Pratical Boat Owner: The second boat and food festival at Portland Marina on the Dorset coast will be taking place this weekend.
Held tomorrow, Saturday 11 April and Sunday 12 April, Fish & Ships 2015 aims to build on the success of last year and will include local boat and art craft, live music and the best of Dorset’s fine foods – from cheese, wines and ciders, to Portland Oysters and fresh fish.
There will be seafood samples and demonstrations from the Crab House Cafe and Mat Follas, fresh fish and shellfish distributors, local farmers, cider makers, artisan bakers and chocolate makers. The event is fully supported by Dorset Food & Drink.
The ‘Ships’ element will include new and used boats for sale, watersports demonstrations such as paddle boarding and windsurfing and gig rowing. Plus trips out on the water with Quality Time, all things chandlery with Apollo Marine and new boats from KTKPrime.
The RNLI, Coastwatch, BMF South West and Lyme Regis’ Boat Building Academy are all participating. The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy will also display bass boats built with Sunseeker.
There will also be a hog roast tonight to welcome the intrepid cyclists that will have completed Dean & Reddyhoff’s Big Green Cycle Challenge – completing a choice of circuits from Portland in aid of Wayne Ingram, collecting for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Community radio station AirFM will be bringing their road show on Saturday and Sunday, with competitions and fun for all the family – from crab catching to raft racing.
There will be live music on Saturday evening from local bands Shooter and the Jackdaws. The Rock Choir will play during the day on Saturday and Weymouth Yukelalians on the Sunday.
The event is free entry and will run from 10am until 5pm each day.
Motorboat & Yachting: The RNLI has teamed up with Newcastle University’s School of Marine Science and Technology to help create the next generation of lifeboats.
Students from the university’s School of Marine Science and Technology will be carrying out trials, both in the lab and at sea, to analyse lifeboat design. The team hopes to improve on three key areas: speed, safety, and efficiency.
Lloyds’ Register will be acting as a third-party adviser, helping to peer review the new guidelines for lifeboat design.
Federico Prini (pictured above), research associate at Newcastle University, added: “When the RNLI’s lifeboats travel at speed and in rough seas, they can be subject to frequent and significant slamming as the boat crashes against the waves.
“Measuring these forces and the resulting impact on the vessel is crucial in order to design a craft that is capable of withstanding the loads experienced during rescue operations.”
The resultant design will be used to update the Severn class of lifeboats, the most recent of which was launched in 2005. Measuring in at 17m (55’9”) a Severn lifeboat costs more than £2million to build, and 44 of the 46 launched since 1992 are still in active service.
Pratical Boat Owner: A family of six were rescued from a yacht which became adrift in rough weather and ran aground off the Pembrokeshire coast. Angle RNLI lifeboat crew launched at 12.47am last Friday, 2 April, following a Mayday call from the 11-metre yacht.
The All Weather Lifebat (ALB) was unable to get close enough due to the shallow water so the Y Boat was launched and maneuvered alongside the yacht in up to 2.4 metre breaking swell to evacuate the two adults and four children on board.
After several attempts, and often being swamped by the waves, the Y Boat made four successful transfers of the casualties onto the ALB.
The casualties, who were ‘wet, cold and shaken by their ordeal’, were taken to Milford Haven Port Authority (MHPA) Jetty where they were helped by awaiting auxiliary coastguards.
With the yacht’s crew safe ashore the ALB went back to the scene, with the skipper on board, to liaise with the inshore lifeboat (ILB) in an attempt to tow the yacht to safety but due to the sea conditions no attempt was made.
The ILB returned to station whilst the ALB landed the skipper ashore at the MHPA before returning to station at 2.47am.
Motorboat & Yachting: The new Prestige 680 will come with twin Volvo IPS 1200 and a choice of three or four cabins, UK dealer Ancasta has confirmed.
The 21m-flybridge cruiser will be unveiled in September, but Prestige has released a few select details to build up the hype. UK dealer Ancasta has confirmed that the new arrival will come fitted with twin Volvo Penta IPS drives, which will generate a total of 1,800hp.
These sizeable units will return a top speed of 30 knots and a fast cruising speed of 25 knots, the brokerage firm added. Other key details to emerge include the layout, which will be available in a choice of 3-cabin or 4-cabin.
Fit and finish
Exterior styling by J & J Design includes stretched lines and a pronounced hull strake for comfortable, fast navigation. On board, three large windows let in plenty of light and give the skipper a 360-degree view, while the side access door makes the Prestige 680 a practical choice for cruising short-handed.
Below decks, there are two main accommodation areas; the full-beam owners suite in the bows, and the guest cabins amidships, which can be laid out as two doubles or a double and two twin cabins. Add in the twin crew cabin at the stern and the Prestige 680 can accommodate a maximum of ten people overnight.
We’ll have to wait until September to see the finished article hit the water, but in the meantime Prestige has released plenty of renders to whet our appetite.