Motorboat & Yachting: The amphibious RIB manufacturer has launched its largest model to date, which has been named the Sealegs 9000.
The market for amphibious RIBs is getting bigger, quite literally, following the latest launch from New Zealand yard Sealegs.
The Sealegs 9000 is the largest model of its kind, with seating for eight on board its 9m (30ft) aluminium hull.
And although it is targeted at commercial and military owners, pleasure boaters will surely be drawn to the idea of a 44-knot speed machine that can also crawl up the beach at a little over 4mph.
Pratical Boat Owner: A yacht that crossed the Atlantic after being abandoned more than a year ago has been sunk just as its owner made a last dash to retrieve it. Yacht owner Thomas Mallunat left the boat, Troll, in October 2014 near Bermuda because of a medical emergency with his wife.
Although never expecting to see it again, he was advised of a recent sighting by an Irish Maritime Patrol Aircraft and travelled to Cornwall in the hope of retrieving the boat, however it had been sunk in the meantime.
Spokesman for Defence Forces Ireland said the Naval Service received some correspondence from Mr Mallunat after the yacht had been sunk last month.
The spokesman said: ‘Although obviously disappointed, he does not seem to bear any ill will to the Irish Naval Service and appears to accept the rationale. He had in fact left hatches open when he abandoned it as he did not want the empty boat to be a hazard.’
This cruiser was adrift in the UK Search and Rescue area of responsibility (that lies within the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone).
At the request of the UK Coastguard (from Falmouth MRCC), the L.É. EITHNE sunk the yacht Troll in position 49 18.85N 010 32.36W on the evening of 19 August 2015.
This position was approximately 131 nautical miles south west of Mizen Head, on the south west coast of Ireland.
The spokesman said: ‘This was a prudent measure taken because the vessel was adrift in the transatlantic shipping lanes and was deemed to be a navigation hazard to merchant traffic. No pollution emanated from the vessel when it sank.’
Motorboat & Yachting: The Plymouth-based yard has revealed details of the upcoming Princess 49, which will be its first IPS-powered flybridge. The Princess 49 is due for a 2016 launch.
Due to be launched next year, the Princess 49 will be the first flybridge model from the Plymouth yard to come with Volvo Penta’s IPS system.
With 550hp per side, the Princess 49 should be capable of top speed of around 35 knots, the manufacturer added.
Key features include triple sliding cockpit doors and a rear galley that comes fitted with a full-height fridge/freezer, tucked just beneath the flybridge stairs on the starboard side.
Below decks, the three-cabin layout includes a full-beam master suite, forecabin with optional scissor berths, and a twin bunk bed guest cabin to starboard.
Prices and arrival dates are yet to be confirmed, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Princess 49 get a public debut at the 2016 London Boat Show (January 8-17).