Author Peter Janssen

Destinations
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Formentera: A Gorgeous, but Not-So-Famous, Cruising Destination in the Med

Tired of the same old, same old? Want to cruise or take a crewed or bareboat charter to a slightly-off-the-beaten-track destination in the Med? Then head for Formentera, the fourth largest of the Balearic Islands, just off the southern edge of Ibiza, with sensational beaches, great waterfront restaurants and bars, and a much more relaxed vibe than its more famous neighbor. About the same size as Manhattan, Formentera has tourists, but not too many. It does not even have an airport. If you want to fly there, go to Ibiza and take the ferry over to the port town of…

Boat Reviews
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Fountaine Pajot MY 44: Brand-New Large and Luxurious Power Cat

You won’t be lonely on this new Fountaine Pajot MY 44 power catamaran. It comes with three staterooms, all with en suite heads, an absolutely enormous salon and flybridge, and lounges fore and aft. You can embark on some blue-water extended cruising with a lot of your friends, and you can do some serious entertaining with a larger crowd closer to home. The Fountaine Pajot MY 44 was just introduced at the Dusseldorf boat show in January. It is now undergoing sea trials off La Rochelle, France, and it’s scheduled to appear in the U.S. before the end of the…

Boat Reviews
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New Sabre 45 Salon Express: Made in Maine, Delivered in March

One of the reasons that Sabre Yachts has built, and maintained, a leadership position in the power cruising market is that the Maine-based company keeps introducing new models, in good times and bad. Now it has just delivered hull number one of the 45 Salon Express to its new owner in Florida. The 45, fitting between the company’s existing 42- and 48-foot models, is an all-new design with two staterooms, two full heads, and the built-in-Maine lines and craftsmanship that help define all Sabres. The master stateroom is forward, with an island bed and several lockers and drawers for storage…

On Watch
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On Watch

Countdown to Miami I can’t say, or more accurately, I don’t want to say, how many Miami boat shows I’ve been to over the years. Let’s just say, a lot. I do remember vividly the first one; it opened my eyes, and blew my mind. I know it started with dinner with the president of Hatteras and moved on to boat tests in Government Cut and raft-ups in Stiltsville. I previously had been a writer and editor at Time and Newsweek, sitting in corporate offices in New York. Now I was the editor of a boating magazine, taking off on boats,…

Cruising Life
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Fast Growing Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf Will Soon Create One of Largest Icebergs Ever

A crack in the Antarctic ice shelf, now more than 100 miles long and two miles wide, may soon break off, creating one of the largest icebergs ever recorded. And it is growing quickly, increasing 17 miles in the last two months, and the length of five football fields a day. Since the ice is already floating, its separation won’t raise sea levels. But the glaciers behind it will then melt more quickly, and that will add to a rise in global sea level. And because of warming temperatures, other large amounts of ice in West Antarctica could be vulnerable…

Cruising Life
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Heading for the Miami Show? Take a Weekend in Bimini

If you’re heading to the Miami show, or just cruising in Florida, you may want to think about taking a 50-mile side trip (with your passport) over to Bimini. Even at 15 knots, you could leave Miami after breakfast and be sitting down for conch chowder at the Big Game Club (founded in 1936 and a Hemingway hangout) for lunch. Or dive, or explore Alice Town (that will be fun but it won’t take long), or fish, or just relax. For me, Bimini has been a favorite for a fast change of scene, and drop of blood pressure, for many,…

Gear
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New Award-Winning All-Purpose Tool from Davis Instruments

It isn’t pretty, but this new all-purpose tool from Davis Instruments is certainly something that almost everybody could use on board. And it’s a prize-winner too. In fact, the Snap Tool Multi-Key was the Grand Prize winner at the recent Fisheries Supply Company innovations award ceremony; it also won the top maintenance award, beating out more than 100 other products. The Snap Tool Multi-Key is made with hardened steel and it manages to pack a lot of must-have tools into one package. It comes with a shackle and two deck-plate keys, a button snapper and un-snapper (save your fingernails), and…

Boat Reviews
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New Kadey-Krogen 50 Open: A Major Change for an Iconic Bluewater Cruiser

Kadey-Krogen does one thing – it builds blue-water, full-displacement, passagemaker trawlers – and it does that very well. Indeed, Kadey-Krogen just delivered its 600th yacht. The company is not known for change for the sake of change. But now Kadey-Krogen has come up with a major change – the new Kadey-Krogen 50 Open, where the main deck is continuous from the cockpit to the salon and the galley and then just one step up to the pilothouse. Indeed, Larry Polster, a Kadey-Krogen partner and vice president, says, “The Krogen 50 Open is revolutionary for our brand. She’s a model all…

Cruising Life
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Volvo Launches New Joystick for Twin Inboard Boats with Shafts, Wins Innovation Award

We all know about Volvo’s revolutionary IPS pod drives, and how they make docking and controlling a boat easy, and actually fun. But now Volvo is going one step further, introducing its new Volvo Penta Joystick for Inboard system, also controlled by a joystick, that makes docking and boat control just as easy for conventional twin shaft-driven inboard boats. The Joystick for Inboards is indeed new and different: It just won a prestigious Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show. The new system has the first joystick for twin inboard shaft installations with integrated rudder, engine and bow thruster…

Engine Room
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Cat C7.1 Diesels: No Smoke, No Noise, but More Torque and Faster Acceleration

Cat has just introduced new engines for recreational power boats from 25 to 60 feet – most of the power cruising market – with a lot of advantages in a relatively small footprint. The C7.1 engines are in-line 6-cylinder, four-stroke diesels that are turbocharged and after-cooled, and they come in 406-, 456- and 507-hp versions. The engines’ advanced common rail fuel system delivers optimum combustion and low emissions; they are quiet because of reduced combustion through advanced electronic controls. They also are smokeless, both when starting and underway. With a superior power-to-weight ratio, the C7.1 engines have a swift response…

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