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Alfie Boe opens the Sunseeker International stand at London Boat Show 2013

January 14, 2013

Saturday morning, January 12, saw the roof well and truly raise at London’s Excel as world-renowned tenor, Alfie Boe, opened the Sunseeker International stand at the 2013 London Boat Show.

Alfie Boe opens the Sunseeker International stand at London Boat Show 2013

Alfie Boe opens the Sunseeker International stand at London Boat Show 2013

With a fleet of the latest Sunseeker yachts at his back, Alfie captivated the hall as he delivered a show-stopping performance, including Bridge Over Troubled Water and If I Can Dream. Special guests Chris Evans and Suzi Perry joined Sunseeker to help launch the two new models.

The impressive stand at Excel hosted 11 yachts from the Sunseeker range led by the stunning new motor yacht Predator 68 and San Remo yacht which made their international premiere in London on January 12. And joining the newest additions to the Sunseeker range is the largest and most expensive boat on show at London; the 115 Sport Yacht (example of Sunseeker 115 is motor yacht Stella) alongside the Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht (example is Zozo superyacht), the Predator 80 yacht and the Portofino 40.

Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

Alfie Boe said: “I’ve performed at some fantastic locations over the years but a backdrop of 11 stunning Sunseeker yachts certainly added a new level of drama to proceedings, and opening with A Bridge Over Troubled Water seemed the most appropriate choice.”

Robert Braithwaite, Group President at Sunseeker International said: “We were delighted that Alfie joined us to celebrate the launch of our new Predator 68 and San Remo models at London Boat Show. His performance certainly captivated the audience and set the scene perfectly for our stunning new yachts.”

Opening of the Sunseeker International stand at London Boat Show 2013

Opening of the Sunseeker International stand at London Boat Show 2013

The full line-up of Sunseeker yachts at London this year is:

- Predator 68 (world debut)
- San Remo (world debut)
- 115 Sport Yacht
- 80 Yacht (example is charter yacht Jeel II)
- Predator 80
- Manhattan 73
- Manhattan 63
- Manhattan 53
- Predator 53
- Portofino 40
- 28 Metre Yacht

The new Predator 68 and San Remo yachts join the other Sunseeker yachts on display at London Boat Show until 20th January 2013 Stand B200 and Berth M126.

Ferretti Group and Riva attending London Boat Show 2013

January 14, 2013

The Ferretti Group, world’s renowned company specializing in the design, building as well as sale of motoryachts, with a unique portfolio of the most exclusive and prominent brands in the nautical world, continues with its busy programme participating in the most important international boat shows, by displaying one of Riva’s latest models, Iseo yacht tender at the London Boat Show 2013, with its local dealer Ventura. The historical Sebino shipyard has just celebrated its 170th anniversary.

Riva Iseo superyacht tender

Riva Iseo superyacht tender

Riva Iseo superyacht tender, fruit of the working relationship between Officina Italiana Design, which exclusively designs all the yachts in the Riva range, and AYTD – Advanced Yacht Technology and Design – the Ferretti Group’s research, nautical development and design centre has been devised as a yacht to enjoy wherever owners want, and whose strong points are elegance and ease of transportation. The standard version of the boat has been kitted out with a trailer for towing the boat behind a vehicle to a lake or the sea.

In just 27 feet, Iseo yacht tender ‘concentrates’ the perfection and style which have made Riva into a true icon of glamour and timeless elegance. The soft, clean lines, a careful study carried out on the volumes, the unique distinctive attention paid to detail and use of the most sophisticated materials are the characteristics make the Iseo the noble heir to a centuries-old history of excellence and artisan skill. A tie with the past attested by the extensive use of mahogany, symbol of the Riva brand, beautifully crafted, as per tradition, and painted with twenty coats of paint of which ten applied by brush and ten sprayed on.

Each and every detail of the Iseo yacht tender was carefully designed, guaranteeing comfort and a high performance. The standard diesel version features a Yanmar 6BY2 260mph engine and Yanmar ZT 370 duoprop stern drive, which push the yacht to a top speed of 36 knots. Alternatively, the optional version features a Yanmar 8LV 320mph engine and Yanmar ZT 370 duoprop stern drive, with a top speed of 40 knots. The petrol version of the Iseo features a Mercruiser 377 DTS MAG 320mph V8 engine and Bravo Three stern drive which pushes the yacht to a top speed of 41 knots. Iseo will also be available with a hybrid engine.

The Italian-made excellence of the entire Ferretti Group is also a leading figure at Stand A220 in association with long-term English dealer Ventura, where visitors are able to admire 1:30 scale models of some of the most important yachts of the other Group brands, including Custom Line 100’, superyacht Ferretti 800, Pershing 115’, Riva 86’ yacht Domino and Riva 63’ Virtus, luxury yacht Pershing 82’ and Mochi Craft Dolphin 74’ Cruiser.

MDL Marinas to celebrate 40 successful years at London Boat Show 2013

January 11, 2013

MDL Marinas, Europe‘s leading marina operator, is getting ready for a year of celebration as the company marks 40 successful years since the opening of its first marina. Purchased in 1973, Penton Hook Marina in Surrey has since been joined by 18 marinas as well as boatyards in prime locations across the UK, as well as two first-class superyacht marinas in MDL’s Mediterranean network. A third Mediterranean site, Marina del Gargano in Italy is scheduled to open this spring, with the new addition seeing MDL network of marinas grow to 22.

MDL's Marina del Gargano situated in a popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Italy

MDL's Marina del Gargano situated in a popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Italy

To mark the company’s ruby anniversary, at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show MDL Marinas will be offering all existing Cruising Club members a free overnight stay at any of its 18 marinas in the UK. If any visitors to the show are not current members they can also sign up to Cruising Club for free to enjoy the offer.

In addition, MDL Marinas is offering visitors to the stand a 40% discount on their next overnight stay. This offer is valid until 31st March 2013 and is perfect for those trying to decide on a new home marina for 2013, or for those just wanting to enjoy a selection of MDL’s fantastic locations this spring.

MDL's Tenants at London Boat Show

MDL's Tenants at London Boat Show

MDL Marinas will be at stand E143 to provide information on its 22 prime boating locations, to claim one’s offer vouchers or to simply say hello! MDL Marinas looks forward to seeing everybody there.

MDL Marinas’ tenants will also be exhibiting over the nine days. With companies such as Clipper Marine, Inspiration Marine, MGM Boats, Ocean Safety, Oyster Marine, Piranha RIBS, Sealine and Sunseeker (amongst many others), visitors will have the opportunity to speak to them first hand about their nautical requirements.

Video of Princess Yachts’ David King speaking about the upcoming launch of Princess 52 and 82 Motor Yacht at London Boat Show 2013

January 10, 2013

In an exclusive interview, David King, founder and Chairman of Princess Yachts International, speaks about the upcoming launch of the new motor yacht Princess 52 as well as Princess 82 superyacht. Both luxury yachts will make their International premieres at the London Boat Show 2013 that will kick off this week.

Below is a video of Princess Yachts’ David King speaking about the upcoming launch of Princess 52 and 82 Motor Yacht at the 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show.

Princess will host a 10 boat display at the show including show debuts for the Princess 56 yacht and the new V62-S and a return for the ever popular V39 which stole the show at London last year. The show line-up also includes the Princess 72 Motor Yacht, Princess 60 and 64 flybridge models and Princess V57 and V72 V Class sports yachts.

Princess Yachts invites everybody to come to preview these magnificent new yachts and join them at Stand E250, ExCeL London between the 12th – 20th January 2013.

London Boat Show 2013 to feature Superyacht UK Technical Seminar

January 09, 2013

After a great success of the Superyacht UK Technical Seminar in January 2012, the 2013 Superyacht UK Technical Seminar is set to be once again held at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show, on Thursday 17 January 2013, 11:00-18:00.


The seminar will cover the most important and current technical issues facing the Superyacht sector.

The program will discuss key issues relating to the Superyacht Coatings, Maritime Labour Convention 2006, Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the MARPOL Annex VI.

A networking lunch will be offered to delegates as well as post-seminar drinks.

BMF/Superyacht UK Members: £60 + VAT (£72)
Non-Members: £160 + VAT (£192)

To book on the event, it is advised to contact Liv Whetmore on (01784) 223631 or e-mail:

Yachting Pages’ Top Ten things to do at the upcoming London Boat Show

January 09, 2013

The eagerly awaited London Boat Show 2013 will officially open at the ExCel exhibition centre this Friday, January 11. It is expected to light up the capital with a beautiful display of all things marine. Here are Yachting Pages’ Top Ten things to do at the popular London Boat Show – Europe‘s first yacht show of 2013.

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1.    Download the official show podcast

Make sure you know what’s happening and when by downloading the official London Boat Show podcast from the website of the show. Listen to it on the tube or in the car en route to ExCel.

2.    Go early to save pounds – or indulge in a Champagne Ticket

To save a few pounds, visit the London Boat Show at ExCel between Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th January and tickets will be just £10 (£20 on the gate). Children go free. To indulge instead, order a limited edition Champagne Ticket for just £20, and enjoy a flute of bubbly at the Sunseeker Champagne Bar whilst soaking up the ambience. If you can’t escape the 9-5, plan a late-night visit on Thursday 17th January to nose around until 9pm.

3.    Sign up for the RYA’s ‘Active Marina Experience’

If you’re more likely to become a super sailor than to own a superyacht, refresh your boating skills and develop some new ones with expert instructors at the Royal Yachting Association’s Active Marina Experience. There are also shore-based workshops including diesel engine maintenance and VHF refresher courses.

4.    View 50-foot-plus power boats

You can’t help it – you just think that bigger is better! Check out the show programme and be sure to catch all the latest designs and innovations in 50-foot-plus power boats from Oyster, Princess, Fairline, Pershing and more. James Bond eat your heart out…

5.    Get wet at the ‘On the Water’ activity pools

After a day in the capital and a few hours exploring the aisles, wake yourself up with a dip in the Show’s multi-activity pools, where family-friendly activities include canoeing and kayaking.

6.    Marvel at world champion ’Jetski Jack’

To see how a misspent youth can really pay off in the end, spend a while watching (through your fingers) as daredevil Jack Moule throws some shapes on his jetski. Multiple British Freestyle Champion and record-breaker, Jack is now taking the USA by storm with his jetski hi-jinks.

7.    Visit the Owners’ Association stands

Loyal to a particular boat brand? Seek out its Owners’ Association at the London Boat Show to swap stories and contacts with fellow fans and aficionados. Beneteau, Broom, Contessa 32, Nicholson 32, the Old Gaffers Association and the Westerly Owners’ Association will all be waiting to welcome you.

8.    Make your marina property dreams reality

If you like the idea of overlooking nothing but the water but can’t quite stretch to a superyacht, a marina property is the way forward. The London Boat Show is packed with exhibitors specialising in luxurious villas and waterside hideouts from Andalucía to Antigua, or seek out some straight-talking advice from Which Marina?

9.    Test your strength in the Musto Winching Competition

For your chance to win a £500 Musto voucher (women’s and men’s categories), try to beat the professionals in the Musto Winching Competition. Those international sailing squads make it look easy – the reality is somewhat different.

10.    Win a trip on a luxury skippered yacht

Pure Latitude is offering show-goers the chance to win a trip for two on a luxury skippered yacht on the Solent, for a relaxing daytrip to the Isle of Wight or an exhilarating day’s racing. For your first taste of fully-crewed, superyacht luxury, this is a great place to begin.

World Cruising Club to attend the upcoming Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

January 08, 2013

Set to take place from January 12 to 20, the 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show will feature an extensive programme of events hosted by the World Cruising Club. It will provide visitors with a unique insight into the world of offshore cruising.


Limited spaces remain on the popular Bluewater Cruising Question Time sessions, taking place on Saturday 12th and 19th January at 14:00. These free sessions are ideal for anyone planning an Atlantic crossing to get top tips from an experienced panel of industry experts and seasoned cruisers.

New for 2013, the World Cruising feature stand invites visitors to climb aboard two yachts that have completed the ARC and meet their skippers to discover the practicalities of ocean sailing.

On each day of the Show, speakers such as Rod Heikel and Liza Copeland will give a series of short informative presentations on the World Cruising feature stand covering a range of topics on how to prepare for offshore cruising.

Bluewater Cruisers Question Time
Preparing for the adventure of a lifetime cruising the world’s oceans can be a daunting prospect for some, but the World Cruising Club have assembled a host of the sailing industry’s leading experts at this year’s Tullet Prebon London Boat Show to provide a comprehensive introduction to offshore cruising. Offering top tips through interactive panel discussions and daily presentations on the new World Cruising feature stand, the extensive programme of events gives visitors thinking about embarking on an ocean voyage an unparalleled opportunity to learn the practicalities of offshore sailing and begin to prepare for life at sea.

Spaces are still available to join the popular Bluewater Cruising Question Time sessions, taking place on Saturday 12th and 19th January at 14:00. These FREE sessions are ideal for anyone planning an Atlantic crossing and will be particularly beneficial to anyone planning to join the ARC or World ARC. Featuring top tips from an experienced panel of industry experts and seasoned cruisers, they will provide a focused one-hour introduction to life at sea and will answer key questions for those preparing for bluewater cruising. Topics covered will include great boat gear, cruising essentials, sailing with family, and choosing a boat. Question Time Sessions are free but spaces are strictly limited so those wishing to attend are advised to book in advance via the World Cruising Club website.

Climb aboard an ARC yacht
One of the key highlights of this year’s show will be the new World Cruising feature stand. Run in partnership with National Boat Shows, the attraction offers visitors the chance to climb aboard two yachts that have previously sailed in the ARC and learn how to change a boat from a weekend yacht into an offshore cruiser. Seasoned ARC skippers and crews will also be on hand to meet visitors and talk them through the practicalities of preparing themselves and their boat for the voyage.

Top tips from experienced sailors and industry experts

During the Show, there will be a series of short, informative presentations on the World Cruising feature stand, covering a wide range of topics relevant to planning and preparing one’s own boat for offshore cruising.

Subjects include:
Cruising with children
Setting up your boat for downwind ocean sailing
Managing your power consumption
Top ten “must have” equipment items
Pre-departure check list – what to do before each ocean trip
Choosing an offshore liferaft
Insurance for bluewater cruising
Keeping in touch – sat coms at sea
Sea survival – preparing your crew and boat
Watermaker – best practice
Cruising for cowards – how one woman went sailing
Electrical audit – planning for power at sea
My ARC – what it is like to cross the Atlantic
Life at Sea – watch patterns and routines
Keeping it up – learn to love your rigging

Speakers all have in depth offshore cruising experience and include, renown authors Rod Heikel and Liza Copeland; RYA ocean instructor Ian Clover; Sea survival instructor John Kiff; Jerry “the Rigger” Henwood; Mr ARC – Andrew Bishop from World Cruising Club; plus former ARC skippers talking about their own experiences at sea.

Windy 26 Kharma weekender nominated for the 2013 ‘Motor Boat of the Year Awards’

January 08, 2013

Constructed by the Scandinavian boat manufacturer Windy Boats, the splendid Windy 26 Kharma boat has been nominated for the ‘2013 Motor Boat of the Year Awards’. The Windy 26 Kharma is a lovely weekender that mixes up extraordinary performance with luxurious as well as versatile on–board living.

Windy 26 Kharma weekender running

Windy 26 Kharma weekender running

The 26 Karma has been selected for ‘Best New Boat’ in the ‘Performance & Superboat’ category. The winner will be announced at the 2013 London International Boat Show (12-20 January).

A successor to the much-lauded 25 Mirage, the 26 Kharma boasts the same superlative deep-vee hull, high performance, and razor sharp handling. However, thanks to new resin-infusion build techniques, the new model delivers more boat for the same weight than its predecessor.

The key to the entire Kharma concept is in its superb cockpit canopy design, described by one experienced magazine editor as “the easiest system I have ever seen.” As Ben Toogood of UK Windy dealer Berthon explains: “It only takes a few minutes to put the canopy up – you raise the engine hatch and out it comes. It means that you can instantly turn the cockpit into a dry, comfortable living space – somewhere you can spend a lot more time.”

As well as folding table and practical seating, the cockpit features a drawer fridge under the helm seat and a concealed sink on the port side. Further adding to the boat’s versatility is the upholstered back rest which can be placed forward or aft, creating a thwartships sofa with sunbed behind, or a more sociable sunlounging spot enclosed within the cockpit seating area.

Down below, the Windy 26 Kharma boat has one large and luxurious double berth, with a sea-toilet installed centrally under a strut-supported hatch.

The Kharma comes with an impressive range of engine options, both petrol and diesel, up to a maximum of 600hp which give it a top speed considerably in excess of 40 knots.

Windy 26 Kharma Statistics:

Length overall 7.88m (25ft 10in)
Beam 2.46m (8ft 1in)
Draught 0.90m (2ft 11in)
Displacement 2.2 tonnes approx
Engine options
1 x 170hp Volvo Penta D3 DP
1 x 220hp Volvo Penta D3 DP
2 x 260hp Volvo Penta D4 DP
2 x 300hp Volvo Penta D4 DP
Petrol engines also available
Fuel capacity 300lt (79 US gal)
Water capacity 70lt (18.5 US gal)
Maximum speed 43 knots
Cruising speed 30+ knots
Cruising range 250 nautical miles
Designer Hans-Jørgen Johnsen, Windy

Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2013 to start next week

January 04, 2013

With only eight days to go until the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2013, the event has continued to attract plenty of exhibitors during the Christmas period as well as now, following the New Year. In addition to Princess, Oyster, Sunseeker, Southerly, Fairline and Gunfleet, the newly confirmed exhibitors will be Bank Sails, Seaswift Boats Ltd, Greg Yachts, Tower Paddle Boards, Toomer & Hayter, Quicksilver, Spinto, Sussex Yachts Ltd, Boatbox Ltd, Shakespeare Boats UK Ltd, Scotboats Yacht Membership, Boat Sales International/Moody Yachts, Burton Waters Boats Sales Ltd, Ideaboat/Chapparal and Robalo Boats.

Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

Tullett Prebon London Boat Show

The Knowledge Box can boast some exciting new speakers such as the Coxless Rowers, who will be speaking about their attempt to become the first ever all female team to row the Pacific Ocean. They will be leaving from California this June, and are aiming to break five world records by rowing more than 8,000 miles, arriving in Australia six months later.

Matt Crowhurst is a man who knows all about wakeboarding, having been involved in the sport for 15 years in a range of guises such as pro rider, coach, event organiser and team manager, and he will be able to impart a fair bit about this adrenaline fuelled sport. The Royal Navy will also be present in the Knowledge Box, giving presentations on their contribution to world operations and how they are involved in a variety of missions from counter-drugs to high intensity conflict, and the work of the 771 Naval Air Squadron.

There will be more boats on the dock edge in the shape of the Offshore Raiding Craft (ORC) which is currently in service with the Royal Marines, as well as the Gulliver G, a Nicholson 32 Mk V Sailing Yacht.

Gulliver G shot to fame as a result of Clare Francis sailing her solo across the Atlantic, from Britain to Newport, Rhode Island, in 1973, in the process establishing herself as one of Britain’s foremost yachtswomen.

Update for UK Star Championships – hot off the press, Olympic medallists Luke Patience, Stuart Bithell, Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes have been confirmed to take part in the regatta at the Show and artists David Begbie, Goldie, Pam Glew and Wendy Taylor have signed up to produce sails for the event. It will be possible to watch racing live from 18 – 20 January.

NEW – Ben Ainslie ‘Question and Answer’ session on Henri Lloyd stand: Sir Ben Ainslie, quadruple Olympic Gold Medallist and Henri Lloyd Ambassador, will be holding a Q & A session on Saturday 12 January at 2.30pm on the Henri Lloyd stand, A112.

NEW – The Bluewater Cruisers’ Question Time, 12 and 19 January, a must attend event for anyone interested in sailing across the oceans, whether at the initial stages or just about to set-sail.  A panel of experienced cruisers and industry experts will share their knowledge on topics including great boat gear, cruising essentials, sailing with family, and choosing a boat.

NEW – The 20th Anniversary British Steel/Global Challenge Re-union: In September 1992 10 identical steel yachts, carrying a combined crew of 192 men and women with most of them only having trained for the first time the year previously, set out from Southampton on a 27,000 mile sail west-about around the world against the prevailing winds and currents, sailing the ‘wrong way’.

The success of the race spawned four more Global Challenge races at four yearly intervals, the last being in 2004/5. On Saturday 19 January the 1000+ crews which competed in these Global Challenge races will unite at the Show  to join Sir Chay Blyth, the original inspiration for the race, being the first man to sail the ‘wrong way’ 20 years before the first Global Challenge, and they will recap the moments of fear and triumph.

Ben Ainslie’s new Scorpion Serket 98 tender to be unveiled at London Boat Show 2013

January 03, 2013

Ben Ainslie will launch his new Scorpion Serket 98 yacht tender at the upcoming London International Boat Show on stand number F505 at 12:30pm on Saturday 12th January.  The all-new Scorpion Serket 98 is a splendid chase boat destined for the America’s Cup World Series Events in 2013.

Scorpion Serket 98 yacht tender

Scorpion Serket 98 RIB yacht tender

Scorpion RIBs are the official supplier of RIBs to the J.P. Morgan BAR America’s Cup World Series team. The new Scorpion Serket 98 RIB tender will be joining the team for events in Naples in April and yet to be announced American venue in May 2013. Ben Ainslie will unveil the new boat on Scorpion’s stand at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show on 12th January 2013.

J.P. Morgan BAR team competed in San Francisco in September and October 2012 and already have the support of the Scorpion Serket 88 yacht tender. The speed of the America’s Cup World Series 45ft Multi hulls and the troubled waters of San Francisco Bay require a RIB which is sure footed, comfortable and dry in the demanding conditions. Scorpions are designed and built with these conditions in mind and are therefore perfectly suited for the job.

The Scorpion Serket 98 yacht tender is built to match Ben Ainslie’s racing boat. It is fitted with four Ullman seats which are the world’s leading suspension seat and a pair of 300hp engines, capable of reaching almost 60 knots. It has steps forward of the console for easy transfer of guests to and from the race boat.

Ben Ainslie, who recently retired from Olympic Sailing as the most successful Olympic sailor, has now set his sights on winning the America’s Cup for Britain.

Patrick Byrne, owner of Scorpion commented
: “We are very pleased to be working with Ben, it is a natural fit, Scorpion’s are British; based in Lymington; considered to be one of the best RIBs in the world and hold more world endurance records than any other boat in its class, the best for the best.”