Show dates back to 1969 | News | Boating Business

INDUSTRY NEWS Show dates back to 1969 24/07/2023 Save article The Southampton International Boat Show was founded by Norman Kemish and Arthur Gale in 1969, with the show running for six days with around 50 exhibitors contained within Mayflower Park. SHOW FULLSCREEN SIBS began as a six-day event and expanded to a ten-day event The show was taken over by the British Marine Industries Federation (BMF) in 1983 with the army, supplying a small pontoon for mooring a handful of boats. The running of the show remained with the original organisers. During the early years of BMF ownership, early hovercrafts, water-bikes and concept hydrofoils were amongst the inventions that were given their first showing at the event. In 1986 Richard Branson displayed his Virgin Atlantic Challenger at the show, fresh from an unsuccessful transatlantic crossing, whilst Virgin Atlantic presented a fashion show in the Virgin Atlantic Hall. Other guest appearances included stars of the popular sailing soap, Howard’s Way. In 1988, Arthur and Norman handed over the reins of running the event to BMIF and the event saw a dramatic expansion on the water with 254 boats afloat. SHOW FULLSCREEN SIBS has seen many boat launches over the decades Over the years, the show expanded to a nine-day event, until 1997 when the event was debated by Parliament which granted permission for an extra nautical day of pleasure and the show was extended to ten days. Key dates in the history of the show include its first celebrity chef, Ross Buden, in 2004. The show has since worked with Anthony Worrall-Thompson, Jean-Christophe Novelli and James Martin and Si King and Dave Myers (a.k.a. The Hairy Bikers). SHOW FULLSCREEN Southampton Boat Show in 1993 In 2005, the event featured a makeshift beach, with tonnes of sand imported. In 2012, the show welcomed the successful sailing Team GB, fresh from the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics. Visitors to the show also witnessed the Royal Marines attempting a 24-hour underwater 240-mile cycle. The first passenger boat was introduced in 2017 and in 2019, the show broke previous records with 600+ marine brands, 240+ boat and product debuts and 103,000 attendees. The 2020 edition of the show was cancelled due to the ongoing global pandemic COVID-19 but in 2022, the show bounced back with 685 stands and berths covering a 70,000+ sqm footprint. More than 650 craft were on display, with around 300 boats berthed in the marina. Topics Industry News

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Peters & May celebrates 50 years in business | News | Boating Business

Peters & May celebrates 50 years in business 19/07/2023 Save article Peters & May began life in 1973 as a small freight forwarding company operating in Reading UK. SHOW FULLSCREEN Peters & May yacht shipping Fast forward 50 years, the company is celebrating its 50th anniversary as a logistic provider operating around the world. The company has its UK HQ in Southampton and also occupies ten global offices, across Europe, Asia and the US, employing more than 100 staff members. It first became a key player in the marine industry during the 1980’s by providing logistics for prestigious events such as the Americas Cup and the Whitbread Round the World Race. From then on, it has expanded continuously, broadening its scope to offer transport and shipping services in areas such as yacht racing, leisure boating, commercial cargo, general freight forwarding, and courier services (CEC). In recent years, the yacht shipping industry has witnessed significant technological advancements in hull designs, revolutionising boat performance and sustainability. SHOW FULLSCREEN Peters & May staff have celebrated 50 years of the company being in business While the standard shipping methods for yachts, such as roll-on/roll-off or lift-on/lift-off have remained unchanged, these innovations have necessitated adaptations to lifting equipment and requirements. From international customs protocols to cradling and deck lashings, Peters & May has improved its craft and built its knowledge base using high-quality equipment to deliver customer-tailored lifts. Despite facing numerous challenges, such as global price rises, port closures, labour and cargo capacity shortages, Peters & May has reported increased shipments across all divisions, making 2022 one of its most successful years to date. Topics Industry News

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New rope cutter from Yanmar | News | Boating Business

BOATBUILDING New rope cutter from Yanmar 21/07/2023 Save article Yanmar Marine International (YMI) is introducing its first rope cutter, an easy-to-install safety feature designed solely for sailing yachts equipped with the Yanmar SD60 sail drive and fixed two or three blade propellers. SHOW FULLSCREEN Yanmar Marine International has introduced its first rope cutter The rope cutter is suitable for both mono hulls and catamarans, with the aim of enhancing safety and reducing maintenance costs and downtime. A circular saw blade is mounted directly onto the shaft behind the propeller which turns with the shaft to stop ropes, weeds, plastic and fishing lines from jamming between the cutlass and the propeller. It is available for OEMs or as a spare part. “As the industry’s first rope cutting solution designed exclusively for the SD60, the Yanmar Rope Cutter provides a simple and effective solution, preventing the need for external intervention should the propellor become compromised,” said Justin Hogen, product manager, Yanmar Marine International, said. “The issue of yacht propellers catching rope, nylon fishing lines, nets and other plastic hazards floating in the water is a problem faced by sailors, which can result in significant damage, costly repair bills and frustrating downtime. “When the propeller comes into contact with waste, it can wrap itself around the sail drive/propeller shaft which can prevent the shaft from rotating, and manoeuvring will become impossible.” The SD60 is a Yanmar designed and developed sail drive, available with two bell housing sizes for compatibility with the company’s 3JH5E, 3JH40, 4JH5E, 4JH45, 4JH4-TE, 4JH57, and 4JH80 engines. Topics Engines & Propulsion

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Barton brings new life to Tufnol blocks | News | Boating Business

AFTERMARKET Barton brings new life to Tufnol blocks 14/07/2023 Save article Barton Marine has unveiled a number of new products including the resurrection of the Tufnol Tuphblox range. Originally developed following the second world war, these fabric-based laminated plastic blocks fell out of favour in the 1970s when fully plastic blocks became the norm. Source: Barton Marine Barton’s T-Track conversion inserts Now 50 years later, Barton has spotted the need to support heritage vessels worldwide and has relaunched the Tuphblox range. The company has also unveiled its new T-Track conversion insert, the ‘solution to a historical marine industry problem’. “If you go back in history the 32mm T-Track produced around the late 1970s and through the 1980s was 32mm with a 6mm lip,” said the company. “This has now moved to a 5mm lip as an industry standard. As such all the cars have been redesigned around this 5mm standard and the 6mm gap cars are no longer available. Older vessels with this 6mm track are now facing not only the cost of new cars but also replacement track.” To solve this problem, Barton has created inserts which can be fitted to any of the Barton 32mm Genoa cars, converting them from a 5mm to a 6mm track. Finally the company has released a new size 2 double stanchion lead block (N02290 – 2023 model). Mounted on to the stanchion base, the revised block now features a removable clevis pin and ring which allows for continuous furler lines to be easily installed in situ. Available in plain bearing or ball bearing configuration, this block fits 25mm diameter steel tubing and has a safe working load of 370kg. Topics Masts, spars, sails & rigging

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New Black Magic block | News | Boating Business

AFTERMARKET New Black Magic block 13/07/2023 Save article Harken has introduced a new, mini version of its Black Magic block. SHOW FULLSCREEN Harken’s Black Magic block 45mm The new block has a 45mm sheave and is Harken’s smallest Black Magic block, suitable for race and performance cruising boats. The blocks are designed for primary sheet or halyard blocks for boats 9m to 12m or can be used in a purchase system for sail controls on board bigger boats. The block allows lines to be adjusted while under load with performance coming from high-load roller bearings caged to eliminate bearing-to-bearing contact. These are aided by captive thrust bearing balls for side loading, hidden inside the sheave walls. The new block is available in single and double sheave models in soft and swivel attachment options. More than 50 different Black Magic blocks are available including those with 150mm sheave diameters with breaking loads over 13,500kg appropriate for boats to 24m. Topics Masts, spars, sails & rigging

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Germany Tells UN: Nord Stream Inquiry Found Subsea

Germany Tells UN: Nord Stream Inquiry Found Subsea Explosive Traces on Yacht ©The gas leak at Nord Stream 2 seen from the Danish F-16 interceptor on Bornholm in late September 2022. Photo: Danish Defence Germany found traces of subsea explosives in samples taken from a yacht that it suspects “may have been used to transport the explosives” to blow up the Nord Stream gas pipelines, it told the U.N. Security Council in a letter with Sweden and Denmark. A series of unexplained explosions hit the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines connecting Russia and Germany under the Baltic Sea last September in the exclusive economic zones of Germany, Sweden, and Denmark.  The trio are each conducting separate investigations and sent an update – seen by Reuters – ahead of a meeting of the 15-member Security Council on Tuesday called by Russia, which has complained that it has not been kept informed about the probes. “None of the investigations has been concluded and at this point, it is still not possible to say when they will be concluded. The nature of the acts of sabotage is unprecedented and the investigations are complex,” the three wrote in a joint letter, dated Monday, which included an update on each inquiry. The joint letter said Germany has been investigating “the suspicious charter of a sailing yacht” that had been rented in a way to “hide the identity of the real charterer.” Germany was still investigating the precise course of the boat.  “It is suspected that the boat in question may have been used to transport the explosives that exploded at the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines,” the letter said of Germany’s inquiry. “Traces of subsea explosives were found in the samples taken from the boat during the investigation.” “According to expert assessments, it is possible that trained divers could have attached explosives at the points where damage occurred to the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, which are laid on the seabed at a depth of approx. 70 to 80 meters,” it said of Germany’s inquiry.  Moscow has said the West was behind the blasts. Western governments have denied involvement as has Ukraine, which is fighting Russian forces that invaded in February 2022. Russia failed in March to get the U.N. Security Council to ask for an independent inquiry into the Nord Stream blasts.  “At this point it is not possible to reliably establish the identity of the perpetrators and their motives, particularly regarding the question of whether the incident was steered by a state or state actor,” the letter said of Germany’s inquiry. (Reuters – Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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New patented fusion technology | News | Boating Business

AFTERMARKETNew patented fusion technology04/07/2023Save articleIncidence Sails has introduced Aluula Composites onboard the 60ft yacht Biotherm in the around the world sailing race, The Ocean Race.SHOW FULLSCREENAluula Durlyte is being used on board Biotherm as the yacht takes part in The Ocean RaceThe new generation of ultra-light, strong, and recycle-ready composite material, Aluula Durlyte, has taken two years of testing, both on and off the water, and is now being commercialised.The material uses a patented, fusion technology to bond technical films to a UHMWPE core.It is primarily being used for critical sail reinforcement areas such as batten pockets, bolt ropes, and high wear points including stanchions and spreaders with additional applications for the material including deck sweepers and sail bags.The material is said to have ten times the abrasion resistance of competing materials and an extremely low friction surface.Other features include the fact that the material doesn’t absorb water, is bacterial growth resistant, and accepts heat welding so it can be seam taped and is thermoformable.It is a single polymer and recycle-ready.“Given the astounding performance impact Aluula has had on kiteboarding and wind foiling, sailing is a natural next step,” said Aluula Composites director of partner innovation and design, Dave Westwood.“The combination of Durlyte’s extreme abrasion, tear, and UV resistance coupled with zero water absorption make it an attractive choice for a technical sail brand such as Incidence Sails in reducing the weight of their sails while greatly improving durability.”Biotherm’s set up includes a deck sweeper and various critical reinforcements made with Aluula Durlyte.Biotherm is regularly sailing at speeds of 25-30 knots sailing for weeks on end in open ocean conditions, extreme conditions that test sails and the materials they are made with.TopicscompositesMasts, spars, sails & riggingOcean Racesailing yacht

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700% stronger bearings | News | Boating Business

AFTERMARKET 700% stronger bearings 03/07/2023 Save article Harken’s new Zircon blocks are the company’s most efficient small boat blocks. SHOW FULLSCREEN Harken’s Zircon block has low-friction ceramic ball bearings Features of the blocks include industrial ceramic ball bearings mounted inside caged races. The cages have been developed to keep the bearings apart, so they don’t bunch up, touch and stop each other making it a free-running, low-friction block. “Give an unloaded Zircon block a strong spin, and it spins an incredibly long time,” explained a Harken spokesperson. “Ceramic is a more familiar name for the metallic oxide Zirconia. Zircon bearings are more than 700% stronger in compression than stainless bearings of the same size so, they will not deform if used within the recommended load limits.” The bearings will also absorb less energy before starting to roll, making the blocks more responsive, especially in light airs. “Zircon feels like you can push the line out,” added the spokesperson. “At top wind range, you can rig more mainsheet purchase so you can physically trim harder—but still ease through those additional sheaves when the wind lightens up. “In the lightest air, trimmers feel they can actually push the sheet out.” The blocks are available in single and double blocks, with or without beckets, and in 40mm and 57mm sheaves. Topics Blockdinghy sailingMasts, spars, sails & riggingPerformance sailingsail trimming

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New multi-sheave configurations | News | Boating Business

AFTERMARKET New multi-sheave configurations 03/07/2023 Save article Ronstan has added to its 20mm single sheave ball bearing and HHL Orbit lashing block range with multi-sheave configurations as well as a lightweight cheek block. SHOW FULLSCREEN Ronstan’s RF25209 double lashing block The company’s double and triple lashing blocks, including a double HHL version for higher load applications, have been developed to offer sailors stronger and lighter options for multi-purchase control systems on modern high performance and foiling sailboats. The 20mm sheave diameter will accommodate up to 6mm lines, with a 4mm lashing line passing through the central hub to ensure the blocks meet published loads. The RF25209 double lashing block is a lightweight 14g block with a maximum working load (MWL) of 300kg and a breaking load (BL) of 800kg. T he RF25309 triple lashing block features the same maximum working load and breaking load and weighs just 21g. Both the double and triple blocks use Ronstan’s two-stage bearing system for high efficiency under both dynamic and static loads. For higher load applications, the RF25209HL double block features stainless steel HHL sheaves with stainless steel ball races and bearings, providing a higher 450kg MWL (900kg BL). The block weighs 26g. Topics blocksfoiling sailboatMasts, spars, sails & riggingPerformance sailingsailing block

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Larger blocks requested | News | Boating Business

AFTERMARKET Larger blocks requested 03/07/2023 Save article Seldén Mast has expanded its range of Roller Bearing Blocks. SHOW FULLSCREEN Selden’s 130mm Roller Bearing Block The low resistance, high dynamic load block range now includes larger single and single/stand ups in 100mm and 130mm blocks. The new blocks are suitable for backstays, main sheet arrangements and sheets for downwind sails on yachts of various sizes. “The boat builders we work with have been requesting larger blocks in our Roller Bearing Block range for spinnaker sheets, backstays and German sheeting, so we’ve extended the range to fulfil this need,” says Steve Norbury, Seldén Mast’s UK subsidiary MD. “The new blocks’ low resistance at high, dynamic loads will make it easier for sailors to release a highly tensioned backstay, main sheet, spinnaker halyard or kicker, and as the blocks respond instantly to maintain delicate trimming and sail handling, sailors can just focus on what really matters – performance and boat speed.” The RBB range features machined, black anodised aluminium cheeks and sheave, Torlon roller bearings for radial loads and thrust bearings for resisting side loads. The additional blocks mean the range is is now available in sizes from 60mm to 130 mm. Topics BoatbuilderMasts, spars, sails & riggingsailing blockyachtyacht sailing

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