Author Peter Janssen

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New Aero 45 RIB, “A Pocket Super Yacht”

The Aero 45 is a new kind of RIB. Indeed, its Swiss builder, A-Line Marine, calls it an “all-weather, pocket super yacht.” Named for the Greek word for “air,” the Aero 45 has side forming air tubes that are supposed to limit roll during cruising and at anchor. They also are intended to absorb much of the vibration caused by slamming into a head sea, while retaining the boat’s buoyancy. The aluminum hull is lightweight and designed for performance. It has a patented deflector technology with two deep transverse steps. Powered by three 450-hp Mercury Verado outboards, the 45-foot RIB…

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Silent Building 82 Hybrid Cat with VisionF

SILENT-YACHTS, the creative Austrian company, just announced that it’s building a new hybrid 82-foot cat with VisionF Yachts in Turkey. The new SILENT VisionF 82 will have a hybrid drivetrain; a fully electric model will also be available. The new cat will be a bit longer than the SILENT 80, but will carry less beam. It also will have more room on the foredeck, with a sunken lounge area that is not present on the SILENT cat. The salon and aft dining area will still be large and luxurious, with lots of room for relaxing and entertaining. The hull and…

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Maritimo Launches 3 New Cruisers This Month

Maritimo, the well-respected Australian builder, just announced that it will have the global launches of three new yachts at the Sanctuary Cove show, on the Gold Coast just below Brisbane, starting May 19. In the midst of an aggressive new-build campaign, Maritimo will introduce a new M600 Offshore, S600 Offshore, and an M60 at the show. It will launch the new S75 Sedan motor yacht, the company’s new flagship, later this year. Tom Barry-Cotter, the company’s lead designer, says Maritimo is in its strongest position in history, with orders for some new models stretching into 2025. Maritimo recently has expanded…

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Delphia 11: Beneteau’s First All-Electric Boat

The Beneteau Group just launched its first all-electric boat, the 35-foot Delphia 11, designed to cruise lakes and rivers in peace and quiet, leaving no emissions behind. Beneteau bought Delphia, a Polish builder, in 2018. It is now the first company in the sweeping Beneteau fleet to build totally electric boats. Its lineup will include seven boats from 30 to 42 feet, including the Delphia 10 series designed by British designer Tony Castro and the Dutch design firm, Vripack, last September. The new Delphia 11 will have a single 56kW (80-hp) Torqeedo Deep Blue 50i 1400 electric motor with one…

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Silver Arrows 460GT: “Sensual Purity on the Water”

Silver Arrows Marine just introduced their super-sleek new 460GT, developed in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, at the Palma boat show in Spain. The new luxury yacht, made to look, and perform, like a Mercedes sports car, is made by Baltic Yachts in Finland. Silver Arrows, in the UK, has a license with Mercedes to develop Mercedes-style yachts. Silver Arrows says the 460 Granturismo combines the performance of Mercedes sports cars with innovations from the boating industry. They call it a crossover boat, combining the advantages of an open boat with those of an overnight cruiser. Ron Gibbs, the chairman of Silver…

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BVI Premier Busted in Miami: Cocaine Smuggling Charges

The Premier of the British Virgin Islands and the port director there were just arrested in Miami in a bizarre cocaine smuggling deal that involved a confidential DEA informant and purported members of Hezbollah. The port director’s son also was arrested. Andrew Alturo Fahie (above), the premier, and Oleanvine Maynard, the BVI’s port director, were arrested at the Miami-Opa Loca Executive Airport after they climbed on a private jet and saw $700,000 packed in designer bags that was supposed to be the first payment in the drug scheme. Her son, Kadeem, was arrested separately. According to a 15-page affidavit filed…

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Garmin’s New, Faster, inReach Mini 2

Garmin has launched its new inReach Mini 2 pocket satellite messenger, with a longer battery life, faster processor and more functions than the previous version. In short, the Mini 2 makes it even easier to stay in touch with everyone back home on your next cruise, whether it’s on the Great Loop, the ICW, the San Juans or along the coast. The new Mini 2 is the same size (roughly 2 inches by 3.9 inches by 1 inch) as the Mini 1, and it also weighs just 3.5 ounces. But the all-important battery life is now 14 days (in a…

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Hodgdon To Build All-Electric Vita LION

The new, all-electric LION, the 34’ 5” flagship of the Vita Yachts fleet in the UK, will be built in Maine by Hodgdon Yachts, the oldest boat builder in the U.S. Hodgdon, founded in 1816, just announced the partnership with Vita, founded in 2017, and says the LION is the first and only premium electric powerboat compatible with fast DC charging. Indeed, you can recharge the LION’s batteries in an hour. The boat cruises at 22 knots (for an hour and a half) and tops out at 35 knots. LION is powered by Vita’s latest generation all-electric V4 propulsion system,…

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Astra Rounds All 5 Capes in Southern Ocean

Earlier this week, Iain Macneil and his four-man crew rounded the Cape of Good Hope off South Africa on his converted 77-foot rescue boat Astra, completing their voyage around all five capes on the Southern Ocean. Just after sunrise on April 26, 146 days after Astra left Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, the crew celebrated rounding the Cape of Good Hope with a bottle of champagne (see picture above, with Macneil in foreground). “The views of Cape of Good Hope and the rising sun over Africa were truly stunning and a truly fitting backdrop for this final cape,” he wrote…

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Numarine Unveils 74-foot Expedition Cruiser

Numarine, the Turkish builder of high-end cruisers, just announced that it’s building a new 22XP, the entry-level yacht in its expedition fleet. The 74-foot yacht is scheduled to make its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September. Numarine’s XP line now stretches through five models, topping out at the 147-foot XP45. The company says the new 22 is “ready to sail the seven seas in safety, serenity and freedom.” The 22XP has three decks, three or four staterooms, a large flybridge and a light-colored, light-filled salon. Ömer Malz, the Numarine chairman, says “The 22XP has been a success from…

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