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An aft-facing stern sun pad can be turned into a lounging area by removing the middle cushion and raising the hidden table.
An aft-facing stern sun pad can be turned into a lounging area by removing the middle cushion and raising the hidden table. (Courtesy Bavaria Yachts/)

The Bavaria Yachts’ SR41 represents a new line of motoryachts for the German yacht-builder, combining its S-line and R-line into a hybrid line. The SR41 is available in hardtop, soft-top and coupe versions.

A stern sun pad is the first feature that greets guests boarding the yacht. Remove the middle cushion, and there’s an adjustable table that can be raised or lowered for meals and sundowners with friends. The aft-facing sun pad has adjustable backrests that fold down or lifted to create bench seating.

Hullside windows allow for natural light to illuminate belowdecks and the two-stateroom layout that includes a full-beam owner's stateroom and a forepeak VIP.
Hullside windows allow for natural light to illuminate belowdecks and the two-stateroom layout that includes a full-beam owner's stateroom and a forepeak VIP. (Courtesy Bavaria Yachts/)

Belowdecks are two staterooms: a full-beam (13.1 feet) owner’s stateroom and a forepeak VIP. The owner’s space comes with a separate head and shower to port. A second head acts as a day head and is forward and to starboard.

Hullside windows help provide natural light belowdecks. The SR41’s design is a collaboration between Too Design’s Marco Casali and Bavaria Yachts.

Standard power on the SR41 is 355 hp Mercruiser gasoline engines.
Standard power on the SR41 is 355 hp Mercruiser gasoline engines. (Courtesy Bavaria Yachts/)

Standard power is 355 hp Mercruiser gasoline engines. Twin 380 hp Volvo Penta D6 diesels are optional. Fuel capacity is 198 gallons.

For more information, visit: bavariayachts.com

Meet the Nordhavn 148

The Nordhavn 148 will be the largest NOrdhavn ever built when she debuts in 2020. She will also have an ice-class steel hull.
The Nordhavn 148 will be the largest NOrdhavn ever built when she debuts in 2020. She will also have an ice-class steel hull. (Courtesy Vripack/)

Vripack, in the Netherlands, has released some drawings of the Nordhavn 148, which will be the largest Nordhavn to date when she debuts in 2020. The 148 will also be the first hull that Nordhavn has built in steel.

This is the second collaboration for Vripack and Nordhavn; the first collaboration was the Nordhavn 80, in 2018.

“Nordhavn were keen to tap into our explorer heritage,” Marnix Hoekstra, co-creative director at Vripack, stated in a press release about the 148. “Nordhavn boats are renowned for venturing to remote, off-the-beaten-track destinations, and so the aim was to demonstrate to owners that this significant latest model has been conceived by a design studio that has a proven track record in this arena.”

The Nordhavn 148 is the builder's second collaboration with Vripack. The first was an 80-footer.
The Nordhavn 148 is the builder's second collaboration with Vripack. The first was an 80-footer. (Courtesy Vripack/)

Will the Nordhavn 148 be able to cruise in cold climates? Yes. It will have an ice-strengthened hull.

For more information, visit: vripack.com

Meet the MCY Skylounge Collection

Italian builder Monte Carlo Yachts will launch its first skylounge model, the MCY 70 Skylounge, at the Miami Yacht Show in February.
Italian builder Monte Carlo Yachts will launch its first skylounge model, the MCY 70 Skylounge, at the Miami Yacht Show in February. (Courtesy Monte Carlo Yachts/)

Monte Carlo Yachts has unveiled details of the MCY Skylounge Collection, a range of yachts from 65 to 105 feet length overall that are designed in collaboration with Nuvolari Lenard.

The first model will be the MCY 70 Skylounge, which is expected to have her world premiere at the Miami Yacht Show in February.

According to Monte Carlo Yachts, the design brief calls for a home away from home that emphasizes the relationship between the individual and the sea. The flybridge is customizable with 360-degree views, and there’s a lounge space in the enclosed bridge. On the main deck is an open space that owners can personalize however they wish

What will the other models be in the MCY Skylounge Collection? The builder is looking to introduce a 66, 76 and 80 next, in addition to the 70 Skylounge.

The Modern-Day Ark

"Apparently, folks are investing big bucks to be last in line on Judgment Day. Zombies. Sharknadoes."
"Apparently, folks are investing big bucks to be last in line on Judgment Day. Zombies. Sharknadoes." (Steve Haefele/)

A news clip about a new high-endc ondo project caught my eye recently. The development is buried in a former missile silo. Apparently, folks are investing big bucks to be last in line on Judgment Day. Zombies. Sharknadoes. They’ll be buried alive in style.

I debated the opportunity with my boatbuilder pal, Ed.

“Remember Bert the Turtle?” I asked, recalling the film that U.S. schoolkids were shown in the 1950s. “While we ducked and covered, smart guys peddled private civil-defense shelters.”

“It’s a luxury ­market these days,” Ed ­observed. “A dumpster buried in the backyard won’t cut it.”

“Exactly,” I replied, wondering if it might be smart to ride out the apocalypse at sea. “Why not a traditional yacht?”

Ed was skeptical. “A trawler?” he asked.

“More traditional,” I suggested.

“Good God, Coyle. Not a damn sailboat!”

“Nope. I’m thinking an ark.”

“Been done. I just saw an ark on the news,” Ed said. “Something about rain damage. I guess they don’t build ’em like they used to.”

I pointed out that the build making headlines was a replica of a somewhat dated design.

“I’m not criticizing the designer or suggesting that a sheep herder was any less capable than a ­boatbuilder, but we’ve learned a lot in 4,000 years,” I said. “Just imagine what we could do with modern composites and gyrostabilized, ­fuel-efficient hull forms.”

“And the ­animals: two of this and two of that. It all adds up,” Ed said.

“Pets would be up to the ­owners, of course,” I said. “These days, they’d likely bring nothing along they couldn’t stuff in a pocketbook: small mammals such as miniature terriers. It’s a new demographic.”

“And if they insist on elephants and giraffes?” Ed asked.

“Onboard ­composting,” I replied. “In one end, out the other. Biofuel.”

“You know, a fella built a large yacht for just that purpose in the 1980s,” Ed said.

I recalled a client of mine who had also built such a boat. She had three diesels and a belly full of fuel.

“Ed, I’m not simply noodling another hardened mega-yacht with panic rooms, security teams and escape pods,” I replied. “I’m proposing a new yachting lifestyle.”

Ed wasn’t convinced. “Prepper yachting?” he quipped, referring to doomsday survivalists.

I suggested that we take a page from the folks pushing the subterranean luxury lifestyle on TV.

“Tell me something,” I said. “What do you call a condo with a swimming pool, a movie theater, a health club and a video game center?”

“It’s buried underground, Coyle,” Ed replied. “It is what it is.”

“No,” I said. “It’s second home for weekend getaways on the prairie somewhere in Kansas.”

“God didn’t tell Noah to build a condo, so perhaps you’re onto something,” Ed admitted.

Exactly. The plumb bow has already made a comeback, and 300 cubits is more than enough real estate for a pool, a rock climbing wall and a helicopter pad. Why wait for the water to come to you?

Yacht Charter to Anywhere

Asturias cruises at about 8 knots.
Asturias cruises at about 8 knots. (Charl Jordaan/)

For a kid growing up in Georgia, Lake Lanier was a great place to dream about someday owning a boat. The owner of the 63-foot Nordhavn Asturias was one of those kids, playing on ski boats and sailboats that his father and grandfather owned.

“I’d been planning on it since I was 12 years old, going to boat shows,” he says of buying his own ride. “I’ve been dreaming about this every day of my life.”

After graduating from college, he took seven years of classes with the United States Power Squadrons and became a piloting instructor—still without owning a boat of his own. He amassed boating magazines to learn about boat styles and builders. Today, he has 2,000 of them, including Yachting, organized chronologically by publication date.

The owner of Asturias plans to make her available in the Bahamas and the Caribbean for crewed charters this winter.
The owner of Asturias plans to make her available in the Bahamas and the Caribbean for crewed charters this winter. (istock/wallaceweeks/)

When he finally had enough money to buy the yacht of his dreams, he commissioned a Nordhavn 63. “It’s the biggest boat that I can operate myself, but it’s also the smallest boat that I could really have a captain on board,” he says. “It is right in that middle range that can go either way.”

He took delivery in 2017 with a plan of crossing oceans and exploring the world, starting in 2021. During his first two years of ownership, he did smaller cruises, including up to New England and down to the Bahamas, with a stop at the Potomac River in ­Washington, D. C.

To provision for long-distance cruising and charters, the yacht has three refrigerators and five freezers.
To provision for long-distance cruising and charters, the yacht has three refrigerators and five freezers. (Charl Jordaan/)

“I’ve had the boat in some pretty big storms,” he says. “We’ve hit 30-foot waves for a day and a half, and the boat did fine, and the crew did fine with me and three of my friends. The boat is as strong and as safe as they know how to make it.”

Asturias handling so well and being so much fun to be aboard, he says, are why he is offering her for charter. He still owns his auto dealership and has a couple more years before he can cruise off on his own adventure, and he wants the boat to be used in the interim.

The owner estimates being able to go 4,000 nautical miles without refueling.
The owner estimates being able to go 4,000 nautical miles without refueling. (Charl Jordaan/)

That is great news for ­anyone interested in chartering a Nordhavn because they rarely come onto the charter market. Most people who buy them are like the owner of Asturias—eager to live out their own cruising dreams—so the boats remain private.

“It’s definitely rare,” says Jeff Shaffer, who manages Asturias as part of the fleet at Superyacht Sales and Charter. “It’s for the ­charterer who is looking for something off the beaten path, more along the lines of adventure charter. It’s not a fast boat for somebody who wants to go from Miami to ­Bimini and back in six hours, but I think it’s going to appeal to a crowd who likes to relax and explore.”

Cherry walls, teak soles and light cushions create a classic feel.
Cherry walls, teak soles and light cushions create a classic feel. (Charl Jordaan/)

The owner is offering Asturias this winter in the Bahamas and Caribbean, and for summer 2020 in New England, where itineraries can be broader than what is typically ­available. Because Asturias is built for the owner’s long-­distance cruising plans, she has extra refrigerators and freezers, go-far fuel capacity, stabilizers and other systems that make it possible for charter clients to extend their options as well.

“I want families, ­people that appreciate the fact that they’re on a unique boat—the kind of people who don’t just want to sit around and drink and suntan,” the owner says. “If they really want to go to the outer edges of the ­Bahamas or some remote islands with no restaurants, it can be done.”

Asturias has a draft of 6 feet, 8 inches, which means she can get into some of the shallower harbors that yachts with deeper drafts cannot access.
Asturias has a draft of 6 feet, 8 inches, which means she can get into some of the shallower harbors that yachts with deeper drafts cannot access. (istock/remanz/)

Shaffer also plans to work closely with Nordhavn to ­offer extended- weekend charters to ­anyone thinking about buying a boat of their own. The owner of Asturias hopes they will be every bit as excited about all the features that excite him.

“I chose this boat because of its size and also because it’s an aft pilothouse, so the ­tenders are stored up front,” he says. “When you’re underway, it’s a little more comfortable to have the pilothouse center or aft of center. And I just think it’s cool looking. It looks like a big expedition ship.”

Capt. Eric Trager has been with Asturias for two years.
Capt. Eric Trager has been with Asturias for two years. (Charl Jordaan/)Capt. Eric Trager not only has Bahamas-cruising experience but also helps with all onboard tasks—including making beds with hospital corners.
Capt. Eric Trager not only has Bahamas-cruising experience but also helps with all onboard tasks—including making beds with hospital corners. (istock/wallaceweeks/)

Meet the Silent 80 Tri-Deck

The Silent-Yachts 80 Tri-Deck can be set up with an enclosed or open top deck.
The Silent-Yachts 80 Tri-Deck can be set up with an enclosed or open top deck. (Courtesy Silent-Yachts/)

Silent-Yachts has unveiled the design for its Silent 80 Tri-Deck, a solar-electric catamaran with a projected top speed of 16 knots.

This yacht is a variation on the builder’s existing 80-foot flagship, adding an air-conditioned lounge on the flybridge.

Note the four distinct al fresco zones on the flybridge.
Note the four distinct al fresco zones on the flybridge. (Courtesy Silent-Yachts/)

Owners have choices in the layout aboard the Silent 80 Tri-Deck. The yacht can be ordered with four to six staterooms, with an enclosed or open top deck, and with a customizable garage.

Because the yacht uses solar power, it has more garage space as opposed to engine-room space. The vessel can carry a nearly 15-foot tender, an amphibious car or any number of combinations of water toys.

The Silent-Yachts 80 Tri-Deck enclosed version.
The Silent-Yachts 80 Tri-Deck enclosed version. (Courtesy Silent-Yachts/)

What is the Silent 80 Tri-Deck’s cruising speed? 6 to 12 knots, with a top-end speed of 16 knots.

For more information, visit: silent-yachts.com

The First Amels 60 is Sold

The Amels 60 was designed by Espen Oeino.
The Amels 60 was designed by Espen Oeino. (Courtesy Amels/)

The Amels shipyard in the Netherlands has sold its first Amels 60 just two months after the design for the Limited Editions yacht was unveiled.

“We’ve been blown away by the market’s reaction,” Amels Managing Director Rose Damen stated in a press release. “The fast sale of the first yacht is very rewarding for everyone in our design, engineering and project teams who have worked so hard on the Amels 60 during the last few years.”

The Amels 60 accommodates 30-foot tender on her foredeck.
The Amels 60 accommodates 30-foot tender on her foredeck. (Courtesy Amels/)

The Amels 60 is an Espen Oeino design that can stow a 30-foot tender on her foredeck. The owner’s stateroom has a foldout balcony. Studio Indigo handled interior design.

Will the Amels 60 have hybrid technology? Yes. And, Amels says the yacht will have a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 13 knots. Top speed is projected at 15.5 knots.

For more information, visit: amels-holland.com

Intellian to Build Iridium CertusTM Maritime Terminals

Intellian has been named the newest manufacturer of Iridium CertusTM maritime terminals. The Iridium C700 will reportedly deliver up to 352 Kbps transmission and 704 Kbps reception speeds
Intellian has been named the newest manufacturer of Iridium CertusTM maritime terminals. The Iridium C700 will reportedly deliver up to 352 Kbps transmission and 704 Kbps reception speeds (Courtesy Iridium/)

Intellian has been named the newest manufacturer of Iridium CertusTM maritime terminals.

The C700 terminal will reportedly enable a variety of applications, including safety, bridge and crew welfare communications, connected ship IoT capabilities such as engine monitoring and remote diagnostics, as well as situational awareness reports.

Using Iridium’s global network, the C700 will reportedly deliver up to 352 Kbps transmission and 704 Kbps reception speeds.

“Iridium and Intellian have worked closely together to develop our C700 Iridium Certus antenna, and we are proud to now reveal this product to the world,” Eric Sung, CEO of Intellian, stated in a press release. “We expect that the new C700 will provide enhanced safety and communications services at sea, delivering added value to our customers.”

Is the C700 terminal only for yachts? No. It’s also robust enough for use on tankers, container ships and ferries.

For more information, visit: iridium.com

One Owner, Never Chartered

The 110-foot Lazzara <em>Spring Time</em> has an asking price of $4,699,000.
The 110-foot Lazzara Spring Time has an asking price of $4,699,000. (Courtesy HMY Yachts/)

Broker Tony Lazzara at HMY Yachts is offering the 110-foot Lazzara Spring Time for sale, promoting her as having had one owner and no charter clients since she launched in 2007.

Spring Time has four staterooms and five heads. Her features include ABT-Trac zero-speed stabilizers and underwater lights.

The yacht’s MTU 16V 2000 engines were most recently serviced earlier this year, and are showing 4,300 hours.

What’s the asking price? The owner of Spring Time is offering her at $4,699,000.

For more information, visit: hmy.com

Benetti Delivers 154-Foot Yacht

The 154-foot Benetti <em>Bacchanal</em> has a reported range of 5,900 nautical miles at 10 knots.
The 154-foot Benetti Bacchanal has a reported range of 5,900 nautical miles at 10 knots. (Courtesy Benetti Yachts/)

Benetti Yachts in Italy has delivered the 154-foot Bacchanal, a custom build with a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure.

Bacchanal, with a gross tonnage of almost 400, is the second Benetti for the same owner.

“After my first Benetti in 2015, I came back to work with a team that in my opinion realizes one of the best yachts in the world,” the owner stated in a press release. “I’m happy that everything is the result of a masterfully orchestrated teamwork, and all my ideas and wishes were welcomed.”

Architect Mauricio Gómez de Tuddo worked with Benetti to create an interior that includes Italian brands such as Minotti, Flexform, Giorgetti, Rimadesio, Poltrona Frau and Exteta. There are six staterooms for 12 guests—including a full-beam owner’s suite with a private study on the main deck—along with five cabins for seven crew.

Amenities include a mosaic-lined swimming pool on the sundeck, near a table that can seat 12 people for alfresco dining. A dumbwaiter connects this deck and others for easier service.

Can Bacchanal make transatlantic crossings? Yes. She has a reported range of 5,900 nautical miles at 10 knots, along with a top speed of 15.8 knots thanks to twin MTU engines.

For more information, visit: benettiyachts.it

Destination: Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia, is a fun-filled stop with a fall wine festival.
Norfolk, Virginia, is a fun-filled stop with a fall wine festival. (Courtesy Visit Norfolk/)

Brook Smith can talk to boaters all day about why they should tie up in Norfolk, Virginia. As the manager of Waterside Marina, he spends countless hours next to scenic Town Point Park—­within steps of shops and eateries, the Nauticus museum and the battleship Wisconsin, and the ballfield Harbor Park, where the Triple-A Norfolk Tides round the bases, hoping to get called up to Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles.

But it’s during the fall, Smith says, that transient traffic really picks up—and during one fall weekend in particular. This year, it will be October 19-20. That’s when the Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival is scheduled to take place.

“It’s just become the thing to do,” he says. “People come over with their boats and walk because you don’t want to be on the roads when they let out at 5 o’clock.”

Norfolk’s Slover Library opened in 2015 with technological features that draw locals and tourists alike. There’s a bistro with outdoor ­seating, a Playscape and KidZone, a video gaming room, and more.
Norfolk’s Slover Library opened in 2015 with technological features that draw locals and tourists alike. There’s a bistro with outdoor ­seating, a Playscape and KidZone, a video gaming room, and more. (iStock/Bryan Pollard/)

Dodging drunk drivers aside, visiting boaters consider the marina a haven because transients are the only kind of boaters welcome. No annual slip contracts are given, which means that reservations are first-come, first-served for anybody who wants to cruise on over.

“We can handle anything from a 270-foot mega-yacht down to a mom and pop trawler,” he says. “Our enclosed basin has 35 slips, and we also have 500 feet of protected bulkhead inside the basin. It has new power and was recently updated, so we bring in 80-footers, 90-footers.”

Depending on the weather, he says, boaters stay for three to five nights, finding plenty to do. And this winter, the floating docks are scheduled to be replaced. Between that and the wine festival, he says, “We’ve got a lot of nice things coming.”

Things To Do

Within walking distance of Waterside Marina, boaters can find: Nauticus, a museum and science-and-technology center that explores the naval, economic and nautical power of the sea. It’s also home to the Battleship Wisconsin, which offers guided and self-guided tours. ­Harbor Park is where the Triple-A Norfolk Tides baseball team plays through early September. The Chrysler Museum of Art is known for its glass collection, and there’s a studio where visitors can see how the pieces were created. Harrison Opera House has an intimate—as opera houses go—1,632-seat theater, while Push Comedy Theater seats 90 people and hosts live stand-up, sketch and improv shows. The Virginia Zoo has more than 500 animals, including tigers and giraffes.

Reviewed: Uniesse 56 Super Sport

Depending on performance preference, the Uniesse 56SS can be set up with straight-shaft inboards, Volvo Penta IPS pods, Arneson drives or water jets.
Depending on performance preference, the Uniesse 56SS can be set up with straight-shaft inboards, Volvo Penta IPS pods, Arneson drives or water jets. (Jim Raycroft/)

It’s easy to see that the Uniesse 56SS is a yacht designed and built by yachtsmen, for yachtsmen.

As David Schwedel, executive director of the Uniesse Marine Group, says, “This is not a cookie-cutter yacht. This is a labor of passion.” The builder checks every stitch in the leather helm seats and encourages owners to select marble not from a sample but instead at the quarry. And for the 56 Super Sport, Uniesse added smart touches inside and out, from soundproofing to creature comforts.

The Uniesse 56SS has a galley down with an A&G fridge.
The Uniesse 56SS has a galley down with an A&G fridge. (Jim Raycroft/)

The 56SS is the smallest model in Uniesse’s three-model Super Sport line, which includes a 65 and a 70, and the builder customizes her just like the bigger sisterships. The 56SS that I got aboard was slate gray and black on the outside, looking like a stealth missile seemingly out of James Bond central casting. You can see all the interior broad strokes from the pictures: stylish but ever-so-comfy couches in the salon, full-beam master stateroom (more on that later), a VIP that rivals the master, and a third stateroom with twins.

But it’s the details that really make the difference when comparing this midrange cruiser with others.

Take the master’s en suite head, running fore and aft to starboard with a ­glass-and-stainless-steel divider that is functional art. Yes, the head proper is private, but the divider also allows a view out the hullside window. And the shower is lined in the owner’s choice of marble, with a rain shower recessed into the ceiling, next to a frosted skylight. There’s no ugly drain either; the marble sole is surrounded by a drain slot, an elegant solution.

Other ­interior touches aboard the 56SS include sliding salon doors that disappear, creating one-level alfresco living from the transom to the windshield, which has 6-foot-long carbon-fiber wipers. A pale-gray oak sole complements the theme of light and dark oaks throughout, with leather trim for countertops.

The salon sole is pale-gray oak.
The salon sole is pale-gray oak. (Jim Raycroft/)

The galley may be down, as is Euro tradition, but it is in an atrium more than 10 feet high and open to the salon, giving the chef overhead lighting from the windshield. Appliances include an A&G fridge with a built-in wine cooler, as well as a Miele induction cooktop.

At the helm, skippers have electric Besenzoni helm seats facing Garmin’s Glass Cockpit, which showcases information on twin 22-inch displays. The information includes GPS, chart plotter and radar, as well as FLIR night vision and a proprietary Uniesse systems monitor.

The yacht’s audiovisual system has iPad controls and multiple zones ­combining 3G and 4G Wi-Fi, Apple TV, and components from Panasonic, Waterfall, JL Audio, Canton and Revel. To control the system, the staterooms and salon are fitted out with iPad minis in docking stations.

Those are 22-inch Garmin displays.
Those are 22-inch Garmin displays. (Jim Raycroft/)

So what’ll she do? The 56SS not only looks James Bond-ish, but she walks the walk. Power on our test vessel came from twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta IPS1350s matched to pod drives. Owners can choose anything from conventional straight drives to ­Arneson drives for the rooster-tail fans—or even water jets.

With 2,000 horses snorting in the pod drives, this 56SS blazed across Miami’s Biscayne Bay flat-out at just a fraction under 41 knots, which is missile speed given the yacht’s nearly 30 tons of leather, marble and other materials. Volvo Penta’s team says it saw a similar speed in Europe, hitting 40.6 knots with 14 people aboard.

With the hammer down, the only word I could think to jot down was “hushed” thanks to soundproofing, and thanks to a monocoque hull and house structure with a blend of ­resin-infused materials: a solid 1½ inch hull ­underwater, Airex coring in the ­topsides, and transverse and longitudinal stringers of resin-encased closed-cell rigid foam. The engine beds are 4 inches wider than the Volvo Penta-required minimums, according to Uniesse.

The windshield wiper on the Uniesse 56SS is 6 feet long and made of carbon fiber.
The windshield wiper on the Uniesse 56SS is 6 feet long and made of carbon fiber. (Jim Raycroft/)

At speed, there were no creaks or groans, even in a steep chop or hard turns. The only distracting sound came from a water bottle in the galley sink, until Uniesse president Rafael Barca removed it. (Like I said: attention to detail.)

In addition to the standard 21-kW Kohler genset, the engine room can accommodate a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer. The fit-out here is seamanlike, with stainless-steel ­plumbing and loomed wiring.

Back at the dock, I noted that the 56SS’s fairleads spun in my hand. Uniesse wasn’t content with just a beautiful stainless-steel fairlead for dock lines. No, the builder decided on custom-made ones, with twin rollers so dock lines don’t fray. It was yet another example of how the Uniesse 56SS hits the mark on the obvious and the not-so-obvious, with a splash of innovation.

Take the next step: uniesse.com

Fishing Fanatics

The Roscioli Donzi R76 Med model has a flybridge that doubles as an entertainment space for dining and sunbathing, and a recessed bow lounge offers protection from wind and sun.
The Roscioli Donzi R76 Med model has a flybridge that doubles as an entertainment space for dining and sunbathing, and a recessed bow lounge offers protection from wind and sun. (Courtesy Roscioli Donzi/)

Roscioli Donzi in Fort Lauderdale has unveiled two new 76-foot sportfish models. The first hulls of both models are now under construction.

Called the Sportfish and Med versions, the 76-footers each have walkaround teak foredecks and open aft decks. The Med model has a flybridge that doubles as an entertainment space for dining and sunbathing, with an Isinglass enclosure and air conditioning. A recessed bow lounge offers protection from wind and sun, while the aft deck has a wet bar and table shaded beneath the hardtop. Inside is 7 feet of headroom.

The Roscioli Donzi R76 Sportfish version two refrigerated and insulated fish boxes/live wells, a Release Marine Battle Saddle fighting chair, a 500-pound-per-day Eskimo ice maker and Rupp hydraulic outriggers.
The Roscioli Donzi R76 Sportfish version two refrigerated and insulated fish boxes/live wells, a Release Marine Battle Saddle fighting chair, a 500-pound-per-day Eskimo ice maker and Rupp hydraulic outriggers.

The Sportfish version is built to be run by a captain and mate on longer fishing expeditions, with crew quarters that have the same finish as the guest staterooms. The aft deck has two refrigerated and insulated fish boxes/live wells, and a Release Marine Battle Saddle fighting chair. An additional, 60-gallon pressurized live well is at the transom. There’s a 500-pound-per-day Eskimo ice maker on board, along with Rupp hydraulic outriggers.

How fast will these boats go? According to Roscioli Donzi, cruise speed will be 33 knots with a top speed of more than 36 knots.

For more information, visit: rosciolidonzi.com

Lazzara’s New 95-Foot Express Cruiser

On board the LSY 95, there are five staterooms, including a full-beam master suite with a walk-in closet.
On board the LSY 95, there are five staterooms, including a full-beam master suite with a walk-in closet. (Courtesy Lazzara Yachts/)

Stepping aboard the Lazzara Yachts LSY 95 via the full-beam swim platform, guests are greeted by a 360-degree, electrically rotating sofa. Abaft of the sofa is a 5.5-foot by 10-foot sun pad capable of fitting three or four guests while hiding a tender/PWC garage below. Continuing to the foredeck, there’s a built-in hot tub with a forward-facing sun pad that accommodates two sunbathers.

The main deck has 518 square feet of space with 6-foot-10 headroom. Guests can enter via the salon doors from the stern. There’s U-shaped seating with two coffee tables on the port side and a day head opposite. The salon is separated from the galley and a dining area for eight by a starboard-side staircase leading belowdecks.

The LSY 95 is a 95-footer that can cruise at 28 knots for 450 nautical miles.
The LSY 95 is a 95-footer that can cruise at 28 knots for 450 nautical miles. (Courtesy Lazzara Yachts/)

Belowdecks, there are five staterooms, including a full-beam (20 feet, 8 inches) master suite with a walk-in closet, a seating area and head with his-and-her sinks. Each stateroom has an en suite head. In total, there is 875 square feet of space—not including the engine room—on the lower deck.

Two staircases—one in the salon and one in the cockpit—provide flybridge access. Up top, there is 341 square feet of al fresco space. A hardtop protects the forward part of the bridge, and see-through panels offer clean sightlines. Sofa seating wraps around portside of the flybridge. When more shade is needed, a simple push of a button extends a sunshade from the flybridge overhang, covering the portside, half-moon-shaped seating.

The LSY 95 has a 360-degree, electronically rotating couch.
The LSY 95 has a 360-degree, electronically rotating couch. (Courtesy Lazzara Yachts/)

A wet bar with three barstools separate the aforementioned staircases. Lazzara Yachts President Joe Lazzara said they’ll likely add a fourth barstool.

Standard power for the LSY 95 will be triple Volvo Penta IPS 1200 engines with the option to upgrade to 1350s. Lazzara Yachts says its 95-footer can reach a top speed of 32 knots and cruise for 450 nautical miles at 28 knots on a 1,700-gallon fuel tank. With the optional 1350s, builder says the projected top hop is 42 knots.

For more information, visit: lazzarayachts.com

Arcadia Yachts Launches Sherpa XL

The Sherpa XL can reach a top hop of 23 knots on twin Volvo Penta IPS 050 diesels.
The Sherpa XL can reach a top hop of 23 knots on twin Volvo Penta IPS 050 diesels. (Courtesy Arcadia Yachts/)

Arcadia Yachts celebrates its 10-year anniversary with the debut of the 78-foot Sherpa XL. The XL fits 2,368 square feet of usable space into its length overall.

Taking advantage of the vessel’s volume, the XL can have three or four staterooms. With the three-stateroom layout, the galley is belowdecks. In the four-stateroom version, the galley is in the skylounge. The full-beam master stateroom measures more than 236 square feet sans partitions; the VIP stateroom in the bow is also without partitions. Belowdecks, there is 6-foot-6-inch headroom.

The Sherpa XL also has a side garage accommodating a 13-foot tender. Outside is a sun pad over the transom garage for four or more guests. The cockpit has U-shaped seating and a table that accommodates eight to 10 guests. Lastly, the sundeck above provides 377 square feet of space with a bar.

The yacht’s exteriors and interiors were developed in cooperation with Milan-based Hot Lab design studio, which also helped Arcadia design the interiors of its A105.

Without any partitions, the Sherpa XL's master stateroom has more than 236 square feet of space.
Without any partitions, the Sherpa XL's master stateroom has more than 236 square feet of space. (Courtesy Arcadia Yachts/)

“Arcadia Yachts introduced itself with a concept of [a] motoryacht that stood out from the crowd,” says Ugo Pellegrino, sole direct of Arcadia Yachts. “It was not just the design and the layout of the interiors; there were also a number of solutions that allow guests to enjoy yachting in a different way, closer to the surrounding element: the sea [and] nature.”

Certain design decisions have made the Sherpa XL more efficient and environmentally friendly, starting with approximately 114 square feet of solar panels producing 3.5 kw of power, helping to reduce generator use at anchor.

This yacht’s thermally insulated windows around the skylounge also help reduce power usage. They’re finished with double-glazed glass with insulated gas kripton, producing a thermal difference between the interior and exterior surfaces of up to 64 degrees Fahrenheit.

To help reduce generator use, the Sherpa XL has 114 square feet of solar panels that produce 3.5 kw of power.
To help reduce generator use, the Sherpa XL has 114 square feet of solar panels that produce 3.5 kw of power. (Courtesy Arcadia Yachts/)

“When building the Sherpa XL, we further improved out heat-insulation system, which is characterized by multi-glazed glass with insulating gas between glass panes,” said Salvator D’Ambrosi, the shipyard’s plant manager. “This technology can be appreciated in the skylounge in particular, which can be fully enjoyed, reducing the use of the air-conditioning system to a minimum and sometimes not using it at all.”

Arcadia says the Sherpa XL is powered with twin Volvo Penta IPS 1050 diesels with a top hop of 23 knots. At 10 knots, the 1,930-gallon fuel capacity provides a range of 1,400 nautical miles.

For more information, visit arcadiayachts.it

Superyacht Refit

The recent refit of <em>Bliss</em> included repainting the hull, repairing all the exterior teak decking, and gutting the interior to install a completely new one.
The recent refit of Bliss included repainting the hull, repairing all the exterior teak decking, and gutting the interior to install a completely new one. (Courtesy IYC/)

When the owner of the 144-foot Heesen Bliss bought her in 2017, he was looking at the yacht’s bones, not her decor. The previous owner had been a decorator with, well, highly personalized tastes.

“There was a lot of purple, and a lot of dark green velvet on the walls,” says Michel Chryssicopoulos, a partner at IYC, which manages Bliss for sale and charter.

“I’m sure that years ago, it looked very good, but after 12 years, she needed a major refit, which happened.”

As you can see in the photographs above, the interior now has bits of fun colors bubbling up here and there, as opposed to forcing guests to bathe in them. Chryssicopoulos says that what is shown in the salon photo ­represents the approach the owner took throughout the ­vessel.

“Everything is off-white now, light gray, very earthy,” he says. “There’s a lot more light in the interior. All of the carpets, the soft fabrics, the curtains, all of it was replaced. There was a fake fireplace in the main salon, and it was replaced by backlit onyx marble that was custom-built. That looks very nice. The main dining area had a simple glass top; now it has a nice marble top. The whole thing smells and looks fresh.”

The new interior decor aboard <em>Bliss</em> includes Andy Warhol prints, lending a vibrant and fun touch to an otherwise neutral color scheme.
The new interior decor aboard Bliss includes Andy Warhol prints, lending a vibrant and fun touch to an otherwise neutral color scheme. (Courtesy IYC/)

The owner keeps Bliss based in Greece and regularly offers itineraries in Turkey, Croatia and ­Montenegro. If charter ­clients want to book in France or Italy, then the ­owner will ­consider those inquiries as well, but Chryssicopoulos says there has been so much demand for charters in Greece that the yacht had no reason to move.

“­Charter is just through the roof,” he told Yachting in mid-July. “I was just ­spending a week in Mykonos—you should have seen all the yachts. It was much crazier than usual.”

And everywhere that Bliss goes, she brings multiple tenders with her for heading ashore, watersports and crew use. There is a Williams Turbojet 325, an 18-foot Dariel jet boat that reportedly can hit 35 knots, and a 42-foot Sacs called Little Bliss.

Also on board are a pair of Jet Skis, a Seabob and stand-up paddleboards. Those types of toys, a captain who has been aboard for eight years and has strong local knowledge, and the yacht’s new look inside and out from the refit are bringing bookings, ­Chryssicopoulos says. And the yacht also is for sale, which means potential owners are getting a sneak peek at the type of income they might generate should they keep her on the ­charter market.

“She’s already done five weeks of charter this season alone,” he says of this past summer, “and she has another five booked.”

The Electric Jetboard

The Radinn G2X electric jetboard has a swap-out battery pack, so yacht owners can charge one while the other is in use.
The Radinn G2X electric jetboard has a swap-out battery pack, so yacht owners can charge one while the other is in use. (Courtesy Radinn/)

Radinn, a swedish company whose name is short for radical innovation, built its first ­electric jetboard in 2015. People liked riding along coastlines in silence, and the company learned important lessons about manufacturing.

“The biggest problem was that we weren’t a big company with established service centers around the world, but our clients have yachts and go from port to port,” says Head of Brand Experience Alex ­Fuehrling. “We learned that we needed to design it very modular, so we could ship just one module if a repair is needed.”

Radinn builds the standard board with a 6-foot-2-inch length and a width of
2 feet, 8 inches.
Radinn builds the standard board with a 6-foot-2-inch length and a width of 2 feet, 8 inches. (Courtesy Radinn/)

The second generation of that electric jetboard is the Radinn G2X, which became available about a year ago. So far, about 150 have been built, and Fuehrling says the company will soon start producing 100 a month, with manufacturing in Poland.

The idea is simple: Combine the fun of surfing with the silence of ­electric power in a way that is intuitive for ­beginners. Riders hold a silicone-molded controller and depress a button either a little or a lot, depending on how fast they want to go. When battery power gets low, the controller’s lights change and the controller vibrates, letting riders know it’s time to head back to the yacht and either recharge or swap out the battery.

“Everything is connected to an app as well,” he says. “You can see the GPS ­coordinates of where you’ve been riding or where the board has been. You could race a friend around an island and see which one took longer.”

The basic package ($11,490) includes the board, a battery pack and an overnight charger that charges the board in about eight hours. Upgrade to an extra-large battery pack (PowerPackXL) for $4,990 which provides users with an extra 45 minutes of use. The ultra-fast charger is $1,695 (100% charge in 2 hours; no added ride time), and additional battery packs ($3,490) can be swapped out.

The silver button atop the handheld controller is for speed, while the lights show remaining battery power.
The silver button atop the handheld controller is for speed, while the lights show remaining battery power. (Courtesy Radinn/)

This past summer in the Mediterranean, private yacht owners bought one or two battery packs, while charter yachts stowed three, Fuehrling says, adding that quite a few early adopters commented on how it feels to jetsurf silently: “It’s a very nice way to discover the surroundings.”

Take the next step: radinn.com

Island Icon: Mallorca’s Joan Aguiló

Artist Joan Aguiló’s soaring murals depict daily living on his native Mallorca in Spain’s Balearic Islands.
Artist Joan Aguiló’s soaring murals depict daily living on his native Mallorca in Spain’s Balearic Islands. (@ingredientes_creativos/)

There’s no missing Joan Aguiló’s street art on Mallorca. His murals of everyday life stretch skyward on more than 100 buildings across the island. In his large-scale tableaus, children frolic on the beach, blow out birthday candles and hold hands in dance class. Elders exchange gossip and stroll along the same street in Old Town Palma that they frequented for years.

A classically trained painter who first worked at an atelier, Aguiló was initially timid about taking his art to the streets. “I spent three hours agonizing over whether to put my real name or a ­pseudonym on my first work,” he says. “I was afraid of the police. But in the end, I put my real name because I thought it was more ­honest.”

Honesty was the best policy; his paintings were widely praised, and he was soon sought out for commissions by hotels and other businesses. He often scouts out locations for his next canvas during strolls around the capital. “It’s such a beautiful area,” he says. “And at night, Palma is a magical place. Our old ­buildings make you feel like you are on a stage. I like to think my art adds to the experience of that place.”

What drew you to street art? I could work in the community, outside of the studio, and connect directly with the people.

Who are your models? I’ve painted a lot of my family: my brother, mom, cousins. But my paintings reflect how a lot of people live on Mallorca.

Why is the summer ­season—particularly swimming and the beach—a recurring theme in your works? In Mallorca, ­people love the summertime. It’s when they have time to themselves. The colors I use—blues, greens, light brown—are the palette we have here in Mallorca.

Stroll Mallorca’s streets, and you’ll find Joan Aquiló’s work at almost every turn.
Stroll Mallorca’s streets, and you’ll find Joan Aquiló’s work at almost every turn. (@ingredientes_creativos/)

Joan Aguiló’s A-List for Mallorca

Lluis Perez Pastisser (Palma): Lluis is a young pastry chef who has turned traditional desserts into art.

Es Celler (Petra): Aubergine rellenes (stuffed eggplant) is one of my favorite dishes at this celler, which is what a ­traditional restaurant is called on Mallorca.

Ca Na Toneta (Caimari): This restaurant in the heart of Mallorca follows the rhythm of the seasons in its dishes.

Ca los Camps (Artà): This small beach is very quiet and pretty, with natural shadows and crystal-clear waters.

Spend New Year’s Eve in the Caribbean

Aspen Alternative is open for a New Year’s charter in the Caribbean. Her weekly base rate is $195,000.
Aspen Alternative is open for a New Year’s charter in the Caribbean. Her weekly base rate is $195,000.

Broker Neil Emmott at Superyacht Sales and Charter says the 164-foot Trinity Aspen Alternative is still open for a New Year’s charter in the Caribbean, beginning on December 29.

Aspen Alternative is a 2010 build that most recently was refitted in 2016. She accommodates 10 guests in five staterooms and charters with a 32-foot Intrepid tender for water-sports fun.

Additional amenities include a hot tub and bar on the sundeck.

What’s the holiday weekly base rate to charter Aspen Alternative? It’s $195,000.

For more information, visit: superyachtsalesandcharter.com

Meet the Beneteau Antares 11

The 36-foot Antares 11 is the largest in the builder's four-model lines, which starts at 21 feet LOA.
The 36-foot Antares 11 is the largest in the builder's four-model lines, which starts at 21 feet LOA.

Beneteau has unveiled the Antares 11, a 36-footer that is the new flagship of the Antares powerboat line.

The Antares 11 was created in collaboration with Sarrazin Design in France. She has a flush deck between the cockpit and helm, and a sunpad for lounging on the foredeck with a Bimini top. In the main cabin space, two of the four glazed roof windows are opening hatches.

A full-beam stateroom aft has opening windows on each side. Overall, there are overnight sleeping spaces for seven people, including a convertible space in the salon.

What kind of power will the Antares 11 have? Twin outboard engines up to 300 horsepower apiece.

For more information, visit: beneteau.fr

New Conquest Models from Boston Whaler

Both the Boston Whaler 325 Conquest and 405 Conquest s enhanced glass sections for better visibility.
Both the Boston Whaler 325 Conquest and 405 Conquest s enhanced glass sections for better visibility. (Courtesy Boston Whaler/)

Boston Whaler used the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as the stage for the debut of its 325 Conquest and 405 Conquest.

“The 405 Conquest and 325 Conquest mark the next evolution for the series, bringing versatility, comfort and capability to a whole new level,” Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler stated in a press release. “We’re thrilled to introduce the two models together and have already received a tremendous amount of positive feedback.”

The new Conquest models have full-beam windshields and restyled side glass for unobstructed visibility; a dive door with a removable ladder; and a portside companion lounge with a hidden, adjustable table. The 405 also has an adjustable chaise-style lounge at the bow with a personal stereo system.

The Boston Whaler 405 Conquest is the builder's largest in the line, which also includes a 285 Conquest, 315 Conquest, 325 Conquest and 345 Conquest.
The Boston Whaler 405 Conquest is the builder's largest in the line, which also includes a 285 Conquest, 315 Conquest, 325 Conquest and 345 Conquest. (Courtesy Boston Whaler/)

Belowdecks, the 405 has a private stateroom, while the 325 has a convertible V-berth. Both models have 300-hp Mercury Verado engines; there are quads on the 405 and twins on the 325.

Also new at the Lauderdale show: A Boston Whaler 380 Outrage with a quad Mercury Verado engine package.

Take the next step: go to bostonwhaler.com

A 130 Mangusta with Humphree Stabilizers

A 130-foot Mangusta is the first yacht of its size in North America to be fitted with the Humphree USA's quad fin stabilizers and quad interceptors.
A 130-foot Mangusta is the first yacht of its size in North America to be fitted with the Humphree USA's quad fin stabilizers and quad interceptors. (Courtesy Humphree/)

Humphree USA says a 130-foot Mangusta is the first yacht of its size in North America to be fitted with the company's quad fin stabilizers and quad interceptors.

The news comes at the same time Humphree has announced the introduction of fins for yachts in the 80- to 165-foot range.

According to Humphree, the fins on the Mangusta work alone between 0 and 10 knots. As the yacht goes faster, the interceptors kick in and work in conjunction with the fins.

The installation took place during a refit at Fort Lauderdale’s Roscioli Yachting Center of the 2009 build, which originally had different Humphree equipment installed. The yacht now has Humphree’s active ride control, autotrim, autolist and coordinated turn functions that correct for motion in three dimensions, including when turning at high speed.

“The owner was looking for a seamless stabilization system that would decrease rolling motions at anchor and also provide increased stabilization at full speed,” Sean Berrie, president of Humphree USA, stated in a press release. “We were able to offer an easily installed solution that works at speeds from zero to wide-open throttle while automatically adjusting to sea and wind conditions.”

Is the system noisy? According to Humphree, the power source for the fins is electric and has silent low-power operation, including running all night without the need for a genset.

For more information, visit: humphree.com

Wireless Yacht Controllers

Wireless controllers can enhance docking and close-quarters maneuvering.
Wireless controllers can enhance docking and close-quarters maneuvering. (Andrea Muscatello/)

An earnest crosswind piped across the waters off Florida’s Virginia Key, where the Miami International Boat Show was well underway. Victor Avila, Dockmate’s chief technical specialist, handed me a Dockmate wireless device and control of the Topaz 27 center-console—in clear view of several thousand spectators. As a lifelong sailor who’s shy about docking powerboats, I felt mild trepidation, but the system was so intuitive that I quickly got comfortable spinning circles and performing other maneuvers using the controller and, through it, the Topaz’s single screw and bow and stern thrusters.

Crosswinds, currents and skinny margins for error: At its brightest hour, docking is an art form. At its darkest, it’s a public shaming that so often comes with a memorable yard bill or marriage counseling (or, worse still, the hat trick). I had to agree that while wireless vessel controls aren’t mandatory safety equipment, they do make docking easier, safer and more intuitive.

At their core, today’s ­vessel-control systems, including Dockmate and Yacht Controller, consist of a wireless transmitter (the controller), a black-box receiver and a set of connecting cables. This hardware runs on sophisticated software that typically integrates directly with existing engine controls to deliver handheld wireless command of the yacht, so long as the transmitter is within range of the receiver. While each system differs, most wireless ones give operators command over the yacht’s engines or pod drives, bow and stern thrusters, anchor windlass, and horn. Additionally, some systems allow users to control peripheral devices such as passerelles or swimplatform elevators.

“The chief benefit is that boaters [can] leave the helm and have a closer look and still be in control with a transmitter that gives the same response and feel as [their] wired controls,” says Brian Sheehan, Dockmate’s spokesperson. “This is important in tight quarters.”

These systems can deliver fine motor control over a boat, allowing operators to slot a vessel into its berth smoothly, while freeing them to assist with docking duties.

“These aren’t cars: We’ve got wind and tide, and we’re always moving,” says Jerry Berton, president of The Yacht Group, which manufacturers the Yacht Controller. “Yacht Controller enables you to move the boat in any direction in as little as 1 inch at a time.”

Wireless controllers let the helmsman dock a vessel from any spot on board.
Wireless controllers let the helmsman dock a vessel from any spot on board. (Courtesy Dockmate/)

A device’s interface controls typically include buttons, joysticks and/or levers, with joysticks being the newest and most intuitive version. User commands are transmitted to the system’s black-box ­receiver via one or more radio ­frequencies. In turn, the system’s receiver shares the commands with the vessel’s engines and systems.

“We’ve designed cables that are very similar to the manufacturers’ [cables], but we added a Y-splitter cable,” Sheehan says. “One line goes to [the vessel’s] existing controls, and one line goes to our receiver, and [our system] takes it from there, using analog modules and CAN bus interfaces.”

A new system being able to connect to a vessel’s existing controls is key.

“Manufacturers have spent fortunes making electronic processors that control the engines and throttles, and we do not want to bypass these,” Berton says.

Safety is paramount any time mission-critical commands are transmitted over radio frequencies, especially in crowded marinas with competing RF signals. Dockmate operates on the 433 megahertz frequency over five different channels using a military-grade, frequency-­hopping spread spectrum system, and each Dockmate transmitter is coded to match its receiver (think automotive fobs). Conversely, Yacht Controller is a dual-band system alternating between the 433 MHz and 916 MHz frequencies, and derivations thereof, every one-sixteenth of a second.

In addition to integrating with vessel controls, Yacht Controller systems are compatible with Garmin multi-function displays and with Garmin’s OneHelm integration system.
In addition to integrating with vessel controls, Yacht Controller systems are compatible with Garmin multi-function displays and with Garmin’s OneHelm integration system. (Courtesy Yacht Controller/)

While their frequencies and features differ, wireless vessel-control systems work with most single- and twin-screw inboards, as well as pod-style drives and some outboards. Also, these systems generally use incremental throttle controls for inboards, but proportional controls are available for yachts with pod-style drives and/or proportional thrusters.

Engine type aside, wireless vessel control systems untether operators from the helm, allowing them to put eyeballs on the right bits of brine. While this ability adds utility and safety, these systems have narrowly defined onboard roles. ¶ “It’s only for docking,” says Sheehan, adding that the system is also useful for performing other low-speed, high-precision maneuvers such as anchoring, retrieving a man overboard, collecting crab traps or helping an angler land a pelagic prize. “We purposefully dialed back the rpm to a maximum of 30 percent of the engine’s capacity to keep boaters from using it for other means.”

Such authority settings can sometimes be custom-configured, however, Berton offers a cautionary note: “When you start going 5 knots [in a marina], your chances of accidents are high. The majority of the time, you’re going less than 5 knots.”

As with any crucial system, these require yacht owners to set up a sea trial to familiarize themselves and to identify vessel-specific customizations. For example, Sheehan says, Dockmate ­installers can dial down the bow thruster rpm to match the vessel’s stern thruster or modify the throttle governor.

Overall, yacht owners can expect far less ­stressful docking and easier close-quarters maneuvering—and, potentially, the ­ability to do short- or singlehanded cruising.

“People can run their boat, and they can tie it up by themselves,” Berton says. “This allows them to enjoy boating without grief, and it can be a marriage saver.”

Eco-Friendly Med Charter

The E&E crew picks up any trash that they find on Mediterranean beaches. They sometimes leave signs behind, encouraging people not to litter.
The E&E crew picks up any trash that they find on Mediterranean beaches. They sometimes leave signs behind, encouraging people not to litter. (Courtesy Camper & Nicholsons International/Halil Cetin/)

The owner of the 138-foot Cizgi E&E is a longtime ­sailor who thought he was doing his part for the eco-friendly movement. He even went so far as to spend three years planning and building E&E in ways that would keep fuel use low—and this was more than a decade ago, before being eco-friendly became wholly fashionable.

“Because of our sensitivity regarding the environment, we started thinking about these things with the ­design of the boat,” says owner’s representative Sansal Ilgun. “We did the testing in Holland and tried to achieve the best propeller design, the best engine ­power and the ­best-performing hull. The ­result of that is that our engines consume only 130 liters [34 gallons] at 11 knots. We don’t do more than this—because that’s the best. Our top speed is 14 or 15 knots, but it’s senseless. You consume much more.”

And yet, even with that kind of mindfulness taking place, the owner realized the scope of the planet’s problems required much more action. Specifically, he wanted to do more about the trash and plastic making their way into the waters he felt passionate about protecting, both where he cruised in the Mediterranean and beyond.

“He decided to do something on land to minimize waste,” Ilgun says. “All the waste in the sea and the oceans is coming from the land.”

<em>E&E</em> can hit 14 or 15 knots, but the captain keeps the throttles back at 11 knots, where the yacht achieves the best fuel efficiency.
E&E can hit 14 or 15 knots, but the captain keeps the throttles back at 11 knots, where the yacht achieves the best fuel efficiency. (Courtesy Camper & Nicholsons International/Halil Cetin/)

In 2015, the owner founded the Mind Your Waste Foundation. Based in Turkey, the group does educational and lobbying campaigns that promote recycling and work to eliminate plastic use and littering.

And what better place to show what might be possible than aboard his own yacht?

This past spring, the Yacht Club de Monaco ­awarded E&E its La Belle Class Explorer Award for the program's ­commitment to environmentally mindful cruising and charter operations. The owner still has the yacht running at fuel-efficient speeds and has since worked to ban the use of plastic on board, allowed only biodegradable cleaning products to be used, and applauded his crewmembers not only for picking up litter, but also for posting signs on beaches that encourage people to dispose of trash properly.

“We don’t buy any ­plastic water bottles or drinks,” ­Ilgun says. “We have our own ­water-purifying system. Our guests coming on board, we give them a reusable water bottle with the Mind Your Waste logo on it, and we encourage them to use that bottle all the time, including when they go on shore. If they insist on a certain type of water, like Evian or something, we put it into these bottles so we don’t use any kind of plastic bottles or straws.”

So far, he adds, charter clients have been happy to go along with the program.

Note the large windows on the upper deck: Those are guest staterooms. The crew space is belowdecks, where other yachts typically house guests.
Note the large windows on the upper deck: Those are guest staterooms. The crew space is belowdecks, where other yachts typically house guests. (Courtesy Camper & Nicholsons International/Halil Cetin/)

“Everybody is starting to believe that this world has limited resources,” he says. “There will be the end of clean water and clean air and a clean environment. Everybody respects that and believes that, in the future, we will all be on the same page. We had to start from somewhere, so we started.”

The wide-angle views of the water from on board E&E help to drive home what's at stake. The yacht has an unusual layout, with the master stateroom in the traditional location forward on the main deck but with the other four guest ­staterooms one level up, with larger ­windows than are possible belowdecks. That level on E&E is for crew, including any extra staff a charter client wants to add.

And if they want to pick up trash too, they are welcome to join in. “These things are like the sea star story,” Ilgun says, referring to what Americans call “The Starfish Story,” about every bit contributing toward change. “You have to start somewhere, and one day, it will make a difference. We have made the world very dirty. We have to clean it.”

Viking Yachts 46 Billfish

The Viking 46 Billfish is the new flagship in this series for the New Jersey builder.
The Viking 46 Billfish is the new flagship in this series for the New Jersey builder. (Courtesy Viking Yachts/)

Viking yachts' 46 ­Billfish is a vessel that takes owners from the mid-30-foot dayboat category into the traveling, tournament-circuit-ready stage.

The big sister to the 38 ­Billfish, the 46's extra waterline should increase comfort offshore on those choppy days and enhance internal volume, easily accommodating a larger crew or a family when cruising.

To that end, the layout belowdecks has a forepeak master stateroom with a queen island berth and a hanging locker. Aft to port is the second stateroom with two bunks for crew or the kids. There is a single head with a walk-in shower abaft the second stateroom at the foot of the stairs leading from the main deck.

Interior wood is high-gloss teak, and the salon sole is Amtico—a vinyl ­product produced with resin under high pressure, creating a durable, ­low-maintenance surface.

Abaft the master stateroom to starboard is the galley with an L-shaped Corian countertop. The galley is fitted out with a two-burner electric cooktop, ­microwave, catty-cornered sink, and fridge and freezer drawers with an ice maker.

The Palm Beach-style helm has a Release Marine teak chair and an optional companion chair. The 46 Billfish’s black mask helps to visually lower the yacht’s profile. The insulated cockpit fish boxes drain overboard.
The Palm Beach-style helm has a Release Marine teak chair and an optional companion chair. The 46 Billfish’s black mask helps to visually lower the yacht’s profile. The insulated cockpit fish boxes drain overboard. (Courtesy Viking Yachts/)

The homelike ­appointments should keep the owner and crew happy during downtime, but the primary ­mission for most ­Viking owners is chasing big fish. And it starts with the yacht’s business end, a 140-square-foot cockpit with room to mount a fighting chair or a rocket ­launcher into the laminated deck plate. Other angling amenities ­include in-sole fish boxes to port and starboard, a bait freezer, and a transom livewell, which can serve as ­another fish box. Mezzanine seating flanks the centerline steps to the main deck, and this seating should give the crew an unimpeded view of the trolling lanes.

If it gets hot in the cockpit—or the bite slacks off, and it’s time for lunch—the ­main-deck salon has U-shaped seating with a table to port and a bench seat across.

Standard power for the 46 Billfish is twin 715 hp Cummins QSM11 diesels. Twin 800 hp MAN i6-800 diesels are an option. Projected performance data was not ­available at press time. A Seakeeper SK6 gyrostabilizer is available.

Look for the 46 Billfish on display at the fall boat shows.

Take the next step: vikingyachts.com

Bertram Repower

The owner of a vintage Bertram converts his power package to Volvo Penta IPS.
The owner of a vintage Bertram converts his power package to Volvo Penta IPS. (Courtesy Volvo Penta/)

Admittedly, the owner of the 35-foot Bertram Moppie Fiddler says it took him a beat to get used to his boat's new power package and controls after repowering the 1970 build using Volvo Penta IPS600 with D6 435 diesels.

“I’m 54, so I’m a little old-school,” he stated in a press release. “When I put my hand on the joystick, it took a minute—but I got it. Not as quick as my 20-year-old, who picked it up in a second, but I picked it up pretty quick.”

With the repower, handled by Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison, Fiddler moved from a 24-knot top speed to 34 knots, turning her into the more muscular dayboat the owner envisioned.

“Now it’s a picnic boat on steroids,” he says. “It’s bigger, beefier and better looking.”

The 60-knot Tender

The Onda 331 GT can be customized to have interior and exterior aesthetics match her mothership’s.
The Onda 331 GT can be customized to have interior and exterior aesthetics match her mothership’s. (Courtesy Onda Tenders/)

Greece-based Onda Tenders ­partnered with Mannerfelt Design Team in Sweden to produce the 331 Gran Turismo. The ­32-foot-5-inch speedster has a deep-V, ­twin-step hull paired with twin 250 hp ­outboards. ­According to the builder, this combination allows it to sprint across the water at upward of 60 knots with the hammer down.

Whom It's For: This is a ­tender for an owner with a healthy penchant for a little bit of wind and spray, as well as for the needle-sharp performance of a boat imbued with Mannerfelt's racing heritage.   ­

Picture This: You're in the sky lounge of your 180-footer off ­Mykonos when you get a hankering for the best braised octopus this side of Athens. It's served at a shaded little beach bistro about a mile away. Thanks to the 331 GT, you'll be seated there momentarily.

Take the next step: ondatenders.com

Unlimited VSAT Streaming for Yachts

KVH Elite, available in Florida and the Caribbean starting in November 2019, lets users use apps to stream HD movie and TV content, music and more, with no overages or data limits.
KVH Elite, available in Florida and the Caribbean starting in November 2019, lets users use apps to stream HD movie and TV content, music and more, with no overages or data limits. (Courtesy KVH/)

KVH Industries has announced KVH Elite, a premium, unlimited VSAT-streaming service for yachts in certain regions.

As of November 2019, KVH Elite is expected to be available in Florida and the Caribbean. Service is expected to follow in the Mediterranean during 2020.

This service, which is part of KVH’s global mini-VSAT BroadbandSM HTS network, lets users use apps to stream HD movie and TV content, music and more, with no overages or data limits.

The streaming service uses KVH’s VSAT antenna systems. Yachts already using the 60-cm-diameter TracPhone V7-HTS or the 1-meter-diameter TracPhone V11-HTS can activate KVH Elite with no new equipment.

“The yachting market, particularly at the highest level, is seeing an incredible demand for VSAT connectivity,” Mark Woodhead, KVH executive vice president for mobile connectivity, stated in a press release. “When you are on a yacht, you expect to be able to stream movies and other entertainment content just like you do at home. Our new KVH Elite unlimited streaming service is one more example of how KVH’s premium VSAT connectivity can enhance the yachting experience.”

What kind of packages can KVH Elite clients get? Weekly and monthly airtime plans are available.

For more information, visit: kvh.com/unlimitedstreaming

Exotic Yacht Charter

Raja Ampat, Indonesia, is virtually untouched and offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia, is virtually untouched and offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the world. (Courtesy Aqua Expeditions/)

Francesco Galli Zugaro learned about the ­profound effect that a protected, ecologically diverse destination can have on people when he spent six years running a company called Ocean Adventures in the Galapagos Islands. The wildlife, the scenery, the lack of development—all of it made him want to see more of the most untouched parts of the world.

About a decade ago, he launched Aqua Expeditions, a company dedicated to showing people those kinds of destinations aboard luxury ­riverboats. He began with Aqua Amazon in South America and then added Aqua Mekong in China, creating a following of by-the-stateroom customers, along with by-the-boat clients, who had a similar penchant for exploring remote locales in comfort.

Now, Zugaro is adding a superyacht to his charter fleet. In fall 2018, he bought Aqua Blu, a 198-foot Brooke ­Marine previously known in the ­Mediterranean market as Titan. She is finishing a refit and scheduled to reposition around the time you read this, so she can become the first Western-style superyacht to base  year-round for charter in the remote parts of Indonesia.

The only flat land is at the beach on the volcanic islands of Komodo National Park. Elevations rise to more than 2,400 feet above sea level. Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to the Komodo dragon, a lizard that can grow to 200 pounds and 8 feet long. Charter guests can head ashore to see them and hike up for views all around.
The only flat land is at the beach on the volcanic islands of Komodo National Park. Elevations rise to more than 2,400 feet above sea level. Komodo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s home to the Komodo dragon, a lizard that can grow to 200 pounds and 8 feet long. Charter guests can head ashore to see them and hike up for views all around. (Courtesy Aqua Expeditions/)

“If I’m not working, I’m scouting the world for new destinations,” he says. “My clients have done Galapagos. They’ve done Antarctica. They want to go somewhere new.” ​

His plan is to offer four itineraries aboard Aqua Blu, with about 12 weeks a year kept open for full-yacht bookings of all 15 staterooms at once. Starting this October and November, the yacht will position for two months each year in the Spice Islands. From December through February, she will charter in Raja Ampat before moving to Bali and the area of Komodo National Park from April through ​September. After that, Aqua Blu will start the route over again in the Spice Islands—for as many years, Zugaro says, as clients want to visit.

Itineraries in those three ​destinations will be seven nights apiece, with a fourth, 12-night, shoulder-season option that includes highlights of each.

The spot among them that has most captured Zugaro’s imagination is Ambon, an island in the Spice Islands archipelago that few, if any, crewed charter yachts visit.

Aqua Expeditions is offering four Indonesia itineraries that focus on above-water and underwater nature encounters, along with historical sites.
Aqua Expeditions is offering four Indonesia itineraries that focus on above-water and underwater nature encounters, along with historical sites. (Courtesy Aqua Expeditions/)

“I went there, and I was blown away,” he says. “There were Dutch cannons on the side of the road from the 1700s. It says Dutch East India Company on the walls. And this is also some of the best hammerhead diving in the world.”

That combination of regional history, natural beauty and wildlife—combined with the comforts of a superyacht—is the mix that he’s after, and for which he wants Aqua Expeditions to be known. He also wants to make it predictable, in terms of cost, to charter in such remote places. That’s why Aqua Blu’s weekly rate of $258,000 for 30 guests is inclusive of the yacht’s fuel, as well as food, wine, beer and scuba diving—all things that can be billed as extras aboard charter yachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

And while spa services and crew gratuity are extras, he is able to offer the nearly all-inclusive deal, he says, because he had to price out the costs for things that most guests want anyway, for the weeks that Aqua Blu will take by-the-stateroom bookings.

“But we can get whatever people want,” he says. “If they want U.S.-bottled Coke, they can have it. We’ve done that request. We are in business for the clients, not ‘I’ll charter it when I’m not ​​using it.’”

Aqua Nera: an Aqua Expeditions riverboat due in 2020.
Aqua Nera: an Aqua Expeditions riverboat due in 2020. (Courtesy Aqua Expeditions/)

Zugaro is also trying to ensure that Aqua Blu becomes known as a yacht that is showing off the region while helping to protect it, as well as its indigenous people. He is hiring local rangers to come aboard and take guests into the parks, so the rangers won’t feel like they’re promoting a foreign yacht in their communities. The yacht’s full-time paramedic will go ashore and help local children with medical needs. And Zugaro has organized donation kits that charter guests can purchase, if they choose, to give to the locals. The kits are packed with things such as soap, books, salt and fishing weights.

“That way, we are removing all the plastic and packaging, and we’re giving them things they actually need—books they can actually read,” Zugaro says.

And, given the experience he has had with other Aqua Expeditions vessels, he is limiting the number of charter guests to five per naturalist guide. He plans to hire local guides for those jobs, to help educate clients not only about the flora and fauna they are seeing, but also about the culture of their homeland. Local support will also be brought in for scuba trips, should more than eight guests at a time want to go diving, and researchers studying things like black coral will be welcomed aboard to work while mingling with the crew and guests, offering yet another layer of expertise.

Because there is so little development in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, there is no light pollution to drown out the sparkling stars in the night sky.
Because there is so little development in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, there is no light pollution to drown out the sparkling stars in the night sky. (Courtesy Aqua Expeditions/)

All of that learning should spark some interesting conversations when guests are relaxing in the refurbished interior by Dutch designer Cor D. Rover. Breakfast and lunch will be served in the fo’c’sle, while dinner will be on the main deck at a table that seats 22. Among the items meant to spur conversation are hand-painted, gold-leaf plates that Zugaro had made for the yacht, based on original nature sketches by British explorer Alfred Russel Wallace.

Wallace was a contemporary of Charles Darwin, and both men worked on their own theories of evolution. Darwin did his research in the Galapagos Islands, while Wallace included travels in ­Indonesia.

Which is a fitting tie-in, Zugaro says, to his own path that led him from the Galapagos to here with Aqua Blu.

“This is the Galapagos of Southeast Asia,” he says. “Diving, snorkeling—everything.”

Brokerage: Grand Banks Aleutian 59 RP

The main-deck layout is a split-level salon and helm in an open floor plan. There are three staterooms and three heads.
The main-deck layout is a split-level salon and helm in an open floor plan. There are three staterooms and three heads. (Courtesy Grand Banks/)

The grand banks 59 aleutian rp was the result of a design ­collaboration between the builder and naval-architecture firm Sparkman & Stephens. The 59’s mission was to maintain a traditional Grand Banks trawler aesthetic but offer higher performance.

Hull design is a modified-V shape with prop pockets and a skeg keel. Top speed: about 25 knots.

Construction for the hull is solid fiberglass, while the superstructure has Airex foam coring.

At press time, we found nine Grand Banks 59 Aleutian RPs on the market, ranging from $1.2 million to $1.9 million.

From the Archive

“The 59 is actually a ­25-plus-knot yacht, with two hearty 1,000 hp Caterpillar C18s tucked under the hood. Standard power is a pair of C9s (900 hp). If you want to motor along at 8 knots, you’ll have long legs and good fuel economy. But if something large and red appears on your weather scope, you have the speed to outrun it. Underway, the 59 is ­well-­behaved and predictable.” —Yachting, October 2007

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