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Veteran Owners Customize New Hunt Ocean 63. See Video

Hunt has launched hull number one of its new Ocean 63 series, with a lot of input from its new owners, experienced cruisers who knew just what they wanted in a blue-water yacht. The owners, Jim and Cindy Cuminale, from Darien, Connecticut, worked with Hunt during the boat’s construction in Taiwan, and during the commissioning at the Hunt yard in Portsmouth, Rhode Island (which it shares with its parent company, Hinckley Yachts). They have been boating most of their adult lives, and most recently owned an Eastbay 50. But they wanted a larger boat, one in the 60-foot range, so…

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Lyman-Morse Launches New C.W. Hood 57

The new, composite-built, custom C.W. Hood 57 was just launched at the Lyman-Morse yard in Thomaston, Maine. With power from twin 1,000-hp Volvo IPS 1350 pod drives, the new Hood is a marriage of classic lines and state-of-the-art performance. Indeed, it tops out at just under 40 knots. With its Down East lines, sharp entry, long sheer and beautiful tumblehome, the Hood 57 is an unusual collaboration, starting with Chris Hood, the head of C.W. Hood Yachts in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Stephens Waring Yacht Design in Belfast, Maine, and  Lyman-Morse. It started when an owner approached Hood about repowering his 26-foot boat,…

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First Two Nordhavn 41s Heading for California

Nordhavn has just shipped the first two hulls of its new 41 world cruiser from the factory in Turkey. They are on their way to the company’s headquarters in Dana Point, California. The smallest vessel in Nordhavn’s fleet, the new 41 is the successor to the Nordhavn 40 that circled the globe in 2001 and 2002. Over the years, Nordhavn built 69 hulls of the 40, the company’s previous smallest passagemaker. It set the world record for a fastest circumnavigation by a production powerboat. So far, the 41 has become something of a home run for the company, setting records…

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Hinckley Building New 35 Outboard with Iconic Looks

Hinckley is building a 35-foot outboard boat that looks pretty much like its iconic Picnic Boat, except for the twin Verados hanging off the stern. Indeed, says Scott Bryant, the company’s VP of sales and marketing, the new 35 “has the Hinckley curves, but with outboard propulsion.” The new 35, already under construction at Hinckley’s yard in Trenton, Maine, on the mainland just across from Mt. Desert Island, is not Hinckley’s first outboard boat. The traditional Down East builder introduced a Sport Boat series two years ago with outboards, first a 40c and then last year a 40x, with more…

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Fall Boat Show Special: We Preview 48 New Boats

This is usually my favorite time of year. The boat show season has started, I can see all the new cruising power boats, catch up with my friends, and feel good about notching one more year on the belt – a combination of a sense of survival and renewal. Well, not this year. In normal times, this would be the second day of the Newport International Boat Show, and I’d be sitting in a tent early in the morning, waiting to find out the winners of the best boats in the show contest. Not this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has…

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New Spirit P70: A Very Special Long-Range Cruiser

Before we get to the basics, let’s consider some numbers about the elegant new Spirit P70 long-range cruiser. Sean McMillan, the head designer and CEO of Spirit, drew 22 exterior profiles of the boat before the owner signed off one. It took three men seven months to varnish the mahogany interior. It took eight craftsmen three years to build the boat. The boat has a range of 1,000 nm at its cruising speed of 18 knots, something the owner stipulated so that he could cruise from his home port of Southampton in the U.K. to the Baltic without having to…

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Our 200th Issue! Plus, Trends 2020

Welcome to the 200th edition of Cruising Odyssey, the weekly digital newsletter that celebrates the idea of living the dream under power. Two hundred weeks. Who’d have thought? Well, when we (George Day, our publisher; Scott Akerman, our ad director, and me as editor) started this enterprise, we never really had a longevity discussion. We hoped Cruising Odyssey, the newsletter and the associated website, would catch on, but we never really considered a timeline for that. As things turned out, we hit a nerve –  the right idea at the right time. The growing power cruising audience was more than…

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New Bering 70 Takes 1,200-nm, 12-Day Summer Cruise

In a successful effort to show what’s possible in a 12-day cruise, the leaders of Bering Yachts took a new Bering 70 steel-hulled expedition yacht on a 1,200 nm trip around Turkey’s Turquoise and Aegean coasts earlier this summer. With a two-person crew moving the yacht at night, they spent the days exploring historic sites, visiting waterfront restaurants, swimming in remote coves, and generally having the time of their lives. (See the video below.) Berings are built in Antalya, Turkey, and the cruise started and ended there. Alexey Mikhailov, the company’s president, said, “We wanted to demonstrate that a fast…

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New 60-foot Luxury Cat Carries a Mini Sub

Officina Armare, the upscale Italian design firm, has just unveiled its latest head-turning custom yacht: a 60-foot luxury catamaran called Project Aquanaut that carries its own two-person submarine. The design studio says it was “heavily influenced” by the looks of a Ford Bronco, and calls the new 45-knot cat an  SUV of the sea. The cat does have a low, sporty, boxy, and very aggressive profile, and it’s clearly meant for versatility and adventure. It will be built to order by Licia Yachts in Turkey. Powered by twin 800-hp Volvo IPS1050 pod drives, the Aquanaut tops out at 45 knots…

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No Boat Shows? The Boats Will Come To You

No boat shows? No problem. Many of the traditional fall boat shows have been closed, or changed to virtual, on-line versions of their past lives, fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic. But boat companies are nothing if mobile, and if you can’t go to shows to see their new boats, they’ll bring their new boats to you. Or at least to a controlled space that’s relatively close to you. Here’s a look at what some of them are doing: Hinckley Yachts is hosting showcases in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Stamford, Connecticut, and Annapolis. These will be semi-private, limited-access events, using Hinckley…

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