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Despite what many brand marketeers try to tell us, true luxury isn’t about labels or bling. True luxury can be divided into three basic elements – time, comfort and space. If you have this triumvirate; the time to enjoy, the space to spread out and the comfort to appreciate, only then you are experiencing true luxury. And few fifty-foot yachts encompass these three pillars quite like the brand new Princess V50 sports yacht from Princess.

That the V50 is a luxurious boat is without question. Even before stepping aboard it is self-evident in the sleek coupe profile, neat detailing including next generation arrow shaped hull windows mirrored perfectly by the engine vents. But that form is not at the expense of function – side decks wide enough to walk easily along without resorting to crabbing sideways, protected by deck rails high enough to reach without stooping being just one example.

Available in two versions, you can have your V50 in Open format with the main deck laid out entirely to open cockpit beneath an open backed hard top, a dinghy garage tucked beneath a large sunpad, perfect for those long lazy days in the sun. Or you can opt for the deck saloon version we have here. Both boats run the same Volvo Penta IPS600 pod drive system giving easy fingertip joystick control in close confines combined with serious thirty plus knot performance underpinned by a deep vee offshore hull that allows the yacht to maintain those high speeds, shrinking distances and gaining you time. Time to explore further or enjoy the destination for longer – the first pillar of true luxury.

For the deck saloon model, the hydraulic bathing platform takes on tender storing and launching duties and the sunpad is swapped for a generous cockpit catered for by the bar installed in the same area. And that in turn creates a deck saloon that can be linked seamlessly to the cockpit via wide opening sliding glass doors. Inside is another terrific social space, the entire port side laid out to a comfortable sweep of seating for lounging or dining. Opposite, a long sideboard offers plenty of storage as well as concealing a flat screen TV that rises from the unit on demand. The double helm forward offers a commanding driving position, perfect for exploiting the performance while twin electric drop windows and a massive sliding roof connect you and your guests to the elements, putting you in touch with the sea and the sky. But just as effectively, they allow you to banish extreme heat or cold and completely control your climate under way or at rest via powerful reverse cycle air conditioning, creating the ultimate in comfort, that second pillar quietly and completely executed.

But where the V50 really nails the hat trick of ultimate true luxury has to be in the sheer space found on board. Generous though that main deck is, it’s once you descend to the lower deck that the talent of Princess designers and genius of its layout really shines through. From the full height fridge freezer to the all-electric cooking including a ceramic hob to space for a dish washer, this is home from home kitchen facilities, whether it’s whipping up a quick sandwich or catering for a wonderful aquatic dinner party. There’s an L-shaped dinette opposite, creating a discrete snug tucked away for quiet breakfasts or a cozy evening drink (or specify this area as a third cabin). Head forward to find a large double berth cabin, elbow room evident everywhere from the sheer amount of floor space to en suite access to a bathroom of a size and quality that echoes a good boutique hotel. Impressive enough, but doubly so when you consider that this is only the guest accommodation.

The master suite is back aft, mere cabin sells it short. A square bedroom with full standing headroom lit by those large signature hull windows, it’s an oasis of spacious calm with a settee tucked against one side and a large chest of drawers built into the other. Even the wardrobe follows the theme, double doored, illuminated and full height, proving that floor space doesn’t come at the expense of storage, a theme echoed yet again by another huge bathroom.

Many fifty-foot yachts offer some of these benefits, they go fast or offer big cabins. What the Princess V50 does is offer that performance without the compromise, giving the owner and his lucky guests all the time, space and comfort they could ever need. True luxury.

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Congratulations! You’re thrilled to be the proud owner of one of our stunningly beautiful, powerful, luxurious Princess motor yachts. Is it necessary to register your vessel? Are there any circumstances in which registration is compulsory? What is the registration process, and how is a vessel’s ownership determined? Here’s what you need to know.

The background – About British Merchant Shipping law

Under the nation’s Merchant Shipping Law, ownership is closely linked to registration – one cannot exist without the other. Registration also makes it clear which flag state a boat belongs to, vital since merchant ships tend to be big, valuable and laden with potential liabilities.

Every boat has a national identity or flag state, which identifies the rights and obligations they have under the law, even if it’s something really small like a sailing dinghy. When you resister your boat, you are officially bound by your flag state’s laws, rules and regulations.

Do you need to register your boat?

While your yacht is in British territorial waters, you aren’t bound by the law to register her. The Merchant Shipping Act 1995 pins down which vessels are British, and allowed to fly the British flag.

If a ‘qualifying owner’ has an unregistered ship less than 24m long they’re allowed to fly the British flag. In this context ‘qualifying’ means an individual or business entitled to register a British boat.

Once a British boat leaves the UK’s territorial waters, warships from anywhere in the world are allowed to demand proof of its right to fly the British flag. This effectively means the boat must be registered.

Unless you have absolutely no intention of leaving UK territorial waters and can be wholly confident you won’t do so by accident, you don’t have the register your craft. Can you be 100% certain of that? If not, as you can imagine, it’s better to be safe than sorry and register your boat.

If your boat isn’t registered, you leave British waters, and local Customs employees find you out, you will have to pay a fine. And if you stay in another country for long enough, local Customs can decide that your boat belongs under that country’s jurisdiction, which means you’ll have to abide by their laws and regulations.

A boat’s registration normally comes from either the nationality of the owner, or the country they’re living in. Once she’s registered, she becomes a floating element of the flag state she belongs to, and the owner must abide by the flag nation’s requirements regarding training, health and safety and so on. It’s handy to know that here in Britain we don’t demand compulsory training or minimum safety on private boats and pleasure craft.

How to register a boat in UK

How do I register my boat in Britain? The register of British Shipping consists of four parts, one to four. British pleasure boats can register on either Part I, the original Register of British Ships, or Part III, the Small Ships Register or SSR. You can only register on one of them, not both.

Which to choose? The main differences are the eligibility and proof to register. Part I is a title register and proof of ownership, which also includes details about any boat mortgage, and the SSR is more like a passport for your boat.

About Part 1 boat registration

Part I Registration is for British nationals and non UK workers with an official right of freedom of movement or the right to establish themselves in Britain. If you don’t meet the criteria you still might be able to register on Part 1, but you’ll need to contact the Registry first.

If your boat is more than 24m long, Part 1 is your only option. The same applies if it is owned by a company or you have a marine mortgage on the vessel whose terms and conditions insist you have to register on Part 1.

Part 1 is also your only choice if you want to join the British Register but live abroad, since Part 3 registration demands you live in the UK. If you don’t usually live in Britain you’ll have to appoint an individual or corporate representative who does, and they will need to deal with all the paperwork on your behalf.

The meaning of the word ‘established’ is really important here. It isn’t enough merely to live in Britain or be employed here. Article 52 of the EU Treaty says ‘establishment’ means you must make an economic contribution to the nation, either via running a business or on a self-employed basis.

The best thing about Part 1 registration is it makes selling the vessel so much easier, simply because it confirms the seller actually owns the craft and whether or not there’s a mortgage on it.

How to put your boat on the Part 1 Register

Registration on Part 1 costs around £124 and you’ll need to get a 5 year tonnage and measurement survey first. If your boat is shorter than 13.7 metres (45 feet)  you can use a simpler way of measuring it via a RYA appointed tonnage measurer.

To register you’ll have to prove the chain of ownership 5 years back, unless the craft has already been Part 1 registered during that time. If so, you must provide bills of sale revealing every ownership transfer since it was last registered. You’ll have to provide the vessel’s name, which mustn’t be the same as the name already on Part 1. And if your boat is brand new you’ll need to show the builders certificate. You’ll find the relevant forms for Part 1 at www.gov.uk.

About the Small Ships Register – the SSR

Part 3, the Small Ships Register is cheaper than Part 1 and proves your nationality when you venture overseas. Eligible boats are less than 24m long and owned privately. You have to be a British citizen to register your craft, or a non UK citizen exercising your EU right of freedom of movement / worker’s right for establishment. The SSR is also good for:

  • People from British Dependant Territories
  • British Overseas citizens
  • British subjects under the British Nationality Act 1981
  • British Nationals (overseas) under Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986
  • Any citizens of the Commonwealth not catered for in the bullet points above

To be considered ‘ordinarily’ resident in the UK, you must live here for at least 185 days in every 12 months.

SSR registration is relatively easy. All you do is complete a form from the Registry, something you can do online. It costs just £25 and lasts for 5 years. Most nations these days are aware of the SSR, but if you’re going to far-flung places it may be wise to get in touch with the UK Ship Register (RSS) to check the country knows about SSR. It’s legal the world over.

How to apply for the Part 3 Register, SSR

Registration on Part 3 is simple. All you need to do is fill in a basic form from the Registrar General that includes a description of the vessel, its total overall length, its name (which, unlike the Part 1 Register, doesn’t have to be unique), all the owners’ names and addresses, a declaration that they’re eligible to own a British Ship and the ship is entitled to legally register. Give them all that and you’ll be sent your registration certificate, after which you must display the registration number – preceded by ‘SSR’ – on a visible external surface. You’ll find a link here: www.gov.uk UK ship register.

Where to register a boat?

Part I, the Register of British Ships, is administered by the office of the Registrar General of Shipping in Cardiff. Part III, the Small Ships Register, is also administered by the Registrar General at Cardiff. Contact the RSS, the UK Ship Register at Anchor Court, Keen Road, Cardiff, CF24 5JW. Telephone 02920 448800.

How to find a boat owner

The purpose of the Part 1 register is to confirm a boat’s nationality and register the title and charges. Because it isn’t used for anything else, it isn’t on public record and can’t be searched.

A useful way to find out more information on a vessel is to visit the Maritime mobile Access and Retrieval System (MARS) page on the ITU.int website. From there you can access the Ship  station search page. Just enter the vessel name or call sign and you will see some details about the boat – including the owners.

Always happy to help

Whether you’ve bought a brand new Princess craft or a used one, we’re always happy to help you through the administrative side of boat ownership. Contact one of our team at Princess Motor Yacht Sales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +44 (0)1489 557755.

Malibu Boats introduced the Wakesetter 22 LSV, for 2019.

The 22 LSV offers the most space for a boat its size. The 22-foot length allows for towing and garage storage with all the accolades the LSV family offers. It has seating for 14 in a traditional-bow design with easy access to the spacious front lounge area.
New advances in the 2019 22 LSV include a fresh interior featuring a redesigned helm seat­ and an additional Malibu Wake View Bench Seat bench seat to provide seating options for a full day on the water.

“We are so excited to introduce the all-new 22 LSV into our LSV lineup for 2019. With the 23 LSV being the best-selling towboat year after year, the 22 LSV takes that pedigree and packs it into a perfectly sized frame for families of all sizes,” said Malibu Boats VP of Sales and Marketing Eric Bondy.

The 22 LSV begins with the industry’s only sport-specific hull options. Consumers can choose from Malibu's Diamond Multisport Hull to create slalom flats while still churning wakes and waves that satisfy any die-hard boarder. When the wakesurf board and wakeboard are all the weekend calls for, the Wake Plus Hull allows the 22 LSV to generate the biggest wakes and waves in its class.

Malibu’s sport-specific hulls are paired with our exclusive Integrated Surf Platform (I.S.P.), which brings together multiple systems that combine to transform the water into the ultimate wakeboarding or surfing experience. This starts with Malibu’s Surf Gate system. The standard in wave creation, Surf Gate allows for perfect barreling waves with the touch of a button. Users can change the wave easily from port to starboard while riding with a quick three-second transfer time.

The 22 LSV’s Quad Hard-Tank Ballast is now loaded with Max Ballast L-shaped rear ballast tanks, enabling even more wake and wave displacement. The system can also have optional plug-n-play ballast bags for a bigger, more customizable wake. With the use of an integrated float sensor, the driver can monitor the full ballast system via the Malibu Command Center, a feature only Malibu offers within the industry. The optional patented Power Wedge III hydrofoil lets users carve an even bigger wake by instantly adding up to 1,500 pounds of additional wake-generating water displacement. Combined, the Quad Hard-Tank Ballast and Power Wedge III give the 22 LSV full wake customization for riders of all ages and ability levels to have their best day on the water.

Controlling the I.S.P. can be done using the Malibu Command Center, the optional Sport Dash Rotary Dial, or push-button controls mounted on the Malibu Command Wheel, all easily accessible from the helm. Additionally, the Surf Band Wrist Remote lets the rider adjust the Power Wedge III, Surf Gate, boat speed, and volume of the rear-facing tower speakers right from the Surf Band.

The new 2019 22 LSV also includes the option of the new Malibu Gx Tower, constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum. Programmable actuators allow the tower to fold with ease as the user rotates the switch to help guide the tower into a lowered position. Choose from six hoop color options, five billet color options, and add white or black Rev 10 speakers to fully customize your tower.

Malibu Soft Grip material covers the flooring and swimboard to enhance comfort and function.

More information on the 2019 22 LSV can be found on the Malibu website.

Seven Marine has gained CE Mark certification for its flagship 627 hp model, enabling the American company to begin selling its top-of-the-range product in Europe.

In response to increased interest in its products from international markets and a growing demand for high-power outboards for larger boats across the globe, the company has gained CE (Conformité Européene) Mark certification – a legislative requirement to conform to health, safety and environmental standards.

This designation makes it possible for the Seven 627sv model to be sold within the European Union. “This is a strong step forward for us in the European market,” said Brian Davis, vice president of Seven Marine. “Since we first exhibited our outboards in Europe in 2016, and following our acquisition by Volvo Penta last year, European boatbuilders have shown a lot of interest in our outboards.

Seven Marine has developed new products and redesigned the 627 model to continue the company's pursuit of offering a premium range of high-performance outboards to a broader market, Davis said. "We look forward to introducing Seven Marine products to customers in Europe.”

The Seven 627sv is a premium outboard engine with a lot customizable options, so the process of discussing what the customers want becomes very personal and special, said Rick Davis, president of Seven Marine.

“Some customers have chosen Seven Marine so that they can provide more power, or reduce the number of engines while retaining the same power as before if they are switching from a competitor to our engines," Rick Davis added. "Some customers have chosen the Seven 627sv because of the ability to make the outboard an integral part of their boat’s overall aesthetic. “We are proud to have such good relationships with boatbuilders and pleased that some of the Seven Marine-powered boats will be showcased at the Cannes Yachting Festival, Genoa Boat Show and the Monaco Yacht Show, in September.”

Applications to gain CE Mark certification for Seven Marine’s 527 and 577 hp engines are in progress and are expected to be approved in the coming months.


Midwest-based SkipperBud’s is now the dealer for Beneteau’s Powerboats Division.

SkipperBud’s will add the Gran Turismo and Swift Trawler lines to dealership portfolios in Eastern Michigan and Ohio.

“This is a natural evolution for SkipperBud’s. Beneteau is already a wonderful partner. SkipperBud’s has been a large Four Winns, Glastron, and Scarab dealer throughout the Midwest for many years. We are excited to expand our product offerings in these markets," said SkipperBud's President Mike Pretasky, Jr.

SkipperBud's 2019 model year inventory will arrive soon, the company reported, including the Gran Turismo 40 and 46.

This fall, the Swift Trawler 35 will make its debut in SkipperBud’s Midwest locations.

“We are delighted to include SkipperBud’s in Beneteau Powerboats network,” said Jean‐ Francois Lair,Beneteau’s director of sales. “We share the same values with SkipperBud’s, which is a long established family business."

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