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In a Major Breakthrough, Hinckley Unveils First Luxury Electric Boat at Newport Show

Hinckley Yachts unveiled its first electric boat at the opening day of the Newport, Rhode Island, boat show, another breakthrough for the iconic Maine builder. The 28.5-foot open boat is named Dasher, after the first Hinckley Picnic Boat that started a worldwide trend when it was launched in 1994. “There is nothing else like it,” said Scott Bryant, Hinckley’s director of new product planning. “This is just as innovative as the original Dasher Picnic Boat.” The new electric boat is powered by two 80-hp Torquedo motors and can run for 4 1/2 hours at 10 mph. Top speed is about…

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Simrad Adds Two New Chartplotters to Its Popular GO Series

Simrad has just added two new chartplotters with larger displays and radar compatibility to its award-winning GO series. The new GO12 XSE and GO7 XSR, now part of Simrad’s popular GO stand-alone chartplotter series, are both multi-touch chartplotters for power boats with user-friendly navigation features for cruising, fishing and watersports. The new GO12 XSE (pictured above) has a 12-inch display, while the upgraded GO7 XSR has a restyled glass-helm design, plus radar capability that was not previously available on that model. Both units have bright displays and easy-to-use interfaces. The multi-touch controls are intuitive, and probably will seem similar to…

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Miami Fisherman Tries To Ride Out Irma On His Boat. Boat Sinks. Storm Surge Pushes Him To Shore

Andres Lopez is lucky to be alive. A commercial fisherman, he’s been living on his 25-foot boat off Miami’s Coconut Grove (along with many other liveaboards) for several  years. Then came Irma. Lopez decided to ride out the hurricane on his boat. But once the storm hit, the boat started to list dangerously. He went up on deck and thought about his options. “Drown or go,” he told the Miami Herald. “I got to go.” So he jumped into Biscayne Bay and started swimming. As he looked back, his boat flipped over. Lopez made it to a breakwater where he…

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Walker Bay Makes Upgrades in Its Smaller Generation Line of RIBs

Walker Bay has upgraded two of the smaller RIBS in its Generation Line to match the designs and features it already has built into its 17-foot model. The upgrades are for the 450 and 400 models (14’9” and 13’1” respectively), which now will have the technology used in Walker Bay’s top-of-the-line Generation 525 model. “After we added new ideas into the larger 17-foot boat, we went back to the drawing board to see how we could trickle those improvements down to the rest of the line,” said Stefano Rista, Walker Bay president. “The unique construction process of the 525 makes…

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The Favors Get Their New Ranger 29 and Start New Cruising Adventures

Jim and Lisa Favors from Traverse City, Michigan, are hardly new to cruising, or to Ranger Tugs, for that matter. They’ve been boating most of their lives and have completed the Great Loop once (plus many, many side trips), and they’ve trailered their red-hulled Ranger Tugs 27 Kismet all across the United States. But last winter they decided they wanted to move up a bit (and have room for visiting grandchildren), so they sold Kismet – and bought another Ranger Tug, this time a 29. They just took delivery of their new Ranger Tugs R29, also called Kismet, also with…

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Remembering 9/11 and the Heroes on the Water. Heart-Wrenching Video

Here’s a heart-wrenching video about how a civilian flotilla of boats – ferries, tug boats, recreational boats – carried half a million people across the Hudson to safety after the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. It shows real people becoming real heroes. The boat lift they carried out is now known as the largest boat lift in history. In this video, Tom Hanks narrates the story. Take a look, and remember: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=95&v=MDOrzF7B2Kg

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Two Destroyers Involved in Collisions “Had To Train on the Margins,” Says GAO Report to Congress

The two Navy destroyers recently involved in collisions in the Pacific, killing 17 sailors, both had long records of failing to fulfill key training requirements, according to the Government Accountability Office. The USS Fitzgerald had expired training certifications for 10 out of 10 key warfare mission areas in June, while the USS John S. McCain had expired certifications in six out of the ten. John Pendleton, the GAO’s director of defense force structure, testified before Congress that the Navy’s aggressive deployment, particularly in ships based in Japan (including the Fitzgerald and the McCain), gave the Navy a greater presence in…

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See What Happened When Irma Drained Water Out of Bays in the Bahamas and Florida. Videos and Pictures

One of the most bizarre scenes during Hurricane Irma was the sight of water draining away, going out into the ocean, leaving the shoreline empty of water occasionally for hundreds of yards. This effect was most pronounced in parts of the Bahamas, in the Florida Keys and in Fort Myers and even Tampa Bay. One scientist explained that Irma was so strong that it was sucking water from its surroundings into its core. At one point, for example, the wind on Long Island in the Bahamas was from the southeast to the northwest. On the northwest side of the island,…

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Get Away from It All in the Similan Islands of Thailand

If you really want to get away from it all, head for the Similan Islands, a chain of nine small islands about 50 miles from Phuket in Thailand. They’re the home of incredible landscapes, spectacular diving and not a whole lot of other people. The Similans are numbered one through nine, going from north to south, and they’re a national park in the Andaman Sea. You can swim in the turquoise waters of all of them, but you can only step foot on the white sandy beaches of Number Four, which has simple bamboo bungalows, and Number Eight, the largest…

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“I Rowed the English Channel in a Bathtub” – A Very British Story

Only in England. I admit this isn’t one of our usual cruising stories, but it is fun  in a very British way. And just in case you think it’s not serious enough for us to bother with, well, I’ll say that even the Queen is involved. To make this perfect, the sponsor, the company that supplied the tub, is Thomas Crapper and Company. Read on: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tim-fitzhigham/english-channel-bathtub_b_17908212.html

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