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Bill Selsey looks at this long overdue and much dreaded activity!
With no current plans for further shows, the 2019 Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show has been cancelled.
The organisers say it has been difficult to achieve satisfactory commercial arrangements. In 2015 See it for Real Productions were asked to organise the show by the then chairman of the trustees of Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens, Richard Howard.
Set to return to the magnificent Alexandra Palace over the weekend of 2 – 3 March, the RYA Dinghy Show in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki is a long standing favourite with dinghy sailors.
This year the RYA will be celebrating the diversity within the sport, recognising the different ‘tribes’ that make up the dinghy sailing community through the show theme #MyDinghyTribe.
So whether you are a cruiser, racer or foiler, it is the ideal opportunity to catch up with old friends and connect with fellow ‘tribe’-members.
The Green Blue calls on boaters to #GoGreenFor2019.
As boaters we all have a vested interest in protecting the environment where we spend our leisure time and The Green Blue is dedicated to ensuring you get the best possible advice on how to do that.
Located at the mouth of the River Hamble in an unbeatable position for access to the Solent, MDL’s Hamble Point Marina attracts competitive sailors, racers and cruisers from around the world to berth at its world-famous location. And why not? With the Solent literally a stone’s throw away, sheltered cruising or exciting racing is available on pretty much every day of the year.
This five gold anchor marina has grown-up being known as a boat buyers’ paradise, the place for brokerage in the UK, with dealers representing new and used yachts from companies such as Beneteau, Hanse and Nordhaven dotted across the site. Now MDL are harnessing that past with eight new sales units with a high-level walkway surrounding a hardstanding capable of taking 100+ yachts or motorboats.
Mercury Marine will celebrate its 80th anniversary throughout 2019 with events around the world, reflecting on its strong heritage of innovation and leadership in the marine industry.
On 22 January 1939, E. Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a bankrupt engine manufacturing plant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Now, 80 years later, Mercury Marine is a company with 7,000 global employees and recognised worldwide as the leading manufacturer of marine propulsion systems.
Nautical Lifestyle Brand, SACQUA will be showcasing their new collection of waterproof handbags at this years’ RYA Dinghy Show, in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki (02-03 March, Alexandra Palace, London).
Designed by a woman for women on the water. Stylishly chic, the eye catching waterproof handbag keeps make-up, phone and other precious items dry. It is so versatile it can be used on any vessel from a dinghy to a super yacht. A solution for all sea-loving women.
This stylish jacket, available for men and women, is designed as a mid layer when sailing and, when back on land, is an ideal outer layer to keep you both warm and dry. Stretch side panels and sleeves allow freedom of movement whilst heat is kept at a maximum against the torso. The down is hydrophic water-repellent so is practical too.
The boat is owned by Neil and Mandy Chapman, who bought her in 1996.
With just 2 weeks to go before our February Boatbid; our online boat auction, goes live, have a look through our catalogue to see what we have available this month...
On 25 January, St Cecilia, Wightlink’s third largest ship, is retiring from service after an estimated 200,000 crossings of the Solent. Having sailed approximately 1 million miles, Friday will mark her final sailing day before she heads to Sardinia to spend her retirement sailing between Portovesma, Calasetta and Carloforte.
Named after St Cecilia Abbey in Ryde, she commenced service at 06:00 on 27th March 1987 following a special inaugural cruise attended by 300 invited guests. As one of four Saint-class ferries sailing between Portsmouth and Fishbourne, she weighs in at an impressive 953.2 tonnes* and measures over 77 metres long.
The Garmin GPSMAP 8400/8400xsv series is an extension of its flagship GPSMAP 8400 series which brings premium features like built-in sonar and extensive networking capabilities in more affordable display options. Available in 10-, 12- and 16-inch displays that feature full HD in-plane switching (IPS) screens with multi-touch control, the series is WiFi enabled and offers full connectivity and networkability, so boaters can completely customise their marine electronics system based on their needs and preferences.
£2,429.99 – £5,749.99
For the first time in the history of Emirates Team New Zealand, the team has begun construction of its own America’s Cup boat in their own purpose-built boatyard on Auckland’s North Shore.
Led by Emirates Team New Zealand Build Operations Manager Sean Regan, the facility which has been a long-term vision of the team, has been started from the ground up turning a clean factory floor into one of the most up to date, purpose-built composite boat building facilities in the country.
The 2019 edition of the Cruising Association’s guide Cruising the Inland Waterways of France and Belgium has been published.Described as their ‘Bible’ by regular users and yacht skippers planning routes to and from the Mediterranean, the guide contains a wealth of information on cruising routes, cruising preparations, supplies, equipment, licences and documents, useful addresses, books and websites as well as listing around 250 mooring places throughout France and Belgium. The listings include comments on facilities, depths, prices, closest shops, restaurants and nearby attractions. The latest edition also includes details of fuel locations, either alongside or within easy jerrycan distance. Produced by the CA’s European Inland Waterways Section, the Guide is updated annually from reports contributed by CA members who are actively cruising the waterways, over 150 of which were submitted for the latest edition alone. Priced at £25 plus p&p, the Guide includes a 25% discount offer on first year membership to purchasers applying online for CA membership during the year. CA members have access to the online edition of the guide, which is updated up to three times a year and contains hyperlinks to the CA’s proprietary CAptain’s Mate app, enabling users to access the most up to date information on mooring locations. In addition to the France and Belgium guide, the CA’s European Inland Waterways Section also produces full colour mini-guides to several of the French inland waterways, a German Rhine Guide and a range of information sheets on all aspects of inland waterways cruising. This authoritative 204-page guide, edited by Gordon Knight and Dr Roger Edgar, is now in its 23rd edition and available directly from the CA’s online shop at https://www.theca.org.uk/catalog as well as from the Lulu.com bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
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