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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…
The Numarine 32XP Series – together with 24XP and 40XP – is a new line of Explorer series models
How about this for the last word in 'Explorer yachting'? If the world's your oyster, could you go too far wrong in this €7.9m stress–free cruiser? With a range of 3,000 nm at 12 knots it is literally possible to cruise…
Ker 36 – A dual purpose yacht with a modern comfortable interior that lends itself to both racing and cruising
A Dublin based Ker 36 'Keragous', a development of the successful Ker 39 "Flying Glove" is for sale through Leinster Boats Ltd yacht brokers. With the same style of deck and interior as the Ker 39, this yacht was built with the…
The Ker 46+ is significantly lighter than the previous generation
Hull#1 of the new generation Ker46+ has been sold and will begin build later this month. The deal was signed last week at McConaghy's Zhuhai facility between the new owner Mr Shawn Kang and McConaghy's MD Mark Evans. Jason Ker was…
The plans (above and below) of the Idylle 13.5 reveal her to be a classic cruising yacht with modern comforts
There are many sides to the story of this Beneteau Idylle 13.5 writes W M Nixon. Some are happy, some are less so, but all are interesting. She’s a 45-footer which dates from a magic era in the 1980s when…
A thoroughbred H Boat in cruising use, seen in Ostend in Belgium ten days ago. (The boat pictured is not for sale)
Boat finance can sometimes be an extraordinarily complex business when you get into the realms of the superyachts which are supposedly the playthings of the mega-rich, at the exclusive beck and call – sometimes at very short notice - of…
This example of a 1974 Contessa 32 is down Galway Bay way, and owner Pat MacSweeney is selling her privately.
Some boats are just boats, but the Contessa 32 is a statement writes W M Nixon. If you have a Contessa 32, you’re telling yourself - and everyone else too, if it comes to that - that some day you…
For Sale one J/80 fleet ready to race
The Irish Sailing Association (ISA) has put its fleet of eight J/80 keelboats on the market.  The national governing body is seeking 'Expressions of Interest' (EOI) from parties by noon 3rd June 2016 regarding the purchase of eight J80 keelboats.…
Distant Horizons Beckon The Trader 535
Most folk will think of sailing boats when they dream of breaking away from everyday life, and voyaging towards the distant horizon with all those exotic places and ports beyond writes W M Nixon. But some very special motor-cruisers evoke…
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