Author Peter Janssen

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On Heels of 35Z with Two Outboards, MJM Plans New 43Z, with Three Outboards

You can’t say the people at MJM Yachts aren’t thinking ahead. They just launched their new MJM 35Z, with two outboards, and now they’re announcing the development of a new 43Z, with three. MJM says it has created the 43Z in response to requests from owners, particularly in the Carolinas and Florida, who want outboard-powered cruising boats. Outboards have indeed become more popular in the past few years as they have become more technologically advanced, offering fuel-efficient, high-speed and low-noise-level performance. An outboard boat also has obvious advantages when running in shallow water, or in areas with lots of lobster…

Cruising Life
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Beneteau Starts Rental Boat Club in France with 60 Boats in 15 Locations

Beneteau has just started a boat club where you pay 1,000 Euros (about $1,135) to join and then rent a boat from a fleet of 60 powerboats in 15 locations in France and Spain. The new Beneteau Boat Club is the latest entry in the growing genre of boat rental organizations that let you pay an upfront fee to use a boat without having to buy or maintain it, and is part of the “on-demand” economy that is taking hold around the world. Once you’re a member of the club, you can book a boat on line and then simply…

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Kadey-Krogen Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Owners’ Rendezvous in Newport

Kadey-Krogen just celebrated their 40th anniversary with a fun owners’ rendezvous in Newport, Rhode Island, one of the most historic and scenic cruising destinations around (pictured above). The Stuart, Florida-based company says it is the oldest manufacturer of full-displacement, recreational cruising yachts in the world. It is also one of the most successful, having made 600 long-range cruisers from 36- to 58-feet so far, with designs to go up to 70 feet. Kadey-Krogen’s latest design, the 50 Open, is innovative in its layout while staying true to the company’s iconic hull design and proven blue-water performance. All those years of…

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On Watch

After The Loop and 25,000 miles, The Coles and My Dream Are “Not Done Yet” Ted and Sue Cole of Placerville, California, just crossed their wake in Dania Beach, Florida, completing the Great Loop around the eastern half of the United States. That, of course, is a major achievement, but it’s not singular. After all, 127 other boats completed the Loop last year alone. But what is unusual, is that the Coles only cruised part of the time, taking seven years on the Loop from start to finish. And even then they managed to put in side trips to Mexico,…

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Nantucket Ferry Captain Thought Sailboats were Buoys Before Hyannis Crash

Now we know what happened when the captain of a high-speed Nantucket ferry crashed into a jetty at Hyannis Harbor on Cape Cod, Mass., at 9:30 at night, injuring more than a dozen people: Navigating by radar, the captain thought a metal pole and sailboats behind it were buoys marking a safe entrance to the harbor. A report from the Steamship Authority says the captain logged the HH buoy correctly, marking the outer entrance to Hyannis Harbor, and then asked the pilot to light up buoy number 4 with the searchlight. The captain then checked the radar and saw what…

Cruising Life
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After Three Gales and 20-foot Seas, the Hamiltons Arrive in Ireland on Their Nordhavn 52. See Video

James and Jennifer Hamilton have been cruising ever since they decided, over a glass of wine in Seattle, to take “a quick blast around the world” on Dirona, their Nordhavn 52. That was in 2012. Since then, they’ve crossed the Pacific, spending months in New Zealand and more months in Australia, then crossing the Indian Ocean to the Cape of Good Hope, and then heading up the Atlantic to Barbados and eventually the east coast of the U.S. and as far north as Newfoundland. Here’s a great video of some of their latest trips, including the one they just finished,…

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Cruising in Casco Bay: Portland and So Much More

On my first trips to Maine, I’d hang a left at Cape Elizabeth and head into Casco Bay, usually tying up at DiMillo’s in downtown Portland and having a great dinner at one of the city’s many new, highly acclaimed restaurants. And then, most of the time, I’d have an early breakfast at Becky’s Diner, eating with the fishermen, before heading Down East to see friends in my favorite cruising grounds of Tenants Harbor or Somes Sound. Finally, I realized what a lot of people already knew. Casco Bay is a great cruising destination in itself, dotted with islands, beaches,…

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Diver Killed When Someone Turns On Yacht’s Bow Thrusters in Palm Beach

This tragedy is almost beyond belief, and we still don’t have any details, but a diver who was cleaning the bottom of a 173-foot yacht in North Palm Beach, Florida, was killed when someone turned on the bow thrusters and he was sucked into the propellers. The accident occurred about noon when the diver was working under the super-yacht Honey at Old Port Cove Marina. He was killed immediately when the thrusters were turned on and he was sucked into the props. Florida authorities are investigating. For more: http://www.wpbf.com/article/diver-cleaning-yacht-bottom-killed-when-propeller-turned-on/10231016

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Police Say “Rather Drunk” Man Steals Boat and Runs It Onto Florida Beach

It didn’t take the police long to figure out how the 36-foot Ethel-Jeanne ended up on the beach in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Saturday morning, abandoned, with its engine still running. Once they climbed aboard, and shut off the engine, the police found a pair of pants, a cellphone and a wallet with a driver’s license belonging to Jonathan Race, 20. When they showed up at Race’s house in nearby Port Orange, he said the last thing he remembered was buying a few Four Loko alcoholic drinks at the 7-Eleven across from the Daytona Marina and Boatworks, where the Ethel-Jeanne…

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How To Make A Mayday Call that Works

If the absolute worst happens, a fire on board, a collision with a sunken object, a sudden storm or rogue wave, and you need to place a Mayday call for help, do you know what to do? Sure, we all have probably tucked away the proper protocol in the back of our consciousness someplace, and if we have our act together we have also shared that knowledge with our crew. But in the event, when the panic sets in, do we know how to prioritize the Mayday call so that we are ensuring that the Coast Guard or other vessels…

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