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Table for eight

Aquybay's new 70 perfect for entertaining in style.

Aquybay's new 70 perfect for entertaining in style.

Aquabay 70

Aquabay Yachts in conjunction with TC Yachts has collected a strong and experienced group of designers, naval architects and project managers to build and launch the new Aquabay 70 into the world market. The result is a stylish sports yacht with many features you would expect of larger Mediterranean-styled yachts without the large yacht price tag.

"We wanted to build the best sports yacht possible with an emphasis on stylish design and flexible entertaining space. That is why we chose Peter Lowe as naval architect, Identity Marine Interiors for the interior styling, Tom Cooper Marine as the Project Manager and most importantly, TC Yachts to build it," explains Mick Smith from Aquabay Yachts.

TC Yachts is a Taiwan based yacht builder with a marine heritage dating back to the 1910s. The shipyard has built hundreds of yachts and their track record has made them the elite in one of the world's greatest shipbuilding nations. Now, together with Aquabay Yachts' vision, TC Yachts is moving into semi-production sports yachts.

The brief was to design the Aquabay 70 to be reminiscent of the Italian motor yachts and accommodate great entertaining features. The group worked closely together to achieve a yacht with practical entertaining spaces.

The Aquabay 70 has walk around decks for easy accessibility for both guests and crew. The saloon is large and complete with a retractable sunroof to control the sun and sea breeze. A full bar can be accessed from both the saloon and cockpit and the open galley is located just off the saloon to maximise the entertaining space at deck level.

A dining table has four different configurations depending on requirements - it can be a dining table for eight, a lounge and coffee table, a full-size sunbed or a lounge and sunbed. The Aquabay 70's accommodation can be configured to either four or three cabins plus crew quarters. The owners' cabin includes a private office area as standard.

Perhaps the most striking features are the foredeck's sun lounge for evening cocktails and the retractable awning over the cockpit. This provides two distinct entertaining areas.

The Aquabay 70 also has a full size tender garage for easy stowage. The design of this yacht is matched by safety and strength as she is built to Bureau Veritas / USL 1E and 2C survey and has a maximum speed of 29 knots.

With so many design, engineering and entertaining features, the only thing missing from the Aquabay 70 is the large yacht price tag.

Builder:www.tachouship.com
Nadara 43

The fibreglass Nadara 43 from Tecnomars is ready to set sail starting next July 2008 and like any other Nadara model its outboard profile has been built to maintain cleanliness and tradition.

The Nadara has passageways everywhere on its three decks, and with full beam deck, ensures greater protection for the occupants when passing through one area to another. This is especially handy as the Nadara is designed to accomodate 14 passengers and six crew members.

The flying deck is equipped with a spa bath and a spacious sun deck, comfortable sofas, sunbeds and armchairs. Almost entirely reserved for the shipowner, the second deck - which can be reached through a private staircase from the hall - hosts a studio and a grand shipowner's cabin with en-suite bathroom behind the wheelhouse.

Lighting and large glass surfaces are the true cutting edge of the flagship and all stories are connected by one imposing spiral staircase. The sleeping area has four master bedrooms and two twin-bedded cabins.

Three twins and a dinette with kitchenette have been reserved for the crew. Between the guest area and the engine room there's a buffer area for the crew with laundry room, which is directly connected to the engine room.

The main deck reveals somewhat of a retro style; the prow features a large kitchen connected to the crew area, with refrigerator cells and a galley. The dining room can seat all of those 14 passengers and can be divided into two smaller areas. The interior is classical marine style with warm colors, mahogany and pear wood.

For motorisation, two 3000 hp MTU engines with in-line propulsion will be mounted. The anticipated maximum speed should be around 28 knots, while the cruise speed is 25.

Builder:www.tecnomar.com
Riviera58

With all the strength, security and sea-keeping ability for which Riviera cruiser are renowned, the new Riviera 58 adds a new level of lifestyle luxury to cruising and enjoying your down time.

This model is the first Riviera Flybridge cruiser to include the al fresco lifestyle option of a saloon aft window hinging up to bring the cockpit and saloon together. An aft galley, internal staircase and a range of other new design initiatives make the Riviera 58 the most eagerly anticipated new cruiser from Australia's most awarded pleasure boat builder.

The interior layout, too, is a new approach to design for Riviera. The galley, dinette and lounge are all on one level. The U-shape galley in the aft port quarter is superbly equipped with a three-burner cooktop, convection microwave oven, two fridges and a freezer mounted under the solid surface benchtop.

The dinette, immediately forward of the galley, includes a sliding-top table that opens up to reveal storage for drink glasses. A 32-inch flat-screen television and Bose Lifestyle system in the saloon provide the luxury entertainment.

Access to the fully air-conditioned flybridge is via a wide staircase from the saloon with teak non-slip treads. The forward helm position with a companion chair face a full-beam-wide dash that can accommodate three full 15" monitors. Aft of the helm seats is an L-shape lounge and a table with further aft-facing seating behind.

Accommodation includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master stateroom starboard has a particularly light and airy feel with a large porthole in the hull.

The entertainment system includes a 19-inch LCD TV and DVD player as well as the usual radio system.

The guest stateroom forward also includes a walk-around double bed and plenty of storage as well as 19-inch TV and DVD player.

Ensuite bathrooms to both staterooms include shower stalls with frameless glass doors, solid surface vanity benchtops with a semi-recessed porcelain basins and Vacuflush toilets. A third bathroom is also equipped with shower, vanity and Vacuflush toilet.

The third cabin, port, enjoys light from a large porthole in the hull and is equipped with a king-size single bunk and a second folding bunk.

Standard engines on the Riviera 58 Enclosed Flybridge cruiser are twin Caterpillar C18 diesels rated at 747kW (1,015hp), with electronic controls and quick-shift gearboxes.

The hand-laid hull features full fibreglass below the waterline, a water-tight collision bulkhead forward and mid-ships fuel tank between the engine room and accommodation area to aid sea-keeping and add sound-proofing to the accommodation.

www.artmarine.net

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