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Leopard Building New 40 Power Cat

Leopard is building an all-new 40 powercat in its factory in Cape Town, South Africa. It will launch the cat there at the end of the year, and then hold a world premiere at the Miami show in February. The new 40 is the smallest entry in the Leopard powercat fleet, which now has a 46 and a 53. The company says the 40 will have all the comfort and seaworthiness of its larger siblings, but in a smaller package. The company says the flybridge on the 40 is the largest in its size range. It has an upper helm…

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How To Prepare for a Hurricane

Hurricane season is now well underway, and NOAA says it will be more active than normal. Here’s some great advice from America’s Boating Club (formerly the U.S. Power Squadrons) about how you can make your boat ready for the storm: Hurricane preparation for boaters can help protect your boat during the predicted above-normal 2022 hurricane season. If you live in a hurricane-susceptible area, you need to create a hurricane plan for your boat. First, ask your marina about its hurricane plan and what procedures are in place to handle major storms. This will help you formulate your own plan. Given…

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Solar Panels Everywhere on Fabiani 77

At first glance, this may seem to be too much of a good thing; on the other hand, it may be the start of a new trend. In any event, all those solar panels do provide a good deal of eco-friendly power to the Wedgewood Hybrid, 77, now under construction at the Fabiani Yacht yard in Livorno, Italy. When extended, the solar “park” has 1,200 square feet of panels to supply power to the yacht’s batteries that then can drive two electric motors. The yacht can cruise for up to 16 hours at 6 to 8 knots under solar power…

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Two Killed, Ten Hurt, in Crash near Miami

Two people were killed and ten injured when two boats collided at night near Key Biscayne, Florida, the Coast Guard reports. One boat was 21-feet long, and the other was 30-feet long; seven people were on one, and five on the other. All the people were in the water about one mile west of Key Biscayne when the Coast Guard and other boaters arrived at the scene about 10:30 at night. Jose Hernandez, a Coast Guard spokesman, said, “They were all launched out of their boats.” Xavier Ruiz, who was boating nearby at the time, told Local10.com that he heard…

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Dunkirk Little Ships Parade for Queen

In one of the most awe-inspiring events in modern history, a flotilla of 850 “little ships” managed to evacuate the battered remains of the British Army from the shores of Dunkirk, France, over just a few days in 1940 at the start of the Second World War. The Germans sank about 200 of the ships, but all in all the collection of private yachts, launches and various other vessels managed to rescue 338,228 British, French and allied soldiers from the broad beach at Dunkirk ahead of rapidly advancing German forces. Now, some of the remaining little ships held a parade…

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Yacht Burns, Sinks, Off New Hampshire

A 72-foot yacht caught fire and was quickly engulfed in flames in the Piscataqua River near New Castle, New Hampshire, on Saturday afternoon. The three people and two dogs on board were rescued from the water by a good Samaritan boat. The burning boat drifted out of the harbor with the tide and across the state line into Maine. It sank near buoy 2KR buoy off Kittery just two hours after the first emergency radio call, according to the New Hampshire Marine Patrol. The yacht, named Elusive, caught fire as it was cruising down the river, heading for the Wentworth…

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Marine Sanctuary Proposed for Hudson Canyon

The Biden Administration recently proposed a new marine sanctuary for the Hudson Canyon off the coast of New York and New Jersey. The White House said the sanctuary, an underwater valley about 100 miles offshore, would help to “conserve and restore the health and productivity of the ocean for the benefit of all Americans.” The Hudson Canyon is a rich fishing area and is one of the largest underwater canyons in the world, up to 2.5 miles deep in some areas and 7.5 miles wide. It’s the favored habitat of sperm whales, sea turtles, octopuses and deep sea corals. It…

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China Starts Sea Trials for Autonomous Ship

China just launched a fully autonomous, “revolutionary” research ship that is powered by artificial intelligence and that the director of the Southern Ocean Laboratory there calls a new “marine species.” The ship, Zhu Hai Yun, can carry drones, submersibles and smaller ships on its deck to carry out marine research, and can navigate the ocean waters via remote control. The state-owned Science and Technology Daily said the ship is equipped with an Intelligent Mobile Ocean Stereo Observing System (IMOSOS), described as a one-of-a-kind artificial intelligence system. The Zhu Hai Yun is 290 feet long, with a 45-foot beam and a…

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Do You Need an EPIRB or Just a PLB?

Do you need a PLB or an EPIRB to keep you and your crew safe this summer? Here’s the answer from BoatUS: ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 14, 2022 – The proliferation of personal locator beacons (PLBs), whose diminutive size belie their enormous on-water safety advantage, are no longer thought of exotic rescue electronics. “PLBs are user-friendly and easy to maintain, and we are seeing more boaters using them as a mainstream rescue device,” said BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. However, do recreational boaters fully understand the difference between a PLB and…

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Altena 53: Sturdy, Steel, Blue-Water Cruiser

With the current trend for long-range cruising and expedition yachts, you might want to take a look at the Dutch-built Altena 53 Blue Water Trawler, a sturdy, safe, steel-hulled cruiser. Altena has been building custom canal and blue-water explorer yachts since 1969. The 53 is one of five models in the 48- to 58-foot size range of blue-water cruisers. You can order it with one or two engines, but the standard 215-hp Cat 3306 diesel produces a top speed of 9 knots. At 5 knots, the boat has a range of 5,000 nm. If you order the single engine, you…

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