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An Irish BJ Marine sponsored angling team have qualified for the grand final of the Beneteau Barracuda Tour in France today. 

As Afloat previously reported here, the team comprising of former Howth Yacht Club Commodore Joe McPeake, Joe Gough and Tommy Squires were competing on the Barracuda 7 fishing boat specially commissioned for the three-day no-kill bass fishing competition.

Teams compete against each other on equal standing, on boats equipped with similar gear, provided by the event’s partners.

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The winning angling team from the first Irish Barracuda Tour selections are in France this week competing in the final stages of the spectacular three-day no-kill bass fishing competition, representing the green-isle as BJ Marine Team Ireland.

After a very challenging day of fishing from Greystones in early April, the winning team of Joe McPeake, Joe Gough and Tommy Squires were selected as the team to travel to France and compete on the BJ Marine Barracuda 7 specially commissioned for the event.

Joe McPeake has only been fishing competitively for the last number of years, however as anyone who knows Joe will know, he does nothing by halves and has already won the European Federation of Sea anglers in Ireland's boat league in 2017 and has competed in the European Championships on the Ireland team in Iceland in 2018. Joes has served as Howth Yacht Club’s Commodore and is an incredibly experienced sailor. Joe is the team captain for the competition in France.

Barracuda fleetThe Barracuda fleet in France, all set for the competition

Tommy Squires has represented Ireland on a number of Irish teams including the home nations team and World Championships. Tommy has a number of medals from these competitions.

Joe Gough has represented Ireland on a number of home nation teams and has various medals to his name. Both are life long fishermen and together with Joe McPeake makes a team of serious contenders with big ambitions for taking on the 60 other French and International teams competing in the final stages.

Accompanying the team in France are David Hoctor of BJ Marine, Beneteau dealer, who organised the first Irish selections for the Barracuda tour, and Martin Kennedy of Shamrock Tackle, who sponsored the qualifiers in Greystones.

“The Barracuda range has very quickly risen in popularity to become one of the best selling boats in Ireland and Wales, more and more serious sea anglers are realising all the benefits of these boats and the range is constantly evolving. It’s really fantastic to sell this product that people are so passionate about and to have an exciting event such as the Barracuda tour. We’re very lucky to have such a great team for our first competing, the guys have been preparing at home for the last several weeks and we have come down to France of the event to get a few training sessions in local waters, the team is out on the water now with a local guide!” – David Hoctor, BJ Marine.

Organised by Beneteau, the Barracuda Tour has become the European standard in no-kill fishing competitions and now has an international following. The contenders compete against each other on an equal standing, on boats equipped with similar gear, provided by the event’s partners.

Plans are currently in underway for the next Irish qualifiers which will be held later this year to select the winning team for the 2020 Barracuda tour finals in France. Contact David Hoctor at BJ Marine for more info.

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Beneteau has been cultivating a community of sea angling enthusiasts around its Barracuda range — and international dealers will be sending their top bass fishermen to Brittany this coming May for the return of the Barracuda Tour.

With Le Crouesty as its home port, the boating ground for the no-kill competition will be the well-stocked waters of the Gulf of Morbihan for the third consecutive year.

“Bass is a legendary fish in the gulf,” says Roland Tabart, Mayor of Arzon and Chairman of the Gulf Tourist Office.

“It is wonderful that our boating grounds, already well-known to sailing enthusiasts, should promote other activities.”

From 10 to 18 May boats will fish out of Arzon in the Gulf of Morbihan in western France, starting with an amateur challenge whose winning crew will compete against the qualifiers from the selection tour in the grand finale from 15 May.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, qualifiers will be held in Greystones next month to select the Irish competitors, with free entry for all Beneteau owners. Entry details are on Facebook.

Those who make it to Brittany will be fishing from the new custom-hull design commissioned by Irish Beneteau dealer BJ Marine, which recently showed off the Barracuda range at the Ireland Angling show.

Follow the preparations for the tour on the official Facebook page.

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Following on from the success of last year's show and the positive reaction to the Barracuda 6 BJ Marine have decided to double our presence at this weekend's Angling Show at Swords in County Dublin.

BJ Marine will have the largest boat display at the show, exhibiting the Barracuda 6 and 8.

The Barracuda range has been an incredible success which is growing from strength to strength. Orders for new Barracudas in the last 12 months are high in the double digits and more and more serious fishermen are coming on board all the time.

"BJ Marine will have the largest boat display at the show, exhibiting the Barracuda 6 and 8"

BJ Marine will be commissioning a new Barracuda with a custom hull design for the Barracuda tour fishing competition in France in May this year and will be hosting the first ever Irish qualifier for the Barracuda tour. The Irish qualifiers will be held at Greystones in County Wicklow on the first weekend in April, the competition is open to all boats, with free entry for all Beneteau owners. There will be a reception and after-party, with many great prizes for the winners and runners up. The top prize is a trip for a team to compete in the Grand finale in Arzon France from 15th-18th of May. The prize includes flights, entertainment, accommodation and the winners compete in the specially commissioned BJ Marine Barracuda.

BJ Marine angling showBJ Marine's stand at the 2018 Angling Show featured the Barracuda 6

BJ Marine will have special pricing available at the show for the few models which are still available for this year. While most models are sold out for this season, we have one Barracuda 8 left in stock and opportunity for a new Barracuda 9 to be delivered in April/May. The New Barracuda 9 was debuted at Southampton last year and there are two boats arriving in for Irish clients very soon.

The Ireland Angling Show takes place in the  National Show Centre Swords, Co. Dublin. 

Opening Hours: 

Saturday 16th Feb. - 10am to 5pm
Sunday 17th Feb. - 10am to 5pm

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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

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#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.

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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]

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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.

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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.

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

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