BOATFOLK ACQUIRES WHYBOATSHOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSBOATFOLK ACQUIRES WHYBOATS20 Sep 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintWhyboats will be renamed boatpoint HambleWhyboats boat brokerage has been acquired by boatfolk.Whyboats, based in Hamble, was established in 2011 as a boat brokerage focusing on sales of monohull yachts, motorboats and catamarans.After a move to Deacons Marina, it was appointed as the England, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Wales exclusive agent for Elan Yachts in 2016.The acquisition will see Whyboats become a boatpoint – boatfolk’s boat sales business – brokerage.The business will be renamed boatpoint Hamble and will continue to be based at Deacons Marina and will continue to be an Elan Yachts dealer.PartnershipIt will be the seventh boatpoint office, run in partnership with Network Yacht Brokers.boatfolk runs 11 marinas, including Portishead, Conway and Rhu.“boatfolk is an ambitious marina group looking to build on its success in the marina management business by incorporating an in-house boat sales business – boatpoint,” said outgoing director of Whyboats, Ian Watkins.Whyboats co-director, Andrew Hyland, will stay on and head up the new boatpoint brokerage office in Southampton. He will also join boatpoint as group operations manager.The sale was managed by First Peninsular Marine.
BARTON TO SHOW NEW CLEATS AND KITS AT SIBS
HOMENEWSPROMOTIONSSOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOWBARTON TO SHOW NEW CLEATS AND KITS AT SIBS
06 Sep 2021
Barton Marine is unveiling new products at SIBS 2021 Photo: Barton Marine
BARTON MARINE EQUIPMENT LTD
Barton Marine is launching several new products at Southampton International Boat Show 2021 on 10 – 19 September.
Alongside a selection of the company’s existing range will be three new Vang and Mainsheet kits, all making their UK and European debut. Barton technical experts will also be on hand to provide advice on picking the right deck equipment solutions.
The new kits are available in sizes 2, 3 and 5. Size 2 is suitable for boats up to 22ft and is fitted with shackle fittings and a spliced soft eye for maximum strength whist sizes 3 and 5, suitable for yachts up to 25ft and 35ft respectively, include robust snap shackles top and bottom.
Barton will also be unveiling its new 32mm stainless steel sliding cleat to replace the previous generation cast aluminium version. Acting as a mid-ship spring cleat for yachts with limited access under the side deck, the cleat is simply slid and locked on to a genoa track.
Mounted onto the push pit rail, the stanchion lead block with cleat enables cleating of the genoa furler control line with one action, doing away with the need to cleat off on the deck or cockpit coaming.
The block fits 25mm diameter tubing and has an adjustable, stainless steel securing ring and will fully rotate about the swivel head to match the pulling angle.
SAILS, SPARS AND RIGGING ON SHOW AT SIBSHOMENEWSPROMOTIONSSOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOWSAILS, SPARS AND RIGGING ON SHOW AT SIBS25 Aug 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintJeckells uses offcuts to produce its sails, reducing waste in the process Photo: JeckellsINDUSTRY DATABASEPreviousROLLY TASKER SAILSDOLPHIN – SAILS | COVERS | TENSILE AWNINGSKEMP SAILS LTDJECKELLS THE SAILMAKERHARKEN UK LTDROLLY TASKER SAILSDOLPHIN – SAILS | COVERS | TENSILE AWNINGSNext12345Every aspect relating to sails, spars and rigging will be on show at this year’s Southampton International Boat Show on 10 – 19 September.Amongst the many companies exhibiting at the show, both from the UK and further afield, will be Rolly Tasker, Kemp Sails, Dolphin Sails, Harken, Jeckells and VMG Technology Masts & Marine Systems.Rolly Tasker’s stand will be featuring ten mini sails, each of which is an exact replica of a real sail, just in miniature. The company will also be showcasing a new range of Sveggen-manufactured furlers for Asymmetric and Code Zero sails with torsion lines.Kemp Sails, which carries out all its sail design and manufacturing in the UK, will be showcasing its new Anchor Vane which is designed to stabilise the boat to the breeze whilst at anchor whilst VMG Technology Masts & Marine Systems will be displaying equipment from LeisureFurl in-boom furling, Gold Standard Rigging from Italy, masts and spars from Pauger Carbon Composites and ropes and lines from Armare Ropes.New technologyDolphin Sails has recently expanded into a new manufacturing facility on the south coast, investing heavily in scanners, data capture tools and design software. The company will be demonstrating how it uses this technology to create its sails, covers and awnings.Harken’s stand will be packed with its full product range of winches, furlers, travellers and genoa leads, mainsheet systems, blocks, and complementary hardware. New products on show include the innovative non-absorbent and non-abrasive Marine Grip.Finally Jeckells will be showcasing its performance cruising sails and sail handling systems, demonstrating the company’s commitment to reducing waste through the use of offcuts.
ACCREDITATION FOR MARINE RESULTS
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSACCREDITATION FOR MARINE RESULTS
09 Aug 2021
Marine Results Palma facility has been awarded load testing and lifting accreditation
MARINE RESULTS INTERNATIONAL LTD
Superyacht rigging and inspections company Marine Results has gained accreditation from the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) for its load testing and heavy lifting certification service.
The LEEA is a global trade association for the lifting industry.
Marine Results has, for a number of years, provided a heavy lifting inspections, certifications and installations service within its rigging and survey projects, with a particular focus on the superyacht sector.
The accreditation is for the company’s Palma, Mallorca facility.
“As longstanding rigging suppliers, the accreditation to LEEA enables us to capitalise on our many years of experience in designing, producing and load testing running rigging for large sailing yachts,” said Lockie Stewart-Baker of Marine Results.
The company also provides consultancy and guidance on the maintenance schedules required for lifting equipment as required by EU regulations.
GREENER DYNEEMA TO BE TRIALLED BY RACING TEAMHOMENEWSFITTING OUTEXTERIOR FITTING OUTGREENER DYNEEMA TO BE TRIALLED BY RACING TEAM29 Jul 2021EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintThe new recycled-based Dyneema will be made using plastic waste Photo: Abdul Raheem Mohamed/EyeEmINDUSTRY DATABASEMARLOW ROPES LTDRoyal DSM, SABIC and CirculariTeam are joining forces to create recycled-based Dyneema using mixed plastic waste.The greener Dyneema will be produced by DSM using SABIC’s certified circular ethylene. The new material will be piloted by the 11th Hour Racing Team when they take to the water using Marlow Grand Prix ropes made with the recycled Dyneema fibre instead of the standard offering. There are also plans to trial the new product in a pelagic trawl net application.Jon Mitchell, Marlow Ropes MD said the company was proud to be one of the first manufacturers to demonstrate the material’s feasibility. “Our products are trialled and tested by professional offshore sailing teams including 11th Hour Racing Team, a proud partner of ours at Marlow, with whom we share a progressive approach to seeking sustainable solutions: no more business as usual,” he said.Reducing waste and emissionsThe circular ethylene, from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio, uses mixed plastic waste. This approach prevents plastic from becoming waste, reduces carbon emissions by avoiding incineration and helps preserve fossil resources.Jan-Lodewijk Lindemulder, president of DSM Protective Materials said that the pilot was a key milestone on the journey towards delivering a fully circular Dyneema. “By working with partners from across the value chain, we are able to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the world’s strongest fibre – and we will continue to explore ways of reducing and eliminating waste across the entire product lifecycle,” he said.
OLYMPIC SAILOR AND LASER DESIGNER DIES
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSOLYMPIC SAILOR AND LASER DESIGNER DIES
21 Jul 2021
Bruce Kirby who died at the age of 92 on 18 July, photographed at Kiel Week in 1972 Photo: Dick Enersen
Bruce Kirby, three-time Olympian, sailing journalist and inventor of the Laser dinghy has died at the age of 92.
Born in Ottawa in Canada, Bruce began his working life as a newspaper journalist before specialising in sailing journalism, becoming editor of One-Design and Offshore Yachtsman, now Sailing World.
He was a keen yachtsman from the beginning, competing in International 14 dinghies from age 15. Design was always a passion and after being beaten in a regatta at Cowes in heavy wind, he drew the Kirby Mark I on a piece of shelf paper. “I had a copy of Skene’s Elements of Yacht Design,” he once said.
“If you can understand 50 per cent of what’s in that book, you can design a boat. Design isn’t brain surgery.”
Designing the Laser
It was whilst working at Sailing World in 1969 that the Laser was designed, beginning its life as a doodle whilst Bruce was talking on the phone. Now renamed the ILCA following a legal dispute, the 50-year-old singlehander now numbers more than 220,000.
Although best known for the Laser, his design career featured many more classes including the Sonar, Kirby 25, Ideal 18 and the America’s Cup Twelve Metres as well as production cruisers such as the San Juan 24 and 30 and offshore racing boats like the Admiral’s Cup 40’ runaway.
Bruce was also a fêted sportsman, representing Canada at three Olympic regattas as well as the America’s Cup and Admiral’s Cup and International 14ft Class at team racing. He was inducted into the Canadian and US Sailing Hall of Fames and Order of Canada, the International Yacht Racing Hall of Fame and the International Laser Class Association Hall of Fame amongst other recognitions.
SAILING SHIP RELEASED FOLLOWING ARREST
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSSAILING SHIP RELEASED FOLLOWING ARREST
19 Jul 2021
The ‘Golden Horizon’
A spectacular sailing ship has arrived safely in Torbay following a dramatic arrest over a financial dispute between its original owners and the shipyard who built her.
The Golden Horizon, the world‘s largest square-rigged sailing ship, was detained in Dover on 15 July on the orders of the UK Admiralty Court just hours before she was due to begin her maiden voyage. The arrest was the latest development in a long-running legal dispute between builders Brodosplit Group in Croatia and her original owners, cruise line Star Clippers.
Originally scheduled for 2017, she was delayed until 2019 resulting in the shipyard being ordered to pay the cruise line a reported €6 million plus interest. Star Clippers laid claim to the vessel saying it would only release the ship once the debt was settled.
But at the last moment, Star Clippers confirmed it had received a first payment from the shipyard and the Golden Horizon was freed to continue her journey.
A statement issued by Brodosplit and Tradewind Voyages which now owns the ship said, “On the 14 July 2021, at the request of the ship owner, the courts allowed the establishment of a court deposit to pay ‘buyers supply’ after the mortgage was taken out. This mean that a mortgage ceased to exist.
“Therefore we are delighted to be able to inform that you that Golden Horizon has continued its voyage today will be able to sail free of mortgages, across all the planned seas of the world wherever it is carried by the trade winds.”
At 8,770 tonnes and a length of 531 feet, the five-masted Golden Horizon is a near replica of the France II, built in 1913. She has over 6,000 square metres of sail, more than twice that of the Cutty Sark. She has accommodation for 300 passengers and 140 crew, with a restaurant, bars, pools, gym and spa.
EDDIE JORDAN: NEW BRAND AMBASSADOR
HOMENEWSPEOPLEEDDIE JORDAN: NEW BRAND AMBASSADOR
19 Jul 2021
Eddie Jordan has taken an ambassadorial role at Oyster Yachts
Oyster Yachts has appointed Eddie Jordan as brand ambassador.
After three years on the board of directors at Oyster Yachts, Eddie Jordan, former motorsport team owner and Oyster owner moved from his non-executive director position in July 2021 to take up the new ambassadorial role.
“Eddie’s presence within Oyster has been invaluable,” said Richard Hadida, CEO and Oyster Yachts owner. “He knows the true quality of our yachts and those that craft them. Keeping Eddie close to the business and a voice of Oyster was priority for me and the brand.”
Eddie will continue to collaborate with Oyster on a programme of activity to enhance the boatbuilder’s global brand awareness.
“Having circumnavigated the world on an Oyster, I have a very special relationship with Oyster Yachts,” said Eddie. “I relished the opportunity to stay closely involved with this truly magical brand and their yachts.”
CAPE HORN ASSISTS WITH ECOCLIPPER DESIGN
HOMENEWSINDUSTRY NEWSCAPE HORN ASSISTS WITH ECOCLIPPER DESIGN
01 Jul 2021
Cape Horn Engineering is using its CFD expertise to assist with the hull design for a fleet of EcoClippers Photo: Cape Horn Engineering
CAPE HORN ENGINEERING
Marine technology consultant Cape Horn Engineering is to assist with the design of the first EcoClipper ship, which will use the power of the wind to propel cargo, passengers and trainees around the world’s oceans.
The EcoClipper500 will be built in steel and is based on the design of the Dutch clipper Noach, launched in 1857. Its development will use computational fluid dynamics (CFD) technology to optimise critical elements such as weight saving, performance predictions and emissions reduction.
Cape Horn Engineering, which has been at the forefront of America’s Cup and Ocean Racing design campaigns for more than 15 years, was chosen by EcoClipper to provide the CFD analysis for the design of the first hull shape. Chief executive, Dr Rodrigo Azcueta, said the company was delighted to be involved in the project. “We are dedicated to reducing shipping emissions and improving air pollution, and we have a strong desire to contribute to such developments, to help protect our planet,” he said.
CFD design optimisation
With such a complex sail plan, consisting of three square rigged masts and 29 sails with an area of around 1,580m2, the generation of a full aerodynamic model was not possible. Therefore, sail coefficients for similar sailing vessels found in literature had to be used to enable accurate calculations to be made for the hydrodynamic performance of the hull candidates.
Another detailed investigation was aimed at finding the best possible position to install the hydro-generators that will provide the electricity requirements of the vessel.
REGULATIONS FOR MASTS?
HOMENEWSAFTERMARKETMASTS, SPARS, SAILS & RIGGINGREGULATIONS FOR MASTS?
30 Jun 2021
Regulations probably should be introduced for masts and rigging in the leisure market.
That’s the opinion of marine consultant David Barrow who carries out surveys for MS Amlin and was director of Sparcraft for 20 years.
“I’ve seen many bent and broken masts over the years. There’s no real regulation of masts and rigging in the leisure sector,” he said. “There’s no specific rule to change a boat’s rigging after ten years.”
And he pointed out that while superyachts are regulated under MCA regs and boats that have done a circumnavigation usually have a survey carried out, when it comes to other boats, owners often don’t see the need.
If a boat had suffered a knock, this could affect the rigging without the owner knowing. If a boat was inspected very few years, there would be more chances to look at the mast.
“It’s not the insurers’ job to regulate the rigging business; the insurer’s job is to behave according to the results of their surveys,” David says.
“There can be a mass of different reasons as to why masts fall down, but quite a few are because of maintenance issues.
“I’ve seen other masts where there have been technical issues with the masts themselves.”
This is particularly the case with carbon masts – a relatively new product when it comes to masts – where there could be gremlins within the manufacture and possible delamination.
“It’s pretty hard to get insurance for a carbon mast, especially in a race boat as insurers are not going to pay for their development any longer.
“Some insurers are calling for NDT inspections before the masts leave the factory.
“Regulations probably do need to come in.”