Practical Boat Owner: The UK and Ireland are holding an event to find potential technology candidates to complete the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and counter threats to maritime safety.
The event will be hosted at the Trinity House in London on 2 March 2016 by the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Royal Institute of Navigation and will explore the future maritime navigation of mix of technologies in 2030 and beyond to identify potential complements to Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).
Its purpose is to present ways to protect marine environment, supporting economic growth and maintain safety of navigation in increasingly confined and congested shipping areas, and also to explore technologies that could complement GNSS for robust cost-effective navigation of ships in the future.
Navigable sea space is set to shrink, with growing obstacles like marine conservation areas and wind farms. Therefore GNSS is likely to remain the primary source of navigation data, as it can be prone to interference and is not infallible.
It is clear that there is a need for complementary technologies higher than ever to provide robust and reliable navigation data, combined with a rise in GNSS jamming incidents.
Motorboat & Yachting: Newquay Airport launched its Coastguard helicopter this week, after Bristow Helicopters delivered its first new model to the Cornish base.
In a ceremony held at the Cornish search and rescue base, the new arrival was welcomed by Coastguard officials and special guests.
Richard Parkes, director of maritime operations at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), said: “I am immensely proud to welcome the Newquay civilian base to the service.”
He also paid tribute to many decades of “outstanding work” from the base’s predecessor RNAS Culdrose.
The Newquay Coastguard helicopter base will be led by chief pilot Captain Mark Coupland, who served for 18 years in the Royal Navy before joining Bristow Helicopters in 2002.
Captain Coupland added: “The whole team here at the base feels very privileged to be involved in delivering this vital public service and we are looking forward to getting started.”
The Newquay base will start receiving taskings from the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) in January.
The introduction of new Coastguard helicopters from Bristow is part of a ten-year £1.9bn contact that was awarded to the private company by the government in March 2013.
The first Bristow Helicopters model went into service at Humberside and Inverness in April 2015.
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.
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.
Yachting Boating World: Uber’s boat service across the Bosphorus in Turkey is slowly beginning to gain momentum, after its launch in June this year.
Just a year after Uber began to service Turkey with its taxi service, the company announced UberBOAT, a service to transport people from Europe to Asia.
UberBOAT, which has teamed with Turkish boat company Navette, allows people to order the boats in the same way as they order Uber cars.
Through a smartphone app, users locate the nearest boat and when the captain calls to confirm availability, the boat arrives and the journey begins.
Uber launched the scheme after recognising that Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, experiences severely heavy traffic and can make it difficult for people to get around.
“It is an alternative way to escape the city traffic and ease congestion on the roads, particularly on the two bridges that link Europe and Asia,” Austin Kim, Uber’s operation manager for Turkey, told AFP.
“By boat, you cross (the Bosphorus Strait) in five minutes, whereas by car, it takes about an hour and a half,” he said.
Fares start at 50 Turkish liras ($16 / 15 euros) but can be split between passengers. Each boat can hold up 10 people at a time.
“We have more clients at weekends. I would say that we carry around 50-60 people per week,” said the captain of one of the boats.
UberBOAT is struggling to gain more customers due to fierce competition between transport services ferrying across the Bosphorus Strait. Public ferries between the European and Asian sides of Istanbul can cost as little as 2.15 lira ($0.71) per ride.
Alternatively, there is the option of a water cab, which charges 46 Turkish lira (approximately $16 dollars) and additional fares for each nautical mile.
The Turkish government is currently working on a project to build “Kanal Istanbul,” another strait to bypass the Bosphorus to ease the boat traffic in the narrow waterway.
Uber remains a controversial company and is facing numerous challenges from other transport services across the world, including TFL, who have published proposed new rules for apps including Uber. The proposals include a mandatory five minute wait time, even if a car is available just around the corner. This means users will be unable to see the nearest cars when they open the app.
As Uber’s reach continues to grow around the world, the company is increasingly experimenting with different types of transportation, including UberBOAT.
Yachting Boating World: GetMyBoat launches the first ever app to allow owners to rent out their fleet.
It’s undoubtable that AirBnB has changed the way people book accomodation when travelling, and the same concept has now been launched for yachts and boats.
The clever people at GetMyBoat, the biggest boat and yacht rental on the market, have come up with an ingenious idea.
Its new feature SleepAboard is a very similar concept to AirBnB, where owners can rent out their homes, or in this case their watercraft.
“Sleep Aboard is a boat-and-breakfast-type experience where travelers can stay aboard owners’ boats without leaving the dock.”, states the company’s press release.
GetMyBoat already has around 35,000 vessels in 143 countries on their books and Sleep Aboard has already proved popular in the US and Europe.
Prices for a one day stay range from $200 to $4,000, depending on the craft. Most owners don’t allow renters to take the boat out but some provide excursions at an additional coast.
“There are boating bed and breakfasts in Newport, Miami, and San Francisco; houseboats on landlocked lakes where people want to stop and enjoy some fresh air. In Amsterdam, houseboats are popular, while in the United Kingdom, canal boats are the norm.”, said GetMyBoat CIO Bryan Petro in a statement.
“We are committed to growing boating worldwide at GetMyBoat. Sleep Aboard is yet another way to reach new boaters and ensure the growth of an activity everybody should have the opportunity to experience. We’re happy to introduce the feature and excited to see its impact on how the world goes boating.”.
This is of course good news for boat owners too, who can lighten the coast of their upkeeping by renting out their beloved fleet.
Yachting Boating World: A new app has been launched which allows you to see where friends and family are out on the water has been launched by marine technology startup Swell Advantage.
First location based social network for boaters combining the ability to identify family and friends out on the water with navigation tools.
The app, launched last month, is compatible with iOS and can be downloaded from the app store for free.
The Swell Advantage app is designed to help build boating communities by allowing people to see where others are on the water, see when friends get onto their boats, and gives family members peace of mind by allowing them to track their loved ones.
Boaters’ locations are hidden while on land, and users can turn off the ability to be seen by their friends while on the water.
“In talking to our customers and having spent a lot of years out on the water, we have really just tried to design a product that fits our customers needs, fits their lifestyle, and helps them navigate and make decision,” said Swell Advantage cofounder and CEO Iain Archibald.
The Swell Advantage suite of navigation tools aim to reimagine the navigation interface making it more intuitive and easier for the recreational boater.
Using an innovative Navigation Ring, Swell Advantage strategically places the critical pieces of information needed by an operator, in a manner that is available and readable at a quick glance.
Swell Advantage provides the operator with standard features like boat speed and heading, and also unique features like a realtime radial scale and a visualization of drift affecting the boat.
You can download Swell Advantage for free in the Apple App Store, with an Android version expected later in 2015.
Motorboat & Yachting: Scottish yacht haven Campbeltown Marina has announced that it has complete a major upgrade of its facilities.
Boaters visiting Scotland this summer will be able to take advantage of the upgraded facilities at Campbeltown Marina (pictured above), which has recently completed an improvement project.
The Argyll and Bute marina now offers 54 berths from a new U-shaped pontoon configuration that allows room for boats measuring up to 33-metres.
Extensive dredging has also extended the basin area, which is fully accessible even at low tide. Situated on the sheltered east coast of the Kintyre peninsula, Campebeltown Marina also boasts a brand new shower and toilet block, as well as free Wi-Fi.
Speaking in advance of the grand opening on June 27, marina manager Calum Lawson said: “I’m really looking forward to welcoming visitors to this fantastic new facility.
“Campbeltown is a perfect destination in a prime location for a quick stopover or longer stay and can provide everything a visitor could require,” he added.
Local attractions include six golf courses, the 100-mile Kintyre Way walking route and the Mull of Kintyre itself, as well as horse riding, fishing and diving.
Rates at Campbeltown marina start from £15 per night for boats under 7m, while annual berths cost from £130 per metre.
Yachting & Boating World: The Royal Southern Yacht Club was honoured on Thursday by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
The Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble was honoured on Thursday by the presence of its patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, for the commissioning ceremony of the newly completed Prince Philip Yacht Haven.
Three years ago, His Royal Highness graciously lent his name to the project that transformed the club’s waterfront and returned yesterday to view the completed development for the first time.
Accompanied by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mrs. Lindsay Fox, Prince Philip was welcomed to the Royal Southern Yacht Club by its commodore, Mr. Christopher Mansfield, before meeting flag officers and members of both the Royal Southern and its neighbour, the Royal Air Force Yacht Club, a partner in the waterfront project.
Later, His Royal Highness met the chairman of the group responsible for the Haven development, past commodore Mr. Mark Inkster, and its members, together with representatives of the Hampshire-based contractors who had worked on the project, before unveiling a commemorative plaque and taking lunch with members.
The 8-month building project has included the construction of a new quay wall, a capital dredge to give full tidal access, a new slipway and re-positioning pontoons to create enhanced berthing facilities for members and visitors.
The Haven includes a much needed disabled persons access, an ecologically sound ‘living wall’ for invertebrates and, overall, the development will provide added flood protection to the village of Hamble.
Commodore Mansfield commented: “The Prince Philip Yacht Haven would never have been completed without the unstinting generosity and tolerance of Members, who deserve our unreserved thanks.
“Nor would it have been delivered without the foresight and impetus of members from both clubs who made up the Haven Group, or the contractors selected to bring it to fruition. It is truly a world class facility which will transform the sailing opportunities for both clubs.”
The Royal Southern Yacht Club has enjoyed Royal patronage since its formation in 1837. A Member for 67 years, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh was gracious enough to accept an invitation to become admiral of the club in 1952 and became its patron in 2002.
Motorboat & Yachting: Isle of Wight marina Cowes Yacht Haven has been added to the TransEurope network, following the completion of a major dredging project.
Cowes Yacht Haven has been named as the latest member of the TransEurope Marinas network, the first Isle of Wight marina to join this group.
The TransEurope association means that bertholders at Cowes Yacht Haven can get half-price moorings at 29 other UK marinas and 40 overseas marinas across seven European countries.
In return, bertholders at all other TransEurope marinas are now entitled to a half-price mooring at Cowes.
Jon Pridham, managing director of Cowes Yacht Haven, said: “We are very positive that this will benefit the Island and its tourism greatly and offers a great opportunity for our berth-holders to explore other marinas around the continent.”
The news comes shortly after Cowes Yacht Haven completed a major dredging project, ensuring a minimum water depth of 3.5 metres, even during low spring tides.
The 260-berth marina has also recently spent £300,000 on a new mobile crane, which can lift vessels weighing up to 15 tonnes.