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Design: 124 Global Fish


The 124 Global Fish has five staterooms, a formal dining room, a large salon, a sizable galley and additional dining spots in the sky lounge and on deck.

With some things, bigger is not always better, and naval architect Ward Setzer thinks sport-­fishing boats are among them. That’s why he stopped adding length overall when he hit 124 feet on the Global Fish.

“This boat still has to have Carolina flare and tumblehome at the transom,” he says. “Scaling up those proportions is like scaling up a Picnic Boat. It gets out of hand. I think we may have hit the magical balance here.”

Setzer conceived the 124-footer after working on 118-foot versions for clients in Australia and New Zealand, where there is demand for larger sport-fishing yachts that can chase big game across the South Pacific. When the global economy rebounded, he realized there may be U.S. clients too, and he reached out to Donald L. Blount and Associates for input.


124 Global Fish

“We compared notes, and they were getting the inquiries as well,” Setzer says. Motoryacht owners wanted to move down; sport-fish owners wanted to move up. A vision was born, with Blount doing naval architecture and Setzer drawing the rest.

The 124 Global Fish had a soft premiere via video at October’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and Setzer says that, if she’s not in build by fall 2015, show-goers can expect a larger promotion. The target client may want to fish the boat, or he may simply use her as a luxury support vessel.

“It has the accommodations of something more like a 115-foot raised pilothouse,” Setzer says. “It’s a hybrid, in between.”

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Satphone Service, Nearly Everywhere

KVH Tracphone Fleet One

Courtesy KVH

The KVH TracPhone Fleet One marine satellite communications antenna system is designed for yachts needing global satellite phone service plus basic satellite Internet access.

KVH has added the TracPhone Fleet One marine satellite communications antenna system to its other Inmarsat-based products. The new model is designed for yachts wanting global satellite phone service plus basic satellite Internet access.

The TracPhone Fleet One is designed to work everywhere at sea except the polar regions, giving yachts satellite phone service plus data speeds up to 100 Kbps, which usually is enough for email and limited Internet access, according to KVH.

TracPhone Fleet One also supports free “505” safety service, which can direct emergency calls to a rescue center.

“From the weekend sailor or small-fleet owner using Fleet One to the most sophisticated global commercial maritime operators taking advantage of our global mini-VSAT Broadband service, we offer a capability set and price point matched to customers’ needs,” Brent Bruun, KVH executive vice president for mobile broadband, stated in a press release.

Price for the KVH TracPhone Fleet One antenna system: $4,995

Price for the basic airtime plan: $49 per month

Where to learn more: head over to www.kvh.com

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The New Amels 188 Limited Editions

Dutch yacht builder Amels is adding a 188-foot model to its popular Limited Editions series, which includes six models in a range from 180 to 272 feet length overall.

Hull No. 1 of the Amels 188 is scheduled for delivery in spring 2018. Like other Amels Limited Editions yachts, the 188 is designed by Tim Heywood.

Details unveiled at the recent Monaco Yacht Show include the first-ever hybrid-electric power system engineered into a Limited Editions model from the project’s start. The system is meant to increase efficiency and eco-friendliness while reducing cost of ownership.

Interior design will be by Pascale Reymond and Andrew Langton. The yacht is expected to house a 322-square-foot beach club, a full-beam owner’s suite spanning nearly 860 square feet and including a folding balcony, and a “wellness center” with gymnasium, sauna and Turkish steam shower.

Hull No. 1 is still available: but Amels Managing Director Rob Luijendijk says the builder is already fielding serious inquiries.

Amels is selling other Limited Editions models, and fast: both a 180 Limited Editions and Hull No. 2 of the 242 Limited Editions found buyers in September.

Take the next step: visit www.amels-holland.com

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Lexi’s Fling Before the Ring Bachelorette Party with Lake Travis Yacht Rentals!





She’s on Her Way

Horizon Yachts has launched its first E88 Open Flybridge Motoryacht, which is now en route to the United States for an appearance at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The E88 was built as an inventory model and is available for purchase. Check out the slide show below for a look at pretty much every space on the yacht, inside and out, or learn more at www.horizonyacht.com.

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Boldly  Beautiful

Some yachts are like an Architectural Digest layout: cool and elegant. Others are as friendly and inviting as a warm puppy. With the Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht, designer Evan K. Marshall managed to create a yacht that blends all of these elements.

Let me jump ahead and give away a major selling point for the 90: No one gets a second-class cabin. On most yachts in this size range, someone gets the short straw. The owners, of course, get a magnificent suite, as they should. Guests, however, are usually faced with lesser accommodations of unequal size and amenities. Not so on this Ocean Alexander.

“You take the VIP up forward,” says one guest. “No, no, I’m fine with the starboard guest cabin. Or maybe I’ll take the port cabin. Gee, I can’t decide.” What a delightful quandary for your guests to face: not being able to choose among the three staterooms, each en suite. No Jack-and-Jill heads or tiptoeing across the passageway to a shared head. This took the careful fitting together of so many elements that it makes a 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle look like child’s play.

The 90 is a natural iteration of the Ocean Alexander 88, as reinvented by the builder’s marketing director, Richard Allender. No, reimagined is a better word, because this yacht is not just a freshening up, but a response to how Ocean Alexander owners use their yachts.

Step into the salon, and you’ll see the elegant/casual elements in an instant. First, Marshall chose a pale nubby fabric for the wraparound couch to port, with a pair of bucket chairs to finish off this entertainment area. But this isn’t just for guests to sit stiffly in dinner jackets: This whole area faces a huge pop-up TV. Stretch out, munch on popcorn and have fun.

Two things you’ll notice quickly are huge windows and tons of headroom. The windows stretch, literally, from the back of the couch to out of sight in the curtain soffits, and they are divided by only two mullions. The view is spectacular. And the 6 foot 9 inches of headroom is nearly as much as on the Ocean Alexander 120.

A low divider separates the formal dining area forward, and I give Marshall and Allender credit for providing enough seating for all eight guests. I can’t explain why some builders provide a dining table for six on a yacht that sleeps eight. What, two people are balancing paper plates on their knees in the cockpit? Silly. Even better, Marshall and Allender left guests enough room to push their chairs back at the end of the meal without whacking into the divider or bulkheads.

the Euro-style yachts that relegates the cook to an unseen corner, but, no, the galley is in the pilothouse, which becomes a casual living space. It is a country galley with a wraparound dinette tucked next to the helm under the sweptback windshield. An interesting touch is the addition of a raised breakfast bar facing the galley with a pair of stools, offering a perfect place for two to enjoy a croissant and coffee.

The galley is a chef’s dream with top-notch appliances like the Jenn-Air cooktop and Sub-Zero fridges, Gaggenau oven and Fisher & Paykel dishwasher. I loved the stainless-steel sink capable of swallowing the largest pan and the fact that, while standing at that sink, the chef is treated to the same counter as guests in the salon.

Specifications Builder Supplied Number
LOA: 91’3″
LWL: 76’9″
BEAM: 22’5″
DRAFT: 5’6″ (dry), 6’5″ (loaded)
DISPL.: 209,000 lb.
FUEL: 3,000 gal.
WATER: 650 gal.
ENGINES (std.): 2 x 1,920 hp MTU 12V 2000 diesels
PRICE: On request

The day-head is tucked to starboard under stairs to the bridge, and a pair of pantograph doors open to the side decks. The helm is to starboard in the pilothouse with a stylish dash of burled woods and leather. A raised panel holds three monitors, and there are chrome posts that put this panel into my line of sight through the forward windows. Six inches lower would be perfect for me, and the adjustment is likely doable as this builder is known for accommodating its owners. If you’re on the taller-than-average side, the placement may not affect your line of sight.

And, while we’re in the pilothouse, it’s important to note that this yacht can be run short-handed. Wide walk-around side decks with instant access from the lower helm, plus bow and stern thrusters to position and hold the yacht while lines are handled, make this easy for two crew.

Curving stairs lead from the salon to a foyer on the lower deck with inlaid marble underfoot. Just aft is the full-beam master suite, with a centerline king-size berth that can be raised on gas lifts to hide suitcases or other bulky items. Marble-top nightstands and wood columns are stylish touches, and each side has a trio of large windows for light and view. To port is a love seat, while the starboard side has a built-in bureau that shows off the impeccable Ocean Alexander joinery work. Two large hanging lockers complete the suite, with one a walk-in featuring internally illuminated Lucite drawers as well as a cedar-lined hanging space. The his-and-hers marble-lined heads just aft are separated by an oversize shower with multijet nozzles, and a spa tub is an option.

Next forward is the port guest cabin — no, wait, it has to be called a guest stateroom. A large berth is athwartships; the en suite head includes a shower with room for a seat, and the hanging locker is so large it requires double doors.

Opposite is an enclosed laundry room where the crew will find a full-size, side-by-side washer and dryer, plus ample counter space for folding and lockers for laundry supplies. This is a thoughtful touch, making it easy to service all four cabins without having to return to the crew area where most laundries are located.

Next forward is the starboard stateroom, and, again, it has an oversize head with shower, fore-and-aft berth and large stowage drawers under the berth. The VIP cabin is forward in the usual spot, with a raised berth, tapering hull sides lined with lockers and more drawers underneath. An en suite head matches the others in terms of size and amenities.

Owners of Ocean Alexander 90s should expect a flood of applicants from captains and crew because the crew quarters are finished to the same high standards as the guest areas. Sited abaft the engine room (with direct access to the same), the quarters are accessed from the cockpit (for safety at sea) or via a transom door.

The captain, and perhaps significant other, gets a comfortable double-berth cabin while another crew member has a single-berth cabin just forward. This single is hinged to reveal a stainless-steel workbench underneath. Both crew cabins share a nicely finished head with shower, and there is a crew mess with settee, mini galley and entertainment system.

The bridge is the alfresco living area on the 90, with everything from a wet bar to a country galley to a hot tub. A helm is on centerline forward with three Stidd helm chairs and, darn it, the same raised monitor cut down my view of the pointy end. I’m sure this one could be adjusted too. Just ask.

On this particular 90, a big lounge is next to the helm, inviting guests to curl up and watch the scenery. Because the forward half of the bridge is protected by a fiberglass hardtop, this really isn’t a sun pad, but, for sun worshippers, a large padded sprawl area is aft next to the spa.

Under the hardtop on the port side is an outdoor kitchen-cum-wet-bar, with a granite counter and bar top, five permanent stools and, for knocking out steaks and burgers, a large electric grill plus fridge, sink and stowage.

Opposite is a large (and beautifully crafted) teak table with wraparound seating. A tinted venturi windscreen protects seated guests from the breeze, and the hardtop shades them from the sun.

On this 90, the spa is just abaft the hardtop so it can be used to enjoy the stars in the evening, but, for sun protection, “sails” are supported by sturdy and removable oversize stanchions. Aft and to port is a Nautical Structures 1750 crane, leaving enough of the 22-foot beam for a tender or rows of water toys. That boat deck, by the way, stretches aft to shade the cockpit, with its settee across the transom and another teak table. It’s a bad habit of mine, looking into usually unseen areas, but I poked my head under the table and found it was just as perfectly varnished as the top. Seems like a sure indicator of quality when a builder spends the time to make unseen areas just as good as the more visible ones.

Speaking of quality, the engine room is most impressive, from the neatly loomed wiring to the tidy manifolds to the glossy gelcoated bilges. Power on the 90 is a pair of MTU 10V 2000s, each putting out 1,920 hp and propelling our test boat to a top speed of 22-plus knots. Standard gensets are twin 32 kW Kohlers.

Of note is the standard OctoPlex electrical monitoring and control system, which gives users fingertip control of all the AC and DC power from virtually anywhere on the yacht. One item that captains will appreciate is the oil-change system for both mains and generators from a 45-gallon lube-oil tank.

There are a variety of optional arrangements for the Ocean Alexander 90 including several three- and four-stateroom layouts, and an enclosed sky lounge in place of the open bridge.
Standing on the dock after exploring the 90, I had one thought: This is a 110-footer in a 90-foot package. That’s pretty amazing.

Source: Yachting

New Ways to Create Maps

GoFree Wireless

GoFree Wireless

Navico’s GoFree has added a GPX file export feature that works from the company’s Insight Genesis map-making tool. With the new feature, users can make maps with Reefmaster, Navionics SonarCharts and other third-party services by exporting their sonar log data as a GPX file.

“Never before has the consumer been able to make a map from a Lowrance, Simrad or B&G chart plotter, then export that map data for use on any third-party chart plotter or charting software,” Navico CEO Leif Ottosson stated in a press release. “No other marine electronics company is as committed as Navico to ensuring that all boaters have access to our cloud-based, open-source platform, as well as the ability to access the most up-to-date maps and charts.”

Why the change? The new feature is part of the GoFree commitment to open-platform functionality.

Where to learn more: visit www.gofreemarine.com.

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Leading Lady

I traveled to Trieste in the northeast corner of Italy assured I could find lively winter sea conditions for a significant trial run of the Prestige 750. But life plays funny tricks, and I did not expect to encounter the mirror-calm ocean, which was in stark contrast to the storm-lashed coasts of my native Britain. The calm was disappointing on one level, but it didn’t stop me from appreciating the qualities of this superb new design.

Right from the start, the 750’s designers set out to have a main-deck master stateroom, something I had not seen before in a 75-footer. And they have more or less achieved it. There are four steps down to the master from the salon, but the stateroom is positioned high enough in the hull to allow significant design changes producing several benefits. Located under the forward coachroof, the master makes no compromises in size or quality.

It has 8-foot headroom, windows that allow you to watch the world go by while lying in bed, a walk-in dressing room and a head with a large shower stall. The generous headroom creates its own challenges, however, because some people may not be able to reach the skylight hatches over the bed without standing on a chair.

Raising the master from the bottom deck also allowed the designers to make the forward section of the hull considerably finer than normal because it lies well below accommodations level. The 750’s sharp entry, combined with her 14-degree aft deadrise, should provide solid performance in a seaway, which was one of the main reasons I was frustrated by the flat- calm conditions.

Video of Prestige 750 – New 2014 – by Prestige

This yacht’s VIP cabin is amidships on the bottom deck, in the position normally occupied by the master. This means it’s nearly the same quality as the master, but it lacks the views. It does, however, have a large walk-in closet and a generous head on its starboard side. Forward are two twin cabins with their forward ends tucked under the master cabin above, in an innovative use of internal hull space. The port twin has an en suite head shared by the other twin cabin, offering a total of eight berths and three heads, a setup that has a lot of appeal if the yacht is used for charter.

Completing the belowdecks layout is the well-engineered engine room accessed via transom door, and the two-berth crew cabin located against the transom with immediate access to the diesels. The generous accommodation space is thanks to the absence of a tender garage aft. The tender can be carried on the high-low swim platform or on the rear of the flybridge, where an optional davit can be installed.

This yacht’s main-deck salon follows the practical trend of having the portside galley just inside the cockpit doors so that it serves both those at the cockpit table and the guests seated at the stylish glass dining table opposite the galley. Strangely, this is a six-seat dining table when there are berths on board for eight guests. (There is an eight-person table in the cockpit.)

The rest of the salon is given over to an inviting lounge area with a retractable TV just behind the helm seating forward. This helm was raised above the salon level to gain a view through the windscreen. Her helm area is also the passageway to the outside door on the port side. The wheel on my 750 was set low, making it a challenge to sit comfortably for long periods of time. Visibility was also restricted by wide window mullions. But this was a prototype 750, and the production craft will feature a redesign of this area. Prestige will create more space by extending the platform at the rear of the helm seat where the TV is currently located, adding volume at the helm and allowing for improved seating, electronics and layout.

There is a great view and seemingly infinite space on the flybridge, which extends aft over the cockpit. A reverse-­angle windscreen protects the helmsman, and abaft on the port side is a bar counter with a teak dining table and a sun bed to starboard. This whole area is protected by an optional fixed Bimini top, but there is an opening fabric center panel for when you want the sun. More sun bed space is aft, and again there is an extending screen on the rear of the Bimini that offers sun protection. That is, if this area is not used for PWC or tender stowage.

Her exterior styling is sharp and dramatic with the high topsides matched by the long sweeping line of the superstructure as it rises from the coachroof up to the flybridge and then drops slightly toward the stern. It’s a look matched by the cutting-edge styling found in the accommodation spaces. Owners can customize their 750 with a variety of interior styling options and optional equipment.

Additional good points in this new design are the electric privacy screen at the rear of the cockpit; the ability to specify Seakeeper gyro stabilizers and a joystick control system; the wide side decks and generous cockpit size; and the fully equipped galley and its layout. Things needing improvement, apart from the helm redesign, include the fairleads forward, which need their sharp edges removed, and a few minor details such as handholds needed in the salon and insufficient stair handrails. Overall, though, this is a new design that will impress the market.

Specifications Builder Supplied Number
LOA: 74’1″
BEAM: 17’11”
DRAFT: 5’3″
DISPL.: 105,822 lb. (full load)
FUEL: 1,168 gal.
WATER: 220 gal.
DEADRISE: 14 degrees
ENGINES (tested): 2 x 1,200 hp MAN diesels
ENGINES (opt.): 2 x 1,000 hp MAN diesels
BASE PRICE: $4,100,000 (approx.)

A pair of 1,200-horsepower, eight-­cylinder MAN diesels provided the power on my test 750. (Twin 1,000-horsepower MANs are available too.) These power plants drive through a conventional shaft and propeller system. In terms of performance, the 750 is conservative with a top speed of 28 knots. This will be more than adequate for most practical purposes, and she offers a strong, all-day cruising speed of 24 knots. She features good acceleration and runs best with the tabs halfway down. Everything about the performance as far as I could test it in the conditions was safe, predictable and designed for cruising. The joystick control allows the helmsman to operate the bow and stern thrusters in concert with the main engines for precise close-quarters maneuvering too.

Prestige’s 750 represents a leap of faith for this builder. She’s the new company flagship in a line that starts at 44 feet and includes Express, Flybridge and Yachts series. She’s a vessel on the cusp of megayacht territory with her main-deck master suite and sheer amount of space and headroom on board, but she’s still easily managed by an experienced cruising family. Her ride is unwavering, her fit and finish are solid, and she offers numerous options at a competitive price point, adding up to what should be her broad appeal. The 750 is a well-calculated risk that should pay many happy dividends for both her maker and many owners.

Source: Yachting

Boating’s First Battery-Power Gyro

Seakeeper 3DC

Seakeeper 3DC

Seakeeper, which makes motion-control devices for boats 230 feet and smaller, has introduced the Seakeeper 3DC, which the company says is the marine industry’s first-ever battery-powered gyro.

The $29,900 unit is meant for boats 30 to 40 feet length overall that weigh 10 tons or less.

The Seakeeper 3DC runs solely off DC power, which means boats without a generator can enjoy the stability of a gyro system without having to install a generator to power it.

Estimated roll reduction: 70 percent to 90 percent, according to Seakeeper.

See the full specs: click over to www.seakeeper.com.

Source: Yachting