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Rodman 33 Offshore: Spanish yard targets crossover success

Rodman’s commercial arm does a roaring trade so it’s no great surprise that the leisure boat side of the business has been on the back burner of late. This Rodman 33 Offshore is a smart example of the crossover between the two sides because by borrowing the hull of its…

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End of an era at Princess Yachts as MD Chris Gates steps down

Princess Yachts has announced that one of the most influential figures in its history Chris Gates has stepped down as managing director. However, after 30 years in his role, Gates is not leaving the company and will stay on as a special advisor to the executive chairman, ensuring that his…

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Sunseeker names new CEO as Andrea Frabetti replaces Christian Marti

Sunseeker has announced a change in its senior management today (June 11) with Andrea Frabetti replacing Christian Marti as CEO. Frabetti joined the Poole-based yard last year as chief technical officer, having previously spent 25 years at Ferretti Group, rising to the rank of vice-president of product development. Sunseeker has also…

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Yanmar ASV: Self-docking craft offers a glimpse of the future of boating

Japanese marine diesel engine manufacturer Yanmar is working on technology that it says will ultimately be able to deliver hands-free automatic docking for leisure boats. The system is currently being developed for an ‘autonomous surface vessel’, a robotic drone boat developed and built with JAMSTEC (Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science…

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Boat brokers team up for charity cycling challenge

Boat selling rivalries will be put to one side this summer in the name of charity, as TBS Boats and Bates Wharf employees will be taking part in the Riding4Dreams London-Paris cycling challenge. The fundraising group was set up by Nick Moore, Chris Manners, Mark Harris and Richard Bates, and…

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Dean & Reddyhoff announces Quay Marinas merger

Two of the biggest names in the UK marina sector have agreed a merger deal, which will complete within three months and spark a £10million investment in new facilities over the next five years. Dean & Reddyhoff and Quay Marinas operate 11 sites between them and by joining forces the…

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Princess Yachts reveals record financial results

Booming yacht sales led to record financial results at Princess Yachts in 2018, according to the yard’s latest financial results, which were released last week (May 30). Both the turnover of £340million (up 24% year-on-year) and operating profit of £30million (up 173% year-on-year) are new records for Princess, while its…

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Andrea Bocelli trades up to CdM Darwin 86 yacht

Italian yard Cantiere delle Marche has revealed that its latest client is none other than the world-famous opera singer Andrea Bocelli, who recently upgraded to a Darwin 86 yacht. His new steel-hulled boat, named Stella del Nord, was on the market for less than a month before Bocelli snapped it…

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Bluegame 62: The Mediterranean’s answer to a Botnia Targa

The Bluegame brand is best described as the glamorous Mediterranean answer to the Botnia Targa range of boats. Founded by Olympic sailor Luca Santella and naval architect Lou T Codega, but now owned by Sanlorenzo Yachts, it builds fast, stylish, seaworthy SUBs (Sports Utility Boats). Unlike the Targas, Bluegames feature…

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Roberto Cavalli: Fashion designer on his Batman-inspired yacht

Custom yacht projects give their owner the ultimate blank slate for creativity, and the opportunity to build something truly unique was not wasted by fashion designer Roberto Cavalli. The Italian trendsetter recently revealed his inspiration for his latest yacht came not from the catwalk, but from the big screen. Cavalli…

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Atlantic A500: Dutch yard bounces back with new 54ft aft cabin

This isn’t some displacement-only metal lump, either. With a dual-mode hull and pair of 435hp Volvo Penta diesels it has a quoted top speed of more than 25 knots, and according to Atlantic, is 20% more efficient than a traditional planing hull. The Atlantic A500 was designed in partnership with…

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Otam 65HT: The 20m custom yacht inspired by fighter jets

Italian yard Otam has released the first details of its latest custom yacht project, and it’s every bit as outrageous as you’d expect. Both the styling and performance of the Otam 65HT take their cues from the world of private jets, with sporty lines straight from designer Umberto Tagliavini’s boards…

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Coastguard launches search and rescue drone trial

Drones could be used to spot boats in distress at sea, after the Coastguard launched a 12-month trial into this technology. The year-long pilot will take place in Essex with the help of the local police force’s dedicated drone unit, as well as Coastguard teams from Walton, Clacton, Mersea Island,…