LIFESTYLE

Cantiere del Pardo’s Grand Soleil 72 shines on Capri

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There could not have been a better place than the enchanting setting of Capri for the first photo shooting of the brand-new Grand Soleil 72, flagship of the Grand Soleil fleet and the highest expression of Made in Italy that Cantiere del Pardo takes around the world.

Grand Soleil 72 top view
This is an important debut for the Grand Soleil 72, as not only does it officially present to the world this unique project developed by
Cantiere del Pardo together with Franco Corazza, as Project Manager, Matteo Polli in charge of naval architecture, and Nauta Design for the interiors, it also opens the way to the launch of a new range of sailing yachts over 60 feet long.
That there was a lot of expectation behind this moment had already been perceived at the launch, which took place at the
Cannes Yachting Festival 2022, and a few months later here was the first recognition at the Genoa Boat Show where the Grand Soleil 72 won the Design Innovation Award in the category of sailing yachts longer than 10 metres: a totally Made in Italy design path, created by a team of professionals representing Italian excellence in the international boating sector.

Grand Soleil 72, sustainability and attention to details

Sustainability is now an imperative. This is why Cantiere del Pardo has chosen materials characterised by a high degree of recyclability and aiming at the lowest possible environmental impact, meticulously assembled thanks to the yard’s experience, matured over 50 years of history, which in addition to refined aesthetic lines, seeks perfection in every detail.

And so mention must be made of the hull, whose shapes designed by Matteo Polli are characterised by a pronounced V-bow; and also of its dynamic length, which, thanks to its slender lines and low wetted surface area, makes it possible to reduce friction while sailing, offering greater dynamic speed and stability when the boat is heeling.

Grand Soleil 72 wheels

The quality of the hull cannot be overlooked: it is made using an epoxy-based vacuum infusion process of vinylester resin in biaxial fibreglass and unidirectional carbon fabrics, which make it possible to obtain a light and resistant hull. It is also very strong and rigid thanks to the longitudinal and transversal structures of the most stressed areas of the hull, which are laminated in fibreglass and stiffened by unidirectional carbon reinforcements.

A well-balanced yacht both in terms of performance and navigation but also in terms of the elegance that accompanies owners and guests as they share splendid spaces of all-Italian refinement.

Dreamlike interiors, quality and elegance

interiorNow the interior. Let’s start with the structure, where all the bulkheads are weighed one by one, defining the thickness of each one ad hoc to optimize strength, lightness and performance.

The signature is by Nauta Design, which has conceived and refined every volume and detail of the deck and interiors, in walnut or oak, to exploit all the spaces, thus achieving a coherent and holistic relationship between them.

Everything here is calibrated to superyacht standards but still seeking a sober, fresh and welcoming style, the heart of which is definitely the living room. An elegant sharing space and meeting point consisting on the one hand of an L-shaped sofa with a dining table that comfortably seats up to six people, and on the other of a U-shaped sofa that extends to the chart area. The Performance version also has a galley positioned laterally towards the stern.

Last but not least the light, Cantiere del Pardo master cabinwhich envelops every room leaving an incredible view of the sea in every space, connecting man and the environment into one. A concept that is destined to evolve and adapt more and more to the needs of individual owners in a made-to-measure approach, which will be the basis of the new project that Cantiere del Pardo has launched in the over 60 foot market segment.

Tradition and attention to detail, these are the mantras of those who aim to achieve the highest standards in the boating sector.

Technical Specs

LOA

23.75 m | 77.92 ft

LH

22 m | 72.2 ft

Max Beam

6.20 m | 20.34 ft

Standard Draft

3.7 m | 12.1 ft

Optional Draft

4.2 m | 13.78 ft / 3.2 m | 10.5 ft

Displacement

31 t | 68,343 lb

Ballast

9 t | 19,842 lb

Sail Plan

310 m2 | 3337 ft2

Engine

150 HP

Water Capacity

1,000 l

Fuel Capacity

1,000 l

Grand Soleil 72 Capri

Boat People. When saving human lives was still considered an honour

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Boat People

30 July 1979.

The Vittorio Veneto intercepts a vessel in the North China Sea. A helicopter takes to the air to check: a fishing boat of about 150 metres is drifting in the waves. The helicopter approaches and spots, on board, a hundred or so exhausted bodies. They are Vietnamese, more than a hundred men, women and children.

They are the last wave of refugees who fled Vietnam following the fall of Saigon and the establishment of the communist regime in Hanoi. Farmers, teachers, office workers. Men. Rejected by neighbouring states, they try their luck clinging to soggy boats, tossed about by waves and at the mercy of gales and pirates. At 2 p.m. they are rescued and taken on board. They will join the other eight hundred Vietnamese refugees rescued from the fury of the sea by the Italian Navy. They will go down in history as the Boat People.

The missionBoat-People begins on 27 June of the same year when, late in the afternoon, an urgent cable reaches the cruiser Vittorio Veneto stationed in Toulon and the destroyer Andrea Doria stationed in Barcelona. They are to join the support ship Stromboli in Taranto and on 4 July set course for south-east Asia off Vietnam. The order is to save lives.

The decision for the Vietnam Mission is taken by President Sandro Pertini, who entrustes the task to the government headed by Giulio Andreotti. The ‘political’ leadership of the operation is entrusted to Defence Minister Attilio Ruffini.

The ships, after making major structural changes to the interior to accommodate nine hundred and sixty cots and numerous toilet facilities, and after reducing the crew to make room for refugees, arrive in Crete, pass through the Suez Canal, stop in Singapore and arrive in the mission area, the Gulf of Siam, on 26 July. They have travelled more than 8,000 miles.

The first report of a drifting boat loaded with Boat People is on 1 August, arriving from the Esso oil platform. The Vittorio Veneto spots the boat and lowers a lifeboat with a couple of sailors on board and a Vietnamese priest holding a megaphone in his hands: ‘The ships near you are from the Italian Navy and have come to help you. If you want you can board the ships as political refugees and be transported to Italy. Beware, the ships will take you to Italy, they cannot take you to other countries. If you do not want to embark, you can receive water, food and medical care immediately (…)”.

The rescue manoeuvres begin. The bodies of the Vietnamese, of whom only large desperate eyes remain, are rescued by the sailors and brought on board.

vittorio veneto, andrea doria, stromboliThe Vittorio Veneto, the Andrea Doria and the Stromboli, after covering more than 2,600 miles patrolling the area, rescue 907 boat people including 127 children and 15 infants.

The three ships return to Italy, after a stop in Singapore, only on 21 August, after eighteen days of continuous navigation. On the Riva degli Schiavoni, Minister Ruffini, Minister Zamberletti and the entire city of Venice welcome the navy and the Vietnamese on board with applause.

An applause for solidarity, for welcome, for the pride of being Italian, for the courage to take on the weakest. An applause that will stand as a unique example in history. An applause that unfortunately sounds strange today.

A letter, written by a group of those Vietnamese, thanks Italy as follows: ‘[…] You Italians have a good heart, we were dead and thanks to your goodness we have returned to life, you are different from other peoples, for you there is a neighbour who suffers and for this cause you have sacrificed yourselves […]’.

But it was 1979…

Brunswick Corporation conquers the “World’s Best Employers”title for third consecutive year

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A nomination already obtained by Brunswick Corporation in the previous two years, which is reconfirmed for the third consecutive year in the list of the ‘World’s Best Employers’.

Once again this year, Brunswick Corporation has made its way among the thousands of companies that Forbes, the US business publication, observes around the world by ranking in the top 15% of all organizations.

This is a far from foregone conclusion; the company had already won the nomination in 2020 and 2021, but to be confirmed for the third year in a row takes on a whole other value. The ranking compiled by Forbes placed Brunswick Corporation at number 104 out of 800 companies selected as ‘World’s Best Employers’, an improvement of 12 positions compared to 2021. A ranking and position of honour that rewards the company’s philosophy: inclusiveness, fairness and equal career opportunities. Winning a place in the rankings is not so easy. On the contrary, the company had to pass stringent checks by Forbes, both with regard to its employees and the services it can offer its workers.

Brunswick-ForbesThis is the most prestigious international employer accolade that can be given to a company, but it is not the only one the Brunswick Corporation has been nominated for: this year alone, it was also listed by Forbes as ‘America’s Best Large Employer’ and ‘America’s Best Employer for Diversity”. And that’s not all: last year it was also nominated in the ranking for ‘Best Employer for Veterans’.

With success after success, Brunswick continues to move forward in the boating world, bringing prestige to the entire category by breaking down many cultural and social barriers that allow the company to be one of the best in the world for: opportunity, career, diversity, equality and social commitment.

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Jill Wrobel, satisfied with the company’s achievements, commented:

We are thrilled to be named to the Forbes World’s Best Employers list for the third consecutive year. This award is a testament to our connected culture and recognizes our commitment to building an inclusive and diverse workplace to support our colleagues around the world”.

With more than 18,000 employees globally, 29 operating bases in 29 countries and an unwavering commitment to the company itself and to all consumers, Brunswick is actively dedicated to defining, creating and continuing the innovation of the future of the yachting market.

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Sacs Tecnorib sweeps the board at Monaco Yacht Show

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For the third year running Sacs Tecnorib, the brand that has set new trends in the industry by inaugurating the Maxi Rib era, was the protagonist of the ‘chase boats’ segment at the Monaco Yacht Show, a unique opportunity to showcase a range that seems to fit the needs of this sector perfectly.

Monaco is the Superyacht Show. andrea loroThe concentration of skippers and owners is unique in the world, and for Sacs Tecnorib the percentage of owners using our products as Chase Boats is great, – Andrea Loro, Sales Director at Sacs Tecnorib, told us during the event – So the fact that we are here in such a strategic location also gives us excellent potential. This is the third year that we have been in this situation with our booth and we have always achieved excellent results“.

Montecarlo is certainly the ideal place to meet owners, gather important information also for future developments and live the experience to the full, following, among other things, a concept that Sacs knows well and that has a name all its own: the Sacs Experience.

Sacs Experience goes hand in hand with the market. – continues Andrea Loro – While 10 years ago customers were looking for a specific product, today we sell an experience instead.

Sales are very cross-sectional, the customer is looking for a product in which he or she recognizes himself or herself: beautiful, stylish, and guaranteeing a complete on-board experience with ample sunbathing spaces combined with shaded relaxation areas where he or she can listen to music, have a cool drink, and spend quality time with loved ones and friends. The brand, of course, is also important, with its reputation and product type, but in the end it is always the aesthetic taste that drives.

sacs-rebel-40So the fact that we have launched this Rebel line, which is a sort of middle ground between our core business, i.e. the maxi tender/maxi RIB of which we are world leaders, and a more traditional boat, has brought many customers closer to the space and comfort of a luxury boat, but with an ‘aggressive RIB’ aspect.

This has decreed the success of the Rebel range, which was born in 2017 and already boasts three models, with the fourth on the way.

Today experience is sold as I said. To make a comparison it’s like buying a dress that you like, you look for something that looks good; well, in the case of yachting, this means finding what best suits your individual desires and expectations”.

Today Sacs Tecnorib joins the Monaco Yacht Show as a well-established company, with the mentality of an industry leader and a strength that enables it to deliver high-end Maxi Ribs that are appreciated the world over. But the way up to here has been a long one, a path made up of experiences that blend together, of daily work and of skilled workers who take their talents to the extreme in these models.

The path to get here has been long. – reiterates the Sales Director of Sacs Tecnorib – Sacs was founded in 1989, then acquired in 2004 by the Laserline group, and from there, thanks also to a series of collaborations with important brands in the automotive sector, such as Abarth, Ferrari and Jaguar, we have always tried to position the brand a little outside the traditional, exploring other worlds, always linked to luxury”.

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All this has meant that the expectation created by the brand has also allowed us to approach very high-level customers with a product that meets their expectations. More and more customers are coming in with their own idea of style and colour, to the extreme of bespoke RAL, just as more and more owners want the tender to match the colour of their superyacht, to blend in with its style”.

I only had one question left to ask Andrea Loro, a much more personal one, but one whose answer I believe encapsulates much of the enthusiasm that oozes from his expression: ‘What does working at Sacs Tecnorib and being here in Monaco mean to you?’

” I am happy to be at Sacs. I am surrounded by young people who keep me young, pushing me to keep up. The nature of the product brings me face to face with a wonderful world, that of luxury, with case histories made up of really fascinating people and stories. This is an aspect that reaches its peak here in Monaco, which is also why we simply cannot miss it”.

On test. FIM 470 Regina: class, power and lots of light

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I had been waiting a long time for testing the FIM 470 Regina, the latest addition to the magnificent collection of FIM – Fabbrica Italiana Motoscafi, and finally the day has come. I had already assimilated her beauty and innovations on paper, but when I saw her docked at the Marina di Varazze, I immediately realized that what I knew was just the tip of the iceberg.
Indeed, you can only perceive certain things by getting on board, exploring the spaces, putting your hands on the control console and facing the sea.  Every corner of this open sports yacht designed by
Paolo Ferragni is thought out in a modular manner. However, it is not enough to say that it is possible to modify the exterior and interior spaces as required, because this jewel is built to adapt to all needs, with the ultimate aim of providing the maximum living experience and leaving guests completely immersed in an elegant and refined atmosphere, where everything is intended to seduce and amaze.

And so it did. This yacht has completely enchanted me, and now I will tell you why.

fim 470 regina side view

The FIM 470 Regina in detail

I want to tell you about her as she appeared before my eyes. At 15.10 metres long and with a beam of 4.40 metres, her spaces are absolutely enviable. The stern cockpit is mechanized, raising and lowering as required: in one mode it is perfect for facilitating the launching or hauling of a tender or jet ski, revealing two retractable steps. But in an instant it lifts up to show its full extent, creating a single spacious central area that ensures maximum liveability.

Spaces are designed to be exploited to the full. The boat is designed to make the most of open air spaces, thanks to the moving stern and bow systems. The forward sundeck translates sideways to create a true beach area, a layout that the designers have dubbed “Bow Life”: by dividing the sun deck in half, a reinforced glass panel can be walked on, providing stunning light for one of the two owner’s cabins, a table can be added and turned into a dining area, and it can even be filled with water to create a small swimming pool… wonderful.

The aft cockpit can also be extended by means of a mechanism that divides the sundeck. This creates a spacious central area that is perfect for enjoying a relaxing day at sea, diving and lounging on the elegantly finished couches.

The helm station is spacious, modern, dominated by the black colour. I can’t wait to get my hands on the steering wheel, which is a piece of craftsmanship made especially for this boat, but I have to wait a little longer for that, first I want to get below deck.

fim-470-regina top viewTo call it bright is an understatement. Natural light pervades the two splendid owner’s cabins where large windows allow the sun’s rays to penetrate fully, illuminating the spaces and leaving a rarely found view of the sea.

The two owner’s cabins are to two junior suites filled with details of pure elegance, many of them designed by Liu Jo. In the main owner’s cabin, the double bed can be split in two and a reinforced glass on the bow opens up above your head, letting in plenty of natural light that joins that of the large side windows. We are talking about a four-metre room, so spacious that it feels like being in a 60-footer.

Both cabins have a ensuite head with shower, sanitary ware and elegant Nobili enamelled steel fittings. Every corner conceals a drawer, a hideaway wardrobe, and the look is never dull: the headboards of the beds are in hand-stitched Primo Fiore leather, the mattresses are of superlative quality and comfort, the lighting is all indirect LED, and each of the two rooms has its own climate control, as are the audio and video devices. All this is Full Domotics, meaning that everything is controllable from an app (but also with a classic interface): the icing on the cake of an open yacht that has definitely raised the bar.

Sea Trial

If the look has literally seduced me, resting my hands on the steering wheel sends a shiver down my spine. It is obvious that having something so exclusive in your hands leads you to treat it with the utmost attention, but I quickly overcome this reverential fear because I feel very comfortable: it is time to start the test of the FIM 470 Regina.

The sea conditions are quite tricky, with waves of about a metre and a half and a lot of wind: there are 12 of us on board including me. As we leave the marina and get familiar with the instruments, I look up and realize that there are six of us on the bridge, four seated and two standing.

We attack the sea, it’s really rough, but the hull is perfectly designed, it slices the wave in half decisively, limiting the inevitable bounce by quite a bit, and it does it constantly, one wave after another, so much so that I’m tempted to keep putting the throttles down.

The boat gets up awningon plane at about 12 knots and from there I speed up to cruising speed: the engine revs up to 2700, the speed is 26 knots and we are consuming about 155 l/h.

The boat is revealing all its sportiness. The two Volvo Penta IPS 800 engines with 600 hp each are giving me a tremendous boost, the hull does the rest. I turn slightly to port, take in the sea, and turn for a moment to see how the others on board with me are: from their faces they are really enjoying it, and so I decide that we can give ourselves one last thrill.

I turn sharply to starboard and put the throttles down a bit more, the Fim 470 Regina is touching 30 knots and the waves seem even higher than before: it’s almost a challenge, a fun challenge that gives everyone a thrill. Despite the wind and a few drops of rain, we are all amazed: no creaking, no vibration, no hesitation. What a beautiful boat!

Once ashore, I still have all the emotions of this dizzying hour at sea on me. I linger a moment longer to look at her, she is beautiful there is little to say. But that’s not all; she’s elegant and sporty at the same time, she’s gritty but attractive, she’s big, spacious without compromising her agility.

I realize that I have had a rare experience, from the front row moreover, and I think that next summer I would like to be nowhere else but on board this wonderful yacht.

TEST DATA

RPM

KN

L/H

CRUISING SPEED

2700

26

155

PLANING SPEED

 

12,5

 

TOP SPEED

3060

34,8

205

Data provided by Fim – Fabbrica Italiana Motoscafi: calm sea, no wind, 8 people and 50% fuel

Pearl 72 world premiered at FLIBS

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It’s been about a year since the design was unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2021, but now, on the other side of the world, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2022, the Pearl 72 is a concrete reality: with a superb exterior design by Dixon Yacht Design and an interior design by Kelly Hoppen CBE, Pearl Yachts showed the exquisitely British style of its latest jewel to the public for the first time.

pearl 72 side viewExtremely spacious with its two ‘master’ cabins, one forward with a private entrance, typical of much larger yachts, and the second amidships, the new Pearl 72 has two further double en-suite cabins and crew accommodation, plus a garage of exceptional proportions with enough space for a William 345 tender (or similar) and a jet ski. Folding balconies at water level also create a beach club for those who like to spend time near the water, allowing owners to enjoy a splendid view even when moored in port.

Behind the innovation and superb seaworthiness that characterize Pearl Yachts are award-winning naval architect Bill Dixon, who worked on her aerodynamic lines, and world-renowned designer Kelly Hoppen CBE, who penned the interiors: a style that is constantly evolving, defined by a subtle fusion of clean lines and neutral tones, which has won him numerous prestigious awards. Pure British design, inside and out.

Lastly, the new Pearl 72 master cabinbrings another first on board: Kelly’s new ‘Indulgence’ interior design theme. The design intent of this yacht is to capture New York City urban life, combining the incredible mechanical characteristics that have been achieved with a range of materials including wood, stone and contrasting metal details that create enchanting reflections and luxurious tones that ideally blend her interior with the ocean.

I know I speak for each of us who has been involved in the Pearl 72 project when I say that it is an immensely satisfying moment to be relaxing under the Florida sun, surrounded by friends, with the finished product of all our efforts sparkling in front of us – said Pearl CEO Iain Smallridge The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was the perfect setting for the premiere, and highlights the growing significance of our American market, where we now have a well-established sales network through our Partners Atlantic Yacht & Ship, the east coast dealer and Jeff Brown Yachts, the west coast dealer.”

Pearl 72 – technical specs

LOA

21.99 m

LH

21.13.00

Max Beam

5.75 m

Draft

1.70 m

Engines

Standard: 2x MAN V12 1400Hp; Optional: 2x MTU 10V2000 M96L 1600HP

Displacement

48 tons

Top speed

32 kn

Fuel

4250l

Water

590l

Guest Cabins

4

Crew Cabins

1

Berths

8+2

Main Compartments

5

Materials

GRP

Builder

Pearl Yachts

Exterior designer & concept

Dixon Yacht Design

Interior designer

Kelly Hoppen CBE

Design Category

B

 

ICE 62 TARGA, the Italian Blue water cruiser revolution

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Difficult not to be enchanted when admiring the new Ice 62 Targa. This sailboat, admirably built by an Ice Yachts that moves the bar of quality ever higher, redefines in one fell swoop both the “Blue water cruiser” and “Easy sailing” concepts.

With the launch of this unit,Ice-62-Targa-upwind Ice also shakes up the cards in a market that, unquestionably, sees both Nordic and high-end Italian yards remain more than a step behind in the race towards innovation and performance. Capable of superlative performance, made possible thanks to the genius of the legendary Umberto Felci and a construction studied down to the smallest detail, the new Ice 62 Targa also features a decidedly intriguing design.

On board comfort is the watchword. After all, this boat was created with the aim of being manoeuvrable by just one person, so it is hardly surprising that everything can be handled directly from the control console.

From here it is possible to make turns, trim the jib, mainsail, gennaker, backstay, kicking strap and the various settings (to be set according to the type of sailing ahead).

Ice-62-Targa-backlightWithout forgetting the quality of the materials. The glass-carbon hull is simply a spectacle for the eyes, enhanced by a full carbon deck and a T-Top, also in carbon, which gives a decidedly sporty look to the livery, very clean at the same time.

And again, the fin made of double Weldox steel with very high mechanical performance, or the hydraulic lifting system (by the Cariboni company) with 2.30/ 3.90 variable draft that allows for racing performance at sea while guaranteeing agile entry into port.

In short, in the Ice 62 Targa all the best of the yard’s production has been synthesized with the precise aim of offering a unique experience at sea in terms of performance and comfort, combined with a touch of class and elegance that makes this boat simply amazing.

Sea Trial

There are two of us, the owner and I, and it is only because I already know it is possible that I am not surprised that one person is enough to steer it. And yet it is, and it is in the most natural way possible.

We start Ice-Yachtstesting the engine, a 195 HP Yanmar, which I immediately bring up to 1800 rpm reaching 9.2 knots, a remarkable economical cruising speed for a boat of this size. At 2400 rpm the speed is 10.8 knots. The Ice 62 Targa sails really well, linear and cleanly slicing through the waves with great purity, without a hint of drag. Accelerating further, at 2900 rpm, I touch 12 knots. Then we look at each other, the wind has picked up and I can’t wait to sail.

We’re sailing upwind, and I’m doing it all by myself simply by operating the buttons on the console in front of me.

Of course it takes a bit of getting used to operating the large control panel but, once you have memorized the commands, it is priceless to move around with such simplicity, which is also an important safety factor.

Code 0The Ice 62 Targa moves constantly at a higher speed than the wind. With a 6-knot true wind, the boat sails at almost 7 knots: most blue water cruisers are stationary in these conditions …

Then the wind increases a bit and, with it, so do our speeds. What doesn’t change though is the behaviour of the boat, always predictable, never nervous. With a true wind of 8/10 knots we constantly sail above 9 with peaks of 10 knots to windward: what a boat guys!

We spread out and unroll Code zero, again without leaving the console. The 360 square metres of surface open up to the wind and … and it’s like putting on the turbo. The boat takes off and, in a flash, we are flying at over 13 knots. The stern wake is that of a speedboat and, up to 90/100 degrees, we always travel like this.

Bearing away further we recover more normal speeds, 9/10 knots even if we bear away a lot, but it’s clear that here you need an A2 to run fast. Yes, I know it’s not a racing boat, but man, it makes you want to …

I reluctantly give up the helm and go below deck, there are no creaks, there’s just the wind and the sound of the bow slicing through the waves. Poetry.

The ICE 62 Targa in detail

Let’s get down to the Ice-62-Targa-bowtechnical side of things and try to describe the main features of this boat.

I suggest starting with the absolutely modern design, gorgeous in the chrome colours of the glass-carbon hull, with an inverted bow (scimitar-shaped) with a 1.3 metre long carbon bowsprit, which leaves room for water lines and appendages characterized by a variable draft, from 2.30 to 3.80 metres.

What’s more, the boat is fitted with double rudder blades, bow and stern thrusters that can be retracted for easy mooring, which is essential for solo sailors. The engine, a 195 hp Yammar has enabled us to sail up to 12 knots. Not bad at all.

Carbon is the watchword. As mentioned, it is found in the hull, to make it strong and withstand the stresses of the sea (combined, however, with fibreglass to soften the structure), and again in the deck, to lighten the structure and lower the centre of gravity, or in the canopy, on which, among other things, a solar panel support and the electrically-controlled mainsail traveller are installed. And again in the chainplates, the rudders, the rig and the bimini, which together with the maxi dodger create a perfect synthesis of how the deck of a sailing yacht should always be designed.

Interior-Ice-62-targaWhen sailing, you can exploit a sail area of 240 square metres and a gennaker of 360 square metres, all designed to ‘catch’ the wind immediately and without compromise, which means all the necessary thrust at high speeds but also minimal displacement when sailing upwind, thanks to the hydraulic lifting by the Cariboni Company.

The stern section accommodates two dedicated helmsman’s seats with precisely two carbon-fibre rudders for the best possible control while defying the heavy aerodynamic loads to which the boat is subjected when underway: among other things, under the seats there is a convenient locker for storing everything you need at hand and a raft.

It is precisely when you are at the helm that you realize how beautiful it is. Elegant, sophisticated, absolutely practical both when single-handed and with large crews, this boat has everything you need. Wide benches, very comfortable backrests, and the size of the cockpit itself, absolutely spacious and therefore liveable, but also eye-catching thanks to the Felci Yacht design that embellishes an already unparalleled line.

This quality is master cabinalso evident below deck, where there are no less than three cabins, two heads and a large galley. Here, too, the attention is maniacal: the idea is to make the hull lose weight thanks to lightened panels and innovative solutions, without, however, ever setting aside fine finishes or refined carpentry work.

It is hard to imagine setting limits on this boat on which, in all this, there is also space for 1040 litres of water and 800 litres of fuel, which if we think of long navigation alone or in company are fundamental, as is the large garage, comparable to that of a 70-footer, where a 3.1-metre tender can be accommodated. In a nutshell, superbly oversized.

Fast, exciting, practical, beautiful. This sailboat has marked a turning point in the “blue water cruiser” category by showcasing all the Italian character of something that has always seemed the prerogative of other countries, and which makes Ice Yachts a new reference point at international level.

Delights off the Docks of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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From Haute Couture to High Rolling:
Delights off the Docks of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show . 

Internationally renowned for hosting the world’s largest in-water boat show for the last 63 years, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, enjoys a tradition as strong as the trade winds with the boating community. Thanks to 300 navigable miles of tropical inland canals – complete with gondolas from the New River tidal estuary gliding through the Intracoastal Waterways – the maritime metropolis has earned itself the “Venice of America” title.

However, aside fort-lauderdale-international-boat-show-2021from enticing aquatic vices offered along the city’s coastline from its imitations of Italy to having the option to anchor that precious Absolute Yachts or Ocean Alexander offshore… time spent on terra firma can be just as unforgettably fun and fulfilling.

For seafarers in town for Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) taking place from the 26-30 of October, whether you favor strolling the shops or rolling the dice, our two top choices sans water in the western region – Sawgrass Mills Outlets and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – are guaranteed to fill your closet and fatten your bank account… if you play your cards right!

Shop till You Drop at Sawgrass

Designed in the shape of an alligator and named after an Everglades plant – Sawgrass Mills Outlets located off West Sunrise Blvd is a fashionista’s shopping fantasy come true. Encompassing 2.4 million square feet of retail space housing 350-plus stores, the place is so immense it has two Michael Kors and Lacoste locations.

Sawgrass-PradaAnd while the premiere shopping center is divided into three sections (the main mall, the Oasis and the Colonnade) haute couture devotees should head to the Colonnade for the latest looks coming off the catwalks.

The upscale lifestyle area with visible Mediterranean flair boasts of 70 exclusive boutiques from Bally and BOSS to Valentino and Versace. Timepiece aficionados will also take pleasure in the possibility of adding a new watch to their personal collection from Breitling or TAG Heuer also found on the promenade.

But, it gets better! After walking for hours on end seeking out the latest trends, weekend valet parking makes placing those purchases back in the vehicle all the more easy, easing feet and leg strains, before returning to one of the 50 appetizing eateries to appease increasing hunger pains.

Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., expect an international crowd schlepping around shopping carts that resemble airport luggage trolleys. Also expect to find that “something special” you’d been on the hunt for, seeing that, Sawgrass Mills is loaded with goods, gadgets and gear to please even the pickiest of shoppers.

Live Like a Rock Star at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

You can wake up in an upcycled 1965 Boeing 727 in Costa Rica and a sailing ship themed hotel in Dubai, but when in Fort Lauderdale – it’s high time to live like a lavish rock star at the first-ever guitar-shaped Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, under ownership by the Seminole Indian Tribe.

Referred to simply Fort-Lauderdale-INTERNATIONAL-BOAT-SHOW-Hard-Rock-overviewas “The Guitar Hotel,” soaring 450 feet (137 meters) high, the iconic symbol of the Hard Rock re-opened in October of 2019 following a $1.5 billion expansion spanning three years to bring life and light (actually many lights) to the locality.

Constructed with a total of 16,800 LEDs choreographed to change color and intensity to a series of songs – the lights serve as a screen and stage for a daily musical showcase happening on Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., and Sunday through Thursday at 9 p.m. Six high-powered laser beams projected 20,000 feet into the sky mimic the strings of an imaginary guitar. Most visitors believe the masterpiece to be of generic design, but some rock-n-rollers relish in the fact that it’s based off a Gibson Les Paul electronic model replica.

Fort-Lauderdale-INTERNATIONAL-BOAT-SHOW-GUITAROnce done ogling the awesomeness of the gargantuan-sized beaming guitar from outdoors, it’s time to enter the establishment through the Oculus, the resort’s multi-sensorial epicenter mixing theater, technology and architecture together. The Oculus acts as a link to the varying hospitality, gaming and entertainment destinations for diversion and options to keep busy on the premises, as suggested below:

*The around the clock gaming casino consisting of 2,200 slot machines and more than 200 table games.

*The winding promenade of boutiques for guests not gung-ho on trying their luck or for the lucky ones looking to unload some of their winnings.

*Party like a rock star at your choice of venues from: cocktail, live music and sports bars, to the tropical poolside day club or cutting-edge upper level night club.

*Attend a show in the 7,000-seat theater hosting A-list entertainers from Billy Joel to Sting, to awards ceremonies and sports events.

*After playing, partying and taking in a performance, why not overnight in a unique private swim-up cabana reminiscent of a “Bora Bora-style experience” complete with butler service!

Extravagance can be found all around Fort Lauderdale – no matter your fancy, seek and you will find it from the shoreline to the suburbs before, during and after Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show !

Indulge yourself at “Pilot” Brooklyn’s chic champagne and oyster floating bar

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Docked each summer season inside the lush and lively Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pilot is the vintage wooden schooner slash chic floating hotspot sure to sweep you off your feet and onboard at first sight. The Pier 6 promenade was not always home base for Pilot, nor was the classic craft anchored with an inviting marble oyster bar on the bow and chilled champagne and rose flowing all day from the nautical-inspired beverage bar to the stern.

Pilot oldPenned by W. Starling Burgess and perfected in form in 1924 by J.F. James and Sons Shipyard in Massachusetts, the double-masted maritime marvel has a remarkable story to tell and much to be proud of prior to her shipyard rescue and redecoration in recent years.

Originally purchased by the Boston Harbor Pilotage and put into service for over fifty years, the 147-footer crossed the world twice over, functioned as a research vessel, and most importantly, as a ferry for World War II soldiers.

pilot-oyster-bar-brooklynTo her credit, Pilot became the country’s longest-serving pilot ship in American history and 75 percent of the original fabric still remains intact.

The design concept of drinking, dining and unwinding on the water comes courtesy of the lifelong sailing brothers and their creative maritime-themed hospitality company, which also includes the 32,000-square-foot Island Oyster bar and beer garden on Governors Island.

Lobster fest

Sharing a passion for old boats and cold mollusks – the Pincus Brothers are bringing seaside shellfish back – by drawing inspiration from centuries past to the era when folks congregating and celebrating along the wharves eventually made their way onto the barges filled with frothy flowing beer and fresh shucked oysters. Albeit Pilot is an upscale revival, the irregularly-shaped, lemon-garnished gourmet goods are still being slurped up the same way.

As a rule, connoisseurs of the delicacy usually choose to pair their sustainably harvested summer favorite with beer, champagne or even a glass of Chablis, due to the fact, limestone soil from the region in France was found to contain oyster shells. And while experts tend to down them like ice-cold tequila shots, chewing is suggested to bring out the sweetness and savor the salty beach flavor. Apart from the oysters, Pilot’s concise menu options cater to the seafood crowd; other guest favorites include lobster rolls, scallop ceviche, and its signature New American Brooklyn cuisine soft shell crab po-boy.

NSS Group, all-round boating

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In the month in which Europe’s most important boat shows are held, the NSS Group is particularly active with all its three divisions that make the company a unique reality in the boating industry in terms of completeness of services and activities. Founded and run by Simone Morelli, a retired Navy officer, NSS Group operates in the boat sales sector with NSS Yachting, in tourism with NSS Charter, and in berth management with Marina Cala dei Sardi.

NSS Yachting between Cannes and Genoa

Simone-MorelliThe NSS Yachting division participated in the Cannes Yachting Festival with the full range of Lagoon catamarans. Visitors had the opportunity to admire live the 42, the 46, the brand-new 51 and the 55, already presented last year at Cala dei Sardi, as well as the flagships Sixty5 and Seventy7. Moreover, for monohull lovers, NSS Yachting was also present at the Beneteau booth, where in addition to the Oceanis 34.1, 40.1, 46.1, 54 and 60, the new First 36 and 44, two boats with exciting performances, were on display.

As soon as the Cannes Yachting Festival is over, NSS Yachting is already looking at the Genoa Boat Show, from 22nd to 27th September, where the Lagoon range will be present with the new 51 and 55, while the Beneteau booth will still host the Oceanis 34.1, 40.1, 46.1 and the Oceanis Yacht range with the 54 and 60. The new First 44, Beneteau’s flagship performance model, will not be missing.

NSS Yachting is the result of a long experience gained in the boating sector, and more specifically in chartering and yachting management, which has led the company to establish itself also in the sales sector. Today NSS Yachting is the official dealer of the most prestigious shipyards and is the dealer of both Lagoon catamarans and Beneteau monohulls, sailing and motor-powered, as well as the importer for Italy of Highfield aluminium rigid keel inflatable boats. In 2019, 2020 and 2021 NSS Yachting won the Lagoon ‘Best European Dealer‘ award. The team of maritime professionals and brokers also deals with the purchase and sale of used boats worldwide and many sea and sailing-related services.

NSS Group’s activities

In addition to NSS NSS-YachtingYachting, the NSS Group also includes the NSS Charter division, the main company in the yacht charter sector in Sardinia, founded in 1998 and today a benchmark in the sector worldwide, thanks both to the professionalism of its staff and to the large and constantly growing number of yachts in its fleet.

NSS Charter has five bases in the Mediterranean: in Sardinia in the Marina di Cala dei Sardi, in Tuscany in the Marina di Cala de’ Medici, in Campania in the Marina d’Arechi, in Sicily in Portorosa, and in the Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca. Another base, dedicated to holidays in the months that are winter in Europe, is the Caribbean in Grenada. The NSS Charter fleet as a whole comprises over 130 sailing yachts (monohulls and catamarans) equipped with every comfort, making the group the leading charter company in Italy in terms of number of boats and service quality.

Last but not least, Marina Cala dei Sardi, a safe harbour located in the Gulf of Cugnana in Sardinia between Portisco and Porto Rotondo in the heart of the Costa Smeralda, an ideal strategic point for exploring Tavolara Island, the Maddalena Archipelago and southern Corsica. Easy to reach and only 16 km away from the Olbia-Costa Smeralda international airport and the port of Olbia, Cala dei Sardi provides guests with a large reserved car park, 140 berths from 6 to 60 metres, water and electricity supplied at the quay, and ashore toilets, wi-fi, a shuttle service to the supermarket and the guarantee of 24/7 surveillance.

Cala dei Sardi is not a common port, but rather a lounge immersed in nature: the evocative setting is characterized by Mediterranean vegetation, a true oasis of peace in which to relax and find a unique and exclusive contact with nature. Guests can enjoy ample green spaces and relaxation areas, as well as a comfortable floating solarium from which to dive into the crystal-clear waters of the cove.