Motor Boats Monthly: Princess, Sunseeker and Fairline have joined forces to showcase a “best of British boat show

In a collaboration to promote national boat design and manufacturing at the start of the European boating season, Princess, Sunseeker and Fairline have joined forces to showcase a “best of British” on the Hamble this May. Billed as a boutique show for buyers, the second British Motor Yacht Show organised by Premier Marinas will be held at Swanwick marina on 16-18 May.

James Barke, managing director at Essex Boatyards, believes the union is “hugely significant. It makes perfect sense for Britain’s premier motoryacht distributors to form an alliance to promote British expertise – we are stronger if we work together,” he says.

Max Whale, marketing director at Princess Motor Yacht Sales, agrees the show is about promoting national talent: “First and foremost, this is really a ‘best of British’ motoryacht sales and promotion event.”

The three giants of British motorboating will be displaying their latest launches and more.

Fairline will spotlight its Squadron and Targa ranges – the 42, 48 and 65, and 48, 48GT T38 GT respectively will be moored in Swanwick marina.

Princess will promote its 52, 88, V39, V52, V57 and S72.

Sunseeker will show the Portofino 40, San Remo, Manhattan 55, Manhattan 63, 68 Sport Yacht and 80 Sport Yacht.

All boats will be open for inspection and Premier Marinas is to invite other big names of the British marine industry to exhibit; details will be released nearer the time on the show website.

Located just off the M27 in the river Hamble, the boat show will be open daily from 10am-4.30pm and be free to anyone interested in buying a yacht. Premier Marinas expects 1000 visitors over the three days.

For more information see www.britishmotoryachtshow.com

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The Marine Accident Investigation Branch issues a safety warning after a boat burst into flames and sank off Lowestoft.

An uninsulated hot exhaust pipe is believed to be the cause for a 14m wind farm support catamaran erupting in flames and sinking, says a report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).

As a result of the fire, the MAIB is urging all owners and operators to check all exhaust pipes on their vessels are fully insulated and don’t come into close contact with combustible materials.

ECC Topaz and its three crew had been 11nm east of Lowestoft when the boat caught fire earlier this year on 14 January.

The crew attempted to extinguish the fire but they were forced to abandon the boat and escape in a liferaft as the flames tore through the vessel’s structure.

The raging fire continued for almost two hours before the boat sank in 33m of water.

A coastguard helicopter rescued the three crew after receiving a Mayday call from the boat’s skipper.

The MAIB’s report found compelling evidence to suggest the source of the fire was due to an uninsulated section of the exhaust pipe from a diesel-fired air heater.

The MAIB report said: “The most likely cause of the fire on board ECC Topaz was the poorly insulated hot exhaust pipe igniting the plywood structure of the vessel.”

“The compartment where the heater was situated was not fitted with any fire detection or extinguishing systems, and contained several flammable items including sacks of rags, rolls of paper towels and several small drums of oil that would have provided additional fuel for the fire once it was ignited.”

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Police are still searching for a luxury yacht after it was hijacked by pirates in the Mediterranean last month.

Authorities continue to search for a luxury yacht Armageddon after it was hijacked by pirates last month in the Mediterranean.

Three crew were onboard the 55ft yacht when it was boarded by four armed and masked men, according to reports by Europe Radio 1.

After being held captive for around three hours in a cabin, the owner and crew were set adrift in the yacht’s life raft and eventually washed ashore on the north coast of Corsica.

No one was harmed during the incident but the location of the vessel is still unknown.

The yacht had been sailing near îlots des Moines, north of Bonifacio, when it was taken over by the pirates.

Sailors are being asked to keep an eye out for the vessel, which is highly noticeable due to its modern shape and red main sail.

Anyone with information regarding the yacht and its whereabouts are being asked to email francois.tregouet@glyachting.com or call +33 (0)231690392.

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We put the Princess S72 to the test in the Miami heat – A 9,000-mile, 19-hour round trip stood between us and the new Princess S72. But who are we to complain about spending a couple of days in the sun-drenched glamour of Florida’s West Palm Beach? And, after all, this is a very important new boat, not only for Princess but also in terms of the genre it fits in to.

The S72 marks new territory for Princess into the sportsbridge arena. Based on the hull of the V72 the S delivers sportscruiser looks and sportiness but also has a flybridge the size of a 50 footer’s up top.

The boat comes with three engines options, two from CAT with 1,620 and 1,725hp respectively and one from MAN, a pair of thumping great V12 1,800s.

The test boat had the larger CAT option and got up to just shy of 40 knots.

Inside, the galley-down layout makes for a mercifully clear view, not only out of both sides of the boat but also aft. The layout below decks is exactly  the same as the V72 so that means three cabins in total with a master amidships, VIP forward and a twin guest cabin to starboard. Each has their own bathroom but the twin cabin’s also acts as the day heads.

As mentioned above, the flybridge is significantly smaller than a true 72ft flybridge boat’s but lamenting this fact sort of misses the point. The S72’s top deck is still plenty large enough, with a good amount of seating around a large table and, even more importantly, a sporty central driving position.

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