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Azimut 66 Flybridge (Photo: MarineMax)

Azimut 66 Flybridge Sold

MarineMax Sales Consultant Christian Brabender recently sold a 2018 Azimut 66 Flybridge.The Azimut 66 Flybridge incorporates the brand’s finest ingredients, starting from the exterior profile. In keeping with tradition at Azimut, this model remains graceful and sporty but offers more volume and surface area. The obvious starting point is the flybridge, the largest in its category, with three different areas for entertaining. Next comes the four-cabin layout, offering outstanding liveability…

The newest Hargrave is a 120-foot motor yacht for Galati. Photo courtesy Hargrave Custom Yachts

Hargrave Yachts seeks investor

Michael Joyce, 75, whose family trust owns the Hargrave company, will move Hargrave Custom Yachts into a standalone corporation in 2019. Seeking capital to grow the company, Joyce seeks a financial partner to supply secured lines of credit for a half-interest in Hargrave Custom Yachts.“The investor needs a secured credit line minimum of $27 million,” said Mike Joyce. “About $50 million would take the company to the next level.”Joyce plans to retire upon teaming with a new financial partner…

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Setzer Joins Hatteras Yachts

Hatteras Yachts has announced that well-known designer and naval architect Ward Setzer of Setzer Yacht Architects has joined its executive staff as Chief Product Officer.In this role, Setzer will be responsible for establishing new product direction and lead the Hatteras Yachts design and engineering teams in the development of new yacht models and the refinement of existing products while enriching the entire design/build process for customers and dealers alike.Setzer began his career in 1984 in Palm Beach…

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First All-Electric Luxury Fiberglass Pontoon

ELUX Marine Inc. will launch its new ELUX electric luxury fiberglass pontoon at the Minneapolis Boat Show, January 24-27, 2019, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.The ELUX electric luxury pontoon – a 24’ fiberglass pontoon powered by a 72-volt, 420-amp lithium battery pack propelling a direct drive inboard electric motor at speeds up to 14mph. At cruising speed, the ELUX electric pontoon motors for over 10 hours on a single charge and recharges simply by plugging into a standard electrical outlet.

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Asia Launches First Solar Yacht in Myanmar

Burma Boating has acquired S55, a 16.7-meter solar-powered yacht, which will offer expeditions around the Mergui Archipelago from January 2019.The S55 catamaran accommodates up to six guests and three crew members, and is composed of three levels including a flybridge commanding 360-degree views, a 40m² air-conditioned salon, and four cabins each with queen-sized beds and private en-suite bathrooms.Built in 2018, this ultra-modern catamaran becomes the first 100% solar-run boat to sail in Asia, according to her designers, Silent-Yachts.

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Aquila 44 Featured at Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous

At the upcoming Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous, January10 -13, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Aquila 44.The Aquila 44 boasts a signature fresh evolution of classic boating traditions where efficiency in design and performance compliment her luxurious living. This model was named "Best New Multihull 40'-49'" in the 2014 AIM Media Editor's Choice Awards.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.

Electric Fuel's New Marine Lithium Batteries

Electric Fuel, a globally recognized manufacturer of professional batteries, will present its new 12V high energy density lithium-Iron-Phosphate marine battery at the Boot Düsseldorf 2019 Show, which will take place on January 19-27, 2019.The new ELP-12V1450Wh battery was successfully tested onboard professional river boats and yachts. The impressive results led several skippers to equip their boats with the new battery during the world famous Mini-Transat La Boulangère. The trans-Atlantic race will take place during November 2019.The new ELP-12V1450Wh offers the following capabilities:Up to 3…

Bradford Fort Lauderdale's 11,000 linear feet of covered in-water dockage. Photo courtesy of Bradford Marine.

Bradford Marine sold to Fort Lauderdale Yacht Harbor

Bradford Marine rang in the new year with new ownership closing on January 2, 2019. Fort Lauderdale Yacht Harbor (FLHY) acquired Bradford Marine's Fort Lauderdale and Bahamas refit-service shipyards and its brokerage division.Paul Engle will continue as Bradford's president; he told YachtingJournal.com. “To fund improvements, the new owners will be injecting additional capital into both yards.”Incorporated in 1969, Bradford aims to be a megayacht destination shipyard, insomuch as it is surrounded by South Florida’s marine industry titans…

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Feadship Launches Noble Najiba

Distinguished and elegant, with a unique beauty all of her own, the 58-meter Feadship Najiba certainly lives up to her name, meaning ‘noble’. Designed as a family superyacht for experienced owners, this latest scion of the Feadship fleet blends sleek and minimalist exterior lines with a detailed, high-end interior.Having owned several yachts, the clients who ordered Najiba were fulfilling a long-held dream to commission a pure custom Feadship. To ensure they retained some of the European design influences they cherish…

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Heesen Begins 2019 with Project Antartes

Heesen begins 2019 with the same momentum of 2018, with the launch of Project Antares on January 4, a 55m Steel class featuring a FDHF (fast displacement hull form) hull.Project Antares is the first of five yachts scheduled for launch in 2019 and part of a fleet of 13 yachts currently under construction at Heesen’s shipyard in Oss, The Netherlands. This significantly active order book includes the yard’s largest project to date – the extraordinary 80m Project Cosmos, which features…

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First Class Sailing Builds Fleet with Two Beneteau Oceanis 38.1

Ancasta has announced that First Class Sailing has purchased two new Beneteau Oceanis 38.1.The Beneteaus will be used as part of the sail training which First Class Sailing offers, including RYA courses from Competent Crew to Yachtmaster Ocean, boat handling and mile building sailing weekends plus more.Ancasta is the largest Beneteau Power and Sail dealer in the UK and the largest boat sales network in Europe.The Beneteau Oceanis 38.1 model has been chosen for its cruising comfort. It features two helm stations, a mainsail arch, and a spacious cockpit.

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Superyacht ARTEFACT: A real “arte factum”

NOBISKRUG’s Project 790 is one of the first yachts built under the new strict IMO Tier III emissions regulations. The name and visionary design of the 80-meter hybrid superyacht was unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show 2018: MV ARTEFACT.Less than a year away from completion, Nobiskrug’s new superyacht MV ARTEFACT will be one of the first yachts built under the new IMO Tier III low emissions regulations with an array of first-of-their-kind technology features and engineering advances…

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Fairline Yachts Names Huntley as Head of Design & Engineering

Fairline Yachts, has announced Wayne Huntley as its new Head of Design and Engineering. Wayne will be responsible for overseeing the Fairline Yachts Design Studio in Oundle, Northamptonshire and will work alongside Head of Concept Design, Andrew Pope.Formerly Head of Design at Oyster Yachts and Head Designer at Southampton Yacht Services, Huntley has been passionate about naval architecture from a young age and brings with him over 22 years of maritime knowledge over a wide range of vessel types and industries – including military, oil and gas rigs and mega yachts.

The first of Hurtigruten’s new hybrid powered expedition cruise vessels, the MS Roald Amundsen, under construction at the Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway: delivery is expected in May 2019. (Photo: Tom Mulligan)

Shipbuilding: Hurtigruten Hybrid Construction Forges Ahead

Norwegian company Hurtigruten, the world’s largest expedition cruise operator, is continuing to push the boundaries when it comes to green travel with its order for three hybrid-powered vessels nearing completion, the first ship being due for delivery in May 2019.Two of these revolutionary ships are currently under construction at the Kleven Yard in Ulsteinvik, Norway, the MS Roald Amundsen and its sister ship, the MS Fritjof Nansen, both of which are custom-designed to cope with some of the most extreme conditions seen on our planet, each having a specially-designed, ice-strengthened hull.

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Pure Watercraft Unveils Battery Pack

Pure Watercraft, manufacturer of the Pure Outboard electric motor, says it has launched "the most energy dense battery pack available in marine propulsion".The Seattle-based company says its new battery pack has a capacity of 8.85 kWh (47 percent more capacity than the previous model) and active thermal management, enabling faster planing, longer range, and extended operation at top speed.The new battery pack, which matches that of the best electric cars, was designed in-house, using lithium-ion cells from Panasonic.

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Meet MUV: A Self-Propelled Marine Landing Pad

ILANDMIAMI debuts it’s new marine utility vessel (MUV) to transport Art Basel attendees to and from events.ILandMiami designs, engineers and manufactures custom made landing solutions including helicopter dollies, helidecks, and temporary helistops as well as their patented, trademarked marine utility vessels (MUV). The MUV, also referred to as a heliboat, was engineered as a fully navigable vessel and is the first self-propelled marine landing solution and can accommodate helicopters up to 7…

Captains, Crew Live Off The Grid With Marine CORE

Marine CORE, an innovative communications hub for yacht captains and crew, may change communication from sea. With four hotspots in one device, Marine CORE has a small footprint and tremendous capabilities, commanding communication in the U.S. and internationally.Distributed by Florida-based EC Ruff Marine for Agile Marine Solutions, Marine CORE deploys high-performance LTE service for HD streaming and Internet for constant communication with a strong connection in the air, on land and sea.

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Mercury Marine Opens NVH Technical Center in Fond du Lac

Only eight months after breaking ground, Mercury Marine has officially opened a new state-of-the-art expansion at its global headquarters in Fond du Lac. The two-story NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) Technical Center adds close to 20,000 additional square feet to the more than 2.5 million square-foot campus. This $10M investment to Mercury’s global headquarters gives the company the largest and most expansive testing facility in the marine industry. In total, Mercury has invested more than $1B globally in expansion and R&D since 2008NVH is the engineering practice of studying noise…

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CRN and Lobanov Design Presents Begallta

CRN presents Begallta, a 75m yacht with a charismatic, forward-looking spirit. It has been developed by the CRN Technical Office in partnership with architecture and design studios Lobanov Design, who created the exterior lines and spatial layout, and Pulina DNA, who crafted the interiors.Begallta is a yacht with individualistic lines, imbued with a contemporary style that superbly marries the innovative drive of CRN with the futuristic vision of Lobanov Design. Begallta’s silhouette captivates the eye with its modern design…

My Feadship will extend the pinnacle of quality to every Feadship post sale with warranty, service and refit standards. Photo by Tom van Oossanen

Feadship Launches Refit and Service Division

Legendary superyacht builder Feadship formed a new entity, Feadship Refit & Services, to implement a new customer support strategy, My Feadship. Aiming to extend the high standard of Feadship quality experienced in the shipyard during the new build process throughout the vessel’s life, every Feadship’s resale value might increase upon becoming a brokerage or preowned vessel with the Dutch builder’s ongoing service certification.Combining all services previously offered by the individual Feadship yards with four other major yards around the world…

FHGME provides mobile service to engine rooms of yachts. Photo courtesy FHGME.

Concierge Yacht Repair, Service and Maintenance for Engine Rooms

As vessels increase in size, engine rooms increase in complexity. With superyachts approaching the size of small ships, qualified engineers with commercial and military experience operating larger vessels effectively prevent and troubleshoot problems.FHG Marine Engineering (FHGME) is a niche contractor with a business model providing concierge mobile preventative and routine yacht maintenance with emergency repair to luxury yachts in South Florida, minimizing downtime for vessels with 24-7 operations.

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Shipyard Report: Abeking & Rasmussen

111 years of success by designWhen Georg Abeking and Henry Rasmussen from Denmark established their boat and yacht yard 111 years ago, it is likely that neither of them suspected at that time that their small shipyard, headquartered in Lemwerder next to Bremen, would one day evolve into a world-renowned company known for building first class vessels.Today the company, which has been transferred into a European Company (Societas Europaea, SE), is a company that designs and manufactures, among other things. Included in this mix are some of the world’s most luxurious yachts.

Proposed locations for Derecktor Fort Pierce. Photo courtesy Derecktor Shipyard.

Derecktor to Develop New US Superyacht Hub

St. Lucie County Commissioners unanimously chose Derecktor Shipyards to create and manage a facility servicing large yachts in Fort Pierce, Fla. on Nov. 14. Located about 100 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and about 40 miles north of Palm Beach, the shipyard will develop a proposal for a mutually agreeable lease and contract to develop the 290-acre port, with deep water draft, easy land access and no fixed bridges.Derecktor was established in 1947 by the late Bob Derecktor, a competitive sailor in his own right with his personal fleet of “goose” sailboats…

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CRN Sells 70m Megayacht

CRN has announced a new milestone with the sale of a fresh, fully custom 70-meter steel and aluminium yacht, hull number 139.The new project has been developed by the CRN Technical Office working closely with Italian architecture and design studio Vallicelli Design. Architects Andrea Vallicelli and Alessandro Nazareth created the concept, the external lines and the interior layout.Equipped with both functional and design features to achieve a sophisticated overall balance, this yacht offers generous indoor and outdoor spaces for the owner’s family to enjoy.

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Oceanco's Project Bravo Yacht Breaks New Ground

Oceanco's 109m/357ft 'Project Bravo' was launched on November 17, 2018. Bravo, with  naval architecture by Lateral Naval Architects, exterior design and layout by Nuvolari Lenard and interior by Reymond Langton Design,  is unlike any preceding project by Oceanco. It is the first Oceanco to use its  LIFE (Lengthened, Innovative, Fuel-efficient, Eco-friendly) design.

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Project Electra Hull and Superstructure Now Joined

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, the hull and superstructure of YN 19150 Project Electra were joined together at the facility in Oss.Electra is the second in the 50 meter 5000 class, which features a Fast Displacement hull and hybrid propulsion.Based on the success of her award-winning predecessor - Home (YN 17850) - Project Electra marries performance and efficiency by combining the slippery FDHF with Heesen’s innovative hybrid solution, which combines diesel and electric propulsion.This…

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Feadship Refit & Services Opens

Feadship has announced the formation of a globally operating company called Feadship Refit & Services, which will be responsible for implementing Feadship’s new customer support strategy referred to as: “My Feadship”.Combining all the services previously offered by the individual Feadship yards, the My Feadship program is arranged around three pillars: Feadship Rebuild (major refits in the Netherlands), the Feadship Services Network (a partnership with four yards in the Med and…

Evac VacuConvert (Photo: Evac)

Evac VacuConvert Gravity Toilet Adapter

Vacuum toilets offer many advantages on luxury yachts and specialized cruise vessels including lower water consumption and a more efficient action. In the past, designers have tended to choose traditional gravity toilets because they are available in a wider range of colors and styles, but now Evac has developed a solution that gives them the best of both worlds.The Evac VacuConvert enables conventional wall-mounted gravity toilets to be easily and inexpensively turned into vacuum toilets.

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New Low Emission Micro Turbine for Marine Applications

RH Marine, Feadship, Seven Turbine Power and Boskalis have joined forces in a strong partnership to introduce a revolutionary micro turbine to the maritime industry. The Micro turbine has extreme low emissions, operates quietly without vibrations and requires very little maintenance. The compact, clean and comfortable solution consists of a DC65-D Marine turbine generator, a 65kW turbine-generator set that can run on a variety of fuels such as marine gas oil and delivers direct current to the grid, based on a Capstone C65 micro turbine.

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Chris Craft, Princess Introduce 2019 Launches at FLIBS

With millions of dollars and almost 2,000 of the world’s most spectacular brokerage vessels and megayachts displayed in one place at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), it’s almost possible to overlook notable new launches for production boats and semi-custom megayachts.Chris Craft Launch 35GTOn the water or on the deck, nothing else looks – or feels – like a Chris-Craft. An iconic brand renowned for understated class, style and sportiness, Chris Craft epitomizes…

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Moores Yachts Introduces the New M30

James P. Moores, founder and president of Moores Marine, a premier vintage yacht restoration yard, has announced the opening of his new company, Moores Yachts, and the inception of its first yacht, the new M30.From a man who spent 40 years of his career restoring and rebuilding antique wooden boats comes a 30-foot cold-molded boat that combines the elegance of designs from the golden age of yachting with today’s high-tech marine technology and performance.“The M30’s lines are a tribute to the great designers of the pre-war era,” said Jim Moores.

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Bering Contracted for 32m Semi-custom Yacht

Bering Yachts has announced a new order for a 32-meter semi-custom yacht (Bering 106) with the contract signed during the Monaco Yacht Show 2018.Like all Bering yachts, B106 is able to cross the ocean, providing maximum safety and modern comfort with fuel efficiency.Bering 106LOA - 32 mBeam - 7.5 mFuel capacity - 30,000 litersRange  - 4,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 9 knotsDisplacement - 212 tons

AlfaRosso concept (Photo: CRN)

New Explorer Yacht Unveiled

CRN unveils the AlfaRosso concept, an innovative explorer yacht designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design, available in three lengths – 45, 50 and 55 meters – with a gross tonnage from 499GT for the 45m model. Designed for an owner who loves long voyages of discovery to remote places, the AlfaRosso concept finds expression in a displacement yacht where contact with nature is elemental.AlfaRosso is a yacht of unmistakable style. The rigor of her architectural geometries, her crisply defined hull profile, and sharp, clean lines create a sensation of poetry in motion.

M/Y Namaste 2018 courtesy of Mangusta

Best Yachts, News from FLIBS

Nearly 2,000 megayacht captains blared their boat horns in unison for one full minute on Sunday night at exactly 6 p.m., a traditional symphony of ocean commotion signaling the official end of yet another FLIBS or Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.The consensus is the 58th consecutive FLIBS was one of the best shows in many years. Propelled by a strong economy and two, active hurricane seasons prompting new vessel purchases, repairs and refits, the five day show from October 31 - November 4 was well attended.

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11' Jet-Powered Tender to Debut in Ft. Lauderdale

Amid the grandeur of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be an 11' jewel glistening in the South Florida sun. The Argos Nautic 330 Jet is a bespoke five-passenger RIB tender powered by an intercooled turbo engine coupled to a waterjet. Marrying unbridled adrenaline with lavish opulence, its FLIBS debut is at Orange Zone Land 1001.A Boating Industry Top Product, the Argos Nautic 330 Jet was designed to solve the space issues common in many 50'–70' yachts. With an innovative center console that folds down and no bulky outboard, its storage size is a mere 129" L x 68" W x 40"" H.

M/Y Eternity Photo by Hill Robinson.

M/Y Eternity 65-meter Superyacht Refit Debut at FLIBS

M/Y Eternity is one of the largest yachts in this week's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, a staggeringly impressive display of the world’s biggest and most luxurious brokerage vessels. The 2010 Codecasa 65-meter superyacht makes her U.S. debut at FLIBS after an extensive interior and exterior refit at Rybovich Marina managed by Hill Robinson as part of its new refit management program aimed at the large yacht sector. After assessing the vessel’s condition in Hong Kong…

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Sensational 93-Meter Feadship Unveiled

Representing one of the largest yachts ever built by Feadship, this 93-meter masterpiece was towed this morning from the construction hall of the Feadship yard in Kaag.Further commissioning work will continue in the months ahead including the addition of balconies and wing stations. The yacht will remain covered over the winter, to be seen in all her splendid glory next spring.With a generous beam of 14.10-meters, this groundbreaking Feadship will set a new standard in luxury.

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Polyflake Coatings Protect Against Chemical, Mechanical and Galvanic Corrosion

After several Trinity megayachts experienced degradation of aluminum materials in the sea chest and exhaust piping, Capt. Dirk Sachse looked for a new solution versus cutting out the exhaust and replacing.“There were various theories out there, including galvanic corrosion” said Capt. Sachse, master of M/Y Themis, a 156-Trinity.“We did our own metallurgical tests and it was all 5083, 5086 good quality pipe, just as specified on the drawings. It was verified good stuff, but prone to breaking down under a certain temperature.”Capt.

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​​​​After 20,000 NM, Gunboat 66 Still Running With Vesconite

With a downwind sail area of over 4,600 sq. ft. and a top speed well over 20 knots, the Gunboat 66 is a boat where components simply cannot bind. That's why when Slim was refitted in 2015, Vesconite was used as the rudder and daggerboard trunk bearing material. The ultra-low friction polymer has performed flawlessly in over 20,000 ocean nautical miles.Internally lubricated Vesconite is engineered for high compression strength and dimensional stability. This makes it perfect for the extreme loads a 34,000 lb.

Joy (Photo: Van der Valk)

Van Der Valk Delivers Joy to Experienced Owner

Van der Valk Shipyard in the Netherlands has delivered the 23-meter Joy to a client in the Mediterranean. As the latest motoryacht in the popular Flybridge range, Joy features timeless design and cutting-edge equipment. She also benefits from the experienced owner’s distinctive taste and considerable experience.First introduced in 2010 and regularly updated, Van der Valk’s Flybridge range remains very popular today. Its elegant appearance, outstanding quality and state-of-the-art technology have stood the test of time, and the yachts are renowned for their excellent value retention.

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Malibu Boats Acquires Pursuit Boats

Malibu Boats, Inc., a global manufacturer of recreational fiberglass boats, has announced that it has closed the acquisition of Pursuit Boats.Total consideration for the transaction is $100 million, which was paid with $50 million of cash on hand and $50 million of borrowings under an incremental revolving credit facility that was added to Malibu’s existing credit facility."As a leader in the saltwater outboard fishing segment, Pursuit is an incredible addition to the Malibu family.

Photo of Emerald Coast Marine Center post Michael by Alex Hensley

Florida’s Panhandle Hammered by Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael slammed into Florida’s Panhandle on Wednesday, October 10 as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, the strongest storm ever recorded. Originally forecast as a Category 2, Michael gained far more strength than originally anticipated, putting Panama City on the western side of the eye. Making landfall at Mexico Beach, Michael wreaked havoc and destruction on homes, boats and marinas in its path.With widespread devastation and grid outages across Florida’s Panhandle…

From fishing boats to catamarans, the three new piers have 35-ton, 100-ton and 135-ton capacities to serve large vessels. (Photo: Bellingham Marine)

Marina del Rey BoatYard Expands Operations

Bellingham Marine collaborates with The BoatYard Marina del Rey to expand service offerings for boats in Southern California. Big boats mean big money. They also mean big equipment when it comes to repairs. Large vessels often have trouble finding boatyards in Southern California that are capable of servicing them, until now.Boat owners in the region have a new option with the installation of a 100-ton travel lift pier at the The BoatYard at Marina del Rey. The new Marine Travelift has opened up The BoatYard to a much larger market.

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Aquila's New Models at the Biograd Boat Show

At the upcoming Biograd Boat Show, October 18-21, Master Yachting will feature the new Aquila 44, four-stateroom option.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.

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Marine Trader Trawler Refit Evokes Style, Decorator Flair

Vision, the relentless pursuit of perfection and a large bankroll transformed this 43-foot trawler into a beautiful yacht with an extensive range of amenities.Manufactured by Marine Trader in 1984, M/Y The Giuliana is a collector Sundeck Trawler restored with exquisite brightwork, impeccable woodworking and joinery detail with decorator nautical flare.With a complete retrofit in 2015, the owner stripped her down from stem to stern, restoring with a megayacht-quality interior and amenities of a new…

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Pioneering Innovative Electric Propulsion

A Cornish company is planning a completely new development in electric marine vessels, with the help of a Rapid Innovation Grant from Marine-i.Whiskerstay Ltd is based in Falmouth and was set up three years ago by Dr. Rachel Nicholls-Lee, who is a naval architect with a background in yacht design and marine renewables. She is currently one of the leading experts in electric vessel design working in the South West.“There is huge interest in the marine sector for electric and hybrid propulsion systems that can deliver good performance whilst also being quiet and environmentally friendly.

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Two 24 m Explorer Type Motor Yachts Delivered

Recently the two Danish Owners Lars and Per Thrane have taken delivery of these two remarkable yachts designed by Knud E. Hansen and build by Holland Jachtbouw Zaandam, Netherlands.The yachts have been transferred to Denmark and are safely moored in a marina north of Copenhagen. The yachts are mainly going to operate in the Baltics, Denmark and Norway and will serve as private yachts for the Owners.The two yachts have been four years in the making and are equipped with the newest technology the super yacht industry can offer.

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Thordon Keeps M5 Yacht Sailing

One of the projects Canada’s Thordon Bearings is most proud to be associated with is that of the Mirabella V, which has been operating the company’s SXL and COMPAC bearings continually for more than 15 years.The M5, formerly named Mirabella V, designed by Ron Holland Designs, was built by VT Shipbuilding of Woolston, UK in 2003. The 77m flybridge sloop, with a beam of 14.8m (48.5 ft) and a height of 88.5m (290.3 ft) to the top of the carbon mast, is the largest single-masted sailing ship ever built.The single-mast sloop sail design was chosen in order to maximize the accommodation space…

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A Project of Cosmic Proportion

Heesen Yachts revealed the details of Project Cosmos; set to be a colossal 80m with a top speed of 29 knots, she will be the shipyard’s largest yacht build to date and the fastest in her class, marking a succession of new technological firsts for the iconic Dutch shipyard.The brief was for speed and size, coupled with the aesthetic appeal of a contemporary sports car. The combination of speed, aluminium and length required Heesen to devise new methods of bringing longitudinal strength into the design without adding extra weight to the overall structure.A world leader in large aluminium yachts…

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ABB to Boost Superyacht Sustainability and Efficiency

A new 80-meter superyacht, built at the Nobiskrug shipyard in Germany, will feature a wide scope of ABB’s technologies that will enhance its environmental performance and help the vessel comply with the International Maritime Organization’s new Tier III regulations. The new regulation comes into force for all superyachts from 2021 onwards and requires nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to be 70 percent lower than those permitted under current limits.Due delivery in 2019, the superyacht…

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Monaco Makes Waves with Superyacht Showcase

This week's Monaco Yacht Show presents more than 100 superyachts including the spectacular Illusion Plus which is priced at $145 million and is the largest yacht ever built in Asia.The now annual event, which began in 1991, will host 121 superyachts including 42 newbuilds making their debut.The 88.5 meter long Illusion Plus boasts eight cabins, four lounges, a gym, beauty salon and elevator. Its sleek exterior was designed by Rainsford Saunders Design and built by Pride Mega Yachts at their shipyard in Yantai…

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Super Yacht Coatings: ICOMIA Launches Guidelines

September 25, 2018 - MONACO: ICOMIA launched ICOMIA Standard 51 – 18: Acceptance Criteria Guidelines for the Finish and Appearance for Super Yacht Coatings. This follows on from past documentation on acceptance criteria for coatings, including ISO 11347. This brand-new document takes a novel approach to the development of acceptance criteria: rather than providing ‘Pass/Fail’ values it will instead serve as a structured guide to assist contractual parties in constructing their own project specific…

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Brokers network at Bahia Mar Yachting Center

Seeing stunning yachts in person creates excitement, inspiring new journeys and itineraries, even for the most seasoned brokers. That’s the goal of the yacht hop organized by International Yacht Broker Association (IYBA), a broker’s open house at Bahia Mar Yachting Center in Fort Lauderdale. Held on the third Thursday of each month, the catered event brings yacht brokers and industry insiders together to view, inspect and discuss some of the best brokerage vessels available for…

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SeaKing Electrical Announces Superyacht Sector Growth

Maritime engineering company SeaKing Electrical announced its busiest year in a decade for superyacht work ahead of its attendance at the Monaco Boat Show.Liverpool City Region based SeaKing Electrical has sent teams to work on 18 superyacht repair and upgrade projects in the nine months until September beating its previous record of 17 jobs in all of 2017. The company has worked in the Mediterranean in Cadiz, Cartagena, Genoa, La Ciotat and Barcelona as well as Miami in the United…

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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…

Latona (Photo: CRN)

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…

Nicostasia (Photo: Van der Valk Shipyard)

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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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…

Hatteras M75 Panacera (Photo: MarineMax)

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.

The Renk Advanced Electric Drive (AED). (Photo: Renk)

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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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.

M/Y Spectre. Photo: Benetti

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.

Aquila 44  (Photo: Aquila Power Catamarans)

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…