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Fair Enough... So We Did!

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SEAir Flying Tender - the 5.5m version shown here's foils roughly amidships, and here on the leg of the outboard - photo © John Curnow

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Just not sure how much time will be spent at anything other than 11, however. For that is exactly where you'll want to drive this boat, at just about any time you can. We flew the SEAir 5.5m on the flat waters of the Coomera River, immediately after the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Later on, we will come back to her for a test in waves, but if you have not driven a foiler, then do have a go.

Apart from the incredibly minimal wash, there is an incredible sensation, along with learning to drive a bit differently. We skated a little in the wash left by the dredger, and it is important to acknowledge that this is not unsafe, just the way it is for a craft effectively riding along on its forearms. There is about a 20% premium to pay over a reputable brand of RIB for the pleasure, and that is exactly what you gain, but in addition to the sensation you get to do things like burning a miserly 13.5l/hr at 26 knots. Please have a look at our video.

LtoR: Steve Shale - Marine Diesel, Django Fontaine - Nanni, Peter Collins - Nanni Diesel Australia - photo © John Curnow
LtoR: Steve Shale - Marine Diesel, Django Fontaine - Nanni, Peter Collins - Nanni Diesel Australia - photo © John Curnow

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Indeed we spoke with a lot of people at the show, went on a vast array of craft, and then spent the week after driving many of them. This included the very new and recently sold Iliad 50 powercat, the impressive Longreef 60 SX, Nanni's huge range of diesels and gensets, Palm Beach's incredibly well made GT50 flyer, Horizon's huge display, and the Galeons from Poland.

So do keep an eye for our articles and also reviews of some of these craft, but in the meantime let's see what we learned from one of the busiest shows ever. Strap in, it's a bumper editorial this time...

New owners of the first vessels celebrate the launch of the new Iliad brand of powercats - photo © John Curnow
New owners of the first vessels celebrate the launch of the new Iliad brand of powercats - photo © John Curnow

Mark Elkington from Multihull Solutions took me out on the new Iliad 50 powercat. They have been working on the development of this new, long-range brand of cruisers for some years now, so the occasion was made even more special for that very reason.

She may be the first in the line, but you will not have to wait too long to see more of her sisters, as Elkington explains, "It wasn't a surprise that we sold the boat on the night of the official launch party at SCIBS. Three years in the making meant that I was optimistic that she would be welcomed by the market, and I did feel we would sell her at the show or soon afterwards. However, to shake hands with her new owner only two minutes before my speech and then having them christen her there and then was really overwhelming and pleasing."

Underway at her fast cruising speed of 18 knots with the new Iliad 50 powercat - photo © John Curnow
Underway at her fast cruising speed of 18 knots with the new Iliad 50 powercat - photo © John Curnow

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"Our new 70, the second in the line, has just gone in the water. She is undergoing commissioning right now, and will land in Brisbane in early July, before she makes her debut at the Sydney International Boat Show. Hull #2 of that model is also sold and now in construction. The first of the Iliad 60s has just commenced her build, and this craft too was sold at SCIBS. We have some work to do on finalising her spec for her new owner, but we can get under way with her. Hull #2 of the Iliad 60 has been sold earlier, and we also did two new 50s during the show, with one of them heading over to Western Australia when she is ready. We also have a couple more interested parties for this model, so it has been wonderful to be in such a good place so early, and one of those looks set to be in the Caribbean."

"It is absolutely pleasing, and we have listened to the market for 20 years now, and done a lot of boating ourselves in that time, so the market has spoken. There are no compromises in these passage-making vessels, and we are really thrilled the comments and feedback, so I think we nailed it. Now we can focus on getting on with it, as presently there is a two-year wait for a 60 or 70, and the 50 looks like following suit. However, that is not a problem as we are going to build them well, for we do not aim to be the biggest seller, just the best, with good service and support."

All lit up - Riviera Gala with lasers. tunes, and good times. - photo © John Curnow
All lit up - Riviera Gala with lasers. tunes, and good times. - photo © John Curnow

Once again, Riviera was very kind, and extended an invitation to me to join them for their gala. As the factory is now so busy, there is no more space available to hold a huge soirée on site (see our video of last year's event). Instead the marina came alive with smoke machines, a laser light show, and tremendous tunes sung from on board all 11 of the brand's craft that were on display.

It was also a time to re-immerse oneself in the family, and thanks go to Richard and Annette for having me on board their sensationally well kept Belize 54. This boat is so brilliant that you could eat off the engine room floor, so we did. We also got to speak with Doug Nelson who heads up Belize, and talk about the imminent launch of Hull #2 of the glorious Belize 66, which will be the first to have the Daybridge.

Odd Socks = good times at any Princess event all around the globe. - photo © John Curnow
Odd Socks = good times at any Princess event all around the globe. - photo © John Curnow

Princess was back in Australia, and how, with a showcase of three craft, including a brand new V65. Even Executive Chairman Antony Sheriff came Downunder for this one, as well as many other Head Office and regional staff. The craft are very well made, incredibly presentable, stylish, and the brand is more than afloat, being both profitable, and with a strong order book moving forward.

In a market where brand recognition can be challenging, if not downright difficult, I was both intrigued and impressed that Princess carts the band, Odd Socks, all around the world with them. Hailing originally from Nice, the foursome do wonderful takes on memorable tunes, and some lucky customers even get a private serenade! As for the band members, well they can not only hold a note really well, but converse with all of their wider audience, as well as going the distance with Queensland's charming, and super-hospitable Amor brothers.

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Tom Barry-Cotter celebrates the launch of the second model in Maritime's X Series - photo © John Curnow
Tom Barry-Cotter celebrates the launch of the second model in Maritime's X Series - photo © John Curnow

Maritimo unveiled their new X50 at the show, as well. This is the second in the line, and we'll be taking her offshore next month, so look out for the report on that shortly thereafter. It is quite an achievement to get the configuration to work in 50 feet, and even though she has almost the same the freeboard as her bigger sister, she is a fair bit narrower. Ordinarily you may think that would not work, but it does, and she is quite the looker. She's also quite quick, due to having less wetted surface area, and can be optioned to get into the low 40-knot bracket.

What has also become apparent with now something in the order of 20 'Xs' delivered, is that the beach club is by far and away the preferred option over the full cabin, or tender garage options. Indeed, just one of the latter has been taken up. Now that both the X60 and X50 come with fold out beds as part of the beach club offering, I think you can just about lock in well over 90% of craft selecting this format.

Charmaine Webb and Tony Longhurst on site at The Boat Works new super yacht facility - photo © John Curnow
Charmaine Webb and Tony Longhurst on site at The Boat Works new super yacht facility - photo © John Curnow

We had an extended chat with Grzegorz Tuszynski, the MD of Galeon, which we'll post soon. Interestingly, he made this comment on The Boat Works, where local distributor, Alexander Marine Australia is based. "I think it could well be #1 in the world when it is all up and running," and we had a terrific guided tour with Tony Longhurst and Charmaine Webb ourselves.

The Boat Works is the cleanest and greenest shipyard I have ever been in. By way of example, a street sweeper truck goes through the massive facility every day! The entire team there do an amazing job, and it is little wonder they do over 50 lifts a week. Soon, the new, and ultra-expansive superyacht facility will be added to the whole equation, but whilst this is a showpiece in and of itself, it is by no means anywhere near the end of the yard's visionary growth.

North Yard The Boat Works Site Overview - 2020 - photo © Charmaine Webb
North Yard The Boat Works Site Overview - 2020 - photo © Charmaine Webb

An enclosed bunker for owners to watch their pride and joy being washed down whilst remaining clean and dry themselves, is also only part of it. Huge sheds to house 45m superyachts are standing tall now, and get completed almost as you look at them. There is no watching of paint drying here, for the moment you stop, you turn, and some other project is rising before you.

I am not sure if saying it is like watching a shopping mall being built, or even an entire city blossom out of the ground, come anywhere close enough to describing the frenetic pace being conducted at Coomera. What we can say is that this will be a genuine focal point for not only the industry, but boating in general, and also hopefully the soon to be ratified new Australian charter regulations. Good work team!

'The Brig Day Out' - 8m Brig with Nizpro's wicked 450S outboard - complete thrill package... - photo © John Curnow
'The Brig Day Out' - 8m Brig with Nizpro's wicked 450S outboard - complete thrill package... - photo © John Curnow

With thanks to Sirocco Marine North and Nizpro we attended the inaugural 'Brig Day Out' on the Broadwater, and what a hoot that was, including doing 80mph backwards in the little Labsports screamer (thanks Craig!). We have so much to say on all of that, that we may actually generate a couple of pieces about it.

All right, this is quite literally 'THE' subject of the moment. Seems like a barely a day goes by when there is not a new massive outboard, a big craft powered by them, or both that gets revealed, hinted at, or lobbed into the equation. Right then. At this juncture I do need to ask you to reset. Refresh your cache, if you will, and even reboot if necessary.

Red Alien? The outcome is anything but evil. Nizpro 450S is the most wicked outboard in the segment - photo © John Curnow
Red Alien? The outcome is anything but evil. Nizpro 450S is the most wicked outboard in the segment - photo © John Curnow

Now if the incredible Seven Marine outboard is modelled after Predator, then I could not help thinking that with the cowling off, the Nizpro Marine 450s is exactly like an Alien wrapped around the face of the next host. However, rather than using the host to spawn the most evil of creatures, Nizpro's version creates an utter gem.

Final point. There is not a boater anywhere who was not really shocked by the events in the hitherto peaceful locale of Panama. The response by the President to assist in so many ways, was brilliant to see, and I am sure really appreciated by all concerned. It does need to be said that we all need to take care, no matter where we are, and to be vigilant, and respectful. Our condolences to the family, and may you find a peace with it all very soon.

Zeelander Yachts international expansion - New Z55 deliveries to Russia and Great Lakes - photo © Sand People
Zeelander Yachts international expansion - New Z55 deliveries to Russia and Great Lakes - photo © Sand People

OK. Today you will find that we have information for you about the completely gorgeous Zeelander Z55, Bayliss Boatworks deliver another spectacular Sportsfisherman, Explorer craft from Arcadia, the innovative Amasea 84, fuel efficient superyacht from Alia, Pantaenius explain exactly what taking responsibility for your craft means, hull cleaning, Vanquish VQ40, iBridge from Team Italia, Nordhavns gather, as well as much, 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

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Zeelander international expansion with two new Z55 deliveries in US and Russia
First presented at the 2017 Cannes Yachting Festival, these latest deliveries bring sales to date of the Z55 to six.

Why Cetera 60 offers +30 sqm compared with other flybridge designs
Designed to enhance comfort and efficiency, Cetera 60 sees new space assigned to guest, crew and technical areas. Cetera 60 offers 146 sqm of usable floor space, representing around +30 sqm compared with other flybridge designs of similar size.

Come fly with me!
Foiling continues to captivate both the sailing and powerboat worlds. Here is SEAir's great little 5.5m Flying Tender, which we got to have a blast on, straight after the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

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Nanni = Power
At the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, and it was good to learn from Django Fontaine about the French manufacturer, Nanni, and it's extensive product range.

Construction updates: Tarheel Bayliss 62'
Tarheel also received her transom paint last month, courtesy of Everett Nautical. Our paint crew will focus on applying her waterline and bottom paint over the next couple of weeks.

Five Maine Islands to visit this summer
Island day-trips and getaways can be ideal escapes because they often require an extra boost of effort. It's not simply a matter of putting in a few hours on the interstate.

Managing Shipboard Power: Lessons in Load Shedding
Toby Teele and Damien Kent design and build the brains and nervous systems for boats. They are Lyman-Morse's masters of the suddenly ubiquitous emerging technology in marine engineering called process logic controllers, or PLCs.

Ties that bind: Keeping Sea Chase IV in the family
It's always a bittersweet moment when an old flame shows up. And so it was, a couple of months back, when the glamorous Sea Chase IV came in for a major refit.

The second model inspired by Monte Carlo Yachts’ new Vision is born
Values are at the core of our Vision. It is a direction, projecting ourselves forward: the creation of yachts that offer volumes and vistas, customized aesthetic and technological solutions.

Arcadia Yachts launches two yachts in May
Arcadia Yachts is proud to announce the recent launches of no fewer than two yachts in the month of May, i.e. the A85 hull#16 and the A105 hull #3. These deliveries confirm the Italian shipyard good performance on the market and its financial strength

Days 25-26 - Flotilla to Alaska - Petersburg and Le Conte Glacier
We decided to spend three nights in Petersburg. Part of the reason was practical: we arrived late in the afternoon, will depart in the morning, and will spend a full day out at Le Conte Glacier.

Vicem Yachts 67 Cruiser comfort features continue to evolve
Vicem Yachts is excited to provide updates on the construction of its new cold-molded motoryacht, the Vicem 67 Cruiser, which the company has designed for the modern cruising yachtsman.

Multihull Solutions enjoys record success at 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Multihull Solutions recorded its best ever sales results at the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with a hugely successful launch of the new range of Iliad Catamarans.

Behind the scenes of the new Amasea 84 design
Following on from a market presentation in Monaco last March introducing the brand, Amasea Yachts has released further design details about its first 25-metre power catamaran, the Amasea 84.

Riviera owners celebrate at Sanctuary Cove
The Riviera Family of luxury motor yacht owners has come together to celebrate the launch of four exceptional models, with more than 700 owners and their families converging at the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Alia Yachts start construction of 32m project Nozomi II
Following on from the delivery of 30.5m Virgen del Mar VI (formerly Project Nozomi) last year and her enthusiastic potential buyers reception, Alia Yachts in Antalya, Turkey, has started on spec construction of project Nozomi II, a 32.40m sistership.

Unveiling Yamaha outboard integration
FLIR is pleased to announce the addition of Yamaha Command Link and Command Link Plus integration into Raymarine's family of Axiom® multifunction displays.

2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show wrap
Leading luxury cruiser manufacturer, Maritimo, says the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has been a big success with multiple sales across a broad product line range.

Launch of Iliad Catamarans set to revolutionise multihull powerboat market
ILIAD Catamarans are stunning achievements in power catamaran design delivering safe and comfortable offshore performance with exceptionally long range (2,500nm – 6,000nm).

Riviera launches new 54 Enclosed Bridge
Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder Riviera premiered the supremely stylish and seaworthy 54 Enclosed Flybridge at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May 23-26).

Princess presents exhilarating all-new V65 at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2019
The progressive sport yacht range has expanded following the success of the awardwinning V58 and V40 to include the exciting all-new V65 which launched in January 2018. The range is due to expand further in January 2020 with the all new V55.

Technohull Explorer 40, the RIB that combines thrilling ride with comfort and seakeeping
Production started on the first examples of brand-new Explorer 40 from TECHNOHULL®. The 12m sport cruiser will combine the sort of thrilling ride for which the Greek company is known with a comfort and seakeeping that makes it ideal for family enjoyment.

Maritimo unveils 2019 design updates to M59 and M51 at 2019 SCIBS
Leading Australian motoryacht manufacturer Maritimo today unveiled major design updates to multiple models within the M-Series flybridge motoryacht line at the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

Riviera announces new 64 Sports Motor Yacht
Australia's luxury motor yacht builder Riviera broke the mould with the release of its 68 and 72 Sports Motor Yacht models in 2017 and '18 respectively, and it is set to do so again with another graceful addition to this growing Collection.

Marine Auctions Forthcoming Online Auctions
Well here we are on the first day of the "Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show" (SCIBS) and it looks like we are going to be busy for the four days.

Taking responsibility for your craft
Let's distil it all down. If you go to the pure essence, you'll find that unless there is marked change in attitude, and if there are more natural disasters in quick succession, then no one will be able to get marine cover.

Riviera launches new Platinum Edition Sport Yachts
The owner of Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Rodney Longhurst not only stands with exceptional pride behind his brand's exquisitely-built motor yachts... he also skies behind them!

Valencia Boat Show: Unprecedented growth
With five months to go until doors open, the Valencia Boat Show already has over fifty confirmed exhibitors, including leading brands of boats and marine engines who have committed to another year at the trade fair at La Marina de València.

Boat show tickets on sale now
Tickets are now on sale for Australia's most anticipated boat shows: Sydney International Boat Show, Adelaide Boat Show and Brisbane Boat Show.

Welcome to the Swift Pacific Adventure
The Swift Trawler 47 is the latest yacht to launch from the Beneteau Group shipyards. She is the product of over 135 years of boatbuilding experience in addition to the owner feedback received from more than 1,000 Swift Trawlers in use today.

Nanni Diesel powering famous Sydney ferry fleet
The Rosman ferries are a familiar sight on Sydney Harbour. Since the early 1900s the fleet, in their distinctive red and yellow livery, have carried passengers from Circular Quay and along routes on the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers.

Roberto Cavalli and Tommaso Spadolini tell secrets of Freedom 28m - a yacht that Batman would drive
My relationship with Roberto Cavalli goes back nearly 20 years when we worked together on his former yacht, the 41m Baglietto RC. Our collaboration was renewed in 2016 when he approached me to design a new yacht.

Unique interiors of new Mazu 82 revealed by renowned designer Tanju Özelgin
The designer's input is indicative of the custom level available from Mazu Yachts and was a key piece of the sale of Hull No. 1 of the Mazu 82 to a Turkish owner.

Videoworks unveils new Premium integrated system for production yachts at VYR 2019
Videoworks is presenting the "Premium" system for semi-custom yachts. This compact integrated system offers high quality performance in production yachts as well, in order to meet specific needs of the market and provide the made-by-Videoworks experience

A class apart as Princess Yachts launches the F50 and celebrates F55 'Best Flybridge' Award
The company's renowned flybridge offering is strengthened with the addition of the new F50 whilst the Plymouth-based team has received Motor Boat and Yachting magazine's 'Best Flybridge up to 60 feet' in its 2019 Motor Boat Awards.

Otam 65 HT - New one-off inspired by the world of private jets sold and under construction
A new OTAM 65 HT has been sold and is already under construction. The exteriors are designed by the Italian shipyard and the style, the layout detailing and the interiors are the work of Francesco Guida Design, as requested by the customer.

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