Author Peter Janssen

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Greenline Launching New 48 Coupe with Solar, Hybrid or Diesel Power

Greenline Yachts, the Slovenia builder that’s at the forefront of the electric- and hybrid- power revolution, is launching a new Greenline 48 Coupe at the Düsseldorf show in January; it will be introduced to the U.S. at the Miami show in February. The 48 Coupe is modeled after the company’s 48 Flybridge model, and comes after customers said they wanted a large coupe-style boat. Because of its coupe configuration, the new 48 has an array of 2.4kW solar  panels on its cabintop, providing the equivalent power of a small generator running all the time. The solar panels provide enough power…

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Front Street Shipyard Building Tough New Sea Blade X with Revolutionary Hull

This wicked-looking 36-foot center console with a revolutionary hull design is now under construction at the Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine. The new SBX36, hull number one of the new Sea Blade X line from Navatek Ltd. of Honolulu, will be ready for sea trials in the spring. The Sea Blade X hull is built of fiberglass with a foam core; the boat has a T-Top and an inflatable Hypalon perimeter tube. The stepped V bottom hull, with outer sponsons for stability, was originally designed for the military, and is being used by law enforcement in Hawaii. The boat…

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Cape Breton Lobster Boat Captain Granted Full Parole in Bizarre Killing of a Fisherman He Thought Was Cutting His Traps

A Cape Breton lobster boat captain has just been granted full parole in the bizarre murder of another fisherman who he thought was cutting his traps five years ago. The captain, Dwayne Samson, 48, had been convicted of manslaughter and was given an almost ten-year sentence three years ago for the death of Philip Boudreau, 43. Samson, who had been described as “a model inmate and excellent worker” in prison, is now a free man. Here’s the full story, according to the court’s statement of facts, as reported on the Cape Breton Post: At 5 a.m. on June 1, 2013, Samson…

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Florida’s Red Tide Killing Stone Crab Business. Crabbers Going Out of Business. Joe’s Stone Crabs Changes Its Menu

You know the toxic red tide in south Florida is serious when Joe’s Stone Crabs, the world-famous seafood restaurant in Miami Beach, starts to run out of stone crabs. But the stone-crab crisis is indeed serious, and it’s decimating the stone-crab fishing industry. “This is about the worst I’ve ever seen it,” Rick Collins, 69 and an Everglades City crabber for more than 50 years, told The New York Times. Until this year, he usually caught 400 pounds of stone crabs a day. One day recently he offloaded 73 pounds, and he doesn’t know how much longer he can stay…

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FLIR Launches New Raymarine Element, A Combo GPS and Sonar with Lifelike Images

FLIR has just introduced the Raymarine Element, a new, highly advanced generation of combined sonar and GPS displays. Element uses new sonar technology to provide lifelike images for fishing or navigating the bottom, with versatile mapping capabilities of its own on a user-friendly display. The new Element builds on Raymarine’s prize-winning Axiom navigation displays. It uses new patent-pending RealVision 3D sonar technology and new 3D bottom imagery to show a more precise location of fish and structural targets on the bottom. It also incorporates new patent-pending HyperVision 1.2 megahertz sonar technology with ultra-high Compressed High Intensity Radar Pulse (CHIP) sonar…

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19 of the Best Islands in the World To Visit in 2019

Wondering about what to do or where to go in the coming year? Or you just want to make an addition to your bucket list?  Here’s a list of the 19 best beach and island destinations to visit in 2019, from the from Islands magazine. They’re all over the world, with some of the usual suspects, such as St. Barts, Antigua (pictured above) and Crete. But how about a trip to the Whitsunday Islands, the 74-island archipelago (only four of which are developed), with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world?  The Whitsundays serve as the gateway to the Great…

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Floating Boom, Designed to Clean Up the Pacific Garbage Patch, Isn’t Working

Here’s some unsettling news. The much-heralded, 2,000-foot-long floating boom that was supposed to clean up the massive Pacific Garbage Patch isn’t working. The boom, part of Ocean Cleanup, was designed to be deployed from its mothership and float in a U-shape on the surface of the ocean. The idea was that the wind and waves would push the boom faster than it pushed the floating trash, so the trash would be trapped in the middle. But now that the boom, which left San Francisco three months ago, is actually deployed, it turns out that the trash doesn’t stay trapped inside…

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First Floating Supermarket Opens in Dubai. Will Your Harbor Be Next?

Just in case you, or someone your boat, develop an insatiable desire to go shopping the next time you’re on a cruise, consider this: Carrefour, the huge French-based multinational retailer, is just opening a floating supermarket in Dubai. A company statement said the floating store, named Carrefour Bites and More By the Shore, is “aligned with our vision to create great moments for everyone, every day.” The store is on a custom-built Aqua Pod, and is designed to serve customers from megayachts, jet skis and even those on three nearby beaches. It will sell more than 300 products, including food,…

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Bertram Continues Its Comeback with a Beautiful New 50 Express

By Peter A. Janssen It looks like Bertram has hit a home run with renderings of a beautiful new 50 Express, scheduled to be launched next spring. The 50, the company’s first express in many years, comes as Bertram is enjoying a remarkable turnaround under new leadership and a new plant. Indeed, the 50 will come on the heels of the successful launch of a new 61 in 2017 and the introduction of a new 35, meant to be a modern interpretation of the iconic Bertram 31, in 2016. Bertram once was one of the most celebrated brands in offshore…

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New Norseman 48: A Traditional Trawler Layout with Teak and Twin Yanmars

Walking down a dock filled with trawlers and Downeast boats at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, something new (at least new to me) caught my eye. There, in an area filled with Sabres, Grand Banks, MJMs and Hinckleys, was a Norseman 48, a traditional-looking trawler with clean and classic lines that was almost beckoning me to step aboard. This Norseman, brought to the show by Schooner Yachts of Fort Lauderdale, is a twin-diesel, two-stateroom, two-head relatively fast trawler with a standard trawler layout and enough teak to keep a traditional trawler owner happy. Powered by two 440-hp Yanmars,…

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