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Additional images of 58m Benetti motor yacht ILLUSION V

November 24, 2014

Representing another jewel from the Benetti family, the all-new motor yacht Illusion V, previously known as ‘Illusion I’ and ‘FB257′, was one of the stars at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show. Superbly penned by the yard’s in-house team and Green & Mingarelli, luxury superyacht Illusion V is a beautiful 58-meter four decked steel and aluminium vessel, built at the Benetti Livorno shipyard for a European Owner.

Benetti FB257 super yacht Illusion V (ex Illusion I)

Benetti FB257 super yacht Illusion V (ex Illusion I)

Designed for commercial luxury yacht charter use, the four-deck Illusion V yacht will be also used privately, thanks to a layout that includes one VIP cabin and four guest cabins, in addition to the owner’s cabin, giving her a total capacity of 12 + 1 passengers. The owner’s cabin, proceeded by a relax area, is full beam with large lateral windows and a beautiful sofa to one side. The owner’s bathroom, just like the VIP bathroom, is entirely finished with an onyx décor, with both sinks in carved marble. Extremely spacious, with two entryways and his and her dressing rooms, it includes an enormous central shower, a bathtub and twin toilets.

Luxury motor yacht Illusion V from above

Luxury motor yacht Illusion V from above

Super yacht Illusion V - side view

Super yacht Illusion V - side view

Illusion V Yacht - front view

Illusion V Yacht - front view

Illusion V superyacht - Decks

Illusion V superyacht - Decks

Benetti FB 257 luxury yacht Illusion V also features a generous Sun Deck. This boasts a marvelous mosaic Jacuzzi, which is surrounded by sunbathing recliners, mobile bar, barbecue grill and dinette. The whole area can be sheltered from the wind thanks to a double sliding-doored veranda, but the six window skylight always leaves a view of the starry heavens. All the external furnishings are in dark painted teak, while the marble is rustic travertine.

Luxury yacht Illusion V - Exterior

Luxury yacht Illusion V - Exterior

Aboard motor yacht Illusion V

Aboard motor yacht Illusion V

Luxury motor yacht Illusion V - Exterior

Luxury motor yacht Illusion V - Exterior

Luxury super yacht Illusion V - Exterior

Luxury super yacht Illusion V - Exterior

Illusion V Yacht

Illusion V Yacht

Illusion V superyacht by night

Illusion V superyacht by night

Made of steel and aluminium, the 58m super yacht Illusion V (ex Illusion I, FB 257) by Benetti can reach a top speed of 15,5 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots. She is powered by twin Caterpillar 3512C diesel engines.

Motor yacht Illusion V - Wheelhouse

Motor yacht Illusion V - Wheelhouse

Motor yacht Illusion V - Galley

Motor yacht Illusion V - Galley

Super yacht Illusion V - Dining

Super yacht Illusion V - Dining

Illusion V superyacht - Saloon

Illusion V superyacht - Saloon

Luxury yacht Illusion V - Bar

Luxury yacht Illusion V - Bar

Luxury yacht Illusion V - Owners Cabin

Luxury yacht Illusion V - Owners Cabin

Illusion V superyacht - Owners Bathroom

Illusion V superyacht - Owners Bathroom

Illusion V Yacht - Guest Cabin

Illusion V Yacht - Guest Cabin

Illusion V superyacht is a very refined yacht with a very original décor, designed to furnish maximum possible comfort at sea, with record low levels of noise and vibration. She proudly maintains Benetti’s high class reputation worldwide.

Below is a gallery for the luxurious charter yachts built by Benetti.

Successful Monaco Yacht Show 2014 for Claydon Reeves

November 07, 2014

This year’s Monaco Yacht Show was a resounding success for Claydon Reeves. During the event, the prestigious UK design studio presented their motor yacht Project Chuan. Superyacht Chuan (means dynamic flow of water in Chinese) was designed in partnership with BMT Nigel Gee. The model of the studio’s 70m mega yacht Project Caspian was displayed at Benetti’s stand, positioned further along the quay.

Claydon Reeves Stand at 2014 MYS

Claydon Reeves Stand at 2014 MYS

The Claydon Reeves team attended several parties at the brand new Monaco Yacht Club which was wonderfully chic, light and spacious.  It is a truly fabulous location with breathtaking views over Port Hercules and across to the old town.

HSH Prince Albert II at 2014 MYS

HSH Prince Albert II at 2014 MYS

On day one of the show Mike Reeves met with HSH Prince Albert II for a photo opportunity with the other sponsors of the Wood Forever Pact.  He was also briefly interviewed by Riviera Radio.

Additional images of new Benetti VELOCE 140’ Yacht

November 04, 2014

Luxury motor yacht Veloce 140’ by Benetti represents the latest addition to the Benetti Class Fast Displacement range. Featuring the exterior styling & concept by Stefano Righini and the interior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon, the striking Veloce 140’ yacht made her premiere at the recently concluded Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). Below are the additional images of this jewel, released by Benetti.

Benetti super yacht Veloce 140

Benetti super yacht Veloce 140

Benetti luxury yacht Veloce 140’ provides comfort and fun, ranging from the huge sun deck overlooking the sea to the central swimming pool and the upper deck, where transformability reigns supreme. On the main deck, the owner’s large gym is located at the bow, making full use of the yacht’s wide beam. Apart from the owner’s suite, the beautiful Veloce 140’ can accommodate up to ten guests in four cabins. There is also accommodation for eight crew members.

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 flybridge

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 flybridge

Super yacht Veloce 140′ by Benetti boasts significant technological innovations in the hull and propulsion system. The key to this model is the new D2P hull, designed by the Azimut|Benetti Group Research & Development department. This hull gives the choice of a cruising speed of 12 knots, with low fuel consumption, or the faster speed of over 20 knots, while travelling in complete comfort.

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Dining al fresco

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Dining al fresco

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Dining

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Dining

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140-Saloon

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140-Saloon

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Saloon

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Saloon

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Beach area

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Beach area

Benetti Super Yacht Veloce 140

Benetti Super Yacht Veloce 140

Benetti Motoryacht Veloce 140

Benetti Motoryacht Veloce 140

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Twin room

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Twin room

Benetti Superyacht Veloce 140

Benetti Superyacht Veloce 140

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Gym

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Gym

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Galley

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - Galley

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - helm

Benetti Motor Yacht Veloce 140 - helm

Benetti Luxury Yacht Veloce 140

Benetti Luxury Yacht Veloce 140


Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Benetti.

Tender Shipyard working on new TS80 Classic Limousine T/T Benetti motor yacht FORMOSA

October 29, 2014

Tender Shipyard is currently working on the construction of the new TS80 Classic Limousine superyacht tender. Destined to be a tender to the Benetti motor yacht Formosa, the lovely TS 80 Classic Limousine boat features naval architecture by Philippe Cabon. It can comfortably host 10 to 12 passengers and a crew of 2.

New Tender Shipyard TS80 Classic Limousine TT Benetti motor yacht FORMOSA

New Tender Shipyard TS80 Classic Limousine T/T Benetti motor yacht FORMOSA

Main Characteristics of TS80 Classic Limousine T/T Benetti superyacht Formosa:

Length overall 8.00 m / 26.3 ft

Maximum beam 2.58 m / 8.5 ft

Draft 0.55 m / 1.8 ft

Freeboard without engine for garage 1.3 m / 4.3 ft

Light Displacement with fuel and water 2 200 kg / 4856 lb

Loaded displacement 3 550 kg / 7836 lb

Standard engine Volvo D3-220 Duo Prop 220 Hp

Maximum engine power 260 Hp

Maximum speed with 260 Hp    35 kts

Fuel tank 240 litres / 63.4 US Gal

Water tank 40 litres / 10.6 US Gal

EC Design category C

Maximum number of passenger 10/12 people

Crew 2

Naval architect Philippe CABON

TS80 Classic Limousine TT superyacht FORMOSA

TS80 Classic Limousine T/T superyacht FORMOSA

Hull & deck structure

•             Hull, deck and roof: Vinylester resin vacuum process infusion,Glass fiber / PVC foam sandwich with local reinforcement. White gel coat.

•             Bulkheads and longitudinal girders PVC foam / glass fiber.

•             All bonding made with structural adhesives.

Engine and Propulsion

•             Engine Volvo D3-220, electronic injection with stern Drive Duo Prop.

•             Fuel filter and separator, remote shut off valve, 240 litres aluminum alloy fuel tank with 50 litres reserve, fuel gauges.

•             Engine control panel, fuel & water gauges, throttle on the steering console.

•             Carbon fiber steering wheel, cable transmission.

•             Ventilation with electric fans.

•             Engine compartment sound insulation in perforated Aluminium panels covering sound deadening foam sandwich.

TS80 Classic Limousine TT luxury yacht FORMOSA

TS80 Classic Limousine T/T luxury yacht FORMOSA

Helm station

•             Carbon finishes on dashboard.

•             Carbon steering wheel, throttle and engine controls.

•             Electronic.

•             Compass with light.

•             Windlass control panel.

•             Retractable glass windscreen.

Metal work

All metal fittings in polished 316L stainless steel.

•             Hand rails, hinges, mounting plates, various fittings.

•             A4 Stainless steel screws, nuts & washers.

Electricity

•             2 x 12 V – 135 A AGM batteries.

•             10 functions watertight electric board on the steering console.

•             Circuit protection by thermal circuit breaker or fuses.

•             Battery charging via the engine alternator.

•             Anodes set.

•             All interior lights with leds.

•             Regular navigation lights (Led),

•             Light in engine room.

TS80 Classic Limousine TT FORMOSA Yacht

TS80 Classic Limousine T/T FORMOSA Yacht

Seat cushions

•             Complet set of Seats cushions in 80mm thickness closed cell (60 mm high and 20 mm low density) polyurethane foam covered with leather.

•             Cushions to be held in place by stainless steel fasteners.

•             Color to the client’s choice.

•             Storage for life jacket under each seat.

Teak deck

•             6mm thick, 56mm wide, natural teak from sustainable sources.

•             Black or white strips.

Paint

•             All the hull and deck paint with All Grip system, color on choise.

•             Hull under water line and transom in satin black.

•             Water line strip.

Plumbing system

•             2 automatic electric bilge pumps with buzzer alarm.

•             1 water tank with pump and shower at stern in a small box.

TS80 Classic Limousine TT super yacht FORMOSA

TS80 Classic Limousine T/T super yacht FORMOSA

Fire fighting

•             1 hand fire extinguisher in a locker at the steering console.

•             1 auto fire extinguisher in engine room.

•             Alarm

Electronics

•             1 VHF Icom IC-M411, 25 W recessed in the steering console, antenna.

•             1 radio CD,MP3 with antenna AM FM and 4 speakers 40 W.

•             GPS Ray marine package with antenna, Display 9’, 1 map on choice.

Anchoring equipment

•             Anchor locker at the bow with automatic removable anchor roller

•             5kg plate stainless steel anchor, 25 m chain, clench point.

•             Electric windlass and panel control at helm station.

Mooring equipment

•             4 foldable mooring cleats (2 fwd, 2 aft).

•             6 fenders and socks.

•             4 ropes 10 meters long.

Standard equipment

•             8 x blue long life LED cockpit lights (interior and exterior).

•             Towing chain plate.

•             Safety equipment for 10/12 people.

•             1 removable stainless steel Flag pole.

•             1 removable hand poles and plugs.

•             1 swim ladder.

•             2 boat hooks (Aluminium and telescopic).

•             1 first aid kit,

•             1 Tool kit.

•             Name.

•             Owner manual.

Lifting device

Tender lifting bridles for  1 point.

•             3 stainless steel padeyes fastened in the cockpit sole.

•             1 wire sling-bridle.

•             3 mooring eyes (1 transom and 2 forward).

Wood on hull (option)

•             Natural wood (wood species on choice) glued with epoxy under vacuum on hull part above water line.

•             Anti UV epoxy and fiber glass skin.

•             Polyurethane varnish finishes high gloss.

Latest delivery of Tender Shipyard: TS56 T/T 43m ISA PHILMI Yacht

October 28, 2014

Tender Shipyard has recently delivered the brand new TS56 superyacht tender. Destined to be a tender to the 43m ISA Philmi yacht, the lovely TS 56 Open boat features naval architecture by Philippe Cabon. It can comfortably host up to 8 passengers. Another new tender with naval architecture by Philippe Cabon is currently in build for the Benetti motor yacht FORMOSA.

TS56 T/T 43m ISA superyacht Philmi

TS56 T/T 43m ISA superyacht Philmi delivered by Tender Shipyard

Main Characteristics of TS56 T/T superyacht Philmi:

Length overall 5.60 m / 18.4 ft

Maximum beam 2.20 m /   7.2 ft

Draft 0.40 m /   1.3 ft

Freeboard without engine 1.34 m /   4.4 ft

Light displacement with fuel and water 1500 kg / 3300 lb

Loaded displacement 3 000 kg / 6600 lb

Maximum engine power 140 Hp

Maximum speed with 140 Hp 30 kts

GO tank 180 l / 45 US Gal

EC Design category C

Maximum number of passenger 8 people

Naval architect Philippe CABON

TS 56 TT motor yacht Philmi

TS 56 T/T motor yacht Philmi

Hull & deck structure

•             Hull, deck and roof: Vinylester resin vacuum process infusion,Glass fiber / PVC foam sandwich with local reinforcement. White gel coat.

•             Bulkheads and longitudinal girders PVC foam / glass fiber.

•             All bonding made with structural adhesives.

Engine and Propulsion

•             Engine Volvo D3 140 hp Z Drive, electronic injection with propeller Duo Prop.

•             GO filter and separator, remote shut off valve, 180 litres aluminum alloy GO tank with fuel gauge.

•             Carbon fiber steering wheel, cable transmission.

Helm station

•             Carbon finishes on dashboard.

•             Carbon steering wheel, throttle and engine controls.

•             Electronic.

•             Compass with light.

TS56 TT luxury yacht Philmi - Dashboard

TS56 T/T luxury yacht Philmi - Dashboard

Metal work

All metal fittings in polished 316L stainless steel.

•             Hand rails, hinges, mounting plates, various fittings.

•             A4 Stainless steel screws, nuts & washers.

Electricity

•             2 x 12 V – 90 A AGM batteries.

•             10 functions watertight electric board on the steering console.

•             Circuit protection by thermal circuit breaker or fuses.

•             Battery charging via the engine alternator.

•             Anodes set.

•             Regular navigation lights (Led).

ISA 43M Granturismo yacht Philmi

ISA 43M Granturismo yacht Philmi

Teak deck

•             6mm thick, 56mm wide, natural teak from sustainable sources.

Fenders

•             Complete removable wrap around fender in close cellular foam coated with high resistance cover material.

Pumbing system

•             2 automatic electric bilge pumps with buzzer alarm and electronic water detector

•             1 water tank 40 liters, with pump and shower at stern in a small box.

Fire fighting

•             1 hand fire extinguisher in a locker at the steering console.

•             1 auto fire extinguisher in engine room.

Electronics

•             1 VHF Icom IC-M411, 25 W recessed in the steering console, antenna.

•             1 radio CD,MP3 with antenna AM FM and 2 speaker 40 W.

•             GPS Raymarine package with antenna, Display 8’, 1 map on choice.

Anchoring equipment

•             Anchor locker at the bow with anchor roller.

•             5kg plate steel anchor, 5 m chain and 20m rope, clench point.

Mooring equipment

•             4 foldable mooring cleats (2 fwd, 2 aft).

•             4 fenders and socks.

•             3 ropes 10 meters long.

Seat cushions

•             Seats cushions and mattresses in 60mm thickness closed cell (40mm high and 20mm low density) polyurethane foam covered with vinyl Sunbrella or skai. Colour to the client’s choice.

•             Removable cushions.

Standard equipment

•             6 x blue long life LED cockpit lights.

•             Removable hand pole and 1 plug at left on stairs.

•             Towing chain plate.

•             Safety equipment for 9 people.

•             1 removable stainless steel Flag pole, ski tow pole.

•             2 Fishing rod holders.

•             1 swim ladder at bow and transom.

•             1 telescopic boat hooks.

•             1 First aid kit,

•             1 Tool kit.

•             Name stainless steel polished .

•             Owner manual.

Lifting device

Tender lifting bridles for 1 point.

•             3 stainless steel padeyes fastened in the cockpit sole.

•             1 wire sling-bridle.

•             3 mooring eyes (1 transom and 2 forward).

Azimut|Benetti Group to present 18 luxury yachts at FLIBS 2014

October 23, 2014

The Azimut|Benetti Group will once again attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), running in the lovely Florida yacht holiday location – Fort Lauderdale from 30 October to 3 November, 2014. During the event, the company will present eighteen models, including the world premiere launch of the 47-metre Benetti superyacht Veloce 140’ and two new vessels for the American market.

Benetti Veloce 140' Yacht

Benetti Veloce 140' Yacht

As in 2013, this year too Azimut|Benetti has chosen Flibs as the ideal setting for launching an exclusive new yacht, which underlines the importance of this market for the Italian Group. Further proof lies in the opening of a new Benetti office/showroom in Florida and a new partnership between Azimut Yachts and the Mexican dealer, Euro Yacht.

However, the innovations presented at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2014 are not limited to new models; the new Benetti sales and after sales offices will also be opened at the same time. Based in Fort Lauderdale, an excellent location for the Central and South American markets, the new headquarters were designed in the form of an office/showroom that is open to brokers, industry operators and boat owners.

With this opening, Azimut|Benetti has yet again confirmed its commitment to being involved in and supporting the local markets and sales network with a 30% increase in the budget allocated to stocking spare parts locally. This represents the biggest investment in the market to date by any overseas manufacturer. On the same subject, Azimut Yachts has officially announced an exclusive dealership agreement with the Mexican company, Euro Yacht. This is the fifteenth partnership signed by Azimut Yachts in the past 12 months.

This is part of a series of determined actions underlining the clear intention of the Group to continue with a policy of significant investments on the territory that match the increasing success the Group has been enjoying in terms of sales and brand awareness.

The luxurious Benetti Veloce 140’ yacht is the first model in the Fast Displacement series. It is a 47-metre semi-custom model featuring significant technological innovations in the hull and propulsion system, not to mention its distinctive style. The key to this model is the new D2P hull, designed by the Azimut|Benetti Group Research & Development department. This hull gives the choice of a cruising speed of 12 knots with low fuel consumption or the faster speed of over 20 knots while travelling in complete comfort.

The Exterior Styling & Concept was provided by Stefano Righini, while the interior design was developed at the UK design studio of RWD-Redman Whiteley Dixon in collaboration with the owner’s personal designer, for a truly exceptional and unique result. The imperatives are comfort and fun, ranging from the huge sun deck overlooking the sea to the central swimming pool and the upper deck, where transformability reigns supreme. The traditional “fixed” items of furniture have been abandoned, along with anything that can easily be moved, to provide a huge disco zone that extends from the open-air area to the interior. On the main deck, the owner’s large gym is located at the bow, making full use of the yacht’s wide beam. Apart from the owner’s suite, the Veloce 140’ superyacht can accommodate up to ten guests in four cabins, and there is accommodation for eight crew members.

There’s also great news for American Azimut Yacht owners. The Italian boatyard will also introduce two very successful models for the first time on the American market: the AZIMUT Atlantis 50, which made its debut at European boat shows in the coupé version and combines sports performance with the maximum use of exterior spaces, and the AZIMUT Magellano 53. These yachts offer excellent safety and stability at sea under all conditions, great range figures, ease of use, excellent fuel consumption and maximum comfort for extended stays aboard.

Azimut Yachts at FLIBS 2014

AZIMUT ATLANTIS 34

AZIMUT ATLANTIS 38

AZIMUT ATLANTIS 50  – USA PREMIERE

AZIMUT ATLANTIS 58

AZIMUT MAGELLANO 43 HT

AZIMUT MAGELLANO 43 HT

AZIMUT MAGELLANO 53 – USA PREMIERE

AZIMUT FLYBRIDGE 45

AZIMUT FLYBRIDGE 54

AZIMUT FLYBRIDGE 60

AZIMUT FLYBRIDGE 64

AZIMUT FLYBRIDGE 70

AZIMUT FLYBRIDGE 80

AZIMUT FLYBRIDGE 84

AZIMUT 40 S

Benetti Yachts at FLIBS 2014

BENETTI VELOCE 140’ – WORLDWIDE PREMIERE

BENETTI TRADITION SUPREME 108’ – USA PREMIERE

BENETTI DELFINO

New office and showroom for Benetti Yachts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

October 22, 2014

Tuscany-based luxury yacht builder, Benetti, is proud to announce the opening of the new sales and post-sales office in the lovely Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale, as part of the company’s expansion in the Americas, representing one of their strategic markets.

The opening of the new Benetti office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The opening of the new Benetti office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The office is situated on 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale, capital of American and world yachting.

Having secured their commercial presence in the USA, with more than 50% of the brand’s business, Benetti secures their physical presence in Fort Lauderdale, a perfect location close to the Central and South American markets.

Benetti’s new American headquarters was designed as an office and showroom, open to brokers, traders and owners. It is not only a starting point but a meeting point, dedicated to hospitality.

The design of the first American office for Benetti is inspired by the Benetti Viareggio showroom: dark tinted rosewood and ivory colored leather and bronze detailing, with floors of Crema Marfil marble with teak inserts, while the exclusive Yachtique showcases are of crystal.

New Benetti office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

New Benetti office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The designer furnishings have all been offered only by Italian suppliers and its design is highest standard level. They are names that represent excellence of the world – Edra, Lupi, Poltrona Frau, Schiffini, Cantalupi, Stefano Ricci, Armani, Yachtline, Menchini Marmi and Gruppo Mastrotto – which make the space confortable, elegant and definitely unique. Inside the offices limited edition design furniture by the interior designer Maria Rosa Remedi up the reception and meeting room.

“Choosing only Italian suppliers was a decision taken together with the company management with the intent of promoting what we know how to do best, but above all to say that we are Italian and happy about it, and that our history and culture make us very special”, stated Maria Rosa Remeti.

The new offices are not only dedicated to sales but also to an efficient after-sales, all coordinated by Piergiorgio Belardini, service manager for Benetti Americas. Fabrizio Scerch, Benetti Americas Country Manager: “After a year of work, day after day, I must admit that the American opportunities for Benetti are much greater than what we imagined beforehand. And with the opening of offices in Fort Lauderdale we’ll close the distance between the Americas and Italy. When a client enters the new space he can feel the same Benetti style found in the Italian showrooms, find the same technology and furnishings made by our trusted suppliers, along with detailing and samples of their own yacht’s personalization to keep.”

Bilotta and Scherch

Tommaso Bilotta and Fabrizio Scerch

Tommaso Bilotta, Brand Manager Benetti Americas: “We have had significant commercial success here, and the new offices confirm our local presence. We have welcomed our clients to the great Benetti family and now we want to keep them in our house, as comfortably as possible.”

Once again, Benetti shows Italian excellence to the world, characterized by family feeling and Italian style, the latter an unequaled strength and unifying force. Visitors to the new offices will be surrounded by elegance and style, wrapped in a true hug of Italian beauty.

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

A very successful 2nd ‘Captain’s Day’ organized by ItalianYachtMasters

October 20, 2014

The Yacht Club Marina di Loano, a lovely Italy yacht charter destination, hosted the second ‘Captain’s Day’ on Monday, October 13, 2014. The event was organised by the ITALIANYACHMASTERS, the association of Italian Superyacht Captains, promoting the Italian sailing excellence in the world.

ItalianYachtMasters

ItalianYachtMasters

Over 50 Captains participated in the event, in addition to numerous specialised workers from the nautical sector, journalists and the event’s sponsors, with the total number of participants exceeding 130. The day was managed and coordinated by Captain Dario Savino.

Following the opening speeches by Giorgio Benussi, General Director of the YCML, and Marco Cornacchia, Marina di Loano Harbourmaster, Captain Gino Battaglia took the floor, representing the board of ITALIANYACHTMASTERS. Battaglia underscored the results obtained by the Association over the course of its first year of activities, both in terms of relationships and in its capacity to represent the nautical sector in various institutional and other settings. Battaglia was also specific in highlighting how the ITALIANYACHTMASTERS has made important contributions towards the employment of Italian Captains, informing the event’s attendees about the various successes obtained.

2014 Captain's Day organized by ItalianYachtMasters

2014 Captain's Day organized by ItalianYachtMasters

Next on stage was Engineer Poerio from Benetti Yachts, offering his views about an ‘organisational model of nautical economics’. Using a series of data relative to the economic values and employment figures for the various segments of the nautical economy, Poerio stressed the importance of a series of common objectives that need to be met, such as the organisation of an international event to provide an Italian bench mark in the global market, and the establishment of an internal  institution that involves all the market’s players. Other short-term objectives were identified as: the simplification of the administrative system, the valorisation of the regional contexts, the creation of a single and shared statistical data system, the creation of combined innovation strategies, and integrated competence training.

Dr. Torri (from San Giorgio Shipping) tackled the topic of taxation in relation to short-term rental contracts, bringing the audience up to date about the most recent regulatory developments, in particular in relation to the problems related to the circular issued last July by the Agenzia delle Entrate (the Italian Inland Revenue Service) on the topic of bunkerage and excise duties.

Presentations were delivered throughout the day, with analyses and in depth considerations of a wide variety of themes, some of which were specific to the world of Italian Captains, such as the comparison of Italian professionalism to Anglo-Saxon standards, a topic that was addressed by Captain Barletta. Captain Sulmonti, on the other hand, referred to the important experience obtained by the students of the Tuscan Nautical Institutes, who, for the first time this year, had the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience on-board recreational crafts. He went on to highlight the many activities carried out over the course of 2014, involving numerous technical workshops with the specifically goal at keeping Italian Captains continually up to date.

Dr. Roberto Neglia, manager of institutional relations at UCINA – Confindustria Nautica (the Italian Marine Industry Association that is part of the Confederation of Italian Industry) informed the audience about the most recent regulations and the successes obtained in this field thanks to a team effort intervention that involved collaborations with ITALIANYACHTMASTERS and the Yachting section of ‘Federagenti’ (National Federation of the shipowner’s agents and ship brokers. Topics included the reform of the Recreational Craft Code, simplification of the administrative regime and of activities relative to recreational navigation (including those with commercial ends), the revision of professional titles within the recreational craft sector, simplification of the “arrival and departure” procedures, the approval and national legislation action taken regarding the recognition of Marina Resorts with the consequent reduction of VAT to 10% for ‘mooring and the overnight stay in docking units within harbour facilites appropriately equipped’.

The Captain’s day was brought to a close by Captain Trigiani, who presented the 2015 programme of training activities directed at ITALIANYACHTMASTERS members and their professional development.

New home for Superyachts in the Gulf of Siam

October 10, 2014

Luxury superyachts have found a new home. The breath-taking Thailand yacht charter destinations – Koh Samui and the Gulf of Siam have hosted more superyachts this season than ever before.

Koh Samui - Chaweng coastline

Koh Samui - Chaweng coastline Photo Property of Asia Pacific Superyachts Koh Samui

Off the radar for many years, captains are now dropping anchor in Koh Samui and discovering the natural wonders and beauty of the Gulf.

Koh Samui was discovered a few hundred years ago as a spot for sea traders and fishermen passing through the Gulf of Thailand to seek refuge from storms. The early Chinese and Malay settlers looked on in awe at the island’s magnificence and some speculate the word ‘Samui’ is derived from the word ‘Saboey’, which translated means ‘safe haven’ in the original Chinese tongue. A fitting phrase for arriving yachts.

Gulf of Siam - Ang Thong Marine Park

Gulf of Siam - Ang Thong Marine Park Photo Property of Asia Pacific Superyachts Koh Samui

Among Superyachts visiting Koh Samui and the Gulf this season, reports Captain Charlie Dwyer of Asia Pacific Superyachts, have been: “… the 55m charter yacht Keri Lee III – Luxury motor charter yacht Keri-Lee (ex Meireni), designed by Jack Sarin and built by Sovereign yachts of New Zealand; the 51m motor yacht Double Haven, custom built in 1993 by Feadship in Aalsmeer (Netherlands); the 50m superyacht Sapphire, the 39m luxury Sail yacht built by Custom in 1999 and designed by Joao Paquito; the 40m luxury yacht Amoha, custom built in 1991 by Benetti with interior designed by Zuretti and exterior styling by George Nicholson;  and the 40m Rasa yacht, custom built in 2001 by Palmer Johnson Yachts in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin USA, to name a few.”

A great time of year, when weather conditions are not so favorable for vessels in other parts of the country (Thailand), the cruising season in the Gulf of Siam is actually very good from February to September, said Captain Charlie, adding: “One of the visiting yachts arrived in May and cruised the Gulf until the end of August. The vessel then continued the cruise on to Vietnam and Cambodia and this same yacht plans to visit Singapore before continuing their journey on to Phuket, Thailand in November 2014.”

Koh Samui Steamed Fish in Fresh Laksa Leaf with salad of fennel corn with Alaskan King Crab Cucumber and Dill creme fraiche

Koh Samui Steamed Fish in Fresh Laksa Leaf with salad of fennel corn with Alaskan King Crab Cucumber and Dill creme fraiche Photo Property of Asia Pacific Superyachts Koh Samui

Though Koh Samui does not have an established Superyacht marina at this time, visiting Superyacht captains found not only were there many safe anchorages, they were delighted to find it was as simple as putting forth a request for a good anchorage to Charlie and his team. The agent not only directed vessels to some great anchorages, they recently organized a private plane and handled all the logistics, such as ground handling, without any worries for the captain requesting these services.

In the important matter of provisioning, a chef aboard one of the recently visiting yachts was impressed with the abundance of the fresh fruits, vegetables and imported meats, stating these provisions were ‘among the best in quality’ he had seen in years. The engineers and crew were also amazed to find spare parts and logistics were readily available from the agent.

Capt Charlie at helm of superyacht Yanneke Too

Capt Charlie at helm of superyacht Yanneke Too Photo Property of Asia Pacific Superyachts Koh Samui

Commenting on all provisioning and services needs being met while in Koh Samui and the islands dotted throughout the Gulf, Captain Derek of M/Y Amoha wrote the following about his journey: “The wealth of local knowledge and experience from the APS Samui team has made our visit to Koh Samui and the Gulf of Thailand a memorable, hassle-free and enjoyable experience. You and your staff were courteous, knowledgeable and a real pleasure to work with. The whole experience from check-in to departure has been exemplary. Koh Samui and its surrounding islands are a great place for superyachts to visit and with your expertise it was an absolute pleasure.”

“There were many requests this season from captains and owners”, reports Dwyer, “…including  a gourmet BBQ on a private island, more than 100 tons of fuel delivered alongside and exotic provisions such as oysters from France, scallops from Japan, prime meat from Australia and lobsters from America.” The APS agent noted he and his team were able to provide for all of these requests and many more from owners, captains and chefs.

Highlights when cruising the Gulf of Thailand  include superb diving (with a private Dive Guide aboard) off the world-famed dive locale of Koh Tao and kayaking and trekking through the natural wonders of the uninhabited islands of the Ang Thong National Marine Park, located just 20 NM from Koh Samui.

Ang Thong Marine Park is a protected area of more than 100 square kilometers of land and sea. The pristine archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf is a fantasy come true to explore with towering limestone mountains, thick jungle, white-sand beaches, fertile mangroves, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes with a rich variety of exotic wildlife and sea creatures. Snorkeling, hiking, sea kayaking, diving, sailing and simply relaxing on one of its idyllic beaches are activities to be enjoyed at the marine park and at the stunning islands along the way.

Superyachts discovering Koh Samui will find an island with an interesting background. The island has gone through some of the biggest changes in its entire recorded history in recent years, transformed from a traditional sleepy fishermen and backpacker island into a full-on global and jet set island destination. Yachting visitors will find a variety and range of facilities and services which constantly expands and already includes everything from full servicing for Superyachts to internationally recognized luxury shops and an incredible selection of gourmet dining, 5-Star resorts and internationally acclaimed Spas.

Still, despite the fast pace of development Thailand’s second largest island manages to retain its charm. Small quaint local villages and numerous coconut plantations are still very much in evidence, especially in the southern part of the island. Many of the locals continue to live their lives by ‘island time’, loosely translated to ‘…very slowly’. Considering the warm and welcoming ‘Thai Smile’ and natural beauty of the island aligned with top rated luxury, it’s no wonder more and more Superyachts are discovering Thailand’s Gulf of Siam and Koh Samui.

TEAM Italia Multi-Touch technology on 8th Delfino Mister Z Yacht by Benetti

October 09, 2014

TEAM Italia is delighted to announce that they have successfully delivered their high technology I-Bridge® – Multi-Touch system for the eighth Delfino Mister Z yacht by Benetti.

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This project is the result of a  perfect combination of 3 powerful ingredients: a high technology talent scout Owner, a shipyard, Benetti, always voted to research and innovation and one of the most important player in the  marine innovation technology in the  electronic field , TEAM Italia.

From the beginning the Owner and his Surveyor have been part of the process and they attended the technical meetings, working with Benetti Technical Office and TEAM Italia R&D department to define the  system configuration.

Thanks to this  strong cooperation the result is a unique superyacht able to astonish for the solution adopted.

On the wheelhouse the I-Bridge® has a multi-touch system powered with a multi-control system combined with the OLED technology. Added to the high level standard equipment, the system includes a very innovative MULTI CONNING system display for navigation and a STEERING CONNING system  for  all the activities related to navigation.

An AWS (Anchor Watching System) is also installed to guarantee a complete monitoring of the Mister Z yacht when she is at anchor .

The Owner pays a lot of attention to telecommunication  and overall to safety, accordingly these systems have been especially taken into account.

With I-Bridge®, the control systems and the necessary on-board subsystems have been integrated, respecting the different on-board standards and regulations of superyacht Mister Z.

To summarize the characteristics of the Mister Z superyacht’s I-Bridge® Multi Touch TEAM Italia can say that it is:

I-nnovative, I-ntuitive, I-ntegrated and I-ntelligent.