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Invictus Unveils Highly Styled Flagship TT460 with IPS Drives

Invictus Yacht in Italy just unveiled its new, highly styled, TT460 flagship with a large amount of livable space on deck that can be made even larger with a fold out platform from each side. The new 46-foot boat also has Invictus’ signature “half-reverse” bow and a futuristic black carbon fiber hardtop with lines that curve forward to embrace the sun lounge on the foredeck. The TT460 is powered by twin 480-hp Volvo IPS650 pod drives, providing fuel efficiency, dynamic boat handling, and joystick control for easy docking. Built in Borgia, the boat will be launched later this summer. The…

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Were Polynesians the Best Navigators Ever?

Some new, sophisticated, DNA research indicates that the Polynesians who lived more than 800 years ago may be have some of the best voyagers and navigators of all time. If not the absolute best, they certainly were right up there. Indeed, the new study suggests that the Polynesians from the Marquesas, who invented the double-hulled canoe, reached what is now Colombia in South America before 1150, some 870 years ago. It also suggests that they paddled about 2,000 nm from Colombia to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) about the same time, and then another 2,000 nm back home. The researchers, according…

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New VQ80 Vanquish Sportfish: Just a Chase Boat

The new VQ80 Sportfish from Vanquish Yachts in the Netherlands certainly isn’t the typical cruising boat that we usually write about, but it’s so over the top that I couldn’t resist. Consider this: The 79-foot Vanquish (top picture) isn’t the owner’s main boat: It’s just a chase boat for SkyFall, his 194-foot superyacht (above picture), now under construction as Heesen Yachts, also in the Netherlands. For its part, the Vanquish isn’t too shabby. It’s the most powerful Vanquish yet, with state-of-the-art C32 Cat diesels producing 4,800-hp paired to two surface drives. Top speed is expected to be 51 knots. It…

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New Forecast: 20 Named Storms in Atlantic Hurricane Season

By Brian K. Sullivan (Bloomberg) –After a frenzied start, the Atlantic hurricane season could turn out to be the most active since 2005, when a record 28 storms formed. Colorado State University has raised its annual forecast to call for 20 named storms, up from its outlook issued in June calling for 19. Five tropical storms have already spun out of the western Atlantic this year, with two hitting the U.S. so far. This is the fastest start in the record books dating to 1851 and, while the storms have been weak and short-lived, most forecasters see ominous signs for…

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One Dead, Two Injured, One Missing in Bimini Boat Crash

One American was killed, two were injured, and one is missing after their 34-foot powerboat hit something at night near Bimini in the Bahamas. The two who were injured were flown to the U.S. for medical treatment, and the Coast Guard and Bahamian authorities were searching for the missing woman. Bahamas authorities said that officers at the Alice Town Police Station in Bimini received a distress call from a boater near Turtle Rock Cay, about two nm south of Bimini, about midnight on Friday. Members of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force found two people hurt on the boat, a 34-foot…

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Man Seriously Injured When Run Over by His Own Boat

A 19-year-old Ipswich, Massachusetts, man was seriously injured on the Fourth of July when he fell out of his boat and it then ran over him. The three other  people on the boat, who also were thrown out, were not injured. After hitting the driver, the boat kept circling and finally crashed into his family’s boathouse. The accident occurred near the Third Creek Mooring field off Ipswich just before 3 in the afternoon. The Ipswich police said it happened when the 19-foot boat, powered by a 90-hp Mercury outboard, “took a turn” with four people on board. They said that…

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Boat Business is Booming: The New York Times

In case you missed it, here’s some good news from The New York Times: By Courtney Rubin July 2, 2020 In April, when reality set in for the advertising executive Joseph Gordon — that his family’s spring and summer vacation plans were canceled, that his two kids’ camps would likely be canceled, too — he cast about for an escape. After a lot of research, Mr. Gordon, 40, of downtown Manhattan, located two 19-foot Yamaha jet boats (which cost $30,000 and more) for sale at Patsy’s Bay Marina in Stony Point, N.Y. He asked to reserve the blue one. When…

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Popular Couple Killed When Fishing Boat Hits Jetty in Oregon

A popular couple who ran a dockside seafood restaurant in Florence, Oregon, were killed when their fishing boat hit a jetty at the Siuslaw River bar in heavy seas and capsized in the middle of the night. The couple, Kyle and Amber Novelli (pictured above), ran Novelli’s Crab & Seafood, which was popular for its award-winning chowder. They also were commercial crab fishermen. The third person on the boat, named the Aquarius, was rescued. The Coast Guard said it received a distress call at 1:50 a.m. from the captain of the boat, saying it had hit the south jetty at…

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New FCC Decision Could Hurt GPS Accuracy

Despite initial opposition from the Coast Guard, the Pentagon, the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Commerce and Interior, plus NASA and the FAA, the Federal Communications Commission has given a private equity firm permission to run a 5G wireless network that could harm the reliability of GPS signals. BoatUS, part of a new group called the Keep GPS Working Coalition, also opposes the ruling. “With this decision, the FCC is permitting one private company to upend the entire reliability of GPS,” said David Kennedy, the BoatUS manager of government affairs. “It’s unfathomable that the lone federal caretaker of our national…

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Fire Destroys Sunseeker 66 on Harbour Island, Bahamas

A fire at a dock at Valentines Resort and Marina in Harbour Island, Bahamas, completely destroyed a 66-foot Sunseeker. The five people on board all escaped without injuries. Harbour Island police say they received a call at 12:35 on Saturday afternoon saying that a boat was on fire at the marina. When they responded, the boat was fully engulfed in flames. A captain from another yacht told The Triton, “I was walking by and the galley window blew out. Smoke and flames followed. I helped the captain with the tender,” which was saved. After the five people on board were…

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