Ocean Magazine : 2 July August 2005
ocean | 15 Evolution 110 Salicia At European Boat Shows A highly-sophisticated, streamlined 34 m motor yacht, called Salicia, has been launched by Evolution Yachts in Henderson, Western Australia, and is being shipped to this year's Cannes, Monaco and Genoa Boat Shows. Styled inside and out by Sam Sorgiovanni, she is a remarkable vessel that will add considerably to Australia's ongoing reputation as a superyacht builder of international note. Salicia is powered by twin 1800 HP MTU diesels, and will cruise at 22 knots with an economic speed of about 17 knots. Fitout is sumptuous, from the custom cream carpets and stained walnut madrona burl fittings to the flybridge jacuzzi and sunpads. A full review will appear in OCEAN's next issue destined for a promotion at the Monaco Yacht Show. Evolution Director Peter King says that after Salicia, the yard is producing a 24 m sports yacht for a New Zealand client, and it plans to start cutting metal in September for a 50 m steel hull, composite deck motor yacht. King, a former Oceanfast employee who skippered the Sultan of Brunei's Oceanfast Bolkiah for four years, is in good company with Sorgiovanni and Syperyacht Interiors Kevin Altera and Ken Weston, all of whom are ex-Oceanfast people. The latter yard is presently keeping a low profile on building white boats, after a 25-year history, but Evolution is "continuing the tradition". Viking Industries Bid For Cairns Slipways Publicly-listed Viking Industries, owner of the evolving Brisbane Marine Industries Park and now including FMCA, the leading East Coast superyacht outfitter, has made a surprise bid for the NQEA brand name and specifically for its subsidiary Cairns Slipways, the oldest and best-known superyacht refit and repair yard in Australia. The acquisition, announced on the Australian Stock Exchange in June, is expected to be completed in three months. Viking Industries is headed by Austrade Deputy Chairman John Down, who has a pastoral history but has lately shown a strong interest in marine affairs. Also prominent is FMCA CEO Robert Falzon since that company's merger into Viking Industries last October (see profile in OCEAN May-June 2005). Synergies between Cairns Slipways and Viking Industries' BMIP in Brisbane are fairly obvious, but industry analysts are wondering what will become of the commercial and private motor yacht building business of NQEA, one of the country's superyacht-capable yards. It has recently launched the 43 m Silverfox for a New York client, the 35 m Ophelia V, and the boutique cruise liner Oceanic Princess, which ran over budget. The Viking deal does not include traditional "inland" engineering facilities of the Fry family, where the NQEA building sheds are located, and it has been suggested that this outfit may re-emerge as say Fry Engineering, still with the capability of contracting or sub-contracting commercial ship and white boat orders. See Jacqueline Brickman's report in Leader's Forum for full details.
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