April 30, 2024

Monthly News - April 2024

-pic of the month- Riviera Launches 6000th Yacht

Archipleago Yachts Exceeds Funding Target 

Following an investment round via funding site Crowdcube, Archipelago Yachts has exceeded expectations by hitting 157% of its funding target.  The funding round went live on 22nd March and was live for 20 days. The successful funding round consisted of 174 investors, raising a total of £236,996 of a set target of £150,000. The funds will be allocated towards leveraging the company’s initial success through intensified marketing strategies and expanding its footprint in both Europe and the US.  The British offshore powercat builder informed interested investors of its aim to be carbon neutral by 2040 through its sustainable solutions of having all hybrid powered vessels, resulting in a lower carbon footprint, as well as inventing the world's first zero-carbon methanol powered vessel, the Archipelago zero.63.  This sustainable leisure vessel is the first of its kind, with an innovative propulsion system that  allows the vessel to cruise silently at speeds of up to 10 knots. For high-speed performance, the design includes a direct-injection methanol engine, enabling the boat to reach a top speed of 22 knots.  Founder of Archipelago, Dr Stephen Weatherley, had to say of the success “I am overwhelmed by the support and interest we have received throughout this funding round, and would like to thank everyone who has invested. Thanks to their support, we can confidently continue our pledge of creating a cleaner future for the marine industry through our sustainable vessels.”  The Archipelago range, designed by award-winning naval architects, Chartwell Marine, currently consists of The Archipelago 40, 47, 52 Flybridge,63 and the soon to be announced, the Archipelago 80. 

Azimut-Benetti Acclaimed at Yacht Style Awards

The Yacht Style Awards were a triumph for Azimut|Benetti Group: Azimut Magellano 60 won first place in the 'Motor Yacht 18-21m’ category and Benetti’s B.Now 50M topped the ranking in ‘Superyachts 40-60m’.  Azimut|Benetti Group, the world’s leading producer of yachts over 24 metres, won two coveted first places at the Yacht Style Awards 2024 in the ‘Motor Yacht 18-21m’ and ‘Superyacht 40-60m’ categories.  The award ceremony at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove was held the day before the official opening of the Singapore Yachting Festival. Organised by the prestigious magazine Yacht Style, a leading yachting magazine in the Asia Pacific area, the awards select the yachting industry’s top players in Asia and internationally.  The two wins are an important endorsement for Azimut|Benetti Group, which continues to grow in the Asia Pacific market, reporting rising sales that demonstrate how popular the products are with customers in this area. In Azimut’s case, turnover has increased 40% in the last four years, with the Grande Series driving sales and a strong Dealer network spread across the region ensuring premium customer service. At Benetti, the Shipyard continues to see a strong demand for the full range of yachts in the APAC region and is delighted to see that almost all of the models are sold and delivered in the region recently - including Oasis 34M, Oasis 40M, B.Yond 37M, Motopanfilo 37M and B.NOW 50 Oasis Deck®. Benetti is also experiencing an uptick in demand for larger superyachts in APAC for a more private and personalized experience, with new orders of B.NOW 60M Oasis Deck® and B.Yond 40M currently in build.

Azimut Brings a Yacht to the Swimming Pool

Azimut Yachts participates in Milano Design Week 2024 with an immersive installation curated by AMDL CIRCLE and Michele De Lucchi: a journey within the Bagni Misteriosi del Teatro Franco Parenti which culminates with an imaginative stage on which a yacht moored in the shadow of a large moon invites visitors to rediscover the gentle relationship between man and nature. It testifies that a more sustainable future is here and now.  Mooring by the Moon is an installation curated by AMDL CIRCLE and Michele De Lucchi for Azimut Yachts in the setting of the Bagni Misteriosi del Teatro Franco Parenti. Architectural textures and structures are transformed into the scenographic elements of a large stage, on which an imaginative journey of beauty and technology reveals to the visitor - the protagonist - the new era inaugurated by Azimut for a gentle relationship between humans and the environment.  The Path. Once through the historic entrance of the Palazzina dei Bagni Misteriosi, the visitor is welcomed by a suspended atmosphere, in which the elements of the rooms dialogue with the installations to evoke the wonder of the natural world.  Images, sounds and scents evoke a dreamlike sea, which is discovered through the labyrinth of doors of the old changing rooms in the first room. Large sculptures, shells made with the innovative materials introduced by Azimut – discarded and regenerated fishing nets, recycled plastic (PET) and carbon – stand out like theatrical wings in the second room while, continuing the game of theatrical make-believe, the visitor climbs aboard the Seadeck 6 in a space where furnishings and materials are used to recreate the internal environment of the vessel, designed by Matteo Thun & Antonio Rodriguez.  The big moon. The route culminates outside, offering a view from a terrace suspended over the water of a landscape in which Seadeck 6 is moored, the embodiment of the route traced by Azimut to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption. The yacht, in fact, offers a reduction in emissions of up to 40% in an average year of use. Mirrored shingles in shiny galvanized steel form a large disk inspired by the moon, whose play of reflections emphasizes the dynamic effect of the pattern of light, evoking the lunar glow.  «The difference can and must be made here and now. Not with distant promises of a world to come or with a superficial approach to the topic of environmental sustainability. The boat in the swimming pool of the Bagni Misteriosi is the emblem of our commitment: concrete, measurable and always present," explains Giovanna Vitelli, Chair of Azimut|Benetti Group.  «The purpose of this installation is to involve visitors in the theater of life and  arouse the imagination, without which we would be just animals and nothing more. It is only with our imagination that we can see a brighter future on the horizon, much more harmonious than today's present,” says Michele De Lucchi, Founder of AMDL CIRCLE.

Cranchi YouTube Countdown Begins

Little more than a month remains to the exclusive première of the new model. The Sessantasette 67 Corsa will be unveiled live on YouTube on the 22nd of May 2024, in a video presentation featuring art director Christian Grande and the designers involved in the production of this innovative model.  The unveiling of the Sessantasette 67 Corsa will be streamed live on Wednesday 22 May at 6:00 p.m. CEST. Block out your diary, visit the live stream page now and click on the bell icon to set a reminder: it will be an unmissable event.

Cranchi Grand Tour Upcoming Dates

As previously mentioned, we recommend you don't take any other appointments for the 22nd of May, the day of the Sessantasette 67 Corsa's début. But while you await that date, you can take advantage of the new dates on the Cranchi Grand Tour, the exclusive event format put on in partnership with Cranchi Yachts’ dealers.  Over the last few days, many of our customers have taken part in the season opening parties held in Liguria by Italian Dealer and in Sicily by Nautica Oram in Catania. Two enticing dates are scheduled for May in the Netherlands, both being put on by All Yachts Brokers.

Cruisers Expands on Lake of the Ozarks

Cruisers Yachts, a leading luxury yacht manufacturer, is thrilled to announce its expansion into the Lake of the Ozarks area through collaboration with MarineMax. Cruisers Yachts' premium vessels will now be available at MarineMax Lake Ozark and MarineMax Osage Beach locations.  Dan Zenz, Vice President of Sales, comments, "We are thrilled to bring on MarineMax Lake Ozark and MarineMax Osage Beach as dealers to provide our Missouri owners and future owners with the exceptional sales and customer service MarineMax is known for."  MarineMax Lake Ozark and MarineMax Osage Beach, conveniently located in the heart of one of the most popular boating destinations in the Midwest, will now offer an extensive selection of Cruisers Yachts' models, ranging from sleek sport yachts to luxurious motor yachts. Boaters in the region can look forward to experiencing the quality, comfort, and performance that have become synonymous with the Cruisers Yachts brand.  Dale Law, MarineMax General Manager, comments, "We are very pleased to be the Cruisers Yachts dealer for the Midwest and welcome the opportunity to share this outstanding brand of boats with our customers. Cruisers Yachts nicely complements the other premium brands we offer. We needed to fill the gap for domestically made sport cruisers, sport yachts, and luxury yachts. With a long boat-building history and dedication to innovation, Cruisers Yachts is a superior brand that will satisfy many of our customers' needs at Lake of the Ozarks."  On May 18 MarineMax Lake Ozark will host an exclusive event to celebrate this exciting partnership. They will have a selection of 34 GLS, 38 GLS, and 50 GLS models in stock and ready for immediate delivery. For more details on this event

Dynamiq Launches Refit Operation in Antalya Free Zone

Dynamiq is proud to announce that it has officially launched its refit operations in the Antalya Free Zone, signaling a new chapter in bespoke yacht refitting services in the south of Turkey.  Dynamiq aims to be the go-to shipyard in Turkey for any refit needs, whether it's routine seasonal upkeep or extensive modifications, including complex conversions. Dynamiq's facility, nestled in the safe and tax-beneficial haven of the Antalya Free Zone, is equipped with the newest and most advanced infrastructure designed to accommodate superyachts up to 65 meters (215 feet). Here, Dynamiq's expert team, leveraging local craftsmanship enriched with European standards and tight quality control, is ready to transform your yacht into the vessel of your dreams. In Turkey, this kind of activity is strictly controlled and requires special governmental authorization, which Dynamiq successfully obtained earlier this year.  The first vessel to participate in the refit program is the 39-meter M/Y Jetsetter, which has already arrived to Dynamiq's state-of-the-art facility, marking the beginning of a comprehensive and intricate refit. This project will cover a wide range of refurbishments, from propulsion systems overhauls to interior upgrades and more. One of the refit's main jobs is the thorough maintenance of the pods and their gearboxes, led by accredited Reintjes technicians, guaranteeing quality and precision.  

Dynamiq Appoints Turkish Dealer

Dynamiq is excited to announce that it has appointed Candaş Balcı of BLC Yachts as its exclusive dealer in the Republic of Türkiye. Based in Göcek, Candaş is an experienced industry veteran with a naval architecture background and many years in yacht sales under his belt. His experience allows him to understand exactly what he proposes to clients and ensures that the yachts are top notch.  "It's a great pleasure to find an ambassadaor like Candaş, who is experienced, energetic and understands what sets Dynamiq apart. Since our production is based here in Türkiye, we're excited to offer Turkish owners something completely different while still being close to home." - Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO of Dynamiq.  The partnership will further establish Dynamiq as a strong players in the 35-meter to 65-meter segment and is a major step forward for both companies. Dynamiq currently has its flagship 50-meter yacht under construction in its modern shipyard in Antalya, with attractive build slots available with delivery in 2026. 

Formula on Secret Ingredient Podcast

Power and Motoryacht's recent enewsletter, "Behind the Scenes at Formula Boats," featured a podcast interview with Josh Porter, Formula's CAD/CAM Design Engineer. They wrote, "This episode was recorded in an interesting location; it was recorded in a little-known town called Decatur, Indiana, the longtime home of Formula boats. After an incredible tour, and before that an impressive sea trial of the builder’s new 457 CC, we had the opportunity to sit down with Josh Porter, a member of the engineering team and third generation of the family that owns Formula and made it the brand it is today."

Frauscher New Partner in Benelux

The Austrian shipyard receives new representation in Loosdrecht, the centre of the Dutch water sports.  Messink Yachting enjoys an excellent reputation in the Netherlands. The opening of the office in Loosdrecht, south-east of Amsterdam, has opened up new opportunities for the importer and broker of high-end sailing yachts. These have now resulted in the exclusive Benelux representation of Frauscher boats. The motorboats are an ideal addition to the model range, which is also focused on performance and comfort. The customers from the Benelux are known for their passion for water sports, which they practice in their home waters as well as in Spain and France.   Stefan Frauscher, CEO of the Frauscher shipyard, on the new collaboration: "In Messink Yachting, we have found a fantastic partner who not only knows the regional market, but also perfectly covers the support of Benelux customers in the Mediterranean. We are looking forward to a successful, long-term and exciting partnership."  Gideon Messink, founder of Messink Yachting, is enthusiastic about the similarities between the two companies: "The pursuit of excellence and quality in motorboats is exactly in line with our philosophy and the demands of our customers. When we were looking for motorboats, we had clear ideas: They should be instantly recognizable on the water, offer the highest quality, already be established but occupy a niche - also embody innovation and enable short distances to the buyer."  Frauscher fulfils all of these requirements to the highest degree. Added to this is the fact that Stefan Frauscher himself is a keen sailor. "This adds another dimension to the partnership," reveals Gideon Messink.  The model range of Frauscher boats is perfect for the waters in the Netherlands and Belgium as well as for the coastal areas in the Mediterranean. The co-operation between the Frauscher shipyard and Messink Yachting is a win-win situation for all parties involved. It promises customers from the Benelux countries first-class products and outstanding service.

Heesen Yachts With Videoworks

Videoworks is very proud to announce that it supplied the complete audio-visual and IT package for the 67m custom Heesen yacht Sparta.  The successful project marks the start of a close collaboration with the well-known Dutch shipyard, which specializes in full-custom, smart custom, and series of superyachts in the 50 to 80-metre sector. Every Videoworks system is as different as the yachts on which they are installed, and Sparta’s equipment bears the strong stamp of the boat’s build owner. This is particularly the case with the graphical user interface, which had to complement the exceptional Winch interior of the yacht. Fully designed for elegant and harmonious family living, the interior’s strong use of colour and natural themes found a reflection in the MyInfo app which controls the AV system.

Horizon Open House 2024

When it’s time to celebrate, Horizon Yachts knows how to throw a party. From March 5-7, 2024 CEO John Lu and the Horizon team hosted the Horizon Open House at their factories in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. With the theme “Welcome Home”, Horizon opened their doors to owners, captains, international journalists, special guests and friends from all over the globe to celebrate the debut of four new yachts as well as to show off the additions to the shipyards.  For three days, attendees were able to closely inspect the new offerings, participate in factory tours, learn about the science that goes into each Horizon yacht, ride along on a cruise, tour the city and get a taste of the Taiwanese culture.  On the docks at the Horizon City Marina in Kaohsiung, Horizon had the new yachts open and ready for guests throughout the event. The featured yachts shown were the FD90, a Cor D. Rover co-designed fast displacement motoryacht, two FD80 skyline models, and the versatile V77 cockpit motoryacht.

ISA Extra Yacht New North American Dealer

Denison Yachting is pleased to announce that its partner Extra Yachts made its North American debut with Denison. Denison has been named the exclusive dealer for Extra Yachts, covering the territories of North & South America, Central America, and Mexico.  Denison superyacht broker Alex G. Clarke–who has teamed up with fellow Denison broker Gary Hardcastle to promote the brand–commented: “Extra Yachts brings a style and sophistication that is new to the market. Refreshing designs that focus on lifestyle. I feel Extra Yachts will become a household name in the yachting industry in the coming years as the brand increases its market share. We are excited to be a part of this partnership as I get to work with long-time friends Francesco Carbone and Giuseppe Palumbo, whom I have a huge amount of respect for.”  For example, the Extra 99 Fast offers high performance with excellent exterior lounge spaces. Her aggressive yet elegant profile lines are what one would expect from Extra Yachts. The triple-engine package and water jets give her an impressive top speed of 44 knots and a cruising speed in the mid to high 30s–combined with a shallow draft, she is the perfect Bahamas boat. The interior layout sleeps up to eight guests in four cabins, including a spacious VIP and full-beam master. Crew accommodations can be configured in a two- or three-cabin layout, sleeping up to five crew.  Extra Yachts’ distinctive lines are combined in a variety of motor yacht models ranging from 90 to 130 feet and a 30-meter motor catamaran, all characterized by highly livable interiors and exteriors, reduced consumption, and a good range.  There are currently six Extra models available for sale exclusively with Denison.

Italian Sea Group Signs New USA Partnership

TISG formalizes the “Authorized Sales Agency” partnership with Kitson Yachts.  Kitson Yachts, headquartered in Miami, Florida, USA, has a major development plan in the USA and beyond. Also, it already has two major mega-yachts Admiral of 73 and 88 m under construction at The Italian Sea Group.  TISG, in line with its ‘Strategic Outlook 2024-2025’ which foresees the development of major commercial partnerships, has chosen Kitson Yachts to represent the Group in North, South, and Central America.  Kitson Yachts dynamic and smart approach to the maritime industry allows TISG to expand the Group’s customer portfolio in all of the Americas.  “This partnership is of great strategic value for our Group, and will play a fundamental role in the commercial development strategy. The AMAS geographical area is very attentive and sensitive towards our brands and I am sure that Kitson Yachts will be the perfect ambassador for TISG in a free market”, commented Giovanni Costantino, Founder & CEO of TISG.  “Kitson Yachts is thrilled to partner with the largest shipbuilder in Italy, The Italian Sea Group. We look forward to elevating the presence of TISG craftmanship across the vast geography of the Americas”, commented Brandon Kummer, Michael Tabor, and Tony Imbesi Co-Founders of Kitson Yachts.

Maritimo New New Zealand Dealer

Maritimo Luxury Motor Yachts has appointed a new sales consultant in New Zealand, an important market for the Australian brand, and forecasts new impetus for growth within this highly mature and established market.  36° Brokers have been appointed to replace retiring sales consultant, Don Senior, who, fortuitously, has a great working relationship with 36° Brokers. Don will come on board in an advisory capacity and ensure a smooth transition for owners.  Ownaship in Auckland continues as the second official Maritimo sales consultancy in NZ.  With their headquarters at Westhaven Marina, Auckland, 36° Brokers has a team of 25 spread over its offices in Opua, Picton, Marsden Cove and Tahiti.  Conrad Gair is Director and Dealer Principal. He has more than 15 years in the boating business and previously worked with one of the largest international dealerships in the region, spearheading their growth in New Zealand and South Pacific.  Now celebrating 10 years in operation as 36° Brokers, representing sailing and multihull brands such as Beneteau, Lagoon and Excess, Conrad and his team are embracing their diversification into motor yachts with Maritimo.  “Maritimo perfectly complements our existing sailing portfolio of Beneteau and Lagoon brands by bringing a whole new dimension to what we can offer our clientele,” explained Conrad. “Beneteau, Lagoon and Excess are renowned predominantly for their sailing yachts and catamarans perfect for those who love the thrill of wind-powered cruising. Maritimo provides the ultimate in powerboating luxury. This allows us to cater to a wider range of boating enthusiasts, whether they prioritise the exhilaration of sail or the comfort and elegance of a motor yacht experience.   “With a significant presence in large power boats throughout our brokerage division, as well as having sold many Maritimos over the years, this step up into Maritimo representation provides us with a flagship product to guide our buyers towards a luxury experience.”  Ormonde Britton, Maritimo’s Australasian Sales Manager, said he was impressed with the credentials and track record of 36° Brokers, and their understanding of the Maritimo brand and its range.  “Because of Don’s relationship with Conrad and the team at 36° Brokers, we are sure it will be a seamless handover. Their service facilities and locations will deliver enhanced support for Maritimo owners, and their marketing skills will elevate the Maritimo brand at boat shows, owner events, social media and other channels.”  Conrad was effusive with his praise for the current generation of Maritimo motor yachts and said they have great appeal to the adventurous New Zealand boaties.  “They appreciate exceptional quality, and Maritimo’s renowned build quality is a perfect match. These luxurious motor yachts are designed to conquer New Zealand waters, offering extreme comfort on long cruises, whatever the conditions.  “The stunning design certainly turns heads, with their sleek lines and beautiful finishes appealing to Kiwis’ appreciation of aesthetics. Enclosed flybridges allow for year-round enjoyment,He continued, “We are dedicated to enhancing the Maritimo experience for our owners in New Zealand by fostering a vibrant community that unites both new and longstanding devotees of the brand. Our aim is to cultivate camaraderie through a range of events, comprehensive support services and owner gatherings. From local game clubs to personalised customer relationships, our approach encompasses every aspect of ownership.  “As additional Maritimo models make their debut throughout 2024, we anticipate organising a special showcase towards the end of the year to highlight their craftsmanship and features.” and features like large deck spaces cater to the avid fishing and diving community.”  

MJM Update Build-a-Boat Tool and Pricing

MJM announce that they recently updated the MJM website with the latest pricing on the Build-a-Boat tool. This tool updates each model page, packed with comprehensive specifications, virtual tours, videos, images, reviews, detailed engine information, and test results.

Ocean Alexander Celebrates 2023 Sales Awards

Ocean Alexander, a leader in luxury yacht manufacturing, is proud to announce the recipients of its highly anticipated 2023 Sales Awards. At least one yacht of each model spanning all three series for OA were sold and delivered in 2023. This year, the spotlight shines on two distinguished members of the MarineMax family, Scott Roberton and Mike Doyle, for their exceptional achievements and dedication to excellence in yacht sales.  Each year, Ocean Alexander takes the opportunity to honor the hard work, passion, and achievements of the dedicated team of sales professionals. These professionals within their exclusive dealership network not only take the time to fully study and understand the complexities and nuances of Ocean Alexander’s product line, they also are able to guide their clients into a yacht that will best suit their requirements. Their commitment not only enhances the prestige of Ocean Alexander Yachts but also solidifies their position as a leading name in the luxury yachting industry.  Scott Roberton, Yacht and Brokerage Sales Executive at MarineMax Clearwater, FL, has been awarded the top sales accolade for his unparalleled success and commitment. With over 30 years of experience, Scott’s profound knowledge of the Ocean Alexander brand and his ability to tailor each yacht to the unique preferences of his clients have set a new standard within the industry.  Reflecting on his award, Scott shares, “I am honored to receive this recognition from Ocean Alexander, a brand that has continually evolved and expanded its product line over the past decade. The diversity of the four series offered by Ocean Alexander has provided me with invaluable flexibility, allowing me to tailor each yacht to meet the unique preferences and requirements of every client. Ocean Alexander has partnered with two of the top designers in the world, whose expertise and creativity have played a pivotal role in shaping these remarkable designs. Their dedication to innovation and excellence is evident in every hull produced within the series. I look forward to continuing our partnership and working together to exceed the expectations of our clients and elevate the standards of the yachting industry.”  Mike Doyle, Sales Consultant and Yacht Broker at MarineMax Yacht Center in Pompano, FL, secures the second-highest sales award, celebrating his significant contributions and steadfast dedication. His gratitude extends to both Ocean Alexander and MarineMax for their support and teamwork. Mike states, “As I reflect on this honorable achievement, I am genuinely thankful to Ocean Alexander and MarineMax for their unwavering support and teamwork. Their dedication has been significant in securing these sales, and I extend my heartfelt gratitude for their partnership. Together, we’ve brought joy to our clients and truly changed their lives.”

Otam New Official Greek Dealer

We are extremely happy and honored to have Atalanta Marine joining Otam as the Official Dealer for Greece.  The solid and spotless reputation together with the unmatched experience and performance for which Atalanta Marine is well known since decades, make us feel that this is a “natural marriage” and we are very proud to announce it this symbolic year while celebrating our 70th birthday.  70 years of experience, 70 years of dedication to rare building techniques, 70 years of being loyal to our vision and mission to build true exclusive units that give every buyer the freedom to make his own mark that will reflect his individuality in every single detail of the project.  Atalanta Marine is the best possible Partner to understand and transfer Otam’s values and mentality in a Country with enormous tradition and deep love for the nautical industry. A country that is one of the most ancient and fascinating spots in the planet, with unparalleled beauty and numerous islands to cruise around.  Matteo Belardinelli Commercial Director Otam.  “Sea is a lifetime Passion for me and my dream, since a very early age, was to allow as many people as possible to discover and appreciate it to the max. My business life has begun back in 1976 based on this dream and I faithfully keep growing it. And it is a true pleasure for us at Atalanta Marine to be trusted by a legend as Otam is. Together we will bring the sea experience to the next level.” George Ertsos , Founder and CEO  “It is a great honour for Atalanta Marine that Otam, a legend in the yachting industry, has trusted for the first time the sole and exclusive representation of her products in Greece.  Personally I was lucky to be the owner of an Otam and I am ready to share my experience and knowledge with all the prospect buyers"  Dimitris Deligiannis , Managing Partner.  And a few words about the company,  Atalanta Marine is one of the most established international luxury yachting groups based in Greece, operating throughout the world. She offers an unparalleled portfolio of distinctive, exclusive yacht brands coupled with state-of-the-art services.

Riviera Launches 6000th Yacht

In an historic milestone, iconic Australian luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, today launched its 6,000th motor yacht at its world class production facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast.  The 950-strong Riviera team, all sporting exclusive shirts to commemorate this triumphant achievement, formed a guard of honour to mark the distinguished launch.  The yacht, an Iridium silver-hulled 5400 Sport Yacht Platinum Edition, will be delivered to long-time Sydney Australia based Riviera owners, Peter and Denise Haig. The couple have owned 10 Riviera yachts since their first, a 38 Open Flybridge in 1988.  Addressing the assembled team, Mr Haig said he had been a proud Riviera owner since 1988.  “The design evolution over the 36 years that I have owned Rivieras has been phenomenal,” he said.  “One of the most important points for me is that Riviera is totally Australian. We are proud that we own a world-class motor yacht that has been designed and built by brilliant and dedicated local craftspeople.  “I would like to say on behalf of the 6,000 Riviera owners around the world, a big and sincere thank you, to all of you, for your hard work, your commitment to quality and thank you for building the best boats in world.”  Riviera Australia owner Rodney Longhurst said during the launch: “Our 6,000th motor yacht - what an incredible achievement for the thousands of craftspeople who have built Riviera yachts over the past 44 years.  “This historic event reinforces Riviera’s reputation as one of the most sought-after motor yachts in the world.  “To be successful on the highly competitive global stage of luxury boat building, you must have an absolute commitment to design, quality and owner care.  “I couldn’t be more proud of our team, and I am grateful to all the Riviera owners around the world who not only enjoy our yachts themselves but share this wonderful experience with their family and friends.”  Riviera was founded in Sydney in 1980 before moving to Labrador on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1981, building just eight yachts in its first full year.  Riviera then moved 19 years later to its current 16.8-hectare purpose designed and built facility at Coomera which was officially opened in the year 2000. It remains the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.  Riviera today is supported by a network of specialist representatives in the Americas, Europe and Asia as well as New Zealand and Australia.  Riviera creates around 150 motor yachts per year, more than 60 per cent of which are exported around the world.  Mr Longhurst said that Riviera had built more than 800 Sport Yachts since the first, a 3600, was launched in 2005.  The Sport Yacht Platinum Edition was launched in 2019, creating a new level of elegance and luxury. To date more than 230 of this exclusive edition have been launched with the current range comprising the 4600, 5400 and 6000 models being enjoyed around the world.  Mr Longhurst said: “We invite Riviera owners and boating enthusiasts to celebrate our milestone with us at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, to be held between May 23 and 26. Riviera will host a record display at the show, including the 6,000th Riviera which will star among a brilliant showcase of 12 luxury motor yachts from our 39 to 78 feet range, and include the World Premiere of the very latest Riviera.”

Sacs Tecnorib Dealer Network Continues to Grow

The Sacs Tecnorib distribution network is expanding and the Company has signed seven new dealership agreements for the distribution of PIRELLI Speedboats in Europe in just 12 months.  Sacs Tecnorib's intention to preside over markets and offer owners a capillary and structured service is confirmed by its ever-expanding presence, which currently spans 57 selected dealers worldwide with a total of 80 locations in more than 26 countries.  "These operations confirm the growing interest in our products. Proper representation in the key regions allows us to maintain the positive trend of the last few years and continue to offer purchase advice and after-sales support services in an increasingly quick and efficient manner." comments Gianni De Bonis, CEO of Sacs Tecnorib.  The growth of the PIRELLI Speedboats Europe network reiterates the success of the merger between the Sacs and Tecnorib brands, which continues to generate open-ended opportunities.  The new PIRELLI Speedboats dealers: who they are and where to find them: Marine Center for France South West Area, W-Yachts for Poland, Corsil for Eastern Corsica, Aberton Yachts for Montenegro, Helimotor for Spain and Catalonia, Italian Yacht Store for Italy Adriatic side plus Calabria and Western Sicily, and Rotanautica for Portugal.

Silent Yachts Emerges Stronger Under New Ownership

Leading electric catamaran builder Silent-Yachts has shaken off a period of financial difficulties to emerge stronger under new ownership. With a new management team in place and access to fresh funding, there is a robust and solid growth strategy in place that covers the next five years.  New majority owner Michael Said is an American-German investor who is also a client of Silent-Yachts, with a Silent 62 3-Deck in build now. Through his acquisition vehicle Helios Yacht Investments GmbH, he has taken control of all the assets formerly belonging to Silent-Yachts, including the intellectual property behind the yachts' innovative design, and the shipyard Silent Italia in Fano.  Said ensured that funding didn't dry up last year, safeguarding 140 jobs when the previous business fell into administration. By keeping the Italian yacht building operation in Fano running, he allowed Silent-Yachts to make progress on its existing orders for the Silent 62. The first of these yachts, an outstanding three-deck version, has just been launched, with a further seven due later this year.  In addition, Silent-Yachts will launch its first 80-footer in 2025, with another one due before the end of the same year. It constitutes an exceptionally strong pipeline of orders, reflecting widespread enthusiasm for the brand and the innovative technology it has developed.  New CEO Fabrizio Iarrera, a veteran of the Italian yachting sector, has already restructured the business and helped to set it on a strong footing for the future. "Silent-Yachts is known and recognised throughout the yachting world for developing the technology to make electric catamarans a reality," he said. "There are costs associated with creating an entirely new market, and the original business fell prey to these, at a time when price inflation everywhere was spiralling out of control."  "Our yacht owners are passionate about the brand and the yacht itself, as our very strong pipeline of orders shows. For Michael Said, it was an easy decision to invest in a restructured Silent-Yachts, and many of our other owners are just as keen. We know we have a job to do to rebuild the brand's reputation, but we've been thrilled by the positive reception we've had from those who have already put in orders."  Iarrera will run day-to-day operations with support from Michael Said and a board of shareholders. Steve Bell has agreed to serve as vice chairman of this board and together, they will oversee the new business and assist the new management team to achieve growth. Bell is a veteran manager from manufacturing businesses across Britain and Germany, as well as a qualified trainer for sailing and motor yachts up to 24m.  The priority is to finish the yachts under construction and to deliver them to Silent-Yachts’ clients. Then the team will reshuffle its future production schedule to offer additional build slots for 2025 and 2026. All owners of a Silent Yacht will enjoy the same service and warranty, continuing to enjoy full support from the brand’s worldwide network.  Iarrera finished: “At our yard in Fano, we are fully focused on streamlining our operations. The team that we have built is committed to showing the world that we are delivering yachts and that our excellent R&D team can stay ahead of our competitors. We are certain that there is a bright future for Silent-Yachts."

Sunreef CEO Voted Sustainability Leader in Singapore

Key yachting personalities from around the globe gathered for a night of celebration at the prestigious Yacht Style Awards 2024, held at the Constellation Ballroom at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove in Singapore. During the gala Francis Lapp, Founder and President of Sunreef Yachts was awarded the title of Sustainability Leader in Asia.  Francis Lapp's visionary leadership and commitment to promoting a cleaner yachting experience have been instrumental in driving Sunreef Yachts towards a more sustainable future.  The Yacht Style Awards, organized by Yacht Style magazine, celebrate excellence in innovation, design, build quality, sustainability, and owner experience within the luxury yachting sector, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.  This recognition underscores Sunreef Yachts' unwavering commitment to sustainability and innovation, reaffirming its position as a leader in the luxury yachting industry.

Sunreef Uses Recycled Pet Bottles to Build Yachts

Sunreef is a comprehensive approach to yachting, aiming to enhance energy efficiency and sustainability across all aspects of the experience. As part of this initiative, the shipyard‘s research and development team is integrating recycled PET bottles into the production process for the composite superstructures of the yachts.  This innovative use of structural foam, composed of up to 100% recycled PET materials, represents a significant stride toward more eco-conscious yacht construction.  The recycled thermoplastic core offers numerous benefits, including high resistance to process temperatures, exceptional chemical resistance, strong adhesion, and mechanical properties. Crucially, it is fully recyclable, aligning with Sunreef Yachts Eco’s commitment to sustainability. Significantly, the construction of an 80-foot sailing catamaran requires approximately 2.4 tons of this foam core, equivalent to recycling around 600,000 PET bottles.  Following the natural Fiber Composite, this represents another milestone in the shipyard’s ongoing efforts to redefine the standards of environmentally responsible yacht construction.  

Sunreef Joins Major Life Cycle Assessment Project

Sunreef Yachts Eco has recently joined a major Life Cycle Assessment project managed by the European Boating Industry. The initiative aims at developing professional tools enabling the accurate assessment of the environmental footprint of yachts. The project considers the environmental impact of a boat throughout its lifespan. This includes material extraction, construction, use, maintenance, and disposal.  As a leader in sustainable yachting technologies Sunreef Yachts Eco actively participates in the work group, sharing the company’s unique point of view on responsible yachting.  We are proud to contribute to the development of this important LCA tool for the boating industry. The yachting world needs a holistic approach to this matter, and we are happy to share our knowledge and expertise.  Under the umbrella of the European Boating Industry (EBI), key market players are jointly tackling the sustainability challenge and bringing the industry ahead of the curve. A group of leading recreational boat manufacturers and industry associations is coming together to develop the first-ever environmental footprint methodology for recreational boats under 24 meters. It will be backed up by a database and assessment tool to allow small and large manufacturers to access the green transition.  With extensive know-how in the domain of energy efficiency, sustainable boatbuilding, design and finish, Sunreef Yachts Eco embarks on this project with an aim to contribute to a positive change in the yachting world. 

Sunreef Appoints New Zealand Dealer

Luxury marine dealer Ray White Marine group has just been appointed as Sunreef Yachts' exclusive distributor in New Zealand (adding to their existing Australian territory). Ray White Marine has a strong history of sales with overseas Sunreef Yachts with multiple vessels already based in New Zealand and Australia as well as the cutting-edge 60 Sunreef Power Eco announced to be sold by the group recently.  Following the appointment, Francis Lapp, CEO of Sunreef Yachts, commented: I am proud to broaden and deepen our cooperation with Ray White Marine and we look forward to an even more successful relationship. We needed experienced partners in the Australian and New Zealand region to support the entire customer experience. Our new shipyard in the United Arab Emirates, which opens during the 2024 Dubai Boat Show, provides a simple destination for customers to come and view our yachts, facilities, and design office where we can start their journey to becoming a Sunreef owner.  This was a natural step for us with Sunreef Yachts to cover both Australia and New Zealand. Auckland and the Viaduct is a huge catamaran hub for Sunreef and a gateway to the South Pacific. Our team in New Zealand led by Alistair White and James Dazzel will do very well with the brand in New Zealand, says Brock Rodwell CEO of Ray White Marine group.  The partnership will promote the brand from both the North and South Island office locations, with the flagship Auckland office to field all new build inquiries.

Sunseeker Ocean Model Wins Second International Award 

Within a year of its global launch, the Sunseeker Ocean 182 wins its second highly prestigious award at the 2024 Yacht Style Awards. As the recipient of the 'Motor Yacht 27-30m' award category, the Ocean 182 emphasizes Sunseeker's heralded design expertise, offering owners an exceptional amount of interior space without compromising on the all-important outdoor social areas.  The award reflects the global appeal of the Ocean 182 and its many defining features that suit vastly different climates and, most importantly, the owners who possess unique ambitions for yacht ownership. This award showcases Sunseeker's commitment to winning formulas that are designed to turn heads worldwide. Following its previous accolade for 'Best Layout' at the industry-renowned World Yachts Trophies, the Sunseeker Ocean 182 is now recognized on a global stage, winning awards for design excellence in Europe and Asia.  The awards ceremony precedes the exceptional Singapore Yachting Festival, taking place from 25-28 April. Sunseeker will exhibit at the show with its newly appointed distributor, DCH Marine.  “We are honored to have been recognized at this year’s Yacht Style Awards, one of the most important award ceremonies in the Asia Pacific region.” remarks Andrea Frabetti, Chief Executive Officer of Sunseeker International. “The Ocean 182 has rightfully received an overwhelming international response with the first hull sold at its debut show in the United States. Embodying a floating penthouse, this yacht is a testament to our design capabilities and expert craftspeople.”

Sunseeker Appoint New Distributor in Singapore

Sunseeker International, the leading luxury performance yacht manufacturer, has appointed DCH Marine as its exclusive distributor in Singapore. With a decade of leisure marine experience in the region, DCH Marine is poised to elevate customer service and improve product access in the market trading under Sunseeker Singapore.  The agreement between Sunseeker and DCH Marine will establish a sales and service structure intended to support clients from pre-purchase to ownership and on-going maintenance.  Sunseeker has been supplying yachts to Singapore since the 1990s. With ambitious plans to grow the Sunseeker brand in Singapore, DCH Marine will be establishing a Sunseeker Showcase located within the premium ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove. This exceptional location will provide a central hub for an unmatched customer experience.  DCH Marine possesses extensive expertise in the marine industry. Coupled with Sunseeker's renowned design innovation, this appointment promises to deliver exceptional product access, services and experiences to customers.  The debut of the new distributor appointment will take place at the Singapore Yachting Festival at ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove from April 25-28 followed by a VIP open house event in May at the same marina where two new Sunseeker yachts will be on show; the 76 Yacht and the Manhattan 55. The two yachts have been designed and built with a tropical specification to appeal to the Singapore market.  “This new appointment will accelerate regional growth for Sunseeker,” said Andrea Frabetti, Chief Executive Officer at Sunseeker International. “Singapore represents a key market for the brand and we are confident that our partnership with DCH Marine will enable us to best serve the needs of customers in the market. Together, we look forward to introducing our partnership at the Singapore Yachting Festival later this month and the brand new yachts at the open house event in May.”  “Sunseeker is renowned for its design excellence and technical expertise. The company's ethos and all that it stands for in the pursuit of product quality aligns closely with our commitment to quality excellence.” Comments Frank Lai, Chief Executive Officer at DCH Marine. “Our commitment to delivering excellent customer service will enable us to drive the sale of new Sunseeker yachts. We are thrilled to debut our venture with Sunseeker at the upcoming Singapore Yachting Festival with two yachts on display, followed closely by our private view event of the Manhattan 55 and 76 Yacht this May.”

Van Der Valk Management Buyout

Having been at the helm of the shipyard that bears his name since its foundation in 1967, Wim van der Valk marked his 79th birthday on 18 April by officially confirming his retirement. A management buyout of Van der Valk’s shares in the yard has taken place, financially supported by a family of experienced yacht owners who have previously commissioned three custom superyachts from Van der Valk Shipyard; LeVen, EDGE and Lady Lene. With a full order book stretching well into 2026, including the largest superyacht built to date, confidence in the future is high.  Van der Valk has firmly established itself in recent years as one of the only yards in the world with the capacity and flexibility to build all-custom superyachts up to 45 metres in length. It has over 9000 m² of state-of-the-art facilities at its location in Waalwijk (NL), opening its seventh construction hall last November. The management team of Enrico Theuns, Bram Kooltjes and Yoeri Bijker can leverage on decades of combined experience in the high-end yachting industry and will continue to enjoy the ongoing support of President Emeritus Wim van der Valk as an advisor to the board.  “The significant capital investment will enable Van der Valk to continue growing our unique niche in the market for bespoke yachts between 25 and 45 metres,” comments head of sales Yoeri Bijker. “The new primary shareholders fully understand our yard’s ethos having built several award-winning yachts with us and are committed to ensuring Van der Valk retains its Dutch structure, heritage and quality. We have a solid financial future as an independent entity with various options available for further expansion. Wim’s unrivalled legacy could not be in safer hands.”

Van Der Valk Nominated for Super Yacht Award

When Van Der Valk launched the all-custom explorer Pilot last year they knew that this blend of highly innovative owner requirements was a very special boat indeed. The Van der Valk craftsmen worked tirelessly with exterior designer Cor D. Rover, interior designers André Fu and Cor D. Rover and the naval architects from Ginton Naval Architects and Diana Yacht Design to create a 34-metre masterpiece for a client who knew exactly what he wished to achieve.  Combining astonishing looks with an exceptional volume for a 34-metre yacht of 295 gross tonnes, her color palette of castle tan and stark white heightens the sense of sophistication. And, as the icing on the cake for all this work, the Pilot has now been nominated for the 2024 World Superyacht Awards in the ‘Semi-Displacement or Planing Motor Yachts, 30m to 34.9m’ category.  She faces stiff competition from five other fine vessels but Van der Valk are already very much looking forward to the WSA ceremony in early May in Venice when the independent judges panel of current and former superyacht owners will announce the winner.  Van der Valk is honored to be on quite a roll when it comes to winning awards in recent times. Blue Jeans took home a prestigious trophy at last year’s World Superyachts Awards in Istanbul as you can read here. Lady Lene won a major prize for her interior at the 2023 BOAT Design & Innovation Awards, and last September saw the EDGE 65 triumph at the World Yacht Trophies in Cannes as Best Custom motoryacht.

Viking Celebrates Sixty Years

The Viking Yacht Company has been building a better boat every day for 60 years. Founded by brothers Bill and Bob Healey on April 1, 1964, Viking climbed the marine industry mountain and has been at its peak for decades now, unwilling to relinquish the throne as the industry’s best boatbuilder.  “Early on, my father drove home the point that Viking was about building a better boat every day, and Uncle Bob insisted that we like the view from the top of the mountain and plan to stay there,” says Bill’s son, Pat Healey, Viking President and CEO. “On our 60th anniversary, the Co-founders’ statements are stronger than ever.”  “We started Viking with 17 barren acres and a winter storage shed,” said Pat Healey. Above: The original Viking building in New Gretna, New Jersey.  Today’s plant stretches for nearly a quarter of a mile, with five manufacturing lines where yachts from 38 to 90 feet are built. Between the New Gretna and Mullica facilities, we have about 1 million square feet of manufacturing space.  Viking has always had a leg up on the competition because it’s owned by a family of boatbuilders that calls the shots. The role of the Healey family in the business has never been more prevalent. Bob Healey Sr.’s son, Bob Jr., along with Pat and his children are leading the company into its seventh decade.  From vintage wooden cruising yachts to today’s flagships the Viking 90 and Valhalla 55, Viking history has been filled with many milestone models. Each new model improves upon its predecessor as our design and engineering team refines and modifies to create the next great Viking.  The people of the Viking Yacht Company are its heart and soul. We’ve been blessed to have many great people as part of our family for over 60 years. Thank you to the best boatbuilders in the world! Above left: Bill Healey always made it a point to shake hands with boatbuilders, thanking them for their hard work at the end of the day. Above right: Bob Healey Sr. will always be remembered as the driving force that led to the repeal of the devastating Luxury Tax of the early 1990s.  Started in the early 1980s, the demonstrator program plays a crucial role in our success. The leaders of our company fish the major tournaments, learning about the product so it can be refined and improved. The program’s longevity and success are unrivaled in the marine industry.   With the Viking Marine Group (VMG), we can offer owners a diverse range of products and the services and support to make their boating and fishing experience the absolute best it can be. VMG consists of Viking Yachts, Valhalla Boatworks, Princess Yachts America, Valhalla Boat Sales, Atlantic Marine Electronics, the Viking Yacht Service Center, Palm Beach Towers and the Viking Yachting Center.

Viking Co-Founder Inducted in Hall of Fame

Bill Healey, a Co-founder of the Viking Yacht Company who guided the boatbuilder to the top of the industry, was recently inducted into the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Hall of Fame.  “On behalf of my father, I’d like to thank the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey for this honor,” said Bill’s son, Pat Healey, President and CEO of Viking. “New Jersey is truly a great state, and the Healey family is proud to have founded and successfully run our boatbuilding business here for more than 60 years. Through good times and bad, we’ve stayed the course by building a better boat every day. That is my father’s mantra – and it still guides us today. We look forward to a bright future and continued growth right here in New Jersey.”  Viking was founded in 1964 by Bill and Bob Healey, who was previously inducted into the MTA/NJ Hall of Fame. Bill and Bob are also in the National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame. For 49 years, Bill was the President and CEO. Bill’s leadership and vision built one of the most recognizable and respected brands in the marine industry. For nearly 50 years at the helm, Bill was intimately involved with the design, engineering, manufacturing and service of over 5,000 Vikings delivered since the brand’s launch.  On any given day Bill could be seen riding his bicycle around the plant to check on his boatbuilders in the various stages of manufacturing. His contributions to the industry are numerous. He played a crucial role in leading the industry through the repeal of the Luxury Tax, which severely impacted the marine industry and the families it supported. His efforts in that campaign benefited countless marine businesses and also helped maintain domestic boat building.  Viking has always had a leg up on the competition because it’s owned by a family of boatbuilders that calls the shots. And the people of Viking are its lifeblood. A former marine known for his work ethic and discipline, Bill always made it a point to shake hands with his builders, thanking them for their hard work at the end of the day.  “This is a well-deserved award,” says Pat. “My father has had great longevity and many accomplishments in his career, and one of his greatest is experiencing the 60th anniversary with the Healeys still owning and managing the company, including the third generation.”  Viking started “with 17 barren acres and a winter storage shed,” said Pat. Today, the New Gretna plant stretches for nearly a quarter of a mile, with five manufacturing lines where yachts from 38 to 90 feet are built. Between the New Gretna and Mullica facilities, the company has about 1 million square feet of manufacturing space and built 174 boats between the Viking and Valhalla brands last year.

Viking Key West Challenge 2024

The Viking Key West Challenge is always a special event, bringing together Viking and Valhalla owners for four days of family, fishing and fun in the Conch Republic. This year was even more momentous because it marked the event’s 10th year and provided the perfect venue to celebrate Viking’s 60th anniversary.  Vikings and Valhallas took over the waterfront from April 3-6, with Thursday and Saturday reserved as fish days. It was an amazing sight each dawn and late afternoon as the beautiful industry-leading fleet of yachts departed and returned.  “These tournaments are about camaraderie, a little competition, great dinners together and lot of fun,” Viking President and CEO Pat Healey said during the Captains’ Meeting at Dante’s Key West. “I want to thank all of you – the largest group we’ve ever had in our 10-year history, and it’s on our 60th anniversary. Wow!”  The Viking 61 Right Choice finished as the Top Boat, releasing 11 sailfish and boating two kingfish and a pair of tuna. They edged out 2nd Place overall finisher Papa’s Pilar, a Valhalla 41, that released 10 sails and brought a tuna and a wahoo to the scales. Third Place overall went to the Viking 72 Magic Hour, with 10 sailfish releases, three tuna and one kingfish.  The team from the Right Choice also took 1st Place Sailfish, with the Valhalla 41 Badfish placing 2nd and Magic Hour finishing 3rd in the division.  The youngsters stole the show when it came to angler awards. Ten-year-old Piper Hatcher on the Viking 58 Salt Shaker finished first in three categories: Overall Angler, Overall Female Angler and Overall Junior Angler. The secret to her success? “Keep it tight,” said Piper, who released eight sails and caught one 19-pound tuna. “I started fishing when I was seven. This was my first sailfish, and last year I caught my first white marlin. I love fishing and the ocean and being with my family.”  In both the Overall Angler and Junior Angler categories, Danny Accardi on the Viking 92 Sir Reel finished 2nd, followed in 3rd Place by Adam Kapusta on the Right Choice. Like we said, it was a clean sweep for the kids.  The teams caught plenty of meat fish, and the Spot Zero Weigh Station was bustling with activity. “It’s priceless to see all the smiling faces,” said Pat, who was on hand giving the boats thumbs-ups and slapping high fives with the anglers. “It’s absolutely the best.”  Paul Groth aboard Papa’s Pilar caught a 43.4-pound wahoo to win 1st Place in that category. First Place team honors in other meat categories went to the Viking 70 Pipe Dreamer for tuna; Sexy Lady, a Viking 62, for dolphin; the Viking 68 Miss Carrie for kingfish; and the Viking 80 Rachel Anne for cobia.  They traveled to the southernmost point of the U.S. to compete, but – as the tagline states – the event is about “More Than Just Fishing!” There were plenty of fun activities on the lay day, including the Pool Party Lunch, Duval Street Bar Crawl Poker Run and Kids Dock Tournament. Always a cherished event, boys and girls get a chance to bend a rod and take pictures with their catch – no matter the size. The bite picked up after a slow start. One parent could be heard saying, “put down that juice box it’s time to start fishing!”  “This is our first year and it’s been great,” said Chris Eni, who was participating with his wife, Jennifer, and family. The couple recently took delivery of their 58 Convertible On a Roll, their second Viking. “It’s great to be together with all these Viking owners. There’s so much to do. Viking really knows how to put on a fun event.  And the icing on the cake to this year’s Viking Key West Challenge was just that – the sparkling white frosting of a cake to commemorate Viking’s 60th anniversary and cap off the Awards Dinner at Opal Key. The Healey family gathered around the three-layer treat and sang “Happy Birthday” along with the 500-plus guests.  The 11th annual Viking Key West Challenge takes place Wednesday, April 9 through Sunday, April 13, 2025. 

Viking at Chub Cay Classic

Bob Moss’ Viking 72 SandboB claimed second Place Boat at the Chub Cay Classic in the Bahamas. Third Place was awarded to James Adams’ Viking 66 Gunnslinger. Gunnslinger also took the Top Lady Angler award while Bob Edwards’ Viking 52 Shakedown weighed the Heaviest Meatfish.

Viking at Chub Cay Invitational

The Guidry family’s Viking 72 Team Harvey was the second Place Boat at the Chub Cay Invitational earlier this month. Top Lady Angler went to William Johnston’s Viking 80 Wingman and the team on Bob Moss’ Viking 72 SandboB weighed the Heaviest Meatfish.

April 29, 2024

New Model: Tiara EX54

Tiara presents its second act in it's Ex Series line up, with the smaller EX54 which debuted during the 2024 Miami boat show. Like the bigger EX60 the EX54 is all about buyer's choice, offering three aft cockpit module selections, making each yacht uniquely personalized to their owner. Cruise and entertain or opt to enjoy your favorite water activities from the twin terraces and swim platform with integrated steps. Forward, the easily accessible bow provides yet another exterior relaxation zone. Interior, the salon and galley offer plenty of amenities and comforts for dining and entertaining. Below deck the Tiara EX54 offers three private sleeping accommodations for six adults alongside two heads, with an owners stateroom located at midships. The EX54 continues Tiara partnership with Volvo powered by twin Volvo 725hp with IPS pod propulsion for top speeds up to 33 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 16.54 m (54.3ft)
Beam - 4.85 m
Draft - 1.32 m
Displacement - 21954 kg dry
Fuel Capacity - 2460 l
Water Capacity - 511 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Volvo D11 725hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS2-950 dual propeller pod drives
Speed - 33 knots max, 26 knots cruise
Range - 290 nautical miles at cruise
Hull Shape - modified Vee with fourteen degrees deadrise aft
Construction - resin infused fiberglass with closed-cell foam, Axalta painted hull
Certification - NMMA with ABYC standards, CE available 

April 28, 2024

VisionF Power Catamaran Burns Down in Miami River

A 2023 build VisionF power catamaran titled Flagship went ablaze and ultimately was destroyed by a fire which started in a covered water shed at the Merrill-Stevens Yachts repair yard, on the Miami river, North-West to Downtown Miami, at 11:15 on the morning of Sunday 28 April.  Miami Fire Rescue responded to the fire, with 32 rescue units and 100 fire fighters, including the Hazmat Team and a Fireboat.  This was a delicate fire fighting operation, also because the yacht was located in a close shed with nearby yachts, and other burning materials, with the first course off action being that to tow the yacht outside.  The fire took about one hour to control, with the yacht ultimately partly sinking in the Miami River.  No one was injured in the fire, with Merill-Stevens yard manager saying it was lucky that the accident happened on a Sunday.  The causes of the fire are under investigation, and are also being followed by VisionF, due to the relatively young age of less to a year of the yacht.   
Flagship is a 2023 VisionF 82 Alu, alumimium build in Turkey.  The VisionF 82 was first announced a project under the Silent Yachts brand in 2022, ultimately the brands separated in around 2023, and VisionF decided to launch the project under its own brand.  Three Vision F82 Alu have so far been delivered, with the yard having further projects for a smaller 80 and bigger 100 model.

Fjord New Web Site

Fjord presents its new web site.  Fjord was founded in the early sixties by Alf Richard Bjerke in Arendal, who decided to enter boat building after a visit to the Hannover boat show.  Originally founded as Fjord Plast, Bjorke gets the help of Finn B. Roer as business partner, and Jan Hermann Linge as designer, setting up a small shop which could build boats up to 24 feet in Arendal, debuting with the Fjordling 17 as designed by Linge in 1962 which is followed by the fifteen foot Gressvig dinghy on the same year. The Fjordling will be build in hundreds of units till 1970.  By 1964 Fjord will move to a new location in Fevik, and in the end of the sixties it will buy Herwa, Selco, Trifoil, and Norcem's plastic boat businesses.  After ten years in business Fjord is offering 72 models from four shipyards, and is the largest boat producer in Northern Europe.  The business at Fjord is so good that Bjerke is planning for a 75 footer on the drawing board, abruptly cancelled with the 1973 oil crisis which will put the at the time largest Scandinavian boat producer in great difficulty.  The 1973 oil crisis hits Fjord so hard that it is sold to Norcem, a Norwegian cement producer, which by the end seventies will close the three Arendal, Tromøy, Grimstad factories with only the one in Rjukan remaining open.  In 1981, Fjord is sold to Bjørn Minde, Tor Egil Baardsen and Odd Simonsen. Minde eventually takes over as sole owner and merges Fjord Plast with Wiking Boats, giving the Fjord Boats name.  In 1991 Fjord is sold again to Eivind Astrup, who will sell again to Inger Sande Brøvig in 1996. In March 2006, Hanse Yachts will buy 51% of the shares in Fjord, with the Norwegian boat builder becoming a total part of the Hanse Yachts Group in 2007, and moving production to Germany.  The Fjord Hanse era will debut with a total different minimal design of the 40 Cruiser as designed by Patrick Banfield, although it will be the 40 Open a twelve meter walk around sports cruiser which starts the new successful of the new German owned Fjord. Today's Fjord line up features offers nine models, which start with the 38 Open and go up to the 53 XL flagship, with its latest model being the 41 XP and XL models with a 480 currently being in project stages.  The new Fjord website takes you around with the following buttons: Motorboats, Fjord Legend, Magazine, Events, Dealers, Services, Contact Us, and Configure Now.  Fjord is also on social media with links at the right bottom of the page taking you to its Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Linkedin pages.
Production History;
Fjordling 17 1962-75
Fjord Diplomat 30 1967-78
32 Cabin 1969-75
24 Weekender 1969-82
27 Cruiser 1970-78
34/38 Flybridge 1971-72/73
21 DC/650 SE 1981-85
725 SE 1982-86
815 SSE 1983-89
880 AC 1984-87
880 CC 1984-87
870 AC 1985-
1001 AC 1985-
1001 CC 1985
1001 CB 1985-
39/1200 Solcio 1985-89
Dolphin 900 1987-97
Terne 28 1989-13
Terne 21 1995-12
Terne 24 1995-13
40 Cruiser 2007-13  Patrick Banfield design, Hanse Group ownership
40 Open 2008-19
36 Open 2010-19
36 MY Tender 2013-18
48 Open 2014-17
42 Open 2016-17
38 Xpress 2017-23 *36 Xpress project
52 Open 2018-20
44 Coupe 2018-
44 Open 2018-
38 Open 2019-23
41 XL/XP 2020-
53 XL 2021-
39 XL/XP 2023-
480 2024-
Fjordling 17 1962-70, Fjord's first model

April 27, 2024

Princess Yacht Stucks in Chelmsford Bridge

A fifteen meter Princess yacht collided and got stuck in its road transport journey in the Chelmsford Railway viaduct, Chelmsford, to the North East of London, UK, on the late morning of Saturday 27 April.  This Princess was on its way from Denmark to the UK to a boat yard in Essex Marina, and ended in an alternative road because the planned motorway route was closed, passing into the Chelmsford Railway viaduct and soft colliding and getting stuck with the bridge side pillars.  With this collision delaying the Princess yacht arrival, and causing some traffic mayhem.  The Princess was later freed from the the bridge and continued its journey to Essex Marina. The damage to the Princess Yacht was not reported. According to unconfirmed reports this is the same Princess yacht which ended aground in Rorvig, Denmark on the eighteen June 2023.
The Princess yacht in this bridge collision is an F50 model as released in 2019 as a replacement to the 49. The Princess F50 is designed by Bernard Olesinski and Pininfarina exterior styling. In 2022 the Princess F50 was updated with the addition of larger glazing on the hull sides.

Viking Sportfish Collides Into Blackwater River Bridge

A thirteen meter Viking sportfish cruiser titled Y-Not collided with a bridge in Blackwater river in Milton, Florida on the afternoon of 26 April.  The Viking sportfish was un-attended during the collision, and is reported to have been moving back and forth around the area in recent weeks, sometimes moored to a dock and other times on anchor.  Strong winds are what caused the collision with the bridge, with the US Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservative Commission trying to trace the ownership of Y-Not, which is known to be a liveaboard boat for one male person.
Y-Not is a Viking 45 Convertible as produced between 1987 to 93 in around 250 units. The 45 Convertible was Viking's best eighties success, a stepping stone to the successful growth of the New Jersey sportfish boat and  yacht builder.  The 45 Convertible came out as a replacement to the 46 Convertible Sport Fisher, and was replaced by the 47 Convertible in 1994.

New Model: Canados Gladiator 961 Speed

Canados has in the end of 2023 launched the first unit of its Gladiator 961 Speed, its largest super sport yacht to date and first to feature a sport bridge from the Rome Italian yacht builder.  Designed inhouse with interior by Christian Gatto the Canados Gladiator 961 Speed, is as the name implies first of all a fast yacht able to cruise up to forty knots in both twin MTU 2600hp or triple Man 2000hp power options.  The Canados Gladiator 961 Speed though is also a comfortable sport yacht with a living on the main deck offering dining and lounging with a galley offset to port side, while the lower deck is all reserved for the four double guest cabins with an owners stateroom at midships.  A crew area with two cabins and a galley is located at midships in between the cabins and the engine room.  Exterior spaces are featured in three distinctive areas, aft deck, fore deck and flybridge, with all of these offering lounging dining and sunbathing areas.  Canados seems to have gone great lengths to make the Gladiator 961 Speed light and strong, with carbon fiber E-glass infused construction, Airex core used for the floors, but also coring used in the furniture to minimize weight as possible.  
Technical Data:
LOA - 29.22 m (95.9ft)
Hull Length - 23.9 m
Beam - 6.35 m
Darft - 1.40 m exl drives
Displacement - 74 t unloaded, 88 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 7500 l
Water Capacity - 1500 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, three four  crew in two cabins
Engines - 2 x MTU 16V2000 M96L 2600hp, 3 x Man V12 2000hp
Propulsion - surface drives
Speed - 45 knots max 39 cruise with MTU 2600hp, 47 max forty cruise with triple Man 2000hp
Construction - infused carbon fiber, e-glass and vinylester resin
Project - Canados exterior and naval architecture Christian Gatto interior
Certification - CE for dimensions

April 26, 2024

Project: Cantiere Delle Marche Deep Blue 115

Cantiere delle Marche has sold and starting construction of its first Deep Blue 115 model. The Deep Blue 115, designed by Horacio Bozzo stands as a remarkable successor to her predecessor, the 43m Acala, whose acclaim at prestigious events like the Cannes and Monaco yacht shows, along with her recognition at the World Superyacht Award, paved the way for her evolution into the successful Deep Blue series and it becoming the 141 model. With a robust steel hull, boasting a gross tonnage of 299, the Deep Blue 115 mirrors Acala in both character and amenities. At 35 meters in length with a beam of over seven meters, Deep Blue 115 is to be powered by twin Caterpillar 715hp each, a very modest power which aims to give low fuel consumption and a remarkable range. Axis Group Yacht Design has been entrusted to develop both naval architecture and engineering of the yacht. Cantiere delle Marche Deep Blue 115 offers accommodation for ten guests in five cabins, with the owner stateroom on the main deck forward and four guest suites on the Lower deck. A crew of seven will take care of managing the yacht and attending to the guests’ welfare. The Deep Blue 115 has a traditional layout with two salons, on the main and upper deck, a large galley on the Main deck, guest accommodations on the Lower deck, and plenty of outdoor areas on all decks. Among the yacht’s main features worth mentioning is the large swimming pool on the main deck aft with a tank to store the treated water while underway, a tender garage opening on the port side, openable sliding doors equipped with pneumatic gasketing on both sides of the main salon, a foldable terrace to starboard next to the dining area. Insulation to lower both the already exceptional noise and vibration levels has been improved to grant an incredible comfort and speech privacy in most interior areas. The whole AV/IT systems of the Deep Blue 115 are to be engineered by Videoworks: another yachting excellence from the Marche region, while the interior, envisioned by Giorgio M. Cassetta, promises to captivate and enchant with a subtle elegance made of silent details.

April 25, 2024

New Model: Duchy Sport 11.2m

Part of the Cockwells Group, Duchy Motor Launches are an interesting British brand offering traditional looking cruisers and yachts from six to eighteen meters in length, who with this new Sport model debut into the sport cruiser segment and its first planning hull, courtesy of designer Andrew Wolstenholme.  Debuting in 2023 the eleven meters Duchy Sport actually started out as a custom order from a customer, with Cockswell then deciding to offer the model as an off the shelf production made.  A clever move considering the success this type of sport cruisers are enjoying in the current market, and also because the Duchy Sport is a kind of a unique offer, more sport cruiser looking but with walk around amenities.  The Duchy Sport accommodation is about it's exterior, with a twin sun-pad aft central corridor welcoming you aboard, L-shaped dinette, triple seat helm console, with two steps up leading to the bulwark protected walkaround side decks, which features a sun-pad on top of the cabin roof.  A door to starboard of the helm station leads to the cabin area, which offers accommodation for two from a V-shaped dinette forward which transforms to a double berth, and a shower head to port side.  The Duchy Sport is powered by twin Yanmar 370hp with stern drive propulsion which give a top speed up to 42 knots and a cruise of thirty knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.20 m (36.7ft)
Waterline Length - 10.2 m
Beam - 3.20 m
Draft - 0.57 m ex. drives and propellers
Displacement - seven tons medium load
Fuel Capacity - 800 l
Water Capacity - 
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 2 x Yanmar 8LV 370hp
Propulsion - Yanmar stern drives
Speed - 42 knots max thirty cruise
Range - 300 nautical miles at cruise
Project - Andrew Wolstenholme

April 24, 2024

Project: Aquila 50 Yacht

Aquila announces the project for the new 50 Yacht model, set to debut in the fall of 2024.  With the 50 Yacht Aquila introduce an all-new "Explorer" aesthetic, with a commanding high freeboard that sets it apart from the other Aquila smaller and larger Yachts range models.  This mew Aquila explorer aesthetic is very recognizable thanks to the stepped ship at center yacht which elevates the bow.  The Aquila 50 Yacht will feature an expansive new flybridge design, enhanced by an optional retractable sunshade. The Aquila 50 Yacht will feature a standard with a three double cabins interior plus an utility room, with a master suite forward making use of all the seven meters plus of beam of the power catamaran.  Aquila will also offer a four double cabins arrangement plus a crew cabin layout.  The Aquila 50 Yacht is to be powered by twin 480hp Volvo engines with line shaft propulsion for top speeds up to 22 knots and a cruise of eighteen. 

April 23, 2024

New Model: Beneteau Swift Trawler 48

Beneteau presents the new Swift Trawler 48, an explorer flybridge cruiser which focuses on practical easy living and circulation and is built to seek new horizons. An evolution of the Swift Trawler 47 which launched in 2018, the 48 is mid-range explorer cruiser with a stylish profile which features the new stainless framed teak slat fashion plates, as featured on the Grand Trawler 62. Designed by Beneteau's Andreani the Swift Trawler 48 offers an aft cockpit which can fit a folding table and two directors chairs which together with the large bench seat maximizes the indoor to outdoor living space. The transom double gate opens onto a large swim platform with an optional hydraulic lifting system. A twenty squared meters flybridge adds more open air spaces for panoramic views. The flybridge offers dual seat with transform backrests either side of the pilot seat which allow plentiful forward facing seating during passage making or join with the dinette aft to eat and relax with a large dining table and a wet-bar. On the foredeck the optional sun-pad with lift up sections creates forward seating.  The Swift Trawler 48 also features an asymmetrical deck layout giving a wide and well-protected starboard side-deck. Andreani revisited the interior design and layout in the Swift Trawler 48, with an entrance inside with a main deck with an astern large fully-equipped L-shaped galley.  Forward of the galley is a spacious raised U-shaped dinette providing seating for up to eight with great views all around. To starboard is the helm station with an adjacent side door for easy docking and more air circulation. In the lower accommodation, the forward owner’s cabin features a double berth and plenty of storage, with an en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle to starboard. The port guest cabin has two single berths with an infill to transform into a double berth. This cabin also features an en-suite door to the portside day head. The starboard guest cabin has two portlights, a transverse double berth and a double door wardrobe that is large enough to take an optional washer/dryer in the base. The Beneteau Swift Trawler 48 is powered by twin Cummins 380hp, and or optional 425hp as optional.
Technical Data:
LOA - 14.74 m (48.4ft)
Beam - 4.5 m
Draft - 1.15 m
Displacement - 12200kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 1930 l
Water Capacity - 640 l
Accommodation - six guests in three cabins
Engines - 2 x Cummins QSB 6.7l 380hp, QSB 6.7l optional 425hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - 23 knots max 18 cruise, nine knots long range with 380s, 26 knots max with 425w
Range - 380 nm at 18 knots, 650 nm at 9 knots with 380s
Hull Shape - semi displacement
Construction - sandwich construction with counter molding, balsa core in super structure
Project - Andreani exterior and interior, MiCad naval architecture
Certification - CE B14/C16/D16

April 22, 2024

Boca Chita Boat Yacht Collision Kills Two

A collision between a fifteen meter Azimut sport yacht and a five meter Key West open boat in South Biscayne Bay, Boca Chita Key, Miami-Dade County on 18:45 hours of Sunday 21 April killed two men.  The reason of the accident and who struck who are not reported, with both vessels having seven passengers onboard when the boats collided into each other.  The operator and a passenger of the small Key West boat where emergency transported to a hospital, and ultimately did not make it and died.  The Azimut as the picture above shows had damage on its starboard bow area, with the small Key West boat damaged on its port-side to aft.  Florida Fish and Wildlife are investigating the accident.  
The Azimut sport yacht in this collision is an Atlantis 51 model, as released in 2018 to a project of Neo Design of Salvetti and Biaggi.  Still in production today, the Azimut Atlantis 51 replaced the Atlantis 50 after five years of production.