Motorboat & Yachting: The German boatbuilder has revealed details of the Bavaria Project DA10 ahead of its planned Spring 2016 launch.
Bavaria Yachtbau has released detailed renderings of its upcoming new arrival, which is being developed under the codename Project DA10 and features a number of bold new ideas.
For this 40ft semi-displacement design, Bavaria has teamed up with Netherlands design firm Vripack and the Dutch influence is clear to see.
Project DA10 will feature single-level walkaround side decks and a saloon that is almost entirely encircled by glass.
Both flybridge and sedan versions will be available with a lower helm that is situated in the centre of the boat, towards the rear of the saloon.
Below decks, owners will have a choice of a two or three-cabin layout, with the former boasting a full-beam master suite and VIP forecabin.
However, those who want to maximise their capacity can opt to have two crawl-in double berths in the rear, as well as a V-shaped twin cabin in the bows.
Out in the cockpit, the DA10 will feature a large wrap of outdoor seating and a staircase that folds out of the transom moulding.
Engine options are by Volvo Penta, ranging from 75hp to 300hp, and Bavaria explains that Project DA10 has been “designed not for speeding, but on economical cruising, safety, comfort and a travelling in harmony with nature”.
Further details and an official model name for Project DA10 are due to be announced in January at the 2016 Boot Dusseldorf exhibition, ahead of its planned Spring 2016 launch.
Motorboat & Yachting: Worldwide used boat sales have risen by 2.6% in value over the past nine months, according to the latest report from YachtWorld.
The used boat market is growing, according to the latest YachtWorld Market Index report, which shows a 2.6% year-on-year rise in the total value of used boat sales over the past nine months.
What’s more, the report also shows an increase in the total number of used boats sold, which is up by 7.8% for Q1-Q3 2015 to 30,450 models changing hands.
Breaking down the figures, the US used boat market saw a 4.7% rise by value, whereas in Europe the increase was just under 2.3%.
Looking at the specific motorboat brands, Jeanneau was the most popular, with 93 models changing hands on YachtWorld in the past nine months, ahead of Fairline and Sealine who were tied on 85 each.
All of the key British brands fared well overall – the 55 Princess Yachts sold were worth the most, with a combined total of €11.58m in value, while Sunseeker fetched the highest average price of €864,986.
Jeanneau models were found to change hands the quickest of the top brands, with an average time to sale of 241 days, which is well below the overall average of 326.
John Burnham, managing editor of YachtWorld, said of the report: “Small but steady gains were the norm in the yacht brokerage market in the US and Europe.
“Superyacht sales drove higher total market spending in Europe, but across the Atlantic it was 36-79ft boats pushing the total value higher.”
Practical Boat Owner: Televisions, laptops, mobile phones, power tools, heaters or simply charging the boat’s batteries, whatever the electrical need, the stark warning from a leading boat safety body is that petrol generators will continue to cost lives and cause misery unless boaters use them correctly.
Boat Safety Scheme (BSS), made this blunt statement in light of the fatalities and injuries that have taken place on boats across the UK in recent years; devastating events that could have been avoided if the correct safety measures were taken.
Petrol generators can be seen as critical to some boaters wanting off-grid electrical power. Yet the fact that generators emit deadly carbon monoxide and need refuelling with highly flammable petrol means they must be never be installed in an enclosed cockpit area or engine space of a boat and must never be used on or close to the boat where exhaust fumes could enter the boat and where they can cause injuries or fatalities.
The BSS says that if boaters want to use generators, these three basic bullet points should be followed: –
- Never install a portable generator permanently or make unauthorised modifications that are not supported by the manufacturer, or proprietary component supplier.
- Never run generators on the boat, or on the bank near to the boat’s doors, vents, windows and hatches. If you can smell exhaust fumes in the boat, it could mean the cabin is also filling with deadly carbon monoxide.
- Never refuel any generator anywhere aboard the boat; take it to the bank and ensure you are a safe distance from other boats and potential sources of ignition.
However, make sure you are keeping to any marina or mooring-owner guidance and rules on the use of generators, refuelling and the handling of petrol on their sites.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Galeon 420 Fly offers a huge amount of customisation – including the choice between shafts, sterndrives and IPS pods – solid build quality and a keen price, we put it to the test in Southampton.
With the 500 Fly scooping up all of the admiring glances at the Cannes Boat Show, this seemed a perfect time to test one of the more “bread and butter” boats in the range, the Galeon 420 Fly.
Galeon has an incredibly liberal approach to the amount of personalisation available to the customer even on a boat of this size.
To give you an idea you can have two or three cabins, eight different types of interior wood, a dizzying array of upholstery and fabrics, four different engine options and the choice between shafts, sterndrives or IPS pod drives.
Our test boat had quite a traditional set up with a pair of Volvo Penta’s D6 435hp motors on shafts, delivering a top speed of just over 30 knots.
Though not the most exciting drivetrain on offer, the shafts offer a good balance between sweet handling and that familiar solidity that so many people like about this method of propulsion.
I did find that from the lower helm the boat responded well to half tab to get the bow cutting nicely through the waves and lower the bow to improve the helmsman’s view out.
And though the one-piece windscreen is great, the large mullions either side needed to provide support obstruct the view either side quite badly.
Motorboat & Yachting: The 2016 London Boat Show will feature its largest ever launch, with the Sunseeker 131 Yacht due to get its public debut at the Excel Centre.
It wouldn’t be the London Boat Show without a big Sunseeker launch and next year’s show is due to get its biggest Sunseeker launch yet, as the Poole-based firm has announced it will be bringing the Sunseeker 131 Yacht along to the Excel Centre.
The new 40m superyacht will be the largest model ever to make its debut at London and is likely to take advantage of the on-water exhibition that organisers British Marine Boat Shows are bringing back for 2016.
The Sunseeker 131 Yacht will head up a fleet of eight Sunseeker models on display from January 8-17, including the best-selling Predator 57.
Sean Robertson, sales director at Sunseeker International, said: “The London Boat Show is always extremely exciting and draws a truly international selection of clients.
“I am delighted we are launching this special new yacht, the first – and largest – of four new Sunseeker models set to debut in 2016.”
Demand for the Sunseeker 131 Yacht has been high ahead of its public launch, with five orders already secured.
Key features include a tri-deck layout with enough accommodation for 12, a 6m tender garage, huge hull windows, and a top speed of 23 knots.
Advance tickets to the 2016 London Boat Show are on sale now – prices start at £10 per adult, while children under 15 go free.
Practical Boat Owner: Scotland explores the potential for floating offshore wind technology to unlock deeper water sites.
The world’s largest floating offshore wind development will be installed off the coast of Peterhead after the application has been granted a marine licence by the Scottish Government.
Statoil propose developing a pilot park of five floating 6 MW turbines which is to be located approximately 25km off the coast of Peterhead with a generating capacity of 135GWh of electricity each year. It is expected that the Hywind Scotland development could power up to 19,900 houses.
Unlike conventional turbines, Hywind turbines will be attached to the seabed by a three-point mooring spread and anchoring system.
The turbines will be connected by an inter-array of cables and an export cable will transport electricity from the pilot park to shore at Peterhead.
The Carbon Trust believe that floating wind concepts have the potential to reduce generating costs to below £100/MWh in commercial deployments, with the leading concepts such as Hywind, with even lower costs of £85-£95MWh.
Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: ‘Hywind is a hugely exciting project – in terms of electricity generation and technology innovation – and it’s a real testament to our energy sector expertise and skilled workforce that Statoil chose Scotland for the world’s largest floating wind farm.
‘The momentum is building around the potential for floating offshore wind technology to unlock deeper water sites. The ability to leverage existing infrastructure and supply chain capabilities from the offshore oil and gas industry create the ideal conditions to position Scotland as a world leader in floating wind technology.’
Statoil’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions Irene Rummelhoff said: ‘Floating wind represents a new, significant and increasingly competitive renewable energy source. Statoil’s objective with developing this pilot park is to demonstrate a commercial, utility-scale floating wind solution, to further increase the global market potential.
‘We are proud to develop this unique project in Scotland, in a region that has optimal wind conditions, a strong supply chain within oil and gas and supportive public policies.’
The Royal Yachting Association is taking a keen interest in this and other floating offshore wind developments, particularly as operational safety zones are being requested by developers and in the case of Hywind, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has not supported the developer’s application for them.
Motorboat & Yachting: Superyachts built in North America and the Caribbean will have comply with a new emissions limit on NOx emissions from next year.
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is cracking down on superyacht NOx emissions, with a new limit due to be imposed next year.
The new Tier III limit on NOx emissions is 74% lower than the outgoing Tier II and will apply to all vessels built in the USA and Caribbean from January 1 2016.
This is likely to hit the superyacht industry hardest, as the limit only applies to recreational vessels that measure more than 24m in length, weigh more than 500 tonnes, and have engines with a total power output in excess of 130KW (excluding emergency back-ups).
And with the widespread trend towards driving down gross tonnage, the IMO has stipulated that the weight limit will be removed from the regulations in 2021.
Peter van der Heijden, managing director at NPS Diesel, told Yachting Pages: “Many technologies already comply with PM (soot) and NOx regulations, and the marine industry has fallen behind, it is the last in the row.”
He added that such restrictions are likely to be applied to the Mediterranean within the next twelve months, which could drive up costs for the big yards.
According to Mr van der Heijden, potential ways to comply with the latest NOx emissions include using advanced no-soot diesel filters that have been widespread in the automotive industry for many years now.
Yachting Boating World: The new luxury motor yacht by Prestige will be on show at the illustrious event in January, Ancasta International Boat Sales have announced.
The Prestige 680 was launched at Cannes last September and will make its UK debut at the London Boat Show 08 – 17 January 2016.
Designed by Garroni Design and with a J&J hull, the 68-foot Prestige 680 is powered by Twin Volvo IPS 1200 engines and has a top speed of 30 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots. This stunning motor yacht has all the features that have made the Prestige brand so successful and has elements of the brand’s flagship Prestige 750.
Its flybridge has a very large private space that links to the lounge area with a galley bar and a large, forward sun terrace. The helm position allows for maximum visibility to all areas of the boat.
The interior is all clean lines, light and lots of storage space, and the aft galley has the same layout of the other Prestige models, with plenty of room to cook and entertain.
The owner’s cabin is raised and forward, giving privacy and light thanks to its large windows, whilst the guest cabins are on a separate level and are accessed by their own staircase.
The model is available with a three- or four-cabin layout plus a cabin for crew and is priced at £1.51m, excluding VAT.
Yachting Boating World: The British-made modern classic mahogany and teak sailboat is expected to fetch a pretty (money) penny.
It’s no spectre of an offer. The handmade wooden yacht featured in the James Bond movie Casino Royale has gone on the market for more than £600,000.
During filming of the 2006 movie, the 54ft Soufrière became the first sailing vessel to transit Venice’s Grand Canal in 300 years.
The boat and its team of builders were put through their paces for the making of the Bond film. Soufrière was shipped to the Bahamas, sailed to Puerto Rico and through the British Virgin Islands to Tortola Harbour, before being shipped to Croatia and then sailed to Venice.
The sloop went to an Irish buyer after filming finished on Casino Royale and has since been used for cruising and racing, coming second at this years Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge regatta in the Class 1 Modern Classics division.
Soufrière was built in the UK by Spirit Yachts in Ipswich and sleeps up to six in two double cabins with en suite bathrooms. The sailboat has mahogany topsides, teak decks, draws 7ft 4ins and its Yanmar engine produces 54bhp.
Yachting and Boating World: Four men spent 30 days at sea and travelled 2,000km before being spotted by a routine surveillance night flight.
On Saturday (31 October) the Mexican navy came to the rescue of four fishermen who had been lost at sea in a small fishing boat for more than four weeks.
A patrol plane spotted the group Friday night, adrift off southern Mexico’s Pacific Coast some 160 miles from Chiapas, and a navy ship was dispatched to rescue the men – two Ecuadorians and two Colombians.
The fishermen had set out from a port in northwestern Ecuador in late September and had drifted more than 2,000 kilometres north over the weeks they spent at sea.
A statement from the Mexican navy said: “The castaways said they launched from the port of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, on September 24 and got lost at sea while fishing. They ran out of fuel on October 1 as they tried to return to port, then got swept north by the current.”
Pictures posted on the Secretary of the Navy’s (SEMAR) Facebook page show the stranded men aboard their small blue single-outboard engine vessel called the Pregon.
Authorities said the men were badly dehydrated but reported no other health problems.