Motorboat & Yachting: The organisers of the Southampton Boat Show have claimed that the first weekend saw a 3% rise in visitors when compared to last year.
This year’s Southampton Boat Show has got off to a strong start, with organisers British Marine Boat Shows claiming a 3% rise in attendance over the opening weekend.
The Southampton Boat Show attendance figures are even rosier when compared to 2013, which results in a 5% boost in attendance for Britain’s biggest boat show over the past two years.
Highlights so far have included a guest appearance from Formula 1 presenter Suzi Perry, music from Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro, and an aerial display from RAF stunt team The Red Arrows.
And on the water, world premieres from Fairline Boats, Princess Yachts and Beneteau have further piqued the interest of boat lovers.
However, with five full days still to come, the organisers were keen to stress that there is still plenty of attractions to lure visitors down to Mayflower Park, including the return of Ladies Day on Thursday (September 17).
The boating industry has enjoyed a bumper show so far, with brokerage firm Clipper Marine selling three boats on Press Preview Day.
Penny Hopkins at Dean and Reddyhoff marinas was equally upbeat, adding: “We had a fantastic and busy first day at the show, we have had a steady stream of visitors to the stand and received lots of new business enquiries.”
Pratical Boat Owner: Entries are now open for World Cruising Club’s new ARC Channel Islands 2016 rally following a packed launch event at the Southampton Boat Show.
More than 50 people gathered at the RYA lounge to learn more about the new rally, which will be taking place in August 2016.
Run in association with RYA Active Marina and with the support of Hamble School of Yachting and Practical Boat Owner magazine, ARC Channel Islands offers a mix of preparation advice and support from a lead boat, combined with a cruise-in-company and social activities ashore.
About the rally
Premier Marina in Gosport will host the start of ARC Channel Islands 2016 with a welcome supper, safety checks and Skippers Briefing organised before the fleet set sail for the first leg to Cherbourg on Saturday 20 August.
Following the full day sail, rally yachts arrive in the French port to celebrate a successful Channel crossing with a welcome reception to share their experiences, and crews will have the following day to explore the town and visit the local market.
After the passage to Cherbourg, the distances between stopovers are between 30-50nm as the rally visits Jersey, Guernsey and Alderney; the days are planned to combine pleasant sailing with time to explore ashore and meet up with other crews over a rally meal or sundowner on arrival.
The overall route and daily schedule is adaptable for prevailing weather conditions and rally staff will be on hand throughout to deliver the shoreside programme, including an island tour of Guernsey and visit to the Second World War Military Hospital, as well as a ride on the Alderney railway.
The fleet will return to Gosport following an overnight sail from Alderney, and conclude the rally with a farewell dinner on Saturday 27 August.
Crews joining ARC Channel Islands will receive the peace of mind of being part of an organised event; enjoying social and sightseeing activities with others in the fleet along with time to independently explore.
The entry fee includes all berthing for the duration of the rally, GPS satellite tracking of each yacht, the support of a lead boat and World Cruising Club staff on hand throughout the rally.
Aside from the focus on safety and support, there is a comprehensive social programme encouraging the camaraderie between crews to quickly develop during the rally. RYA membership is included in the entry fee for those not already members and discounts are available for existing RYA members.
Guy Malpas, RYA yachting development manager, said: ‘The RYA Active Marina scheme aims to help boat owners gain more from their boats, and this rally is an excellent opportunity for both novice and experienced sailors to hone their skills on a challenging but enjoyable passage. We are pleased to be supporting this rally, and hope it is encourages more people to get afloat and use their boats.’
Entries are open
The first 10 boats to enter ARC Channel Islands will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win a set of recommended charts and pilot books, courtesy of Imray.
The set, worth £270, will equip any sailor with every publication they could need for a cross channel trip. In addition, all confirmed ARC Channel Island entries can save up to 30% on selected charts and pilot books through Imray once they have signed up to the rally.
Due to space restrictions, ARC Channel Islands is limited to 25 boats and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served basis’. We anticipate the rally to be popular and encourage those interested to enter early to secure their place.
The entry fee is made up of a boat fee and a crew fee payable for each person onboard the boat. Boat Fee: based on LOA as follows:
- 8.23-12.00m £475 + VAT* = £570**
- 12.01-14.00m £525 + VAT* = £630**
- 14.01-18.29m £575 + VAT* = £690**
*VAT at the prevailing rate on date of entry ** with VAT at 20% as at date of publication
Catamarans: There is a berthing supplement for catamarans of £130 relative to LOA as shown above.
- Whole Rally Crew Fee – non-RYA member £195
- Whole Rally Crew Fee – RYA Member £145
- Whole Rally Crew Fee – Child aged 6 – 18 on 31 July 2016 £75
- Single Leg Crew Fee £75
What do the entry fees include?
Before the rally
• Comprehensive rally information accessed through the Member’s Area of www.worldcruising.com providing advice about participation/equipment
• Pre-rally newsletters
• Full support of World Cruising Club staff prior to rally to aid preparations
• Attendance at a full day preparation seminar, held spring 2016 (two places per boat entry)
• One year’s RYA membership for each crew member aged 18 or over (non-RYA members only)
• Savings of up to 30% on selected charts and pilot books through Imray
Yachting Boating World: GetMyBoat launches the first ever app to allow owners to rent out their fleet.
It’s undoubtable that AirBnB has changed the way people book accomodation when travelling, and the same concept has now been launched for yachts and boats.
The clever people at GetMyBoat, the biggest boat and yacht rental on the market, have come up with an ingenious idea.
Its new feature SleepAboard is a very similar concept to AirBnB, where owners can rent out their homes, or in this case their watercraft.
“Sleep Aboard is a boat-and-breakfast-type experience where travelers can stay aboard owners’ boats without leaving the dock.”, states the company’s press release.
GetMyBoat already has around 35,000 vessels in 143 countries on their books and Sleep Aboard has already proved popular in the US and Europe.
Prices for a one day stay range from $200 to $4,000, depending on the craft. Most owners don’t allow renters to take the boat out but some provide excursions at an additional coast.
“There are boating bed and breakfasts in Newport, Miami, and San Francisco; houseboats on landlocked lakes where people want to stop and enjoy some fresh air. In Amsterdam, houseboats are popular, while in the United Kingdom, canal boats are the norm.”, said GetMyBoat CIO Bryan Petro in a statement.
“We are committed to growing boating worldwide at GetMyBoat. Sleep Aboard is yet another way to reach new boaters and ensure the growth of an activity everybody should have the opportunity to experience. We’re happy to introduce the feature and excited to see its impact on how the world goes boating.”.
This is of course good news for boat owners too, who can lighten the coast of their upkeeping by renting out their beloved fleet.
Pratical Boat Owner: If you are cruising in Italian waters and have a tender and outboard motor, you may need to change your insurance details immediately or risk being fined, the Cruising Association (CA) advises.
An Italian government body ISVAP (L’Istituto per la vigilanza sulle assicurazioni private e di interesse collettivo) or (Institute for the supervision of private insurance and collective interest) is requiring a new yacht liability certificate of insurance (blue card) for boats which takes immediate effect.
This is the Liability certificate that is in Italian and is provided by your insurer when cruising in Italian waters and which proves that you have compulsory liability insurance in place.
The only changes to the old liability certificate is that it now formally requires the serial number of the tender and the outboard and boat skippers can be fined if they do not have the correct documents. The new wording from the Italian government has already been implemented by Lloyds of London and through Lloyd’s Italy.
CA member, Rob Stevens, MD of Topsail Insurance, said that even prior to the new ISVAP requirement, some of his clients had already been fined for not having the tender and outboard serial numbers noted and he was immediately issuing the new updated Italian document that complies to the amended regulations.
Rob said: ‘The tender and outboard details have now been formally adopted into the certificate by ISVAP and all insurers will need to include the new format in their documentation in order to ensure that boat skippers are not fined for having incorrect documents.’
Motorboat & Yachting: The UK boatbuilding industry saw a 4.3% rise in output during 2014, according to the latest figures from British Marine.
Last year saw a 4.3% rise in UK boatbuilding, according to a new study by British Marine, in collaboration with Phil Draper & Associates. The report shows that UK manufacturers built 10,120 boats in 2014, despite challenging market conditions in the Eurozone.
One area to show particularly strong growth was the superyacht sector (vessels over 24m), which recorded a 10% rise, when compared with 2013.
The report names luxury brands Princess Yachts and Sunseeker International as two of the key success stories, with the latter launching its largest ever model, the Sunseeker 155 last year.
“It is the high-quality skills and versatility of our members which keeps the UK at the forefront of production.” Sarah added that these figures could increase further with more support from the Government, which would allow the full potential for UK boatbuilding to be “unleashed”.
Motorboat & Yachting: The new Jeanneau Merry Fisher 795 will come with a flexible layout and up to 200hp of power on tap.
Sporting a highly flexible layout, this new model will come with a double cabin below decks, as well as a convertible lounge area that can be made up into a second double berth.
Engine options are yet to be revealed, but the hull has been rated to a maximum of 200hp, which should propel this 24ft hull to a sporty top speed.
Some other key features include an opening sunroof, compact heads compartment and a cantilevered helm seat that tilts forward to provide better access to the rear galley area. Meanwhile the cockpit and front sunpads provide sufficient space for a crew of four to soak up the sun.
The new Jeanneau Merry Fisher 795 will go on display at Mayflower Marina next month as part of the Southampton Boat Show 2015.
Motorboat & Yachting: US sportsboat manufacturer MasterCraft has announced that it will be launching an inboard diesel superyacht tender at the Monaco Yacht Boat Show.
Wakeboarders and waterskiers will most likely be familiar with the name MasterCraft, but the American brand could soon be making headway in the superyacht world as well.
The sportsboat manufacturer has announced plans to build a bespoke inboard diesel version that can serve as a superyacht tender. The new model will come with a 365hp Yanmar 8LV engine, due to its quiet running and dry weight of just 992lb.
And after 18 months of development, the finished vessel will go on display at the Monaco Yacht Show from September 23-26 (Berth A9).
Michael Hardicker, managing director of MasterCraft Boats UK, said: “Having worked with many superyacht owners, captains and industry professionals over the years we’ve come to recognise the benefits of a dedicated diesel watersports tender.
“This is not only beneficial from a safety perspective but also gives the ability to refuel on board, a significant benefit to superyachts spending long periods of time offshore,” he added.
MasterCraft was founded in Tennessee in 1968 and has had a UK presence since the late 1970s. The firm’s range includes the X20 (pictured above) and the largest model is the 25ft X55.
Practical Boat Owner: Poole Harbour Commissioners have announced that the South Coast’s newest boat show will be returning for the next two years.
The organisers of Poole Harbour Boat Show, held for the first time in May this year, say its ‘resounding success’ has meant it will be back in 2016 and 2017.
There will also be a third day added to the weekend’s schedule of activities due to feedback and demand – Friday will now be included.
To coincide with the dates of the 2017 European Maritime Day, which includes a conference at The Lighthouse, the Poole Harbour Boat Show will be held on 20 to 22 May 2016 and 19 to 21 May 2017.
Poole Quay and Poole Quay Boat Haven will continue to host the free boat show which attracted more than 15,000 visitors this year. Following extensive debrief discussions and assessment through feedback and visitor surveys, organisers are planning to refine the event in 2016 and have hopes to expand the event further along the Quay.
Jim Stewart, chief executive for Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: ‘To hear such positive response from so many involved in the event and particularly from the public was overwhelming.
‘I acknowledge all the hard work from the team and our sponsors who put so much into making this event happen and we are excited for its future, particularly as we lead into 2017 and the prestigious European Maritime Day which Poole will host.
‘We understand that a significant number of boats and related products were sold by our exhibitors, Quay businesses enjoyed a booming weekend of trading, and those from the industry believed that we made boating accessible to a new audience. We really welcome the opportunity to provide an entry level to a new group of boating enthusiasts.’
Motorboat & Yachting: Athens-based RIB Cruises has claimed that the Greek charter market is moving back towards business as usual after the recent economic woes.
Speaking after a turbulent month for the Greek economy, Takis Marinos, general manager at Athens-based firm Rib Cruises, claimed that the situation is returning to business as usual.
“All tourist services are working as nothing happened,” he said. “Our main concern was to secure fuel supplies to maintain our fleet. We worked on a widespread network of gas stations all over Greece so clients could refill at different islands.”
Takis, who operates a fleet of 46 Greek charter RIBs from 8-14m, added that while there was a rush to withdraw funds from ATM machines before the banks closed on June 28, the mood remained optimistic.
“The ATMs were crowded, like a popular night club, but people were laughing and smiling to each other. “Our history and tradition has made Greeks famous for our hospitality,” he added. “Nothing could change our character.”
New boats threatened
However, the outlook may not be as rosy for the boat manufacturing industry within Greece, which is threatened by rising taxes and further austerity measures.
George Kranitis, head of the Greek Boat Builders Association, recently told the Associated Press that a rise to 13% VAT on new luxury yachts could sound the “death knell” for the industry. “We’re being destroyed,” he said. “I can’t understand what these people in government are thinking.”
According to official figures, boat registrations in Greece have slumped from a high of 11,112 in 2007 to just over 2,500 in 2014.
Another key factor behind this is the rising tax on buying used boats, which has more than doubled from 10% to 23% in recent years.
Motorboat & Yachting: The new flagship model from Monte Carlo Yachts has been launched at a glittering ceremony in Venice.
Monte Carlo Yachts has launched its largest model to date, with the Monte Carlo Yacht 105 making its public debut in Venice. The Italian city has a special significance for the Bénéteau Group firm, as this is where it launched its first model, the Monte Carlo Yacht 76, just five years ago.
Since then, the Monte Carlo Yachts range has swelled to take in three further arrivals, ranging from 60ft to 86ft. However, the Monte Carlo Yacht 105 takes things firmly into superyacht territory, with a Portuguese bridge layout and a top speed of around 28 knots from the twin 2,434hp MTU M93 engines.
The new Motor Carlo Yachts 105 has a busy autumn ahead of her; with boat show appearances scheduled for the Cannes Yachting Festival (September 8-13), Monaco Yacht Show (September 23-26), and Genoa International Boat Show (September 30-October 5).
In the meantime, click on the slideshow above to take a first glimpse at the MCY 105.