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‘Sports Boats up to 45 feet’ award for Windy 31 Zonda at Motor Boat of the Year 2012

January 19, 2012

Norwegian boat builder, Windy Boats, is celebrating the best possible start to 2012, as the winner of a prominent ‘Motor Boat of the Year Award’ for the Windy 31 Zonda. The annual awards, selected by a team of experts from Motor Boat & Yachting and its sister title, Motor Boats Monthly, celebrate the very best in boat design and construction.

Windy 31 Zonda

Windy 31 Zonda

Presenting the award to Windy Boats CEO, Knut Heiberg-Andersen at the gala dinner on 9 January in London’s Savoy Hotel, judge and Motor Boats Monthly Editor Carl Richardson said, “Every so often, there is one boat that so captures the imagination and thrills the senses that we have to check ourselves in the judging process. Uneasy with our apparent accord, we are compelled to ask, can this boat really be that good? Is the design as sharp and timeless as we remember? Is the on board experience as luxurious? Can the hull really be one of the best we have ever tested? When the answer coming back every time is a resounding yes, we knew we had our winner, and that is the Windy 31 Zonda.”

The 31 Zonda Running

The 31 Zonda Running

Commenting on the accolade a delighted Heiberg- Andersen said, “I am very happy and proud to receive this award for the Windy 31 Zonda, which I really think is one of the most beautiful boats Hans Jørgen Johnsen has ever designed for us. It is a testament to him, and to the skills of the Windy production and engineering team whose quality of workmanship is second to none.”

Windy 31 Zonda Interior

Windy 31 Zonda Interior

Launched to rave reviews last spring, the 31 Zonda is a stunning fast weekender which combines the exhilarating and uncompromising performance of a sports boat with the creature comforts of a larger cruiser. Powered by single or twin stern drive installations, up to a maximum of 640hp, the hull is capable of sustained high speed cruising, combining fearsome wave-tackling abilities with superb handling and control.

The Zonda is also nominated for the 2012 ‘European Powerboat of the Year Awards’, to be announced at the 2012 Dusseldorf Boat International Boat Show (21 – 29 January).

Riva Iseo Yacht Tender, winner of the Perfomance and Superboats Award at 2012 London Boat Show

January 17, 2012

Riva, a brand of the Ferretti Group, was present at the London Boat Show, held from the 6th to the 15th January 2012 with Iseo yacht tender, the new Icon of Made in Italy production, which was presented to the English public for the first time ever during the Show. Following the world premiere in September at the Festival International de la Plaisance in Cannes,  Riva’s latest model has already been shown at the most exclusive and important trade fairs across Europe.

Riva Iseo Yacht

Riva Iseo Yacht

During the Boat Show, in the evening of Monday 9th January, the Motor Boat of the Year Award 2012 was held at London’s Savoy Hotel. During the ceremony, organised by the publisher IPC Media, Riva Iseo yacht was awarded the prestigious Motor Boat of the Year 2012 in the category “Performance & Superboats”. The award was collected by Viola Ravano, Riva’s Sales Manager, and Mike Newton Woof, General Manager of Ventura UK, Riva’s exclusive dealer representing Riva in the UK.

Iseo yacht is destined to become a must-have for those who love cruising on both lakes and sea and for design enthusiasts. She is also perfect for anyone wishing to enhance their yacht with an exclusive tender that will never go unnoticed. Result of the working relationship between Officina Italiana Design, the exclusive designer of the entire Riva range, AYT – Advanced Yacht Technology – the Ferretti Group’s naval research and design centre, and the team of architects and designers at Centro Stile Ferrettigroup, the new runabout has been devised so owners can ‘live’ her wherever they wish: for this reason the standard version of Iseo has her own custom-made car-trailer, allowing easy transportation wherever the owner wishes to go. Iseo also effectively responds to the increasing demand for onboard infotainment: she is indeed the first boat in her class to be equipped with an entertainment system and GPS charting based on the Apple iPAD platform.

Sunseeker’s 28m yacht and the Predator 53 yacht strengthen Design Unlimited’s leading position on the motor yacht interior market

January 16, 2012

A new chapter is market in the partnership between the well known and prestigious luxury yacht builder Sunseeker and the leading interior and styling studio Design Unlimited, thanks to the launch of the new 28m Motor Yacht and the Sunseeker Predator 53 yacht at the 2012 London International Boat Show.

Sunseeker Predator 53 yacht with interior by Design Unlimited

Sunseeker Predator 53 yacht with interior by Design Unlimited

Design Unlimited has been responsible for the interior design of 15 Sunseeker motor yacht models in recent years, including the 30 Metre Yacht and the Predator 130 yacht, and the two latest models once again demonstrate the ability of Mark Tucker and his team to maximise the comfort and utility of the spaces available using furnishings and textures that are both welcoming and stimulating.

The result is public spaces and private cabins that hold their appeal over time, and whose natural tones promote calm and relaxation whether the yacht is in the tropics or more temperate climes.

“We are very privileged that our work with Sunseeker has allowed us to work on an exceptional variety of motoryachts, both in terms of size and style,” said Design Unlimited’s Mark Tucker, “and to such a high standard of fit‐out. These two latest projects once again gave us the opportunity to create interiors that are contemporary but at the same time will not date. We are confident that they will give their owners many years of enjoyment.”

While well‐known as a leader in interior design and styling for superyachts, Design Unlimited has a thriving practice working with a number of leading builders of production and semi‐custom boats,

both motor and sail. Clients include top brands such as Sunseeker and Bavaria, and the studio has been responsible for the interiors on models from Moody, Fjord and Grand Banks. As well as its innovative and appealing approach to styling, the team at Design Unlimited utilises state‐of‐the‐art software to create detailed designs that can be fed straight into the production process, thereby shorting development times and delivering efficiency gains on the factory floor.

2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show closes with positive feedback

January 16, 2012

With the last day yesterday, the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show has begun the Olympic year with success for the leisure marine industry with strong, positive feedback from both visitors and exhibitors. In total, 134,753 visitors visited ExCeL London across the 10 days to enjoy five Shows in one*, with 102,841 enjoying a specific trip to the Boat Show.

Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2012

Despite the difficult financial climate, this puts the 2012 Show just 6% behind last year’s attendance and slightly ahead of 2010.  The Show continues to be a resilient and evolving event, in line with industry demand, with sales figures proving better than expected for many.

The Show, as always, with interactive and educational features, continues to impress and entertain visitors.  More than 1200 visitors climbed HMS Victory yacht’s rigging, over 1850 got afloat on the Watersports Action Pool with Neilson and Rockley Watersports and thousands of visitors took advantage of the mild weather to head out to the Used Boat Marina in association with YachtWorld.  Plus, the introduction of the Luxury Lifestyle & Supercar Showcase, along with The London Bike, Outdoors and Active Travel Show, has helped to broaden the Show’s appeal and attract a more diverse range of visitors.

Importantly, the Show remains a vital showcase for the £2.9bn marine industry, highlighting manufacturing excellence, design, quality and innovation.  Sales made at this Show are vital for exhibitors’ business plans for the year and the sector has shown resilience in the face of continuing economic turmoil.

Murray Ellis, Managing Director of NBS is pleased with the success of the Show: “We have worked extremely hard to create a 10 day event that our exhibitors would be proud of and that meets visitors’ expectations. The response we have had from visitors is that we are continuing to deliver the ‘wow’ factor. We acknowledge that numbers are down which is a disappointment but we are pleased with the high quality of visitors and the reflective sales.

“There has been a real buzz around the Show, from the moment the Show was opened last Friday by Tamara Ecclestone with a media throng.”

David Pougher, Chairman of National Boat Shows added:  “With 14 world launches and more than 45 boats being launched in total, the London Show has once again cemented itself as an important event in the international marine calendar.  We welcomed 128 new companies to the Show, over 500 companies in total, who have taken advantage of the January timing to promote themselves and their products to a significant audience, which they would not have otherwise seen.”

Exhibitor quotes

Exhibitors have been making sales from the start of the Show.  After the first weekend, Drascombe by Churchhouse Boats has sold two boats, which gives Simon Harwood, Production Manager, about six months of work.  By the end of Wednesday Ultrasonic Antifouling was on an even par with last year’s Show on sales after five days and Bates Wharf had sold two Bayliners and a Sessa C32, with lots of interest in their boats outside on the Used Boats Marina in association with YachtWorld.com.

“We are pleased with the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. In terms of retail sales we are ahead of the same time last year. We’ll be back next year.”  Fairline Boats

“The world is a difficult place currently but we are very pleased with our result in this environment and look forward to 2013.” Robert Braithwaite, Sunseeker International

“This is the best London Show for six years.”  Paul Heyes, Key Yachting

Princess Yachts is very pleased to announce another successful Tullett Prebon London Boat Show with sales exceeding expectations.  “While we are under no illusion that we still face many challenges across our international markets, we are delighted that the positive progress we saw in sales at the PSP Southampton Boat Show has continued into London and it is an encouraging start to the New Year”.  Chris Gates, Princess Yachts

“I just finished an order for 10 of our new Crabber 12, having sold quite a few already during the week, plenty of interest from groups like the scouts and lots of interest in our other boats. We’ve had a very good show.” Peter Thomas, Cornish Crabber

“Val Wyatt Marine, representing Interboat and Jetten Yachting of Holland and Viking Moulding, is pleased to advise that following a successful Southampton Boat Show (no boats were sold but 11 sales:  four Jetten, three Interboat, and four Vikings were made from direct enquiries at the Show), London 2012 seems as positive with four trials now booked already and a great number of serious leads to follow up. It is with note that both the Dutch companies we represent continue with a commitment to the UK boat shows and have already confirmed their attendance at Southampton in September 2012.   Also both Interboat and Jetten are now using the UK shows to launch their new products with the world premiers of the Interboat 640 and Jetten 30 Sedan here at this show.” Guy Girling, Val Wyatt Marine

“Our sales figure continues to grow at the Show with the level of interest remaining very high. The new range of Mariner Boats has made its debut here at the Show targeting a gap in the market for small to medium size river launches that are stylish and affordable. Whilst all models have proven popular at the show the Mariner 421, with three sold, is currently in the lead closely followed by the Mariner 560 and the Mariner 520. ABC has also been approached by several dealers along the Thames as well as two dealers near to the Norfolk Broads all wanting to become stocking dealers, showing that even in the current economic conditions the right products will always sell.” Matt, ABC Marine

“We’ve had a very, very good show. We’ve sold boats across our range and we’ve found that there has been a high level of visitor. We’ve no complaints at all”.  Matt Hornsby, Williams Performance Tenders

“It’s a challenging market, but this is a really good event. I am both selling and taking orders; it helps set me up for the year.” Stephen Lees, Marine Artist

“We’re happy with the level of business and the quality of customer. It’s been as good as we had hoped it would be. The Show helps deliver our brand and build business for the coming months.” Rob Clay, TCS Chandlery

“Having a great Show, it’s a good opportunity to meet our customer base and promote our distributors.” English Braids

Having launched the latest additions to their deck hardware range at this year’s Show: “The Show has been good and the quality of visitors very good.”  Paul Botterill, Barton Marine

“I just sold my first boat this morning (Saturday) and I’ve had plenty of sign-ups for demo days.” Seema Patel, SmartKat

“The Show has been great for us and we are very happy for the outcome.”  Lester Abbott, Northshore

“We have sold three boats, which is the first time for five years we have had a direct sale at the Show.”  Midlands Nautique

“There has been much more quality of people to the stand. The people that are here want to be here. I have had some good leads for both permanent and temporary clients. It’s been a good Show overall.” Chris Windsor, Dover Marina

“As a direct result of the Show we are looking at close to 100 confirmed marina berths being taken. The stand has been a useful tool for other exhibitors to bring people to, to discuss berthing options.” Gareth Turnbull, Which Marina?

“Having the System 2 cable wake system down by the pool has produced some good leads. It has been a good platform for us to be able to invite interested people to the Show to see us. I will be coming back.” Tim Woodhead, Industry Wake Parks

“The arrival of The London Bike, Outdoors and Active Travel Show has brought loads of visitors to our stand, resulting in us smashing our targets for today.”  Helen Waterhouse, RYA

“We’ve had a great show, with a steady stream of quality customers throughout. We found it particularly busy the last few days and have seen some strong sales, especially on the larger Turbojets and the new Dieseljet range. There has been particular interest in the 565 Dieseljet, with several orders for yacht tenders and as standalone day boats. The Tullett Prebon London Boat Show seems to have attracted a lot more foreign visitors than the Southampton Boat Show, and we have sold boats to China, Brazil and the US. Overall, an excellent start to the year for Williams.” Mathew Hornsby, Williams Performance Tenders

“We’ve had a successful show with sales and customer interest far exceeding last year’s Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. We saw significant interest in our new brands, Aquatic AV, Alpine and Digital Yacht, which have all brought new customers to our stand, as well as continued interest from OEMs and customers in the market-leading KVH products. All in all a great show, with a great buzz, quality customers and good sales.” Andrew Bush, C A Clase

The event also provided the BMF with the opportunity to promote the successful leisure marine industry, which employees some 31,300 people, to important political, financial and business stakeholders to ensure that key decision makers understand the importance of the sector to UK plc.  Business Minister Mark Prisk, Skills Minister John Hayes and CBI Director General John Cridland CBE all departed having been impressed with the manufacturing excellence on display and key to help and promote the industry in the future.

The Show also proves a magnet with a number of celebrities and personalities.  HRH The Princess Royal made her annual visit while TV personalities Nick Knowles, Mario from The Only Way is Essex, magician Paul Daniels and wife Debbie McGee and sports stars – both current and ex – enjoyed the Show: Alan Brazil, Ray Parlour and Jensen Button.  Sailing heroes Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy, Andrew Simpson, Brian Thompson, GB canoeists Huw Sweetnam, Lani Belcher and Abigail Edmonds, three-times Jet Ski Champion Jack Moule and powerboat champion Shelley Jory-Leigh also took time to entertain visitors.

One of the stars of the Show was, undoubtedly the Watersports Action Pool. The pool has seen wall to wall action with champions of all disciplines showing off their skills.  Importantly 1850 visitors have had the chance to get on the water and give it a try themselves, choosing from kayaking, wakeboarding, dinghy sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding.

The interactive activity provided by exhibitors on various stands around the Show has really added to the overall visitor experience and has also been a success for those exhibitors involved.

The 2012 PSP Southampton Boat Show will take place at Mayflower Park from 14-23 September, while next year’s Tullett Prebon London Boat Show runs from 11-20 January 2013 at ExCeL London.

40m motor yacht RW40 by Bannenberg & Rowell Design

January 16, 2012

40m motor yacht RW40 is a stunning vessel created by the world-renowned London-based studio, Bannenberg & Rowell Design. The RW40 superyacht’s hewn aesthetic is a sculptural piece of art with movement; one that imparts a sense of energy even when stationary.

40m motor yacht RW40 by Bannenberg & Rowell Design

40m motor yacht RW40 by Bannenberg & Rowell Design

40m luxury yacht RW40

40m luxury yacht RW40

The hull form of the luxury yacht RW40 has been designed with a low draft of 2.1m allowing greater accessibility to shallow waters and coastlines typical of the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The unusual shaping and drawn out stem provide marked features and also greatly contribute to ride quality and performance.

40m Super yacht RW40 - View from above

40m Super yacht RW40 - View from above

Bannenberg & Rowell RW40 Superyacht - rear view

Bannenberg & Rowell RW40 Superyacht - rear view

Overwhelming support for a new charity at Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

January 16, 2012

A new charity with the main aim to get more people with disabilities on the water in power boats has been given overwhelming support at its first event at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show.

Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show 2012

Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show 2012

The Disabled Powerboating Trust held a party at Sunseeker International hosted by the inspiration for the charity, and its first ambassador, Geoff Holt MBE. Geoff, who is a wheel chair user, encouraged individuals and companies both in and beyond the marine industry to get involved. He revealed that, although there are many sailing charities for people with disabilities, this is the first charity to use powerboats.

The Charity’s board of Trustees includes Robert Braithwaite CBE, President of Sunseeker International; Chairman Ian Davies, Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Shelley Jory-Leigh, British Powerboat champion, Tracey Clarke, media specialist and Andy Fell, disability expert.

The Trust will raise money from individual and corporate donors, identify providers of suitable craft, make grants and provide information to those with disabilities who wish to access the water under power.

Speaking on behalf of the Chairman Tracey Clarke confirmed that the Trust’s first goal is to get at least 25 companies to adopt the Disabled Powerboating Trust  as their chosen charity for 2012.

5 Gold Anchors Award for the Port Solent Marina Received at 2012 London Boat Show

January 13, 2012

The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) is happy to announce that following a recent assessment, Premier’s Port Solent marina has received the 5 Gold Anchors award in TYHA’s prominent Gold Anchor Award Scheme. This is a very important achievement for Premier with Port Solent’s score ranking among the highest in the Scheme. TYHA’s Gold Anchor Award Scheme provides a trustworthy measure of excellence for yacht owners looking to berth a yacht on a permanent basis or to visit a marina with the Scheme scoring from 1 to 5 Gold Anchors.

5 Gold Anchors award from the hands of Princess Anne

Port Solent’s General Manager, Andy Osman received the 5 Gold Anchors award from the hands of Princess Anne at 2012 London Boat Show

Premier’s Port Solent marina is located in Portsmouth Harbour and is one of the UK’s leading marinas with 800 berths in total, 400 of which are Premier owned and operated. The marina offers superb facilities and an enthusiastic and professional team headed up by General Manager Andy Osman. Port Solent is just one of 8 South Coast marinas owned by Premier and in line with the company’s strategy for growth the marina offers everything a boater requires from an exciting cruising area to value for money berthing, fantastic facilities and boat care. Facilities at Port Solent include dedicated berth holder car parks and luxury showers and toilets and there’s a fully serviced boatyard with unlimited storage ashore. Other attractions include a wide range of boat care tenants, a chandlery, shops, restaurants, bars, a health club and a multiplex cinema.

Port Solent’s General Manager Andy Osman commented, “We are delighted and honoured to have been awarded Five Gold Anchors. This prestigious award reflects the hard work of my marina team and our continual investment in our marina services and facilities.”

Port Solent Marina

Port Solent Marina

“We are also very proud of the local services available at the marina. Port Solent is a modern, family friendly and fun marina offering a lively and vibrant waterside experience and The Boardwalk offers a delightful array of fine and casual dining to cater for all tastes.”

Gareth Turnbull, TYHA General Manager said “Our detailed assessment and review of the berth holders’ satisfaction at Port Solent marina proves that Premier Marinas is helping to set the standard for UK marinas. Port Solent offers a sheltered, safe and secure location manned 24/7 every day and the facilities on offer are superb, not least the “exceptional” shower and toilet blocks. This marina offers a full range of leisure activities on its door step and is known by locals as a good recreational destination.”

The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) provides support for marinas and related business throughout the UK and internationally. The Gold Anchor Award Scheme is a voluntary assessment programme which is focussed on customer service and providing quality moorings for the boat owner. The ratings range from 1 to 5 Gold Anchors and provide assurance of the credibility and quality of the marina when assessed against the technical criteria based on the Code of Practice for the Construction and Operation of Marinas and Yacht Harbours.

Premier Marinas is a keen supporter of TYHA’s Gold Anchor Award Scheme and Port Solent Premier holds Five Gold Anchor awards at Eastbourne, Brighton and Chichester and in Falmouth and Southsea the company holds Four Gold Anchor Awards.

Port Solent’s General Manager, Andy Osman received the Five Gold Anchor Award from The Princess Royal at the 2012 London Boat Show.

2012 Motor Boat of the Year Winners announced

January 11, 2012

The winners of the 2012 Motor Boat of the Year were revealed at a gala ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London last night. Nine yachts were selected from a list of 57.

Ferretti Custom Line 100 Yacht

Ferretti Custom Line 100 Yacht

The winners of the 2012 Motor Boat of the Year are:

Starterboat: Quicksilver Activ 645 Cabin

Manufacturer: Brunswick
UK dealer: CTC Marine & Leisure Group, Ferry Marine, Nauticalia Boats, Quadra Boats, R.I.B.S. Marine, Samspeed Marine, SeaMark Nunn Ltd, Yachthaven Marine.

Sunseeker Manhattan 63 motoryacht - Image coutesy of Sunseeker

Sunseeker Manhattan 63 motoryacht - Image coutesy of Sunseeker

Wheelhouse & Walkaround: Botnia Targa 32

Manufacturer: OY Botnia Marin AB
UK Dealer: Wessex Marine

Performance and Superboat: Riva Iseo

Manufacturer: Ferretti Group
UK dealer: Ventura UK

Riva Iseo Yacht

Riva Iseo Yacht

Trawler Yacht and Aft Cabin: Beneteau ST44

Manufacturer: Beneteau
UK Dealer: AM Dickie & Sons

Beneteau ST44 Yacht

Beneteau ST44 Yacht

Sportscruiser up to 45ft: Windy 31 Zonda

Manufacturer: Windy Boats AS
UK Dealer: Express Cruisers Ltd

Windy 31 Zonda Yacht

Windy 31 Zonda Yacht

Sportscruiser above 45ft: Princess V52

Manufacturer: Princess Yachts International
UK Dealer: Princess Motor Yacht Sales

Princess V52 Yacht

Princess V52 Yacht

Flybridge up to 55ft: Jeanneau Prestige 500

Manufacturer: Jeanneau
UK Dealer: BHG Marine, Bleu Water Marine, Cambrian Boats Limited, Cyril Johnston & Co, Euroyacht, Network North Wales, Walton Marine, Lansdale Marine & Leisure & Property LLP, LH Morgan and Sons Ltd.

Jeanneau Prestige 500 Yacht

Jeanneau Prestige 500 Yacht

Flybridge above 55ft: Sunseeker Manhattan 63 yacht

Manufacturer: Sunseeker International
UK Dealer: Sunseeker London

Custom Yacht: Ferretti Custom Line 100

Manufacturer: Ferretti Group
UK Dealer: Ventura UK

The Judges Special Award was received by David King, chairman of Princess Yachts International, and the Garmin Europe Ltd Outstanding Service Award was given to Essex Boatyards.

World debut of the New Sunseeker 28m Motor Yacht at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

January 09, 2012

Sunseeker International has presented its beautiful yacht, the 28 Metre Sunseeker Yacht in her World debut during the 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show on Friday 6th January.

World debut of the New Sunseeker 28m Motor Yacht at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show – Photo Credit Sunseeker International.   (3)

World debut of the New Sunseeker 28m Motor Yacht at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show – Photo Credit Sunseeker International. (3)

The Sunseeker world launch of the 28 Metre motor yacht received a fantastic response and there was a great performance from electric string quartet Asteria, and a guest appearance from Tamara Ecclestone and Robert Braithwaite.  President and Founder of Sunseeker International cut the ribbon in celebration of the new Sunseeker 28m motor yacht launch.

World debut of the New Sunseeker 28m Motor Yacht at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show – Photo Credit Sunseeker International.

World debut of the New Sunseeker 28m Motor Yacht at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show – Photo Credit Sunseeker International.

Sunseeker’s 28 Metre Yacht
The new 28m motor yacht design by Sunseeker launches the next generation of the ‘Sunseeker’ Yacht look. The element most captivating is the remarkable extent of main deck glazing. Unusually full height and pillarless, the glazing flows continuously down the sides and around the rear of the saloon, merging with the aft patio doors. This new wrap around glazing gives the main deck accommodation a unique uninterrupted floor to ceiling panoramic view and an extraordinarily bright interior, bringing the outside in.

Just as this increases usability of the saloon throughout the day, particularly with the option of side doors and bulwark balcony, other external social areas on the foredeck and flybridge have been innovated with new sunpad and group seating formats. The large carbon fibre hard topped flybridge deck offers unrivalled room for enjoyment with a comparable increase in available space resulting in an area that can be tailored to suit every client’s needs. From spa tubs to extended sunpads, this area will have endless entertaining layouts to enjoy true al-fresco dining.

Debut of the Sunseeker 28m Motoryacht at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show – Photo Credit Sunseeker International.

Debut of the Sunseeker 28m Motoryacht at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show – Photo Credit Sunseeker International.

Every Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht will be unique and tailored to specific customer requirements offering a breakthrough in interior layout and design with interior furnishings selected from the 2012 Sunseeker Collection of materials and linings, ensuring that the striking exterior design continues throughout the interior. Two individual stairways lead down to four equally well appointed and spacious suites, including up to two VIP double staterooms and a full-beam master stateroom. Each and every cabin incorporates the large window sets now synonymous with Sunseeker design.

Throughout, headroom and hull-side storage has been maximised demonstrating that modern design and practicality can go hand-in-hand. The completely new hull provides increased space whilst still capable of producing excellent performance speeds from a choice of engines, the final delight in a truly remarkable new craft.

Performances

The 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show was opened by heiress, model and broadcaster, Tamara Ecclestone, with all the glitz and panache that would be expected from this world-class event.

Tamara Ecclestone at the World debut of the New Sunseeker 28m Motor Yacht at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show – Photo Credit Sunseeker International.

Tamara Ecclestone at the World debut of the New Sunseeker 28m Motor Yacht at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show – Photo Credit Sunseeker International.

A show stopping performance from the popular Asteria string quartet marked the world launch of the new 28m Sunseeker motoryacht.

Asteria string quartet at the World debut of the New Sunseeker 28m Motor Yacht at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show – Photo Credit Sunseeker International.

Asteria string quartet at the World debut of the New Sunseeker 28m Motor Yacht at 2012 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show – Photo Credit Sunseeker International.

Asteria are an elegant and glamorous electric string quartet who are musically trained at the highest level and are set to provide a fantastic performance incorporating a vibrant fusion of musical styles. Recent appearances by Asteria include the Wembley Champions’ League Final, the Take That “Beautiful World” tour, Simply Red European Tour, and a host of international parties.

Fairline’s Latest Motor Yacht Squadron 78 Custom at 2012 London Boat Show

January 09, 2012

The latest flybridge motor yacht Squadron 78 Custom by the UK shipyard Fairline is making her public debut at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2012. Squadron 78 Custom yacht features an updated flybridge with design cues taken from the latest generation of Squadron models.

Fairline Super Yacht Squadron 78 Custom

Fairline Super Yacht Squadron 78 Custom

A key feature of the motor yacht Squadron 78 Custom is the large flybridge, which now has new seating arrangements to provide even greater floor space from the steps to the helm station. The main seating area includes the addition of an electric table that can be converted to a cushioned sunbathing area. The same dashboard as the newest models in the Squadron range has been installed as well as the bar area that comprises griddle, sink, fridge and ice-maker. The crane for launching and lifting a PWC is still fitted to the aft flybridge as standard.

With Fairline’s on-going design trend towards spacious and light-filled interiors, the latest model has new hull windows, allowing even more natural light into the cabins.

Fairline Squadron 78 Custom Interior

Fairline Squadron 78 Custom Interior

Adam Greenwood, Technical Director at Fairline comments, “The Squadron 78 Custom is our current flagship. Many customisable options are available throughout the interior accommodation and the recent upgrade to the flybridge layout makes even greater use of the space.”

Within the interior accommodation, customers can choose to include a dedicated office, separate walk-in wardrobes or enlarged en-suite bathroom. The dining room and galley can be integrated with the saloon to create a light, sociable area. The magnificent master stateroom spans the entire width of the motor yacht and comprises an en-suite dressing room, as well as a bathroom with a large walk-in shower, or an optional whirlpool bath.

Further custom options include, but are not limited to, an additional long range fuel tank, fin or gyro zero-speed stabilisers, changes to bulkheads and furniture, and an additional staircase.

Fairline luxury yacht Squadron 78 Custom

Fairline luxury yacht Squadron 78 Custom

As with the other larger models in the Fairline range, purchasers of the luxury yacht Squadron 78 Custom have the benefit of a dedicated Yacht Division Consultant who advises and consults with them throughout the entire purchase.

The 2012 Fairline Targa express cruiser and Squadron flybridge motor yacht ranges have RINA Green Plus Yacht Certification. The certification recognises vessels with design solutions, equipment and operational procedures that help make improvements in environmental performance.

Principal Dimensions of the Squadron 78 Custom yacht by Fairline:

Length of hull (bow to transom, incl. gunwale): 73ft 4in (22.35m)
Length overall (inc. gunwale and bathing platform): 79ft 11in (24.37m)
Beam (inc. gunwale): 18ft 8in (5.70m)
Number of berths: 6–13
Draught: 5ft 3in (1.61m) unloaded
Height above waterline (inc. arch + nav. light mast): 25ft 4in (7.72m)
Transport height: 18ft 5in (5.61m)
Dry weight (approx.): 45.52 tons (46,250kg)
Fuel capacity: 1296 gals/1557 US gals (5,892L)
Water capacity (inc. Calorifier): 251 gals/301 US gals (1,140L)
Engine recommendations (twin): from 2,720mhp to 3,244mhp