Motorboat & Yachting: Haines Marine has announced plans to revamp the flagship Haines 400, which will be relaunched at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.
The original Haines 400 was launched in 2010, but following the recent success of the redesigned Haines 32 Offshore and Sedan, the yard has decided to carry some of this design language over to the largest model in the fleet.
As a result, the new Haines 400 will get a stone grey hull and extra-long hull windows. Meanwhile the layout will include an aft owner’s cabin, VIP en-suite in the bows, raised aft cockpit, and a split-level saloon and galley.
Most importantly, the new arrival will get the latest 4.46-litre Yanmar V8 diesel engines, generating 370hp on each side for a top speed in excess of 30 knots.
Local dealer Norfolk Yacht Agency will be launching the new Haines 400 at the 2015 Southampton Boat Show, after which it will be displayed as a stock boat.
In a statement to accompany the news, the broker added: “The 2016 model will have all the well loved characteristics of the previous model with a subtle but notably updated exterior. “Needless to say we can’t wait for this gorgeous new boat’s arrival.”
Motorboat & Yachting: Boatowners in Corsica could be subject to a new mooring tax, under plans approved by the French parliament. The new levy will apply to boats moored in the Bouches de Bonifacio and the Scandola reserve, but could in theory be expanded to cover all protected marine areas in France. This includes 50% of the Corsican coast and 24% of the mainland coast.
Corsican MP Paul Giaccobi put forward the proposal, which was voted in by a majority of 43 to 27 on March 4. The amount of tax payable has not yet been confirmed, but previous plans had suggested €20 per metre per day.
Reaction from within the French boating community has been largely negative, with many suggesting that the move will put off foreign visitors.
The French Federation of Nautical Industries (FIN) was particularly vocal, criticising a “divorce between leisure boaters and those in charge of the environment, whereas leisure boaters are in fact major players in safeguarding the marine environment.
“Now boaters may consider that extending protected marine areas, a measure they have supported, is a threat to their freedom,” the FIN statement adds.
There are more than a dozen marinas on Corsica, the largest of which is Port Charles-Ornano, with 850 berths up to 35m (82ft).
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