Author Peter Janssen

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Video of First Sea Trials of New Nordhavn 59

Here’s a first look at the sea trials of the just-launched Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot in China. She’ll be at the company’s Dana Point, California, headquarters in a few weeks. This 20-knot Nordhavn (no, that’s not a typo) looks great to me. me.http://www.nordhavn.com/models/59_coastalpilot/video/sea_trial.php

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Boaters Helping Boaters

Here’s a story that will warm your heart. Yesterday Wendy Wilson, a member of the America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association, posted a message on group’s forum asking for help. She and her husband and their four daughters, ages 19, 8, 6 and 5, want to start the Great Loop this August, pending a good outcome from the 5-year-old’s open heart surgery in May. Mrs. Wilson says her daughter’s medical situation is part of the reason the family wants to do the Loop now, since she has already outlived her doctors’ predictions “and you just can’t take life for granted.” The…

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A (Really) Rough Water Boat Test

I’ve done a lot of boat tests in my time, but certainly nothing like this one off the south coast of Ireland. And I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t have taken my Grand Banks 36, much as I loved that boat, out on a day like this.https://youtu.be/N134TJlFjsU

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Shannon’s New Cruisers for Aging Boomers

You don’t have to be a member of AARP to know that a lot of boats – no matter how much you love them – are not designed for maximum comfort as you get older. Think of changing the sheets on a V-berth, for example, or repeatedly stubbing your toe over a one-inch rise when walking from the cockpit to the salon or from the salon to the helm station. Or what about side decks that are too narrow to walk on without turning sideways? It happens. Now Walt Schulz, president of Shannon Boat Company, has an answer for all…

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Boat Sinks at Dock. Could This Happen to You?

We don’t know yet why this boat sank at the dock in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea yesterday, but we do know that twice as many boats sink at a dock than sink underway. Here are some tips from BoatUS to keep it from happening to you: Most boats sink because of the gradual failure of a part below the waterline. A small drip can become a big leak before long, producing more water than the bilge pump can handle. The stuffing box is often the culprit; adjust it so there are no leaks when the engine is not running, and just two or…

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Sea Trials Start for Sabre 66 Flagship

Sabre Yachts has just started sea trials on its new 66-foot flagship Dirigo on Penobscot Bay in Maine to test its twin Volvo 900-hp engines and all the yacht’s systems before heading south to deliver it to the owner in Palm Beach and then the Miami boat show. Dirigo, in case you’re wondering, means “I lead” in Latin; it’s also the motto for the state of Maine, where all Sabres are built. It’s particularly appropriate for the new 66-foot express-style yacht, since the largest Sabre so far is a 54-footer. The move up to 66 feet comes after owners told…