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Monday, January 22, 2018

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Venture Boat Co. Relaunches Itself on Market

Venture Boats 39' Cuddy: Photo credit Venture Boats

Under leadership of new owner, Lee Heaton, US-based Venture Boat Company features modernized new additions to its range. Venture Boat Company has undergone a complete modernization, adding a number of innovative improvements to their existing models, introducing new models and moving production to the world-famous American Custom Yachts (ACY) facility in Stuart, Florida. Through their new partnership with American Custom Yachts, Venture Boats is not only able to provide customers…

Westport Shipyard sold, no changes anticipated

Westport Launch

Representatives of Westport Shipyard, Inc. (Westport, WA), the largest yacht builder in North America, announced today that the company’s assets have been acquired by Westport, LLC, an ownership group that includes members of the Louisiana-based Chouest family. Celebrating 50 years of business in 2014, Westport maintains three locations in Washington state, as well as a marina and sales office in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Employing over 400 skilled employees, Westport has completed more than 120 yachts since 2000. And one of those customers was Gary Chouest.

ZF Marine Introduces ZF 9000 Series

The new ZF 9000 Series transmissions from ZF Marine are the latest in a long history of industry leading marine transmissions designed to handle the demands of high-power engines. With its design flexibility, the ZF 9000 Series is suited for any vessel – including patrol craft, fast ferries, and luxury yachts – that require compact, lightweight, high-performance propulsion. The series is available in several configurations, including parallel offset (vertical or horizontal), down-angle, and V-drive, and offers ratios of approximately 1.5 to 5.2.

West Coast Custom Yachts Name Dealer

Crow's Nest Yachts is the new exclusive dealer for Westcoast Custom Yachts, featuring 62' and 64' Pilothouse models, and a 64' Express Cruiser. Crow’s Nest Yachts  announces it is now the exclusive West Coast dealer for Westcoast Custom Yachts, located in British Columbia, Canada. Crow’s Nest Yachts is featuring the North American-built yachts at its locations in Seattle, Newport Beach and San Diego beginning in early May. Renowned boat builder Forbes Cooper is behind Westcoast Custom Yachts. He’s been manufacturing boats since the 1970’s, first with his Cooper sailboat, and then with the Cooper Prowler series of yachts in the 1980’s. Cooper has come out of retirement to put his mark on these new well-crafted yachts.

New Horizon Splashes at Trinity Yachts

Yacht New Horizon on the Water.

Largest American Built Superyacht to Launch in 2011. Trinity Yachts is pleased to announce that its largest custom superyacht to date—and the largest American built yacht in 2011—the 242’ (73.8m) six-deck, full displacement steel hull, New Horizon, launched in mid November 2011. The epitome of the design, naval architecture and engineering that Trinity Yachts incorporates in each meticulously custom superyacht built, New Horizon caps a remarkable year for the U.S. builder. Trinity remains the top U.S.

Burger Appoints Mitchell

Joining Burger in August 2002, Mitchell has been continuously promoted to various positions throughout the company. Mitchell has combined his initial education in Mechanical Design with 23 years of prior manufacturing experience, including Plant Managing and 15 years ownership of his own business. Burger Boat Company designs and builds custom motor yachts, in aluminum and/or steel, ranging in sizes to 200' (60m). Since 1863 Burger has been recognized internationally for design, quality construction, seaworthiness and reliability. As the foundation of the American yachting experience, Burger is the oldest and most respected custom yacht builder in .

Super Yachts Give Boost to NZ Economy

Image from Facebook page of Superyachts in Auckland

New Zealand Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says mid-winter marks the end of another successful yacht season, with many of the remaining international yachts departing at the end of last month. "57 superyachts visited between April 2014 and March 2015 , compared with 37 during the previous season. This is the highest number of superyacht visits since we hosted the America's Cup in 2000," Ms Wagner said. Overall, customs has cleared 620 arriving yachts since last spring. Marine Industry Executive Director Peter Busfield says the tourism and marine industry spend is huge.

Real Ships Yachts Expands in European

Real Ships, the custom steel boatbuilder in Alabama, now offers its American-made yachts to the European cruising market. Aventura, a 77 ft Expedition produced by Joe Johnson’s Real Ships, debuted at the October Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Heikki Luoma’s Compass International, Palma de Mallorca-based dealership in Spain, will now provide exclusive European representation for Real Ships yachts. Compass International has been offering brokerage, mooring, charter, and…

Damen Yacht Support Vessel Game Changer Sold

Game Changer. Photo: Damen

Dutch shipyard Damen has confirmed the successful sale of its 70-meter support vessel, Game Changer. The yacht will now return to Gorinchem in the Netherlands for further customisation. Game Changer  is Damen's fourth Yacht Support vessel sold in the 70-metre segment, proving the ongoing demand for large yachting solutions for worldwide adventures, helicopter and dive operations. Damen has a total of 12 Damen Yacht Support vessels delivered or in build. The next available Yacht Support vessel is a 55-metre YS 5009 Adventure, which will be delivered before the summer this year.

Alia Launched the 41m Superyacht Rüya

Ruya. Photo by Alia Yachts

Turkish shipyard Alia Yachts has launched the 41.29 metre full-displacement motor yacht Rüya. She is a tri-deck sub-500 gross tonne motoryacht that was built in all-composite to Lloyds Register standards and adheres to LY2 and MCA. Following a build period of just over two years, Rüya will now undergo extensive sea trials before delivery to her new owners in September 2015. “We have kept a low profile to date, because building high quality custom yachts has always been our main focus,” says Gokhan Celik, President of Alia Yachts. “And this approach has paid off.

Strategic Alliance: Ocean Marine Yacht Center and Clear Yacht Interiors

Ocean Marine Yacht Center, Yachts and Paint, Portsmouth Virginia

Completely Integrated Shipyard, Interior Design and Build Services Under One Roof. Clear Yacht Interiors and Ocean Marine Yacht Center announce the formation of a strategic alliance to position Ocean Marine’s Portsmouth shipyard as one of the only U.S. facilities to offer complete yard and interior design/build services. Joyce Clear, owner of Clear Yacht Interiors, remarks, “This is an exciting time for us. Our philosophy has always been to offer clients a full service experience.

Maersk, IBM to Launch Blockchain Joint Venture

(Photo: A.P. Moller-Maersk)

The world’s largest container shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk is teaming up with IBM to create an industry-wide trading platform it says can speed up trade and save billions of dollars. The global shipping industry has seen little innovation since the container was invented in the 1950s, and cross-border trade still leaves an enormous trail of paperwork and bureaucracy. Success of the platform, which will be made available to the ocean shipping industry around mid-2018, depends on whether Maersk and IBM can convince shippers…

Tricon Marine Breaks Ground on Chinese Yard

The luxury yachting industry is set to enter a new era of quality and cost efficiency in the unlikeliest of places. U.S. based Tricon Marine, a high quality builder of FRP/Composite luxury yachts up to 180 feet long, recently broke ground on China’s first and only North American-owned and operated shipyard. The new facility will allow Tricon to offer its discriminating clientele of OEM manufacturers and custom yacht end users the highest quality design and construction at unprecedented value. Located just outside the city of in ’s province, Tricon’s 55,000 sq. meter state-of-the-art facility is designed to operate at the highest American and European standards of craftsmanship, cleanliness and security.

Burger Boat Company Launches Tri-Deck Motor Yacht

Photo courtesy Burger Boat Company

Burger Boat Company launched the Sea Owl, a custom built, 142-ft Tri-Deck Motor Yacht. Sea Owl has been custom designed and built for an experienced American yachting family and is the result of an impressive collaboration between the Burger Design Team, Vripack Engineering and Andrew Winch Designs. Featuring a nautical and traditional interior for a contemporary lifestyle, Sea Owl has been completely personalized to achieve her owner’s taste and requirements. Multiple varieties of teak have been used throughout the vessel to create her traditional wall paneling, flooring and furniture.

Motor Yacht Launched

Pluckebaum Custom Boats recently completed production of a custom 53 ft. Sedan Fly Bridge Motor Yacht. The yacht is powered by twin Caterpillar 3126 diesels and uses auxiliary power from a Westerbeke 15 kW genset. Electronics include Furuno 1942 radar, Icom radios, Standard sum logs and Mathers Micro commanders. A unique feature is the extremely large hydraulic powered swim platform designed for watersports, as well as the ability to carry a personal watercraft.

Platinum SuperYachts Enters with Shipbuilder

Platinum SuperYachts Inc. announces the formation of a strategic alliance with Custom Marine International Inc. (CMI Yacht), a U.S. based corporation. CMI is strategic to Platinum's business plan because of its unprecedented joint venture with China Shipbuilding Industries (CSI) for constructing state-of-the-art, large steel, aluminum, and fiberglass yachts at CSI's facilities in the Peoples Republic of China. The CSI shipyard boasts state-of-the-art facilities complete with leading edge technology and technical innovations, resulting in the ultimate in style and quality luxury yachts. Platinum is scheduled to receive preferred construction slots at the shipyard and will be able to provide custom and semi-custom mega yachts at a significant cost advantage.

Trinity Yachts: The Year in Review, The Year Ahead

Trinity Yachts, 2012 Launch Line Up, Gulfport, Mississippi Shipyard (photo: courtesy Trinity Yachts)

In a global economic climate which might merely be described as awkwardly viable, Trinity Yachts continues to set a remarkable pace in custom superyachts launched and delivered in 2011 with great expectations for launches and deliveries in 2012. In 2011, Trinity delivered the 191’ (58m) M/Y Carpe Diem and  164’ (50m) M/Y Falcon; and launched the 198’ (60m) M/Y Areti,  187’ (58m) M/Y Lady Linda, and the 242’ (73m) M/Y New Horizon. The latter three yachts will be delivered in 2012. In early January 2012, Trinity Yachts launched the 164’ (50m) M/Y Tsumat which also has an expected 2012 delivery.

Knight & Carver Launches Loco Buzzard III

Knight & Carver YachtCenter has announced the launching of its latest luxury yacht, Loco Buzzard III, a custom-designed, custom-crafted 65 ft. cruising catamaran yachtfisher. The launch, held Monday, January 21, 2002, at Knight & Carver’s facility in National City, Calif. The vessel’s owner, Buzz Sands, christened the $2.8 million vessel, which is the second custom-built and designed yacht provided by knight & Carver for the Southern California-based yachtsman. Loco Buzzard III offers a break-through in terms of combining conventional yacht desighn with the benefits of catamaran design,” said John Knight, president and co-founder. Loco Buzzard III was co-designed by Knight & Carver and Morrelli & Melvin of Newport Beach, Calif.

Burger Boat’s Sycara IV Sea Trial

Sycara IV, a classically-styled custom 151 ft Fantail Motor Yacht, underwent an extensive sea trial on Lake Michigan where all systems were tested. Her owners, being particularly concerned about the environment, wanted this yacht to have low fuel consumption and a small wake that would not cause damage to the shoreline. The sea trials confirmed that while cruising effortlessly at 12 ½ knots with a very small wake Sycara IV burned only 27 gallons per hour, generator included. Sycara…

Corporate Coastal Yacht

Pluckebaum Custom Boats recently launched a custom 80 ft. corporate coastal yacht, designed for dining and entertaining large groups of corporate customers. The vessel is designed to take customers on a three or four hour afternoon or evening cruise, and serve them a complete, sit-down gourmet meal. The yacht was built to replace an older 65 ft. vessel. The interior joiner work features custom milled tongue-and-groove African mahogany walls, ceilings and cabinetry. Outside the vessel is a unique double rail and stanchion liferail system made from solid brass to the owner's specification. The bridge includes a complete hard enclosure with remote wing controls in a fully air conditioned and heated environment.

Elandra Yachts Expands Gold Coast Operations

Tom Barry, Cotter and Luke Durman

Australia’s newest luxury motor yacht brand Elandra Yachts has expanded its Gold Coast operations on the back of rapid growth and increased interest from Australian and international buyers. The high-end marine vessel manufacturer has acquired a further 1,000 square metres of floor space at its Arundel base, in line with Elandra’s projected growth and entry into the crucial US market. Since its launch last year, Elandra Yachts has made waves in the domestic and overseas markets…

Marine Joiner Contractors

Mark A. Robicheaux, Inc., Marine Joiner Contractors, located in Morgan City, La., provides custom marine joiner services. Two companies have been added to the service family to provide more complete and controlled joiner packages. Robicheaux Manufacturing offers custom/modular yacht and plastic laminate marine furniture and millwork, and Robicheaux Insulation Systems provides insulation installations for the marine, industrial and offshore industries. The contracting segment of the business has completed marine projects, including offshore living quarters, jack-up marine vessel quarters, workboat and crewboat interiors, dive boat interiors and dinner cruise, yacht and casino vessel interiors.

Bay Ship & Yacht Launches Blue Thunder

Photo courtesy of DavidAllenStudio.com

Bay Ship & Yacht has launched the high-performance yacht, Blue Thunder, marking the shipyard’s entry into the custom-built sport-yachting market. With a service speed of 32 knots, a flank speed of 42 knots, and a draft of less than three ft, the Blue Thunder offers the speed and performance of a high-performance sport yacht. The custom interior is crafted with veneered, ultra-light honeycomb-cored panels, with a satin varnish finish. The boat has a 42-ft hull and a 10-ft beam, and is built with a light-weight wood/epoxy/fiberglass composite.

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