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Hurricane Prep: What To Do Right Now

Here’s some great  detailed information about how to prepare your boat – on land or on the water – from BoatU.S. Plus a detailed worksheet about how to protect your boat that you can print out, save for yourself and give to your marina. Two major points: Act sooner rather than later, and protect yourself first, not your boat. Take a look. :http://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/assets/pdf/HurricaneWarning.pdfhttp://www.boatus.com/hurricanes/assets/pdf/HurricaneWarning.pdf

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Greenland Sharks Live 400 Years. Yikes!

A new study finds that the Greenland shark, which is about 15 feet long and not a pretty beast under anybody’s definition, lives for about 400 years – plus or minus about 120 years – but who’s counting. Either way, they’re the longest-lived vertebrate by a long shot. These predators only grow by about a centimeter a year, so in the past researchers have had trouble tracking their age. Here’s how they’ve come up with some answers: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/greenland-shark-may-live-400-years-smashing-longevity-record

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Take Your Pick of 5 Great Cruising Boats

From 27 feet to 88 feet, here’s a good look at five popular cruising boats from major builders – the Ranger Tug 27, Beneteau 34 Swift Trawler (pictured here), Kadey-Krogen 48, Nordhavn 52, and Outer Reef 88. I’ve spent a good amount of time cruising on all of these boats (except the Outer Reef) and I can attest that they all offer comfortable and safe cruising over the waters for which they were designed. (The Nordhavn, for example, is a blue-water cruiser built to cross oceans, while the Ranger is a coastal cruiser appropriate for the ICW or the Inside…

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Nordic Tug 26: A Classic Pocket Cruiser

When it was first introduced at the Seattle boat show in 1980, the Nordic Tug 26 was an instant hit; at an introductory price of $29,995 (including a refundable $1,000 deposit), the company sold 37 at the show and 54 by the end of the month. A single-diesel cruiser with a 36-hp Volvo and a faux smokestack, the Nordic Tug 26 had a lot of character. Some 200 have been sold since then, to owners who want to do the Great Loop, the Inside Passage or just the next cove on a Saturday afternoon. The 26 now is powered by…

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Bridge Destroys 545-foot Ship – Incredible Video

The 545-foot long Windoc, a wheat carrier, was half way through Welland Canal Bridge 11 in Ontario, Canada, at 5 knots when the lift bridge suddenly descended – wiping out the wheelhouse and setting off a fire on board. Here’s an incredible video of the accident, one of the most dramatic I’ve ever seen, plus a government report on the whole affair. It’s hard to believe that no one was killed. https://gcaptain.com/windoc-incident-photos-video-tsb-report/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Gcaptain+%28gCaptain.com%29

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First Cruise Ship Heads for Northwest Passage

In the past, the fabled Northwest Passage connecting the Atlantic with the Pacific across the top of Canada has been one of the most dangerous spots on earth. Some of the world’s most experienced explorers and sea captains (and their crews) have perished there, most famously Sir John Franklin, a British naval hero, who left England in 1845 to explore the passage with two ships and 128 men; they were never seen again. Five years ago my friend and former NBC documentary producer Sprague Theobald tackled the passage on his Nordhavn 57, cruising 8,500 miles from Newport, RI, to Seattle…

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Who Has Hitler’s Compass?

For history buffs, nautical or otherwise, here’s a fun story. Turns out a British gentleman bought one of the three tenders to Hitler’s 377-foot Nazi state yacht, Aviso Grille, but it’s missing its binnacle compass. He’d love to get it back to restore the 36-foot launch to its original condition. The Aviso Grille was built in 1934 at Blohm + Voss, had a crew of 248 officers and men, a top speed of 26 knots and, dialed back, a range of 9,500 nm. Hitler enjoyed it. http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/part-for-hitler-motor-boat-grillet-40476

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Kadey-Krogen 58: All the Comforts of Home

Here’s a great report from the new owner of a Kadey-Krogen 58 Extended Bridge, telling why she and her husband, a former Naval officer, bought the boat. Rose Shaheen, the owner, says they were looking for their retirement boat and were interested in three things: “safety, reliability and liability.” Turns out, livability was the deciding factor; Mrs. Shaheen says she loves all the room on the boat so that it really feels like home (this is in addition to the Kadey-Krogen’s first-class fit and finish, its seakeeping abilities and its perhaps best-in-class engine room. If you’re interesting in finding a…

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70-Year-Old Man Rowing Across Atlantic is Rescued

Stein Hoff, 70, started rowing his 24-foot boat in New York on May 15, heading for England – all by himself. He almost made it, but after 84 days at sea he was hit by a terrible storm and set off his EPIRB. Fortunately, the British Coast Guard got the signal and asked a bulk carrier near Hoff to pick him up. The rescue wasn’t easy, but he’s now safe. No word yet on whether he’ll try again… http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/stein-hoff-70-norwegian-solo-transatlantic-row-20184

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Back Cove 30 Video After Mid-Coast Maine Cruise

I just came across this old video by my friend Billy Black after we had taken a mid-coast Maine cruise six years ago on the then-new Back Cove 30, a great time. It’s particularly appropriate now since I’ll be taking a similar cruise next week on the brand-new Back Cove 32. I’ve go to say that the Maine-built Back Coves (and Sabres too – their big-brother brand) are among my favorite cruising boats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GmS6_deOh8

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