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Revolutionary New Hybrid Propulsion System on Adler Suprema 76: Cross the Atlantic at 8 Knots Without Refueling By Peter A. Janssen In a major move forward for hybrid technology, the Adler Suprema 76 now has a trans-Atlantic range of 3,400 nm on a single tank of fuel at 8 knots, using its own propulsion system combining electric, hybrid or twin diesel power. Adler’s new HMS (Hybrid Marine Solutions) lets the captain choose among the three systems, but its default mode is fully automatic, and the boat simply accelerates through the most efficient system at the time. The new carbon-fiber, semi-displacement…

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Fishermen Jump Over the Side as Bayliner Runs Into Their Boat: Frightening Video By Peter A. Janssen This is one of the most graphic, you-are-there videos I’ve ever seen, a real nightmare that easily could have been fatal, but wasn’t. We know about it because it was captured, from start to finish, by a GoPro camera mounted on the deck of a 20-foot Weldcraft fishing boat that was run down by a 31-foot Bayliner near the mouth of the Columbia River last summer. Although the circumstances here may be unique, because we can see them unfold in real time, this…

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Fountaine Pajot MY 44 Named Best Passagemaker in London Awards Ceremony By Peter A. Janssen When he took us (George Day, our publisher, and me) through the new Fountaine Pajot MY 44 at the Fort Lauderdale boat show two months ago, Laurent Fabre, the U.S. head of the French company, talked about the “wow factor,” particularly the owner’s stateroom in the cat’s port hull. He was right; you could hold a party down there. But we thought then that the “wow factor” applied to the whole boat – and now a lot of other people agree with us. In fact,…

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Here’s a Guide to the Big Miami Shows (All of Them) in February By Peter A. Janssen You’ll find lot of changes at the Miami boat shows (all of them) next month. The big yacht show along Collins Avenue has rebranded itself so it’s now officially called the Miami Yacht Show, although it’s in exactly the same place but with some nicer amenities. It also has a sub-show for superyachts, available by invitation only, down on Watson Island. Meanwhile, the big Miami Boat Show down on Virginia Key, which used to be only for powerboats, now has incorporated what used…

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How Will the New Tax Law Affect Boat Owners? By Peter A. Janssen The other shoe has dropped. The House and Senate worked out their differences and passed the new tax reform package, and President Trump just signed it. Here’s what it means to boat owners: Second-Home Deduction: The new law preserves the mortgage interest deduction on first and second homes (and boats and RVs that have the equivalent of a bedroom, bathroom and cooking facilities), but it lowers the cap from $1 million to $750,000 for new mortgages. It does not affect any existing mortgages. The preservation of this…

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Cruising to Remote but Beautiful Stuart Island in the San Juans on a Ranger Tug 29 By Peter A. Janssen One of the best things about cruising is that no matter how long you’ve done it, there’s always someplace new to go – a new island, a new cove, a new destination somewhere. Exploring places, seeing new things, having new experiences is basically what it’s all about. All this is particularly true for Jim and Lisa Favors, from Traverse City, Michigan, who’ve already done the Great Loop and trailered their Ranger Tugs 27 pocket cruiser across most of the U.S.,…

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Life on the Loop: Heading South for the Winter – Plus Brunch at Tacky Jack’s and Pizza and Popcorn for Dinner By Peter A. Janssen This is the time of year when the annual migration of cruising boats from the Great Lakes and Midwest reaches the Gulf Coast, having moved down the Mississippi and the Tombigbee, looking for warmer weather. The movement is timed to the end of the hurricane season, for insurance (as well as safety) reasons, and means that a large group of Loopers are now gathering in the Mobile and Pensacola area before cruising farther south around…

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Holiday Boat Parades, from Virginia to California, With Advice About How To Stay Safe By Peter A. Janssen Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s full speed ahead for the holiday season. And for boat owners, that means holiday boat parades, where people decorate their boats in everything from simple strands of lights to Hollywood-like productions filled with Santas and reindeer and almost anything else you can imagine. Most of the parades end, of course, with parties back on shore, which are at least half the fun. For those of us in the north, it’s getting too cold for…

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Will Boat Owners Lose a Tax Break? Or Will Tax Reform Put More Money in Your Pocket? By Peter A. Janssen Is owning a boat – or taking out a loan to own a boat – about to become more expensive? The answer is yes, according to the tax reform bill recently passed by the House. It would end the mortgage interest deduction for second homes (which also applies to boats and RVs, as long as they have facilities for sleeping, eating and bathing). The Senate version of the bill, passed by the Finance Committee last week, retains the current…

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The Best Boats for Cruising the Loop: From 86 to 25 Feet By Peter A. Janssen The wide – and healthy – variety of U.S. cruising, particularly Great Loop cruising, has come into focus recently with two unrelated events. On the one hand, at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Outer Reef celebrated the debut of its 86-foot Deluxbridge Skylounge yacht, designed specifically for the Great Loop. On the other, Pat and Patty Anderson, a retired lawyer and school teacher from Birch Bay, Washington, celebrated their completion of the Loop, after 226 days, on their 12-year-old, 25-foot Cape Dory Daydream…

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