Something for the Weekend

8th, 9th and 10th June

motorboat owner news

The Poole Harbour Boat Show is running from Friday 8th to 10th of June. The three-day free-entry show, now in its fourth year, is set to be an ‘extravaganza’ that will transform Poole Quay and showcase motorboats, tall ships, marine equipment, watersports gear and clothing. Running in association with Sunseeker, the event is organised by the Poole Harbour Commissioners and will occupy the waterfront at Poole Quay and marina pontoons at Poole Quay Boat Haven. There will be a full programme of entertainment on offer, including live music on the ‘Sunseeker Sessions’ stage, ‘Try a Boat’ taster sessions and on-the-water demonstrations. The show opening day (Friday) will be concluding with a firework display, starting at dusk. Claimed to be the ‘biggest ever free boat show on the south coast’, it attracted an estimated 30,000 visitors in 2017. Exhibitors include the RNLI, Yamaha and Raymarine, with motorboats on display from Offshore Powerboats, Princess, Ideal Boat, Bates Wharf, TBS Boats and Clipper Marine, including the new Nimbus W9. The show will open 10am-6pm on Friday 8th-Sunday 10th June. For further details visit www.pooleharbourboatshow.co.uk

Burton Waters is holding its first Boating Festival this Saturday. Held the Burton Waters Marina in Lincoln, the event will take place between 12 midday and 5pm and will offer a programme of events, such as a rowing competition, marina boat trips, live music, a lifejacket clinic, a boat jumble, rope tying, a man overboard demo and a charity raffle. There will also be stalls selling food , marine equipment and services, including the RYA, RNLI, Yamaha and the Burton Waters Boat Club. There will also be a selection of new and used boats to browse. For more details visit the festival page on the website.

If you are looking for boating bits, it is the Arun Boat Jumble this Sunday. The event, opening at 10am, is being held along Beach Road at the Sussex harbour of Littlehampton. Adult admission is £2.50 and accompanied children are free.

Have a lovely weekend.

2018-06-08

Something for the Weekend

2nd & 3rd June

motorboat owner news

The 3-day Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show runs from Friday-Sunday. Held on a lake at the 30-acre Thames-side wildlife park, Beale Park, there will be stalls selling marine equipment and services, several wooden boatbuilders and new motorboats on display, from exhibitors such as Val Wyatt Marine. Event features include a display of classic boats and a vintage car show. There will also be food and drink available, and an educational area families, where they can learn how to tie knots, make a sail, make a model boat, and learn about navigation and maritime history. The show will be open between 10am-6pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Adult entry (17 years upwards) is £8 online and £10 on the door, with free entry for children aged 16 and under. You can see footage of last years event via YouTube and you will find more information about the event at www.bealeparkboatandoutdoorshow.co.uk

On the Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire, Tingdene’s Hartford Marina will be hosting an Open Weekend. The event will feature new and used boats for sale, a Gin & Fizz Bar, hot and cold food, bouncy castles and a display of classic boats. Entrance is free and the event runs from 10am-4pm each day. For directions and details of boats for sale visit the marina website.

In Essex it is the 2-day, free-entry Brightlingsea Regatta. There will be a waterfront fireworks display on Saturday night, paddle boarding, kayaking and try-a-boat sessions for power boats and sailing boats, model boat racing, food stalls and live music. There will also be competitions, novelty balloons, duck racing, entertainers, face painting and games for children. The local boatyard and motorboat distributor, Morgan Marine will be participating in the event and welcoming visitors to browse its chandlery and view boats for sale. For more information about the regatta visit the website, www.brightlingsearegatta.com

Have a great weekend

PHOTO: Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show

2018-06-01

New self-service fuel berth at Eastbourne marina

Fuel berth upgrade works being carried out in June at Sovereign Marina

motorboat owner news

In early June 2018, Sovereign Harbour’s fuel berth is being upgraded, with the aim of giving boaters the ability to ‘pay-at-pump’. The upgrade, costing in the region of £150k, will see the fuel berth (selling unleaded and diesel) close on 4th June for 10 days, until 14th June, to enable works to take place. During this closure, Premier Marinas has arranged for a Gas Oil (Marine Diesel) tanker to attend the marina (located adjacent to A/B/C pontoons) between 8am-1pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week of the closure. Visitors and berthholders will need to book a slot and note that there will be a minimum order of 400 litres per fuel sale. The new self-service system will accept credit cards, with automated red fuel fobs supplied to berthholders.

2018-05-30

London Boat Show 2019 cancelled

British Marine announce that there will be no 2019 London Boat Show

motorboat owner news

Press statement in full:

Statement regarding London Boat Show 2019

British Marine, which organises and owns the London Boat Show, has announced that the 2019 Show, due to run at ExCeL London from 9-13 January 2019, will not take place.

This decision was made after independent research by exhibition experts, Zing Insights, showed there was insufficient support from a large proportion of the marine industry to the London Boat Show with its current format, duration and location. 

In the last three weeks, Zing Insights has carried out personal interviews with over 67% of exhibitors. This revealed that whilst a number of marine companies supported the change to a five day Show, finding it preferable to a 10 day Show, a large number of key exhibitors were not prepared to commit to exhibiting to a five day Show at ExCeL in January 2019.

Visitor research also showed that consumer satisfaction of the 2018 Show was below acceptable industry standards. Visitor satisfaction was centred on the content of the Show and specifically on the number and diversity of sailing and power boats exhibited. The research results showed a year-on-year decline in audience satisfaction which would continue to fall if the Show proceeded in the same formatand continued to fail to satisfy visitor expectations.

Zing’s research findings were endorsed by British Marine’s exhibition sales staff who, despite intensive sales efforts, reported that aninsufficient number of signed contracts of commitment to the 2019 Show had been returned. This was particularly significant amongst boat builders and boat retailers. Lack of signed contracts from this sector also affected confidence from other potential exhibitors, further reducing confirmed sign ups within the deadline. 

Sales activity and support for the London Boat Show is in contrast with British Marine’s TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show, which attracts close to 500 exhibitors and more than 106,000 visitors and has the support of title sponsor TheYachtMarket.com.The 2018 event is significantly ahead in terms of ticket sales and exhibitor sign ups compared to this time last year.TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show 2018, running over 10 days from 14-23 September, celebrates its 50th year with a host of special events and activities taking place.

The British Marine Boat Show team are now able to put all their focus on ensuring TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show2018 is the most successful to date. British Marine is in talks with relevant landlords to increase the footprint of the Show to meet exhibitor demands, both on the land and on the marina. New and exciting content for the Show includes additional features, alongside new displays and attractions. 

“The decision to put the London Boat Show on hold is naturally very disappointing for the British marine industry,” said David Pougher, President of British Marine, “but British Marine and its Board of Directors has a responsibility to its members and we cannot commit to running a Show which is clearly forecasted in its current format to be commercially unviable and will not meet customer satisfaction levels. By contrast, TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show produces a positive contribution to the industry, is well supported by exhibitors and visitors alike and is a highly successful event and we are now able to put all our energy, expertise and enthusiasm into this event.”

British Marine says making the decision to put the London Boat Show on hold now for 2019 enables the organisation to look at alternative options. “We are very aware that many companies in the marine industry look at a sales activity such as the London Boat Show in January as an excellent way to kick start the year, but times change and we must do the same in order to offer events which are affordable, accessible, welcomed and supported by the industry and its customers, and are financially viable for all involved.  This is now the task for the British Marine team, its Board, its members and valued advisors to seek new opportunities to support our industry,” concluded David Pougher.

2018-05-15

Something for the Weekend

28th & 29th April

motorboat owner news

It is the Guernsey Boat Show this weekend. The 3-day, free-entry show, now in its second year, starts on Friday and will be taking place on the Crown Pier and in Victoria Marina in St Peter Port. Exhibitors include Marine & General, Guernsey Harbours, Boatworks, the RNLI, Sunseeker Channel Islands and Bates Wharf. On the water will be new boats from the Beneteau range through dealer New Horizon Yachts, RIBS from the Stingher range, and used boats through local dealer including Lovell Yachts and Sun Yachts. For more details visit www.guernseyboatshow.com.

Val Wyatt Marine at Wargrave on the River Thames is hosting its Open Weekend. At the event will be display of new boats from the Corsiva, Interboat and Haines Marine ranges, a selection of used boats to view, and food and drinks will be available from vintage tea room and a Prosecco and Pancake Bar. See www.valwyattmarine.co.uk for event details and boats for sale.

Elsewhere on the Thames on Saturday it will be the first, free-entry 'Shepperton Marina Boat Jumble'. Opening at 11am, there will also be live music, boat rides, a lifejacket clinic, a beer and prosecco tent, face painting, fish and chips and demonstrations by Boat Showrooms on the Alfastreet 23 Open Sport.

Premier Marinas will be hosting two show days at Brighton Marina. Taking place on marina pontoon 19 and Brighton Marina's East Lockside (next to the boatyard), between 10am and 4pm on 28th and 29th April, there will be a display of boats for sale, marine displays, stalls and events. With display boats both on and off the water, exhibitors include Blackrock Yachting, Bates Wharf and Brighton Boat Sales. Marine tenants Nickys Canvasworks, Forrest & Stevens Rigging, Bright 'n' Clean, Eurotek Electronics, West Marine Engineering and Elite Teak will also be on hand. Also at East Lockside, there will be competitions, life jacket checks, life raft demonstrations and firings, antifouling advice from International Paints and splicing demonstrations. There will also be live music on Saturday and a ‘Prosecco boat’.

On Saturday at Chichester Marina there will also be a ‘Lock Induction Workshop’ covering important aspects of how to use the lock at the marina. The workshop will cover approaching the lock channel both inside and outside the marina, the correct use of the radio to contact the lock keeper to lock in and lock out, how to traverse the lock on free flow and using your lines once inside the lock. There will be two workshops held, one in the morning, 10-11:30am and one in the afternoon, 2-3:30pm. There will be a maximum of 12 spaces on each session, interested participants need to email the marina at Chichester@premiermarinas.com or call the marina office on 01243 512731 to book a place.

Photo: Val Wyatt Marine

2018-04-27

Something for the Weekend

21st & 22nd April

motorboat owner news

Boating shopping lists at the ready, it's the big one this Sunday. Beaulieu Boat Jumble. Opening at 10am, the jumble is a big event on the boating calender and is held in the grounds of the beautiful Beaulieu estate, with its abbey, palace and gardens. Here you will find hundreds of stalls spread across four outside areas, selling new and used boating equipment, spares, boating nauticalia, clothing, gadgets, rope and more. You will also find boats for sale and a programme of talks and demonstrations. Jumble tickets also provide entry to site attractions, which include the National Motor Museum, and are priced at £9.80 for Adults, Youths aged 13-16 are £6.00 and Children 5-12 enter for free (ticket still required). The jumble also has cash machines (charges apply), food stalls, and finally a drop off and ‘deliver to your car’ service. For more information visit the website, www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/boatjumble

This weekend, Premier Marinas will be hosting the Chichester Boat Show at Chichester marina. The show will have a line up of boats to view from the on-site dealers, Ancasta, Blackrock Yachting, Lansdale Marine, Network Yacht Brokers Hylas, FRIB and Sussex Boat Shop, with new products, services and luxury cars on display on the shore. Products include stowaway bikes from eBike Centre, teak decking from Elite Teak, marine vinyl wrapping and boat graphics from Generation Graphics and marine electronics from Roger Upham Marine Electronics (represented by Raymarine). Other local businesses attending the show including Holman Rigging, Chichester Yacht Club and Chichester Marine Training. Sussex Boat Shop will have several boats on display, including Parker models, the 660 Weekend, 690 Bowrider, 750 DC, the OKI 545 Open and 585 DC and Grand Silverline 420 NL and Goldenline 500 RIBS. Ancasta will have the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 and a collection of used boats to peruse. You will find more information on the Premier Marinas website.

Have a great weekend

2018-04-20

Something for the Weekend

14th & 15th April

motorboat owner news

Boats.co.uk is hosting a Demonstration Day at its headquarters in Essex on Saturday 14th April. At the event, the team will be offering demonstrations, running every 30 minutes 10am-3.00pm, on eight models from its new boat ranges, Williams and Parker. Demonstrators include a Williams Minijet 280, TurboJet 285, 325 and SportJet 345, a Parker 750 Day Cruiser, 750 Cabin Cruiser, 770 Weekend and a 800 Pilothouse. Tea and coffee will be served throughout the day, and you can also explore the display of used boats on offer on the hard standing, pop into the on-site café, new Williams showroom and chandlery. There will also be a supercar display including a Ferrari and Maserati. The event is being held at Essex Marina, which is located on Wallasea Island, near Rochford, in Essex (SS4 2HF). High Water Burnham on Crouch is at 12:32 BST (Height 4.71m) on Saturday.

The Boat Jumble season is upon us finally and there are two jumbles being held this weekend. It is the East Sussex Boat Jumble and Marine Auction this Saturday. Opening at 10am, this free entry boat jumble is being held at the Bentley Wildfowl Park and Motor Museum, near Lewis. It is also the Irish Boat Jumble at the Carrickfergus Sailing Club on Sunday. The event opens at 10am and admission £4.00 (€5.00), with free entry for accompanied children and free car parking. You can find more information about the event at www.irishboatjumble.org

It is the final weekend of Tingdene’s Thames Used Boat Show held at Thames & Kennet Marina. Here Tingdene Boat Sales will have a display of new day boats, river cruisers and sportscruisers from their new dealer ranges, Admiral Boats, Glastron and Viking, as well as a collection of used boats on its dedicated sales pontoon.

Next weekend, 21st & 22nd April, it is the BIG one, the Beaulieu Boat Jumble and also Chichester Boat Show. Check back here next week for details.

Have a lovely weekend

PHOTO Boats.co.uk demonstrators, Parker 770 Weekend and Williams SportJet

2018-04-13

Something for the Weekend

Easter Weekend, 30th-31st March and 1st-2nd April

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Tingdene will be hosting its annual Thames Used Boat Show at Thames & Kennet Marina, 30th March-15th April. Here you can see used motorboats and canal boats as well as participate in an Easter Egg Hunt, with drinks and live music on offer. Tingdene Boat Sales will have a display of new day boats, river cruisers and sportscruisers from their new dealer ranges, Admiral Boats, Glastron and Viking. In addition there will be a Boat Jumble held on the 1st April, taking place on the grass marina overflow parking area.

It’s the Plymouth Boat Jumble on Sunday, which is held at City College Plymouth. The event opens at 10am and admission £3, accompanied children and car park free. You will find more information and travel details at www.boatjumbleassociation.co.uk

Swanwick Marina, on the River Hamble, is  hosting a free-entry Motorboat and RIB Show over the Easter weekend. Held on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April, the show is set to showcase new RIBS and motorboats up to 11 metres. Held next to Swanwick Marina’s dry stack facility, the event will be open daily between 10am and 4pm. Exhibitors include brokers, boat manufacturers and marine services, such as Bates Wharf, Ideal Boat, Mendez Marine, RBS Marine, Sunseeker and Sea Ventures. Event hosts, Premier Marinas, have confirmed new boats at the show will include Invicta boats from Sunseeker, a Rodman Spirit 31 from RBS Marine and a Galeon 305. A Pre-Season Show, 30th March-2nd April, will be running alongside this and focusing on bigger motoryachts from Sunseeker and Princess.

Happy Easter everyone, have a great weekend

2018-03-30

Fambridge Yacht Haven to re-instate ancient River Crouch ferry crossing

An Essex marina is looking to lay on a new river ferry service

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Fambridge Yacht Haven is looking to reinstate an ancient ferry link between the Essex villages of North and South Fambridge on the River Crouch. If implemented, the ferry will run all year round and will operate between the existing landing pontoon at its neighbouring site, Fambridge Yacht Station, and a 20-metre, all tides landing pontoon to be installed on the south side of the river, where a small car and bicycle parking area will also be created. The ferry route was established in ancient times, when a bridge linking the two sides washed away and was replaced by a small rowing boat. It is said that the ferry route was used by monks travelling to and from Canterbury. Today the 500-year-old pub at North Fambridge bears the name, the Ferry Boat Inn but the ferry link has long since gone. The marina operator, Yacht Havens, said “We’ve conducted a detailed survey of the proposed ferry with local residents and boat owners with great results and really positive feedback. Plans are ongoing and we hope to have a service in place in the near future.

2018-03-30

Broom to restructure and discontinue boat building

The British Brundall-based boat builder is to concentrate on the leisure sector of the marine market

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The long standing British boat builder, Broom Boats has announced plans to restructure its operations into a leisure operator on the southern Broads. It is a development that will see job losses in Broom’s boat building sector at its Brundall factory. Broom say ‘Over recent years the market to build and sell boats has changed significantly, reflecting low customer demand, overseas competition and rising costs. Against this backdrop, the shareholders have continued to invest, with the company becoming one of the best fleet hire operators on the Broads. This has led to a strategic decision to focus on the growing leisure part of their operations and to discontinue boat building. This will sadly involve the loss of some jobs. Broom, which employs some of the finest craftspeople along with a heritage stretching back to 1898, remains committed to developing its excellent marina, hire fleet and service operation situated immediately adjacent to the Brundall station, a home to many private boats and its hire fleet, along with workshops performing maintenance and repairs.’ Broom say that all current production will be completed and warranties will be honoured. This development also means that production of the English Harbour Yachts range will be moving from Broom.

2018-03-21

Racecourse Marina achieves Five Gold Anchor Award

Thames marina is awarded for quality of service and facilities

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Racecourse Marina in Windsor has been awarded Five Gold Anchor Award, in recognition of its facilities and customer service by The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA).

The 262-berth secluded marina basin overlooks the 165-acre Royal Windsor Racecourse on the River Thames and is operated by Tingdene Marinas. Over the last few years it has undergone a transformation as a result of a £1m project, a project that saw the facilities upgraded, with a new waterfront restaurant and cocktail bar, GOGOS, and an increase in marina’s capacity of 50 percent with a new pontoon layout. Racecourse Marina Manager, Neill Walker, explained “We’ve transformed the marina right across the board since we arrived two years ago. Not just with our brand-new pontoon system, but also in other important areas such as offering a better crane service, training our staff to offer excellent service to our berth holders, providing designated car parking, nicer landscaping and security gates that were designed bespoke to our requirements. Some of our customers have been at Racecourse since the day the marina was built and they’ve noticed and appreciated the differences. That is reward enough, but the Five Gold Anchor Award has also been a real boost for our team. We’ve been completely hands-on with the improvements that have been made here and this accolade is a great endorsement of our efforts to not only meet, but exceed, the challenging standards laid down by TYHA.”

TYHA Manager, Jon White commented on the importance of the award “Racecourse Marina has clearly invested significantly in its infrastructure and is very focused on ensuring that its customers have a high-quality experience.  We welcome the very positive actions of the team to achieve the Five Gold Anchor Award alongside other marinas within the Tingdene group who also use the Gold Anchor scheme as a framework for continual improvement. Racecourse has achieved this prestigious accreditation at a time when Gold Anchor standards have been elevated from an already challenging level to reflect the growing standards within marinas globally. Neill Walker was extremely helpful and worked his way through an agreed action plan to ensure that they hit the required standards for customer service, facilities, procedures and services.”

The Gold Anchor award scheme has been auditing marinas throughout the world for over 25 years and is known as a credible measure of the marina quality. Any rated marina will have been subject to a series of tests. You can find more information and awarded marinas via the Which Marina website.

2018-02-10

Something for the Weekend

20th & 21st January

motorboat owner news

This Saturday in Essex it is the Maldon Little Ship Club Sponsored Row in aid of the RNLI. This 50-craft ‘rowing spectacular’ will take place over high water, will start from the Viking Saga cruise jetty and best viewed from Maldon’s Promenade Park. Traditional large four man rowing gigs will be racing, as well as participants will be on stand up paddleboards, kayaks and dinghies, with many crews in fancy dress. The West Mersea lifeboat and the steam launch Sea Otter will also be present at the event. The action starts at 1:30pm (HW is 14:44). Maldon is also the focus of our next Desitination Guide in the February issue, out 31st Jan.

The massive German boat show, Boot Duesseldorf will be kicking off on Saturday the 20th. The 9-day show finishes on the 28th of Feb and will occupying 17 halls at the Messe Düsseldorf exhibition centre. Tickets are available online at €18 (€24 on the door) for adults, €11(€12 on the door) for seniors and €7 for kids aged 7-12. Many recognised brands will be exhibiting there, from the UK and worldwide, including Broom Boats, Fairline, Princess, Sargo Boats and Bayliner. Bayliner in particular will be unveiling its new Ciera 10 sportscruiser model. The show will also see the prize giving for the European Powerboat of the Year, which includes nominees such as the Fairline Targa 63 GTO, Sealine C430, Bayliner VR5 Cuddy and Jeanneau NC33. Regular flights are available from many major UK airports and from London airports flights start at £112 return for the day. For more details visit the show website.

Finally, non boat-related but for those adventurous types, the Adventure Travel Show takes place at London Olympia this weekend. For details visit the website.

With snow in the forecast for Sunday it’s going to be a chilly and unfortunately wet weekend for most, so if you are heading out, be sure to wrap up warm and take a brolly/foulies.

Have a great weekend

Photo: Boot Duesseldorf

2018-01-19

Fairline Yachts to open test and building facility at Hythe

New south coast test and building facility for 50 year-old boat builder

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The British boat manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, has announced that it will be opening a new manufacturing facility at Hythe, on England’s South coast. Fairline has taken possession of the 5-acre (20,000 sq metre) waterside location on the western bank of Southampton Water, just south east of Hythe village and marina. Building work is expected to take around nine months to complete. The boat builder is expecting to launch the new facility, known as Fairline Marine Park, and begin boat building on the South Coast in the late summer of 2018.

Fairline Yachts said 'The new manufacturing facility will enable Fairline to build larger yachts, which has not been possible at the firm’s existing Oundle, Northamptonshire location. The boat yard’s manufacturing base in Oundle will continue to operate and will build boats up to 60ft. Boats over 60ft will be built at the new site in Hythe with testing, commissioning and customer handover also taking place there. Conveniently located in Southampton Water, the facility has large vessel deep water berths and over 200,000 sq feet (18,000 sq metres) of undercover manufacturing space. It is expected the new facility will initially create up to 200 jobs in the Southampton area.'

Russell Currie, Managing Director of Fairline Yachts, comments, “As the global yachting market evolves, clients from across the world are increasingly demanding larger yachts than

we’ve been able to create. Our new site, to be named Fairline Marine Park, will boast state-of-the-art facilities, giving us room to expand and create bigger boats, whilst making the  most of the existing boat building skills in the location. By increasing our manufacturing capabilities across both Northampton and Southampton, we are future-proofing Fairline Yachts and retaining our commitment of investing in British boat building.”

Fairline Yachts currently produce a range of sportcruisers, flybridges and motor yachts between 43-78ft and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Photo - The site at Hythe for the proposed 'Fairline Marine Park'

2017-12-01

Boats.co.uk become Parker dealers

Essex & Poole-based boat sales company appointed East and West coast dealer for Polish builder

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Boats.co.uk has been appointed as dealer for the polish-built, outboard-powered range, Parker. The range comprises of day cruisers, pilothouses and sportsfishers, between 6-11 metres. With bases at Littlehampton and Chichester, the current UK dealer, Sussex Boat Shop, will continue to handle the brand in Hampshire and Sussex, while Boats.co.uk will deal with sales on the East Coast and West Country from its base in Poole. Boats.co.uk will be exhibiting six Parkers at the London Boat Show in January. Managing Director of Boats.co.uk, James Barke, said, “We have been impressed with the Parker boat range for some time and are confident that they will sit neatly alongside our other powerboat dealerships of Princess, Williams, Axopar and Arvor." Boats.co.uk currently has three Parker models to view at its site on Wallasea Island, in Essex.

In other news, the Williams showroom at the Wallasea Island Boats.co.uk premises opened recently and the TCS Chandlery has now been relocated inside the new marina building.

Photo - Parker dealer handshake, Dan Chaffe of Boats.co.uk and Mick Mills of Sussex Boat Shop

2017-11-28

Children’s playground to be built at Fambridge Yacht Haven

New kids play area at River Crouch marina

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The marina group, Yacht Havens has announced that a new adventure play park is to be built at its Fambridge Yacht Haven site on the River Crouch in Essex. The playground, which will be opened next spring, will include a range of equipment and apparatus for children aged 3-16. As expected, there is a nautical theme to the new park with children able to scale a ship and perch in a crow’s nest.

Built by school playground design firm Schoolscapes Ltd, the new playground will overlook the River Crouch and the farmland around Fambridge Yacht Haven, next to the West Wick Tearoom.

Marina manager, Danyal Adams, said the new construction is designed to widen the appeal of the marina and the village “We want to make Fambridge Yacht Haven a great destination for boaters and visitors of all generations. We already have a wide range of facilities here including bike hire, a café and the Ferry Boat Inn pub, but we want to attract the younger generation to start enjoying the marina surroundings."

Fambridge Yacht Haven has 220 berths for yachts up to 18m, with boatyard services, bike hire, parking boat sales and a restaurant. The marina is set in the village of North Fambridge on the River Crouch.

Fambridge Yacht Haven is part of the Yacht Havens marina group which was established in 1972 and has 9 locations around the UK and the Netherlands. See www.yachthavens.com for more details.

Photo: Aerial of Fambridge Yacht Haven and artist impression of play area inset

2017-11-17

UK Coastguard warn ‘stay safe’ after Man o’ War jellyfish reports on south coast beaches

Portuguese Man o’ War sightings along the south coast

motorboat owner news

After receiving multiple reports of jellyfish that resemble Portuguese Man o’ War, washing up on the Dorset and Devon coast, the UK Coastguard is warning boaters and beachgoers to stay safe and keep away from the creatures. Sightings so far in October have been reported at Dawlish, Lyme, Charmouth, Bournemouth, Swanage, Seaton, Hove and Portsmouth. Duty Controller for the UK Coastguard, Aimee Rampton, said “We are aware of these sightings after receiving multiple reports from members. Until an accurate identification is made, members of the public are advised to keep away from these jellyfish and report any sighting to the their local council. The Coastguard has also advised the local councils of these recent sightings.  Stings from Portuguese Man o’ War can be very painful and potentially harmful to humans and dogs alike.'

Photo PBorn

2017-10-25

Fairline Yachts announce new 33ft sportscruiser model

British boat builder announces new model

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British boat builder, Fairline Yachts, has announced plans for a new 33ft express cruiser. This new model will be the first from Fairline’s new project ‘F-Line’ series and will launch in early 2019.

This is the latest design by Italian designer, Alberto Mancini. The new 33, which according to Fairline has received over a dozen orders already, has drawn on Fairline’s heritage of producing sportscruisers. The entry-level model will feature a single sterndrive engine from Volvo Penta with the option to upgrade to twin diesels. For even greater performance, twin V8 petrol engines will be available for those that seek high performance from their boating.

Head of Design at Fairline Yachts, Andrew Pope, comments, “Hot on the heels of launching the award-winning Targa 63 GTO last week at Cannes Yachting Festival and the all new Targa 43 Open due to debut next spring, we now reveal the latest Alberto Mancini designed Fairline. Inspired by our long heritage in designing and building sub-40ft yachts, we are pleased to make public our first, exciting, compact day boat which will further broaden the appeal of the Fairline brand. This stylish day boat embraces outdoor living and will feature an expansive foredeck sunbathing area, open plan forward cabin and innovative fold down transom. The wrap around windows offer a light and airy feel and hand-crafted details add luxury. The design clearly draws on Fairline’s core DNA but with a very modern twist and, of course, offers the robust seakeeping we are known the world over for. Watch this space for more updates!”

Prices of the new Fairline 33 are expected to start from around £210,000 (excluding taxes).

2017-09-20

The Yacht Market Southampton Boat Show opens

The 10-day 'boating extravaganza' opens at Southampton's Mayflower Park

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The Yacht Market Southampton Boat Show started on Friday the 15th, Press & Preview day, with the TV star and fashion and lifestyle entrepreneur, Millie Mackintosh opening the 10-day event.

Millie said “It was an honour to be invited to open TheYachtMarket.com Show 2017. I’ve had a fantastic morning here soaking up the atmosphere and taking a look at some of the attractions on offer. I’m a big fan of getting out on the water myself and I’d highly recommend a visit to the Show to experience the fun and excitement that boating can offer.”

The Sunseeker stand was opened by founder Robert Braithwaite, assisted by TV presenter Suzi Perry and athlete Colin Jackson. There was also music from singer and X Factor star, Ben Haenow. On Saturday the TV actress Kym Marsh visited the show and said “We’ve had a wonderful day here at the Show, the kids have loved every minute! It’s a real family day out and we’ve had such fun on all the attractions. The boats on the marina are absolutely stunning, I’d thoroughly recommend a visit to everyone thinking of heading down,”

The weather so far there has been a real ‘mixed bag’ with warm sunshine on the Press/Preview Day with a heavy rain shower in the afternoon. On Saturday there were sunny spells with the occasional rain shower. On Sunday a chilly northerly wind has brought an autumnal feel to the show and left many of those exhibiting outside shivering and layering up. However, it seems that visitors have not been deterred with queues forming at the entrance.

This year’s show sees over 500 exhibitors are showcasing boats of shapes and sizes, with over 330 of them on the stunning purpose-built marina and many of these making their UK or worldwide debuts, such as the Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 and Sealine C430.

There are some new attractions this year, including a free passenger boat, a 20-minute ride aboard out into the Solent and Southampton Water aboard the Ocean Scene. There is also the Paddle River Experience, a 60-metre waterway circuit, an Adventure River Canoe Ride, bumper boats and the Tall Ship, the Kaskelot.

Come and see the Motorboat Owner team on Stand B081. The magazine is celebrating its 4th year with 48 issues available to download.

For more information about the show visit www.southamptonboatshow.com

2017-09-17

New CEO at Broom Boats

Ex-MD of Avon Inflatables becomes new CEO of Brundall-based boatbuilder, Broom Boats

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The Broom Marine Group has announced that Ross Stuart has joined the Company as Chief Executive. Ross has worked in the manufacturing sector for a number of years, including within the marine industry where he was Managing Director at Avon Inflatables for a number of years. Broom Boats said "Ross is a talented senior leader having led global businesses in the UK, United States and the Far East and has a proven track record of delivering growth."

Martin Scott, Chairman of the Broom Marine Group said “I’m thrilled to welcome Ross onboard; having a senior executive of his calibre at the helm will help us build upon our success and move forward to future growth. Thanks must go to Matthew Harvey who has so ably held the reins over recent months, and he will be working closely with Ross going forward”.

Ross said “It is an exciting time to be rejoining the marine industry, and I’m looking forward to working with the team at Broom, and leading the business in its next phase of strategic growth. There is a lot to do given this is such a diverse organisation, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in!”

Photo: Ross Stuart

2017-09-08

150th Anniversary of the Shipping Forecast

Met Office celebrate 150 years of the Shipping Forecast

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On the 24th of August, the Met Office is celebrating 150 uninterrupted years of the Shipping Forecast, which is believed to be the longest running continuous forecast in the world.

The first gale warning was issued following a violent storm in 1859 but it was not until 1867 that gale warnings at sea were issued on a regular basis and they have continued ever since.

The Royal Charter storm off the coast of North Wales in 1859 led to the deaths of 800 people and the loss of 133 ships.  Following this tragedy Robert FitzRoy persuaded the Board of Trade to allow him to start storm warnings in a bid to prevent tragedies like this happening again. 

These maritime storm warnings evolved into what is now the iconic shipping forecast and the start of Met Office forecasts as we know them today.  The Met Office now provides over 4.5 million forecasts a day from daily weather via our mobile app to highly specialised forecasts for industries and Government including space weather.  Our four day forecast is now as accurate as our one day forecasts were back in 1980.

Peter Dawes, Lifesaving Services Manager for the RNLI said: ‘The Met Office Shipping Forecast is an excellent source of information, and a vital tool in helping people make critical safety decisions at the coast and at sea. We urge everyone to check the weather before heading to the coast, in order to stay safe.’ 

Not only have the number of forecasts we produced increased but so has our accuracy. We run the shipping forecast at a staggering 93% accuracy and the inshore waters forecast at 97% accuracy. This is a notable achievement for predicting the chaotic system that is the weather.

Met Office Advisor, Penny Tranter, said: “The Met Office is highly regarded internationally the experience we have providing severe weather warnings for over 150 years is unprecedented. We are trusted for good reason, with forecasts such as the shipping forecast reaching accuracy levels over 90%.

“Our established position in national and international meteorology has led to us being the partner of choice, both across industry and government.”

More information on the history of our weather warnings and the shipping forecast itself can be seen on our dedicated web pages.

You can get an accurate weather forecast  by using our mobile app, which is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from the Google Play store, by using our forecast pages and by following us on Twitter and Facebook.

With the anniversary the Met Office has released some interesting key facts and statistics:

Shipping Forecast:

  • Wind Speed accuracy: 92.9%
  • Wind Direction accuracy: 80.8%

Inshore Waters:

  •  Wind speed for first 24hrs: 96.9%
  •  Wind Speed for 24-48hrs: 95.9% 

Gale Warnings: For Gale warnings rather than a percentage accuracy figure, we have a hit rate and false alarm ratio:

  • Hit Rate: 0.907 – 90.7% of warnings are met
  • False Alarm: 0.153 – 15.3% of warnings are false alarms

2017-08-24