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New 3D Printer Makes 25-Foot Boat in 72 Hours

The University of Maine just launched the world’s largest boat ever made by a 3D thermoplastic printer. The new patrol boat is 25 feet long, weighs 5,000 pounds and was built in just 72 hours. A representative of Guinness World Records was on hand at the university’s Advanced Structures and Composite Center in Orono to present three world’s records: for the world’s largest polymer 3D printer, the world’s largest 3D printed boat, and the largest solid 3D printed item. “This has never been done in the world,” said Habib Dagher, executive director of the composites center. “The purpose of this…

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Presidential Yacht Sequoia Heads to Maine for Restoration

The historic presidential yacht Sequoia, built in 1925 and in a sad state of disrepair, is heading up to Maine for a complete restoration. It then will be displayed on the Washington, D.C., waterfront where it will be used to teach about American history and promote ocean conservation. The Sequoia served eight presidents, starting with Herbert Hoover, until Jimmy Carter put it up for auction in 1977. FDR, a former assistant secretary of the navy, used it to host foreign dignitaries. JFK, who commanded a PT boat in the Second World War, added a king-sized bed and celebrated his 46th…

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Nordhavn Film Festival Goes Live on Saturday Night

It’s no secret that Nordhavn owners love their boats, or that they love to go cruising, often to the far corners of the globe. But many of them also love to record their adventures, making videos for themselves and their friends to enjoy for many years to come. To take advantage of this trend, Nordhavn has organized its first-ever Nordhavn Film Festival, a Hollywood-styled gala at the company’s headquarters at Dana Point, California, on Saturday, Oct. 12. The festivities get underway at 7 pm Pacific time; 10 pm Eastern. If you can’t make it to the festival itself, you can…

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The Moorings, BoatU.S., Hold Great Flotilla in BVI

2019 BVI BoatU.S. Flotilla Recap & Photos Published: August 13, 2019    Tina Huewe   Comments The Moorings has a long-standing relationship with the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) – an organization that supports the interest of recreational boaters. In 2014, we partnered for the first time to create the annual BoatU.S. Flotilla, which invites members to come together in a beautiful destination, mingle and of course get out on the water! Here’s the latest recap: Our 6th annual BoatU.S. Flotilla in the enchanting British Virgin Islands – this year spearheaded by Captain Dunbar, Tina Huewe (The Moorings…

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Outer Reef To Launch New, Refined 720 Long-Range Cruiser

Outer Reef will launch its new long-range cruiser, a Generation 2 720 DeluxBridge Motoryacht, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, starting Oct. 30. The new Outer Reef, named Gypsy Soul, is the latest addition to the company’s popular 720 series, and it has a greatly expanded Skylounge, a new Bridgeview Deck and several other refinements to make cruising and living aboard more inviting and more comfortable. The new 720 is made for serious cruising. The company says it has a range of 3,400 nm at 8.5 knots, and 1,400 nm at 11 knots. Top speed, with optional power, is…

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New SmartMooring Brings Your Boat to You. See Video

Here’s a new idea that was just introduced at the Annapolis Powerboat Show: The SmartMooring, an app-controlled device that travels along an underwater chain and brings your boat to you. Forget the dinghy. Just stand on a dock, press a button on your smartphone and SmartMooring will deliver your boat. At the end of the day, when you’re back at your deep-water mooring, press the button again and SmartMooring will carry you back to shore. (You can see how it works in the video, below.) Tom Derecktor, an engineer and member of the Derecktor Shipyard family, developed the SmartMooring after…

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Yanmar Announces Design Details for New X47 Express Cruiser

Yanmar just announced more details about the design of its X47 express cruiser, the Japanese company’s new flagship. The X47 will serve as the Official VIP Cruiser of the 36th America’s Cup, which will hold its final race in Auckland, New Zealand, in March, 2021. Yanmar says it will launch the X47 by the end of this year. The X47 has flowing and aggressive styling, an opulent interior and large cockpit and bow areas for relaxing and viewing the races. “This is a new category of boat,” says Ken Okuyama, director of Yanmar Holdings. “This combination of the looks and…

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New Water Bike Uses Foils, Goes 12 mph

Here’s a new water bike that uses America’s Cup foiling technology to help you pedal around your next mooring or off your dock. It’s called the Manta 5 Hydrofoiler XE-1, and the company says it’s the world’s first production hydrofoil bike. The rear foil measures 6’ 5″, while the front one is 4 feet. Using the same principle as foils on the world’s most famous racing sailboats, the Hydrofoiler has foils to minimize drag and raise the bike out of the water as it gains speed. Top speed on the Hydrofoiler: 12 mph. In case you get tired pedaling, the…

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Liveaboard Owner Saves His Two Bulldogs from Burning Boat

Mike Babbitt, a retired police detective, saved his two bulldogs after his motoryacht caught fire when he was moving it to the fuel dock at the Bremerton (Washington) Yacht Club. His fast thinking saved the dogs, Pearl, who weighs 60 pounds, and Hootie, who weighs 70; it also saved other boats from becoming involved in the fire themselves. About 3 on a recent calm afternoon, Babbitt, who lived aboard his yacht Doctor’s Orders with his wife Jamie, took it out of its slip to get some fuel. Then he saw flames coming from the engine room. Babbitt maneuvered the boat away…

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Volvo Wins Awards for Engines and Industry Leadership

Volvo Penta is on a roll, winning awards and recognition for its redesigned Next-Generation D4 and D6 propulsion packages,  for its Easy Boating initiative, and for its  leadership in the marine industry. The highly regarded Swedish company just won an IBEX (International Boatbuilders Exhibition) Innovation Award for the D4 and D6 propulsion systems, its new sterndrive, updated IPS pod drive and its new Electronic Vessel Control platform. The judges said that the end result of all these improvements and innovations was a fully integrated, exceptional boating experience. The D4 and D6 have been Volvo’s flagship engines. Indeed, it has produced…

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