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ASIS Introduces Flat Foam Push Bow RIB

ASIS Boats once more comes up with an innovation for marina operators, a special rigid inflatable boat with a flat foam push bow and a bow pull post, in order for the marina operators to be able to maneuver mega yachts and big yachts in case of distress or high wind, to assist them to moor safely. This specially customized Marina Operations Rigid Inflatable Boat was delivered to Meeras Holding for their newly developed marina along the shores of the Dubai creek. ASIS Boats was able once again to customize the RIB design to meet the customer’s un-met needs.

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ACO Marine Unveils Wastewater Management System

ACO Marine has introduced a new Clarimar MF wastewater management system for yachts operating with no more than 12 passengers. Using the same patented technology applied to the larger Clarimar MF models used in the commercial, offshore and military sectors, the new Clarimar MF (LY3) is an enhanced biological wastewater management system designed specifically to meet the requirements of yachts built to comply with the Large Commercial Yacht (LY3) Code. The LY3 Code applies to yachts which are 24m and over in load line length…

Clarimar MF (Photo: ACO)

Rolls-Royce Yacht Concept Features Hybrid Propulsion

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new luxury yacht concept designed to showcase the advantages of advanced ship intelligence solutions and hybrid propulsion based on LNG fuel and battery power. Introduced during the Global Superyacht Forum (GSF) in Amsterdam, the Crystal Blue yacht and its attendant support vessel Blue Shadow have been developed to enable new thinking in yacht design and propulsion by optimizing the yacht’s super structure for greater guest use and comfort. One of the…

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Yacht Class Working Boats

Croatian tourism has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. The great bulk of this is along the Adriatic coast where, as it has for centuries, life revolves around the sea. Tourists rent sail boats, take coastal cruises or travel to the many island that sit in the crystal Adriatic waters along the length of Croatia. A popular way of experiencing the coast and its islands, is to hire a speed boat and have a knowledgeable local skipper take you out for a day trip. There are…

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New Grand Banks Motor Yacht Completes Sea Trials

Caterpillar Marine has announced the successful sea trial of the Grand Banks Yachts, Ltd. GB60-03 which is powered by a pair of Cat C12.9 supercharged and turbocharged diesel engines. GB60-03 has a length of 65' (19.9m), a beam of 19' (5.85m) and a draft of 4' (1.4m). During the successful sea trial, GB60-03 achieved a top speed of 33 knots. The common rail C12.9’s installed in GB60-03 are capable of delivering 1000mhp@2300rpm while meeting EPA Tier 3, IMO II, EU Stage IIIA and RCD emission requirements.

Sea Trials (Photo: Caterpillar Marine)

Lumitec Celebrates 10 Years

Lumitec Lighting this month celebrates a company milestone as the South Florida based LED lighting manufacturer enters its 10th year in business. Lumitec was founded in November 2007 with its initial focus primarily on marine lighting. The company has since gone on to venture into other markets, producing new products year after year, with sales increases exceeding triple digits in many years. “Our success is partly the result of hard work, focus, determination and a little luck. But above all else our talented and devoted team is what has gotten us to where we are today,” said company founder and president John Kujawa. “Our company values center [on] delivering exceptional value to our customers while offering a stimulating, fulfilling, fun work environment to our employees. In addition to strong sales and brand growth, Lumitec’s achievements include accolades among customers, peers in the industry and government.

KVH TracPhone V7-HTS System Delivers Maritime Broadband

An advanced, 60 cm marine satellite antenna system designed to consistently deliver the fastest data speeds globally to the maritime market will be unveiled tomorrow by KVH Industries, Inc., at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, in Florida. The TracPhone V7-HTS achieves data download speeds of up to 10 Mbps, three times faster than current 60 cm models on the market, including KVH’s own system, and fast enough to enable the streaming of HD-quality content at sea. In addition…

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KVH Launches New High-speed Maritime Network on Intelsat

KVH Industries announced the launch of its next-generation, advanced maritime broadband network, joined by service partner, Intelsat. Slated for commercial availability next month, KVH’s high-speed overlay to its current mini-VSAT Broadbandsm service is expected to triple, and in some cases increase by a multiple of six, the data speeds for its maritime customers. At the core of its capabilities, KVH’s advanced maritime broadband network will incorporate Intelsat Epic satellite services and the award-winning IntelsatOne Flex platform…

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Yacht Groupto Sell ACR's ‘Yacht Beams’

Yacht Group have announced their strategic partnership with ACR Electronics. ACR’s searchlights will now be exclusively sold and further developed by The Yacht Group. These searchlights are called Yacht Beams and are being designed and manufactured specifically to yacht and commercial vessel specifications. Captains can confidently pierce through the darkest nights with The Yacht Beam’s series of one million and six million candela power. The lights are precision controlled via a military/commercial grade IP69 illuminating joystick (pending FCC approvals…

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Belzona 400 to Debut at FLIBS

Belzona Marine will introduce its new 40’ Center Console at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, November 1-5, 2017. The Belzona 400, designed by Ocean5 Naval Architects, builds on the success of its flagship 32’ model, that includes a patented sliding hull-side door and forward-facing windshield, with the addition of triple or quad Mercury outboards and an express bridge layout that offers the amenities and conveniences of a much larger express-style cruiser without losing any aft cockpit or foredeck functionality.

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Arneson Surface Drives Enhanced with Master Trim

Twin Disc, manufacturer of technologically advanced marine transmissions, has announced an expansion to its line of Arneson Surface Drives. Select models of the innovative propulsion solution now interface with MasterTrim, an automated trim control system. The device is debuting at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Nov. 1–5. By use of exacting sensors, the programmable MasterTrim control system automatically adjusts the position of Arneson Surface Drives and trim tabs or interceptors for maximum efficiency and performance.

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Livorsi Introduces QR Series DTS Controls

Livorsi Marine has rolled out its new QR Series Throttles (Quick Response) designed specifically for Mercury Marine's DTS compatible engines. The shorter levers make this control great for tight dash spaces and allows for quicker response time. These ergonomic ally designed knobs are very comfortable on the palm of your hand. With up to three trim switches integrated into the knob, your hand  never has to leave the control. Electronic shifting and throttle make it easier to maneuver in tight  docking spaces.

QR Series (Photo: Livorsi)

Preview Fairline's Line-up for Boot Düsseldorf 2018

Fairline Yachts said it will display an extended range of its latest boats at Boot Düsseldorf 2018, the world’s largest indoor boat show hosted annually in Germany. The first Alberto Mancini-designed Fairline, the award-winning Targa 63 GTO, which launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2017, will take centre stage at the show alongside Fairline’s Targa 48 GT, Targa 48 Open and Squadron 53. The Targa 63 GTO has been nominated for the European Powerboat of the Year Award 2018 in the over 45ft category…

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John Deere Rolls Out Trio of Marine Engines

John Deere Power Systems has expanded its lineup with three new marine engines available for order from early 2018. The new 4.5L PowerTech 4045SFM85 offers high power to weight ratio for repowering and new vessel construction, and is ideal for planing and semi-displacement hulls, the manufacturer said. It has two ratings for light-duty commercial vessels, high-speed governmental applications and high-speed pleasure craft, which includes an M4 rating with 205 kW (275 hp) at 2,600 rpm and M5 rating with 235 kW (315 hp) at 2,800 rpm. The 4045SFM85 propulsion engine ratings will meet U.S.

4045SFM85 (Photo: John Deere Power Systems)

ISA to Display Sport 120 at FLIBS 2017

ISA Yachts said it will display the ISA Sport 120’ at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), the world’s largest international boat show. The 37-meter M/Y ‘Clorinda’, whose construction began in October 2016, is the hull #11 of the ISA Sport 120 range, launched in Ancona in July 2017 and the first yacht completed in the yard under the new ownership. She marks a true transition towards a completely renewed course of the Palumbo Group. This is a strong indication from the Group…

ISA 120 Sport (Photo: ISA)

Honda Marine Enters OEM Deal with Crevalle Boats

Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and marketer of a complete range of marine outboard four-stroke motors ranging from 2.3 to 250 horsepower, announced a new OEM supply agreement with Wildwood, Fla. based boat builder Crevalle Boats. Honda Marine is now supplying Crevalle with its BF250 outboard motor, equipped with Intelligent Shift and Throttle (Drive by Wire iST), to power the 2018 Crevalle 24 Bay and 24 Bay with full second station. Honda Marine said…

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Quad Marine Receives Patent for Its Electric Catamarn

Quad Marine has been granted its first patent from the USPTO. The patent covers various elements of the company’s Quad 44 electric catamaran and confirms the innovative nature of the design and the utility of its features. The issued patent also provides protection against the appropriation of Quad Marine’s IP (intellectual property) by competitors and strengthens the company’s position in the market. A second patent is being processed by the USPTO which covers additional elements and will provide additional competitive advantages within the marine industry.

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AMELS Bags Order for 78-meter Full Custom Yacht

Dutch yacht builder AMELS announced a new order for a 78-meter AMELS Full Custom yacht (256 ft) by Espen Øino with the contract signed during the Monaco Yacht Show 2017. When the yacht is delivered in 2021, it will be the largest by gross tonnage built by AMELS to date. “This is a particularly significant contract for AMELS and a great compliment for our Full Custom team,” said Rose Damen, AMELS Commercial Director. Espen Øino, who developed the exterior design and general arrangement plan together with the owner…

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Mustang Survival Debuts New Sailing Apparel

Mustang Survival debuts the spring 2018 collection of sailing and watersports outerwear and apparel at this week’s United States Sailboat Show. Following the successful introduction of the award-winning EP 6.5 Ocean Racing Collection, Mustang Survival continues to apply their 50 years of experience designing and manufacturing technical marine solutions with the introduction of the Meris Sailing Collection. “The goal to continuously improve upon current offerings leads our team to challenge the status quo and be meticulous about every aspect of a product’s design. From initial ideation to the real-world testing of prototypes in our own backyard in the Pacific Northwest, the team at Mustang Survival applies this maniacal attention to detail to every product bearing the brand’s name,” stated Jason Leggatt, Mustang Survival’s general manager.

Damen Hires Trevisan as Sales Director, Cruise Newbuilds

Damen Shipyards Group has appointed Andrea Trevisan as its new Sales Director Cruise New Building, as the company plans to further expand its standing in the flourishung expedition and small size cruise vessels market. Trevisan will oversee Damen’s global commercial and marketing activities with regard to new build cruise vessels. “I will be a sort of Damen brand ‘ambassador’ for the cruise industry, working in close coordination with our well established regional sales organization and with my colleagues Mr. Henk Grunstra, Product Director Cruise and Ferries, and Mrs.

Hadewych Reintsema, Design and Proposal Manager Cruise, Damen Shipyards Group; Andrea Trevisan, Sales Director Cruise New Building, Damen Shipyards Group; and Henk Grunstra, Product Director Cruise and Ferries, Damen Shipyards Group (Photo: Damen)

Rolls-Royce to Power Ice Class Super Yacht

Rolls-Royce has won a contract to provide the propulsion and power electric systems for a new ice classified super yacht, the 70m King Shark, being built in Viareggio by Italian yacht company Rossinavi. The King Shark allows the owner the freedom to cruise the warm waters of the Caribbean and the freezing conditions of Antarctica in luxury.The vessel is equipped with amenities such as a soundproof cinema room, fully equipped gym, spa and massage room and owner cabin with large private terrace and round pool.

King Shark (Photo courtesy of Rolls-Royce)

New Build ISA 65 Meter Syperyacht Sold

ISA Yachts has announced the sale of a 65 meter (213 ft) custom new build motoryacht, with Simon Goldsworthy from the Edmiston office in London introducing the Buyer, an existing and very experienced large yacht owner from Europe. The ISA 65 meter platform that the yacht will be built on is a re-styled and substantially modified evolution of two multi-awarded 63 meter superyachts delivered by ISA Yachts in recent years, namely “Mary Jean II” and “Kolaha”. Enrico Gobbi of Team…

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Wärtsilä Bridge Systems for Two New Mega Yachts

Wärtsilä informs it has been contracted to supply its Nacos Platinum integrated bridge system for two new mega yachts: one an 85 meter long vessel and the other 91 meters long, both being built in Greece. In addition to the systems, Wärtsilä will provide the project management, engineering, pre-wiring of the consoles and system commissioning services, thus delivering a complete solution. The new and advanced bridge console concept for these vessels includes an integrated navigation system (INS) with compass and latest technology navigation sensors…

State-of-the-art navigation consoles are included in the complete bridge system. (Image: Wärtsilä)

Discover your Feadship DNA in Monaco

Feadship will be exploring the true meaning of a custom superyacht as part of its unique presentation at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. From Wednesday, September 27 to Saturday, September 30, the Feadship stand will be transformed into an interactive design bureau as visitors are offered the chance to discover their Feadship DNA. The leading superyacht builder will also have two examples of its pure custom creation work on display in the form of Aquarius and Hurricane Run. The…

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Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum Bridge for Mega Yachts

Wärtsilä wa contracted to supply its Nacos Platinum integrated bridge system for two new mega yachts; one an 85 m long vessel and the other 91 mlong, being built in Greece. In addition to the systems, Wärtsilä will also provide the project management, engineering, pre-wiring of the consoles and system commissioning services, thus delivering a complete solution. The orders with Wärtsilä were booked in March and July 2017. The new and advanced bridge console concept for these vessels includes an integrated navigation system (INS) with compass and latest technology navigation sensors…

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A New Exhibition of Superyacht Tenders at the MYS

Visitors to the 2017 Monaco Yacht Show will discover a brand-new exhibition area devoted entirely to the trendiest luxury tenders and water toys on the market. The creation of the Tenders & Toys zone at the 2017 Show is the MYS' response to the yachting industry’s goal to attract a new, younger, superyacht clientele. Entertainment is one of the leading criteria in the selection of a yacht to buy or charter with the new generation of superyacht enthusiasts. Brokerage companies…

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ISA Sells 43m Superyacht under Construction

ISA Yachts announced that a brand new 43-meter superyacht has been sold and the construction has begun in the Ancona shipyard for delivery in 2019. Designed by Luca Dini both for the exteriors and the interiors, the new project ISA ALLOY 43 is the first of a new range of all-aluminum, semi-displacement ISA Yachts engineered to deliver unsurpassed luxury and comfortable cruising experience, with the highest degree of efficiency. She features a five-stateroom arrangement with on-deck master stateroom…

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Vard Wins Expedition Cruise Contract

Vard Holdings Limited said it won a contract for the design and construction of an expedition cruise vessel for Coral Expeditions of Australia. Newly developed by Vard Design in Norway in cooperation with the customer, the vessel is specially designed for small ship expedition cruises to remote and exotic destinations in the regions of Asia-Pacific. The vessel of VARD 6 01 design, measuring 93.5 x 17.2 meters, with room for 120 guests. True to the Coral Expeditions business concept…

Rendering of the VARD 6 01 (Image: Vard)

Navigating Marine Connectivity

The NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) 2000 standards helped create a framework for safer, more reliable marine communications by streamlining the connectivity of boat engines, navigation, control, power distribution, water, waste and other mechanical and monitoring systems. Onboard connectivity translates into improved operator safety, better diagnostics, simplified maintenance and lower lifetime costs. Manufacturers recognize the value of electronics to distinguish their brand—and satisfy customers seeking connectivity at sea.

ML-XT solution for wiring applications in harsh environments. The 18-circuit ML-XT sealed system, with XRC terminals, color-coded housings and custom options, ships fully assembled—ready to deliver full IP68, IP69K and SAE J2030 compliance. (Photo: Molex)

MAN Engines for the Latest Riviera Luxury Yacht

Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht to be powered by MAN V12 engines. Australian yacht builder Riviera Yachts is equipping its new 68 and 72 Sports Motor Yacht models with V12 diesel engines from MAN Engines. Customers have the choice of the V12-1550 or V12-1800 models, as well as MAN Engines' most powerful marine engine available on the market at the moment: the V12-1900. The twin-engine systems provide 1,140 kW (1,550 hp), 1,324 kW (1,800 hp) or 1,397 kW (1,900 hp) twice-over. Riviera…

The strongest version of the twin engine system for the 68 Sports Motor Yacht produces 3,800 hp (2,794 kW). (© Riviera)

Feadship Welcomes Venus Home to Holland

One of the most celebrated superyachts of recent years has arrived back in the Netherlands for the first time since her launch in 2012. The 78-meter Venus, originally launched in 2012, has returned home for her five-year Lloyd’s certification and various upgrade activities. This heralds the start of a hectic year for the Feadship refit and service team. Having successfully completed eight significant refits in the previous season, Feadship is preparing for the arrival of some iconic superyachts in the Netherlands for a refit this coming autumn and winter.

Venus (Photo: Feadship)

ISA Sport 120 Set for World Debut

Hull #11 of the superyacht ISA Sport 120 range is ready for its official debut at the upcoming international boat shows in Cannes and Monaco. Launched in Ancona in July 2017, the 37-m superyacht from the Italian shipyard marks a transition towards a completely renewed course of the brand. Less than a year after the acquisition of ISA Yachts by the Palumbo Group, 'Clorinda', whose construction began in 2016, is the first yacht completed in the Ancona yard under the new ownership.

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Boston Whaler Unveils New Montauk Models

Timed for release with the 60th anniversary of the Unsinkable Legend, Boston Whaler has rolled out the new 170 Montauk and 150 Montauk, modern-day editions of its most iconic model. “The Montauk has always been about effortless utility and purposeful design,” said Jeff Vaughn, Whaler vice president of sales, marketing and customer service. “We worked to maintain that clean simplicity and ultimate reliability, while also leveraging customer feedback to implement strategic upgrades. First unveiled in Sarasota during Whaler’s weeklong anniversary celebration kickoff, the new 150 and 170 Montauk each feature a precision-engineered hull to deliver a soft, safe, dry ride. Captains from novice to expert will appreciate the intuitive helm console with stainless steel accents, and can count on the Mercury FourStroke engine for reliable, efficient performance.

Emerald Marine Products' MOB Protection

It's not easy putting a price on safety. But Emerald Marine Products' ALERT Man-Overboard system delivers unmatched protection to marine professionals for a mere $1 per day—less than a cup of coffee. Built for commercial use, the ALERT system consists of a light, compact transmitter that's worn on a life jacket and a receiver installed in a wheelhouse or work office. Over the course of its three-year warranty, the cost equals $1 per day. By adding additional transmitters, this figure is reduced. The ALERT system is ideal for anyone who makes a living on or around water.

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PBES Norway, Pangea Marine Trade Ink Agency Agreement

PBES and Pangea Marine Trade has announced the agreement to represent PBES energy storage for hybrid and fully electric commercial marine vessels in Southern Europe. “The hybrid power system of today is smart, proven technology, designed for ease of integration and uninterrupted performance,” said Brent Perry, Chief Executive Officer, PBES. “PBES energy storage is ideal to optimize the vessels Pangea’s customers are currently supplying to the marine industry”.   The PBES energy storage system has been designed to high performance and safety standards and is designed to seamlessly integrate with all top OEM propulsion systems.

Better Way Products Expands Custom Capabilities

Known in the marine sector for its dock boxes, Better Way Products is a provider of OEM fiberglass parts. From its founding 30 years ago, it has grown to become one of the largest composite manufacturers in the U.S. This accomplishment is due in great part to its continual investment in new technologies. The company routinely builds intricate, multi-piece molds that maximize design intent. Recent examples of its capabilities can be found on Smoker Craft, Manitou and Avalon boats.

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Little Britain 2017: The Property Sailing Event

The Little Britain Challenge Cup (LBCC), the construction and property industry's number one sporting and social calendar event will bring hundreds of people to Shepards Wharf Marina in Cowes to sail, network and fund-raise on September 15th and 16th. Little Britain regularly attracts project teams celebrating success and companies looking to team-build and entertain key clients whilst helping to raise thousands of pounds for charities. 2017 marks Little Britain’s 30th anniversary, and the LBCC regatta is all set to celebrate with a new venue, great food and entertainment, and top sailing.

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LED Indicator Enhances Shore Power Convenience

The ability to quickly verify whether shore power connections carry live current is a basic safety benefit to any boater. Hubbell Marine offers 30A cable sets with a high-intensity LED indicator that glows bright green when power is on. The presence of electricity can be confirmed at a glance, even in bright sunlight. In addition to the LED safety feature, Hubbell 30A cable sets include arrows on the cable terminals to indicate locked/unlocked positions and provide easy alignment of the grounded prong.

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Sold: DAMEN SeaXplorer Expedition Yacht

Dutch shipbuilder DAMEN, in cooperation with its luxury yacht builder AMELS, has announced the sale of its second SeaXplorer – a highly customized 75-meter luxury expedition yacht with exceptional capability for heli-skiing, diving and other tropical and polar adventures. The SeaXplorer 75 stands out with not only a dive center and submersible hangar, but also a complete floating heliport for two aircraft. “Together with his guests, our client plans to visit some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the world,” comments Commercial Director Rose Damen.

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Pop-up Superyacht Show to Showcase the Booming Adriatic

As we enter the final weeks before the 3rd edition of the Porto Montenegro MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show registrations continue to flow in with 2017 now set to better the impressive attendance figures of previous years. The 450-berth marina village will again provide a unique platform for owners, agents and captains to showcase their superyachts and itineraries while brokers take full advantage of the many B2B networking opportunities. , located in the Boka Bay, a UNESCO protected heritage site.

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Lumitec Launches Pinnacle LED Flood Light

Lumitec, a designer and manufacturer of extreme environment LED lighting solutions, has launched its new Pinnacle LED Flood Light. Pinnacle offers a 1,000+ lumens output similar to Lumitec's Caprera line of marine flood lights. But Pinnacle's radially symmetrical spot/flood optical design stays tighter and punches farther. With a small profile and versatile mounting bracket Pinnacle is well suited to light the way forward on land or at sea. The new Pinnacle Flood Light will be shipping from August 2017 at a list price starting at $109.  

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Boatbuilders Embrace New Shore Power System

Boatbuilders who understand cost-benefit analysis take the long view when rigging their boats. That's why manufacturers such as Catalina Yachts, Fleming Yachts, Marlow-Hunter, Nordic Tugs and over 50 additional OEMs have embraced the innovative SmartPlug system. Not only does it offer their marketers a powerful selling feature, but it provides their customers with a safer, more modern vessel. The SmartPlug is the next generation of shore power connections. Unlike traditional twist-type plugs that haven't changed in 80 years…

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Simrad Announces A2004 Autopilot Controller

The new Simrad A2004 is a dedicated autopilot controller designed to meet the needs of workboat, commercial fishing and passenger vessels. The A2004 is suited for vessels that don’t require SOLAS Heading Control Systems but do require a proven autopilot interface backed by Continuum software for accuracy and ease of use. The autopilot’s information is presented on a wide-angle and zero-fog color display and is engineered for responsiveness and ease of use with a precision rotary control dial and dedicated buttons for instant access to steering modes…

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Reliant Yachts Bags New Build Order

Reliant Yachts of Newport, R.I. has announced a new build is under contract for a 40-foot limousine tender utilizing their X series platform. Jim Ewing, principal at Reliant Yachts states, “We want to create a tender that shares the beauty and functionality of the classic Venetian water taxi, but in a completely modern way. The contemporary megayacht tender has to be a proper yacht unto itself, able to deal with diverse sea conditions, so hull design and stability are key.” The 40-footer is slated for completion in early 2018…

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Dometic Names Hickinbotham Product Manager EMEA Marine

Dometic has appointed 18-year company veteran Paul Hickinbotham as its Product Manager EMEA Marine. In this newly created role, Hickinbotham is tasked with helping to drive product innovation and customer responsiveness by channeling the latest consumer feedback and market intelligence for each specific region in both the OEM and after-market sectors through to Dometic’s product development and sales teams. Previously EMEA Director - Sales and Administrations & Commercial Division at Dometic, Hickinbotham will lead a dedicated team from his U.K.

Paul Hickinbotham is the new Product Manager EMEA Marine at Dometic (Photo: Dometic)

Xantrex Rolls Out New Sine Wave Inverters

Onboard AC power technology company Xantrex informs it has expanded its Freedom series with the launch of four new models. The new series called Freedom X marks the ongoing evolution of the Freedom inverter first launched in 1992. “The Freedom name is synonymous with quality and reliability in the marine industry. The Freedom Marine, Freedom HF/HFS and Freedom SW inverter/chargers set benchmarks in the industry and have been installed in thousands of boats,” said Richard Gaudet, Vice President of Xantrex business at Schneider Electric. The four new models include two inverters and two inverters with built-in charger offer a multitude of features including extended surge for motor loads, faster transfer time for quick transition from shore to battery, huge wiring bay with quick connect AC terminals for fast and easy wiring and a beautiful onboard LED display.

Photogrammetry Accelerates Creation of Marine Enclosures

Costa Marine Canvas specializes in producing high end, custom marine furniture, soft goods, enclosures and covers. One of the most difficult of those tasks is creating windscreen enclosures for large and complex fly-bridge structures. A typical flybridge enclosure might have five 5-foot tall panels, ranging in various lengths, and combined to be 20 feet or more. While basic in appearance, each panel consists of 20 or more complex pieces of various materials fastened together by adhesives and sewing to fit and fasten to the bridge structure.

Photo of pattern imported into PhotoModeler

MTU Brings Latest Propulsion Systems to Cannes and Monaco

Rolls-Royce is showing off its latest state-of-the-art propulsion systems and service solutions from MTU for motor and sailing yachts at this year’s yacht shows in Cannes and Monaco. At the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes, which takes place from September 12 to 17, MTU will be presenting a new close-to-production prototype hybrid system based on its 16-cylinder Series 2000 engine on Stand Jetee 179. The focus will also be on models of the Pininfarina bridge components and MTU’s Premium Yacht Service.

At the Monaco Yacht Show Heesen will present its new yacht “Home” (2 x MTU 12V 2000) with hybrid propulsin system. (Photo: Rolls-Royce)

Heesen Shipyard Awarded Deal to Install MTU Engines

Rolls-Royce and Heesen Yachts, the Dutch shipyard and a manufacturer of displacement and semi-displacement motor yachts, have enjoyed a close collaborative partnership for decades in the field of marine propulsion technology. It has resulted in numerous internationally acclaimed superyachts equipped with MTU engines. The shipyard has now received an award from MTU – for a total installed power of 600,000 bhp. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. “The partnership between Heesen Yachts shipyard and MTU is something very special…

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Beiderbeck's Deluxe, Mobile Private Beach

Why not just have fun in and on the water? With a boat that doesn’t conform to any conventions, but forms the perfect platform for a top-quality beach party. That is exactly the aim of the "Private Beach" from beiderbeck designs, a company based in Bremen-Vegesack, Germany. Spanning 24 meters in length and 6.50 meters in width, every amenity needed for high-end outdoor celebrations has been combined in a single boat. And it's mobile too, capable of reaching speeds of up to 27 knots (almost 50 km/h) on its way to a different bay every day at the owner's whim.

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MarQuip Builds Exhaust with Silencer and SCR

Manufacturer of underwater exhaust outlets and water-cooled exhaust systems MarQuip said it is creating a marinized IMO TIER III-certified exhaust system for an Italian shipyard. Working in close cooperation with its partners, the Dutch company has developed a fully custom module silencer/SCR system that will combine the working principles of Selective Catalytic Reduction – which eliminates most harmful NOX compounds – with highly efficient noise reduction. The silencer/SCR module is fitted on MarQuip’s water-injection piece with underwater exhaust…

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Oceanco Delivers 110-meter Jubilee

The 110-meter motor yacht Jubilee delivered last week by Dutch builder Oceanco not only features a particularly striking exterior profile created by Lobanov Design and a distinguished interior by Sorgiovanni Designs, but also is the largest yacht ever built at Oceanco and has the distinction of being the largest yacht ever built in the Netherlands. “Burgess introduced this project to Oceanco and we provided technical consultancy and project management as owner’s representative throughout the entire build process,” said Joe Cic, from Burgess.

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Evinrude Rolls Out Joystick Docking System

The new iDock joystick piloting system is the latest addition to the Evinrude Intelligent Piloting System, a suite of Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine features designed to make boats easier and more intuitive to operate. Existing features include iSteer integrated dynamic power steering, iTrim automatic trim system, iControl digital shift and throttle and iLink mobile display interface, which are designed to help take the guesswork out of operating a boat, and offer users total boat and engine control.

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ISA Yachts Launches its First Yacht in Ancona

The launch of the 37m yacht Clorinda, hull #11 of the Sport 120 model, took place on July 5, 2017 in Ancona, Italy in the premises of ISA Yachts. In September 2017 she will debut at the International boat shows of Cannes and Montecarlo. Less than a year after the acquisition of ISA Yachts by the new property, Clorinda, whose construction began in October 2016, is the first yacht completed in the Ancona yard. ISA Yachts said the ISA Sport 120 is a model that strongly reflects the philosophy and aesthetic features of its production, representing an “icon” of the Italian brand.

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Ribelle Cuts a Striking Figure on the Superyacht Cup Palma Course

It was the first day of her second ever regatta, and 32.64meter Ribelle served up Superyacht Cup Palma spectators an impressive sight. Competing in Class A against fellow Vitters build, Inoui, Ribelle looked cool, calm and collected as she sliced through the waters of the Bay of Palma. The breeze built to approximately 10 knots at the start line with patchy conditions confronting the fleet throughout the afternoon as they took on course 4. Strikingly-modern Ribelle, which is crafted in carbon and titanium…

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Cast Polyurethane for High Impact, High Wear Applications

Although ship and boat building design engineers have traditionally specified parts made of rubber, plastic or steel when durability is required, many are considering cast polyurethanes as a new alternative for demanding, high-wear, abrasion and impact applications. Cast polyurethanes, also broadly referred to as urethanes, are tough, elastic materials that combine many of the performance advantages of high-tech plastics, metals and ceramics along with the resiliency and flexibility of rubber parts and are ideal for ship/boat building components.

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MAN Engines for GTT 115 Yacht from Dynamiq

MAN Engines is again supplying 12-cylinder engines for the second tour de force by the up-and-coming yacht builder Dynamiq from Monaco: The 35-meter-long GTT 115 is equipped with two MAN V12-1650 engines, each with 1,213 kW (1,650 hp) at 2,300 rpm. The yacht will be unveiled to the public in the autumn at the Monaco Yacht Show. Two MAN V12-1800 engines are already providing the drive in the Jetsetter motor yacht – the first yacht from the newcomer Dynamiq, which made its debut in September 2016.

Minimal space required for the drive of the Dynamiq GTT 115 thanks to the MAN engines with pod system. Image:  Dynamiq

Marimecs Introduces the Manta Series Yachts

Engineered and designed by Dutch Naval architecture firm Marimecs B.V. the Manta series of full-displacement semi-custom long range yachts built in steel and aluminium combine Dutch engineering and design with Italian flair and craftmanship. With a focus on transatlantic range and excellent sea-keeping qualities, quiet operation, low fuel consumption, no-nonsense reliable systems, stability, the Manta series combines Superyacht luxury with true ocean-going capability. Built on Italy's North Coast at the Eurocraft facility in Savona to Lloyds Classification…

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Smallest Hydrotab Intercerptor Trim Tabs Yet

Hydrotab has introduced its smallest Interceptor Trim Tab yet, the 160BT. Engineered for boats up to 20', or for use on unique hull designs, the units are available through the company's exclusive North American distributor, GlobalTec Solutions. The new 160BT has all of the great benefits as the rest of Hydrotab's BT series. An interceptor-style, it creates lift with less surface drag than a traditional trim tab plate. It delivers improved boat control and enhanced fuel economy.

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TOPCAT Launches Modern Catamaran Fun for Beginners

TOPCAT is the epitome of multihull sailing fun in Germany. For almost 40 years, sports and beach catamarans made of polyester have been highly regarded around the world by recreational skippers and racing fanatics alike. With the K4X model the company, which is headquartered in Inning am Ammersee close to Munich, has brought a 15-foot boat to market in 2017 that has been optimized using computer simulations. The innovative hull shape of this all-rounder offers greater buoyancy – thanks to its U-frame hull (instead of a V-frame) – and therefore greater safety…

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