Boating Business | Speed record tumbles



20 Jun 2018







Jaguar Vector Racing has broken speed records for a battery-powered boat

Jaguar Vector Racing has broken the national and world electric speed records for a battery-powered boat.

The Jaguar Vector V20E recorded an average speed of 88.61mph across two legs of a 1km course on Coniston Water, England.

The electric boat was designed and constructed by Jaguar Vector in partnership with Jaguar Racing’s technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering.

Technical platform

“Our experience from powering the entire Formula E grid for the past four seasons of racing and our ongoing partnership with Jaguar in the ABB FIA Formula E championship provided the technical and operational platform required to achieve this fantastic result,” explained Craig Wilson, Williams Advanced Engineering MD.

Mark Cameron, director of experiential marketing, Jaguar Land Rover, added: “Jaguar is at the forefront of electrification technology and our mission is to ‘race to innovate’ on track and on the water.

Technology transfer

“Thank you to the whole team and our technical partner Williams Advanced Engineering for successfully transferring the technology we are using in Formula E with Panasonic Jaguar Racing from race car to power boat.”

Following Jaguar’s announcement in October 2017 to become the exclusive title partner of Vector, the team will now attempt further world and national records over the next 18 months as part of a major initiative to push the boundaries of performance and show off British engineering.

The V20E was piloted by Jaguar Vector co-founder and technical director Peter Dredge.

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Boating Business | New Oyster safety certification process



21 Jun 2018







LR will approve the design, materials and build quality of all hulls and decks on Oyster yachts









Oyster Yachts has formed a partnership with Lloyd’s Register EMEA (LR) to secure a safety certification process to be implemented on all its new built yachts.

LR will approve the design, materials and build quality of all hulls and decks on Oyster yachts. To ensure compliance with LR rules, an LR surveyor will inspect all yachts in production once per week. As a result, all newly built Oyster vessels will carry an LR moulding certificate immediately upon completion. Oyster will become the only British builder of sailing yachts sub 24m to carry out this level certification.

Richard Hadida, Oyster’s CEO, said: “It is incredibly exciting to be working with such an esteemed, globally recognised partner in LR, another great British brand. This third-party accreditation will assure all Oyster customers that their yachts are crafted in accordance with relevant international standards, particularly with regards to safety.”

Mould production

Oyster will secure quality control over the construction of its hulls through a new mould production facility in Norfolk, the first time this process has been brought in-house. The facility will provide more than 20 jobs in the area, as well as the increased capacity to produce five hulls at any one time.

The mould production facility is expected to open in September, with the first LR certified yachts to begin moulding in September.

“By bringing total control of our hull construction in-house for the first time, we not only continue to provide more jobs in the Norfolk area but also scale-up production capacity,” explained Richard. “This is key to our growth plans as orders continue to increase. There are precious few smaller vessels with this level of certification and this is yet another way in which Oyster’s yachts set themselves apart.”

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Boating Business | Consistency is all important



21 Jun 2018







Seldén is about to deliver its 750th J/70 mast, photo credit RYA Paul Wyeth



The benefits of a carbon rig – its lighter and stiffer than other metals – and the performance, control and increased comfort when sailing are well recognised. But the key is ensuring consistency, says Seldén.

The company produces more than 400 carbon spars, plus booms, poles and bowsprits for boats ranging from one design to some of the world’s most prestigious cruising yachts.

All Seldén spars are made from pre-preg carbon, with the fibre coated in the precise amount of epoxy resin for optimum lamination, ensuring a lighter stronger spar.


Seldén’s automated Mandrel Filament Moulding uses carbon tow, a ribbon of carbon fibres held together by the uncured resin. Computer controlled for accuracy, consistency and repeatability, this ensures every mast meets the exacting requirements of its owner or class.

“In one design consistency is critical. For example, our 750th J/70 mast is about to be delivered and every mast is tested to perform exactly the same,” explained James Harris, head of sales at Seldén.

Composite processes

When Tracey Edwards’ iconic Farr 58, Maiden, sets sail later this year she will have a new Seldén mast.

The original mast was bespoke aluminium, but today the company is using modern composite processes and Seldén’s unique winding technique will be used to produce the necessary laminate and reinforcement specifications.

A key component in producing a string laminate is to use precisely the correct balance of heat and pressure to squeeze and cure the spar.

All Seldén carbon spars are cured in a computer-controlled autoclave pressurised oven to ensure optimum consolidation of the laminate to produce the most consistent product possible.

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Boating Business | Fibres are designed to perform

FIBRES ARE DESIGNED TO PERFORMHOME NEWSAFTERMARKETMASTS, SPARS, SAILS & RIGGING FIBRES ARE DESIGNED TO PERFORM21 Jun 2018EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintDemand for Marlow’s new products is growingINDUSTRY DATABASEMARLOW ROPES LTDEducating sailors and equipping them with the knowledge of the different choices of fibres and benefits of rope care and splicing has always been a key part of Marlow’s strategy.And this approach is proving successful with demand for the company’s new products such as D2 Club and Excel R8 growing says Paul Honess Marlow’s leisure marine sales director.The D2 Club is an extension to the company’s D2 range of polyester sheets and halyards, he explained. With a Dyneema SK38 core, it offers reduced weight and elongation.Abrasion resistance“Excel R8 is a superior dinghy line which provides outstanding grip when used in ratchet blocks, easy handing and splicing and low stretch thanks to its Dyneema SK78 core,” said Paul. “It has a cover with extreme abrasion resistance made from a Technora and polyester blend.”In addition, Marlow’s black Dyneema covered shockcord has also received an upgrade after customer requests for a shockcord that can handle high abrasion whilst remaining slippery enough to run through multiple fairleads and blocks. “Introducing Dyneema in the cover ensures greater durability while meeting the demanding requirements from sailors,” concludes Paul.As well as developing new product ranges, Marlow will be launching two key projects involving education and commitment to sustainability and the environment this Autumn.

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Boating Business | Henri Lloyd calls in administrators

Henri lloyd has called in the administrators with the loss of dozens of jobs



Sailing and lifestyle clothing manufacturer and retailer Henri Lloyd has appointed administrators with the loss of dozens of jobs.

The company, based in Manchester, was founded in 1963 by Angus Lloyd and Henri Strzelecki and was a key driver in sailing clothing technology with products used by many racing teams including Land Rover BAR.

The firm also counted Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, among its clientele.

Henri Lloyd had seven stores around the UK and clothing was also sold in 20 concessions within the House of Fraser which itself is planning to shut 31 stores.

The administrators – Chris Ratten and Jeremy Woodside of RSM Restructuring Advisory – have since completed the sale of five stores, certain stock and assets to Aligro UK Ltd, a subsidiary of Aligro Group Ltd.

As a result of the transaction, Aligro UK will continue to trade the Henri Lloyd stores in Salcombe, Dartmouth, Cowes, Cheshire Oaks and Lymington, securing the jobs of 38 store staff and six head office employees.

However, 128 other staff in the Henri Lloyd headquarters in Manchester, in the House of Fraser concessions and in four closed stores in Falmouth, Truro, Street and Swindon have all been made redundant.

“The decision to appoint administrators was made due to challenging trading conditions on the high street,” said Mr Ratten.

“We are pleased to have secured the sale of certain stores and assets to Aligro UK Limited. This sale represents the best outcome for creditors, it maintains Henri-Lloyd’s presence in key locations and secures 44 jobs.

“Selling the whole business as a going concern was not a viable option and regrettably a number of staff have been made redundant as a result. We will be supporting them to make their claims to the Redundancy Payments Office.”

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Boating Business | New Superyacht UK chairman



31 May 2018







Jeff Houlgrave is the new Superyacht UK chairman



Jeff Houlgrave has been elected Superyacht UK chairman.

Jeff, senior associate at Marina Projects, is joined on the executive committee by new vice chairs, Ruth Douglas of Heirlooms and Kiran Haslam of Princess Yachts.

Peter Brown of Burgess Yachts remains as immediate past-chair and the remaining committee membership includes John Burnie of A and T Instruments, Julie Clark of Savage Marine, Josh Flavell of Peters & May, Ken Hickling of Viking Recruitment, Eric Hyder of Finning (UK), Stephen Hills from Pendennis Shipyard, William Mathieson of The Superyacht Group, Justin Olesinski from Olesinksi, Panos Pourgourides of Hill Dickinson and Nigel Stuart of Spirit Yachts.


“Having been a member of the SYUK committee on and off for over a decade I am delighted to have been appointed chairman,” said Jeff. “Peter Brown has left large shoes to fill, but I am confident that with the support of my vice chairmen, Ruth and Kiran, that we will be able to take on the challenge.”

He added: “I look forward to getting to know the new committee members and utilising our collective skills to promote the SYUK brand and its members around the world. The UK’s superyacht industry is facing challenges on all fronts and we need to work even harder to address these.”

The elections took place at the SYUK AGM in Southampton. The event included member case studies from Olesinski and Actisense and a guest talk from the Marine Conservation Research International’s Oliver Boisseau.

Superyacht UK is a group association within British Marine and has 260 plus members from naval architects to manufacturers and the supporting supply chain.

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Boating Business | VOR changes hands

VOR CHANGES HANDSHOME NEWSINDUSTRY NEWS VOR CHANGES HANDS01 Jun 2018EmailShareFacebookLinkedInTwitterPrintAtlant Ocean Racing Spain has taken ownership of the Volvo Ocean RaceAtlant Ocean Racing Spain is to take over the Volvo Ocean Race from Volvo Group and Volvo Cars for the next edition.Atlant Ocean Racing is led by Richard Brisius, Johan Salén and Jan Litborn who all have experience of ocean racing having worked with seven VOR campaigns over the last 28 years.“The history of this round the world race is inspiring and the future is very promising,” said Richard. “This race is about people and I am humbled by the prospects to serve some of the finest athletes and sport professionals in this world as well as leading partners to the race and host cities.”Two classes?And he confirmed there could be two classes of boats racing in 2021, potentially with the existing Volvo Ocean 65 one-design class and another class, yet to be determined, competing in the same race.“We will continue to innovate, and it is promising that from day one we can think long-term as we have the resources secured to deliver the next race already,” said Johan.“Opening the race to another existing class would allow us to tap into an existing inventory of round the world race boats that are at the cutting edge of technology.“We see this as a way to challenge the best sailors in the world with a class that encourages development and sits at the forefront of the sport.”The current edition will finish in The Hague on June 30. The next race will start in 2021 with additional racing activity expected to take place as early as possible to offer stakeholders extra opportunities.Photo credit: Beau Outteridge/Turn the Tide on Plastic

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