision on its own power.  On Facebook Wavy Boats said that the yacht tried to make a half circle turn to allow incoming traffic to pass, while on YouTube the story is that the Azimut yacht noticed that it could not pass from under the bridge because of high tide.  
M/y Double Trouble is an Azimut Grande 32M as designed by Stefano Righini for exterior with interiors by Achille Salvagni and naval architecture by Ausonio, and produced onwards from 2018.  Designed by Stefano Righini the Grande 32M came out as a replacement to the Grande 30M, and has far sold in 26 units.

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Aquila Power Catamarans New Dealer for Hong Kong and Singapore

Aquila Power Catamarans, a leading name in the marine industry, announced a strategic change in its dealership structure in the Hong Kong and Singapore regions. Effective as of March 1, the renowned Marine Italia will take over as the exclusive dealer for Aquila Power Catamarans in these key Asian markets.  Marine Italia, a respected name in the yachting and boating community, brings a wealth of experience, dedication, and a passion for maritime excellence. The company's commitment to customer satisfaction and a robust understanding of the local markets make them the ideal partner for Aquila Power Catamarans in Hong Kong and Singapore.  Simpson Marine, the former distributor for Aquila, underwent a change in ownership and realigned its strategy. They will continue to provide exceptional after-sales support to their existing Aquila customers and will support sales through the end of their current inventory.  Yvan Eymieu, Aquila's International Sales and Distribution Manager, expressed enthusiasm about the new partnership, stating, "We are excited to embark on this new chapter with Marine Italia. Their reputation for exceptional service and a deep understanding of the boating industry align seamlessly with our commitment to delivering exceptional products and customer satisfaction. Simpson Marine has been an invaluable partner in our journey, and we extend our best wishes for their continued success in future endeavors.”  Customers and partners alike can expect a smooth transition, with Marine Italia taking the reins seamlessly and continuing to uphold the standards of excellence associated with Aquila Power Catamarans. Marine Italia will begin showcasing Aquila during the Singapore Yacht Show this coming April.

Arcadia Yachts Signs Partnership Agreement

Arcadia Yachts has entered into an agreement with The Italian Yacht Group relating to the Campania-based brand’s futuristic boats bound for US waters.  The agreement between the shipyard headed by Ugo Pellegrino, famous for its sustainable approach and its dive to innovate, and the boutique brokerage firm rooted in the thirty-year experience of American professionals who love the Italian way of yachting was presented at the upcoming Palm Beach Boat Show.

Azimut-Benetti Group and D-Marin Begin Construction of Livorno Marina

Azimut|Benetti Group, the first global leading private Group in the yachting sector, and D–Marin, the selection of premium marinas, will begin work on Livorno marina, set to be one of the Mediterranean’s most prestigious yachting destinations, built on a shared desire to foster the growth of nautical tourism.  During the press conference attended by VIPs and key stakeholders, held on 28th March in collaboration with the Livorno Mayor’s office, D–Marin and Azimut|Benetti Group revealed that construction will begin at Livorno Marina in April 2024.  The joint venture with Azimut|Benetti Group and D-Marin will deliver to the city of Livorno one of the most notable marinas in the Mediterranean, designed by Archea of Florence. The entire project is expected to be completed in June 2026, while the first parts of Livorno Marina will be available to customers ahead of schedule. There will be 815 berths in total.  The expected investment is approximately 14 -15 million Euros. The project includes the renovation of the docks, meeting spaces, premium leisure and entertainment amenities. More than 220 m2 of the site will be reserved for restaurants, 60 m2 for bars, and 250 m2 dedicated to offices.  Livorno Marina’s environmental credentials will be achieved through Azimut|Benetti Group’s and D-Marin’s strong commitment to creating sustainable marinas for present and future generations. The marina will use natural elements such as trees and hedges in place of fencing, solar panels to produce a significant portion of energy, and recover rainwater for the irrigation of the green areas

Bayliss at Los Suenos Triple Crown Leg II

Action for Leg II of the Los Sueños Triple Crown did not disappoint! The fleet released 2,307 billfish across the three days of fishing, and members of the Bayliss Boatworks family made their marks on the leader board. Out of the top ten boats, five were either built or completely rebuilt at Bayliss Boatworks.  Miss AC placed first overall tallying an impressive 86 sails by the tournament’s end. They also won the daily on Day 2 with 37 releases. Tarheel placed third overall with 77 sailsfish releases. Mama Seata won the daily on Day 1 of the tournament, releasing 39 sails and 1 marlin. Kelly Weber with Max Bet received top angler for the tournament with 24 sailfish releases. Congratulations to the owners, captains, and crews. We are counting down the days until Leg III!  

Feadship YETI Five Years On

Five years ago, on 25 March 2019 Feadship invited a group of industry representatives to the De Voogt offices to discuss an idea called the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index, or YETI for short. On the spot, everybody agreed to start a Joint Industry Project (JIP) under the umbrella of the then just formed Water Revolution Foundation. A lot has happened in the intervening period and the initiative has now entered the process of being translated into an ISO standard.  Based on an idea by Bram Jongepier, Feadship Senior Specialist Design, YETI is a science-based, data-driven method that scores and compares yachts based on their environmental credentials by using average operational profile based on fleet AIS data.  “Sustainability is essential,” says Jan-Bart Verkuyl, Feadship Director / CEO of Royal Van Lent Shipyard. “If we don't do it, we become complacent. There is pressure from our clients, there is pressure from ourselves, there is pressure from our workers, there is pressure from our children. It needs to be done.”

Feadship Uncovered Podcast Series

Listen to the ‘Feadship Uncovered’ podcast series: the perfect pastime when sitting under a palm tree on an exotic island. Or for most people, when you are stuck in public transport or in a traffic jam.  In ‘Feadship Uncovered’ listeners can follow journalist and writer John Weich through the design process of the signature Carte Blanche experience of Feadship. Across seven 30-minute episodes John explores why billionaires are willing to line up to own a Feadship, or, to avoid the waiting list, buy one second hand. He has been granted unprecedented access to Feadship’s shipyards to interview influential people in design, innovation and research and development, as well as captains and crew, shipyard directors and apprentices. In his effort to design a yacht of his own, he touches on everything from ethical sourcing of materials and hydrogen propulsion to finding the right crew and maintenance. While John is familiar with the luxury world, he knows little about the ins and outs of yachting, making the series exciting for yachting enthusiasts and casual listeners alike.

Ferretti Group 2024 Convergence in Madrid Focus on Future of Yachting

Madrid, city of art, food and fun, plays host to the seventeenth edition of Convergence, the eagerly awaited event that brings together over 130 captains and chief engineers of Ferretti Group ships and yachts, plus technical partners and experts who take the total number of participants to over 200.  The three-day professional development event, starting today and running until March 8, also includes training and team-building sessions. After the success of the high-altitude 2023 edition in Courmayeur, at the foot of Mont Blanc, the stage is now set for discussion and training sessions on various subjects, with the aim of analyzing the new developments in the industry that also affect individual professionals.  “Convergence is an event with an increasingly high profile, offering the ideal opportunity to take stock of global trends and new developments in the yachting industry. The event’s popularity and attendance numbers keep growing, underscoring the passion and hard work of our captains and chief engineers. The 2024 event will discuss innovation, artificial intelligence and new technologies, all vitally important areas in which we are investing as a way to offer the owners of our yachts an increasingly unique and rewarding cruising experience,” said Stefano de Vivo, Ferretti Group Chief Commercial Officer.  Also for this edition, main sponsors MAN, Mtu, Rina, Sleipner, Volvo Penta and Xenta will make a high-calibre contribution to the event as always, along with technical sponsors Amare Group, Asea Power System, F.lli Canalicchio and Simrad.  The event gets under way today with an opening speech by Stefano de Vivo, Ferretti Group Chief Commercial Officer, who will give participants an up-to-date financial overview and present new models, current projects and the innovations the Group is working on, followed by the customary welcome dinner.  Day two, Wednesday March 6, will be devoted to training, with two workshops attended by partners and professionals of international standing. The speakers at the morning session, entitled “Artificial Intelligence: what impact will new developments in information technology have on the yachting world?”, will be Blaz Zupan - Professor of AI and Machine Learning at Ljubljana University, Luigi Spagna - Sales Director and Founder at Data Self Service, and Brandon Kertesz - Digital Business Development Manager at main sponsor Rina Maxima.  There will be a more technical focus in the afternoon with the workshop “The new frontiers of surfaces: advanced finishing, better protection and simpler manufacturing”, with the participation of Paul Bournas, Managing Partner at CCS - Coating Consulting Service, Alessandro Boaroli, Technical and Training Manager Italy & Special Segments at PPG, Edoardo D’Ambrosio, Sales Manager Northern Italy at D’Ambrosio SRL and Claire Steel, Director and Founder at Cerashield.  Supporting the training sessions again this year will be an interactive app to give feedback and ask questions in real time, anonymously if they wish, which is invaluable in encouraging participation in the panel discussions.

Ferretti Group Withdraws from Taranto Port Area Conversion

Ferretti Group announces its withdrawal from the reclamation and industrial conversion of the site of the former Belleli Yard in Taranto’s port area.  Despite the best efforts of the authorities, the delays accumulated in the long approval and implementation process have forced the Group to abandon the project.  There has been an increase in the necessary investments over the years, while public funding of the program has been reduced, which has made the outcome excessively uncertain and burdensome for the Company. Notice of the Group’s withdrawal was given in due time to minimize the exposure of the Port System Authority with respect to the public tender still in progress.  

Formula Most Popular Search announced that the Formula 350 CBR was the first most popular searched boat in its e-news on Friday, March 8th, 2024! They stated, "Top speed was 58.2 in our tests with triple 350-hp Mercurys. Some people have all the fun, and that's what the Formula 350 CRB was made for."

Lyman-Morse Media Open Day  

Lyman-Morse is organizing an Open Day at its facilities in Thomaston and Camden, Maine, for a behind the scenes look at all its current and upcoming projects. Guests will enjoy exclusive presentations of new boats and designs, get a look at recently completed refit projects, learn about the new LMF Landing Craft Series from our Fabrication division, enjoy dinner and drinks at The Wharf at Lyman-Morse, the newly renovated working waterfront facilities in Camden, and much more.

Maritimo Adds Customer Service and Sales Positions in Strategic Expansion

Leading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, continues its dominance in the Americas, driven by new model launches, increased demand, and a renewed focus on customer service. To ensure that they deliver their renowned customer experience, the company announced that marine industry veteran Mark Mansfield will join Maritimo Americas as Factory Sales Specialist, and longtime Maritimo customer service representative and company captain Tom Jagucki will take on the role of Customer Service Manager for Maritimo Americas. Both Mansfield and Jagucki are passionate boaters that have decades of experience not only within the marine industry, but also with Maritimo, their products, and their customers.  

Maritimo New Dubai Dealer

Maritimo has appointed Dubai Power Boats as its exclusive dealer in the Middle East, representing their luxury Australian motor yachts in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regions, including United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.  Building on Maritimo’s reputation in offshore powerboat racing, having competed in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to be crowned 2019 UIM XCAT World Champions, the proudly Australian-made marque is looking forward to the exposure and promotion a respected dealer in the region will provide, through a presence at yacht shows and via their extensive database of clientele. Based in Dubai at the Al Habtoor Tower overlooking the Dubai Marina, the Dubai Power Boats team has been working in the region for more than a decade, bringing a unique depth of insight into the region and the various boating markets.  From their success selling high-performance tenders and centre console fishing craft, they have acquired a solid network of ultra-high-nett-worth customers and earned their roles as trusted consultants to the avid angling and boating community in the GCC.  There is a real appetite for the boating lifestyle, and Maritimo will appeal to owners for many reasons.  “The market is motivated by quality, aesthetics – the profile and lines of the boat – and performance, a vessel’s speed and the on-water experience, which Maritimo is renowned for,” explained Dubai Power Boats’ Rob Westerhof.  “Being Australia-made is a great asset, as is the ability to select engine packages and customise interior colours and finished, and the ample air-conditioning on board, which you can appreciate is imperative in the summer months.”  “The region is undergoing massive development in marina construction,” he continued. “The coastline is dotted with large, sophisticated marinas. The next phase of The Palm Islands, Palm Jebel Ali, will feature villas with private pontoons, so the infrastructure is well and truly in place for boating. The waters in the Persian Gulf are teeming with fish and popular with divers and anglers.  “There is already great interest in Maritimos from 60-feet to the new M75 and S75 flagships,” he stated. “In just two weeks of promoting Maritimo on our website, we registered more than 10,000 impressions – which is a phenomenal response and shows the reputation Maritimo enjoys in the Middle East, as well as the enthusiasm of the market here.”  Maritimo owners in the region can be assured of excellent after-sales support and service, through Dubai Power Boats’ partnership with KJM Marine Group which for 25 years has provided the full spectrum of maintenance, repair and refit services.  Flying the flag for Maritimo, Dubai Power Boats will attend key yacht shows in the region, including the 2024 Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, 21 to 24 November and events in Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.  In May, the team from Dubai Power Boats will travel with a group of select clients and industry contacts to attend the 2024 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 23 to 26 May, meet the Maritimo team, tour the factory and experience the current Maritimo models at the show.  “Dubai Power Boats has impeccable connections across the upper echelons of the region and these relationships are built on trust and a very high standard professionalism, which are aligned with Maritimo’s ethos,” said Derrick Nowak, Maritimo’s Global Business Development Manager.  “The rise of the day charters , offshore fishing grounds, and investment across the region in new luxury resorts in locations like Saudi Arabia, position our Maritimo luxury motor yachts as the perfect choice to enjoy this lifestyle.  The Gulf countries are implementing strategies to diversify their economies, as they move away from hydrocarbon industries, and move towards tourism and hospitality which is very exciting for luxury motor yachts,” said Nowak.

Pardo Opens US Office

Cantiere del Pardo is pleased to announce the opening of a new representation office in the United States, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  This strategic location has been carefully selected due to its prominence as the bustling heart of the American boating industry, renowned for its central position and reputation within the sector.  The decision to establish the office in Fort Lauderdale was influenced by the remarkable success of the Pardo Yachts brand over the years, both in South Florida and nationally, establishing itself firmly in the American boating market.  Having sold over 250 boats since 2018, with a widespread and constant presence, an unparalleled support network, and a team of elite professionals and collaborators, Pardo Yachts is today a cherished brand for American yacht owners and one of the most desired boat builders.  This success has enabled the development of a robust network of relationships and prompted the presence of a US-based office representing the entire group, including the VanDutch Yachts and Grand Soleil Yachts brands.  The inauguration of the office officially designates Fort Lauderdale as the first operational headquarters of Cantiere del Pardo in the United States. This milestone event marks a significant step in consolidating the American market, opening new avenues for growth and renewed interest in all group brands.  The office is already fully operational and strategically available to all Pardo Yachts dealers (7 throughout the American territory) as well as to all internal staff at Cantiere del Pardo, facilitating effective collaboration and a strong presence in the US market.  “This new office is not just a space” says Fabio Planamente, Cantiere del Pardo CEO. “It is an invitation to become part of the Cantiere del Pardo family, a sign of our commitment to be ever closer to our clients, to share the passion and to write together the next chapter of this extraordinary adventure  spanning over 50 years”.

Riva New Privee at Jeddah Yacht Club

A spectacular view out over crystal clear waters, in the background a dream location that attracts the international jet set and, all around, unmistakable design elements in mahogany and mirror-polished steel with aquamarine detailing. Is it a Riva? It’s a Riva Destination: the new Riva Privée at the exclusive Jeddah Yacht Club.  After Venice, Monte Carlo, Paris, Mykonos, Opatija and Palm Beach, the vibrant city of Jeddah too now has an exclusive venue where guests can soak up the atmosphere of Riva's timeless elegance. Officially opened today, the Riva Privée in Jeddah offers a unique experience that combines the appeal of Riva’s boatbuilding heritage with the breathtaking beauty of the Saudi coastline.  With a surface area of 100 m2, the exclusive Riva Privée is an oasis of style and sophistication in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from the rich history and appeal of Historic Jeddah, inscribed in the World Heritage List in 2014. Situated on the top floor of the Jeddah Yacht Club, this Riva Privée offers guests a breathtaking view of the magical Jeddah marina through spectacular glazing around the perimeter of the venue. The interior design echoes the elegant and refined style of Riva’s boats, making use of fine materials such as mahogany, striped maple, steel and aluminium, embellished with details including the iconic Aquariva lamp and chairs inspired by the seating in the Aquarama, to conjure up the unmistakable atmosphere of the brand’s iconic yachts. The Riva Privée in Jeddah also features a Riva Brand Experience corner, where guests can buy an exclusive selection of products inspired by Riva’s signature style, including collectibles, clothing and home accessories, giving them their own authentic piece of the brand that has given millions of fans something to dream about for over 180 years.  The Jeddah Riva Privée also offers an exclusive private boat service, giving owners the chance to hire a magnificent Rivamare 38 to explore the coastline.  Jeddah Yacht Club and Marina stands out as the quintessential luxury destination in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Renowned for its opulent surroundings and top-notch amenities, the club offers an unparalleled experience for discerning individuals seeking the epitome of sophistication and leisure. With its exclusive waterfront location and a comprehensive range of high-end recreational activities, including yachting, sailing, and water sports, the club exudes an air of refinement and exclusivity. Moreover, its exquisite dining venues and upscale entertainment facilities further solidify its status as the premier luxury destination in the region, catering to those with a penchant for the finer things in life.

Sanlorenzo Healthy Sales in Greece

Yacht Sales and charter management specialist Ekka Yachts is hailing a new chapter in the region’s rich yachting story, with the launch of its eighth Sanlorenzo superyacht delivered in less than 12 months. The latest deal will see a brand new SL120A moving permanently to Greek waters.  It marks a shift in attitudes towards younger, more innovative yacht styling, according to Ekka Yachts founder and MD Dimitris Kyriazakos. As a yacht dealer for Sanlorenzo Yachts and seasoned broker, he has an excellent insight into marketplace trends.  Ekka has delivered two new SL120A yachts in the past nine months, as well as brokered the sale of a SL106A, SL102 and a SL106. It has also added some significant yachts to its charter fleet, including two SL106A, Mary and Golden Yacht, and the 47m Sanlorenzo explorer yacht ‘Parabellum' as well as an exciting new BGX63 from disrupter Bluegame. But whether a sale translates into a charter listing, or vice versa, Kyriazakos says it makes little difference.  Through the dedication of committed dealers like EKKA Yachts, alongside its own efforts, Sanlorenzo has ascended to become the world's most distinguished builder of yachts in the 24-40m market, thereby cultivating an enviable reputation.  Kyriazakos reports continued growth in the 30m-plus segment of his market, and predicts that demand will remain strong. It’s the same story on the charter side.

Sasga Yachts Global Scholarship

Apprentice boat builder Oscar Press of Sydney’s Northern Beaches is to use a Global Footprint Scholarship to gain invaluable ‘intern’ experience with Sasga Yachts based in Menorca, part of Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea.  Oscar, 21, is in his fourth year and apprenticed with BIA member Rowell Marine situated in the heart of Sydney’s Pittwater. He won the grant last year to travel overseas in 2024 to expand his experience as a boat builder and set his mind on honing his skills interning with a quality builder in Europe.  BIA has since worked with Oscar to help identify potential employers across the Europe. Thanks to BIA’s good relations and networks stemming from its work with ICOMIA, the Spanish brand Sasga Yachts rose to the top following investigations ranging from Britain to Turkey, and Scandinavia to Italy.  BIA was able to arrange an in-person introduction this week for Oscar with Sasga Yachts General Manager Jose Luis Sastre at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, in Sydney.  Sasga Yachts was established in the 1970s and is now a second-generation family business led by Jose Luis who is an accomplished sailor and boatbuilder, and is passionate about the history and elegance of the boats they are building ranging from 10 to 21 metres in length.  Sasga’s boatbuilding journey has spanned the decades evolving into an outstanding range of semi-displacement motor yachts which retain echoes of Menorca’s traditional and classic fishing boats known as llaüts (small single-sail fishing boats).  Oscar is looking forward to working with Sasga Yachts, building upon his skill set, learning Spanish and soaking up the rich Spanish culture amidst the picturesque Balearic Islands.  The Australian-based Global Footprints Scholarship is a self-directed career development opportunity for young Australians in agriculture, trades and horticulture. Successful applicants receive a grant to travel overseas for industry experience, professional development workshops, networking opportunities and mentoring.  BIA wholly supports Oscar in his internship which will provide him with an extraordinary learning opportunity as he becomes a role model for other young people to realise the value and opportunities arising from a career in the boating industry. He is certain to return to Australia a well-rounded young boat builder.

Sirena Yachts New Shipyard  

Steady growth in both sales volumes and model sizes has led Sirena Yachts to expand its yacht production facilities in Turkey. Leasing waterside building halls in the shipbuilding centre of Yalova, near Istanbul, has added an extra 150,000 square metres of construction space to Sirena’s estate and boosted the workforce to 1,200. The intention is to concentrate production of Sirena’s Steel 42 superyacht there. The new Yalova site joins Sirena’s two existing building locations in the region. The main facility is a 155,000 square metre complex some 25 minutes’ drive from the sea, where the brand’s smaller series yachts are built. “Our original shipyard lies inland, and it is still the main site where we manufacture the Sirena 48, 58, 68 and 78. On the Sirena 68 and 78 we perform the final fit out at another location in Yalova, as this keeps the air draught low enough to pass under a number of bridges,” said Onger.  

Sunreef Inaugurates Shipyard in Ras El Khaimah 

Sunreef Yachts, a leading luxury catamaran builder, celebrated the official inauguration of its new state-of-the-art shipyard in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, on March 4th, following the conclusion of the Dubai International Boat Show.  The ceremony was graced by the presence of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, who officially inaugurated the new facility and addressed the gathering, highlighting the significance of the company's expansion in the region.  Former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa, who traveled from Poland to witness the event, also delivered a speech, alongside the  Ambassador of Poland, H.E. Dr. Jakub Slawek, and Sunreef Yachts CEO, Francis Lapp. Mr. Lapp shared the company's vision for the future and plans for the new shipyard.  The event attracted a distinguished audience, including VIPs, local authorities, and existing customers. Guests were given an exclusive tour of the new production halls, witnessing the first Ultima 55 model – a modern hybrid catamaran – taking shape. They also had the opportunity to explore two electric yachts: the Athena Too, an electric power yacht, and the Marie Joseph, a sail electric Sunreef 80 Eco yacht. Additionally, the guests were able to observe the cutting-edge robotics employed in the construction process.  The new facility, situated in Ras Al Khaimah, marks a significant milestone for Sunreef Yachts, signifying their commitment to expanding their global presence. The shipyard will first focus on the production of the Ultima catamaran range, with numerous orders already secured, ensuring continued growth and development for the company and its workforce.  

Sunseeker Recognizes 22 Years Collaboration with Design Unlimited  

Celebrating a remarkable two-decade collaboration, Sunseeker and Design Unlimited have entered a new strategic alliance. This partnership enters an exciting new chapter as Design Unlimited take the helm in shaping the interior vision and luxury refinement of Sunseeker's award-winning yachts.  Sunseeker and Design Unlimited have cultivated a partnership rooted in shared values and a passion for exceeding customer expectations. Design Unlimited fortifies Sunseeker’s already formidable in-house design expertise across a spectrum of specialisms. Sunseeker’s Centre of Excellence for Design and Technology, based in Poole Dorset, is home to visionary conceptualization, naval architecture, interior design and cutting-edge marine, electrical and mechanical engineering. The Fareham-based design studio will become instrumental in interior design choices, working collaboratively with Sunseeker’s interior concept and detailing department, including layouts, materials, lighting fixtures, space planning and visualizations, allowing Sunseeker to offer unbeatable flexibility and customization to its international customer base. Each Sunseeker is designed for its intended destination, understanding the nuance between different regions and the unique ambitions of each yacht owner.  For twenty-two years, this collaboration has resulted in bespoke yacht interiors that have captivated global audiences. Sunseeker and Design Unlimited have celebrated numerous milestones and achievements together, from the launch of the iconic 100 Yacht to the introduction of groundbreaking design concepts, including the Ocean 156 and 120 Yacht. Design Unlimited is the creative force behind captivating interior designs for yachts up to 70 metres and will support Sunseeker with bespoke superyacht projects. Looking ahead, both brands remain committed to pushing the boundaries of design innovation, delivering remarkable spaces for Sunseeker clientele and bringing luxury and innovation to the fore.  Andrea Frabetti, Chief Executive Officer at Sunseeker International, comments: “We work collaboratively with Mark Tucker and the Design Unlimited team to bolster our own interior capabilities and realize our interior design vision. The studio’s reputation for design excellence allows us to offer bespoke interior specifications for every new yacht project. The 120 Yacht is a stunning example of refined interiors that offer owners a personal experience tailored to their lifestyle.”  Mark Tucker, Design Unlimited Founder, adds: “Sunseeker is an iconic heritage brand that is known for pioneering yacht design. Our collaboration works incredibly well because we share the same passion and commitment to excellence. We have a very exciting future ahead of us with two new product launches coming in 2024 and even more developments in the pipeline.”

Sunseeker Wins Three Awards in Japan

The Sunseeker 65 Sport Yacht wins three sensational awards at the 62nd Japan International Boat Show. The 65-foot sports yacht first revealed in 2020 received the ‘Best Big Boat’, ‘Best Fun’ and ‘Boat of the Year’ awards at the country’s largest annual showcase for boating.  The racing style design of the Sunseeker 65 Sport Yacht’s helm transforms the driving experience. Traditionally helming is a means to an end with the intention of finding a beautiful anchorage. However, with the 65 Sport Yacht, helming becomes central to owning a yacht of this kind - truly offering that ‘wind in the hair’ feeling.  The SkyHelm™ seats two in low-slung Sports seats either side of a carbon fibre central console. This is no ordinary console however, the 65 Sport Yacht features wireless chargers, glass-bridge plotter and retro chrome dials housing LED displays and Volvo Penta integrated pilot system for IPS drives, makes driving and maneuvering effortless.  The main deck provides a light and sumptuous interior space. The cockpit sliding doors glide effortlessly to reveal a rich interior dominated by the expansive glazing on the port and starboard side. The three-cabin layout provides accommodation for up to six guests. A spacious, full-beam owner’s stateroom includes a generous en suite. Each guest cabin has an en suite, and there is an additional day head below.  An extra-wide tender garage with a fully flush floor allows a Williams 345 jet tender to be carried and launched via the hydraulic rise-and-fall bathing platform, a first for any yacht in this sector. The additional garage space can store SeaBobs, inflatable paddleboards, diving equipment or racking. This exceptional water toys package complements a very well appointed Beach Club with an integrated bar and free-standing seating. The open garage door incorporates twin integrated rain-showers and speakers overhead, perfect for parties in or near the water.  The 65 Sport Yacht cuts an equally impressive figure on the open water with speeds of up to 38 knots courtesy of the Volvo Penta IPS-1200 or IPS-1350 engines providing maneuverability, efficiency and dynamic performance.

Viking Joins Bad Company Fishing Adventures Team

The world’s largest private sportfishing program is adding a Viking 38 Billfish to its impressive international fleet. “We scoured the market,” said Bad Company Fishing Adventures owner Anthony Hsieh. With a fleet of a dozen boats ranging from 31 to 175 feet, the 38 Billfish was selected because it is “purposely built for fishing.” Having teamed with Viking several times Anthony said, “Viking has been a trusted partner for over 20 years.” Once the 38 is complete it will be based in the South Atlantic fishing Ascension Island (an isolated volcanic island), Brazil and the coast of Africa.   We look forward to updating you on the 38’s journey. 

Viking at Los Suenos Signature Triple Crown

Hot off a big win at the Pelagic Rockstar Offshore Tournament, Chris and Laura “Lola” Jessen jumped right into the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown on their Viking 64 Fish Tank. With captain Ben “Whitey” Horning at the wheel, the team stepped into the Winner’s Circle in all three legs ultimately claiming 3rd Place Overall.  In Leg I, the Fish Tank crew released a marlin and 71 sailfish to kick the tourney off with a 3rd Place finish. They came back in Leg II with 84 sails and a 2nd Place award. Leg III saw Fish Tank tally 65 sails, which cemented a 3rd Place win for both the leg and the series. “Incredible season for us on our new Viking 64! We placed in all three Los Sueños Legs,” said Laura. “We placed in four out of five tournaments in Costa Rica this year. Unfortunately, we had to drop out of the 5th tournament due to a medical emergency. Can’t thank our captain, crew and anglers enough!”

Viking at Spice Island Billfish Tournament

The Sabga family enjoyed some time on the podium at the recent Spice Island Billfish Tournament. Fished out of the Grenada Yacht Club, the Viking 80 Afunday released a blue marlin and 11 sailfish to claim 3rd Place on time. Forty-five boats from across the Caribbean formed the fleet.

Viking at The Masters

In 1963, John Rybovich, Jr. and his buddies created a tournament where the rules pitted man against fish without the assistance of a team. Sixty-one years later, those rules are honored by a confident group who learned that fishing can be a humbling experience. The Masters' rules state that anglers cannot fish the same boat twice and they literally draw their boats right out of a bowl.  This year Lachlan Cheatham was crowned the Masters Champion by releasing the most fish overall on time. Second Place was awarded to JC Gonzalez who owns the Viking Pura Vida – which took 2nd Place Boat. Carmine Galati of Galati Yacht Sales was the 3rd Place Angler. The Viking 64 Amarula Sun was the 1st Place Boat and the 68 Ohana was 3rd. The event also included a proud father-son moment as Viking’s Pat Healey initiated his son Justin into the fabled Masters.

March 30, 2024

Project: Mulder Fifty

Following nine hulls of the ThirtySix its was a nornal step up for Mulder Shipyard to introduce the project for a new Fifty flagship model. The aptly named design spans an impressive fifty metres, making her the largest yacht to be developed and marking the start of Mulder’s journey into larger super yachts up to 500 Gross Tonnage. The brief for the Mulder Fifty, featuring an exterior design by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, is to create a ‘fourth generation’ super yacht. The Mulder Fifty yacht will be built from a platform at the main production facility in Zoeterwoude. By building the Mulder Fifty in a continuous flow like the ThirtySix, the shipyard will be able to offer the possibility of optimizing her specifications and general arrangement and will borrow ‘engineered elements’ from the ThirtySix, to control production cost and continue working with her preferred suppliers. The Mulder Fifty showcases a light grey hull with tapered decks and aft overhangs. She offers a bespoke alumimium construction, with a slender hull shape to ensure outstanding seakeeping capacities in rough seas and enhanced comfort for those onboard. Designed to be just under 500 Gross Tonnage, the Mulder Fifty offers ample space for guests, both in her interior and exterior. With full-height windows in her main saloon and sky lounge, providing guests with breathtaking views, creating an opulent and relaxing space for the whole family to enjoy. As a result of Mulder’s ‘four generation’ philosophy, the Mulder Fifty presents a family-friendly and adaptable accommodation configuration. The standard design offers six sumptuous staterooms, with the possibility of adapting her sky-lounge to create a seventh suite on the aft wheelhouse deck. The lower deck of the Mulder Fifty yacht includes a side-boarding garage, capable of housing tenders up to 6.5 meters, alongside a spacious beach club area and gymnasium, with direct access to the main deck. Her 75 square-meter sundeck is sheltered by a sunroof and features a reinterpretation of the iconic Mulder wind-swept mast. This area encompasses a Jacuzzi, sun-pads, a cocktail bar, comfortable seating, and forward-facing observation seating, providing an area for both relaxation and entertainment. The foredeck’s ‘open plan’ design provides versatility tailored to meet specific owner requirements. In addition to the expansive saloon, showcasing the signature Mulder central bar arrangement, and the sky lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows; generous space is also available on her wind-protected aft decks. Guests will never be far from the water onboard the Mulder Fifty, thanks to her three-meter long swim platform, allowing for direct access to the water. The Mulder Fifty superyacht also has the option of including a pool on her aft deck. But for those looking for some adventure, Jet Skis can be stored on her bow, which also boasts a hatch-concealed anchoring arrangement. The lower deck of the Mulder Fifty accommodates a crew of nine across five cabins, alongside a large laundry area and crew mess. Her single engineer’s cabin situated on the aft of the yacht, close to the engine room, also provides direct access to the main aft deck. While a tenth captain’s cabin is located on the main deck, close to the wheelhouse. In terms of propulsion, the Mulder Fifty will not compromise on performance to ensure comfortable cruising and fuel economy. The option for a hybrid-propulsion system can be offered, to optimize her lightweight alumimium construction.

March 29, 2024

Sea Ray Sport Cruiser Ends Aground in St. Andrews Jetties

A ten meter Sea Ray sport cruiser collided and ended aground on the Shell island side of St. Andrews Jetty, to the South of Panama City on the night of Thursday 28th March.  According to unconfirmed reports the Sea Ray lost power on her way out, and ended aground on the jetty, piercing the hull and partially sinking.  Two boat salvage attempts for the Sea Ray sport cruiser were made by SeaTow the following day and Sunday, with pumps emptying water and a tow with no success.  Ultimately and unfortunately the Sea Ray sport cruiser was still in the spot one week after the accident and then ended sank and wrecked.
The Sea Ray in this grounding is a 350 Sundancer as produced from 2010 to 12. Available with both stern drive or V-drive line shaft engines, the 350 Sundancer was a good seller in a difficult economy.  An evolution of the 330 Sundancer which launched in 2008 and recognizable by the different port holes, the 350 evolved again in 2012 into the 355, with a new stern design and larger hull glazing serving the lower cabin deck.

New Model: Tankoa T450

Sold in late 2021 shortly after the new series was presented, the first unit in the Tankoa T450 has been launched and christened m/y Go at the shipyard in Genoa. First Tankoa model under fifty meters in length, the T450 expands Tankoa's range of super yachts, bringing the builder's values to the market of more compact vessels. It reaffirms the boutique shipyard's reputation, rooted in its commitment to quality and comfort, coupled with innovation and elegance, making it a true benchmark. Built in steel and alumimium, the T450 is an innovative project by Giorgio M Cassetta, intended to maintain the brand's timeless aesthetics while introducing bold vertical elements to the superstructure, combined with sleek horizontal lines. Introduced to the shipyard by Italian Yacht Group of Fort Lauderdale, the American client for the first unit requested that the original gross tonnage of 430GT be increased to 450GT to provide more interior volume. In terms of accommodation, M/Y Go offers a huge master stateroom forward on the main deck and five comfortable guest suites on the lower deck. Throughout the yacht, expansive windows flood the interior with natural light, emphasizing the spaciousness of each area. The generous beach club features opening side platforms that wrap around the stern and a sliding sun-pad that closes the pool during navigation. The large sundeck has a hydro-massage tub and shaded dining area, while the upper deck is fitted out with a dedicated gym and a fire pit in the bow. With a second unit in the T450 sold and under construction, as well as the TX450, Go will be delivered in the spring and make her international debut at the autumn boat shows.
Technical Data:
LOA - 45 m (147ft)
Beam - 8.80 m
Draft - 2.10 m half load
Displacement - 400 t, 450 gt *volume
Fuel Capacity - 55,000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, eight crew in four cabins
Engines - 2 x Man D2862L 1429hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - fifteen knots max, twelve cruise
Range - 4000 nm
Construction - steel hull alumimium upper structure 
Project - Giorgio M. Cassetta
Certification - RINA

March 28, 2024

Project: Manda Yachts S07 Berlinetta

Following its debut in 2023 first with S07 in Spring, and then with the S05 at the end of the Summer season, Manda Yachts continues to upgrade its range, by presenting the project for an S07 Berlinetta.  With this new version the standard Manda Yachts S07 which debuted in Spring gets to be called Spider, with this Berlinetta re-inventing the main deck space with a fully enclosed cabin area.  In the Berlinetta version the S07 offers a fully enclosed saloon with L-shaped dinette lounge, opposite galley, and central offset to port side helm station.  With the enclosed main deck, the Manda S07 gets to keep the lower deck for an all cabin area, with four double cabins all with private en-suite shower heads.  Like the Spider version the Manda S07 Berlinetta is standard powered by twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod drives propulsion for top speeds up to 24 knots, with the option for engines up to 1000hp.

March 27, 2024

New Model: Wider WiLder 60

Wider debuted its stunning new WiLder 60 in early February 2024, launching it at the Wider Vision Hub, the brand’s 2023 opened shipyard in Fano, Italy. Delivering superyacht levels of custom finish and supermodel looks in eighteen meters plus a thrill-a-minute high-performance package, the WiLder 60 is the apogee of brilliance, designed and realized to exceptional exterior spaces and exquisite interior styling and finishing, conceived to appeal to the wilder side in us all. With design coming from Wider Centro Stile, the in-house design team, the first WiLder 60 is a showcase in Wider’s commitment to excellence and the genius of its new WiLder brand. The first WiLder 60 has been built for a European owner and her custom layout and finish has been completed to the owner’s exacting specifications. Coupled to the performance hull, which was developed by the naval architecture team at Wider Engineering, is an interior that features two twin guest suites amidships plus a forward owner’s cabin with inviting centerline double and starboard-side ensuite. Between the two is a saloon equipped with designer galley cabinet and a relaxation area with sofa and television. Interior touches include luxurious leathers in contrasting shades of beige, marbles, brilliantly conceived lighting and beautiful gloss finishes that draw on Wider’s extensive experience building some of the world’s finest superyachts. The sumptuous and sensual textiles and textures hint at elegant debauchery, the very essence of the WiLder 60’s raison d’être. Up top, the WiLder’s appeal to the wild side is clear there’s a forward party deck, aft social deck with sun-pads and alfresco dining area, and a central helm. From here, the owner will be able to fully enjoy the sparkling performance of the WiLder 60, propelled by twin Man 1300hp engines, achieving a cruising speed of 35 knots and a maximum speed of forty knots. A 325-nautical-mile range ensures that no party is too far. While the first WiLder 60 was launched at the Fano Vision Hub, where the testing of new models takes place, the WiLder series will be built at Wider’s Superyacht Hub in Venice, where two more bespoke WiLder 60s, each set to stun on their respective launches are already in build. The much-anticipated arrival of the first WiLder 60 also marks Wider’s second significant milestone in this 2024, following the launch of the WiderCat92, the brand’s first multihull. Both these striking additions to the Wider fleet are not only symbolic of engineering and design talent that lies within the company, but also of its path of growth from groundbreaking superyachts into all areas of the bespoke yacht market.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.94 m (62.2ft)
Beam - 5.43 m
Draft - 1.05 m
Displacement - 33 t *full load
Fuel Capacity - 3000 l
Water Capacity - 950 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Man V8 1300hp
Propulsion - Top System TS80 surface drives
Speed - forty knots max 35 cruise
Range - 240 nautical miles at cruise
Construction - 5083 aluminium
Project - Centro Stile Wider, Wider Engineering Department
Certification - CE B

March 26, 2024

Project: Sunreef 66 Ultima

The Sunreef 66 Ultima marks the fifth instalment of this upcoming new range from the Polish catamaran specialist.  Sunreef Ultima range continues the tradition of defying conventional categorization and establishing its unique identity within the maritime landscape, merging the best attributes of a mono-hull and multihull living spaces, coupled with a shallow draft that challenges traditional norms in luxury yachting. This 66 Ultima introduces a new paradigm in marine architecture, rewriting the rules of opulence with a sleek and sporty hull, with electric or diesel power. The Sunreef 66 Ultima pioneers a distinct category, outclassing competitors with its combination of speed, comfort, and sustainability; no fumes, no vibration, no trace.  The groundbreaking nature of this innovation stems from the vessel’s departure from conventional catamaran design. On initial inspection, its form deviates from the standard catamaran shape, opting for reduced width to achieve a beam-to-length ratio more reminiscent of a mono-hull. This strategic adjustment facilitates the creation of horizontal surfaces between the twin hulls, seamlessly connecting them to form a unified volume akin to a mono-hull. The outcome is a commodious interior which sleeps eight guests in four cabins and three crew in two cabins, highlighted by an exceptionally spacious full-beam owner’s stateroom.  The Sunreef 66 Ultima will also feature folding bulwark platforms aft, creating a private beach club lounge that enhances the vessel’s allure. The Sunreef 66 Ultima will be available in two versions; Eco and Classic.  The Eco version should be an all electric unit, no details yet advies, while the Classic will feature diesel internal combustion engines from twin 380 up 480hp engines.  No speed data for the Sunreef 66 Ultima is yet given,

March 25, 2024

Princess Yacht Burns and Sinks in Nelson Bay

A twenty meter Princess motor yacht burned and then sank in Port Stephens Marina, Nelson Bay, New South Wales Australia on 21:30 hours of Monday 25 March.  A dozen fire fighters rushed to the scene, with the yacht later listing to its starboard side and then sinking, with no injuries to any persons happening as the yacht was unattended at the time of the fire.  As the fire was controlled a pollution protection boon was placed around the yacht.  No further damages to other boats and yachts was made, with the fire reported to have started in the engine room.  An investigation is under way to see how the fire started, with a clean and lift up operation being organized.  
The yacht in this fire is a Princess 20M as produced from 1996 to 2002 to a Bernard Olesinski design.  A replacement to the 66, the Princess 20M was replaced by the second generation 65 which came out in the fall of 1998, although the Plymouth boat builder did keep the two yachts in production together for a few years.

New Model: Jet Tern Artemis 39

Jet Tern has in November debuted its Artemis 39, presented at the twelfth Dongguan Taiwan Fair in Dongguan, China.  The Artemis 39 presents itself as Jet Tern's entry level model into its Artemis planning boat line which debuted as addition to its famous Selene explorer yacht line in 2009 with the 46 model.   Designed by Romanian designer Andrei Rochian, the Artemis 39 presents itself as a hard-top sport cruiser with an extended hard-top covering all the cockpit, and a lower deck offering two cabins sleeping four.  In between the cabins is a C-shaped dinette which converts to a double berth, galley opposite, and shower head to port side midships.  The Artemis 39 is powered by twin Mercury diesels 420hp with stern drive propulsion for a declared top speed up to 27 knots.
Technical Data: 
LOA - 11.98 m (39.3ft)
Beam - 3.69 m
Draft - 0.72 m ex drives and propellers
Displacement - 10.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 900 l
Water Capacity - 260 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, plus two berths
Engines - 2 x Mercury QSD 4.2 320hp
Propulsion - stern drives
Speed - 27 knots max 23 knots cruise
Project - Andrei Rochian
Certification - CE B

March 24, 2024

Sportfish Express Goes Down After Fire in Clear Lake

A ten meter express sportfish with three persons onboard sank after it developed a small fire in Clear Lake, Kemah, Texas, on the morning of Sunday 24th March.  The three boaters where assisted and taken to safety by League City Police Department, with the Police also putting the fire off.  Unfortunately after this the boat started taking on water, probably from a gap in the exhaust outlet and sank.  According to unconfirmed reports the boat went ablaze after the engine ran dry, setting its exhaust on fire, with this ultimately leading to it's sinking.  TowboatU.S Clear Lake is working on a salvage of the express sportfish cruiser.
The sportfish express in this sinking is a Luhrs 32 Open model as produced from 1994 to 2008, renamed as the 320 onwards from 2000.  The 32 Open shared hull with the 32 Convertible  produced from 1988 to 99, and was replaced by the 30 Open in 2004.  Luhrs was founded in 1949, becoming a successful name in medium size sportfish cruisers, with the company going bankrupt in 2012.  Since then a reborn has been promised, which so far has not materialized.

Nordic Tugs New Web Site

Nordic Tugs presents its new website. Nordic Tugs was founded by Jerry Husted in 1979, during the midst of the oil crises, debuting with the 26 model as designed by Lynn Senour with early twenty century tug boat looks and a semi displacement hull balancing speeds and fuel consumption. Presented at the Seattle boat show in 1980, the Nordic Tugs 26 sold thirty seven units in its first appearance, and a further seventeen for that whole month. After this success Nordic Tugs went on to expand the line with a 32 launched in 1985, the 37 in the mid nineties, 42 late nineties, and the 52 in 2002. The classic 26 was stopped in production in 1997, but Nordic Tugs returned it in production in 2009. Due to expansion Nordic Tugs also changed its establishment three times in its history but was always located in the home that is the Washington area, starting at Woodinville, moving in 1990 to Burlington, and in 1998 again in Burlington down the street from its previous facility. Nordic Tugs expanded the current facility in 2007, today having an area of 40,000 squared meters where it builds it current line offering six Explorer Cruiser and Yacht type models starting from the 26, up to the 54, with a new 50 model in project stages. Nordic Tugs new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About, Models, Events and Adventures, Dealers, Social, Swag Shop, Careers, Contact, Links and Featured. Nordic Tugs is also on social media with top left buttons taking you to its Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok pages.
Production History;
26 1980-97
32 1985-2001
42/44 1996/2016-
37/39 1998/2013-2015
32+ 2002-07
52/54 2002/09-
34 2008-
49/50 2009/2024-
26 (ii) 2009-
40 2017-
Nordic Tugs 26 (first version) 1980-97

March 23, 2024

Project: Sanlorenzo SD132

Sanlorenzo present the project for a new SD132, as designed by Zuccon and set to launch in 2026.  The Sanlorenzo SD132 is the largest ever SD range model, the semi-displacement hull shape and traditional ship looking series which debuted in 2007 with the SD92, and signaled a new era for the famous Italian semi-custom super yacht specialist.  The SD132 comes as a replacement to the SD126 after an eight year production run and about twenty hulls delivered.  The SD132 also completes the circle of the SD line with all the models now designed by Zuccon, and the second of the series after the SD118 to offer a beach club with flip-over bulk-heads which doubles in size when at anchor.  For this reason the tender garage is to be located on the port side, with a ship-side entrance.  Interior accommodation is for five guest suites, including of which is a large owners stateroom at the forward part of the main deck, while crew accommodation is for eight located on the forward part of the lower deck, this area also including a lobby with galley and dinette.  The Sanlorenzo SD132 is to be powered by twin Man 1400hp or Cats 1622hp engines for top speeds up to seventeen knots.

March 22, 2024

New Launch: Feadship 102.6m Hull.1011

Feadship has recently launched Hull.1011 from its facility in Makkum, with the 103 meter super yacht continuing fitting out and sea trials in the North Sea prior to delivery later on this year. Designed inside and out by Sinot with naval architecture by Azure, the clean-cut exterior lines and vertical bow lend Feadship fourth largest build to date a distinctive profile and purposeful personality. This Feadship super yacht will feature 1,100 square meters of exterior glass that includes twenty exterior sliding doors and twelve glass windbreaks. There are four outdoor hot tubs, a swimming pool covering the full height of the main deck and accessed from the pool deck; a helicopter hangar under the forward helipad and no fewer than eight hull doors, one of which is the largest tender garage door ever installed on a Feadship. Hull.1011 has been built for a highly experienced owner who was closely involved in every detail of the 103-metre project from the start. Project 1011 began with a challenging brief, with the owner stipulating similar amenities and living space as his previous yacht of 6,000GT but in a design of half the volume for easier access to anchorages and harbors. The result is a masterclass in space planning and rule exploration. On this size of yacht a two-tier engine room is virtually obligatory, but a key part of the design of hull 1011 is a single deck engine room in order to devote more interior volume to guest use. This idea seems to have caught up now with another project under construction in Makkum using the same solution.  Feadship Hull.1011 is to be titled m/y Ulysses, and is reportedly owned by a New Zealander.
Technical Data:
LOA - 102.60 m (336.7ft)
Beam - 14.40 m
Draft - 3.85 m
Displacement - 2999 gt*volume
Fuel Capacity - 
Accommodation - nineteen guests in ten cabins, 22 crew in eleven cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU
Speed - seventeen knots max, twelve knots cruise
Range - 5000 nm at twelve knots cruise
Construction - steel hull aluminum super structure
Project - Sinot exterior and interior, Azure naval architecture

March 21, 2024

Project: Fjord 480

Fjord presents its new 480 project as designed by Marco Casali of Too design.  Sitting between the 44 and 53 models, the new Fjord 480 is the usual offer from the German owned and build boat building brand for a center console sport cruiser offering full length spaces outside from fore to aft.  In this new 480 Marco Casali created an important in size T-Top which not only covers the four center console helm station but part of the cockpit deck; galley, and the C-shaped dinette.  Down below the Fjord 480 is full of modular construction with the option to have an open plan sleeping four with a double berth forward and midships or enclosing both of the cabins with bulk heads.   The Fjord 480 can be powered by Volvo engines from 380 up to 550hp with IPS pod propulsion, with estimated top speeds going up to forty knots. 

March 20, 2024

New Model: Nordhavn 51

Announced in early 2021 it's been a bit of time coming for the Nordhavn 51, but finally the first unit has been launched in Turkey.  The Nordhavn 51 looks set to come as a replacement to the 52 although she is a bit smaller and leaner, with a shallower draft.  Like the 41 she is build in Turkey, the second Nordhavn model to be build outside of Taiwan.  Designed by Jeff Leishman the Nordhavn 51 gets a bit more modern take on its traditional looks, and here we see the addition of larger glazed windows for both the lower cabin deck, and the main deck saloon area.  The Nordhavn 51 offers a two cabins lower deck with an an owners stateroom at midships, and a guest suite forward.  For fifteen meters she has some interesting features like completely separate two cabins, and a third day head, which can be replaced as a cabinet.  The Nordhavn 51 is powered by twin John Deere 160hp for speeds up to ten knots, and cruise of eight for a long range over three thousand nautical miles.
Technical Data:
LOA - 15.47 m (50.9ft)
Waterline Length - 4.7 m
Beam - 4.78 m
Draft - 1.45 m
Displacement - 32.5 t
Fuel Capacity - 5489 l
Water Capacity - 1325 l
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins
Engines - 2 x John Deere 4045AFM85 160hp
Propulsion - ZF transmission with four blaze bronze propellers
Speed - ten knots max eight knots cruise
Range - 3000 nautical miles at seven knots
Construction - solid fiberglass bottom with core sides and upper structure, vinylester resins
Project - Jeff Leishman
Certification - CE A

March 19, 2024

Marina Fire at Pra, Genoa Burns Nine Boats

A fire in Pra, to the West side of Genoa, Italy just after 03:00 hours on the morning of Tuesday nineteen March burned and destroyed nine boats and damaged a further four of seven to eleven meters in size.  Guardia Costiera and Vigili del Fuoco responded to the fire with one person also being assisted by the 118 emergency medical team, being stuck on one of the boats in the raging fire, and reported as escaping with minor injuries.  Nine boats sank in this fire, while a remaining four are still floating, with the marina pontoon also receiving damage.  The Genoa Port Master advised the boat owners and marina owner to recover the boats and salvage the area, with a pollution boon being placed and cleaning operations starting on the early hours of the morning.  At this stage it is not understood how and where the fire started.
Most of the boats in this fire seems to be small runabout outboard powered center consoles of about seven meters in length, although in one of the photos there is a sport cruiser of about nine meters in length, looking to be a Bayliner 320/335 SB as produced from 2008 to 12.
Pra is located on the further West side of Genoa's large harbor which spans seven and a half nautical miles and ends to the East, at the Marina Fiera di Genova, where the World famous Genova Boat Show is held every fall since 1962.   There is 25 pontoons in Pra, with eight small boat yards, mostly serving small to medium sized boats from five to about fifteen meters.

Project: Custom Yacht C-Tender 44

Custom Yacht C-Tender line continues to grow with the project for a 44 model, which takes inspiration from the larger C-Tender 53 sister. Unique and sinuous lines make this C Tender 44 a unique boat in its segment and is designed from the collaboration of Master Studio Design of Valentino E. Gabriele and Names of Francesco Rogantin.  C-Tender 44 is a full custom walk-around center-console sport cruiser with accommodation for four below deck, in a cabin to starboard, and a double berth, with the two cabins sharing a shower head.  C-Tender 44 is to be powered by twin Volvo engines from 370 up to 480hp with IPS pod drives.  Estimated top speeds start from 33 and go up to 39 knots with the larger engine option.  

March 18, 2024

New Model: Azimut Fly 72

The circle keeps on coming complete for Azimut with the new Fly 72 being the latest to take the Alberto Mancini design treatment outside.  The Azimut Fly 72 replaces the Righini designed 72 Flybridge which launched in 2015 after nearly eight years of production, and is also a new shaft propulsion yacht in its Fly line since 2018, which was the 55 Flybridge which debuted at Dusseldorf of that year.  As is usual to  Alberto Mancini for the Azimut Fly 72 he continues to show a sporty element in his designs, leaner and horizontal characterized clean lines, which further emphasize the sculptural tension that characterizes the Fly Series. Fabio Fantolino responsible for the interior on the other hand, renders the Fly 72 according to his distinctive style aimed at seeking perfect harmony between elegance, design and technique. The interiors are designed with a transversal stylistic approach, also evident in the choice of materials and shapes: wood combined with precious materials such as bronze and glossy lacquers, and shapes balanced between linearity and softness.  The Azimut Fly 72 also comes with a few options form the choice to make a 42 inch Lift TV on the flybridge, to the most important one of an Enclosed or Open galley on the main deck.  Down below the Azimut Fly 72 has a traditional four double cabins layout, with a master stateroom at midships, VIP suite forward, and two double cabins.  A crew cabin with two berths is located aft.  The Azimut Fly 72 is powered by two 1400hp Man engines with line shaft propulsion which give a cruise of 26 knots and reach a top speed up to 31 knots.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 22.57 m (74.1ft) with pulpit
Beam - 5.62 m
Draft - 1.82 m with props and full load
Displacement - 53.5 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 5200 l
Water Capacity - 1100 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, two crew in one cabin
Engines - 2 x Man CR V12 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 31 knots max 26 cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with fifteen degrees deadrise aft
Construction - fiberglass with carbon fiber
Project - Alberto Mancini exterior, Fabio Fantolino interior, Pier Luigi Ausonio naval architect
Certification - CE A, NMMA

March 17, 2024

Solemar New Web Site

Solemar presents its new World wide web site.  Solemar was founded in the eighties, with the company having an important growth in the noughties which will get it to being bought out by Arimar Group in 2007.  Arimar was founded in 1989 and was also a name with an important growth in the nineties and noughties, debuting with the production of life rafts and small tenders, to then enter rib production up to ten meters size, and to become the sole distributor of Furuno marine electronics for Italy by the early noughties.  Solemar on the other hand will go to focus on large medium sized ribs with important cabin accommodation inside, going on to launch the fourteen meter 44 Oceanic flagship in 2006, with a production which in that time was focused on ribs from six to fourteen meters, becoming a leader for cabin rib cruisers above eight meters in size.  In 2019 Lalizas Group buys Arimar Group including Solemar, who will sell to a group of Italian investors from Bergamo.  Since then Solemar new ownership has set an important plan in motion, moving production to Nembro in Bergamo, with the first new models debuting in 2023.  Currently Solemar offers two SE and SX lines, and offers five models which start from the SX27 and go up to the SE39 which is still in project stages.  Solemar new website is available in Italian and English language and takes you around with the following buttons; About Us, The Range, Events, Dealers, Contacts, and News and Press.  

March 16, 2024

New Model: Ferretti Custom Line Navetta 38

The first Custom Line Navetta 38 superyacht touched the water for the first time on Wednesday January 31, at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona, during a ceremony attended by the owner family and the shipyard’s employees, who witnessed the launch of the first hull super yacht with great pride and satisfaction. Multiple features ensure that the owner and his family will have a unique cruising experience on board this superyacht, with sophisticated combinations of elegance and live-ability, timelessly classic style, immersive continuity between interiors and exteriors, and direct contact with the sea, not least thanks to the generous and versatile beach club. Replacing the Navetta 37 after seven years of production and fifteen hulls the Custom Line Navetta 38 was designed, engineered and built at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona and is the result of a joint design effort by the Ferretti Group Product Strategy Department and its Engineering Department as directed by Piero Ferrari. Ferretti's Custom Line Navetta 38 is a semi-custom yacht measuring over 38 meters in length with a displacement hull and a total volume of 299 gross tonnage characterized by innovative exterior and interior design and outstanding seagoing performance. The exterior styling is by Filippo Salvetti, while the interior design is by ACPV Architects Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel. Custom Line Atelier provided vital interior design consulting, working in close contact with the owner to transform the yacht into a faithful portrait of his style preferences. A hymn to the values of quality, volume and comfort extending across four decks, the new Custom Line Navetta 38 has in fact been designed to maximize use of all the spaces available on its four decks. In more detail, it has a large master suite of over forty square meters on the main deck, with completely separated crew and guest flows to ensure maximum privacy. In addition to the master suite, Custom Line Navetta 38 has four guest cabins on the lower deck, accommodating a total of ten people on board and seven crew members, including the captain. The exterior design of Custom Line Navetta 38 is classic, timeless and clean, featuring essential and elegant sculptural lines enhanced by generous glazed surfaces and forming a harmonious blend of maritime tradition and stylish innovation. The yacht’s interiors are designed for maximum use of space, with optimum control of all volumes and functional exploitation of the entire available surface area to ensure flexibility. Natural light is amplified by huge floor-to-ceiling windows, creating stylish continuity between external and internal spaces and a feeling of perfect harmony with the marine environment.  Custom Line 38 is powered by twin Man 1400hp for a top speed up to fifteen knots, a cruise of twelve, and long range of 2800 nautical miles at ten knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 38.76 m (127.2ft)
Hull Length - 38.6 m
Waterline Length - 33.8 m
Beam - 7.9 m
Draft - 2.27 m
Displacement - 200t unloaded, 241 t loaded, 299 gt*volume
Fuel Capacity - 34,000 l
Water Capacity - 4000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, seven crew in four cabins
Max Persons - twenty
Engines - 2 x Man V12CR 1400hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - fifteen knots max, twelve knots cruise, ten knots long range
Range - 2800 nautical miles at ten knots
Hull Shape - displacement
Project - Filippo Salvetti exterior, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel interior, Ferretti Group engineering