Motorboat & Yachting: Sunseeker has revealed the first images of the Sunseeker 131 superyacht, which is due to be launched in early 2016.
The first images of the Sunseeker 131 superyacht have been revealed, with the Poole-based yard taking a bold approach to exterior design.
The dramatic cutaway bulwarks may divide opinion, but Sunseeker has already sold four hulls ahead of its 2016 launch.
After one year in development and construction, the completed Hull #1 will now go into extensive testing and sea trials prior to the first owners taking delivery.
Sunseeker estimates that the tri-deck 131 will have a top speed of 23 knots and an optimum cruising speed of 12 knots.
The interior is every inch as opulent as you would expect from a Sunseeker superyacht, with the yard’s bespoke service meaning that fabrics, furniture and even layout are up for discussion.
On this particular model, the owner has gone for a light colour scheme with plenty of mirrored surfaces.
Sunseeker recently celebrated its 100th hull over 100ft and with the official launch of the Sunseeker 131 edging ever closer the British boatbuilder is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Motorboat & Yachting: The trial of Matthew Eteson has come to an end with the jury finding him guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence in connection to two deaths on Windermere.
A qualified gas fitter who modified his boat’s generator has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.
Matthew Eteson, 42 from Hale, Cheshire, appeared in Preston Crown Court as part of the two-and-a-half week Windermere boat deaths trial, but declined to give evidence due to his “mental condition”.
After the jury returned their unanimous verdict on Monday (November 26), the court was adjourned until November 13, when Mr Eteson will be sentenced.
The boatowner was holidaying in the Lake District with his partner Kelly Webster, 36, and her daughter Lauren Thornton, 10, over the Easter Bank holiday weekend in April 2013.
The group returned to their Bayliner 285 (pictured above) following a fish and chip lunch to take a nap and were poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes after Mr Eteson’s modified generator failed.
The court heard that he had soldered an “elbow joint” to fit a silencer to the generator’s copper exhaust pipe, but this failed when the system heated up.
Gas permeated the boat’s bulkhead and filled the aft cabin where Lauren and Kelly were sleeping, and the emergency services were unable to resuscitate them. Matthew was able to escape as he was sleeping in the forecabin.
The court also heard how the boat was moored on a swinging mooring and as such was unable to power its heating system from 240V mains electrics.
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the 2016 London Boat Show have announced that they will be giving next year’s event a 1960s twist.
The London Boat Show will be going back to its roots next year, with a 1960s revival theme. For 2016, the organisers will be harking back to the era of Beatles wigs, the space race and, on a more nautical theme, the arrival of the Mirror Dinghy.
Staged in the capital since 1957, the London Boat Show actually predates the 1960s, but that hasn’t stopped the organisers from giving next year’s event a novel twist.
A statement released by British Marine Boat Show said: “New features for this year’s event include the ‘60’s Revival’ attraction which will transport visitors back to the swinging 60s.”
What’s more, visitors will be able get a taste of sunnier climes, with the new Mediterranean Bay exhibit.
Motorboat & Yachting: Could this powercat design be the key to bringing the Blue Riband trophy back to the UK? Ray Bulman reports on a new Atlantic speed record bid.
An attempt to break the Atlantic crossing speed record is being planned by a new group called Team Great Britain, headed by offshore powerboat enthusiast Richard George.
The crossing is to be made by a 112ft (34.2m) wave piecing catamaran TGB34 designed by Andrew SN Lea and George Robson.
With a huge beam of 42ft (12.8m) it has an unusually high length-to-beam ratio for an ocean-going catamaran.
Design is currently at an advanced stage with several successful tests already carried out on a one tenth scale model in Abu Dhabi.
However, since the group is still searching for a suitable yard to partner with for full-scale construction, the actual Transatlantic attempt is unlikely to be made before 2018.
The plan is to cross the Atlantic in two days on a single load of fuel, which if successful will make TGB34 the only non-passenger vessel to cross without at least two mid-ocean fuelling stops.
A two-day crossing would knock over ten hours off the time set by the Aga Kan’s motor yacht Destriero which set the current record time of two days ten hours 54 minutes in 1992.
A two-day crossing will need the craft to produce an average of around 64mph, which in turn will require a top speed of 80mph (70 knots). Hence light winds and calm seas will be essential for success.
Project leader Richard George is the driving force behind Team Great Britain, having previously competed in the World XCAT racing series.
Other members of the team include Dag Pike, who navigated the successful Virgin Atlantic Challenger II crossing in 1986, and Dan Stevens, the current owner of VACII.
“I want to bring the Hales Trophy back to Britain,” says Richard George. “We are a great seafaring nation and any success is certain to be beneficial to our marine industry as a whole.”
And on his team: “We see ourselves as the ‘McLaren’ of the seas and with a green purpose; where efficiency in design using F1 and aerospace innovation, and advanced engineering techniques not only makes vessels much faster but means they require massively less fuel to undertake the task.”
The only problem is that the Hales Trophy, also known as the Blue Riband, is currently held by the Tasmanian company Incat Ltd which built the 298ft (91m) fast passenger ferry Cat-Link V.
She currently holds the record for the fastest crossing by a commercial passenger vessel with a time of two days 20 hours nine minutes and is the true holder of the trophy under current rules.
Motorboat & Yachting: South East Asia has seen a spike in piracy over the past year, with attacks 38% more frequent across the first nine months of the year.
Boatowners cruising in South East Asia should be on their guard against the threat of piracy, with maritime crime on the rise in the area.
This is according to the latest report from marine security specialist Dryad Maritime, which claims that there have been 194 such incidents in the first nine months of 2015, compared with 140 in the same period last year.
Criminal gangs aim to siphon fuel, and steal engine parts and high-value machinery from larger ships, but the threat to smaller vessels shouldn’t be underestimated, particularly in the Singapore Strait.
Ian Millen, chief operating officer at Dryad Maritime, called on the local authorities to step up their counter-piracy efforts:
“There is a pressing need for a joined-up security effort in the Singapore Strait and other areas,” he said.
“Without a high visual presence from security agencies, criminal gangs will continue to operate freely with little fear of capture or prosecution.”
However, there was some good news in the report, with Dryad Maritime reporting that the threat from Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean is falling.
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Barcelona Boat Show have hailed the Spanish market, which has grown by more than 10% in the first nine months of the year.
The Barcelona Boat Show came to an end on Sunday (October 18) and the initial signs from this year’s show are that the Spanish boating industry is in rude health.
Organisers Fira de Barcelona claim that 55,000 visitors attended the five-day event, and this strong turnout reflects the level of boat registrations, which has risen 10.5% year-on-year for the first nine months of the year.
Other positive signs can be found in the total number of exhibitors, which rose by 4% to 260, and the number of new and used boats on display – up 3% to 670.
Event manager Jordi Freixas said: “This year, there have been more new products than in recent years, reaffirming the show as the leading business and trend-setting platform for the Spanish boating industry.”
Meanwhile, the dates for the 2016 Barcelona Boat Show have been confirmed, with next year’s event due to run from October 12-16.
Practical Boat Owner: Boat owners with boats not registered in the European Union, are able to stay in Greece for longer than six months after the Cruising Association (CA) campaigned against a new law brought about by the Greek government.
The CA was made aware in August last year that Greece had unilaterally scrapped EU-wide rules on temporary importation and substituted instead a six month in 12 month rule for non-EU flagged yachts. The CA immediately protested through their contacts in the Greek government that this action was illegal under EU law.
The Greek election in January 2015 interfered with this dialogue and by April 2015 when no further progress had been made, the CA lodged a formal complaint with the European Commission. The CA’s case was that Greece’s action was not only illegal but would seriously impact yachting tourism.
In early September 2015 the European Commission advised the CA that the Greek government had agreed to return to the EU-wide rules on temporary importation of yachts. A copy of the Greek Ministerial Directive implementing this was forwarded to the CA. The stated date for implementation was the 1st October 2015.
The second Greek election in late September 2015 occurred before the Ministerial Directive could be published in the Government Gazette and thus become law. The CA has been making repeated attempts to establish when this Ministerial Directive will be ‘gazetted’. However, reports from CA members indicates that the port police in Greece are already implementing the directive so it has clearly been published in some form.
Yachting Boating World: Construction has started on the first New York Marina in more than 20 years, with a spring 2016 opening planned.
It has been over 20 years since the last opening of a New York Marina, but it seems that One 15 Brooklyn is now set to arrive in 2016.
The new facility, which is currently under construction, is situated between Piers 4 and 5 of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The SUTL GROUP and Edgewater Resources, who hope to host a grand opening in spring 2016, are developing the three-project.
The completed New York Marina will feature 102 berths measuring from 16ft to 250ft in length, all of which will be protected by a 5.2m wide Marinetek concrete breakwater.
A quarter of the berths will be reserved for the Community Dock, which will provide free and affordable boating experiences for local groups.
Arthur Tay, chairman of SUTL Group, said: “We identified the perfect opportunity in Brooklyn with the vibrant, lush public spaces of Brooklyn Bridge Park, Manhattan skyline backdrop and open water.
Regina Myer, president of Brooklyn Bridge Park, added: “In New York City we are surrounded by water yet there are so few opportunities to interact with the harbour.
“This marina with its robust free and low cost programming, makes the waterfront accessible in new ways to even more New Yorkers and puts Brooklyn on the map for the global boating community.”
Practical Boat Owner: Scotland’s Boat Show 2015 at Kip Marina, Inverclyde broke every previous attendance record, attracting more than 16,000 visitors.
A record-breaking 16,250 visitors flocked to Scotland’s Boat Show 2015 at Kip Marina, Inverclyde last weekend.
This marked an increase of nearly 1,800 visitors to the three-day event. Organisers of the UK’s third largest boat show said Saturday was the busiest ever day with approaching 7,500 visitors.
Practical Boat Owner magazine’s Project Boat Hantu Biru was among the show’s attractions, with members of the public invited to step aboard the fully-restored Snapdragon 23.
Anthony Layden of Buchlyvie said: ‘It’s awesome to see it in real life.’
Alan Rennie, of Inverkip, said: I’ve read every single article, I think she’s absolutely brilliant. She proves what you can do to bring back a really old boat. There have been really, really good stories, I’ve enjoyed it. What really gets me is a 30-year-old boat, sat in a yard and what you’ve done to tidy it up and bring it back to life.’
He added: ‘It’s an inspiration to us all.’
John and Pauline Langfield, from Preston, drove for four-and-a-half hours to see the PBO Project Boat and attend the show.
John said: ‘One of the reasons we came to the boat show was to have a look at Hantu Biru. I’m halfway through doing one of my own, a Sea Witch, 19ft. It’s our first proper little boat and we can’t wait to get her on the water.’
For the first time, the wheelchair-friendly Wheely Boat from Clycle Muirshiel offered free taster sessions at Scotland’s Boat Show.
Barbara Kinghorn, aged 90, enjoyed a trip on the Wheely Boat, along with her friends and carers from the Erskine care home in Bishopton, for former servicemen and women.
Show sponsors,RYA Scotland also offered Access Dinghy taster sessions, in conjunction with Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, which enabled many youngsters to enjoy their first trip on to the water.
Other attractions included a new Scottish Food & Drink Pavilion, complete with an indoor market showcasing everything from preserves and pickles to multi-award winning Gigha halibut and a theatre kitchen where guests could enjoy demonstrations and tastings of Scottish seafood, artisan chocolate making or the new Glen Etive Mhor 3 Scotch whisky.
Following the success of PBOs Ask the Experts LIVE! event at Beaulieu Boatjumble,we teamed up with the RYA Scotland to offer more expert talks during the show in the RYA Scotland Theatre thanks to Sika’sGareth Ross, International Paint’sKate Moss, CB Marine Servicessurveyor Colin Brown and Ocean Safety’sMichael Scott who provided liferaft amd lifejacket demonstrations.
Dave and Marion McKone, of Lancashire, enjoyed the Sika demonstration on sealants and he said: ‘It was very good. Educational. We know what we were doing wrong now. We try and do a job as cheap as possible as we don’t want to buy expensive primer. There were a lot of things we hadn’t thought about.’
Nigel Wardrop, of North Lanarkshire, attended the International Paint talk and said: ‘I learnt how to paint the top of the boat. Whether I can put it into practice I’m not sure. I was particularly interested in this talk.’
Keen dinghy sailor Alan Duffy, aged 14, was the volunteer for both Ocean Safety demonstrations and said: ‘It was excellent. I’ve seen a lifejacket inflate before – not my own, but not a liferaft. It was fantastic.’
His mum Marie MacDonald said: ‘It’s our first time at Scotland’s Boat Show, I think it’s excellent. It’s been very well organised, I can’t believe how big it is.’
Crowds gathered to watch acrobatic displays of Flyboarding. Also causing great interest on the water were the two Round the World Clippers ‘Clyde Challenger’ and a Clipper 68, where people could enter a competition to win a week’s training.
The show was officially opened by Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism Fergus Ewing. More than 90 boats were for sale at the event. Other highlights included stalls showcasing the latest marine equipment in the RYA Scotland Pavilion, plus luxury cars from Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Maserati, Morgan and Porsche.
Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the London Boat Show have announced that the Sunseeker stand will be revamped and repositioned for 2016.
However, the 2016 London Boat Show will feature a different layout, with the Sunseeker stand shifted from the centre of the Excel Centre’s South Hall to run horizontally along the perimeter of the hall.
Organisers British Marine Boat Shows say that this move will open up the show further, while keeping the Sunseeker stand in the eye-line of the entrance.
Murray Ellis, managing director at British Marine Boat Shows, said: “Next year upon entering the Show, visitors will be able to view the whole scope of the event with the Sunseeker International stand in eye line view.”
Sunseeker fans will be hoping for a brand new model launch at the 2016 London Boat Show, after the Poole-based yard decided against unveiling any new arrivals at any of the major autumn 2015 boat shows.
The 95 Yacht, 116 Yacht and 131 Yacht are all currently under development, and they are all longer than the Sunseeker 28M, which was the largest boat on display at the 2015 London Boat Show.
Sean Robertson, sales director at Sunseeker International, added: “We are delighted to have been involved in shaping the future of the event and look forward to unveiling our stand in its prominent new position.”
The 2016 London Boat Show will run from January 8-17 and advance tickets are on sale now, with prices starting at £10 per adult.