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  • Plans for French anchoring tax scrapped

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    Isobel Smith
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    The French government announced last week that they would find an alternative solution to protecting Bonifacio’s sea bedControversial plans to introduce an anchoring tax to much of the French coastline have been scrapped by the government. The NOTre bill would have seen a daily anchoring levy applied to more than 300 managed marine areas around the country in a bid to prevent damage to sea beds. Initially only set to be introduced off Corsica, the plans were then extended throughout France. Last May the French Senate voted to abandon the tax, with the Assembly also supporting that decision…
  • Lady in Red: Baltic Yachts launches Doryan, a sizzling, scarlet 116ft carbon bluewater superyacht

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    Toby Hodges
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:10 am
    It takes a brave person to choose such a bold colour. But when you’ve ordered such an elegant new design, why not show it off? S/Y Doryan, Baltic 116. First sail test in Malta. Images by Jesus Renedo Doryan is the arresting new scarlet Baltic, 116ft of pure performance in comfort, designed by Nauta and judel / vrolijk & co The design brief was for “a timeless and elegant yacht offering long-term living comfort and space for joyful and private down time,” according to the Finnish composite specialists. Think lots of stowage and plentiful tank volume (13,000L), allocated for long term…
  • Murder Complaints Filed Against Ferry Crew in Philippines

    NYT > Boats and Boating
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The police in a central Philippine city filed murder complaints against the owner and the crew of a ferry that capsized, leaving more than 50 people dead.
  • Singapore Launches First New Maritime Patrol Vessel as Regional Tensions Rise

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    Bloomberg
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    Illustration showing the Singpore Navy’s Independence-class Littoral Missing Vessel. By Livia Yap and Sharon Chen (Bloomberg) — Singapore’s navy is preparing to take on more unconventional missions with a new fleet of patrol boats, as territorial tensions rise in the South China Sea and demands for search and rescue missions rise and in the aftermath of airplane disasters where Singapore took part in search and rescue missions. The first of eight Littoral Mission Vessels was launched this week and will be fully operational by 2017, according to the Ministry of Defence. The ships…
  • July 4th Tips For a Fun and Safe Weekend on the Water

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    Colleen Richardson
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
      The Fourth of July holiday is one of the biggest celebrations of summer and with more than 87 million Americans hitting the water each year, many will find themselves celebrating on a boat this weekend. Whether you’re out every weekend or you’ve been invited aboard a friend or relative’s boat, here’s some helpful tips before climbing aboard. Safety first: Busy waterways are likely this weekend, so remember to use common sense – operate at a safe speed, stay alert & steer clear of large vessels and watercraft, plus avoid alcohol on the water as its effects are…
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  • Plans for French anchoring tax scrapped

    Isobel Smith
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    The French government announced last week that they would find an alternative solution to protecting Bonifacio’s sea bedControversial plans to introduce an anchoring tax to much of the French coastline have been scrapped by the government. The NOTre bill would have seen a daily anchoring levy applied to more than 300 managed marine areas around the country in a bid to prevent damage to sea beds. Initially only set to be introduced off Corsica, the plans were then extended throughout France. Last May the French Senate voted to abandon the tax, with the Assembly also supporting that decision…
  • Five boats destroyed in fire after explosion on the River Thames

    Isobel Smith
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:48 am
    Local fire, ambulance and police crews all attended the scene in Old Windsor on Thursday morning after reports of an explosionAround 25 firefighters attended the blaze on ThursdayFive boats went up in flames on Thursday morning after an explosion took place at Saxon Moorings on the River Thames in Old Windsor. It’s believed the initial fire broke out after petrol fumes ignited when a vessel was being refuelled. The blaze then proceeded to spread to other boots moored at the site, leaving three completely destroyed by fire and two 50 per cent damaged. Related articles Marina fire sees two…
  • Emirates Team New Zealand take to the Solent in preparation for ACWS

    Isobel Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    The Kiwis are the first international America’s Cup team to arrive in Portsmouth ahead of next month’s racing Emirates Team New Zealand are the first international America’s Cup team to set sail on the Solent in preparation for next month’s World Series event in Portsmouth. The challengers who came so close to overhauling the defenders Oracle Team USA in 2013, took to the water in their foiling AC45 catamaran this week, lining up against home contenders Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing. Related articles Groupama Team France announces French bid for America’s Cup Ben Ainslie Racing…
  • West Yorkshire man charged over cocaine seized from Makayabella yacht

    Isobel Smith
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    The man is the fifth person to be charged in the UK in connection with the Makayabella seizureMakayabella being intercepted off the coast of IrelandA man from West Yorkshire has been charged in connection with the attempted importation of around a tonne of cocaine. The drugs were seized from the yacht Makayabella by the Irish authorities in September 2014. James Andrew Hill, 30, was arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency at his home address in Hampshire Close, Ilkley, on Tuesday 30 June. He was charged with conspiring to import class A drugs and appeared before Wakefield…
  • Prince of Wales officially opens National Maritime Operations Centre

    Isobel Smith
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    HRH the Prince of Wales is the honorary commodore of Her Majesty’s CoastguardHRH the Prince of Wales officially opened the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham on Wednesday 1 July. The Prince, who is honorary commodore of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, also spent time looking at the work done at the flagship centre which is at the heart of the new national network. HM Coastguard’s national network is the first point of call for 999 calls, ranging from vessels in distress, to people trapped at sea and cliff fallers. The National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) is supported by ten…
 
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  • Lady in Red: Baltic Yachts launches Doryan, a sizzling, scarlet 116ft carbon bluewater superyacht

    Toby Hodges
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:10 am
    It takes a brave person to choose such a bold colour. But when you’ve ordered such an elegant new design, why not show it off? S/Y Doryan, Baltic 116. First sail test in Malta. Images by Jesus Renedo Doryan is the arresting new scarlet Baltic, 116ft of pure performance in comfort, designed by Nauta and judel / vrolijk & co The design brief was for “a timeless and elegant yacht offering long-term living comfort and space for joyful and private down time,” according to the Finnish composite specialists. Think lots of stowage and plentiful tank volume (13,000L), allocated for long term…
  • Fancy a US$1m bonus? Just win the World Match Racing Tour and it’s yours

    Matthew Sheahan
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    The World Match Racing Tour has not only announced some big new prize more in 2016, but the match racing series is making a move to cats as wellIt’s been a busy and expensive few weeks for the organisers of the World Match Racing Tour. First came the news that the tour had been bought by Swedish boatbuilding company Aston Harald AB. Then came news of what the organisers describe as, ‘the biggest ever prize purse in the history of the sport’, a US $1 million cash bonus to be awarded to the ISAF Match Racing World Champion from 2016, as well as a change to the final venue from Malaysia to…
  • Breathing on the Dragon class – how the long-lived keelboat gets a makeover in Dubai

    Matthew Sheahan
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    One of the most famous keelboat classes in the world gets a huge makeover in Dubai. Matthew Sheahan went to find out moreThe new Dragon from Premier Composite Technology has been subtly refined in all areasReceiving Olympic status is not always the blessing you might expect. The rate at which some of the world’s best sailors and teams refine and develop Olympic class boats and the costs that ensue can be a problem in the longer term. You can end up with highly refined boats that often have short competitive shelf lives, taking them out of the normal league for amateur sailors and damaging…
  • The best Volvo Ocean Race video yet? A gripping movie showing how heroic yacht racing can be

    Toby Hodges
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:38 am
    If you only watch one video this week, make it this one...The eyes of Abu Dhabi skipper Ian Walker tell the story Using voiceovers from each of the skippers and stylish photography throughout, the Volvo Ocean Race team has done a great job at both distilling its nine month race into a 10 minute video and revealing the sacrifice and exhaustion required and experienced by the race crews. The Unforgiving Ocean is raw and emotional, epitomised by Ian Walker’s grizzled, salt-ravaged face – and it even has some Johnny Cash in there. What’s not to like? The eyes of victorious Abu Dhabi skipper…
  • Tested: boom brakes and preventers, including Walder boom brake and Wichard Gyb’Easy

    Pip Hare
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:23 am
    Pip Hare tests three products designed to prevent or ease a crash gybe alongside a traditional rope preventer rigged to lead forward and then back to the cockpitThe Wichard Gyb'Easy set up on the boom of a Dufour 385 for Pip's test. All photos: Paul WyethA shout, the mainsheet whips through the cockpit and the boom crashes onto the other side of the boat – everyone has had a bad gybing experience at some point. Most of us develop the automatic flinch reaction or dive for the helm as we feel the pressure come off the mainsail just before the boom heads in towards the cockpit. In reality,…
 
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  • Singapore Launches First New Maritime Patrol Vessel as Regional Tensions Rise

    Bloomberg
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    Illustration showing the Singpore Navy’s Independence-class Littoral Missing Vessel. By Livia Yap and Sharon Chen (Bloomberg) — Singapore’s navy is preparing to take on more unconventional missions with a new fleet of patrol boats, as territorial tensions rise in the South China Sea and demands for search and rescue missions rise and in the aftermath of airplane disasters where Singapore took part in search and rescue missions. The first of eight Littoral Mission Vessels was launched this week and will be fully operational by 2017, according to the Ministry of Defence. The ships…
  • Kenya’s Mombasa Port Sacks 27 Strike Leaders

    Reuters
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, July 4 (Reuters) – East Africa’s biggest port in the Kenyan city of Mombasa said on Saturday it had dismissed 27 workers it believed were behind a strike this week that paralysed operations for two days and cost the port at least $2 million. Over 2,000 workers went on strike on Wednesday and Thursday in protest against higher deductions for the government’s national health insurance scheme, prompting port management to threaten to fire them, having advertised their positions. The work stoppage has disrupted business at the biggest port in the…
  • China to Lift Ban of 400,000 DWT ‘Valemax’ Mega-Ships

    Reuters
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    The MV YUAN SHI HAI, pictured here in Singapore in June, is one of four Valemax ships sold to China Ore Shipping in May. Photo: Ian Edwards   SHANGHAI, July 3 (Reuters) – China said on Friday it will allow 400,000-deadweight tonne ships to dock at its ports, officially ending a more than three-year ban that had effectively shut out Brazilian miner Vale SA’s giant vessels. Four domestic ports – Qingdao, Dalian, Tangshan Caofeidian and Ningbo – will be allowed to receive the carriers after they meet technical standards, China’s state planner, the National…
  • New Tanker Delivery for Ardmore Shipping

    gCaptain
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Ardmore Shipping Corporation has announced that its latest newbuild vessel, the Ardmore Seafox, was delivered by SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd from the Sacheon shipyard in Korea on 25 June 2015. The Ardmore Seafox is a 49,999 DWT IMO 3 product and chemical tanker, and her addition to the Ardmore fleet increases the number of Ardmore vessels on the water to twenty with a total tonnage of 819,519 DWT. Technical management of the Ardmore Seafox will be provided by Univan Ship Management Ltd. “We are pleased to take delivery of this sister ship to the Ardmore Sealion and we extend our thanks to SPP…
  • Fredriksen Seeking Greater Tanker Market Share with New Frontline

    Bloomberg
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Photo: Frontline Ltd.   BY Jonas Cho Walsgard and Alaric Nightingale (Bloomberg) — John Fredriksen, the billionaire who made his fortune investing in crude tankers, is reuniting two businesses he split three years ago to help gain a greater share of the oil-shipping market. Frontline Ltd. will pay about $1.5 billion for Frontline 2012 Ltd., which was split off to control the company’s most modern ships and orders for new carriers. The combination will create a business that’s big enough to attract investment for further expansion, said Eirik Haavaldsen, an analyst at Pareto…
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  • July 4th Tips For a Fun and Safe Weekend on the Water

    Colleen Richardson
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
      The Fourth of July holiday is one of the biggest celebrations of summer and with more than 87 million Americans hitting the water each year, many will find themselves celebrating on a boat this weekend. Whether you’re out every weekend or you’ve been invited aboard a friend or relative’s boat, here’s some helpful tips before climbing aboard. Safety first: Busy waterways are likely this weekend, so remember to use common sense – operate at a safe speed, stay alert & steer clear of large vessels and watercraft, plus avoid alcohol on the water as its effects are…
  • Happy Birthday USA! Best Places to Watch Fireworks by Boat

    Nicki Belczak
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Independence Day 2015 is just a weekend away—and we can’t think of a better place to celebrate America’s 239th birthday than on the water! There’s nothing quite like watching the skies explode in vibrant colors from the deck of your boat. So, cue the ooh’s and ahh’s as we review some of the best places in the U. S. to watch fireworks on the water. Annapolis, Maryland July 4, 2015— 9:15pm Annapolis’ 4th of July Fireworks in Historic Annapolis is launched from a barge in the Annapolis Harbor. Boaters are welcome to enjoy the spectacle from the harbor as long as they observe the…
  • Fishing with my Dad – Father’s Day Memories

    Guest Author
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    This is a guest post by Ashley Rae. Some of my favorite times spent out on the water are those I’ve spent fishing with my Dad. I didn’t grow up with him teaching me to fish, but rather with a family friend who was very close to us. My brother and I were introduced to fishing at a young age, and since then it has been something I’ve loved to do. Over the years I have spent more and more time on the water, now making fishing not just my ideal way to spend time, but also the focus of my career. Being able to share some of the latest things I’ve learned about fishing with my Dad is…
  • Five Things Jake Owen is Looking Forward to this Summer

    Guest Author
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    This is a guest post by Jake Owen. Hey guys, Jake Owen here! I’ll be out on the water with Discover Boating again all summer long. Keep scrolling to see the five things I’m looking forward to most this summer. Joining Kenny Chesney’s THE BIG REVIVAL TOUR Between hitting the road with Kenny Chesney on THE BIG REVIVAL TOUR and finishing up my fifth album—my newest single “Real Life” just dropped—I have a busy summer coming up. Can’t wait to hit the stage, see all my fans & have Discover Boating along for the ride. Relaxing on the boat with my family When I’m not on the…
  • Six Tips for Boating with Dogs

    Michael Perulli
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Boating with dogs can be a lot of fun, especially when your best friend finds being on the water just as relaxing as you do. However, you should take just as much precaution to make sure you four-legged friends are as safe as your human friends while you’re underway. We’ve put together a list of six tips for boating with dogs below to ensure a safe cruise. 1. Dog life jacket Although almost all dogs love the water, the reality is that not all dogs can swim well. Your friends and family all have life jackets, so why should your dog be the exception? There are many great models of…
 
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  • Introducing Yacht Fitness

    Diane M. Byrne
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Personalized service is a hallmark of the megayacht lifestyle, whether on charter or a private cruise. Increasingly, even more tailored services are being made available to you onboard. One of the newest companies entering the arena is Yacht Fitness. Founded by a former Olympic athlete and current fitness instructor, Yacht Fitness sends a personal trainer Continue reading The post Introducing Yacht Fitness appeared first on Megayacht News.
  • Baltic 130 Custom by Reichel Pugh & Nauta Yachts

    Diane M. Byrne
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    A repeat client of the Nauta Yachts design studio will take delivery next summer of an unusually fast sailing superyacht. Being built by Baltic Yachts, she’s known for now as a Baltic 130 Custom. As for her unusual speeds, expect 26 to 28 knots when planing. Nauta Yachts, which is responsible for styling and interior Continue reading The post Baltic 130 Custom by Reichel Pugh & Nauta Yachts appeared first on Megayacht News.
  • Feadship Kiss Tests GTL, a Synthetic Fuel With Strong Promise

    Diane M. Byrne
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    The costs—both financial and environmental—of crude oil have made people more aware of alternate fuel options. While some owners and builders have explored electric propulsion, Feadship and the owner of Kiss recently tested GTL (natural gas to liquid), a synthetic fuel that has been proven to be cleaner and less expensive. While the process of Continue reading The post Feadship Kiss Tests GTL, a Synthetic Fuel With Strong Promise appeared first on Megayacht News.
  • 3 CRNs Set for Monaco Yacht Show Debut

    Megayacht News Staff
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Three yachts, three different sizes, and definitely three different styles. That’s what you’ll see at CRN’s display at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show in September. They are the 239-foot Yalla (above), the 200-foot Saramour (immediately below), and the 180-foot Atlante (last image below). Among the largest CRN deliveries thus far, Yalla features a nearly 43-foot-beam. Continue reading The post 3 CRNs Set for Monaco Yacht Show Debut appeared first on Megayacht News.
  • 1st Sea Axe With Heli Hangar in Build

    Diane M. Byrne
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Yacht Support series of shadow boats and rugged yachts built by Damen Shipyards (Amels’ parent company) and marketed by Amels just grew. Construction recently started on the first Sea Axe with a heli hangar. Damen and Amels are referring to the project for now as a Sea Axe 6911, with “69” designating her LOA Continue reading The post 1st Sea Axe With Heli Hangar in Build appeared first on Megayacht News.
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  • Stars and Stripes! Get it? Happy July 4th, all.

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Stars and Stripes! Get it? Happy July 4th, all.
  • Fast Facts about the AxolotlWith its frilly gills and variety of...

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Fast Facts about the AxolotlWith its frilly gills and variety of colorations, the axolotl is a popular pet in aquariums around the world. Native to lakes near Mexico City, these salamanders go their whole lives without leaving their watery habitats. The name axolotl is believed to come from the ancient Aztec language nahuatl, and translates roughly as “water monster.”Axolotls have the amazing ability to regrow entire limbs repeatedly. They experience no scarring, and can even regrow injuries as grievous as a crushed spinal cord! Unlike most frogs and other salamanders, which move to land…
  • A cetacean salute to the nation!

    3 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    A cetacean salute to the nation!
  • RNLI Video

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    RNLI Video
  • The control van, where ROV dive operations are carried out...

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    The control van, where ROV dive operations are carried out during dives. Located in two shipping containers at the top of the ship, the control van is manned by ROV pilots, scientists, navigators, video engineers and communicators continuously during dives, which can run for over 48 hours. #ArielTakeover #nautiluslive
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  • Black Skimmers: 4 Cool Things about these Florida Birds

    Amy Imerman
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    This year, our friends at the Beach House restaurant decided to cancel their annual fireworks display due to the Black Skimmer birds that are currently nesting at the north end of their property.  Kudos to them for helping protect these Anna Maria Island residents!  These shorebirds are national treasures and have recently been placed on the “Species […] The post Black Skimmers: 4 Cool Things about these Florida Birds appeared first on Cannons Marina Boats.
  • Crystal River: Snorkeling, Scalloping & Spring-Hopping in the Summer

    Amy Imerman
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:36 am
    Everyone thinks of Crystal River as a mecca for Manatee-watching or swimming with the manatees.  Manatees do FLOCK to Crystal River in the winter months when Gulf water temperature becomes too chilly for them so they head to the Springs where the water is a constant 72 degrees.  In the summer, spotting a Manatee in the […] The post Crystal River: Snorkeling, Scalloping & Spring-Hopping in the Summer appeared first on Cannons Marina Boats.
  • Top 4 Florida Sea “Critters” to Show Your Kids

    Amy Imerman
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:17 am
    The Gulf of Mexico and her bays are brimming with life!  And when you go out for a family-friendly boating excursion, you want to keep the children interested and entertained.  Everyone loves seeing a manatee float by or a dolphin pop out of the water, but by looking under the water, you can find small little […] The post Top 4 Florida Sea “Critters” to Show Your Kids appeared first on Cannons Marina Boats.
  • End of Model Year Grady-White Sale!

    Amy Imerman
    26 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Summer is upon us and now is the best time to be out on the boat!  If you haven’t got your Grady yet, this is a GREAT time to do it – it’s the end of the model-year sale! The Grady-White factory is offering terrific incentives towards the purchase of any new Grady-White Boat. NOW is the time […] The post End of Model Year Grady-White Sale! appeared first on Cannons Marina Boats.
  • Caribbean Spotlight: St. Martin

    Amy Imerman
    6 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    We are always up for an adventure – and for us, island hopping in the Caribbean is our favorite kind of adventure! The waters of St. Martin/St. Maarten are turquoise, beaches pristine and laid back culture. Whether you visit the island from a cruise ship, or you fly in and hire a private charter boat, this island […] The post Caribbean Spotlight: St. Martin appeared first on Cannons Marina Boats.
 
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  • Super Yacht of the Week: ARIANNA

    Ben Sutton
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:15 am
    ARIANNA is a firm Boatbookings favourite and a fine choice for July’s first Super Yacht of the Week. This 2012 Delta Marine 50m motor yacht offers generous interior and exterior volumes, elegant styling and lavish accommodation spaces, making her the obvious choice for your next vacation through the Bahamas and Virgin Islands. Arianna boasts 522 long tons, an internal capacity of 822 gross tons and a beam of nearly 10.4 meters, giving her the largest volume of any 50-meter luxury motor yacht in the world. What does this mean in terms of amenities? ARIANNA offers multiple exterior…
  • Sun, Sea & SOLARIS in the Stunning Greek Islands!

    Lambros Tsolakis
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Sun, sea and islands: Greece is blessed with thousands of islands, and the best way to explore them is by chartering a luxury yacht. Your typical luxury yacht charter in Greece will start and finish in Athens, where almost all the boats are based, and cruise around the islands for the week, visiting Mykonos and Santorini among others. Distances between the islands are considerable, so a fast motor yacht is recommended – introducing SOLARIS, a luxurious Pershing 90Ft motor yacht, cruising comfortably at 35 knots. SOLARIS is the only Pershing 90 that is currently available for charter…
  • Set Sail for St. Martin

    Alice Mannering
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:24 am
    First sighted by Christopher Columbus in 1493, the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Martin is the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two independent countries; France and Holland.  This leads to an interesting dual cultural personality where sophistication and a relaxed, easygoing style is woven into the fabric of every day life.  Offering world class restaurants, casual beach bars, legendary and sometimes infamous beaches, live music and a fascinating colonial history, this is the perfect destination for your next charter holiday.  Here’s a brief rundown of places to…
  • 5 Reasons to Charter a Caribbean Crewed Catamaran

    Ben Sutton
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    The Caribbean is the ultimate crewed catamaran destination, offering unrivalled itineraries, sailing conditions, anchorages, scenery and luxury yachts! But just why should you charter a crewed catamaran, over a monohull or motor yacht? We know just what makes the catamaran so special in the Caribbean! Whether you want a quiet week away with your friends or a family charter packed with adventure and water sports, the Caribbean has so much to offer! The catamaran’s shallow draft makes it an ideal yacht to get up close to islands and in to secluded coves that a monohull could not…
  • Super Yacht of the Week: W

    Ben Sutton
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    June’s final Super Yacht of the Week is the sensational W, the ultimate 130 Westport with everything you could ever dream of for a memorable summer Bahamas yacht charter. She is the perfect family yacht, given her spacious decks areas, comfortable accommodation and endless water toys list! W is the newest 130 Westport on the charter market; built in 2014, she features the latest technology throughout, including at rest stabilisation and Naiad 525 stabilisers, ensuring maximum comfort at anchor and while cruising. Kick back and relax with a book while your children make full use of the…
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  • Caribbean Yacht Charter: Christmas & New Year’s are Closer Than You Think

    courtney
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Yes, we know, the Memorial Day holiday is barely over and summer has just begun—but the Yachtstore database is telling us that quite a few people already have the Christmas and New Year’s holidays on their minds. Many of the leading Caribbean charter yachts are already being booked for the winter holidays, and Yachtstore is encouraging clients to call today so we can help to secure prime cruising dates before all the best charter yachts are taken for December and January. “If you think about it, Christmas and New Year’s are only about six months away,” says Yachtstore charter broker…
  • Ultimate Luxury: Megayachts with Elevators Make Yacht Charters Easier

    courtney
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    The larger megayachts get, the longer it takes to walk from the bottom deck up to the top. Aboard some of the world’s largest yachts, three or four flights of stairs are now the norm. To ease and enhance the guest experience as much as possible, a number of charter yachts these days are being built with elevators that go from the staterooms to some of the most popular gathering spots, including the main salon and sky lounge. “Megayachts with elevators are wonderful for yacht charters that include family members who need a little help getting around,” says Yachtstore charter broker Nancy…
  • New England Yacht Charter: Terrific Yachts to be Based in Newport

    courtney
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    Yachtstore charter broker Nancy Latinette is inviting prospective clients to join her June 22-25 at the Newport Charter Yacht Show, where she will be scheduling tours of yachts available for New England charters this summer. “I attend the Newport Charter Yacht Show every year, and it is always a wonderfully fun and informative event,” Nancy says. “The show is small and easy to get around, and it’s a great venue for clients, who can take all the time they need to tour the yachts and meet the crews. Clients have to be with a broker, and I am happy to arrange as many tours as each client…
  • Alaska Yacht Charter: Great Motoryacht Options for this Summer

    courtney
    1 Jun 2015 | 12:13 pm
    An Alaska yacht charter is a bucket-list experience, different from any other yacht charter destination in the world. While Caribbean yacht charter is all about beaches and Mediterranean yacht charter entices with culture, an Alaska yacht charter is infused with a sense of grandeur—on an incredible scale. Alaska Photo Courtesy of: Alana Sise For starters, there’s the scenery. Alaska yacht charter guests cruise amid massive glaciers with ice packed so tightly that it looks blue instead of white. Add the wildlife, and it’s hard to know where to look next. More than 500 humpback whales…
  • Unique Destinations for Summer Yacht Charter Vacations

    courtney
    28 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    More and more often these days, charter yacht owners are taking their boats well beyond the popular summer cruising grounds of New England and the Mediterranean—which means charter yacht clients have some truly interesting options when selecting a summer yacht charter itinerary. “It used to be that the choices were far more limited,” says Yachtstore charter broker Nancy Latinette. “Those days are over. So many interesting destinations are available for yacht charter nowadays that clients will be surprised by the choices .” For instance, one yacht we’re keeping an eye on this…
 
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  • BoatSafe TV – Episode #1 – Inflatable vs. Non-Inflatable: Why I’m Old School

    mario.vittone@gmail.com (Mario Vittone)
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Four years ago I said I would start posting videos. Well, I’m starting. Below is episode #1. If you have any questions at all about anything, just ask and I’ll answer it in the next video. It won’t take four years again; promise. BoatSafe TV – Episode #1 – Inflatable vs. Non-Inflatable: Why I’m Old […]
  • 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

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    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 […]
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  • Choosing a Boat Broker

    Mike Dickens
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:04 am
    Choosing a Boat Broker There are almost a thousand boat brokers licensed in Florida and a few more in neighboring states; so yacht sellers have a big choice when choosing a yacht broker to sell their yacht. The choosing a boat broker selection process can be difficult because many brokers list hundreds of boats simultaneously making it more difficult to focus on your boat. Here are some tips to enable you to make the best decision for choosing a boat broker for you to sell your yacht. Avoid choosing a boat broker that is a family member or close friend. It can be a real challenge to do…
  • Livingaboard – Your Dream

    Mike Dickens
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:19 am
    Livingaboard – Your Dream A lot of people have considered dropping out of the hustle and bustle of everyday life to livingaboard a cruising power boat in order to practice a simpler way of life and see the world from a different perspective. Have you ever had those thoughts? Sure you have. There are many advantages associated with livingaboard a boat.  Having your morning coffee with the scent of the salty air and watching the neighborhood dolphins cruise by your boat to name two! But before you jump in head first to the livingaboard life, there are some things to consider. What do you…
  • Yacht Buying Testimonial

    Mike Dickens
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:27 am
    Yacht Buying Testimonial Here at Paradise Yachts we try very hard to please our customers; each new yacht buying testimonial speak to that. We value our customers patronage. To enable us to improve our company customer service, we have begun asking for a customer yacht buying testimonial from each customer about what they liked about our service and what we can improve upon. We go out of our way to properly represent the boat, answer any and all questions, show it, arrange for surveys and haul outs to closing the deal. We recently sold a 40 Heritage East trawler to a customer.  They had some…
  • Boat Geckos in Florida

    Mike Dickens
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    Boat Geckos in Florida Geckos in Florida are reptiles having a place with the order Gekkota, found in warm climates all through the world. Geckos in Florida, however. are exceptional among reptiles. They utilize peeping sounds in social communications with different geckos. They are the most species-rich gathering of reptiles, with around 1,500 unique species around the world. Laura – Our Boat Gecko Geckos in Florida do not have eyelids rather have a skin layer atop their eyes, which they lick to clean. The species has great night vision; their vision is 350 times more sensitive than…
  • Boat of the Week – 37 Great Harbour Pilothouse

    Mary Dickens
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Boat of the Week – 37 Great Harbour Pilothouse This beautiful 37 Great Harbour Pilothouse used trawler is our boat of the week.  This 37 Great Harbour Pilothouse trawler has an amazing amount of living area.  This 37 Great Harbour pilothouse is specifically designed for living aboard or long range cruising.  She’s got full sized appliances and custom maple soles. You can board this vessel from a floating dock via doors on port and starboard to the cockpit. The living area is large for a 37′ boat.  There is abundant storage throughout.  The galley is open and airy with…
 
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