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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 54, 57 and 64. 

According to MGM's John McDonald based at the firm's Kinsale office 'the new model draws on the design cues of the 54 yacht (30+ ordered already in 12 months) with chaise lounges on either side of he companionway forward sun pad, large cockpit area, luxurious interior and master cabin forward with VIP cabin aft.

 

 

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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 the same feelings, and when you contemplate the potential of this twelve-year-old Trader 535 from MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire, you can almost see the palm trees waving gently in the breeze beside some secluded and sheltered paradise island anchorage, and this handsome craft set in the midst of it riding gently to her cable.

Yet you don’t need to be in the world’s warmer cruising zones to appreciate this Tarquin Marine design’s attractions. She has been created with all-weather comfort in mind in a successful hybrid concept. There’s just enough of a hint of the trawler yacht about her to give the reassurance of rugged seagoing ability, while at the same time there’s a sweeping elegance to her lines which means she still looks well in the most stylish company.

Be warned, however, that this is not a boat for the casual sailor. By that I don’t mean you have to be a complete techie to run her – she is conceived and organized very much with the reasonably competent owner-skipper in mind, and you don’t have to be a fully qualified marine engineer to get confident use of her. But the point I’m trying to make is that to do justice to a boat of this calibre, you should be thinking of frequent use, and living aboard for long periods as you make leisurely voyages along fascinating coastlines – as she’s currently based in Dun Laoghaire, a proper and detailed round Ireland cruise would be a good start.

She’s pushing towards 55ft in overall length, so it’s reassuring to know that in addition to 510hp provided through the main power plant, she has both bow and stern thruster to assist with berthing in tricky corners. For the fact is, the Trader 535 is a proper little ship. She’s laid out for civilised adult living with sleeping space for just six with two double cabins, two bathrooms, plus a twin.

A feature which genuine seagoing types will appreciate is that the galley is aft of the saloon, which minimises motion for that most valuable crewmember the ship’s cook, while maximizing space with the aft chines in the hull facilitating exceptionally large stowage lockers.

Although she was built in Taiwan and has the inevitable Taiwanese teak in preponderance on deck and round the cockpit, below it’s refreshing to find the featured timber in the luxurious accommodation is solid maple, which thanks to its paler hue provides an additional and very real impression of welcome airiness.

At a practical level, her hull below the waterline was Coppercoated in 2010, and this is still providing a most effective anti-foulant, as well as indicating that she has been in a caring ownership. The quoted price of €317,750.00 is indicative of the size and quality of the vessel under consideration, though it compares well with comparable craft elsewhere. More details from John McDonald of MGM Boats and the full advert here.

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Dun Laoghaire Marina, MGM Boats and Frank Keane BMW celebrated the start of the 2016 boating season at the weekend, showcasing a range of 'the finest' boats and cars available in Dublin.

A number of both new and used craft were available to view off the gangway at the country's largest marina, including an impressive Lagoon catamaran, Jeanneau power and sail craft, all resplendent in the weekend's summer sunshine.

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With just over three weeks til the clocks go forward and with the smell of antifouling in the air at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, it can only mean one thing; the Irish summer boating season is just round the corner. Boatyards around the country are getting busy in anticipation of a great 2016 season. Yesterday and today, both the Howth and Dun Laoghaire RNLI Lifeboats are being lifted on MGM Boatyard's 50–ton travel hoist (the only such hoist in Dublin Bay) for maintenance and service work that includes antifouling and anode changing.

 MGM Boats offer a wide range of boatyard services including lifting, pressure washing, block off and launching. 

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Leading Irish boat firm MGM Boats has opened a new sales office at Malahide Marina in North County Dublin to add to its presence on the East Coast of Ireland. The new office is located in the marina building, with access to the marina and boat yard.

Damien Offer, the General Manager of Malahide Marina, told Afloat.ie: 'It is great to welcome MGM Boat Sales on board. Their knowledge, expertise and professionalism will be a great benefit to all our customers wishing to sell and purchase new or second hand boats from their extensive listings. Their timing in expanding their offices is perfect with the renewed interest and buoyancy in the economy'.

'Our network of offices in Ireland and the UK, allow maximum exposure for our clients boats that we have for sale, and will bring new boat opportunities with Sunseeker, Jeanneau, and Aquador brands being offered for sale', MGM Managing Director Gerry Salmon told Afloat.ie 

MGM are also recruiting additional sales staff for the 2016 season.

 

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For all those who have ever wished for a little help at the helm, Harken and Jeanneau have announced the result of a three-year collaborative effort to re-imagine cruising and shorthanded sailing. This collaboration has produced an advanced system to make sailing easier for families, cruisers, shorthanded crews, solo sailors, and those with limited mobility.

Jeanneau will debut the Auto Tacking and Auto Trim packages on its Sun Odyssey range under the name Assisted Sail Trim (AST). 

Jeanneau is represented in Ireland by MGM Boats

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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.

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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

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If the concept is safe and economical motor boat cruising this latest 'Loyal 980' offering from MGM Boats in Kinsale offers 'cutting edge design' too. The basic aluminium concept of the Loyal 980 is that of a comfortable, durable boat with low fuel consumption. The emphasis on simplicity gives this boat a unique, exciting appearance echoing that of an expedition yacht. This boat is ready to go and delivery is available nationwide. For full details and photos on her click here. 

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#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.

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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. 

 

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#jeanneau – To celebrate their recent appointment as Jeanneau distributors for Northern Ireland, leading Irish boat sales firm MGM Boats are rolling out an Autumn/Winter sales campaign.

The campaign features a 'Kickstart! 2015' offer. The offer is for a 2015 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 33i delivered, commissioned, launched and vat paid for just €99,950, saving the customer almost €15,000 off the full retail price.

In addition to this, MGM Boats will reimburse flights and accommodation (limitations apply) for anyone who orders a boat at the Paris boat show which runs from the 6th to the 14th of December.

'We are seeing a large increase in enquiries for new boats and with a number of hulls delivered this year we are very much looking forward to seeing what 2015 has in store. We were keen to create a special offer that represented real value to mark our appointment as dealers for Northern Ireland,' says John McDonald of MGM.

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