Author Peter Janssen

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Sea-Doo Unveils New Electric Foiling Rise

If you think a stand-up paddleboard is fun, take a look at the new all-electric foiling Rise that Sea-Doo just unveiled at its annual dealer meeting in Canada. The new Rise is different from most existing foiling boards in that it can be fun for the entire family, transitioning from a basic surfboard to a flying-above-the-water, adrenaline-pumping foiler as the rider gains experience or confidence. You can enjoy it on the water without foiling, if you’re starting out, riding on your knees or even lying down. The handlebar is retractable so you can decide when you want to use it…

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One Dead in Small Boat Collision with C.G. Cutter

One man was killed and his brother was injured when their 23-foot fishing boat collided with a 154-foot Coast Guard cutter about 4 nm off the north coast of Puerto Rico on Monday. The Coast Guard says that the crew of the fast-response cutter Winslow Griesser (pictured above) reported the collision about 2:20 in the afternoon, saying the cutter was in a collision with a fishing boat named Desakata. The accident was near Dorado, which is just west of San Juan. The Coast Guard station in San Juan sent a 45-foot fast boat to the scene. Meanwhile, the crew of the…

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Coast Guard: Help Wanted

The Coast Guard needs to find more recruits and then give them better housing, health care, child care and support services, according to Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan. Adm. Fagan has been the Coast Guard’s commandant since May; she is the first woman to lead a branch of the military in the United States. She testified recently before a House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation subcommittee. “My highest priority as commandant is to transform our talent management system, which has not significantly changed in 75 years, to better serve our people in the 21st century,” she said. The Coast…

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Elling Launches New 65 Long-Range Cruiser

Elling Yachts in The Netherlands has launched its new flagship, a 65-foot, luxurious long-range cruiser. Powered by a single 900-hp Volvo, the new E6 has a range of 2,500 at 9 knots, and 1,000 nm at 15 knots. That’s enough, the company says, to cruise from Amsterdam to Iceland on one tank of fuel. Even if Iceland is not on your cruising plans, you can still go from New York to Miami, say, without bothering to stop at a fuel dock along the way. And, with Elling’s low-slung profile, you could even duck inside and go under some bridges on…

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MAN Building New Flagship 2,200-hp Diesel

MAN will unveil its flagship V12X 2200-hp marine diesel at the Cannes show, starting Sept. 6. The new MAN has a significant 30-liter displacement and generates its 2200-hp (1618kW) at 2300 rpm. It’s the Munich-based builders most powerful engine for recreational boats. “The MAN V12X marks the next generation of yacht engines,” said Werner Kübler, MAN’s head of engineering. “The redesign of the MAN V12X is accompanied by extra displacement for shipyards. As always, we have retained the excellent power-to-weight ratio that MAN engines are known for.” The new 2200-hp engine comes after MAN’s launch of a 12-cylinder, 2000-hp model…

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Sunreef Launching New Luxury 70 Power Cat

Sunreef says it will launch its new, luxurious and fully customizable 70 Power Catamaran at the Cannes Yachting Festival, starting Sept. 6. The massive new 70, which can hold 20 people on its main deck, is the latest in the Polish builder’s power range, which now runs from 60 to 100 feet. The builder of innovative power and sail catamarans, Sunreef is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The new 70 has a beam of more than 37 feet, so there’s simply a vast amount of usable space on the main deck and the flybridge. The salon, with windows all…

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Twin Disc Launches Express Docking System

Twin Disc just introduced its new Express Joystick System that makes docking much easier for owners of shaft-drive boats. Indeed, the new system gives you fingertip control of your boat’s speed and direction from multiple stations on board. The Racine, Wisconsin, builder says the patented Express Joystick System simultaneously actuates and controls the engines, transmission and thrusters so you can move the boat in any direction. You just twist the knob, and the boat rotates on its center axis, giving you precise control while docking or maneuvering at low speeds. And the movements are seamless and instantaneous. The new system…

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Bezos’ Yacht Leaves Yard in Middle of Night

The good citizens of Rotterdam in The Netherlands won’t have to throw eggs at Jeff Bezos’ enormous new yacht after all. A few days ago, at about 3 a.m., Bezos’ 417-foot yacht was towed from the Oceanco yard where it was being built and embarked on a roundabout route to another Dutch yard where it will be finished. As a result, it did not have to go under Rotterdam’s iconic Koningshaven Bridge, “De Heft,” which was by far the most direct route to the sea. When Bezos, or rather, Oceanco, on his behalf, raised the prospect of that route a…

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NOAA Update: Above-Average Hurricane Season

We’ve been lucky so far, but that may change before too long, according to the new mid-season hurricane estimate from NOAA. So far, the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, has seen just three named storms and no hurricanes. But now we’re heading into the peak hurricane months, and NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is calling for an above-average season for the months ahead. This recent update is similar to NOAA’s original forecast, in May, but now forecasters say the likelihood of an above-normal season is 60 percent; the original forecast was 65…

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Desolation Sound: Beautiful Cruising Grounds

One of the premiere cruising destinations on the West Coast, Desolation Sound, despite its name, is pretty easy to get to. It’s just 93 miles above the city of Vancouver, and getting there is half the fun. For those of us starting from the Seattle area, you just head up past the San Juans, cross the border to the Canadian Gulf Islands, go past Princess Louisa Inlet, and you’ll get there. Keep Vancouver Island on your port side, mainland British Columbia to starboard. Desolation Sound is a destination in its own right, but it also serves as a gateway to…

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