New Actros cruises through!


Expensive boats are treated to exclusive transportation with the new Actros.

Exceptional convoy service provider South West Boat Transport’s new sleek Actros is the perfect prestigious addition for this luxury yacht and motor boat haulage company.

An all-round professional service.

South West Boat Transport based in Lymington, Plymouth and on The Solent offers professional boat transportation services to marinas, boat builders and yacht brokers as well as private individuals.

The team can provide a comprehensive and expert service that includes arranging relevant paperwork and permissions, and laying on escort vehicles for particularly wide loads.

Established in 2005, by Michael Whelan, the business uses 4x2 tractor units to move motor cruisers and sailing yachts on air-suspended boat trailers with adjustable supports, throughout the UK, Continental Europe and Scandinavia.

Switching to the Actros.

Initially, Michael used trucks by another manufacturer, “It turned into a bit of a nightmare, though, we suffered a series of breakdowns,” he explained.

It was then that he turned to the Actros, acquiring his first in 2013. Michael was so impressed by its performance and reliability that he added a second to his company’s fleet just over two years ago.

“Our trucks typically cover 100,000 km each year, but I’ve not had one breakdown since I switched to Mercedes-Benz.”

Exciting MirrorCam safety technology.

South West Boat Transport’s latest exciting purchase has been the innovative new fifth-generation Actros! An 1848 model offers the revolutionary MirrorCam technology which relays images to screens mounted inside the cab, on the A-pillars. Not only does the system provide improved rearward vision, but it also eliminates the blind spots created by conventional mirrors, something Michael’s team find very useful when manoeuvring the tight corners of a boat yard or marina.

Additionally, the truck boasts the latest version of Active Brake Assist emergency braking technology – ABA5, which can detect stationary and moving objects (including pedestrians) in its path and apply full braking at speeds of up to 50 kph.

Michael Whelan has certainly had the wind in his sails since he took delivery of his new Mercedes-Benz Actros.

Visiting sunny destinations in the bright yellow Actros.

The new flagship vehicle is also easy on the eye.  Smartly painted in the company’s statement ‘Sulphur Yellow’, the range-topping GigaSpace cab sports a roof-mounted Kelsa beacon bar with additional spotlights and the contemporary StyleLine interior features an aluminium-look and chrome trim.

A ‘special order’ chassis, the Actros is also fitted with long-range tanks that carry up to 820 litres of fuel and 90 litres of AdBlue.

The fuel efficient flagship vehicle.

Fuel efficiency is also a major draw for Michael as his drivers have to cover particularly long distances.

During its first few weeks on the road, including a five-day, 3,000-mile round trip to Málaga, in southern Spain, to collect and bring back to the UK a 37ft powerboat, the Actros averaged 12.6 mpg.

“The fuel savings are very welcome indeed,” said Michael. “I really like the new Multimedia Cockpit too. I very quickly got the hang of it, and now find the twin screens clear and intuitive to operate, a definite leap forward compared to a traditional dashboard.”

The well-proven Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) system is key to the reduced fuel consumption – saving up to 3% on motorways and 5% on country roads by utilising GPS and mapping data.

“Thanks to MirrorCam, the visibility is also much better, while the cab is just a really nice place to be, even at night – the bed’s excellent, so I always get a great night’s sleep… Mercedes-Benz has taken the best truck on the market, and made it a whole lot better.”

- Michael Whelan, Driver, South West Transport

Sticking with the best.

Michael can’t fault his Actros trucks and believes he’ll continue to be a fan in the future, “As well as being bulletproof when it comes to reliability, the Actros is competitively priced, good on fuel, and extremely comfortable. Week in, week out, these vehicles do the job I need them to do, so there’s absolutely no reason for me to change.”

What do you think of this bright yellow new Actros?

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