Motorboat & Yachting: The Monaco-based studio insists that this ambitious superyacht design is based on real world technologies.
It’s very easy to dismiss most superyacht concepts as an irrelevance or the product of a feverish imagination, after all 99% of them never make it beyond the drawing board, let alone out onto the water. However, when speaking to Emanuele Gallo Perozzi at Pastrovich Design, it’s clear that there is much more to the company’s latest concept, the X-R-Evolution, than just wishful thinking.
Emanuele told MBY that all of the elements of this radical design (pictured above) are based on real-world technologies and that clients have already registered their interested in creating this vessel.
Designed to satisfy a superyacht owner’s yearning for privacy, the X-R-Evolution features detachable pods or ‘Bungalows’, which can be deployed at various points across a bay, allowing kids, guests and owners to relax in their own separate space. ssentially these are the ultimate in customisable tenders, with Emanuele suggesting that private gardens and floating swimming pools are other possible uses.
Stefano Pastrovich and his team have looked into various offshore technologies to create optimum stability for these craft, such as that used by Dutch company Ampelmann. They have also worked with manufacturers in the kite surfing sector, who build stand-alone inflatable launch platforms, to ensure that this concept is viable.
The result is a carbon fibre hull that can be scaled from 50 metres up to a maximum of 90 metres without the need for a draft in excess of 2.5-metres. This allows owners to moor the mothership close to remote island bays in the Caribbean; the perfect location for making the most out of the freedom that these Bungalows offer.
Emanuele claims that the pods could either be completely detachable or remain linked by tethers, which can harness wave power to generate sustainable energy for use on board the main craft.
It all sounds terribly ambitious, but considering that Pastrovich Studio’s previous credits include work with Bremer Vulkan and the Eric Schmidt Ocean Institute, these claims become all the more credible.
Motorboat & Yachting:The Ponam-31 continues the Japanese car giant’s flirtation with the marine sector. Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has released the latest flybridge model in its Ponam range of motorboats, which stretches back to the late 1990s.
Released earlier this month (10 October), the Ponam-31 is a flybridge model that Toyota describes as a Sports Utility Cruiser, since it is powered by a pair of the three-litre 257bhp engines used in the company’s Land Cruiser Prado Sports Utility Vehicle.
Priced at 27.9 million Yen (just over £160,000), the Ponam-31 is likely to be a big seller in Japan, with Toyota’s 49-strong local dealer network expected to shift 15 units per year. The 34ft aluminium-alloy hull is the basis for a flybridge model with a single central passage and a variety of layout options, accommodating up to 12.
On the outside, the automotive-style rear spoiler is a subtle nod to its maker’s day job. Optional extras include Toyota Drive Assist and the Toyota Virtual Anchor System, which helps skippers keep a straight heading.
Yachting & Boating World: Two young men were rescued off the coast of Chichester after their GP14 capsized in a sudden shift of wind direction, which broke the dinghy’s boom.
Two men were rescued off the coast of Chichester after making a mayday call via VHF. The pair had been sailing in the area when they decided to venture out of the harbour, not realising that the strong south westerly wind over a rapidly ebbing tide had produced a lumpy sea off the harbour mouth.
As they sailed into this area the wind suddenly veered to north westerly and gusts increased under a weather front, which produced heavy rain. The GP14 came off a wave and the wind caught it, breaking the boom. With the mainsail billowing, the boat capsized. The crew attempted to right the boat but with the sail full of water, they snapped the centerboard.
After calling for help via a waterproof VHF radio, Hayling Island RNLI attended the scene within seven minutes, finding the boat being pounded by waves.
One of the crew said he felt unwell after swallowing sea water so was taken aboard the lifeboat and taken ashore. A volunteer crewmember stayed at the scene in a Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) rib, righting the dinghy with the second casualty aboard. The man was now very cold and suffering from hypothermia and was quickly taken ashore by the HISC rib where ambulance personnel met him.
Following the incident, the lifeboat organised a tow for the batter dinghy with an RNLI crewman onboard. The RNLI’s Colin Parke said: “It was pretty rough so that when a wave overtook me I lost sight of the lifeboat until I rode the next wave!”
Both men recovered quickly in the lifeboat station and were declared fit and well by ambulance crew.
Motorboat & Yachting: Australian media magnate Kerry Stokes’ 36-metre luxury motoryacht was targeted by three pirates armed with bush knives while moored in Papua New Guinea.
The group boarded Antipodean, a 38-metre Oceanfast superyacht, armed with long bush knives and proceeded to steal diving equipment and food, ABC Australia reports. They made their escape in a separate boat, following a confrontation with the crew. Mr Stokes and his family were not on board at the time.
Sir Peter Barter, former governor of local resort town of Padang, told the media provider: “They did not want to make an issue over this incident, but we insisted that a report was made to police. Regretfully, this incident is already known around Cairns and will deter motor yachts and tourists from visiting Madang and Papua New Guinea.”
Mr Stokes owns Australia’s Seven Network and his personal fortune is estimated at £868million. His current superyacht Antipodean was built by Western Australian yard Oceanfast in 1987.
Motorboat & Yachting: A passenger hovercraft pilot found guilty of drink-driving has been sentenced to eight months in jail today (10 September).
Richard Pease of Cowes was found to have almost three-times the limit of alcohol in his system six hours after he was taken ill at the helm of Freedom 90, which operates from Southsea to Ryde.
The 80ft hovercraft, which is capable of 45 knots, carried 134 passengers across the Solent on Sunday 22 June before the 50-yeard-old skipper had to be relieved of his duties and helped off the vessel by a member of crew.
Mr Pease, who has 18 years’ experience as a hovercraft pilot, pleaded guilty at a hearing earlier this summer. While handing down the sentence at Winchester Crown Court, Judge Susan Evans, said: “You put in jeopardy the safety of your passengers, your crew and other vessels in the Solent.
“This was a grave dereliction of duty and your actions could have resulted in tragedy. It’s tragic that someone of your standing and with such an impressive past career should have destroyed all of that in one day.”
His actions have also been condemned by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, with enforcement officer Neil Cunningham adding: “The master of any vessel has a duty of care to their crew and passengers, so to carry out this responsibility whilst under the influence of alcohol is totally irresponsible.
“Mr Pease was clearly not in any fit state to carry out his duties safely. It is incredibly fortunate that no-one was hurt in this case. “I would like to take this opportunity to praise the quick thinking of a crew member on board the Hovercraft Freedom 90 for safely bringing the craft to a stop in Ryde and also to thank Hovertravel for its cooperation and assistance throughout this investigation.”
Mr Pease’s former employers Hovertravel are the world’s oldest hovercraft operator and the only passenger hovercraft operator in the UK.
Motorboat & Yachting: After selling its first model to China, Cornish motorboat manufacturer Cockwells has announced plans to expand its operations, following a highly successful summer, and is planning to take more staff.
The custom boatbuilder is aiming big, following a successful showing at last month’s Monaco Yacht Show (24-27 September), which saw its first sale to the Chinese market.
The 9.5m Limousine model will be used as a tender for an 88-metre superyacht, the yard told local newspaper Falmouth Packet.
Managing director Dave Cockwell told the news provider: “I am very much looking forward to expanding our skilled team of craftsmen here at Cockwells with more self-motivated and keen individuals in order to meet the growing demand.”
He added that moving into international market has always been a key part of their long-term growth strategy. Earlier this year Cockwells expanded its range with the 33 Impulsive and the 27 Launch (pictured above), about which boat test editor Jack Haines wrote: “Sometimes you have to step back and admire a boat for its sheer beauty.”
Pratical Boat Owner: Action at Scotland’s Boat Show 2014 starts tomorrow, 10 October, and will continue until Sunday. Recognised as the third largest boat show in the UK, organisers are hoping to top last year’s record visitor attendance figures.
This year’s show has been designated a ‘Homecoming Scotland 2014 Official Event’, which means that visitors will be able to enjoy a celebration of the nation’s food and drink, active pursuits, cultural heritage, nature and ancestral heritage.
Organisers are also hoping to attract a record number of exhibitors to the 2014 show. Many major marine companies confirmed to exhibit this weekend, also took part in the PSP Southampton Boat Show.
Boats of all shapes and sizes will be exhibited from dinghies to luxury powerboats and classic yachts.
RYA Scotland will be holding sailing taster sessions on the Drum racing yacht and dinghies. Also on the water but for the more adventurous visitor, there will be the chance to try Flyboarding.
PBO at the show
The Practical Boat Owner team will be returning to the show once again, with PBO Editor David Pugh and Deputy Editor Ben Meakins on hand to chat to readers.
David said: ‘We hope to see you there – the show is growing all the time, and offers a great opportunity to look at both new and second-hand boats, check out some of the latest gear and, of course, pick up the latest issue of PBO.’
Visitors can enjoy the RYA Scotland Marquee filled with companies exhibiting the latest marine and leisure products plus the RYA Scotland Theatre – a purpose built exhibition space hosting a range of workshops, expert lectures, competitions and special activities for the kids.
Expect cars from Bentley, Maserati and, for the first time, McLaren – a Farmers Market, the Clyde-Life Style Marquee showcasing Scottish craft companies, performances from choirs and pipe bands, plus the chance to take a helicopter flight over Kip Marina to see the stunning scenery of the Firth of Clyde.
Watch the skies above Scotland’s Boat Show at 2pm this Sunday and enjoy the skills of the Royal Air Force and the aerobatic display of their Tutor aircraft.
The Met Office is forecasting light showers for tomorrow, followed by sunshine and cloud on Saturday and sunshine on Sunday.
The show opens daily at 10am and admission is free – car parking is available for the nominal charge of £3 per vehicle.
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Yachting Monthly: Go online and tell the RNLI how you cope. The RNLI, RYA and MCA have launched a survey into ‘attitudes towards risk and safety’ and they want help from Yachting Monthly readers.
The research will look at what motivates sailors, how often they go to sea, their experience and training, awareness of potential hazards and use of safety procedures and equipment. The findings will be used to help develop tailored and relevant safety messages for yachtsmen.
An online questionnaire launched today will run for five weeks, during which time anyone who participates in yacht sailing – no matter how often or what level of experience – is invited to visit http://www.rnliyachting.substance.coop/ and complete the short survey.
The survey will be supplemented by focus groups held in selected locations. Pip Hare, RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, explains the reasoning behind the research project:
‘The RNLI exists to save lives at sea – a large part of that role is trying to prevent incidents from happening in the first place by providing important safety information. RNLI incident data shows our lifeboat crews have rescued almost 9,850 yacht sailors in the last five years.
‘We’re always pleased to see people enjoying their leisure time at the coast and we want to help ensure they can take part in their chosen activity safely.
‘The aim of this research is to help us understand why people get involved and how they behave when they are on the water so we can provide the most relevant and useful safety information to them. We’re working with the RYA and MCA to join expertise in coastal safety with experience of the sport. Once we have the results of the research, we will work together to develop the most suitable safety programmes and advice.’
Stuart Carruthers, Cruising Manager at the RYA, says: “Recreational boating activities are predominantly safe and fun, but accidents which could have been prevented do happen. The RYA’s advice – look after yourself; have a plan; keep in touch and know your limits – underpin the RYA ethos of self-reliance and responsibility for safety on board. The RYA supports this research because it will provide a clearer insight of people’s attitudes to their safety and help us to promote safe behaviour and practice in a more effective way.”
Kirsten Pointer, Head of Evidence Analysis and Research from the MCA, adds: “The results of this survey will really help to provide an evidence base to support the improvement of yachting safety standards.”
Motorboat & Yachting: Visitors to next year’s London Boat Show have been given a few hints as to what they can expect.
With just over three months to go until the 2015 London Boat Show (9-18 January), the organisers at the BMF have given us a glimpse into what lies in store next year.
The new 94-second clip (below) describes the show as a place “where adventure starts”, “where pioneers meet” and “where innovation shines”.
Amid fast-paced shots of powerboat and sailboats, there are also plenty of watersports squeezed in, from kite surfing and windsurfing to kayaking and white water rafting.
Motorboat & Yachting: The new flybridge from Princess has undergone its first sea trial, hitting a top speed in excess of 30 knots.
Following a highly impressive debut at the 2014 PSP Southampton Boat Show, the Princess 68 has taken to the water for its first sea trial.
The latest flybridge to come out of Princess’s Plymouth facility fits in between the 64 and the 72 Motor Yacht, and comes fitted with twin 1,150hp engines from Caterpillar.
On trial these propelled it up to a maximum speed in excess of 30 knots, with a comfortable cruising speed of 20 knots. Princess claims that the 68 is capable of 34 knots flat out and will deliver “greater fuel efficiency”, two claims we hope to put to the test in the near future.
The Plymouth-based manufacturer adds that the 69ft hull’s variable underwater geometry makes for a smoother ride, while the resin-infused composite built method helps to keep the weight down.