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Summer 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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Alloy Yachts of New Zealand launched the "VVS1" last April, an expedition motor yacht of 34 metres in length with three decks that began construction in 2005. Commissioned by a new Zealand business man, "VVS1", an evocative name to do with the grading of diamonds, is aluminium built on a project by Gregory C Marshall Naval Architects, has a full beam of 7.78 metres, a draught of 2.23 metres and its displacement stands at 190 tons. "VVS1" conforms to Lloyds Register SSC Rules and to the Large Yacht Code. For further information please visit:

Balmoral Capital, the British private equity fund, has taken over Canados, the renowned shipyard of the roman coast line. Maurizio Baldoni is now at the "helm" of the new group who has interest in the share capital as well as fulfilling the position of Managing Director. Mr Baldoni re-enters the roman group after taking part in its considerable growth over the end of the '80's. For further information please contact: Canados International; via dell'Idroscalo 182; 00121 Roma, Italy; tel. +39 06 56339732/56339969; web site

Cantalupi Lighting, producer of lighting equipment for the nautical world over the last 30 years, has recently opened a subsidiary in the United States so as to support its continuous growth in the North American market. Cantalupi USA, with offices in Clearwater Florida, was formed to establish a direct contact with its customers thus enhancing the development of specific products for the U S market, better logistics thanks to the presence of a warehouse on site and its widespread sales network as well as an efficient and collaborative technical assistance department. "Opening an office in the States is a very important step for us " says Federico Piersimoni, Managing Director of Cantalupi Lighting, " it well reflects the philosophy of our company which has always been to be as close as possible to our customers in order to be able to offer added value". Fabio Zaniboni, Managing Director of Cantalupi USA an expert on start-ups and sales development on the American market, also adds: " The American nautical market is going through a marked phase of expansion both in terms of technical innovation and design, and I am convinced Cantalupi Lighting will be able to contribute significantly to the expansion in the lighting sector and to the general emotion it manages to engender". Cantalupi USA - 521 D Street - Clearwater, FL 33756; tel. +1 (727) 462-2526; fax +1 (727) 462-253; web site; e-mail

M/Y "Ferdy", 43 metres of steel and aluminium, was presented during a very private ceremony last April. Yacht number fifty by the shipyard, is yet again fruit of the Yard's internal collaboration with naval Architects Dellarolle who have been at Codecasa's side for many years and who were entirely responsible of producing the interior design. "Ferdy" displaces 490 tons and is propelled by two Caterpillar 3512B pushing it to a top speed of 17 knots with a range of 3,000 miles at 13 knots. The yacht may accommodate up to 13 guests and 8 crew. For further information please contact: Cantieri Navali Codecasa; via Amendola; 55049 Viareggio (LC), Italy; tel. +39 0584 383221; fax +39 0584 383531; web site; e-mail

Koninklijke De Vries Makkum, of the Feadship Group, has successfully completed refitting "Utopia" the 71.6 metre yacht launched in 2004 for mainly chartering purposes. To fulfil the new owner's requests which were largely aimed at more personal 'touches', the yard took some 80 days' work. For further information please visit the web site:

The Ferretti Group, hosted this year's edition of "Convergence Navi" in Barcellona between the 19th and 21st of March. The annual meeting is specifically created and organised for Captains of yachts larger than 24 metres. The programme this year focused on technical and managerial topics and included a visit to Pinmar a leading company in the European refitting and painting sector of super yachts. For further information please contact:

Confitarma's president Nicola Coccia and Ucina's president Francesco Albertoni have signed a letter of intent to promote the charter of large yachts flying the Italian flag. On the strength of this agreement Ucina and Confitarma have already formed a committee to discuss jointly trade union and training issues regarding charter yachts. Their first action is particularly focused on defining a collective contract for seamen hired on charter yachts as foreseen by article 3 of the Italian law number 172/2003. Talks between the two institutions will also embrace the evolution of international standards and professional requirements to skipper charter yachts and the implementation of eventual international conventions. For further information please see the following webs: and

After eleven successful years at "Court", Hein Velema has decided to leave Feadship the Dutch Shipyard, to join Fraser Yachts as Director of Sales. In the meantime Feadship has taken on Francis Vermeer to replace Velema in Holland and François van Well for the United States. For further information please visit

The growth in requests both in numbers and size for pleasure yachts over 50 metres has put shipyards under great pressure to deliver, since, the number of yards capable of building leisure ships over 50 metres is limited and what's more, they already have several years of orders to handle. It's for these reasons too that Martinoli, a company that offers technical services to the shipping and yachting world, has decided to open an office in Shanghai, in the very heart of China's new economic reality. The office will be a contact point for Italian shipyards that want to take advantage of the Far East's productive capacities as well as for Chinese yards that recognise Italy's leadership as luxury designers in this field. The new premises will be directed by Marco Calabria and will offer hull and machinery surveys as well as new building and repair surveillance services, assistance in reviewing contracts and new activities such as the evaluation of Chinese yards and suppliers, Project Management and assistance over mixed Italian Chinese endeavours and commercial liaison services for Italian and European yards and suppliers. For further information please contact: Martinoli & C. - Martinoli Consulting; tel. +39 010 23521; fax +39 010 2352307; web page:

The new Mondomarine 40 metre semi displacing motor yacht "Streamline" was presented in Savona on the 4th of May. This is the 50th yacht to boast the yard's logo which is part of the Mondo di Gallo D'Alba Group. "Streamline" is built entirely in aluminium and is the outcome of joint team work between Cor D. Rover for the exteriors, Frenchman Frederic Mechiche in collaboration with the Tuscan Luca Dini for the minimalist interiors and by the Genoese SYDAC which designed the hull and structures. The yacht is powered by a couple of MTU 2,255 HP engines capable of reaching a top speed of 21 knots. The lower deck hosts the sleeping quarters for the crew and guests whilst the owner's master cabin and the areas in common are on the main deck. The sundeck, instead, offers a large sunbathing area with a bar and a Jacuzzi. For further information please contact: Mondo Marine, Lungomare Matteotti 6, 17100 Savona. Italy; tel. +39 019828516. Fax: +39 019823418; web site:; e-mail

Superyacht's edition number 12 erroneously reported, in the technical specifications on page 32, that Italcraft's 105 model has MTU Surface Drive transmissions whereas, instead, it has Arneson Surface Drive ASD16LU transmissions.

Perini Navi launched "Tamsen," the 40th yacht of the Italian yard's fleet, in April. She's a 52 metre ketch in steel and aluminium conceived for ocean crossings and long non stop cruises. Displacing 500 tons, Perini Navi had to rig "Tamsen" with 1,127 square metres of sail trimmed by 13 winches built purposefully by the yard itself. As far as the yacht's layout is concerned, the yard's number one priority focused on making it comfortable to live in whether this be inside or out of whichever deck of the boat. Comfort on board is enhanced, moreover, by last generation media accessories and by numerous saloons. For further information please contact: Perini Navi; via Coppino, 114; 55049 Viareggio (LC), Italy; tel. +39 0584 4241; fax +39 0584.424200; web page; e-mail

Hong Kong's Kingship launched its 33 metre "Princess K" last April; the yacht bears the name of Peter Beeldsnijder the designer from Holland and has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Luiz Debasto put his name to the interiors whilst the original concept was by Vripack International. "Princess K" will go public at the next Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. For further information please visit the web site:

Vripack Naval Architects has presented the project for its new 132' Expedition Motor Yacht "Nekkid", which is expected to be launched in 2009. The keel will be steel made and will be constituted by five watertight sections to improve stability and prevent flooding, whereas the superstructure will be in aluminium. The yacht will be able to host up to 14 guests. For further information please visit web site:

Great celebrations over at CRN. "Emerald Star", the first 43 metre to be built in composite materials as part of a new displacing line, slipped into the water in front of the owner and the 350 staff of the shipyard to whom the whole day was dedicated after. An unprecedented 'datè for the shipyard and for the entire Ferretti Group, a day representing the climax of a successful commercial run for the new line of which 6 units have already been sold. The Managing Director of the Ferretti Group, Vincenzo Cannatelli, as well as CRN's Chairman, Lamberto Tacoli, and Gennaro Candida De Matteo, CRN's Managing Director, were all present for the prestigious event. "I wish to thank the entire staff who has worked hard on this project over the years - as Lamberto Tacoli felt the need to stress - and a special thanks goes to our customer and good friend who has made his way up with us building ever more important boats". Fitted with three decks and a bulb keel, "Emerald Star" is a mega-yacht unique in the exterior design and so cleverly contrived in the interiors, and is the result of the collaboration between CRN's technical staff and Studio Zuccon International Project. The first superyacht in composite materials to be entirely produced at the Dorian site, the CRN 43 distinguishes itself for size of volume as well as for its ample open air spaces such as the covered cockpits in the main and upper decks, which fan out in the magnificent white hull. The ideal setting for long cruises, the new queen of composites will easily host 10 passengers and 9 crew, to cruise in great comfort at 15 and 13 knots, respectively its maximum and cruising speeds. The Rendez-vous is in September at the Cannes Boat Show, where "Emerald Star" will be revealed as world preview.