Author Peter Janssen

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Fast New Yanmar X47 Makes a Debut in Genoa

Yanmar just displayed its new X47 Express Cruiser, the official VIP Cruiser of the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada, at the big Genoa boat show. Yanmar designer Ken Okuyama worked with Azimut to install three 370-hp sterndrives in the new yacht. After Genoa, the next stop for the Yanmar X47, the company’s flagship, will be the America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand, starting March 6. It will offer VIPs a fast ride to the course and then a luxurious viewing platform to enjoy the races. Power for the X47 comes from three Yanmar 8LV turbo diesels with XT370 sterndrives,…

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Metal Shark Launches 148-Foot, 11,000-nm Range Cat

Metal Shark Boats just launched a unique 148-foot aluminum catamaran, an expedition yacht that has enough range to cross the Atlantic four times without refueling. It is the Louisiana yard’s first superyacht, and the first in a series of future long-range recreational cats. The new yacht is named Magnet, and Metal Shark, which makes commercial and military vessels, turned to Incat Crowther, a design firm with headquarters  in Sydney, for help. Incat Crowther specializes in designing large commercial catamarans. Powered by twin 2,600-hp MTU diesels, Magnet has a top speed of 27 knots. At its most efficient cruising speed of…

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Limestone Boats Coming Back – With New Outboard Models

Limestone Boats, a favorite in New England and the Great Lakes for generations, is coming back. It has new ownership, a new factory, and new models (all outboards), but it still has the help of Mark Ellis, its iconic designer. Ellis designed the first Limestone, a 24, about 35 years ago. It was made in Ontario, Canada, as were all subsequent models. But the company has been bought by a group under Scott Hanson, the former head of Rossiter Boats, which acquired the molds and the manufacturing and branding right from Ellis. The new company, The Limestone Boat Company, has…

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Coast Guard Tests Unmanned Surface Vessels off Hawaii

The Coast Guard just began testing unmanned surface vessels off Hawaii, trying to learn if they can be used in remote parts of the Pacific to detect illegal fishing or other problems. The tests are run by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, working with local Coast Guard units. They involve the Coast Guard’s own autonomous research vessel made by Metal Shark (at the left in the picture above), and autonomous vessel systems from SailDrone (at the right) and Spatial Integration Systems. The tests are off the south shore of Oahu, and run through Nov. 5. The tests will…

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Marquis Making New M42 with 3 Mercury Outboards

Marquis is putting the final touches on its new M42 cruiser with three 400-hp Mercury Verado outboards. The Pulaski, Wisconsin, builder launched the original M42 with twin 480-hp Cummins inboard diesels about a year ago, and it topped out at 40 knots. The new outboard version is expected to hit the 50-knot range. Once the M42 outboard is officially launched, the Verados will be the standard power on the boat, with the Cummins offered as options. The company said it was recognizing buyers’ preferences in moving to outboard power, particularly in this size boat. Donald Blount & Associates, the designer,…

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5 Top Night Vision Cameras for Cruising

Here’s a very helpful review of five night vision cameras from NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) Boater that could help make your cruising life a lot easier and safer. Take a look: ComNav V7 The ComNav V7 thermal night vision camera with multi-axis gyro stabilization and high-sensitive quad payload is designed for situational awareness such as surveillance, navigation, security, and search and rescue applications in extreme low-light environments. Furthermore, it is an effective tool for ice and iceberg detection, as well as marine oil spill recognition. Thermal imaging technology allows the capture of faint image details in challenging light conditions,…

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Horizon Launches Large New “Entry-Level” FD75

Horizon has launched its new FD75, the entry-level model in its Fast Displacement series. Powered by twin 1,136-hp CATs, the FD75 hits a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. Designed to be an owner/operator yacht, the FD75 has four cabins and three heads, a pilothouse and a flybridge, and a large full-beam master stateroom on the main level. It also has an unusual amount of interior volume, which was the goal of Dutch designer Cor D. Rover, who worked with Horizon to create the yacht. Horizon says the most significant aspect of its FD…

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Cruising in Maine on an Outer Reef Yacht

Owners of Outer Reef Yachts are an adventuresome sort; they also know how to take some terrific pictures. Here’s a story, from Outer Reef, about what you can expect from a cruise to Maine.  If your summer cruising itinerary includes a visit to Maine, you’ll discover the true beating heart of this culturally fascinating, beautiful state. As the most northeastern state of the U.S., Maine is known for its dramatic, rocky coastline. Dubbed “The Pine Tree State,” the forests that cover much of the 400 km of coastline make for an impressive cruise. The dramatic landscape has been preserved in…

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Lyman-Morse Launches New C.W. Hood 57

The new, composite-built, custom C.W. Hood 57 was just launched at the Lyman-Morse yard in Thomaston, Maine. With power from twin 1,000-hp Volvo IPS 1350 pod drives, the new Hood is a marriage of classic lines and state-of-the-art performance. Indeed, it tops out at just under 40 knots. With its Down East lines, sharp entry, long sheer and beautiful tumblehome, the Hood 57 is an unusual collaboration, starting with Chris Hood, the head of C.W. Hood Yachts in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Stephens Waring Yacht Design in Belfast, Maine, and  Lyman-Morse. It started when an owner approached Hood about repowering his 26-foot boat,…

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New Boat Made by 3D Printing Debuts at Genoa Show

Moi Composites, an Italian high-tech startup, just introduced its 3D-printed fiberglass powerboat at the Genoa boat show. The boat, called MAMBO, for Motor Additive Manufacturing BOat, was made with Moi’s new continuous fiber manufacturing technology. Under a generative algorithm, Moi’s system deposits continuous fibers into a thermosetting resin to produce a material with the strength and durability of fiberglass but which is much easier to shape. The finished MAMBO vessel is 21.3 feet long with a beam of 8.2 feet and a weight of 1,763 pounds. It has a 115-hp outboard engine. The hull resembles an inverted triangle, giving it…

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