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Dublin Bay's MGM Boats have been showing off the versatility of the firm's 50–Ton Marine Travel Hoist at its Dun Laoghaire Harbour boatyard.

'Ever wondered how we get a 50 foot yacht from hard standing to the water?' is the question posed on a social media post. The answer of course is with the proper equipment and to prove the point the Irish Jeanneau agents added a short vid (below) revealing how a brand new Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 is launched with the custom-built hoist.

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In Hall 5 Stand E45 of Boot Dusseldorf, Ireland's MGM Boats did their best to give Europe's largest Boat Show a fair wind on Saturday, especially after the loss of the London Show.

The Irish broker, that also has a presence on the Prestige and Jeanneau stands at Boot, is flying the flag for the Irish marine trade at the show.

"We'd a busy day here yesterday and lots of Irish boaters turned up. We had over 60 people on the stand at one stage – all were Irish! MGM's Martin Salmon told Afloat.ie

"Tom Crean's Lager and Tayto Crisps were flowing!"

"Our Isle of Wight Gin, Tom Crean's Lager and our Tayto Crisps were flowing!" Salmon added.

For the seventh year running MGM Boats has its own dedicated brokerage stand in Hall 5 with a wide selection of used powerboats and sailboats.

The 50th anniversary German Show is the largest indoor Boat Show in the world and features over 1,500 boats on display in 16 halls along with chandlery, electronics and accessories. Afloat.ie's WM Nixon previewed the massive German show here.

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MGM Boats will be showcasing the new Sun Odyssey 410 at the 50th anniversary Dusseldorf Boat Show which runs from the 19th to 27th January.

With the absence of the London Boat Show this year, the leading Irish brokerage firm has managed to encourage most of their customers to the Dusseldorf event and have lined up a substantial number of viewing appointments for the newly designed Sun Odysseys.

The latest edition in the eighth generation of the Sun Odyssey range is the Sun Odyssey 410. This new design combines some of the same tried and tested features of its predecessors with the latest technology and sailing innovations.

Like the 440 and 490 launched in 2018, this new model is Designed by naval architects Philippe Briand and Marc Lombard, with contributing designer Jean-Marc Piaton. Innovative features such as the walk around side deck and cathedral rigging provide uninhibited ease of movement on board for enjoyable sailing.

Exploring the open sea has never been so thrilling as with the Sun Odyssey 410’s powerful hull, perfect for navigating during calm and windy days alike.

The 410 is available in two or three-cabin versions, with the possibility for further interior customizations. Additional available features include a retractable bow thruster, cathedral standing rigging, an L-shaped keel, and an integrated bowsprit.

If you can make it to the show and would like to secure VIP passes please contact [email protected] or call 01 2802020

For those who cannot make it to Dusseldorf MGM have a brand new Sun Odyssey 490 in stock in Dun Laoghaire and available for viewing.

For more information visit www.mgmboats.com

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Jeanneau's new Sun Fast 3300 high-performance sailboat will be launched next Spring, Irish agent Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats told Afloat.ie at the opening of the Paris Boat Show this weekend.

Jeanneau has enlisted not one, but two renowned naval architects: Daniel Andrieu and Guillaume Verdier to design the new marque which is to be sailed either fully crewed or short handed.

David Andrieu, the naval architect behind the Sun Fast line since its inception, is a 'proven expert' in optimising for the IRC rating rule, as well as working with the Jeanneau builders to deliver boats of exceptional quality which Jeanneau customers expect. Guillaume Verdier, who is renowned for his work in the America’s Cup and Vendee Globe, will bring a 'mastery of computational fluid dynamics'  to this project, as he has in the past with other high-performance boats, such as the 100’ Commanche and the IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss.

Jeanneau Sunfast 3300This new Sun Fast 3300 was launched yesterday in Paris

"Jeanneau has enlisted not one, but two renowned naval architects: Daniel Andrieu and Guillaume Verdier to design the new marque"

The hull of the Sun Fast 3300 shows a double 'concave', forward and aft according to the designers who say as follows: 

These curved hollows on the centre line enable an improved distribution of dynamic pressure while limiting drag on the hull and minimizing the surface below the waterline for greater performance.

The structure and shape of the keel, carefully studied on this new Sun Fast, also enable a reduction in drag and an optimised centre of gravity.

The sail plan has been designed to be large and powerful while being highly efficient and easy to handle.

The hull features maximized buoyancy aft, so the rig has been moved aft as well. The maximum area square top main is controlled by a long traveller and twin backstays for improved upwind sailing.

The long list of international awards won by Sun Fast 3200s and Sun Fast 3600s is impressive at home and abroad, with victories in such iconic races as the Sydney Hobart, the Spi Ouest France, the Transquadra, the Giraglia, the Commodores’ Cup and the Caribbean 600. And of course, Irish Sailor of the Year 2017 Conor Fogerty achieved his magnificent solo success on his 3600 BAM! from Howth.

Today, nearly 400 Sun Fast 3200s and 3600s sail in waters around the world.

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MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire Harbour are well represented at this week's Salon Nautico de Barcelona – the Barcelona Boat show – one of Europe's fastest growing on the water boat shows.

Jeanneau Sailboats have an impressive display including the new generation of Sun Odyssey’s the 490, 440 & 410 which will be arriving in Irish shores in 2019.

 MGM's Martin Salmon and Ross O'Leary are present on the Jeanneau power and sailboat stand.

Catamaran brand Lagoon has the 40,42, 50 and 630MY on display and Ross O'Leary is dealing with Irish enquiries. Regular Afloat.ie readers will recall how one Irish couple bought a Lagoon 450s from O'Leary with the dream of a retirement cruise.

Meanwhile, Gerry Salmon is on the Prestige stand where the line out includes the Prestige 460, a sister ship to the one MGM boats debuted at Cork Week in July.

Also present is a Prestige 520 (which will debut in Dublin in March 2019) and a Prestige 590 new model (replacing the Prestige 560 displayed this year in Dun Laoghaire Marina) along with the new Prestige 630 and Prestige 680.

Prestige 590 main pic7The Prestige 590

With easy access with regular from flights from MGM Boats say they have an increasing number of clients visiting Salon Nautico de Barcelona this year.

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Enterprising Dublin boat dealer Gerry Salmon of Dun Laoghaire left no stone unturned in MGM Boat's pre-show preparations for this month's international boat shows at Cannes and Southampton running until this Sunday 23rd September.

Salmon's publicity drive included a visit to leading Dublin Tailor Louis Copeland and Son on Capel Street with a model of the new Prestige Sport-Fly Motor Yacht exhibit.

As Afloat.ie reported previously, MGM Boats have been active this season in promoting the new joystick controlled cruiser.

As well as the Prestige Stand, MGM Boats are also showcasing a brokerage stand with up to 300 used boats on offer in Southampton.

MGM boats Southampton standMaking a stand for the Irish Marine industry – the Irish-based MGM Boats Brokerage stand at this week's Southampton Boat Show

As well as its Dun Laoghaire Harbour HQ, MGM Boats have locations in Cork, Belfast, the UK and the Mediterranean.

The Southampton Boat Show runs until September 23rd with daily direct flights from Ireland with Flybe.

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One of the largest Lagoon Catamaran Motor Yachts ever to go on display at Southampton boat show will be promoted by Ross O'Leary of MGM Boats in Dublin.

Building from the success of the sailing Lagoon 620, the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht was developed – a long-range performance motorboat with a luxury interior.

630my interieur 4The massive interior on board the Lagoon 630 MY

To prove her reliability and range the Lagoon 630MY recently completed a transatlantic voyage and, says O'Leary, is an 'ideal blue water long-range luxury motor cruiser'.

The massive interior has six different interior layouts and three different levels giving lots of ‘real estate’. A top-level flybridge area for dining and lounging, deck level area with luxury interior and exterior spaces and hull level with all the comforts and sleeping area.

This multiple award winner can only been seen by appointment in Southampton.  More from [email protected]

Previously, in 2014, Afloat.ie featured Lagoon's 52–foot sailing cat here and, earlier this summer, Afloat.ie reported on a couple setting off on retirement in a new Lagoon 450S here

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Leading Irish broker Gerry Salmon of MGM Boats, will debut the new Prestige 590 motor cruiser at the Cannes Boat Show in France next week.

In a busy month for the Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin marine firm, the Irish yacht brokers will be in the South of France and at the UK's Southampton Boat Show too.

Salmon, who debuted the smaller Prestige 460 flybridge at this year's Cork Week regatta, says the unique feature of the new €895k (ex VAT) design is the 'independent access to the master stateroom from the saloon'. This, says Salmon, offers increased privacy for the owner and also for guests in the forward section.

Skyhook dynamic positioning

With the Cummins Zeus pod drives the Prestige 590 comes with built-in in Autopilot and Skyhook dynamic positioning and trim tab functions at no extra cost.

P590 INTERIEUR Jean Jacques BERNIER1An interior shot of the new Prestige 590

Exterior Features

  • Large hydraulic platform with auto steps: facilitates tender handling and access to the water
  • Cummins with Zeus pods: Performance and joystick manoeuvring, as well as built-in autopilot, Skyhook dynamic positioning and trim tab functions
  • Available with tender garage for jet tender or with fully-equipped crew cabin

Interior Features

  • 360° vision: exceptional natural light and visibility
  • Independent access to master stateroom: live in your private suite
  • Wrap-around galley with cockpit bar: blending interior and exterior entertaining
  • Main saloon with large seating area and lounge
  • Sliding door in saloon: access to side deck and ventilation
  • Full beam bathroom with adjoining walk-in closet
  • Exclusive VIP with walk-in closet
  • Available 3rd bathroom version

More MGM Boats news from Afloat.ie here

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The MGM Boats Ltd staff attended a pre-show sales presentation in Dun Laoghaire Marina today on board the company's Prestige 560 Powerboat in advance of the Autumn boat show season.

MGM Boats will exhibit in Cannes, France from 11th to 16th of September on the Prestige, Lagoon, and Jeanneau Stands.

 

And, starting on the 14th of September and running to Sunday 23rd, MGM Boats will continue its award-winning 150 square metre brokerage stand at the Southampton Boat Show. 

MGM's Prestige 560 was the appropriate venue for the company's own Sales DayMGM's Prestige 560 was the appropriate venue for the company's own Sales Day

MGM Boats Ltd sales personnel will also be present also on Prestige, Jeanneau, Aquador and the Lagoon stand at Southampton on the English South Coast.

"For 2019 MGM will have a dedicated boat finance option available to offer on a range of new models"

"We look forward to showing our current and potential new clients to the very latest of technology and what the 2019 models have to offer. " Gerry Salmon told Afloat.ie after the sales meeting. "For 2019 we will have a dedicated boat finance option available to offer our Irish clients as well as special offers on a range of new models", he said.

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Robert Louis Stevenson, the Scottish novelist who wrote ‘Treasure Island,’ didn’t have much regard for politicians.

“Politics,” he wrote in ‘Familiar Studies of Men and Books,’ a collection of his articles and essays is “perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.”

John de Courcy Ireland once described to me his vision of politicians, “standing on a headland, with the beauty of the sea behind them, their backs turned to it and looking inland.”

I am not dismissive of politicians, a democracy needs politics, but an island nation needs more dedicated attention from its politicians to its maritime interests.

Things have improved in recent years, but there remains a sense of much said and promised, but a lot more that could and should be done. The removal of the dedicated Department of the Marine and the hiving-off of aspects of maritime affairs to several other Departments have not been a positive indication of State support for maritime matters.

Gerry Salmon, Managing Director of MGM Boats believes that needs to be changed, which he made clear at Cork Week where we met to talk about the leisure marine sector, the new Prestige 460 which he is marketing and the increasing popularity of motorboating driven, he said, by people who are “cash rich but time poor.” Our discussion got onto what he would say to the Taoiseach about the maritime sector, if he could “grab him…”

Listen below, on my weekly Podcast, to what Gerry Salmon would say to Leo Varadkar.

• And if you’re wondering about the very impressive new Prestige 460 aboard which I was talking to Gerry Salmon … it costs €790,000 – but that’s the top of the market… Boats come cheaper than that….

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