We understand film...

...and pixels

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Wildblood Marine Services are specialists in providing marine-based services for the film, TV and photographic industries.

We have the knowledge and the facilities – and most importantly the experience – to enable any marine-based production to run every bit as smoothly as one on dry land.

Our 'mother ship' is a 58ft Belliure Endurance that was designed by naval architect Peter Ibold to cross oceans. Incredibly strongly built, she has recently been refitted to the highest of standards.

Currently based in Corfu (Kerkira), she is easily moved to most parts of Greece, Southern Italy and Sicily, Croatia or further afield if required.

To access those awkward or shallow locations, the yacht is complemented by a 3.2m rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RIB) with an powerful Mercury outboard.

For land-based shooting, our Land Rover Defender is never far away, thanks to Greece’s plentiful ferries. If anything can get you there, the Defender will.


The Yacht

Designed by naval architect Peter Ibold to cross oceans...

Built in Spain to the highest specifications, by one of the best shipyards in the world, the yacht was originally commissioned by a German doctor and launched in 1997. She spent ten years as a family boat, lightly cruising the Mediterranean, until she was bought by an Englishman for similar summer sailing.

In April 2016, after a two-year search to find the right vessel, she was bought by Wildblood Marine Services. We brought her to Corfu for an initial refit, before testing her during the summer 2016 prior to the second stage of her refit. Over the winter of 2016/17, we replaced or upgraded anything that fell short of 100% ideal for our purposes.

She is now ready for her new life as the perfect floating platform for your next marine-based production.


Engine

1,700 nautical miles on one fill-up...

The main engine is a Perkins Sabre 135hp normally aspirated diesel. This is one of the most reliable engines in the marine world and runs for weeks without attention.

It has two alternators - one (35A) for charging the engine starting batteries and the other (75A) charging the service batteries for all the domestic supplies.

Fuel capacity is 1,500 litres in three tanks, which gives us a range of about 1,700 nautical miles (3,000 km) depending on conditions - meaning that we hardly ever have to head to port to refuel.

We carry a full complement of spare parts on board.


Safety

Complete peace of mind...

We have all the required safety equipment on board, including life jackets, flares, EPIRB, personal AIS transmitters, life rafts, emergency VHF GPS transmitter, fire extinguishers and fire blankets, gas sensors, etc.

Please request our technical data sheet for full details.


Electrical

Ample power for all your needs...

The yacht runs on a 24V DC system. Electricity is stored in two main battery banks (1,100Ah), which are charged by shore power, the main engine alternators, a 7.5kW Onan generator and four solar panels. All the lighting and navigation is 24V DC or 12V DC. Mains (220V AC) is supplied to the various outlets around the boat from either shore power, the generator or the 5kW Mastervolt pure sine-wave inverter, so you will never be short of power for charging batteries, running computers, etc.

The engine and generator starting battery banks are separate for redundancy.

There is a dedicated battery charging area that has multiple outlets for 220V AC 50Hz, as well as 24,12 and 5V (USB) DC supplies. There are also various outlets around the yacht, including in cabins, for iPhones, tablets, etc.

All the electrical systems have been overhauled or replaced over the winter of 2016/2017, including new batteries throughout (12), replacing/upgrading wiring where necessary, and installing new battery chargers, inverters, etc.

Navigation

We can get you anywhere...

We have a state-of-the-art B&G navigation system and autopilot on board. B&G is regarded as the most reliable navigation system available. The system uses Navtronics Platinum charts and is displayed on the main Zeus II in the cockpit. This is mirrored by Bluetooth to various other parts of the boat.

We also have forward scanning sonar to help with getting into those awkward little places that might otherwise prove inaccessible, and 4G broadband radar for what is above the surface.

And to complement all this technology, rest assured we grew up using paper charts, a compass and the sun or stars to navigate.




Accommodation

Home from home...

Accommodation is in three cabins: one twin 'V' berth in the bow, one twin bunk berth amidships and one double aft, all with new anti-allergenic bedding (John Lewis). There are two heads with showers, WCs and hand-basins, piping hot water whenever you need it and 1,300 litres of fresh water in three tanks.

The galley is set up with two fridges, double sink with mixer tap, four-burner gas hob and oven/grill (solenoid and gas sensor protected), microwave, kettle and toaster, ample storage and a full complement of plates, glasses and cutlery for up to eight people.

In the saloon there is a new 32" Full HD 1080 Samsung Smart TV/monitor with 3x HDMI inputs, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth - for checking the day's rushes, or chilling with one of our on-board films. There is also a Canon multifunction printer, an A4 laminator and a range of office supplies available in case you run out.








Other Services


RIB

Fast, stable and safe...

Our new Highfield 3.2m double-skinned, aluminium-hulled RIB, with its 20hp Mercury outboard and long-range fuel tank, will get you and your equipment to your desired location, safely and quickly.

Distress flares, handheld VHF radio, spare fuel, anchor with chain and rode, oars (and lifejackets if needed), go with the boat.

Aerial

A different angle...

We have two drones on board: a Phantom, which carries a GoPro Hero 3+ Black (4k) camera, and a DJI S900, which carries a Panasonic GH4. There are all the charging facilities needed for these systems.

Although not part of the package, the drones are here if you have a problem with yours. (Chris is fully qualified for commercial work with the CAA).

Land Rover

Terrestrial filming...

Our Land Rover Defender Utility (2014) is fully equipped for filming, with a separate battery system supplying 220V AC for charging batteries out in the field, 12V DC and USB outlets, a filming platform on the roof, ladder and chequer-plated bonnet, GPS, 4G Wi-Fi (when within range) and extra fuel for those longer excursions.

Some camping equipment is available if needed.

Underwater

In-depth coverage...

We carry two sets of diving equipment on board, including tanks, BCDs, masks, snorkels, SpareAir, weight belts, etc. Although we wouldn't recommend our boat as a dedicated 'dive boat', it might come in handy for the odd shot - and Chris is a qualified divemaster.


Chris Wildblood

Here to help get the shot...

Chris grew up in Staffordshire and Shropshire, about as far away from the sea as you can get in the UK. Luckily, a friend of the family had a small yacht – a wife and four daughters who had little interest in sailing. You can guess the rest...

Over the years, Chris has owned and managed photographic and film hire studios in London, sailed the Atlantic, and photographed and published a book about the desert adapted elephants of Kaokoland and Damaraland in Northwest Namibia.

He is a divemaster, yachtmaster, CAA pilot and certified drone pilot, ex-Alpine ski guide, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society... and has been known to cook a mean chilli.

Chris is also passionate about what we are doing to our home planet. By setting up this suite of specialist facilities, he hopes to help you get the shots you need – whatever the story you’re telling.

And when a challenge comes along, whatever it might be, his first thought is...

'OK. Let's make a plan...'