Richard Drew from Bryher Boatyard in the Isles of Scilly has been in touch with news from the islands. Despite some serious battering from winter storms, his Powercats boat share business is still going strong.
We are writing this newsletter during the worst weather Scilly has experienced in recent years, storm after storm coinciding with high spring tides. The Islands are looking more like a battlefield than a paradise but rest assured all our boats are fine and cosy under their shrink-wrapped covers.
Scillonia Boatshare Ltd, who operate the timeshare Powercats, continue to be major sponsors of the World Pilot Gig Championships. This year, for the sixth consecutive year, we will be providing four boats as Safety Boats through-out the event which takes place during the first May bank holiday weekend. We will also be providing
boats and crew for two other island events, namely the Inter Island walk and Island to Island swim.
We are pleased to provide boats for these events as it showcases the flexibility and safety of the Powercat 525. Scillonia Boatshare Ltd is a unique collaboration between two separate Island businesses. Chris Jenkins of Southard Engineering and Richard Drew of Bryher Boatyard formed Scillonia Boatshare Ltd in 2008. We operate the timeshare / long term rental Powercats. Richard is responsible for the seasonal operation of the boats and Chris, being the Islands main Yamaha dealer, is responsible for the annual maintenance and upgrades of the boats.
Chris is often asked what he does in the winter? Well at the end of the season the timeshare boats are recovered to St. Mary's where they are maintained and stored. Once in the yard they are washed down with all the safety equipment and gear removed which is checked and serviced, including the life rafts and jackets.
One by one the boats are then taken inside the workshop onto the custom build hydraulic boat lift where a detailed inspection is carried out, and where needed, repairs are make to the hull and other parts which are not normally accessible. This year we are fitting upgraded stainless steel keel bands. Once all the work is completed they are shrink-wrapped until the spring when the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will be completing the boats commercial safety coding inspections and all required paperwork completed before the boats are launched.
If you’re a regular visitor to the Isles of Scilly and are interested in a time share of a Powercat 525, visit Richard’s boat share site to find out more.
On a bitterly cold, wet and windy morning at Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham more than one hundred people gathered to watch the 3rd/5th Lancing Sea Scouts officially launch their latest Safety Boat.
The craft, a Powercat 525 Cuddy boat, was chosen by the County Manager for Water Activities, Mr. Richard Eager, as the best vessel to provide the group with a new Safety and Rescue craft and multifunctional workboat. Plenty of deck space and good fuel economy were key requirements, and the Powercat 525 added outstanding sea-handling and manoeuvrability to make the choice a simple one.
Based at the Scouts’ West Sussex RYA Sea School, where Mr. Eager is Principal, this versatile boat will provide year-round sea assistance for the many waterborne activities and training exercises carried out by the Royal Navy Recognised Sea Scouts for young people aged from 6 to 18 years. A special side access door fitted to the Powercat 525 makes recovery from the water a simple and quick operation.
During the summer months the new vessel will be based in Poole Harbour, where the Sea Scouts host weeks of camping adventures on Brownsea Island. The Powercat 525’s exceptional stability and easy beaching will then be indispensable for transporting people and essential supplies to and from the island.
The boat was blessed by Adur Valley District Chaplain, the Rev. Trevor Marshall, and officially named ‘Mr. Fields’ in recognition of Mr. Eager’s outstanding contribution to the 3rd/5th Lancing Sea Scouts during more than fifty years of service, and his extraordinary generosity in enabling the purchase. Mr. Eager holds the rare honour of ‘King’s Scout’ and earned his nickname over many years’ reminiscing that he could “remember when this was all fields”. We wish him, and the Sea Scouts, many years of happy boating with their new Powercat 525.
Visitors braved snow and icy conditions to visit the Tullet Prebon London Boat Show last week, where the organisers and exhibitors hailed the new layout a success.
The new Powercat 525 on display with Yamaha was sold directly from the stand (a rare achievement for Boat Show exhibitors in these straitened times), and a good level of enquiries from commercial and leisure boaters got 2013 off to a flying start.
Our buyer was someone we’d never met before, but he’d already done plenty of research and knew the Powercat 525 ‘ticked the boxes’ for him. He wanted a craft to replace his Boston Whaler based in Jersey; especially one that would give him a soft and comfortable ride whilst boating around the Channel Islands.
One look was all he needed to see the quality of build and fittings on the Powercat 525 and, after a brief chat to confirm the details, the deal was struck and paperwork completed. We’re looking forward to delivering the new Powercat 525 next month; it will be the first in Jersey and is sure to attract a lot of interest on the island.
Powercats kick off 2013 at the Tullet Prebon London International Boat Show at ExCel, 12th-20th January, having returned to the centre stage of UK boating in 2012 with displays of the award-winning Powercat 525 at Seawork (see above) and Southampton Boat Shows.
Highlights of the past year include meeting many old friends and Powercat owners, along with deliveries to both new and existing customers; people who understand the benefits of using the twin hull Powercat awarded ‘Innovative Boat of the Year’ in 2006.
The Port of London Authority commissioned their second Powercat 525 Patrol Vessel early last year, and this boat, now based at Richmond, played an important role on the Thames during the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and the London Olympics 2012.
Crews on the PLA’s Powercats describe them as the favourites in their fleet, and love the way the boats handle with a soft ride in any conditions; such an important factor for people who use boats on a daily basis.
Accessible Powercat: Following a serious road traffic accident Mark Owen was left tri-plegic; paralysed in his left arm and from the mid-chest down. Not one to let this set-back dictate the path of his life, Mark went on to create the UK’s only totally disabled-accessible fishery. Both he and his father are highly experienced anglers, and have become British Disabled Anglers Association Assessors and Area Managers. Teglan Fisheries is currently the UK’s only platinum award winner for disabled accessibility.
Mark’s choice of a Powercat 525 Accessible boat for sea-fishing from the west coast of Wales reflects his own values and aims in providing the best solutions for people with disability to live their lives to the full. His Powercat, delivered in 2012, provides the space and stability for Mark to take friends out fishing, with adaptations to allow Mark to skipper the boat and helm with ease.
Bryher Boatyard on the beautiful Isles of Scilly also took delivery of another Powercat 525 in 2012, adding to their already impressive fleet of Powercats available in the highly successful scheme operated by Scillonia Boatshare Ltd. These easy-to-use boats are very popular with island visitors for beach-hopping and water sports throughout the season, and with locals throughout the year.
The new Powercat 525 workboat supplied last autumn to the Isle of Anglesey Council now does the work of two boats previously operating in the Menai Straits and around the island. The Powercat’s versatility meant it could replace a 6.5 mtr RIB patrolling the waters and a 4.8 mtr workboat for mooring duties, saving money on fuel and operating costs.
2013 is off to a great start with the delivery, during the London Boat Show, of another new Powercat 525 to the 3rd/5th Lancing Sea Scouts. This versatile boat will be their Safety and Rescue craft operating on the south coast and will fulfil many other roles including ferrying boat loads of Sea Scouts to Brownsea Island during the summer months.
The Powercat 525 with twin Yamaha F40 motors is on display at the Tullet Prebon London Boat Show, alongside Yamaha motors on stand C234.
A full Powercat press pack is available on the Yamaha stand and in the press office. Boat Only Prices start from £15,877. Boat and Engine Prices from around £27,000, including VAT.
What a Show!
Powercats’ return to Southampton International Boat Show in 2012, after an absence of four years, was greeted with unanimous enthusiasm from the boating public and the marine trade alike.
The award-winning Powercat 525, displayed on centre stage with Yamaha, was busy all week with visitors, including Powercat owners offering their congratulations on seeing the boat at the show again, new enquirers viewing the boat for the first time, and many wannabe Powercat owners delighted to see the boat back on the market.
Powercat founder, Barry Philpott, said “We were genuinely surprised by the enthusiastic response at Southampton; even after the successful re-introduction of the brand into the commercial market at Seawork in May this year we hadn’t fully appreciated our customers’ loyalty, and how much they love their Powercats, or the extent of the pent-up demand for the boats.
2013 is going to be a busy year for Powercats!” So, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to see us at SIBS 2012. To our customers for their stories and encouragement; to the new enquirers for their interest in our designs; to all the aspiring Powercat owners (we can help to make that happen!); to the organisers and fellow marine businesses who made us feel so welcome, and especially to everyone at Yamaha UK and the other exhibitors on the stand (including Smartboat; Finedesign Marine; Rock Marine Services; E.F.Snelling; C-Fury; Lansdale Marine; Pacer Marine and Bates Wharf) for their support, humour and good company throughout the show.
Hope to see you again soon.
We are delighted to announce Powercats will be featuring centre stage on the Yamaha stand at the Southampton International Boat Show 14th-23rd September. We have always had a strong relationship with Yamaha and are delighted to build on it.
When the Powercat 525 was originally developed 15 years ago it was ahead of its time, and the first engine choice then was a Yamaha outboard. The original owners, who dared to be different in those early days, have since been joined by many others who can see the benefits of the twin hull design and the power of Yamaha on the transom.
Many people now know that Powercat designs are more stable, have more space and better fuel economy than other types of craft. Powercat is now the natural choice for many commercial operators, as users of these boats understand that they can go to sea more often and do more with their boat than they could ever do before.
The Powercat 525 was built for use in the unpredictable waters of the Isles of Scilly, where Atlantic weather systems, ocean swell and local tide races combine to throw up extraordinary sea states. The fine bows cut into the waves while the unique hull shape gently lifts the boat to give an incredibly soft ride, even in conditions that other boats would not tackle.
Professional boat operators also know that a Powercat saves them money on fuel, and that the fuel economy applies across the speed range when compared with traditional craft of similar size. Powercats accelerate smoothly with no discernible hump to get over and on to the plane, meaning it is possible to travel at any speed to suit conditions without worrying about fuel consumption.
Powercat founder, Barry Philpott – “I’ve often journeyed with the Powercat 525 between Scilly and Falmouth, a trip of 60 miles, in many different conditions. I recall an outward journey averaging 25 knots on an almost flat sea, and returned a few days later heading into an unpleasant easterly Force 5-6 whipping up short and steep 2m waves. We averaged 12 knots on the return leg, which was the most comfortable speed for those conditions, yet used the same amount of fuel.”
Yamaha UK have supported Powercat research and development during the past 15 years with advice and test help to prove the best engine combinations for performance and efficiency.
A full Powercat press pack is available on the Yamaha stand and in the press office. Boat with engines Prices start from around £27,000 including VAT.
A quick update - last week saw us showing at the 15th Seawork International Commercial Marine Exhibition and Forum in Southampton, the largest commercial marine show in the UK. This was the first time we had exhibited in a few years and it was gratifying that many visitors and other exhibitors expressed genuine pleasure in seeing Powercats there again. The brand is still strong, thanks to a deserved reputation for product quality.
The Powercat 525 in particular fills a gap in the market - there is no competition of comparable size for this extremely versatile catamaran and the level of interest from potential clients should see several more on the water within the next few months.
The market for work cats under 15m also remains strong and we are working hard to have a respectable market share; Powercats’ stability, fuel economy and other environmental benefits make them ideal for commercial operations of all kinds.
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Thursday, 24 January 2013
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Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Post-Boat Show Report
Monday, 1 October 2012
Powercats and Yamaha at Southampton
Thursday, 23 August 2012
Powercats at Seawork International
Monday, 28 May 2012
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