Motorboat & Yachting: A new Hardy 62 with a whole host of changes, including an updated interior, will hit the water in 2016.
We stayed on board for a night, took it in and out of marinas, charged along at 25 knots and dawdled in single figures. We got under the skin of the 62 and came to the conclusion that there was a fantastic boat begging to get out.
The first boat, the Southampton show boat, was designed for a Russian owner who as well as specifying a gun cabinet in the master cabin settled for a solid if rather drab and uninspiring interior and seemed to want a boat that felt more rugged than refined.
Hull number two, though, which is currently in mould at the factory in Norfolk is going to hit the water with a whole host of improvements, that will hopefully transform the 62 from a good boat to a great one and one that can comfortably go head to head with the best.
So, what’s changed? Firstly the traditional interior is out in place of what Hardy says is a far more modern “but not glitzy” effort. This is good news and if the rendering below is anything to go by the new interior should be really rather special.
There’s a vibrant mix of grey woods and more traditional walnut, stylish fabric wall panels, improved lighting and, thankfully, Hardy has finally succumbed to using large hull windows. Okay, they aren’t quite at Princess’s level but they’re a start and, crucially, the interior looks to be more fitting of a boat with a seven figure price tag.
Another area of the original boat that needed some attention was the flybridge, which was sparse and lacking in creature comforts. No such problems on the new one, which has a radar arch in place of the mast with a wet-bar at the bottom containing a fridge and electric BBQ grill.
Seating options are far better, too, and Hardy has sensibly made use of the enormous aft section of the flybridge by fitting a U-shaped dining area with a hi-lo table so you can transform it into a sunpad. Of course there is still space for a decent RIB and the crane to lift it with.
There have been tweaks to the helm on the top deck, too, with increased wind protection and more adjustment on the seats and steering wheel. This particular build lacks the very useful internal staircase that we found so useful on our trip from Southampton to Ipswich but Hardy would include one if you wanted it.
Motorboat & Yachting: Sunseeker’s latest superyacht design has been revealed in the form of the Sunseeker 131 – the second largest model to date to bear the Poole brand’s livery. The Sunseeker 131 Yacht will be launching next year, with accommodation for up to 12 and a cruising range of 1,500nm.
And although it is not due to launch until Spring 2016, the first four Sunseeker 131 hulls have already been sold, so any further buyers will have to wait until November 2016 to get theirs.
On-board accommodation features five double cabins as standard, although owners can increase this to 12 should they desire.
The stand-out feature is the trio of vast hull windows that should let huge amounts of light into the master suite, saloon and upper saloon.
Building on the same platform as the 40M Yacht, the Sunseeker 131 boasts an extra two metres of upper deck space, which means a new bar and seating layout is possible in the cockpit.
Meanwhile, the cavernous garage can swallow up a six-metre tender and a pair of PWCs. In keeping with Sunseeker’s latest big launches, the 131 is designed with long-distance cruising in mind.
Although the engine options haven’t yet been revealed, the company claims that it will do 1,500nm between fuelling stops when cruising at 10 knots. Should the owner want to go flat-out, for whatever reason, the notional top speed is 23 knots.
Sean Robertson, sales director at Sunseeker International, added that this is just the first of four new models that Sunseeker plans to roll out for the 2015/16 model year.
Motorboat & Yachting: This year’s Southampton Boat Show is starting to shape up, with organisers confirming that the Red Arrows will be making a special appearance.
The famous Royal Air Force stunt team will be performing their aerobatics above Mayflower Marina from 15:40 to 16:00 on Saturday July 12.
Apart from the Red Arrows display, other key attractions include the 100ft Ferris wheel, which is returning for the second year in a row to offer visitors panoramic views of the show.
Meanwhile, the historic tall ship Earl of Pembroke will be open for visitors to climb aboard throughout the ten-day event.
Visitors will also be able to try out boating through various initiatives. Get Afloat will provide dinghy sailing and stand-up paddleboarding taster sessions for 8-16 year-olds, while Wet Wheels will be offering catamaran rides for wheelchair users.
The show, which is now in its 47th year, features a purpose-built marina to house the hundreds of models that are displayed on the water.
Advance tickets to the 2015 Southampton Boat Show are on sale now, priced at £15 per adult. Two children aged under 15 can go for free with each paying adult.
Motorboat & Yachting: Oundle manufacturer Fairline Boats has announced that it will be hiring apprentices for the first time in seven years.
Fairline Boats has become the latest manufacturer to embrace the trend towards marine apprenticeships by restarting its programme.
Following discussions with the British Marine Federation and the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, Fairline has announced that it plans to hire 22 students from Tresham College for the upcoming academic year to undertake a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Engineering.
This marks the first time since 2008 that Fairline Boats has hired apprentices to work on its range of motoryachts.
Stefan Whitmarsh, head of engineering at Fairline Boats, said: “We are excited to be working with the apprentices from Tresham College. It’s a unique opportunity for the students to learn a wide variety of trades and specifically, boat building.”
Paul Harris from the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights added that the addition of Fairline Boats to the scheme will help to open doors for more local businesses and young people in the Midlands.
Motorboat & Yachting: Bespoke French yard Dubourdieu has teamed up with renowned fashion designer André Courrèges for its latest project.
This year’s Cannes Yachting Festival will see a high-profile collaboration between the world of boating and fashion in the form of the new model from Dubourdieu.
The French manufacturer of custom boats has teamed up with fashion designer André Courrèges to create a one-off called White Ocean. Teak decks and mahogany cabinetry are fairly traditional ingredients, but this is offset by the use of plexiglass for the cockpit tables.
The exterior designer is reminiscent of the classic New England picnic boat design, although the helm position looks a little harsh for those who want to keep cruising after lunch. To top off the design experience, White Ocean comes with its own bespoke towels, crew uniforms and beach bags, all sporting the Courrèges logo.
Engine size, top speed and price will be revealed in the run-up to the launch at the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival (September 8-13).
One of France’s oldest boatbuilders, Dubourdieu is celebrating its 210th anniversary this year. It’s collection ranges from 33ft dayboats to 39ft passenger vessels.
Pratical Boat Owner: Planning permission has been granted for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant.
Mark Shorrock, chief executive of Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc, said: ‘Wales led the way providing the fuel for the industrial revolution. We are now entering the era of the climate change revolution – de-carbonising our world in time to avoid two degrees of global warming – Wales can now lead this next revolution.
‘In the run up to the Paris talks on a global climate change deal, a deal to steer global emissions from 50bn tonnes CO2e down to 40bn tonnes CO2e by 2030 and 20bn tonnes by 2050, the UK and especially Wales has opened a new door to help answer the greatest challenge of our age.
‘With the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon becoming a reality, locking in 120 year life, zero carbon energy infrastructure, we have the potential to help transform our industrial economy and the UK’s energy mix.’
Mr Shorrock added: ‘We see it as a game-changer, a scalable blueprint, paving the way for a fleet of lagoons that can work in harmony with nature to help secure the nation’s electricity for generations to come.
‘The tidal lagoons that follow – at Cardiff, at Newport, elsewhere in the UK and overseas – must each make their own compelling social, environmental and economic case to proceed. But they have a pilot project to guide them and a blossoming technical and industrial network to support them.
‘We’ll create an opportunity for the local community and ordinary people across the country to part-own the lagoon, should they wish to do so, later in the year.
‘It seems a very long time ago that we first set out our vision to the people of Swansea Bay: the international class sporting facilities and events; the opportunities for employment and leisure; the visitor facilities and tourism potential; the incubation of new ventures in mariculture and conservation; the blank canvass for art and learning, for culture and interaction; the Sunday stroll along the lagoon wall.
‘We now have some further permissions to secure and must successfully conclude CFD negotiations on our way to financial close, but the vision is now closer to reality than ever before and our delivery team is readying itself to start on site and start delivering for Swansea Bay next spring.’
Motorboat & Yachting: The Aston Martin powerboat by Quintessence Yachts will feature a convertible roof and an espresso machine that can be controlled remotely.
Quintessence Yachts has ratcheted up the hype around its impending Aston Martin powerboat by releasing a few more tantalizing details.
The AM37 was announced at a press preview event in April, when initial details were thin on the ground. However, with the Aston Martin powerboat’s Monaco Boat Show debut fast approaching, the specifics are starting to come out.
First renders showed the boat to be a 37ft open powerboat model, but it turns out that these first snaps only told half of the story.
Quintessence Yachts will be fitting the AM37 with a sliding carbon-fibre deck cover, which allows owners to protect the interior from the elements without the inelegant hassle of canvas and elastic. As the renders above show, this will cover both helm seats and the C-shaped seating area in the aft of the cockpit.
Further features confirmed at Quintessence Yachts’s latest press conference in Dubai include a bimini top, swimming ladder, and 15-inch touchscreen multimedia and entertainment system.
And for those looking for a true turn-key experience, the Aston Martin powerboat will also come with a remote control system that allows you to set the air conditioning, get the fridge chilling and start the espresso brewing before you even leave your house.
More tantalising details are due to be revealed over the next few months, ahead of the finished article hitting the water in September. Watch this space.
Yachting & Boating World: The Royal Southern Yacht Club was honoured on Thursday by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
The Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble was honoured on Thursday by the presence of its patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, for the commissioning ceremony of the newly completed Prince Philip Yacht Haven.
Three years ago, His Royal Highness graciously lent his name to the project that transformed the club’s waterfront and returned yesterday to view the completed development for the first time.
Accompanied by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mrs. Lindsay Fox, Prince Philip was welcomed to the Royal Southern Yacht Club by its commodore, Mr. Christopher Mansfield, before meeting flag officers and members of both the Royal Southern and its neighbour, the Royal Air Force Yacht Club, a partner in the waterfront project.
Later, His Royal Highness met the chairman of the group responsible for the Haven development, past commodore Mr. Mark Inkster, and its members, together with representatives of the Hampshire-based contractors who had worked on the project, before unveiling a commemorative plaque and taking lunch with members.
The 8-month building project has included the construction of a new quay wall, a capital dredge to give full tidal access, a new slipway and re-positioning pontoons to create enhanced berthing facilities for members and visitors.
The Haven includes a much needed disabled persons access, an ecologically sound ‘living wall’ for invertebrates and, overall, the development will provide added flood protection to the village of Hamble.
Commodore Mansfield commented: “The Prince Philip Yacht Haven would never have been completed without the unstinting generosity and tolerance of Members, who deserve our unreserved thanks.
“Nor would it have been delivered without the foresight and impetus of members from both clubs who made up the Haven Group, or the contractors selected to bring it to fruition. It is truly a world class facility which will transform the sailing opportunities for both clubs.”
The Royal Southern Yacht Club has enjoyed Royal patronage since its formation in 1837. A Member for 67 years, H.R.H. The Duke of Edinburgh was gracious enough to accept an invitation to become admiral of the club in 1952 and became its patron in 2002.
Motorboat & Yachting: Isle of Wight marina Cowes Yacht Haven has been added to the TransEurope network, following the completion of a major dredging project.
Cowes Yacht Haven has been named as the latest member of the TransEurope Marinas network, the first Isle of Wight marina to join this group.
The TransEurope association means that bertholders at Cowes Yacht Haven can get half-price moorings at 29 other UK marinas and 40 overseas marinas across seven European countries.
In return, bertholders at all other TransEurope marinas are now entitled to a half-price mooring at Cowes.
Jon Pridham, managing director of Cowes Yacht Haven, said: “We are very positive that this will benefit the Island and its tourism greatly and offers a great opportunity for our berth-holders to explore other marinas around the continent.”
The news comes shortly after Cowes Yacht Haven completed a major dredging project, ensuring a minimum water depth of 3.5 metres, even during low spring tides.
The 260-berth marina has also recently spent £300,000 on a new mobile crane, which can lift vessels weighing up to 15 tonnes.
Pratical Boat Owner: Update on the use of “marked” red diesel in private pleasure craft. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has written to Belgian marinas and clubs with visitor moorings to encourage them to lobby for the current Belgian Minister for Finance to reinstate permission for visiting British yachts to use red diesel.
In Belgium the use of marked “red” diesel in a private pleasure craft is unlawful regardless of the country in which the diesel was purchased and an infringement of Belgian law carries the risk of a fine.
In January 2014, in response to falling numbers of visiting British yachts, the then Belgian Minister for Finance Koen Geens acknowledged that the Belgian Government “must adopt a pragmatic approach” to the issue of “red” diesel.
Permission for British leisure craft to have red diesel in their fuel tanks when visiting Belgian waters was therefore granted up until 31st October 2014, subject to the proviso that the skipper can “present documents to demonstrate that excise duties have already been paid in the United Kingdom.”
This permission was subsequently extended until 31st December 2014, but was not renewed thereafter.
Risk of fines
The Belgian Government’s decision not to extend this permission into 2015 has caused renewed consternation amongst British skippers. The RYA says although we understand that the risk of being fined by Belgian Customs may remain low, the uncertainty caused by the Belgian Government’s decision not to extend this permission into 2015 is likely to prompt many of those British skippers who had intended to visit Belgium this summer to go elsewhere.
The RYA understands from the Maritieme Brigade Douane that part of the reason why the Belgian Government decided not to extend this permission into 2015 was because local interest groups (including local boating organisations and marina/mooring operators) did not ask the Belgian Government to extend it.
The RYA has therefore written to Belgian marinas and clubs with visitor moorings to point out that a reduction in the number of visiting British yachts will inevitably result in a loss of income and to encourage them to lobby for the current Minister for Finance to reinstate the express permission for visiting UK yachts to have marked “red” diesel in their main fuel tanks.
Elsewhere in Europe
The UK Government has so far taken the view that, under EU legislation, the use of marked “red” diesel for the propulsion of private pleasure craft is legal provided it is duty-paid.
Given that marked “red” diesel is usually the only diesel that is available to private pleasure craft at the waterside in the UK, the vast majority of UK-based yachts have marked “red” diesel in their main fuel tanks.
The presence of marked “red” diesel in a yacht’s main fuel tank does not cause any difficulty for British skippers visiting any country in Europe apart from Belgium, although it is recommended that you carry evidence that your diesel was purchased duty paid in the UK when visiting France and the Netherlands.
Why should UK boaters benefit from low rates of duty?
They don’t. Recreational boaters in the UK have been required to pay the full rate of duty on fuel used for propelling private pleasure craft since November 2008.
Under EU law, boaters are entitled to benefit from a rebated rate of duty on diesel used for heating and electricity generation, as is the case for fuel oil used for heating a private home. Even if only 60% of marked “red” diesel purchased is declared as being used for propulsion (the 60:40 split), UK boaters still pay roughly 10% more duty than their counterparts in France and Belgium.
Why should private pleasure craft use marked “red” diesel in the UK?
In short, to secure the continued availability of diesel fuel at the waterside for all UK boaters. Many waterside suppliers of diesel fuel only have a single tank and pump which in the vast majority of cases means marked “red” diesel is the only available fuel.
Should those suppliers be obliged to supply unmarked “white” diesel to private pleasure craft they will be faced with the cost of either installing a second fuel tank and pumping equipment or choosing which fuel to supply – marked “red” or unmarked “white” diesel.
RYA research indicates that roughly one third of them would limit their operation to supplying marked “red” diesel to commercial vessels and they would simply stop supplying private pleasure craft altogether.
This would have a significant impact on the availability of diesel for private pleasure craft along the coast, particularly in more remote parts of the country where harbours cater predominantly for commercial (fishing) craft.
Such areas include Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the north of England and the West Country.
What about inland?
Many inland waterways vessels are people’s homes and the owners rely on diesel fuel for heating and electricity generation, which under EU law can legally be purchased at the rebated rate of duty. However, under EU law, unmarked diesel cannot be supplied at a rebated rate of duty.
RYA research suggests that, should they be obliged to supply unmarked “white” diesel for propulsion, nearly half of those supplying diesel to private pleasure craft would stop supplying “red” diesel.
The owners of inland waterways vessels would therefore be denied access to diesel at the rebated rate of duty diesel for domestic use.
What’s in a colour?
The EU Marking Directive prescribes the chemical marker that must be applied to diesel to be supplied at the rebated rate of duty but member states are allowed to add their own national marker or colour.
The Directive would therefore permit the UK to change the colour dye it uses in order to distinguish marked diesel supplied in the UK from, say, marked diesel supplied in Belgium.
This might address some of the practical issues surrounding the continued use of marked “red” diesel in UK private pleasure craft voyaging elsewhere in Europe although, whatever the colour, the fuel would still need to be marked with the prescribed EU fiscal marker so it would still be detectable as marked diesel, if tested.
In addition, marked “red” diesel is supplied for use in the UK in a wide range of applications other than maritime, such as agriculture and forestry, so the implications of changing the colour dye would need to be considered in this wider context.