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Inaugural Panama International Boat Show, June 20 – 22, 2014

May 06, 2014

Show Management has announced commitments from key exhibitors for the very first Panama International Boat Show. The event is expected to run at the Flamenco Marina on Flamenco Island in the fabulous Central America yacht charter destination – Panama from June 20 through June 22, 2014.

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Confirmed to date are Sanlorenzo; HMY Yachts; Evermarine representing Benetti, Azimut, Bertram, Tiara and Boston Whaler; Galati Yacht Sales; Maspor Marine representing Pursuit, Rampage, Tiara, Jupiter, Cruisers, Spencer and Princess; Novey Marine representing Viking, Luhrs and Silverton; Andromeda representing Riviera, Belize and Lagoon; Intrepid Powerboats; Outer Reef Yachts; and Quality Yachts representing Ferretti, Mochi Craft, Pershing, Cobia, Rinker, Cobalt, Scout, Monterey and Formula.

“Being part of the inaugural Panama International Boat Show is an excellent opportunity to attract new clients, while also enhancing our profile on a global scale,” said Nellys Martínez of Evermarine. “In addition to representing prestigious luxury yacht manufacturers including Benetti and Azimut, as well as sport fishing yachts including Viking, Bertram and Tiara, we will have a variety of options in the small fishing boat category from renowned brands such as Boston Whaler and Robalo and a great selection of pre-owned boats. There will something for everyone and every budget.”

Many exhibitors cite the growth of yachting in the region as the reason why they have made the decision to participate in the inaugural event.

“We’ve decided to exhibit at the Panama show for several reasons,” said Boomer Jousma, sales executive and boat show coordinator with Sanlorenzo, a company that is actively looking to expand its product across all of the Americas. “There has been a significant increase in sales over the past two years in the Central and South American markets. We will be delivering a new SL 94 yacht to a client in August.”

“We believe there is unmet demand for boats, particularly in the 30-to-60-foot range, with few dealers that cater to this segment of the market in Central America,” said Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management, which also produces the world-famous Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show®, the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, the Palm Beach International Boat Show, the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, and the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota.

“Panama is an excellent location for a boat show,” Zimbalist said, “with its economic and political stability, favorable tax policies and its appeal to high net worth visitors.”

With enthusiastic support from the Ministry of Tourism and the Maritime Administration, show organizers plan to cater to buyers from Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela, among other countries in Central and South America.

Conveniently located near downtown Panama City, Flamenco Marina is a flourishing tourist attraction with a wide range of marina amenities, including 238 slips protected by two breakwaters, a dry-stack facility, 24-hour security, marine firefighters on site, a fuel dock with low sulfur diesel and non-ethanol gasoline, disposal of foreign garbage, Wi-Fi, nine onsite restaurants, transportation assistance, fishing and private trip charter services, bilingual staff, and onsite government offices. A new section of the marina has been earmarked for the boat show.

The Panama International Boat Show is sponsored by AutoStar, Flamenco Marina, Fuerte Amador Resort & Marina, Panama Fishing Magazine, Nevegante TV, Panama The Way, BoatShowHotels and AIM Marine Group.

Additional images of Benetti Delfino 93 Yacht ZAPHIRA (BD005)

April 22, 2014

Luxury motor yacht ZAPHIRA (BD005) represents the fifth vessel in the Benetti Delfino 93 series and the first Benetti built for a Brazilian Owner. The biggest yacht ever displayed at the Rio Boat Show, the 28,5-metre superyacht ZAPHIRA is now the star of Brazilian yachting life, following her successful debut in Brazil. Below are some additional images of this jewel, which represents the ultimate synthesis of the Italian boatyard’s extensive experience and quality.

Benetti Delfino 93 superyacht ZAPHIRA (BD005) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Benetti Delfino 93 superyacht ZAPHIRA (BD005) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Luxury yacht ZAPHIRA - aft view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Luxury yacht ZAPHIRA - aft view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht running - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht running - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Motor yacht ZAPHIRA - side view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Motor yacht ZAPHIRA - side view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht - front view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht - front view - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht by Benetti - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht by Benetti - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Aboard ZAPHIRA superyacht - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Aboard ZAPHIRA superyacht - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Luxury yacht ZAPHIRA - Exterior - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Luxury yacht ZAPHIRA - Exterior - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Superyacht ZAPHIRA - Wheelhouse - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Superyacht ZAPHIRA - Wheelhouse - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht - Interior - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA Yacht - Interior - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA superyacht - Saloon - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

ZAPHIRA superyacht - Saloon - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Superyacht ZAPHIRA - Cabin - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Superyacht ZAPHIRA - Cabin - Image credit to Alberto de Abreu Sodre

Marina da Gloria hosting Rio Boat Show 2014

April 14, 2014

After two years at Pier Mauá, Rio Boat Show is currently being hosted by Marina da Gloria, right at the feet of the Christ and the Sugarloaf. This year’s 17th edition of the largest boat show in Latin America will last until April 15. The waters of Guanabara Bay are full of local and imported boats, with about 100 exhibitors presenting new products, boats and a full range of other products related to the nautical universe, comprising shipyards and companies specialized in engines and equipment.

Rio Boat Show 2014 - Image credit to Humberto Teski

Rio Boat Show 2014 - Image credit to Humberto Teski

In the 2014 edition, the visitor expectation is over 43 thousand people. Organizers hope to trade approximately R$ 200 million.

With an infrastructure of 30,000 m² and a beautiful view of Guanabara Bay, the event has over 60 boats on the water, in addition to 120 other vessels scattered throughout the exhibition area.

“The return of the event to Marina da Gloria was expected by the market and is due to works in the port area and mainly because of lower ripple influence”, said Marcio Dottori, Rio Boat Show’s technical director.

Last year the nautical sector earned over US$700 million in sales in the country. According to the organizers, Brazil now has one boat for every 268 people and 7.4 jobs are created for each boat produced. Rio Boat Show is sponsored by Volkswagen and is supported by the Brazilian Association of Vessel Builders and its Implements (Acobar). Assim Saúde is the health assistance company.

Official opening of the 2014 Rio Boat Show - Image credit to Humberto Teski

Official opening of the 2014 Rio Boat Show - Image credit to Humberto Teski

HIGHLIGHTS

A R$33 million Italian super yacht is the largest and most luxurious vessel at Rio Boat Show 2014. There are only four other boats like this worldwide. Benetti Delfino 93 is manufactured by Benetti shipyard and is being displayed in Brazil for the first time. The style and elegance of the 93 feet vessel and 28.5m motor yacht “Zaphira” is easily recognized by its striking blue hull and its nameplate, created by the owner himself, a Brazilian businessman.

Benetti Delfino 93 motor yacht ZAPHIRA (BD005)

Benetti Delfino 93 motor yacht ZAPHIRA (BD005)

The Schaefer 800 yacht, the Azimut 70 speed boat, the GT 35 Beneteau and the German sailboat Bavaria Cruiser 41 are the other highlights of this years’ boat show. Azimut Yachts, the Italian shipyard, presents the latest nautical novelty produced in Brazilian soil: the Azimut 70 (example is charter yacht Samanta). The sophisticated 22 meter vessel will sail through Brazilian waters for the first time. Its new features, a 30m² flybridge area, the largest in the category, and over 15m² in windows ensure lots of natural lighting.

The French Beneteau developed the GT 35 in Brazil, a cabin speed boat with a sunroof and a gourmet area in the stern, especially for the Brazilian audience, who loves sailing on sunny days. Bavaria Cruiser 41, the oceanic sailboat is the other new release of this edition and its highlight is the wide natural lighting in the cabin and the sharp finishings.

Schaefer 800 was a great success in last year’s boat show. The 80-foot yacht is Santa Catarina’s largest by Schaefer Yatchs, and it is now back with a full flybridge. It is one of the largest and most luxurious yatchs on display at the event.

Schaefer 800 Yacht

Schaefer 800 Yacht

Besides boats, Rio boat show is also displaying news releases when it comes to Jet skis, inflatables, engines and equipment. The Canadian Sea Doo features Spark, the revolutionary jet ski that combines low cost and high technology. The economic electric outboard motor called Deep Blue 40 from the German Torqeedo stands out among the engines. With power equivalent to a 40 hp combustion engine it requires only one bank of high-capacity batteries and its reload in order to operate.

Big international shipyards such as Princess and Sunseeker also display the 2014 news along with major national manufacturers such as Triton, Ventura, Solara, Phoenix, Cimitarra and Real. Foreign shipyards with factories in Brazil, such as the Bayliner, Sea Ray and Sessa Marine also display their boats built in Santa Catarina. The presence of Pier 22 and its miniature replicas of the most beautiful vessels, as well as Kaneca SUP Boards, Safe Wave, NavisWakeboard, Bordado a Bordo and many more is confirmed in the Nautical Shopping Area.

ACTIVITIES DURING THE EVENT

Rio Boat Show’s activities are family oriented and include an exclusive area just for children, with full time monitors and many games. Traditional lectures are also being performed by experts and experienced sailors. The Gourmet area provides visitors with restaurants and bars.

Lectures Schedule:

04/09 – Wednesday – EVERYTHING ABOUT BOATS
7pm – 8pm: Tips to buy the right boat – Marcio Dottori (Boat Show)

04/10 – Thursday –  EVERYTHING ABOUT ENGINES
7pm: Outboard engine maintenance – Marcelo Franco (Yamaha Motors)
7:30pm: How to get the most out of your gasoline center-tail engine – Ricardo Pessoa (Mercury Marine)
8pm: What to do if your engine stops – Ricardo Aragão (BRP)
8:30 – 9pm: Basic diesel engine care – Luis Felipe Mello (Volvo Penta)

04/11 – Friday – MAKE YOUR OWN BOAT
7 – 9pm: How to build your own boat – Jorge Nasseh (Barracuda)

04/12 – Saturday – SAIL SATURDAY
6pm: Sailing to Africa as a couple – Philippe and Frédérique (Kilimandjaro Sailboat)
7pm: It is forbidden to live in a boat – Zé Paulo (writer)
8pm: To Antarctica in a sailboat – Aleixo Belov (Fraternidade Sailboat)
9 – 10pm: A woman, a sailboat and 4 oceans – Izabel Pimentel (Don Sailboat)

04/13 – Sunday – DIVING: APNEA AND UNDERWATER PHOTOS
7pm: Underwater fishing risks – Diego Santiago (4 times underwater fishing champion)
8:30 – 10pm: UNDERWATER PHOTOS: difficulties and techniques – Ary Amarante (photographer)

04/14 – Monday – INTERNATIONAL UNDERWATER TOURISM
8pm: Whales and abysses of the Turks and Caicos Islands – Alcides Falanghe and Tatiana Zanardi

Service:

17th Rio Boat Show
Date: April 09th to the 15th 2014
Time: 04/09 (opening) – from 3pm to 10pm / all other weekdays – from 2pm to 10pm / Saturday and Sunday – from noon to 10pm.
Place: Marina da Glória
Address: Av. Infante Dom Henrique, s/n – Glória – Rio de Janeiro
Prices: R$ 40,00
Children up to 1m tall: free
Over that size: full price R$ 40,00
Special needs: R$ 1,00
65 +: R$ 20,00
Students: R$ 40,00

Benetti Yacht OCEAN PARADISE among IY&A Awards 2014 Finalists

March 28, 2014

The breath-taking 55-metre Benetti yacht Ocean Paradise (hull FB 263) has been selected as one of the finalists for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2014. Luxury motor yacht Ocean Paradise will compete for the ‘Power Yacht over 40m’ Award.

55m motor yacht Ocean Paradise by Benetti

55m motor yacht Ocean Paradise by Benetti

Launched by the leading Italian shipyard Benetti in 2013, superyacht Ocean Paradise has been entirely designed by the yard’s in-house team. Many elements make this yacht an example of custom avant-garde solutions: from the furnishings to the highly elaborate illumination plan, with the use of novel architectural solutions and the combination of both transparent and opaque materials that emphasize the traditional relationship with the sea, or a more contemporary look and feel, as required.

Superyacht Ocean Paradise - Sundeck

Superyacht Ocean Paradise - Sundeck

Accommodation aboard the 55-metre luxury yacht Ocean Paradise is provided in four guest cabins, all located on the lower deck, with access from a central hall connected to the main deck foyer. Each cabin has its own spacious bathroom, and a view of the sea is guaranteed by ample portholes. The Owner’s suite is positioned on the forward portion of the main deck, and stretches the full width of the yacht. This environment, both in size and position, is also unique for aspects such as expansive bathroom suite and a side terrace (balcony).

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Main Saloon

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Main Saloon

Light is of primary importance throughout the entire Ocean Paradise yacht. There is plenty of natural light, thanks to ample openings in the yacht’s structure, in addition to transparent solutions such as the crystal skylight, and artificial light, with temperature controlled color to match the natural light.

Benetti Delfino 93 motor yacht ZAPHIRA (BD005) to make her debut at Rio Boat Show 2014

March 28, 2014

First Benetti for a Brazilian Owner, the fifth Delfino 93’ motor yacht ‘Zaphira’ (BD005) is set to make her debut at this year’s Rio Boat Show, running from April 9 to 15. Easily distinguished by her beautiful blue hull and her nameplate, created by the owner himself, superyacht Zaphira represents an irrefutable signal of the Benetti Delfino 93 line’s success, an excellent synthesis of Benetti’s style as well as experience.

Benetti Delfino 93 motor yacht ZAPHIRA (BD005)

Benetti Delfino 93 motor yacht ZAPHIRA (BD005)

The Benetti Delfino 93’ – Class Range – embodies Benetti’s strong track record of both tradition and innovation. In fact, the first motor-yacht by this name was introduced forty years ago at the 1969 Genoa International Boat Show.

Luxury yacht Zaphira (BD005) is the fifth in its series, and it is one which has seen enormous success: the ultimate synthesis of the Italian boatyard’s extensive experience and quality. The yacht’s sumptuous blue exterior and name plate (custom made by the Owner) are eye catching. The Owner is a real enthusiast of Italian style and “Made by Benetti” quality and has embraced these qualities down to the last detail.

The Zaphira yacht selected by Benetti and its Owner to impress the boating public at the Rio de Janeiro Boat Show is actually the longest and most luxurious one at the event; it effectively (and in great style) conveys the message to Brazilian Yachtowners that the Benetti brand is now available in their country.

28.5 metres long and 7.03 metres at the beam, the Delfino ’93 is a synthesis of Benetti experience and style. “We have set a new standard of excellence in just 24 metres,” says Stefano Righini, responsible for the design concept and styling of this, as well as other, Class Range yachts.

Luxury yacht Zaphira by night

Luxury yacht Zaphira by night

The Zaphira yacht’s bulb keel has two major advantages: first, increased safety in case of collision with partially submerged objects, and second, better hydrodynamic performance. The Delfino 93′ is the first displacement yacht to be outfitted with electric fin stabilisers to ensure superior seaworthiness (underway and at anchor) as well as the utmost in comfort.

Its high precision and construction quality translates into comfort because there is a significant reduction in noise and vibrations. The entire lower deck has floating floors which, thanks to the new sandwich materials, reduces noise transfer from the structure to the interior. This is a distinctive quality that has ensured the Delfino 93′ great commercial success from the outset.

The Delfino 93’ is also appealing because it is a large yacht “contained” within a small one: unique for its design, its technology, and spacious and comfortable interiors typically found only in much larger vessels. All this is possible thanks to its 7.03 metre beam, ensuring total below deck comfort. Zaphira comfortably sleeps twelve with its Owner cabin, two large VIP cabins, and two twin-bed guest cabins, as well as foldaway beds. The layout includes two longitudinal beds for increased comfort during overnight crossings.

Zaphira Yacht

Zaphira Yacht

The exterior lines by Stefano Righini have a strongly innovative feel; large, uninterrupted expanses of glass allow the Owner and guests to enjoy striking water views. Of particular note is the extensive fenestration at the Yacht Owner cabin, notwithstanding a side walkway.

Ample windows at the wheelhouse ensure functionality and comfort; the interior is like a large ferry with 180 degree visibility, one of the reasons the Delfino 93’ is such pleasure for its Owner to drive. Thanks to the Benetti construction techniques, even though the overall length is 28.5 metres, its construction length is measured at 23.98 metres. This means the yacht can be registered as a pleasure vessel, making it the ideal solution for an Owner-captain.

Carlo Galeazzi designed the interiors with balanced sophistication: the décor is contemporary with each element part of a harmonious whole, providing the perfect architectural backdrop in every space.

750 square metres of surface are clad in precious Italian leather hand-picked by the Owner. Among the sophisticated selections: iridescent white leather for the sofas and tops and iridescent crocodile for the drawers in the saloon cabinetry, as well as elegant marbles.

Zaphira superyacht’s dark ebony panels on the interior combined with the natural bright teak on the deck create a natural and elegant contrast; the shade combinations and plays of light and dark generate an expansive sense of space, light, and relaxation. The baths are in marble: there are white statuaries for the Owner and guests and “spider” white marble with warm orange and red veining for the powder room.

On the deck, there are custom teak tables with a checkerboard motif; and in the dining room, a custom ebony and glass table with a storage space in the base.

Natural and artificial light is also a key design element. Indirect lighting is used together with large bands of windows in smoked glass that reinforce the sense of elegance and create a cosy atmosphere. The light fixtures are by Oluce and Estro.

The Delfino 93′ makes excellent use of space. There are large storage areas on the exterior and spacious and comfortable living spaces on the interior, including: bathrooms, large cabins for guests and crew, and comfortable, ergonomic, and distinct vertical circulation.

The mechanical spaces have been optimised to occupy a smaller footprint thanks to the BEST electric and electronic systems on board. Privacy and superior service are ensured by the perfect division of guest and crew areas.

On luxury yacht Zaphira, just as on all Delfino 93’, the many different and well organised outdoor areas (totalling 141 square metres) enable the guests to move about freely, from the sunpad to forward of the deckhouse, to the immense flybridge, all the way up to sundeck dining area where an electric awning provides shade. The 6-person Spa Pool is a Benetti custom design especially for the Delfino 93’ line.

Once on board Zaphira yacht, it is easy to forget it is only 93 feet. Everything feels large, functional, and balanced, making the Delfino 93’ not so much a compact yacht but rather a small Benetti megayacht.

The two MTU engines mean the super yacht Zaphira reaches a maximum speed of 14 knots, a cruising speed of 13 knots, and average range of 1,500 nautical miles at 10 knots.

MAIN TECHNICAL DATA OF BD005 M/Y ZAPHIRA:

Construction AZIMUT-BENETTI SPA – Benetti Shipyard, Italy
Build year 2012
Material GRP
Length overall 28,50 m 93’ 6”
Length  (ISO 8666) 23,98 m 78’ 7”
Beam 7,03 m 23’ 1”
Draft 1,73 m 5’ 7” @ keel
1,98 m 6’6” @ stabilizer fins
Full load displacement 127t
Fuel capacity 16.000 liters (4.227 US gal)
Water capacity 2.300 liters (607US gal)
Propulsion 2 x MTU 8V2000 M72 rated at 720kW @ 2250 rpm 14
Top speed at half load 13 knots
Cruising speed 14 knots
Autonomy at 10 knots 1.500 n.m.
Generator 1 x Kohler 40kW + 1 x Kohler 33kW
(2 x Kohler 40kW option)
Bow thruster TWIN DISC 30kW hydraulic

Stabilizers Stabilization at anchor CMC Marine 5kW
Propellers Benetti Design
Electronic and electrical systems BEST Benetti’s Exclusive Sea Technology

Exterior Styling & Concept
 Stefano Righini
Interior Design Carlo Galeazzi

Guest berths 12 guests
Crew berths 3 crew

Classification CE cat. “A”, RINA C HULL • MACH Y (option) MGN280 compliance (opt)

Below is a selection of the lovely charter yachts built by Benetti.

Azimut Benetti Group to be present at China Rendez-Vous 2014 with 6 yachts on display

March 25, 2014

Azimut|Benetti Group is delighted to announce that it will be attending the luxury event in Hainan, China Rendez-Vous, with six Azimut Yachts models on display. The Group’s development strategy in China has been further reinforced by dealership agreements, a key feature of the company’s success in a market rich with potential that has always been considered a top priority.

Benetti superyacht Ocean Paradise running

Benetti superyacht Ocean Paradise running

From 27-30 March 2014, Azimut|Benetti Group is once again among the headliners at China Rendez-Vous in Hainan, China. For the Italian leader in luxury yachts and ambassador of “Made in Italy” the event dedicated to top luxury is now a permanent part of its schedule.

In Hainan, visitors can admire the very best from the 10 to 25-metre Azimut Yachts collections, including: the small, aggressive, and multiple award winning Azimut Atlantis 34, the Azimut Magellano 50 (the ultimate in Italian long range), and models from the Flybridge collection such as Azimut 48, Azimut 60, and Azimut 64 (the latter also available in the Dragon China version), as well as the Azimut 82 yacht.

However, there is more to the Group’s development strategy in China (and throughout Asia in general) than its exceptional fleet. It also includes staying in close contact and providing direct assistance to its customers via a proven, diffuse, and well-established dealer network. Thanks to new partnership agreements, the Group’s strong presence in the regions of Dalian, Shandong, Shanghai, Fujian, and Shenzhen, has now expanded to include Huanan and Hebei. The efficiency and quality of its partners means the Group can ensure the highest level of before and after sales services, a key component of the Azimut|Benetti development strategy.

The Group brands – indisputable examples of Italian style – are further empowered by a strong development strategy based on having a widespread presence; this makes it possible to pay close attention to the specific needs of the boatowners in this area. Another component of the Group’s strategy is a process of genuine “listening” which last year led to the launch of the Dragon China Collection. This is an Azimut yacht whose layout is specially designed to reflect Chinese boatowners’ tastes and how they enjoy spending time on the water, while at the same time celebrating Italian style and the hallmark “Made by Azimut” features.

Then there is Benetti – the Group’s business line for superyachts starting at 30 metres – which has been present in Asia for many years to the great satisfaction of brand enthusiasts (as confirmed by all the data). Even the most demanding clientele cannot help but be impressed by the Benetti team’s impeccable professionalism and comprehensive support during all phases of the construction process; the team is coordinated by Giordano Pellacani, General Manager Asia Pacific for Benetti.

Three Benetti Class units have already been delivered to China, with a fourth on its way by the end of 2014, the Benetti Classic Supreme 132′ superyacht Hull BS004.

Two Custom yachts have Asian owners: superyacht Lady Candy (FB260) and luxury yacht Ocean Paradise (FB263). These are yachts which have already drawn admirers from the general public and critics alike at last autumn’s boat shows. The 56-metre motor yacht Lady Candy is the most recent project from the Viareggio boatyard. Together with the 55-metre motor yacht Ocean Paradise, they represent the Benetti technical team’s ability to continually innovate in response to different boatowner requests, each time creating a yacht with a unique, completely customised design of superior quality.

Another two full-custom units are scheduled for 2015.

Luxury superyachts on display at the 29th annual Palm Beach Boat Show

March 19, 2014

An amazing display of more than $1 billion worth of yachts, boats and accessories from the world’s leading marine manufacturers will be showcased at this year’s 29th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, including hundreds of boats ranging from small inflatables and center consoles to fishing boats and superyachts measuring up to 200 feet in length.

Palm Beach International Boat Show 2013 - Photo credit to 2013 Forest Johnson

Palm Beach International Boat Show 2013 - Photo credit to 2013 Forest Johnson

Here is a small selection of a few not-to-be-missed superyachts to be displayed at this year’s show:

Montigne
Location: Ramp D, Slips D108 and D109

Built by Aegean Yachts, superyacht Montigne is a 187-foot, three-masted schooner that sleeps 14 guests in six spacious staterooms. The luxury sailing yacht’s impressive salon features two comfortable sitting areas, a grand piano and a formal dining table for 12 guests. The yacht’s elegant sundeck can accommodate up to 100 guests for an event or party.

MONTIGNE Yacht

MONTIGNE Yacht

Lady Sheila
Location: Palm Harbor D, Slips D108-D109 and Slips D207-D209

Built in 2009 by Benetti, the 145-foot charter yacht Lady Sheila boasts a beam of more than 30 feet and can accommodate 12 guests in five staterooms. With a crew of five and a range of 4,000 miles, she’ll take you wherever your heart desires, in style. The yacht’s interior was designed by Bannenberg Rowell Design.

LADY SHEILA -  Main

LADY SHEILA - Main

Gravitas
Location: Palm Harbor E Dock, Slips E104 and E105

Luxury yacht Gravitas, one of the great classic Feadships, features eight staterooms and a stunning new interior, including a four-room owner’s suite. She has a 10,000-pound crane to carry a very large tender.

Feadship Yacht Gravitas (ex Batered Bull)

Feadship Yacht Gravitas (ex Battered Bull)

SOLEMATES
Location: Ramp D, Slip D300B

Displaying luxury in epic proportions, charter yacht SOLEMATES is a 60-meter luxury yacht from the Lurssen shipyard in Bremen, Germany. She radiates elegance from her expertly carved Espen Oeino exterior and contemporary Glade Johnson interior, creating a splendid setting of opulence and style.

Solemates II - Profile

Solemates II - Profile

Lady Allison
Location: Palm Harbor E Dock; Slips E104 and E105

Lady Allison yacht is a classic 150-foot Feadship tri-deck motor yacht with a beautiful six stateroom layout, including two master rooms. She is characterized by sophisticated De Voogt Naval Architects‘ design and engineering, which boasts a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Matched with her stabilization system, she provides a smooth and enjoyable voyage no matter where you are headed on the open ocean.

Lady Allison Yacht - Photo by Feadship

Lady Allison Yacht - Photo by Feadship

HARMONY
Location: Ramp 4, Slips 438-445

Built at Westport Shipyards in 2010, the HARMONY yacht‘s elegant design and large, gorgeous interior give you a vessel built for comfortable cruising, whether it’s with a large family or in a more intimate setting.

Westport luxury yacht Harmony

Westport luxury yacht Harmony

Northlander
Location: Ramp 1, Slips 136-139

A winner of several yachting awards, the 124-foot charter yacht Northlander by Moonen showcases truly exceptional quality, stability and luxury. She is also one of the quietest running motor yachts on the market.

Moonen 124 luxury charter yacht Northlander

Moonen 124 luxury charter yacht Northlander

Sofia II
Location: Ramp 1, Slips 136-139

Built in 2008 bv Moonen and designed by renowned René van der Velden, the 97-foot luxury yacht Sofia II stands out with her handsome flared bow and gently sloping stern, lending to a timeless modern design.

Moonen 97 superyacht Sofia II

Moonen 97 superyacht Sofia II

A very successful 14th Azimut Benetti YachtMaster

March 04, 2014

YachtMaster, the annual event for captains of Azimut|Benetti yachts over 100 feet, has successfully concluded its 14th edition. More than 150 guests, including 86 captains, experts, members of the press, and sponsors, attended the event, providing three days of intense work, meetings and workshops, with themes concentrated on yacht and mega yacht management. It was also a great opportunity for socialising, having fun and getting in touch with nature, surrounded by the magnificent countryside of the Italy yacht charter destination – Tuscany.

14th Azimut Benetti YachtMaster - Photo credit to Ameller

14th Azimut Benetti YachtMaster - Photo credit to Ameller

Together with Azimut, Benetti, Yachtique (Group member dedicated to services) and Lusben management, technicians, and sales directors, the captains had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on situations they handle on a daily basis (in both theory and practice).

Among the key moments from a professional standpoint was the Iproject Management presentation, the innovative system for monitoring technical anomalies. This specially designed Ipad/Iphone application enables you to send photographs of any damage or problems together with comments directly to the project manager; the application also includes a “construction log”.

Topics also included the latest information about RINA certification, with a detailed look at the importance of classifications and concrete advice about how to prepare for the changes under way. Finally, after a presentation of the latest Fraser Yachts offerings, a substantial period of time was dedicated to team building, with activities run by crew services and management company, Lesia Group. With the assistance of specialised coaches, participants participated in role plays and explored various strategies for improving crew management, with a special focus on discipline issues. Working in a team is definitely more effective than working individually, and the captains were able to assess and optimise their managerial skills.

MTU – the diesel engine manufacturer and the event’s main technical sponsor – introduced special offerings and packages for boat owners. Other event partners included: Rina, Naiad Dynamics, Boero, Damco, Home Port Spares, Asea, Team Italia, Opem Sistemi, Lusben, ISS Gmt, and Peninsula Petroleum.

Surrounded by the enchanting Tuscan gardens of the Il Ciocco estate in Lucca, the guests also had plenty of opportunity for recreation and relaxation.

Benetti Americas: New agents and sale of Benetti Vision 145′ motor yacht Hull BV019

February 24, 2014

Benetti, part of the Azimut Benetti Group, is undertaking some important actions on the North and Central America markets. The leading Italian luxury yacht builder has recently chosen new agents: IBI for Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Haiti as well as EVERMARINE for Panama. Moreover, the company is proud to announce the sale of the Vision 145′ motor yacht Hull BV019, scheduled for delivery in June 2014.

From left Tommaso Bilotta-Fabrizio Scherch-Alberto Perrone da Zara

From left Tommaso Bilotta, Fabrizio Scherch and Alberto Perrone da Zara

Fabrizio SCERCH – Benetti Country Manager Americas, along with Tommaso BILOTTA – as Brand Manager – Benetti Americas – have the tasks of managing processes as a whole: marketing, customer satisfaction and dealership networking.

In addition – along with Fraser Yachts – Benetti has proudly announced the sale of the Vision 45m superyacht Hull No 19 (BV019), a displacement vessel part of Class range, for delivery in June 2014. It is the latest construction of the very successful Benetti Vision model. Her beautiful interior has been designed by Zuretti Interiors Design.

“The United States, and the Americas in general, are key markets for Benetti. Our goal is to further consolidate relationships with the network of regional brokers and, what’s more important, with existing and potential customers, being side by side, from its design and construction to final delivery. This all, without forgetting about the after-sales cycle, which has always been a part of Benetti’s philosophy,” said Alberto Perrone Da Zara – Benetti Sales Director during last Miami Boat Show 2014 – commenting those important achievements.

About Benetti Americas
Fabrizio SCERCH, Benetti Country Manager Americas. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering at La Sapienza University in Rome and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Fabrizio SCERCH has more than 15 years experience in the sales and marketing sector for major multinational brands in the automotive and shipbuilding sectors.

Tommaso BILOTTA, in his role as brand Manager-Benetti Americas, will retain responsibility for the coordination of sales activities for the Americas as a whole, in order to further strengthen the presence on the market.

Benetti launches 8th Delfino motor yacht MISTER Z

February 21, 2014

The leading Italian shipyard, Benetti, has recently launched the eighth Delfino motor yacht MISTER Z. The all-new 28m superyacht MISTER Z is due to be delivered to her new Owner from Belgium in April 2014 and will be showcased at this year’s Cannes International Boat Show. Below is an image of the 7th Delfino luxury yacht Zehava, a sister ship to MISTER Z, launched by Benetti in November 2013.

A sistership to MISTER Z Yacht - Superyacht Zehava

A sistership to MISTER Z Yacht - Superyacht Zehava

Benetti Delfino luxury yacht MISTER Z features spacious and contemporary interiors, providing comfortable accommodation to up to 12 guests. There is a master cabin on the main deck, as well as two double VIP staterooms aft and two twin staterooms forward with Pullman berths. In addition, there is space for a crew of 3 members.

Below is a selection of the stylish charter yachts built by Benetti.