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The Summit Motoryachts 54 was designed for life on the water. The vessel is an excellent choice for boaters who enjoy longer journeys and who “really use their boat.”
Stepping aboard the yacht, you will find a teak sole matched with a teak dining settee at the transom. A two-stool bar setup is forward and to port, while teak steps lead up to the flying bridge. A part of that bridge deck extends aft to lend shade to the entire area. A Fusion sound system floods the deck with tunes.
Another outdoor entertainment area on the main deck is the sun lounge on the foredeck. Twin sunpads are aft of a bench seat for three. A canopy shades most of this area making it both a great place for some privacy, or, if you’re feeling tired, for a nap. The forepeak is a teak-soled workspace for crew.
Up top, on the flying bridge, there is another sun lounge all the way forward, with an adjacent bridge so you can wet your whistle while bronzing up. Aft of that are two helm chairs, slightly offset to starboard. The lines of sight up here are very good and this vantage point should be useful for docking. The after end of the flying bridge will most likely be used for tender stowage, as it has a hydraulic crane.
The yacht interior is equally well designed. Walnut wood and horizontal lines reign supreme in the salon, where wraparound windows let in lots of natural light. Silestone countertops in the galley offer a stylish look. A breakfast nook to starboard is served by a collapsible teak table.
Down below there is a spacious amidships master, a forepeak VIP and a third cabin, for guests.
This yacht has twin 542 hp Cummins QSB6.7s that can get her up to a top hop of 26 knots and have her cruising for 330 nautical miles at 23 knots.
All told, this is a versatile vessel that will keep her passengers comfortable and happy, while providing pleasing performance numbers and lots of onboard design details to love.
For more information, visit: summitmotoryachts.com
The Burger 50 Cruiser is a couple-sized yacht with classic lines and a slippery hull bottom.
Burger worked with Vripack—using the naval architect’s patented Slide Hull design planing hull form—to create the 50 Cruiser’s running surface. Powered with twin 600 hp Volvo Penta IPS800s, the yacht has a 26-knot cruise speed and a 31-knot top-end, according to the builder.
The builder also says the hull design has 14-percent less hydrodynamic resistance when compared to a standard planing hull form. The end result should be a more fuel-efficient yacht. The design carries the beam forward, increasing real estate belowdecks.
Combine the planing hull design with Volvo Penta Interceptors, the builder says the 50 Cruiser comes onto plane without measurable bowrise. The Interceptors automatically adjust for trim and list.
The helm, forward and to starboard on the main deck, has Volvo Penta’s glass-bridge system with two 17-inch displays, a joystick for close-quarters maneuvering and dynamic positioning system.
Abaft the helm is a galley with two-burner cooktop, refrigerator/freezer and microwave/convection oven and a dishwasher. Across from the galley is a U-shaped dinette for all-weather dining. There is also an L-shaped settee with table in the cockpit for al fresco meals.
Built with marine-grade aluminum, Burger offers a lifetime warranty on the 50 Cruiser’s hull structure and a five-year warranty against blisters.
This 50-footer has classic motoryacht lines with high bulwarks and a straight sheerline from the bow to end of the house. The raked front windshield, flowing hardtop, eyebrow-shaped side windows in the superstructure and sheerline drop where the house meets the cockpit, work together to create a sporty profile.
Accommodations for the 50 Cruiser includes two staterooms and two heads. The owner’s stateroom is amidships and full beam with a queen-size berth, en suite head and sitting area. The room is kept bright via hullside windows. The forepeak VIP stateroom, also en suite, can have a queen berth or be split into two singles, and like the master, benefits from hull side windows as well as hatch overhead.
Owners can personalize the interior with their choice of woods, finishes and fabrics. Some other notable features are teak soles for the exterior, 11 kW Kohler genset, ice maker, central vacuum system and washer/dryer, to name a few.
Fore more information, visit: burgerboat.com
- Length Overall: 49′8″
- Maximum Beam: 15′2″
- Draft: 4′3″
- Fuel Capacity: 565 Gal.
- Freshwater Capacity: 135 Gal.
Connecticut-based Boathouse Auctions, in response to the evolving coronavirus crisis, has changed the dates of auctions for three boats that remain available.
Bidding will now take place from April 17-20 for an 86-foot Hatteras sportfisherman, an 87-foot West Bay enclosed bridge, and an 80-foot Sunseeker.
The Hatteras is a 2003 build that most recently was refitted in 2018. She has a custom paint scheme on her hull and an original list price of $2,850,000. Bidding starts at $1 million.
The West Bay is a 2005 build designed by Jack Sarin. Her name is Dream Weaver, and she’s listed as being in “meticulous condition.” She was originally listed at $2.4 million. Bidding opens at $1.3 million.
The Sunseeker is a 2011 build listed as having “low hours” and “light use” with berths for 10 guests in four staterooms. Her name is Morningstar, and her description includes new electronics, new engine displays, a new generator and more. She was originally listed at $2,399,000. Bidding opens at $1.1 million.
What is the two-second rule? At Boathouse Auctions, when bids are placed within the final two minutes of an auction, the clock is automatically reset to two minutes—to deter last-second bidding and give each bidder another chance.
For more information. visit: boathouseauctions.com
Canadian builder Coastal Craft has launched the 33 Express, a design intended to allow the elements inside on nice cruising days while protecting the skipper and guests if the weather turns rough.
The sunroof can be opened or closed, as can double rear doors. With everything open, Coastal Craft says, the 33 Express feels much like a runabout with the handling of a yacht. With everything closed, the temperature-controlled salon becomes a haven from wind and rain.
Built in aluminum, the Coastal Craft 33 Express comes standard with twin 350-horsepower Mercury Verado outboards. According to the builder, they allow for a top speed of 41 knots and a cruising speed of 32 knots. With optional 400-horsepower Verados, the cruising speed is 35 knots and the top hop is 45 knots.
Features at the helm include a SeaStar hydraulic power steering wheel, outboard electronic engine controls, and an outboard digital gauge display with a contoured switching panel.
Fuel capacity is 330 gallons, and the vessel has a 330-nautical-mile range, according to the builder. A single stateroom and head are part of the design, for overnights on the hook while cruising.
What kind of finishing is aboard the Coastal Craft 33 Express? The interior is black walnut with teak soles. The cockpit is built with UltraDeck.
For more information, visit: coastalcraft.com
- Length Overall: 41′
- Maximum Beam: 11′
- Draft: 2′
- Fuel Capacity: 330 Gal.
- Freshwater Capacity: 66 Gal.
The Galeon Yachts 425 HTS is a two-stateroom, two-head express cruiser with admirable performance and clever flourishes.
The Galeon 425 HTS is an all-weather cruiser with a retractable hardtop and nearly 360 degrees of glass in the superstructure. Close up the hardtop's roof, salon door and window aft to keep the main deck dry and warm. Or cool. The yacht is standard with 32,000-Btu Dometic air conditioning. Open the sunroof, salon door and windows to create an open-boat feeling.
For entertaining, the cockpit layout has a sun pad over the transom garage for catching rays on the hook. A cockpit table with opposing settees is the place for an alfresco lunch. There is also a foredeck sun pad for a couple. The salon has an L-shaped settee and table to starboard, and just flip up the salon window aft to keep guests inside and outside within earshot.
The yacht's helm station is forward to starboard on the main deck and it has a double-wide, bolster-style seat, single-lever controls, joystick and Zipwake trim system control. A Raymarine electronics package with A127 chart plotter and fishfinder, 4 kW radar with radome, VHF with AIS and autopilot, is optional.
On the performance side, the 425 HTS is powered with twin 370 hp Volvo Penta IPS500 diesels and it has a 28-knot cruise speed and a 32-knot top hop, according to the builder.
For meal prep, the 425 HTS's galley is equipped with a two-burner cooktop, Corian countertops, Isotherm refrigerator/freezer and a microwave.
When it comes to weekend or longer cruises with the family or friends, the yacht has a two-stateroom, two-head layout, including a full-beam master stateroom amidships with a queen-size berth and en suite head. There is also a forepeak VIP with a queen-size berth and en suite head.
There are several wood options to personalize the 425 HTS, and they include dark walnut cabinetry in a matte finish or gloss walnut. Beach wood grey is also an option. The soles can be striped walnut, misty grey or marbled grey oak. Upholstery can be beige or white.
Some other options include Samsung LED Smart TVs, teak cockpit, carpet runners, cockpit refrigerator and Cablemaster, to name a few.
For more information, visit: galeonyachts.us
- Length Overall: 44′
- Maximum Beam: 12′10″
- Draft: 3′5″
- Fuel Capacity: 251 Gal.
- Freshwater Capacity: 119 Gal.
- Power: 2/370 hp Volvo Penta IPS500 diesels
It has been three years since Massachusetts-based Imtra took over the Zipwake line of interceptors, and during that time, the team has been thinking big. In 2017, the Series S that Zipwake offered was for boats from 20 to 50 feet length overall. Now, Imtra has unveiled Series E, which expands the pitch-and-roll-controlling technology to yachts as large as 100 feet.
“The major restriction is the amount of lift generation you can get out of a unit,” says Jamie Simmons, Imtra’s product manager for Zipwake. “The Series S has a millimeter stroke on it. You have the blade going straight up and down in the water column to generate lift. When it was down, that blade was only 30 millimeters from top to bottom. You can only generate so much lift with a blade that size.”
The new Series E, by contrast, has a 60 mm stroke.
“The blade that comes down goes farther than on the Series S,” he says. “It gives you more lift generation, and the units are larger on the transom. The construction is more heavy-duty. It’s a larger blade, bigger moving parts—it just has to be more robust.”
The Series E components are part of the expanding line of Zipwake products that Imtra now offers. The company has been adding components that fit with different types of underwater hull shapes, such as chines and prop tunnels. Series E includes three straight, three tunnel and two chine interceptors. The three tunnel models (R500, R600 and R800) have different radii for prop tunnels of different sizes, while straight and intermediate blades can address different engine configurations, such as multiple outboards. Switching from a straight to a rounded blade between outboards, for instance, reduces the cavitational zone.
“With the straight edge, that zone was much larger,” Simmons says. “When you round the blade off, it brings that zone in.”
Going forward, he adds, Imtra’s goal is to have a wide range of Zipwake options. “We’re trying to have a solution for most every boat,” he says. “There will always be odd situations, but up to about 100 feet now with the Series E, more than likely, we can come up with a solution.”
Riviera Yachts in Australia has added the 505 SUV to its five-model lineup in the SUV series, which starts with a 395 SUV and goes up to a 575 SUV.
The 505 SUV has a new hull from the keel up, along with raised mezzanine seating inspired by a similar feature aboard the Riviera 64 Sports Motor Yacht. The entertainment area is covered for rain and sun protection.
Another relaxation zone is at the foredeck, which has a pathway from port to starboard so nobody has to step over the sun pads.
Onboard standard equipment includes a stainless-steel Ultra Anchor along with 164 feet of chain; dual transom doors for access to the hydraulic swim platform; and a barbecue, wet bar and fridge/freezer in the nearly 110-square-foot cockpit.
Standard power is a pair of 600-horsepower Volvo Penta D8-IPS800s. Optional engines are 725-horsepower Volvo Penta D11-IPS950s.
On the main deck, the U-shaped galley is aft and to port, positioned to serve the mezzanine as well as the indoor dinette. An L-shaped lounge is adjacent to the galley and extends to the helm station, which is also to starboard. That station has twin pedestal seats, a guest lounge to port and a sliding sunroof overhead. There are joystick engine controls and twin 16-inch Volvo Penta Glass Bridge displays.
Overnight accommodations are for six guests in three staterooms with two heads. The master stateroom spans the yacht’s full beam.
“Boating enthusiasts are really going to love the new 505 SUV,” Riviera owner Rodney Longhurst stated in a press release. “She perfectly complements our growing SUV range and, coupled with IPS performance, economy and ease of use, offers so much for families looking to put fun and freedom back into their weekends.”
How many SUV yachts has Riviera launched? More than 120, according to the builder.
For more information, visit: rivieraaustralia.com
- Length overall: 60′8”
- Max. beam: 16’10”
- Draft: 4’5”
- Fuel capacity: 1,057 Gal.
- Freshwater capacity: 198 Gal.
My first trip through deception pass unfurled at almost 40 knots and likely shaved off some years of my life. This aptly named pass separates the northern reaches of Washington state’s Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island’s southern shores and is home to underwater rocks, strong currents and an often-piping wind. Fortunately, our skipper threaded the needle just so, but this didn’t stop me from silently wishing for a powerful forward-looking sonar that would buy him significantly better situational awareness and greater reaction time than our bow-mounted lookout (me) could afford.
Now, nine years later, FarSounder’s Argos 350 system stands ready to help yachtsmen thread all sorts of nautical needles (but still not at 40 knots).
The desire to peer beneath the waves ahead of one’s vessel is ancient and obvious, and it’s one that modern technology is enabling. Much like a regular sonar, forward-looking sonar transmits acoustic energy (pings) through the water, except the transducers face forward. Given the nature of sound propagation, these pings also reflect off the ocean’s bottom, giving users information about objects in the water column and about the upcoming seafloor.
FarSounder has long offered forward-looking-sonar products, but its Argos 350 system brings exploration-level sonar to the leisure-marine market. It gives owners of displacement and semidisplacement yachts from about 60 to 130 feet length overall greater situational awareness and collision-avoidance information. It works at a range of up to 1,150 feet and at speeds up to 18 knots in open waters.
The Argos 350 system (call for pricing) employs a transducer module, a power module, custom and Ethernet cabling, a processing computer, and FarSounder’s SonaSoft software. The gear delivers FLS imagery to the yacht’s Ethernet network, allowing it to be viewed on third-party-compatible displays. Additionally, FarSounder’s software-developer kit allows some third-party equipment, such as an autopilot, to leverage the information.
Like all FLS, the Argos 350 has range that’s limited by the laws of physics when it comes to bottom mapping, however, these limitations are fewer when it comes to detecting water-column dangers.
“Our systems see eight times the water depth in front of the vessel—and often more—for bottom mapping, but they can also see out to the system’s full range for detecting obstacles in the water column,” says Cheryl M. Zimmerman, FarSounder’s CEO. “It’s able to show the distance to the obstacle, but not its depth, until the yacht comes into the bottom-mapping range. Our system ensonifies the whole volume and then reflects these soundings back to the transducer module via thousands of beams, and [they are] then sent to the processing computer.”
To skirt range-limiting issues such as signal interference, shallow-water operation, surface effects and vessel motion, Argos systems’ hardware and software collect and process FLS data in three dimensions.
“Without 3D capability, FLS are unable to easily compensate for roll and pitch without large amounts of expensive hardware,” Zimmerman says. “Even then, 2D roll-and-pitch compensation is marginal at best. FarSounder’s technology is capable of compensating for roll and pitch entirely in software in conjunction with an advanced sensor. All Argos systems have fast refresh rates and deliver a wide field of view with every single ping, and each deal with multipath and water-depth challenges.”
Once installed, the Argos 350 system delivers a 90-degree field of view out to 1,150 feet and typically displays this information as a split screen, with one side showing the vessel and its FLS cone overlaid atop cartography. The other side depicts a large 3D rendering and a smaller 2D rendering of the same scene. Additionally, the system displays heading, GPS data, and course- and speed-over-ground information.
And should an Argos system detect a threat, it’s not reticent.
“There’s an audible and/or visual alarm system that is user-defined,” Zimmerman says, adding that users can set warning parameters such as maximum and minimum ranges and depths. “One important parameter involves setting the sensitivity of the system alarm, with the user determining how many pings should be detected before setting off the alarm, in order to minimize false alarms.”
The system uses color coding to draw a user’s attention to loud—or dense—objects. “We offer both color coding that’s matched to signal strength, which refers to how ‘loud’ an object is, as well as color coding that’s mapped to depth,” Zimmerman says. “A multicolor, uniform luminance gradient color map is used to indicate depth, while an orange-copper color map is used to indicate signal level. The operator can switch between signal strength and depth, depending on their needs.”
This setup gives navigators an at-a-glance way to differentiate between the seafloor and dangerous water-column targets and—for gunkholing or exploration—a way to determine if there’s enough water to safely proceed.
Conveniently, the setup also helps to determine where to throw hooks, both large and small. “For finding a good anchorage, you may want to look at the signal strength in order to determine the bottom composition,” Zimmerman says. Anglers can also leverage this information to identify fish habitats.
An Argos 350 system does have limitations. Given that the maximum range for full bottom mapping and FLS capabilities is 1,150 feet, or approximately one-fifth of a nautical mile, and given that the maximum safe navigable speed in open water is 18 knots, an Argos 350 system will provide up to 38 seconds of warning at 18 knots before a vessel strikes calamity.
Granted, 38 seconds isn’t much time to let a skipper react, but the cost-free solution to that problem involves throttle discretion.
“In areas of ice and other potential hazards, I would advise a [to] yacht slow down and operate in a cautious manner,” Zimmerman says. At 12 knots, a yacht would ply the same waters in 57 seconds, while cutting speed to 5 knots would deliver 2 minutes, 16 seconds of reaction time.
So, while a yet-to-be-invented Argos 350 system would have quelled my fears the first time I transited Deception Pass, our skipper still would have needed to exercise some throttle discretion to leverage the safety margin the system affords.
And that latter bit, of course, is a whole different story.
OceanLED’s E7 (call for pricing) underwater light kicks out up to 11,000 lumens and comes in two color schemes: midnight blue/ultra-white or multicolor. E7 lights have a 90-degree top beam and 20-degree side beam, and are available with 10- to 50-degree angle options. Additional features include strobe-light mode, dynamic-audio mode, a rectangular beam pattern and multiple controller types. Check it out, at oceanled.com.
Garmin’s line of GPSMap Plus multifunction displays are available with 7-, 9- and 12-inch screens ($900 to $2,900) and have full navigational capabilities. They also have much deeper engine integration than standard MFDs thanks to J1939 connectivity. GPSMap Plus MFDs also deliver Garmin’s OneHelm compatibility, which brings control of third-party systems onto the MFD’s user-friendly interface. Check it out, at garmin.com.
Navigating on a personal computer requires a gateway device so the PC can access a yacht’s NMEA 0183 and/or NMEA 2000 networks. Yacht Devices’ NMEA 2000 Ethernet Gateway ($190) gives third-party navigation and routing-software access to, for example, AIS data. It’s easily configured and updated via a built-in web server. Ethernet connectivity ensures compatibility with NMEA’s OneNet protocol. Check it out, at yachtd.com.
Azimut Yachts in Italy is celebrating the debut of the Atlantis 45, which, at a length overall just shy of 48 feet, is the largest model in the builder’s Atlantis series.
Neo Design worked with Azimut on the exteriors and interior, including the two staterooms. One has twin berths that convert to a double, in case two couples are cruising together. (A third berth can be added upon request.) Also for couples overnighting on the hook, the Atlantis 45 has two heads with separate showers.
Power is a pair of 440-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS600s, with a reported top speed of 33 knots. The yacht’s design has characteristics similar to those of the Azimut Atlantis 51, with the upper part of the stem rising vertically and stretching forward to boost dynamics.
Fuel capacity is 264 gallons, and the yacht carries 93 gallons of water. Aft, there’s a garage that can handle an 8-foot tender.
Does the Atlantis 45 replace the Atlantis 43 in the Azimut lineup? Yes it does. In the past four years, according to Azimut, more than 140 hulls of the 43 were delivered.
For more information, visit: azimutyachts.it
- Length overall: 47′11”
- Max. beam: 13’11”
- Draft: 3’7”
- Fuel capacity: 264 Gal.
- Freshwater capacity: 93 Gal.
- Power: 2/440 hp Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels
About a year ago, in celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary, Garmin introduced its Marq series of watches. Marketed as “luxury modern tools,” each watch is made of titanium with built-in smart features for different activities. The Marq Captain, for instance, is for boaters, with a regatta-timer bezel, coastal charts, tack assist, port conditions, and current wind speed, temperature and tide information. It also has a unique Jacquard weave strap from the south of France for use in saltwater environments. The other four Marq models—Driver, Aviator, Adventurer and Athlete—are similarly equipped for racing, flying, exploring and sports performance.
Now, Garmin has put all five of the Marq watches together into the Signature Set. Only 100 of the numbered sets are available, each priced at $10,000. (Individually, each watch is priced at $1,500 to $2,500.)
“Those who wear Marq wear the exploits of countless pilots, sailors, adventurers and athletes who have trusted our products with their lives in the most challenging places on Earth,” Garmin president and CEO Cliff Pemble states in a letter of authenticity that comes with each set. “Simply stated, Marq is an indelible stamp of credibility.”
The Signature Set, which became available this past December, comes in a handmade solid-walnut box. Each watch has a sapphire-crystal lens for durability; an always-on, sunlight-readable display with GPS; and built-in music storage, Garmin Pay, wrist-based heart rate sensor and pulse oximeter, and more. Each of the watches is also compatible with Garmin’s QuickFit solution for swapping out straps, should any boater grow tired of the Jacquard weave with the Marq Captain.
Grand Banks has long been known for sweetly lined boats with sure-running hulls. And some of their models have become immediately recognizable classics. Surely that is the aim with the new 54, which would have debuted at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.
The 54 comes in both skylounge and flybridge versions, depending on the climes in which owners prefer to use their vessel. Notably, two galley layouts are available, one up and one down, depending how much privacy the owner desires when preparing food and dining. Most of the interior is finished in golden, blended teak sourced from renewable sources.
The 54 has a warped semi-displacement shape that is modeled after the hulls seen on ocean-racing sailboats. The fine entry splits rough seas with ease, while soft curves at the midsection usher water away with little slapping of the hull. There is also only 8 degrees of deadrise at the transom. This hullform is remarkable for the size of the wake it leaves behind, which, even at high speeds, is quite small. And this hullform is very efficient too. At a respectable 25-knot cruise speed the Grand Banks 54 burns 57 gph.
A good place to enjoy that 25-knot cruise is at the bridge helm which features twin Stidd helm chairs, options for navigational equipment and excellent sightlines. Aft of the helm is wetbar, electric barbecue and seating for passengers. There is also a davit that can handle 1,000 pounds, and a 10-foot-long, outboard-powered tender that rests on a custom cradle.
When the Grand Banks 54 does make her actual debut, we expect that she will be just as seaworthy and well loved as many of Grand Banks’ other fine offerings.
For more information, visit: grandbanks.com
The words still ring in my ears, irrespective of the fact that the MOB wasn’t among our crew that day on Washington state’s Puget Sound. Unfortunately, we were too far away to decipher the situation with our eyes, and by the time we had a pair of binoculars on deck, another crew had rescued the MOB.
While the situation ended happily, it’s easy to wonder what could have happened if this incident hadn’t unfurled near a crowded mark rounding or, worse, if no one had spotted the MOB at all.
Fortunately, today’s technology can help. FLIR Systems’ latest-generation M300 Series fixed-mount cameras employ better optics, advanced image processing, improved target tracking and more-sensitive thermal cores than previous models, giving users better situational awareness, increased confidence and a menu of video-output options.
Sharp-eyed readers will notice that the M300 Series cameras use similar-looking but larger gimbals than FLIR’s previous-generation cameras. The extra space affords bigger optical zooms. Jim McGowan, Raymarine’s Americas marketing manager, notes that M300 cameras represent a ground-up effort between FLIR and Raymarine (FLIR acquired Raymarine in 2010). M300 cameras use FLIR’s Boson thermal-imaging cores, which are a significant improvement from FLIR’s previous-generation Tau 2 cores.
M300 Series cameras are available in five configurations, all of which sport two-axis gyrostabilization, IPX6 protection ratings, and the ability to withstand 100-knot winds. The product lineup starts with the M300C ($6,500): a high-definition, long-range, daylight-only camera with 360-degree continuous pan and plus or minus 90-degree tilt movements. The M300C has a 30x optical zoom backed up by a 12x digital zoom (for a maximum combined optical/electronic zoom of 360x), variable fields of view, and a Sony-built visible-light camera core that delivers high-end resolution and low-light capabilities.
FLIR’s M332 ($8,500) swaps out the daylight-only camera for a Boson 320 core with 320-by-256 thermal-image resolution and a 24-by-18-degree FOV. The M332 has a fixed optical focus of 12 feet to infinity, a 4x digital zoom, and the ability to pan through 360 degrees and tilt through plus or minus 90 degrees.
The M364 ($14,200) has the same technical specifications as the M332, but its upgraded Boson 640 thermal-imaging core delivers 640-by-512 image resolution and an 8x digital zoom.
Yachtsmen seeking dual daylight- and thermal-imaging payloads should consider the M364C ($20,500), which pairs the M300C’s high-definition, visible-light camera with the M364’s Boson 640 thermal-imaging core. Additionally, the M364C has FLIR’s Color Thermal Vision and Multispectral Dynamic Imaging technologies. CTV blends imagery from the daylight camera with imagery from the thermal-imaging camera and overlays the hybrid imagery with colors for better identification.
“The M364C pulls imagery off of its visible-light camera, reduces this down to hues and applies it on top of thermal imagery in real time,” McGowan says. “You can see the color return of the [buoy] flash.”
Additionally, FLIR’s MSX technology embeds image details such as edges and outlines from the camera’s visible-light sensor onto its thermal imagery.
“It fools the eyes and brain and helps solidify the image,” McGowan says, adding that the MSX layer makes faint edges become crisp. “If you see a sailboat through a thermal camera, it will be a triangle, but if you see it with MSX, you’ll see the edges of sails, the mast and rigging—details that otherwise would have been lost.”
The M364C LR ($29,500) is the final camera in the M300 lineup and is identical to the M364C, except that it features an 18-by-13.5-degree FOV (hence it’s “long-range” moniker).
“That’s the only difference,” McGowan says, explaining that the M364C LR is better suited for ships, as its narrower FOV exaggerates vessel motion.
All M300 Series cameras are fitted with an attitude and heading reference system sensor, which works with the camera’s horizontal and vertical stabilizer motors to remove vessel motion from the camera’s displayed video feed.
“For situational awareness, wider FOVs are better,” he says, adding that the M364C is typically the better choice for vessels shy of superyacht status.
In addition to AHRS sensors, all M300 Series cameras allow users to track AIS or radar targets using FLIR’s slew-to-cue tracking. Users select any AIS or radar target, and the camera automatically aims its unblinking eye on the scene.
“In a MOB emergency, the camera can automatically track the situation if someone pushes the MFD’s MOB button,” McGowan says, adding that the camera pulls the vessel’s position information at the time of the MOB incident from the multifunction display. “The camera remains [fixed on the target] while the boat moves under it.”
Thermal-image-enabled M300 cameras also have infrared-image-detection capabilities in their Boson cores, allowing the cameras to differentiate between water and nonwater objects in daylight or thermal scenes. And for anyone who cruises with Raymarine Axiom MFDs, the functionality also lets the cameras work with Raymarine’s ClearCruise augmented reality system.
M300 cameras also play nicely with Furuno, Garmin and Simrad displays. “Each manufacturer has access to [FLIR’s] software-developer kits and can build their own interfaces,” McGowan says, adding that users can control their cameras via their display’s touchscreen interface or add an optional FLIR-built joystick to their helm.
M300 cameras also provide user-friendly video-output options. “Our older cameras only had an analog-out signal, so they were restricted to standard-definition [video], and it was hard to see the camera’s feed in multiple places,” McGowan says. “In the new cameras, the analog-out signal is still there, but we’ve added a video-over-IP—or Ethernet streaming and high-definition [video].”
Users can simultaneously share the camera’s output with multiple screens by plugging it into the yacht’s Ethernet network or connecting directly to the camera’s server. Cooler still, if the boat has connectivity, users can stream M300 imagery ashore via browser-enabled devices.
M300 Series cameras deliver a menu’s worth of features, capabilities and signal-output options, while offering the kind of MOB-detection capabilities that can mean the difference between an unexpected swim and a tragedy.
Fusion Entertainment’s MS-RS210 receiver ($350) is intended for use on flybridges, tenders or smaller boats, and comes with the company’s Digital Signal Processing technology. The MS-RS210 has an optically bonded 2.7-inch full-color LCD that shows album artwork and other metadata, and boaters can set up their DSP profiles to best match their yacht’s spaces and acoustic preferences. Check it out, at fusionentertainment.com.
KVH’s TracVision UHD7 receive-only antennas deliver ultra-high-definition 4K programming from DirecTV and high definition from other satellite-TV providers, including Dish Network and Bell. The antennas ($13,995) use KVH’s TriAD technology, which lets them receive DirecTV programming, local channels and DVR support by simultaneously tracking three satellites. Check it out, at kvh.com.
Transducers provide an onscreen visual of everything below the keel, provided that the tech isn’t covered with growth. Propspeed’s Foulfree Transducer Coating ($40) is made to reduce growth on transducer surfaces without harming the marine environment. Rather than using biocides, Foulfree becomes slippery in water, so any marine growth washes away with just a few knots of boat speed. Check it out, at oceanmax.com.
The Sirena 58 Coupé is a model developed based on feedback from yacht owners.
The 58 Coupé has an open floor plan, stretching from the cockpit through the salon to the helm forward and to port. There are optional dual sliding sunroof panels that bring in extra light and fresh air into the salon. Nearly 360 degrees of glass in the superstructure provides ocean views in all directions and clean sightlines for the helmsman.
Designed by Germán Frers, the Sirena 58 Coupé has a semidisplacement hull form with a wave-slicing plumb-bow. She looks modern, rugged and ship-like with a seemingly low profile. Interior design is by Tommaso Spadolini.
The galley is aft with a four-burner cooktop, microwave/convection oven and countertops for meal prep to starboard with refrigerator and freezer drawers across to port. Compared to the standard Sirena 58's layout, the Coupé's setup allows for more countertop space. For al fresco meals, the cockpit dining table is shaded by the hardtop's overhang and an electronically controlled sunshade.
There are three layout options belowdecks: The 58 Coupé's standard scenario comes with a forepeak VIP stateroom, two twin berths to port and a full-beam master stateroom amidships. There are also options for two master staterooms, and one layout that positions two twin berths alongside the original master stateroom. One of the most interesting options is the bi-level master suite, which has direct access to the foredeck lounge via a private stairway. In each layout, all the staterooms have en suite heads.
Power for the Sirena 58 Coupé is twin 670 hp Volvo Penta D11 diesels or twin 900 hp Volvo Penta D13s. According to Sirena Yachts, the yacht's best range is approximately 850 nautical miles at 10 knots. The builder says typical cruising speed is 16 knots and top speed is about 26 knots.
For more information,visit: sirenayachts.com
- Length overall: 61’
- Max. beam: 17’7”
- Draft: 4’1”
- Fuel capacity: 950 Gal.
- Freshwater capacity: 210 Gal.
The Princess Yachts Y78 confidently blends performance and style.
The Y78 rounds out the builder's three-model Y-class series, which also includes a Y85 and a Y95. Powered with twin 1,800 hp MAN V-12 diesels driving five-blade propellers, the Y78 has a top-end range of 34 to 36 knots, according to the builder. The Y78 also has power-assist, electro-hydraulic steering with a hydraulic backup. Engine and gear shift controls are electronic too.
Just inside the sliding-glass door off the teak-covered cockpit, the salon has U-shaped seating and a coffee table to starboard with a two-person settee across from it. A retractable 55-inch LED TV has DVD and Blu-ray capabilities too. Forward and to port is an eight-person dining area with ocean views out the full-height windows. Low-back furniture ensures ocean views for all guests in the salon. Standard interior furniture is Rovera Oak or Alba Oak with walnut and Silver Oak optional.
The galley is forward and to starboard abaft the helm station, and it's equipped with a four-burner electric cooktop, microwave-convection oven, twin stainless-steel sinks, a full-height refrigerator and freezer, an ice maker and a dishwasher. An electrically-operated sliding-glass partition separates the galley from the salon when desired. The lower helm has two seats and the pilot's seat is electrically adjustable. There is side-deck access for help with line handling when cruising shorthanded.
The Y78 has a four-stateroom layout with a full-beam master stateroom amidships. The space has a king-size berth, sofa, a dressing table with a chair, a built-in safe, a 40-inch LED TV, and dedicated access to the lobby area. The portside guest stateroom has two single berths while the starboard-side and forepeak staterooms have double berths. Each stateroom has an en suite head, with the starboard-side head also acting as the day head.
This nearly 81-foot yacht also has a reversible hydraulic anchor winch with foredeck, main-bridge and flybridge controls. Additionally, the Y78 has stainless-steel cleats, fairleads and handrails. There is also a foredeck lounge for time with a book and a sun pad for four or more guests to work on their tan.
The flybridge is also set up for al fresco fun with room aft for three chaise-style lounge chairs (or a davit and tender), U-shaped settee with dining table to starboard and L-shaped settee that converts to sun pad. There is also a wet bar and electric grill to keep trips to the galley to a minimum. The helm is forward on centerline with two helm seats, protected by a retractable hardtop.
With well-proportioned lines, solid performance and a family-friendly cruising layout, the Princess Yachts Y78 should appeal to yachtsmen looking to take their yacht size and style to the next level.
For more information, visit: princessyachts.com
- Length overall: 80’9”
- Max. beam: 18’11”
- Draft: 5’8”
- Fuel capacity: 1,585 Gal.
- Freshwater capacity: 356 Gal.
Andrew semprevivo knows boaters are a little confused. While some of Seakeeper’s competitors describe gyrostabilizers in terms of torque, he prefers to discuss angular momentum because he thinks it’s ultimately more important for comfort on the water. The problem is, a lot of people have no idea what angular momentum is.
So, a quick lesson: A gyro moves fore and aft and releases torque. The faster the gyro moves, the higher the amount of torque, but it has less time to apply that torque because the motion is going so fast. The goal is to allow the torque to be applied for as long as the boat’s roll motion is happening—which is where angular momentum comes in.
“Let’s say the boat rolls four seconds; you don’t want to apply all that torque in one second,” Semprevivo says. “You want to time the gyro to match the roll rate of the boat. The higher the angular momentum, the more torque you can apply over that time period.”
Put another way, more angular momentum means a Seakeeper unit will work better for longer, which is what Semprevivo says the company has achieved with the Seakeeper 18 for boats from 65 to 75 feet long.
“What it really means is that we can put this gyro on a bigger boat and get the same level of roll reduction we were getting with the Seakeeper 16,” he says. “Or you can get the same amount of stabilization on the original boat in rougher conditions.”
Which, apparently, boaters want to do. Semprevivo says that when Seakeeper was founded in 2002, owners were thrilled to reduce roll by 50 percent. Then, yachtsmen wanted 60 percent. Then 70 and 80.
“Now, people want to go on the boat and have no roll,” he says. That’s not currently possible—today’s systems need a little motion to follow wave contours—but the Seakeeper 18, he says, can reduce roll by as much as 95 percent. To most people, that feels like being tied up at the dock.
Semprevivo says Seakeeper tested the new units in the North Sea in 6- to 8-foot waves. The units, he says, reduced about 80 percent of roll. “But if you put in a big enough gyro with enough angular momentum, you could reduce it by 95 percent, even in those conditions,” he says.
As recreational boaters continue to ask for more stabilization, he adds, Seakeeper will keep working to provide it: “It’s pushing this product to levels that even we didn’t think were possible. We were thrilled at 60 percent. We thought that was the bar—that was 10 years ago.”
Mother nature has long dictated that all rivers don’t flow evenly. This imbalance also holds true for the marine market, where marine electronics represent a significantly deeper and faster-flowing tributary than, say, naval architecture. The speed with which helm and safety equipment evolve was especially apparent during recent boat shows, where the marine-electronics tents were filled with bright lights and brighter ideas.
One of the most talked-about offerings was Vesper Marine’s Cortex safety-and-communications platform. This system streamlines VHF radio operations and delivers automatic information system, cellular, digital selective calling and Wi-Fi communications to a smartphone app or dedicated handset. Better still, Cortex gives users prioritized “situation views” for managing AIS targets, anchor-watch alarms and man-overboard emergencies, as well as on- and off-vessel smart alarms.
Likewise, Raymarine has scored big headlines with its prototype DockSense technology, which works with a yacht’s drive systems to provide an automated docking experience. This past fall, Raymarine unveiled its commercially available DockSense Alert system, which consists of a Raymarine Axiom multifunction display; the DockSense Alert app; a black-box processor; and one ($6,000), three ($10,000) or five ($15,000) FLIR-built stereo cameras bundled with built-in attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) sensors, which eliminate vessel movement.
There’s also a separate Raymarine AHRS and GPS module. Once installed, DockSense Alert significantly increases situational awareness by creating a precise, nearly 540-square-foot map of a boat’s surroundings—giving users real-time sensor metrics—and constantly scanning each camera’s range for nonwater objects.
Speaking of FLIR, Raymarine’s parent company has five new M300-series cameras. These include the daylight-only M300C ($6,500), which delivers a 30x optical zoom and a 12x digital zoom; the M332 ($8,500) thermal-imaging camera, which uses a Boson 320 core to deliver 340-by-256 thermal-image resolution; and the M364 ($14,200), which employs a Boson 640 thermal core to yield a 640-by-512 resolution. Next up is the M364C ($20,500), which includes the M300C’s daylight camera and a Boson 640 thermal core; followed by FLIR’s M364C LR ($29,500), which has a Boson 640 thermal core, the M300C’s daylight camera, a narrower field of view and advanced software that yields longer-range imagery.
Garmin’s big news involves four GPSMap 86 handheld navigation devices. All four units have 1.5-inch-by-2.5-inch screens, 16 gigabytes of onboard storage and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. And all four models can stream real-time data from compatible Garmin-built MFDs. They can also remotely and wirelessly control a yacht’s compatible Garmin-built autopilot.
While all four handhelds provide significant navigation capabilities, not all GPSMap 86 handhelds are created equally. The GPSMap 86s ($400) comes with a base map and lets customers upgrade to Garmin’s optional BlueChart g3 cartography, while the GPSMap 86sc ($450) comes standard with this premium cartography pre-loaded. Garmin’s two top-end GPSMap 86 handhelds—the GPSMap 86i ($600) and the GPSMap 86sci ($650)—can send and receive satellite communications globally using Iridium’s Short Burst Data Service. The satcom feature provides the ability to send and receive two-way SOS communications and to access satellite weather forecasts. The GPSMap 86sci ships with Garmin’s BlueChart g3 cartography, while GPSMap 86i customers can buy this separately.
ACR Electronics introduced its Overboard Location Alert System transmitters, which are complemented by the SM-3 Automatic Buoy Marker Light. SM-3s ($130) are water-activated and self-righting, and they are designed to be thrown into the water after a man overboard, like a horseshoe life buoy. Once active, SM-3 lights provide 24-plus hours of continuous operation at 30 degrees Fahrenheit and are visible from 360 degrees for about 2 miles.
Onscreen visibility was on Simrad’s mind when it designed the Halo20 and Halo20+ pulse-compression radars, which come bundled in 20-inch radomes and weigh in at 11 pounds apiece. Both the Halo20 ($1,700) and the Halo20+ ($2,200) have Simrad’s InstantOn technology; four dedicated operating modes (bird, harbor, offshore and weather); dual-range capability; and the ability to track as many as 10 user-selected mini-automatic radar plotting aid (MARPA) targets at each range (20 targets total).
Both radars also deliver a range of 24 nautical miles, however, Simrad added extra processing power to the Halo20+. This boost comes in the form of Simrad’s VelocityTrack Doppler processing, which automatically color-codes targets based on the level of navigable danger they present. (While the Halo20+’s MARPA capabilities are limited to 10 user-selected targets per range, there’s no limit to the number of VelocityTrack targets it can track.) The Halo20+ also executes a 360-degree sweep once per second, and it spins at 60 rpm when examining ranges of up to 1.5 nautical miles. These latter attributes make the Halo20+ better at picking out fast-moving targets at close ranges.
Digital Yacht’s TriNav GPS160 position sensor uses a 72-channel GPS (United States), GLONASS (Russia) and Galileo (European Union) receiver to deliver position accuracy that’s typically within about 3 feet. The TriNav GPS160 ($190) updates at a user-selectable rate of up to 18 Hz (18 times per second), and it delivers accuracy by blending data from all three satellite systems—alternatively, users can opt to use data from just one particular system. The position sensor employs an anti-spoofing algorithm and is NMEA 0183-compatible, however, users also can buy versions compatible with NMEA 2000, USB, wireless and SeaTalk1.
Finally, because yachts are complex creatures, Blue Sea Systems’ M2 Vessel Systems Monitor promises to simplify the task of monitoring some of the complexity. The M2 VSM ($410) scrutinizes a vessel’s AC and DC electrical systems, and bilge and tank levels, while delivering NMEA 2000 compatibility. The tidy-size M2 VSM employs an OLED screen, and it provides comprehensive systems alarms such as high and low voltage, and high and low bilge and tank levels.
Lowrance’s PSI-1 sonar module delivers LiveSight Sonar capabilities to HDS Carbon multifunction displays (with a separate LiveSight transducer). LiveSight Sonar allows for traditional-view and real-time sonar, with the latter creating a videolike experience that can show fish striking lures. PSI-1 ($300) modules can be networked directly to HDS Carbon MFDs by way of sonar ports and Ethernet connections. Check it out, at lowrance.com.
Sirius Signal’s electronic visual distress-signal devices include the Bluetooth-enabled, dual-color C-1002 ($290 with app) and C-1003 ($90), both of which use LED bulbs. The C-1002 has a heat sink that allows it to deliver the same output as a 20-watt conventional light without overheating, while the C-1003 meets the US Coast Guard’s standards for night, day and audible distress signals. Check it out, at siriussignal.com.
Lumishore’s line of marine-grade Lux LED lighting solutions ($30 to $245) is designed to work with DC-power systems to deliver the right ambience. Lux lights are color-tunable and include down lights, courtesy lights, strip lights and Neon Flex lights that can be controlled by most third-party multifunction displays, Lumishore’s touchscreen display or switches, or via a wireless device and Lumishore’s app. Check it out, at lumishore.com.
With a length overall of 85 feet, 3 inches, the Azimut Grande 25 Metri is the smallest yacht in the Italian builder’s Grande series, but she still comes with big style and features.
Stefano Righini did the exterior design, and Achille Salvagni handled interiors, incorporating colored lacquers that range from purple to powder blue for a modern, contemporary feel. The superstructure, roll bar, hardtop and transom are built using Carbon-Tech, keeping weight down while maximizing performance. The hull is fiberglass.
Four staterooms, including a full-beam master, are on the lower deck. In addition, there are quarters for three crew in two cabins.
Standard power is a pair of 1,650-horsepower MAN V-12 diesels. With the optional twin 1,800-horsepower MANs, top speed is 29 knots and the cruising speed is 24 knots, according to Azimut. Active Trim Control automatically adjusts trim for better fuel consumption, and electronic power steering is designed to reduce maintenance.
At the helm, a Raymarine monitoring system acts as an interface for engine data, alarms, bilge pumps, tank levels, discharge pumps, engine-room ventilation, air conditioning, the sound system and more. The monitoring system also can be controlled via a tablet.
What are some other key specs for the Azimut Grande 25 Metri? Her fuel capacity is 2,060 gallons, and her water capacity is 290 gallons.
For more information, visit: azimutyachts.it
- Length Overall: 87’3”
- Maximum Beam: 20’4”
- Draft: 6’1”
- Fuel Capacity: 2,060 Gal.
- Freshwater Capacity: 290 Gal.
- Power: 2/1,650 or 2/1,800 hp MAN V12 diesels
Ocean Alexander is known for building motoryachts that let owners traverse the globe in elegance. But that’s not all the builder can do, as recently evinced by the builder’s popular 45 Divergence center console. That platform has now been tweaked to become a 45 Divergence Coupe, that offers boaters a bit more protection from the elements.
The 45 Divergence Coupe has Ocean Alexander DNA all over it, with exceptional fit and finish for a boat of this size and class, including super-soft fabrics and intricate stitching on the upholstery.
One of the 45’s star features is its convertible bulwarks. In the cockpit, to port and starboard, the bulwarks fold out to create a party platform, increasing the boat’s beam from 13 feet, 9 inches to 19 feet, 1 inch. That means there is plenty of space to entertain.
Like other Ocean Alexander builds, the 45 Divergence Coupe was penned by acclaimed nautical designer Evan K. Marshall, who imbued the boat with a stepped sheer a steeply raked windshield that gives it a sleek, low-profile appearance.
The boat’s appearance fits her performance. With standard quad 350 hp Mercury Verados the Divergence Coupe should cruise in the neighborhood of 28 knots, consuming 61 gph, with a range of 316 nautical miles. At full speed, the vessel likely will top out near a very fun 41 knots. All four engines can move in unison, or move independently, split down the centerline.
As for interior comforts, the boat’s belowdecks area has 6 foot, 6 inch headroom as well as solid-wood cabinetry, large windows to either side and a skylight to help open the space up. There is a wetbar, GE microwave and Isotherm refrigerator to port, as well as a sink. A forward U-shaped settee with a high-low table handles indoor dining activities.
As for options, the 45 Divergence is available with wood choices, paint schemes and a Seakeeper 6 gyrostabilizer.
When it comes to the Ocean Alexander 45 Divergence Coupe sometimes big things really do come in small(er) packages.
- LOA: 47’5”
- Beam: 13’9”, 19’1”
- Draft: 3’11”
- Std. Engines: 4/350 hp Mercury Verados
- Fuel cap.: 500 gal.
Vicem’s latest launch––the 67 Cruiser––is a yacht that combines the builder’s skill in composite manufacturing and joinery with modern power and long-range capability.
The 67 Cruiser is built via cold-molded construction with mahogany and West System epoxy, creating a strong, yet relatively lightweight, hull. The hull-to-deck joint is glued and mechanically fastened, adding strength and rigidity. The yacht’s full-load displacement is 113,980 pounds.
Add in a hard-chine, planing hull form and twin, 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13 diesels, and you get a yacht with admirable speed and range. Vicem reports the 67 Cruiser has a 25-knot top hop, and a comfortable 16-knot cruising speed. At cruise, Vicem reports an 800-nautical-mile range. Dial cruising speed back to 8 knots, and range reportedly climbs to 2,500 nautical miles.
For comfort on those extended cruises, the 67 Cruiser has a three-stateroom, four-head layout. All staterooms are en suite. The full-beam master is amidships and has a king-size berth. There is a forepeak VIP, also with a king-size berth. The third stateroom is abaft the VIP and to starboard with twin berths. There is a crew cabin option too.
When it comes to entertaining on board, there is an L-shaped settee to starboard and a smaller settee to port immediately upon entering the salon via the three-part, sliding-glass door. A formal dining table for four is also to port, positioned directly across from the galley, which can be open or partitioned off. (There is alfresco dining for six in the cockpit, protected by the flybridge overhang.) Just forward of the galley is the lower helm station, which also has side-deck access, a helpful setup for line handling shorthanded.
The upper helm on the 67 Cruiser’s flybridge is forward and to starboard, almost directly above the lower helm. The upper helm, and about half of the flybridge real estate is protected by a hardtop. There is a grill to port, U-shaped seating to starboard as well as room for two chaise-style lounges aft. There is space for a RIB and davit all the way aft.
For more information, visit: vicemyachts.com
- Length Overall: 70’9”
- Maximum Beam: 18’1”
- Draft: 5’8”
- Fuel Capacity: 2,110 Gal.
- Freshwater Capacity: 300 Gal.
- Power: 2/ 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13 diesels
The Pearl Yachts 62 is the entry-level yacht in the builder's flybridge series, which also includes an 80- and 95-footer. The 62’s exterior design is by Bill Dixon, with interiors by Kelly Hoppen.
There is a four-stateroom, three-head layout with three heads. The 62's master stateroom has a private entrance to starboard off the salon and is full-beam with an aft-facing berth. There is an en suite head with separate shower stall. Flanking the berth is a vanity to port and a two-seat breakfast nook to starboard. Hullside windows let in natural light and work in concert with the lighting and light-tone fabrics to keep the stateroom feeling open and airy.
There are three guest staterooms, starting with a forepeak VIP with en suite head and step-up berth. Abaft the VIP to port and starboard are two twin-berth guest staterooms that convert to doubles. The portside guest stateroom has direct access to the third head, which is also accessed via the companionway. Like the master stateroom, all guest staterooms benefit from light coming in via hullside windows.
There is an option for a crew cabin aft, but most U.S. owners will likely use this space for PWC stowage.
The Kelley Hoppen-designed interior offers owners four themes: Modern, Studio, Taupe and Luxury. Owners can choose from a selection of materials to personalize their yacht’s interior, including items such as suede and Calacatta marble.
The galley, equipped with Miele appliances, is positioned aft in the salon to easily service guests in the cockpit and in the salon. Across from the galley is a breakfast nook with a table and two chairs. There is U-shaped seating forward and to port, and a settee and helm console to starboard.
Nearly 360 degrees of glass provides unobstructed sightlines from the lower helm, which has two seats. The 62’s power options are Volvo Penta IPS diesels, ranging in horsepower from 725 hp to 900 hp apiece (IPS950s, IPS1050s or IPS1200s).
Al fresco spaces include the cockpit’s U-shaped seating and dining table, a foredeck lounge with sun pads for four or more guests. The sun pads can also be shaded with an awning and four carbon fiber poles.
The flybridge has an extended deck aft with L-shaped lounges to port and starboard, U-shaped seating and dining table amidships to port. A sun pad is forward with the helm console to starboard. Abaft the helm is a grill and a wet bar.
Some notable options for the Pearl 62 includes a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer, hardtop with sunroof, hydraulic some platform and side boarding door, to name a few.
For more information, visit: pearlyachts.com
- Length Overall: 61’
- Maximum Beam: 17’4”
- Draft: 3’3”
- Fuel Capacity: 762 Gal.
- Freshwater Capacity: 211 Gal.
- Power: 2/ Volvo Penta IPS950 (725 hp), IPS1050 (800 hp) or IPS1200 (900 hp) diesels
Hargrave Yachts says the first yacht in its Millennium series has arrived at the Port of Palm Beach in Florida.
Christened GG, the Hargrave 92 “represents the next generation of design in this hot new market segment,” according to the builder. “ GG gives Hargrave the chance to showcase exactly what our unique custom-building skills can do.”
In addition to the 92-foot Millennium model, Hargrave also is developing 105-, 112- and 126-foot models. The 105 and 112 will each have five staterooms, while the 125 will be a six-stateroom layout.
This is Irresistible: Also new from Hargrave is the 105 Irresistible, a 2020 launch that is available for showings in Fort Lauderdale. Her asking price is $9.8 million.
For more information, visit: hargravecustomyachts.com
Serenity Yachts is promoting its Serenity 64, one of two models (with the Serenity 74) in the builder’s lineup of solar-powered yachts.
The Serenity 64 is built with a carbon-fiber hull, bulkheads, stringers, and can be customized to an owner’s wishes. PVC foam core adds rigidity and strength without weight. The main package has more than 700 square feet of SunPower solar panels, which the builder says allow for indefinite cruising at a speed of 4 to 6 knots—including the use of onboard amenities that draw power of their own.
Inside, creature comforts include four en suite staterooms, one crew cabin, and a galley-salon combination space. Other layouts are available. One setup creates a master suite that takes up an entire hull. In this layout, the galley and salon are combined into a single space on the main deck and there are two VIP staterooms with en suite heads. Another arrangement allows for dual master staterooms.
Owners can personalize their 64′s interior with woods such as wenge, oak, mahogany and more, as well as mahogany, teak or Amtico soles. Bulkheads can have a lacquer finish, fabric, vinyl or varnished veneers.
The helm is standard with a Garmin electronics suite and the galley is outfitted with equipment from Siemens and Samsung. The builder says other options are available upon request.
“We strive to lead the industry in green technology―the future of yachting―while continuing the luxurious, comfortable experiences that yachting provides,” Executive Director Boyd Taylor stated in a press release. “It is our passion to deliver vessels with solar technology that are performance-driven.”
About the Serenity 74: The bigger sister in the builder’s lineup has nearly 1,200 square feet of SunPower solar panels, which the builder says let her cruise at 7 to 9 knots.
For more information, visit: serenityyachts.com
- Length Overall: 64′
- Maximum Beam: 31′
- Draft: 3′6″
- Fuel Capacity: 405.5 Gal.
- Freshwater Capacity: 439.9 Gal.
- Power: 2/200 hp Volvo Penta D3-200i diesels
- Electric Motors: 2/ 24 hp Tema System SPM132-12
- Top Speed Diesel: 16 knots:
- Cruise Speed Electric: 5-6 knots
Huckins Yacht has launched Hull No. 1 of the Sportsman 38 at its shipyard in Jacksonville, Florida.
“We put her in the water about two weeks ago, and then took her out to finish,” Huckins owner Cindy Purcell said in mid-March. “She’s officially launched. We’ve run her on electric, we’ve run her on diesel. She’s 39 mph on diesel and about 8 mph on electric.”
Those numbers are right on target with the builder’s projections, Purcell says. The boat has twin 380-horsepower Cummins QSB 6.7s, and a 20 hp Elco EP. Or, owners can choose a pair of 350-horsepower Suzuki outboards.
In addition to thoroughly modern power options, the 38 Sportsman is built via sandwich construction with a CoreCell foam core and E-glass fabric for strength and rigidity. Kevlar (hull bottom) and carbon fiber (stringers and other strategic areas) is used to enhance strength without weight. The hull and topsides are painted with UV-resistant Alexseal coating.
The interior has mahogany joinery. There are Corian countertops in the galley, which is also equipped with a single-burner cooktop, refrigerator/freezer drawers and microwave convection oven.
Some notable options include a teak cockpit or Estec teak cockpit, mahogany transom, cockpit high-low table, Seakeeper gyrostabilizer, Lumishore underwater lights, wine cooler, barbecue grill, 8 kW Phasor generator and SureShade retractable awning, to name a few.
Huckins is planning for the public debut of the Sportsman 38 at the Newport International Boat Show this fall in Rhode Island. Until then, boaters are invited to the shipyard in Florida for a tour of Hull No. 1.
“Anybody who would like to see the boat can come to the yard,” Purcell says. “We can do a sea trial.”
What inspired the classic lines of the Huckins Sportsman 38? A 36-foot boat that Huckins built back in 1936.
For more information, visit: huckinsyacht.com
- Length Overall: 38′3″
- MaximumBeam: 12′6′
- Draft: 2′6″
- Fuel Capacity: 285 Gal.
- Freshwater Capacity: 95 Gal.
- Power: 2/ 380 hp Cummins QSB 6.7 diesels or 2/ 350 hp Suzuki outboards
- Electric Motors: 2/20 hp Elco EP-20s
- Top speed: 35+ knots
- Cruising speed: 30 knots
- Speed w/electric motors: 7 knots
Dyna Yachts, about a year after launching the 68 Skylounge in the United States, has welcomed the new 63 Flybridge to U.S. shores.
“The Dyna interior, the fit and finish, the space and volume—it's all unbelievable,” Mike Kutrybala, Dyna brand manager for United Yacht Sales, stated in a press release. “This boat is so well-planned and well-built, the differences are tangible as soon as you step on board. Dyna hit a home run, and we cannot wait to introduce it to everyone."
Cor D. Rover, a designer known for his work with leading builders such as Italy’s Benetti Yachts, designed the interior of the Dyna 63 Flybridge. Three guest staterooms—including a full-beam amidships master—are on the lower deck.
The main deck has indoor and outdoor dining, as well as soles made of what Dyna calls luxury vinyl plank.
“Dyna chose to use vinyl plank flooring on the 63 due to the fact that it’s easy to clean and maintain,” according to Kutrybala. “Owners do have the option though to select carpet if they choose.”
The interior wood is a high-gloss African cherry and belowdecks it's also African cherry, but in a matte finish. The master stateroom span's the yacht's full 16-foot-4-inch beam and has an en suite head. The forepeak VIP, also en suite, has a king-size berth. The third guest stateroom has side-by-side berths and shares the head with the VIP.
The Dyna 63's galley has granite countertops, a full-size LG refrigerator, Miele cooktop, convection oven and Danby wine cooler.
What’s the power package on the Dyna 63 Flybridge? Twin Volvo Penta IPS950s. A Seakeeper 9 stabilizer is optional.
For more information, visit: dynayachts.com
- Length Overall: 63′10″
- Beam: 16′ 4″
- Draft: 5′ 2″
- Fuel Capacity: 800 gal.
- Freshwater Capacity: 180 gal.
Sabre Yachts in Maine has launched Hull No. 1 of the 58 Salon Express.
Power is twin 725-mhp Volvo Penta IPS950s that skippers can control from a glass-cockpit setup. During recent sea trials, Sabre reported a 26.7-knot cruise speed at 2,300 rpm and a top speed of 31.1 knots at 2,570 rpm. Fuel burn at cruise speed was 57 gph for a range of 337 nautical miles. At her top seed, fuel burn increased to 75 gph and the 58's range dropped to 299 nautical miles.
The 58 Salon Express has a modified-V hull form with 15-degrees transom deadrise and 24 degrees deadrise amidships, which should provide a seakindly ride in most conditions.
The Sabre 58 Salon Express, which is designed for family cruising, has three en suite staterooms. The full-beam master has a king-size berth. There is also a washer/dryer in the vestibule. The yacht's forepeak VIP has a 10-inch-thick queen-size berth, stowage drawers underneath, cedar-lined hanging lockers and a 32-inch HD LED TV. The VIP head has a separate shower stall with an acrylic door. The guest stateroom abaft and to starboard has a double berth that splits into twin berths with 6-inch foam mattresses.
Up on the main deck, the galley is aft with a two-burner induction cooktop, 24-inch Wolf drawer-style microwave oven and Sub-Zero fridge and freezer drawers with ice maker. The galley’s location allows for easy service to the interior or cockpit seating areas.
The yacht has a varnished cherry interior and a teak-and-holly sole throughout the yacht. Some options include a central vacuum system, FreedomLift tender lift and storage system, hydraulic swim platform, Seakeeper 16 gyrostabilizer, underwater lights and a teak cockpit, to name a few.
Does the Sabre 58 Salon Express have digital switching? Yes, with a system from CZone.
For more information, visit: sabreyachts.com
- Length Overall: 63′9″
- Max. Beam: 16′2″
- Draft: 4′9″
- Fuel Capacity: 800 Gal.
- Freshwater Capacity: 230 Gal.
From the outside, the 111-foot Aegean Olde Salt looks like a classic wooden yacht, with her rounded stern, proud masts and teak detailing.
But she’s actually a 2015 build with a steel hull that won the top prize in her size range at the 2016 International Yacht and Aviation Awards—and now, she’s for sale through broker Richard Callender at Northrop & Johnson.
The asking price for Olde Salt is about $9,900,000.
Olde Salt has five ensuite staterooms for 10 guests, including a main-deck master. Eight crew are accommodated in three cabins.
Alfresco dining for 14 people is on both the main and upper decks, and the yacht is MCA compliant, should the new owner want to offer her for charter.
What’s the cruising speed of Olde Salt? It’s 12 knots, according to Northrop & Johnson.
Take the next step: contact Callender at northropandjohnson.com
Italian yacht designer Tommaso Spadolini, whose 40 years in the business has included work with Baglietto, Cantieri di Pisa, Wally and other well-known shipyards, has unveiled a series of “pocket superyachts” starting with two models: the Montecristo 30 and Montecristo 43.
“The name was inspired by a beautiful island in the Tyrrhenian Sea that I can see from my summer home by the seaside,” he stated in a press release.
The Montecristo 30 would be less than 200 gross tons, while the Montecristo 43 would be about 340 gross tons. Their sizes would bookend the series, whose other models would fall along the 100- to 140-foot range. All the models would have wide-body main decks to maximize interior space (including a full-beam master stateroom on the 30), foredecks with guest relaxation amenities (including pools), and terraced aft decks leading to the swim platform.
Each yacht also has a section aft on the sundeck that’s made of glass, to incorporate solar cells for auxiliary power. The engine room is configured with space for battery banks to allow hybrid propulsion and zero-emissions cruising.
“As a yacht designer, it’s my duty to look after the marine environment,” Spadolini stated in the release. “And I see more and more of my clients, perhaps encouraged by their children and grandchildren, taking a more proactive approach to sustainable yachting.”
How many awards has Tommaso Spadolini won for his yacht-design work? More than a dozen, most recently the 2018 World Yacht Trophies Best Designer of the Year.
ACR Electronics displayed nearly two dozen new products at the Miami International Boat Show.
The products included personal locator beacons, AIS and MOB systems, searchlights, safety kits and a crew overboard light.
“We were extremely busy in 2019, and we have launched over 20 products that are now available and shipping worldwide,” the company stated in a press release.
ACR’s ResQLink personal locator beacons included the ResQLink View, which has optical display technology, allowing the screen to display GPS coordinates, operating instructions, usage tips, transmission bursts and battery power.
New searchlights include the RCL-95, fitted with 10 ultra-bright Osram LEDs with reflector optics and 50,000-hour bulb life, for a peak beam intensity of more than 460,000 candelas. The light can cast an 8-degree beam over seven-tenths of a nautical mile, according to ACR.
Also new from ACR: The OLAS Guardian system, which can stop an engine within two seconds of a person or pet going overboard. It also triggers an 85-decibel alarm.
For more information, visit: acrartex.com
Otam Yachts says Hull No. 6 of the Otam 80, christened Attitude, is nearing completion with delivery expected by the end of April.
Attitude’s public debut is planned for the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.
“The yacht Attitude is 80 percent complete,” the shipyard announced in a press release. “The engine room and systems are installed, and the interior outfitting is progressing on schedule for a technical launch in mid-March. Following commissioning and sea trials, she will be delivered to her owner at the end of April.”
This Otam 80 differs from her predecessors with a custom layout and styling by Umberto Tagliavini. The foredeck has an adjustable table that can double the sun lounging space, and the expanded transom garage can hold a 13-foot Williams jet tender. The cockpit has an updated layout with a custom music system; in “party mode,” the C-shaped sofa can seat 10 people, while at other times, the layout can be opened up.
Previous Otam 80s had two or three staterooms. Attitude has four, including a full-beam master.
What else is happening at Otam Yachts? The Otam 65 65HT is reportedly 75 percent done. Delivery to the owner is scheduled in May.
For more information, visit: otam.it
In an old episode of the British car show Top Gear, there was an exchange between presenter Jeremy Clarkson and guest Simon Cowell about the latter’s order of a Mercedes-Maybach. Clarkson was dismissive of the car, but Cowell defended his choice, saying the Mercedes-Maybach is not a car to drive oneself but, instead, a car to be driven in. The onboard experience is what matters most; form follows function.
I was reminded of that episode when I saw Sirena’s new flagship, the 88 RPH.
First and foremost, she is big. And that big epithet—at least where semidisplacement motoryachts of a similar designation are concerned—is a key ingredient of luxury. Argentina-born designer Germán Frers gave her a high bow and a nearly plumb stem that barely impinge upon her 88-foot length overall and 23-foot-2-inch beam. Just a couple of examples of how that design translates into spaciousness on board: The anchor locker in her prow measures 8 feet, and the headroom throughout most of her engine room is 6 feet, 5 inches. The headroom is better still in most of the accommodations.
As for oomph and the onboard experience, the first 88’s powertrain consists of twin 1,550 hp MAN V-12s, V-boxes, shafts and five-blade props spinning in half tunnels, facilitating a relatively modest draft of a little more than 6 feet. We were fairly heavy off Cannes, France, with 25 people aboard, 85 percent fuel, and the other tanks at close to 50 percent full or empty, depending on your disposition. (Her full-load displacement is 220,000 pounds.) The weather for our spell aboard was summer-evening glorious: a gentle breeze, sea-state negligible, which meant little action for her Humphree All Speed electric fins and Interceptor bars.
She managed a top-end speed of 22.9 knots, meaning just over 2,300 rpm on the rev counters and a total fuel burn of 160 gallons per hour. Sirena quotes a 25-knot maximum speed with a lighter load.
At 18 knots and 2,000 rpm, she consumes around 120 gallons of fuel per hour, so potentially, she has 430 nautical miles of range. At 10 knots, the V-12s whirred at just under 1,100 rpm and politely sipped their way through 17.5 gph, meaning at least a 1,660-nm range with the standard tanks; range increases 50 percent with optional long-range tanks. Indeed, bumble along at 9 knots, and she has the potential for more than 2,100 or 3,100 nm, depending on the tanks. Frers says the Sirena hull shape, which was thoroughly tank-tested prior to the first model launch, is particularly efficient across a wide range of hull speeds.
Her GRP hull is resin-infused, and her deck and superstructure are a carbon-fiber hybrid. Floating doors reduce sound and vibration; decibel levels in the wheelhouse fluctuated from 52 dB(A) to no more than 65 dB(A), which is the level of normal conversation. Visibility to the horizon was good from the raised pilothouse, although inevitably that high bow will cast quite a shadow.
There is an asymmetry to the deck layout, in that the side decks are configured differently from one side to the other. The portside deck runs forward from the aft deck down to a galley door forward of the salon. The starboard-side deck runs forward to a set of steps that lead to the foredeck.
Heading inside from the aft deck, Cor D. Rover’s Amsterdam-based studio created a dark-oak interior that balances the bright natural light. The main deck has an open-plan salon and dining area, and owners can choose various arrangements of the furniture. The surrounding glass delivers splendid views; picture windows on each side include full-height sliding doors to the side decks. Farther forward are a galley to port and an entryway to starboard.
The owners’ full-beam master stateroom is forward on the main deck with full-height glazing along each side. A desk is to port, and there’s a full-beam head with a bath, shower stall and separate head compartment. The master also has private access to the foredeck, which has a rectangular hot tub. Tucked within deep bulwarks, the foredeck really works as a private terrace. There’s even a “secret garden path” to the space from the forward port corner of the flybridge, which has its own hot tub as well as all the usual alfresco essentials beneath a hardtop with an electric sunroof.
Four en suite guest staterooms are on the lower deck. The biggest is pretty much amidships, with the stateroom occupying two-thirds of the beam and the remaining third given over to the head. Two of the other staterooms have twin berths, and the stateroom at the bow has a double berth. The double-berth stateroom is virtually split-level; you walk up a few steps to get to the bed with hullside windows on either side, the lowest providing flanking views and the highest serving as skylights above the bed. (If I were guest aboard, this would be my spot.)
Cabins for three or four crew are between the engine room and owner’s stateroom. A beach club is all the way aft, beneath a lift-up transom door. This space doubles as toy stowage. The fixed stern platform and overhead crane can handle a tender weighing 1,760 pounds.
The Sirena 88 RPH has range if owners want it, speed when they need it, room for a growing family, first-rate fit and finish, and a design that stands apart. Jeremy Clarkson might not be impressed, but I was.
Take the next step: sirenayachts.com