The 27th annual Dubai International Boat Show sets sail today [TUESDAY]! Dive deeper into a life at sea by exploring sumptuous superyachts, affordable boats, rip-roaring sea-toys and have-a-go fun for all the family

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The show’s 2019 theme of “Let’s all live a little” encourages all marine enthusiasts and families to enjoy all the sea has to offer –  as doors open on the region’s leading five-day leisure marine event packed with live experiences, thrills and spills

The Dubai International Boat Show is back…and it’s ready to get people taking to the water, by whatever means necessary!

Opening today (TUESDAY, Feb 26th) at Dubai Canal, the hugely popular annual show will welcome more than 800 global brands showcasing every possible route to living your best life by the sea.

Naturally, that includes boats – in excess of 400 – that visitors and buyers alike can size-up, ranging from fishing boats and weekend pleasure-craft, to jaw-dropping 50 metre superyachts, brought to Dubai exclusively by the most prestigious boat-builders from around the world.

It also means the show is a market for everything else you would find either on or alongside a yacht or boat – plus others you wouldn’t even believe existed! From SEABOB’s fastest ever underwater sled; to the Awake Rävik, a 35-mph electric surfboard with a wireless hand-held throttle; or the world’s first active shark deterrent band, the Sharkbanz – it’s safe to say that the 2019 Dubai International Boat Show has every route to your new life in water mapped-out.

The show will be easier than ever to get to. Hop on one of the constant stream of free shuttle buses departing from Dubai Mall directly to the venue, or find your sea-legs early with a cool journey down from Al Habtoor City Station by complimentary water-taxi! The show site on Dubai Canal will have vast car-parking space too, making it a breeze getting in and out of.

Running from today (TUESDAY, Feb 26th) through Saturday March 2nd, the 27th edition of the Boat Show will showcase an incredible Dh1.5 billion worth of yachts and boats. It will host 38 global and regional launches, fitting the needs of all customers, from first time boat buyers to seasoned ocean-adventurers.

As the region’s premium lifestyle event, it will also be home to swathes of unique performances, live entertainment, races and have-a-go fun throughout the week, put together to appeal to all ages, families especially.

It will feature a number of out-at-sea sailing experiences, plus sea-toy taster sessions in its debut WaterSports Village. Always a favourite, the show’s Super Car Promenade will present the most exclusive cars to ever hit the tarmac, as will two brand new hyper-car parades.

Come the weekend, the dial will be turned to ten with a thrilling live fly-board competition, starting at 6pm. Then throughout the day on Saturday, the show’s adjacent beach will be the place to be to watch the rip-roaring International Aquabike Competition, which will welcome more than 70 world-class athletes and past champions from across the world, all coming face-to-face with genuine world titles up for grabs.

Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibition and Events Management of Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The Middle East and the UAE in particular has grown into a must-visit destination for seafarers and is entering a new golden era of recreational boating and watersports.

“As Dubai grows as an international boating destination, the Dubai International Boat Show is thrilled to be the hub of everything that makes up the ocean lifestyle. We are seeing more and more newcomers to this vibrant community, and we welcome first-time buyers, dreamers and adventurers alike to experience all that the Dubai International Boat Show has to offer.”

The show is backed by key sponsors, including Dubai Harbour by Meraas, Feadship, Yalıkavak Marina, SS Marine, Gargash and Mercedes, and hosts exhibitors from 41 different nations.

The 27th Dubai International Boat Show takes place at the Dubai Canal Jumeirah, and is open to trade visitors and the general public from 3pm – 9pm daily from February 26th to March 2, 2019. Tickets will be available at the gates for AED 60 each or visitors can pre-register online to save 15%.

Expertly Crafted – Predator 74

By Shereen Shabnam

Sporty and sleek, Sunseeker’s largest Predator model is back with a 40-knot capability and crafted to perfectly balance style with practicality. The new Sunseeker Predator 74 epitomizes the latest Sunseeker design cues and sets new standards and benchmarks for yachting enthusiasts.

The exterior of the Sunseeker Predator 74 boasts sleek, yet oversized windows down to the side deck, which floods the interior with light and provides uninterrupted views from the saloon.

Central to its appeal, the cleverly engineered cockpit door mechanism allows it to open conventionally, but also lowers itself into the sole of the yacht. Depending on the owner’s wishes, the Predator 74 can be transformed into an ‘open’ yacht in warmer regions or a ‘closed’ yacht in cooler climates.

Relaxation areas are often the primary focus for yacht lovers and the generous saloon in the Sunseeker Predator 74 includes a sumptuous seating area, ample storage and comprehensive port side bar console; all below an extraordinary glass sliding roof.

Below deck from the saloon, there is a generous galley and three spacious en-suite cabins, comprising an aft master, starboard twin and forward VIP. The master cabin benefits from an optional walk-in wardrobe or office area.

The below deck offers complete flexibility for owners with an option to have an extended galley arrangement complete with lounge and breakfast bar seating or an additional twin guest cabin which would allow the yacht to accommodate up to eight guests in a four cabin arrangement.

The vast foredeck features a superb sunbed for soaking up the rays complete with optional pram hood canopy. Behind the Predator 74 transom, directly below the vast sunpad, the tender garage provides the space to house a new Williams 390 jet tender or Jet Ski with a hydraulic bathing platform to make launching effortless.

The transom area features an optional ‘Beach Club’ with parasol which is a Sunseeker signature feature. This area offers an inviting space for family and friends to enjoy the built-in BBQ, overhead ‘rain shower’ and fold-down transom seating.

Piercing through the waves, this yacht is powered by MAN V12 1550 horsepower engines, which give an impressive top speed of up to 35 knots. Alternatively, for the thrill seekers, the performance engine option with the MAN V12 1900 engines offers a breathtaking top speed of up to 40 knots..

From the dynamic Sport Yacht models, through its luxurious Manhattan range, iconic Predator models and its majestic Yachts range, each Sunseeker is the result of an uncompromising approach to innovative design and engineering excellence. The brand’s spirit of excellence has hence driven Sunseeker to a prominent position in the leisure marine industry.

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MARQUIS YACHTS, LLC, ANNOUNCES NEW STRATEGIC VISION

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As part of the recent sale of its Larson Boat assets to Polaris Industries, the Pulaski, Wisconsin builder of Marquis, Carver and Lexus Yachts has announced a strategic reorganization. Under the guidance of President and CEO, Rob Parmentier, the company will now concentrate exclusively in the luxury yacht segment through its continued expansion of the Carver Yachts brand and relaunch of its Marquis brand with a new line of sport yachts. In addition, the company will continue its partnership with Lexus, the luxury automaker and will introduce its first production Lexus Luxury Yacht in the fall of 2019.
“Based upon years of successfully building European styled boats, and our recent partnership with Lexus Yachts, our company is in an excellent position to capitalize on the growing world-wide market for luxury sport yachts,” Parmentier said.
Parmentier went on to say that since the company is no longer in the small boat business, Marquis Yachts LLC will now be able to concentrate the efforts of all its skilled employees and resources to these three brands which best fit the evolving global marine market.  The expected result is increased market share and profitability, he said.
As a consequence of its strategic realignment, a new Marquis 42 will be introduced at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) to be followed by 50 and 60-foot models currently in the planning stage.
In conjunction with Nuvolari-Lenard, more than 20-years ago Marquis Yachts was one of the first boats, if not the first, to use European designs and look from an American boat manufacturer.  Once again, Marquis will introduce a new line of boats taking shape right now to be the first American builder to design, engineer and build an upscale, assertive and stylish “day boat” with striking lines and shape.  As announced in July, these new day boats will relaunch the Marquis brand.
Set to be introduced at FLIBS is the new 65-foot Lexus flybridge.  The Lexus is built in Marquis’ Pulaski facility with distribution to be handled through select Marquis and Carver Yachts dealers.  A coupe version will follow a few months after the launch of the LY650.
A new 46 Carver Command Bridge is on the drawing board scheduled to appear in early 2020.  This new Carver design will set the stage and direction for the Carver models to follow.
“This aggressive expansion of new models and the redefining of existing brands, is now possible because of this important strategic refocus of who we are and what we do,” Parmentier said. “Marquis Yachts LLC will continue to be a significant marine industry player as we go forward.”

New Pershing 8X: The Carbon Fibre Revolution

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The masterpiece of the “X Generation” debuts at BOOT Düsseldorf 2019

Pershing continues to accelerate on the course of innovation and contemporary aesthetics.

Like its predecessor 9X, the new 8X is made of the same material that the most advanced nautical dreams are made of: carbon fibre. This material not only means lighter weight, greater speed, and lower fuel consumption, but also more volume due to the ability to design larger, more comfortable spaces.

The on-board comfort is extraordinary, thanks to the many benefits offered by the new system that integrates propulsion control with the manoeuvring, navigation, and monitoring systems. With the new 8X, “piloting” a Pershing, even at high speeds and without the support of the captain, is fun and accessible. 

25.55 meters in length (approx. 83’) and 5.86 meters wide (approx. 19’), Pershing 8X stems from the collaboration between yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni, the Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee, headed by Mr. Piero Ferrari, and the Group’s Engineering Department. Pershing 8X expands the current range of the brand, as it is situated in the under 30-meter market segment as an innovative product that represents a true evolution in terms of stylistic-functional aspects and performance.

Made of carbon fibre, this new model features lines that are even sleeker and sportier, enhanced by characteristic Pershing elements like imposing side wings and the aerodynamic profile of the sundeck. The result is a yacht in the sport-fly range with an unrivalled combination of quality and innovation.

 

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THE LAUNCH OF 107 METER “FB277”, THE FIRST OF THREE GIGAYACHTS TO BE UNVEILED IN LIVORNO WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

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Today in Livorno Benetti has successfully launched FB277, a 107 meters motor yacht, the biggest ever built in Italy by a private shipyard. Powered by a diesel electric propulsion system, the yacht’s interiors and exterior have been designed entirely in house by Benetti and managed by Imperial, acting as Owner’s Representative, Build Supervisor and Yacht Manager of the vessel. The giga yacht has a hull constructed in steel and a superstructure of aluminium. She features a large swimming pool on the Sun Deck, a grand piano, a Spa with hammam, massage room and gym and a touch and go helipad. Her maximum beam is 15.2 meters and she has a full load displacement of 3,300t.

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The giga yacht “FB277” is a stunning creation of epic proportions. From the exterior, her elongated and linear profile, emphasized by balanced ribbons of glazing, speak to the admirer of contemporary and minimal design. Her strong plumb bow is businesslike and rooted in the practical need to tackle swelling seas with ease and comfort. Here also, a vast helicopter pad makes for uncomplicated landings. To the stern each gently staggered deck ends in graceful sweep downwards.

In terms of guest facilities, “FB277” covers all the bases, adding delights guests might not have even thought to indulge in during their seafaring adventures. On the Wheelhouse Deck the master cabin is a sumptuous full beam size, flanked by identical port and starboard balconies leading on to vast dressing rooms and an interconnected bathroom. The Upper Deck saloon, aft of this suite, is perfect for unwinding at the end of a long day, listening to the grand piano or watching a movie on the private sofa. On the Main Deck, seven huge VIP cabins, each with a large bathroom, are placed forward of the spacious main dining and saloon area. A mesmerizing spiral staircase with a full height inner atrium intersects each deck. Half of the Lower Deck and some space on the under Lower Deck has been set aside for generous amounts of crew accommodation.

A spacious beach club has access to the sea on both sides of the beam, as well as to stern, creating a huge connection with nature. The ship’s connecting spa area is equipped with a gym and a hammam and massage room. Large areas of deck satisfy the sun lovers: the top deck features seating and sun pads for those who favour a view, whilst the Sun Deck accommodates dining areas, more sun pads and a huge pool that can hold about 21,000 liters. More outdoor seating is found on the Wheelhouse Deck and aft on the Main Deck.

Delivery of the yacht is expected to take place in Summer 2019

Of the launch Benetti’s CEO Franco Fusignani says, “We are thrilled to see the launch of this beautiful giga yacht. The first of three currently under construction in parallel in Livorno. “FB277 is, in reality, more beautiful and impressive than we could ever have possibly imagined. With this launch, we recognize the first essential step in strengthening our Brand in order to offer the same outstanding high-end vessels we are already known for in the megayacht sector to the giga yacht sector. Today, Benetti is the only private shipyard in Italy, and one of very few anywhere in the world, with the capacity and capabilities to build yachts over 80 meters long. This giga yacht puts Benetti on the map for building yachts of over 100 meters. We would like to thank the city of Livorno for its help in achieving this tremendous milestone.”

Julia Stewart, Imperial Director: “FB277 marks an important step in Imperial history by being not only the first and biggest superyacht ever delivered in Italy by a private shipyard, but also being one of the most exclusive vessel available for charter from Summer 2019 and beyond. “FB277” is a major milestone for our industry, by her extraordinary proportions, her impressive high ceilings on both exterior and interior sides and the fantastic amenities she is carrying. From an impressive Beach Club with Hammam to her giant pool on Sun deck, through her touch-and-go helipad and her versatile, tasteful 7-cabins layout, “FB277” represents the utmost luxury for all superyacht passionates looking after a tailor-made charter journey. We are proud to give birth to a successful superyacht, and we look forward to seeing her sporty, roaring lines cruising along the seven seas.”

Benetti’s Giga yacht construction programme, which includes the two other giga yachts in build and due to be launched in the next few months, has been the subject of major investment at the shipyard. An ambitious business plan has prompted financial input of more than 15 million euros in infrastructure, organisation, safety and security, to overcome the challenges presented by building such giga yachts. The development by Benetti of the Giga yacht construction programme has also required the creation of a special team of experts in this specific type of project. Expansion at the Livorno shipyard, in the form of two new generation steel structure sheds, have enabled Benetti to massively increase its productivity.

 

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BEGALLTA, AN ICONIC, STATE-OF-THE-ART PROJECT BY CRN AND LOBANOV DESIGN

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A contemporary design comes to fruition in a yacht of emphatic style, complete with sophisticated interiors and outdoor spaces bathed in elegant linearity.

 CRNpresents Begallta, a75myacht with a charismatic, forward-looking spirit.It has been developed by the CRNTechnical Office in partnership with architecture and design studios Lobanov Design, who created the exterior lines and spatial layout, and Pulina DNA, who crafted the interiors.

Begallta is a yacht with individualistic lines, imbued with a contemporary style that superbly marries the innovative drive of CRN with the futuristic vision of Lobanov Design.Begallta’s silhouette captivates the eye with its modern design, exemplified to perfection by the tapered bow, which slices through the water’s surface when under way.The yacht’s unique stylistic hallmark is the line that slants along the hull and superstructure like a ribbon, seamlessly uniting her decks and lending an unprecedented sense of fluidity.The Begallta’s futuristic inspiration reaches its zenith at the stern, where the cut of the corners underlines the yacht’s highly distinctive style.

Thoughtfully designed for a cosmopolitan owner who loves to explore the seas on extended cruises, Begallta offers a fluid layout that breaks down all barriers between interior and exterior.The design promotes contact with natural surroundings: from the panoramic windows to the generous terraces and glorious sundeck, where the sunlight glints off the surface in a play of architectural lines, drawing the eye to the hard top as sky meets sea.The state-of-the-art outdoor setting sings in perfect harmony with the metropolitan-style interior. The ample spaces are embellished with standout materials and a judicious use of glass. This is emphasized by minimalistic décor and avant-garde entertainment features that combine to instantly evoke the typical mood of a New York loft.

“Begallta is an absolutely unique, unparalleled design, where the Lobanov studio’s signature style shines through to masterly effect”, said Stefano De Vivo, CRN Chief Commercial Officer.“We love challenges, and this collaboration with Lobanov Design has yielded a stunningly innovative project that harmoniously blends sophisticated modern style and intimate contact with the elements of nature to exhilarating effect.”

“Creating iconic yachts that etch themselves into the imagination at first sight is what our design approach is all about.The constant quest for dynamic, ingenious, original solutions that instantly express a precise idea through the use of different styles is integral to our way of working, alongside the imperative to bring the unexpected to life.This project fully articulates our values and our style.We are pleased to have worked with CRN on what has proved a fascinating intellectual challenge for our studio”, added Igor Lobanov, Creative Director at Lobanov Design.

 

SUNREEF YACHTS UNVEILS THE SUPERYACHT CONCEPT

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Sunreef Yachts proudly unveils the shipyard’s latest superyacht concept – the 120 Sunreef Power. A daring, aerodynamic design stretching living spaces to the extreme and opening new possibilities for worldwide cruising in ultimate luxury. With her reversed bow, increased hull width and generous glazing, the 120 Sunreef Power is a custom craft designed for bold contemporary yacht owners valuing strength and originality.

With a growing interest for multihull concepts in the superyacht segment, the shipyard’s in-house design team has elaborated a monumental, yet dynamic catamaran model. Inspired by the supercar industry, the lines of the 120 Sunreef Power are both elegant and sporty with numerous chrome elements and LED accents.

The 120 Sunreef Power offers full freedom in terms of décor and space arrangement. The first layout proposition includes accommodation for 8 guests and 8 crew. On main deck level, three sliding doors open the saloon onto the sides and the aft dining space to create a vast open-air lounge. The oversized modular sofas are the central point of the social area equipped with a 110″ TV, interactive screens and premium sound system. The dining table for 10 is conveniently placed closer to the galley to ease service. Further towards the bow, the master suite makes the best possible use of the yacht’s immense 14.4m beam, offering a walk-in dressing room, vast master bathroom and direct access to a private terrace. Starboard off the main deck, guests find a peaceful retreat in the three luxuriously appointed en-suite cabins.

The main crew area is located in the portside hull, featuring comfortable accommodation for 7 along with a spacious mess. From there, a staircase leads directly to the yacht’s galley. With an efficient layout and clever storage solutions, the space is designed to facilitate workflow and deliver high-end restaurant service. The captain’s quarters and helm station are both placed on flybridge level to offer the best visibility.

Towering over the main deck, the flybridge is the yacht’s main alfresco lounging and dining area featuring a bar, spa-pool, free-standing furniture and plenty of room for massage beds and gym gear. To the aft, two transformer platforms serve both as passerelles and swim ladders. The yacht’s ample garage holds the tender, jet-ski and wide selection of water toys. More information about the shipyard’s latest superyacht concept will be made available at the upcoming 2019 boat shows.

 

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ALFAROSSO, THE NEW EXPLORER YACHT BY CRN AND FRANCESCO PASZKOWSKI DESIGN

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The new project’s explorational spirit shines through with strong lines and multiple outdoor spaces,a perfect blend of luxury and comfort

CRN unveils the AlfaRosso concept,an innovative explorer yacht designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design, available in three lengths – 45, 50 and 55 metres – with a gross tonnage from 499GT for the 45m model.Designed for an owner who loves long voyages of discovery to remote places, the AlfaRosso concept finds expression in a displacement yacht where contact with nature is elemental.

AlfaRosso is a yacht of unmistakable style.The rigour of her architectural geometries, her crisply defined hull profile, and sharp, clean lines create a sensation of poetry in motion. This pairs beautifully with the studied appeal of the open spaces and the exceptional indoor comfort.The stern, lower-deck, and main-deck areas also boast a singular design. Unlike typical explorer yachts, where these are normally technical areas,on AlfaRosso they are designed for guests to savour the sea to its fullest extent. The pool, the extensive terraces, and the glorious windows, some from floor to ceiling, offer a panoramic experience that is truly unparalleled.

The magnificent craftsmanship of this yacht is displayed both indoor and outdoor. The star here is teak wood, which forms a bridge between tradition and innovation.In the sumptuous indoor spaces, the continuity between interior and exterior is exquisitely expressed in the understated elegance of the steel handrails, chosen in place of the classic gunwales, in the sophisticated minimalism of the open-step stairslinking the various decks, and in the sense of consummate relaxation exuded by the flush-deck pool on the main deck.These details bring guests into closer contact with the sea and the air, removing any barriers that might hinder the fullest enjoyment of the on-board experience.The tender and all the toys are stowed in the bow area to keep the surface area clear and clean while further emphasising AlfaRosso’s dynamic personality and her owner’s passion for exploration.

“We are excited to continue our collaboration with a dynamic industry leader like Francesco Paszkowski Design.CRN has been a pioneer in the explorer vessel sector, adding an important new chapter to yachting history.In 1983, we created the first explorer pleasure boat, the iconic F100 designed by Gerhard Gilgenast, which went on to achieve cult status.Solidity on the water and a sense of being at one with the surrounding space were the principles underpinning the AlfaRosso design, in perfect harmony with the crisp styling by Francesco Paszkowski”, commented Stefano De Vivo, CRN Chief Commercial Officer.

“Power on the water and a sensation of merging with the surrounding space are the keys to this design.AlfaRosso’s sharply defined architectural geometries embrace large indoor guest areas with generous windows that give a strong sense of continuity between inside and outside.Remarkable open-air spaces, conceived as grand terraces gazing on to the sea linked by open-step stairs, lend the entire design a sense of gossamer lightness, where the use of teak provides the link between tradition and innovation.Working with a historic yard like CRN has always been a great source of pride for our studio.Being able to create a new project backed by their proven expertise and solid know-how once again has been an inspiring experience”,said Francesco Paszkowski.

 

 

 

 

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Benetti unveils new models at Cannes Boat Show


By Shereen Shabnam 

Benetti presented a preview of the shipyard’s new products: Oasis 135’, Diamond 145’ and 4 BNow models,

Oasis 135’: anew lifestyle balanced between sport and relaxation

The Oasis 135’ is a yacht designed by RWD based on a new concept that offers a contemporary take on the use of indoor and outdoor spaces, for an owner in search of a distinctly informal relationship with the sea.

Created to satisfy the needs of an active and sophisticated owner who wants to live his life at sea to the full and across the board, and who has a lifestyle focused on casual elegance, Oasis 135’ features high ceilings, the unusual layout of the onboard spaces, and the extensive use of natural light confirm and underscore the desire to enter into a symbiotic relationship with the outside world.

Cruising speed stands at 14.5 knots, with a top speed of 15 knots, and the yacht has a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 11 knots.

Diamond 145’. Power and balance

The Diamond 145’ is the flagship of the Class product line fleet with a sophisticated design that represents the ultimate expression of displacement models in the Classic category. This 44-meter displacement yacht draws on the core features of the Benetti Displacement Class across its entire history.

The elegant design suggests the proportions and details of a large yacht and conveys a feeling of sturdiness and power. The discreet but tangible sense of refinement will strike a chord with owners who love to combine glamour with credible practicality.

Access to the Main Deck is by two wide stairways in the stern, which are also one of the yacht’s architectural highlights. The main cockpit welcomes guests in a wide and bright setting, and leads seamlessly to the immense, fully glazed main lounge. The full-beam master cabin in the bow has a roomy wardrobe, a full-beam bathroom and a study or office. The Upper Deck features a big outdoor area in the stern with access to the lounge and the bow area is the largeston the market, covering 70 square meters and featuring a remarkable custom spa pool.

The two 1,400 hp Man engines will drive the Diamond 145’ to a top speed of 15 knots and at a speed of 11 knots the yacht will have a range of 3,800 nautical miles.

 BNow: maximum comfort with short delivery times.

The 4 BNow models are Custom yachts, again designed in collaboration with RWD, created to offer a modern onboard lifestyle by connecting indoor and outdoor spaces.

Featuring streamlined exterior lines and a vertical bow, the yachts in this product family offer well-being and comfort accompanied by much shorter delivery times. In response to the original brief “to create an innovative well-being concept for the maximum comfort, light and use of spaces.”

RWD have developed a seamless indoor/outdoor living area with panoramic Pool Lounge as an extension of the aft deck and Beach Club. All the layouts feature a new and revolutionary concept of onboard lifestyle, because they make innovative use of the spaces from day to night.

With these new products, Benetti intends to introduce new elements of style while remaining faithful to the fundamental principles that underpin its long history and tradition.

 

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Azimut Yachts to showcase latest luxury models in its debut at the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show 2018

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As a first time entrant at the show, Azimut Yachts reveals latest yacht models redefining Italian elegance and comfort

Azimut Yachts, the world’s leading luxury yachts manufacturer with 7 offices in the Middle East, including the UAE, will be making its debut at the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS) taking place from the 17th to the 20th of October this year.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, the event is organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), which will host the boat show for the first time. Being unique to the city and the region, the show provides an excellent platform for all marine industry professionals to converge and network.

The Azimut Yachts collection boasts the widest product range in the world, with sizes ranging from 34 feet to 35 metres. Visitors at the ADIBS will receive a special preview of the yacht models; the Grande 27 metri,  Azimut 72 Flybridge and Azimut 77S. The Grande 27 metri is a superior luxury yacht with an innovative Optimus Electronic Power Steering system, presenting a unique widebody concept in this category, with the owner’s suite on the main deck and the possibility of five cabins, in what is an almost unique feature for a boat this size.

Yachts in the Flybridge Collection represents elegance, agility and space; specifically designed to break down visual barriers with maximum light flooding through the windows, giving customers an optical treat. The Azimut 72 Flybridge joins the fleet of the finest Italian yachts made and engineered according to the highest standards applied in the recreational industry for production boats. It has been designed to achieve the best possible internal volumes in accordance with ergonomic standards, emphasizing the role of light both in the main salon and below deck without compromising the exterior space.

The 77S also provides an advanced yachting experience with a Triple Volvo IPS propulsion system installed on hydrodynamic optimized hull shape enabling superior manoeuvrability, minimum noise and vibration level and fuel efficiency with up to 35% reduction compared to shaft line. With a state of the art engine, and a design reflecting luxury and comfort at its best, the Azimut 77S proves the future is now. Simple lines and elegant, symmetrical arrangement encourage best use of interior space.

Marco Valle, Azimut Yachts CEO, emphasized,“Azimut yachts are the epitome of Italian elegance, class and prestige adding value to the repertoire of any commercial or privateowner. We are thrilled to be part of the Abu Dhabi International Boat show, exhibiting our designs for the first time. We want to show visitors the innovative technology that we offer along with world class systems and safety measures that are testament to our continuing quest for growth and professionalism in an increasingly competitive market.”

Highlighting the importance of the company’s role in the Middle East and UAE in the development of the yacht sector competing with an intense global market, Ahmad Al-Ameeri, CEO of Seas&Deserts Group and Azimut Yachts Official Dealer for the areahighlighted,“The UAE is a significant country in which the yacht sector operates and develops significantly over years. According to latest statistics, in 2018 the UAE ranks ninth in the world for production of super yachts, with 14 new builds with a combined length of 611 metres being manufactured in the Emirates. As an organization functioning in this unique industry, we have always strived to put our customers’ needs as a priority. Participation in this platform gives us the perfect opportunity to reach out to our local audience and demonstrate our products while relaying their significance and practicality for our customers.”

The Abu Dhabi International Boat Show caters tothe companies in the UAE and internationally from the marine leisure industry; enabling them to display, discuss and demonstrate their products and services to a relevant and unique buying audience. The show is expected to attract around 20,000 visitors over the span of 4 days, with more than 150 international and local exhibitors.

Azimut Yachts will be at the Abu Dhabi Boat Show, from October 17 till 20, Stand OW22. For the entire duration of the boat show, the Azimut Yachts fleet will be available for visits on board.