Southampton Boat Show starts next Friday…

Just a week to go until the start of the Southampton Boat Show, Britain’s biggest and best festival of boating. Parkstone Bay Yachts will be in our usual place in the marina and looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Contest 42CS on berth 364.  Delivered this summer to one of our clients, this 42CS has a beautiful teak [...]

Düsseldorf Boat Show – ‘Boot Düsseldorf’

Every January the European Yachting community looks north, away from the warmer Mediterranean winters to Düsseldorf, Germany for Europes largest indoor boat show. Boot Düsseldorf enters it’s 51styear in 2019 and promises to be another great event. With nearly 2,000 exhibitors ranging from super yachts to day-sailing boats and everything in between, there is plenty [...]

Contest Yachts deliver first Contest 85CS

Contest Yachts deliver first Contest 85CS – Polina Star IV Contest Yachts are pleased to announce the completed delivery of the first of this renowned Dutch shipyard’s exciting new 26-metre, judel/vrolijk designed, Contest 85CS to her world cruising owner. With both owner and skipper having extensive deep ocean experience and very specific regard to safety, [...]

Have you considered staying afloat this winter?

Once Autumn passes we tend to see boatyards filling up and many boats being winterised, chocked up and emptied. However winter offers some great benefits for those boat owners who consider leaving their boat in the water. Empty cruising grounds and the possibility of flat calm waters can make this a great time of year [...]

She has looked after you all summer and now it’s time to look after her!

After the first 'cold-snap' of this winter we thought it would be a good time to write about some of the key points when winterising a boat. Most boats on summer moorings and marina berths have now been lifted out of the water and blocked off ashore. But don't just leave it there, the more [...]

The trip of a lifetime in a Wauquiez…

Chris and Helen Tibbs are currently on a break from their sailing trip of a lifetime onboard their stunning and extremely capable Wauquiez Centurion 40. Chris Tibbs is a professional meteorologist and has over 18 years and 250,000 miles at sea, this includes 3 around the world races, the last time as Skipper of CONCERT [...]

Sir Chay Blyth and his Contest 48

Sir Chay Blyth is best known for his daring and challenging adventures such as rowing the Atlantic in 1966 or competing in the original solo, non-stop round the world yacht race in 1968 (The Golden Globe Race). He is less well known for his love of cruising...but a man of his stature should know a [...]

The new Flagship… Contest 85CS

She's now out in the fresh air... Flagship launch nears for Contest Yachts, Holland’s leading semi-custom yacht builder. Now well on the way to her 2018 launch, the new 26-metre flagship Contest 85CS is now out of the fitting out hall and the launch is ever closer. It is an exciting time seeing this first [...]

View from the Pontoon

The Parkstone Bay Yachts team have thoroughly enjoyed the first week at Southampton Boat Show and are ‘buoyed’ at how our three boats, the Contest 42CS, RM890 and the Wauquiez 48 Pilot Saloon have been received! 156 boats and products have made their debut this week and despite the weakness of the pound, optimism from [...]

New Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 42

The Wauquiez range of Pilot Saloon cruising yachts has been thoroughly invested in and developed over the past 3 years, firstly with the launch of the Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 48, her immediate success was then followed up with the launch of the flag ship Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 58. The new Wauquiez Pilot Saloon 42, which is having her world [...]