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Sunseeker Makes Waves at Southampton Boat Show

Sunseeker were putting on a big display at the Southampton Boat Show, both on and off the water. Lead singer of iconic British band Duran Duran, Simon Le Bon, was the star attraction off the water as Sunseeker’s special guest at this year’s 50th anniversary show. While on the water Sunseeker displayed all its seven models – 86 Yacht, 76 Yacht, Manhattan 66, Manhattan 52 and Predator 57 – but the star attractions were the UK launch of the Predator 50 and a show debut for the top of the range Predator 74.The Predator 50 is marketed as the entry level for the range…

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ABS Guidance Simplifies Yacht Plan Approval Process

ABS has published Guidance Notes on Yacht Design and released new Yacht Structure Assessment software, both geared toward streamlining and simplifying the yacht design and plan approval processes.The Guidance helps support innovation by simplifying the plan approval process for designs that fall outside the arrangements covered by statutory conventions. The software further streamlines the design and approval process, providing a fast and efficient check of structures and material.“ABS recognizes yacht designers are always innovating…

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Latona to Make World Premiere in Monaco

Luxury yacht builder CRN said it will be participating in next week's Monaco Yacht Show 2018, where it will present a world premiere of a new 50-meter masterpiece, M/Y Latona.According to shipbuilder, Latona's high degree of craftsmanship and excellence stem from the successful cooperation between CRN’s Engineering Department and Interiors & Design Department with design firm Zuccon International Project. This new yacht’s technical solutions and the slender lines of her hull and bow are indeed the result of CRN Engineering Department’s outstanding skills and expertise…

Hybrid Propulsion for Super Yachts

With hybrid power solutions becoming more of the norm in super yacht circles, RH Marine introduced pre-composed hybrid packages to convert conventional super yachts power systems to battery powered hybrid solutions. The three pre-engineered packages that can be installed onboard an existing yacht during a refit. The three packages vary in size and energy storage from 250 kWh up to 750 kWh, so there’s a package to fit every yachts requirements.Adding batteries as an extra power source allows the generators to run on an optimal load…

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Estrella 65: The world’s largest center console yacht

New yacht inspired options characterize the powerful Estrella 65, the new flagship of HCB Yachts, formerly Hydra-Sports Custom (HCB). As the yacht that also fishes, HCB identified a new niche of discerning buyers focused on a performance ride, luxury comfort and styling.This 65-foot vessel hopes to capture an untapped market on the water between sport fishing and center console segments. Perhaps it is the ideal vessel for the passionate, competitive angler, with an interior and…

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MTU Unveils Hybrid Propulsion System at SMM

Hamburg in September can only be the marina extravaganza that is SMM. The trade fair brought together around 50,000 industry visitors from more than 120 countries who could wander around 13 halls featuring over 2000 exhibitors. This year’s fair focused on digitalization and green shipping and while the focus was on commercial shipping, there were some enticing nuggets for the yachting world.One standout for the world of yachting was the announcement made by MTU that in 2020 they will launch a range of completely integrated hybrid ship propulsion systems onto the market.

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Project Triton: Hull and Superstructure Joined

Yacht builder Heesen has announced that on Saturday, September 1, the hull and superstructure of YN 18850, Project Triton, were joined together at its facility in Oss.Project Triton is the second in the new 50 meter Steel Class, sporting exterior lines by Clifford Denn and an interior design by Reymond Langton.This 50-meter steel below 500GT is a true bluewater motor yacht with a range of 3,800nm at 12 knots. Powered by two MTU 8V4000 M63 diesel engines of 1000kw each, she will reach a maximum speed of 15 knots.

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Overmarine Chooses Wave MiniBOSS for Luxury Yacht

Wave MiniBOSS chosen for the new Mangusta GranSport 45 by Overmarine Group.Overmarine Group in Italy have chosen the Wave MiniBOSS bilge water separator for their new Mangusta GranSport 45 luxury yacht, innovatively designed and fast, using all the latest technology and reducing its environmental impact with the aid of this latest IMO separator from Wave International.Wave MinIBOSS is based on twin Wavestream filters accepted globally for their high efficiency and oil holding capacity…

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New Yacht Tender is 100% Electric

Avon (Zodiac Nautic Group) & Torqeedo launch the eJET 450, a 100 percent electric tender.After introducing the first jet tender to the world in 1991 and revamping the landscape of the luxury yacht tender through its Avon brand for over 20 years, Zodiac Nautic is doubling down on its commitment to keep exploring the future of the boating industry.Together with Germany-based Torqeedo, Avon has developed the eJET 450, a 100 percent electric tender that solves the most pressing problems faced by yacht owners: carrying fuel for tenders…

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Superyachts Head to Savannah Yacht Center

A 235-foot megayacht recently launched at Savannah Yacht Center after full paint renewal provided by the yard’s yacht coatings partner, Pinmar. Catering to superyachts 60-meters and over, the shipyard is providing full refit, service and restoration for the big boat sector while renovating the yard’s infrastructure, with expected completion during the second quarter of 2019.With a 140-meter graving dock for yachts up to 450-feet in length and 1,200-feet of wet slips, Savannah Yacht Center’s new 3…

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YANMAR, ABYC Partner in Technician Training

YANMAR and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) are teaming up to conduct marine technician certification courses at Yanmar Academy which is located at the new YANMAR Evo Center in Acworth, Georgia.A YANMAR trainer will facilitate the course with ABYC’s guidance and certification materials, making ABYC Certification more accessible than ever for rising marine technicians.YANMAR Academy brings a systematic approach to training with a variety of course offerings for YANMAR product lines…

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New Great Harbor TT35 Powered by Suzuki From Mastry

The new Great Harbor Trawler TT35 from Mirage Manufacturing is a unique, outboard-powered liveaboard cruiser. When the father and son design team of Ken and Travis Fickett went looking for the ideal power solution, they turned to Mastry Engine Center and the ultra-efficient Suzuki DF60AV.The choice of Suzuki outboard power for the TT35 has many advantages. Because the engines are outside the hull, it frees-up internal space for storage. Inside, it's exceptionally quiet with no perceptible vibration. Maintenance is simpler with easier access than an inboard.

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New MTU Hybrid Propulsion Systems Introduced

As of 2020, Rolls-Royce will launch a range of completely integrated MTU hybrid ship propulsion systems onto the market. The propulsion systems will be made available for yachts, workboats, ferries and patrol boats in a power range extending from around 1,000 kilowatts to 4,000 kilowatts per powertrain.“The combination of diesel engines and electric motors, in addition to batteries, will offer our customers significant benefits in a variety of marine applications. The most important being efficiency…

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Van Der Valk Delivers 26m Nicostasia

Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands has delivered the fourth yacht in its Raised Pilothouse semi-custom range.The 26-meter Nicostasia was built for owners who had already enjoyed the experience of owning a Van der Valk motoryacht and now wanted to go larger and all-new. Featuring exterior and interior design from Guido de Groot and the highest standard of Dutch construction and engineering, Nicostasia is an impressive addition to the growing Van der Valk fleet.The cooperation…

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Raytheon Anschütz INS for Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, together with the Spanish Barreras shipyard of Vigo, have selected Raytheon Anschütz to supply a high-end Integrated Navigation System (INS) of the Synapsis NX generation for the first vessel of a new class of most advanced passenger ships.The INS is part of a larger contract awarded to ABB’s Marine and Ports Business, who are acting as the total ship system provider and integrator to the new class of ships. ABB and Raytheon Anschütz have entered…

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Burger 48 Cruiser is a Custom Yacht Alternative for Production Boat Buyers

Burger Yachts is organically growing its own megayacht clientele. Wooing would-be production boat buyers into small yacht owners with their new 48 power cruiser, the legendary shipbuilder’s custom yacht alternative for production line buyers provides megayacht elegance and quality, albeit in a smaller vessel.The iconic Wisconsin builder identified a market for a midsize, luxury power cruiser with a custom interior and two cabin configuration. Built especially for a high-end, hands-on…

Sparkman & Stephens Under New Ownership

Sparkman & Stephens has announced that Donald Tofias, of Newport, R.I., has purchased the iconic yacht design and brokerage firm. Tofias will assume the role of President of the firm, having purchased 100 percent of the assets.Tofias is a lifelong sailor and founder of the W-Class Yacht Company. Over the past 30 years he has owned and campaigned a Waldo Howland and Ray Hunt, Jr. Concordia Yawl, a W. Starling Burgess Cutter, and for the past 20 years, W-Class Racing Yachts, including the W.76 sloops, designed by Joel White, which will now be marketed by Sparkman & Stephens.Tofias said…

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MarineMax Sells Hatteras M75 Panacera Yacht

MarineMax sales consultant and yacht broker David Michie recently sold a Hatteras M75 Panacera.Aboard the Hatteras M75, quality and craftsmanship meet sophistication and style for a new standard of elegance. Alfresco entertaining is the order of the day on the expansive flybridge with multiple seating options and sunning spaces. Inside, the Hatteras M75 astounds with an open-concept deckhouse salon and galley arrangement, surrounded by panoramic windows for views spanning 360 degrees.

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First RENK AED Drive Passes Sea Tests

Noted German gear-maker Renk reports that its new propulsion system Advanced Electric Drive (AED) was successful in its recent sea test onboard a 110-m megayacht built in the Netherlands. The megayacht was the first to feature the AED, a innovative propulsion system that is designed to be light, compact with a very low noise signature.The RENK AED was chosen when the owner eschewed traditional diesel units for the 3500-ton displacement vessel. Renk is long-experienced in the area of the electrification of propulsion systems…

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Shipyard in Focus: Spanopoulos Group - Yacht Repairing and Shipbuilding

Spanopoulos group provides a variety of services, from commercial shipbuilding & yacht repair, marine & civil constructions, towage & salvage, environmental protection services, as well as underwater services.Spanopoulos Shipyard in Perama of Piraeus, occupies an area of 16,500 sq. m. capable of accommodating more than 30 yachts from 25m up to 65m. It consists of 2500 sq. m. housing offices, workshops, storage areas, cafe, gym, roof garden as well as apartments for crew and visitors.

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A Jet Fighter for the Sea

After last week’s look at a classic yacht, I turn my attention this week to the other end of the spectrum with a yacht whose impressive exterior is inspired by a fighter jet. Heesen’s 51m Irisha makes its debut at next month’s Monaco Yacht Show 2018The semi-displacement fully-custom motor yacht was driven by the owner’s brief that specified an aggressive and dynamic yacht, and renowned British designers, Harrison Eidsgaard have certainly brought that desire to life in spectacular fashion.

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Legislation Approves American Flag Registration for Superyachts

An amendment signed by President Trump on August 13, 2018, now allows private yachts over 300GT to fly an American flag as a U.S. registered vessel.Authorization of HR 5515, commonly known as the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, is the fiscal 2019 version of Congressional legislation setting priorities for the military each year. The bill, which received bipartisan Congressional support, increases the number of superyachts flying the U.S. flag, in addition to updating regulations for national defense…

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New 88 Model for Ducale Series from Ocean King

Ocean King of Chioggia near Venice has announced a new 88 model in its Ducale series of Ocean King Explorers.Developed by the VYD Studio of Venice, the Ducale 88 offers megayacht finishes and styling whilst offering a more practical at-sea solution derived from the commercial shipping field.Built with a full-displacement bulbous bow steel hull and aluminium superstructure construction the Ducale 88 offers style, volume, safety, and comfort at sea as key characteristics.With 36…

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Larson Boats Expands Global Dealer Network

The Larson Boat Group dealer network continues to grow, globally.

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Benetti Rolls-out Bond-inspired Superyacht Spectre

Spectre, the ninth James Bond-inspired yacht commissioned by John Staluppi, has been launched by Benetti in Italy.A company press release said that after “Quantum of Solace” and “Diamonds Are Forever”, “Spectre” is the third yacht launched by Benetti for talented New York businessman John Staluppi.M/Y “Spectre” is a 69-meter Full Custom Mega Yacht with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure on five decks. The name pays tribute once again to James Bond, while the hull by…

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Jatco Delivers Yacht to Mauritius for UAE Royal

AerOceaNetwork Member Jatco Group recently delivered a yacht to Mauritius for a member of the UAE royal family.The yacht was loaded in Sharjah, UAE and shipped under RORO to Mauritius.Measuring in at 20,6m x 4m x 4,5m, a total of 365m3, and weighing 17tons, the yacht was successfully delivered without any problems.

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Cannes Yachting Festival To Include Aquila Power Catamarans

The Aquila 44, four-stateroom option, is set to debut at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival, September 11 – 16, 2018.On the Aquila 44 you will enjoy the 360˚ view from the spacious salon and galley that features a large seating area, hidden TV stowage and plenty of storage to make a live-aboard or cruising easy and pleasant. Galley features include Corian countertops, electric fridge and freezer, stove, and stainless-steel microwave oven as well as a double stainless-steel sink. The large staterooms each feature ample headroom and large windows for excellent views.

New Company Shipyard Supply Co. Launched

Increased demand for quality superyacht deck equipment has led the founders of Superyacht Tenders and Toys (SYTT), Josh and Claire Richardson, to launch specialist deck hardware company Shipyard Supply Co (SSCo).The new business will be headed up by Luke Porter, formerly of Oyster Yachts, and will allow each company to focus on its respective market sectors.Since its launch in 2011, Queen’s Award winning SYTT has seen year-on-year growth in all aspects of its business, particularly…

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Dutch Superyacht Builders Propelled by Rising Economic Tide

With three lounges, three dining rooms, an open-air jacuzzi, a bar and six luxury cabins, the 50-meter "Aster" is one of Dutch shipyard Heesen's more modest superyachts.The Netherlands, which amassed huge wealth through the technical superiority of European shipbuilders during its 17th century Golden Age, is continuing its maritime tradition by carving out a prominent place in the luxury yacht industry."It's a big year for us," Johan Kaasjager of Heesen Yachts told Reuters at his shipyard in Oss. "We'll have delivery of three yachts this year and still a lot to come.

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Van der Valk Deliver 26-Meter Nicostasia

Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands has delivered the fourth yacht in its Raised Pilothouse semi-custom range. The 26-meter Nicostasia was built for owners who had already enjoyed the experience of owning a Van der Valk motoryacht and now wanted to go larger and all-new. Featuring exterior and interior design from Guido de Groot and the highest standard of Dutch construction and engineering, Nicostasia is an impressive addition to the growing Van der Valk fleet.The cooperation…

RMK Merrill-Stevens commissions new 100T Marine Travelift

Adorned with stars and stripes, RMK Merrill-Stevens’ newly commissioned 100T Marine Travelift Old Glory increases lifting capacity by 30-percent, enabling the iconic Florida shipyard to now lift and dry dock megayachts in the 70 - 90-foot range.Commissioned on August 3, 2018, a 33-foot Sealine was the first vessel lifted at RMK Merrill-Stevens’ south yard, followed by a 42-foot Cruiser Catamaran and an 82-foot Ferretti.The 133-year old shipyard has embarked upon a new era of yacht refit and repair with a complete yard modernization program to service megayachts with haul-out…

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Sealegs Rolls Out 8.5m All-alloy Amphibious Craft

Sealegs International Ltd. has released the latest addition to its range of amphibious craft at the Sydney International Boat Show. The 8.5m all-alloy amphibious cabin boat is the result of a 12-month development project that focused on market feedback from Australian owners and their specific requirements.The new 8.5m Alloy Cabin is the top of the all-alloy Sealegs range, which includes the walk-around center console 7.7m and 6.1m D-Tubes.“The 8.5m all-alloy amphibious cabin craft is a completely new model,” says Sealegs CEO David McKee Wright.

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Rotax Unveils New Jet Propulsion Engine

BRP Marine Group announced today the release of the largest Rotax jet propulsion engine yet – the Rotax ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) 300. Now available on Scarab jet boat models and Chaparral Vortex models, the Rotax ACE 300 is the most powerful engine in the recreational small jetboat space. In addition, the new engine includes features like a maintenance-free supercharger, closed loop cooling, lateral thrust control, reduced intake noise, improved sound quality and the…

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Fairline Yachts Teases New F-Line 33

British luxury boat builder Fairline Yachts released new images of its brand new 33ft express cruiser, the F-Line 33. The new boat is slated to launch in Spring 2019, with an immersive virtual reality experience of the boat launching at Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2018.With a large forward sun bed and a spacious aft seating area, configurable to another sun bed, the 33’s deck is made for summer time entertaining. The sociable self-contained cockpit galley features a high spec BBQ, fridge and ice maker.

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Elegance, Testosterone Dominate M/Y Ironman’s interior

Specializing in one of a kind creations, architectural interior designer Alfred Karram Jr, has never replicated the same design in his 32 year career, although he retained the striking, cool color scheme for M/Y Ironman, his second superyacht for the same private owner.A semi-displacement tri-deck motoryacht manufactured by Benetti in fiberglass and carbon fi-ber, Ironman is 140-feet with a 28-foot beam. “We would never repeat a design on any project,” said Alfred Karram Jr. “Upon delivery of the 125’ Ironman…

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Damen Lays Keel for 77-meter Expedition Yacht

On July 27 DAMEN SeaXplorer marked a milestone in the construction of the SeaXplorer 77 expedition yacht at a keel laying ceremony at Damen Shipyards Galati on the banks of the Danube. The owner attended the ceremony and welded the traditional coin on the keel. Following the hull building phase, the 77-meter luxury expedition yacht (253 ft) will arrive at Damen’s Vlissingen East yard in the Netherlands for completion and on-schedule delivery in Q4 2020.The SeaXplorer 77 is a customized design from the DAMEN SeaXplorer range.

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ADIBS Primed as Gateway to $60mln Industry

The changing face of the Middle East’s marine industry and the immense potential of Abu Dhabi’s marine sector will be thrown into the spotlight as the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) gets underway from October 17-20, 2018. Organized and hosted by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), ADIBS will be a gateway to the unlimited market potential and opportunities of the country’s marine sector, which is currently estimated at US$ 60 billion.Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri…

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Aquila Power Catamarans to Appear atThe Sydney International Boat Show

The Aquila 44 and Aquila 36 are set to make an appearance at the upcoming Sydney International Boat Show, August  2-6, 2018.“These two models have paved the way for innovation and incredible design in the world of power catamarans,” stated Yvan Eymieu, Aquila’s International Distribution Manager.The Aquila 44 offers a 360˚ view from the spacious salon and galley that features a large seating area, hidden TV stowage and plenty of storage to make a live-aboard or cruising easy and pleasant.

Marquis-Larson Prepares New Line for 2019

According to Rob Parmentier, President & CEO of the Marquis-Larson Boat Group, Marquis Yachts will discontinue its current line of semi-custom cruising boats and transition to an entirely new line for 2019. Parmentier said the new models are designed to better address changes in the global marketplace where there is an increasing demand for boats with unique styling, greater performance and higher levels of quality than are currently offered by other production builders.“With our experience building ultra modern, ultra high quality boats for both Lexus and VanDutch…

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Hatteras M75 Panacera Sold by MarineMax

MarineMax Naples Yacht Broker and Yacht Team Sales Professional, James Corts, recently sold a Hatteras M75 Panacera. Hatteras quality and craftsmanship meet sophistication and style for a new standard of elegance aboard the M75 Panacera. Alfresco entertaining is the order of the day on the expansive flybridge with multiple seating options and sunning spaces. Inside, the Hatteras M75 astounds with an open-concept deckhouse salon and galley arrangement, surrounded by panoramic windows…

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Aquila Catamaran to Appear At Cannes Yachting Festival

The all-new Aquila 44, four-stateroom option, is set to be presented at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival, September 11-16, 2018.On the Aquila 44, features a 360˚ view from the spacious salon and galley that includes a large seating area, hidden TV stowage and plenty of storage to make a live-aboard or cruising easy and pleasant. Galley features include Corian countertops, electric fridge and freezer, stove, and stainless-steel microwave oven as well as a double stainless-steel sink. The large staterooms each offer ample headroom and large windows for excellent views.

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Heesen Delivers Omaha

Yacht builder Heesen announced the delivery of the first yacht in its new 50 meter Steel Class, Omaha.YN 18350, christened Omaha, has been delivered to her owners following intensive sea trials in the North Sea in favorable weather conditions, with seas ranging from calm to moderate.Omaha exceeded the contractual speed, reaching 16 knots, and proved to be extremely maneuverable in all conditions thanks to her large rudders in combination with the power steering unit. Powered by two MTU 8V4000 M63 engines, she has a range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots.

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A Flair of Yacht Show on the River Thames

Since last week London´s main landmark shines in a new light and leaves passers-by with plain astonishment. Right in front of the Tower Bridge two brand new Mega Yachts have positioned themselves for an Abeking & Rasmussen Rendezvous. A sheer impressive backdrop; the anticipation for the Monaco Yacht Show in September is rising.The first unexpected appearance at the Tower Bridge was made by AVIVA. With a length of almost 100m AVIVA is the biggest yacht built by the pedigree yard in Lemwerder. Only a few weeks ago she had been seen in New York.

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NavPod Unveils New Electronics Protection Line

NavPod, a manufacturer of waterproof housings for marine electronics, has announced an all new product line – the PedestalPod 70 Degree. The new line is specifically designed for protection of marine electronics on the bow of sportfishing boats.PedestalPods are better than bracket mounting and position electronic displays 12-inches above the deck at an ideal 70-degree viewing angle. The tough and rugged, black powder coated 4-inch aluminum pedestal base is designed to accommodate the latest trend towards larger 12- and 16-inch displays.

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Interview: John Canada, President, Ocean5 Naval Architects

John Canada founded Ocean 5 Naval Architects in 2007, arguably the worst time in history to start a maritime company as the industry was just entering the worst downturn in a generation. But more than 10 years later, and with the industry still in recover mode, Canada and his company are still standing. Ocean5 has become synonymous with sportfish, luxury, performance and composite high speed small craft naval architecture, and the company’s international presence is founded on patrol craft…

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Sales Update: 164-ft. Christensen HULL #042

Hull Number 042 by Christensen Yachts offers the unique opportunity to build and personalize a new yacht with full warranties, in time for the fall of 2019. This large-volume yacht features Christensen’s latest design details and engineering unmatched by her predecessors. Her striking contemporary interior will feature accommodations for up to 16 guests in 6 staterooms with a voluminous master suite located on the main deck, complemented by a full-width VIP suite, and 4 equally impressive guest staterooms on the lower deck. Accommodations for up to 16 guests in 6 staterooms incl.

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New 88 from Ocean King

Ocean King of Chioggia, Italy near Venice just announced a new 88 model in its Classic series of Ocean King Explorers."Creating superyacht impact from a small yacht that feels huge," is how the company describes the new Ocean King 88 Classic in its press release, a yacht to "inspire immediate confidence with its huge 7.5m beam, 4 decks, heavy displacement double-bottomed Grade A steel hull and aluminium superstructure.""This is a yacht derived from clever engineering, reliability…

(l-r): Richard Hooson, Sam Slater and Greg Beach on a recent client visit to Monaco. (Photo: The Landing)

New VR Technology to Transform Yachting, Shipping Industries

The global yachting and shipping industries are queuing up to adopt the very latest in immersive virtual reality visualization, mapping and design technology developed at The Landing, MediaCityUK. VR solutions designed specifically for the yachting industry, as well as for the merchant shipping sector, have been developed by Sam Slater and Richard Hooson, from Manchester, the flagship being their ground breaking Digital Twin application which is set to revolutionize the marine industry.

T. Mariotti, Damen Partner for Cruise Newbuilds

The good news from the cruise sector continues to roll in, with the overall maritime sector hoping only that the positive vibe is contagious. The most recent development in this specialty shipbuilding sector is word that T. Mariotti and Damen Shipyards Group have created a new partnership to build cruise vessels. Seabourn announces letter of intent for two ultra-luxury expedition vesselsThe partnership will operate under the brand name MARIOTTI DAMEN Cruise, and in tandem with…

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CRN's 50-m Latona to Premiere at MYS 2018

CRN’s 50-meter M/Y Latona will be one of the stars at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, to be held from September 26 to 29. Launched in February and delivered in May, the 50-meter M/Y Latona will be on display at the international boat show in the Principality of Monaco as a worldwide première and as the utmost expression of the Italian Shipyard’s excellence and craftsmanship. 50-meter M/Y Latona is the outstanding outcome of the synergy between CRN’s Engineering Department and Interiors&Design Department with design firm Zuccon International Project.

Brunswick to Acquire Power Products Businesses

Mercury Marine’s parent company, Brunswick Corporation entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Power Products – Global Marine & Mobile, which includes the global marine, specialty vehicle, mobile, industrial power, and transportation aftermarket products businesses of Power Products. Brands included are: Ancor, BEP, Blue Sea Systems, Czone, Del City, Lenco Marine, Marinco, Mastervolt, Park Power, Progressive Industries, and ProMariner.Power Products is a privately held company based in Menomonee Falls, WI, owned by Genstar Capital.

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Bering 65 Serge's Record Non-Refueling Cruise

Bering 65 Serge launched in 2015, this year made a record non-refueling crossing of 4,200 nautical miles from Thailand to Vladivostok in 27 days.All the way the vessel towed a 9 meter Hysucat sea boat with a displacement of 3,500 liters including a fuel reserve. The total fuel consumption was 12 300 liters burning 2.9 liters per mile and passing 155 miles per day at a speed of 6.5 knots.The Bering 65 is a rugged and classical looking steel yacht capable of any ocean crossing. She is quite, strong and leaves a graceful wake underway.

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SMS Completes HSC Refit in Cherbourg

SMS, a ship repair and marine engineering service company based in Southampton, has completed its first major high speed craft (HSC) refit in France. Last week, SMS docked the HSC Condor Rapide on the Port Normands Associe’s (PNA) ship lift at the Port of Cherbourg in France.The Rolls-Royce syncrolift is 90m x 32m and offers a 3000T lift capacity. Located just 75 miles from Southampton on the UK's south coast, it is a more effective solution for Solent centric operators than the ship repair yards in the North East and South West of England.Chris Norman…

Oceanco's Jubilee Honored

Oceanco’s 110 meter motoryacht Jubilee has won the 2018 International Yacht and Aviation Award for the Best Power Yacht Design in the over 80 meter category.With exterior styling by Lobanov Design and interior by Sorgiovanni Design, Jubilee is the largest yacht ever built by Oceanco, and was also the largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands at the time of her launch. The awards ceremony took place on May 19th in Venice. Igor and Yulia Lobanov of Lobanov Design were on hand to receive the award along with Oceanco’s Group Marketing Manager Paris Baloumis.

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FLIR Introduces Raymarine Axiom XL Multifunction Displays

Today, FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the introduction of the Raymarine Axiom XL line of multifunction displays (MFDs) and the immediate availability of two Axiom XL models. Designed for premium yachts and glass bridge installations, Axiom XL displays offer the largest size in the Axiom family. Engineered to perform in extreme marine conditions, the Axiom XL family is fully waterproof and can be installed in both open cockpits and enclosed bridge stations. Each model uses in-plane switching (IPS) and Raymarine’s optical bonding display technology to deliver wider viewing angles…

Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and Heesen Yachts To Collaborate

Heesen Yachts announced in June 2018 that Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design has been appointed by the owners of Project Cosmos to design the interior of their new yacht. This is the third collaboration between Heesen and the Dutch studio. Previously, Sinot worked on the design of Azamanta, the first in the 55m Fast Displacement Steel class, and the 70m FDHF multi-award-winning Galactica Super Nova, Heesen’s largest yacht launched to date.At 80.07 meters, 1,700 gt and with a top speed of 29 knots, Project Cosmos will be the world’s…

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Volvo Penta Unveils Hybrid Marine Propulsion Concept

Volvo Penta unveiled a hybrid concept for its IPS propulsion system with an electric-only mode that allows entry into environmentally sensitive zones, as well as offering enhanced onboard comfort and boat handling characteristics.This closely follows the company's announcement that it will provide electrified power solutions for both land and sea by 2021The IPS hybrid variant will allow boats to operate in the low-and-zero emission zones that are expected to be introduced in the coming years…

Fairline Hong Kong Partners with Simpson Marine

Fairline Yachts announced in June 2018 that Simpson Marine would act as a new dealer partner for Hong Kong and the Philippines. With almost 35 years’ experience and twenty offices in seven countries, Simpson Marine is Asia’s leading yacht sales and services company. The regional head office for the group is situated in Hong Kong, which is also home to the company’s senior management and technical marine services team.In Hong Kong, Fairline was recently announced its express-cruiser F-line series. Other Fairline yachts popular in Hong Kong are the Targa range and the Squadron flybridge models.

Keeping Plastics Out of the Ocean: New AMELS Drinking Water Systems

Inspired by yacht owners and crews and to coincide with World Environment Day, AMELS announced that it is designing drinking water purification systems into all new AMELS Limited Editions yacht projects. These systems can tackle the global plastic waste problem, while providing pleasant-tasting and safe drinking water. The new drinking water system is a great way to reduce the plastic footprint of yacht ownership.The AMELS yard has now designed remineralization and purification systems into its new Limited Editions yachts, to give crews and guests access to carbonated or chilled water – made by the yacht itself – wherever in the world they are.

Deltamarin: Deal to Design Polar Class 6 Mega Yacht

Deltamarin signed a contract with Norwegian Yacht Voyages AS for conceptual design and consultancy services for the M/Y Caroline expedition mega yacht project. Deltamarin will provide conceptual design together with selected architect partners, covering the development of the technical design and documentation. “We are very proud to announce our partnership with Norwegian Yacht Voyages to develop this ambitious project, which is to be the greenest mega yacht we have seen to date. Deltamarin has an excellent track record of designing highly energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly passenger vessels…

Expedition Cruising: Full Speed Ahead in China

Talk of trade wars and politics aside, attention should be paid to a growing relationship between U.S.-based SunStone Ships, Inc. and Chinese shipyard China Merchants Heavy Industries in Haimen, China, as the pair is quietly growing a cruise shipbuilding business in China. Sunstone announced that on June 12, 2018, the keel was laid for the first Infinity Class vessel Greg Mortimer, the first in a series that could eventually total 10 high-spec expedition cruise vessels.Greg Mortimer…

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P1 SuperStock Repowers with Mercury Racing

Mercury Racing has announced the Powerboat P1 SuperStock outboard racing series is repowering for the 2019 season with the all-new 4.6L V-8 four-stroke 300R outboard.P1 SuperStock, presented by Mercury Racing, is a one-design, single-engine race series. The new 300R will replace Racing’s 300XS as the exclusive power for the series for both domestic and international venues.Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the naturally aspirated four-stroke 300R shares Mercury Racing’s…

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G Marine Ends New Boat Partnership with Fairline Yachts

G Marine Yacht Sales, mostly known as Fairline Florida, is ending today an almost 10-year-old business relationship and will no longer represent Fairline Yachts in the region.Alberto Galante CEO of G Marine, explains: "Fairline and G Marine remain the best of friends, but after two years into the new company Fairline Yachts, we decided that our strategic goals just do not align."On another note, G Marine and Astondoa have confirmed the sale of a 100 Century, which will make its USA Debut next Fall 2019…

 This stern-quarter view shows the very utilitarian covered after deck with room for crab traps and other cargo. Photo: Haig-Brown/Cummins

Meet the Fathom 40 & 43

Contemporary composite cruisers are designed so similarly that finding your boat in a crowded marina can be a challenge. Such will not be a problem for owners of the latest incarnation of the well-regarded Fathom 40 and 43. Long time builder Roy Parkinson of Park Isle Marine Ltd. in Sooke BC bought the 20 molds required to build the boat from a US owner in 2017. Adding his own design touches, to the original Greg Marshall design, he built a demonstration vessel incorporating a lot of improvements and additional quality to the no nonsense look of the boat.

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Pop-Up LED Bow Lights

Modern boat designs emphasize smooth flowing lines and an ultra-clean profile. Pop-Up LED Bow Lights from Accon Marine retract flush into the deck to preserve a boat's good looks, while providing the dependability of LED construction for a USCG-approved range of 2 nm.The only Pop-Up LED bow lights on the market, the 210-M and 211-M from Accon Marine are constructed from durable marine grade 316 stainless steel for exceptional corrosion resistance. Both are NMMA type accepted and meet 72 Colregs requirements.The 210-M offers a compact 4.3" L x 4" W footprint and installs easily…

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Bolidt Eyes Polar Cruise Sector

Bolidt Synthetic Products & Systems' position for decking and flooring in mainstream cruise ship and superyacht markets has been quickly converted into a series of business wins in the fast-emerging polar expedition cruise ship sector.The most recent contract for the Dutch manufacturer’s hardwearing, environmentally friendly and visually attractive products covers the Hurtigruten newbuildings, Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansens, two hybrid propulsion expedition cruise ships under construction at Kleven shipyard in Norway.

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A Tender That's More Than Mere Transportaion

For many, a tender is mere transportation. At Argos Nautic, it's an emblematic distillation of the yacht it serves, reflecting its luxury, performance and status. The exclusive semi-custom 305 Yachting model is a 10' center console RIB with sumptuous seating for four. From the renowned naval architectural studio of Facheris Design, it offers its owners a refined Italian aesthetic harmoniously married to breathtaking driving dynamics.Like all Argos Nautic tenders, the 305 Yachting is truly bespoke.

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New 118 Model for Ducale Series from Ocean King

Ocean King of Chioggia near Venice has announced a new 118 model in its Ducale series of Ocean King Explorers.With model sizes of 88, 108, and now the 118 confirmed and a 148 under development, this series designed by the VYD Studio of Venice features sleek, ultra-contemporary lines and styling.On the development of the Ducale 118, Paolo Dose of VYD Studio says, “Since the very beginning of the project the guideline we have decided with the builder was to emphasize all the features of a true explorer yacht.

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Glomex Expands Internet Antenna with Pro Model

Glomex Marine Antennas USA has enhanced its Internet antenna with a professional model. Its weBBoat 4G PRO features commercial-grade construction and components, including an upgraded router and advanced software, and comes with a five-year warranty.The weBBoat 4G PRO receives 4G/3G and Wi-Fi signals up to 20 miles away, and amplifies and redistributes them throughout the vessel via a hotspot or Ethernet. Dual SIM card slots and 4G diversity wideband antennas combine with a high-performance 3G/4G router to provide simultaneous Internet access for up to 32 devices…

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Yacht Design: Meet the Sleek MY Roswell 65

The MY Roswell is as stunning technically inside as it is outsite, designed to have full electric running capabilities, supported by two diesel electric engines and large electric panels that cover the numerous horizontal surfaces of the superstructure of the vessel. At first glance it appears to be a military stealtch craft, and together with the full electric capabilities, reflective hull surface, patterns, and sharp angles, make the yacht have a very discrete radar footprint, if any.

from the left, Giuseppe Palumbo, CEO of Palumbo Superyachts and Francesco Carbone, General Manager of Palumbo Superyachts by side ISA Classic 65 mockup at Louis Vuitton boutique (Photo: ISA Yachts)

Montenapoleone Yacht Club 2018

From May 14 to 20 Montenapoleone Yacht Club renewed its appointment, with a week of events dedicated to luxury and boating in the heart of the Milan Fashion District.For the fourth edition of the prestigious event, Louis Vuitton and Giuseppe Zanotti boutiques hosted respectively ISA Yachts and Columbus Yachts: a partnership made in the name of excellence and design creativity and destined to leave the mark.In the exclusive Milan space of Maison Louis Vuitton, iconic and exclusive…

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Reliant Yachts Unveils Unique New Build

Reliant Yachts of Newport, R.I. has announced a new build under contract for a 40’ tender utilizing the X series platform. Ewing continues, “The X40L is many things: superyacht luxury tender, car carrier, utility vehicle, landing craft, dining tender, scuba platform, water disco, floating galley, and jet boat … and I probably have left something out. The design was in collaboration with a client with specific and clear requirements for this boat, and I don’t believe we would have developed a design such as this without the creative push from our client”.

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Heesen Delivers 5000 Aluminium Class Vessel

Heesen has announced the delivery of YN 18250 White.At 50 meters, with a gross tonnage just below the 500GT threshold, this semi-displacement motor yacht is the latest in the award-winning 5000 Aluminium class.The exterior lines are by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, while Cristiano Gatto was responsible for the interior design.Extensive sea trials took place on the North Sea in good weather conditions, with waves up to half a meter. Seventh in the 5000 Aluminium class, White proved to be very responsive during her sea trials…

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Heesen Delivers 51m Full-Custom Yacht

Heesen has delivered YN 18151 - Irisha.This unique yacht was sold by SuperYachtsMonaco who represented the commercial interest of the owner throughout the build.Irisha’s unique exterior lines and interior are by Harrison Eidsgaard. This full-custom yacht incorporates elements of Heesen’s DNA: she is a full-aluminium, semi-displacement motor yacht below the 500GT threshold that allows for fast cruising.The owner’s brief called for a yacht that had to be unique in its looks. The…

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Palumbo Announced Its First Launch of 2018

Palumbo Superyachts has announced the first launch of 2018: it's EXTRA 76’ the forerunner  of a new range of boats by ISA Yachts that will develop a new cruise concept.EXTRA as “Extra ordinary”, the first born of the range is a yacht with unique features. Unusual lines, smaller dimensions, an innovative ‘concept of use’: EXTRA 76 is designed to meet the needs of those who want to get closer to the world of yachting, enjoying full contact with nature and in a spirit of full conviviality with their guests or family.Designed by Francesco Guida…

YN 18250 White (Photo: Heesen)

Heesen Delivers White, 5000 Aluminium Class

Heesen has delivered the YN 18250 White.At 50 meters, with a Gross Tonnage just below the 500GT threshold, this semi-displacement motor yacht is the latest in the award-winning 5000 Aluminium class.Extensive sea trials took place in the North Sea in good weather conditions, with waves up to half a meter. Seventh in the 5000 Aluminium class, White proved to be very responsive during her sea trials, reacting to steering commands instantaneously thanks to the large rudders in conjunction with the power steering unit.

Torqeedo Deep Blue system (Photo: Torqeedo)

Torqeedo, BMW Cooperate on Emissions-free Drive System

Around the world with BMW i and Torqeedo technology: German sailor Boris Herrmann is planning to compete for the Yacht Club de Monaco in the Vendée Globe solo, around-the-world race in 2020 with the yacht Malizia. BMW and Torqeedo plan to support Team Malizia with lightweight construction and zero-emission drive technology.BMW has a record of technology transfer between competitive sailing and automobile manufacturing through their long history of involvement in the America’s Cup.

Omaha (Photo: Heesen)

Heesen Launches 50 Meter Steel Yacht

Heesen has launched the YN 18350 ‘Project Maia’ underwent a technical launch and was christened Omaha on April 20, 2018 at the shipyard in Oss.The project was sold in December 2017 by Chris Collins of Ocean Independence, in close collaboration with Thom Conboy from Heesen USA.The 50 meter steel model is a brand new design pitched just below the 500GT threshold. This replaces the highly successful and award-winning 47 meter steel class, arguably the most successful steel yacht…

Recreation of the “Scenic Eclipse” on a polar cruise. ©Oliver Design

Oliver Design to Showcase Projects at Navalia

Oliver Design will be showcasing some of its latest projects on its stand at the Navalia trade fair, which runs from May 22 to 24 , in Vigo, Spain.Recent projects from the Spanish firm, which specializes in naval design and architecture, include new state-of the-art vessels ranging from working vessels to luxury cruise ships. It has also carried out renovation on several existing vessels.The biannual Navalia is one of the top international fairs for the shipbuilding industry.