Motorboat & Yachting: Spanish firefighters were called to the aid of a sinking superyacht last week, after its four bilge pumps failed to stop the flow of water.

 

Firefighters were called into refit yard Varadero Port Denia last week, after initial efforts to save a sinking superyacht proved in vain.

The 150ft custom motoryacht Sea Falcon II began taking on water in the stern on September 17, and staff on site were unable to stop the flow of water, despite using all four on-board bilge pumps.

After a call was made to the local fire service at 0830, four more pumps were pressed into action by 1200, saving the sinking superyacht from a soggy fate.

No-one was injured and no oil contamination was reported, according to local publication Las Provincias.

Almost a week after the incident and the cause of the sinking superyacht is still a mystery, a spokesperson for the yard told MBY this morning.

Varadero Port Denia is located 60 miles north-east of Alicante on the Spanish coast and current refit projects include a 142ft Perini Navi and 204ft superyacht Yaakun.

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Pratical Boat Owner: More than 110,000 people flocked to the 2015 Southampton Boat Show, which drew to a close on Sunday, to experience Britain’s biggest boating festival.

 

Visitor numbers were down on last year’s footfall of more than 112,000 people across 10 days, however exhibitors reported strong sales from this year’s event.

The 2015 show saw 23 boats make their world debut and more than 330 sailboats and powerboats exhibited at the purpose-built marina.

Many companies reported an increase on last year’s figures including multi-million pound deals. Some serious marine business were conducted with contracts between the marine divisions of companies such as Rolls-Royce and Sunseeker International being signed.

The show kicked off in style with F1 presenter, Suzi Perry opening the Sunseeker stand with Britain’s Got Talent winners, Collabro.

The Red Arrows provided visitors with a show-stopping display over the purpose-built marina on the first weekend, with sailing legends Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Olympian Annie Lush both making appearances.

Murray Ellis, managing director of British Marine Boat Shows said: ‘We have had yet another incredibly successful Southampton Boat Show with more than 10,000 visitors getting out on the water for free.

‘Our attractions have been very popular this year with over 18,000 visits to our tall ship , the Earl of Pembroke, 5,300 rides on the Honda Boat Show Eye and over 27,000 visitors to the Show’s very own Aquarium.

‘Sales have been excellent this year with visitors having the opportunity to purchase from an array of products from bags made of recycled sails to multi million pound yachts. There has been an exuberant atmosphere, once again confirming the Southampton Boat Show as one of the leading Boat Shows in the world.’

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Motorboat & Yachting: The worlds of watchmaking and boat manufacturing have come together in the latest model from Italian Sea Group, the Franck Muller 55.

 

Italian Sea Group has announced details of its new Franck Muller range, which will be unveiled later this week at the Monaco Yacht Show (September 23-26).

Named after and developed in collaboration with the high-end Swiss watchmaker, the first model to be launched from the range is the Franck Muller 55, an open sportscruiser that its designers are billing as “the ultimate toy”.

Hull #1 will come fitted with twin Volvo Penta IPS 950 pod drives for a top speed of 35 knots, although a more powerful IPS 1200 version will be available in due course and should be capable of hitting 40 knots.

Below decks there are two cabins, with ensuite accommodation for the owners plus two guests, while the open-plan teak-laid cockpit provides plenty of socialising space.

The lavish interior design includes ebony cabinetry, marble worktops and ten different types of hand-woven leather upholstery.

Other key features include plenty of exterior LED lights, which the designers claim will create “an artwork at night”.

Franck Muller branded carbon poles and a canvas cover are included, but for those facing unfavourable weather on a more regular basis, the yard plans to launch a hard-top version in the future.

Indeed, the Italian Sea Group has ambitious plans for the Franck Muller range, with 68 Open, 68 HT, 80 HT and 108 RPH models all in development.

Visitors to the Monaco Yacht Show will get the first chance to glimpse the Franck Muller 55 on the water later this week, before it is shipped across the Atlantic for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (November 5-9).

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

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