Motorboat & Yachting: The long-awaited Sealine F530 will be getting its public debut next month at the Eurasia Boat Show in Istanbul.

 

It was back in June last year when Hanse Group released the first renderings of the Sealine F530 and our interested was piqued in a big way.

As the follow-up to the much-feted Sealine F380, the F530 looked like a very exciting new model indeed.

And now Hanse has confirmed that the public unveiling of this new flybridge will come, not in London, not in Dusseldorf, but in Istanbul.

The Sealine F530 will be getting its worldwide debut as part of the Eurasia Boat Show, which is due to run from February 13-21 in the Turkish city.

Sealine adds that the large floor-to-ceiling saloon windows are already in place ahead of the show. The firm also plans to host another launch event at its Greifswald yard in Germany later on this year.

The new flagship model promises a class-leading top deck in terms of space, thanks to two chunky supports that hang over the side decks.

Prices and UK delivery dates are yet to be confirmed, but we expect to get more details as the Istanbul show approaches.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

 

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Motorboat & Yachting: A leaked image appears to show the new Princess 75, which could be getting a public launch at the London Boat Show.

 

Back in September, when Princess Yachts revealed the renderings of its next two models – the Princess 75 and the Princess 49 – the smart money seemed to be on the smaller of the two models getting launched first.

However, it now seems that it is the Princess 75 that will be ready in time for the London Boat Show, after this behind-the-scenes picture was leaked.

A source close to Princess told MBY: “They’re planning to do a surprise launch at the Excel Centre, with the Princess 75 taking the place of the 88 MY.”

The news comes less than a week after Princess Motor Yacht Sales released a full-line-up of 11 boats due to make the journey up from Plymouth to London, with the Princess 88 as the star attraction.

There was no mention of either the Princess 49 or the Princess 75, much to the consternation of Princess Yachts fans hoping for a brand new model to view.

But if this leaked picture is to be believed, then it seems like the Princess team had a rather large trick up their sleeve all along.

Early details indicate that the Princess 75 will be fitted with a choice of three engines, the most powerful of which being a twin MAN V12 1800 set-up, capable of a top speed of 36 knots.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

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.

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.

See article at Yachting Boating World

Motorboat & Yachting: Could this powercat design be the key to bringing the Blue Riband trophy back to the UK? Ray Bulman reports on a new Atlantic speed record bid.

 

An attempt to break the Atlantic crossing speed record is being planned by a new group called Team Great Britain, headed by offshore powerboat enthusiast Richard George.

The crossing is to be made by a 112ft (34.2m) wave piecing catamaran TGB34 designed by Andrew SN Lea and George Robson.

With a huge beam of 42ft (12.8m) it has an unusually high length-to-beam ratio for an ocean-going catamaran.

Design is currently at an advanced stage with several successful tests already carried out on a one tenth scale model in Abu Dhabi.

However, since the group is still searching for a suitable yard to partner with for full-scale construction, the actual Transatlantic attempt is unlikely to be made before 2018.

The plan is to cross the Atlantic in two days on a single load of fuel, which if successful will make TGB34 the only non-passenger vessel to cross without at least two mid-ocean fuelling stops.

A two-day crossing would knock over ten hours off the time set by the Aga Kan’s motor yacht Destriero which set the current record time of two days ten hours 54 minutes in 1992.

A two-day crossing will need the craft to produce an average of around 64mph, which in turn will require a top speed of 80mph (70 knots). Hence light winds and calm seas will be essential for success.

Project leader Richard George is the driving force behind Team Great Britain, having previously competed in the World XCAT racing series.

Other members of the team include Dag Pike, who navigated the successful Virgin Atlantic Challenger II crossing in 1986, and Dan Stevens, the current owner of VACII.

“I want to bring the Hales Trophy back to Britain,” says Richard George. “We are a great seafaring nation and any success is certain to be beneficial to our marine industry as a whole.”

And on his team: “We see ourselves as the ‘McLaren’ of the seas and with a green purpose; where efficiency in design using F1 and aerospace innovation, and advanced engineering techniques not only makes vessels much faster but means they require massively less fuel to undertake the task.”

The only problem is that the Hales Trophy, also known as the Blue Riband, is currently held by the Tasmanian company Incat Ltd which built the 298ft (91m) fast passenger ferry Cat-Link V.

She currently holds the record for the fastest crossing by a commercial passenger vessel with a time of two days 20 hours nine minutes and is the true holder of the trophy under current rules.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

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Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Barcelona Boat Show have hailed the Spanish market, which has grown by more than 10% in the first nine months of the year.

 

The Barcelona Boat Show came to an end on Sunday (October 18) and the initial signs from this year’s show are that the Spanish boating industry is in rude health.

Organisers Fira de Barcelona claim that 55,000 visitors attended the five-day event, and this strong turnout reflects the level of boat registrations, which has risen 10.5% year-on-year for the first nine months of the year.

Other positive signs can be found in the total number of exhibitors, which rose by 4% to 260, and the number of new and used boats on display – up 3% to 670.

Key brands represented at this year’s show included Bénéteau, Sealine, Jeanneau, Cranchi, Windy and Azimut Yachts.

Event manager Jordi Freixas said: “This year, there have been more new products than in recent years, reaffirming the show as the leading business and trend-setting platform for the Spanish boating industry.”

Meanwhile, the dates for the 2016 Barcelona Boat Show have been confirmed, with next year’s event due to run from October 12-16.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

Practical Boat Owner: Scotland’s Boat Show 2015 at Kip Marina, Inverclyde broke every previous attendance record, attracting more than 16,000 visitors.

 

A record-breaking 16,250 visitors flocked to Scotland’s Boat Show 2015 at Kip Marina, Inverclyde last weekend.

This marked an increase of nearly 1,800 visitors to the three-day event. Organisers of the UK’s third largest boat show said Saturday was the busiest ever day with approaching 7,500 visitors.

Practical Boat Owner magazine’s Project Boat Hantu Biru was among the show’s attractions, with members of the public invited to step aboard the fully-restored Snapdragon 23.

Anthony Layden of Buchlyvie said: ‘It’s awesome to see it in real life.’

Alan Rennie, of Inverkip, said: I’ve read every single article, I think she’s absolutely brilliant. She proves what you can do to bring back a really old boat. There have been really, really good stories, I’ve enjoyed it. What really gets me is a 30-year-old boat, sat in a yard and what you’ve done to tidy it up and bring it back to life.’

He added: ‘It’s an inspiration to us all.’

John and Pauline Langfield, from Preston, drove for four-and-a-half hours to see the PBO Project Boat and attend the show.

John said: ‘One of the reasons we came to the boat show was to have a look at Hantu Biru. I’m halfway through doing one of my own, a Sea Witch, 19ft. It’s our first proper little boat and we can’t wait to get her on the water.’

For the first time, the wheelchair-friendly Wheely Boat from Clycle Muirshiel offered free taster sessions at Scotland’s Boat Show.

Barbara Kinghorn, aged 90, enjoyed a trip on the Wheely Boat, along with her friends and carers from the Erskine care home in Bishopton, for former servicemen and women.

Show sponsors,RYA Scotland also offered Access Dinghy taster sessions, in conjunction with Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, which enabled many youngsters to enjoy their first trip on to the water.

Other attractions included a new Scottish Food & Drink Pavilion, complete with an indoor market showcasing everything from preserves and pickles to multi-award winning Gigha halibut and a theatre kitchen where guests could enjoy demonstrations and tastings of Scottish seafood, artisan chocolate making or the new Glen Etive Mhor 3 Scotch whisky.

Following the success of PBOs Ask the Experts LIVE! event at Beaulieu Boatjumble,we teamed up with the RYA Scotland to offer more expert talks during the show in the RYA Scotland Theatre thanks to Sika’sGareth Ross, International Paint’sKate Moss, CB Marine Servicessurveyor Colin Brown and Ocean Safety’sMichael Scott who provided liferaft amd lifejacket demonstrations.

Dave and Marion McKone, of Lancashire, enjoyed the Sika demonstration on sealants and he said: ‘It was very good. Educational. We know what we were doing wrong now. We try and do a job as cheap as possible as we don’t want to buy expensive primer. There were a lot of things we hadn’t thought about.’

Nigel Wardrop, of North Lanarkshire, attended the International Paint talk and said: ‘I learnt how to paint the top of the boat. Whether I can put it into practice I’m not sure. I was particularly interested in this talk.’

Keen dinghy sailor Alan Duffy, aged 14, was the volunteer for both Ocean Safety demonstrations and said: ‘It was excellent. I’ve seen a lifejacket inflate before – not my own, but not a liferaft. It was fantastic.’

His mum Marie MacDonald said: ‘It’s our first time at Scotland’s Boat Show, I think it’s excellent. It’s been very well organised, I can’t believe how big it is.’

Crowds gathered to watch acrobatic displays of Flyboarding. Also causing great interest on the water were the two Round the World Clippers ‘Clyde Challenger’ and a Clipper 68, where people could enter a competition to win a week’s training.

The show was officially opened by Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing. More than 90 boats were for sale at the event. Other highlights included stalls showcasing the latest marine equipment in the RYA Scotland Pavilion, plus luxury cars from Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Maserati, Morgan and Porsche.

See article at Practical Boat Owner

Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the London Boat Show have announced that the Sunseeker stand will be revamped and repositioned for 2016.

 

The Sunseeker stand is always one of the big draws for visitors to the London Boat Show, with celebrity appearances and luxury yachts on display.

However, the 2016 London Boat Show will feature a different layout, with the Sunseeker stand shifted from the centre of the Excel Centre’s South Hall to run horizontally along the perimeter of the hall.

Organisers British Marine Boat Shows say that this move will open up the show further, while keeping the Sunseeker stand in the eye-line of the entrance.

Murray Ellis, managing director at British Marine Boat Shows, said: “Next year upon entering the Show, visitors will be able to view the whole scope of the event with the Sunseeker International stand in eye line view.”

Sunseeker fans will be hoping for a brand new model launch at the 2016 London Boat Show, after the Poole-based yard decided against unveiling any new arrivals at any of the major autumn 2015 boat shows.

The 95 Yacht, 116 Yacht and 131 Yacht are all currently under development, and they are all longer than the Sunseeker 28M, which was the largest boat on display at the 2015 London Boat Show.

Sean Robertson, sales director at Sunseeker International, added: “We are delighted to have been involved in shaping the future of the event and look forward to unveiling our stand in its prominent new position.”

The 2016 London Boat Show will run from January 8-17 and advance tickets are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

Pratical Boat Owner: The UK’s third largest boat show is under way at Kip Marina with free expert talks and demonstrations and a chance to win PBO’s fully-restored Project Boat.

 

Free talks and demonstrations for practical boat owners will be among the highlights of Scotland’s Boat Show, which starts today and runs until Sunday 11 October at Kip Marina.

Following the success of the inaugural Pratical Boat Owner PBO Ask the Experts live!at Beaulieu Boatjumble, we’re teaming up withRYA Scotland to offer more top practical tips thanks to experts from International Paint, Sika, CB Marine Services and also Ocean Safety.. Find us in the RYA Scotland Workshop Marquee.

Each of the talks will last 30-40 minutes and there are some tasty cakes available to purchase at the tea and coffee stand nearby, so feel free to get yourselves some refreshment and settle in for some good advice.

Talks schedule

FRIDAY 9 OCTOBER
11.30 – 12.30 – Essential sealant tips and tricks:Sika’s technical services expert Gareth Ross will demonstrate how to use sealants for bonding and waterproofing on board.

14.00 – 15.00 Ocean Safety life raft demonstration: Ocean Safetywill discuss the importance of getting your safety equipment serviced, complete with a demonstration liferaft inflation.

15.00 – 16.00 Della from Clipper Round the World Yacht Racewill talk about the experience of racing around the world. Hear first hand what it is like to be part of the crew and also get some information if you think you are up to the challenge.

16.00 – 17.00 Hints and tips for viewing second-hand boats: PBO expert and Scottish surveyor Colin Brown, of CB Marine Services,will be talking about common problems that arise during surveys of second-hand boats and discussing common corrosion issues.

SATURDAY 10 OCTOBER
11.30 – 12.30 Kim and Doug talk about their Round Scotland 2015 adventure and give their top tips for cruising in Scotland

14.00 – 15.00 Della from Clipper Round the World Yacht Race talks about taking the Clipper Race challenge

15.00 – 16.00 Professional paint job made easy: International Paint’s Kate Moss will explain the steps involved in painting your boat.

16.00 – 17.00 Essential sealant tips and tricks: Sika’s technical services expert Gareth Ross will demonstrate how to use sealants for bonding and waterproofing on board.

SUNDAY 11 OCTOBER
11.30 – 12.30 Professional paint job made easy: International Paint’s Kate Moss will explain how to achieve a mirror finish on your paint job.

14.00 – 15.00 Della from Clipper Round the World Yacht Race talks about taking the Clipper Race challenge

15.00 Hints and tips for viewing second-hand boats: PBO expert and Scottish surveyor Colin Brown, of CB Marine Services, will be talking about common problems that arise during surveys of second hand boats and discussing common corrosion issues.

Scotland’s Boat Show is open from 10am-6pm daily and admission is free. Car parking is £5.

See article at Practical Boat Owner

Motorboat & Yachting: The British sailboat manufacturer will be exhibiting the Spirit Yachts P40C this week at the Monaco Yacht Show.

 

Ipswich-based yachtmaker Spirit Yachts has expanded its range of powerboats with the launch of the Spirit Yachts P40C, which is on display this week at the Monaco Yacht Show (23-26 September).

The new arrival weighs in at just 4.5 tonnes, meaning that its twin 260hp Yanmar inboard engines are capable of propelling it up to a top speed of 40 knots.

The Spirit Yachts P40C also has the styling to fit in among the Monaco jet set, with the graceful lines and high-quality materials that you’d expect from a superyacht tender.

Sean McMillan, CEO and chief designer at Spirit Yachts, said: “We have applied the same level of attention to detail and technicality to the P40 as we do to our range of sailing yachts.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

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