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Motorboat & Yachting: The American yard has revealed images of its Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot after the new explorer yacht was completed and launched in China.


PAE has released pictures of its latest new model after the Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot hit the water for the first time. The new 58ft explorer yacht has an estimated top speed of 20 knots and after its preliminary sea trials, vice-president Jim Leishman was delighted with its performance.

“The boat is very quiet, has a good flat running angle, steers beautifully and we couldn’t be more pleased,” he said.

Designed in America and built in the Chinese port of Xiamen, the Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot will suit boaters who have lofty cruising ambitions.

Its Category A offshore rating, single 715hp Cummins QSM 11 engine and 4,000-litre fuel tank make this a certified ocean crossing machine, just like its esteemed Nordhavn brethren.

Key features include a 21.5kw Onan generator, Cruisair reverse cycle air conditioning, and 11hp Side Power bow thruster. The layout includes a choice of two or three cabins, while the flybridge includes seating space for up to 12 people.

British buyers can import models through UK dealers Nordhavn Europe, who are based at Hamble Point.



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Motorboat & Yachting: The second annual London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show has reported an 8% increase in attendance.


London’s newest boat show has gone from strength to strength, with sunny conditions, an impressive line-up of exhibitors and a steady flow of visitors.

For the second year running, the London Yacht Jet & Prestige Car Show was spread across two venues – Old Billingsgate Market and St Katharine Docks, which hosted the London On-Water Yacht & Boat Show from May 4-7.

A total of 6,500 visitors attended each event according to the organisers, marking an 8% increase on the 2015 event.

David Suchet (pictured right) was the special guest on day one of the show, cutting the ribbon at Old Billingsgate Market.

The Poirot actor attended last year’s inaugural event and bought an XO270 from Wessex Marine. This year he returned with his wife Sheila to add a touch of stardust to proceedings, and their 300hp motorboat went on display in the St Katharine Docks area of the show.

“I think it’s important for the industry that it’s here, it’s in a wonderful part of London,” he said. “It’s really upmarket toys for boys and girls.”

Sunseeker made their first appearance at the on-water section of the show, with the award-winning Predator 57 and 68 Sport Yacht both available for viewing.

William Burns, brokerage director at Sunseeker London, said: “We heard good things from last year, it’s a good place to have the boats and the weather came out as well, so it makes perfect sense.

“This is a smaller show, but you can be more intimate with clients, have private viewings, it’s just a more relaxed atmosphere and it’s broadening our audience as well.”

Fairline Yachts was also strongly represented, with a Targa 38 and Squadron 42 on display through brokers Bates Wharf and Burton Waters.

Princess Motor Yacht Sales once again brought the largest vessel to the show in the form of the S72, while the deck saloon version of the V58 made its public debut.

Glider Yachts looked to be one of the biggest talking points of the show, with the radical SS18 set to be unveiled at the show.

However, technical difficulties with the support vessel hampered its journey up from Burgess Marine and after missing the deadline for loading into St Katharine Docks, the new firm had to make do without its showpiece prototype.

Instead, managing director Rob McCall was on hand to answer questions about the project. “The quality of enquiries really exceeded our expectations – this show was the perfect way to introduce our exciting new product to the discerning yacht buyer,” he said.

He added that the vessel will make its public debut in September at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show.

Spirit Yachts also increased their presence this year, with a P40 Coupe moored up alongside Soufriere, the Spirit 54 that was used to film 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.

Nigel Stuart, managing director of Spirit Yachts, said: “This show has huge potential, because it attracts people from the centre of London and we are able to show them what we make.

“By bringing two boats to the water this year, they can come and see us, touch us, feel us, and that’s what we’re really about.

“It’s a great opportunity to show the market what we’ve got. The location is right in the centre of London, so they can come out of their offices and come and see the boats.”

Other notable models on display included the Bavaria Sport 400, Beneteau GT49, Nimbus 305 Coupe, Axopar 28, Jeanneau NC9, Sealine C330 and S330.

Whilst some of these models were used boats, a planned brokerage section in conjunction with YachtWorld failed to materialise, as exhibitors prioritised the promotion of new models.

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas used the event to explain more details of its refurbishment of St Katharine Docks. The project is expected to take less than nine months and will include replacing all of the pontoons.

Over at Old Billingsgate Market, all of the largest names in the superyacht world were represented with indoor stands and scale models. These included Azimut-Benetti, Lurssen, Blohm + Voss and Amels.

There was also a strong presence from the luxury goods brands, with Goldfinch displaying its Sygnet superyacht piano and Ulysse Nardin once again a key sponsor.

The 2017 London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show will take place in July, with exact dates to be confirmed.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting



Categories: Boat Show

Motorboat & Yachting: The capital’s newest boat show has returned for a second year, with an impressive fleet on display at the 2016 London On-Water Yacht & Boat Show.

The London On-Water Yacht & Boat Show kicked off this week with sunny weather ensuring a steady flow of visitors to St Katharine Docks.

The four-day event runs until Saturday May 7 in partnership with the London Yacht, Jet & Prestige Car Show at Old Billingsgate Market.

Now in its second year, the show has boosted its exhibitor list with Axopar, Fairline and Sealine among the numerous brands that have been added since the inaugural event.

And this year’s event got a sprinkling of stardust, as Poirot actor David Suchet was on hand to cut the ribbon on the opening day.

However, it is Princess Motor Yacht Sales who have once again made the biggest impression, with three models on display, including the public debut of the new deck saloon version of the Princess V58.

Sadly Glider Yachts was unable to deliver its SS18 in time for the show, but managing director Rob McCall insists that the prototype will be heading to this year’s Monaco Yacht Show instead.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting




Categories: Boat Show

Practical Boat Owner: An explosion and fire aboard a small sports boat on the Hamble River created a ‘huge plume’ of smoke that could be seen for miles around.


Hamble lifeboat, on exercise at the time of the explosion yesterday evening, were quickly on the scene and extinguished the fire out and towed the sports boat ashore. No one was injured.

A huge plume could be seen from Hythe on the other side of Southampton Water.

A spokesman for Hamble Lifeboat said a ‘large explosion’ was seen and heard by the Hamble Lifeboat crew at around 8.30pm yesterday evening, whilst conducting training for the evening.

Hamble Lifeboat immediately informed the UK Coastguard of the incident and also requested Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service assistance.

The lifeboat was on scene within a couple of minutes and found the vessel ‘completely on fire’.

The spokesman said: ‘It was quickly established that there was only one person involved and he was safe and well away from the vessel.

‘The vessel on fire then drifted away from the pontoon and due to the flood tide went upstream. The lifeboat was able to safely attach a line and get the vessel away from other yachts and craft moored on the river.

‘Once under tow, the lifeboat crew were able to use their pump to extinguish the fire whilst they brought it to the slipway, where the fire crews from Hightown Fire Station were waiting.

‘Once it was established that there was no further danger and everything was safe, the fire crews and the lifeboat returned to their stations. Hill Head CRT and Hamble Harbour Master also attended.’

See article at Practical Boat Owner



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Practical Boat Owner: British sailors confirmed for 49er and 470 Men’s events in Rio. The final four sailors who will take to the water for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have today been announced by the British Olympic Association (BOA).


Luke Patience and Chris Grube will compete in the men’s 470, while Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign complete the squad in the 49er after a close British selection battle.

For Fletcher, Sign and Grube, Rio 2016 will be their first Olympic outing, with Grube having teamed up with Patience following Elliot Willis’s cancer diagnosis at the end of 2015. Patience already has an Olympic medal to his name – a 470 silver he picked up with Stuart Bithell at London 2012.

The first group of sailors was announced back in September with further names being added in March and today’s announcement completes the 15-strong sailing line-up that will head to Rio 2016.

Team GB lead the way in sailing at the Olympic Games and sit atop the overall standings with 55 medals accrued since 1986 – including 26 golds.

The four sailors selected today are:
Luke Patience, 29 (Men’s 470)
Chris Grube, 31 (Men’s 470)
Dylan Fletcher, 28 (49er)
Alain Sign, 30 (49er)

Those previously selected are:
Giles Scott (Finn)
Nick Thompson (Laser)
Alison Young (Laser Radial)
Bryony Shaw (Women’s RS:X)
Nick Dempsey (Men’s RS:X)
Hannah Mills (Women’s 470)
Saskia Clark (Women’s 470)
Charlotte Dobson (49erFX)
Sophie Ainsworth (49erFX)
Ben Saxton (Nacra 17)
Nicola Groves (Nacra 17)


See article at Practical Boat Owner



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Yachting Monthly: The Northern Boat Show in Liverpool will be held from 3 to 5 June 2016, coinciding with the International Mersey River Festival.


The Northern Boat Show in Liverpool will be held from 3 to 5 June 2016, coinciding with the International Mersey River Festival.The three-day boat show will  host over 70 boats from many popular boat brands including Parker, X-Yachts, Bavaria, Hanse, Beneteau, Dufour and Jeanneau.

New for 2016 will be displays of inland water boats and ancillary products, systems and services. In recognition of the UK professional wakeboard tour joining the International Mersey River Festival there will also be a range of sports boats on display from Mastercraft and Axis.

You will see some of the top athletes compete in Salthouse Dock using floating jumps and ramps to perform heart-stopping tricks right in the middle of the armada of boats on show. Visitors can also have a Œtaster sail on two traditional boats from Character Boats.

The Northern Boat Show will cover every aspect of the leisure marine industry from boat builders, sail makers, marinas, holidays, chandlers and engine manufacturers to marine finance, clothing specialists and navigation equipment.

The International Boatbuilding Training College is showcasing one of the boats built on their courses and sail maker, Jeckells, will be there to showcase their sails, Adidas Sailing clothing displaying its new range, as well as Volvo motors, one the leading outboard motor manufacturer in the world.

Other exhibitors include Pantaenius, Cruising Association,, Towergate, Whitehaven Marina, AGlaze,, Black Bear, Bluepoint Marine Services, Conwy Quays Marina, Sail Ionian, Amateur Yacht Research Society, Nisos, Starboard Locker, Nautical 3D Charts, Sail Scotland and Visit Derry.

The Show will be free to all Festival visitors and serious boat owners will be able to buy premium tickets to give them exclusive access to the specialist areas. Early Bird tickets for pontoon access to the boats are just £5 per day or £8 on the bought on the day.

See article at Yachting Monthly



Categories: Boat Show

Motorboat & Yachting: Balearic provisioning service Ibiza Delivers will be offering a luxury water taxi service this summer on board a Hunton 1005 RIB.


Boat owners visiting Ibiza this summer will have a new option for exploring the island after Ibiza Delivers added a Hunton 1005 RIB to its offering.

The company, which specialises in yacht and villa provisioning, will now be offering a luxury water taxi service with a high-speed twist.

The Hunton 1005 RIB has been fitted out with twin 300hp Mercury outboard engines, making speeds of up to 60 knots possible.

Customers can book the luxury water taxi for restaurant transfers, a three-hour sunset cruise or a watersports experience trip.

What’s more, Ibiza Delivers will be using the RIB to bring its Grey Goose pop-up party experience to yachts moored off the Balearic island.

David Max, co-founder of Ibiza Delivers, said: “Two thirds of superyachts visiting Ibiza moor offshore, so this service will really help them to operate the yacht more efficiently and better service the guests’ needs, as opposed to using their tenders to collect provisions from the marina or an island jetty.

“It’s been a dream of ours for quite some time,” he added. “So it’s fantastic to see the vision become a reality.”

The Ibiza Delivers luxury water taxi service will be available throughout the summer yachting season, starting in May.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting



Categories: Water taxi

Motorboat & Yachting: Italian yacht maker Ferretti Group received the formal backing of the Ferrari family this week after F Investments bought a 13.2% stake.


Ferretti Group has announced a new major shareholder in the form of F Investments – a holding company controlled by the Ferrari family.

By purchasing a 13.2% share in the yacht maker for an undisclosed sum, the luxury car dynasty has strengthened a budding partnership between the two brands.

Last month it was announced that Ferretti would be sponsoring the Ferrari Formula 1 team, with its Riva brand emblazoned on the racing drivers’ helmets.

But the collaboration dates back much further, with Riva and Ferrari launching a 32ft speedboat back in the 1990s.

The news was announced as part of Ferretti’s annual financial results, which showed that the company beat its own predictions to deliver a consolidated production value of €410m for the 2015 financial year.

What’s more, the company’s earnings (EBITDA) reached €7million – the positive figure since 2012 – and a profit of around €5million is forecast for the first quarter of 2016.

CEO Alberto Galassi said: “The year of 2015 has rewarded us with economic and financial results over the expectations and the Group has relaunched itself regaining leadership on several markets.

“This achievement would not have been possible without the introduction of innovative and cutting edge products that are the results of significant investments in research and development and of the design and construction capabilities of Ferretti Group,” he added.

The Ferretti Group plans to launch nine new models before the end of the year, including the Ferretti 450 Fly, Pershing 5X and Riva 100 Corsaro.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting




Categories: Boats

Practical Boat Owner:  Rain, hail, sleet and sunshine, lifeboats launch in all-weathers and Poole Inshore Lifeboat experienced all of it yesterday.


Poole Inshore lifeboat was tasked just before 3pm to a 31ft yacht with a fouled prop in Studland Bay. The stricken vessel had two people on board.

The inshore lifeboat left the station in brilliant sunshine, they soon arrived on scene, where a crewman worked on freeing the rope that was around the propeller, which he managed to do, as the clouds above became more foreboding.

The lifeboat crew asked the yacht skipper to check the gears to see if the vessel could move forwards or engage the gears, it appeared to not respond, so a tow rope was attached.

As the lifeboat crew began to head back into Poole Harbour with the vessel under tow a squally winter shower blew up, they headed back through the entrance to the harbour, with lightening flashing across the heavy sky, buffeted by driving sleet, gusting off the water, it was a lively tow back to the yacht’s mooring just off Salterns Marina.

Once the vessel was safely moored, the crew returned back to station about 5pm.

For one crew member, Rachael Bentley, it will be a call out to remember as it was her first ‘shout’.  Rachel has completed her basic training and had gone out, on what had seemed to be a relatively straight forward job, but the elements had other ideas, with icy blast, biting North Westerly winds, sleety squalls, not quite April showers but a memorable first job for the new recruit.

See article at Practical Boat Owner




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Practical Boat Owner: With public opinion closely divided ahead of the ‘Brexit’ referendum on whether or not the United Kingdom should remain part of the European Union, we look at what it could mean for recreational boating.


A referendum is being held on Thursday, 23 June to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union (EU).

With latest polls suggesting public opinion is closely divided on Brexit (the potential ‘British exit’ from the EU), we discuss with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) what it could mean for recreational boating.

If the United Kingdom left the EU, would it ensure the continued availability of red diesel for the leisure boating community? Or a return of the two-hour wait on your boat for customs officials when returning from France?

Gus Lewis, legal and Government affairs, spokesman for the RYA, told PBO: ‘The short answer is nobody can possibly know.

‘There seems to be a view in some quarters that if the UK votes to leave the EU on 23rd June then somehow everything will change on 24th June but the EU Treaty itself anticipates a two-year timeframe for exit and the eventual withdrawal agreement requires the approval of the European Council and the European Parliament. Some say it could take at least 10 years for the Government to negotiate the terms of the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

‘Nobody can possibly know for certain what will happen if the UK decides to leave. The UK would have to start negotiations with the rest of the EU about what it would like its relationship with the EU to be. While various politicians are expressing a view as to what they might like to see happen following a UK vote to leave, there is no certainty at all that any of it will be achieved in practice. Other EU member states might be hostile to the UK as a consequence of its decision to leave and might not be willing to grant the UK the concessions it wants. Equally, those politicians might be right!’

Gus added: ‘The UK’s relationship with the rest of the EU has built up over 40 years. The way that the UK was before it joined the European Community offers very little insight into how the UK might be in a few years’ time if it were to leave the EU.

Gus said: ‘It’s possible that more rigorous border controls could be introduced, such as a return to the Customs formalities of pre-1993, or it could be that allowing the free movement of individuals is a condition of maintaining access to the single market. There are various existing models for a future relationship for the EU (e.g. Canada, Norway, Switzerland or Turkey) but each of these was negotiated individually with the EU.’

He added: ‘It is also worth bearing in mind that there are many aspects of recreational boating that are not currently subject to EU intervention at all. A lot of maritime law is still the preserve of national governments or international conventions facilitated by the United Nations.’

A PBO reader asked whether leaving the EU would mean sailors requiring French certificates of competence to sail in French waters.

Gus said: ‘The requirement for qualifications when you go overseas is generally specified in national legislation, nothing to do with the EU.

‘This is demonstrated by the fact that some EU members, such as France, do not generally require UK boaters to prove competence when sailing a UK-flag boat in their waters whereas other EU members, such as Spain and Greece, do.’

What is the process if the UK votes to leave the EU?

Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union provides a mechanism for the voluntary and unilateral withdrawal of a country from the EU.

An EU country wishing to withdraw must notify the European Council of its intention to do so. The council is then required to provide guidelines for the conclusion of an agreement setting out the arrangements for that country’s withdrawal.

This agreement would be negotiated by the EU with the departing country, taking into account the framework for the country’s future relationship with the EU. The agreement is concluded on behalf of the EU by the Council, having obtained the European Parliament’s consent.

The EU treaties cease to apply to the country in question from the date of entry into force of the agreement, or within two years of the notification of the withdrawal. The Council may also decide to extend that period.

In other words, a significant period of time would elapse between the electorate voting to leave the EU, should it choose to do so, and the UK’s eventual exit from the EU.

What is the RYA doing?

Should the UK vote to leave the EU then the RYA would, of course, engage with the relevant Government departments in an effort to minimise any impact on recreational boaters.

For as long as UK boaters wish to voyage across the Channel, the Irish Sea or the North Sea (whether or not there is an EU and whether or not the UK is a part of it) the RYA has an important role to play in lobbying European institutions to ensure that boaters may do so with the minimum of regulatory interference.

It’s worth noting in this context that the European Boating Association is a Europe-wide (not an EU-wide) organisation, as is the UN Economic Commission for Europe (which created the ICC), so the RYA involvement in organisations such as these would not be impacted by whatever decision the UK makes on its membership of the EU.

Gus concluded: ‘The outcome of the referendum will shape the future of the UK and its people, for better or for worse, and the public debate is likely to range across many aspects of British life. The focus for the RYA, however, is to make sure that whatever the UK’s relationship with Europe our ability to enjoy our boating is as unfettered as possible.’

See article at Practical Boat Owner



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