Author Peter Janssen

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Bridge Destroys 545-foot Ship – Incredible Video

The 545-foot long Windoc, a wheat carrier, was half way through Welland Canal Bridge 11 in Ontario, Canada, at 5 knots when the lift bridge suddenly descended – wiping out the wheelhouse and setting off a fire on board. Here’s an incredible video of the accident, one of the most dramatic I’ve ever seen, plus a government report on the whole affair. It’s hard to believe that no one was killed. https://gcaptain.com/windoc-incident-photos-video-tsb-report/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Gcaptain+%28gCaptain.com%29

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First Cruise Ship Heads for Northwest Passage

In the past, the fabled Northwest Passage connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific across the top of Canada has been one of the most dangerous spots on earth. Some of the world’s most experienced explorers and sea captains (and their crews) have perished there, most famously Sir John Franklin, a British naval hero, who left England in 1845 to explore the passage with two ships and 128 men; they were never seen again. Five years ago my friend and former NBC documentary producer Sprague Theobald tackled the passage on his Nordhavn 57, cruising 8,500 miles from Newport, RI, to Seattle…

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Who Has Hitler’s Compass?

For history buffs, nautical or otherwise, here’s a fun story. Turns out a British gentleman bought one of the three tenders to Hitler’s 377-foot Nazi state yacht, Aviso Grille, but it’s missing its binnacle compass. He’d love to get it back to restore the 36-foot launch to its original condition. The Aviso Grille was built in 1934 at Blohm + Voss, had a crew of 248 officers and men, a top speed of 26 knots and, dialed back, a range of 9,500 nm. Hitler enjoyed it. http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/part-for-hitler-motor-boat-grillet-40476

Boat Reviews
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Kadey-Krogen 58: All the Comforts of Home

Here’s a great report from the new owner of a Kadey-Krogen 58 Extended Bridge, telling why she and her husband, a former Naval officer, bought the boat. Rose Shaheen, the owner, says they were looking for their retirement boat and were interested in three things: “safety, reliability and liability.” Turns out, livability was the deciding factor; Mrs. Shaheen says she loves all the room on the boat so that it really feels like home (this is in addition to the Kadey-Krogen’s first-class fit and finish, its seakeeping abilities and its perhaps best-in-class engine room. If you’re interesting in finding a…

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70-Year-Old Man Rowing Across Atlantic is Rescued

Stein Hoff, 70, started rowing his 24-foot boat in New York on May 15, heading for England – all by himself. He almost made it, but after 84 days at sea he was hit by a terrible storm and set off his EPIRB. Fortunately, the British Coast Guard got the signal and asked a bulk carrier near Hoff to pick him up. The rescue wasn’t easy, but he’s now safe. No word yet on whether he’ll try again… http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/stein-hoff-70-norwegian-solo-transatlantic-row-20184

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Back Cove 30 Video After Mid-Coast Maine Cruise

I just came across this old video by my friend Billy Black after we had taken a mid-coast Maine cruise six years ago on the then-new Back Cove 30, a great time. It’s particularly appropriate now since I’ll be taking a similar cruise next week on the brand-new Back Cove 32. I’ve go to say that the Maine-built Back Coves (and Sabres too – their big-brother brand) are among my favorite cruising boats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GmS6_deOh8

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Video Tour of Aquila 44 Power Cat by Its Owner

Here’s a great tour of an Aquila 44 power cat by an owner who’s bought two Aquilas before. Needless to say, he likes the boat. But it’s easy to see why. With it’s 22-foot beam, the Aquila has space and more space – plus lots of light all around. A fun video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSOBpVj9QzE

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Go Fishing on Your Moorings Charter in the BVI

Good news for fisherman. Now you can go fishing on your charter vacation on The Moorings in the BVI. Indeed, The Moorings just registered their entire fleet of power cats in the BVI as fishing vessels, meaning they are legal for fishing there. A recent regulation imposed by the BVI government requires all vessels to have an official registration number in order to engage in any fishing activities; as of July 1, all Moorings power cats, from 39 to 51 feet, have the official registration numbers. These boats are in addition to the entire fleet of Moorings crewed yachts, which…

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30 Nordhavns in Alaska: Great Video

In the largest owners’ rendezvous in the company’s history, 32 Nordhavns cruised to Petersburg, Alaska, this summer, surpassing the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally, with 17 boats, in 2004, and anything since. In addition to the owners who arrived on their own boats, many other Nordhavn owners flew in for the event. Here’s a great video showing how proud these owners are of their boats, and of their own cruising accomplishments. .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vx0EiNf5wQ&feature=em-upload_owner

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Nordhavn’s Far-Flung Cruisers

So you want to go cruising – really go cruising. Not just for a long weekend or a two-week summer vacation, like most of us, but way, way out there. Nordhavns are built to take you anywhere you want to go, anywhere in the world. And Nordhavn owners are among the most adventuresome people on earth. They have goals, and they reach them. The company even has a Distance Pennant Program, launched eight years ago, to recognize – with incremental pennants – the number of miles Norhavn owners have cruised so far (the total: 5.5 million!). So now they’ve made…

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