Motorboat & Yachting: Powercat charter specialist The Moorings has announced a raft of new destinations for 2015, including Croatia, Thailand and the British Virgin Islands.
American powercat charter company The Moorings has expanded its list of destinations for the 2015 season. The catamaran specialist has added Croatia to its European powercat locations, which also include Turkey, and the Greek islands of Lefkas and Corfu.
Further afield, the company will also be offering powerboat charters in Thailand and Mexico, as well as popular Caribbean destinations St. Lucia, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands. Customers can choose either a bareboat charter or a crewed charter on board the 514PC (pictured above), which has been custom designed by naval architects Robertson and Caine.
Shannan Brennan, head of global marketing for The Moorings, said: “Whether you’re a seasoned boater or a casual traveller with no experience at all, the 514PC seems to offer something for everyone. Demand from boaters and non-boaters alike has skyrocketed since its debut, and we’re pleased to meet their needs by expanding the 514’s presence into these new destinations worldwide.” Charter holidays in Croatia with The Moorings will be available from April 2015 onwards, with prices starting at $3,115 (£1,965) for a seven-night trip.
Pratical Boat Owner: Enquiries continue into the disappearance of yachtsman Leonard King on Sunday. Police making enquiries into a yachtsman’s disappearance off Brighton have released a photograph of the missing sailor.
Leonard King, aged 74, of Alfriston, East Sussex hasn’t been seen since Sunday lunchtime after setting in his 70ft Sunseeker boat. An extensive search got underway on Sunday evening when Mr King did not return home as expected and his luxury motor cruiser was found drifting at Brighton marina.
The search, which has now been suspended pending new information, involved the Shoreham and Newhaven Coastguard Rescue teams, Shoreham, Newhaven and Brighton lifeboats.
Conditions were so challenging that the RAF helicopter Rescue 125 had to be stood down due to an active lightning storm in the area. After searching throughout the night, Brighton, Shoreham and Newhaven lifeboat crews were stood down at around 5.30am on Monday, but launched again at 7am at first light.
The Coastguard rescue helicopter 104 from Lee-on Solent also participated in Monday morning’s search. Mr King’s wife Stephanie said it was very unusual for her husband to go missing. She said: ‘I can’t understand what has happened. He is a very experienced yachtsman. He has all his equipment doubled up and is always careful. That is the way he runs things.’
A Sussex Police spokesman said: ‘Enquiries continue into the disappearance of yachtsman Leonard King on Sunday, November 9. “Detectives are investigating the circumstances leading up to his boat being found drifting at Brighton marina as part of this missing person enquiry. Officers are working with other agencies such as the coastguard and the RNLI and Mr King’s family is being supported.”