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As more and more inland waters are designated ‘green’, banning all petrol and diesel engines, boat owners are looking for a clean yet powerful form of propulsion. Union chandlery is offering the Torqeedo as the most technologically advanced electric outboards…
Bénéteau’s new open sports boat, the Monte Carlo, offers extra stability as well as classic Italian designer looks. The former is thanks to its forward facing knuckles which separate the water streams from the hull and stop them re-adhering to…
The all new Bavaria 37 Hardtop reviewed in this months edition of Afloat offers an excellent standard specification, electric sunroof and opening side windows. The 37’s interior is spacious, with large separate master cabin forward, ample hanging space and a…
A range of nine motorcruisers, from the Prestige 42 flybridge to the Merry Fisher 705, will be on show from Jeanneau. Ranging in price from E430,000 to E70,000, the fleet is available from MGM Marine in Dun Laoghaire, Belfast and…
Sunseeker’s Portofino 47 makes its debut at Malahide boat show and already there’s plenty of talk about the company’s decision to offer the choice between conventional shaft drive or Volvo IPS engine arrangements. The version on show will be IPS…
The pick of Ireland's Optimist fleet have finally completed trials to select teams for this year’s World Championships in Turkey and European Championships in Italy’s Lake Garda. Ireland's top 69 sailors in the world's premier junior class faced off over…
GT Marine will display two new models at the on-the-water show, the Delphia 29.2 and the award-winning Delphia 33. Both yachts are made by Delphia Yachts, Poland’s largest boat builder.
Donal McClement of Crosshaven is showing up to three models from French builders Dufour. Two of these are the 40, a Performance version, and the brand new 425 that has sold 100 boats in its first year of production, a…
Fastnet-winning sled Chieftain, renamed Lee Overlay, will take part in the first race of the new RAYC/Lee Overlay Partners offshore schedule this weekend. The canting-keel Cookson 50 has been bought by Dun Laoghaire sailor Adrian Lee and will be skippered…
Both the Hanse 320 and 350 are designed by Judel Vrolick and follow the strong customer demand for even more stylish deck lines plus extra light, vision and space in the main saloon area.
In an innovative move, Irish Sea Ray agent BJ Marine has begun pricing its Sea Ray stock in dollars. It’s to prove transparency on price, according to managing director Bernard Gallagher, who promises to sell in dollars if customers want…
The Sun Odyssey 45DS has picked up another award, this time at the Norway Boat Show. With a modern interior design by Philippe Briand and pure, fluid lines drawn by the Garroni Designers, this new Jeanneau sailboat was awarded the…
Portumna Marine, the newly appointed dealer for MasterCraft Ireland, has taken delivery of an MasterCraft X14 and will shortly receive the MasterCraft X2 for viewing and demonstration.
How easy is it to learn? You can leave your slippers on. Anyone can pick up the basics in a week’s tuition and can continue on their own after that. Will I know it all then? They don’t call it…
Starting off in sailing is easy – the difficult bit is deciding what part of the sport to try. If anchoring in a secluded cove or a BBQ from the deck of a yacht sounds like a far-fetched idea this…
Viking Marine in Dun Laoghaire are Irish agents for La Rochelle-builder Harmony Yachts, who claim a new manufacturing process that gives them the ability to offer a high standard of finish at a competitive price.
There has never been a better time to buy a boat, writes David O’Brien. Edward Heath famously grumbled about the cost of boating 30 years ago when he complained that “ocean sailing is like standing under a cold shower tearing…
Lombard announce sponsorship of Ireland’s biggest water-based Boat Show once again. Currently listed as No. 2 in the Global Tourism Market, Marine activity is one of Ireland’s fastest growing leisure sectors and the Irish Marine Federation is set to capitalise…
Most of what’s on offer at the Lombard On-the-Water Boat Show is geared towards newcomers. There’s a remark often quoted among boating folk – especially disgruntled skippers – that that the two best days of boat ownership are the day…
A SUCCESSFUL 'ON THE WATER' EXPERIMENT Two years ago, we experimented with an On the Water Boat Show in April, and we were quite successful. So much so, that after many hours of deliberations, we decided to try to build…

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