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Fipa Group launches the new Maiora 27 Yacht Series

May 06, 2011

Fipa Group are proud to present their brand-new 90 foot long line of luxury motor yachts Maiora 27. Motor Yacht Maiora 27 is 26.55 metres long with a fibreglass hull as well as the superstructure, featuring ample and comfortable interiors and external spaces.

Motor Yacht Maiora 27 series - Fipa Group

Maiora 27 yacht has a four cabin layout on the Lower Deck and an airy lounge salon on the Main Deck. Her external spaces boast a large flybridge dominating the sea and a large comfortable cockpit. Her sober, elegant timeless design and shapes – in line with other exclusive Maiora Superyachts – embrace guests on board and make them feel suspended in their private relaxation.

Superyacht Maiora 27 - Fipa Group

On board of the new Maiora 27 Motor Yacht sweet and relaxing species of elm tree are predominating, harmoniously matched with white matt and glossy lacquered furniture.

Motor Yacht Maiora 27 by Fipa Group - Salon

The ultimate MTU 16V 2000 M94 engines guarantee an extraordinary performance by the italian superyacht Maiora 27. Comfort and speed over 30 knots, whenever necessary, are a perfect mix, that together with the Italian design and the participation of the Owner’s architect, guarantee an absolute harmony, both for the eyes and the thrilling sensations.

Maiora 27 Yacht - Double Cabin

It is important to mention, that the latest navigation system and the state-of-the-art technology used on board are providing the Owner and his guests with the best in therms of entertainment and safety, above all when out on the sea in rough conditions. This stunning new vessel has all it requires to become not only a privately owned vessel, but she is also very suitable as a luxury charter yacht.

Exterior of the Motor Yacht Maiora 27 series

M/Y Maiora 27 is one another vessel, that joins the other launched already set by FIFAGROUP shipyards of Viareggio. The yard, in addition to the fly-bridge boats of the Maiora line, produces fast open waterjet-driven motoryachts made by Kevlar and carbon fibre vessels by AB YACHTS brand (from 58 up to 166 feet) as well as ships made of steel and/or aluminium by CBI NAVI, up to 80 metres.

Interior of the new Maiora 27 Yacht Line

The 87 m Explorer Yacht ‘Oceanic’ Conversion by Icon Yachts and Three Seas

April 29, 2011

At 87 metres the Icon Yachts and Three Seas ‘Oceanic’ yacht conversion is a large and very impressive project. The companies are converting the huge 87 metre “Oceanic” superyacht from a commercial tug boat which was originally built in Germany in 1969.

This interesting luxury explorer yacht conversion project will make motor yacht ‘Oceanic’ one of the largest private luxury yachts in the world with ocean-going ‘go anywhere’ capabilities and an ice class hull (classed to Germanische Lloyd).

The Oceanic Explorer Yacht

The Oceanic Explorer Yacht

This massive superyacht will not only be a rugged work vessel that can take her owner anywhere but she will also provide the luxuries of a private superyacht with a exterior & interior design proposal by Felix Buytendijk, Netherlands . Features will include versatile and large Tender storage, water and land ‘toys’, a submarine or day sailor boat carrying capacity, a helicopter pad option to MCA, a 12 metre main deck pool option and of course a stern bathing platform.

Oceanic Tug in heavy weather before conversion by Icon Yachts

Motor yacht Oceanic has a top speed of 20 knots with her 2 x DEUTZ Diesels engines (SBV 12 M 640) which are supercharged and producing a total of 13,200 bhp. Each engine is geared to single shafts with win variable pitch propellers in fixed kort-nozzles.

Superyacht Oceanic Propellers

Three Seas, Hamburg,  is a German project management company which has already completed some very impressive superyacht conversions – they have also conveted the explorer yachts ARCTIC P, LONE RANGER, and KHOZAM. Icon Yachts are already well known as a large luxury private yacht design and build company whih is baed in Holland.

There will be two different external design proposals for yacht Oceanic, as well as a choice between two accommodation arrangements, being:

Proposal Layout ‘A’: 12 Guest + 1 Owner’s Suite, 16 Crew + Captain
Proposal Layout ‘B’: 16 Guest + 1 Owner’s Suite, 16 Crew + Captain

Yacht Oceanic Layout Option

 

M/Y Oceanic was originally built in Germany, in 1969, and had her 5-year class survey in mid-2010. With detailed exterior styling, and interior architecture of up to 1,300 m2 conceived by Dutch designer Felix Buytendijk this is already a well-planned conversion project. She could be re-delivered by February 2012, where she would reach a prestigious position in the list of the largest super yachts afloat.

Oceanic Layout Option 2

With detailed exterior styling, and interior architecture of about 1,300 m² conceived by Dutch designer Felix Buytendijk superyacht Oceanic is already a well-planned conversion project. Motor yacht Oceanic could be re-delivered by Spring/Summer 2012, where she would reach a prestigious position in the list of the largest super yachts afloat.

Oceanic Layout GA 2

 

THE CONVERSION PROJECT 87M YAHCT “OCEANIC” DETAILS:

Yacht Oceanic Technical Details:

HVAC: Air-conditioning of all interior, hospital, engine control room, and machine workshop
Gyro, 2 x Radars, AIS, 3 x Echo Sounders, Visual D/F, SAT Navigation, DGPS, ECDIS, VDR
Transmitters / Receivers for all frequencies on R/T, SSB, VHF, GMDSS / A3, Inmarsat B, Inmarsat C,
0MMSI, Sito, Weather Fax, VHF direction finder
Electrical current: 220/380V 50 Hz, DC 3-phase via cable or portable generators
Considerable supply of hoses for oil, fresh water, compressed air, portable compressor
Extensively equipped machine workshop
Built in Germany in 1969 Oceanic is still in well-maintained condition, having undergone her
5-year Class Survey in mid-2010

Tug Explorer yacht OCEANIC interior - before conversion by Icon Yachts

Currently Oceanic is on charter for the German Government, becoming free January 2011.

Built in Germany in 1969 M/Y Oceanic is still in well-maintained condition, having undergone her 5-year Class Survey in mid-2010.

The Luxury yacht Oceanic is now available for immediate sale, and is available upon closure of her charter contracts from February 2011.

Oceanic Yacht Interior before conversion by Icon Yachts

Explorer Yacht OCEANIC DESIGN PARTICULARS:

Classification Germanischer Lloyd + 100 A4 (E3)
LOA 87.50 m
Beam 14.35 m
Draft Max. 7.30 m
Draft Light 6,00 m
GRT 2294 t
Speed 20 knots
2 x DEUTZ Diesel
Type: SBV 12 M 640 supercharged and each geared to single shafts
Total: 13,200 bhp
1985 Re-engined, since then 38.000 h
Propulsion: Twin variable pitch propellers in fixed kort-nozzles and a bow thruster
with 625 ihp
2 x Electro-hydraulic towing winches
2 x Tugger winches on the Main Deck
4 x winch-heads
2 x 28 tons each forward
2 x 21 tons each aft
Fire fighting: 3 x monitors with a total pump capacity of 700 tons/hour
5 x Searchlights of 450W; 1,000W; 1,600 W
Cranes: 1 x on Main Deck aft, 3.1 tons S.W.L. max 16 m outreach
Bunker: 1,400 m3
 
Accommodation: see proposed GA Plan

Three Seas are also converting private expedition yacht KHOZAM

HVAC: Air-conditioning of all interior, hospital, engine control room, and machine workshop

Gyro, 2 x Radars, AIS, 3 x Echo Sounders, Visual D/F, SAT Navigation, DGPS, ECDIS, VDR Transmitters / Receivers for all frequencies on R/T, SSB, VHF, GMDSS / A3, Inmarsat B, Inmarsat C, MMSI, Sito, Weather Fax, VHF direction finder

Electrical current: 220/380V 50 Hz, DC 3-phase via cable or portable generators.

Considerable supply of hoses for oil, fresh water, compressed air, portable compressor.

Extensively equipped machine workshop

LONE RANGER

PROJECT PARTNERS
Project Management: Three Seas, Hamburg who also converted expedition yachts ARCTIC P, LONE RANGER, and KHOZAM.
 
Exterior & Interior Design Proposal: Felix Buytendijk, Netherlands

About Felix Buytendijk Yacht design
Felix Buytendijk Yacht design hass been involved in the in- and exterior- styling of numerous custom sail, motor and production yachts, with a specialisation in large refits where yachts can be brought under the complying rules and regulations. International awarded  for the design of 3 motoryachts, 2 buildings and at present nominated for the World Superyacht Award 2009 with the 45 mtr ”My Trust”. Worked and works in relation with: Diana Yacht Design, DSG, Michael Peters Yacht Design, Willem de Vries Lentsch, Vripack, De Rover, Ginton & Weber, Herman Jansen.

28th Palma International Boat Show

April 29, 2011

From 30th April to 8nd May, the 28th Palma International Boat Show gets underway – and with perfect timing for the boating market, right at the start of the season.

Palma International Boat Show Photo credit seemallorca.com

Palma International Boat Show Photo credit seemallorca.com

The Show has become a point of reference on the international scene. It brings together the best specialised offers that exist with more than 700 craft on land and 280 in the sea, plus a growing superyacht sector that includes vessels of up to 45 metres in length. It is a key place of contact that draws buyers from the entire continent just at the time of year when boating – in all its modalities – is at its most active.

The Palma International Boat Show is the perfect setting for world trials and launching the latest novelties, as for nine days it becomes a centre for recreational boating. It is a unique opportunity for sea trials to take place on one of the best regatta courses in the world. This International Boat Show is in the heart of the Port of Palma, Spain, in the most commanding and prestigious boating centre in the whole of the Mediterranean. For nine days the sea air invigorates an International Boat Show that is brimming with profitable opportunities

Motor yacht Shooting Star launched – A 38 m AeroCruiser by Danish Yachts

March 28, 2011

Fresh from sea trials, Project 116, the first AeroCruiser 38 II, was launched, christened and named motor yacht Shooting Star at Danish Yachts’ superyacht shipyard in Skagen on the 26th of March 2011.

Motor yacht Shooting Star launched by Danish Yachts - Project 116 a 38 m AeroCruiser

Motor yacht Shooting Star launched by Danish Yachts - Project 116 a 38 m AeroCruiser

Superyacht Shooting Star is now on show for the very first time, before leaving Denmark for her exclusive World Premiere in Monaco in early May 2011.

Having very recently emerged from one of the shipyard’s three large build hangars, this brand new carbon-fibre motor yacht Shooting Star is an exquisite example of the standard of finish. She is the fastest in her class and is designed to achieve speeds in excess of 45 knots. Espen Oeino, her Norwegian designer is justifiably proud of this huge achievement bringing together the Danish craftsmanship and in-house technical skills in this custom showcase 38 metre superyacht. She has already achieved firsts in many areas – design speed, pioneering construction, distinctive interior and attention to sustainability both during build and throughout her future life.

The beautifully finished Shooting Star yacht is the culmination of many Danish suppliers working closely with the specifiers and technicians at the shipyard, to ensure that the systems work seamlessly and that the quality of finish reflects the highest possible standards for which Danish Yachts is renowned worldwide.

Unveiled for the first time is yacht Shooting Star’s luxurious and typically Scandinavian influenced interior. Designed to reflect the striking and inspirational light in Skagen, the textures, fabrics and colours have brought together a truly remarkable and unique feel providing a timeless elegance using the very best classic and contemporary Danish design throughout the vessel. Her sumptuous cabins below decks reveal an attention to detail rarely seen, even in the most exclusive levels of the international superyacht industry.

The owner’s and guest cabins are beautifully appointed, with air conditioning, en suite bathrooms and individual ipod music stations using the very latest technology from Bang & Olufsen. The systems throughout the interior of the vessel are integrated to work with each other. The cinema room provides a high degree of comfort, as well as an additional berth if needed. The crew quarters replicate an equal level of luxury, with a superbly appointed galley and crew mess area, surrounded by individual crew cabins.

Motor yacht Shooting Star (ex Project 116) is now due to leave Skagen for her next performance at her World Premiere in Monaco on 12th May 2011, where she will be presented to the international media and put up for sale. Following the departure of M/Y Shooting Star, the build halls are to be prepared for production of the latest vessel into the Danish Yachts’ range – the AeroSpeed 18, “SuperCar of the Seas”.

The AeroSpeed 18 is designed by Rainsford Mann Design to provide high performance and manoeuvrability at speeds in excess of 55 knots, at the same timegiving the luxurious feel and quality only found in superyachts. This superboat received her Middle Eastern launch at the Dubai International Boat Show earlier this month.

Main suppliers to Project 116:

Exterior design: Espen Øino International

Interior Design: Art-Line Interiors

Engineering: Niels Hjørnet Yacht Design + CH Consult + Nautech Design

Moulds: mouldCAM

Structure: DIAB + Gurit + Sigmatex

Machinery: MTU/Holm Technoscan + MJP Waterjets

Electrical: Scanel International

Paint: Hempel + Excel Paint Finish

Interior: Bygholm Special-Inventar + Gesten Bådaptering

Audio/Video: Bang & Olufsen

Ventilation/Aircon: Servex Ventilation

Classification: Det Norske Veritas

Subsidiary suppliers to Project 116:

SSPA Sweden

Dan-isoleringsteknik

A.G. Glas

Capeline

Marquip

Radio Zeeland

Larsen & Rathie

Danish Yachts is privately managed and financed and is committed to building modern vessels and superyachts to the highest standards, combining the traditional skills of craftsmanship with modern technology, at the same time respecting nature and the environment throughout the build and life of each vessel.

Ned Ship Group motor yacht BaiaMare

March 23, 2011

Motor Yacht BaiaMare is a 41.3m (135’5”) luxury vessel currently under build at the Turkish shipyard with a launch due in June 2011. TSMM of Antalya, Turkey are responsible for her Naval architecture, as well as for her interior and exterior design.

43 metre motor yacht BaiaMare by Ned Ship Group

The Owner of the yacht BaiaMare, a Turkish investor, chose Ned Ship based on his personal taste and liking for their design. He is the owner of another luxury Ned Ship yacht, built fifteen years ago and currently under refit at the shipyard.  The owner is very pleased with the current project, so much so, that he mentioned using BaiaMare privately, in case she would not sell.

Motor Yacht BaiaMare - Salon - Image courtesy of Ned Ship Group

‘BaiaMare’ superyacht features traditional lines with a great focus on reliable and functional luxury design based on a state of the art configuration. She is completely constructed in Epoxy Composite with Carbon enforcements. The yacht’s shaft and propeller are combined in a tunnel-like design, providing the yacht with a very low draft for her size. This makes her a very suitable charter yacht for places such as the Caribbean.

Onwer Cabin on the superyacht BaiaMare - Image courtesy of Ned Ship Group

Luxurious accommodation on board of the superyacht BaiaMare will be provided in six cabins, including one Owner’s deck, a VIP cabin on the main deck and four guests cabins on the lower deck.

Superyacht BaiaMare - Guest Cabin - Image courtesy of Ned Ship Group

Ned Ship M/Y Baia Mare is powered by 2 MTU 12V 2000 M94 engines of 1920 @ 2450 rpm to a top speed of 18 knots and an economical cruising speed of 15 knots. Her range at maximum speed is of 1,200 nautical miles and 1,800 nautical miles at the cruising speed of 15 knots. BaiaMare yacht is built in full accordance with the RINA Rules for Classification of Pleasure Yachts 2009.

Y BaiaMare - Image courtesy of Ned Ship Group

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show: Sales Strong and Crowds Solid

March 06, 2011

This year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, Miami’s premier in-water boat show, was a testament to the resilience of the yachting industry.  The mile-long strip along Collins Avenue featured more than a billion dollars worth of new and brokerage yachts and the latest in marine accessories and electronics.  According to many exhibitors, the show’s success exceeded expectations with qualified, eager and more relaxed buyers taking to the docks.

The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach: Sales Strong and Crowds Solid

The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach: Sales Strong and Crowds Solid

 “Overall, the show was very good, resulting in quality leads. We saw many familiar faces from the yachting world, which is a good indication the market is turning and the nervousness is fading away,” said Mark Elliot, a top-producing yacht broker with International Yacht Collection.  “In addition, one-third of our show traffic was new to the industry.”

Feedback from manufacturers, brokers and other exhibitors within the marine industry consistently suggests that the yacht market as a whole is turning in a positive direction and boats are beginning to sell again. “Broker referral and optimism is up,” said Alan Murphy Jr. of Pioneer Linens.  “It seems the industry as a whole has a much stronger sense of well-being.” 

Tripp Nelson of Alexseal agreed, saying, “This year’s show is stronger than last year’s.  Our customers have sold boats at the show, which in turn, results in projects for us, allowing us to grow our market share.”

The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach lived up to its reputation as a truly international event with many countries represented by exhibitors as well as by buyers.  “In addition to qualified buyers from the U.S., we met with many qualified buyers from a number of other countries including; France, Brazil, China, Colombia, Russia, Argentina, Mexico, Italy and Sweden,” said Kevin Callahan of Moran Yacht & Ship.  “We are expecting a lot of business to come from this show.”   

A good sign that market turnaround is becoming a reality was that many newer-to-the-market companies such as NISI Yachts, Zeelander USA, and J Craft reported a strong show, many coming away with multiple sales.

J Craft Yachts at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

J Craft Yachts at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

“Boat values are seeing an upward trend and we anticipate a rebound in 2011.  The manufacturing sector is beginning to stabilize, which in turn will result in a stabilized brokerage market,” said Tom George of Tom George Yacht Group.  “The show brought us good quality traffic, resulting in at least one offer on each of our boats on display.”

In addition to the spectacular array of yachts, other activities at the Boat Show included fishing seminars presented by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).  “This show represents the yachting lifestyle,” said Dane Graziano, senior vice president and COO of Show Management, the company which manages and produces the show.  “Through our top notch exhibitors and state of the art seminars and entertainment, there is something for everyone at The Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami Beach.” 

Next year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami will run from February 16-20, 2012.

Lazzara Yachts moves Lazzara Showcase to Bahia Mar Marina, Ft. Lauderdale

March 04, 2011

Lazzara has announced it has located its’ Showcase and new sales operation at The Bahia Mar Resort and Yachting Center in Bahia Mar Marina, Ft. Lauderdale FL.

Lazzara Yachts moves Lazzara Showcase to Bahia Mar Marina, Ft. Lauderdale

Lazzara Yachts moves Lazzara Showcase to Bahia Mar Marina, Ft. Lauderdale

Rich Lazzara, VP of Sales, said “When we designed the Lazzara Showcase two years ago the idea was to create the world’s premiere yachting showcase that would be used as an office as well as a boat show display.  The Showcase has certainly been a huge hit at the boat shows, however finding the premiere location for her year round has taken some time.  However we now have the best location possible.

The permanent home will be in the north basin of the Bahia Mar Marina in Ft. Lauderdale Florida located less than 100 feet from A1A.  There is no better location.  We will be moving our entire sales organization to this new location at 801 Seabreeze Blvd.

I for one am very excited.   We are going to offer a yacht showroom experience unlike anything else.  Certainly there are some nice yacht showrooms around the world. Our idea was to create an iconic yachting showrooms that would be moored in premiere yachting marinas around the world.  Much as Apple has done with their retail store presence we will do that same in the yachting world.  The Showcase at the Bahia Mar is just the first of several locations.

I envision it being a destination for everyone involved in the yachting industry.  The showcase can be used by owners and clients for events.  We can host crew seminars, training and parties.  Brokers can bring their clients there and have a space to sit down, have a refreshment and meet in a quiet location. We can host mini boat shows, and cross marketing events with many other luxury brands.  The opportunities are endless.”

Azimut triples its yacht order portfolio – Benetti sales grow from 8% to 20% in the UAE

March 03, 2011

Azimut Yachts triples its order portfolio in the UAE, while Benetti sales in this area grow from 8% to 20% of total sales with three megayachts sold in the past 12 months.

At the Dubai International Boat Show, the most exclusive and luxurious date on the season’s boating schedule, the Group will be exhibiting 16 yachts at a 600-m2 booth.

The Azimut Benetti Group will land at the Dubai International Boat Show, which is open in the pearl of the UAE until 5 March, with the objective of seizing the opportunities presented by a market that is proving to be particularly vibrant.

Benetti Tradition 100 at the Dubai International Boat Show

Benetti Tradition 100 at the Dubai International Boat Show

For the Company, headed by Paolo Vitelli, the UAE and, in general, the countries of the Middle East have expressed the capacity of economic recovery that is more significant than in the Group’s other traditional markets.

In this regard, it’s worth noting that in this very area, Azimut Yachts has nearly tripled its order portfolio in the last six months, while for Benetti, which operates in a sector where sales are distributed over greater time spans, the Middle East market today represents about 20% of total sales, vs. 8% just two years ago.

The recent path that brought Benetti to this brilliant performance consists of the delivery of three mega yachts in the past 12 months, a record that no other yacht builder has succeeded in matching in this area.

At the Dubai International Boat Show, 16 yachts are on display: Benetti is exhibiting its Tradition 100, a model that has garnered great success throughout the world; Azimut Yachts is represented by 11 models, and 4 are the sportcruisers branded Atlantis. The local prèmieres are 4: the Atlantis Verve 36 and three Azimut Yachts models: the 48, the 53 and the 72S.

Azimut 72S Motor Yacht at the Dubai International Boat Show

Azimut 72S Motor Yacht at the Dubai International Boat Show

Azimut-Benetti is the leading and most prestigious builder of mega yachts in the world. The Group, which owns the prestigious Azimut Yachts, Benetti and Atlantis brands, each geared to a specific segment of the nautical market and Fraser Yachts, a brand leader in the services sector – operates in 68 countries throughout the world via a sales network comprising 138 sites.

Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show: Riviera achieves best result in two years.

March 03, 2011

Riviera, Australia’s most awarded pleasure boat builder has recorded the best international boat show results in the past two years achieving eleven new boat sales and exceeding conservative expectations at the 23rd annual Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show.

Riviera had an impressive floating display at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show

Riviera had an impressive floating display at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show

Director of Riviera Yachts Chris McCafferty said Riviera’s new models had impressed the American market.

“This was an extremely successful show for Riviera with overall enquiry and sales up over 200 per cent from last year, further reinforcing Riviera’s reputation for quality and innovation, a tremendous achievement and a great start to 2011,” Chris said.

Riviera entertained about 350 Riviera owners and enthusiasts at its floating display on Collins Avenue over two fun-filled nights. 

Entry to Riviera's floating display at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show

Entry to Riviera's floating display at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show

Live music, great food and plenty of cool cocktails set the scene for two nights of great entertainment and good company with the Riviera family.

“Our social functions were a real hit with our clients and invited guests and we received very positive feedback from everyone who visited our display.  Our dealers are very confident that a number of quality enquiries received during the show will be converted into sales following a series of upcoming sea trials,” Chris said.

“It was encouraging to see a mix of sales from both the Flybridge and Sport Yacht range and there was strong interest in Riviera’s new 43 Open Flybridge and 5800 Sport Yacht.

“Among the sales at Miami were two 43 Open Flybridges, two 5800 Sport Yachts, two 4400 Sport Yachts, one 5000 Sport Yacht  and several flybridge models ranging 51 to 38 feet.

“These boats are bound for diverse boating destinations including, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Miami, Lake Michigan, Seattle, Canada and Bermuda.  We have several sales pending and were approached by prospective dealers requesting new dealerships in territories where Riviera currently does not have dealers.  This further highlights the strong presence of the Riviera brand in the Americas as the economy starts to move forward.

“We were impressed with the level of attention from the US market with several clients also expressing their interest in Riviera’s new 61 Series II and 53 Enclosed Flybridge which has already sold 12 sight unseen and is bound for Fort Lauderdale in October 2011.  These boats are due for their world release at the 2011 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May.

“The results speak for themselves but it is testament to Riviera’s impeccable quality, design features and ‘built-to-last’ philosophy.”

The new 43 Open Flybridge introduces an exciting new level of cruising amenity to the flybridge market, indoor/outdoor living with the rear bulkhead of the boat opening right up to connect the cockpit and saloon as one space, there is also an optional aft barbecue centre in the transom, making this the ultimate flybridge entertainer.

Volvo Penta IPS propulsion will give the 43 Open Flybridge a powerful, smooth ride while enhancing fuel efficiency and ease of handling in close-quarters via the integrated joystick control.

The new Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht is a versatile design with the option of a galley aft in the saloon or on a lower level, an expansive cockpit with large dining table and a garage that can accommodate a 3.2-metre tender.

Accommodation on the 5800 is extremely generous with up to four staterooms and three bathrooms, plus an optional crew quarters.

Continuing Riviera’s commitment to innovation, the new 5000 Sport Yacht offers owners the option of two accommodation layouts to further personalise the vessel: a three cabin and two bathroom design or two cabins and two bathrooms plus a below-deck lounge area. The large full-beam aft cabin offers options of an athwartships double bed and single portside bed or three singles.

The option of an aft-facing lounge in the forward quarter of the cockpit, offers expansive views while protected from sun, wind and rain.  In the saloon, panoramic windows and a huge electric sunroof bring the outdoors, indoors and with the centrally located gourmet galley, this sport yacht is perfect for entertaining.

The 5000 Sport Yacht is powered by twin Cummins turbo diesel engines linked to Zeus pod drives with aft facing propellers. The 5000 Sport Yacht can be operated single-handedly thanks to an advanced joystick control.

Riviera offers 20 different models from 36 to 85 feet across four model series Flybridge, Sport Yacht, Offshore Express and Motor Yachts.

Marine industry to see modest growth in 2011, GE Capital Survey reveals

February 27, 2011

After navigating through rough waters for several years, the marine industry is beginning to push forward on the throttle, according to survey results released today by GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) from the Miami International Boat Show. More than one-third of respondents (38%) expect sales to increase up to five percent in 2011, and 54% said that the best time for dealers to increase inventory levels is now.

“The marine industry is starting to see signs of recovery as we move past the recession,” said Jeff Malehorn, president and CEO of CDF. “Through our 40 years in the marine industry, we’ve seen many cycles and we’re optimistic about the years ahead.”

Not surprisingly, sales of lower-ticket items are rebounding faster than those of bigger-ticket items. Forty percent of survey respondents expect growth to be led by sales of aluminum boats, followed by recreation boats (17%). In contrast, boats of 30’ or more were the strongest-selling segment during the market’s peak in 2007.

“Dealers are beginning to order new inventory, but they continue to be cautious,” noted Bruce Van Wagoner, president of the CDF Marine Group. “At the same time, manufacturers want to be sure their dealers have the right product mix so everyone is focused on smart growth. They’re all paying close attention to remaining aged product, dealer credit availability and inventory turns, among other metrics.”

Nearly 70% of the responding marine dealers and manufacturers believe that the biggest hurdle facing the boating industry this year is consumer demand, and 40% said a reduced level of showroom and field inventory is the trend that will have the largest impact on the industry this year.

The Marine Industry Survey of 53 marine dealers and manufacturers was conducted on Feb. 16, 2011, at the Access GE Industry Roundtable event at the Miami International Boat Show. Respondents included marine dealers and manufacturers.