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2015 ELAN E4

2015 ELAN E4

The Elan E4 has once again consolidated Elan’s reputation as a builder of exciting performance-cruising sailing yachts, where neither performance, nor the cruising capabilities are left to compromise.

In addition to her elegant and sporty design, she features integrated toerails and flush hatches on the coachroof as well as new rotating plotter pods on the steering consoles, for total control over the elements. Her wide transom, twin rudder arrangement and chined hull deliver excellent control even at high heel angles. Her T-shaped keel ensures a lower center of gravity and improved righting moment, which in turn allows for a lighter displacement than would otherwise be possible.

The end result provides an exhilarating sailing performance, which one would usually expect only to find on much bigger boats. Maybe the best feature yet is how effortless she is to sail, even in challenging conditions.

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2015 ELAN S3

2015 ELAN S3

Elan has taken the popular E range and enhanced these yachts for greater performance achieved by weight reduction in the hull and deck construction and lighter weight interior which results in an enhanced performance sailing yacht whilst being true to the Elan philosophy of a yacht that fits both performance and cruising purposes.

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2015 ELAN E3

2015 ELAN E3

Following the new Elan design the new E3 was developed with both racing performance and cruising comfort in mind.

The unique combination of T-bulb keel, twin-rudder steering and twin wheels, all rare features on a design of this size, really put her in the spotlight in her class. This is truly a multi-dimensional sailing boat. Researched and developed for the most demanding needs, it is designed to be sufficiently easy to sail to carry the badge of a starter boat, yet it is sophisticated enough in its sailing qualities to convince passionate sailors, delivering them the performance and general scope they might expect to find in a much bigger and more expensive boat. A unique combination of VOR70 inspired design and performance, combined with a generous cockpit and comfortable interior, the Elan E3 is definitely an exciting boat to sail.

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2015 ELAN S1

2015 ELAN S1

Elan has taken the popular E range and enhanced these yachts for greater performance achieved by weight reduction in the hull and deck construction which results in an enhanced performance sailing yacht. With the absence of the interior finish the S1 is an ideal yacht for day sailing, one design racing and sailing schools.

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2014 Dufour 310 Grand Large

2014 Dufour 310 Grand Large

The Dufour 310 Grand Large embodies the lifestyle that Dufour has infused into its projects over the last 50 years: it is fast, well-balanced, comfortable and easy to steer, even for a single handed purpose.

The idea behind this project was to create a small boat with all the technology, iconic style and comfort of the bigger and luxurious Grand Large models.

The result is a boat with great personality, characterised by excellent performance, maximum ease of handling, and the timeless elegance of Dufour Yachts.

In just 9.35m length the 310 GL perfectly exhibits the latest Dufour design philosophy. Its streamlined, dynamic looks win you over at first glance, just like an authentic object of design and fashion.

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2015 ELAN E1

2015 ELAN E1

The Elan E1, dubbed “the pocket rocket”, was designed for maximum ease-of-use and ease-of-ownership, while ensuring superior sailing performance associated with her bigger siblings, the E1 offers a new concept of ownership.

Minimizing every stage of preparation for a sailing vacation, a number of innovative solutions enable you to pack, drive and sail in no time. Like other day sailers, Elan E1 doesn’t require a berth in the marina, thus saving considerable cost, while her limited weight doesn’t demand big towing cars.

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2015 Bavaria CRUISER 33

2015 Bavaria CRUISER 33

Whether you want to spend time with family and friends on the open seas or set forth on a solo cruise, the BAVARIA CRUISER 33 was designed to satisfy your every need. Besides excellent sailing performance, the CRUISER 33 offers you unexpectedly generous space in the cockpit and – more importantly – below deck. Here the crew will find a saloon so comfortable and spacious that they would be forgiven for thinking they were sailing a much larger yacht – as many journalists have already commented during testing of the CRUISER 33. Farr Yacht Design and Design Unlimited have worked hard to maximise interior volume and ergonomics above deck, across the entire range, and the CRUISER 33 is testament to this design brief from the BAVARIA yard.

It is not uncommon to see a double berth with the dimensions of a king size bed in the guest cabin of a 33-foot yacht. But only a CRUISER 33 will offer you corresponding headroom, a great deal of movement and storage space to boot.

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2015 Bavaria VISION 46

2015 Bavaria VISION 46

Bavaria Yachtbau has been building quality cruisers since Winifried Herrman and Josef Meltl launched the company back in 1978. In January of 2012, Bavaria showed us what it has learned over the last 30-plus years of building cruisers and taking customer feedback with the release of the Vision 46. The Vision line is meant to represent the wish lists of cruisers the world over, and help bring mega-yacht features to the masses who don’t have millions to spend on (or shelter in) a boat. As it turns out, this approach worked quite well for Bavaria: Cruising World named the Vision 46 “Boat of the Year” in its 2013 full-size cruiser category, so the factory must be doing something right.

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2015 Bavaria VISION 42

2015 Bavaria VISION 42

Introducing the Bavaria Vision 42, available in 2015; the first addition to the Vision series and little sister to the popular Vision 46. Bavaria Yachts designed the Vision line in partnership with Farr Yacht Design and Design Unlimited to serve as a relaxed cruising platform with some dock appeal. They wound up with a sleek-looking boat that follows traditional cruiser design, but with a decidedly modern flair. Many of the best features are under the hood, as it were, and serve to make the boat as handy as possible during sail evolutions or close-quarters maneuvers – attributes right at the top of my list when I think of truly relaxed sailing.

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Dubourdieu Partners With André Courrèges To Launch Designer Boat At Cannes

Dubourdieu Partners With André Courrèges To Launch Designer Boat At Cannes

Carmakers partnering with fashion design houses isn’t a new thing. Motorcycle brands have also done the same at one point or another. But boat manufacturers rarely venture into these kinds of partnerships and when do, it’s almost always of the one-off variety. On that note, that’s exactly what French manufacturer Dubourdieu is doing after announcing a partnership with fashion designer André Courrèges to create a one-off boat called “White Ocean.”

The full scope of details surrounding White Ocean has yet to be revealed, but Dubourdieu has given us enough information to give us an idea of what to expect. According to the French custom boat builder, White Ocean’s design will inspired by one of those classic New England picnic boats. At least we can rule out any sort of funkiness with the design. The boat will have its share of top-grade materials, highlighted by teak decks, mahogany cabinetry, and bespoke towels, crew uniforms and beach bags, all of which will carry the unmistakable logo of the Courrèges fashion brand.

That’s as much information as Dubourdieu has told us, which means that details on the engine, top speed, and if Duboourdieu decides to sell it, price, are all expected to be revealed closer to the boat’s launch at the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2015.

Knowing as much as I do about Dubourdieu - the company is one of France’s oldest boat builders and is actually celebrating its 210th anniversary in 2015 - I expect it to unveil a new one-off boat that will imbibe all the wonderful characteristics of the company. That’s the kind of cache and trust you earn for doing something as long as Dubourdieu has in building custom boats.

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JFK's Old Racing Boat Headed To The Auction Block

JFK’s Old Racing Boat Headed To The Auction Block

A 22-foot sailing boat once owned by former US president John F. Kennedy is headed to the auction block at the Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. As you can expect, the boat doesn’t come cheap as the starting price for bids is at $100,000.

The historical boat, called the Flash II, traces its historical ties with Kennedy back in the 1930s when the assassinated former US president and his brother, Joe, raced the vessel in a number of regattas during the decade, including several victories in the Nantuckey Sound Fleet racing circuit.

Kennedy eventually took ownership of the boat in 1940 but was forced to sell it when he joined the Navy during World War II. Since then, the boat has had several owners, not to mention several encounters with law enforcement authorities, before ending up in the hands of current owner Frank Harvey, who bought the boat back in 2005.

After a decade of ownership, Harvey’s putting the boat back on the market where it will be part of Heritage Auctions’ lot during the auction on May 18, 2015 in Dallas, Texas, the same city where its one-time owner was assassinated.

According to Mark Prendergast of Heritage Auctions, the boat is not only sea-ready, but is also a unique piece of American maritime history, thanks in large part to its ties with one of the most beloved US presidents of all time.

If that connection is established ahead of the auction date, you can be sure that its starting price of $100,000 is going to get blown out of the water, no pun intended.

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2014 Oyster 825

2014 Oyster 825

The Oyster 825 has all it needs to take your breath away. It was built with maximum attention to each detail and is fitted with a wide range of comfort features and luxurious amenities.

The yacht is available in both Deck Saloon and Raised Saloon versions and features a contemporary style, clear deck lounging areas and larger hullports with “Seascape” windows.

The new Oyster 825 is nearly 15% more internal volume than its predecessor (the Oyster 82). Therefore, the Oyster 825 delivers more space for the en-suite owner and guest accommodation in the three double cabins aft.

As far as power is concerned the, Oyster 825 is propelled by a Cummins QSB 5.9 227kW (305hp) engine.

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2014 Elan 450

2014 Elan 450

The Elan 450 is perfectly suited both for deep water adventures but also for family cruising, and features a smart design that mixes comfort with performances to reward you with an unforgiveable experience each time you step on its deck. The yacht was designed by Rob Humphreys Yacht Design in collaboration with the Elan Design Team.

The Elan 450 is 13.60 M long and features VO70 inspired twin rudders and broad open transom.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the ELan 450 features a 440 Litres water capacity and a 203 Litres fuel tank.

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2014 Bavaria Vision 46

2014 Bavaria Vision 46

The Bavaria Vision 46 has been designed to deliver a high level of comfort even when a long journey waits ahead of you.

The yacht can transport in full comfort up to four guests, is available with either 2 or thee cabins and there are also offered plenty of user options both above and below the deck.

The Bavaria Vision 46 is propelled by Volvo Penta D2-55 engines which are fueled by a 210 liters fuel tank. For enhanced maneuverability, the yacht is fitted with modern TRIM and DOCK CONTROL systems. The first is based on powerful electric winches that can pull and ease the sails in a controlled manner. On the other hand, the Dock Control system features a joystick to control the engine as well as bow and stern thrusters.

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2014 Oyster 885

2014 Oyster 885

The Oyster 885 is a true masterpiece of craftsmanship. It features a sleek, elegant style and a comprehensive list of features which help it cruise for long distances without too much fuss.

The Oyster 885 was designed together with Humphreys Yacht Design so you can expect to faultless ergonomics and superior sailing performances.

Fitted with four guest cabins, the yacht rewards its occupants with plenty of useable space, comfort and luxury. Apart from the owner’s stateroom there are other three en suite guest cabins, one of which can be configured as a study or lower saloon area. There also two cabins for the crew together which also receive their own special galley with mess area.

Power comes from Cummins QSB 9.0 engines which deliver a maximum output of 246kW (330hp).

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2014 Elan 400

2014 Elan 400

The new Elan 400 has all it needs to keep any yacht lover happy. It has a faultless built quality, an elegant style and delivers superior levels of performance and safety.

The new Elan 400 was developed together with Humphreys Yacht design studio and features twin rudders, hard chines and was built using VAIL (Vacuum assisted infusion lamination).

Apart from its attractive style, the yacht features a carefully tuned sail plan, a practical cockpit and a luxurious interior fitted with all it needs to make your life on board as comfortable as possible.

The Elan 400 is also equipped with a 40 hp engine which is fueled by a 170 liters fuel tank.

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2014 Oyster 725

2014 Oyster 725

Designed for those who are looking a fast cruising yacht, the Oyster 725 is perfectly capable to impress even the most demanding sailors.

Among the features offered by the Oyster 72 you’ll find triple ‘seascape’ vertical hull windows in the saloon, a flush aft deck, roll edge side decks and a welcoming interior which will impress you with its top notch built quality.

In terms of power, the Oyster 725 is propelled by Cummins QSB 5.9 156kW (212hp) engines which are fueled by a generous 2000 Litres fuel tank.

Other notable features include a hot and cold pressurised fresh water system, a GN Espace gimballed stainless steel gas cooker (5 burners, grill and oven with harbour lock), refrigerators and an electric galley sink discharge pump.

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2014 ELAN 360

2014 ELAN 360

With its elegant design, luxury amenities and superior cruising abilities, the Elan 360 is certainly one of the most wanted Yachts in its class. Measuring 10.60 m long and with a displacement of 5350 kg the Elan is a fairly comfortable yacht that promises to deliver a lot fun. It is powered by a 30 hp engine which is fed by a 75 litres fuel tank.

Among the features offered by the Elan 360 you’ll find integrated toerails and flush hatches on the coachroof as well as new rorating plotter pods on the steering consoles.

It also features a wide transom, twin rudder arrangement and a chined hull which helps it move with agility at high heel angles.

The ELAN 360 is offered with a base price of $239,000.

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2014 Nitro Z-7

2014 Nitro Z-7

Measuring 18’ 8” long and weighting 1650 lbs, the Nitro Z-7 is a fairly agile and practical motor boat that can accommodate up to 4 persons.

It is propelled by a 175 hp Minn Kota Maxxum 24V, 70-Lb. Thrust, 42" shaft foot - controlled trolling motor which can deal great with anything you ask of it. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine is fueled by a 41 Gallons fuel tank.

Among the features offered by the Nitro Z - 7 you’ll find a horn, a fire extinguisher, 4 drink holders, stainless steel passenger grab handles and an integrated fold-down reboarding ladder.

Needles to say, the Nitro Z-7 also features a well - designed performance hull loaded with features to achieve class-leading speeds, holeshots and overall handling.

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2014 Bavaria Vision 42

2014 Bavaria Vision 42

The Bavaria Vision 42 has all it needs to make even the most demanding sailors fall in love with it from the first sight.

The VISION 42’s asymmetrical cockpit features an innovative layout which allows for easy and safe handling. For enhanced versatility, the cockpit table can be lowered to combine with the L-shaped seating on the port side to become a large saloon area.There is also a large galley that is fitted with high class materials and offers plenty of useable space.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the Bavaria Vision 43 also comes with the company’s TRIM CONTROL and DOCK CONTROL systems which is based on powerful electric winches that give you full and effortless control of the entire yacht.

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2014 Nitro ZV 21

2014 Nitro ZV 21

The Nitro ZV 21 was especially designed to be the perfect partner for venturing into deep waters. It measures 6.58 meters long with a 2.54 m beam and 71.12 cc tall transom, which help it offer a great balance at both low and high speeds.

Jump on board and you’ll find all it needs to keep even the most passionate angler happy –a multi-level center rod locker, heavy-duty trolling rails, Minn Kota trolling motor with a 60” (1.52 m) shaft and a patent-pending storage for a net. Not to mention about the long 26-gallon (98.42 L) livewell or the aerated lift-out bait buckets fore and aft for live bait.

Power comes from a strong engine that can generate up to 300 hp which help the boat deal effortless with anything you ask of it.

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