Even at first glance, it is clear that J’Ade represents a great achievement and a step forward for both the CRN shipyard and its long-standing collaborator, Zuccon International Project. Striking exterior lines and refined interiors highlighted with delicate jade-green details conceal many sophisticated engineering elements, such as a lateral, floodable garage containing a Riva Iseo 27.
Currently at the helm is Fulvio Codecasa, who works with his two daughters and sons-in-law; he has guided the shipyard since the early 1970s when Codecasa launched its first steel vessel. The Codecasas’ longevity says something about their passion and devotion to their craft, which contributed to the growth of the brand and the company.
In 2011, we walked around the Vitruvius 73’s huge metal structure at Perini Navi’s Yildiz yard in Turkey. A year later, a trip to La Spezia gave us an opportunity to see all the progress that had been made on a yacht is shaping up to be an exceptional new entry in the superyacht world.
On the occasion of our latest visit to Heesen’s facilities in Oss, we had the opportunity to get aboard the builder’s new flagship, the all-aluminum Heesen 65m. Construction started in December 2011 after a long design and planning process. The much-anticipated yacht, currently in the outfitting stages, is well on her way to an on-time delivery in 2013.
We recently paid a visit to Astondoa, a Spanish shipyard renowned for its extensive range of what we’d like to call “production/custom” yachts in the 40- to more than 120-foot range.
We came back from a tour of the Dutch shipyards, organized by the Dutch yachting association (part of a larger association promoting the Dutch marine industry, known as HISWA), with some positive news. Most (if not all) the Dutch shipyards have a number of big yachts currently under construction and the future looks bright.
The Crystal 140 is one of the newest models in superyacht-builder Benetti’s semi-custom offering. Exterior styling by Stefano Righini and a functional interior by François Zuretti give her an alluring and subtle personality, suitable for personalization.
Only two years old, Italian boatbuilder Cantiere delle Marche has already forged a solid reputation with sturdy steel-and-aluminum vessels built for worldwide exploration. The experienced team behind this new shipyard focuses on owners and a small production of high-quality, long-range luxury cruising yachts designed to meet those owners’ needs.
Azimut Benetti Group started as Azimut srl, a sailing-boat charter company, in 1969. It wasn’t until the 1980s that it became a boatbuilding brand with its own production. From there, it experienced phenomenal growth. At all of the world’s major boat shows, the group has a large presence with island-style displays and multiple booths, presenting a vast array of boats and yachts, addressing just about any type of motorboat enthusiast’s needs or desires.
One of the noteworthy new yachts at the 2011 Monaco Yacht Show was E & E, a vessel that belongs to an experienced yachtsman who really knew what he wanted out of his new yacht. The starting point for the design and construction of E & E was the owner’s previous boat, his beloved Vripak-designed 126-foot yacht Jasmin.
The S in S Collection stands for Sportiness. These stylish composite vessels are very comfortable cruising at speeds in the high 30s and in several cases have top speeds exceeding 40 knots. Among their most recognizable stylistic features are the square midship hull-side windows (four or six, according to length). The larger models boast a sun deck elegantly concealed in the sleek profile.
Designed for owners who enjoy longer periods at sea and give priority to environmental concerns and lower fuel consumption, the two models in the Magellano collection offer comfortable and versatile interiors combined with cutting-edge technology and innovative materials that earned the more recent Magellano 50 several awards, including the international powerboating organization UIM’s 2011 environmental award.
Generous volume combined with dynamic lines characterize all models in this collection; from the smallest to the largest, the focus is on lifestyle and livability. Built in composite, these comfortable yachts boast a generous speed that allows for quick jaunts between islands or a few miles off shore in search of quiet anchorage and moorings.
The 236' Azteca—one the largest yachts launched in Italy in the last 30 years—is also the largest CRN-built yacht to date, making her the reigning queen of the Ferretti fleet. This member of the exclusive “top 100 club” owes her classic profile to Nuvolari-Lenard.