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.


Something for the Weekend

20th & 21st January

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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


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'


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


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


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

Portuguese Man o’ War sightings along the south coast

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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


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).


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


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


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


RNLI issues safety warning after 16 people were rescued when their 19ft boat capsized

Sixteen people were pulled safely from the water when their boat capsized in South Pool Creek, Salcombe Estuary.

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Salcombe’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was tasked to rescue the crew of a 19ft recreational boat after it capsized at around 8.40pm on Saturday 22 July while visiting the area.

Three young children were among those who ended up in the water, with two of those under the age of one. Local boats that were nearby at the time of the incident picked up some of the casualties including the women and children returning them to the shore and the volunteer RNLI ILB crew picked up five men who were clinging to the side of the upturned hull.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Simon Evans said: ‘The boat overturned in chest deep water in a fairly narrow creek. Fortunately all 16 people were rescued safely from the water, however the outcome could have been very different had the boat been in deeper water. When the volunteer crew reached the men they had been in the water for quite some time, were cold and were not wearing lifejackets. There was twice the number of people on the boat than there should have been when it capsized and this could have easily ended in tragedy.’

In total, eight men, five women and three children were rescued by a number of different boats, including the RNLI’s ILB. Several of the cold and tired casualties were taken back to the lifeboat station where they were provided with blankets and towels. The lifeboat returned to the station at 9.30pm. Salcombe Harbour Master watch boat took the upturned hull in tow.

Area Lifesaving Manager Simon Crayfourd said: ‘The RNLI recommends that when you use your tender and your boat everyone wears a buoyancy aid or a lifejacket. Fatigue can kick in quickly and a lifejacket could save your life. It’s also important to carry a means of calling for help if you do end up in trouble.’

The RNLI released some shocking statistics, saying that around 190 people lose their lives at the UK and Irish coasts each year and around half the people who die at the coast never intend to get wet. Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign. This year the charity’s campaign focuses on simple skills such as floating to increase your chances of survival and to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard if you see someone else in trouble.

Area Lifesaving Manager Simon Crayfourd added: ‘If you find yourself in the water unexpectedly cold water shock can set in. The initial shock of being in cold water can cause you to gasp and panic. It is important not to try and swim straight away and instead float on your back while you catch your breath. Try to get hold of something that will help you float. Once you’re calm call for help and swim to safety if you are able to.’

As well as wearing an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid and carrying a means of calling for help the RNLI also advised the following.

  • Ensure there is an emergency action plan in place and everybody has an appropriate onboard briefing
  • Always check the weather and tide times
  • Alcohol can seriously impair your judgement, reactions and ability to swim
  • Make sure someone ashore knows where you are going and who to call if you don’t return on time
  • Always drive your boat at a speed that is appropriate to the weather conditions and environment you are operating in
  • Undertake the appropriate level of training for your craft

For further safety advice visit RNLI.org/RespectTheWater


Something for the Weekend

21st, 22nd & 23rd July

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The first Western Boat Show will be held in Bristol this weekend. Brought to us by the organizers of the Northern Boat Show held in Liverpool, the 3-day show will offer a display of motorboats, marine products, systems and services and coincides with the Bristol Harbour Festival. Exhibitors at the boat show include Bavaria, Cambrian Boats representing Glastron, Brig and Jeanneau, Broom Boats, Excel Boats, Parker, Quay Marinas, Selva, Tingdene Boat Sales and English Harbour Yachts. The free-entry Bristol Harbour Festival celebrates the city’s harbour-side maritime history and will see two miles of vessels, food markets, circus acts, live music and performers. Over 250,000 visitors are expected to attend the festival, which will be held alongside on Bristol’s newly developed Hannover Quay. The show is open from 10am to 5pm.

On the Kent Coast it is the Whitstable Oyster Festival opens this Saturday. The 3-day festival is held at Tankerton Slopes but will kick off with the historic Landing of the Oysters, taking place on East Quay Beach, followed by a Seafront Procession along the beach to Tankerton Slopes. At the event itself will be an Oyster Eating Competition, live music and the Oyster Food Fair.

At Thames & Kennet Marina in Reading on Saturday, marina operators Tingdene Marinas will be organising its fourth annual Raft Race. With strictly no type of engine propulsion to be used the race will see many creative home built rafts paddled, pushed, sailed, or driven by human mechanical power around a course for charity. The marina team were out seatrialing their ‘Real Nessie’ raft on Friday in preparation.

Plus! The Dunkirk movie is out on Friday (21st). The movie retells the dramatic events surrounding the World War II evacuation, Operation Dynamo and its director called upon a number of original Dunkirk Little Ships and their owners to recreate their famous rescue mission as part of the film. These were Hilfranor, Elvin, Nyula, Papillon, MTB102, Caronia, Mary Jane, Endeavour, New Britannic, Mimosa and RIIS I. Many scenes were recreated back at Dunkerque, while other film locations include Holland and the coastal towns of Weymouth and Swanage, in Dorset. Director Christopher Nolan’s cast includes Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles (from the boyband One Direction).

Have a great weekend.


Something for the Weekend

14th, 15th & 16th July

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The Thames Traditional Boat Festival starts this Friday held and is being at Fawley Meadows in Henley-on-Thames. Formerly known as the Traditional Boat Rally, this 3-day event was first held at Fawley Meadows 39 years ago and continues to be a celebration of boatbuilding and nostalgia. Claimed to be the ‘largest display of traditional boats in Europe’, owners of traditional wooden boats apply to be part of the festival, which promises to be ‘bigger and better than ever’. On display will be Dunkirk Little Ships, Her Majesty’s rowbarge Gloriana, plus amphibious and military vehicles. Other features include a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, vintage cars, live music and sailpasts, plus stalls manned by Thames-based marine businesses. Period Dress, Victorian or Edwardian, is being encouraged on the Saturday and Sunday ‘to embrace the spirit of the event’. Adult tickets are £8 on Fri and £13 on Sat or Sun. Weekend and 3 day adult tickets are £24 and £28 respectively. Discounted tickets are available online. There will be a ferry service run by Hobbs of Henley from the Red Lion pub for visitors with festival tickets and wristbands. Motorboat exhibitors include Broom Boats, TBS Boats and Tingdene Boat Sales. To get a flavour of the event, see footage from last years festival here.

If you are looking for spares or a boating bargain, on Sunday it is the Worthing Boat Jumble, which will be held on Worthing’s Promenade. The event opens at 10am and it is free to enter.

If you are involved or running a boating weekend event that you would like to shout about, please email us at editorial@motorboatowner.co.uk

Have a great weekend


Something for the Weekend

23rd, 24th & 25th June

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The Northern Boat Show kicks off on Friday. Now in its third year, the 3-day show is taking place along Liverpool’s waterfront this weekend, coinciding with the International Mersey River Festival. Showcasing ‘every aspect of the leisure marine industry’, there are two show areas, with marine services stalls and exhibits ashore on the Salthouse and Canning Dock Quaysides and a marina display area in the Salthouse and Albert Docks. Access to the shore areas and the festival is free, with day tickets for the on-the-water section priced at £5 when booked online, or £8 on the day. On the water will be boats from Bavaria, BRIG, Glastron, Viking, Beneteau, Axis, Broom Boats, English Harbour Yachts, Explorer Boats, Ocqueteau, Avon, Excel Boats, Parker and Zodiac. On shore will be marine services, local marinas and equipment, with exhibitors including Starboard Locker, the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), Borrow a Boat, Conwy Quays Marina, Jeckells, Caldwell Windows and Maiden Marine. There will also be historic ships on display, boat racing, music and entertainment, flyboarding demonstrations and displays from the Armed Forces. For show information and to book tickets, visit northernboatshow.co.uk


Something for the Weekend

Fri 9th, Sat 10th & Sun 11th

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On Friday the 3-day All Wales Boat Show starts at Conwy Quays Marina in North Wales. With displays of new boats and marine equipment, exhibitors include Ideal Boat with boats from the Finnmaster Husky, Robalo, and Chaparral ranges, Broom Boats with its 370 and 30 HT, plus Brig, Trusty, Bavaria and Bayliner. The show, now in its fifth year, is open from 10am-8pm on Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. It is free to enter the shore based sections of the show, with a charge of £5 for access to the pontoons. For more details and to buy pontoon tickets visit the show website.

This weekend sees many Dutch yachts have converging on the River Medway at Chatham to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Battle of the Medway.  In June 1667, The Battle of the Medway, which is also known as the Dutch Raid, was a battle that left the British Navy severely scared. The Dutch targeted English fleet of ships at Chatham and many warships were captured or destroyed. Said to be one of the largest gatherings of Anglo-Dutch navy ships in the UK, the week of commemorative events include a dramatisation of the raid, with huge screens erected mid river against the backdrop of Upnor Castle. Several British and Dutch navy ships will be available to view inside the docks at St Mary’s Island, as well as entertainment and music stages set up around the Chatham Maritime Marina and Dockside Shopping sites. Next door, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is also hosting with a temporary exhibition, Breaking the Chain, with a display of Dutch and British contemporary art, literature, historic manuscripts and objects bringing the Battle of Medway story to life. Events conclude with a ‘Medway in flames’ finale firework display on the evening of Saturday 17th June. For more information and event updates visit the Battle of the Medway webpage.

Also in Kent on the River Medway, the town of Rochester will be decked out and ready for the Dickens Festival. Between 9-11 June (10am to 6pm) there will be various events happening on Rochester High Street celebrating the life and works of Charles Dickens, whose writing was often inspired by his once childhood home. It is a key event in the Medway calendar and offers Victorian-themed parades, readings, street entertainment and much more. See more details on the website.

Finally if you are looking for a boating bargain it is the Arun Boat Jumble this Sunday. Held along Pier Road (BN17 5JH) at Littlehampton from 10am, admission is £3 for adults with free entry for accompanied children.


Broom Boats becomes business partner for the Love the Broads scheme

Broads boat builder supports Broads conservation campaign

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Broom Boats, has announced its involvement and support for the Love the Broads campaign run by the Broads Trust, an independent charity set up to protect and enhance the Broads. Set up in 2012, Love the Broads has provided grants for 14 deserving projects across the Broads National Park which has helped wildlife, conservation and education. The Brundall-based boat builder and the operator of a fleet of charter boats, Broom Boats have pledged to help strengthen the profile of the Love the Broads initiative and raise awareness of the wide variety of local projects that the trust supports and funds. 

Jenny Simpson, Marketing & Communications Manager for Broom Boats said “Broom Boats have been an integral part of the Broads since we started in business in 1898, and we are keen to offer our support to help preserve this unique and beautiful environment for future generations. As well as visitors to the Broads, it is equally about the people who live, work and learn in this environment and by supporting preservation and accessibility projects it will enhance the lives of us all. We’re delighted to be working together.”. 

Peter Howe, a Broads Trust Trustee, said “We are thrilled to have the fantastic support of Broom Boats, an iconic brand on the Broads, which will have a real impact and will ensure that the Broads remains special for the future” 

Pictured, Trustee of the Broads Trust, Simon Egan & Broom Boats Marketing & Communications Manager, Jenny Simpson


Something for the Weekend

27th, 28th & 29th May

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This Sunday in Essex it is the free-entry Fambridge River Festival,  and this year the event will see a number of historic boats in attendance. Held at the Yacht Station at Fambridge Yacht Haven on the River Crouch in Essex, the historic line up will include Vic 96 a Steam Coasting Lighter, Puffer a 44ft Gravesend Bawley, a 1961 Touchstone Tug from the River Thames, a 72ft classic gaff and James Steven’s No 14 Lifeboat. Onshore, there will be live music and stalls for local yacht clubs, arts and crafts, marine equipment and services. The local pub, The Ferry Boat Inn, will be providing an outdoor bar area and BBQ. There will also be demonstrations by the Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI Lifeboat, Essex Marine Police and South Woodham Coastguard Rescue Team, and a fancy dress competition. The event is open between 10am - 4pm. For details, directions and the full line up visit the Yacht Haven Cambridge website.

This bank holiday weekend the Crick Boat Show takes place in Northamptonshire. Hailed ‘Britains biggest inland waterways festival’, the event will see brands from the inland waterways boating industry culminate at Crick, with canal and river boats on display on and off the water, marine equipment, free boat trips, boat handling sessions, historic boats, music and entertainment. Built by Tyler Wilson and fitted out by Broom Boats, the new Tyler Broom will be unveiled. An adult one-day ticket is £15, seniors/concessions £13.50 and children 16 and under enter for free. Three-day tickets are available priced at £29 for adults and £26 seniors/concessions. Ticket prices include evening music entertainment until 11.30pm on Saturday and Sunday and car parking is free. For more information visit the Crick Boat Show website.

There is plenty going on in Brixham in Devon this weekend with the annual BrixFest taking place in and around the harbour. There will be events throughout the bank holiday weekend, including a Grand Fireworks display over the harbour on Saturday night. There will also be an array of sportsboats assembed on the MDL Brixham Events Pontoon for the annual 3-day South West Sportsboat Rally.

This Saturday it is the Gosport Marine Festival, a free community event will offer  people of all ages, but youngsters especially, opportunities to enjoy the water. The event is being held between 10am – 5pm and at the following locations, Haslar Marina, Time Space and  Trinity Green & Cockle Pond (opposite Walpole Park). Vendee Globe sailor, Alex Thomson will be opening the festival. For full details and a schedule visit the festival website.

Finally on Sunday it is the Devon Boat Jumble, which takes place at Newton Abbot Racecourse (Postcode TQ12 3AF). The event opens at 10am and adult admission is £3.50, with free entry for accompanied children and free car parking available.

Have a great weekend


Something for the Weekend

19th, 20th & 21st May

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Are you planning your weekend? Well there's a busy weekend of boating events ahead.

In Swansea in South Wales this Saturday, the new and used boat dealer, Cambrian Boats will be hosting its Open Day. The event will take place between 11-3pm, and the team are inviting visitors to join them for a glass of fizz with a BBQ and browse the new and used boats on site. Cambrian Boats is a dealer for Jeanneau, Glastron, Brig and SBS Trailers. There will also be mini boat racing and a raffle in aid of the RNLI station in Mumbles.

Looking for a boating bargain, or are you looking clear some boating ‘tut’? Well it’s the South Essex Boat Jumble this Sunday. The jumble opens at 10am and will be held at the Eastwood Nursery in Rayleigh (SS6 7LR). Admission is £4 for adults and accompanied children are free. For more details visit the Rota Events website.

Down on Dorset coast, the 3-day free entry Poole Harbour Boat Show opens today (Friday). Back for a third year, it promises to be ‘even bigger and better’, with an additional display area located across the water on Ballast Quay, opposite Town Quay and a free passenger boat service for visitors. It is also a special year, as the show will coincide with ‘The Future of our Seas’, European Maritime Day held at Poole Harbour, which includes an important marine conference, so visitors to the harbour are sure to be seeing it looking at its very best. Motorboat exhibitors include TBS Boats, Whyboats, Bates Wharf, Sunseeker, Offshore Powerboats and Stingray Boats. Besides an array of motorboats, RIBs, and retail stalls selling chandlery, clothing and water-sports accessories, there will be plenty of features and displays. On the Friday night, there will be live music and a firework display. Four tall ships will be moored alongside Town Quay and will be open to the public. On the water there will be demonstrations by the RNLI and Border Force, plus watersport taster sessions, a junior RIB slalom race and flyboarding by Aqua Jetpack. There will also be live music on the Sunseeker Sessions stage, a ‘Royal Navy Village’ on Ballast Quay and the Royal Marines ‘Beating the Retreat’. Full details and timings are available on the show website.

The 3-day British Motor Yacht Show 2017 opens today (Friday) and will see many large motor yachts from the British-built brands, Fairline, Princess and Sunseeker, descend upon Premier Marina Swanwick. Sunseeker will be showcasing 6 boats from its range, Fairline will have its new Squadron 53 and Princess will unveil its new 62, alongside its S60 Sports Yacht. RIB manufacturer, Williams Boats will have four of its four high performance tenders on display. There will also be luxury cars on display and exhibitors displaying gear, equipment, clothing and services.

Finally, the three marinas in Brundall, Norfolk have joined forces to host the free-entry Brundall Boat Show this Saturday. Broom Boats, Norfolk Boat Sales and Norfolk Yacht Agency will collectively host the show, which will form part of the Broads Outdoor Festival. New and pre-owned boats will be available to view on the water, as well as stalls for local marine exhibitors. There will be entertainment scheduled throughout the day across the three marinas and food available from Tavern Tasty Meats down at the Norfolk Boat Sales marina. Broom Boats will be hosting local marine business exhibitors in its marquee and have luxury cars on display from Lotus and the Stratton Motor Company. It will also be taking entries in the 'name the Broom cocktail' competition. At Norfolk Yacht Agency, the singers Hayley Moss and Ben Lake kick off our entertainment from 12. Norfolk Boat Sales site has teamed up with wine merchants, Bijou Bottles and will be offering wine tasting on its site between 12-2pm. It will also have its newest arrival on display, a Sealine C330. The event is open 10am-4pm and there will be free Park and Ride service to the show available from Yarmouth Road.

Have a great weekend


First Bella 700 Raid arrives in the UK

Versatile Finnish pilothouse arrives in Poole, Dorset

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Stingray Sportsboat UK Limited in Poole, Dorset, has taken delivery of the first new Bella 700 Raid pilothouse boat to arrive in the UK since it’s launch in September 2016. The new Bella 700 Raid, is a versatile pilothouse cabin cruiser manufactured by the Finnish boat builder, Bella Boats. Designed by Espen Thorup, the boat can be used for fishing and leisure. Its layout offers a wide side deck with two sliding doors to the spacious and versatile wheelhouse. It has sturdy black railings, rod holders, a driver’s sliding roof hatch and can be fitted with 115–200hp outboard motors. Mark Rowley, Stingray Sportsboat UK says “We are very impressed by the quality and range of models in the Bella Boats line up which are ideal for UK waters. The Bella 700 Raid is an adventurers boat that you can use in all weathers and a fantastic all rounder for the whole family.” The boat will be making its UK debut at the Poole Harbour Boat Show, held 19th-21st May.

Neale Byart at Motorboat Owner tested the 700 Raid out in Finland at Finnboat 2016. Look out for the full test in the forthcoming June issue of Motorboat Owner, released on the 30th of May.

Technical specifications: Length: 6.65 m Width: 2.60 m Weight: 1,600 kg Engine recommendation: 115-200hp Price starting from: £46,050 inc VAT boat only, £59,065 inc VAT with Mercury 150hp www.stingrayuk.com


UK Launch of DaVinci Yachts

Dutch builder makes its UK debut with two models at the Thames Used Boat Show

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Following the announcement last September that Tingdene Boat Sales had been appointed the UK dealer for the Dutch range, DaVinci Yachts, the DaVinci 30 and 32S made their UK debuts at the Thames Used Boat Show, held at Thames & Kennet Marina in April. DaVinci Yachts produce three open cockpit motoryachts from 9.6m-10.5m that combine classic lines with modern design and build materials. The DaVinci 30, 32S and 35E have planing hull that can be used inland and coastal exploits and are fitted with diesel sterndrive. DaVinci is also developing a 75hp diesel shaftdrive version of the 30 with a skeg that fully protects the propeller, suitable for slower speeds and rudder steering when exploring inland waters.

The DaVinci 30 has been purchased by first-time boat buyers, Jason and Belinda Powell, who will split their maiden season by cruising the Thames and exploring home waters on the Trent. In future years, they plan to go coastal and explore the Wash, the Norfolk Broads and the Solent. “We wanted to use the boat from our riverside mooring, so we didn’t want a big cruiser,” Jason explains. “Our requirements were a stylish boat that could fit under the lowest of the local bridges, with plenty of outside entertaining space and comfortable sleeping accommodation for two. You can tailor a DaVinci exactly to your requirements and we enjoyed making specific choices for our desired wood and fabric finishes.” Belinda added “We love the boat. We saw it when it was 80 per cent finished at the factory, but the preview day of the Thames Used Boat Show was the first time we had seen it on the water. It is exactly what we wanted.” DaVinci Yachts’ owner Erik van Veen had flown in for the launch party, having worked closely with Jason and Belinda on their detail requirements. “We build DaVincis to order, nothing is held in stock. That way each one can be completely bespoke to requirements.

Neil Mallandain, Sales Director said: “The DaVinci range offers a level of quality hitherto unseen in the increasingly popular open cockpit motor yacht market. They are perfectly suited both for Britain’s rivers and wide beam waterways, on which Tingdene has an unrivalled sales network, as well as around the coast. We already enjoy a very close working relationship with the craftsmen at DaVinci and look forward to seeing Jason and Belinda and other owners like them getting great pleasure from these bespoke cruisers.”

Tingdene Boat Sales has a DaVinci 32S available to view at Thames & Kennet Marina.