BAINBRIDGE SIGNS WITH SPRENGERHOME NEWSINDUSTRY NEWS BAINBRIDGE SIGNS WITH SPRENGER25 Mar 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintBainbridge has taken on the Sprenger blocks and riggingINDUSTRY DATABASEBAINBRIDGE MARINEBainbridge has taken on the German manufactured Sprenger range of blocks and rigging in what the company says is a new departure.Previously Bainbridge only offered a small range of entry level products in this product area. “The introduction of what is one the world’s oldest boat equipment manufacturers to the Bainbridge range will drive synergies across both businesses,” said Andrew Watson, Bainbridge sales and marketing director.“We have been looking for the right partner that is suited to our customers. We sit in a privileged position with this category – as we need to have a product range that suits our sailmaking, global distribution and chandlery customers.”Long-termHe added: “To do this we chose to select the best option for all of these important customers and the best option as a true long-term partner – we selected Sprenger.”Carsten Scholz, Sprenger sales manager added: “We are extremely pleased to have a strong partner at our side in Bainbridge, who will accompany us on our growth course. With its experienced, trained sales staff, Bainbridge offers enormous added value for the UK market.”Sprenger was founded 145 years’ ago with a philosophy to manufacture high-quality products.
FAIRLINE OPENS COMMERCIAL SHIPYARD
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13 Mar 2019
Fairline Yachts has opened a commercial shipyard facility at its Hythe base
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Fairline Yachts has opened a new commercial shipyard facility in Hythe, Southampton.
The shipyard is able to accommodate vessels of up to 950 tonnes and 11.5m beam, which can be removed from the water via the slipway and stored undercover.
The site has more than 10,000sqm of covered working halls with workspace for crew or contractors to carry out required works.
“Opening this new facility is an exciting step for Fairline Yachts,” said Fairline Yachts commercial manager, Robert Hammond.
The shipyard is also capable of berthing vessels from 10m to 100m.
The move follows on from Fairline CEO David Tydemann admitting boatbuilding has been slower than desired at Hythe, largely due to problems recruiting the workforce resulting in a production challenge.
However, production is now being increased ‘aggressively’ both at Fairline’s main Arundel yard and its Hythe base – around 20 staff a month are being recruited and there are plans to move tooling for the Targa 63 and the new Squadron 64 to the South coast this month.
“The tooling is common for the 63 and 64,” said David. “We’ve got three boats being finished at Hythe.
“By September we will have 150 people in Hythe. It’s a great opportunity, an exciting site and a good commercial base.”
It is planned that the third 64 will be built from scratch in Hythe.
Altogether it is hoped 65 boats will be built at both sites in 2019, with the core range from 40 – 60ft built in Arundel and the larger boats built in Hythe.
“We had hoped to build around 150 boats in the first three years, but we’ve built around 100,” said David.
“Building boats in the background was slower; we need to start making money for our investors.
“The Squadron 82 will come off the drawing board when we’re stable.”
HMS WARRIOR GETS THE TECSEW TREATMENT
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13 Mar 2019
‘HMS Warrior’ in Portsmouth Dockyard has recently been treated to new covers by local marine textile company, Tecsew Photo: Tecsew
Marine textile company, Tecsew, has helped protect England’s naval history with the restoration of an iconic warship.
Stationed at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, HMS Warrior has been fitted with a new cover for her vent cowlings, skylight covers, stairway covers and funnel coats and rams.
Tecsew’s MD, John Bland, said that helping to conserve a vital part of Portsmouth’s naval history was a defining moment. “We were very honoured to be involved in such a prestigious, historical project which leveraged our extensive skills within the marine canvas industry,” he said.
The company, based in Lee-on-the-Solent on the south coast, was approached by the Historic Ships Conservation Works Coordinator, Roy Smith, in October 2018. The historic warship, built in 1860, was in need of new covers and Tecsew had worked with the dockyard in the past.
Ally Bland, director of Tecsew, said that finding suitable material that was fire retardant and of the right texture to complement Warrior’s age was paramount.
“It was a real challenge and we knew they would be very strict on quality. But in the end we triumphed and it has been a real honour to be selected for this project,” she said.
The first stage has been so successful that Tecsew has been asked to provide more covers and is now the preferred supplier for further conservation work at the dockyard, including for Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory.
To cope with increased demand, the firm recently moved from its long-standing Gosport premises to a purpose-built factory in Daedalus, Lee-on-the-Solent.
The move expanded Tecsew’s footprint from 5,000 to 8,500sqft and provided the company with room for offices and a new reception and car park. Opening hours have also been extended in response to demand.
FIRST ELECTRIC BOAT FROM SPIRIT YACHTS
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14 Mar 2019
The Spirit 44E is the first electric yacht from Spirit Yachts
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Spirit Yachts has begun construction of its first electric yacht, a 13.4m vessel due to launch early 2020.
The Spirit 44E, has two solar panels integrated into her deck, colour matched to the teak. These will charge OceanVolt 48VDC 30.4kWh batteries (made up of 48 1.9kWh batteries), which will power an Oceanvolt SD15 electric drive.
“From afar, the Spirit 44E will look like any other Spirit sailing yacht,” said Spirit Yachts head designer Sean McMillan. “Low freeboards, long overhangs, flush decks and the timeless beauty of quality wooden craftsmanship. Up close, she will display signs of the sailing yachts of the future.”
Hydrogeneration via the propeller is used to regenerate the batteries while sailing, calculated at 1.5kW while sailing at five knots.
In addition, Spirit Yachts is working with OneSails GBR (East) to develop a solar solution for the Spirit 44E’s sail wardrobe.
“We are exploring the use of the very latest ‘thin cell’ PV panels with the intention of utilising the yacht’s 4T Forte sails and covers as sources of electrical generation,” said OneSails John Pareker. “The work is cutting edge, therefore at this stage a number of the details remain confidential.”
The sailcloth can also be recycled.
The yacht’s eco credentials continue below decks with a reversible heating/air conditioning Webasto pump that will heat and cool the yacht using minimal power.
All lighting is LED and a Webasto 4.2gallon 115v/750W heater will provide hot water.
There are no hydrocarbons onboard and any cooking will be done on a spirit stove.
“With the 44E, we are taking the learnings from the 34m Spirit 111 and applying the same principles to a smaller yacht,” said Spirit Yachts MD Nigel Stuart. “The lack of hydrocarbons and the addition of solar sails will allow us to take a step closer towards creating a completely sustainable yacht.”
JOINT YACHTSMAN OF THE YEAR WINNERS
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07 Mar 2019
YJA award winners Tracy Edwards and Nikki Henderson with Emily Mueller
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Tracy Edwards and Nikki Henderson have been awarded joint winners of the 2018 Yachting Journalists’ Association Yachtsman of the Year.
Tracy, who inspired a generation of women as the skipper of the first all-female crew to compete in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1988/89, has now extensively restored the yacht Maiden to play the central role in the Maiden Factor campaign to raise awareness of the education of girls worldwide.
Nikki made history when at 24 she was the youngest ever skipper to compete in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, finishing in second place.
The awards were presented by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston at a breakfast reception hosted by MS Amlin Yacht.
In addition, the YJA Young Sailor of the Year was awarded to 15-year-old Emily Mueller for winning the Volvo Gill Optimist British National Championship – only the third girl to win the national title.
MS Amlin also announced its sponsorship of the 2019 YJA Yachtsman of the Year, Young Sailor of the Year and Young Blogger of the Year Awards, which will be presented at a gala dinner at this year’s Southampton Boat Show.
The winners are voted for by yachting journalists.
PAUL HEYS DIES AGED 62
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05 Mar 2019
Paul Heys, co-founder and MD of Key Yachting Ltd has died aged 62
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Paul Heys, co-founder and MD of Hamble-based yacht sales company Key Yachting Ltd, has died at the age of 62.
Paul was on holiday in Martinique with his wife Marie-Claude and came into difficulties while swimming.
Paul was born in Plymouth and trained as a boatbuilder with Marine Projects, moving to the Hamble area in his early twenties.
Over the years Paul sold many brands of yachts, but he is most renowned for fathering the ‘J Boats’ family in the Solent with hundreds of these race yachts now dominating events such as Cowes Week.
David McLeman, long-term owner of various J Boats paid tribute to Paul: “Paul was a wonderful man, sailor and friend,” he said. “Paul introduced so many people into our sport. He was always so generous with his time, always going the extra mile to support both experienced sailors and new owners with their boats.
“His passion for racing led to the development of strong class associations including the J/70 and J/109 classes where I had the pleasure of working closely with Paul. His loss will be felt deeply by the global sailing community.”
Paul’s family and the team at Key Yachting say they have been ‘utterly overwhelmed’ by the significant volume of messages of love and support they have received.
Paul’s legacy is characterised by the continuous stories and anecdotes recounted by everyone who knew him.
ELECTRONICS PARTNERSHIP FOR INEOS TEAM UKHOME NEWSBOATBUILDINGELECTRONICS ELECTRONICS PARTNERSHIP FOR INEOS TEAM UK04 Mar 2019EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintB&G has partnered with INEOS TEAM UKINDUSTRY DATABASEB&G UKB&G has partnered with Britain’s entry to the America’s Cup, INEOS TEAM UK, supporting the fleet of boats with electronic instruments.In addition, B&G will develop new technology and data streams to support the British challenge.“We are excited to announce our partnership with INEOS TEAM UK, as they prepare to win the Americas Cup,” said Simon Conder, B&G marketing director. “B&G has been at the cutting edge of sailing innovation for over 50 years.“Our racing heritage gives us an unrivalled platform for developing new technology and we are delighted to not only support INEOS TEAM UK with our current range of products, but also to work with the team to drive further innovative developments which will continue to help all levels of sailors using our electronics in the future.”Sir Ben Ainslie, skipper and team principal INEOS TEAM UK, added: “On the water we need the best equipment to allow us to perform at the optimum level, knowing that we have the support and products of a British brand with a heritage of delivering award winning and cutting-edge sailing innovation is a big performance enhancer for the campaign.”