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Navionics Makes New Features for Raymarine MFDs

Two of the strongest names in marine electronics, Navionics and Raymarine, have collaborated to offer powerful, information-rich and user-friendly features for Raymarine multifunction displays using Lighthouse 2 operating systems. The new features let Raymarine owners take advantage of Navionics’ sophisticated algorithms to make navigation easier and safer by creating their own detailed routes, mark hazards, and even design their own bathymetry maps in real time. The new features involve Dock-to-Dock autorouting, SonarChart Live, and Advanced Map Options. Dock-to-Dock lets you plot courses taking into account nav aids, narrow channels, water depth and other hazards from from start to finish. SonarChart…

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Chris-Craft Builds New 42-Foot Cabin Cruiser

One of the most famous names in boating, Chris-Craft will launch its first cabin cruiser in many years, a 42-foot Commander, at its dealer meeting this July. The new 42 also is the first in a new joint venture between Chris-Craft, based in Sarasota, Florida, and Austin Parker, the stylish boat builder in Pisa, Italy. With Chris-Craft’s distinctive lines, the Commander 42 will be powered by twin Volvo IPS 600 drives and 435-hp Volvo diesels. It will feature two cockpit areas for entertainment – one in the open area aft, and one under the hardtop, which can be fully…

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Boat Crashes off Trailer on Salem, MA Bridge

For the owner of this 24-foot Wellcraft, the Beverly-Salem Bridge in Salem, MA, was one bridge too far. After a sharp turn leading to the bridge, the boat tipped off the trailer, landing on its side in the road. A used boat, the Wellcraft was on its way to a sea trial. For more: http://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/boat-flips-on-beverly-salem-bridge/article_6492f717-7aff-5244-ae90-5c70a5297f25.html

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Logs, Swirling Currents on Erie Canal

Several cruisers have reported problems on the Erie Canal in the past few days, the result of heavy rain and flooding in the areas of Locks 9, 10 and 11 near Amsterdam, NY. Locks 10 and 11 were closed for a while at the start of the Memorial Day weekend, although they have reopened. And one captain reported on the America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association blog that “the swirling current going 9 was vicious.” Another,  Clay Logan on SaSea Sally, a Mainship 43, said he encountered “LOTS of logs and debris” in the area. On Seasons, a Tayana 42 trawler, John…

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First Cruise on Nordhavn 76

This video of a new 76-foot Nordhavn, from christening to her first trip from West Palm Beach to the Bahamas, is the next best thing to being on your own boat right now. Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX1b51viuJs&sns=em

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Aussies Tackle Great Loop; Winning So Far

This isn’t exactly the New York Yacht Club annual cruise, but it is two Aussies on a leased C-Dory 26, with a single 150-hp Honda outboard, doing the Great Loop. They started this spring in Florida and they’re now in Canada. Good on ’em. Here’s their daily blog. http://balakera.com

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Third Trip Down the ICW on Ranger 27

Ranger Tugs have a growing and enthusiastic group of owners, including this Annapolis couple who are on their third trip to Florida on the ICW. Here they are in Fort Myers; you’ll love these people. (I’ve done two cruises on Rangers myself in the San Juans and the Canadian Gulf islands and enjoyed them greatly.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gH-E3tTQhZo

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Trust Your GPS But…

The police said it was a dark and stormy night in Ontario, Canada, when a 23-year-old woman, trusting her GPS, missed a right turn and drove straight down a boat ramp into the water of Georgian Bay. Fortunately, the woman rolled down the window of her Toyota, climbed out, swam to shore and then hiked to a hotel to call for help. The car was declared a total loss. (Photo from ABC News)