Expensive News – Hatteras 45EX Flybridge is Here
Mar22

Expensive News – Hatteras 45EX Flybridge is Here

Expensive News – Hatteras 45EX Flybridge is Here Hatteras Yachts offers new bridge option for its 45 Express sport-fisherman. Hatteras Yachts has expanded its sportfish line with a new bridge option for its 45-foot Express sport-fisherman. Whether you’re looking for a better vantage point for driving of spotting marlin, or desire a full second helm station with comfortable seating, the bridge option is available. Some of the...

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Expensive News – New Electronics
Mar13

Expensive News – New Electronics

Expensive News – New Electronics Take a look at the best in new marine electronics. LOW DRAG ‘DUCER Garmin’s first-generation Panoptix Forward transducers. Garmin’s first-generation Panoptix Forward transducers used trolling motors or transom-hung brackets, which weren’t ideal for those seeking a low-drag option. The company’s Panoptix multibeam PS51-TH through-hull transducer ($1,499) addresses this issue while delivering...

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Expensive News – HMY Yacht Sales Partners with Naval Architect Ward Setzer
Mar04

Expensive News – HMY Yacht Sales Partners with Naval Architect Ward Setzer

Expensive News – HMY Yacht Sales Partners with Naval Architect Ward Setzer Brokerage The expanded marketing approach will focus on 100- to 200-foot superyachts. HMY Yacht Sales has partnered with naval architect Ward Setzer in a strategic alliance. HMY Yacht Sales has offices at superyacht-friendly marinas, while Setzer has decades’ worth of experience in superyacht design and construction. “The addition of Ward Setzer and the...

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Expensive News – Evolution of the Sport: Beyond the Engine Room
Mar04

Expensive News – Evolution of the Sport: Beyond the Engine Room

Engines, Pod System

Courtesy Sabre Yachts

In pod systems, engines communicate like computers. Other yacht functions can then be looped into the operating system.

Ron Huibers remembers a decade ago as if it were yesterday. He was among the people who brought the first Volvo Penta IPS pod-drive systems to boat shows, tasked with helping yachtsmen understand why the machinery looked, well, backward. Boaters didn’t always get it, but other showgoers did. “Airplane pilots were coming by the stand, looking at that and saying, ‘Finally, somebody has propellers facing the right direction,’” says Huibers, now the president at Volvo Penta Americas. “It was interesting to see these aeronautical engineers who understood that you don’t run propellers in disturbed air. You run them in clean air. It’s the same in the water.”


“Only 25 percent of the boat is now engine room. It used to be almost 50-50. The engine room used to go almost all the way to the helm station.”

Bentley Collins, Sabre Yachts


Today, the Volvo Penta IPS and Cummins Zeus pod systems are ubiquitous. Volvo Penta alone says it has delivered more than 20,000 units worldwide, with IPS now on 1,100 models from 550 boatbuilders, the majority of them recreational.

Pods, it turns out, affect far more than efficiency. They change design, using less engine-room space, so yachts in the 40- to 50-foot range get an extra stateroom. They reduce entry barriers, allowing for joystick control and integration of helm displays, automatic trim tabs and more, helping novices underway. They benefit owner-operators: 60- and 70-footers can now hold position with the push of a button and no crew. They improve start-up: Look for a Volvo Penta key FOB this summer, eliminating much of the checklist formerly required to get a yacht going.

Engines, Pod System

Courtesy Sabre Yachts

Because pod systems require less space, Sabre Yachts can now fit a utility cabin on its 48 and a full-beam master on its 66.

Engines, Pod System

Courtesy Sabre Yachts

“When somebody can handle an 80,000-pound Sabre 66 around the dock comfortably, that’s something,” says Bentley Collins of Sabre Yachts. “It used to take a captain and crew to do that.”

“We adopted it as an alternative first — and then we didn’t sell any straight-shaft boats after that,” says Bentley Collins, vice president of marketing and sales at ­Sabre Yachts. “We redesigned everything in our range from 2009 onward, new hulls ­designed for pods. We don’t build any traditional shaft drives anymore.”

Jens Bering, head of product management for Volvo Penta North America, sees more evolution soon. At some yards, engine installations happen just a few weeks before a build finishes, as opposed to at the start — freeing up capital to help builders improve their liquidity. In pilot boats, Volvo Penta is working with designers on hatches for easy engine change-outs, shortening a monthslong process to just two hours. Bering sees that feature in recreational yachts by 2021 or 2022.

And in the next decade? The system should be ready to integrate with electric propulsion as battery technology evolves. “We could offer today, if the marketplace wanted to pay for it … a hybrid,” Huibers says. “We could offer the Prius of boats.”

Engines, Pod System

Courtesy Volvo Penta

People 60 and older, even with reduced personal mobility, can operate boats with pod systems. “That’s wonderful, being able to prolong someone’s love for the water,” says Jens Bering at Volvo Penta.

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Expensive News – Gallery: The Miami Boat Shows 2017 (Pictures)
Feb20

Expensive News – Gallery: The Miami Boat Shows 2017 (Pictures)

Expensive News – Gallery: The Miami Boat Shows 2017 (Picture Gallery Below) Yachting Magazine walks the docks to spot the latest and greatest in the yachting industry at the Miami boat shows. Find out more: Everything you need to know about the shows can be found here. Yachts Miami Beach Yachts Yachting takes you inside the 2017 Miami Boat Shows along Collins Avenue and beyond. Yachting takes you inside the 2017 Miami Boat Shows...

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Expensive News – Yachts Miami Beach: New Look and Layout
Feb20

Expensive News – Yachts Miami Beach: New Look and Layout

Expensive News – Yachts Miami Beach: New Look and Layout Show Management is changing things up for Yachts Miami Beach 2017. Also evolving this year is Yachts Miami Beach, a separately owned show that runs concurrently with the Miami International Boat Show.Show Management, which operates Yachts Miami Beach, brought in design company EDSA to “reimagine” the show for 2017. There will now be five show entrances along Collins...

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