Author Peter Janssen

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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

Boat Reviews
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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

Charter
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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

On Watch
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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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St. Tropez Charters Made Easy

If you’re still looking for an over-the-top charter this summer, there’s still time to head for St. Tropez, surely one of the most glamorous destinations in the world. Yachts are still available, and more slots will open up as the fall season begins. If you need more reasons to charter in St. Tropez, look here: http://www.boatbookings.com/blog/2016/08/04/st-tropez-in-a-nutshell/

Cruising Life
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Hinckley Rendezvous at Mystic Seaport Video

Here’s a great video combining two world-class brands: Hinckley Yachts and Mystic Seaport. The Seaport itself is a wonderful cruising destination, whether for a weekend or longer. (I spent one of our best weekends ever tied up to the sea wall there with my family many years ago on my Grand Banks.) And a gathering of Hinckleys is a cause for celebration, no matter where they are. Take a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nABkqdr7QXA&sns=em

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What You Don’t Know About the Coast Guard

Here are some fun facts about the Coast Guard. I’ve worked with some of these men and women over the years and they do a terrific job; the real point is that they’re there when you need them most. Do you really want to try to be a rescue swimmer, or drive a rollover boat in breaking surf, or fly a helicopter during a storm at night to try to rescue someone who’s hurt miles offshore? These people all have great training for a very serious job. https://www.uso.org/stories/1708-26-things-you-should-know-about-the-coast-guard-for-its-226th-birthday

Destinations
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Portland, Maine: A Great Cruising Destination

If you haven’t been to Portland, Maine, lately, go. It’s not only a great cruising destination on Casco Bay, but it’s also a great city in its own right, with a lively foodie and arts scene. Here’s a terrific story in The New York Times that gives a good idea of things to do and places to stay. I may see you there; Portland has been one of my favorite spots, on land or on the water, for many years. (I’m sorry that other people have discovered Becky’s Diner, although you can still get a seat without waiting if you…

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