Motorboat & Yachting: Leslie Jones has been named as the lead architect for a £120m project to redevelop the Port of Dover by 2017.


The ongoing project to redevelop the Port of Dover took a huge step forward this week, when Leslie Jones Architecture was named as the lead design firm.

The £120m project with Bride Hall Real Estate Partners could include a new marina, as well as shopping and leisure facilities and retirement housing.

Leslie Jones has previously worked on the Southside shopping centre in Wandsworth, Sheffield’s Moor Market and the London Designer Outlet in Wembley.

James Cons, managing director at Leslie Jones Architecture, said: “We understand how to capture successful elements of mixed-use schemes across the UK, and adapt, then transfer them to the benefit of other developments.

“We are excited that this waterfront location will be brought back to life and become a destination that local people and visitors call home.”

Dover Harbour Board was given Government permission to redevelop the Kentish port in 2012 and secured £120m of funding in September 2014.

At the time George Jenkins, chairman of Dover Harbour Board, said the investment would “create long-term prosperity for Dover and for the nation”.

It is hoped that the new development will create more than 600 jobs in the area by 2017. Each year the Port of Dover handles an estimated £100billion worth of goods.

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Yachting & Boating World: Dorset Police seeking information from boat crew after body found at Hengistbury Head. Officers are trying to locate the owner and crew of a boat that left Mudeford Quay on 23 May 2015.


Dorset Police are trying to find a boat crew that are believed to have vital information about the death of an elderly man after his body was discovered in the water at Hengistbury Head on 24 May 2015.

Officers are attempting to trace the boat’s owner and crew after they were seen at Mudeford Quay where the 70-year-old casualty first entered the water on 23 May 2015.

A member of the public discovered the man’s body around 9.30pm, with police believing the casualty had entered the water around 43 hours before. The police are keen to talk to the crew of the boat, which left Mudeford Quay at around 2am.

Police sergeant Tim Ward, said: “We believe that the craft was in the general area around the same time as the incident which resulted in a man’s body being discovered.

“I am hoping that whoever was on that boat may be able to provide us with vital information for the coroner’s inquest. This is a very tragic incident and any information we have may help to piece together exactly what happened. I would like to emphasise that this death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident is being urged to contact Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 23:89.



Categories: Accident

Motorboat & Yachting: Polish manufacturer Galeon Yachts has revealed details of the 510 Skydeck, which features several striking new ideas.


Galeon Yachts has announced a new design project in the form of the 510 Skydeck, which aims to offer a more flexible space for a 50-footer. Based on the same hull as the upcoming Galeon 500 Fly, the 510 Skydeck combines the retractable sunroof of a sportscruiser with the upper helm position of a flybridge, much like on the Princess S72.

However, Galeon Yachts has plenty more tricks up its sleeve for the 510 Skydeck, as the Polish manufacturer has designed a flexible lower deck, which can fold out when stationary to offer more cockpit space.

This beach mode includes a rotating aft bench, outward-facing seating on the starboard side and a portside bar. Further seating is provided up at the bow with three bench seats arranged in a triangular configuration.

However, all of these elements can be folded away in transit to create the sleek profile of a sportscruiser, as the images above show.

No release dates, engine options or prices have been revealed as of yet, but suffice to say that if Galeon Yachts does put this highly ambitious concept into production then it will certainly turn heads.



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Motorboat & Yachting: This weekend will see cyclists and MDL Marinas staff ride from Penton Hook Marina to Ocean Village Marina to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. Ocean Village Marina is the finish line for the MDL Marinas charity bike ride challenge.


MDL Marinas staff will be swapping boats for bikes this weekend to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The marina chain is hosting a 68-mile cycle ride from its Penton Hook facility in Chertsey to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton (pictured above).

Organised by MDL bertholder Gary Pearson, the bike ride challenge will see 25 riders compete to reach the South Coast fastest. Starting at 0900 on Saturday (June 6), the first riders hope to reach Ocean Village by 1600, where a celebratory barbecue will be laid on.

Adrien Burnand, head of marketing at MDL Marinas, said: “When Gary approached us about hosting the ride, we were keen to get involved and help raise funds for this worthy cause, which we know is very close to Gary’s heart.

“It looks to be a fun, social occasion, as well as a great challenge. Lots of our berth holders will be getting involved too, so it should be a fantastic day. We’re really looking forward to it.”

The MDL Marinas team consists of employees Dean Smith, Mike Glanville, Shaw Smith, Jonathan Walcroft, Clive Marriott and Ben Boardman, who have so far raised £880 for the British Heart Foundation via their JustGiving page.




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Yachting & Boating World: There’s a lot to consider when buying a boat in Europe. In the first of our four-part feature, we explain how to go about finding a reputable seller and what to expect.


The first thing to decide when buying a boat in Europe is whether you’re going to use a broker or purchase the boat through a private sale. In some cases you may not get a choice depending on the type of boat you’ve found and where it’s being advertised.

There are different things to consider with private or commercial sales in order to make sure you’re covering all the necessary points and avoid common pitfalls.

Using a broker
The most important thing you can do when choosing a broker is to ensure that they are a reputable yacht brokering business. You don’t want to fall in love with a boat, only to find out that the broker doesn’t have any of the title paper work, or does not produce an adequate sale contract to govern the sale.

And when it comes to deposits, you want to feel confident about who you’re handing your money over to, as solicitor and founder of YachtingLawyers Hannah Cash explains.

“One of the main issues boat buyers have is that brokers are going to ask you to provide a deposit and if they are not a reputable, well established broker, you will have concerns about how your money is being held and if will it be refunded to you in the event that something goes wrong. Ultimately you want peace of mind and confidence in the broker especially when buying a boat abroad.”

One of the ways to find a reputable broker in Europe is to use is a member of the Mediterranean Yacht Broker Association (MYBA), similar to the British Marine Federation (BMF) in the UK. The organisation exists to guide brokers on ethical and technical standards and produces standard forms and sale contracts for their brokers to use which are in English.

Another thing to do is visit the broker’s website and see how they’re advertising their boats. Are brokers using other well-known international websites such as YBW or Yachting Monthly. Is the broker’s business address and full contact details provided? If you can’t find genuine examples of these then it should ring a few alarm bells.

Going private
There is more risk involved with a private sale, as anybody can sell a boat and you’ve no way of knowing if they’re reputable.

Instead, make sure you take the following guidance on board and if at any point you feel unsure about the sale, contact a specialist such as law firm YachtingLawyers, who specialise in helping people buy boats at home and abroad and will help guide you through the process.

Sales contract
When it comes to the contract, all brokers (especially those who are a member of the MYBA) should use a standard sales contract. The MYBA standard contracts are internationally well known.

In the event that you’re dealing with a smaller brokerage that doesn’t use standard sale contracts, you should still expect to be given a sale contract. This will specify the terms & conditions of the transaction such as sale price, forfeiture and refund of deposit, complete date, place of delivery, what happens if the survey is unsatisfactory etc.

There are standard forms available online but, unless you’re confident in handling the contract yourself, it would be advisable to seek legal advice first.

One important thing to ask for at this stage when purchasing a boat abroad is to have your contract translated into English and for it to be governed by English law in case a dispute arises.

The majority of brokers should be able to provide this service for you but, if not, make sure you get your contract translated before you sign anything.

Having these documents translated into English will also be extremely useful when you come to sell the boat later down the line.

TOP TIP: Make sure anything you sign is in English
Within the contract it’s important for the person selling the boat to state that they are the legal owner and they have the right to sell it. You’ll also want to see title documentation and evidence that the person selling the boat, does in fact own it.

Examples of title documents include bills of sale, previous sale contract, a builder’s certificate, insurance certificates and registration certificate. If you’re using a broker, then they should hold all this information.

Make sure the owner declares in the contract that they are the legal and beneficial owner, and have the right to sell the boat, which is free from any debts and encumbrances of any kind. This will help to establish yourself as a bona fide purchaser and will protect you if it turns out a bank or a third party owns the boat for example.

Hannah Cash says: “Ultimately buying a boat should be a pleasurable, experience and you should be excited about your intended purchase. The moment it becomes stressful and you feel unsure about the purchase, that is the time to proceed with caution and seek legal advice.“

If you’re buying a second-hand boat, make sure that VAT (also referred to as IVA in Europe) is accounted for. Ideally you want to see proof of VAT by way of original receipted invoice from the manufacturer or first owner.

If the seller is unable to prove VAT, then you may want to consider whether you wish to proceed with the sale.

If the vessel is not VAT paid, you may want to consider paying the VAT on the boat post sale, however seek advice on this before doing so as the rules are different depending on where in Europe the vessel is being purchased.

Making an application to pay the VAT in the UK can be straight forward, but in Europe the law is VAT is may be payable in the first port of entry, so seek advice if this is something you are thinking about doing.

Please note that this article does not constitute legal advice

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