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SUPERYACHT #11
Winter 2007

Article selected from our quarterly magazine dedicated to the largest and most luxurious boats with information, interviews, technical articles, images and yachting news


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YACHTING INVESTORS GROUP ACQUISTA ISA
The Yachting Investors Group (YIG), a British private equity fund involved in the pleasure craft industry, recently announced purchase of an 80% share in ISA, International Shipyards Ancona. The remaining 20% will remain in the hands of the current management. This operation - successfully concluded thanks to the commitment of the Ancona company's managing director G. Fenucci and business manager M. Maggi - is aimed at further brand growth in terms of production premises and backup structures (a superyacht marina is envisaged at Ancona which should become the biggest on the Adriatic) as well as the upcoming widening of the range. The existing one will continue in production but will be flanked by a series of new models such as the ISA 140 line, currently at the design phase, and a wholly new 48 metre displacement vessel, which will be ready for delivery in spring 2009 and summer 2008 respectively. ISA is also developing new series of displacement motoryachts of 48, 50, 56, 62, 66 and 70 metres.

ISA, established in 2001, has already launched 13 superyachts, including the ISA 120, which won the Millennium Yacht Design Award at the Carrara Seatec in 2006, the ISA 133 and the innovative ISA 47, yachts that have brought widespread fame to this Italian brand.

FINCANTIERI WAVE CONCEPT
At the last edition of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Fincantieri revealed the concept behind its new 85 metre "Wave", designed by Stefano Natucci. The mega-yacht is characterized by the shape of its "wave" like outer design and for the decidedly modern décor inside. The terraces completing the owner and guest cabin layout, add an exclusive touch to the "Wave". Its début taking place two years after Fincantieri's entrance into the mega-yacht market and from the announcement of the deal with Benetti, is part of the strategy behind the design of "Prospect", a 70 metre by Laurent Giles, "Marco Polo" a 102 metre by Camillo Costantini, and "Morpheus" Tim Heywood's 115 metre brainchild. For further information please contact visit our web site: www.fincantieri.it.

CAMUZZI NAUTICA ACQUISISCE I CANTIERI WMAGIC
After buying out Baglietto Shipyards in 2004 and Pisa Shipyards in 2005, Camuzzi Nautica, of the International Camuzzi Group, goes for further growthby acquiring WMagic shipyards belonging to Wally Yacht.It is an expansion campaign geared to reach a production value of 180 million Euros by 2008 against the current 110, as well as 15.4% EBITDA. Furthermore, pursuing this strategy, the Group hopes to invest 35.8 million Euros between 2007 and 2009 to enlarge the Baglietto Yards of La Spezia and to purchase the building currently hosting the Pisa Yards' headquarters. Thanks to the acquisition of WMagic based in Tunis, where the composite hulls and superstructures of yachts such as the Wally 80, the Wally Power 47 and the Wally Tender were built, which joins forces with the tunisian production arm of Generale Bateaux also under the Camuzzi wing, the incorporation of Camuzzi Nautica Tunisia comes about to represent the industrial "flag pole" of luxury leisure yachting construction for the Mediterranean. Camuzzi will furthermore be bound to honour orders for Wally Yachts worth 6 million Euros a year for the next two years as part of the agreement. For further information please visit the following web sites: www.camuzziinternational.it, www.wally.com.

ADMIRAL GOES FOR NEW RECORDS
Just ten months after launching "Alila", Lavagna Shipyards launched "Be Cool" last July, it's a 35 metre yacht built in aluminium alloy. Francesco Ceccarelli, their MD, tells us: "these have been ten months where the company has really done a lot in terms of economic investment and much more. We were adamant to introduce new highly qualified people into the company in order to also grow at administrative level; we have commenced bolstering the two works in Lavagna and Riva Trigoso in order to increase production capacity; we have created AMY (Admiral Mariotti Yachts) with a high profile partner such as T.Mariotti of Genoa, to start building large size steel-made motor yachts; we have generated new commercial ties which have opened strategic markets for us such as Greece and we have worked on our image consolidating "Admiral" as our trade mark. The results have brought nine yachts of between 25 and 54 metres being sold in less than a year: two Admirals 25, two Admirals 32, one Admiral 35, two Admiral 39, one Admiral 44 and a 54 which hales the brand's entrance into the megayacht market. For further information please contact: Cantieri Navali Lavangna; via dei Devoto, 197; 16033 Lavagna (GE), Italy; tel. +39 0185 30341; fax +39 0185 306601; web address www.cnl.it; e-mail info@cnl.it.

MULTI SERVICE BOARD NETWORK BY THYSSENKRUPP MARINE
The Multi Service Board Network by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, is a communications device which allows for the transmission of the entire on board data to a single network and has been certified as being safe and reliable by Germanischer Lloyd. The system which was designed and developed by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in conjunction with T-Systems, allows to transmit and manage upon a single network, information regarding safety such as the emergency alarm systems, the operation of the lights on board, communication systems, televisions, video-cams and much more on top. A characteristic of the system's software is that it can seek and solve apparatus problems automatically. Data travels on fibre optical cables. For further information please consult the following web site: www.thyssenkrupp-marinesystems.com.

THE INRIZZARDI GROUP ACQUIRES DIANO SHIPYARDS
On occasion of the press conference held in the suggestive surroundings of the Galata del Mare Museum in Genoa, Gianfranco Rizzardi announced the purchase of the Diano Shipyards of Riva di Trigoso. "The Group thus perseveres in its policy to expand and grow stronger" - Rizzardi said. Today, with its production ranging on boats from 18 to 30 metres strictly wood made, the Group has an opportunity for greater diversifaction and to expand its line for an ever discerning clientele. Boats built by Diano Shipyards have all got one thing in common: wood. "Each yacht built by Diano is unique - Rizzardi continued - the internal layout, the furnishings, the fabrics, as well as even the engines, are always chosen with the owner's needs and tastes well in mind. Nowadays, Diano is one of the last few shipyards to preserve the essence of craftsmanship not only within the national frontiers but also in Europe; Its workforce is made up of 17 highly specialized people, and a further 20 artisans and employees of small companies also take part in the production. Having closed this operation - Rizzardi concluded - the InRizzardi Group has broadened its plan of action and in addition to its central Italian sites, can now also count on a strategic area overlooking the North-Western sea of Italy. The Diano shipyards dispose of a total of 2800 sqm. For further information please contact: Cantiere Navale Diano; via A. Vespucci; 16037 Riva Trigoso (GE), Italy; tel. +39 0185 44706; fax +39 0185 482213; web address www.cantierediano.com; e-mail info@cantierediano.com.

SENCORA A NEW COMPANY IN THE REALM OF SUPERYACHTS
Sencora is a new French company which was formed with the intent of entering the superyachts' market with a range of boats over 33 metres in length. By the end of the year the company will finish building the yard situated in Istanbul - Turkey. Two separate branches will look after production one will be assigned to semi- custom yachts, where the first two Sencoras of 33 and 37 metres will be built, and the other will take care of the composite, aluminium or steel custom yacht production which will be able to produce units of over 50 metres. For further information please visit the following web site: www.sencora.com.

ELVSTRÖM SOBSTADT FOR SUPERYACHTS
Elvström Sobstadt Sailmakers, based in Aabenraa, Denmark, have moved their sails manufacturing plant to their offices in Denmark and France, in an effort to centralize production and optimize production process. Membranes were previously made by the Spanish concern Eurosail Manufacturing under licence from Elvström Sobstadt. The break up between the two companies is due to the expansion of Elvström Sobstadt's production departments, which has chosen to home produce its sails in order to control the quality of its of its products more closely. For further information please contact: Elvström Sobstad; Paul Elvstr›m Vej 4; DK - 6200 Aabenraa; Denmark; tel. +45 7362 4800; fax +45 7362 4819; sito web www.elvstromsobstad.com; e-mail info@elvstromsobstadt.com.

RINA'S "GREEN STAR" LANDS IN GREECES
The "Nissos Mykonos" belonging to Hellenic Seaways is the first non Italian ferry to be given Green Star status by the RINA (Italian Naval Register). "Nissos Mykonos"apart, its sister ship "Nissos Chios" which is being built by the Greek Neorion shipyard, will also comply to the self imposed Standard which is by far harsher than the current international requisites regarding the respect and safeguard of the environment. "It is a significant and lasting commitment in time because RINA regulations don't only cover installation aspects, but also sanction all on board equipment which can have an impact on the environment. As with all challenges of any substance reaching this target gives me great pleasure" as Mr Gerasimos Strinzis, Managing Director of Hellenic Seaways said.

QATAR BOATS PAVILLION
The Qatar International Exhibition Centre of Doha will host the Qatar Boats Pavilion, the international exhibition dedicated to yachts and accessories, which will run from the 25th to the 27th of February. A large number of Shipbuilders and a wide range of boats will be taking part in the event, from fisherman models to high performance crafts as well as a well stocked number of stands offering accessories, equipment and nautical services. For further information please visit the following Web Site: www.shipport.info/boats.

SANLORENZO 88 US VERSION
The partnership between the Sanlorenzo shipyard and the American Viking has produced a version of the Sanlorenzo 88 especially made for the U.S. market, its layout and accessories certainly suits overseas taste. The Sanlorenzo 88 U.S. version was officially presented by Massimo Perotti, the entrepreneur running Sanlorenzo, and Tom Caroll Viking's CEO on occasion of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. For further information please visit the following web site: www.sanlorenzoyacht.com.

SOUTHERN SPARS AND MARTEN SPARS MERGER
Southern Spars and Marten Spars have joined forces to form Custom Projects. The newly formed company counts on a staff of 250 to manufacture carbon fibre masts and booms. The combined know how and experience developed over the years by both companies should according to reliable sources produce better quality equipment and be more cost effective thanks to substantial savings in production costs.

IL SEA TRADE MED IN NAPLES
During the week immediately after the Genoa Boat Show, the Sea Trade Med was held in Naples from the 18th to the 20th of October. The international shipping exhibition was held in the renovated maritime station. During the near full three days, a number of meetings regarding the world of cruises were held, but the whole of Friday morning was largely dedicated to the Superyacht phenomenon. Such undivided attention goes to confirm the trend of the last few years when the two worlds have tended to overlap. We've had proof of this in Italy as a result of talks between the most authoritative associations in the business but this stands out as an international seal of approval. Furthermore, if international meetings traditionally attended by the 'usual' ship.owner's consortiums such as Carnival, Cunard, Costa, or MSC open out to yachting, this must be a significant fact. Using the testimony of companies operating in the yacht chartering business as a starting point, the organisers of the symposium instead wished to go into greater detail regarding the present and the future of this world of luxury. Based on those facts, an attempt was then made to pinpoint how merchant cruising's know how could be useful to leisure yachting. Stemming from this, a discussion of utmost importance took place reiterating what had been previously put forward at the Genoa boat show: increase the limit of 12 passengers to a charter yacht. This could be made possible by creating something on the lines of a "Mini-Solas". It is undoubtedly a matter of great interest which perhaps could again be discussed in greater detail on occasion of the next Sea Trade Med in Hamburg.