Boating Business | European boost for anti-chafe pads

EUROPEAN BOOST FOR ANTI-CHAFE PADS

HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSEUROPEAN BOOST FOR ANTI-CHAFE PADS

08 Jun 2021

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Wear And Tear Pads provide super-durable gelcoat protection against chafe caused by sheets and furling lines. Photo: Wear And Tear Pads

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Innovative pads that eliminates rope chafe damage to cockpit sides and cabin tops have become more widely available in Europe.

Marine equipment distributor Osculati s.r.l, has been appointed as stockist/distributor for Wear And Tear Pads in Europe.

“These simple self – adhesive stainless steel ‘pads’ protect gel coat surfaces from rope and line chafe and over 16,000 have now been sold around the world,” said Andrew Grogono, inventor of the pads.

Pointing out that chafed gelcoat affects sale value, he added: “The pads are guaranteed to never wear out and now utilise the world’s leading ‘3 M’ VHB adhesive system which assures the best possible bond to the gel coat surface.”

Easy to fit

Ex aerospace engineer Andrew runs the Wear And Tear Pads business with his wife on their premises near Bristol, where all production is carried out.

Launched in 2009, the pads were the first product of their type on the market and are particularly suitable for sheets and furling lines.

They are supplied ready to fit immediately, with no screws or fixing necessary, unlike normal ‘rubbing strakes’.

In addition to Osculati in Europe, the pads are stocked by distributors globally including Force 4 in the UK, Compass 24 in Germany, Marine Outfitters in Canada and Sailboat Owners in the US.

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Boating Business | New white Quick Cleat

NEW WHITE QUICK CLEAT

HOMENEWSFITTING OUTEXTERIOR FITTING OUTNEW WHITE QUICK CLEAT

01 Jun 2021

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The new white Quick Cleat will blend in on white gelcoat hulls

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Barton Marine’s Quick Cleat is now available in white.

The cleat holds and locks lines up to 10mm and loads up to 70kg and has been designed to blend in on white gelcoat hulls.

It is manufactured from high strength Zytel composite, developed to last in a marine environment, with the added benefit of not yellowing over time.

“Improved aesthetics meet functionality with no more knots required when cleating a line,” explained Barton MD Suzanne Blaustone. “Users just twist the mechanism, drop in their line and release for simple, safe line handling even a novice crew member can assist with.

“Quick Cleats enable easy adjustment of line tension to take up slack in one direction, whilst locking the line in place in the other.”

The cleat can be used for a number of functions on board, including securing fenders, tenders and dock lines, water toys, paddleboards, or fishing gear.

They can also be used to hold tarps or boat covers securely in place for tailer transit, or long-term storage.

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Boating Business | Futuristic vessel could be from Star Wars

FUTURISTIC VESSEL COULD BE FROM STAR WARS

HOMENEWSBOATBUILDINGBOATBUILDINGFUTURISTIC VESSEL COULD BE FROM STAR WARS

07 Jun 2021

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The RaceBird prototype is due to be shown in September

The inaugural UIM World Electric Powerboat Series – E1 – has officially launched its RaceBird powerboat.

The futuristic vessel has been co-created by SeaBird Technologies and Victory Marine following a validation process.

The powerboat is inspired by nature and birds flying low over the water and features an outboard motor, enclosed safety canopy and hydrofoil technology, allowing for minimum drag, reduced wake and maximum energy efficiency.

The RaceBird is designed for foil-to-foil racing and should be capable of reaching speeds up to 50 knots (93 km/h or 58 mph).

The E1 Series aims to help drive forward electric boating, incorporating the advances in electric power in motorsport to the marine environment.

“We hope to accelerate change in the marine industry and provide sustainable solutions for future leisure craft,” said Alejandro Agag, E1 co-founder and chairman.

New era

“I’ve compared electric racing cars to podracers from Star Wars in the past, but the RaceBird looks even more futuristic. We’re looking forward to ushering in a new era of electric powerboat racing.”

Sophi Horne, SeaBird Technologies, added: “What has been interesting is trying to find a balance between how you envisage the design and combining that with optimising both performance and efficiency. The solution we settled on fortunately doesn’t compromise on either the looks or performance capabilities.”

With the design now validated, the RaceBird will enter into the production phase at Victory Marine with engineering and manufacturing in preparation for prototype testing.

The first full-scale model is due to be shown at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

The E1 Series and PIF (the Public Investment Fund) have entered into a partnership that will see PIF support in delivering the world’s first electric powerboat racing championship.

The inaugural racing season is scheduled to take place early 2023.

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Boating Business | Venerable seaman, Dag Pike, dies

VENERABLE SEAMAN, DAG PIKE, DIESHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSVENERABLE SEAMAN, DAG PIKE, DIES07 Jun 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintDag Pike, happy at the helm of a fast boatMaritime expert and prolific author of books on seamanship, Dag Pike, has died on 28 May at the age of 88.Dag’s reputation in the maritime world was peerless, his 65 years at sea resulting in expertise in a huge range of disciplines including navigation, powerboat racing, search and rescue and safety at sea. He was perhaps best known for his work on developing RIBs, devising the concept and building an early prototype whilst he was Inspector of Lifeboats for the RNLI in the early 1960s.Rescued at sea himself 12 times, Dag had considerable personal experience of search and rescue operations which he put to use when writing his Royal Ocean Racing Club Manual of Safety and Survival. He was the author of more than 25 papers and 40 books on topics ranging from electronics and navigation to weather forecasting, surveys and safety at sea.Dag navigated and piloted some of the fastest boats in the world culminating in him winning the World Offshore Powerboat Championship in 1988. He also navigated Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Challenger on its Blue Ribband record-breaking fastest Atlantic crossing by powerboat in 1986.Dag was also a regular expert witness, appearing in both civil and criminal courts advising on subjects such as navigation, assessment of conditions and collisions on cases involving including insurance companies, the Treasury and HM Customs and Excise.Dag was still working at the age of 88, producing copy for Boating Business’s sister magazine Maritime Journal and putting the finishing touches to his latest book ‘Work and Patrol Boats’, due to be published by Mercator Media.

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Boating Business | Tall Ship Zebu a wreck after Irish Sea storms

TALL SHIP ZEBU A WRECK AFTER IRISH SEA STORMS

HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSTALL SHIP ZEBU A WRECK AFTER IRISH SEA STORMS

26 May 2021

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Tall Ship ‘Zebu’ grounded on the sea wall in Holyhead Photo: Holyhead Coastguard

A historic tall ship has been declared a wreck after being battered by a storm in the Irish Sea off Anglesey.

Tall Ship Zebu had become grounded on the sea wall in choppy seas off Holyhead on the afternoon of 15 May. She had come into port two days earlier because of unfavourable wind conditions meaning her journey south to Bristol was unsafe.

Initial assessments of Zebu showed less damage than feared and hopes were high that the ship could be saved. But further storms dashed those hopes. “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I must announce that Tall Ship Zebu suffered further heavy damage today,” said a statement on 21 May.

Horrendous pounding

“For the entire day and throughout the night until Friday morning, Zebu was subjected to a horrendous pounding from both wind and sea,” it said. “Winds from the south up to 70 miles per hour hit Holyhead and jeopardised Zebu’s already vulnerable position.

“Captain Borrett and the master marine surveyor were at the scene whereby it soon became apparent that she has suffered further devastating damage,” said the statement.

The 100 ft Zebu is the world’s first historic tall ship to have an electric auxiliary propulsion system, swapping her old engine for an electric flux motor powered by rechargeable batteries. Built in the 1930s, she was used for festivals and training to keep alive the heritage and history of tall ships.

Tall Ship Zebu will now be removed from the sea wall to ensure the safety of other vessels using the port.

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Boating Business | New generation of Sunbeam from MYH

Mylor Yacht Harbour is embarking on its latest project – building a Sunbeam to the specification of the 1920s originals but made of GRP, not wood.

The project comes 20 years after the master shipwrights of Mylor Yacht Harbour built a trio of classic wooden Falmouth Sunbeam yachts.

The hull of ‘Tilly’ has been moulded on the Isle of Wight from Alfred Westmacott’s original 100-year-old design.

“Mylor Yacht Harbour has had a long-term relationship with these beautiful boats – building three wooden ones, fully restoring several others and the ongoing maintenance of many of the original fleet,” says Ollie Graffy, whose project it is to bring her to Cornwall. “When the opportunity arose to get involved with building a modern version that has all the grace and style of the originals, performs the same, has a water-tight bulkhead and is much easier to maintain, we jumped at the chance.”

He added: “It’s such an exciting project for our expert teams to re-create a boat that has such great history.”

And he explained that the qualities a traditionally built vessel will be maintained, but the boat will benefit from easier maintenance and a lower cost of ownership.

The project is aimed at heling to secure the longevity of the class going forward.

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Boating Business | Marlow Ropes appoints Isaac

MARLOW ROPES APPOINTS ISAAC

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19 May 2021

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Isaac Marsh is the new leisure sales representative at Marlow Ropes

Isaac Marsh has joined Marlow Ropes as leisure marine sales representative.

Isaac previously worked at Northampton sailmakers Pinnell & Bax where he spent five years. Prior to that he was studying for a degree in logistics and supply chain management.

A keen sailor since 2008, Isaac knows his way around dinghies having started in toppers, lasers; he current sails a Fireball and finished fifth at the Fireballs Worlds, Canada in 2019.

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Boating Business | Tributes paid to John Goode

TRIBUTES PAID TO JOHN GOODE

HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSTRIBUTES PAID TO JOHN GOODE

24 May 2021

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John Goode Photo: John Goode

Tributes are being paid to sailor, journalist, editor and instructor, John Goode, who died aged 71 on 15 May after a short illness.

John helped train thousands of sailors though his Southern Sailing School as well as reaching many more though his books and articles. He was editor of Sailing Today from 2001 to 2007 where he was known as a relentless perfectionist with a fondness for salty language.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said that ‘UK Yachting had lost one of its characters’ whilst marine surveyor, Ben Sutcliffe-Davies said that John had ‘left his footprint all over the industry’.

Born in Gloucester, John went to sea at the age of 14, on board the Leander Class Frigate, HMS Arethusa. He became a Merchant Navy navigation officer, before he returned to the UK and began teaching.

Southern Sailing School

For 25 years he ran the Southern Sailing School in Southampton, assessing, amongst others, Dame Ellen MacArthur who visited the school for her RYA Yachtmaster Instructor ticket before setting off on her round Britain voyage in 1995.

A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and RYA Yachtmaster examiner, John also produced a training film – ‘John Goode’s Masterclass: Navigation Made Simple’ – and launched his innovative John Goode’s Cockpit Plotter for laying off courses, bearings and cross-tide course to steer.

He also wrote illustrated booklets such as Handling Under Sail and Lights and Shapes Made Simple as well as training articles for many of the UK’s sailing magazines including Yachting Monthly and PBO.

In the last few years, John had been working with the International Yacht Training sailing schools, helping to develop their commercial skippers programme.

“We are much the poorer for the loss, but so much the richer for the knowledge that he passed on and for the great laughs that he gave us,” said Rob Peake, group editor of Sailing Today with Yachts & Yachting.

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Boating Business | Ocean Race partnership renewed

B&G has returned as an official technical supplier to The Ocean Race, including the forthcoming inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe.The sailing electronics manufacturer has been involved with the race since its inception in 1973 as the Whitbread Round-The-World Race.“B&G has been working alongside The Ocean Race organisers, teams and crews to not only provide the most accurate and reliable sailing navigation, but also to help develop and innovate new technologies for the wider sailing community for the last five decades, and we’re pleased to be back again for the 2022-23 edition of The Ocean Race,” said Simon Conder, global head of brand, B&G.Advanced technologyNeil Cox, technical director for The Ocean Race added: “As the fleet prepares for a third race around the planet, this partnership gives the sailors the advanced technology, technical support, confidence and reliability they need to perform at the highest levels.”The next edition of The Ocean Race is scheduled to start in October 2022 in Alicante, Spain with the finish in Genoa, Italy in June 2023.It will be contested by two classes of boats; the one-design Volvo Ocean 65 and the foiling IMOCA 60 class.The Ocean Race Europe will feature both classes during a one-month offshore race.

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Boating Business | Davey and Co expands into new premises

DAVEY AND CO EXPANDS INTO NEW PREMISES

HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSDAVEY AND CO EXPANDS INTO NEW PREMISES

13 May 2021

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Davey and Co has relocated to larger premises Photo: Davey and Co

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DAVEY & CO LONDON LTD

Davey and Co has relocated to new premises in Essex, the company’s fourth move in its 136 year history.

The move was prompted by the decision to bring CNC machining in-house which meant more space and new staff were needed.

“The new premises are part of Davey’s ongoing commitment both financially and in people, to ensure it continues to improve and grow,” explained MD, Jeff Webber. “It’s all happened rather quicker than we anticipated.”

He added: “We’ve started recruiting for additional office staff support, so we can improve on the service we offer our clients.”

Back on track

Turnover was down 30% year on year when Davey was taken over by John Buckley of Harbour Marine Services in August 2020 but had bounced back 10% by Christmas. This year has seen increased growth with April 2021 seeing double the sales of April 2021, helped by an increase in stock holding by around 35%, and reducing the number of back orders.

Business is such that they have even brought back a retired engineer to help with demand. The company is also recruiting new members of staff for the stores and for admin support, using the government’s Kickstart programme for 16 to 25 year olds.

The company is also keen to grow its volume of exports and has invested in a new computer system to help smooth trade post-Brexit. Davey is planning a new catalogue for November 2021, ready for its appearance at METS. This will include new products alongside existing lines.

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