Boating Business | World Sailing and ICOMIA join forces

WORLD SAILING AND ICOMIA JOIN FORCESHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSWORLD SAILING AND ICOMIA JOIN FORCES07 Oct 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintWorld Sailing and ICOMIA have joined forces to increase participation in sailing whilst ensuring the sport has a sustainable future Photo: PixabayINDUSTRY DATABASEICOMIAWorld Sailing, the world governing body of the sport and ICOMIA, the global voice of the recreational marine industry, have joined forces to ensure a sustainable future for the sport.World Sailing and ICOMIA have a shared vision to grow participant numbers whilst safeguarding the environment. As part of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the two organisations will collaborate on a variety of common interest areas such as vessel recycling, hybrid propulsion and sustainable maintenance.“We cross paths with ICOMIA regularly when lobbying at an international level for the benefit of recreational boating,” said Dan Reading, World Sailing’s head of sustainability. “By joining forces to strengthen the link between the marine industry with end users, we can be more effective in creating a more sustainable sector.”Under the MOU, both organisations will share statistics and data with the aim of increasing the number of people who are active on the water.Increasing the industry’s profileUdo Kleinitz, secretary general of ICOMIA added: “By formalising the strategic partnership with World Sailing, our organisations acknowledge the benefits of the knowledge, resources and positively increasing the industry’s profile.”ICOMIA is an international association and longstanding stakeholder in the working groups of the EU Commission, employing technical and environmental specialists who are already engaged in EU related work. Founded in 1907, World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing and comprises 144 member national authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world and 117 world sailing class associations.

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Boating Business | Sunseeker launches new superyacht division



30 Sep 2019







The new 161 yacht. Sunseeker is launching a new superyacht division Photo: Sunseeker



Sunseeker has announced its intention of moving into metal-built yachts with the launch of a dedicated superyacht division.

Announcing the new direction, chief executive Andrea Frabetti also spoke of the company’s ambitions to double the yard’s range to 26 models from 38ft to 50m by 2022. Since 2000 Sunseeker has delivered 137 yachts over 100ft and has now set its sights on a distinctive range of superyachts from 101ft to 161ft.

The expansion of its superyacht line has in part been motivated by the loss of customers as the market moves into larger, metal-built vessels. It has been a long-term ambition of Sunseeker’s to move into metal-hulled designs and the company has now teamed up with Falmouth-based Pendennis and ICON in the Netherlands to realise those plans.

No ceiling

Global sales director, Sean Robertson, added, “A move into metal means there is no ceiling as to how big we can go in the future, but obviously this requires different expertise and so it was essential to find the right partner to support the project.”

Pendennis will build the new 133 yacht with its ‘dramatic new look’, announced earlier this year at Cannes Yachting Festival, whilst ICON will build the flagship 161 yacht at its Harlingen shipyard.

Between 2019 and 2020, Sunseeker plans to invest between £10m and £15m a year in new products, starting with the Hawk 38 and Predator 60 Evo in 2019.

Andrea added: “Looking ahead, we will further develop the framework for the business, aided by a £50m CAPEX investment in R&D, new products, innovation and technology over the next five years.”

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Boating Business | Sailing returns to school curriculum

SAILING RETURNS TO SCHOOL CURRICULUMHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSSAILING RETURNS TO SCHOOL CURRICULUM12 Sep 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe RYA has welcomed news that sailing and windsurfing will once again be taught in schools Photo: RYAINDUSTRY DATABASEROYAL YACHTING ASSOCIATIONSailing and windsurfing will once again be part of PE in schools following a 2018 public consultation by the Department for Education (DfE).The consultation looked at proposals to add activities to the published GCSE, AS and A level PE activity lists. A total of 1,077 responses were received putting forward 82 activities. Sailing and windsurfing are two of 13 new activities that have been added, having been removed in 2014.Sarah Treseder, chief executive of RYA said that the return is a major boost and will help develop the sport. “It opens the door for even more young people to experience sailing and what it can do for their personal development, as well as providing even more variety across the PE curriculum,” she said.Hugely grateful“We are hugely grateful to the many RYA members, affiliated sailing clubs, schools, teachers and parents who supported our campaign for inclusion in the list by responding to the consultation and appreciate the opportunity to have worked with DfE officials and awarding organisations to explain and make the case for the inclusion of sailing and windsurfing.”As the national governing body for sailing and windsurfing, the RYA will now work with the government to develop guidance on how sailing and windsurfing can be taught and assessed in a consistent way.The revised lists will be used from September 2020 onwards.

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Boating Business | FIBRE Mechanics invests



05 Sep 2019







FIBRE Mechanics new oven was designed in-house

Composite boat builder FIBRE Mechanics has invested in a new 48m hull oven at its Lymington factory.

The oven will be used to cure carbon fibre pre-preg yacht hulls and decks and was designed by the in-house project team.

“We constructed our first pre-preg oven here in the Lymington factory over 25 years ago when we were building a 90ft carbon cruising yacht,” said Gary Vaughan, director of operations. “This new oven has come together far quicker than that one and requires a lot less energy to get up to temperature.

“It’s good to see we have learned something over the years.”

Assembly operations

The new oven has a retractable roof to allow use of the overhead gantry crane during assembly operations and can be sectioned into smaller units as required.

At present it is partitioned to form a 34m oven for the hull of a new project starting this month and a 14m oven for a large vacuum table, currently being used to manufacture bulkheads and structure for the Gunboat 68 catamaran.

Powered by electric heaters, with 15 separate heat inlets, the new oven is capable of raising the temperature to 105° centigrade.

Temperature and vacuum pressure can be controlled, monitored and logged across all component surfaces for cure cycles that are often in excess of 48-hours duration.

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Boating Business | Yacht designer Don Pye dies



28 Aug 2019







Don Pye has died aged 93. Pic: Holman & Pye



Yacht designer Don Pye has died aged 93 following a heart attack.

Don partnered with Kim Holman in 1964 and the pair formed Holman & Pye, designing yachts for several production yards including Bowman, Wauquiez, Seamaster, Hustler and Oyster.

After David Cooper joined the business, the firm became respected throughout the sailing world for designing practical seagoing yachts with great performance.

The company had a close relationship with Oyster and the boatbuilder’s founder Richard Matthews designing the UFI 34 and other UFO models before the first Oyster branded yacht – the Oyster 37 – in 1978.

Rob Humphreys took over the design of Oyster yachts after Don retired from Holman & Pye in the mid-1990s, with many of his original concepts still incorporated in the yacht designs.

Today around 5,000 yachts designed by Holman & Pye are still sailing around the world – and winning races – including six Rustler 36s that took part in the 2018 Golden Globe race around the world for amateur sailors.

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Boating Business | Vintage boats on show on Isle of Sheppey

VINTAGE BOATS ON SHOW ON ISLE OF SHEPPEYHOME NEWSPROMOTIONSBOAT SHOWS VINTAGE BOATS ON SHOW ON ISLE OF SHEPPEY02 Sep 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe ‘Cambria’ sailing barge arriving at Queenborough for the Classic Boat Festival Photo: KentOnlineVintage boat enthusiasts have flocked to the fourth Classic Yacht & Motor Boat Festival at Queenborough Harbour on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.The festival, held on 31 August to 1 September, featured more than 15 boats, tugs and yachts, all designed or built before 1970. Any boat, be it wood, steel, aluminium or fibre glass, sail or steam, is welcome and highlights included a 79 tonne wooden sailing barge and the Hjordis, built in 1956 and restored from wreck after being purchased at auction in 2015.The weekend, which coincides with the 61st round-the-island yacht race is ‘the place to be, if you love old boats’ said Queenborough Harbour operations director, Geoff Reed. Organised by the Isle of Sheppey Sailing Club, the 40-mile endurance race is the UK’s longest dinghy, sailboard and catamaran race.Thames sailing bargeThe Cambria was built of wood at Greenhithe in 1906 and was the last barge to trade entirely under sail, taking her last cargo in 1970. Owned and operated by the Cambria Trust, she was moved from the Dolphin Yard Sailing Museum in Sittingbourne to Sheerness Docks in 2006 and then to Faversham for restoration in 2007, completing in 2011.Another highlight was the much smaller Hjordis, built in 1956 and bought as a wreck at auction in July 2015 by Ian and Jamie Bone. “The poor boat was in a dilapidated state and looking very sorry for itself. Once we started work many marine professionals and shipwrights advised us it may be kinder to get a skip and dispose of her,” said Ian Bone.‘Beauty shines through’When the restoration began to reveal mahogany planks beneath the flaking paint the new owners pressed ahead. “We spent thousands of hours of hard work. Now her beauty now shines through,” said Ian Bone.Another classic is Doris the Thames Bawley, the XPilot, which runs trips to the Second World War Maunsell sea forts, and the Spirit of Sheppey which is reintroducing ferry trips from Queenborough to Southend after a recent engine transplant.

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Boating Business | Pendennis begins 1930s yacht restoration



22 Aug 2019







The ‘MY Marala’ arrives at Pendennis Shipyard Photo: Jake Sugden



Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth has begun the restoration of 1930s yacht which was used for naval service during the second world war.

Originally built by Camper & Nicholsons in 1931, the 59m MY Marala will spend the next 18 months undergoing a painstaking restoration, with the team at Pendennis ensuring she retains her original character and pedigree.

Joint MD of Pendennis, Mike Carr, explained: “We pride ourselves on being able to sympathetically balance traditional craftsmanship with modern technology, breathing new life into these historic yachts.”

Unusually for a yacht of this age, Marala has had very few owners. When she came on to the market in 2016, it was for the first time in more than 50 years. As a result, she is one of the few surviving yachts from the 1930s to have maintained her character and basic layout, as well as her original engines.

Celebrating the 1930s

The restoration will see upgrades to the yacht’s steelwork, domestic and electrical systems, harnessing modern engineering methods. Her interior will benefit from a new guest area and London-based design house Muza Lab have been commissioned to bring a new look to the décor that celebrates the 1930s.

The yacht’s exterior will see a number of superstructure modifications that aim to restore her profile closer to the original lines. She will also benefit from a complete paint programme and an upgrade of her teak decks.

“Years of experience working on award winning projects has given our 430 strong workforce not only a broad understanding of the complexities of completing a project such as Marala, but also a deep respect for preserving the heritage of these yachts for generations to come,” concluded Mike.

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Boating Business | Harken on show at SIBS



Harken’s Fly Block – on show at this year’s SIBS Photo: Harken



Sailboat hardware and accessories manufacturer, Harken, will be unveiling a range of new products at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show powered by Borrow a Boat.

Among the products the firm will be showing are its high-load Fly Blocks developed specifically for use with high-tech line, Element Blocks and the Reflex 3, its new furling unit for use on larger mono and multihulls.

Fly Blocks

The Fly blocks are available in three sizes – 18, 29 and 40mm – with the larger two featuring a one-piece titanium sheave that doubles as the outer bearing race for their stainless steel ball bearings. Fly Block sideplates are fibre-reinforced composite are suitable for use on foiling dinghies and sport-boats and for vang cascades and backstay systems on Grand-Prix racers.

“Fly Blocks offer the strength previously found only in larger blocks, with increased efficiency, all in a much smaller package,” said Matt Schmidt, leader of the Fly Blocks development project. “Taken together, it means increased potential performance.”

Reflex 3

Following on from the Reflex furling units 1 and 2, Harken now offers the Reflex 3. With a rated maximum working load of 4.5 tonnes the Reflex 3 furls asymmetric spinnakers on monohulls with typical boat lengths of 13 – 17.7m and multihulls of 12 –16.7m; code zero sails on monohulls 12 – 16.5m and multihulls 11–15m.

The 13mm torsion cable combines a layer of steel braid with an 11mm Dyneema core whilst a polymer cable jacket protects against abrasion. Each system comes with an attachment for the bow fitting or sprit and additional attachments are available for increased flexibility.

Element Blocks

Element blocks combine a bearing system with forged aluminium side-plates, designed to protect the fibre-reinforced nylon sheaves, resulting in a block that is said to be durable, efficient and value for money. The range of blocks is offered in singles, doubles, triples, fiddles and footblocks. They accept line from 8 – 16mm and come in 45, 60 and 80mm sizes.

“Element is a product for sailors, no matter if they are cruisers or racers,” said project manager, Jeremy McMahon.

Southampton International Boat Show runs from 13 – 22 September.

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Boating Business | Southampton International Boat Show 2019



19 Aug 2019







This year’s SIBS runs from 13 – 22 September Photo: SIBS



More than 600 global marine brands, boats of all types and a range of activities will be on show at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show powered by Borrow a Boat.

Making their debut at the 51st show will be new yachts from Sunseeker, Fairline and Rodman together with products from first-time exhibitors, UK distributor Celsuis UK and industrial equipment supplier, Mirka UK. Also new this year is the award winning Karpaz Gate Marina from North Cyprus showcasing its facilities and berthing packages.

Alongside the more than 300 boats at the purpose-built marina will be displays such as flyboards and the tall ship, Shtandart, a sea-going training ship and full-size replica of the flagship of the first Russian Baltic fleet whose build was directed by Peter the Great.

Also included is a comprehensive speaker schedule featuring yachtsman and presenter, Tom Cunliffe, ocean voyager and celestial navigator, Stokey Woodall, and Kate Fortnam, campaign manager at the environment programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and Britism Marine, among others.


For those keen to experience the water, the Try-a-Dive pool returns this year for a chance for everyone – complete beginner or seasoned pro – to enjoy scuba diving along with GET AFLOAT which features dinghy sailing, paddleboarding or, for the first time at the show, bellboating. There is also the radio sailing pool where everyone can have a go at sailing a Dragon 65 racing yacht.

Returning once again is one of the show’s top attractions – Try-a-Boat – giving visitors an opportunity to sail a wide range of boats including a 37ft Jeanneau sailing yacht, a 7.8m Rib or a Cheetah Marine cataraman.

Expert advice

Also at the show will be experts from local Hamble point Yacht Charters who will offer a Storm Check service to owners of yachts moored on the Hamble giving advice on how to ensure the boat is winter-ready and representatives from the Cruising Association who will be drawing the winner of the Ocean Safety Big Prize.

The show runs from 13 – 22 September.

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Boating Business | Tom Hutchinson dies



19 Aug 2019







Tom Hutchinson was the founder of Future Fibres. Photo: Future Fibres



Future Fibres’ founder, Tom Hutchinson, has died after sustaining fatal injuries while kitesurfing off the Isle of Wight.

Tom, aged 52, was born on the Isle of Wight and spent his adult life working in and around the sea.

He left school at 16 and became a deckhand on a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean before becoming a delivery skipper.

His career progressed to running a workshop in California servicing yachts competing in the America’s Cup, an opportunity that enabled him to make international contacts in the yachting world.

Future Fibres was established 25 years’ ago on the Isle of Wight and soon moved its manufacturing to London.

America’s Cup teams

When New Zealand won the America’s Cup, the company transferred its business to Auckland, later moving the operation to Valencia, Spain, where it continued to supply America’s Cup teams and also other campaigns.

The company was acquired by Southern Spars, part of the North Technology Group, in 2014.

“Tom will be remembered for his energy and infectious enthusiasm, along with his extreme can-do attitude,” Future Fibres statement. “Future Fibres was the perfect vehicle for Tom’s combined love for water sports and passion for innovation, taking the company from it’s very humble beginnings on the Isle of Wight to an internationally recognised company with a reputation for innovative products that helped our customers go faster and gain an edge on the race course, be it the field of yacht racing, motorsports or indeed any arena in which Tom felt he could make a difference.


“Tom’s loss comes as a deep shock to the Future Fibres community and we express our deepest and sincere condolences to Tom’s family and friends.”

His father Francis added: “Tom’s work took him all over the world, which suited his free-spirited, charismatic personality and he made many life-long friends in the process.

“But the draw of the Island was always with him and he returned to his cliff-top cottage whenever he could to pursue his great love of kiteboarding in the Back of the Wight.”

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