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The Customizable 690 GTO Giant Centre Console From RODRIGUEZDESIGN



Yacht Designer and Naval Architect, Josh Rodriguez from RODRIGUEZDESIGN has released images of his latest design the 690 GTO making it one of the world’s biggest centre console boats.
Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO side view with push out balconies
The 69.88 ft 690 GTO centre console boat designed by Rodriguezdesign.

It wasn’t that long ago, that if you had twin engines, you were big time. Today, quad, quintuplet and even sextuplet racks of massive horsepower outboards have leaped the performance bar. The same goes for size. Twenty five years ago few could conceive of a 40-foot centre console boat, but this is a different decade and demand has changed.

Enter the new 690 GTO by Josh Rodriguez’s studio, RODRIGUEZDESIGN. This 69.88 ft (21.3 m) giant is designed to push hard with 6 x V8 powered Mercury 450R’s or 6 x V8 powered Seven Marine 627 outboards with the option of an inboard engine configuration also available.

However, performance and size are not the only jewels in this King’s crown. RODRIGUEZDESIGN has put the ability of customization at the forefront of the 690 GTO’s exterior and interior layout creating options aplenty.

“We are extremely happy to finally be able to announce the next step in big centre consoles. She’s the biggest, meanest, baddest centre console out there.”

Josh Rodriguez, owner of RODRIGUEZDESIGN.
Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO centre console boat aerial view
The cruising version of the 690 GTO with al fresco area at the bow and multiple sun pad options.

On the exterior, you can choose from a different set of standard elements. The cruising version has an open aft deck with external hard top supports, an aft sun pad, workstation, covered U shaped seating and a 4 seat row for the dashboard. Moving forwards, the cruising option has a sun pad on top of the console, and another seating / al fresco dining area at the bow, which also acts as a large sun pad with the aid of an up-down table.

Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO centre console cruising version side profile view
Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO cruising version can sleep 6 among the two cabins and the saloon.

Stepping down inside the boat, the interior layout is also highly customizable. The cruising version has a two cabin layout, with the master cabin located forward and the VIP cabin located aft. This configuration has one head (bathroom) which is accessed directly from the master cabin and also from the saloon. The saloon accommodates 6 people around the large u-shaped seating arrangement, with an up-down table that allows it to turn into a double bed, sleeping a total of 6 guests. There is also a large galley, with an electric stove top, sink, microwave and dishwasher.

Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO fishing version without tuna tower / flybridge option
The fishing version of the 690 GTO without tuna tower / flybridge option.

On the other side of the spectrum, you can choose a full fishing spec boat with the 690 GTO.
This would see two large live bait tanks aft, inner hard top supports to give full walk around capabilities for fishing and the same configuration under the hard top (u-shaped seating, which can be turned into two rows of 4 seats and a 4 seat dashboard row).

The 690 GTO can also be equipped with a tuna tower / fly bridge. Moving forwards, the fishing spec keeps the sun pad on top of the console or alternatively this can be switched out for glass to create a large skylight on the lower deck and a full walk around at the bow by eliminating the front seating. Of course these are just two versions of the 690 GTO, but the boat can really be configured any number of ways in between to suit the owner’s needs.

Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO centre console boat with push out balconies as standard
Rodriguezdesign 690 GTO centre console boat with push out balconies as standard.

All variations of the 690 GTO centre console come standard with push out balconies, which on the cruising version act as a connection to the sea, away from the engines and on the fishing version act as a tuna door, which helps hauling heavy fish from the sea directly onto a lower height.

The reach and appeal of the centre console boat has certainly broadened over time, and the customization options seen in the 690 GTO just gives this giant longer arms. RODRIGUEZDESIGN can certainly stand behind the 690 GTO as the biggest, baddest and meanest centre console boat out there.

690 GTO Specifications at a Glance

  • LENGTH: 21,3 m (69,88 ft)
  • BEAM: 4,96 m (16,27 ft)
  • DRAFT: 1,12 m (3,67 ft) (approx.)
  • ENGINES: 6 X Mercury 450R or 6 X Seven Marine 627. Inboard engine configuration is also possible.
  • SLEEPS: Up to 6 People


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Monaco Yacht Show 2020 Is Still On and Will Run as a Not-for-Profit Event



Organizers of the Monaco Yacht Show 2020 are pushing forward with plans to host the show at Port Hercule from 23 to 29 September this year, but under much different circumstances than previous years.
Monaco Yacht Show Port Hercule
Port Hercule ready to welcome superyachts and guests. Credit: Monaco Yacht Show

Undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of yacht shows, the fate of Monaco Yacht Show 2020 was temporarily undetermined as event organizers Informa decided how to proceed amidst the COVID-19 environment.

In contrast to many other events that have now been canceled, Informa in conjunction with the Principality of Monaco, has chosen to proceed cautiously given the time-frame they have to work with and the expected gradual easing of lockdown restrictions both in Monaco, Europe and internationally.

Held at Port Hercule in Monaco, this year’s show will be more “intimate” than in previous years (also interpreted as much smaller) and will be produced as a not-for-profit event to support the recovery of the yachting industry, providing a platform for designers, brokers, shipyards and industry personnel to connect with customers and network in a safe environment.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on all industries, not least the international yachting community,” said Informa CEO Charlie McCurdy. “As we move to the other side of the pandemic, all parts of the industry need to work collaboratively to ensure a speedy return and recovery. We are playing our part by hosting a not-for-profit Monaco Yacht Show in 2020, providing an opportunity for the community to come together, share ideas, meet with customers and start to rebuild positive momentum.”

Acknowledging the changed conditions under which the show will need to be held, Informa was quick to stress “the proposed event will employ the highest standards of hygiene and cleanliness” and are committed to prioritizing the safety of participants and visitors.

Monaco Yacht Show Lounge
Guest lounge at the Monaco Yacht Show in previous years. Credit: Monaco Yacht Show

In support of the in-person event Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy for Monaco shared, “In the aftermath of COVID-19, it is the responsibility of the Monaco Government to do everything we can to help businesses and industries recover quickly. In this spirit, we are working with Informa to finalise details of the Monaco Yacht Show 2020, which will prioritize the health and safety of all participants, whilst providing direct support to the international yachting community, ensuring it can connect with customers and accelerate the recovery of what is an increasingly important industry for the region.”

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Superyacht Builder Sanlorenzo in Talks to Buy a Majority Stake in Perini Navi



Superyacht builder Sanlorenzo has confirmed interest in the possible acquisition of Perini Navi.
Perini Navi Italian Shipyard
Italian shipyard Perini Navi in talks with Sanlorenzo. Credit: Perini Navi

Sanlorenzo has confirmed they are in current talks regarding the acquisition of share capital of Perini Navi and has obtained an exclusivity period to carry out the necessary research and analysis required.

Founded in 1983 by Fabio Perini, Perini Navi has been a world-leading Italian shipyard that specializes in sailing boats over 40 meters, boasting iconic builds like that of the Maltese Falcon. It is currently owned by Fenix, the holding company of the Tabacchi family, Lamberto Tacoli, and Fabio Perini (indirectly).

Sailboat builder Perini Navi to be acquired by Sanlorenzo
Building sailing yachts since 1983. Credit: Perini Navi

Should the negotiations go ahead, Perini Navi will likely be majority-owned by Sanlorenzo with Italian newspaper Milano Finanza reporting a probable 70% controlling stake taken by Sanlorenzo and the remainder being held by the Tabacchi family.

“The transaction would be in line with the Sanlorenzo business model … and would enable Sanlorenzo to expand its business perimeter and further consolidate its presence in the superyacht sector,” Sanlorenzo said in a statement.

Perini Navi E-Volution sailing yacht design
Perini Navi’s sailing yacht concept “E-Volution”. Credit: Perini Navi

In a separate statement by Perini Navi, the company confirmed it was looking to restructure its debt under Italian bankruptcy law, in order to remain operational at this time stating the goal is to “overcome a moment of significant financial strain, which has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact over all markets.”

Perini Navi’s Board of Directors “intends to preserve the Company’s business and heritage, thus ensuring continuity to the important orders currently in build, as well as achieving the highest possible level of creditors’ satisfaction, in compliance with the process to be undertaken.”

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Heesen Yacht’s 55m Project Castor Launched Ahead of Sea Trials



Heesen Yachts launches 55m Project Castor “YN 19055” ready for its sea trials ahead of August 2020 delivery to the owner.
Waiting for the dock to be flooded.
Waiting for the dock to be flooded. Credit: Heesen yachts

Launched this month at Heesen Yacht‘s Dutch facility in Oss ahead of its sea trials, the 55 meter (180ft) Project Castor “YN 19055” was initially built on speculation and sold to an experienced American superyacht owner last May.

Following Dutch health and safety guidelines, workers at the shipyard were able to continue with operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by halving the number of employees working at any one time and working in two shifts to ensure delivery of the yacht would still be on schedule.

Commenting on the shipyard’s operations, Owners Representative Rupert Connor of Luxury Yacht Group noted, “We have been beyond impressed with how the Heesen team adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

At 760GT, Project Castor is the most voluminous 55m currently offered by a Northern European shipyard and the fast-displacement hull designed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects is the fourth hull in Heesen’s 55m Steel Class series.

The formidable exterior of Project Castor designed by Omega Architects.
The formidable exterior of Project Castor designed by Omega Architects. Credit: Heesen Yachts

With a sporty exterior design courtesy of Omega Architects’ Frank Laupman, Project Castor has been built to accommodate twelve guests in six staterooms and in a first for this particular class, has been configured with four spacious guest cabins on the lower deck and the owner’s VIP suite located on the bridge deck.

Bannenberg & Rowell has once again been tasked with the interior design and have layered neutral tones combined with powerful accents of color to create an environment that has wide appeal. Smoked Oak Chevron parquet flooring, Calacatta, and Pietra Grey marbles have also been are utilized throughout along with other fine materials.

Project Castor YN 19055 ready for sea trials
Project Castor YN 19055 ready for sea trials. Credit: Heesen Yachts

Powered by two MTU 8V 4000 M63 diesel main engines, Project Castor will have a top speed of 15.5 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 13 knots and is set to undergo sea trials in the North Sea shortly.

Project Castor is currently on schedule for delivery to the new owner later this year in August 2020.

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