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Effortlessly disposing of nautical miles in grand style - Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht - photo © John Curnow

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Hello! And welcome to the first ever newsletter from We love boats. If you are familiar with the site, or our sister publications as part of the and group, then you'll already know that. You'll also know that we are a global entity, and operate in different time zones, 24/7.

That means we'll have the latest possible information for you, just about as soon as we get it. We also pride ourselves on getting into things, and finding out why they are the way they are. If you are in the marine business, then all of that could well be as distinct and invigorating as the sound that only large displacement, two-stroke diesels can make.

So enough of the pitch, then. To get us rolling in this first edition, we are very pleased to offer you a sneak peek at Maritimo's new X50 in build, ahead of it's global launch at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show in May 2019. Many thanks to Maritimo for working with us on this, and you can see it, and their very much increased factory space, in this short video.

That prow. For me, possibly her best conjunction of lines - Maritimo X60 - photo © John Curnow
That prow. For me, possibly her best conjunction of lines - Maritimo X60 - photo © John Curnow

Like you, we get inspired by a lot of craft. 10 to 25m is probably our sweet spot, but tell us who doesn't love a superyacht, or a gigayacht for that matter? In the last little while the market has had a changing face, and it is not just in the aesthetics, either. Build processes have also undergone a major shift towards speed and efficiency, as well as being as environmentally friendly as possible.

Equally, the types of boats we are buying has changed. Outboards are no longer the realm of day boats and tinnies (aluminium tenders). No longer is 300hp a massive donk on the transom, either. 400 to 677 is, and in multiples too! The HCB Estrella 65 is just awesome, and now even Ocean Alexander is making an outboard-powered centre console in the 40 foot zone. This is one exciting segment to keep watching.

RIBs too have had to adapt and develop to continue to attract. Being chase boats to 50 knot sailing craft in the America's Cup certainly saw to that, but the innovation has also seen interior volume in cabins accessed off the console become a large factor, as too have suspension seats. As wide, flat, low ride height utility vessels, they work really well, with photography being just one of their strong suits.

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Foiler  the flying yacht - photo © Gilles Martin-Raget
Foiler the flying yacht - photo © Gilles Martin-Raget

Then there's foiling. Going back to the 70s, and these were they high-speed passenger ferries in places like Hong Kong, Sydney, and Capri. Today, they are retractable, adaptive, and when coupled with innovative and somewhat futuristic designs, say as per Sunreef and Princess, then it has just offered up an entirely new sector. Low level flying just got more approachable than ever.

More and more craft are looking to go green, and the electric/hybrid sector changes almost daily. When we saw the X Shore Eelex 6500/Eelex 8000, and learned that they were capable of 40 knots; well, we had to look into that. Their founder, Konrad Bergström, not only has many runs on the board, he can point to some very specials brands too, like Marshall speakers. He offered some ideas as to the whole equation, and kindly shared them with us. "We all come from and belong to the sea. I've always respected my relationship to water, after all, it is a major part of my body, and without water there would be no life."

X Shore - The Power of Silence - photo © X Shore
X Shore - The Power of Silence - photo © X Shore

"For my entire life I have taken notes, and learned from the sea. I have experienced the many things it has to offer. What it can give, and what it can take away. I have taken this passion for the ocean and transformed it into X Shore. The letter 'X' means cross, as in 'cross shore', and specifically to go from one point to another. For me personally, it also takes on an additional meaning. It represents my journey from one business to another the eager explorer ready to anchor on a new shore."

"In 1996 I trademarked X Shore globally, however it would be sometime before its development began. Several entrepreneurial adventures were to come first, including founding Zound Industries, which introduced me to the burgeoning technology scene, and opened up new thoughts. It wasn't until 2012 that I began to work with the idea of creating an electric craft, and so X Shore began to take shape. In 2016 we built the first working prototype, and in 2018 X Shore launched the eElectric Smögen 8000 Edition."

"The future is bright for our Earth, if we want it to be. We look forward to working with our partners in order to make this so. X Shore is ready to drive this."

Fountaine Pajot MY44 in Rushcutters Bay - photo © John Curnow
Fountaine Pajot MY44 in Rushcutters Bay - photo © John Curnow

Super-cool, and even über-cool are not limited to new technologies, or modern re-incarnations of old ideas. Look anywhere on the ocean and you will see that powercats have made their mark. Explorer vessels may well have been obscure, but once the mega-wealthy started building them as tenders to their large yachts, it was not going to be long before all of the concepts and ideas found their way into owner/skipper craft. Those new Arksen boats are just brilliant.

Amazing looking and functional tool - Sea Blade X 36 - photo © Front Street Shipyard
Amazing looking and functional tool - Sea Blade X 36 - photo © Front Street Shipyard

Still innovation was not done. When we saw the Sea Blade X, well it not only seemed like a brilliant concept, it quickly became one of our highlight images. These are akin to the old magazine cover, only we have five running at any one time, and we get to have snappy headlines and interesting tags to go with them. If all of that was not enough, then every now and then we'll run some material on a bespoke sportsfisherman, just because they are just so drop dead gorgeous, powered by brutal engines, and the huge flare of their bows extends to everything about them.

Got you interested? Well you can see what we've been up to in the last little while, in terms of boat reviews, right here in 'A big year for Powerboat-World'. We also added a couple more in the meantime, like the one on the Beneteau Swift Trawler 35.

Wonderful Silver Hairdos - MAN 1900hp V12 - Riviera 72 Sport Motor Yacht - photo © John Curnow
Wonderful Silver Hairdos - MAN 1900hp V12 - Riviera 72 Sport Motor Yacht - photo © John Curnow

And remember, the vast majority require combustion engines to make it all happen, whether it is slow speed diesels in a displacement hull, or petrol V8s atop an outboard leg. Don't forget turbines, either. We'll be watching all the developments in this space, too.

You know it deserves more than just a paragraph, but the tech world has also undergone marked change and development, especially in the last three years. Expect it all to change as the electronics companies produce docking systems like FLIR's DockSense with Prestige. You also have car-like dashboards, so it is no wonder that Beneteau and Peugeot won a design award for their collaboration on the command centre of the not-so-distant future. Never has there been a more interesting time. Gone are cables for clutches, throttles and steering, as fly-by-wire is here, and how! The cables are now the myriad of systems to run and integrate all of the goings on from navigation to ship's engineering, and entertainment. It is more than an interesting time; it is quite revolutionary.

Piloting the E34 is both enjoyable and ultra-easy. - photo © John Curnow
Piloting the E34 is both enjoyable and ultra-easy. - photo © John Curnow

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OK then. As we draw towards the close of this newsletter, we'll talk briefly about a special subject, and one that is going to become even more important as many a GRP craft from the 60s and 70s comes to the end of its life. Decrepit boats are an eyesore, and a distinct maritime hassle, let alone a total eco disaster.

Naturally, buying a quality boat in the first place extends its life, and reduces your footprint on the planet. This is not a problem located in just one zone. From the US to Europe, UK to Australia, the boats are there, time marches on inexorably, and UV just keeps on doing what it does best. There is no one fix as yet, and landfill is utilised as the solution. Various pilot programmes are under way, but often administrative issues, and the various legalities of the lands hamper the whole cause.

Derelict Fibreglass Vessel - photo © John Curnow
Derelict Fibreglass Vessel - photo © John Curnow

Some FRP can be recycled into new products. It can also be used in the making of cement, and the BoatUS Foundation has awarded some monies towards these sorts of things. However, given that GRP boats took off, well more precisely the manufacturing of them did, in the 70s, and these are the very boats now coming to the end of service, then scalability is the key factor here.

"The chemicals in the fibreglass closely mimic many of the raw materials used in cement, such as silica and calcium, and can be used to create cement clinker," said project manager Evan Ridley. "We want to see if this approach could provide a way of dealing with a growing number of end-of-life boats."

The project was inspired by a German program that repurposes fibreglass wind turbine blades by similarly shredding them for use in concrete production.

Encouraged by small-scale test results conducted over the past few years, the Rhode Island project will move ahead this spring with a larger scale assessment involving approximately 20 tonnes of recovered fibreglass materials, which will be processed in a specialised cement kiln.

So you can expect that this is a subject we are going to be watching closely, with a keen eye on the globalisation of any working, and feasible programme. Whilst it all may seem costly, and given we have so much plastic in the oceans already that are the subject of their own clean up regimes, perhaps now would be a really good time to draw the proverbial line in the sand, and really make a stand for conscious sustainability. After all, many of the car companies have over the last decade or so.

48 Wallytender - photo © Wally
48 Wallytender - photo © Wally

Today you will find that we have information below for you about the Ocean Cleanup, cleats, the first new Wally under Ferretti ownership, Arksen Explorer Yachts, Azimut Grande S10, Mercury propane outboard, Vice 67 in build, the VIK electric boat, Hunton Yachts H55, Sagaris foiler, fire suppression, Palm Beach take the lid off the GT50, the Great Loop, as well as much more.

As you see, there are stories, lessons, inspirations and history to regale yourself with. Please do savour... We're really enjoying bringing you the best stories from all over the globe. If you want to add to that, then please make contact with us via email.

Remember too, if you want to see what is happening in the other parts of the group, go to the top of the Powerboat-World home page and the drag down menu on the right, select the site you want to see and, voila, it's all there for you.

Speak with you again, very, very soon. Time to go boating now...

John Curnow

Ensuring that sport is very much at the heart of Riviera's 39 SMY - photo © John Curnow
Ensuring that sport is very much at the heart of Riviera's 39 SMY - photo © John Curnow

BluEscape 1200 FLY - New Delphia model for 2019
Delphia joined Groupe Beneteau in 2018. At boot Dusseldorf they unveiled their new model for 2019 - the BluEscape 1200 FLY.

Sunreef Yachts ready for the Miami Yacht Show 2019
One of USA's premier marine events – the Miami Yacht Show will take place from February 14th till 18th at a new Downtown location at One Herald Plaza.

Despite breakdowns and missed pay, Polar Star reaches Antarctica
The 150 crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived Thursday in Antarctica, fulfilling their yearly mission to resupply America's main outpost on the continent.

C-MAP announces Tennessee Precision Contour HD chart card
C-MAP, a leader in digital marine cartography and cloud-based mapping, announced today the release of the second offering in its series of digital fishing map cards, Precision Contour HD – Tennessee.

BoatUS asks boaters to help Coast Guard members
With the partial government shutdown now more than a month old, BoatUS recognizes the hardship members of the U.S. Coast Guard are facing by not receiving their paychecks.

Tankoa S701 MY Solo a true technical marvel
Tankoa 72-meter/236' Solo is a gorgeous looking yacht designed for her exterior lines by Francesco Paszkowski with interior by Paszkowski's interior lead designer Margherita Casprini.

New Airship: 2006 Nordic Tug 42 Before and After
You may recall back in November we bought a beautiful and very clean 2006 Nordic Tug 42, and we sold our 2013 Nordic Tug 34' "Airship". We'd had our Nordic Tug 34 for four years, and in those four years we spent over 900 nights aboard and 2,700 hours.

2019 Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous: Thailand marine industry unites around single show
Having brought all the disparate previously competing parties together in a single Phuket boat show, the fourth Thailand Yacht Show & RendezVous (TYS) offered an all-embracing event at the Royal Phuket Marina for yachting enthusiasts

Simrad releases free software update for NSO, NSS and GO Series displays
A new software update for Simrad® NSO, NSS and GO series displays has been released that provides new sonar functionality, sonar enhancements and other improvements to the user interface that make Simrad multifunction displays even easier to use.

Debut of two enclosed bridge motor yachts set to turn heads in Miami
Leading Australian luxury motor yacht manufacturer, Maritimo, is set to have the USA debut of two of its prestige enclosed flybridge models at the upcoming Miami International Boat Show in Florida mid February.

FUSION® launches Signature Series Tower Speakers & Component Tweeter for amplified sound experience
FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine audio entertainment, announces the launch of its Signature Series 8.8-inch wake tower speakers and component tweeter, engineered for maximum sound output, quality audio delivery, dynamic range

Learn how to buff using a rotary polisher
If you want to get results as quickly and efficiently as a professional detailer, then a traditional Rotary Polisher is the choice for you.

F375 XTO: The V8 outboard Yamaha family is growing
F375 XTO, this is the name of the youngest member of the Yamaha outboard family. Only a few months ago, we saw the presentation of the 425 hp (about 317 kW) Yamaha V8 XTO, that rapidly set a new level of standards.

FLIR introduces Assisted Docking Technology and First Boat Manufacturer Partner
FLIR Systems (Nasdaq: FLIR) today announced Raymarine DockSense™ assisted docking system, the marine industry's first intelligent object recognition and motion sensing assisted docking solution for recreational boating.

Monte Carlo Yachts unveils the new MCY 70 at Boot Düsseldorf 2019
The new yachts will feature even larger interior volumes, wider views, increased brightness, and expanded customization options made possible by the company's revolutionary naval architecture and production processes.

Ocean Tribute award nomination for the Coral Sea Foundation
The Coral Sea Foundation, a member of Superyacht Australia and the Superyacht Group Great Barrier Reef has been nominated for the prestigious 'Ocean Tribute Award' in the Society category for their 'Sea Women of Melanesia' training program.

The all-new 48 Wallytender - An iconic design revisited
The 48 Wallytender is the first new project born from the partnership between Wally and Ferretti Group, and carries all the distinctive Wally hallmarks.

Invictus Yacht reveals what's in store for the next few months at Boot 2019
Four years was all it took Invictus Yacht – which first appeared on the stage in November 2014 - to gain a leading role in the yachting world. This achievement is the result of the shape and lines of its models - thirteen to date

Arksen brings new wave of innovation to the marine industry
Today Arksen - a technology and innovation company building the most authentic, capable and efficient explorer vessels of their kind - officially launched at boot Düsseldorf, with a product and ethos driving a new wave of innovation within the industry.

Reliant launches new X40, a creative 40-knot cruiser
Reliant Yachts just launched its new X40, the first in its express series, a creative 40-knot cruiser with a clean aesthetic and a Turkish cold-molded build.

New Flyer 10 Dayboat: Larger than life!
Scarcely months after the launch of the Flyer 8, the Flyer 10 will be shown at the Düsseldorf Boot and will extend the BENETEAU outboard range perfectly.

Princess Yachts celebrates 50 years of boot Düsseldorf with global launches of the Princess Y85, V78
Princess Yachts celebrates the 50th anniversary of boot Düsseldorf with an exceptional line-up, including three global launches – the Princess Y85, V78 and F45 – and three show debuts – the revolutionary Princess R35, the V60 and F70.

Azimut Grande S10 - Sporty with class
Audacious, out of the ordinary and aggressively seductive. Azimut Grande S10 represents the next chapter in yacht design.

The new Hunt Ocean 76 and 63 fast expedition yachts
Last week The Hinckley Company proudly announced the integration of its Hunt Yachts team into day-to-day operations and unveiled two new fast expedition yachts in the new Hunt 76 and Hunt 63 Ocean Series.

Rosetti Superyachts adds two new custom concepts by Giovanni Ceccarelli
Both new concepts meet this mission with design solutions that make maximum use of the main deck for transporting tenders and toys, and through careful study of the interior layouts.

Numarine unveiled ultimate onboard Furrion smart tech at 2019 CES Las Vegas
Furrion, a global leader of innovative products and solutions for the consumer, specialty vehicle and marine markets, today unveils the crown jewel of its concept fleet: Adonis, a 78-foot customized Numarine yacht.

New fast Tactical T-40: Tough on the outside, luxurious on the inside
Tactical Custom Boats has just delivered its first T-40 Adventure boat, powered by twin 627-hp Seven Marine outboards, to a new owner in the Pacific Northwest.

Hunton Yachts H55
The Hunton Yachts H55 is an innovative new luxury Performance Cruising Yacht. Some of what makes her so different is that she blends extreme performance and efficiency with true liveaboard comfort in a two-cabin

Sagaris - Super High Speed Hydrofoil Motorboat
With more than 60 years in activity and over 8,000 vessels launched, Alexeev's Hydrofoil Design Bureau designs and manufactures hydrofoils, air-cavity vessels, hovercrafts, transport-amphibian platforms, ekranoplans.

PropEle Electric Boat Motors announces the EP Carry
PropEle Electric Boat Motors, the innovation leader in portable electric propulsion, announced today the EP Carry. Now in full production, the innovative motor system provides lightweight, efficient, simple-to-use propulsion.

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