Author Peter Janssen

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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

Cruising Life
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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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Greenland Sharks Live 400 Years. Yikes!

A new study finds that the Greenland shark, which is about 15 feet long and not a pretty beast under anybody’s definition, lives for about 400 years – plus or minus about 120 years – but who’s counting. Either way, they’re the longest-lived vertebrate by a long shot. These predators only grow by about a centimeter a year, so in the past researchers have had trouble tracking their age. Here’s how they’ve come up with some answers: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/greenland-shark-may-live-400-years-smashing-longevity-record

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Take Your Pick of 5 Great Cruising Boats

From 27 feet to 88 feet, here’s a good look at five popular cruising boats from major builders – the Ranger Tug 27, Beneteau 34 Swift Trawler (pictured here), Kadey-Krogen 48, Nordhavn 52, and Outer Reef 88. I’ve spent a good amount of time cruising on all of these boats (except the Outer Reef) and I can attest that they all offer comfortable and safe cruising over the waters for which they were designed. (The Nordhavn, for example, is a blue-water cruiser built to cross oceans, while the Ranger is a coastal cruiser appropriate for the ICW or the Inside…

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Nordhavns Set Two New Cruising Records

. If you have a Nordhavn, chances are you’re not going to sit home reading a book by the fire. Indeed, ever since a Norhavn 40 circled the world in 2002, Nordhavn owners have been among the most adventuresome of them all. Now, Nordhavns have set two new records: First, the Nordhavn 68 Migration has made it to Svalbard, Norway, at 80 degrees north the fourth-highest spot in the world. This is the farthest north any Nordhavn has ever gone.  Migration will stay there for three more weeks or so, exploring the area and taking pictures of its exotic birds and…

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Nordic Tug 26: A Classic Pocket Cruiser

When it was first introduced at the Seattle boat show in 1980, the Nordic Tug 26 was an instant hit; at an introductory price of $29,995 (including a refundable $1,000 deposit), the company sold 37 at the show and 54 by the end of the month. A single-diesel cruiser with a 36-hp Volvo and a faux smokestack, the Nordic Tug 26 had a lot of character. Some 200 have been sold since then, to owners who want to do the Great Loop, the Inside Passage or just the next cove on a Saturday afternoon. The 26 now is powered by…

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