May 31, 2024

Monthly News - May 2024

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Aquila Receives Prestigious Yacht Style Award

Aquila Power Catamarans was honored at this year’s Yacht Style Awards in Singapore for its Aquila 42 Yacht, which won in the Power Catamaran Under 15m category.  The Yacht Style Awards recognizes the best of the yachting industry in the extended Asia region and internationally. There are 30 award categories designed to showcase excellence and creative flair in the industry both regionally and internationally.  Alain Raas, Aquila Brand Manager, comments, “We are honored to have received this outstanding award for the Aquila 42 Yacht. The 42 Yacht embodies our dedication to delivering unparalleled experiences for boating enthusiasts worldwide. Thank you to Yacht Style for honoring us at this year’s awards.”  Crafted to accommodate every boater, regardless of their journey, the Aquila 42 Yacht is a pinnacle of maritime excellence. Built to meet CE Certification Category A standards and expertly designed by the acclaimed power catamaran design firm VPLP Design, it seamlessly combines performance and luxury.  The yacht offers an unrivaled setting for leisure and relaxation. It features three expansive alfresco entertainment areas, complemented by a full galley and wet bar. Moreover, with a range of stateroom options, it caters to diverse boating lifestyles, ensuring comfort and convenience for all onboard.

Arksen Selects Garmin

Arksen, the pioneering outdoor lifestyle brand, announced today that all UK Arksen Discovery Series premium open adventure rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) will come equipped with a full ecosystem of Garmin electronics, including navigation, switching, monitoring and audio systems.  This collaboration marks the start of an exciting new chapter for both brands, uniting a shared passion for adventure and underscoring a commitment to enhancing the experiences of their global customers.  The all-new Arksen Discovery Series RIBs, ranging from six metres to 12 metres, will come standard with GPSMAP® 1223 chart plotters that offer 12” high-resolution displays with an easy-to-use, intuitive interface. Owners will be able to enjoy a seamless integration and premium experience with electronics that work harmoniously together. Designed and manufactured in the UK, the Discovery Series represents a new era of on-water enjoyment for families and adventurers alike.  “We’re excited to announce our preferred supplier agreement with Arksen, ensuring the new Discovery Series launches with our premium marine electronics built-in as standard. We look forward to helping fulfil more passions on the water.” - Jon Oliver, Managing Director at Garmin UK.  Nick Bailey, Arksen Discovery Series Sales Manager, added: "This agreement marks a significant milestone for Arksen, while also paving the way for future collaborations with Garmin, working together to jointly focus on driving innovation and expanding the adventure industry.”  The Discovery Series RIBs will include a full-Garmin marine electronics system, including GPSMAP series chartplotters, EmpirBus™ digital switching and Fusion® audio systems, along with an VHF 215i AIS and a GT15M-IH transducer.  Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for anglers, sailors, mariners and boat enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing the most innovative, highest quality, and easiest to use marine electronics the industry has ever known, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. For the ninth consecutive year, Garmin was named the Manufacturer of the Year by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Other Garmin marine brands include Navionics® and JL Audio®. 

Arksen Co-Ownership Programme

Arksen, the pioneering outdoor lifestyle brand, introduces the opportunity for like-minded adventurers to enjoy up to 50% ownership of the stunning ‘Project Ocean’ as part of the Arksen Co-ownership programme, a club that redefines the way friends and families experience the joys of ocean exploration.  Inspired by Arksen’s founder, Jasper Smith, and his desire to provide his children with unparalleled adventures at sea, the programme provides co-ownership opportunities and charter details designed to reignite a spirit of adventure, offering a practical, globally roaming alternative to a second home.  The Arksen Co-ownership programme was built with a community-first approach, welcoming all explorers with an opportunity to discover somewhere like never before. Arksen is offering the opportunity to own up to 50% of ‘Project Ocean’ which is launching this summer. ‘Project Ocean’ is a groundbreaking long-range explorer vessel, raising the bar of travel experiences and opening up new destinations and memories.  The programme enables members to share ownership of exceptional vessels and provides access to curated, multi-year cruising itineraries across European, Asian, American, and Global syndicates. Members can enjoy unforgettable adventures and the opportunity to support ocean conservation efforts, facilitated by Yachts for Science where members can contribute to the ‘10% for the Ocean’ fund.  ‘Project Ocean’ has been built with an advanced hybrid propulsion system, state-of-the-art stabilisation technology, and systems engineering which work in harmony to optimise efficiency while significantly reducing emissions, noise, and vibrations. The vessel can switch seamlessly to zero emissions mode and silent running upon reaching a destination, all thanks to its solar array and hybrid propulsion. With the virtual anchor system, this means serene and sensitive marine areas can be enjoyed while leaving no trace.  Members can embark on an extraordinary journey onboard the 85ft ‘Project Ocean’ as it navigates a captivating itinerary through the landscapes of Northern Europe, including Iceland, Svalbard, Norway, Spain, Portugal, the Canaries, and a daring Atlantic crossing. The adventure continues along the East Coast of the US, exploring New England, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Bermuda. As winter sets in, the voyage takes a sun-soaked turn through the Caribbean, Central America, and the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands.  Following on from this, even greater adventures are planned for ‘Project Ocean’ as she sets sail through Mexico, California, the Pacific Northwest (Washington and BC), concluding in the breathtaking landscapes of Alaska. This carefully curated itinerary is a testament to the spirit of wanderlust, promising unforgettable adventures for those seeking a unique and immersive seafaring experience.  Jasper Smith, founder and CEO of Arksen commented: “Arksen was created to help satisfy our need for adventure, and to create an environment that is nurturing to family and friends. Getting off grid and being challenged by an experience, visiting extraordinary places, eating great food, and laughing with people that you love is what makes life special. The Arksen Co-ownership programme is a testament to our dedication to creating a community-driven, experiential approach to ocean exploration.”  The Arksen Co-ownership programme builds on the success of Arksen’s explorer vessels, such as the Arksen 85 ‘Project Pelagos’. The vessel features a durable, cutting-edge design, comprised of 40% of recycled content aluminium.  The success of the Arksen 85 ‘Project Pelagos’ and ‘Project Ocean’ underscores Arksen's strong foothold in the dynamic ocean adventure and lifestyle market, projected to grow by over 52% by 2030. The Arksen Co-ownership programme is an opportunity for individuals to embark on life-enhancing adventures, exploring oceans and engaging in meaningful projects, all while enjoying the benefits of shared ownership. Limited shares are available, and the first Arksen 85 is set to set sail this summer.

Azimut Wins Yacht Style Award in Singapore

At the Singapore Yachting Festival 2024, during the Yacht Style Awards 2024 organized by the prestigious Yacht Style magazine, a leading industry magazine in the Asia Pacific area, the Magellano 60 won first place in the category "Motor Yacht 18-21m".  This award represents a significant achievement and sees Azimut among the protagonists of the leisure boating industry, in the Asian region and internationally.

Bayliss Celebrates 22 Years 

April 15th marked the 22nd year in business at Bayliss Boatworks. Since starting as a small crew working out of a single construction bay, Bayliss has grown into a strong team of over 100 dedicated employees operating within a continuously expanding campus. Bayliss appreciate every milestone achieved over the years, and are grateful for everyone who has supported it into its ongoing journey. 

Bayliss on Waves of Opportunity

Last month, Waves of Opportunity, North Carolina stopped by to capture a glimpse of a typical workday at Bayliss Boatworks.  Waves of Opportunity is an organization designed to match skilled workers with in-demand maritime job opportunities. 

Benetti Takes Part in World Boating Day

Benetti is taking part in World Boating Day organised by the Superyacht Life Foundation and will be holding an open day on May 25th at its Livorno shipyard with a rich programme of events. World Boating Day is a new initiative by the Superyacht Life Foundation, a non-profit organisation that champions the people, places and projects surrounding the world of superyachts. Benetti has decided to join this project and will be opening the doors of its Livorno shipyard on May 25th, with a programme of events for everyone and not just yachting enthusiasts. On Saturday May 25th, there will be the possibility to visit the Benetti Museum, which will remain open throughout the day. It will also be possible to access the Shipyard’s production sites and the lighthouse, as well as to participate in sea trials of the Tridente 16 sail boats accompanied by instructors from the Antignano Yacht Club. The programme is rounded out by activities for children and a yoga lesson on the Benetti helipad in the late afternoon. Benetti’s participation in this important initiative reflects the Shipyard’s determination to attract as many people as possible to the yachting world by revealing some of the secrets behind its alluring public image and exploring its profound connections with the local area.

Benetti New Sales Director

Benetti is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniela Petrozzi as the new Sales Director, from June 1, 2024.  In her new role, Daniela Petrozzi will report directly to Massimliano Casoni – General Manager – and continue to develop Benetti’s commercial strategy with a view to consolidation and growth.  With twenty years’ experience in Benetti, Daniela Petrozzi has had a long career in the yachting industry. This appointment as Sales Director is the direct result of the Group’s confidence in the technical, commercial and leadership skills she has consolidated holding roles of increasing responsibility in different functional areas of the company. The Shipyard has always believed in the idea that the development of the people working in the company adds value, and this appointment confirms that belief.  This is also an opportunity to say goodbye to Sebastiano Fanizza, who the company would like to thank for his excellent work during his six years with Benetti, offering him its best wishes for the future.  

Benetti Wins World Super Yacht Award

The annual Boat International World Superyacht Awards, now in their 19th year, celebrate excellence at sea by showcasing the world’s finest superyachts. This year, the exclusive award ceremony was held in Venice, the city that brings the sea and beauty together like no other, making it the perfect setting for the yachting world’s most coveted awards.  The “Displacement Motor Yachts 499GT and below, 40m to 44.9m” category was won by M/Y Oreos in Benetti’s Oasis 40M family, with the jury motivating its decision by saying she is “a lovely boat with a well-conceived general arrangement and a very attractive profile”. M/Y Oreos turned the judges’ heads thanks to the possibilities that this boat presents for customisations and the focus on indoor-outdoor design.  Three years after her launch, the model is again a winner at the World Superyacht Awards and this second prize confirms that the revolutionary Oasis Deck® remains an appealing concept in the yachting world and continues to excite and surprise owners around the world.

Cantieri di Pisa Appoints Chief Designer

Antonio Luxardo is the new chief designer at Cantieri di Pisa. Born in 1968, Luxardo has a degree in architecture from the University of Genoa. In 2004, with Michele Zignego, he founded Optima Design, the La Spezia-based firm that will be providing engineering for all the new projects at Cantieri di Pisa.  The Shipyard’s new chief designer has already worked with many major Italian yards, including Amer, Baglietto, Benetti, CRN, Italian Sea Group, Perini Navi and Sanlorenzo, and on a wide range of vessel types in terms of size, design, use and materials. He has also worked on cruise ships and designed tourism and port infrastructure projects. Moreover, Luxardo’s architectural experience includes residential buildings and product design.  With Optima Design, which employs a team of 30 professionals from the yachting, industrial design, automotive and strategic communication sectors, Luxardo has worked on over 400 projects, handling every aspect of the boats’ creation, from concept to construction.  “Cantieri di Pisa is a brand that has made history in the Italian yachting industry from the post-war period to the present day, profoundly changing and innovating the sector, therefore our starting point is respecting the brand’s DNA so that the new yachts are immediately recognisable,” commented Antonio Luxardo, who added: “The new yacht lines that will soon be launched combine the style features and refined lines of Cantieri di Pisa yachts with the latest design and technology innovations developed by today’s yachting industry.”

Cantieri di Pisa Expands Site

Cantieri di Pisa is continuing to modernize and expand its Pisa headquarters. The facilities along the Navicelli Canal will soon occupy an area exceeding 50,000 sqm, fulfilling the industrial plan of owner Enrico Gennasio and CEO Marco Massabò, which aims to return Cantieri di Pisa to the prestige of its past, in complete compliance and collaboration with the Pisa Port Authority.  The next step will be to expand the range to a fleet of ten models in steel, aluminum and carbon fiber, inspired by the shipyard’s historic yachts, remembered for their great innovation in design, materials and performance.

Ferretti Group Opens Refurbished Riva La Spezia Shipyard

On the morning of Friday May 17, Ferretti Group officially opened its Riva shipyard in La Spezia in a ceremony attended by Chairman Tan Xuguang and CEO Alberto Galassi, as well as by local authorities and a delegation from Weichai, the Group’s longstanding shareholder.  The La Spezia production site now plays a crucial industrial role and employs over 750 workers on a daily basis, including 200 direct employees, representing a strategic centre for Ferretti Group in the area of the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas.  The refurbishment covered both the production and management sections of the shipyard in La Spezia – where Riva yachts are produced – as well as the lounge area that offers hospitality to owners, captains and crew.  The total surface area of 64,000 square metres, with 33 berths on over 400 linear metres of docks, is made up of four industrial sheds with 21 production stations, plus another two sheds totalling 1,000 square metres dedicated to the painting process.  Work at the production centre, which now has photovoltaic plants and exclusive purpose-designed spaces like the Riva Lounge, is focused on seven Riva models from 76 feet to 130 feet. When fully operational, the site will make it possible to launch another 30 boats a year of up to 40 metres in length.  Located in an area of Regional Interest, the site aims to protect and respect the natural environment, as certified by Rina according to standards ISO 14001:20151 and ISO 9001:2015.  The Shipyard forms part of the “Miglio Blu” (Blue Mile) project to promote the local area and its excellence in yachting while respecting the surrounding environment.  After the excellent quarterly report just announced, the opening ceremony was an opportunity to see firsthand the shipyard’s new look with an audience of local and national authorities, and a key moment to take stock of the Group's achievements: Group Chairman Tan again confirmed his appreciation for the work of Ferretti Group management and renewed his confidence in the team of managers led by Alberto Galassi as they look ahead to the challenges of the years to come.

Ferretti Group and Flexjet Announce Partnership

In an agreement that connects the pinnacle of luxury from sea to sky, Ferretti Group and Flexjet have announced a contractual partnership.  The agreement was signed against the magnificent backdrop of the Venice Boat Show, where Ferretti Group, one of the top exhibitors, is presenting a remarkable fleet of 10 models, with two world premieres: Custom Line Navetta 38 and Pershing GTX 80.  The partnership between the two world-leading luxury brands will provide combined, exclusive solutions to their audience of global Ultra-High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs). The joint commitment aims to provide unparalleled luxury and exclusivity through a united philosophy: the constant pursuit of excellence in performance, design and service.  Specifically, the collaboration offers a number of exclusive benefits to clients from both companies. On a select and special occasion basis, Ferretti Group customers will have the opportunity to access Flexjet’s global fleet of over 300 private jets and private helicopters, which in Europe includes the ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650, Super-Midsize Praetor 600 and Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. Additionally, selected Ferretti Group customers will be granted the privilege of utilising Flexjet’s growing number of private terminals, offering exclusive gateways at key airport locations such as Teterboro close to New York City, Naples in Florida and Van Nuys in California.  Flexjet’s shared aircraft owners and customers will benefit in turn from VIP access to prestigious global boat shows; private tours of the Ferretti Group’s Riva shipyard; and preferential terms on Riva Brand Experience line products and accessories.  The collaboration will also involve a shared presence at international boat shows and other high profile events, and in the joint curation of the bespoke and extraordinary private client experiences for which both are already renowned, such as Ferretti Group’s Private Preview in Monaco, and Flexjet’s primary VIP viewing experience at the historic Palio di Siena.  Furthermore, with Flexjet’s customized and boutique-style LXi Cabin Collection interiors a key differentiator in its field, the agreement includes an intent to create a Riva-inspired interior for one of the private jet company’s flagship and iconic Gulfstream G650 aircraft.  Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO, said: “People who love cruising on Ferretti Group yachts expect standards of absolute excellence when they fly too, which is why I’m so pleased to associate our name with Flexjet, a partner that shares our same passion and desire to offer customers an increasingly rewarding experience. Venice is the ideal showcase to celebrate this important agreement. I have a background in the business jet industry and can confirm that Flexjet is the best partner”.  “This exciting partnership takes the decades-long expertise and luxury brand power from leaders in two complementary sectors, and combines them to present today’s UHNWI audience with a set of exclusive and unique advantages”, added Kenn Ricci, Chairman of Flexjet. “I have been a huge admirer of Ferretti Group’s philosophy for many years, and we share a deep understanding of what it takes to deliver a truly exceptional luxury experience. I’m excited to see how this significant strategic alliance can lift our offerings to even greater heights of excellence.”

Formula Fishing Team 2024 Season Begins

The Formula Fishing Team and the Formula 387 CCF stood strong during the King of the Beach Tournament during the last weekend of April in Madeira Beach, Florida, just west of Tampa. The team landed almost 40 King and Spanish Mackerel, including the 7th largest Spanish Mackerel in the 400-boat fleet! 

Formula Fishing Team Earns Top Fifteen in Dolphin Tournament

The weekend of May 3 – 5, 2024, found the Formula Fishing Team continuing the momentum after the late-April tournament in Madeira Beach on the West Coast in Marathon, Florida. The tournament fish for the Tom Thumb Marathon Bull & Cow Dolphin event was Mahi-Mahi, and the Formula Team earned top 15! Great job! 

Frauscher Expanding Production Site

In order to meet the increasing demand for premium yachts, the Frauscher shipyard is expanding its production area in Ohlsdorf, Austria. With an investment of 4 million euros, the company is sending a clear signal for the future and its commitment to top quality and innovation.  More production space means more room for innovation. To meet high demand for the eFantom (developed in collaboration with the sports car manufacturer Porsche) and other models, Frauscher is expanding its production space by 855 m2. Following the completion of the new production hall by Planarium GmbH, the total production area is now around 4,100 m².  CEO Michael Frauscher: “As well as a focus on the very best design and technology, one of our key objectives is short waiting times. That is why we are making this investment of roughly 4 million euros.”  The Frauscher shipyard was established in 1927. Today’s production facility in Ohlsdorf, Austria, was constructed in 2012 and is one of Europe’s most modern shipyards. It combines shipbuilding, sales, marketing and controlling at a single location. Every step, every decision — all under a single roof. In 2016, the first expansion was already underway: a state-of-the-art paint cabin. Here, paintwork expert Roland Gruber and his team add the finishing touches to all Frauscher electric and motor boats – in the customer’s desired color and with no fewer than eleven coats. A new sprinkler system for the entire facility and photovoltaic panels on the new roof areas are evidence of the commitment to safety and sustainability.  The centralised structure at Frauscher offers the team the ideal working environment. By expanding the production facilities, it will create lots of attractive
jobs in the years to come. The Frauscher shipyard employs shipbuilders, electrical engineers, painters, carpenters and mechanics at its site. Over the years, the number of employees has risen from 30 to 80.  The Frauscher shipyard offers its own specialist training to ensure a supply of skilled staff, with about seven talented apprentices currently engaged in boat building and electrical engineering. After all, having sufficient highly trained staff is the only way to ensure the Frauscher design classics and stunning new innovations can continue to be manufactured 100 percent in Austria.   

Galeon Wins 2024 Yacht Style Award

Galeon Yachts, a renowned name in the luxury yachting industry, announced that its esteemed Galeon 440 FLY was honored at the 2024 Yacht Style Awards in the 13–15-meter range. The event took place at the ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove on April 24 and celebrated excellence in yachting across Asia and internationally, coinciding with the second Singapore Yachting Festival.  The Galeon 440 FLY, a masterpiece renowned for its innovative design, exceptional performance, and lavish amenities, emerged as the standout choice among its competitors. This accolade is a testament to Galeon's unwavering commitment to delivering unparalleled excellence in yacht design and construction, further solidifying its position as a trailblazer in the global yachting landscape.  Bob Burke, Galeon Brand Manager for the Americas, comments, "We are immensely honored to receive this prestigious award. This achievement motivates us to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation and luxury in the yachting industry. Thank you, Yacht Style, for recognizing our passion and dedication to creating unforgettable experiences at sea. 

Greenline More Then 1000 Yachts

High-end motoryacht builder Greenline Yachts is stepping up its support for the concept of responsible yachting. The hugely successful Slovenian brand has been championing hybrid and electric propulsion for years, but it is raising the stakes with a series of new initiatives, including green awards for customers and sustainable building materials.  More than 1,000 Greenline yachts have been delivered since the yard first opened its doors in 2008. Driven by a passion for the sea and a determination to make yachting more sustainable, Greenline Yachts launched the Greenline 33 as its debut model, unaware they were crafting a bestseller. Within just two years, the Greenline 33 Hybrid was the world’s most popular 10m model.  More designs followed in quick succession: in 2011 it was the Greenline 40 Hybrid (211 hulls sold to date); a few years later there was a 48ft model, then the Greenline 39, the 45 and last year the Greenline 58 Fly. These last two ushered in a new era of design for Greenline Yachts, distinguishing between the Fly and Coupe styling. The flybridge models were an instant success, offering owners an elegant new exterior space up top. The Coupe, meanwhile, preserves the original sleek lines and delivers the maximum solar array. Today, the range runs to eight models from 39ft to 58ft LOA.  Very early on, shipyard owner Vladimir Zinchenko saw the merits of offering more sustainable propulsion options than the standard diesel engine. He developed the sophisticated 6G H-Drive serial diesel-electric powertrain, now in its sixth generation since 2008.  “Our customers have always wanted to immerse themselves in the natural world and preserve it at the same time,” said Zinchenko. “They want special moments with friends and family on the water but value ecological responsibility and a low impact on the environment. Our range of hybrid yachts allow them to do that, and we are seeing a sharp rise in enquiries as the market changes.”  But responsible yachting isn’t simply a matter of greener propulsion – the whole design ethos of Greenline Yachts is built around efficiency in the water. It starts with the “super-displacement” hulls of each model, which have been rigorously developed and tested to provide the smoothest ride, stability and efficiency at both lower and higher speeds. This gives the yachts impressive range and economy. Operating in highly efficient displacement mode at 4-7 knots, you could cover 20-25 nautical miles under electric power alone. For longer passages, engage the diesel engines to provide more range and up to 25 knots, also charging the batteries as you go. When you arrive at your destination, you can drop the hook and run the yacht in silent electric mode for days.  “Batteries cover 48 hours of aircon and hotel loads in all our yachts, without ever needing to start the engine or a generator. But if you’re not using aircon, your stay can be unlimited, because the solar panels recharge the batteries sufficiently for all other on board consumers.” says Luca Raumland, Chief Commercial Officer at Greenline Yachts. “Every yacht has a big expanse of solar panels, lithium batteries and inverter as standard, and there’s the option to add more for full off-grid autonomy.”  Greenline Yachts' philosophy of responsible yachting extends to the construction process as well. The high-tech foam sandwich used to strengthen the hull comes from recycled PET plastic. Lay-up is through vacuum infusion, ensuring very precise material use. Currently using exclusively vinyl-ester resin but, the yard’s technicians are experimenting with natural fibers and green resins in the lay-up of the yachts themselves.  The shipyard is also reducing waste and power usage on the production lines. Any offcuts of wood from the interior fit-out are collected and pressed into heating pellets, while leftover foam is reused by a neighboring company to produce home insulation. Production of single-use marketing materials has been almost eliminated and even then, it is clearly focused on recycled or sustainable materials.  “Navigating more than 250,000 miles on my own yacht, later working as a dealer for a sailing yacht brand, gave me a respect for our environment, but it also taught me about what boaters really want from a yacht,” said Zinchenko. “I have brought all that experience to bear in Greenline Yachts, assembling a skilled team to prove that you can build a beautiful yacht in a responsible fashion and still provide extreme comfort and a sense of total safety. We have done this by getting the very best out of our partners and suppliers.”  Greenline Yachts is also working on an annual Greenline Yachts award to recognize those owners who have made the biggest strides towards responsible yachting each year. For example, the awards will celebrate the owner whose yacht has generated the greatest amount of solar power over that year, as well as the highest number of electric engine hours.  It is all part of the Greenline Yachts philosophy of empowering owners to put sustainability at the core of their yachting experience. That is why Greenline Yachts makes sure that every new yacht it delivers is equipped with biodegradable green yacht wash that does no harm to the ocean, and that all its owner’s manuals are in digital form, not printed.

Linnsen Chooses Yanmar

Yanmar Marine International announces its selection by Linssen Yachts to power its new Linssen 45 SL AC 75 Edition, set to debut in May this year, ahead of being the engine of choice across its entire range. The collaboration marks a significant milestone for both esteemed companies, each boasting a rich heritage in the marine industry. Linssen Yachts commemorates its 75th anniversary this year, while Yanmar celebrates 110 years of excellence.  The Linssen 45 SL AC will feature twin 4JH110 engines which use advanced common rail technology, paired with YANMAR’s VC20 vessel control system and E-Key, a newly launched cutting-edge solution designed to wirelessly unlock the VC20 and engines.  Commenting on the partnership, Floris Lettinga, Director of Sales and Marketing at Yanmar, said: "This collaboration was driven by our shared values of quality, reliability, and customer satisfaction. We are honored to be chosen as the power behind Linssen's latest masterpiece and its entire range as we move our partnership forward. We were impressed with their expert hand-built craftsmanship and the sheer quality of its production line.”  The Linssen 45 SL AC 75 Edition is set to be unveiled on May 24th during the company’s Cruising Group BBQ at its Maasbracht shipyard. This will be followed by technical seminars for dealers and customers from May 24th – 29th.  Yvonne Linssen, Co-Owner and Sales and Marketing Director at Linssen Yachts, emphasized the synergies between the two brands, stating: "Our partnership with Yanmar represents a fusion of tradition and innovation, as we remain steadfast in our commitment to craftsmanship and quality. Both of us are family-owned businesses and Yarnmar is recognized for its high-quality products, reliability, and having one of the strongest dealer and servicing networks globally. Together, we look forward to delivering exceptional experiences to our customers."  The Linssen 45 SL AC offers unparalleled luxury and comfort. With its sleek anthracite color accents, premium stainless steel elements, and powerful bow line, this motor yacht stands out as a true gem in Linssen's 75 Edition models. Inside, the emphasis on spaciousness is evident, with every square meter optimized for relaxation and entertainment. Meticulous attention to detail, including the use of contrasting materials and abundant natural light streaming through the large, continuous saloon windows, creates an atmosphere of sophistication and style. The Linssen 45 SL AC offers a personalized sanctuary for indulging in longer cruises across Europe or simply enjoying a weekend getaway close to home.  The collaboration between Linssen Yachts and Yanmar underscores a shared dedication to excellence, reliability, and customer satisfaction. As Linssen Yachts continues its 75th-anniversary celebrations with events throughout the year, including technical seminars and open days.

Majesty Yachts Elegance Unveiled

Gulf Craft Group and Majesty Yachts join forces with Yacht Sourcing, the exclusive dealer in Indonesia, as they host the "Elegance Unveiled by Majesty Yachts" event in Jakarta. This exclusive lifestyle experience promised to leverage Gulf Craft's forty plus year legacy as a renowned manufacturer of exceptional luxury yachts, superyachts and leisure boats.  The event commenced with a dazzling gala dinner on May 8th at the prestigious Midaz Senayan Golf and Country Club. The evening was graced by the presence of Mrs. Shaima Salem Alhebsi, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates for Indonesia, who delivered a captivating opening speech.  Serving the Southeast Asian market for over 20 years, Gulf Craft continues to demonstrate its firm commitment to the region and its flourishing yachting scene. Gulf Craft’s exclusive lineup of vessels by its brands  - Majesty Yachts, Nomad Yachts, Oryx Sport Cruisers, Silvercraft and Silvercat boats have been especially crafted to provide its customers with an ultimate yachting experience in the region considering its rich maritime heritage and strategic location.  The night catered to Indonesia's Ultra-High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWI) with an unforgettable experience. The presence of distinguished guests such as Bambang Soesatyo, Speaker of People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia, alongside socialites, influencers, and athletes such as Ade Aulia Rahma, Harumi, Wulan Agusman, Agnes Jennifer, Aero Aswar, and Ben Sumadiwiria underscores the commitment to intensify cooperation between the countries.  The highlight of the evening was a performance by renowned Indonesian singer Vidi Aldiano, a stunning fashion show collaboration between Purana, Celeste NMD and EH Model Agency, and artistic paintings by Nova Katuuk, which added to the elegance of the gala dinner.  Majesty Yachts extend a special thank you to its esteemed partners, Bentley - Jakarta, Midaz Senayan Golf, Robb Report Indonesia, and Purana. Their dedication to elevating the region's luxury lifestyle landscape is truly commendable.

Mulder Wins World Super Yacht Award

The Mulder ThirtySix SEAFLOWER secured the prestigious Neptune trophy during the 2024 World Superyacht Awards in Venice, last weekend. A panel of judges, comprising current and former superyacht owners, indicated that "they found one clear winner."  The judges noted: The yacht's high quality build, The tasteful custom interiors, Its efficient performance, and the exceptional value for her size.  After the win of this third World Superyacht Award, Delta One in 2018 and Calypso in 2020, the Mulder ThirtySix proved another time to be recognized by owners and yacht professionals to be the best yacht in its category.  Mulder is extremely proud on this achievement and wants to congratulate the owners and all parties involved in this award winning project.

Nautor Swan Power Division Appoints New Florida Dealer

Nautor Swan, the iconic Finnish yacht manufacturer renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and timeless elegance in its yachts, proudly announces the appointment of 26 North as the exclusive dealer for the Swan Power Boat Division in Florida, US.  This strategic partnership marks a significant milestone for both companies, combining Nautor Swan's legacy of excellence with 26 North's unparalleled expertise in luxury lifestyle solutions.  With a rich heritage spanning over about fifty-eight years, Nautor Swan has earned global acclaim for producing some of the world's most prestigious sailing yachts. Now, with the expansion of its offerings to include motor yachts, comprising the Swan Shadow, Swan OverShadow, and Swan Arrow, the brand continues to push the boundaries of innovation while maintaining its unwavering commitment to quality, reliability, elegance, and performance.  As the exclusive dealer for the Swan Power Boat Division in Florida, 26 North will serve as the primary point of contact for customers seeking to experience the epitome of luxury and performance. Leveraging its extensive network, industry knowledge, and dedication to customer satisfaction, 26 North is poised to deliver unparalleled service and support to Swan Power Boat enthusiasts across Florida.  "We are thrilled to partner with Nautor Swan as the exclusive dealer in Florida for their prestigious Swan Motor Yacht Division," said Mike Carlson, Co-Funder at 26 North. "This collaboration represents a convergence of two iconic brands dedicated to delivering uncompromising quality, sophistication, and innovation. We look forward to introducing the exceptional Swan powerboats to our discerning clientele and ushering in a new era of luxury on the water."  The appointment of 26 North as the exclusive dealer for the Swan Power Boat Division underscores Nautor Swan's commitment to providing customers with an exceptional ownership experience. With its unmatched expertise and personalised approach, 26 North will ensure that each client receives tailored guidance and support throughout their journey, from initial consultation to post-sale service.  "We are delighted to welcome 26 North to the Nautor Swan family as our exclusive dealer in Florida," said Roy Capasso, Commercial Director for the Power Boat Division and Regional Director for SEMEA and Americas for sailing at Nautor Swan. "With their extensive knowledge of the US luxury lifestyle market and dedication to excellence, we are confident that 26 North will elevate the power boat division to new heights, providing customers with unparalleled access to our world-class powerboats."

Nordhavn Owners Rendezvous Breaks Record

At least 60 Nordhavns are slated to converge in Poulsbo, WA, at the Nordhavn Owners Rendezvous, marking the largest number of Nordhavn yachts ever gathered. An additional dozen more boats will be represented by owners who are attending by land or air. The numbers easily top previous attendance records set at prior rendezvous in 2021 and 2022 with 37 boats and 48 boats respectively. The weekend will include educational seminars, dinners, and dock parties, but the centerpiece of the 2024 Rendezvous – as it is with any Nordhavn gathering no matter the size – is the intermingling of owners who will invite each other on their boats, swap stories and maintenance tips, and share in the delight of all things Nordhavn in general. The northwest owners rendezvous started in the 20-teens, a small convergence of Nordhavns that were in the PNW area, organized by N55 owners Kevin and Alison Jeffries. They dubbed their annual congregations NAPS for Nordhavns Across Puget Sound. The Jeffries got the ball rolling, but once they began world cruising, the baton needed to be passed. Cue N47 owner Jill Bernard, her husband, Don, and fellow N62 owner Bill Baker. The trio took the informal NAPS hangs and boosted them to full blown multi-day Owners Rendezvous with speakers and sponsors, and with this, the boat numbers doubled and owner participation tripled.  Since then the NOR has been an unmissable event for those owners who have the ability to make it, by boat or otherwise. Organizer Jill Bernard ponders the growth the event has undergone since taking over the helm in 2020. “A rendezvous is the perfect vehicle for a Nordhavn owner,” she said. “It encourages camaraderie and friendships which is the foundation of the Nordhavn lifestyle. In general, Nordhavn owners just really love to see each other!”  While other yachts tend to visit with each other at the dock, it’s not the case with Nordhavn owners. Since they typically are out cruising to parts unknown and rarely in their slip, it takes a bit of organization to get them to meet in the same place all at once. At this time of year, the PNW is littered with Nordhavns as they prepare for summer cruising to Alaska and British Columbia, and this certainly plays a part in the participation numbers. There’s no doubt the enjoyment of each other’s company is the biggest draw, but for many owners the NOR tends to be a hands-on research opportunity disguised as a three-day party. “It’s a chance to network, be exposed to the latest trends, and get advice from folks who have already done the reconnaissance,” said Bernard. Case in point: at this year’s event, a group of owners is coordinating an informal advisory sidebar on Alaska cruising.  Another perk unique to a Rendezvous is the opportunity to climb aboard so many different models. At this year’s Owners Rendezvous, 18 different Nordhavn models will fill slips at the Poulsbo Marina, from an N35 all the way to an N96. “It’s really fun getting to see how different everyone’s Nordhavn is,” Bernard muses. “As they say, if you’ve seen one Nordhavn, you’ve seen one Nordhavn!”  The chance to cultivate the adventure bug within and to see the world on their own time and by their own accord is why people buy a Nordhavn in the first place. But in the second place, they will tell you it’s to become a part of the legendary Nordhavn family. And for as long as that’s the case, the most popular cruising grounds for Nordhavns will be wherever the Owners Rendezvous is that year.

Palm Beach Motor Yachts Official 52 Super Series Partner 

For the first time in its successful 13-year history, the 52 Super Series heads to Newport, Rhode Island, for the upcoming XS 52 Super Series Newport Trophy (June 10-16) followed by the Rolex TP52 World Championship (July 15-20), both hosted by the New York Yacht Club.  Both regattas are being supported by Palm Beach Motor Yachts. The company, founded by internationally renowned yachtsman Mark Richards on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, is now a global leader in the design, construction, and sales of their performance-focused range of prestigious motor yachts.  Inspired by classic and timeless yacht design, Richards is behind the current range of nine motor yachts ranging in size from 42 to 70 feet. Drawing from his ocean racing experience, Richards and Palm Beach Motor Yachts have developed models which are all lighter, stronger, and significantly more fuel efficient than the other motor yachts on the market.  Palm Beach Motor Yachts have become especially popular with sailors, who appreciate not only their performance and handling, but the high standard of finish, the exotic materials used in the build process, and practical, seamanlike features.  Through their sales center in Newport, RI, Palm Beach Motor Yachts are supplying two vessels for the events, the high-performance Palm Beach GT60, and a timeless Palm Beach 70. Both boats were chosen because of their outstanding capabilities, and their luxurious onboard accommodations, for exclusive use by selected guests during the regattas.  “The 52 Super Series represents the type of competitive spirit and drive for excellence that we appreciate,” says Mark Richards, founder, CEO, and Chief Designer of Palm Beach Motor Yachts. “We’re proud to be a sponsor when the 52 Super Series comes to Newport and will make our performance-focused Palm Beach GT60 and flagship Palm Beach 70 available. Come see us!”

Princess Yachts 2024 Spring Owners Holiday

The 2024 Princess Yachts Spring Owners Holiday was four days of fun in the sun with an endless array of activities. Taking place at the beautiful Valentines Resort and Marina in the Bahamas, guests, dealers and partners embraced paradise with not only a perfect beach day party but a pickleball tournament, painting with a local Harbor Island artist, horseback riding and incredible al fresco dining. Princess will host the Summer Owners Holiday at the picturesque Champlin’s Marina and Resort on Block Island, Rhode Island, in late July.

Release Boatworks Announces Acquisition of Gamefisherman

Release Boatworks, the New Jersey-based semi-custom sportfish manufacturer known for combining classic style with cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art materials, has announced the acquisition of Florida-based custom sportfish manufacturer Gamefisherman. In their new capacity, Gamefisherman will offer a line of custom sportfishing boats, ranging from entry-level charter vessels to Gamefisherman’s Gold Series line of high-end, fully custom vessels. Release Boatworks will continue to offer their line of highly popular and highly fishable semi-custom boats.  “About five years ago, we got together with the Gamefisherman folks to explore the possibility of establishing a mutually beneficial relationship,” said Jim Turner, Director of Release Boatworks. “Since both brands share the same Naval Architect, Erwin Gerards, it seemed like a perfect fit. As the idea evolved, our companies became more intertwined, and it seemed clear to us that joining forces was inevitable. Plus, Gamefisherman needed more room to keep up with demand, and Release had just purchased an additional 47 acres on the Egg Harbor River to accommodate expansion. This acquisition promises to redefine the landscape of custom boat building.”  The Gamefisherman brand is synonymous with unparalleled craftsmanship and heritage and holds immense significance in terms of identity and reputation within the fishing industry. That heritage represents not just the company's history, but also its values, craftsmanship, and dedication to excellence, passed down through generations. It symbolizes the trust and confidence clients place in them, knowing that their legacy of building quality vessels, which began with Mike Matlack and remains true to his vision, stands behind every project they undertake.  Brand heritage is the cornerstone of that credibility, distinguishing Gamefisherman from competitors and reinforcing the company’s commitment to superior design, construction, and customer satisfaction. It serves as a testament to the expertise and enduring legacy exemplified by the brand in the maritime world, instilling pride in both its team and their clientele as they continue to push the boundaries of innovation and craftsmanship in custom boat building.  “This strategic move represents a fusion of tradition and innovation, where the esteemed heritage and reputation of Gamefisherman will seamlessly blend with the dynamic spirit and forward-thinking approach of Release Boatworks, ushering in a new era of semi-custom boat building that embodies the best of both worlds,” Turner continued. “The semi-custom approach of Release Boatworks will unlock a new realm of possibilities, allowing for personalized touches and configurations tailored to your specific needs and preferences. This innovative approach will not only ensure a comparable level of quality to Gamefisherman's custom line but will also result in shorter construction times and more cost-effective options for the customer.”  This acquisition brings together decades of expertise under one roof. The renowned craftsmanship and attention to detail that has defined Gamefisherman's custom line of boats will now be infused into the semi-custom offerings of Release Boatworks as well, ensuring a level of quality and refinement that is second to none. Moreover, the heritage and reputation of Gamefisherman will serve as a beacon of trust and assurance for anglers exploring the offerings of Release Boatworks. Anglers who have long revered Gamefisherman's commitment to excellence can approach Release Boatworks with the same confidence, knowing that both brand’s principles of quality and performance are ingrained in every vessel.

Riva History at Cavallino Classic Modena

When talk turns to glorious heritages, style and beauty, Riva’s name is always heard. So it was only natural for the brand to be a partner at the exclusive Cavallino Classic Modena, the prestigious international Concours d’Elegance reserved for Ferrari road and racing models from all periods, held in Modena from May 17 to 19.  Now in its fourth edition, the Cavallino Classic Modena is an Italian expression of the famous Palm Beach Cavallino Classic Concours d’Elegance, which this year featured a magnificent Riva Anniversario. The Cavallino Classic Modena was held, as tradition requires, in Modena in the heart of Emilia-Romagna, the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari, the man who gave the world the Legend of the Reds and the Prancing Horse.  The event is dedicated to that brilliant businessman and his magnificent cars, in fact, and was held in the evocative setting of Casa Maria Luigia, the mansion created by chef Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore.  Riva rose to the occasion by bringing to Modena the new Riva El-Iseo, its first full-electric powerboat, which it displayed in the centre of the pond in the park at Casa Maria Luigia, and also scale models of legendary Riva boats.  Equally admired was the Riva prize of honour: the winner of the category “Best of show gran turismo – Finest GT Ferrari Modena 2024” in this Concours d’Elegance was presented with the iconic helm of the Aquarama.  The award ceremony took place on Saturday evening during a gala dinner at Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana after the splendid cavalcade of the competition’s 25 cars through the centre of Modena.

Riviera World Boating Day 2024

Australia’s premium luxury motor yacht builder Riviera will open the gates of its world-class production facility at Coomera to the public as part of the inaugural World Boating Day celebrations on May 25.  The 90-minute escorted behind-the-scenes tour, which starts at 11am, will offer guests a rare glimpse into Australia’s most awarded luxury yacht builder’s operations.  The company’s 16.8-hectare site within the Gold Coast Marine Precinct, is the largest motor yacht building facility in the southern hemisphere. Over 950 world-leading craftspeople work together at this vast facility to build around 150 luxury motor yachts each year for the global motor yacht market.  Visitors will get to experience Riviera’s state-of-the-art production facilities as well as see virtually every stage of their build from lamination to final launching and quality control. For boating enthusiasts, or anyone looking to establish a rewarding career in the boating industry, this is an opportunity not to be missed.  This special access is rarely available to the public.  During the World Boating Day tour participants will meet Riviera staff who will guide them on an informative journey showcasing how their team of master craftspeople bring these world-renowned luxury motor yachts to life.  “Over our proud 44-year history, we have launched more than 6000 motor yachts that today are cruising the great rivers, lakes, seas and oceans of the world. For more than four decades, we have proudly developed the careers of hundreds of master craftspeople,’’ said Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst.  “Our world class motor yacht collection ranges from 39 to 78 feet in length and spans four individual designs – Sport Yacht, SUV, Sports Motor Yacht and our flagship 78 Motor Yacht.  “We look forward to welcoming everyone to Riviera on World Boating Day.  The Superyacht Life Foundation’s World Boating Day (May 25 – 26, 2024) is a new initiative aimed at showcasing the boating industry’s everyday operations to a fresh audience.  “For anyone interested in boating, motor yachts, or boat-building, this tour offers them a rare glimpse into our operations and an understanding of how our Gold Coast-based company has become recognised as one of the world’s leading boat builders.’’  Around 60 percent of all new Riviera motor yachts are destined for owners around the world, exported to the Americas, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

Sunreef Wins German Innovation Award 2024

Sunreef Yachts is thrilled to announce that the 80 Sunreef Power Eco has secured the German Innovation Award 2024. This luxury fully electric catamaran was recognized for its exceptional innovation, receiving the Excellence in Business to Consumer category award. The German Innovation Award is an esteemed annual accolade that honors innovative products, services, and business models across diverse global industries.

Sunreef Appoints New UK Dealer

Sunreef Yachts is proud to announce a new partnership with IYC, appointing them as the Exclusive Dealer for Sunreef Yachts in the United Kingdom. This strategic alliance underscores the company’s commitment to providing unparalleled yachting experiences and reinforces its leading position in the luxury yachting industry.  Francis Lapp, CEO and Founder of Sunreef Yachts commented, "We are thrilled to announce our new exclusive dealership with IYC for the UK market. As we continue to strengthen our presence, it is crucial to have strong and experienced representation in such a significant market. IYC's expertise and dedication align perfectly with our vision for delivering unparalleled luxury and innovation to our discerning clients in the UK."  IYC CEO, Raphael Sauleau, commented, "This appointment marks a new chapter of excellence for our team in the United Kingdom. This partnership not only underscores our London team's dedication to leading in luxury yachting but also enhances our portfolio with some of the most forward-thinking and environmentally conscious yachts available today.”  This partnership with IYC is an important milestone for Sunreef Yachts. Collaborating with one of the world’s foremost yachting companies, the shipyard anticipates cultivating an ever-growing client base of Sunreef Yachts enthusiasts.

Van Dutch and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team

VanDutch Yachts, a true icon of elegance and luxury with its distinctive style that has marked a turning point in the nautical industry, took center stage at the recent Monaco Grand Prix. Established in the Netherlands in 2008 and now embodying pure Italian sophistication since its acquisition by Cantiere del Pardo in 2020, VanDutch has jones with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team as an Official Race Supplier at the world’s most prestigious Grand Prix. This collaboration reflects the Monaco values of style, excellence, and exclusivity to the maritime world, perfectly embodied by VanDutch.  From May 24th to May 26th, thirteen luxurious VanDutch tenders graced the waters of the Principality. These vessels were not just ways of transport but exquisite maritime jewels, offering a unique cruising experience to Mercedes’ VIP guests and team members.  Operating between the Team’s hospitality spaces both (Evrima of The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection) anchored outside Monaco's port, and in various onshore destinations, these thirteen boats ferried guests to a plethora of events. The partnership between VanDutch and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 showcased a blend of style, performance, and exclusivity, setting a new standard for luxury at the Monaco Grand Prix.  The timeless lines of VanDutch models transcend fleeting trends, establishing themselves as a true reference in style—an essential for those who seek to make a statement.  “This partnership with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team is a source of true pride for us and recognition of the iconic role that VanDutch holds in the world of exclusive yachting” explains Gigi Servidati, Chairman of Cantiere del Pardo. “Since VanDutch became part of our group, we have worked to combine its timeless lines with the attention to detail that has always distinguished Made in Italy.”  Richard Sanders, Chief Commercial Officer of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, said: "The Monaco Grand Prix is the jewel in the crown of the F1 calendar. As a team, we therefore have an extensive hospitality program for our partner family and guests. This year, we have taken that to the next level. It was fantastic to have number sport-leading experiences across the Principality, all defined by luxury, style, and connection to the action. Many thanks to VanDutch who complement all of those ideals and provided a brilliant experience to all our guests."  The partnership between VanDutch and Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 exemplifies how the alliance of two prestigious brands can elevate the experience of global sporting events, ensuring exceptional visibility and reinforcing an exclusive luxury presence.  As an Official Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team Race Supplier, VanDutch not only confirms its leadership in the luxury tender sector but also positions itself as a key partner in high-profile global events, reaffirming its status as an icon of style and luxury in the dynamic world of Formula 1.  The choice of the Principality of Monaco is also no coincidence. VanDutch models have always sailed in the world’s most iconic locations, from the French Riviera to Florida. To enhance this presence, Cantiere del Pardo is establishing a network of VanDutch Centers, where dedicated teams cater to both the boats and their owners and guests. Spanning from Saint-Tropez to Miami, and including Amsterdam, the Balearic Islands, and Lake Garda, these centers aim to redefine the nautical experience. They are creating exclusive "clubs" for VanDutch owners, providing technical assistance and organizing exclusive events, thus enhancing the sense of community and luxury associated with the brand.

Viking Summer Sea Trial Event

The Viking Yacht Company and Valhalla Boatworks cordially invite you to the exclusive Summer Sea Trial Event June 5, at the Frank Farley State Marina at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  This one-day event will showcase the Viking and Valhalla fleets – including the premieres of the Viking 82 Convertible and Valhalla V-29 Hybrid and V-28 Bay. We will also feature a 2025 model year 64 Convertible with a Palm Beach Towers hard top and Atlantic Marine Electronics custom package. The flagship of the Billfish series, the 46 BF, will be on hand flaunting her fishing prowess. Also available will be a 48 Convertible with Scania 1150 HP power plants. And experience the high-performance Valhalla Boatworks series from 33 to 55 feet.

Viking Invites Friends for Hunt of Lifetime

Pat Healey invites you to join your Viking and Valhalla Boatworks friends for a hunt of a lifetime at the world-class Hooray Ranch in Kingman, Kansas. Two exclusive three-day hunts are available this fall. The five-star resort offers plush accommodations with outstanding cuisine and hunting like none other. This year two separate packages are being offered, a Traditional Upland Hunt in October and Waterfowl Hunt in December. Expert guides and the best bird dogs will enhance your experience. 

Viking CEO Receives Prestigious Eddie Smith Award 

Recognizing his industry leadership and significant contributions to marine conservation, the Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP) honored Viking President and CEO Pat Healey last week in Washington with its Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award.  The prestigious accolade was given during the American Boating Congress Industry Lunch, hosted by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Above: Pat and CSP President Jeff Angers holding the award (an antique sextant) along with last year’s winner, Joan Maxwell of Regulator Marine.  The Eddie Smith Award, named after the chairman and CEO of Grady-White Boats, was established by CSP to honor individuals who demonstrate excellence in both manufacturing and conservation in the marine industry.  Jeff gave a moving introduction before turning the mic over to Pat: “One man can make a difference, and Pat Healey has. All of us will remember the nightmare luxury tax, the pain it caused, and the dogged determination of the entire Healey family to right that wrong. All of us are living another nightmare today with the Biden administration pushing these vessel speed restrictions on the Atlantic.  We are all about teamwork here, but one man has made a difference uniting this industry like no one else could. As Viking Yachts celebrates its 60th anniversary, we recognize Pat not only for his industry prowess, but for his visionary approach that aligns closely with the values that Eddie Smith has championed for so long. Today as Pat guides the next generation of the Healey family in the boat building business, the legacy continues to intertwine family, innovation and stewardship.”  “Receiving the Eddie Smith Award – I’m honored, flattered and completely wowed,” Pat told the crowd of more than 225. “I want to thank my father [Bill Healey] and my uncle [Bob Healey] for being two of the founders in this industry who made it what it is today and who made me what I am today. I want to thank our 2,000 boatbuilders in the Viking Marine Group. And what I can assure you is that our family will keep pushing and keep doing the right things to make this a better industry. Because it's all I know – it’s all the Healeys know. This industry's done a lot for us. And we need to give back to it.”  As Pat wrapped up his speech, thanking his family and all who were in attendance, he rallied the crowd to stick together and continue the campaign to seek alternatives to the federal government's proposed 10-knot speed restriction along the Eastern Seaboard.  “Thank you for this great award,” said Pat. “I'll treasure this for life. It's a wonderful moment and I thank you all. And let's stay together and let's win this fight. We have no other alternative but to win. We have to get more people involved so we can protect our rights. Thank you for being part of this incredible industry. And let's go boating!”  The boatbuilder and sportfisherman received a standing ovation after his speech, which also touched on everything from early mornings at boat shows with his father, the NMMA’s valiant efforts fighting the speed restrictions, the great people in the marine industry and the need to work hard because “we build something people don’t have to have.” He also fondly recalled Eddie Smith taking him under his wing at age 17 at the Miami International Boat Show and “telling me about Grady-White Boats.”  Michele Goldsmith, Vice President and General Manager of the Soundings Trade Only Marine Group, who attended the ceremony and is pictured above right, was impressed to say the least.  “As he stated in his personal and impassioned speech to the industry, ‘We have to fight the good fight.’ Bravo, Pat! Your passion, leadership, and fearless approach to safeguarding our beloved industry are appreciated and truly commendable. Thank you for stepping up and tackling this challenge head-on.” 

Viking at Fourth Marina Puerto Escondido Fishing Tournament

Congratulations to the Viking 80 Team Anaya for their win at the 4th edition of the Marina Puerto Escondido Fishing Tournament. Captain Guillermo Bojorquez put Michael Lester on 21 billfish, while Joel Skerlong added one more for 22 total releases. Prime Time, a Viking 90, weighed the 2nd Heaviest Yellowtail with a 37.7-pounder caught by Randy Davis. The Viking 65 Santana weighed the 2nd Place Dorado at 28.3 pounds, caught by Alfredo Rodriguez. The fleet of 55 boats fished out of Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Viking at Orange Beach Billfish Classic

The 28th annual Orange Beach Billfish Classic got underway a little late this year due to weather. But that didn’t stop the Viking fleet! Team Viking swept the Release division with the Krake family’s Viking 72 Team Supreme in the top spot with four blue marlin and a pair of white marlin. Second Place Release Team went to the Viking 70 Miss Ma’am with four blues, and 3rd Place based on time was the Viking 68 Briar Patch with four blue marlin. Briar Patch also weighed the 2nd Place Tuna with Jarrett Johnson’s 508.2-pound fish. Rene Cross, fishing on the Viking 65 Miss Remy, hooked the 2nd Place Wahoo – a 28.6 pounder. Top Lady Angler was Jaselyn Berthelot on the Viking 58 Rising Sons.

Viking at Gulf Coast Masters

Captain Chad Linkous put Robert Burroughs on some fishy water to catch the 3rd Place Blue Marlin at the Gulf Coast Masters. Fishing off his Viking 70 Quicktime, Robert hooked the 111.5-inch blue that weighed 471 pounds. With captain Chase Lake at the helm, Alex Krake released four blue marlin off the Viking 72 Team Supreme for 3rd Place Release Boat. The 2nd Heaviest Tuna went to Rob Inabinet’s 472.6-pound bluefin caught on the Viking 58 Rising Son’s. Chris King, fishing on the Viking 64 Easy Trigger, weighed the 3rd Heaviest Wahoo at 42 pounds.

Viking at Hurricane Hole Louisiana Open

Jordan Womac weighed the Heaviest Blue Marlin at the inaugural Hurricane Hole Louisiana Open. Captain Jeremy Cox put Jordan, fishing on the Viking 72 Lolita, on the 704-pound fish that was 122” long with a 65” girth. Rising Son’s, a Viking 58, claimed Top Release Boat with Jaselyn Berthalot’s pair of blue marlin. With Jimmy “Cricket” Crochet behind the wheel, Jaselyn also weighed the Heaviest Tuna – a 71.5-pound yellowfin. Blueprint, a Viking 60, was the 3rd Place Release Boat with two blue marlin released by David Machado and Josh Covacevich. Robby Williams weighed the 2nd Place Tuna at 66.5 pounds. This tournament is part of the Sport Fishing Championship.

Viking at Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic

The Louisiana Gulf Coast Billfish Classic kicked off the Gulf Coast tournament season in style – Vikings claimed the top three spots in the Billfish Boats division. First up was the Krake family’s Viking 72 Team Supreme, above. Allen Krake released four blue marlin to win the category.  Second Place boat was It Just Takes Time, a Viking 80. Nick Pratt released two blue marlin while Leah Pratt released a blue and white, which awarded her Top Lady Angler and Top Junior Angler. Miss Remy, a Viking 64, was the 3rd Place Billfish Boat with Rene Cross’ three blue marlin releases. Rene also weighed the Heaviest Tuna, a yellowfin at 200.6 pounds.  Vann Remero, fishing on the Viking 61 Crawgator, had the 2nd Heaviest Tuna with a yellowfin at 93.8 pounds. The Viking 60 Devotion claimed 3rd Heaviest Tuna with Brad Warren’s 82.4-pound yellowfin.

Viking at Marina Pez Vela Open

Aileen and JC Gonzalez ended their season in Costa Rica on a strong note. Fishing on their Viking 68 Pura Vida, with Captain Rudy Arguedas, the team released 14 sailfish to win the Marina Pez Vela Open. Aileen tallied four of those sails to claim Top Lady Angler. Teammate Kendal Owens released three for 2nd Place Lady Angler. Pura Vida will now head to Cabo San Lucas to fish the Bisbee’s Black and Blue Tournaments.  Second Place Boat was the Viking 61 Caliente. Captain Keith Banks put the team on a blue marlin and six sails. Ericka Sandi released two sails to take 3rd Place Lady Angler.

Viking at Mongo Offshore Challenge

The Mongo Offshore Challenge is in full swing running from May 1 through September 30, the Gulf Division already has some fish on the board. Lolita, a Viking 72 with Jeremy Cox at the helm, has the blue marlin to beat. Angler Jordan Womac battled the 122-inch-long blue which weighed a hefty 704 pounds. Miss Remy is also on the MONGO board. Rene Cross weighed a 200.6-pound yellowfin fishing on the Viking 64. This is sure to be a wild summer!

May 30, 2024

New Model: Alen Yacht 77 Fly

Alen Yacht from Tuzla Turkey has in the end of 2023 launched its biggest build to date with this new 77 Fly model. The Alen 77 Fly is a walk-around sport yacht with a sport bridge up top, all delivered into sleek lines, impressive performance, and the easy handling which comes from the IPS pod drives. This Alen 77 Fly is designed to provide the ultimate in comfort and style, with ample living areas and state-of-the-art technology. One of the standout features of the Alen 77 is its walk-around deck, which provides bow to stern enjoyment and allows for seamless access to all areas of the yacht. The deck is equipped with comfortable seating and various lounging areas, making it the perfect spot for entertaining guests or simply enjoying the sea breeze. Inside, the Alen 77 Fly boasts spacious and elegant living areas, with luxurious finishes and meticulous attention to detail. The main salon features a comfortable seating area, a dining table, and large windows that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding water. The yacht also has a fully equipped galley and three luxurious staterooms, each with its own private bathroom, with an owners stateroom at midships.  A crew cabin is located in between the cabins and engine-room.  The Alen 77 Fly is powered by twin Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod drives, delivering impressive up to thirty knots top speed and a cruise of 22 knots. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.40 m (77ft)
Beam - 6.05 m
Draft - 1 m excluding drives and propellers
Displacement - 45 t dry
Fuel Capacity - 4000 l
Water Capacity - 1080 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo IPS 1350 pod drives
Speed - thirty knots max, 22 cruise
Range - 400 nautical miles at cruise
Construction - full sandwich with Airex core
Project - Alen
Certification - module B + F

May 29, 2024

Project: Greenline 58 Coupe

As is usual from Greenline, the Slovenian yacht builder is offering a new version of the 58 Fly platform it presented in 2023, with this project for a new 58 Coupe.  Based on all minus the flybridge, the Greenline 58 Coupe will feature a full extended hard-top which does not open and is covered by solar panels.  So far according to the data on the Greenline website the solar power from this power is identical to the 58 Fly model.  This new Greenline 58 Coupe seems targeted for customers who cruise inland waterways and require the least minimum air draft.  The  Greenline 58 Coupe with offer the same cabin layout as the 58 Fly with an astern galley layout main deck, and three cabins with all en-suited cabins or the choice to replace the shower head in the forward VIP suite to a walk-in wardrobe.  The Greenline 58 Coupe is powered by twin Volvo 715hp up to 1000hp engines for top speeds from 25 to thirty knots.

May 28, 2024

New Model: Airon Marine AmX 35 Sport Top

Airon Marine is always very mindful of market trends and this Spring 2024 it debuted the new AmX 35 Sport Top.  The AmX 35 Sport Top adds a protective T-Top covering over half of the cockpit to the standard AmX 35.  The Airon Marine AmX 35 debuted in 2023, an evolution of the AmX 34 which launched in 2017, with a complete redesign of the cockpit deck, improvement to the lower deck, and addition of an extended bathing platform.  The Airon Marine AmX 35 Sport Top offers sleeping accommodation for five in a convertible V-berth forward, and a midships cabin with three berths.  Power options start from twin 230hp diesel and go up to 300hp again in diesel, and or 380hp petrol gas units.
Technical Data:
LOA - 10.67 m (35ft)
Hull Length - 9.96 m
Beam - 3.30 m
Displacement - 6000 kg unloaded
Fuel Capacity - 410 l
Water Capacity - 154 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - five berths
Engines - 2 x 230hp up to 300hp diesel, 2 x 250hp up 380hp petrol gas
Propulsion - stern drives standard or duo propellers
Certification - CE B

May 27, 2024

Project: Santasevera 52

Santasevera is a new brand coming from Italy, currently offering three projects with this 52 set to debut during the Cannes boat show 2024.  The Santasevera 52 is designed by Francesca Guida, who presents a very original design.  If you ask me, she looks like a lobster boat coming from the future, also thanks to the hard-top structure located further forward, and the going lower to the stern shear line, giving the Santasevera 52 a unique look.  Accommodation wise the Santasevera is mostly about outside and conceived as an open, with a cockpit which spans stern to about two-thirds of length forward; offering a central aft sun-pad, aft looking sun-lounger to starboard, C-shaped dinette with wet-bar galley opposite, and dual seat helm station to starboard.  The lower deck accommodation offers two cabins, with a forward master cabin central double berth, and twin berths at midships served by a spacious shower head to starboard, with an L-shaped lounger opposite.  The Santasevera 52 is to be powered by twin modestly powered Volvo 480hp with direct line shaft propulsion for top speeds up to thirty knots. 

May 26, 2024

Sunseeker Yacht Loses Power Off Torquay

A fifteen meter Sunseeker sport yacht with five passengers onboard went black out and lost power when located over twenty nautical miles East of Berry Head off Torquay, United Kingdom on 12:42 hours of Sunday 26 May.  Crew from Devon responded to the call with the Exmouth all-weather lifeboat for an operation which took five hours to complete, including the tow of the sport yacht to Torquay.  Upon arriving on the scene the RNLI crew assisted the five passengers aboard the sport yacht who were all suffering sea sickness and then found out that the vessel went black out because of the automatic fire suppression system which was preventing the engines from operating.  Following this the Sunseeker yacht was eventually towed to Torquay in rather challenging three meter waves rough seas conditions. 
The Sunseeker in this unlucky endeavor is a Predator 50 as produced from 2018 till 2020.  The Sunseeker Predator 50 came out as a replacement to the 485 San Remo, although in reality she was a different bigger yacht with more comfort and powered by shaft drives. In 2020 Sunseeker evolved the model into the Predator 55 Evo.

Sport Cruiser Jumps Off Trailer

An eight meter sport cruiser ended on top its Ford towing truck during its journey in Colchester, Vermont on the morning of Sunday 26 May.  The causes of the incident are that this sport cruiser was not strapped to its trailer, with speed and a hard break leading us to this scene.  An open canopy during road transport also does not help much during road transportation.  No one was injured in this collision with the damage not looking too serious considering all with an exception to the stern drive.  Such incidents seem to be very common in North America recently, although usually it involves smaller boats.
The sport cruiser in this accident is a Glastron GS 279 as produced between 2002 and 08.  The GS 279 was Glastron's flagship at launch, replaced by the GS 289 in 2009.  
Glastron was founded in Austin Texas 1956, with the company changing ownership in 1987 to Genmar and then relocated to Minnesota, and since 2014 is owned by Beneteau Groupe.  Glastron became famous for building the Batboat for the 1966 Batman movie and then used in the TV series, and then for its boats appearing in the James Bond films Live and Let Die, and Moonraker.

Whitehaven New Web Site

Down-under company Whitehaven presents its new virtual web show room.  Whitehaven is a new company founded in 2014 by Keith Hanson and son Ryan, who are partnered by entrepreneur Bruce Scott.  Whitehaven are built in Taiwan, at the New Ocean Yachts shipyard, with the design of the product dedicated to the down under market.  The company debuted in 2014 with the release of the 6000 Flybridge, followed soon after by the 6000 Coupe in early 2015.  The current Whitehaven range offers a total of seventeen models, divided into the six series; Sports Yacht, Flybridge, Sports Flybridge, Coupe, Sunbridge, and Harbour Classic.  Whitehaven entry level model is the Harbour Classic 40 and goes up to the 8300 Sports Yacht.  At some point Whitehaven also offered a 950 Super Yacht project but this was never build.  Whitehaven new website takes you around with the following buttons; About Whitehaven, Our Range, Our Family, News and Events, and Contact Us.  Whitehaven is also on social media with bottom page buttons taking you to its Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram pages.
Production History;
6000 Flybridge 2014-
6000 Coupe 2015-18
6000 Sunbridge 2015-
7000 Flybridge 2016-
7500 Sports Yacht 2017-
6100 Coupe 2019-
Harbour Classic 40 2020- (10
7000 Sport Yacht 2022- *6800 Sport Yacht project

May 25, 2024

Two People Rescued from Sinking Sunseeker 80 Predator

Two people where rescued when a 24 meter Sunseeker sport yacht tilted m/y Atlantis started to take on water three nautical miles off St Augustine Beach, Jacksonville, Florida on 11:37 morning of Saturday 25 May.  US Coast Guard sector Jacksonville responded to the distress call from Atlantis on channel sixteen, with assistance also coming from St. Johns Sherriff Office, St. Augustine Police Department, and St. Johns County Fire and Rescue who also transported one of the persons onboard to the Vilano Boat Ramp and then to a local hospital for minor injuries treatment. The causes of the sinking are under investigation though it is reported that the yacht struck a dredge pipe piling when under way, breaching its hull in the lower bow area with the collision and started to sink.  A navigational warning has been issued as the yacht is apparently still floating submerged, and currently a hazard with the owner instructed to organize a salvage.
M/y Atlantis is a 1999 Sunseeker 80 Predator as designed by Don Shead and John Braithwaite and produced from 1996 to 1999 in 21 units.  When released and for a year the 80 Predator was the Poole builder flagship model, and the largest production yacht build in the United Kingdom.  Sunseeker will replace the 80 Predator with the bit smaller 75 Predator in 1999.

Project: ISA Yachts Viper 120

ISA Yachts presents the new Viper line that renews the Ancona super yacht yard’s over twenty years of experience in the production of fiber glass build super sport yachts, which made the brand famous worldwide, and perfects it through new stylistic elements, excellent performance and flexible solutions to optimize the interior spaces. A new concept that once again accentuates the innate identity of ISA models by creating even sleeker and more defined lines though maintaining a fresh and contemporary style.  The ISA Yachts Viper line debuts the first collaboration with Fulvio De Simoni entrusted in the development of both the exterior and interior design, with naval engineering  carried out by ISA Yachts. The Viper line is to offer three models of 100, 120 and 140 feet, all made of composite with carbon reinforcements.  The first project presented here and just starting construction for a delivery n 2026, is the 38-metre 120 Viper.  The ISA Yachts 120 Viper will feature a reduced draft of under two meters suitable for shallow waters like the Caribbean Sea, and is to be fitted with triple MAN or MTU engines, for maximum speeds up to 33 knots and cruising at 26.  Laid out into three distinct zones, the cockpit is certainly the most representative area of 120 Viper, where at sea level, the stern beach club is equipped with a multifunctional ‘transformer’ bathing step ladder and gangway; climbing two side steps a large sun pad faces towards the aft and a lounge furnished with sofas and a coffee table. The two opening side balconies lend an extraordinary livability to this area. The third zone is dominated by an outdoor table which can seat up to eight people. The combined aft galley and bar is unmissable and the up/down tinted glass partition makes it suitable for both formal and informal occasions like show cooking and cocktail parties, as well as enclosed kitchen guaranteeing maximum screening from guests. To the left of the bar there is a staircase leading to the sun deck.  To maximize interior space, just one port-side walkway to the bow is provided on the port side, and amidships, close to the salon, another opening balcony allows to marvel at the view even from the indoor sofas.  At the bow there is a circular pool with sun loungers and sofas.  Entering, we are welcomed by a second combined bar-galley unit before reaching the bright salon, with opening floor-to-ceiling windows to fully enjoy the scenic views and furnished with semi-circular sofas and armchairs. A second ten-seater circular table completes the set-up.  The wheelhouse is located on the main deck forward, and to its left we find the staircase leading to the lower deck housing four double cabins with private bathroom and the owner’s cabin with double bathroom. The later comes with two different options: amidships to make the most of the full beam or in the bow with a large walk-in closet.  The sun deck, with carbon hard top, includes the second helm station as well as providing a private and versatile space for guests. Its layout features two large sun pads at the stern, a lounge area with sofas, an L-shaped bar and a twelve seater table.  The entrance to the crew quarters, which include three cabins with private bathrooms for four crew members and the captain, has been positioned near the galley to ensure maximum privacy and separation from guests.  The garage for the 5-metre tender is placed on the starboard side.