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Black Swan - First production model is due to go into service in early 2020
Renault has worked in partnership with French specialist maritime company Seine Alliance and electric propulsion experts Green-Vision to develop the first all-electric passenger boat powered by ‘second life’ batteries. Called Black Swan, the new craft represents the first step towards…
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HOC Yachts’ Explorer is one of two models that now come into the X-Yachts fold
Performance yacht specialists X-Yachts have acquired Swedish boat builder HOC Yachts in what marks a strategic move for the Denmark-based firm into the powerboat market. “We have seen there is a need for a powerboat that could contribute to honouring…
Berthon’s boatyard in Lymington, Hampshire
UK and Ireland RIB dealer Berthon is currently recruiting for a new RIB production manager to arrange import, fit out and handover of Gemini RIBs and other small boats. The successful applicant will be based in Lymington, Hampshire and will…
Irish powerboat team Allblack Racing (pictured here in January 2017) claimed the Cork-Fastnet-Cork record in summer 2018
As part of celebrations for the Royal Cork Yacht Club’s 300th anniversary next year, Powerboat Ireland will host three major — and very different — powerboat events in Ireland for the first time. The International Power Boat Festival on 11…
Rescue workers at the powerboat which crashed in Venice last night, killing Fabio Buzzi and two other pilots
Renowned powerboat racer and designer Fabio Buzzi has been killed with two others while attempting to set a speed record in Venice last night (Tuesday 17 September), as Reuters reports. Buzzi (76) had been attempting to set a new record…
RIB skipper Sergio Davì berthed in Snarfari Marina, Reykjavik in Iceland
The fascinating adventure of RIB skipper Sergio Davì continues alone in the most extreme and difficult part of his bid to complete an ‘Ice RIB Challenge’ from Palermo to New York. Since his departure from Palermo about a month ago,…
Sergio Davi at Belfast Harbour Marina last week
Since his departure from Palermo about a month ago, Sergio Davi in his Nautilus Explorer RIB has already covered more than 2,500 nautical miles of the 7,000 planned to complete his ‘Ice RIB Challenge’ from Palermo to New York. The…
With a total of 1,400 HP, the ZH-1300 has a maximum speed of 55+ knots in full load condition, and with a 1,893 litre (approx. 500 gallons) fuel capacity, she can traverse 350 nautical miles at 35 knots
Cork Harbour had an impressive RIB visitor when a Zodiac Hurricane ZH-1300 MACH II OB Interceptor called to the south coast earlier this month writes Bob Bateman The new model is the newest and largest platform of the Zodiac Hurricane range and…
The proposed west-east route for Thunder Child II’s Transatlantic Challenge in 2020
The North Atlantic Challenge by Safehaven Marine of Youghal’s new 70ft XSV20 Thunder Child II was originally scheduled to be underway in mid-July this year. But although the boat had her preliminary launch in February, pressure of work on other…
The new pilot boat for Leixoes in Portugal caught the attention of two new Spanish clients
Following delivery of their latest pilot boat for the Port of Leixoes in Portugal, the Cork Harbour performance boat specialsts at Safehaven Marine announced the signing of contracts with two Spanish ports. The port of San Ciprian has contracted for an Interceptor…
Charles Parsons’ steam turbine powered Turbinia starting to develop full speed in 1897
There was something about the look of the reverse stem of Safehaven Marine’s new 70ft Transatlantic record-seeker Thunder Child II in Afloat.ie this week which stirred a hidden memory of ships and speed writes W M Nixon. And then it…
Thunder Child II cutting through the waves off Cork over the weekend
This past weekend saw the successful launch in Cork of Thunder Child II, the next-generation wave-piercing monohull from Safehaven Marine designed to set a new powerboat world record. Crafted at Safehaven’s boatyard in Youghal, the XSV20 cruised into East Ferry…
No time to be nervous…..Class 3 in action at the OCRDA event in Torquay, with Team Power Marine of Malahide in foreground as Alan Power and Sam Jackson zap out of the turn
Most people on the inside track in cruiser-racer tuning in Ireland will know of Alan Power, who does magic things with the top Half Tonners and other sharp end boats in his fibreglass workshops in Malahide writes W M Nixon.…
Safehaven Marine Unveils Latest Pilot Boat Commission For Portugal
Safehaven Marine in Cork has unveiled its latest pilot boat for the Port of Leixoes in Portugal. The Interceptor 48 will be put through sea trials over the next few weeks before delivery to the port north-west of Porto. In…
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INSS Hosts Christmas Holiday Junior Powerboat Course Next Week
Young sailors can make the most of the Christmas holidays with the Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School’s junior club powerboat course. The two-day course runs next week on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December from 10am to 5pm each…
The new all–white Red Bay RIB bound for County Kerry. With 1200Lt Fuel Tanks the RIB has a 400–mile range
John Brennan of Dromquinna Manor in County Kerry took delivery of a new 11.5 metre rib from Irish RIB manufacturer Red Bay Boats last month. On its maiden voyage, it travelled 440 miles from the boat builders yard in County…

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