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Prize-Winning Bluegame 70 Debuts at FLIBS

The highly innovative, prize-winning Bluegame BGX70 flagship will make its U.S. debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, along with the Italian builder’s smallest cruiser, the BG42. The X70 has already turned heads, and won awards in Europe – the “Most Avant-Garde Yacht” at the Cannes show, and “Motoryacht of the Year” at Düsseldorf. It combines many features found in superyachts with the easy-living capabilities of a family cruiser. Bluegame was founded by Luca Santella in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2004, making smaller boats. In the recession, it hit hard times and shut down. But then, in 2017,…

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Huge Lauderdale Show Starts Oct. 27

The massive Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the largest in-the-water show in the world, opens on Wednesday, Oct. 27, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 31. Last year, the show was only half its usual size, because of the Covid pandemic, but this year it’s back with everything from superyachts to SUPs, on the docks, in tents and on land exhibits. In 2019, the last pre-Covid year, the show attracted more than 100,000 people. This year, that number is expected again, with the show in multiple locations, centered at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center and Las Olas Marina, as well as…

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Back Cove 372 Debuts at Annapolis Show

Back Cove just launched its newly redesigned 372 family cruiser at the Annapolis powerboat show, running through Sunday, Oct. 10. The 372 is a new iteration of the original Back Cove 37 that was first launched in 2009; that turned out to be one of the Maine builder’s most  popular models. More than 200 of them were sold, and the tooling was getting worn out. With a single diesel engine, a low profile and its Down East lines, the 37 was popular because it was a Goldilocks boat – not too big, not too small. A single person could handle…

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We Test New Hinckley 35: Poetry in Motion

The brand-new Hinckley 35, with twin Mercury Verado 350-hp outboards, was sitting in a slip at the Hinckley boat yard in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. I met skipper David Salathe at the boat and he gave me a quick tour before departing. The engines were both idling, but they were so quiet you could barely hear them. The under body of the 35 was designed by Michael Peters, who has numerous trophies and naval architecture awards to his credit. The look of the 35 is Down East classic with that special Hinckley flair. The high bow and flared sections forward promise…

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Hunt, Huckins, Back Cove Big Winners in Newport

The Hunt 63, the Huckins Sportsman 38, and the Back Cove 39O were big winners at the Newport boat show, all collecting awards in various categories. The electric outboard by Flux Marine won an award in the show’s green products category. The awards are part of the show’s Newport For New Products showcase, open to domestic and foreign products that were launched in the U.S. after April 1, 2021, that made their debut at the Newport show. Winners were selected by a panel of judges, industry experts, on the basis of innovation, value to the consumer, safety, and aesthetics. An…

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Grand Banks Consolidates Its Three Brands

Grand Banks just announced that it’s consolidating its three brands – Grand Banks, of course, plus Eastbay and Palm Beach Motoryachts –  under the umbrella of the GB Marine Group. They will all be manufactured in Malaysia; Palm Beach moved there from Australia last year to join the other two brands. And they all will use Mark Richards’ V-Warp hull. Richards used it when it launched his first motoryacht, a Palm Beach 28, in 1998, and he’s been incorporating it on Grand Banks and Eastbays ever since Grand Banks bought out Palm Beach in 2014 and put him in charge…

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Hinckley To Debut New 35 Outboard in Newport

Over the summer, Hinckley delivered hull number one of its new 35 with twin outboards to its proud owner. The boat will make its public debut at the Newport boat show, starting Sept. 16. This newest Hinckley combines the classic looks of the original Picnic Boat with the performance of an outboard vessel. Standard power is twin 300-hp outboards (Mercurys or Yamahas); you can upgrade to 350-hp outboards, from the same companies, and hit a top speed of 48 mph. The new 35 has a range of 300 nm at 35 mph. “This new model is a true Hinckley in…

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The Day the Mississippi Ran Backward

Earlier this week, the Mississippi River ran backward. For the last 70 million years, the Mississippi has flowed from north to south, emptying out in the Gulf of Mexico. But last Sunday, as Hurricane Ida made landfall with 150-mph winds at Port Fourchon, Louisiana, the river reversed course. A U.S. Geological Survey gauge south of New Orleans registered “a negative flow” of the river. It rose seven feet and changed from running about two feet per second going south to half a foot per second going north. “That is extremely uncommon,” said a government hydrologist. Ida devasted the area, leaving…

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Brit Rows Wrong Way Across Atlantic, Solo

Ian Rivers, a 55-year-old veteran of Britain’s Special Air Service, just became the first person to row across the North Atlantic by himself, without any support, without using a GPS and navigating with a sextant. All told, Rivers rowed 3,100 nm from New York to the Isles of Scilly in 85 days on his 27-foot boat. This voyage is “the wrong way,” going against the prevailing winds and  currents. About 500 miles from the end, the boat capsized three times in a storm and Rivers was trapped upside down in the cabin filling with water. He suffered a concussion and some…

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Virginia Oliver: Lobstering at 101 Years Old

Three days a week, Virginia Oliver, 101 years old, gets up at 1:15 a.m., pulls on her boots and goes to work on her son’s lobster boat in Rockland, Maine. Her son, Max, is 76. Virginia’s father was a lobsterman; she’s been working on lobster boats, on and off, since she was 7. Her husband, who died 15 years ago, was a lobsterman. A long time ago, Virginia worked for a printer, but she quit. She wanted to go to work on the boat with her husband. Now, Max hauls the traps and Virginia measures the lobsters, tossing out the…

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