Go beyond with CUSTOM LINE 106

 The new yacht from the Custom Line planing line based on the model designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design studio makes its début at the 2019 Venice Boat Show. 

Custom Line has introduced another masterpiece for their gallery of yachting works of art: Custom Line 106’. The new designer planing yacht showcases a different view on timeless yachting with absolute brilliance. It boasts many factors of excellence and distinction, first and foremost its unmistakable design and expert organisation of the large volumes and spaces, all for the benefit of yachting comfort and life on board. 

With its 32.82 m (107’ 8”) length and 7.30 m (23’ 11”) width, the Custom Line 106’ is a product of the partnership between the Francesco Paszkowski Design studio, Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department and the Product Strategy Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari. 

The design of the lines on the bottom and the hull help it to replicate and build upon the outstanding hydrodynamic performance of the brand’s updated planing range. 

The profile is sleek and powerful: taut lines run from the stern to the forward area, generating a spectacular alternation of materials and colours in the light structural surfaces and dark tinted windows. 

The hull windows are broad and ample, while a sense of direct contact with the sea is offered by the full-length deck windows, further expanded by their convex shape. 

The style of the interiors, developed by Francesco Paszkowski in collaboration with Margherita Casprini, continues in the same vein as Custom Line’s new planing vessels: it explores greater formal balance and there are distinctive, strong colour contrasts in the furnishings and coverings. 

EXTERNAL AREAS 

The new yacht is distinguished by 220 m² of exterior floor surfaces, all interconnected. Making a comeback is the revolutionary concept of the flybridge being directly connected to the bow through a spacious port walkway, while the starboard walkway leads to the cockpit, from which the flybridge is reached using the port stairway. 

To the stern is an advanced version of the patented DMT – Dual Mode Transom system. It features two sliding doors that cover the stairs when the vessel is in motion, thus providing an unbeatably clean-cut appearance. When the ship stops, they slide inside the hatch so that guests can climb up. From the garage, a Williams DieselJet505 tender and a three-person jet ski can be lowered into the water. 

The flybridge is surrounded by steel lifelines and protected by two large side windows. It spans a huge 53 m² and is entirely furnished with free-standing items: sun beds with sofas and cocktail tables are placed on the first unit. In addition to this area, there is a bar with grill, sink and fridge starboard before reaching the access to a private balcony. On the port side is the external helm station with a seat for the pilot and one for the co-pilot. The foredeck of the flybridge offers another area that can be configured as one likes at the yacht owner’s disposal, with the possibility to create a spa area with whirlpool tub. The entire space is covered by a hard-top incorporating two skylights to increase the brightness of the area. 

Another distinctive element of this yacht is the forward area, further expanded and divided into three separate and independent areas. The raised central island is like a private sunset lounge, consisting of a large C-shaped sofa with reclining backrests and two coffee tables in the centre facing two separate sun pads. The bow area is enriched with another two large sun pads and offers an unprecedented view of the sea, spanning a total of 36 m² of usable surface area. In keeping with Custom Line tradition, this area includes an additional garage for a Mini Jet Williams 2.80 or a compact three-person jet ski. Bimini tops or canopies can be fitted to provide shade in all external areas. 

MAIN DECK 

The cockpit boasts an extra-large convertible sofa with an adjustable backrest facing a bar unit with a fridge and an ice maker on the starboard side. The moorings on both sides are covered by a teak bench that can be used as an additional seat. The entrance to the engine room is located on the port walkway. 

The interiors of the main deck bask in the natural light provided by large floor-to-ceiling windows that increase the sense of continuity with the sea, creating a single lounge area with the cockpit when the large floor-to-ceiling French door is totally closed. An open space of 40 m² with heights exceeding 2 m creates a living area with L-shaped sofa, armchairs and low furnishings situated before the dining area with table and chairs, designed to accommodate 10 people. 

Upon request, the central window starboard can be opened completely with an electric mechanism. The support columns used on the Custom Line 120’ can also be found here, with lighting, audio and air conditioning systems on them. 

A bulkhead partition conceals floor-to-ceiling storage compartments. Two bronze mirror sliding doors separate the flows between the starboard guest area and the port service area. On both sides there are two doors providing access to the external walkways. 

Going starboard and after passing the day head, stairs lead down to the guest area of the lower deck, whereas moving forward, you come first to the owner’s study before reaching the full-beam master cabin in the foredeck, measuring 6.50 m in width and providing the owner with spacious storage room, two dressing rooms and a large bathroom with dual facilities and a central shower. In the first unit, an optional panoramic terrace has been added. It swings open and provides the owner with a private area directly in contact with the sea. 

The port side of the main deck leads to the galley, the crew area and the raised helm station. This houses the integrated bridge, developed with Naviop-Simrad. It is a single direct interface providing total control of the yacht’s functions, complete with touchscreens seamlessly installed in the instrument panel. 

LOWER DECK 

A large lobby separates the four large standard cabins on the lower deck: two VIP cabins amidships and two twin ones forward, all with separate bathrooms. The beds in the VIP cabins face the bulwark to make the most of the views straight out over the water at sea level, while an additional Pullman bed can be fitted in each of the two twin cabins. 

The crew area located in the foredeck consists of a captain’s cabin with separate shower and two double crew cabins, each with its own bathroom, to accommodate a total of 5 members. A spacious dinette with L-shaped sofa, galley and laundry room are at their disposal. 

ENGINES AND TECHNOLOGY ON BOARD 

Custom Line 106′ is equipped with two 2217-Mhp MTU 16V 2000 M86 engines, allowing the yacht to reach a cruising speed of 20 knots and a maximum speed of 23 knots (preliminary data). Alternatively, it is possible to ask for twin 2638-Mhp MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines, which can reach a cruising speed of 22 knots and a maximum speed of 26 knots (preliminary data). 

It is equipped with electro-hydraulic stabilizing fins, offering both underway and zero-speed modes. On request, gyroscopic stabilizers can also be fitted for maximum comfort at anchor. 

Like the other recent Custom Line models, the 106’ comes with innovative VOTIS system built in collaboration with Videoworks that allows an iPad to be used to operate the entertainment system installed in the lounge on the main deck, meaning that the various remote controls can be replaced by a single device. This technological solution can be extended to all of the different parts of the maxi yacht and it can also be used in conjunction with the owner’s personal devices. 

GULF CRAFT, DELIVERS SEVENTH MAJESTY 100 SUPERYACHT

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UAE luxury yacht manufacturer, Gulf Craft, has delivered its seventh Majesty 100 superyacht.

Jonacor Marine, Drettmann International’s Russian and Ukrainian Dealer for Gulf Craft, sold the superyacht to a Russian owner with a love of yachting. The owner has named her M/Y Piterland II.

The new superyacht is currently being shipped to Gibraltar, where the owner will offload it and travel onboard through Europe before berthing in East Europe.

Since its launch at the 2017 Dubai International Boat Show, six models of the Majesty 100 have been sold worldwide. The latest order is hull number seven of Gulf Craft’s first sky-lounge superyacht. The homegrown company has delivered several of the models to Europe and Australia.

Gaining worldwide attention since it was launched, the Majesty 100, which is 31.7m in size, is characterized by her powerful but efficient propulsion system. The owners, who are experienced boaters, have chosen the model for its reliability, comfort and unparalleled space and sea keeping capabilities.

The yacht’s standard features include folding balconies on both sides, floor-to-ceiling glazing in the main deck saloon and a sky-lounge on the upper deck, which will allow the owners to use the yacht in almost any climate and enjoy unparalleled open views of the sea. The interior includes five staterooms, with the owner’s situated in the main deck and four rooms in the lower deck.

The model has been completed using timeless exterior styling and exquisite workmanship. The lavish superyacht has been personalised according to the owner’s preference. The interior of the main veneer features quilted semi-gloss stain while the accent and furniture veneer is ebony semi-gloss. Crema Marfil, Dark Emperador and Cappuccino Oryx marble has been used across the interior.

Power will come from 1,900hp twin MAN engines propelling her to a top speed of 20 knots. When trimmed back to an economical speed of 12 knots, the superyacht will cover a cruising range of 1,500 nautical miles.

Gulf Craft currently has three Majesty 100s under construction, with delivery dates that extend up to 2021.

BENETTI DELIVERS M/Y “METIS”

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M/Y Metis, a custom 63-meter yacht with steel hull and aluminium superstructure, was delivered to her German owner and long-lasting customer of Yacht Moments, introduced to the shipyard by Kurt Lehmann. Carbon, polished steel and bleached oak embellished with leather inserts are the main materials chosen for this yacht.

The interiors, designed by UK studio Bannenberg & Rowell, who worked in partnership with the Birgit Otte Interior Atelier, are designed in a modern style. The exteriors are the work of Giorgio M. Cassetta.

The custom gym on the Fly Deck, the touch and gohelipad and the over 160 sq. m owner’s apartment with two double beds and an outdoor terrace all contribute to make Metis a unique Benetti model.

Metishas been delivered to its owner in Livorno. She is a 63-meter long custom yacht with a very elaborated interior design. In his role as consultant to the owner, Kurt Lehmann of Yacht Moments has been in charge of the project management and praised Benetti for the great work that had characterized the entire Metis design and construction period: Benetti confirmed once again its name as icon of timeless Italian style and excellence in megayacht construction. The highly skilled Benetti’s technicians and engineers and the artisans who worked for the shipyard have created an amazing yacht. The dedication of everyone in communicating and exchanging views with the captain and owner was remarkable.” Yacht Moments have also been responsibly involved in the conception and development of this stylish custom superyacht project – always taking care of the completion of the owner’s ideas, demands and inspirations. Notably the additional upper gym-deck has been developed by Yacht Moments and perfectly realized by Benetti and Giorgio M. Cassetta.

The exteriors are the result of the collaboration between Benetti and Giorgio M. Cassetta who, through a painstaking design, sought to maximise the dynamic proportions of a yacht that has an impressing long bow with vertical straight edge. Metis is a modern and timeless yacht, which displays large volumes behind flowing lines and innovative features, such as the private deck. The design is simple, yet characteristic of Benetti, said the Italian designer.

The interiors are the result of the collaboration between German studio Birgit Otte Interior, based in Wolfersdorf, and Bannenberg & Rowell, an English studio directed by Dickie Bannenberg and Simon Rowell. The London-based duo, famous for devising creative solutions based on bold shapes and geometric motifs, with an eye-catching design and a fine finish, were given a great deal of leeway in the design. Dickie Bannenberg, who is thrilled with this project, commented: “Metis‘ unique layout has freed us from what I call ‘the tyranny of alignment’, allowing us to unlock new corners and views of asymmetric designs.This approach in particular is reflected in the beach club, where the rooms are rotated by about 30° compared to traditional layouts and offer a new view over the sea through the transom and the side doors.

The novelty of this particular rotation also characterizes the main salon and the upper deck salon, challenging conventional expectations and perceptions.

The originality of Metisis also evident in the full-beam owner’s suite, which features a lounge and offers a breathtaking 180-degree view thanks to the full-height glazed surfaces on the private bow deck. The design of this room is based on a contemporary range of wood finishes using smoked oak, carbon and polished steel combined with calacatta and coffee brown marbles. The bold, geometric shapes can be found in the stainless steel bed frames, furniture and finishes. A private lounge is also available in the babysitting cabin, which has a terrace overlooking the sea.

TORRENTE, AL QEMZI GIVE TEAM ABU DHABI PERFECT PLATFORM IN PORTUGAL

World champions eye another one-two Grand Prix triumph in Portimao

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 Thani Al Qemzi – also saved his best for last in qualifying.

Shaun Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi have given Team Abu Dhabi a perfect platform as they seek another one-two success in the Grand Prix of Portugal tomorrow to launch their double title defence in the F1H2O World Championship.

It was a case of same again on the Arade River Circuit in Portimao as reigning world champion

Torrente completed a pole position hat-trick by edging out Al Qemzi in the third qualifying session, just as he did 12 months ago.

Torrente’s stunning fastest lap of 42.58s, beating his team-mate by 0.08s, now presents him with the opportunity to repeat his brilliant qualifying and race double triumph on his Team Abu Dhabi debut in Portugal last year.

“It wasn’t a perfect run because conditions were very difficult and the wind made the boat jump about, but the team did an amazing job to prepare it for me,” he said at the finish, as Marit Stromoy marked Norway National Day with the third quickest time.

“We saw Eric (Stark) crash in Q2, that’s how difficult it was. We managed Q1 and Q2 and in Q3 we just went for it and luckily we came out on top again.”

The Team Abu Dhabi duo are in the ideal position to dominate tomorrow’s Grand Prix proceedings as they did last year, although Torrente is taking nothing for granted.

“It’s going to be so much tougher this season,” he said. “Everyone has been working so hard in the winter and the boats are so close.”

Team Abu Dhabi hope the F1 qualifying success can help inspire Mohammed Al-Mehairbi and Rashed Al-Remeithi in tomorrow’s F4-S race after they finished fifth and seventh respectively in today’s opener.

 

BENETTI BRINGS THE FIRST PHASE OF ITS GIGA SEASON TO A HAPPY END WITH THE LAUNCH OF 108-METER FB275

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In the Group’s fiftieth anniversary year, Benetti, icon of style and elegance in the history of luxury yachting, wins another challenge and launches three giga yachts in just 100 days.

After the two launches on December 18 and February 5, the 108-meter FB275 now hits the water and brings to an end a busy and productive season, during which Benetti was fully focused on an exceptional endeavour: building 3 yachts over 100 meters in parallel and launching them in the space of just 100 days.

This remarkable achievement was made possible by an ambitious business plan involving major financial investments (in infrastructure, organisation, not to mention workers and shipyard safety). The expansion of Benetti’s Livorno shipyard in particular, with the construction of two latest generation industrial sheds (at a cost of over €18 million), significantly increased the Company’s production capacity.

This challenging project has been used by the shipyard to fine tune its production processes still further, guaranteeing the highest standards of quality and reliability in all phases of construction: from design, to engineering and finally delivery.

The launch of the three giga yachts is an achievement that upholds to perfection the tradition forged by Benetti brand, in a history of successful challenges built on the insight of the founders, starting from the early ‘900 transition from building cargo ships to focusing on pleasure craft.

After the second world war, Benetti began series production of steel explorers, that can be regarded as the first true yachts ever built, becoming the go-to shipyard for crowned heads and successful businessmen. And then there was the Nabila, the largest and most sophisticated yacht of its time, as well as the launch of the Classic line, which for the first time concentrated all the features found on much bigger yachts in just 36 meters. This was followed by the acquisition of the storied Cantiere Orlando to increase production capacity and the construction of the Ambrosia in 2005, the first diesel-electric yacht, which brings us to this last decade and the signing, in a particularly complicated period for the industry, of 4 contracts to build giga yachts, one already delivered and three launched in the space of 100 days, including the world’s biggest hybrid over 5500 GT.

This remarkable achievement extends the Azimut|Benetti offering still further and the Group is now the only shipbuilder in Italy, and one of very few worldwide, to offer a product range that spans from the smallest 12-meter Atlantis to yachts over 100 meters long built by Benetti. The breadth of the offering and the complementary nature of the two brands, Benetti and Azimut, represent formidable assets and the owners have no intention of changing this.

There could have been no better way for Azimut|Benetti to kick off its 50th anniversary year, a milestone reached by the Group after confirming its position, for the nineteenth time, as the world’s leading builder of mega yachts and reporting brilliant results for fiscal 2017/18 (with value of production standing at €850 million and Adjusted EBITDA at €55 million). This success is

confirmed by excellent performance reported by the other Group companies: Fraser Yachts, Lusben, Yachtique and the Marinas, a segment in which construction work is advancing rapidly on the tourist port in Malta.

Looking ahead, and specifically at Benetti, for 2018/19 the Company forecasts a 75% year-on-year increase in units under construction (from 12 to 21). In fact, planned production for the coming 12 months, including both the Viareggio and Livorno shipyards, totals 32 yachts from 29 to 100+ meters in length. Of these, a full 17 are planned for delivery in 2018/19.

The product range is concurrently being extended, with 3 fiberglass yachts under development and 4 new B.NOW models from 50 to 68 meters also at an advanced stage of design. Production work on the first one will start in May 2018.

BENETTI BRINGS THE FIRST PHASE OF ITS GIGA SEASON TO A HAPPY END WITH THE LAUNCH OF 108-METER FB275

In the Group’s fiftieth anniversary year, Benetti, icon of style and elegance in the history of luxury yachting, wins another challenge and launches three giga yachts in just 100 days.

After the two launches on December 18 and February 5, the 108-meter FB275 now hits the water and brings to an end a busy and productive season, during which Benetti was fully focused on an exceptional endeavour: building 3 yachts over 100 meters in parallel and launching them in the space of just 100 days.

This remarkable achievement was made possible by an ambitious business plan involving major financial investments (in infrastructure, organisation, not to mention workers and shipyard safety). The expansion of Benetti’s Livorno shipyard in particular, with the construction of two latest generation industrial sheds (at a cost of over €18 million), significantly increased the Company’s production capacity.

This challenging project has been used by the shipyard to fine tune its production processes still further, guaranteeing the highest standards of quality and reliability in all phases of construction: from design, to engineering and finally delivery.

The launch of the three giga yachts is an achievement that upholds to perfection the tradition forged by Benetti brand, in a history of successful challenges built on the insight of the founders, starting from the early ‘900 transition from building cargo ships to focusing on pleasure craft.

After the second world war, Benetti began series production of steel explorers, that can be regarded as the first true yachts ever built, becoming the go-to shipyard for crowned heads and successful businessmen. And then there was the Nabila, the largest and most sophisticated yacht of its time, as well as the launch of the Classic line, which for the first time concentrated all the features found on much bigger yachts in just 36 meters. This was followed by the acquisition of the storied Cantiere Orlando to increase production capacity and the construction of the Ambrosia in 2005, the first diesel-electric yacht, which brings us to this last decade and the signing, in a particularly complicated period for the industry, of 4 contracts to build giga yachts, one already delivered and three launched in the space of 100 days, including the world’s biggest hybrid over 5500 GT.

This remarkable achievement extends the Azimut|Benetti offering still further and the Group is now the only shipbuilder in Italy, and one of very few worldwide, to offer a product range that spans from the smallest 12-meter Atlantis to yachts over 100 meters long built by Benetti. The breadth of the offering and the complementary nature of the two brands, Benetti and Azimut, represent formidable assets and the owners have no intention of changing this.

There could have been no better way for Azimut|Benetti to kick off its 50th anniversary year, a milestone reached by the Group after confirming its position, for the nineteenth time, as the world’s leading builder of mega yachts and reporting brilliant results for fiscal 2017/18 (with value of production standing at €850 million and Adjusted EBITDA at €55 million). This success is

confirmed by excellent performance reported by the other Group companies: Fraser Yachts, Lusben, Yachtique and the Marinas, a segment in which construction work is advancing rapidly on the tourist port in Malta.

Looking ahead, and specifically at Benetti, for 2018/19 the Company forecasts a 75% year-on-year increase in units under construction (from 12 to 21). In fact, planned production for the coming 12 months, including both the Viareggio and Livorno shipyards, totals 32 yachts from 29 to 100+ meters in length. Of these, a full 17 are planned for delivery in 2018/19.

The product range is concurrently being extended, with 3 fiberglass yachts under development and 4 new B.NOW models from 50 to 68 meters also at an advanced stage of design. Production work on the first one will start in May 2018.

The new Riva masterpiece was presented at its world première in Miami

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A mythological name, a futuristic design and extremely hi-tech on-board solutions. Steeped in magnetic beauty, the 90’ Argo is the latest fantastic Riva flybridge and it is preparing to take seas all over the world by storm, starting with America. The streamlined, dynamic profile of this new work of contemporary nautical art was unveiled at the world première in Miami on 9 March.

With a length of 28.49 metres (93’6’’) and a beam of 6.50 metres (21’4’’), the Riva 90’ Argo combines and enhances the strengths of its two Riva predecessors, the 100’ Corsaro and 110’ Dolcevita, while revealing its own distinctive, enchanting personality. Once again, the ace in Riva’s sleeve with this new model is the instantly recognizable design, from the exterior to the numerous interior details.

“The Riva 90’ Argo is an exceptional flybridge that elicits a complementary blend of attention to detail and emotion. The sight of it alone is a spellbinding experience. Once you are on board, you realize why the new Riva flybridge generation is currently unrivalled,” commented Alberto Galassi, the Ferretti Group CEO. “We named it after the Argo, which was the vessel of the famous Argonauts and the first ever ship to sail the seas. It is also the Italian name for Argos, which is one of the largest cities in Greece. With its innovative looks and its fabulous fusion of style, luxury and technology, Argo has set a new benchmark that will guide Riva and the nautical world in the near future.”

The new flybridge is a product of the partnership between Officina Italiana Design (the studio founded by designer Mauro Micheli together with Sergio Beretta) and the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee (headed by engineer Piero Ferrari) and Engineering Department. The aerodynamic qualities of the profile are highlighted by a number of distinctive exterior design features, such as the large hull windows, the long, full-height glazed windows on the deck and the aft lateral structures with glass surfaces.

Once again, Riva has shown its capacity to innovate with a model that perfectly encapsulates quintessential Italian nautical know-how, with aesthetic appeal and superlative traits worthy of a contemporary legend.

To cater to the needs of American owners, an exclusive alternative cockpit layout is available for the Riva 90’ Argo. It comes with a bar unit, two seats, two sofas and a coffee table by Paola Lenti. This version of the Riva 90’ Argo was presented at the world première in Miami, against the stunning backdrop of the Epic Marina hotel and Zuma, which is the most glamorous restaurant in the city. The venues were closed to the public as more than 200 guests watched the new flybridge being showcased at the spectacular private event, which featured a fireworks display that was unprecedented in the centre of Miami. Accompanying the new vessel for the occasion were the Riva 100’ Corsaro, which made its international debut last year in Hong Kong, and the Riva 66’ Ribelle, which was presented on the global stage in Monte Carlo last September, with a packed line-up of events. Next up, is the World Première of the magnificent Riva 50 MT, which is the first steel creation by the Riva Superyachts Division. It will be presented before the eyes of the world at the Venetian Arsenal in June.

Dubai International Boat Show delves deeper into diving: from the volunteers keeping Dubai’s coastal waters clean to the masters of the deep-sea selfie!

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Visitors heading to Saturday’s (March 2nd) final day of the 2019 Dubai International Boat Show are being urged to get there early to avoid the UAE Tour road cycling that will temporarily restrict entry to the venue mid-afternoon.
The Jumeirah Beach Road running along the front of the Boat Show will be closed between 3.15pm and 4.30pm, limiting access for that one hour and 15 minutes.
Once passed, access will reopen fully for the rest of the day, with a thrilling schedule of all-family fun – amidst 450 yachts and boats – running until 9pm.
To make a last-day visit to the Dubai Canal-based show even easier, organisers will open the doors three-hours earlier than usual, allowing guests in from 12pm (instead of 3pm).
Full entry information and advice can be found in the map attached.
With a variety of lifestyle and family-friendly events, this year’s 27th edition of the hugely popular Dubai International Boat Show has already welcomed tens of thousands of marine enthusiasts. They have been wowed by the 450, Dh 1.5billion worth of boats and yachts on show, plus the show’s many have-a-go sessions and sea-toys.
However, the show has been a hub for all watersports this week, with its new look DIVE MENA Expo delving deep into the world of diving. Events have ranged from underwater photography lessons, to diving tutorials and interactive discussions about varying underwater activities.
The Dubai Voluntary Dive Club (DVDC) – participating at the Dubai International Boat Show in partnership with Suzuki Motors and the Emirates Diving Association – is a club dedicated to cleaning up the sea from any illegal wastage or misusage of fishing material. It was founded by local fishermen who noticed the misbalance in the marine ecosystem and undertook the mission to clean-up the sea waters off the coast of Dubai from waste. In 2018 alone, DVDC completed 100 dives and visited over 50 sites across more than 2,000km, collecting 10 tonnes of marine waste.
“Suzuki is helping clean up the world”, said Merheb Abou Kosh, sales manager at Suzuki Autosport. “Our global campaign to clean-up the world is a vision shared with Dubai Voluntary Dive Club in the UAE and that is why we wanted to sponsor the club to help clean up this part of the world.”
Diving deeper into the show, world-renowned underwater photographer Imran Ahmad offered a new depth of insights when he featured as one of the headline speakers at the event’s Dive Tracks. Ahmad – who has been capturing the magnificence of life both, below and above the water’s surface for over 20 years – showcased some of his work and shared tips on best photography practices.
He explained: “Underwater photography is all about working with nature, working with the sea and going with the flow. Understand the sea, the fish and marine life in there with you and don’t be afraid. One of the most important elements of photography is lighting. Bring a torch, use natural sunlight and you’ll see that the most dynamic shots you get work with lighting and where all the colours of marine life stand out! And for all those aspiring marine photographers, get on social media! Promote your work through Instagram, it’s the strongest platform out there and it’ll help you get recognised and out there.”
Riju George, Show Director of Dubai International Boat Show, said: “It has been absolutely fantastic to see how visitors and those interested in exploring the seas have interacted and engaged in this year’s dive-led programming. Our aim is to open up wider dialogue on how to approach the water through all means of enjoyment, passion and creativity, be it on a boat, through diving, or taking beautiful marine photography. Dubai International Boat Show is a platform for everyone to learn more about how to get their feet wet in the seas and relish the experience.”
In an event first, the Boat Show hosted the Middle East’s debut VriThink Night Out seminar session on Wednesday night. It featured a dozen yachting, business and design industry experts – including Dan Pool of Ortega, Ken Hickling of Sherpa 63 and Jeroen Droogsma of Solar Sport One – who shared their innovation, knowledge and understanding with visitors and industry-specialists, all working to further enhance yachting and boating. Covering new design, perspective-altering trend discovery, and dream concepts, the talks – each limited to 20 slides lasting only 20 seconds each – inspired visitors with a fresh look about venturing into the seas.
On Thursday, the 2019 Dubai to Muscat Offshore Sailing Race got off to a flying start, with no less than 14 boats taking part across three different divisions, all setting sail from the Boat Show’s beach starting-point, situated beside the Dubai Ladies Club. For the first time in the race’s 27 year history, all competing boats have a live tracker on-board, enabling progress to be tracked through an online link found here: http://yb.tl/d2m2019
Tickets to enter the show cost Dh65, and can be bought at the entrance. The show has vast parking, and can be also be reached via free shuttle buses from Dubai Mall and by water-taxi, departing from Al Habtoor City Station.

Italy is Making Waves at the Dubai International Boat Show

Yesterday evening, guests and VIPs celebrated the official opening of the Italian pavilion at the 27th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, which is taking place until Saturday 2 March at the Dubai Canal, Jumeirah.

The pavilion was opened by Valentina Setta, Consul General of Italy in Dubai and Gianpaolo Bruno, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan yesterday afternoon and was followed by a cocktail reception at the exhibition’s Blaze bar.

Gianpaolo Bruno, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan said, “In 2018, Italy exported Euro 34 million worth of superyachts, boats, motorboats, ships, rowing boats and canoes to the UAE, making it the largest exporter of marine products to the UAE. This is an increase of over 111 per cent compared to 2017, when Italy exported around Euro 16 million worth of marine products to the UAE, and shows how the industry in the Emirates is flourishing.

“In 2018, the UAE’s marine industry was valued at around Euro 58 billion (USD 66 billion), with the leisure boating sector making up around Euro 1.3 billion (USD 1.5 billion) of this figure. The UAE boating sector is still an emerging market and it can offer great business opportunities to Italian companies who excel in design and technology, whilst offering high-quality products and services at competitive prices.”

The pavilion features the following 12 Italian specialised marine equipment suppliers and service providers who are being supported by the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) in cooperation with the Italian Marine Industry Association (UCINA) during the event:

  1. Ascom
  2. Boat Lift
  3. Boero Yachtcoatings
  4. Fratelli Zucchini – Sealants and Adhesives
  5. GFN Marine Equipment
  6. IMET Wave Marine
  7. Ingemar
  8. Luxury Wood Italy
  9. Marinedi
  10. PMP
  11. Creazioni Nautiche by Valeo
  12. Vapsint Gas Springs and Dampers

The Italian pavilion is located at Stands E-145, part of the Equipment Supplies & Services area. The Italian Marine Industry Association,UCINA, is also located at the Italian pavilion.

 

 

 

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FERRETTI GROUP AND OCEAN 360 REDEFINE THE BENCHMARK FOR LUXURY LIFESTYLE AT SEA.

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Ferretti Group, the worldwide leading leisure yacht manufacturer, will take part in the 27th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show from February 26th to March 2nd with a wonderful fleet of 4 yachts, where will be announced its news partnership with Ocean 360, the region’s newest 360-degree leisure yachting enterprise, covering the territories of the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Egypt. The strategic move is destined to strengthen the Italian yachts producer’s position in the Middle East, by extending the customer’s experience of the luxury brand beyond the yachts, through integrated high-end services that cover all needs related to a lifestyle of indulgence at sea. Ocean 360 is the right partner to achieve this, as it is to become the region’s largest 360-degree leisure yachting enterprise and marina management venture at the highest standards of quality. 
 
“Ocean 360 is the ideal partner for us, as it lives up to our vision and our standards that position us firmly at the top of the luxury yachting. Moreover, it is well rooted in the territory, in a market like the Middle East, which is of fundamental importance for our international expansion. We are sure that thanks to Ocean 360 solidity and authority, we will be represented at our best in the UAE, Oman and Egypt countries where an ever-growing array of shipowners and enthusiasts shows interest and enthusiasm for our boats and our ‘Made in Italy’ yachting. Thanks to this agreement, Ferretti Group further strengthens its selected distribution network, made up of over 60 international dealers, which guarantees its customers the highest levels of assistance in over 80 countries” stated Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group. “At the Dubai Boat Show, also to celebrate the partnership with Ocean 360, we will showcase some of the most prestigious yachts of our range, including one “Middle East Premiere”, the performance breath-taking Pershing 82, alongside with Ferretti Yachts 550, Riva 100’ Corsaro and Pershing 70”.