Motorboat & Yachting: The Italian yard has announced that the Azimut 72 flybridge model will be making its world debut in September at the Cannes Yachting Festival.
This year’s Cannes Yachting Festival will see the world premier of the Azimut 72 flybridge, it has been announced. Completely new from the hull upwards, the Azimut 72 is the result of “highly technical construction methods” involving a lot of carbon fibre, the manufacturer tells us.
Exterior styling by Pierluigi Ausonio includes a new one-piece hull window and dramatically raked saloon windows. And the interior is every bit as opulent as you might expect from a large Azimut flybridge, with a choice between light oak and ebony (pictured above) or dark oak and sicomoro frise.
Below decks, the layout includes a master cabin with en-suite bathroom, three spacious guest cabins plus a crew quarters. What’s more, the Azimut 72 certainly won’t be lacking in power thanks to the twin MAN 1,400hp engine set up, which should be good for a top speed in excess of 30 knots.
The new model, which replaces the outgoing Azimut 70, will join the previously-announced Azimut Magellano 66 on the Italian brand’s pontoon at the Cannes Yachting Festival from 8-13 September 2015.
Motorboat & Yachting: The local tourist board has reported a 5% rise in British boaters taking a Croatia charter holiday since 2013 with Baška Voda is one of Croatia’s more popular ports.
Croatia charter holidays are becoming an increasingly popular option for British boaters, according to the latest figures from the local tourist board.
The Croatian National Tourist Board reports that there has been a 5% rise in British visitors chartering a boat in the Balkan state since 2013. A grand total of 15,000 people took a Croatia charter holiday in 2014, the tourist board adds.
Croatia boasts Europe’s sixth longest coastline with more than 1,500 gulfs and ports, many of which are very well protected from the Adriatic sea swell.
Popular destinations include the islands around Kvarner, the city of Dubrovnik and the South Dalmatian coastline.
MBY’s Chantal Borciani chartered a Prestige 46 Fly in Croatia in 2010 and was effusive in her praise:
“Croatia is truly unique, full of exotically named ports, deserted bays and wild, engaging coastline,” she wrote at the time. But Croatia’s boating industry is not just restricted to tourism, with local manufacturers including Elan Yachts, Mirakul and SAS Vector.
What’s more, around 14,000 boaters head to Croatia each October for the annual Biograd Boat Show, which has been running since 1998.
Motorboat & Yachting: Scorpion RIBs has revealed details of its latest model, the Scorpion 1080 Jet Lander, which will expand its range of 10m superyacht tenders.
RIB manufacturer Scorpion has announced that it will be launching a new 10m model in the form of the Scorpion 1080 Jet Lander. Designed to serve as a superyacht tender, the new arrival has enough seating for 16 people and can also serve as a platform for wakeboarding, swimming and diving, the firm added.
Engine options come in the form of in-board Hamilton jet drives, ranging from 370hp-480hp, which adds an extra element of safety for watersports users.
Key features include a set of lightweight carbon-fibre beaching steps (pictured right), which offer a more elegant way of getting in and out of the water than your standard swim ladder.
Based on the same hull as the popular Sting model, the Scorpion 1080 Jet Lander should offer a smooth and dry ride for all passengers.
Prices and launch dates are yet to be confirmed, but Scorpion is due to exhibit at both the Cannes and Monaco Yacht Shows this year, so the wise money is on a September reveal.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Plymouth yard has announced that it will be launching the Princess V58 Open as well as the S65 sportsbridge at the Southampton Boat Show.
First details of the S65 emerged back in April, but the Princess V58 Open is a new development for fans of Princess Yachts.
A statement from the Plymouth-based manufacturer hailed the Princess V58 Open as “the first in the next generation of Princess high-performance sports yachts.”
Highlights include a large forward hull window that has been designed to flood the lower accommodation areas with light.
Meanwhile, the one-level main deck prioritises socialising space, with fore and aft sunpads in addition to a centre teak saloon table.
Prices and engine options are yet to be confirmed for the V58 Open, but Princess has revealed the full list of 12 motor yachts that it is bringing to the 2015 Southampton Boat Show, which is as follows: Princess V39 | Princess 43 | Princess V48 | Princess 52 | Princess 56 | Princess V58 Open (new) | Princess 60 | Princess S65 (new) | Princess 68 | Princess 72 Yacht | Princess 82 Yacht | Princess 88 Yacht
Motorboat & Yachting: A Nimbus 365 Coupe will be fitted with a Torqeedo electric engine as part of the Deep Blue hybrid boat project on Lake Starnberg.
Nimbus and Torqeedo have collaborated on a hybrid boat project, which will undergo 1-2 years of testing on Germany’s Lake Starnberg. The partnership will see a Nimbus 365 Coupe (pictured above) fitted with an inboard Torqeedo electric engine to test the viability of a hybrid boat.
Joacim Gustavsson, chief designer at Nimbus, explained: “Our intention is to build 2-3 boats for customers equipped with the Deep Blue Hybrid System during Autumn 2015.
“We are super excited to invigorate the E-Power Concept which represents our environmental thinking for the future.”
The company has targeted Germany and Switzerland as two major markets that could be won over by the prospect of a hybrid boat, as both countries have heavy restrictions on engine sizes for motor boats used on inland waterways and lakes.
Other potential uses for this technology could include water taxis, workboats and government patrol vessels, the company adds.
Nimbus is not the first marine firm to investigate hybrid boat technology – Seaway has made big strides in this area with its Greenline range of 33ft, 40ft, and 48ft hybrid yachts. However, the tie-up between Nimbus and Torqeedo is particularly encouraging as the German firm is the market leader in electric outboards, with more than 50,000 units sold in the last 10 years.
Practical Boat Owner: Cruising Association members have reported that small yachts are being chased by boats carrying migrants from Libya to Europe.
An estimated 600,000 migrants are waiting to cross from Libya to Europe. Under the cover of darkness, boats leave the African continent full of desperate refugees but the CA is advising boaters in the area to be wary, stand clear and inform the relevant Search and Rescue service.
Hundreds of unseaworthy boats with too many people on-board are making the crossing to Italy, Malta and Greece on a daily basis. Many of the boats are lost at sea, a few are intercepted, but those that do make it across, dump the passengers up to half a mile from the beaches, forcing them to swim the final part of their journey.
A spokesman for the CA said: ‘There are reports of small yachts being chased by migrant boats. Amongst the genuine migrants are almost certainly a number of traffickers who will not want you giving away their position, and may even try to commandeer your yacht to save themselves.
‘Not only would this place you in some danger but most of us are neither trained nor equipped to deal with this number of desperate people.
Our advice would be to alter course away from any migrant vessel and to only make a VHF call when several miles away – preferably over their horizon.”
CA member, Vyv Cox, said: ‘Friends anchored on the east coast of Symi were awoken by the sounds of people struggling in the water.
‘They were immigrants who had been dumped in the water a few hundred yards offshore, the traffickers making off rapidly.
‘Our friends helped many of these people using their dinghy but were later charged by the coastguard with being the traffickers! It took them quite a lot of discussion to prove their innocence.’
Another CA member pointed out: In every case [in Greece at least], you should note that, in principle, it is forbidden to carry onboard anyone else other than those specifically mentioned in a yacht’s crew list. In a rescue situation, skippers will have to provide assistance, but only after they inform the authorities, as they risk their yacht being confiscated up until proven extra passengers onboard were part of a rescue operation, not human trafficking.
‘If a small yacht picks up migrants (or anyone for that matter) at sea without first informing the Greek authorities the yacht owner runs the risk of being prosecuted as a people trafficker and the confiscation of their boat. Similar rules may also exist in Italy?’
With so many boats crossing though the well-trodden Mediterranean, there is a chance blue water cruisers will come across one of these boats. However, while it may be human nature to help, care should be taken to ensure the safety of those on board the pleasure boat.
Yachting & Boating world: The French government announced last week that they would find an alternative solution to protecting Bonifacio’s sea bed.
Controversial plans to introduce an anchoring tax to much of the French coastline have been scrapped by the government. The Notre bill would have seen a daily anchoring levy applied to more than 300 managed marine areas around the country in a bid to prevent damage to sea beds.
Initially only set to be introduced off Corsica, the plans were then extended throughout France. Last May the French Senate voted to abandon the tax, with the Assembly also supporting that decision last week on 2 July.
Minister Matylise Lebranchu has now committed to finding another solution to preventing Bonifacio’s sea bed from being damaged by boats, while also protecting the economy.
Following the announcement, the European Committee for Professional Yachting said: “It is good news, especially as at this day, the yachting industry represents 1.5 billion Euros in France, including €720m in Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur.”
Motorboat & Yachting: Portable stoves should be used ashore and not on board, the Boat Safety Scheme has warned following an explosion at Westview Marina.
Boatowners have been warned about the dangers of using portable stoves on board, after a gas cooker exploded at Westview Marina.
The incident in Cambridgeshire caused burns to a mother and daughter who needed treatment from the Ambulance service. However, even without exploding, portable stoves can be dangerous due to the risk of poisoning by carbon monoxide – a colourless and odourless gas that is created by incomplete combustion.
Graham Watts, manager of the Boat Safety Scheme, said: “Even portable gas equipment can cause a powerful explosion, easily big enough to send people to hospital and wreck a boat.”
He explained that liquefied fuel escaping from a gas canister expands 250 times, which releases a huge amount of energy.
Alternatives suggested by the Boat Safety Scheme include marine spirit stoves or simply using a vacuum flask to store hot drinks. Those using gas on board should store any spare canisters in a self-draining gas locker or on a well-ventilated deck area.
Motorboat & Yachting: Scottish yacht haven Campbeltown Marina has announced that it has complete a major upgrade of its facilities.
Boaters visiting Scotland this summer will be able to take advantage of the upgraded facilities at Campbeltown Marina (pictured above), which has recently completed an improvement project.
The Argyll and Bute marina now offers 54 berths from a new U-shaped pontoon configuration that allows room for boats measuring up to 33-metres.
Extensive dredging has also extended the basin area, which is fully accessible even at low tide. Situated on the sheltered east coast of the Kintyre peninsula, Campebeltown Marina also boasts a brand new shower and toilet block, as well as free Wi-Fi.
Speaking in advance of the grand opening on June 27, marina manager Calum Lawson said: “I’m really looking forward to welcoming visitors to this fantastic new facility.
“Campbeltown is a perfect destination in a prime location for a quick stopover or longer stay and can provide everything a visitor could require,” he added.
Local attractions include six golf courses, the 100-mile Kintyre Way walking route and the Mull of Kintyre itself, as well as horse riding, fishing and diving.
Rates at Campbeltown marina start from £15 per night for boats under 7m, while annual berths cost from £130 per metre.
Motorboat & Yachting: Crossing the Bosphorus in style just got easier, as Uber has chosen the Turkish city to launch its nautical division – UberBoat.
Controversial taxi firm Uber hopes to make inroads into the Turkish market with its latest idea, UberBoat, which recently launched in Istanbul.
The Turkish capital is spread across both sides of the river Bosphorus, posing a unique problem for city travellers. However, UberBoat hopes to solve this by allowing Turkish residents and visitors to flag down a speedboat using their smartphone.
All the boats involved are operated by luxury sea transport company Navette, whose fleet includes the Bénéteau Antares 8 (pictured above).
Rates start at 50 Turkish lira per trip (roughly £12), but the fare can be split between up to eight people and new customers get a 30 lira discount on their first trip.
Of course the local passenger ferry is still a much cheaper bet at 2 lira per person, but the firm hopes that the speed and style of hitching a ride on a Bénéteau across the Bosphorus will tempt punters to cough up that little bit extra.
The launch of UberBoat comes exactly one year after the firm first launched in Istanbul, which is rated by TomTom as the world’s most congested city.
Back in April, Uber released a fake press release claiming that it would be launching a boat service in Thailand, but it seems the response was positive enough for the company to turn this April Fools’ Day prank into a real project.