Posted by JD Yachts | 17th July 2018
 
Sunseeker has announced it will be showcasing the 131 Yacht and the 116 Yacht at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show at the exclusive Sunseeker lounge in front of the prestigious Yacht Club de Monaco.
 
Sunseeker has delivered another nine yachts over 100 ft in the last year, bringing the total to 129 since it entered the segment in 2001.
 
131 Yacht
 
The largest model in the current Sunseeker range, the 131 Yacht enables its owner to tailor every element of the interior design and layout to their personal preferences via Sunseeker’s unique ‘Bespoke’ service. Whatever the preferences of the owner, her interior spaces are both voluminous and light thanks to the feature glass throughout her decks, especially within the master stateroom, saloon and upper saloon which create a light-filled relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable environment for owners and guests.
 
 
 
Standard guest configuration is for ten guests in five cabins, with scope for up to 12 to be accommodated depending on the layout and options selected.
 
Exterior deck arrangements use deep lounge style seating to provide the ultimate in comfort for owners and their guests. In addition to this, the external skydeck and upper deck aft cockpit have been lengthened by approximately two metres over and above the previous model, creating additional deck space whilst accommodating new bar and seating layouts. Lower down, the spacious garage can accommodate a tender of up to 6.0m in length, plus two PWCs.
 
Based on the classic Sunseeker deep V hull, this large yacht is equally comfortable operating at 10 knots for an extended cruising range of 1,500 nautical miles or at 23 knots for ultimate performance.
 
116 Yacht
 
Based on the classic Sunseeker deep V hull, the 116 Yacht is equally comfortable operating at 10 knots for an extended cruising range of 1,250 nautical miles or at 26 knots for ultimate performance.
 
Its foredeck has been developed into a whole entertainment area of its own, with a new ‘Club’ concept and the option of a large hot tub. Its flybridge boasts a full width, retractable sunroof and an exceptionally generous seating and dining area, with an expansive wet bar, sun-loungers, companion helm seating and optional second hot tub. An electronically operated carbon fibre gull-wing door also provides easy access for crew from the wheelhouse to the exterior side deck.
 
 
 
Inside, the 116 Yacht includes floor to ceiling glazing in the full beam master stateroom, creating bigger and brighter owner’s accommodation affording maximum privacy. Full height glass in the saloon also combines with sleek cut-away deck bulwarks to flood the living accommodation with natural daylight.
 
Standard guest configuration is for 10 guests in five cabins, with scope for up to 12 to be accommodated depending on the layout and options selected.
 
As per the Sunseeker Superyacht, the 116 Yacht also enables its owner to tailor every element of the interior design and layout to their personal preferences. When customers want something even more distinctive, they can create a Sunseeker that reflects their tastes and lifestyle perfectly with the company’s ‘Bespoke’ customisation service. Working with Sunseeker’s in-house team, customers can create a yacht which is truly their own.
Posted by JD Yachts | 9th July 2018
 
Raymarine has introduced its most advanced solid-state marine radar, the Quantum 2 with doppler target identification technology. When integrated with Raymarine’s award winning Axiom multifunction displays, Quantum 2 enhances boater’s situational awareness by intelligently identifying moving and static targets at both long and short ranges.
 
Using advanced doppler processing, Quantum 2 is tuned specifically to detect the radar echo frequency shift returned by moving versus stationary targets. Quantum 2 uniquely colour codes moving targets to indicate whether they are getting closer (red) or moving away (green).
 
Advanced users and professional captains will appreciate Quantum 2’s 25-target mini-automatic radar plotting aid (MARPA). Developed originally for the United States Coast Guard and other fast response craft, Quantum 2’s MARPA feature is fully automatic, meaning inbound contacts can be acquired automatically by the radar display. This eliminates the need to manually acquire targets or define guard zones, thus reducing the workload on captains and eases navigating congested waterways.
 
Quantum 2 also features CHIRP Pulse Compression technology using compressed, radar pulses to display targets like boats, landmarks, rocks, and weather cells with unsurpassed resolution and separation quality. At only 12.3lbs. (5.6 kg), Quantum 2 weighs up to 50 percent less than traditional magnetron radars. Quantum 2’s flexible design allows for Wi-Fi networking to Raymarine multifunction displays (MFDs) or via traditional wired configuration, making installation much easier and eliminating the need for additional radar cabling or interface boxes.
 
Quantum 2 is available worldwide through Raymarine’s authorized network of dealers and retailers starting at £1,870.83/€ 2,095.00/$1,949.99 USD.
 
For more information, visit www.raymarine.com/quantum2
Posted by JD Yachts | 5th July 2018
 
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have joined forces to reveal RYA SafeTrx as HM Coastguard's new official voluntary safety identification scheme.
 
RYA SafeTrx: designed to improve safety at sea
 
The world-leading RYA SafeTrx app is designed to improve safety at sea and potentially cut vital minutes off the time taken to pinpoint a casualty's location. It monitors your boat journeys and alerts designated emergency contacts should you fail to arrive on time.
 
Using iPhone and Android smartphone technology, this free tracking and alerting system is easily accessible and ideal for everyone who enjoys being on the water – from kitesurfers and kayakers to dinghy sailors and powerboat users.
 
Notify the Coastguard at the touch of a button
 
The free RYA SafeTrx mobile app and website, now supersedes the HM Coastguard CG66 scheme. It combines a more technologically cutting-edge version of the CG66 database function with additional lifesaving technologies so that you can make a 999 call to the Coastguard at the touch of a button.
 
The app can be used free of charge in UK territorial waters. Maritime search and rescue agencies in Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Finland, Norway, Cyprus, South Africa and Australia have already adopted the app.
 
Freely available to any UK resident
 
The RYA SafeTrx app is available to any UK resident who wants to be safer afloat and already has over 13,000 users. It provides all recreational boat users with an accessible and simple-to-use way of automatically informing HM Coastguard of their voyage plans, vessel and crew information, incident data, dynamic location and even a direct 999 connection in the event of distress.
 
'When we receive an emergency call we need a huge amount of information fast. This app helps us access all your details, so that you can get a swifter response with the right resources,' says the MCA's Director of Maritime Operations & HM Coastguard, Richard Parkes.
 
'RYA SafeTrx uses real-time advanced technology. CG66 was just a database, but the new app allows users to do so much more, including summoning the Coastguard – which could save lives. The precise geolocation feature for example, allows the Coastguard to know where the caller is, an important consideration when the person in distress is unsure of where they are, disoriented, injured or unfamiliar with the area.
 
'We have already contacted CG66 users to tell them about the switchover to RYA SafeTrx. The handover is well underway and from Wednesday 11 July people will be redirected from GOV.UK's CG66 page to the RYA SafeTrx website. Information on CG66 will still be accessible to the Coastguard, but we will no longer be accepting new information.
 
'I'd like to take this opportunity to remind all boaters that you must continue to use emergency alerting equipment appropriate to your sport. RYA SafeTrx complements this equipment but is not designed to be used instead of it.'
 
RYA Cruising Manager, Stuart Carruthers, added: 'With the full support of the MCA, the RYA SafeTrx app promotes enjoyable boating, a safe mind set and good practice. The software consulting company behind the development of SafeTrx, 8 West Consulting, is striving to make this the default technology for keeping the ordinary seafarer safer at sea. With that goal in mind, it is vital that the product continues to adapt to new challenges and opportunities.'
 
RYA SafeTrx is free to download from Apple app store or Google Play. Once downloaded, boaters can run unlimited free trips using the app. In addition to the Sail Plan mode, the app has a tracking option called Track Only mode, which enables boaters to analyse their speed and performance on the water while racing or cruising. For customers who do not wish to use the mobile app, there is an option to register their details online at https://safetrx.rya.org.uk/login.html.
 
Posted by JD Yachts | 4th July 2018
 
 
Absolutely stunning night time pictures of the Sunseeker 28M "Oasis" showing under water lights supplied by JD Yachts.
 
The owner kindly sent us these images and was absolutely devastated that he couldn't be there as the boat was on charter!
Posted by JD Yachts | 2nd July 2018
Designed to enable zero emission running for marine vessels, Volvo Penta has unveiled a hybrid concept for its IPS propulsion system. The electric-only mode allows entry into environmentally sensitive zones, as well as offering enhanced onboard comfort and boat handling characteristics.
 
 
Hot on the heels of Volvo Penta's announcement that it will provide electrified power solutions for both land and sea by 2021, the company has revealed details of a hybrid-powered Inboard Performance System (IPS) concept.
 
Designed to extend further IPS's advantage, the hybrid variant will allow boats to operate in the low-and-zero emission zones that are expected to be introduced in the coming years*. The hybrid configuration will also bring additional benefits, including lower noise, vibrations and running costs.
 
Based on proven Volvo Group technology and experience
The IPS hybrid system is planned initially for the 8-13 liter engine range – suitable for powering vessels such as ferries, pilot and supply boats, as well as yachts. It uses proven hybrid technology first developed within the Volvo Group, which Volvo Penta is now adapting and certifying for marine applications, using its extensive boat propulsion experience.
 
"A hybrid provides a flexible solution, one that maintains the high efficiency offered by the IPS system and adds the ability to run in zero emission environments," says Niklas Thulin, Volvo Penta's Director of Electromobility.
 
"With full torque from the electric motor available instantly, the boat will maintain the responsiveness and controllability that IPS is famous for in electric-only mode, as well as offering the ability to run at 10 to 12 knots."
 
How it works
A clutch and electric motor are added between the engine and the IPS pod. The electric motor is supported by scalable (depending on application needs) Li-ion battery packs that can be charged externally using AC or DC chargers; or recharged using the primary diesel engine. Opening of the clutch allows the boat to run in electric-only mode, and with the clutch closed both diesel and electric power can be used in parallel. In terms of operation, the captain will use the familiar control interfaces of the IPS system, with the addition of new drive modes to choose from.
 
Scalable design
The modular nature of the battery packs allows customers to tailor the design and performance of both commercial and leisure boats. More battery capacity offers extended electric-only cruising, and – with frequent external charging – the use of smaller diesel engines and lower fuel costs. With the electric motor and batteries maintenance-free – and the diesel engine operating for fewer hours – the cost of servicing should also be noticeably lower. Volvo Penta will continue to support customers in tailoring a prop-to-helm configuration based on the specific application needs.
 
The parallel hybrid IPS is currently in early stage development, with the system being validated at the company's test center in Gothenburg, and a test boat planned to enter sea trials in early 2020.
 
During this process, customer input will play an important element in developing the system for use in a range of marine applications. The hybrid IPS will be available to commercial customers in 2021, followed by a leisure boat option soon after. Over time this system will evolve into more hybrid technologies and all-electric drive variants, as part of Volvo Penta's commitment to offering customers flexible technical solutions that best meet their needs.
 
*(E.g. The Norwegian Parliament has acted to halt emissions from cruise ships and ferries in the Norwegian world heritage fjords – making them zero-emission zones by 2026, where only electric ships will be able to go.)

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