Gulf Craft and B&C Marine partner with D-Marin

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Emirates luxury yacht manufacturer, Gulf Craft, and its exclusive dealer in Turkey, B&C Marine, have partnered with D-Marin, a company that manages 14 unique marinas in the Eastern Mediterranean and Gulf region. The agreement entitles existing and future Majesty Yacht owners to a series of exclusive offers, which are available in D-Marin marinas in Turkey.

The exclusive agreement gives Majesty Yacht owners across the world the opportunity to berth in some of the best marinas in the south coast of Turkey such as D-Marin Göcek, D-Marin Turgutreis and D-Marin Didim with special discounts.

Those who purchase a Majesty Yacht through Gulf Craft’s exclusive dealer, B&C Marine, will receive one-year complimentary berthing in any of the marinas managed by D-Marin in Turkey.

The partnership also includes a discount of up to 15 per cent off on annual (or less than one-year) contracts. The offer is valid on new contracts starting from 1st August 2019.

The offer runs until June 2020 and aims to attract new customers as well as to build brand loyalty by offering bespoke berthing packages for Majesty Yacht owners.

Gulf Craft’s flagship brand, Majesty Yachts, was launched to cater to fly-bridge motor yacht lovers and includes a range of yachts starting at 48ft and goes up to 175ft. Once completed, the Majesty 175 will be elevating the boundaries of fibreglass and will become one of the largest megayachts built-in composite material.

D-Marin is a Doğuş Group company that was established to set a new benchmark in operations of the marinas. By managing 14 unique marinas in the Eastern Mediterranean and Gulf region, D-Marin creates one of the largest global marina networks that promotes recreational yachting and develops sustainable businesses that encourage local employment and growth within the economy. This year, D-Marin Dubai LLC was established in cooperation with Meeras, Dubai Holding and D-Marin, to meet the growing demand for the development and management of marinas in the Gulf region and to create a regional centre in Dubai. In May, D-Marin Dubai LLC began managing the Al Seef, Business Bay and Jaddaf Waterfront marinas in Dubai.

EVO R6 revealed in Cannes

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Europe’s most important Boat Show is the ideal location for EVO YACHTS to reveal Evo R6. This surprising and innovative walk around, almost 18 meters in length, will be given its world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival from September 10 to 15. The highly appealing new flagship designed by Valerio Rivellini retains the extending side walls that have brought the shipyard fame and amazes with clean lines, plenty of space and, most importantly, the incredible flexibility of the interior and exterior spaces.

The experience of EVO Yachts and the design flair of Valerio Rivellini come together to create Evo R6: a 18 meters yacht that opens up new horizons in the yachting world and puts the shipyard back into the spotlight.Maximum  flexibility of interpretation and use are two essential features of the new yacht from Evo.
The Neapolitan shipyard, which has gained a reputation right from the outset for models that stand out for their “convertibility”, advanced technology and appealing design, launches its innovative flagship (17.71 meters long, compared with the 13 meters of the previous 43) created under the banner of functional design. The clean aesthetic of the exteriors, featuring a vertical bow, high side walls and impeccably elegant finishings, is matched by spacious interiors.

The result achieved is the perfect balance between exteriors typically found on a walk around, so that the outdoor life can be enjoyed to the full all day, and interiors worthy of a cabin cruiser, with spaces that are roomy, comfortable, simple and refined. In this design too, a key role is played by settings that are remarkably versatile, with extending side walls that almost double the area available in the cockpit.

The exterior design, contemporary and innovative, creating an appealingly sporty silhouette. Aesthetics and function go hand in hand and care and attention have been lavished on every detail. The entire outdoor area is clad in teak, with four distinct spaces defined according to how they are used. In the stern there is the “Transformer”, a modular platform incorporated seamlessly into the beach area, which can be used to embark/disembark from/onto the dock, or alternatively as a sea ladder or diving platform, and even to help launch and haul up tenders and jet skis. The beach lounge has a huge walk around sun deck island in the center, which is all on the same level for comfort and safety and represents a unique feature in this category. The spacious sun deck has room under it for a tender, with two lockers provided for liferafts, water toys or Seabobs. This is also the area where the revolutionary signature feature of Evo Yachts can be found: at the touch of a digital switch, the “XTension” side walls open in a matter of seconds, increasing the space available by 40% and converting the beach lounge into a huge, exclusive private beach. While this appealing innovation is a feature of all Evo Yachts models, it is absolutely unique on the R6, because on a boat almost 18 meters long, the maximum beam with the side walls extended is close to that of a catamaran.

When designing this yacht, there was a special focus on the concepts of conviviality and versatility. Every area of the deck is designed to encourage interaction among guests and ensure that all aspects of the boat can be enjoyed, like the central section containing a spacious L-shaped sofa, a big chaise longue and a retractable LCD television. The backrests can be moved horizontally so that all guests, both forward and aft, can join in the conversation, including the driver. The open galley on deck features a table seating eight, while rotating one of the backrests creates a big C-shaped sofa around the table, which can be opened and increased in size if needed. The double-seat helm station is lightweight, almost suspended, with mirror-finish stainless steel detailing. The forward area offers a huge walk around sun deck and two facing sofas.

While the deck of the new R6 invites the owner and guests to spend as much time as possible in the open air, the real surprise comes when you explore the interiors, which are entered down a backlit steel staircase with suspended plexiglass surfaces. Featuring noble materials like teak, crystal glass, leather and fine fabrics, the settings can be customised and offer a dinette, a kitchen, a VIP cabin in the bow and an owner’s cabin in the stern. Alternatively, a three-cabin, two-bathroom layout is also available. Like every true yacht, R6 provides fully independent accommodation for a crew of one.

The choice of the Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system not only reduces the size of the engine room, but also gives the owner the maximum in terms of performance, reliability, sound-proofing, simplicity of use, reduced consumption and navigation safety.

The two Volvo Penta IPS units offer a choice between 625 hp (IPS 800) and 725 hp (IPS 950) and, at maximum power, drive the motor yacht to a remarkable top speed of 36 knots and a cruising speed of about 28 knots.

Evo Yachts will be attending the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival
from September 10th to 15th.

marine – GULF CRAFT’S NOMAD 75 SUV YACHT COMPLETES EPIC JOURNEY

Emirati owner fulfils dream of Mediterranean summer cruise with family in personal 75ft yacht

 

‘Dubai Moon’ makes light work of rough weather and busy shipping lanes to reach Cypriot port of Limassol after 18 days at sea

 

When Bader Mubarak first saw his new Gulf Craft Nomad 75 SUV yacht, simple pleasure cruises and lazy days anchored off the coast were the furthest thing from his mind.

He instantly set his sights on something far more adventurous and decided to sail his UAE-built yacht from Dubai all the way to Cyprus for the ultimate Mediterranean summer holiday.

The Emirati CEO of Fish Farm LLC comes from a proud family of sailors, with his father having set up Mubarak Marine LLC with his two brothers in 1979, so the 3,300 nautical mile journey across five different bodies of water appealed to Bader’s two favourite pastimes – spending time at sea and overcoming challenges.

“We needed something comfortable for this trip and the Nomad 75 SUV was perfect. A boat this size gives you range and speed,” says Bader, who purchased his yacht from Gulf Craft’s Ajman dockyard, naming it ‘Dubai Moon’.

“With four big bedrooms, two living rooms, spaces around the boat, up, down, front, back and a garage for your dingy – the ‘Dubai Moon’ had everything we needed. There was even two crew rooms and a living area for them. That was what convinced us to buy it. So, we decided to sail.”

The journey involved 18 days at sea, taking in the Arabian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, Indian Ocean, Red Sea and finally the Mediterranean.

Along the way the ‘Dubai Moon’ was dwarfed by oil tankers, container ships and huge cruise liners as it sailed some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world before passing through the magnificent Suez Canal alongside famous superyachts before dropping anchor in the Cypriot port of Limassol.

The first leg from Dubai to Salalah in Oman saw the ‘Dubai Moon’ complete a non-stop 800-mile, 4-day trip, overcoming challenging weather conditions on the way.

In one 36-hour period, the yacht faced 30 knot headwinds and 2m high seas. However, the Nomad 75 SUV’s super stable semi displacement hull meant it was able to take the rough weather in its stride with all those onboard enjoying a comfortable journey.

Renowned for its incredible range, the Nomad 75 SUV yacht used just 55% of its total fuel capacity sailing to Salalah. After a quick pitstop to restock on fuel, the ‘Dubai Moon’ continued its epic journey, with Jeddah in Saudi Arabia the next destination.

The second leg involved a 1,400 nautical mile voyage that took seven days cruising at around 10 knots, with ‘Dubai Moon’ following the major international shipping lanes.

“Sailing between Yemen and Somalia was difficult so we had to stick to the marine traffic lanes in the middle with all the big ships,” says Bader.

During this long stretch, ‘Dubai Moon’ easily cruised through periods of choppy and unpredictable weather as well as navigating sea lanes more accustomed to supertankers and globe-trotting container vessels, not luxury yachts.

At just over 75ft long with a 20ft beam and 4ft 11in draft, the 3-deck ‘Dubai Moon’ was perfectly at home on the high seas allowing all those on board to enjoy the luxurious features that make the Nomad 75 SUV one of the most versatile yachts on the market, including four guest cabins fully equipped with the latest entertainment technology and features.

As well as its superb offshore capabilities, the vessel’s wrap-around windows, spacious outdoor living areas and large fly-bridge provided a sweeping panoramic sea-view as the ‘Dubai Moon’ passed between Africa and the Middle East region, through the Bab El Mandeb Strait and north into the Red Sea and the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah.

Bader was impressed with the fuel efficiency of the Nomad 75 SUV – consumption during the 3,300mile trip was incredibly low, with the family only having to stop twice to refuel. This can be credited to the yacht’s semi-displacement hull with a round bilge, which helps to increase fuel-efficiency as well as stability.

After refueling for the second and final time at Jeddah Port – 2,400 nautical miles and 11 days sailing from Dubai – the ‘Dubai Moon’ was ready for the final and most thrilling leg of its voyage. Headed into the Suez Canal, the yacht was lucky enough to share the manmade waterway with a collection of famous luxury superyachts.

“We saw all these huge yachts that you only see in the magazines transiting the Suez Canal – all of them coming and going from the Mediterranean. It was wonderful,” says Bader.

“What made it even more special was the very next morning we were in Cyprus, we were in the Mediterranean. We had passed through five seas.”

After some scheduled maintenance in Cyprus, ‘Dubai Moon’ is set for a summer of sailing to some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful destinations and has so far visited Turkey, Greece and a number of other Mediterranean countries.

Bader’s trip thrilled everyone at Gulf Craft who were delighted to see one of its Nomad 75 SUV yachts being used for its intended purpose – an extended cruise in comfort and style to far off destinations.

The largest superyacht builder in the Emirates, Gulf Craft is the leading supplier to the leisure boat and yacht market in the UAE and the region.

Gareth Lloyd, Nomad Yachts Brand Manager at Gulf Craft, says: “This trip perfectly demonstrates what Nomad yachts do best by providing owners with unforgettable experiences while keeping all those on board comfortable and safe to enjoy adventurous long-range cruises they’ll remember forever.”

Now that he has finally completed his dream journey, Bader is keen for more UAE yacht owners to follow his lead and take their boats on a trip of a lifetime.

“You know, I have had a lot of Gulf Craft clients calling me. People with 125-foot yachts and above calling to ask me, ‘How did you do it?’.

“I said, ‘guys, you have a 125-footer! I told them you only need courage. With courage, you can go anywhere. Wallah!”

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.