One of the world's most appealing industries in the world from a PR and marketing standpoint, yachting often appears as a relatively untouched field to the automotive industry. Yet, over the years, several players from that market tried to venture into yachting.
Ferrari and family
Brands: Ferretti Group (13.2%)
The Italian sports car manufacturer's history in yachting stretches all the way back to 1990 with the delivery of the Riva Ferrari 32. In total, 30 hulls of this speedboat line styled by Ferrari were built. In 2016, a barely used model was auctioned off by Sotheby's in Monaco at a starting price of €180,000.
Ferrari's most significant step into yachting seems to however have come in 2016, when Piero Ferrari, the son of Ferrari founder, Enzo Ferrari, bought 13.2% of Ferretti Group, the company behind brands such as Riva, CRN and Pershing. Controlled by Chinese conglomerate, Weichai, Ferretti Group posted earnings before tax of €11 million in the first quarter of 2016.
Porsche and family
Brands: Royal Falcon Fleet, Fearless, Kormaran
Through its majority-owned subsidiary, Porsche Design Group, the German company first tried entering yachting with the Fearless 28, an 8.5-meter luxury speedboat reaching top speeds of up to 78 knots, four of which were built.
The German's sports car manufacturer's second attempt to enter yachting came in 2009 with the introduction of a concept for a 41-meter catamaran in combination with Royal Falcon Fleet, a now Swedish-based company that had developed the project for a fractional ownership program with a break down of about 10 owners per RFF135.
The delivery of the first RF135 was however postponed first from Q4 2010 to 2012 and then later seemed to disappear from the map. Part-built, the catamaran is currently still lying in Oregrund, Sweden where Royal Falcon Fleet offices are now located.
In 2012, Peter Daniell Porsche, great-grandson of Porsche founder, Ferdinand Porsche became a partner in Kormaran, a company trying to bring to market a transforming watercraft capable of cruising in six different positions, including a monohull and a trimaran, which is set to retail for near to €1 million.
Model: Arrow 460 Granturismo
Partners: Baltic Yachts
In 2016, Mercedes-Benz, the famed German car manufacturer, introduced their first yacht designed by Mercedes-Benz Style, a 14-meter luxury speed boat nicknamed, Silver Arrow of the Seas. Powered by twin Yanmar engines of 480hp each, the yacht can reach speeds of up to 30 knots. With a price tag of near €2,5 million, only 10 of these boats will be manufactured at Baltic Yachts for this first edition.
Model: Aston Martin AM37
Partners: Quintessence Yachts
In partnership with Quintessence Yachts, a boat builder based in the Netherlands, Aston Martin have introduced their first 37-foot luxury speedboat at the Monaco Yacht Show last year. Having spent two years in research and development, the A37 will come in two options with top speeds of either 50 or 45 knots.
Models: Niniette Series
Partners: Palmer Johnson
The result of a partnership between French car manufacturer, Bugatti and former US shipyard, Palmer Johnson, the Niniette series features several models between 50 and 88 feet. Amongst the project's key amenities are a large sunbathing area on the main deck as well as a spacious living room and a large master cabin on the lower deck.
Model: Lexus Sport Yacht
Partners: Marquis-Carver Yacht Group
Lexus, a division of Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota, had recently launched a concept for a 12.7-meter luxury speedboat built by Marquis-Carver Yacht Group in Wisconsin. The proof of concept could reach a top speed of 43 knots powered by twin 440hp Lexus engines but is not set to go into mass production.
Benetti has launched hull number one of the new Mediterraneo 116 line for a US owner in August 2016. Now the Viareggio shipyard has shared more details about its 35.5 meter GRP yacht. The exterior design has been created by Giorgio M. Cassetta Design. “The usability of the space onboard and the solutions proposed are comparable to those typically found on much bigger yachts. We have given Mediterraneo 116’ classical lines and proportions, but with a contemporary twist, because we wanted to create a yacht conceived to tackle future challenges, but without betraying the spirit of Benetti’s most glorious past projectsArchitect Giorgio M. CassettaThe main lounge flows onto the cockpit through an opening over two meters wide and the windows, each measuring three meters, are continuous. Even the storage has been redesigned with a view to self-sufficiency. The dining area has a table seating up to twelve and is surrounded by a walkway so wide it can be used as a balcony to relax on.Moving to the lower deck, the common denominator continues to be the light. The portholes, positioned at a height of 70 centimeters, are in reality 1.6 meter windows. In line with the shipyard’s exacting standards, there are four double cabins on this deck, with two VIP suites aft and two cabins with bunk beds. And they all have their own bathroom. Three double cabins are provided for the crew, plus the captain’s cabin on the upper deck next to the helm station, providing accommodation for a total of seven.The “surgical” approach to rationalizing available space is visible on the upper deck too, which stands out because of the spacious open area in the bow. But there’s more, with an area set aside for a swimming pool, if desired, that can be customized to reflect the owner’s tastes and needs. Finally, eighty square meters are dedicated to the sundeck, which has a useful length of 16 meters. The rollbar is integrated in the furniture and the storage compartments are entirely available for use by guests.The elegance of Oli is also expressed by sophisticated, modern interiors that reflect the owner’s personality and tastes. The customer has chosen interiors featuring one type of wood only, decorated with polished steel inserts and detailing. The chrome portals used round the main windows manage to enrich the space and the volumes, accentuating the big windows that create continuity with the outside world and amplify the volume of the interiors by flooding them with natural light. The loose furniture chosen is intentionally minimal and sophisticated to enjoy family moments on board. The superyacht is propelled by two Man V12-1400 engines delivering 1,400 hp each, pushing the yacht to a top speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. At 10 knots, the efficient hull designed by Pierluigi Ausonio gives the yacht a range of 3 thousand nautical miles. Stabilization at anchor and during navigation are provided by the innovative but consolidated electric stabilizer fins built by CMC Marine.The news comes days after the Italian shipyard announced the sale of 47m superyacht FB703 and launch of 37m Lady Lillian.
May 24, 2017
The Ferretti Group has introduced the Navetta 42 at Yachts Miami Beach. Measuring 42m, she is the biggest semi-displacement hull ever built by Custom Line. Studio Zuccon International Project, Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee, and the Group’s Engineering Department have joined forces to design the yacht.The Navetta 42 has four fully customizable decks, which offer plenty of space for the owner and guests. The vessel also includes a sliding glass door off the interior dining area. According to the yard, the well-designed layout of the new yacht "will ensure the most efficient organization of on board flows", offering total privacy for the owner and the guests, and "a great freedom of movement for the captain and the crew."A huge suite on the main deck is reserved for the owner, who can opt for four VIP suites or five standard en-suite cabins to accommodate guests thanks to the versatile layout of the lower deck. The aft area is set aside for the large beach club at sea level offering fun and relaxation; the garage opens out onto the sea and is equipped with the new system for launching and hauling out of tenders and water toys.The Ferretti Group anticipates the Navetta 42 to exceed 3,000 nautical miles at 10 knots.Ferretti Group, the Italy-based holding behind brands such as Riva, Pershing and Ferretti itself, has indicated it made €14,1 million in net profit in 2016 making it the first year since the financial crisis of 2008 where the group posted a profit.
May 24, 2017
Four months after the launch of the first 52Steel yacht Seven Sins, Sanlorenzo has announced that the second vessel in the series entered the final stages of construction. The yacht's profile was penned by Officina Italiana Design, while the Sanlorenzo Technical Department developed all technical aspects of the project.Amongst the alluring amenities introduced by Sanlorenzo for this model is the aft section which incorporates a large pool on the main deck. Thanks to a transparent bottom, natural light fills the below beach club which is an area accessible by three different opening terraces, one on each side of the yacht, serving as platforms with direct access to the sea.The same area can be quickly transformed into a garage with controlled flooding system for the storage of a tender up to 8 meters in length, with the adjoining space forward being designated as a customized gym for her owner.The third unit has been sold in January 2017.
May 24, 2017
101.5m Symphony has been recently spotted in Monaco. The superyacht was delivered in May 2015 and then went on cruising the Mediterranean for her inaugural summer charter season. She is the first Feadship yacht to exceed the 100-metre mark, surpassing the builder's previous flagship, 99-metre Madame Gu. The yacht features exterior style by Tim Heywood with naval architecture by Feadship's De Voogt Naval Architects. Symphony is able to accommodate up to 20 guests in 6 staterooms, including one full-beam VIP cabin, double owner's stateroom and additional guest cabins on the lower deck. The superyacht features a gym, a beauty salon and massage room and carries three custom Pascoe tenders of 9.6, 8.3 and 7.85 metres, as well as two wave runners, two Seabobs, windsurfers, watersides and various inflatable toys. Her layout includes an observation lounge, bar and Jacuzzi on the sun deck, while the bridge deck features a terrace and outdoor cinema. The main deck hosts a six-metre contraflow, glass-bottom swimming pool with waterfall, and below the pool on the lower deck is a lounge, beach club and wellness centre, as well as an ultra-high-definition megayacht cinema. The owner's deck boasts a full-beam stateroom, his-and-hers bathrooms, dressing rooms and a sauna, a private office and study, and a forward terrace with Jacuzzi. The owner's aft deck hosts al fresco dining for 20. In terms of the performance, Symphony is able to reach a top speed of 22 knots and achieve a range of 5,000 nautical miles.
May 24, 2017
Casper Marelis, one of the three finalists in Boat International Media’s “Young Designer of the Year Awards", has introduced project Equal. The design of MY Equal is based on the owners request of having a yacht with two equally looking tenders. The tenders should complement the exterior styling of the yacht so that’s where Marelis started this design task. The result is a low profile 80 metre yacht with dedicated decks for (water) sports, parties, relaxing and an evening around the fireplace. The owner will be able to get to this luxury with a limousine tender and board in comfort and safety due to the easy access boarding system. The second sporty general tender can be used for fishing and day long exploring. All bring their equal shares to the owners yachting experience.Earlier the concepts of Harun Kemali, Dani Santa, Alexander Fogg and Ricardo Pilguj were presented.
May 23, 2017