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Boat owners who want to visit Britain’s Ocean City this year can berth in the very centre of Plymouth for less by taking advantage of exclusive visitor berthing offers from The Marina at Sutton Harbour.
The Marina at Sutton Harbour is a 5 Gold Anchor award-winning marina, making it one of the top 105 marinas in the world, and is perfectly located in the historic heart of Plymouth, handily close to the city centre and only a short walk from the bustling shopping mall Drake’s Circus.
Boatshed sponsor The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, its got to be the No1 classic sailing event in the Caribbean.
At the end of 2017 we were approached by Chris Woods on behalf of the Keith Black Will Trust who wanted to donate his Colvic Countess 33 to Sail 4 Cancer. After considering whether to use her for our family sailing days it was eventually decided that the charity would get more benefit is she was sold and the funds used to give breaks to the many families on the waiting list.
Just a quick reminder that this is the last chance to bid in the April Boatbid Auction. The Auction will end at 1900 this evening.
Garmin has announced the addition of a new 12-inch networking chartplotter and combination model to its popular GPSMAP product line – the GPSMAP 1222 Touch and 1222xsv Touch chartplotters. Both with a 12-inch touchscreen display, these new plotters are available with and without built-in sonar. “These new GPSMAPs are designed for the budget-conscious customer who desires premium features typically found only in a higher-end product,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “We’ve packed these plotters with industry-leading features and built-in conveniences to offer something for every boater.”
GPSMAP 1222: £2,479.99
Zhik’s 2018 range for cruising includes the upgraded Aroshell® Jacket and a new all purpose Smock providing sailors with a range of lightweight, versatile, shell garments for inshore and coastal yachting. The Jacket and Smock both have adjustable inner neck and cuff seals using Zhik’s soft durable Reziseal fabric, which gives a watertight seal and prevents spray or rain getting down inside the jacket. The jacket also features an adjustable hood. The Smock incorporates Zhik’s DAME award winning Adaptive Hood system which can be zipped on and off. Zhik’s offshore Hood and Collar, or the Superwarm® and Avlare® Zip-on balaclavas, can be added to the smock.
Aroshell Jacket £275
Newport’s popular Riverfest is preparing to set sail again, as this popular annual event enters its 11th year.
Set on Newport’s historic Quay, in the Isle of Wight’s picturesque market town local residents and visitors will enjoy and wide range of free entertainment.
The “Workplace Challenge” sailing event is set to return to the Southern Region in 2018 after a successful pilot scheme last year.
If you have always fancied learning to sail, and you have got a few like-minded colleagues at work, this could be a great chance to get together and take the one-evening-a week course over six weeks and then beat your boss in a fun racing event at the end of it.
The auction will run from 0900 on Friday the 13th to 1700 on Tuesday the 17th of April.
Watersports participation increased by 3.4 per cent on last year, reaching the highest volume since this survey was first undertaken.
According to the latest research released today, a record 3.96m UK adults (7.4 per cent of the UK adult population) participated in one or more of 12 core boating activities1 in 2017, the highest volume recorded since this research initiative was first launched in 2002. And despite challenges to consumer confidence and an unsettled economy in the wake of Brexit negotiations, boat ownership has also increased, with more than 690,000 boat owning households in the UK.
Marinestore has expanded to Essex Marina. The new chandlery store adds to the group’s existing outlets in Burnham on Crouch, Maldon and West Mersea.
Essex Marina is located on the River Crouch, next to Wallasea Island. With deep water berths located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it is a popular location. Berth holders and visitors alike can rest assured that their chandlery needs will be well served with the huge range of products which Marinestore lists.
Princess Yachts Ltd has delivered a record-breaking year in 2017, with its highest ever sales in its 53-year history, a robust return to profitability, and advance orders totalling more than US$1billion (£¾ billion).Financial results for the 12 months to 31 December 2017 show record turnover of £274.4 million (+26.6% on 2016) and an Operating Profit before Exceptionals of £7.9m (2.9% of sales), representing a turnaround of £15 million (6.1% points) on its 2016 results and continuing the trend of strong year-on-year growth for the luxury yacht builder.Princess’ recent performance at the industry’s three biggest global sales events – the Cannes, Fort Lauderdale and Düsseldorf boat shows, saw the company power ahead across its entire fleet. Princess’ advance order book currently totals in excess of $1 billion (£¾ billion), 20% higher than the previous year.Princess is poised for an even more successful year in 2018. The year began with the launch of the V50, V65 and S78 models and will see an additional six launches by year-end, including the revolutionary carbon fibre R35 sports boat which will feature the innovative Active Foil System for world class performance, efficiency and stability. This unprecedented launch programme is underpinned by a stronger-than-ever presence at the world’s leading boat shows, intensified marketing programmes, and a significant investment in production and quality at its Plymouth headquarters. To support this growth, Princess has increased its workforce by over 500 team members in the last year.Antony Sheriff, Executive Chairman of Princess Yachts, said: “This has been a landmark year in the history of Princess. We have a clear vision to be the highest quality, most innovative and best luxury yacht producer in the world and it is gratifying to our highly skilled and dedicated 2,700-strong team that the market has responded in tune with our efforts. With our exciting launch plan this year of unique and exceptional yachts, coupled with our unprecedented $1 billion order book which stretches well into 2019, 2018 is set to be another record year in sales and profits for Princess Yachts.”
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The Cruising Association has announced a relaunch of its partnership with Henri Lloyd.
In addition to being spoilt for choice with a range of more than 50 technical clothing and accessory products to choose from, CA members will also benefit from a generous discount scheme when purchasing their Henri Lloyd kit for this season.
Put bluntly, if you can smell petrol-engine exhaust fumes in the boat, kill the engine(s) and get out fast before you inhale any further toxic fumes!
A major carbon monoxide (CO) risk comes from either big inboard petrol-engines producing lethal volumes of the highly poisonous gas in seconds, or from outboards and other portable engines steadily increasing CO in the cabin; but whatever the source, boaters cannot afford to drop their guard says the Boat Safety Scheme.
Whether you are prepping your boat for spring or planning your next adventure, having the right safety equipment is essential. Orolia’s new range of grab bags, being added to the McMurdo and Kannad product portfolio, have been designed to help boaters and adventurers store their vital safety equipment safely and securely. The range is available in three variations: a 3L single shoulder bag, a larger 42L double shoulder back pack and a 42L duffle bag. The 3L single shoulder bag is ideal when you are planning an all day adventure and can be packed with an EPIRB or PLB, water, high energy food and also has a place to keep your phone and car keys. The 42L double shoulder back pack is ideal when planning weekend adventures, while the 42L duffle bag is great for those traveling into more remote regions, blue water sailors or extreme land adventurers.