Montel Jordan-Fagan YJA Young Sailor of the Year

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.

The E rated, high performance C7.1 engine from Caterpillar Marine.

AMSTERDAM, Holland – Caterpillar Marine is pleased to be exhibiting at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), from November 14 to 16, on stand 11.415, RAI Amsterdam, where the new Cat® C7.1 ratings will be announced.

On display will be the E rated, high performance C7.1 engine from Caterpillar Marine, with the announcement of the new D, C and B ratings available during Q1 of 2018.

The engine provides superior response time and strong acceleration from idle to full load while maintaining fuel efficiency at high speeds, as well as reduced combustion noise through advanced electronic control. The engine is available with a 12V or 24V electrical system, and it is compatible with Cat displays and electronics.

For cleanliness in the engine room Caterpillar have incorporated a closed crankhouse ventilation system. There is also a gear driven jacket water pump and seawater pump for superior reliability and the self-priming fuel system ensures a smooth start every time with no visible smoke during the start-up or whilst underway. The engine comes complete with a maintenance free value train with hydraulic valve las adjusters.

The C7.1, current and new ratings, have emissions certifications for IMO II, 97/68/EC Stage IIIA, RCD 2 and Marine EPA Tier 3, plus the new ratings will meet EPA Tier 3 Commercial.

High Performance Ratings
373 bkW (500 bhp) @ 2900 rpm E rating
336 bkW (450 bhp) @ 2900 rpm E rating
298 bkW (400 bhp) @ 2900 rpm E rating
Commercial Applications
317 bkW (425 bhp) @ 2700 rpm D rating
298 bkW (400 bhp) @ 2600 rpm D rating
261 bkW (350 bhp) @ 2500 rpm C rating
208 bkW (280 bhp) @ 2300 rpm B rating
208 bkW (280 bhp) @ 2300 rpm B rating (Variable Speed Auxiliary C1)

Caterpillar Marine welcomes main dealers, customers, those looking to upgrade their engines in 2018 and the media to stand 11.415 to discuss specific requirements.

Visitors to METS will be able to also connect with Pon Power BV, Caterpillar’s official dealer in the Netherlands for the Caterpillar range of engines and power systems. Pon Power is located within the Superyacht Pavilion on stand 11.508.

Caterpillar Marine, showcasing C7.1 on stand 11.415 within the Superyacht Pavilion at METS 2017.

For more information visit the Caterpillar Marine website here.

Ocean Marine Systems complete successful FAT with MARSS.

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.


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.



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.

Goodchild pilot vessel with Clements stern gear

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.

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.

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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.”

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:

GCA Sailing out training with Lawrie Smith on Scaramouche.

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.


New and unique range of Radome Side Access Hatch Door kits from Livewire Connections for use with Cobham Satcom VSAT and TVRO antennas.

Livewire Connections Sales Director David Walker announces the release of their new and unique range of Radome Side Access Hatch Door kits for use with Cobham Satcom VSAT and TVRO antennas.

The latest generation of Cobam Satcom VSAT and TVRO antennas supplied under the SAILOR or Sea Tel trade name use a low-level base fitted with an underside (swing down) hatch door. This design can cause issues that results in restricted maintenance access on some installations, especially when the antenna is mounted onto a slim-line pedestal, restricted access locations or directly to the deck.

To counter to this problem Livewire Connections has developed a range of easy to install side access hatch door kits. Each kit mimics the curvature of the different radome diameter sizes available (50” to 75”) and provides a neat, economical, and practical side hatch access option without the need to revert to a custom-built solution.
Included in each kit is a cutting template, surround bezel, door retaining lanyard, side hatch door (with pre-fitted Sea Tel style catches) and comprehensive instructions of how to fit the door. By providing all the elements required, it makes the hatch door installation an easy task for a skilled composite technician to fit within a few hours and with minimum additional tools.

“Cobham has conducted a review of this product,” comments Dave Walker. “They recommend this side hatch kit as a resolution to the problem of providing an additional maintenance access point on challenging antenna installations.”

Detailing and finishes are importance and the hatch kits can be ordered pre-coloured to match a specific customer colour requirement by providing the RAL number if required.
For further information please contact Livewire Connections Sales via or by telephone in Europe on +44 208 974 0930 and the USA on +1 (954) 603 3192.



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

Richard Dell appointed as Sales Director at Kent based Hammond Drysuits,

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 Black Friday Drysuit Deals 2016

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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Hammond at Dive Show 2016. Stand 760, 22 - 23 October.

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 announced as Cobham Gold Technical Service Partner

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.”

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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.


Summer 2016 is a big one for international sporting events, and with Livewire Connections you can keep up-to-date with your favourite teams and see how your nation is doing with a comprehensive TV and internet package backed by full technical support where ever you are.

Whether at sea or in port, you will be able to watch the action on board your superyacht through flexible short term and long terms contracts with SKY Offshore and DIRECTV.   Watch the Rio 2016 Olympics, the Tour de France, America’s Cup, Formula 1, test cricket, Premiership football and the rugby internationals from the comfort of your cinema room, lounge or  crew area. Livewire Connections source and install reliable and secure internet options which make live streaming possible via VSAT, 4G, Shore Wi-Fi and Sea Tel’s TVRO antenna technology capable of both Ku-band and Ka-band operations required for DIRECTV USA subscriptions.

Keep your Owner, Guests, Captain and crew happy by making sure you have the right channels and bandwidth allocated no matter where in the world you are.

Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action, by speaking to Livewire Connections today in Europe on +44 (0)20 8974 0930, USA on +1 (954) 603 3192 or email

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Project Scaramouche sets sail with new OYS standing rigging

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.

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


Small surfski

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

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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 at the Dinghy Show 2016

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.

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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.”

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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 Shipwrights Apprenticeship Scheme

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

mariner website

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.

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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 at FLIBS 2015

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 Search and Rescue Drysuit

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

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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.

Embroider your name onto your drysuit

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 in action during a water exercise

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,

Livewire Connecitons 4G offerings

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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Alex, Jamie and James hard at work at Hammond Drysuits.

With the country set for the hottest days of the year so far, have you already, or are you thinking about packing away your drysuit and bringing out your summer-wear ready for some sunshine over the coming months?

“We are calling all sailors, waterskiers, wakeboarders, kayakers, SUPers, jet skiers, windsurfers and those who take part in watersports to let us take the hassle out of servicing their drysuits.” Commented Chris Hammond of Hammond Drysuits.

Hammond Drysuits is a family run business. They have operated for over 30 years and every year they notice a similar pattern, of a mad rush around October time when people realise their drysuit is not as dry as they remember.

“Generally most surface sports participants pack away their suits around this time until the winter when they pull them out again. It is at this point, when they need them, they find the seals have failed or that snag in the suit was not repaired.” Commented Chris Hammond. “We want to keep people on the water as long as possible so hopefully this service reminder will help!”

Drop in or send your drysuit to the service team at Hammond Drysuits and the material, seals and seams can be tested and repaired where necessary to make sure the suit is watertight and will therefore keep you dry when you need it most.

Don’t wait for the winter rush, contact Hammond Drysuits on 01474 704123 or via email and get your suit booked in today.

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Ocean Marine Systems

5th May 2015


A new innovative precision engineering company for the marine industry has launched as Ocean Marine Systems Limited.

Ocean Marine Systems manufacture through-hull deployment machinery servicing the Offshore Oil and Gas, Subsea, Survey and Security sectors.

All the products are designed and manufactured at their UK based factory and exported worldwide. Ocean Marine Systems designs perform alongside and complement leading edge technology from subsea instrument manufacturers.

“Ocean Marine Systems is unique in offering customised deployment lengths with minimal deflection, whilst offering the ability to rotate and tilt the instrument head platform with absolute precision,” comments Mark Barwell Sales Director. “In 2015 we have already delivered multiple units, ranging from 2m – 7m in height, to vessels being used in both the survey and security markets worldwide.”

Ocean Marine Systems is a member of Subsea UK and the Company currently has a patent pending on their most innovative and unique design features.

For further details please visit Ocean Marine Systems here


Due to recent customer requests Baltic have added a new jacket to their pet buoyancy aids portfolio.  As more people are taking to the water and want to keep their beloved pets with them, Baltic have launched the Rabbit Buoyancy Aid.

The Rabbit jacket follows the highly successful range of buoyancy aids Baltic manufacture for both dogs and cats.

The Rabbit buoyancy aid is similar in design to the cat buoyancy aid with a slim neck opening with a retro-reflective patch to enhance visibility in low light conditions, and a lifting handle plus a D-ring for attaching a leash. The buoyancy aid is manufactured using a durable high visibility cover fabric at the top and black sides to prevent discolouration, it is fitted with non-absorbent foam lining creating the buoyancy.

The Rabbit buoyancy aid is designed to give owners peace of mind that should their rabbit bounce into the water they will float and be able to be retrieved with the large lifting handle on the back.  The Rabbit jacket comes in 2 sizes small for 0-3kg, medium 3-7kg.

A spokesman for Baltic commented, “We respond to customer requests and this has come appropriately near Easter time.”


Scot Seat Direct are launching the new M1 multi-van seat system at the Commercial Vehicle show. The system allows the fitting of individual seats on a 1 metre section of floor that has 2 x rails built into it. This rail makes fitting simple and eliminates problems of lining up separate rails as with other comparable rail systems.  The system is lightweight, at just 5.1kg per metre length, and is manufactured from bonded aluminium.

Seats can be fitted on quick release NMI tracking legs or on T-bolts to suit specific vehicle requirements.

The Multi-Van system has been tested on all popular mid to large panel vans within the San Carlos range of seats.  This system gives vehicle owners a simple system that is compliant with the latest VOSA IVA regulations for the installation of seats.

For vehicle convertors Scot Seat can also assist with gaining approvals for Small Series and Full European Approval for Crew Vans, Mess Van and Minibus conversions with documentation and other tests that may have to be carried out for your specific conversion. Installation training service can be carried out either at the Scot Seat factory or on site if required.

The system has been tested in a number of vehicles including: Mercedes Vito and Sprinter, VW T5 and Crafter, Citroen Dispatch and Relay, Peugeot Expert and Boxer, Fiat Scudo and Ducato, Vauxhall Vivaro and Movano, Renault Trafic (including 2014 model) and Master, Ford Transit Custom and Transit (2014 on model to follow).

Scot Seat Direct will be on stand 3A142 at the Commercial Vehicle show which runs from 14-16th April at the NEC in Birmingham.

Sky Offshore with Livewire Connections

With the Mediterranean season just around the corner have you thought about your SKY Offshore package?

Available with HD and 3D TV at no extra charge, a Sky Offshore package from Livewire Connections will make sure the Owner, Guests, Captain and Crew can keep up to date with all their favourite sports and entertainment viewing whilst at sea.

Inclusive in a Sky Offshore package from Livewire Connections:

  • 24 hour award-winning news coverage on Sky News HD.
  • Live sporting action on SKY Sports, and breaking stories on Sky Sports News HQ.
  • Unrivalled selection of new drama, comedy, documentary and music programs.
  • Blockbuster movies, watched without the adverts.
  • Complete support from Sky and Livewire Connections.
  • Fully Sea Tel trained engineers are on hand at Livewire Connections.
  • Packages available to suit you from 6 to 12 month contracts.

Sky Offshore, in addition to being available for the Owner, is a great way to reward crew for their hard work, and provide an added attractive feature for charter guests.

Livewire Connections is a SKY Offshore official reseller. Please contact the sales team today to buy or renew your SKY Offshore package via or +44 (0)208 974 0930.

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Clements Engineering have been delighted to be one of the key suppliers who have helped the success of Irish boat builders Murphy Marine Services in the last few months.    It has been a busy start to the year with 3 new launches at their Co. Kerry yard and Clements Engineering have supplied a full stern gear package to each of the new vessels launched.

The first of these new launches was in December 2014 for a commercial Cyclone 35 FC, which is a bigger version of the popular Cyclone 30 FC and it was supplied with full Seafish Certification for UK fishing vessels. The vessel, ‘Freedom B’, finds the perfect balance between efficiency and power with a FPT Iveco N67 450 derated 370 hp engine.

The second vessel, ‘the Bay Venture’, launched in early January 2015 was the Cygnus GM-32 a 9.9m multi-purpose coastal fishing vessel which will be operated out of Beara, Co. Cork.  This vessel is fitted with a Perkins M130C engine and the vessel has been modified extensively to meet the customers’ exact requirements.

Finally a customised Cygnus Cyclone FC30, ‘Atlantic Chief’ has just been launched.  This vessel was fitted with a N6.7 125HP Iveco so that maximum space could be utilised on the vessel which will be kept in easy reach of its fishing grounds.

All 3 vessels were fitted with a full stern gear package from Clements Engineering which consisted of couplings, shafts, stern tubes, shaft seals and 5 blade propellers.  The parts were designed and manufactured in Clements Engineering Bedfordshire factory.

Clements Engineering Managing Director, Paul Williams commented, “We have had a good long relationship with Murphy Marine Services and it’s great to see them so busy and delighted that they have found our stern gear and propellers offer them the best for their vessels.”

RYA Dinghy Show

Imagine if you could purchase a drysuit for your child, so that as they grow the drysuit can be extended, prolonging its’ life and your investment in it? Well with Hammond Drysuits Ltd you can.

Hammond Drysuits spotted a niche in the market, where they noticed a reluctance amongst parents to invest in a drysuit for their child as they knew that by the following season they would have outgrown it. The answer has been to develop a drysuit that when the child has in theory outgrown the suit, it can be returned to Hammond and extended at a fraction of the cost of a new one, prolonging its life.

Come and see for yourself at the RYA Dinghy Show, where Hammond Drysuits will be exhibiting their extensive range of drysuits. Within the children’s range, on display during the show will be the ProSail children’s drysuit and the STX100 drysuit. For the adults there is the ProSail drysuit, the HS drysuit and the KX100 drysuit.

Hammond are offering a 10% discount on all made-to-measure drysuits which are ordered during the show and also you can claim your voucher for a 10% discount off a future drysuit repair.

Hammond Drysuits is a family-run business, which for over 30 years has manufactured standard and made-to-measure drysuits in Britain. In addition to their extensive range of dinghy drysuits they manufacture a range of other sports specific suits for waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing, scuba diving and jet skiing and for the commercial market. Hammond undertakes repairs to all makes of drysuits including seals (latex and neoprene), zips and worn fabrics.

Visit Hammond Drysuits during the show on stand F38 (West Hall) at Alexandra Palace London from 28th February to 1st March 2015.

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OYS Signs Contract

17th February 2015

OYS to supply the thrusters to Hull 1012 at Yachting Developments Limited

Ocean Yacht Systems Ltd (OYS) has signed a contact with Yachting Developments Ltd in New Zealand, which will once again see their technically advanced thrusters installed on a superyacht being built the other side of the world.

OYS will design, engineer and manufacture two hydraulic 48hp vertical retracting thrusters for hull 1012, a 33.5m performance cruising sloop. This latest build has been designed by Frers Naval Architecture and is being built by Yachting Developments based in Auckland New Zealand.

“We have a really good relationship with Yachting Developments Ltd, and we were delighted to hear they were building a new 33.5m design and that our equipment would be installed,” commented Mark Barwell Sales Director at Ocean Yacht Systems. “We last worked with the team in Auckland on the award winning Quintessential back in 2012-13, where we provided standing rigging & thrusters to the 30m catamaran.”

OYS’s retracting thruster design allows the unit to fully retract into the hull, leaving a completely fair hull with minimal drag. All hydraulic hoses and connectors are encased inside the unit and the hull so they are not subjected to the open water and the environment. The thruster has excellent torque from start up with high overall efficiency from such a compact design.

“We are pleased to be working with the team at OYS once again, having successfully collaborated with them in the past,” said Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments. “Work on Hull 1012 is progressing well, and we look forward to seeing her in the water.”

Hull 1012 is due to be handed over to the owners in early 2016.

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For the 30th year the Soundown team will be exhibiting at the Miami International Boat Show.  As one of the long standing exhibitors, they will have their largest range of products available to show visitors to their stand.

The products on display will include acoustic installation materials, exhaust silencers, composite sound panels, structural fire protection, vibration damping as well as shaft couplings and isolation mounts.  There are many other accessories available, but in addition to the comprehensive display of products, the Soundown team are able to offer expert advice and information for those planning projects, or new builds.

The Miami International Boat Show is one of the largest boat shows in the USA with over 2000 worldwide exhibitors and 3000 boats. The show is essential for Soundown and offers them the opportunity to support both OEM and retail business, in addition to the many export opportunities that have traditionally been a key component of the Miami Show.

Soundown has a nearby office in Ft Lauderdale which will be supporting the show effort. Soundown can be found in Booth 3209 in the Accessory Pavilion where Steve Moyer, Sam Smullin and Georjan Jones will on the stand to provide their expertise and advice to all visitors.
The Miami International Boat Show is being held from 12th to 16th February in the Miami Beach Convention Centre, Sea Isle Marina and Miamarina at Bayside.


Hammond Drysuits at the LIDS

2nd February 2015

London Internatinoal Dive Show

Hammond Drysuits will be exhibiting at the London International Dive Show on 14th and 15th February 2015 on stand 580.

On display will be the extensive range from Hammond’s scuba and diving range of made-to-measure and off-the-peg drysuits. The HDS Lite100, the HDS 140, HDS CP Pro, HDS Pro-Elite and the HDS Pro-Elite Diamond will all be available to view, and ask any questions to the knowledgeable and experienced team at Hammond.

Within the made-to-measure range, Hammond now offer their scuba and diving range of drysuits with a telescopic body and a front zip. The front zip allows the wearer easier access and the ability to access and exit the drysuit unassisted.

Treat a loved one for Valentine’s Day, and take advantage of a 10% discount on all made-to-measure drysuits which are ordered during the show.
Visit Hammond during the show on stand 580 at ExCeL London from 14th to 15th February 2015.

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Bootcamp @ Shape Up Studios

22nd January 2015

Bootcamp at Shape Up Studios

Shape Up Studios, situated in the picturesque sailing town of Lymington, Hampshire, was founded three years ago by Annabel Glynn. Renowned for providing a unique fitness facility that benefits a wide range of individuals with their all-inclusive approach, an extensive choice of classes and a highly qualified team of exercise professionals, Shape Up Studios has the ability to ensure life changing results to their members.

Having had proven success with their regular format across the board including Power Plate classes, HIIT circuits, yoga, Pilates and the state-of-the-art Spin studio, their new venture promises even more. Welcome to Bootcamp at Shape Up Studios.

The Bootcamps are tailor-made to accommodate individual participants. The pre-camp consultations, and preparation ensure that in addition to existing levels of fitness being considered, personalities, goals, likes and dislikes and any anxieties and fears (which may have created barriers to someone’s ability to try more challenging pursuits in the past) are taken into account during the meticulous planning of the activity schedule.

Bootcamps can be sport or event specific, catering for small groups with a common purpose or a mixed Camp where everyone is nurtured individually.

These are Bootcamps to suit all with regard to lifestyle, work and family commitments and of course, budget! Available as 5 day Bootcamps with an additional option of nutritious meals provided, and residential facilities utilising some of the New Forest boutique hotels if needed to one day Baseline Bootcamps.

The latest innovation, the ‘Weekend Bootcamp’ is already proving to be very popular. Jean Urwin, interior designer with Willow in Lymington, the most recent ‘weekender’ said, “From my one-to-one pre-Bootcamp meeting I was reassured that this was going to be amazing. This is no one-size-fits-all bootcamp. The Shape Up team go out of their way to support you as an individual to achieve your very best. Yes, it’s tough as it should be but you leave feeling totally empowered to take your training further and their support doesn’t end on the last day!”

Ann Frampton, a director of Action for Charity and Fundraising Event Manager, kept a daily blog recording her 5 day Bootcamp experience. “Day four, Bootcamp finished and I cried! But it was tears of joy! All week I haven’t been able to do walking planks – but this afternoon thanks to the amazing Kenna who was training me I did 10 walking planks!! I just burst into tears after I did them. Not sure whether it’s the whole effort of the four days hitting the emotions but I did feel overwhelmed. Totally recommend Shape Up Studios, Lymington. They have been amazing this week.” Ann went on to say, how the Bootcamp energised her and it made her realise she could do more. “I didn’t think I was fit enough but now have the confidence to try different things. It pushed me hard and now I want to go out of my comfort zone! I would definitely do another Bootcamp. You’ve got to put a lot in and want the change but the instructors are there to help and motivate. They give 100% but you need to as well!”

“Ann took part in one of our first Bootcamps and she has been a real inspiration to others since,” commented Annabel Glynn, managing director at Shape Up Studios. “We have spent time listening to Ann and our members, we are very excited about the changes we have subsequently made to refine and improve this experience. 2015 is the year of the Bootcamp!”

Fitness expert and Bootcamp manager Kenna Hockley added, “The product we are offering is not simply another generic, run-of-the-mill bootcamp – it’s a life-changing and life-enhancing experience. As a fitness professional I recognise that the majority of people need specific motivation to really affect a change in their attitudes to exercise, achieving goals, diet and lifestyle and ultimately, general belief in themselves. Our team provide Bootcampers with all the necessary tools to improve and excel. The end result will enable people to make long term commitments to fitness using everything learned during their time with us. An ‘I can’t’ person will become an ‘I can!’ with our expertise, guidance and support.”

Making your bootcamp experience run smoothly is the role of Gill, Bootcamp co-ordinator. From the initial point of contact, to behind the scenes support and client care, Gill aims to anticipate your needs, and ensure your focus is where it should be. “Our Bootcamp experience could seriously improve your health. I have seen clients have a complete change to their mentality in how they think about their health and fitness. It’s my favourite observation, that ‘light bulb’ moment when someone realises they can do this! We see this potential on a daily basis. Thanks to the work of Kenna and our team, individuals achieve so much.”

Bootcamps at Shape Up Studios are located in the scenic coastal town of Lymington Hampshire, on the edge of the New Forest National Park. To allow participants to enjoy outdoor fitness activities, the Bootcamp team utilise this stunning natural environment that is right on their doorstep.

For further information, use the link below to Shape Up Bootcamp blog.

Box PR Announce new client

2nd December 2014


Box PR ltd is delighted to announce that it will be handling the PR and Marketing support for Hammond Drysuits.

Hammond Drysuits is a family run business that has been manufacturing a wide range of drysuits for over 30 years.  Their products, which are exclusively made in Britain, have gained an excellent reputation particularly in the Dive sector and they also supply throughout the commercial and leisure sectors. Their drysuits can be made-to-measure or standard size for commercial orders.

In addition to manufacture, Hammond provide a full repair service and stock a full range of Gill and Fourth Element products to complement their range.

Hammond Drysuits will be a welcome addition to our portfolio.


Baltic Lifejackets launched their Surf & Turf jacket as part of their floatation clothing range in 2009 and it has become one of their most popular lines.

Catering for the demand for different styles and colours has become essential when planning the new Baltic product lines each year, and the 2015 adaptation of the jacket sees for the first time a fully reversible jacket giving a choice of two colour ways to suit both your mood and outfit.

The Flipper as it has been aptly called, is available in black and royal blue or hot pink and white.

The jacket is rated to 50Newtons buoyancy, standard for a buoyancy aid, and is a unisex model, designed with multiple panels to ensure a comfortable fit. Whichever way the Flipper is worn, there are two zipped outside pockets

There are a wide choice in sizes available ranging from XS for 50-60kg to XXL for 100+kg.   The Flipper is approved to EN ISO 12402.

Baltic will have all their new products on display on their stand at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) stand number 09.318 which runs from 18th November to 20th November at the RAI centre, Amsterdam.


New for the 2015 season, Baltic are launching the K2, a highly versatile buoyancy aid for kayaking or dinghy sailing.

The K2 fit is designed for comfort and practicality whilst being used for all types of recreational craft and active water sports. There is easy side adjustment to ensure a good fit so the jacket sits securely and comfortably. The K2 has padded shoulders with retro-reflectors and a zipped pocket as well as an attachment facility for an optional crotch strap.

Available in three colours, black, orange or red, the jacket also comes in 4 sizes from small to fit 30-50kg to X Large for 90+kg.

All Baltic products undergo stringent testing and Baltic never compromises on quality and functionality.

The jacket is 50Newton rated and conforms to EN ISO12402 standards.

View the K2 Buoyancy Aid as well as other new products from Baltic Safety Products at METS 2014 on stand 09.318


To name an entirely new product Legend might seem somewhat of a contradiction. However Baltic are convinced that the Legend lifejacket will stay in their catalogue range for many years to come.

The Legend has a truly novel design compared to the traditional inflatable life jacket. 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 new features including a large neck opening and a padded back. The material used 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, which is 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 Legend has a removable crotch strap and comes in a unisex one size to fit from 40-150kg.  It offers 150Newton buoyancy and is available in 4 different colour choices: black, red, royal blue and white.

View the Legend and the complete range of Baltic Safety Products at METS 2014 on stand 09.318


Baltic Safety Products’ popular Surf & Turf range of floatation clothing continues to develop with new models available in the range.

One of the latest is the Newport, which looks very much like a normal fashion gilet but in fact is rated to 50 Newtons as a buoyancy aid so the Newton combines warmth and safety in one!

The flexible floatation panels are divided into multiple sections to follow the body’s contours, making the Newport very comfortable to wear. The jacket also has a quick drying warm fleece-lined collar.

Two zip pockets and a crotch strap ensure the jacket remains practical as well as stylish.

Equally at home on land or sea, the Newport comes in two colour choices; red or black, and is a unisex fit from x small for sizes 50-60kg through to XX Large for 1000+kg.

As well as rated to 50 Newtons, the Newport is ISO EN 12402 approved.

website Baltic SAR

Baltic have developed, in conjunction with SSRS (Swedish Rescue Service) the SAR Buoyancy aid for use in a commercial or professional capacity. The SAR has more flotation material than a conventional 50N buoyancy aid, giving 80N of buoyancy and enhanced in-water freeboard.

The SAR is equipped with an integrated safety harness which has stainless steel attachment D-rings on the front and back and a double crotch strap. To ensure that the buoyancy aid is comfortable for prolonged wear, it can be adjusted at the waistband and side, ensuring a snug fit that will not ride up.

Practical as well as comfortable, the SAR comes with a rescue grab handle on the back. It has two large fleece-lined pockets; one with a velcro closure and the other a zip. There are also two smaller divided pockets on the chest area, one of which has a whistle and the other can be used to attach equipment, for example a safety knife.

The SAR is manufactured from a bright, highly durable material and fitted with retro-reflectors front and back. There are attachment points on the chest for emergency and VHF radio.

The SAR conforms to EN ISO 12401 and EN ISO 12402 and is rated to 50Newtons

Livewire Connections exhibits at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Satellite communications service provider Livewire Connections will be exhibiting at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from 30th October through to 3rd November on stand 726A within the yachting tent.

In August 2014, Livewire Connections celebrated 10 years since its formation. Since 2004, the Company founded by David Walker and James Ashworth has gone from strength to strength. Based in Chessington UK, Livewire Connections are a specialist team who offer technical sales and support to the maritime and land mobile sectors.

Livewire Connections offer their customers an extensive range of satellite services and IT networking products, specialising in complete turnkey solutions. Livewire are Cobham Sea Tel and Sailor VSAT and TVRO main dealers, and an Airbus Defence and Space Elite Silver Partner as well as one of the first Global Field Service Alliance partners.

During the 5 day show, the team from Livewire Connections will be on hand to discuss all of their customer’s satellite communication requirements. Visitors can find out more about the most effective and reliable network depending on travel plans, and real-time ways to help manage costs for off vessel communications whilst at sea through the latest features on the Access Controller FB-10 MK2.

If you have any questions or you would like to make an appointment please contact Livewire Connections via the following means, +1 (954) 603 3192, +44(0)20 8974 0900 or email

For more information please visit

OceanView nominated for DAME Award 2014

MarineGuard is delighted to announce the OceanView dome security camera has been recognised by eight leading industry experts and has been nominated for the DAME Award 2014.

OceanView, a World first, is a HD IP security dome camera, which uses patented technology in the form of an innovative mounting system to secure the camera in place.

The camera itself offers the latest in imaging technology utilising a nitrogen purged IP 68 housing and is ONVIF compliant. The mount provides a number of cost saving benefits, including providing easy access to the camera for installation and maintenance.

The camera, made in partnership with Marine Camera Solutions, will be on display along with the other nominees in the Holland Complex (halls 9-10-11).

The winners at the prestigious DAME Awards will be announced at a Breakfast Briefing on Tuesday 18th November at 8am.

“We are thrilled to have been nominated for such a well-recognised award,” comments Richard Webb, Managing Director at MarineGuard. “OceanView is the result of nearly two years working with Tony Reid and his team at Marine Camera Solutions, to provide the ultimate security camera solution.”

MarineGuard would like to personally invite you to stand 09.526 within the Superyacht Pavilion at METS 2014, from 18th to 20th November. To arrange your appointment to view the OceanView dome camera please contact Lou Johnson at Box PR Ltd, +44 (0)7971 688151.

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Growth in business at OYS

22nd October 2014

Andreina Goncalves of OYS

Ocean Yacht Systems have been on a recruitment drive to meet the changing needs of the business, with three new appointments. Simon Lewton has been appointed as stores manager, Mark Williams head buyer and Andreina Goncalves is the new general administrator.

Simon’s background is in aviation, where he has had a successful career putting good stores management into practice. Since being in the role, Simon has already made some key changes which have increased the efficiency and stock levels, which ultimately has already proved beneficial to customers of OYS.

Mark, previously a senior buyer for healthcare products, brings his purchasing experience to the team. Working closely with Simon, Mark is strengthening the relationships OYS has with its suppliers to ensure OYS continues to get the very best from its specialist supply chain.
Andreina is responsible for the day to day administration at OYS, and is the first point of contact when customers and suppliers call the office. She will be joining the team who will be exhibiting at METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) in Amsterdam from 18th to 20th November.

“It’s been a very busy year at OYS, bringing on board Simon, Mark and Andreina has really helped us strengthen the team,” said Mark Barwell Sales Director for Ocean Yacht Systems. “Going into 2015 we already have a busy schedule, so having the right people in place is key.”

To contact Simon, Mark or Andreina please call +44 (0)1202 596600

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Clements Engineering recently provided a complete sterngear package for one of the most recent launches from Irish boat builders Arklow Marine.  Arklow Marine is Ireland’s leading aluminium and steel boat builder. The 23m salmon farm vessel is being used by Scottish Sea Farms, in Oban, who have been pleased with the performance of this latest addition to their fleet.

The sterngear package comprised of couplings, shafts, stern tubes, shaft seals and propellers.  The parts were designed and manufactured in Clements Engineering Bedfordshire factory.

Arklow Marine individually design and build all their types of vessel to owners design requirements incorporating all the needs of a vessel destined for a busy work schedule. Clements Engineering work with their customers to ensure the sterngear and propellers are tailored to meet the design and working requirements of the vessel.  Clements have worked with Arklow for some years supplying various stern gear and equipment to their many builds.

Both Clements Engineering and Arklow Marine will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Bournemouth Skipper Expo which takes place 10th – 11th October.

Tony Green of Fitzroy Marine, New Zealand

UK based Ocean Yachts Systems (OYS) have signed a long term service agreement with Fitzroy Marine in New Zealand, for their range of hydraulic and electric thrusters and hydraulic rams.

Fitzroy Marine is led by Managing Director, Tony Green, a qualified marine engineer, who has extensive experience in the marine industry having been responsible for the commissioning, warranty and support of vessels ranging from 18m ferries right up to 50m superyachts.

Green recently completed commissioning and service training for the range of mechanical systems at the Head Office of Ocean Yacht Systems. He is now further qualified to service and support all new and existing OYS product throughout the New Zealand and Asian territories.

OYS Technical Director, Ian Crowden comments, “Having Tony on board is a great asset to OYS. We have worked closely with him on a number of existing thruster and hydraulic projects, and we feel he knows our products as well as our factory team. Fitzroy Marine are the natural choice to represent us in these markets.”

For advice on new or existing thruster and hydraulic systems within New Zealand and Asia please contact Fitzroy Marine on ( or +64(0) 21725554) or OYS (

DSV Seven Discovery

For satellite communications specialists Livewire Connections, working with their customers is more than just supplying equipment or an off the shelf solution. In the last few years Livewire Connections have seen an increase in crew welfare support packages as commercial vessels look to retain crew and ensure their welfare whilst at sea. These services can have a profound effect on the working life of those using them.

A long standing customer recently reported to the team how the solution supplied has made a difference to its employees and contractors whilst at sea. As a main Cobham Sea Tel dealer, Livewire Connections have installed a Sea-Tel Ku-band VSAT antenna with airtime on board the vessel Subsea 7 DSV Seven Discovery, a 120m versatile dive support vessel. The complete turnkey solution provides reliable internet access for the crew and contractors whilst they are working on board.

The divers working on DSV Seven Discovery are saturation divers; subsequently they spend a prolonged period of time in a pressurised capsule, with very little interaction with the ‘outside world.’ The crew welfare VSAT enables the divers to keep in touch with friends, families and colleagues. Working out of mobile phone range, the Wi-Fi internet access can be the only interaction they have with people other than the divers who are also enclosed within the restricted capsules.

When asked how the packages supplied by Livewire Connections to DSV Seven Discovery help with crew morale, Mike Derrick (Chief Engineer) goes on to explain.

There are three key benefits the divers receive from the services Livewire Connections provides, whilst they are working in isolation over a prolonged period of time. The divers have the benefit of the internet and access to social media sites, something not usually possible with the saturation diving complex. They have continued communication, should the primary satellite dish be masked due to the heading of the vessel and finally they can access sites such as You Tube, which are usually blocked by company servers due to bandwidth restrictions.

The operators of offshore survey vessels, wind farm support vessels, dive support vessels and all types of merchant ships, captains and crew have an ever growing reliance on internet access, and Livewire Connections utilises this knowledge and understanding of communications and IT to meet these customer requirements. Livewire Connections have developed significant experience in the provision of crew welfare communications, offering crew welfare solutions to help morale and retention whilst at sea for prolonged periods especially in times of isolation.

David Walker, Sales Director for Livewire Connections said, “Livewire Connections has seen an increasing demand as operators, managers and captains are looking at ways to retain their crew for longer periods. Crew welfare packages such as this are becoming more paramount and there is a direct correlation with this, crew retention and morale.” Livewire Connections have deployed systems on a significant number of vessels and they can only see the demand for simple to use, reliable systems increasing.

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Scot Seats reputation and continuous strive to provide comfort and safety to those using their products has meant they have are now the preferred suppliers to Ribquest, the East Midlands RIB Manufacturers.

This has come to fruition by supplying the latest boat from Ribquest, who are launching a brand new range of hulls with Super Sport and commercial configuration.  The new boats will come in 6m, 6.5m, 7m and 7.5m lengths with 2.6m beam.

The new 650 Super Sports have a completely new hull which fits in between the current 6.3m (2.4m beam) and 7.3m, incorporating the same 24 degree dead rise, the deep vee and retaining the high sheer Bow.  The new models are complemented with new top deck mouldings for the bow locker and transom and also have a sleek new dual console with suicide seat for the Super Sport models.

Dave Rose from Ribquest commented, “Choosing Scot Seat products is simple as the seats work ergonomically very well with the body giving the correct amount of support. They are the most comfortable seats we have experienced, they are robust in design and engineered to last.”

The boats are known for their robust offshore capabilities and Scot Seats supply their S3J jockey seats to the range.  These seats are fitted with a 150mm progressively damped shock mitigation system and have a 50mm height adjustment with automatic Body Mass Index compensation. The seats have a compact footprint and they all have side support and top grab handle with toughtec anti-slip trim to match each boat interior.


Clements Engineering have designed and manufactured propellers, stern gear and associated equipment for over 30 years and they are proud to manufacture in their Bedfordshire facility in the UK.   In recognition of this they are part of the Made in Britain campaign so they can use the familiar logo which is associated with many well know respected British brands.

Managing Director, Paul Williams commented, “We have seen numerous people experience problems with cheap or badly designed foreign imports. We hope, this recognition will give our customers additional reassurance that the product they have bought is fully made in Britain”.

The Made in Britain campaign was started in 2011 and has grown in recognition and membership numbers.  The aim is to give buyer confidence and to promote British based industry and manufacturing.

Clements Engineering recently achieved Lloyds Registry approval for their foundry, which is also located at their site in Bedfordshire.   The products they manufacture are used throughout the world on a wide variety of vessel types, each to approved quality levels.

Nick Hopwood of Blue Sky Marine

Blue Sky Marine, a new marine consultancy business based in Lymington, Hampshire, are providing a seminar entitled, “How to get involved with yachting – the clear and simple way!”

The seminar is open to all and it will take place at Lymington Town Sailing Club on Saturday 12th July from 9.30 to 11.30am.
The purpose of the event is to demonstrate just how easy it is to get involved in yachting, at a reasonable cost, without having to spend vast sums of money on a yacht.

The seminar will explain the RYA’s Sail Cruising training scheme which enables complete novices to start from scratch and learn in a structured, safe, affordable and enjoyable way. There will be an overview of some sailing schools based in Lymington who provide RYA training, as well as information about Lymington’s two active and prestigious clubs. There will be plenty of time to ask questions during and after the event.

Blue Sky Marine’s Director, Nick Hopwood said: “Since creating our new business, it is has become apparent that there are many people who would like to go sailing on yachts, but do not know how to get started. The seminar is open to all, including families, to show just how easy and inexpensive it can actually be. We can’t say the sky is the limit, but at least it can be clearly seen from the expanse of seas available to sailors!”

The seminar is free to attend and complimentary refreshments will be available from 9am. Attendees will be welcome to stay for lunch in the Club, with its superb view across the Solent.

Reserve your space today at:  

Please note
The seminar will not cover sailing dinghies, power boating or motor cruising, although similar future events for these are being considered.

David Walker of Livewire Connections with Tore Morten of Airbus Defence and Space

Livewire Connections have signed a new sales agreement with Airbus Defence and Space which will see the Company offer VSAT airtime services up to 60Mbps on Airbus’s Global VSAT Network, the largest in the World.

In May, Livewire Connections were announced as one of the first Global Field-Service Alliance (GFSA) partners for Airbus Defence and Space, and this further agreement cements not only the relationship between the two companies, but Livewire Connections capabilities in the field.

Livewire Connections has looked to position itself amongst the major players in the maritime satellite and communications industry. In addition to their GFSA status with Airbus Space and Defence, they are an Elite Partner for the group and major provider to the superyacht and specialist vessel operations sectors.

Livewire Connections has been a main Cobham Sea Tel dealer since 2006 providing VSAT and MSS services to its customers and have established themselves as a leading provider of satellite communications, IT solutions and networking to the maritime industry. Livewire Connections is spending an increasing amount of time in the field, working closer with their suppliers and customers to ensure total quality service provision.

“We have built a good professional relationship with Livewire Connections and their experienced team over recent years,” said Tore Morten Head of Maritime for Airbus. “This new service will enable Livewire to provide high throughput data rate services to their customers’ right away and to satisfy customer demands well into the future so we are looking forward to this next chapter.”
Livewire Connections became ISO 9001 accredited in March 2013, and they continue to emphasise their level of commitment to their customers and suppliers by continually developing and evolving to meet the growing demands in the market.

“We are delighted with the recent recognition from Airbus Defence and Space, and these new high data rate services, which are available today provide great future proofing for our customers in a confusing market,” said David Walker from Livewire Connections. “These new higher bandwidths offer even greater flexibility for our customers and puts Airbus at the forefront of service provision with the fastest and most reliable network anywhere in the World. It is a big step forward for everyone.”

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OceanView Range of security cameras from MarineGuard

MarineGuard are launching OceanView at Seawork 2014. The new range of HD IP security cameras will be on display on stand D9 from the 10th to 12th June in Southampton.

Developed in partnership with Marine Camera Solutions, the OceanView range of HD IP security cameras available through MarineGuard offer the latest in imaging and networking technology from nitrogen purged IP 68 housing. The entire range is ONVIF compliant and PoE+, operating over a single cable up to 100m. The OceanView range includes PTZ, fixed domes as well as standard HD and thermal tube cameras.

A key innovative feature is at the core of this solution in the form of the patented mounting mechanism which ensures simple and quick installation through a single access point making it suitable either as part of a new build or a refit project. Removing the need to gain access to the back of the camera, significantly reduces the installation time and the shipyard integration costs. The mount will reduce any costs associated in upgrading or updating the system.

For ease of installation, a variety of deck head thicknesses can be accommodated.  The threaded mount is non-intrusive, aesthetically pleasing, with standard or flush mounted bezels which are available in polished stainless steel or custom colours. The camera is locked in position using a concealed locking grub screw with no visible external fixings.

“We are delighted to see the OceanView range of cameras launch,” commented Tony Reid, Managing Director at Marine Camera Solutions. “We have been working closely with MarineGuard combining their experience of security requirements with our technical knowledge of cameras. OceanView is a game changer in the industry, which has already been well received on visits to boat yards.”

Key Features

  • Image: 2.1Megapixels/16:9 via 1/2.5 Progressive CMOS sensor
  • Optics: 10 X Optical zoom/16 x Digital zoom. HFOV: 5.5° – 50.9°/ VFOV: 3.1° – 29.3°
  • Weight: 2.5kg
  • Sensitivity: 1.2lx (Auto Night Mode)
  • Resolution: H264, M-JPEG, JPEG. Stream 1: 1920 x 1080, 30fps/1280 x 720, 60fps/1280 x 720, 30fps. Stream 2: 854 x 480, 30fps/ 432 x 240, 30fps
  • Focus: Automatic with manual override
  • Iris: Automatic with manual override
  • Day/Night: Monochrome, Colour, Auto
  • Network Protocols:  RTP, UDP, TCP, IP, http, HTTPS, FTP, DHCP, IGMP, SMTP, SNTP, RTSP. ONVIF Profile S/ Pelco Endura/Bosch
  • Data Rate: 9.6kbps – 6Mbps
  • Power: POE + IEEE802.3at, Class4. 25W Typical for camera and heater. Max of 42W for heater.
  • Operating Range: -30°C to 50°C

Although Seawork International is the official launch, this unique patented design has already secured orders in excess of £400,000 for MarineGuard. The OceanView camera, has been nominated in the Innovation Showcase 2014 and will be available to view on stand D9 at Seawork International, Southampton from the 10 to 12 June 2014.

For more details please visit the MarineGuard website here.



Clements Engineering has been making propellers and stern gear at their facilities for over 30 years. All of the manufacturing is carried out on site, including their foundry where they are able to cast a number of different metals depending on the demand.

Following several months of vigorous testing and checking, Clements Engineering have now been awarded Lloyds Register approval for their foundry.

The first Lloyds Register approved propellers produced for a customer were those for the Herston Lass restored vessel for Smit International.

This certification is in addition to their certification in 2011 for RINA, Germanischer Lloyd approval for shafts and propellers and ABS (ICE Class) approval for propellers.

Clements Engineering, Managing Director Paul Williams commented, “With some major recent investment in new machinery, we are continually raising the standards of the products we produce.  We are proud of this new accreditation and continue to improve all our standards to provide the best quality products to meet our customer’s demands.”

Airbus Logo - Livewire Connections GFSA service partner

Airbus Defence and Space Services Elite Partner, Livewire Connections has been nominated as a Global Field-Service Alliance (GFSA) service partner for the Company. This agreement will see Livewire Connections support Airbus Defence and Space services with their engineering capabilities in the field providing installations, repairs, refurbishments, spare parts and network design.

Global communication specialists and multiple satellite network operators Airbus Defence and Space, has set up this agreement to bring the design and engineering capabilities from within Livewire Connections direct to their customers. This will ensure their equipment and services are operating at optimal efficiency for the end user.
The engineering team from Livewire Connections will operate on a global basis and will be involved in the design, installation and support of maritime VSAT, IT and networking when called upon by Airbus Defence and Space. In addition to installations, Livewire Connections will be carrying out repairs to VSAT antennas, modems and on board systems which when combined form the on and off vessel communications.

“We are delighted to be named as one of the first GFSA service partners for Airbus Defence and Space, we have worked hard to develop our core engineering skills and we are looking forward utilising these more in the field,” commented David Walker, Sales Director at Livewire Connections.  “We have already undertaken work within this new agreement, and we are looking forward to working more closely with Airbus Defence and Space in the future.”

Livewire Connections has worked hard to grow their specialist team to meet the changing communication needs within the merchant and superyacht sectors. The company has been a Sea Tel dealer since 2006 and achieved top 10 Sea Tel dealer status in 2012. With a focus on quality management Livewire became ISO 9001 accredited in March 2013 and this new agreement with Airbus Defence and Space is further recognition of the level of commitment the company has to continually develop and evolve to meet the growing demands of their customers and suppliers.

For further details on Livewire Connections please visit their website here.

Malcolm Lee Project Manager at Ocean Yacht Systems

Experienced Round the World sailor, project manager and yacht skipper Malcolm Lee has joined the project management team at Ocean Yacht Systems (OYS).

Malcolm Lee will be responsible for all new and service rigging projects carried out by OYS. Malcolm has previously worked at Tim Haynes Limited, service agents for OYS, as a project manager and consultant to the Company. As a result of this, Malcolm is well positioned to understand the complete range products and services on offer from OYS as well as meet the expectations of the customer and end users.

“Having worked alongside OYS for a number of years now, both the customers and the team here have made me feel really welcome,” commented Malcolm. “I am looking forward to being responsible for OYS’s rigging customers and helping to grow this department within the Company.”

Malcolm brings a wealth of experience to OYS; he competed in the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Race on Rothmans, and has managed several refit projects as the owner’s representative and has skippered vessels up to 43m in length.

Based in the Company headquarters in Christchurch UK, Malcolm can be contacted on +44 (0)1202 596613 or

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Windwave Workboats are launching the Susie S, the first of the new Damen FCS 2008 crew transfer vessels at Seawork this year.

The vessel, the first of this type from Damen, is a 20m, Bureau Veritas classed, aluminium catamaran utilising Damen’s proven Twin Axe design.

Offshore wind farm developers and operators are continuously improving their skills and abilities during the construction and maintenance of their wind farms.  Vessel operators play an important part in this life cycle and have to continuously improve their service delivery in response to their clients’ needs.

This requires a commitment to identify and invest in new vessels to satisfy specific client requirements and to put in place operations that ensure these vessels can perform reliably at their peak levels.

Windwave Workboats Commercial Director, Peter Scriven comments, “In recent years vessel designs have been pushing what can be achieved within the 24m load line limit. We listen carefully to our clients and understand that bigger is not always better for some of their usage scenarios but they have demands for vessels that require greater performance than anything else currently available on the market.”

“The Damen FCS 2610 was a game changer when it was first introduced and kick started the trend for larger boats and is still the preferred large boat option, as can be seen by their demand in the North Sea. Our clients have had a lot of success in using them; however in some of their usage scenarios it is too large.  In response, Damen have now developed the FCS 2008 which makes it the obvious choice for our applications.”

“Damen apply their knowledge and systems from their larger workboats, tugs and patrol vessels so you know you are getting something dependable because the systems have already had decades of testing and refinement.  We were lucky enough to sea trial the 2008 in a force 5-6 on the North Sea with 2m waves and the complete absence of slamming was a testament to the R&D investment that Damen has made in the Twin Axe design.  We are confident that it too will be a game changer which is why we have purchased one now with options for more.”

Susie S will be on display at Seawork 2014 from Tuesday 10th to Thursday 12th June.  To request a tour of the vessel please email


Scot Seats are pleased to launch a full fold-up 3 person seat kit designed specifically for the brand new Ford Connect Van. This seat is based upon their existing M1 tested design of fold-up seat kit, which is available for all models of car-derived vans. The advantage is that when the seat is not in use it folds up behind the driver and passenger seats giving most of load area back as well as protecting the driver and passenger from goods in the rear load compartment.

The seat comes in either standard or deluxe variants with 2 x inertia reel 3-point seat belts and 1 x centre lap belt. In addition the seat kit can be fitted with adjustable head restraints and can be trimmed in manufacturers matching trim, plain cloth, vinyl or leather.

The Ford Connect Van has just been named International Van of the Year 2014 and is tough, practical and reliable, with generous load space and up to around 1,000kgs of cargo. The Scot Seats new fold up kit allows for maximum usage for the van.


The 2014 Commercial Show at Birmingham will see the launch of the new Scot Seats Multi-Van Seat System.  This system is revolutionary in M1 approved seat installations as well as being cost effective, lightweight and easy to fit to alternative full bonded floor systems.

The system allows the client to install a single seat to M1 approval on one single 1-1.2 metre length of aluminium track. The system is lightweight and easy to install and allows the flexibility of fitting 1 x seat and up to 4 x seats across a larger panel van.

The Multi-Van Seat System has already been crash tested in a selection of vehicles including Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Mercedes, Nissan, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Standard Specification:
•    Aluminium boned floor system
•    Quick and easy fitment of full system
•    Quick fore/aft adjustment or removal of seats
•    Added functionality of vehicle
•    Options of Standard and Deluxe Seats in fixed, flip-up and reclining variations.
•    When the flip-up variation slides forward it leaves 90% + of the vehicle load space for carrying goods when the seats are not in use.

Scot Seats can be found at Stand No 5H 99 at the Commercial Vehicle Show which is at the NEC Birmingham from 29th April – 1st May 2014.

New premises for Marine Camera Solutions in Stansted Park

Marine Camera Solutions has relocated to new larger premises within the picturesque setting of Stansted Park in Hampshire.

The reputation of Marine Camera Solutions has grown on their ability to design, build and supply cameras and their associated equipment for use in some of the most extreme and hostile marine environments. Having recently diversified into new product areas, the new premises will allow for the planned growth within the marine industry.

Marine Camera Solutions is particularly hands-on with the projects they are involved with, from working with competitors in the Vendee Globe to the race organisers of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. The experience and technical capabilities of the team at Marine Camera Solutions, has enabled the Company to evolve and develop their portfolio. This diversification now includes a range of cameras specific to the superyacht industry.

“A decision was made in 2013, that if we were going to reach our full potential within the new markets we have been exploring we needed more space,” commented Tony Reid, founder and managing director at Marine Camera Solutions. “Our new offices meet our growing requirements whereby we now have the facilities on site to manufacture and assemble our products without intruding on the main office space.”

Marine Camera Solutions new contact details are as follows:

The Courtyard Studio
Stansted Park
Rowlands Castle
Hampshire, PO9 6DX
Tel: 023 9241 3714

Please visit: for further details

New AF Series from OYS. Photo credit Google

Ocean Yacht Systems (OYS) are delighted to announce the launch of the AF Series thruster range.

The AF Series, has been designed as a no frills cost effective thruster to help OYS target new markets.

So what makes the AF Series so special? The areas where you find thrusters in the bilges can be very tight and compact. This new range of thrusters does not require the same space as what might be associated with traditional thrusters, saving valuable space on board. The very simplistic design requires little technical support and the future running costs remain at a record low.

“This new design really is genius,” comments Andy Fool the product manager for OYS. “Our technical team have been working hard over recent months and we are delighted with the outcome. A thruster which is quick and simple to install with low maintenance costs is a winner all round.”

The picture summarises the new design; however should you have any further questions or wish to place an order, please contact the team at OYS via the website here.

Photo credit to Google.


Following a meeting whilst working on a military project, TenCate Advanced Armour have developed a lightweight composite bullet proof armour system for the Scot Seats range of jockey and helmsman seats to protect occupants from enemy attack.

The seats will confirm to Standard Threat Level protection STANAG level 1 4569 7.62 x 51 Nato Ball, 5.56 x 45 SS109 & 5.56 x 45 M193.

The Seats will be coated in TenCate Rosist® Environmental Protection; a specialist coating that provides protective panels with to shield from all harsh elements, exposure, chemicals and against specific weapon effects. Other solutions can be tailored to suit customers’ requirements.

As part of Royal TenCate, TenCate Advanced Armour (TenCate) is a worldwide leading developer and producer of advanced composite and ceramic materials for the protection of police, army, air force, navy and civilian service personnel, vehicles and vessels. TenCate Advanced Armour has establishments in Europe and North-America, as well as offices in the UAE, India and Singapore.

Scot Seats have seen an increase in demand from military markets for projects in the last few years and have supplied to several contracts worldwide including the Netherlands Royal Marine, Royal Saudi Navy, African & Portuguese Navy as well as numerous police forces and coastguards.

The first of these armoured seats will be displayed by Scot Seats at the forthcoming DIMDEX exhibition in Qatar 25-27th March where they are exhibiting on stand H3-30g.


Clements Engineering have been involved in many different types of projects during their 30 year history and recently a particular project came in the form of a restoration of historic vessel, the Massey Shaw.

The Massey Shaw is one of London’s un-sung heroes on the Thames.  Built in 1935 the fireboat served the London Fire Brigade for many years and also took part in the WWII ‘Operation Dynamo’ to rescue soldiers from the beaches at Dunkirk.   It ferried 500 men to the warships and bought over 100 men back to England.

During the restoration it was decided that the original propellers were not correct and would need some work to them. Over the years, the blades had been damaged and they were not performing very well.

David Rogers, Hon. Company Secretary & Director for the Massey Shaw & Marine Vessels Preservation Society takes up the story.

“On contacting Clements we were impressed with the recommendations of the company who advised us on the creation of two new propellers that would meet the power needs of the vessel. Within the agreed time frame and in budget these items were supplied to our contractors in Gloucester and fitted to the Massey Shaw.

Once back in the water in London, we have only had a short period to test the propellers but have noticed that they respond well and propel our fireboat along within its original specifications. We look forward to many years use from these items and thank you for your support of our restoration. “

The Massey Shaw proved a great attraction during the London Boat Show in January, where she was moored alongside at Excel and gave several pumping demonstrations.

Clements Engineering supplied a full stern gear package excluding rudders to the project, working closely the engineering team to ensure the propellers were optimised for the vessels use and specification.


Shock mitigation and specialist seating experts Scot Seats have appointed Exalto Emirates Marine Equipment as UAE and Middle Eastern distributor and service agent.

Exalto Emirates was founded in 1994 and has become a well renowned supplier of high quality marine parts and equipment throughout the Middle East.  They will represent Scot Seats, not only for new sales, but also for the supply and service of products within the UAE and Middle East.   As a large established distributor they have vast warehouse stocks in Sharjah and Dubai and focus on total customer service and support throughout all of their business.

Scot Seats have rapidly become one of the world’s leading specialist seating manufacturers.  Many of their seats have been supplied to customers such as rescue services, military operators, police forces and commercial boat operators and many of their products are in use throughout the Middle East area.   Exalto Emirates will provide the whole range of Scot Seats and will focus in particular on the shock mitigation range.

Both Scot Seats (stand H3-30g) and Exalto Emirates (stand H5-65) will be exhibiting at the DIMDEX exhibition, which takes place 25-27th March in Qatar where several of their seats will be on display.


Following an introduction at the Euronaval exhibition in 2012 UK based specialist seating manufacturers Scot Seats have supplied an order of 6 Shock Mitigation helmsman seats to Nautic Africa.

The Helmsman seats are designed for installation in Nautic Africa’s new 17m Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) which are modern high speed planing craft. These vessels are designed for stability and manoeuvrability at high speed in various sea states providing good dry visibility whilst in heavy seas and at speed.

The S2H Helmsman seats are the lightest seat in its class while offering 150mm progressively damped shock mitigation system fitted with a fully adjustable FOX Float air shock, the seat comes as standard with 50mm height adjustment with automatic Body Mass Index compensation.  The seat have compact foot print and are manufactured using marine grade anodized aluminium and stainless steel.

All the 17m vessels are built to Bureau Veritas classification rules, with a range of approximately 400 nautical miles. The layout of the vessel is designed for sea and/or river operation that can allow crew to comfortably stay away from the home port for short durations in the execution of their duties.

The 17m FPV vessel is comprised of a wheelhouse, with seating for 5 crew, a technical space for equipment and storage, accommodation for 6 crew, including bunks, galley, head facilities and an engine room.

“Nautic Africa puts Scots Seats to good use in their line of military and enforcement fast patrol vessels. Scots Seats are compact, lightweight and provide exceptional performance to compliment the Nautic line of fine military grade vessels.” Greg Wessels, Planning & Project Manager.

As with all Scot Seats, there are a number of optional extras including tracked mounting systems to allow easy adjustment and removal/refit of the seats, the trim can be customised with different materials and/or custom embroidery.   In addition to the finish of the seat, adjustable headrests and folding adjustable armrests can be fitted.   Lap seat belts or full harnesses can also be fitted.


In the 30 years since Clements have been providing propellers and stern gear to customers their products have been used throughout the world for a wide variety of vessels.  A number of recent orders from Thailand based builder AusThai Marine is no exception.

Clements Engineering has supplied 4 boat sets to the Pattaya Company, who have recently launched a new range of catamarans at a local boat show. The vessels are 15m in length and powered by twin Yanmar 6LY2-STP diesel engines running at 440HP.  With a maximum of 25knots at 3300 RPM, the vessel can accommodate 75 passengers in the lower deck and 15 passengers on the flybridge seating area. The first vessel, destined for Cambodia was built to Category B (offshore) ISO small craft international standards.

Ray Ringuet, AusThai Managing Director commented that he was very impressed with the extensive sea trials and the vessel has performed very well. He said that he has previously used stern gear from a number of countries, including Turkey, China and India but has found the Clements products to be of far superior quality. In tests running two identical boats, one fitted with Clements stern gear and one with sterngear from another source, the boat with Clements sterngear achieved a 10 % better fuel economy and an extra two knots in top speed. Mr Ringuet said this is due to the superior design and quality of the propellers.

The boat sets for AusThai consisted of Gearbox coupling, Flexible coupling, Shafts, GRP Sterntube, Shaft seal, GRP rudder tube, Fabricated rudder and tiller assembly and 5 bladed propellers in NiAlBr material. Clements Engineering design and manufacture all their products in their Bedfordshire facility in the UK and as in the case of AusThai, they work with the design team ensuring the products are best designed for the application they are intended for.

Clements Engineering is looking forward to a long working relationship with AusThai and many of their other overseas clients.

Clipper fleet during 213-14 race

Livewire Connections has provided hardware and airtime solutions for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2013-14 through marine technology specialist Marine Camera Solutions. The fleet of 12 brand new identical 70 foot racing yachts crewed by amateurs set off from St Katherine Dock on Sunday 1st September on their first leg of their epic 40,000 miles round the world race.

Livewire Connections has supplied each vessel with an Inmarsat FleetBroadband SAILOR 250 terminal providing voice and data communications for the crews whilst at sea. The racing yachts will rely on the Inmarsat FleetBroadband for operational and crew email communications and weather information. Further to this they have the ability to send stored video footage as well as stream live video to the shore media team to allow the sponsors and fans to follow every moment of each leg of the race.

Livewire Connections Access Controller FB-10 has formed a critical component of the network avoiding excessive airtime bills from accidental data sessions and controlling prohibited sites. The FB-10 is configured with a dynamic firewall to ensure background applications cannot generate traffic when connected to the internet; it also enables blocking access to sources of information not allowed within the racing rules.

Email is increasingly becoming part of everyday life and in general one expects to be able to access email regardless of location. Managing crew email communications for over 400 crew members participating in the Clipper Race has been particularly challenging. The Astrium SkyFile Mail system has provided the perfect solution to enable the crew to have good reliable access to email from on board, while carefully managing the monthly spend for each crew member.

In addition to the hardware, airtime and email system, Livewire Connections has provided a secondary backup data connection over Iridium should a problem arise with the Inmarsat FleetBroadband. In order to track the boats, the race organisers are using the latest Inmarsat 6150 Mini-C antenna and Transas FleetViewOnline web portal allowing the race team to manually poll the fleet positions during emergency situations.

Tony Reid, Managing Director at Marine Camera Solutions commented: “Throughout the entirety of the project we have worked closely with the team at Livewire Connections to develop, deliver and manage the system. The system is proving to be robust yet manageable between Marine Camera Solutions and Livewire Connections.”

Livewire Connections wish the 12 Skippers and their crew a successful adventure.

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OYS goes Green

1st October 2013

Nigel Irens 78 foot catamaran in build at Green Marine. Equipped with an OYS thruster

Ocean Yacht Systems (OYS) are delighted to have signed their first contract with UK based carbon racing yachts and composite component company Green Marine.

The high performance, Nigel Irens designed, 78 foot fast catamaran is a new breed of design combining the technology and build methods of a stripped out racing multihull with the standard of full-fitout and amenity expected of a modern superyacht.

Due for launch in 2014, the carbon catamaran will be equipped with a custom lightweight vertical retracting bow thruster, model H-250-V.

OYS have worked closely with the Green Marine team to ensure the thruster design works seamlessly with the on board systems to produce maximum thrust yet wrapped up in a super lightweight package.

“This yacht is about having more power and less weight in a compact package.  Only OYS could give us the power to weight ratio that was wanted in a package that could fit the slim catamaran hullforms.  The ability to tweak motor and blade design will ensure the final unit is a perfect match to the hydraulic power available” – James Day, GM Project Manager.

Mark Barwell, Sales Director at Ocean Yacht Systems hopes that this will be the first of many projects with the Green Marine team.

For further details on OYS website here


Coastal Connections is based in Oban on the West Coast of Scotland. Their main activity is tourism, taking visitors out to the islands to see the scenery and the abundance of wildlife. When taking passengers out on coastal trips it is very important to them that their passengers are always comfortable when aboard the boats.

The increase in commercial requirements for vessels has meant that the commercial branch of the company called Offshore Connections have invested in a new vessel called Schiehallion to complement their existing 3 vessels. Having supplied all Offshore Connections previous boats and also supplied to Redbay boats for over 8 years Scot Seats was their automatic choice of seating.  The new boat is a Redbay Stormforce 12m with a fully enclosed cabin, allowing for a safe and dry environment for crew.   All the seats for the 12 crew + 3 helmsmen are supplied by Scot Seats and are the lightweight San Carlos range for both helm and passenger positions. Schiehallion is built to Category 2 MCA coding and has a cruising speed of 28 knots.

The seats supplied have been designed to be easily removable, should space be required for transporting goods and equipment, alternatively a few chairs can be removed to make way for a table.

Offshore Connections owner said, “Scot Seats are ergonomic and also hard wearing with thousands of passengers sitting on our seats every year. The new Aluminium seat frames are very strong and also very light weight which is a massive advantage on a fast craft.”


A recent project has prompted the development of a seating system which has been created from Scot Seats flip up seating range.

Scot Seats produce many types of flip-up seats but their involvement in a special military vessel project recently has meant they have modified the designs specially for troop carrying.  Flip-up seats are regularly used as crew seats in confined areas for occasional seating in cabins, for various control units or even in hyperbaric chambers and lifeboats.

The project this has been designed for is a vessel called THOR (Twin Hulled Offshore Raider) which has been designed and built by long term client of Scot Seats, CTruk.  The vessel incorporates a range of high-tech equipment provided through the CTruk Collaborative Amphibious Project (CTruk CAP): a consortium of companies who have joined forces to compete in a market dominated by larger corporations and Scot Seats are providing the specialist seating.

The seats are manufactured from lightweight aluminium and stainless steel with a powder coated finish and MITIGATOR shock absorbent foam in the seat to further reduce the impact of vibration.  The seats can also be fitted with lap safety belts.  When not in use they tuck close to the bulkhead so that the space inside the vessel is optimised when not carrying troops as well as making entering or exiting the craft easy.

In addition to the troop carrying seats, the CTruk THOR vessel is equipped with 4 x S2 Helmsman shock mitigation seats with controls built into the arms for the coxswain, navigator and 2 supporting crew for gun or camera type operations.

The THOR vessel will be on display at DSEI giving waterborne displays as well as being available for client demonstrations.