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This Beneteau Oceanis 411 is already located for Mediterranean cruising, based in MDL Marina's new facility in Sant Carles de la Rapita, an hour's drive south from Barcelona's Reus airport. If required, her berth in Sant Carles is ready to transfer to her new owner, according to the advert.
Sunny side of life: The Beneteau Oceanis 411 on her Mediterranean berth
Relatively little used in her ten years, the owner says she is fitted throughout for comfortable and safe cruising. The full details are here.
#BOATS FOR SALE – Two 40-foot sailing cruisers have gone on sale on the Afloat boats for sale site today one priced at €249,500 and the other at €74,950. They're on sale through popular Cork broker Crosshaven Boatyard who currently has 63 yachts on offer on the boats for sale site.
The €249,000 boat is the American built Sabre 426. Built in 2004 and commissioned in 2005, this Sabre 426 is a moderate displacement cruising yacht with 'excellent performance' according ot the broker. The boat comes with cherry interior, two heads, 55HP Yanmar, Bow Thruster, 2010 fully battened mainsail, plotter, radar and heating. There has only been one owner since new.
Sabre's attention to detail as a boat builder is well known. Whether it be the style and grace of the 426's shear, the details of the deck tooling or the details found in the hand crafted interior joinery. The full advert is here.
The €74,950 yacht is a 1987 German Frers designed Beneteau Idylle 13.50. This boat has also had one owner since new. This yacht sleeps seven and has been well maintained. She had a major refit in 2010/2011, including a new engine, standing rigging and sails. All the details here.
#BOATSFORSALE – A very low usage and exceptionally well maintained family cruiser that 'wants for nothing' is for sale on the Afloat Boats for Sale site. The 1999 Beneteau Oceanis 311 Clipper has an inmast furling main and furling headsail. Below decks the forecabin has double berth and an Eberspacher warm air heating vented to main cabin and aft double (new 2009). The boat has been wintered ashore Dun Laoghaire every winter according to the seller. A substantial cradle is available as an extra. More details on the boat here.
New to our Boats for Sale site is this Tony Castro 3/4 Tonner. "Strictly Business" is a one off Tony Castro 3/4 Ton design. She was built in 1988 and named "Bateleur 88" and was successfully campaigned by her then owner Chris Bonnar. Click here for the full listing including images and full spec and extras.
Our Boats for Sale website has been updated. We've listened to the needs of you, the buyers and sellers to bring you the site Ireland needs for boat trading.
Firstly, our aim is to generate Ireland's largest stock of quality boats for sale, in order to do this we've introduced a modest charge of €10 to list your boat for 60 days. We've simplified the steps involved to advertise your boat, and once you've walked through them here are some of the advantages your boat has to gain maximum exposure...
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In 2007 there were 70 Irish yacht and boat sales staff manning stands in Southampton, this week that figure was down by about 60%. No one needs reminding of recession and the drop off in boat sales has been a reflection of the hard times.
Confidence is returning to the market in spite of the dire warnings about currency crises and dealers are now beginning to take trade ins again but they're still cautious as they have little room for error.
The good news though for boat owners is that there is now some great value in the market and the Southampton Boat show is an example of that. A core of about 15 Irish dealers are doing business there, thanks in no small part to the availability of marine finance again.
Boat Dealers James Kirwan (left) and Bernard Gallagher from BJ Marine on a new Benenteau Seanse in Southampton yesterday. BJ Marine are Irish Beneteau distributors
Interestingly, finance deals for values over €500,000 are 'brisk' but they remain sluggish for amounts under that, according to Afloat.ie's source.
That's surprising with the value of new craft on offer, such as a 2011 Beneteau Oceanis 48 footer at €209,000. A decade ago a boat with half that kit and of similar size would have been priced well over IR£350k. BJ Marine currently have three interested Irish parties in the 48 footer this week.
In essence dealers say that if you're prepared to drop your price on your trade in then you can probably make it back on a new purchase.
But just how much do asking prices need to drop? The amount varies between boat types but recently James Kirwan of BJ Marine sold a Beneteau Oceanis 39.3 for approximately €80k. An Oceanis 411 of the same vintage went for roughly €90k.
Alan Barton of MGM Boats in Kinsale sold a 2008 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i recently for 125k. Two examples of nearly new Jeanneau Merry Fisher motorboats, a popular flybridge model in Ireland, fetched 75k and 85k approximately.
Martin Salmon (left) and Joe Hill welcome Alan Barton (centre) as the lastest broker to MGM Boats Ltd. Barton is running MGM Boats new brokerage office in Kinsale
Ironically, boat dealers have even been able to make progress through these bad times. Boats have not been as badly affected by the recession as other 'toys'. ' Unlike cars or property a boat is neither left hand drive or rooted to a particular spot making them easier to relocate and dispose of without resorting to fire sale prices' says BJ Marine's Bernard Gallagher.
In fact the worse the news grew about Ireland, the more business Irish dealers were able to do did as international buyers took advantage of the siutation to bag a bargain.
The trend is confirmed in part by the amount of search traffic coming from Scandinavia on leading Irish Boats for Sale sites such as Afloat.ie.
Swedish buyers are buying boats from 15k to 500k but most interest from Sweden is in five year old yachts in the 30-40 foot category.
Mark White, John O'Kane and Glyn Dewey from MGM Boats on the new Aquador 25 in Southampton. MGM are the UK and Irish distributors for the Finnish made Aquador motorboat marque
In terms of asset types, the old adage that if you want to make money buy a house, lose money buy a car or keep money buy a boat does not quite ring true thanks to the property crash but there's still some truth in it for boats.
'Over the last seven years I bought two apartments, a load of shares and the boat. The apartments are under water, the shares are gone but the boat's still worth something' that's what one rueful Irish boat owner told Afloat.ie yesterday.
The advent of boats for sale websites is allowing Europeans a European wide selection to choose from and Ireland has been the focus because of the good value.
Such has been the exodus of used boats from Ireland to overseas markets that Gallagher says there is a dearth of quality used large craft for sale in Ireland now.
The Southampton boat Show continues until Sunday but be warned the cost of flights from Dublin directly to Southampton for a day return this weekend are running at over €300!
July's Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta Boat of the week, Supernova, will be in action again this weekend in the Cruisers III East Coast championships. The annual fixture is being raced as part of tomorrow's DBSC Cruiser Challenge sponsored by MGM boats, Dún Laoghaire.
Entries for the Challenge stand at 70 to date and remain open for the three day event run by Dublin Bay Sailing Club.
The DBSC Cruiser Challenge is open to Cruisers 0, 1, 2 and 3, Sigma 33s and 31.7s, who will also compete for their national championships during the event.
VDLR Champion Supernova is in action again on Dublin Bay tomorrow
Pat Shannon, vice-commodore of DBSC, says that as well as boats from the main Dún Laoghaire waterfront clubs, DBSC has invited boats from Howth, England and the Isle of Man to compete. "Last year we had 80 boats and we expect something similar. We're running it over the UK bank holiday so we might get those boats," says Pat. DBSC also welcomes Cruisers 3 to the event, who are taking part for the first time. (The Cruiser Challenge will also incorporate this year's Cruisers 3 East Coast Championships.)
This year the National Yacht Club is the host club for the event. Hal Bleakley is the race officer on committee boat, MacLir, and Henry Leonard is race officer on Spirit Of The Irish. NYC sailing manager Olivier Prouvier will coordinate activities on the water.
The organisers also plan plenty of fun after racing, with live music and barbecues in the NYC and a party for the 31.7 nationals in the National Yacht Club on Saturday night.
The main organisers are DBSC commodore Tony Fox, vice-commodore Pat Shannon, rear-commodore Chris Moore and honorary secretary Donal O'Sullivan, assisted by a team of around 28 volunteers. "We're always very grateful to the volunteers, they're the greatest resource we have," says Pat. "We have all the equipment, the greatest resource is the people who help out."
Pat adds that there are great prizes this year – half model yachts, made by Marine Model Makers of Wicklow. "They are very special, so it's worth entering," he says.
The entry fee for each boat is €105 with a reduced fee of €80 for entries received before 12th August.
Seventeen-year-old Tom Webb is poised to sail solo round Britain in his Hyde Sails-powered Beneteau First 211 'Danera'.
Tom believes sailing is a sport to be enjoyed by people of all abilities and to highlight the opportunities in sailing, particularly for disabled young people, on July 2 he will set off on his solo sail round Britain.
Tom explains: 'In doing the challenge I want to show my support for three fantastic charities: Phil Packer's British Inspiration Trust (BRIT), Even Keel and RYA Sailability at Langstone SC. Phil Packer is one of the most inspirational people I have met, who has an incredible mission with BRIT to create a
centre of inspiration for disabled young people in the Chichester area. Also, as a young person I want to challenge myself by drawing from the inspiration of the young disabled people I have met through the Even Keel sailing charity. They have challenges just in their daily lives, but also strive to set themselves new goals.'
Tom Webb has been on and around boats all his life. 'My first dinghy was a bright yellow wooden Mirror dinghy,' he recalls. 'I then moved to Toppers and more recently I started racing a 420. Over the last couple of years I have been really lucky to have worked with the Even Keel Project and have taken part in racing events with them, including the fantastic Artemis Even Keel Challenge at Cowes in 2010.' This was where his solo sailing started: 'During this time I was becoming motivated to push my singlehanded ambitions, I began to explore the idea of sailing around Britain.
Through some luck, and the sale of the family Iroquois catamaran in 2009, "Danera" was bought as a yacht on which I could get experience of singlehanded keelboat sailing with a sail around Britain in the Summer of 2011 in mind.'
The boat and sails 'Danera' is a 21ft drop keel monohull. 'It's a fast boat that wouldn't be other people's first choice when sailing round Britain,' says Tom, 'Although hard work to keep going, she is rewarding to sail in all weather. She's topped out at 13 knots planing down a wave with the kite up - but I don't intend to push any where near as hard for the trip!' His new sails are from Hyde: ''The new fully battened main and genoa are a fantastic addition to the boat, they provide the power and
durability needed for long passages, but still give great responsive performance for racing around the cans.'
Starting from Portsmouth on July 2, Tom will sail anti-clockwise stopping at 28 ports along the way. He will sail through the Caledonian canal, rather than round the top of Scotland as the trip needs to fit into his summer break between college and university. 'I will be sailing on average eight hours a day and hope to complete the trip in one and a half months.'
For more information on the project see www.tomwebbsailing.com
East Coast inshore campaigner Lively Lady (Derek Martin) left Dublin Bay racing behind yesterday for ISORA's offshore race to Rockaill and won. The Royal Irish boat, a Beneteau First 44.7, topped a 13-boat fleet over the 50 mile course to Rockabill. It was the second ISORA race of the 2011 calendar.
Second overall was another Beneteau, Walter Mitty, Stephen Mullaney's First 375 from Howth Yacht Club. Third was Jedi, Andrew Sarratt's J109 from Dun Laoghaire.
Yesterday's race was a much more pleasant start to the season compared to the previous weekend's pasting taken during the slog across the Irish Sea to Holyhead. Perhaps that was the reason for the drop off in entries from 21 to 13? Next Saturday's ISORA fixture features another cross Irish Sea venture, this time to Pwhelli.
Race two results are available for download below. Latest ISORA news here.
ISORA Commodore Peter Ryan adds:It had been hoped that there would be a bumper fleet out for this popular day race run in conjunction with the Royal Alfred Yacht Club and the Lee Overlay Offshore Series but despite 25 entries, only 15 came to the start line. The heavy offshore race to Holyhead and delivery back the previous weekend and the strong winds all the week since then, had taken its toll with damage to boats and crew and boats not being to get to Dun Laoghaire.
The weather forecast for the day was for wind force 3-5 south east going east. The original course was to go south to North Arklow buoy. However, with the strong spring tides going north at the start and the light winds forecast, the Sailing Committee decided that going north to Rockabill would ensure a finish would be achieved to all boats. The course was: Start – North Burford(P) – Lambay (P) – Rockabill (S) – Lambay (S) – Kish Light (S) – Finish at Dun Laoghaire Harbour (45 miles).
Paul McCarthy of the RAYC provided the start at 10.00 and the fleet set off on a white sail reach towards North Burford. The wind was as forecast, south east force 3-4. Rounding that mark, spinnakers were raised and the fleet sped north with the tide. Shorthy after 12.00 “Lively Lady” rounded Rockabill followed by “English Mick”, “Orna” and directly behind her “Tsunami”.
The leg back to Kish was a beat keeping Lambay to starboard. The wind fluctuated with the stronger wind being out to sea. Most boats tacked behind Lambay to get the benefit of some lack tides in the lee of the island.
The wind was holding as the fleet neared Kish. First round was “Lively Lady” followed by “English Mick”, “Tsunami”, “Orna” and “Jedi”. As forecast the wind backed to east and dropped. What was looking like a charge to the finish turned out to be a crawl. Many of the boats at the back of the fleet gained by a temporary filling of the wind from behind as they caught up with the leading pack. However, “Lively Lady” and “English Mick” held their positions and crossed the line first and second. “Jedi” and “Orna” crept past “Tsunami” to cross the finish.
“Lively Lady” took line honours, 1st in Class and 1st Overall. “Jedi” took 1st in Class 2 while “Walter Mitty” won Class 3.
Sandra Moore of the NYC provided the finish. The usual après sail took place in the NYC after the race.
The next race is the Day Race in Pwllheli on the 14th May. It is hoped that the day race there will attract some new entrants from the Welsh side.
|1||Class 1||Lively Lady||IRL 1644||First 44.7||1.109||10.00.00||16:21:00||6.21.00||7.02.32||98.6|
|2||Class 3||Walter Mitty||IRL 7963||First 375||0.947||10.00.00||17:36:38||7.36.38||7.12.26||92.8|
|3||Class 2||Jedi||IRL 8088||J109||1.029||10.00.00||17:05:15||7.05.15||7.17.35||87.0|
|4||Class 1||Orna||IRL 532||1.047||10.00.00||17:13:18||7.13.18||7.33.40||81.2|
|5||Class 2||Lula Belle||IRL 3607||First 36.7||1.019||10.00.00||17:28:55||7.28.55||7.37.27||75.4|
|6||Class 3||Windshift||IRL 37737||SF37||0.992||10.00.00||17:41:59||7.41.59||7.38.17||69.6|
|7||Class 2||First of September||IRL 8581||First 43.5||1.017||10.00.00||17:32:41||7.32.41||7.40.23||63.9|
|8||Class 1||Tsunami||IRL 4007||First 40.7||1.061||10.00.00||17:15:00||7.15.00||7.41.32||58.1|
|9||Class 1||English Mick||GBR4771R||Beneteau 47.7||1.130||10.00.00||16:50:07||6.50.07||7.43.26||52.3|
|10||Class 2||Miss Scarlett||IRL 4763||Sunfast 40.3||1.025||10.00.00||17:33:06||7.33.06||7.44.26||46.5|
|11||Class 3||Yahtzee||IRL 1068||Oceanis 411||0.983||10.00.00||17:57:51||7.57.51||7.49.44||40.7|
|12||Class 1||Sailing West Intuition||GBR 9383||Reflex 38||1.060||10.00.00||17:28:33||7.28.33||7.55.28||34.9|
|13||Class 1||Rebellion||IRL 6001||Nicholson 58||1.054||10.00.00||17:39:22||7.39.22||8.04.10||29.1|
|14||Class 1||African Challenge||IRL 2649||Fast 42||1.077||10.00.00||17:33:11||7.33.11||8.08.05||23.4|
|15||Class 3||Obsession||IRL4513||Sigma 33||0.905||DNF||10.0|
Up to 40 yachts form the backbone of the Irish Sea Offshore Racing Association fleet (ISORA). Although the 2011 entry list (below) shows a large number of Beneteau models it also reveals a wide range of other marques, largely between 30 and 50 foot. Prominent types are J109s, Sigma 33s and a number of Jeanneau yachts too.
ISORA 2011 Racing Fleet
|Boat Name||Sail no||Hull / Mast Col||Model|
|Yahtzee||IRL 1068||White/Gold||Oceanis 41|
|Rebellion||IRL 6001||Blue/Silver||Nicholson 58|
|Miss Scarlett||IRL 4763||White/Gray||Sunfast 40.3|
|Mistral of St Helier||K8337||White||3800D|
|Raging Bull||IRL 9666||White/Silver||Sigma 400|
|Tsunami||IRL 4007||Grey/Silver||First 40.7|
|GFT Adventurer||GBR 23161||White/Silver||First 45|
|English Mick||GRB 4771R||Blue/Silver||First 47.7|
|Lula Belle||IRL3607||White||Beneteau 36.7|
|Obsession||IRL 4513||White/Aluminium||Sigma 3300|
|Katanca||IRL 31310||White/Aluminium||Elan 31|
|Big Hillie Style||IRL 3208||White||Sun Fast 3200|
|Adelie||FRA 9631||White/Black||First 34.7|
|Calypso||IRL 5643||White/Silver||Oceanis E51|
|Legally Blonde||IRL 3175||Grey/Aluminium||Beneteau|
|First of September||IRL 8581||White/Silver||First 435|
|Quite Correct||IRL 5405||White/White||Jeanneau D5 54|
|Sailing West Intuition||GBR 9383R||Blue/Aluminium||Reflex 38|
|Sailing West One Life||GBR 3708R||White/Silver||Sunfast 37|
|Wennol 3||GBR1347R||White/Black||First 34.7|
|African Challenge||IRL 2649||White/Silver||Fast|
|Oystercatcher||IRL 1177||White/ Silver||Gib'sea 37|
The Beneteau Owners Club is running a cruise to France on the first weekend of July.
The family-friendly event will embark from Port Hamble on 1 July heading for Cherbourg for a weekend of entertainment.
Event partners Sailing Today, Beneteau, Ancasta International Boat Sales and Universal Yachting are hosting the fully chaperoned cross-channel cruise.
They will also provide free workshops ahead of the cruise weekend in passage planning, getting the most out of your electronics and safety, among other topics.
The cruise is open to all Beneteau owners, whether export or novice. A buddy system will connect newcomers with experienced Beneteau sailors to make the most out of the weekend.
To register for this event or join the Beneteau Owners Club, e-mail [email protected] with full contact details and a few basic details about your boat. Places are limited and will be handled on a first come first served basis.
Beneteau is one of the most popular yacht brands in Ireland. It is distributed by BJ Marine of Malahide.