Motorboat & Yachting: For the first time in many years, Port Solent Marina will be hosting a New & Used Boat Show, which will run from 11-12 July 2015.


Port Solent Marina has more than 800 berths – Picture: Premier Marinas

Port Solent Marina has announced that its New & Used Boat Show will be making a return this summer, after a long absence. As its name suggests, the new show will feature new and used boats and will run over the weekend of July 11-12.

Local brokers Clipper Marine and Ancasta are involved, which means that brand new models from Bénéteau, Bavaria, Lagoon and Prestige will be on display at this free event. And Fleming Yachts, who recently opened a UK office in Swanwick, will be bringing along a brand new Fleming 55.

On-site chandlery Marine Super Store will have a range of products from Raymarine, Navico and Garmin to demonstrate, while Golden Arrow will be demonstrating Honwave T24 RIBs and Torqueedo electric outboards.

The RNLI will be offering owners a free lifejacket safety clinic, as well as free advice on staying safe at sea. Finally, those looking for a flashy sportscar can admire a selection of the latest models from Maserati and Porsche.

Food and drink will be available from the Port House on-site restaurant, including a full fried breakfast and vegetarian curry for lunch (from 11:30 onwards).

Graham Bristowe, General Manager at Port Solent Marina, said: “We haven’t had a New and Used Boat Show at Port Solent for quite a number of years and I’m especially pleased that we are able to host this show to highlight our prime brokerage services and welcome new tenants into the community.”

Port Solent Marina is part of the Premier Marinas group and features more than 800 berths measuring up to 40 metres.

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Motorboat & Yachting: Adriatic marina Porto Montenegro has launched a new scheme, which allows bertholders to rent out their mooring when they are not using it.


Mooring your boat in the Mediterranean can be an expensive business, particularly for larger models that take up a longer stretch of pontoon.

With this in mind, Porto Montenegro (pictured above) has come up with a novel way of helping its bertholders keep their costs down.

The Marina Rental Pool allows boatowners to rent out their berth when they are not using it, meaning they can recoup up to 85% of their mooring costs.

Owners only need to give seven days notice to make their berth available for visitors and if it is successfully rented out the marina only keeps 15% of the income.

The scheme is available to bertholders who take out a 15-30 year lease, which can be sold on at any time at market rates.

Nizar Tagi, marina sales director at Porto Montenegro, said: “The rental pool is a great opportunity for those looking for the security of a year-round berth, but still want the flexibility to cruise.

“We know the costs of operating a superyacht can be phenomenal, and with that in mind wanted to make berthing more efficient for our clients.”

Situated on the Adriatic coast, Porto Montenegro features berths for vessels measuring up to 180m and was recently named 2015 Superyacht Marina of the Year by The Yacht Harbour Association.
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Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Cannes Yachting Festival have launched a new private jet service to make it easier for billionaire buyers to make a flying visit.


One of the big highlights of the boating calendar, the Cannes Yachting Festival will take place from September 8-13 this year, and the organisers have announced plans to up the luxury stakes.

This year, wealthy buyers can arrive in the utmost style thanks to the Cannes show’s new private jet transfer service.

Laid on in conjunction with luxury airline Wijet, the new jet taxi service can pick you up from any one of 1,200 different airports across Europe and includes exclusive rates for those visiting the show.

Other premium offerings include the Riviera card, which is new for 2015. Priced at €800, this grants visitors access to exclusive VIP champagne lounges, priority access to the most exclusive superyachts, a tour of the show by tender and helicopter transfers across the harbour.

This year’s Cannes Yachting festival is expected to have more than 550 models on display from the likes of Benetti, Fairline, San Lorenzo and many more.

More than 80 world premieres have already been confirmed for the show, including the Sunreef 70 powercat, Absolute Navetta 500, Prestige 680, Princess V57, Riva 76 and Azimut Magellano 66.

And for those whose budgets don’t quite stretch to the full VIP experience, day tickets are available from €15 (£11) per person.

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Yachting Boating World: Victoria Mulligan raised nearly £500,000 for the RNLI and Child Bereavement UK in the wake of the tragic speedboat accident.


The survivor of a speedboat accident that killed her husband and daughter has been awarded an RNLI Supporter Award after raising nearly £500,000 for charity.

Victoria Mulligan organised a huge fundraising challenge in memory of her husband Nick and daughter Emily, who were both killed in a tragic speedboat accident in Padstow estuary in May 2013.

She set up an event called the Milligan Bike Ride to raise funds for both the RNLI and Child Bereavement UK, with 125 cyclists covering more than 300 miles from Cornwall to London over three days in June 2014.

Victoria said: “We wanted to raise money for something tangible and relevant; the money raised will make a real difference and leave lasting legacies in their memory. The RNLI is such an incredible and worthwhile charity, they rescued us from the water on that fateful day.

“Unless you have been in a trauma situation, you don’t know how invaluable these rescue services are, every minute is vital. The money raised is going to train lifeboat crew in every station in Cornwall.

“Something good had to come out of something so dreadful. It’s incredibly empowering to feel you are giving something back to the people who have helped you.”

Victoria, who lives in London with her three children, Amber, Olivia and Kit, plans to continue her fundraising work.

She lost the lower part of her left leg in the accident, but hopes to use a blade in order to take part in sponsored runs.

Guy Botterill, from RNLI Fundraising, said: “It was an incredible journey, which tested even the best of the riders but they did it. The bike ride was a huge physical challenge, but the challenge that Victoria set herself, so soon after the incident, what she achieved in terms of organising it – that was absolutely amazing.”

Victoria went on to explain: “Child Bereavement UK’s counselling has been invaluable, it has helped me and the children cope with our grief over the last year.

“They have given us tools and strategies which help us deal with everyday situations. They have given me advice on how to talk to the children and deal with big events like birthdays and anniversaries.

“I know that their professional counselling will continue to be essential for our family, for a long time to come, as we approach each day and try to put our lives back together living without Nick and Emily.”

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Categories: Accident, Fundraising

Yachting & Boating World: Three teenagers have been arrested after stealing a 40ft yacht near Dublin and leading police on a chase along the east coast of Ireland. Two boys and a girl, all believed to be 18 and under, stole the vessel from Dun Laoghaire Harbour shortly after 5.30am on Sunday morning, according to the Irish Independent.


On realising it was missing, the yacht’s owner notified the Garda, who launched a helicopter to pursue the group.

They’d reportedly reached as far as Wexford before returning up the east coast and were later spotted near Greystone Marina at around 1.30pm.

The police helicopter spent up to 30 minutes chasing the stolen yacht, with the teenagers driving by other boats at speed. After several attempts at beaching the vessel, the group ran the yacht aground near South Beach just after 3pm.

On ditching the vessel, the three suspects fled on foot but were intercepted by police and arrested before being taken to Bray garda station.

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Pratical Boat Owner: Hundreds sign up to ditch single use items and highlight issue of plastic in our seas.


The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is challenging people to ditch pre-packed sandwiches, ready meals and plastic bottled drinks for the whole of June.

Almost 600 members of the public have already signed up to take part in the MCS Plastic Challenge, which aims to highlight how reliant we have become on plastic – as reflected in the amount already known to be turning parts of our oceans into a ‘plastic soup’.

The Plastic Challenge began when MCS staff and volunteers were asked to try and give up single use plastic goods for Lent 2013 after volunteer Emily Smith from Lambeth challenged herself to pack up plastic for 40 days and 40 nights.

The charity will offer help to 2015 Plastic Challengers via its website and social media feed which also has a tip swap area and the opportunity to get help when the going gets tough!

Since the charity began monitoring beach litter levels around the UK more than 20 years ago, the amount of plastic bits and pieces has increased by 180%, causing an increasing threat to marine life.

Plastic bags, bottles and tiny plastic pieces are regularly found in the stomachs of turtles and other sea creatures, and in some cases have caused their death from starvation or choking.

MCS senior pollution policy officer, Dr Sue Kinsey said: ‘We want to change people’s attitudes towards single use plastics, and to encourage people to value plastic as a resource – not just buying stuff without any thought of the environmental impact.

‘People taking on the Plastic Challenge are often shocked to find out just how much single use plastic is used every day. Have a go at the Plastic Challenge, even if you can only manage a single day, and you’ll never look at your shopping in the same way again!’

MCS says that because plastic plays such a large part in all of our lives, from brushing our teeth and showering, to cooking and buying plastic-packed products, even simply buying lunch is a minefield – boiled eggs in individual plastic containers, apple slices in plastic bags, pasties on a polystyrene tray wrapped in plastic, plus prepacked sandwiches and bottled drinks.

Dr Kinsey added: ‘Our clamour for convenience is a sin for our seas.

‘It’s durable and lightweight, but it’s these properties that allow it to remain in the marine environment for hundreds if not thousands of years. Plastics are among the most persistent synthetic materials in existence and are now a significant and extensive marine pollutant.’

You can take part in the Plastic Challenge at

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Motorboat & Yachting: Thames charter company Hobbs of Henley has launched a self-drive tour of some of the key filming locations used in Midsomer Murders.


Five-time Olympic gold medallist and part-time Midsomer Murders actor Sir Steve Redgrave has launched a new Thames charter boat at Hobbs of Henley.

Midsomer is a Linssen Grand Sturdy 36.9 and will now become the largest self-drive model in the Henley charter company’s fleet.

Sir Steve, who made a cameo appearance in a 2004 episode of Midsomer Murders as an Olympic talent scout, was on hand to pour champagne over the bow at the launch event earlier this week (May 19).

“It is a privilege to help Hobbs of Henley launch this new luxury vessel,” he added. “For years I trained on this Henley reach in pursuit of my five Olympic golds, and dealing with the wash created on the water by the Hobbs Fleet made me a better oarsman!”

The Hobbs of Henley ‘Midsomer by Boat’ river trail is a one-week charter itinerary that takes in key filming locations from the popular murder mystery TV series, such as Mapledurham Estate, the Saxon town of Wallingford and the quaint village of Sonning.

Hobbs of Henley has been Linssen Yachts’ exclusive UK charterer since 2013 and their self-drive fleet also includes Jacqueline, a Linssen Grand Sturdy 34.9.


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Motorboat & Yachting: A new report from YachtWorld has revealed the UK’s dominance of the European used boat market, with Fairline leading the way. British-built motorboats hold huge appeal in the European used boat market, according to the latest figures from YachtWorld.


The online brokerage’s latest EU used boat sales report for 2014 shows that four out of the top six brands in were from the UK.

Fairline Boats led the way with 265 used models changing hands via YachtWorld last year, with Jeanneau and Sealine tied for second on 220 boats sold.

US brand Bayliner was fourth with 191 sales, followed closely by Sunseeker (pictured above) on 182 and Princess Yachts which had 165 of its used boats sold through YachtWorld.

However, this used boat market dominance did not translate across the Atlantic, with no British brand making it into the top 20 in the US.

The American market is dominated by Sea Ray, who outsold nearest rivals Bayliner by three to one, if these figures are to be taken at face value.

John Burnham, editorial director at Dominion Marina Media, which owns YachtWorld, said:


“The US brokerage market is defined by long-time market leaders Sea Ray and Bayliner. Both were started in the 1950s and both are still new-boat market leaders, although Bayliner is in the process of reinventing itself with generally smaller, more affordable models.”

The 2014 YachtWorld Index only includes used boats sold through their website, although with 123,798 boats for sale from 2,538 yacht brokers there is enough data to drew some reasonable conclusions.

The full top ten of EU used motor boat sales for 2014 is as follows:

  1. Fairline – 265
  2. Sealine – 220 & Jeanneau – 220
  3. Bayliner – 191
  4. Sunseeker – 182
  5. Princess – 165
  6. Bénéteau – 149
  7. Sea Ray – 105
  8. Azimut – 85
  9. Maxum – 64
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Yachting & Boating World: We’ve compiled 10 great pubs where you can enjoy an excellent waterside view, as well as some quality food and drink.


Whether you’re after somewhere with a knockout view or a place to shelter from the great British summer, these 10  pubs are sure to meet your needs. From London to Cornwall, we’ve compiled a list of great waterside pubs to enjoy after some thirsty sailing.

1. The Jolly Sailor, Bursledon
Located on the quaint Hamble River, the Jolly Sailor is a great watering hole after a leisurely sail out on the water. One of the best-known sailor’s pubs in the UK, it looks north-east over the picturesque river and Swanwick Marina. The pub is a traditional inn that’s been renovated several times since it opened more than 300 years ago.

The Jolly Sailor even has is own pontoon where you can moor up but this dries out at low water so make sure you check the tide before visiting by boat.

2. The Steam Packet Inn, River Dart, Totnes
If you’re in Devon this summer, make sure you pay the Steam Packet Inn a visit. This local pub benefits from its stunning rural setting as the river winds between steep wooded banks and charming farmland. This family-owned venue serves pints of Otter and Butcombe ales along with hearty English food on their large terrace. But ensure you keep an eye on the time if your boat is fin keel as you’ll only have a couple of hours before you’ll have to head downriver to deeper water.

3. The White Swan, Twickenham
Situated on the river Thames, this idyllic pub boasts great riverside views and the paved garden is a fantastic suntrap in the summer. There’s daily selection of real ales on offer at the White Swan including Twickenham Fine Ales, Sambrooks, Sharps, Hogs Back, Caledonian Brewery, Hook Norton and Goody Ales. Depending on what time you visit, you may even have a gentle tide lapping around your table as the water comes up into
the pub garden!

4. Master Builder’s Hotel, Beaulieu
This picturesque hotel on the south coast of England is a great place to visit whether you’ve been sailing nearby or after a hard day’s bartering at the Beaulieu Boat Jumble. The Master Builder’s is located on Lord Montagu’s Beaulieu Estate and has stunning views over the town’s river.
As well as enjoying a great selection of ales, you can soak up the sunshine in the hotel’s garden bar, which plays host to a fantastic BBQ in the summer. Remember to pre-book your mooring on the river in peak season.

5. The Pandora Inn, Mylor, Cornwall
Situated on the edge of Restronguet Creek in Mylor, the Pandora Inn is tucked into the leafy west shore of the creek just after Weir Point, opposite a landing pontoon. The pub’s many charms include flagstone floors, low-beamed ceilings and a thatched roof. 
The Grade II listed award-winning pub serves a range of fine cask ales as well as some great traditional grub. Parts of the pub are 800-years-old and the building retains its 13th century character despite some recent renovations to the upper floors to repair fire

6. The White Cross, Richmond
Originally known as the Waterman’s Arms, this Thames riverside pub was built some time in 1748. The pub’s name was changed to the White Cross two years after being rebuilt in 1838. Located in the beautiful town of Richmond,  this waterside venue boasts unrivalled views of the Thames. The White Cross has a number of award-winning Young’s ales on offers, as well as delicious wine from the pub’s cellar. Make sure you check the tide times before you visit as water from the river can sometimes come up to the pub’s front door. Don’t worry though; you can borrow some wellies from the pub to get you across the car park.

7. The George, Yarmouth
This 17th century hotel and restaurant offers fantastic views of the Solent and is a great place to indulge in fine dining with their brasserie-style restaurant housed in the conservatory. Based between Yarmouth Castle and pier, the hotel’s stylish covered terrace and waterfront patio are also perfect for summer lounging. The George’s menu consists of both organic and local produce, with the dishes featuring a European influence while the drinks menu boasts a delicious selection of global wines.

8. The Butt & Oyster, River Orwell, Suffolk
One of the most famous sailors’ pubs on the east coast, the Butt & Oyster is perched on the edge of the River Orwell. Punters can enjoy good food and beer as they soak up the views and watch the changing tides. The name of the pub commemorates the historic oyster fisheries, which were originally a major export from the river Orwell. Beware the end of the hard: it runs short of the river on springs and unless you are wearing waders you’ll get smothered in mud.

9. The Bankes Arms, Studland
This 16th century pub is a delightful old inn and has connections to smuggling as recently as the mid-Victorian era. To get to the pub, drop your anchor in Studland Bay and use
your tender to get ashore. Once there, you can take the short coastal path to
the pub. The Purbeck Stone building boasts fantastic views of the sea and Isle of Wight, along with plenty of fine ales. The Bankes Arms is also the home of the Isle of Purbeck brewery where they make ales on site to accompany their range of nine others.

10. The Anchor Bleu, Chichester Harbour
Get your tides right to dry out against the stone quay at Bosham and you could be enjoying some quality ales as the high tide laps below. This cosy pub is full of character and popular with sailors from both near and afar.
The pub offers extensive outside seating on its harbour-side patio, perfect for frittering away the hours on a sunny weekend. They serve several real ales at the bar as well as lagers, a range of local ciders and specially selected wines.

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Categories: Boat Event, Boats, Marina

Motorboat & Yachting: Ferretti Group has announced that the new Riva 88 Florida will get a unique convertible sunroof system.


Motoryacht designers often try to merge two styles, and Ferretti Group has come up with a novel way of achieving this with the Riva 88 Florida.

The Italian yard will be fitting this new model with a Convertible Top. This patented pantograph sunroof allows the Riva 88 Florida to operate as an Open boat and a Coupe.

In open mode the hardtop is used to cover the seating area in front of the helm, but a pair of hydraulic arms can lift this panel over the saloon, resulting in the all-weather protection of a Coupe.

Sensors mounted near the moving parts ensure that there is no risk of your crew getting their hands pinched in the mechanism.

Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group, was typically effusive, praising the Riva 88 Florida as “an unprecedented craft that turns into reality a new way of enjoying life at sea”.

The clever sunroof is not the only feature to get excited about, however, as the 88 Florida will come with a pair of MTU engines that can deliver a top speed in excess of 40 knots and a cruising range of up to 340 nautical miles.

The exterior styling ties in nicely with Officina Italiana Design‘s recent offerings, as the 88 Florida will sport a Moon Grey hull with black detailing.

Other key features include a 4-metre tender garage, which can swallow up a Williams 385 or a jetski, and four cabins below decks, each with its own en-suite.

Prices and launch dates are yet to be confirmed, but a September launch alongside the recently announced Riva 76 could well be on the cards.


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