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Trinity Yachts of Gulfport and New Orleans, ranked #1 Custom Superyacht Builder in the USA
Gulfport, Mississippi, USA - November 15 th, 2006 - According to Showboats International/CURTCO publishing, Trinity Yachts, LLC has become the largest SuperYacht builder in the world based upon linear feet under construction.

In terms of custom builders worldwide, Trinity Yachts in the US was ranked number one, with 18 projects having a total length of 2,965 feet, and an average length of 165 feet. Benetti was number two with 15 projects at 2,797 feet, with an average length of 186 feet. Feadship was number three with 14 projects at 2,703 feet, with an average length of 193 feet, and Lurssen was fourth, with 10 projects for a total length of 2,569 feet with an average length of 257 feet.

According to William (Billy) S. Smith III, Vice President, "Since the devastation of our shipyard in New Orleans from the effects of hurricane Katrina, the last fifteen months have been exhausting, so we are very happy for all of our employees to receive this recognition for all our hard work. With our shipyard in New Orleans now back in operation, we are very proud to be able to offer many of our old (and new) employees a strong future of employment, and to be part of the rebuilding process to the wonderful city of New Orleans."


After a very successful display of five (5) yachts at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Yacht Show, one of the largest, the future looks extremely bright for Trinity Yachts and their employees.

Trinity Yachts, LLC is a privately held corporation presently specializing in custom luxury superyachts of aluminum or steel up to 400 ft. (122 meters) in length. Trinity Yachts, LLC. is based in Gulfport, Mississippi and can be contacted by writing to: Trinity Yachts, LLC, 13085 Seaway Road, Gulfport, Ms 39503 USA attention: Felix S. Sabates, Jr., John Dane III or William S. Smith III or via telephone, telefax or facsimile as listed below:
  William S. Smith III Felix S. Sabates, Jr. John Dane III
Telephone: (228) 276-1054 (704) 557-2240 (228) 276-1030
Cell: (504) 723-8089 (704) 905-4640 (228) 861-8064
Telefax: (228) 276-1001 (704) 557-2241 (228) 276-1001
Email: wssmith3@trinityyachts.com fssabates@carolina.rr.com jdane3@trinityyachts.com
       
Trinity Yachts, LLC has under construction the following yachts:
Length Hull Type Launch Date Name
161 ft. (49m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2006 LOHENGRIN
163 ft. (49.7m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2007 LADY MICHELLE
191 ft. (56.39m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2008 UNBRIDLED
164 ft. (50m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2007 MINE GAMES
161 ft. (49m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2008 ANJILIS
179 ft. (54.56m) Steel Hull & Alum. Tri-Deck 2008 CORRIE LYNN
164 ft. (49.9m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2007 NORWEGIAN QUEEN II
161 ft. (49m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2007 MUSTANG SALLY
122 ft. (37.2) Aluminum Sport Fish 2008 MARY P
135 ft. (41.15m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2008 MARSHA KAY
183 ft. (55.8m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2008 MUSTANG SALLY
186 ft. (56.7m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2009 CARPE DIEM
164 ft. (49.9m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2009 WHEELS
186 ft. (56.7m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2009 LADY LINDA
142 ft. (43.3m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2009 BIG ZIP
190 ft. (57.9m) Aluminum Tri-Deck 2009 MINE GAMES
All of the yachts currently under construction will be ABS classed and MCA compliant.
 
Megayacht build boom continues
By IBI Magazine/Michael Verdon

ShowBoats International has reported in its most recent issue a 15.3 per cent increase in the overall linear footage of yachts 80 feet and over that are currently under construction around the world. Its "Order Book", the annual guide to superyacht builds, reports 777 80ft-plus yachts under construction that total 94,404 linear feet. The number of units has risen by 89 compared to last year. The greatest increases, according to the report, came in the 120ft-149ft range. The number of yachts in that size range increased to 141 in 2007 compared to 98 last year. The Order Book also noted that the number of yachts over 150ft also rose by 18 per cent to 139 - almost a 30 per cent increase during a two-year period.

Azimut-Benetti was the top global builder in the megayacht range with 93 projects representing a total length of 10,859 feet, at an average of 117 feet. The Italian Ferretti Group ranked second with 83 projects representing 8,656 feet, with an average length of 104 feet. The third-largest builder was Sunseeker, with 51 projects at 4,576 feet, with an average length of 90 feet.

Italy also kept its ranking as the top yacht-building nation. Its footage increased by 31 per cent compared to last year's Order Book. The number of Italian builds rose by 87 yachts to 347 units for the year. The US is a distant second in yacht builds, with 103 projects representing 13,056 feet, and an average length of 127 feet. The Netherlands is number three, with 54 projects at 8,965 feet, with an average length of 166 feet. The UK was the fourth-largest yacht building nation, with 60 projects at 5,612 feet, with an average length of 94 feet. All four were ranked the same as last year.

In specific size categories, motoryacht builds from 80 to 89 declined from 205 last year to 194 this year. In the size range, 90 to 99 feet, builds were up to 99 compared to 82 last year, and from 100 to 119 feet, the build number rose from 133 to 145. As mentioned, builds from 120 to 149 feet rose from 98 to 141. Builds from 200 to 249 feet were down by one unit to 27, while the 250ft-plus category rose to 17 units from 10 in 2006.

In terms of custom builders, Trinity Yachts in the US was ranked number one, with 18 projects having a total length of 2,965 feet, and an average length of 165 feet. Benetti was number two with 15 projects at 2,797 feet, with an average length of 186 feet. Feadship was number three with 14 projects at 2,703 feet, with an average length of 193 feet, and Lurssen was fourth, with 10 projects for a total length of 2,569 feet with an average length of 257 feet.

(7 November 2006)