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It's a place where they sell tunas, amongst other species. Funny that, given its name. Now my alternate headline was "It's all about the numbers", but what we are really talking about here is what I genuinely feel will be the next step in the ever-changing and developing outboard sector. And that is that it will become all about the tuners (Argh, argh, argh), as the output, and the numbers on the cowling will be as critical as the colour schemes, lighting, livery, and display of the nomenclature itself.

It certainly all kicked off with Seven Marine's mighty, Chev-based weapon reaching the kinds of heights that used to be the domain of V12 Lamborghini derived beasts, large block V8s from Mercury Racing, or large, cast iron ladies burning oil. Of course, Nizpro Marine showed us what could be done with some real know-how from time on the water, and the brilliant Eaton supercharger.

Terrific turn in, and the torque of the Nizpro 450s just keeps you going, with no drop in revs. - photo © John Curnow
Terrific turn in, and the torque of the Nizpro 450s just keeps you going, with no drop in revs. - photo © John Curnow

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Yet it was the release of the very new Mercury 450hp donk for your transom that allowed us to have a big think about what it all meant. It is a supercharged version of the all-killing new 4.6l V8 series that is as sold out as ice blocks in Europe right now. Right off the blocks, Mercury's claim for the 'best power-to-weight ratio in the industry' seemed like they needed to do a little more research in the marketing department. Simply put, it cannot be, for Nizpro's unit is 22.5kg lighter already.

Yes you can have it all go into Mercury's brilliant fly-by-wire arrangement, so that you can have Skyhook joystick control (shown here on an Aquila 36), and single lever operation for up to six lumps out aft. Excellent stuff.

Like anything cool, it is not cheap. Think around 75-85% of a Seven Marine mill, and you'd be pretty much in the right part of town. Being a 64-degree Vee, it is also fairly unique. Adding the counter-rotating balancing shaft has certainly made it smooth to the touch. Back in what seems to be near prehistoric times, Mitsubishi developed a really cool version of this arrangement for their 2.6l four-pot, and patented it. After throwing loads of money at the issue trying to solve it, Porsche, yes Porsche, just paid up and licensed the tech from them for their 2.5 and 3.0l fours in the 944 and 968 derivative, as it really worked.

The new Mercury 450R outboard. - photo © Mercury Marine
The new Mercury 450R outboard. - photo © Mercury Marine

Time will tell over the inherent harmonics of such an angle, which really needs a 12 to be sweet. Heat is another crucial element in a supercharged plant, and I would be keeping one eye on the gauge, and giving it plenty of cool down running time after a belting, which seems like it would be nearly every time you used it.

Now I cannot help thinking that the numbers game will come into it pretty soon. A bit like cars if you will, where this year is a 325, and next year is a 335. That's pretty much code for your nearest tuner is going to be able to dial up what you want... Just ask! Yes, Mercury Racing will sell plenty of these blinders, and I think the tuners will be running (yep, pun fully intended) right about now, and then all season long too!

Heading inboard for a minute, and I see that Rolls Royce and Siemens are investigating hybrid propulsion. Like taking two of the best names going around could do anything but have the love child of Neptune himself. Turbines making heaps of power, and electric motors providing torque on an industrial scale is a dead set winner, winner, chicken dinner for superyachts. And you would still have heaps left over for house use... Over time I can see this heading downscale, which is both intriguing and mind blowing.

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Low speed/long range mode on the ILIAD 50 - photo © John Curnow
Low speed/long range mode on the ILIAD 50 - photo © John Curnow

Moving on now, and we had an absolute ball in the time immediately after the show at Sanctuary Cove. Really busy, for sure, but in the good weather we just had to make the most of it, and boy did we. This is what we got up to:

  • After talking with the team at the show we published the piece on Nanni Diesel entitled Nanni= Power
  • We really enjoyed taking the very new ILIAD 50 out through the Southport Bar and very nearly kept going to Vanuatu, just to prove the point!
  • Jumped on board the Longreef 60 SX up at Coomera and then took her all the way down to the Broadwater and out to sea. That was a great day.
  • Spoke at length with Mark Richards about both Grand Banks and Palm Beach ahead of some very cool new product launchings in the latter part of this year.

Brig 8m Eagle powered by Nizpro Marine 450s - your very own 50-knot, waterborne theme park. Enjoy the ride! - photo © John Curnow
Brig 8m Eagle powered by Nizpro Marine 450s - your very own 50-knot, waterborne theme park. Enjoy the ride! - photo © John Curnow

  • If you have not yet driven a vessel powered by one or more of Nizpro Marine's sensationally delightful, V6 Yamaha based, 450s outboards, then go do so right now and come back to read this newsletter afterwards. It feels like it has the torque of a Diesel, the responsiveness of a petrol motor, and the desire to rev its ring out like a two-stroke with a massive expansion pipe. Yes. It is that good!
  • We took flight on the new SEAir 5.5m Foiling Tender, and found out what "going to eleven" is really all about. Only option I can think of would be forward-looking sonar.
  • Spoke with the MD of Galeon, Grzegorz Tuszynski, about their innovative vessels, and in Australia, Galeon can be found at The Boat Works.

Dockmate remote control - photo © Jennifer McKinnon
Dockmate remote control - photo © Jennifer McKinnon

Recently I spoke at length with our good friend, Mark Tucker, who heads up the Dockmate office in Sydney. "Sanctuary Cove was super busy for us and we're expecting the Sydney International Boat Show to be just as successful. The last two installations of Dockmate that we have done in Sydney were on 35-footers. The owners were experienced boaters who simply wanted the option of being able to park their boat and manage their lines single-handed."

Dockmate's wireless remotes are not just for big boats or newbies, can be retrofitted to your existing boat, and equally, taken with you onto your next one, as well. "I saw your review of the Longreef 60 SX, and that certainly shows just how easy it all is, especially when the breeze kicks in. You can do it all on your own, or have people to help with your lines to make it even slicker. No more racing heart for the skipper when they come back after a great day out. Best of all, because Dockmate is modular, it can be adapted to suit your changing needs, boats, or onboard systems", said Tucker.

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Aquila 44 on Moreton Bay off Brisbane, during the Etchells World Championship - photo © John Curnow
Aquila 44 on Moreton Bay off Brisbane, during the Etchells World Championship - photo © John Curnow

Talking of the impending Sydney International Boat Show, Brent Vaughan from Multhull Central was really keen to to talk about the Aquila 44 powercat. "We are going to have Hull #80, which is already sold, on display with the aim of seeing if a particular client is keen to have one delivered in 2020, ready for the Summer."

"We have strong interest through our sister company, Charter Boat Central, to have one of these super-popular vessels to be made available for charter on Sydney Harbour. This is very similar to what already occurs in the glorious Whitsundays, but more focused on luxury day or evening private charter for four hours, with a skipper and crew, to be a floating launch venue, or part of special anniversary, wedding, birthday, or similar."

An Aquila 44 powerboat on Moreton Bay - great cruising boat in awesome cruising grounds... - photo © John Curnow
An Aquila 44 powerboat on Moreton Bay - great cruising boat in awesome cruising grounds... - photo © John Curnow

"Then in between charters, there is availability for private use, particularly mid-week and during Winter. This means you can book it out for the day with family, entertain corporate guests, or even head up the coast to the Whitsundays during the cooler months, perhaps earn a dollar when you get there, and we can certainly help you out with that."

"This will really suit someone who wants a boat close to home in Sydney, but is too busy to use it all the time, but is keen to rent it out to collect a return to help with things like wharfage, maintenance, and annual slipping. Of course you also get a full concierge service so you are not wasting your time with maintenance and cleaning, all the while she will be providing that important financial return from making the boat a business asset. Please call me on 02 9810 5014, or email me for more information," said Vaughan.

A Fleming 55 Motor Yacht glides along on Moreton Bay off Brisbane - photo © John Curnow
A Fleming 55 Motor Yacht glides along on Moreton Bay off Brisbane - photo © John Curnow

In winding up, I see that Fleming are going to have a brand spanking new 65 at the Sydney International Boat Show for us to look at. So I will do that, as it has been a full nine years since they had one here. In the meantime I got to thinking about the classic not plastic line, and this certainly is applicable when talking about one of these gems. Fleming themselves like to call it classic, but cutting edge.

The first Fleming 65 was made in 2004 for Tony Fleming, and he has since gone on to do over 65.000nm and is fitted with a pair of 800hp MANs. Being pretty much bespoke, they all differ, but stabilisers, thrusters and so on is all standard quippy. 340 Flemings now grace the oceans since they started in 1985. That's right, you can't miss one...

Icom launches the IC-M85E in Australia - photo © Icom
Icom launches the IC-M85E in Australia - photo © Icom

OK. Today you will find that we have information for you about Riviera's huge display at the Sydney International Boat Show, new Monte Carlo Yachts, new Feadship, explorer craft, Aquilas at SIBS, the gorgeous Wallytender, Hinkley Picnic Boat, Nanni Diesel sale, the next Marine Auctions event, Ice RIB Challenge, eyewear with Barz Optics, E15 in the USA, ICOM Handhelds, the solar challenge in Monaco, Raymarine displays, Multihull Solutions display at SIBS, 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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Sydney International Boat Show attracts local premieres 1 -5 August
The Southern Hemisphere's biggest boat show, opens from the 1st to the 5th of August at the ICC Sydney and Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour, attracting the world's most recognised and respected boating manufacturers, suppliers and retailers.

Sirena 88 world debut at 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival
Sirena Yachts will introduce the new flagship Sirena 88 at the next Cannes Yachting Festival (September 10-15).

Hamble Point Marina hosts 60th anniversary of the Fairey Huntress Motor Cruiser
On Saturday 22nd June MDL's Hamble Point Marina hosted the Fairey Owners Club's celebration of sixty years of the elegant Fairey Huntress motor cruiser.

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Boating Syndication announces seven-boat display at Sydney International Boat Show
Boating Syndication Australia has announced a seven-boat display at the Sydney International Boat Show beginning on Thursday, August 1.

Monte Carlo Yachts - Under the Spotlight
MCY 66: making room for light. The main feature of the yacht is the increased natural light, which reflecting on the glossy surfaces, emphasizes the wider interior areas.

Longreef Yachts announces 50 SX Flybridge motor yacht
The newest entrant to the Australian luxury boat market, Longreef Yachts, has announced the latest model in its range, the 50 SX Flybridge. The two-stateroom Longreef 50 SX will be launched in Sydney in September.

Feadship's new Project 818 unveiled via livestream broadcast
The 77.25-metre Project 818 has emerged from one of the giant construction halls at the Feadship yard on Kaag for further outfitting, placement of the mast and testing of the propulsion system.

New Arcadia Sherpa XL ready for world debut at 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival
It has been ten years since the first A85 was presented to the public, marking the introduction of new concept of yacht. During these ten years, Arcadia Yachts has gained a starring role on the stage of international yachting, delivering about 30 vessels

Seawinds and Aquila's make a strong presence at Sydney International Boat Show
Multihull Central have again brought together a large display for the Sydney International Boat Show from 1-5th August at Darling Harbour, including two new Seawind sailing catamarans and two new Aquila power catamarans.

Riviera to premiere new 545 SUV & 3 Platinum Edition Sport Yachts at Sydney International Boat Show
Riviera will premiere four world-class models at the 2019 Sydney International Boat Show [1-5 August] as part of an exceptional nine-boat display that heralds a new level of refinement for Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder.

48 Wallytender three new sales prior to its world debut at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival
Following a period of strategic partnership, the iconic Wally brand is now fully owned by Ferretti Group. The acquisition has already resulted in sales with 3 confirmed orders for the new 48 Wallytender before the first unit touches the water.

Sydney International Boat Show tickets now available
Tickets are now on sale for the southern hemisphere's largest and most comprehensive boating show. The world-famous Sydney International Boat Show runs from the 1st until the 5th of August at the International Convention Centre

ILIAD 50 Review and Video - A boat of two hulls (and lives)
Yes. The ILIAD is a powercat. So that's two hulls. Like derrrrr! But what you also have is a large, voluminous, well-built vessel that really has two lives. One is slow, and the other is quicker. Right. So that is a pretty simple statement...

Longreef 60 SX Review and Video – What is boating to you?
Is it about being designed to be easy to operate, and maintain over time? Do you know why you would make it solid, and also offer an almost art deco feel with rounded forms and dark, matt walnut timber trims?

New Beneteau Swift Trawler 41 - Innovate, cruise and share
The eagerly awaited new Swift Trawler 41 renews the spirit of the practical seaworthy cruiser by BENETEAU. The powerboat has all the basic features of this successful range, with clever innovations giving her a fresh contemporary feel.

Sydney International Boat Show returns to ICC Sydney
The Sydney International Boat Show returns to the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney and Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour from the 1st until the 5th of August 2019.

Hinckley Picnic Boat 40 - Perfectly calibrated steering at any speed
New this year and found only on a Hinckley, Dynamic Steering is our digitally calibrated electronic steering system which automatically adjusts the amount of turning needed as the speed of the boat increases

Marine Auctions Forthcoming Online Auctions
Marine Auctions will be hold a Traditional Onsite Auction with Live Internet Bidding at the Horizon Shores Boat Show on Sunday 13th October commencing at 2pm. We are now accepting a limited amount of entries of selected vessels for this Special Auction.

A grand entrance for the Onda 331 Gran Turismo
Onda Tenders has launched the first unit of its latest head-turning superyacht tender models, the fast and comfortable 331 Gran Turismo (331GT). This 10-metre open tender has a fully customizable modular design to allow owners to create their ideal boat.

EP Carry to participate in Inaugural SALISH 100
PropEle Electric Boat Motors, the innovation leader in portable electric propulsion, announced today founder Joe Grez will participate in the first-ever SALISH 100 regatta to promote environmentally friendly propulsion.

Simrad announces the first VHF Radio with AIS transmit/receive capability
Simrad Yachting - a leader in the design and manufacture of marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems - announced today the new Simrad® RS40-B, the first VHF marine radio with AIS transmit and receive capability.

The GT50 Open will make her European debut at the 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival
Palm Beach Motor Yachts is introducing its GT50 Open to Europe at the Cannes Yachting Festival from the 10th to the 15th of September. Following on the heels of her successful world debut at the Miami Yacht Show last February

Barz Optics launches unique sunglass style
Barz Optics the Gold Coast based sunglass manufacturer have just released another unique sunglass style onto the world market.

New upgraded version of solar electric Silent 55 to make world debut at Cannes Yachting Festival
Silent-Yachts, the innovative Austrian company that produces the first and only oceangoing solar-electric production catamarans in the world, is delighted to announce that the new upgraded version of the Silent 55 will attend the Cannes Yachting Festival.

Mercury Racing announces launch of 4.6-Liter V8 450R outboard engine
The new Mercury Racing 450R outboard is purpose designed for the high-performance disciple craving unrelenting power. Steeped in Mercury Racing DNA, the 450R features a 4.6-liter V8 FourStroke powerhead boosted by an exclusive Mercury Racing supercharger.

Iliad 50: Big boat for a big mission
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Listening to high definition music under water? Secrets of the innovative Music Hull by Videoworks
Listening to music underwater while you swim or enjoy a deep sea dive? Now you can, thanks to the innovative Music Hull, a solution stemming from an idea of the Ferretti Group Engineering Department and developed by Videoworks.

Galeons on the starboard bow!
Galeon had decloaked to announce their arrival in Australia only a few weeks before the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Manufacturing 150 boats per annum, and doing very well in the United States thank you very much.

Icom launches the IC-M85E in Australia
The IC-M85E is an ultra-compact and powerful Marine Handheld with Land Mobile Features. It is a perfect solution for communication in commercial environments.

Duelle Yacht Design unveils M/Y Gladius
A few months after having founded his yacht design studio, Michele Lubrano Lobianco unveils the Mega Yacht Concept Gladius.

First look: New 50-mph MJM 53z flagship with four 400-hp Mercury Verados
Here's a first look at the brand-new MJM 53z with four 400-hp Mercury Verado outboards, just launched at the Boston BoatWorks. In its initial trials in Boston Harbor, the new Doug Zurn-designed, Down-East beauty topped out at 50 mph with full fuel

Yanmar develops basic technology with JAMSTEC for auto-navigation robotic boat
Yanmar has undertaken development of underlying technologies for robotic boats and auto-docking, technologies that are expected to see service in operations in dangerous waters, maritime surveys, or smart fisheries.

The Johnson 115 construction is getting under way on superyacht flagship
Johnson Yachts is announcing it is about to begin construction on the Johnson 115, the builder's new flagship, on speculation.

The last day of our 1000 mile adventure
Looking at the last day of our 1000 mile adventure aboard the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 47, we set our alarms early for a 5am engine start (4:30 coffee in her spacious galley).

Palm Beach and Grand Banks – covet = appreciation, understanding, and knowledge
Nearly every person I know in the marine game covets a Palm Beach. It's the style, the performance, the build quality, the niceties, the durability, and dare I say it, the je nes sais quoi.

Sporty and elegant Invictus CX270 ready for 2019 Cannes Yachting Festival world debut
The latest arrival in the Invictus Yacht family is called CX270. It joins a range that is the perfect symbol of the Italian style embodied by the Italian shipyard.

Full custom OTAM 85 GTS launched and ready to wow next Cannes Yachting Festival
OTAM is pleased to announce that OTAM 85 GTS full custom version was launched ahead of schedule, having successfully achieved greater speeds than the ones established in the contract.

Multihull Solutions turns up the power for 2019 Sydney International Boat Show
Multihull Solutions will be showcasing one of the world's leading power catamarans at the 2019 Sydney International Boat Show alongside a display of the finest sail catamarans from Fountaine Pajot.

Maritimo supports spinal injury research efforts
Perry Cross said the Foundation relied on support from the community and the inclusion of the Maritimo Racing experience at the Foundation's recent 25th anniversary Gala event resulted in a remarkable injection of funding.

Next cab off the rank = Iliad 70
We talked about the rampaging success of the new powercat brand, Iliad, in our most recent editorial, Fair enough. So we did. With thanks to Multihull Solutions, we can share the images of the just splashed Iliad 70...

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