Author Peter Janssen

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5 Best Floating Bars in the Caribbean: Dive in Now!

I don’t want to make too much of a thing about this, but to me and most of my friends, having a drink or a beer or a glass of wine at the end of a day cruising or chartering is one of the better things in life. A nice celebration, a little social hour, a time to relax and reflect as the sun goes down. That’s all well and good. But what’s better is if you can do this on vacation not on your own boat (charter or otherwise) but on a boat that’s a bar – a floating…

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Spring Cleaning for Your Engine Room: What You Need To Do

A clean engine room is a dead giveaway about the owner’s care of his boat; it’s evidence that he does care, that he knows what he’s doing, that he plans ahead and takes care of things before they need taking care of. The converse: A dirty engine room is, well, simply not part of a boat you want any part of. Aside from all that (and my ungrammatical sentences), a clean engine room not only will help in keeping your boat running, but it also will preserve (and possibly enhance) the overall value of the boat. It certainly will boost…

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New Fast, Bright, Prize-Winning Raymarine Axiom MFDs

Raymarine’s new Axiom MFDs, which won an Innovation Award at the Miami boat show, are now out in the marketplace, in an entirely new line of 7”, 9” and 12” touchscreens that run 50 percent faster than anything the company has built before. The new Axioms can run multiple programs and come with bright, all-glass optically bonded displays for easy viewing (even if you’re wearing polarized sunglasses), and they have high-speed, quad-core processors running the new Lighthouse 3 operating system. Sonar is built in, including Raymarine’s new RealVision 3D. They come ready for plug-and-play with radar, FLIR, engine gauges, autopilot…

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Owner Charged with Drinking, Driving Fountain 42 69 mph into Lake Michigan Breakwall, Killing Two Friends

This story is about a tragic combination of booze, speed and boating at night. Tom Gibson (above), 37, an experienced boater from Lake Village, Indiana, was just indicted there on several charges as a result of a crash he had on his Fountain 42 last summer that killed the other two people on board. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources charged Gibson on two counts each of reckless homicide, criminal recklessness and operating a motorboat while intoxicated resulting in death. After he was booked, Gibson posted $60,000 bail. The trial date hasn’t been set yet. Prosecutors say Gibson left East…

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On Watch

Report from Palm Beach: “The Best of the Season.” Traditionally, the Palm Beach boat show is a buyer’s show; a lot of people, so the thinking goes, look at the Miami shows, but then a month later they actually buy in Palm Beach. The Palm Beach show, which just ended, certainly had a lot of the major cruising boats that had already been displayed in Miami, but it also had some new ones, including the Vicem 46IPS from Turkey and the Minorca 34 from Spain, while the new Sabre 45 (from Maine, of course) was undergoing sea trials just up…

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New Vicem Classic 46IPS, A Company First in Fiberglass and Epoxy, Launched at Palm Beach Show. Plus Video.

Vicem Yachts, the Turkish builder that’s been specializing in using marine mahogany in the cold-molded construction process since 1991, just introduced its first fiberglass/epoxy model, the Vicem Classic 46IPS, at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. And, no surprise, it’s a beauty, both outside and in. The joinerwork is simply elegant. Designed by Vicem’s in-house team, the boat carries classic Downeast lines that just as easily could have been drawn in Southwest Harbor, Maine.  The Classic 46IPS is powered by two 435-hp Volvo IPS 600s, offering joystick control and pod drives for easy maneuvering around the docks and greater fuel…

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New Sabre 45 Turns in Impressive Performance in First Sea Trial. See Video.

Here’s a first look, an on-board video, of the new Sabre 45 Salon Express, in its initial sea trial off Jupiter, Inlet, Florida. All went well, as you can see. With twin 435-hp Volvos and IPS drives, the new Maine-built beauty topped out at 32 knots, burning 44 gph; at a  cruise speed of 27.6 knots, it burned 34.5 gph. And the new Sabre is quiet. The sound levels were 73 dB(A) at cruise, and 75 dB(A) at top speed. We’ve already written about the boat in our Boat Review section. For more: http://sabreyachts.com  Or see for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByUEu0AUvvk

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Outer Reef 88 Rounds Cape Horn with Company President on Board: Great Video

Not that many boat company presidents get to join one of their owners cruise around Cape Horn, one of the most dangerous bodies of water in the world, but then not that many production boats actually go around Cape Horn to begin with. But Jeff Druek, president and CEO of Outer Reef Yachts (above left), recently joined Paul Hawran (above right) on Hawran’s Outer Reef 880 cockpit motoryacht, Argo, as it rounded the horn. For both, it was the experience of a lifetime. Hawran, now 64, has been boating since he was 21 and bought a 20-foot Mako with…

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Here’s a Feel-Good Video of Some Very Nice Boat Handling in Marigot Bay

There’s nothing urgent here, nothing mind-bending or surprising. But if you love boats, take a look at this video. It’s all about a pretty boat in pretty water handled by a pretty damn good captain. Meet the Lady J, a 389-ton, 142-feet-long, 1997 Palmer Johnson docking in Marigot Bay, St. Luca. Thrusters help, but here’s a nice look at some pretty professional boat handling: http://www.oceanofnews.com/dock-yacht-caribbean/

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Fires on Board: What You Can Do. A New Report and Video from the BoatU.S. Foundation

We’re all aware of the possibility of a fire on our boat. But I know from my own experience, and that of most of my friends, we tend to put that possibility in the back of our minds. Yes, we have enough extinguishers; yes, we check them periodically, and yes, we tell our family or crew where they are and how to use them. But that’s clearly not enough. Because fires are much worse than we think they are. They spread faster. They often cut off escape routes. They can be explosive. All this is spelled out in a great…

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