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D28 de Antonio Yachts CUPRA

D28 de Antonio Yachts CUPRA

Introducing the

We are proud to introduce you the D28 FORMENTOR, a unique piece of design and comfort that will delight nautical and automotive enthusiasts.

The perfect layout

The D28 FORMENTOR has the entire deck at the same level offering different sunbathing areas with seats and tables both fore and aft. The high level of space utilization provides an incomparable feeling of spaciousness.

Even with a maximum capacity of up to ten people, the D28 is the ideal day boat. Also, the boat features a 400 hp Mercury outboard engine, hidden under the stern sundeck, for very comfortable cruising at cruising speed.

A path for the future

Both companies are leaders in their respective industries, so this first collaboration is a commitment to the future that lays the foundations of a synergistic relationship in which the best talent of their creative teams is united. That is why 2021 will be full of novelties for the two Spanish brands, which are already working on hybrid versions of their products and new launches for 2022.

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E1 Series and PIF announce partnership to create world’s first electric powerboat championship

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E1 Series and PIF announce partnership to create world’s first electric powerboat championship

Electric Sea Racing Limited (‘E1 Series’) and Public Investment Fund (PIF) have entered into a partnership that will see PIF support in creating the world’s first electric powerboat racing championship.

The news was revealed today during a virtual launch event, where E1 Series organisers also unveiled the new design of the electric RaceBird powerboat ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8.

The partnership represents a significant step forward in the long-term development of the championship, providing a strong foundation on which to build from and enabling the series to further accelerate preparations for the inaugural season, scheduled to take place in early 2023 – with Saudi Arabia to be one of the considered race locations.

As a major contributor to the global economy and partner of choice for innovative companies and investors, PIF’s investment in E1 is in line with its 2021-2025 strategy announced earlier this year, which focuses on 13 key strategic sectors, including sports and entertainment, and renewable energy. This includes major investments in renewable energy companies, such as ACWA Power and the Sudair Solar Energy project, as well as in the development of electric vehicles through its investment in Lucid Motors.

Series creators Alejandro Agag, Chairman of E1, and Rodi Basso, CEO of E1, were both joined live in the studio by the President of the Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) Raffaele Chiulli, as well as SeaBird Technologies Founder Sophi Horne, and Founder & CEO of Victory Marine Brunello Acampora to present the RaceBird powerboat.

The vessel is a completely new design and was co-created by Horne and Acampora following an extensive validation process. The RaceBird is inspired by nature and birds flying low over the water and features an outboard motor, enclosed safety canopy and hydrofoil technology.

Using innovative hydrofoil technology, the electric RaceBird powerboats will rise high above the water’s surface, allowing for minimum drag and maximum energy efficiency. Being lifted above the waves will not only improve performance, but it will also promote close and competitive racing with a reduced wake when following an opponent.

The RaceBird is specially designed for foil-to-foil racing and is capable of reaching speeds up to 50 knots (93 km/h or 58 mph), with pilots showcasing their skills using tight and technical circuits located close to shore in the heart of urban areas.

With the design now validated, the RaceBird has entered into the production phase with the expert engineers at Victory Marine concentrating their efforts and resource over the coming months on manufacturing a full fleet of race-ready electric powerboats.

Alejandro Agag, Co-Founder & Chairman of E1, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome on board PIF as a new partner in this exciting venture. To get the backing of PIF at this early stage of development emphasises the importance of our mission to electrify marine mobility. With the new design of the RaceBird boat you see today, we hope to accelerate change in the marine industry and provide sustainable solutions for future leisure craft. The new powerboat that Sophi and Brunello designed looks like a spaceship. I’ve compared electric racing cars to podracers from Star Wars in the past, but the RaceBird looks even more futuristic. Working together with PIF, I look forward to ushering in a new era of electric powerboat racing.”

Rodi Basso, Co-Founder & CEO of E1, said: “We’re thrilled to be working together with PIF to jointly shape the future direction of powerboating. Forming a strong partnership with a global investment powerhouse such as PIF provides a solid foundation on which to build a new sport. The RaceBird presents a unique challenge and one that the teams at SeaBird Technologies and Victory Marine have delivered on. They’ve managed to develop an innovative powerboat with an eye-catching design and factored in practical solutions ready to go racing. Shortly we’ll also be announcing our powertrain and electronics partners; we’re on schedule to hit the water soon.”

Commenting on the announcement, HE Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Governor of the Public Investment Fund, said: “This exciting investment in a new premier sport format aligns with our strategy to enable innovation globally and unlock new industries, as well as build strategic partnerships with real value add to Saudi Arabia. We believe our support for future sports will also contribute to the growth of various sectors globally.

“Our partnership with E1 will help drive the development of innovative sustainable technology, which in turn positions Saudi as an enabler in the industries of the future and the creation of new opportunities.”

Sophi Horne, Founder of SeaBird Technologies, said: “It’s amazing to finally be able to share the new RaceBird design with the world. Obviously, I’ve seen it on a screen quite a lot in the past few months! But it’s great to show the new look of the boat that the pilots will race with. The bodywork and shape of the vessel is inspired by nature and birds flying above the water’s surface. What has been interesting is trying to find a balance between how you envisage the design and combining that with optimising both performance and efficiency. The solution we settled on fortunately doesn’t compromise on either the looks or performance capabilities.”

Brunello Acampora, Founder & CEO of Victory Marine, said: “Today’s announcement is the result of many months of hard work, creating a completely new design and simulating it in a competitive racing environment. I’ve really enjoyed working together with Sophi to produce the vessel that will compete in the world’s first electric powerboat championship. Now that the design has been fully validated, we’ll begin engineering and manufacturing the boats in preparation for prototype testing and ready for the teams to receive their first delivery. For us at Victory Marine, the E1 Series is the greatest test bench for cutting-edge solutions that will change the future of navigation forever.”

Dr. Raffaele Chiulli, President of the UIM, said: “At the International Powerboat Federation, we’re delighted to be part of this groundbreaking development in the powerboating sport. The futuristic RaceBird design combined with the use of hydrofoil technology in the E1 Series reflects the pioneering spirit of this initiative and are an inspiring answer to today’s challenges facing marine mobility. It’s an exciting moment for our sport and I cannot wait to see the RaceBird on the water.”

Released ahead of World Oceans Day, the RaceBird acts as a symbol of the future ambitions of the E1 Series, to revolutionise marine mobility and reduce the pressures being placed on fragile underwater ecosystems across the world.

The next major milestone in the RaceBird development is in September when the covers come off the first full-scale model at the Monaco Yacht Show, before the start of prototype testing which is set to get underway later this year.

E1 were advised by Shoosmiths law firm and financial advisers PJT Partners.

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The two different concepts of the VAIARO project with the names “Floating Platform” and “Passage”

The two different concepts of the VAIARO project with the names “Floating Platform” and “Passage”

VAIARO

The two different concepts of the VAIARO project with the names “Floating Platform” and “Passage”

In 2019, Master´s students of industrial design at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design (Simeon Ortmüller, Tobias Gehrke, Vincent Steinhart-Besser, Yigang Shen and Jingyue Chen) developed design concepts for a new form of mobility on water and gave the CAPTN project its first visible identity.

The students have dealt with the question: What is the future of public transport on the Kiel Fjord? Kiel grows and urban mobility needs attractive offers to make it easier to avoid the car and to achieve ambitious climate targets.

The fact that ferry traffic in this context connects the west and east bank over a longer period of time during the day and at a tighter frequency and that the connections to bus traffic play a central role is obvious.

The two different concepts of the VAIARO project with the names “Floating Platform” and “Passage” are characterized by pragmatism and radicalism in equal measure. For this purpose, leitmotifs for intelligent mobility and a new landmark in Kiel were developed. The project was designed as a cooperation from the beginning: Partners from Kiel University and from the University of Applied Sciences are working in their respective fields on the realization of an autonomous ferry.

The parties involved were thus present at regular intervals for presentations, in the course of which the drafts and their own position were repeatedly reviewed and adjusted. In this way, indications of the desired qualities could be obtained. What is meant to be in the drafts is basically quite simple to grasp: When I come to Kiel, I absolutely have to take the new ferry!

FINANCING

Die Finanzierung des Projekts erfolgt aus Eigenmitteln der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel.

PARTNERS

  • Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design
  • Kiel University
  • Kiel University of Applied Sciences
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CUPRA lleva su ADN de alto rendimiento al mar con el De Antonio Yachts D28 Formentor

CUPRA lleva su ADN de alto rendimiento al mar con el De Antonio Yachts D28 Formentor

La marca presenta el diseño del showboat en colaboración con el astillero barcelonés

  • El diseño del yate está inspirado en los elementos y los colores icónicos del CUPRA Formentor, el primer modelo 100% de la marca
  • Este showboat es el preludio del lanzamiento de una edición especial limitada del D28 que saldrá a la venta a finales de 2021
  • El De Antonio Yachts D28 Formentor tiene más de ocho metros de eslora y una potencia máxima de 400 CV
  •  Griffiths, tras disfrutar de las primeras millas a bordo: “Este es solo el primer proyecto de muchos: ya estamos estudiando la creación de un yate e-HYBRID para el próximo año”

Barcelona, 05-05-2021 – CUPRA sigue adelante en su objetivo de crear un universo de experiencias alrededor del coche. Tras anunciar su asociación en el evento digital del CUPRA Anniversary del pasado mes de febrero, la marca que desafía lo convencional y De Antonio Yachts presentan al mundo su primera colaboración. Ambas marcas han trabajado conjuntamente en el diseño del De Antonio Yachts D28 Formentor, un yate de alto rendimiento inspirado en el primer modelo diseñado y desarrollado específicamente para la firma automovilística, el CUPRA Formentor. Este showboat es un ejercicio de diseño único que sienta las bases para el lanzamiento de una edición especial limitada del D28 con los colores y acabados icónicos de CUPRA que saldrá a la venta a finales de 2021.


El resultado de la primera colaboración entre CUPRA y el astillero barcelonés es un showboat de 400 CV de potencia, capaz de alcanzar una velocidad máxima de 40 nudos. El diseño exterior se distingue por sus líneas sencillas y su carácter dinámico, el color Petrol Blue y los acabados en color cobre, que aportan elegancia y deportividad. El De Antonio Yachts D28 Formentor se exhibe estos días en el Marina Vela del puerto de Barcelona junto al CUPRA Formentor VZ5, una edición especial limitada del crossover SUV de alto rendimiento con 390 CV y un motor de cinco cilindros, del cual se producirán únicamente 7.000 unidades.


Tras disfrutar de las primeras millas a bordo del De Antonio Yachts D28 Formentor, el Presidente de CUPRA Wayne Griffiths afirmó: “CUPRA es mucho más que una marca de coches, es un estilo de vida. Es vivir experiencias únicas, desafiar el status quo y sentir emociones. Nuestra cooperación con De Antonio Yachts es solo una prueba más de ello, ya que compartimos los mismos valores y ambición: inspirar al mundo desde Barcelona. El De Antonio Yachts D28 Formentor, inspirado en nuestro CUPRA Formentor VZ5, es solo el primer proyecto de muchos. Ambos estamos comprometidos con la movilidad sostenible y ya estamos estudiando la creación de un yate e-HYBRID para el próximo año”.
Griffiths estuvo acompañado de los co-fundadores de De Antonio Yachts, Marc de Antonio y Stan Chmielewski, y del Director de Estrategia, Desarrollo de Negocio y Operaciones de CUPRA, Antonino Labate.

La combinación perfecta entre rendimiento y diseño

El De Antonio Yachts D28 Formentor tiene 7,99 metros de eslora, con posibilidad de añadir una plataforma de popa de medio metro. El diseño exterior se distingue por el color del casco Petrol Blue, numerosos detalles en negro y fibra de carbono junto a elementos distintivos que añaden elegancia y deportividad a la timonera.
El diseño de su casco en forma de V permite alcanzar una velocidad máxima de hasta 40 nudos con la máxima motorización, así como una cómoda navegación a velocidad de crucero. Su generosa distribución de manga y peso proporciona una amplia habitabilidad en cubierta, aportando estabilidad al fondear. La disposición de los volúmenes permite una cómoda circulación periférica siguiendo el concepto de “walk-around”. Este modelo tiene toda la cubierta a un mismo nivel dividida en diferentes áreas de solárium con asientos y mesas tanto en proa como en popa, además de incluir un baño completamente equipado. El alto nivel de uso del espacio ofrece una sensación incomparable, con una capacidad máxima de hasta diez personas.
Marc de Antonio, co-fundador de De Antonio Yachts, declaró “De Antonio Yachts nació de la pasión por el mar y el interés por innovar y construir yates deportivos con un diseño contemporáneo. CUPRA comparte este mismo espíritu; ambos somos de Barcelona y creemos en el potencial de la ciudad como referencia mundial del diseño cosmopolita”.
Stan Chmielewski, co-fundador de De Antonio Yachts, señala: “Tanto en De Antonio Yachts como en CUPRA apostamos por un alto desarrollo tecnológico en nuestros productos, y en esta colaboración trabajaremos para aplicar la innovación en su máximo exponente en el mundo náutico. Estamos muy orgullosos de este primer showboat como el inicio de una prometedora colaboración”.

El universo lifestyle de CUPRA

CUPRA tiene como objetivo colaborar con marcas que hablen su mismo idioma de diseño y compartan su forma de crear experiencias. En su apuesta por crear colecciones de productos exclusivos y limitados que representen el estilo de vida de la marca, CUPRA también ha colaborado con la empresa de iluminación Marset para crear Chispa by Marset for CUPRA, una lámpara de diseño portátil, recargable y sin cables, que ya se encuentra disponible en el mercado.

CUPRA también lanzó una colección exclusiva de sneakers junto a la marca internacional de moda Mikakus. La cápsula Mikakus x CUPRA también está inspirada en el diseño del CUPRA Formentor. Además, la marca ha desarrollado colecciones exclusivas de bolsos, accesorios y gafas de sol con las marcas TRAKATAN y L.G.R.
CUPRA es una marca desafiante y alejada de lo convencional, basada en un estilo estimulante y en el rendimiento contemporáneo, que inspira al mundo desde Barcelona con vehículos y experiencias vanguardistas. Lanzada en 2018 como una marca independiente, CUPRA cuenta con su propia sede corporativa y con un taller de coches de competición en las instalaciones de Martorell (Barcelona), además de contar con una red de puntos de venta especializados alrededor del mundo.

En 2020, la marca mantuvo su tendencia positiva con un crecimiento del 11% y 27.400 vehículos vendidos, gracias al buen rendimiento del CUPRA Ateca y del CUPRA León y de la entrada en el mercado del CUPRA Formentor, el primer modelo específicamente diseñado y desarrollado para la marca. Para 2021, CUPRA quiere demostrar que la electrificación y la deportividad son una perfecta combinación con el lanzamiento de las versiones híbridas enchufables del CUPRA Formentor y de su primer modelo 100% eléctrico, el CUPRA Born. El CUPRA Tavascan será el segundo modelo eléctrico de la marca y llegará al mercado en 2024.

Cristina Vall-Llosada
Responsable de Comunicación Corporativa
M/ +34 646 295 296
cristina.vall-llosada@seat.es
http://seat-mediacenter.com
Sergio Ripollés
Comunicaciones de CUPRA
M/ +34 683 121 236
sergio.ripolles@seat.

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De Antonio Yachts presents the D28 De Antonio CUPRA

De Antonio Yachts presents the D28 De Antonio CUPRA, a unique piece of its successful D28 Open with a customized look by the automotive brand.

• The 8.5-meter boat has already received numerous awards for its design and innovation
• Both companies are working to customize the D28 prototype, which will feature sportier styling and CUPRA DNA finishes
Two companies from Barcelona with a wide international projection and a differentiating product ally to launch the D28 De Antonio CUPRA, a unique piece born from the renowned De Antonio Yachts D28 Open in collaboration with the automobile brand. The 28-foot boat presents exceptional performance and maximum comfort in more than eight meters in length. Its design is the result of a commitment to innovation in the nautical sector and its fine and avant-garde lines characterize this model that exudes contemporaneity.
The D28 has the entire deck at the same level offering different sunbathing areas with seating and tables both fore and aft. The high level of space utilization provides an incomparable feeling of spaciousness. Even with a maximum capacity of up to ten people, the D28 is the ideal day boat. In addition, the boat features a 400 hp Mercury outboard engine, hidden under the stern sundeck, for very comfortable cruising at cruising speed.


The perfect touch for the sportiest is provided by CUPRA’s customization, offering special Petrol Blue paint finishes with the carmaker’s iconic graphics and elements. It is complemented by distinctive upholstery, lighting details and a unique roof finish that adds extra sportiness and style.

The result is a spectacular model in every way that will delight nautical and automotive enthusiasts. A boat that leaves no one indifferent and will set a precedent in the sector, being an exclusive collector’s item.

Both companies are leaders in their respective sectors, so this first collaboration is a commitment to the future that lays the foundations of a synergistic relationship in which the best talent of their creative teams is united. That is why 2021 will be full of novelties for the two Spanish brands, which are already working on hybrid versions of their products and new launches for 2022.
Marc de Antonio- Co-founder and head of design at De Antonio Yachts. “It is a collaboration that makes us especially excited to be two brands born in Barcelona, two companies that are committed to design and innovation as the cornerstones of our business. We are very pleased to be able to unite the talent of our teams to project the best of CUPRA and De Antonio Yachts.”
Stanislas Chmielewski- Co-founder and Sales Manager at De Antonio Yachts “The D28 De Antonio CUPRA unique edition will bring us visibility as a brand beyond the yachting sector and will strengthen us in our international expansion. It is undoubtedly the beginning of a very special collaboration that will give us both companies positioning and will project the lifestyle we share.”
Antonino Labate, Director of Strategy, Business Development and Operations at CUPRA. “The shared vision between CUPRA and De Antonio Yachts to inspire the world from Barcelona knows no boundaries. With this collaboration we are moving the high performance of our vehicles from the street to the sea, with unique styling and design to generate emotions. This is just the beginning, because our future ambition is to work together on the creation of a hybrid boat.”

More about De Antonio Yachts De Antonio Yachts was born in 2012 from the passion of its founders, Marc de Antonio and Stan Chmielewski, for the sea and design, with the interest to innovate by creating boats with simple and avant-garde lines.

Offering new solutions such as innovative concealed outboard engines for all models and applying concepts that improve efficiency, ease of use and performance, De Antonio Yachts is a trendsetter in the yachting industry. As a result, the company has expanded internationally with a presence on five continents and a wide network of exclusive distributors. In addition, the shipyard has made a notable impact in the sector and has achieved a great development in a short time with a range of 12 models in 4 lengths, achieving 3 nominations and 1 award winner of the European Power Boat of the Year.

More about CUPRA

CUPRA is a challenging and unconventional brand, based on exhilarating style and contemporary performance, inspiring the world from Barcelona with cutting-edge vehicles and experiences. Launched in 2018 as an independent brand, CUPRA has its own corporate headquarters and a competition car workshop at the Martorell (Barcelona) facility, as well as a network of specialized points of sale around the world.

In 2020, the brand maintained its positive trend with 11% growth and 27,400 vehicles sold, thanks to the good performance of the CUPRA Ateca and CUPRA Leon and the market entry of the CUPRA Formentor, the first model specifically designed and developed for the brand. By 2021, CUPRA wants to demonstrate that electrification and sportiness are a perfect match with the launch of plug-in hybrid versions of the CUPRA Formentor and its first 100% electric model, the CUPRA el-Born.

This year, CUPRA will participate in the off-road electric SUV competition Extreme E. It is also the official automotive and mobility partner of FC Barcelona and the premium sponsor of the World Padel Tour. The CUPRA Tribe is made up of a team of ambassadors who share the brand’s values, such as German goalkeeper Marc ter Stegen, Swedish driver Mattias Ekström and five of the best padel players in the world, among others.

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NARKE TheElectrojet – Driving the electric watersports revolution

NARKE TheElectrojet - Driving the electric watersports revolution

THE WORLD’S MOST ELEGANT PERSONAL WATERCRAFT IS BORN.

Narke The Electrojet reaches way above industry standards. Designed with luxury features, it is a high-spec water toy powered by 100% electricity. With its revolutionary and unique design it belongs to a new generation.

WHAT MAKES THE NARKE UNIQUE

With its impressive, majestic appearance, the Electrojet has above average dimensions in its class. It offers a range of up to 2 hours with a charging time of 1,5 hours.

The Electrojet is registered as a small pleasure boat, is rated for both fresh and sea water use and is practically maintenance free.

THE PERFECT YACHT TOY

With Narke The Electrojet there is no need to carry petrol on board. Leave time consuming maintenance in the past and rest assured that the required hotel load level is met thanks to the yacht friendly charging options.

With no noise and no smell, the zero emission water toy allows guests to truly enjoy the most exclusive destinations in style.

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TRITON 3300/6 SUBMARINE

The TRITON 3300/6 is a leisure-focused derivation of the venerable TRITON 3300/3 MKII design.

Building upon the industry’s most successful series-production platform, the TRITON 3300/6 is the first submersible to feature the world’s largest spherical acrylic pressure hull. Six passengers will experience a level of space and comfort never before found in a submersible capable of diving to any depth, let alone 1,000 meters / 3,300 feet.

For the ultimate in comfort, the TRITON 3300/6 can be configured to accommodate four passengers.

The TRITON 3300/6’s streamlined design brings an elegant aesthetic to a configuration that has been tightly optimised for deployment from a superyacht. Uniquely for a 1,000 meter-rated submersible, it can be deployed using standard tender lifting arrangements – greatly reducing the handling head-height typically required from such a capable submersible.

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New SILENT-YACHTS solar electric catamaran comes with Volkswagen´s electric drive matrix 

New SILENT-YACHTS solar electric catamaran comes with Volkswagen´s electric drive matrix 

 

A special three-way collaboration

New SILENT-YACHTS solar electric catamaran comes  with Volkswagen´s electric drive matrix 

Vessel will be designed by progressive car brand CUPRA

– Solar electric catamaran will create environmentally friendly yachting experience

– Collaboration brings together partners from shipping and automotive industry to link individual mobility and sustainability

SILENT-YACHTS will develop a solar electric catamaran which is powered by Volkswagen´s modular electric drive matrix MEB. The vessel will be designed by the Barcelona’s progressive car brand CUPRA. The collaboration brings together partners from shipping and automotive industry to link individual mobility and sustainability. Thus, the solar electric catamaran will create environmentally friendly yachting experience.

I’m happy to cooperate with our partners on this exciting new project,” said Michael Köhler, founder and CEO of SILENT-YACHTS. “Volkswagen Group is one of the most advanced players on the electric cars market and I am sure together we can make something really special on the water.

The perfect alliance

The solar electric powered catamaran project embodies the perfect alliance among companies with three compatible areas of expertise. While CUPRA is characterised by its contemporary sportiness and emotional design, Volkswagen offers its state-of-the-art modular electric drive matrix (MEB) contributing to e-mobility and reduced emissions; and SILENT-YACHTS brings over fifteen years of experience in alternative power sources for yachts.

Volkswagen opened up its MEB for third parties. The innovative approach of the maritime project offers furthers possibilities to tap into new areas of cooperation.

A sustainable initiative

The new solar electric catamaran will offer noiseless navigation and unlimited cruising range with alternative propulsion systems. Such new experience of nature and water sports will be possible thanks to the solar electric power system developed by SILENT-YACHTS, which feeds the electric propulsion of the vessel and all its household energy needs. All in all, the catamaran will grant more comfort, independence, reliability and safety with less maintenance and costs than any conventional fuel-depending propulsion and energy-supply.

A lifestyle world

CUPRA is showing its emotional design competencies on the streets and at sea, adding its contemporary touch and sporty approach to this unique project along with SILENT-YACHTS, the world’s first and only manufacturer of oceangoing yachts that are fully sustainable and powered by solar energy.

About SILENT-YACHTS

SILENT-YACHTS produce the first fully solar-sustainable oceangoing production catamaran yachts in the world. Exclusively powered by solar energy and capable of cruising up to 100 miles per day. This is pure solar–powered luxury. Founders Heike and Michael Köhler, who have spent 6,000 days aboard cruising more than 75,000 miles all around the world, founded SILENT-YACHTS. In 2009, they launched the SOLARWAVE 46, the first fully self-sufficient blue-water catamaran, after years of testing solar-powered propulsion.

The company has been building boats for 10 years. During the last three years, they have delivered more than a dozen solar powered catamarans. In February 2018, the SILENT 64 cruised the North Atlantic in 16 days, with no sun for over a week. SILENT-YACHTS’ current range: SILENT 44, SILENT 55, SILENT 60, SILENT 80 and 80 Tri-Deck ranging from 13 to 24 meters in length.

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1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

You may not know it, but Ferrari powered a powerful Hydroplane back in the 1950s. It was built for one thing: breaking the World Speed Record on the water. Achille Castoldi, a racing champion, proposed such a boat to the one and only Enzo Ferrari who agreed to help him in the endeavor.

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

DESIGN

Arno XI was built to shatter the speed record in the 800-kg class. Achille Castoldi had been setting records on the water since 1940. To achieve the speed record, he commissioned Cantieri Timossi to build a 3-point hydroplane from hardwood, covered in a mahogany veneer. When Enzo heard he had painted the upper body in Ferrari Red, the Scuderia F1 team was sent to lend their expertise. This culminated in a world record in the flying kilometer: 150.49 mph, which still stands to this day.

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat


POWER

Initially, Castoldi had planned to use a Ferrari engine, so he purchased a 4.5L V12. It was identical to the 385 horsepower “Lampredi” engine used in the Ferrari 375. Once Enzo realized he was going for the record, he sent his Chief Engineer along with a race-prepped Grand Prix engine. Stefano Meazza and a few of the Scuderia team members realized they needed more power. Using lessons learned on the track, they nearly doubled the compression ratio to handle methanol. A hotter spark was needed, so the distributors and coils were replaced by twin magnetos. Each cylinder had twin spark plugs to ensure a clean burn. It wasn’t enough, so two giant superchargers were driven by the crankshaft. Each one had its own Weber 4-Barell modified to dump meth into the engine with an air/fuel ratio of 5:1. What started at 385 horsepower made between 550 and 600 in race tune.

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat

1952 Ferrari Arno XI Racing Boat


HISTORY

Once he broke the record, Castoldi built another boat for a different class. However, the engine exploded and he retired from racing. The Arno XI was sold to Nando dell’Orto, an engineer who revised the aerodynamics for better stability. After adding a few pounds, he came in 2nd place for the 900 kg class in 1965. It has since been seen occasionally at boat shows doing parade laps, and it led a peaceful retirement. But because it is the only boat to ever have been powered by Scuderia Ferrari, it is being completely restored by Ferrari Classiche.


Now, this Ferrari is for sale and looking for a new owner. It comes with a well-documented history file that includes hundreds of period photographs and handwritten notes from Ferrari’s engineers. The boat is currently being certified at Ferrari Classiche, and a copy of the U.I.M. record certification that attests to Achille Castoldi’s 1953 speed record is included as well. It is the ultimate Ferrari for the ultimate Ferrari collector.   

• Achille Castoldi’s famed Ferrari V-12 Timossi 800 kg class racing hydroplane • Reset the world speed record in its class on 15 October 1953, at 241.708 km/h • Beautifully and painstakingly restored; engine confirmed original by Ferrari S.p.A. • Accompanied by an extensive historical file, including a copy of the U.I.M. record certificate no. 329 and Nando Dell’Orto’s original racing logbook • Unique, instantly recognisable, achingly beautiful and immensely historic

The ‘three-point’ hydroplane, devised in America during the late 1930s by Adolph and Arno Apel of New Jersey’s Ventnor Boat Works, truly revolutionised speedboat design. Elegantly simple, the Apel design divided the ‘step’ portion of the hull into two pontoon-like surfaces, or sponsons, with each on opposite sides of the boat. The boat’s propeller acted as the ‘third point’ in the equation. The tunnel between the sponsons trapped air to generate aerodynamic lift, with only the sponsons and propeller in direct contact with the water whilst the boat was at speed.

Italy’s premier speedboat racer was Achille Castoldi, a cousin of M.C. 72 designer Mario Castoldi and a highly talented driver and engineer in his own right. Beginning in 1940 with his original ‘Arno’, a 400 kg-class boat with a Picciotti-built hull and Alfa Romeo Type 158 power, Castoldi reset the world speed record at 130.517 km/h (81.10 mph). Subsequent boats in the ‘Arno’ series followed, with most powered by Alfa Romeo and at least one Maserati-powered example, and he primarily competed in circuit-type hydroplane racing. After 1951, Castoldi ended his relationship with Alfa Romeo and changed his focus to world speed-record competition, now seeking a new engine supplier for an attempt on the 800 kg class world speed record.

Castoldi’s record preparations began in 1952, when he travelled to Maranello with his two close friends, famed racing champions Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi, to order a Formula 1 specification V-12 engine from Ferrari. The blessing of Il Commendatore, Enzo Ferrari, was virtually assured since Castoldi had earlier managed to save a number of Alfetta 158 race cars during the war, keeping them hidden from the occupying German forces at his factory in Abbiategrasso, near Milan.

The Aurelio Lampredi-designed Tipo 375 V-12 engine, the same unit that powered Ferrari’s Grand Prix racing cars during 1951 and achieved Ferrari’s first ever World Championship Grand Prix win with Froilan Gonzalez in 1951 and helped Ascari to earn Ferrari the World Championship in 1952, was selected to power Castoldi’s new boat. It developed some 385 bhp with 12:1 compression and a dual-magneto ignition system, driving a twin-blade propeller via a gearbox at up to 10,000 propeller revolutions.

Castoldi’s boat, dubbed ‘Arno XI’, was built to a three-point hydroplane design by Timossi Azzano’s Cantieri Timossi boatyard located on Lake Como. A beautiful example of form and function in equal parts, the hydroplane featured a solid wood-framed structure skinned by marine-grade plywood with a mahogany veneer, a strong separate metal subframe chassis to cope with the enormous power and the engine cover and cockpit exterior appropriately finished in Rosso Corsa.

Once completed, ‘Arno XI’ was shaken down at the Campione d’Italia races in January 1953, with Castoldi reaching an unofficial top speed of 124 mph, prior to attempting an officially sanctioned two-way run. Castoldi’s main competitor, Mario Verga, who received the full factory support of Alfa Romeo, went on to set a new 800 kg class speed record of 202.26 km/h (125.68 mph) with his Alfa Romeo 159-powered boat, ‘Laura’. Adding emphasis, Verga reset the record just two weeks later with a two-way top speed of 226.50 km/h (140.74). Undaunted, Castoldi had the 4.5-litre Tipo 375 F1 V-12 engine rebuilt and highly modified, with official Ferrari support, including Stefano Meazza, Scuderia Ferrari’s chief race engineer who oversaw the engine preparations for Castoldi. This time, the already highly powerful Ferrari V-12 racing engine was tuned to operate on methanol, now allowing much higher engine compression, in conjunction with twin superchargers and twin four-choke carburettors, with power output now exceeding 600 bhp, representing a power increase of some 200 bhp over the original specification!

Once upgraded and readied for competition, Castoldi made his record attempt at Lake Iseo on the morning of 15 October 1953, with Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi in attendance, clearly demonstrating Ferrari’s support of the project. Now, Castoldi finally achieved his objective, with ‘Arno XI’, by breaking the speed record in the 800 kg class with a two-way average speed in the flying kilometre of 241.708 km/h (150.19 mph). Later that day, Castoldi followed up with a new record in the 24 nautical mile event by achieving an average speed of 164.70 km/h (102.34 mph).

The year following these triumphs, Achille Castoldi survived a frightful engine failure in an aircraft engine-powered, 1,700 kg Cantieri Timossi-built hydroplane. The death of his racing nemesis, Mario Verga, soon followed in an unrelated hydroplane accident, and Castoldi retired from competition. His victorious ‘Arno XI’ was placed into storage for a few years prior to acquisition in 1958 by engineer and gentleman-driver Nando Dell’Orto, who ran it in the circuit championships, where it was pitted, amongst others, against the powerful Maserati 450S V-8 driven raceboats.

Under Dell’Orto, the silhouette of ‘Arno XI’ was continually updated by the Milan-based Carrozzeria Boneschi with a very original and more aggressive engine fairing with a “shark nose” intake and a large vertical stabilising fin at the rear. As revised, ‘Arno XI’ achieved several fastest-lap records and three titles, including the European Championship in 1963. Nando Dell’Orto retired from competition in 1968, leaving ‘Arno XI’ in the huge warehouse of his paper-manufacturing plant located in the Milanese suburbs. It is here that this famous racing hydroplane was located and saved from oblivion. A painstaking restoration of this historic, record-setting hydroplane was commissioned by the new owner in the early 1990s. Photos of the boat before and during restoration are available for review in the history file

. The glorious V-12 engine was returned to Maranello, where it revived fond memories for several mechanics who had first worked on it in 1953. Engine work included the rebuilding of the two overhead camshafts and replacement of all the valves, whilst the manufacturer’s workshop reconditioned the dual four-choke carburettors. Not one vital mechanical part escaped scrutiny and appropriate treatment, including the twin superchargers that made this unique Ferrari 375 F1 engine capable of, in fact, producing up to 700 bhp during a bench test after its rebuild. However, it should also be noted that it was converted, at this time, to run on 100 Octane unleaded fuel rather than methanol to improve reliability and usability.

As for the hull, the Bisoli boatyard, located in Sirmione on Lake Garda, checked and restored the entire structure. Laminated panels were specially ordered from Canada for the construction of a new deck, a must for racers that are put under severe strain, as it contributes greatly to the rigidity of the hull. Particular care was taken in the restoration of the steering system, propeller shaft and the razor-sharp twin-blade propeller, whose speed can exceed more than 10,000 rpm. Nando Dell’Orto had exchanged the steering wheel in 1958, but thankfully, he retained the old Bugatti four-spoke steering wheel used by Achille Castoldi during his world-record attempts, and this is the same one that is mounted on the boat today.

Once carefully restored and impressively presented in its period and now in its most highly developed form under the ownership of Nando Dell’Orto, ‘Arno XI’ has returned to the water for spirited runs since 2004, and it has received honours from the Galleria Ferrari, having been welcomed by Piero Ferrari, who warmly congratulated the craft’s present owner for the thoroughness, authenticity and high quality of the restoration of this unique, record-setting Ferrari V-12-powered hydroplane racer, an effort truly commensurate with the stature of this legendary craft. The hard work has included years of extensive historical research to collect a truly rich body of documentation and photographs accompanying the sale of ‘Arno XI’, including technical worksheets from Ferrari’s Maranello engine shop, dated September 1953. Notably, Ferrari Classiche has recently confirmed with RM Auctions that the Tipo 375 F1 V-12 engine, number G.P. 52/1, currently installed in ‘Arno XI’, is indeed original, and a declaration confirming this fact accompanies the sale of this record-setting hydroplane

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Princess Yachts CEO Antony Sheriff on a new generation of yachting excellence

Princess Yachts CEO Antony Sheriff on a new generation of yachting

Characterised by beautifully sculpted surfaces and long flowing lines, the X95 defines a striking design language for this new Class. Both her flybridge and main deck cover almost the full length of the yacht, delivering expansive spaces with flexibility that enables you to define each journey around your guests’ preferences. With a fuel capacity of 13,400 litres, the X95 has the range for far-reaching, adventurous voyages.

Princess Yachts CEO Antony Sheriff on a new generation of yachting excellence

Experience space akin to a megayacht as you enter her main deck saloon and witness a line of sight right through to the forward window. Ascend the internal staircase to the upper deck and another unique experience awaits: a fully enclosed and climate controlled Sky Lounge. Taking pride of place on her lower deck is the full beam Master Stateroom with en suite, complemented by her Forward Stateroom with walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom. Additional port and starboard guest cabins can each be configured with two single beds or one double bed, whilst generous crew quarters complete her extensive accommodation.

Princess Yachts CEO Antony Sheriff on a new generation of yachting

Princess Yachts CEO Antony Sheriff on a new generation of yachting

The Princess Yachts’ X95 flybridge

Antony Sheriff has transformed the fortunes of Bernard Arnault’s yachtmaker Princess, creating boats that are stylish, in demand and environmentally innovative, for a new generation of consumer.

Antony Sheriff

“It’s the sports car of the range. The hull reduces drag by 30 per cent, and it has sports-car-like performance and a Pininfarina design.” Princess Yachts CEO Antony Sheriff is enthusing over a projection of the R35, his company’s cool-looking 35-foot yacht, the latest in a series of innovations he has overseen in what is fast becoming known as the most dynamic yachtmaker in the world.

“Sometimes,” he says, “if you are doing something new and are innovating, customers don’t know what they want until you give it to them.” Sheriff has been responsible for a number of innovations at the company, which is owned by LVMH-owner Bernard Arnault through his private equity company L Catterton, both on the product side and on partnerships.

The stateroom (above) and exterior of X95 yacht

In 2016 he launched a collaboration with the Marine Conservation Society, aimed at helping clean up ocean plastics, conserve coral and aid the conservation of marine creatures such as turtles. The Italian-American, who in his previous job launched McLaren’s hybrid P1 hypercar as CEO of the company’s road-car division, is disarmingly straight talking. “We are an industry which makes beautiful products, but we haven’t always been that mindful of the effects they have. We wanted to do something quietly to reduce the impact of yachts on the sea.”

He says the impetus has not – yet – come from the market, but from his own initiative. “We are trying to do the right thing and would rather be on the front foot than the back foot. People enjoy yachting because of the beautiful environment, and we need to try and maintain the water in the state we found it in.”

Sheriff says that, as with cars, the need to innovate for environmental reasons has actually ended up bringing better products to market. He points to the example of the X95, which has up to 40 per cent more space than its predecessor while using 30 per cent less fuel and matching it in performance; and the Y95, another super-slick collaboration with Italian design house Pininfarina, which seems to have taken up its unparalleled design of luxury modes of transport where it left off with Ferrari after the end of a collaboration there spanning decades.

Sheriff is a little scathing about some of the bloated products on offer from other yachtmakers, and adds: “We are putting the elegance and refinement back in yacht design, creating yachts that look like they belong on the ocean.”

Ultimately, though, he says the biggest change during his tenure since 2016 has been the change in the nature of the consumer. “Increasingly people are buying yachts not as status symbols but as places to spend a wonderful time with family and friends. You go on a family vacation in a yacht and it’s the best vacation possible: the kids stay together with you for fantastic family time, they can’t run away to the nightclub, and you get to spend time with each other in private in a beautiful place.” And, if some of the latest Pininfarina designs continue in the same vein, on a beautiful place, too.

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