Saturday, January 23

Reflecting the growing popularity of power catamarans, Fountaine Pajot just announced that it will build a new 36-footer, the MY 4.S, its entry-level cat aimed at the heart of the U.S. market. The new 36 will replace the Fountaine Pajot 37, the French builder’s first power cat that it launched five years ago. (Almost 100 37s have been sold since then.) “We entered the power catamaran market five years ago, and we continue to invest and innovate in this sector with great potential,” said Romain Motteau, Fountaine Pajot’s general manager. The new 36 does not have a flybridge, but Fountaine…

 

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Luck Has Not Deserted the Owners of New Outer Reef 720 Motoryacht “SUERTUDO”

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Nordhavn Building All-New 51 Long-Range Cruiser

Pacific Asian Enterprises, the parent company for Nordhavn, just announced that it’s building an all-new Nordhavn 51 long-range cruiser, a larger version of the 41 that it launched last summer. The new 51 will have two staterooms and two heads, a flybridge and an elevated pilothouse, all offering upgrades from the 41. The 51 will be built on a production line in Turkey, next to the 41. The two boats will offer a streamlined building process that does not allow for the individual customization that’s possible on other Nordhavn models. The 51 will be powered by twin 160-hp John Deere…

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Beneteau Making New Gran Turismo 41 Express

Beneteau just announced that it’s making a new Gran Turismo 41 express cruiser with a focus on performance, comfort and entertaining on board. A successor to the Gran Turismo 40, the new 41 has two cabins and one head below, and optional twin 380-hp Volvo sterndrives will give it a top speed of 38 knots. With its sporty lines, the 41 has a raked front windshield, a hardtop that opens almost all the way aft, and a galley both up and below. It fits in the middle of Beneteau’s Gran Turismo express cruiser line, which has six models from 32…

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Stolen Floating Tiki Bar Recovered in Key West

You couldn’t make this up. Somebody stole the Squeaky Tiki, a floating Key West tiki bar, and then was arrested after the Coast Guard found him slumped over the wheel the next morning, apparently intoxicated. The Coast Guard Station Key West reports that it recovered the Squeaky Tiki after it got an 8 a.m. call from FishMonster, a Key West charter boat, saying that it had found the floating tiki hut and that things seemed amiss. The boat is owned by Cruisin Tikis Key West, which asks on its website: “Why go bar hopping…when you can hop on a bar.”…

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Big Changes for Miami Shows in 2022

The Miami boat shows over Presidents’ Day weekend will get a lot bigger, and better, starting in 2022. Say goodbye to Virginia Key; say hello (again) to the Miami Beach Convention Center. In 2022, the land part of the show will go back to the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center, while the water portions will be focused at the Sea Isle Marina and One Herald Plaza, flanking the western portion of the Venetian Causeway in downtown Miami. A superyacht part of the show will be at Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island. The show dates are Wednesday, Feb.…

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Owner’s Son, 9, Writes About Living on Nordhavn 47

If you want to raise your spirits during the pandemic, take a look at this blog by Salter Watson, who’s 9 years old and lives on a Nordhavn 47 named Spirited Away with his father, Alexander, where he’s “boat-schooling.” Salter says they’re into year two of a three-year plan, cruising in the Great Lakes, up and down the Atlantic Coast and, they hope, over to the Bahamas.  Here’s Salter’s latest blog: ANCHORING — WHAT I’VE LEARNED IN MY FIRST YEAR. When my dad bought our boat, a man told him “cruising is about finding exotic anchorages and fixing things.”  My…

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Smithsonian: Top 10 Ocean Stories of 2020

Here’s an offbeat, really fun story from Smithsonian Magazine about the top ten ocean stories of 2020, covering everything from a beaked whale that set a record for the longest dive by a marine mammal (three hours and 42 minutes), to the first look at a Ram’s Horn Squid (who knew?), to frightening-looking deep sea fish that blend in to the darkness (pictured above). The stories were collated by the Ocean Portal  team at the National Museum of Natural History. Read on: An Oil Spill Devastates Mauritius In July, a Japanese tanker ran aground on a coral reef off the coast…

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The Strongest Link in Your Chain

The strongest link – Mantus swivel is stronger than its corresponding Grade 40 chain. (WLL is 1/5 UBS)
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Azimut Launching New 53 Family Cruiser

Azimut just announced that it’s making a low-profile flybridge 53 with a spacious interior that’s designed for family cruising. The new 53 has three staterooms with two heads, plus a possible crew cabin with a head aft. Powered by twin 725-hp Volvo IPS900 pod drives, the 53 will have a top speed of 31 knots and a cruising speed of 27 knots. The boat’s bow is almost vertical, to provide more room forward. Its raked front windshield and flybridge set well aft give it an aggressive, contemporary look. Azimut says it choose Volvo’s IPS propulsion system because it gives the…

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Wally Building New Wide-Body “Space Ship”

Wally just announced that it’s building an 88’ 9” cruiser called the WHY200 that doesn’t look like any other Wally; actually, it doesn’t like many other yachts, either. The WHY200 is designed to provide more space than other boats of that size. Indeed, Wally says it has 50 percent more space than comparable boats. The most eye-catching feature of the new Wally is the owner’s suite in the bow that takes advantage of the massive amount of space there and offers ocean views from 200 degrees of wrap-around windows. Wally’s legendary designer Luca Bassani created the new look, working with…

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Coastal Craft Launches New 41T Fast Outboard Cruiser

Coastal Craft just launched its new 41T, a sturdy, fast cruiser that is built for the waters of the Pacific Northwest and that tops out at 45 knots, powered by four 350-hp Suzuki outboards. The new Coastal Craft has two staterooms and one head, and the cockpit can be customized for fishing or cruising applications. All Coastal Craft are made in Gibsons, British Columbia, above Vancouver on the Strait of Georgia. They are made out of marine welded aluminum, with polyurethane foam insulation in the hull and cabin. The company pays particular attention to detail and its joinerwork, as well…

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Helmsman Launches Updated 43E Pilothouse Trawler

Helmsman has updated its 43E Pilothouse trawler, originally introduced five years ago, and has already delivered two of the new models and is finishing work on a third. The changes, including providing more interior volume in some places and tweaking the appearance in others, were all in response to feedback from owners and would-be owners. The Helmsman 43 is a two-stateroom, two-head, sturdy long-distance cruiser with both a raised pilothouse and a flybridge. It has a semi-displacement hull with soft chines, a deep forefoot, broad sections aft for stability, a full keel, a large rudder, and a full skeg. Standard…

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Endless Summer: YuJet Electric Surfboard

Here’s a new toy that could be a lot of fun for the whole family next summer: The YuJet Surfer, an electric surfboard that doesn’t need surf and that hits a top speed of 24 mph. The YuJet is fun, fast, and easy to ride. You control the speed with a floating wireless hand trigger that has two modes: Beginner, for starting out, and Sport, for full performance, The board, which is just shy of eight feet long, weighs in at 20 pounds with the battery removed, so it’s easy to maneuver from your car or boat to the water.…

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Iridium Launches First World-Wide Marine Distress Service

Iridium just launched the first world-wide, real-time emergency marine distress service. The new Iridium Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) started last week; it is the first immediate response and rescue service that works anywhere in the world, even in the Arctic and Antarctic. At a virtual press conference from its headquarters in McLean, Virginia, Iridium officials said the new service can provide life-saving help to mariners at sea. “This is a historic moment in both the satellite and maritime industries,” said Iridium CEO Matt Desch. “It is not every day that you get to announce the launch of…

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New Folding Electric Bike Goes 20 mph

Here’s a new high-tech, folding, electric-powered bike that could fit in your lazarette of your boat and then give you a comfortable ride on shore. It has a top speed of 20 mph and a range of about 50 miles on a single charge. The new bike is the Gocycle GXi, just named one of Time’s 100 Best Inventions for 2020, and in ten seconds it folds into a package that’s about two feet high and 14 inches wide. With a frame made from injection-molded magnesium alloy, the Gocycle GXi weighs just 38.6 pounds, and it can carry a load…

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Garmin Introduces New, More Powerful GPSMAP X3 Chartplotters

Garmin just launched its new GPSMAP x3 mid-sized chartplotters with more power and higher-res displays; they’re available with or without built-in sonar. The new units were shown at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Designed for a wide range of helm configurations, the new X3 series have streamlined borders with edge-to-edge glass displays and they can be installed in bail-, flush-, or flat-mounted configurations. The 12×3 and 9×3 models offer touchscreens with accurate colors that you can see from all viewing angles, even if you’re wearing polarized sunglasses. The 9×3 and 7×3 models offer 50 percent and 60 percent…

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The Moorings Opens New Charter Base in St. Thomas

The Moorings is opening a new charter base in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, offering a variety of charter options for some of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean. Crewed charters will be available in February, The Moorings said, while bareboat sail and power charters start in March. The charters operate out of Yacht Haven Grande Marina in Charlotte Amalie, just a ten-minute drive from Cyril E. King Airport, with many direct flights from the U.S. Yacht Haven Grande (pictured below) is a luxury full-service marina, with immigration services, shopping, dining,  pool, tennis courts, Wi-Fi and a business center.…

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Iconic Hurricane Hole Marina To Reopen in Bahamas

A new and improved version of the iconic Hurricane Hole Marina on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is being built now, with 6,100 linear feet of deep-water concrete docks and slips for up to 420-foot superyachts. The new marina will be renamed Hurricane Hole Superyacht Marina at Paradise Landing. It’s scheduled to open by the end of this year. Hurricane Hole, within easy walking distance of the Atlantis Resort, has been a favorite destination for yachts cruising in the Bahamas for years. The new marina is designed to offer boat owners even more, including gourmet dining, exclusive retail stores and…

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Bahamas Update: What’s Open Now

What better way to practice some social distancing, and cruise through the pandemic, than to charter a boat in the Bahamas? Yes, there are protocols you have to follow (see the link here:           http://bahamas.com/tourism-reopening), but once you’ve done that you can enjoy some of the best cruising grounds in the world. But where to go? Choices, choices. We all have our favorites. One of mine is the pink sand beach on Harbour Town, pictured above. To help us choose, the people at United Yacht Charter have put together a thorough list of the Bahamas’ highlights,…

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Silent Yachts Building Solar-Powered Resort in Bahamas

Silent Yachts just announced that will build a solar-powered luxury waterfront resort in Eleuthera, the Bahamas, that also will include the Austrian company’s solar-powered catamarans. The Eleuthera location will include 16 waterfront villas and eight Silent power catamarans. The first of half a dozen other Silent Resorts planned around the world, the Bahamas destination will include a beachside clubhouse, resort pool, restaurant, bar, fitness room, game room, and a spa. Construction will start in 2021. Other possible destinations include Belize, Panama, French Polynesia, Maldives, and Indonesia. “With Silent Resorts, we are creating the world’s first 100-percent solar-powered, luxury adventure cruising…

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Simrad Introduces New VHF Systems with AIS

Simrad is introducing a new VHF radio and an upgrade with a Class-B AIS system, representing a pair of multi-station marine radio systems. Both radios, the RS100 and the RS100-B, which is integrated with a Class-B AIS transceiver and a GPS, are expandable and be customized for any boat. The two new radios are part of modular VHF systems that expand to include up to eight handsets (four wired and four wireless) and four external speakers. This possibility makes them appropriate for both medium-sized and larger yachts. “Our new VHF systems offer our customers ever more flexibility and better communication…

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U.S. Maritime Administration Warns of GPS Signal Loss

Here’s another warning about possible GPS signal problems from the U.S. Maritime Administration, part of the Department of Transportation. It said it has received reports recently of lost or inaccurate GPS signals in various parts of the world. To be safe in areas where GPS is potentially unreliable, mariners are urged to use redundant nav systems. The Maritime Administration just issued its warning, called “Various GPS Interference.” It says, “Multiple instances of significant GPS interference have been reported worldwide in the maritime domain. This interference is resulting in lost or inaccurate GPS signals affecting bridge navigation, GPS-based timing, and communications…

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5 Top Night Vision Cameras for Cruising

Here’s a very helpful review of five night vision cameras from NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) Boater that could help make your cruising life a lot easier and safer. Take a look: ComNav V7 The ComNav V7 thermal night vision camera with multi-axis gyro stabilization and high-sensitive quad payload is designed for situational awareness such as surveillance, navigation, security, and search and rescue applications in extreme low-light environments. Furthermore, it is an effective tool for ice and iceberg detection, as well as marine oil spill recognition. Thermal imaging technology allows the capture of faint image details in challenging light conditions,…

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NMEA Makes New Excellence Awards in 17 Categories

The National Marine Electronics Association just announced its annual Product of Excellence Awards for products in 17 categories, plus an award to Garmin as the Manufacturer of the Year. Here’s the announcement: SEVERNA PARK, MD—Manufacturers scored big at the 2020 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Business Meeting held on September 26, following the NMEA Virtual Education Week held last week. A total of 19 products received the top award, and the NMEA Manufacturer of the Year was named. “On behalf of the NMEA Board of Directors, staff, and membership, we congratulate all 2020 award winners,” said Mark Reedenauer, NMEA President…

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Luxury Day Charters Adds Vicem 72 to Fleet

Luxury Day Charters has just added a classic Vicem 72 flybridge yacht to its charter fleet in the Jupiter/Palm Beach area. Luxury Day Charters’ motto is “be a yacht owner for a day or longer,” and the Vicem, like the company’s other yachts, is available for highly customizable charters starting at less than a day and going up to a week. With its elegant, timeless lines, the Vicem is certain to turn heads on any charter. It has three staterooms and two full heads, plus a day head. There’s lots of outdoor space, including a large aft deck with a…

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New: Charter an Iguana in the Caribbean

Looking for a new experience in the Caribbean? Now you can charter an Iguana amphibian boat in St. Martin, and you can enjoy your charter on land and on the sea. The 31-foot Iguana X100, powered by two 300-hp outboards, tops out at 47 knots on the water; its twin tracks, driven by a 15 kWh electric motor, power it at speeds up to 4.4 mph on land. On the water the Iguana, using Hypalon 860 RIB tubes for stability, can handle four-foot seas. On land, the amphibian can roll over almost any terrain, from mud to rocks, and can…

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MarineMaxVacations Adds New 545 Power Cat to BVI Fleet

MarineMax Vacations just announced that it will introduce its new flagship, a 545 power catamaran, to its charter fleet in the British Virgin Islands. The large and luxurious cat, with five cabins and five heads, will be available for charter starting in February. Since the new cat can hold up to ten people, you won’t have to worry about leaving anybody behind on your next charter. Bring all your family, or a group of friends, and enjoy a relaxing charter in some of the best cruising grounds in the world. MarineMax says you can charter the 545 as a bareboat,…

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MarineMax Vacations Opens Charter Fleet in the Abacos

MarineMax Vacations is expanding its power charter fleet to the Bahamas, in a partnership with Navigare Yachting. The fleet will start with a two-cabin Aquila 362 power cat and a three-cabin Aquila 443 power cat at Marsh Harbor in the Abacos, starting Dec. 1. Under the partnership, Navigare Yachting will operate MarineMax Vacations in the Bahamas. Raul Bermudez, VP of MarineMax Vacations, said that Navigare Yachting was a world leader for charter vacations. “Our shared vision to create an exceptional vacation experience is key with our mutual passion for unmatched guest service, yacht maintenance, and expert delivery,” he said. Although…