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.
Motorboat & Yachting: Sunseeker has revealed the first images of the Sunseeker 131 superyacht, which is due to be launched in early 2016.
The first images of the Sunseeker 131 superyacht have been revealed, with the Poole-based yard taking a bold approach to exterior design.
The dramatic cutaway bulwarks may divide opinion, but Sunseeker has already sold four hulls ahead of its 2016 launch.
After one year in development and construction, the completed Hull #1 will now go into extensive testing and sea trials prior to the first owners taking delivery.
Sunseeker estimates that the tri-deck 131 will have a top speed of 23 knots and an optimum cruising speed of 12 knots.
The interior is every inch as opulent as you would expect from a Sunseeker superyacht, with the yard’s bespoke service meaning that fabrics, furniture and even layout are up for discussion.
On this particular model, the owner has gone for a light colour scheme with plenty of mirrored surfaces.
Sunseeker recently celebrated its 100th hull over 100ft and with the official launch of the Sunseeker 131 edging ever closer the British boatbuilder is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
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.
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.
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.
Motorboat & Yachting: The British sailboat manufacturer will be exhibiting the Spirit Yachts P40C this week at the Monaco Yacht Show.
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.
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).
Motorboat & Yachting: The amphibious RIB manufacturer has launched its largest model to date, which has been named the Sealegs 9000.
The market for amphibious RIBs is getting bigger, quite literally, following the latest launch from New Zealand yard Sealegs.
The Sealegs 9000 is the largest model of its kind, with seating for eight on board its 9m (30ft) aluminium hull.
And although it is targeted at commercial and military owners, pleasure boaters will surely be drawn to the idea of a 44-knot speed machine that can also crawl up the beach at a little over 4mph.
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Southampton Boat Show have claimed that the first weekend saw a 3% rise in visitors when compared to last year.
This year’s Southampton Boat Show has got off to a strong start, with organisers British Marine Boat Shows claiming a 3% rise in attendance over the opening weekend.
The Southampton Boat Show attendance figures are even rosier when compared to 2013, which results in a 5% boost in attendance for Britain’s biggest boat show over the past two years.
Highlights so far have included a guest appearance from Formula 1 presenter Suzi Perry, music from Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro, and an aerial display from RAF stunt team The Red Arrows.
And on the water, world premieres from Fairline Boats, Princess Yachts and Beneteau have further piqued the interest of boat lovers.
However, with five full days still to come, the organisers were keen to stress that there is still plenty of attractions to lure visitors down to Mayflower Park, including the return of Ladies Day on Thursday (September 17).
The boating industry has enjoyed a bumper show so far, with brokerage firm Clipper Marine selling three boats on Press Preview Day.
Penny Hopkins at Dean and Reddyhoff marinas was equally upbeat, adding: “We had a fantastic and busy first day at the show, we have had a steady stream of visitors to the stand and received lots of new business enquiries.”