December 22, 2010

Not the London Boat Show

Again Ahoy-Boats will not be at the London International Boat Show in January 2011.

We were there in 2009 and you can see a video below of the VirusBoats V8 catamaran that we exhibited.

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The press and the public acclaimed this excellent new design.

Of course we are not the only company not attending this year. Look carefully at the list of exhibitors on the London Boat Show web site and you'll see that many familiar names that you would expect to see there will be absent too. I think we were the only multihull company to exhibit a real boat there in 2009. I may be wrong, I was on the stand most of the time.

Meantime if you want to learn more about the Magnum 21 or 18 or the new V8 Catamaran or any of the rowing boats then you're in the right place already. Just use the
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Finally, I do see signs of the end of the recession as we know it. Sales of second hand Magnum 21 trimarans have occurred earlier this winter than I have ever known them to. Cause for optimism. :-)

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 10:15 PM

February 09, 2010

Multihulls at Amercias Cup

I'm off the Valencia soon to watch the Americas Cup. This is the first time that it has been raced by multhihulls. A catamaran against a trimaran. These are cutting edge boats for a change.

I had a prospect come sailing with me in a CATRI 24 racing/cruising trimaran once who said, when we reached 10 knots, that this was the speed that the Americas Cup boats sail at and that they go to inordinate lengths to achieve these speeds in their monohulls, speeds which are easy to achieve in a multihull. I think we reached 17 or 19 knots that day in the CATRI 24.

The Americas Cup multihulls should be reaching speeds of 30 knots and will be covering distances that will take them a long way from the spectators, I suspect. But the TV will have it covered and I'm anxious to see what sort of a hullabaloo they make of it all.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 10:52 AM

January 13, 2010

Episode 3 of Atlantic Adventure

This is an ocean adventure in the new V8 catamaran and, as you know, "worse things happen at sea". See what happens. In the subsequent episodes you will be able to see the preparations for the racing in the regatta, video of the races and finally the fun of the return journey.

Phillipe & I set off in the new V8 Catamaran from Les Sables d'Olonne (home of the Vendée Globe round the world yacht race) on the final leg of our outbound Atlantic voyage from L'Orient in Brittany to Port Medoc at the mouth of the Gironde (the river that leads to Bordeaux) where we were about to participate in the first ever Regatta for Habitable Multihulls on the Gironde Estuary.

The VirusBoats V8 catamaran has been designed to be at the frontier between the small, exciting, beach cats like the Hobie and Dart that you cannot sleep aboard and the big cruising catamarans that you cannot afford and don't go very fast because the fun and excitement has been designed out of them. This is not a compromise design. The wave piercing hulls prevent sudden decelerations so average speed is good. It is a win win design.

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Episodes 1 and 2 are below.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 04:23 AM

December 30, 2009

Episode 2 of Atlantic Adventure

So did I sleep well in Ile d'Yeu. No. Not a wink. I had two sheet sleeping bags with me and really they were not worth the trouble of getting into them so I simply went to sleep wearing everything I had to wear. But it wasn't enough. I could feel the heat being sucked out from beneath me so I was up in the night trying to do something about it. I would have been better off sleeping on the concrete dockside which was still warm in the morning!

V8 sails.jpg

So as soon as we'd had breakfast and visited the capitainerie to pay our dues we sought out the local supermarket, "Casino", to buy a sleeping bag and camping mat. Then it was off the Les Sable d'Olonne, the home of the Vendée Globe, as that was going to be as far as we could get in the light winds.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 10:15 PM

October 05, 2009

Record Speed for V8

On passage to the La Rochelle Boat Show the new V8 catamaran achieved a new top speed of 21.3 knots. The crew think that they went faster than this before they turned the GPS on!

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 03:05 PM

October 01, 2009

Atlantic Adventure Highlights

The V8 was NOT at the Southampton International Boat Show as it had to go to La Rochelle instead but this video covering the highlights of our Atlantic Adventure is much better anyway. Enjoy.

Episode 1
The outbound voyage is covered in more detail in an article I've written in Multihull Review magazine and you can see a video of Episode 1 of our journey in the V8 this summer here which takes us from L'Orient to Ile d'Yeu. I will be producing other videos from this exciting trip in due course. Something to do over the winter months! In the meantime you can read about the voyage home below.

The Voyage Home

Phillipe bade us bon voyage at Port Medoc as he was going to drive Laouen's car back to Brittany and Loauen's cousin, Gregoire, joined the crew.

All was well at the beginning with a good ebb tide and some wind helping us along. Then as we reached the lumpy water at the mouth of the estuary the wind dropped and we slopped around with the little 3.5HP spare engine barely able to propel us up the steepest waves without stalling. It turned out to have run out of fuel. It only holds a litre! I thought we would never escape. The vessel that carries the Airbus wings from Mostyn on the Estuary of the River Dee near where I live steamed by. At last the wind arrived and we were on our way into the Atlantic again.

Around the middle of the day Laouen attached a rope to the stern and hung off it porpoising along behind the boat whilst we loosened off the spinnaker to keep the speed down. That was until Greg powered it up again to give Laouen a little excitement.

Things you can do with a shallow draft boat

We did not have enough food on board to carry on through the night and the next day to get to Ile d'Yeu so as the wind dropped in the late afternoon we decided to beach the boat at the NE tip of the Ile de Ré, so that we would deviate the least distance from our intended overall course. To save time we went between the two lighthouses after checking our tide tables to see if there would be enough water. There was about 1.5m! But we only drew 80cm so we just had to keep one eye on the sea bed and the other on the GPS! We took the anchor up the beach near some WWII German bunkers, one of which was actually inhabited, then we went for a meal beside of the lighthouse of Le Gillieux.

Things that go bump in the night

Back on board Laouen and Greg erected their tent in the dark and I got inside the starboard hull. But it was impossible to get to sleep as the wind had changed direction and waves were pushing the V8 up the beach creating groaning and creaking noises with accompanying violent movements. We all turned to at the same time in our night attire. Laouen jumped into the sea at the bows and I went to start the engine. It started first time. Thank you, you Japanese. Then two waves entered the tent that Laouen and Greg had neglected to close and simultaneously soaked me from head to foot whilst at the same time lifting the hulls enough for Laouen to push us off the sand. We motored out to the other moored boats and dropped the anchor. Phew!

Ile de Ré - Ile d'Yeu

Next day, up early we set sail after sunrise and coffee with sleeping bags and clothing hanging from the boom to dry. It was another beautiful day of broad reaching with the spinnaker. Laouen managed to drop his phone in the sea! His wife was not surprised to hear this, as he loses one phone each year. I paid special attention to him when he borrowed mine later to tell her.

After half an hour trying to find a suitable beach to land on at Ile d'Yeu, Laouen bid me call up the capitainerie on the VHF as he felt my English accent would be more likely to secure us a place in the harbour. We ended up in exactly the same place as before and employed the same jumble of ropes to secure fenders between the dock wall and the boat.

Night sailing

Next morning at 5am we managed to knock into the water our port side navigation light before we'd even used it. Laouen's head torch took its place. Good job it wasn't the starboard light that went missing. This was to be our longest day. We had to use the engine almost all the way to Belle Ile but this had its compensations. The surface of the ocean had a glassy appearance and the rising sun made beautiful patterns on the hull sides. You could see the reflection of the sky so that in one direction the water was the colour of ink and in another it had the pattern of the clouds in it that looked like a Belgian Waffle.

Strange Fish

Laouen and Greg undertook their morning ablutions, swimming in the ocean! Then once we got going again we came across the strangest fish. At first all we could see was a fin flapping on the surface. Then as we drew near we could clearly see the fish underneath this fin. It had a matching fin underneath and couple of smaller ones on its sides. It looked as though it had had its rear half bitten off. But it hadn't. We later discovered that it was a sunfish and that they eat jellyfish. This must have been a baby as it was only about ½ a metre long and the adults can reach the size of a Landrover!

Looks like fog!

Still motoring we caught sight of Belle Ile and then we were in fog. Dense but not thick fog. We could still clearly see the sun. But would couldn't see through the fog more than 20 metres. I had to keep cleaning my specs with a chamois leather every few minutes. Then the wind came and we were able to stop using the engine. I thought I saw land dead ahead and Laouen, at the helm, exclaimed, “It must be the island of Hoedic and we need to turn to port now!” but I checked the GPS and Hoedic was miles away still so it must just have been a big wave. Then the fog disappeared and we decided to head into Quiberon Bay where the water would be calmer and we'd be able to sail faster.

Where to now?

We were discussing which way to go from here as the wind was coming from where we wanted to go, which meant very slow progress beating to windward. Should we go back between the islands? Which passage to choose? I was very tired by this time and my eyes wanted to close. We'd been doing 10 miles at the helm each but we'd been going since 5am and I'd not slept like the others had because of the fog. Then there was a splash right next to me. “Oh my God”, I exclaimed, “Dolphins! Quick get the camera.” Instead Greg immediately took the helm and I grabbed the camcorder. We were surrounded by about 40 dolphins! The most I'd ever seen at one go. Laouen lay on the foredeck of the starboard hull tapping the sides for all he was worth to entertain them. They only stayed for a few minutes then they went off to investigate another yacht going the other way. Then they disappeared leaving us all wide awake and thrilled. Laouen had been worried not to have seen dolphins in the V8 all this time so he was really pleased.

The plan changed several times. Should we go to Le Palais on Belle Ile? What about Port Haliguen on the Quiberon peninsula? What about Sauzon on Belle Ile. We seemed destined not to get to L'Orient at any rate. We were still heading north as the wind had freshened and Laouen and Greg could not resist the temptation to go fast on a reach. The temperature had dropped with the cold front that had caused the fog and time was marching on. After a couple of tacks we found ourselves almost at the entrance of the Morbihan so we decided to put in at La Trinité-sur-mer.

Bowsprit fixing

Then suddenly the bowsprit fell down onto the forenet. Phillipe had identified a problem with a shackle before we'd set off and thought it would hold but the catamaran had been pitching quite a bit during the beat to windward and the shackle had given up the ghost. As with most things on a boat a little bit of rope solved the problem and we didn't even have to stop to fix it as we had a crew of three.

When I first started selling sailing boats I was quite shocked at how unreliable they were. They were like cars were before the Japanese became involved. I've come to accept it now. This 9 day trip was a really good test for the V8 and she came through it really well. The builders learned a few small but important lessons about the rig that will make it even better. And we all learned to sail it better.

Arrival - but not at home

I was put onto the radio again as we approached La Trinté because I had been successful last time in securing a berth. It worked again and Greg complimented me on my French, with surprise.

On the way in we passed a few very, very big, famous, racing multihulls.

Laouen went to the big motor yacht berthed next to us to borrow a cork screw for our remaining bottle of wine and instead we were all invited on board. After an hour or so his younger brother, Malo, turned up with his Renault Twingo and we all piled in to go for a meal at a local restaurant where everybody knew everybody except for me. Lots of kissing of the Madame.

Yet another cousin joined us and at the end of the meal I fell asleep in the toilet! Then we had to pack the sails away and secure the V8, collect our gear and take it to the Twingo. I fell asleep again on the car park whilst waiting for the others. We dropped Greg off first and Malo off second and Laouen borrowed Malo's car to take me to the house of his mother where we were going to stay the night. We had now been up for 22 hours! I was ready for bed.

Fright!

In the morning, I did as I was bid the night before and went upstairs to wake Laouen. When I called out his name from the landing I got no response at first. But then in a room to my right a woman sat up in bed and called out in alarm “Qui est vous?” (Who are you?) She obviously thought she was being burgled by an Englishman. “Laouen, Laouen can you please get up and explain to your mother who I am.”

Ten minutes later we were all laughing about it over coffee in the kitchen with Laouen being very contrite about not having told his mother and step-father because he had thought they were away.

So we had a great time, all of us, loads of laughs, lot's of little incidents, a few scary moments, we visited some new places and enjoyed French cuisine and hospitality and we had lots of great sailing with exciting arrivals in the new V8 catamaran. What could be better?

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Posted by © Stephen Walker at 03:09 PM

August 25, 2009

Atlantic Adventure - Episode 1

At the end of July I sailed the new V8 catamaran (made by VirusBoats) from L'Orient on the French Atlantic coast to the Ile d'Yeu.

In this first episode of our ten day adventure. Skipper, Phillipe, and I are on our way across the Bay of Biscay to take part in the 1st International Regatta for Habitable Multihulls on the Estuary of the Gironde, the river that leads up to Bordeaux. This is the first time that this new 8m catamaran has undertaken a voyage, as opposed to simply day sailing, so it is a great test of its capabilities, not to mention those of the crew! "Exciting things happen every day!"

The V8 is a boat that was designed to match precisely the way that most people make use of their yachts. But it goes a lot faster and it costs a lot less so buying one makes perfect sense in these difficult times, which is why I have dubbed the boat the Credit Crunch Catamaran.

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Watch out for subsequent episodes in the coming weeks.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 11:51 AM

July 25, 2009

Passage Planning for V8

Tomorrow I shall be flying off to Brittany again. This time to sail the V8 from L'Orient to the Gironde Estuary near Bordeaux for a our first ever race in this exciting catamaran!

As you may be aware from the video of the interview with Laouen de Kersauson, boss of VirusBoats, the builder, he invited me a short while ago to accompany him on this voyage.

I thought that I would be able to take yet more exciting video of the V8 (Credit Crunch Catamaran) and leave the hard work of sailing the catamaran and all that goes with a passage like this to Laouen and Phillipe but alas Laouen is not able to sail there with us and will have to join us there upon our arrival. This means a lot more work for me (which I stress I am only too happy to undertake) including planning the passage. Exciting :-)

Given that this is NOT ONLY the Atlantic Ocean that we will be sailing upon BUT ALSO the infamous Bay of Biscay and that there will be no boats accompanying us, we will clearly have to sail conservatively and cautiously and to think further ahead for there will be no spare crew member to call upon if things go wrong, as things are all too prone to do at sea!

Our route will be an island hopping one, possibly taking in Belle Ile again. Check out video below of our recent trip there.

But we'll definitely be calling at Ile d'Yeu and then probably Ile de Ré and then probably sailing under two huge bridges, one connecting Ile de Ré to the mainland and the other connecting Ile d'Oléron to the mainland. If we go this way then we have to venture out of the Pertuis de Maumusson over a bar that can be very dangerous if the conditions are wrong.

Fortunately, so far, the tides are looking good.

Once at Port Medoc we'll be taking part in the "L’Estuaire Challenge Multi 2009" over the following weekend, starting on my birthday, 31st July, before sailing back again.

I'll still have my mobile +44 7985 043 981 with me, of course, but I tend not to answer it immediately when I'm at sea!

If you are interested in buying a V8 and wish to sail back from Bordeaux with us, starting on Sunday August 2nd after the regatta finishes then please call me straight away.

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Posted by © Stephen Walker at 06:24 PM

June 26, 2009

Great day sail in V8 to Belle Ile

Close action video of sailing the new VirusBoats V8 catamaran, the Credit Crunch Catamaran, with builder and skipper, Laouen de Kersauson, from Etel in Brittany to the beautiful island of Belle Ile for the Christening of Laouen's baby daughter, Iria Flavia.

Jack Russell, Badjo, features with his favourite game, "Regardez Moi!"

This is the closest you can get to experiencing sailing the NEW V8 catamaran without going to France for a demonstration of this ultra-modern, exhilarating and liberating, 8 metre multihull that currently only costs from €37,584 + VAT. And the VAT is only 15% if ordered from Ahoy-Boats and delivered in the UK before the end of 2009.

Why not phone for a demo now? 07985 043 981.

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Posted by © Stephen Walker at 04:12 AM

June 10, 2009

V8 test and interview

Over the spring bank holiday in May I went to France to sail the new V8 catamaran for the first time and she didn't disappoint. I interviewed Laouen de Kersauson, owner of VirusBoats and builder of the new V8 catamaran, the Credit Crunch Catamaran.

Laouen explained why VirusBoats decided to build this 8 metre boat, the choice of Julien Marin as naval architect and the reasoning behind some of the design aspects, such as the inversed, wave-piercing bow, the chine along the sides and the skeg; features that make the boat safe to sail with your family, durable and trouble free and yet light, exhilarating and great fun, which is of course the real reason why you would want one!

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 03:50 PM

May 20, 2009

First test of V8 catamaran

The first press trial of the NEW VirusBoats V8 catamaran has just been published. It was undertaken in April.

 VirusBoats V8 Catamaran. Click to enlarge

I am off to France tomorrow to test the new 8m catamaran myself and to create some more video for you to watch. Watch this space in about 2 weeks time. It should be ready by then.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 03:44 PM

April 10, 2009

V8 demonstrations

April and May weekend demo dates for the V8 catamaran are almost completely taken up already so if you are thinking about buying one for this season and you want a demo shortly then please phone me a.s.a.p. to make the necessary arrangements.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 06:57 PM

March 12, 2009

High Quality Video of V8

Click on the HQ symbol in the bottom right had corner to watch in HIGH QUALITY. Then place your order! No time to waste. The season is upon us.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 02:15 PM

March 04, 2009

Interview with Regattatv.se

I was interviewed by www.regattatv.se about the V8 at the London International Boat Show in January.

You can view it here but if you want to view the clip at their web site, once there just click on the London Boat Show 2009 (10 filmer) button to reveal the V8 London Boat Show clip at the top of a drop down list of 3 of the films and then click on that.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 11:20 PM

February 27, 2009

Photo Gallery of V8

I've uploaded a huge gallery of photos of the V8 catamaran taken at the same time as the video. There are so many that I have found it impossible to choose which are the best and therefore worthy of uploading in higher resolution. So please vote for your favourites and I'll upload large versions to be accessible via the photos page so that you can see the detail. Please just email me with a list of your choices.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 12:10 AM

February 25, 2009

1st Video of V8 under sail

At last, for all those of you waiting expectantly for evidence of the seaworthiness of the V8 catamaran, here is some video of her undergoing sea trials at L'Orient in Brittany.

Next on the agenda is to get some journalists to test the boat - they are queueing up, as you may well imagine. Then it is YOUR TURN. Book your demonstration NOW. Call me on 07985 043 981.

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Posted by © Stephen Walker at 08:07 PM

February 03, 2009

V8 Christening Photos

Last weekend the NEW V8 catamaran made it onto the water for the first time. First reports are that she's an incredibly dry boat to sail because you are so high up.

1st sortie in the V8 catamaran

Not surprisingly she was able to sail a little faster than the wind. And she slices through the waves with her wave piercing hulls just as I had expected her to do.

It was stormy in Brittany yesterday so it was not until today that we were able to get some decent photos of her sailing.

Part way through a gybe with the spinnaker up.

Today the "test pilots" took her up to 15 knots and managed to get one hull out of the water. More to come. And she performs incredibly well upwind, almost keeping up with the motor boat on the beat back to the harbour despite the spreaders being too long, which prevented the jib being hauled in really tight. This is the sort of little thing that needs sorting out before we let customers loose in the boat.

William, Phillipe & Lauren

I asked how easy she was to tack as this is a question often asked by customers and I was told that it was a little bit difficult at first but with just a little practice it was easy. Keep the speed up (not diffcult in this boat) and tack slowly. Probably an over simplification of the requirements but I'll report more on this in due course.

The Credit Crunch Catamaran.  Only €37,584! Zipping along!

So far she is living up to expectations. The word most frequently used to describe her performance was "incredible"! Shame they forgot to take the video camera with them. It was left on charge at the factory in the excitement.


Posted by © Stephen Walker at 10:51 PM

January 21, 2009

V8 steals the Show at London

Visitors to the London International Boat Show were all over the new V8 catamaran from VirusBoats the whole time.

The NEW V8 catamaran was the most visited boat at the show. The public and the press loved it and we had a constant stream of sailing professionals coming to the stand to congratulate us on a great concept, well executed. Check out the video on Cowes TV. My interview is about 1/4 of the way through.

Whilst numbers at the London International Boat Show have been declining steadily since it moved to Excel, and I doubt if this year was an exception, nevertheless we were busy the whole time. Monday, Tuesday and particularly Wednesday were quiet at the show with low visitor numbers overall. But on Thursday and both Fridays and particularly at the weekends it was crammed and we were inundated with visitors wanting to know all about the V8. So much so that we were unable to talk with everybody that came to the stand. For this I apologise. Other exhibitors and show officials came and told us that they had noticed how much attention the Credit Crunch Catamaran was receiving. It was nothing short of phenomenal!

So what did people say? "Interesting" and "intriguing" were common remarks from engineers and architects and scientists. But the most frequently heard exclamation from sailors was, "this looks like it could be a load of FUN". Families, especially those with youngsters, crawled excitedly all over the boat and the kids loved the trampolines and the two cosy cabins with their two cots in each.

One thing which struck us was that the boat required little explanation. Many people have already sailed beach cats and know how much fun they can be so it was an easy mental leap to this 8m long catamaran.

Just look at those lines!

Another thing we noticed was that the most experienced and knowledgeable sailing professionals, such as Rupert Knox-Johnson, who popped over in the final hour of the show, understood completely and fully approved of the decisions made in the design. Things like the choice of keels over dagger-boards to reduce weight, cost, wear and tear whilst sitting on a mooring and problems when taking the ground or encountering submerged objects and to provide more space in the cabins. Rupert also noted that the mast was canted backwards to help reduce the risk of pitch-poling. All such choices were clear to those who have sailed a lot and who have been in the business of making or using boats.

So everybody has given the boat their stamp of approval and I have come away from the show with a very long list of people interested in the boat, most of whom, amazingly, wish to buy this year! I will be contacting everybody on this list in the coming weeks and will try to arrange demonstrations as soon as possible in Brittany. Feb 7th looks like the earliest opportunity. I already have that date earmarked for one particular couple. However, please do not feel you have to wait for my call.

At the moment, VirusBoats have only the one mould and so only one hull can be made each week. This means only two boats per month. With the level of interest shown at Paris and London already and anticipated at the Rome Boat Show next month and with professionals in Australia, Croatia, America, Sweden etc. all acclaiming the boat we are expecting orders from all over the world and it will be difficult to fulfil them all this year so it will be first come, first served and if sufficient people put their money where their mouths are then we will be able to invest in further moulds and increase production to satisfy demand. So please do not be slow in coming forward with your commitment or you may find yourself at the back of a long queue. A 30% deposit is required to secure your place in that queue.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 10:44 AM

January 01, 2009

V8 debut at Paris Boat Show

The new V8 catamaran by VirusBoats was launched at the Paris Boat Show (Salon Nautique) three weeks ago and was hailed as a triumph by sailing professionals (journalists, naval architects, designers and professional sailors). "Wow, what fantastic lines!" was the collective exclamation. She was certainly still turning heads when I was there last Saturday. Everybody thought the same and wanted to caress her sleek yet aggressive curves.

Orders were taken without even a test sail! So the debut was a great success (see the video above).

On Sunday I fly out to France again, this time for the "mis a l'eau" - putting into the water. I'll be taking my video camera with me and its special waterproof case and editing it over the Christmas holiday ready for the London International Boat Show so that you can see that she floats! I hope the weather is good and the wind variable so that we can show her off in different conditions. But we only have two days, not a big window of opportunity, because the sails have not yet been made and we'll only get them on Tuesday!

Next stop London, Stand N16N. See you there. Bring your cheque book.

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The price is €37,584 plus VAT for boat with "Easy" sails and there are three choices of sails: Easy, Cruising and Race. You can have your own sails made too if you like and we have negotiated with Banks Sails, who specialise in multihull sails, for this.

With VAT being lower in the UK the boat is currently cheaper here, and this goes some way towards offsetting the cost of fetching the boat over here from Brittany. DELIVERY & COMMISSIONING (worth £1,500) will be FREE if you order a boat DURING the London Show for delivery in the UK in FEBRUARY.

I had a discussion with VirusBoats about racing this boat and we agreed that we should set something up. This might take the form of a race with a crew of two from L'Orient to Plymouth one year and the other direction on alternate years. Any suggestions would be most welcome. My own idea was that we should have a variation on the Le Mans start. This would involve finishing a game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe before departing and could be termed the Drake Armada start. In L'Orient we could play boules!

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 10:43 PM

November 23, 2008

1st V8 Hull made already

The first V8 hull has been made and brought from the fibreglass workshop to the VirusBoats yard to be fitted out and made into a fully fledged flying machine.

First V8 hull ready to leave for VirusBoats yard. Special convoy Reversing into the VirusBoats yard ...STOP! 1st V8 hull arrives at VirusBoats to be fitted out Doesn't she look great? Beams waiting to be connected to the other hull when it arrives Starboard side

The story of this exciting new boat is unfolding. We've witnessed the conception, the gestation and now the birth. The next rights of passage will be the showing her off to lot's of interested people at the Paris Boat Show and then the Christening!

I am off to the "Sail, power and Watersports Show" at Earls Court this week. Come and talk with me about this beautiful creation. You can already see how efficiently VirusBoats have pulled this project together. They are past masters at it.

I will have on show at Earls Court a beautiful, blue, VirusBoats Magnum 18 trimaran, which is for sale at a saving of £2,735! This is the credit crunch trimaran! And it is the only one. At this price anyway.

I'll also have a couple of rowing boats for you to see, the VirusBoats Turbo II Classic and the innovative Edon TS515 training scull from Australia, both of which have sold exceptionally well in the UK. Come and see why.

At the London International Boat Show at Excel in January I will be showing the new V8 (credit-crunch) catamaran and also the VirusBoats Yole Custom, the boat that Noel Louvet started off the company with in 1993, which is still selling strongly because it is such a brilliant design.


Posted by © Stephen Walker at 11:18 PM

November 13, 2008

Trailer for V8 catamaran

The trailer for this boat has to be expandable. That is to say it must be suitable for trailing the catamaran on the road where its width overall must be less than 2.5m. Yet it must also allow for the catamaran to be assembled before launching.

The full width of the V8 then, with the wings, will be 4.7m. So this is a sophisticated trailer! The cost is expected to be approximately €4,000 plus VAT ex-works in France.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 06:02 PM

November 11, 2008

V8 at London Boat Show

I have managed to secure a space at the London International Boat Show at the Docklands Excel centre in January 2009 to exhibit the exciting NEW V8 catamaran by VirusBoats.

At the Sail, Power and Watersports Show at Earls Court from 26th to 30th November (this month) I will be exhibiting a Magnum 18 trimaran, which was launched by VirusBoats 12 months ago so many of you will still not have seen it.

So Earls Court, stand N36 next to the Guinness Bar for the Magnum 18 in a couple of weeks time and Excel in January for the new V8 catamaran. Be there or be square!

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 11:53 PM

November 04, 2008

V8 hull looking sexy

Latest photos of the plug for the new 26ft / 27ft / 8m catamaran. From this plug the mould will be made and then boats can be made from the mould. The first boat will be on display at the Paris Boat Show (Salon Nautique) in early December. Quite a dealine!

Sadly I will not have one of these new V8 catamarans available to show at the Earls Court Boat Show, now calling itself the Sail, Power and Water Sports Show (Earls Court), which will take place between Nov 26th and 30th. I will, however, be showing a Magnum 18 trimaran day boat, also manufactured by VirusBoats. So if you did not see it last year, when I launched it at Earls Court or at the RYA Dinghy Show in March or at the Welsh Boat Show in Carmarthen or the North Wales Boat Show near Bangor then come along and see it at Earls Court.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 06:53 PM

October 28, 2008

Progress of new 8m Catamaran

This is the mould of the deck of the new 8m catamaran from VirusBoats.

The first opportunity to see this boat will be at the Paris Boat Show between 5th and 14th December.

In the meantime, why not browse through the CAD drawings that I have already posted here on my blog?

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 11:27 AM

October 16, 2008

New Catamaran taking shape

No more 3D CAD drawings like these.

The new V8 catamaran from VirusBoats is taking shape. The drawings have been digitally transformed in polystyrene to create the plug from which the mould will be formed.

Polystyrene blocks are digitally cut into shapes. The bow section of the hull of the new V8 catamaran. When all the sections are put together they make the plug from which mould for the hull will be made. And these sections when put together form the coachroof.

You can view more pictures by downloading this PDF file. Here are a couple of samples to whet your apetite.

Order now for special pre-launch price.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 03:17 PM

October 09, 2008

More CAD drawings of new VirusBoats Catamaran

Yet more CAD darwings of the new catamaran from VirusBoats.

Download the PDF file of another 14 views of this exciting new development from VirusBoats.

This should be a dry boat to sail as you will be sitting some considerable distance from the water, the hulls are wave piercing and so pitching should be minimised and the shape of the coach roof and seat backs offer a lot of shelter.

Order now to get a special price. List price is intended to be €35,000 and if you order now it will be possible to get a special pre-launch price.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 12:55 PM

October 02, 2008

New Catamaran

Here is a new PDF file with 16 pages within it of CAD drawings of the new Catamaran from VirusBoats. Download file.

The last few pages are blank but there are plenty of pictures to give you an impression of what the boat will look like.

Bear in mind that in each hull there is space for one berth aft and two berths, head to toe, forward so plenty of room for a family. Also there will be a head (toilet) in one hull and a galley in the other.

So this is a boat for fast cruising and family fun. A boat for exciting racing offshore; Portsmouth, Plymouth, Cherbourg, for example. A boat for sailing across the Irish Sea, the Channel or the North Sea. It is not intended for ocean cruising though, but no doubt, somebody will try!

It is unlikely that I will be able to show this boat at Earls Court as it will not be ready in time. Too bad. It will definitely be ready for you to sail next season though so get your order in now and get one at a special pre-launch price. The projected price is ONLY €35,000 plus VAT!

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 06:20 PM

September 25, 2008

New CATA V8 catamaran

Would you like to step up to a cruising catamaran but can't afford one? It's a huge step from a Hobie Cat or a Magnum up to a cruising cat, isn't it? The cheapest new ones are around £100,000 for something just under 10m long! Above that the sky is the limit!

How to bridge that gap? You could buy an old second hand one. They're tried and tested but most were born in the 80's and look exceedingly old fashioned. They are very heavy and consequently rather slow.

Well here is the answer you've been waiting for. It is an ideal concept in the current economic climate when many people are having to scale down their dreams to affordable levels. The all new 8m catamaran from VirusBoats, currently named the CATA V8. We'll see how long that lasts.

Take a good look at the latest CAD drawings.

You can see that the new shape of the keel will permit the boat to take the ground level without tipping forward and you can compare it with the long keel monohull shape that affords extremely good windward performance. This boat is going to be a winner. The press is already excited about it.

Be among the first to own one of these exciting new designs from the established stable of VirusBoats. Order one today and get a very special price. The boat is due to go on sale at something like 35,000 euros, which is already an unbelivable bargain-basement price but if you order one now then you can have it at a very good discount as well! Call me directly on 07985 043 981 and bridge that gap with a CATA V8.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 06:43 PM

September 04, 2008

New 8 metre CATAMARAN from VirusBoats

Excellent protection offered by the superstructure

Take a look at these first computer generated images of the new 8m catamaran that VirusBoats is creating. Click on any image to enlarge it.

Note the plexiglass coachroofs which invite light to flood into the cabins

It is intended to follow on from the Magnum range of trimarans with the same programme. That is to say it is lightweight, fast, easy to sail, trailerable, eminently beachable and able to be sailed single handed or with a crew. But this new boat has accommodation so more ambitious voyages can be undertaken.

Of course there will be netting spanning the space between the two hulls and an outboard motor mounted on the aft beam, probably about 8HP

It is designed to be a dry boat to sail, hence coach roof, the cockpit seat back and the wings for sitting out high up. These wings will each be supported at their centres by a shroud from the top of the mast which will enable up to three people to trapeze at the same time so this should be an exciting boat to race.

There will be two head sails, a jib and an assymetric spinnaker or a gennaker, as yet undecided.

But at the same time this boat, in common with the Magnum range, is aimed to be appealing to the family. It will have accommodation for up to six people! In fact it is proposed that an optional tent to cover the cockpit will extend the accommodation even more!

The skeg or keel will be fabricated in an innovative way to enable the boat to be kept on a mooring which dries out without any problems

The boat is still taking shape and the keel will be different from the shape that is shown here but the concept of the boat is clear. It simply takes the Magnum concept and moves it forward to a bigger and more ambitious programme.

This is a boat for sailing across the English Channel or the Irish Sea, or around the Isle of Wight, ideal for weekends racing between ports or for relaxing in beautiful bays with family and friends.

I'm really excited about this new project and hope to be able to show one at the Earls Court Boat Show.

It is projected to be for sale at the really good price of only €35,000 plus VAT (ex-works) (for basic boat with sails). This would work out at about £34,000 incl. VAT at current exchange rates - staggeringly cheap! If you can find me a new monohull with this much accommodation and capable of high speeds, around 20 knots I imagine, then I'd like to know how much it would cost. A lot more than this I'd hazard a guess. And if you order one NOW we can negotiate an even better price, subject to certain provisos. Contact me NOW on 0870 770 2728 if you would like to be among the first owners, if not THE first owner!

As a footnote, you may care to know that this new catamaran has no name yet. So if you have an idea for a name let us know and we'll consider it.

Posted by © Stephen Walker at 09:13 PM