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New launch (from left to right) Jean- François Lair, Beneteau, Gianguido Girotti, Beneteau, and Dame Ellen MacArthur christen the new Beneteau Sense 57 at Southampton Boat Show
The new Beneteau Sense 57, which makes its UK debut at the 2016 Southampton Boat Show, was christened by Dame Ellen MacArthur, on the opening day of the show, Friday 16th September 2016. Ancasta, the UK’s largest Beneteau Sail dealer, is presenting the Sense 57…
The First 310’s slightly hollowed waterlines forward hint at the performance potential of a boat which is the hull sister of the Figaro Solo OD
At first glance, the First 310 makes you restless. You sense there’s more to this than meets the eye writes W M Nixon. And you’d be right. The First 310 and her cousins are something else too, as they’re actually…
The pilot-boat based hull of the Nelson 40 serves equally well as the basis for a handsome powercruiser.
It’s the time of the year when anyone thinking of a brand new boat will be close to making a final selection in order to have the dreamship delivered comfortably on time for next season writes W M Nixon. But…
The Sunseeker 95 will be unveiled in Cannes next month
Sunseeker International will showcase the exceptional 95 Yacht at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival, Europe’s leading in-water show. The 95 Yacht’s stunning lines and unique layout is the latest in Sunseeker’s cutting-edge design and innovative build processes. With all the spacious…
The new Targa 53 OPEN express cruiser
A new model in the popular 53ft–range from luxury British boat manufacturer Fairline Yachts opens up a host of new possibilities for owners who love to entertain. This latest addition is the Targa 53 OPEN, which debuts at Southampton Boat…
Princess S60
Princess have will launch the super sleek new S60 at the London Boat Show in January 2017. Powerful and exhilarating yet timelessly elegant and sophisticated, the new S60 is unmistakably S Class. Her sleek exterior styling with sculpted hull glazing generates…
Arcadia Sherpa 55
What about this for a day cruiser, a shadow boat, a support vessel or even as a fishing boat? The Italian built Arcadia Sherpa 55 from Naples has an extremely short foredeck and expansive cockpit behind the superstructures. The most striking feature is…
As to sea-going capability, the Colvic 31 motor-sailer was the boat used by cruising author Wallace Clark for the ventures of his latter years
In her day – which began in 1973 – the John A Bennett-designed Colvic 31 received deserved admiration as the kind of motor-sailer, complete with a proper deckhouse, which any sailing enthusiast thinking about moving into more comfortable boat territory…
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…

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