Author Peter Janssen

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Nordic Tugs 40: Prize-Winning Cruiser

The new Nordic Tugs 40 just won the People’s Choice Award at the Newport International Boat Show. The award, voted on by people attending the show, said the boat has a “combination of comfort, luxury and performance, featuring direct access to the flybridge from the pilot house, a starboard-side boarding door in the cockpit, a large pilot house with seating for six, a spacious salon layout and a mid-stateroom boasting two large bunks with a lower double.” The Nordic Tugs 40 is an updated version of the popular Nordic Tugs 39, with some improvements from stem to stern to make…

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MJM 50Z: Fast, Seaworthy and Creative

The “Z” in the elegant, low-profile MJM 50Z stands for Zurn, as in Doug Zurn, the creative Marblehead, Mass., yacht designer, who teamed up with Bob Johnstone, who started MJM Yachts in 2002. This flagship MJM is fast (I drove it at 38.7 knots in Long Island Sound), safe (with an ISO Category A offshore rating) and comfortable (with a standard Seakeeper gyrostabilizer). With a 15-foot beam, it’s also slender, meaning it moves through the water easily and efficiently. Inside, the master stateroom forward has a large berth but also a desk and lounge chair; it’s a social area as…

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Hunt 32 Surfhunter: New Power on a Timeless Hull

More and more boat owners are turning to outboard power, as the engines become more powerful, more fuel-efficient and so quiet that you often have to look at the tach to see if they’re running. In its new Surfhunter 32, Hunt has embraced that trend by hanging two 250-hp Yamahas off an Armstrong bracket on the transom, producing a top speed of 44 knots and opening up the cockpit with more space for fishing or relaxing. The new Hunt 32, of course, has the iconic deep-V hull that was started by C. Raymond Hunt on the original Bertram 31 in…

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Grand Banks 44 Eastbay SX: A Modern Classic

The beautiful new 44 Eastbay is the first Grand Banks built since the company hired Mark Richards, the world-champion sailor and founder of Palm Beach, the luxury Australian builder, to run the two companies. With its low profile, long sheer, Downeast-style tumblehome and soft lines, the new Eastbay is a more modern vision of a traditional Grand Banks. It also has twin Volvo IPS 600 pod drives to boost its performance to a 30-knot top speed. The boat has a large teak swim platform and an L-shaped settee and aft-facing bench seat in the cockpit. The aft and side windows…

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AIS: Helpful When a Fast Tow Is Approaching from Your Stern

There’s a debate on the America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association website about the value of AIS, particularly whether cruising boats need a transponder as well as a receiver. Several cruisers say they’ve had trouble with some AIS apps, particularly in rural or remote areas where cell service is sketchy, or nonexistent. But here’s a posting from Joe Pica, a veteran cruiser from Gulf Breeze, Florida, who recently found the full AIS system on his 37-foot trawler was a great advantage in New York’s crowded harbor. His posting: “Yesterday, we left Great Kills to run up the Hudson River to hide…

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Krogen Express 52: A 22-Knot Classic

Even with a flying bridge and raised pilothouse, the Krogen Express 52 manages to carry a classic low profile, enhanced by a long, flowing sheer line that emphasizes the boat’s distinctive profile. And the “Express” part of its name is not a misnomer: With twin 480-hp Yanmars the Krogen Express tops out at about 22 knots. Dial back to 8 knots and the boat has a range of 1,680 nm. With a semi-displacement hull, this express offers the best of a get-home-fast speed and a go-anywhere-without-refueling range. Inside, the Krogen Express exudes fine craftsmanship and cherry finishing everywhere. A raised…

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American Tugs 395: A Sturdy Cruiser

Although American Tugs are made in LaConner, Washington, about half are now sold on the East Coast as owners recognize the boats’ many advantages, including a sturdy hull, raised-pilothouse design, and ease of living on board. The new American Tugs 395 offers all that (including a ten-year hull warranty) plus a two-stateroom, one-head layout, a large salon and a pilothouse that can seat four, in addition to the captain. The pilothouse also has six opening windows, visibility all around, and side doors that give immediate access to the side decks. The 395 has a cruising speed in the 15-knot range…

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NautiBuoy: Something New Afloat

You may not absolutely need this on your next cruise, but you’ve got to admit, it looks good. Here’s the new inflatable NautiBuoy, a “multi-functional platform” made with high-strength PVC that can serve as a portable swim platform, a float, a dock, whatever. It’s light-weight, maneuverable, and you can hook several together with a special “Air Toggle” connection system that the company says keeps them stable in the water. Made in the UK, NautiBuoy comes in a variety of sizes, and will be introduced to the U.S. at the Fort Lauderdale show. nautibuoymarine.com

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Seafire: Too Cool for School

http://www.ybw.com/pictures/motorboats/seafire-the-new-military-style-luxury-sports-yacht-41137I know this is a bit beyond our normal purview, but it’s just too cool to miss. After all, when the designers say they want you to think of James Bond, Ernest Hemingway, Clark Gable and Cary Grant, who are we to quibble? Here’s a first look at the new Brit-designed Seafire, a combination of a PT boat and a Spitfire. Be the first on your block… http://www.ybw.com/pictures/motorboats/seafire-the-new-military-style-luxury-sports-yacht-41137

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Hurricane Prep: What To Do Right Now

Here’s some great  detailed information about how to prepare your boat – on land or on the water – from BoatU.S. Plus a detailed worksheet about how to protect your boat that you can print out, save for yourself and give to your marina. Two major points: Act sooner rather than later, and protect yourself first, not your boat. Take a look. :http://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/assets/pdf/HurricaneWarning.pdfhttp://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/assets/pdf/HurricaneWarning.pdf

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