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Former West Ashley Food Lion close to anchoring boat dealer

A long-vacant building off St. Andrews Boulevard in West Ashley could soon be anchored by a new tenant.

Rogue Motion Boat Storage Sales on James Island is negotiating to move into the former Food Lion at 65 Sycamore St. after the former grocery store site is retrofitted. The boat business hopes to open by the end of next week, according to co-owner Drew Williams.


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Rogue Motion Boat Sales Storage on Folly Road on James Island plans to move to a former Food Lion in West Ashley. The current site will be redeveloped and anchored by Publix supermarket. File/Warren L. Wise/Staff

The current site of the marine operation at 1411 Folly Road is slated to become a shopping center anchored by Florida-based Publix supermarket.

Food Lion, part of the Salisbury, N.C.-based food chain owned by Belgian company Delhaize Group, closed the St. Andrews store about five years ago.

The site is owned by an arm of Gramling Brothers Real Estate Development. The Charleston developer bought the property for $5 million in 2014. A Gramling representative said earlier this week the deal, which has been in the works since early December, is nearing its closure.

Williams hopes to operate at the West Ashley site for a few years until property the boat business owns on Johns Island can be developed.


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Charleston-based lifestyle and sports paraphernalia chain Palmetto Moon will soon offer 16 locations with the planned addition of a new store in Charlotte. The Mount Pleasant store is shown. File/Leroy Burnell/Staff

New moon

A Charleston-based lifestyle and gift shop is expanding to the North Carolina’s largest city, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Palmetto Moon plans to open in SouthPark Mall, a representative of shopping center owner Simon Property Group told the newspaper. An opening date has not been announced.

A Palmetto Moon representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It will be the 16th location for the chain that started from a kiosk at Citadel Mall in 2002. Palmetto Moon operates stores in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Four of them are in the Charleston area.


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Applebee’s restaurant recently closed one of its two Summerville locations. Provided

Lights out

Casual-dining restaurant Applebee’s Grill Bar continues to retract in the Charleston area.

The DineEquity restaurant affiliate recently closed its location at 1310 N. Main St. in Summerville. The closing follows the departure of Applebee’s in Mount Pleasant in 2016 and West Ashley last summer.

Applebee’s has another restaurant in Summerville on Trolley Road. Other local diners can be found in Moncks Corner and North Charleston.

Also recently closed are two pubs in Mount Pleasant.

O’Brion’s Pub Grill has shuttered its Rivertowne location at 2015 S.C. Highway 41. It offers another location in Mount Pleasant on Shelmore Boulevard near I’On and a second site on Folly Road on James Island.

Also closed is Calder’s Buffalo Pub at 1971 Riviera Drive in the Shoppes at Seaside Farms Shopping Center. The bar was a popular haunt for several years on King Street where Nick’s Original BBQ operated in downtown Charleston until it closed last year after structural defects were discovered in the building’s facade.

Home work

Weather permitting, Mount Pleasant’s second Lowe’s home improvement store will open Thursday at 3265 Highway 17. A grand opening is set for 10 a.m. Jan. 11.

The northern Mount Pleasant store includes 103,000 square feet of retail space and 25,600 square feet in a neighboring garden center. Lowe’s other East Cooper location can be found at 1104 Market Center Blvd. near Towne Centre.


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The Charleston City Market will soon accept applications for its Night Market. File/Marlena Sloss/Staff

Night moves

The Charleston City Market will accept applications for this year’s Night Market from Jan. 10 through Feb. 2.

The artisan and hand-crafted market is open Friday and Saturday evenings between March and December and on Thursday evenings from May to August. It reopens March 16. It does not accept applications for the Day Market.

To apply, go to https://tinyurl.com/yappsgyu.

On the way

A new restaurant is coming to Mount Pleasant. Mario’s Peruvian Chicken recently leased 1,245 square feet at 1909 Highway 17 in Sweetgrass Corner Shopping Center, according to the commercial real estate firm Avison Young.


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Moran Yacht & Ship Sells Superyacht Madsummer

Following on from a record-breaking year for sales across 2017 – with the sale of Solandge, Wabi Sabi, Northern Star and the continued construction and delivery of superyachts across the world – Moran has proudly introduced the distinctive Feadship Madsummer to a new owner.

With a stripped-back contemporary style by Redman Whiteley Dixon, Madsummer (ex Twizzle) is a boat built for comfort, style and space thanks to expert Dutch engineering and exemplary British design.

With ample accommodation for 10 guests on board, the Todhunter Earle and Redman Whiteley Dixon style throughout the interior compliments an exterior ahead of its time and hints at the world-class service available through Madsummer’s experienced crew of 14.

An award-winner, a record-breaker for 2018 and a remarkable superyacht in its own right, Madsummer’s 2018 sale announcement has fired to starting pistol on a year already rife with sales.

We look forward to bringing you more from the brokerage market in the very near future as we collate the latter stage sales of 2017 and move forward into a new year with renewed confidence in a market rife with activity; as Moran Yacht Ship has today proven.


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Moran Yacht & Ship Sells Superyacht Madsummer

Following on from a record-breaking year for sales across 2017 – with the sale of Solandge, Wabi Sabi, Northern Star and the continued construction and delivery of superyachts across the world – Moran has proudly introduced the distinctive Feadship Madsummer to a new owner.

With a stripped-back contemporary style by Redman Whiteley Dixon, Madsummer (ex Twizzle) is a boat built for comfort, style and space thanks to expert Dutch engineering and exemplary British design.

With ample accommodation for 10 guests on board, the Todhunter Earle and Redman Whiteley Dixon style throughout the interior compliments an exterior ahead of its time and hints at the world-class service available through Madsummer’s experienced crew of 14.

An award-winner, a record-breaker for 2018 and a remarkable superyacht in its own right, Madsummer’s 2018 sale announcement has fired to starting pistol on a year already rife with sales.

We look forward to bringing you more from the brokerage market in the very near future as we collate the latter stage sales of 2017 and move forward into a new year with renewed confidence in a market rife with activity; as Moran Yacht Ship has today proven.


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Philosopher wins King of the Derwent for second year

For 40 years, Hobartians have enjoyed one of the great sailing spectacles on the River Derwent – the King of the Derwent.

The Derwent Sailing Squadron introduced the KOD (as it known among yachties) to give locals an opportunity to test their skills against visiting ocean racing boats in the Sydney Hobart, the Melbourne to Hobart and for the past decade, the Launceston to Hobart.

The KOD has seen some exhilarating sailing ‘around the cans’ (buoys) on the river,  with line honours sometimes going to supermaxis from the Sydney Hobart.  There have also been collisions and dramatic spinnaker broaches.

Yesterday’s 40th  Derwent Boat Sales King of the Derwent yacht race was no exception:  a three-way duel for line honours in the 32 boat fleet,  some rollicking downwind spinnaker runs and broaches as the nor’wester gusted to 25 knots, and a brilliant, second successive King of the Derwent victory by former Australian yachting champion Philosopher. Fortunately, no collisions!

Philosopher is crewed by a real youth crew,  ex-dinghy sailors with an average age of 25 – except for owner/skipper Shaun Tiedemann the self-styled PBO (poor bloody owner).

Tasmanian entrant in the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, Oskana, owned and skippered by Hobart surgeon and Targa Tasmania rally driver Mike Pritchard, took line honours over the 12 nautical mile course.

But only after a hard-fought duel with local harbour racer XY (Toby Richardson) and Tilt (Peter Cretan) whose crew managed to repair the torn mainsail which forced their retirement from the Launceston to Hobart.

However, honours on the day certainly went to Philosopher, a Sydney 36cr which Shaun Tiedemann bought 18 months ago from former Sydney 18-footer champion Peter Sorenson.

The boat was then named The Philosopher’s Club and won an Australian IRC championship at Hamilton Island.

Tiedemann hopes to repeat that victory later this month when he sails Philosopher to Melbourne for the Australian Yachting Championships on Port Phillip.

Philosopher’s race helmsman is Shaun Tiedemann’s son Sam with the young crew largely made up of former International Cadet and Laser sailors, with noted Sydney tactician David Chapman again joining the crew for the King of the Derwent.

“We got a brilliant start, excelled sailing windward and were second around the top mark,” Shaun Tiedemann said after the race. “From there on we protected our position and won the KOD by a convincing margin.

Many of crew, including Chapman and Elliot Noye, today will be sailing in the SB20 world championship regatta starting on the Derwent.

Philosopher won the IRC handicap category, and the prestigious King of the Derwent title, from Team Whistler (David Aplin) and War Games (Wayne Banks-Smith).

Philosopher also finished first under AMS scoring, winning that category from Cromarty Magelllan (Richard Grant) and Off-Piste (Paul Einoder) while Toby Richardson’s XY took PHS honours from Off-Piste and Cromarty Magellan.

Peter Campbell


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BJ Marine’s New Beneteau Sail & Power Range on Show in London & Dusseldorf

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). 

James 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 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

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’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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