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‘I’d only just finished fixing boat’ that was gutted in blaze at Burton Waters

A man who spent six months and £4,000 getting a boat shipshape says he is devastated after it went in flames in a freak accident at Burton Waters Marina.

Twenty firefighters attended the incident at about 12.30pm on March 25, two fuel pumps,a jetty, a canopy and two trees were also on fire, and thick black smoke filled the air.

The fire accidentally started on a visiting craft after it had fuelled up and the flames spread to another boat that was also moored up.

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It is believed a carburettor backfired and ignited fuel vapour. No-one was hurt but the skipper of the visiting vessel had to quickly flee his boat as the fire broke out.

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Retired publican Bob Nicholson, 72, from Elsham, whose wife Sue is the owner of the other boat, the 23ft Stella Maris worth £9,000, said it was a devastating loss.

He said: “I’d only just finishing doing it up for sale and it’s such as shame because it’s a complete write-off and someone has been deprived of the chance of earning a nice boat.

“My wife is heartbroken and I’m totally devastated. I did it up for something to keep my mind occupied.

“But it’s just one of those things. It’s no-one’s fault, it’s just happened.”

Mr Nicholson, who was away at the time of the fire, described the other boat as a Freedom 22, probably worth around £3,000.

Picture by Christoph Gothorp

Adam Cox, managing director of Burton Waters Boat Sales, says he hopes to have the petrol and diesel pumps at the jetty back in action within two weeks.

He said: “What happened was that a visiting boat came and was fuelled up and then the man came to pay.

“It was nearly 20 minutes later that he started the boat up and at that point he saw there was a fire on board so he quickly gets off.

“Our fire safety team tried to deal with the fire at first but it was just too fierce but the firefitghters were here really quickly. Thankfully, no-one was hurt.”

Firefighters used special pumps to prevent the boats from sinking as they tackled the blaze.

Christoph Gothorp, who was at work at Harbour Lights opposite and witnessed the event unfolding, said: “There was one boat parked next to the filling station – the one with a blue hull – and another white one further along.

“The blue boat had caught fire and the fire started burning the roof of the filling station, which then started burning all of nearby trees too.

“The fire then spread to the white boat a bit further along and that went up in flames, the entire top half of this boat was completely wiped out and later in the afternoon it was nearly completely submerged under the water.

“The original boat where the fire started was also completely burnt out and drifted out into the water at one point while still on fire. The fire brigade managed to pull it back to side though.”

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‘I’d only just finished fixing boat’ gutted in blaze at Burton Waters

A man who spent six months and £4,000 getting a boat shipshape says he is devastated after it went in flames in a freak accident at Burton Waters Marina.

Twenty firefighters attended the incident at about 12.30pm on March 25, two fuel pumps,a jetty, a canopy and two trees were also on fire, and thick black smoke filled the air.

The fire accidentally started on a visiting craft after it had fuelled up and the flames spread to another boat that was also moored up.

Watch this video of the recovery of one of the boats:

It is believed a carburettor backfired and ignited fuel vapour. No-one was hurt but the skipper of the visiting vessel had to quickly flee his boat as the fire broke out.

READ MORE: Watch as large fire rips through boats at Lincoln’s Burton Waters

Retired publican Bob Nicholson, 72, from Elsham, whose wife Sue is the owner of the other boat, the 23ft Stella Maris worth £9,000, said it was a devastating loss.

He said: “I’d only just finishing doing it up for sale and it’s such as shame because it’s a complete write-off and someone has been deprived of the chance of earning a nice boat.

“My wife is heartbroken and I’m totally devastated. I did it up for something to keep my mind occupied.

“But it’s just one of those things. It’s no-one’s fault, it’s just happened.”

Mr Nicholson described the other boat as a Freedom 22, probably worth around £3,000.

Picture by Christoph Gothorp

Adam Cox, managing director of Burton Waters Boat Sales, says he hopes to have the petrol and diesel pumps at the jetty back in action within two weeks.

He said: “What happened was that a visiting boat came and was fuelled up and then the man came to pay.

“It was nearly 20 minutes later that he started the boat up and at that point he saw there was a fire on board so he quickly gets off.

“Our fire safety team tried to deal with the fire at first but it was just too fierce but the firefitghters were here really quickly. Thankfully, no-one was hurt.”

Firefighters used special pumps to prevent the boats from sinking as they tackled the blaze.

Christoph Gothorp, who was at work at Harbour Lights opposite and witnessed the event unfolding, said: “There was one boat parked next to the filling station – the one with a blue hull – and another white one further along.

“The blue boat had caught fire and the fire started burning the roof of the filling station, which then started burning all of nearby trees too.

“The fire then spread to the white boat a bit further along and that went up in flames, the entire top half of this boat was completely wiped out and later in the afternoon it was nearly completely submerged under the water.

“The original boat where the fire started was also completely burnt out and drifted out into the water at one point while still on fire. The fire brigade managed to pull it back to side though.”

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Weekly 5: Texas boat dealer convicted in theft case

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com.

1. Texas boat dealer convicted in theft case

Jesse Ray Keene, the former operator of McGoys Marine in Lewisville, Texas, has been convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison in a massive theft case, the Lewisville Texan reported.

Police said that Keene had been selling boats that people had consigned with him, but then not giving the money back to the boat owners, the paper reported.

2. NMMA: Sailboat sales up 16 percent in 2016

U.S retail sales of new sailboats rebounded in 2016, up 16.1 percent from 2015, with imports up 35.3 percent, NMMA reported.

The information was released as part of NMMA’s 2016 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract. Information on production, exports and imports, total dollar sales and average prices by size category, with historical data, can be found in the complete report. Members receive unlimited complimentary access to the digital version; the report is also available for purchase by non-NMMA members via https://www.nmma.org/statistics/publications/statistical-abstract.

3. Early returns point to improved turnout for Palm Beach show

With clearing weather to kick off the weekend, the Palm Beach International Boat Show was looking forward to improved attendance, the Palm Beach Daily News reported.

Visitors to the 32nd edition of the show could see and tour more than $1 billion worth of boats, yachts and water toys along Flagler Drive on a breezy, warm day in West Palm Beach, the paper reported.

4. BoatBeat debuts as online boating safety hub

A new online hub for the media, boating educators, boating accident reporters, public information officers, law enforcement officials, and the general public has been launched with the goal of making the waters safer by providing comprehensive information about the potential hazards associated with boating, safe boating practices, and accident prevention.

BoatBeat debuted Monday as a collaboration among the National Safe Boating Council, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard. It is unique in the depth of information provided all in one place and in its ease of use, said NSBC Executive Director Rachel Johnson, CAE.

5. Hilton Head Island Boat Show returns in May

Windmill Harbour opens its gates to the public for the Hilton Head Island Boat Show May 6-7 at the 15-acre Windmill Harbour Marina, Hilton Head Monthly reported. In addition to boat displays, vendors, food and entertainment, this year’s boat show will feature open houses and trolley rides through the community.

 


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(WXYZ) – The 25th annual Novi Boat Show coming to the Suburban Collection Showplace March 16-19, 2017.

(WXYZ) – The 25th annual Novi Boat Show coming to the Suburban Collection Showplace March 16-19, 2017.

Show management expects boat sales to increase at this year’s show as recreational boating is seeing some of its healthiest gains in nearly a decade, a trajectory that the National Marine Manufacturers Association expects to continue through 2018.

Boat shows provide a platform for the boating industry to unveil its latest innovations, and generate as much as 50 percent of annual sales for some manufacturers and dealers. They’re also the best time for consumers to shop as dealers and manufacturers offer some of their most attractive incentives and deals, while giving shoppers the chance to compare different boats, and various dealers, in one location. The shows also provide a glimpse of buyer trends and sales for the year ahead:

Top Boating Trends to Watch in 2017

  1. Big boats are back—One of the more standout areas of growth in 2016 was among yachts and large cruising
    boats—a category that has been slower to rebound as high net worth individuals looked to remain more liquid postrecession. New yachts and cruisers are expected to have seen gains between one and three percent in 2016, and that trend is likely to continue into 2017 as consumer confidence and spending remain strong.
  2. Affordable, versatile boats helping a new generation become boaters—Manufacturers are making smaller boats (watersports boats, pontoons, day boats, etc.) that are more affordable as they aim to attract new, younger boaters and even more sales. What’s more, boats are also becoming more versatile, providing an all-in-one experience from fishing to cruising to watersports, making them more appealing to a wider audience.
  3. Intuitive marine technology—The boating industry has embraced new technology from docking a boat with a joystick reminiscent of video games to creating wake surf waves from a wristwatch. As consumers turn to their smartphones to manage numerous aspects of their lives, manufacturers are responding and will unveil boats at 2017 boat shows that provide a more intuitive experience—one that makes certain aspects of operating a boat as simple as pushing a button.
  4. Shared experiences—The ‘sharing economy’ isn’t lost on the boating industry, which is welcoming the opportunity to expose a new demographic to life on the water with everything from boat rental apps to shared boat ownership. Companies like Boatsetter, Boatbound, Sailo and GetMyBoat are some of the options listed on the industry’s DiscoverBoating.com, which helps beginners find ways to get on the water.

 

 

 


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Double Down superyacht offers luxurious perks and style |Video

As one of the showcase yachts on display at the 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, Double Down will likely command plenty of attention for its allure and size — all 213 feet of it.

The yacht, built by Codecasa Shipyards, an Italian builder whose history dates back to 1825, includes an eight-person Jacuzzi, four-deck interior glass elevator and plenty of room for tender and toys.

Originally, it was named Lady Lau when it was constructed in 2010 before superyacht enthusiast John Rosatti acquired the vessel and refitted it last year. Thus, Double Down was born.

One of the most impressive on-board areas is the sky lounge/owner’s entertainment deck, located on the upper deck and just past the main saloon. Sliding glass doors open the area to a 270-degree water view for up to 20 guests to enjoy al fresco dining. The table features two large Lazy Susans to make dinner parties convenient.

Visit at Palm Beach: superyachts on display from Galati Yacht Sales

Visit at Palm Beach: superyachts on display from Galati Yacht Sales

With the 32nd edition of the Palm Beach International Boat Show to kick off later this week, here we take a look at some of the best yachts on display this year from Galati Yacht Sales, including the 46-metre Excellence and the 31-metre Catera.

Excellence

The Canadian-built Excellence is a tri-deck motor yacht launched at Richmond Yachts in 2010. Packed with guest pleasing features that are tied together with a functional layout and brought to life through expert craftsmanship, the American studio Setzer Design is responsible for her exterior design. Up to 10 guests are accommodated over four lower deck guest cabins and a full-beam owner’s suite on the main deck. An additional VIP stateroom is located on the upper deck aft of the wheelhouse which could also be used as the perfect Captain’s cabin during charter-heavy periods that requires a larger crew. Excellence is finished with a rich interior by the Pavlik Design Team.

 

 

 

Excellence is listed at an asking price of $15,995,000 and will be located at the east end of Ramp 1 for the duration of the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

Contact her broker Chris Carrere directly for more information on +1 813 503 8398 or by email at ccarrere@galatiyachts.com.

Catera

Built by Hargrave and completed in 2010, the 30.78-metre superyacht Catera accommodates up to eight guests on board. She features two generous master suites, one located on the main deck and a second full beam master suite on the lower deck. An ideal yacht for entertaining, her large aft deck easily handles large crowds whilst her flybridge boasts a large horse shoe seating area, marble top bar, and a Jacuzzi surrounded by sunpads. A La Mer Inc. interior and exterior soft goods were completely updated in 2013 with a cost of over $200,000.

 

Catera is listed at an asking price $4,845,000 and will be located at the east end of Ramp 1 for the duration of the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

 

Contact her broker Michael Galati directly for more information at +1 941 725 0587 or by email at mcgalati@galatiyachts.com.

The Palm Beach International Boat Show kicks off on Thursday 23rd March and will draw to a close on 26th March.

 

 

Galati Yacht Sales
900 South Bay Blvd.
Anna Maria, FL 34216
T: +1 (941) 725-2782
E: mcgalati@galatiyachts.com


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Boat Show Opens In Atlantic City « CBS Philly

By Mike Dougherty, Cleve Bryan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — More than a billion pounds of fiberglass fill the Atlantic City Convention Center. That can mean only one thing –it’s boat show time.

That new boat smell fills the air. It’s just like new car smell, just pricier.

From wave runners, to pontoon cruisers, sport fishing boats, to luxury yachts – the Atlantic City Boat Show has more to see than ever. And reason is simple: people are willing to spend.

“Boating tracks very closely with consumer confidence, so as we see that rise, we see boating sales go up” said Atlantic City Boat Show spokeswoman Carrie Weibel.

Weibel says there’s something here to fit just about any budget or boating need.

“If you’re very serious about fishing, for instance, you’re gonna find serious center console sport fishers here,” Weibel said. “Watersports boats if you’re into wakeboarding or wakesurfing or waterskiing, there’s all sorts of watersports boats to dive into.”

The size of the boat show has fluctuated pretty closely with the economy. In 2010, there were only about 150 boats here as the leisure industry plummeted. This year there are more than 500 boats on display.

“So that’s just more product flooding the market place as there’s more demand,” Weibel said.

Experts say boat manufacturers have adjusted their products to attract people looking for value. Center console boats once aimed at hardcore fishermen, are now outfitted with extensive cushioning for cruising.

Pontoon boats have become the bread and butter for Schooner Island Marina in Wildwood, which is seeing better sales.

“It rebounded starting last year,” said Anthony Sandora of Schooner Island Marina. “We’ve seen a huge uptick in the past two months, not only with boat sales, but with the marina in general.”

A perfect example of people feeling for confident to spend, the Topoleski family from Bargenat, New Jersey.

“I originally bought a 19-foot center console,” said Tom Topoleski. “Last year we upgraded to a 24-foot walk around, more comfort for the kids.”

Now they’re out to accessorize.

And with more than 440 vendors at the show what better place to dream, and have a little fun.

Mike from Sea Isle says his wife won’t let him near the credit card.

“I just turned 72 yesterday, so if I buy a boat right now I wont make it to my 73rd birthday” he joked.

And new this year is Super Thursday, with reduced admission fee and the best sales of the week.


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Ranger Boats adds Iowa dealer

Water’s Edge Marine is the newest authorized dealer for sales and service of Ranger boats. The dealer will feature many of Ranger’s latest offerings in fiberglass bass, multi-species, fish-n-play and aluminum boats.

Water’s Edge Marine has been serving central Iowa since 1989. Originally situated in Johnston, the business moved to a new facility in Polk City in 2011, only a quarter mile from Saylorville Lake marina.

“Ranger Boats would like to welcome Water’s Edge Marine into a select group of dealers who are authorized to sell and service our boats,” said Ranger Sales Manager Mark Zwicker. “Their top-quality service department and wide product selection draws customers from all across Iowa. With customer service as top priority, Water’s Edge Marine’s reputation for their knowledgeable sales staff and trained mechanics has led them to become one of the most popular dealers in the area. We are happy to bring them into the Ranger family.”

Water’s Edge Marine offers new and used boat sales, a service department with certified Mercury and Yamaha technicians, a parts department and a full compliment of marine accessories. This summer, the dealer will expand their existing showroom footprint with a new 12,000 square foot indoor showroom.

“Ranger offers a wide selection of boats to fit just about any of our customer’s needs,” said Water’s Edge Marine owner Phil Watson. “Their hard-earned reputation for high-quality and innovation will help widen our customer base and we are honored to be a part of their long-standing tradition of performance, style and high resale value. We look forward to this new partnership in the coming years.”


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Michigan show reports increase in attendance

Posted on March 24th, 2017

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Organizers said the four-day Novi Boat Show attracted more than 14,000 people this year.

The Novi (Mich.) Boat Show wrapped up a four-day run at the Suburban Collection Showplace last Sunday with a 17 percent increase in attendance.

Organizers said attendance was 14,318 and exhibitors reported positive sales as spring nears.

“The Novi Boat Show is the last boat show in Michigan for the winter season and typically has a very strong buying demographic. The sense of urgency comes as boaters realize spring launch is right around the corner,” show manager Nicki Polan said in a statement.

“This year’s early mild weather has created real excitement. New features, performance innovations and continued economic stability have helped to fuel boat sales in Michigan for a sixth consecutive year of growth.”

The show is produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association. At 235,000 square feet of exhibition space, it was sold out.

“This year’s Novi Boat Show was our most successful yet! The attendance was great throughout the show,” Aqua Sports president Jeff Nichols said. “Sunday, which is usually one of the slower days, was very busy from start to finish.”

The 2018 Novi show will be held March 15-18 at the Suburban Collection Showplace.


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Sale forces superyacht Solandge to skip Palm Beach International Boat Show

The super luxury yacht Solandge will skip its scheduled appearance at the 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show after brokers announced Thursday the 279-foot-long vessel has been sold.

While Moran Yacht Ship, the Fort Lauderdale-based brokerage that handled both sides of the transaction, would not reveal the final sales figure, the asking price was approximately $167 million.

“After 10 months on the market, I can confirm that the deal closed [Wednesday)]” said Taylor Craig, a Moran Yacht Ship sales and charter broker.

Built in 2013 by Lürssen, a German shipbuilding company, Solandge features six decks, numerous entertainment areas and has accommodations for 16 guests in eight elegant staterooms.

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The yacht, which flies the flag of the Cayman Islands, carries a crew of 29 and boasts a timeless Espen Oeino-designed exterior and gorgeous interior arranged by Aileen Rodriguez.

The ship has all the bells and whistles: a beauty salon, sauna, state-of-the-art gym, modern kitchen area, bar with piano, infinity pool, outdoor movie theater and nightclub with a DJ deck, dining hall, marble finishes in bathrooms, owner’s suite with private Jacuzzi, salon and office.

It has an aluminum superstructure, steel hull and large garage doors in the aft section to house a tender. According to Moran, there is another doorway in the hull for use as a tender docking area “or beach swim platform.”

The yacht is suited both as a luxury charter yacht and private vessel.

Craig said he believed that Moran Yacht Ship would continue to charter the Solandge for the new owners.

jboehm@sun-sentinel.com, 954-356-4527 or Twitter @SSPrimeProperty


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