Yachting Monthly: A British sailor has been rescued from his yacht in the North Sea after his stearing gear failed, leaving him drifting near an oil platform.

A British sailor has been rescued from his yacht in the North Sea. Julian Mustoe, 82, had been sailing from the Shetlands to Norway on 6 October 2015 when his steering gear failed and he was left drifting dangerously close to an oil platform in waves up to 23 ft (7m).

Mr Mustoe had already sailed nearly 100 miles from Lerwick and was 85 miles from Berwick. He had been making good progress despite strong winds and large seas, when the stainless steel head fitting on the yacht’s rudder stock failed, leaving him unable to steer his boat. He reported that the fitting, weighing less than a kilogram, failed because it was too insubstantial.

His 25ft (7.6m) yacht Harrier of Down began drifting towards the North Alwyn oil and gas platform in the Dunbar oil field. The oil platform launched its emergency response vessel (ERV), the Vos Protector, when Harrier of Down was half a mile from the platform. At 2050 Mr Mustoe called the UK Coastguard, which co-ordinated his rescue, although he refused to be airlifted from his boat.

A Total spokesman said: ‘A small yacht was reported to be drifting within a half mile of Total’s North Alwyn platform. The coastguard and North Alywn’s emergency response vessel (ERV) offered support to the yacht. At all times the situation was closely monitored and under control by both the coastguard and the ERV. The North Alwyn platform did not go to muster and no plans were made for evacuation.’

As boat was still sound, however, Mr Mustoe declined to abandon his yacht, and requested a tow instead. The Norwegian Coastguard sent a cutter to Mr Mustoe’s assistance. The cutter was able to attach a long tow-line to Harrier and intended to tow the yacht to Bergen. Mr Mustoe was taken aboard the cutter at this point, and was not allowed to remain on his yacht.

The tow initially went well despite rough conditions, but the following day, the boat was began taking on water and was eventually overwhelmed. As the coastguard vessel was not equipped to lift the yacht, it sank, along with the majority of Mr Mustoe’s possessions.

Mr Mustoe said: ‘All night they towed Harrier behind the ship successfully. But for some reason Harrier began to take on water earlier this morning and at about 0900 she sank full of water. They couldn’t get her out because the weight was too great. So I was all right in the big ship but my lovely boast has been lost.’

Mr Mustoe is now back in the UK and is staying with friends, who have begun an appeal to help get the sailor back on his feet and on the water, with another boat to make his home:

See article at Yachting Monthly



Categories: Rescue at sea

Motorboat & Yachting: A large marina fire in the Boston suburb of Quincy destroyed 11 boats and sank three, although no-one was injured.


Firefighters were unable to save 11 boats that were destroyed in a marina fire in the Boston suburb of Quincy last week (October 8).

The blaze started at around 0730 local time and quickly spread along the dock of Captain’s Cove Marina to neighbouring vessels.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway, but eyewitness reports suggest it began as an engine fire, which eventually sent 50ft plumes of smoke into the morning air.

No-one was injured, but a young couple who had been living aboard their boat were left homeless as a result.

Boatowner Tamara Silvia told local news provider NECN: “We just sold everything to do this. We have nothing left now.”

The 11 vessels consumed by the marina fire ranged in size from 18ft to 30ft and divers began salvage efforts on Thursday afternoon.

Gary Smyth, deputy chief at Quincy Fire Department said: “We were very limited because we only had one side to fight the fire from, so we took a defensive stance.”

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

Pratical Boat Owner: The UK’s third largest boat show is under way at Kip Marina with free expert talks and demonstrations and a chance to win PBO’s fully-restored Project Boat.


Free talks and demonstrations for practical boat owners will be among the highlights of Scotland’s Boat Show, which starts today and runs until Sunday 11 October at Kip Marina.

Following the success of the inaugural Pratical Boat Owner PBO Ask the Experts live!at Beaulieu Boatjumble, we’re teaming up withRYA Scotland to offer more top practical tips thanks to experts from International Paint, Sika, CB Marine Services and also Ocean Safety.. Find us in the RYA Scotland Workshop Marquee.

Each of the talks will last 30-40 minutes and there are some tasty cakes available to purchase at the tea and coffee stand nearby, so feel free to get yourselves some refreshment and settle in for some good advice.

Talks schedule

11.30 – 12.30 – Essential sealant tips and tricks:Sika’s technical services expert Gareth Ross will demonstrate how to use sealants for bonding and waterproofing on board.

14.00 – 15.00 Ocean Safety life raft demonstration: Ocean Safetywill discuss the importance of getting your safety equipment serviced, complete with a demonstration liferaft inflation.

15.00 – 16.00 Della from Clipper Round the World Yacht Racewill talk about the experience of racing around the world. Hear first hand what it is like to be part of the crew and also get some information if you think you are up to the challenge.

16.00 – 17.00 Hints and tips for viewing second-hand boats: PBO expert and Scottish surveyor Colin Brown, of CB Marine Services,will be talking about common problems that arise during surveys of second-hand boats and discussing common corrosion issues.

11.30 – 12.30 Kim and Doug talk about their Round Scotland 2015 adventure and give their top tips for cruising in Scotland

14.00 – 15.00 Della from Clipper Round the World Yacht Race talks about taking the Clipper Race challenge

15.00 – 16.00 Professional paint job made easy: International Paint’s Kate Moss will explain the steps involved in painting your boat.

16.00 – 17.00 Essential sealant tips and tricks: Sika’s technical services expert Gareth Ross will demonstrate how to use sealants for bonding and waterproofing on board.

11.30 – 12.30 Professional paint job made easy: International Paint’s Kate Moss will explain how to achieve a mirror finish on your paint job.

14.00 – 15.00 Della from Clipper Round the World Yacht Race talks about taking the Clipper Race challenge

15.00 Hints and tips for viewing second-hand boats: PBO expert and Scottish surveyor Colin Brown, of CB Marine Services, will be talking about common problems that arise during surveys of second hand boats and discussing common corrosion issues.

Scotland’s Boat Show is open from 10am-6pm daily and admission is free. Car parking is £5.

See article at Practical Boat Owner

Pratical Boat Owner: British Coatings Federation (BCF) Marine Coatings Group has followed up on its successful survey for boat owners on the DIY use of antifouling (AF) paints by launching three additional surveys on the topic, aimed at professional applicators, boatyard managers/owners and chandlers.


The surveys are designed to better understand the current use of antifouling paints by DIY users, and to raise their awareness over the possibility that authorities may decide to restrict the application and use of AF paints to strictly professional applicators and organisations.

More then 800 submissions have been made in response to the original survey, indicating the level of interest regarding this issue and the concerns from the leisure boating sector in general.

Surveys can be accessed, for completion by the 30 November, as follows:

* Professional applicators: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NXLH5FN
* Boat yard managers: www.surveymonkey.com/r/6BV6DBC
* Chandlers: www.surveymonkey.com/r/6BLGZ9M

The original survey mentioned for boat owners/DIY applicators remains open until the 30th November too:
* Boat owners/DIY applicators: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NPNB6NW

Gareth Prowse, who is the UK Regulatory Affairs Manager at AkzoNobel Felling, with responsibility for the International Paint branded marine coatings, and also Chair of BCF’s Marine Coatings Group said: ‘The BCF are trying to generate data to better understand how people use AF Paints and what protective equipment they do use when painting. We’ve had some minor criticisms of scaremongering in response to the first survey, when in reality we’re not.

Gareth added: ‘The regulations are becoming much stricter than they have been. Our concern is that we could end up withdrawing products that can and are used safely because of the risk assessment being too conservative due to a lack of data, rather than genuine risk.’

See article at Pratical Boat Owner

Motorboat & Yachting: The MAIB has released its report on the Brixham powerboat accident in May that killed 14-year-old Emily Gardner.


The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has delivered its report on the Brixham powerboat accident that killed 14-year-old Emily Gardner back in May.

And although the report makes no formal recommendations, there are plenty of valuable lessons that boatowners can learn from this tragic event.

Firstly, that giving children ill-fitting buoyancy aids can increase the risk of them snagging on a mooring cleat. Also that boats built before 1996 should be purchased with caution as they do not have to conform with the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD).

The MAIB explains that Emily Gardner took to sea in a group of six people at around 1100 on Saturday May 2.

The trip went ahead despite local weather warnings of “Wind east south east (ESE) at 15-17 knots (Force 4-5). Significant wave height 1m”.

The father of one of Emily’s friends was at the helm of a Fletcher 115 powerboat, which was fitted with a 75hp Mercury outboard engine.

The boat was accompanied by two PWC users, one of which was a co-owner of the Fletcher. At 11:34 the skipper raised the revs to bring the boat onto the plane, but less than a minute later a large starboard wave caused the vessel to capsize.

The skipper and two of the passengers were thrown into the water, but Emily was trapped beneath the waves by her buoyancy aid, which became snagged on an aft mooring cleat.

The situation was worsened as the weight of the outboard engine dragged the stern down to a depth of 4m, leaving only the bow exposed.

Lessons learned
The MAIB report contains several valuable lessons for boatowners to help avoid incidents like this from happening again.

The most prominent of which is the need for children to wear appropriately sized buoyancy aids.

Emily was wearing an adult’s extra-large buoyancy aid (pictured right) with a chest size of 44-50 inches, and the MAIB reports that its bulkiness increased the likelihood of it snagging.

What’s more, since the Fletcher 115 in question was built in 1989, it did not need to comply with the 1996 RCD requirement for open boats to float horizontally when upturned.

The MAIB explains that if the boat had completely inverted, then the other passengers would have been able to disentangle Emily’s buoyancy aid more quickly.

The cause of the capsize is partly explained by the unfavourable weather conditions, but also by the lightness of the bow-end fuel tank, which had only been filled with £20 worth of petrol, resulting in insufficient ballast.

The report also explains that the outboard engine had been refitted with a five-bladed propeller to improve acceleration, and this may have played a contributory role in the boat’s capsize.

Finally, the skipper was not wearing a killcord at the time of the accident, which the MAIB says “highlights the need to continue raising awareness of the issue in the speedboat community”.

The Royal Yachting Association and the British Water Ski and Wakeboard Association has ensured that all of these points are covered in their training syllabi, and the MAIB has made no official recommendations to Fletcher, Mercury or the RNLI.

The full 12-page report on the Brixham powerboat accident can be downloaded from the MAIB website (1.4MB PDF).

See article at Motorboat & Yachting



Categories: At sea, Rescue at sea

Motorboat & Yachting: High-speed powerboat specialist Vector has unveiled its latest model, the V40S, which is capable of more than 100mph even when driven remotely.


Vector Performance Marine has unveiled a new addition to its range of high-speed powerboats in the form of the Vector V40S.

As you may have guessed from the no-nonsense monochrome styling, this new arrival is designed to be a commercial interceptor, suitable for marine surveillance, patrol and anti-piracy operations.

Claimed to be the fastest of its kind, the Vector V40S is capable of top speeds in excess of 100mph, with a four-man crew and one-tonne payload.

Even more impressive is that this top speed can be achieved with no-one on board at all, as Vector has created the highest power/weight ratio of any unmanned boat ever built.

Available with both diesel and petrol engine configurations, the Vector V40S is available for commercial orders now, but the price is being kept strictly under wraps.

Founded in 2012 by media entrepreneur Mal Crease and powerboat world record holder Peter Dredge, Vector is best known for its racing tie-ups with Martini, which have resulted in back-to-back victories in the annual Cowes-Torquay Classic.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting



Categories: Boat test, Boats

Yachting Boating World: Zizoo promises to ‘revolutionise sailing holidays.’ Zizoo, the boat booking website, launched in the UK market on the 5th October, as it unveiled a new long haul sailing collection including Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Thailand locations.


The site promises to ‘revolutionise sailing holidays’ by making the booking process entirely online, offering easy access to over 6000 boat rentals in 30 countries worldwide.

Destinations include popular European countries such as Croatia, Spain, Greece, France, Italy and Turkey, as well Sweden, Norway, Channel Islands and even some inland locations. The company has also launched a new long haul collection.

Vessels are available with or without crew for flexible durations (from one day) and include luxury catamarans, vintage gulets and sailboats, as well as motor and speedboats. All relevant insurances are included within the hire fee so all clients need to cover themselves are the mooring fees, which often vary depending on their chosen sailing itinerary.

More unusual options include a vintage James Bond-esque speed boat to whizz around the canals of Venice, or a fun BBQ ‘Donut’ motorboat on Berlin’s Tegel Lake. A skipper can be added to any booking from between £100-£125 per day, or experienced sailors can crew the vessels themselves.

Zizoo began as an idea from Anna Banicevic, who learnt to sail off the West Coast of Ireland. Looking to rent a yacht for a group sailing holiday a few years ago, she soon realised that the boat rental industry was totally ‘undigitalised’.

“We believe that the boat rental industry is ready to go to the next level, following in the footsteps of other travel sectors such as car rental, hotels and flights. For Zizoo we see our growth not only coming from leading the offline market into the digital era, but also attracting a younger market who are looking for an alternative to a land based holiday,” she added.

See article at Yachting Boating World

Yachting Boating World: Expansion works are now underway at Port Andratx in Mallorca. The seven new superyacht berths will help meet growing demand from those who regularly visit the southwest Mallorca resort.


Lorenzo Vila, director of easyboats, said; “Not only is our business based in Port Andratx, but we were born and raised here, so we have seen the transformation from humble fishing village to millionaires’, and billionaires’, playground.

“While the fishing industry still very much exists, the Port’s image is now very upscale with high-end restaurants, eight-figure-price-tag villas and superyachts on the scene. These new berths, which range between 26 and 30 metres, are much-needed and we’ve already reserved one for an easyboats client – who happens to be a billionaire from northern Europe.”

At a budget of almost two million euros, the seven-berth expansion also adds 34 new car parking spaces, with the extended quay having the spinoff benefit of reducing the swell coming into the Port for other marina users.

The area around Port Andratx is considered one of the top ten hotspots in Spain, having recently being placed in third position by specialist property valuation consultancy Tinsa. Andratx’s property values were said to average €2,422 per square metre, just behind the areas of Sitges and Calvia.

The Balearic Government Port Authority approved the expansion works in December 2014.

See article at Yachting Boating World

Motorboat & Yachting: Italy’s biggest boat show is under way, with some of Europe’s biggest brands on display as part of the 2015 Salone Nautico Genoa Boat Show.


It may no longer be the biggest boat show in the world, as it was in 2007, but the Genoa Boat Show still has a strong appeal, both in Italy and beyond.

The 55th edition of the Salone Nautico (as the locals call it) got off to a strong start on Wednesday (September 30), with a diverse line-up and bright sunshine attracting a healthy crowd.

Although there were more than 1,000 boats on display from 760 exhibitors, the biggest buzz surrounded the Azimut Yachts stand.

The Italian yard was making its return to Genoa after skipping the 2014 show, and did so with a substantial fleet of eight vessels on display.

Prominent models included the 72 Fly, which was making its second public appearance after its official unveiling at last month’s Cannes Boat Show.

The Azimut 72’s vast saloon windows and spacious below-decks accommodation drew admiring comments from press and public alike.

Giovanni Bogetto from Azimut Yachts told MBY: “It is important for us to be in Italy and support our local dealers. We have seen some good signs, not just in Italy, but all across the Mediterannean.”

The new Sessa C42 Fly was another hotly anticipated arrival, with the Bergamo-based yard showing off its new cockpit grill, which is mounted directly above the bathing platform.

Other prominent Italian yards on display included Fiart Mare, Austin Parker and Absolute, although Ferretti Group was a notable absentee.

It wasn’t just Italian boats on display, however, with Fairline Boats, Jeanneau and Beneteau also exhibiting new models from their 2015 collections.

And there were plenty of bold new designs for visitors to feast their eyes on, including the Overblue 44, Sundeck 550, and Evo 43.

With another three days still to go, it’s too early to make any definitive judgements on this year’s Genoa Boat Show, but it seems that the rising optimism among the boating industry has spread to Italy.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting

Motorboat & Yachting: Fairline Boats has temporarily laid off more than a third of its work force, according to workers’ union Unite.


The buy-out of Fairline Boats by Wessex Bristol has had a knock-on effect on the Oundle yard’s workforce, it has emerged.

Workers’ union Unite has said that 109 of the 300 workers currently employed by Fairline have been temporarily laid off.

The decision was made “to address immediate short-term issues” and staff will return to work within five weeks, according to Wessex Bristol CEO Ayiaz Ahmed.

In an interview with local newspaper Peterborough Today, the new Fairline chief said: “This is in no way an indication of the long term vision for Fairline but an unfortunate unintended consequence of the current business climate.”

“Questions are being raised over the selection process for the 109 of the 300 workers and that the right to appeal the decision was denied,” he told the news provider.

“I would urge the new owners to see Unite and its members as part of the solution in creating a successful boat building company.”

Fairline recently attended the Southampton Boat Show and unveiled the Targa 53, its first brand new model in twelve months.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting



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