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Club Marine Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards to be announced at ASMEX Conference Gala Dinner

May 03, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

All the applications for the prestigious 2013 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export and Superyacht Awards have now been reviewed. The 2013 winners will be announced at the ASMEX Conference gala dinner on Tuesday 21 May at Sanctuary Cove, Queensland. Organisers, AIMEX and Superyacht Australia are highly impressed with the excellent quality of applications.

Stephen Vincent Receiving 2012 Exporter of the Year Award

Stephen Vincent Receiving 2012 Exporter of the Year Award

The marine export and superyacht businesses in Australia represent a resilient industry. Within current economic times, the recent GFC and high Australian dollar have all attributed to the Australian marine industry diversifying by excelling through different marketing strategies and innovative techniques.

The recent awards applications reflected an incredible standard of innovation, achievement and success across the industry.

Ten Australian companies have applied for the innovation award alone, which truly reflects the industries stamina and willingness to succeed. The innovation category is applicable to businesses who have released innovative products in 2012. Australian Davits and Cranes, Aqualuma LED Lighting, Barnaclerid, GME, Happy Captain, Palm Products, Polyflex Group, SOS Marine, VEEM Propellers and Waterline Yacht Design all entering recently launched innovations into this competitive category.

Greg Fisher of Club Marine commended the news of the high level of applications saying that “Club Marine is proud to support Australian companies and their growth into the competitive global market.  The high number of submissions for innovation excellence is a reflection of how Australian marine businesses are evolving and responding to a very difficult economic climate.  Creating innovation is not easy, but successful companies can see opportunities where others cannot.  The AIMEX awards highlights these successful companies and their ability to perform on the world stage.”

Applicants for the 2013 Awards included an impressive list of Australian marine exporters and superyacht industry businesses from across the nation including Airberth Boat Lifts, Aurora Yacht Logistics, Australian Davits & Cranes, Australian Superyachts, Aqualuma LED Lighting, Barniclerid, Barz Optics, Foundation Interiors, GME, Happy Captain, M-Tech, Muirs, MultiPanel, Palm Products, Pyrotek Noise Control, Polyflex Group, Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, Riviera, Ronstan, Sevenstar Yacht Transport, SOS Marine, Superior Jetties, VEEM Propellers and Waterline Yacht Design.

The much anticipated awards ceremony will be announced at the gala dinner to be hosted on May 21 during the ASMEX conference at the InterContinental Resort (formerly Hyatt Regency) in Sanctuary Cove, Queensland. The awards dinner is the industry dinner of the year for the Australian marine export and superyacht industry. Featuring a 5 piece band, free flowing Robert Oatley signature wines and a 3 course meal, the gala dinner is set to be the perfect setting for a night where attendees can kick their heels up whilst building on their industry networks.

Antigua Sailing Week 2013: Day 3

May 01, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Following two days of fairly calm weather by Antiguan standards, full Trade Wind power came back to deliver an amazing day of action at Antigua Sailing Week 2013. Big breeze and blazing sunshine whipped up the racing action, mostly in the big yacht classes, which were fully powered up all day. The race committee reacted to the change in conditions by altering the schedule for CSA 1 & 2 to a brace of races on a long windward leeward course off the south-west corner of Antigua (Caribbean) and there was some ballistic action.

Day 3 at the 2013 Antigua Sailing Week

Day 3 at the 2013 Antigua Sailing Week

With 10 yachts, 60 feet or over, the 46th edition of Antigua Sailing Week has one of the largest big boat fleets for many years. With solid breeze throughout the day, the fleet was a spectacular sight pounding to windward along the rocky shoreline.

In CSA 1, Eduardo Wong Lu Vega’s Peruvian Kuankun may be the smallest boat in the fleet but the team continued to nail the start line to avoid the bigger yachts. However, in the first race of the day, sailing yacht HM King Harald of Norway’s RP78, Whisper took the gun and the win on corrected time by nearly 10 minutes.  Kuankun fought back to win the second race and retain the class lead.

3rd day at the Antigua Sailing Week 2013

3rd day at the Antigua Sailing Week 2013

HM King Harald of Norway was very complimentary about Antigua Sailing Week, as he spoke dockside after today’s racing. “I have not been to Antigua Sailing Week for a few years but I am very pleased with the race management and the conditions have been wonderful, especially as it is very cold in Norway at this time of the year. The racing has been very competitive and I must say that the Whisper crew is sailing extremely well and we are looking forward to racing in windy conditions.  Today was a typical day in Antigua – warm, sunny and strong Trade Winds.”

In CSA 2, Hector Velarde’s Nelson Marek 92, Locura had a fantastic battle on the water with Frers94, charter yacht Bristolian. The two biggest yachts at the regatta had a magnificent encounter in both of today’s races. “We are really enjoying the racing, especially against Bristolian,” smiled Hector, “We have a gentlemen’s bet with them for the regatta and racing against a yacht with similar speed makes it all the more exciting. Locura is really a cruising yacht but we came to Antigua Sailing Week last year and had such a good time that we decided to return and we are very happy that we have.”

Bristolian’s Race Skipper, John Burnie echoes the same sentiment. “Although we have to give Locura a time handicap, the racing on the water is very close. Bristolian is just that bit quicker upwind in good breeze but Locura is faster downwind, so it all makes for a great tussle on the water which both crews are really enjoying. Locura is extremely well sailed and although Bristolian is a Corinthian crew, the improvement over the last three days has been exceptional.  Hopefully we can build on that and finish off the week in style.”

After five races in CSA 2, three yachts are now on equal points. Locura leads the class but only on countback from Christian Potthoff-Sewing’s JV53, Auliana with X-612 Nix in third. Unfortunately Alan Edwards’ Swan 65, yacht Spirit had to retire from the last race of the day with a torn mainsail.

There were several notable changes to the leaderboard today. In CSA 4, Philippe Falle’s Quokka started the day well winning the first race but was deemed over the line at the start of the second race of the day. Southern Child skippered by Lucy Reynolds had another consistent day, scoring a second and a first to take the class lead. Jeremy Thorp’s, sailing yacht Lancelot II moved up to second in class and Quokka slipped two places to third.

CMC Marine relocates to new premises in Cascina, Tuscany

April 29, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Another step forward for the industrial manufacturer of stabilisation systems and stern and bow thrusters for yachts over 20 metres, CMC Marine, is marked by its relocation to the new headquarters in Cascina in Tuscany, also one of the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destinations in Italy. The new location is larger, modern and, most of all, it is positioned strategically with the biggest shipyard only a few kilometres away.

CMC Marine's new facility in Cascina

CMC Marine's new facility in Cascina

CMC Marine stays true to its strategy of innovation and development and, at the beginning of 2013,  decides to carry on a radical and decisive transformation.

The new 1000 sqm location in Cascina, only few kilometers away from Pisa and Viareggio, has been designed according to the highest productive and distribution standards, while, at the same time, improving  the after sales services for customers.

The aim is to enforce the process’ optimization, thus allowing the company to complete the product industrializing process that has begun few months back with the launch of the renewed series Stabilis Electra SE, Stabilis Mechanica SM and Dualis Thruster DE e DH.

The relocation is the perfect answer to the need to strengthen the relationship with the clients, the main Italian shipyards, thus being able to guarantee them an even faster and complete assistance.

CMC Marine comes from a 2012 rich in achievements, there has surely been an increase in the historical customer’s loyalty (San Lorenzo and AzimutBenetti among the others) and, at the same time, the company has been able to conquer new clients (such as Rossinavi, Isa, Canados e Palumbo) also on the international markets: this result in a notable reference list, a great distinction in a market area that still has to recover from a very complex crisis. Another demonstration of the appreciation and the trust the market puts in the company’s products and technologies.

It is clear that the highly innovative contents that characterize CMC Marine’s products ( the company owns an European patent for the Stabilis Electra system) along with the high reliability and assistance services, are absolutely well recognized among the major Italian shipyards, leading actors on the international markets.

Having already consolidated its national presence, CMC Marine’s industrial projects are now directed at increasing the brand’s presence on the international markets. The fist achievements in this fields arrives with the fist positive feedbacks from foreign ship owners and clients.

In the meanwhile CMC Marine is implementing a wider and stronger Service & Customer Care.

Today the service net is already active in the Mediterranean area (set in Italy, Riviera, Croatia, Greece and Turkey, UK and China), all the technicians received an internal training,  so to guarantee a prompt, full and immediate assistance..

RORC Caribbean 600 Yacht Race: Day 2

February 19, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

On the first night, there was virtually no let up in the phenomenal pace for the yachts participating in the RORC Caribbean 600 yacht race. Warm Trade Winds, gusting up to 28 knots, were the norm. Downwind under spinnaker, the broad reach to the fabulous island of St.Kitts was simply amazing.

Close racing during the first night as the two majestic schooners Adela and Athos were virtually 'side by side' - Credit: RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Close racing during the first night as the two majestic superyachts Adela and Athos were virtually 'side by side' - Credit: RORC/Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Andreas Hanakamp aboard Class40 sailing yacht Vaquita, explained by satellite phone: “Just amazing racing, all the crew were grinning from ear to ear as we blasted downwind with the sunset lighting up the spinnaker. It was so special, we decided to have a-la-carte dinner with each crewman choosing his favourite freeze dried dish, it was beef stroganoff for me. The racing is really close, Sensation did well at the North Sails mark, sailing higher but we got back at them after turning downwind. However, we have less righting moment than 40 Degrees, so I expect them to come back at us on the beat to St.Barths, we will just try and sail as fast as we can.”

Andreas’ forecast was spot-on, Peter Harding’s Class40 yacht 40 Degrees has taken the lead with Vaquita back in second place.

In the Multihull Class Lloyd Thornburg’s Gunboat 66 yacht Phaedo, threw the dice at about 2200 last night by taking a more northerly route than Peter Aschenbrenner’s Paradox ahead of them. However, the move did not pay off with Paradox extending their lead. Paradox is now blast reaching south and has nearly made Montserrat. The volcanic island marks the halfway distance (in miles) for the course. Paradox completed 300 miles in 20 hours, which is on course for the multihull record set by ORMA 60 Region Guadeloupe in 2009 and never beaten.

Class40 Vaquita Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Class40 sailing yachtVaquita Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Mike Slade’s British Maxi charter yacht ICAP Leopard has, for now, lost sight of its imaginary prey. Leopard is now 30 miles behind Rambler 100 yacht‘s position in 2011. However all is not lost. Before the race, Leopard’s navigator, Hugh Agnew predicted that this year’s wind direction would slow them on the route south to Guadeloupe but the Palma Blue Maxi Leopard is still trucking along at a VMG of 15 knots. If they can maintain that pace, the record could still be broken.

Ron O’Hanley’s Cookson 50 yacht Privateer, leads the IRC fleet overall but only just from Hap Fauth’s JV72 yacht Bella Mente. At 0700, Privateer was at the very top of the course, beating into 24 knots of easterly breeze. Soon they will clear St.Barths for the second time and launch downwind. Privateer has a fractional Code Zero and a Jib Top in their armoury, ideal sails for blast reaching.

In the Superyacht category Filip Balcaen’s Belgian Baltic 112 superyacht Nilaya, leads on the water, having successfully negotiated the Anguilla Channel and is about to unfurl her downwind sails to head south at a rate on knots. Meanwhile, behind Nilaya, the two goliaths of the RORC Caribbean 600 have been enjoying a moonlight match race. Geert Pepping’s 208ft mega yacht Athos and the 180ft superyacht Adela, skippered by Greg Perkins have been virtually side by side all of the first night. However, Adela seem to have won the sparring match having kept themselves to windward of Athos on the tricky beat up to St.Barths. However, Athos yacht should have a distinct advantage when the two mighty schooners crack off south later today.

Bella Mente - Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Luxury yacht Bella Mente - Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Hap Fauth’s American JV72 yacht Bella Mente, is currently leading IRC Zero and is very much in contention for the overall prize. The Mini Maxi World Champion is on a tight reach south and going extremely well. Although conditions are faster this year, it is impressive to note that Bella Mente are currently 60 miles ahead of the position of Niklas Zennström’s JV72 luxury yacht Rán 2, when taking the overall win last year.

In IRC One Simon de Pietro’s Irish Briand 76 sailing yacht Lilla, and Colin Buffin’s British Swan 62 yacht Uxorious IV, are still out in front. However Lilla made just one extra tack last night on the beat to Saba, which looks to have paid off giving Lilla a slender lead on the water and also class lead, after time correction.

In IRC Two reigning class champion, Oyster 48 Scarlet Logic, co-skippered by Ross Applebey and Tim Thubron, have opened up a three mile lead on the approach to St.Barths. The tough beat will have suited the vintage Oyster more than her close rival, Grand Soleil 43 yacht Quokka LLYC.

Several other yachts put in a great performance over night, notably Boyd, Cunningham and Dowling’s First 40 yacht Lancelot II. RORC Admiral, Andrew McIrvine, sailing Weir Kracken is having a great race, as is local hero Bernie Evan-Wong on High Tension. The Antiguan dentist turned 60 just before the race and is putting in a performance fit for a man half his age. In feisty conditions with one of the smallest yachts in the race, Bernie is punching well above his weight.

In IRC Three Jonty Layfield’s British J/39 sailing yacht Sleeper has opened up a ten mile lead on the water and leads after time correction, but Adrian Lower’s Swan 44 yacht Selene, and Valerio Bardi’s Italian Swan 46 yacht Milanto, are revelling in the tough conditions. They may be astern of Sleeper, but hard upwind conditions at the top of the course may well see the two heavy displacement Swans close the gap.

Bernie Evan Wong's High Tension - Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Bernie Evan Wong's yacht High Tension - Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com

Pick of the Blogs from the boats:
Adrian Lower: Swan 44 yacht Selene:

“Morale is high and Selene is in good shape, our AIS tells us we are in touch with Quokka with mates from Lloyds of London Yacht Club on board with whom I did this race last year. Quokka is a fast, well-sailed boat who just beat us in the ARC, so we are pleased to be close to them.

There are a couple of other bigger boats still well in sight and we were close enough to enjoy the spectacle as the fleet gybed round North Sails mark off Barbuda and began the down wind leg to Nevis. We saw Adela and Athos bowling along under full sail looking magnificent as they ploughed through the fleet.”

“It feels a bit lonely now that they are all pushing on, but that is what we expect as the slowest boat in the fleet. Our mission is to stay as close as we can and at the moment our boat speed is very good. For now it is something of a procession and waterline length is key. We hope to manage the next important tactical phase which will be the beat from Saba up to St.Barths. We should see something of the faster boats making their way south after rounding St Marten. That will be a bit exciting as we shall be on reciprocal courses with a closing speed of over 30Kn, so eyes peeled then!”

Overnight retirements were received from Whisper and Haspa Hamburg, both with torn mainsails. All are well on board the boats and they are heading back to Antigua.”

During the race, there will be daily news stories, images and video updates from the fleet. All of the yachts are fitted with Yellowbrick trackers and competitors are encouraged to send blogs and images from the yachts, which will also appear on the website.

Saturn Marine – a New Zealand based consultancy for HALYARD products and services

October 10, 2012

Written by Eva Belanyiova

One of the top specialists in the science of effectively decreasing noise and vibration on any type of vessel, from working commercial craft to luxury superyachts, HALYARD, has teamed up with Saturn Marine in New Zealand who will assist local boat builders and users benefit from noise and vibration reduction on their boats.

Halyard Products and Services

Halyard Products and Services

Saturn Marine is headed by Bob Doyle, who was formerly based in the UK and has 20 years of expertise working with Halyard.  Halyard is recognised as one of the largest designers and manufacturers of bespoke marine exhaust systems and supplier of equipment designed to reduce airborne, structural and engine noise on boats.

Now based at premises in Picton, Doyle and his team have been involved with installing Halyard products and services on board a variety of vessels from commercial working boats to bespoke superyachts.  He says, “Reducing noise and vibration significantly improves well-being at sea, and can even reduce the effects of sea-sickness and fatigue.  This is especially the case on working boats, where crew can spend many hours on board.  Excessive engine noise or vibration can be easily rectified through specifically designed engine and generator silencers, or products such as the Aquadrive, which correctly aligns the propeller shaft drive with the engine reducing structural vibration.”

While some working boat manufacturers have only recently started adopting measures to increase crew well-being at sea, at the other end of the scale, superyacht designers and manufacturers have always placed great importance on making the experience on board as quiet and smooth as possible for guests and crew.

Peter Dorrington, Systems Engineer at Fitzroy Yachts says, “The company has worked with Halyard for many years and is pleased that there is now a local representative in New Zealand.  Using email and CAD drawings, Halyard has created a number of bespoke silencer systems for Fitzroy working directly with the design team in the UK, and the company is involved with its latest G50 custom design aluminum hull 50 metre yacht”.  Rodney Martin, Managing Director says, “We always like to deal with the manufacturers direct, but the fact that Halyard now has a representative with extensive experience in country does help a lot.”

Pendennis Cup 2012 provided one of the best social events and some of the most challenging racing conditions

July 13, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The Pendennis Cup offers one of the best social scenes and Falmouth provides some of the most challenging racing conditions of any yacht regatta in the world, as conluded by all guests as well as crew, after four days of amazing competing and six days of shore-side events.

Pendennis Cup 2012 Day 2

Pendennis Cup 2012 Day 2

As Charlie Wroe, the captain of winning yacht Mariette enthused, “This has been a really great event. The owner, boat and crew all had a fantastic time and winning the regatta was the icing on the cake. The prize giving party was one of the all time best that I’ve experienced.”

Each day the 13-strong fleet dealt with varied conditions and challenges with Falmouth Bay providing an exceptional playground for these yachts. As the eclectic fleet lined up in the bay the spectacle of all the yachts jostling for position ready for their starting run provided an impressive sight off Pendennis Point each day, and tactics around the course just as exciting to the guests watching from the water.

Day 2 Bequia and Mariquita superyachts competing

Day 2 Bequia and Mariquita superyachts competing

The Pendennis Cup welcomed back yachts that have competed in previous years, including the 2010 winner, sailing yacht Adela, who provided a dramatic sight around the course as she loomed through the fog on Tuesday, bearing down on the smaller yachts in the Class 2 fleet. A highlight for guests was seeing Adela accompanied to Wednesday’s start line by her new support ship, the 47m motor yacht A2, as she set off on her maiden voyage following a substantial 16-month refit at Pendennis.

The 1911 built Gaff Cutter Mariquita superyacht always draws admirers amongst the spectator fleet. Unfortunately she struggled on the more blustery days but Friday saw her come into her own as the crew demonstrated their tactical prowess using her classic cutter rig to make the most of the light 5-7 knot breeze. During the race Mariquita chased Mariette around the course, often running parallel to her along the reach and finally taking Mariette at the finish line with an impressive tack just beside Black Rock to win the day’s race, providing one of the most memorable finishes of the week.

Pendennis Cup 2012 Day 2 Megayacht Athos

Pendennis Cup 2012 Day 2 Megayacht Athos

Unfurled was a new entrant to the Cup this year and provided constant entertainment throughout with her impressive speed and maneuverability consistent with her modern performance design and Sloop rig. Luxury yacht Unfurled took line honours in each of the four races, and her second place in the Cup is testament to her competitiveness this year. In the end Mariette snatched victory in the final race thereby taking first place in both the St Petroc Traditional Class and as overall winner of the 2012 Pendennis Cup.

The smaller yachts also provided enthusiasts with a delightful spectacle throughout the week, and have been no less competitive than the larger yachts. On the final day Class 3 was still open with Mikado, Tomahawk, Pinuccia and Firebrand once more closely matched around the course. Tomahawk and Firebrand completed the circuit only three minutes apart, however it was Firebrand, owned by famed yacht designer Ed Dubois, which took the honours and was crowned winner of the Little Dennis Classic Class.

2012 Pendennis Cup Day 3 Superyacht Mariquita battles luxury yacht Mariette

2012 Pendennis Cup Day 3 Superyacht Mariquita battles luxury yacht Mariette

Ed Dubois was thrilled with the result and commented “The Pendennis Cup was a truly memorable regatta with a wonderfully friendly and warm atmosphere – great sailing with a wonderful variety of yachts. Falmouth Harbour and its approaches is one of the most beautiful sailing areas in the world and everyone on board Firebrand was so pleased to be there. We look forward to the next event with great enthusiasm!”

It was a fantastic week of sailing, with challenging mixed conditions enabling all competitors to show their prowess. Off the water the regatta showcased the best that Falmouth and Cornwall has to offer, with entertainment ranging from live music by local bands, sea shanties in the Chain Locker pub and the very popular curry night in the Gurkha Restaurant.

2012 Pendennis Cup Day 3 Superyacht Mariette - Winner

2012 Pendennis Cup Day 3 Superyacht Mariette - Winner

Alongside these more informal events sponsors Aston Martin and Moët & Chandon added a touch of glamour to the proceedings. Guests enjoyed drive experiences in the Aston Martin Rapides, on display in Events Square throughout the week, and Moët & Chandon hosted a five-star gourmet champagne tasting lunch held in the historic Bridon Ropes building at Pendennis shipyard.

Toby Allies, Sales & Marketing Director at Pendennis commented “attracting over 20 yachts for the Pendennis Cup and J-Class events has attracted worldwide attention to the town and increased the awareness of our superyacht facilities.  We have worked on over half the fleet whilst they have been in port and secured numerous business enquiries as a result of the event.  It has also provided a fantastic opportunity for our staff to see superyachts in action first hand.”

2012 Pendennis Cup Day 3 The marina

2012 Pendennis Cup Day 3 The marina

The extravagant awards ceremony at Pendennis Castle was a fitting end to an enjoyable and successful week. After the prize giving designers Redman Whiteley Dixon hosted a cool rum bar in their own chill out zone, whilst the Martin Harley Band entertained guests in the main marquee. The champagne flowed throughout the week as magnums were awarded following each race for daily race performance and the Moët & Chandon champagne bar at the final awards ceremony was enjoyed by over 400 guests.

2012 Giraglia Rolex Cup: Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec in pole position

June 10, 2012

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The 60th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup in St. Tropez today hosted more than 170 yachts and 1,500 sailors ready to compete in this popular race. With the race fleet eagerly anticipating the beginning of racing, the sun was shining with a good breeze of 20 knots in the Bay of St. Tropez.

Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec is currently leading class 0 IRC at the Giraglia Rolex Cup (c) Rolex  Kurt Arrigo

Swan 60 yacht Bronenosec is currently leading class IRC at the Giraglia Rolex Cup (c) Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

It may be the first time that the Swan 60 luxury yacht Bronenosec has appeared here in the waters of St. Tropez but the conditions were clearly to the liking of Vladimir Liubomirov and his team on board the Swan 60. The Swan has put herself in pole position and will lead them in good stead for the week ahead. Combined with a 3rd in the prologue race from San Remo to Saint-Tropez and a 2nd today in the first of the inshore races, the team are currently leading in their IRC class.

Tommaso Chieffi, Helmsman, was very pleased with today’s result: “It was a great day for us, we had a good start right next to Jethou. We had a quick first beat up together and we crossed the first mark in third position. Downwind the wind picked up to 25-30 knots so we had a very fast run and we maintained our position. Rounding the island we were in very good shape and just concentrated on keeping our place and not making any mistakes. There was a mark missing that we weren’t sure whether to go round but we took the safe option and did it. However, I don’t think this would have affected the results. I’m very pleased because in the same conditions at the Rolex Volcano Race we did not do so well so now we know the boat has a good potential.”

Three days of inshore racing are planned as a lead up to the main event, the 242-nautical mile distance course this year will take the fleet from Saint-Tropez to San Remo, via the fabled Giraglia rock. The day-trippers and holidaymakers of this part of the Côte d’Azur will have plenty to watch from the beaches and waterside restaurants over the next few days.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano, in conjunction with the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and the Yacht Club de France.

Marine Results put superyacht rig products to the ultimate test

February 21, 2012

Written by Chelsea Smith

Marine Results, a superyacht rigging specialist, have invested in a new 60 tonne horizontal tensile testing machine which will enable superyacht rig products such as rigging, spar and lifting equipment to be ultimately and accurately tested to ensure that specifications of equipment manufactured and designed by the company are within safe working loads.

Marine Results’ new test machine to put superyacht rig products to the ultimate test

Marine Results’ new test machine to put superyacht rig products to the ultimate test

The new machine tests loads up to 60 tonnes which include splices for halyards on the world’s largest superyachts, hydraulic cylinders such as vang and backstay, jammer loads and tender lifting equipment.

The testing machine works using destructive testing to bring the individual products under load and was custom designed by manufacturers AJT equipment for Marine Results’ use in the marine sector.  The machine is 11 metres long and operates using a pulling hydraulic force.  It is located in the company’s UK workshops and is externally calibrated on an annual basis in accordance with ISO 7500-1:2004.

Ben Wood of Marine Results commented: “It is vitally important that we have an accurately calibrated testing machine. “We are making up halyards for yachts of up 88 metres so the loads are extreme, and there is no room for error.  Having the facility with a machine of this size means we can provide a highly accurate testing service to our customers.”  The machine is currently testing a new Code Zero halyard and jammer arrangement for a newly built 66m luxury sailing yacht.

The power pack from the load testing machine is also utilised for testing hydraulic systems and cylinders after servicing in the workshop.  The machine will shortly be modified to do cycle testing ie. repeated application and releasing to replicate the forces suffered by a yacht at sea.

Kannad Marine’s Most Innovative Distributor of the Year Award for Ocean Safety

November 25, 2011

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Britain’s largest independent marine safety equipment supplier, Ocean Safety, has received a prominent award from Kannad Marine for the Most Innovative Distributor of the Year 2011. The Award was introduced at the Kannad Marine distributor conference during METS. Ocean Safety was one of only three distributors to be awarded.


Ross Wilkinson of Kannad Marine, said “It was with great pleasure that we presented an award to Ocean Safety in recognition of their outstanding performance in promoting the Kannad Marine range of products, in particularly the Safelink R10 Survival Recovery System (SRS), and driving sales in what has been a challenging  year for everyone in the industry.”

Mark Hart of Ocean Safety said, “Naturally we are very pleased with our recognition from Kannad Marine for the great partnership that we have developed with them. The key to our success is the innovative R10 – a great product at the right market price. Developing ‘R10-Ready’ product lines (the R10 can be fitted to Ocean Safety’s life-jackets, the new MK5 Jonbuoy and liferafts) has boosted the market acceptance and resulted in this well deserved award for our team. This is our second award from Kannad Marine at METS – we won the New Distributor of the Year Award last year.”

The SafeLink R10 SRS also received a Special Mention at the DAME Awards at METS.

New Manson Boss Anchor at METS 2011

November 15, 2011

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

At the opening of METS 2011 at the Amsterdam RAI today, Manson Anchors has presented its new Boss Anchor, the New Zealand-based company’s most technically-advanced, safest anchor ever.

Manson logo

“An anchor is first and foremost a safety item. When a customer puts their family’s life and their yachts value in your hands, you treat that trust with the utmost responsibility. There are no shortcuts or cheaper alternatives when lives are at risk. Our new Boss anchor is the culmination of Manson’s 39 years of manufacturing anchors with integrity, to the highest possible standards,” said Manson CEO Steve Mair.

The new Manson Boss boasts an average of 20-25% more holding power than the Manson Supreme in most seabeds. As with all Manson anchors, the Boss is manufactured at Manson’s purpose built facility in Henderson, New Zealand by Lloyd’s Register approved welders and using approved mill steel.

The Boss is packed with features and patented technology.

The shank, made from high tensile, Lloyd’s Register-approved (minimum 800mpa) steel, features the new, patented shackle Preventa™ and has been FEA optimized for strength. This puts weight in the right places with savings made in non-essential areas. The weight savings are transferred into the fluke to ensure even more holding power.

The unique FEA designed hole in shank for weight savings also doubles as a retrieval hole for attaching a second anchor to operate in tandem or buoyed retrieval line. Shank clearance has been streamlined for access into tight pulpits on motoryachts.

Roller flaps have been specifically designed to make the anchor roll and adopt the correct setting attitude immediately upon connection with the sea floor.
A double-reinforced nose is twice the thickness and geometrically designed to give the strongest, tip welded for higher MPA. Like a wear edge on a digger bucket, this reinforced area lasts twice as long as other anchor edges and is weld hardened for long life.

The new Manson Boss and other Manson anchors are on display at stand 02.222 at METS 2011.