British Marine Foundation event encourages people to get into boating
The British Marine Foundation has organised an event for boaters of all ages. ‘Try a boat for free’ will run over the bank holiday weekend Saturday 24 May to Sunday 25 May in Dartmouth, Devon.
The event, now in its third year, marks National Water Sports Month and provides hundreds of people with the opportunity to get out on the water.
A variety of motorboats, RIBs and yachts will be available for use. Qualified skippers and training officers will be on hand during the weekend to answer questions and offer guidance to anyone looking to become involved with boating.
For more details visit www.bmfsouthwest.co.uk
Aquastar 430 Aft Cockpit jumps on the single-level living bandwagon.
With the Aquastar 430 Aft Cockpit the Guernsey yard has entered the fray of the single-level living, wheelhouse cruisers.
And, due to the Hardy 40DS making waves at this year’s London Boat Show, the timing of Aquastar making a boat like this couldn’t be better.
Using the same hull as the existing 430 Aft Cabin means production costs are kept to a minimum and Design Unlimited could go to work on the superstructure. The enlarged windows, that are so much a part of Aquastar’s designs now, transfer nicely on to this wheelhouse outline and, all in all, it looks like a natural transition.
The aft cabin boat’s interior is gorgeous and the one on this new model is unlikely to be any different. The level of craftsmanship is top notch, especially the sumptuously lacquered woodwork.There are two cabins below decks – a double master in the bow and bunks amidships – and both share a bathroom.
The master has scissor-action berths, too, so it can quickly be made into a twin.The standard engines are twin diesels but there is the option to have a single and you can even spec a hybrid drive.
You can read more about the boat in the upcoming June issue of Motor Boat & Yachting and we expect to see the boat for the first time in September at the Southampton Boat Show.
Beam 14ft 6in
Engines Single or twin diesels
Top speed 24 knots (MBY est)
Price from £440,000 inc UK VAT
The RNLI were called out on Saturday evening when a yacht being sailed by its new owner ran aground on rocks at Redcar.
A yacht ran aground on rocks at Redcar on Saturday evening after trying to avoid Teesside wind farm.
Lifeboats came to the aid of the stricken yacht, which was being sailed for the first time by its new owner.
The two crewmen onboard were headed for Hartlepool Marina having purchased the boat at Whitby earlier in the day.
The grounded yacht was spotted just after 6pm by an off-duty Redcar RNLI volunteer.
Redcar RNLI’s Dave Cocks said: “When our volunteer crew got alongside the yacht, the two men on board told them one of the men had just bought the yacht and this was their first attempt to sail it.”
“In an attempt to avoid sailing through the Teesside Wind Farm, they decided to stay close inshore but unfortunately that brought them into contact with rocks off Redcar.”
Two RNLI volunteers joined the crew onboard the yacht and waited for the tide to rise.
At 11.40pm the yacht was refloated and escorted to Hartlepool as the crew were unable to navigate the vessel in the dark.
Mr Cocks said: “Neither of the yacht’s crew were able to navigate at night, so two of our crew remained on board for the passage to Hartlepool.”
“The yacht was not carrying navigation charts so, even if they had been qualified, they couldn’t have plotted a route.”