Beneteau's 'Sense 55' voted "Best Boat 2013" and "Boat of the Year 2013" by two sailing publications. Two separate panels of judges from two premier sailing publications have confirmed that the Beneteau Sense 55 is one incredible, horizon expanding yacht. Sail Magazine chose the Sense 55 as their "Best Boat" of the year, and Cruising World gave it the "Boat of the Year" award for the best import of 2013. All the judges were keenly impressed by the Sense 55's easy transition from salon to cockpit, massive drop-down swim platform and the feel of a multihull in a monohull design. The French-built Beneteau Sense 55 was also named Import Boat of the Year as well as Best Full-Size Cruiser Over 50 Feet. “This is a huge 55-footer that will be a tremendous boat for living aboard. The layout was particularly impressive, with an expansive cockpit, generous saloon, and truly innovative accommodations,” said Boat of the Year director and Cruising World senior editor Herb McCormick. The dining/social arrangements compete with those of a multihull, and the transom includes an ingenious and massive articulated drop-down swim platform. The transition between the cockpit and saloon has been optimized, with just three steps taking you down to a big space awash in ambient light, thanks to a generous helping of hatches and portlights
Voller has begun sea trials on its sailing yacht equipped with a 1 kW fuel cell, reports said. The prototype fuel cell generator is being tested on-board Voller's Beneteau Oceanis 411, the Emerald, in preparation for the yacht's official launch at METIS in November this year. Source: Fuel Cell Today
Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach – attendance, exhibitors, sales up Attendance at the recent Miami Beach Boat Show based on concession sales and number of people using show transportation at the free-to-the-public event, was up more than 7 percent. Most importantly, notably strong sales activity was reported by numerous builders including Fairline, Viking, Ferretti, Hatteras, Westport and Marquis and brokerages including Allied Marine, HMY and Merle Wood, among others.
Industry Leader Continues Strategic Path of Growth. Denison Yacht Sales is pleased to announce its acquisition of Generation Marine, a Fort Lauderdale-based yacht brokerage and service company. Generation Marine's reputation in the trawler and explorer yacht categories helps strengthen Denison's position in this segment of the yachting market. "We feel strongly that the trawler and expedition markets will continue their steady growth," said Bob Denison
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Marina Del Ray, Calif. - Denison Yacht Sales, a full-service global yacht brokerage and yacht charter firm, recently hired eight new yacht brokers and a charter fleet manager. The new hires will expand the company's presence at its Florida and California offices. Joining the Fort Lauderdale brokerage are Skip Denison, Juan Pasch, Peter Quintal, and Gene Echols. Pasch will specifically be assisting in the sale of new Beneteau G.T.'s