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The finest Boats
Written 2000.0307 and 2001.0830

The finest motor boats, for great weekends or holidays at sea I sincerely love fine boats and I have carefully selected the finest boats and mini yachts (on the big Swedish market) for weekend and holiday cruises, in style... The finest boats have normally excellent quality today, as a result of the strong competition and computer design - so you can concentrate on the design, smart / clever layouts (plans) and the price... And the masterpieces I write about, has also well designed hulls and are generally famous for the fine behaviour in sea.
This article cover micro yachts, convenient hard-top boats (only for weekends cruises) two unique boats you can't buy new and mini Yachts, with virtually every quality of a super Yacht, except the extra size and custom design...

Micro Yachts These great boats, have a combined dining place and saloon sofa, plus a nice kitchen and permanent beds for at least four... They must also have a main indoor helm (steering place) for comfortable cruises, when the weather goes bad and normally a big fly bridge, for the sunny moments of joy... And a really fine micro yacht, must naturally have the same style and delicious design qualities, as the finest super yachts... Everything that look as chrome, is in principle stainless steel (at least on following yachts) and they have also plenty of handy equipment, like electric anchor winch, hydraulic trims, echo sounder with speed log and dual station radio, with intercom... But bow thruster, gps, radar and microwave, is sometimes extra.

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Fairline Phantom 38 - Has all these qualities and little more, as you can see above, but is no longer in production... The 2005 Phantom 40 is rather similar, but has a slightly less elegant salon, at about 5 million sek... The distinctive dark blue hull, give the high boat a rather sleek look and I really like the intimate, but yet very generous saloon... Which also have a big fine hidden galley... Everything in the boat, give you a feeling of excellent quality and you can actually live in luxury, for long distance cruising or as a second home... You get a generous view, from the indoor helm (steering position) trough a big windscreen, with rather slim pillars... Two more can also sleep in the pull-out bed, hidden in the saloon sofa... The 46 feet Phantom 2005 have just an extra double bed...
Fairline Phantom 38 is 12.3x3.82m big, need 1.00 deep water, weight 9.8 tons, make up to 32 knots with 2x370 Volvo Penta diesels and did cost 177.320 pound (mars 2000 in England) with blue hull, plus tax and 288.700 us dollars in Sweden... Click here to visit Fairline's nice site.

Click the Princess and the layout, for a slightly bigger version!

Princess 38 - Was an even more elegant alternative and did actually cost less, even if the interior design look a bit older... But you only have to change the slightly oval saloon table, the captain chairs and maybe select other cushions (with more rounded edges) to get a state of the art design... And the complete layout is perfect, with deep glossy dark wood work (if you prefer that colour and not choose another alternative) and a well equipped galley (kitchen, with microwave oven) that is both close and elegant hidden... Even the fly bridge, have a slightly better layout, so your girl can lay beside you, when you steer your magnificent mini yacht... But the steps up to the fly bridge, are smaller on one side, so you can slip in the stair and fall down, if you don't walk carefully... You get a generous view, from the indoor helm (steering position) trough a big windscreen, with rather slim pillars... Two more (totally six) can sleep in the pull-out bed, hidden in the saloon sofa... This fine model, is no longer in production and Princess 42 is the closest version 2005 with an extra toilet, at 4.4 million sek... And the 2005 Princess 45 to 50 feet models, have just some extra beds...
Princess 38 is 12.2x3.89m big, need 0.94 deep water, weight 8.5 tons, make up to 31 knots with 2x318 Volvo Penta diesels and did cost about 277.000 US dollar (mars 2000 in Sweden) plus tax... Click here to visit Princess fine site and look around inside the yacht's!

The direct competition, to these two "micro yachts" is very rare... You had the bigger Sealine 46 with a not so elegant design and light wood interior... But this mini yacht, have an generous aft cabin and a big elegant hidden galley... Sealine 46 is 14.1x4.3m big, need 1.24 deep water, weight 12.8 ton, make up to 31 knots with 2x430 Volvo Penta diesels and did cost about 326.000 US dollars (mars 2000 in Sweden) plus tax...
The Azimut's are also fine, but they offer less elegance (the 39 to 46 model) and no more power, just a higher price and then is the rest of the market, even more far behind... Specially the Swedish Storebro boats, which have a very outdated interior design and Sea Ray's, which look very plastic inside...
And just look down the page, for the bigger alternatives!

Smart Hard Top boats There are naturally smaller boats, than the micro yacht and you can specially find some smart models, that combined an indoor helm (steering place) with a convenient sun roof and that's essential, when the weather goes bad...

Click the Aquador, for a bigger version...

Aquador's exclusive Hard Top boats - Are almost sensational, in this class... And they make also the excellent Aquador 22 Cabin since 2010 that is 6.65 meters long, cost from only 650.000 sek 2015 with a 150hp outboard engine and this elegant "little" boat is especially very clever inside - with a double bed "cave" under the aft deck, two more beds in front, marine style interior with shiny cherry wood, a nice dinner place for four behind doors (great in not that great weather) you can lock, mini kitchen with sink, partly dark blue hull, water closet and two nice seats at back, plus a swim platform... So Aquador 22 C is possible the smallest and cheapest luxury cabin boat, that is perfect for a not too big family! Click here to read more about Aquador boats.

Unique boats Then is it time for a short history lesson, before I present my ultimate favourite of today's boats... The two finest boats ever made, was actually constructed and built here in Sweden... Both have amazing and extremely clever qualities, that made other alternatives fade away... But many people simply buy, what the neighbor have and they need to read about special boats, to recognize the unique advantages...

The magnificent CriCat, a smarter sport boat... Click any one, for the BIG picture...

Click the Winga, for the BIG version... The first layout was smarter, than this!

Winga 87 - Is an 8.75 meters motor sailer, with a truly brilliant layout and an impressive classic design... Yes, the small ship, both looked and have the same roomy qualities, as a minimum 12 meters competitor!!
You got an elegant and unusual efficient two tone hull (as Phantom 38) sophisticated lines on everything, an convenient aft cabin, full length beds (2m) everywhere, a captains cabin with double bed and separate entries from the saloon, a dining and saloon sofa for at least six guests, you didn't have to fold the table, to get by to other parts of the boat, room for a rather big television set and fine loudspeakers, a galley with view and an oven, minimum 184 cm height but normally more, secluded steering place with toned safety glass, water closet and even more qualities, like classic wood works... Everything is also designed by the same extremely talented man, who design the Aquador boats, Rolf E Eliasson... You could actually live in this mini ship or travel in comfort, around the world... Yes, this marvel only need 1.3 meter deep water, so you can also explore lagoons, other boats have to pass and the just 4 ton ship, need less diesel than any other "big" motor sailer's... This model, was only produced until 1982 (when almost all new boats sales, stopped in Sweden) and there was also a slightly smaller model, Winga 78 which still had the same qualities... They did then produce a slightly bigger Winga Princess and Queen, until 1991 and I will try to find finer photos, for you...
Yes, click here and email me, if you have a finer pix on any of these boats!

Mini Yachts These fine ships have a separate dining place and generous saloon sofa, plus fixed beds for six or more... They must also have a main indoor helm (steering place) for comfortable cruises, if the weather goes bad and a big fly bridge, for the sunny moments of joy... And a really fine mini Yacht must naturally have the same delicious design qualities and general equipment, as the finest super yachts... Everything that look as chrome, is in principle stainless steel and they have plenty of handy equipment, like electric anchor winch, bow thruster, hydraulic trims, gps, radar, autopilot, echo sounder with speed log, dual station radio with intercom, separate diesel generator, deep freeze and microwave... But air condition is normally extra.

Click the Princess, the lovely saloon and the layout, for a big version!

Princess 56 - Is a truly magnificent and extremely elegant mini yacht, that no longer is in production... The 2005 Princess 57 offer mainly the same qualities, but clearly less elegance, at around 11 million sek ... The clever layout of Princess 56 spacious saloon, offer comfortable room for at least 14 sitting guests and the exclusive wood furniture, have plenty of room for a real home cinema installation... It's especially nice with the generous sofa and dining place, at the side of the indoor helm, so you can enjoy some companion when you navigate, at long distances... Yes, I would definitely invest in some nice China carpets and an complete home cinema, to personalize this masterpiece... But then, have this excellent ship everything you may need, except a working place (you may fit a nice workroom, into one of the guest cabins) and a jacuzzi. The big central galley (kitchen) is very well equipped, with plenty of storage room and is still hidden, from direct view... You get a very generous view, from the indoor helm (steering position) trough a great windscreen, with slim pillars... Even the fly bridge, have an optimal layout, with a friendly side sofa and big sun beds... And you have one double bed, with a separate shower and toilet... Plus four guest beds in two cabins, with a separate shower and toilet.
The fine yacht magazine Boat International, point out the great combination of a very sophisticated interior and a true performance hull. They wrote... "For a large boat, the performance is exciting, with engines that produce a satisfying surge of power, that quickly lift the boat on to plane. After that, it is acceleration all the way to the top speed. The 56 cuts trough the waves cleanly... Turning is a dream, with the responsive steering and the hull design, can give tight turns that are both exciting and fully controlled. It is the sort of performance, you would expect from a sport cruiser and be excited to find in a luxury fly bridge cruiser."
So you actually get the best of two worlds and this amazing mini yacht, is even perfect as a second home and will give the proud owner, the great freedom of cruise anywhere, in splendid luxury... The 2005 Princess 61 offer just one extra toilet and the 67 feet model, get only bigger...
Princess 56 is 17.2x4.62m big, need 1.14 deep water, weight 18.5 ton, make up to 31 knots with 2x610 Volvo Penta diesels and did cost about 758.000 US dollar (mars 2000 in Sweden) plus tax... Click here to visit Princess fine site and look around inside the yacht's!

Ferretti 46 - Is a very interesting Italian alternative, at a significant lower cost, with a sporty style and a modern spacious interior design... And the 2005 Ferritti 460 is very similar.... The smart layout of the saloon, offer comfortable room for at least 11 sitting guests and you get room for a real home cinema installation... And you can choose the colour, of the rounded wood work... This mini yacht, have also a nice sofa and dining place, at the side of the indoor helm, so you can enjoy some companion when you navigate, at long distances... Even this smaller ship, have everything you may need, except a working place (you may fit a nice workroom, into one of the guest cabins) and a jacuzzi... The big central galley (kitchen) seem to be very well equipped, with plenty of storage room and is rather hidden, from direct view... You get a generous view, from the indoor helm (steering position) trough a big windscreen, with rather slim pillars... Even the fly bridge, have a fine layout, with a friendly side sofa and a big sun bed... And you have one double bed, with a separate shower and toilet... Plus four guest beds in two cabins, with a separate shower and toilet.
The Ferretti yacht's are since many years, famous for the high quality and the fine behaviour at sea... But the boat weight more, than the bigger Princess... This may be the perfect yacht, if you look for a more sporty style and want the same possibilities, as the more elegant Princess... Click here to visit Ferretti's fine site!
This craft, had also a smaller sister, Ferretti 430 that did offer the same functionality, with slightly less elegance... Type, the dining place is rather small and the second guest cabin, have an upper and lower bed... Ferretti 430 make up to 31 knots and did cost "only" 396.000 US dollars (mars 2000 in Italy) plus tax!
Ferretti 46 is just 14.1x4.6m big, need 1.31 deep water, weight 19.2 ton, make up to 29 knots with 2x480 Volvo Penta diesels and did cost about 603.000 US dollar (mars 2000 in Italy) plus tax...

Fairline Squadron 52 - Was the second alternative, with a very modern and spacious interior design... This model is no longer in production and Squadron 58 is a slightly finer version 2005... If you actually like the very special window design, from the side and don't need more than four beds... The elegant layout of the spacious saloon, offer comfortable room for at least 10 sitting guests and you get room for a real home cinema installation... And you can choose between two colours, of the elegant wood work... The generous sofa and dining place, is just behind the indoor helm, so you can still enjoy some companion when you navigate, at long distances... But the huge instrument console, doesn't look as good as the other yacht's... Then have this ship everything you may need, except a working place and a jacuzzi. The big central galley (kitchen) is very well equipped, with plenty of storage room and is completely hidden, from direct view... You get a generous view, from the indoor helm (steering position) trough a rather big windscreen, with slim pillars... The fly bridge have a clever layout, with a sun bed in front of the instrument console and a big round sofa... And you have two double beds, both with a separate shower and toilet.
Fairline Squadron 52 is 16.2x4.67m big, need 1.12 deep water, weight 18.8 ton, make up to 32 knots with 2x610 Volvo Penta diesels and did cost 665.000 us dollars (mars 2000 in Sweden) plus tax... Click here to visit Fairline's nice site.

The direct competition, to these three mini yachts, is also very rare... You had the Sealine 51 with a modern rounded interior, of light wood... The layout is very interesting, but the well equipped and elegant galley, is not hidden and that's not very nice...
The Azimut 58 is also fine, but the furniture that hide the galley (in front of the saloon sofa) look strange and the bigger models, are very expensive... The rest of the market, is more far behind...

The amazing OLED display technology
First written 2002.0124 and then updated many times

The ultra thin OLED screens, are the bright future in display technology
This technology offer many great advantages, over today's TV and computer displays... The superior OLED / AMOLED technology give especially clearly more real contrast (from 50.000 to 2 million times, compared with about 5 million in real life or the lousy 400-1000 times real contrast with fine LCD screens) offer more accurate colours and a 10-40% wider colour space (more than any other technology, except LaserVue and Sony's new Crystal LED) make finally ultra high resolution possible (even 350dpi, which is what you max can see in print and observe that only 96dpi is high for notebook screens) they are 200-1000 times faster than LCD (average 0.01ms respond time, but you can't see any clear improvement under 10ms response anyhow) costs down to 50% less to mass produce (for fine colours OLED screens) need 20-75% less power (except the even lower watts/inch that LaserVue need) and lower voltage, are a lot cooler, offer dramatically wider viewing angle (than LCD screens) work in more extreme temperatures (about -80ºC to 80ºC) weight about half (except big LaserVue screens) can be extremely thin (actually thinner than a paper) and even giant OLED screens of over 500 inch are possible, even if LaserVue may costs less over 50 inch... They can also be made flexible and "crack safe" for PDA and mobile phones... And the big variations above, are between the first handmade prototypes and the very different OLED screens you actually can buy!
The first mass produced product with high tech OLED colour display, came 2003 and was this elegant mobile phone from Sanyo... OLED displays will first replace LCD and TFT screens in smartphones, tablets, advanced mobile phones, digital cameras and video cameras...
Sanyo did begin field testing of this mobile phone, with a 2" OLED colour display, in December 2002 and they plan to go to mass production, in summer 2003... They did then begin (together with Eastman Kodak Co) to produce 1 million OLED displays / month (of different sizes) before the end of 2003.... The next (and first available) product was Kodak EasyShare LS633 digital camera (3mp 3x zoom) with a 2.2" full colour active-matrix OLED screen, but it have only 512x218 pixels...
Then will larger screens for notebooks possible come 2013 or maybe later... And first some really big oled TV sets with 55 inch from Samsung and LG at the end of 2012 if you like to pay a premium "new tech" price... Because Toshiba and Panasonic did finally fix the problem with the first models relatively short lifespan 2008 so they will probably last longer than ordinary LCD screens... Yes, the really great news is that OLED work also perfect for huge flat TV screens (even if Mitsubishi did come first with a 65 inch LaserVue screen) and they are expected to cost less than LCD screens, within a few years...
Before that will you naturally see drastic price cuts on anything that has a colour LCD or plasma display, when the shops try to sell out the old technology... And that's also great news, if you not want the absolute best....
The only big problems with the early prototypes, was a relatively short lifetime / lifespan of just 1000 hours... They produce then less light and the worse part is that the blue pixels fade first, so you began to get strange colors after a third of that time... But Samsung did expect 40.000 hours before 2006 and LG promise now over 100.000 hours (that's 45 years, if you view TV six hours every day) for the latest prototypes...
OLED stand for Organic Light-Emitting Diodes and are based on layers of carbon... And most OLED screens are in fact AMOLED which stands for Active Matrix... The word organic in the name refers to this carbon base... The rest of the screens can be made of cheaper materials, like plastic and they are generally perfect for mass production, compared to fine LCD screens... And some companies are even developing ink jet technology that can "print" the pixel part of the OLED displays, which could make them even less expensive to produce than low cost LCD screens!
And over ten big companies did say they will produce OLED displays, within 2003 even if that have been delayed about ten years...
Kodak invented the basic OLED technology 20 years ago.. Pioneer have used simple OLED technique in car audio displays, since 1996... Sanyo Electric and Kodak have signed a 350 million dollar joint venture, called SK Display, for the production of OLED displays... Universal Display Corp (UDC) and Sony signed a joint venture for developing OLED television monitors and Sony had a 13-inch active matrix OLED display using its novel TAC technology, according to a press release April 17, 2001... DuPont Displays are constructing a $15 million facility to produce OLED prototypes... Samsung did show a 15.1" OLED xga computer screen in 2001 and they have a joint venture with NEC corporation... RITEK in Taiwan is the first manufacturer, which complete a fully automation OLED mass production line in the world... Motorola have a simple OLED screen (made by Pioneer) in some mobile phones, since February 2002.... Toshiba have a joint venture with Pioneer... The U.S. Air Force has selected eMagin’s OLED micro display technology (with 852x600 full colour pixels) for incorporation into the Strike Helmet 21 avionic system... And Sharp will pursue both LCD and OLED display, using CG silicon technology... Philips begun 2002 to ship volume quantities of its monochrome (black & white) passive OLED display, they call PolyLED modules... Eastman Kodak Company announced 2002 the availability of evaluation kits of OLED displays... Just as Sony and Nokia... Epson/Cambridge did say they will deliver up to 14 inch OLED screens for Notebook, third quarter 2002 but they never did... Sony and Samsung announced in the middle of 2002 that they will begin production of OLED for TV sets in 2003 and at CEATEC 2002 did they show a 15-in. diagonal HDTV prototype.... Then have we the elegant Sanyo mobile phone, you can see above and a Kodak camera - that will be the first mass produced products, with a high class OLED colour display... Sony will begin mass production of small OLED screens late 2004 and are now re-building a fabric for OLED production, so their older plans was delayed... Kodak will name all type of OLED screens "Nuvue" and "Olight" will be the name for Dupont's OLED screens... Samsung announced 2004 that they will offer a 17 inch ultra thin OLED computer monitor next year, with 1600x1200 resolution, but they never did... And at the same day showed Seiko Epson the world's first full-colour 40 inch OLED screen (as prototype) and they plan to make OLED screens up to 41 inch, before 2007 but they never did... Sony announced 2004-0914 a new CLIÉ PEG-VZ90 multimedia device, with a 3.8 inch OLED screen that has 0.01 ms response time (some TFT has only 4ms delay 2005 but you can't see any clear improvement under 10ms anyhow) and almost half as thin... Samsung did 2005-0519 show a 40 inch OLED prototype, with 1280x800 pixels and just 5000:1 contrast... Sony did finally show a 27 inch full HD (1920x1080) OLED screen 2007 with over 2.000.000:1 contrast, 10bit RGB colours and over 600cd/m2 in peak brightness... Plus the 11 inch widescreen XEL1 (that actually became the first oled TV you could buy) with over 1.000.000:1 contrast, at the 2007 CES show in Las Vegas... Toshiba and Panasonic did January 2008 announce a new technology, that amazingly doubles the life of OLED displays (which was the only problem with this alternative) to around 60.000 hours and that's actually 10.000 hours better than the finest LCD screens... Samsung did October 2008 show a 40 inch full HD (1920x1080) OLED prototype - with 1.000.000 real contrast, only 0.89 cm thickness, 107% of NTSC color gamut and 600cd/m2 in peak brightness - but this size "cannot be mass produced right away" according to Samsung... And January 2012 did both Samsung and LG demonstrate amazing 55 inch oled TV sets, that they did promise will be possible to buy late 2012 at a premium "new tech" price... But they got delayed to 2013 and in addition does LG state a lifetime of over 100.000 hours and 50% lower power consumption, with help of its new "White OLED" or "WOLED" architecture... And LG did finally relese the first 55 inch big WOLED screen in october 2013 (to be first) at 12000 us dollars and 2014-0228 did the second curved version LG 55EA980W cost (from 40.000 at one sale to) 70.000sek in Sweden.
But Sony did show a 55" set 2012 with their new Crystal LED technique, that simply use "ultrafine" leds directly for each color (totally over 6 million red, green and blue leds for full HD and NOT just white leds for backlight) which actually is very similar to OLED except the fact that color LED pixels are clearly stronger and this tech offer the best parts of oleds advantages - including dramatically wider viewing angles (of 180 degrees) over 10.000 times real contrast (about 3.5 times better than a fine LCD) 10 times faster response (than a fine LCD) 40% wider color space than fine LCD sets (that you maybe not will use, if you want films to look as they are made to look) none of the "ghosting effect" that you get from ordinary LED backlighting, rather low power consumption and a minimum 75.000 hour (or 100.000 hours at 50% brightness) lifetime... It's also hope that this alternative may be possible to make at a lower cost than OLED and a high Sony exec told Wall Street Journal that the first TV sets will come later this year...
Then do I think that many fine smartphones, that not use OLED screens, actually use this great "direct led pixels" technology - mainly because my own Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and iPhone 4 (for example) show perfect colours even at extreme viewing angles, which LCD screens normally not can and I have also seen the same effect on some (very few) computer screens... And Sony did also declare that they will continue to develop OLED screens, so almost anything great might happen now!
This information will be adjusted, when I get more facts... Please email any more, accurate info... Copyright 2002-2016 by BB

 

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