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New Shipping Lanes Opening Up in Arctic as More Ice Melts

New shipping routes are opening up in the Arctic, even directly over the North Pole, as the ice there keeps melting. Scientists report that sea ice covering the Arctic has declined each decade since the 1980s, with older, thicker ice disappearing due to global warming. This won’t happen tomorrow, but by the middle of this century they predict that the warming will “open up vast swaths of the Arctic Ocean,” and even direct over-the-pole routes could be navigable during summer and fall. The Arctic, of course, offers faster, more direct routes between ports in Asia and Europe. Commercial shipping there…

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Norwegian Billionaire, Who Developed “American Traits” as a Teenager in Seattle, Now Building World’s Largest Yacht for Marine Research

When he was growing up in a small town in the west coast of Norway, Kjell Inge Roekke was unhappy and dyslexic. He dropped out of high school and moved to Seattle, where he caught crab and sold fish off the back of boat. But Roekke was a fast learner. He started buying old fishing boats and converted them into commercial trawlers. By the time he returned to Norway in his late 30s, his countrymen there said he had developed “American traits.” For his part Roekke, now 58, thought he was just being a good businessman, so good, in fact,…

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New Garmin Smartwatch: Drive and Navigate Your Boat from Your Wrist

This is just very cool: A new Garmin smartwatch with a dedicated marine GPS that connects to Garmin chartplotters and other electronics on board and even lets you connect to the autopilot so that you can turn, change your heading and steer the boat, all from your wrist. The new device is the Garmin quatix 5 marine GPS smartwatch, designed from Garmin’s Fenix 5 platform. When paired with other Garmin electronics, it can stream NMEA 2000 data to access boat speed, depth, temperature and wind information all to your wrist, no matter where you are on the boat. When paired…

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Jury Convicts Man Who Killed 8-Year-Old Girl in Lake George Boating Crash of Manslaughter

On a July evening last summer, Robert Knarr, 68, took his granddaughter, Charlotte McCue, 8, and her mother, Courtney, out for a pre-bedtime cruise on the west shore of Lake George, New York, on his antique 28-foot Gar Wood Enchanted Evening. The McCues were visiting from California. Suddenly a 21-foot Larson slammed into the starboard side of Enchanted Evening. The Larson was going so fast it went airborne. The prop hit Charlotte, killing her instantly, and seriously injuring her mother. The Larson stalled, but the driver restarted it and then sped away. The next morning, the driver of the Larson,…

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Opening Day in Seattle: One of the Best Times Anywhere

Opening day of the boating season in Seattle, always the first Saturday in May, is simply a hoot. I’ve been there, and believe me, it’s one of the best times to be had on the water, anywhere. The boat parade has everything that floats, from megayachts with helicopters to golden oldies to floating locomotives, with dogs, dogs and more dogs everywhere. For a look at this year’s parade, see the photo gallery below. And to get even a better flavor of the event, see the video from an earlier year below that. http://seattlerefined.com/lifestyle/photos-the-sun-shines-for-seattle-yacht-club-opening-day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMQDNb51JKA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMQDNb51JKA

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First Look at New, Impressive Grand Banks 60 in the Water: Video

Here’s a first look at the much-awaited Grand Banks 60 in the water, before it is unveiled at the Sanctuary Cove boat show in Australia later this month. The running shots are great; this is a pretty boat (majestic, even), with a good attitude. Its first showing in the U.S. will be at the Newport, Rhode Island, show in September. A three-stateroom, two-head long distance cruiser, the new 60 will be the flagship of the Grand Banks Heritage fleet, powered by twin 900-hp Volvo diesels and topping out at about 32 knots.  As we have written here before, it will…

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Coast Guard Reports Laser Strikes on Ships in the Chesapeake

This is just nuts. Someone is shining laser lights on the helm stations of commercial ships in the Chesapeake near Solomons, in the area between Drum Point and Cove Point. On one recent night four strikes between midnight and 3 a.m. targeted three separate ships and a pilot vessel. There had been three more strikes in the previous days, and several in the past month. Each time the strikes lasted about 15 minutes, long enough to do some serious damage to the helmsman’s ability to see and navigate safely at night. “Laser lights, and other bright lights, can be a…

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Captain and Masseuse Fled Sinking Charter Boat on Jet Ski, Leaving Passengers Stranded in Indian Ocean, Suit Says

This is a pretty ugly story and now that it’s in court, it may get even uglier.  According to a suit just filed in California, the captain of a 69-foot charter boat jumped on a Jet Ski at 4 in the morning as it was sinking in the Indian Ocean, picking up the boat’s masseuse and heading for safety, leaving eight passengers and various crew members behind. “An incompetent captain and crew, in complete disregard for the plaintiffs’ safety, panicked and abandoned ship without the plaintiffs,” the suit charges, who then were “forced to abandon the vessel in the dark of…

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Jock Williams’ Super-Traditional, Built-in-Maine Stanley 38 Lobster Yacht

They don’t come much more traditional than the Stanley 38, built on the shores of Somes Sound, just up from Southwest Harbor, Maine, by the John Williams Boat Company. With its lobster boat heritage, graceful sheerline and hint of tumblehome, the Stanley 38 has enough visible wood to keep the most ardent of purists happy. A year ago, John (Jock) Williams worked with Doug Zurn, the Marblehead, Mass., designer, to build a special Stanley 38, with a high-tech hull laid up with vinylester resin, stitched e-glass and Corecell construction and powered by twin Volvo IPS 600 pod drives; it topped…

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New High-Tech Man Overboard Systems Can Keep Your Crew Safe

Man overboard – every captain’s nightmare scenario, when seconds can mean the difference between life and death. The point, of course, is to locate the man overboard absolutely as quickly as possible and then start the recovery effort. Now three new high-tech systems make it possible to find that person faster and easier. Developed by a French start-up, the Sea-Tags MOB wristband alarm system starts with downloading a free app to all smartphones on board the boat to monitor the wristbands. When anyone wearing the wristband goes overboard and the wristband is submerged, the smartphones will sound an alarm and…

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