Motorboat & Yachting: In the Mediterranean, the west coast of Italy is blessed with some of the finest harbours and beautiful islands.
From Genoa, as its centrepiece Campania province has the stunning Bay of Naples and here you can find dazzling theatre of history dominated by the shadow of Vesuvius, a menacing volcano a few miles inland. Off the north arm of the bay, there are two small islands, Procida and Ischia with subtropical vibes. On the southern side of the bay of Naples, Sorrento Peninsula points you towards the romantic island of Capri in the rich blue sea.
A short cruise to the west you’ll reach Pontine Archipelago with its picturesque harbours of Ponza and Ventotene.
The city Naples itself is a noisy cultural melting pot with lots of contrasts, where gracious piazzas, opulent palaces and ornate churches are set against narrow streets in the shafts of bright sunshine.
The place to begin a Campania cruise with, is on the southern side of Sorrento Peninsula, where the Amalfi Coast looks across the Gulf of Salerno with sparse villages clinging to its cliffs. As you are getting closer, more looming layers emerge from the haze, as the peaks of Monti Lattari rise to 1,500 metres.
At the head of its gulf, Salerno is an attractive cruising base and a favourite for many sailors because the place feels so pleasantly ordinary.
Motorboat & Yachting: Fairline will make a comeback at the 2016 Miami Boat Show with their Fairline Targa 53GT and Targa 48 Open.
Fairline Yachts is making their first official public comeback at the 2016 Miami Boat Show this weekend, as their local broker G Marine will be representing the brand for the first time since coming out of administration.
On display at Miami Boat Show starting from Monday 15th February 2016, will be Fairline Targa 53GT and Targa 48 Open.
“South Florida is among the largest leisure boat markets and we are keen to continue the long-term relationship with G Marine in Miami. G Marine is one of the crown jewels, and we appreciate the company’s experience and input as we are focused on developing new and exciting models.”, said Miles Moorhouse, marketing manager at Fairline Yachts.
This willl be the first boat show appearance for new company Fairline Yachts after being bought out of administration last month by Russian investors Igor Glyanenko and Alexander Volov in an estimated deal believed to be worth £4.5million.
Russell Currie, director of brokerage firm Fairline North Mallorca, has been appointed as the managing director of Fairline Yachts and the company has also recently confirmed its plans for their UK comeback at the British Motor Yacht Show in May and London On-Water Boat Show.
Motorboat & Yachting: Bates Wharf has announced that it will be bringing a Fairline Targa 38 to the 2016 London On-Water Boat Show.
Bates Wharf has signed up for the 2016 London On-Water Boat Show and will display a Fairline Targa 38.
The presence of Bates Wharf is significant as it will be the first exhibition of a new Fairline model since the company was bought out of administration by new Russian owners last month.
The Fairline Targa 38 is the entry-level model in the Fairline Boats collection, and with the largest engine option of twin 400hp Volvo Penta D6 engines fitted, this is the fastest Fairline model ever with a top speed of over 40 knots.
Tickets are on sale now for the London On-Water Boat Show 2016 with prices starting from £9 per person.
Motorboat & Yachting: Wessex Bristol has plans for Fletcher Boats, which includes relocation to the coast and a launch of new 29ft model.
British speedboat manufacturer Fletcher Boats is going to relocate to a new coastal premises and will launch a new 29ft model.
Fletcher Boats has been based in Wolverhampton for over ten years, but the relocation would bring the firm closer to the coast.
“We’re planning to relaunch Fletcher with new designs and new models, produced from a better, more advanced unit.”, said CEO Ayaiz Ahmed.
Other ambitious plans for Fletcher Boats include ramping up production to 100 boats by the end of 2017 starting with the launch of a new 29ft model at the 2016 Southampton Boat Show or the 2017 Dusseldorf Boat Show.
Motorboat & Yachting: According to a new study about superyacht ownership, the report has found that Middle Eastern owners own a large proportion of most luxurious and longest vessels in the world.
A market survey by the Superyacht Builders Association has found that Middle Eastern owners still dominates. A grand total of 193 superyachts are owned by high-net-worth individuals from the Middle East, representing 12% of the global fleet of vessels measuring 131ft or longer.
The study also found that the average length of a superyacht owned by a Middle Eastern is 206ft long. This figure is dwarfed by the world’s largest superyacht Azzam which measures 180m from bow to sternowned owned by UAE president Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The industry is still booming, with 755 superyachts over 24m are currently under construction, compared to 734 superyachts last year.
“The demand for superyachts from the Middle East can be classified as fairly stable over the years, while others may have been more volatile. The historic demand from this region has been vital for the growth of this sector,” said secretary general of the Superyacht Builders Association, Theo Hooning.
Motorboat & Yachting: Princess Yachts has announced line-up of eight models at the 2016 Swanwick Marina Pre-Season Boat Show.
The line-up for the 2016 Swanwick Marina Pre-Season Boat Show is starting to take shape, and it looks like Princess Yachts is going to steal the show with extensive line-up of eight models from the current collection with the most notable, Princess V58 Open.
The largest model in the Princess collection will be the Princess 98MY, while the Princess 56 will be the smallest new model on display at Swanwick Marina from March 5-6, with free entry and ample on-site parking.
Motorboat & Yachting: Local manufacturer Sunseeker has thrown its support behind the upcoming 2016 Poole Harbour Boat Show, with a Sunseeker Sessions to host live music acts.
The 2016 Poole Harbour Boat Show is returning May 20-22 and this year with full support of Sunseeker International.
Sunseeker was announced this week as the primary sponsor of the event, and will also be hosting a live music stage called Sunseeker Sessions.
Sunseeker marketing manager Bryan Jones said: “Sunseeker are extremely proud of their Dorset heritage so we are delighted to be associated with our local boat show.
“We look forward to delivering a live music stage to showcase amazing local bands, acts and performances in what promises to be an entertaining boat show for all the family.”
Other event sponsors include PSP Logistics, Coleman Insurance, brokerage firm Bates Wharf and luxury car dealership Westover Group with other exhibitors such as Trusty Boat Sales, Berthon, Boats.co.uk, Gibbs Boat Sales, Offshore Powerboats, TBS Boats and Clipper Marine.
The 2016 Poole Harbour Boat Show will run from May 20-22 and organisers hope to build on last year’s bump up on attendance of 15,000 visitors.
Motorboat & Yachting: Ferretti Security and Defence will launch debut model FSD195 this summer from a new division of the Italian yard.
The new range of high-tech naval platforms has been commissioned by the Italian government, and it boast a top speed of 50 knots and a maximum range of 400 miles.
The new 65ft defence boat will be used to protect Italy’s coastline by security patrol.
“It is my pleasure to welcome the advent of an Italian company like Ferretti Group in the Security and Defence sector, which is vitally important for our country.”, said Interior minister Angelino Alfano.
FSD195 is under construction and Ferretti Security and Defence are also going to produce other designs for a range of vessels from 40ft-116ft with the Ferretti design hallmarks, with an elegant profile and smooth flowing lines.
“FSD’s mission is to develop vessels whose performance and efficiency meet the challenging demands faced by those who guarantee the safety of our waters, an issue that has always been associated with all of the operations undertaken by our group.”, said Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group.
The Ferretti Security and Defence 195 is due for launch this summer.
Motorboat & Yachting: Spanish boatyard BD Yachts has revealed its latest design for a 54ft motor sailer that would be capable of 21 knots under power, aimed at a “new generation of expert and demanding owners who have no use for stereotypes”.
The new BD56 has sufficient power to be considered a motor boat, having up to 2x300hp outboard engines available with joystick control despite its sailboat styling. When the wind drops, there is still a maximum speed of 21 knots giving owners the thrill of motor boating as well as the comfort of sailing.
Some other key features include a self-tacking jib, twin wheel deck layout, a roller furling mainsail, carbon fibre mast, and a retractable keel that can reduce the draught from 3.5m to 2.1m.
Furthermore, the amount of glass in the superstructure gives bright and airy interior that you usually expects in a sportscruiser. Below the decks you’ll find three en-suite cabins, including an owner’s cabin in the bows.
“The change in owner’s habits – their love of the sea and everything that’s connected to it, but at the same time the lack of free time, typical of today’s society – has brought us to develop a new concept in a sailing yacht that lets everyone live their passions to the full”, said CEO of BD Yachts, Jordi Bisbe.
Launch dates and prices for the BD56 have not been confirmed yet, but the motor sailer will come backed up by a five-year guarantee according to BD Yachts.
Practical Boat Owner: A Scottish man and an Irish woman has died yesterday in the West Coast of South Africa, when their yacht capsized off Western Cape.
An NSRI sea rescue craft was then launched and rescue vehicles from the South African Police Services, EMS rescue squad, Police Dive Unit and WC Government Health responded and found the yacht Tara broken up amongst rocks on the shore line.
It is still unknown what caused the yacht to run aground and the South African Maritime Safety Authority will continue to investigate, as it could not be confirmed if the yacht had capsized before running aground.
On board the yacht were three crew members reportedly sailing from Langebaan to Cape Town.
There was one survivor, an 66-year-old Irish man, a resident in the Western Cape, he had managed to get to shore and raised the alarm. He was not injured.
The bodies of a 61-year-old Scotsman, and a 49-year-old Irish woman, both also residents in the Western Cape, were recovered from the scene and Paramedics confirmed that they were both dead.