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Walcon Marine signs contract for first purpose-built superyacht marina on East Coast of Africa

January 14, 2013

Walcon Marine has been honoured with the contract to design, build as well as install the first purpose-built superyacht marina on the East coast of Africa.

English Point Marina - the First East African Superyacht Marina

English Point Marina - the First East African Superyacht Marina

English Point Marina will be the centrepiece of a new luxury resort that is now under construction. With spectacular views across the channel to the historic city of Mombasa, Kenya, the development is offering apartments for sale as well as including a hotel, retail and leisure amenities, and a water sports centre. The marina will have 45 berths in total and be capable of hosting yachts up to 47 metres in length. Larger yachts can anchor off in protected waters.

Walcon is building the pontoons using its heavy duty Waliflote model for the largest berths and its aluminium System 2000 design, ideal for withstanding the high-corrosion potential of tropical salt water, for the remainder. 3.5 metre-wide Waliflote wave attenuating pontoons are also being installed to provide protection from the wave action that comes in from the south. All the pontoons are being made at Walcon’s main manufacturing facility in the UK.

Additional features include a ferry berth within the marina plus a landing stage on the opposite side of the channel that separates English Point from Mombasa. These will be used to provide a regular ferry service to take residents and visitors the short distance between the development and the city. Electricity, water, sewage facilities and fuel are also integrated into the marina.

Walcon has been working on the designs for English Point marina for nearly four years, in partnership with Alnoor and Amyn Kanji, the brothers behind the project. Construction is well underway on both the marina infrastructure and the development itself, with an opening date scheduled for mid 2013.

“We have been involved with English Point right from the beginning,” commented Clive Kemp, commercial director at Walcon Marine, “and we’re delighted to have finally received the go-ahead to build and install the marina for what is a ground-breaking and high quality project. We are sure that English Point will become a popular destination not only for local residents but also for visitors from Europe and the Middle East, and that the marina will enable them to enjoy many happy hours out on the Indian Ocean.”

Walcon Marine is currently attending the 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. They are on stand E136.

A very successful first full season for Karpaz Gate Marina

January 14, 2013

Thanks to the amazing first full year, Karpaz Gate Marina, is now considered as one of the most comprehensive as well as advanced superyacht marina facilities in the popular yacht charter destination – the Eastern Mediterranean.

Aerial view of Karpaz Gate Marina

Aerial view of Karpaz Gate Marina

From berth and technical services to security systems, Karpaz is now offering exceptional facilities which meet and exceed all marine, leisure and shore requirements and is already receiving high praise from visitors.

The move to fix marina prices at 2012 prices, combined with booming tourism in North Cyprus, is set to ensure Karpaz will welcome even more visitors in the new year and further enhance its name as a first-class destination.

The season saw the arrival of the first superyachts to take advantage of the extensive new facilities and the tax free environment. The duty-free status enjoyed by Karpaz, providing savings on fuel, technical service and supplies, produced substantial running cost savings for the yachts whilst they enjoy the best of the Eastern Mediterranean cruising.

Yard services are now capable of handling a vast range of mechanical, electrical and general maintenance requirements, with the largest capacity lift-out hoist in the region. Vessels up to 45 metres and with a beam of up 10 metres can be brought ashore for refit or antifouling.

Also completed this season are some of the most comprehensive security systems available in the Mediterranean ensuring the complete safety of the marina’s prestigious visitors. These facilities include 24/7 CCTV and security personnel throughout the marina and access control and access cards for each marina area.

The jewel in the Karpaz crown, the outstanding International Beach Club, has also been completed well in time for the opening of the 2013 season. The impressive new club boasts a 33m Infinity Pool, private beach, children’s pool and play area and beach restaurant and bar, serving light meals, pizza and grill.

In business since September 2012, Cyprus yachts on the main promenade offers sales and brokerage services and a number of well-known sail and motor boat dealerships, with a complete chandlery outlet also opening its doors in 2013.

The marina has received many positive comments from this year’s visiting yachts, including a US sailing yacht owner, who said: “We have visited 49 countries and as many marinas. KGM [Karpaz Gate Marina] is rated number one with us as one of the best marinas we have visited”, and from a 73-metre superyacht skipper, who commented: “Karpaz Marina gave a very warm welcome and a can-do attitude to all things possible on the beautiful northern part of Cyprus. Restaurant reservations, clearance formalities and tourist advice were spot on every time”.

Karpaz Gate Marina has clearly shown it has created an exceptional facility for yachtsmen who wish to experience a new cruising area in the beautiful waters of Northern Cyprus. More information about the marina is available at Tullett Prebon London Boat Show (January 12-20), at Turkish Culture & Tourism Stand: C150.

This year’s London Boat Show officially opened on Saturday

January 14, 2013

Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Marching Band from Portsmouth officially opened the 59th edition of the popular Tullett Prebon London Boat Show on Saturday, January 12. The opening was followed by two World launches by Sunseeker International with the motor yacht Predator 68 as well as the San Remo yacht, revealed with the nation’s favourite tenor Alfie Boe, Formula 1’s Suzi Perry as well as the popular BBC presenter, Chris Evans.

New Sunseeker San Remo yacht launched at London Boat Show 2013

New Sunseeker San Remo yacht launched at London Boat Show 2013


Monday 14 Jan
Meet David Dimbleby at the Old Gaffers Association, plus free cooking demonstrations on the Knowledge Box.

Tuesday 15 Jan
Celebrating 60 years of Royal Navy search and rescue.

Wednesday 16 Jan
RYA Active Marina experience with workshops throughout the day.

Thursday 17 Jan – Late Night, open ’til 9pm
The London Bike, Outdoors and Active Travel Shows open!

Friday 18 Jan
The Fine Art Sails World Regatta kicks off including Olympic Sailors Xavier Rohart, Luke Patience and Stevie Morrison. Plus international artists Christian Furr, David Begbie, Goldie and many more.

Saturday 19 Jan

See three times British Jetski Champion Jack Moule performing tricks on the dock at midday and 2pm.

Sunday 20 Jan
It’s the final day of the Show. Find out how to buy at auctions and advise on valuations with Bonhams, and don’t miss out on show exhibitor discounts.

Government to reveal marine export strategy at London Boat Show 2013

January 14, 2013

Today, Business Minister Michael Fallon is to unveil a joint Government and industry plan to bolster British marine exports and reinforce the competitiveness of UK businesses at the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. The minister – also Co-Chair of the Marine Industries Leadership Council – will outline what challenges face the industry and the steps to be taken to help businesses capitalise on emerging markets.

London Boat Show - Photo onEdition

London Boat Show - Photo onEdition

1    The strategy is being led by UK Trade & Investment, and lays the foundations for a long-term strategic vision for the future of the British marine industry.

2    The British marine industry currently contributes approximately £19 billion per year to the UK economy. This is predicted to grow to around £25 billion by 2020.

The government’s economic policy objective is to achieve ‘strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries’. It set four ambitions in the ‘Plan for Growth’ (PDF 1.7MB), published at Budget 2011:
•    To create the most competitive tax system in the G20
•    To make the UK the best place in Europe to start, finance and grow a business
•    To encourage investment and exports as a route to a more balanced economy
•    To create a more educated workforce that is the most flexible in Europe.

Work is underway across government to achieve these ambitions, including progress on more than 250 measures as part of the Growth Review. Developing an Industrial Strategy gives new impetus to this work by providing businesses, investors and the public with more clarity about the long-term direction in which the government wants the economy to travel.

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.