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Record-breaking 137mph offshore raceboat goes up for auction

If you’re after a practical secondhand family cruiser, it’s safe to say, this isn’t the one for you… But if you’ve got even a passing interest in offshore powerboat racing, listen up, because fine art specialist Sworders has a particularly unusual item on the block next week (July 9). Cultured…

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Hunt Yachts Ocean 76: The American cruiser from a yachting pioneer

Hunt Yachts, as a brand, may be unfamiliar in these parts but you can bet your bottom dollar you’ll recognise its lineage. The man responsible for Hunt Yachts’ hull design is C. Raymond Hunt himself, a man credited as a pioneer of the deep-vee hull form and responsible for hulls from iconic…

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Sunseeker 161 Yacht: Fast displacement hull form explained

Juicy details continue to filter through about the Sunseeker 161 Yacht, which will become the Poole-based yard’s new flagship when it splashes down in late 2021. Announced in September 2018, the 49 metre 161 Yacht is Sunseeker’s first aluminium-hulled project, and is being built in partnership with Dutch shipyard Icon Yachts.…

More female engineers needed in the marine industry

Picking up on yesterday’s International Women in Engineering Day , it hopes to focus attention on the inspiring career opportunities available to girls in the industry. This year’s theme is Transform the Future, which mirrors the work British Marine is doing to support and develop skills across the industry. Currently only…

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Palm Beach GT50 Open: Stunning yacht gets even more attractive

The hardtop Express version is a handsome machine but the Open, with its exposed cockpit and faultlessly clean profile is a thing of rare beauty. You can practically count the number of true open sportscruisers of this size on one hand. Admittedly, it’s a pretty niche market that will want…

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New Sunseeker CEO Andrea Frabetti outlines product plan

After less than a month in the job, CEO Andrea Frabetti and the Sunseeker strategic committee have announced plans to double the yard’s range in the next 3 years. In a statement released today, the Poole-based yard said: “The plan focuses on further developing the framework for the business and driving…

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450hp outboard: Mercury Racing releases most powerful model yet

Outboard specialist EP Barrus has pushed the envelope with its latest launch, the 450hp Mercury Racing 450R. Built around a supercharged 4.6-litre four-stroke V8, this model is the most powerful outboard engine you can buy today (Seven Marine’s 650hp unit remains a rarity). But it’s not just power that it…

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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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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…