The new Windy Zonda 31 takes on the Pagani Zonda R in the ultimate show down race

June 17, 2011

Renowned Scandinavian boatbuilder, Windy Boats, is going back to the future in 2011 with the all-new 31 Zonda, a stunning fast weekender which harks back to the glory days of the deep-vee hull.

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An Olympic pace set by the new Sessa Marine 45 Flybridge IPS 600

June 9, 2011

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The athletic design, agility and sportiness of an open combined with the incredible versatility of a spacious flybridge. Like an Open yacht in form and performance, but like a Flybridge with its generous distribution of space, the Sessa Flybridge 45 is a true turning point in this segment of the market. Rather than calling it a Sporty Flybridge, Sessa introduces the concept of the advanced open yacht for its Fly 45: a yacht that is perfectly in line with the trend towards increasingly hybrid products – as in automobiles, fashion and architecture – in which beauty and comfort meet. This is exactly what the shipyard’s new jewel designed by the unique Christian Grande does: offer the perfect combination of design and comfort, sportiness and practicality.

Sessa Marine 45 Flybridge IPS 600

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Performance cruising from the new Pershing 58

January 18, 2011

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Intense in its performance, rich and varied in its nature and generous in comfort: the new Pershing 58’ is the natural evolution of the Pershing 56’ with the white pearl hull, a distinguishing characteristic of the new Pershing models.

Pershing 58

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Viva La Vida Aquariva – buts thats not Cold Play?

July 29, 2010

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In a highly anticipated collaboration, Marc Newson has partnered with Riva and their official designers, Officina Italiana Design, to reinterpret the ‘Aquariva’ speedboat. ‘Aquariva by Marc Newson’ will be launched as a limited edition of 22 units in September 2010, available worldwide through Gagosian Gallery.

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Lewis Hamilton takes on the new racing Formula 290

July 16, 2010

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Formula’s all-new 290 Sun Sport embodies a heritage of proven performance while embracing evolution of design. The 22° deadrise remains a standard for Formula Sun Sports, ensuring solid handling in all water conditions, while the 9-foot beam offers a roomy cabin and cockpit.

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No prince needed for the Princess V85 S

June 10, 2010

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The new Princess V85 S takes the Princess V-class sports yacht range to the next level of quality and performance, with its redesigned main deck layout, an enhanced materials specification, and a new more powerful engine option which guarantees a thoroughbred sporting performance. 

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Mercury rising in the Sunseeker Predator 60

April 13, 2010

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Poole based boat builder Sunseeker have been riding the crest of the wave this past decade with an influx of millionaires moving into the Sandbanks area. Sunseeker who are located just round the corner are well placed to offer these millionaires the luxurious play toys for the water to match their play toy houses on the Sandbanks.

Sunseeker products have grown in size and numbers and one of the latest creations comes in the form of the Sunseeker Predator 60 which made its debut at this year’s Boot Dusseldorf show.

From the outside the Predator 60 fits with its family’s design and styling attributes, large highly racked front windscreen with half-curved side windows give the vision of performance to the top deck and cockpit area coupled with the large slanted rectangular master bedroom windows carved into both sides of the lower back third of the hull give the Predator 60 a stand out value in the crowd.    

Suneeker provide semi custom layouts for their boats at the lower end of the scale which the Predator 60 is part and comes with 3 spacious cabins that accommodate 6 people plus an extra crew member if required. The Predator 60 is fully air conditioned in the cabins with reserve cycle heating during colder weather.

As you would expect from any boat of this size and cost entertainment is paramount and Sunseeker have excelled with a complete entertainment system that includes a built in radio’s, flat-screen TV’s with matching DVD and CD players and a comprehensive surround sound system.

The Predator 60′ is equipped with a retractable roof so when entertaining night or day guest can experience views of the sea or sky while sitting on its double helm seat or navigation seat.

Predator 60′ is well equipped with the latest in electronic navigation and helm aides, radar, a Ritchie high-speed compass, walnut fascia and leather rimmed steering wheel.  The predator boasts,  hydraulic trim tabs and Steering for easier and smooth use plus a remote controlled helm search light coupled with bow docking lights for easier mooring at night.

The Predator 60 is available in open and hard top versions. Either accentuates the clever cockpit detailing which includes an off-centre sunpad, permitting a wide starboard stairway up from the bathing platform while retaining a cunning stairway straight to the port side deck.

The sunpad’s lip extends aft-wards over the stern garage door effectively providing additional length on deck. Meanwhile on the foredeck, sun loungers benefit from neatly hinged backrests for increased comfort and better all-around viewing.

The cockpit and its seating arrangement provides ample space for entertaining guests, relaxing during ongoing sea voyages or simply anchored up for a spot of lunch and is serviced by the large well equipped wet bar.

Below decks the saloon and all three guest cabins each feature their own flatscreen TVs and AV systems set in a choice of highly contemporary designs that can be enhanced with a further choice of bold lacquers, bright grains and highlights or softened with more conventional finishing.

The general arrangement of the VIP suite forward, master suite aft and twin bed cabin to port radiate from the central saloon. The fully equipped open plan galley includes electric refrigerator, freezer and microwave/grill, a ceramic hob and ample stowage.

The Predator 60 can top speeds up to 42 knots and can cruise at speeds of 28 knots depending on engine and drive choice. The aft garage is capable of housing a tender which can be easily launched and retrieved from the bathing platform.

The Sunseeker Predator 60 fits beautifully within the Predator range between the 54 and 64 alike and is a very versatile and comfortable cruiser capable of giving you a thrill if you need one with its hidden performance. We Are sure that the Predator 60 will become a common site in coming years on the English Riviera no doubt.

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Statement 42 V-bottom – breaking the mould

November 16, 2009

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There is an up and coming rising star in the exciting world of ultimate power boats and they call themselves Statement Marine.

They have 2 fantastic models on their books, however their latest creation is called the “Statement 42 V-Bottom”, the clue is in the name because this boat certainly is here to make a statement and give any owner a ride very few production boats can match.

This boat is not for the faint hearted and is an outright mind blowing thoroughbred. The owners behind Statement Marine have smashed onto the scene with one of the fastest offshore V-bottoms on the market, add a luxurious interior and a revolutionary suspension cockpit, with one of the best graphics paint jobs around and you have yourself a winning formula.

The fundamental question facing the Statement 42 V-bottom is it could live up to the hype on the water. Powerboat test drivers Bob Teague and John Tomlinson got the first opportunity to test the new model, which was fitted with twin Mercury Racing HP1075SCi engines.

Both were impressed with the 42’s handling characteristics, build quality and above all performance, the V-stepped-bottom boat cut through 3-foot swells easily and aggressively. This is testament to Statement Marine whose staff is made up from former offshore power boat racers who know how to set up a boat for handling and performance.

The Statement 42 has a revolutionary cockpit set up to ensure passengers comfort during what’s sure to be a memorable ride. The entire cockpit is suspended on large air bags, which act as a shock absorber, and the firmness can be adjusted to the owner’s personal preference.

Statement also provided lap belts in the bucket seats to keep passengers firmly planted which you can understand when you see the figures behind this boats performance. With the correct set up the Statement 42 will hit 62mph in under 20 seconds and if your feeling brave she will push on to 130mph at 6000 revs. 

The test driver Tomlinson said the 42 Ultimate ran straight and was impervious to wind gusts. While running a boat at these types of speeds should never be taken lightly, Tomlinson said the boat felt like it was going 30 mph slower than its actual speed.

Credit has to go to the air-cushioned cockpit that reduces the hard hits and vibrations normally felt in V-bottoms.

Statement will fully customise the 42 V-bottom to an owners personal specification, the Statement we reviewed here had been fitted out in red tanned leather with pleated buckets and velour covering the dash.

All the instrumentation was electronic no analog in site with navigation systems coming in the form of Northstar 6100i screens in both dashes along with a Mercury SmartCraft system view monitor that raised up from the top of the drivers dash to starboard.

What is a very nice touch and something you may not expect from such a hard-nosed power boat is the accommodation below, a plush cabin with facing lounges and horseshoe-shape seating in the bow.

Indirect lighting behind valances and near the floor give the cabin a cosy and comfortable feel, dont be fooled into thinking its a weekender oh no, its just a place to chill once you had your head blasted at 100+ mph.

Attention to detail oozes from the Statement 42 V-bottom in its build quality and is reflected in its price, don’t expect much change from a million at $890,000 the Statement is a high end market product. However in its defence you won’t find many other boats that can match the Statement 42 V bottom for its performance, handling and build quality add the fantastic design and innovation and you have the  complete package.

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Pictures supplied courtesy of Statement Marine


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