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THE SOCIAL SCENE

Getting your customers out on the water

ICOMIA WORLD MARINA’S CONFERENCE Meet, listen and engage with marina business in Singapore

2011

UK Mar Confereina’s 25-26 Mnce ay

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? TYHA asks Dan Natchez’s view on the long term marina economy

THE PAVILION MARINA AT JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL SETTING THE STANDARD FOR MIDDLE EAST

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CONTENTS March 2011 / Volume 29 / Issue 01

TYHA NEWS

INTERNATIONAL

REGULARS FROM THE TYHA HQ…

GLOBAL NEWS

Chairman’s Report

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General Manager’s Report

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Letters to Editor

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News in Brief

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UK NEWS

WaterWitch - Super Buddy Alcaidesa Opens for Business Architecture Management Consultants Yacht Haven Grande St. Thomas Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina ICOMIA Membership IWMC Increasing efficiency and Profits Dan Natchez view on the long term Marina Economy

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FROM UP & DOWN THE COUNTRY… Inland Waterway Congestion Issues 12

INNOVATIONS

Drystack at Trafalgar Wharf

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NEW PRODUCTS

The Social Scene

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2011 UK Marina Conference

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Disposal of Pyrotechnics

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Dual Docker Digital Sail Racing Magazine Launches Worlds Largest Composite Rudder

Renewable Energy

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Glasgow’s Floating Leisure Village 22 Keeping Our Marinas Safe

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Cowes Town Waterfront Facelift

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River Foyle Projects

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Cooperative in New Sales Initiative 26

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TIM’S ARTICLES Bearing Gifts

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TYHA NEWS EVENTS & DEVELOPMENT Gold Anchor New Members

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Front cover: Ocean Village, Gibraltar Design: Tony Fisher - Spectrum Creative Printer: Scottaspress

HEAD OFFICE: Marine House, Thorpe Lea Road, Egham Surrey TW20 8BF tyha@britishmarine.co.uk

ADVERTISING: Please contact Libby Gordon lgordon@britishmarine.co.uk T: 01784 223817 F: 01784 475870

MANAGEMENT TEAM: Chairman: Julian Goldie General Manager: Gareth Turnbull Administrator: Libby Gordon

Fore & Aft - Published Quarterly: The official publication of The Yacht Harbour Association, the Association for the development of International, Coastal, and Inland Boating Facilities. “If you would like to unsubscribe to Fore & Aft please email ‘unsubscribe’ to tyha@britishmarine.co.uk or contact us by phone on 01784 223 817”

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am delighted to report that the “Which Marina Stand” at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show was a great success, with over 200 enquiries for marina berths, and many visitors to the stand, including international enquiries. I would like to thank both Gareth and Libby for their enthusiasm, Sarah Hanna for giving up all ten days for the show, and all the volunteer members, who gave up so much of their time to help man the stand. It was a pleasure to see many of you at our AGM recently held at the Holiday Inn, Heathrow, and I would like to thank you for your support. Our members enjoyed an excellent lunch, followed by the very informative speakers; Howard Pridding on BMF up date, Sarah Dhanda on developments of Training through the BMF, and Danielle Smith of Marina Projects, on the Dredging Framework. Thank you very much indeed. The year ahead shall be an extremely busy one for TYHA, with many projects coming to the fore. I am really looking forward to the launch of the New Gold Anchor Award Scheme at the Marinas Conferences in May. The new scheme will be heavily focussed on customer service and will be supported by the RYA, Reeds Nautical Almanac, a network of Yacht Brokers, yacht insurers, and of course our participating members. The launch will be co-ordinated with a very substantial public relations operation and marketing campaign. It is our intention to promote this great scheme to the boating public, to help them categorise marinas, in order to make an informed decision on berthing.

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TYHA is keen to promote the World Marina Conference in Singapore. This is on the 10th an 11th May, followed by a marina visit on the 12th. The conference covers many subjects, which are outlined further on in this edition. Please do let Gareth know, if you are interested in joining us. I am also delighted to highlight our forthcoming Marina Conference in Southampton on the 25th and 26th May, sponsored by Walcon Marine. Please do make a note in your diary of these important dates and for more details, please read on. My report would not be complete without a mention of the TYHA Summer Visit, which this year will take us to Weymouth and Portland. This promises to be a hugely popular visit, one year ahead of the Olympics, and I won’t steal Libby’s thunder by revealing all the details. Please read her article further on. Lastly, may I thank you all for your support for TYHA, and both Gareth and Libby for all their hard work. I wish you all an excellent season and look forward to seeing you on the Summer Visit. Kind Regards

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GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT the Which Marina and Gold Anchor projects are really working well but our members are also taking advantage of the free access services available to them: • Free legal advice, contracts and health and safety guidelines • Networking events • Training grants

Dear reader… At TYHA HQ we are working more and more with members seeking to diversify in order to sustain their business, this is putting the opportunities offered by TYHA and the BMF to good use throughout the UK and Overseas. We are keeping momentum with our services, offering value for money and responding to the industry as challenges unfold. This means that

I am pleased to report that ‘Which Marina?’ at the London Boat Show proved extremely successful with a healthy amount of profitable enquiries generated. This years stand which measured 1300 square feet was seen as a center piece in Marine Services and an easy way to find a berth in the UK or Overseas. The demand for this service has grown and with this we hope to expand next year building on our members presence as a feature of the show. To fill berths in our member marinas we have also given the Gold

Anchor Award Scheme a complete overhaul with a relaunch planned for the Southampton Marinas conference on 25th May 2011. This is another service to our members which will help boat owners make an informed berthing decision. One of the changes you will notice is an opportunity for our smaller members to take part, recognising their hard work in complying with modern regulations. I hope you find this issue of Fore & Aft interesting and relevant. We are pleased to have so much contribution from our industry colleagues and a great level of support from our advertisers who make this fantastic publication possible.

Gareth Turnbull General Manager 01784 223 816 / gturnbull@britishmarine.co.uk

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EDITORS LETTERS

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LETTERS Dear Sir…

We are looking at non-violent ways of discouraging large numbers of racing pigeons now nesting in every nook and cranny together with a growing population of cats whose wily ways are starting to see to the pigeon problem but in a rather minor and disturbingly messy fashion. We are working with a local animal charity who will neuter cats in exchange for a food and water programme but I wondered whether others had had any similar problems and managed to find effective (and acceptable!) solutions. Anonymous

Dear Reader I’ve found out about an aerial bird which could be used as an effective deterrent method to repel birds. A company called Birdcontrol.net has come up with an innovative Helikite hybrid kite balloon and have many different types of deterrent techniques for different situations/locations. The Bird Swipe was recommended by the company for attaching to boats. Check out their website www.birdcontrol.net and hopefully it works for you.

London’s latest Marina

Dear Sir… I have a load of old flares I need to get rid of but

I'm not sure what to do with them - any suggestions? Anonymous

Dear reader… The MCA currently run a disposal programme for old flares, or time expired pyrotechnics as they are formally known, at a limited number of sites across the UK (details can be found at www.mcga.gov.uk). Alternatively, the BMF has launched its own disposal service, in association with EOD Contracts Ltd. This service is available for £2.25 per kilogram. Please contact the BMF's Environment Manager, Brian Clark on environment@britishmarine.co.uk for more information. In any event, it is very important that these highly dangerous products are not left in the domestic refuse but are disposed of in an appropriate manner, as detailed above.

Chris Ford - BMF Policy Executive

Debbie Burns - MDL Ocean Village

If you have any response to any of the above letters or a question of your own please write to the Fore & Aft editor on: tyha@britishmarine.co.uk

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 10 - 11th

May

World Marinas Conference

Singapore

25 - 26th

May

BMF Marinas Conference

Southampton

12 - 13th

July

TYHA Summer Visit

Weymouth and Portland

16 - 25th

September

PSP Southampton Boat Show

Southampton

Including the relaunch of the Gold Anchor Award Scheme

Brest Maritime Festival 2012 From 13th – 19th July 2012 Brest, one more time, will allow you to celebrate the passion of the sea through a big international maritime event. This event has been held every 4 years in Brest since 1992. For more information, visit www.brest2012.fr.

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TYHA Summer Visit 13th July 2011 I am delighted that arrangements for this year’s summer visit are now finalised . For those of you who want to meet the night before, accommodation has been booked at The Venue, prominently located above the western cliffs of the Isle of Portland. This hotel offers panoramic views along with picturesque Dorset coastland which is now designated a World Heritage Site. Dinner that evening will be at a local restaurant. The next day kicks off at Portland House, the new RYA Olympic venue where a brief update on how the area is preparing to host the sailing event for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games which has been the catalyst to the development of an increasingly robust and evolving Marine Industry, followed by a VIP tour of the RYA facilities. We will also visit the National Sailing Academy, Sunseeker and Portland Marina. After lunch, we will meet members of the Lyme Regis Boat Building School and a local designer of a new covered RIB – the Chameleon. To finish the day, there will be boat trip across the Olympic Sailing courses to Weymouth’s Inner Harbour where Peter Mole, the Harbour Master, will give a short presentation and finish the day off with tea and Dorset apple cake. By Libby Gordon

Imperial Wharf Marina opened in November 2010 and is London’s first marina with uninterrupted berth access on the river Thames between the fashionable riparian boroughs of Chelsea and Fulham. Imperial Wharf Marina has over 600m of private mooring space and a separate private pier for embarking and disembarking passengers. Almost all the marina berths have a minimum 2m depth at MLWS allowing boats access at any state of tide.

ClearWaterMMS software upgrade for Shepperton Marina Shepperton Marina has recently taken over the administration of fuel sales and yard services at the marina. In order to process the sales quickly and efficiently, and to handle the fuel duty surcharge, they have upgraded their ClearWaterMMS marina management software to include the EPOS module. Located just outside London on the Lower Thames, the 250 berth marina has been using ClearWaterMMS for its administration since 1999. Marina manager, Steve Gray said “the upgrade was very smooth and the staff at ClearWater Marina Management Systems were careful to ensure the system addressed all our needs and requirements whilst configuring the upgrade.” Details of ClearWaterMMS can be found at www.clearwatermms.com

For more informationvisit the website www.imperialwharf marina.co.uk

2011 Liverpool Boat Show Cancelled Marine Industry Events (MIE), the organizer of the Liverpool Boat Show, has announced the cancellation of the inaugural event. MIE cited the damaging effects of the economic climate in the leisure marine sector impacting on exhibitor take-up for the event and said the integrity of the long term potential for a major boat show in Liverpool needed to be protected.

Maricer Pedestals – National & International Two recent installations have been completed by Maricer, the UK based manufacturer and installer of service pedestals. At Berthon Boat Company in Lymington, Hampshire the company have manufactured and installed bespoke pedestals to three existing pontoons. On an international front, they have completed the project to manufacture and install service pedestals for the second Asian Beach Games held in December 2010. For more information please visit www.marcier.com

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Greenock Tall Ships Race – on Course for Record Numbers Preparations for the Greenock leg of the 2011 Tall Ships in July continue and Sail Inverclyde, who are arranging the shore based festivities recently announced that more than 47 ships from around the world have confirmed their attendance. Countries sending their representatives include Russia and South America. Councillor David Wilson, Chairman of Sail Inverclyde the charity in charge of all land based activities around the Tall Ships Greenock said: “The Tall Ships are held very fondly in the heart of the Inverclyde People and we are delighted to bring such a prestigious event back to the area. With almost 50 ships signed up already and more expected, it really will be a fantastic event for the area, providing great entertainment for the crowds of spectators as well as positive economic benefits for Inverclyde. We look forward to welcoming the fleet, and all the visitors, to Greenock from 9th July. For more information visit www.tallshipsracesgreenock. com/sailinverclyde

Rock Fall Blocks Shropshire Canal A major rock fall in Woodseaves Cutting, north of Market Drayton, has blocked the main line of the Shropshire Union Canal. Woodseaves – one of the longest and deepest on the waterways – has, with the two other major Shroppie cuttings, Grub Street and Cowley, a history of falls dating from the construction of this waterway in the1830s. Millions of pounds have been spent on remedial works on all three over the years. The fall is between bridges 56 and 57 and a specialist contractor started work on Thursday January 27 to remove loose and dangerous material from the face of the cutting. When this material has been removed a second contract team will be able to access the site of the rock slide safely to commence removal of debris from the bed of the canal.

British Waterways (BW) says it’s difficult to confirm a date for the full reopening of the canal to boat traffic at the present time. It’s exploring all options that may enable some restricted passage past the rockslide until full access is possible. Words by: Harry Arnold Waterway Images

Marina Projects Ltd has expanded the environmental services offered through its independent consultancy with the appointment of a new Environmental Manager, Danielle Smith. Danielle has extensive working knowledge of the coastal and marine environment and is practices in Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA’s) and Habitats Regulation Assessments (HRA). She has worked on a range of coastal and marine development projects both internationally and locally for clients ranging from private land owners to governmental and nongovernmental organizations. If you are interested in finding out more visit www.marinaprojects.com

The decision to introduce this new fuel came after concerns continued to mount from boat owners about the environmental effects, as well as contamination of fuel tanks with diesel bug, which clogs filters causing loss of power and engine breakdown. Dean Smith, Marketing Director at MDL Marinas, said: “We understand our customers concerns over biodiesel content in marine fuel, and through the support of our supplier, we are delighted to be able to secure supplies of diesel which meet the new British standard. “To ensure this fuel reaches the pump in top condition, we conduct regular fuel tank cleaning and testing. This supply and our steps to ensure we maintain our fuel quality, gives our customers all the environmental benefits of low sulphur fuel with the added peace of mind that the potential problems of biodiesel will be avoided.”

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Angola, 3 in Brunei and a new 120 berth Marina being built in Rotterdam this year. SIMBRO is an excellent success which is why Solent Marine are already underway with the design of a new aluminium system"

‘M/V Spirit of Chartwell’ Cruise

New Appointment at Marina Projects Ltd

MDL’S BIODIESEL FUEL STATIONS

MDL’s fuel stations are supplied by Shell’s distributor, Emo Oils Limited.

Roydon Marina Lock The first lock to be built on the Stort Navigation for over 100 years has now opened. The lock which will be known as “Roydon Marina Lock” has been constructed to allow access to the newly built marina set on a 32 acre lake in the village of Roydon.

Largest Floating Inland Marina Built in the Past 10 years Roydon Mill Marina has 315 berths and is be the largest inland marina in the South East of the country providing first class facilities for boat owners. Solent Marine Ltd, the largest in house manufacturer of pontoons, built its branded pontoon system SIMBRO for Roydon Mill Marina. As it is the first through bolted, completely modular pontoon system on the market, it is the ideal solution for the ease of mooring and flexibility. Solent Marine also installed 156 Steel tubular piles, 2 up and over bridges and all the access ramps to the marina. Marc Simmonds quotes… " I am very proud of all of our team who helped deliver this marina ontime and on budget. It has been very hard work to get the SIMBRO pontoon system off the ground over the past few years, however I am pleased with the uptake and understanding of all the customers who are purchasing the system. Especially, my dedicated partners around the world with 5 projects in

Riverworks have recently undertaken the installation of a landing stage in Sunbury on Thames for the ‘M/V Spirit of Chartwell’. This 64 meters long classic luxury yacht has been newly configured and operates cruises navigating on both the upper courses of the Thames and open sea. The secure mooring has been achieved by installing head and stern 339mm tubular steel piles and passenger access is via a 5 meters long by 2 meters wide bespoke steel landing stage. This is sitting on 339mm steel tubular piles and decked over using grooved hardwood decking which is secured to the land on a concrete bank seat. The mooring is completed with steel handrails and a lockable gateway to provide access to ‘M/V Spirit of Chartwell’. For its inaugural passage down to West India Dock, Riverworks provided two tugs, as requested by the Port of London Authority, to ensure safe passage through Richmond Bridge.

The Waypoint - New Berth Booking System Marinas can now make more money by advertising and subletting their empty permanent berths to a much wider audience thanks for a new web-based vacancy management system called The Waypoint. The Waypoint enables the automatic posting of temporary berth vacancies at non-visitor moorings. Marinas using the system can advertise berth vacancies in real time, automate transaction processes with personalized client accounts and improve permanent occupancy. For more information visit www.thewaypoint.com

Tree-mendous work from Big John… Mercia Marina is part way through the mammoth task of transplanting more than 50 trees – using a machine resembling a giant claw game from an amusement arcade! The machine, known in the forestry industry as Big John, has been used to move trees from a small wooded area to the north of the 70-acre marina site. The purpose is to make way for new holiday lodges and to provide screening from the road and nearby Willington Power Station. The marina, in Willington, South Derbyshire, is also supplementing the new tree-lined areas with sixfoot saplings as part of its on-going investment in landscaping and tourism development. For more information visit www.merciamarina.co.uk

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lans for a new inland marina near Daventry with 585 berths have been criticised over fears it will increase congestion on the canal. A trade meeting with British Waterways, TYHA and the British Marine Federation held in January saw around 40 business people object to the proposed £15million development at Onley. Howard Pridding – BMF Executive Director said: “The BMF was pleased to play a part in this meeting given the history of our dialogue with British Waterways about the marinas market. There are

complicated issues related to competition law which dictate what BW can and cannot do in respect of new marina developments. I believe that the meeting improved understanding of these issues for all. The major outcome of the meeting was discussion of the wider issues that contribute to congestion on the network. Long waits at locks and crowded visitor moorings is a major area of dissatisfaction to our members customers. The formation of a working group to quantify the issues and set benchmarks to measure the

problem is a step forward in dealing with the issues. I will be ensuring that the BMF and our associations, TYHA and APCO, continue to play a lead role in the discussion.”

Following the meeting TYHA are working with the BMF, trade representative APCO and British Waterways to establish a clear means of identifying congestion in the hope that future decisions will take this into consideration.

Drystack - Trafalgar Wharf Portsmouth Now Has Full Access Whatever the Tide Trafalgar Wharf Portsmouth Invests In Latest Marina Drystack Technology To Create South Coast’s Biggest Covered Boat Park. Trafalgar Wharf, the former Vosper Thorneycroft shipyard at Portchester, is embarking on its next phase of growth, under the guidance of marine entrepreneur Jonny Boys. With the 22 acre marina now home to more than 20 businesses and hundreds of boat owners, Boys, its Managing Director, has set his sights on another 170 boat owners berthing their boats at Trafalgar. “We’re building a drystack at Trafalgar.We’ve got huge undercover facilities where we can stack motorboats and RIBS on a specialised framework. We can then lift and launch boats

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in a matter of minutes for owners. It saves them time, maintenance money and keeps their boats in top condition”. “We believe that the largest Drystack in the UK will be a massive boost to every boat owner looking for a boat berth on the Solent. More boat owners using our facilities will also mean a boost to the 30 marine-related businesses at Trafalgar Wharf.” “It will be a great addition to

the marine community and is another key piece of the transformation of the shipyard from military to commercial and leisure business use.” The Drystack at Trafalgar Wharf, as it has been named, has invested in a huge marine boatlift truck from the American company Wiggins, the Rolls Royce of marine boatlift manufacturers. The boatlift is a custom-build which can lift boats 40 feet long 60ft up onto the framework and 22ft down below to the water. Construction will be finished in February 2011 but the company are already taking pre-launch bookings. For more information visit www.thedrystack.com

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Today’s leisure market is extremely competitive and boating is competing against a wide range of leisure activities and constraints on people’s time. The enjoyment and buzz of going afloat, whether it’s visiting new harbours or just getting away from it all, has its attractions but even more so if it is supported by a strong social scene afterwards.

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recent survey conducted for Sport England has shown that a strong social scene is a key factor to boaters enjoyment and can increase boat use. It spurs boat owners to cruise, train, meet up with others and generally to use their boats more often. If this is true, the net result is a livelier marina, more prosperous yard, successful shore-side services and contented berth holders. Up until now, the social side of boating has been provided by traditional yacht clubs but over the last few years this has started to change.Web based clubs are gaining in popularity; they require little infrastructure, the subs are low, there are few onerous duties and communication is often straight through an enewsletter or web blog system. Haslar Marina in Gosport assisted the formation of Haslar Yacht Club (HYC) to provide berth holders with social interaction, friendship and club-like events in the local area. HYC aims to broaden the knowledge and experience of its members, provide peer support to build boating confidence, provide training through local RYA training centres and connect crew with boats. It started after two keen berth holders thought that many of the 600 berth holders did not know the people berthed either side of them and some may enjoy informal meetings

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and the odd event. Following a meeting, Dean and Reddyhoff gave their full support of a club within the marina. An initial meeting of interested berth holders in the marina bar confirmed interest and a group of 10 berth holders volunteered to move the idea forward. ‘Club’ facilities were not required for HYC and communication is via a website and through a monthly meet-up in the local bar. A member’s club website is used to book and pay for events online and was funded by club subscriptions. A bank account was set up and a small Committee elected. After six months the membership stood at 70 and had organised talks, run a quiz night, cruised over to the IOW for a night at the proms and run boat-handling sessions for the members by linking in with local RYA training centres operating within the marina.This year they are off to the Channel Isles. The club has a strong emphasis on ‘après-sailing’ when not on the water and despite some members living far afield, they meet every second Thursday in the Haslar Marina pub. Rachael Foster, Assistant Manager of Haslar Marina said, ‘Haslar Yacht Club has given the marina a community feel.The club organised events give a carnival like atmosphere and the training sessions have helped the owners with the confidence and competence to travel farther afield’.

The Royal Yachting Association has helped develop both existing and new clubs to encourage greater participation within boating.They recognise that many boats sit in a marina or on a mooring, but for the boats to move more often, they need motivated owners. Cruises, training, rallies and socials organised by clubs are great motivators. RYA Yachting Development Officer, Guy Malpas said, ‘We are really keen to help existing and new clubs develop. A strong social scene ashore is often the catalyst to get everyone afloat

during the season and increase their confidence and enjoyment in the sport.’ Following the success of Haslar Yacht Club, Portland Marina in Dorset has started a similar system. Back in October, they canvassed their berth holders and subsequently arranged a meeting which was attended by around 50 people. It is run and managed by the club members and although very new, already has 25 paid up subscriptions. Portland Marina Manager, Russ Levett said, “The club hopes to cater for cruising boat

owners who want to get to know other like minded people and organise talks and cruises. It seems to be gaining support’. The RYA’s Sport Development department offers free advice on increasing participation and helping clubs develop. They have a network of Regional Development Officers, covering the UK who are willing to chat through the opportunities. Written by Simon Jinks SeaRegs LLP www.searegs.co.uk

Contacts: Guy Malpas – RYA Yachting Development Officer guy.malpas@rya.org.uk www.rya.org.uk www.haslaryachtclub.co.uk

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UK NEWS Disposal of Time Expire Pyrotechnicd s

TEP Disposal Service The BMF is proud to announce a new benefit under its Environment & Boating Facilities Service. The Time Expired Pyrotechnic Disposal service is provided by EOD Contracts Ltd to any BMF member at a minimum discounted rate of £2.25/kg This new bespoke benefit includes:

• The supply of storage facilities

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after consultation with EOD Contracts Ltd (NOTE : this will be a G4 UN Box) for the safe keeping of Marine Time Expired Pyrotechnics The collection of Marine Time Expired Pyrotechnics The safe and legal disposal of Marine Time Expired Pyrotechnics

This service does not replace the existing scheme currently being managed by the MCA.

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clearance (UXO), mitigation and project management. A quality company, EOD Contracts Limited is accredited with ISO 9001: 2008. As an active consultant to several industries including, although not exhaustive: Petrochemical , Utilities, Power, Telecoms, Construction and Building, Marine dredging, as well as Police and military forces in the United Kingdom and worldwide. EOD Contracts Limited is experienced and expert in the field of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) risk mitigation and maintain a culture of safety through the highest possible standards in personnel selection, motivation and training. The use of proven safe methods and the continual review of new, innovative work systems in regard to UXO mitigation are explored at every opportunity.

We pride ourselves in delivering to our clients, a product that exceeds their expectations in a timely and cost effective manner. Thus safeguarding and promoting the client's reputation by enthusiastically supporting their corporate goals in health and safety standards, ecological and environmental Issues, and public relations.

TEP Storage Guidance Please visit the website www.britishmarine.co.uk - click on Environment and Boating for guidance on TEP Storage.

For more information, and to take advantage of this service, please contact Brian Clark, Environment & External Relations Manager on 01784 223644.

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HOW DO I BECOME A TYHA MEMBER IN THE UK? There are two categories of membership; UK or Overseas. To become a UK member contact Nicki Mears on 01784 223602 or email her on nmears@britishmarine.co.uk

HOW DO I BECOME A TYHA MEMBER OVERSEAS? Overseas membership costs £400 per annum. Application forms can be downloaded from our website at www.tyha.co.uk. Alternatively call or email Libby on 01784 223817 or lgordon@britishmarine.co.uk.

TYHA Member Benefits Training Grants (UK members only) Discounted short courses Marina training and networking seminars at a discount rate - including: • Advanced Marina Managers School • Intermediate Marina Managers Course • Marina Operatives Course • Marina Conference Free Job Vacancy adverts on our website The Gold Anchor Award Scheme Advertise your vacant berths on our live berth search engine – berthsearch.com Contribute to the industry publication Fore and Aft Promote your marina at our London Boat Show stand

You will also receive: • Code of Practice & Berthing Conditions template • Guide to TYHA Services • Member of TYHA Sticker

…and we’ll clear it with the latest addition to our fleet, our trailer suction hopper dredger, Cazanga. This vessel carries out capital and maintenance dredging works and is able to dump, pump and rainbow dredged materials ashore. Call MAPS today to make sure you get your way efficiently and economically cleared.

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RENEWABLE ENERGY…

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Getting to grips with Feed-In Tariffs

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ot so long ago if you wanted to install a wind turbine or solar photovoltaic panels you could have accessed a grant from the Government’s ‘Low Carbon Building Programme’ but public spending cuts resulted in this scheme being closed in May 2010 to new applicants. The good news, however, is that the Government has introduced a Feed-In Tariff or ‘clean energy cash back scheme’ to encourage small scale, low carbon electricity generation, designed to help the UK meet its commitment to the EU Renewable Energy Directive by generating 15% of its total energy from renewables by 2020. The Feed-In Tariffs aim to encourage businesses and households to install microrenewable technologies, or in plain English, wind turbines, solar panels and even hydroelectric turbines. The Feed-In Tariff works by rewarding owners of the renewable energy installations for every kWh of energy that they produce (regardless of whether the energy is used or sold back to the grid). This amount will vary depending on the

type and rated output of the installation. There are three ways to benefit if you have eligible technology: 1. Generation tariff: a fixed payment from your electricity supplier for every unit of energy or kilowatt hour (kWh) generated for a period of 20 years (except for solar PV which would be for 25 years); 2. Export tariff: if you do not use the electricity on-site you can export it to the grid.You will get a guaranteed minimum payment additional to the generation tariff for every kWh exported to the grid; and 3. On-site use of electricity: a reduction in your electricity bill as you’ll be producing electricity on-site. Micro renewables must be installed by a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) registered company in order to qualify for Feed-In Tariffs. Of course, without grants there is still the question of financial outlay for the installation – one option is to consider an interest free loan from The Carbon Trust in which case the financial return might look like this.

A solar photovoltaic system rated 9.89kW will cost approx. £29,000 to install, and up until April 2012 the scheme will pay out 36.1 pence for every kWh you produce for the next 25 years (this price is index linked to inflation). The estimated net return of a 9.89kW system is 11.79% so payback of the system would take around 8.5 years. For the remaining 16.5 years producers will receive the guaranteed payback and could expect to make a profit of £56,506. In addition to the financial return, there are of course environmental gains. The example above would reduce CO² emissions by 4,249 kgs per year which might be of interest to the larger marina groups affected by the Carbon Reduction Commitment.

More information on the Microgeneration Certification Scheme and a list of registered installers can be found at www.microgenerationcertification.org/consumer – Details on interest free loans can be found at www.carbontrust.co.uk Contact The Green Blue on 02380 604242, email info@thegreenblue.org.uk or visit www.thegreenblue.org.uk/boating_businesses M A R C H 2 0 1 1 FORE & AFT 21


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Glasgow to Build World’s First Floating Leisure Village

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lasgow is set to become home to the world’s first floating leisure village, in a decision announced by Scottish Enterprise today. In a tightly fought and lengthy tendering process, Floating Concepts Limited, based near Manchester, has been chosen as the preferred bidder to develop the former Canting Basin docks a mile from Glasgow city-centre on the south side of the River Clyde. The £30 million pioneering proposals from Floating Concepts, designed by Glasgow-based ZM Architecture and specialist waterbased architects Baca Limited of London, could create up to 450 local jobs and transform the Canting Basin into a spectacular floating community comprising shops, offices, houses, restaurants, a marina and a roof-top concert arena. “All great coastal cities have a

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prime waterfront destination and now Glasgow has the chance to join those ranks,” said David Beard, Chief Executive of Floating Concepts. “The iconic nature of a floating village will turn the Canting Basin into a major attraction quite unlike any other in the world, as well as being a dynamic centre for local people and businesses.” Allan McQuade, Business Infrastructure Director, Scottish Enterprise, said: “The floating leisure village proposed by Floating Concepts Limited for the Clyde’s Canting Basin has the potential to become a vibrant waterfront tourism and leisure destination at the heart of Glasgow’s Pacific Quay. It is an innovative proposal which makes maximum use of the water and we look forward to working with Floating Concepts over the next few years as the project is

implemented.” “In addition to the anticipated jobs boost it will bring to Glasgow,” continued McQuade, “the development will become a thriving community for local residents and businesses and will directly support the growing creative industry cluster on the Clyde.” “Scottish Enterprises’ vision for Canting Basin is a break-through in recognising the potential of ‘blue-field’ sites,” said Beard, who is also coowner of Liverpool Marina. “Floating structures can be applied successfully to many areas, including those at risk of flooding or subject to major tidal ranges as we are here on the River Clyde.” Floating Concepts will now begin holding talks with Glasgow City Council with a view to submitting an outline planning application as soon as possible.

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KEEPING OUR MARINAS SAFE

NEW SOS UNITS FROM LEESTROM

LeeStrom, the international Pump Out and marine waste treatment specialists jointly owned by UK based LeeSan and German based Rheinstrom, has just launched their new SOS lifebuoy and fire extinguisher stand for marina pontoons and quaysides. This unit, designed and manufactured to match all of the other LeeStrom equipment, is finished in hard wearing, polished stainless steel and comprises a bolt mounting stand onto which is fitted a 2m stand. On one side this houses a commercial and stationary use, 75cm diameter, CE/Rina approved life ring with 10m of swim rope on an easy release hook. On the other side is mounted a thermoplastic, UV stable, fire extinguisher box with a 6kg ABC fire extinguisher which can be supplied as powder, gel or foam. The new unit was shown for the first time on the LeeStrom’s stand at METS 2010, along with sewage and waste water pumping equipment and bilge water pump out systems.

More details on all LeeStrom equipment and services are available on www.leestrom.eu

Cowes Town Waterfront gets a Facelift

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usinesses, residents and visitors to the Isle of Wight are set to greatly benefit from general improvements at Cowes Yacht Haven over the winter. Cowes Town Waterfront Trust which owns the site has listened to its visitors, resident berth holders, and tenants and is undertaking a general upgrading of the facilities on its site over the winter season in advance of the proposed site redevelopment for which planning application was submitted in October. This window of opportunity has allowed the Cowes Town Waterfront Trust to focus its energies into enhancing the customer experience whilst 2 4 FO RE & AF T M A R C H 2 0 1 1

consolidating the redevelopment for the future. Cowes Town Waterfront Trust’s ultimate plans are now therefore aimed at directly improving the marina and making the whole site fit for purpose to ensure that world-class events continue to visit Cowes and indeed to attract new events thereby contributing to the Island’s economy. It is anticipated that the October planning application will be approved and full implementation considered in the New Year. Felix Hetherington, Chairman of Cowes Town Waterfront Trust, said: “Having paid particular attention to customer feedback and examined every aspect of improving our

services, it has been decided by the Trust that it is imperative we enhance our internationally renowned reputation and ensure we remain the "Home of World Yachting". As a Charitable Trust we are dedicated to maintaining and rejuvenating the waterfront continually and we believe that by carrying out these works we can keep world- class events coming back to Cowes.” Both Cowes Yacht Haven and Cowes Town Waterfront Trust would be pleased to hear your views on this - please either drop into the Haven office or email info@cowesyachthaven.co.uk.

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RIVER FOYLE PROJECTS

The Loughs Agency has announced that it plans to move forward with two projects on the River Foyle, in partnership with Londonderry Port and Harbour Commission - a marine event platform and a cruise ship quay.Agency chief executive Derick Anderson has welcomed news from the SEUPB that European Regional Development Fund (or ERDF) funding has now been approved for these exciting developments, through the INTERREG IVA Programme.

A new pontoon will be built on the River Foyle, downstream of the existing visitor pontoon.This development will serve as a platform to host events with a water-based focus, such as sailing regattas, rowing events and visits by tall ships or naval ships. It will be designed to accommodate vessels up to the size of a small cruise ship. The cruise ship quay will be developed at Meadowbank Quay, just upstream of Fort George.This will provide an attractive dedicated berth for the increasing number of cruise ships sailing in to the city. Both projects will open up potential for ship visits and water based events and activity.Together, these facilities will help bring the river to life in Derry’s city centre. The harbour master of Londonderry Port and Harbour, Bill McCann, says this is fantastic news, especially with Clipper coming to the Foyle in 2012 and planned events linked to the City of Culture festivities in 2013. The Loughs Agency and the Port say they are hopeful that the quay and pontoon will be operational later this year.The projects are supported by funds from the European Regional Development Fund.

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Sunbird International Yacht sales and CSM Scotland - Cooperative in new sales initiative Sunbird International Yacht Sales with offices in Scotland,Turkey and Majorca have formed an association with CSM Scotland to sell new and brokerage boats from the new James Watt Dock Marina in Greenock. CSM is headed up by former Kip Marina, Craobh Marina and Holt Leisure Managing Director, Martin Latimer.The two companies who already work together on sales of the award winning Greenline Motorboat believe that this relationship brings an established level of service and expertise to the new marina ‘s sales operation which opens in April this year and hosts the Tall Ships Race in July. By working with Sunbird CSM Scotland will be able to offer its clients access to the full range of Beneteau sailboats, Greenline power 2 6 FO RE & AF T M A R C H 2 0 1 1

boats and an extensive list of brokerage craft from both Scotland and Europe. Martin Latimer’s experience covers over 30 yrs of boat sales in both power and sail and he is particularly known for his involvement over the years with Moody, Elan, Grand Banks, Revenger Ribs and other premium brands. Martin Latimer commented; “Our association with Sunbird will bring our customers in the north of the Clyde a much greater level of choice and access to Europe’s leading sailboat brand and we believe that by working with such a well established company we can offer a better service than if we were to start a new sales operation from scratch. Boat sales play an important role in the development of marinas and we hope that this move will lead to

James Watt Dock Marina filling even more quickly than would normally be the case.” Simon Limb, a director of Sunbird, commented; “The team at Sunbird have worked with Martin for a number of years and as Scotland’s leading sales organisation we believe working from more than one base on the Clyde can only improve our company’s service to potential new and brokerage customers.Along with CSM we will be embarking on a number of sales initiatives to give our clients the best opportunity to experience the range of new boats we can offer and the selection of brokerage craft we can offer”. For more information go to Sunbird’s web site www.sunbirdyachts.eu

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A NEW BOAT THAT DOES IT ALL

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iverpool Water Witch, UK builders of an innovative range of workboats for waterway maintenance, have delivered a 7m ‘Buddy’ to Sandefjord Harbour in Southern Norway. The boat has been busy cleaning during the summer and the Harbour Master, Bjornar Christiansen commented that it was doing a super job collecting all the unsightly marine debris, including seaweed and algae. Jackie Caddick, director of Water Witch said… “Marine debris causes serious economic, social, aesthetic and environmental damage. It is one of the most pervasive pollution problems plaguing our waterways and oceans. Nets, food wrappers, bottles, styrofoam packaging and other rubbish isn’t only an eyesore – it has serious impacts on wildlife, habitat and human safety. Through Sandefjord’s efforts to make their waters beautiful, healthy and safe they are making a positive contribution to their waterfront community. The Buddy has proven an effective tool in the fight against marine debris, offering a safe and reliable cleanup system. The boat has the ability to pick up all types and sizes of floating and submerged debris and also tackles other waterway management issues such as invasive aquatic vegetation.”

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Sandefjord, once a Whaling station, is now a thriving cruise and sailing destination located within the mighty Oslo Fjord, with over 90 moorings and 40 guest berths in the inner harbour. A key responsibility of the Harbour is to enhance the recreational and visitor satisfaction of its waterway and the acquisition of this cleanup boat will make a significant contribution to this objective. The 7m boat features a removable collection basket which efficiently collects debris and vegetation. A unique drop in ‘pod’ system supports various operating configurations, from oil spill recovery to mobile pump out. Additional options include a 1500kg capacity A frame to service moorings. It is powered by a Yamaha 25hp high thrust four stroke engine, designed for powering displacement workboats. The Buddy is now available with the option of an electric motor to allow the vessel to operate with zero emissions, and of course, the aluminium hull is 100% recyclable at the end of it’s working life. For more information about the Buddy and its multiple uses, go to the website www.waterwitch.com

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Alcaidesa Opens For Business A new, strategically-positioned marina has opened its berths for business at the gateway to the Mediterranean. The first phase of Alcaidesa Marina became operational in August 2010, with 624 berths able to handle vessels from 8m to 50m. These are wider than average, to cater for modern vessel designs. Work began on the marina in 2008 as a joint venture between UK construction/engineering company Costain and Spanish bank Banesto, who between them have also created residential and golfing facilities in the area. Facilities marking out Alcaidesa from other marinas in the region include wi-fi at every berth, plus water and electricity supply towers

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for every two moorings with independent meters and systems for pre-payment and payment by consumption. Television connections are also available on several of the pontoons, which are accessed by proximity cardactivated locking systems. In addition to the high quality of the facilities, Alcaidesa’s biggest selling point with the sailing community is likely to be its location. Lying in the bay of Algeciras, at the gateway between the Mediterranean and Atlantic, its position on the leeward side of

bay from the easterly winds that pass through the straits means it is sheltered, but not becalmed; sailing days are rarely lost. Even on those days when the wind is very strong, the shelter afforded by the bay makes sailing possible; Morocco lies across the straits and Portugal is a day’s sailing away to the west, while the holiday hotspot of Marbella lies to the east.

For more information visit www.marinaalcaidesa.com

Urban Aqua, Architecture Management consultancy for waterside locations…

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he Düsseldorf agency of urban planning, waterfront development, competence label of the „JANSEN MENN AC Architects Consultants“, urban aqua®, intensifies apart from the direct architectural and conceptional project work also the field of consulting with advice, studies and analysis. Before building there comes planning, verifying and evaluation. That is also valid for waterside projects. Thus many communities and regions have attractive waterside locations, but what measurements are effective under which circumstances must be deliberately planned. Here urban aqua offers support: custom-fit consulting for the maritime project development, from consulting to location and market concepts. With urban aqua, the architects Peter Jansen and Stephan Menn have created their own competence label for maritime planning and building. In the planning agency Jansen Menn AC Architects Consultants, Düsseldorf, they bundle experiences from their own practice, scientific work and association work. The expert combination of architecture and consulting is urban aqua's brand mark. For customers that means well-grounded strategy development and reliability for a successful realization. Urban watersides are of great importance for cities and regions. Living and working or sports and tourism – the demand is increasing. This can be seen especially in maritime tourism very clearly, in spite of the constantly decreasing number of active water sports enthusiasts. More and more people feel attracted to landside offers and want to experience water in their everyday life and on holiday. Thus the perspectives for communities and regions are – as well as private investors – basically very good.

National and international examples from urban aqua's practice show, what expert consulting can accomplish in project development. The same applies for the engagement in associations. By its membership in international organizations, especially the carrying-over of the Secretary of „International Marina Committee“ (IMC) of the ICOMIA to Peter Jansen, the working group „Recreational Navigation“ of PIANC, and the participation in scientific studies by the „European Confederation of Nautical Industries“ (ECNI), urban aqua was able to continually enlarge its degree of popularity, its reputation and its already mentioned experience level. Based upon these international activities, Peter Jansen and Stephan Menn have been more and more invited as speakers to international congresses, e.g.: International Conference on Boating and Yachting, Brazil, January 2008, International Marina Conference, Belgium, Mai 2008, International Conference on Boating and Yachting, India, December 2008, World Water Congress, South Korea, August 2009 and World Channel Conference, Serbia, September 2009. To put it in a nutshell: Maritime project development is more than classical planning and building. Investors and public decision-makers are offered a broad (company) consulting with architecture and consulting by urban aqua. An approved and well-founded combination satisfying the various needs for sustained success.

For further information Contact Dr Peter Jansen ICOMIA Marinas Group Secretary jansen@jansenmenn-ac.com

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The Jumeirah Beach Hotel Marina Sets the Standard for Middle East

An Oasis in St. Thomas

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he Pavilion Marina at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is the first marina in the Middle East to join The Yacht Harbour Association’s Gold Anchor Award Scheme. Situated on popular Jumeirah Beach, at the foot of the famous landmark hotel Burj Al Arab,The Pavilion Marina is right in the middle of Dubai’s tourist district, close to all the action the Emirate has to offer.With its 40 to 200 ft. berths, the marina caters to the many wealthy boat owners in the region, but welcomes visitors as well. If these details do not suffice to make berth holders feel special themselves, perhaps the personal welcome, butler service and

luxurious amenities will. Marina members enjoy privileged access to a private beach, executive swimming pool and health club and are free to make use of all of the hotel’s facilities, including numerous top class restaurants and bars, a spa, a PADI dive centre and the Wild Wadi Waterpark. Some services one would expect in a marina are not provided on-site, such as hoist, haul-out and large repairs. However, the manager ensures that any need a customer might experience will be met through cooperation with other marinas and marine businesses in the area. The Pavilion Marina at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of the oldest

marinas on the coast of Dubai, but as tourism expands, local competition steepens. Entering the Gold Anchor Award Scheme as the first in the region - and even in the whole of the Middle East - is deemed a sure way to stay ahead of the competition. Be sure to look out for the results of the marina assessment in Fore & Aft’s next issue to find out how many Gold Anchors this deluxe boating destination has earned. Once the standard is set, let’s hope many other marinas in the Emirates may follow its lead.

For further information, go to www.jumeirah.com

TYHA Welcome a new Member

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acht Haven Grande St. Thomas is the premier marina facility for megayachts within the Caribbean and is the centerpiece in Island Global Yachting's incomparable portfolio of yachting destinations. Located alongside the scenic Charlotte Amalie Harbor in St.Thomas, USVI, the spectacular facility encompasses a 46-slip megayacht marina complimented by 80,000 square feet of retail space, exciting dining and entertainment options, recreational amenities and seaside residences.The Marina at

Yacht Haven Grande St.Thomas offers world-class amenities including side-to berthing for yachts up to 450 feet and 18ft-wide concrete docks and piers. Services include beautifully designed and appointed marina facilities dedicated for crew, owners, and guests including, within walking distance, nearby nautical provisioning, catering, laundry, florist, and ships' chandlery. Yacht Haven Grande also offers the ultimate in experience in dining and shopping. Open seven days a week, the Galleria at Yacht Haven

Grande is St.Thomas’ only upscale shopping destination, featuring top brands and charming local shops, and was voted the "Best Shopping" of 2008 & 2009 by the Virgin Island Daily News Readers Poll. The marina also boasts restaurants catering to all types of tastes through W!kked, Fat Turtle and Grand Cru.

For further information, please visit the website www.yachthavengrande.com

Words by: Mieke Vleugels – Catherine Kosters

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ICOMIA MEMBERSHIP

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here is always strength in numbers. Over the past 44 years, ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations) has together with its worldwide membership proved that there is a truth in the old expression. “Our membership is what makes and defines ICOMIA”, says Tony Rice, ICOMIA’s Secretary General. “I like to think of our organisation as one big family.We face any difficulties we might encounter together and we always try to help each other out. It is the way it has always been.” The ICOMIA Secretariat regularly gets together with its members during the year.Vital issues concerning the industry are discussed in the various committees that deal with everything from technical issues to environmental developments. Each member can make her or his voice heard and has the opportunity to

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receive assistance or advice from their fellow marine industry associations. ICOMIA’s membership has a long history.The organisation was founded in Barcelona 1967 by boating veterans Tom Webb and Bill MacKerer. A total of fourteen national marine industry associations co-founded the organisation. Over the years to come, the vast majority of the recreational boating industry in the industrialised countries were top follow their example and join ICOMIA.The requirements are the same as they were back in 1967;

any nationally recognised marine industry association is welcome to apply for membership to the ICOMIA Secretariat. Today ICOMIA has an impressive membership of no less than 32 marine industry associations, ranging from the Scandinavian countries down to New Zealand and from North America across the globe to China and Japan.The newest additions to the organisation are recently rejoined associations FIN (France) and BVWW (Germany). In the forthcoming issues of Fore & Aft, readers can enjoy in depth profiles of ICOMIA's member associations around the world.We begin with a profile of the Turkish marine industry association DENTUR in the next issue.You won’t want to miss out!

Maria Anckarsvard - ICOMIA Communications Manager

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Words by Sally Nastys

Do you want to increase your marina’s efficiency and profits? ICOMIA’s World Marinas Conference (WMC2011) will address and discuss proven business practices on strategy, organisation, operations, marketing, technology, design and development, to improve the profitability of your marina. This years’ ICOMIA World Marinas Conference marks the 7th edition in the series. Held every three years, it is a must-attend event for leaders in the marinas industry including marina owners and managers, designers, developers, and suppliers to the industry In a new partnership for 2011, global conference and boat show organiser Informa Yacht Group are producing WMC2011 in association with ICOMIA.The conference is also hosted by the Singapore Boating Industry Association (SBIA) and includes an Advisory Panel to ensure the programme 3 6 FO RE & AF T M A R C H 2 0 1 1

content meets the expectations and needs of the industry. Emphasis for the 2011 conference will focus on more informal panel discussions to encourage feedback and interaction with the delegate audience. WMC’s conference programme includes two concurrent tracks: one focusing on marina management and operations – the mainstay of past conferences, and the other on development and pre‐operational issues. Before breaking out into tracks, the plenary session will cover topics relating to the market sentiment for marinas post-crisis, economic impact of the marina industry, and development strategies and regulatory frameworks for sustained market growth. Speakers will present their views through plenary presentations, interactive panel discussions and case studies. “WMC 2011 will have

something for everyone – from marina professionals, to operators, to developers, and regulators. Content and networking will be unique given the new footprint of the Conference which breaks into new markets.” Lorenzo Selva, President, ICOMIA By attending the conference, delegates will be able to listen to a global representation of world class speakers from South East Asia, Australia, South America, the Middle East, Europe, US, China and Korea. CMM’s will also have the opportunity to qualify for annual re-accreditation. Sally Nastys - is Conference Producer for the Informa Yacht Group. For registration, sponsorship opportunities and further information, please visit www.wmc2011.asia

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What Does The Future Hold? Which Crystal Ball Is Clairvoyant? Some solutions

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he only one thing that we can see in our crystal ball is that the visions are murky. The bad news is that the marina/boatyard industry is still in intensive care. The good news is that the industry as a whole is no longer haemorrhaging. The better news is that the marina/boatyard industry is faring much better than other parts of the marine industries.

Current outlook While there are softer spots remaining here and there, many more areas seem to have evened out.There appears to be softness in slip occupancy, both seasonal and even more so in transient business. Boaters seem to be using their boats less, and when they do use them, they are staying closer to home. The cost of fuel in the U.S. has been hovering around US$3.00 to US$4.00 on the water and more toward the US$3.00 range at service stations. Many economists are predicting that gasoline in the U.S. will rise to between US$4.00 and US$6.00 over the next couple of years.With a forecast for a sluggish economy during the same period. The cost of entry into the boating 3 8 FO RE & AF T M A R C H 2 0 1 1

mark is continuing to go up and according to some, is rising faster than one would anticipate. This has made a lot of the middle market customers nervous about buying, upgrading and using boats. Many who had lost their jobs have rebounded but are being extremely cautious, while others are still searching to get back on their feet. One trend that appears to be prevalent is that boaters are becoming more selective and more demanding in their expectations, as well as more cost conscious overall. While they love their boats, whether it’s for day use, getting away from it all or pure show, boating is in the disposable personal income column, so to keep them, the marina experience has to be up-to-date, enjoyable and satisfying, with little or no hassles.

Those facilities that are doing more than surviving have gone back to basics.You have often heard me say service, service, service. Enhancing the appearance and ambiance of the facility is an inexpensive way to keep and draw in people.Think of what annoys you as a customer and make sure that the same thing is not happening at your facility. This year the owner of a small mom-and-pop facility slapped a new coat of paint on his large building, made his employees have clean shirts with the marina logo, hauled away four dumpsters worth of “collectables,” and installed a coffee machine.The result? People started talking, and the facility was more than 95% occupied without pricing gimmicks. It held several potluck picnic dinners and hosted a couple of fishing tournaments with ribbons for trophies (the owner said he could not afford real trophies). His service business is up about 8 percent. He makes a point of talking with every service customer, either in person or on the phone, to tell them what is being done, what was found and other items the customer may wish to consider having adjusted. Another facility volunteered and sent their mechanic to check out a much larger boat that their customer was looking at, and that customer ended up buying the boat due in large part to the mechanic’s assistance. Still another facility put in plants and shrubs along the entrance drive and waterfront – a low budget project that was exceedingly well received and invited people back to the facility.

Potential future In this down economy, those with the financial ability and staying power are taking the opportunity to upgrade and modernize their facilities. Contracting prices have come down, as have the cost of many facility products. Rack storage continues to grow in popularity as well as customer acceptance. Some facilities are reconfiguring for a better mixture of slips for the current and future boat sizes. Unfortunately, the regulatory process has not slowed down, and if anything, has increased in terms of requirements. For the next couple of years, we would expect some softness in seasonal slip holders and transients. We would also expect some who are not using their boats to leave.We

anticipate those just coming into boating, be it because of a bargain purchase or exuberant enthusiasm, to use their boats more. The used boat market will continue to thrive, albeit at what might be considered discount pricing, and selectively, the new boat market will survive. While every facility and region is unique, one universal theme that seems to work is to have at least one customer appreciation day.You would be surprised at those who change their schedules to come and get a free hotdog or hamburger. It allows bringing the customers back to the facility and provides an opportunity to network and catch up with your customers. For those that have never done it, you may be surprised at the amount of good will that it generates. And if you do

it, definitely invite all of your elected officials (senator, congressman, state legislators and your local town or city council, as well as the local planning and zoning boards and staffs). Let them get to know you before you need to go before them. Another facility runs a swap meet (some would say garage sale) where both nautical and other items seem to appear and change eager hands. Yet another facility provides fresh muffins, rolls and coffee to help reinforce their customers coming back to the boat, staying in boating and having a positive outlook. Written by: Daniel Natchez

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Customised docking solutions for utmost customer satisfaction What is the Dual Docker? The DualDocker is an innovative docking system for motor and sailing yachts. It replaces conventional systems, like moorings, fingers, piles, bow anchors and buoys. The DualDocker consists of two aluminium-alloy arms (stainless steel upon request), which are firmly attached to the pier (fixed or floating structures) and interface with the stern cleats of the yacht (DualDocker ball or exchange combi-cleats). How does the DualDocker work? The arms with high damping capacity are holding the yacht in place, thereby eliminating kinetic energy created by wind and waves.The yacht lies calm and stable at her berth. The DualDocker forms a stable prism with the yacht; lateral forces are reduced to a minimum. In stronger winds, the use of DualDocker spring and diagonal lines is necessary.

Innovation • The DualDocker is an innovative state-of-the-art docking system • Implanting the DualDocker means creating a new, modern marina image: No piles, no fingers, no buoys, no mooring

Increasing your occupancy rate • Attracting new customers:With the DualDocker you can add a cuttingedge to your services which may make customers decide for your marina. • High customer satisfaction: Offering the possibility of a whole new experience of docking means happier customers. • Gaining sellable space:Where ybooms; mooring or piles are not an option due to limited space or a deep harbour bed, the DualDocker is a great alternative. • Docking with the DualDocker instead of alongside creates up to 400% more sellable space. Attracting, satisfying and retaining customers More convenience in the marina A better time on board - day and night: Less rocking, less rolling, no squeaking rope noises. No more collisions with the pier or neighbouring yachts, even during stronger winds. Fixed, customerdefined distance stern-to-pier makes boarding and disembarking easy.

Safety during a storm Minimised kinetic energy means less stress on cleats and – with the system’s high damping capacity - keeps the yacht more stable. In stronger winds and waves, the use of DualDocker spring and diagonal lines is necessary. Security Effective theft protection: Saltwater resistant padlocks avoid unauthorised untying & reduce the risk of theft. For more information visit the website www.dualdocker.com

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Clean, simple, safe, independent and stress-free docking No fishing for dirty, mussel-infested moorings, easy, quick positioning, a simplified docking manoeuvre while staying on board: No jumps with ropes, no rope-throwing, no shore-side assistance required. Easy, quick departures: No danger of ropes damaging propellers, no piles in the way. Individuality & design Berthing spaces can be equipped with the customised DualDocker to perfectly match the precious yacht colour, logo and special finishing are possible.


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International digital launch of Sail Racing Magazine takes off

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n innovative new monthly publication targeted specifically at the worldwide sail racing community has been launched by British sailing journalist Justin Chisholm. However, you won’t find this title on your local news stands as Sail Racing Magazine is a digitalonly publication combining the very latest digital publishing technology with the global reach of the iTunes App Store as its distribution channel. New Year’s Day fittingly heralded the publication of the first full issue of Sail Racing Magazine on the iTunes App Store and, impressively, downloads from iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch users are already topping six hundred per week. A browser-based version is also available for those readers wishing to read it on PC’s, Laptops and Macs.

Chisholm has been planning his new venture for the past two years: “I wanted to create something that would deliver content that is based around expert commentary and analysis of the sailboat racing world. People are used to getting instant sailing news from a plethora of sailing websites these days, but there are fewer and fewer places for racing sailors to read longer, more in-depth articles that really get to the heart of the topic in question.With traditional print magazines struggling to survive, it was the arrival of hardware like the iPhone and then the iPad that made Sail Racing Magazine a viable proposition. 4 2 FO RE & AF T M A R C H 2 0 1 1

The world’s first multimedia, digital magazine dedicated to sailboat racers across the globe When I saw major mainstream publications like The Times Newspaper, Wired Magazine and other big names investing in their own Apps, I knew the time was right to launch.”

Impressive line-up of contributors Chisholm has recruited an impressive line-up of big-name sailing writers to his team of regular columnists.These include such luminaries as America’s Cup expert Bob Fisher, Olympic sailing correspondent Andy Rice, Olympic Coaches Morgan Reeser and Mark Rushall and professional sailor and media expert Mark Covell. Chisholm has also signed up Sailing Anarchy’s controversial Alan Block as Sail

Racing Magazine’s US correspondent. “It is a real privilege to have such a highly regarded team onboard so early.We also have several other major sailing journalists and professional sailors lined up to share their views and expertise in forthcoming issues,” comments Chisholm. Beyond the quality of the writing, the new magazine’s interactive features are equally impressive, with embedded video and audio files as well as slick image slideshows. However, according to Chisholm, the main priority remains the quality of the content. “The multimedia technology is cool for sure, but ultimately we will live or die based on how interesting our readers find Sail Racing Magazine’s writers and how excited they are by the image slideshows and videos.” With a successful launch and the January issue under his belt, Chisholm is now focused on the release of the February edition that will cost readers £3.99 to download or view online. “The overwhelming feedback we have received from readers who downloaded the January issue is that they appreciate the quality and exclusive nature of the content we are providing and are happy to pay a small fee to carry on receiving it. Our ultimate goal with Sail Racing Magazine is to see it recognised as the very best sailboat racing publication on the market.” To achieve that accolade, Chisholm recognises that he has to consistently deliver top quality content every month and leave the decision to buy down to the readers. M A R C H 2 0 1 1 FORE & AFT 43


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Green Marine build one of the World’s largest ever composite rudders Green Marine one of the world’s leading specialists in advanced carbon fibre moulding techniques, has completed the build of one of the largest composite rudders ever made, at its factory in Lymington, Hampshire, UK. The rudder was designed by Dubois Naval Architects for a 66 metre (216 foot) sloop, which is currently in-build at Vitters Shipyard in the Netherlands.The 7.5 metre long rudder stock was laminated using approximately one ton of carbon pre preg, and is, by far, the largest rudder that Green Marine has built during its 28 years of operation. In conjunction with Lloyds Certification office and SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, a specific test programme was created to validate the properties of

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the chosen materials. Once in service the rudder will see enormous twisting and bending loads, and the Dubois office calculate that the reaction load at the lower bearing will reach up to 160 tonnes.The rudder also features a crash tip that will snap off in the event of the vessel grounding. Green Marine’s Managing Director, Marcel Müller, said: “This project was perfect for Green Marine.We are very pleased with our skilled component team who completed this project with exacting precision, and who ensured that the rudder was completed to the highest possible quality standards.” With decades of experience and having built rudders for other Vitters super yachts, including MY Cinderella and MY Sarissa, and for more than 50 racing and cruising yachts ranging from 40-130 feet, Green Marine is well placed to have built this innovative rudder. The company is one of the largest, most experienced and technically advanced composite boatyards in the world, specialising in working with carbon fibre.

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The story of Balthazar - Part 1

Part 1 - The story of Balthazar

Bearing Gifts Tim Coghlan relates the story of an old narrowboat named Balthazar, and its connections to the famous author Lawrence Durrell and the 1930s Bloomsbury Set

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fter twenty years and more of selling narrowboats on brokerage, I am still surprised from time to time by what comes along, and the fascinating stories that the owners have to tell about their boats. After all, even today you have to be somewhat different to be a canal boater.

having the boat fully surveyed on arrival and any remedial working being carried out to his account, prior to the boat going on sale. This matter she quickly sorted and I was now able to ring the seller Paul, and talk to him at an appointed hour when with his medication regime, he was well enough to speak.

Balthazar, Paul told me had been owned by his family since new. It was with great sorrow that he was Take for instance narrowboat parting with it, as there was now no Balthazar. I was asked last summer one in his family to by one of our The story of take it on.The boat moorers if I could had originally been help out with the Balthazar’s owned by his sale of her sister’s construction was jointly uncle one Don Baker husband’s boat. Although only in his quite facsinating and partner Edmund Fogden, and had sixties Paul had been given to him by Edmund in become gradually incurably ill and 1998, a few years after Don had now could no longer use the boat, died of a long-term illness in 1994. which had for the last year or more had been lying unused on its The story of Balthazar’s mooring on the Aylesbury Arm. It construction was quite fascinating. was, she told me, an unusual and It was the third of four boats that somewhat large old boat that had the partners had owned – the other been built in 1968, but had always three being sea-going - and had been well maintained and was now been commissioned by them from all-steel.We normally don’t take on the then very active Rugby Boats as boats of that age. But seeing it was a sort of sail-away in 1968.What Debbs, who smiled so sweetly, and they bought was just the 60 ft trad. had moored her boat at Braunston style hull, having no cabin Marina more or less since I bought superstructure.The fully installed the place in 1988, I agreed to take it new Lister SR3 engine was on, provided Paul would agree to 4 6 FO RE & A F T M A R C H 2 0 1 1

positioned under the small stern counter with some sort of temporary throttle and other controls on a metal post screwed to the deck.The remainder of the boat was open to the elements and

covered in a tarpaulin under which they camped whilst moving it all the way to from Rugby to the marina at Thames Ditton. Once at Thames Ditton, they began fitting out the boat in earnest. It was to have a marine ply superstructure, the frames for which were fabricated by Don in his picture framing workshop in the basement of their house-comebookshop in Islington, North London. Neither being able to drive, these were then carried antlike by public transport – tube and train – to the marina. Only the sheets of marine ply came directly to the boat, where they were handcut to fit. Once the cabin top was on – the windows hand-built by

come birthday party weekend was held, the guests staying at the Anchor Inn, where dinner was held on the Saturday night and a cake of the boat produced made by its chef, with ‘Happy Birthday Edmund’ on the gunnel. Don - the same process continued with the interior fittings which needed fabrication – doors, bathroom and kitchen units and so on – and then being carried in the same way.The whole remarkable project took only two years, being completed just in time for Edmund’s fiftieth birthday, by which time the boat had moved to a new mooring above Henley Bridge at Salters Boat Yard. Here a launch

Balthazar was not just a canal-side country cottage After about ten years on the Thames, the boat was moved in 1976 to a canal-side mooring on the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal, just above Aylesbury Basin where its home-mooring remained for the next thirty three years.

Balthazar moored at Braunston Marina

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The partners were keen gardeners and looked after the bank-side. They also enjoyed entertaining their friends, with good food and wine on offer. However, Balthazar was not just a canal-side country cottage. During the summer months it was extensively cruised and it is believed the partners visited every canal and river navigation then available, except the Leeds & Liverpool, which they felt their 60 ft boat was unsuitable for. They were also regular attendees at rallies, and active fund raisers for the Islington Community Boat Project, with its eccentric Crystal Hale very much the driving force.They attended her funeral, when her coffin was carried from Islington Basin to Kensal Green Crematorium on the roof of Project’s boat Angel of Islington. Going ahead was a an escort of canoeists from the local youth club, each sporting a large letter of her name on each side of their canoes. It was a fitting tribute to someone who, in her own way, had done so much for her community.

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In 1991 the decision was made to gut the now twenty two year old boat and almost start again. The whole of the wooden superstructure and internal fittings they had so carefully made were scrapped, with only the stern doors surviving and being reused.The superstructure was to be made allsteel, ending the problems of rotting timber and leaks. Also the layout would almost be reversed from accommodation to the rear

The boatman’s cabin was an astonishing achievement and a workshop forward for Don’s picture framing, to a very traditional layout of boatman’s cabin and engine room astern – the engine being moved from under the counter - with sleeping accommodation amidships and living accommodation up forward. The combined services were chosen of engineer John Pattle of Brentford and Roger Farringdon of Braunston – John also helping with

the steel work.These two highly skilled craftsmen were based interestingly at each end of the original Grand Junction Canal, with the works carried about half way between them in the Aylesbury Basin, where the steel was delivered.The whole job was done out in the open during the winter months. Roger Farringdon recalls, ‘We used five mill’ steel on the sides and four on the top’. New aluminum hopper windows replaced Don’s original painstaking work, and the boat was given a new livery – the ‘sixties orange’ of the upper gunnels being replaced by easy-maintenance black.The sign writing was stick-on vinyl lettering, which has survived remarkably well ever since.The roses and castles to the forward and side doors and the boatman’s cabin table were by Jane Selkirk who was then based on the Oxford Canal at Cropredy. Once again the fit out was painstakingly carried out by Don and Edmond, with the boatman’s cabin an astonishing achievement. To be continued…

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