Motorboat & Yachting: Five Sunseeker models ranging from 48ft-68ft will go on display at the Pre-Season Boat Show next month.

Sunseeker has confirmed its five boat models to centrepiece at this year’s Sunseeker Pre-Season Boat Show in Poole 18-20 March 2016.

The boat show event will give Sunseeker fans the chance to view the San Remo, Manhattan 55, Manhattan 65 and 68 Sport Yacht close up.

Completing the line-up is the Sunseeker Predator 57, which was launched just last year at the 2015 London Boat Show and has become Sunseeker’s fastest selling model with more than 60 hulls built in the first year alone.

The Sunseeker Pre-Season Boat Show runs from 10am to 4pm with a VIP evening event to raise money for the Julias House Hospice.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Bates Wharf has announced that it will be bringing a Fairline Targa 38 to the 2016 London On-Water Boat Show.

 

Bates Wharf has signed up for the 2016 London On-Water Boat Show and will display a Fairline Targa 38.

The boat show will be in London’s St Katharine Docks from May 4-7 2016 with other exhibitors such as Wessex Marina and  Princess Yachts.

The presence of Bates Wharf is significant as it will be the first exhibition of a new Fairline model since the company was bought out of administration by new Russian owners last month.

The Fairline Targa 38 is the entry-level model in the Fairline Boats collection, and with the largest engine option of twin 400hp Volvo Penta D6 engines fitted, this is the fastest Fairline model ever with a top speed of over 40 knots.

Tickets are on sale now for the London On-Water Boat Show 2016 with prices starting from £9 per person.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Organisers of Düsseldorf Boot 2016 have announced that this year 247,000 visitors attended the boat show.

 

Boot Düsseldorf closed last night and the organisers have confirmed a rise in visitor attendance for this year of a grand total of 247,000 visitors, which marks a 2.8% increased when compare to last year.

The figures included 50,000 foreign visitors travelling from 52 countries to attend the boat show. With more than 1,800 boats on display, Düsseldorf Boot is one of the largest in the world and the atmosphere at this year’s show was optimistic and upbeat.

Boot Düsseldorf Boot, managing director Werner Matthias Dornscheidt said: “Boot 2016 was a professional party that whetted everyone’s appetite for water activities in gloomy January.”

His words are backed up by the exhibitors, with 90% of them expecting the boat show to grow further in the next two or three years.

The 2017 Boot Düsseldorf Boat Show has been scheduled for 21-29 January.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Following the success of the inaugural event in 2014, the East Anglian Boat Show will be returning to Woolverstone Marina this weekend.

 

Woolverstone Marina will be hosting the East Anglian Boat Show for the second year running, with a selection of new and used boats on display this weekend (20-21 June). Vessels on display will range from 20ft-45ft and there will be plenty of opportunities for visitors to get on the water at this free event.

Fox’s Yacht Sales will be making their East Anglian Boat Show debut with four boats on display including the Bénéteau Antares 7.80, and the Barracuda 7. Broom Brokerage will also attending, with a pair of used models on display – namely a Broom 425 and a Broom 41.

Free car parking and family entertainment will also be laid on, while local charity the Woolverstone Project will be hosting a fundraising initiative. Organisers will be hoping to build on last year’s encouraging show (pictured above), when more than 2,500 visitors descended on the marina.

The 2015 East Anglian Boat Show will run at Woolverstone Marina from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 20 June and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 21 June.

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Motorboat & Yachting: This year’s Southampton Boat Show is starting to shape up, with organisers confirming that the Red Arrows will be making a special appearance.

 

First details are starting to emerge about the 2015 Southampton Boat Show (from the 11-20 September), as the organisers have secured a major coup by lining up a Red Arrows flypast for the first time.

The famous Royal Air Force stunt team will be performing their aerobatics above Mayflower Marina from 15:40 to 16:00 on Saturday July 12.

Apart from the Red Arrows display, other key attractions include the 100ft Ferris wheel, which is returning for the second year in a row to offer visitors panoramic views of the show.

Meanwhile, the historic tall ship Earl of Pembroke will be open for visitors to climb aboard throughout the ten-day event.

Visitors will also be able to try out boating through various initiatives. Get Afloat will provide dinghy sailing and stand-up paddleboarding taster sessions for 8-16 year-olds, while Wet Wheels will be offering catamaran rides for wheelchair users.

The show, which is now in its 47th year, features a purpose-built marina to house the hundreds of models that are displayed on the water.

In terms of new models, big-name debuts from the likes of Fairline Boats, Sunseeker and Princess Yachts are expected, and a number of high-profile announcements are due in the coming weeks.

Advance tickets to the 2015 Southampton Boat Show are on sale now, priced at £15 per adult. Two children aged under 15 can go for free with each paying adult.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The Aston Martin powerboat by Quintessence Yachts will feature a convertible roof and an espresso machine that can be controlled remotely.

 

Quintessence Yachts has ratcheted up the hype around its impending Aston Martin powerboat by releasing a few more tantalizing details.

The AM37 was announced at a press preview event in April, when initial details were thin on the ground. However, with the Aston Martin powerboat’s Monaco Boat Show debut fast approaching, the specifics are starting to come out.

First renders showed the boat to be a 37ft open powerboat model, but it turns out that these first snaps only told half of the story.

Quintessence Yachts will be fitting the AM37 with a sliding carbon-fibre deck cover, which allows owners to protect the interior from the elements without the inelegant hassle of canvas and elastic. As the renders above show, this will cover both helm seats and the C-shaped seating area in the aft of the cockpit.

Further features confirmed at Quintessence Yachts’s latest press conference in Dubai include a bimini top, swimming ladder, and 15-inch touchscreen multimedia and entertainment system.

And for those looking for a true turn-key experience, the Aston Martin powerboat will also come with a remote control system that allows you to set the air conditioning, get the fridge chilling and start the espresso brewing before you even leave your house.

More tantalising details are due to be revealed over the next few months, ahead of the finished article hitting the water in September. Watch this space.

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Motorboat & Yachting: For the first time in many years, Port Solent Marina will be hosting a New & Used Boat Show, which will run from 11-12 July 2015.

 

Port Solent Marina has more than 800 berths – Picture: Premier Marinas

Port Solent Marina has announced that its New & Used Boat Show will be making a return this summer, after a long absence. As its name suggests, the new show will feature new and used boats and will run over the weekend of July 11-12.

Local brokers Clipper Marine and Ancasta are involved, which means that brand new models from Bénéteau, Bavaria, Lagoon and Prestige will be on display at this free event. And Fleming Yachts, who recently opened a UK office in Swanwick, will be bringing along a brand new Fleming 55.

On-site chandlery Marine Super Store will have a range of products from Raymarine, Navico and Garmin to demonstrate, while Golden Arrow will be demonstrating Honwave T24 RIBs and Torqueedo electric outboards.

The RNLI will be offering owners a free lifejacket safety clinic, as well as free advice on staying safe at sea. Finally, those looking for a flashy sportscar can admire a selection of the latest models from Maserati and Porsche.

Food and drink will be available from the Port House on-site restaurant, including a full fried breakfast and vegetarian curry for lunch (from 11:30 onwards).

Graham Bristowe, General Manager at Port Solent Marina, said: “We haven’t had a New and Used Boat Show at Port Solent for quite a number of years and I’m especially pleased that we are able to host this show to highlight our prime brokerage services and welcome new tenants into the community.”

Port Solent Marina is part of the Premier Marinas group and features more than 800 berths measuring up to 40 metres.

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Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Cannes Yachting Festival have launched a new private jet service to make it easier for billionaire buyers to make a flying visit.

 

One of the big highlights of the boating calendar, the Cannes Yachting Festival will take place from September 8-13 this year, and the organisers have announced plans to up the luxury stakes.

This year, wealthy buyers can arrive in the utmost style thanks to the Cannes show’s new private jet transfer service.

Laid on in conjunction with luxury airline Wijet, the new jet taxi service can pick you up from any one of 1,200 different airports across Europe and includes exclusive rates for those visiting the show.

Other premium offerings include the Riviera card, which is new for 2015. Priced at €800, this grants visitors access to exclusive VIP champagne lounges, priority access to the most exclusive superyachts, a tour of the show by tender and helicopter transfers across the harbour.

This year’s Cannes Yachting festival is expected to have more than 550 models on display from the likes of Benetti, Fairline, San Lorenzo and many more.

More than 80 world premieres have already been confirmed for the show, including the Sunreef 70 powercat, Absolute Navetta 500, Prestige 680, Princess V57, Riva 76 and Azimut Magellano 66.

And for those whose budgets don’t quite stretch to the full VIP experience, day tickets are available from €15 (£11) per person.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Haines Marine has announced plans to revamp the flagship Haines 400, which will be relaunched at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.

 

Norfolk manufacturer Haines Marine is planning to refresh its flagship motoryacht this year with the relaunch of the Haines 400.

The original Haines 400 was launched in 2010, but following the recent success of the redesigned Haines 32 Offshore and Sedan, the yard has decided to carry some of this design language over to the largest model in the fleet.

As a result, the new Haines 400 will get a stone grey hull and extra-long hull windows. Meanwhile the layout will include an aft owner’s cabin, VIP en-suite in the bows, raised aft cockpit, and a split-level saloon and galley.

Most importantly, the new arrival will get the latest 4.46-litre Yanmar V8 diesel engines, generating 370hp on each side for a top speed in excess of 30 knots.

Local dealer Norfolk Yacht Agency will be launching the new Haines 400 at the 2015 Southampton Boat Show, after which it will be displayed as a stock boat.

In a statement to accompany the news, the broker added: “The 2016 model will have all the well loved characteristics of the previous model with a subtle but notably updated exterior. “Needless to say we can’t wait for this gorgeous new boat’s arrival.”

 
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Pratical Boat Owner: The second boat and food festival at Portland Marina on the Dorset coast will be taking place this weekend.

Held tomorrow, Saturday 11 April and Sunday 12 April, Fish & Ships 2015 aims to build on the success of last year and will include local boat and art craft, live music and the best of Dorset’s fine foods – from cheese, wines and ciders, to Portland Oysters and fresh fish.

There will be seafood samples and demonstrations from the Crab House Cafe and Mat Follas, fresh fish and shellfish distributors, local farmers, cider makers, artisan bakers and chocolate makers. The event is fully supported by Dorset Food & Drink.

The ‘Ships’ element will include new and used boats for sale, watersports demonstrations such as paddle boarding and windsurfing and gig rowing. Plus trips out on the water with Quality Time, all things chandlery with Apollo Marine and new boats from KTKPrime.

The RNLI, Coastwatch, BMF South West and Lyme Regis’ Boat Building Academy are all participating. The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy will also display bass boats built with Sunseeker.

There will also be a hog roast tonight to welcome the intrepid cyclists that will have completed Dean & Reddyhoff’s Big Green Cycle Challenge – completing a choice of circuits from Portland in aid of Wayne Ingram, collecting for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Community radio station AirFM will be bringing their road show on Saturday and Sunday, with competitions and fun for all the family – from crab catching to raft racing.

There will be live music on Saturday evening from local bands Shooter and the Jackdaws. The Rock Choir will play during the day on Saturday and Weymouth Yukelalians on the Sunday.

The event is free entry and will run from 10am until 5pm each day.

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