FunAir inflates the Fun for the Australian yachting community

See the latest yacht toys designed for Australian yachting with FunAir and Marine Riley at Sydney Boat Show.

Head to Sydney International Boat Show (3 – 7 August) and check out the latest water toys designed especially for use in Australia. Leading American inflatables manufacturer FunAir have partnered with Sydney based yacht supply company Marine Riley and made the Aussie Lagoon Pool and the new Aussie Yacht Slide.

The new to market Aussie Yacht Slide has been adapted from the FunAir superyacht slide and fits most boats from 40ft in length. It is lightweight, durable and sets up in under 3 minutes. It deflates just as quickly and folds tight so it can easily fit in your yacht storage area.

Top view of FunAir Aussie Lagoon Pool BigAir Blob and Yacht slide


The 3 x 4 m FunAir Lagoon Pool – Aussie Edition is made from a new material so it folds and packs 30% tighter and lighter than industry standard pools. The pool uses a high-grade mat for the netting to keep out even the smallest critters, and it’s so fine they’ve added a lockable zipper so water can be quickly released from the pool when it is being packed away. Plus you can use the adjustable weight system in each corner to accommodate changes in ocean conditions.

Perfect fun for the Australian yachting community during trips on the water with friends and family. Both products retail at around $10,000AUS.

FunAir have also recently launched the BigAir Blob. Completely redesigned for tidal waters, it has stabilising outriggers that stop it turning in the ocean, and an inflatable stand-off that keeps it in place and away from the yacht. Friends can jump from the deck straight onto the blob and launch their partners tens of meters into the air.

FunAir are well-known for their fully custom portfolio of yacht toys as well as being the only inflatable toy manufacturer that can get QuickShip products shipped globally in three days or less.

They have launched numerous new to market inflatables since they opened in 2013. Innovations like adjustable yacht slides and climbing walls have saved charters all over the globe when brokers receive last minute requests from guest wanting to amp up the Fun.

The New Aussie Slide and Lagoon Pool will be on display at Sydney International Yacht show along with the BigAir Blob, a FunAir Climbing Wall, the QuickShip Yacht Slide, Jet Ski Dock and Floating Island.

This will be one of the biggest displays of Fun on the water you will find at any boat show so be sure to stop by and say hi at booth 701.

To find out more about FunAir, or arrange a meeting or interview with John Courtney, MD of Yachting at FunAir, please email or call +1 512 751 4276.

Motor Yacht Rolla with a Schiller Water Bike

Schiller Water Bikes launch at the 50th Sydney International Yacht Show

Schiller Water Bikes are a revolutionary concept in water travel and will be on display for the first time at the 50th Sydney International Yacht Show.

Imagine the simple pleasure of a leisurely bike ride with friends and family, combined with a glorious trip out on the water. Schiller is a water bike above the rest.

 Schiller Water Bike on the lake with a mountain view

Safe and stable in open water, the bike can be assembled in less than 10 minutes and has a compact footprint that will easily fit in most boat holds and cars. Yachting enthusiasts can jump straight on the bike, no training needed, no helmets and no limits to exploring your aquatic paradise. It can even go in reverse!

Schiller Bikes have partnered with Marine Riley and will be on display at booth 701 throughout the Sydney Boat Show. You can also catch the bikes in their natural habitat on the demo pool next to the booth at 13:45 each day.

Hailed as “the world’s most radically redesigned bicycle” the S1-C is the best water bike in the world. Constructed out of marine grade alloys and stainless steel, it has proprietary propulsion, a high gloss carbon fibre outdrive, integrated handle bar steering and rugged high-pressure, drop-stitch pontoons that allow for easy transport, assembly and breakdown. Cruising speed is 4-5 mph and the S1-C can achieve speeds of approximately 10 knots per hour (10 mph / 16Kph) depending on rider ability.

The original S1 model has an anodized aluminium frame, is equipped with a proprietary drive train and comes with a durable, urethane coated outdrive and white 1100 denier, rugged pontoons. It even has a watertight compartment for drinks and snacks.

Schiller Bikes was founded on the daring belief that people should be able to bike across a blue planet. Developed with state-of-the-art engineering and design, the Schiller S1-C and S1 are simultaneously revolutionising yachting, water sports and cycling industries, enabling millions of people around the world to have an exhilarating, dynamic and safe biking experience on the water.

This is the next frontier in biking and water sports. One that has no learning curve (or paddles or uncomfortable seating in kayak hulls), and is accessible to all for fun, fitness, touring and adventure on almost any body of water.

With nearly one billion bikes around the globe built for land, Schiller is singularly focused on delivering its customers epic rides, trailblazing voyages and incredible sunset spins on a new aquatic terrain.

To arrange a meeting or interview with founder Judah Schiller during SIBS2017, or to find out more about Schiller Bikes please email


The Monaco Yacht Show unveils new initiatives to attract new clients to the Show

Last night, just two months before the opening of the 27th Monaco Yacht Show, exhibiting brokerage companies, superyacht builders and the Show partners were given insight about the initiatives developed to attract new prospective clients to the Monaco Yacht Show.

Thursday 13 July, at Hotel Fairmont Monte-Carlo, Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of the MYS, shared the “Sapphire Experience” to a select audience of industry guests. This programme of the Show is exclusively available for UHNWIs to enhance their MYS experience. The MYS Concierge Service coordinates with yacht managers who have yachts on display to schedule private visits on superyachts within Port Hercules, in addition to a full agenda of entertainment and activities during the Show.

The evening was also the occasion to present the new physical shape of the 2017 MYS with a marquee on the new Quai Albert Ier, transformed after two years of public works. Quai Antoine Ier will offer a new epicentre of activities linked to the superyacht lifestyle.

Quai Antoine Ier welcomes the return of the Dutch Pavilion of HISWA, the 2nd annual Car Deck – a rare and exclusive luxury car exhibition, and the Tenders & Toys Show, which will display the trendiest ribs and water toys afloat and on the quay.

Quai Antoine Ier is home to the Starboard, a new exhibition-lounge where Show guests may extend their visit with activities such as: enjoying the art and decoration exhibition stands, a restaurant with terrace, the lounge area, worldwide yachting and lifestyle press, the MYS Press Centre and private meeting rooms available upon booking.

The Starboard is also available for exhibitors to host private events. The new zone fulfils the Monaco Yacht Show’s commitment to develop the quality of the exhibition befitting its international clientele.

On September 26, the 2nd edition of the Monaco Yacht Summit presents a series of thematic talks led by industry experts who will share unbiased information to a delegation with potential first-time charterers and buyers. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

The Principality of Monaco is the undisputed world capital of yachting with the the Monaco Yacht Show as its international Ambassador. The Show brings together the social elite and the leaders from the yachting industry to experience the best of breed superyachts and supporting luxury services in the world.

Titta Uoti-Väisänen

TUV Consulting – Road Trip!

June was a busy month for TUV Consulting’s Titta Uoti-Väisänen. The first stop on her road trip was Dover, where she met with Viking Recruitment and spoke to them about how online video interviewing could help their clients to make the right recruitment decisions.


Titta Uoti-Väisänen Dover cliffs


Italy was next, Titta visited Imperia and spoke to many captains in the marina to spread the word of Online Video Interviewing.


TUV Consulting Titta Uoti-Väisänen


An interview was on the agenda in June too with Felix Sowerbutts from Superyacht News – read the article here

Read Titta’s blog post about her busy month here

Porto Mirabello MY Main Stern view

Porto Mirabello, La Spezia – The perfect Mediterranean home port

Luxury superyacht marina Porto Mirabello is the home port for legendary fashion designer Giorgio Armani and his 65 metre MY Main which returned to the port this month and is currently enjoying the hospitality provided by their 7* team. It is also a popular base for the typically transient MY Grace E who extended their stay several times in 2016, and has also returned this month to enjoy the prime location and extensive megayacht services in 2017.

Motor Yacht Main was built by Codecasa in 2008. Mr Armarni designed the elegant megayacht to meet his every need, and purchased a 65 metre berth at Porto Mirabello following his visit to the marina, which is just 22 nautical miles from Codecasa’s Viareggio shipyard. The marina also enjoys close proximity to Idyllic Porto Venere (2NM), high-fashion destination Forte Dei Marmi (48 NM), Monaco (90NM) and Porto Fino (88NM). The excellent levels of security on the recently upgraded Megayacht Quay give high profile owners piece of mind, and they enjoy the calm weather conditions in the sheltered haven of the Gulf of La Spezia, protected by the Tino and Palmaria islands, and a 620 metre breakwater.

Owner of the Marina, Mr Alessandro Menozzi explained, “Porto Mirabello is a perfect home port, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the location is very central for many of the most alluring destinations in the Mediterranean. Charter yachts can reside in the relaxing, stylish atmosphere of Porto Mirabello, having the reassurance that our dedicated shipyard is available 24 hours a day for any maintenance work or upgrades, and still be in Monaco to pick up guests in just a few hours.

“Our online provisioning service means the yachts can easily order gourmet food, drinks and supplies to be delivered directly to the yacht so they are fully prepared for when the guests embark, and crew tell us they love the dedicated Wellness Centre, swimming pool and variety of bars and restaurants within the marina.”

In July 2016 MY Grace E visited Porto Mirabello for a planned one-day stop. The owner, Captain and crew were so impressed with the services provided by the multilingual concierge and technical teams, they extended their stay by several days to enjoy some of the local activities. Porto Mirabello is just a few minutes from Tuscany and it is possible to play almost any sport and take on any challenge, whilst surrounded by the beauty of Cinque Terre, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Porto Mirabello MY Grace E Flowers

The Concierge are at your disposal and can organise trekking, rafting, kayaking, or canoe races, or book a guide who will take you river trekking, or horse riding. There is also a supercar track and an 18 hole golf course close by with views of the ocean.

MY Grace E returned in September for several days to relax in the stylish Italian marina, enjoying exquisite local food and drinks and refuelling before setting off once more. At the end of the season she returned once again for an extensive stay during October and November to have some maintenance work completed in the Porto Mirabello shipyard.

Porto Mirabello offers a unique combination of an elegant, clean and luxurious marina with top level superyacht services, packaged with the convenience of having a dedicated shipyard on site, and the back up of 80% of the most important Italian shipyards within 22 NM of the port.

Follow Porto Mirabello on social media to find out about the latest activities and many new improvements to the port. |