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Tech File: Maritime Fuel Cells for Your Next Megayacht

Freudenberg is entering a strategic partnership with Lürssen Werft to develop fuel cell systems for megayachts. In the case of the first system under development, it will allow a ship to spend more than 15 days at anchor or cruise for more than 1,000 miles with zero emissions. Just as in larger ships that prioritize range and route flexibility, electricity must be ruled out as an energy source due to the heavy weight and low volumetric energy density of battery systems. For these ocean-going vessels, fuel cell propulsion is a superior choice.

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The Italian Sea Group Sets Mid-range IPO Price

Luxury yacht builder The Italian Sea Group said on Friday it completed its initial public offering (IPO), setting a price of 4.90 euros per share, and that its shares would start trading on the Milan Bourse on Tuesday.The price is in the middle of the 4.15-5.66 euros per share range the group had set out and gives it a market capitalization of some 260 million euros.

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Repeat Success: Long-Range Catamaran

When word spreads of a good design well executed, the reward for the boat builder is a customer who says, “Make me one just like that other one.”That is where the discussion starts and then come the clients requests for modifications. Such was the case when a high-level surfer from the western shore of Java approached James Dewing at his yard in Thailand. James had delivered one of his Powerplay catamarans to a customer in Tahiti in December of 2019. Now, the word was spreading for a true long-range luxury power catamaran.This wasn’t Dewing’s first boat…

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Britain to Build New National Flagship to Promote Trade

Britain is planning to build a new flagship to promote its business and trade interests around the world, the government said on Saturday, in a move it said would also reinvigorate the nation's shipbuilding industry.Britain said the ship, once built, would host high level trade negotiations and trade shows, and the cost of the shipbuilding project would be confirmed once manufacturing contracts were tendered.Construction of the ship is expected to begin at a U.K. shipyard as soon as next year, and the ship will enter service within the next four years.

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Riviera Reveals New Era Motor Yacht

Australia's largest luxury motor yacht builder is creating a new dimension in boating opportunities with the announcement of an exceptional new design.The Riviera 78 Motor Yacht is a new class of motor yacht from the award-winning team of designers, engineers and craftspeople at the company's headquarters and 16.8-hectare facility on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Following more than 40 years of evolution and with over 5,700 yachts in multiple styles built and now located in all corners of the world…

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Project Elysium: Incat Crowther Unveils New Yacht Design

Incat Crowther announced a new design for a 24-meter motor yacht. Titled Project Elysium, the design has been contracted for construction, with delivery scheduled for 2023.Incat Crowther, in collaboration with the client, has implemented many innovative design solutions to meet a multifaceted project brief. Benefits of the custom design allow maximum use of spaces for the required purposes and greater efficiency at customer-specified transit speeds. Incat Crowther supported the client through preliminary design and yard selection phases and will perform production naval architecture…

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Feadship Launches 95-meter Hybrid Motoryacht

Feadship said its yard in Makkum, the Netherlands has launched 95-meter Bliss. Subject of enormous owner involvement and the epitome of the custom build experience, this timeless family yacht benefits from the very latest hybrid propulsion and, with Polar Code certification, is set to be a world traveler.According to the builder, the owner’s involvement has been paramount to the success of both the exterior and interior design, with incredible attention to detail and a fantastic…

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Cruise Shipping: Sea Cloud Spirit Delivered

Sea Cloud Spirit has been delivered to Sea Cloud Cruises from the Vigo, Spain shipyard, and its maiden voyage is set for September 14, 2021, for a 10-night roundtrip Rome to Rome. The plan is to have the ship spend the fall in the Western Mediterranean and the upcoming winter season in the Canary Islands. As cruising makes its return, the new build with a capacity of only 136 guests, is expected to become a nice alternative for younger guests looking for a smaller cruise experience.Sea Cloud Spirit is a modern sailing ship…

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Latest ShadowCat Wayfinder Delivered

The second vessel in the ShadowCat range, Wayfinder, has been delivered, naval architect Incat Crowther and yacht services fir YCTS Ltd announced. Wayfinder builds on the capability of Hodor, delivered in 2019.Wayfinder has a 68-meter length, 14-meter beam and a draft of 2.4 meters which permits close coastline navigation. Features include a fully certified helipad and helicopter hangar, with accommodation and storage over four decks. Wayfinder's carrying capacity includes a helicopter, five large tenders, jet skis and more.

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Wider Sea Named Steerprop Sales Rep

Azimuth propulsion systems manufacturer Steerprop has appointed Wider Sea as its sales representation agency for the Benelux and Monaco from April 1. Wider Sea is owned by Matteo Masi and based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.“I’m excited for Matteo Masi and his company to complement the Steerprop team as our independent sales representative,” said Juho Rekola, Director Sales and Project Management of Steerprop. “His experience and connections within the marine industry, combined…

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Shipbuilding: Feadship Somnium Nears Completion

Emerging from the yard in Aalsmeer this week for final finishing and sea trials is the newest member of the Feadship fleet. The 55-metre Somnium, which is Latin for dream, is designed to take three generations of family members on a series of memorable world cruises.The first pure custom superyacht for an experienced Northern European owner, Somnium was designed by Studio De Voogt with a cozy interior design from FM Architettura. The owner, together with his representative Ron…

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Vesconite Bearings Introduces Ready-to-fit Propeller Shaft Bearings

Vesconite Bearings has been hard at work identifying the most common propeller shaft bearings used in the leisure marine industry.It has done so to ensure that the right stock is available when clients need a particular item.Vesconite Bearings has since identified 170 frequently used sizes.Its imperial sizes range from shaft diameters of ¾ through to 6½ inches with a bearing length of 30 inches.In metric sizes, meanwhile, the range extends for shaft diameters from 20 to 155 mm…

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Torqeedo Sets Up Direct Distribution in Norway

Electric propulsion and hybrid drives manufacturer Torqeedo said it ha established direct distribution in Norway to address the growing market for its systems in the region.Norway has a long tradition of seafaring and is a world maritime center for shipping, shipyards and maritime infrastructure, commercial fishing, offshore oil/gas, ferries, pleasure boats and a rapidly growing offshore wind industry.“Norway is a world leader in the movement toward electrification of land and water transportation…

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Yanmar Collaborates with fragment design on New Yacht

Yanmar Holdings has entered into a collaboration with design house “fragment design”, headed by designer Hiroshi Fujiwara, to develop a special version of Yanmar’s flagship X47 EXPRESS CRUISER. The vessel, called the X47FRGMT, is now on sale.Yanmar’s X47 high-performance motor yacht, designed by Ken Okuyama, a director of Yanmar Holdings, offers an outstanding level of quality accommodation with two well-appointed en-suites cabins, a lounge and kitchen with Living spaces bathed in natural light.

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Damen Yachting Confirms Sale of 55-meter Yacht Support

The team at Amels and Damen Yachting has confirmed the sale of the 55-meter yacht support Gene Chaser. The name of the yacht was unveiled during a private ceremony held at the Dutch builder’s shipyard in Vlissingen. Complete with stunning custom fleet colors and a research laboratory, the yacht support will be used alongside the Amels 180 Gene Machine.Gene Chaser, from Damen Yachting’s YS 5009 Yacht Support range, was originally launched in late 2020 as Blue Ocean. Over the last two months…

A BIO-SEA system has been retrofitted to a 37m yacht. Image: Bio-UV Group

Does Your Yacht Need a BWT System? You Better Check

France-based  BIO-UV Group is advising yacht owners and crews to ensure their vessels are compliant with the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention and USCG regulation.Yachts less than 50m in length are often considered recreational craft and exempt from the regulations. However, despite their size, some smaller vessels are over 400gt and have a ballast water capacity greater than 8m3. This means they must comply with the requirements set out in the BWM Convention.Maxime Dedeurwaerder…

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New Helideck Part of Major Yacht Refit

The Feadship yard in Makkum has welcomed home the 57.3-meter Amara, first launched by Feadship as Cacique in 1986. Originally designed by Frits de Voogt with an interior by Terence Disdale, the current owners purchased Amara in 2020. Having spent some very enjoyable times on this classic Feadship, they decided to use their experiences to refit Amara to their personal preferences and uses.One of the key aspects of an extensive list of activities will be the installation of a new helicopter deck.

The keel laying ceremony at the Adria shipyard, marking the start of work on the first motor yacht in the Explorer line, designed by Sergio Cutolo. Photo: Vittoria Yachts

Vittoria Yachts Starts Construction on Motor Yacht Bow Sprit

Three months after its launch, Vittoria Yachts have continued, full steam ahead, kicking off 2021 by beginning construction on the Bow Sprit, the first motor yacht in the Explorer line.Paolo Duò, President of the Vittoria Shipyard, Michele Zorzenon, Managing Director of Vittoria Yachts, and Sergio Cutolo, the designer of the motor yacht, attended the keel laying ceremony at the Vittoria Shipyard in Adria, which marked the start of work on this Explorer yacht, at just over 50 meters…

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IMTRA Debuts New Side-Power Thrusters

IMTRA, manufacturer and importer of solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, introduced its new line of commercial-grade Side-Power thrusters designed for commercial vessels and larger recreational yachts. Available in four different tunnel sizes, the new products include proportional or on/off controls in AC-powered and hydraulic versions.Available in 12-, 16-, 20- and 24-inch tunnels, the new Side-Power thrusters provide up to 3,000 pounds force of thrust. Each unit is built with dual, counter-rotating, bronze five-blade props for durability and efficiency.

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AkzoNobel Acquires New Nautical Coatings

AkzoNobel N.V. is set to increase its presence in the North American yacht coatings market after agreeing to acquire New Nautical Coatings, owner of the premium Sea Hawk brand. Financial details are not disclosed.The privately-owned company is one of the top players in yacht coatings in North America. Operating a specialized production facility out of Clearwater Beach, Fla., the business is mainly active in North America, with sales also being generated in the Caribbean and Australasia.“North…

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Shipbuilding: Former NBA Star Tony Parker's Yacht Takes Shape in Turkey

AvA Yachts is currently building M/Y Infinity Nine, the second of AvA’s Kando series being built for former NBA star Tony Parker.Parker visited the yard to witness construction firsthand, and to date the hull and superstructure are now complete with the final coating of the hull underway. All major equipment has been delivered and installed and the interior fit out has begun in earnest.An extended swim platform at the stern, a full beam master with floor to ceiling windows and a gym on the upper deck…

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Tito's Restored Former Flagship to Become Hotel and Museum in Croatia

The restored flagship of former Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito is being converted into a hotel and a museum devoted to its turbulent history, from banana boat to meeting place for world statesmen.Berthed in Croatia’s Adriatic port of Rijeka, the Galeb (Seagull) will open to the public in its new role next year.The ship was built in 1938 in Italy to transport bananas from Africa. During World War Two, it was used first by the Italian navy and then by the Germans and it was sunk by Allied planes at the end of the war.In communist Yugoslavia…

Vessel in cradle pre launch. Photo Courtesy: Malin Group

IN THE YARD: Designing Ship Build and Transport Cradles

Transportation cradles are a key component in the build, transportation and launch of a ship and a suitable design can be fundamental in the success of these operations. Throughout their use they will support the various blocks and completed ship during construction, act as the interface between the vessel and SPMT’s (Self Propelled Modular Transporters) or barge, and ultimately support the ship during float off operations. The cradles are possibly the only item of equipment that will see the ship from very early stages of construction through until she is floating in the water.

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Incat Crowther Designs "COVID-19 Inspired" Support Yacht

Australian vessel designer Incat Crowther has launched a new "COVID-19 inspired" shadow vessel concept - Haven.Incat Crowther has described the Haven as a “protective layer” to the owner’s mothership. "By acting as a buffer between the main yacht and outside world, Haven allows owners and charterers to maintain COVID-secure social bubbles on board. The yacht will act as a COVID-19 testing facility and quarantine space before allowing guests and crew to proceed onto the mothership…

Derecktor officials broke ground at the Port on Friday, November 13 during a small ceremony where federal, state and local dignitaries brandishing golden shovels, hard hats and face masks gathered to commemorate the historic occasion. (Photo: Steven Martine, handout via Derecktor Shipyards)

Derecktor Breaks Ground on New Florida Shipyard

Plans to convert the century-old Port of Fort Pierce into a repair and refit facility for the global fleet of megayachts and large sailing yachts are moving full speed ahead.After a lengthy permitting and review process, Derecktor Shipyards has been granted approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Fort Pierce to begin construction of its newest shipyard – Derecktor Ft.

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Battery-Power Moves Ahead in the Yacht Sector

Yachts de Luxe (YdL) of Singapore placed a 10-year, $5 million contract with OXIS Energy to build the world’s first ever luxury boat to be powered by Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) cell and battery systems technology with a design range between 70 and 100 nautical miles at cruising speed.OXIS will work with YdL to design the new 40 foot luxury day boat which will carry a 400 kWh battery system comprising of Ultra Light, High-Power cells and a BMS. The design and manufacture of the cells modules…

Two MTU 12V 2000 M96X diesels and HamiltonJet HTX52 waterjets have been selected to power the catamaran motor yacht. Image: Dongara Marine

Dongara Inks Deals to Build Two New Vessels

Dongara Marine received orders to build custom-designed vessels: a monohull commercial fishing boat and a high speed catamaran for recreational use.An experienced commercial fisherman is the client for Dongara Marine’s first new vessel for the South Australian Rock Lobster fishery.Customised to client preferences, the 17.8m long aluminium hull features the hallmark fine entry of Southerly Designs’ offshore capable monohulls, topped by a single level wheelhouse – an arrangement…

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OXE300 Diesel Outboard EPA Tier 3 Certified

OXE Marine AB has received the official approval and issuance of EPA Tier 3 certificate for OXE300. The certificate is valid for a all power ratings the manufacturer has applied for, 200-310 hp prop power, which further extends the potential of the power-range for the certified OXE300 unit.The EPA certification approval allows OXE Marine AB to sell and distribute its OXE300 in all markets where EPA Tier 3 certificate is required. The approval covers commercial and leisure use.In…

Brunswick Expands Capability in Electrification Technologies

Brunswick Corporation continues to develop solutions to further improve boater experiences both by advancing the efficiency and capabilities of its core product lines and through its ACES (Autonomy, Connectivity, Electrification & Shared Access) strategy.In order to advance this strategy, Brunswick is establishing new leaders with strong technology experience and strengthening its development capability and investments in electrification technology and programs, in addition to autonomy and connectivity.In support of this effort…

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Marell M15 Quad Outboard Open High-Speed Interceptor Launched

Marell Boats of Sweden launched the M15 Quad outboard open high-speed interceptor that includes fine tuning of the M15 hull and the addition of four Mercury 450HP Outboard engines on an extended platform.The M15 is designed for high speed interception and boarding, with a center steering position for a helmsman to optimize control and allow for full view of the surroundings during boarding maneuvers and high speed turns. Ullman shock absorbing seats level out the impact from the…

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New Expedition Yacht Enters Outfitting Phase

The Feadship yard in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands has commenced the outfitting of the 55-meter Project 708 expedition yacht after its delivery from the Feadship hull-building facility in Papendrecht.Due to be completed end of 2021, this innovative vessel has been commissioned by a client with enormous experience of exploring the world.Designed by Philippe Briand and Vitruvius Yachts Ltd, the expedition-style yacht will be fully self-sufficient and exceptionally fuel-efficient.As the planned adventures include taking on the North-West and North-East Passages…

Maritimo X60R powered by Scania (Photo: Scania USA)

Scania Expands Partnership with Maritimo

Engine manufacturer Scania is expanding its its longstanding partnership with luxury yacht builder Maritimo to include boats built for the United States and Canada. Effective immediately, Scania’s 16-liter V8 and 13-liter in-line six-cylinder engines with industry-leading power-to-weight ratio will be standard fit on the Maritimo X50R and X60R – Performance Editions of the company’s range of X-Series sport motor yachts.Maritimo’s X50R will house twin 800 HP DI13 Scania engines, while the X60R will feature twin 1,150 HP DI16’s.

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Nobiskrug MegaYacht Newbuild Project No. 795 Heads to the Outfitting Dock

NOBISKRUG said that the hull of its latest Winch designed Project 795 has made the milestone journey across to the outfitting dock. The transfer of the hull is a landmark occasion within a superyacht build, and this celebration was shared with British studio, Winch Design, which has penned the exterior and interior design of the vessel, with trademark features recognizable throughout.The superyacht, built under Project No. 795, provides five accommodation decks. It has been conceived with a large bathing platform on the lower deck…

“Vittoria Yachts represents a new and important milestone for our company,” said Paolo Duò, President of the Vittoria Shipyard. Photo: Vittoria Yachts

Vittoria Shipyard Launches Yacht Division

The first design project is the 50-m Explorer yacht, designed by Hydro TecThe Duò family, with their hundred years of experience in military, paramilitary and civil shipbuilding, has ventured into the luxury boat sector. The Vittoria Shipyard has launched Vittoria Yachts, the new division, dedicated to designing and building yachts, able to draw on the production capacity and know-how developed over almost a century of business experience, adding over 870 units to the new market segment of luxury yachting.Leading Vittoria Yachts on their journey are Paolo Duò…

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Cummins Unveils New Marine Generator

Cummins has unveiled its new Onan C-Power QSB7E generator for the recreational marine market, giving first kook to participants of the Genoa International Boat Show. The new product is available in both 50 and 60 Hz models, with output of up to 195 kWe.“We understand that luxury yacht manufacturers face growing demands for comfort and peace of mind,” said Michel Kozulic – Marine Business Development Manager at Cummins. “Cummins’ QSB7E generator provides maximum reliability thanks to a commonality with its proven commercial marine generator portfolio.

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Dometic Electric Power Steering Earns RINA Certification

Dometic’s Vancouver facility has received RINA Approval and Certification for its Optimus 5000 Electronic Power Steering System (EPS), opening the door for growth in yachting and commercial marine markets.The Dometic Optimus 5000 EPS is engineered for inboard vessels ranging from 40 to 100-plus feet in length. Its manufacturer believes the Type Approval from the Italian classification group on the Optimus 5000 EPS for both pleasure and commercial vessels under 500 metric tons will positively impact on its marine business globally.

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Metal Shark Launches Expedition Yacht Portfolio

U.S.-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has launched a 48-meter (158’) aluminum catamaran expedition yacht, the first in its newly introduced lineup of high-speed, long range catamaran expedition yachts.The new Metal Shark M48, named Magnet, is the first-ever private recreational yacht built by Metal Shark, a diversified builder of aluminum and steel vessels for military and commercial operators worldwide. In addition to the M48, the company’s Metal Shark Yachts portfolio includes the M30 (30 meters / 100’) and M70 (70 meters / 231’).

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Sanlorenzo Partners with the Ancasta Group

Italian yacht and superyacht producer Sanlorenzo has partnered with the Ancasta Group, forming Sanlorenzo UK.The new endeavor is part of Sanlorenzo’s continuing strategy of strengthening its sales network by expanding representation in key markets, said the company, which boasts an order book currently standing at €613 million ($727.6 million).Ancasta has 35 years in the UK yacht sales and service industry,  and Sanlorenzo UK will draw upon both Sanlorenzo’s and Ancasta’s  expertise to provide all Sanlorenzo owners with service and support, wherever they base their yachts.

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Caterpillar Debuts Cat C32B Marine Engine

Caterpillar Marine has rolled out its new Cat C32B 2,000 HP (2025 MHP) marine engine with a rated engine speed of 2,300 rpm. This engine meets emerging market demands and expands the power capability of the C32 high performance product line, delivering a 5% power increase over existing C32 ratings.The new model shares a similar look, as well as most of the same connection points and footprint of the current C32 engine, and it will be available with the same emissions certifications as the current C32 ratings…

Mitja Mirtič, Goolets' CEO (Photo: Goolets)

New Luxury Yacht Charter Concept Emerging in Croatia

These 40-plus-meter yachts available for charter in Croatia present unbeatable price performance, says Mitja Mirtič, CEO of Goolets, who heralds the "new age of yachting".As the luxury yacht business booms in many parts of the world, Croatia has become one of the hottest destinations to charter a yacht.Croatia as a charter destination is by itself already the place to go. With more than 1,200 islands to explore, beautiful medieval towns and jet set places such as Island Hvar or Dubrovnik…

Scania 1,150 HP 16-liter V8.

Scania Debuts 900, 1,150hp Engines for the North American Pleasure Market

Scania is making available its new powerful and lightweight range of engines – fully emissions certified for the U.S. pleasure craft market, including a line-up commanded by a 900 HP, six-cylinder, 13-liter in-line and an 1,150 HP 16-liter V8 Scania engines.Built on a Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI) engine block and employing a simple wastegate turbocharger, Scania delivers top-of-class performance without the need for additional turbos or superchargers. The resulting light weight…

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Sea Cloud's New Tall Ship is Taking Shape

Sea Cloud Cruises' third tall ship, Sea Cloud Spirit, is taking shape in Vigo, Spain. Interior outfitting is underway as specialists from the Polish shipbuilding company Chorén have erected the approximately 54-meter-high aft mast for the 138-meter-long, three-masted sailing ship due to enter service later this year. Raising the aft mast is an important prerequisite for the completion of the Sea Cloud Spirit, says Daniel Schäfer, Managing Director of Hamburg-based Sea Cloud Cruises The mizzenmast not only carries the sails…

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Armstrong Debuts New Recreational Cat

The Mary James is a 35 x 13-ft. planing catamaran with full width superstructure, recently delivered after successful sea trials in late May. Designed and built by Armstrong Marine USA, the 3513-CTC is part of Armstrong’s growing portfolio of custom built recreational catamarans.Twin Yamaha 425hp outboards paired with Helm Master electronic steering power The Mary James. Twin 200-gallon fuel tanks maximize range, navigated with a comprehensive Garmin/NMEA electronics package.

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First Cox Diesel Outboards Bound for N. America

Cox Powertrain said Tuesday it is shipping its first CXO300 production diesel outboards bound for North America to a distributor in Florida for the U.S. market.Following the delivery of Cox Powertrain’s first production CXO300 outboards to Singapore-based distributor Sime Darby, Cox has dispatched its next shipment to North America, where Florida-based distributor Ring Power is awaiting the engines' imminent arrival ahead of its customer demo program.With the majority of CXO300 customers located in North America…

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New CEO Takes the Helm at RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard

Industry veteran William Clewes has been appointed CEO of Miami yacht repair yard RMK Merrill-Stevens, charged with leading Florida's oldest shipyard through a period or redevelopment, reopening and beyond.“I am excited about building a team and a new facility to bring the RMK Merrill-Stevens facility back to its former glory and beyond,” said Clewes in January after accepting the position. Clewes will lead the North and South yards, which straddle the Miami River, the ongoing redevelopment of both…

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Cox Powertrain Ships Its First Diesel Outboards

Cox Powertrain's production line has been in full flow over the last few weeks with the company’s team of engineers working around the clock to meet their next big milestone. This week Cox watched the first ever production CXO300 diesel outboards come off the assembly line, ready to leave the factory to the company's global network of distributors.Cox’s distributors have been awaiting the delivery of their first CXO300 outboard engines so that they can begin their on-the-water customer demonstrations.

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Amels Launches 77m Luxury Expedition Yacht La Datcha

Damen's luxury yacht builder Amels has launched a new 77-meter expedition yacht La Datcha.La Datcha’s emergence from her building hall in the Netherlands this week marks the start of the final stages of her build process before she heads on a global charter itinerary which is set to include heli-skiing in Kamchatka, the Kuril Islands and dive adventures off Papua New Guinea. This a yacht built for adventure – custom designed to explore the world’s far-reaching destinations without compromising on luxury.

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Wärtsilä, Pastrovich Working on Sustainable Boutique Cruise Ship

Finnish marine technology company has teamed up with naval architect and yacht designer Stefano Pastrovich on the design of innovative sustainable superyachts for the boutique cruise sector."A new generation of boutique cruise ships is set to emerge, with the luxury of a superyacht, the construction techniques and passenger experience of a cruise ship, and a close focus on the environment. These cost optimized vessels will serve the charter and luxury hotel sectors in attracting and meeting the demand from millennials and cruise veterans alike…

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Superyacht Design: Are owners shifting to streamlined design and production?

Superyachts have a long history of tailor-made, special-made and unique “to the Himalaya and back” luxury solutions. The question is, will this continue, or will the current market situation make superyacht owners and builders consider streamlining some parts of the design and production in order to achieve cost-efficiency?Superyacht market experts have expressed a worry that the industry is pricing itself out of its own market and some warn that the clients will find other things to invest in if the yachts become too expensive. Personally, I think this worry is legit.

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Product in Focus: Vesconite Hilube Rudder Bushing

A Vesconite rudder bushing has been an important part of the step-by-step dismantling, parts procurement and reassembly of the rudder of a 30ft Jeanneau Arcadia sailing yacht known as the Ghaaata.When an annual maintenance inspection revealed significant rudder play caused by the internal structure, Jeanneau Arcadia sailing yacht owner Jorge Veiga embarked on a full rudder replacement, including everything from the pins, bolts and bushings, through to the actual rudder.For the rudder bushings he chose Vesconite Hilube…

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Nobiskrug Unveils New 62m Superyacht

Nobiskrug has made public its latest 62-meter Project 794, which came into view on its move from the Kiel shipyard into the superyacht hall of the Rendsburg facility on the last weekend in May 2020.The yacht’s journey between the two shipyards started from Kiel Fjord with a passage through the locks, into the Kiel Canal continuing to Rendsburg, reaching the shipyard in the early afternoon.Following the keel-laying in June last year, the construction of all sections up to assembly…

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Sanlorenzo Looks Into Buying Majority Stake in Perini Navi

Italian luxury boat maker Sanlorenzo said on Thursday it was considering buying a majority stake in sailing brand Perini Navi to boost its market share in the superyacht segment.Perini Navi is owned by Fenix, the holding company of the Tabacchi family - the former top investor of spectacles maker Safilo, by Lamberto Tacoli as well as indirectly by the company's founder, Fabio Perini.Sanlorenzo said it had entered into exclusive talks with the Tabacchi family and Tacoli to assess the deal and reach a binding agreement."The transaction would be in line with the Sanlorenzo business model ...

MY NJORD. Illustration: Ocean Residences Development Ltd. (ORD)

DIV Shipbuilding Wins the Deal to Build the 290m Residential Yacht

Ocean Residences Development Ltd. (ORD) has taken the next step in the development of M/Y NJORD, a 290m long residential yacht to be built by DIV Shipbuilding, which owns both Kleven Verft shipyard in Norway and Brodosplit shipyard in Croatia. Both shipyards will have a role in the construction of this vessel, with Brodosplit responsible for the majority of the steel construction of the hull as well as a significant proportion of the technical installations. The hull will then…

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Sichterman Adds Two Aluminum Yachts

Sichterman has launched the first Libertas 15M and Felicitatem 20M at their shipyard in Workum, The Netherlands.With these aluminum yachts, the Dutch boutique yacht builder adds two vessels to its fleet, after the launch of the Inveni 18m in May 2019.Just like the Inveni 18M, the Libertas and the Felicitatem are the result of a collaboration between designer Cor D. Rover, naval architect Van Oossanen and yacht builder Workumer Yachtservice.Due to a smart building process and a disruptive interior program…

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Outerlimits Launches High Performance Fishing Boat Line

Outerlimits Powerboats has announced a major expansion for its brand: the all-new Outerlimits SX Series Center Console line. This performance fishing boat line, designed to run with multi-outboard power, is set to launch with the new SX-39 Center Console in late summer 2020.“For the past 25 years, Outerlimits has made its mark on the offshore racing circuit and the high-performance boat market with its fast, maneuverable, high-tech speedboats. We are the Offshore World Champions and also hold the current Kilo Record for World’s Fastest V-Bottom at 180.47 miles per hour…

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Dockmate Selected for New Summit 54

Dockmate, manufacturer of advanced wireless remote controls for yachts, has announced its Dockmate wireless remote control docking system has been selected by Summit MotorYachts, to be incorporated into the Summit 54. Summit MotorYachts is a new brand that lives under parent company Kadey-Krogen Yachts.The Dockmate wireless remote-control docking system allows boaters to easily operate electronically controlled engines, bow and stern thrusters, anchor winches and horns from anywhere on board with a small handheld device.

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New ProZero P-Top Model Launched

Tuco Marine has added the new 9.3-meter P-top design to the ProZero series. The low-weight, semi-open design results in a faster workboat that has a larger operational range and extended working time on sea. The P-top features a protective P-top console solution and flexible seating arrangements which can accommodate up to 12 passengers or a full deck cargo.The first new P-top in the ProZero line is the 9.3-meter P-top featuring double outboard engines, although water jet or Z-drive propulsion systems are also available.

Stefan van der Harst (Photo: C-Job Naval Architects)

Dynamic Platform's Role in Reducing Superyacht Engineering by Months

C-Job Naval Architects has been an innovator across many maritime sectors, and now it has targeted the superyacht market, with recently published research claiming it can shave nearly five months off the 'time to market' for new superyarchts via its 'Dynamic Platform.'C-Job said this time saving can be achieved with reduced engineering time while still offering owners a fully customized vessel.Stefan van der Harst, Junior Naval Architect at C-Job, is the man behind the research, and he proposes disconnecting the engineering of the lower part of the vessel and the upper part of the vessel.

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Ribcraft Delivers Marina Operations Support RIB

D-Marin Business Bay Marina has taken delivery of a new Ribcraft 5.85-meter Pro rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to be used for operations support at the marina.Featuring a center console with extended canopy, removable crew seat, highly reinforced inflation tubes, the RIB provides open deck space for rescue operations, garbage collection as well as forward custom area for fitting a portable fire pump to be used in an emergency situation. Powered by Yamaha 115-horsepower outboard, the RIB can reach speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour, the builder said.

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68m MY Soaring Delivered by Abeking & Rasmussen

Abeking & Rasmussen delivered the 68m, 1,500 gt megayacht MY Soaring to her owner at the yard in Lemwerder. The initial plan for a large celebration to welcome the vessel was changed, alterered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.At the yard´s premises itself the management has successfully implemented preventive measures to reduce human contacts as far as possible in order to protect the staff, sub-suppliers and business partners: work schedules were split into a strictly separated two-shift system…

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New Bertram 50 Launched

Bertram Yachts has launched Bertram 50.The Bertram 50 covers everything from fishing to family cruising, it's loaded with amenities such as a Webasto BlueCool S-Series air conditioning system and the availability of a Series 80 Marine Sunroof.Webasto's BlueCool S-Series air conditioner is completely self-contained and provides highly-efficient ventilation for the Bertram 50's lounge and two cabins. Quiet and compact, it's engineered to run 24/7, even in tropical conditions. Completely plug-and-play, the controller board is easily configured via a PC using the USB interface.

MV Tricia  -- named after Perth Zoo's popular 62-year-old Asian Elephant -- is the third ferry in Transperth fleet. Photo: Dongara Marine

New Cat Ferry MV Tricia for Transperth Fleet

A new passenger ferry built by Dongara Marine has been introduced to the public transport system in Perth, Western Australia. MV Tricia  - named after Perth Zoo's popular 62-year-old Asian Elephant - is the third ferry in the Transperth fleet, joining two other low-wash catamarans introduced in 1997 and 2009. Operating across the Swan River between Elizabeth Quay and South Perth, the 23.7-m aluminium catamaran can carry up to 148 passengers and has a loaded top speed in excess of 16 knots.With two ferries each providing departures every 15 minutes in peak periods…

Volvo Penta Powers Tour Boats in Beagle Channel

The company, Los Yámanas S.A. – who offers sea excursions in the Beagle Channel – is using Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS) to power two of their tour boats. Tours start from Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego – an island at the southern tip of South America. It’s long been known as the southernmost city on Earth and is one of Argentina’s top destinations. Passengers can expect to have a taste of the wild, including a trip to see the penguin colony at Martillo Island and take in the breathtaking beauty of…

Project 705 (Photo: Feadship)

Feadship Project 705 Comes Into the Light

An early glimpse of the new FeadshipProject 705 was commissioned by a repeat client and in just a few weeks the name of the 72.85-meter Project 705 will be revealed at the launch ceremony.As Project 705 appeared from the construction hall at the yard in Aalsmeer, onlookers were drawn to the beautiful combination of a dark blue hull, white superstructure and a continuous band of glass which is flush to the exterior. Glass railings with a teak cap rail offered another visual treat…

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Hatteras GT65 Carolina Debuts in Miami

Hatteras | Cabo Yachts, LLC unveiled the new Hatteras GT65 Carolina at the 2020 Miami Yacht Show.The Hatteras GT65 Carolina represents the next generation of the builder’s tournament-proven GT Series sportfishing yachts, which runs from 45 to 70 feet ‒ while maintaining the line’s core DNA and 40+-knot performance. The yacht features a sleek new profile, a high-tech hull and a new level of customization available to discerning owners, whether they plan to target big game offshore…

ZF 5200 A/V PTI Hybrid Transmission (Image: ZF)

ZF Unveils 5200 A/V PTI Hybrid Transmission

With the ZF 5200 A/V PTI, ZF Marine is introducing the brand’s first hybrid transmission that can be installed in the ship in both V (V drive) and A (down angle) positions. Thanks to the wide range of transmission ratios and space-saving design, the ZF 5200 A/V PTI is suited for many different types of marine vessels.Ship designers currently face a wide array of challenges: In the leisure yacht segment, customers want as much living space as possible, while the boom in logistics and tourism requires ferries to make ever more space available for cargo.

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Dutch Sailors Served Well by Vesconite Stern Bearings

Dutch-born world travelers Adri and Sytske Broekhuizen installed a Vesconite stern bearing in their 43 ft. aluminium sailing yacht, from the designer Koopmans in Lelystad, when they were docked in Singapore in 2008.“We chose Vesconite because we found a machine shop in Singapore that could make the bearing,” says Adri, of the polymer bearings, which are suitable for the submerged and corrosive conditions of the marine industry and have internal lubricants that allow for prolonged life where the set-ting is characterized by irregular greasing schedules…

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Nordhavn Flagship at SuperYacht Miami Show

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc. (PAE) has announced the current flagship of its fleet, Nordhavn 120 My Aurora, will be displayed at the SuperYacht Miami Show next week, which runs February 13-17.Nordhavn’s Chief of Design, Jeff Leishman, created a yacht that has the fit and feel of most boats in the 150-foot range, yet designed so that it is managed with the ease of a smaller yacht. Her captain astutely remarked that My Aurora “is a 50-meter yacht in a 32-meter package.”My Aurora offers a sky lounge…

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Feadship Launches 99.95-M "Moonrise"

Feadship has launched the 99.95-meter Moonrise, the largest superyacht by waterline length built in the Netherlands to date.Unveiled by the Feadship yard in Makkum, she offers a wide range of elegant details, long hull windows, a grey hull and striking vertical bow add to the elegance of the design by Studio De Voogt.Moonrise has an impressive volume thanks to a 15.5-meter beam, which allows for 16 people in eight staterooms. There are also high-end crew accommodations for up to 32…

BLUE, the Burger 48 Cruiser  (Photo: Burger Boat Company)

Burger Announces Burger 50 Cruiser

Burger Boat Company begins construction on its newest yacht, the Burger 50 Cruiser. The Burger 50 Cruiser is an aluminum cruiser developed in conjunction with Vripack Naval Architects and features interior designed by Luiz de Basto of De Basto Designs.Potential owners have the opportunity to add their custom touches throughout the yacht’s interior and exterior, building on the quality finishes and artistically crafted details.The Burger 50 Cruiser is powered by twin 600hp Volvo Penta D8-IPS800 engines and incorporates Vripack’s Slide Hull design…

The suspension boat at the Japan International Boat Show 2018 (Photo: Yanmar)

Yanmar, Nauti-Craft Ink Tech Transfer Deal

Yanmar and Nauti-Craft  entered into a technology transfer agreement with the purpose of commercializing Yanmar’s boats by utilizing Nauti-Craft’s patented marine suspension technology.Cooperation between Yanmar and Nauti-Craft began in 2016 with Yanmar evaluating the technology by constructing a 10-meter Suspension Boat concept. Yanmar showcased the concept boat at the Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama in March 2018.Following the evaluation of this Concept Boat and further close cooperation to evaluate various market opportunities…

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Raymarine: Integrated Digital Switching

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced its Raymarine Axiom multifunction display (MFD) line is compatible with CZone digital control and monitoring systems. The collaboration enables boat builders and system integrators to deliver custom CZone digital switching solutions with rich graphical interfaces controlled through Raymarine’s line Axiom MFDs. CZone digital switching aims to simplify the installation of boat electrical systems through the replacement of complicated and often cumbersome traditional switch and fuse panels with networked digital switch interfaces…

Arrow (Photo: Feadship)

New 75-Meter Arrow Makes Her Bow

On January 10, Feadship held a ceremony for the christening and official naming of their newest 75-meter yacht , Arrow. Having originally left the construction hall at the Feadship yard in Aalsmeer in mid-December, this launch event was the first occasion that the nearly completed Arrow had been seen with her lighting added and exterior outfitting complete.Feadship director Henk de Vries said, “While all Feadships are pure custom projects, there have been quite a number built recently around the 90-metre mark…

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Royal Huisman's Sea Eagle II Spreads Her Wings

Royal Husiman has unveiled its largest yacht ever, SEA EAGLE II.Royal Huisman’s largest yacht was commissioned by the owner of SEA EAGLE (Royal Huisman, 2015, 43m / 142ft) to build his ultimate dream-yacht, an 81m / 266ft contemporary three-masted schooner. Together with Dykstra Naval Architects and designer Mark Whiteley, Royal Huisman made this grand aspiration into a reality, keeping their promise of “If you can dream it, we can build it”. Sea Eagel II was built at the shipyard in Vollenhove.Project 400 is progressing on schedule…

Excellence during sea trial. ©TomVanOossanen

Best of 2019: Excellence from A&R

For Abeking & Rasmussen from Lemwerder, near Bremen, it was the construction number 6505 - but the 80 meter long yacht Excellence offers some special features: for example unusually large glass windows. Also the trade magazine "Superyacht Times" praised the yacht. Why?Another spectacular yacht project was created at the Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard: On the last weekend in May, the futuristic 80-metre yacht Excellence was launched. The yacht has four decks and accommodations for…

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Sea Ray Unveils SLX-R 400e Outboard

Sea Ray will debut the brand-new SLX-R 400e Outboard at CES 2020. The “e” in the SLX-R 400e Outboard model name designates a electrification feature – the Fathom e-Power system. Developed by Brunswick, the Fathom system includes a high-capacity lithium-ion battery pack with an intuitive power management system capable of powering all of the boat’s accessory systems and providing boaters with a convenient, smart way to enjoy all of the features of the boat, for a longer, quieter…

Black Shark - Night render (Photo: NOBISKRUG GmbH)

Black Shark Sails Through Another Milestone

The custom built hull for NOBISKRUG’s 77-meter Project Black Shark has arrived the at the shipyard’s Rendsburg facility. The towing of the hull from Kiel to Rendsburg marks a significant milestone in the new build project.It took the power of two tugs to haul the hull from the Kiel facility on the shores of the Baltic Sea, setting off at 10am in the direction of Rendsburg. Black Shark’s hull passed through locks before entering the Kiel Canal where it spent three hours travelling at the maximum speed of 8 knots.

National Geographic Endurance Floats Out

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, a global player in expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, has celebrated the float out of National Geographic Endurance in Ulstein Verft, Norway.The first polar newbuild for the line, the 126-guest vessel is fully stabilized with the highest ice class (PC5 Category A) of any purpose-built passenger vessel, according to a press release.The vessel is scheduled for delivery in January 2020.Read Maritime Reporter & Engineering News' feature on Sven Lindblad from earlier in 2019 here: https://www.marinelink.com/news/explorer-profile-sven-lindblad-463899"Due to Polar Class 5 (PC5)…

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Princecraft Launches Innovative Boat Models

Princecraft boats has announced the global launch of the all-new Platinum SE series premium fishing boat and the Vectra/Sportfisher pontoon series for model year 2020. Both categories have helped to redefine and expand the Princecraft brand beyond Quebec, giving the company the opportunity to continue its growth. Both the Vectra/Sportfisher and the Platinum SE have been in high demand with Princecraft dealers and customers as they offer the versatility, world-class quality and…