23rd, 24th & 25th June
The Northern Boat Show kicks off on Friday. Now in its third year, the 3-day show is taking place along Liverpool’s waterfront this weekend, coinciding with the International Mersey River Festival. Showcasing ‘every aspect of the leisure marine industry’, there are two show areas, with marine services stalls and exhibits ashore on the Salthouse and Canning Dock Quaysides and a marina display area in the Salthouse and Albert Docks. Access to the shore areas and the festival is free, with day tickets for the on-the-water section priced at £5 when booked online, or £8 on the day. On the water will be boats from Bavaria, BRIG, Glastron, Viking, Beneteau, Axis, Broom Boats, English Harbour Yachts, Explorer Boats, Ocqueteau, Avon, Excel Boats, Parker and Zodiac. On shore will be marine services, local marinas and equipment, with exhibitors including Starboard Locker, the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), Borrow a Boat, Conwy Quays Marina, Jeckells, Caldwell Windows and Maiden Marine. There will also be historic ships on display, boat racing, music and entertainment, flyboarding demonstrations and displays from the Armed Forces. For show information and to book tickets, visit northernboatshow.co.uk
Fri 9th, Sat 10th & Sun 11th
On Friday the 3-day All Wales Boat Show starts at Conwy Quays Marina in North Wales. With displays of new boats and marine equipment, exhibitors include Ideal Boat with boats from the Finnmaster Husky, Robalo, and Chaparral ranges, Broom Boats with its 370 and 30 HT, plus Brig, Trusty, Bavaria and Bayliner. The show, now in its fifth year, is open from 10am-8pm on Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. It is free to enter the shore based sections of the show, with a charge of £5 for access to the pontoons. For more details and to buy pontoon tickets visit the show website.
This weekend sees many Dutch yachts have converging on the River Medway at Chatham to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Battle of the Medway. In June 1667, The Battle of the Medway, which is also known as the Dutch Raid, was a battle that left the British Navy severely scared. The Dutch targeted English fleet of ships at Chatham and many warships were captured or destroyed. Said to be one of the largest gatherings of Anglo-Dutch navy ships in the UK, the week of commemorative events include a dramatisation of the raid, with huge screens erected mid river against the backdrop of Upnor Castle. Several British and Dutch navy ships will be available to view inside the docks at St Mary’s Island, as well as entertainment and music stages set up around the Chatham Maritime Marina and Dockside Shopping sites. Next door, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is also hosting with a temporary exhibition, Breaking the Chain, with a display of Dutch and British contemporary art, literature, historic manuscripts and objects bringing the Battle of Medway story to life. Events conclude with a ‘Medway in flames’ finale firework display on the evening of Saturday 17th June. For more information and event updates visit the Battle of the Medway webpage.
Also in Kent on the River Medway, the town of Rochester will be decked out and ready for the Dickens Festival. Between 9-11 June (10am to 6pm) there will be various events happening on Rochester High Street celebrating the life and works of Charles Dickens, whose writing was often inspired by his once childhood home. It is a key event in the Medway calendar and offers Victorian-themed parades, readings, street entertainment and much more. See more details on the website.
Finally if you are looking for a boating bargain it is the Arun Boat Jumble this Sunday. Held along Pier Road (BN17 5JH) at Littlehampton from 10am, admission is £3 for adults with free entry for accompanied children.
Broads boat builder supports Broads conservation campaign
Broom Boats, has announced its involvement and support for the Love the Broads campaign run by the Broads Trust, an independent charity set up to protect and enhance the Broads. Set up in 2012, Love the Broads has provided grants for 14 deserving projects across the Broads National Park which has helped wildlife, conservation and education. The Brundall-based boat builder and the operator of a fleet of charter boats, Broom Boats have pledged to help strengthen the profile of the Love the Broads initiative and raise awareness of the wide variety of local projects that the trust supports and funds.
Jenny Simpson, Marketing & Communications Manager for Broom Boats said “Broom Boats have been an integral part of the Broads since we started in business in 1898, and we are keen to offer our support to help preserve this unique and beautiful environment for future generations. As well as visitors to the Broads, it is equally about the people who live, work and learn in this environment and by supporting preservation and accessibility projects it will enhance the lives of us all. We’re delighted to be working together.”.
Peter Howe, a Broads Trust Trustee, said “We are thrilled to have the fantastic support of Broom Boats, an iconic brand on the Broads, which will have a real impact and will ensure that the Broads remains special for the future”
Pictured, Trustee of the Broads Trust, Simon Egan & Broom Boats Marketing & Communications Manager, Jenny Simpson
27th, 28th & 29th May
This Sunday in Essex it is the free-entry Fambridge River Festival, and this year the event will see a number of historic boats in attendance. Held at the Yacht Station at Fambridge Yacht Haven on the River Crouch in Essex, the historic line up will include Vic 96 a Steam Coasting Lighter, Puffer a 44ft Gravesend Bawley, a 1961 Touchstone Tug from the River Thames, a 72ft classic gaff and James Steven’s No 14 Lifeboat. Onshore, there will be live music and stalls for local yacht clubs, arts and crafts, marine equipment and services. The local pub, The Ferry Boat Inn, will be providing an outdoor bar area and BBQ. There will also be demonstrations by the Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI Lifeboat, Essex Marine Police and South Woodham Coastguard Rescue Team, and a fancy dress competition. The event is open between 10am - 4pm. For details, directions and the full line up visit the Yacht Haven Cambridge website.
This bank holiday weekend the Crick Boat Show takes place in Northamptonshire. Hailed ‘Britains biggest inland waterways festival’, the event will see brands from the inland waterways boating industry culminate at Crick, with canal and river boats on display on and off the water, marine equipment, free boat trips, boat handling sessions, historic boats, music and entertainment. Built by Tyler Wilson and fitted out by Broom Boats, the new Tyler Broom will be unveiled. An adult one-day ticket is £15, seniors/concessions £13.50 and children 16 and under enter for free. Three-day tickets are available priced at £29 for adults and £26 seniors/concessions. Ticket prices include evening music entertainment until 11.30pm on Saturday and Sunday and car parking is free. For more information visit the Crick Boat Show website.
There is plenty going on in Brixham in Devon this weekend with the annual BrixFest taking place in and around the harbour. There will be events throughout the bank holiday weekend, including a Grand Fireworks display over the harbour on Saturday night. There will also be an array of sportsboats assembed on the MDL Brixham Events Pontoon for the annual 3-day South West Sportsboat Rally.
This Saturday it is the Gosport Marine Festival, a free community event will offer people of all ages, but youngsters especially, opportunities to enjoy the water. The event is being held between 10am – 5pm and at the following locations, Haslar Marina, Time Space and Trinity Green & Cockle Pond (opposite Walpole Park). Vendee Globe sailor, Alex Thomson will be opening the festival. For full details and a schedule visit the festival website.
Finally on Sunday it is the Devon Boat Jumble, which takes place at Newton Abbot Racecourse (Postcode TQ12 3AF). The event opens at 10am and adult admission is £3.50, with free entry for accompanied children and free car parking available.
Have a great weekend
19th, 20th & 21st May
Are you planning your weekend? Well there's a busy weekend of boating events ahead.
In Swansea in South Wales this Saturday, the new and used boat dealer, Cambrian Boats will be hosting its Open Day. The event will take place between 11-3pm, and the team are inviting visitors to join them for a glass of fizz with a BBQ and browse the new and used boats on site. Cambrian Boats is a dealer for Jeanneau, Glastron, Brig and SBS Trailers. There will also be mini boat racing and a raffle in aid of the RNLI station in Mumbles.
Looking for a boating bargain, or are you looking clear some boating ‘tut’? Well it’s the South Essex Boat Jumble this Sunday. The jumble opens at 10am and will be held at the Eastwood Nursery in Rayleigh (SS6 7LR). Admission is £4 for adults and accompanied children are free. For more details visit the Rota Events website.
Down on Dorset coast, the 3-day free entry Poole Harbour Boat Show opens today (Friday). Back for a third year, it promises to be ‘even bigger and better’, with an additional display area located across the water on Ballast Quay, opposite Town Quay and a free passenger boat service for visitors. It is also a special year, as the show will coincide with ‘The Future of our Seas’, European Maritime Day held at Poole Harbour, which includes an important marine conference, so visitors to the harbour are sure to be seeing it looking at its very best. Motorboat exhibitors include TBS Boats, Whyboats, Bates Wharf, Sunseeker, Offshore Powerboats and Stingray Boats. Besides an array of motorboats, RIBs, and retail stalls selling chandlery, clothing and water-sports accessories, there will be plenty of features and displays. On the Friday night, there will be live music and a firework display. Four tall ships will be moored alongside Town Quay and will be open to the public. On the water there will be demonstrations by the RNLI and Border Force, plus watersport taster sessions, a junior RIB slalom race and flyboarding by Aqua Jetpack. There will also be live music on the Sunseeker Sessions stage, a ‘Royal Navy Village’ on Ballast Quay and the Royal Marines ‘Beating the Retreat’. Full details and timings are available on the show website.
The 3-day British Motor Yacht Show 2017 opens today (Friday) and will see many large motor yachts from the British-built brands, Fairline, Princess and Sunseeker, descend upon Premier Marina Swanwick. Sunseeker will be showcasing 6 boats from its range, Fairline will have its new Squadron 53 and Princess will unveil its new 62, alongside its S60 Sports Yacht. RIB manufacturer, Williams Boats will have four of its four high performance tenders on display. There will also be luxury cars on display and exhibitors displaying gear, equipment, clothing and services.
Finally, the three marinas in Brundall, Norfolk have joined forces to host the free-entry Brundall Boat Show this Saturday. Broom Boats, Norfolk Boat Sales and Norfolk Yacht Agency will collectively host the show, which will form part of the Broads Outdoor Festival. New and pre-owned boats will be available to view on the water, as well as stalls for local marine exhibitors. There will be entertainment scheduled throughout the day across the three marinas and food available from Tavern Tasty Meats down at the Norfolk Boat Sales marina. Broom Boats will be hosting local marine business exhibitors in its marquee and have luxury cars on display from Lotus and the Stratton Motor Company. It will also be taking entries in the 'name the Broom cocktail' competition. At Norfolk Yacht Agency, the singers Hayley Moss and Ben Lake kick off our entertainment from 12. Norfolk Boat Sales site has teamed up with wine merchants, Bijou Bottles and will be offering wine tasting on its site between 12-2pm. It will also have its newest arrival on display, a Sealine C330. The event is open 10am-4pm and there will be free Park and Ride service to the show available from Yarmouth Road.
Have a great weekend
Versatile Finnish pilothouse arrives in Poole, Dorset
Stingray Sportsboat UK Limited in Poole, Dorset, has taken delivery of the first new Bella 700 Raid pilothouse boat to arrive in the UK since it’s launch in September 2016. The new Bella 700 Raid, is a versatile pilothouse cabin cruiser manufactured by the Finnish boat builder, Bella Boats. Designed by Espen Thorup, the boat can be used for fishing and leisure. Its layout offers a wide side deck with two sliding doors to the spacious and versatile wheelhouse. It has sturdy black railings, rod holders, a driver’s sliding roof hatch and can be fitted with 115–200hp outboard motors. Mark Rowley, Stingray Sportsboat UK says “We are very impressed by the quality and range of models in the Bella Boats line up which are ideal for UK waters. The Bella 700 Raid is an adventurers boat that you can use in all weathers and a fantastic all rounder for the whole family.” The boat will be making its UK debut at the Poole Harbour Boat Show, held 19th-21st May.
Neale Byart at Motorboat Owner tested the 700 Raid out in Finland at Finnboat 2016. Look out for the full test in the forthcoming June issue of Motorboat Owner, released on the 30th of May.
Technical specifications: Length: 6.65 m Width: 2.60 m Weight: 1,600 kg Engine recommendation: 115-200hp Price starting from: £46,050 inc VAT boat only, £59,065 inc VAT with Mercury 150hp www.stingrayuk.com
Dutch builder makes its UK debut with two models at the Thames Used Boat Show
Following the announcement last September that Tingdene Boat Sales had been appointed the UK dealer for the Dutch range, DaVinci Yachts, the DaVinci 30 and 32S made their UK debuts at the Thames Used Boat Show, held at Thames & Kennet Marina in April. DaVinci Yachts produce three open cockpit motoryachts from 9.6m-10.5m that combine classic lines with modern design and build materials. The DaVinci 30, 32S and 35E have planing hull that can be used inland and coastal exploits and are fitted with diesel sterndrive. DaVinci is also developing a 75hp diesel shaftdrive version of the 30 with a skeg that fully protects the propeller, suitable for slower speeds and rudder steering when exploring inland waters.
The DaVinci 30 has been purchased by first-time boat buyers, Jason and Belinda Powell, who will split their maiden season by cruising the Thames and exploring home waters on the Trent. In future years, they plan to go coastal and explore the Wash, the Norfolk Broads and the Solent. “We wanted to use the boat from our riverside mooring, so we didn’t want a big cruiser,” Jason explains. “Our requirements were a stylish boat that could fit under the lowest of the local bridges, with plenty of outside entertaining space and comfortable sleeping accommodation for two. You can tailor a DaVinci exactly to your requirements and we enjoyed making specific choices for our desired wood and fabric finishes.” Belinda added “We love the boat. We saw it when it was 80 per cent finished at the factory, but the preview day of the Thames Used Boat Show was the first time we had seen it on the water. It is exactly what we wanted.” DaVinci Yachts’ owner Erik van Veen had flown in for the launch party, having worked closely with Jason and Belinda on their detail requirements. “We build DaVincis to order, nothing is held in stock. That way each one can be completely bespoke to requirements.
Neil Mallandain, Sales Director said: “The DaVinci range offers a level of quality hitherto unseen in the increasingly popular open cockpit motor yacht market. They are perfectly suited both for Britain’s rivers and wide beam waterways, on which Tingdene has an unrivalled sales network, as well as around the coast. We already enjoy a very close working relationship with the craftsmen at DaVinci and look forward to seeing Jason and Belinda and other owners like them getting great pleasure from these bespoke cruisers.”
Tingdene Boat Sales has a DaVinci 32S available to view at Thames & Kennet Marina.
Easter Weekend 14th - 17th April
It’s the Easter weekend and there are plenty of boat-related events happening.
This Good Friday Plymouth Yacht Haven will be hosting its 2017 Marina Open Day. Event features include a BBQ, tours and trips aboard classic boats, an Audi Car Show, sailing and watersports activities, giveaways, sea life exhibits, Pontoon Rambles (seeing animals and plants that live under the pontoons), live music, marine equipment demonstrations and marina tours. Many of the onsite marine business will also be exhibiting, including the used boat broker, Plymouth Yacht Brokers. The free entry event will take place at the marina (postcode PL9 9XH between 10am-3pm. For more information visit the Plymouth Yacht Haven website.
On Sunday it’s the Plymouth Boat Jumble which will be held at City College (Postcode PL1 5QG). The event opens at 10am and admission is £3 for adults, with free entry for accompanied children and free car parking.
Over the last few days many tall ships have converged on the River Thames in central London for the Rendezvous Tall Ships Regatta 2017. The event starts on Thursday 13th April and will see ships anchored at two festival sites, at Maritime Greenwich and the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich. Over 30 tall ships are expected from countries including Portugal, Spain, Holland and Germany. Ship visits are available daily in both festival sites between 9.30am-4.30pm. Visits are free of charge in Woolwich and visits to ships in Greenwich are £10 adults, £8 children or £30 for a family of four. Tickets can be purchased from the information desk in the Old Royal Navy College visitor centre with further information on website. Onshore at Greenwich will be a National Maritime Festival Zone with exhibitors including the RNLI, RYA, Clipper Ventures, Shoreseeker Rowing Challenge and the Marine Conservation Society. Event features include a Thursday night opening show starting at 7.45pm in Woolwich with an acoustic performance by Squeeze’s front man, Glenn Tilbrook, a Saturday night farewell firework display in Woolwich at 9.45pm and Sunday will see the Parade of Sail leave Greenwich at 5pm and Woolwich at 6pm. You'll also find information on the Port of London Authority website.
The 10-day, free-entry Thames Used Boat Show starts on Good Friday and is hosted by Tingdene Marinas at its Thames & Kennet site at Caversham Lakes (postcode RG4 6LQ). The on-site broker, Tingdene Boat Sales, will have motorboats from its new ranges on display, Bavaria, Broom Boats, Antaris and Viking. New boats from Dutch range, Da Vinci Yachts will also be making their UK debut at the show. There will also be a selection of used boats for sale available to view on the marinas dedicated sales pontoon. You’ll find more information on the Tingdene website.
Pictured – UK debut, two Da Vinci Yacht lie ready and waiting at Thames & Kennet Marina
Happy Easter everyone. Have a great weekend.
Planning your weekend? It is the Brighton Boat Show
Premier Marinas has revealed the line-up for this weekends free-entry Brighton Boat Show (Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April). Taking place between 10.30am-4pm each day, Brighton Marina’s onsite marine and equipment companies will be coming together to showcase products and boats, both on the water and onshore.
Ancasta International Boat Sales’ used boat line-up will include a twenty metre Horizon motor yacht, a 60ft custom steel motor yacht, a Sealine 35 Sport and SC47, a Sunseeker Apache 46, Princess 420, Sessa C35, Hunter 450, Beneteau Swift Trawler 34. Blackrock Yachting will have two Jeanneau Cap Camarat walkaround models on the water and a new Merry Fisher 795. As well as a selection on used boats to browse, Brighton Boat Sales will be displaying a number of Yamaha WaveRunner jet skis and will be offering visitors a chance to enter a free prize draw to a win a 1 hour jet ski experience. Bates Wharf will have boats from its Beneteau and Bayliner new boat ranges on display. Other exhibitors will include, Hendy Marine, The Purifier Yacht & Dinghy Company and Brighton Boatshed.
Powerboat and sailing taster sessions will be available to visitors, courtesy of Lagoon Watersports, and on the water there will also be rescue displays performed by the RNLI. Visitors can also dispose of their out-of-date flares at the onsite chandlery on Saturday 1st (10am-3pm) and listen to live music along the newly developed West Quay. The East Lockside Atrium cafe will be open both days from 10am serving hot and cold drinks, confectionery plus bacon sandwiches, toasties and various other snacks.
For more details and directions to the marina visit the Premier Marinas website
Significant changes announced for the 2018 event
London Boat Show organisers, British Marine, have made some big changes for the event in 2018, the most radical of which is turning the 10-day event into five days. London Boat Show organisers announced the changes in response to visitor and exhibitor feedback.
As well as the shorter length, the show will also be held a little latter in the month, starting on the 10th of January, to provide a larger gap between Christmas and the New Year.
While the boats will remain the ‘stars of the show’, there will also be complimentary ‘shows within the show’ to provide a broader range of appeal. The Boating and Watersports Holiday show has already been announced, with another show to be revealed shortly.
The London Boat Show will be held at ExCel London 10-14th January 2018. You can buy tickets and find more details on the London Boat Show website.
The traditional-style French sportsfisher brand, Rhea is available in the UK again
The Hampshire-based boat dealer, Marco Marine, has been appointed as the UK importer for the French builder, Rhea Marine. The 23-67ft Rhea range is built on the Atlantic coast of France, at La Rochelle and consists of traditionally-styled sportsfishers (known as peche promenades) and cruisers with three model lines, Open, Timonier and Trawler. Full range details can now be found on rheaboats.co.uk
The Rhea range was previously imported into the UK during the 00’s by company, North Sea Maritime Ltd and, after an absence from the UK market, was actively seeking a UK importer in April 2016.
Tina Poulson, Director for Marco Marine, said “We are really excited about having the superb Rhea range of boats here in the UK and represent the brand with our proven customer service and support.” Marco Marine is also the UK importer of the Scandinavian range of wheelhouse and walkaround motorboats, Sargo Boats, and is based at Hamble Point Marina in Hampshire.
Wetwheels charity to launch a new boat on the east coast at Whitby
Wetwheels, a charity started by disabled yachtsman Geoff Holt which allows people with disabilities to enjoy powerboat trips at sea, is launching a new service from Whitby in 2018. Following agreement being reached with Whitby Harbour Masters and Scarborough Borough Council, Wetwheels will be based in Whitby, and will follow the example of other Wetwheels operators and travel to ports up and down the North-East and North Yorkshire coast. This will enable disabled people and their families the opportunity to access the sea in a safe, stimulating and rewarding way using their specially modified boat.
Peter Richardson, Chairman of Wetwheels Yorkshire CIC said “Our research tells us that more than 80% of Wetwheels participants had never previously been on the sea and when asked why, the reason given was that the opportunity had never existed before. Disabled people can face particular challenges developing confidence, self belief, self-worth and independence and although most are very able they are restricted by low aspiration and lack of opportunity, which often impacts on wellbeing and the ability to live a full life. Wetwheels can help boat confidence and raise aspirations of disabled people by giving them the chance to steer the powerboats and learn seamanship alongside their peers, friends and families.”
Wetwheels launched its first boat, Wetwheels Solent in 2011 in Portsmouth, followed by Wetwheels Jersey in 2013 and Wetwheels Hamble in 2016. Wetwheels Yorkshire is currently fundraising towards the cost of the boat and welcome all donations and offers of support. For more information and to keep up to date, please see the Wetwheels Yorkshire Facebook page.
130-berth marina and boatyard on the River Hamble is sold to marina operator
The south coast marina operator, Dean & Reddyhoff, has completed the purchase of Deacons Boatyard Ltd, located in Hamble, Hampshire.
Deacons was established at Bursledon on the river Hamble in 1922, and has been in the same family ownership of the Fuller Group since the 1950s. The site, located at Bursledon on the River Hamble, has 130 marina berths with a boatyard with a hard standing capacity of 150 boats.
Dean & Reddyhoff marina network currently offers 1500 berths across 4 marinas, Haslar, East Cowes, Portland and Weymouth. The two companies have been working closely together for the last year, with Deacons offering boatyard services to Dean & Reddyhoff Solent-based berth holders.
Dean & Reddyhoff Managing Director, Michael Prideaux, comments “It is a great location on the Hamble River, and we respect their history and heritage. Deacons has developed a really good reputation for helping customers look after their boats, and will be a great fit with our existing marinas.”
Deacons Managing Director Lucas Shotts will become a Director at Dean & Reddyhoff, developing boat care services at Deacons and Portland boat yards. “Being part of the larger Dean & Reddyhoff group offers great opportunities for our customers, our staff and our on-site tenants” he said.
From April onwards, Deacons annual berth holders will receive the same boating benefits as all other Dean & Reddyhoff berth holders, including 21 free overnight visits to group marinas, discounts at on-site restaurants and free tickets for Southampton Boat Show.
Photos: Aerial of Deacons top and pictured bottom, Deacons Marina L-R: Michael Prideaux, Dean & Reddyhoff Managing Director, Nick Gill, Deacons Marina Boatyard Manager, Rachael Foster, Deacons Marina Manager, and Lucas Shotts, Dean & Reddyhoff Director (previously Deacons Marina Managing Director)
A new boat show to be held in Brundall this May
The three marinas in Brundall have joined forces to host the Brundall Boat Show on Saturday 20th May 2017. Broom Boats, Norfolk Boat Sales and Norfolk Yacht Agency will collectively host the free-entry show, which will form part of the Broads Outdoor Festival. New and pre-owned boats will be available to view on the water, alongside local marine businesses exhibitors. There will also be key events scheduled throughout the day across the three marinas, with food and entertainment.
Matthew Harvey Managing Director of Broom Boats said “With the absence of Horning Boat Show from the calendar this year we felt the region needed a boat show, particularly given the Broads is synonymous with boating. Brundall has fantastic facilities, so together with our neighbours at Norfolk Yacht Agency and Norfolk Boat Sales we hope to provide visitors with a great day out’. James Fraser, Managing Director of NYA said ‘Brundall is the Broads capital in terms of Boat Sales. By collaboration in this way our customers should get a great day out, with plenty to see including new and used boats, boat bits, engines, inflatables, entertainment and hospitality. Plus a chance to see our workshops in action and talk all things boating.’ Matthew Thwaites, Managing Director of Norfolk Boat Sales added “The Brundall Boat Show is a great opportunity for customers old and new to come and see the new and used Boats and services that we have to offer in a friendly environment, and also to enjoy some of our excellent hospitality”. The event will be open between 10am-4pm.
4th & 5th February
If you are looking to source some boating bits ready for the start of the season, on Sunday it is Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire Boat Jumble. The indoor and outdoor event opens at 10am and will be held at the Newark & Notts Show Ground (postcode NG24 2NY). Admission is £4 for adults and free for accompanied children. There is also free car parking available on site. For a full list of boat jumbles for the coming season, see the calendar published on the Boat Jumble Association website.
In London it is the St Pancras Open Weekend and Inland Waterways are offering towpath walks along the Regents Canal, Little Venice to Camden.
Don't forget to login and download our latest February issue which was released this week. Inside, Sargo 31 Explorer, Padstow, Sea Ray 240 Sundancer and used boat pre-survey checks.
Have a great weekend
Southampton marina redevelopment reaches climax with addition of new hotel
The final phase of the redevelopment of Ocean Village Marina is due to be completed this year, with a new five-star hotel and spa opening in summer 2017. The 375-berth marina in Southampton is operated by MDL Marinas and is situated close to the mouth of the River Itchen, offering easy access to Southampton Water and the Solent. The new hotel, which is located on the west side of the marina, is set to have a rooftop champagne bar, restaurant, 12 duplex apartments and 82 separate apartments. In addition to Ocean Village's existing two cinemas, restaurants, bars and shops, there will be a number of new restaurants and shops opening.
The marina is also due to be reconfigured in the autumn, 'to make the very best of the facilities and ensure it can accommodate larger yachts'. For this MDL Marinas will be installing new pontoon berths, and a new customer service and events area.
A new scheme to encourage safer antifouling
The three marine industry bodies, British Marine, British Coatings Federation (BCF) and Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have launched a new DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative. The aim of the scheme is to inform and educate boat owners on the hazards associated with antifouling their boats, whilst detailing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to ensure that antifouling paints are being used properly. The initiative follows a year’s research by the BCF Marine Coatings Group, which included survey a into the DIY use of antifouling paints in the UK. Results showed that more than 90% of boat owners were safely antifouling their boats. However, it displayed a number of areas for improvement, such as better guidance on preparing the boat and disposing of waste paint. The three associations have created promotional and advisory tools, such as awareness posters to be displayed across the nation’s network of marinas, chandlers and boatyards and indepth, step-by-step guidance documents for individual owners. The RYA’s Planning and Environmental Manager, Emma Barton, said “It’s important to know that antifouling paints are being used properly and that boat owners are aware of the potential hazards associated with antifouling their boats. The DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative 2017 will help to raise awareness of those hazards and to highlight the importance of using the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.” For more information visit the website www.safeantifouling.com
See more news inside the February issue of Motorboat Owner out now.
The Hampshire boat builder rides again
The Hampshire-based performance motorboat builder, Hunton Powerboats went into liquidation late last year. However, the new company, Hunton Yachts Ltd, has recently secured the assets of Hunton Powerboats and is ‘looking forward to raising this exclusive British icon to new heights’. Fiona Pool, who remains as Chief Executive, said “This is a very exciting time in Hunton’s history. We have emerged as a leaner, healthier business with a very clear strategy for new product development, dynamic marketing and a global outreach.” The builder plans to launch a new range and has appointed a new dealer in South East Asia.
Joanna Lumley to open the Sunseeker stand on London Boat Show opening day
The British actress and star of Absolutely Fabulous, Joanna Lumley OBE will be a special guest on the Sunseeker stand on Press/Preview Day at the London Boat Show. The actress will be cutting the ribbon opening the Sunseeker stand alongside the Britain’s Got Talent Finalist, Jack Pack.
Sunseeker’s 40m Yacht ‘Thumper’ made an appearance in the Absolutely Fabulous The Movie, which hit cinemas in July 2016. Joanna’s character Patsy, and co-star Edina, played by Jennifer Saunders, found themselves sipping Champagne on the prestigious luxury yacht in the bay of Cannes.
As a good cause champion, Joanna has also been involved with Macmillan Cancer Support for a number of years and in June 2016, Sunseeker International announced its support for Macmillan and nominated the charity as their local charity partner, helping to raise funds and support people affected by cancer in the local Dorset community. Joanna said “I am really delighted to be joining Sunseeker to celebrate the opening of their stand at the London Boat Show. I have had the privilege of experiencing these magnificent yachts first hand, albeit as Patsy of course, but seeing such a large range of these exquisite yachts on display out of the water like this is amazing.”
Sunseeker will be launching two new yachts on its stand G100 at the London Boat Show, the Manhattan 66 and the 68 Sport Yacht.
Merry Christmas everyone. Boxing Day brings the fundraising Boxing Day Dip to Southend’s Jubilee Beach. The event, which is aid of the RNLI, has become something of a tradition with fancy dress and will be taking place just to the east of the Pier on Marine Parade. Participants will be signing in from 10.30am and the dip will be from 11am. Signing up for the event has now closed but spectators and donations are welcome. There will also be prizes for the best fancy dress. For more details visit the Southend RNLI website