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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.”

Kelly Hoppen styled Pearl 75 yacht on display at the upcoming London Boat Show

January 03, 2013

Pearl Motor Yachts, one of the UK’s top luxury yacht manufacturers, will be present at the 2013 London International Boat Show with its new motor yacht Pearl 75 on display on stand number L17. Pearl 75 yacht has been styled by world-renowned interior designer, Kelly Hoppen MBE, who will attend the show on Saturday January 12. The event will run from January 12 to 20.

Pearl 75 yacht styled by Kelly Hoppen MBE

Pearl 75 yacht styled by Kelly Hoppen MBE

In a special collaboration with award-winning designers, Kelly Hoppen MBE, and renowned yacht designer, Bill Dixon, the Pearl 75 yacht brings new levels of style, sophistication and features to this sector of the motor yacht market.

Kelly’s well-known design ethos of balance, sophisticated use of texture and trademark neutral colour scheme is featured throughout the fresh and contemporary interior of the Pearl 75 yacht.

Kelly Hoppen, MBE, comments: “My unique design very much mirrors Pearl’s unrivalled quality and exhilarating performance. It includes elements to reflect the owner’s individual needs and desires through a class-leading interior that has multiple layouts and styling options that are more consistent with the superyacht, rather than the mass production market.”

Debuted at the Southampton Boat Show in September 2012, the Pearl 75 yacht has received critical acclaim, including being shortlisted in the prestigious International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013.

As the largest of the Pearl fleet the Pearl 75 yacht is laden with a whole host of unique features. Created by the highly-acclaimed studios of Yacht Dixon Design, it offers owners outstanding levels of comfort with four luxuriously appointed staterooms. It also features an unusually spacious ‘lounge style’ saloon and unique open-plan gallery and dining area that are flooded with light from the conservatory-style glass roof.

Luxury motor yacht Pearl 75 - Interior

Luxury motor yacht Pearl 75 - Interior

Iain Smallridge, Managing Director of Pearl Motor Yachts, comments: “The launch of the Pearl 75 has well and truly confirmed Pearl’s position at the forefront of innovative yacht design. With a unique propulsion system, unique interior design and host of unique features, we have created more space than any of our competitors and clearly established our reputation as the yacht builder that thinks beyond the standard.”

Boasting technical state-of-the-art systems, motor yacht Pearl 75 features an external Jet Ski garage and a hydraulic bathing platform which means owners can carry a jet ski and tender without the need to take up valuable flybridge space.

Luxury yacht Pearl 75 also features the ZF series 4000 pod-drive propulsion system incorporating joystick control technology. This offers the owner joystick manoeuvrability and option of operating the yacht without crew if preferred.

Powered by twin MTU 1250 HPs engines, the Pearl 75 yacht can navigate comfortably at a cruising speed of 25 knots and a top speed of 30 knots.

Iain Smallridge, adds: “With its gracious exterior lines, luxurious interior style and technological innovations, the Pearl 75 really is ground-breaking.”

Viewing of the Pearl 75 yacht is strictly by appointment only. To book, visitors are requested to RSVP to

More information about Pearl Motor Yachts is available by visiting the Pearl Motor Yachts website, calling 01789 740088 or emailing

Pearl Motor Yachts to exhibit Pearl 75 yacht at London Boat Show 2013

January 03, 2013

Pearl Motor Yachts are pleased to report that they will be exhibiting their flagship, the all-new motor yacht Pearl 75, at the next London International Boat Show that will take place from 12th to 20th January 2013. The beautiful Pearl 75 yacht boasts fresh and contemporary interior design by Kelly Hoppen MBE, while her naval architecture, styling and space planning are by well known Bill Dixon. Pearl 75 made her debut at the 2012 Southampton Boat Show.

Luxury motor yacht Pearl 75 by Pearl Motor Yachts

Luxury motor yacht Pearl 75 by Pearl Motor Yachts

Guests aboard the splendid Pearl 75 yacht are provided with four beautifully appointed staterooms. There is also an amazingly large ‘lounge style’ saloon as well as a unique open-plan galley and dining area. Pearl 75 is the first vessel of its size to feature ZF pod drives that allow for a big increase in the amount of living space available.

Pearl 75 yacht - interior designed by Kelly Hoppen MBE

Pearl 75 yacht - interior designed by Kelly Hoppen MBE

Luxury yacht Pearl 75 is run by twin MTU 1250 HP diesel engines. She is expected to reach a maximum speed of 30 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 25 knots.

First luxury yachts arrive for the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2013

January 03, 2013

The morning of Friday 21 December was marked by the arrival of the first boats that will be displayed at the 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. Seven luxury yachts built by Sunseeker, Princess as well as Fairline, each weighing upwards of 70 tonnes and costing up to £2.4million, were ready and waiting to go into the Show hall.

24m luxury motor yacht Squadron 78 Custom by Fairline to be showcased at London Boat Show 2013

24m luxury motor yacht Squadron 78 Custom by Fairline to be showcased at London Boat Show 2013

From the 2nd January the ExCeL doors have been open to welcome hundreds more boats that will make up the Show including; the sail and power boardwalks, starter and small boat areas, World Cruising attraction and Luxury Brand Show. More boats will be found outside with the feature boats and wide variety of second hand boats that will appear in the Used Boats Marina.

Sunseeker Portofino 40 yacht and 28 Metre Yacht among finalists for Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2013

January 03, 2013

The prestigious UK luxury yacht builder, Sunseeker, is delighted to report that the brand-new Portofino 40 yacht as well as the spectacular 28 Metre Yacht have been shortlisted for ‘The Motor Boat of the Year Awards 2013.’

Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht

Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht

The newly launched motor yacht Portofino 40 has been nominated in the Best Sports Cruiser under 45ft category, while the 28 Metre Yacht has been shortlisted in the Custom Yacht category.

The Portofino 40 yacht has been nominated after stealing the show at Cannes and Southampton last September when she was unveiled to the world. The all-new luxury sports cruiser has a spacious four berth layout which boasts two exquisitely designed cabins, a luxurious central saloon, galley and twin access head and shower room.

Sunseeker Portofino 40 yacht

Sunseeker Portofino 40 yacht

The 28 Metre Yacht, which launched in January 2012, uses ultra-modern materials to reach new heights in design and engineering excellence.  Her revolutionary use of space incorporates full height and wrap-around glazing to create a stunning effect both inside and out.

The awards celebrate the best boats in the world today, as tested by the world-renowned editorial team at Motor Boats Monthly and Motor Boat & Yachting magazines.

The winners will be announced at a gala evening in London on 14th January 2013.

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Sunseeker to unveil new yachts at the London Boat Show

December 21, 2012

Sunseeker International exhibit their new Predator 68 yacht and San Remo ad the forthcoming London Boat Show, alongside with the largest and the most expensive boat on the show, the luxury motor yacht Sunseeker 115 Sport and the Sunseeker 28m (example of the 28m is yacht Zozo), Predator 80 yacht as well as the Portofino 40, amongst others. The event will take place from 12th to 20th January, 2013.

Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht

Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht - Image courtesy of Sunseeker International

The main attraction is sure to be the brand new boats though, with the all-new motor yacht Predator 68 set to steal the show.  This stunning new Predator takes its design cues from the recently launched Predator 80 superyacht, but takes it even further with yet more aggressive styling.

The new addition still embodies all that is chic and sleek about the Predator range, while offering limitless options from top-end sports performance through to long distance cruising. This is a yacht developed to cut a dash whether at speed or at rest.

Sunseeker 68 yacht

Sunseeker 68 yacht

John Braithwaite, Technical Director at Sunseeker said: “The new Predator 68 is a magnificent machine from bow to stern.  The Design Team has been working tirelessly to update the layout to get the very best performance without compromising its heritage or the spacious feel of the yacht.  The result is stunning.

Joining the Predator 68 in London is the all new San Remo which resurrects the popular marque from Sunseeker’s long and rich history. With stunning looks, agile handling and a spacious interior, this new performance cruiser epitomizes everything the San Remo was adored for in the 1980s, whilst bringing it right up to date for 2013.

San Remo Yacht by Sunseeker

San Remo Yacht by Sunseeker

Every detail of the San Remo has been planned to perfection, but this new boat’s hidden treasure is the feeling of space and style throughout, from the exquisite owner’s stateroom right through to the galley and onto the upper deck. While its lighter interior, combined with roof skylights and hull-side windows, transform the living space with floods of natural light.

John Braithwaite, Technical Director at Sunseeker said: “The San Remo is impeccably finished throughout with breathtaking looks, outstanding performance and luxurious living space. By leading the way with a new hull design, the accommodation is optimized without unduly affecting performance. We may have brought the San Remo name back from the 80s but everything about this new cruiser shouts contemporary, design, feel and performance.

Amongst the other Sunseeker yachts on display will be the stunning Sunseeker 115 Sport Yacht (an example of the Sunseeker 115 is the M/Y Stella) which can accommodate a guest party of up to 10 people while still delivering high-speed performance.

Sunseeker will also be exhibiting the new Portofino 40 which stole the show at Cannes and Southampton last September. The all-new luxury sports cruiser has a spacious four berth layout which boasts two exquisitely designed cabins, a luxurious central saloon, galley and twin access head and shower room.  The surprising headroom and impressive panoramic hull-side windows create a real ‘wow factor’ giving an impression of space not found in any of its competitors in the same class.

You can find all Sunseeker yachts on display at London Boat Show on 12th to 20th January 2013 Stand B200 and Berth M126.

7th Mangusta 165 superyacht shortlisted in the IY&A Awards 2013

December 19, 2012

The 7th Mangusta 165 superyacht is the latest luxury vessel nominated for the International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013. Completed at the Viareggio yard, the 7th motor yacht Mangusta 165 features a beautiful interior by Overmarine Group’s design department that was also responsible for the exterior styling, in partnership with Stefano Righini.

7th Mangusta 165 superyacht by Overmarine Group

7th Mangusta 165 superyacht by Overmarine Group

At 49.9 metres, luxury yacht Mangusta 165 takes the penultimate place in the popular MY over 40 metres category. She is the fastest composite Maxi Open yacht ever built and features a perfect balance of shape; pure lines and a sporty profile enclosed in an elegant, white hull.

The 4 cabin layout in hull no. 7 is luxurious and contemporary, without being too minimal or stark. This is achieved as a result of the decorative wealth of the beautiful bleached teak cladding and furnishings.

The exteriors of the 7th Mangusta 165 yacht are designed to cater for the ultimate in relaxation. The stern cockpit is furnished with a Spa Pool, a large table (which sits up to 14 guests), and a corner bar with up&down TV.

7th Mangusta 165 yacht - Saloon

7th Mangusta 165 yacht - Saloon

At bow, there is another lunch area. The flybridge houses a second wheelhouse, a barbecue unit and a large sunbathing area. As well as allowing for relaxation, the Mangusta 165 yacht also offers her owner and his guests the chance to have some fun.

Indeed, besides the tender, the stern garage also houses jet skis, equipment for diving and other water toys. Moreover, the right hand bulkhead features a removable diving board and an inflatable slide on the flybridge, reaching directly to the water.

The International Yacht and Aviation Awards will be celebrated at the Dorchester hotel, London, on Friday 19 April 2013.

London Boat Show 2013 to feature the World Cruising Club Forum Sessions

December 13, 2012

The next year’s London Boat Show will provide its visitors with a unique opportunity to discover life on board a bluewater cruiser. As the winter weather sweeps across Europe, plenty of passionate sailors desire to cruise the warm waters of the Caribbean, or island-hopping across the Pacific. At the 2013 Tullet Prebon London Boat Show, the World Cruising Club, organisers of ocean sailing events all over the world, will be demonstrating what it takes to make this dream come true through interactive displays as well as informative ‘meet the experts’ forums focused around ocean sailing and bluewater cruising.


This will be a great opportunity for cruisers contemplating ocean voyages to learn the practicalities of offshore sailing and begin to prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Created in partnership with National Boat Shows, a dedicated World Cruising feature stand will give show visitors the chance to climb aboard two yachts that have previously sailed in the ARC and discover the practicalities of long-distance sailing. Former ARC skippers will be on hand to offer advice on boat preparations and explain what it is really like to be an ocean cruiser. Alongside these ocean-proven boats will be displays of essential equipment, top-tips for boat-owners and images showing what life is like for offshore sailors.

Supporting the World Cruising feature, the popular Bluewater Cruisers’ Question Time forum returns to the London Boat Show. Taking place on Saturday 12th and Saturday 19th January at 14:00, these FREE interactive panel discussions will provide a focused one-hour introduction to life at sea and will answer key questions for those preparing for bluewater cruising. The 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.

Forum 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.

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender among finalists for Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013

December 13, 2012

The splendid Ribbon 45SC yacht tender has been selected as one of the finalists for the Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013, in the category ‘Powerboat below 25 meters’. The all-new Ribbon 45SC is a beautiful high speed tender, built by Ribbon Yachts and designed by Vripack.

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender by Ribbon Yachts and Vripack

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender by Ribbon Yachts and Vripack

The International Yacht & Aviation Awards are hosted by design et al, a leading UK interior design magazine. At design et al, their aim is to comment design, recognize talent, create opportunities and quite simply, offer inspiration.

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender - Interior

Ribbon 45SC yacht tender - Interior

The International Yacht and Aviation Awards 2013 will be held at the Dorchester Hotel, London, on Friday 19 April 2013.

Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2013 to start in 5 weeks

December 05, 2012

Set to start in just 5 weeks, the 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show will take place from Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th January. Europe’s First Boat Show will provide its visitors with a unique opportunity to get involved and find everything they need from thousands of brands, boats, products as well as suppliers.


Plenty of NEW Exhibitors will be at the Show for the first time including Boat Mouldings, Smartboat, Moonraker, Bosuns Locker, Multihull Solutions, Saare Yachts, Simpson Marine, ABC, Macgregor Yachts, Arbor Yachts, Crewsaver, Hurricane Mouldings, Repower Marine, Ocean LED and Perfect Sailing.

Visitors can find everything they need from engines to upholstery and adhesives to safety equipment, including SEE RIBs like Williams Performance Tenders, Scorpian RIBs, XS RIBs and Ribeye alongside a variety of dinghies including Reid Marine, Hobie Cat, Hartley, Intramore and Topper.

Power brands bringing boats large and small such as Sunseeker, Princess, Fairline, Sealine, Sessa and Bayliner will be also on display, along with great British sailing names like Southerly, Oyster, Gunfleet Marine, Flexisail, Haines Marine and Sheerline.

They’ll be Clothing from a range of companies including Henri Lloyd, Gill, Musto, Tavy Togs (Lazy Jacks) as well as equipment from the likes of Fischer Panda, R & D Marine and Webasto.

Chandlers will be well represented with companies such as Jimmy Green Marine, Marine Superstore and TCS Chandlery. Electronics from Raymarine, Mantsbrite Marine, Garmin, and Navionics will be also on show.