2014 - Velos

Motorboat & Yachting: This Zijlmans 64 was used to smuggle cocaine, but got a new lease of life when Paul Reed snapped it up at a Government auction.


When a motoryacht falls into the wrong hands, the results can be devastating, as the story of this Zijlmans 64 proves.

A drug cartel used this classic Dutch model to smuggle a 1.2-tonne stash of cocaine into the UK, stuffing the narcotics into a secret compartment under the bathing platform.

When she was seized in 2011, customs officials tore the boat apart looking for the incriminating drugs, leaving her in a very sorry state.

However, this didn’t deter Paul Reed who saw great potential in this fallen beauty and snapped her up at a Government auction for a little over £100,000.

In the February edition of MBY, editor Hugo Andreae hears how Paul spent just over £40,000 to turn her into his new vessel Big Bird, which now doubles as a floating B&B during the off-season.

To take a look at this exhaustive restoration process of this 2002 Zijlmans 64, click on the slideshow above, and for the full story, pick up the February edition of MBY, which is out on 2 January 2015.
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Categories: Yacht smuggling

Yachting Boating World: The Olympic sailor revealed his plans to wed his fiancé earlier this week.


Sir Ben Ainslie has  revealed he plans to marry his fiancée and TV presenter Georgie Thompson this Christmas. The couple, who got engaged in October, have been dating for almost two years

Writing in the Daily: Telegraph about his achievements this year, Ainslie said: “What a 12 months it has been. To top it all off I got engaged to Georgie a couple of months ago and
we will be getting married over the festive period. 

“Truly, this has been  a remarkable year.”
The sailor, who recently suffered from man flu during the Extreme Sailing Series in Sydney, hopes he won’t be “sneezing and sniffing” his way down the aisle.

Speaking about his
professional achievements, Ainslie added: “I was not sure that much could top
the experience of the Americas Cup last autumn but the thrill of setting up a
new team
, virtually from scratch, working with such a talented group of people
to reach the position we find ourselves in now, has been incredible. 

“I could not be more excited about the future of Ben Ainslie Racing heading into 2015.

“We will return with renewed vigour in the New Year. I’ve just got a small date to keep first. And yes, there may be a boat involved on the honeymoon!”



Categories: News

Yachting & Boating World: A report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch concluded that the foam provided a ready source of fuel.

An investigation by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has found that unprotected buoyancy foam packed around the engine compartment of a duck boat led to the fire on board in September 2013.

A total of 30 passengers and crew were forced to abandon Cleopatra after a major fire took hold during London Duck Tour’s (LDT) amphibious sightseeing tour on the Thames. Everyone rapidly abandoned the DUKW vessel and luckily no one was injured or killed as a result of the incident.

A report into the fire found that buoyancy foam recently packed into the central void space provided a “ready source of fuel for the blaze”. Following a previous incident in which a duck boat in Liverpool sank due to inadequate amounts of buoyancy foam, the MCA found LDT vehicles also had a lack of buoyancy foam and instructed them to increase the volume to meet UK standards.

However, practical trials and reconstructions carried out by the MAIB in July 2013 showed that the calculated foam required to provide sufficient buoyancy, could not physically be fitted into the designated locations.

Despite these findings, and MAIB recommendations, LDT continued to stuff increased quantities of foam into its vehicles. The report said: “LDT was under pressure to meet the damaged survivability standard and gave insufficient attention to the adverse effects and the risks associated with packing foam close to the unguarded drivetrain and unlagged exhausts.

“The operator chose to accept the increased maintenance burden and continued to operate its vehicles with an elevated risk of mechanical failure and fire.”

Grease contaminated buoyancy foam and an overheating shaft universal joint was the most likely causes of the fire, found the report. “Had the fire and subsequent abandonment happened at high water, or in mid-river, the likehood of serious injury or loss of life would have been significantly higher”, warned the MAIB.

As a result of the incident, the Marine and Coastguard Agency has made fitting an insulated fire protection bulkhead between the engine compartment and accommodation space on existing DUKWs a regulatory requirement.

They have also worked with LDT to develop a ‘reference DUKW’ standard and, as a result, approved a series of design modifications and allowed the company to resume operations on the Thames.
See article at Yachting & Boating World – Click here



Categories: Accident

Motorboat & Yachting: The new East Cowes marina will be developed by a consortium of Camper & Nicholsons and Westcourt Real Estate.


A new marina is to be built in East Cowes as part of the regeneration of the Isle of Wight port town, it has been announced. The project, which is expected to create 250 jobs in the area, will be led by a consortium of Camper & Nicholsons and Westcourt Real Estate. The extra marina space has been made possible by the construction of the Cowes breakwater, the local harbour commission added.

Captain Stuart McIntosh, harbourmaster at Cowes, said: “The delivery of the Cowes Breakwater has required long-term vision and commitment from the commission and we are delighted to see that as a result, the new marina and waterfront development in East Cowes will soon become a reality.”

No specific timeframe has been set for the Victoria Marina project, but the Cowes breakwater construction will not be completed until the summer of 2015.

Paul Flatt, senior development manager at the Homes and Communities Agency, spoke highly of Camper & Nicholsons, which already runs an international network of 12 marinas: “The proposals for a new marina are bold and ambitious and we need a development partner who shares this vision and has a track record of success.

“Camper & Nicholsons’ name has a strong historic connection to the Solent area,” he added. “This is an exciting opportunity to apply their extensive international experience in marina development and operation in the UK, on one of the remaining key pieces of the regeneration of East Cowes.”

The new East Cowes marina announcement comes just a few weeks after the Solent Gateways exhibition, a £15m regeneration plan from Homes and Communities Agency, Isle of Wight Council, Red Funnel, and Southampton City Council.



Categories: marine environment

Motorboat & Yachting: Daniel Craig and Rory Kinnear were spotted in London yesterday when the latest James Bond boat was filmed cruising up the Thames.


The latest James Bond boat has been caught on camera as filming for the new 007 movie Spectre got underway on the Thames yesterday (15 December). Daniel Craig, playing her Majesty’s most famous fictional spy, was seen riding a black and grey RIB near Vauxhall.

Holding onto a handrail on the bow, the star of Skyfall and Casino Royale cut a stark figure all in black. Presumably the producers decided that a luminous lifejacket would somewhat ruin the look.

Accompanied by Rory Kinnear, who plays Mi6 chief of staff Bill Tanner, the James Bond actor made his way up the Thames in the bright December sunshine. Both men were flanked by a pair of armoured guards – seemingly members of the Marine Policing Unit who had landed a cameo role in the film.

The latest James Bond movie, Spectre, is due out on 6 November 2015 and also stars Christoph Waltz as the chief villain. Previous Bond outings have seen starring roles for a Fairey Huntress (From Russia With Love), a Glastron GT150 (Live and Let Die) and a Sunseeker XS2000 (Casino Royale).

For more James Bond boat action, read our list of the Top 5 James Bond boat chase scenes.

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Categories: Boats

Motorboat & Yachting: The RIB manufacturer has teased its latest product range, the Ribeye Prime, which will be launching at the London Boat Show.


RIB and tender manufacturer Ribeye has teased its latest product range, which will be unveiled at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show (9-18 January).

The Ribeye Prime series is an all-new product that has been redesigned from the hull upwards by Adam Younger. The company claims that they have taken a “no-compromise” approach and the result is “class-leading performance and reliability”. In a statement, Ribeye added: “Calling on 17 years boat building and feedback from 1000s of owners, we’ve combined advanced technologies and contemporary style to create a truly transforming RIB experience.”

Apart from that, details are thin on the ground, with no word on engine options, hull size or pricing. RIB fans should head to along to the Excel Centre Stand B412 for the unveiling. Advance tickets for the 2015 CMW FX London Boat Show are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult for Monday 12-Wednesday 14 January.

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Categories: Boat Show

Pratical Boat Owner: The project, known as Port Galots, aims to build a new maritime community ‘home and hub’ on the southeast corner of the St Helier harbour.


Plans have been submitted to build a new maritime community ‘home and hub’ on the southeast corner of the St Helier harbour. The project, known as Port Galots, will create a new headquarters for the Jersey Sea Cadets Unit and updated facilities for other marine organisations and associations, including the Jersey Rowing Club.

If given the go ahead, the development would form a marine academy and enterprise zone that aims to generate social and economic value for the Island.

Jersey planning officials have received in excess of 1,300 representations on the scheme – prompting a change in the usual response system to avoid £2,000 postage costs.

Usually each objection would receive a postal acknowledgment, an update and then a copy of the decision. however in this case, the planning team will be issuing targeted media releases instead.

Planning director Peter Le Gresley said: ‘Because of the unusually high numbers of letters of representation on this planning application, we’re planning to respond in a different way, using targeted media releases to ensure members of the public are kept informed.’


About Port Galots
The Port Galots application, by the Jersey Maritime Trust, follows extensive discussions with users of the site to establish their needs.

The landlord, the Ports of Jersey, has given a commitment to supply an area for the Jersey Rowing Club boat to park its boats. This will be the subject of a separate planning application from the Ports of Jersey, in collaboration with Jersey Property holdings, Jersey Rowing Club and the project team.

Subject to planning permission, the development would be built between South Pier and Victoria Pier. The area has been designated for this purpose in the Island Plan, following a successful policy amendment from the Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, in 2011.

The project team has worked closely with the Treasury Department, Ports of Jersey, Planning, architects and heritage organisations to ensure the design is appropriate and meets the existing and future needs of users.

The project team includes St Helier Port Services Limited, Jersey Property Holdings, Rowney Sharman, Tim Skudder Associates and Colin Smith Partners, in collaboration with the Jersey Maritime Trust, which has been established to act as guardians of the vision for the project and to ensure income generated is re-invested in a programme of sustainable management and development.

Jersey Maritime Trust chief executive Andy Le Seelleur, said ‘Port Galots will be Jersey’s first purpose-built maritime hub, where residents and visitors can come to learn about, and enjoy, the opportunities our maritime industry offers.

‘From cadetships and apprenticeships to interpretation, commercial and leisure activities, it will be a thriving environment. The Jersey Maritime Trust has responsibility for ensuring this vision is achieved and we will work closely with all stakeholders to build a community that benefits all.’


Group commercial director for the Ports of Jersey, Myra Shacklady, said: ‘Together with Jersey Property Holdings, we are fully supportive of this maritime development, which will not only enhance part of this St Helier coastline area but also benefit many people.

‘As the landlord, Ports of Jersey remains fully committed to our tenants, including those interested clubs and associations, to ensure their needs are addressed as the project moves forward.’

The Minister for Transport and Technical Services deputy Eddie Noel, said ‘The States of Jersey agreed, through the Island Plan, that this site should be ring-fenced for the building of a new headquarters for the Jersey Sea Cadets and other maritime users.

‘It was acknowledged that this could only happen if there was sufficient planning gain from any development to fund it.

‘This scheme is appropriate and meets the design brief. The project team has worked hard to achieve the necessary balance of community and commercial activity and we are very pleased that plans have finally been submitted.’ A public exhibition is planned to show the proposed designs for the scheme and to explain the opportunities Port Galots will create.

See article at Pratical Boat Owner – Click here



Categories: Marina

Motorboat & Yachting: The Fjord 48 Open is the largest model to carry the Norwegian marque and it promises hair-raising performance.


Fjord has put its largest ever model into production and revealed details of its specification ahead of its launch at the 2015 Dusseldorf Boat Show (17-25 January).

The Fjord 48 Open features a Patrick Banfield-designed hull and a high freeboard for added safety at sea. Those on board may feel grateful for that, as the 48 Open will come powered by up to three IPS 600 engines, giving a total power of 1,305hp and a top speed in excess of 40 knots.

Finishing touches include teak decks, an optional high-low bathing platform and a wide choice of “extravagant” hull colours. The cockpit can be fitted with a choice of tables or left bare to allow for tender storage. Below decks, Fjord 48 Open owners will find two en-suite cabins.

The Fjord Open range is designed for primarily Mediterranean use, but a small number of UK imports will be made available through brokerage firm Inspiration Marine. Prices are unconfirmed, but expected to be around the £500,000 mark.

What we can be sure of, though, is a high standard of build quality, as Fjord is built in Germany by Hanse Group – the current owners of Sealine. Hanse also confirmed that a 56ft Fjord model is also in development, but it won’t see a full production run until 2016 at the earliest.

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Categories: Boat Show

Yachting & Boating World: British Olympic sailors Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were mugged at knifepoint as they returned from training session to their hotel in Rio in Brazil.

Olympic sailors Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark were mugged at knifepoint in Rio as they returned to their hotel from a training session. The pair, who are currently in Brazil for a training camp ahead of the 2016 Olympics, posted a message on their Facebook page following the ordeal on Wednesday.

“Our delightful walk back from the from the sailing club to the hotel turned fairly nasty when two guys wielding seven inch knives ran at us, pushed us around and grabbed everything we had. Along with the things that were actually worth something, the most annoying thing right now is our lycra we were sailing in got taken, unbelievable! Anyway, we made it back to the hotel slightly shaken but all ok, looking forward to what tomorrow brings.”

Mills, 26 and Clark, 35, who compete in the women’s 470 class, won silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games and recently took home the bronze in this year’s World Championships.

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Categories: Racing

Motorboat & Yachting: Ferretti Group has announced that the new Ferretti Custom Line 108ft will be built and launched next year.


The Ferretti Custom Line range will be expanding in 2015 with the launch of a 108ft model, it has been announced. Known as the Ferretti Custom Line 108, the new model builds on the success of the Custom Line 100, which won our Custom Yacht of the Year Award in 2012.

Stefano De Vivo, chief commercial officer at Ferretti Group, said: “We have perfected an already winning product. “Our choice has been immediately endorsed by the market: two hulls have indeed already been sold. We hope to reap the benefits of our work next summer, when the 108 will officially make its debut”.

Ferretti has used the extra eight foot hull length to offer even more space on board and premium features, such as a float-in garage that can swallow up jetski or tender measuring more than 5m. Larger hull windows will let more light into the four VIP cabins below decks, while the main-deck master stateroom has been made brighter as well.

it and finish
The extended cockpit area features a dining area, cocktail corner, C-shaped sofa and all the other luxury touches you would expect on a yacht of this size.

Interior design by Centro Stile is suitably opulent, with dark oak cabinetry, LED lighting, leather furnishings and marbled bathrooms. And for added comfort, zero-speed stabilisers are available in either electro-hydraulic or gyroscopic form.

Entertainment is taken care of by the VOTIS system, which allows owners to stream music and video to various rooms from one central server. In the engineroom, Ferretti will fit twin MTU 16V 2000 M94, 2638 mhp engines to deliver a top speed of 26 knots. Rein that in to 12 knots and the Custom Line 108 will do 1,000nms without refuelling.

With a summer 2015 launch planned, superyacht fans can expect to see the Ferretti Custom Line 108 at the Cannes Boat Show in September.

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Categories: Boat launch

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