Motorboat & Yachting: A large marina fire in the Boston suburb of Quincy destroyed 11 boats and sank three, although no-one was injured.
Firefighters were unable to save 11 boats that were destroyed in a marina fire in the Boston suburb of Quincy last week (October 8).
The blaze started at around 0730 local time and quickly spread along the dock of Captain’s Cove Marina to neighbouring vessels.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway, but eyewitness reports suggest it began as an engine fire, which eventually sent 50ft plumes of smoke into the morning air.
No-one was injured, but a young couple who had been living aboard their boat were left homeless as a result.
Boatowner Tamara Silvia told local news provider NECN: “We just sold everything to do this. We have nothing left now.”
The 11 vessels consumed by the marina fire ranged in size from 18ft to 30ft and divers began salvage efforts on Thursday afternoon.
Gary Smyth, deputy chief at Quincy Fire Department said: “We were very limited because we only had one side to fight the fire from, so we took a defensive stance.”
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.’
Motorboat & Yachting: Italy’s biggest boat show is under way, with some of Europe’s biggest brands on display as part of the 2015 Salone Nautico Genoa Boat Show.
It may no longer be the biggest boat show in the world, as it was in 2007, but the Genoa Boat Show still has a strong appeal, both in Italy and beyond.
The 55th edition of the Salone Nautico (as the locals call it) got off to a strong start on Wednesday (September 30), with a diverse line-up and bright sunshine attracting a healthy crowd.
Although there were more than 1,000 boats on display from 760 exhibitors, the biggest buzz surrounded the Azimut Yachts stand.
The Italian yard was making its return to Genoa after skipping the 2014 show, and did so with a substantial fleet of eight vessels on display.
Prominent models included the 72 Fly, which was making its second public appearance after its official unveiling at last month’s Cannes Boat Show.
The Azimut 72’s vast saloon windows and spacious below-decks accommodation drew admiring comments from press and public alike.
Giovanni Bogetto from Azimut Yachts told MBY: “It is important for us to be in Italy and support our local dealers. We have seen some good signs, not just in Italy, but all across the Mediterannean.”
The new Sessa C42 Fly was another hotly anticipated arrival, with the Bergamo-based yard showing off its new cockpit grill, which is mounted directly above the bathing platform.
Other prominent Italian yards on display included Fiart Mare, Austin Parker and Absolute, although Ferretti Group was a notable absentee.
And there were plenty of bold new designs for visitors to feast their eyes on, including the Overblue 44, Sundeck 550, and Evo 43.
With another three days still to go, it’s too early to make any definitive judgements on this year’s Genoa Boat Show, but it seems that the rising optimism among the boating industry has spread to Italy.
Yachting Boating World: Rolls-Royce is presenting the latest MTU propulsion systems and MTU bridge components at the Salone Nautico in Genoa.
Rolls-Royce is presenting the latest MTU propulsion systems, MTU bridge components, MTU automation products for yachts and the new global customer service and support programme, Premium Yacht Service, at the Salone Nautico in Genoa from 30 September to 05 October 2015.
On show at Stand L8-M9 will be a remote control desk featuring the new Pininfarina-design bridge components, together with a simulator that will allow visitors to test out all functions. The new bridge components are intended to be on the market from spring 2016.
Also on show by MTU will be a model of the advanced-design Series 2000 engine, which also incorporates a ZF gearbox. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.
In the Series 2000 M96, MTU has its latest yacht engine technology on show. This power unit follows on from a long tradition of reliable and efficient high-performance yacht engines from MTU. The new design is distinguished by improved acceleration capabilities and economical fuel consumption – and meets the EPA Tier 3 exhaust emission standard for leisure craft.
It is available as a 12-cylinder or 16-cylinder version with power ratings from 1,268 to 1,939 kW.
“Since the market launch in 2014, we have already supplied more than 200 engines to clients. And the new engine is now in use in numerous yachts in Europe and the USA,” said Nadine Buhmann, head of marine and offshore business at MTU.
Motorboat & Yachting: The latest British Marine survey has reported rising employment levels, business activity and profits in the boating industry.
Rising employment levels, investment and profits have boosted the UK’s boating industry over the past year, according to the last British Marine survey.
The industry body presented its findings at the Southampton Boat Show last week (September 18) and the outlook was positive on all fronts.
Of the 321 companies surveyed, 39% reported increased business activity, compared with 37% last year, while 50% reported increased profits (up 1% on 2014’s figure).
The Marine Industry Trends survey also found that 30% of companies have taken on more staff in the past year, compared with just 24% last time around.
This lead to a positive outlook, with 41% of companies saying they were confident about the next six months, up 10% from the 2014 survey.
And the good news for customers is that despite all of this, 56% of British Marine members said they plan to keep their prices at the same level, compared to just 43% before.
Alastair Wilson, senior researcher at British Marine, said: “It’s fantastic to see that the findings survey are so positive. We are continuing to see our members within the sector experience positive growth for their business.
“Many marine companies are also reporting good sales at the Southampton Boat Show this week demonstrating that there are plenty of opportunities to continue this increased pattern within the industry.”
Other key findings in the British Marine survey included a rise in investment for 45% of firms (up from 39%), while 53% reported increasing turnover (down from 60%).
British Marine plans to release its next snapshot of industry opinion in November.
Pratical Boat Owner: A 10m yacht that ran aground two miles north of Hook Head, in County Wexford, Ireland is believed to have drifted free from its moorings.
Volunteer lifeboat crew launched yesterday morning following reports of the grounded cruiser. Upon arrival, the lifeboat crew found the unmanned yacht sitting deep in the water, perilously close to the rocks.
First on scene was Fethard RNLI Inshore lifeboat whose crew established a tow with the yacht, however this proved unsuccessful.
Shortly after, Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboat arrived on scene and put two crew on board the casualty vessel with a pump to try and drain the water from the yacht and establish a tow to recover it to a nearby harbour.
However, once on board, the lifeboat crew discovered that the yacht had taken on a large amount of water and that it was in danger of sinking. When they attempted to establish a tow the vessel dangerously dipped low into the water and the attempt was abandoned.
The Irish Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter Rescue 117 were also called out to the incident.
A decision was taken to leave the vessel as it was determined that the crew were in danger if they stayed on the yacht.
Dunmore East RNLI Lifeboat spokesman Neville Murphy said, ‘The yacht had taken on a huge amount of water and as such it proved too difficult to safely recover her.
Once it was established that there was no threat to life and it was clear it was too dangerous to safely recover the vessel we made the right decision to step away.’
At present the vessel is still aground and an attempt may be made to recover her at low water.
Motorboat & Yachting: Spanish firefighters were called to the aid of a sinking superyacht last week, after its four bilge pumps failed to stop the flow of water.
Firefighters were called into refit yard Varadero Port Denia last week, after initial efforts to save a sinking superyacht proved in vain.
The 150ft custom motoryacht Sea Falcon II began taking on water in the stern on September 17, and staff on site were unable to stop the flow of water, despite using all four on-board bilge pumps.
After a call was made to the local fire service at 0830, four more pumps were pressed into action by 1200, saving the sinking superyacht from a soggy fate.
No-one was injured and no oil contamination was reported, according to local publication Las Provincias.
Almost a week after the incident and the cause of the sinking superyacht is still a mystery, a spokesperson for the yard told MBY this morning.
Varadero Port Denia is located 60 miles north-east of Alicante on the Spanish coast and current refit projects include a 142ft Perini Navi and 204ft superyacht Yaakun.
Motorboat & Yachting: The worlds of watchmaking and boat manufacturing have come together in the latest model from Italian Sea Group, the Franck Muller 55.
Italian Sea Group has announced details of its new Franck Muller range, which will be unveiled later this week at the Monaco Yacht Show (September 23-26).
Named after and developed in collaboration with the high-end Swiss watchmaker, the first model to be launched from the range is the Franck Muller 55, an open sportscruiser that its designers are billing as “the ultimate toy”.
Hull #1 will come fitted with twin Volvo Penta IPS 950 pod drives for a top speed of 35 knots, although a more powerful IPS 1200 version will be available in due course and should be capable of hitting 40 knots.
Below decks there are two cabins, with ensuite accommodation for the owners plus two guests, while the open-plan teak-laid cockpit provides plenty of socialising space.
The lavish interior design includes ebony cabinetry, marble worktops and ten different types of hand-woven leather upholstery.
Other key features include plenty of exterior LED lights, which the designers claim will create “an artwork at night”.
Franck Muller branded carbon poles and a canvas cover are included, but for those facing unfavourable weather on a more regular basis, the yard plans to launch a hard-top version in the future.
Indeed, the Italian Sea Group has ambitious plans for the Franck Muller range, with 68 Open, 68 HT, 80 HT and 108 RPH models all in development.
Visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show will get the first chance to glimpse the Franck Muller 55 on the water later this week, before it is shipped across the Atlantic for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (November 5-9).
Pratical Boat Owner: A blaze that devastated a 34ft yacht at Deganwy Quays was caused by an electrical fault, fire investigators have said.
A spokesman for North Wales Fire & Rescue Service said the call came in at 3.51pm on Saturday, 19 September to report that the sailing boat was on fire.
A person was on board the yacht, Sandpiper of Hamble, when the fire started and tried to extinguish the fire themselves before evacuating the boat.
Two fire engines from Llandudno attended the incident. Crews found the yacht to be well alight, moored alongside a jetty,and tackled the blaze using one hose reel and two main reel jets. The fire was extinguished by 6pm.
The fire service spokesman added: ‘There was someone on board when the fire started, they tried to tackle it themselves and then evacuated the boat.
‘It was an accidental fire, due to an electrical fault. The coastguard were informed.’
Pratical Boat Owner: A yacht that crossed the Atlantic after being abandoned more than a year ago has been sunk just as its owner made a last dash to retrieve it. Yacht owner Thomas Mallunat left the boat, Troll, in October 2014 near Bermuda because of a medical emergency with his wife.
Although never expecting to see it again, he was advised of a recent sighting by an Irish Maritime Patrol Aircraft and travelled to Cornwall in the hope of retrieving the boat, however it had been sunk in the meantime.
Spokesman for Defence Forces Ireland said the Naval Service received some correspondence from Mr Mallunat after the yacht had been sunk last month.
The spokesman said: ‘Although obviously disappointed, he does not seem to bear any ill will to the Irish Naval Service and appears to accept the rationale. He had in fact left hatches open when he abandoned it as he did not want the empty boat to be a hazard.’
This cruiser was adrift in the UK Search and Rescue area of responsibility (that lies within the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone).
At the request of the UK Coastguard (from Falmouth MRCC), the L.É. EITHNE sunk the yacht Troll in position 49 18.85N 010 32.36W on the evening of 19 August 2015.
This position was approximately 131 nautical miles south west of Mizen Head, on the south west coast of Ireland.
The spokesman said: ‘This was a prudent measure taken because the vessel was adrift in the transatlantic shipping lanes and was deemed to be a navigation hazard to merchant traffic. No pollution emanated from the vessel when it sank.’