The founder and president Robert Braithwaite of Sunseeker International has thrown his weight behind Sunseeker Charters and announched a partnership.
Operating in waters as diverse as the French Riviera, the Turkish Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Sunseeker Charters is the only charter agency officially approved by the luxury motorboat brand.
Its 40-115ft powerboat fleet includes 10 Manhattan models, eight Predators and five vessels from the Portofino range.
No exact figures have been revealed for the deal, however Mr Braithwaite spoke in glowing terms of his admiration for the charter venture, praising their “exceptional care and attention to detail”.
The former Entrepreneur of the Year founded Sunseeker in 1968 and helped to build the company into Britain’s largest luxury yachtmaker by sales.
Last summer, Chinese investment firm Dalian Wanda bought a 91% majority share in a deal that valued the company at £320m.
Yachting & Boating World: A father and son had a lucky escape on Saturday following a freak engine accident that saw them thrown into the sea and circled by their vessel.
Their fishing boat’s engine had broken down and the pair were attempting to fix it when it restarted in gear and was set to full speed. The men were immediately thrown into the water and the fishing boat continued to circle out of control around them for 40 minutes.
The vessel only came to a stop when it ran out of fuel and the younger man was able to climb back on board and send out a Mayday distress call.
Meanwhile, his father had been carried nearly a quarter of a mile from the boat by the tide. Volunteer crewman Cameron Bond who responded to the distress call, said: “When we pulled the man from the sea he was shaking violently and couldn’t speak.”I knew from my RNLI training that I had to get the guy back to the beach as fast as I could so the crew from the lifeboat station could give him first aid.”
Both men were taken ashore and then transferred to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by ambulance. The Redcar lifeboat later returned to the scene to tow the fishing boat back to land, where volunteers put the boat on its trailer.Redcar RNLI’s Dave Cocks, said: “The two men have had an extremely lucky escape.
There have been some tragic accidents involving boats when people are thrown into the sea and the boat’s engine keeps going.”It was extremely fortunate that one of our own lifeboat crew members was at sea fishing when the Mayday went out.
He was quickly on scene to rescue the man from the water; otherwise it could have been tragic.”Both men really owe a lot to the RNLI’s training on this occasion.”
Dominator 640 offers superyacht luxury for sixty-five-foot prices and is an interesting beast. The boats are designed in Lichtenstein, built in Italy and company HQ is in Austria.
The philosophy is not to go toe-to-toe with might of Europe’s production builders but instead to offer tailor-made boats, engineered and finished to the highest standards. Dominator wants to bring its expertise in building larger yachts down to this new 640, the smallest in the range.
She’s a good looking boat, not the most outlandish but well-proportioned and handsome, with enough sparkle like the slashing hull windows and a red hull stripe to catch the eye and keep things interesting.
Incidentally, I have been on few boats with as many deck lights as the 640, it looks sensational in the dark. See the picture of the LED downlighting on the flybridge below.
Inside there is a tangible feeling of quality everywhere you look and touch. The use of materials is exceptional; there’s leather, suede, marble and a particularly lovely stained Brazlillain wood called Caballho. Just look at the finish in the master bathroom. The level of attention to detail is absolutely through the roof, it’s little wonder each 640 takes around nine months to build.
On the water, progress is smooth and refined yet the MAN 1,200hp V8s provide titanic performance and heave the boat along on great swathes of torque. It should prove to be a cosseting mile muncher. It may not be a mainstream choice but the Dominator is a beautifully made, compelling option.
Diesel bug is on the rise, according to the latest report from River Canal Rescue. Stafford-based breakdown firm River Canal Rescue has reported an increase in diesel bug over the past few weeks.
The rescue team described this level as “unprecedented”, as the previous week saw 95 incidents without any reports of diesel bug.
Boating problems relating this strain of bacteria tend to peak around Easter, due to rainy conditions and lack of use during the winter, so the RCR’s report all the more unusual for its timing.
Stephanie Horton, managing director at RCR, said: “Many of the diesel bug problems appear to be after people have filled their vessel, so it could be a fuel supply issue.”
In response to the rise in contamination, RCR is offering a free 100ml bottle of Marine 16 fuel treatment.
All boat owners need to do is call 017825 78680 before the end of the month, although a £2.50 postage charge will apply.
Yachting & Boating World: Two fisherman died after trying to warm their fishing boat with a gas grill. Report confirms carbon monoxide poisoning killed two men in North Yorkshire.
An investigation into the deaths of two fishermen has concluded that they died from carbon monoxide poisoning after trying to heat their cabin with a gas cooker. The report also found that no carbon monoxide alarm was fitted on their vessel.
Edward Ide, 21, and Mark Arries, 26, were found dead on board their scallop-dredger Eshcol in North Yorkshire on the morning of 15 January.
Crewman from another fishing vessel discovered the men after forcing open the wheelhouse door when they failed to respond. The gas grill was still lit and the wheelhouse was full of fumes.
It appears that the pair had been cold and wet and had left the grill on in order to warm the wheelhouse and sleeping area because the heaters on board did not work.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) also found a number of other contributing factors: “The metal gauze in the grill was holed and corroded, causing extraordinarily high levels of CO emissions.
“The cooker was four years old and had probably never been serviced. The wheelhouse doors and windows were closed and the sleeping area had no other means of ventilation.
“Neither the guidance for the installation of gas appliances on board the small fishing vessels nor the cooker manufacturer’s instructions had been followed when the cooker was fitted.”
The MAIB has made several recommendations to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to ensure that accommodation areas on such vessels are fitted with carbon monoxide alarms.
They have also made recommendations to the Sea Fish Industry Authority to raise general awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide.
Both men had been fishermen since leaving school and had completed training on fire and safety.
Cockwell’s in-house designer Henry Ward has released images of his latest design, the 650SR tender. The Falmouth boatbuilders have come out with a sleek, asymmetric design for a 21-foot tender.
The 21-footer is designed around the helm, with the skipper placed at the centre of the action, while four passengers can be accommodated as well.
A lift-up coolbox allows for chilled drinks, while the Fusion marine stereo system takes care of the music aboard this one-tonne tender.
As Cockwells has not got around to building one yet, all the details remain purely theoretical, but make no mistake – this is the stuff that dayboat dreams are made of.
Meanwhile, for the superyacht market, Cockwells has also unveiled the 10.5m Limousine Tender, with the Sebastiano Prolo design inspired by Venetian taxi boats (see below).
This five-tonne vessel uses twin Steyr Hybrid 286hp engines to achieve a top speed of 38 knots, although you will need seriously deep pockets to afford one.
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Woolverstone Marina will play host to the first annual East Anglian Boat Show this month on the 21-22 June 2014. The event will see the likes of Broom Boats, Elling Yachts, Barracuda, and Viking Mouldings exhibiting, as well as a number of smaller boatbuilders.
Open from 10am to 5pm on both days, the free event will also feature a range of new and used boats from Norfolk Yacht Agency, ranging from 20ft to 45ft.
Practical demonstrations from the RNLI will cover sea safety, lifejacket checks, and boat maintenance. Other attractions include a bouncy castle and a dog agility show, while refreshments will be served by the marina’s onsite bar and restaurant, Buttermans.
Woolverstone is part of the MDL Marinas network, with a total of 345 berths on the banks of the River Orwell.
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Five years on from its buyout by Marina Projects, Whitehaven Marina has completed its £1.2m upgrade programme. The Cumbrian marina has added a new office to its recently installed walk-ashore berths.
A brand new office and customer reception area completes the works, which have also included 140 new walk-ashore berths and a cruise-ship taxi terminal. The office’s glass atrium provides views across the waterfront and further enhances the North West marina’s appeal with boat buyers and owners.
Mark Bowden, operations director at Whitehaven, explained how this was made possible:?
“By clever design and engineering we were able to lift one side of the roof by 20 degrees allowing full-length windows to be installed, so the duty team can look across Lowther Marina and to the Sea Lock.”
Upon last month’s completion of the project, Marina Projects has also freed up addition parking spaces on the Bulwark Quay.
Upcoming events at Whitehaven Marina this summer include Tall Ships Festival (20-22 June) and Whitehaven Live (5 July).
Whitehaven Marina first opened in 1998, however the has been a harbour in the local area for 400 years, with booming trade in the 1600s making it the third largest port in the UK.
As a member of the TransEurope Network, Whitehaven Marina is able to offer berth holders discounted rates in the UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Spain and Portugal.
Moving tribute from families of the lost sailors aboard the foundered yacht Cheeki Rafiki have issued a statement thanking all those who signed a petition to get the US Coastguard to re-start the search.
“We would like to say how indebted we are to the public for its overwhelming and unprecedented support. In the end this petition gained 240,000 signatures. That is equivalent to the population of a city the size of Southampton.
This has helped quell our distress somewhat, but in particular Paul, Steve, James and Andrew would have been enormously touched to have known that they were in the minds of so many people. It would have brought them great comfort in their moment of need and could, just could, have made a vital difference in saving their lives had the circumstances only been different.”
The yacht a Beneteau First 40.7 was lost in the North Atlantic while the crew were on their way home form Antigua Sailing Week.
A statement from the petition organiser, Nicola Evans, read: ‘On behalf of the friends of the Cheeki Rafiki crew, thank you so much for signing this petition and for all the support you have shown. Sadly, the outcome wasn’t a happy one, but your support has meant a great deal to us, and having started this petition for friends, we are so grateful.
‘Our thoughts are of course with all of the crew, their friends and families. In particular, members of last year’s Cheeki Rafiki Fastnet crew, including myself, who were due to take part in this year’s Round Britain and Ireland race with Andy. We were looking forward to sailing with him again.
‘In tribute to Andy, we will now be racing to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The RNLI are an amazing UK based charity who save hundreds of lives at sea every year, and are dependent on donations from people like you. If everyone who signed this petition gave us a pound we could fund a new life boat! Anything you can give would help show your respects.’
For the full story on the tragedy see Yachting Monthly Summer issue.
Motorboats Monthly: London Coastguard and the RNLI were called to Tower Bridge this morning after a boat crash injured nine.
One of London’s most recognisable monuments was the scene of a coastguard callout this morning, after a 600-seater pleasure boat collided with Tower Bridge. At around 11:50am, City Cruises’ flagship vessel ‘Millenium Diamond’ struck the northern pillar of the bridge while cruising upstream.
The pleasure boat was then forced to dock at nearby St. Katherine’s Pier as the RNLI and coastguard were called to the scene. Eyewitness reports described how 126 passengers, including a group of around 50 schoolchildren in red uniforms, were made to disembark.
The London Ambulance Service later confirmed that nine were injured, five of which required hospital attention. These included a 64-year-old woman who suffered head and pelvic injuries after falling down some metal steps and was taken to the Royal London Hospital, according to the BBC.
Two ambulances and a police patrol vehicle were called to the pier, which was closed for the next two hours. No arrests were made at the scene, but enquiries are ongoing.
‘Millenium Diamond’ suffered only minor damage and was allowed to cast off and return to the company’s London headquarters shortly after the pier reopened. No visible damage was done to the bridge and road traffic was uninterrupted.
‘Millenium Diamond’ was recently launched by City Cruises and boasts the largest open-air deck on the Thames.
A statement from the company said: “City Cruises reacted quickly and continues to work with the authorities for the safety and welfare of its passengers.
“There have been a number of injuries reported, including crew who were immediately assessed and are being transferred to local hospitals.”
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