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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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A Look Inside A North German Showroom for Superyachts

The Bremen district of Vegesack enjoys an excellent reputation as the North German Superyacht Valley on the banks of the River Weser. A reputation that extends far beyond the world-famous shipyards of Lürssen and Abeking & Rasmussen. In fact, many other well-known companies in the industry are also contributing to the high-profile international standing of the area, including the renowned design studio beiderbeck designs, which has its head office here. This is now undergoing expansion with a new and exclusive showroom for megayacht equipment.

A ready-to-fit marine bearing (Image: Vesconite)

Vesconite Wins Over Rubber Propeller Bearing

While many have historically praised rubber and nitrile rubber marine bearings, Vesconite Bearings, the maker of the no-swell Vesconite Hilube polymer, has seen ship repairers increasingly turn to its product.Such was the case in June, when one New Zealand repairer, who has traditionally only used rubber bearings, requested Vesconite Hilube for two sailing yachts.The client requested two propeller shaft bearings for the first, and a single bearing for the second, informs Vesconite Bearings’ Eddie Swanepoel.Sized for 1¾ ” and 1½ ” shafts…

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NZ Says COVID-19 Could Have Impact on America's Cup

Travel restrictions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus could have “some impact” on next year’s America’s Cup but it is too early to determine to what extent, New Zealand’s government said on Thursday.With Team New Zealand set to defend the trophy next March, challenging teams are unsure when they can send advance parties to Auckland to start preparations.New infections have slowed to a trickle in New Zealand but its borders remain closed to all except returning citizens and permanent residents…

Spain Sets Sights on SailGP after China Jumps Ship

China has dropped out of the 2020 series of SailGP, its organizers said on Tuesday, with Spain stepping aboard their vacant F50 foiling catamaran to race for a $1 million prize."We were unfortunately not granted the permissions necessary to continue operating the team within our existing structure," SailGP CEO Russell Coutts said in a statement detailing the change in line-up for the 2020 circuit.SailGP said last week that Denmark would compete in its second series, bringing the total number of entries to seven.

Ainslie Names New America's Cup Yacht "Britannia"

Ben Ainslie named his new multi-million dollar America's Cup yacht "Britannia" on Friday, as he launched the revolutionary foiling AC75 he hopes will bring international sport's oldest trophy back to Britain.Ainslie's INEOS TEAM UK is aiming to challenge Emirates Team New Zealand for the America's Cup in Auckland in 2021 and the futuristic boat will soon be put through its paces on the waters of the Solent, near his base in Portsmouth, southern England.INEOS TEAM UK is the fourth team after New York Yacht Club's American Magic…

KVH’s high-performance inertial measurement units are being used to aid in performance metrics for American Magic’s AC75 race boat, Defiant. (Photo: KVH)

KVH Named Official Supplier of American Magic

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has been named an Official Supplier of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. KVH has installed advanced satellite-based and cellular-based communications equipment for the team’s chase boats in order to facilitate high-speed data transmissions. In addition, KVH is providing high-performance fiber optic gyro (FOG)-based sensors to aid in performance metrics for the team’s race boats.The connectivity equipment KVH installed on American Magic’s chase boats includes: the TracPhone LTE-1…

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YSA Design Chosen for SeaDream Global Yachting Club

YSA Design was chosen as the design partner for the SeaDream Yacht Club vessel SeaDream Innovation.Innovation will offer yachting lifestyle standards to guests occupying 100 ocean-view suites, developed around a one-to-one crew/guest ratio, five-star dining, generous outdoor spaces and inspiring itineraries. Formal announcement of the construction contract to shipyard group Damen allows YSA Design to disclose its pivotal role.YSA Design joined initial discussion of design ideas with the owner…

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, Korea, and India are showcasing promising growth for the years 2017-2018 and will continue till 2027.

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Fairline Launches New 50ft Range

Luxury British motor yacht manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, has announced it is launching a new 50ft range, which is available to order now for delivery in 2020. The first of the new range, a Squadron 50, will be unveiled at this year’s Southampton Boat Show in England (September 13-22, 2019).Comprising of a Targa 50 OPEN, a Targa 50 GT and a Squadron 50, these yachts build on Fairline’s already well-established 48ft offering, with key specification and aesthetic differences, courtesy of the Fairline Yachts Design Studio…

Left to right: Revelin Minihane, Tracy Crocker and Dustin Burrell (Photo: Evinrude)

Evinrude Named Official Engine Supplier of American Magic

Evinrude hasannounced that it has been named Official Engine Supplier of New York Yacht Club American Magic, a professional sailing team and Challenger for the 36th America’s Cup. Evinrude will outfit American Magic’s fleet of chase boats with 300 HP E-TEC G2 engines. In addition, Evinrude will provide the organization’s technical crew with a training course at its Sturtevant facility. Each engine will also be custom wrapped with an American flag-based design.The America’s Cup is the highest prize in sailing, and the oldest event in international sports.

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…

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150m Superyacht Unloaded in Auckland

Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ’s managing director, Duthie Lidgard, was on hand for the 150m superyacht unloading from the yacht transport vessel at Auckland's North Wharf.A ship transporting superyachts arrived in Auckland to drop-off and pick up vessels, including a monster 150m motor yacht, as reported by the New Zealand Herald. The DYT Yacht Transport vessel visits Auckland twice a year and docked at Wynard Quarter January 11th, off-loading about four yachts and taking on two…

Screen capture from the moment that Tamesis first crossed the equator on Dec 8 2018 (Photo: Marlink)

Linie Aquavit: Documenting a 4-Month Journey

Marlink’s Sealink VSAT recently proved integral to a unique ‘slow TV’ experiment spanning four months and two equatorial crossings.Arcus is the world’s largest producer of Linie Aquavit, a Norwegian beverage dating back to the early 19th century that derives its name from a tradition whereby oak barrels of Aquavit are transported on boats from Norway to Australia and back again, thereby crossing the equator (‘linje’ in Norwegian) twice before being bottled.Aquavit’s makers have always maintained that the incessant motion…

Sailing-Stars & Stripes Team USA Joins Challengers for America’s Cup

Stars & Stripes Team USA has been accepted by holders Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as the fifth challenger for the 36th America's Cup, which will take place in Auckland in 2021.The team was co-founded by sailors Mike Buckley and Taylor Canfield and represents the first all-American team in more than 15 years to compete for the oldest trophy in international sport, Long Beach Yacht Club said in an emailed statement."Our name is a nod to Dennis Conner's ‘Stars & Stripes’ campaigns that defined all-American America's Cup racing for decades.

Ellison and Coutts Launch League for 'Supercharged' Cats

Former America's Cup winners Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts launched a new league on Wednesday, with six national teams sailing in a series ending in a two-boat $1 million finale.SailGP will go live in Sydney, Australia in February 2019 with 50-foot foiling catamarans powered by wing sails which the organizers expect to reach speeds of more than 50 knots (93 kilometers per hour) as they fly above the water."With equally incredible technology across our one-design fleet, we expect to see thrillingly close and competitive racing…

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It’s Party Time

Super yachts require super performance in everything from communication to entertainment. When it comes to the power of music from marine audio entertainment systems, the Garmin-owned, Fusion Entertainment is always at the cutting edge when it comes to quality, style and innovation. The company’s recently launched Apollo Series and Panel Stereo, along with the all-new black Signature Speakers are no exception.According to Chris Baird, managing director of New-Zealand based Fusion Entertainment…

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Sealegs Rolls Out 8.5m All-alloy Amphibious Craft

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

Surviving crew of the sailing yacht Platino await rescue (NZDF ©2018)

New Zealand Changes Boating Rules after Fatal Accident

Maritime NZ is making changes to safety requirements for recreational vessels leaving New Zealand ports for overseas, and for other recreational vessels in New Zealand waters.The changes come from recommendations in a detailed, 60-page report into a fatal accident in which two crew members of the yacht Platino died on June 13, 2016.Within seconds the yacht had gone from sailing comfortably to being significantly damaged and effectively out of control. The boom was swinging uncontrollably…