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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,…

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Free RIB rides this weekend at Bike4Bart 2019

The second annual Bike4Bart charity event is kicking off this weekend (April 27) at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation’s Portsmouth Watersports Centre. As well as the main cycling event to raise money for the Andrew Simpson Foundation, the watersports centre will be hosting free taster sessions for those looking to…

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Azimut 78: Triple IPS power for new Italian flybridge

Slotting in the gap between the Azimut 72 and the Azimut Grande 25 Metri, the Azimut 78 is the latest addition to the yard’s range. As with previous Azimut launches, there will be liberal use of structural carbon fibre to keep weights down – specifically in the superstructure, flybridge, hardtop…

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Sunseeker 161 Yacht: First look at Design Unlimited interior

British studio Design Unlimited has revealed the first interior renderings of the forthcoming Sunseeker 161 Yacht, which will become the Poole-based yard’s new flagship when it splashes down in 2021. Flexibility of space was a key theme during the development of the interior design, and this shines through in the transom,…

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Post-Brexit boating: Channel Island cruising could be affected

The Guernsey Harbours Head of Port Operations has warned of the potential implications that a no-deal Brexit could have on private boat owners wishing to cross from the Channel Islands to France. In an update issued to all members of the Guernsey Yacht Club, it explained: “In the event of…

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Boat Safety Scheme: Carbon monoxide alarms now mandatory

The Boat Safety Scheme has released guidance on fitting carbon monoxide alarms to your boat, after the safety equipment became mandatory under the scheme’s updated requirements, which came into force earlier this month (April 1). The rule change affects nearly all private and non-private boats wanting to achieve BSS certification.…

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London Yacht Show: Inaugural event postponed until 2020

The organisers of the London Yacht Show announced today (April 6) that the inaugural event has been postponed until 2020, citing slow take-up from “some segments of the industry and from luxury brands”. Billed as the replacement for the London Boat Show, which was cancelled in May 2018, the London…

2019 Motor Boat Awards: Finalists revealed

Sportsboats and RIBS Sponsored by Agapi 950 Finnmaster T8 Jeanneau Cap Camarat 9.0 Nimbus W9 Parker 850 Voyager Superboats Brabus Shadow 800 Cockwells Titian Tender Levi 8.5 SACS Strider 10 Sealegs 9.0 Hydrasol Zeelander Z44 Sportscruisers up to 45ft Sponsored by Fairline Targa 43 Open Grandezza 34 OC Keizer 42 Pardo 43 …

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Win a place on Team Britannia’s round-the-world record attempt

Adventurous boaters are being offered the chance to join a world-record attempt, as Alan Priddy’s Team Britannia is giving away 12 places on its 80ft superboat Excalibur. The slots are being allocated through an online competition, tickets for which are priced at £25. It is hoped that funds raised from…

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MAIB report: Sun glare a major factor in Red Funnel ferry crash

Glare from the afternoon sun has been cited as one of the main reasons that a Red Funnel ferry crashed into a 10m motorcruiser in the Solent last summer (29 September). The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) has released its report into the incident, which saw the Doral motorboat Phoenix…

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Sanlorenzo SL102: Asymmetric yacht to debut at Palm Beach show

The Palm Beach International Boat Show 2019, which opens this weekend (Mar 28-31), is the chosen venue for the US launch of the Sanlorenzo SL102Asymmetric. The Italian powerhouse claims that this is the ‘world’s first asymmetric motoryacht’ and that by only having a passage down the starboard side on the…

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Coastguard issues GPS date rollover warning

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued a warning to users of older GPS navigation equipment concerning a date rollover that will take place on April 6. GPS systems store Week Numbers as a 10-bit binary number which allows for a maximum of 1024 weeks (19.7 years) before resetting to…

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Biggest Riva yacht to date splashes down in Ancona

The Ferretti Group is celebrating a major milestone after its Ancona-based Riva Superyachts division launched the biggest Riva yacht to date over the weekend (March 23). Measuring in at 50 metres long, with a beam of nine metres, she has been named Race, the Italian yard added. Race features super-modern…