Channel Isle puts best foot forward for second show
The second Jersey Boat Show takes place from 2-4 May, at St Helier.
The first event last year proved a rousing success with boaters from the UK and France joining islanders for a range of exhibited boats and features for all members of the family.
Around 12,000 poeple attended the show in all and this year organisers, who have been working with National Boat Shows (NBS), the arm of the British Marine Federation which organises the London and Southampton boat shows, are hoping to make the show even more of a success.
The three-day event takes place in the maritime heart of St Helier, around the marina and on the heritage quays.
There will be motor and sail boats, with other stall giving a flavour of Jersey’s history, food, drink and live entertainment.
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One star attraction will be Type 42 Destroyer HMS York, which will be moored alongside the ferry berth for visitors.
There is an interesting motorboat launch at the show – the first boat we have seen from Armor Boats.
The craft is designed by British designer Nigel Irens and built by French builder Armor Boats.
Their 12-metre Range Boat has a 3.3metre beam and 0.9 metre draft.
It is designed as a day boat with seating for up to eight adults, with a covered front cabin and cockpit.
The front cabin includes a double berth, sink, shower and heads.
The aft decking lounge area features padded bench seating which converts into a double berth, as well as a galley with cooker, sink, icemaker and refrigerator.
Power comes from a single 100hp giving a cruising speed of 13-15 knots. Top speed with a single 200hp unit should be 20 knots.
The company say: “The boat has a long waterline length, and is much lighter than most boats of this length.
“This unusual configuration creates a hull shape that is highly energy efficient, enabling the Range Boat to smoothly achieve remarkable speeds without the need to get on the plane.
“This avoids the uncomfortable slamming and often bumpy ride characteristic of planing hulls, and gives a satisfying feeling of slippery and effortless speed.
“Nigel Iren’s non-planing Low Displacement to Length (LDL) concept also allows the boat to be operated at optimum speed to suit the sea state unlike a planing hull which becomes uncomfortable and inefficient when forced by adverse sea-state to travel at sub-planing speeds.”
Prices start at ?220,000. Follow the link at the bottom for more information on the craft.
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