Motorboat & Yachting: An emergency rescue off Exmouth saw four people lifted from the water after their 18ft speedboat sank yesterday.
Four people were rescued off a sinking speedboat near Exmouth yesterday, prompting a Coastguard warning about preparing for the unexpected.
Three adults and one teenager were safely lifted from the water after their 18-footer began taking on water between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton.
RNLI Exmouth responded to the distress call by launching lifeboat R and J Welburn and reported that only one of the people onboard the stricken vessel was wearing a lifejacket. All four were given medical attention at Exmouth Marina after the successful rescue mission.
Peter Davies from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “The person who called us this afternoon did exactly the right thing by calling for help at the earliest opportunity.
“Because they called when they did the amount of time the group spent in the cold sea was mercifully short.” He added that all boatowners should “prepare for the unexpected” even when taking a short tip out on a pleasant Sunday afternoon.
Recommended measures include taking enough lifejackets and personal floatation devices, and investing in a VHF or DSC radio, which can raise a distress in the event that your mobile phone does not have enough signal.
Motorboat & Yachting: Australian manufacturer Palm Beach has announced plans to expand its range of motor yachts with a brand new 42ft launch.
A new gentleman’s launch from Australia will launch later this year in the form of the Palm Beach 42. The new model will serve as an entry-level vessel for this range of gentleman’s cruisers, which currently includes 45-65ft models.
Mark Richard, founder and CEO of Palm Beach Motoryachts, said that the PB42 will come with a price tag of less than $1m (£685,000).
“It is a beautiful performing boat with speeds well over 30 knots and is one of the most fuel-efficient boats in the market place today,” he added. “Most importantly, the build quality is absolutely second to none.”
Palm Beach will be building on a composite hull, made from E-Glass, Corcell and Airex foam, Duflex panelling, stitched multi-axial fabric, vinylester and epoxy resins.
The standard engine set-up is a single 435hp Volvo Penta on a shaft-drive, but IPS will be made available on European imports. Layout options include single and twin-cabin variants, while the galley can be either sunken or on the main deck.
Whatever they choose, the owner will get a King-size bed for overnighting and the head-turning styling of a Palm Beach. Launch dates and boat show appearances are yet to be confirmed.