Feb 27, 2020

Princess YachtsAt 55m x 39m – more than half a football field - the Princess Yachts display in Dusseldorf would have been incredible. It would have been even more incredible but for the other equally staggering booths set up by the world’s prestige builders at the 2020 boot show in Dusseldorf.

Canadian Yachting OnBoard newsletter editor John Morris was at the 2020 boot show in Dusseldorf and he saw a lot of amazing things but the Princess booth was incredible. In the booth, Princess had ten very exciting boats including the debut of the F50, S62, S66, V55 and Y78. In Canada, there is no venue for this kind of a collection but in Dusseldorf; it was merely awesome, not unique.

Hidden Door

An almost hidden unmarked door leads to the 100-foot mock up under the booth’s floor

Even more impressive, however, was what I discovered in the “basement” of the booth, under the platform the salivating public was using to inspect the striking boat collection. I was guided though an unmarked door (how understated can a company get?) to see the full-size pre-production mock-up of the interior for a new even larger Princess, the X95.

Under the booth, through the inconspicuous door was the entire 24 x 6.3 m fully built but unfinished main deck of an X-95 looking ready to host a billionaire, but constructed mostly of raw plywood with a spray of marble counter tops and lush upholstery here and there to indicate finishes.

Paul Grigg

Skilled carpenter Paul Grigg hand fairs the mock up to create a complete interior

It gets even better; there to guide me through the mock-up was Paul Grigg, a 35-year veteran carpenter at Princess in Plymouth who now is part of a four-person team dedicated to crafting mock-ups. He tells me that to the best of his knowledge, Princes, which mocks up every boat prior to building, is the only company with such a mock up team. It took the team two months to build this one working with designers and architects and using expensive materials to build out the whole deck. This model contains every component of the whole thing.

Princess loaded the mock-up onto a transport, shipped it to Germany and rebuilt it under the booth. Just the re-construction in Dusseldorf took five days.

Princess YachtsGrigg explained the process: working from sections of the plans, the crafts-team creates the deck, upholsterers come in and try the cushions and fabrics, salespeople bring purchasers through to sit at the table and pace the galley.

Princess YachtsThe craftsmen work with designers to modify and complete a working boat layout. Only after the mock up is “used” and “enjoyed” does it get the final sign off. Then the 3,000 builders in the factory go to work to create the real, perfect, yacht.

-JM

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DolphinsBy the Canadian Yachting Editors


Canadians are blessed in many ways and especially when it comes to boating. We enjoy some the world’s most beautiful cruising waters and many places are as sheltered as they are scenic.

British Columbia and the Pacific North West plainly have the most breath-taking scenery with the combination of the majestic ocean views and the snow-capped mountains in the distance. It’s like no place on earth when you have a Killer Whale breach beside your little fishing boat.

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Cobourg Yacht Club - 2015 Sailing instructorsKatherine Stone

Like many other harbours on Lake Ontario, Cobourg has seen its fair share of changes. Screams used to be heard from kids piled into a toboggan on wheels that went hurtling down a wooden slide into the harbour. Above it all was the bustling din from the waterfront of ship’s whistles, train engines, foghorns and thundering coal cars. It is now a rather serene place for the locals and visitors to enjoy various watercraft. Fortunately, the beautiful beach that lines the waterfront is still a star attraction for the town.

Located 95 kilometres east of Toronto and 62 kilometres east of Oshawa on the north edge of Lake Ontario, United Empire Loyalists first starting arriving in the area as early as the 1780s. The first settlement in 1798 was called Buckville, later renamed Amherst, then called Hamilton (after the township) and also nicknamed Hardscrabble. It wasn’t until 1819 that they finally settled on the name of Cobourg, which was incorporated as a town in 1837. In the late 1820s large schooners with passengers and cargo had to anchor well off shore, as there was only a landing wharf. A group of Toronto businessmen formed the Cobourg Harbour Company which built the wooden Eastern Pier from tolls charged for the use of the harbour.

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14 AVOIDING CONTACT

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