Author Peter Janssen

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If You Live On Board, Do You Have To Pay Taxes?

Every week, Mansion Global poses a tax question to real estate tax attorneys. Here is this week’s question. Q. Can I live on a yacht and not pay property tax in the U.S.? A. Those always at sea may be able to avoid property taxes, according to J. Dirk Schwenk, a managing member at Baylaw, a law firm based in Annapolis, Maryland. “If you really are in motion all the time—touching in ports, but not staying very long—you’re much less likely to be subject to tax as you go,” he said. But most people have to keep the yacht somewhere.…

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New HCB 65: World’s Largest, and Most Luxurious, Center Console

The new HCB 65 Estrella is more than just the world’s largest center console, even if you can get your mind around a 65-foot-long center console with five mammoth Seven Marine outboards producing 3,135 horsepower. The HCB 65 defies traditional boat definitions. It’s in a class by itself. It’s a statement. It’s also head-turning. Who wouldn’t take a second look at the HCB 65 as runs into a harbor or ties up at a marina? It’s even awesome enough to get some Hollywood screen time, making a guest appearance on Showtime’s Billions. In case you’re wondering, the HCB itself doesn’t…

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Historic House Takes 50-Mile Cruise on the Chesapeake: Video

Here’s a great story from Chesapeake Bay Magazine. See the video: HISTORIC MANSION TAKES 50-MILE BAY CRUISE Yes, you read that correctly: an Easton, Maryland mansion built in the early 1760s was picked up and moved – first by flatbed truck and then by barge – up the Eastern Shore to Queenstown this week. It was a spectacle for anyone near the Tred Avon River Wednesday, a 400-ton literal “house boat” on a barge with tug. The Town of Oxford, Md. posted video on their Facebook page, taken from the Oxford Bellevue Ferry. https://www.facebook.com/579789318707909/videos/403632177002828/?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARBUI3hmUM-Yf0cxzeEv2TKdaK4IhwedeD1mTlk8_NCD4eBtWDNSXXde9_ZTbx5en2asphTtcUVi5vZe&fref=mentions&__xts__[0]=68.ARBhUFYAdj6DZMidPhMbwfhbU74zYbYG8Ur_8QrIgMsHnK1SUN8rbIN_LnE2pbkaNVIWtqs8Zq5yLpdsW2aqihL0YkW-BVbtmNPyGl0ytO8xUHz81rr8PjaA-qXGDe1_yfga0WXPX5VKbPdnU30J3o7RTeZ5cC3R-y8Zid_lHeowZ7NZr2PdQrSUOrVCTF9Ui6pgXgPmarlc5E__Mgm1BdI7aHCReGBLMjYBnsZxvtU6p51QqsxuUKNnXFibtaenq2TO-TmZR9g49CyhrU5QqT-Ey1KCeliKpCi5CYXJ7Hp7GI8-HXFKx7z6KSh1SBFSqIXVeF6TSIdtAPitaw The historic Galloway house, a Georgian mansion…

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Raymarine, Vesper, Win Big at Best New Electronics Awards

The National Marine Electronics Association just gave 18 awards for best new products at their annual meeting in Portsmouth, Virginia. The awards were chosen by a five-person panel of judges. The Top award, the NMEA Technology Award, based on innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality and value, went to the Raymarine/FLIR ClearCruise AR (pictured above). Here’s what the judges said: “ClearCruise AR is an industry-first technology that combines augmented reality and advanced image stabilization to help boaters make smarter and faster navigation decisions by placing visual overlays of nav aids, AIS traffic and destination waypoints on Raymarine Axiom multi-function displays. The…

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Florida Broker Arrested on Charges of Running a Ponzi Scheme

Matthew Taylor, 42, a former fishing guide who’s been president of Savage Yachts in Madeira Beach, Florida, since 2004, has been arrested on charges of running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded his customers of about $1.5 million. Detectives with the Economic Crimes unit of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Taylor and charged him with four counts of grand theft, four counts of money laundering, one count of scheming to defraud, and one count of escrow depository violation. They took him to the county jail. The detectives started investigating Taylor when they received a complaint from a person who said…

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NTSB Issues Annual Safer Seas Report of 30 Boating Accidents

The National Transportation Safety Board just released its Safer Seas Digest 2018: Lessons Learned from Marine Accident Investigations, and it has some interesting lessons for those of us who go cruising on recreational boats. It’s a summary of 30 marine accidents, including collisions with fixed objects, sinkings, fires, floodings, groundings and other vessel damage, involving vessels from recreational boats to passenger liners. The safety issues include: High-water/high-current conditions, watertight integrity, training for emergencies, remote emergency shutdowns, ice accumulation, mooring in strong winds, identifying navigation hazards and fixed ventilation openings. As in the past, towing vessels/barges topped the list of vessels…

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Beneteau Launches New 41 Swift Trawler, Flybridge and Sedan

Beneteau is launching its new 41 Swift Trawler in the U.S. at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat  Show, starting Oct. 30; it just introduced it in Europe at the Cannes show. The new 41 comes in two versions, a flybridge, similar to all its siblings in the Swift Trawler fleet, or a sedan, which would be very appealing to anyone wishing to avoid the bridges in Florida or around the Great Loop. The 41 is the latest Swift Trawler, coming after the successful launch of the 47, and it replaces the 44. And it has all the space and amenities,…

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FLIR Introduces New M300 Series of Thermal, High-Def Cameras

FLIR is introducing a new generation of marine thermal cameras, combining thermal and high-definition imaging for increased situational awareness and safer navigation. The new line, called the M300 Series, is a successor to FLIR’s M-Series of marine cameras. The next-generation M300 Series consists of five models with rugged new pan and tilt housings built for the harsh marine environment. Four of them have FLIR Boson 640- or 320-resolution thermal camera cores and various fixed field-of-view lenses, plus a visible-only model, the M300C, with a high-definition color, low-light camera with 30x zoom. The new cameras make navigation easier through improved image stabilization…

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Wealthy Dad Kills Son with Boat in San Francisco Bay

Javier Burillo Azcarraga was arrested on charges that he caused the death of his 11-year-old son in San Francisco Bay after the boy and his brother, 27, where thrown from Azcarraga’s 33-foot Targa Protector (pictured above) and he tried to retrieve them. Azcarraga was driving the twin-outboard Protector near Angel Island at about 7 p.m. on Sunday when the accident occurred. Police say they do not know why the boys were thrown off the boat, and that the boat hit them when Azcarraga tried to pull them out of the water. After he got the boys back on board, Azcarraga,…

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Popular Annapolis Power Boat Show Opens Oct. 3

The United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis is always popular, for a whole lot of reasons. It’s easy to get to, it’s easy to see a lot of new boats and gear there, and it’s in Annapolis, the hub of the Chesapeake, a cruising mecca with boatyards and marinas and waterfront restaurants and watering holes all around. And then there’s the U.S. Naval Academy with grounds next to the show, historic Annapolis stretching up Main Street to the state capital, and Washington, D.C. is an easy drive away. Centered around City Dock (also known as Ego Alley) in the middl9…

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