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Boat Fire in Chickamauga Lock

A boat caught fire and burned inside the Chickamauga Lock on the Tennessee River on Saturday morning. The two people on board jumped off and were rescued by workers on a construction boat nearby. The lock is about 7 miles above Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a Chattanooga fireboat attacked the flames inside the lock with its deck gun. Then the boat was towed outside the lock, where the fire was extinguished. Operated by the TVA, the lock measures 60 feet by 360 feet and has a drop of 53 feet. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined. The lock…

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Oil Spill on Great Exuma Island, Bahamas

Some 30,000 gallons of fuel spilled from an oil ship on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas early Wednesday morning. The spill was at the Old Navy Base in George Town on Great Exuma, the largest island on the Exuma chain, known for its white sand beaches and swimming pigs. Chester Cooper, the Bahamas’ Acting Prime Minister, said the spill occurred as an oil carrier named The Arabian was unloading fuel, and that crew members first saw it at about 4 a.m. The ship was contracted by Sun Oil and was offloading fuel for Bahamas Light and Power at the…

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NOAA: June Was 6th Warmest Month Ever

Here’s the latest monthly report from NOAA, with some disturbing news: June’s average global temperature continued 2022’s remarkably warm trend, as both the month and the year so far ranked sixth warmest on record. In addition, global sea ice reached near-record lows last month, with Antarctica seeing its lowest June ice coverage on record, according to scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). (An iceberg on the Antarctic Peninsula is pictured above.) Here’s a closer look into NOAA’s latest monthly global climate report: Climate by the numbers June 2022 The average global surface (land and ocean) temperature in…

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New Outback 50 Arrives in Miami

The latest Outback 50, with the company’s unique “infinity deck” aft, just arrived in Miami. Designed by Michael Peters, the new Outback has twin 480-hp Volvo diesels with direct drive that produce a top speed of about 25 knots, while it has a draft of only 3 feet so it can maneuver through the skinny waters of the Bahamas or elsewhere that normally would be off limits to a 50-foot motoryacht. Outback is the result of a collaboration between Peters and Andrew Cilla, the owner of Luke Brown Yachts in Fort Lauderdale and a long-time cruiser. It’s designed for active…

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Grandfather Drowns Trying To Save 3-Year-Old

A grandfather drowned when he tried to save his 3-year-old grandson who fell off their boat after it was hit by the wake of a passing boat in Saginaw Bay, Michigan. The tragic accident occurred last Saturday afternoon during a family fishing outing on the bay, which is part of Lake Huron. The grandfather, James G. David, was fishing with his son, 32, and his two grandchildren, 3 and 9, on a 17-foot boat. About 4 in the afternoon, local police got a 911 call from the 9-year-old, saying his little brother had fallen into the water. Police were able…

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OTAM Redesigns 58 GTS for Cannes Launch

The new, fast and sporty OTAM 58 GTS will make its world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival, starting Sept 6. The new OTAM, named Bad Boy, is powered by twin 1,825-hp MTU diesels with Arneson surface drives and massive Rolla props; it tops out at more than 55 knots. Bad Boy is actually the 26th hull of OTAM’s 58 series, but it’s been redesigned to take its Gran Turismo Sport legend up a notch. OTAM often builds larger yachts at its yard near Genoa, and it can customize the 58 for each owner’s desires. OTAM worked with Giuseppe Bagnardi…

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Hinckley Launches New Hybrid SilentJet

Hinckley just introduced its new SilentJet technology, a hybrid system it developed with Twin Disc that combines diesel and electric power. With the trademarked SilentJet system, you can cruise under electric power without any noise or diesel fumes at about 7 knots, or you can seamlessly transition to diesel power and cruise at 35 knots. Hinckley introduced the new system on its Picnic Boat 40 S, the only boat available with SilentJet so far. It’s not that Hinckley’s were exactly noisy to start with. Indeed, Hinckleys are among the most solid, well-built and exquisite boats made in the United States, and…

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Beneteau To Use 180-hp Electric Outboard

The move toward electric-powered outboard boats got a major boost today. Indeed, Group Beneteau and Vision Marine Technologies just announced that they’ve formed a partnership to put VMT’s electric-powered outboards on several of Beneteau’s brands, starting with Four Winns. VMT makes the E-Motion 180, which it says is the world’s most powerful electric outboard. The 180-hp outboard has a battery capacity of 70kWh of continuous power, enough to drive a typical day boat for a full day on the water. The E-Motion system combines an advanced lithium-ion battery pack, an inverter and a high-efficiency motor with a proprietary assembly between…

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Azimut Building New Magellano 66

Azimut is building a new Magellano 66 cruiser with an updated version of the line’s Dual Mode hull that’s designed to be more fuel-efficient than ever while also reducing carbon emissions. The 66 is the latest in Azimut’s long-range cruising Magellano fleet, that now includes a 43, a 25 Metri (82’) and the flagship 30 Metri (97’ 6”). Azimut started the Magellano series in 2009 at its plant in Viareggio, Italy. The new 66 comes with three or four staterooms, plus a two-person crew quarters. It has three heads plus one for the crew. Power comes from twin 850-hp MAN…

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Williams Launches Tender with SOLAS Option

Williams Jet Tenders will launch its new 16-foot Dieseljet 505 with an optional SOLAS certification at the Monaco Yacht Show, starting Sept. 28. The new luxury RIB has been modified to meet all the stringent requirements of SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea). SOLAS-certified tenders are considered the gold standard in rescue vessels, and they’re a legal requirement for yachts over 500GT. The new Williams Dieseljet with the SOLAS option is capable of towing life rafts, serving as a man-overboard recovery boat or functioning in many other emergency situations. Matthew Hornsby, the commercial director for Williams Jet Tenders, says, “Not…

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