Author Peter Janssen

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Tiara Building New 43 LE, First in Luxury Express Series

Tiara is building a new 43 LE, the first model in its Luxury Express series, with sports styling, upscale touches, and outboard power. The 43 LE is scheduled to be launched later this summer. The new boat has an innovative seating arrangement up top, and two staterooms and one head with shower below. The master stateroom is forward with an island queen berth, and the guest cabin is amidships with a double berth. The 43 LE is a sistership to the popular 43 LS that was launched at the Fort Lauderdale show in 2017 with a first-of-its-kind 360-degree rotating seating…

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New Saxdor 320: A Blend of Looks, Pedigree, and Price

Here’s a new boat that’s bound to get a lot of attention at the boat shows this fall, because of its looks, its pedigree, and its price. Take a first look at the head-turning Saxdor 320 GTO from the new Finnish company, Saxdor Yachts, founded just last November by Sakari Matilla, who previously was a founder of Axopar and several other boat companies. The Saxdor 320 GTO also is a product of the award-winning firm of J&J Design, which has worked on some of the best-selling sail and power boats for the past 36 years. And the Saxdor 320 GTO…

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BoatUS: What A Boat’s Name Can Tell You

SPRINGFIELD, Va., July 22, 2020 — While a boat’s name can be as varied as the owner at the helm, certain themes do stick out, according to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS). The national advocacy, services, and safety group has issued its annual list of Top 10 Boat Names, which it compiles from those using the services of BoatUS Boat Graphics to design and purchase boat name graphics. “It’s always a challenge to decide on a boat name because the options are endless,” said BoatUS Vice President of Public Affairs Scott Croft. “However, after 28 years of…

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On Board His New Sunreef 80 with Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is a tennis great, currently ranked number two singles player in the world. He’s also a lifelong boater. Nadal just took delivery of his new 80 foot Sunreef 80, Great White, and has been cruising near his home in Mallorca. Sunreef just released this photo shoot of Nadal on board: The bridge, below, has lots of seats for lounging, a bar, sundpads, and a pop-up TV. The aft deck has a full-beam entertaining and dining space, protected by the overhang from the flybridge above. The salon is surrounded by glazed windows; it has two oversized sofas and…

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Seattle’s Popular New AirBnB for Boats

Here’s a fun story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about how GetMyBoat, the new boat rental app, has taken off there: By Christina Ausley, SeattlePI This past Fourth of July, it seemed many a Seattleites were hunting down a boat rental for the weekend alongside their lakeside cabins. Nonetheless, a massive boat rental app has launched across the Seattle area, and it seems to be … the AirBnB of boats? GetMyBoat, the world’s top boat rental website and app, divvies out boat rentals to more than 130,000 vessels in 184 countries. From powerboat rentals, sailboat charters and fishing charters, to jet-ski…

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Iconic Theodore Tugboat Now for Sale in Halifax: $495,000

If you want to ride out the pandemic in style, or just entertain the children and grandchildren, take a look at Theodore Tugboat, a 65-feet-long fixture in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for the past 20 years. Used for tours, parties and promotions, Theodore Tugboat is now for sale. Asking price: $495,000, Canadian. The wooden-hulled tug was built in Dayspring, Nova Scotia, in 2000, and it’s registered to carry 49 passengers. It spent a few years promoting Nova Scotia tourism by cruising through the Great Lakes and the east coast of Canada and the U.S., and then settled down in Halifax Harbor as…

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Bahamas Shuts Down to U.S. Tourists; Boaters Still OK

The Bahamas just closed its borders to tourists from the United States in an effort to control an uptick in COVID-19 since it reopened them on July 1. Tourists from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union are still welcome there, as are recreational boaters and private charters from the U.S. Dr. Hubert Minnis, the prime minister of the Bahamas, announced the new measures in a nationwide address on Sunday night. “Our current situation requires decisive action,” he said. Under his orders, all Bahamasair outgoing flights to the U.S. stopped immediately. As of midnight, Wednesday, July 22, international flights…

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Canadians Worried About Influx of U.S. Boats

Some Canadians in British Columbia are worried about what they view as an illegal influx of boaters from the United States in their waters. The U.S.-Canada border has been closed since March to nonessential traffic because of the COVID-19 pandemic; the ban was just extended the fourth time to continue through August 20. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the U.S. Coast Guard have formed a joint operation called Shiprider to intercept U.S. vessels that are in Canadian waters illegally. And the Canada Border Services Agency warned Americans that crossing the border for recreation or tourism is prohibited. It said…

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Best Boat Names of 2020 from Dockwa

Dockwa, the marina reservations service, just announced its annual list of best boat names. Hundreds of boaters entered the contest, Dockwa says, and the entries honored family traditions, favorite songs, family pets, and much more. Dockwa added five new categories this, making a total of 20. Take a look at a few of our favorites in various categories: A Boater’s Best Friend: Alpha Dog (Winner) Catnipped Salty Dog Current Events: Covid Therapy (Winner) Social Distance Final Escape Workaholics: Between Wakes (Winner. The owner is a funeral director) Operatunaty (The husband is a tuna fisherman; the wife, a professional opera singer.)…

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Mayflower Heading for Plymouth, Mass., – Again

The Mayflower is heading for Plymouth, Massachusetts – again. A replica of one of the most historic ships of all time, the Mayflower just left Mystic, Connecticut, after a major restoration, and is sailing up the coast to Plymouth, where the original landed in 1620. The real Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, England, on Sept. 16, 1620, and made landfall in the New World 60 days later on what is now Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown. (It actually had been headed for Virginia, but got blown off course.) It carried a crew of about 30 and 102 Pilgrims. The ship probably had…

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