Motorboat & Yachting: Princess Motor Yachts Sales has announced a new partnership with Chris-Craft, which will see the American range sold in the Balearic Islands.
Princess Motor Yacht Sales have more than 20 years’ experience of selling in the Balearics, and wants to unlock the potential of Chris-Craft models in this area of the Mediterranean.
The company has already spent upwards of £100,000 on setting up a dedicated Chris-Craft sales and service centre at Puerto Portals Marina in Mallorca, and appointed Matthaeus Grasl as Sales Manager.
Max Whale from Princess Motor Yacht Sales praised the Chris-Craft range and says: “The attention to detail is simply exceptional and we felt that the range sits well alongside Princess. There is scope to personalise each boat, and, with the timeless design and craftsmanship, we are certain there will be a lot of interest”.
Chris-Craft has a substantial following in the Mediterranean, with its most recent model, the Launch 36 receiving high praise upon its launch at the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival.
Demonstrator models based in Port Adriano and Cala D’Or include the Capri 25 and Corsair 28.
Practical Boat Owner: BBC has been allowed behind the scenes for the first time by Britain’s biggest superyacht builder Sunseeker International who has been hand-building customised boats for the world’s super rich for the past 50 years.
After 10 months of filming, Sunseeker International will take centre stage in a BBC Two documentary about ‘Britain’s Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection’, which will be airing at 9pm this Friday 15th April 2016.
The BBC film crew follows the build of a brand new 40 metre Sunseeker 131 superyacht, worth £20million, at the manufacturing facility in Poole, Dorset through to final delivery.
The 131 superyacht enables its owner to tailor the layout and interior design to personal preferences from Sunseeker’s ‘Bespoke’ customer service.
The BBC documentary follows the most challenging specification to date when a customer takes full advantage of this made-to-measure service and asks for more extras than any other yacht in the Sunseeker’s history.
A BBC Two programme description says: ‘Sunseeker built their reputation on making small to mid-size yachts, but the recession saw this market flounder as even the super-rich tightened their belts, seeing Sunseeker sink into the red. So in a high stakes move, they’re sinking millions into building a larger opulent superyacht to reel in the uber-rich who still have cash to splash on life’s ultimate luxuries to help sail them back into profit.’
Whilst the company works hard to meet the customer’s exacting standards, the London sales team are working just as hard to fill the order book during the all-important Boat Show season where the sales team hope to sell in just 30 days over £40million worth of boats and yachts.
Every Sunseeker boat is built in Poole but seem to be found basking in the international playgrounds of the rich and famous and the BBC documentary crew also hop on board the charter side of the business to meet the people paying £60,000 for just a week’s holiday.
Watch the programme about Sunseeker on BBC Two’s ‘Britain’s Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection’, Friday 15 April at 9pm.
Motorboat & Yachting: This weekend at the Broom Boat Show, several notable boat models goes on display in Brundall, including 1957 model Jenny Wren.
At the 2016 Broom Boat Show the entire new boats range will be featured, hosted at the company’s Norfolk HQ, along with a selection of used models, including the notable Broom Jenny Wren from 1957.
The restored boat model recently starred in a BBC One show Holidays of a Lifetime with Fiona Philips and Len Goodman. Because the Jenny Wren is the showcase project for Broom’s new Heritage Marine Services division, which specialises in restoring classic models.
“We have some of the best boat builders in the country here at Broom, who have been building boats with us since the 1960s, so launching a heritage division was a natural step for us”, said Greg Houlston, general manager of Broom Marine Services.
At the boat show, visitors will also be able to enjoy on-site entertainment, take a factory tour, go on a short trip along the river to experience a Broom model in its natural environment.
Motorboat & Yachting: Cannes Yachting Festival in September will see the launch of the new Monte Carlo Yachts 80 which will slot in between the 76 and 86 when it hits the water in the autumn.
The boat yard is using Nuvolari Lenard design house to carve out a familiar Monte Carlo Yacht shape on an 80ft canvas with typical styling points like the feature windows in the topsides, round ports, stern “eyebrow” over the windscreen and a Portuguese bridge.
The flybridge reaches right back over the cockpit and is protected by a sleek hardtop. There is the option to have a hot tub up here as well as more regular amenities like sun pads, dining space and a comprehensive bar and cooking area.
Emphasis on the main deck has been on getting as much light into the saloon as possible through the use of floor-to-ceiling windows but this is bolstered by light woods and materials, including bleached oak flooring throughout the décor.
Details on exact cabin layouts are yet to be revealed but we do know that there will be a sumptuous, full-beam master cabin with a typically spacious ensuite and likely a similarly smart VIP ensuite in the bow.
Yachting Boating World: Work has now finished to save the 14,000 square feet of damaged coral in the Cayman Islands that was hit by the billionaire’s $162 million mega-yacht Tatoosh in January.
The emergency restoration work on the protected reef was jointly administered by the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen’s company, Vulcan Inc. and The Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DoE). The work was carried out by Polaris Applied Sciences.
The Polaris team reattached 1,600 organisms, including hundreds of hard and soft corals and sponges.
The work to triage the area, which local officials say was damaged by the mega-yacht’s anchor and chain on January 14, included stabilising and removing rubble, re-creating structures, and rescuing and reattaching as much living coral as possible. More than 30 tonnes of cement and sand, along with eight tonnes of rubble, were used in the operation, says Vulcan Inc. in a statement.
The project, which took 300 hours over 24 days, was overseen by Dr. Harold Hudson, formerly of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and a world leader in restoration of coral habitats.
“The reef remediation by Polaris Applied Sciences was an experienced-based approach to help minimise the damage and improve the likelihood of coral recovery in the area,” said Dr. Hudson. “The swift implementation of this plan provides the greatest chance for recovery of the affected area and I commend both Vulcan and the DoE for their efforts to help ensure its rapid completion.”
A coral restoration expert, William Precht, has been hired by The Cayman Islands Department of Environment to continue to oversee the project and monitor the area.
Motorboat & Yachting: The volunteer lock keeper scheme on the River Thames is gearing up for its sixth year, with the Environment Agency starting up its latest recruitment drive.
The Environment Agency has been recruiting volunteers to help operate the 135-mile stretch of river since 2010, but there are still vacancies for enthusiastic volunteers to get involved.
Demetri Somarakis, who manages the Environment Agency’s River Thames volunteers team told MBY:
“The service we provide boaters on the Thames is unrivalled by any other river in the world, but our ability to maintain such high standards relies on the significant contribution of our volunteers.
“Whilst there are opportunities across the whole of the Thames, some sites are more subscribed than others,” he added.
The Environment Agency is particularly keen for people to become volunteer lock keepers at some of its more remote, and scenic, Oxfordshire sites.
Full training is included, as well as a Crewsaver 150N lifejacket, and while no experience is needed, some knowledge of the local area is required.
“There’s a sense of community reaching out to the lock as well,” Demetri explains. “The volunteer should be able to tell boaters where the nearest pub, shop or post office is.”
Volunteers are expected to commit a minimum of one day per week throughout the summer season, which normally runs from May to September, but can be longer depending on the weather and popularity of the lock.
Hours vary depending on location, but a typical day will see a volunteer lock keeper helping out from 10:00 to 17:00.
Anyone looking to get involved is encouraged to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0203 025 9628 as soon as possible.
Motorboat & Yachting: Turkish boat yard Numarine has announced that it will be building a new range of explorer yachts, starting with the Numarine 32XP.
The designer Can Yalman has sought to blend Numarine’s signature style with a more rugged explorer yacht aesthetic as part of the composite superstructure.
The owners will find accommodation on-board for up to 12 people, including a full-beam master cabin amidships.
Power comes from a pair of Cat C18s, delivering 715hp per side for a comfortable cruising speed of 12 knots, however Numarine 32XP owners will probably be more interested in the maximum range of 3,000nm.
Numarine has worked with the Silent Line Group to achieve the highest standards in noise insulation, while each model will be evaluated to ensure that vibration underway is kept to a minimum.
No release date has been announced for the Numarine 32XP, however the Turkish yard reveals that Hull #1 is already under construction.
Also, Numarine has plans to build a 40XP, which will be one of the largest models in its 55-130ft range.
Motorboat & Yachting: Trader Motor Yachts has revealed their 2016 edition of its popular 42ft aft-cabin model with a new joystick control for the Cummins powertrain.
Owners can also expect a quieter ride on the updated Trader 42, thanks to the new Wake Flow underwater exhaust system.
Trader claims to have made more than 120 new developments on-board following feedback from owners.
These include a diesel-powered central heating system, which should be better suited to long stays on board.
A new hull window should bring plenty of light into the all-important aft-cabin, which features a diagonally-mounted double bed.
Other key features include a sociable galley-up layout and a semi-displacement hull by world renowned naval architect Tony Castro.
Based in Universal Marina near Southampton, Trader Motor Yachts sells direct to customers in the UK, while its European partner is Dutch brokerage firm Mazer Yachting.
Motorboat & Yachting: 2016 British Motor Yacht Show will see the launch of the Princess 49 – the first IPS-powered flybridge from the Plymouth yard.
The Swanwick Marina event will also feature models from Fairline and Sunseeker, but Princess Yachts hopes to steal the show with this new arrival.
Announced at the 2015 Southampton Boat Show, the Princess 49 is the first flybridge model from the Plymouth yard to feature Volvo Penta’s IPS pod-drive propulsion system.
Princess is estimating a top speed of 35 knots, with an economical fast cruising speed of 30 knots.Key features include a pair of seating areas on the flybridge, with the aft bench converting into a sunpad. An icebox is fitted as standard, but the upper grill and wetbar is an optional extra.
The main deck features a galley-aft layout with a full-height fridge/freezer, while the accommodation is split between a full-beam amidships double, twin bunk beds to starboard, and a scissor-action double in the bows.
Princess fans hoping to get a first glimpse of the Princess 49 should head along to Swanwick Marina on May 20 for the official unveiling.
Motorboat & Yachting: Thames-based brokerage firm TBS Boats has added two new ranges – Quicksilver Boats and Waterspoor Dutch sloops.
TBS Boats has added two new brands to its portfoilio and will be selling the Waterspoor range of Dutch sloops. Two demonstrator models, a Waterspoor 711 Open and a Waterspoor 707 will be arriving early May at the Bray office in Berkshire.
Meanwhile the Penton Hook branch will be adding models from the Quicksilver Boats collection, after TBS Boats became the 19th broker in the UK to stock Quicksilver, however the Waterspoor deal is a UK exclusive.
The Waterspoor’s range of semi-displacement cruisers are classified as RCD Category C, which means that these models are best suited for coastal hopping and day trips.
A wide range of engines will be made available, up to maximum top speed of 25 knots. Optional extras include canopy, sea toilet and a fridge.