Motorboat & Yachting: A classic 1960s speedboat could be making a comeback this year, after a Plymouth firm has reveals plans to build a new Phantom Venom.

 

In 1970s Phantom powerboats were a mainstay of the boating scene, with this sporty design excelling as a family day boat and as a racer.

It all started with the Phantom 16 designed in 1969 by founder Steve Baker designed which drove to victory in the 1971 Class 3 Offshore Powerboat Championship.

Soon after, the Phantom 16 was made available to buy as a leisure boat, and 28 models were sold in the first year of production line alone.

The range also went on to spawn an 18ft variant, which was just as effective at winning races and capturing the imaginations of boat owners across the UK.

One such boater was Iain Johnson in 1980s, who vividly recalls watching Phantoms racing off Salcombe.

This made such a big impression on Iain Johnson that he has recently set about reviving the Phantom brand, which disappeared into obscurity in the 1990s.

Having bought the original moulds for the Phantom 16 and 18, Iain Johnson has founded a new yard called Phantom Sports Boats with the aim of getting this great name back on the water.

“The marine market is very much one of evolution rather than revolution, and I wanted to create a boat that was revolutionary and that people would be excited to own,” he told the Plymouth Herald.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Toyota, the world’s largest car manufacturer has revealed plans for the upcoming Toyota 28, including a composite aluminium/fibreglass hull.

 

Toyota is best known in the world for building affordable and reliable cars, but in Japan the company also has a strong foothold in the marine industry, one it hopes to reinforce with the launch of the Toyota 28.

At the Japan International Boat Show (March 4-6), their 26ft sportscruiser model was revealed as the first to be built under Toyota’s new partnership with Yanmar.

The Toyota brand is currently used on a range of aluminium-hulled boats, but the Toyota 28 will be the first to feature a composite aluminium/fibreglass construction.

Toyota claims that this new method will use vacuum infusion for the moulding, with aluminium stringers attached to a fibreglass hull with a foam core resulting in 10% lighter than its previous aluminium hulls and seven times more rigid than using fibreglass alone.

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Motorboat & Yachting: New announcement from the Ferretti Group about new sponsorship deal that will see the Riva logo emblazoned on the Ferrari team’s Formula 1 helmets.

 

Ferretti Group has taken a step further that boating brands often drawn allusions to the high-tech world of Formula 1 to enhance their image, as Ferretti is now officially sponsoring the Ferrari team for the 2016 season.

The all-Italian partnership between Riva and Ferretti will see the Riva logo emblazoned on the helmets worn by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen as they drive the new Ferrari SF16-H racecar.

The iconic boating brand will be used in trackside advertising during the 21-race series, which starts in Melbourne, Australia from 18-20 March 2016.

“We are truly proud to be writing a new chapter of Riva’s glorious history together with Ferrari, thereby renovating a collaboration that, in the past, led to true sea jewels“, said Alberto Galassi, CEO of Riva’s parent company Ferretti Group.

Back in the 1990s, Riva and Ferrari teamed up to produce a limited-edition run of 32ft open speedboats with a grand total of 30 hulls were built. A well-kept example is due to go up for auction in Monte Carlo on May 14, with the bidding expected to reach at least £135,000.

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Motorboat & Yachting: MDL Marinas has announced that the Chatham Marina expansion will be ready for the new season, with 54 additional berths available from April.

 

MDL Marinas will complete Chatham Marina with additional berths opening up on the River Medway, by a £500,000 expansion.

The Kent facility has added 54 new moorings, which will be available, and the development also includes a new pontoon, alongside the marina’s Historic Dockyard. The new 80-acre site also features galleries, museums and warships from the Age of Sail.

“The marina is at the heart of a multi-million-pound leisure and retail development, so it made sense for us to invest in these additional berths and the pontoon to accommodate the extra interest”, said Michael Glanville, group head of operations at MDL Marinas.

MDL Marinas is the UK’s largest marina chain with 18 facilities including Ocean Village, Hamble Point,  Penton Hook and Cobb’s Quay.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The first Fairline model completed under new Russian ownership rolled out of the Oundle factory this week.

 

Fairline Yachts is celebrating after the first model rolled off the production line today, a Fairline Targa 48GT model which was sold by Fairline’s primary brokerage firm Bates Wharf.

Fairline Yachts was bought out of administration by UK-based Russian investors Alexander Volvo and Igor Glyanenko on 25 January 2016.

The new company has resumed production and completed the first of the handful of models left unfinished only six weeks after by previous owners Wessex Bristol when Fairline Boats was placed into administration in December last year.

“This is a significant occasion and one we want to celebrate. We are delivering on our promise to complete all orders for boats received by the previous owners”, said Russell Currie, managing director at Fairline Yachts.

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Motorboat & Yachting: A survey from British Marine shows a slight decline in overall boating participation, with motor cruising attracting 421,000 people in 2015.

 

According to the latest survey from British Marine, poor weather conditions and an overall downward trend in recreational sports led to a 0.6 percentage point decline in boating participation last year in the UK.

The industry body surveyed a representative sample of 12,000 Britons as part of its annual Watersports Participation Survey, which has now been published.

The study looked at twelve core boating activities ranging from sailing, motor cruising to surfing and canoeing, and concludes that they were hindered by worse than average weather during 2015.

Canoeing remains the UK’s most popular boating activity by far, with 1.42million people actively involved in 2015, which is up 28.8% over the past decade.

Motor cruising and sailing by contrast attract less than 1% of the UK population (421,000 and 418,000 respectively) in 2015.

Domestic boating however continues to rise, with 95% of boaters keeping their vessel in the UK, and this figure has been rising steadily since 2010.

Those who do choose to take part in boating activities are becoming more frequent hobbyists, with the average boater taking six trips in 2016, compared with five trips in 2013.

Other findings in the survey included a 1.6% year-on-year decline in watersports participation, although the total figure of 12.4million is still higher than it was before the London Olympics in 2012.

Despite the overall downward trend for 2015, Chief executive of British Marine, Howard Pridding sees many reasons to be upbeat about the prospects for a rebound in 2016:

“The forthcoming months offer tremendous opportunities to encourage more people to get out on the water. By building on the exposure that the 2016 Olympics & Paralympics and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series brings to our industry, more people will be able to take the chance to safely enjoy the rich experiences that being on the water can provide.”

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Motorboat & Yachting: Quintessence Yachts, the company behind the Aston Martin speedboat project, have announced that James Hall, former Sunseeker superyacht sales manager, will be joining the team as sales director.

 

James Hall, who previously worked as superyacht sales manager at Sunseeker, brings more than 10 years’ industry experience to the speedboat project.

“We are determined to provide our clients with first-class services and a true brand experience. James fits perfectly within this picture as he is very customer-oriented and has a strong passion for Aston Martin”, said Mariella Mengozzi, CEO of Quintessence Yachts.

The Netherlands-based boat yard is an official Aston Martin licensee and last year revealed the designs for its debut speedboat model, the AM37.

“With the launch of the first, unique AM37 powerboat approaching, this is an exciting time to join the team”, said James Hall.

A launch date has yet to be confirmed for the Quintessence AM37, however this key appointment suggests that things are moving in the right direction.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The world’s largest superyacht will now be able to moor up in Porto Montenegro after the Adriatic marina expanded its offering.

 

Adriatic marina Porto Montenegro has added a berth suitable for the world’s largest superyacht.

The new berth will be capable of mooring vessels measuring up to 250m, the gargantuan mooring is even larger han the world’s largest superyacht Azzam, which is 180m from prow to transom.

However, with several 200m+ superyacht concepts released over the past few years, Porto Montenegro is anticipating more future demands for mooring even larger vessels.

The new berth dwarfs many other Mediterranean offerings, such as the 135m berth at Grand Harbour Marina in Malta and the 190m mooring at One Ocean Port Vell in Barcelona.

Porto Montenegro has a grand total of 450 berths, as well as 55 retail units and 228 apartments as part of its shoreside development.

Montenegro might not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of superyacht hotspots, that may be about to change with several recent accolades including the 2015 THYA Superyacht Marina of the Year.

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