Cantiere del Pardo’s Grand Soleil 72 shines on Capri


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


23.75 m | 77.92 ft


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


31 t | 68,343 lb


9 t | 19,842 lb

Sail Plan

310 m2 | 3337 ft2


150 HP

Water Capacity

1,000 l

Fuel Capacity

1,000 l

Grand Soleil 72 Capri

Mercury V10 Verado: new 350HP and 400HP outboards unveiled


Mercury V10: new Verado 350 and Verado 400 are the first industry’s 10-cylinder outboards

It is a world premiere in grand style that brings us to discover the brand-new Mercury Verado V10 which, once again, breaks the rules of a market increasingly oriented towards high-horsepower outboards.
This is an important and highly competitive market that Mercury has conquered thanks to very significant investments, succeeding over time in creating a series of new engines that simply cannot be found with other manufacturers’ current offerings.
I am clearly referring to the path that, starting with the launch of the V6 and V8s in 2018, has seen the American company resolutely chart a precise course, punctuated by the introduction of new propulsion units that we all thought would culminate with the 600 V12s, presented last year at the Cannes Yachting Festival.
Yet, surprisingly, the American boating giant surprises again by presenting the new naturally Aspirated 5.7L Mercury V10, available from today in 350 or 400 HP versions.


The all-new Mercury V10 Verado outboards are exactly what boaters have been asking for in a 350 and 400hp platform,” said Chris Drees, Mercury Marine president.They are powerful, smooth and quiet. They have many of the same fuel efficiency-enhancing features that are synonymous with our high-horsepower lineup. They also deliver the same kind of premium boating experience that has made Verado outboards legendary. The V10 Verado outboards solidify Mercury’s leadership position in the high-horsepower outboard market.”

The new Mercury V10 Verado outboards in detail

Aspirated, with a Mercury-V10-Verado-400performance-inspired quad-cam design and class-leading displacement, the new Mercury V10 Verado outboards are specially designed to deliver premium torque and speed performance.

Weighing only 695 pounds, they feature a 150-amp alternator and industry-leading 26-inch mount spacing, which makes them perfect for multi-engine applications or repowering vessels.

The platform’s all-new hydrodynamic gearcase is engineered to improve performance and operating reliability. For the new Mercury V10 Verado, Mercury engineers designed the all-new Revolution X propeller which, equipped with a larger diameter and wider blades, is expected to “discharge into the water” all the torque which these outboards are capable of, providing excellent handling, thrilling acceleration and maximized fuel efficiency.

Equally noteworthy is the improved level of technology and electronics which these new outboards can benefit from. In fact, they feature the advanced Range Optimization system, which analyses engine parameters and then acts to reduce consumption, and the Adaptive Speed Control technology, a software capable of keeping engine speed constant regardless of environmental conditions and sustained loads.

Big news then, which fuels healthy curiosity and a great desire to see how they go.

Luckily, the trials begin tomorrow and we will be among the lucky few who will be able to test them in a world preview, right in the waters of the legendary Lake X, a mystical place near Orlando where all Mercury’s secret prototypes were and are tested.

Stay tuned then, we”ll have the pleasure of telling you all about it in a few days.

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


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…

Naval Tecno Sud Boat Stand at METSTRADE

Naval Tecno Sud will join the METSTRADE Amsterdam with four exclusive premieres.

Just a few days to go before the opening of METSTRADE in Amsterdam, the world’s largest trade fair for professionals in the yachting equipment sector. This eagerly awaited event, which will take place between 15 and 17 November 2022, will see the participation of the biggest brands, including Naval Tecno Sud: a company specializing in the design and marketing of CE-certified boating products.

Active for more than ten years, the Italian company founded by its owner, Roberto Spadavecchia, constantly builds and innovates accessories for shipyards around the world. In fact, Naval Tecno Sud’s products are known and appreciated worldwide, also thanks to the commitment and perseverance shown by the president and his team, who assiduously participate in the various sector exhibitions.

This has naval-tecno-sud-productsallowed the company to expand its field of action and sell abroad, although most of its products are sold in Europe. 60% of production is sold in the EU, of which half, 30 per cent, is sold in Italy alone, while the remaining 40% is bought in America, Australia and other smaller countries.

The METS Amsterdam is an unmissable appointment for the company, which invests and develops ever more innovative products for the storage and transport of boats in shipyards. All of their products are CE-certified and their materials are of the highest quality. They also boast an ironworks certificate attesting to the quality of the product and its mechanical properties.

Roberto Spadavecchia started the company by following a new line compared to what had been seen in the past: he tried to renew all the polluting equipment that was used in the harbour to support and work the hulls of even very large boats. Gradually it replaced them with quality products to guarantee the safety of the workers, while also making the yard itself cleaner and more sustainable. According to these principles, the company develops above all cradles, fixed and adjustable heels and trailers for large boats, both motor and sailing, and these are the company’s best-selling products.

naval-tecno-sud-metsMETS is therefore an annual opportunity for Naval Tecno Sud to demonstrate and sell, not only more sustainable products, but also certified products to protect operators and ensure they work safely.  The company’s booth will be located at 05.806 in Hall 5 – Marine & Yard Pavilion.

Four exclusive premieres involving mega-yacht accessories, in constant demand at Naval Tecno Sud, will be presented this year. The products unveiled for the first time at METS will be: vertical cradles, fixed heels for the keel, adjustable double-telescoping heels for motor-powered megayachts, and a transportable cradle for sailing megayachts.

These products are all fundamental and important for a shipyard that has to store or do work on large vessels, and the choice to present them precisely at METSTRADE Amsterdam is not accidental, but a strategic choice, as owner Roberto Spadavecchia also confirms:

“We have been attending METS for ten years, ever since the company was born, because we make accessories and products for boatyards and METS is the most specialized event in the world for this. While the other exhibitions have both boats and accessories, METS is only accessories, so visitors are usually the shipyards who are interested in buying our products.

All the other exhibitions are divided between boats and accessories, so the audience is divided between: the family with children who maybe go to look at the boats and the people who come for the accessories. METS, on the other hand, being also a midweek event, without taking up any weekends, sees the presence only of sector operators, so it is much more concentrated and specialized in what we make.”

boat cradlesboat hull

Fire on board: what is it and how to avoid it


How prepared are we for a fire on board? 

fire Fire on board is undoubtedly the most difficult situation to deal with.

Although it is the most feared, and above all the one with the most devastating effects, it is also the subject that seafarers know the least about, the one to which they devote very little time for training, and sometimes not even that.

In these few lines, we would like to deal with this topic in a comprehensive manner and provide the reader with points of interest and insight, because ‘nothing happens’, but if it does…

The phenomenon of the combustion reaction has been known for several millennia, but it was at the beginning of the 18th century that the theory of the ‘phlogiston’, a substance present in everything that can burn, was released, giving rise to heat. At the end of the 18th century, the chemist A.L. Lavoisier demonstrated experimentally that air is a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen and that combustion is an uncontrolled oxidation phenomenon in which oxygen acts as an oxidant while nitrogen does not take part in the reaction.

DEFINITION: Combustion is the chemical reaction of two substances (fuel and oxidiser) with the development of heat. Necessary conditions for this reaction

chemical reaction are:

– presence of fuel

– presence of oxidant

– presence of a heat source (ignition)

When one of the three elements of combustion is missing, combustion does not take place or if already taking place, it is extinguished.

This process is usually fire on board fire trianglerepresented graphically by the so-called Fire Triangle.

In academic terms, complete combustion (fire) is the result of the combination of four essential elements that must be present simultaneously:

– the fuel, which is the material capable of combining chemically with oxygen (or other substance) with the emission of thermal energy;

– the oxidiser, which is the substance that fuels combustion by oxidation of the fuel, i.e. oxygen.

– a source, which releases a suitable amount of thermal energy and which is capable of initiating the combustion process, e.g. a wooden match, or the flame of a candle.

– the formation or release of chemically active atomic groups (radicals) capable of producing chain reactions (oxidation).

The combination of physical and chemical transformations of a material subjected to the action of fire establishes the ‘fire reaction of materials’ (there are several combustion reactions). But what is a chemical reaction?

If we have a liquid fuel, it does not burn directly, but its vapours will burn when the ignition temperature is reached. So it is not so much the liquid that burns but the vapours it emits.

Even in the case of solid fuels (such as wood), it starts with the flammable gases emitted as the body heats up, and then later extends to the solid residue.

The extinguishing agents, which make up extinguishing systems, mobile or fixed, are many and varied, because the types of fire are different.

Here are some examples:

types of fireCLASS A: wood, paper, coal, textiles, rubber.

Suitable extinguishing agents: water, foam, chemical powders, potassium salt aerosols


hydrocarbons, oils, greases, alcohols, ethers, solvents, fuels, lubricants.

Suitable extinguishing agents: foam, CO2, chemical powders, potassium salt aerosols


LPG, methane, hydrogen, propane, butane, ethylene, propylene.

Usable extinguishing agents: CO2, chemical powders, halogenated, potassium salt aerosols


Light alkaline earth metals such as magnesium, manganese, aluminium powder, alkaline metals such as sodium, potassium and lithium, peroxides, chlorates and perchlorates.

Extinguishing agents that can be used: CO2, chemical powders, potassium salt aerosols

The comburent involved in combustion is oxygen, i.e. a ‘gas’.

For this reason, the other element involved, the fuel, must also be a gas or vapour, which explains why, in order for the combustion reaction to start, the solid fuel must be heated to the temperature at which it begins to emit combustible gases.

The more oxygen there is in the air (volumetric percentage ≥ 21%), the easier it is for the combustion process to start.

The combustion reaction gives rise to combustion gases (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane combustion), flames, smoke, heat.

How to extinguish a fire on board?

The most common method of extinguishing a fire on board is the hand-held extinguisher.

But fire extinguishers are not all the same and differ in relation to extinguishing fire classes.

The most common types of extinguisher are:

– Powder extinguishers

– Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extinguishers

– Water-based extinguishers

Of these, the most commonly used types of extinguisher are certainly Powder and Water-Based.

Powder Extinguisher

This is the most widely sold extinguisher, the most affordable in price and the most common in small businesses. It extinguishes Class A, B and C fires. It consists of a steel casing pressurised with inert gas (nitrogen) or dehumidified air and composed of a chemical powder consisting mainly of salt compounds.

Carbon Dioxide Extinguisher

Also known as a CO2 powder extinguisherextinguisher, this is ideal for installation near electrical panels. It should be used together with, and not instead of, the Powder extinguisher because it covers Class B fires but not A and C fires because by its very nature it would lower the temperature but not extinguish embers.

The tank is in a single block of steel alloy (resistant to the high pressures developed by the gas) connected to a high-pressure hose and a PVC cone equipped with a handle, which prevents cold burns to the operator as the evaporation of the gas brings the temperature down to -79°C during use.

Water-Based Extinguisher

This consists of a corrosion-protected sheet steel cylinder with a charge composed of foaming liquid diluted in water. It is suitable for Class A, B and F fires, unsuitable for Class D fires. It is mainly used in the naval sector. When the extinguisher is operated, the foaming or water-based liquid (with other substances to amplify its effect) will come into contact with the air through small holes in the base of the lance. This contact will generate the foam.

How to use a fire extinguisher to extinguish a fire on board?

Anywhere, on a boat, at home or in the office, you should have a fire extinguisher at hand. This is one of the best ways to defend yourself against fires, especially since external intervention is not always immediate. However, not everyone knows the rules for handling a fire extinguisher or which extinguisher to use for a specific type of fire on board.

The correct handling of a fire extinguisher could save our lives and the lives of those who live or work with us. The correct handling procedure for a fire extinguisher can be summarised in 4 steps:
1. remove the safety lock;

2. hold the discharge tube;

3. press the discharge valve;

4. hold the hose in a horizontal direction.

It sounds easy, but in order to successfully extinguish a fire on board, a more in-depth knowledge of both the use of the extinguisher and the nature of fires and the extinguishing agent is required.

fire extinguisher• First of all, before removing the safety lock from the extinguisher, it is advisable to call the fire brigade. It is advisable to do this as a first step, since their intervention may not be immediate: the fire brigade travels with large and cumbersome vehicles, which may stop in traffic or be far from the scene.

• Once the plastic seal has been broken, the fire extinguisher must be gripped firmly and decisively, perhaps taking a deep breath first and trying to remain calm despite the apparently difficult situation. It is advisable to direct the hose of the fire extinguisher with the main hand, so as to minimize the complexity of the operation.

• Before deploying the extinguisher, you should identify the nearest escape route and turn your back to it, so that you can easily escape once the fire is extinguished on board. When using the extinguisher, it is necessary to stand a maximum of 4 metres away from the fire, gradually getting closer as the fire is extinguished. The hose should be held at a safe distance from your body; it is advisable to swing it left and right and direct the jet towards the base of the fire. Once used, the extinguisher must be replaced or recharged.

Fire on board – Which fire extinguisher to use

A fire extinguisher is a first aid fire-fighting tool: proper use of a fire extinguisher can only occur in the presence of small outbreaks or the beginnings of a fire on board. However, the action of an extinguisher is essential to limit damage, to prevent the situation from worsening and, above all, to protect people’s safety. For this purpose, it is also necessary to be familiar with the various types of extinguishers and fires, thus understanding which one to use in different situations. For example, in the case of fires in electrical installations, which extinguisher should be used? Let us try to understand this.

  • Class A: indicates fires from solid materials; all the various types of extinguishers can be used, CO2 (less recommended), powder and foam.
  • Class B: this covers fires from liquids or liquefiable solids; again, all three extinguishers can be used.
  • Class C: fires from gases are covered; Co2 and powder extinguishers may be used.
  • Class D: fires from metals; only powder extinguishers may be used.
  • Class E: currently no longer covered, it concerns electrical appliances, for which Co2 and powder extinguishers may be used.
  • Class F: fires from vegetable or animal oils and fats fall into this last class; in this case, only foam extinguishers may be used.

How to extinguish a fire on board

Before looking at how to extinguish a fire on board, it is good to understand its evolution. A fire consists of four moments:
1. ignition phase;
2. propagation phase;
3. generalised fire;
4. extinguishing and cooling phase.

The ignition phaseextinguisher is the initial moment of the fire, during which the amount of flame and heat produced is still fairly limited. At this early stage, first aid means can be used to extinguish it, rather easily.

During the next phase, the propagation one, the combustion affects a larger area, with such heat and quantity of flames that it is impossible to approach without the appropriate equipment. In the generalised fire phase, there is spontaneous ignition of the materials present in the environment; there is a sharp rise in temperature and an exponential increase in the speed of combustion.

When the fire on board has finished affecting all combustible material, the extinguishing phase begins, characterised by lowering of temperatures and heat dissipation through smoke and heat conduction phenomena. To extinguish a fire, it is necessary to eliminate one of the sides of the fire triangle.

1.Fuel side, through the action of separation or distancing. Action is taken by removing combustible substances that have not yet ignited, thus proceeding by exhausting the fuel itself. This separation may take place by means of non-flammable shelters and barriers, strong jets of water or mechanical means.
2.Oxidiser side, by smothering. The fire needs oxygen to subsist; once this is removed, for example by means of a blanket, the fire is extinguished.
3.Ignition side: by subtracting heat, so as to obtain a lower temperature than that required for combustion. It is possible to act by lowering the temperature through, for example, water

It is not easy to extinguish a fire on board and all the operations listed are made even more difficult by the fear, worry and panic that grips any person, even the most experienced, who has to deal with this devastating element.

Let us also add, without fear of being contradicted, that very few people have taken a fire-fighting course, who have tried to use a fire extinguisher, who have done, or regularly do, extinguishing tests with a manual extinguisher.

fixed fire extinguishing systemsThis is why it is important to have fixed, automatic extinguishing systems on board, placed in the most at-risk places on the boat, such as the electrical panels, the galley hood, the engine compartment, and the lithium batteries.

The most suitable and cost-effective extinguishing agent for these solutions, which allows even the smallest compartments to be protected, is potassium condensed salt aerosol.

AERPRO®, attending this year’s METS, Hall 5, booth 568, will present a new Secure4Sea (S4S) initiative, set up together with companies that have been working in the recreational, commercial and military boating industry in the security sector for many years.

S4S is the sole reference point for shipyards, captains, and private individuals for information and advice on everything related to safety on board, from fire extinguishers, life rafts, personal protective equipment to fire detection and extinguishing systems, aerosols, water mist, gas, etc.

Finally, boaters, boat builders and refit operators have a qualified reference to solve their safety needs in the best possible way.

Secure4Sea, solutions for your boat.

Quick releases NEW raised rim downlights “Narrowing the Focus” at FLIBS


Quick Spa releases NEW raised rim downlights “Narrowing the Focus” at FLIBS

Quick Spa releases at FLIBS 

Quick Spa may hail from Ravenna, Italy, but the presence of its American subsidiary Quick USA could not be missed from October 26 to 30 at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Quick Gyro

Awarding attendees much to explore, booth 794 was broad in both display size, and spectrum of products being presented. Categorized in an orderly manner in the front row, it was easy to find its air-cooled Quick Gyro stabilizers; the innovative and efficient top-sellers also lined the inner compartments on a variety of vessels throughout the show from the adventurous Axopar to the prestigious Pardo and Ocean Alexander.

Quick at FLIBSI had the pleasure of speaking with Paolo Berni, Quick’s stateside managing director who confirmed that, more and more center console owners want the rock-n-roll coming from their speakers, NOT from under the feet of friends and family onboard, hence many are installing Quick anti-roll gyros.

Even better news… the fanatical attraction to the turn-key, walk-around watercrafts within North America continues. As luxury sport and angler-able center console ownership continues to soar exponentially, the strong market sales can only indicate one thing for Quick USA – the future looks bright! As the focus of our chat shifted to Quick’s newest lighting debuts, it seems the present is as bright as the future will be. Literally!

Raised Rim Downlight

Berni proceeded to walk me through the latest developments in the antiglare LED downlight category illuminating the Fort Lauderdale exhibition booth and beyond. While the company has by no means said farewell to its fashionable flush fixtures, it has said hello to a series of raised rim (or, as some prefer the term trim) borders. No matter the moniker, Quick Spa is expanding the brand by “narrowing its focus” in the sense that, due to the outer edges or borders, the beams are projected in a more precise angular direction.

First up are the smaller TULIP 40 and TULIP 52 and DAISY 40 and DAISY 52 models. Made in painted aluminum, wherever installed these LEDs give off an inviting family-feel to the surroundings. With an IP65 rating and availability in black and white, the TULIPS and DAISIES are too protected against humidity and water spatter.

quick stand FLIBSWhat is becoming an extremely stylish trend is mixing the small courtesy lights up on the ceiling with a linear light bar combination such as the beautiful flowing ONDALED SIDE which was presented at the Miami International Boat Show last February and highlighted in International Yachting Media’s digital publications.

Also appealing in the line is the larger JAZZ H10 downlight made of 316 AISI stainless steel. When compared to market standards the power LED optics with the JAZZ H10 have been thoroughly studied and guarantee a higher efficiency. Apart from warm white and white, eye-catching red and blue color options are two other possibilities.

And lastly for recessed applications, we present the largest of the lot, the PALLADIO VR 105. Almost cylinder-like in appearance, the PALLADIO is another product made from AISI stainless steel, with the dissipater fabricated out of anodized aluminum.

Visually the PALLADIO and its smaller counterparts create stunning scenarios that set the tone and ambiance inside and out. However, another most important benefit derived from the usage of LEDs is that energy consumption is significantly reduced – and that betterment extends beyond the boating world, impacting the overall environment in a positive light!

Absolute Yachts fascinates fans with “Navetta 75 and 48 Coupé” double USA debut at FLIBS

Absolute Yachts , double USA debut at FLIBS

Absolute Yachts: Navetta 75 – The Absolute Sphere

Fans of the Absolute Yachts brand took their first look at the flawlessly executed flagship Navetta 75 in American waters on Face Dock 5F at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, now in its 63rd year. Sharing its name with a unique shape – the Absolute Sphere – makes some wish they listened more in math class. Thanks to the Italian shipyard, geometric forms have never looked this good, so much so… when unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Navetta 75 captured the Best Interior Design award at the exclusive World Yachts Trophies 2022.

absolute yachts navetta 75 Stateside, the crowd continued to be wowed by the Absolute Sphere’s style emulating perfection, wholeness and harmony in a pure and perfect form demonstrated by: the large windows and high ceilings; single level design architecture which offers the ultimate reward in comfort; and incorporating a new tradition bordering the aft terrace with transparent glass parapets that deliver a view to the big blue, which in all certainty, beats the former fiberglass configuration.

Three more appealing accouterments receiving much admiration include: the inclusion of the modular furniture which allows you to personalize the aft to your own will; separate stairways to and from the bow and stern making it a breeze to pass from the main deck to the flybridge, which itself boasts of a newly designed helm station; and lastly, the overall aesthetics of the main deck as the natural light filtering through accentuates the fine woods and fabric wall coverings. 

Absolute Yachts: 48 Coupé – The Absolute Horizon

absolute-yachts-48-coupe-esterni-4Sporty in styling and stocky in her stance – the 48 Coupé which is Absolute Yachts’s second new FLIBS debut has too, dazzled those in her USA pathway. Based on the 47 FLY, Absolute Yachts has gone full circle returning to its roots with the 48 Coupé Absolute Horizon; it’s also going to great lengths to lower its carbon footprint. A set of flexible monocrystaline silicon, double-glazed solar panels have been integrated into the hardtop, one of which is transparent to allow the flow of natural light but limit the heat, so as to, not turn the room into an oven. 

Absolute’s pledge to sustainability is beyond venerable, seeing that, these fabrications are not generally found on vessels under 50 feet. Remember too, that by using the panels and embracing solar technology as a form of power, rewards boaters peace and quiet at anchor sans le générateur (that’s the generator for those in doubt). 

48-coupe-interni-1What’s more, the motor yacht categorized as a sport cruiser captivates her onboard audience with an aft cockpit and swim platform, voiced by many to be comparable in magnitude to the 60 FLY. Aft area comparisons aside, one thing is for sure – nothing compares to the infinite and unobstructed “Absolute Horizon” view offered to you. And with that said, let’s see what Absolute has on its horizon…

52 FLY – Absolute Direction

An Absolute Yachts press conference is as exciting as a World Cup soccer match, you don’t know what to expect when it starts, but can guarantee you’ll be left speechless. Such was the case when CCO Cesare Mastroianni and Rob Bowman, director of US-based affairs, presented the upcoming 52 FLY – The Absolute Direction to the marine press corps.

52-FLY-esterni-4Set to enter the water world at the Miami International Boat Show this coming February of 2023, the 52 FLY expresses, or shall I say advances, the award-winning builder’s ability to incorporate extraordinary livability into a denser dimension. For example, two hallmarks of the range will include a flybridge with a stern terrace and spacious cockpit terrace linked to the saloon and galley; and a foredeck with settee, table and sunbed. 


The International Yachting Media will be counting down the four months we must wait in order to see what “DIRECTION” Absolute Yachts has chosen for the 52 FLY. What is already crystal clear from the preprimary renderings – it’s certain to generate the same cheer as your team scoring that winning World Cup goal! 

Nimbus Group strongly targets the American market


Nimbus Group FLIBSWith more than 1,000 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors from all over the world, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show in the world, an unmissable occasion also for Nimbus Group, which has chosen it as its showcase: represented by its four North American dealers, Nimbus has thus stressed its intention to focus increasingly on the American market.

Alongside the North American team of the Nimbus Group were also the company‘s CMO, Michael Bohm, and the branding team under the management of Brand Manager Jonas Göthberg, as well as of course the best of the Nimbus line, consisting of the T11, T9 and T8, of the popular tender series, in addition to the best seller Nimbus 365 coupé.

A clear choice that highlights how vital the US market has now become for the Group, which sees increasing its presence and sales in North America as key to the company’s growth strategy.

With this in mind,

Jonas Göthberg –Nimbus Group Brand Manager
Jonas Göthberg –Nimbus Group Brand Manager

Nimbus has recently recruited Justin Joyner to its team as its new Vice President of North American Operations, a leading industry personality with solid experience in the North American powerboat market, accumulated over several years spent as Powerboat Manager in North America for French boat manufacturer Beneteau.

Nimbus Group has a lot to offer the American market and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to represent both the company and its amazing products for the first time in Florida,” said Justin Joyner during the event, which also featured the opening of a new office in Annapolis, Maryland, on the US East Coast.

In short, the course is set for Nimbus Group, which is aiming at America with great enthusiasm and with the intention of expanding its market and continuing the success story that began in Sweden back in 1968.

Electric Corvetta 24 on the market: the dolce vita of the future.


The new electric Corvetta 24 wins everyone over: zero environmental impact and traction aesthetics.

Giorgio Mussini shipyard’s new Corvetta has recently been launched on the market, this time in an electric version. The historic Portofino-based shipyard led by founder Giorgio and his son Gaetano has developed a unit they have been dreaming of for years: a day cruiser with almost zero environmental impact.

electric corvetta 24Precisely during the period of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company pushed the accelerator of creativity and resourcefulness by combining its handcrafted product with electric propulsion.

The propulsion unit was developed and supplied by E4Boat, a network of highly specialized and innovative companies in advanced robotics, electrified and hybrid propulsion and shipbuilding.

The electric Corvetta 24 thus presents itself as an environmentally and financially friendly recreational boat, dedicated to families taking a day trip and slow tourism whether at sea or on the lake.

Corvetta 24 – Design

Featuring elegant and sophisticated lines, the icon of the Giorgio Mussini shipyard that is a symbol of the dolce vita in Portofino is now green. The yard’s first ecological boat astonishes and conquers, taking nothing away from aesthetics and tradition but, on the contrary, adding an important step forward in terms of savings and environmental pollution. Only plus points for this luxurious and exciting craft, almost 8 metres long, characterized by a fibreglass hull, a very deep V-shaped bow and a hull designed to enhance the strengths of the day cruiser: speed, handling and incredible seaworthiness even in very difficult conditions.

All this is combined with precious mahogany or teak finishes that unify the boat and give it that air of craftsmanship and warmth that wood can give.

Electric propulsion

The engine of this corvetta-24-detailCorvetta 24 is the real revolution: permanent magnet electric propulsion generating a minimum power of 30kW with a static power converter and battery modules for a total of 65kWk which translates into an autonomy of no less than 4 hours for the owner.

Not only is the environmental impact reduced to zero, but another important peculiarity comes into play: you will be able to navigate listening only to the sound of the sea.

In fact, the electric engine, unlike the endothermic one, guarantees an unprecedented silence that renews the classic experience at sea aboard a Corvetta and allows the owner to drive and listen only to the music of the sea beating against the hull.

The new electric Corvetta 24 makes a real leap forward for Giorgio Mussini shipyard, which has always been a producer of fine yachts, with tradition in its heart and a mind in the future, as this new model on the market demonstrates.


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


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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