Boating Business | Oyster restarts manufacturing

Oyster has restarted manufacturing at its Wroxham site

Oyster Yachts has restarted manufacturing from the company’s Wroxham site.

The company, that was bought out of administration by Richard Hadida, has begun work on an Oyster 675, the first of two yachts the company has contracts for.

The yachtbuilder has hired 50 yacht builders – all of whom previously worked for Oyster – with the hiring push expected to be scaled up as more order contracts are signed.

“It brings me real pleasure to announce that the production of Oyster yachts has recommenced in Wroxham,” said Richard Hadida, Oyster’s CEO. “Whilst we are moving into a new chapter for the business, we always knew that staying true to the company’s roots was vital.

“I am incredibly proud that we have been able to hire previous employees of the business, as it is their expertise and craftmanship which will ensure we maintain the mark of quality Oyster yachts are known for.”

He added: “As both CEO and a member of the Oyster family, I am delighted that we can now begin to fulfil existing client orders which were interrupted by the administration process, as well as look to the future with genuine confidence as we accept new contracts and return to full-scale production.”

The company has also re-launched the Oyster World Rally with 17 Oysters set to leave Vanuatu in the Pacific islands shortly, setting sail for the Whitsundays in Australia.















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Boating Business | 2019 LBS is cancelled

Inland boating attractions were said to have been a success at LBS 2018INDUSTRY DATABASEBRITISH MARINEThe 2019 London Boat Show will not take place.Show organiser and owner, British Marine, says the decision was made after independent research by exhibition company, Zing Insights, showed there was insufficient support from a large proportion of the marine industry to the show with its current format, duration and location.“The decision to put the London Boat Show on hold is naturally very disappointing for the British marine industry,” said David Pougher, BM president, “British Marine and its board of directors has a responsibility to its members and we cannot commit to running a show which is clearly forecasted in its current format to be commercially unviable and will not meet customer satisfaction levels.”Lack of confidenceA statement from BM said interviews carried out with 67% of exhibitors found although a five-day show was preferable to a ten-day show, a large number of key exhibitors were not prepared to commit to exhibiting in January 2019.Consumer satisfaction was also found to be below acceptable industry standards, particularly the number and diversity of sailing and power boats exhibited.In addition, there is a lack of signed contracts of commitment to the 2019 show which affected confidence from other potential exhibitors.In contract, BM says it is in talks with relevant landlords to increase the footprint of Southampton Boat Show, which last year had close to 500 exhibitors and more than 106,000 visitors and has the support of a title sponsor.Significantly aheadBM says the 2018 event is significantly ahead in terms of ticket sales and exhibitor sign ups compared to this time last year.“ Southampton Boat Show produces a positive contribution to the industry, is well supported by exhibitors and visitors alike and is a highly successful event and we are now able to put all our energy, expertise and enthusiasm into this event,” added Mr Pougher.And he said new opportunities will now be sought to support the industry.“We are very aware that many companies in the marine industry look at a sales activity such as the London Boat Show in January as an excellent way to kick start the year, but times change and we must do the same in order to offer events which are affordable, accessible, welcomed and supported by the industry and its customers and are financially viable for all involved,” he said.SHARE THIS ARTICLEFacebookLinkedInTwitterNEXT ARTICLE FEATURED NEWS WILL THE FIVE-DAY LBS WORK?22/01/18 MORE THAN 75 NEW VESSELS AT LO…10/01/18 ROCKLEY BRINGS WATERSPORTS TO …09/01/18LATEST PRESS RELEASES

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Boating Business | Hoek-designed yacht delivered by Pendennis

‘Vijonara’ is the second hull in Hoek Design’s ‘Truly Classic 128’ series. Credit: Pendennis/ Andrew Wright



3D scanning technology has been used by Pendennis Shipyard to ensure millimetre precision in an Andre Hoek-designed 39m long sloop.

Vijonara is the second hull in Hoek Design’s Truly Classic 128 series and is the result of an 18-month build programme at Pendennis’ site in Falmouth.

“Based on a proven hull specification, the owners had a distinct vision for her customisation to suit their lifestyle and she has been optimised extensively for performance,” explained Andre Hoek. “A new addition to the 128ft design is a bow sprit that houses the downwind sails such as A-symmetric spinnaker or a Code sail, as well as paying homage to true vintage sailing yachts.”

Strategic positioning

The helm station is positioned in front of the aft deckhouse. The central steering wheel with two adjacent side consoles are flanked by winches and hydraulics for performance sailing by a small crew.

The yacht features an open-plan owner’s suite with two bathrooms, a private seating area, study and an oculus with its own underwater lighting.

Forward of the owner’s cabin on portside is a large salon with a TV and library, whilst a gym is positioned on the starboard side.

Luxurious styling includes Sapele mahogany flat panelling and traditional detailing, plus Italian walnut-laid floors with a 6mm maple margin seam alongside Hermès-created interior fittings. The interior and exterior joinery was installed by Ruiter Quality Interiors and Pendennis.

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Boating Business | FIBRE Mechanics is second builder for Melges IC37 keelboat

IC37 by Melges will feature hull and deck moulds built by FIBRE Mechanics. Credit: Stuart Streuli/New York Yacht Club

FIBRE Mechanics has been named as the second builder of the 37ft Mark Mills-designed IC37 by Melges one-design keelboat.

Licensed by the New York Yacht Club and Melges Performance Sailboats, UK-based FIBRE Mechanics will join US-based Westerly Marine as an official builder of the keelboat. The vessel was designed to a concept created by the New York Yacht Club, which has ordered the first 20 boats for use in the Rolex New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup and as a member charter fleet.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected to join the IC37 project team,” said Geoff Stock, FIBRE Mechanics MD.

One-design priority

Maintaining the strict one-design characteristics of the burgeoning class will be the top priority for FIBRE Mechanics, which will be building its hull and deck moulds from the original plug created by Westerly Marine.

The plugs and other associated tooling are currently en route to the FIBRE Mechanics shop in Lymington, with construction of the first boat scheduled to begin by mid-summer and the first vessels available early in 2019.

New York Yacht Club Commodore Phil Lotz added that a second builder in England would allow demand to be met more quickly and help grow the European fleet.

The first IC37 is currently undergoing sea trials off Rhode Islan

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Boating Business | RS Venture Connect boats to compete in Para World Championships

Helena Lucas demonstrating the RS Venture Connect single seat configuration. Credit: RS Sailing/ YouTube



RS Sailing will supply eight new RS Venture Connect class boats for use in the 2018 Para World Championships in September.

The boat’s plug and play para options mean it can be quickly configured to suit sailors with a wide range of disabilities, making round-robin racing in supplied boats possible. Configuration for the competition is currently the two-seat set up, but there are discussions to have the option for one seat with the crew being able to move around the boat and hike as required.

“I’ve had some really positive feedback from sailors, excited by the opportunity to be more physical in the front of the boat, whilst still catering for the more disabled athletes who can take up the seated helming position,” explained Helena Lucas, bronze and gold paralympic medallist, who is helping to establish and steer the RS Venture.

Easier travel

The boat supply means sailors can compete at the competition by just travelling themselves – massively reducing their own and federation’s competition costs and largely removing the logistical difficulties and footprint associated with shipping boats.

The plan is to trial a stadium style format close to the shore, with heats leading to a final – launching a dramatic new era for para racing.

World Sailing selected the RS Venture Connect for the competition in Sheboygan, US and chose to include it in the Para Development Program.

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Boating Business | 15-month suspended prison sentence for Stormforce Coaching boss



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Douglas Innes has been given a 15-month suspended prison sentence in the Cheeki Rafiki case

Douglass Innes has been given a 15-month prison sentence suspended for two years for failing to safely operate the Cheeki Rafiki.

Mr Innes’ company, Stormforce Coaching Ltd, has been fined £50,000 for failing to operate the yacht in a safe manner contrary to section 100 of the Merchant Shipping Act.

The four crew – skipper Andrew Bridge, 22, James Male, 22, Steve Warren, 52 and Paul Goslin, 56, died after the 40ft yacht lost its keel and capsized in the Atlantic in May 2014 as the men were delivering the yacht from Antigua to the UK.

Their bodies have never been found.

The judge at Winchester Crown Court – Mr Justice Nigel Teare – said ‘cost-cutting’ had been a factor and called on the MCA to tighten the rules regarding the inspection of yachts.

“This was a small yacht about to cross the Atlantic alone, having not been independently examined for over three years. Those circumstances give rise to a risk of death,” he said.

Run aground

The court had previously heard the Cheeki Rafiki had run aground three times in as many years prior to its fatal final journey, causing damage to the keel.

Instead of reporting this and ensuring regular inspections were properly completed, Innes neglected the boat and ‘cut corners to save costs’.

The court was also told that an email sent to Mr Innes from the boat stating the boat was taking on water was not acted on straight away. Instead Mr Innes carried on drinking at a pub and only later called the Coastguard.

Karim Khalil QC, defending, read a letter written by Mr Innes saying: “To the families, I am truly sorry for the tragedy that occurred on 16 May 2014 resulting in the loss of your dear ones. Nothing I can say will bring back your loved ones but I think of them every day.”

He was acquitted at a retrial of the manslaughter of the four men.

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Southern Wind 35m Satisfaction | NAVIS April / May 2018 | NAVIS Luxury Yacht Issues

Southern Wind 35m Satisfaction


Choices can be frustrating. Or, they can be fabulous, as is the case with Southern Wind Shipyard’s most recent sailing yacht, Satisfaction. It would seem that the owner the yacht was commissioned for and the Southern Wind team made all the right ones.

Directing and selecting the design elements of this first build in the exciting SW105 miniseries of superyachts, the owner’s brief was clear. Southern Wind Shipyard, in sync with Nauta Design and Farr Yacht Design, delivered. The result is the eponymous Southern Wind 105 sailing yacht, Satisfaction.


A standout high performance cruiser, Satisfaction initiated the evolution of a new generation of sailing yachts at Southern Wind, choosing to be both racer and cruiser, performing both roles with equal abilities. Satisfaction’s first time superyacht owner requested the yacht look and feel like home, embracing all the ergonomic bells and whistles that signal comfort and safety.

Additionally, the owner specified that the yacht be capable of impressive racing performance, calling on new technologies dovetailing aesthetic attention to detail. And, he wanted the deck to be all on one level.

Sleek and chic, sailing yacht Satisfaction was launched in October of 2017 and delivered in January of 2018, giving the owner, as Southern Wind CEO Willy Persico likes to put it, an “authentic traveling companion” that lived like a home, sailed like a falcon, and displayed technology in all the right places.

Important Statistics

At 34.59 meters including the bowsprit, Satisfaction’s long, lean hull and 29.44-meter waterline take the eye on a pleasant, uninterrupted journey from stem to stern. The raised saloon profile maintains a remarkably streamlined profile on this high performance, low displacement yacht. The 7.31-meter beam emphasizes her exceptional space and volume, tapering slightly to the open transom aft with enough room in the garage to tuck in a tender and jet ski.

In a bow oriented master suite, two double cabins, and one bunk bed cabin, Satisfaction comfortably sleeps eight guests. Crew areas placed aft include a galley, nav station, and three cabins, one of which is an en suite Captain’s cabin.

Strategic placement offers privacy for guests, as well as crew, with access through wide halls and double companionway that impart a luxurious, home-like feeling.

Sloop-rigged with strong, durable, Future Fibres EC6 cables, Satisfaction also boasts a Southern Spars high modulus carbon fiber mast and Southern Spars Park Avenue carbon fiber boom.

The 2.32-meter fixed bowsprit features an integrated anchor arm to accommodate a gennaker tack line and Code Zero furling, ensuring practical anchoring and smooth maneuvering in a wide variety of situations. A diesel Cummins QSB67MCD (305 hp @2,600 rpm) powers the yacht when motoring is required.


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Wally Sailing Yachts: In a Class All Their Own | NAVIS April / May 2018 | NAVIS Luxury Yacht Issues

Wally Sailing Yachts: In a Class All Their Own


It is a beautiful day in Saint Tropez. The weather is gorgeous, the wind is blowing, and the crowd is jovial. The 2017 Les Voiles de Saint Tropez is chomping at the proverbial bit to hear the fife and drum welcome announcing the start of the 19th edition of this respected competition.

Hundreds of sailing yachts gather for this iconic, end of season regatta, fitting nicely into the Venn diagram of boat class description. The classic sailing yachts, built anywhere from around 1899 to the 1960s, celebrate handcrafted wood, polished brass, and traditional white sails. The modern yachts; stronger, faster, and more technical, sport carbon fiber throughout with sophisticated electronics and hulls built for speed. That means 14 boats in the harbor defy description under these terms, commanding their own classification. That would be the Wally Class.

Vive la différence

The distinctions made between a Wally sailing yacht and any other marque are many. The privilege of sailing a Wally is an experience shared by a select group with a deep passion for sailing, combined with an appreciation for performance. This group also demands style, in a big way. Most high performance yacht designers would consider such amenities unnecessary embellishment that hinders speed. On a Wally, however, it is just another opportunity to improve.

Consider the Formula One race car. One would never think to ask if these superfast, highly technical vehicles are also comfortable. Similarly, if one were purchasing gear for a technical climb of Mt. Everest, concerns about stylish appearance might give way to warmth and durability. How is it then, that Wally sailing yachts have achieved the trifecta of performance, comfort, and style with what, at first glance, seems effortless ease?


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Baltic Yachts 54m Pink Gin | NAVIS April / May 2018 | NAVIS Luxury Yacht Issues

Baltic Yachts 54m Pink Gin


Pink Gin, the new 175-foot superyacht recently launched, seems to have evolved like a rose petal; from the inside out, and it sets a new standard in interior design and styling. Rather than the naval architects designing a sleek hull and superstructure, Pink Gin evolved from the owner’s vision of how they imagined the interior of the yacht would look, and then a hull and deck was wrapped around it. The result is simply beautiful and very unique, and this seemingly backward way of designing a yacht is epitomized by one very unique and extraordinary feature; a private deck off the owner’s stateroom. When the yacht is underway the deck is closed as its engineering is integral to the overall integrity of the hull, but at anchor, and with the touch of a button, a panel in the topsides is hydraulically opened to create the ultimate picture window and a personal bathing platform, literally adding a new dimension to the owner’s suite.


Pink Gin was built by Baltic Yachts and launched in July 2017. The design team consisted of lead designer Rolf E. Vrolijk of the design firm Judel/Vrolijk & Co with the interior design and styling done by Mark Tucker the Managing Director of Design Unlimited. The result is the largest carbon fibre custom-built sloop in the world and it’s a head turner from all aspects including the towering 67.9m/223ft tall carbon fibre mast, to the striking hull design which includes a very modern plumb bow with bowsprit, a traditional pinched up transom, and an enormous 71-ton, 7-meter keel, which can be hydraulically raised when motoring and lifted even more when at anchor. In all it’s an engineering feat that required precision engineering and weight monitoring to take carbon composite superyacht building to a new level of accuracy.

The interior evolved as the design team drew on inspiration from fashion, art, and music and this is reflected in the intense attention to detail such as the ‘button’ handles on the bathroom lockers which were inspired by men’s fashion and the work of emerging artists such as Marcin Rusak. The owners had for many years enjoyed listening to the resident pianist while enjoying sun-downers in Porto Cervo and that resulted in a grand piano being installed in the main saloon. Throughout the yacht surface finishes and textures play an important role with carefully selected materials being used in unusual ways to create a tactile look. There is an eclectic mixture of stained oak joinery, metallic finishes and sumptuous velvets and leathers which collectively create a warm, inclusive ambiance. In addition to the owner’s suite with its separate study, dressing areas and private balcony, the accommodation boast a further five luxuriously appointed en-suite guest cabins as well as four crew cabins.




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Boating Business | Rules should be changed and bought up to date

The fallout and frustration from the demise of Oyster Marine Ltd seems set to continue for a while yet. This time its British Marine that’s under the firing line from some of its members who are still waiting for payment for goods that were supplied.

I’ve heard there are around 18 supply chain companies that are owed money by Oyster Marine (and look as if they won’t receive it).

And it’s because of this that many members are anti the new company – Oyster Yachts Ltd – joining BM and being allowed to exhibit at Southampton Boat Show.

Some have gone so far as to suggest that BM is more interested in selling show space and gaining members than looking after those it already has.

It does seem unfair that a company can become insolvent, be bought out and continue to trade and continue build the same orders as the previous company but not have to pay its suppliers.

And while BM says it is in talks with companies to put together a working group to tighten up on contracts and processes, some members say this is not enough action and the new Oyster Yachts shouldn’t be allowed to join the association or exhibit at the show.

It’s all very well BM saying under its rules it can’t delay any application and it’s in talks with the top boatbuilders to mitigate the situation should it occur again but perhaps it’s time the rules are revised and updated to ensure companies can’t join the association unless they have traded for a period of time?

Becoming a BM member and using its logo is supposed to show quality and trustworthiness, however how can a new company show they have passed the quality tests?

Does this mean every company that applies for membership will be accepted?

As one company affected by the non-payment for goods supplied pointed out, if Oyster Yachts had correct intent it would engage with those it let down and would come to an agreement.

Only once this has happened should membership be discussed.















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