Author Peter Janssen

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Canada Opens Border on Aug. 9

Heres’s some welcome news from Canada, with the full story from Politico: OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will loosen border restrictions Aug. 9 for fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents looking to visit Canada for nonessential travel. All eyes are now on President Joe Biden for his own reopening plan. Canada announced the step Monday as it also laid out plans to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from other countries starting Sept. 7. “As we made decisions around reopening to the world in early September, and to American travelers, a few weeks before that, we kept the American government…

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One Dead in Boston Harbor Boat Crash

A 35-foot center console crashed into a day marker in the Boston Harbor just after 3 a.m. on Saturday, sending all eight people on board into the water. Rescue workers were able to retrieve seven of them fairly quickly, but they had to search until 10 in the morning to recover the body of the eighth, a woman. Boston police later identified the woman as Jeanica Julce, 27, of Somerville, Massachusetts. Five of the seven were taken to local hospitals but there were no reports of their injuries. The capsized boat was recovered and will be used in reconstructing the…

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Nantucket Ferry Hits Hinckley, Sailboat, in Fog

The fast-ferry Grey Lady IV collided with a Hinckley powerboat in fog as it rounded Brant Point in Nantucket Harbor about 9 p.m. Friday night. The 151-foot ferry, capable of holding 493 passengers, was knocked off its course and then hit an unoccupied sailboat in the mooring field. No one was injured in the accident. The bow of the Hinckley, named Razor Bill, was damaged above the waterline, according to Murray Scudder, president of Hy-Line Cruises, which operates the ferry. The Razor Bill was able to return to its slip near The White Elephant. The Grey Lady IV was arriving…

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Sabre Building New 43 SE with Volvo IPS

Earlier this week, Sabre announced that it’s planning a new 43 Salon Express, an updated classic Down-East styled cruiser that will replace the recently retired Sabre 42 Salon Express. The 40- to 45-foot range is a winner for Sabre. Indeed, the company has built more than 660 yachts in that size range since it launched the first Sabre 42 sailboat in 1987. While keeping true to Sabre’s made-in-Maine heritage, the new 43 has some state-of-the-art innovations. It’s the first full-network Sabre under 58 feet, for example, where owners can check critical functions and control any circuit on the boat from…

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Teenager Writes About Living on Nordhavn 47

For the past two years, Salter Watson, 14, has lived on Spirited Away, a Nordhavn 47, with his father, Alex. Salter has been “boat-schooling,” while he and his father are on a three-year plan to cruise the Great Lakes, the East Coast, and even the Bahamas. When he has time, Salter writes a blog. Here’s his latest, a knowledgeable discussion of the merits of anchoring out or staying at marinas while cruising, an issue that we’ve all faced over the years: Having just completed our second year as live-aboards and looking back at thousands of photos we’ve taken so far,…

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Lamborghini Launches New 63 Speedster

The new Lamborghini 63 by Tecnomar was launched recently at the Marina di Carrara in Italy. Powered by two 2,000-hp MAN engines, the new Lambo on the water tops out at a sizzling 60 knots. The new Lamborghini is a collaboration between the luxury Italian sports car builder and the Italian Sea Group, the parent company of Tecnomar. It’s named the Lamborghini 63 to recognize both its length and the year that Lamborghini was founded. Giovanni Costantino, the CEO of the Italian Sea Group, said it’s the fastest boat in the Technomar fleet and it “links technology, supreme design, quality…

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Wally the Walrus Just Wants To Rest

He probably didn’t start out wanting to be a bother, or an international media star. Most likely, Wally the Walrus was looking for a place to rest. But when Wally, who’s about 10 feet long and weighs a ton, started climbing on boats in the U.K., France and Spain, he got some attention. In the past few weeks, he’s been trying to climb on so many boats in the Scilly Isles off the UK that local officials built him a soft float for him to sleep on, while urging boat owners to “gently deflect” his presence with an oar or…

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Five-Deck Riverboat Hits Sandbar, Gets Stuck

This happens to the best of us, but most of us don’t run aground while at the helm of a brand-new, five-deck, 269-foot riverboat with 174 people on board. But the American Cruise Line riverboat named American Jazz did run aground last week after it strayed from the channel and got stuck on a sandbar in Lake Barkley on the Cumberland River near Canton, Kentucky. The ship was near mile marker 62 on the river. The Coast Guard received a call of the grounding from the company and sent a 29-foot shallow-water response boat from Paducah with a marine investigator.…

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New Study Finds 390-Year-Old Greenland Shark

A new study of Greenland sharks has found one that scientists say is probably 390 years old, making her the longest-living vertebrate on earth. Indeed, that age means the shark was born in 1631, just 11 years after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, and during the reign of King Charles 1 of England, although he was beheaded in 1649 after the English Civil War. Julius Nielsen, a marine biologist at the University of Copenhagen and the lead author of the new study, said, “I think everyone doing this research was very surprised to learn the sharks were as old…

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Whale Said To Hit Boat; Coast Guard Rescues 5

It takes a lot to punch a hole in a Grady-White. I know. I’ve been on Gradys in all kinds of conditions over a period of many, many years, cruising and fishing on waters as far apart as Florida and Alaska. I’ve also seen how they’re made in the factory in North Carolina; they’re built like battleships. But, according to this story from GoLocal in Providence, Rhode Island, a whale managed to punch a hole in a Grady’s hull about ten miles off Block Island. Read the story here: Boat Allegedly Hit by Whale Off Block Island; Coast Guard Rescues Five From…

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