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BoatTest.com Review of the 2014 Rampage 41 Express

Rampage 41 Express (2014-) Captain's Report



Rampage 41 Express profile shot

The Rampage 41 Express has a LOA of 44’ (13.41 m) and a beam of 16’ (4.88 m).

Mission Statement

Flexibility is the operative word with the Rampage 41. She can be had in either the 41 "Express" or "Open" version. The Express is a serious fishing machine fully equipped for big game. The Open is a "crossover" version that is intended for both family cruising and day-boating, as well as fishing. Multiple cockpit configurations are available for different specific applications. By offering a boat that can truly morph between a hardcore fishing machine and a luxurious/entertaining cruiser, the Rampage 41 Express has important utility that most boats in class lack.

Distinguishing Features

Among the Widest Beam in Class. At 16’ (4.88 m), the Rampage 41 Express has what we’ve found to be one of the widest beams in class, 1’ to 3’ wider, in fact. This has huge benefits to the interior space as a crowd can feel more relaxed and less cramped. Cockpit and helm deck space are also robust as a result, and side decks are not neglected.

Heavy Dry Weight. With an estimated 30,000 (13,608 kg) dry weight, she’s heavier than most express cruisers and in the middle of express fish boats. That translates to a more solid feel to her handling characteristics, which we’ve verified during our tests.

Cabin Headroom, 6’7” (2.0 m). This puts her headroom at the top of the class and really gives her an open, expansive feel when in the lower deck. When combined with the added beam, the result is a boat that seems much bigger than her 41'.

Helm Deck Seating. We think that this helm deck is one of the most functional in class. We like the helm on the centerline and the port and starboard companion seats that are independent and swivel. Further, the port and starboard banquettes are comfortable and with them, 4 to 6 more people can be seated.

Two-Cabin Layout. Rampage has added an optional aft bulkhead to the rear of the salon creating a second stateroom with a Pullman-style berth over the lower berth. This adds privacy and makes the boat into a family cruiser, a vessel that can be cruised by two couples, or one that can host a gang for an extended fishing tournament.

Greater Fuel Capacity -- Greater Range. The Rampage 41 Express carries 700 gallons (2,650 L) of fuel. That is 100 gallons (379 L) more than her closest competitor and 175 gallons (662 L) or 33% more than most boats in class. This gives the 41 Express prodigious range, particularly at moderate cruising speeds.

Built by KCS International. Most express boat builders specialize in either the cruising or the sportfishing categories. KCS International builds boats in both. It cruising boat line is Cruisers Yachts, which is a premier line of luxury boats. All of the materials and designer fabrics that are used in the Cruisers Yachts are also used in the Rampage 41 Express.

Rampage 41 Express docking

The Rampage 41 Express turned out to be an extremely easy boat to maneuver around the dock, even without the expense of pod drives.

Performance

Caveat. Before we get into the performance aspect, it’s important to note that we were testing on a sloppy day with the winds blowing across Lake Michigan creating 2’ to 4’ seas. Not ideal conditions but it certainly gave us a good indication of how well she handles in this sort of mess. We say "not ideal" because any boat will slow down and use more fuel when battering against seas of this size vs. flat-calm conditions. On the other hand, we like to also get a feel for how the boat will handle in challenging conditions, knowing that performance numbers are a "worse case" scenario. So with that said….

The Test Boat Specs. The Rampage 41 Express has an LOA of 44' (13.41 m) with pulpit, a beam of 16' (4.88 m) and a dry weight of 33,725 lbs. ( 15,329 kgs.). Fully laden with all tanks full she would have a displacement of 38,860 lbs. (17,773 kgs.). The boat as tested had an estimated displacement of 37,455 lbs. (17,025 kgs.), or 96% of her fully laden displacement. Most boats are tested with half fuel or less, so in addition to the sea conditions, her nearly maximum weight also makes our test numbers a "real world" indicator.

Speed and Fuel Consumption. With a pair of 715-hp CAT C-12 ACERT’s turning 29x43 Veem Interceptor props, we reached a top speed of 35.5 kts at 2300 rpm. At that speed we were burning 68 gph for a range of 328.7 nm. Best cruise came in at 1750 rpm and 24.3 kts. That speed reduced the fuel burn down to 37 gph, giving us a range of 414.6 nm.

Now the Rampage factory test captain tells us that he has easily reached speeds of 36 to 37 kts. Considering that he probably did so on a calm day, we could believe that with no problem. But the fact that we came darn close to that in 2’ to 4’ seas is a huge testimony to how well this boat handles this type of conditions. And she did it with no pounding.

Handling

Our test captain's report read as follows:

"This is an exceptionally well-mannered boat. She carves through snotty conditions with ease and remained comfortable throughout the entire test. Her wide flared bows throw a lot of water, and with gusty conditions there was no way to expect a dry ride. However, we did find that the wipers were sufficient to keep the windshields clear, and we appreciated the delay feature as well as the fact that they’re self stowing."

"In a head sea, the test numbers speak for themselves. We hardly slowed down from the 37 knots the factory captain got in calm conditions. As good as she was in a head sea, she was even better in the beam and following seas. In all conditions, the autopilot held the course steadily with no corrections needed.

"In following seas, there was no tendency to plow into the forward waves, but she would slice through with more than enough buoyancy to rise to the top every time. We tried increasing speed at select times to see if the bow would stuff but she was having none of it. She just kept slicing through and rising to meet the next wave, all while we were able to stand with barely a need to hold onto anything."

Rampage 41 Express hawse holes

Hawse holes leading to 12" (30.5 cm) cleats keep the caprails snag free.

Getting the Shaft?

We’re seeing that there’s a trend in the industry favoring pods for this class of boat. The truth is, that this is a trend that favors the marketability of the boats rather than the boats themselves. Don’t get us wrong, there are distinct advantages with pods regarding fuel burn and the all-important joystick functionality. But those come at a hefty price increase over straight shafts and rudders. And that price can be hard to justify.

So here, Rampage stayed with the tried and true shaft/rudder system. We’ve already validated how well she performs, so what about at the dock? Can she still be maneuvered in close quarters?

Dock Envy

Any concerns about being able to handle this boat around the dock should be alleviated by a simple test ride. She is among the easiest boats to dock that we’ve been on. A large part of that ease of maneuverability comes from the addition of the optional bow thruster ($10,735) that represents a fraction of the cost of pods. With this, and the big props, we were able to make this boat practically deal cards.

Rampage 41 Express cockpit

With 100 sq. ft. of open space three’s plenty of room for fishing or entertaining. The shore power cord is connected to an electric cord reel.

Docking the 41 Express. She moves well on her own momentum and there’s a lot of thrust coming from those 43" pitch props. To start, shift into "low" mode on the controls to activate the trolling valves. Then, just control her with pulses -- in and out of gear -- using the separate engines to control speed and direction. We had her sliding sideways to, and used the thruster to gently hold her OFF the dock, and that translated into a gentle kiss against the dock just as we ran out of momentum.

Backing into a slip, we lined up the stern and drove her back in with the engines pulling the stern gently one way or the other. The bow thruster would then keep the hull lined up properly for the narrow entry. All that was needed was a tap or two on the thruster stick. Our captain reported: "She’s quite intuitive and seems to follow the command on her own with very little input from the helm. It was eerie, and comforting at the same time."

Rampage 41 Express cockpit layout

Here we have the basic cockpit layout with twin aft-facing seats and a livewell at the transom. Note that these are real seats and not a console with a pad on top.

Features Inspection

By starting our inspection in the cockpit we can begin to get a feel for the versatility that makes the Rampage 41 Express such an attractive boat. Everything that can be added is modular so components can be selected at will to dial-in to the type of boat wanted. For example, based on the owner's experience and comfort level, the boat can come equipped with bow or bow and stern thrusters, or no thrusters at all.

Cockpit. Our test boat was laid out with the basic setup of two aft facing seats ($4,260 ea) and a livewell at the transom. The seats are unusual because they can actually be sat in by most anyone without having to climb up on to a console or mezzanine. Likewise, when wanting to get up and grab a pole, the angler does not have to hop down from a perch.

The livewell in the transom is standard and has a capacity of 65-gallons (246 L) but tuna tubes can be added that will reduce the capacity to 45-gallons (170 L).

The Fighting Pit. The cockpit itself is 100 sq. ft. -- as big as any in class. For those who want to fit a fighting chair, support has already been laminated in underneath the deck in the center, and there is room behind the chair for a mate to guide the chair and another hand to move from port to starboard with gaff or net.

Plenty of LED courtesy lighting is conveniently placed to satisfy both the night fishermen and the owner entertaining a group for an evening cruise across the bay.

Cockpit bolsters are removable but they’re comfortable for whatever the itinerary calls for so no need to bother. Seven gunwale-mounted rod holders are strategically placed, and we’d certainly consider dropping a grill into one. The transom door is to starboard and it can be used for boarding guests or tuna, both will be equally welcomed. There’s both a fresh and raw water washdown spigot under the gunwales. Caprails are kept snag-free thanks to large hawse holes with cleats below.

Rampage 41 Express molded steps

Molded steps lead to the side decks. Switches to the side control the recirculating pumps, courtesy lights and elevate the helm deck for engine room access.

Rampage 41 Express fishboxes

Dual fishboxes are large and both are equipped with macerators.

Add-ons

Additional modular components can be added as desired to create the layout suitable for the type of plan one has for the boat. To port, choose from an aft facing seat with a Frigid Rigid cooler below, a bait prep unit with sink and tackle storage or a bait prep unit with either a 120V or 220V freezer box. To starboard, add the same freezer boxes with voltage of choice, the bait prep with sink, or the aft seat with cooler.

Helm Deck

The helm deck features wrap around seating to both sides of a center-mounted helm. The forward ends have swivel pedestal seats to either side and these can face forward when underway, or swivel to the sides to create a conversational area. However, when facing forward the seats could really use footrests against the forward bulkheads. There are footrests below, but in a seaway, putting feet forward to wedge into the seat can be a major advantage in the quest for stability.

Rampage 41 Express wraparound seating

Seating wraps around the operator so all get to be involved in the action while underway. We like this unusual arrangement, not only are there port and starboard companion seats which means three sets of eyeballs can look forward, but those sitting abaft the helm can also help out.

Rampage 41 Express flipdown footrests

Both companion seats have flip-down footrests but we’d add another to the forward bulkhead.

Helm

The helm is well laid out with quality components including digital engine controls. The test boat was fitted with the optional Raymarine package with twin 16” (40.6 cm) displays, a 4 kW open array radar, autopilot and a Raymarine 55 VHF. It bears noting that the panel is angled so that both displays are facing the operator, rather than simply being flat. Our test boat was also fitted with a bow thruster ($10,735) and we’ve touched on the benefits of that feature in the docking section of this report.

Rampage 41 Express helm deck

Three-across seating makes for more eyes looking forward and all seats swivel. Teak ladder back seats are offered as an option. Note the high windshield for weather protection and visibility.

Rampage 41 Express helm console

The helm console is large and designed so that all components are within easy reach.

Rampage 41 Express easy access

The helm is hinged so it comes forward to provide easy access for service and installations.

Between the windows and the optional hardtop, there’s open space that is sure to be fitted with isinglass. We had a wet test day and it didn’t make the helm any drier having it open. The other advantage of putting isinglass here is that on hot days it can be unzipped for fresh air.

Hardtop

Our test boat was fitted with the optional hardtop by Bausch American ($40,850) and it included a 3-degree forward angle radar mount, tri-color LED lighting, spreader lights, perimeter handrails and ladders to both rear corners.

Rampage 41 Express hardtop

Our test boat was fitted with the optional molded hardtop. By buttoning up the helm deck with isinglass, the 41 Express is easily turned into a three-season boat.

An upper station can be added to the 41 when a tuna tower is selected. Feel free to also add outriggers and a full canvas enclosure.

Engine Compartment

A switch to the right of the starboard aft-facing seat actuates the hinged helm deck, which raises and lowers automatically providing wide-open access to the engine compartment. Steps to the center make the access even easier. Entering a day hatch in the center of the helm deck makes for even quicker access.

Rampage 41 Express deck hatch

An electrically actuated deck hatch that lifts the entire helm deck provides access to the engine compartment.

Rampage 41 Express engine access

A day hatch allows quicker access to the engines and utilizes the same entry steps as the full deck access.

Rampage 41 Express standing head room

Captain Steve was just about able to stand inside the compartment at the forward end. The day hatch is just over his head. Note the clean, uncluttered nature of the engine room, the space outboard of the engines and the lights on the overhead.

Inside we have a well laid out compartment with easy access to all sides of the 715-hp CAT C12 ACERT engines. All of the batteries and switches are forward. Each engine, plus the genset, has it’s own battery. A fourth bank powers the house systems.

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A 24V battery charger is at the forward bulkhead along with the interface panel for the digital controls. Note that all wire runs are held in place with padded anti-chafe rings.

Fuel. The 700-gallon (2,650 L), total, fuel tanks are one of the secret weapons of the Rampage 41 Express both for offshore fishermen wanting to go down island, and for cruising folks who need serious range. The dual fuel tanks have a crossover system that requires electrically transferring fuel between the two tanks as need be. Racor filters are mounted to the tanks themselves. The 10 kW generator is standard and mounts just behind the entry steps.

Rampage 41 Express

Rampage made the 10 kW generator standard on the 41 Express.

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The bow is easily accessed with roomy side decks. Fully forward there’s an optional windlass ($5,030) with hatches to both sides to manage the rode.

Below Decks

Upon entering the accommodations deck, it immediately becomes apparent that there’s a definite advantage to being owned by KCS, the same parent company that builds Cruisers Yachts. The same quality Cherry wood interior, vinyl headliner and solid Cherry table that we’ve come to admire in the company’s yachts is right here as well. Standard flooring is removable carpeting over fiberglass decking but it’s a rare individual that won’t spring for the classy look of the teak and holly sole with removable carpet ($13,305).

Rampage 41 Express

The interior of the Rampage 41 Express serves four important functions: sleeping, cooking, dining and relaxing and personal hygiene.

Salon

The main salon is over to the port side and consists of an L-shaped, Ultraleather upholstered settee wrapping around a solid cherry pedestal table. A custom made oval mirror is fitted to the aft bulkhead. Overhead hatches provide natural light but there are no hull side windows or opening portlights. This is in keeping with the clean look of the exterior hull favored by most avid sportfishermen. The space is used for added storage.

Rampage 41 Express

The dinette area seats 4 for comfortable dining. Notice the high 6’7” (2.0 m) overhead clearance.

Rampage 41 Express

The settee is softly padded and upholstered in Ultraleather.

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A classy feature is the rounded tops to the doors. It’s much easier, and cheaper, to simply make them all straight, but it wouldn’t have the rich look of these doors.

Galley

The galley is as pleasing as it is functional. Both the stove and sink are covered to add additional working space to the solid surface counter for food prep. Instead of the traditional microwave, Rampage added a convection microwave. The refrigerator and freezer are separate drawer units, which means that items will not come dumping out on the deck when opened.

Rampage 41 Express

The cover to the double-burner stove is reversible to allow use as a cutting surface. Same for the cover over the sink.

Rampage 41 Express

Options include teak flooring throughout the deck level ($13,305), the 15” (38 cm) TV ($1,435), and central vacuum.

Rampage 41 Express

Beautiful hardwoods contrast the light color of the solid surface counter and all the necessary appliances are present.

Master Stateroom

Forward of the salon is the master stateroom. In the standard configuration there is a privacy curtain to pull across, but we’d prefer the option that was fitted on our test boat that includes a solid bulkhead both fore and aft of the salon ($22,145) creating two private staterooms. The forward bulkhead also includes beautiful Wenge wood doors with elegant frosted glass inlays.

Rampage 41 Express

With the double stateroom option, the master gets this Wenge wood with satin finish bulkhead that includes a pair of glass inlayed doors.

Once inside, we are presented with an island queen berth with access steps to both sides. An overhead hatch allows natural light and ventilation as well as an emergency egress. All bedding is included and there’s storage both below, and in the often-neglected space above the sides of the compartment in the bow flare. And naturally there are the usual cedar hanging lockers.

Rampage 41 Express

The master consists of an island queen complete with bedding. Note the copious amount of cabinet storage making use of the bow flare.

Aft Cabin

Behind the salon is an optional feature that we think makes the Rampage 41 Express even more attractive, an optional second cabin ($22,145). This one has a bench seat for sleeping on, and the seat back lifts up, Pullman-style, to create an upper berth. We like this arrangement because it maximizes space for one person, and maximizes sleeping potential with the Pullman. There’s plenty of room to move about and get dressed. This is also where the ship's main electrical panel is located.

Rampage 41 Express

The aft cabin has a bench seat that is well padded for sleeping. The seat back becomes the base of the Pullman.

Rampage 41 Express

Lifting the seatback creates an upper berth. Guests will appreciate the privacy of their own cabin even if it is small. Remember, this is a boat, not the Taj Mahal.

Head

Directly across from the aft cabin, or to the starboard side of the entry stairs, is the head. We expected to see a wet-head but this one features a full walk-in shower. There’s storage both over the toilet and behind large mirrored doors over the sink. The sole and...

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BoatTest.com Review of the 2015 Prestige 620

Prestige 620 (2015-) Captain's Report


By Captain Steve

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We think the Prestige 620 is extremely well-executed in virtually every detail, obviously the work of veteran cruising boaters who know how such a motoryacht is used and what it must have.

I got a chance to test this boat that I had become so enamored with, the Prestige 620, and see if she really was the ideal cruiser that I had made her out to be. Would she be as captivating in reality offshore as she was in my daytime reveries?

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Captain Steve tested the Prestige 620 in Cannes, France.

Handling Characteristics

Before I get into the handling characteristics, I have to point out that the Prestige 620 was powered by the IPS900 drives. It's important to know this, and to understand that there are particular characteristics of pods that directly affect how a boat handles, most notably, in the turning performance.

At full speed, the range of motion of the pods is limited so that one doesn't suddenly bolt off at a 90-degree angle at full speed. This assures gentle turns that don't send the dishes and crockery tumbling out of the cabinets and your guests will appreciate that as well. This is yachting, and not the time for a heavy hand.

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The Prestige 620 is nimble with only 2-1/2 turns of the wheel lock-to-lock. It was easy to dodge trap buoys as we sped along the French Riviera.

With that said, the Prestige 620 is still quite responsive to the helm, thanks to the 2-1/2 turns from lock-to-lock at the wheel. The operator will still get very agile handling, and that's an important feature to someone like me from New England where someone can't swing a rudder without hitting a lobster pot.

Even off the south coast of France, we were testing in an area littered with trap buoys, and regardless of how quickly they managed to "pop up", the quick but gentle response to the helm made dodging them a non-event. The 620 exhibits roughly a 3-degree roll into the turn at full speed, and I find that to be quite comfortable.

There's really no bow rise to speak of upon acceleration. Once on plane the 620 seems to settle into a roughly 3-degree bow high attitude, so there's no concern about loss of visibility. That means that whether operating from the lower helm or not, the skipper can see what is in front.

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Her bottom shape and keel notwithstanding, the IPS900 drives make this boat far more docile than she would have been with rudders and conventional inboard propulsion.

Wake Me Up

One of the sad realities of boat testing is that one can't pick their weather, and on test day with the Prestige 620 we had clear skies and calm winds. That's great for getting fast speed runs, but for testing the handling characteristics… not so much. However, we did manage to come across a few megayachts that were kicking up sizeable wakes for us, so we made the best of them.

Hitting the wakes head-on had us slicing through nice and cleanly, with the water being thrown well off to the sides. When doing that the spray stayed very low, so while we had no wind to prove my observation, the 620 appears to be a very dry boat.

On the beam, we stuck to our 3-degree roll and simply rode up and over with no deviation from our heading. Again, try as I might, I failed to get any spray onto the windshield. With a following sea, I expected to get at least some plunging with the 620's heavy 56,000 lb. (25,401 kg) test weight, but again we stayed level and stable, but granted the conditions were mild.

While this wasn't a rough-water test, I get the feeling that she can handle lumpy seas as well as most any boat. And remember that in following or quartering seas that this boat has no rudders, and the boater can rely on the thrust of the two big IPS900s to keep the boat's bow going where they want it.

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The aft deck is an important aspect of any motoryacht. As you can see, chairs can be placed facing aft so that 6-8 people can sit here. Note the stairs with teak treads to the flying bridge. This is the only way to the bridge which means space is not wasted in the saloon with an internal stairway.

Test Numbers

So now we get to the meat of it. Our test Prestige 620 had an empty weight of 50,706 lbs. (23,000 kg), and with full fuel and five people onboard, we had a test weight of 56,021 lbs. (25,411 kg).

The twin 700-hp Volvo Penta IPS900 drives reached a top speed at 2350 rpm and a respectable 30.0 knots. At that speed we were burning a combined 69.5 gph while getting .4 nautical miles/gallon for a range of 287 nautical miles.

Best cruise is subjective as we were getting virtually the same MPG from 1500 rpm all the way up to WOT. Technically speaking, her best cruise is at 17.7 knots turning 1750 rpm. That is a good speed to run a motoryacht like this and there she was burning 39.4 gph/149 lph. That's pretty efficient fast cruising for a boat that is nearly 60,000 lbs./27,272 kgs.

But if I had to choose a comfortable best cruise, particularly if I was driving the boat from the flying bridge, it would be at 2000 rpm and 22.2 kts. At that speed we were burning 52.8 gph for a range of 280 nautical miles, just 20 less than our technical best cruise.

To see the complete set of data points on our test, click on the "Test Results" tab at the top of this page…

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There is visibility for docking and Mediterranean mooring is through the open stairway to port but the optional controls on the aft deck are the preferred method.

The Walkthrough Starting with the Flying Bridge

Here is a sun worshipper’s dream boat. The center console helm on the flying bridge is surrounded on three sides by sun pads and an aft facing sun lounge to port. The helm seat is double wide, and the forward sun pad hides a storage locker and even storage for a life raft -- something that you see on most large European-built yachts.

The radar arch not only looks great on this boat, but it serves its primary function to support the antennae array as well as a Bimini top. Abaft the helm seat is what looks like a leaning post on a fishing center console, but here it conceals a grill and sink. The refrigerator is to starboard, and farther aft is the L-shaped lounge with dining table and storage below including storage for another life raft. (Remember, in entertainment mode this boat can carry quite a number of people.)

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This bird's eye view gives you a good idea of the space available on the Prestige 620. Picture a teak table with three facing chairs on the aft deck…or, racks for scuba tanks...or, two deck chairs for sunning...or…

The Main Deck

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a saloon that is this open and uncluttered. In the Prestige 620 glass is everywhere, making visibility from the lower helm, and for the onboard guests, stunning.

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If there were a better way to get this much natural light into a main saloon, we aren’t aware of it. There's even a moonroof overhead. Please take note of the stand-alone sofa and chair. We prefer this treatment of furniture rather than built-in banquettes because it makes the yacht look more elegant to our eye.

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Now we are in dinner mode. The cocktail table is raised and the five light-weight and stylish chairs are taken out of storage for the occasion. In this way the 620 creates both a large saloon and a formal dining table.




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So much for the galley up or galley down argument. Prestige settled on galley aft and it works well because it is handy to both the aft deck and the saloon.

Prestige took the galley up or galley down argument in a better direction... galley aft. I’ve seen this on other boats and it works very well, more so here as the galley is nestled between the two dining areas both in the main saloon, and the aft deck. I love the island in the galley, and the woodwork is well-done. Notice how the overhead cabinets are hinged at the top and open from the bottom.

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If there were ever an argument for a double-wide helm seat, this is it. In America this will be an owner/operator boat, and most operators we know like company. And, we always prefer two sets of eyes keeping watch, particularly at the speeds this boat can travel.

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The platform can be fitted with optional hydraulics for lowering a tender. The windows in the transom allow light into the crew quarters. The passerelle is optional.

The Accommodations Deck

There are comfortable accommodations for six plus crew, all staterooms are ensuite. This is exactly how a yacht of this stature should be arranged, and we think that motoryachts 60' (18.3 m) or larger that have shared heads are not using their space properly.

The master is full beam and the master head features dual basins. The berth is located on the centerline, where it should be for maximum comfort in a seaway. A desk/vanity combo lies to port, and a sofa lies to starboard, directly in front of the large hull side windows. The berth, and deck to either side, is a mere step up from the main deck as one enters. This makes it that much easier to get into the berth, and improves sightlines out the hull side windows, while still providing ample storage underneath.

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Notice how the deck is raised around the master berth. The desk at the right is also a vanity. The sofa to the left gives a great view out the hull side window.

The VIP stateroom lies forward, and features a centerline mounted island berth with storage to the sides and beneath. There are two hanging lockers and direct access to the private head.

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Here is the VIP stateroom with its centerline mounted double berth, large windows and ample storage.

The third stateroom features twin single berths that easily convert to a large double. This stateroom also has large windows, with opening portlights and access to a private head.

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A three stateroom layout with two centerline mounted island berths, and two singles that convert to a double. There are two bunks in the crews' quarters.

The 620 is the first in the large Prestige motoryachts line, and the goal of combining cruising and luxury has been met.



Prestige 620 (2015-) Test Result Highlights



    • Top speed for the Prestige 620 (2015-) is 34.5 mph (55.5 kph), burning 69.50 gallons per hour (gph) or 263.06 liters per hour (lph).

    • Best cruise for the Prestige 620 (2015-) is 20.4 mph (32.8 kph), and the boat gets 0.52 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.22 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 345 miles (555.22 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 2 x 700-hp Volvo Penta IPS900.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.



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Originally Published by BoatTest.com - December 2014.

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Darren Plymale of Galati Yacht Sales interviews with Fox News 13 aboard Viking Yachts 75 Motor Yacht at this years St. Pete Boat Show. For more information about the 75 Motor Yacht please Click Here.
 
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Maritimo Appoints Galati Yacht Sales as the Distributor for the Americas

MARITIMO PICKS UP THE PACE IN THE AMERICAS

Media Release
Date:November 29,2014

Leading Australian luxury boat manufacturer, Maritimo, has appointed one of the top marine dealerships in the world to be its lead distributor for Maritimo motor yachts in the Americas.

Galati Yacht Sales was launched in 1970 and today it has six dealerships across the Americas and an international location in Costa Rica, all contributing to an annual turnover in excess of $US350 million.

Maritimo founder Bill Barry-Cotter said the Galati family is an institution in the marine industry in the US.

“We are delighted to have the Galati team representing us as the wholesale distributor in the Americas and feel they will be an excellent fit with the current dealership network that has been established by Maritimo USA,” he said. Galati Yacht Sales will partner with Maritimo in a new distribution entity, Maritimo of The Americas, and will be based in Tampa.

The appointment of Galati Yacht Sales follows the departure of long serving Maritimo USA president, Dave Northrop, who has represented Maritimo for more than nine years.

“Dave has done an excellent job for us in building up our presence in that market and there are now more than 200 proud and passionate Maritimo owners in the Americas where less than 10 years ago we were unknown,” said Barry-Cotter.

“We wish Dave all the best in his future career pursuits and we look forward to our ongoing friendship.”

Dave Northrop said “Today Maritimo is one of the best and most exciting motor yachts in the Americas and we have grown from introducing a new, unknown brand to a position of more than 200 owners and with new products rolling out this Fall that success will continue.”

Galati Yacht Sales has company owned centres in Anna Maria, Florida; Destin, Florida; Naples, Florida; Tampa Bay, Florida; Galveston, Texas; Orange Beach, Alabama; and Costa Rica.

The company was started by Michael Galati Sr and his wife Anna Marina Galati in 1970 when they purchased a tornado-devastated marina on Tampa Bay and set about turning it around. It was a hands-on family affair with the Galati siblings catching fish to sell for bait and working the fuel pumps at the marina.

Michael Galati passed away in 1992 and the company’s ownership was passed to his children. They have expanded it to become one of the largest privately held yacht dealerships in the world.

Company President, Joe Galati, said the company had been associated with Maritimo since 2008 and had sold numerous Maritimo’s in that time.

Galati Yacht Sales also represents brands such as Viking, Princess, Tiara, Prestige and Rampage.

“We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to become the leading wholesale distributor for Maritimo in the Americas and I believe we can build on the very sound base that Dave and his team have established,” he said.

“We have more than 200 employees involved in everything from sales to maintenance and repairs and our client base is extensive.

“Our cruise in company Musters are legendary and we have had a number of Maritimo owners join us in various events over the years so we know the brand and its performance very well."

“We have visited the Maritimo manufacturing centre at Coomera on Queensland’s Gold Coast a number of times and have had a long relationship with founder Bill Barry-Cotter."

“We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to partner with Bill and his dedicated team and look forward to building our share of market in the US and elsewhere.”

Maritimo sales and marketing manager, Greg Haines, said the appointment of Galati Yacht Sales ‘was a natural fit’ as the Galati team already knew the Maritimo story and were familiar with the model range and its popularity with US boaties.

“Dave did a great job for us and we wish him well in his new endeavour, but we are confident that the involvement of the Galati team will see Maritimo lift to a new level in that market,” he said.

Mr. Haines said Maritimo of The Americas would service the existing Maritimo dealer network and would work with them and people like Bill King on the west coast of the USA in selling and after sales servicing. “Joe and his team will work well with Bill and the others to make sure the Maritimo brand continues to be pushed and marketed and the growing number of Maritimo owners in the Americas are well looked after,” he said.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Jay Dee Jackson Galati Yacht Sales
Phone: 941.720.5081
Email: jdjackson@galatiyachts.com
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Greg Haines, Sales & Marketing Manager, Maritimo
Phone: 07 5588 6001
Email: ghaines@maritimo.com.au

MEDIA CONTACT Paul Wilson
Phone: 07 5593 2011
Mobile: 0438 761 785
Email: paul@promedia.com.au

ABOUT MARITIMO Australia’s youngest luxury boat building company, Maritimo, is continuing to expand its product development program and to grow its distribution network around the world. Founded in 2003, Maritimo is born of the passions of one man – an icon of Australian luxury boat building, Bill Barry-Cotter. The Maritimo fleet now covers 17 separate models across five different lines – Cruising Motor Yachts, Sedan Cruisers, Offshore Convertibles, Sports Cabriolets and Mustang Sport Yachts.

 

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Comments by Jay Dee Jackson Galati Yacht Sales

After 25 hours of flight and a short drive, I arrived at Maritimo's manufacturing facility on Queensland, Australia's Gold Coast. Kicking offthe trip with an educational tour of the factory I was able to see firsthand how efficient and effective the factory is. Bill Barry-Cotter, founder of Maritimo, has it running smoothly to produce a quality vessel in a short amount of time. Mr. Barry-Cotter likes to spend his days on the manufacturing side of the operation, constantly walking the boats in production and making sure the vision is consistent throughout every model and embraced by his team. During my visit he took me through the new Maritimo M48. It may still be in its early stages but it's easy to see what an amazing vessel it will be.

Lights, camera, boating! The brand new 2015 Maritimo M65 launch party was one for the history books. It took place at night with an abundance of lights, music, food and a massive crowd anxiously awaiting her arrival to the show. Ambient music played as the spotlight shined on the M65. Everyone there was thoroughly impressed by her. The boat is a true work of art! Greg Haines and his team made sure that their passion for the vessel was shared with their guest. Along with the M65 there were 3 beautiful M58 models available for viewing. Every vessel attracted the masses. Everyone was eager to board and take a look.

 

  

  

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Somervilles fishing adventure in the Keys!

We took a long family weekend down in Key Largo in the keys and had an extra day to go offshore fishing together. I called Captain Bill to take us out for the day and by 11AM we had over 30 bites with Mahi being the main catch of the day.

We later went further offshore to target Wahoo and Billfish. Wahoo came to the plate and the Billfish were nowhere to be found. Seas were 1' to 2’ and the winds were perfect.

Lots of fresh fish to clean and donate…. we ate like Kings.

Another great day in paradise…

Till next tide, The Somervilles.





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Marine Dealer Conference and Expo 2014



“More games are lost than won” This is a quote that I never gave true thought to until attending the keynote speaker at the 2014 MDCE. As it sounds it should be an equal amount of games won to games lost, correct? Wrong, the meaning behind this is actually a very valuable lesson I learned in the first 10 minutes of the expo. The true meaning is that there are more times where a game (sale) is lost by lack of marketing, sales skills, leadership techniques than actually won by having a perfect set of all three items. The customer will eventually buy a boat somewhere from someone, but how many people lost them along the way. This was a very simple idea that made so much sense when applied to the marine dealer business. You must not wait for sales to “fall in your lap” you have to be motivated and inspired to consistently exceed the expectations of the buyer. I believe Galati Yacht Sales does this on a regular basis, making our company culture extremely hard to compete with.

From the keynote speaker to the top 100 award ceremony the MDCE was outstanding. There is a large amount of information and motivation, to not only better your company but yourself, given out in these short few days. I cannot wait to attend next year!

-Jay Dee Jackson

It was my second year attending the 2014 MDCE and I thought for sure they couldn’t surpass what they did last year, I was wrong. The attendance this year was higher then ever, the speakers were top notch and the Top 100 Gala was elegant, fun, and memorable.

We started the kick off with the Opening Keynote Speaker, Chester Elton. His speech encompassed the meaning of having great culture within your company, employees and how it should radiate out to your customers. I believe Galati Yacht Sales has a culture of family and doing the right thing. We want our customers to feel and be treated as family. We always do the right thing in business, even when no one is looking. The rest of the three days were filled with amazing seminars and fun and knowledgeable presenters. I took the marketing tack that included classes like: FILLING IN THE HOLES IN YOUR ONLINE BUCEKT, INCURESE YOUR SEO THROUGH SOCAIL, and HOW TO MARKET TO THOSE NOT LIKE YOU. Each of these classes and others provided insight and ideas I have taken back to my team. I have already started to apply some of them.

The Top 100 was wonderful. This was their 10th year of holding the gala and awards. We were honored to be there representing the Hall of Fame again this year. Congratulations to all 100 dealers for their success this year!

-Angela Jackson

As a first time attendee of the Marine Dealer Conference and Expo I attempted to do my homework and gather some information about MDCE before heading to Orlando so that I would have an idea of what I was getting involved in. During the opening minutes of the conference I quickly learned that no amount of reading beforehand could have prepared me for the sheer amount of knowledge, experience, and motivation that were shared with me during my time in Orlando. From the opening keynote speaker, to networking receptions, to classroom sessions, to the Top 100 Gala & Awards Ceremony the education never stopped. With over 800 attendees including many vendors and sponsors the MDCE was truly the place to be this week for anybody who’s anybody in the marine industry. I divided my time between sales and marketing classroom sessions and was able to bring home several ideas that I believe will immediately benefit our whole team here at Galati Yacht Sales. Just as important as the classroom sessions was the opportunity to network with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced boat dealerships in North America and the exchange of ideas through the week was incredible. The week culminated with the Top 100 Gala & Awards Ceremony where Galati Yacht Sales was recognized for being in the Top 100 Hall of Fame and many of our fellow dealers were recognized for not only being in the top 100 dealers but also for various other awards for their contributions to the marine industry. Two days later I’m still reflecting on all of the information that we were given over the course of the conference, and I’m already looking forward to a great event next year.

-Josh Olsen

The MDCE is truly an exciting annual event. There were a # of strong training sessions under the Leadership track. My favorite was Hiring the Best Person for Job presented by David Spader. He articulated an interesting concept for rating and evaluating potential recruits during the interview process. Plus he presented research to emphasize the benefits (or lack thereof) of specific interview tools. After analyzing his hiring concepts, it’s clear that the same tools could be expanded to performance evaluations. I feel that these areas of my management performance will be improved.

The more important benefit of the conference and expo is interacting with other members of our industry. Face-to-face time with our business partners is so valuable. The opportunity to fully engage in discussion on our priorities allows us to move forward on a number of fronts. Listening and engaging others provided insight into products and services that spark ideas for the future. The positive energy that surrounds the event and the gala are so inspirational and motivating. It truly is an enriching experience!

-Tim Schaefer

I must say it was the best yet; this past few days were filled with excellent speakers and content surrounding topics such as Culture, Leadership, Sales, Marketing, etc.

The EXPO area was well attended; looking back on the years it was estimated to have 285 in attendance with 60 dealers represented in 2007; this past week has grown to have 300 plus dealers and 1,150 individuals attending.

Both organizations did an excellent job, with Matt and Liz from the MRAA and Jonathan along with his team from Boating Industry, combining their resources to host an excellent event.

We were recognized a number of times through out the week, namely our sponsorship with the Closing Key Note Speaker Ryan Estis. We sponsored his engagement along with the other 3 Top 100 Hall of Fame members, Ryan did an exceptional job. Between the completion of the conference and last night’s top 100 event, it is amazing how many fellow dealers shared their appreciation for our contribution to the event. I never engage the speakers and yesterday afterwards made a point to stay after and share my appreciation for his efforts.

Last night’s top 100 event was excellent, it was the largest attendance to date with over 450 participants last night attending. Gordy’s won and well deserved. The Top 100 acknowledged each of the Hall of Fame members with introducing us on stage and asking us for a few minutes at the microphone to address the audience. Legendary was represented by Sean the sales manager and announced the merger with Singleton, Prince William was represented by Carlton and Marine Max by Bill McGill. We were well represented with Angela, JD, Josh, Tim and myself attending. After being invited on stage, we had a photo opportunity and I addressed everyone attending and shared our support of the program and its contribution to the industry and how honored our Team is with being a HOF member.

I truly believe all of us attending left with excellent content and was well worth taking the time to attend. Again, it was their best effort to date.

This event continues to provide us an excellent opportunity to continue forging our relationships with those in the industry.

Thank you again for the confidence in me to represent Team Galati in such an event as last night. I am truly honored.

All my best, Darren

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FLIBS 2014 Interview with SuperYachts



At the start of the year we sat down with Darren Plymale of Galati Yacht Sales to gather his view on the fledgling American market; however, little did we know the US would provide so much activity throughout the year. We caught with Darren Plymale once again at the recent Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to discuss how 2014 has shaped America’s re-emergence.

Returning to sit on board the beautiful Westport built Amarula Sun, and with a record crowd sweeping the show, Darren Plymale gave us yet another informed view on the positivity across the yachting sector in America.

“First of all, Galati is ecstatic with what’s happening within our business. We continue to see growth, especially in our 80 foot and above market which has been very exciting … the large yacht and superyacht market is doing very well for us. As for the American market, we look at it more as a global opportunity for us. When you look at a yacht this size, it attracts people from all over the world – whether it’s China, Australia, Europe [or] South America.”

Increased market activity can not solely be attributed to the returning confidence of the high-net-worths of the world. Galati Yacht Sales is burgeoning and growing further into the superyacht market, which the brokerage firm attributes to a number of factors.

“I think when you take a look at the American market; we have a lot of wind in our sails. You take a look at the stock market which is hovering back and forth at 17,000, a record high. You have a lot of economic indicators, especially the prime lending rate is still down and low, and very affordable, and I think overall when you take a look at the consumer, we’re in a good spot right now. Land value continues to increase and there’s a lot of positivity.”

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BoatTest.com Review of the Prestige 550 Flybridge

Prestige 550 Fly


All Prestige Yachts share a family resemblance with large windows in the topsides and an overall timeless profile. The 550 Flybridge looks poised to leap ahead, thanks to her raked stem and transom. Standard power is twin 600-hp Cummins diesels with Zeus pods.

Mission Statement

The mission statement for the Prestige 550 Flybridge is basically the same as the rest of the Prestige line. Build the best boat possible, and make her affordable by focusing on form and function and leave out the fluff. You will find solid composite countertops, wall-to-wall carpeting, and fiberglass overheads maximize interior room and utility. Prestige designers stay away from “flavor of the month” styling.

Overview

In 2011 Prestige earned praise in Europe for four new boats introduced: the 350, 400, 500 and 500S. Success breeds success – in the boating world just like anywhere else. The company has designed for two versions on a 58' 10" (17.92 m) LOA hull: The 550 express and 550 Flybridge motoryachts. All four of the new 2011 models were innovative in one sense or another, and we think the new intros are equally interesting.

Prestige 550 Fly

This is becoming the layout we expect for pod-powered yachts: A full-beam master stateroom amidships, guest quarters forward of that and a crew's cabin aft, atop the pods. We like that Prestige includes a mix of doubles and single berths in the 550 layout, making her suitable for a range of guests. Each cabin benefits from large windows in the topsides; the master has essentially picture windows on either side.

Distinguishing Features

Engines mounted forward. Instead of putting the Cummins diesels directly in front of the pods, they are moved farther forward to more evenly distribute the weight around the boat's longitudinal center of gravity. This keeps the 550 from having excessive bow rise and allows for the ride at a more sedate 5-degree bow high attitude. The Zeus pods are located well aft, under the crew quarters berth, and a jackshaft connects the engines to the pods.

Low draft. Because her pod drives are in tunnels and she is of a moderate displacement her draft is only 3’ 8’’ (1.17 m), which is shoal for this size boat.

Two control stations standard. Typically we see a standard flybridge helm station and an optional control station below. Many builders will use this plan to create a roomier salon. Prestige feels, and we agree in this case, that the salon is roomy enough and chooses to put in a lower helm station as standard. In addition, an optional third station in the cockpit is available.

Versatile VIP sleeping. Virtually every boat on the market in this class has a queen bed in the forward cabin. This is fine for a couple, but what if you are have two gents or ladies, or teenage children to accommodate? Prestige has thought of that and had built its queen bed so that it can be split into twins with each berth being moved to the hill sides. We think this is a super design.

Private entrance to a huge master. Most yachts in class have one access to all accommodations. One problem with this design is that much valuable space is wasted on a long passageway. By creating a separate staircase to the master stateroom Prestige provides not only more privacy, but also more usable space for a walk-in closet and larger head.

Price. At just a little over one million dollars this is a lot of yacht for the money. Just look around and you’ll see what I mean.

Prestige 550 Fly

The Prestige 550 motoryacht is able to go most anywhere, and should be easy to handle by most owner/operators.

Major Features

Three stateroom layout. The VIP guest stateroom is located forward. The port side guest stateroom has twin berths that can easily be converted to a queen.

Cockpit access to the flybridge. This is the only access to the flybridge, which eliminates a salon staircase that only takes up space, in our opinion.

Performance and Handling

With a pair of 600-hp Cummins QSC8.3 diesel engines powering our test boat we reached a top speed at 3080 rpm up 30.2 kts. At that speed we had a fuel burn of 62.85 gph for a range of 251 nautical miles. Best cruise came in at 2500 rpm and 22.4 kts. Now the fuel consumption to dropped to the 41.2 gph giving us a range of 284 nautical miles. We reached planing speed in 8.5 seconds and accelerated to 30 mph in 21.7 seconds.

Prestige 550 Fly

The Prestige 550 hull was designed specifically for the Zeus 3800 pod drives. You can also see a flat keel at the stern which acts as a lifting pad giving the 550 a quick 8.5 sec time to plane. Note the tunnels which permit a draft of just 3'8" (1.17 m). The hydraulic platform is optional.

When accelerating, the bow comes up roughly 8-degrees which means the horizon remains in clear view from the lower helm. Once on plane she'll settle into a 5-degree bow high attitude. Because of the maneuvering characteristics of pods, you won't find any break-neck turns on the 550. The throw of the pods is limited at speed so you will only get a 5-degree bank angle which allows for very slow turns. In fact, it took 70 seconds for the 550 to come around a full 360-degrees. Of course this is perfectly adequate for the short maneuvers, such as dodging the occasional trap buoy that seems to pop up all over the world. When you take power off, the 550 will settle back into the water and a level attitude, again producing no loss of visibility to the horizon.

Steering Considerations

While on the subject of visibility, the 550 Flybridge has outstanding sightlines. From the lower helm you'll find yourself looking through the bow rails, but the bow itself remains well below the horizon line. Naturally, from the flybridge you have a nearly unobstructed 360-degree view. More importantly, you have a clear view of the port quarter through the companionway hatch.

Prestige 550 Fly

The helm of the 550 Fly has a double wide seat for more eyes looking forward. The leather wrapped grab handle is a nice touch. Side windows are electrically actuated and open from a button to the left side of the helm.

One interesting feature to note is that the upper and lower helms are on opposing sides so you can choose which helm to operate from based on which side of the boat you will be tying up to. Of course for backing into a slip or med-mooring you can't beat the optional cockpit control station.

The 550 Fly had a very solid feel to her. While we were saddled with a relatively calm day I was able to pass through some sizable wakes which showed that she throws spray well off to the sides and down low producing a very dry ride. Her hard chines give her excellent stability and she shoulders beam seas off quite nicely with little effect to be felt from the flybridge helm.

Prestige 550 Fly

The rails continue all the way back to the cockpit making transitions to the bow a safe affair, even when underway. The unique geometry to the hullside windows really serves to identify the brand.

Docking Manners

In my opinion, the combination of Cummins diesels and Zeus pods is outstanding, and nowhere can this be felt to its maximum benefit than when maneuvering in close quarters. I easily brought the 550 in between two other yachts in the very close confines of a med-moor while controlling from the cockpit station.

Even while standing in close proximity to the engines and pods, there was no "clunking" into gear and the operation was silky smooth. So smooth in fact, that the only indication that things were working normally was the gentle response that the 550 Flybridge had to my slight movement of the joystick. More to the point, when you make a control movement on the joystick the 550 follows precisely as opposed to you making a control input, seeing where the boat goes, and then correcting that movement to what you want it to be.

Accommodations Deck

The 550 Flybridge motoryacht is set up to sleep six guests in three cabins, plus a crew cabin aft that we predict will serve as added guest accommodations in this boat that can and should be an owner/operator vessel. With pods making handling easier, yachts this size are should be owner-operated in most cases. No crew means the aft cabin will surely be taken over by one of the owner's kids who want to sleep as far from the adults as possible (and wash down the boat at night.)

Prestige 550 Fly

The master stateroom is full beam and in the most comfortable place in the boat. The table for two and the large hull-side windows will make this a wonderfully scenic cabin.

In keeping with Prestige's practice of building master stateroom's as comfortable as possible given the length of hull available, the midships cabin on the 550 has a large centerline bed, a small booth-type seating for two to port and a walk-in closet. Of course, there is a large en suite head with separate shower stall. We especially like the private access via a curved companionway leading from the salon. The forward two cabins share a head.

Prestige 550 Fly

This is a huge master stateroom and 80' motoryachts usually don't have one much bigger. Everyone loves walk-in closets and this one is good-sized with plenty of creative space for storage. Notice the separate shower stall that separates the head from the walk-in closet. It has glass door access from both sides. We would eliminate the door from the closet and put in another clothing rack. We'd also get rid of the bidet, move the toilet over and put in a second sink.

Prestige 550 Fly

In the VIP forward stateroom look closely and you will see dotted lines indicating how the queen bed can be split in two and swung outboard, making twins. We very much prefer this arrangement as it accommodates a variety of guests better. The head is shared with the guest stateroom and has a separate shower stall.

Prestige 550 Fly

The forward VIP has split berths that pivot together, and latch, making a queen berth. This is a great use of space and adds to the versatility of the types of guests you can accommodate, whether kids or a couple.

Prestige 550 Fly

While the lower deck is given over completely to accommodations, the main deck is where the real living takes place. There's a large galley aft with an L-shaped countertop and an island for more counter and storage space. It's at the aft bulkhead, so will be bright and well-ventilated. Forward there's a large dinette and a lounge opposite. The lower helm is to starboard.

Main Deck

The main deck houses the galley and dining areas, making preparing and serving food less of a trial for the cook. The tri-doors open onto a large aft deck almost completely covered by the flying bridge overhang – maybe not good for the sun tanning crowd, but overall more functional in a variety of weather. And -- it can be buttoned up with isinglass to prove for three-season living.

Prestige 550 Fly

The aft galley is handy to serve both dinner in the main salon or lunch on the aft deck. The chef will like it because the galley is close to conversations in both venues.

There is a sunpad forward, big enough for several to bake together. And, of course, there is the flying bridge.

Prestige 550 Fly

Even the most ardent sun worshipers will agree that too much sun is a bad thing, but that doesn’t mean you have to go inside. This pop-up shade is a great feature to have, and at the forward end of the pad is an innovative bench seat that deploys easily.

The 15'6" (475 cm) wide stern platform will be hydraulically adjustable as an option, making it fine for carrying a tender.

Prestige 550 Fly

This area is the heart of the boat. The table can be set low as a coffee table when in conversation and socializing mode, or raised with leafs that pull out for a dinner.

Prestige 550 Fly

The aft deck is large and Prestige has correctly not placed a standard table in front of the bench seat as each owner has his own ideas as to how this space will be used. Many people will add folding director’s chairs or something of the like. Because the overhead extends so far aft, the aft deck can be fully enclosed. The crack in the lower part of the bench seat marks the hatch to the crew's quarters below.

Prestige 550 Fly

The aft deck will surely be one of the most popular gathering area on the 550. It’s also right next to the aft galley. Notice the optional retractable sunscreen allowing you to extend your time outside. What a place for al fresco dining.

Prestige 550 Fly

The Prestige 550 has a huge swim platform, which we like. It becomes a "teak beach" or mini marina when friends come by tender to visit. The passerelle is an option that those Med mooring will want to order. Note that there is only one stairway to the aft deck, thus saving space, and the crew's cabin has a large window in the transom to allow natural light to enter. This detail makes what would otherwise be a dank lazerette become a useable cabin.

On the Flying Bridge

Access to the flying bridge is a stairway from the forward port corner of the aft deck. The bridge is mostly seating and sunning space, with its after section taken by a shallow U-lounge, a big sunpad adjacent to the helm and room for chairs and a table.

Prestige 550 Fly

The lower helm is to starboard, but the upper helm is to port. If we were docking portside-to, we'd run the boat from the bridge; starboard-side to, from the saloon. With the maneuverability of pods, either way would work fine, we believe. We'd prefer more forward-facing seats at the helm instead of such a large sunpad.

Observations

There are several important things that we like about this new motoryacht. First is her size. She is not so large that she needs professional crew, but on the other hand she is big enough to take most anywhere and be able to handle snotty conditions without much fuss or concern.

Secondly, her design is not the flavor of the month. It is not "Euro," nor "American," nor "Downeast," nor "Expedition" nor whatever. Rather, the 550 is a modern design based on classic lines that will stand the test of time and be as much in style 40 years from now as today; sort of like a pin-striped business suit or a herringbone sport jacket -- they are always in style anywhere in the world.

She is a big motoryacht and people looking at larger yachts should ask themselved is they really need that much room. Conversely, people looking at smaller express cruisers should ask themselves if they might not be happier in the long run by spending a little more money now and get a boat that will probably last a lifetime.

While the 550 Flybridge has a top speed of 30 knots we would probably cruise her at 2250 rpm, going almost 18 knots and burning 33 gal. (126 L) per hour. That is about as efficient as a boat this size can be operated. Drop her down to displacement speeds and she has a range of 1,000 nautical miles.

We've been aboard several Prestige yachts over the past year and have been impressed with each one.

 

Prestige 550 Flybridge (2014) Test Results

 

  • Top speed for the Prestige 550 Flybridge (2014-) is 34.7 mph (55.8 kph), burning 62.85 gallons per hour (gph) or 237.89 liters per hour (lph).

 

  • Best cruise for the Prestige 550 Flybridge (2014-) is 25.8 mph (41.5 kph), and the boat gets 0.63 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.27 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 327 miles (526.26 kilometers).

 

  • Tested power is 2 x 600-hp Cummins QSC 8.3.



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Rich Mongeau Said:

It's been a hectic 2 months with the arrival of my first grandchild and the replacement and recuperation of my other new hip. Just wanted to send you some words that you may want to use on the Galati site that express my thoughts on your abilities as a broker. Here goes.

"After several dealings with FL brokers in my search to buy my retirement vessel, I had the good fortune to bump into Greg while looking for a boat slip. I was immediately impressed with his energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. When it was time I gave him a call, and although he knew I wanted to buy a specific boat, he spent time showing me various other varieties to make sure my boat type was still what I wanted.

He made the buying experience easy and comfortable. The most important service that Greg provided me was his experience in helping me find wonderful, honest, and skilled maintenance, repair and insurance contacts. From that moment on he was always available to help in any way.

Years later when it was time for me to sell, Greg went out of his way to close the deal. He has all the tools to help anyone sell their vessel."

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New From Maritimo

Since a recent change in representation and distribution for Maritimo Yachts in the Americas, Galati Yacht Sales has been discussing an expanded role with the manufacturer. Joe traveled to Australia to begin this process, and for the past few weeks, we’ve been working on a program that we feel makes sense in todays’ market. Some of our focus has maritimo yachts newsbeen on addressing new customer friendly warranty procedures, standard US equipment lists, simplified pricing, and consolidated model offerings. I’m happy to report that we have made great headway, and we will be representing the American Markets for Maritimo at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

This comes on the heels of Maritimo’s best year ever in North America. The product continues to improve, and two models have risen to the top of the sales charts this past year, the M50 and the M58. Several of each of these have been delivered in the US and Canada in the past year, and I will be delivering an M50 myself after the show. The Australian currency has adjusted to a more historically typical level, and that has allowed us to get even more competitive than we’ve been in the last few years. Maritimo has also just introduced a new model, the M65, and 5 were sold within just a few of weeks of that announcement. This model will prove to be a great seller in the USA as well.

Here’s the BIG NEWS……..we will have two Martimo’s at the show this year, a 2015 M50 MotorYacht (hull 18), and the newly refined M58 MotorYacht (hull 12). Both are fresh, the M50 having arrived just a week ago, and the M58 discharging in Savannah this coming weekend. BOTH ARE AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY NOW!

Specification sheets on these two boats will be available shortly, and prior to the show, will have new sheets and Maritimo pricing in place, including the new standard US spec packages, and Special Show Pricing.

Maritimo is showing their commitment to us at the show this year by having company founder and President Bill BarryCotter, International Sales Manager Greg Haines, Rosco Willaton and John McCarthy all in attendance. If there are any questions, please stop by and see us at the show.
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BoatTest.com Review of the Cruisers 390 Express

The all-new Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe was designed both for entertaining underway and at anchor, as well as to be a comfortable, stylish family cruising yacht. The manufacturer’s goal was to achieve more main deck space and functionality for all sorts of uses -- and, provide more space than any boat on the market in class.

One of the advantages of being the newest design in class is the opportunity to survey everything on the market and do them one better. With a main deck living and entertaining space of 157 sq. ft. (14.58 sq. m), a seating scheme that can be rearranged depending on the occasion, full standing headroom at the helm and a sleek, very Euro hardtop profile, the Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe has a lot to offer. Clever innovations make the boat quite versatile -- much more so than traditional express designs.

Distinguishing Features

    - Large cockpit/aft deck
    - Moveable on-deck dinette seating module
    - Sleek hardtop with large standard sunroof
    - Forward cabin salon for maximum seating
    - Sterndrive or IPS pod drive propulsion
    - Sleeps 6 in two cabins
    - Full beam master with love seat
    - Large in-hull windows throughout
    - Large engine room

Innovative Main Deck

The most distinguishing feature of the new Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe is her cockpit/afterdeck. This is where boaters spend most of their time, so this is where the yacht's designers decided to create something remarkably large and functional. There is truly nothing quite like it on the market.

Living Large. The 390 Express Coupe's 157 sq. ft. cockpit/afterdeck was made possible by means of several design decisions. First, the hardtop's windshield was moved forward 3'6" (1.06 m). By doing this the designers could give the boat full standing headroom at the helm and have far better visibility forward than we find on many Euro designs.

Second, instead of running the side decks outside of the afterdeck, it went full-beam with the space available between the gunwales and moved the steps to the side decks forward, just abaft the hardtop enclosure.

Thirdly, afterdeck seating has been moved all the way to the rear of the main deck and has eliminated the traditional transom bulwarks that inevitably push seating forward.

Two easy steps up from the swim platform, the main deck is all one level from the transom gate to the companionway steps. With the expansive, one-piece windshield pushed so far forward, this space feels bigger than its actual measurement. Open the sunroof and it seems ever bigger. The flow of the space is comfortable and can be easily rearranged at the aft seating area.

Two Decks in One

Unique is a word hard to apply to yachts, but we can honestly use it when describing the 390 Express Coupe's afterdeck. Because the port side L-shaped settee can be moved athwartships to create a huge U-shaped banquette with a passage way to the stern on the port side -- or, be moved outboard to the port bulwarks with the passage way aft on the centerline, this space has versatility we have never seen before on an express cruiser this size.

How it Works. By the lifting of one locking pin at the deck, on the port side seat, the entire L-shaped assembly effortlessly glides to the center of the cockpit to meet up with the starboard side seating. Once in place, the locking pin engages into the deck and now a U-shaped seating arrangement has been formed, in seconds. There is no visible track or rail in the deck to trip over or get fouled with water and debris. In either position the afterdeck looks as if it were designed that way as nothing looks temporary or improvised.

Dual Entertainment Modes. With both L-shaped settees pushed out to the yacht’s bulwarks, the afterdeck is entered through low transom gates on the center line. For a cocktail party, the table to starboard can be lowered. Some guests will enjoy sitting there with their drinks easy at hand. Others will prefer sitting to port where they can get up and move around more easily to mingle.

The wet bar counter is polyethylene faux wood that eliminates maintenance and looks remarkably good due to the realistic grain pattern. This console can be optioned-out to fit each owner’s individual life style or entertaining needs.

Al Fresco Dining. Anyone who has been to waterfront marinas in the Mediterranean knows that Europeans love to have dinner with a large number of friends and family on the aft deck of their yacht with the stern facing the quay. In this way, they can keep an eye out for passing friends and be seen as well by passersby. There, it is a sundown ritual that adds great value to the European boating experience because of the fellowship and bonhomie that good food and wine engender aboard an elegant yacht.

The Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe was made for just his sort of evening-dining scenario. By moving the port L-shaped settee to starboard, and opening the leaf on the all-weather table and the addition of two folding chairs, 8 people can comfortable sit on the afterdeck.

Port Side Access. Access from the stern is to port between the seating and port bulwark. This makes it convenient for guests to board without interrupting those who have already seated themselves. Typically, it would take a boat at least 50’ (15.24m) LOA to seat these many people on the aft deck in comfort for dinner.

A Moveable Feast. Depending on the formality of the occasion, fresh fish or burgers can be prepared on the optional grill under the wet bar counter, or dinner might come from the full galley below -- or catered, for that matter. Families will like the versatility of the arrangement as well. Perhaps the starboard side seats and table will be used for a light breakfast and coffee in the morning. Lunch may be served picnic-style at anchor or underway in either configuration depending on the number of people aboard. Dinner can be served here or below, depending on weather or whim.

Sun Bathing Fortissimo

The seatbacks of the two settees can be electrically powered down horizontally to create a huge sun bathing pad. With the addition of a filler cushion, when the two seating modules are together, one giant sun bathing playpen can be created to rival anything available in the Mediterranean no matter what size the boat.

The Bow Pad. Everyone should get a healthy dose of vitamin D aboard the 390 Express Coupe and not just on the stern sun pad. Like most boats in class, the 390 can be equipped for sunning on the foredeck when at anchor and access there is easy from the aft deck. But, there’s more…

Largest Sunroof in Class: The hardtop comes standard with a canvas sunroof operated by a control toggle at the helm. At 42 sq. ft. (3.90 sq. m.), it baths the helm deck in sunshine. The sunroof sits in a channel in the hardtop frame and is retracted by a motorized system that neatly folds the canvas and stows it in the aft section of the hardtop.

When the top is opened, it gives the feeling that the entire top has been retracted, like a convertible top on a car, because it goes so far to the edge of the coupe roof. The builder tells us that this is the largest sunroof in class.

The portside companion seat is made for sunning as well as lounging in the shade or facing forward. It is fully under the open sun roof and a sun worshiper can sit facing forward or aft. When not in sunning mode, this seat can handle two people comfortably underway – one seated upright facing forward and one in the chaise position facing aft, or sitting upright facing the captain.

The Hardtop Design

The Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe is built for the world market, not just the U.S. For that reason her design, styling and functionality must be accepted all over the planet -- and be perceived as attractive by boaters with different cultural backgrounds. Europeans prefer a sleek profile with a windshield approaching the 17-degree rake of the famous Lamborghini Gallardo. While Cruisers Yachts hasn’t gone quite that far, the rake of her windshield is about 20-degrees, noticeably less than most American boats her size.

Standing Headroom. Many boaters all over the world like to stand at the helm of their express cruiser, as well as sit, and for that reason it became imperative that the 390 Express Coupe have both full-standing headroom at the helm with excellent visibility forward while standing. The builder accomplished this feat by moving the windshield 3.5’ (1.06 m) forward. In that way, the hardtop of the 390 could have both a sleek profile and full standing headroom.

Cockpit Enclosure. Optional canvas and isinglass enclosure is easily installed and removed from the track system that encompasses the whole super structure from the windshield area, aft. When all buttoned up the forward cockpit area can be completely climate controlled. Cruisers Yachts uses durable plastic channels both on the side isinglass windows and on the after curtains as well. We like this system because it makes it easy and quick to install and minimizes the number of snaps. We particularly like the sliding aft isinglass door.

Placement of Foredeck Access Steps. The foredeck access steps have been moved forward, to midships, allowing for a full beam cockpit seating and entertaining area. Transitioning from the cockpit to foredeck is made easy with side decks that measure 10” (25 cm) wide on deck. However, because the cabin sides are angled in as they rise to the coach roof and the safety rails are angled out, there is plenty of hip room for even portly men to pass along this deck. The bow rails are 25" (63 cm) high.

The Helm Deck

Helm Seating. The helm is designed for both the operator and a companion and has a double, richly upholstered seat, with attractive, contrasting stitching. The soft seat slides fore and aft. A foot rest flips down from the seat base and extends a few inches off the deck. Forward in the helm console there is an angled foot rest. All of this makes the helm seating comfortable and practical for both the operator and a companion.

The helm console itself is ergonomically designed with both the throttle and joystick easy at hand whether facing forward or aft. A raised instrument console has room for two navigation screens and is richly detailed in dark , simulated leather vinyl which has classy stitching. The steering wheel itself is stainless steel wrapped in leather and is a work of art. Perhaps most important, the console for the navigation screens is not so high as to impede forward visibility for a short person.

Full-Front, One-Piece Windshield. One of the critical areas of yacht construction on an express design such as the 390 Express Coupe is joined where the roof structure meets the upper edge of the windshield. When underway and going through wakes, we kept an eye on the fixed frame and hardtop super structure to see if it would sway or shimmy a bit when encountering some rough water. That never happened. The hardtop is strong and well designed with the supports in the right places and most important, not particularly intrusive in the line of sight for the operator.

The Stern

For years, Cruisers Yachts has built aft decks with moveable seating modules. With the new 390 Express Coupe we think they have finally perfected the concept in the largest moving seat module ever. From the perspective of the stern it looks attractive and natural whether the seats modules are in the port passageway or center-opening position.

The height of the swim platform is close to that of most floating docks, and with the platform extending beyond the bulwarks it is easy to step aboard. Likewise, the two low step risers makes entrance to the aft deck easy for both kids and grandparents. A shower wand is concealed in the port gunwale away from the shore power connector which is in the starboard dunnage box.

Faux Teak. As noted in the photo above we were particularly taken by the faux teak treatment on the stern storage boxes which is made by SeaDek. The material is Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) which has excellent resistance to UV radiation, in addition to having stress-crack resistance, and a remarkably pleasing texture and feel. Not surprisingly, it costs 25% more than standard vinyl decking, but it seems certainly worth it.

Performance

We tested the Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe on a sunny day with a 10 knot breeze out of the west and a slight chop in semi-protected fresh water at an altitude of 577' (176 m). The 390 Express Coupe has a 39' (11.9 m) LOA, with a 12'8" (3.9 m) beam, a 16-degree deadrise at the transom, and a total tested weight of 21,365 lbs. (9,691 kgs.).

WOT Speed. The boat was powered by twin 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 L Big Block gasoline engines driving through Bravo III sterndrives. The boat was equipped with the Mercury Axius joystick. At wide open throttle we were turning 4800 rpm and we recorded a top speed of 42.3 mph, burning 73.12 gph.

Best Cruise was found at 3500 rpm where we traveled at 27.8 mph and burned 35.7 gph for a range of 161 statute miles. In the test conditions we had we could let her rip because the ride was so comfortable. At 4500 RPM she went 39.0 mph. Range at best cruise is 161 statute miles which means the 390 was intended for local cruising.

Conversely, for those who like to smell the roses, at 1500 RPM she went 8.6 mph and burned 7.5 gph. That gives her a range of 236 statute miles.

Handling

The twin MerCruiser 8.2 MAG, Big Blocks had no problem getting the 390 Express Coupe up and on her way when we opened the throttles wide. When getting on plane we were surprised that she only had a bow rise between 8 and 9 degrees. When firmly on plane she had a running angle of 5-degrees and a small amount of trim to the drives got her settled into the groove.

Waves Bow-On. She was responsive to the controls and stable when maneuvering at speed. We took advantage of our camera boat’s wake a few times to see how she would handle the waves. The camera boat was the Cruiser Yachts Cantius 54 45 Cantius and she throws a hefty wake when hooked up and we put the 390 Express Coupe into the wake at a few different angles. Taking the wake on the bow was smooth as the 390 sliced right through them without any jarring.

When we took the wake on the beam, she was stable and well seated in the water, without much roll. When we took her through some confused seas in a tight turn at speed, she quickly settled down, providing a stable experience.

A solid Feeling. While it does not really come under the heading of "handling", one of the things that we particularly noticed when we were trying to get her to pound was how solid she felt -- and sounded. In some boats this size going 39 mph there can be a definite "crash" even in seas as low as two feet, but we did not hear or feel any such thing when we were driving through the photo boat's wake. The windshield stayed dry at all times.

Hull Design. The hull was designed by Donald L. Blount and Associates, which is one of the most respected naval architects in the recreational boating business. Blount and Associates have designed thousands of hulls from 20' all the way up to superyachts. In fact, some of the fastest large yachts ever built have been Blount designs.

This naval architectural firm has also been on the forefront of designed hulls for IPS pod drive boats. While the 390 Express Coupe we tested had sterndrives, diesel Volvo Penta IPS pod drives are available as an option and the hull has been specially designed for them.

16-Degree Deadrise. As noted above the bottom has a 16-degree deadrise at the transom. This is an important number as its not as deep as some in class which means that she should be more stable at rest and be more fuel efficient and, perhaps, slightly faster. Remember, the 390 is not an ocean racing powerboat which will be coming completely out of the water, so for that reason she does not need a deep-V in the stern. This is a detail consumers should understand when buying a yacht of this size and type.

Engine Options

Standard: Gas: Twin; Volvo Penta V8-380CE, 380-hp, DuoProp, EVC, with Joystick Control.

Optional: Gas: Twin; MerCruiser 8.2 MAG, 380 hp, Bravo 3X stern drives, Axius Joystick Control, SeaCore Anti-Corrosion System

Accommodations

Virtually all express coupes in this size range have permanent island berths forward, and a mid cabin above the companionway and a galley and settee with table, galley and head in between. The only question is whether the settee is to port or starboard. Cruisers Yachts has another solution, and after seeing it, we wonder why this hasn't been created more often in this size express.

Entertaining Below. Bearing in mind that one of the primary missions of this boat is entertaining, this builder quite rightly decided that a lower settee with table that seats three comfortably was not very functional, in addition to me just more me-too. What it has done was to simply banish the concept of an island berth -- which in this size range is often high, narrow, and impractical -- from the boat.

A banquette seating booth around a faux wood table that creates a convivial atmosphere, or a romantic venue, or whatever the occasion demands. Think Russian Tea Room, Sardi's, the Brown Derby, or a local waterside snuggery with low light and high times. Putting the salon in the bow of a boat is not a new concept, and it has been done for years in smaller powerboats and in sailboats this size quite effectively. So, the concept has already been proved. Now, Cruisers Yachts will prove it in a 39-footer express coupe.

There are several things going on in the bow that add utility that are worth mentioning. First, the seating is comfortable with inclined back rests rather than straight ones. Second, The banquette seating includes a comfort seat on the centerline in the bow making it possible for five or six people to have lunch or dinner here with adequate elbow room.

In the hull sides there are four safety glass windows that are remarkably large. This is one of the distinguishing features of the boat. In our test boat they were half obscured because of the Pullman berth arrangement, but without that option they are huge and -- make sitting below while underway a whole new experience. One of our crew sat below while running out to the testing grounds and was amazed at the amount of visibility forward.

Windows on the World. Imagine sitting there for dinner in an anchorage and being able to watch the latest arrival, and the anchoring fire drill while munching on lunch or dinner, or sitting there curled up with a good book during a summer rain shower.

Our test boat had all walnut joiner work, doors and bulkheads. This dark wood gives the interior an elegant look and feel. Above the windows were walnut cabinets port and starboard which put the bow flare to good use. The deck in the test boat had walnut Amteco vinyl decking which is used these days by many of the top quality boat builders. It is much easier to maintain and less costly to repair than real wood.

The table, just like the one on the afterdeck is made of a specially-made hard resin that has wood grain that is difficult to tell from the real thing. The whole boat is intended to be low maintenance and it starts right with the faux "wood" tables.

Of course, this table lowers in order to make a large V-shaped bed. Our test boat was fitted with port and starboard optional Pullman berths. The bed platform are the seat backs which swing up. It is in this configuration that a family, or even an extended family can do some fun summer cruising. For example, mom and dad can sleep in the mid cabin, and the four kids, or two kids and their friends can all sleep forward.

An alternative scenario is a 390 Express Coupe owned by the grandparents. Four grandchildren, or children and grandchildren can sleep forward as...

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The All New Viking 52’ Sport Tower

Like a Porsche, this sporty boat is Quick, Capable, and Timeless

Viking Yachts unveiled three new models last month, two of which were displayed at the VIP event held last month at Farley State Marina in Atlantic City – an awe inspiring 92’ Enclosed Bridge and a sporty new 52’ Sport Coupe with Tower. The 75’ Motoryacht was shown to dealers while still under construction at the Bass River factory located just up the road. Undoubtedly, you will read many articles on the incredible new 92’ and 75’ MY as they are indeed milestones for the Viking Yacht Company now celebrating its 50th year of building yachts. But, it was the smallest of these yachts that caught my eye. After a rigorous sea test with customers, I found the 52’ Sport Coupe to be a truly amazing machine.

First, let’s look at the stats. She’ll cruise efficiently at 34.5 knots and top out at 42 knots with the MAN V12 1,400hp ultra-smooth and smoke-free next generation engines. She carries 1,450 gallons of fuel with all tankage resulting in a range of over 400 nautical miles at cruise!!! Her massive 17’ 6” beam gives you an extremely roomy and stable fishing platform. And, here is a number you will not see on any other express boat: 6’ 3” engine room. Yes, over 6 feet of standing heading room in the engine room! Simply amazing and kudos to the designer David Wilson and team of Viking engineers – these guys really know what fishermen want.

We tested hull No.1 featuring an innovative 3 / 2 layout down below. This format gives you 2 private bunk rooms for your fishing buddies, and a nice queen size island birth forward with private head as the master’s domain. An optional open floor plan 2 stateroom layout is offered as well.

The whole idea behind an express boat is it keeps everybody in the action on main helm deck. You can’t fight a fish from the flybridge, right? The express design is perfect for owner-operators as well as hands-on captains wanting to be in the heart of the action. The innovative new 52 Sport Coupe (referred to as the 52 Sport Tower when so equipped) features a stylized hardtop with frameless hard glass enclosure. This is critically important because it eliminates plastic enclosures which leak and wear out over time. At speeds in excess of 40 knots, the wind and salt water come at you ferociously. But everyone stays bone dry and relaxed with the new 52 Sport Coupe because the glass enclosed helm keeps you and your crew feeling refreshed and ready to battle the fish.

My sea trial story... It was a memorable sea test. On board with me are my customers and Viking lead engineer Bill Gibbons at the helm. He had the boat running a quick 37 knots down sea in a blustery 4’ – 6’ Atlantic Ocean chop on an overcast day. She ran like a finely tuned Porsche on a circuit; sure footed, forgiving, and under total command. But, I was worried. I knew we would have to turn back into these seas. I am thinking - at some point we will need to turn around into this stuff. This is not going to be good! Just then Bill announces that not only is he planning to maneuver the boat into the nasty sea but that he wants to do a complete 360 degree turn in the slop so we can feel how the sea effects the hull. Now, I am getting really worried. I’m thinking; oh, heck (but I was using another four letter word in my head). This may be a 52 Viking, but that is the angry Atlantic. Am going to lose this sale for sure when we crash into these waves? Bill announces – “everyone ready, here we go”. To my shock, he holds the boat at a blistering speed as we begin to turn into the head sea. Wait…, wait…, wait… holding my breath…I am thinking the big bang is coming. Then, nothing. Still, nothing. No pounding. No shuttering. No slapping. As we complete the turn I finally take a breath of relief. I realize that we just experienced something special. Bill already knew this boat could eat up a head sea at speeds. He was like a proud parent showing off what he created. In a very calm and assuring voice he says; “She does ride nice, doesn’t she”. Nice? All I could think was OMG! We just did a full turn in 4’ – 6’ seas at 30+ knots without flinching! I would not have believed it had I not been aboard firsthand to experience it myself. We then proceeded to blaze home into the big seas without any fuss whatsoever. All I can think is - Wow!

On the way back, the customers’ captain pulled me aside and said “Matt, I’ve been running boats my whole life all over the world and it has been a long, long time since I’ve been surprised or impressed on a boat. I’ve got to tell you, I am impressed”. I was impressed too.

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2014 Destin Seafood Festival Rendezvous

Galati Yacht Sales - Destin kicked off the 2014 Destin Seafood festival on our gorgeous harbor by hosting our Annual Destin Seafood Festival Rendezvous! Friday night Galati Yacht Sales held a Private Party right here on our docks. With Krueger, Fosdyck and Associates of Merrill Lynch providing the complimentary bars for the evening and inviting their own guests as well, laughs, drinks, and good company were in abundance.

Spanky, Galati’s in-house grill chef and Team Galati leader for all tournaments provided grilled stuffed chickens as well as many other delectable custom grilled selections for all the guests; meanwhile his lovely wife Beth provided trimmings and deserts! Fresh Market provided all the salads and a great time was had by both Galati and Merrill Lynch customers. Another great year and another great Seafood Festival Rendezvous!











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From There To Here - Part II


Here is the second Maritimo M50 being unloaded in Charleston on Friday, and sitting in Ft. Lauderdale Monday morning as the sun is rising. The first night was on Mega Dock at Charleston, the second at St. Augustine, and last night docked by evening in Ft. Lauderdale. This one is a sold boat heading to new owners. These are great boats, I can say that after almost 1200 miles in just short of 10 days aboard them.

If Maritimo has ever caught your attention, call me to set up an appointment during the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30 to November 3, 2014. There will be a M50 and M58 on display.

 
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Waxin Fixin Polishin and Bugin

I was just sitting out on the dock here at A & B Marina in Key West this morning… Six AM on the dock is so awesome. The world is slowly coming alive. The Roosters are crowing from all over the area surrounding the harbor. Yes, Roosters. While some cities have rats or stray dog issues, Key West has roosters running all over town. The sound of a street sweeper machine is coming from Front Street cleaning up the trash from last night’s revelers. The eastern sky is slowly getting lighter with pink and orange colors revealing a few thunderheads pushing over the islands from the Gulf Stream. Sitting here with a cup of coffee watching the world wake up is pretty awesome. Soon, the charter boats will be firing up their engines and the tourist filled sail-snorkeling boats will be ready to head out. The heat is already brutal. Hopefully, the showers will keep it cool again today.

While the evenings are not as quiet, they are just as pretty. Each evening, the crews all seem to end up on the dock and dinner turns into a potluck. A din of music carries over to us from the Schooner Wharf and Conch Republic. The sailboats from all over the marina are coming and going with tourists eager to catch a sunset on the water. There is a deck hand on our dock sitting with a fishing pole. However, his line does not sit in the water; it stretches all the way up to the base of the dock with a dollar bill attached to it for bait as he waits for the next tourist to come along. Some nights, the guys break out the 300 pound test line and try their luck with the Man Test. The Man Test is when a mate tosses bait into the water on a 30 foot piece of line with a 12-foot hook and instead of the 30-foot line being on a pole, it is wrapped around the hands of the guy performing the Man Test. The goal is to hook tarpon which are not small fish. When a tarpon gets hooked at the end of the Man’s line it goes ballistic to the point where they become airborne and nearly pull the novice Man overboard. Boys will be boys.

The past few weeks brought on a bit of change on the Blue Heaven. With Tyler resigning, I had to hire anew mate. I found a guy named Matt Fueyo. He just got out of a stint in the army and a tour in Afghanistan.

He is a really nice guy as well as a hard worker who has a desire to learn. Heck, as I am writing this, the sun has barely crested the eastern horizon and Matt is on the back deck waxing. I like this guy. It can be challenging and time consuming to have a new mate onboard because you have to show them step-by-step the proper way that you want things done, but Matt is very receptive to what I want. Every drawer on this boat has been organized; every inch from the deck to the showers has been cleaned, waxed, and polished. But with every day of work comes a bit of play. We plan our day around being able to take an hour or two to go out and catch a few lobsters or spear a hog fish. The ‘lobstering’ has been better over the past week. The bugs are bigger and marching. By marching I mean that they are moving and when they move from one area to another, they tend to do it in mass.

Last week in Key West was Bike Week and the week before was Dike Week. The streets were filled with quite a mix of interesting people as those two weeks overlapped. The next few weeks will be very quiet. Then, in the third week of October is Fantasy Fest Week which has been compared to Mardi Gras. The marina will be full of nuts; Looks like we are in the right place.

Originally published by: Capt Ed Thompson

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From There To Here


A flawless 510 miles aboard a new Maritimo M50 from Charleston SC to Ft. Lauderdale. Two days of running, a total of 20 hours underway all with twin Volvo D11 at 670 HP. With me on the trip was Captain Tom Jagucki and during the unloading Bill Barrett, good friend and owner of his second Maritimo. Now we are "off the water" and back ashore for a couple of days. By the end of the week we will be back at the Port of Charleston to get the next boat, a sold M50 and it is heading to Ft. Lauderdale also.

There is no better way to learn the product like running the boat. Contact me if you have ever had a Maritimo in your vision or are starting to think about one. This boat will be on display at The 2014 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and we are making appointment for exclusive viewing of this M50 and a M58.
 
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Award Winning Prestige 750

Two Awards For The Prestige 750 At The Prestigious 2014 World Yachts Trophies!
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During the Cannes Yachting Festival, LuxMedia Group organised a superb official ceremony for the World Yachts Trophies. This annual grand gala ceremony, which takes place on "la Croisette," gathers all the major players in the cruising world. This year, over 700 people were greeted at Carlton Beach.

The PRESTIGE 750, which was nominated in the category of yachts measuring from 50 to 80 feet in length, received not one, but two prestigious trophies out of four possible titles: "Best Layout" and "Most Achieved."

This double win reaffirms the success of the PRESTIGE brand. The prize for the highest achievement perfectly illustrates the passion of the brand for innovation, as well as our quest for the highest quality, competitive spirit and attention to detail.

The prize for "Best Layout" validates the development strategy of the PRESTIGE brand: to prestige 750 yacht interiordevelop interiors that are ever more innovative and more comfortable, while also offering incomparable volume for the size category.

The PRESTIGE 750 was unanimously praised by the international jury, which included the Editors-in-Chief of Yachts and Boats, Yachts Russia, Yachts Emirates, Yachts Croatia, Yachts Lebanon, Yachts Quatar, Invictus Magazines.

These two trophies distinguish the PRESTIGE 750 from her competition, but they are also a beautiful tribute to her designers, Garroni Design, J&J Design, J.P. Concepts and the Prestige Design Department.

About The Prestige 750

With this new motor yacht, PRESTIGE is bursting onto the very exclusive market of motor yachts over 70'. Once again, original touches in the interior design will surprise and delight, while the exterior design will display its unique personality.

Distinctive, Contemporary Exterior Design

By revisiting the unexpected interior layout concepts that have made PRESTIGE a success, the naval architects and designers have created an original spatial organisation to win the hearts of the prestige 750yacht for sale interiormost exacting owners, paired with a resolutely contemporary exterior design that breaks with established codes.

This new PRESTIGE extends the artistic concept of continuity in space even further. The wide cockpit opens onto the central galley and the vast saloon, which in turn leads to the raised helm station.

The Surprise Inside

The choice of a wide-body design concept creates a unique volume to the fore of the motor yacht, an ideal space to locate the vast owner's cabin, which is level with the saloon and separate from the rest of the interior layout.

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So Much to Describe

My last post was from the Turks and Caicos. Since then, we fished our way through the southern islands of the Bahamas and back to the States. So much has happened and there were so many cool things along the way, but I have not had the time to catch up on the blog with recovering from strep throat, which I am sure I got while wading through flooded roads in the Turks, having crap internet, and just going hard since the Turks.

Kyle Applefield, one of my old mates, flew to the Turks to make the trip back to the States with me. It was a real pleasure having him along. He arrived during my recovery from that nasty bout of strep and really stepped up to make things happen. We fished our way through some of the southern "Out Islands" of the Bahamas anchoring out at the Plana Cays and fishing along the way. Unfortunately, the fish did not cooperate until we were off of Rum. It was there that we battled for big tunas against the men in the grey suits -the sharks- who were brutal. They ate quite a few of our tuna. The worst part is they did it every time just behind the boat. When we reached San Salvador, the tuna were there, but so were the sharks. I thought we took a good GoPro video of the battle, but the camera never recorded it, so I’ll describe it for you…

The Boss had a big Yellowfin Tuna on his line. Since we had already lost a good number of fish to the toothy critters, the Boss was working his ass off to get this Tuna up as quickly as one can when hooked to an eighty-pound Yellowfin. Kyle and I watched it all unfold from our view on the bridge. First, we saw the gold, silver, blue, and grey of the eighty-pound football-shaped fish. Then, only seconds later, we saw one of the men in the grey suits following our Tuna about twenty-five feet down in a hot pursuit. Kyle reached and grabbed the leader to help the Boss get the fish up quicker. What unfolded next was hysterical and at the same time worthy of a shark week episode. Kyle was grunting to wire the fish within shot of the gaff. The Shark seemed to get bigger and bigger as it raised itself from the depths head long right at us. Just as Kyle took another wrap on the leader and reached for the gaff, the Shark attacked with its jaws open wide attempting to engulf the Tuna from the tail. His eyes rolled back as he chomped his way up the body of our Tuna. We were all screaming and hollering. Kyle could not let go with one hand to reach for the gaff. If he had, the chopping Shark would gain further purchase on our Tuna. The Shark was not phased from the beating he took on the head from the Boss’s fishing pole. The Boss tried his best to gaff the Tuna as the Shark thrashed his head side to side. But then, Kyle lifted up and away on the leader making it tough for Boss to sink the gaff. So, the Boss returned to beating the Shark. Finally, there was a chance to stick the gaff into the Tuna and we ended up getting about sixty five percent of the fish back…. But man, what an epic eighteen seconds.

I know what I described will never do the event justice, but so many things we see and experience are so hard to put into words: Seeing the light house at Landrail Point on Crooked Island encircled by little pink weather washed buildings and surrounded by miles of turquoise water; Running across the Grand Bahama bank with no wind and water so clear that you would think we were going to hit bottom at any second from twenty-five feet in the air. If not for the white water and foam around the boat, it would seem to those onboard that the boat was flying; Surviving a thunderstorm off Cat Island that hammered us for hours; Riding through winds and seas coming up from flat calm to four to five feet in mere seconds with lightening dropping all around us only to die out as quickly as it started and become flat calm again; Approaching Miami after the boat not being stateside for seven months; Walking into a Publix Grocery store in Miami for the first time in a long time. I swear I thought I heard angels singing as I walked through the produce aisle; Watching the sunsets. Man, did we have some good ones. One in particular that we had in the Plana Cays made the sky so red it looked like it was on fire. It’s great to be back in the States. The past two months were a bit tumultuous with having to find mates to fill in, but things will settle down now that we are in Key West. I have a few guys I will be interviewing over the next week to replace Tyler. Sad to see him move on, but I wish him the best. It’s time to move on for me and train a new deck hand. I've done it before and I will do it again.

Originally Published By: Capt Ed Thompson

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Slick Maneuvers - Tiara 44 Coupe

Last summer after we ran the Tiara 50 Coupe, we reported back with words like “confidence,” and “beefier”. The phrase “significant advance” even came into play. And we don’t use these words lightly. But after spending a day running around Lake Michigan on the newest Tiara, the 44 Coupe, once again they seem completely appropriate.

tiara 44 coupe, yachtFirst, let’s address how and why the 44 Coupe instills confidence. The integrated Volvo Glass Cockpit control system is about as technologically superior to a standard wheel and throttles as 2014 Lexus is to a 1944 Studebaker. And while I personally prefer using the wheel as opposed to a joystick at cruising speeds—don’t worry, you can choose either—that joystick makes slow-speed precision maneuvering a piece of cake. Turn it and the boat spins, push it sideways and the boat slides like it was on tracks. If you had a deficit of confidence when docking in the past, this rig is the sure cure.

Whichever item you use to control the boat, you’ll be down-right shocked the first time you put it into a hard turn. The 50 felt sporty for its size, sure, but the 44 Coupe responds more like a speed boat than a cruiser, digging in and carving out turns that simply wouldn’t be possible on most boats with this much mass.

Ready to find out why “beefier” applies? You may not be able to see construction touches like a resin-infused beam system, structural aluminum buried in pillars, and additional structural support around the IPS pod drives, but all of those things are part of the 44 Coupe. And even if you can’t see them, you can feel them when the 44 Coupe starts crunching through waves. Full disclosure: it was pitifully calm when we ran this boat. In order to do some wave-smacking I had to make a series of S-turns, pull a 180, then roar back through our own wakes. But a 44-footer throws up nice-sized wakes, and when I made the maneuver, the hull bounded right through them without any vibrations, rattles, or shuddering.

Another example of beef: the sunshade. Yes, I know these things are standard fare on modern cruisers, but if you’ve ever deployed one, you probably noticed it seemed a bit on the flimsy side. Not this one (though it is a $17,800 up-charge, which seems a bit steep for shade). Or, look at the bowrail. Slam a galley cabinet. Jump on the companionway stairs. Wherever and whatever you look at, pretty much everything on the 44 Coupe could accurately be described as “beefy”.

Brute strength aside, the Tiara 44 Coupe has another advantage over its competitors when it comes to seakeeping abilities. When designing the boat, Tiara decided to move the iron horses forward and couple them to the IPS pod drives via a jackshaft. Moving the weight forward keeps the boat’s running attitude ideal regardless of its fuel load. On many competitors’ boats, shifting fuel loads cause shifting running attributes. But not in this case. Why doesn’t everyone use this design? There’s a trade-off in interior volume. While moving the engines forward may enhance the boat’s ride, it also cuts into the space available for the mid-cabin stateroom. That explains why on the 50, the full-beam mid-cabin is the master, but on the 44, the master is forward and the mid-cabin becomes a guest stateroom.

Naturally, a few other trade-offs have to be made when a model’s foot-print shrinks from 50’ to 44’. Another difference you can spot between the larger and smaller siblings is in the saloon. There’s less counter space in the galley, the dinette and settee on the 50 are essentially merged on the 44, and there isn’t room for the 50’s slick flip-back passenger’s seat (which can face either forward or aft). Beyond that, the 44 maintains the lines and attitude of the 50 from stem to stern. The anchor is tucked into an integrated hawse and windlass system in the bow, eliminating the need for a pulpit. The saloon is surrounded by glass including a glass sliding door, for 360-degree views. A huge sunroof is integrated into the hard top, and an open companionway—the “atrium,” in modern marine parlance—plus multiple ports and skylights bring natural lighting to every corner of the cabin. And entertaining in the cockpit is enhanced with an aft ground tackle station that wisely incorporates the electric grill. It’s as far as possible from the cabin entry, so you can whip up a batch of fish tacos without the smell wafting its way into your bedding.

One other way the Tiara 44 Coupe is like the 50: its looks. And this is a differentiating factor between the Coupes and Tiara’s past models. These boats have a much more modern eye-appeal, set off by touches like the “levitating” hard-top (just look at the pictures, and you’ll know why they gave it that name), and the sleek profile. In fact, those used to seeing Tiara models like the Coronet 3900 or the 3100 Open will note quite a difference in styling. And some of those styling changes are bound to make their way into other Tiaras. Though they won’t be introduced until the Ft. Lauderdale boat show, updated 31 and 36 Coronets are on the way, and we hear they’ll benefit from touches like the Coupe’s integrated anchoring system, and new exterior upholstery.

Tiara rolled out the 44 Coupe at a base MSRP of $903,000, and with it comes a solid list of standard features, including the Glass Cockpit and joystick control. In fact, the options list is surprisingly short and to get the cost of the boat over a mil you’ll have to start adding glitz and glam like a teak-inlaid hydraulic lift swim platform, that sun shade, and a whole lot more.

So, what about the phrase “significantly advanced”? Where does that one come into play? In case you hadn’t noticed, from stem to stern. While the Coupe 50 represented the introduction of a new Tiara look and feel, the 44 is confirmation that underneath all of that newness, the Coupe series is still all Tiara, through and through.



Originally Published By: Boats.com August 25th, 2014

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Princess S72: Open or Express Cruiser?

With the debut of the Princess S72, the first model in a new line dubbed S Class, Princess Yachts now occupies an interesting slice of the uppermost cruise-bomb market. The S72 is a hybrid of sorts as it fuses an open flybridge with the low-slung lines an express-style design. The effect? A hammer-down racy edge. The boat is solidly constructed and elegantly finished, too. With an air of control and the Princess reputation for reliability, it seems the S72 is the chairman-of-the-board sports yacht, awash in aggressive design touches.

There’s a lot to be said for a luxury cruiser with two driving stations. From the lower helm at the forward end of the saloon, you control a pair of inboard engines from an enclosed space that’s so impeccably finished the atmosphere is one of effortless cool. From the driving position at the bridge, you’ll get that wind-in-your-face thrill as you enjoy a bird’s eye view of that shapely bow peeling out in front of you.

To create the sexy-as-sin lines, Princess had to keep the flying bridge compact, but even if it is smaller than the top decks on other boats in this size range, it’s still large enough to accommodate six passengers plus a dining table and wet bar. This open bridge has other virtues, too, including excellent sightlines as there are no obstructions. You’ll enjoy that benefit in dicey inlets, narrow channels and restricted visibility. And, of course, when docking.

Docking maneuvers are made easier with the variable Side-Power thrusters offered with the S72. Also available is an optional Seakeeper M26000 gyrostabilizer, which reduces roll when the boat’s at anchor or underway. With the throttles down, the Princess could kiss 40 knots with the largest of three power options under the hatch: two MAN 1,8000-hp V12 diesels. The hull is a deep-V and could be familiar to those who know the Princess brand. That’s because it’s the same running bottom featured on the builder’s V72, the express yacht from which this new design sprung.

The S72 shares a number of features with the V72. The accommodations level layout, for instance, is identical with three cabins, including a full-beam master amidships, a VIP stateroom forward and twin guest cabins to starboard; each cabin has its own en suite head with separate stall shower. Both models also have a galley-down arrangement, which goes a long way toward creating a more open saloon, where differences between the models really begin to show. On the S72, larger windows and glass sliding doors from Trend Marine make for a light and bright space and offer rock-your-world views of that blue horizon. And on this new boat, woodwork, finishes and custom furnishings are taken to the next level. If you’re an avid cruiser with a penchant for fine design, you’ll find your bliss here.

The saloon leads out to the teak-paved cockpit that’s one of multiple outdoor entertaining areas. There’s also the bridge, and the great space on the foredeck, where a pair of sunloungers face a built-in settee. It’s the type of feature you’ve been admiring on megayachts for years, only now it’s come to roost in a production boat that probably could be handled by a couple who are cruising with friends. For owners who prefer the help of a crew, quarters can be provided near the transom.

When I first saw the Princess S72 at the Miami Boat Show in February, I initially thought the design was a pleasant and well-executed compromise between an express yacht and bridge boat. But that impression changed. The S72 is a fine design in its own right. Apparently Princess thinks so, too, as the builder has plans to roll out more models in the new S Class line in the near future.

Originally published by: Jeanne Craig

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