Practical Boat Owner:  A yacht that was donated by a Jersey boat owner to help raise funds for shelters for migrants and refugees who are facing a cold winter in Calais camps is urgently awaiting sale.

 

Volunteer aid worker Ghazi Najib said the yacht was worth £25,000 but added: ‘As a charity we are happy to accept any offer as we need the money to buy shelters for the refugees before the weather get colder as soon as possible.’

Boat owner Michael de Petrovsky visited the camps with aid and construction workers and was so touched by the plight of people living there that the pensioner has now given his seven-berth racing cruiser Contango to Mr Najib.

The money raised will be used to build emergency shelters in the French port town. More than 300 shelters are needed at a cost of $1,700 each; each shelter can accommodate 20 people and provide facilities for eating and lighting.

Mr de Petrovsky is continuing paying the boat’s £350 a month mooring fees in Jersey until it is sold.

The yacht is being sold privately by Mr Najib who said: ‘Every penny counts at the moment before the winter hit.’

Interested buyers can call Mr Najib on 07797 862492 or email ghazi2407@gmail.com

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Practical Boat Owner: In 2016, the Solitaire du Figaro race will stopover in Cowes on the Isle of Wight for the first time in the event’s 47-year history.

 

The solo offshore race will start from the historic French town Deauville, France on 19 June 2016.

Up to 40 sailors are expected to be on the starting line, for the race that will cover 1,525nm between four European host venues – Deauville, Isle of Wight – Cowes, Paimpol and La Rochelle. A close coastal route looks set to present new challenges for the solo skippers in 2016.

The Solitaire du Figaro is claimed to be one of the world’s toughest sailing competitions, the ‘world championships of solo offshore racing’, with the course taking just over a month to complete. The race pushes competitors to the edges of their physical and mental limits.

Estimated £1.8million boost
For the first time in race history, in 2016 the Solitaire du Figaro will stopover on the Isle of Wight. Following the success of the last UK stopover in Torbay, the Isle of Wight would hope to see 20,000 visitors pass through the Solitaire du Figaro race village over five days.

The Solitaire du Figaro had a hugely positive economic impact on Torbay in 2015, injecting roughly £1.8million into the seaside town.

The event will bring not only a professional sailing race to the pontoons of Cowes Yacht Haven, but a bustling race village to Cowes Town. Free and open from 22nd to 26th June, the Race Village will offer five days of fun family entertainment in Cowes, including food markets, a drinks bar, live music in the Race Village and try sailing for all on the Solent – courtesy of the official event charity UKSA. Plus a host of interactive stands and activities and an education program focused on coastal conservation and the environment for local children.

The race
Starting Leg 1 from Deauville, the fleet will race the longest 510-mile leg across the channel, around the south of the Island to Lands end, before heading east along the UK south coast towards the finish line in Cowes – a maritime town famous for its unique sailing waters.

The Solitaire du Figaro Race Village will offer five days of fun family entertainment in Cowes, including food markets, a drinks bar, live music in the Race Village and try sailing for all on the Solent. Alongside the racing and live entertainment, there will be a host of interactive stands and activities to entertain the public.

Expected to arrive on the Isle of Wight around the 22 June, the Solitaire du Figaro will stay in the UK until Sunday 26 June, when the fleet will set sail on Leg 2 (475nm) to Paimpol in Brittany.

Leg 2 will take skippers back along the south coast of England and around the iconic Wolf Rock. From there, they will cross back into French waters to a mark off of Penmarc’h, sending the fleet north along the coast of Brittany past Ushant and through the infamous Raz de Seine.

From Paimpol, the fleet will race 410nm to La Rochelle, back through the Raz and cutting across the fickle waters of the Bay of Biscay. To end the 2016 Solitaire du Figaro, competitors will race a final 160nm around Île de Ré, an island linked to La Rochelle by an impressive bridge, and the small fishing island of Île d’Yeu. A short but tricky route, the tired skippers will be careful to avoid fish farms, trawlers and the wind shadows of the Islands.

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Yachting Boating World: Being the victim of boat theft is a nasty experience so we’ve got our top 10 tips on how to keep both your vessel and your belongings safe.

 

Whether big or small, marine crime has a big impact on its victims and can generate fear among boating communities. The first step to tackling the problem is ensuring that you’ve done everything you can to protect yourself from boat theft.

The following tips should help you to have peace of mind that you’ve left your boat and its belongings as secure as they can be.

1. Never leave anything valuable on display, this includes items lose in the cockpit or on deck such as rope and fenders.

2. If you can, take any valuables off the boat with you, or make sure you lock them away and keep the curtains drawn when the boat is empty so thieves can’t see inside. If you’re unable to take some items with you, ensure you mark them and photographs of the item.

3. Stickers stating that all valuables have been removed from the boat is also another good deterrent.

4. Make sure you use strong padlocks to secure any cupboards. Fit good strong locks and hinges where possible and invest in an alarm if one can be placed on the vessel.

5. Keep your life raft and engine secure as these are some of the most valuable items on your boat. You can get locks specifically designed for outboard engines that hold up against strong attempts at removal.

6. If you need to step away from the ignition, always take the key with you.

7. Keep a list of all the serial numbers on valuables like your radio, navigation equipment or outboard engine. In the event that your boat is broken into, you’ll have copies to pass the police, making it easier for them to trace stolen items back to you. It’s also worth making a note of any scratches or marks your equipment has, as it could help identify it in the event it is stolen.

8. Mark everything you buy for your boat with your postcode and contact details.

9. Keep your boat keys separate to your engine keys, so should either of them be stolen, a thief won’t have access to both.

10. Make sure you’re part of the Boatmark scheme, which will see your boat given an electronic tag, programmed with a unique 14-character Hull Identification Number.

If you’re concerned about theft in your area, consider setting up a watch with your local sailing club or motor group so that vessels are checked over regularly. Frequent patrols should also help deter thieves from targeting you in the first place.

Those who do become victims of marine crime are encouraged to contact their local police force on 101. In the event that anything is stolen from your boat, it’s worth checking sites such as eBay and Gumtree in case whoever stole your property attempts to sell it on. You should contact the police if you recognise any items being sold online that you believe to be yours.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The French boating giant has announced that it will be launching the Bénéteau GT46 at next month’s Paris Boat Show.

 

Not content with the impending launch of the Swift Trawler 30, Beneteau has revealed that it will also be launching a new 44ft sportscruiser at the 2015 Paris Boat Show (December 5-13) in the form of the Bénéteau GT46.

As the pictures above show, it bears more than a striking resemblance to the Beneteau GT40, which was launched this summer.

However, the new arrival will also come with a full-beam owners cabin amidships as well as a forecabin that can be set up as either a double bed or a V-shaped twin berth.

A three-cabin layout with bunk beds replacing the lower saloon will also be offered as an alternative.

Power will come from a choice of Volvo Penta engine set-ups, either IPS 600 or twin 400hp sterndrives.

This should carry the Bénéteau GT46’s second generation Air Step planning hull to a top speed of more than 30 knots.

However, the modestly sized 900l fuel tank means this model will be more suited to short-range coastal cruising than tackling long passages.

The main galley is situated on the lower decks to free up more socialising space in the open-plan cockpit/saloon, although those looking to cook al fresco can make use of the transom wetbar and grill.

Other key features include electrically opening side windows, curved galley skylight, and high-low hydraulic bathing platform.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The number of superyachts available for charter in Spanish waters has risen significantly over the past two years, according to a new report.

 

The Spanish Government’s decision to drop matriculation tax has given a massive helping hand to the local superyacht charter market, according to figures recently released by the Spanish boating association AEGY.

In its 2015 report, AEGY reveals that there are now 86 yachts over 20m that are currently available for charter in the Balearics, compared with just 29 in 2013, before the matriculation tax laws changed.

As a result, the Balearic superyacht charter market is now worth €12.5m (£8.8m) a year to the Spanish economy in terms of taxes and local spending.

Back in 2012, matriculation taxes were bringing in just €4m for the whole of Spain, so AEGY argues that the decision to drop this levy on superyacht charters was the right one.

Diego Colon, president of the AEGY, said: “We recognise that there is still work to do to ensure that the bureaucratic and fiscal procedures related to chartering and operating superyachts in Spain are simplified and streamlined.

“However we are confident that these statistics will strengthen and support our lobbying initiatives.” He added that six of the eight major international brokerage companies now have offices on Mallorca.

The AEGY report also estimates that there are 600 superyachts (over 24m) currently available for charter in the Mediterranean, and predicts the total for Spain is likely to hit triple figures by the time the 2016 superyacht charter season rolls around.

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Practical Boat Owner: A yachtsman has donated his £25,000 boat to the cause of migrants and refugees who are facing a cold winter in Calais camps.Contango, the yacht that is being sold is to raise money for building shelters in Calais.

 

Boat owner Michael de Petrovsky from Jersey visited the camps with aid and construction workers and was so touched by the plight of people living there that the pensioner has now given his seven-berth racing cruiser Contango to volunteer aid worker Ghazi Najib to aid the cause.

Mr Najib says the boat is on sale and the money raised will be used to build emergency shelters in the French port town. He told PBO that more than 300 shelters are needed at a cost of $1,700 each; each shelter can accommodate 20 people and provide facilities for eating and lighting.

Mr de Petrovsky is also willing to continue paying the boat’s £350 a month mooring fees until it is sold.

The yacht is being sold privately by Mr Najib who saidL ‘Every penny counts at the moment before the winter hit.’

Interested buyers can call Mr Najib on 07797 862492 or email ghazi2407@gmail.com

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Motorboat & Yachting: Worldwide used boat sales have risen by 2.6% in value over the past nine months, according to the latest report from YachtWorld.

 

The used boat market is growing, according to the latest YachtWorld Market Index report, which shows a 2.6% year-on-year rise in the total value of used boat sales over the past nine months.

What’s more, the report also shows an increase in the total number of used boats sold, which is up by 7.8% for Q1-Q3 2015 to 30,450 models changing hands.

Breaking down the figures, the US used boat market saw a 4.7% rise by value, whereas in Europe the increase was just under 2.3%.

Looking at the specific motorboat brands, Jeanneau was the most popular, with 93 models changing hands on YachtWorld in the past nine months, ahead of Fairline and Sealine who were tied on 85 each.

All of the key British brands fared well overall – the 55 Princess Yachts sold were worth the most, with a combined total of €11.58m in value, while Sunseeker fetched the highest average price of €864,986.

Jeanneau models were found to change hands the quickest of the top brands, with an average time to sale of 241 days, which is well below the overall average of 326.

John Burnham, managing editor of YachtWorld, said of the report: “Small but steady gains were the norm in the yacht brokerage market in the US and Europe.

“Superyacht sales drove higher total market spending in Europe, but across the Atlantic it was 36-79ft boats pushing the total value higher.”

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Practical Boat Owner: Televisions, laptops, mobile phones, power tools, heaters or simply charging the boat’s batteries, whatever the electrical need, the stark warning from a leading boat safety body is that petrol generators will continue to cost lives and cause misery unless boaters use them correctly.

 

Boat Safety Scheme (BSS), made this blunt statement in light of the fatalities and injuries that have taken place on boats across the UK in recent years; devastating events that could have been avoided if the correct safety measures were taken.

Petrol generators can be seen as critical to some boaters wanting off-grid electrical power. Yet the fact that generators emit deadly carbon monoxide and need refuelling with highly flammable petrol means they must be never be installed in an enclosed cockpit area or engine space of a boat and must never be used on or close to the boat where exhaust fumes could enter the boat and where they can cause injuries or fatalities.

The BSS says that if boaters want to use generators, these three basic bullet points should be followed: –

  • Never install a portable generator permanently or make unauthorised modifications that are not supported by the manufacturer, or proprietary component supplier.
  • Never run generators on the boat, or on the bank near to the boat’s doors, vents, windows and hatches. If you can smell exhaust fumes in the boat, it could mean the cabin is also filling with deadly carbon monoxide.
  • Never refuel any generator anywhere aboard the boat; take it to the bank and ensure you are a safe distance from other boats and potential sources of ignition.

However, make sure you are keeping to any marina or mooring-owner guidance and rules on the use of generators, refuelling and the handling of petrol on their sites.

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Yachting Boating World: The British-made modern classic mahogany and teak sailboat is expected to fetch a pretty (money) penny.

 

It’s no spectre of an offer. The handmade wooden yacht featured in the James Bond movie Casino Royale has gone on the market for more than £600,000.

During filming of the 2006 movie, the 54ft Soufrière became the first sailing vessel to transit Venice’s Grand Canal in 300 years.

The boat and its team of builders were put through their paces for the making of the Bond film. Soufrière was shipped to the Bahamas, sailed to Puerto Rico and through the British Virgin Islands to Tortola Harbour, before being shipped to Croatia and then sailed to Venice.

The sloop went to an Irish buyer after filming finished on Casino Royale and has since been used for cruising and racing, coming second at this years Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge regatta in the Class 1 Modern Classics division.

Soufrière was built in the UK by Spirit Yachts in Ipswich and sleeps up to six in two double cabins with en suite bathrooms. The sailboat has mahogany topsides, teak decks, draws 7ft 4ins and its Yanmar engine produces 54bhp.

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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.

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