June 30, 2024

Monthly News - June 2024

-pic of the month- Pershing Yacht Terrace at Ibiza

Absolute Yachts New Majority Stake

Wise Equity has announced it will acquire a majority stake in Absolute, the northern Italy-based shipbuilder. The investment, which will be made via its Wisequity VI fund, will assist with the Italian manufacturer’s plans for growth and development.  With the agreement, Wisequity V1 will acquire a major stake in the luxury-yacht maker.  Absolute, founded in 2002 by Sergio Maggi and Marcello Bè, is a leading manufacturer of navetta, flybridge and coupé yachts from 47 to 75ft. All yachts are currently made in-house at its production plant in Piacenza.  The manufacturer has seen increasing growth and expects to close out this financial year in August with more than €110 million in revenue. It says of that sum, about 90 per cent was made abroad. The manufacturer, which has a sales subsidiary in the United States, operates in more than 30 countries.  The transaction involves the acquisition of a majority stake by Wisequity VI and its co-investors, the significant reinvestment of the majority of the existing shareholders and the presence of Angelo Gobbi as Absolute’s Honorary Chairman, to ensure the manufacturer’s strategic and managerial continuity.  Gobbi was jovial about the investment. “Absolute’s motto is: ‘he who hesitates, is lost!’” he said following the announcement. “That is why for some time now we have been reflecting on the future of Absolute. We must continue to evolve, as we have always done.”  Wise Equity, he said, was an ideal partner to strengthen and support the manufacturer through its next phase of growth.  Wise Equity SGR manages closed-end investment funds that invest in small and medium-sized companies, with a special focus on Italy. It currently has three funds under management. Wisequity VI was launched in May 2023 with a total commitment of €400 million. The Absolute deal is its fourth investment.

Arcadia Takes Robb Report Best Motor Yacht of the Year

Arcadia Yachts’ latest project, A96, has won the Best of the Best 2024 award in the motoryacht category, one of the most competitive in the annual awards competition organised by the Robb Report, the US lifestyle and luxury magazine regarded as a benchmark for the international yachting industry and other areas.  

Azimut Wins Robb Report Best of the Best 2024

Another award for Azimut's Verve 48 comes from the jury of the Robb Report Best of the Best 2024, which chose this model as the winner of the "Dayboat" category. This important recognition, awarded every year by the American magazine Robb Report, underlines the success achieved by the Verve Series, benchmark in her category and number one in US market share today with over 120 units sold in four years. Azimut's Verve 48 was awarded for "the triple 600-hp Mercury outboards, open exterior, and foldout rear deck” that make it the best dayboat, according to the jury composed of journalists from Robb Report US. The project by Francesco Struglia, designer of the exteriors and interiors of Verve 48, envisages an innovative concept of the sport-weekender, which on the one hand allows the owner to glide over the water while, on the other, to enjoy stays at anchor in full harmony with the sea.

Azimut Mooring By The Med

Following the successes of the 2024 Milan Design Week, the Seadeck conintues her mission as the ambassador of the new gentle era by embarking on a tour of the Mediterranean.  From June 15 to the Cannes boat show. The Seadeck 6 will cruise around, visiting unique and fascinating destinations while sharing the back-to-nature, refined lifestyle proposed by the Series through dedicated events hosted by Azimut’s Dealers.  The Mediterranean cruise will be documented through a virtual logbook revealing the main travel data, including consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as an inspiring program of exclusive activities and events.  Follow the Seadeck 6 in her surprising, interactive journey by visiting the dedicated Landing Page.

Bayliner Summer 2024 Savings

Summer is here, and there’s no better time to get a Bayliner into your life. For a limited time, Bayliner is offering savings of up to $6,000 on selected models, to get into the water. The Bayliner Summer 2024 can save up to $6,000 or get financing as low as 5.99% APR.

Bayliss at Custom vs Production and Custom Shootout

Bayliss are proud of its latest build and the start they've had in the Bahamas this tournament season. Congratulations to Catch 23, the recently launched Bayliss 82 foot hull#29 and their crew for placing first in the Custom vs. Production Shootout and securing second place in the Custom Shootout. Bayliss wish them the best as they continue their tournament run! 

Bayliss at Morehead City Blue Marlin Bite

Bayliss loves seeing its boats do what they were built to do! Earlier this week, Wave Paver, Bayliss 75 hull #21 successfully released seven blue marlin out of Morehead City. A strong start for this talented group; we wish them the best in their upcoming tournament run!

Bayliss at Baker's Bay Invitational

The Baker's Bay Invitational was packed full of action! Congratulations to the team on Mama Seata the Bayliss 64' hull #7 for securing first place in the heaviest tuna category with their impressive 150 lb.catch.  Bayliss Boatworks also congratulates Seven, Bayliss 62 hull #26 for placing third in the Billfish release.

Benetti Second Legal Symposium

The second Legal Symposium, a two-day event for lawyers from some of the top international law firms active in the boatbuilding industry, looked at recent legal topics in the areas of contracts and international compliance together with the Shipyard's in-house legal team and management.  Benetti has always organised events and other initiatives to foster the growth of the yachting market from all points of view, and international contracts are a key factor in the Shipyard’s relationships with customers. This is why Benetti launched its Legal Symposium last year. The second edition of this event was held on June 3 and 4 at Hotel Plaza De Russie in Viareggio, Showroom Franchi Umberto Marmi, Cava Bettogli and Benetti’s Viareggio shipyard. It was attended by over 50 lawyers from the main law firms active in the Italian and international boatbuilding industry.  The heart of the event was a legal discussion in which the guest lawyers and Benetti’s in-house legal team and area sales managers spent an entire afternoon debating the most pressing issues in the yachting world today, such as certain clauses in yacht construction contracts, the implementation of compliance procedures (including Anti Money Laundering - AML) in response to increasingly stringent international laws, and the sustainability of yacht building.  “We’re proud of the success of the second Benetti Legal Symposium,” commented Georgia Agù, Group General Counsel Azimut|Benetti. “This initiative is an opportunity to foster collaboration and sharing of knowledge between international law experts in our industry. We’re convinced that meetings like this are essential to tackle future challenges in an increasingly dynamic and ever-changing legal context.”

Bilgin Robb's Report Best of the Best 2024

Biling are thrilled to announce that M/Y Leona, the 80-meter marvel from the Turlish yacht builder esteemed 263 series, has been named the winner in the Best of Marine category in Robb Report's 36th Annual Best of the Best list for 2024. This prestigious award recognizes Leona's stunning beach club with its innovative design, engineering, and unparalleled luxury.

Bilgin Wins Motor Yacht Over Sixty Meters Award

Bilgin are proud to announce that M/Y Leona, the 80-meter masterpiece from our renowned 263 series, has been awarded the Motor Yacht Over 60 Metres Award at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2024, held in Cannes on May 31st.

Ferretti Group Opens Ravenna Slipway

The new Ravenna slipway makes its official debut with a high-profile launch of the Ferretti Yachts Infynito 90 M/Y Love.  The fourth unit of the maxi flybridge yacht entered the water on June 4 at Ferretti Group’s new Ravenna shipyard and will be delivered to a Slovenian owner, who took part in the ceremony with his family.  “The new slipway gives us a remarkable preview today of all the beautiful days we can look forward to in the coming years at this shipyard, where Ferretti Yachts’ Infynito range and the Wally sailing and motor yacht ranges will be built.  This is just the start of something beautiful in Ravenna, something that promises to keep on giving for years to come,” commented Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO.  The Ravenna production site was acquired by Ferretti Group in March 2023 and the first production lines were started up back in December last year. Five Ferretti Yachts and Wally brand boats are currently under construction by a daily workforce of 200 employees.  The shipyard, which will cover a surface area of 100,000 square meters, will be fully operational in the first half of 2025.  Ferretti Yachts Infynito 90, the star of the show at the new slipway’s official debut, is designed to make the owner feel at home in the intimacy of efficient and functional spaces created to experience the sea in total harmony. The yacht’s many strengths include the standout relationship between interiors and exteriors, featuring breathtaking 360-degree vistas.

Horizon USA West Coast New Office

Horizon Yacht USA is excited to announce the grand opening of the new West Coast Office located in Seattle, Washington in the Salmon Bay Yachting Center. This new office will serve as a prime location to enhance Horizon's services for its partners, clients and brokers in the Pacific Northwest. This exciting expansion will assist in building stronger relationships and providing more opportunities for collaboration.

Invictus Summer Collection

The bond between a shipowner and their boat is something unique. To make it even more special, here is the exclusive Invictus Yacht Summer Collection line of accessories, specially designed for owners who want to take the essence of their yacht with them even when they are on land. This collection is not simply a series of products, but a continuous narrative of the Invictus Yacht brand, which extends beyond the yacht itself to embrace a distinctive lifestyle.  “The philosophy that gave life to Invictus Yacht accessories is to tell a story, creating products that reflect the mood and elegance of Invictus yachts,” explains Christian Grande. “Each piece is designed to be used not only on board but also in everyday life, allowing shipowners to express their connection with the sea and the Invictus brand with refined taste always.”  Among the products intended for use on board, there are fenders covered in faux leather that bring to mind the craftsmanship quality of the Italian brand's boat cushions. They are available in harmonising colours such as cognac, cocoa, titanium and eclipse. These details elevate even the most functional components of a boat to elements of style. Other accessories, such as the bedspreads, have been designed to ensure maximum aesthetic continuity with the interiors of the boats. Shipowners and their guests can also enjoy a zero-emission, high-performance electric surfboard or the elegant (also electric), carbon fibre and teak wood skateboard, which is water-resistant and equipped with a system that charges the batteries while the board is braking.

Jarrett Bay Kicks Off Summer 2024 Tournament Season

Congratulations to Capt. Brent, Harris, and the entire crew of Builder's Choice on their phenomenal performance at the 66th Annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament! Their recent triumph with a 431.8 lb blue marlin earned them an impressive $1,479,000 in the Level VI: Prime Storage Super 20 Division, along with an additional $323,050 for securing third place across Levels I, II, III, and IV, totaling an outstanding $1,802,050!  At the 2024 Keli Wagner Lady Angler Tournament, Marlin Fever made quite the splash, hooking a grand slam with 2 Blue Marlin, 1 White Marlin, and 2 Sailfish, earning them 2nd place and $30,855. Reel Quick wasn’t far behind, catching 3rd place with 2 Blue Marlin and 2 Sailfish releases, earning $20,570.  Congratulations to Sea Wish for clinching 3rd place in the Non-Sonar category at the 2024 Marina Cap Cana White Marlin Tournament in the Dominican Republic. We celebrate the Jarrett Bay teams for their exceptional achievements this year – well done!

Lagoon Celebrates Forty in Honk Kong

Lagoon Catamarans and Asiamarine, the Hong Kong-based luxury yacht distributor, brokerage and charter operator, welcomed excited boating enthusiasts to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the French catamaran builder and its appointment as the global brand’s official dealer with a luxurious launch party on June 21, 2024.  Around 100 guests gathered at the Aberdeen Marina Club to celebrate the milestone and new venture and were treated to a tour of one of Lagoon’s most spacious models, the 20.15m Lagoon Sixty 7. As guests roamed the elegantly staged boat, which was decked in a French country theme and decorated in blue and turquoise, the colours of the Lagoon brand, they were able take in wide-open, luxuriously-appointed spaces, from the generous lounge area.  With over 7,000 catamarans built, Lagoon offers a range of models from 40 to 78ft. The Sixty 7, which is now available to charter through Asiamarine, certainly holds a pride of place. As the event progressed, Asiamarine’s Lagoon Brand Manager Alexandre Tricot promised jovial guests that the launch party would be the first of many to come and noted the growing demand for luxury catamarans in the region.  Increasing appetites may well be sated with the arrival of two new models arriving soon. A brand new Lagoon 46 is planned to touch Asian waters in December of this year, when it arrives in Hong Kong, followed by a Lagoon 51, early in 2025.  

Marlow Yachts Owners Rendezvous 2024

Isn’t it fun to gather with a group of boaters and celebrate how the boating lifestyle is so enjoyable? Not only the excitement of it all, but the stories that come from cruising, from the trials and tribulations of making sure things are in order…and work…to sharing design ideas, recipes, and destination experiences. For a prospective buyer, the information from current Marlow owners is priceless. It can make or break the decision and from what I saw at the 26th Annual Marlow Marine Cruising Club’s (MMCC) Spring Rendezvous at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Florida, on the 9 to 12 May.   Speaking with a couple who made that commitment two months ago, it was the research, the boat shows, the online videos, and talking with other owners that helped make their decision. They looked at other boats, even toured other shipyards, but in the end, “Some of the things, to me, with the Marlow is the speed, that was a big factor, to have that speed capability,” he says. “And then the draft; the draft was a big factor, too, because it was much shallower than those slower trawler types. And then just the look of it, it just really looks nice and clean…classic.”  One of the biggest benefits I heard from owners was the ample room, not only in the accommodations below (I was impressed with the more than generous headroom), but also in the engine room. You can access both sides of the engines without squatting or ducking or squeezing between equipment.  But the real purpose of this annual event was to reconnect with old friends and welcome new ones as they participate in a bevy of activities.  After a welcome dinner party on opening night Thursday, Friday included morning discussions with Ring Power and Caterpillar engines, Blue Water Desalination, MPI and an update on Internet access while on board, and Dockmate’s latest positioning system.  The afternoon had teams golf carting their way on a scavenger hunt or crews who wanted to try their hand at a cooking class that featured crab cakes, Ocean Reef Club Yellowtail Snapper with Sherry Caper Butter, and the Club’s signature Key Lime Pie—recipes included.  Saturday continued with sponsor seminars from CMC Marine and the Yacht Group to a Marlow Yachts Q&A from the powers that be. The annual rendezvous isn’t complete without christening the latest builds to avoid the wrath of Neptune.  Each night concluded with a very active dinner party, especially Friday night’s “I Grew Up in the 19__’s” costume gala. From the ’50s through the ’80s, the classic styles were on full display. This year’s best costume winner went to the Swinsons with bell bottoms, heels, big hair (and that was his outfit) and her colorful paisley dress with boots made for walking.  It was a fantastic weekend, and by the closing awards dinner, everyone felt part of the family. That’s what is so special about Marlow. From the floor in the yard to the person making sure your yacht is everything you expected, it’s the caring, compassion, and love for the boat that makes choosing a Marlow an easy decision.  

Mimi New Sales Manager

Cantiere Mimì continues to impress as an example of a business that in a mere 50 years has grown from a small local firm into an international point of reference in its market segment while remaining under the control of the same family, now represented by its fourth generation with the appointment of Rosaria Senese as Sales Manager.

Mimi Boats Loved by Foreign Tourists

Mimì gozzo boats are attracting increasing interest from foreign tourists in Italy, and particularly Americans, with unprecedented demand for these boats from charter companies, up 50% on last season.  The most popular destinations are Campania and the Cinque Terre in Liguria, two of the most famous and fascinating places in the world, while tourists’ nationalities are increasingly varied.

Nautor Swan Power New Strategic Advisor

Giovanni Pomati, Nautor Group CEO, announces the appointment of Marco Viti as Strategic Advisor.  Viti's professional journey has been closely linked with Sanlorenzo for over 30 years, where he held various senior positions within the managerial structure, ultimately becoming the president of the Yacht Division and serving on the company's board.  Today, he is joining Nautor Swan's Power Yacht Division as Strategic Advisor, where he will work closely with the Nautor Swan President and CEO to enhance the Division's strategy. He will lead the Power Yacht Division team in implementing this strategy across all business areas, from product development to production organization, and finally to sales and marketing.  “We are very happy to welcome Marco, a manager with great experience in the marine industry across all segments,” said CEO Giovanni Pomati. “His background and passion for yachting will allow us to accelerate the development of our Power Division.”

Pershing Yacht Terrace at Ibiza

The Pershing Yacht Terrace, a cocktail bar bathed in Pershing’s elegantly sporty style and with a gorgeous sea view, opens on the party island. An exclusive location offering a bird’s eye view of Ibiza and a thrilling summer experience.  Imagine long sunny days aboard a Pershing, luxuriating in the comfort of wide-open spaces, experiencing incredible adrenalin rushes, and connecting with the water in ever more exciting ways. But what to do ashore? Pershing leaves its mark on dry land too, thanks to the Pershing Yacht Terrace. Ready to welcome guests into a space characterised by Pershing’s signature luxury and design, this splendid cocktail bar is situated in the heart of the 7Pines Resort in Ibiza. This 5-star luxury resort features 185 suites, 2 state-of-the-art signature Villas, a 1,500 m² spa and 13 private pools, ensuring a truly memorable experience. It’s in Sant Josep de sa Talaia (Ibiza) on a cliff top with a spectacular view of the magical rocky island of Es Vedrà… the perfect place to take your breath away!   The Pershing Yacht Terrace – launched in June 2018 – is the first lounge created by Pershing architects and designers reflecting the style and values that make the range unique. The front of the carbon fibre bar features the sleek, streamlined silhouette of the iconic side wing with incorporated glazing, an exclusive detail that conjures up the sporty, elegant style of Pershing X series yachts.  There are a whole host of Pershing touches: from the rigorously Pershing grey bar to the lounge area that provides the backdrop for evening DJ sets, the Terrace’s guests will feel as though they’re relaxing on board one of the brand’s yachts for a 360-degree experience.  The Pershing Yacht Terrace is the result of collaboration between Pershing and 7Pines, specially designed to enjoy a refreshing break during the day and magnificent sunsets in the evening. 7Pines rounds out the experience by offering special rates to hire a Pershing yacht (Pershing 5X and Pershing 9X) and expert mixologists who have created a menu to satisfy all tastes: timeless classics for lovers of more traditional cocktails and new creations for those addicted to the taste of novelty.  A sophisticated balancing act that reflects the spirit of the brand.

Riva and Officina Italiana Together For Five More Years

The happy synergy in place since 1994 has brought Riva into the future, ensuring that it’s the most admired shipyard in modern times too, thanks to the formidable mixture of innovative design and unparalleled style featured on every new model. Riva and design studio Officina Italiana Design announce the renewal of their exclusive collaboration contract for five more years. The agreement, signed at a ceremony attended by Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi and Officina Italiana Design founding partners Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta, consolidates a storied partnership born out of the shared desire to create iconic Riva boats that symbolise modern yachting and perpetuate a heritage of superior beauty and elegance.  The new contract, which runs until 2030, was signed in the ‘Plancia’ or ‘Bridge’, the office at Riva’s Sarnico shipyard once used by Carlo Riva himself.  “Officina Italiana Design is a Renaissance atelier, characterised by an outstanding level of innovation, that has discovered the formula for timeless elegance. Here at Sarnico, where it all started, we’ve signed an exclusive agreement that will drive the creation of amazing ‘Made in Italy’ boats featuring unrivalled care, style and design,” said Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “2030 is a magnificent horizon of beauty and research that Riva’s masterpieces of tomorrow already have in their sights.”  “Renewing this collaboration for five more years doesn’t only consolidate a decades-old professional relationship, but also confirms that Riva is now an integral part of my and Mauro’s personal and emotional story,” said Officina Italiana Design CEO Sergio Beretta.  “It’s a partnership we’re particularly proud of, and the five-year period is also important, because it allows us to pursue a major development plan in which we’ll surely face some exciting new challenges,” added Officina Italiana Design Chief Designer Mauro Micheli.  With this agreement, Riva and Officina Italiana Design look to the future, driven by the desire to continue imagining, designing and building the world’s most beautiful boats together

Riva Partners with Bang and Olufsen

With a shared legacy of excellence in craftsmanship and an ambition to deliver beautiful sound experiences, Bang & Olufsen and Riva are now partnering to create the ultimate vessel for sound.  “Riva and Bang & Olufsen share the same passion for performance, design, and craftsmanship. Together, we are bringing the best of artisanship to the fore by creating two remarkable products. Working on this project has been exhilarating, and I want to thank our teams in both Struer and Sarnico for making something truly memorable”, said Bang & Olufsen’s CEO Kristian Teär.  “It is a partnership that sounds great. A taste for ‘mixing’ elegance and innovation is the shared value that will guide product design and production. I’m excited to keep advancing research in pursuit of absolute quality and beauty. I can’t wait to discover and enjoy the wonders that will come out of this extraordinary collaboration,” said Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group's CEO.  The partnership builds on the craftsmanship, performance, and design heritage associated with both houses, combining Bang & Olufsen’s iconic products with Riva’s beauty and style. An icon of fine Italian yachting artistry, Riva’s history dates back to 1842 and the company is recognised as the vanguard of world boating. Likewise, Bang & Olufsen has been the leader in luxury audio for almost a century, shaping and reshaping the industry through the unique combination of powerful sound, timeless design, and unrivalled craftsmanship.  Bang & Olufsen and Riva will reveal the exclusive products in September 2024 during the boat show season.

Riviera Yachts Represented in Canada

Freedom Marine International Yacht Sales has joined Riviera’s growing global network of dealerships and will represent Riviera in Canada.  Freedom Marine will offer the complete range of Riviera yachts from 39 to 78 feet from its two offices in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, and Port Sidney Marina on Vancouver Island.  “We are pleased to welcome Freedom Marine to the Riviera global dealership network,’’ owner Rodney Longhurst said.  “Freedom Marine has been operating in Vancouver since 1997. We share the same values when it comes to creating the ultimate boating experience for our motor yacht owners.  “We look forward to the Freedom team supporting our many Canadian owners and welcoming new owners to the Riviera family.”  The Freedom Marine team is known for its highly regarded after-sales care. “In addition to giving new Riviera owners all the delivery and handover briefing and training they require, we connect them with our preferred service teams and include access to world-class boathouses in both office locations,’’ Freedom Marine Vice President Denis Barnard said.  “Freedom Marine is the only yacht dealership in British Columbia with multiple boathouses between 55 and 75 feet, which provide a clean and fully enclosed environment for service, maintenance and repairs.’’  In 2023, Freedom Marine was awarded “Best Aftersales Support” amongst 73 global dealers by a world-leading adventure boat manufacturer. Revolution Yacht Experience, the service division of Freedom Marine, has extensive experience in commissioning, maintenance and equipment installation.  The strong Freedom Marine team consists of nine professional yacht sales representatives who are supported by a team of administration, marketing, accounting, and management personnel. This includes the recent appointment of Greg Andrew, a seasoned and respected sales professional with more than 15 years of experience working with Riviera yachts.  Freedom Marine is also Number 1 in Canada for boats sold between 35 and 180 feet.  “We are honoured to be representing Riviera yachts in Canada. With so many long-term Riviera owners boating here, we are keen to assist with any service we can,” said Mr. Barnard. “Earlier this month 60 Riviera motor yachts and 160 people from Canada and the Pacific Northwest attended the Riviera Roche Harbor Rendezvous and Freedom Marine were proud to partner with Emerald Pacific Yachts to host this inspiring event. We pride ourselves in putting our customers’ needs first in every decision that we make, and we look forward to supporting Riviera owners and welcoming more Canadians to the Riviera family.”  The Freedom Marine team co-hosted the 2024 Riviera Rendezvous event at Roche Harbor between June 6-9 with Emerald Pacific Yachts, where Canadian boat owners had the chance to meet the team.  Freedom Marine has also recently been named a 2024 Employer of Choice Award winner by Boating Industry Canada, the leading industry trade journal in the Canadian boating circle.

Rizzardi New Dealer in Indonesia

Yacht Sourcing, a prominent yacht brokerage and charter company in Indonesia, has been named the exclusive dealer for Rizzardi Yachts in the country.  As the exclusive dealer for Rizzardi Yachts in Indonesia, Yacht Sourcing will handle the sales, marketing, and after-sales service of Rizzardi’s yachts in the region. The collaboration will enable Yacht Sourcing to offer a broader selection of premium yachts to its clients, and enhance Rizzardi’s presence in the Indonesian market.  “We are honoured to partner with Rizzardi Yachts and introduce their exceptional vessels to the Indonesian market,” said Boum Senous, CEO of Yacht Sourcing.  Rizzardi is an iconic Italian shipyard established in 1961, celebrated for its innovative designs and meticulous craftsmanship.  He noted Rizzardi’s legacy of excellence, saying he was excited about bringing a wider selection of world-class yachts to Indonesia.   The partnership between Yacht Sourcing and Rizzardi Yachts is anticipated to bolster the Italian shipyard’s presence in Southeast Asia. Indonesia is an expanding market for luxury yachts.  A significant step for both companies, the appointment marks a promise to bring more high-quality yachts to Indonesian waters and cater to the growing demand for luxury boating experiences.

Sanlorenzo and Zuccon Project Win Compasso D'Oro 2024

Sanlorenzo and Bernardo and Martina Zuccon have won the 2024 Compasso D’Oro, the oldest and most authoritative industrial design award at global level, with the SP 110 built for Sanlorenzo. This high prestige accolade confirms the success of Zuccon International Project’s constant commitment to innovation in style and design processes.  The awards ceremony took place on the twentieth June at the ADI Design Museum in Milan.

Silent Yachts to Deliver Eighteen Yachts in Eighteen Months

It is all go at Silent Yachts, where the workforce of 180 is fully engaged in delivering seven of its innovative Silent 62s before the end of the year. The shipyard in Fano, Italy, is operating at full capacity to fulfil orders, and the first – a beautiful tri-deck version of the solar-powered catamaran - has just been handed over to its owner.  Putting a period of instability behind it, Silent Yachts is busier than ever under its new ownership. By the end of 2024, the shipyard will have delivered eight new 62s, with an additional eight on order for completion in 2025. The first two Silent 80s are also due to be delivered next year, amounting to 18 yachts in just two years. Despite the brisk output, it is possible that two or three new build slots will become available in 2025 as Silent Yachts streamlines production. “This is a really exciting time for Silent Yachts,” says Silent Yachts CEO Fabrizio Iarrera. “We know from the volume of orders and the interest shown at boat shows that the Silent 62 has captured the imagination of sustainability-minded boaters. We’re just as proud of the three striking options for this yacht: a retractable flybridge, an open three-decker, and a hugely spacious true three-decker. We have had orders for all three variants.”

Sunreef E1 Team Rafa Partnership

Sunreef Yachts Eco joins Rafael Nadal’s E1 team as Official Partner in the 2024 series. The world’s first and only high-speed electric race, the E1 sets a new standard in marine sports. With a strong focus on marine conservation and green boating, the E1 philosophy perfectly aligns with the Sunreef Yachts Eco vision.  The E1 Series is a new kind of motorsports competition featuring electric-powered Racebird boats. High-speed races take place in iconic locations including Jeddah, Venice, Puerto banus, Monaco, Rotterdam or Hong Kong. Nine mixed teams get behind the helm of the Racebirds to compete in a thrilling championship, blending innovation and sustainability with the thrill of racing.  With a lineup of team owners including celebrities from the world of sports and show business, the E1 puts strong emphasis on entertainment and sustainability. Team Rafa pilots are Cris Lazarraga – European Jet ski racing champion in 2019 and vice world champion in 2021, as well as Tom Chiappe – an experienced powerboat racer, world endurance champion, Karting SWS World Champion 2023 and winner of the 24 hours of Rouen in 2016.  Team owner Rafael Nadal has a strong relationship with the Sunreef Yachts brand. One of the greatest tennis players in history, he is an experienced boater and Sunreef catamaran owner.  The E1 Series forges partnerships, drives awareness, and takes tangible action. The organizers collaborate on coastal habitat restoration initiatives and create content to teach children the importance of ocean health. To accelerate the development of electric technologies, E1 will also offer to install charging points at each venue to incentivize recreational boat users.  

Sunreef Fleet at Americas Cup

Sunreef stunning Eco Fleet of catamarans Otoctone, Nalani, Apollo 99 and One Planet will be setting sail for the prestigious America's Cup in Barcelona! Taking place from 22nd August to 20th October, the event is renowned for its cutting-edge technology, intense competition, and rich maritime heritage. Embark on this thrilling adventure, and enjoy the elegance, innovation, and performance that define the Sunreef spirit.

Viking Dealer Meeting 2024

Viking Yachts and and Valhalla Boatworks concluded their dealer meeting held the first of week of June. This annual conference took place at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and was a multi-day event. Kicking off with a social welcome dinner for dealer principals, the next day was all business. A crowd of eighty gathered for a private meeting to learn about technology advancements, new products, updates on the Viking Marine Group and economic forecasts with multiple guest speakers. This event is a wonderful opportunity to bring the world’s best dealer network together and not only share information but to also spend quality time together as one team.

Viking Summer Sea Trial Event

A fleet of Vikings and Valhallas was on hand for sea trials, but the debut of the Viking 82 stole the show. For two days, Captain Sean Dooley ran the battlewagon out to the Atlantic Ocean to demonstrate the speed, agility and power to customers, prospects and our dealer network. The Valhalla 29 Hybrid and 28 Bay were also on hand strutting their stuff with customers eager to experience the new V Series models.

Viking at Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Sporty weather altered the schedule for the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic but not the spirit of the fleet fishing it. Sitting in the top spot was the Viking 56 Just The Tip. Captain Robby Rushing backed the boat into the weigh station and the 111-inch fish, hooked by angler/mate Paul McMullen, weighed 508.6 pounds and claimed Top Blue Marlin. Paul took Top Overall Angler for his catch. “The captain trusts me, and I trust him,” said Paul. “It’s tough, a lot of work, you just think about getting that fish to the boat.” Fellow angler Jack Rushing weighed the 3rd Heaviest Dolphin at 20.3 pounds.  The Krake family’s Viking 72 Team Supreme captured the Top Release Boat with seven blue marlin. Allen Krake Jr. hung the Heaviest Tuna at 213.6 pounds.  Shar-E, a Viking 72, flew four blue marlin flags as well as a white for 2nd Place Release Team. Sherry Polk received Top Release Angler and Top Lady Angler for three of those blues.  Top Dolphin, 28.8 pounds, was awarded to Devin Sarver fishing on the Viking 48 GreSaMar. Bimini Babe, a Viking 82, weighed the Top Wahoo with a 95.4-pound ‘hoo caught by Ryan Doxey. Second Place Wahoo went to Collins Abrams on the Viking 64 Easy Trigger with a 77.4-pounder.

Viking at Cajuns Canyons Billfish Classic

Viking went one, two and three at the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic. Briar Patch, a Viking 68, walked off as Top Boat, Top Release Boat, 1st Place Lady Angler (Mary Katherine Adams), 1st Place Junior Angler (Brantley Adams) and Top Crew. With captain Corey Hurst behind the wheel, the team released seven blue marlin.  Taking 2nd Place Boat, Release Boat and Crew was the Krake family’s Viking 72 Team Supreme. Captain Chase Lake got hot on the final day releasing three blue marlin and a white, bringing the team’s total to seven blues and a white. Third Place Blue Marlin, Boat, Release Boat and Crew went to Nick Pratt and his Viking 80 It Just Takes Time. The team released four blue marlin and a white, and on the final day Nick boated a 591.9-pound blue.

Viking at Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic 

Jon Gonsoulin and his team on the Viking 70 Done Deal (above) added more hardware to the trophy case at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic. Captain Kevin Frelich put Andrew Woodruff on the 2nd Heaviest Blue Marlin. The fish weighed 527.5 pounds and was 110.75” x 60”.  Third Place Release team was the Viking 72 Metal Masher. Brad Tinney and Baker Tinney each released a pair of blue marlin for the honor. The 2nd Heaviest Tuna registered 107.7 pounds and was caught by Clark Adams aboard the Viking 66 Gunnslinger. Jaselyn Berthelot, fishing on the Viking 58 Rising Sons, caught the 2nd Heaviest Dolphin at 21.3 pounds.

June 29, 2024

New Model: Columbus Atlantique 43m

Columbus are delighted to announce that, following its official delivery of Atlantique 43 M/Y Night Fury II has set sail. The first of three constructions belonging to the Atlantique line due for delivery this summer, steel and aluminium M/Y Night Fury II will be exhibited at the next Monaco Yacht Show 2024. With a volume of 462 GT, exterior and interior design are courtesy of Hot Lab studio and they depict the “Architecture for Voyagers” fundamentals: a balanced combination of stylistic, design and functional elements devoted to the full enjoyment of every single moment spent out at sea. The naval engineering was devised by Palumbo Superyachts in collaboration with the Hydro Tec studio. The sailing-yacht style stern of Atlantique 43m is perhaps its most distinctive feature. This area features a central swimming pool surrounded by a C-shape seat facing astern. The transom is very low on the water; with the choice for the aft section to lower to just 50cm above sea level, which combined with the addition of two lateral folding side wings enhances the feeling of direct contact with the sea. The lower deck is endowed with four double cabins; two VIP with private bathroom along the sides and two twins. The forward area of the lower deck is dedicated to the crew and it houses four double cabins, all with bathroom, the crew mess and the laundry. The captain cabin is next to the wheelhouse. The 5.5m tender is at the stern with a garage on the starboard side. The main deck forward has been arranged so as to house both the second tender (rescue boat) and two jet skis. Powered by two 1300hp Cat Acert engines, Columbus Atlantique 43 can reach a maximum speed of fifteen knots, with a cruise of fourteen, and a range up to 3400 nautical miles at twelve knots.
Technical Data:
LOA - 43 m (141ft)
Beam - 9.10 m
Draft - 2.40 m
Displacement - 450 t, 462 gt*volume
Fuel Capacity - 53,500 l
Water Capacity - 6000 l
Accommodation - ten guests in five cabins, or six guests in twelve cabins, 9 crew in 5 cabins
Engines - 2 x Cats C32 Acert 1300hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - fifteen knots, fourteen cruise, twelve knots long range
Range - 3400 nautical miles at twelve knots
Hull Shape - displacement
Construction - steel hull, aluminum super structure
Project - Hot Lab exterior and interior, Palumbo naval architecture

June 28, 2024

Night Storm at Staniel Cay Exumas Beaches Sea Ray Yacht

A night storm which struck Staniel Cay, Big Majors, Exumas just after 23:30 hours of Thursday 27 June, beached an eighteen meter Sea Ray yacht, a rib, and a couple of jet skis.  Video footage from the helm of a Lazzara super yacht shared on social media by its captain Pascal Gademer shows as two Sea Ray sport yachts pass forward, drifting and dragging anchor as the sudden announced storm creates mayhem in this partly protected bay.  The super yacht actually avoids these drifting yachts with engines and thrusters, as they pass very close by.  The Sea Ray sport yacht is reported to have sheared one of its pod drives and probably has some hull damage to account for.  No injuries to persons are being reported.
The Sea Ray yacht in the grounding is an L590 as produced from 2015 to 19.  Sea Ray introduced its L yacht series in 2014 with the L650 Fly, a Euro looking line up of yachts to compete with European exports but with US amenities.  Ultimately the L series offered five models from 55 to 65 foot with Sea Ray stopping the line up in 2019.

Project: Palm Beach PB85

Representing nearly three decades of innovative Palm Beach Motor Yachts design and construction, the PB85 is set to become the new flagship of the renowned global yacht brand.  Entering the Superyacht realm is a natural progression for Palm Beach Motor Yachts, the acclaimed builder established by ocean-racing champion and performance yacht builder, Mark Richards.  Since its founding in 1995, Palm Beach Motor Yachts has garnered international recognition and a devoted following among enthusiasts of technologically advanced, meticulously designed and built, high-performance motor yachts. They are becoming increasingly known for their impressive fuel efficiency and range, consuming less fuel than other yachts in their class.  The Palm Beach PB85 is designed to be available in three exterior versions; Sedan, Extended Flybridge as pictured above, and Skylounge choices.  The interior of the PB85 will offer an upper galley layout, with this getting more space in the Skylounge option as this version does not feature a main deck helm station.  Lower deck accommodation is for three double cabins forward, with two cabins for crew located at midships located in between the engine room and fuel tanks.  The Palm Beach PB85 is to be powered by twin Volvo 1000hp with IPS pod drives and or twin Man 1300hp on line shafts with top speeds up to 26 and 27 knots respectively.  As is usual for Palm Beach the PB85 is whisker light weighing at just 43 tons unloaded, and thanks to this able to give an impressive 700 nautical mile range at 21 knots with the Volvo set up.  Give or take this would be about 8% more with the shafts set up, which is still an impressive number. 

June 27, 2024

New Model: Holterman X-78 Fly

Holterman has launched the second hull of its X-78 model, with this new unit being the Fly for flybridge version and set to go in the Mediterranean sea.  The first Holterman X-78 Fly was finalized ahead of delivery to a highly experienced owner, and is another addition to the groundbreaking Xtreme series line-up from Dutch shipyard Holterman. Drawing on the technical and construction prowess of Holterman, the X-78 Fly is designed by Bernd Weel, and features interiors by Kitty van der Kamp, and naval architecture by Sea Level and Diana. The owner was also integral part of the design and build with him input coming at every before and during construction stage.  With X-78 Fly, Holterman Xtreme series which launched to universal acclaim with the award-winning X-105 in 2022 is here to stay bringing ever a growing stable of thoroughbred luxury yachts and super yachts. Holterman’s philosophy in developing the X-78 Fly was simple but multi-faceted, take the X-78 Sport, a non-flybridge variant that was built for and delivered to an owner who wanted the best yacht he could get for cruising the confines of the Dutch canals, and elevate it literally to the next level with the addition of the perfect flybridge. The genius lay in the development of the X-78 Sport specifically to include a future Fly variant, using the same aluminum hull and superstructure, advanced engineering platform and lower and main deck layouts for efficiency but adding the Fly to create the ultimate boat for the Med and beyond. 
Technical Data:
LOA - 23.96 m (78.6ft)
Waterline Length - 20.91
Beam - 6.18 m
Draft - 1.45 m
Displacement - 58 t
Fuel Capacity - 6000 l
Water Capacity - 2000 l
Accommodation - eight guests in four cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 2 x Volvo D13 1000hp
Propulsion - Volvo forward looking IPS1350 forward looking dual propeller pod drvies
Speed - 28 knots max, twenty cruise
Range - 440 nautical miles at twenty knots cruise
Hull Shape - planning V
Construction - aluminum for hull and superstructure
Project - Bernd Weel exterior, Kitty van der Kamp interior, Sea Level and Diana naval architect
Certification - CE A

June 26, 2024

Project: Sabre 51 Saloon Express

Sabre announces the latest addition to it's fleet with this new project for the 51 Salon Express model. With all the traditional grace, performance, and nautical sophistication that Sabre has embodied for the past fifty years, the 51 Salon Express boasts enhanced social spaces in both the cockpit and foredeck. A generous salon provides a sanctuary of comfort for longer cruises, while the charming environment allows an owner and his guests to unwind aboard for a sunset cruise. The Sabre 51 will feature an accommodation with two guest suites, master stateroom at midship and a forward VIP suite plus an utility room which can be ordered as a single berth crew cabin.  Some innovative highlights of the Sabre 51 Salon Express are foredeck seating with sunbed and forward bench seat, expanded cockpit and enhanced salon, and Sabre digital switching with connect app control.  The Sabre 51 Salon Express is to be powered by twin Volvo 600hp with IPS pod drives and is set to arrive in the fall of 2025.

June 25, 2024

New Model: Azimut Seadeck 6

When Azimut enters a genre or invents a new one it is always revolutionary!  So when the Seadeck line of eco-friendly and eco-conscious yachts was announced in early 2023 it looked from the beginning that the yachting sector was up for an innovative shake-down experience.  The Seadeck line is Azimut's most eco-friendly series to date which promises a 40% reduction of emissions in a year of usage, a huge result considering that the Italian yacht builder has been going eco-conscious since 2012 and the debut of its 55S model.  The 6 as all following Seadeck's are a mild or optional full hybrid planning sport yacht, which takes eco-friendly yachting into its next step in a long journey ahead.  But as usual for Azimut the criteria has to meet the purpose so designer Alberto Mancini was instructed to bring a new style yacht giving with a mix of exploration and sporty details which give best of use, while a new hull shape by NAMES which features a sharp entry promises reduced consumption at all speeds, and re-thinking of the construction and finishing materials used.  That is why the Azimut Seadeck 6 uses cork as replacement to teak for its deck, and carpets are made of re-purposed raw materials, with the same thing being done to 30% of the yachts skeleton. The Azimut Seadeck 6 debuted in mid-April first during the Milano Design Week 2024, with its official showing coming in end May at the always growing Venice boat show.  The first Seadeck 6 is fitted with the mild-hybrid zero emissions hotel mode, a 42 kwh lithium battery pack which will give up to eight hours of silent generator-free boating, with a full hybrid system of which the yacht is ready to embrace coming before the end of the year.  The Azimut Seadeck 6 is not yachting re-invented, more repurposed to be one of the most environmental clean and innovative yachts in the market today, which will entice buyers mostly with its expandable outdoor areas, like its drop down bulk heads which extend exterior spaces in a different way to yachts of similar size.  Look at it and then you see that it is actually a beach club from a forty meter super yacht, but fitted to a seventeen meters.
Technical Data:
LOA - 17.5 m (57.5ft) incl. pulpit
Beam - 5.05 m
Draft - 1.35 m
Displacement - 27.6 t full load
Fuel Capacity - 2400 l
Water Capacity - 590 l
Accommodation - six berths in three cabins, one crew cabin berth
Engines - 3 x Volvo D6 380hp, or D6 480hp
Speed - 33 knots max, 24 knots cruise
Hull Shape - planning V-shape
Construction - fiberglass with carbon fiber
Project - Alberto Mancini exterior, Matteo Thun and Antonio Rodriguez interior, NAMES and Azimut Research and Design for hull shape and naval architecture
Certification - CE B, ISO8666 for data

June 24, 2024

Bayliner Boat Trailer Drops in Northumberland Highway 401

An eight meter Bayliner cabin cruiser fell from its trailer on the Westbound lane of Highway 401, near Hamilton Township, Northumberland County, Ontario on the evening of Sunday 23 June.  Because of this boat trailer drop Highway 401 was lane reduced to just one lane from three for almost three hours.  The 43 year old driver was charged with unsecure load by the Ontario Provincial Police.  Luckily no one was injured in this trailer boat drop.
The Bayliner in this trailer fall is a 2859 Super Classic as produced from 1993 to 95, and then up till 2002 renamed as the 2859 Ciera Express with some minor decal changes.  The Super Classic was a unique model in Bayliner's sport and cabin cruiser range, a tribute to boat styling from previous decades.

One Injured as Boat Explodes in Eustis Boat Ramp Florida

One man was injured as a sport cruiser of eight meters in length exploded near the South side boat ramps at 517 Lakeshore Drive, Eustis, Florida on 14:00 of Sunday 23 June.  Following the explosion and fire the Lakeshore Drive launch ramp was closed down temporarly, as Eustis Fire Department fought and controlled the fire.  The injured person was taken to a hospital in Orlando for further treatment.  An investigation on what caused the explosion is ongoing by the Florida State Fire Marshalls office, with unconfirmed reports saying the sport cruiser went ablaze due to a mechanical failure.  
The boat in this fire is a Chaparral 300 Signature as produced from 1998 to 2003. The 300 Signature came out as a replacement to the 29 Signature and was replaced by the 310 Signature.

Project: Bluefix Boatworks NorthCape 43

The NorthCape Custom 43 is currently under build at Bluefix Boatworks in Opua, New Zealand. Full epoxy foam core construction using resin infusion and powered by twin Cummins 600hp engines, the NorthCape Custom 43 has been designed for maneuverability with a dramatically curved transom and tumblehome hull running aft, this sportfish cruiser will get through the corner fast thanks to extra split drive trains. Fuel efficiency and long-range capabilities have also been a focus in this design, with 3100 liters of diesel capacity unheard in a sportfish of this size. Comfort and luxury is also a major factor with a drop down aft window creating an open bulkhead for a very social fishing experience, along with a two cabin layout sleeping a four comfortably.

June 23, 2024

Pershing Yacht Ends Beached in S'Espalmador

A seventeen meter Pershing sport yacht titled m/y Sophia 1 with two persons onboard ended beached in Pas de Trucadors on the islet of S'Espalmador to the North of Formentera, before 22:30 hours of Saturday 22 June.  Salvament Maritim received a call from third parties that a yacht had ended aground and sent a vessel plus a research helicopter and a notice to other boaters for search.  Ultimately the vessel Zinit finds the yacht and reports its position and that two persons are onboard and not injured.  Following this Salvament Maritim m/v Acrux comes to the scene and offers to take the boaters to Ibiza, which they refuse and say that they are waiting for a private company to come and tow the yacht to a boat yard for inspection and eventual repairs.  Speculation is suggesting that the Pershing yacht had to be traveling at a speed of 35 knots to end in this way on the sand dunes.  The damage is not reported but since the Pershing yacht is on surface drives it will be less to a shafts or pod driven yacht.
The Pershing in this beaching is the 54 model, as designed by Fulvio de Simoni and produced from 1995 to 2003.  Considered a classic the 54 is one of Pershing's most important models and was it's best seller up until 2007.   The 54 was available with both shafts and surface drives in its first four years production to then only be available with the later.  The Pershing 54 came out as a replacement to the first generation 52 and was replaced by the 56 in the fall of 2005.

Two Injured as Sportfish Beaches in Atlantic Beach North Carolina

Two men reported minor injuries as a fourteen meter sportfish cruiser titled Full Cry ended beached East of the Doubletree Hotel pier in Atlantic Beach, Carteret County, North Carolina at about 18:00 of Saturday 22 June.  The sportfish cruiser had seven persons onboard, as camera footage show her running fully planned onto the beach.  The two hurt people were transported to a nearby hospital nearby, as the sportfish yacht was later refloated by TowboatUS.  The Atlantic Beach Police, Fire Department and EMS as well as the Pine Knoll Shores Police and Fire Department were all on the scene, with North Carolina Wildlife handling the investigation, and finding out if this beaching was caused from a mechanical failure or navigational error. 
Full Cry is a 2004 Croswait Boatworks 48 Custom Carolina, as designed and build by Bobby Croswait.  The Croswait 48 Custom Carolina offers sleeping accommodation for four in two cabins and is powered by twin Cummins engines for speeds up to thirty knots.

Castagnola New Web Site

Castagnola presents its new web site.  Founded in 1974 by Giovanni Castagnola, a shipwright who starts his trade in the repair and building of wooden boats, ships and yachts in 1959.  In the beginning Castagnola Yacht is known as Costruzioni Navali Tigullio and has since its founding operated from the large yacht harbor of Lavagna on the East Levante Coast of Liguria.  For Giovanni Castagnola it will take twenty years to launch his first 25 meter model, a fully custom wood build super yacht designed by Stefano Righini with speeds up to 33 knots, which is followed three years later by the meter smaller 24 unit.  Since 2018 and the passing of Giovanni in 2017, Castagnola is managed by the grand child of the founder Gabriele Maestri, a shipwright himself and a graduate from the San Giorgio Nautical Institute of Camogli.  Since launching its first hull Castagnola has build fifteen yachts from the Heritage 9.9 as designed by Nauta and launched in 2020 to the largest 38 WJ as designed by Andrea Borzelli and delivered in 2015.  Of interest are also the custom sportfish inspired looking units with Italian flair which debuted with the Fisherman 60 Piedi designed by Formentini in 1999, followed by the 19 designed by Stefano Righini, and Fisherman 20 which was designed in house and  delivered in 2010.  Castagnola new web site takes you around with the following buttons; Home, About, Charter, Works in Progress, Processo WTS, Exclusive Projects, News, Partner, and Contact.  Castagnola is also on social media with bottom right links taking you to its Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin pages.
Production History; (semi-production only)
Fisherman 60 Piedi 1999-2000 (2)
Heritage 9.9 2020- (3

June 22, 2024

Super Yacht Accused of Starting Hydra Island Forest Fire

A fire works display allegedly launched from the 54 meter super yacht Persephoni I has caused a wild fire to the only Pine forest on Hydra Island, one of Greek's Saronic islands, thirty nautical miles South West to Athens on the night of Friday 21 June.  The blaze was controlled the following Saturday morning, in a difficult operation involving both air and sea fire fighting as the pine forest is not road accessible.  Following this fire the crew of Persehoni I were arrested by arson unit investigators on Sunday 22 June, while the yacht is currently held in custody.  The captain of a nearby yacht has testified that the blaze was started by fireworks originating from the alleged super yacht on Friday evening.
Super yacht Persephoni I is a 2012 Mariotti 54 meters super yacht as designed by Luca Dini.  Mariotti build only two 54 meters models, with the first unit launched in 2008.  Founded in 1928 and located in Genoa, Mariotti had in 2005 entered a partnership with Cantieri Navali di Lavagna Admiral for the building of steel super yachts above fifty meters in length.  This collaboration was ended in 2011 as Admiral was taken over by the Italian Sea Group.

New Model: Ferretti Custom Line 50 Navetta

The first all-aluminum super yacht by Custom Line touched the water at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona. The new 50-metre made-to-measure alloy build flagship, Custom Line 50 was titled m/y Asante, debut the Ferretti Group brand in the metal yacht segment under 500 GT. The launch on Saturday June 8 was celebrated with a private ceremony attended by the owner's family and the shipyard’s top management and employees, accompanied by their families. Designed and built entirely from aluminum, with a displacement hull under 499 GT, a length of 49 meters the new Ferretti Custom Line 50 is the result of collaboration between the Product Strategy Department led by Piero Ferrari and the Ferretti Group Superyachts Division Engineering team. The exterior styling is by Filippo Salvetti, while ACPV Architects of Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel designed the made-to-measure interiors, embodying the brand’s values and reinterpreting marine tradition through a contemporary lens. The Ferretti Custom Line 50 extends across four decks, with a layout design centered around the master suite forward on the upper deck. The owner’s stateroom, surrounded by windows that offer a 180-degree view, provides direct access to a large private terrace in the bow, featuring a beautifully spacious and completely private lounge area with sun-pad. The superyacht has four more VIP cabins on the lower deck, accommodating a total of twelve guests on board and nine crew, including the captain whose cabin is located next to the wheelhouse. Multiple features ensure that the owner and his family will have a unique cruising experience. The in-depth study of the yacht’s volumes and the subdivision of the interiors have fine-tuned on-board livability and comfort, offering guests generous convivial spaces along with wellbeing in close contact with the water and a special focus on the owner’s privacy. The interconnection between interiors and exteriors, replicated in all the guest areas and particularly in the lounges on the main and upper decks, which feature large floor-to-ceiling windows and reflective surfaces, enhances the sense of direct contact with the water, creating seamless spatial and visual continuity. The feeling of total immersion in the surrounding marine environment is also amplified by the generous water’s edge beach club, which has direct access to the aft outdoor area on the main deck, fitted out as a private lounge. These two exterior spaces are integrated to perfection by the rectangular pool in the stern.
Technical Data:
LOA - 49.9 m (163.9ft)
Beam - 9.6 m
Draft - 2.2 m
Displacement - 430,000 kg loaded
Fuel Capacity - 55,000 l
Water Capacity - 10,000 l
Accommodation - twelve guess in five cabins, nine crew in five cabins
Engines - 2 x Cat C32 1449hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed - sixteen knots max, fifteen cruise
Hull Shape - displacement with bulb
Construction - alumimium
Project - Filippo Salvetti exterior, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel interior, Ferretti Group engineering

June 21, 2024

Project: Van Der Valk Project Evo 40m

Van der Valk in the Netherlands has started construction on Project Evo, a completely custom 40-metre superyacht that will be the largest built by the yard to date in terms of length and volume. Its sleek exterior was originally penned by SFG Yacht Design and Fancy by Dada, with Cristiano Gatto Design adding new length and angles to the profile while also creating an exceptionally detailed interior. This all-aluminium blue water super yacht will have a round bilged fast displacement hull and a target top speed of 24 knots.  Project Evo has been ordered by experienced clients who have previously owned a number of high-performance yachts and decided the time had come to create a bespoke yacht for their family. The owners came to Van der Valk, with a team of experts involved in developing the yacht have also included the naval architects from Diana Yacht Design and Ginton Naval Architects. Built to ABS class, Project Evo will also be fully compliant with the latest IMO Tier III emissions regulations.

June 20, 2024

Pershing Yacht Saved from Sinking Near Gaeta

A 23 meter Pershing sport yacht titled Miotus and under Italian flag was saved from sinking near Serapo, Gaeta, Italy on the late morning of Thursday twentieth June. The Pershing yacht had departed Gaeta yacht marina with seven persons onboard direction to the island of Ponza when four nautical miles offshore, water starting to come into the hull. Seeing this, the yachts captain called a mayday and then turned direction, and anchored the yacht in a scheduled beach near Sirio, with the Guardia Costiera coming to the rescue with two boats; one to retrieve the yachts passengers to safety and a second to assist the yacht. A specialized firm followed, rescuing the yacht and taking it to safety in Gaeta for investigation on this near sinking.
Miotus is a Pershing 76 as designed by Fulvio de Simoni and produced from 2002 till 08.  Similar styled to the 88 flagship which debuted in 1999, the Pershing 76 came out as a replacement to the 73 and was replaced by the 80 model.

Yacht Sinks After Running Aground in Vilano Inlet

A seventeen meter down east inspired lobster yacht with two persons onboard, partly sank after it ended aground following water ingress in rough seas at Vilano Inlet, St. Johns County, Florida at about 15:15 of Wednesday nineteen June.  A St. Johns County Marine Rescue crew member noticed the yacht in distress, with the two persons onboard making a mayday call and then putting their life jackets.  At this stage the two persons ended in the water pulled into the seas by the rough conditions, with St. Johns County Fire Rescue rescuing them about two hundred meters away from the yacht position.  After this the boaters where taken to Vilano Boat Ramp but both declined further medical treatment.  A salvage operation to save the seventeen meter yacht is currently being organized.
The traditional yacht in this sinking is a Palm Beach Motor Yachts PB55 model as designed by Mike Richards and debuting in 2012 and still in production today.  Founded in 1995 Palm Beach Motor Yachts has grown in popularity in the last fifteen years, for its combination of high tech construction and ageless classic inspired looks with modern amenities.

New Model: Fairline Targa 40

Fairline finally return to its bread and butter size with this new second generation Targa 40.  It would be interesting to know why Fairline took eight years to return in this size segment, which has been its biggest success since when Sam Newington managed to make his brand a household name.  For making up to the long wait Fairline decided to be bold, and so the Targa 40 comes with the interesting option of a drop down bulk head serving the aft cockpit deck to starboard, something a bit unedited on a eleven meter cabin focused sport cruiser which gives as much space inside as it does outside.  Fair to say drop down bulkheads are not new in 2024, Italian yard CNM presented them on its 50 Mediterraneo model back in 2008, and in the last decade all the new generation of sporty more day then overnight cruisers which have replaced the classic cabin sport cruiser in the core sun focused markets have them, they are though a new thing for a boat of this exact type and size even in 2024.  Thanks to the optional drop down starboard side bulk head the Targa 40 fills two shoes which other similar hard-top sport cruisers do not, that of extending its cockpit space and that of having a beach club in just eleven meters.  The Targa 40 impresses in other areas beside the drop-down balcony as well, the garage space under the port-side sun-pad which can accommodate a tender up to 2.3 meters is unthinkable when one looks at it from outside for example.  Other nice features are the flash single level cockpit deck, and the exterior mini-galley with wet-bar, and a lower deck accommodation a cabin sport cruiser of twelve meters offers; two cabins with four berths, plus a convertible C-shaped dinette with galley opposite.  Is the Fairline Targa 40 perfect?  She is nearly there, although twenty centimeters more to the bathing platform would have got her closer to full marks.
Technical Data:
LOA - 11.99 m (39.3ft) includes pulpit
Beam - 3.97 m
Draft - 1.13 m includes drives and propellers
Displacement - 11.5 t loaded
Fuel Capacity - 950 l
Water Capacity - 250 l
Max Persons - twelve
Accommodation - four berths in two cabins, plus convertible two berths
Engines - 2 x Volvo D6 340hp, D6 380hp
Propulsion - Volvo DPI duo-prop stern drives
Speed - 32 knots max with 340hp, 35 knots with 380hp
Project - Fairline design team, JandJ naval architecture
Certification - CE B

June 19, 2024

Sunseeker Yacht Collides with Fish Farm Near Zadar

A 31 meter Sunseeker super yacht titled m/y Baby 1 collided with a Cromaris Kosara fish farm in the Zadar archipelago just before midnight of Tuesday eighteen June. The cause of the collision is not reported, though lack of attention during navigation might have played a part, with the fish farm being marked both with marking lights and on the charts. The Cromaris staff worked through the following day to save the cages first and then free the yacht. The Zadar Port Authority has opened an investigation on the collision. 
Cromaris has five more fish farms in the Zadar archipelago, and one in Istria in North Croatia.
The Sunseeker in this collision is a 2003 105 Yacht model as designed by Don Shead and the Poole builder design team.  The 105 Yacht was an important step in Sunseeker quest to go larger and beyond 100 feet, its first model to do this and produced from 2000 to 05 in thirteen units.  The 105 Yacht was replaced by the 30M in 2009.

Two Teens Killed in Jet-Ski Sea Ray Boat Collision

Two teenage girls riding a jet-ski were killed when they crashed with a seven meter Sea Ray sport cruiser on Lake Marie in Antioch on about 17:15 of Tuesday eighteen June.  According to reports the two girls aged thirteen and sixteen years old were traveling in a northerly direction near the channel to Grass Lake, just north of the Elime Road Peninsula when they collided with a Sea Ray sport Cruiser operated by a 55-year-old man of Antioch and holding three more guests onboard, which was traveling westbound.  Both teens were reported of wearing life vests, and were knocked unconscious and thrown into the water with the impact from the collision.  The passengers aboard the sport cruiser collected the girls after the collision and were given aid then transported to shore and taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, with both pronounced deceased after arriving.  The crash is now under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and Illinois Conservation Police.
The Sea Ray boat in this collision is a 230 Cuddy Cabin as produced in around the mid to late eighties.

Project: Solaris Power 70 Long Range

Solaris Power present the project for a new upcoming 70 Long Range flagship as designed by Dragoni and the Italian builder design team. The Solaris Power 70 Long Range will offer the largest cockpit in its size category and is to feature a planning hull, which can go as good, without the hump in displacement mode. Its lower deck accommodation layout is offered in four or three double cabins, with a choice to replace the fourth cabin with a fourth day head. The interior living area will offer an astern galley area, while a drop down bulk-head is available as optional to starboard serving the interior saloon area. The 70 Long Range will offer a tender garage storage facility. The Solaris Power 70 Long Range is standard powered by twin Volvo 725hp with IPS propulsion, with an optional 1000hp engine and same pods set up. Top speed is declared up to 25 knots although it is not understood if this is with the standard engines or the optional units.

June 18, 2024

New Launch: Bayliss 60 B30

Bayliss is currently testing just before its final delivery the new 60 B30 titled m/y Sequentis.  B30 is the third boat Bayliss Boatworks has built for this owner, and the first walkaround for the company.  Bayliss B30 is powered by twin MTU 2000hp and 360-degree access to livewells, pitch bait tubes and rod holders.  Bayliss B30 is a life-support system for a South Florida live baiting team. Below deck she features a combined galley and salon, day head, and quarters for two.
Technical Data:
LOA - 18.28 m (60ft)
Beam - 5.63 m
Draft - 1.52 m
Displacement - 37421 kg
Fuel Capacity - 6245 l
Water Capacity - 851 l
Accommodation - two berths
Engines - 2 x MTU 12V2000M96X 2000hp
Propulsion - line shaft
Speed -