Motorboat & Yachting: The UK’s biggest marina has a new arrival, after the brand new Brighton Marina Yacht Club was delivered this week.
The ongoing development of Brighton Marina has seen a new yacht club delivered to the 127-acre site. Delivered yesterday (July 30), the new Brighton Marina Yacht Club building will be opened to the public in September, offering Club Class training for people of all ages.
As well as sailing, the club has divisions for diving and motor cruising, and has been hailed by the Royal Yachting Association as a model yacht club. It’s new base is one of the largest floating buildings in the UK, with a footprint of 3,500 square feet.
Phil Thomas, commodore at Brighton Marina Yacht Club, said: “We’re here to help anyone who wants to get on the water to do so affordably.”
The new yacht club was delivered as part of a £250m redevelopment of the marina by Brunswick Developments, which has owned the site since the mid 1990s.
Works on the western end of the marina were held up for several years by planning disputes, financial issues and local protests, but finally got underway last year.
Peter Green, who is directing the current works at the marina for Brunswick Developments said: “The new Yacht Club shows how large developments such as ours can have community benefits.
“We went above and beyond our legal obligation to provide space for a new Yacht Club, and provided a purpose-built unit located in the very heart of the marina.”
Further developments planned for Brighton Marina include a new RNLI station, additional restaurants and a planned pedestrian swingbridge that would allow access to the harbour wall.
Motorboat & Yachting: American yacht designers Stephens Waring have unveiled their latest speedboat, following a two-year custom build project.
If you want to recreate the glitz and glamour of the 1920s boating scene then there are two ways of going about it: restore a classic, or build your own from scratch.
For their latest project, Stephens Waring Yacht Design worked with an owner keen to do the latter, and the results are simply stunning.
Stella Blue is the result of a two-year design and build collaboration between Stephens Waring and Tumblehome Boatshop. The 23’10” deep-vee hull features mahogany topsides, leather interiors and a fuel-injected V8 for a top speed of 52 knots.
Styled after the classic Gold Cup racers of the 1920s, Stella Blue also features a concealed stern platform, complete with swim ladder, and she will be based on Atateka Lake in upstate New York.
Reuben Smith of Tumblehome Boatshop is very pleased with the finished product, saying: “The boat really works. She’s lively, and nimble, she waits on the driver for every instruction.”
His satisfaction is more than matched by the unnamed owner, who declared himself “the happiest guy in the world” upon delivery.
Practical Boat Owner: The dates for Push The Boat Out 2016 have been announced as 14 to 22 May. Organisers at the Rotal Yachting Association (RYA) hope the recent success of the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth, will inspire even more to get out on the water when the free and reduced sailing tasters return next year.
The 2015 Push The Boat Out (PTBO) event saw more than 24,000 newcomers to the sport attend events at almost 350 locations across the UK, with around 16,000 people taking to the water.
Venues provided opportunities to go afloat in dinghies, yachts and on windsurf boards, alongside a range of off-the-water activities.
So far, according to feedback from clubs and centres, the event has attracted more than 2,000 individual and nearly 1,500 family memberships. More than 3,000 individuals have signed up for follow-on activities including additional taster sessions and start sailing courses.
This year, for the first time, PTBO was held over a nine-day period instead of a weekend, and the same extended format will return in 2016.
In the East, Grafham Water Sailing Club held a successful open day, welcoming 50 visitors through their doors and managing to entice 30 new club members – a significant increase on last year’s numbers.
‘Clubs and centres continue to get better and better at providing a welcoming environment, and we are really excited for next year’s event which I’m sure will prove even more popular.
‘With the America’s Cup World Series taking place in the UK once more in 2016 and of course the Rio Olympics just around the corner, it is a fantastic time to reach out to those inspired to try sailing by these unique events.
‘Push The Boat Out will be the perfect opportunity for new people try out our fantastic sport.’ With clubs and centres organising next season’s activities well in advance, the dates for PTBO 2016 have been confirmed as early as possible, so that planning for individual events can begin in good time.
Motorboat & Yachting: US sportsboat manufacturer MasterCraft has announced that it will be launching an inboard diesel superyacht tender at the Monaco Yacht Boat Show.
Wakeboarders and waterskiers will most likely be familiar with the name MasterCraft, but the American brand could soon be making headway in the superyacht world as well.
The sportsboat manufacturer has announced plans to build a bespoke inboard diesel version that can serve as a superyacht tender. The new model will come with a 365hp Yanmar 8LV engine, due to its quiet running and dry weight of just 992lb.
And after 18 months of development, the finished vessel will go on display at the Monaco Yacht Show from September 23-26 (Berth A9).
Michael Hardicker, managing director of MasterCraft Boats UK, said: “Having worked with many superyacht owners, captains and industry professionals over the years we’ve come to recognise the benefits of a dedicated diesel watersports tender.
“This is not only beneficial from a safety perspective but also gives the ability to refuel on board, a significant benefit to superyachts spending long periods of time offshore,” he added.
MasterCraft was founded in Tennessee in 1968 and has had a UK presence since the late 1970s. The firm’s range includes the X20 (pictured above) and the largest model is the 25ft X55.
Practical Boat Owner: Poole Harbour Commissioners have announced that the South Coast’s newest boat show will be returning for the next two years.
The organisers of Poole Harbour Boat Show, held for the first time in May this year, say its ‘resounding success’ has meant it will be back in 2016 and 2017.
There will also be a third day added to the weekend’s schedule of activities due to feedback and demand – Friday will now be included.
To coincide with the dates of the 2017 European Maritime Day, which includes a conference at The Lighthouse, the Poole Harbour Boat Show will be held on 20 to 22 May 2016 and 19 to 21 May 2017.
Poole Quay and Poole Quay Boat Haven will continue to host the free boat show which attracted more than 15,000 visitors this year. Following extensive debrief discussions and assessment through feedback and visitor surveys, organisers are planning to refine the event in 2016 and have hopes to expand the event further along the Quay.
Jim Stewart, chief executive for Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: ‘To hear such positive response from so many involved in the event and particularly from the public was overwhelming.
‘I acknowledge all the hard work from the team and our sponsors who put so much into making this event happen and we are excited for its future, particularly as we lead into 2017 and the prestigious European Maritime Day which Poole will host.
‘We understand that a significant number of boats and related products were sold by our exhibitors, Quay businesses enjoyed a booming weekend of trading, and those from the industry believed that we made boating accessible to a new audience. We really welcome the opportunity to provide an entry level to a new group of boating enthusiasts.’
Motorboat & Yachting: Athens-based RIB Cruises has claimed that the Greek charter market is moving back towards business as usual after the recent economic woes.
Speaking after a turbulent month for the Greek economy, Takis Marinos, general manager at Athens-based firm Rib Cruises, claimed that the situation is returning to business as usual.
“All tourist services are working as nothing happened,” he said. “Our main concern was to secure fuel supplies to maintain our fleet. We worked on a widespread network of gas stations all over Greece so clients could refill at different islands.”
Takis, who operates a fleet of 46 Greek charter RIBs from 8-14m, added that while there was a rush to withdraw funds from ATM machines before the banks closed on June 28, the mood remained optimistic.
“The ATMs were crowded, like a popular night club, but people were laughing and smiling to each other. “Our history and tradition has made Greeks famous for our hospitality,” he added. “Nothing could change our character.”
New boats threatened
However, the outlook may not be as rosy for the boat manufacturing industry within Greece, which is threatened by rising taxes and further austerity measures.
George Kranitis, head of the Greek Boat Builders Association, recently told the Associated Press that a rise to 13% VAT on new luxury yachts could sound the “death knell” for the industry. “We’re being destroyed,” he said. “I can’t understand what these people in government are thinking.”
According to official figures, boat registrations in Greece have slumped from a high of 11,112 in 2007 to just over 2,500 in 2014.
Another key factor behind this is the rising tax on buying used boats, which has more than doubled from 10% to 23% in recent years.
Motorboat & Yachting: The new flagship model from Monte Carlo Yachts has been launched at a glittering ceremony in Venice.
Monte Carlo Yachts has launched its largest model to date, with the Monte Carlo Yacht 105 making its public debut in Venice. The Italian city has a special significance for the Bénéteau Group firm, as this is where it launched its first model, the Monte Carlo Yacht 76, just five years ago.
Since then, the Monte Carlo Yachts range has swelled to take in three further arrivals, ranging from 60ft to 86ft. However, the Monte Carlo Yacht 105 takes things firmly into superyacht territory, with a Portuguese bridge layout and a top speed of around 28 knots from the twin 2,434hp MTU M93 engines.
The new Motor Carlo Yachts 105 has a busy autumn ahead of her; with boat show appearances scheduled for the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 8-13), Monaco Yacht Show (September 23-26), and Genoa International Boat Show (September 30-October 5).
In the meantime, click on the slideshow above to take a first glimpse at the MCY 105.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Port of London Authority has launched a new safety campaign, which urges users on River Thames to look out for smaller and vulnerable vessels but also raise awareness of other key issues like wearing lifejacket.
Boatowners cruising up the River Thames should take care when passing smaller and more vulnerable vessels, the Port of London Authority has warned.
The message is part of a new safety campaign, which also urges kayakers, paddleboarders and rowers to wear bright clothing to make themselves more easily visible.
Jon Beckett, recreation harbour master at the Port of London Authority, said: “We also want to make skippers of motor cruisers, sailing boats and commercial vessels, more aware of the vulnerabilities of smaller, more exposed vessels.”
The seven-part campaign will be backed up by a series of posters to raise awareness of key issues. These include the need to keep wash to minimum, the importance of wearing a lifejacket, and being aware of the high traffic density in central London.
The Port of London Authority also urges smaller boats to use the full width of the river and avoid hogging the middle lane, as this is the only navigable channel for deep-draughted vessels.
Local boating organisations can order copies of the posters from the Port of London Authority’s recreational website www.boatingonthethames.co.uk
This year’s safety campaign follows on from the Lookout campaign, which was developed last year in conjunction with the Thames Regional Rowing Council.
Motorboat & Yachting: Premier Marinas has announced that its Used Boat Show at Swanwick Marina will be run alongside the Southampton Boat Show once again.
The Used Boat Show, which is now in its 36th year, will feature brokerage models from the likes of Ancasta, Clipper Marine, Princess Yachts and Motor Yacht Sales, Sea Ventures and Sunseeker Southampton.
Open from 10am to 6pm during all ten days of the Southampton Boat Show, the parallel event offers boat buyers a way of extending their trip to the Solent and viewing a wider choice of used boats.
Visitors can start their day at Swanwick and use the marina’s Park and Ride service to get to Mayflower Marina for the Southampton Boat Show, where Premier Marinas will also be exhibiting on stand number E040.
Swanwick Marina has recently undergone a multi-million pound facelift, adding a high-speed fuel pontoon, new dry stack and secure storage facility.
Tickets for the Swanwick Marina Used Boat Show will go on sale from August 3, priced at £13 per person or £32 for a family and includes complimentary entrance to the Southampton Boat Show plus Park and Ride coach transfer.
Motorboat & Yachting: The West Country is packed with enticing boating spots and hidden gems. In this feature Peter Cumberlidge picks the best bits of Devon and Cornwall.
Living in the West Country, I can honestly say that the south coasts of Devon and Cornwall have always provided our most magical summer cruises.
The fabulous estuaries and colourful harbours are discreetly served by well-spaced marinas from where you can explore paradise anchorages and secluded beaches only accessible by sea.
The pilotage is straightforward, tides are moderate and you can reach these perfect cruising grounds in easy coastal hops. The pace of living is languid down here and you can potter as the mood takes you. West Country rivers are ideal for this, soothingly laid back but with constant activity to entertain.
Anchored in the Dart, the Salcombe estuary or River Fal, you need hardly move from your flybridge or cockpit except to rustle up lunch and open the wine.
Youngsters can be let loose in the dinghy and the long summer days have a nostalgic quality simply made for messing about in boats.