Author Peter Janssen

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Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: The Ten Most Romantic Island Resorts in the World

If you want to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day on Feb.14, take a look at what Forbes calls the most romantic island resorts in the world. Here are ten, from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean, where you can relax with your Valentine at any time of the year. The amenities range from Robinson Crusoe-type spare to over-the-top luxurious. Take a look, and start packing your bathing suit. If you want to go far afield, the Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort in Mozambique in the Indian Ocean offers some of the most beautiful water on the planet. Here you’ll find…

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Monte Carlo Yachts Introduces New MCY 70, A Light-Filled, High-Style 30-Knot Cruiser

Monte Carlo Yachts just introduced its new MCY 70 at the Düsseldorf boat show, a new, more modern and light-filled version of the popular 70 it launched more than a decade ago that won plaudits and awards in Europe and the U.S. The new MCY 70 is a four-stateroom, three-head cruiser, designed by Nuvolari Lenard, and driven by twin 1,200-hp MAN diesels. The company says it has a 24-knot cruising speed and a 30-knot top speed. With its contemporary Italian look, the new MCY 70 has lots of straight lines and lots of interior space for comfortable living on board.…

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New: Raymarine’s Revolutionary Automatic Docking Systems for Outboards on a Boston Whaler

Raymarine just moved its new, revolutionary autonomous docking system into the outboard market, introducing it on a Boston Whaler 330 Outrage with twin Mercury Verados (see picture above). It initially introduced the new artificial intelligence DockSense system with a Virtual Bumper last month on a Prestige 460 inboard-powered motoryacht at the Düsseldorf boat show. Both the Boston Whaler and the Prestige with DockSense will be on display at the Miami boat show starting on Feb. 14. Mercury launched the new system at a demonstration at its Lake X test center outside Orlando. “We’re able to provide a product that makes…

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After Two Years, The Goldbergs Cross the Pacific on Their Nordhavn 50

Two years after they left Mexico, Ron and Nancy Goldberg just completed their Pacific crossing, arriving in Bundaberg, Australia, on their Nordhavn 50 Duet just ahead of a nasty front. The last leg took them 745 nm from Fiji to New Caledonia, where they waited 60 hours for a weather window, and then another 813 nm to Bundaberg. “Conditions slowly worsened toward the end of the journey,” Nancy wrote on their blog, mvduet.com, with 20-knot headwinds for the last day. “Duet just soldiered on, with spray flying over the top of the pilothouse.” The Goldbergs spent a few days in Bundaberg, restocking…

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Sudden Storm Destroys Boats, Pier, Near Vancouver; Almost Turns Deadly

As you can see in these dramatic pictures, Tim Shields is a professional photographer from Vancouver, British Columbia, who happened to be in the right place at the right time. Shields and his daughter were taking a walk recently along the waterfront in the little city of White Rock, about 30 miles south of Vancouver, when a sudden storm blew in, destroying about a dozen boats and cutting the pier they were on in two. The situation was so bad that a Canadian Armed Forces helicopter had to rescue a man stranded on the outer end of the pier. Shields…

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Fast, Safe, All-Weather SARGO 33 Cruiser Launched in Seattle

The all-weather, 40-knot, easy-riding SARGO 33 was just introduced at the Seattle boat show. The two-cabin, one-head cruiser is made in Finland, but it would be just as much at home in the Pacific Northwest, the coast of Maine, on Georgian Bay or other parts of the Great Loop. Full disclosure: Several years ago Billy Black, the photographer, and I spent a few days (and nights) on the 31-foot version of this boat, cruising in mid-coast Maine. We found it comfortable, seaworthy and easy to handle in a great variety of conditions, including navigating through Maine’s infamous fog. As opposed…

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Want To Cruise on the Rhine? Don’t Wait Too Long. It’s Drying Up

Thinking about taking a cruise down the Rhine? Don’t wait too long; it’s drying up. Indeed, water levels on the Rhine, one of the most important rivers in Europe, if not the world, hit 12-year lows last summer, with low points continuing up to the end of the year. At shallow points, river traffic ground to a halt for a month. The source of the Rhine lies high in the Swiss Alps; the river then runs through Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands, before emptying into the sea at Rotterdam. It runs past medieval castles, hillside vineyards, and throbbing industrial centers…

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Prize-Winning Fairline Targa 43 Open To Make U.S. Debut at Miami Show

The aggressively styled, prize-winning, 31-knot Fairline Targa 43 Open will have its U.S. debut at the Miami boat show. Launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, the British-built cruiser won the Best Exterior Design in the 14-18m category in the World Yacht Trophies competition there. The new Targa 43 is built for lounging and comfort on board. You can stretch out on the large sun pad in the cockpit, or on the almost-as-large sunpad on the foredeck. The cockpit also has U-shaped seating to port with a teak table for lunch or drinks under the hardtop; if you want…

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Yamaha Introduces New, More Powerful, 25- and 20-hp Outboards

Yamaha has just introduced two new outboards, a 25-horsepower, high-thrust model to power heavier small boats, and a 20-horsepower unit to drive a wide variety of boats, with faster acceleration and better performance under a load. The new T25 “has the best power-to-weight ratio of all high-thrust 25-horsepower outboards,” said Ben Speciale, president of the Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit. “If you have a small but heavy vessel to power this outboard delivers on every level.” It has electronic fuel injection, variable trolling rpm control, lightweight technology, and the ability to connect to Yamaha’s digital gauges. The T25 comes with…

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Seven Beautiful New Boat Salons, From Classic to Ultra-Modern

There probably are as many different types of salons on boats as there are living rooms and dens in people’s homes on land. You often really don’t have all that much of a choice on most production boats; you pretty much live with the salon that comes with the boat. Still, it’s fun, and instructive, to take a look at a variety of salons on other boats. Here are seven, chosen by Motorboat & Yachting, and they range from traditionalist to modern. My personal favorite is the salon on the Fleming 65, shown at top. I could say that’s because…

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