World’s only oceangoing solar-electric production catamaran is unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival

The operational costs of the vessels are substantially lower compared to power yachts using more traditional propulsion systems because the systems require hardly any maintenance and produce no fumes or noise
The operational costs of the vessels are substantially lower compared to power yachts using more traditional propulsion systems because the systems require hardly any maintenance and produce no fumes or noise

Austrian yard Silent Yachts has premiered 16.7-metre (55-foot) solar-powered catamaran Silent 55 at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Silent 55 uses silent electric propulsion for unlimited range with no noise or fumes and minimal vibration – she is completely self-sufficient and largely maintenance-free.

Available in several power configurations to suit a variety of cruising applications, all of which adhere to Silent Yachts’ philosophy of relying mainly on solar power for propulsion and on-board power needs.

The Silent 55 on display at Cannes is an E-Power version with 2 x 135kW motors and can reach up to 14 knots. The model can be equipped as a Cruiser version, with a pair of 30 kW motors or a Hybrid Power version with 2 x 220hp diesel engines and two 14 kW electric motors. A Sailor version can be equipped with all the previously mentioned drivetrain configurations and is rigged with a mast and sails to provide additional propulsion in fair winds.

With 30 high-efficiency solar panels rated for Continue reading “World’s only oceangoing solar-electric production catamaran is unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival”

TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show set to celebrating 50 years of boating excellence

Taking place from 14-23 September 2018, this year’s Show will boast an expected 100+ debuts and more than 500 exhibitors
Taking place from 14-23 September 2018, this year’s Show will boast an expected 100+ debuts and more than 500 exhibitors

This year TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show (https://www.southamptonboatshow.com/) celebrates its golden anniversary. Over the last 50 years it has been the launchpad for boating legends, seen the evolution of ground-breaking technology and tracked the rise of global marine brands. Visitors will be able to see the best of the past alongside the latest and most innovate craft and technology on the market.

Taking place from 14-23 September 2018, this year’s Show will boast an expected 100+ debuts and more than 500 exhibitors, of which 81 will be new to the Show for 2018. Additionally, it and will showcase pioneering environmental research.

The Show will also mark the Continue reading “TheYachtMarket.com Southampton Boat Show set to celebrating 50 years of boating excellence”

Seawork 2018 speeds to success

Photo credit: Adventurer ‘Bear’ Grylls trialled Rafnar’s latest Leiftur 1100 RIB
Photo credit: Adventurer ‘Bear’ Grylls trialled Rafnar’s latest Leiftur 1100 RIB

At a time of political and economic uncertainty, the 21st annual Seawork exhibition was a clear demonstration that the UK and European commercial marine sector is open for business. With deals being struck, exhibitors showing confidence and visitor numbers up, Seawork was again successful at bringing together businesses, trading opportunities and new ideas.

The commercial marine sector is a vital facilitator to trade, security and maintenance of the world’s coastlines.
The UK Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani, opened the 21st edition of Seawork International on Tuesday 3 July with her speech focusing on the importance of the maritime sector, seafarer training, women in maritime, and Maritime 2050; the long-term strategy for the future of the UK maritime industries. As the engine of British trade, the maritime sector supports nearly Continue reading “Seawork 2018 speeds to success”

Maritime Minister to open Seawork and give a key note address on women in the marine industry

Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani, the first Muslim woman to speak from the House of Commons despatch box, will make a keynote speech on a new initiative for women in the maritime sector at Seawork 2018.

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State will also tour the show, meeting exhibitors and women in the commercial marine industry. The opening will take place at 1000 on the first day of Seawork (Tuesday 3 July) at the Golden Arrow Restaurant.

Continue reading “Maritime Minister to open Seawork and give a key note address on women in the marine industry”

Reasons for the demise of the London Boat Show and why the five day format was deemed wrong

British Marine has cancelled the 2019 London Boat Show citing insufficient support, but what do exhibitors think happened and what impact will it have?

Following a year which saw the LBS reformatted from ten to five days and a tenth year of falling attendance figures, British Marine last month cancelled the 2019 show at ExCel London, claiming research showed ‘insufficient support from a large proportion of the marine industry’ for the show’s ‘current format, duration and location’. This, said BM, made the show commercially unviable.

A non-starter
It’s well-known that Earls Court was favoured as a venue but the show has been held at ExCel for 14 years with plenty of other issues Continue reading “Reasons for the demise of the London Boat Show and why the five day format was deemed wrong”

Latest Tweets from the IIMS