Author Peter Janssen

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Divers Swim With Enormous Great White Shark, Perhaps Largest Ever (and Pregnant). Off Hawaii

Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher, found herself diving next to an enormous great white shark recently off Oahu, Hawaii, recently. She thinks it may have been Deep Blue, at 20 feet long and 8 feet wide the largest great white ever recorded; she once swam with Deep Blue off Guadalupe Island, Mexico. Ramsey came across the shark while it was feeding on the carcass of a sperm whale about 15 miles offshore. NOAA had towed the carcass there because it had been attracting smaller sharks near the beach where it died. Ramsey said that tiger sharks were feeding on the…

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Brian Calvert’s Busy Year: A Marriage, A Charter Business, and Cruising in the Philippines

Brian Calvert, surely one of the most experienced powerboat cruisers around, just wrote his Nine Year Report from his Selene 48 Further in the Philippines. It was a busy year on many fronts. He married his long-time first mate, Donna, (see picture above) in a local ceremony with 124 guests. They had a “soft start” to their charter business. And they decided to make their base in Coron, a diving mecca in Palawan in the center of the Philippines.  “Coron, he wrote on furtheradventures.com/blog, “is simply my favorite place on earth – or at least the half I’ve seen.” A…

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With a New Fast, Sleek 55 Cruiser, Hunton Yachts Aims To Become a Global Luxury Brand

With a totally new, totally sleek 53-knot performance cruiser, Hunton Yachts is emerging as a force to be reckoned with in the global luxury boating market. The two-cabin, two-head Hunton 55 will be introduced to the U.S. at the Miami boat show in 2020. It will be followed by a new Hunton 45, an updated version of its current 43, while the company’s 8-meter and 10-meter RIBs are being sold as high-end, high-performing tenders and day boats. “My vision is to make Hunton a global luxury brand,” Fiona Pool, Hunton’s CEO, said in a phone interview from the company’s offices…

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Reliant Launches New X40, a Creative 40-Knot Cruiser

Reliant Yachts just launched its new X40, the first in its express series, a creative 40-knot cruiser with a clean aesthetic and a Turkish cold-molded build. It is the latest entry from the Reliant team under industry veterans David MacFarlane and Jim Ewing, based in Newport, Rhode Island. The X40 is designed to make a statement, with its raked wraparound windshield, plumb bow, straight lines and low profile. One nice touch: the cap rail is painted the same metallic sliver as the hull. And the new express is a true convertible; you can remove the carbon-fiber hardtop if the weather’s…

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Jeanneau To Launch New Owner-Friendly NC 37 Coastal Cruiser at Miami Show

The new Jeanneau NC 37, a one-level family cruiser with a hull designed by Michael Peters, will make its North American debut at the Miami International Boat Show starting Feb. 14. With its panoramic side windows, large sunroof and fully opening glass door aft, the new Jeanneau is a light-filled, French-styled coastal cruising boat that makes living on board easy underway or at anchor. You can step aboard from a large teak swim platform and enter the cockpit via a stainless steel gate on the starboard side of the transom. The cockpit is built for lounging, with a large L-shaped…

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Arrive in Style: Take a Chopper and a Speedboat to the Miami Show

Here’s a new, and unbeatably cool, way to get to the Miami boat show on Virginia Key next month. While most of us are waiting for Uber cars, shuttle buses or water taxis, you fly in on your helicopter, which delivers you to a floating landing pad just off the Miami Marine Stadium, where a new HCB speedboat picks you up and takes you to the show. All this was conceived by ILandMiami, a startup that designs, manufacturers and operates the Marine Utility Vessel, a floating landing site that can hold a helicopter up to 7,000 pounds with six passengers.…

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Horizon Yacht Charters Adds New Luxury Nautitech Powerboat 47 to BVI Fleet

Horizon Yacht Charters is adding a new, luxurious Bavaria Nautitech Powercat 47 to its fleet in the British Virgin Islands. The new cat, with four staterooms, all with en suite heads and showers, will make its U.S. debut at the Miami International Boat Show from Feb. 14 through 18. It will be available for charter at the big Horizon charter base on Nanny Cay in Tortola this spring. The fully equipped Nautitech 47 has large social and living areas everywhere. The cat’s massive beam, more than 24 feet, means you can enjoy condo-like comfort throughout the boat. The light, efficient…

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Meet Furrion’s New Smart Boat with AI. Just Say “Hi Angel” and Look into the Smart Mirror

Furrion, the luxury innovation company, just introduced its latest idea, a smart boat, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Working with a 78-foot customized Numarine yacht named Adonis, Furrion is using artificial intelligence so owners can interact with Angel, a virtual on-board concierge, and with a series of Smart Mirrors with touchscreens that use facial recognition to make everything on board just right for you. Numarine’s Adonis was the first yacht ever displayed at the CES, although two years ago Furrion displayed an innovative RV with a hot tub and a helicopter on top. Matt Fidler, the co-founder of…

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Magnetic North Pole Moving 31 Miles a Year. Scientists Rush To Update Charts

The magnetic North Pole is moving so fast that scientists are issuing an emergency update to maps used by electronic navigation systems. Magnetic north has crept from the coast of northern Canada a century ago to the middle of the Arctic Ocean now, and it’s moving at what scientists say is “an unusually high speed” of about 31 miles a year. As a result they are making an unprecedented early update of the World Magnetic Model, which fixes the pole and is responsible for the accuracy of GPS and all modern navigation on everything from nuclear submarines to your latest…

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Three Fishermen Killed When Boat Pitch-Poles Trying To Cross a Stormy Bar in Oregon

Three commercial fishermen on an old wooden 42-foot crabbing boat were killed when they tried to cross the Yaquina Bay Bar near Newport, Oregon, at night in breaking seas even as a Coast Guard motor lifeboat tried to lead them to safety. In a harrowing account, the Coast Guard said it tried to warn Stephen Biernacki, 50, the skipper of the Mary B II crabbing boat that he was drifting outside the channel, exposing it to 16-foot breakers. The Mary B II was among a group of crab boats that tried to cross the bar about 10 at night to escape a…

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