French marine engine manufacturer Nanni has expanded its in-board diesel range, with 32 new models due to be unveiled at the Cannes Boat Show (9-14 September)
The new N-series models range from 140hp to 760hp and they will be presented in the UK for the first time at the PSP Southampton Boat Show the following week (11-20 September).
Built in partnership with John Deere Power Systems, the N5, N6, N9 and N13 units further expand the Nanni collection, which features engines from 10hp to 1,800hp.
A spokesperson for Nanni spoke of the company’s great pride in this new tie-up: “Staying faithful to its values and its commitment to provide the best quality to its customers, Nanni has chosen to work with the world’s number one in its field, John Deere.”
Founded in 1952, Nanni is the preferred supplier for many European motorboat manufacturers, including Bénéteau, Jeanneau and Bavaria.
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The RYA has launched a new app that could help to reduce the amount of time it takes the coastguard to track down a missing boat.
RYA SafeTrx, which is compatible with Android and iOS devices, allows users to plot and then upload their passage plan and estimated time of arrival.
If the ETA is exceeded without the trip being completed, then the designated emergency contacts are automatically notified.
Using the data sent by the SafeTrx app during a voyage, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency will be able to pinpoint lost and stricken boats more quickly.
Keith Oliver, head of maritime operations at the MCA, explained why this information is so valuable:
“During a search and rescue incident, the UK coastguard collects vital information about the people and vessels involved.
“When did they set off? Where were they going? When were they due back? What was their last known location?
“These are all vital pieces of the puzzle and the coastguard welcomes any system that can contribute to the information gathering effort. RYA SafeTrx will help provide this information, meaning that valuable time is not lost.”
This technology has been in use in Ireland and Australia for some time, and now the RYA’s adoption allows members to take advantage of the service in UK territorial waters for free.
Non-members can download the app free of charge, and data logging credits are available in bundles of ten for £1.49 or 20 for £2.49.
The app can also deliver performance analytics for those keen to plot their average speed or total distance travelled.
Stuart Carruthers, cruising manager at the RYA, hailed the app as a potentially huge benefit to small vessel owners:
“Although RYA SafeTrx is not intended as a replacement for regular approved safety devices (VHF, APIB, AIS, etc.) it will be beneficial to the one million users of small powerboats, RIBs, PWCs and for dinghy cruisers for whom existing tracking technology is not always practical.
“Until now a simple, cost-effective system of tracking and alerting has not been available for these boat users. When we learned about this app and its enormous safety benefits we knew that we had to bring it to the UK”.
RYA SafeTrx is available to download now from the iTunes app store, while Android users can find the app on the Google Play Store.
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Three people were rescued from their sinking yacht in the Indian Ocean – thanks to assistance from the Falmouth Coastguard.
The crew – all British – had been desperately pumping and bailing out the UK-registered vessel as it began taking on water after suffering serious damage to its main rudder.
Falmouth Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) received an emergency positioning beacon alert (EPIRB) from the 45ft yacht at 0830 yesterday morning.
Falmouth MRCC asked the captain of a tanker in the region – the Maersk Mediterranean – to divert to the yacht’s location, around 300 miles south of the Seychelles.
Bad weather, with rough seas and wind speeds in excess of 25 knots, meant the ship’s progress was slower than normal, and the yacht’s crew were preparing to abandon ship and take to a life raft when they were finally rescued at around 0045 this morning.
The Falmouth MRCC had also alerted nearby authorities, including the Seychelles Coastguard, and other resources in the region, but the yacht’s remote location meant that a rapid rescue was not possible.
Falmouth Coastguard Watch Manager, Martin Bidmead, said: ‘We are very relieved that the Maersk Mediterranean was able to reach this yacht in time and rescue the three people on board.
‘As first point of contact for the EPIRB alert, we were able to coordinate the rescue remotely, staying in contact with the yacht and updating crew with the progress of the rescue.’
All three people on board are reported as being uninjured.
Picture: A Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Operations room
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Classic boat lovers are expected to flock to Birdham Pool Marina next month for the first annual Classic Boat Festival.
The inaugural event aims to celebrate traditional boatbuilding, with more than 30 sailboats and powered vessels due to go on display on Saturday 19 July from 10am to 6pm, including models from Triana and Fairey.
Mike Braidley, group operation manager at parent company Castle Marinas, told MBM: “The intention is to grow this free show into a classic boat festival on the south coast.
“We’re surrounded by traditional boatbuilding skills that we really want to bring to the fore, we’ve got two tremendous shipwrights and we really want to show off their skills.”
Highlights include Q&A sessions and advice on restoration from expert boatbuilders, exhibitions from local artists, and a prize draw to win 50% off an annual berth at the marina.
Any classic boat owners wishing to take part in the festival are invited to moor at Birdham overnight for free.
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Following extensive dredging, Edinburgh Marina can again offer fully floating at the pontoon for most boats, with a depth of two metres below chart datum.
The marina, which is jointly owned and managed by Forth Corinthian Yacht Club (FCYC) and Royal Forth Yacht Club RFYC is at Granton, which is well placed for yachtsmen visiting the Forth as a destination or in passage north or south.
It is one of the few places to stop over between Blyth and Peterhead. It is well situated for, although it is some 20 miles from the mouth of the Forth, it is a good stopover to visit Edinburgh, being less than three miles from the city centre.
For more information about visitor berthing around the British coast, see the Summer issue of PBO, in the shops now, with price and facilities listings for 248 marinas and harbours.