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    Ask the Boater
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    It’s spring, and you cant wait to get your boat back in the water.  Not so fast… BoatUS had an article recently, What’s Really in Your Marina Contract, that was very helpful.  Many of us just sign these contracts thinking they are a standard stock contract without realizing that they have been modified and there can be potential negative impact. Marina owners are now trying to shift more responsibility to slip holders.  In some of the cases, it can void certain areas of your boat owner’s insurance, and in others, it can leave gaps that make you responsible. The best…
  • Floating restaurant sinks on the Thames at Richmond

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    Isobel Smith
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    RNLI crews attended the scene at 1am on Friday morning after reports that a floating restaurant and barge were sinking on Richmond riverfrontA floating restaurant on Richmond riverfront has completely sunk after the pontoon it was attached to failed to rise with the tide. Volunteer crews from Teddington Lifeboat Station attended the scene at 1am on Friday morning after it emerged that The Boat Restaurant was sinking into the river, while another was listing severely to one side. Up to 40 rowing boats were also attached to the pontoon and an employee from the hire company was seen desperately…
  • Voiles de Saint Barths – the model for a perfect regatta?

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    Matthew Sheahan
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Matthew Sheahan joins the fleet at a Caribbean regatta that is continuing to grow its reputationWhen the renowned saxophonist Jubel climbed onto the table and belted out his live sax solo to Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ the party kicked off. Fuelled by a plentiful supply of rose wine and the most superb lunch with sushi starters and a feast of a BBQ to follow, for once I had to admit that I was happier ashore than I could possibly have been afloat. And that takes some doing when you’re surrounded by a decent breeze, bright sunshine and great surfing waves in the turquoise waters of the…
  • Crew Retook Italian Fishing Boat Seized Near Libya, Navy Says

    NYT > Boats and Boating
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    After their vessel was stopped and boarded 55 miles off Misurata, crew members were able to overpower a Libyan gunman and set sail for home, the Italian Navy said.
  • More Tall Ship Troubles – Liana’s Ransome Abandon Ship!

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    Peter A. Mello
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:58 pm
    For the second post in a row, I’m back to our friends at GCaptain where they report another tall ship disaster. Admittedly I know nothing about this ship nor the details of the incident but this type of headline grabbing news is not good for the sail training industry and particularly those programs and vessels that are run professionally and competently and do the right thing. However, from their own Facebook page it seems that this voyage was cursed from the start. Filed under: maritime
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  • Marina Contract Worries

    Ask the Boater
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:16 am
    It’s spring, and you cant wait to get your boat back in the water.  Not so fast… BoatUS had an article recently, What’s Really in Your Marina Contract, that was very helpful.  Many of us just sign these contracts thinking they are a standard stock contract without realizing that they have been modified and there can be potential negative impact. Marina owners are now trying to shift more responsibility to slip holders.  In some of the cases, it can void certain areas of your boat owner’s insurance, and in others, it can leave gaps that make you responsible. The best…
  • Start Off 2015 With Boating Goodies

    Ask the Boater
    3 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Perhaps you have a little extra holiday money you received as gifts or gift cards.  What better way to start off your 2015 boating year, than acquiring a few of these goodies:       Most of these have free shipping. [list icon=”play”] Keep things neat with Non-spill wine / cocktail glasses Look debonair in your Captain’s Cap or perhaps this one for the First Mate A waterproof cell phone case is a good insurance policy Be safer with a portable spotlight Who doesn’t need a new pair of Sperry boat shoes? [/list]  
  • Just in Time for Winterizing

    Ask the Boater
    14 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    BoatUS is offering a free 15-Page Boater’s Guide To Winterizing. We all know that water expands and can cause a boat engine block to crack, damage hoses, refrigeration, etc.  If you are rushing through getting your boat put up for the winter, you could cause yourself much additional work and expense.  Many learn the hard way and are more careful in the following year.  In an effort to help folks, BoatUS has a free guide which includes a great checklist and information about storing and winterizing your boat.  
  • Blue Moon in the Great Lakes

    Ask the Boater
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Peter Sepetanc took this photo of Blue Moon in Amherstburg Ontario. It  came from Lake Erie into the mouth of the Detroit River between the mainland and Boblo island this morning at 8 am.
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  • Floating restaurant sinks on the Thames at Richmond

    Isobel Smith
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    RNLI crews attended the scene at 1am on Friday morning after reports that a floating restaurant and barge were sinking on Richmond riverfrontA floating restaurant on Richmond riverfront has completely sunk after the pontoon it was attached to failed to rise with the tide. Volunteer crews from Teddington Lifeboat Station attended the scene at 1am on Friday morning after it emerged that The Boat Restaurant was sinking into the river, while another was listing severely to one side. Up to 40 rowing boats were also attached to the pontoon and an employee from the hire company was seen desperately…
  • Dismasted yacht gets a helping hand from Brittany Ferries

    Isobel Smith
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:55 am
    The dismasted yacht was spotted during a crossing from Caen to Portsmouth on Sunday eveningA passenger on board captured the incident on their mobileA dismasted yacht in the Channel had a bit of luck on Sunday after passengers on board a Brittany Ferries ship noticed the vessel was in distress. The Mont St Michael had been heading to Portsmouth from Caen and was 3/4 of the way through its journey when a passenger is believed to have alerted the captain to the yacht at around 5pm. Related articles Solo sailor rescued after yacht grounds on rocks Four boaters rescued after vessel sinks off…
  • Vandals ransack motorboat before making off with rare outboard engine

    Isobel Smith
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:18 am
    Devon and Cornwall Police are searching for the thieves who ransacked a motorboat near Plymouth following the incident earlier this monthPolice in Devon are appealing for information after vandals ransacked a motorboat in Plymstock and stole its rare outboard engine. The thieves cut through mesh fencing at the Plymouth Marine Centre in Pomphlett Road between 5.30pm on April 7 and 7am the next day. Related articles Thieves make off with 49 outboard engines after breaking into sailing club Man convicted over multiple outboard engine thefts Once inside, the offenders targeted a Gobbi 19 limited…
  • Clipper sailor to tackle North Pole rugby world record

    Natalie Davies
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:17 am
    An intrepid Clipper sailor and his squad will trek 100 miles over sea ice to play rugby SevensClipper sailor Ollie Phillips on GREAT Britain yachtA former Clipper sailor will attempt to set a world record by playing a game of rugby in the North Pole. Ollie Phillips, the former England Sevens, Gloucester and Stade Francais winger, completed the 40,000-mile Clipper Ocean Race in July 2014 on board the GREAT Britain yacht during an injury break from playing rugby. Ollie, a Clipper Race ambassador, said: “Doing the Clipper Race gave me the confidence that I could handle extreme conditions and…
  • Solo sailor rescued after yacht grounds on rocks in thick fog

    Isobel Smith
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:08 am
    RNLI crews from Torbay went to the aid of the stricken sailor on Monday eveningCredit: Torbay CoastguardA solo sailor had to be rescued on Monday evening after his yacht ran aground on rocks in dense fog near Torbay. The man had been headed to the area after setting sail from Exmouth when his engine failed and the yacht hit rocks off Meadfoot beach while under sail. Related articles Four boaters rescued after vessel sinks off Exmouth Missing sailor rescued after more than 60 days stranded at sea A volunteer lifeboat crew from Torbay RNLI attended the scene, reaching him shortly before 9pm.
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  • Voiles de Saint Barths – the model for a perfect regatta?

    Matthew Sheahan
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Matthew Sheahan joins the fleet at a Caribbean regatta that is continuing to grow its reputationWhen the renowned saxophonist Jubel climbed onto the table and belted out his live sax solo to Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ the party kicked off. Fuelled by a plentiful supply of rose wine and the most superb lunch with sushi starters and a feast of a BBQ to follow, for once I had to admit that I was happier ashore than I could possibly have been afloat. And that takes some doing when you’re surrounded by a decent breeze, bright sunshine and great surfing waves in the turquoise waters of the…
  • If I had a hammer . . . a winter voyage to South Georgia by Skip Novak

    Belinda Bird
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:50 am
    A winter voyage to South Georgia had seemed like a great idea to Skip Novak and his crew aboard Pelagic Australis. But now ice was accumulating on deck and in the rig at an alarming rateIt was extraordinary how quickly ice accumulated on sails, guardwires and riggingNo matter how well you think you have prepared for a voyage, there are always things that slip through the net. Usually they are minor items that didn’t make the final hitlist as preoccupied minds were concentrating on the big picture. On this occasion, halfway to South Georgia from the Falklands Islands, and having crossed the…
  • Why now is the right time for America’s Cup change

    Matthew Sheahan
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Damned if they do, damned if they don’t, there is one thing that’s for certain in the America’s Cup - Win it and you’ll never be as popular again, especially with future challengers, says Matthew SheahanDebate and disagreement go hand in hand with the oldest trophy in international sport, often because a wealthy individual is considered to be trying to outspend the competition. But rarely is there an outburst over reducing costs. From having been an avid follower of the event for decades, to my first Cup in Auckland in 2002, (after which I’ve covered every one since, including…
  • A multihull for the French classic the Tour Voile? Meet the Diam 24, a VPLP-designed 24ft trimaran

    Yachting World
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    Organisers of the Tour de France à la Voile hope to revitalise the team event by revamping the format and choosing a 24ft trimaran. James Boyd takes a close look at the boatThe Diam 24 should have a better performance than the M34. Photos: Jean Marie Liot/ASOIf the change from monohulls to foiling cats was dramatic in the America’s Cup, an equally profound transformation is to take place next year in one of France’s leading events, the Tour de France à la Voile or ‘Tour Voile’. Since it was first held in 1978, sailing’s answer to the Tour de France, the famous cycle race,…
  • Gallery: Highlights from the Les Voiles de Saint Barth regatta

    Harriett Robinson
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    This week we have been indundated with beautiful sailing photography from Christophe Jouanay. Taken at the Les Voiles de Saint Barth this year amidst clear skies and classic trade winds, we take a look at some of our favourites... The post Gallery: Highlights from the Les Voiles de Saint Barth regatta appeared first on Yachting World.
 
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  • More Tall Ship Troubles – Liana’s Ransome Abandon Ship!

    Peter A. Mello
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:58 pm
    For the second post in a row, I’m back to our friends at GCaptain where they report another tall ship disaster. Admittedly I know nothing about this ship nor the details of the incident but this type of headline grabbing news is not good for the sail training industry and particularly those programs and vessels that are run professionally and competently and do the right thing. However, from their own Facebook page it seems that this voyage was cursed from the start. Filed under: maritime
  • Costa Concordia – The Ghost Ship Video

    Peter A. Mello
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Our friends at GCaptain.com had an interesting post today: This (Illegal) ‘Urbex’ Video from Inside the Costa Concordia Wreck is Super Creepy  Here’s the video but make sure you visit their website for more explanation and for a link to a photo gallery. Strange. Interesting. Spooky.Filed under: maritime, social media
  • More than two years? Are you kidding me?

    Peter A. Mello
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    I can’t believe that it’s been over 2 years since I last posted on Sea-Fever blog! Time to get back in the wheelhouse, throw off the lines and cruise the digital seas for great flotsam and jetsam. Let’s see if I’ve still got my sea legs.Filed under: maritime
  • It’s Moby-Dick Marathon Time!

    Peter A. Mello
    5 Jan 2013 | 8:30 am
    You really should try to make the Moby-Dick Marathon which begins shortly at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. It’s a great and unique experience in one of America’s most historic downtown districts. The event starts at noon and runs all through the night until about midday tomorrow. The majority of the reading takes place in the museum but this afternoon the crowd ambles across the street to the historic Seamen’s Bethel which is always a highlight. Get there early because the pews are as full as an Easter Sunday service! In case you can’t make it, the museum has set up…
  • The Blink of an Eye – Building Boats with Kids (video)

    Peter A. Mello
    3 Jan 2013 | 5:56 pm
    Jamestown Distributors and Off Center Harbor.com produced this great video about building boats with kids. It’s definitely worth watching and is guaranteed to generate a smile or two. Enjoy.Filed under: Education, Experiential education, life, maritime Tagged: boat building, Jamestown Distributors
 
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  • Asia Tankers | VLCC Rates Could Climb on Possible Renewed Chartering

    Reuters
    18 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    By Keith Wallis SINGAPORE, April 17 (Reuters) – Rates for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) on key Asian routes are likely to hold steady or climb next week if charterers release their May fixture programme amid tighter supply of tonnage, brokers said. “Owners are very bullish. They have managed to hold the line even without any real cargo,” said a Singapore-based VLCC broker on Friday. Charterers were generally holding back the release of May cargoes, although the National Shipping Co of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) and China’s Unipec were active this week, according to ship…
  • Solstad’s Norce Endeavor Wins Gulf of Thailand Work from Chevron

    Rob Almeida
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:35 am
    Image: Solstad Solstad Offshore’s Derrick/Lay Barge (DLB) Norce Endeavor has just earned a contract with Chevron’s subsidiaries in Thailand for a 200-day offshore installation campaign commencing in 2016. The Norce Endeavour will install multiple new wellhead platforms (WHPs) and subsea pipelines in the Gulf of Thailand including fourteen WHP’s (Well Head Platforms) and fifteen pipelines. Solstad will provide project management, engineering, procurement and logistics from their Singapore office. In the meantime, the vessel is currently preparing to commence…
  • Countdown to Mass Protest Begins as Shell’s Arctic Drilling Rig Arrives in Puget Sound

    Rob Almeida
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:54 am
    Screen shot via YouTube Greenpeace’s “Mosquito Fleet” in Port Angeles harbor in Puget Sound greeted the arctic-class semisubmersible drilling rig Polar Pioneer as it arrived aboard the heavy lift ship Blue Marlin on Friday 17 April 2015. Polar Pioneer from Peninsula Daily News Video News on Vimeo. Locals are protesting Shell’s arctic drilling ambitions which are set to restart this summer after the Polar Pioneer is subsequently transported to Alaska. Before it heads north however, the Polar Pioneer will be brought to Seattle where “direct action” is planned…
  • Offshore Drilling Contractor Schahin Seeking Bankruptcy Protection

    Bloomberg
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:09 pm
    (c) Grupo Schahin (Bloomberg) — Grupo Schahin filed for Brazil’s equivalent of Chapter 11, becoming the latest Petroleo Brasileiro SA contractor to seek protection from creditors as a corruption probe and a rout in oil prices limit access to funding. Schahin, which owns building and oil rig companies, has about 6.5 billion reais ($2.12 billion) in debt, it said in an e-mailed statement Friday. The so-called judicial recovery request involves 28 of its companies and the group intends to abandon engineering and construction activities to focus in oil. Newspaper Valor Economico reported…
  • Baltic Dry Index has been flirting with all time lows – Isn’t that good news?

    Basil Karatzas
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Image (c) Karatzas Photographie Maritime Visiting with clients in shipping during recent trips to Europe, one can positively see the angst and anguish emanating from the state of the dry bulk market. Most segments of dry bulk vessels for several months now barely earn enough to cover their operating expenses and this has been worrying to shipowners active in the sector. Back-of-the-envelope estimates, average spot earnings for capesize vessels in the six months have been below $6,000 pd while a market estimate of such vessel’s daily OpEx is approximately $7,500 pd, implying that the…
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  • Is Your Boat Name On The List?

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    The BoatUS Top Ten Boat Name List BoatUS has released its annual top 10 list of boat names. And while this year's top ten is mostly comprised of boat names you’ve seen on previous lists, it does seem to include one or two new entries this year. The question is: Is your boat name on the list?Here is the press release from BoatUS about the top ten boat names, along with a photo of one of the boat names on an embroidered shirt from BoatNameGear.com…  Big and small, power or sail, there are many different kinds of boats and so many different kinds of boat owners. But the one thing…
  • SailQuest Boat Show Returns To Mystic Shipyard

    20 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    MYSTIC SHIPYARD TO HOST 8TH ANNUAL SAILQUEST BOAT SHOW - TO SUPPORT SAILS UP 4 CANCER, MAY 1-3, 2015SailQuest Boat Show Companies announced recently that Mystic Shipyard will be the location for its annual boutique boat show to be held May 1-3, 2015. This family-oriented show will feature new sailboats, trawlers, downeast-style powerboats, kayaks, paddle boards and select brokerage yachts for sale, from 12 to over 50 feet long. Located in the heart of historic Mystic, Connecticut, Mystic Shipyard is offering free parking and free admission to the show.“We are excited to hold SailQuest…
  • Cartagena International Boat Show (CIBS)

    19 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    There's a big boat show this weekend, and if you're looking to escape the lingering cold weather that we're still experiencing here in much of the northern United States, this event is something you should consider. We just received this press release and frankly, our staff was tempted to book a flight to Columbia...Boaters and boating enthusiasts will gather at the annual Cartagena International Boat Show on March 21-23, 2015 to see, try and buy the latest industry offerings. Celebrating its third year, the trade show is the ideal place to discover the best of the best in the world of…
  • The 2014 Norwalk Boat Show

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    The National Marine Manufacturers Association brings its boat show to ConnecticutThe largest in-water boat show in our home state of Connecticut starts this week. The annual Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show starts this Thursday, September 18th, at Norwalk Cove Marina, and runs through Sunday the 21st. The show hours are 10 am to 6 pm each day. With Newport now in the rear-view mirror, this is the best show to check out next in the Northeast, especially for powerboat enthusiasts and paddlers. Prices and special offersFull story » Read more boating news like this. Visit DailyBoater.com…
  • National Safe Boating Week 2014

    16 May 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Fatalities are down two years in a row. Keep up the momentum and kick off the boating season with safety in mind... Photo Courtesy of The U.S. Coast Guard. It's that time of year again, when safety organizations around the country celebrate National Safe Boating Week, with a healthy dose of reminders and warnings to boaters to be careful out there this summer.  It's probably no coincidence that Safe Boating Week begins a week before boating season officially kicks off with Memorial Day Weekend, one of the busiest weekends of the year for recreational boating... Full story » Read…
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  • Spring Freshwater Fishing – Tactics and Strategies

    Michael Perulli
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Spring is officially upon us and the weather is finally starting to warm up in the northern parts of the country, which can only mean one thing: spring fishing! Spring is arguably the best time of year to fish for many freshwater species. In this week’s post, we will breakdown the some of the most prized freshwater fish to target this spring.  Smallmouth Bass Where to find them: Since the water is still relatively cold from the winter, you can look for smallmouth bass to be in shallow water, where it’s the warmest, particularly if there is an area with a dropoff into deeper…
  • Shark Tank’s Best On-Water Inventions

    Colleen Richardson
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Zup Watersports Board Shark Tank, the popular ABC network reality show features aspiring entrepreneurs making business presentations to a panel of “shark” investors including Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, and Lori Greiner. We decided to round up “shark tank” products perfect for a day on the water. Check out the ones below & tell us your favorites. ZUP Watersports Board The ZUP™ Watersports Board lets you experience all types of watersports on one board, from kneeling, laying, standing, surfing and more! It can be pulled behind any…
  • Teach Your Kids to Fish This Summer at a Wildlife Refuge!

    Discover Boating
    2 Apr 2015 | 2:26 pm
    There are few things that can bring a family together like quality time in the great outdoors. This summer, you can enjoy the wonders of nature while teaching your child a time-honored pastime by attending a learn-to-fish even on a wildlife refuge. The full list of events is below and they are happening all across the country, so be sure to plan ahead and mark your calendars now! Fishing Frenzy April 11, 8 a.m. to noon — Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, CO Children ages 3-15 and their families can enjoy free fishing, education and crafts at the refuge’s Lake Mary. This…
  • Top Family Spring Break Destinations for Boating

    Colleen Richardson
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s that time of year when the kids have school off and parents are ready for a warm weather break. Here’s our list of some of the top spring break destinations perfect for family fun and plenty of opportunities to get on the water. Carlsbad, California Photo Credit: VisitCarlsbad.com Located 30 minutes north of San Diego, is the SoCal town of Carlsbad, offering pristine temperatures and waterways. Carlsbad Lagoon is similar to a small lake with calm waters perfect for everything from watersports to fishing and more. Plus, plenty of rental and charter opportunities for families looking…
  • The Rites of Spring—Boater’s Edition

    Nicki Belczak
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Source: Flikr ©CC BY-SA 2.0 Jim Stauffer The days are growing longer… the mercury in the thermometer is climbing… spring is on the way! Like most boaters, you’ve probably spent winter dreaming about the day you can bring your boat out of hibernation. Will it be ready for the water when you do? If you performed a by-the-book winterizing job, the odds that your spring commissioning will go smoothly are better than if you’d simply hauled her out and ignored her till now. Yet, even the most tenderly cared for craft needs additional attention before that first outing of the year. The…
 
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  • CRN 134, by Nuvolari-Lenard, Ready for Launch

    Melissa Cahill
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    Yesterday was a busy day at CRN. The project known as CRN 134, a 180-foot (55-meter) megayacht, was rolled out of her build shed. She was taken to CRN’s slipway, for final launch preparations to occur over the next few weeks, as is customary. CRN 134 bears exterior design by Nuvolari-Lenard, which has previously worked Continue reading The post CRN 134, by Nuvolari-Lenard, Ready for Launch appeared first on Megayacht News.
  • Feadship 809: Gallery

    Diane M. Byrne
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Feast your eyes on the three-deck-high atrium above, aboard Feadship 809. Rising from the main deck to the sundeck, it’s one of several special features aboard this 217-foot (66.25-meter) megayacht, nearing completion at Royal Van Lent. Feadship 809, which is available for sale through the shipyard, bears styling by De Voogt Naval Architects and Eidsgaard Continue reading The post Feadship 809: Gallery appeared first on Megayacht News.
  • Darwin 102 From Cantiere delle Marche Coming to USA

    Diane M. Byrne
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    We’re just a few weeks away from the launch of a Darwin 102 at Cantiere delle Marche that will make her stateside debut at the Fort Lauderdale show this fall. The Darwin 102—one of three explorer yachts that the yard will splash this summer—was commissioned by an experienced owner. The owner further assembled a project-management Continue reading The post Darwin 102 From Cantiere delle Marche Coming to USA appeared first on Megayacht News.
  • Sailing Superyacht Whisper Donating to Project Puffin

    Diane M. Byrne
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Plenty of yacht owners and crew are charity-minded, particularly in terms of environmental organizations. It’s not often, though, that your own dollars can help out. This summer, if you book the sailing superyacht Whisper, you’ll be supporting a National Audubon Society-supported group. It’s Project Puffin, which protects puffins, seabirds often seen in Maine. Why Project Continue reading The post Sailing Superyacht Whisper Donating to Project Puffin appeared first on Megayacht News.
  • Comanche vs. Rambler 88 at Les Voiles de St. Barth (VIDEO)

    Megayacht News Staff
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Even landlubbers who don’t follow professional yacht racing can’t help but get caught up in what’s going on in the Caribbean right now. There, during the annual Les Voiles de St. Barth, there’s a showdown between two superb super-maxis: Comanche and Rambler. As you may recall, the 100-foot (30.5-meter) Comanche was built by Hodgdon Yachts Continue reading The post Comanche vs. Rambler 88 at Les Voiles de St. Barth (VIDEO) appeared first on Megayacht News.
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  • Free Tickets to Suncoast Boat Show – This Weekend!

    Amy Imerman
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    Come out and see us this weekend at the Suncoast Boat Show!  Andrew White, one of our Sales Specialists, gave us all the info about the awesome stuff we will be displaying at the show. “We are bringing 9 boats. The 375 Freedom is the largest boat that Grady-White makes, and the one we are […] The post Free Tickets to Suncoast Boat Show – This Weekend! appeared first on Cannons Marina Boats.
  • St. Armands “Circle of Boats” Boat Show – May 16th and 17th

    Amy Imerman
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    We love a good boat show and this is one that you will not want to miss.  World-class shopping?  Check.  Hip restaurants?  Check.  Top-of-the-line boats? Double check!  On Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th, Cannons Marina will be invading St. Armands Circle and bringing our newest, coolest boats to the middle of the circle at […] The post St. Armands “Circle of Boats” Boat Show – May 16th and 17th appeared first on Cannons Marina Boats.
  • How To Catch Spanish Mackerel

    Ray Markham
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    Every year at this time, an onslaught of bait fish schools move up the coast and into the bays and estuaries. Following closely behind are pelagic species, including king and Spanish mackerel that follow the bait fish to feed on them.  A variety of bait fish appear in early spring. Threadfin herring, scaled sardines, ballyhoo, […] The post How To Catch Spanish Mackerel appeared first on Cannons Marina Boats.
  • Happy 60th Anniversary to Us!

    Amy Imerman
    21 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Wow, we can’t believe that it has been 60 years since David’s father purchased a little former “fish camp”  in Longboat Key.  Today it is Cannons Marina, but back then, it was a boat rental and bait shop.  David was only five years old and when he started working at Cannons, counting bait for the tourists and local […] The post Happy 60th Anniversary to Us! appeared first on Cannons Marina Boats.
  • 4 Boating Season Essentials: Flotation, Fashion, Food & Florida!

    Amy Imerman
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    With the gorgeous weather that’s currently happening (81 degrees and sunny!), boating season has officially kicked off! Here are a few tips to remember as you prep for your boat’s first departure of the season – the “Four F’s” – Flotation, Fashion, Food and Florida! Flotation If it has been a few months since you’ve […] The post 4 Boating Season Essentials: Flotation, Fashion, Food & Florida! appeared first on Cannons Marina Boats.
 
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  • Top 10 Most Popular Boat Names for 2015

    Diane Seltzer
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    BoatUS shares their annual list of the most popular boat names chosen by boaters So you just bought a boat and now you have the big decision of what to name it (and you thought shopping for the ideal boat size and model was a challenge!). For some, naming your boat can be one of the most difficult decisions a boater must face. Whether you are looking at a shiny white transom awaiting its first boat name, or you just bought a used boat emblazoned with “Lazy Bear” and need to replace it ASAP (yeah, that did happen to us with our first boat!)… you need to pick that ideal…
  • West Marine Top Selling Products for Boaters

    Diane Seltzer
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Popular boating products boaters chose for their boating lifestyle in 2014 Looking for boating popular boating gear that other boaters like? A best seller’s list can help you narrow down your options by select gear that other boaters have chosen. Here’s a collection of top sellers from West Marine that boaters chose as the best gear (based on 2014 sales). How to Use: Mouse over the image for a product description and current listed price. Click on the image to go to the product details on WestMarine.com. Note that prices are subject to change… in fact many of these…
  • Sailing the Andaman Sea

    Kate Flannery
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    Phang Nga Bay in Thailand Thailand sailing destinations in the beautiful Andaman Sea For the past few years, Thailand had seen incredible increase in number of tourists. Some are headed for major cities and urban environments, while others are the natural sight-seeing (and experiencing) type. One of the most beautiful ways for one to see the beauties of the Andaman Sea is definitely by boat – rented, personal, or through a cruise. There is much to see and visit, and this is merely a suggestion for some of the tried and tested fan favourites. Phuket The lowest common denominator for sailing…
  • Nautical Nail Designs Using Jamberry Wraps and Sally Hansen Gel Polish

    Diane Seltzer
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:09 am
    How to create nautical nail styles accented with Jamberry nail wrap decals and using Sally Hansen (no light) Gel Polish… and have it last up to 2 weeks! Nail art and nautical nail designs are very popular these days. And of course as a boater I am naturally attracted to anything that has a nautical look to it. There are so many cool nautical styles on Pinterest that grab my eye – with really sophisticated, detailed designs –  but unfortunately I do not have the artistic talent or the time to spend hours on my nails… and going to an expensive and time-consuming nail…
  • Boat Loan Tax Deduction Requirements

    Diane Seltzer
    1 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
    photo courtesy of BoatUS How to write-off your boat loan interest as a second home for federal tax deduction in the U.S. Boaters are always looking for ways to make boating more affordable, and writing off your boat loan interest on your tax return can provide big annual savings! Yes, your boat loan interest is tax deductible! Many boat owners in the U.S. can take advantage of boat loan tax deductions that make boat ownership much more affordable.  Similar to the well-known home mortgage tax deduction, boaters with boats that meet certain requirements can deduct annual interest paid from…
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  • Step Aboard FORTUNA in Stunning Sardinia!

    Cordelia Oakes-Ash
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    Make your summer yacht charter Sardinia the best yet with a trip to La Maddalena Archipelago, set in between Southern Corsica and Northern Sardinia. This magical national park is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of Sardinia. The several beaches and coves of the archipelago are famous for their crystal clear waters. Cala Corsara is considered one of the bests; it is located in the isle of Spargi and famous for its fine white beach and clear blue sea. The Spiaggia Rosa (the pink beach), on the isle of Budelli, is the most delightful of the beaches, boasting pretty pink sand made…
  • 5 Top Things to Do While in New England this summer!

    Allison Cecilio
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    With summer vacations fast approaching, now is the perfect time to consider a New England yacht charter.  This is a perfect place to cruise with family and friends, enjoying what sumer has to offer in New England.  So, we’ve come up with some of our top five things to do when in New England – obviously there are plenty, but we can’t give all the secrets away, can we?! The Breakers – Newport, RI A symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence in the turn of the century, The Breakers is  the grandest of Newports summer…
  • Where is the Biggest Lagoon in the World?

    Kevin Moir
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:13 am
    Most people will say Tahiti, or maybe Fiji…but actually it is the 24,000 square kilometre coral reef lagoon surrounding New Caledonia. The next question is, “Where is New Caledonia?”, and most people might guess somewhere near Canada…..or even Scotland! This is what makes it one of the best kept sailing secrets in the South Pacific. Where is New Caledonia? New Caledonia is a French territory, located 900 nautical miles east of Australia, and midway to Fiji. International flights arrive at the capital city of Noumea, and the various charter yacht marinas are right in the heart…
  • Super Yacht of the Week: ALLURES

    Charles Meade
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Try something different this year with the high-performance luxury sailing catamaran ALLURES. At 36 metres with a massive beam of nearly 14 metres, she rivals yachts more than double her length. Built by Composite Works in France, this catamaran offers second-to-none safety features without compromising on performance, stability and comfort. ALLURES is available this year in the Balearics, the South of France, Italy or even further east by special request. Step onboard and you will be immediately amazed by the huge volume on offer on this yacht, with a huge cockpit dining and lounging space…
  • Your Summer Yacht Charter in Greece!

    Lambros Tsolakis
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:55 am
    Greece is definitely on the yachting hot-spot again this summer – when isn’t it? When choosing your summer yacht charter Greece is the place to be! With literally thousands of islands and a coastline stretching to more than 13,600 miles, Greece constitutes the ideal cruising ground in the East Mediterranean. There are 5 distinct Greek Island groups; the Cyclades Islands, with Mykonos and Santorini prominent among them: sun-bleached white houses, magnificent beaches and sparse vegetation are the main characteristics of the Cyclades. A view of Koufonissia, right in the mid of…
 
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  • The 2015 Cannes Film Festival: Book Your Yacht Charter Now

    courtney
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:19 am
    Like the Monaco Grand Prix, the Cannes Film Festival is one of the major annual events that kick off the summer yacht charter season in the Mediterranean. For 2015, the Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to take place May 13-24, and there is still availability for bookings aboard some of the finest motoryachts in the world. Photo Credit: Cali4beach “What’s so wonderful about the Cannes Film Festival is that guests aboard charter yachts have the chance to mix and mingle with some of the biggest-name producers, directors and actors from Hollywood and all around the world,” says Yachtstore…
  • Great Yachts and Big Crowds at Palm Beach Boat Show 2015

    nancy
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The (2015) 30th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show hosted a record number of boats that included surges in Mega yachts and boats from 40 to 60 feet. The number of new boats on display in the water jumped 8 percent from last year, Show Management CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III said. “Looking ahead, there’s no reason the show won’t continue to grow – the demand is there,” he said. While attending the show for her 8th year, Yachtstore Charter Broker, Nancy Latinette inspected several spectacular charter yachts and visited with their crews while…
  • Luxury Yacht Charter at the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix

    courtney
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most EXCITING annual kickoff events for the summer yacht charter season in the West Mediterranean. This year’s Monaco Grand Prix is scheduled to run May 21-24, and Yachtstore charter broker Nancy Latinette has her eye on a few great yachts that still have availability. “What’s so unique about the Monaco Grand Prix is that the racecourse runs through the principality’s streets, passing Port Hercule in clear view of the yachts docked in the marina,” she says. “The setup gives yacht charter guests prime seating for the event and puts them right in…
  • Alaska Yacht Charter: 122-Foot Talos is Giving a Free Day with One-Week Bookings

    courtney
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Alaska yacht charter is one of the most exciting summer experiences you can have. Cruising amid glaciers, watching humpback whales breach into the air, dining on fresh salmon and king crab legs, sitting in your charter yacht’s hot tub watching snow-capped mountains in the distance—all of these moments are likely to occur within a single week’s yacht charter in this most memorable of destinations. And now, you can enjoy an extra day for free. That’s because the owner of the 122-foot Flagship Talos is giving a bonus eighth day of charter to anyone who books a full week this summer.
  • Croatia Charter: Book 7 Nights Aboard Anahita, Get an 8th Night Free

    courtney
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:24 am
    A sailing yacht charter from Montenegro to Croatia is a magical experience. This region is fast becoming the gem of East Mediterranean yacht charter, with more and more international-caliber charter yachts basing there each summer. One of our longtime favorites, the 62-foot Dynamique Anahita, not only is heading to Montenegro and Croatia this summer, but also is offering a free bonus day for all charters of at least one week. That’s right: If you book seven nights aboard Anahita, you get an eighth night free. That means an eight-night Croatia charter vacation at the lowest weekly base rate…
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  • Italian Navy Takes Back Fishing Boat Seized Near Libya

    Reuters
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:46 am
    The Italian navy took back control on Friday of a Sicilian fishing boat that had been seized overnight by unknown assailants near the Libyan coast, the defence ministry said.
  • Coast Guard Ship Returns To U.S. With 14 Tons Of Seized Cocaine

    Reuters
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    A U.S. Coast Guard cutter carrying more than 14 tons of seized cocaine returned to a California naval base on Thursday after a two-and-a-half month operation off the coast of Central and South America, officials said.
  • Italian Fishing Boat Seized Near Libya, Apparently By Pirates

    Reuters
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    A Sicilian fishing boat with seven people on board was seized overnight in an apparent act of piracy 40 miles from the coast of Libya, a trade association said on Friday.
  • Rolls-Royce Powers The World’s Longest Journey by LNG At Sea

    MI News Network
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    A Rolls-Royce pure-gas engine has propelled Nor Lines’ Kvitbjørn into the history books by becoming the world’s first vessel to operate between Asia and Europe solely on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the ship’s bunker fuel. Kvitbjørn’s naming ceremony in Stavanger celebrates Nor Lines’ 5000dwt short sea cargo vessel, built to Rolls-Royce’s award-winning Environship concept.
  • Silver Coins Worth $50 Million Recovered From WW2 Wreck At Record Depth

    Reuters
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Marine salvage experts have recovered $50 million in silver coins from a ship sunk by a German submarine in 1942 as it was transporting the cash from India to London to help finance Britain's efforts in World War Two.
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  • A Reader Backs Me Up

    mario.vittone@gmail.com (Mario Vittone)
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:07 pm
    A reader at gCaptain.com was upset by my article regarding the Liana’s Ransom and wrote me a scathing indictment.  It was such a perfect illustration of the real problem –  a belief that past success and experience mean anything against the hard reality of maritime emergencies. Below are his comments with my reactions  in bold. Further […]
  • ISLA Awarded Presidential Service Award

    mario.vittone@gmail.com (Mario Vittone)
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
  • Expecting the Unexpected

    mario.vittone@gmail.com (Mario Vittone)
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Freezing and alone, three-hundred miles at sea in the dark, rescue swimmer Mike Odom lashes his arms to his life raft. He knows he’ll be dead soon and wants us to find his body – If he gets thrown out again we’ll never find him. The three sailors that he put in the back of […]
  • Are You Missing Something?

    mario.vittone@gmail.com (Mario Vittone)
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    You’ve been sailing for years and planning this next trip for months. You’ve created the perfect sail plan, stocked the galley, the weather is shaping up perfectly and the boat has been checked and rechecked. She’s ready. You’re ready. You cast off the lines – outbound for wherever – confident that you have thought of […]
  • Dangerous Drains – A Quick and Valuable Lesson

    mario.vittone@gmail.com (Mario Vittone)
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    Do you have a backyard pool or spa? Laws exist that make anti-entrapment drains a requirement in commercial pools and spas, but YOU have to check your own back yard to be sure. Before you or your family jumps into the pool this summer, check the drain. The very quick and valuable lesson on what […]
 
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  • Boat Air Conditioning

    Mary Dickens
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Boat Air Conditioning Good morning!  I hope everyone is doing well today.  Last fall while we were still in northeast Florida, our Marine Air boat air conditioning unit in the salon quit working.  We called in our boat air conditioning expert and he told us the compressor had failed.  He quoted us a price of $2,000 to repair the unit.  We didn’t really want to spend that kind of money at the time so we went a different route.  We bought a stand-up portable unit from Home Depot for a little over $300.  Mike rigged the vent hose through a vent in the engine room and it worked fine.
  • Boat of the Week – Great Harbour GH 37

    Mary Dickens
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Boat of the Week – Great Harbour GH 37 This beautiful Great Harbour GH 37 used trawler is our boat of the week.  This 37′ used trawler has a huge amount of living space; she’s basically a small ship built for economical operation with a huge amount of interior space. The Great Harbour GH37 is a perfect liveaboard vessel for a cruising couple with occasional visitors.  She boasts the interior area of an apartment and offers the dependability of a commercial vessel.   These Great Harbours are made here in the United States. This particular Great Harbour GH 37 has three…
  • LED Lights – How They Work

    Mike Dickens
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:27 am
    LED Lights – How They Work I have been monitoring our energy usage aboard our boat as we anchored out on our boat recently and was shocked to learn just how much energy a standard incandescent light bulb uses. Our mast light drew 2 amps while lit drawing a total of 18 amp hours on any given night. The Edison light bulb that has lit up our boats since 1879 is formally on its way out. The inefficient incandescent, which loses nearly all of its energy as heat, has fallen in disfavor. Early in 2012, U.S. residents won’t be able to purchase one even if they wanted to. The government is…
  • New Boat to Market – 2002 44 Carver

    Mike Dickens
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    New Boat to Market 2002 44′ Carver We are pleased to offer this 2002 44 foot Carver; new boat to market. This new boat to market,  is an ideal cruiser for couple, or party of six Just listed and priced to sell; I am going to rate this boat above average…..will give her a solid 8 out of 10.  This exceptionable riding express cruiser appeals to the upscale boater who knows the value of a Carver, from its roomy flybridge with ample seating area to the spacious galley & master berth. This beautiful, well maintained boat has plenty of amenities including twin Volvo inboards,  air…
  • Yacht Price Drop

    Mike Dickens
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:36 am
    Yacht Price Drop on this 1994 50′ Jefferson 1994 50′ Jefferson  We have just been told by this owner ; get her SOLD This boat has meticulously maintained with an open checkbook; don’t miss this opportunity! All service/maintenance records available. Huge parts inventory. Powered by twin turbo diesels. She is ready to go to the Bahamas or do the Great Loop. This is a one of a kind yacht with an original factory built custom 4′ cockpit added to her making her a 50 Jefferson CPMY.  This Jefferson 50 CPMY is a long-range cruising yacht with three staterooms, two heads (master…
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