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Sunreef Yachts´ Reactivation

January 23, 2012

After a fire in one of the production halls at the Sunreef Yachts shipyard in the evening on 19 January 2012, the company has already begun rebuilding lost units. Some yachts under construction have been damaged, but the key moulds have been saved which along with the determination and increased commitment of all the workers will help minimise delays in the construction process.

Sunreef Yachts shipyard

Sunreef Yachts shipyard

The shipyard has already begun adapting another production hall and moved the moulds to the new site. The production will be recommenced on Monday, 23 January. Francis Lapp, President of Sunreef Yachts, assures that all their employees will have a lot of work within the next few days.

“We will even need to increase our production capacity to rebuild the lost units and start works for the recently signed contracts”. The shipyard will maintain all their previous contracts. The delay in delivery due to this unfortunate force majeure will not exceed 3 months.

“After so many tokens of support from our Clients, yacht owners, suppliers and many other friends of the Sunreef Yachts shipyard, we are highly motivated to action”, ensures Francis Lapp.

The shipyard continues its development strategy and will exhibit as always at all major boat shows and organise its prestigious events as usual. New Sunreef Yachts models will be shown at the 2012 Cannes International Boat Show according to plan.

The First 32m Drettmann Explorer Yacht in Build

January 19, 2012

The German shipyard, Drettmann Yachts has started works on their first 32m Drettmann Explorer Yacht (DEY) from the Drettmann´s new explorer yacht line. The DEY superyacht is the first vessel to be built by the Drettmann-Sunrise Group. In fact, she is being constructed at the Sunrise yard in Turkey´s Antalya, with design and engineering by Drettmann´s in-house team and Focus Yacht Design.

The 32m Drettmann Explorer Yacht

The 32m Drettmann Explorer Yacht

The Drettmann Explorer Yachts have been designed to experience the sea at first hand, exploring new territory as well as enjoying water sports, and not only. The compact, masculine exterior and the surprisingly spacious interior of the 27 to 37-metre DEY vessels provide the perfect conditions for maximum maritime fun.

Drettmann Explorer Yacht - rear view

Drettmann Explorer Yacht - rear view

There is plenty of room on board for yacht tender, surfboards, diving equipment and water toys – but not at the expense of the yacht characteristics one would expect, such as comfort, elegance and prestige. On the contrary, both interior and exterior of the DEY line are sure to delight thanks to their unique artless charm. The Drettmann Explorer Yachts are far removed from the mainstream and primed for adventure. They are simply iconic.

Drettmann Explorer Yachts´ Luxurious Interior

Drettmann Explorer Yachts´ Luxurious Interior

Drettmann Explorer Yachts as well as the Drettmann Motor Yachts will be on display at the 2012 Dusseldorf Boat Show (January 21-29), in hall 6 at stand number D21 and D22.

PERI 41T Motor yacht Bibich Too awarded two World Yacht Trophies in Cannes

September 21, 2011

Peri Yachts have announced that they are the proud winner of the World Yacht Trophies Award 2011 for “Best Design” and “Most Innovative”  Fly bridge over 24 meters with the new high-tech Peri 41T motor yacht Bibich Too, the flagship and crowning glory of the Peri range.

PERI 41T Motor yacht by Peri Yachts awarded two World Yacht Trophies in Cannes

PERI 41T Motor yacht by Peri Yachts awarded two World Yacht Trophies in Cannes

The awards were presented at the Gala Dinner organized by Lux Media group during the 2011 Cannes International Boat Show at the famous  Hotel Carlton Intercontinental beach terrace, attended by important personalities of the international yachting world. Selcuk Kocak, designer of the Peri 41T and head of Scaro Design received the awards in the name of the shipyard.

Selcuk Kocak, designer of the Peri 41T and head of Scaro Design received the awards on behalf of Peri Yachts

Selcuk Kocak, designer of the Peri 41T and head of Scaro Design received the awards on behalf of Peri Yachts

Since entering the superyacht arena in 2005, Peri Yachts have gone from strength to strength. The yachts, typified by their sleek racy lines and dramatically spacious decks and interiors, combined with a fanatical attention to detail, express sophisticated modern luxury. Despite their low-lying, aerodynamic lines, Peri’s high-tech composite superyachts are used to enjoying a high profile at Cannes. Peri has already twice carried off the prestigious “World Yacht Trophies” award for “Best interior decoration for flybridge yachts over 24 metres”, for its 29 metre and 37 metre models in previous years.

PERI 41T Motor yacht by Peri Yachts

PERI 41T Motor yacht by Peri Yachts

The 41T superyacht was conceived by a formidable team. Scaro Design, Istanbul’s award-winning design group, created her external lines and her interior, while the UK’s renowned Dixon Yacht Design engineered her V planing hull. The 41T is powered by twin MTU 12V4000 M93L 3,450hp engines to reach a top speed of 23 knots and has a range of 1,250 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 17 knots.

Meanwhile, the Peri shipyard in Antalya has never been busier. There are five of the company’s high-performance, composite superyachts under construction: the second Peri 41T yacht, sistership of the award winning Peri 41T superyacht Bibich Too, will be finished by next year, as will three new examples of the 29-metre, the award-winning entry-level line. Furthermore, the latest 37-metre, also an award-winner and darling of the Côte d’Azur, has just been completed and is offered for sale.

Azimut-Benetti Group launch Yachtique Concierge Club

September 09, 2011

A major new service for Azimut or Benetti yacht owners called the Yachtique Concierge Club was launched today at the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes 2011 – The Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show. The Azimut-Benetti Yachtique Concierge Club provides yacht owners with a unique, multilingual support team; ready to look after almost any and every requirement they may have, on or off the water. Members of the Concierge Club benefit from assistance and advice in four key areas.

Bookings & Reservations:

24 hours a day, 365 days a year, a team specialising in five star luxury and marine concierge services is available to look after a yacht owners’ every booking requirement at the marina and onshore, including marina berths, restaurants, taxis and flights, golf courses, beauticians, babysitters and chefs.

Marine Experts:

A team of maritime professionals is available to advise and guide yacht owners on a wide range of specialist subjects as well as providing real-time information and updates on relevant topics such as weather forecasts, sea conditions, navigation, itineraries, local advice, medical information, radio frequencies and maintenance issues.


The procurement and delivery team can source, purchase and deliver items directly to a yacht, whatever the requirement and no matter which location. Deliveries can include the urgent sourcing of spare parts, chandlery, marine consumables, wines, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, bread and cakes, flowers and toiletries.

Member Discounts:

Club members benefit from significant financial advantages through highly preferential rates for an array of marine-related products and services such as significant discounts off winter storage, hauling and launching, antifouling and engine servicing; overnight berths, interior furnishings and tenders.

Membership also includes a discount off fuel purchases at IP fuel stations, preferential insurance premiums with Generali and complementary medical assistance.

Patrick Coote, Marketing Director of Yachtique comments: “This is the very first yachting concierge service of its kind and heralds yet another industry first for Azimut | Benetti. Yacht owners and

Captains can now rely on a professional shore-based team to assist them, irrespective of whether their vessel is 40ft or 40m in length. Yachting should be a pleasurable experience and our concierge team is there to ensure it stays that way.”

Yachtique Elite Yachting Services encompasses all of the luxury yacht services offered by the Azimut | Benetti Group. It is the largest luxury yacht services organisation in the world and comprises five specialist companies. Yacht owners can benefit from full assistance, expertise and professional advice through one single organisation throughout the entire lifecycle of ownership, from acquisition to operation and on to refit and sale.

The multilingual concierge operations-centre is provided by Sailornet Srl, a leading company in yachting lifestyle and assistance services, based at via Cangiullon.24, Rome, Italy.

All medical services are provided by the Mondial Assistance Italia SpA operations centre, based at via Ampére n.30, Milan, Italy with no involvement from Azimut | Benetti SpA.

Williams Performance Tenders and Miss England launch new Dieseljet 565 superyacht tender in Cannes

September 08, 2011

Williams Performance Tenders enlisted the help of the reigning Miss England, Alize Mounter to launch its new Dieseljet 565 superyacht tender at the prestigious Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes 2011 – The Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show. Oxfordshire-based Williams, which supplies its hand-crafted tenders to some of the world’s leading superyacht brands and owners, welcomed Alize as the team unveiled the British-designed and made Dieseljet 565 to an international audience.

Williams Performance Tenders and Miss England launch new Dieseljet 565 superyacht tender in Cannes

Williams Performance Tenders and Miss England launch new Dieseljet 565 superyacht tender in Cannes

Mathew Hornsby, Co-Managing Director at Williams, commented: “We were delighted to welcome Alize to help us with our launch, showcasing the best of British beauty alongside our new craft. It just goes to show that the UK produces some stunning exports!

New Dieseljet 565 superyacht tender by Williams Performance Tenders

New Dieseljet 565 superyacht tender by Williams Performance Tenders

We’re very proud of the hard work and skill that has gone into the design of the Dieseljet 565, work which is already paying off with enquiries coming thick and fast from superyacht owners and captains.”

Azimut-Benetti Group debut 2 flagships and 20 yachts at Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show 2011

September 07, 2011

The Azimut-Benetti Group will make their premier debut of 4 extraordinary new offerings at the Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show, among them two flagships, the Azimut Grande and Atlantis. They will also show 20 boats on the water as well as debut the Yachtique Concierge Club, a 5- star service reserved exclusively for Group customers. The Success of Azimut Grande and Benetti in the megayacht sector have spurred the Group growth and garnered international awards.

Azimut Grande 120SL motor yacht - the largest boat built by Azimut to date

Azimut Grande 120SL motor yacht - the largest boat built by Azimut to date

Azimut-Benetti Group arrives at the first official event of the new boating year with 4 important new offerings, each one representing a specific market segment: the Azimut 40, Azimut 45, Atlantis 58, and the Azimut Grande 120SL.

The four boats are the crown jewels of the large fleet on display at the Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show, with Azimut-Benetti combined exhibiting 20 different models.

Expectations are high for the two flagships with Azimut Grande 120SL by far the largest boat built by Azimut to date and the Atlantis 58, while staying true to its sporty and punchy image, displaying a one of a kind versatility.

The Azimut Grande 120SL motor yacht is the first megayacht in the Azimut Grande series to be really Sport Luxury, truly capable of uniting sportiness with elegance and comfort: the result is clear. The continuity between the inside and outside generates uniquely luminous and refined spaces enjoying the yacht and the sea without limits also thanks to the power of the water jets which can deliver cruising speeds of between 36 and 40 knots.

Atlantis 58 motor yacht, the new flagship of the Azimut-Benetti Group's open yacht range

Atlantis 58 motor yacht, the new flagship of the Azimut-Benetti Group's open yacht range

As the Atlantis 58, the sporty and care for ergonomics typical of the brand have in this new model their highest exaltation, making it the top of its class for dynamism and versatility.

About performance, Atlantis 58 differs from competitors by being able to reach 38 knots and keep the sea very well, thanks to its new hull design. A pioneer through the changes that have radically transformed the international boating market scene in just a few years: today, the Azimut-Benetti group has a hand in everything, taking a leadership role in all the most promising markets in the industry.

On this front, it is important to emphasize how quickly the Group has been able to redefine the scope of its business activities, and in turn, how this has altered the source of the Group’s sales. In pole position today is Brazil, followed by the United States (where the company continues to be the top importer), with the two countries accounting for over 50% total sales. The Group records also a continuous growth in the Middle and Far East markets, with a special focus on China.

The strong focus on internationalisation has generated extremely gratifying results for all Group brands. This has been reflected in the increase in sales of Azimut Yachts in the United States, numerous international awards – including being ranked first place in China by the magazine, China Boating – as well as the firsts related to the brand’s green approach, investing significant resources to adopting technological and construction solutions aimed at reducing environmental impact.

The revamping of the Atlantis series has been happily proceeding over the course of the year with 2 new models, the 58 and the 38; the latter is headed for a preview at the Genoa Boat Show.

Particularly noteworthy are Benetti’s excellent accomplishments, delivering 14 yachts (10 Class and 4 Custom) over the course of the year and receiving orders for over 17 new boats. These numbers are the real proof of the boatyard’s manufacturing and organisational capacity, the high quality of Benetti offerings, and how successful it has been in completely revamping the series.

In this regard, attention should be also drawn to the launch of the new series of custom yachts, the FB 800, a 50 metre fibreglass boat with aluminium superstructure. It represents an innovative combination that unites maximum design flexibility and space customisation with the substantial advantage of keeping the total weight below 500 tons.

Further indications of the excitement circulating around the brand can also be found in the recent opening of a service in the United States. This has been launched to better track the post sales phase in the North American market which is in recovery in terms of the mega yacht sector. In addition, a direct sales and service office is opening in Hong Kong to be work with the Asian markets which have also been very receptive to megayacht sector.

Regarding the development of new models, it should be noted that once again the Group has met its objective to continually renew itself; because of this, it is ready for the autumn season with over 9 new boats.

Luxury yachts built by Benetti Yachts currently in charter

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Luxury yachts built by Azimut Yachts currently in charter

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Azimut-Benetti Group debut the Yachtique Concierge Club in Cannes

September 07, 2011

The Azimut-Benetti Group will debut the Yachtique Concierge Club, a 5- star service reserved exclusively for Group customers at this year’s Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show 2011.  The Azimut-Benetti Group, working through Yachtique, a dedicated division chose the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes 2011 – The Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show to present the world premiere of the Yachtique Concierge Club.

Paolo Vitelli, president of Azimut-Benetti Group Photo Credit Diego Redel

Unique in the boating world, the Yachtique Concierge Club is exclusively reserved for Azimut-Benetti boat owners who can take advantage of the 5-star service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service ranges from booking reservations for restaurants, cars, and private chefs, to up to the minute weather forecasts worldwide. It also takes care of buying and delivering groceries as well as offering a wide range of significant discounts related to fuel, boating services such as winter storage, motor inspections, and supplying a tender.

Patrick Coote, Marketing Director of Yachtique noted: “This is the very first yachting concierge service of its kind and heralds yet another industry first for Azimut/Benetti. Yacht owners and captains can now rely on a professional shore-based team to assist them, irrespective of whether their vessel is 40ft or 40m in length. Yachting should be a pleasurable experience and our concierge team is there to ensure it stays that way.”

“Our consistency continues to reward us,” Group President, Paolo Vitelli added, “Today we are stronger than ever, thanks to our ability to read the market ahead of our competitors, the extraordinary satisfaction that our boats are registering throughout the market, and finally to the excellent service that we are able to offer our clients around the world”.

Beneteau Group show strong growth during the 2010-11 season

September 07, 2011

During the 2010-11 season, which is coming to an end, the BENETEAU Group has once again achieved strong growth of around 20% for its Boat division in a global market that has picked up slightly. This performance, following on from the previous year’s growth of around 16%, has been achieved thanks to the Group successfully capitalizing on its assets and talents.

Beneteau Group

Beneteau Group

In terms of its assets, the strength and recognition of its brands lead the way, followed by the drive and professionalism of its sales networks, which have worked remarkably well, on both traditional and new markets. In this way, the Group has been able to successfully capitalize on its presence in strong-growth countries, combined with its development on new product segments.

Its sound financial position, underpinning the confidence and trust of all its partners, has enabled it to accelerate its developments at a crucial time for the recovery.

These sound foundations also represent an essential asset for its teams to express their talents in terms of both the creation of new products and technical innovation.

Monte Carlo Yachts - MCY 65

Monte Carlo Yachts - MCY 65

During the 2010-11 season, the Group launched 20 new models, after the previous season’s 29.

More than 20 new models are planned for the coming season, 17 of which will be unveiled at the Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show, and the Grand Pavois show in La Rochelle. More specifically, visitors to these two leading events will this year be able to discover the very latest models of yachts from BENETEAU (Oceanis 41, 45 and 48) and JEANNEAU (Sun Odyssey 379, 509, 44 DS).

For powerboats, the new Barracuda range will be unveiled in France by BENETEAU, alongside the Antares 780 and 880 and the two units which have been added to the Flyer Gran Turismo range, with a 44’ and a 49’ fly. JEANNEAU will be showing the latest creations from the Cap Camarat (8.5 CC) and Merry Fisher (755 and 855) ranges, as well as its all-new NC 9. Prestige 500 fly will be unveiled in Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show, 6th – 11th September 2011, .

LAGOON will be presenting the 2012 version of the LAGOON 620, whose interior has been completely redesigned by Nauta.

The Lagoon 620 Catamaran

The Lagoon 620 catamaran

In the pontoon for large units, visitors to the Cannes Show will have the opportunity to admire three superyachts designed by CNB – Construction Navale Bordeaux – the CNB 100 Chrisco, CNB 77 and CNB 60 – as well as the latest creation from Monte Carlo Yachts – an elegant fly at close to 20 meters, the MCY 65.

CNB Sailing yacht Chrisco - Photo Credit CNB

CNNB Sailing yacht Chrisco - Photo Credit CNB

The housing division has continued to develop in the Leisure Housing segment, as well as the Residential Housing segment, in line with the average rate forecast of around 10%.

The Leisure Housing business, with its IRM and O’Hara brands, has benefited from the outstanding development of the outdoor accommodation sector, driven by the dynamic performance of its players and the greater appeal of domestic destinations.

In the more recent Residential Housing activity – high-environmental performance and wooden-frame houses – the Group has carried out eight housing programs over the past year – for a total of 146 houses – in line with its objectives for the year.

Oxford Investment Group Inc. acquires luxury yacht builder Sealine International

September 01, 2011

Leading luxury British yacht builder Sealine International based in Kidderminster, UK, has announced that it has been acquired by private investors, led by The Oxford Investment Group,Inc.

Sealine International

Selwyn Isakow, chairman of the Oxford Investment Group commented “we have been looking to enter the leisure marine sector for some years and it was important for us to find the right business. Sealine has produced some world beating boats in the last five years and their success, with a rejuvenated brand in a difficult market, is a fantastic story.”

Selwyn together with fellow investor Conrad Prebys (a successful builder, real estate developer and philanthropist from San Diego, California) plan to expand Sealine’s international presence and will be looking to add other marine brands to their portfolio.

Part of the Brunswick Corporation for more than 10 years, Sealine has established itself as a strong and innovative brand, introducing several award winning models in recent years. Commenting on the sale, Dustan E. McCoy, Brunswick’s chairman and chief executive officer said “we are delighted to be selling to an investor who will continue to take the Sealine story from strength to strength”.

“This decision was part of our strategic review to further refine our product portfolio and to best concentrate our resources on our continuing brands and the marine segments in which we compete,” said Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan E. McCoy.  “A primary goal at Brunswick going forward is to better exploit our opportunities for organic growth and to gain share in the marketplace.  For the past several years, we have been steadily transforming our operating model and business structure to be more consistent with the changing marine market.  With the global presence of Sea Ray, Bayliner, Meridian, Hatteras and Boston Whaler, as well as our involvement in regional brands around the globe, Brunswick maintains its leading presence in the world’s marine markets.”

Sealine will be launching their much anticipated new SC42 Sports Cruiser and C48 Coupe at the forthcoming Cannes, Southampton and Genoa Boat shows.

James Bursey, of the Oxford Investment Group, a marine industry veteran, will be assuming the role of managing director.

The new 86 Darwin Class yacht “Vitadimare 3” to debut in Cannes and Genoa this year

August 29, 2011

The Cantiere delle Marche shipyard, a recently established builder of Italian leisure craft, and specifically displacement-design yachts in steel and aluminium, announces its debut in Cannes, at Festival de la Plaisance, where the Italian shipyard will present for the first time the new 86 Darwin Class yacht “Vitadimare 3”.

86 Darwin Class yacht VITADIMARE 3

86 Darwin Class yacht VITADIMARE 3

The new Vitadimare 3 yacht totally matches with the Darwin Class features: extra-thick steel plates, design and construction details normally found of ships with lengths of more than 40 metres that allows the yacht to achieve great results in autonomy, stability and an excellent manoeuvrability, in waters anywhere in the world.

Vitadimare 3 superyacht from above

Vitadimare 3 superyacht from above

Vasco Buonpensiere, Cantiere delle Marche sales and marketing director, comments:”We are incredibly satisfied and proud of the positive answers we are getting from the market: after only 11 months from our birth, we confirm our presence to the most important events of the year, first of all Cannes and Genova. I believe that our vessels, represented this year in Cannes for the first time by our 86 Darwin Class yacht “Vitadimare 3”, mark an important turning point in the world of shipbuilding. Motor Yacht “Vitadimare 3” has its mission in its name: a centric vision of the sea both for the shipyard and for the owner, who wants to live the sea in its genuine and natural aspect. “Vitadimare 3” superyacht is the first model of Darwin Class portfolio, that includes a wide rage of vessels of different sizes – 75, 86, 95 and 105 feet – all falling within the Darwin Class, designed and planned by Sergio Cutolo’s Hydro Tec srl.

To discover all the details of 86 Darwin Class yacht “Vitadimare 3” visit the Extension Super Yacht – SYE037, Festival de la Plaisance, Cannes, 6 – 11 sept. 2011

Motor Yacht Vitadimare 3 at her launch

Motor Yacht Vitadimare 3 at her launch


The groundwork of solid values that sets apart the Cantiere delle Marche shipyard is provided by the expert group of firms and professionals brought together by the Cecchini family, renowned throughout the years in the shipbuilding industry for having constructed high-technology commercial ships and carried out challenging refitting projects, including the mega-yachts Lady Haya (67 metres) and Prometej (45 metres), plus more recent efforts involving highly refined Explorer vessels.

Working alongside the Cecchini family in the company’s top management is Massimo Virgili, the Ancona entrepreneur who owns the shipyard previously utilised by the Ferretti Group and built only three years ago for the specific purpose of turning out large-size yachts.

86 Darwin Class motor yacht VITADIMARE 3

86 Darwin Class motor yacht VITADIMARE 3

Ennio Cecchini, the Managing Director of the Cantiere delle Marche shipyard, has also chosen Vasco Buonpensiere as the Director of Sales & Marketing on his management team, on the strength of the executive’s lengthy experience as an international broker, plus 6 years service as Marketing Director and Brand Manager for Custom Line and CRN of the Ferretti Group.

The Cantiere delle Marche shipyard draws on the skills of acclaimed professionals in the field of design, such as Sergio Cutolo and Mario Pedol of Nauta Design, as well as on the planning and engineering advances developed by the renowned firm Hydro Tec, together with important internal know-how, all in collaboration with a network of highly successful firms that belong to its corporate group, such as CPN, for steel carpentry, piping and the engine assemblies, as well as GS Allestimenti Navali for interior design, a firm that, working hand in hand with the shipyard’s staff, has built dozens of ships and yachts admired throughout the world.