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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.

Sunseeker International to be present at FLIBS 2014

October 22, 2014

Sunseeker International will be participating in this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), running in the glamorous Florida yacht holiday location – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 2. The company will display some of its most popular yachts, including the US premiere of Sunseeker 75 Yacht.

Sunseeker 75 Yacht

Sunseeker 75 Yacht

Dubbed as the ‘yachting capital of the world’, spread across seven locations and spanning three million square feet of space, Fort Lauderdale showcases the best that the industry has to offer.  With that in mind Sunseeker will showcase models from across the range, including the US Debut of the 75 Yacht & Manhattan 65.

The stunning selection of Sunseeker yachts on show will certainly look at home set against the beautiful backdrop that Fort Lauderdale provides.  Hosted from 30th October to 3rd November, Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is one not to be missed.

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

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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Anode Replacement Service added to superyacht finishing services of Absolute Boat Care

October 20, 2014

Absolute Boat Care, a well established super yacht finishing service provider with their headquarters in STP ShipyardPalma de Mallorca, has added Anode Replacement Service to their superyacht finishing services, due to customer demand. The company has recently replaced the Anodes of the 38m Sunseeker motor yacht Serendipity.

38m Sunseeker superyacht Serendipity

38m Sunseeker superyacht Serendipity with Anode replacement by Absolute Boat Care

ABC are entering their 14th year of business and boast the most prestigious superyachts on the water in their client portfolio. With their an international team for their varnish, paint, anti foul and polishing services, they have built a strong reputation within the superyacht industry, and are now delighted to announce this brand new service offering to their new and standing clients.

Simon Aston, sales manager at Absolute Boat Care, states: ‘It has become apparent in the last few years that captains more and more like to have a one stop finishing service for all their requirements. Anode replacement is an obvious addition to our services due to the fact that we have many long standing clients for anti-foul and are very much a go-to finishing service in yachting, therefore it is a service we are regularly asked for, and it makes perfect sense when we are already working on the hull of the yacht.’

Three luxury superyachts by Sunseeker displayed at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

October 20, 2014

Sunseeker International was delighted to attend the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, which ran in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht holiday location – Monaco from September 24 to 27. During the event, the prominent British shipyard displayed its ’40 Metre Yacht’ motor yacht THUMPER, ’115 Sport Yacht’ luxury yacht ZOZO, as well as ’155 Yacht’ superyacht BLUSH.

Three luxury superyachts by Sunseeker on display at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

Three luxury superyachts by Sunseeker on display at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

With the breathtaking Riviera acting as the backdrop for this fantastic boat show, Sunseeker’s elite selection of yachts were certainly at home in Monaco. What’s more, the yachts on display have been carefully chosen to highlight the ‘Bespoke’ design service offered by Sunseeker.

Luxury yacht Blush, the 155 Yacht on display at the show, was commissioned by a long-standing client.  It is of particular significance to Sunseeker as it is not only is the biggest project the British manufacturer has ever undertaken, but it also takes the concept of a series build with personal customisation even further.  The modular build methodology allowed the client to have a direct input on the interior design and layout of the yacht, as well as on the actual superstructure.

Motor yacht Blush boasts spacious and stylish private accommodation, which is one of the most appealing features of Sunseeker’s flagship yacht.  The yacht also offers an expanse of entertaining space with the upper deck alone featuring a stunning sky lounge which can be dedicated to private entertainment.  The interior of Blush exudes style and sophistication and this is further enhanced by its unique design palette which blends grey, blue and green tones to create an overall chic ‘aqua’ feel.

Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH

Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH

Thumper superyacht, the most recent 40 Metre created by Sunseeker, beautifully showcases the level of personalisation a yacht can undergo.  The owner of this stunning yacht wanted to push the boundaries of what had previously been created and the end result is a fabulous yacht like no other in the world.

While bespoke design is certainly common on the interior of many yachts, the 40 Metre Yacht takes personalisation one step further thanks to a fully customised exterior. Its streamlined exterior has been further refined courtesy of its customised decks and upgraded railings.  The yacht’s grand exterior entertaining spaces exude luxury and the bespoke furniture amplifies this by offering unprecedented comfort and style. The in-house Sunseeker designers, working alongside an independent interior design team, created a tranquil haven for the owner and their guests to enjoy. The colour scheme is made up of neutral tones with hints of colour to create a light and airy feeling, enhancing the spacious yet luxurious feel of the yacht.

Blush and Thumper yachts appeared alongside the 115 Sport Yacht, which boasts a powerful presence which can be felt from all angles. It effortlessly combines high-speed cruising with spacious accommodation.

The full-beam master stateroom is an impressive feature usually only found on larger yachts but thanks to its clever layout the 115 Sport Yacht delivers maximum space and dramatic impact. Four further guest cabins are located on the lower deck.  Both the two double cabins and the two twin cabins feature the large Sunseeker trademark port lights, which add to the spacious feel thanks to the natural light they provide.

Sean Robertson, Sales Director at Sunseeker International commented: “Monaco not only provided a beautiful setting, but also a truly engaged audience.  So it was the perfect place to showcase the breadth of the Sunseeker range and the many possibilities available from our dedicated ‘Bespoke’ team. Blush and Thumper highlight just how much is possible when it comes to truly bespoke design and how hard our team works to create the perfect yacht for each individual customer.”

Below is a gallery for the luxurious charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

A very successful Monaco Yacht Show 2014 for Wild Group International

October 17, 2014

Wild Group International was present at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, showing the art of vinyl film application to all visitors. Among various exhibits at Monaco were the 50m Proteksan Turquoise superyacht Double Trouble that received a full hull transformation from white to blue and the 28m Sunseeker motor yacht Merrick, displaying a total interior and exterior transformation using matt metallic silver.

50m luxury yacht Double Trouble after full hull film finish by Wild Group

50m luxury yacht Double Trouble after full hull film finish by Wild Group

“We have been overwhelmed with the amount of enquiries following our exhibit at Monaco Yacht show and so pleased to see that the industry is now seeing the benefits and gaining confidence in vinyl films for interior and exterior transformations,” comments Greg Hoar, Managing Director.

28m superyacht Merric after Titanium full wrap and superstructure at Solent Refit by Wild Group

28m superyacht Merric after Titanium full wrap and superstructure at Solent Refit by Wild Group

Asia Pacific Superyachts reports arrival of Sunseeker 40M superyacht TANVAS at Wave Master shipyard

October 16, 2014

Sunseeker 40 Metre superyacht Tanvas has arrived at the Wave Master superyacht shipyard, as reported by Asia Pacific Superyachts. Luxury motor yacht Tanvas has returned to the custom built facility for the fifth time.

Sunseeker 40 superyacht TANVAS

Sunseeker 40 superyacht TANVAS

Sunseeker 40 luxury yacht Tanvas is a motor yacht of majestic proportions and exceptional grace, reaching the maximum speed of 24 knots and a range of up to 1500 nautical miles. Her interior spreads across three decks and offers the option of balconies on either side of the main deck saloon, and on one side of the master stateroom, opening up magnificent seascapes and bringing in more natural light.

Other yachts visiting the facility this year include: charter yacht Shamoun, M.Y. Sapphire, M.Y. Maverick, M.Y Jeremy and M.Y. Azul. All of these vessels have been cared for by Asia Pacific Superyachts.

Sunseeker Germany announces sale of Sunseeker 75 Yacht and Sunseeker 86 Yacht

October 15, 2014

The last month’s Cannes Yachting Festival, Monaco Yacht Show, as well as Southampton Boat Show have been quite successful for Sunseeker Germany. Within a few days, the company sold two yachts measuring over 70 feet in length, a 75 Yacht and an 86 Yacht.

Sunseeker 75 Yacht on display at the 2014 London Boat Show

Sunseeker 75 Yacht on display at the 2014 London Boat Show

The climate in the motoryacht industry is picking up, Sunseeker Germany is looking very positively towards the upcoming show “boot 2015” in Dusseldorf. “We are already approached by customers regarding the latest model of the Predator series, the Predator 57, which will celebrate its debut in January at Dusseldorf boat show… the interest on customer side is tremendous”, comments Torsten Sieckmann, Director of Marketing & Sales at Sunseeker Germany.

Sunseeker 86 Yacht

Sunseeker 86 Yacht

The approximately 18 meters long yacht delights especially by its price-performance value. Features like the hydraulic patio glass sliding door, hardtop or the hydraulic swim platform come as standard. With already 19 boats sold worldwide, even before its premiere at boot 2015, the 57 Predator makes an excellent start.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Cogs4Cancer cycle ride comes to an end

October 13, 2014

In what is undoubtedly the single biggest charity event in yachting, the Cogs4Cancer cycle ride came to an emotional close on Friday, October 10, 2014. The event saw all 16 of its riders safely navigate from Ancona to Antibes, after 6 challenging stages, totaling amazing 782 km.

Team C4C - All from a yachting industry background, the Cogs4Cancer riders are raising money to support Cancer Research UK and local French charities

Team C4C - All from a yachting industry background, the Cogs4Cancer riders are raising money to support Cancer Research UK and local French charities

So far, over €250,000 has been raised for Cancer Research UK and local French charities – Lenval Children’s Cancer Unit, Nice and ISIS Tzanck Mougins – an ASTOUNDING feat and a testament to all those who have been involved in the C4C fundraising effort, including Sunseeker Superyacht Management’s Ben Young – a key organiser of the event.

Friday’s 80km Tribute Ride from San Remo to Antibes marked the final stage of the C4C cycle, and gave some members of Sunseeker Monaco and Sunseeker France a chance to test their cycling prowess!

This final stage, by invite-only, saw an additional 70 people join the C4C peloton for the last push to the finish. Each rider raised €300 for the nominated French charities, and donned the now familiar white and green C4C jersey for the day.

The Cogs4Cancer ride consisted of 6 stages, and a total of 782km

The Cogs4Cancer ride consisted of 6 stages, and a total of 782km

After enjoying a light refreshment stop at the iconic Stars ‘N’ Bars in Monaco, the riders revelled in the homecoming arrival onto the IYCA quay in Antibes, complete with a fabulous champagne reception courtesy of Gourmet Deliveries.

The Cogs4Cancer cause, building on its wonderful success in 2013, has received a wealth of support from some of the most revered celebrities (including Rihanna and Michael Owen both of whom have been snapped sporting their Cogs4Cancer wristbands). As well as superstars; owners, industry leaders, businesses and 2 Royal families have also been backing this fantastic cause.

This includes Robert Braithwaite, the founder of Sunseeker, who has donated the largest amount – an incredible €25,500 on behalf of The Autumn Trust – whilst Sunseeker Monaco kindly sponsored this final tribute ride of the Cogs4Cancer ‘Superyacht Shipyard Tour’.

Nigel Bristow’s Sunseeker Monaco team sponsored the C4C final tribute stage of the ‘Superyacht Shipyard Tour’

Nigel Bristow’s Sunseeker Monaco team sponsored the C4C final tribute stage of the ‘Superyacht Shipyard Tour’

The event was headed up by Sunseeker Superyacht Management’s very own Ben Young, an avid cyclist who, following the amazing success of the 2013 inaugural C4C event, was asked by the 2013 team to organise this year’s efforts; a responsibility that he has not taken lightly!

A fantastic selection of events surrounding the ride were organised, allowing even those who don’t cycle to get involved and donate.

A calendar of events relating to the ride was as follows:

Friday 19th September – Gala dinner at Le Provencal Golf Club in Biot

Sunday 5th October – The team set off from Ancona

Friday 10th October – Tribute Ride sponsored by Sunseeker Monaco from San Remo to Antibes

Friday 10th October – Champagne welcome home at 16.30 on IYCA by Gourmet Deliveries – sponsored by Freedom Maritime

Saturday 11th October – Party at The Royal Beach, Antibes, featuring Superstar DJ Shaun Hughes who is cycling from Ibiza to take part.

Note: Article supplied by the official Sunseeker Blog Book

Sunseeker Yachts to participate in Barcelona Boat Show 2014

October 07, 2014

This month will see the Barcelona International Boat Show return to Port Vell, a beautiful Barcelona yacht holiday location. Spain’s largest yachting event will run from Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th October, and will be attended by the leading British luxury yacht builder, Sunseeker.

Sunseeker return to the Barcelona International Boat Show with an outstanding display from 15th-19th October

Sunseeker return to the Barcelona International Boat Show with an outstanding display from 15th-19th October

Promising some of the biggest brands in boating, the Barcelona Boat Show attracts thousands of visitors to the popular Spanish city, and is located just 45 minutes away from the World-class Sunseeker Spain sales, aftersales and service facilities in Empuriabrava.

The Sunseeker Spain Headquarters is housed at the World-class, 5000 sq m facility in Empuriabrava

The Sunseeker Spain Headquarters is housed at the World-class, 5000 sq m facility in Empuriabrava

Sunseeker Spain is to exhibit a stunning range at Barcelona for 2014, with 6 new Sunseeker yachts on display, from the ever-popular Portofino 40 to the game-changing 28 Metre Yacht – set to be one of the largest vessels at the show.

A star of the show - The Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht will be on display at Barcelona Boat Show

A star of the show - The Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht will be on display at Barcelona Boat Show

The full Sunseeker line-up across the 5-day show is as follows:

Portofino 40

San Remo 485

Manhattan 53

68 Sport Yacht

80 Sport Yacht

28 Metre Yacht (example is superyacht ZOZO)

Moll d’Espanya in Barcelona will be home to the Sunseeker display over the 5-day International boat show. Picture: Flickr

Moll d’Espanya in Barcelona will be home to the Sunseeker display over the 5-day International boat show. Picture: Flickr

Located on the Moll d’Espanya, the Sunseeker stand will be a core attraction at the boat show, with new and existing clients and visitors invited to view the amazing selection of Sunseeker yachts on display.

Note: Article supplied by the official Sunseeker Blog Book