Turkish boatbuilder opens UK office

DROMEAS YACHTS the company, which produces high-performance offshore powerboats, has announced that it is expanding and will be locating its head office in the UK, at Hamble Point Marina, Southampton to better support its worldwide dealer network more efficiently.

The additional 7,000 sqm GRP facility takes the boatbuilder’s total production capacity to 12,000sqm. Dromeas says the increase in production capacity will allow its latest vessels, the D33 WA and D33 SUV, to move to full production later this year.

In February, Dromeas opened a production facility in Izmir to increase its build capacity. The company has also recently expanded into China.

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Diverse Marine to build third Chartwell 24 & New Vessel for Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service

Diverse Marine Ltd has announced that HST Marine (HST) have signed a contract for a third Chartwell Marine Ltd designed Chartwell 24. The new vessel will be a sister to the delivered HST Ella and in build HST Frances.

This follows last week announcement by CAISTER VOLUNTEER LIFEBOAT SERVICE LIMITED that it has signed a new vessel construction agreement with the shipbuilder for a first of class 14-meter Medina Class Lifeboat. 

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NEW THAMES MUSEUM PROPOSED TO HOUSE HISTORIC BOAT COLLECTION

The Public Consultation for a proposed new Thames-side museum, which will house the Rose Toop Collection of historic boats has now closed. 

The Rose Toop Collection consists of nearly 40 boats from the ‘Golden Age’ of wooden boatbuilding on the Thames, providing examples of unpowered, open launch, tender and steam. It began in the late 1960s when hand-built wooden river craft were superseded by fibreglass.

If the application is successful, the new museum will be built on the site of Hobbs Boatyard, opposite the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, which Rose Toop Collection owner Adam Toop purchased in October 2020.  

Substantial investment is planned for the boatyard, which will be operated on a not-for-profit basis and in the absence of sponsorship. Facilities will be both improved and expanded for the benefit of the small community of marine businesses that operate from the site, the boat owners they serve, along with traditional boat clubs and societies. 

In operation since the late 19th century, Hobbs will also retain an important presence, continuing their operations on approximately one third of the site, leased back to them on extended terms to ensure continuity. 

The planning application is for a vintage boat collection of National significance, and aims include: re-finishing the current barns on the site in wood, adopting materials originally employed in the construction of the historic sheds lost to fire; the creation of suitable environment to properly store and maintain the Rose Toop Collection; a mezzanine area for safely viewing the Collection while providing access to the Collection’s archives and library; erection of a workshop to provide restoration and maintenance space for boats in the Collection; support for the existing small, specialist marine businesses based at the boatyard through improved, secure facilities; and additional moorings, which would be made available for owners for the seasonal mooring of other recreational vintage boats of similar pedigree to the boats and craft in the Rose Toop Collection.

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Dunkirk Little Ship inspires new boatbuilding centre and museum

The Skylark IX Recovery Trust announced ambitious plans to secure a bright future for the much-loved Skylark IX ‘Dunkirk Little Ship’ at the heart of a new immersive heritage experience and boatbuilding training centre in Dumbarton.

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