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Driver Ejected; Boat Circles. See Video

Two boaters who were ejected from their 24-foot center console in Marshfield, Massachusetts, were rescued by a good Samaritan nearby, but their boat kept running in a “circle of death” until Sea Tow managed to foul the prop and pull the emergency cut-off switch. A dramatic video by the Marshfield Police Department shows the boat continuing to run in a tight circle after the boaters were ejected and saved. (You can see the video below.) The police said the problems started about 10 in the morning when the harbor master got a call from Dana Blackman, the captain of the…

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Iguana Launches New 30-foot Sport Amphib

Iguana just launched its latest amphibian, a 30-foot Sport model that can hold 12 passengers and hit a top speed of 4 mph on the ground and 48 knots on the water. The new Iguana from the innovative French builder is designed with an open deck layout and is meant to be able to cruise in comfort and style. There’s seating all around, with two at the helm, more forward, and even more in the U-shaped settee aft. The Sport has a 10-foot beam, so it offers a stable ride offshore, and it can hold up to twin 350-hp outboards.…

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U-Boat Worx Plans 115-foot Super Sub

U-Boat Worx, the Dutch company that’s been making personal submersibles since 2005, just unveiled plans for a 115-foot electric super-sub that it says “has been designed to host the most prestigious and memorable events on the planet.” That may be a bit of hyperbole, but the new UWEP, or Under Water Entertainment Platform, would certainly let you channel your inner James Bond, at the very least. It can hold 120 passengers (plus crew), cruise underwater for up to 24 hours at 4 knots, and dive down to 650 feet, all under battery power. The company suggests that the UWEP could…

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Sleek New Q52 from Vripack and Qnatic

The sleek, stunning, head-turning Q52 from Vripac, the Dutch design studio, was originally meant to be a superyacht tender, but it can just as easily serve as a weekend (or longer) luxury cruiser. The boat was built by Qnatic, the Dutch family-owned yard, and it has a large owner’s cabin that can sleep two (with a double bed that can be converted to two twins, if necessary), plus a forward dinette that can sleep two more on a U-shaped couch that converts to a double bed. A glass shading wall separates the large shower from the day head. Vripack says…

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Rhea Launches New 45-Knot 32 Cruiser

Rhea Marine, the well-regarded French builder, just launched its first, all-new 32 Timonier, a solid 45-knot cruiser with more than a touch of style and character. The new 32 is powered by two 350-hp Suzuki outboards that promise speed plus a lot of fun behind the wheel. And there’s a lot to like here. The latest Rhea has deep bulwarks, walkaround decks, boarding gates, and a sliding door next to the helm so the captain has easy access to the side deck for line handling and docking. Rich in details, with just enough teak to keep traditionalists happy, the Rhea…

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Axopar Launches Long, Low, Lean 45

Axopar has just launched its new flagship 45 XC Cross Cabin, an adventure cruiser that tops out at 45 knots with three fuel-efficient 300-hp Mercury Verado outboards. This latest and largest Axopar is long, low and lean, with a beam of only 13’ 6” and it shares the company’s increasingly popular lineup of fast boats that now starts at 22 feet. The innovative builder from Finland says the 45 is aimed at owners who want the same adventuresome spirit of smaller Axopars, but with more interior volume and deck space. Axopar says the 45 is an alternative to larger and…

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After Stroke, Nordhavn Owner To Cross Atlantic

In May, 2015, Philippe Guglielmetti, who was then running a 3-D printing business in San Francisco, was taking a vacation in Paris. He suffered a hemorrhagic stroke; it was so bad that when he got to the hospital he could only move a finger. Now, after years of rehab, therapy and a spirit that doesn’t know how to quit, Guglielmetti is starting a trip from his new home in Miami across the Atlantic on his 2001 Nordhavn 40, appropriately named Embracing Life. He’s not only going across the Atlantic, to Lisbon, but he’s making a roundtrip, coming back to New…

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Sergio Davi Finishes 9,201-nm Voyage in LA

In a major triumph for one man’s will and determination, Sergio Davi, a 65-year-old Italian adventurer, just arrived in Los Angeles, completing his 9,201-nm voyage from Sicily on his 37-foot RIB. Davi was greeted at the dock by officials from Suzuki, the Italian consulate in LA, and some fishermen from Terrasihi, a small fishing village near Palermo, where Davi started his trip on Dec. 15. The route took Davi along three continents (Europe, Africa and the Americas), and included a 6-day, 8-hour, 1,770-nm crossing of the Atlantic from Cape Verde off Africa to French Guyana in South America. The boat,…

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Wellcraft Comes Back with 355 Adventure Cruiser

Wellcraft is coming back – back, at least, to the world of fast cruising boats where it once was a major player. Now owned by the Beneteau Group, Wellcraft just announced that it’s making a new 35-foot cruiser, powered by three outboards with 1,050-hp as part of a new direction. We’ll have more details in a few weeks, and the first boat, the Wellcraft 355 (pictured above), will be displayed at the Cannes show in September. I well remember Wellcraft’s heyday in the 1980s, when Bob Long was running the company, Irwin Jacobs owned it, and Don Johnson, aka Sonny…

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Captain Sets Autopilot, Leaves Helm, Boat Crashes

The captain of a fishing boat set the autopilot as it was heading out of the St. Marys River Channel south of Cumberland Island, Georgia, last June, and then went below to talk on his cell phone, leaving the helm unattended. A few minutes later, the 78-foot boat ran into the channel’s north jetty and subsequently sank, leaking more than 2,000 gallons of fuel and oil into the water. The National Transportation Safety Board just issued its report about the accident, concluding that “leaving the wheelhouse unattended is imprudent, especially when navigating areas like the St. Marys entrance, which included…

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