Motorboat & Yachting: Australian manufacturer Palm Beach has announced plans to expand its range of motor yachts with a brand new 42ft launch.


A new gentleman’s launch from Australia will launch later this year in the form of the Palm Beach 42. The new model will serve as an entry-level vessel for this range of gentleman’s cruisers, which currently includes 45-65ft models.

Mark Richard, founder and CEO of Palm Beach Motoryachts, said that the PB42 will come with a price tag of less than $1m (£685,000).

“It is a beautiful performing boat with speeds well over 30 knots and is one of the most fuel-efficient boats in the market place today,” he added. “Most importantly, the build quality is absolutely second to none.”

Palm Beach will be building on a composite hull, made from E-Glass, Corcell and Airex foam, Duflex panelling, stitched multi-axial fabric, vinylester and epoxy resins.

The standard engine set-up is a single 435hp Volvo Penta on a shaft-drive, but IPS will be made available on European imports. Layout options include single and twin-cabin variants, while the galley can be either sunken or on the main deck.

Whatever they choose, the owner will get a King-size bed for overnighting and the head-turning styling of a Palm Beach. Launch dates and boat show appearances are yet to be confirmed.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting – Click here



Categories: Boat launch

Motorboat & Yachting: The new Prestige 680 will come with twin Volvo IPS 1200 and a choice of three or four cabins, UK dealer Ancasta has confirmed.


There’s still five months to go until the 2015 Cannes Boat Show, but the Prestige 680 is already shaping up to be one of the biggest new launches at this year’s event.

The 21m-flybridge cruiser will be unveiled in September, but Prestige has released a few select details to build up the hype. UK dealer Ancasta has confirmed that the new arrival will come fitted with twin Volvo Penta IPS drives, which will generate a total of 1,800hp.

These sizeable units will return a top speed of 30 knots and a fast cruising speed of 25 knots, the brokerage firm added. Other key details to emerge include the layout, which will be available in a choice of 3-cabin or 4-cabin.

Fit and finish
Exterior styling by J & J Design includes stretched lines and a pronounced hull strake for comfortable, fast navigation. On board, three large windows let in plenty of light and give the skipper a 360-degree view, while the side access door makes the Prestige 680 a practical choice for cruising short-handed.

Below decks, there are two main accommodation areas; the full-beam owners suite in the bows, and the guest cabins amidships, which can be laid out as two doubles or a double and two twin cabins. Add in the twin crew cabin at the stern and the Prestige 680 can accommodate a maximum of ten people overnight.

We’ll have to wait until September to see the finished article hit the water, but in the meantime Prestige has released plenty of renders to whet our appetite.

See article at Motorboat & Yachting – Click here



Categories: Boat launch, Boat Show

Motorboat & Yachting: The owner was so taken by the golden silver colour scheme of his new Williams tender that he asked Sunseeker Spain to paint his Predator 57 to match.


We often hear of tenders being styled to match the mothership, but not the other way around. However, the owner of this 10th anniversary Williams Turbojet 325 (pictured above) was so smitten by the golden silver colour scheme that he has ordered a matching Sunseeker Predator 57.

The order was placed in January at the CWM FX London Boat Show and the golden silver Sunseeker is due completed in July and launched in time for the Barcelona Boat Show in October.

Miguel Angel Linares, managing director of Sunseeker Spain, who sold the Predator 57, said: “We get many interesting customisation requests, but I believe this is the first I have received to match a tender – they will certainly make for a very striking pair on the water.”

Based in Oxfordshire, Williams Performance Tenders was recently named as Sunseeker’s supplier of the year.



Categories: Boat industry

Pratical Boat Owner: Many established names have new models that can be seen at the Southampton Boat Show. Looking through the list of boats that are putting in their first appearance at Southampton this year, it’s noticeable that nearly all are from well-known builders.


Some of the builders are smaller than others, but all will be familiar to regular readers of PBO. Take Sirius, for example, several of whose semi-bespoke, exquisitely-built deck-saloon cruisers we have tested over the years.

The Sirius 40 DS continues the theme established by the 310 DS and 35 DS, offering a multitude of interior options and a choice of six types of keel, from twins or a bulbed lead fin to a swing keel.

These boats are an object lesson in how to squeeze an incredible amount of useable space into innovative designs that ooze detailed thought and sail rather well into the bargain. This one costs from around £390,600.

If you want something similar in length but sportier in nature, have a look at Elan’s latest offering – the 400. Taking over from the 410 (tested in PBO August 2007), she’s every inch the modern Elan with her chined, broad-sterned hull and twin rudders.

Plenty of performance should be on tap for those who want it. Prices start at around £167,000, and the boat at the show is available with a specification that makes her ready to sail away.

Moving up in size again, we have the Southerly 535. Designed by Ed Dubois and selling for a sum yet to be disclosed, she has a swing keel that reduces her draught from 11ft (3.34m) to just 3ft 6in (1.1m). If you’re thinking of selling up and sailing away…

The Southerly is one of several new designs from British builders. Just along the pontoon will be the Rustler 37. With her spoon bow, counter stern and elegant sheer she’s what many would regard as ‘a proper cruising yacht’. That’s exactly what Rustler and Stephen Jones set out to create, giving her a long fin keel, deep bilges and a full-length skeg for the rudder. Traditional she may be in many ways, but there’s little doubt she’s going to sail like a witch. Watch this space.

Boat like this built to Rustler’s standards don’t come cheap. With a pretty comprehensive specification, she costs from £315,000.

For the price of the Rustler you could go to Germany and buy a value pack of four Varianta 37s (find the test in the September 2014 issue of PBO, page 92). The Varianta is roughly the same length, but there the similarities end. Compare and contrast.

Rounding off the trio of British newcomers is Swallow Boats’ BayCruiser 25, the latest and largest addition to this trailable range from Wales. Removable water ballast supplements the lead-tipped daggerboard to keep the total towing weight, including trailer, down to just 3,750lb (1,700kg). If you’re after something fast, roomy and easily trailed and have around £69,000 to spend, take a look.

Maintaining the shallow-draught theme is Dufour’s 310. As standard, this twin-wheel, twin-rudder design from France with her beamy, chined hull comes with a 6ft 2in (1.9m) fin, but a centreplate option allows her to sit on the beach. We plan to sail her soon. Prices start at £64,500.

More boats at the show
Inspiration Marine Group will be also be exhibiting seven Hanse models at the show, from the well-equipped Hanse 325 Limited Edition through to the flagship Hanse 575, complete with a Williams Jet tender in the transom garage.

The show will see the world premiere of the new Hanse 455, while other models on display will include the 385, the 415, the 345 and the 505.

Inspiration Marine will also be exhibiting the award-winning Dehler 38 and the Dehler 32, plus a a selection of the Moody range. Southampton marks the UK premiere of the Varianta 37.
Inspiration Marine are now the sole distributors in the UK for the Greenline range of Hybrid motor cruisers from 33 to 48ft. The first range of boats to offer diesel only or diesel and electric propulsion.

On display will be the Greenline 33, which has seen more than 350 boats sold in the first three years of manufacture, plus the twin engined Greenline 40. 

See article at Pratical Boat Owner – click here




Categories: Boat launch, Boat Show

Motorboat & Yachting: Prestige reveals its replacement for the ageing 400 at this year’s Southampton Boat Show 2014 with brand new model Prestige 420.



As the ageing 400 slopes off to that big boatyard in the sky, the 420 arrives at the show with a host of interesting layout choices to make it a rather potent option in this popular corner of the market.

It’s basically got all of the Prestige charms wrapped up in a 42ft package.

That means IPS propulsion, an aft galley layout and even the trademark midships master cabin with its own stair access from the saloon – an astonishing touch for a boat of this size and price.

It gives you the privacy of an aft cabin with the looks of a regular flybridge and a jolly handsome one at that.

Guests have the forward end of the boat to themselves with a smart double cabin as well as their own bathroom.

The old 400’s shaftdrive propulsion has been updated with a switch to Volvo’s IPS system, pretty much the drive system of choice across the Prestige range.

IPS400 and 500 are the two choices, meaning cruising speeds of 25 knots should be achievable no matter what engines you choose.




Categories: Boat Show

The latest big name boat brand to confirm its Southampton line-up is Sunseeker, with the British manufacturer confirming a world debut.


The Sunseeker Manhattan 65 will be unveiled for the first time at the PSP Southampton Boat Show (12-21 September 2014), alongside the 86 Yacht, which will be making its first UK boat show appearance.

As the fourth model in the Manhattan line-up, the 65 will fit in between the 63ft and the 73ft versions. Other Sunseeker models to go on display at Southampton will include the 28 Metre Yacht, the 75 Yacht, the 68 Sport Yacht, the Manhattan 55, the San Remo 485, and the Portofino 40.

The Southampton show comes at the mid-way point of boat show season for Sunseeker, with the company also due to exhibit at the Cannes Yachting Festival (9-14 September 2014) and the Monaco Yacht Show (24-27 September 2014).

In other Sunseeker news, Motorboats Monthly has learnt that the company will be undertaking its largest and most ambitious boatbuilding project yet.

Currently under construction, the 168 Sport Yacht isn’t due to launch until 2017 and it will certainly be out of our price range.

But nonetheless, this tri-deck model promises to be truly spectacular, with a 4,000-mile range and a maximum speed of 25 knots. Watch this space.

See article at Motorboats Monthly – click here


Dutch motorboat manufacturer Boarnstream has released full details of its redesigned 42 foot steel-hulled motor yacht.

The Boarcruiser 42 is the smallest model in the Boarnstream Retro range and is powered by a 148hp Perkins M150Ti diesel engine.

With a leisurely top-speed of just 10 knots, this would be best suited as a gentleman’s cruiser, while the interior layout, seen here in ‘Deco’ walnut, can be built to your exact specification.

Above decks the open cockpit and hardtop cabin compliment the Royal Tulip bow design and evokes the styling of a Cockwells launch. Technical features include the standard Yachtfloor heating system and heavy-duty hydraulic bow and stern thrusters.

In a statement to accompany the launch, Boarnstream described the 42 Retro as: “A Mediterranean beauty with a refined mix of colours and materials, combined with the functional, down-to-earth character of the Northener.”

Price is available on application, but expect to pay upwards of £300,000.

Read article and see more pictures at Motorboats Monthly – click here


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