Fabio Buzzi, a victim of his passion. The Italian boating, and the world of powerboat sport enthusiasts in general,
mourns the passing of one of its great figures: Fabio Buzzi. The man often known as the "Offshore Sorcerer" was killed in September in an attempt to break his own speed record from Monte-Carlo to Venice. Fabio's audacity has marked the world of offshore powerboat racing, in particular by his focus on diesel engines. He first started by fitting Iveco on boats he designed. His promising performances encouraged him to launch his own high-performance diesel engine, the Seatek, a 6-cylinder in line turbo engine, with an unequaled weight / power ratio. At the helm of his boats, powered by the Seatek engines and surface-drive, he won many European and world titles, before turning to record-breaking, still with diesel-powered boats, with FPT (Fiat Power Train). The 76-year-old pilot has died along with two crewmembers, after his motorboat crashed at 80 knots of speed at the Bocca di Lido, in Venice, near the finish line. Through the years, I have often exchanged with this powerboat genius, about design and piloting, and I can definitely say that his personality and innovative ideas will be deeply missed…
Benetti B.Yond. Considering the success the Explorer style has been experiences for a few years,
Benetti could not ignore this trend any longer. Thus, the Italian Group is designing a unit built to handle all the seas. This upcoming Benetti Explorer is a 37 metre named B-Yond that will accommodate five cabins, including the master. In the engine room: two 1 400 hp MAN for a top speed of 14 knots.
Lexus LY 650. This name designates a flybridge of about 20 metres in length,
designed by the Venice-based architecture and design studio Nuvolari Lenard. Built by the Tennessee-based shipyard Marquis (Tennessee), she is fitted with the latest IPS technology and will be powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS1350 (2 x 1 000 hp). As her name suggests, this brand is directly related to the Japanese manufacturer of motor vehicles Lexus, a branch of Toyota Motor Corporation.
Volvo Penta Americas. Martin Bjuve was recently appointed president of Volvo Penta Americas (North and South America).
His primary mission will be the development the following activities: outboard market (Volvo Penta purchased the American Seven Marine in 2017), automation, connectivity and electromobility. He will start his new position in January 2020 in Cheaspeake (Virginia).
Fountaine Pajot Power 67. After the launch of the sailing catamaran Alegria 67,
Fountaine Pajot intends to introduce its motor counterpart, the Power 67, available with two different Volvo Penta diesel engines configurations: 2 x 300 hp and 2 x 420hp. Designed in collaboration with Berret-Racoupeau Design, the shipyard placed emphasis on generous volumes to ensure comfortable cruising. Two layouts are available: four or five cabins, with the galley on the main deck or on the portside hull.
This 111 metres, by the German Lürssen is impressive. She actually
was the largest yacht exhibited during the Monaco Yacht Show this year. More than 16 metres wide, with massive superstructures, she has incredible interior volumes. In addition to the master and its two balconies, she offers eight guest cabins below deck. In the engine room, twin 9 800 hp diesel engines can propel her at a maximum speed of 18 knots. At 10 knots, she has a range of about 7 000 miles, more than enough to cross the Atlantic.
The largest of the brand. Her hull is made of steel, her superstructures of aluminum
But she is also the largest one ever produced by Sanlorenzo, which owes her general appearance to the famous Officina Italiana Design and her outdoors to the duo Francesco Paszkowski-Margherita Casprini. This five deck, including one exclusively dedicated to the owner, offers plenty of outdoors spaces, including a foredeck that can be used as a "touch and go" helideck. She is fitted with twin 2 375 hp diesel engines and can reach a maximum speed of 17 knots.
Comfort emphasized. Her exterior design was created by Sergio Cutolo (Hydro Tec),
the interior fittings are the work of Burdisso Yachts & Design. The latter was instructed to optimize each volume to give maximum comfort to this unit. She offers a master forward the upper deck and four cabins (2 double and 2 twins), plus a small swimming pool on the sundeck.
A pure Explorer. She lives up to her appearance. The K42 is an Explorer whose construction entrusted by Floating Life
to Cantiere delle Marche, the naval architecture to Sergio Cutolo-Hydro-Tec and the design to its own studio in collaboration with Studio Sculli. With her steel hull and aluminum superstructures, this 42 metre can sail 5 000 miles at 10 knots and reach 15 knots thanks to twin 1 400 hp Caterpillar diesel engines. She has four cabins, including two on the lower deck, each with a balcony.
Beneteau Group: The Board of Directors has appointed its new Chief Executive Officer =
Jérôme de Metz. He replaces Hervé Gastinel, who is leaving the group after four years spent consolidating its position as leader, especially in the international sailing market. In addition, Beneteau is maintaining its latest estimates for revenues for the current year : 3% to 5% growth.
Porquerolles's Classic: A major gathering of traditional yachts, the Porquerolle's
Classic has been on the official calendar of the Association Française des Yachts de Tradition since 2003. This maritime spectacle has become a ritual for the fifty or so participants, gathering classic boats, among the most beautiful sailboats of the Mediterranean, for a three-day regatta. This should be a great challenge especially since, for the first time this year, the "Spring Cup" will connect three major regattas of the Mediterranean circuit: Les Voiles d'Antibes, the Porquerolle's Classic, from June 13th to 16th, and Les Voiles du Vieux-Port in Marseille. (Photo : G.Clément).
Sanlorenzo Yachts: Every year, the "International Deloitte Award" is presented to the most "worthy"
companies. The title of "best managed company" was awarded to the Italian group Sanlorenzo, which perfectly meets the selection criteria: innovation, organization, management and results. Sanlorenzo has ended 2018 with a turnover of 383 million euros, which is still growing. And more new high-quality products are on their way : the SD96, the SL96Assymetric and the 64M Steel. (Photo : G. Plisson)
Palm Beach 70: this fisherman-type brand-new unit has, nonetheless elegant, even dynamic lines
Actually, with a Volvo Penta IPS1350 (2 x 1 000 hp), the Palm Beach 70 can hit 38 knots, and has a recommended cruising speed of 32 knots. On board, comfort is omnipresent as well as mahogany, which gives her decoration a slightly "vintage" touch. Three cabins are gathered below: a central master, a forward VIP and a twin. We are looking forward to seeing her in Europe.
Catamaran Amasea: Created by Jack Wijnants, Amasea Yachts is a new brand
that builds on catamaran with as main criteria: habitability and comfort for long cruises. The first project, the 84' is a three-deck, designed by the architect Albert Nazarov, whose top speed will be close to 18 knots under the thrust of two 1 500 hp MTU. Built in aluminum in Turkey, her fittings and decoration will be made in Italy or in the Netherlands.
CRN: the 79 M of the Italian shipyard CRN (Ferretti Group) is in its final phase of completion.
This five deck owes her elegant and timeless lines to Zuccon International Project and her interiors to Laura Sessa. She has six double cabins and volumes which, according to her designers, were conceived to be particularly generous. She should trace her wake at 16 knots maximum. The shipyard, based in Ancona, is also building a 62-metre Nuvolari & Lenard, a 62-metre Oméga Architects and a 70-metre boat.
Oceanco : Esquel is a 109-metre "round the world" project conceived for offshore cruising:
Greenland, Oman, Patagonia et New-Guinea. Her engine room will be a sort of "small factory": 6 generators (2 x 1 675 kW and 2 x 700 kW) will charge the large battery pack that will then supply the two electric motors (3 000 kW). She will reach a 7 000 miles range at 13 knots. Her exterior design, by the Turkish designer Timur Bozca, is impressive. The large aft platform can accommodate a helicopter and a 4x4, but can also become a relaxation area.
Sanlorenzo: Massimo Perotti, the CEO of the Italian shipyard, has officially
announced that his family now owns 96% of the company's shares. To this end, he had first to buy back the 26% stake of the China-based Sundiro Holding. Note that the shipyard recorded a 20% growth of its revenue in 2018. It is the leader in the segment of units over 30 metres.
Silent Yachts: the Austrian company is specialized in solar-electric catamarans.
For example, the 55 is equipped with 2 x 30 kW and 2 x 135 kw that give her an 8 knots cruising speed. She also has a 100 miles range. She will thus need some charging time in a port station.
Energy Observer: the famous 30-metre, zero-emission catamaran has just crossed the 10,000 mile
mark in the Mediterranean. She is now about to join the Atlantic and the North Sea after some notable modifications. In particular, she now features two wind thrusters, two vertical reaffable, furlable and automated Oceanwings (VPLP and CNIM). The surface of the panels has been increased and the hydrogen storage system, which it extracts itself from the water by electrolysis, has been optimized.
Benetti: on December 18th, the Livorno shipyard is launching a 107-
meter unit with a steel hull and aluminum superstructures. The exterior and interior designs were designed by the in-house studio. For Benetti's management committee, this is the opening of a "Giga Season" since two other models over 100 meters are actually under construction, proof that the manufacturer positioned itself in the "super-yachts" segment.
CRN 75 M: Begalita, the future 75 metres of the Italian shipyard CRN (Ferretti Group),
will not go unnoticed! Her trendy exterior design, by Lobanov Design office, is attractive. She features many glass surfaces, and we can easily imagine the brightness of her interior volumes, designed by Pulina DNA. This yacht is intended for long cruising.
Monaco Marine: this group, specialized in maintenance and refit, has recently inaugurated
its seventh shipyard in La Seyne-sur-Mer. It will host yachts from 30 to 55 metres long, a segment that has rebounded after the 2008 economic crisis. Actually, this sector has experienced a 54% growth ten later, an average pace of 5, 4% per year.
120 Sunreef Power: the French-Polish shipyard continues to expand in the sector
of sailing and motor catamarans. It has just unveiled its new project: a 120 Sunreef Power with modern lines and inverted bows. This custom model will be available with 6 or 4 cabins. Her superstructures display very large glazed surfaces. She also features generous outdoors, including on the flybridge. In addition, her bathing platform can act as a beach club.
Prestige: Gulf Craft's former CEO, Erwin Bamps, has joined Beneteau Group as General Manager
of Prestige, a range of open hard-top and flybridges with thirteen models from 42 to 79 feet. He will notably be in charge of developing Prestige in the Middle East and Asian markets, two sectors he very well knows.
Benetti: recently unveiled at the autumn shows, the new BNow range was designed by
Pierluigi Ausonio (naval architecture) and the UK office RWD (exterior design). It will include four "custom" models with specific technical bases: 50, 55, 63 and 68 metres for a price range between 32 and 80 million euros. All built in steel and aluminum (hull), they will feature a displacement hull.
CRN: we were not surprised to learn that Ferretti Group's Ancona shipyard (Italy) is launching
an Explorer family. It was actually among the first to conceive this type of unit in 1984 with the F100. The future Alfarosso are obviously very trendy. Three basic models are on the menu: a 45, a 50 and a 55 metres, all designed by Francesco Paszkowski.
Echo Yacht: The world's largest trimaran was recently launched in Australia,
south of Perth. This 84 metre, penned by Sorgiovanni, should be particularly stable considering her hull design. She also features a hybrid diesel propulsion and would have an offshore range. In addition, she offers an impressive habitable surface: 1200 m3.