Author Peter Janssen

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Palm Beach Show Opens March 25, Live

The Palm Beach International Boat Show, which was held only virtually last year because of the pandemic, will be held live and in person this year, from Thursday, March 25, through Sunday, March 28. Informa, the London-based, international event-management company that runs the show, says it will observe the Covid 19 protocols to insure the health and safety of everyone involved. Face masks will be mandatory, and social distancing will be observed. Now in its 36th year, the Palm Beach show has become increasingly popular, because of its location and its manageable size. The show is centered along Flagler Drive…

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Aquila Sells 100th Hull of Popular 36 Power Cat

Aquila power cats are becoming more and more popular. Indeed, Aquila just sold its 100th 36 PC, making it the second model in the Aquila fleet to sell more than 100 boats. Aquila sold its 100th 44 PC last May. The Aquila 36, introduced at the Miami show in February, 2017, is a two-cabin, two-head cruiser powered by a variety of Mercury Verado outboards. With a 14’ 7” beam, it provides a lot of usable space for cruising and entertaining. It can hold 20 adults at the dock, and it has sleeping arrangements for six adults, including two in the…

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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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New 82-foot Crabmaran Cruises on Land and Sea

You can’t say that Pierpaolo Lazzarini, the head of his own design studio in Rome, doesn’t think outside the box. Now he’s come up with an 82-feet-long, crab-inspired luxury power catamaran that runs on land and in the water. Lazzarini calls the new craft Pagurus, or a Crabmaran. It has a total of six different diesel engines, plus solar power, and it costs just $29.4 million. And it has a garage that can be lowered into the water (or the ground) that can hold a tender or a Tesla Cybertruck. Viewed from the front or the rear, the Pagurus looks…

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Lyman-Morse Building New Hood 35 Down East Cruiser

Lyman-Morse is building a new Hood 35, named the Hood 35 LM Express Cruiser, and it’s bound to be an instant classic, with simple, elegant, Down East lines and contemporary 38-knot performance from twin 440-hp Yanmar diesels paired with Hamilton waterjets for sporty maneuvering and skinny-water exploring. The 35 is the second collaboration between Lyman-Morse, in Thomaston, Maine, and C.W. Hood, in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Just this fall the companies launched the first C.W. Hood 57, also with Down East lines; it was designed by Chris Hood and Stephens Waring Yacht Design in Belfast, Maine. Hood designed the new 35. Designed…

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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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New Solar-Electric Alva 60 To Cruise in Norway

Alva Yachts, the new German builder, just announced that its first solar/electric Ocean Eco 60 Explorer catamaran will be used year-round for cruising in Norway. Alva also is building a 90-foot solar-electric cat. The 60, with a climate-controlled, fully enclosed flybridge, is designed for all-year cruising. The cat has an innovative design; the coachroof extends down to the raised bow to make space for solar panels. They can generate 20kW or 40kW, and work with a 300kWh lithium battery and two 230kW electric motors. Under solar/electric power alone, the Alva 60 can cruise for 110 nm at 7 knots, or…

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More Manatee Deaths: Calls for Boater Safety Courses

Manatee deaths were up again in Florida in 2020, and the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has written a draft of new legislation that would require all boat operators to have a boater safety identification card by January 1, 2023. Last year, 593 manatees died in Florida, according to the commission, almost two dozen more than the average number of deaths in the previous five years. The commission estimates that 90 of the 593 were killed by boats. The actual number of boat-related deaths is probably higher, because the state stopped doing autopsies for two months last spring during…

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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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Search Ends for Missing Boat with 20 on Board

The Coast Guard has suspended a search for a 29-foot Mako with about 20 people on board that was three days overdue on a trip from Bimini to Lake Worth, Florida. The search, involving planes and boats, lasted 84 hours and covered an area of 17,000 square miles, about twice the size of the state of Massachusetts. The boat was reported missing a day after it was scheduled to arrive in Lake Worth, crossing the Gulf Stream from the Bahamas. The search did not turn up any trace of the boat or its passengers;  there was no record of any…

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