Author Peter Janssen

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Azimut Magellano 66: A Cruising Boat with Italian Style

The Azimut Magellano line is something of a cross between traditional trawler-type cruising boats – think Fleming or Grand Banks – and the more trendy styling you usually associate with first-rate Italian builders. Here’s a good look at the new Azimut Magellano 66. http://www.mby.com/reviews/trawler-yachts/azimut-magellano-66-review

Cruising Life
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Hunt Designs: 50 Years of Great Boats

Over the years, I’ve driven Hunt-designed boats, and Hunt Yachts, from the Florida Keys to the top of the Bay of Fundy, in all kinds of weather and all kinds of sea conditions. From the original Bertram 31 to the latest Hunt (a new 32 is pictured above), these are all great sea boats. And pretty, too. Here’s a great story about Hunt Design, now 50 years old and going strong. http://www.boatingmag.com/hunt-design-celebrates-50-years-innovative-boat-design

Engine Room
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Why You Should Be Worried About Diesel Fuel

New emission standards plus inconsistent diesel supplies plus changes in high pressure injection technology all spell potential problems. Here, Nigel Calder says why you should be concerned. http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/gear/reasons-to-be-paranoid-about-diesel-34807

Boat Reviews
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New Marlow Pilot 31, Made for the Great Loop

Here’s a good look at the new Marlow Pilot 31, the entry-level boat in what used to be the Mainship lineup, that’s now has been revised and updated by David Marlow. It’s a basic couple’s single-diesel cruising boat, made for coastal cruising or, say, the Great Loop. http://www.boats.com/reviews/marlow-pilot-31-first-look-video/

Cruising Life
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Boats Collide, One Dies on Lake Champlain

There was no need for this to happen if both captains had followed the most basic rules of the road. A tragedy. I guess the moral is that you have to think defensively all the time, as if the other person is clueless. http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/after-lake-fatality-coast-guard-says-boaters-often-dont-follow-the-rules/Content?oid=3477159

Cruising Life
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American Tug 365 Cruise to Astoria

Here’s a great blog and pictures of an American Tug 365 delivery from the factory in LaConner, Washington, 269 miles down the coast to Astoria, Oregon. (I’ve done this, and you definitely want to be careful out there.)http://americantugnews.blogspot.com/2016/04/delivering-american-tug-365-to-astoria.html

Gear
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Ten Tips for Green Boating

We all want to keep the planet blue – and green. Here are some tips to keep it that way: http://www.riyachting.com/programs/ten-tips-for-clean-boating?utm_source=Multi-lead+List&utm_campaign=65849fc7e0-Wednesday_+July+14_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c884307d0f-65849fc7e0-336878677

Cruising Life
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Close-up Video of Storm Tossing Boats, Tearing up Docks

Here’s a scary very close-up video of a sudden storm hitting a boating area in Tennessee. It truly feels like you are there, as boats are caught in a microburst and a floating dock is torn apart. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/07/11/boaters-capture-epic-downburst-on-video-we-thought-we-were-going-to-be-picked-up/

Electronics
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Garmin’s New User-Generated Map Data Software

Garmin just introduced Quickdraw Community, free, user-generated map data software where you can share HD mapping content and download data. The new Quickdraw Community is based on Garmin’s Quickdraw Contours software, which lets users create personalized HD maps with one-foot contour lines on any body of water. “Garmin customers have been collecting Quickdraw Contours mapping and depth data on their devices since the free software feature became available earlier this year,” says Garmin VP Dan Bartel. “Now they have a way to easily share that data with others.” Bartel also says that Quickdraw Community, which uses sonar technology, is “the…

Cruising Life
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Tangier Island is Sinking as the Chesapeake is Rising

Great story about Tangier Island in the lower Chesapeake, which is being threatened by rising sea levels, in The New York Times Magazine today. The future there seems  pretty bleak. I took the picture above four years ago on Smith Island, just a few miles north of Tangier, which is facing the same fate. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/magazine/should-the-united-states-save-tangier-island-from-oblivion.html

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