Motorboat & Yachting: Princess Yachts is due to restore its first ever model, the Project 31, as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebrations.


Princess is turning 50 this year and to celebrate its golden anniversary, the company has announced a very special restoration job.

Project 31, the first ever model to come out of the Plymouth yard half a century ago, is due to be renovated and given a modern Princess twist.

The original hull design spawned 150 different versions, which were sold worldwide, but the Princess team is going right back to where it all began for this historic project.

Original parts will be removed and sent to various parts in the company’s Plymouth facility, where they will be repaired and reconditioned. And the Princess Design Studio will be emulating the original design with a “nostalgic interior concept” that uses modern materials.

David King, director and founding member of Princess, said of her arrival: “I am delighted to see a Project 31 return to Plymouth after all this time. At first glance she’s in pretty good condition – although there is plenty of work to be done. We’ve got great plans for her and I’ll be delighted to see her brought back to life.”

No exhibition details or dates have been revealed yet, but the smart money is on a public display being ready in time for the September boat show season.


Yachting Boating World:  A fully functioning house was seen floating down the Thames in the centre of London on Monday morning as part of a promotional campaign for home share service, Airbnb.


The floating property is travelling down the river Thames to celebrate new rules that mean Londoners, like the rest of the UK, can earn a up to a 15 per cent pay rise by sharing their homes through sites like Airbnb.

Passing under the Tower Bridge before gliding past the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye on its maiden voyage, the floating house will meander along the river throughout the week until Saturday 23rd May 2015.

The property consists of two bedrooms, a living room, working bathroom and even a garden complete with real glass, a doghouse and an apple tree.

Sitting at an imposing eight metres tall and weighing in at 70 tonnes, the structure was built by production company Star Events over the past four months.

Crossing local neighbourhoods such as Chelsea, Westminster and Canary Wharf, the house will hold community events and overnight stays throughout the week before opening its doors to one lucky competition winner and three guests, who will stay overnight on Friday 22th May 2015.

Guests will enjoy spa treatments, as well as a private dining experience with food personally prepared by Robert Ortiz, head chef of Peruvian and Michelin-starred restaurant Lima and Lima Floral.

UK country manager James McClure, said: “The floating house is the ultimate celebration of home sharing and an unforgettable travel experience to bring to the UK.”

“London is already Airbnb’s third largest city globally and one of the world’s top tourist destinations. With these new, clear rules on home sharing we expect more and more Londoners to open their homes to visitors from across the globe.”


Practical Boat Owner: Just after 8am yesterday morning UK Coastguard received multiple 999 calls from members of the public reporting that a speedboat had crashed into a cardinal marker and capsized, just outside the Hamble River.

The Coastguard requested the Search and Rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent to the scene, which was close to the Warsash Maritime Academy. Both RNLI lifeboats from Calshot also attended.

The Vector Martini speedboat had four people on board. Three men – two in their 50s and another in their 20s – have been injured and another in his teens is said to be in a ‘critical condition.’ They were transferred to the shore by lifeboat and taken to Southampton General Hospital by ambulance.

James Way, maritime operations controller for the Coastguard said: ‘Our rescue assets were on scene quickly. All four people were transferred by lifeboat to the shore, they are all being taken to Southampton General hospital by road ambulance.

‘The police and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed.’

A police spokesman said: ‘Hampshire Police Marine Unit are working with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) following an incident in Southampton waters this morning (May 13, 2015) at around 8.20am.

‘A high powered speed boat appears to have lost control and collided with Hamble Point cardinal mark at the entrance to the Hamble River in Southampton Water.

‘Four people have been taken to Southampton General Hospital, one with serious injuries.’

See article at Practical Boat Owner – Click here

Motorboat & Yachting: Charitable foundation the Wellcome Trust has acquired Premier Marinas for an undisclosed sum.


One of the UK’s largest marina chains has changed hands after the Wellcome Trust agreed a deal to acquire Premier Marinas from BlackRock UK Property Fund.

The Wellcome Trust has an endowment of £18billion, making it the second highest spending charitable foundation in the world.

Back in December 2014 when Premier Marinas was put up for sale, the group was valued at around £220million, although the sum paid has not been disclosed by the Wellcome Trust.

Founded in 1994, Premier Marinas has eight facilities on the South Coast, which can berth up to 7,000 boats. The largest of which is Brighton Marina (pictured above).

Peter Pereira Gray, managing director of the Wellcome Trust’s Investment Division, said: “We will take a long term approach to the ownership of the business and look forward to the continued success and growth of Premier Marinas.”

The Wellcome Trust spends more than £800million a year on supporting research, education and public engagement and it has previously backed the project to sequence the human genome.

Its other property investments include St Katharine Homes, Tune Hotels, and the iQ student accommodation business.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting – Click here



Categories: Boat industry, Marina

Boaters who intend to sail to Corsica are being warned of a new and ‘incredibly expensive’ swinging anchoring tax in public waters – and the signs are that the tax is being introduced throughout the French coast.


The 20 Euro-per-metre tax has been voted in on Corsican public waters, without any service provided, not even a single mooring buoy.

Boaters are being urged to boycott Corsica as long as this tax is in existence. The tax only applied to marine protected areas managed by public authorities but there are fears it will spread to all areas.

Gilles Archer, UNAPPRO-SNAVPRO secretary-general, contacted PBO to warn readers, saying: ‘This new Corsican tax will guarantee that nearly all yachts will flee towards friendlier waters.’

The Cruising Association is also very concerned by the introduction of this law, because there’s every chance it will be expanded to cover a large portion of the French coast; some estimates say as much of 50% by 2020.

A spokesperson for the CA said: ‘We know this law is already unpopular with towns and villages that welcome visiting sailors, and that opposition is being rallied in areas like the Arcachon Basin. We will monitor the situation carefully and represent our members’ interests very strongly.

‘If it is introduced widely we know from feedback from our members, many of whom sail on tight budgets, that they will choose to stay away from affected areas of the French coast.

‘Interestingly, the regional government of the Italian island of Sardinia introduced a similar tax in 2006, only to have to withdraw it in 2009 as coastal communities reported a 50% drop in waterborne business and a severe impact on local economies.’

See article at Pratical Boat Owner – Click here



Categories: Boat industry

Motorboat & Yachting: The Bavaria Sport 330 will be available in hard-top and open versions, with UK prices starting at just over £106,000 (ex. VAT)


Bavaria has released details of its latest model, the Bavaria Sport 330, which will be unveiled at the Hanseboot Acora Boat Show in Neustadt (May 29-31).

The new model will be available as both the Bavaria Sport 330 Open, Sport 330S and Sport 330HT (pictured above), all of which boast a completely redesigned cockpit with a convertible seating area/sunpad.

Despite the announcement of this new range and the recently confirmed Bavaria Sport 300, the German firm was keen to stress that it would still continue building the popular Sport 29 and Sport 32 models.

Meik Lessig, Director of Sales and Marketing for Bavaria, said: “The Sport 300 and Sport 330 offer owners numerous possibilities for space usage but the main focus is the fun of driving both motorboats. They are very agile and have very sure driving characteristics.”

See article at Motorboat & Yachting – Click here

Motorboat & Yachting: Edward Guinness will be investigated by Italian police after his boat struck rocks on Lake Como and sank, injuring five passengers.


The heir to the Guinness family fortune is due to be investigated by Italian police, after his boat sank on Lake Como. Edward Guinness is thought to have been at the helm at 3:30am on Sunday 3 May when a boat carrying ten people hit a rocky outcrop and sank, just 150-metres from the dock.

Five people were taken to hospital with serious injuries and the incident has been referred to local deputy prosecutor Pasquale Addesso, according to local publication Corriere Della Sera.

Divers will be sent into Lake Como to retrieve the wreck, which sank to a depth of 300 metres below the surface. Preliminary investigations suggest the boat was traveling at high speed at the time of impact.

Edward, 39, is one of the direct descendants of Arthur Guinness, who founded the Dublin-based stout brewing business in 1759. He was among the five people hospitalised for fractures and bruises, but was discharged last Tuesday (May 5).

Spanish actress Natalia de Azcarate was also among those injured, and she is expected to be hospitalised for around two months.

The group of English and Spanish tourists aged between 36 and 48 were visiting Lake Como to celebrate a birthday, the local newspaper adds.

Motorboat & Yachting: The Azimut Magellano 66 will be launched at the 2015 Cannes Boat Show. With twin Volvo Penta D13 engines, these will give the Azimut Magellano 66 a top speed of 22 knots and a 900-mile range at 9 knots.


This summer will see the launch of the Azimut Magellano 66, as the Italian yard expands its popular trawler yacht range. Built with the same ‘Dual Mode’ hull design as all Azimut trawlers, the Magellano 66 promises a smooth ride even if rough conditions.On board, the main deck is arranged on a single level, with a large sliding door separating the saloon from the cockpit. Key saloon highlights include an L-shaped sofa, dining table, and a range of TV options up to 50 inches.

A Navetta version will also be offered with an amidships staircase that allows the helm and galley to be kept separate from the saloon and cockpit.

The flybridge is available with a hard-top shade, while the bow features a secondary sun lounger, much like on the Magellano 53.

Below decks, the 66 will boast a full-beam master suite, VIP cabin and guest cabin, while a fourth cabin with bunk beds can be fitted into the utility room.

Power comes from a pair of Volvo Penta D13 diesel engines, generating 800hp each, for an estimated top speed of 22 knots.

However, Magellano 66 owners are far more likely to trim this back to 9 knots, at which speed the range increases to an impressive 900 miles.

Prices are likely to be confirmed at the Cannes Boat Show, where the Azimut Magellano 66 will get its public debut.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting – Click here

Yachting Boating World: Randy and Dawn Ortiz had been travelling the world on their yacht Nirvana Now for several years when tragedy struck last month in the South Pacific.


Two sailors had to watch their home and livelihood sink last month after damage caused by the sea saw their yacht sink in the South Pacific Ocean.

Randy and Dawn Ortiz had been travelling the world on board their S&S North Atlantic 42 Nirvana Now and posting their story online for several years when tragedy struck in April.

Initial problems for the pair started to develop on April 6th after they noticed that the forestay was loose and on further inspection found that part of the deck had started to part from the hull.

Writing on his blog, Randy said: “We attributed this to the state of the sea over the last three days, which had been a 2-3m swell at a period of 3-5 seconds.

“We rolled in the jib sail mounted on the forestay to reduce the strain and kept the main sail up with reefs.

“We helped support the forestay with a spinnaker halyard and a spare jib halyard attached to the port and starboard forward mooring cleats.

They then began sailing a downwind course to further reduce the strain on the forestay, heading for Nuku Hiva, an island in French Polynesia.

Unfortunately the couple’s problems were far from over, with them later noticing that water was starting to build up in the bilge, requiring it to be pumped out multiple times.

Shortly after, the pair decided to contact Pacific seafarer’s net, an amateur radio communications organization providing support and assistance, and another yacht called Continuum was diverted to help them.

Over the next few days, the situation on board continued to deteriorate as rough swells caused significant damage to the yacht.

“A large wave came up behind us and slammed the rudder over breaking the steering quadrant and separated from the hull the internal structure of the boat where the steering cable pulleys attach on the starboard side. We contacted W3ZU Fred and asked him to relay a May Day message to the Coast Guard that our situation had deteriorated and that we needed assistance. We then set up the emergency tiller system so we could maintain the boat in a heaved to arrangement to maintain stability”, wrote Randy.

“US Coast Guard Group 11 responded and we informed them of our damages, that the barnacles were reducing our progress and that the bilge pump was keeping up to the ingress of water from the damaged deck.

“We also informed them that Continuum had changed course to meet us. They were going to see if there was another ship in the area that they could ask to assist and we arranged to send regular position reports to them through W3ZU Fred, which we did throughout the night.”

As the heavy swells continued, another large wave struck Nirvana Now, breaking the rudder’s emergency steering linkages, causing it to swing free, pounding against the hull of the boat.

By April 7th the couple’s situation was significantly worse, with one foot of water coming into the boat every hour.

“Throughout the day 2-3m waves continued to slam the rudder into the bottom of the boat, as the rudder stops were damaged. We rigged a line from the midship mooring cleats, then aft around the rudder to reduce the movement of the rudder and the damage it was imparting on the hull.

“With our situation critical but stabilized we continued to pump the bilges every hour to keep ahead of the ingress of water from the damaged bow and the deteriorating condition of the rudder mountings. We maintained radio contact routines with Continuum, W3ZU Fred and the Seafarer’s Net and waited for the arrival of Continuum.”

At 3pm on April 8th and after three days of continued problems, Continuum arrived on scene and the couple made their way across to the yacht on board a dinghy.

Once safely aboard Continuum Randy and Dawn could only watch as Nirvana Now sunk to the bottom of the South Pacific, having previously agreed to scuttle the yacht so it was not a hazard to navigation.

In a closing statement on his blog, Randy said: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the efforts of RCC Alameda1 and their radio watch keepers for their irreplaceable efforts.

“Bob and Mona Jankowski on the Continuum willingly endured great hardship as they motor-sailed 40 hours into strong winds and large seas while standing watches of two hours on, two hours off, to enable them to reach us before we sank.

“The two hour watch routine made possible the radio contact schedule of every two hours which kept them informed of our position as we drifted disabled. It was a great moral booster to us to be to talk to our saviors on a regular basis.

“I would like to impress upon all that it was the communications allowed us through the SSB radio giving us access to the land based ham networks and other boats that saved our lives. With the popularity and attributes of satellite phones increasing I think it is still prudent for all persons voyaging off shore to be skilled in the use of the SSB radio.

“We will miss the boat that gave us so much joy for 18 years.”


Pratical Boat Owner: This weekend marks the start of RYA Push the Boat 2015 with sailing clubs and training centres across the nation offering free and discounted taster opportunities for all to ‘have a go’.


More than 340 venues will be taking part in the national event, providing everyone, regardless of age, background or experience, with the chance to get out on the water and discover the sport of sailing.

The week-long Push the Boat Out 2015 will run from tomorrow, Saturday 9 May, to Saturday 17 May.

All you need for any of the open days or ‘try sailing’ sessions is warm clothing, soft soled shoes and a waterproof if it’s raining. The clubs and centres will provide everything else!  Booking may be required for some of the activities.

Jackie Bennetts, RYA club support advisor, said: ‘RYA Push the Boat Out provides a fantastic opportunity to show people just how easy it is to get involved in sailing and windsurfing locally.

‘People think it’s an expensive sport but the reality is you don’t even need to own your own boat! A family of four can be members of a local club for as little as £10-£15 a month and most clubs have boats you can borrow for a morning, afternoon or evening from as little as £3-5 or sometimes free depending on the club or centre.’

Last year 260 clubs and centres in Britain hosted Push the Boat Out events with 17,000 people trying sailing or windsurfing for the first time over one weekend.

For full details about what’s going on near you visit

See article at Pratical Boat Owner – Click here

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 4058
Fax: +44 (0)20 7933 9350
Click here to email us

Velos Insurance Services Limited
5th Floor, 81 Southwark St,
London SE1 0HX
View map

Latest News

British sailor Elliot Willis is fundraising for cancer charity

Practical Boat Owner: British Sailing Team sailor Elliot Willis is cycling 250 miles this September for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity: ‘Because they got me to this point where I feel I can do it.’ The Team GB

September 16, 2016 read more