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The new Zodiac Open 5.5 has a Deep V fibreglass hull
MGM Boats describes the new Zodiac Open 5.5 that has recently landed at the boatyard in Dun Laoghaire Harbour as the 'Swiss army knife of boats'. As regular Afloat readers will know, MGM Boats became Irish Zodiac distributors last December. In…
Shantax in a 1925 cruise en route from Clontarf to the North Shannon Yacht Club (towing Water Wags), and then down the Shannon to Athlone for the LRYC regatta, to Shannon Harbour and returning to Dublin via the Grand Canal. The picture was taken at Lock 35 on the Grand Canal. Club member Jack Stephensi is in the yachting cap
While we are in 'shutdown' mode due to Covid19 I have taken the opportunity to write a book about 'THE MOTOR YACHT CLUB OF IRELAND' which thrived from 1907 until its demise in about 1935. The club was active in…
Allblack Racing claimed the Cork-Fastnet-Cork speed record in 2018
Cork Harbour will play host to four major, and very different, powerboat events over the weekend of 11 and 12 July. Previously announced last autumn, the International Power Boat Festival, which is a first for Ireland, is part of the Cork300…
Book Now For Powerboat Training At The RSGYC
Places are still available for the latest powerboat training course at the Royal St George Yacht Club later this month. The two-day course, on Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March from 8.45am to 5pm, provides the ideal way to get…
The new Pulse59 from RS in Hall 15 at boot Düsseldorf
The ‘game changer’ Pulse58 was officially launched at boot Düsseldorf yesterday (Sunday 19 January), and RS joint chief executives Alex Newton Southon and Jon Partridge spoke passionately about the vision for this project and what they have planned for the…
The Pulse 58 - an electric RIB
RS Electric Boats, the brand-new sister company to RS Sailing, this week launches the Pulse 58 - its electric RIB. Unveiled at Boot Dusseldorf, the Pulse58 is the product of two years of development and is ground-breaking as the first-ever…
Thunder Child II on the water during Storm Brendan on Monday 13 January
Safehaven Marine put Thunder Child II to the test against the might of Storm Brendan yesterday — showing just how well the wave-piercing powerboat can handle the roughest elements at sea. Sea trials for the XSV20 design began a year ago…
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The new Open 5.5 Zodiac RIB available from MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire
Top Irish boat dealer MGM Boats has added the Zodiac Inflatable and Rigid Inflatable Boat marque to the range of boats offered at its Dun Laoghaire Harbour showrooms. In announcing the new distributorship, Dublin Bay-based MGM Boats has launched a promotion on the…
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…

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