Motorboat & Yachting: Fairline has announced that it is gearing up for a new product range, following the appointment of two senior engineers.
British boatbuilder Fairline has dropped a huge hint that it will be launching a new range of boats in the near future. Announcing the appointment of two senior engineers today (24 October), the company claimed that it is preparing for “an extensive new product introduction programme”. Fairline was one of the few major manufacturers not to launch a brand new model at last month’s Southampton Boat Show (12-21 September).
However, the appointment of Stefan Whitmarsh as head of engineering and Ben Harrison as engineering manager suggests that something new is on the way. Mr Whitmarsh in particular has previous with new launches, as he was project manager for the launch of the first Sunseeker 155, Blush.
Fairline added that Stefan will be “responsible for driving the new product introduction programme and developing the design and engineering systems across the product range”.
Quite what his team comes up with and whether it will be ready in time for the 2015 London Boat Show (9-18 January) remains to be seen.
Motorboat & Yachting: RYA members can get £8 off tickets to the London Boat Show, where the RYA will be running its Active Marina Experience workshop.
With a little over two months to go until the 2015 London Boat Show (9-18 January), the RYA has started to firm up its plans for the Excel Centre boating extravaganza.
The boating organisation has confirmed that its members will be able to get an £8 discount on the standard and preview day entry price of £20 per adult. For 2015, the RYA will be exhibiting on stand D016, where showgoers can get advice and information about all aspects of boating.
Next year’s show will also see the return of the Active Marina Experience workshops, which offer top tips from expert instructors and a chance to refresh your boating knowledge. Finally, the RYA members’ lounge will also be continued, with the Platinum Suite offering an exclusive area for members to relax with a drink and escape the crowds.
Advance tickets for the 2015 London Boat Show are on sale now, starting at £10 per adult for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday tickets. Under 16s go free and concessions are available for over 60s and group bookings.
Motorboat & Yachting: Peters & May is turning its boat shipments pink as part of a new charity campaign – Breast Cancer.
Boat shipment company Peters & May is hoping to turn the docks pink with its latest charity campaign. The Pink Lashings project will see boats delivered with coloured straps to show their owner’s support for Breast Cancer Clinical Trials (BCCT).
Boat owners are being encouraged to add the pink lashings to their shipment in return for a £5 donation per strap, a sum that will be matched by Peters & May. The company estimates that this could raise as much as £500 a time, based on a shipment of an average-sized 80ft yacht.
The first Pink Lashings shipment, which set off from Palma last week and arrived in Fort Lauderdale on Monday (20 October), contained a 23-metre Leopard superyacht trussed up in the distinctive straps.
Dave Holley, CEO of the Peters & May Group, explained why he chose to team up with BCCT: “Breast Cancer Clinical Trials is a charity close to many people’s hearts, especially mine, having lost my mother to this terrible disease.
“The work they do has already led to some great achievements and we are excited to have come up with this innovative idea to help further the cause. We are confident that our clients will appreciate this opportunity to donate to such a worthwhile cause.”
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