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Mike Straub Completes Loop on Sea-Doo

Mike Straub, a very determined software developer from Omaha, Nebraska, just completed the Great Loop on his 12-foot Sea-Doo. Straub started on June 9 from Bellevue, just south of Omaha on the Missouri River, and put more than 6,000 miles under his hull until he crossed his wake on the Missouri earlier this week. Straub wrote on his Facebook page, Sea Doo Looper, that he’s now going up the Missouri and plans to arrive back in Omaha on Saturday. For Straub, the Loop was hardly a whim. He believes in living his passion. A few years ago, he drove across the…

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Four Winns Launches New 36-foot Cat

Four Winns, now part of the massive Beneteau Group, just unveiled its totally new TH36 catamaran at the Cannes Yachting Festival. Based in Cadillac, Michigan, Four Winns says the TH36 is the first in a new line of power catamarans. The TH36 has two cabins, with two heads, below and can be powered by twin 300-hp or 350-hp outboards. The new cat is a truly international effort. Four Winns hired the Garroni Design studio in Italy to develop the lines for the TH catamaran series, and French naval architect Marc Lombard to create the stable and efficient hull shape. “At…

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Big Newport Show Opens Sept. 15

The Newport International Boat Show, marking the start of the big show season on the East Coast, starts on Thursday, Sept. 15, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 18. One of the largest and most important shows in the United States, the Newport show covers 14 acres in historic Newport, Rhode Island, centered around the Newport Yachting Center downtown. The Newport show has always been one of my favorites, because almost all of the news boats are there, and then, well, because it’s in Newport, one of the iconic boating destinations in the world. This year the show, the 51st annual,…

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Lazzara Unveils New 67 Sport Express Yacht

Lazzara Yachts, based in Tampa, just unveiled a new Limited Edition LSX 67 that it calls the ultimate “sport express yacht.” Lazzara will launch the new 67 at the Miami show, starting next February 15. The new LSX 67 has some innovative features, particularly a full-beam master stateroom that has direct access to the aft deck entertainment area and a beach club, something that is usually only seen in superyachts. There’s even an uninterrupted view aft via a sliding glass door, plus views port and starboard through large windows. The beach club effect is enhanced with unusually large, wing-shaped terraces…

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Norway Euthanizes Freya. Questions Follow

The Norwegian government euthanized Freya, the 1,300-pound walrus who became a beloved media celebrity by climbing on boats around Oslo, earlier this week. They said they acted because too many people insisted on getting too close Freya, including people swimming near her to take selfies and throw things at her. The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries said that euthanizing Freya was their only option when people did not heed the directorate’s warnings to leave the wild animal alone. “We have great regard for animal welfare,” said Frank Vakke-Jensen, the head of the directorate, “but human life and safety must take precedence.”…

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Elling Launches New 65 Long-Range Cruiser

Elling Yachts in The Netherlands has launched its new flagship, a 65-foot, luxurious long-range cruiser. Powered by a single 900-hp Volvo, the new E6 has a range of 2,500 at 9 knots, and 1,000 nm at 15 knots. That’s enough, the company says, to cruise from Amsterdam to Iceland on one tank of fuel. Even if Iceland is not on your cruising plans, you can still go from New York to Miami, say, without bothering to stop at a fuel dock along the way. And, with Elling’s low-slung profile, you could even duck inside and go under some bridges on…

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Seakeeper Launches New Boat Leveling System

Seakeeper just launched its new Ride, a boat-leveling system that eliminates up to 70 percent of a boat’s pitch and roll underway on boats up to 35 feet. Seekeeper is calling Ride a Vessel Attitude Control System; it uses two controllers that are mounted on the transom below the waterline and generate lift by intercepting the flow of water as it leaves the hull. They use proprietary sensing to measure how the boat is behaving and then deploy rotary blades to counteract the boat’s pitch, roll and yaw. They are different from trim tabs or vertical interceptors. The Seakeeper’s rotary…

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Fluid Motion Launches New Solara Line

Fluid Motion, the Kent, Washington, company that makes Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats, just announced that it’s launching a new brand, called Solara, starting with four trailerable models with innovative and versatile layouts. “Solara is our new luxury adventure line of boats that are fast, fun, and ready for action,” says John Livingston, the president of Solara Boats (and Fluid Motion). “These new boats are turn-key, so owners can start having fun the moment their boat hits the water.” The first four boats are the Solara 250 Coupe (pictured below), Solara 250 Center Walkaround, Solara 250 Dual Console, and the…

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Sabre Launches New (Classic) 43 SE

Sabre just launched its brand-new 43 Salon Express, a classic Sabre with Downeast lines outside and state-of-the-art power and high-tech networking inside. To introduce it latest cruiser, Sabre held an open house for dealers and customers in Portland, Maine, not far from the Sabre factory. My Cruising Odyssey partner, George Day, was there, and reported back that the 43 has everything you’d expect in a new Sabre, while “the fit and finish of hull number one are impeccable.” The new 43 is designed for a couple or a small family, and it can handle everything from cocktail cruises around the…

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Nordhavn 40 “Embracing Life” Crosses Atlantic

On Tuesday, Philippe Guglielmetti, 50, landed in Barcelona, Spain, some 4,300 nm from his starting point in Miami, on his Nordhavn 40 Embracing Life. An Atlantic crossing is a major event for anyone, but particularly for Guglielmetti, who has been in a wheelchair since May, 2015, when he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. An adventuresome spirit, Guglielmetti, who lives next to a canal in Miami, wanted to cross the ocean on his own boat. He bought the Nordhavn, a 2001 model, in February, and had it outfitted so he could be comfortable on board, adding a helm chair, active stabilizers and…

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