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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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Leading Irish yacht broker MGM Boats took to the waters of Cork Harbour yesterday for Cork Week Regatta's in–harbour race (photos and report here) to demonstrate their new Prestige 460 Flybridge motor cruiser.

It was a perfect day for the harbour demo where the brand new model was presented to clients and prospective new owners.

As Afloat.ie previously reported here, the 2018 marque, that is based at the Royal Cork Marina in Crosshaven for Cork Week, is fitted with Volvo Penta 'Pod Drives' and 'joystick docking' capability.

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Leading Irish yacht broker MGM Boats have arrived at Cork Week's festival of sailing with one of their new Prestige 460 Flybridge motor cruisers for demos and display purposes.

The boat, that is based a the Royal Cork Marina in Crosshaven is fitted with Volvo Penta Pod Drives and Joystick Docking as shown in MGM's video below at their Dun Laoghaire Harbour base. The Joystick docking makes docking easier.  The driver just pushes or rotates the joystick in the desired direction and the boat follows: forward, reverse, sideways, or spins on its own axis.

The boat is available for viewing in Crosshaven this week by appointment.

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Irish Jeanneau agent MGM Boats have been quick off the mark to congratulate the Jeanneaus that completed the Volvo Round Ireland Yacht Race this week.

The firm's Ross O'Leary says 'Jeanneau was one of the best-represented brands in the race with eight starters in the 54-boat fleet.

A tough 2018 edition included all conditions with ideal starting conditions, downwind sailing off the south coast, tough upwind work on the West Coast to some of the fleet being becalmed off the north coast. 

Three Sun Fasts 3600’s completed the race – ‘Bellino’ & ‘Diablo’ 2 handed and Dublin Bay's ‘YOYO’ competed in the fully crewed division. ‘Bellino’ finished second in Class 2, third in the two handed division and eighth overall, an impressive two-handed sailing feat.

Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 Yoyo 0600Dublin Bay' Jeanneau ‘YOYO’ Photo: Afloat.ie

One Sun Fast 3200 ‘Hakuna Matata’ and an older JOD 35 finished within two hours of each other.

Irish offshore sailing 4459Jeanneau Sun Fast 37 Photo: Afloat.ie

There was a shout out too from MGM to the two Sun Fast 37s from the Irish Offshore Sailing School.

And it was a case of Better luck next time to ‘Wild Spirit, the’ Sun Odyssey 40 who retired off the south-west coast.

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A brand new 45–foot Lagoon catamaran will be the highlight of a display of new craft going on show at Howth Yacht Club this weekend. The north Dublin club, in association with broker MGM Boats, will host an 'open weekend' at HYC this Saturday and Sunday 12th to 13th May.

On show will be over €1m of new boat stock including new Jeanneau sailing and motor cruisers. Also on display will be Aquador and Bayliner power craft. 

The idea behind the weekend is an attempt to help HYC members who might be thinking of trading-up to cruise further afield. Alternatively, the weekend will also appeal to those thinking of selling up but equally it will appeal to those looking for their first boat in a welcoming club with a members berth or mooring.

Leader 33 main picThis new Jeanneau Leader 33 powerboat with twin diesel and Joystick Control will be on display in Howth

The event is open to all members of the yacht club but is strictly on an invitation only for non–members.

The full line–up of new craft on display is: 

  • Sun Odyssey 349 (Sail)
  • Lagoon 450 S Catamaran (sail)
  • Aquador 27 HT (power)
  • Bayliner Element 5 (power)
  • Jeanneau Leader 33 (power) twin diesel with Joystick Control

Sun Odyssey 349 2017A Sun Odyssey 349 will be on show at HYC

MGM Boats Boat Survey & Sale Weekend

MGM's team of professional yacht brokers will be available to discuss selling or buying a boat. Marine surveyors will also be on site to discuss the buying and selling process. 

Contact [email protected] or call on 01 2802020 if you wish to attend this invitation only event.

Aquador 27 HT on the water DL 2The Aquador 27 HT

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Boat Sales Company MGM Boats in Dun Laoghaire have put together a "Get You Started Pack" on the new Bayliner Element 5 motoboat this Easter weekend,  just in time for the 2018 Irish boating season.

What's more, the package has proudly gone on display in front of Dun Laoghaire Marina, a location – and at a price – that is bound to grab some eyeballs.

The boat, already exhibited this season at an Anglling show in Swords in February, is built by one of the largest boat builders in the world, comes with a 'complete package' and pitched at the starter boat market.

For families, in particular, it offers a safe and enjoyable first time on the water experience, according to MGM Boats', Gerry Salmon.

The boat comes with a 60 HP engine, a full safety kit, a two day professional tuition course, insurance for the first year and a marina berth for one year in the largest marina in Ireland at Dun Laoghaire.

The all in price is €32,000 inc VAT and MGM say they also have a finance option. The offer is limited to the Element 5.

What sounds like an attractive offer already has the first two boats being delivered to two new owners in the coming weeks.

'While we cannot guarantee the weather we will do whatever we can to get new boaters out on Dublin bay and beyond', quips Salmon, a marine industry stalwart.

The full specs of the boat are displayed on the vessel in Dun Laoghaire and are downloadable below too. 

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The ISORA fleet's newest arrival, a brand new Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 named Yoyo, made its debut at Dun Laoghaire Marina this weekend and although only partially commissioned by MGM Boats at this point, the Daniel Andrieu design looks more than ready for the first race of the ISORA calendar next month.

As Afloat.ie readers will recall, the twin rudder yacht arrived into Dun Laoghaire Harbour last month and is a sistership to the hugely successful BAM! from Howth Yacht Club.

Adapted to solo, doublehanded, and crewed regattas, the Sun Fast 3600 is designed to compete in both inshore and offshore races.  

The first ISORA race of the season is a 40–mile coastal shake–down on April 21st.

Yoyo is berthed at the end at the entrance to Dun Laoghaire marina and she's well worth a look. The starting price for such a boat is €172,000 including VAT but excluding sails and delivery charges. Temptingly, an MGM Boats  notice displayed on a stanchion says 'two more available for this season'....

Sun fast 3600YoYo is set up with a twin wheel configuration. Available with twin, composite tillers or wheel steering and choices in mainsheet management, the SF3600 deck layout ensures easy handling through well thought-out ergonomics and optimised sailing functions

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Just as the Jeanneau Sunfast 3600 success story that is BAM! celebrates yet another victory in the West Indies this weekend, a sister-ship is being unveiled in Dun Laoghaire Harbour by Irish Jeanneau dealers MGM Boats

The new Dublin Bay arrival is a welcome addition to the Irish racing fleet that will most likely be seen first racing on the ISORA circuit, according to Afloat.ie sources. The first ISORA race of the season is a 40–mile coastal shake–down on April 21st.

The 2018 Irish Sea schedule runs right through to the end of September with 15 races in store thus giving plenty of time for the return of this week's Caribbean 600 class champion to line up against her new rival at a time when ISORA numbers are buoyant.

Afloat.ie understands the new 3600 is almost identical to BAM! with a sail wardrobe by North Sails Ireland. One big difference between the two boats, however, is the new owner has opted for a double wheel configuration instead of BAM's tiller arrangement.

The new boat is expected to be sailed mostly fully crewed or double-handed.

The boat, commissioned by MGM Boats this week, includes a spray finish antifoul by the boatyard.

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MGM Boatyard in Dun Laoghaire Harbour is offering a new antifouling service with a performance finish that will likely be of interest to the large resident Dublin Bay Sailing Club fleet of over 250 boats.

Boatyard Services Manager, Paul Gavin explains 'We stripped down a Beneteau First 260 (pictured above) we have for sale and sprayed her so we have a boat to show the results. We're offering this service to racing boats looking for the extra edge'. See video below.

The finish achieved by spraying is far superior to a regular antifouling brush finish for underwater flow, so important to racing yachts.

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The Irish Coast Guard

The Irish Coast Guard is Ireland's fourth 'Blue Light' service (along with An Garda Síochána, the Ambulance Service and the Fire Service). It provides a nationwide maritime emergency organisation as well as a variety of services to shipping and other government agencies.

The purpose of the Irish Coast Guard is to promote safety and security standards, and by doing so, prevent as far as possible, the loss of life at sea, and on inland waters, mountains and caves, and to provide effective emergency response services and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.

The Irish Coast Guard has responsibility for Ireland's system of marine communications, surveillance and emergency management in Ireland's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and certain inland waterways.

It is responsible for the response to, and co-ordination of, maritime accidents which require search and rescue and counter-pollution and ship casualty operations. It also has responsibility for vessel traffic monitoring.

Operations in respect of maritime security, illegal drug trafficking, illegal migration and fisheries enforcement are co-ordinated by other bodies within the Irish Government.

On average, each year, the Irish Coast Guard is expected to:

  • handle 3,000 marine emergencies
  • assist 4,500 people and save about 200 lives
  • task Coast Guard helicopters on missions

The Coast Guard has been around in some form in Ireland since 1908.

Coast Guard helicopters

The Irish Coast Guard has contracted five medium-lift Sikorsky Search and Rescue helicopters deployed at bases in Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo.

The helicopters are designated wheels up from initial notification in 15 minutes during daylight hours and 45 minutes at night. One aircraft is fitted and its crew trained for under slung cargo operations up to 3000kgs and is available on short notice based at Waterford.

These aircraft respond to emergencies at sea, inland waterways, offshore islands and mountains of Ireland (32 counties).

They can also be used for assistance in flooding, major inland emergencies, intra-hospital transfers, pollution, and aerial surveillance during daylight hours, lifting and passenger operations and other operations as authorised by the Coast Guard within appropriate regulations.

Irish Coastguard FAQs

The Irish Coast Guard provides nationwide maritime emergency response, while also promoting safety and security standards. It aims to prevent the loss of life at sea, on inland waters, on mountains and in caves; and to safeguard the quality of the marine environment.

The main role of the Irish Coast Guard is to rescue people from danger at sea or on land, to organise immediate medical transport and to assist boats and ships within the country's jurisdiction. It has three marine rescue centres in Dublin, Malin Head, Co Donegal, and Valentia Island, Co Kerry. The Dublin National Maritime Operations centre provides marine search and rescue responses and coordinates the response to marine casualty incidents with the Irish exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Yes, effectively, it is the fourth "blue light" service. The Marine Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC) Valentia is the contact point for the coastal area between Ballycotton, Co Cork and Clifden, Co Galway. At the same time, the MRSC Malin Head covers the area between Clifden and Lough Foyle. Marine Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC) Dublin covers Carlingford Lough, Co Louth to Ballycotton, Co Cork. Each MRCC/MRSC also broadcasts maritime safety information on VHF and MF radio, including navigational and gale warnings, shipping forecasts, local inshore forecasts, strong wind warnings and small craft warnings.

The Irish Coast Guard handles about 3,000 marine emergencies annually, and assists 4,500 people - saving an estimated 200 lives, according to the Department of Transport. In 2016, Irish Coast Guard helicopters completed 1,000 missions in a single year for the first time.

Yes, Irish Coast Guard helicopters evacuate medical patients from offshore islands to hospital on average about 100 times a year. In September 2017, the Department of Health announced that search and rescue pilots who work 24-hour duties would not be expected to perform any inter-hospital patient transfers. The Air Corps flies the Emergency Aeromedical Service, established in 2012 and using an AW139 twin-engine helicopter. Known by its call sign "Air Corps 112", it airlifted its 3,000th patient in autumn 2020.

The Irish Coast Guard works closely with the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency, which is responsible for the Northern Irish coast.

The Irish Coast Guard is a State-funded service, with both paid management personnel and volunteers, and is under the auspices of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. It is allocated approximately 74 million euro annually in funding, some 85 per cent of which pays for a helicopter contract that costs 60 million euro annually. The overall funding figure is "variable", an Oireachtas committee was told in 2019. Other significant expenditure items include volunteer training exercises, equipment, maintenance, renewal, and information technology.

The Irish Coast Guard has four search and rescue helicopter bases at Dublin, Waterford, Shannon and Sligo, run on a contract worth 50 million euro annually with an additional 10 million euro in costs by CHC Ireland. It provides five medium-lift Sikorsky S-92 helicopters and trained crew. The 44 Irish Coast Guard coastal units with 1,000 volunteers are classed as onshore search units, with 23 of the 44 units having rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) and 17 units having cliff rescue capability. The Irish Coast Guard has 60 buildings in total around the coast, and units have search vehicles fitted with blue lights, all-terrain vehicles or quads, first aid equipment, generators and area lighting, search equipment, marine radios, pyrotechnics and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Community Rescue Boats Ireland also provide lifeboats and crews to assist in search and rescue. The Irish Coast Guard works closely with the Garda Siochána, National Ambulance Service, Naval Service and Air Corps, Civil Defence, while fishing vessels, ships and other craft at sea offer assistance in search operations.

The helicopters are designated as airborne from initial notification in 15 minutes during daylight hours, and 45 minutes at night. The aircraft respond to emergencies at sea, on inland waterways, offshore islands and mountains and cover the 32 counties. They can also assist in flooding, major inland emergencies, intra-hospital transfers, pollution, and can transport offshore firefighters and ambulance teams. The Irish Coast Guard volunteers units are expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time of departing from the station house in ten minutes from notification during daylight and 20 minutes at night. They are also expected to achieve a 90 per cent response time to the scene of the incident in less than 60 minutes from notification by day and 75 minutes at night, subject to geographical limitations.

Units are managed by an officer-in-charge (three stripes on the uniform) and a deputy officer in charge (two stripes). Each team is trained in search skills, first aid, setting up helicopter landing sites and a range of maritime skills, while certain units are also trained in cliff rescue.

Volunteers receive an allowance for time spent on exercises and call-outs. What is the difference between the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI? The RNLI is a registered charity which has been saving lives at sea since 1824, and runs a 24/7 volunteer lifeboat service around the British and Irish coasts. It is a declared asset of the British Maritime and Coast Guard Agency and the Irish Coast Guard. Community Rescue Boats Ireland is a community rescue network of volunteers under the auspices of Water Safety Ireland.

No, it does not charge for rescue and nor do the RNLI or Community Rescue Boats Ireland.

The marine rescue centres maintain 19 VHF voice and DSC radio sites around the Irish coastline and a digital paging system. There are two VHF repeater test sites, four MF radio sites and two NAVTEX transmitter sites. Does Ireland have a national search and rescue plan? The first national search and rescue plan was published in July, 2019. It establishes the national framework for the overall development, deployment and improvement of search and rescue services within the Irish Search and Rescue Region and to meet domestic and international commitments. The purpose of the national search and rescue plan is to promote a planned and nationally coordinated search and rescue response to persons in distress at sea, in the air or on land.

Yes, the Irish Coast Guard is responsible for responding to spills of oil and other hazardous substances with the Irish pollution responsibility zone, along with providing an effective response to marine casualties and monitoring or intervening in marine salvage operations. It provides and maintains a 24-hour marine pollution notification at the three marine rescue centres. It coordinates exercises and tests of national and local pollution response plans.

The first Irish Coast Guard volunteer to die on duty was Caitriona Lucas, a highly trained member of the Doolin Coast Guard unit, while assisting in a search for a missing man by the Kilkee unit in September 2016. Six months later, four Irish Coast Guard helicopter crew – Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith -died when their Sikorsky S-92 struck Blackrock island off the Mayo coast on March 14, 2017. The Dublin-based Rescue 116 crew were providing "top cover" or communications for a medical emergency off the west coast and had been approaching Blacksod to refuel. Up until the five fatalities, the Irish Coast Guard recorded that more than a million "man hours" had been spent on more than 30,000 rescue missions since 1991.

Several investigations were initiated into each incident. The Marine Casualty Investigation Board was critical of the Irish Coast Guard in its final report into the death of Caitriona Lucas, while a separate Health and Safety Authority investigation has been completed, but not published. The Air Accident Investigation Unit final report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash has not yet been published.

The Irish Coast Guard in its present form dates back to 1991, when the Irish Marine Emergency Service was formed after a campaign initiated by Dr Joan McGinley to improve air/sea rescue services on the west Irish coast. Before Irish independence, the British Admiralty was responsible for a Coast Guard (formerly the Water Guard or Preventative Boat Service) dating back to 1809. The West Coast Search and Rescue Action Committee was initiated with a public meeting in Killybegs, Co Donegal, in 1988 and the group was so effective that a Government report was commissioned, which recommended setting up a new division of the Department of the Marine to run the Marine Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (MRCC), then based at Shannon, along with the existing coast radio service, and coast and cliff rescue. A medium-range helicopter base was established at Shannon within two years. Initially, the base was served by the Air Corps.

The first director of what was then IMES was Capt Liam Kirwan, who had spent 20 years at sea and latterly worked with the Marine Survey Office. Capt Kirwan transformed a poorly funded voluntary coast and cliff rescue service into a trained network of cliff and sea rescue units – largely voluntary, but with paid management. The MRCC was relocated from Shannon to an IMES headquarters at the then Department of the Marine (now Department of Transport) in Leeson Lane, Dublin. The coast radio stations at Valentia, Co Kerry, and Malin Head, Co Donegal, became marine rescue-sub-centres.

The current director is Chris Reynolds, who has been in place since August 2007 and was formerly with the Naval Service. He has been seconded to the head of mission with the EUCAP Somalia - which has a mandate to enhance Somalia's maritime civilian law enforcement capacity – since January 2019.

  • Achill, Co. Mayo
  • Ardmore, Co. Waterford
  • Arklow, Co. Wicklow
  • Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
  • Ballycotton, Co. Cork
  • Ballyglass, Co. Mayo
  • Bonmahon, Co. Waterford
  • Bunbeg, Co. Donegal
  • Carnsore, Co. Wexford
  • Castlefreake, Co. Cork
  • Castletownbere, Co. Cork
  • Cleggan, Co. Galway
  • Clogherhead, Co. Louth
  • Costelloe Bay, Co. Galway
  • Courtown, Co. Wexford
  • Crosshaven, Co. Cork
  • Curracloe, Co. Wexford
  • Dingle, Co. Kerry
  • Doolin, Co. Clare
  • Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  • Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
  • Fethard, Co. Wexford
  • Glandore, Co. Cork
  • Glenderry, Co. Kerry
  • Goleen, Co. Cork
  • Greencastle, Co. Donegal
  • Greenore, Co. Louth
  • Greystones, Co. Wicklow
  • Guileen, Co. Cork
  • Howth, Co. Dublin
  • Kilkee, Co. Clare
  • Killala, Co. Mayo
  • Killybegs, Co. Donegal
  • Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford
  • Knightstown, Co. Kerry
  • Mulroy, Co. Donegal
  • North Aran, Co. Galway
  • Old Head Of Kinsale, Co. Cork
  • Oysterhaven, Co. Cork
  • Rosslare, Co. Wexford
  • Seven Heads, Co. Cork
  • Skerries, Co. Dublin Summercove, Co. Cork
  • Toe Head, Co. Cork
  • Tory Island, Co. Donegal
  • Tramore, Co. Waterford
  • Waterville, Co. Kerry
  • Westport, Co. Mayo
  • Wicklow
  • Youghal, Co. Cork

Sources: Department of Transport © Afloat 2020

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