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Princess Yachts to be present at boot Dusseldorf 2015 with seven yacht display

December 19, 2014

The well known British luxury yacht builder, Princess Yachts, is currently preparing for another amazing line-up at the upcoming boot Düsseldorf. Set to run at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre from 17th to 25th January 2015, the event will feature a seven yacht display by Princess Yachts, to be showcased in Hall 6, stand B21.

Luxury superyacht Princess 98 by Princess Yachts

Luxury superyacht Princess 98 by Princess Yachts

Princess 98 Motor Yacht

Headlining the display, the Princess 98 Motor Yacht will once again impress visitors to the stand as the largest yacht at the show.

Superyacht Princess 98 has always been a favourite at Düsseldorf and due to her popularity she will be returning with a new Art Deco inspired interior scheme that highlights the level of customisation and design provided by the Princess Design Studio.

Designed for long range cruising, the Princess 98 yacht comfortably accommodates up to 10 guests with a choice of four or five staterooms, and features a vast flybridge and exterior spaces which have been designed with entertaining in mind.

Luxury superyacht Princess 98 by Princess Yachts

Luxury superyacht Princess 98 by Princess Yachts

Princess 82 Motor Yacht

Elegant, powerful and incredibly spacious the Princess 82 Motor Yacht epitomises everything that is Princess from her sleek, dynamic exterior to her impeccably finished interior.

Extended window lines enhance her contemporary exterior styling to provide a profile that is sporting yet sophisticated and provides exceptional views from the main deck saloon. The exterior space on board is plentiful with a large cockpit complete with hand-crafted teak table, an intimate foredeck seating and sunbathing area and a generous flybridge with additional dining, seating and sunbathing areas all serviced from a dedicated wet bar.

A light, sophisticated and beautifully detailed interior provides an intelligent use of space throughout. The main deck saloon incorporates relaxed low level furnishings and a formal dining area which is separated from the wheelhouse and highly specified galley to ensure guest privacy.

The guest accommodation comprises of four beautifully appointed en suite cabins. A full beam owner’s suite and forward VIP are complemented by a twin cabin to port and a further double to starboard.

Also on display is the Princess 43 and 56 flybridge yachts and the V39, V52 and V72 yacht V Class sports yachts.

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

Additional renderings of new M Class motor yacht Princess 30M

December 18, 2014

The prestigious British shipyard, Princess Yachts, has unveiled a selection of new renderings of the latest M Class motor yacht Princess 30M. The new images showcase the elegant yet contemporary lines that epitomises the striking M Class superyacht Princess 30M.

New M Class superyacht Princess 30M by Princess Yachts

New M Class superyacht Princess 30M by Princess Yachts

Sweeping window lines and shaped bulwarks of luxury yacht Princess 30M enhance the level of light and space across the main deck with the full beam master stateroom benefiting from uninterrupted vistas of the most breathtaking surroundings.

The Princess Design Studio has created a sophisticated and contemporary interior concept of Princess 30M yacht across the main deck master with a unique reverse cabin layout – a rarity on a 30 metre yacht and the first for the M Class range.

Princess 30M Yacht - Master Cabin

Princess 30M Yacht - Master Cabin

An integrated breakfast area is neatly positioned beneath the window with hand-crafted leather panelled cabinetry opposite. The stateroom is bathed in natural light which pours in from the wide sweeping windows and expansive skylight.

Super yacht Princess 30M - Stateroom Bathroom

Super yacht Princess 30M - Stateroom Bathroom

A generous en suite complements the master with a walk-in shower, twin sinks and granite or marble finish.

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

Marine industry contributes to two million apprenticeship milestone

December 17, 2014

The UK government has fulfilled its commitment to starting two million apprenticeships in this Parliament, highlighting the role of apprenticeships in giving people the skills they need to get on and in supporting businesses of all sizes to grow their talent. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, announced 22 new employer-designed apprenticeships in professions, comprising boatbuilding.

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The employers, who are part of the government’s trailblazer scheme, design apprenticeships to meet the needs of their industries making sure people have the right skills to get on in the world of work. Within this scheme, a new boatbuilding apprenticeship is being developed by employers working together to design standards in their occupations and sectors.

Co-ordinated by the British Marine Federation (BMF), the employer led group to encourage apprentices in the marine industry is led by Berthon Boat Company. BMF member companies taking part include Sunseeker International, Princess Yachts, Pioneer Sailing Trust, Pendennis Shipyard, Fairline Boats, Broom Boats, Green Marine, English Harbour Yachts, RNLI, Windboats and Cockwells.

The Business Secretary said: “Reaching the two millionth apprenticeship is testament to this government’s commitment to apprenticeships and employers are a shining example of how apprenticeships give young people the chance to start a career and give businesses the talent to grow.

“This isn’t just about numbers. From space engineering, to TV production, to boatbuilding, apprenticeships are the ticket to a great job and a route employers trust to access the skills they need.”

Show debut for Princess 68 and Princess S72 Yachts at London Boat Show 2015

December 15, 2014

Princess Yachts is expected to display an amazing 10 yacht line-up and new stand design at next year’s London Boat Show, set to be held at ExCel in London from January 9 to 18. Motor yacht Princess 68 and luxury yacht Princess S72 will be making their show debuts. The Princess 68 was launched to much acclaim at the 2014 Southampton Boat Show and will be making her second UK appearance at London.

Luxury motor yacht S72 by Princess Yachts

Luxury motor yacht S72 by Princess Yachts

Princess S72

The Princess S72 is a powerful sportbridge yacht and the first model from the new S Class range. Contemporary styling combined with performance-honed lines conceals a luxurious and spacious interior.

A generous sportbridge is the perfect place to drive this craft or gather around a large teak table when entertaining. The lower helm is complete with a carbon fibre sunroof which provides that sports yacht atmosphere.

Princess S72 Yacht - Interior

Princess S72 Yacht - Interior

On deck a tender garage, hydraulic platform, sunpad, cockpit complete with U-shaped seating and a full wetbar plus a private foredeck seating area completes the S Class experience.

As with all Princess yachts, glass is put to incredible use on the S72 with stunning wraparound windows to the deck saloon and angled hull-side windows to the stateroom, while all guest cabins enjoy exceptional light and breathtaking seascape views.

Princess 68 Yacht

Princess 68 Yacht

Princess 68

The Princess 68 offers unrivalled levels of space and owner-focused features. From her private stairwell leading to the master stateroom to the galley aft arrangement which provides several dining and entertaining options.

Across the main deck a generous helm area is accompanied by raised L-shaped seating to port accommodating three guests when underway. A separate seating area in the deck saloon is bathed in natural light while the galley aft is complimented with a large folding table opposite. Sliding doors and a pillarless electric window opens the galley bar to the cockpit, ideal for family entertaining.

Princess 68 Yacht - Interior

Princess 68 Yacht - Interior

A full beam owner’s stateroom is accessed via its own private stairwell and lobby area which houses a laundry area and washer/dryer. Three generous guest cabins are accessed via a stairwell forward ensuring complete owner privacy and allowing optional sliding twin beds in both port and starboard cabins in addition to the spacious VIP guest stateroom forward.

Alongside the Princess 68 and S72, the Princess 43, 52, 56 and Princess 72 yacht, luxury yacht Princess 82 and superyacht Princess 88 complete the flybridge display, with the V39 and V48 representing the V Class sports yachts.

Princess Yachts will be located on stand E430.

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Princess Yachts.

Sir Ben Ainslie to participate in 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show

December 05, 2014

Next year’s CWM FX London Boat Show will host Sir Ben Ainslie and his Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team as one of the star attractions. The participation of Ben and the exciting British Challenger for the 35th America’s Cup will further reinforce the Show as an event ‘where adventure starts, pioneers meet & innovation shines’.

Sir Ben Ainslie at the London Boat Show 2014

Sir Ben Ainslie at the London Boat Show 2014 - Photo credit: onEdition

Jo Grindley, Head of Commercial, Marketing, Communications and Events for Ben Ainslie Racing comments: “Ben Ainslie Racing is very much looking forward to the CWM FX London Boat Show and sharing the news and progress on the team’s America’s Cup campaign.

“BAR has plenty of activities going on during the event; an interactive stand, which offers a real taste on what will be on offer at the Visitor Centre at our new HQ when it opens in Portsmouth in June 2015, the launch of our new team merchandise range and chase boat plus specialised talks from some of the sailors and designers. It’s a great opportunity to meet some of the team and find out more about our British Challenge.”

Joining the 400 boats on display at the Show will be BAR’s foiling Nacra used in training and the new Scorpion support chase boat. What’s more, the America’s Cup World Series team will be on hand with a display on the event in Portsmouth next summer. This will give Show visitors the opportunity to quiz the team about the best dates and vantage points to view the racing.

Murray Ellis, Managing Director of National Boat Shows says: “It’s great news to have Sir Ben Ainslie and his Ben Ainslie Racing team joining us at the 2015 CWM FX London Boat Show.  Their support confirms the Show as an event which truly reflects the world-leading and dynamic UK marine industry.

“With so much attention surrounding the America’s Cup and excitement sweeping the nation, this is sure to be one of our top attractions. The BAR stand will capture the imagination of sailing enthusiasts and general visitors alike, showcasing the latest innovations from Britain’s bid to dominate the world of sailing.”

Taking place at ExCeL London from 9-18 January 2015, the prestigious CWM FX London Boat Show marks an exciting start to the New Year. Placing technology and innovation at its core, the Show will present new, eye-catching attractions that will truly enhance visitors’ experience.

Alongside showcasing leading British boat brands such as Sunseeker International, Fairline Boats, Princess Yachts, Cornish Crabbers and Broom; the latest in technology from Garmin, Raymarine and Ocean Safety, and playing host to a wealth of international stars such as Beneteau and Jeanneau, the Show will celebrate the diversity of the boating world.

With so much to see and do, visitors can listen to inspiring talks, see the latest cutting-edge products, explore world debut boats and meet their sailing heroes.

Princess Yachts to display more than 25 yachts across four boat shows this winter

November 20, 2014

The prestigious British builder, Princess Yachts, is preparing for another busy winter with more than 25 yachts to be showcased across four boat shows. Starting the winter show season, the lovely Princess 68 Flybridge and motor yacht Princess S72 are set to make their show premieres at the London Boat Show, running from January 9 – 18, 2015. Boot Dusseldorf will kick off on January 17, where the largest model in the Flybridge range, luxury superyacht Princess 98, is to be displayed with an amazing Art Deco inspired interior from the Princess Design Studio.

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The S72 yacht will also be making her show debut at the Istanbul Boat Show and, following her World Premiere there this year, she will be returning to the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show for 2015.

Princess S72

The first in the new range of sportbridge yachts, the Princess S72 yacht combines new levels of style, on-water attitude and performance. S Class design features include incredible on-deck space and luxury, with its cockpit, tender garage and sunpad arrangement, thrilling Sportbridge and private foredeck seating. Dark wraparound glass and angled hull windows point to this yacht’s performance edge. Inside, exclusive materials, detailing and bespoke contemporary furniture offer a new level of luxury and modernity that is only enhanced by Princess’s classically toned leathers and herringbone linings.

Princess S72 Yacht

Princess S72 Yacht

Princess 68

Following her launched at the Southampton Boat Show back in September the Princess 68 is proving a huge success and another class-leading Princess flybridge yacht. With four cabins, a vast deck saloon and generous flybridge the Princess 68 is packed with new features.

Across the main deck level, a galley aft layout allows dining options inside and out, being perfectly placed to serve the cockpit. While below deck, the master stateroom features a private stairwell and lobby with three guest cabins accessed via a separate stairwell forward. A five-person helm, private foredeck seating and spectacular seascape views add to this yacht’s charm and ability.

Princess 68 Yacht

Princess 68 Yacht

Princess 98 Motor Yacht

The largest yacht in the Flybridge range, the Princess 98 superyacht represents Princess’ ability to produce world-class long-range vessels. The 98 has been designed to the highest standards with superb engineering and a peerless ride quality. Inside the 98, a spacious saloon and dining area reflect this yachts timeless style, while four or five luxuriously appointed cabins will accommodate eight or ten guests. The use of natural light is prominent throughout as large hull windows ensure the most breathtaking views out.

Super yacht Princess 98

Super yacht Princess 98

Also on display this winter is the entry-level Princess V39 as well as the V48, V52, V57 and V62-S from the V Class range. While the full Flybridge range, from 43ft to 98ft, will be showcased throughout the show season.

The next M Class yacht, superyacht Princess 35M, will be unveiled in the Spring 2015.

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

London Boat Show: Where adventure starts, pioneers meet and innovation shines

October 29, 2014

Set to run from 9 – 18 January 2015, the London Boat Show is a world-renowned event, where adventure starts, pioneers meet and innovation shines. It enables its visitors to explore a world of boating, the brand new craft being unveiled globally, the very latest in technology, as well as show-stopping experiences that will undoubtedly capture visitors’ imagination.

London Boat Show 4D Experience

London Boat Show 4D Experience

Prepare to be overwhelmed with choice at January’s Show. Hundreds of boats and brands will be interspersed with everything you could possibly need to get afloat from holiday suggestions to the latest marine electronics; it’s the perfect place to satisfy your intrigue, interest and passion in the depths of winter.

World leading sailing yachts and motor boats will be wowing the crowds, with ‘the stars on show’ from leading British builders Sunseeker International, Princess Yachts, Oyster Boats, Cockwells, Fairline Boats, Williams Performance Tenders and Ribeye as well as boats from international builders such as Beneteau and Jeanneau to name a few.

London Boat Show Entrance Open

London Boat Show Entrance Open

Where adventure starts

The London Boat Show entrance will be nothing short of awe-inspiring.  Enter the Show through a dramatic wall of rain, then plan your day with the technologically groundbreaking digital information wall, highlighting the must see talks, seminars, new products and boating personalities at the Show on your chosen day.  Navigating the Show has never been easier.

An exhilarating 4D journey

No matter what your boating experience or choice of craft, weather is the one thing that connects us all.  Experiences at sea or inland are made all the more memorable, be it a glorious day on the water or the most challenging of environments.  Head to the London Boat Show’s 4D Experience and find yourself immersed in six epic environments out at sea where you can take in the atmosphere, temperature, scent, wind and soundscape of the globe from the Arctic to the Tropics and everything in-between.

London Boat Show Exit Exterior Gallery

London Boat Show Exit Exterior Gallery

Innovation will shine

The London Boat Show will be a place to inspire. Plans to enable you to get started on your next adventure at the Show are underway with details of yet another exciting attraction to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Stop off for an indulgent lunch at the Show’s very own restaurant located in amongst the powerboats or complete your journey through the Show with a well-earned drink at the infamous Guinness Bar.  And for the first weekend, extend your visit with a trip to the brand-new London Classic Car Show and also the Telegraph Cruise Show.

London Boat Show Tunnel Storm

London Boat Show Tunnel Storm

The Show takes place at ExCeL London, just 25 minutes from the very heart of London’s city centre. One of the top cities in the world, London is renowned for its creativity, arts and culture and is the perfect host for this world-class boat show.

Adult tickets start at just £15 in advance, with two children aged 15 and under going free with every adult ticket.

Princess Yachts to attend FLIBS 2014 with 11 luxury yachts on display

October 29, 2014

From October 30 to November 3, the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) will feature the biggest ever line-up of Princess Yachts seen at a US show. Models from across the Princess range will be showcased, comprising the lovely motor yacht S72, the beautiful superyacht Princess 82, as well as the brand new Princess 60 Fly bridge model, presently enjoying rave reviews across Europe.

Princess S72 Yacht

Princess S72 Yacht

Luxury yacht S72 will be making her show debut, following a hugely successful world debut in Miami earlier this year. This yacht, the first from the new S Class Sportbridge range, delivers an incredible mix of on deck luxury and space, with its vast cockpit, sunpad and tender garage, dramatic upper sportbridge and private foredeck seating area offering owners so much choice.

The S72 yacht’s bold, performance-honed exterior lines conceal a breathtaking interior. The expansive deck saloon and feature circular dining area enjoy amazing views thanks to the deep window-line and sunroof. While below decks the full beam master stateroom includes its own lounge and dressing area together with a near full beam en suite. The entire interior has been exclusively styled by the Princess Design Studio, delivering a unique mix of both contemporary and traditional materials and furniture.

S72 Yacht - Saloon

S72 Yacht - Saloon

With its proven deep V hull design returning a fast, efficient and utterly reliable ride, the S72 yacht is the performance yacht you have been waiting for.

Alongside the S72, the elegant but also powerful 82 Motor Yacht delivers a refined yacht experience with a luxuriously appointed four cabin interior and deep wide decks from bow to stern. Every part of this Motor Yacht oozes considered sophistication on a vast scale. The master stateroom offers peerless space and style with its feature hull-side windows delivering beautiful views across the water. From its long sweeping flybridge to its carefully designed crew quarters, the 82 is a serious yacht intended for serious cruising. And to back up that fact, the 82 also comes with one of the best hull designs ever produced at this length, with smooth stable cruising when you need it and a big hit of red-blooded power when you want it, taking this yacht up to speeds of 34 knots with a thrilling urgency.

Princess 82 superyacht

Princess 82 superyacht

The full Fort Lauderdale line-up from Princess will be: Princess 43, 52 56 and 60, the Princess 72 yacht and 82 Motor Yachts, the V39, V48, V52 and V62-S and S72.

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

A hugely successful Powerboat Show in Annapolis for Princess Yachts

October 27, 2014

Princess Yachts America, the official distributor of Princess yachts for North and Central America, Venezuela and Canada has proudly announced that this month’s Powerboat show in Annapolis was a huge success. Five models were showcased during the event, comprising the superb motor yacht S72 Sportbridge – the largest yacht at the show.

Princess yachts on display at Powerboat Show in Annapolis

Princess yachts on display at Powerboat Show in Annapolis

Annapolis sits on Chesapeake Bay, a fantastic boating playground and one that enjoys a vibrant boating community. The Princess stand welcomed hundreds of visitors every day, and the feedback from what proved a highly knowledgeable audience was incredible, with Princess design and engineering particularly impressing visitors.

The emphasis in the Chesapeake region is on serious cruising and the Princess 56 proved especially popular with visitors, its spacious three cabins with impressive saloon and dining arrangement proving a massive hit.

With a successful Annapolis behind them, the attention of Princess Yachts America now turns to the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, 30th October – 3rd November. Following a highly successful 2013 show, Princess will showcase its largest ever Fort Lauderdale fleet with 11 yachts from across the Princess range on display. The Princess 43, 52, 56, 60 flybridge yachts, the Princess 72 yacht and Princess 82 superyacht, the V39, V48, V52, V62-S sports yachts and the S72 Sportbridge are all confirmed and heading south from Princess Yachts America’s base in Palm Beach, plus there will be a special M Class area for those interested in Princess’ larger yachts.

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

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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