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Penultimate day of Barcelona Boat Show 2014

October 21, 2014

The penultimate day of the 2014 Barcelona Boat Show saw several accredited members of the press gather for a breakfast round table meeting with the show management. As a firm indication that they are serious about continuing the growth of the event, their purpose was to ask for constructive as well as honest input about the event, from a group of international nautical journalists.

Barcelona Boat Show 2014

Barcelona Boat Show 2014 - Image credit to Peter Franklin

Following the recession which was of course extra severe in Spain, the ‘Salon Nautico Barcelona’ hit troubled times and struggled to fill halls with the old indoor format, prompting a total rethink led by the Spanish Nautical Business Association (ANEN), and supported by the show’s president Luis Conde, together with its operational director Jordi Freixas.

The result was a move to a totally outdoor format in 2012, utilising the city marina site Port Vell. The port itself has been undergoing a major revamp during the last few years, and is now operating as a full service Superyacht marina after a major investment by the British owned Salamanca Group.

The decision to ‘cut back and re-grow’ from used foundations, has undoubtedly started to pay off, and this year the third edition of the new outdoor format has seen a 20% increase in the space occupied by the show, and a 17% increase in exhibitors over last year according to Jordi Freixas.

2014 Barcelona Boat Show

2014 Barcelona Boat Show - Image credit to Peter Franklin

The majority of this increase he said, has come from boats in the water, rather than equipment exhibition tents on the dock. As an example he mentioned that French boat builder Beneteau had 18 boats on the dock this year compared to five last year. Also pointing out that future growth has no physical barriers, as the long term agreement with the port authorities allows for an expansion up to double the size of the current site!

For sure the feeling out in the show ground was that the Spanish boating market has turned the corner from the bad old days, with lots of visitors enjoying perfect sunny weather, fanned by a welcome sea breeze in the afternoon.  Also lots of moorings were temporarily empty as the boats on them were out on sea trials. This is obviously a feature that outdoor boat shows in warm sunny climates benefit hugely from.

All of this renewed confidence is supported by the oldest figures on new boat registrations in Spain from ANEN, who reported an increase of 12.8% compared to the same period last year. Although it has to be said that 90% of those are still under 8 metres, which is the cut off size for the imposition of the dreaded 12% matriculation tax for privately registered Spanish flagged yachts.

Luxury superyachts on display at the 2014 Barcelona Boat Show

Luxury superyachts on display at the 2014 Barcelona Boat Show - Image credit to Peter Franklin

However ANEN are reasonably confident that this range will be extended to 15 metres at some time in the future, again due to their energetic lobbying of the government, meaning of course that this will open up the entire range of family size yachts to a more receptive potential buyers market in Spain.

Also, with almost perfect timing just a week before the show opened,  the Spanish government announced a significant relaxation on the requirements for skippers licenses, in order to stimulate more interest at the lower end of the market, and hopefully tempt more first time boaters to invest.

Effectively this removes the obligation to acquire the Spanish equivalent of a day skippers license, providing the boat is less than 5 metres long, with an engine power of under 15hp. Or up to 6 metres with an engine that is officially specified with a matched propulsion package by the original manufacturer.

Luxury motor yachts on display at the Barcelona Boat Show 2014

Luxury motor yachts on display at the Barcelona Boat Show 2014 - Image credit to Peter Franklin

Jose Luis Fayos speaking for ANEN, said that they had been lobbying the government for close to four years to make this change, which will also obligates the seller of the boat, to refer the buyer to a sea school for a basic training which takes about six hours, before letting him sail it away.  “This in effect means that the used boat buyer can be afloat with his used toy almost immediately” said Fayos, “where as before he had leave it with the dealer for at least two months until he got his license.”

Exhibitors at the show seemed generally upbeat and happy with the attendance and enquiry levels. Although international exhibitors such as UK based Princess and Sunseeker (both with used models and a good selection of boats in the water,) seemed to be getting the lions share of the enquiries, both reporting that they had seen a healthy mix of international visitors.

Spanish yard Rodman was a little less enthusiastic about seeing any orders from the show, but they have long ago given up on the Spanish market due to the stranglehold of the matriculation tax. Their order book is now 100% export, which probably accounts for the fact that they are one of a handful of Spanish boatbuilders who are still surviving.

For the first time a USA Pavilion was part of the show, featuring half a dozen or so US based companies keen to export their products or services to the Med. Angela Turrin a trade specialist with the US Embassy, said that they were very happy with the show, and expected to have double the amount of exhibitors under their banner next year.  She also said that she was in talks with ANEN about a Spanish pavilion being featured in US shows such as Miami Boat Show.

So all in all, the Barcelona Boat Show, now with the backdrop of a row of gleaming Superyachts at the brand new Port Vell Martina across the water, has pulled several rabbits out of the hat since the dark days of 2011, when it looked likely to crash and burn.  It’s also on the path to becoming a truly international event , which it needed to do because of the parlous state of its national economy.

The newly introduced interactive events out in the harbour such as dinghy sailing lessons, Stand up Paddle Boarding, and a wave machine for practicing surf boarding, were all busy with participants enjoying being on the water in the sunshine.

Full credit to ANEN the Spanish nautical trade association, and Luis Conde the show’s president, a keen yachtsman himself who has taken the time to listen to the industry, and to be brave enough to implement the required changes.

Reported for BYM News by Peter Franklin


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Shipwrights Lectures 2014 hosted over 200 marine apprentices

October 20, 2014

This year’s 4th Annual Shipwrights Lectures took place in Southampton on Wednesday 15th October 2014. The event hosted more than 200 apprentices, shipwrights and students, together with their employers, lecturers, as well as guests.


It was one of the most thought-provoking events to date, with an array of hugely inspirational speakers from within the marine sector presenting to the eager young audience. The apprentices were kept engaged throughout the afternoon by the informative, amusing and absorbing presentations which concluded with a lively exchange of insightful questions from audience.

Once again the Turner Sims theatre at the University of Southampton was host to the large gathering of apprentices some of whom had travelled from as far away as Falmouth, Plymouth and Poole as well as Solent based marine companies and local Universities and colleges.

The year’s lectures were opened by Professor Ajit R Shenoi, FRINA, FIMechEG, Director of the usedly opened Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute who welcomed the apprentices, gave a brief background to the forming of the used relationship with Lloyd’s Register on the University campus and its benefit to the area together with the aims of the lectures and the work of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. This was followed by an expert panel session chaired by Matt Sheahan, the well-known yachting journalist and broadcaster and Technical Editor of Yachting World. The highly informative session, punctuated with some excellent film footage and illustrative photos, discussed past, present and future electronics, as well as taking a look at electronics for racing yachts, superyachts, mass production boats and single handed sailing yachts. The panel consisted of Dr Alex Reid from Cosworth, Dr William Collier from G L Watson, Rachel Oliver from Osprey Technical Consulting and Nigel Craine from Garmin.

Joiner and former apprentice Alice Le Good, gave a lively and passionate presentation on her apprenticeship and career path at Oyster Yachts. This was followed by Richard Acland, CEO of Green Marine who gave a very thought provoking presentation detailing his personal observations on his own career in the marine industry, key elements he had learned and his predictions on the future of the sector. To finish off this year’s Annual Shipwrights Lectures the audience were treated to a highly inspirational and amusing presentation from Dr Gerrard Hughes, Solo Circumnavigator, who is the first and only profoundly deaf yachtsman to solo circumnavigate the world via the Five Great Capes.

Commenting on the lectures, Corey Nesbitt, a 2nd year carpentry apprentice from Princess Yachts in Plymouth noted, “It was really useful to hear about other aspects of the boatbuilding sector that I don’t normally get involved with such as electronics, and to hear another apprentice speak about her experience and subsequent career path. Although it’s an eight hour round trip for us to attend we all learnt much more than we anticipated from the lectures and we are now much more aware of the important part we play in the overall industry.”

Mike Carr, Joint Managing Director of Pendennis Shipyard commented, “These Annual Shipwrights Lectures are a hugely inspirational opportunity for our young apprentices to take time out of their work to hear about other aspects of the industry and to meet and see other young apprentices. The organisers should be congratulated on the excellent choice of speakers at this year’s event and the welcoming and informal atmosphere with which the lectures are run. Our apprentices really look forward to this event each year and treat it as an inspirational and informative part of their learning process.”

The inaugural Shipwrights’ Lectures were first held in 2011 and attracted apprentices from highly successful companies in the marine industry located from Falmouth to Chichester. The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights’ Annual Lectures are free for apprentices, shipwrights and graduates and each receives a certificate of attendance.

The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights was formed in 1387 as a Trade Guild to safeguard the quality of shipbuilding in London. Many of its current members work and employ young people in the marine leisure sector today. The Shipwrights have a long standing commitment to support education and charity in the maritime sector, with initiatives such as their annual Queen’s Silver Medal Award for marine apprentices. This closely fought competition takes 20 finalists on a five day outward bound course at Kielder each year, choosing winners from those who have demonstrated excellence in their written submissions, and allows many more to benefit from the charitable work of the Shipwrights.

Video of Princess 88 Motor Yacht AURORA

October 20, 2014

Princess Yachts has just released an amazing video showing the Princess 80 Motor Yacht AURORA. Luxury superyacht AURORA provides her guests with deluxe accommodation in four en suite cabins. There is also accommodation for a crew of four, with a separate crew access to all technical areas and galley.

The 88 Motor Yacht AURORA is built on the latest Princess hybrid hull capable of long distance passage-making or fast port-to-port cruising. In both cases, her comfort levels are sublime.

Across the vast one-level deck saloon and dining area light and seascape pour in. At the touch of a button, a balcony unfolds over the sea, opening up the saloon to the world beyond and creating the perfect vantage point for drinks before dinner.

Exquisite detailing and the finest fabrics and materials combine in the 88 Motor Yacht AURORA, in a sanctuary of relaxation and luxury.

Below is a selection of the beautiful charter yachts built by Princess.

New exterior and interior images of Princess 40M motor yacht SOLARIS

October 17, 2014

Princess Yachts International has proudly released the latest exterior and interior images of the Princess 40M charter yacht Solaris. Boasting striking interiors by Mark Berryman, motor yacht Solaris can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 spacious en-suite cabins. She is available for crewed yacht charters in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Princess 40M motor yacht Solaris

Princess 40M motor yacht Solaris - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Superyacht Solaris - aft view

Superyacht Solaris - aft view - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Solaris Yacht from above

Solaris Yacht from above - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Luxury yacht Solaris by night

Luxury yacht Solaris by night - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Solaris superyacht - Main Saloon

Solaris superyacht - Main Saloon - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Super yacht Solaris - Dining Area

Super yacht Solaris - Dining Area - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Superyacht Solaris - Owners Suite

Superyacht Solaris - Owners Suite - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Solaris Yacht - Upper Deck VIP Stateroom

Solaris Yacht - Upper Deck VIP Stateroom - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

40M superyacht Solaris - Gym

40M superyacht Solaris - Gym - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Princess Design Studio setting the style standard across the yachting world

October 13, 2014

The Princess Design Studio represents the in-house design team of the leading British luxury yacht builder Princess Yachts, working on all areas of yacht design, styling, as well as finish across the Princess range. Working with the yard’s naval architects to create the most visually progressive and luxury yachts in the world, the Princess Design Studio is setting a new standard for powerful, practical and wonderfully memorable design.

The interior of superyacht Princess 88

The interior of superyacht Princess 88

Every Princess yacht is the creation of the Design Studio, this established 14-strong in-house team draws on experience which has evolved through years of cutting edge motor yacht design. Based at the Princess headquarters in Plymouth and the London office in Mayfair, and forming part of a wider design centre including the CAD and engineering departments, the Design Studio is at the centre of a dynasty that has been the spearhead for yacht design and styling for 50 years.

An essential part of the Design Studio team are the customer facing consultants based in Mayfair, London. Below 88ft, the Design Studio consultants carefully coordinate creative and diverse schemes to give owners maximum personal choice, with hundreds of fabric and finish options to choose from, every one complimenting the interior styling of a yacht.

Princess 40M Yacht - Master Stateroom

Princess 40M Yacht - Master Stateroom

Above 88ft the level of service becomes even more personal with a dedicated Design Studio consultant working with an owner to realize their perfect yacht. Styling includes everything from bespoke furniture, fabrics and lighting to entertainment systems, deck furniture and even sports equipment. The choice of wood, stone and other textures will bring together an overall concept to make an owner’s yacht truly unique. The studio will regularly commission one-off furniture pieces and unique creations from artisans from across the world. Additionally, the Princess family ties to LVMH enabling them to collaborate with some of the most illustrious fashion houses, enjoying a close relationship with Fendi Casa.

Princess 40M superyacht - Detailing

Princess 40M superyacht - Detailing

The versatile deck and interior layouts enable owners to personalise practically every aspect of their yacht. The number of cabins and even their location, saloons and dining areas, cinema, gym, sauna, balconies – the Design Studio is able to fulfill an owner’s wish list. This level of customisation is a major feature from Princess. Taking the modern and reliable build ideals of a production yacht and adding a new level of owner satisfaction and identity. With so much scope for personalisation, there are a number of ways an owner might choose to approach the design or finish of their yacht. Members of the Design Studio team will always be there to help manage the project, but the studio can and do work closely with appointed outside designers, such as Bannenberg & Rowell, Francois Zuretti and Mark Berryman.

Luxury motor yacht Princess S72 - detailing

Luxury motor yacht Princess S72 - Detailing

However an owner wants to work, the studio wants creating their yacht to be as much fun as ownership.

The Princess Design Studio – Tailor-made yacht design for every owner.

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

The brand new video of motor yacht Princess 82

October 09, 2014

The leading British builder, Princess Yachts, has recently published the brand new video showing their motor yacht Princess 82 in the glamorous Florida yacht charter location – Miami. Superyacht Princess 82 boasts sleek, dynamic exterior and perfectly finished interior. She can accommodate her guests in 4 beautiful and comfortable en-suite cabins.

The first official video of Princess motor yacht S72

September 30, 2014

The first official video of the luxury motor yacht S72, the very first in the all-new S CLASS range, has been released by the prestigious British shipyard, Princess Yachts. Following her launch at Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show in February 2014, the Princess S72 yacht has received high acclaim. She delivers the very best in fast and highly efficient cruising in all sea conditions.

Qatar International Boat Show 2014, November 11 – 15

September 29, 2014

The second edition of the Qatar International Boat Show (QIBS) will be running from November 11 to 15, 2014. The organizers of the event have confirmed that plenty of the top names in the maritime industry will participate in the show.

QIBS 2014 Press Conference

QIBS 2014 Press Conference

Four shipyards will be exhibiting for the first time at QIBS 2014:

Palmer Johnson from the US, Blohm and Voss from Germany, Esen Yacht from Turkey and Grupo per Mare Amer Yachts from Italy, who will also be exhibiting one of the largest yachts in the show this year, at 92 ft in length.

Many exhibitors who were present in the first edition of the show are attending once again, including Sunseeker, Azimut and SeaRay represented by Seas&Deserts, Cranchi represented by MG International, Majesty Yachts represented by Aurora, Princess Yachts represented by Chelab Marine, Benetti a brand of Azimut Benneti Group, Lagoon represented by Tan Services, Ferreti Group whose brands include Ferreti represented by Ventura Yachts, Riva and Itama represented by Art Marine, Cigarette 1 represented by Performance Marine, Quicksilver and Rinker Boats represented by Alfardan Marine Services and Sunreef Yachts.

Nakilat Damen Shipyard, Qatar, too will have a presence. NDSQ is the only super yacht builder in Qatar – a joint venture of two blue chip companies: Nakilat and Damen.

Prestige Yachts is to launch its dealership in Qatar with Gulf Yachts that will be representing also Everglades boats. In addition to this, Lagoon catamarans represented by Tan Services, Hydrasports Custom represented by Plantation Boats and Ventus lounge boats, will all be exhibiting here in Qatar for the first time.

Faysal Mikati, Vice President of the QIBS’ organisers, Snow Comms, says the line up of exhibitors is like a Who’s Who in the maritime industry. “Even now, we are still getting enquiries from other potential exhibitors for the show; and it seems news of the success of the first edition of QIBS last year has filtered through the international boating community and it’s as if the whole of the industry is now making a beeline for Qatar. We have very high expectations for this year’s edition of the show.”

Qatar International Boat Show 2014 will be open daily from 3.00pm to 9.30pm from 11-15 November at Mourjan Marinas – Lusail City, just to the north of Doha’s city centre.

New Princess M Class motor yacht ‘Solaris’ to be showcased at Monaco Yacht Show

September 23, 2014

Princess Yachts International is delighted to confirm that its latest M Class charter yacht Solaris will be exhibited at this week’s Monaco Yacht Show. Boasting the beautiful interiors designed by Mark Berryman, the 40M motor yacht Solaris will showcase the ability of the Princess semi-custom shipyard.

Yacht SOLARIS - Main

Yacht SOLARIS - Main

Recently delivered to her owner, luxury yacht Solaris enjoys a unique six-cabin interior, the result of a collaborative project between the Princess Design Studio and Mark Berryman Design. Her interior features two master staterooms and a full gymnasium, all finished in a unique, hand-picked oak timber.

The upper deck of super yacht Solaris has been transformed into a dedicated owner’s deck with a stateroom, seating area, separate office and en suite, all surrounded by large sections of glass for the most commanding and breathtaking views across the water. Through the stateroom’s stainless steel doors, a private deck is located aft with an intimate dining area and expansive seating. From here stairs lead to the main deck below or up to the sun deck.

Motor yacht SOLARIS - Aft Deck

Motor yacht SOLARIS - Aft Deck

The second master stateroom lies across the full beam of the main deck, in its conventional forward position, and enjoys a seating area, separate office and en suite. As with all M Class yachts, tall sections of glass run along each side for the most incredible views and natural light.

The lower deck accommodates four further en suite cabins, two double cabins aft and two twin cabins with sliding berths, as well as a fully Technogym-equipped gymnasium lying forward. This includes a running machine, Kinesis workout station and a separate en suite.

The main deck of Solaris features an impressive entrance lobby with feature bulkhead and ornate console that create privacy for guests within. The saloon seating area is designed to easily accommodate up to 12 guests with a separate dining area located forward featuring a solid Macassar ebony table and finished in materials chosen from the expansive Princess Design Studio styling portfolio. Sliding doors to port and starboard lead out to deck-side balconies connecting this magnificent entertaining space with the anchorage.

Yacht SOLARIS - Salon

Yacht SOLARIS - Salon

The whole yacht is easily served by the full galley and crew quarters that lie forward, including their own dedicated staircase offering discreet movement around Solaris and minimal disturbance to her guests.

The aft main deck of Solaris yacht has been designed with a large removable awning, offering complete shade to the seating area below. Twin access from the aft deck leads to the beach club which can be a place to idle away the hours or indulge in something more adventurous. With its full height interior and fold down beach door this area offers a uniquely private waterside location to relax, however its accompanying 6.25m tender and two jet skis, together with a full dive room, mean that there is never a dull moment aboard Solaris.

If guests feel the need to escape to a more secluded spot, the sun deck, with its wetbar, twin grill barbecue, spa bath and lounging areas is the perfect retreat. Or perhaps head to the foredeck, a wonderfully private area when in port.

Wherever you sail, Solaris yacht, the latest M Class from Princess will deliver in style. Her state-of-the-art composite hull construction is both strong and lightweight, delivering superb efficiency and speed. The advanced semi-displacement hull design offers excellent stability at lower displacement speeds but fitted with twin MTU V12 2,938hp engines she can deliver speeds up to 20 knots, effortlessly carrying you to your chosen destination.

Luxury charter yacht Solaris will be available for viewing by appointment only.

The Monaco Yacht Show runs from the 24th to 27th of September. Princess are located at stand number QE6 and Solaris will lie at berth number E15.

Amazing VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

September 16, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014, saw the prominent UK luxury yacht builder, Princess Yachts, play a host to a VIP event on their stand at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2014. The event was organized by the shipyard in partnership with legendary lifestyle brand Purobeach, who provided live music as well as signature cocktails.

A VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

A VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

Set against the spectacular backdrop of nine Princess models, including the new motor yacht Princess S72 and mighty superyacht Princess 88, guests enjoyed a Moët & Chandon champagne reception late into the evening.

A VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts and Purobeach

A VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts and Purobeach

Spectacular VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts

Spectacular VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts

As the sun set over Cannes‘ Vieux Port, guests sipped cocktails and danced the night away to music provided by one of Purobeach’s renowned DJs, accompanied by world famous saxophonist, Florencio Cruz.