The beginning of October saw Grabau International and Italia Yachts at the Salone Nautico Genoa Boat Show. Whilst we were not blessed with the warm end-of-summer sunshine of Cannes, spirits were not dampened and the huge volumes of visitors from 10am right through to 6pm was something that needed to be seen to be believed.
There was plenty to see, both on the pontoons and in the vast display halls. Having been bowled over the by the extremely clever Vismara V50 at the Cannes show, the artisans from Viareggio upped the ante somewhat by displaying the absolutely awesome Mills-designed V62 ‘Supper Nikka’. At the absolute cutting edge of performance yacht design with square-headed main, carbon rod-rigging (saving over 100kgs over stainless rod) and telescopic keel, Supper Nikka has proven herself winning a number of races straight out of the box including the prestigious Mini Maxi Rolex Cup hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that she has a full cruising interior which really has to be seen to be believed.
Over in the world of clockwork boating, as usual, it was a case of who has the biggest and flashest toy of them all. San Lorenzo were doing an excellent job as an Italian version of Sunseeker, displaying most of their hugely impressive (and sizeable) range and ferrying prospective buyers backwards and forwards in shiny Rolls Royces. Top prize however had to go to the AB-Yachts built 146ft ‘Fast & Furious’. Powered by triple MTU V16 2,000hp engines, she boasts a top speed of 42 knots. Fortunately she is also blessed with 23,500 litres of fuel capacity.
With our deck shoes slowly drying out, we are now preparing to head off to Annapolis later this week, just as the remnants of Hurricane Joaquin leaves the Eastern USA and heads across to batter the UK (sorry about that). Grabau International will be attending the United Stated Sailboat Show but unfortunately our Saturn Yachts 48CC will not. Due to the hurricane forecast it was deemed unsafe to move her from Fort Lauderdale to Annapolis (a route which would have closely followed the forecast track of the hurricane). We are however planning to fly down to Fort Lauderdale over the course of the show to sail the 48CC and will post up lots of photos and video in a forthcoming news post.
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