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Taro Kitamura (Photo: Yanmar)

Kitamura Named President of YANMAR MARINE INTERNATIONAL

YANMAR announced Taro Kitamura has been appointed as the new President of YANMAR MARINE INTERNATIONAL (YMI) and head of YANMAR’s Recreational Marine Business Unit.Effective from April 1, the 30-year company veteran will replace current YMI President Shiori Nagata, who has been promoted within YANMAR Holdings Co. Ltd. in Japan after overseeing a strong five-year period of growth for the Netherlands-based recreational marine division.Taro joined YANMAR head office in 1990 as Procurement Buyer…

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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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ACR Launches Next-Gen ResQLink PLB

ACR Electronics is launching its next-generation ResQLink Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) – the first and only buoyant PLBs designed using real-life survivor feedback. Providing a trusted and affordable link to rescue in a life-threatening situation, the new ResQLink 400 and ResQLink View PLBs introduce user-friendly design innovations and add enhanced functionality.Introducing ACR’s Optical Display Technology for even more reassurance and peace of mind, the ResQLink View’s screen displays all the beacon’s operational activities…

Meet Candela 7, the all-electric Hydrofoiling Motorboat

Sicomin's epoxy infusion resins and adhesive products for the series production of Candela’s new all-electric foiling boat.Built in Sweden, the Candela 7 is a 7.7m open motorboat that combines carbon fiber construction and hydrofoils to create a near silent 100% electric craft with a range of 50 nautical miles (at 25 knots) on a single charge. Focus on weight reduction is the key to this game changing performance. With a wet weight of only 1300 kg, the Candela is around 45-50%…

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Nordhavn, Vripack Collaborate on Expedition Yacht

The concept of a world-class superyacht, able to take on the most extreme cruising itinerary, is at the root of Nordhavn’s newest collaboration with Vripack: the brilliant Nordhavn 148. Designed to Class with ice capability, the ambitions of this adventuresome, forward-thinking cruising ship are infinite thanks to the combined efforts of the world’s foremost expedition yacht brand and Europe’s premiere yacht design and engineering firm. Individually, they have each specialized in the creation of high-latitude explorer yachts.

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Recreational Boats Market to Reach $33.6B

The global recreational boats market is estimated to grow from $26.7 billion in 2019 and projected to reach $33.6B in 2027, at a CAGR of 3.02%.According to Research And Markets report, Asia Oceania is the largest market for recreational boats, followed by North America.Chinese economic growth is stable and transition to the service led economy is supporting the rising income of the people and hence the Chinese boating segment has promising growth in the future.Other Asian countries such as Japan…

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New Harbor in the Island of São Miguel (Azores)

On the island of São Miguel, in the Azores, a new harbor has been built by local authorities. The harbor with a capacity of 58 boats is located in Povoação, on the south eastern side of the archipelago’s largest island.The initiative taken by the local Municipal Authority of Povoaçao wascarried out with the objective of promoting nautical tourism in this area of the island as well improving conditions for local boaters. The execution of the design, manufacturing and installation…

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UK Marina Operator Opens First Luxury Hotel

Yacht Havens Group, one of the UK’s leading marina owners, operators and developers, will make an ambitious move into luxury hotel accommodation with the opening of the Salt House Hotel at Troon Yacht Haven, Ayrshire, Scotland, in early 2020.With the Salt House Hotel, the Yacht Havens Group aims to capitalize on a growing niche for ‘relaxed luxury’ accommodation with an exciting ‘Scandi-Scot’ influenced collection of suites overlooking the stunning coastal setting of Troon Yacht Haven.Externally…

Douglas Prothero, CEO, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. Photo credit: The Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

Interview: Douglas Prothero, CEO, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

As privately owned, luxury yachts near the size of the average cruise ship, behold a new option, which is anything but commonplace: The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection. At 624 feet and 11 decks, her exterior profile resembles a sleek superyacht design, not a cruise ship on the horizon. Launched in October 2018 at Hijos de J. Barreras Shipyard in Vigo, Spain, the flagship of the new brand is now in outfitting and interior finishing. The project was co-managed by The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, Marriott and Tillberg Design of Sweden.

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Boat Sunk in Danube Ready to be Raised

Hungarian salvage crews prepared on Monday to raise the wreck of a pleasure boat that capsized on the Danube river in Budapest, killing 26 South Korean tourists and two local crew.The Mermaid sank after a large Swiss-owned cruise liner struck it from behind on May 29 as both vessels passed under a 19th century bridge in the Hungarian capital during heavy rain.It was the worst disaster in half a century on Europe's longest river, which has become an increasingly popular route for…

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W/Yachts to Market Ferretti Yachts

Italian multinational shipbuilding company Ferretti Group expands its presence in Europe and announces a new dealership agreement with W / Yachts, that will dedicate itself to the exclusive marketing of Pershing and Ferretti Yachts brands in Poland.The partnership will allow the Group to further consolidate the coverage of the assistance network in Eastern Europe, guaranteeing a full service to the shipowners of the region, starting from the order time to the post-sales.“This agreement is another important step in our ambitious process of strengthening and expanding our business.

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Fusion Launches New Apollo RA670 Stereo

Fusion offers the new Apollo RA670, a marine stereo featuring a brilliant, optically bonded, full-color LCD display, Fusion’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, Fusion-Link integration and control, multi-zone control in up to three audio zones and PartyBus capabilities when connected to a Wi-Fi or Apollo network; the RA670 is a powerful extension of the Apollo Series.The Apollo Series harnesses the power of Fusion’s DSP technology, designed to deliver premium audio  to all speakers in any environment.

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MCI Sees Turnover by Quarter

Dorset, UK maritime company Marine Components International has increased turnover by a quarter in the last 12 months under new management.New deals in the superyacht and motor boat sectors across the UK and Europe have ramped up turnover to $1.76million, nearly double sales from two years ago at the company which provides distribution and technical support for a range of manufacturers.MCI managing director Andy Scott, who took over the Poole headquartered company in 2017, said…

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Shipbuilding: Rewriting the Book

As maritime digests a number of historical changes, Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard wants to put aside the rule book and look at the whole process in a new way, reducing engineering costs up to 70% and production costs up to 20%.The process of designing and building a ship, even in today’s highly standardized mass manufacturing environment, remains largely a one-off, one-of-a-kind design and build. Ships are most often built to a shipowner’s or operator’s specific requirements, which are often based on fixed parameters such as speed…

Now 68 and living in New York City’s West Village, Sven Lindblad hails from Sweden. Early adulthood was in Kenya where he lived until from 1969 to 1977. Nature, wild places and people who understood real survival challenges in Africa shaped his formative years. Photo: David Vargas/Lindblad Expeditions

Explorer Profile: Sven Lindblad

Profiled in the March 2019 "cruise" edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News is Sven Lindblad, intrepid explorer and wildlife photographer Sven Lindblad blazed the trail for environmentally sensitive travelers to Antarctica on Lindblad Expedition’s fleet of cruise ships with National Geographic.You can tell a lot about a man by whom his heroes are, whether famous athletes, virtuoso musicians, brave warriors or movie stars. As we age, we choose our heroes by their moral compass…

Michael Müller, CEO Bavaria Yachtbau Gruppe. Photo: Bavaria Yachts Group

Michael Müller New CEO of Bavaria Yachts

Bavaria Yachts, the producer of sailing and motor yachts in Europe, has appointed Michael Müller as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH in Germany. He will also be responsible for the division of the Nautitech Catamarans SAS in France.The move follows on from a three-month tenure for Michael as MD for sales and marketing for the group. This position was previously vacant.“In the few weeks with Michael Müller on board we have learned how effective he is and how well he has been received by employees and dealers…

Dennis de Roos (Photo: Fairline Yachts)

Fairline Appoints de Roos

Luxury British boat builder, Fairline Yachts, has announced that Dennis de Roos has joined the company as Commercial Director. de Roos will be responsible for managing the Fairline Yachts design, sales and marketing teams, and overseeing the dealer network.Formerly Commercial Director with Morgan Cars, de Roos brings a wealth of experience from across a range of business industries, starting his career across the hospitality and services sector, followed by 10 years with General Motors and 5 years with Ingersoll Rand…

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Nimbus T11 Makes World Premiere at Boot

Nimbus Debuts the New Nimbus T11 at Boot, Düsseldorf.The T11 is Nimbus’ vision of the perfect day boat with the ambition of perfecting easy living at sea while providing a social playground for friends and families. In short, that means a large lounge area with adjustable seating arrangements, multiple sun-beds, outdoor cuisine, gyro stabilization, XXL stowage for gear and toys and an impressive amount of deck space which provides an overwhelming freedom of movement. Packaged…

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The Yacht Group Appoints New Distributor

The Yacht Group has appointed  Elite Diesel Service as its newest distributor providing sales and service in the state of Texas. Elite Diesel Service is the most well known and leading provider of engine and electronic services in Texas and will be our central distribution supplying and servicing our many dealers and customers in that region.The Yacht Group has also announced the expansion of our network in Europe and Dubai.The Yacht Group will participate in the Dusseldorf, Dubai, Viareggio, Cannes, and Monaco boat shows.