August 2014 Sailing Video: Perini Navi’s Maltese Falcon

At 289 feet (88 meters), Maltese Falcon has a commanding presence. She’s even more commanding when out on the race circuit, practically a rocket ship on the water. She’s capable of 18 knots. Her performance prowess makes for impressive cruising, too. Maltese Falcon can cross the Atlantic Ocean in 10 days and comfortably cruise at 14 knots. Her 15 sails, mounted on three rotating masts, are controlled with push buttons for high-tech maneuverability and accuracy. The rig is based on the DynaRig, which dates to the 1960s. Maltese Falcon has a much more modernized arrangement, fittingly termed the Falcon Rig.

Speaking of modern, inside, Maltese Falcon is thoroughly contemporary. She’s also versatile. If her owner or charter guests so need, Maltese Falcon has four guest staterooms that can convert into two huge VIP suites. There’s an additional VIP stateroom on the upper deck, and of course a main-deck master.

No yacht is complete without watertoys. Maltese Falcon carries a mini armada: windsurfers, sailboats, SeaBobs, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, three tenders, and two PWCs. An inflatable slide can be set up from the top deck. At night, that same deck can become an alfresco cinema. The lower mizzen sail serves as the movie screen, and the crew set up portable standing speakings. Once they arrange the furnishings for everyone, all Maltese Falcon guests have to do is pass the popcorn.

JFA Yachts 164 Explorer

Along the same vein as its previous expedition yachts like Axantha I, Axantha II, Bystander, and even the motorsailer Hortense, JFA Yachts has this 164 Explorer ready to build upon contract signing.

The 164’1” (50.03-meter) yacht makes the most of her waterline length. The latter comes in at 163 feet (49.69 meters). So, too, is there good elbowroom, given the 32’7” (9.97-meter) beam. The JFA Yachts 164 Explorer was developed with Dixon Yacht Design to be self-reliant, a true expedition yacht. (It’s worth noting that the above-mentioned JFA Yachts deliveries have each covered thousands of miles.) Anticipated best range is more than 4,800 nautical miles at 12 knots. Top end should be a little more than 16 knots. Twin 1,000-hp diesels will keep the pace for the all-aluminum JFA Yachts 164 Explorer. A good number of anchorages should be accessible, too. That’s because draft is 8’2” (2.5 meters).

The JFA Yachts 164 Explorer offers owners flexibility inside. Franck Darnet Design has proposals with either a main-deck or an upper-deck master. The latter is shown below. It’s aft, facing out over a private alfresco space. In either location, the master is full beam and can include an office.


Eight guests are treated to four staterooms below decks. The full owner’s party can enjoy a traditional saloon and dining area, plus a skylounge, aboard the 164 Explorer. A large, U-shape observation area is nestled against the forward portion of the wheelhouse. A nice touch, as you’ll see in the video, is the fold-down transom. It reveals cascading stairways sweeping down each side and to a large swim platform/watertoy boarding area. Your choice of toys go in side-by-side, forward lockers. JFA Yachts and Dixon Yacht Design can have the larger locker, for a 20-footer, double as a pool, too. If you prefer indoor workouts, there’s a gym on the lower deck.

The video for the JFA Yachts 164 Explorer also showcases the light-oak interior that Darnet envisions. This, of course, can be customized to your wishes.

For more information directly from JFA Yachts about the 164 Explorer, fill out our contact form.

Benetti Veloce 140 Debuting at FLIBS

Benetti-Veloce-140-Cheers-46Cheers 46, pictured here, is the first Benetti Veloce 140, which is also the first of the Benetti Fast Displacement series. LOA: 137’8” (42 meters).

You may recall that the Benetti Fast Displacement series was announced last fall. The Azimut Benetti Group Research and Development division worked with Stefano Righini for the concept. Pierluigi Ausonio Naval Architecture Studio created the hull form. It blends elements of round-bilge (full-displacement) designs with ones of planing designs. It further incorporates a bulbous bow fashioned much like a wavepiercer. Benetti refers to the hull form as D2P, a.k.a. Displacement to Planing. It claims it’s 30-percent more efficient than conventional planing hulls. Benetti also tapped Rolls Royce for its Azipull propulsion system. The Rolls Royce Azipull is an azimuthing pulling propeller, not a conventional azimuthing thruster. It’s well-matched to vessels intended for speeds exceeding 20 knots.

The all-fiberglass Benetti Veloce 140 employs twin MTU 12V 4000 M93L diesels. Benetti says her top speed at one-third load is 21 knots. Under 70 percent load, she sees a reported 16½-knot speed at fuel stop power. (“Fuel stop power” is the power an engine can deliver during a specific period corresponding to its application, and at a specific speed and under specific ambient conditions. The fuel is limited so that the engine cannot be overloaded. Some international marine standards do permit engines to be overloaded in emergency conditions.) Benetti also says the Benetti Veloce 140 sees a 500-nautical-mile range at that speed. At 12 knots, range should be 1,250 nautical miles.

This first Benetti Veloce 140 was commissioned by a Brazilian owner. The buyer previously owned an Azimut 116, also christened Cheers 46. The new Cheers 46 bears interior design by Redman Whiteley Dixon, with additional contributions especially outside by Joao Armentano. The latter has worked with the owner previously. Cheers 46 features tay, a straight-grained African wood. It’s stained a light gray, complemented by darker-grey-stained Tabu soles. (Tabu is a brand name for a number of sustainable woods characterized by their grains.) Tones of silver and white, each on lacquered surfaces, also characterize the decor.

Each Benetti Veloce 140 can be customized in terms of decor and layout. Cheers 46 has nearly all staterooms, including the master, below decks. Two doubles and two twins with pullmans are for guests. One extra guest stateroom is on the upper deck, where you’d normally find the captain’s cabin. The typical main-deck location for the master is instead occupied by a gym. It spans the 27’9” (8.5-meter) beam. The gym further has a balcony, for light and air, plus a massage area.

Dining aboard Cheers 46 takes place aft on the upper deck, though another table is on the main ft deck, too. All of the furnishings here and inside the skylounge are loose, for flexibility. Sure to be put to good use fully forward on this level is a hot tub. Another pool is on the sundeck. Each is complemented by seating and sunning arrangements.

Of course, the Benetti Veloce 140 also has a beach club/tender garage. Eight crewmembers are further housed aboard. (The suggested standard arrangement features seven berths.)

We’ll have a Megayacht News Onboard feature on the Benetti Veloce 140 following the boat show.

Cantiere delle Marche, Denison Super Yacht Division Team for USA

CDM-Percheron-runFollowing strong interest from its clients, Denison Super Yacht Division is now the stateside-based representative for Cantiere delle Marche.

Denison Super Yacht Division, part of Denison Yacht Sales, will be both the sales and service agent for the United States and rest of North America. The company will promote the Darwin Class (above) and Nauta Air series of megayachts. During the upcoming boat-show season, Denison Super Yacht Division will co-exhibit two such yachts. They’ll be displayed at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October and Yacht & Brokerage Show in February.

The selection resulted after several positive developments. One Denison Super Yacht Division customer signed a contract for a Darwin Class 102. That project started as the Darwin Class 96. Another client is close to contracting for a Darwin Class 96. Furthermore, Vasco Buonpensiere, Cantiere delle Marche’s sales and marketing director, says Denison Super Yacht Division made additional valuable introductions. “Beside a strong marketing plan, we are also working on a dedicated range of vessels which are engineered and designed exclusively for the American market, after having interviewed more than 250 potential CdM yacht owners in the U.S.,” he explains. “This wouldn’t have been possible without such an experienced and proactive partner.”

Gabriele Virgili, Cantiere delle Marche’s chairman, adds, “I am sure that we will soon move upfrom our one-sale-every-90-days average performance thanks to this partnership.”

Alex G. Clarke, a broker with Denison Super Yacht Division, says the relationship has resulted from several years of getting to know the Cantiere delle Marche team and examining its yachts. (On a side note, was aboard a sea trial for a Cantiere delle Marche megayacht last September, where Clarke was also present.) Clarke comments, “American buyers have pioneered the explorer style vessels, and I am confident that the Cantiere delle Marche brand will be a huge success in the USA.”

M1 Yachts Presents M1 Tender

M1-Yachts-M1-tender-1Brazil-based M1 Yachts is new to the megayacht market, aiming for success with the head-turning M1 tender.

The M1 tender is intended to be a sleek complement to any primary yacht. Note the vertical bow and streamlined styling. It’s easy to imagine owners who prefer minimalist designs overall will be primarily interested in the M1 tender.

The dimensions of the M1 tender make it suitable to stow aboard a wide variety of megayachts. LOA is 23’5” (7.15 meters), with a beam of 7’7” (2.35 meters). Weight is about 2,204 pounds (1,000 kilograms).


Fully laden, the M1 tender draws 2’5” (0.75 meter). That, too, makes it comparable to other superyacht tenders. As the photo immediately above shows, the boat is beachable. Of course, the boat can serve as a dayboat for cruising, too. In fact, M1 Yachts conceived the fiberglass-constructed project to be a good performer. It says the M1 tender can achieve a top speed of 37 knots with a 135-hp engine.

As either a dayboat or a multi-purpose craft, the M1 tender can carry eight people. Two seating areas (one forward, one aft) flank the helm. A bimini can be added to provide shade over the helm and aft seating. Note, too, the space reserved for a swim platform.

M1 Yachts presented the boat to the public for the first time in March at a Brazil-based show. It’s now embarking on multi-national efforts.