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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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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.

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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.