Motorboat & Yachting: An extremely rare Chris-Craft Continental 21 from 1961 will be going up for auction at Auctions America’s upcoming Fort Lauderdale event.
One of the earliest examples of a hardtop sportsboat was built in October 1960 and launched the following year.
The auctioneers says that 96 models were built in the original production line but only 12 models are known to have survived to the present day.
The standout feature is a factory-fit glass fibre hardtop with aluminium supports and hinged gull-wing hatches for ease of boarding.
Power comes from a single 275hp V8 engine and the interior has been meticulously restored in retro pastel colours.
The current owner claims to have spent more than $100,000 doing her up, making the estimated price of $125,000-$150,000 (including trailer) all the more remarkable.
Over The Top is set to be auctioned off on April 2 at the County Convention Center as part of Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale Sale.
Chris-Craft is one of America’s oldest, founded in Michigan in 1874 and is the most highly-revered boating brands. In the UK, new models are available through primary dealer Bates Wharf.
Motorboat & Yachting: Five Sunseeker models ranging from 48ft-68ft will go on display at the Pre-Season Boat Show next month.
Sunseeker has confirmed its five boat models to centrepiece at this year’s Sunseeker Pre-Season Boat Show in Poole 18-20 March 2016.
The boat show event will give Sunseeker fans the chance to view the San Remo, Manhattan 55, Manhattan 65 and 68 Sport Yacht close up.
Completing the line-up is the Sunseeker Predator 57, which was launched just last year at the 2015 London Boat Show and has become Sunseeker’s fastest selling model with more than 60 hulls built in the first year alone.
The Sunseeker Pre-Season Boat Show runs from 10am to 4pm with a VIP evening event to raise money for the Julias House Hospice.
Motorboat & Yachting: Fairline Yachts will make its comeback in a big way at the 2016 British Motor Yacht Show, with five models on display from 42ft to 60ft.
Fairline Yachts has confirmed that it will be exhibiting five models at the upcoming 2016 British Motor Yacht Show.
The boat show at Swanwick Marina from 20-22 May 2016 will see Fairline Yachts relaunch itself after recent buyout by Russian investors.
Fairline models will be at display with range from 42ft-60ft including models from the Targa and Squadron collections.
The British Motor Yacht Show is a free event and will also feature five models from Sunseeker and five models from Princess Yachts who are key supporters of this annual event.
The boat show was first launched in 2013 and it aims to provide a boutique atmosphere for serious buyers. Attendance and parking is free, but anyone interested in booking a private viewing of one of the models on display is advised to call ahead.
Motorboat & Yachting: A Seychelles charter holidays company are now offering through The Moorings, two powercats to hire in the Indian Ocean.
The new options for chartering a powercat on the Indian Ocean island include a 514PC which can accommodate up to 12 people, and a 434PC, that sleeps up to ten people.
Both vessels are based in the port of Providence on Mahé Island from which base Seychelles charter customers can explore pristine beaches and the archipelago’s sandy islands.
Diving fans will also be able to visit St. Anne Marine National Park, famous for its colourful coral, hawksbill turtles and bottlenose dolphins.
“The Seychelles are the kind of place you fall in love with, but don’t want to tell anyone about, because they’re just so pristine and beautiful”, said Josie Tucci, general manager of The Moorings.
You can book now, with the first dates available in April for the 514PC and August for the more affordable 434PC.
For November 2016, seven-day prices start at £3,990 for a bareboat charter and £6,020 for a crewed charter.
Other destinations with The Moorings available for powercat charter include Croatia, Tahiti and Thailand.
Motorboat & Yachting: The new Ferretti 850 will be launched this year at the 2016 Cannes boat show.
The new Ferretti 850 will make its international debut at the 2016 Cannes Yachting Festival in September alongside their new Ferretti 450, which will be the smallest boat that the company has built for some time.
The hull design of the Ferretti 850 is based on that of the outgoing 800 with an extended hull length of 85ft 4in (26m) but a construction length below the 24m mark, therefore placing the yacht into the category of recreational craft and avoiding the tiresome regulations that can afflict larger boats.
The brand new look of the Ferretti 850 is a striking one, with vast amounts of glazing dominating both the superstructure and the topsides.
The flybridge extends well aft over the cockpit with a classy grey hardtop providing some shelter, and the deck is supplemented by a comfortable cockpit. There is a foredeck living area that includes both a large table for private sundowners and a sunpad.
There is also a vast transom door which can be lowered down into the water to create a water level beach club containing a Williams 385 that can fit in the tender garage.
If any new owners want other toys then an aft section of the flybridge can be cleared of furniture and fitted with a crane and chocks.
Motorboat & Yachting: The 56m MY Seanna is now available to hire as a superyacht wedding venue after extensive refit.
MY Seanna, a 56m vessel has been approved to host wedding ceremonies aboard, with captain Todd Lee registered to officiate proceedings.
The Delta superyacht from 2001 has been extensively refitted in 2014, including a 7.6m stern extension, which makes the sun deck well suited for hosting superyacht wedding ceremonies.
When moored up, MY Seanna has room for 150 guests and overnight accommodation for up to 12 members of the bridal party. And of course, the happy couple can afterwards slip the moorings and head off on a superyacht honeymoon as part of the one-week charter deal.
The superyact has lavish interiors in white marble and 22-carat gold leaf, and some of the key features include an outdoor cinema with a 132” screen and a waterfall Jacuzzi with swim-up bar.
Prices for a superyacht wedding aboard MY Seanna include winter in the Caribbean with prices from $350,000 per week and summer in the Mediterranean, priced from €310,000 per week.
Motorboat & Yachting: Boat brokerage Boats.co.uk from Essex has expanded its operations on Mallorca with a servicing team and new office space.
Boats.co.uk are expanding the Essex-based brokerage’s network and has opened new offices on Mallorca. The new facility in Marina Cala D’Or will be offering brokerage, servicing, technical support and shoreside storage for up to 25 boats.
Managing director Nick Barke has relocated to Mallorca and says: “This is a great opportunity for us to bring our internationally recognised high standards of service to this important centre of boating in the Mediterranean.”
Boats.co.uk also has plans to open a second office in the marina, in partnership with Princess Motor Yacht Sales Charles Keily.
Boats.co.uk already has a strong presence and three charter boats in Mallorca, but this new announcement represents a real statement of intent.
“Many of our UK customers move their boats down to the Balearic Islands to enjoy the great boating and easy access. They can now feel confident that the standards of service they have been used to from Boats.co.uk here in the UK can now be enjoyed in their Mediterranean cruising waters,” said Nick Barke on responding to the ongoing trend.
Founded in as Essex Boatyards in 1980s, until the brokerage firm changed its company name to Boats.co.uk in December 2014. They also switched its new boats partnership from Fairline to Princess Yachts in April 2015.
Motorboat & Yachting: Cranchi Yachts teams up with design guru Christian Grande Design who will be bringing his styling know-how to Cranchi motor boat range.
Christian Grande has more than 20 years of experience of yacht designs and has previously been working with the likes of Sessa, Sacs, Sanlorenzo and Invictus Yachts.
His work of yacht designs has gained dozens of international awards, making this a real coup for Cranchi.
“Cranchi is a very sound yard, equipped with advanced state-of-the-art production systems in the medium-large size nautical series production sector. I believe that we both can grow and create unique products, because at the base of our rapport we have shared values and visions, which means synergy and winning approaches in all the creative phases for new boats with a high level of quality and aesthetics.” said Christian Grande.
Motorboat & Yachting: With a new £1.5million system installed at Haslar Marina, soon the bertholders will be able to control their electrical supply remotely.
The marina’s new facilities includes installation of new Rolec Quantum electricity bollards and will be compatible with Rolec’s BerthMaster Online system. This means that the bertholders will be able to turn their power on or off from any web enabled device.
Boat owners will be able to check their consumption levels remotely and securely pre-pay option for their electric usage.
E-mail updates will be sent to the bertholders to them in the loop, with disconnection notifications and low credit alerts and.
“We hope customers will use less electricity as a consequence with obvious environmental benefits, as they will get immediate feedback on usage so can quickly identify power hungry devices on board.” said Ben Lippiett, marina manager at Haslar Marina.
Installation at Haslar Marina will begin in April of the new Rolec Quantum bollards, including major improvements to the washroom facilities.
Motorboat & Yachting: The Swedish boatyard Nimbus has revealed details of its first model in a new range, new Nimbus 305 Drophead day cruiser, which promises a comfortable ride at all speeds.
Nimbus explains that the new model is to provide a comfortable ride at all speeds up to 22 knots with no perceivable planning threshold. Powertrain options are the same as the 305 Coupé – single Volvo Penta D3 engines or the Torqeedo Deep Blue electric alternative. The first models are due to roll off the production line in March 2016.
“We are turning to those looking for a wonderful and comfortable boat trip with focus on socialising and where speed is not the most important factor.” said Joacim Gustavsson, head designer at Nimbus.
The interior styling is a typically Scandinavian flavour with Mahogany woodwork and lacquered surfaces. Some of the key features include two double cabins below decks, a single-level main deck, wide side decks for ease of crewing, and a powered canvas hood cover.