Author Peter Janssen

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New Sialia 80: High-Tech Electric Explorer

Sialia just unveiled what it calls “the world’s most advanced explorer yacht,” a Sialia 80 Explorer electric long-range cruiser. The new Sialia was designed by Vripack, the leading Dutch design and naval architectural firm. The hull was drawn specifically for electric power, offering low resistance and sophisticated balance for the high-tech vessel. Sialia says the all-aluminum 80 offers silent, emissions-free cruising around the world, combining the luxury and comfort of a superyacht with the sustainability of electric power. “The Sialia 80 Explorer is designed to redefine exploration and sustainability; to thrive in a variety of environmental conditions, traveling to some…

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Tyde Making 48-foot, e-Foiling Cruiser

Tyde, the German startup that works with BMW, just released images of its new Open, a 48-foot sports cruiser that it says is the world’s largest foiling electric recreational boat. The Open is the production version of the prototype Icon that Tyde revealed at the Cannes show last September. Tyde plans to start delivering the Open in the fall. Powered by two 100-kW Torqeedo Deep Blue electric motors, the Open starts to fly, or foil, at about 17 knots. It tops out at 30 knots, and has a range of 50 nm at 25 knots. Its zero-emissions drivetrain includes a…

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Bering Starts Charters in the Bahamas

Bering Yachts, the Turkish builder of long-range explorer yachts, is just starting a charter operation in the Bahamas. The Bering charters are a bit different, because you don’t have to rent the entire yacht; you can charter a cabin or a group of cabins if you are traveling as a couple or a family. If you have a large group, you can charter the entire yacht. The program is starting with the 92-foot Papillon (pictured) and the 145-foot Heeus. The itineraries are flexible, and cover Nassau, the Exumas and the Turks and Caicos. One new five-day cruise, for example, covers…

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Outer Reef Commissions First 830 Classic

Outer Reef just commissioned its first 830 Classic Motoryacht, a luxurious long-range cruiser, for its new, and repeat, owners in Fort Lauderdale. You can see this latest Outer Reef at the Palm Beach show that starts on March 21. The 830 is the latest addition to Outer Reef’s X Class fleet, designed for ocean-crossing capabilities. It’s a combination of timeless motoryacht lines with cutting-edge features and technology. Hull number one was made for owners of an Ocean Reef 700 Classic who wanted more space for entertaining and spending time on board. They already were familiar with Outer Reef’s craftsmanship and…

Cruising Life
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Breakthrough in EV Batteries

StoreDot, a high-tech Israeli company, is on the verge of a major breakthrough in making batteries for electric cars and boats that can be fully recharged in just ten minutes. The goal in the electric car market, and by extension the electric boat market, has been to make it just as easy to recharge an electric vehicle as it is to refuel a gas or diesel vehicle. That centers around a “100 miles in 5 minutes” theme, meaning you only have to charge the vehicle for 5 minutes (about the same time you now spend at your neighborhood gas station)…

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New Fiat 500 Offshore: Big Hit in Miami

The real hit of the Miami show last week wasn’t the 278-foot, $129 million superyacht Victorious. It was the 15-foot, $122,000 Fiat 500 Offshore, making its U.S. debut. Made in Italy by Car Off-Shore and Fiat, the new car-like tender was launched there last summer (pictured above). The idea was to replicate the look and lines of the iconic Fiat 500, one of the most-recognized European vehicles ever. Fiat described the boat as the “500 of the seas.” The boats were shown in Miami by 1 Ocean Yachts Group. The Fiat 500 Offshore is not mass produced like its land-based…

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Sunseeker’s New Manhattan 68 Pacific

Sunseeker, the big British builder of luxury motoryachts, made a big splash in Miami last week. Indeed, Sunseeker had eight yachts there, including the Manhattan 68 Pacific specifically designed to appeal to a U.S. market. In the past few years, Sunseeker has been increasing its presence here, and the new Manhattan 68 Pacific should add to that growth. It’s basically a four-cabin, three head flybridge yacht with some appealing features. Extensive hull glazing provides light throughout the yacht, including the Grand Master stateroom below. It’s set full-beam amidships, and you get there via a private staircase from the port side…

Cruising Life
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NTSB: Why Fishing Boat Sank in Alaska

A new report from the National Transportation Safety Board about the sinking of a 52-foot commercial fishing boat off the coast of Alaska highlights the importance of having high-water bilge alarms on your cruising boat, no matter how big or how small. The NTSB investigation said the bilge alarms did not sound before the Hotspur, a 1988 purse seiner (pictured), capsized and sank while heading west in the Dixon Entrance, about 43 miles south-southwest of Ketchikan, on August 2, 2022. It said that if the alarms had been working, the crew might have been able to correct the problem before…

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13 Innovation Award Winners in Miami

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced the 13 winners of its annual innovation awards at the Miami show last week. The awards, judged by members of Boating Writers International, were made at the NMMA’s annual breakfast at the start of the show. The awards recognize boating manufacturers and suppliers who introduce new and innovative products to the market. The eight judges were all member of BWI who have experience in writing about boats and marine equipment. They were Ben Stein, Tim Murphy, Kelsey Bonham, Kevin Falvey, Alan Jones, Adam Quandt, Gary Reich, and Tony EspositoThis year’s winners are: The 2024…

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Tiara Unveils New Updated 43 LE

Tiara just announced at the Miami show, where it’s celebrating its 50h anniversary, that it will launch an updated version of its 43 LE this year, with new interior and exterior designs and new outboard power. Tiara first launched the 43 LE (luxury express) in the summer of 2020, and it hit a popular spot as a well-designed, high-quality family cruiser with power from three 450-hp outboards. The LE fleet then expanded with a 48 flagship in the spring of 2023; it had a lot of new touches that the Holland, Michigan, builder now wants to incorporate in the updated…

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