Motorboat Owner is closing

Statement from Neale & Claire at MBO

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Copy of email to subscribers: 30 Jun at 15:59

This email comes to you not with the usual excitement of a new issue, but with the sad news that Motorboat Owner has closed. We are sure that you are as disappointed as us with this announcement, but events have conspired to ensure that we were left with no alternative. We have shed blood, sweat and tears over the last eight years to ensure that MBO is the best motorboat magazine in the UK, and judging by our reader numbers, and feedback received, we met that target, and then some. We were, without doubt, the most widely read magazine on the subject in the UK. Unfortunately this alone was not enough to keep us afloat, and sadly there will be no more issues of Motorboat Owner.

We would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, the readers who have enjoyed the journey with us. Your messages of support, and your editorial contributions freely given, have been an inspiration that kept us plugging away for the last 91 issues. We would especially like to thank those that have donated to us over the last few months. We hope that you feel you have received value for your donation, if not in issues going forward then in our back issues library. On that note please do take advantage of this and download any issue you may have missed since we launched in 2013. They are all there, and will be for a month or two. Just log in, click the back issues tab and download till your heart’s content. Even after our website closes, the issues will remain on the ISSUU platform, although these will need to be viewed with an internet connection and are not downloadable.

We would also like to give our heartfelt thanks to the businesses that supported us through advertising, particularly those that put their faith in us in the early days. You are what made the last eight years possible, and we literally could not have done it without you. There are too many to list individually, but you know who you are and it has been an honour and a privilege to work with you in this fabulous industry.

Lastly, a big thanks to our hard working back-office team. John, our advertising manager, and Pam and John our proof reading team and boat show stand staff. Without these three, Motorboat Owner would barely have got off the ground.

Whatever the future holds, we will forever cherish the years spent at Motorboat Owner. Meeting the readers at boat shows, taking some of you on our Cruises in Company and generally feeling that we made a positive contribution to boat owner’s and the marine industry in the UK and overseas, has made every minute memorable and worthwhile.

We hope that we bump into many of you again and I would like to wish everyone an excellent boating season. As the late Captain Sir Tom said "Tomorrow will be a good day"

Best wishes

Neale & Claire


The reality for UK boaters post Brexit - Latest advice from the RYA

The RYA investigates the changes UK boaters should expect as third country nationals

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Since the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU) in 2016, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has been lobbying on key issues that directly affect UK recreational boaters as third country nationals, providing an authoritative voice, demanding fair treatment for boaters travelling abroad and highlighting the practical impact and reality of Brexit for boaters. Here is a round-up of some of the things the RYA has been working on (information released on 28th June 2021, written by the RYA)


Returned Goods Relief (RGR)

We at the RYA have repeatedly raised our concerns about the ineligibility for RGR for pleasure craft which were based in the EU for more than three years prior to the end of the transition period.

RYA lobbying was pivotal in securing a one-year period of grace from HM Treasury which temporarily suspends the 3-year condition for RGR. As a result of further lobbying, the government recognised the difficulties in taking advantage of transitional arrangements created by Covid-19 and the government agreed to a further extension until 30 June 2022.

Continuing Covid travel restrictions and the Schengen rule may well mean that this is still not enough time for those who wish to get their boats back to the UK and claim relief from VAT. The RYA will continue to lobby to ensure that government understands this developing situation.

Private boats – UK VAT already paid

Extending the deadline to next June for boats that have previously been in the UK under their current ownership, does not address the fundamental point that the government seeks to levy VAT on boats that have already had UK VAT paid on them and in respect of which the UK Exchequer has already been the beneficiary. This inequity arises from the concept that when boats left the UK, even though they went to the EU, they were potentially being “exported” and therefore are required to pay import VAT on their return. We continue to lobby robustly to get government to acknowledge that this is iniquitous. Boaters simply went sailing/cruising and were not eligible to reclaim the VAT when leaving the UK to sail in the EU.

The RYA has made it clear to government that “double taxation” is unreasonable and the reality is that no income will be raised in this way. People will either bring their boats back to the UK prior to 30 June 2022 or they will not bring them back at all. They are not going to bring them back to the UK to face an unreasonable VAT levy.

Private boats – UK owned and kept in the EU

Recreational boat owners are struggling to comprehend why the UK Government is seemingly penalising them for simply using the freedom of movement afforded to them by the UK’s previous membership of the EU. This included the right to buy and keep their boats wherever in the EU they wished, as long as the VAT was paid.

The intention that boats owned and kept in the EU by UK residents, prior to the end of the transition period, that then enter the UK for the first time under their current ownership should be subject to UK VAT is iniquitous. It is simply not reasonable that VAT is charged a second time when it had to be paid in accordance with UK legislation implementing the Union Customs Code and the VAT Directive.

The RYA has been working at a political level through sympathetic parliamentarians in the express hope that the government will take a more reasonable approach regarding boats in this category, realise that their policy means that there is little prospect that boat owners will bring their boats back to the UK (they will simply retain them or sell them in Europe) and that there will be no benefit to the exchequer.

Schengen Borders Code

The limit on individual short stays to a duration of no more than 90-days in any 180-day period preceding each day of the stay, presents significant problems for cruising boaters. This time limit contrasts sharply with the normal duration of a UK tourist visa, which is six-months for each visit.

The time ‘limitation’ may have been appropriate for the size of the 5 founding members of the Schengen cooperation; however, the Schengen area now comprises of 26 countries. It covers most of the European coastline, in particular the ever-popular cruising grounds of the Baltic, the North Mediterranean coastline including the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands.

The European Commission has, in the past, recognised the benefit of a “touring visa” that would permit longer stays in two or more states, but currently, the UK government is content that reciprocity simply means that EU nationals are exempt from the requirement to be in possession of a short-stay visa when crossing the UK border - on condition that UK nationals are equally exempted from EU short-stay visa requirements. This approach ignores the permitted duration of the stay, which is curtailing recreational boating in the Schengen Area.

The RYA will continue to press government to negotiate an agreement that provides a visa arrangement that permits extended stays on board for up to six months in the Schengen Area for UK recreational boaters, the same arrangement that EU boaters enjoy when visiting the UK.

RYA Qualifications

We have spent a considerable amount of time and effort in persuading the Spanish maritime authorities to reinstate RYA certificates into their legislation regulating nautical qualifications for the operation of pleasure boats. We are pleased to have been successful, and this will be implemented from 01 July 2021.

Concerns from the boating community surrounding acceptable paperwork has meant that the RYA has worked with the British Embassy in Greece to ensure that the RYA ICC, amongst other RYA certificates, remained an accepted qualification by its maritime authorities. The Greek authorities require personal boating certificates to be accompanied by an official translation into Greek and we are currently working with the Embassy on a solution to achieve this.

The Small Ships Register (SSR)

Another problem that has emerged as a result of our transition out of the EU is the acceptability of UK Part 3 (SSR) registration, particularly in Greece. It seems certain that port authorities are refusing to issue transit logs to boats unless they are registered on Part I of the UKSR (SSR is not deemed by the Greek authorities to be acceptable). This appears to be another misinterpretation arising from Brexit and the RYA is working with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to clarify with European Maritime States that Part 3 of the UK Ship Register continues to have the same legal effect as Part I in order to prevent a continuing reoccurrence of this problem.

Red Diesel

The RYA provided a strong response to the government’s consultation on red diesel, with the result that recreational boaters have retained the right use to red diesel for propulsion in Great Britain. Our case was based on the need to ensure supply at the waterside and that recreational boaters already paid tax and duty on fuel used for propulsion. The RYA had originally lobbied on behalf of the UK, but the Northern Ireland (NI) protocol meant that legally this could not be extended to NI. However, the RYA raised concerns to government over the lack of time allowed to prepare infrastructure for the change in NI, and as a result the implementation has now been delayed until October 2021.

The government has also confirmed that red diesel contained in the normal tanks of boats can be taken into NI without payment of import duties and taxes and without application of import prohibitions or restrictions.

Sailing your pleasure craft to and from the UK

The RYA has continuously lobbied the government for comprehensive, clear and accessible information on the procedures that must be followed for sailing to and from the UK. In particular we have asked for clear advice on what you must do when you arrive in England from abroad on your boat given the current Covid-19 related reporting restrictions and requirements. This is important as many boaters who want to relocate their boats before the periods of grace are making plans now.

RYA Director of External Affairs, Howard Pridding, comments: “Issues arising out of Brexit continue to be a high priority and we aim to keep members informed on developments and our lobbying successes. The RYA website has become a ‘must-visit’ for any boater who is travelling to or from the UK, buying a boat abroad or contemplating training abroad. The RYA External Affairs team continue to work assiduously to represent members interests and ensure that the guidance provided on the RYA’s website is both current and accurate.

“The RYA will continue to engage with Government on outstanding Brexit-related issues, such as border force agreements, and simplified on-line border reporting procedures, and will continue to seek clarification for RYA members, as well as the larger boating community.”


Windermere Rodman dealer appointed

RBS Marine has appointed a new Rodman sub-agent

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RBS Marine, the official UK, Ireland and Channel Islands importers of the Spanish boat brand, Rodman has appointed a new sub agents on Lake Windermere. Horizon Boat Sales on Lake Windermere will join PC Boat Sales in the Channel Islands, Crosshaven Boat Yard in Ireland and Great Harbour Yachts in Scotland. Horizon Boat Sales, with their office in Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, was set up by Alex Barton, who wants to offer clients in Windermere access to leading boat brands, with the reliability and build quality needed to ensure enjoyable and trouble free boating in the Lake District. Alex said: “We wanted to offer our customers a range of cruisers that didn’t involve a huge investment to get onto the lake in a new boat. The range is well suited to Windermere. There are numerous models under 45 feet that fit the key criteria, i.e. patio doors, good accommodation etc. Rodman is not only a well-known brand but also known for its build quality and sensible pricing”. Ben Stevens of RBS Marine is very pleased to have Horizon Boat Sales as part of the team, “It’s great to have representation for Rodman Boats in the Lake District, and we’re sure Rodman boats will be popular for Windermere. Rodman have undergone significant development of their 8-10m range in recent years, and the choice of inboard or outboard power, and single or twin engines means that clients on the Lake can find the best configuration to suit their boating needs. We look forward to working with Horizon Boat Sales and developing this new area of the county for Rodman”.


NEW BOAT: Sargo 45

Finnish wheelhouse-walkaround builder unveils a new flagship

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Finnish builder, Sargo, has entered the 40ft-50ft market segment by adding a new flagship model to its rugged wheelhouse range. Available in Sargo’s standard and Explorer guises, the all new 45 will be a 6-8 berth walkaround wheelhouse cruiser, available in two or three-cabin layouts, both featuring two toilet and shower compartments. The three cabin version provides two double cabins, forward and mid, both sharing a day toilet compartment, while an aft ensuite cabin is equipped with family and guest-friendly twin berths. Inside the wide and bright sunroof-topped wheelhouse there is forward facing seating for four, a large eight-person aft dinette seating area to port and a galley unit to starboard. Its exterior layout provides a one-level deck area, which is accessed from two wide wheelhouse side doors, has two social deck areas, a U-shaped seating area in the bow and spacious L-shaped seating in the aft cockpit. Power and cruising speeds of 30 knots will be delivered by a choice of twin diesel Volvo Penta sterndrive or IPS options, in 300hp, 330hp or 440hp configurations. More photos and details are to be released in the coming months, with the first boat due to be unveiled in summer 2022. The 55-year-old company prides itself in producing tough, all-season boats and the new 45 appears in addition to the existing 25-36 feet range. The UK dealer is Hamble-based Sargo Boats UK and prices are from £722,842.


Seadogz fatal RIB collision interim report

Lessons to be learned ahead of the summer says MAIB

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The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released an interim report on its investigation of the fatal collision between the high speed passenger RIB, Seadogz, and a navigation buoy in Southampton Water, saying that there are lessons to be learned ahead of the summer season. On the morning of the 22nd August 2020, the passenger RIB, a Red Bay Stormforce 950 Safari fitted with twin 300hp outboards, departed Ocean Village Marina carrying 12 passengers aboard. Once out of the speed restricted area, its skipper ‘put on some loud music and increased to speeds between 30kts and 40kts’, proceeding to conduct high speed, wake creating maneuvers, including figure-of-eight turns, around several navigation buoys. The report continued saying, at 10:08, Seadogz passed the car ferry, Red Falcon, which was proceeding on a south-east course down Southampton Water, ‘offered the skipper an opportunity to drive across, and so to jump over the ferry’s wake’. As Seadogz passed astern of Red Falcon (from which amateur video footage was taken) for the fifth time the RIB accelerated on a steady easterly heading for 10 seconds until, at 10:11 and at a speed of 38.4kts (44.2mph), it collided with the North-West Netley starboard hand buoy (weighing 5 tonnes and 4.6 metre air draft). The force of Seadogz’s head-on impact knocked the buoy over to an almost horizontal position and threw the RIB’s bow upwards. The impact and abrupt deceleration forces caused all onboard to be thrown violently forward from their seats. Two of the passengers seated in the front row of jockey seats were thrown out of the boat and into the water where their lifejackets inflated automatically. Everyone onboard, except for one passenger, sustained injuries, including broken limbs, fractured vertebrae, dislocations and a punctured lung. Emily Lewis, a 15-year-old passenger who was sitting on the bench seat in the middle, sustained fatal internal injuries. The forward three chambers of the RIB’s port side tubes were punctured and the bow of the GRP hull was severely damaged. Several of the steel framed jockey seat backs were bent forward by the force of passengers hitting them. Initial findings say that Seadogz collided with the buoy because the RIB’s skipper was concentrating on conducting high speed maneuvers in close proximity to another vessel and did not see the buoy in time to take avoiding action. Such reasons and other contributing factors will be discussed in detail in the full investigation report. A video accompanies the interim report, with dialogue from MAIB Chief Inspector, Andrew Moll, who describes the collision as a ‘tragic accident’ saying ‘there are some immediate lessons that can be learned now that will help avoid a repetition this summer’.


Jersey marina storm gate overhall

Elizabeth Marina's storm gate and entrance is being worked on causing some restrictions

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A major works project on the removal and essential structural survey of the Elizabeth Marina storm gate in St Helier, Jersey is currently taking place. The storm gate was installed in 1998 and acts as a protection mechanism, allowing the tidally-restricted Elizabeth Marina to ‘close’ during periods of inclement weather and rough seas, reducing the effect of stormy conditions within it. The gate locking mechanism failed during a routine operation in November 2018 causing it to lower unexpectedly due to the increasing water pressure load on it from the incoming tides. During this event the gate sustained some damage and as a result it was taken out of service pending these upcoming works, although in the meantime, Ports of Jersey have put mitigation measures in place. The storm gate was removed in mid April and the work is expected to take up to three-weeks to complete and in two stages, the first being its removal and transportation to the New North Quay for inspection and cleaning, with an underwater inspection of the gate’s entrance and mechanics by divers planned. The second stage will see a structural survey on the gate itself, followed by a decision on whether it can be repaired or will need to be replaced. Ports of Jersey added ‘Whatever the outcome, the existing storm gate or a replacement will not be installed in Elizabeth Marina until later in the year, after the main boating season has ended.’ The marina will be closed to marine traffic at certain times to maintain safe operations, with some areas of the promenades on the southern and western side closed to the public during the works. Commenting on the project, Jersey Harbourmaster, Captain Bill Sadler, said, “We are very pleased that this project represents a big step in addressing the longstanding issues associated with the Elizabeth Marina storm gate. The nature of the works does mean there will be some unavoidable periods of disruption to marina operations so that works can be conducted safely.” Boaters will need to note a depth reduction at the marina entrance (approx. 2.5m above the existing cill) during works, resulting in a smaller tidal access window. Further details of closures are available via ‘Notice to Mariner’ updates, navigational warnings through St Helier VTS and live updates/timings and FAQs on the Ports of Jersey website.


Hazardous new sand bar at Christchurch entrance

Winter storms have seen a new sand bar develop at the Mudeford Quay entrance

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At the end of March the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) station at Hengistbury Head urged water users to exercise ‘extreme caution’ when entering and leaving Christchurch Harbour due to the shifting sand bar near Mudeford Quay. RNLI Mudeford and NCI Hengistbury Head have been called out to help rescue a number of vessels that have been beached or run aground at the channel’s entrance, known locally as ‘The Run’, over the past few months. A spokesperson at NCI Hengistbury Head said “As ever, the winter weather has shifted the entrance to Christchurch Harbour and this year a sand bar has emerged. NCI Hengistbury Head advise extreme caution in navigating the entrance to Christchurch Harbour at all times but particularly so at present. Aside from running aground, the other significant danger is damage to propellers and stern gear.” At the time of the NCI notification, the navigation marks within the harbour had been laid for the season and the buoys marking the entrance channel were due to be laid in the next month or so. The speed limit within this channel is 8 knots. However, due to the shifting of the sand bar, the NCI is recommending that vessels slow to 6 knots maximum when entering the channel. Boaters based at or planning to visit Christchurch Harbour are being encouraged to refer to tidal prediction tables and graphs prior to taking to the water. The spokesman at NCI Hengistbury Head added “We do endeavour to monitor traffic going in and out of the harbour so far as our operational situations allow. We are available on VHF Channel 65 from 8am to 7pm and can provide those calling with the day’s tidal predictions. Vessels that run aground and are unable to get themselves off should call HM Coastguard on VHF Channel 16.” To see a photo showing the sand bar and full notification from the NCI, visit this web page. For general information on Christchurch Harbour and Mudeford Quay, which is located at its entrance, visit


Layout change for Southampton Boat Show

Boat Show organisers British Marine have announced an updated layout for this year's boat show

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The organisers of the Southampton International Boat Show have revealed a bold new layout ‘making the show bigger than ever before’. This will see the show spreading further northwards towards the city centre with, however, the loss of two of the usual outdoor exhibition areas. Following the Prime Minister’s recent roadmap announcement, British Marine, organisers of the Southampton International Boat Show, say that the show will return safely for its 52nd edition this September. The 10-day show is due to be held on the 10th-19th September and is set to have a new entrance and festival area outside Southampton’s Westquay shopping centre pictured. A new show area, described as a ‘Community Day and Festival Area’, will extend south past the old city walls and over into the main ‘centre piece’ Mayflower Park site with its purpose built marina, bypassing the previous entrance section north of West Quay Road and the previous Holiday Inn section. British Marine said ‘Once inside the show, visitors will be immersed in the world of boating and watersports through new zones that cater for specific interests to give a tailored show experience. The first zone will be for paddleboards, kite surfers, kayaks and windsurfers, accompanied by a stage, street food, music and a lively vibe to showcase the watersports lifestyle and simplicity of getting afloat. There will be a Dinghy Zone geared towards the interest of dinghy sailors and high-performance sailing. This will flow into a Classic Boat & Day Boat Zone aimed at celebrating the boats and craftsmanship that stands the test of time. Moving into Mayflower Park there will be hundreds of power and sail boats, equipment and services on show.’ Located usually in the previous shopping-orientated Holiday Inn section, Motorboat Owner and several clothing and marine-equipment-selling exhibitors will be moving, so regular visitors to the show will need to look out for updates and new stand numbers. Visit for information.


Spring Budget saves GB red diesel

HM Treasury has confirm recreational boaters’ continued entitlement to red diesel

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In the Spring Budget, HM Treasury announced its decision to maintain recreational boaters' entitlement to use red diesel in Great Britain beyond April 2022.

Last year, the government engaged in a red diesel consultation with a view of phasing out red diesel for white diesel from April 2022 for the leisure boat sector, but for it to remain available for fishing and farming. Various marine associations submitted their response and engaged in discussions with the HMRC, maintaining that the simplest means of maintaining supply for all recreational boaters on the coast and on inland waterways is the use of duty-paid red diesel. Among the many issues flagged were the costs of installing a second pump for white diesel in many harbours and ports.

In the budget, the Government stated that it had evaluated the proposed regulations and would not be changing the treatment of private pleasure craft in Great Britain. This means boaters will continue to be able to use/access red diesel where it is available and pay their fuel supplier the difference between the red diesel rate and the white diesel rate on the proportion they intend to use for propulsion. For heating purposes, a vessel with a separate tank will still be able to use red diesel at the lower duty rate. The percentage relief scheme for heating use for a craft with one tank is to be announced by HMRC.

Anticipating ‘another busy staycation summer’ in the UK Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine hailed the announcement as a “big success story for the leisure marine industry,….. giving the leisure marine sector the certainty needed at this unprecedented time.”

In Northern Ireland however, recreational boaters will no longer be able to use red diesel for propulsion. This is to ensure the UK meets its international obligations under the Northern Ireland Protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement. It will also align with fuel used by leisure boats in the Republic of Ireland, which the government believes will make it simpler for private pleasure craft users to access the fuel they need if they cruise between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (and vice versa). The change to white diesel is expected to be in force by June of this year.

For further information on the red diesel consultation and summary, please click here.


NEW BOAT: Alfastreet 23 Evolution

Slovenian builder, Alfastreet has revamped its ingenious 23 Cabin

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Following the launch of its new flagship model, the 28 Cabin, in 2020, Slovenian builder, Alfastreet Marine has unveiled a freshly modified version of its 23 Cabin.

The new 23 Cabin Evolution is still the two-berth dayboat/weekender it was, available in inboard sterndrive or electric configurations and a hydraulic hard top. However, it has adopted some of its 28 sister’s features, such as stylish hull windows and an updated cockpit with a walkaround, extending aft sunpad. The UK dealer is Boat Showrooms and the new model is priced from £79,995.


NEW BOAT: Silver Puma BRz

Introducing the latest Scandinavian bowrider from Silver Boats

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Finnish boat builder, Silver Boats is adding a second bowrider model to its fibreglass boat range. The new and compact Silver Puma BRz is the smallest of the Z-series and joins the larger Tiger bowrider model in the range. Designed for summer days, picnics and watersports, the 19 foot Puma can accommodate up to seven adults, with separate bucket seats for the helmsman and co-driver which turn around to face an aft dinette seating area. Its aft settee bench also offers storage for wakeboards, water skis and towable toys. There are dedicated fender boxes in the back corners and an easy-to-erect canopy should the weather turn. In the bow are wraparound storage lockers with two raised seat-cum-lockers ahead of the windscreen. Its protective, wraparound windscreen has an integral sturdy grabrail running along its top edge for safety, while aft are two bathing platforms, with a swimming ladder fitted as standard. Additional extras include a fridge and the boat can be equipped with a single outboard engine from 80 to 115 horsepower.


Boot Düsseldorf 2021 cancelled

Major German boat show postponed to April, now cancelled due to COVID

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The organisers of the huge German indoor boat show, Boot Düsseldorf, have announced the cancellation of the 2021 event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the associated worldwide lockdown measures. The show is historically held each January at venue, Messe Düsseldorf, and it had been postponed until April 2021 due to the pandemic. However, organisers said these new dates then appeared ‘increasingly unrealistic’, due to ‘the continuing high level of infection and the fact that the end of the lockdown is not foreseeable’. Regarded as an important main, start  of season show for the marine industry, Boot normally sees many British and worldwide marine brands and boat builders assemble in all 17 halls of the impressive exhibition centre, such as Sunseeker, Princess and Fairline. Next years nine-day show will open its doors from 22nd to 30th January 2022. Elsewhere the trend of virtual boat shows continues, with UK broker, Ancasta, hosting a virtual show during January.


Calor Gas cylinder changes?

Motorboat Owner has contacted Calor GB in response to cylinder shape change rumour

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In late November, Motorboat Owner was alerted to a rumour that Calor could be changing the shape/dimensions of its 4.5kg butane cylinders. It was said that these would be taller and narrower (with a wider base), which would cause problems for many existing gas locker designs. The existing cylinder (pictured) is (H 340mm x W240mm) and is currently out of stock. Through communications with Calor GB, the company said “Regulations concerning valve protection have changed and therefore there will be a change to the dimensions of the 4.5kg and 3.9kg cylinders. Calor GB have not purchased any of these new cylinders and do not currently have plans to do so.” Calor added “When these new cylinders are purchased, the majority of the cylinders will still be in the old dimensions and we will continue to have plenty of these available for years to come.” A source in Ireland added “In Ireland they (Calor) seem to be far along the process of introducing the new larger cylinders. It is almost impossible to get the traditional smaller ones now.”


Ancasta Virtual Düsseldorf Boat Show

UK Prestige and Beneteau dealer will be running a virtual boat show this January

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With the Boot Düsseldorf boat show postponed until April, the UK boat broker, Ancasta, will be offering boaters a chance to get onboard its power brands this January at the Ancasta Virtual Boat Show Dusseldorf. Opening on Boot Düsseldorf’s original dates, 23-31 January 2021, Ancasta’s virtual show will include the whole line up that would have been on display in Germany. Ancasta say that potential buyers will be able to view, compare and contrast the different models from the Beneteau, Lagoon, Prestige, McConaghy Yachts, Sanlorenzo and Bluegame ranges. For more information and to book an appointment, visit


British Marine statement 'What the marine industry should know for second lockdown'

British Marine releases a statement to the marine market for lockdown 2 after seeking clarification for the marine leisure sector

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As confusion builds amongst boaters as to whether they can visit, or indeed use their boats, and whether marinas can keep their doors open during ‘lockdown 2’ in England, marine association, British Marine, has released the following statement:

“As England starts a 4 week lockdown, British Marine has been seeking clarity from the UK Government on how the new restrictions will impact our members and the leisure marine sector.

During a meeting with DEFRA officials on Monday 2 November, British Marine was informed that no sector specific guidance would be produced and instead, individual businesses should interpret and comply with high level government guidance published on the website.

Where British Marine has been able to gather some specific clarity from Government, DEFRA officials have stated they do not consider private individuals visiting their boats for maintenance or winterisation purposes as an essential activity for leaving their primary place of residence.

DEFRA has confirmed that under PART 4 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020, a member of the public can pay a business to maintain their boat on their behalf during the lockdown.

DCMS has now confirmed that recreational boating can be part of an outdoor exercise regime either alone, with 1 other person, or within your household or bubble. Guidance states; “There is no restriction on the type of activity you can do when exercising, provided that you are within the permitted gathering limits.” Furthermore, it confirms; “All forms of water sports practised on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately owned motorised craft (in line with the guidance issued by the relevant navigation authority) are allowed provided that the guidance on social distancing is observed”. However, British Marine would advise to check with local marinas, navigation authorities and clubs beforehand.

British Marine understands that members seek clear unambiguous guidance and that is why we will continue to press the UK government for further, sector specific guidance. However, until that is forthcoming, current interpretation of the regulations is as follows:

  • Private individuals can use their boats for exercise and therefore deliver their vessel to a boatyard for maintenance or winterisation.  However, current DEFRA guidance does not allow the boat owner to visit their vessel  to conduct maintenance themselves.
  • Areas of industry where workers cannot work from home can stay open with COVID-19 secure protocols in place.  This would allow boatyards to provide maintenance and winterisation services.
  • Chandleries and other non-essential retail will need to close for the 4 week period but can continue with click and collect and delivery services
  • Passenger vessel operations (unless being used for essential transport), charters and hire boat operations will need to stop operations for the 4 week period
  • Brokerage and boat showrooms will need to close to the public for the 4 weeks.  The regulations specifically say “Showrooms and other premises, including outdoor areas, used for the sale or hire of caravans, boats or any vehicle which can be propelled by mechanical means, and car washes.”… should close.  The restrictions do not prevent such businesses from remaining open to respond to orders or order queries either through a website or otherwise by on-line communication, by telephone or by post. See the BM/YBDSA joint statement for yacht brokers here
  • Marinas can remain open, however, no overnight stays are allowed on boats except for residential berth holders (where the boat is their Primary Residence) or for business purposes. Toilets and showers can remain open for site users. For the above reasons, access and access control systems may remain open however, marinas should remind their berth holders to adhere to Government rules for England requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes. A full TYHA statement can be found on the BM website here.

Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine, “Whilst the current lockdown has seen many more businesses continue to stay open, there are still many who need further information over the exemptions and of course the continued financial support packages provided by Government. We will continue to support and represent the best interests of these businesses throughout the pandemic. The British Marine Coronavirus hub, which is accessible to all, will be updated with the very latest advice, together with business support tools and further guidance.”

To keep up to date with all the latest COVID-19 advice and guidance from British Marine, please visit

British Marine (the trading name of British Marine Federation Limited) is the trade association for the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry. It has over 1,500 members drawn from both seagoing and inland sectors and represents an industry which employs more than 38,700 people in the UK. British Marine also owns and operates the Southampton International Boat Show (10 – 19 September 2021).


Teignmouth boatyard redevelopment

Plans will be reshaping a Devonshire boatyard. Designs detail a new slipway, and multi-storey residential and commercial properties

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Teignmouth Maritime Properties Ltd has unveiled plans for a multi-million-pound regeneration of the Riverside Boatyard in Teignmouth, Devon. Plans see the existing estuary-side boatyard, which lies on the edge of the town, in Bishopsteignton Road, converted into a ‘mixed-use development’ combining housing, holiday accommodation, industrial units and offices, while improving the existing boat storage and repair facilities. Unveiling the first 3D animation and artistic impressions by MJS Design and Planning, Peter Stenner, CEO of Teignmouth Maritime Properties, said “This is an opportunity to comprehensively redevelop a prominent waterside site into a high-quality maritime facility, which I firmly believe Teignmouth deserves.” With features such as beach huts and workshops, developers are also hoping to attract greater numbers of new boat and water-based leisure users to the area, generating economic benefits for the town. Mr Stenner, who is also founder of Teignmouth Maritime Services Ltd, added “For many years I have been an existing user of the boatyard which now is in desperate need for development. I am both delighted and proud to be able to share these plans to transform this area of Teignmouth into something special, which I hope many others will benefit from for years to come. These plans will be a great asset to the town for locals, visitors and businesses alike.” MJS Design and Planning’s MD, Matt Slader, said that the project “should provide water users with substantial improvement for easy, enhanced and safer facilities for the launching and recovery of vessels in a range of tidal and weather conditions, with two slipways available to locals and visitors enabling a range of water based activities.” There is also a proposal for a new cycle path linking Teignmouth Docks to the Riverside Boatyard site.


BOATS2020 cancelled over councils COVID-19 fears

Southampton City Council has pulled the plug on two 10-day outdoor boat shows on the eve of opening

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At 6.34pm on Thursday 10th September, on the eve of opening day, the Southampton boat show organiser, British Marine received the ‘devastating news’ from Southampton City Council that its replacement smaller scale, outdoor boat show, BOATS2020 could no longer go ahead, due to the rising risk of COVID-19 and growing Government fears. The decision came in the eleventh hour before opening and has left 188 exhibitors, who had set up or were in the process of it, very disappointed.

The 10-day show, due to take place from 11-20 September 2020, was set to open on Friday (11th) and had seen British Marine collaborating closely with Southampton City Council to ensure that the existing Public Health England COVID-19 secure requirements were met. A purpose built marina with 5-metre wide pontoons and shoreside show areas of Mayflower Park had been engineered to allow for social distancing, and ticket holders were being reassured just hours before of the measures in place.

Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine, said; “We are desperately disappointed that BOATS2020 will no longer be taking place, especially receiving the news at the eleventh hour before opening. A tremendous amount of work has been put in and it was heartening to see committed exhibitors on-site today getting geared up for opening. British Marine has remained committed to staging this not-for-profit boat show to support the leisure marine industry and our host city of Southampton, and I am deeply saddened that it will now no longer be taking place. Alongside our exhibitors, we were ready to open a show that exceeded all safety requirements. We are truly perplexed as to why we are unable to run the show at least until Monday in line with the government restrictions imposed yesterday. The global pandemic and unprecedented times mean that the latest circumstances are beyond our control. Public health and safety come first and naturally, as the show organiser, British Marine must comply with all guidance.”

Neville Williams of said upon hearing the news “We were ready to go, but at the eleventh hour Southampton City Council have cancelled the permission for BOATS2020. To say we are disappointed with this double standards decision is an understatement. The council had plenty of time to cancel the event at an earlier stage.” Much efforts had been made to ensure motorboat models and equipment was delivered and in position by manufacturers, and in Neville’s case this meant trailing countless boats down from North Wales over the last two weeks.

Running over the same 10 days, the nearby Ocean Village Boat Show, hosted by MDL Marinas, has also been cancelled by the council. Sales and Marketing Director, Tim Mayer, released the following statement on social media “This is very disappointing for the industry, for both Ocean Village Boat Show and BOATS2020 who we understand are in the same position. We don’t agree with the decision but do understand that the council is worried about an influx of visitors, however, both shows have been very careful with the arrangements and for controlling visitor numbers. As you may know, we have from the outset strived to develop a show that offers visitors an appointment-only, controlled and safe show, specifically designed for serious buyers, so we are devastated by this last minute decision. As we have done over many weeks, we are working with Southampton City Council’s saftey advisory group to establish if we can open the show later in the week. But we wanted to let you know that the show will not open tomorrow, and we ask our booked customers not to come to Ocean Village. We are naturally very disappointed for all of our exhibitors, and visitors, who have all made significant investments into the show, whether to bring wonderful power and sail boats, or to travel to the city to look at a boat. We will keep you all updated.”

Southampton City Council released a statement on social media saying 'anyone who was planning to make the journey to one of the boat shows in Southampton should not now make that journey'. Debbie Chase, Director of Public Health at Southampton City Council, said: “Due to the increased spread of COVID-19 nationally, and the need for stronger control measures to reduce transmission both in Southampton and across the country, we unfortunately cannot allow the Ocean Village Boat Show 2020 and Boats 2020 presented by Southampton International Boat Show Limited to take place this month. We have therefore issued a Direction under Regulation 5(1) of the Health Protection Regulations 2020 prohibiting these events from taking place. In Southampton and the South East, we have seen a lower rate of COVID-19 transmissions since lockdown ended. However, the national picture shows a concerning rise in cases, and with these events set to attract around 20,000 people from different parts of the UK over a 10-day period, it’s important we act now to reduce the risk of infection.

“The people of Southampton have been doing a fantastic job of supporting their city through social distancing, regular handwashing and isolating if they start showing coronavirus symptoms. The event organisers have also worked incredibly hard to risk assess their activities and implement a range of safety measures. So, I’m very sorry to disappoint them and everyone who was looking forward to attending these events. The decision, while regrettable, has been made after detailed analysis of the public health risks and discussions with our colleagues in the city, including the police. COVID-19 is still very much with us and we all need to stay alert, particularly at this sensitive time. Anyone who was planning to make the journey to one of the boat shows in Southampton should not now make that journey. Officers from Southampton City Council and Hampshire Constabulary will be visible in the area to engage with the public and help explain the Direction that has been issued.”

For those with still planning to be in Southampton for the boat show period, as far as Motorboat Owner is aware there are several used boat shows going ahead at Swanwick, including the WhyBoats Used Boat Show at Deacons Marina and a display at Solent Motoryachts. Many exhibitors are also bringing their boats back to the Hamble River, Swanwick and thereabouts, including Fjord/Inspiration Marine, Sealine/TBS Boats, Princess Yachts, Ancasta/Beneteau/Prestige Yachts and Clipper Marine/Bavaria.

PHOTO: Image taken by Neville Williams of shows the purpose-built marina occupied and ready for visitors on the eve of opening, Thursday 10th September



Smaller scale Southampton show readies to set sail amidst COVID-19 pandemic with 133 exhibitors

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In the wake of this year’s cancelled Southampton International Boat Show, its organisers, British Marine, are getting ready to host a replacement, smaller scale event at Mayflower Park in Southampton over the same 10 proposed days in September, 11th-20th. BOATS2020 will be an outdoor and on the water event showcasing boats and equipment, and British Marine say safety and meeting COVID-19 secure requirements has been its ‘number one priority’. The 10-day event is set to showcase over 90 boats on a purpose-built marina and 60 exhibitors on shore. A ‘carefully designed show layout’ sees a main entrance at the eastern end of the park, close to the Red Funnel ferry terminal, and, following the COVID-19 guidelines, British Marine state that there will be ‘no crowd gathering attractions’, making ‘BOATS2020 the perfect event for serious boaters and buyers’. Tickets have staggered entry times of 10am, 11am and 12pm and are now available online priced at £12.50 per person (note, concessionary rates and free tickets for children are not available).

At the time of writing the event has 133 exhibitors listed, including the British motorboat brands, Princess Yachts, Fairline and Sunseeker International, as well as international brands such as XO Boats, Parker, Saxdor, Bavaria, Sealine and Cranchi. There will be the UK debut of the Fairline F//Line 33 and Sunseeker is set to exhibit its largest model at Southampton to date, the 95 Yacht. Other UK debuts include a new Fjord 41XL, XO DSCVR and Parker 920 Explorer Max. Latest visitor guidance and precautions that British Marine is making are detailed here. For tickets and more information about the show visit sister website,



MDL Marina's Ocean Village Boat Show

Marina group to organise event at Southampton marina over postponed boat show dates

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In the wake of the postponement of the 52nd Southampton Boat Show, the marina operator, MDL Marinas, unveiled plans to host a boat show over the same dates at its flagship Ocean Village Marina in Southampton. The Ocean Village Boat Show will be held between the 11th-20th September and is set to host up to 80 new boats afloat in the marina from the sail and power markets. Tickets for the show will be available online from the 3rd August via the MDL Marinas website. Entry will be free, but only those pre-registered for tickets will be able to gain access to the show. There will also be special Coronavirus safety precautions in place for visitors and exhibitors. MDL’s Sales and Marketing Director, Tim Mayer, explains “To manage the health and safety we’re allocating three-hour time slots to visitors when they register online and the number of individuals in each time slot will be restricted. A one way system will be in place and the pontoons will be double width to ensure safe passing. Branded face masks will also be made available to all attendees.” Confirmed exhibitors include Jeanneau dealers, Sea Ventures, and Prestige Yachts and Beneteau broker, Ancasta. Other motorboat brands due to exhibit include Bayliner, Galeon Yachts, Azimut and Axopar.

Image: Event area at Ocean Village Marina, Southampton


52nd Southampton Boat Show 'postponed'

Show organiser, British Marine has 'postponed' the event due to Covid-19

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Following the Covid-19 guidelines regarding large scale gatherings, the marine trade association and boat show organiser, British Marine, has 'postponed' the 52nd edition of the Southampton International Boat Show until September 2021.

The annual 10-day show was due to take place at Southampton’s waterfront Mayflower Park from the 11th of September. Last year saw over 600 marine brands showcased both on the water, on a purpose-built marina, and onshore. Widely thought to be the biggest in the UK and a popular ‘boating extravaganza’ for many, the annual event sees British Marine working closely with Southampton City Council in staging the event with many months of planning and building.

Lesley Robinson, CEO of British Marine said, “The world is in an unprecedented situation with the Covid-19 pandemic and public health is everyone’s priority. Annually, Southampton International Boat Show attracts an attendance of over 100,000, with over 430 exhibitors. An event of this size and format is simply not possible this year and as such, we have made the decision to postpone it until September 2021.” 

Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture, Southampton City Council, commented “Southampton is known for its jam-packed events calendar and the boat show is one of our biggest and most popular features, attracting tens of thousands of people into our city and putting Southampton on the map. We are keen to revive Southampton’s thriving events offer while working within public health advice and government guidelines. We look forward to welcoming back the boat show and celebrating everything our great city has to offer, when it is safe to do so.”  

British Marine has added, with the government announcement July 3rd, that it will be continuing to explore the options to run an alternative, smaller scale outdoor event and a timetable for events will be revealed next week. Lesley Robinson continues; “As government guidance on Covid-19 evolves, British Marine will continue to work with both exhibitors and key event stakeholders to explore all other opportunities, including an alternative, smaller-scale outdoor event to support the leisure marine industry and its members. British Marine are encouraged by today’s government announcement that they will be setting out a timetable for getting events as Covid-19 secure as possible next week.” 

Lesley said, “we’re naturally very disappointed that we cannot run the event this year in its usual magnitude and format, but the Southampton International Boat Show is a key international event, which will be back stronger than ever in 2021.  We will ensure that we make the 52nd edition one to remember.” 

British Marine is a trade association for the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry. It has 1,500 members drawn from both seagoing and inland sectors and represents an industry which employs more than 38,700 people in the UK. The Southampton International Boat Show will be held 10-19 September 2021.