In addition to the leisure industry, Baltic Lifejackets design and manufacture a lot of lifejackets, buoyancy aids and floatation clothing for the commercial sector.  These products have to be extra robust as they are worn day in and day out under often challenging conditions.

Williams Shipping approached Baltic with a requirement for some specialised lifejackets for their teams working on ships and around the water.  With particular requirements, the new jacket was based on the popular Legend jacket.  The requirements for the jacket were for a high buoyancy rating, so the jacket is 350 Newton rating with a tough PVC outer cover, and each jacket comes supplied with a sprayhood and light.

Shaun Mansbridge, Williams Shipping Compliance Manager commented “We have been working with Baltic over the last 18 months to develop a lifejacket that is suitable to our needs. At the time there was no jacket on the market that fully satisfied all our requirements and the requirements of many of our clients.  Baltic was extremely proactive in developing this jacket and consulted with us at various stages to ensure it was fit for purpose.  We have had the jacket in service for six months and it has exceeded all expectations.  The service from Baltic has been second to none and the local office have been faultless in caring for the supply and servicing of the jackets. I’m confident this quality of product and service will continue and we look forward to working with Baltic for many years to come.”

Baltic Safety Products will be exhibiting at Seawork International where they will be showing their full commercial products on stand PY31.

Scot Seat Land Rover fold-up seat

Scot Seat announced earlier this year that they were designing a fold-down seat for the newly launched Discovery 5 commercial. They are currently exhibiting at the Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show in Birmingham and have one of the new seats on display on their stand 4K60.

The seat kit is a full width 3 seats forward facing fold down seat fitted with 2 x 3-point inertia reel lap and diagonal seat belts and 1 x centre lap seat belt. The seat is designed for maximum comfort and trimmed in material options to match the driver seat.

The back of the seat folds forward with a single-handed operation leaving full load area in the commercial vehicle and it doesn’t interfere with the flip up storage area in rear.

Standard specification:
• Single-handed operated folding backrest
• Deluxe sculpted seat foams
• Adjustable headrests
• Trimmed in vinyl, cloth or leather to match front seats
• Optional Isofix Mounting

Since the first model of the Discovery Commercial series in the 1990’s Scot Seat has manufactured their fold-up seats which can be retrofitted into the vehicles. The fold up seats for Discovery 3 and 4 commercial vehicles have been very popular as it means the vehicle can be used in a commercial capacity for carrying goods or carrying passengers when required, giving the driver the ultimate in flexibility.

Please contact the team for more information

Scot Seats Ferry seats

Scot Seat Group was recently commissioned to design and manufacture bespoke flip-up seats for a project close to home. The ferry to the Isle of Arran has a new ferry terminal at Brodick Pier, and Scot Seat has designed bespoke polished stainless steel flip-up seats as part of the new build project. The seats are on the passenger ramp from the terminal to the ferry.

The Isle of Arran is the closest of the Scottish islands to the Scot Seat factory and the team often visit when carrying out boat seat testing.

The ferry run by Caledonian MacBrayne is a busy route with approximately 850,000 passengers transported last year alone.  As well as being local to their factory the bespoke flip-up seats demonstrate how Scot Seat is able to design and adapt designs to precisely match their customers’ requirements.

Hammond made-to-measure drysuits

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has been supplied with Search and Rescue drysuits and associated safety equipment from Hammond Drysuits in a record time of just 11 days.

“Every drysuit we make is made to order as we do not hold stock items,” comments Richard Dell sales director for Hammond. “Having met during the Fire Times Roadshow in Sheffield, we travelled to Gloucester to measure the individuals before going back to Dartford to start on the production. 11 days may seem ample time for some companies, but when every part of the suit is custom, it’s quite tight. We did it though.”

The SR140R drysuit, is the search and rescue drysuit from Hammond used by blue light services and swiftwater rescue crews across the UK. The drysuit is made of a robust trilaminate nylon, built to withstand the harshest of environments, with single and stitched hand taped seams for a lasting watertight seal. The drysuit is Made-to-Measure for maximum comfort, this means physical measurements are taken and the suit is made for a specific person, providing room for layers and ample movement. A choice of latex seals, braces, Bekina safety boots and front or rear entry zips are all options. The suits are available in a variety of colours and can include reflectors, names and fleet badges to further personalise the suit.

Kevin Adcock, Research and Development Manager for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue comments: “My sincere thanks for all your efforts in supplying our new trainees with some of the finest kit I’ve seen in a long time. I set you a real challenge and you came up trumps, going above and beyond to make sure the deadline was met.”

For more details on Hammond Drysuits visit their website here.

A new catamaran built by Blyth Catamarans Ltd has just been launched with a full stern gear package from Clements Engineering including a pair of 4 bladed 24” hyperform propellers.   The 11m catamaran has been designed for use as a passenger ferry and will shortly be sent to its new owners in the Philippines where it will go into service.

Clements Engineering has worked with Blyth Catamarans for many years on a variety of vessels that they have built.  The propellers and stern gear are designed for each vessel individually and the whole manufacturing process from the casting to finishing at the Clements Bedfordshire based facility.

Ultimate Sails sail shape

Ok, we blinked, and the first two months of 2018 are flying by.

The first month of the year is often a time when we reflect on the successes of the previous year and makes resolutions for the season ahead. The 12th of January is statistically the day most people give up their New Year resolutions; well given we are safely past that date, we thought it was time we shared ours with you, showing you that we are going to do our very best and have every intention of keeping it! At Ultimate Sails our resolution to you our customers, is our promise to be consistent.

Consistent in the sails we supply and consistent is the service we provide. If we can be consistent, then it can help you be consistent, and therefore strive for perfection on the water.

Let us help you make the most of your time on the water in 2018. Easter falls early this year, don’t get caught out with sail problems, let us look at your current Sails and if necessary look at the options available for new sails. We offer an extensive range of sails, whether you are looking for longevity, lightweight racing sails, one design or dinghy sails, our in-house designers have something specific for your boat and your type of sailing.

Our door is always open, and the kettle is always on, please get in touch to see how you can go further with Ultimate Sails.

Head over to our Facebook page and share your 2018 resolutions by posting them on our page – @UltimateSailsUK.

For more information on Ultimate Sails visit their website here.


Acronyms are commonplace and are often used without people realising what they actually mean. So, we thought it was about time we explained what our M2M – Made-to-Measure – stands for and what this means for you, our customers and wearers of our drysuits.

At Hammond Drysuits every suit we make is made to order, whether it is a standard size ranging from Junior Small to Adult XL, or a Made-to-Measure. Currently work only begins on a drysuit when an order is placed.

What is M2M and how does it benefit the wearer?

We are a great believer in one size does not fit all, and whilst some of us are lucky to fit in to a standard size, not all are. For instance, whilst a small may fit one’s body and arm length, the wearer may be blessed with long legs, and therefore they may need a medium suit because of this. Therefore, one has to make a choice, and ultimately a compromise along the way.

Chris Hammond managing director of Hammond Drysuits comments; “M2M drysuits take into account your specific body shape and size. To manufacture your drysuit for the perfect fit we use a number of different body measurements.”

To make an M2M suit, Hammond Drysuit require the wearer’s full height, shoulder height, neck, and wrist measurements, including wrist to wrist across the shoulder blades. Chest, waist, and hips sizes are also considered, along with the widest part of the thigh, knee, calf, inside leg and shoe size. This makes a suit designed for both comfort and longevity. It can even be further personalised with the choice of colours, seals, gloves, and footwear.

The difference between an M2M and a Made-to-Fit is that a made to fit does not factor in your complete body size and shape. In this instance, the manufacturer takes a standard size suit and adjusts the seals, arms, and leg length. Further to this, they may take it in at the waist, however, it will not fit your specific shapes and curves.

“An M2M drysuit from Hammond is exactly that and from the feedback we have had from our customers it provides added comfort throughout the seasons, for this reason, if you are looking for a suit that truly fits, choose M2M over Made-to-fit,” comments Chris Hammond.

To find out more about the M2M drysuits from Hammond Drysuits you can see the team at the RYA Dinghy Show 2018, 3 – 4 March 2018 on stand F38. Alternatively, you can visit, or call 01474 704123.

Visit Hammond Drysuits for more information here.

Clements Engineering Haines Marine boat

Clements Engineering were pleased to see the new Haines 32os launched at the London Boat Show recently, that they have supplied 21” 4 blade hyperform propeller to.

The 32ft (9.75m) model has a full offshore planing hull designed by Andrew Wolstenholme which delivers a comfortable performance at low to intermediate planing speeds. The Haines 32os is available with a range of single or twin engine options and can accommodate with 4 or 6 berth layouts.

The new boat is suitable for both river and full offshore use and is RCD Category B rated and the propellers have been designed with this use in mind.

Clements Engineering Managing Director, Paul Williams commented “Our propellers are all designed here in Bedfordshire and manufactured on site so that we can control the quality and ensure UK builders such as Haines are provided with the perfect propeller fit for their vessel. “


Scot Seat customer, Vans for Bands Ltd, is a company who specialise in Splitter van and sleeper bus hire. We recently received feedback and images from one of their most recent conversions.

Vans for Bands visited our factory for a training course on how to fit our San Carlos range of seating and Multivan rail system. This now enables them to carry out their own conversions in-house and certificate their fitting for IVA purposes.

In each vehicle they fit three San Carlos deluxe high back seats and three San Carlos deluxe high back reclining seats fitted on M1 tested Multi-Van boned floor track system.

Using this seating option in tandem with the Multi-van rail allows as much space as possible in the vehicle to be utilised and gives the flexibility to slide and remove seats very quickly if so required. These seats are being used on long journeys across the UK and Europe, so they have opted for the deluxe option on all seats and recliners to offer the ultimate in comfort.

Vans for Bands Ltd provides transportation for the live music and entertainment industries. With over 50 vehicles, they have the largest fleet of splitter vans in Europe, as well as a fast-growing selection of premium sleeper buses. They provide transportation for as many as 100 tours every month and are the only operator to have a base at London’s Heathrow Airport. The company was established in 2006 and is growing to become a market leader in this specialist area.

Tarrant Anderson, Company Director for Vans for Bands commented; “We have been extremely happy with the seats and customer service provided by Scot Seat and look forward to many years ahead working with them.”

Baltic ISO

Over the last few months, Baltic Safety Products have been working with NPT Management Systems to upgrade their existing QMS to meet the new requirements of ISO9001:2015. We can now proudly announce that Baltic Safety products have successfully met the requirements of ISO9001:2015 and have been awarded ISO9001:2015 certification by a UKAS accredited certification body.

ISO 9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

What this means to Baltic and their customers is that they can be confident that Baltic have the right systems and procedures in place to ensure that customers get the right products, on-time, every time.

Baltic celebrated 40 years in business last year and is one of the largest manufacturers of lifejackets, buoyancy aids and floatation clothing in Europe.

Baltic chose to work with NPT Management Systems as they are seen as leaders of ISO certification and consultancy within the UK marine and leisure industry.

Banks Martin Boats

At the recent London Boat Show, a new boat was unveiled by Banks Martin Boats – the Beaulieu 30.  This boat is the culmination of over two years hard work supported by a wealth of boat building experience from those involved in the design and build.

Clements Engineering was proud to have supplied the propellers and stern gear for the debut of this elegant river cruiser.

The Beaulieu 30 is a 30ft (9.1m) long range river cruiser, which has a maximum speed of 10knots.  The Beaulieu 30 is finished to a very high level, with the latest technology providing up to 6 people luxurious river cruising.  Powered by a 50HP Volvo D250 Drive Shaft, Clements Engineering designed and manufactured a full shaft line and steering package including propellers.

Banks Martin Boats are based in Bewdley and like Clements Engineering are proudly building in Britain.

Haines Marine 32os

Clements Engineering were pleased to see the new Haines 32os launched at the London Boat Show recently, that they have supplied 21” 4 blade hyperform propeller to.

The 32ft (9.75m) model has a full offshore planing hull designed by Andrew Wolstenholme which delivers a comfortable performance at low to intermediate planing speeds. The Haines 32os is available with a range of single or twin engine options and can accommodate with 4 or 6 berth layouts.

The new boat is suitable for both river and full offshore use and is RCD Category B rated and the propellers have been designed with this use in mind.

Clements Engineering Managing Director, Paul Williams commented “Our propellers are all designed here in Bedfordshire and manufactured on site so that we can control the quality and ensure UK builders such as Haines are provided with the perfect propeller fit for their vessel. “

Landrover 5 commercial

Landrover has recently announced the launch of the new Discovery 5 Commercial, which is expected to be available from dealers in March this year but can be ordered now.  Since the first model of the Discovery Commercial series in the 1990’s Scot Seat has manufactured their fold-up seats which can be retrofitted into the vehicles.

The fold up seats for Discovery 3 and 4 commercial vehicles have been very popular as it means the vehicle can be used in a commercial capacity for carrying goods or carrying passengers when required, giving the driver the ultimate in flexibility.

Prototype seats for the new Landrover Discovery 5 model are already being designed by Scot Seat.  The new version is a complete re-design of previous models with new upholstery designs and an easy folding mechanism.  The seats will be available with trim options in artificial or real leather to match the driver and passenger seats of the vehicles.

The new seats are expected to be available shortly after the first vehicles arrive with the dealers. In the meantime please contact Scot Seat for more information.

Montel Fagan-Jordan from Greig City Academy in Haringey London has won the prestigious YJA Young Sailor of the Award.

Montel was team captain and main helmsman onboard 45ft German Frers designed Scaramouche for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017. Leading a crew of eight students, under the watchful eye of two Yachtmasters and his two teachers from Greig City Academy Mr Jon Holt and Mr Paul Leftord. In completing the race, it is believed they are the first comprehensive state school to do so and the only school to compete in 2017. They won the respect of their competitors during the qualification process and throughout the race. At the prizegiving, they were awarded the Musto Media Prize for how they told their story along the way.

“Thank you to everyone who has made this possible. 5 years ago, I didn’t really know what sailing was, so you can imagine it is rather overwhelming to be stood here next to some of sailing’s greats.” Commented Montel during the ceremony.

This was all made possible by so many people. Pioneer Underwriters, who came on board as the projects title sponsor in 2017, to the companies who provided equipment, the trusts who provided financial support, and all the sailors who have given their knowledge freely.

“This is a great achievement as Montel was shortlisted against two other nominees, the 29er champions Crispin Beaumont and Tom Darling, and 16-year-old Laser Radial Champion Matilda Nicholls. All very worthy winners.” Commented Jon Holt, head of sixth form and instigator of the project. “Montel and the whole crew really pulled together and are already helping us with the future of Greig City Academy Sailing. We want to be the school that does the Fastnet Race, they are the ones making this happen.”

Previous winners of this award include Annabel Vose who in 2017 was victorious in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Bermuda as part of Land Rover BAR Academy, Sir Ben Ainslie the most decorated Olympic Sailor in history, and Hannah Mills MBE silver medallist in the 470 at London 2012, taking gold in the same class at Rio 2016.

Paul Sutton, principal of Greig City Academy, is very open to ideas, and very much has the can-do attitude, rather than worrying what if it goes wrong, he focuses on the what if it goes right. “This has gone right,” commented Jon Holt.

In addition to the Montel’s achievements on Scaramouche, in January 2017, along with Shabazz Patterson and Camilio Orobio they fine-tuned their sailing skills in the Etchells One Design Class. This was made possible by David Franks fleet captain in Cowes, with coaching from Matt Reid, who invited the crew along for some initial training weekends and to take part in assessment weekend with the opportunity to ‘win’ an Etchells for the season. David realised that although this crew were very competent sailors they had done very little boat on boat racing. In the Etchells in 2017, they won the assessment weekend gaining access to an Etchells for the season with Montel helming, Shabazz on sail trim / mid-bow, and Camilio using his strength and power on the bow. They went to be the first British youth crew at the Gertrude Cup in Cowes, they also flew out to Miami to compete against some of the best sailors in the world at the Louis Piana Cup. They finished 12 overall out of a fleet of 44 boats, finishing an impressive sixth in one race. Montel was also invited to helm Lutine during Lendy Cowes Week with the projects title sponsor Pioneer Underwriters where they were victorious in the races in which Montel joined them.

We are delighted with the way the project has evolved in 2017, and 2018 is are looking forward to the launch of our girl’s programme and continuing the momentum with the boys.

Congratulations to Alex Thomson who was presented with the YJA Yachtsman of the year.

Jon Holt and Montel are available for interviews, contact for details.

Follow their story: #ProjectScaramouche.

When it comes to keeping customers boats operational, Clements Engineering always tries to turn around orders for repairs and replacements as quickly as possible.

A great start to 2018, sees Clements Engineering receive a note of thanks from their longstanding client Austhai Marine. Based in Thailand, Austhai are leading fibreglass boat builders producing a range of boats that are used across Asia.

A customer of Austhai, based in Cambodia, has three catamarans in commercial use which are all fitted with Clements Engineering designed running gear.  Operating in difficult conditions, with no backup or support, shortly before Christmas one the vessels suffered a severe grounding causing major damage to both propellers.  Having contacted Austhai, they, in turn, contacted Clements in the UK.  The urgency of the situation was explained and the Clements team immediately started to work on the replacements.

The customer in Cambodia had expected a layoff of the vessel for a couple of months but was delighted to receive new propellers delivered ready for use within two weeks.

Having been able to operate during the busiest time of the year the customer has asked Austhai to pass their sincerest thanks for an excellent job well done in a most timely manner to the Clements staff.

Baltic has a great new all-round buoyancy aid which they are launching in three colour versions for 2018. Available in red, black and UV Yellow the front zip fastening buoyancy aid called the Aqua Pro, and is comfortable and lightweight.  To prevent ride up, the buoyancy aid has a waistband as well as ties both top and bottom to keep it secure for the wearer.

A retrofit crutch strap is available as an accessory which is fitted to the waistband to further prevent ride up.

The Aqua Pro is available in four sizes, from small which is suitable for 30-50 kg through to the XL for 90+ kg.

As with all Baltic buoyancy aids, the Aqua Pro is designed to suit all general boating activities on or near water.  All-round buoyancy aids are approved to the 50N standard which means that a buoyancy aid will keep you afloat with a good margin of safety but will not turn you on to the safe back position or support your head. Therefore, the 50N products are only suitable for swimmers and for persons over 25 kg.

In addition to the new Aqua Pro, Baltic have added additional colours to several of their buoyancy aid ranges.  The X3, which is popular with paddlers is now available in UV Yellow/ Black combination.  The Genua buoyancy aid has the addition of a black version in their colour range whilst the Supersoft II has a Navy Blue version available.

The Aqua Pro will be unveiled on the Baltic Lifejackets stand 12.725 along with all their new 2018 products at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 14-16 November.

Baltic Adventure Camo

The Adventure buoyancy aid is now available in a camouflage colour scheme and is a perfect solution for staying safe whilst fishing or out on a wildlife exploration.

The Adventure buoyancy aid has been popular for several years with those enjoying outdoor pursuits and the camo design has been introduced after research, development and testing by several fishermen.

The jacket is designed to be as practical as possible with three large zipped pockets and two large mesh pockets on the back. The Adventure has multi-point attachment fittings and retro-reflective patches on the shoulders. It is secured with a zip closure and adjustable waistband.

The Adventure in camo comes in four sizes from Small for 30-50 kg through to XL for sizes 90+ kg

Baltic has a range of other products specially designed for fishing.  The Flyfisher, available in two colours is a 165N lifejacket which is a shorter cut than standard lifejackets, especially for fly fishing.  It also has Velcro attachments to secure the flies to. The Fisherman Lifejacket, another alternative has three large pockets and an attachment hook for equipment such as landing net.

Baltic Lifejackets will be showing the Adventure in camo and all their new 2018 products on stand 12.725 at the Marine Equipment Trade show (METS) 14-16 November in Amsterdam.

Scot Seat new Bolster Seat

Scot Seats have unveiled a new seat at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2017. The S2H Bolster Seat allows for flexible seating position for a helmsman. Based on the successful S2H base, the seat can provide comfort when a full seat is required.  When the helmsman wants to use the seat in the standing position then the seat base folds up to provide a rest. The simple fold mechanism takes seconds to alter meaning ease of use for the operator.

The seat comes with 2 armrests which can be moved upwards for easy side access to the seat.  To provide the maximum flexibility in the cockpit, the seat can also work on the Harken rail system that Scot Seat use on many of their other seat models.

The seat is perfect for leisure boats and vessels, and is particularly useful for different boat helmsmen and flexibility in seat positioning.

As with all Scot Seat range, the seat can be fitted with SKYDEK for additional comfort to reduce the impact of shock mitigation and it can be upholstered in a wide range of fabrics and finishes, depending on the customers’ requirements.  Custom embroidery can also be incorporated into the seat.  As with all S2H seats the Bolster Seat is fitted as standard with FOX Shocks providing a progressive air spring which gives a bottomless feel to the seat while using the least amount of suspension travel, keeping the seat stable.

Scot Seats have exhibited at METS for many years and last year launched their S2H Bucket Seat at the exhibition.  They meet many of their customers at the show and it was important to have this new design ready for the 2018 edition.

Baltic Legend Lifejacket 165 with Harness

For those who enjoy coastal racing, Baltic has launched the Legend 165 with an integrated safety harness. The automatic lifejacket is part of the extensive Legend range of lifejackets, that has proved very popular due to the high level of comfort it provides the wearer with.

The Legend 165 has an airy mesh lining next to the body and is designed with wide shoulder straps that means the jacket sits further back away from the neck compared to other lifejacket models. This makes the Legend 165 one of the most comfortable to wear, particularly over long periods of time.

As well as a detachable crutch strap the integrated safety harness has a woven loop to secure the lifeline. The Inspection window is fitted so you can visually check the two indicators of the automatic valve are showing green and therefore the lifejacket is ready for use.

The SLA Model is equipped with a spray hood, emergency light and mount for AIS and as such it is approved for World Sailing Offshore Racing.

The Legend 165 comes with three colour choices; black, red and yellow and is suitable for wearers size 40-120 kg.

The Legend 165 will be unveiled on the Baltic Lifejackets stand 12.725 along with all their new 2018 products at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 14-16 November.

Baltic Hybrid 220 Pilot

Following the successful Hybrid 220 jacket from Baltic, they have now launched the Hybrid 220 Pilot jacket.  The jacket is particularly suited to those working on the water.

The Hybrid jackets combine the buoyancy of an inflated lung within a buoyancy aid to give an overall support of 220 Newtons.  The inflatable lung section of the jacket provides 165 Newtons. The buoyancy aid section is a closed cell foam providing inherent buoyancy of 55 Newtons.

The Hybrid 220 Pilot has many features including two zipped pockets, twin thigh strap and an inspection window fitted so that you can visually check the status indicators of the automatic or manual valve are showing green.  There is also a window suitable for an identity card on the left chest.

Available with manual or automatic gas inflation the Hybrid 220 Pilot jacket is suited for wearers between 60 – 120 kg.

The Hybrid 220 Pilot is one of the many new products for 2018 from Baltic Lifejackets that will be displayed at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2017 in Amsterdam 14-16 November on stand 12.725.

Harken Rail

Last year Scot Seat KPM Marine teamed up with Harken Industrial to provide their marine seats with a track system designed specifically for the marine environment, giving boats flexible cockpit layout with fast, hassle-free reconfiguration.

Harken has now produced a 27mm RIB seat rail system, that has been tested to over 25kN, thus meeting HSC regulations. The new strong rail system has minimum intrusion in the cockpit sole and the rail is black hard coat-anodised providing maximum corrosion resistance. With no metal to metal contact, this means no lubrication required, delivering low friction and smooth movement.

The rail system has proved popular as it works with all the range of Scot Seat shock mitigation seating, and is particularly suited to their popular S2J Jockey seats. The sliding rail allows the seats to be adjusted fore/aft very quickly. With locking positions every 33mm for the 22mm system and every 100mm for the 27mm system, the seats can be adjusted quickly to suit different locations of helmsman or seating positions, or to give more deck space when required. The system works so that the seats are mounted onto four trolleys that run on parallel rails. Two of the trolleys have pin-stops that lock into the holes in the rail, to adjust the trolley location simply raise the two pinstops and slide to a new location.

Seats fitted to the Harken rail system will be displayed on the Scot Seat stand, 03.341, at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 14-16 November 2017.

A popular launch at the Southampton Boat Show earlier this year was the new Westwood C405.  This elegant, low air draft boat is the perfect river cruiser to explore new waters, but with its category B hull, designed by Andrew Wolstenholm, it is also practical for use on the sea.

Clements Engineering supplied a full stern gear package to the vessel including propellers to ensure smooth and efficient running of the boat.

The C405 is 40ft6” (12.3m) in length with a 13ft2” (4m) beam and owners can choose one of three layouts offered by Westwood.

Paul Williams, Clements Engineering Managing Director commented: “We were delighted to work with Westwood and having seen the C405 we are sure this will be a popular model”.

Scot Seat ISO 9001

This year’s audit was under assessment for the transition to ISO9001-2015 requirements based on the international accreditation forum directives, we are happy to announce we have met these standards with no non-conformities against Scot Seat Group for the ninth year running.

James Crawford, Scot Seat Group Production and Design Director commented, “We are pleased that all our internal quality efforts have paid off with this recognition. Every aspect of the manufacture of the seats is carefully monitored by the team here at Scot Seats.”

A few months ago, the MV Thomas Doggett officially joined the Thames River Services fleet providing tours on the Thames. Fitted with a full stern gear package and propellers from Clements Engineering, the Thomas Doggett with 524 seats is the largest of the Thames River Services fleet operating from Westminster Pier, St Katherine’s Dock, Greenwich Pier and the Thames Flood Barrier.

The new 36.42m long boat with a 9m beam will be captained by fully qualified Watermen. The Thomas Doggett has already proved popular with visitors who enjoy the comfort and facilities the boat has to offer.

The owners of Thames River Services, are all members of the 500-year-old Company of Watermen and Lightermen, signed the contract to build the vessel on 17th December 2012. It was agreed the vessel was to be called Thomas Doggett to emphasise the association with the River Thames.

The MV Thomas Doggett is named after Thomas Doggett (1640 – 1721) who moved to London in 1690 and was a noted celebrity around London. To celebrate the accession of George I to the throne of England in 1715 Thomas Doggett founded the race, now known as the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Wager. The race is the oldest continuously run single sculling race in the world and is run in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers. Doggett managed the race up to his death in 1721.  On his death, he left a sum of money to ensure the annual race continued and the organisation was passed to the Fishmongers’ Company, which has run the event since 1722 to the instructions laid down by Doggett.

Clements Engineering worked with the team throughout the build process, having specified the most appropriate stern gear package for the design of vessel and use.  The team have also been and visited the vessel and enjoyed a smooth and comfortable trip along the Thames.

Baltic Legend 190

When Baltic launched the Legend range of lifejackets in 2015 they were confident that the range would be popular.  Since then they have developed the product and extended the range to cover a variety of customer requirements.

The Legend 190 range caters for the coastal and leisure type sailing and comes in several variations: The Legend 190 Auto, and for racing, The Legend 190 Auto with Harness and the Legend 190 SLA.

As the name suggests, the Legend 190 Auto is automatically activated when immersed in water and provides the wearer with 190 Newtons of buoyancy.

The Legend 190 Auto with Harness is fitted with an integrated safety harness has a woven attachment loop to secure the lifeline.

The Legend 190 Auto SLA is fitted with an integrated safety harness as well as a sprayhood, emergency light and AIS fitting.

All the Legend 190 lifejackets have an airy mesh lining next to the body and are exceptionally comfortable and lightweight to wear.  The neck opening is wider than traditional lifejackets and sits further back which adds to the overall comfort of the jacket and allows the wearer maximum movement.

Fitted with an inspection window so that users can visually check the indicators on the automatic valve the Legend 190 shows green when the lifejacket is ready for use.

The jacket is available in one size that fits wearer from 40-120 kg and has two colour options, black and red.

For 2018, Baltic has also added a Legend 165 with harness and Legend 275 with harness to their range, which will all be displayed at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) on stand 12.725, which takes place 14-16 November in Amsterdam.

Baltic Legend 305

Baltic has a lifejacket in their Legend range which has twice the buoyancy of their standard inflatable lifejackets. The Legend 305 is specifically designed to be used for ocean sailing when someone is wearing heavyweight waterproof clothing or for on top of a floatation suit.

All versions of this model are equipped with an integrated safety harness which has a woven attachment loop for a lifeline attachment.

Available in two colour choices, black or red, the Legend 305 is available either as an automatic or manual operated lifejacket.

The SLA Model is equipped with spray hood, emergency light and mount for AIS and is approved for World Sailing OSR and International Yacht Racing Standards.

The Legend is available in one size to fit those from 40-150 kg.

For 2018 Baltic has also added a Legend 190 Auto harness and SLA to their range, which will all be displayed at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) which takes place 14-16 November in Amsterdam. Baltic is on stand 12.725.

Baltic Stinger Buoyancy Aid

Baltic has launched a new buoyancy aid called the Stinger, which has been designed specifically for the jet ski and Personal Water Craft (PWC) market.

The buoyancy aid is designed to stay in place even if the wearer falls off their PWC at high speed as it is fitted with a robust belt and buckle as well as a sturdy zip which has a buckle at the top. The unique feature of this buoyancy aid is the two handles on the front for rear passengers to hold on to. There is also a useful front zip compartment in the front of the jacket. The shoulders have retro-reflective patches on so that the wearer remains visible even when in the water.

The Stinger comes in two colour choices, all black as well as red and black.  In addition, there are 4 size options available from Small at 30-50kg through to XL for those 90+kg.

The Stinger is available from all Baltic retailers and is one of their comprehensive range of lifejackets, buoyancy aids and flotation clothing that provide safety solutions for a wide scope of water-based activities.

Baltic Lifejackets will be displaying the Stinger buoyancy aid along with all their new 2018 products at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 14-16 November where they can be found on stand 12.725.

Baltic Amorak flotation suit

Baltic has added a Hi-Vis edition to their Amorok Floatation suit range. With the same styling as their popular Amorok Floatation suit, the new Hi-Vis suit is approved to high visibility workwear standard EN ISO 20471.

In addition to the standard Amorok, this suit has been designed with pockets on the knees to add cushioning protection if required.  The upper part of the jacket is in hi-vis yellow with retro-reflective strips around the waist and arms, with further hi-vis bands on the leg section just below the knees.

Offering the wearer the same standards as a traditional buoyancy aid, the Hi-Vis is manufactured from waterproof material and is a soft and comfortable material which remains soft at very low temperatures.  Fully waterproof with taped seams, the suit offers good protection from the elements.  It is fitted with internal braces to improve your personal fit.

The Hi-Vis has been designed with plenty of pockets, four outer pockets including two fleece lined which are practical when using the suit as workwear. The Hi-Vis is suitable for those working near water and outside prolonged periods of time.

The suit is available in seven adult size combinations from XS 50-60kg through to XXXL for 100++kg.

The Hi-Vis is one of the many new products for 2018 from Baltic Lifejackets that will be displayed at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2017 in Amsterdam 14-16 November on stand 12.725

Baltic compact lifejacket

Baltic Lifejackets has launched a new lifejacket which is designed for maximum of comfort for adults and juniors introducing the Compact 100 Auto.

The Compact 100N Auto is part of the popular Baltic comfort range, which means the jacket is lightweight and very comfortable to wear. The Compact is designed to fit close to the body with a soft pliable and highly durable material.

As the name suggests The Compact 100 has been developed to provide 100Newton of buoyancy, the same as the traditional foam filled orange lifejackets, but this is fitted with an inflatable lung which is automatically triggered on emersion in water.  This Compact 100 has been fitted with a smaller lung similar to other models in the Baltic range making it lighter as well as comfortable to wear.

To help ensure the jacket is working correctly, an inspection window is fitted so that wearers can visually check the two indicators of the automatic valve are showing green and that the lifejacket is ready for use. The Compact is also fitted with a CO2 cylinder retainer to make sure that the cylinder doesn’t work loose.

Available in 3 colour choices, Navy Blue, Rozzo (UV Red) or Grey, the jacket fits wearers from size 30 -110 kg.

The Compact 100 will be unveiled on the Baltic Lifejackets stand 12.725 along with all their new 2018 products at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 14-16 November.

Mull Targa Rally

This weekend, Jonathan Young, who is Managing Director of locally based Scot Seat Group took part in the Mull Targa Rally.

Finishing a very respectable 13th place, first-time driver, Jonathan and his co-driver Julian Broadhurst competed in a 1967 Volvo Amazon 123GT rally car.

Jonathan commented “there was room for improvement but we were delighted to have been mixing it up with the more powerful cars at the front of the field. The event was challenging with some tough stages but the team had a great day and we would like to thank the organisers, marshals and everyone who worked hard to put on such a great event.”

Normally Jonathan would enjoy more comfortable seating than the 1967 Volvo, as his company, based in Fenwick, Ayrshire designs and manufacturers specialist vehicle seating.  Scot Seat Group, established in 2000 and their seats are fitted to cars, vans, lorries, emergency vehicles, military vehicles and boats throughout the world.

A keen motorsports enthusiast Jonathan previously was co-driver in the same vehicle when it took part in the Rally Historique Monte-Carlo.

The Baltic Surf & Turf buoyancy jacket has always been one of Baltic’s most popular jackets in their floatation clothing range.  They have now designed two smaller sizes which are suitable for children and juniors.

The Floatation clothing range are all buoyancy aids that a designed to be used and worn as conventional clothing. The Surf & Turf is designed in the style of a traditional down vest, the jacket is warm and stylish as well as practical offering the same safety standard as buoyancy aids.

The Surf & Turf Junior has two zip pockets and has a crutch strap.  It is also very comfortable to wear with a fleece-lined collar.  It is intended to be worn by those able to already swim. With a 2-year guarantee, the Surf & Turf Junior is available in child size from 25-40kg and junior size 40-50kg.

Available in black and red both with yellow trim on zips and pockets, the Surf & Turf is a great safety addition for children who are around water.

Baltic Lifejackets will be showing the Junior Surf & Turf and all their new 2018 products on stand 12.725 at the Marine Equipment Trade show (METS) 14-16 November in Amsterdam.

Baltic Zorro pet lifejacket

Baltic has developed a new buoyancy aid for dogs, called the Zorro, which provides the most comprehensive support in their range.

The Zorro is designed with an extra foam panel on the stomach to help protect the dog against chafing from the webbing. The foam panel adds support and comfort for your furry friend, particularly when the lifting handle on the back section is used for helping retrieve pets from the water.  The Zorro is accessed by way of a zip which runs along the entire back of the buoyancy aid and the straps are secured with fasteners.

The soft material allows free movement around the neck area, so they are not restricted whilst wearing the buoyancy aid.  There is a D-ring on the back of the buoyancy aid where a leash can be attached and there are retro-reflective patches on the top to help with visibility.

The Zorro is available in two colour choices; Red or hi-vis yellow and is available in four sizes, with measurements for ideal fit being taken from the length, neck and stomach. For more information on sizes please visit

The Zorro joins the popular pet range of buoyancy aids which are used by water going pets and professional working animals alike. In addition to the new range, the 2018 collection sees the Pluto pet buoyancy aids add two new colourways, blue and pink. The ever-popular Mascot has also added a hi-vis yellow to its range.


The latest vessel built by Arklow Marine Services has stern gear supplied by Clements Engineering.

The 14.95m twin-rig trawler, called “Diligent Jo” will shortly start working out of her new home port of Plymouth, having completed successful sea trials near Co Wicklow, Ireland.

Powered by a Volvo Penta D13 main engine, ‘Diligent Jo’ has a comprehensive array of equipment and has been ergonomically designed for its owners for hassle-free fishing.  The vessel is equipped with four berths and is the latest launch from the Irish boat builders who have supplied fishing vessels for over 150 years.

Clements Engineering, who has worked with Arklow many times before, discussed the design and expected performance of the fishing boat with the Arklow team at each stage of the design and build. This meant that they could design and manufacture stern gear to match the requirements of the owners.


In 2006, Thailand based boatbuilder, Austhai Marine started out building 6m catamarans and used Clements Engineering stern gear on their inboard powered builds.  Now, over 10 years on, the company has built more than 100 boats, and their catamarans are available up to 17m, built by their 50 employees in their purpose built 5000sqm facility.

Throughout this growth, which sees Austhai boats being exported to 11 countries around the world, they have continued their strong relationship with Clements Engineering.  One of the most recent builds took to the water recently and had a complete stern gear set designed, manufactured and supplied by Clements Engineering in Bedfordshire, England.

Austhai’s Managing Director recently sent a message to Clements regarding their experience over these years. With regards to Clements build quality and service he quotes, “At Austhai we regularly review our suppliers based on a number of criteria, including service, product quality, delivery times, price and follow up service. Over the years we have changed many of our suppliers. We have never on any occasion had any need to query Clements Engineering on any of the criteria listed above.”

The market that Austhai produces for is almost entirely in the marine tourism sector, with most of the vessels being used for day tours or diving trips. Operators are looking to ensure reliability from vessels to avoid loss of income when it requires repair. Asian waters are renown for being heavily polluted, especially close inshore and damage can occur to these vessels, particularly propeller impact damage. The Clements propellers generally have been found to suffer less damage than other propellers.  The team have also reported that when damage does occur, the repairers have been impressed by the quality of the Clements propellers saying they are ‘too strong’.

This feedback from customers helps Austhai relationships and the future business of the company. The Managing Director of Austhai concluded by saying, “A sincere thank you for your service and the quality of your product over the past ten years and we look forward confidently to the next ten years.”

Paul Williams, Managing Director of Clements Engineering commented, “Having worked with Austhai for many years, we were delighted to receive such a glowing report from the team there.  We look forward to working with them in the future and hope to visit their facility soon.”

Ocean Marine Systems has successfully completed the second FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) of their through-hull instrument deployment hoist for security and safety systems integrator MARSS.

MARSS awarded Ocean Marine Systems the contract to deliver six deployment hoists, one for each Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in build for the Malaysian Navy. The first two hoists have already successfully passed their FAT’s and been delivered, with the final four on schedule. The unique hoists form part of the MARSS NiDAR system which integrates multiple sensors to deliver a 360º air, surface and underwater security perimeter.

To date Ocean Marine Systems have delivered several hoists to the security and survey industry. The hoists offer a uniquely stable way to deploy instruments offering protection from underwater threats or provide a platform for survey work whilst maintaining a constant speed. In this specific case, Ocean Marine Systems installed the customer supplied sonar, a bespoke gate value actuator as well as designing a more compact unit without compromising functionality.

The Ocean Marine Systems through-hull instrument deployment hoists allows MARSS to provide underwater perimeter security 24/7 365 days a year.

Rob Balloch from MARSS stated:

“The LCS’ are currently in build at Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn. Bhd, Malaysia with the first launch due in 2019, and the remaining five within the year. We are really pleased with joint development work on this solution and look forward to future joint projects with the instrument hoist experts at OMS.”

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What a month August has been for Box PR; on Saturday 5th August Lou from Box PR headed over to Cowes to help co-ordinate the media opportunities lined up for Greig City Academy Scaramouche.

Trish Jenkins, RORC Press Officer for the Rolex Fastnet Race invited Scaramouche onto the panel at the Rolex Fastnet Race Press Conference 2017. Sitting on stage in front of the world’s sailing media might be daunting for some, but it is something the crew of Scaramouche have become used to, and they seem to take everything in their stride.

Montel-Rolex-Fastnet-Race-InterviewsPrior to sitting on the panel, Jon Holt, Head of Outdoor Education at Greig City Academy, along with crew members Shabazz, Montel, Karim and Espoir met with the film crew from the Rolex Spirit of Yachting TV. The morning was spent on Cowes seafront filming interviews followed by hiding from the rain in the Rolex Fastnet Race Media Office at the Sir Max Aiken Museum in Cowes. Here Jon and Montel undertook further interviews before heading off to the main Press Conference.

During the conference Helmsman Montel and Jon Holt, sat alongside previous race winners, those hoping for line honours in this edition of the race and those looking to do this for their own reasons, not all driven by winning, but driven by taking part in this iconic offshore yachting race. Unphased by all the questions, they talked about the project, and their aspirations for the race. For some on the panel, it was about winning, for Saramouche it was about completing and earning the respect of those in the race.

Following the conference there were more interviews both at RORC and oboard Scaramouche with the crew and news of the project a hot topic with the media. With the crew in high demand and on the media radar, it was their job and that of Box PR’s to make sure that as their adventure unfolded over the next few days they would share as much as possible with the media. What a busy six days it was.

Lou-Scaramouche-Rolex-Fastnet-RaceLou from Box PR spent her birthday watching the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race; being out on the water alongside Scaramouche being able to speak to them and wish them all the best moments before the start made it a day to remember.

During the race Box PR was responsible for updating the Rolex Fastnet Media Team and other journalists who had expressed interest in Scaramouch and in addition to this there were regular updates for posting to the social media pages. The focus on these updates was to tell the story of life on board on Scaramouche and that of the eight students from Greig City Academy. Lou kept in touch with the boat asking questions in order to get video blogs back. Whilst at sea the team even had an interview with ITV London which was aired at 1820 on Tuesday 8th August.

At 01.39.19 on Friday 11th August, Scaramouche crossed the finish line of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017. In doing so it is believed they are the only non-fee-paying school to do so and the only school in this edition of the race. Quite an achievement, and a remarkable one for those from a school that serves a disadvantaged population, where 70% of the school’s students receive free school meals (a standard measure of deprivation).

Perhaps the cherry on top of the cake for this crew was at the prizegiving on Friday 11th August, when Scaramouche went on to win the media prize courtesy of official clothing sponsor of the Rolex Fastnet Race, Musto.

Here is what the Rolex Fastnet Race had to say:

Musto_Media_Winners_2017Amongst the fleet of ocean racing pioneers and professionals, were 12 students from north London. Their Facebook and Twitter updates gave armchair sailors the opportunity to follow their every move during their Fastnet passage, but the Royal Ocean Racing Club believe their achievement to complete the Rolex Fastnet Race, as a team of young students in sailing, is something that should be commended.

Their campaign has attracted the eyes of many across the nation, not to mention coverage of their ‘mission’ on BBC News, Yachts and Yachting Magazine, The Times and The Sunday Times and Scuttlebutt Sailing News. Despite all the other fantastic images and video content we received during the race, Project Scaramouche thoroughly deserve this prize.
We look forward to learning more about their continued journey in offshore sailing.

It has been a pleasure working with Jon Holt and the Scaramouche Crew in the build up to and throughout the race. We have seen the Scaramouche team not only develop their sailing skills and confidence, but become ambassadors for the sport of sailing and interacting well with the media. We wish them every success in the future.

Photo Credit from Rolex Fastnet Race Prizegiving 2017 – RORC.

An owner of a shipyard specialising in large yacht refits on Southampton water recently needed some assistance with his own vessel, which was underperforming badly.

Solent Refit had used Clements Engineering products previously in various projects, from replacement new propellers to repairs where propeller blades had suffered damage.  Knowing that Clements had previously responded well to meet the requirements especially deadlines, which for commercial vessels, meantime is money he approached them to help solve this problem.

The boat in question was in the water and they had no idea of the pitch size or taper.  Clements solution was to calculate, design and manufacture a new propeller but not machine the taper.  Once this process was completed, they then were able to slip the vessel, take the prop off and drive it to the Clements factory.  Clements then returned the new propeller the next day and it fitted perfectly.  The new propeller has meant the boat now performs as it was designed, and more efficiently.

The boat owner, Alan Foot was delighted with the results and commented “the propeller fits perfectly and the performance of the vessel is as designed – Thank You Clements”

Scot Seat fire engine bed seat

Scot Seat Group regularly supply to Emergency One, the UK’s leading fire & emergency vehicle manufacturing company.

At the end of last year, they announced a new contract to supply Emergency One with seats for the London Fire Brigade service.  They have now announced that they will also be supplying bed seats to vehicles in build for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

When firefighters are called out to an incident, they can often be on site for lengthy periods and are often first responders. The Scot Seat bed seat means that a seat can convert easily to a bed so that casualties can be treated at the site until ambulance support arrives. The other seats in the vehicle are also supplied by Scot Seat Group and are their popular San Carlos low back seats.

The Scot Seat bed seats are a very popular product that gives users maximum flexibility for use of their vehicles.  They are available in 1, 2 & 3 seat options and offer unrivalled comfort and safety in both seated and sleeping positions.  The seat comes as standard with sculpted deluxe seat cushioning offering great comfort when being used for passenger carrying and can be opened out to its bed position in less than 30 seconds.

As well as our standard bolt down kit, the bed seat can be fitted on sliding rails to allow adjustment within the vehicle and can be made to fit vehicles as small as a VW Caddy type van.  The Bed Seat can be customised to suit different vehicle fitments with numerous variations of trim available.

As standard, the bed seats have 3 point inertia reel lap and diagonal seat belt as well as adjustable headrests.  There are 3 standard seat widths and the seats can be trimmed in vinyl, cloth, leather or manufacturers matching trim and the seat frame is powder coated metal.

These seats for the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service are trimmed in a vinyl which is specially produced for the medical industry as it is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial coated.

The Scot Seat bed seats are also the perfect solution for emergency response teams for security and terrorism response vehicles allowing people to travel in the seats and convert to a bed for injured people on arrival at the scene.

SKYDEX Scot Seats

Scot Seat KPM Marine has designed and manufactured a range of specialist seating for boats since 2000, including their shock mitigation range, and the seats have become widely regarded as market leaders.  Scot Seat continually looks for new materials to use as part of their extensive R&D programme.

SKYDEX is a leading provider of engineered impact mitigation and cushioning solutions including shock mitigating decking for high-speed military boats and the go-to solution for blast attenuation in over 23,000 military vehicles.

Combining SKYDEX seat cushion inserts in the Scot Seat’s range of marine and military vehicle seating range further improves the comfort and safety that Scot Seat has become known for.

Unlike foam seat cushions that compress under user weight, SKYDEX Cushion Inserts do not load significantly until impact, maximising shock absorption effectiveness.

The SKYDEX Cushion Inserts offer up an improvement of 17% peak acceleration and a 9% improvement in VDV as well as improved comfort on fixed seats using standard PU foam.  This solution offers a practical option for seats on passenger ferries, windfarm boats and supply vessels.

SKYDEX shock mitigation technology reduces impact and whole body vibration from repeated shock events, helping address the requirements of the EU Vibration Directive 2002/44/EC.

Scot Seat Managing Director, Jonathan Young commented, “We are always pushing the boundaries in design and technology for our seats in both marine and commercial markets. Our seats are always designed to the highest safety specifications, but it is important to also ensure that they are as comfortable as possible for the users. For us, SKYDEX will provide both.”

SKYDEX President and CEO, Jim Taylor commented, “Our partnership with Scot Seat represents the commitment both our companies have to produce products that protect users. Through the complete development process of our Cushion Inserts, the engineering teams at SKYDEX and Scot Seat were able to explore the next level in impact mitigation and cushioning capabilities.”

Ignition Glasgow

Scot Seat has announced they will exhibit at the forthcoming Ignition Festival of Motoring which is taking place at the Glasgow SEC between 4-6 August.

Billed as a combination of all things motoring Scot Seats, who are based locally, will be displaying a range of their specialist seating products as well as having their historic race spec MG Midget.

Scot Seat, established in 2000, design and manufacture a variety of additional and replacement seats for all types of commercial vehicle (car derived van to HGV) camper van, race transporter, taxi, wheelchair accessible vehicle, ambulance, fire engine, plant equipment, armoured and military vehicles  One of the most popular is their M1 tested bed seat, enabling small camper vans to have unrivalled comfort and safety using it either as a seat or bed. Scot Seats offer fitting at their manufacturing facility at Fenwick, South of Glasgow but also have resale agents and approved fitters nationwide.

This years’ Ignition promises everything that a motoring enthusiast will enjoy, with a street circuit set up to show off Classic, Rally, F1 and Le Mans cars.  In addition to the live events, there are many industry-leading brands from the motoring world displaying their products to visitors.

Managing Director Jonathan Young commented, “We are delighted to be invited to exhibit at this event.  As visitors will see, as well as designing and manufacturing customised seating solutions, we are motoring enthusiasts too as can be seen from our historic race spec MG Midget, which is a replica of a car my father (Scot Seat founder, Alex Young) rallied in 1967.  I myself have competed in various National and International Championships in quads, car racing, rallying and currently motocross and historic rallying. Including the 2016 Historique Monte Carlo Rally that myself and my father took part in with a 1967 Volvo Amazon 123GT”.


They have had tea with HRH Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace, talked at some of the most prestigious Yacht Club’s across the country to raise money, they have sailed with their sailing hero Lawrie Smith and covered in excess of 1500 offshore sailing miles each. Now eight students from Greig City Academy (GCA) along with teachers Jon Holt and Paul Letford and their training skippers Simon Weeks and David Pitchard, are ready to take on their toughest challenge yet: the Rolex Fastnet Race 2017.

On Sunday 6th August, just over two years after purchasing Yacht Scaramouche, Camilo Orobio, Montel Fagan-Jordan (Team Captain), Espoir Mazambi, Shabazz Patterson, Adrian Samuel-Maragh, Karim Ming, Nardar Soltan and Ionnis Stamate, all students from Greig City Academy in Haringey will set off on the 603 nautical miles iconic race, with the aim to be the first student led team to compete in the race.Fastnet Crew: Left-Right Camilo Orobio, Montel Fagan Jordan, Espoir Mazambi, Shabazz Patterson, Adrian Samuel-Maragh

“We have had some fantastic support from the industry,” comments Jon Holt, Head of Outdoor Education at GCA. “Ocean Yacht Systems have provided up with new standing rigging and fittings, North Sails has supplied a new genoa and mainsail. Spinlock have provided us with new lifejackets and lifelines and service these for us, English Braids and Marlow Ropes have supplied our sheets on board. Without this support the project would not have got as far as it has, as safety and doing this properly is very much as at the forefront of this project.”
The project began back in 2013 when GCA set up a school sailing club to allow inner-city London students access to the sport of sailing. To put things into perspective, 73.1% of students who attend GCA are deemed disadvantaged, and 62.4% of students have English as an additional language. Over the last three years nearly 1,000 students have taken to the water for the first time. Today GCA Sailing has bases in King George V Reservoir in London with a fleet of 6 dinghies and Poole Harbour, Dorset with the McGregor 22, and Intro 22 as well as the former Admirals Cup racing yacht Scaramouche.

The students’ passion for sailing has grown and their ambitions for sailing have increased. “I have never learnt so much so quickly. One year ago was the first time I sailed. Today, our team won our first race. Our hard work paid off and I love it!” Commented Shabazz, crewmember on board Scaramouche and a student at GCA on winning their first race, the ASTO Small Ships race back in 2016.

“If you are ever fortunate enough to have five minutes with the crew of Scaramouche, determination and crew work are two core traits that come across. Having been told that they could not enter a regatta because they were not a fee-paying school has not deterred them, they found a race they could enter, and they went and won it!” Comments Lawrie Smith a project advisor and supporter. “Project Scaramouche breaks new ground and is creating a new model for youth sailing.”

Earlier in 2017, was the next gamechanger for the project as Pioneering Underwriters came on board. “At GCA we want to see our students develop academically as well as help them to achieve their personal goals.” Comments Paul Sutton, Principal at GCA. “Darren Doherty and his team at Pioneering Underwriters are offering the project so much more than financial support, through supporting our students within the classroom. We are proud to have their livery on Scaramouche for the Fastnet 2017.”

Follow their story: #ProjectScaramouche.




Baltic Safety Products have appointed Ian Clark as their new Head of Business for the UK office. Ian takes over the role from Keith Hughes who will be retiring at the end of August.

The Baltic UK office is responsible for all business activities within the UK, and all distributors, agents and direct customers within the UK as well as International customers outside the EU including Australia and New Zealand.

Ian previously worked at Kayospruce for 11 years as Sales Manager, covering all areas of the business from account management to new business, customer service, marketing, shows, product development and technical support, exports, distributors and purchasing. At Baltic, Ian will utilise all his previous skills and experience whilst gaining product knowledge on Baltic’s extensive range of which he has a good working understanding from a user’s perspective.

Ian hopes to bring a fresh and new look at the business, building on the excellent reputation and customer base Baltic has in the UK and focussing on expanding the brand in both the leisure and commercial markets.

Baltic has designed and manufactured lifejackets, buoyancy aids and floatation clothing in Sweden for 40 years and their reputation has been built on quality control and development of long-lasting products. Ian will also be reporting market feedback to the development team in Sweden for future product developments.

Prior to his appointment, Ian had always admired the Baltic product range and brand having chosen Baltic for his own young family as the best on the market. He commented “Any product that encourages the next generation to experience the water and the activities that I love is fantastic. Getting the younger people into the brand as future customers throughout their lives is the aim.” He is also looking forward to using the Dinghy Pro jacket for his own Dinghy sailing.

When not at work Ian can be found doing anything water based from sailing, where he is very active at his local sailing club in Warsash, Hampshire racing in the RS300 fleet, paddle boarding or crabbing with his family.

Ian Clark will be Hamble based at the Baltic UK office.

Livewire Connections USA Office

Livewire Connections USA offices, which are situated at the Lauderdale Marine Center, Fort Lauderdale is now within a US marine Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) as of the 7th June 2017.

The Lauderdale Marine Center has recently announced that they have been granted status as the first marine FTZ in America with slips already available and plans to develop and grow this space as the demand increases.

For customers of Livewire Connections this opens several monetary saving opportunities when it comes to carrying out new installations, upgrades, and maintenance work on satellite communications systems. For new-builds, built outside of America, and non-USA flagged boats up for brokerage, these can now be shown and taken for sea trials; something that is not permitted outside of a FTZ.

“This opens up many opportunities which will benefit both end users and companies within the FTZ,” comments Matthew Roberts, Sales Manager at Livewire Connections. “In some instances, there are saving of 1.5% import duty, resulting in some significant monetary benefits for existing and potential customers.”

Livewire Connections looks forward to being on site to support both individual customers looking for satellite and IT networking on board, as well as continuing the relationships with those in the industry to help meet the potential future increase in demand of vessels coming through Fort Lauderdale.

Matthew goes on to say, “We are predominantly a service business, and customers are at the heart of everything we do, we believe that this new agreement will offer additional opportunities for Livewire and we can further meet our customer’s needs.”

To find out more about the marine FTZ, the official release from the Lauderdale Marine Center can be found here.

For more information on Livewire Connections all their products and services can be found on their website here.

At the recent Seawork Show, the new Blyth Workcat was on display on the pontoons, where she was visited by those in the marine industry throughout the show.

The 15m Survey Boat called “Egidora” has been built for Kiel University in Germany.  The design of the catamaran is to work most efficiently at slow speeds which is essential for effective surveying.  Powered by Iveco 550hp engines, Egidora can reach 22 knots when required.

The stern gear designed and manufactured by Clements Engineering provides all the complete propulsion solution from the gearbox to the propeller.   The boat was built to German Flag standard and therefore the propulsion equipment also had to adhere to these quality standards.

Clements Engineering Sales Manager, Michael Major commented, “We have worked with Blyth Workcats on many projects over the years, it’s always good to see a project we have worked on, on display at such a high-profile event.”

Quinquari vessel with Scot Seats

One of the vessels at this year’s Seawork exhibition is an Offshore 8m Patrol vessel from builders Quinquari.  The Patrol vessel is fitted with 4 off S2J Jockey seats from Scot Seat – KPM Marine.  To allow for flexible layout the boat has 2 of the jockey seats on the Harken, quick slide rail system. The seats are fitted with grab handles and pockets for stowage.

The seats were important to the crew as the patrol boat operates in the Port of Milford Haven, the UK’s largest energy port and the largest port in Wales.  Powered by 2 x 200hp outboard Evinrude engines, the vessel which has a maximum speed of 50knots has to cope with the big seas that are found just outside the mouth of the port.

The S2J Jockey seats are in use for many types of vessel, such as fast patrol vessels, around the world having proven themselves as the ultimate shock mitigation jockey seats available. The seat provides the occupant comfort and safety in all types of sea conditions, with optimised seating position and protection.

Mainprize Offshore has just launched their latest vessel MO4, a 23 metre WFSV which is currently undergoing sea trials, with a Clements Engineering full stern gear package.

Clements Engineering has worked with Mainprize since their second offshore vessel MO1 in 2014. They work with the team on each project from the early design stages through to installation and sea trials.

The new vessel has an impressive capacity with provision for 4 x 20′ containers, 30,000 litre fuel oil capacity, 20,000 litre fresh water, and 30t of deck cargo.

The vessel is fitted with twin Caterpillar C32 diesel engines driving fixed pitch propellers that gives a service speed of 26 knots even when fully loaded.

Next week at Seawork International show, Goodchild Marine will be exhibiting one of their latest launches, the first of three pilot boats built for Briggs Marine.  The 17m Pilot vessel is called Kittiwake and following its successful sea trials, has gone into service in Liverpool.  During the sea trials Kittiwake was smooth and quick in operation, making 28 knots at full speed.

For the Pilot vessel Clements Engineering supplied a full stern gear package which comprised of shaft brackets, stern tubes, shaft seals, couplings, rudders, and a pair of 5 blade propellers.

The design of the vessel allows for the boat to handle heavy seas in comfort and a fast service speed.  The hull design has also meant a significant reduction in fuel consumption, which the smooth operation of the stern gear also contributes to.

Clements Engineering has worked with Goodchild for many years and look forward to working on future projects with them.   Clements can be found at the Seawork International Exhibition in Southampton 13-15th June on stand PG81, and Kittiwake can be found on berth V36.

Clements Engineering is proud to have supplied to another British builder, Star Yachts on their latest launch, the Bristol 32.

The Bristol 32 is a fast cruiser and her new owner is planning extensive cruising taking her to Ireland and around Britain. For this elegant new launch, Clements supplied propeller shaft tubes, shafts and propellers, and cast the bronze rudders and rudder tubes.

During sea trials, the boat has reached 22 knots and the stern gear has worked well.

Star Yachts Director Win Cnoops commented, “I’m always impressed with the quality and solidity of Clements products, way beyond that of off the shelf products, for a very reasonable price. It is something you wouldn’t expect for custom made items for which Clements always seem to make an effort to produce the most suitable solution. The castings are always faultless. Furthermore, the personable attitude to customers and the way Clements think along with the job at hand always makes them a pleasure to deal with.”

Prior to the Bristol 32 launch, Clements supplied to the smaller but equally elegant Bristol 16 which included casting the bronze tiller.

Be seen at sea with Hammond

25th April 2017


Hammond has launched new features which increase visibility and ultimately the safety of the rescue crews operating in water rescue situations at sea or on inland waterways.

The SR140 is the Search and Rescue drysuit available from Hammond. Available as a front or rear entry, the suit is made from robust Nylon 140 tri-laminate fabric and whilst available in standard sizes, made-to-measure options are available for added comfort.

Chris, Managing Director explains the 2017 changes, “Visibility is important for Search and Rescue crews and we have been working closely with the East Sutherland Rescue Association (ESRA) addressing this by adding new more effective reflectors on the arms and legs. On the back of the drysuit we have added a reflective RESCUE, again reinforcing where the rescuers are.”

The suits pictured are made-to-measure drysuits with upgraded neoprene seals and polyester socks for added comfort in addition to the reflectors. This is the second batch of drysuits Hammond have made for ESRA.

The ESRA will be the first independent lifeboat to be equipped with our SR140F drysuit with upgraded reflectors for increased visibility in a rescue situation. The ESRA covers inshore waters from Helmsdale to Tarbet Ness.

All drysuits from Hammond are made to order, available in standard sizes and as a made-to-measure option where the suit can be customised in terms of the seals, colours available, braces, boots and zips. All the drysuits are made in the Hammond facility in Dartford, Kent and the company supply to a number of search, rescue and fire crews across the UK as well as the Environment Agency, port authorities and the offshore rescue services.

Hammond will be exhibiting at the Rescue 3 Europe Conference 2017 on Wednesday 26th April in Llangollen, and will be on hand to discuss the full offerings that keep you dry, visible and warm in a water rescue situation.

For more details see

Scot Seat Flip Up seats

This year Scot Seat will be debuting their new bulkhead mounted flip-up seats at the Commercial Vehicle show, which runs from 25th-27th April at the NEC in Birmingham.

The flip-up seats are commonly used in a variety of vehicles such as taxis, wheelchair accessible vehicles, ambulances, airport passenger transport units, and shunter vehicles.  The new upgraded version of the seat is available in a slim-line version for space saving as well as a deluxe variant which is ideal if the seat is going to be used for extended use.  The operation of the seat has also been improved from spring operation to gas ram operation. This has numerous benefits to the user, such as providing a smoother more controlled operation that is silent, more durable and if replacements are required it can be carried out quickly and easily.

Flip-up seats are ideal for use in wheelchair accessible taxis and vehicles where space is at a premium and loads carried vary with multiple uses for the vehicles.

Scot Seats can offer support for customers looking to low volume or full European type approval on conversions utilising Scot Seat products please contact us to ask for more information.

Scot Seat range is designed and manufactured in Great Britain (Scotland) and is crash tested to all the latest EU regulation and supported by a network of trained, approved fitters throughout the UK.

Scot Seat will be displaying the new flip-up seats on their exhibition stand 4K60 at the Commercial Vehicle show 2017 along with a wide range of their other commercial seat products.

AMF coastguard vessel with Scot Seats

Scot Seat KPM Marine has supplied four of their S2J Jockey seats to AMF Boats in Wanganui, New Zealand. The seats were supplied by the Scot Seat local distributor Hi Tech Plastics (2002) Ltd.

AMF Boats have built a 950 RIB, which is going into service in the next few weeks, with the North Shore Coast Guard. The vessel is powered by twin 250HP V6 Yamaha Outboards and has a top speed of 53mph with long range ability.  The vessel has also been fitted with state of the art equipment for navigation, sonar and electronics, giving the North Shore Coast Guard ease of operation in the trying conditions in the busy Hauraki Gulf.

To best serve the coast guard vessel requirements the four Shock Mitigation Jockey seats supplied for the project are covered with grey Toughtec material which is anti-slip when wet or dry and UV resistant to suit the environment with the AMF Boat logo embroidered on the back of the seats.  They have been fitted with a top grab handles and side support wings to give the crew extra comfort and support over other jockey seats.


Scot Seat look forward to seeing the specialist RIB in operation in the coming months.

Scot Seats outbound Trust

You may remember in January 2016, Scot Seat Group founder Alex Young, and Managing Director Jonathan Young participated in Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique from Scotland to Monte-Carlo. The cause that they were highlighting and raising money for was the Outward Bound Trust, a charity that they have supported for 6 years.  The Outward Bound Trust recently gave us some feedback on the people that have been helped because of Scot Seats involvement.

The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity that uses the outdoors to develop young people from all walks of life. Through the generosity of their donors, The Trust is able to run challenging outdoor learning programmes that equip young people with valuable skills for education, work and life. The Trust was founded in 1941 and today operates 6 centres across the UK; their Scottish Centre is located at Loch Eil, near Fort William.

Scotland’s Next Generation

Scot Seats are long-standing supporters of Scotland’s Next Generation (SNG), one of The Trust’s flagship projects in Scotland.

SNG project each year funds 25 to 35 young Scots to complete the Skills for Life Award at Loch Eil. The Award is a 19-day outdoor summer course designed to prepare young people aged 15-18 for life beyond school.  Through challenging activities, expeditions and personal coaching sessions, the course develops confidence, self-belief, the ability to bounce back from setbacks and resilience.  Individuals learn to work as a team, communicate effectively, self-manage and lead others.

Completing the Award is often life-changing for SNG participants who face multiple barriers in life.  They realize that they have the potential to achieve much more than they ever thought possible. Upon completion of the Award, all SNG participants send letters to their sponsors, moving testimonials on the impact the project and the course had on them.

In 2016, Scot Seats fundraised to allow 6 young people to take part in Scotland’s Next Generation. Below some extracts from the thank-you letters:

I cannot thank you enough for sponsoring me and giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. The course was by far the best nineteen days of my life and that was because of you. You dear sponsor, sponsored some random person you knew nothing about and honestly, I can not find the words to describe how grateful I am. (Participant)

I’d like to thank the sponsors who made this Outward Bound [course] possible.   There are major positive differences in [the participant]; he has gained so much confidence and self-belief it is amazing in such a short time (I’ve been trying for 10 years!).  He has had two interviews for part-time jobs and has already been working for three weeks so far.  It’s amazing! Can’t thank you enough. (Carer of a participant)

This unbelievable and unforgettable chance has helped me in so many different ways. I earned a new confidence and belief in myself that I can do anything I want in life as long as I stick my mind to it and work hard. I have also learned many new basic skills which I can use in everyday life but one in particular skill was presenting to a big audience which happened on the final night. I found that I now have a growth mindset to which I feel I can now achieve anything and don’t want to just sit happily with what I have got, I have the hunger to want more. (Participant)

Baltic Lifejackets Logo

Baltic Lifejackets has grown over the last 40 years to become Europe’s leading manufacturer of lifejackets, buoyancy aids and floatation clothing.

The first product ever produced was a buoyancy aid called the Tropic. The range has grown considerably since that time, and now includes over 12 different product groups giving customers a comprehensive choice whatever their activity. Today Baltic Lifejackets is represented by distributors in over 50 countries.

Having started the business with an all-round Buoyancy aid Baltic expanded their range with the first inflatable lifejacket in 1984 and specialist buoyancy aid, the Canoe, in 1985.  Baltic R&D department have always looked at solutions to providing ways of keeping safe for a wide variety of activities, from sailing, to fishing, kayaking, to working near the water.  Floatation clothing, which is now widely seen in the market, was first introduced to the Baltic range in 1993, with a jacket called the Newport.

Baltic products cover a wide range of activities.  Leisure products range from inflatable lifejackets, to personal floatation devices, all purpose, and specialist buoyancy aids. The products include a large range of baby and child lifejackets. Baltic also have a range of buoyancy aids suitable for both dogs and cats. A range of Baltic floatation suits protect people from the dangers of cold shock, whilst helping the wearer keep afloat. Baltic floatation jackets provide buoyancy whilst looking like fashion wear jackets.

Baltic also have a range of industrial products.  These range from lifejackets and buoyancy aids, to floatation clothing.  Many Baltic products are worn by emergency and rescue services throughout the world, as well as those who need to wear a lifejacket for their work.

The CE approved rating was introduced in 1992  and Baltic is an M.E.D/SOLAS approved manufacturer, approved to ISO 9001. Baltic products are also manufactured to other standards around the world such as South African, Australian and Russian. Baltic’s founder, Per Frode, sits on the EN ISO Global Working Group for marine safety equipment, meaning that Baltic always keeps safety at the heart of every product designed.

In this, their 40th year, Baltic are improving and extending their Älgarås headquarters which is currently 6000 sqm and incorporates a warehouse, R&D department, administration, and logistics.  This expansion will allow for more offices with a more productive and efficient layout, a larger showroom as well as improved social areas such as a kitchen and lunch room to accommodate the growing number of employees. The extension will allow for a special new Fika area, the Swedish word for having a coffee and a cinnamon bun.

Baltic Founder, Per Frode commented, “We are delighted to have reached this milestone in the company history.  Each year Baltic is looking to develop our products further to meet the demands of our customers.  Some of our newest products, such as the iFloat are reaching out to the SUP market which is a rapidly developing market, so we are excited to see where our products will lead to next.”

Baltic iFloat

Since its launch last year, the iFloat has proved popular as an important item of personal safety equipment. Discreetly fitting around the waist, the iFloat provides personal safety for a variety of activities from those who are paddle boarding, fishing or just playing about, on or near water.

For 2017, the iFloat range has been extended and the device can now either provide 50 Newtons or 150 Newtons of buoyancy.

There are also now three colours to choose from; navy blue, red and black.

The iFloat has been designed to give maximum freedom and comfort. It is self-contained in a compact pocket fitted with an adjustable waist belt. Deployment could not be simpler: just pull the iFloat out of the holder place over the head and pull the gas inflation toggle. After deployment, it is easy to deflate and rearm. The iFloat is suitable for wearers from 40 to 130 Kg in weight, and for those who can swim.

Baltic has earnt a reputation for high-quality lifejackets and buoyancy aids for 40 years and has grown to be the largest manufacturer in Europe. This new concept of the iFloat is to provide another option to help improve safety in and around water.

RYA Dinghy Show Hammond F38

Hammond will be returning to their usual spot at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show, F38 in the West Hall at Alexandra Palace on 4th and 5th March, to mark the start of the spring sailing season 2017.

If you are thinking about buying a new drysuit here are three reasons why you should talk to Hammond.

1. We make our drysuits.
Every single drysuit that carries the Hammond name has been made by our very own specialist team in Dartford, Kent. We know and check every inch of your drysuit to make sure it is built to the highest possible standard, so it will keep you dry when you need it to.
2. A Hammond Drysuit is for life.
We make drysuits that last, in fact we have customers whose suits are still keeping them dry over 25years on. Our Children’s ProSail M2M (Made-to-Measure) drysuit can be adapted so as your child grows the suit is adapted accordingly, increasing the longevity.
3. More than drysuits.
Customers of Hammond can purchase a range of undergarments, including the Waterproof BodyTech range. These are lightweight, adding protection and temperature control without prohibiting any movement.

Oh, and Hammond are giving 10% discount on all drysuits and undergarments ordered on the stand during the two-day show.

On display, will be a range of standard and made-to-measure drysuits for adults and children. For adults, the ProSail and HS Sail are the two most popular from the Hammond range, and within the Children’s range the ProSail will be on show.

“There is always a real buzz at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show,” comments Chris Hammond, managing director at Hammond Drysuits. “Visitors travel far and wide to come to the show and we always have customers of Hammond coming by the stand to chat about their sailing and how they are getting on with their drysuit. We are looking forward to another busy two days at Alexandra Palace.”

To get your 10% discount on your new drysuit or thermal undersuit during the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2017 come by the Hammond stand, F38 in the West Hall where our team will be happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

Take a sneak peek at the Hammond range online:

Scot Seat has announced that they will be one of the key sponsors of an industry workshop event being run in Southampton from 24th-26th October 20117.  The workshops are being led by John Haynes, the Managing Director of Shock Mitigation.  John was awarded Maritime Professional of the Year at the Seawork event last year for his extensive work in the maritime industry, which has included chairing many industry events and conferences as well as setting up working groups.

The event, which will focus on Sub IMO/Sub 24 Metre sector craft will take the form of a series of three workshops which run at the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton.  The workshop titles are:

Next Generation: Shock Mitigation Solutions

Next Generation: RIB & HSC High-Speed Craft

Next Generation: Systems Safety and Equipment

The workshops are designed for marine professionals from operators to boat builders, naval architects to equipment manufacturers to share knowledge and network. The content to be discussed also covers a wide range of vessels including workboats, pilot boats, patrol craft, wind farm support vessels, survey vessels, superyacht tenders and unmanned craft.

Scot Seat is continually working on a programme of development with their shock mitigation seating range which is currently in use by many customers around the world, including several military applications as well as search & rescue craft, and coastguard forces.

Johnathan Young, Scot Seat Managing Director commented, “we see this as a great opportunity for the industry as a whole to look at the issues affecting those whose work is at sea.   Safety has to be paramount and working together with all those affected in the industry will have a positive impact on the development of products in the future.”

Do you ever look in the mirror and think how fortunate you are, fortunate simply because of the opportunities you have had in life, opportunities you haven’t necessarily worked for but ones that have been handed to you? Time to be honest now. Have you had doors opened for you because of the opportunities which were given to you by your parents, family, friends, and your teachers. Take a moment and think.

In February, last year, a group of students from Greig City Academy came to Lymington Town Sailing Club (LTSC) to give a presentation on how they were planning to take on the Fastnet Race in 2017. For those of us who sail, this might not seem unusual, a group of students with a boat taking on the Fastnet, is that really that out of the ordinary? Little did our audience know that those 11 or so students standing in front a near full house would capture their attention, and to be honest leave everyone speechless. Greig City Academy is in inner-city London, and their story is an inspiration, driven by a teacher who is doing his very best, and believe us we don’t think he could try any harder, to open opportunities for his students.

To put things into perspective, 73.1% of students who attend Greig City Academy are deemed disadvantaged, and 62.4% of students have English as an additional language. Sailing was not on their radar, yet sailing is now shaping their future.

Since they last spoke at LTSC, they completed in the J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, the bumpy breezy year when many decided to return Lymington, they carried on past, out through Hurst Narrows and all the way back round to Cowes. They have had tea with the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace and they have gone on to win several races on the water. Let’s not forget they are out training most weekends, and many more students are queuing up to become involved. The teachers have purchased their own smaller boats to provide more opportunities, and to build for the future.

To top all this, the school can see measurable improvements in the students’ lives away from the sea.
We invite you to come along and listen to the crew’s update on Scaramouche, hear what it’s like to have Lawrie Smith aboard as coach, and what it feels like to be followed by a camera crew producing a TV documentary.

Scaramouche have their entry confirmed into the Fastnet 2017 so please come along to Lymington Town Sailing Club on Saturday 11th February, the talk starts at 1945, with food available from 1815. There will be a minimum contribution of £2.00 per person for the talk, all money raised goes back into the project, so please feel free to give generously.

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For more details on GCA Sailing visit their website here.

For more details on Lymington Town Sailing Club visit the club website here.


Scot Seat KPM Marine, the specialist shock mitigation seating manufacturer, has appointed H.O. Bostrom Company, Inc. of Waukesha, WI, USA as their official US distributor.

H.O. Bostrom manufactures seating solutions for vehicles and equipment in industries such as marine (SeaPost™ brand), fire (FireFighter™ brand), construction, transportation, military, and other specialty markets.  H.O. Bostrom intends to broaden the range of its marine product line with the addition of Scot Seat Shock Mitigation Marine seating solutions. In 2016, H.O. Bostrom celebrated its 70th year as a family-owned and operated business. For more information, visit

Scot Seats were established in 2000, and is also a family run company, supplying products for use by rescue services, military operators, police forces as well as commercial boat operators worldwide.  Their seats are produced in their facility in Ayrshire, Scotland and manufactured from marine grade materials. Scot Seat also provide tracked mounting systems for seating giving flexibility to vessel usage.

Scot Seat Managing Director, Jonathan Young commented “both ourselves and H.O. Bostrom are family owned and operated business and we felt that this would be a good fit for our products as they understood our products and how we operate”.

H.O. Bostrom had an S2J Shock mitigation jockey seat displayed for the first time at the Work Boat Show in New Orleans from 30th November – 2nd December.  The seat was well received and they have several enquiries to respond to following the show.

New Appointment at Hammond

6th December 2016

Hammond is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Richard Dell as Sales Director with immediate effect.

For over 35 years, Hammond have been making drysuits for commercial and leisure use. Every suit is made to order and they are exclusively made at the Hammond facility in Dartford, Kent. This family run business, led by Chris Hammond, prides itself on the personal level of service they offer each customer. No order is too big, or too small. To meet the growing demands of the company, whilst maintaining the personal level of service, Chris has brought in Richard Dell to support the team.

“Richard has been part of our show team for around 9 years now, so he knows the product and he knows our customers,” commented Chris Hammond. “Our customers are at the heart of our business and I am looking forward to working with Richard to help take Hammond on to the next chapter of the company.”

With over 28 years’ experience in sales, Richard’s previous roles include a Sales Director for a drinks company and Area Sales Manager in logistics and supply chain management so he is bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to Hammond.

“I am really looking forward to being part of the Hammond family full time. This is a new role and I am looking forward to maintaining existing relationships and developing new ones in particular within the commercial and industrial side of the business.” commented Richard Dell.

Richard can be contacted at Hammond on or on 01474 704123.


East Ayrshire based company Scot Seat Group has just announced a new contract supplying to the locally based specialised fire & emergency vehicle manufacturer Emergency One.

Emergency One, established in 1989, currently has a workforce of over 120 employees. With an excellent reputation within the UK and European markets, Emergency One has become a leading specialist fire & emergency vehicle manufacturing company.

The new order is to supply to the London Fire Brigade and Scot Seat Group will be manufacturing the seats for these new vehicles.

Scot Seat Group, a family run company, was established in 2000 and employs 52 people at their facility in Fenwick. They have designed specialist seats for this particular order. The seats sit on a base that has both height and tilt adjustment as well as fore & aft adjustment to allow flexibility of the seat position for the occupants.  The fire engine seats also have specialist back rests to allow for maximum comfort for the fire crews as well as a 3-point seat belt. All seats are trimmed in Toughtec material which has been chosen for its waterproof and anti-slip qualities as well as being hard wearing to cope with the extreme treatment the seats will get when in full operational mode.
Having all their design, testing and manufacture in one place has meant that Scot Seat Group has been able to adapt the seat design specifically to best meet the client’s needs.

Willie Burns, Managing Director of Emergency One commented. “Working with Scot Seat Group has been great, the proximity from their test centre to our manufacturing area has meant that we have been able to work together to provide the best solution for the busy London Fire Brigade.”

Scot Seat Group has made a number of announcements detailing significant orders in the last few months, and continue to expand their worldwide reach of their seats which are used in commercial vehicles, buses, trains, fire engines and military vehicles and blue light use. Their marine seats are used by rescue services, military operators, police forces as well as commercial boat operators worldwide.

Managing Director, Jonathan Young commented; “It has been great to work with a local company such as Emergency One, and to supply to the London Fire Brigade.”

Hammond is offering 10% off all purchases, over the value of £50, made on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November including their extensive range of standard and made-to-measure drysuits.

If you are looking to upgrade your existing drysuit, or make the switch over to Hammond, now is the time. Scuba diving drysuits and all Hammond multisport drysuits for sailing, kayaking, water-skiing, jet-skiing, children’s drysuits and shortie drysuits will all be discounted this coming Friday and Saturday. Why not take advantage of the discount and treat yourself to a made-to-measure drysuit for added comfort?

“Black Friday is the first Friday after Thanksgiving, and many see it as the official start of the holiday shopping season in America,” comments Chris Hammond. “With Christmas just around the corner and temperatures due to plummet in the coming weeks, we want to make sure our customers are as prepared as they can be to continue their favourite watersport over the winter months. We hope they enjoy our Black Friday offer.”

To claim your discount visit All Black Friday purchases that qualify for the discount will have the 10% deducted at checkout and you will also receive a free item of Hammond merchandise. The offer runs from midnight on Thursday 24th through to midnight on Saturday 26th November so customers from around the world can benefit from the offer.

If you have specific questions about the best suit for you, please contact the office on or on 01474 704123.

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When it comes to expertise in drysuit technology few can rival the years of knowledge from Hammond, who will once more be on hand to discuss your scuba diving drysuit requirements at the Dive Show, NEC, Birmingham 22 to 23 October 2016.

Visitors to the stand 760 will be able to see the complete scuba diving range of drysuits. The HDS 100 Drysuit targets the beginner to intermediate diver, the HDS CP Pro Drysuit is designed for the intermediate to experienced diver and the HDS Pro-Elite Drysuit is for the expert technical diver. For those who spend a lot of time diving abroad, the HDS Lite 100 Drysuit is a lightweight drysuit precisely for this purpose.

To complement the range of drysuits, Hammond repair all makes of drysuits and offer a range of Gill and Fourth Elements products as well as the KUBI Dry Glove System.

The dive show is a great venue that brings people together with an interest and passion for diving. From those looking to get started and researching the best equipment to suit their needs, to the experienced diver looking to upgrade their equipment and seek out new innovations. The experienced team at Hammond, look forward to welcoming you to stand 760 over the weekend, to see how we can help enhance your scuba diving experience.

Hammond is offering both visitors to the stand and any orders taken through the website during the weekend, 22 to 23 October, 10% off all new drysuits.

To kick start your research contact Hammond Drysuits today on 01474 704123.

Livewire Connections is pleased to announce the appointment as the very first Gold Technical Service Partner for Cobham SATCOM’s latest range of Sea Tel 80, 100 and 120 TVRO antenna systems.

This recognition compliments the company’s Gold Technical Partner status for all Sea Tel’s existing VSAT and TVRO antennas systems as well as the SAILOR 800 and 900 VSAT products.

“The appointment has been made as Livewire Connections has been at the forefront of a significant number of the new Sea Tel TVRO series installations since the product launch in 2015”, said Henrik Mertz Director, Global Service, Cobham SATCOM. “Their dedication, local knowledge and technical expertise is a major asset in our Global Service Network, which has been established to provide fast, high quality response to service calls anywhere in the world.”

Livewire Connections engineers are all fully trained Cobham SATCOM antenna engineers and the Company maintains a significant inventory of legacy Sea Tel spares with a new base spares holding for the both the Sea Tel 80, 100 and 120 TVRO antennas and SAILOR 800 and 900 VSAT antennas.

The Sea Tel 80, 100 and 120 TVHD antennas are able to receive worldwide Ku-band high definition and standard definition TV programming without having to make any adjustments to the hardware. The 100 and 120 antennas are also fully compatible with DIRECTV, the largest broadcaster in the US with 285 channels, of which 195 are full time HD.

David Walker, Sales Director for Livewire Connections commented, “We are delighted to receive this recognition from Cobham SATCOM and we stand ready to provide service and support to Cobham SATCOM antenna customers in the UK and around the world.”

For further information please visit

Ocean Yacht Systems (OYS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Briggs Winn as Project Manager for all new and service rigging projects.

Briggs Winn has extensive knowledge and understanding of the engineering aspects of both sail and motor superyachts. Having worked in the marine industry in a number of engineering support roles, Briggs Winns was an ideal candidate due to his methodical approach to tasks, attention to detail and understanding of the product and business.

Responsible for the delivery of all new and service rigging projects, Briggs Winn is the primary contact between the customer, service agents and OYS.

“My first few months at OYS have been fast paced, challenging and rewarding,” comments Jon Briggs Winn. “It is very satisfying seeing the projects complete, signed off and delivered to the customer no matter how large, small or complex the project. I look forward to building on the product knowledge I have gained to date, whilst continuously looking for ways to improve process and efficiency throughout the business.”

Jon Briggs Winn can be contacted or +44 (0)1202 596629.

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Brian Hammond founder of Hammond Drysuits will be celebrating his 80th birthday on 30th July 2016.

Thirty seven years ago Brian started the business. Originally called Gobi, in 1981 the name changed to Hammond Drysuits, and today the Company is better known as Hammond and continues to be a family run business by Chris (Brian’s son) and Natasha Hammond.

Hammond came about when Howard Taylor, a friend of Brian’s and owner of the London Dinghy Centre (now RS Sailing) approached Brian to see if he could produce a range of drysuits to sell in his store; the STX100 drysuit was born.

Brian, a skilled craftsman, embraced all problems posed and as such, designed all his own fittings many of which are still being used today albeit utilising some advanced technology where possible. Hammond always have and continue to design and manufacture in-house in Dartford, Kent.

In the 1980s the first Hammond suits were designed for sailors following the relationships with Howard Taylor, this quickly progressed to those taking part in water-skiing, scuba diving, jet skiing and windsurfing. Today there is also a commercial range for search and rescue teams as well as an industrial range for work around the coastline, rivers and waterways.

Although this is the main area of business in 2005, a doctor approached Brian and Chris as her daughter had a Hickman Line fitted which she could not get wet. Together the first shortie drysuit was produced which has grown to become one of Hammond’s most popular suits. Today Hammond work with a number of charities and individuals around the UK, Ireland and the USA helping to get children and adults back in the water.

Brian has always been very hands on in the business, producing suits when they are required for all types of watersports and diverse industries including robot covers for car spraying facilities and cast covers for children and adults with broken limbs. Although he still has a keen interest in the company, Chris joined him full time in the mid-1990s and since then has learned the ropes and taken the company forwards towards the future.

“Brian has always been very forward thinking and he has certainly left a mark on the business.” Comments Chris Hammond. “Engrained in everything we do is his attitude that customer service is key, there can be no short cuts to quality which, combined with hard work will be rewarded. We are looking forward to the celebrations later in the month. Happy birthday Dad from all at Hammond.”

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As part of their commercial range, Baltic Lifejackets have launched their popular Legend jacket with a SOLAS 150 Newton rating.

Since its launch the Legend has been a very popular product due to its superb comfortable fit.  The jacket is worn without any sign of riding up or gaping, meaning it can be worn over long periods of time without discomfort and is not intrusive for the wearer. The Legend has a large neck opening and padded back and is one of the most lightweight jackets available on the market.

For SOLAS regulations this legend lifejacket is fitted with two automatic inflation valves. The two pro sensor valves status are shown via a clear window on each arm of the jacket. Cylinder retainers which prevent the gas cylinder working loose even under heavy vibration and temperature extremes are also fitted.

The Legend SOLAS 150 is available in black, navy blue and DIN Rosso colour.  In addition, a special version with a PVC outer cover, which protects the jacket from oil, grease and dirt will also be available.

A Baltic Legend SOLAS 275 Newton is currently under development and is expected to be launched later in the year.

Baltic will be showing the new Legend SOLAS 150 lifejacket at the SMM exhibition which takes place in Hamburg 6-9 September on their stand B5 121.

Baltic Lifejackets have added an inflatable lifebuoy to their portfolio – the Baltic Lifesaver.

The product, which is being manufactured and distributed by Baltic will complement their existing range of lifejackets, buoyancy aids and floatation clothing. With all its products Baltic Lifejackets is dedicated to improving the safety of people on or near the water.

There are several key design features to the Baltic Lifesaver which make it very user-friendly.  Easy to deploy the lifebuoy is encased in a tough yellow shell case, which can easily be thrown to a person in the water.  When submersed it automatically inflates and the opened yellow shell case works as a sea anchor, ensuring that the lifebuoy does not get caught by the wind and blow away.

The black webbing can be used to attach the horseshoe shaped lifebuoy to the body so it is easy to swim in and the webbing loop can be used to assist lifting a person back on board a boat.  Air can be topped up and released via a standard mouth inflation tube.

The lifebuoy is easily re-armed with a 33g CO2 cylinder and a UML automatic cartridge.

As well as being manufactured in a high visibility bright yellow, the inflatable lifebuoy is fitted with retro reflective patches on both sides for added visibility. The Baltic Lifesaver is rated to 135 Newtons and comes in 1 standard size.

Baltic Lifesaver

Baltic Lifejackets have added an inflatable lifebuoy to their portfolio – the Baltic Lifesaver.

The product, which is being manufactured and distributed by Baltic will complement their existing range of lifejackets, buoyancy aids and floatation clothing. With all its products Baltic Lifejackets is dedicated to improving the safety of people on or near the water.

There are several key design features to the Baltic Lifesaver which make it very user-friendly.  Easy to deploy the lifebuoy is encased in a tough yellow shell case, which can easily be thrown to a person in the water.  When submersed it automatically inflates and the opened yellow shell case works as a sea anchor, ensuring that the lifebuoy does not get caught by the wind and blow away.

The black webbing can be used to attach the horseshoe-shaped lifebuoy to the body so it is easy to swim in and the webbing loop can be used to assist lifting a person back on board a boat.  Air can be topped up and released via a standard mouth inflation tube.

The lifebuoy is easily re-armed with a 33g CO2 cylinder and a UML automatic cartridge.

As well as being manufactured in a high visibility bright yellow, the inflatable lifebuoy is fitted with retro-reflective patches on both sides for added visibility. The Baltic Lifesaver is rated at 135 Newtons and comes in 1 standard size.

Greig City Academy and their student led crew have set sail once again on board their Frers 45 Scaramouche having undergone an extensive winter refit including an all new standing rigging package donated by Ocean Yacht Systems (OYS).

Project Scaramouche, aims to be the first student led team to enter the Fastnet in 2017. Heading up the project is head of outdoor education at Greig City Academy, Mr Jon Holt who helped the academy purchase Scaramouche in July 2015. Having competed in a number of races, and even winning one, there was a lot of work to do on the boat to make sure it was seaworthy and capable of achieving their goals. A winter refit was therefore in order.

Greig City Academy is in inner-city London, where 73.1% of the students are deemed to be disadvantaged and 62.4% have English as an additional language, and sailing has really transformed their lives. Inspired by the project and their aspirations, OYS is supporting the project by donating the standing rigging and associated fittings. The new rod rigging was made to length and the mast stepped by OYS service agents Advanced Rigging in Hamble, UK.

“As a state school teacher I want our students to have the same opportunities as that of public school kids and so set about making the yachting project work.” Explains Jon Holt. “My first priority has to be safety and the second is performance because being competitive in races is what hooks youngsters in. It became clear early on to me that there were problems with the rigging despite assurances from others that it was fine. The costs of new rigging were simply beyond our budgetary capabilities and we were faced with the real prospect of not being able to continue. Ocean Yacht Systems then came along, listened to what we had to say and their simple advice was the most heartening I could have heard. Put simply they said that we had enough pressure without worrying about whether the very youngsters we are trying to help would get hurt. It summed up my concerns and to suddenly have that understanding from an industry expert was amazing. OYS then provided our project with completely new standing rigging, this has left me speechless. Generosity, expertise and understanding like this has made sailing fully accessible to kids who would never in their wildest dreams have access to the sport. They have not just helped a project; they have facilitated life changing experiences for what will be hundreds of students from largely disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Jon has been sailing for many years and believed that it was too exclusive. In his view, OYS has re-written the history book of sailing and shown that even the top people in the industry can reach down and pull up those who feel they cannot get there.

“The students and teachers leading this project are a real inspiration,” commented Mark Barwell sales director at Ocean Yacht Systems. “We are pleased to give something back to sailing and help the Scaramouche team. We wish them every success as they train towards their goal of entering the Fastnet 2017.”

Scaramouche will be competing in the JP Morgan Round the Island Race on July 2, starting and finishing off Cowes, Isle of Wight.

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Clements Engineering has announced a new order to supply full stern gear packages to the three 17 metre pilot boats just revealed78 by Goodchild Marine.

The three pilot boats ordered by Briggs Marine are for the Goodchild ORC 17 metre pilot boat working out of Liverpool Docks.  Goodchild Marine secured the exclusive UK agency to build the innovative French ORC ‘beak bow’ design following an in-depth investigation into the most effective and fuel-efficient modern pilot boat designs.

Paul Williams, Managing Director of Clements Engineering stated, “We have worked with Goodchild Marine for a number of years and we are delighted to have won this order with them. We are pleased to be able to supply our British designed and built propellers to a good British boatbuilder.”

Clements Engineering had a successful show in the new Seawork International venue in Southampton.


Ocean Yacht Systems Limited (OYS) has just launched a market first for the yacht industry, with their electric driven range of vertical retracting and rotating thrusters.

Driven via a compact Permanent Magnet Motor, the new AC powered series from OYS is available in a power range of 30 – 400Kw. Available in a stroke to suit each vessel, the thruster can be used as bow or stern unit offering a solution previously only available using hydraulics.

The new electric design has already been supplied to a 50m high speed vessel where it provides a stern thruster solution. In this scenario, the thruster is also used in conjunction with OYS custom controls to solve a specific issue of ‘excessive swinging at anchor’.

Every thruster designed by OYS is bespoke and available to order now. The thruster has an option to rotate 360 degrees whilst thrusting at full power, and can be supplied rated for continuous commercial use.

For further details on the new and innovative electric vertical retracting and rotating thrusters please contact OYS via their website


Several months ago The Rough Water Gear Company approached Baltic Safety Products to develop a buoyancy aid for the Surfski market as well as all sea and fresh water paddlers.

Surfski is a rapidly growing ocean based sport in which competitors face challenging conditions.  Safety is foremost for the race organisers and the competitors had particular requirements that were not easily met by many existing products in the market.

One of the key elements in the design was to have functional pockets.  The back of the jacket has a full length pocket and is suitable for holding a hydration pack. 3 D links on both shoulders mean the hydration tube can neatly be fed to the front of the jacket without being intrusive for the user.  To take a drink the wearer simply has to dip their head and drink. The D links are also useful to attach lanyards for a mobile phone waterproof dry bag, hat, sunglasses or safety whistle too.

There is also a large pocket on the front of the buoyancy aid as many Surfski events require competitors to carry flares for emergency use and they need to find somewhere safe and secure to carry them. Mobile phones and VHF radios can also be stored in the generous pocket.

To encourage the buoyancy aid to be worn it had to fit a number of criteria. It needed to be lightweight, cool with open sides to allow air to circulate, be a good fit that would not ride up, and finally have good visibility. A crutch strap prevents the jacket from riding up meaning the user is comfortable at all times.  The material used is robust, but smooth so it does not easily snag.

The Surfski buoyancy aid is rated to 65 Newtons and manufactured in Europe to European safety standards.  It retails for approximately £48.00 Sterling

On 26-28 April, Scot Seat Direct will be exhibiting at The Commercial Vehicle Show where they will be showcasing several vehicle seats including those from Turkish manufacturer Pilot Taşıt Koltukları A.Ş. Scot Seat is now a distributor for the seat range which complement their own range of commercial vehicle seats.

Much like Scot Seat Group, Pilot is a family owned and run company, which has gained a good reputation for quality and service since its beginnings in 1963. Pilot seats are exported worldwide and provide seating solutions for many applications including off-road seating for truck, bus driver and passenger seats as well as agricultural equipment, construction, mining, forestry, landscape equipment and forklifts. Pilot are also an OEM supplier to many of the large manufacturers.

Jonathan Young, Managing Director of Scot Seats commented, “Pilot seats are designed and manufactured to ISO standards and tested to all appropriate directives which is very important to us. We feel that they will be an asset to add to our already vast range of commercial vehicle seating.”

Scot Seats can be found on stand 3F103 at the Commercial Vehicle Show which is at the NEC, Birmingham between 26th-28th April 2016.

Project Scaramouche is a mission for Greig City Academy to be the first student led team to enter the Fastnet Race in 2017.

In 2013, Greig City Academy (GCA) set up a school sailing club to allow inner-city London students access to the sport of sailing. To put things into perspective, 73.1% of students who attend GCA are deemed disadvantaged, and 62.4% of students have English as an additional language. Over the last three years nearly 1,000 students have taken to the water for the first time. Today the GCA Sailing has bases in King George V Reservoir in London with a fleet of 6 dinghies and Poole Harbour, Dorset with the McGregor 22 and a former Admirals Cup racing yacht Scaramouche.

Their passion for sailing has grown and their goals posts have moved. “I have never learnt so much so quickly. One year ago was the first time I sailed. Today, our team won our first race. Our hard work paid off and I love it!” Comments Shabazz, crewmember on board Scaramouche and Year 11 student at GCA.

“If you are ever fortunate enough to have five minutes with the crew of Scaramouche, determination and crew work are two core traits that come across. Having been told that they could not enter a regatta because they were not a fee paying school has not deterred them, they found a race they could enter, and they went and won it!” Comments Lawrie Smith a project advisor and supporter. “Project Scaramouche breaks new ground and is creating a new model for youth sailing.”

“Our goal is not an easy one,” comments Jon Holt, head of outdoor education at GCA. “We have many challenges to face along the way, but safety and training are top of our list, and no short cuts will be taken. We are doing as much as we can ourselves, and we have benefitted greatly from support within the sailing sector contacts who appreciate and understand the student’s passion; it’s been invaluable to have them on board.”

The crew for the Fastnet Race 2017, are all currently training for the race in addition to taking their GCSE’s this year. At weekends, they take their books as well as sailing clothes, and continue to learn to sail whilst making sure they stay on top of their grades in the classroom. When the race comes round they will all have just finished their first year of A-Levels. The crew regularly present at local Sailing Clubs and Yacht Clubs across the country talking about the project to help raise awareness and help fund its future. Most recently the students were invited to a private meeting with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace to talk to him about their journey.

Companies who have already offered their support to Project Scaramouche include Ocean Yacht Systems Ltd as standing rigging partner, North Sails as sails partner and Box PR as PR partner. However, a project such as Scaramouche needs more help, and they are looking for companies in the marine industry to help with several key bits of equipment needed on board.

Scaramouche is currently being refitted under the reassuring care and professionalism of Hamble Yacht Services, the very same yard that Lawrie Smith worked with on Rothman’s and Silk Cut. With the new rigging supplied by Ocean Yacht Systems and fitted by Advanced Rigging and Hydraulics in the coming weeks, Scaramouche will be ready to hit the water once again.

The list of equipment still required includes:

  • Running rigging
  • Wind gauge
  • Battery monitor
  • Lifejackets and lifelines
  • Waterproof clothing and thermal layers
  • A wheel
  • A sink
  • A water system
  • An eight-man life raft.

There are plenty of sponsorship opportunities, and if you are able to help we would love to hear from you and tell you more about the packages available.

The following video explains their story so far

Clements Engineering has once more had a busy year with Murphy Marine Service launches.

Last March saw the launch of the highly bespoke ‘Marie Bang’ a commercial Cyclone 35FC bound for Norway.  The vessel was powered with an Iveco Cursor FPT C9 engine which delivers 550hp at 2,530 rpm Coupled to a Heavy duty ZF325IZ Gear box complete with trolling valve. For the propulsion, Clements Engineering supplied 26 x29 ½ “ fireblade propeller as well as couplings and shaft. The V box was used to keep the Engine as far aft as possible in true Scandinavian style. The aft engine allowed for three large longitudinal fish holds forward of the engine room bulkhead.

The second vessel in 2015 was a commercial Cyclone 30FC, delivered to Declan Kelly of Donegal. The ‘Molly K’, was fitted with an Iveco NEF 67 engine with a Twin disc 5061A gearbox complete with power take off for hydraulic pump. Clements Engineering supplied the couplings, shafts and propeller.

The final launch of the year was for a commercial Cyclone 35 FC which was delivered to the Morrison brothers from Stockinish in Isle of Harris, Scotland and was supplied with full Seafish Certification as is required for UK fishing vessels. The vessel, was fitted with 25 x 30 ½ “ fireblade propeller from Clements Engineering along with couplings and shafts.

Hammond Drysuits will once again exhibit at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March 2016 on stand F38 in the West Hall.

On display will be the range of drysuits from Hammond specifically for dinghy sailing including; The ProSail, the HS Sail and the STX100 for adults as well as the Children’s ProSail, and the Children’s STX100.

All drysuits from Hammond are made to order, however for extra comfort all drysuits can be Made-2-Measure (M2M), as well as available standard sizes (excluding HS Sail which is only available as M2M). With the M2M option the suit is made to fit your specific shape and curves, there are also options to add neoprene seals, pockets, braces, gloves, and change the position of the zip (front or rear entry) as well as adding sailing boots.

Hammond is a family-run business which, for over 30 years, has manufactured all its drysuits in Britain and therefore know what’s important when it comes to staying warm and dry when in or near the water. For growing children, the drysuits are made in a way they can be extended at a fraction of the cost of investing in a new suit, so by purchasing a suit at the show it can be adapted to fit your child in years to come as they develop.

Visit the stand to claim your 10% discount off any new drysuit ordered during the show. Spring may be on its way, however water temperatures are still at their coolest and the air temperature can be bitter.

Hammond Drysuits look forward to welcoming you to Stand F38 in the West Hall, and will be available throughout the show to answer any questions you may have regarding the drysuit options and underlayers available.

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Ocean Marine Systems are set to debut their patented through-hull instrument hoists at Oceanology International on stand J550 in ExCel London from 15 to 17 March 2016.

Suitable for the offshore oil and gas, security, survey, and search and rescue industries the instrument hoists are designed, engineered and manufactured to complement leading underwater instrumentation and integration companies.

On stand J550, visitors will be able to see first-hand the unique features of the through-hull instrument deployment hoist and speak directly with the pioneers behind the innovation. The hoist, which will be operational during the show, can retract, so when not in use the vessel has no extra drag. It can rotate and tilt which means it gives the operator ultimate control as to where the instrument head points, providing 360 degrees of repeatable control and positioning.

All products are designed and manufactured in the UK before being shipped to customers around the world.

Ocean Marine Systems look forward to welcoming you to their first stand at Oceanology International, stand J550 ExCel 15 to 17 March 2016. To arrange an appointment please contact Lou Johnson

For further details on Ocean Marine Systems, please visit their website here.

Scot Seats have recently supplied their San Carlos Highback seats to Police Scotland Prison transport for several of their vehicles.

The San Carlos Highbacks are M1 crash tested seats that comply with the VOSA regulations, required to upgrade the vehicles to current safety standards.

Police Scotland Prison transport use Ford Transits and Mercedes Sprinter vans for transportation and Scot Seats can be used in these as well as many other models of vans for whom they provide conversions.

The San Carlos Highback seat is one of the most popular seats on the market for commercial vehicles due to its simple compact design while still offering class leading comfort and safety. The seat protects the occupant from being thrown from the seat in an accident with its lap and diagonal seat belt, but is also designed to withstand impacts to the rear of the seat.  The main San Carlos seat features are:

  • Powder coated legs as standard
  • 3 point inertia reel lap and diagonal seat belt
  • PU moulded seat and back foam
  • Variable leg separations
  • Can be trimmed in vinyl, cloth, leather or manufacturers matching trim
  • Can be fitted with Scot Seats standard bolt down kit, on quick release catches or fitted on an M1 tested floor system

Scot Seats supply individual seats, bench seating solutions and flip up seats to many different commercial vehicles.  All of which are safety tested to exacting safety requirements.

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by visiting the Hammond open weekend in Dartford, Kent to find a new drysuit.

Hammond will be hosting a three day extravaganza from Friday 12th through to Sunday 14th February 2016 at their showroom over the Valentines weekend. The full range of drysuits will be available which they are sure customers will ‘fall in love with’.

Visitors to Hammond, will be able to see the full range of diving, sailing and kayaking drysuits available. There will be 10% DISCOUNT ON ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, both online and offline. Any repair that arrives with Hammond via post or delivered on these dates will also receive a 10% discount. To take advantage of the offers, come into the shop or visit the website using the discount code ‘10WKEND’.

Opening Times: Friday:  0830 to 1730   Saturday:   0830 to 1700    Sunday: 0830 to 1600

Hammond is a short car journey from ExCel London, and is located in Dene Yard, Green Street Green Road, Dartford, Kent DA2 8DH, for a downloadable map  visit the website here.

In addition to new Drysuits, Hammond, also carry our repairs and upgrades to existing drysuits including embroidery. They also stock the KUBI Dry Glove systems and layering systems for under the drysuit.

Contact Hammond Drysuits today, or on 01474 704123.

Clements Engineering are increasing their workforce this year in order to meet customer demands and are continuing to see a steady stream of enquiries.  As the staff numbers increase the need to ensure Health and Safety training is up to date and relevant in the work place has meant that Adrian Gibbon has been appointed to this role.

Adrian comes from a varied background from several years in the Army to the construction industry, consultancy, IT and retail sectors.

The position at Clements Engineering covers multiple sites, including its own foundry and mechanical engineering workshop, where Adrian is taking the lead on the implementation and management of risk reduction initiatives.

On the position at Clements Engineering, Adrian commented “It is immensely satisfying to see something transformed from a block of metal, in the foundry, into something so functional, and sculptural, such as a propeller.  It helps that you are working with experienced, skilled, time served staff who, in the main, appreciate what it is you are trying to do for them. I am not here to tell people how to do their job, many of them have been doing it for years; I just want them to understand the safety element of their work”.

Clements Engineering has seen a busy start to the year with several orders from both the domestic market as well as exports.  They will be exhibiting next at the Skipper Expo in Galway 4-5 March.

Following the successful launch of the Legend in 2015, Baltic have now developed a camouflage design version.

The jacket retains the same qualities of the standard Legend jacket but the outer material, in camouflage print, has been developed to withstand the rigors the standard jacket has to stand up to.

The Legend fits perfectly without any sign of riding up or gaping on both men and women. This means that it can be worn all day without any discomfort and feels less intrusive to the wearer. In addition to the superb fit, the Legend has some great features including a large neck opening and a padded back. The material used is pliable so it moves easily and comfortably.

The Legend is fitted with an automatic inflation mechanism. The status of the cylinder is shown via a window on the right arm of the jacket and, although this has featured on previous models, the size of the window has been increased for easier reading. An extra safety feature, is a cylinder retainer which prevents the gas cylinder working loose even under heavy vibration and temperature extremes.

The Legend camouflage has a removable crotch strap and comes in a unisex one size to fit from 40-150kg.  It offers 150Newton buoyancy.

The other camouflage lifejacket offered by Baltic Lifejackets is the Flyfisher camouflage.  The Flyfisher is the sport fishing’s elite and hunter’s choice. The Flyfisher is manufactured with the Baltic burst zip system.

This specialist lifejacket has been designed extra short so that it can be worn with waders. It is fitted with a Velcro patch to hold fly patches, a D-ring at the back for a landing net, lifting becket, soft fleece collar and six retro-reflective patches.

The 150 Newton rated Flyfisher Camo is designed for people 40-150kg and is available as a manual or automatic inflation version.

In addition to new builds Clements Engineering are often asked to assist customers who need repairs, re-pitches or restorations. We were approached by a customer who was due to re-engine his Aquastar 43. The previous engines were only pulling 17 knots and he wanted to ensure that the boat would achieve more than this without increasing the shaft diameter. It was also important to minimise the cost whilst increasing the efficiency of the new configuration.

Working with the owner, Clements Engineering worked through the gear ratios etc, to ensure that he would achieve his target speed with his new 2 Iveco 420hp engines. Clements Engineering built new shafts and propellers in accordance with the requirements.

Once the boat had been pulled out of the water it was discovered that the vessel also required new glass in brackets, which Clements Engineering managed to turn around in approximately 2-3 weeks.

The result has been 27 knots and the owner is delighted with the results.

The new iFloat from Baltic

20th January 2016

The iFloat is Baltic’s latest development in personal safety equipment. Discreetly fitting around the waist the iFloat is a new product providing security for a variety of activities from those who are paddle boarding, fishing or just playing about on or near water.

The iFloat is contained in a compact pocket fitted to an adjustable waist belt. Because the iFloat fits around the waist this ensures the wearer has total freedom of movement. Deployment could not be simpler: just pull the iFloat out of the holder place over the head and pull the gas inflation toggle. When inflated the iFloat provides 75 Newtons of buoyancy and after deployment is easy to deflate and rearm. The iFloat is suitable for from 40 to 130 Kg in weight.

Baltic has earnt a reputation for high quality lifejackets and buoyancy aids and over 30 years has grown to be the largest manufacturer in Europe. This new concept of the iFloat is to provide another option to help improve safety in and around water.

Polish based boat builder Galeon have been customers of Clements Engineering since 2011. During this time Clements has supplied many sets of stern gear, but 2015 has been the busiest yet. This year they have designed, manufactured and supplied 12 sets of stern gear including rudders with another final two this month.

Galeon is a privately owned company who has been building luxury yachts and motorboats since 1982 and now employ 800 people in their 18,000sqm production and assembly halls.

Clements Engineering Technical Sales Manager, Michael Major commented, “It has been great working with Galeon and growing our business with their developing business, we look forward to continuing into 2016.”

Scot Seat are pleased to announce the supply of their well-proven Shock Mitigation Jockey Seats for a new generation of small inshore RHIBS supplied to the Finnish Border Guard. This first vessel was built by world leading patrol boat manufacturer Marine Alutech OY AB, based in Teijo, Finland.

The vessel in question is a Naiad 8.5 Jet Patrol NV15E RIB.  Naiad is a specialist RHIB design company based in New Zealand, and Marine Alutech is a licenced builder for the complete Naiad range.  This range compliments their existing patrol/pilot boat products.

The new vessel operational profile is to perform a wide variety of tasks from Border surveillance and safety, to search & rescue, law enforcement and crime prevention, supervision of traffic at sea, and fishery and hunting patrols.  The vessel is fitted with 8 x S2J wide jockey seats complete with FOX float air shocks. The seats will ensure that the passengers are comfortable and protected when the vessel is operating at high speeds or in rough seas. The vessel’s maximum speed is well in excess of 40 knots and the vessel has a range in excess of 170 Nautical miles at its designed cruising speed of 35 knots.

The vessel is designed, built and certified to the Finnish Maritime Administration’s Commercial Craft Rules Cat B and is fitted with some of the latest state of the art systems and equipment.  The seats were a key consideration to the fit out.

Scot Seat Managing Director Jonathan Young commented, “We are delighted that we have been chosen to supply our seating system for this vessel.  What is particularly pleasing is that this project has seen 3 milestones achieved by us.  Firstly – it is the first boat we have supplied seats for designed by Naiad Design, secondly the first boat built by Marine Alutech, and third, the first seats we have supplied to the Finnish Border Guard.  The seats are built to rigorous standards and we know they will stand up very well to any demanding conditions that the crew will put them through.”

The popular Baltic Legend lifejacket has added to the range with a special version designed to comply with the current International Yacht Racing Regulations.

The Baltic Legend SLA now comes with an integrated safety harness, integrated spray hood, emergency light and internal mount for AIS/PLB. When the Legend was launched last year, Baltic were confident that it would become a popular choice due to the advanced design details. Since that time the lifejacket has become one of Baltic’s top sellers primarily due to the comfort as it fits perfectly without any sign of riding up or gaping on both men and women. This means that it can be worn all day without any discomfort and feels less intrusive to the wearer. In addition to the superb fit, the Legend Harness has some great features including the soft neck, inside lining and a padded back. The lining material is pliable so it moves easily and comfortably.

The Legend is manufactured with the same care, high quality and safety standards as other Baltic inflatable lifejackets. It is fitted with an automatic inflation mechanism. The status of the cylinder is shown via a window on the right arm of the jacket and, although this has featured on previous models, the size of the window has been increased for easier reading. An extra safety feature now fitted to all Baltic inflatable lifejackets, is a cylinder retainer which prevents the gas cylinder working loose even under heavy vibration and temperature extremes.

The Baltic Legend Harness is available in either red or black material and suitable for all wearers between 40-120kg.

During the recent METS exhibition in Amsterdam, Clements Engineering was proud to welcome visitors from the Russian Rivers Register to their stand, where they were presented with a recognition certificate for their propellers and stern gear.

The Russian Rivers Register has approved Clements Engineering for the design, manufacture and testing of propellers, propeller shafts, shaft couplings, rudder tubes, propeller shaft support brackets and stern tube arrangement components in compliance with their design and technical requirements.

Clements Engineering Managing Director, Paul Williams commented, “this is a great reflection on the team here at Clements and how they have worked to achieve the standards required. We have now been approved to design and manufacture to Russian Rivers, Germanischer Lloyd, ABS, RINA and Lloyds standards.”

Although their products are used throughout the world, Clements Engineering has supplied to several Russian projects, most recently when they designed and manufactured a full stern gear package to a ship used for rescue and inspection of tankers in the Volgograd area.

Ocean Yacht Systems, have expanded their team through the recent employment of two apprentices.

The apprenticeship scheme runs for a four year period, and during this time Cara Deasy (26) and James Aucott (18), will be working at Ocean Yacht Systems four days a week, whilst attending Bournemouth and Poole College one day a week. The scheme is in association with The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme. “Both James and Cara have relocated to the area in order to join this course and to work with Ocean Yacht Systems, they are settling in really well. We are looking forward to seeing how their roles develop over the next 4 years.” Commented Wayne Shatwell, Managing Director at Ocean Yacht Systems.

Over the first two months, the apprentices have been taken through the various aspects of the factory in Christchurch. Although both have lived around the water, the engineering side and scale of the items made at Ocean Yacht Systems, is all very new. Bournemouth and Poole College is teaching the theory and with some practical experience, while the role of Ocean Yacht Systems is to provide on the job experience and a deeper understanding of engineering.

“I love the fact that what I am doing here is part of a much bigger story,” commented James. “The end result is so much greater, but I will have played my part and to see it on a superyacht that might be the other side of the world is incredible.”

This is only the beginning of the journey to becoming qualified engineers and so far the apprentices have been taken through every detail from inspecting products to polishing and packaging the products prior to sending out to customers. They will then progress to machining and then complete the engineering of new thruster, rigging and hydraulic parts.

“Everyone here is always hard at work. There are so many projects going on, everyday seems to be very different and we are being rotated round and tasked with different challenges,” commented Cara. “It’s nice having another apprentice here, although we are very much part of the whole team, we can help each other out and point one another in the right direction if needed.”

The Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme is funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation and is assists companies, like Ocean Yacht Systems, to establish marine apprenticeships within their business.

For more details on Ocean Yacht Systems, please visit

New for the 2016 season from Baltic is the Argus Pro an addition to the comfort range of Baltic lifejackets. The Argus Pro is lightweight and extremely comfortable to wear, designed to fit close to the body and constructed using soft pliable yet highly durable materials. As with all of the Baltic leisure products the Argus Pro is manufactured to the highest quality and standards and has a five year guarantee.

For extra security all the Baltic comfort range of lifejackets have an inspection window to easily check the status of the lifejacket inflation mechanism.

The Automatic Argus Pro is available with or without an integrated deck harness and is available in 3 colours; Black, Blue and Red. Other features incorporated into the Argus pro are a secure zipped pocket ideal for storing anything from a mobile phone, keys or wallet, detachable crutch strap and attachment point for an optional sprayhood.

The jacket fits persons between 40-150kg.

The extensive Baltic range of ever popular children and baby lifejackets have been upgraded for the 2016 season with an additional colour way of soft pink. This new colourway is available in the Bambi plus the smaller sizes of the Pro Sailor and Split Front lifejackets. The Baltic range starts with the Bambi Supersoft which is perfect for new born babies 3 to 15kg. The Bambi, as with all Baltic lifejackets, has excellent turning properties, ensuring the infant is always in the safe face up position when in the water. The new pink adds to the high visibility yellow and orange already available in this popular range.

To ensure an optimal fit the Baltic Pro Sailor has been designed with smaller size increments for ever growing children. The Pro Sailor is available in infant, child and junior from 3-10kg, 10kg-15kg, 15-30kg and 30-40kg. The two smallest sizes have a beaver tail crotch strap for comfort and improved fit.

Finally, the Split Front lifejacket has a wide comfortable collar and split front panels to allow freedom of movement. Available in high visibility yellow and the new soft pink, sizes 3-15 kg and 15-30kg.

All of the Baltic children’s lifejackets are fitted with a whistle, retro-reflective patches and all sizes up to 30kg have a grab handle under the collar for easy retrieval. For greater flexibility of sizing the crotch straps on all up to sizes up to 30kg lifejackets have high and low attachment points. Adjustable beaver tail crotch straps are standard on all the sizes up to 15kg for added security and comfort.

Baltic recognise that having a comfortable buoyancy aid is key to getting people to wear their buoyancy aids. As we all know accidents are always when you least expect it so one should always be prepared.

Baltic is launching new for 2016 the Baltic SuperSoft II buoyancy aid which is made from their softest buoyant foam to provide a very comfortable fit. The SuperSoft II has the front and back segmented into separate floatation panels plus elasticated fabric side panels for a smooth profile.

As with all Baltic products, the buoyancy aid has the standard practical elements, such as Nylon front zip, waist strap with buckle and bottom tie to prevent it riding up. The SuperSoft II is also fitted with 2 very useful side zipped pockets.

The SuperSoft II is available in 3 colours, black, hi-vis orange and white. In 4 different sizes from Small (30-50kg), Medium (50-70kg), Large (70-90kg) to X Large (90+kg).

New for 2016 Baltic is manufacturing, in classic colourways, the Mariner all-purpose buoyancy aid. The Mariner is available in red, white and blue with contrasting coloured details.

The Mariner has segmented panels in the front and back for a snug fit and one zipped pocket on the right hand side of the jacket. The jacket has a nylon zip closure, adjustable blue webbing waist strap and bottom tie to ensure a perfect fit. It is available in sizes Small, Medium, Large and X Large, covering all persons from 30 – 90+kg.

Baltic never compromise on quality and functionality and all products undergo stringent quality controls. The Mariner has a 5 year guarantee and is tested and approved to EN ISO 12402 for buoyancy aids 50 Newton.

Baltic never compromises on safety for those on or near the water. To encourage people to wear personal protection Baltic believe the product must not only function correctly but should also look good on. Therefore for every new season Baltic offer new ranges in traditional and vibrant colourways to give their users plenty of choice.

The Splash is a new range of all-purpose buoyancy aid from Baltic, comfortable and lightweight. Tested and approved to the 50N standard, the Splash will keep the wearer afloat with a good margin of safety.

The Splash is very practical, with a zip front fastening, adjustable waist strap and a bottom tie to keep it securely in place. A crutch strap is also available as an accessory if required.

The stylish buoyancy aid is available in 3 colour ways, Navy with a White flash, Black with a pale Green flash and pale Green with a Black flash. The Splash size range is 30 to 50Kg, 50 to 70 Kg, 70 to 90 Kg and 90 Kg plus.

Livewire Connections will once again be exhibiting at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, in the Yachting Tent stand 726A, from 5th to 9th November 2015.

Experienced in the supply and installation of satellite communications systems, enterprise IT networks and associated equipment for superyachts, the knowledgeable team from Livewire Connections will be on hand throughout the show to discuss specific project requirements whether for new builds, refit projects or simply system upgrades.

“Now is the perfect time to prepare for the Caribbean season,” commented Robert Blackman, IT & Engineering Manager for Livewire Connections based in Fort Lauderdale. “Livewire have an ideal location in Lauderdale Marine Center with ample riverside dockage. The most significant sized superyachts can come alongside and we can carry out any installation work on site. Alternatively, the Fort Lauderdale location allows us to cater for the South Florida yachting market from West Palm Beach to Miami in order to get our customers connected.”

Today internet connectivity and network performance are of paramount importance for private and charter yachts, everyone is using data constantly with mobile devices and managing the network on or off the vessel is where Livewire Connections excels. Livewire Connections understand the complexity of superyachts and the custom solutions they require, from 4G LTE data to VSAT, and all in-between. If Data or TV services are required for your upcoming winter season in the USA or Caribbean, Livewire Connections has the expertise to help.

Livewire Connections look forward to welcoming visitors to stand 726A in the Yachting Tent at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from the 5th to 9th November 2015.

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Hammond Drysuits will debut their range of Search and Rescue drysuits at the Flood Expo held at ExCel from 14th to 15th October 2015.

Exhibiting on stand F502, Hammond Drysuits will have their extensive range of Search and Rescue Drysuits on display. The experienced and knowledgeable team has over 35 years’ experience of keeping those who work in or near the water warm and most importantly dry.

The Search and Rescue suits are currently worn by a number of fire and rescue services, police services and the Environment Agency across the United Kingdom. The suits come as made-to-measure or as standard sizes for larger commercial orders.

Made of robust hard wearing material, all seams are single stitched and hand tapered for a longer lasting watertight seam, and the seat, knee and shin areas include a double layer of material to aid longevity of the suit. The suits are designed for the ultimate comfort and fit.

In addition to manufacturing new suits, Hammond carry out service and repair work on all types of drysuits as well as being able to certify them for insurance purposes. To support their drysuit range they also sell a range of Gill and Fourth Element products.

To find out more about the full range of product from Hammond Drysuits visit stand F502 during the Flood Expo at ExCel on 14th and 15th October 2015.

For more details please see the Hammond Drysuit website here.

New Facilities at Soundown

5th October 2015

A new facility to accommodate expansion at Soundown opened on 1st October 2015. The new facility, close to their Salem main office is 25,000 sq ft (2,322m2).

Several of Soundown’s popular lines are being produced at the new facility including Damping Tiles, Polyimide Foam fabrication, Composite panels, Marine Hull boards and Rockwool, Specialty Composites and Sylomer.

The new facilities have been necessary to meet customers’ needs and have allowed Soundown to invest in new facilities to implement new technologies into their production system.

Worldwide leaders in noise and vibration control, Soundown, have just completed some work on a 24m custom Luxury Motor Yacht just launched in America.

Soundown’s business has grown on their ability to provide information and technical assistance as well as providing noise and vibration control products, installation and support. On this most recent project, the Company was brought in to diagnose concerns the Captain was having regarding excess noise radiating into the Owner’s Cabin.

The Soundown team often works with new builds, where they are able to identify areas of noise concern early on in the project. However, their expertise in shipboard noise control goes well beyond just new construction. Refits also play a significant role with the projects Soundown are involved with. They are often contacted to diagnose, analyze, and then rectify existing noise and vibration issues. In most cases, there are often things that are overlooked during the build process that could have the potential to cause noise and vibration issues. These oversights can turn into major issues for the shipyard when it comes time to deliver the vessel to the owner.

In the case of this 24m vessel, the informed and experienced team from Soundown visited the vessel just before it was to be handed over to the owner. With a delivery deadline approaching, Soundown wasted no time in identifying the noise source. Once it was determined that the noise problem was being initiated from inside the pump room, Soundown quickly came up with a solution.  Due to the location of the pump room being adjacent to the Owners Cabin, it was clear that excessive structure and airborne noise was entering the owner’s stateroom from the air conditioning, water pumps and power convertors  located in the Pump Room.

The cause of the excess noise soon became apparent and three products within the Soundown portfolio were utilized to mitigate noise and vibration in the Owner’s Cabin.
The Solution was to install ring brushing mounts on the various pieces of equipment; these captive mounts are highly effective at instantly isolating any vibration subsequent noise from small rotating equipment. Available in variables of stiffness and size, they can easily be adapted to fit a variety of applications. Sylomer Isolation Strips were also used. These are load bearing foamed urethane strips and therefore effective in reducing structure borne noise where equipment meets a finished surface such as the floor. The final product used was Soundown Composite Insulation. This barrier composite was installed to further insulate the Pump Room as a whole by providing additional insulation.

Combining these three products, supported by the experienced team has resulted in an effective solution which was able to rectify the situation with minimal disruption and impact to the yard personnel and the vessel.

Hammond Drysuits now offers its’ customers the ability to stand out from the crowd and personalise their drysuit.

Customers can now have their name or chosen text embroidered directly onto a new drysuit, onto a pocket of a new suit or a pocket of one in for repair. This is a new service now available from Hammond Drysuits.

“The initial concept of embroidering came from looking into personalising the pockets on our diving range of drysuits,” explains Chris Hammond, managing director at Hammond Drysuits. “We have further carried out some research and we are now able to embroider directly onto the material we manufacture all our types of new drysuits, reaching a wider audience with this new service.”

Names are available in bold or a script font and the embroidery costs are as follows:

  • Embroider your name on a pocket – £22.00
  • Embroider you name on your Drysuit – £27.00

To have you name/text embroidered on your drysuit please contact Hammond Drysuits today, or on 01474 704123

Hammond Drysuits has supplied a further seven SR140R drysuits to the Fire and Rescue Services in the UK.

The SR140R drysuit is part of the commercial search and rescue range from Hammond Drysuits. The fire services use the suits for water safety call outs. The wearers can be in the water for prolonged periods of time and the suits keep them warm and dry, which can help maintain their focus and concentration. For this reason, the suit itself is robust and hard-wearing and designed to stand up to extreme varying situations faced by the fire services on a daily basis.

Made of durable Nylon N140, all the seams are single stitched and hand tapered for a longer lasting watertight seam. The seat, knee and shin areas include a double layer of material aiding longevity and in these sections that are prone to more abrasion than others.

All suits are made to order with the option, like the fire services, of having the suit made to measure rather than a standard size. In addition to achieving the ultimate in comfort and protection, the made to measure suit comes with optional extras such as neoprene seals, braces, and Bekina® safety boots.

The fire and rescue services opted for a rear zip, which goes just across the shoulder blades, this allows greater manoeuvrability and does not cause any discomfort across the chest area or restrict movement when potentially in tight search and rescue situations.

“We supply our suits for a number of different purposes and uses. Suits such as these for the fire services are particularly bespoke as comfort and performance are vitally important.” Commented Chris Hammond, Managing Director at Hammond Drysuits. “We have a good relationship with a number of different regions within the services and we are delighted they are happy with our product and service and that they continue to use us.”

In addition to providing the new bespoke suits for the service, Hammond Drysuits carry out repair work as and when required to make sure the suits maintain their robustness and remain watertight for when they are next required.

For the full range of commercial drysuits from Hammond please visit, or via 01747 704123,

The Med season may now be upon us, yet there is still time to prepare your superyacht’s communications and internet connection for the season ahead.

VSAT, shore WiFi, 3G and the Access Controller are now joined by Livewire Connections 4G multi sim pack designed to keep superyacht Owners, Guests, Captains and Crew connected whilst in port or at sea.

Inclusive in the powerful 4G communications offerings from Livewire Connections are:

  • LTE Data Sims offer lightening quick LTE speeds when within cell tower range.
  • Where speed is the ultimate priority, an additional data sim package can be added along with a Pepwave HD series router and Speedfusion service to deliver bonded 4G, potentially doubling the normal speed.
  • Flexible packages to suit all with monthly short term contracts available.Service covers all major Mediterranean yachting areas within cell tower range.
  • The data packages are also designed to meet the increasing demands and changing requirements of the market with 50GB of data available per month for France, Spain, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Malta and Unlimited data use in Italy.
  • Each sim is country specific and roaming is barred meaning no out of country, out of bundle or overuse charges and unnecessary nasty surprises.

All the solutions are backed by the knowledgeable and experienced team at Livewire Connections, to ensure their customers remain online when they need it most.

Please contact the sales team today to arrange your communications package tel UK: +44 (0)20 8974 0930 or USA +1 (954) 603 3192 or email

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