Motorboat & Yachting: A series of launches and activities have been confirmed for the 2015 RYA London Boat Show stand.

 

The RYA has confirmed its plans for the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show (9-18 January), which will feature several activities and product launches.

As previously announced, the RYA will once again be running its Active Marina workshops with Which Marina? (Stand A010), offering showgoers the chance to brush up on their boating knowledge. As an added incentive to get involved, the first 50 people to book in for a workshop will get a free download of the Navionics iPhone app, worth £24.

Building on this theme, Monday 12 January will be Digital Day on the RYA London Boat Show stand (D016), with a chance to learn about eBooks, eLearning, and using apps to plot a route. Later in the week, on Wednesday 14 January, HRH Princess Anne will be the special guest on the RYA stand, as she unveils the winner of the Yachtmaster of the Year Award.

Other attractions include the powerboat simulator challenge, a knot-tying wall, and an interactive demo on pollution and invasive species from The Green Blue.

Visitors will also be able to pick up the second annual RYA Safety Advisory Notice, which will include advice on six topics, ranging from lifejacket maintenance to personal location devices. RYA experts will be on hand at all times to answer questions about cruising, training, legal affairs and membership.

Members’ perks include £12 entry to the Excel Centre and 20% off all publications bought at the show.

Guy Malpas, London Boat Show manager at the RYA, said: “We have some great activities lined up and a wealth of information to share; from environmental issues and boating knowledge, to digital offerings and safety advice. Make sure you come along to the stand, D016, and find out more.”

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Motorboat & Yachting: The French capital will be full of boats for the next week, so the key models have been picked out on display at the 2014 Paris Boat Show, check out Hall 4 which will feature an indoor marina.

 

The 2014 boating season is almost over, but there is one last event to come before Christmas – the Salon Nautique Paris Boat Show.

A new feature for 2014 is the indoor marina in Hall 4 (see picture), which includes a raised walkway, making it easier to wander onto the display boats.

As well as the two main French powerhouses of Beneteau and Jeanneau there are plenty of international manufacturers displaying at the Porte de Versailles event. Around 240,000 people are expect to visit the show, which runs from 6-14 December.

Flying the flag for Britain at the 2014 Paris Boat Show is Broom, who will be bringing the new Broom 430 aft-cabin model over from Brundall in Norfolk. They will be joined by British dealers Dickies, who will be representing Beneteau and Monte Carlo Yachts, while the Ancasta stand will have models from Lagoon, Prestige and Beneteau. Travelling even further is Polish manufacturer Galeon, which is displaying four models, including the world premiere of the 305HTS.

Meanwhile Beneteau will be celebrating its 50th anniversary by driving three Flyer models 30 miles up the River Seine from Ile des Impressionnistes to Port Javel. Upon their arrival they will be joined by 15 more Beneteau powerboat models, including the GT 49 Fly and the Monte Carlo 5. The MC5 should draw big crowds to the Beneteau stand.

Jeanneau has also assembled an impressive fleet, comprised of 31 sail and power models ranging in size from the 4.7m Cap Camarat CC to the Prestige 500. And catamaran fans will find plenty of interest on the Jaguar stand, where the JC48 and JC47T powercats will both be on display.

Key attractions at the show include the prize giving ceremony for the Route Du Rhum trans-Atlantic race, so keep an eye out for Sir Robin Knox-Johnson if you’re going on the opening day.

Then on Sunday 7 December 400 competitors will race 7 miles across Paris on stand-up paddleboards, starting at the Bibliothèque National France and finishing up at Port Javel.

Advance tickets to the 2014 Paris Boat Show are priced at 12 euros (£9.50) for adults and 8 euros for 16-18 year-olds. Those flying to Paris can get up to 10% off with Air France or KLM.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Essex Boatyards, one of the UK’s largest boat dealers, has changed its name to boats.co.uk after scooping up this highly sought-after domain name. Managing Director James Barke of Boats.co.uk has unveiled the new company name.

 
Boats.co.uk was bought for £15 in 1997 by an unnamed seller, who was working in the electronic systems industry at the time. The website lay dormant during the ten-year negotiation process, which recently ended with Essex Boat Yards agreeing to pay £200,000 for the web address.

Managing director James Barke (pictured) told MBY: “When we did the deal, we were so excited. After ten years to end up with the ultimate web URL is great news for us.” The price paid may sound eye-wateringly expensive, but compared to some web addresses or URLs it looks like a relative bargain for such a highly ranked search term.”

The most expensive UK boating-related domain name sold to date was cruise.co.uk, which changed hands for $1.1m (£650,000) in 2008.

Essex Boat Yards has been in business for more than 30 years, but the rebrand helps to reflect its growing reach, as the company also runs Fairline’s Southampton franchise.

James continued: “Although we have a great name as Essex Boatyards, it’s a bit of a mouthful. Boats.co.uk is shorter, sharper and snappier.”

The new boats.co.uk branding will go live in early December and is the new trading name. The company’s registered name, Essex Boatyards Ltd will remain unchanged.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Boatowners mooring in the Channel Islands could see their Guernsey harbour fees rise under new proposals.

 

A proposal to increase Guernsey harbour fees has been met with widespread opposition during a meeting of the Guernsey Boatowners Association (GBA) earlier this month.

Port authority Guernsey Harbours claims that £80million needs to be raised to bring the island’s five marinas in St Peter and St Sampsons up to scratch. The proposals could see harbour fees rise by more than 90%, a scenario that has riled local boatowners.

Following the meeting on 24 November, Peter Derham, president of the Guernsey Boatowners Association, said: “For the vast majority of small boats, the message is: we can’t pay and we won’t pay.”

In the GBA meeting Sara McGreevy, director of harbours at Guernsey Harbours, claimed that Guernsey harbour fees are much lower than those charged on the UK mainland.

“Our consultation period closed in November, asking should we be applying uniform price rises or should we be benchmarking in terms of the market,” she told MBY. At the moment there is no stake in the ground saying – this is where charges should be,” Sara added.

Channel Island comparison
The current rate of £5.17 per square foot means that an average-sized 30ft motor boat pays £1,551 per year in Guernsey harbour fees. Under the new proposals, harbour fees could be charged per metre. A similar system is operated in nearby Jersey, with owners charged £340 per metre.

If Guernsey were to adopt the same pricing as Jersey, then harbour fees on a 30fter would rise to £3,060 per year – an increase of 97%.

Peter argues that such a rise could prove to be a major deterrent: “We don’t dispute that we may have to pay a little bit more for our moorings, but the fact is that if you shove a 100% increase in moorings under people’s noses they will give up boating.”

He adds than any comparison to Jersey is unfair due to the increased level of marina facilities on the neighbouring Channel Island. Three public consultations have been held over the past month to discuss the ten-year redevelopment plan.

The port authority’s proposal to raise the £80m target is due to be announced in February and is likely to include £20m of investment from real estate development and the private sector. The States of Guernsey will then debate the plans in late March 2015. Any increase in charges would be introduced over a four-year period, Guernsey Harbours added.

Reports have claimed that local boatowners could react by creating a blockade of the harbours, but Peter was keen to downplay such suggestions: “I’d be wary about starting a blockade, because I wouldn’t want to doing anything to inconvenience the public.”

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Practical Boat Owner: Around 300 kilos of cocaine was discovered at Portsmouth, concealed within a shipment of bananas which had originated in Colombia.

 

Cocaine with a likely UK street value in excess of £40 million has been seized following an operation involving the National Crime Agency, Border Force and the Irish Garda. The drugs were seized following the search of the cargo vessel Star Stratos at Portsmouth port yesterday evening (Monday 1 December).

Approximately 300 kilos were discovered concealed within a shipment of bananas which had originated in Colombia. Investigations are continuing both in the UK and Ireland in conjunction with An Garda Síochána.

Deputy director Tom Dowdall, from the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command, said: “Working with our law enforcement partners in the UK and Ireland we have successfully prevented a huge quantity of what is likely to be very high purity cocaine reaching our streets. Our investigations into the organised crime groups likely to be responsible for this shipment continues.”

“This seizure once again demonstrates the international reach of the NCA and the impact we are having on the criminal networks involved in drug trafficking.”

Border Force Regional Director Carole Upshall said: “Border Force officers are on the front line of the fight to stop illegal drugs like cocaine making it on to the UK’s streets and causing harm to our communities. Working with the NCA we are determined to do all we can to tackle traffickers and the criminal groups behind smuggling.”

This is the second joint operation between the NCA and An Garda Síochána which has resulted in a huge cocaine seizure in less than three months.

In September around a tonne of cocaine was seized by the Irish Naval Service from the yacht Makayabella around 300 miles off the south west coast of Ireland.

The NCA has over 300 border investigators at major ports, investigating detections of drugs, firearms, cash and other non-fiscal crime made by Border Force. The Border Policing Command also has an extensive overseas network of around 120 officers covering over 150 countries around the world.

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Yachting & Boating World: Eastbourne RNLI were called out to a mayday distress call on Sunday afternoon. Four men were rescued by the RNLI after their boat’s engine exploded seven miles offshore.

Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat responded to a mayday distress call and attended the fishing boat. An RNLI spokesperson said: “The four fishermen were seven miles south-east of Sovereign Harbour when the engine of their boat emitted a loud bang.

“Fearful that a disaster was about to follow, the occupants put out an all stations distress alert on their VHF radio.”

Dover Coastguard and a boarder agency vessel Searcher nearby both picked up the call, with Eastbourne RNLI being asked to attend the scene.

Searcher waited near to the stricken vessel until volunteer crews arrived and was later stood down. After climbing aboard, RNLI crewmen checked everything was secure before rigging a tow and taking the vessel back to the harbour. Despite being a bit cold, none of the men were injured during the incident.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Next year’s All Wales Boat Show will be taking place at Plas Heli, the new £8.3m Welsh National Sailing Academy, it has been confirmed.

 

The organisers of the All Wales Boat Show have announced a new home for the annual event. After two years at Conwy Marina, the North Wales boating extravaganza will be moving to the new Plas Heli sailing academy.

Built at a cost of £8.3million, the new venue was chosen as it offers more space for this burgeoning event, organisers Wales Watersports International (WWI) said.

Set to run over the weekend of 8-10 May, the 2015 event has received backing from RYA Wales and GJW Insurance. It is hoped that the larger venue can help to stimulate the Welsh boating scene, which currently only makes up 2.4% of the UK boating industry as a whole.

Davina Carey-Evans, managing director at WWI, said: “We believe the show can put down a real marker for the huge potential of the marine sector in Wales and the positive impact it can have on our economy as a whole.”

Last year’s All Wales Boat Show attracted more than 10,000 visitors with boats on display from the likes of Sunseeker, Fairline, Jeanneau and Beneteau.

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Pratical Boat Owner: In 2015, Poole will host its own dedicated boat show on the weekend of May 9 and 10 organised and operated by Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC).

 

The free public event will take place on Poole Quay, and at PHC’s award-winning marina Poole Quay Boat Haven. Inspired by other boat shows in areas such as Jersey, PHC believe Poole is a perfect location for an all-encompassing boat show celebrating the rich and varied boating business present in the town.

Jim Stewart, Poole Harbour Commissioner’s chief executive is pleased to announce the new event for 2015.

He said: ‘From local chandlers to rig makers and other marine-focused suppliers, we hope the Poole Harbour Boat Show will become a staple date on the regional maritime calendar. It is an opportunity for all Poole marine operators to come together and showcase the extent of work going on across the Harbour.

‘As we head towards 2017 and Poole’s hosting of European Maritime Day, the new boat show enables us to highlight the many varied businesses within the marine sector here. We aim for it to grow year on year and to maintain its full inclusivity to all.’

 

Get involved
Businesses in the marine sector are invited to take stands at the show, which has the full support and backing of the British Marine Federation (BMF) and organisations such as the RNLI will be playing a key role across the weekend.

The event is also supported by Poole Tourism which will include the show in its annual events programme and has scheduled the dates in May to co-ordinate around other summer events.

For information regarding stand space and opportunities to get involved with the inaugural show, please contact John Binder at Poole Quay Boat Haven on 01202 649488.

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