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.
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.
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.
Practical Boat Owner: Boat owners with boats not registered in the European Union, are able to stay in Greece for longer than six months after the Cruising Association (CA) campaigned against a new law brought about by the Greek government.
The CA was made aware in August last year that Greece had unilaterally scrapped EU-wide rules on temporary importation and substituted instead a six month in 12 month rule for non-EU flagged yachts. The CA immediately protested through their contacts in the Greek government that this action was illegal under EU law.
The Greek election in January 2015 interfered with this dialogue and by April 2015 when no further progress had been made, the CA lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission. The CA’s case was that Greece’s action was not only illegal but would seriously impact yachting tourism.
In early September 2015 the European Commission advised the CA that the Greek government had agreed to return to the EU-wide rules on temporary importation of yachts. A copy of the Greek Ministerial Directive implementing this was forwarded to the CA. The stated date for implementation was the 1st October 2015.
The second Greek election in late September 2015 occurred before the Ministerial Directive could be published in the Government Gazette and thus become law. The CA has been making repeated attempts to establish when this Ministerial Directive will be ‘gazetted’. However, reports from CA members indicates that the port police in Greece are already implementing the directive so it has clearly been published in some form.
Yachting Boating World: Construction has started on the first New York Marina in more than 20 years, with a spring 2016 opening planned.
It has been over 20 years since the last opening of a New York Marina, but it seems that One 15 Brooklyn is now set to arrive in 2016.
The new facility, which is currently under construction, is situated between Piers 4 and 5 of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The SUTL GROUP and Edgewater Resources, who hope to host a grand opening in spring 2016, are developing the three-project.
The completed New York Marina will feature 102 berths measuring from 16ft to 250ft in length, all of which will be protected by a 5.2m wide Marinetek concrete breakwater.
A quarter of the berths will be reserved for the Community Dock, which will provide free and affordable boating experiences for local groups.
Arthur Tay, chairman of SUTL Group, said: “We identified the perfect opportunity in Brooklyn with the vibrant, lush public spaces of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Manhattan skyline backdrop and open water.
Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park, added: “In New York City we are surrounded by water yet there are so few opportunities to interact with the harbour.
“This marina with its robust free and low cost programming, makes the waterfront accessible in new ways to even more New Yorkers and puts Brooklyn on the map for the global boating community.”
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.
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the London Boat Show have announced that the Sunseeker stand will be revamped and repositioned for 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pratical Boat Owner: British Coatings Federation (BCF) Marine Coatings Group has followed up on its successful survey for boat owners on the DIY use of antifouling (AF) paints by launching three additional surveys on the topic, aimed at professional applicators, boatyard managers/owners and chandlers.
The surveys are designed to better understand the current use of antifouling paints by DIY users, and to raise their awareness over the possibility that authorities may decide to restrict the application and use of AF paints to strictly professional applicators and organisations.
More then 800 submissions have been made in response to the original survey, indicating the level of interest regarding this issue and the concerns from the leisure boating sector in general.
Surveys can be accessed, for completion by the 30 November, as follows:
The original survey mentioned for boat owners/DIY applicators remains open until the 30th November too:
* Boat owners/DIY applicators: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NPNB6NW
Gareth Prowse, who is the UK Regulatory Affairs Manager at AkzoNobel Felling, with responsibility for the International Paint branded marine coatings, and also Chair of BCF’s Marine Coatings Group said: ‘The BCF are trying to generate data to better understand how people use AF Paints and what protective equipment they do use when painting. We’ve had some minor criticisms of scaremongering in response to the first survey, when in reality we’re not.
Gareth added: ‘The regulations are becoming much stricter than they have been. Our concern is that we could end up withdrawing products that can and are used safely because of the risk assessment being too conservative due to a lack of data, rather than genuine risk.’
Yachting Boating World: Zizoo promises to ‘revolutionise sailing holidays.’ Zizoo, the boat booking website, launched in the UK market on the 5th October, as it unveiled a new long haul sailing collection including Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Thailand locations.
The site promises to ‘revolutionise sailing holidays’ by making the booking process entirely online, offering easy access to over 6000 boat rentals in 30 countries worldwide.
Destinations include popular European countries such as Croatia, Spain, Greece, France, Italy and Turkey, as well Sweden, Norway, Channel Islands and even some inland locations. The company has also launched a new long haul collection.
Vessels are available with or without crew for flexible durations (from one day) and include luxury catamarans, vintage gulets and sailboats, as well as motor and speedboats. All relevant insurances are included within the hire fee so all clients need to cover themselves are the mooring fees, which often vary depending on their chosen sailing itinerary.
More unusual options include a vintage James Bond-esque speed boat to whizz around the canals of Venice, or a fun BBQ ‘Donut’ motorboat on Berlin’s Tegel Lake. A skipper can be added to any booking from between £100-£125 per day, or experienced sailors can crew the vessels themselves.
Zizoo began as an idea from Anna Banicevic, who learnt to sail off the West Coast of Ireland. Looking to rent a yacht for a group sailing holiday a few years ago, she soon realised that the boat rental industry was totally ‘undigitalised’.
“We believe that the boat rental industry is ready to go to the next level, following in the footsteps of other travel sectors such as car rental, hotels and flights. For Zizoo we see our growth not only coming from leading the offline market into the digital era, but also attracting a younger market who are looking for an alternative to a land based holiday,” she added.