Motorboat & Yachting: New announcement from the Ferretti Group about new sponsorship deal that will see the Riva logo emblazoned on the Ferrari team’s Formula 1 helmets.
Ferretti Group has taken a step further that boating brands often drawn allusions to the high-tech world of Formula 1 to enhance their image, as Ferretti is now officially sponsoring the Ferrari team for the 2016 season.
The all-Italian partnership between Riva and Ferretti will see the Riva logo emblazoned on the helmets worn by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen as they drive the new Ferrari SF16-H racecar.
The iconic boating brand will be used in trackside advertising during the 21-race series, which starts in Melbourne, Australia from 18-20 March 2016.
“We are truly proud to be writing a new chapter of Riva’s glorious history together with Ferrari, thereby renovating a collaboration that, in the past, led to true sea jewels“, said Alberto Galassi, CEO of Riva’s parent company Ferretti Group.
Back in the 1990s, Riva and Ferrari teamed up to produce a limited-edition run of 32ft open speedboats with a grand total of 30 hulls were built. A well-kept example is due to go up for auction in Monte Carlo on May 14, with the bidding expected to reach at least £135,000.
Motorboat & Yachting: A survey from British Marine shows a slight decline in overall boating participation, with motor cruising attracting 421,000 people in 2015.
According to the latest survey from British Marine, poor weather conditions and an overall downward trend in recreational sports led to a 0.6 percentage point decline in boating participation last year in the UK.
The industry body surveyed a representative sample of 12,000 Britons as part of its annual Watersports Participation Survey, which has now been published.
The study looked at twelve core boating activities ranging from sailing, motor cruising to surfing and canoeing, and concludes that they were hindered by worse than average weather during 2015.
Canoeing remains the UK’s most popular boating activity by far, with 1.42million people actively involved in 2015, which is up 28.8% over the past decade.
Motor cruising and sailing by contrast attract less than 1% of the UK population (421,000 and 418,000 respectively) in 2015.
Domestic boating however continues to rise, with 95% of boaters keeping their vessel in the UK, and this figure has been rising steadily since 2010.
Those who do choose to take part in boating activities are becoming more frequent hobbyists, with the average boater taking six trips in 2016, compared with five trips in 2013.
Other findings in the survey included a 1.6% year-on-year decline in watersports participation, although the total figure of 12.4million is still higher than it was before the London Olympics in 2012.
Despite the overall downward trend for 2015, Chief executive of British Marine, Howard Pridding sees many reasons to be upbeat about the prospects for a rebound in 2016:
“The forthcoming months offer tremendous opportunities to encourage more people to get out on the water. By building on the exposure that the 2016 Olympics & Paralympics and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series brings to our industry, more people will be able to take the chance to safely enjoy the rich experiences that being on the water can provide.”
Motorboat & Yachting: Quintessence Yachts, the company behind the Aston Martin speedboat project, have announced that James Hall, former Sunseeker superyacht sales manager, will be joining the team as sales director.
James Hall, who previously worked as superyacht sales manager at Sunseeker, brings more than 10 years’ industry experience to the speedboat project.
“We are determined to provide our clients with first-class services and a true brand experience. James fits perfectly within this picture as he is very customer-oriented and has a strong passion for Aston Martin”, said Mariella Mengozzi, CEO of Quintessence Yachts.
The Netherlands-based boat yard is an official Aston Martin licensee and last year revealed the designs for its debut speedboat model, the AM37.
“With the launch of the first, unique AM37 powerboat approaching, this is an exciting time to join the team”, said James Hall.
A launch date has yet to be confirmed for the Quintessence AM37, however this key appointment suggests that things are moving in the right direction.
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: 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: Fairline Boats could survive in the UK, after an offer to buy the insolvent boatbuilder is accepted by the administrators.
Fairline passed into administration last month with more than 300 jobs lost, but administrators FRP Advisory insisted that the business was initially being marketed for sale as a going concern rather than entering into liquidation.
We understand those efforts have since attracted at least two serious offers, one of which would see production remain in the UK. It is this offer that is thought to have been accepted, although no formal deal has yet been signed.
Both parties will need to go through the usual due diligence checks before finalising the terms of the deal. The original deadline for any offers was 15 January and it is hoped that a deal may be in place by then.
If it does go ahead it is likely to be a much smaller, leaner business building fewer models to order from a single UK site rather than a large scale resumption of the previous production boat building business.
However, this is still deemed to be a better bet for Fairline’s existing creditors, many of whom were also suppliers, than rival offers which may have been looking to move the business abroad.
It is not yet known how many of the 69 staff that have been kept on to finish the last models on the production line will be retained in the long run.
The news comes too late for the London Boat Show, which will be without a Fairline Boats stand for the first time in many years, but Fairline dealer Bates Wharf told MBY that it hopes to relaunch the brand at the British Motor Yacht Show in May.
Yachting Monthly: A new yacht charter company has just been launched in north west Scotland. Torridon Yacht Charter offers a Hanse 385, as well as a luxury cottage next to the water, for anyone looking for a sailing retreat.
A new yacht charter operation, Torridon Yacht Charter, has being established, operating from Shieldaig, Loch Torridon. Located 75 miles from Inverness, it may not be the closest base to charter from, but it offers a mainland location, pontoon access, and is on the doorstep of some of the country’s most beautiful cruising grounds. Inverness is served by flights from most UK and European airports.
The first yacht in the Torridon Yacht Charter fleet is a Hanse 385. Coded for eight charter guest and built in 2013, she is fitted with an Eberspacher heating and teak decks. She will operate on a bareboat charter basis and customers will benefit from the Shieldaig community pontoon for embarkation and disembarkation.
‘We are really excited to launch Torridon Yacht Charter, which will be a sister company to Torridon Sea Tours. We look forward to welcoming our first guests. While the Torridon area is bewitching in itself, it is an ideal starting point to cruise the northwest coast of Scotland, including the Summer Isles, the Isle of Skye, the Shiant Isles and the Outer Hebrides.’
The company website is www.torridonyachtcharter.com.
Motorboat & Yachting: Is the river Thames the future of commuting in London? The Port of London Authority (PLA) certainly thinks so, after it revealed its vision for the next two decades.
What’s more, the PLA believes that the total amount of cargo handled by the port could reach a new record high of 60 million tonnes per year within 20 years. This would cut road traffic by 550,000 lorry trips per year.
For this to happen the main navigation channels will need to be improved and safeguarded wharves will need to be reactivated, the report adds.
And the PLA proposes building new piers at Thamesmead, Erith, Greenhithe, Swanscombe, Grays and Tilbury.
Robin Mortimer, chief executive of the PLA, said: “Making the cargo port the biggest it’s ever been and doubling the number of passenger trips on the river are great goals to aim for.
“We can combine this with environmental improvement and drawing more people to the river to enjoy sport and cultural attractions,” he added.
“This is about opening our eyes to what the great River Thames can offer right in the heart of London and the South East.”
Motorboat & Yachting: Poole-based yacht builder Sunseeker has revealed that it has been in discussions with Unite about the possibility of employing ex-Fairline staff.
Sunseeker has announced that it is looking to expand its workforce by up to 100, leaving the door open for former Fairline staff to find new employment.
The news comes just one day after administrators FRP Advisory made 380 Fairline workers redundant.
In a statement released this morning, Phil Popham (pictured above), CEO of Sunseeker, said: “With the introduction of a number of new boat lines in 2016 we are now looking to recruit up to 100 new skilled staff to support future growth.
“The vacancies we have created include many similar roles to those at Fairline Boats – covering all construction trades.”
He added that Sunseeker representatives have been in touch with union representatives at Unite to “see if we can… keep these valuable skills within the UK boatbuilding industry”.
Any workers making the jump from Fairline to Sunseeker would need to consider relocation due to the 160-mile distance from Oundle to Poole.
Sunseeker plans to kick off 2016 with its largest ever London Boat Show launch, with the 131 Yacht making its public debut at the Excel Centre on January 8.
The Poole-based boatbuilder recently revealed its financial results for 2014, which included annual losses of £41m.