Author Peter Janssen

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Nimbus Launches 26-foot Commuter

Nimbus, the fast-growing Swedish builder, has launched its new Commuter 8, a 26-foot, single-outboard boat that’s made for year-round cruising. The new C8 is the third, and smallest, entry in Nimbus’ Commuter fleet, after the C9 (30 feet) and C11 (40 feet). Jonas Göthberg, the Nimbus commercial director, said “With the C8, we reach a broader audience, partly because it has a lower price tag, but also because of its smaller size.” The C8, he said, can fit into snug harbors where larger boats might not fit, and it also can be trailered. The C8 is powered by a single…

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Cruisers Intros 50 GLS with 3 600-hp Verados

Cruisers Yachts just introduced its new 50 GLS luxury sport cruiser at the recent Fort Lauderdale show, powered by three 600-hp Mercury Verado outboards. The new cruiser is the largest in the company’s GLS sport line that starts at 34 feet. It’s a two-cabin, one- head boat, with large, open spaces fore and aft. The aft deck, which can be covered by an extendable awning overhead, has an unusually large amount of open space, particularly when the two balconies are deployed from the bulwarks on each side. Even with the outboards, the swim platform is large enough that there’s room…

Cruising Life
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eD-TEC Unveils All-Electric Drive System

The German startup eD-TEC just unveiled its new eD-QDrive all-electric drive system at the big METSTRADE show in Amsterdam, and says it can power everything from tenders to 98-foot yachts. The drive system is lightweight, scalable, and organized around a plug-and-play system for fast and easy installation. It was developed by the “Believer Team” at eD-Tec in Munich, which was founded by Michael Jost, the former chief strategist for the VW Group. The drive is a complete system with a surface-drive prop working through an AI box and a battery bank to a helm interface. It can be used for…

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EXTRA’s New X99Fast Heading for Miami

EXTRA Yachts just launched its first X99Fast yacht in Ancona, Italy. EXTRA says it has Americanized the new 43-knot yacht, and it will be heading for Miami. The new EXTRA was designed by Guida, and the naval architecture was by Palumbo Superyachts. The X99 Fast can hold up to ten guests in four cabins, plus four crew in two cabins. The galley is aft in the salon, concealed behind a glass partition that can be raised or lowered for privacy. It leads to a large aft deck that slopes down to the water. Twin balconies can be lowered from the…

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Mercury Launches First V10 Outboards

Mercury Marine just introduced two new 350-hp and 400-hp 5.7L Verados, the industry’s first V10 outboards. They’re powerful, smooth and quiet, and they’re designed for a wide range of applications. The new  V10s weigh just 695 pounds, and have 26-inch mount spacing, the same as Mercury’s V8 outboards  They are compatible with most boat designs, either  for OEM applications or for repowering. Mercury now makes outboards in V6, V8, V10 and V12 configurations. The heart of the new V10 is its naturally aspirated powerhead with a quad-cam design. It has a standard 150-amp alternator, capable of charging the boat’s batteries.…

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RescueME Wins DAME Design Award

The annual DAME Awards recognizing superior design were just announced at the opening of the big METSTRADE marine equipment exhibition in Amsterdam. The awards were started in 1991 to promote design in all fields and to recognize the best-designed products at the show. This year the DAME Design Award winner was the Ocean Signal RescueME PLB3 AIS Personal Locator Beacon (pictured at top). The jury said it is a “combination of an AIS man overboard device and GPS with a Cospas-Sarsat personal locator beacon.” It called the RescueMe “a standout product” because of “its harnessing of multiple technologies to save…

Engine Room
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ZF Unveils New Pod Drive System

ZF Marine just unveiled its new pod propulsion system for the first time in North America at the recent Fort Lauderdale show. It’s already in use on an Azimut superyacht in Europe, but now it will be available here also. The new ZF 4600 POD system is designed for yachts form 80 to 130 feet with planing or semi-displacement hulls. It’s compatible with all major brand engines up to 1,700 hp. It can be configured for twin installation in yachts from 80 to 99 feet and triple installation for larger vessels. Each pod weighs 3,395 pounds. The ZF pods have…

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Magnolia Building New Retro-Trawler

Magnolia Yachts, a new Turkish yard, just announced that they’re building their first boat, a 78-foot mahogany trawler with some retro looks and what the company calls “megayacht ergonomics” throughout. The new yacht, called Magnolia One, has three cabins below for six guests plus two more for three crew. It’s powered by twin 600-hp Cummins diesels, producing a top speed of 14 knots, a cruising speed of 12 knots, and a range of 2,200 nm at 9 knots. Magnolia was started in 2019 by the fourth generation owners of the Yardimci Shipping Group, a commercial ship builder. With a yard…

Destinations
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Beaufort, SC: Charm on the Waterway

To my mind, the Low Country, the winding, tidal flats and marshlands that run through the southern part of South Carolina, is the best part of the Intracoastal Waterway. You can’t be in a hurry; there are so many S-curves that you can think you’re cruising back on yourself. But that’s the point. Everything is virtually at sea level, with an absolutely golden hue at the beginning and end of the day, so it’s easy to relax and feel peaceful about the world. Dating to 1711, Beaufort is one of the most inviting spots there. You can choose from several…

Electronics
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New Icom Sat Phone for Worldwide Connections

The new Icom IC-SAT100 provides worldwide real-time communication at the push of a button. Icom says it’s the world’s first satellite PTT (Press To Talk) mobile radio that uses the Iridium satellite communication network. The new radio provides communication between a group of people at any time, anywhere in the world, including both poles. It uses the 66 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites of the Iridium network. The regular IC-SAT100 can be a fixed mount on a vessel, a vehicle, or in a building. The IC-SAT100M is a mobile device (pictured at top) that can work within 400 feet of…

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