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Want To Charter Your Boat To Make Some Money? Here Are Some Real Life Examples of How That Works

Ever think about chartering your own boat to make some money and offset all those insurance, dockage and maintenance costs? Here’s a great story from BIV with some real life examples, including income and expense numbers, that may make you think again:  Why chartering boats can be choppy waters to navigate for owners Costs soar for owners who try to defray yacht overhead with rentals By Glen Korstrom | June 10, 2019, 8:08am Every boating season in B.C. launches with some owners feeling seasick about rising costs of fuel, moorage, insurance and maintenance. The high cost of owning a boat,…

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NOAA: Huge Dead Zone Coming in Gulf of Mexico. Mississippi Flooding Stalls Barge Traffic

NOAA just predicted that a large dead zone, about the size of Massachusetts, will develop in the Gulf of Mexico this summer as a result of record rains and flooding in the Midwest. Meanwhile, flooding and fast currents have stalled most of the barge traffic on the Mississippi, with almost 300 barges waiting out the weather at two locks there. NOAA says the dead zone, an area where low or no oxygen can kill fish and other marine life, will be caused by nutrient pollution flowing down the Mississippi. Once the excess nutrients reach the Gulf, they will stimulate the…

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Police Divers Rescue Woman Trapped in Capsized Boat on Long Island Sound

New York City police SCUBA divers saved a woman trapped inside a capsized 30-foot fishing boat near Execution Rocks on western Long Island Sound on Sunday evening. She had found a small air pocket inside the boat and was able to keep breathing until the two divers were lowered from a police helicopter and saved her. Rescue boats pulled the other five people who had been on the boat from the water. But one of them screamed that his wife was still inside. Only the bow of the boat was above water at the time. NYPD Detective Brian Mullen, one…

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Yanmar Launches Robot Boat and New Self-Docking System. See the Video

There’s more news on the self-docking front. Volvo and Raymarine have already demonstrated their autonomous docking systems, where the boats essentially dock themselves. Now Yanmar has announced its own system, and you can see how it works in the video below. The Yanmar system is an outgrowth of its experimental “autonomous surface vessel,” a robotic drone boat that Yanmar developed with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), pictured above. It’s 14’ 5” long, weighs 3,600 pounds and can run for 48 hours at speeds up to 5 knots without anyone on board. It also can right itself…

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Three Dead as Rescue Boat Sinks in Storm Off French Coast

Here’s a tragic story from the BBC: Storm Miguel kills three after overturning rescue ship off French coast Image copyrightAFP A sea rescue boat moments before it capsized, killing three crew A rescue boat has overturned in the Atlantic off the west coast of France leaving three crew dead, amid winds of up to 129 km/h (80 mph). They were part of a crew of seven who had gone to the aid of another boat which had got into difficulty as Storm Miguel struck the area. Winds of up to 147km/h hit northern Spain earlier, swirling around the Bay…

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How To Read a Chart: What Are Those Lights Telling You?

Sooner or later, your ability to read a chart, whether it’s on paper or on an electronic display, will directly affect the safety of your boat and your crew. That’s particularly true at night or during times of restricted visibility. Here’s a good, clear refresher story from Skipper Tips about how to read the markings for night lights that will help keep you on a safe course: Imagine that your GPS has been unreliable for the past several hours. You approach the coast as the sun dips below the western horizon. An overcast promises a black night without the benefit of starlight.…

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New Travel Ban on Cruising to Cuba

About 20 years ago, I cruised to Cuba with Scott Porter, the president of Formula, on one of his new 40-foot cruisers, and it was one of the best trips ever. We did it right. From the time we docked at Marina Hemingway, when were checked in by two Cuban officers in combat boots and Fidel-type fatigues, to when we were checked back into the U.S. by the Coast Guard in Key West, we played by the rules; we had all the proper paperwork, the appropriate clearances. I’ve always wanted to go back to Cuba, but the rules kept changing,…

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Volvo Inroduces New, More Powerful and Efficient D4 and D6 Engines, Plus Updated IPS and Vessel Control System

Volvo Penta just introduced the next generation of its D4 and D6 diesel engines, the first major changes since they were first introduced in 2003. The new engines will deliver more power and will be more reliable and more economical; indeed, they can cut operating costs by one-third. Beyond the newly redesigned engines, Volvo also is introducing an updated IPS pod drive and an upgraded Electronic Vessel Control System. So far, Volvo has delivered more than 100,000 of the D4 and D6 engines in three applications: IPS, Inboard and Aquamatic sterndrive. The new engines have been reengineered to deliver more…

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New Cruisers Cantius 46: Easy Cruising, Easy Entertaining

The new Cruisers Cantius 46, the latest in the Wisconsin builder’s coupe series, makes cruising comfortable and easy. It’s a two-stateroom, two-head cruiser with a 31-knot top speed, and it’s designed to be used by a couple or a family and it invites entertaining, either underway or at the dock. One of the major social features of this new Cruisers is the grill station under a hatch in the transom. It’s meant to be used from the wide, hydraulic swim platform, and it has an electric grill and fridge, serving as an al fresco barbecue station. The cockpit itself has…

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Florida Charter Captain Arrested, Accused of Getting Drunk, Firing Handgun and Refusing To Return Passengers to Shore

By ABC7 Staff | June 4, 2019 at 5:07 PM EDT – Updated June 5 at 8:22 AM SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – A charter boat captain was arrested on Sunday, accused of getting intoxicated on his boat, firing a handgun and refusing to return his passengers to shore. Shortly after midnight on June 2, Sarasota Police and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to 2 Marina Plaza in Sarasota after receiving calls from passengers aboard a charter ship saying the captain, 36-year-old Mark Bailey, was intoxicated, had fired off rounds from a handgun and was refusing to bring them to shore.…

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