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

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.

Wally wallywind130 and wallywind150: details of the innovative sailing yachts unveiled


Wally presents renderings of its new sailing yachts wallywind130 and wallywind150, built with pre-preg carbon fibre for exceptional performance.

wallywind130 and wallywind150 expand the Wally family

While building continues on the wallywind110, the Wally shipyard does not stop: the in-house design team headed by Luca Bassani, in fact, has been working hand-in-glove with renowned naval architect firm judel+vrolijk & co and design studio Santa Maria Magnolfi to develop the new wallywind130 and wallywind150 sailing superyachts.

Both models respect the values that characterize the Monaco-based brand, part of the Ferretti Group: a carbon hull highlighting performance potential, clean lines, and an elegant interior combining functionality and hedonism.

Wally is re-affirming its sailing roots with the launch of these designs,” says Wally Managing Director Stefano de Vivo.Alongside the wallywind110, the wallywind130 and wallywind150 represent the pinnacle of carbon composite construction for blissful cruising and exhilarating racing. We liken the boats to the Grand Turismo cars, which is to say powerful and supremely comfortable. I believe these are the best round-the world sailing machines ever created.”

The wallywind150 – adds Wally Founder and Chief Designer Luca Bassani is the natural evolution of the Wally144 Kauris IV launched in 2020. It includes some Wally iconic features, such as the cockpit protected by the high bulwarks, the Terrace-on-the-sea and the raised saloon. On the other hand, it also introduces a few more revolutionary features such as the forward guest area which doubles as a tender garage when not in use, a truly private owner’s terrace aft as well as a new interior layout to enhance flexibility for the owner.”

Exteriors reflect Wally’s DNA

Wally-wallywind130-exteriorsThe main strength of the wallywind130 and the wallywind150 is the clean design, with a huge raised salon that flows smoothly into the cockpit without a single change in levels. No fewer than three social zones occupy more than a third of the boat’s length to create an entertaining space that is unparalleled on yachts of this size. Among them is the famous ‘Terrace-on the sea” that Wally pioneered in 1998 with Tiketitan. Twin helm stations are discretely positioned just inside the raised bulwarks, allowing guests to be as involved in the sailing.

Sail controls and navigation displays are set amidships, but there is barely a rope to be seen. Wally’s Magic Trim system means that the main and self-tacking jib are set and adjusted at the push of a button using hidden hydraulic rams. Just the gigantic, custom-made spinnaker sheet winches on the quarter give the game away.

Beneath the foredeck is hidden a tender well for storing a generously sized tender (4.50m – 14’ 9’’ – on the wallywind130; 5.00+m – 16’ 4’’ – in the wallywind150) completely out of sight. On the wallywind150, this well doubles as a forward guest cockpit that can be converted into a cushion-lined dining area or lounge.

Transom houses an hydraulic passerelle that stows flush and can be angled up to the quayside or down for elegant access to the water.

Technology at the service of performance

The full carbon Wally-wallywind150-interiorconstruction guarantees exceptional hull stiffness, rapid acceleration and great response on the helm. Full pre-preg vacuum lamination with careful post curing at 85°C ensures that lamination is flawless and weight is kept to an absolute minimum.

A retractable keel system allows both superyachts to switch from performance to shallow-waters cruising mode. The twin rudder setup similarly balances fingertip control under way with easy access.

A variable pitch propeller provides optimum thrust under power while folding under sail to offer almost no drag. Bow and stern thrusters round out the manoeuvrability of the new wallywind line, which naturally uses Wally’s underwater anchor launching system to keep the purity of the lines around the bow and move the weight aft to reduce pitching.

Central to both boats’ design is Wally’s smart “double deck” layout, which puts the forward cockpit under the spectacular coachroof. It features an almost dreamlike structure combining carbon ribs with vast curved panes of glass and delicately lit panels. The result is a breath-taking view, a spectacular dining zone and a scenographic open-air lounge.

Endless cruising possibilities aboard wallywind130 and wallywind150

Below deck, the wallywind130 an accommopdate up to 8 guests, giving the owner the choice of a cabin forward or right aft where the broader beam allows facilities including a private TV lounge and a vast head.
The wallywind150, on the other hand, can accommodate up to 10 guests, with the master cabin positioned aft to exploit the private access to the cockpit. The latter can be left open to maximize outdoor living, or closed to separate the interior space of the owner’s accommodation from the outside.

The suite with built-in wardrobes, walk-in wardrobe, private office and various seating areas is equal in comfort and volume to that of a 60-metre yacht.

The TV or games room forward can easily be converted into a fifth cabin to accommodate children or a nanny.

The finishes are at the owner’s discretion and the renderings, although they are for illustrative purposes, show what a refined and elegant ambience can be achieved, preferring an essential and natural style typical of the Monaco brand: teak, precious woods and upholstery in neutral colours that combine to create a sense of space, well-being and sophistication.


ICE 62 TARGA, the Italian Blue water cruiser revolution


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.

Used catamaran? Find it at the Multihull Boat Show


For lovers of catamarans and multihulls, the appointment is from 20 to 23 October 2022 in Canet en Roussillon, for the 7th ‘Occasions du Multicoque et du Refit’, the second-hand multihull and refit show, the only event of its kind dedicated to second-hand cruising multihulls.

Second-hand multihull and catamaran boat show

Catamarans and multihulls always retain their allure over time, so much so that a dedicated show takes place in Canet en Roussillon in deepest France, near the Eastern Pyrenees. This is the second-hand multihull and refit boat show (‘Occasions du Multicoque et du Refit‘), a unique event of its kind dedicated to second-hand cruising multihulls and the ideal place for anyone looking for a second-hand multihull, a second-hand catamaran or a trimaran, whether sailing or motor-powered

Catamaran storage and restoration

catamaran-multhihull-boat-show-2022Canet-en-Roussillon is the home of multihulls not only because Catana/Bali, one of the leaders in the sector, is based here, but also because there are hundreds of multihulls to be refitted or simply to be winterized.

A refit is not only the restoration of a boat, but also its refitting to make it suitable for other uses. This type of work is also very much in vogue in other sectors, such as the automotive industry. For example, a travel lift, 12 metres wide and with a potential lifting capacity of 200 tonnes, has been adapted to take boats with two or three hulls in and out of the water.

Mediterranean Refit Headquarters

In Canet-en-Roussillon, there are some thirty companies specializing in this activity, making it the headquarters of the refit sector in the Mediterranean.

Some thirty second-hand boats are expected at the entrance to the port, at the foot of the new ‘Oniria’ aquarium. This year, the organizers will set up, in parallel with the Boat Show, a forum dedicated to jobs in the nautical sector.

The initiative aims to meet the needs of this burgeoning market, which has generated a huge demand for human resources. It is yet another opportunity to share a passion for yachting and the sea.

Occasions du Multicoque et du Refit – Useful information

Date: Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 October

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Canet-en-Roussillon, Bastia car park, port area,

Admission: free



EPropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo, second year of testing for Selva’s electric outboard


A year has already passed since I wrote about the Epropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo, the amazing Epropulsion electric outboard that now travels with our lab-boat around Italy, and of which I admit, I am very proud. But here I am again, with the feeling that collecting my memories is very light on me.

Yes, because the satisfactions that it has given us this year too have been many, showing all its usefulness in many situations: what’s more, the fact of combining the silence of the sailing boat, which is clearly unequalled in terms of environmental sustainability, with the total absence of emissions that the use of the Epropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo electric outboard guarantees for our tender, really appeals to me.

But let us make a brief summary to understand what we are talking about. This outboard, imported in Italy by Selva, is an electric outboard installed on our tender, an indestructible Selva 320 VIB. It is therefore a sort of link between us and the mainland that cannot be allowed to slip, because being halfway between the coast and the boat is never pleasant. Especially in loafers and a shirt before disembarking for dinner. Has this ever happened to you?

Do you remember the features of our Epropulsion electric outboard?

EPropulsion-Spirit-1.0-Evo-electric-ouboardBy dint of using it, I am no longer surprised. After our “1,000-mile cruise in the Tyrrhenian Sea” two years ago, and the more than 900 miles sailed this year, it is now part of our family, but it does surprise those who visit us for the first time and have never seen it before.

Let’s start with the dimensions, smaller than those of a classic tender outboard, and with a weight per single component of less than 12 kg, which makes assembly and disassembly really quick and effortless.  In fact, Epropulsion is installed in stages, first the shaft complete with tiller (11.3 kg) and then the battery (8.7 kg), a system that is light and extremely safe at the same time.

Be careful, however, epropulsiondo not think that this is at the expense of materials. In fact, we have put a lot of strain on it this year, sometimes purposely causing it to take a few too many hits, other times in a less intentional manner, but it has held up to it all.

You know, between filming, drones flying, cameras passing by and a boat to steer, it happens that something has to be ‘thrown in there’ every now and then, if you like.

But that’s the point of our tests, to live as if we were in normalcy and a few jolts are part of the game: in any case, compared to last year, the performance remained the same, still outstanding.

Its display continued to work excellently, showing us, as always, some fundamental data such as the indication of charging volts, maximum voltage and, of course, the residual charge: this engine has a 1276 Wh battery, built according to the latest lithium polymer technology, which takes 8.5 hours to fully charge, although in normal everyday use it takes just over an hour to bring the charge back to full after use.

The EPropulsion electric outboard has a secret

Daydreamer-1000-miles-tyrrhenian-seaBut all this for me, although remarkable, fades into the background in my test because if you remember correctly, the Epropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo electric outboard has a secret: and what a secret! It recharges itself. Yes, just leave it connected to the tender of the main boat by towing it into the water and it recharges, with minimal impact on sailing speed. In fact, its energy hydrogeneration system, through the flow of water pushing the propeller blades, turns the engine producing energy that recharges the batteries. Game, match, encounter.

This could be enough for me. Silence, because in operation despite the extra year it continues to be very quiet, and free clean energy with the guarantee of never running out of power. Need anything else?

Yes, you might say. epropulsion electric outboardFor example, how much energy does it consume? How far can I really go and at what speed? For all the details of the test I refer you to the table below which, you will notice, is the same as last year’s because the performance has remained unchanged, but to give you a concrete example of its hydrogen-generating capacity, we measured about 1 notch of recharge per hour/hour and a half of sailing at 6 knots. Which basically means that in an entire season we never recharged it using the charger!

During this second year of testing, we have never run out of battery power, despite the fact that very often there were four of us on board, engaged in coastal sailing and the classic comings and goings from boat to shore, even over long distances. Like for example in August when, anchored in Cala Brandinchi, we sailed twice to the Puntaldia marina.

Two hours of sailing, without the slightest problem and, above all, with a good charge still remaining at the end of the operation.

EPropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo – Conclusions on the second year of testing

EPropulsion Spirit 1.0 Evo is the electric outboard I can no longer do without. Is that enough for you? I’m not exaggerating, because this small engine is not only practical, efficient and quiet, it also marks a turning point. It has something special just in its concept, it makes you realize that it is possible to go to sea using only clean energy, and somehow reconnects me to my favourite element, which on the other hand certainly thanks all those who make such a choice: environmentally friendly and absolutely performing at the same time.


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CMC Marine at the 2022 TrawlerFest Baltimore


CMC Marine had a successful TrawlerFest, the boat show dedicated to trawlers

CMC Marine at the TrawlerFest

CMC Marine, a leading manufacturer of electrically actuated stabilization systems, had a successful TrawlerFest Baltimore. The event, held from September 29 to October 1, is one of four boat shows organized each year by US magazine PassageMaker and is dedicated to the numerous builders, owners and fans of trawlers and compacts boats that are very popular in the United States.

CMC Marine continues to raise its profile at US boat shows and at the end of the month the Italian company will once again be in the spotlight at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the world’s largest exhibition of yachts in the water, with over 1,300 boats on show and an entire marina, the Superyacht Village, devoted to the largest yachts at the event.

High-potential market, popular products

cranchi-Eco-Trawler-43-cmc-marineThe trawler sector represents one of the markets with most growth potential, because there are lots of boats on the water in this category and many boatyards and owners see STAB fins in the Waveless line as the ideal product to increase comfort on board and seakeeping.

Waveless is the latest generation of electric stabilization systems developed by CMC Marine, a leading producer of electrically operated stabilization systems that has expanded its market with a product now available for all yachts 12 metres in length and over. Compact, easy to install and requiring minimal maintenance, Waveless STAB is the solution that fits every type of need.

A young yet well-established company

The Italian company was only founded in 2005, relies on the more than 20 years’ experience of its founder and around 70 employees, and has succeeded in establishing itself on the market, revolutionizing nautical stabilisation thanks to a highly technical approach, careful design and the ability to guarantee the performance of its products. These, characterized by innovativeness, flexibility and reliability, are already installed on hundreds of yachts around the world.

With the new headquarters in Cascina (Pisa) and the office in Milan, CMC Marine grows and consolidates its position as market leader in the industrial segment of stabilization systems, steering systems and bow thrusters for yachts and passenger vessels over 12 metres.

CMC Marine designs and manufactures sophisticated stabilization systems and thrusters on the market, including the Stabilis Electra range, the world’s first stabilizer with electric rather than hydraulic actuation, which was awarded the Dame Award in 2011, the most prestigious recognition for technological innovation in the marine industry worldwide.

Since 2012 the Stabilis Electra is covered by patent (EU PATENT no. 2172394). CMC Marine also holds the patent for the DIA-LOG electronic control system (EP No. 2669177), standard equipment on all innovative SE Integrated Systems. From 2019, the year of their market introduction, the STAB fins of the Waveless line are also covered by patent (EP No. 3658453).

Jeanneau Yachts 55, the sailing boat family expands


Jeanneau Yachts 55: a new boat for offshore sailing enthusiasts to be launched in 2023.

A new concept in the world of Jeanneau Yachts

The Jeanneau Yachts 55 is the French boatbuilder’s new 55-foot offshore sailing yacht, expanding the family currently consisting of 54-, 60- and 65-foot models. Its official presentation is expected in January 2023, at the Düsseldorf Boat Show.

The French boat builder’s new sailboat is designed for sailors who like open waters and who are looking for a smooth and quiet cruising experience, thanks also to its generous and refined living spaces. This 17-metre long sailing yacht is distinguished by elegant and modern lines, with an outward-facing layout designed for the owner’s well-being and privacy.

Jeanneau Yachts 55: the owner-oriented experience par excellence


A genuine expression of Jeanneau’s know-how, the new 55-foot sailing yacht is the result of a collaboration with French naval architect Philippe Briand and the London-based Winch Design studio.

The flush cockpit is divided into two distinct spaces and boasts three walkways, two of which provide private access to the guest cabins.

The bow houses the double helm station and an external chart table with GPS display and autopilot control, protected by a large wraparound windscreen and hard top that guarantees perfect navigation in all seasons and at all latitudes. The mainsail is available in both classic and furling versions, the canopy is standard and an optional fixed windscreen is offered to ensure maximum protection of the forward cockpit.

A sea of comfort

The Jeanneau Yachts 55 is designed like a floating flat on the open sea: the deck space is ample and optimized to meet all requirements, thanks to a length of 16.99 metres and a width of 4.99.

The aft cockpit is entirely dedicated to relaxation, with sofas on both sides – one U-shaped and one L-shaped – and with tables and benches that transform into a real full-beam lounge. It is also equipped with a huge retractable hydraulic bathing platform, allowing direct access to the water for swimming, to the delight of everyone on board.

The forward cockpit provides access to the two guest cabins, as well as the gangway leading to the immense owner’s suite. The flush deck features integrated, wraparound side-decks that are slightly wider, making it easier to move around the cockpit perimeter.

Maximum protection of the living spaces has been equally well considered. For long offshore cruising, in addition to the wraparound windscreen, Jeanneau has imagined a true cocoon, with a hard top that completely encloses the bow rudder, as well as the possibility of installing a hard top with solar panels and a bimini to shelter the aft living space, dedicated to relaxation.

Generous interior spaces


To starboard, a large galley overlooks a large L-shaped saloon. The windows in the hull and deck hatches are designed to let in maximum light and offer a spectacular view of the sea. Handrails and numerous handholds contribute to safe and easy movement on board while underway.

The master cabin is a real cocoon of well-being, with a large port berth, numerous storage compartments and a dressing table. The ceiling treatment and indirect lighting create a warm atmosphere. The head uses the forward beam. An optional skipper’s cabin can be added.

Guests enjoy exclusive access to the cabin from the forward cockpit. The two cabins with double beds each have their own private bathroom and are furnished with fine woods in shades that can be customised to suit the chosen atmosphere.

Wherever you are on board the Jeanneau Yachts 55 you can feel the shipyard’s attention to detail: the leather-covered door handles, for example, do not go unnoticed.

Power and easy handling

On board this modern yacht, with a draft of 2.45 m (or 1.95 m with a shallow draft), the owner can choose between two possible rigging options: classic or with a furling mast. Jeanneau’s main goal is to simplify and maximise sailing performance, offering a reliable, all-weather rigging.

The owner can also choose between a self-tacking jib or a classic genoa. A code 3, for crosswinds between 15 and 20 knots of true wind, can be fixed on the bowsprit. When entering or leaving port, the bow and stern thrusters greatly facilitate short-haul manoeuvres.

Jeanneau Yachts 55 – Technical Specs

LOA (with bowsprit)16.93 m – 55’6″
LH: 16.09 m – 52’9”
LWL: 16.05 m – 52’7”
Maxi Beam: 4,99 m – 16’4”
Unladen Displacement:18 542 kg – 40 878 lbs
Standard Keel Draft: 2,55 m – 8’4″
Standard Keel Weight: 4.900 kg – 10.803 lbs
Low Keel Draft: 1-98 m – 6’5”
Low Keel Weight: 5,680 kg – 12 522 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 230 L – 61 US Gal (460 L / 122 US Gal opt.)
Water Capacity: 760 L – 201 US Gal (990 L / 262 US Gal opt.)
Design Category: A12 / B16 / C16 / D16
Cabins: 3
Engine: Yanmar 110 CH shaftdrive – 81 kW
Standard Sail Plan:131 m2 – 1,410 M2
Optional Sail Plan: 159 m2 – 1.711 sq Ft
Asymmetric Spinnaker: 250 m2 – 2.690 sq Ft
Code 0: 110 m2 – 1.184 sq Ft
Mast height above the waterline: 25.20 m – 82’4”
Architects: Philippe Briand – Winch Design – Jeanneau Design


Marina di Varazze gets smart and digitizes its services


Marina di Varazze embraces technology and innovation to improve the yacht owners’ experience: from the berth quotation request to departure, all services can be requested online.

Marina di Varazze – Online services

The Marina of Varazze is also going digital, digitizing its management procedures involving every stage of the contact and relationship process, simplifying and making its services and information more accessible. Everything you need, from contact requests to bookings, is managed through an app, where you can automatically communicate your crew and boat details using the camera on your smartphone.

The marina in an App

Marina-di-Varazze-appTo enable users to easily use all services, an application, the My Marina App, has been developed. From your smartphone, you can request and receive a quote; sign a contract; and send requests for assistance during your stay, from arrival until departure. App My Marina is an innovative and efficient tool that facilitates contact and relations between users and the Marina di Varazze staff, who provide timely assistance at every step.

Integration of the Marina’s systems with the App will continue apace on both the operational and administrative fronts, making it possible, for example, to navigate the boat independently right up to the berth thanks to constantly updated information, GPS tag of the berth, and online payment of all orders: from short transits to annual contracts.  Furthermore, social media, information channels and interactive maps are available in the My Marina app to make your stay in the port easy and pleasant and to help you find your way around on arrival, plan your experience in advance and being kept up-to-date on events and initiatives.

Another interesting feature is the possibility of having your order and payment documentation always up-to-date and at your fingertips with automatic alerts

“After a season entirely dedicated to the renovation of the Marina‘s residential facilities,” explains Italo Bogliolo Vice Director of Marina di Varazze, “the time had come to take advantage of all the opportunities that the digital world offers to improve procedures for requesting quotations and bookings, managing and controlling contracts through to electronic signatures, access to services and information, contacts and notices. All this is now possible for our customers, both existing and potential, who have user-friendly, comprehensive and highly custom-made interfaces to enjoy their stay at the Marina to the fullest.”

“The project took over a year to complete,” explains Rachele Limosani, Head of Sales and Marketing at Marina di Varazze. “The innovative scope, compared to what has already been achieved by other facilities, consists in having a highly customised system, resulting from a careful analysis of the requirements and working methods peculiar to our reality and able to take into account the specific needs of our customers. Everything is then integrated with the My Marina App, to the development of which the Marina di Varazze team has significantly contributed, representing one of the ‘pilot’ marinas.


Gruppo Boero never ceases to amaze: strategy to be presented at Europe’s most important boat shows


Innovation, evolution and sustainability are the cornerstones of the Gruppo Boero, a leading company in the marine painting sector for almost two centuries.

Italian passion, Boero Grup sloganattention to detail, performance and continuous research have enabled Gruppo Boero to build a true beacon in marine painting for yachts and superyachts.

In these very last months of the year, the company will present its innovative strategy, in collaboration with its Boero YachtCoatings and Veneziani Yachting brands, presenting itself as a single, global entity for the entire marine painting and support services sector for its customers.

They will be protagonists at the Genoa Boat Show from 22 to 27 September, at the Monaco Yacht Show from 28 September to 1 October, and at the METS in Amsterdam from 15 to 17 November.

Important novelties will be unveiled, including the recent collaboration with the Water Revolution Foundation, whose mission is to preserve marine ecosystems with update marine products that better adapt to climate change and the environmental impact that paints have in their entire cycle (production, consumption and disposal).

marine paintingIt is becoming inevitable for many companies to comply with sustainability pacts, taking a step forward, towards a future in which there will be less damage to the flora and fauna of our seabed than today.

An action of research, sensitivity and progress to achieve results in the short, medium and long term, to limit the effects on our planet, on people and on our territory.  Gruppo Boero is carrying out this action in a very pioneering way for an Italian company and this is certainly a source of pride.

Not only the environmental commitment, however, is what this company is looking at, the look to the future also goes to the research of innovative and high-performance paints both above and below the waterline. The great quality of the paints, the global connection with sales in more than 50 countries around the world, the exceptional sales and after sales support is what makes Gruppo Boero one of the most renowned marine and superyacht paint companies in the world.

History, innovation and sustainability: where there is passion for the sea, Gruppo Boero is there.