Motorboat & Yachting: Finnish pilothouse specialist Sargo has announced that it will be revamping its 31-footer with a debut at Dusseldorf Boat Show early next year.
Sargo has announced that it will be unveiling a new-look version of the 31, which has undergone a “refined facelift”. The 31-ft pilothouse model will get its public debut early next year at the Boot Dusseldorf show (17-25 January), the Finnish manufacturer added.
Described as a “sport utility boat”, the Sargo 31 promises “gracious and comfortable” 40-knot cruising, as well as some “fascinating novelties”. Quite what these are remains to be seen.
Two designs have been released (pictured above), suggesting that buyers will be given the option of a blue hull with white topsides or a black hull with a black hardtop. Exterior alterations are subtle, with the single skylight replaced with three smaller ones that are fitted side-by-side.
Prices are yet to be confirmed, but Sargo claims that the range will retain its reputation for “great value for money”. The Sargo brand was launched earlier this year as a replacement to Minor Offshore, and the parent compant has been building boats in the Finnish town of Kokkola since 1967.
Motorboat & Yachting:The Spanish government’s decision to roll out a matriculation tax exemption has boosted the local charter market.
The market for charter boats in Spanish waters has doubled since the beginning of the year, according to Charter & Dreams. Pressure from the yachting community led the Spanish government to drop its 12% matriculation tax on charter vessels over 24m, as we reported last year.
Twelves months later, Charter & Dreams estimates that twice as many charter boats are now operating in the region than in 2013.
Judith Estrella, owner of Charter & Dreams, said: “Before the tax exemption, only 15 yachts over 24 meters were operating in Spain. “This summer, this figure was doubled and next summer we expect this number to triple, meaning that we’ll have approximately 50 superyachts with licenses to charter in Spain.”
Introduced in 2009, the Spanish matriculation levy on charter boats was the only such restriction in the Mediterranean. It is hoped that the exemption will tempt charter skippers back to Barcelona, the Costa Brava and the Balearics.