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74m CRN superyacht Andrea sold in off-market deal

The 74-metre CRN superyacht Andrea has been sold in an off-market deal with Burgess representing the buyer and both Y.CO and Burgess representing the seller.

Delivered from Ancona, in Italy in 2017, the steel and aluminium yacht was commissioned for an experienced owner and designed in a collaboration between Winch Design and Zuccon International Project. She has had a string of names over the years, including Lady Jorgia , Odyssey and Cloud 9 and has proved herself to be a hugely popular yacht for charter .

The brokers said that Winch Design was appointed to create the exterior guest areas, livery, interior decoration and owner's supply, "resulting in excess of over 1,000 square metres of design elements being created across all decks".

Accommodation is provided for a party of 12 guests in eight cabins, comprising six doubles and two convertible double/twin cabins, all accessible by the elevator. There is a private deck forward of the master suite and the VIP cabin has opening doors for fresh air. Quarters for a crew of 25 are provided.

Andrea's beauty salon and spa area, with full gym facilities, features a fold-out terrace, perfect for a relaxing massage when at anchor.

A huge swim platform and beach club aft is large enough for sea-level dining and acts as an alternative open-air option to the sundeck's dining table. Here, there is also a Teppanyaki bar for the chef to cook at the table. 

The yacht also plays host to a formal dining room with a circular table and retractable glass doors allowing for a semi-enclosed al fresco experience. A space in the bow can be converted into a dance floor with disco lighting and sound systems.

A rectangular 10,000-litre main deck pool, with spa jets, has a glass bottom letting light filter through to the beach club below. Guests can also opt for the circular Jacuzzi, which is positioned up top.

Powered by twin 2,682hp Caterpillar diesels, Andrea's top speed is 16 knots and cruising speed is 13 knots. Range of the 2,218GT yacht is some 6,000 nautical miles.

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Outboard vs. Inboard: Which Motor is Right for You?

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Many family boats, including bowriders , deck boats and cabin cruisers , are offered with a choice of outboard or inboard power. When both options are available, is there a better choice between the two? Let’s take a look at inboard vs. outboard boat motors , and dig deeper into the advantages and disadvantages of each type of power.

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Family boats with inboard power are almost always equipped with a sterndrive (sometimes called an inboard/outboard or I/O) powertrain, which combines an automotive-type engine mounted inside the boat with a steerable and trimable drive unit mounted on the stern (the back) of the boat. The exception would be for a dedicated watersports tow boat , which has an inboard engine turning a propeller under the boat, with steering control provided by a rudder.

Sterndrives are currently offered from 200 horsepower to 430 horsepower, but many compact runabouts on the pre-owned market may be powered by a 130-horsepower sterndrive that is no longer in production. An outboard motor is a dedicated marine engine that is attached directly to the stern of a boat.

Outboards are available from tiny 2-horsepower kickers to 600 horsepower, but for family boating the range is typically 90 to 300 horsepower. As outboard motors have become more powerful, they are gaining popularity on larger cabin cruiser and day boats that once were always equipped with inboard engines. These may be rigged with three or four outboards that combined make more power than the biggest pair of sterndrive engines available, resulting in performance that was once unimaginable.

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Initial Cost Comparison

It seems natural to make a cost comparison based on horsepower—a 250-horsepower outboard to a 250-horsepower sterndrive in the same boat—but it’s smarter to make that comparison based on performance.

In this example, a 200-horsepower outboard will usually match the performance of a 250-horsepower sterndrive, simply because the outboard weighs less, and because that weight is more efficiently positioned behind, rather than inside, the boat. This rule of thumb holds true as you move up and down the horsepower scale. However, even with less horsepower the outboard-powered boat will often cost a little more—2 to 4 percent—than a similar boat with a sterndrive.

Inboard vs. Outboard Maintenance Costs & Ownership

Because it will usually weigh less and be a more-efficient design, an outboard motor will typically deliver better fuel economy than a sterndrive. Both will require similar annual maintenance, except that in cold climates the cooling system of most sterndrive engines needs to be flushed with antifreeze solution, usually by a marine service center.

  • An outboard is self-draining and many owners can accomplish their own off-season service.
  • Sterndrives once had a reputation for being more prone to corrosion-related issues in salt water, but corrosion resistance is much improved on modern engines and outdrives, and many can be equipped with a closed cooling system that keeps most saltwater out of the engine.
  • However, most sterndrives can not be tilted completely out of the water, while most outboards can clear the water when tilted all the way up. This is an advantage for the outboard if the boat is docked or moored full time in saltwater, as it prevents marine growth and corrosion from occurring on the drive.

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Serviceability

Because the entire engine is outside the boat, an outboard is easier to service than an inboard. With the boat on a trailer you can simply stand next to the outboard.

Servicing the inboard requires working under an engine hatch, often in pretty cramped confines. When an outboard is damaged or simply worn out, it is relatively easy to re-power the boat with a new outboard. Repowering an inboard boat is also an option, but a more-challenging project.

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Additional Pros & Cons

An outboard has many advantages over a sterndrive:

  • It’s lighter, faster, more efficient, and easier to service;
  • Because the entire engine is located outside the boat, there’s more room in the boat for seating or gear storage;
  • A new outboard is cleaner, quieter and more powerful and feature-laden than the motors offered just a few years ago, all reasons they have become more popular on more types of boat.

A sterndrive does have some advantages, however:

  • The drive unit is low on the transom, which permits a full-width boarding or swim platform that’s not cluttered by an outboard motor. This can really improve the lounging experience, and many people find this uncluttered look much more attractive.
  • The sterndrive engine may also be covered by a padded sun lounge, another feature many owners appreciate.
  • When equipped with a drive with forward-facing propellers ( Volvo Penta Forward Drive or MerCruiser Bravo Four ), the boat can be used for wakesurfing , an activity that’s not safe—or even legal on most waters—behind a boat with a traditional sterndrive or an outboard because of the proximity of the spinning propeller to the surfer. For many boating families, the ability to wake surf is reason alone to select an inboard with forward-facing props.

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Before your trip, always check river flows and conditions. Visit the website for specific river conditions. Always stop by a ranger station to inquire about closures.

:This river can be paddled most of the year, but the best season is in the spring or early summer. The most common put-in sites are in the lower portions of Glines Canyon (Class III-IV) and Altair Campground (Class II-III).

Boaters are urged to stay away from the section of river that flows through the former Elwha dam site. This site is located between U.S Highway 101 and State Highway 112, outside of the Olympic National Park boundary. View for reference and portage location. Remnants of the dam’s foundation remain in that area of the river and include long pieces of rebar and other metal shards that extend close to the water’s surface. Boulders and swift currents in the area compound the risks and boaters are urged to avoid this section of river. beyond the Madison Falls parking lot at the park boundary due to extensive flood damage/road washout. Parking and turnaround space are limited.The Olympic Hot Springs Road is open to bicycle/pedestrian traffic beyond Madison Falls parking lot. There are no visitor facilites beyond the gate at the parking lot. A bypass trail provides access around the flood damage. Be sure to check before your visit. View the .

This river offers scenic views of old-growth rain forest, but is frequented with log jams. Always scout ahead before paddling to avoid hazards. The most popular put-in locations are at the Hoh Campground (Class II) and near the park entrance station (Class II-III) on the Hoh River Road. View the .

Queets Rvier is a great place to experience secluded rain forests during higher water levels. In late summer, the river is often blocked by large debris and water that is too low for paddling. Log jam hazards may exist throughout the year. Popular put-in sites are the Queets Campground (Class II-III) above Sam's Rapid and the Hartzell Boat Launch (Class II-III). View the .

For expert kayakers willing to hike into the backcountry, the Quinault offers challenging water. From the Graves Creek trailhead, hike 2.5 miles to Pony Bridge (Class IV-V). This 3 mile route is through a gorge and has a mandatory portage at Dolly Falls. For calmer waters, a popular launch site is near end of the North Shore Road at the bridge (Class II-III). View the .

For experienced kayakers, a 1.2 mile hike up the North Fork Trail in the Sol Duc Valley to the launch site (Class II-IV) offers fun water above Salmon Cascades. For experts interested in rapids, put-in at Salmon Cascades Overlook (Class V). View the .


For those interested in boating in the backcountry, visit the for campsite locations and reservations. Most wilderness lakes are open to non-motorized boats, but these must be transported up trail by foot or stock (in stock use areas).

Big, deep, and blue, Lake Crescent offers a scenic paddling experience, particularly in the early morning when winds are most likely to be calm. Winds often come up in the afternoon and can quickly create waves of a foot or more. Boat launches include Storm King Ranger Station and Fairholme. Kayaks and canoes can be rented at concession operated and . For a fee, boaters can also launch boats from the dock at Log Cabin Resort. View .

Near the coast and filled with summer water lilies, Lake Ozette offers a secluded paddle journey. Two boat launches exist at the Ozette Ranger Station and Ozette Campground. Kayak and Canoes can also access a few . Sudden weather changes are common in the Ozette area -- always check the forecast and plan for the possibility of sudden, strong winds and waves. View the .

In a rain forest valley, Lake Quinault boasts mountain views and old-growth forests. Afternoon winds are common here; always be prepared. Two boat launches are found on the U.S. Forest Service operated Falls Creek and Willaby Campgrounds. Boat rentals are available at the concession operated . View the .

The Pacific Coast of Olympic can be challenging to even expert sea kayakers. Beginners should consider trips with an expert guide. If planning an overnight trip along the wilderness coast, visit the for information about camping and permits.

Often ravaged by extreme winds, weather, and tides, it is important that sea kayakers research their routes, weather and tide conditions, bring proper equipment, and be experienced in self-rescue. Tide tables are available at most Olympic visitor centers and ranger stations in the summer. Always review the and .

Review the Washington State Boating Regulations for detailed information about motor boat operation. The use of personal water craft, such as Jet Skis, are not allowed in Olympic National Park.

Motorized vessels are not permitted to land on Olympic shorelines from the north bank of the Hoh River to the park's boundary at the Makah Indian Reservation.

Water skiing and towing by motorized boats is permitted on Lake Crescent and Lake Ozette only.

Motorized boat operation is permitted in the following locations:

. . View . . Motorized boats may not exceed 5 mph or create a wake within 300 feet of all shorelines. Motorized boats may not exceed 5 mph or create a wake within 300 feet of the shore near the Lake Ozette Ranger Station or campground beach. In all other instances, boats may not exceed 5 mph or create a wake within 150 feet of the shoreline.
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If you own a sailboat over eight feet long or a boat/vessel with a motor (no matter the size), you must register it with DMV in order to legally operate it on California waterways.

To register your boat/vessel, you will need:

  • A completed Application for Vessel Certificate of Number (BOAT 101) form. 
  • If the original certificate is lost or damaged, complete an Application for Replacement or Transfer Title (REG 227) form to request a copy.
  • Applicable fees .
  • If you own a trailer for your boat/vessel, you need to register it separately .

You may also need:

  • To complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a California Boater Card if you plan to operate a motorized vessel on a state waterway.
  • Bill(s) of sale (if you bought your boat/vessel from a private party instead of a dealer). 
  • A Statement of Facts (REG 256) form, in case you do not have a copy of the bill of sale.

You can register your boat/vessel at any DMV field office , or mail your registration application and related documents to:

Department of Motor Vehicles PO Box 942869 Sacramento, CA 94269-0001

You may also need to pay the Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Fee and obtain a Mussel Fee sticker. Please see the Mussel Fee sticker request page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any boat or vessel that you can use to transport yourself on water, such as a:

  • Sail-powered boat/vessel that is over eight feet long.
  • Vessel/boat with a motor (no matter how big it is).

If you bought your boat/vessel from an out-of-state seller, or if you recently moved to California, you need to register your boat/vessel with DMV within 120 days of bringing it into the state.

There are some boats/vessels that  do not  have to be registered:

  • Canoes, rowboats, or any boats/vessels that use paddles or oars
  • Sailboats shorter than eight feet long
  • Sailboards or parasails
  • A ship’s lifeboat
  • Seaplanes on the water
  • Boats that run on a track, such as amusement park rides
  • Floating structures that are tied to land and use power, water, and a sewage system on the shore.

Dinghies must be registered with DMV.

Houseboats that have a motor must be registered with DMV.

Commercial boats/vessels that weigh more than five net tons and are longer than 30 feet must be registered (documented) by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Yes. Any boat/vessel that travels or is moored in California waterways, including private lakes, must be registered with DMV.

  • A  documented boat/vessel  is registered with the U.S. Coast Guard and has a marine certificate. These boats/vessels do not have to be registered with DMV.
  • An  undocumented boat/vessel  is registered with DMV and does  not  have a marine certificate from the U.S. Coast Guard.

If you buy a new boat/vessel, it is automatically considered undocumented, so you have to register the boat/vessel with DMV before you can put it in California waters.

Your boat/vessel will get a vessel registration number (beginning with CF before the numbers) when you register your boat/vessel with DMV.

You have to display your vessel registration number on your boat/vessel. Make sure it meets the following requirements.

Your Vessel Registration Number must:

  • Be painted on or permanently attached to each side of your boat/vessel’s bow.
  • Be written in plain, vertical block letters and numbers that are more than three inches high.
  • Be properly arranged so you can read it from left to right.
  • Contrast with the color of the background so that it is easy to see and read.
  • Example A:  CF 1234 AB
  • Example B:  CF-1234-AB

In addition to your vessel registration number, you will also receive a registration sticker. You should attach it to the both sides of your boat/vessel, three inches apart from your vessel registration number.

Your registration sticker must be clearly visible at all times. Please do not place any numbers, letters, or devices near the registration sticker (other than your vessel registration number and Mussel Fee sticker (if required)).

Starboard and port sides of vessels. Arrows indicate where to place Mussel Fee and Registration stickers. On the starboard side of the hull the stickers are placed to the immediate left of the CF number. On the port side the stickers are placed to the immediate right of the CF number.

If you boat in California fresh waters such as the Delta, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and streams, you must purchase and display a Mussel Fee sticker next to your registration sticker. The Mussel Fee sticker matches the registration sticker by color and date.

You may purchase the Mussel Fee sticker online . The vessel registration/renewal and sticker transactions are separate. Once you receive your Mussel Fee stickers, place them on either side of the registration sticker as shown below.

Since 1972, all boats/vessels manufactured in the U.S. come with a Hull Identification Number (HIN).

The HIN must be:

  • Painted on or permanently attached to your boat/vessel so that it cannot be changed or removed.
  • Assigned and attached by manufacturers to commercially built boats/vessels.
  • Assigned by DMV for homemade boats/vessels.

If your California Certificate of Ownership is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can submit a completed Application for Duplicate or Transfer of Title (REG 227) form.

If you lost your sticker, you can submit a completed Application for Replacement Plates, Stickers, Documents (REG 156) form to replace the lost certificates and/or stickers.

You can then mail the forms to DMV or visit a DMV field office in person.

You must renew your boat/vessel registration by December 31 of every odd-numbered year (for example, 2013, 2017, etc.), even if you do not use your boat/vessel.

To remind you that you need to renew your registration, DMV will mail you a renewal notice 60 days before your registration expires.

Visit our online registration page to see if your vessel is eligible to be renewed online.

You can also renew your registration by phone (automated system), mail, or by visiting a DMV field office in person.

Phone:  1-800-777-0133 Mail: Vehicle Registration Operations Department of Motor Vehicles PO Box 942869 MS C271 Sacramento, CA 94269-0001

If you renew your registration by mail, please return the bottom portion of your renewal notice in the envelope provided with a check, cashier’s check, or money order to cover your fees .

If you do not receive or lose the renewal notice, you may contact DMV and pay your fees.

When you buy a boat/vessel from another person, you should also get the California Certificate of Ownership from the person who sold it to you. That person should sign/endorse the certificate on line 1. If there is a lienholder, you need their signature on line 2.

Once you have the California Certificate of Ownership, write your name and address on the back. Then you can submit the certificate to DMV along with the transfer fee, use tax, and any renewal fees that might be due.

If the boat/vessel has a trailer, you need to get the trailer title. If you cannot get a copy of the title, you can complete a Permanent Trailer Identification (PTI) Certification and Application (REG 4017) form to transfer it into your name.

If you decide to sell your boat/vessel, you need to:

  • Give the Certificate of Ownership to the person who buys it. Make sure you sign the certificate on the front.
  • Contact the DMV within five days of the sale and fill out a Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability (REG 138)  form.

You must provide the boat/vessel information (vessel registration number, HIN), the name and address of the buyer, and the sale date on the form.

  • Submit the form online or by mail.

If the boat/vessel has a trailer, give the titling and/or registration documents to the buyer and submit a separate  Notice of Release of Liability (REG 138)  form.

Additional Information

Boats and vessels registered in California are included in property taxes by the county tax collector, depending on where the boat/vessel is stored or moored. DMV might deny registration renewal or transfer if the county tax collector tells DMV that you have not paid your personal property taxes.

Vessel registration becomes invalid when a boat/vessel is:

  • Required to be documented by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Transferred to a new owner.
  • Destroyed or abandoned.
  • No longer used primarily in California.

You must tell the DMV when a boat/vessel is:

  • Moved to a different storage location.
  • Documented through the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Destroyed, lost, or abandoned. Return the California Certificate of Ownership to DMV within 15 days.

Learn more about vessel registration transaction requirements by visiting the Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual .

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