Author Peter Janssen

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Newest Superyacht Toy: Personal Submarines

Decisions, decisions. In case you’ve been wondering about which personal submarine to buy to go with your superyacht, or your island retreat, here’s a look at 15 of the best from Luxatic. Personal subs are something of a new subset in the recreational marine category; in the past, subs were primarily used by the military or research institutions. Today, they’re still pretty much over-the-top items, even in the higher altitudes of the megayacht set. Until recently, the toys there ranged from jet skis to helicopters (his-and-hers helicopters for the very top). But now personal subs carry their own cachet. They start…

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Azimut Launches New Verve 42 in the U.S.

The very Italian-looking Azimut Verve 42, with a very slippery hull by the ubiquitous American designer Michael Peters, is making its debut in the United States. With three 450-hp Mercury outboards, the Verve 42 has a top speed of 45 knots and a cruising speed of 33 knots. The Verve 42 comes after wide acceptance of the Verve 47, launched just last year. The 42 has the same highly raked windshield and black T-Top over the helm, giving it a sporty, aerodynamic look. And it has the same folding-out bulwark aft, providing immediate access to the water, even with the…

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Sweden’s Windy SR44 Luxury Cruiser Now in U.S.

Built in Sweden, the Windy SR44 is being introduced to the United States at the Fort Lauderdale boat show by Nautical Ventures, its distributor here. The Windy SR44 is already a success in Europe. Indeed, it was nominated for a European Boat of the Year Award last year. It’s easy to see why the Windy, a super-modern, high-performance, luxury sports yacht, is a standout that will turn heads on both sides of the Atlantic. With its precision handling, super-sized sun lounges and accommodations for four below, it is just as appealing for a weekend cruise in the Bahamas as it…

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Cruisers Will Launch New 34 GLS at Lauderdale

Cruisers Yachts will introduce its new 34 GLS at the Fort Lauderdale show, starting Oct. 27. The twin-outboard family boat is the first that Cruisers has made since MarineMax bought the 68-year-old Wisconsin company in May. Cruisers now has 16 models, from 33 to 60 feet. The GLS series is its entertainment-centered line. The new 34 joins a GLS 42 and GLS 38. The 34 GLS certainly has a social theme. There’s seating for eight in the bow, plus more in the cockpit (with Swiss Army knife-like seats that flip back and forth) and more in the helm deck. And…

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Huge Lauderdale Show Starts Oct. 27

The massive Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest in-the-water show in the world, opens on Wednesday, Oct. 27, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 31. Last year, the show was only half its usual size, because of the Covid pandemic, but this year it’s back with everything from superyachts to SUPs, on the docks, in tents and on land exhibits. In 2019, the last pre-Covid year, the show attracted more than 100,000 people. This year, that number is expected again, with the show in multiple locations, centered at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center and Las Olas Marina, as well as…

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New Greenline 68: Largest Production Hybrid Yet

The Greenline 68 Oceanclass Hybrid, the largest production hybrid yacht ever built, will make its debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, starting Oct. 27. The new Greenline, the flagship of the Slovenian company’s fleet, can run on diesel or solar/electric power, giving an owner the option of operating a silent, emissions-free  vessel for up to 1,000 nm at 5 knots. The luxury yacht gets its green power from a 320kWh lithium battery bank paired to integrated solar panels on the hardtop over the flybridge. It can operate for as long as two days just on the batteries alone.…

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New Cruising Guide for the Virgin Islands

If you’re heading for the Virgin Islands any time soon, or even if you’re just thinking about cruising or chartering there, take a look at the new Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands by Simon Scott. It’s an updated version of the guide that’s been helping cruisers in both the British and U.S. Virgins for 40 years. The new 2022 version of the guide has everything you need to enjoy your cruise there: detailed charts with aerial photography of anchorages, plus piloting, anchoring and shoreside information. It has key GPS coordinates, customs and immigration regulations, and information about marinas, chandleries,…

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Beneteau Launches GT 45 Express Cruiser Flagship

Beneteau just introduced the new Gran Turismo 45, the flagship of it express cruiser line, at the Cannes Yachting Festival, and the boat is already available in the U.S. Powered by twin 440-hp Volvo IPS600 pod drives, the sleek and sporty two-cabin, two-head cruiser tops out at 33 knots. Beneteau’s express cruiser line already has a 32, a 36, and more recently a 41. Now, the 45 extends the brand and makes it more attractive to families or owners who want to cruise with, or entertain, a larger group. Relaxing and entertaining are certainly easy on the GT 45. The…

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U.S. Nuclear Sub Hits…Something

The USS Connecticut, the Navy’s 353-foot-long, multi-billion-dollar nuclear sub, hit something while it was submerged in the South China Sea earlier this month and is now in Guam for repairs. The U.S. Pacific Fleet issued a press release saying that the Connecticut “stuck an object while submerged” in international waters. There were reports that 11 personnel were injured, but the press release said “there are no life-threatening injuries.” It also said “the submarine remains in a safe and stable condition.” The nuclear reactor plant was not affected by the collision. But the sub took a week sailing on the surface…

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New: LEGO Titanic in 9,090 Pieces

Just in time for Christmas shopping, or long winter evenings in front of the fire: a new LEGO replica of the Titanic, one of the largest LEGOs yet, with 9,090 pieces. The LEGO version of the Titanic is on a 1:200 scale. It’s 18 inches high, 7 inches wide, and 54 inches long. The real Titanic, which sank in 1912 in one of the greatest shipping disasters of all time, was 883 feet long. As you try to put together the LEGO Titanic, you can channel your inner Celine Dion as you assemble some of the favorite scenes from the…

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