Author Peter Janssen

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Canouan: The Caribbean’s Hidden Gem

Canouan is probably the best Caribbean island you’ve never heard of. At least it has never crossed my radar screen. No cruise ships stop there, no jumbo jets land there, no megayachts gather there for A-list New Year’s Eve parties. But now Canouan (pronounced kuh-nuh-wn), with gorgeous white sandy beaches, clear blue water and only 12,000 people, is experiencing something of a boomlet. A relatively new luxury marina has 120 slips for boats up to 320 feet; a new five-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel has opened along a beach; waterfront restaurants and bars are starting to spring up with sunset views…

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New State-of-the-Art Tiara 44 Coupe

A blend of traditional lines, progressive design and state-of-the-art systems, the new Tiara 44 Coupe seems to have it all. It also hits the mark in its mid-40-foot size range, meaning it’s small enough so that it’s easy to handle, but it’s large enough to hold a crowd for entertaining or a special social time on board. It’s easy to climb on the Tiara; just step onto the large, almost full-beam teak swim platform and walk forward on either side into the cockpit. If you’re hungry, you can stop along the way at the electric grill that’s built into the…

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Sunreef Launches Advanced 80 Electric Cat

Sunreef just launched what it says is the world’s most advanced electric motor yacht at its yard in Gdansk, Poland. The luxury cat was customized to the owner’s specs using the latest in green technology to reach the highest levels of sustainability and energy efficiency. The massive new cat with a 39-plus-foot beam is powered by two 360kW engines, a set of 990kWh batteries, and Sunreef’s solar panel system that is fully integrated into the composite structures. As a result, the company says the 80 Sunreef Power Eco provides unrivaled solar power for extended cruising without relying on fossil fuels.…

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Easy Living on the Cruisers 50 Cantius

The new Cruisers 50 Cantius is an easy-to-like couple’s cruising boat made for entertaining or coastal cruising. The entertaining part starts all the way aft, where a grill is built into the transom so you can stand on the swim platform (fresh from a swim or water sports) and make some burgers or dogs. The large swim platform itself lowers into the water for easy access to those activities. The entertaining part then moves all the way forward where there are sun lounges and a cocktail table on the foredeck. In between, there are more social areas in the cockpit,…

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Wally Launches 2,400-hp 58X Outboard

Wally just launched their first outboard boat, a Wallypower 58X driven by four 600-hp Mercury Verados that hits a top speed of more than 50 knots. The new 58 manages to keep all of Wally’s iconic clean lines, and it still has the massive aft deck with fold-down bulwarks and swim platforms that flank the outboards to create a beach-club affect all the way aft. The original Wallypower 58X made its U.S. debut at the Palm Beach show in March, with twin 600-hp Volvo IPS800 pod drives. That boat had a top speed of 38 knots. The new outboard-powered version,…

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Kadey-Krogen Buys American Tugs

Kadey-Krogen just keeps on growing. In the past 46 years, the company has built 640 full- displacement trawlers in Taiwan, creating a loyal group of owners who are interested in cruising both the coastal water and the oceans around the world. Recently, Kadey-Krogen expanded, starting a new series of Summit Motoryachts, with a 54 and a 62 performance cruiser designed by Michael Peters. Now, the Kadey-Group announced that it just bought American Tugs, based in LaConner, Washington, that makes five models from 36 to 48 feet. Announcing the acquisition, Tucker West, president of the Kadey-Group, said, “They have a healthy…

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Dramatic New Images of the Titanic

A high-tech digital-imaging project has created incredible and entirely new detailed views of the wreck of the Titanic lying 2.4 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic. The images are the result of a six-week expedition to the wreck last summer that produced a “digital twin” of the Titanic, the largest ocean liner in the world when it sank on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912, after it hit an iceberg. More than 1,500 people perished that night. The expedition last summer was organized by Magellan Ltd., a deep-water mapping company. It sent two submersibles, Romeo and Juliet,…

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Iliad Launches Long-Range 53S Power Cat

Iliad is celebrating the global launch of its new 53S power catamaran this week at the Sanctuary Cove show in Australia, a long-range cruiser with impressive space and performance. The profile of the new Iliad is marked by a low, sporty, modern look. Inside, there’s a large L-shaped lounge on the port side, opposite the helm station with two seats. A large, U-shaped galley is aft, facing a dining area for six to eight people. The galley is equipped with upscale European appliances, and has an island bench, full-size fridge and freezer, and extra storage. A standard skylight overhead lets…

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Arksen 85: Ready To Tackle the World

Arksen, the highly creative, fairly new British builder, just launched its first 85 Explorer that’s built to cut through ice and survive a 360-degree rollover. It also has a range of 6,000 nm at 7 knots, according to the company. The key to the new 85 is Arksen’s all-aluminum, lightweight, slippery, fuel-efficient, semi-displacement hull developed by Rob Humphreys Yacht Design and subjected to some sophisticated testing. The hull, which has broader and flatter aft sections, is meant to be indestructible, and it’s built to commercial specifications, meeting the UK’s Workboat Code for unrestricted ocean voyages. The interior is by Design…

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Moorings Plans Croatia Rendezvous

The Moorings just announced that they’re holding their first rendezvous ever in Croatia next fall. Starting in historic Agana, not far from the airport in Split, the rendezvous will take place from October 14 to 21, and the week-long cruise will explore the best of Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. The coast there, in central Croatia, offers some of the Med’s premiere cruising grounds, with more than 30 islands, ancient fortresses, protected national parks, rocky outcroppings, historic villages and translucent water. There are also pristine beaches, secluded coves, unspoiled natural settings, and wonderful small restaurants to try some exquisite local cuisine. To…

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