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Arcona 370 –  “immaculately maintained” is scarcely adequate to describe her enviable condition according to the brokers, MGM Boats
Every so often a boat comes up on the Afloat.ie Boats for Sale listings which has the magic Ingredient X in abundance writes W M Nixon. And this Arcona 370 - on the site from MGM Boats’ Kinsale office -…
Bavaria 38 for sale on Afloat Boats for Sale
When the accommodation of cruising yachts had a more traditional layout, there was a school of thought which argued that an overall length of 38ft fulfilled the useful ideal of being as big as necessary, but no bigger than required…
Beneteau Oceanis 411 for sale on Afloat.ie
There was a time when the major boat manufacturers tried to keep their cruising and their performance ranges so far apart in concept that you could be forgiven for thinking they came from two entirely different builders writes W M…
The Galway Hooker An Lady Mor being re-launched after restoration in Howth by Mick Hunt in 1985. Photo: W M Nixon
The traditional Galway Hooker is usually a much-restored craft writes W M Nixon. The climate of Ireland’s Atlantic seaboard is cruel for wooden boats built using basic materials, and the shipwrights of Connemara are skilled in replacing bits and pieces…
Jeanneau 51 announced in France yesterday
Irish Jeanneau dealers MGM Boats have announced details of the latest Jeanneau yacht, the Jeanneau 51 that is designed to complement the existing 'Yacht line' as an entry crossover from the regular Sun Odyssey line. The new model joins the…
The new Targa 62 GTO is the first of the new generation of models from Fairline Yachts
British boatbuilder, Fairline Yachts, has unveiled its first yacht designed by renowned Italian superyacht designer, Alberto Mancini.Targa 62 The new Targa 62 GTO is the first of the new generation of models from Fairline Yachts featuring the world class combination…
Malo 36 for sale from Crosshaven Boatyard
When a 1999-built 36-footer is priced at €149,000, many potential buyers could be forgiven for barely giving it a second glance, for at first it seems like a lot of money for a 17-year-old boat which, for all her well-filled…
34–knot passenger vessel, the new Alen Shuttle 55 from Turkey
Would this boat be at home as a fast passenger ferry, a crew transporter to oil rigs, an offshore wind farm service vessel or even a wildlife safari boat? At 31–knots max and a 25–knot cruising speed the Turkish built…
The new model takes a nod from the bestselling 530 Maine
Cantieri Estensi, the Italian builder of these highly appealing lobster boats and trawlers has launched its 535 Maine. After its presentation at the Düsseldorf boat show, the new model was launched this month and makes its debut at the Cannes…
CGI of the new Fairline Targa 53 OPEN
A new model in the popular 53ft–range from luxury British boat manufacturer Fairline Yachts opens up a host of new possibilities for boaters who love to entertain. This latest addition is the Targa 53 OPEN, which debuts at Cannes Boat…
Hull#5 of the Ker40+ series has been sold
The Fast40+ class is creating plenty of interest from international teams. There was further good news when boat builder McConaghy boat bulder announced Hull#5 of the Ker40+ series has been sold and will begin build later this month. The yacht…
 The Discovery Flybridge from Super Lauwersmeer of Holland
Dutch builder Super Lauwersmeer will expand its successful Discovery line with a third model: the Discovery Flybridge. As an addition to the AC (Aft Cabin) and OC (Open Cockpit) models, the Flybridge, says the builder, will offer the best of…
Fountaine Pajot's MY44
French catamaran manufactuer Fountaine Pajot has announced its new Motor Yacht: the MY 44, equipped with 350 to 600 hp IPS motors. The 44–footer is built to Daniel Andrieu hull plans and designed by Pierangelo Andreani, the Italian architect specialising in the luxury…
Sunseeker 95 – a modified or warped V hull
Sunseeker have released detials of its new performance craft, the 95–Yacht that is priced at £6.5m (€8.3m). It is the latest in the firm's cutting-edge design plans. Sunseeker say the new yacht featured in the video below showcases the new…
The F4, the first foiling offshore one-design catamaran from Holland
Hot on the heels of its F1 A-Class catamaran, DNA Dutch builder has announced the F4, the first foiling offshore one-design catamaran. The DNA F4 is a full carbon 46-foot foiling catamaran designed and built to push the boundaries of distance…
The Kennedy family’s Impala 28 Rowena in full cry off Bangor on Belfast Lough. For two months of every summer from being new-built in 1980, she made her holiday home in Baltimore in West Cork.
If ever you call by Baltimore in a cruising boat at the height of the summer, you’ll find you’re rubbing shoulders with sailing families from all over Ireland writes W M Nixon. This is despite the popular view that the…

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