Motorboat & Yachting can reveal the first photos of the Lagoon 40 Motor Yacht. Hot on the heels of the Lagoon 630 launch at Cannes, the French catamaran producer has released the first images of its 40 Motor Yacht. Like the 630, it is based on an existing sailing cat model from the Lagoon range, this time the 39.
It’s a simple case of removing the rig, replacing it with a radar mast, upping the horsepower and away you go. Whereas the 630 could be an intimidating leap into the world of two hulls thanks to its sheer enormity, the 40 Motor Yacht manages to pack four cabins and bathrooms into what is still a relatively compact footprint.
Being based on a preexisting model the deck layout is pretty rigid with a spacious cockpit aft and plenty of space to stretch out on the webbing that spans the bow. The raised helm position is a telltale of the sailing origins and, as with the wind-powered version, this is your only helm position.
This does free up space the saloon where a dinette and galley share the space and plenty of light from large, square screens. We are yet to be issued with a formal press release, therefore details are thin on the ground, but small power cats are a rare commodity so the Lagoon 40 Motor Yacht should be a welcome addition.
Motorboat & Yachting: Scotland Boat Show last weekend at Kip Marina brought in more than 13,000 visitors and saw a 10% rise in visitors.
The 2014 Scotland Boat Show enjoyed a 10% increase in visitors, with the grand total in excess of 13,000, it has been confirmed. The three-day event at Kip Marina, which ran from 10-12 October, featured RIB and dinghy taster sessions in association with Seatech training and RYA Scotland, respectively. Other attractions included fresh local produce, a range of classic cars and a flyboarding demonstration on the water.
Key exhibitors included Sunseeker Scotland, who brought a San Remo across from Loch Lomond, and Broom Boats, who travelled from Norfolk to make their Scotland Boat Show debut with two models displayed.
Kip Marina brokerage Michael Schmidt & Partner reported that 80% of those who booked a viewing at the show we’re newcomers to the market. And the first sale of the weekend was recorded at 10:30am on the Friday morning, when a Hanse 325 sailing yacht was sold for £90,000.
Show organiser Kevin Blumire told MBY that the local market for powerboats is on the rise. He adds that 75% of exhibitors have already expressed an interest in attending the 2015 show, which will be expanded to include a fourth pavilion, dedicated to food and drink.
This year’s Scotland Boat Show was tied in with the Scotland Homecoming campaign, which celebrated a busy summer for Scottish tourism, with both the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup hosted north of the border. And Kevin believes that this had a positive impact on visitor numbers at the show, with visitors flocking from further afield than ever before, including a record Irish contingent.
Motorboat & Yachting: Southampton docks are home to some truly huge ships, but last night the South Coast port played host to an exceptionally large visitor. Royal Caribbean’s 1,181ft cruise ship has docked in the UK for the first time.
Oasis of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, docked in Southampton for the first time yesterday (15 October). The 1,181ft ocean liner is twice as large as any previous cruise ship to dock in the UK, and she drew a crowd of hundreds of locals hoping to catch a glimpse.
Her 16 decks make for an air draft of 236ft, which is twice the height of the Boat Show Eye Ferris wheel at last month’s PSP Southampton Boat Show.
It was only a fleeting visit, however, as the Royal Caribbean megayacht departed at midnight, bound for Florida. Launched in 2009, Oasis of the Seas is a truly staggering vessel, composed of 500,000 different components and capable of 22 knots.
More than 6,000 passengers can be accommodated on board, as well as 2,200 staff, and with this in mind, it’s hardly surprisingly to learn that there are 25 restaurants to choose from.
Entertainment options at sea includes a mini-golf course, basketball court, two wave simulators, high-speed internet, and a theatre playing the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats. A sister vessel with the same dimensions and features, Allure of the Seas, is due to be launched by Royal Caribbean in May 2015.
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