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Irish Beneteau dealer BJ Marine is back on the water early in 2018 after a strong run of boat sales brought 2017 to a buoyant close for the County Wicklow firm. 

As Afloat.ie reported earlier, last Autumn's Cannes and Southampton events were strong shows for the Irish boat sales firm in both power and sail craft divisions and it appears that the new year is looking that way too with BJ Marine preparing for both the London (10-14 January) and Dusselfdorf Boat Shows (20-28 of January). 

Oceanis_51.1James Kirwan onboard the Oceanis 51.1 on show at Beneteau's stand at last September's Southampton Boat Show

Oceanis 51.1

“The launch of the Oceanis 51.1 has meant a lot of travel for the BJ Marine team with clients travelling to both Cannes and Southampton to view her last Autumn,” says James Kirwan, BJ Marine group sales manager.“The hull design is stunning and the increase of interior volume has to be seen to be believed. This, combined with the option of having the boat rigged as a performance cruiser with carbon rig and deep keel, means that this model can be whatever our clients wants it to be. There are numerous configurations.“It truly is a landmark launch for Beneteau and after 30 years representing the brand, it is as exciting a launch as we can recall.”

The Oceanis 51.1 launch continues this month at the Dusseldorf Boat Show.

New Beneteau Power Boats

The big winter power launches for BJ Marine, with its three offices across the Irish Sea at Greystones Marina, Bangor in County Down and Pwllheli in North Wales, as well as Cardiff and Malta is the Antares 9 (launched at the Paris Show in December), the Barracuda 9 to be launched this Spring and the continued launch of the Swift Trawler 35 and, of course, the Beneteau GT50.

James Kirwan Beneteau GreystonesJames Kirwan with one of the new Beneteau Barracuda 6 Sport fishing boats fitted with a 115hp Suzuki outobard engine now in stock at its Greystones Harbour Marina base. (Below) the new six–metre Barracuda model, with its distinctive redesigned pilot house, underway in a coastal setting Photo: Afloat.ie

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Move to Outboards

As the move away from inboard diesel engines intensifies, new small powerboat stock is now almost exclusively fitted with petrol outboard engines. This is the certainly the case at Beneteau. Each BJ Marine office now carries outboard stock given the increase in that market segment. For example, the Antares 7 and 8, launched last winter, have already sold over 200 units internationally for Beneteau. In Ireland, Beneteau powerboats supplied by BJ Marine arrive fitted with the Suzuki outboard range.

Barracuda 9

Coming next, Beneteau say its new Barracuda 9, will be the 'outboard sensation' of Spring 2018! This complements the already established Barracuda 6, 7 and 8, each of which has sold successfully in Ireland. Embodying Beneteau’s expertise in sport fishing, the new Barracuda 9 promises to be the robust true sport thoroughbred on which this legendary range is based. Extremely functional fittings and impeccable finishes make her the ideal boat for safe and pleasant smart commuting.It has an 'Airstep' hull and two engines delivering up to 500 hp, the new Barracuda 9 comes with a choice of 400 or 600 litre fuel tanks. Together with generous space on board, it can take up to 10 people on board.

Beneteau_Swift_TrawlerBeneteau's new Swift Trawler 35 got a world launch in Southampton last September that continues this month in London and Dusseldorf

Swift Trawler 35

In bigger powercraft, the Swift Trawler 35, with its world launch in Southampton last September still has availability for 2018, but only just, according to Kirwan. As Afloat.ie previously reported, the Swift Trawler 35 is taking over from the extremely successful Swift Trawler 34, which sold over 400 boats in her tenure. Not an easy task but this completely new boat with a redesigned hull takes on this challenge and not only succeeds but brings a trawler style boat bang up to date! Designed for comfortable cruising whether for long periods or short hops, the Swift Trawler 35 will certainly tick the boxes for owners and guests alike. Its harmonious lines and light-filled wheelhouse with 360 degree view will make this one for show visitors’ wish lists at London and Dusseldorf.

You'll find the BJ Marine team on the Beneteau stands throughout the two shows. Other product launches like Swift Trawler 35 and the huge Beneteau outboard line-up make it well worth the trip for Irish customers.

Call James Kirwan for appointments and viewings at either show on +353 87 7712223

Confirmed display for London below: 

Beneteau Oceanis 35.1

Beneteau Oceanis 38.1

Beneteau Oceanis 41.1

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46

Beneteau Gran Turismo 40

Beneteau Swift Trawler 35

Beneteau Barracuda 6

Beneteau Barracuda 7

Beneteau Antares 7

Beneteau Antares 8

Beneteau Flyer 7.7

Beneteau Flyer 8.8

Published in Boat Sales

#TradeNews - Offshore yachting great Alex Thomson was on hand to unveil Beneteau’s new Oceanis 51.1 at the Southampton Boat Show this morning (Friday 15 September).

The most eagerly awaited Oceanis launch in a decade, the 51.1 sets up a very exciting winter for Irish broker BJ Marine – which has representatives on the floor to help secure your build slot as orders are already filling up fast.

Launched earlier this week at the Cannes Yachting Festival, which continues this weekend, the Oceanis 51.1 is being positioned at the first of a new generation for Beneteau’s Oceanis cruising yacht line.

Features including a new stepped hull, stylish deck plan and high-end performance options come with what Beneteau promises is a “cleverly designed, fast, spacious yacht that is exciting to sail yet easy to handle.”

The Oceanis 51.1’s stylish interior only adds to its high-performance designThe Oceanis 51.1’s stylish interior only adds to its high-performance design

And no one knows excitement quite like Alex Thomson, the Vendée Globe veteran who’s led the way in performance sailing aboard HUGO BOSS since 2003, and whose pushing of boundaries and record-breaking results make him the perfect partner for Beneteau to present the Oceanis 51.1 to the market at Southampton.

Next year's production of the Oceanis 51.1 is already selling incredibly quickly, and BJ Marine has teams in Southampton and in Cannes for the duration of both shows, to help owners get in on the action in time to hit the water next season whether at home or abroad.

Beneteau Oceanis 51.1The Beneteau Oceanis 51.1 has the option of having the boat rigged as a performance cruiser with carbon rig and deep keel

“The launch of the Oceanis 51.1 this week has meant a lot of travel for the BJ Marine team with clients travelling to both Cannes and Southampton to view her,” says James Kirwan, BJ Marine group sales manager.

“The hull design is stunning and the increase of interior volume has to be seen to be believed. This, combined with the option of having the boat rigged as a performance cruiser with carbon rig and deep keel, means that this model can be whatever our clients wants it to be. There are 700 possible configurations.

“It truly is a landmark launch for Beneteau and after 30 years representing the brand, it is as exciting a launch as we can recall.”

Find the BJ Marine team at the Beneteau stand throughout the 10 days of the Southampton Boat Show till 24 September. Other product launches like the world premiere of the New Swift Trawler 35 and a huge Beneteau outboard line-up make it well worth the trip for Irish customers.

Call James Kirwan for Beneteau Sail on 087 771 2223, David Hoctor for Beneteau Power on 085 887 3445 and Alan Corr for Monte Carlo on 087 253 3431.

Published in Marine Trade

Irish marine firm BJ Marine are recruiting a senior yacht broker to sell new and used boats at their well known and successful boat sales and service operation situated at Bangor Marina in Northern Ireland. BJ Marine represent market leading brands and our office network covers UK, Ireland and the Mediterranean.

BJ Marine Sales director James Kirwan says the successful applicant will be an 'energetic and motivated candidate' with a proven record in sales and a strong interest in boats. Computer skills are essential. 

Brief Description of Requirements:

· Answering sales enquiries for new and used boats.
· Managing leads and prospects and to seek out new leads.
· Seek out and secure new brokerage listings.
· Participation in National and International Sales events.
· Communicate with fellow employees to generate sales all markets
· Report to management on activity progress.
· Work with existing boatyard staff to continue the success of the reputable yard

Location: Bangor, Northern Ireland

Salary/Rate: £TBD & Commission

To apply, please send a CV to [email protected]

Published in Jobs

The boat show model of the Beneteau 41.1 sailing cruiser has been sold off the Beneteau stand at the Dusseldorf Boat Show today by Irish broker BJ Marine. The brand new design is priced at €215k VAT paid.

The Oceanis 41.1 was launched in Paris only a month ago and has already sold in excess of 50 boats. 'She has a superb sailing performance, complimenting a massive cockpit and really spacious interior for a 41ft' says BJ Marine Sales Director James Kirwan.

BJ Marine opened its fifth office, in Cardiff, prior to the German show and the County Wicklow headquartered firm has had a busy week as agents for Beneteau in all of Ireland, Wales and the Med.

Published in Marine Trade

Did Southampton Boat Show 2015 that ended yesterday mark the end of the recession for the Irish Marine trade? That depends on who you talk to but if numbers are any evidence to go by there was plenty more Irish faces among the 110,000 that enjoyed a taste of Britain’s biggest boating festival. 

Irish show-goers made good use of the Flybe connections from Dublin and the sprinkling of Irish marine firms among the 500 exhibitors gave a great sense of pre-recessionary times.

Mid–week wet weather may have dragged down attendance numbers but it failed to dampen the mood at this year’s Show.

Trade bodies made good use of the opportunity for a useful 'heads-up' on numerous industry matters too. The Society of Maritime Industries, British Marine and the UK Chamber of Shipping signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to set out the basis for all three to work together. 

On an international footing, there was a consensus that better promotional co-operation between member states could increase participation levels in EU boating. The recently rebranded British Marine Federation (now known as 'British Marine') are certainly doing their bit. Murray Ellis, Managing Director, British Marine Boat Shows said: “We have had yet another incredibly successful Southampton Boat Show with more than 10,000 visitors getting out on the water for free. Our attractions have been very popular this year with over 18,000 visits to our tall ship, the Earl of Pembroke, 5,300 rides on the Honda Boat Show Eye and over 27,000 visitors to the Show’s very own Aquarium. 

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David O'Brien (left) Chairman of the Irish Marine Federation, Howard Pridding, Chief Executive of the British Marine Federation (centre) and Mats Eriksson of Sweboat in Sweden.

Pride of place for Irish stands at Southampton went to the impressive MGM Boats brokerage stand excellently located at the top of the ramp to the show marina. It was an impressive display of boats using the latest digital screens to display boats specs and prices.

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The MGM Brokerage stand - the venue for boat sales as well as the Ireland v Canada Rugby match last Saturday 

The stand had over €60m of boat stock on display and the full MGM boats crew headed by Martin and Gerry Salmon were kept busy with 'quality enquiries' for their used sail and power range. The Salmon brothers were joined by John O'Kane, Ross O'Leary, Alan Barton and John McDonald and the company's presence was noted on Sunseeker, Galeon, Aquador, Lagoon, Jeanneau and Prestige stands. 

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Martin (left) and Gerry Salmon discuss new boat deals at the Sunseeker stand 

The Show saw 23 boats make their world debut and over 330 of the world's leading sailboats and high-performance powerboats on the water.

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Alan Corr from BJ Marine in Greystones in County Wicklow was on Beneteau's new GT 40 from Beneteau

Strong sales have been reported throughout the duration of the Show, with many companies reporting an increase on last year’s figures including multi-million pound deals. Some serious marine business has been conducted with contracts between the marine divisions of companies such as Rolls-Royce and Sunseeker International being signed.

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Mike Caplan (left), James Kirwan (centre) and Bernard Gallagher from BJ Marine on a new Oceanis 48 (show price £223,038) that will be coming to Dublin next season

'We have been delighted with our two weeks of boat shows in first Cannes and then Southampton. We secured deals for all offices, Greystones, Bangor, Pwllheli and Malta. Clients have been extremely interested in the price point of our new Beneteau GT 40, Fountaine Pajot's Saba 50 catamaran and Sea Ray's European built 355 Sundancer', James Kirwan of BJ Marine told Afloat.ie

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Dufour's new 500 Grand Large was exhibited at Southampton by Cork Harbour's Hugh Mockler of Crosshaven Boatyard

Hugh Mockler of Crosshaven Boatyard was on board the Dufour 500 Grand Large. Mockler was imprerssed with the good turnout as well as a number of interested Irish parties in the new line–up. The Dufour 382 Grand Large was also afloat at the show. Crosshaven Boatyard was tweeting from the show about a new concept boat called the with a lifting keel designed for sailing schools. The brand new Dufour Drakkar 24 (below) is designed by Umberto Felci and it was unveiled at the French Grand Pavois, Boat Show in La Rochelle next week.

Drakkar dufour

Debbie Weldon and Dick Fanning from Howth were onboard both of X Yachts Xc 38 and Xc 45 models. Fanning  says yhe Xc 38 is the model that offers superb performance in an easily handled package and is ideal for doublehanded sailing. This model was the second yacht in the Xcruising range to be named European Yacht of the Year in the Luxury Cruiser category, on its launch. 

Ronan Beirne of Leinster Boats of Dun Laoghaire said his Euro priced boat brokerage list was well received at the show. Several new enquiries were logged for vessel inspections  in the coming weeks. 

Bobby Nash of Kinsale was exhibiting his range of 3D Nautical charts displaying a selection from the British Isles, the Mediterranean and the Pacific. County Antrim based Red Bay Boats were also displaying their acclaimed range of Ribs. Both Gary Fyffe and Tom McLaughlin from the Cushendall firm were in attendance at the show. 

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Howth's Debbie Weldon (above) on the Danish built Xc38 and Dick Fanning (below) on the Xc45 from X–Yachts

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 A number of key Irish ports and marinas were also promoting their wares. Aoife McHale was on hand at the Visit Derry stand continuing the promotion of Northern Ireland's maritime assets on Lough Foyle. McHale explained the city is also gearing up to welcoming the return of the Clipper Round the world race next year to the Malin coast.

Irish Sea interests were promoted by British Marine Wales where Ireland is seen as a key market. 

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David Reed of Visit Wales, Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats, Alan Morgan of British Marine Wales, David O'Brien of the Irish Marine Federation and David Pougher of British Marine Wales

Published in Marine Trade

#allwalesboatshow – Irish Yacht Broker BJ Marine is making good on its latest base on the Irish Sea by becoming the largest exhibitor at the All Wales Boat Show, opening in Pwllheli this morning and running til Sunday.
Having opened its office in Pwllheli in December, General Manager James Kirwan told Afloat.ie  'we are very proud of the display we have put together with 11 boats at the show'.

The BJ Marine boats exhibited are some of Beneteau's newest and most popular models (list below). BJ also has 200 boats promoted at its brokerage stand ashore. BJ Marine has a six strong team on site for the duration of the show and look forward to welcoming all visitors.

The move in to Wales gives BJ Marine waterside locations and facilities at Bangor marina in County Down where it operates the marina boatyard, its head office at the new Greystones marina in Wicklow and now on the far side of the Irish Sea at Gwynedd in North Wales.

The marina in Pwllheli boasts 400 berths and storage for a further 200 boats ashore, which played a big part in BJ Marine's commitment to set up office there.

Beneteau are dealers for Beneteau power and sail, Monte Carlo yachts, Sea Ray and Fountaine Pajot. They have offices in Ireland, UK and Malta.

On Display in Wales
Beneteau Oceanis 48
Beneteau Oceanis 38
Beneteau Oceanis 35
Beneteau First 40
Beneteau First 30
Beneteau Antares 30
Beneteau Antares 780
Beneteau Barracuda 9
Beneteau Antares 580
Beneteau Swift Trawler 44

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James Kirwan (left) and Bernard Gallagher at the BJ Marine brokerage stand this morning at the All Wales Boat Show

Published in Marketplace

#londonboatshow – Strong opening weekend visitor numbers are a positive feature of the London Boat Show that has already produced some early sales results for two Irish yacht brokers at the Xcel–based event in East London.

Last year's event pulled in around 90,000 visitors. This year – the 61st show – organisers are hoping numbers will top 100,000.

'There is a definite sense of confidence around the place and the public are very upbeat about the year ahead', Irish broker Martin Salmon of MGM Boats told Afloat.ie from the firm's dedicated brokerage stand in Xcel.

For the Irish marine trade London has traditonally been a calendar highlight. 2015 is no exception with at least three Irish based deals done on the opening weekend.

Along with Boot Dussledorf, where attendance is expected to top 250,000 later this month, the London boat show is a key player in the global leisure boating industry, generating annual revenue of £3bn, and the show is the home base for a number of world-renowned UK brands, including Fairline Boats and Sunseeker.

Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger (pictured below) drew the biggest crowd of the opening day by far last Friday when she sang on the Sunseeker International stand. Sunseeker's Predator 57 (starting price £815,000) is launching at the show.

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'The overall attendance is up 7% on last year and on our stand we are up 20% in enquiries and boats to list', Salmon told Afloat.ie

Salmon says the second hand market is still thriving in Europe. 'Boat shoppers are putting value for money at the top of the list and the demand for quality used boats is still growing' he said.

 

This year MGM has installed interactive screens on their purpose built stand located next to the Guinness stand so visitors can help themselves and browse through boat technical specs and photo/video galleries and it is proving to be a big hit. 

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BJ Marine's Group Sales Manager James Kirwan (left) and Mike Caplan of BJ Marine Pwllheli on the Beneteau stand, with an Oceanis 35 bound for Ireland in the background

James Kirwan of County Wicklow firm BJ Marine of Greystones is reporting 'massive' interest at the French Beneteau stand, a brand his company represents in Ireland. 'Both the new Beneteau Oceanis 35 and 55 have been of particular interest given their 'unique layout and the finish quality' says Kirwan.

Kirwan is reporting two deals done in just the first few days of the ten day show.

On the motorboat side, BJ Marine has excellent Antares Outboard model deals and the MC5 is making its London debut and is 'turning heads in a big way', according to Kirwan.

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'Our new BJ Marine Welsh office in Pwllheli is giving us an increased brokerage offering too for those talking to us about second hand boats'.

Likewise for MGM with their French brand, Jeanneau. The new Sun Odyssey 349 is attracting a lot of interest (at €122,000.00 Inc Vat on the water).

The new Velacso 37 is the star of the motorboat stand and is now the new entry level flybridge in the range.

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MGM also handle Aquador in Ireland and this stand is always busy at this show due to the popularity of the brand in the UK and the 22C and 28C has gone down very well again, according to Salmon. 'The 28C was sold yesterday and we are working on some very strong leads and we should see some further orders throughout the week' he said.

77 debut boats confirmed

The Show will host world firsts from across the marine industry. The Ribeye PRIME, Bavaria Sport 400, Williams Sportjet 520 and Haines 360 will dazzle power enthusiasts whilst the sailing industry will witness the launch of the Dauntless Oyster 500.

For those looking for the latest in luxury yachts aswell as the world launch of the Sunseeker Predator 57 there will be Fairline's unveiling of the Shadow S, the first of its eight new models to be launched over the next three years. 

 

Published in Marine Trade

#Bjmarine – In a busy year for BJ Marine on both sides of the Irish Sea, the leading Irish boats sales firm has opened a new office in Pwllheli, North Wales to "give an unrivalled presence in the Irish Sea", according to the firm's Bernard Gallagher.

The move gives BJ Marine waterside locations and facilities at Bangor marina in County Down where it operates the marina boatyard, its head office at the new Greystones marina in Wicklow and now on the far side of the Irish Sea at Gwynedd in North Wales.

The marina in Pwllheli boasts 400 berths and storage for a further 200 boats ashore, which played a big part in BJ Marine's commitment to set up office there.

With a rich cruising ground and plenty of traffic across the Irish Sea, its no surprise that Gallagher says he's "extremely excited for the future of our Pwllheli office and the opportunities for customers on both sides of the Irish Sea."

Mike Caplan is managing the Pwllheli sales operation, bringing to the team over 16 years experience in both new and used boat sales, with Dickies in Wales and with BJ Marine on the Beneteau stand at numerous international boat shows over the years.

Caplan will be at the London Boat Show on 9-18 January to share his knowledge and help you find the right boat for your needs.

Published in Marine Trade

#boatsales – Last week's Southampton Boat Show resulted in new boat sales totalling €600k for one Irish boating firm who say the four new craft sold – in an equal split between sail and power boats –  will be coming home to Ireland.

The uplifting news comes from leading Irish boat sales firm BJ marine who operate from Bangor, Malahide and Greystones on the Irish East coast.

The Beneteau Antares 30 (pictured above) was sold at last week's UK show and is one of four new boats sold by the firm that are coming back to Irish waters. The Antares 30 is the show display model and will arrive back into Greystones Harbour marina in County Wicklow during October.

BJ Sales Manager James Kirwan says the show also created massive interest in second hand boats, continuing the trend of the last 12 months where well presented brokerage boats are selling quickly through BJ's three Irish offices.

Published in Marine Trade
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